Pirates players Jung Ho Kang jokes with Gregory Polanco (middle) and Starling Marte at workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Fla.

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

about 21 hours ago

McCutchen humble at the top

Andrew McCutchen is a quiet man and even when displaying the swagger of one of the best players in the game, he does so without airs.

about 21 hours ago

 Jose Tabata waits on deck to hit during batting practice at Pirates City, Bradenton, Fla.

Tabata trying to break through again

Tabata spent the offseason refining his swing in hopes of increasing his power production and has put on a show since arriving in Bradenton.

about 21 hours ago

 Pirates right hander Brad Lincoln during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Lincoln hopes second time is the charm with Pirates

Brad Lincoln, a former first-round pick, is back with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee and will vie for a spot in the bullpen.

1 day ago

British TV shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in Pirates baseball cap

Sky News says the black cap was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied.

2 days ago

 Jameson Taillon throws long toss during morning workouts Thursday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, almost a year removed from surgery, will start facing batters soon

Team’s top prospect sharpens focus on arm care after going through Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation.

2 days ago

 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

3 days ago

 Josh Harrison shares a laugh with Andrew McCutchen during workouts Tuesday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 2.25.15

Two sure signs spring is nigh: 1. The Pirates are back in Bradenton and 2. Bill is back to answer your questions in his weekly chat.

4 days ago

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 Pirates chairman and owner Bob Nutting greets Andrew McCutchen today during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates owner brings MLB a voice from the North Shore

Bob Nutting’s spot on the executive council offers him a platform to influence baseball’s next steps.

4 days ago

 Corey Hart underhands a ball during workouts Saturday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

New Pirate Corey Hart looks for better health and big comeback

Former Milwaukee Brewer Corey Hart hopes a return to the National League Central with the Pirates will bring a return to form for him.

4 days ago

 Antonio Bastardo throws in the bullpen during workouts on the first day of camp for pitchers and catchers last week at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Reliever Bastardo looks to bounce back with Pirates

Unhappy with his performance last season, reliever Antonio Bastardo is excited to join a contender.

5 days ago

 This artist's rendering shows the proposed new left field terraces at PNC Park.

Pirates Notebook: New bars, meeting space among PNC Park upgrades

Pirates announce four upgrades to PNC Park aimed at improving fan experience

5 days ago

 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

5 days ago

 This artist's rendering shows the left field terraces at PNC Park.

Two new bars, terrace among upgrades planned for PNC Park

The upgrades include the installation of two outdoor bars, a two-level terrace in left field and corporate meeting space.

6 days ago

 Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang waits to hit during a workout Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Jung Ho Kang begins transition to Pirates, MLB

Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang feels the pressure of joining the major leagues, but hopes to pave the way for others to make the jump.

6 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez runs drills at first base Friday in Bradenton, Fla.

Gene Collier: At first, Alvarez must bring a bat

While the Pirates work hard at making Alvarez a first baseman, they should not wander far from the message: Relax, hit homers.

1 week ago

Ron Cook: How Sean Casey cheated death

Former MLB first baseman Sean Casey reflects on his experience of surviving a near-death scare.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle watches a bullpen session Saturday in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates pitchers focus on improving at plate

Manager Clint Hurdle is trying to get the Pirates to improve from 13th of 15 National League teams in batting average by pitchers.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Hurdle up to speed on pace-of-game rules

Manager Clint Hurdle discussed the rule changes aimed at increasing the pace of the game with his coaching staff Saturday.

1 week ago

 John Holdzkom throws in the bullpen Friday in Bradenton, Fla.

Holdzkom relishing first experience at big league camp

Pirates reliever John Holdzkom toiled in the independent leagues for years before finally reaching his first major league spring training.

1 week ago


Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting

Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of



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