Ike Davis is congratulated by Russell Martin after hitting a two-run home run against the Cardinals in the second inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

First shot at playoffs brings out Davis' best

For the first time in his career, first baseman Ike Davis is feeling the excitement and pressure of a pennant race.

about 8 hours ago

 Starling Marte pulls in a fly ball hit by Cardinals' Jon Jay in the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 8.28.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates who are in the hunt for the postseason.

about 18 hours ago

 Pirates lefty Jeff Locke pitches against the Cardinals this afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates take series from Cardinals with 3-1 win

By winning consecutive series over Milwaukee and St. Louis, Pittsburgh went to 69-64 and inched closer to a wild-card spot.

1 day ago

 Josh Harrison is congratulated by Travis Snider after hitting a home run against the Cardinals in the fifth inning at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 8.27.14

Pirates talk dominates today’s chat discussion.

1 day ago

 Tony Watson pitches in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014.

Gene Collier: Watson digs in, finds right answer

Reliever Tony Watson stares down the pressure and silences the St. Louis Cardinals at key time in a key game.

1 day ago

 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

2 days ago

 Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes spelled Jordy Mercer Tuesday night.

Pirates notebook: Clint Barmes starts; Jordy Mercer rests

Shortstop Clint Barmes makes his first start since June 25 after a lengthy spell on the disabled list because of a severe groin strain.

2 days ago

 Andrew McCutchen hits a single against the Cardinals in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: McCutchen opts to play on

Andrew McCutchen says he is playing hurt, not playing injured and notes that there is a big difference between the two.

1 day ago

 The Pirates' Ike Davis is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a three-run home run against the Cardinals in the eighth inning at PNC Park.

Pirates gain a game on Cardinals with 5-2 win

Ike Davis launched a pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning Tuesday night to lead the Pirates to a win over St. Louis.

2 days ago

 Andrew McCutchen pulls in a fly ball hit by the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter in the third inning at PNC Park tonight. McCutchen may have been injured making the play.

McCutchen, Alvarez leave Pirates game early

Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen left the Pirates-Cardinals game at PNC Park in the sixth inning tonight.

2 days ago

 Russell Martin throws out the Cardinals' Kolten Wong on Monday at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.26.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates.

2 days ago

 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

3 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez hits a solo homer in the second inning against the Cardinals on Monday.

Lackey's masterful outing leads Cardinals past Pirates

The Cardinals made a bold move to acquire right-handed pitcher John Lackey at the trade deadline and Monday night the Pirates found out why.

3 days ago

 Gregory Polanco singles during a game against the Dodgers in July.

Pirates notebook: Polanco sent to Indianapolis, Tabata promoted

Manager Clint Hurdle said the timing is off on Gregory Polanco’s swing but he believes he can come back and help the Pirates at some point.

3 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez watches his three-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday at Miller Park in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

Pirates notebook: Father-son trip a big hit in Milwaukee

The “dads weekend” was another success for the Pirates, bringing players and their fathers closer while on the road in Milwaukee.

4 days ago

 Marlon Byrd was a vital acquisition for the Pirates last year at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Second deadline could provide roster boost for Pirates

Time is almost up for the Pirates to add any significant contributors from another MLB team to their roster for the playoff push.

4 days ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits a home run during the ninth inning of this afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. The Pirates lost, 4-3.

Pirates miss sweep, fall to Brewers, 4-3

Vance Worley gave up a pair of runs in both the first and second innings, then settled in, but the damage was done.

4 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez holds Atlanta's Ervin Santana on at first in his major league debut at the position Monday at PNC Park.

On the Pirates: A first look for Alvarez at first base

The best-case scenario for Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates is that he adapts to first base and forces Clint Hurdle to make tough decisions.

5 days ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to put Pedro Alvarez at his new position Saturday night in a big game against Milwaukee.

Pirates notebook: Pedro Alvarez garners another look at new position in the infield

Manager Clint Hurdle had a feeling Pedro Alvarez could have success Saturday against Wily Peralta, so he gave him the start at first base.

5 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez, right, celebrates with teammates Neil Walker and Russell Martin after hitting a three-run homer off of Brewers' Wiley Peralta at Miller Park Saturday night.

Alvarez sparks another victory for Pirates

The Pirates offense stayed hot Saturday night, led by two home runs from Pedro Alvarez in a series-clinching win at Milwaukee.

5 days ago

 Pirates' Travis Snider hits a double against the Tigers in the second inning at PNC Park on Aug. 12, 2014.

Pirates Notebook: Snider remains in lineup; Polanco works on swing

While hot-hitting Travis Snider plays, rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco tries to get his swing back in the groove.

6 days ago

 The Pirates' Neil Walker and Starling Marte celebrate their win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Pirates mash Brewers, 8-3

The Pirates chased Yovani Gallardo after five innings and plated runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings.

6 days ago

 Jordy Mercer (right) celebrates with Chris Stewart after scoring a run against the Brewers in May at Miller Park.

Pirates' woes in Miller Park could extend slide

The Pirates can jump back in the playoff race with their weekend series against the Brewers -- but it will be played at dreaded Miller Park.

1 week ago

 Elmer Gray at Pirates spring training in 1991.

Obituary: Elmer Gray / Longtime scout for Pirates, other MLB teams

Mr. Gray retired from full-time scouting in 1994 but continued to work for the Pirates part time in various roles through the 2012 season.

1 week ago

 Gregory Polanco hits a run-scoring single against the Marlins earlier this month.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 8.21.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates, who finally get off the schneid with a win last night.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Travis Snider scores the tying run on a wild pitch by the Braves' Jordan Walden in the eighth inning Wednesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Travis Snider turns the tide

Snider's hitting streak reaches 11 games and his average since the All-Star break is .349

1 week ago

 Gerrit Cole pitches against the Braves at PNC Park Wednesday night, August 20, 2014.

Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole makes anticipated return to rotation

Young, talented pitcher ready to make an impact down the stretch.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart tags out Braves' Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning at PNC Park Wednesday night.

Walk-off victory caps Cole’s return to Pirates rotation

Gaby Sanchez drives in winning run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly, ends seven-game losing streak.

1 week ago

 Braves' Andrelton Simmons steals second base against Pirates' Neil Walker in the second inning at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Justin Upton drove in five runs and B.J. a sixth while the Braves rolled to a fifth consecutive win and pushed the Pirates toward the plank.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen shows his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video to teammate Gaby Sanchez before batting practice at PNC Park Tuesday afternoon. McCutchen returned from the disabled list for last night's game against the Braves.

Pirates notebook: Finally, a healthier look

The Pirates got superstar Andrew McCutchen and No. 1 shortstop Jordy Mercer back in the lineup after bouts with injuries.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen stands in center field in the first inning against the Braves at PNC Park Tuesday night after returning from the disabled list.

Pirates lose 7th in a row, 11-3 to Braves

The latest evidence of a ballclub losing its way came Tuesday night when the Atlanta Braves pounded Francisco Liriano and the Pirates.

1 week ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen shows his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video to teammate Gaby Sanchez before batting practice at PNC Park this afternoon. McCutchen returned from the disabled list for his team's game against the Braves.

It's official: McCutchen off the disabled list

The Pirates today reinstated outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the 15-day disabled list.

1 week ago

 Gregory Polanco looks over at the 21 cut into the grass to honor Roberto Clemente in right field at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 8.19.14

Baseball beat writer Bill Brink takes your questions on the suddenly struggling Pirates, losers of six consecutive games.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen

Gene Collier: Pirates top acts needed in a hurry

The return of McCutchen and Cole expected to reinvigorate the Pirates pretty quickly ... in fact they will have to for playoff run.

1 week ago

 PNC Park

Want to catch a foul ball? This website offers fans help

Joel Carben and his friends are tracking the best places to sit if you want to catch a foul ball at the ballpark.

1 week ago

 Atlanta Braves infielders head off the field after Pirates left fielder Travis Snider was caught off second for an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning Monday night at PNC Park.

Pirates' skid reaches six after 7-3 loss to Braves

Monday’s quest to end a losing streak started poorly. Unlike the previous two games, the bullpen did not factor into the loss.

1 week ago

 In this photo from Sunday, June 30, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen warms up in the on deck circle at PNC Park during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pirates notebook: McCutchen says he's ready to return

Andrew McCutchen said this afternoon that he plans to return to the active roster Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton was placed on the DL.

Pirates notebook: Cole takes over for ailing Morton

The Pirates put Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right hip.

1 week ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws during the fourth inning against the Nationals in Washington Sunday night.

Five losses in a row: Washington Nationals sweep Pirates, 6-5

The Washington Nationals walked off against the Pirates again, this time with a 6-5 victory in 11 innings at Nationals Park Sunday night.

1 week ago

 Pirates want Gerrit Cole ready when he returns

Brink on the Pirates: Patience is a virtue

Rather than rush back as soon as he is physically able, the Pirates want Gerrit Cole to be fully ready when he returns to a pennant race.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker did not start Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

Pirates notebook: Walker's night off is part of plan

Though Neil Walker's return to the lineup lasted only one game, the team is building in scheduled rest days to help him finish the season.

1 week ago

 John Axford -- Hopes better control pays off as Pirates pitcher.

Axford hopes to provide more relief in bullpen

Film buff and veteran reliever Axford hopes improvement with his control helps him solve part of Pirates middle-inning bullpen problems.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Mercer out, Walker returns as infield shuffle continues

The Pirates continued to shuffle their infield Friday night as injuries required yet more manipulation.

1 week ago

 Wilson Ramos (40) of the Washington Nationals celebrates with Denard Span (2) after driving in the game-winning run in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Washington won 4-3.

Nationals walk off on Pirates, 4-3

Tony Watson entered the game in the eighth carrying a nine-game scoreless streak. It didn’t last.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez tries to make the throw to first base but the Nationals' Denard Span is safe during the first inning at Nationals Park Friday night in Washington.

Morton falters again

The Pirates lost their series opener against the Washington Nationals, 5-4, as Morton pitched out of the stretch all night.

1 week ago

 Pirates right-hander Stolmy Pimentel delivers a pitch during spring training.

Pirates place reliever Stolmy Pimentel on 15-day DL

The move makes space on the active roster for new acquisition John Axford.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez could soon be trying to make diving stops at first base instead of the other corner of the infield.

Gene Collier: Playing first base falls between hard and easy

Some baseball purveyors say manning first base is easy, others difficult, but it will likely be somewhere in the middle for Pedro Alvarez.

2 weeks ago

 Former Brewers closer John Axford comes to join the Pirates bullpen after spending the first part of this season with Cleveland.

Pirates notebook: Waiver-wire pickup Axford to join bullpen

Veteran reliever John Axford will join the Pirates bullpen after being picked up off the waiver wire from Cleveland.

2 weeks ago

 The Pirates' Travis Snider tosses his bat after striking out against Detroit's Max Scherzer during the first inning this afternoon.

Pirates can't solve Max Scherzer in setback at Tigers

The Pirates did not score until a ninth-inning pinch-hit homer in their 5-2 loss to Detroit.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes throws to first to complete a double play to end the seventh inning after forcing out Chone Figgins May 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Pirates notebook: Clint Barmes heads for rehab in minors

Shortstop Clint Barmes heads to Altoona to start lengthy rehab stint in minors.

2 weeks ago


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