Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates are making things work when they have two outs.

Pirates notebook: Two outs? No problem

The streaking Pirates are making two-out rallies a habit, and it’s helping them put together a string of strong offensive performances.

about 22 hours ago

 Andrew McCutchen celebrates with Gregory Polanco  after both scored on a two-run double by Neil Walker during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Pirates defeat Diamondbacks, 8-0, for series sweep

The Pirates extended their season-high winning streak to five games and improved to 11-8. They have won eight of their past 10 games.

1 day ago

  Pirates relief pitcher Jared Hughes.

Bill Brink's On the Pirates

Reliever Jared Hughes gets updated fitness routine to stay healthy.

1 day ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli congratulates Mark Melancon after a game earlier this season.

Hurdle expects Melancon's velocity to return soon

Pirates notebook: Hur­dle believes Melan­con’s ve­loc­ity will spike at some point, giv­ing his off-speed stuff some life.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole turns in another strong start, limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to seven hits and a single run in seven-plus innings Friday night in Phoenix.

Cole leads Pirates over Arizona, 4-1

Gerrit Cole did damage on the mound and in the batter’s box, and the Pirates opened a nine-game road trip with a 4-1 victory.

2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Polanco heats up after talk with Hurdle

Gregory Polanco has shaken off an early slump to become a powerful hitting and base-stealing weapon in the Pirates lineup.

2 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez celebrates after connecting on an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning on Saturday.

Pirates sneak past Diamondbacks to earn 2-1 win

The victory extended the Pirates’ winning streak to four games and pushed them two games over .500

1 day ago

Pirates notebook: Two early season milestones for Liz, Lambo

Reliever Radhames Liz won his first game in more than six years, and Andrew Lambo recorded his first hit of the season for the Pirates.

3 days ago

 Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison gloves a ball hit by the Cubs Kris Bryant at PNC Park.

With road trip looming, Pirates rally for afternoon victory over Cubs

Gregory Polanco comes through and the Pirates split the series with the Cubs at two games apiece.

4 days ago

 Gregory Polanco points to the sky after hitting a home run Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.23.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who wrap up a series with the Cubs this afternoon.

4 days ago

 Pirates reliever Mark Melancon, shown celebrating with Francisco Cervelli after a win April 13 against Detroit, has shown a decrease in velocity to start the season.

Despite dip in velocity and results, Melancon will remain closer

Pirates notebook:Hurdle said removing Melancon — who blew a save Tuesday — from the role would be an “absolute overreaction.”

4 days ago

 Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds chats in the dugout during a spring training game in Scottsdale, Ariz. in March 2014. Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was reversed by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Barry Bonds cleared in court, but his reputation remains tainted for some

After a federal appeals court threw out Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice, he said he was “humbled and truly thankful.”

4 days ago

 Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the year to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

Watson saves the day as Pirates beat Cubs, 4-3

Vance Worley and four relievers finally tamed the Cubs’ offense after allowing 14 runs in the previous two games.

4 days ago

 Jordy Mercer drops the ground after being hit by Brewers starter Mat Garza Sunday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Jordy Mercer 'pleased' with progress

Jordy Mercer was out for the second consecutive game; Pirates’ strikeout rate among highest in majors.

5 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez greets Starling Marte after scoring in the 6th inning against the Cubs at PNC Park.

Cubs rally in 9th inning to beat Pirates, 9-8

Mark Melancon blew a save against the Chicago Cubs and the Pirates lost, 9-8, at PNC Park Tuesday night.

5 days ago

 A.J. Burnett pitches against the Cubs Monday, April 20, 2015, at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.21.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who play host to the Chicago Cubs tonight at PNC Park.

6 days ago

 Fans cheer as Pirates' A.J. Burnett is introduced during pregame ceremonies at PNC Park April 13.

Just like the ticket says, foul balls are a hazard

Foul ball struck the head of a woman directly behind the home plate screen at PNC Park.

5 days ago

 In this March, 2015, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant signs autographs prior to start of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz.

