“We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.

about 13 hours ago

 Starling Marte waits on deck in batting practice at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates LF Marte picks up where he left off

Starling Marte’s batting stance adjustments yielded positive results late last season, so he’s sticking to them.

about 13 hours ago

Spring training report: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Neil Walker doubled for the seventh time this spring as the Pirates won.

about 13 hours ago

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton focusing on results

Pirates pitcher says he doesn’t have time to refine his mechanics with the season rapidly approaching.

about 13 hours ago

 Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred agrees with Pirates owner Bob Nutting on international draft.

New baseball commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

Rob Manfred spoke to the Pirates and Minnesota Twins Friday. “It's important to be responsive to our fans,” he said, regarding pace of game.

1 day ago

Pirates notebook: Pirates send Tabata, 11 others to minor league camp in major cutdown

The Pirates reassigned Jose Tabata to minor league camp Friday while clarifying their plans for the final open bench spot.

1 day ago

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Twins 2

Starter Jeff Locke went 5⅔ innings and gave up 8 hits and 2 runs. The game was called in the 8th inning because of rain.

1 day ago

 Jose Tabata slides into third base during a spring training game against the Orioles earlier this month.

Outfielder Tabata one of a dozen Pirates cuts

Tabata, who was competing to be the club’s fourth outfielder, was reassigned to minor league camp.

2 days ago

 Vance Worley delivers against the Orioles earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

As the end of camp nears, the Pirates face decisions on their rotation and starting depth.

2 days ago

 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

2 days ago

Spring training report: Braves 7, Pirates 5

Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison all had success at the plate in Thursday’s loss to Atlanta.

2 days ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.26.15

With spring training nearing a close, Bill takes your questions on the Pittsburgh Nine in 2015.

3 days ago

 Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz delivers against the Twins earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Radhames Liz trying to be in control of fate with Pirates

Right-hander Liz, 31, one of several pitchers competing for a bullpen spot, shifted his approach and has shown promise this spring.

3 days ago

 Andrew McCutchen gets his  locks cut off by  Dee Barber. His signature locks will be auctioned off to raise money for Pirates Charities.

Pirates' McCutchen sheds locks to benefit charity

"Why? No big reason, really. It's time for a new change," the Pirates’ center fielder said in a YouTube video.

4 days ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen catches a fly ball hit by Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young on Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla.

Andrew McCutchen returns to Pirates after lengthy absence

The Pirates star missed 10 spring training games because of what the team called lower-body soreness.

4 days ago

Spring scouting report: Orioles 9, Pirates 2

Tony Sanchez had another good day at the plate, but Jung Ho Kang struggled again as the Pirates lost to Baltimore.

4 days ago

 Sean Rodriguez has played every position except pitcher and catcher in his seven seasons in the major leagues.

Learning on the fly led Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

Even before he was hitting home runs against major league aces, Sean Rodriguez knew versatility would be key to staying in the lineup.

5 days ago

Spring training report: Pirates 7, Rays 6

Starter A.J. Burnett struck out five in 4⅔ innings. Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the lineup today against the Orioles

5 days ago

Spring training report: Astros 14, Pirates 2

Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington said they anticipate Andrew McCutchen, who has not played since March 12, will be ready for opening day.

6 days ago

 Charlie Morton will start the fifth game of the sea­son, a road game April 11 against the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers

Despite showing signs of rust, Morton feeling more comfortable

Charlie Morton, who had surgery on his hip in September, allowed seven runs Sunday against Houston, but says he’s happy with his mechanics.

6 days ago

 Francisco Liriano is the first Pirates pitcher to be named opening day starter in back-to-back seasons since Oliver Perez in 2005 and 2006.

In rotation of deserving candidates, Liriano tabbed for the top

Clint Hurdle revealed the name he’d been keeping under his hat for a while: Francisco Liriano

1 week ago

 Jung Ho Kang sat out Saturday against the Red Sox.

Pirates notebook: Cervelli catches Liriano, and it's an all-Francisco battery for Pirates

Cervelli earns praise from Liriano after forming unusual all-Francisco battery.

1 week ago

Spring scouting report: Pirates 2, Red Sox 2

Records: Pirates (9-7), Red Sox (9-8)

1 week ago

 Pirates pitcher Arquimedes Caminero delivers against the Orioles Sunday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates' Caminero hopes numbers add up for roster spot

Pirates spring training: Reliever Arquimedes Euclides Caminero hopes numbers add up to spot on Pirates major league roster.

1 week ago

Spring scouting report: Pirates 6, Phillies 5; Pirates 4, Twins 2

Cole and Worley each went 5 innings, becoming the first starters to do so in the spring, and neither walked a batter in split-squad games.

1 week ago

Pirates' Kingham, Diaz optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis

The Pirates play a pair of split-squad games today, with half the team staying at McKechnie Field to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

1 week ago

 Tony Sanchez rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Wednesday's game in Bradenton, Fla.

