Joakim Soria #38 and Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates talk in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 5-4.

Pirates notebook: Newcomer Soria will work as setup man

Joakim Soria will be a another setup man for closer Mark Melancon.

about 8 hours ago

 Then-Seattle Mariners starting pitcher -- now with the Pirates -- J.A. Happ delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Injury to Burnett forced the Pirates' hand to add pitcher

A.J. Burnett’s injury forced the Pirates to acquire J.A. Happ from the Seattle Mariners Friday at the non-waiver trade deadline.

about 15 hours ago

 Starling Marte argues with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley after being called out on strikes in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Starling Marte saves the night in 5-4 win against Reds

The Pirates closed July with a National League-best 17-9 record, matching their mark in June.

about 9 hours ago

 A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburg Pirates looks on during the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park.  A.J. Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list today because of right elbow inflammation.

Pirates place Burnett on disabled list, recall LaFromboise from Class AAA

Burnett has struggled in his past three starts – all since the All-Star break – allowing 32 hits and 18 earned runs in 16 innings.

about 14 hours ago

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: Trade deadline edition

Beat writer Bill Brink takes your questions on the moves the Pirates did -- and didn’t -- make.

about 15 hours ago

Pirates promote Josh Bell to Class AAA Indianapolis

Bell, a 22-year-old switch-hitter, hit .310 with a .379 on-base percentage, five home runs and 17 doubles.

about 8 hours ago

 The Pirates' Vance Worley delivers a pitch against the Brewers in April.

Pirates Notebook: Worley designated for assignment

The Pirates felt newly acquired reliever Joe Blanton was better suited for a hybrid relief role than Vance Worley.

1 day ago

 Cincinnati's Marlon Byrd runs home after hitting a three-run home run off Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.

Reds pummel Burnett, bullpen to beat Pirates, 15-5

The Reds collected 19 hits, pushed across eight runs, seven earned, against A.J. Burnett, to dash the Pirates’ three-game winning streak.

1 day ago

 Detroit Tigers right-handed reliever Joakim Soria, 31, has served as the Tigers’ closer this season and saved 23 games. He has a 2.85 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 41 innings. Hewill become a free agent after the season.

Pirates beef up bullpen by adding Soria, Blanton to the mix

Adding Joakim Soria and Joe Blanton should make an already strong bullpen even tougher.

1 day ago

 Joe Blanton appeared in 15 games for the Royals this season.

Pirates trade for right-hander Joe Blanton from Kansas City Royals

The Pirates acquired right-hander Joe Blanton from the Royals early this morning in exchange for cash considerations.

2 days ago

 Top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow pitches for the West Virginia Black Bears against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers last month at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Pirates notebook: Top prospect Tyler Glasnow promoted to Class AAA

The Pirates promoted top prospect Tyler Glasnow, a right-handed pitcher, from Class AA Altoona to Class AAA Indianapolis Wednesday.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after scoring and hitting a four-run single against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Pirates left fielder Jaff Decker and first baseman Travis Ishikawa also scored on the play and accompany him back to the dugout.

McCutchen leads way as hot bats set up sweep of Minnesota,10-4

The Pirates’ offense continues to roll, setting stage for fifth win in the past six games.

2 days ago

 Gregory Polanco seems to be hitting his stride in the Pirates lineup after a period of struggles.

Pirates notebook: Polanco's improvement starts with short swing

Right fielder Gregory Polanco has hit better for the Pirates the past 2½ weeks, thanks in part to shortening his swing.

3 days ago

Cleveland Indians pick up Pirates' pitcher Jayson Aquino

The Pirates had designated Aquino for assignment July 22 to make room for Pedro Florimon on the 40-man roster.

2 days ago

 Jung Ho Kang, left, celebrates with right fielder Gregory Polanco, center fielder Andrew McCutchen and  left fielder Jaff Decker after Tuesday's win at Minnesota.

Kang's 9th-inning homer gives Pirates 8-7 win over Twins

Jung Ho Kang homered off Twins closer Glen Perkins in the ninth, giving the Pirates an 8-7 victory at Target Field.

3 days ago

 Gerrit Cole pitches against the Nationals Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.28.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who open a six-game road trip tonight against the Twins in Minneapolis.

