Pirates trim roster as positional competitions continue

The Pirates send John Holdzkom and two others out of major league camp Tuesday, clarifying their plans for the bullpen.

about 11 hours ago

Spring training report: Pirates 18, Phillies 4

Pedro Alvarez led the Pirates’ power surge with a two-run home run in the fifth and a grand slam in the eighth.

about 21 hours ago

 Left-hander Jeff Locke will start the 2015 season in the rotation.

Pirates give Locke final rotation spot over Worley

Left-hander Jeff Locke will start the season as the fifth starter and right-hander Vance Worley will begin in the bullpen.

1 day ago

Spring training report: Pirates 4, Braves 2

Stolmy Pimentel showed a strong curveball in two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out one.

1 day ago

 Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel is one of several players vying for a spot in the bullpen.

With season nearing, Pirates still sorting through bullpen options

Though players — including Stolmy Pimentel, Radhames Liz and John Holdzkom — fight for roles, factors out their control might decide things.

1 day ago

 “I’ll bet you he can settle under a punt,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Pirates Notebook: Steelers coach Tomlin keeps up with Hurdle, team

Mike Tomlin visited team camp, where he caught up with Clint Hurdle and pictured converting Jared Hughes and Andrew McCutchen to football.

1 day ago

 “We’re working to make [Buster Olney] a prophet,” general manager Neal Huntington said of Olney's prediction the Pirates will win the World Series.

Ron Cook: Olney's bold Pirates prediction marks new era of expectations

The Pirates are working to make ESPN’s Buster Olney a prophet for his World Series champions prediction.

2 days ago

 Starling Marte waits on deck in batting practice at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates LF Marte picks up where he left off

Starling Marte’s batting stance adjustments yielded positive results late last season, so he’s sticking to them.

2 days ago

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Spring training report: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Neil Walker doubled for the seventh time this spring as the Pirates won.

2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton focusing on results

Pirates pitcher says he doesn’t have time to refine his mechanics with the season rapidly approaching.

2 days ago

 Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred agrees with Pirates owner Bob Nutting on international draft.

New baseball commissioner discusses pace of game changes and other key issues

Rob Manfred spoke to the Pirates and Minnesota Twins Friday. “It's important to be responsive to our fans,” he said, regarding pace of game.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 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.

6 days ago


Bruce hits 3-run homer in Reds' win over Brewers

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jay Bruce snapped a spring slump with a three-run homer among his two hits and the Cincinnati Reds beat the

Barry Zito's scoreless streak ends; A's beat Angels 13-10

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Barry Zito's spotless spring ended when he gave up three home runs to the Los Angeles Angels in the third



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