Cueto mows down Pirate hitters with a career-high 12 Ks

Johnny Cueto augmented the already great stuff he had Wednesday with deft manipulation of the strike zone.

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Pirates Box

Game: Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.

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Pirates notebook: Tabata hurt on catch in fifth inning

Jose Tabata leaves the game with concussion-like symptoms after running into the wall in left field while making a catch.

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano talks with pitching coach Ray Searage in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Tony Sanchez is on the right.

Cincinnati pitcher Cueto silences Bucs, 4-0

The Reds' starter found the corners in striking out 12 and pitching a complete game as Cincinnati took two of three from the Pirates.

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 Gaby Sanchez's two home runs Monday night were important because they came against right-handed pitchers.

Pirates notebook: Sanchez makes most of starts at first base

Travis Ishikawa has benefited the most so far from the Pirates' platoon at first base, but Gaby Sanchez wants to capitalize on his chances.

1 day ago

 Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez catches a high throw from third baseman Pedro Alvarez to make the out on the Reds' Devin Mesoraco to end the fourth inning.

Pirates lose to Reds, 7-5, in Tuesday's regularly scheduled game

Gerrit Cole allowed two home runs in the sixth inning in the loss to Cincinnati; the Pirates had won the suspended game earlier, 8-7.

1 day ago

 The Pirates' Starling Marte is congratulated after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the fifth inning Monday in Cincinnati.

Pirates break tie to beat Reds, 8-7, in suspended game

Play resumed in the top of the seventh inning after the teams played to a 7-7 tie through six innings Monday night.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, right, argues a call with umpire Mark Carlson during the fourth inning April 10 in Chicago.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 04.15.14

Pirates beat reporter Bill Brink answers your questions from snowy Cincinnati.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart.

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart's rehabilitation could get major push

The injured catcher possibly will finish off his return from knee surgery with the major league club.

2 days ago

 Neil Walker gets a hit off Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the fourth inning Monday.

Pirates, Reds provide thunder with 10 HRs in game suspended by rain

The teams traded the lead as the balls continued to leave the yard, but played to a 7-7 stalemate. The game will resume at 5:30 p.m. today.

2 days ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses a call with umpire Mark Carlson in Chicago.

Pirates notebook: 'Buying time' is the new arguing

The spittle isn't flying from manager to umpire as much as before; Clint Hurdle says that biding time has become the norm.

3 days ago

 The Brewers' Carlos Gomez is tagged out at home by the Pirates' Tony Sanchez during the seventh inning.

Brewers sweep Bucs with 4-1 victory

The three-game series in Milwaukee comes to a frustrating end for the Pirates against Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.

3 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez comes off a series in which he homered three times in Chicago.

On the Pirates: Inside the early surge of Pedro Alvarez

Pirates reporter Jenn Menendez takes a look inside the early power surge of third baseman Pedro Alvarez and how it can be sustained.

4 days ago

Expanded replay = better manners?

Indians manager Terry Francona calmly exited the dugout and approached home plate umpire Mike Winters with a rather polite request.

4 days ago

Pirates notebook: 'All is well' for Andrew McCutchen despite nagging ankle

After leaving the game early Friday night, reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen returned in full for Saturday's game in Milwaukee.

4 days ago

Wild innings produce a Pirates loss before sellout crowd in Milwaukee

They say crazy things happen when the Pirates visit the Brewers and what transpired Saturday night certainly qualifies.

4 days ago

 Andrew McCutchen

McCutchen returns to Pirates lineup after ankle pain

"All is well. Feeling good. In the lineup," the center fielder said. "Shouldn’t anything hinder me today."

4 days ago

Pirates notebook: Run production comes many ways

The Pirates find different ways to produce runs, and that's a major plus, says manager Clint Hurdle.

5 days ago

 Milwaukee Brewers' Jean Segura gets the force-out on Pirates' Neil Walker while turning a double play during the second inning.