3 days ago

 “I know all players wish they could have a day game on getaway days, but you understand the economics behind the night games, drawing a bigger crowd and whatnot,” Chris Stewart said.

For Pirates, traveling after night games poses unique problems, forces unique solutions

MLB teams and players find different methods to mitigate the effects of late night traveling.

4 days ago

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out the Padres' Derek Norris during a game earlier this month at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Kang in Rookie of the Year conversation

Jung Ho Kang’s remarkable transition, progress and impact on Pirates makes him a candidate for the award.

4 days ago

 A flag is unfurled on the field of PNC Park at the Pirates' home opener April 13 against the Detroit Tigers.

Which ballpark hits a home run with fans?

More than 90,000 voters responding to a survey ranked PNC Park as the best ballpark in the country by a margin of 65-35.

4 days ago

 Esther McNeal, 93, of Harrison City, meets Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's game Sunday at PNC Park. With Mrs. McNeal are granddaughter Cindy Shtur of San Diego and Ms. Shtur’s parents, Jane and Michael Shtur of Harrison City.

First game in 50 years worth the wait for longtime Pirates fan

The family of 93-year-old Pirates fan Esther McNeal planned a day at the ballgame, her first at PNC Park.

5 days ago

 Gregory Polanco is mobbed after hitting the winning single in the 10th inning July 12 against the Cardinals, one of the many big plays the Pirates right fielder had made this month.

Ron Cook: Hurdle's belief in Polanco is paying off

The Pirates right fielder was struggling entering this month, but his manager’s encouraging words have made a difference.

5 days ago

 In Jeff Locke's past eight starts, his ERA is 2.53.

Bob Smizik: And the Pirates' next move is . . . ?

General manager Neal Huntington said on his radio show that the trading for Aramis Ramirez, are not necessarily through dealing.

5 days ago

 Class AAA Indianapolis pitcher Casey Sadler is now a part of the Pirates' list of injured potential replacement starters.

Pirates notebook: Sadler's season likely finished

The Pirates pitching depth took another hit when Casey Sadler got an injection that could end his season.

5 days ago

 The Pirates' Chris Stewart scores against the Nationals' Wilson Ramos in the third inning.

Pirates beat Nationals, 3-1, for series win

Gerrit Cole pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Neil Walker homered to help the Pirates hold off Washington.

5 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez talks with teammates at batting practice Saturday before the team's game against the Nationals.

Aramis Ramirez returns to team where it all started

Ramirez is happy to return to the team that gave him an opportunity and for the chance to play for a World Series.

6 days ago

Pirates notebook: Radhames Liz might return to mix

Right-hander has a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings since his demotion to Class AAA Indianapolis and is a candidate to make a spot start if needed.

6 days ago

Gene Collier: Baseball in the 21st century is filled with advertisements

The amount of product placement in baseball today prevents fans from fully enjoying the game.

6 days ago

 Clint Hurdle gets tangled with New York Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles during a game in the 1978 American League Championship Series.

Clint Hurdle will always have a Royal soft spot

The trip to Kansas City brought back a lot of memories — and a lot of old friends — for the Pirates manager

6 days ago

 The Pirates' Aug. 23 game time change caused the Steelers to move their game up.

Pirates, Steelers swap Aug. 23 game times

The Pirates will now play the Giants at 8 p.m. at PNC Park, while the Steelers face off against the Packers at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.

6 days ago

 A.J. Burnett Burnett allowed 11 hits against the Nationals Saturday at PNC Park.

Burnett buckling of late

During A.J. Burnett’s outing Saturday night the hits came in droves leading to a Pirates loss to the Washington Nationals, 9-3, at PNC Park.

6 days ago

 The Pirates' Brent Morel was designated for assignment.

Pirates designate infielder Morel for assignment

The move makes room for Aramis Ramirez, acquired by the Pirates Thursday from the Brewers.

6 days ago

 Pirates relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero pitches against the Giants during a June 2 game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Pirates notebook: Caminero's delivery not what it was earlier in season

Arquimedes Caminero needs to rediscover his best delivery to create angle on his pitches.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run homer against the Nationals in the second inning at PNC Park Friday night.

Pirates pound Scherzer for win against Nationals, 7-5

Pedro Alvarez, Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker all homered, helping the Pirates (56-40) overcome an uneven start from Jeff Locke.

