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 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has a 13-7 record this season.
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Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has a 13-7 record this season.

Edinson Volquez's improbable journey leads 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.

  • Volquez talks pitching, Wednesday's wild card game


  •  Frank Minnick, of Minnick Signs of Greensburg, changes the banners around PNC Park this morning in preparation for the Pirates' NL wild card playoff game against the San Francisco Giants.

    Pirates, Giants announce lineup for tonight's wild card game

    They went with their standard lineup against a left-handed starter, as they will face San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner tonight.



     As part of a so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion Tuesday, Alana Debe­lak, sec­ond from left, of Plum holds her 18-month-old nephew, Max Ehen, while Chris­tina Carr, right, of Mur­rys­ville holds 19-month-old De­clan Rusie­w­icz dur­ing the Pirates rally in Mar­ket Square. Ms. Carr is De­clan’s nanny.

    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.



     Clint Hurdle talks to the members of the media during a pregame press conference against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park.

    Clint Hurdle explains roster decisions for Wild Card game

    Hurdle put two starters, Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, in his bullpen as insurance in case of injury or poor performance by Edinson Volquez

  • Hurdle, Harrison discuss wild card game



  •  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.



    Jerry Micco's Wild Card pregame chat transcript

    Jerry takes your questions on how things will go down tonight.



     The Buccaneers' Louis Murphy carries as he's defended by Steelers' Mike Mitchell and Cortez Allen in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

    Steelers, especially defense, have second-half blues

    The only thing consistent about the Steelers through four games is their inconsistency, which coach Mike Tomlin is still trying to fix.



     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.



    Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

    Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty

    Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

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