Pirates starterCharlie Morton made his season debut Monday night at PNC Park against the Miami Marlins

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates bullpen as solid as ever

After Charlie Morton made his season debut, he took great comfort from knowing he was giving the ball to Tony Watson and Mark Melancon.

about 3 hours ago

 Teammates congratulate Pirates' Francisco Cervelli after hitting a three run homer against the Marlins Monday night at PNC Park.

Pirates beat Marlins, 4-2

In Charlie Morton’s season debut, the Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins at PNC Park Monday night, winning their fourth consecutive game.

about 6 hours ago

 Charlie Morton takes the ball tonight against the Miami Marlins for the suddenly soaring Pirates. It will be his first major league start since Sept. 16.

Ron Cook: Morton's job is to keep momentum rolling for Pirates

Charlie Morton returns to the mound tonight for a Pirates team that thoroughly dominated the Mets this past weekend at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Pirates All-Star Josh Harrison isn't slumping anymore.

Pirates notebook: Huntington says Harrison having fun again

General manager Neal Huntington suggested Josh Harrison’s new contract initially might have put some pressure on the third baseman.

1 day ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Radhames Liz throws warmup pitches during the first inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., in March.

Pirates notebook: Liz cut to make room for Morton

Radhames Liz, 31, had a 3.63 ERA in 11 games encompassing 17⅓ innings this season.

about 12 hours ago

 Jung Ho Kang doubles against the Mets Sunday.at PNC Park.

McCutchen, Pirates come alive in series sweep with 9-1 win against Mets

Andrew McCutchen singled, homered and drew two walks. He knocked in two runs and scored twice.

1 day ago

 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

2 days ago

 Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang singles against the Mets Saturday at PNC Park. Manager compiling a list of firsts and worsts for Kang.

Mets manager not surprised by Burnett's success at 38

Pirates notebook: Terry Collins has his own pitcher who is 42 and still giving batters’ fits.

2 days ago

 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett isn't the same pitcher he was when he first came to Pittsburgh three years ago.

On the Pirates: The evolution of A.J. Burnett

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett has had one of the best stretches of his career to start the 2015 season, which might be his last.

2 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez beat the throw and slides safely into home against the Mets on Saturday

Pirates light up Mets' ace Harvey in 8-2 win

While the kid got crushed, veteran A.J. Burnett kept right on rolling in an 8-2 victory before a sellout crowd of 39,385 at PNC Park.

2 days ago

 Charlie Morton throws against the Phillies during a preseason game in Philadelphia.

Pirates notebook: Morton will return to the Pirates starting rotation

Pitcher Charlie Morton will rejoin Pirates Monday in time to make first start of regular season against the Miami Marlins.

3 days ago

 Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch Friday against the New York Mets at PNC Park. In his longest outing of the season, Cole threw 111 pitches and improved to 6-2.

Cole pitches Pirates to 4-1 win

Gerrit Cole dazzled, scattering six hits and 10 strikeouts in a 111-pitch outing as the Pirates took the season opener from the Mets.

3 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang makes play on ball hit by the Cardinals Peter Bourjos on May 10, 2015 at PNC Park.

MLB catching up to Pirates with shifty tactics

Major league teams are on pace for about 17,666 shifts this year. In 2011, there were just 2,358 shifts.

4 days ago

 The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen tries to get out of the way as he gets hit by a pitch against the Twins in the sixth inning Wednesday.

Pirates, McCutchen upset with leak of pay stub

A picture on Reddit, later posted to Deadspin, showed the center fielder’s most recent pay stub.

3 days ago

 Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds with Willie Stargell in June 1987.

Barry Bonds will return to Pittsburgh for award

Barry Bonds will receive the 2015 Josh Gibson Lifetime Legacy Award in September.

4 days ago

 With a 3.24 ERA and striking out a robust 9.6 hitters per nine innings, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels won’t come cheap for any team.

Adam Bittner: Pirates shouldn’t target Phillies' Cole Hamels in trade market

While tempting, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington’s best move is probably to stand pat.

