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 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 12 hours 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week ago


 Pirates third baseman — and former utility man — Josh Harrison is guaranteed $27.3 million in his new deal.

On the Pirates: Josh Harrison deal a risk worth taking?

In Josh Harrison, the Pirates hope they’ve identified another young player who will be more of an Andrew McCutchen than a Jose Tabata.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen left Friday night's game at Milwaukee early, and chose to sit out Saturday night.

Pirates notebook: Andrew McCutchen decides to sit out Saturday night

Andrew McCutchen did not start Saturday, but believes his sore left knee won’t keep him out long.

1 week ago


 Milwaukee Brewers' Jimmy Nelson pitches to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Milwaukee.

Nelson, Brewers blank Pirates

Milwaukee’s starter pitched seven scoreless innings.

1 week ago


 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers during the fourth inning Friday at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Gene Collier: Pedro Alvarez pulls his weight by supplying power vs. Brewers

Pedro Alvarez crushed a home run and drove in another run Friday in Milwaukee for the Pirates’ first win of the season.

1 week ago


 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle makes a pitching change in the eighth inning Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle to juggle lineups

Hurdle aims to start bench players this weekend to bundle some playing time for them.

1 week ago


 Omar Moreno shows off his 1979 World Series ring and gives the thumbs up during  a ceremony to honor the '79 team before a game last May at PNC Park.

Pirates great Moreno among 9 to enter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

Former Pirates OF Omar Moreno heads list of 9 to enter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame tonight

1 week ago


 Pirates starter Jeff Locke pitched six innings and allowed two runs, earning the win Friday night against the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Pirates top Brewers for first win of season

Granted nine uninterrupted innings in a stadium with a roof, they capitalized, beating the Brewers, 6-2, Friday night at Miller Park.

1 week ago


 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 6, 2015 in Cincinnati. Watson gave up three runs and the Pirates lost, 5-2.

Pirates notebook: Mixed results from reconstructed bullpen in first series

Bullpen yields go-ahead run in each of the Pirates’ first three games, but showed promise in other ways.

1 week ago


 Pirates President Frank Coonelly welcomes media members for a preseason tour of the changes at PNC Park.

Beyond peanuts and Cracker Jack: PNC Park’s new lineup of food includes some heavy hitters

One of the items, the Cuban Pretzel Dog, comes topped with diced ham, house-made smoked pork, mustard and homemade pickles.

1 week ago


 The Reds'  Billy Hamilton steals second base under the tag of the Pirates' Josh Harrison during the fourth inning Thursday in Cincinnati.

Polanco's error in 9th allows Reds to sweep series with 3-2 win

The Pirates are 0-3 to open the season for the first time since 2006.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen swings at a pitch against the Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 8, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.9.15

Bill takes your questions as the Pirates look for their first win of the 2015 campaign.

1 week ago


 Neil Walker doubles against the Twins last month at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Harrison’s extension is deserved, but Walker’s is overdue

The Pirates’ mistake with Neil Walker was waiting to take a serious run at a long-term deal with him. Chances are the opportunity passed.

1 week ago


 Charlie Morton pitches last Saturday against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Pirates Notebook: Morton’s rehab begins with focus on delivery

Pitcher Charlie Morton begins working in Florida with an emphasis on honing in on the trouble spots in his delivery.

1 week ago


City-county agency reimburses Pirates $2.8 million for PNC Park improvements

Overall, the team spent $5.7 million on the improvements, including video and sound equipment components.

1 week ago


 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole needed 92 pitches to get through five innings against the Reds.

Pirates fall to Reds 5-4 in 11 innings after long rain delay

Joey Votto’s walk-off single scored Zack Cozart as the clock inched closer to 2 a.m., dropping the Pirates to 0-2.

1 week ago


 Johnny Cueto of the Reds delivers the first pitch to Josh Harrison of the Pirates in the first inning at Great American Ball Park on April 6, 2015 in Cincinnati.

Josh Harrison makes himself at home at third base in front of family and friends in Cincinnati

Josh Harrison, now with a full-time position, opens the season in front of family and friends.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison batted .315 for the Pirates in 2014.

Pirates, Harrison agree to four-year contract extension

With his family on hand and in his hometown of Cincinnati, Josh Harrison agrees to an extension that could keep him in Pittsburgh until

1 week ago


 The Pirates starting outfield (left to right) Starling Marte,  Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Current outfield moving up fast on list of Pirates' all-time best

Young, talented outfield continues to climb on list of Pirates all-time best, and that is saying a lot.

1 week ago


 Pirates reliever Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park Monday.

Ron Cook: Cincinnati ballpark unkind to Tony Watson — again

Pirates reliever Tony Watson won’t include Great American Ball Park on his list of favorite places.

1 week ago


 Pirates right-hander Rob Scahill  throws in the bullpen during workouts in February at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Scahill stunned, but pleased by opening-day roster spot

Right-hander Rob Scahill was as surprised as anybody when he landed in majors with Pirates for opening day.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen is congratulated at home plate by Josh Harrison after hitting a two-run home run off Reds starting pitcher Kevin Gregg during the eighth inning of Monday's game.

Pirates drop opener, 5-2, after allowing three-run homer in eighth

Todd Frazier’s late home run proves to be the winner as Reds beat Pirates. 5-2, in opener.

1 week ago


 Starling Marte steals second base against during a home game against the Tigers in August.

90 feet at a time, Pirates aim to run themselves into NL Central contention

Opening day is here, and the Pirates hope more aggression on the bases helps them take the next step in a tough division.

1 week ago



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