Pirates notebook: Cubs bring "Kris Bryant Show" to town

Pirates and fans to get first in-person look at Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant.

6 days ago

 Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant scores against Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli in the seventh inning at PNC Park.

Cubs' Bryant drives 5-2 victory against Pirates

The Pirates’ three-game winning streak ended. A.J. Burnett pitched out of the stretch for most of the game but yielded only one run.

6 days ago

 A fan is taken away by paramedics after being hit by a ball behind the netting behind home plate in the second inning as the Pirates take on the Cubs at PNC Park.

Pirates game halted after woman struck by foul ball

A woman standing close to the screen behind home plate was struck by a ball that was fouled off by a Chicago Cubs hitter.

6 days ago

 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer drops the ground after being hit in the rib cage by Brewers starter Mat Garza Sunday at PNC Park. Mercer left the game, but X-rays showed no broken bones.

Pirates notebook: Back-and-forth beanings end with Mercer injury

A day after Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Braun were hit, Mercer took a pitch off the ribs in the sixth inning; X-rays showed no broken bones.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Gerrit Cole delivers against the Brewers.

Pirates top Brewers, 5-2, to complete first sweep of season

Gerrit Cole pitched six strong innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates swept the Brewers.

1 week ago

 Charlie Morton is rehabilitating after offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

Pirates notebook: Morton making necessary progress in rehab

Charlie Morton takes another step in his return, pitching in a simulated game in extended spring training.

1 week ago

 Gregory Polanco struck out 14 times and walked once in 36 plate appearances entering the Pirates' weekend series against Milwaukee.

On the Pirates: Gregory Polanco playing catch-up

Gregory Polanco and the Pirates offense are off to a slow start; another talented young pitcher looms.

1 week ago

 Jeff Locke delivers against the Brewers at PNC Park Saturday night.

Locke locks up Brewers for 2nd time this season

Pitcher Jeff Locke (2-0) tied a career high with eight innings, allowing one run and four hits.

1 week ago

 Gene Collier suggests Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin should be on the same line.

Gene Colllier: When all else fails, put Crosby and Malkin together

With so little offense, perhaps the Penguins need to use Crosby and Malkin together more often if not always.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart returns to Pirates roster

Stewart’s return from the DL means Tony Sanchez is shipped back to Class AAA Indinapolis.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte is greeted at home by Pedro Alvarez after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning Friday against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Pirates' offense awakens as Pittsburgh beats Milwaukee, 6-3

Gregory Polanco had three hits and Starling Marte homered after days of no player but Andrew McCutchen reaching second base.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart started the season on the disabled list.

Pirates activate catcher Stewart, option Sanchez to AAA

Sanchez went 3 for 8 in three games this season.

1 week ago

 A.J. Burnett, who received a warm welcome back during pregame ceremonies on opening day at PNC Park, is helping the Pirates on and off the field.

Burnett brings more than just strikeouts in return to Pirates

The veteran leadership of A.J. Burnett coupled with his stellar performance so far has provided a boost.

1 week ago

 Pirates picture Francisco Liriano delivers to the mound Wednesday against the Tigers at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.16.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who start a home series against rival Milwaukee tomorrow night at PNC Park.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison and Starling Marte talk on the field Monday before the home opener against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. Marte shaved his head Wednesday, a sign of a fresh start after a slow start to the season.

Pirates notebook: Starling Marte has new look

Starting outfielder shaves head, hopefully a change that will help break him break out of any early slump.

1 week ago

 Detroit's Rajai Davis crosses home plate after hitting a home run against the Pirates' Francisco Liriano in the sixth inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Tigers nip Pirates in second shutout, 1-0

The Pirates were shut out for the third time in nine games. They have not scored in the past 19 innings.

1 week ago

 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett delivers to catcher Francisco Cervelli, who already has a fan in one of the unquestioned team leaders.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett's approval will go long way for Francisco Cervelli

Despite the loss Tuesday night to Detroit, it was something of a special night for new Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez celebrates a solo home run against the Tigers in the seventh innning Monday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Better start not a goal, but it does help

Pirates don’t think fast starts are imperative, but they understand their value.