Tony Sanchez fighting for more than a role as Pirates backup catcher

Former fourth overall pick Tony Sanchez blames nobody but himself for falling on the depth chart, but a hot spring has him trending up.

1 week ago

Spring training report: Orioles 6, Pirates 4

Corey Hart and Radhames Liz made strong impressions Wednesday against Baltimore, at the plate and on the mound, respectively.

1 week ago

 Baseball union head Tony Clark, show here in a 2014 file photo, spoke with Pirates players yesterday in Bradenton, Fla.

Rules, ways for handling top prospects come under some fire

Not everybody likes the way major league franchises are are handling their top prospects these days.

1 week ago

Spring training report: Pirates 8, Tigers 7

Tony Sanchez’s two-run home run the second inning was his fifth hit in as many at-bats this spring.

1 week ago

 Jameson Taillon throws during workouts Feb. 26 in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Eight cut, including right-hander Taillon

Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, is continuing rehab from Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery last April.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 3.18.15

Stephen checks in from spring training in Bradenton, Fla., to take your questions about the Pirates.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitcher Clayton Richard throws off the mound in the bullpen last month during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Left-hander Clayton Richard is latest reclamation job for Pirates

The pitcher is making big strides in his latest comeback.

1 week ago

Spring training report: Astros 13, Pirates 7

Neil Walker hit a home run, but Jeff Locke was hit hard as the Pirates fell to Houston at McKechnie Field.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Francisco Liriano pitches live batting practice during workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Liriano to start for Pirates opening day against Reds

For the second year in a row, left-hander Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates' opening day starter, manager Clint Hurdle announced

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Elias Diaz throws to second on his knees Sunday against the Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton Fla.

Pirates catcher Elias Diaz armed with potential

Off most radars for much of his career, the 24-year-old has continued to turn heads this spring after a breakout season at Class AA Altoona.

1 week ago

 Pirates pitcher Vance Worley delivers against the Orioles at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Orioles 2

Clint Hurdle weighs in on former Pirate Steve Pearce, as well as Sunday starter Vance Worley and his rotation battle with Jeff Locke.

1 week ago

 Former Pirates outfielder Travis Snider, now with the Orioles, singles against the Pirates Sunday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton Fla.

Now with Orioles, 'great teammate' Snider looks back on time with Pirates

Ex-Pirates outfielder Travis Snider went 3 for 4 in his first game against his former team since being traded to Baltimore in January.

1 week ago

 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke is trying to become more effective against left-handed batters this spring.

Battle for Pirates' fifth starter spot no sweat for Jeff Locke, Vance Worley

Jeff Locke and Vance Worley say there's no animosity between the two starters as they compete for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation.

2 weeks ago

Spring training report: Pirates 5, Red Sox 2

Starter Gerrit Gole nearly goes four innings and gives up two solo home runs.

2 weeks ago

 Josh Harrison jokes with teammates during a spring training game against the Twins Friday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates' Josh Harrison ready to go full tilt

Former super-utility man Harrison is preparing for his first full season as the Pirates starting third baseman.

2 weeks ago

 The Pirates reassigned right-hander Tyler Glasnow to minor league camp.

Pirates notebook: Prospect Glasnow sent to minor league camp

Four other players, including three pitchers, also were reassigned.

2 weeks ago

Spring training report: Twins 8, Pirates 3

Casey Sadler gets roughed up early Friday in a game against Minnesota, giving up four runs in the loss.

2 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice fly on Thursday was the only run the Pirates could muster against the Red Sox.

'Lower body soreness' keeps McCutchen out of Pirates lineup

The center fielder played Thursday against Boston; the injury is not believed to be serious.

2 weeks ago

 Stetson Allie watches action from the dugout against the Phillies earlier this week at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

Pirates prospect Stetson Allie relishes time spent with major leaguers

First baseman Stetson Allie hopes to make a good impression at his first major league camp with the Pirates.

2 weeks ago

 Corey Hart bats against the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Spring training report: Red Sox 5, Pirates 1

A.J. Burnett got to face the best Boston has to offer Thursday, and looked good until leaving two on base when he left in the third inning.

2 weeks ago

 Neil Walker makes play on ball against the Phillies Wednesday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.

Walker working to get back on track for Pirates

With a fully healthy lower back, Neil Walker prepares for the season.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli tags out the Phillies Ben Revere Thursday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.

Spring training report: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Starter Charlie Morton works three innings, giving up a run and two hits, as he works his way back into the rotation.

2 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen bats against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 3.11.15

With spring training in full swing, Bill takes your questions on what’s happening with the Pirates down in Bradenton.

2 weeks ago

 Andrew Lambo is takes something of a new approach to this spring training with the Pirates.

Andrew Lambo hopes to seize another opportunity with Pirates

Outfielder and first baseman Andrew Lambo is among the players fighting for the Pirates’ final bench spot.

2 weeks ago


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