3 days ago

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang hits a single against the Twins on Wednesday.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense stumbles again with no end in sight

The club has only one triple in 1,300-plus at bats this season.

4 days ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Pirates notebook: Mercer's struggles examined

Searching for solutions to Jordy Mercer’s start, Clint Hurdle looks for the intent behind the mechanics.

5 days ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen looks to the crowd after tying the game against the Twins in the eighth inning Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at PNC Park.

Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 5.21.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who have the day off before beginning a weekend series against the Mets.

4 days ago

 The Pirates' Josh Harrison is caught stealing second base by the Twins' Danny Santana in the third inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Pirates fall to Twins in 13 innings, 4-3

The Pirates lost to the Minnesota Twins in 13 innings, 4-3, on Joe Mauer’s tiebreaking home run.

5 days ago

 Francisco Liriano walks off the mound after throwing a wild pitch against the Twins Tuesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' homestand gets started on wrong foot

The Pirates need about six wins along this curve of the schedule to demonstrate they’re not one of the worst home teams in the league.

6 days ago

 Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano looks over at Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (not shown)  rounding third base after hitting a homer in the second inning at PNC Park.

Twins ride early lead to 8-5 win over Pirates

The Minnesota Twins lit up Pirates starter Francisco Liriano for five hits and seven runs in two innings Tuesday night.

6 days ago

 The Pirates' Jose Tabata waits on deck to hit during batting practice in spring training in February.

Pirates notebook: Jose Tabata returns to majors as a refocused offensive player

Tuesday, the Pirates recalled a refocused Jose Tabata from Class AAA Indianapolis to beef up their bench.

6 days ago

 Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco makes a catch on a fly ball off the bat of Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro during the ninth inning Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 5.19.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who open up an interleague series with the Minnesota Twins tonight at PNC Park.

6 days ago

 Josh Harrison is greeted by Pirates teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning May 12 against the Phillies.

After a monthlong slump, Pirates' Harrison makes progress

Josh Harrison is looking like his old self with his recent surge; but, he says, his new contract had nothing to with his poor start.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte hits a three run homer last month against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Starling Marte shows signs of being elite outfielder

Young left fielder seems capable of joining an all-time list of great outfielders in Pirates franchise history.

1 week ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is hitting .176 with a .231 on-base percentage.

Pirates notebook: Mercer gives way to Kang at shortstop

Jordy Mercer was benched for the weekend so he could try to escape his second consecutive early season slump.

1 week ago

 Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is tagged out on the back end of a double play by Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez in the second inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Ron Cook: Division title appears to be slipping away for Pirates

The Pirates are 18-20 after beating the Cubs Sunday, and even a wild-card berth seems like a stretch right now with the way they’re playing.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Pirates break losing streak with 3-0 win against Cubs

The Pirates converted another stellar start from A.J. Burnett into their latest win.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker steps on second base to complete a triple play that was the first of its kind May 9 against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

On The Pirates: Neil Walker's triple-play ball elusive

Neil Walker has yet to get his hands on the ball from the Pirates’ historic triple play last week, but he should soon have his new keepsake.

1 week ago

 Rehabbing right-hander Charlie Morton should be back in a Pirates uniform after his next start at Class AAA.

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton eyes comeback

Charlie Morton will make one more rehab start before rejoining the Pirates rotation.

1 week ago

 Right-hander Wilfredo Boscan throws in the bullpen during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla., during spring training.

Pirates add Boscan to roster from Indianapolis

Infielder Steve Lombardozzi was optioned to Indianapolis to make room on the active roster.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker avoids a sliding Anthony Rizzo in the third inning Saturday in Chicago.

Pirates fall to Cubs, Lester

The Pirates lost their fourth game in a row, unable to do any offensive damage other than Sean Rodriguez’s solo home run.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton.

Pirates notebook: Bullpen session next step in Morton's latest comeback

Charlie Morton will throw a bullpen session today at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

1 week ago

 Catcher Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies tags out Steve Lombardozzi of the Pirates who attempted to score on a fly ball hit by Jordy Mercer to Phillies right fielder Jeff Francoeur  who threw home for the game ending double play during a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 13, 2015 in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 3-2.

