Pirates


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli against the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.26.15

With spring training nearing a close, Bill takes your questions on the Pittsburgh Nine in 2015.

about 8 hours ago


 Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz delivers against the Twins earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Radhames Liz trying to be in control of fate with Pirates

Right-hander Liz, 31, one of several pitchers competing for a bullpen spot, shifted his approach and has shown promise this spring.

about 22 hours ago


 Andrew McCutchen gets his locks cut off by Dee Barber. His signature locks will be auctioned off to raise money for Pirates Charities.

Pirates' McCutchen sheds locks to benefit charity

"Why? No big reason, really. It's time for a new change," the Pirates’ center fielder said in a YouTube video.

1 day ago


 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen catches a fly ball hit by Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young on Tuesday in Bradenton, Fla.

Andrew McCutchen returns to Pirates after lengthy absence

The Pirates star missed 10 spring training games because of what the team called lower-body soreness.

1 day ago


Spring scouting report: Orioles 9, Pirates 2

Tony Sanchez had another good day at the plate, but Jung Ho Kang struggled again as the Pirates lost to Baltimore.

1 day ago


 Sean Rodriguez has played every position except pitcher and catcher in his seven seasons in the major leagues.

Learning on the fly led Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

Even before he was hitting home runs against major league aces, Sean Rodriguez knew versatility would be key to staying in the lineup.

2 days ago


Spring training report: Pirates 7, Rays 6

Starter A.J. Burnett struck out five in 4⅔ innings. Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the lineup today against the Orioles

2 days ago


Spring training report: Astros 14, Pirates 2

Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington said they anticipate Andrew McCutchen, who has not played since March 12, will be ready for opening day.

3 days ago


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 Charlie Morton will start the fifth game of the sea­son, a road game April 11 against the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers

Despite showing signs of rust, Morton feeling more comfortable

Charlie Morton, who had surgery on his hip in September, allowed seven runs Sunday against Houston, but says he’s happy with his mechanics.

3 days ago


 Francisco Liriano is the first Pirates pitcher to be named opening day starter in back-to-back seasons since Oliver Perez in 2005 and 2006.

In rotation of deserving candidates, Liriano tabbed for the top

Clint Hurdle revealed the name he’d been keeping under his hat for a while: Francisco Liriano

4 days ago


 Jung Ho Kang sat out Saturday against the Red Sox.

Pirates notebook: Cervelli catches Liriano, and it's an all-Francisco battery for Pirates

Cervelli earns praise from Liriano after forming unusual all-Francisco battery.

4 days ago


Spring scouting report: Pirates 2, Red Sox 2

Records: Pirates (9-7), Red Sox (9-8)

4 days ago


 Pirates pitcher Arquimedes Caminero delivers against the Orioles Sunday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates' Caminero hopes numbers add up for roster spot

Pirates spring training: Reliever Arquimedes Euclides Caminero hopes numbers add up to spot on Pirates major league roster.

5 days ago


Spring scouting report: Pirates 6, Phillies 5; Pirates 4, Twins 2

Cole and Worley each went 5 innings, becoming the first starters to do so in the spring, and neither walked a batter in split-squad games.

5 days ago


Pirates' Kingham, Diaz optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis

The Pirates play a pair of split-squad games today, with half the team staying at McKechnie Field to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

6 days ago


 Tony Sanchez rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Wednesday's game in Bradenton, Fla.

Tony Sanchez fighting for more than a role as Pirates backup catcher

Former fourth overall pick Tony Sanchez blames nobody but himself for falling on the depth chart, but a hot spring has him trending up.

6 days ago


Spring training report: Orioles 6, Pirates 4

Corey Hart and Radhames Liz made strong impressions Wednesday against Baltimore, at the plate and on the mound, respectively.

6 days ago


 Baseball union head Tony Clark, show here in a 2014 file photo, spoke with Pirates players yesterday in Bradenton, Fla.

Rules, ways for handling top prospects come under some fire

Not everybody likes the way major league franchises are are handling their top prospects these days.

1 week ago


Spring training report: Pirates 8, Tigers 7

Tony Sanchez’s two-run home run the second inning was his fifth hit in as many at-bats this spring.

1 week ago


 Jameson Taillon throws during workouts Feb. 26 in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Eight cut, including right-hander Taillon

Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, is continuing rehab from Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery last April.

1 week ago


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