1 week ago

 Pirates' pitcher A.J. Burnett acknowledges the crowd as he's pulled from the game in the seventh inning against the Tigers at PNC Park.

Tigers top Pirates, 2-0, in pitchers duel at PNC Park

A.J. Burnett shut down the most dangerous lineup in the American League until two seventh-inning walks, his only free passes of the night.

1 week ago

 Players line up for the National Anthem shortly before the start of the Pirates' 2015 home opener Monday at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.14.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who opened their 2015 home slate with a win over Detroit Monday.

1 week ago

 Dan Nagy, left, of High Point, N.C., and his father, Bill Nagy, celebrate a home run by Pedro Alvarez in the seventh inning, during the Pirates home opener against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park Monday.

Pirates’ victory is tailor-made for PNC Park

The Pirates’ home opener victory against Detroit was one of several highlights for players and fans alike enjoying the game in their park.

1 week ago

 Pirates fans cheer as pitcher Jared Hughes heads to the dugout after getting the team out of a jam against the Tigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015, at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes is a blessing

He has become a specialist at coming into a game in the sixth or seventh inning and getting his team out of a big jam.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Corey Hart hits a two-run home run against the Tigers in the seventh inning Monday, April 13, 2015, at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Hart makes himself at home in Pittsburgh

Former Brewer Corey Hart has always hit well at PNC Park, and he continued the trend Monday with a pinch-hit, two-run homer.

1 week ago

 The newly installed full-body metal detectors at PNC Park were in operation for the Pirates’ home opener Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

PNC Park metal detectors fail to slow down Bucs fans

The debut of new security measures did not cause long lines as it did at other Major League parks last week.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte celebrate their team's win over the Tigers at PNC Park.

Pirates hold on, win home opener against Detroit

Gerrit Cole’s strong outing and three Pirates home runs handed the Tigers their first defeat.

2 weeks ago

 Fans gather hours before today's Pirates home opener at PNC Park on the North Shore.

Fans flock to Pirates sold-out home opener

Fans got an early start this morning, streaming into the North Shore but causing traffic tie-ups throughout Downtown and beyond.

2 weeks ago

 A visitor for the pre-season tour at PNC Park is swept with a magnetic wand after passing through the new metal detectors.

Pirates fans will find additional security for today’s opener

The Pirates have switched from hand-held metal detectors to walk-through magnetometers to shorten waiting lines for entry to PNC Park.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole says he was “surprised and honored” when Clint Hurdle told him he'd be starting today's home opener against the Detroit Tigers.

A focused Gerrit Cole takes the mound for Pirates home opener

Cole says he was “surprised and honored” when Manager Clint Hurdle told him he'd be starting today's game against the Detroit Tigers.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (22) is greeted by teammate Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Sanchez shows signs of spring in second start

Pirates notebook: Tony Sanchez’s three hits help Pirates rout Brewers; Jung Ho Kang gets his first hit.

2 weeks ago

 Casey Sadler will head back to Indianapolis, but he got the win Sunday for the Pirates in his first major league start.

Gene Collier: A lot to like as Pirates pound Brewers

They didn’t just do it on the mound, or the field, or at the plate — the Pirates played a complete game in their 10-2 win at Milwaukee.

2 weeks ago

 Gerrit Cole

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Have a nice home opener, Gerrit Cole

Good luck with the season, Gerrit Cole, and with making it through security in time.

2 weeks ago

 The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is congratulated by teammate Jordy Mercer after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning. The Brewers' Martin Maldonado looks on.

On eve of home opener, McCutchen leads Pirates to 10-2 win against Brewers

The team completed a 2-4 road trip to start the season. At PNC Park, the Pirates will face the Detroit Tigers, who have not lost a game yet.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli kneels at second after being tagged out while trying to steal the base in the first inning Saturday against Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pirates' expectations begin to look blue

Perhaps it’s too early to grouse about the banged-up Pirates, but a 1-4 start to the season certainly isn’t encouraging.

2 weeks ago


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