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 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has been their steadiest presence in the rotation this season.
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Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has been their steadiest presence in the rotation this season.

Edinson Volquez's improbable journey to lead Pirates into postseason

It's worth revisiting how Edinson Volquez went from a potential $5 million mistake to the Pirates starter for tonight's playoff opener.

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  •  Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez tries to throw out the Cubs' Matt Szczur in the second inning of a September game at PNC Park. Volquez will start for the Pirates on Wednesday against the Giants.

    Pirates pitcher Volquez 'excited' about starting wild-card game

    “I think I deserve it,” the pitcher said about taking the mound in Wednesday’s playoff game against the Giants.

  • Volquezin talks about pitching and wild card game

  • Hurdle talks about preparing for wild card game

  • Pirates players discuss wild card game



  •  A crowd of Pirates fans turn out Tuesday afternoon for a rally in Market Square, Downtown, to support the Bucs in the National League wild card game tonight.

    National League wild card game is back in Pittsburgh tonight

    Fans are pumped up to recreate intensity of last year’s blackout game. The Pirates play the Giants tonight at 8:07 p.m. at PNC Park.

  • Pirates players discuss wild card game



  •  Starling Marte and the rest of the Pirates lineup will need to provide timely hitting to avoid an early postseason exit.

    Gene Collier: Pirates must feast in the clutch

    The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.



     Catcher Russell Martin, who will play tonight in the wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, works out with the Pirates Tuesday evening at PNC Park.

    Martin's health takes spotlight heading into wild-card game

    Catcher Russell Martin, one of many Pirates peaking at the right time, said he expects to be in the lineup tonight against the Giants.



     Pitt’s Shakir Soto tries to take down Akron’s Tommy Woodson in the first quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

    Pitt feels sting from 21-10 loss to Akron

    After Akron raced past Pitt's defense in the second half of a tough loss Saturday, the Panthers focus on rebounding at ACC foe Virginia.



     Hunter Pence prepares to take his turn in the batting cage Tuesday at PNC Park.

    Personality makes Giants outfielder Pence one of a kind

    You might've heard that Giants outfielder Hunter Pence can't parallel park, but you might not know he is one of baseball's brightest stars.



     Evgeni Malkin hangs his head in the final seconds as the Rangers beat the Pens in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden New York during the playoffs in May.

    It’s one big preseason mystery after another for Penguins

    The status of injured forward Evgeni Malkin, as well as the likely makeup of the Penguins’ opening-night roster, remains unclear.



     Ambridge's Stephon McGinnis drives to the hoop as Central Valley's B.J. Powell gets called for a blocking foul during a Section 2-AAA game last December.

    Ambridge loses standout athlete to Aliquippa

    In a surprising move, Stephon McGinnis, the Bridgers’ leading receiver and top scorer in basketball, transfers to Aliquippa.



     San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who finished the season with a 2.98 ERA, will face the Pirates today in a wild-card game at PNC Park.

    Pirates notebook: Giants' Bumgarner is a consistent ace

    Despite the Pirates scoring five runs July 28 against Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, Clint Hurdle is expecting the ace's best.


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    But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker. 
 

    Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

    But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.



    The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.

    Gene Collier: Pirates must feast in the clutch

    The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.

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