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 Jordy Mercer slides in to score on wild pitch against the Blue Jays Wednesday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Mercer hoping to build on progress from last season

Jordy Mercer rebounded after a poor start in 2014, but now faces an internal challenge from Jung Ho Kang.

about 18 hours ago


 Pedro Alvarez hits a three run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.4.15

With spring training in full swing, Bill takes your questions on the Pirates.

1 day ago


 Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin throws his mask and makes play against the Pirates on Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.

Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

Russell Martin is excited about playing in his native Canada with the Blue Jays and looks back on his time with the Pirates.

1 day ago


 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

1 day ago


 The Pirates Jung Ho Kang bats during the Black and Gold game at McKechnie Field Monday in Bradenton, Florida.

Kang sees first game action in Pirates scrimmage

Newcomer plays shortstop and is hitless in one at-bat in his first appearance with the Pirates; Hart out after needing stitches in his foot.

2 days ago


 Paul Maholm during his days as a Pittsburgh Pirate.

Ex-Pirate Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds’ depleted rotation

Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation.

2 days ago


 Vance Worley throws in the bullpen Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Vance Worley ready to compete in second season with Pirates

Right-hander has a renewed mindset as he fights for a starting spot in his first spring with the Pirates.

3 days ago


 Jung Ho Kang participates in sliding drills Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Jung Ho Kang's adjustment continues with alacrity

Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang hopes to prove his power will translate from Korean baseball to the major leagues.

3 days ago


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 Pirates players Jung Ho Kang jokes with Gregory Polanco (middle) and Starling Marte at workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Fla.

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

4 days ago


McCutchen humble at the top

Andrew McCutchen is a quiet man and even when displaying the swagger of one of the best players in the game, he does so without airs.

4 days ago


 Jose Tabata waits on deck to hit during batting practice at Pirates City, Bradenton, Fla.

Tabata trying to break through again

Tabata spent the offseason refining his swing in hopes of increasing his power production and has put on a show since arriving in Bradenton.

4 days ago


 Pirates right hander Brad Lincoln during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Lincoln hopes second time is the charm with Pirates

Brad Lincoln, a former first-round pick, is back with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee and will vie for a spot in the bullpen.

5 days ago


British TV shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in Pirates baseball cap

Sky News says the black cap was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied.

6 days ago


 Jameson Taillon throws long toss during morning workouts Thursday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, almost a year removed from surgery, will start facing batters soon

Team’s top prospect sharpens focus on arm care after going through Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation.

6 days ago


 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison shares a laugh with Andrew McCutchen during workouts Tuesday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 2.25.15

Two sure signs spring is nigh: 1. The Pirates are back in Bradenton and 2. Bill is back to answer your questions in his weekly chat.

1 week ago


 Pirates chairman and owner Bob Nutting greets Andrew McCutchen today during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates owner brings MLB a voice from the North Shore

Bob Nutting’s spot on the executive council offers him a platform to influence baseball’s next steps.

1 week ago


 Corey Hart underhands a ball during workouts Saturday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

New Pirate Corey Hart looks for better health and big comeback

Former Milwaukee Brewer Corey Hart hopes a return to the National League Central with the Pirates will bring a return to form for him.

1 week ago


 Antonio Bastardo throws in the bullpen during workouts on the first day of camp for pitchers and catchers last week at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Reliever Bastardo looks to bounce back with Pirates

Unhappy with his performance last season, reliever Antonio Bastardo is excited to join a contender.

1 week ago


 This artist's rendering shows the proposed new left field terraces at PNC Park.

Pirates Notebook: New bars, meeting space among PNC Park upgrades

Pirates announce four upgrades to PNC Park aimed at improving fan experience

1 week ago


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