Brewers remain hot, beat Pirates, 4-2

Four-run deficit too much for Pirates to overcome this time, despite Neil Walker's 2-run homer.

5 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez watches his three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning on Thursday. The Pirates play the Brewers at 8:10 tonight in Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Alvarez gives Big Bang Theory a new slant

Pedro Alvarez says he is making progress as a hitter -- his game-winning three-run home run against the Cubs is helping to prove it.

6 days ago

Pirates notebook: Hurdle in no hurry for Cole to star

Manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirates want to keep expectations for pitcher Gerrit Cole in check.

6 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez, right, is greeted by Starling Marte after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning.

Alvarez homer rallies Pirates past Cubs, 5-4

Five runs in the seventh inning prove the undoing of Chicago, giving the Bucs the series win.

6 days ago

Gene Collier: Two, three more bats would help

Even though the Pirates hit five home runs Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs, the offense could still use a shot in the arm.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte hits a double against the Cubs in the sixth inning at PNC Park Monday, March 31, 2014.

Starling Marte’s walks pay dividends

Marte’s walk total showing signs of rising, a good thing for Pirates and a leadoff hitter.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage and catcher Russell Martin, right, talk with relief pitcher Jeanmar Gomez during the sixth inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Pirates' five solo home runs not enough in 7-5 loss to Cubs

Wandy Rodriguez’s second start of the season for the Pirates was clipping along just fine until the fifth inning.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Travis Ishikawa puts a tag on the Chicago Cubs' Emilio Bonifacio in March.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 4.9.14

Pirates discussion dominates Jerry's chat along with the Steelers and NFL Draft, Penguins and NHL Playoffs and even the Masters.

1 week ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez tags out Chicago's Starlin Castro Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Gene Collier: 100-year-old home of the Cubs still holds a lot of charm

Wrigley Field, spot of the Pirates' win Tuesday, still holds plenty of vivid memories for a ballpark that has been around for a century.

1 week ago

 Reliever Vin Mazzaro still hasn't caught on with another team after being released by the Pirates.

Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle tries to help Vin Mazzaro

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is confused by the absence of interest in reliever Vin Mazzaro, who was reluctantly cut by the Pirates.

1 week ago

 A fan runs onto the field during the pierogi race during the Pirates vs. Cubs game in the sixth inning at PNC Park.

Pierogies and piety: Unrepentant runner says 'soul decided' to join race at PNC Park

The shirtless 29-year-old Garfield man broke up the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 Russell Martin is greeted by teammates after hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Starling Marte during the eighth inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Pirates give up early lead but outlast Cubs, 7-6

Russell Martin’s eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte was the difference in win against Chicago at Wrigley Field.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitcher Vin Mazzaro delivers during a bullpen session last month at Pirate City, in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates reliever Mazzaro clears waivers

The club had hoped to get value for Vin Mazzaro in a trade prior to his going on the waiver wire.

1 week ago

 Pirates closer Jason Grilli.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.8.14

Jenn takes your questions from Chicago, where the Pirates take on the Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field.

1 week ago

 Jameson Taillon delivers during bullpen session at Pirate City, in Bradenton, Fla., last month.

Taillon's Tommy John surgery: The only certainty is uncertainty

There is no foolproof way to prevent the injury that leads to Tommy John surgery that Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon now faces.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, left, talks with general manager Neal Huntington, right, during a workout at Busch Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in St. Louis on the eve of Game 1 of the National League Division Series baseball playoff between the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Pirates contract extensions hardly seem like enough

Huntington and Hurdle deserve more than contract extensions for overcoming an owner who mostly is not inclined to spend much money.

1 week ago

 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez delivers in the third inning Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Tough loss followed by stellar win for Pirates

On a day bad news came down about top prospect Jameson Taillon, the Pirates found out they might have a solid starter in Edinson Volquez.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' starting pitcher Edinson Volquez delivers during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pirates outlast Wainwright, Cards, 2-1

Edinson Volquez impresses as Tony Sanchez's seventh-inning double delivers the game-winning run.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will miss the rest of the season.

