Pirates


 Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco celebrates with first baseman Pedro Alvarez after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium.

J.A. Happ throws seven scoreless innings as Pirates defeat Cardinals, 9-3

Happ set about finding the physical and mental cues that enabled him to pitch well early in the season with the Seattle Mariners.

about 6 hours ago


 Pirates' A.J. Burnett pitches against the Nationals July 25.

A.J. Burnett's simulated game goes better than expected

Burnett can return to the roster without a corresponding move because the roster is expanded to 40 players in September.

about 11 hours ago


 The Pirates and Cardinals square off in a three-game series beginning tonight in St. Louis.

Pirates announce postseason ticket information

Season ticket holders have the first chance to buy playoff ticket strips; individual wild-card and NLDS tickets go on sale later this month.

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 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen hits a one run triple off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha during the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on Aug 12, 2015.

Pirates notebook: An opportunity to make up ground on Cardinals

A three-game series against the NL Central leaders give the Pirates a chance to cut into lead, but winning at Busch Stadium a challenge.

1 day ago


 The Pirates' Francisco Liriano delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Brewers at Miller Park Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Brewers complete three-game sweep of Pirates, 5-3

Francisco Liriano issued five walks, two of which scored, and the Pirates lost, 5-3, as the Brewers swept the series at Miller Park.

1 day ago


Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 9.3.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who will try to avoid being swept by Milwaukee before heading to St. Louis for a huge series

1 day ago


 Teammates mob Pirates' Pedro Florimon after he hit a walk-off single in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks last month  at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Rescinded waiver claim of one player leads to September promotion of another

The Cleveland Indians rescinded their waiver claim of Deolis Guerra, which helped the Pirates promote Pedro Florimon Wednesday.

2 days ago


 Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke reacts after giving up two runs in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pirates lose to Brewers again, 9-4, as Locke struggles

Jeff Locke allowed two runs in the first inning to the Brewers, who for the second game in a row blitzed the Pirates’ starter.

2 days ago


 Teammates mob the Pirates' Pedro Florimon after he hit a walk-off single in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks on Aug. 18.

Pirates promote shortstop Pedro Florimon

The Pirates sent Florimon outright to the minor leagues Aug. 25.

2 days ago


 Pirates catcher Elias Diaz throws to second on his knees Sunday against the Orioles during spring training in March at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Roster expansion includes catcher Elias Diaz

Five players were promoted from the minors and one was activated off the disabled list when rosters expanded Tuesday.

3 days ago


 The Brewers' Adam Lind hits a two-run double in the first inning Tuesday against the Pirates.

Brewers jump on Cole early, beat Pirates, 7-4

The Brewers scored five runs in the first two innings in the first game of the Pirates’ nine-game road trip against NL Central opponents.

3 days ago


 Catcher Elias Diaz, who was promoted to the majors today, does not have major league experience but is considered one of the organization's top catching prospects.

Pirates promote five from minors

Elias Diaz, Travis Snider, Jaff Decker, Bobby LaFromboise, Radhames Liz and Rob Scahill were added today when rosters expanded.

3 days ago


 Pirates fans display a bubble gum chewing Clint Hurdle sign during their team's game against the Rockies Saturday at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 9.1.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who open a nine-game road swing through their division, including a stop in St. Louis.

3 days ago


 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the 5th inning as the Pirates take on the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

What to watch for in the Pirates' pivotal September

Of their 16 division- and pennant-winning seasons, the Pirates never trailed entering September.

4 days ago


 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: About that rotation

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.

5 days ago


 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage seems to have already helped J.A. Happ, and now he'll have to continue to keep the back of the rotation from faltering.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates rotation still struggling

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.

5 days ago


 Still on the disabled list, A.J. Burnett could be back in the Pirates rotation in a couple of weeks.

Pirates notebook: Burnett bullish on return

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.

5 days ago


Obituary: Paul G. Dacey / A fixture at PNC Park’s Lexus Club

Mr. Dacey, 83, of Brookline died Wednesday at St. Clair Hospital of congestive heart failure.

5 days ago


 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits a home run against the Cubs in the third inning when the teams played against each other on Aug. 5 at PNC Park. The rainout game from Aug. 3 will be made up for with a doubleheader on Sept. 15.

Pirates-Cubs set doubleheader Sept. 15 to make up for rainout

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.

5 days ago


 The Pirates' Charlie Morton commits a throwing error on the Rockies' Dustin Garneau in the sixth inning. Ben Paulsen and Daniel Descalso scored on the play.

Rockies win series finale against Pirates, 5-0

The Pirates close the month with a 19-8 record, their best August since going 19-8 in August 1992.

5 days ago


 Pirates' Gregory Polanco pulls in a fly ball against Rockies' Charlie Blackmon in the first inning Saturday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Outfield arms among best in the majors

Talented, young right fielder Gregory Polanco had two more assists Friday night, while Starling Marte has a National League-leading 12.

6 days ago


 Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis collides with Gerrit Cole while trying to field Cole’s bunt in the fourth inning Thursday night in Miami. Cole was one of the Pirates' quirky paper moves at last year's playoff roster deadline.

On the Pirates: Building postseason roster all about the details

Tricks of the trade often come in handy for teams constructing playoff rosters, and the Pirates likely have some in store again this year.

6 days ago


 Pirates' J.A. Happ pitches against the Rockies Saturday at PNC Park.

Happ strong again as Pirates win, 4-3

J.A. Happ has allowed just two runs in 23 frames over his past four outings, all wins for the surging Pirates (79-49).

