Gene Collier


 Vance Worley gave up two runs, one earned, in 6 1/3 innings against the Reds Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pitchers all clicking at right time

The Pirates pitching staff is in the midst of its best week of the season, and it couldn't come at a better time.

2 days ago


 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

6 days ago


 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014.

Gene Collier: Watson digs in, finds right answer

Reliever Tony Watson stares down the pressure and silences the St. Louis Cardinals at key time in a key game.

5 days ago


 The Pirates' Travis Snider scores the tying run on a wild pitch by the Braves' Jordan Walden in the eighth inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Travis Snider turns the tide

Snider's hitting streak reaches 11 games and his average since the All-Star break is .349

1 week ago


 Braves' Andrelton Simmons steals second base against Pirates' Neil Walker in the second inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Justin Upton drove in five runs and B.J. a sixth while the Braves rolled to a fifth consecutive win and pushed the Pirates toward the plank.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen

Gene Collier: Pirates top acts needed in a hurry

The return of McCutchen and Cole expected to reinvigorate the Pirates pretty quickly ... in fact they will have to for playoff run.

2 weeks ago


 Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier takes down the Bills' Scott Chandler in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday night.

Gene Collier: Finished product short of halfway

Collier: Halfway through this preseason, you might presume the Steelers are halfway toward presenting themselves as a finished product.

2 weeks ago


 Pedro Alvarez could soon be trying to make diving stops at first base instead of the other corner of the infield.

Gene Collier: Playing first base falls between hard and easy

Some baseball purveyors say manning first base is easy, others difficult, but it will likely be somewhere in the middle for Pedro Alvarez.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer looked just fine as a No. 3 hitter Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: Honus Wagner casts shadow over all shortstops

It was a fitting night to think about shortstops, and by the end of it, it was a great night to be Pirates shorstop Jordy Mercer.

2 weeks ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks to an NFL official.

Gene Collier: NFL official not exactly a glamour job

Between the advent of replay, new rules and bigger and faster players, good luck to the NFL finding officials who fully embrace the job.

3 weeks ago


Gene Collier: LeBeau's young defense under construction

Where Dick LeBeau's defense toiled Wednesday at Steelers camp below the S-A-I-N-T V-I-N-C-E-N-T topiaries, things weren't exactly bucolic.

3 weeks ago


 Removing Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates lineup instantly makes it weaker.

Gene Collier: Pirates have little success cleaning up roster mess

With Andrew McCutchen out, the Pirates will have a punchless lineup for the time being, but there is at least one spot they can improve.

3 weeks ago


 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin argues for pass interference as they take on the Dolphins in the third quarter of a game alst season at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: NFL wants new rules? Try these ...

If the NFL wants to make the extra-point attempt more exciting that's all well and good, but why not go all in on the idea?

1 month ago



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