1 week ago

 Aramis Ramirez is back with the Pirates after getting traded to the Cubs in 2003.

Ron Cook: Ramirez might be just what the Pirates need

It has been 12 years since Aramis Ramirez last played for the Pirates, but he can still provide the power the team’s lineup needs.

1 week ago

 Jung Ho Kang watches as teammate Jordy Mercer collides with Milwaukee Brewer Carlos Gomez during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Milwaukee. Gomez was out on the play and Mercer left the game on a cart.

Pirates notebook: Mercer talks to Brewers' Gomez, sees no need for retaliation

Injured Jordy Mercer discusses his phone call with Carlos Gomez, his thoughts on Gomez’s slide and the Pirates’ lack of retaliation.

1 week ago

 Aramis Ramirez started his professional career with the Pirates in 1998 before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003.

Adam Bittner: Aramis Ramirez to Pirates deal minor on paper, huge for perception

The 37-year-old former Pirate will nicely fill in the big hole needed on the infield with Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison out.

1 week ago

 Aramis Ramirez made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1998.

Aramis Ramirez’s career comes full circle with return to Pirates

Ramirez will reunite with his former team that signed him out of the Dominican Republic as the team fills a hole created by injuries.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers against the Nationals at PNC Park.

Liriano, bats lead Pirates over Nationals, 7-3

The Pirates won the first game of their series against the Washington Nationals, 7-3, Thursday night.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates get better with Ramirez

General manager Neal Huntington silenced his critics by acquiring third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 week ago

 Jaff Decker celebrates with Andrew McCutchen after scoring in the third inning against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.23.15

After a 1-5 road trip, the Pirates come home this weekend and Bill takes your questions on how the Bucs can regain their pre-All Star form.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte is tagged out at home by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez as he tried to score on a double by Jung Ho Kang during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 3-1.

Pirates notebook: Sofield owns up to his error

Third base coach Rick Sofield takes full responsibility for bad decision in ninth inning of a loss to Kansas City Tuesday night.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Pedro Alvarez makes rare start against a left-handed pitcher

Alvarez batted sixth as the designated hitter against a Royals left-hander Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

1 week ago

 Charlie Morton gave up seven hits in six-plus innings Wednesday at Kansas City.

Pirates lose to Royals again as Volquez outduels Morton

The Pirates (54-40) fell for the fifth time in six games since the All-Star break.

1 week ago

Pirates promote shortstop Florimon, option pitcher Boscan to Indianapolis

The Pirates selected Pedro Florimon’s contract from Class AAA Indianapolis Wednesday to rebalance the roster with a 13th position player.

1 week ago

 Could Clint Barmes be returning to the Pirates? It wouldn't be such a bad trade.

Adam Bittner: Pirates’ reported trade targets would be good fits

From San Diego’s Clint Barmes to Arizona’s Cliff Pennington, the Pirates don’t necessarily need a big-name guy to fulfill their needs.

1 week ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 7.22.15

Heavy Pirates and Steelers discussion in this week’s chat with the Post-Gazette’s managing editor for sports.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Starling Marte gestures as he crosses the plate past Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez after running home on what was thought to be a home run during the second inning.

Pirates' sloppy plays in 8th inning lead to 3-1 loss in Kansas City

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed three runs, two earned, but the deciding rally started with a Neil Walker error.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, left, is held back by catcher Francisco Cervelli as Burnett has words with first base umpire Gerry Davis after being called for a balk during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, July 20, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 7.21.15

The Pirates get back to winning ways with a win over Kansas City; Stephen takes your questions from the road about the team.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Travis Ishikawa celebrates with third base coach Rick Sofield after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning Monday against the Royals.

Pirates' Ishikawa delivers against AL-best Royals

First baseman has two doubles, a home run and four RBIs to help beat the AL's Kansas City Royals.

1 week ago

 In this April 13, 2011 photo former baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco after being found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice. Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was thrown out Wednesday, April 22, 2015, by a federal court of appeals.

U.S. Department of Justice drops Barry Bonds’ case

After a nearly decade-long prosecution, the criminal case against the career HR leader over allegations he received PEDs was dismissed.

1 week ago