Jaff Decker kisses his bat after striking out in the fourth inning Friday against the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.

New commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

New commissioner Rob Manfred addressed players and media regarding pace-of-game rules and other key issues. with the Pirates.

about 5 hours ago

Pirates notebook: Pirates send Tabata, 11 others to minor league camp in major cutdown

The Pirates reassigned Jose Tabata to minor league camp Friday while clarifying their plans for the final open bench spot.

about 5 hours ago

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Twins 2

Starter Jeff Locke went 5⅔ innings and gave up 8 hits and 2 runs. The game was called in the 8th inning because of rain.

about 4 hours ago

 Jose Tabata slides into third base during a spring training game against the Orioles earlier this month.

Outfielder Tabata one of a dozen Pirates cuts

Tabata, who was competing to be the club’s fourth outfielder, was reassigned to minor league camp.

about 19 hours ago

 Vance Worley delivers against the Orioles earlier this month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

As the end of camp nears, the Pirates face decisions on their rotation and starting depth.

1 day ago

 Jung Ho Kang bats against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Ron Cook: Kang's performance triggers doubts, but not from Pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s lack of offense in spring training might trouble some critics, but not the Pirates organization.

1 day ago

Spring training report: Braves 7, Pirates 5

Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison all had success at the plate in Thursday’s loss to Atlanta.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago

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 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 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

4 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.

5 days ago

 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.

5 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

6 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.

6 days ago

Spring scouting report: Pirates 2, Red Sox 2

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

6 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.

1 week ago


LEADING OFF: Russell Wilson back in the pocket with Rangers

A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:...

Gonzalez exits, Shields struggles as Padres beat Rockies

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Colorado right fielder Carlos Gonzalez left with pain in his surgically-repaired left knee, and new San



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