Pirates


 Pirates' Gregory Polanco steals second base against Mets' Daniel Murphy in the second inning Friday at PNC Park.

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.

about 1 hour 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.

about 22 hours 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.

about 9 hours 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.

about 22 hours 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.

about 6 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago


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 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.

1 day 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.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days ago


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