Gerrit Cole already has the reputation of a big-game pitcher, which he'll carry into Wednesday night's win-or-go-home playoff against the Cubs.

Ace high: Gerrit Cole just the guy Pirates want in do-or-die situation

Gerrit Cole, just 25, will already be making his third postseason start Wednesday night, and the Pirates wouldn’t want it any other way.

about 9 hours ago

 Starling Marte celebrates with teammates after his walk-off home run Friday night to beat Cincinnati.

Ron Cook: Postseason success a must for Pirates

Many Steelers fans take a Super Bowl-or-bust approach to each season, and it’s time that thinking applies to the Pirates.

about 9 hours ago

  Max Scherzer struck out 17 hitters Saturday.

Nationals pitcher Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of season

The first one, on June 20, came against the Pirates.

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett holds back tears as he waves to fans after exiting in the seventh inning of tonight's game against the Reds.

Pirates fall to Reds in what may be Burnett's final regular season start

The pitcher has said he’ll retire at season’s end. With the Cubs winning, the Pirates still have work to do to host the NL wild-card game.

about 10 hours ago

 Gerrit Cole has pitched one elimination game before: Game 5 of the 2013 NLDS against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Cole to start Pirates' wild-card game against Cubs

The 25-year-old, the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, was the Pirates’ best starter this season.

about 15 hours ago

 Sean Rodriguez in catcher's gear? These are the kind of nightmare scenarios teams think about before heading into the postseason.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle already mulling choices for wild-card game roster

The Pirates have time before submitting their wild-card roster, but the discussions about whom to select have begun.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning Friday night against the Reds at PNC Park.

After trailing, 4-0, Marte’s homer in 12th reduces magic number to 1

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs beat the Brewers, keeping the pressure on the Pirates.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli celebrates at home after hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Cardinals at PNC Park on Wednesday.

Pirates catcher Cervelli enjoying fruits of a full season in majors

Without major injuries or other obstacles, Francisco Cervelli has played a full season for the first time and sets career-highs on offense.

2 days ago

 Pirates reliever Jared Hughes celebrates with Josh Harrison after beating the Cardinals 8-2 Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 10.1.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who will face the Cubs in a Wild Card playoff next week.

2 days ago

 A matchup between Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is nigh.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole's attitude, ability can carry Pirates a long way

Even if it comes down to a duel with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole gives the Pirates a great chance to beat anyone in the other dugout.

3 days ago

 Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison celebrate after scoring on a double by Starling Marte against the Colorado Rockies last week at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

Pirates notebook: Polanco shakes off Monday error

Gregory Polanco had a nice day at the plate and in the field in the first game of the Wednesday doubleheader.

3 days ago

 Charlie Morton allowed five runs before leaving in the third inning of Game 2 Wednesday night at PNC Park, quickly taking the drama out of the Pirates’ hopes for a sweep.

Cardinals win division; Pirates bound for third wild-card game

The Pirates stayed alive by winning the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, 8-2. But Morton fell far short in the nightcap.

3 days ago

 Pirates fans celebrate after Joakim Soria struck out Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta in the seventh inning Monday at PNC Park.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 9.30.15

Jerry takes your questions on the Pirates postseason prospects and how the Steelers will fare without Ben Roethlisberger.

3 days ago

 Cardinals' Mark Reynolds rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against Pirates' Mark Melancon in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pay high price for many mistakes Monday night

After the miscues late in the game Monday night against St. Louis, Tuesday’s rain didn’t do the Pirates any favors.

4 days ago

 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slides to break up a double play against the Cardinals' Kolten Wong in the fourth inning Monday at PNC Park.

St. Louis gets two chances to clinch NL Central title today after game Tuesday is rained out

The Cardinals can wrap up the NL Central title today with one win in the day-night doubleheader against the Pirates at PNC Park.

4 days ago

 Pirates' Josh Harrison gets a hit against the Cardinals in the third inning Monday at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 9.29.15

With five games left will the Pirates catch the Cardinals? Stephen takes your questions in today’s chat.

4 days ago

Gene Collier: Pirates fail to pick things up

The Pirates face a must win situation tonight if they care to keep the balance of the week relevant.

5 days ago

 Pirates' Gregory Polanco is tagged out at home by Cardinals' Yadier Molina in the first inning of a July game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Cardinals lose one, might gain another

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will miss the rest of the season because of a thumb injury, meaning the Pirates will face backup Tony Cruz.

