Gene Collier

 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.

about 12 hours ago

 Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto gets a hit against Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. Cueto earned his 20th win of the season as the Reds won, 4-1. Chris Stewart catches at right.

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.

2 days ago

 Ramon Santiago of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates his walk-off grand slam as he rounds the bases in the 10th inning Saturday against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Gene Collier: A day to pay for overdue ills

For the Pirates and Reds, it was a day for everything that was overdue, writes Gene Collier.

3 days ago

 Vance Worley allowed only one run against the Reds in a crucial win in Cincinnati Friday night.

Gene Collier: Pirates line up well vs. weak Reds

Cincinnati without Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier, and Devin Mesoraco? The Pirates should -- and did -- take advantage.

4 days ago

 The sun sets over an empty PNC Park on Oct. 9, 2013, a night when crowds gathered outside the park to watch Game 5 of the National League Division Series, being played in St. Louis.

Gene Collier: No shame in staying home for Pirates

It's not stretching the truth to suggest PNC Park has become a tough place to play, making it even more important for the Pirates to return.

1 week ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was hit twice by pitches Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gene Collier: Best action to take was none

The Pirates were right not to retaliate after Andrew McCutchen was hit twice Saturday night by the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen signals to the Pirates dugout after hitting a triple Friday night against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Big win leads Pirates to unfamiliar territory

Of what little we know of the playoff race, one thing was certain: Russell Martin’s blast gave the Pirates an elusive fifth consecutive win.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

1 week ago

 Pirates' starter Charlie Morton deliver against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates goofy night kicks off wild final push

The next time the Pirates get a day off, they'll know whether they've qualified for baseball's electric postseason or for just a grim

2 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by the Ravens' Elvis Dumervil during Thursday night's game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Gene Collier: Roethlisberger not good enough
 for Steelers' offense in need of life

Shouldn’t Ben Roethlisberger, the guy we accept as way more than merely good enough, be better than to lead such a sputtering offense?

2 weeks ago

 Troy Polamalu loses his helmet after taking down the Browns' Andrew Hawkins in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Prime-time battle is somber at best

The significance of Steelers vs. Ravens isn't lost on Ryan Shazier; neither is the defensive collapse that nearly cost an opening win.

2 weeks ago

Gene Collier: William Gay ensures happy ending for Steelers

Steelers defensive back William Gay turned in the play of a game in which it was a shame either team had to win.

3 weeks ago

Gene Collier: A pleasant result for Browns vs. Steelers? Not likely

Some things might seem strange in the lead-up to Steelers-Browns, but other things not so much -- like the odds of a Browns victory.

3 weeks ago

 Patrick D. Gallagher talks with well-wishers after a University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees meeting in February at which he was elected as the new Chancellor of the university.

Gene Collier: Right balance is the goal for new Pitt chancellor Gallagher

Patrick D. Gallagher, Pitt’s new chancellor, talks balancing education and athletics at one of the region’s leaders in research and fandom.

3 weeks ago

 Dan Rooney talks with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during workouts last month at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Gene Collier: If bad news comes in 3s, Steelers flirt with danger

Steelers facing the possibility of going 8-8 for a third consecutive year, but 9-7 or even 7-9 seems more likely.

4 weeks ago


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