The Pirates rotation is not as strong as it was earlier in the season and the playoffs are a time of year where pitching is important.
Pitching coach Ray Searage is a patient man, likely the best friend a pitcher can have, but he admits a little tough love might be in order.
Mr. Dacey, 83, of Brookline died Wednesday at St. Clair Hospital of congestive heart failure.
Starter A.J. Burnett is not only confident he’ll be back this season, but also says it will be soon and that he feels healthy.
The game will be part of a split doubleheader, with the first game starting at 1:35 p.m. and the second starting at 7:05 p.m.
The Pirates close the month with a 19-8 record, their best August since going 19-8 in August 1992.
Talented, young right fielder Gregory Polanco had two more assists Friday night, while Starling Marte has a National League-leading 12.
Tricks of the trade often come in handy for teams constructing playoff rosters, and the Pirates likely have some in store again this year.
J.A. Happ has allowed just two runs in 23 frames over his past four outings, all wins for the surging Pirates (79-49).
Cervelli, Stewart have few peers in the majors as a catching tandem this season, and they are enjoying every minute of it.
Winners for the 13th time in their past 16 games, the Pirates climbed to a season-high 29 games over .500.
There are only a handful of designated hitters who are having a better season than Alvarez.
Two of Clint Hurdle’s left-handed hitters have improved their platoon splits as the Pirates face five left-handed starters in six days.
The suit says Stephanie Taubin suffered facial fractures and neurological damage. She is seeking unspecified damages.
Gerrit Cole pitched into the eighth inning, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates won again to take three of the four games in the series.
Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who close out a series in Miami tonight against the Marlins.
The Pirates closer said a combination of his routine and team chemistry has helped him lead the major leagues in saves this season with 40.
Taking advantage of Miami starter Chris Narveson with a six-runs in the second inning, the Pirates won Wednesday night in Florida
Injured starter said he felt no pain in his elbow after throwing two innings Tuesday at Marlins Park.
Charlie Morton allowed three runs in the sixth inning to the Miami Marlins, who beat the Pirates 5-2 at Marlins Park.
Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who are on the road in Miami this week against the Marlins.
A.J. Burnett could return from his flexor strain sooner than later, manager Clint Hurdle said.
Neither side is coming close to presenting the more boring truth: The Big Bull is a big dog whistle for the Pirates.
Gregory Polanco had four hits, J.A. Happ continued his resurgence and the Pirates won their third consecutive game.
The home runs backed up a strong start from left-hander Francisco Liriano, who pitched around three errors.
Andrew McCutchen might only have six stolen bases this season, but in a pitcher's head it’s what he might still do that is an intangible.
Veteran shortstop is recalled Sunday from Indianapolis and he is willing to be part of whatever rotation manager Clint Hurdle works out.
Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang orchestrated three home runs, and Gerrit Cole became a force again in the Pirates win.
PG classical music critic Elizabeth Bloom, an avid sports fan, decided to reimagine the Pirates’ walk-up songs. Some players played along.
Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitched to backup catcher Chris Stewart Saturday at PNC Park, ending a two-start hiatus from each other.
Starling Marte gave the Pirates a 3-2 walk-off win against the San Francisco Giants with a first-pitch home run in the ninth.
With Giants All-Star Madison Bumgarner pitching, an early three-run cushion might have seemed sufficient. Bumgarner took no chances.
Harrison returns from thumb injury and rehabilitation stint in Indianapolis and jumps right into starting lineup.
The Pirates will face the Giants’ ace during a hot streak that includes 50 strikeouts and just three walks in his past five starts.
The Pirates’ 4-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants doesn’t make up for the wild card loss last October, but it was still valuable.
Hurdle will be forced to make some key decisions when Harrison and Mercer make likely return this weekend.
The Pirates are on the upswing again, taking five of six from the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. Next? The San Francisco Giants
Charlie Morton pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and Neil Walker smacked his 13th home run of the season.
After being traded in January for two minor league left-handers, Snider returns to the Pirates after getting released by the Orioles.
The Pirates won for the sixth time in seven games and have won 10 of their past 13.
Florimon, 28, batted .105 with a .401 OPS in 21 plate appearances this season for the Pirates.
The Baltimore Orioles had designated Snider for assignment, and released him on Sunday.
Pedro Florimon lined a ball off the Clemente Wall in right field, scoring Francisco Cervelli and breaking the 8-8 tie.
Now that there’s a rotational misadventure almost every night lately, the Pirates’ extra-base hits are arriving by the truckload.
Starling Marte had not homered in nearly six weeks before going deep Tuesday night against Arizona, but has stayed effective at the plate.
Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who take on Arizona tonight at PNC Park.
First baseman Corey Hart plans to take one last swing at rejoining Pirates after several bouts with injuries this season.
Arizona ends the Pirates' four-game winning streak, 4-1, as starter Gerrit Cole labors through 6 2/3 innings at PNC Park Monday night.
A.J. Burnett will not return to the rotation unless he is certain the flexor strain in his elbow will not affect his performance.
Whether they make the World Series or not, let alone win it, there’s no reason to let bitterness ruin what has been a great Pirates season.