5 days ago

 Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon fight in the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Washington.

Washington Nationals suspend closer for games for duguout fight

Jonathan Papelbon also drops appeal of three-game suspension from league for throwing at an opponent’s head, thus ending his season.

5 days ago

 The Cardinals' Tony Cruz tags out Pirates' Starling Marte at home plate in the third inning Monday at PNC Park.

Pirates can't close gap on Cardinals in 3-0 loss

The Pirates went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 runners on base.

5 days ago

 Not much new ground will be broken this week when the St. Louis Cardinals visit PNC Park to take on the Pirates in the middle of a pennant race.

Pirates notebook: No secrets with Cardinals entering penultimate series

The Pirates and Cardinals have plenty of data to inform their decisions in the crucial final series between the two teams.

6 days ago

 Cardinals' Peter Bourjos holds up the ball after colliding with Stephen Piscotty on a fly ball hit by Pirates' Josh Harrison in the seventh inning Monday at PNC Park.

Cardinals' Piscotty leaves game after scary collision

“Stephen Piscotty suffered a head contusion,” the Cardinals announced on Twitter. “[He] is being taken to local hospital for further exams.

5 days ago

 Gregory Polanco steals second base on the late tag by Cubs infielder Starlin Castro in the seventh inning.

Cubs stop Pirates' win streak at 8 with 4-0 victory

The Pirates (95-61) trail the St. Louis Cardinals, who come to PNC Park for a three-game series that begins today, by three games.

6 days ago

 Larry Lucchino talks on his cell phone on his first visit to the Red Sox spring training facility back in 2002 in Fort Myers, Fla., before becoming the team's president.

Gene Collier: A baseball life takes a turn for Pittsburgher Lucchino

Pittsburgh native Larry Lucchino begins his final week in baseball after overseeing the impossible in Boston as president of the Red Sox.

1 week ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer, left, and second baseman Neil Walker celebrate at Wrigley Field after a 4-0 win Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

Pirates notebook: Recent streak improves road record

The Pirates’ eight-game road winning streak is the team’s first since 1987.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen: The dreads are gone, the skills are not.

On the Pirates: McCutchen says the dreads are gone forever

Andrew McCutchen cut his trademark locks six months ago, but the Pirates outfielder never worried how the new look would alter his image.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Jordy Mercer, center, celebrates with Francisco Cervelli, left, and Pedro Alvarez after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs  Saturday in Chicago.

Pirates win eighth consecutive game with 4-0 victory over Cubs

The Pirates increased their lead on the Cubs to 5½ games, and the Cubs have seven games left to cut into it.

1 week ago

 Pirates closer Mark Melancon reacts after retiring Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the final out of the game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Denver. Pittsburgh won 5-4.

Pirates reliance on bullpen showed up in big way in sweep of Rockies

Pirates notebook: None of the Pirates’ starters completed six innings in the sweep of the Rockies,  but the bullpen pitched well.

1 week ago

 Pirates ace Gerrit Cole                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cubs Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in Chicago.

Cole provides likely playoff preview, taming Cubs in Pirates victory

Gerrit Cole outduels Jon Lester as Pirates  hold on for 3-2 victory against Cubs in Chicago; Melancon gets 51st save.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole pitches to a Cardinals batter during the second inning of a game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sept. 6, 2015.

Pirates notebook: Pressure on Cole heightens beginning with start today against Cubs

Gerrit Cole knows how high the stakes are today when he faced the Cubs, but he’s trying to keep on an even keel.

1 week ago

 From left, Pirates A.J. Burnett, Andrew McCutchen, Francisco Cervelli and Jung Ho Kang celebrate after a win at PNC Park.

Adam Bittner: Pirates’ season a success regardless of how it ends

Playing in such a tough division, the Pirates have a lot to to be proud of, no matter what happens in the postseason.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez celebrates his game-winning home run off the Rockies' Jairo Diaz with teammates Neil Walker, left, and Starling Marte at Coors Field on Thursday.

Bucs riding mile-high surge after Alvarez home run secures first four-game road sweep since 1997

Pirates defeat Colorado Rockies, 5-4 for 10,000th all-time victory; head to Chicago for pivotal series.

