Clint Hurdle says the team's record, run production don't add up ... and it can't continue down stretch.
The team's next security measure should be protecting TV viewers from having to watch antics of fans behind home plate.
Brandon Phillips' walk-off single gave Cincinnati the win at Great American Ball Park.
Tim Giel Jr. gets the call of a lifetime and signs a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees.
Heavy Pirates discussion in this week's chat.
Morton had enough movement on his sinker to keep the Reds off the scoreboard, and his control was good enough to keep them off the bases.
The Pirates claim they are unsure of the Reds' purpose when it comes to pitching inside.
It was long past time for the Pirates to send a serious message to the Reds, but Charlie Morton did his part quite nicely Tuesday.
McGuire was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington State.
The four solo homers, two off starter Francisco Liriano, sent the Pirates to their third loss in their past four games against Cincinnati.
Shortstop Jordy Mercer's performance leads to more starts for him, fewer for Clint Barmes.
Rookie Gerrit Cole allowed only three runs in 5 2/3 innings and registered his second win in as many starts.
Cecond baseman Neil Walker has his reasons for remaining a switch-hitter, even if he has been much better from one side.
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez might test your patience, but his homers and RBIs make it all worthwhile, Ron Cook writes.
The Pirates' patchwork starting rotation could prove costly -- or, it could serve as a great opportunity for the team's young pitchers.
When Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has spoken about aggression on the bases, he has expanded it beyond steals.
As manager Clint Hurdle sees it, worrying about the future of the Pirates' rotation is not a productive endeavor.
Vin Mazzaro allowed two runs in the 11th inning.
The Pirates have 10 days to trade or release Zagurski, who was a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Jeff Locke, the final remnant of the Pirates' opening-day rotation, has been one of its most impressive members.
The status of Pirates ace A.J. Burnett is up in the air due to a calf injury that has forced him to the 15-day disabled list for now.
Giants spoil pitcher Charlie Morton's return to majors with 10-0 victory against the Pirates.
Just when the Pirates rotation appeared to resemble a five-man unit, it returned Thursday to its general state of confusion.
Starting pitcher Charlie Morton returned from ligament replacement surgery to give up four runs in the lopsided loss to San Francisco.
The moves cleared space on the active and 40-man rosters for Charlie Morton, who will start tonight's game.
Lines move smoothly at Wednesday's Pirates game, but some fans question the wisdom of a new security procedure.
The San Francisco Giants manager and pitcher have been suspended for intentionally hitting Pirates' Andrew McCutchen Tuesday night.
Barry Zito barely had left the bullpen after warm-ups before Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen started the onslaught.
The statement came a day after new security measures including using metal-detecting wands on every fan wrought "unacceptable" waits.
Hot topics in this week's chat: Penguins post-mortem, Cole's Pirates debut and Pitt re-ups Pederson.
Gerrit Cole wowing his audience became a theme of the evening as the rookie pitcher picked up the victory in his first game in the majors.
Starter Charlie Morton will make his season debut for the Pirates Thursday after Wandy Rodriguez was put on the disabled list.
A security measure that would have required all fans to be searched by metal-detecting wands was abandoned minutes after the game started.
The Pirates put Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list today because of left forearm tightness.
New security measures at PNC Park tonight might slow down the lines for fans trying to get to their seats.
The team takes a different stance than most other franchises when it comes to its history.
John McDonald, 38, had two hits in 35 plate appearances for the Pirates this season.
Ballpark personnel will screen every guest entering PNC Park with a metal detecting wand.
The Pirates' No. 1 prospect makes his major league debut on Tuesday, and his minor league coaches can't wait to see how he fares.
Pirates outfielder Travis Snider had the perfect opportunity to get some revenge on Cubs fans Saturday, and he took it.
Justin Wilson called it a bad pitch. Clint Hurdle called it a "Wrigley Field home run." Either way you term it, it will show up as a loss.
Plus: the Mr. Wizard of the dugout, and big things to come for Indianapolis.
Mark Appel got what he wanted when he went first overall in the draft Thursday to Houston. A year ago, he was selected No. 8 by the Pirates.
Injured Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens received bad news about his shoulder on Saturday.
Cole will face two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and the defending World Series champions.
A.J. Burnett was two outs away from notching the Pirates' first complete game of the season.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Gerrit Cole could get his first shot with the Pirates Tuesday.
Dr. Neil ElAttrache performed the surgery in Los Angeles after Karstens visited him earlier this week for a second opinion on his shoulder.
In Francisco Liriano's first career start at Wrigley Field, he eventually learned why it's often called the Friendly Confines.
The Pirates and starter Wandy Rodriguez hope he can avoid the disabled list and take the ball on Thursday.