Pirates Notebook: Lombardozzi understands his role with Pirates

Utilityman Steve Lombardozzi knows, accepts his role despite bouncing frequently from one organization to another.

1 week ago

 Jordy Mercer pats Andrew McCutchen on the head after they score in the 8th inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field Friday.

Pirates lose to Cubs in extra innings

The Cubs defeated the Pirates, 11-10, in 12 innings at Wrigley Field on a walk-off bloop hit that Gregory Polanco tripped attempting to

1 week ago

 Vance Worley delivers a pitch in the third inning today at Citizens Bank Park.

Pirates lose, 4-2, split series in Philadelphia

The Phillies’ early lead held up in an afternoon victory at Citizens Bank Park.

1 week ago

 Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield congratulates Corey Hart on a two-run home run against the Tigers in the home opener at PNC Park but has seen little action since.

Pirates Notebook: Lack of at-bats plays a role in Hart's slow start

With Pirates not facing many left-handed starters, offseason pickup Corey Hart’s slow start is at least partially tied to so few at-bats.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen is hit by a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hamels, Phillies halt Pirates' 4-game winning streak, 3-2

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels held the Pirates at bay for seven innings.

1 week ago

 Josh Harrison reacts after striking out during a game against the Chicago Cubs Monday, April 27, 2015 in Chicago.

Ron Cook: Josh Harrison trying to weather a storm

The season has been a tremendous struggle for the Pirates third baseman after a breakout year in 2014 and a big, new contract.

1 week ago

 Pirates fans cheer as pitcher Jared Hughes heads to the dugout after getting the team out of a jam against theTigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015 at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle keeps eye on usage of back-end relievers

Manager Clint Hurdle and his staff keep close tabs on how and how often Pirates late-game relievers are used.

1 week ago

 Josh Harrison is greeted by teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harrison, McCutchen slug Pirates over Phillies, 7-2

Josh Harrison hit a three-run blast in the fourth, and Andrew McCutchen capped a four-run seventh with a shot over the wall in left-center.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte ,left celebrates with third base coach Rick Sofield after hitting a three run home run against the  Philles in the third inning of a baseball g, May 11, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 5.12.15

Stephen takes your questions about the Pirates.

1 week ago

 Third baseman Jung Ho Kang throws to first base to retire a St. Louis Cardinals hitter during the sixth inning of Sunday's game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Kang earns another start over Harrison

Jung Ho Kang getting some starts to test his endurance, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

2 weeks ago

 Bobby LaFromboise throws in the bullpen during February workouts at Pirates City, Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates place Bastardo on paternity list, recall LaFromboise

LaFromboise, 28, allowed 12 hits and seven runs in 13 1/3 innings this year with Indianapolis.

2 weeks ago

 Starling Marte is congratulated by Andrew McCutchen on his three-run home run in the third inning Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Marte powers Pirates to 4-3 win against Phillies

The Pirates opened a seven-game road trip with their fourth victory and pulled back to .500 for the first time since May 2.

2 weeks ago

 Jung Ho Kang, who hit his second career home run Sunday, is proving patience was the best course for the Pirates to take with him.

Ron Cook: Tough for Pirates to keep Kang off the field

Jung Ho Kang is now making his manager and the Pirates front office look smart for believing in his talent.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has an explanation for Josh Harrison's rocky start to the season.

Pirates notebook: Harrison's struggles may be result of new contract

It has been a trying start to the season for All-Star third baseman Josh Harrison, and Pirates GM Neal Huntington has an idea as to why.

2 weeks ago

 Josh Harrison is off to a slow start, but time may help him get back on track.

Adam Bittner: Not yet time to give up on Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer

Jung Ho Kang’s hot start shouldn’t be a reason to send either starter to the bench permanently.

2 weeks ago

 Gerrit Cole

On the Pirates: Inside Gerrit Cole's NL award-winning month of April

Sometimes, Pirates starter Gerrit Cole won't let anyone else play.

2 weeks ago


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