Pirates notebook: Jameson Taillon to have Tommy John surgery; out for season

The team's top right-handed pitching prospect has an injury to a ligament in his right elbow.

1 week ago

 Former Pirates manager Jim Leyland acknowledges the crowd during opening day ceremonies against the Cubs at PNC Park Monday.

Ron Cook: Jim Leyland oversees replay process

Former Pirates manager Jim Leyland thinks baseball's grand replay experiment is going very well, but of course he's a bit biased.

1 week ago

 Bench coach Jeff Banister will serve as liaison between Clint Hurdle and video coordinator Kevin Roach when the Pirates are debating whether to challenge a call.

Bill Brink on the Pirates: Open lines of communication

Bench coach Jeff Banister consults with video coordinator on reviews.

1 week ago

 Catcher Russell Martin is late on tag as the Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta scores in the first inning Saturday at PNC Park. The Pirates lost, 6-1.

Liriano struggles early and gets little help from offense

Francisco Liriano sandwiched four strong innings, innings where he looked like himself, between two innings with poor command.

1 week ago

 The Pirates announced contract extensions for manager Clint Hurdle, shown, and general manager Neal Huntington.

Pirates extend contracts for GM Huntington, manager Hurdle

The extensions begin in 2015 and run for three years, through 2017. The extensions also each include a club option for 2018.

1 week ago

 Lucas Spano displays the baseball that landed in his popcorn tub at a Friday night Pirates game, when the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hit a foul ball. Carpenter signed the ball for Lucas on Saturday.

'Popcorn Kid' catches foul ball at Pirates game

Lucas Spano of McKees Rocks was enjoying a bucket of popcorn at Friday's Pirates game, when he saw a foul ball headed his way.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez's slide past Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was just one of several highlights Friday night for the Pirates' powerful third baseman.

Gene Collier: Pirates' offensive outburst sends message to St. Louis

After a trying opening series, the Pirates bringing their bats to the ballpark Friday night was a nice sight to behold.

1 week ago

 Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers against the Cardinals last season.

Pirates notebook: Francisco Liriano had the Cardinals' number in 2013

Francisco Liriano is eager to face the Cardinals again Saturday night after enjoying much success against them in 2013.

1 week ago

 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez celebrates his home run Friday in the second inning at PNC Park.

Alvarez, Pirates thump Cardinals, 12-2

The day will likely never come when Pedro Alvarez is referred to as a power/speed threat, but for one game he served as passable facsimile.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez delivers Thursday against the Cubs. He's also slated to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

Ron Cook: Pirates-Cardinals series is an early treat

Yes it's early in the season, and yes it's only three games, but Pirates fans should enjoy this weekend showdown with rival St. Louis.

1 week ago

 Stolmy Pimentel, who at long last last became the winning pitcher late Wednesday night, delivers in a spring training game last month.

Pirates notebook: Stolmy Pimentel relishes first win in majors

Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel ended the longest game here with his first major league win Wednesday night against Chicago.

1 week ago

 Wandy Rodriguez pitches against the Cubs at PNC Park Thursday afternoon.

Cubs hand Pirates first loss of season, 3-2

Three Cubs runs against Wandy Rodriguez in the first three innings sent the Pirates to a 3-2 loss at PNC Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon.

1 week ago

 A fan runs onto the field during the pierogi race during the Pirates vs. Cubs game in the sixth inning at PNC Park.

Shirtless man arrested after joining pierogi race at PNC Park during Wednesday's Pirates game

Luke Emory Oyler, 29, ran shirtless across the outfield and was chased by at least five park staff members while the pierogies raced.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte and Russell Martin congratulate Tony Sanchez after he hit the game-winning single in the 16th inning against the Cubs at PNC Park.

Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single

The marathon, which carried into Thursday morning, lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago


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