All signs indicate Cole, a 22-year-old hard-throwing righty, will make his major league debut at PNC Park against the Giants.
Center fielder Austin Meadows was the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday night's Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Braves starter Julio Teheran took a no-hitter against the Pirates into the eighth inning Wednesday.
The PED issue in Major League Baseball has taken another turn, but manager Clint Hurdle isn't worried about it affecting the Pirates.
New draft rules and failure to sign last year's first round pick leaves the Pirates in good position.
Heavy Penguins discussion in anticipation of tonight's Eastern Conference Final game, plus some Pirates and Steelers.
Wandy Rodriguez is the team's second pitcher to leave a game early recently. Jeanmar Gomez left his start Sunday after one inning.
An RBI double by Andrelton Simmons in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Atlanta the come-from-behind victory.
Russell Martin believes he is capable of playing any position on the field. He might get the chance to prove it.
The team made several roster moves Monday, most notably promoting a couple of relievers to help an overworked bullpen.
A.J. Burnett was tagged for a season-high six earned runs in five innings in Atlanta.
The team also placed starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez on the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Indianapolis.
Travis Snider's walk-off single to right-center field helped the Pirates cap off a comeback.
Starter James McDonald threw four shutout innings this weekend in his second rehab start, a giant step up from his first outing.
The team only has scored one run in its past three games, a span of 29 innings.
Closer Jason Grilli has hitters slip-slidin' away with a second delivery motion and a great command of assorted pitches.
Shortstop is one of the biggest needs for the Pirates, but history shows that good ones are tough to come by in the draft.
Hurdle needs other pitchers to help in the role, not because of Melancon's performance but because Hurdle wants to keep Melancon fresh.
The Pirates' offense recorded only one hit against Johnny Cueto and the Reds in a 6-0 loss in front of 35,730 at PNC Park Friday night.
The Pirates promoted outfielder Alex Presley to help out against the Reds pitching staff and provide some relief for the usual starters.
Alex Presley was hitting .281 with a .373 on-base percentage at Class AAA Indianapolis.
Russell Martin's walk-off hit and another outstanding pitching performance helped the Pirates to the win, their third of four vs. Detroit.
Struggling Pirates right-hander James McDonald continues his rehabilitation stint Saturday with Class AA Altoona.
Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli's success isn't extraordinary just because he's a first-time closer. He's 36, and took a long and winding road.
The bats came alive late in the game in the come-from-behind victory before a crowd of 19,980 at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh-Detroit isn't exactly much of a rivalry in any sense, but Tigers vs. Pirates has been an absolute baseball treat.
A brand new shark tank takes center stage in the Pirates clubhouse.
This week in the chat: the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Steelers in OTAs and the Pirates on a roll.
Neil Walker hit the first pitch he saw from Detroit reliever Jose Ortega, a slider on the inside of the plate, over the right field wall.
Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell is hitting well and with power after a torn knee ligament all but wiped out his 2012 season.
An unchaperoned trip to Three Rivers Stadium was more memorable than the youngsters anticipated.
Jose Contreras walked four batters in one-third of an inning and allowed two runs on one hit during Monday's game.
The Pirates fought back, but they did not do quite enough to win.
Necessity motivated one of the Pirates' roster moves Monday before a game against the Detroit Tigers. The other added flexibility.
A late rally was not enough for the Pirates to battle back against the Tigers, as Detroit's Justin Verlander struck out 13 batters.
To make room for Zagurski on the 40-man roster, the Pirates moved Jeff Karstens from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The Pirates' latest win marked their 13th in the past 16 games.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle downplayed the team's strong start, which is mainly a product of home runs and stellar pitching.
How Snider gets power by not looking for it. Also: comeback wins on rise; pitcher Mark Melancon next in line; Detroit Tigers = new rivals.
When Jeff Locke threw his 100th and final pitch Saturday afternoon, he bookended a period of a year and a half of improvement.
Both players who represent the Pirates' shortstop depth will be on rehabilitation assignments -- John McDonald and Chase d'Arnaud.
The outing marked the eighth time the Pirates have won in the past 10 games.
The Pirates' loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night ended their four-game winning streak.
Pirates notebook: Bullpen leads majors in ERA, is second in innings pitched.
After a sluggish start, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen's game has blossomed this month.
The shift from pitcher to hitter has improved Stetson Allie's mental approach to baseball and rescued his pro career with the Pirates.
Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs and scored another Thursday at PNC Park to move to a 29-18 record this season.
Pitcher Francisco Liriano continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list earlier this month, striking out nine batters.
Francisco Liriano said he worked hard this offseason to perfect a tweak in his delivery.
A heavy helping of Pirates and Penguins discussion in this week's online forum.