1 week ago

 Gregory Polanco and Aramis Ramirez take a selfie after the Pirates beat Colorado on Wednesday night to clinch a playoff spot.

Pirates playoff tickets go on sale Monday

The Pirates trail the first-place St. Louis Cardinals by four games and, as of now, are in line to meet the Cubs Oct. 7.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Gregory Polanco and Jaff Decker celebrate after the Pirates clinched a playoff berth with a 13-7 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday.

Pirates celebrate 13-7 win over Rockies to clinch third-consecutive playoff berth

The Pirates have now reached the postseason in three consecutive seasons three times in franchise history: 1970-72, 1990-92 and 2013-15.

1 week ago

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 9.24.15

Bill takes your questions on the eve of a huge series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

1 week ago

 New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. Berra, the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher has died. He was 90.

Pirates notebook: Pirates remember Yankees legend Yogi Berra

Former Yankees players Mark Melancon, Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart said Berra’s presence was felt all the time in New York.

1 week ago

 Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, front, fields the throw as the Pirates' Starling Marte steals second base during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game at Coors Field in Denver.

Pirates on verge of playoff spot after beating Colorado Rockies, 6-3

At 91-60, the Pirates own the second-best record in the majors and are 31 games over .500, tying a season-high.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle celebrates the team's victory in the 2013 National League wild-card game by allowing himself to be the target of champagne blasts.

Ron Cook: Pirates, fans shouldn't take making playoffs for granted

Making playoffs for three years in a row will be quite an accomplishment.

1 week ago

 Baseball legend Yogi Berra poses at the Yogi Berra Museum in Upper Montclair, N.J., in this April 26, 2007 file photo. Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees and one of baseball's most iconic players, has died, Major League Baseball said today. He was 90.

Baseball Hall of Famer, Yankees legend Yogi Berra dies at age 90

Berra was a tough catcher and a feared clutch hitter who helped the Yankees dominate baseball from 1947 to 1963.

1 week ago

 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert joke with Pirates president Frank Coonelly at a Pirates exhibition game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 9.23.15

Pirates and Steelers talk dominate the discussion in this week’s online forum with the Post-Gazette’s sports editor.

1 week ago

 Pirates SS Jordy Mercer singles against the Cardinals at PNC Park in July.

Pirates notebook: Mercer embracing bigger role now that Kang is gone

Manager Clint Hurdle applauds shortstop’s play after coming off the disabled list.

1 week ago

 They raised it: A Pirates pennant from the 1940s.

Baseball Lore: A Pirates fan from the '40s still has the fever

My middle-school girlfriends joined fan clubs for movie stars. Not me. I made the “Pirate Pals” girls’ fan club in the 1940s.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, watches along with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 9.22.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates who are on the verge of clinching their third-straight postseason appearance.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Francisco Cervelli scores on a double hit by Jordy Mercer as Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy looks on in the fourth inning of Monday night's game.

Pirates defeat Rockies, 9-3, to get magic number to two

The Pirates could clinch their third consecutive postseason berth today with another win and a San Francisco Giants loss.

1 week ago

 Earlier in the game, Ramirez, 37, drove an RBI triple off the center-field wall for his first triple since Aug. 2, 2014.

Aramis Ramirez leaves game with groin tightness

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez left in the fifth inning of the Pirates' game against the Colorado Rockies.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Speedy Keon Broxton joins roster

Keon Broxton adds some speed to the Pirates roster and mostly will be used as pinch-runner after his call up from Indianapolis.

1 week ago

 Before they put on their costumes for a flight to Denver, Michael Morse and the Pirates dressed up to win and take a three-game series from the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Pirates notebook: Costume party fits right in L.A.

In honor of the Emmy Awards, the Pirates, coaches included, donned costumes after series win against the Dodgers.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cole gets win No. 17 in 4-3 Pirates victory

Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez homered to power a 4-3 Pirates win and take the road series.

1 week ago

 Pirates reliever Mark Melancon celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 at Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Melancon set a team record with his 47th save of the season.

Pirates break losing streak, take down Kershaw in L.A.

Melancon notches his 47th save to set the club’s single-season record.

2 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen is the Pirates’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, based on a player’s contribution to his team and humanity.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Andrew McCutchen a star off the field, too

The Pirates’ MVP center fielder Andrew McCutchen has Roberto Clemente’s heart, as evidenced by what he does away from the diamond.

2 weeks ago