6 days ago


 Francisco Cervelli after being thrown out by umpire Alan Porter during the third inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Pirates notebook: Catchers savor their big seasons at bat and behind the plate

Cervelli, Stewart have few peers in the majors as a catching tandem this season, and they are enjoying every minute of it.

1 week ago


 The Pirates' Gregory Polanco scores Friday against the Rockies. See the complete photo slideshow from the game in the article.

Polanco's bat, arm lead Pirates to 5-3 victory over Rockies

Winners for the 13th time in their past 16 games, the Pirates climbed to a season-high 29 games over .500.

1 week ago


 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez has 21 homers and 66 RBIs this season.

Bob Smizik: Pedro Alvarez -- trade 'em or keep 'em?

There are only a handful of designated hitters who are having a better season than Alvarez.

1 week ago


 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle takes starting pitcher J.A. Happ out of the game against the Cubs earlier this month at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle mixes and matches against left-handers

Two of Clint Hurdle’s left-handed hitters have improved their platoon splits as the Pirates face five left-handed starters in six days.

1 week ago


Woman hit by foul ball behind home plate sues Red Sox owner

The suit says Stephanie Taubin suffered facial fractures and neurological damage. She is seeking unspecified damages.

1 week ago


 Pedro Alvarez, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against  Miami Marlins.

Cole lifts Pirates to 2-1 victory over Marlins, wins his 15th game

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.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison slides into home to score on a double by Andrew McCutchen as Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto waits for the throw during the first inning of a game, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Miami.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 8.27.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who close out a series in Miami tonight against the Marlins.

1 week ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon and catcher Chris Stewart celebrate after defeating the Mets at Citi Field on August 15, 2015 in New York City.

Pirates notebook: For Mark Melancon, it's about winning

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.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen is congratulated by  teammates Josh Harrison and Starling Marte after hitting a three-run homer against the Miami Marlins.

Bats lead the way in Pirates' 7-2 win against Marlins

Taking advantage of Miami starter Chris Narveson with a six-runs in the second inning, the Pirates won Wednesday night in Florida

1 week ago


 Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett waits for a new ball as he works against the Giants in the first inning June 2 in San Francisco.

Pirates noteboook: A.J. Burnett feeling good again

Injured starter said he felt no pain in his elbow after throwing two innings Tuesday at Marlins Park.

1 week ago


 Charlie Morton pitches against the Marlins in Florida.

Marlins chase Morton in 5-2 victory over Pirates

Charlie Morton allowed three runs in the sixth inning to the Miami Marlins, who beat the Pirates 5-2 at Marlins Park.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run double against the Marlins last night in Miami.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.25.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who are on the road in Miami this week against the Marlins.

1 week ago


 Pirates' A.J. Burnett signals to Michael Morse after he hit a double during his first at-bat with the club in the third inning against the Cubs Monday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Burnett getting close to return

A.J. Burnett could return from his flexor strain sooner than later, manager Clint Hurdle said.

1 week ago


 Though Pedro Alvarez is leading the Pirates with 20 home runs this season, he is also the league leader in errors at first base.

Adam Bittner: Both sides of the Pedro Alvarez debate are missing the point

Neither side is coming close to presenting the more boring truth: The Big Bull is a big dog whistle for the Pirates.

1 week ago


 J.A. Happ pitches against the Marlins in Florida Monday night.

Polanco, Happ pace Pirates' 5-2 win against Marlins

Gregory Polanco had four hits, J.A. Happ continued his resurgence and the Pirates won their third consecutive game.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen hits a home run in the bottom of the 6th inning Sunday night at PNC Park.

McCutchen, Alvarez hit homers to spark 5-2 victory against Giants

The home runs backed up a strong start from left-hander Francisco Liriano, who pitched around three errors.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen

On the Pirates: The threat ... McCutchen, stolen bases and more

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.

1 week ago


 The Pirates recalled shortstop Jordy Mercer from his rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis. He injured his left knee on July 19.

Pirates notebook: Jordy Mercer returns; infield back at full strength

Veteran shortstop is recalled Sunday from Indianapolis and he is willing to be part of whatever rotation manager Clint Hurdle works out.

1 week ago


 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the fifth inning as the Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Faith Night turned Redemption Weekend

Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang orchestrated three home runs, and Gerrit Cole became a force again in the Pirates win.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen gets ready to bat yesterday. (Care for a few bars of St. Hildegard of Bingen’s “O rubor sanguinis," Cutch?)

Pirates' walk-up music: the classical version

PG classical music critic Elizabeth Bloom, an avid sports fan, decided to reimagine the Pirates’ walk-up songs. Some players played along.

1 week ago


 Gerrit Cole strikes out Brandon Crawford in the sixth inning as the Pirates defeated San Francisco Giants, 3-2, Saturday at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Cole, Stewart reunite as battery mates

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitched to backup catcher Chris Stewart Saturday at PNC Park, ending a two-start hiatus from each other.

1 week ago


 Jung Ho Kang runs around third base after hitting a home run during the 5th inning against the Giants at PNC Park on Saturday afternoon.

Homers by Marte, Kang carry Pirates over Giants

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.

1 week ago


 Madison Bumgarner wasn’t dominating on the mound Friday night at PNC Park, so he took it out on the Pirates at the plate, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning.

Bumgarner, Byrd beat Pirates with bats in 6-4 win

With Giants All-Star Madison Bumgarner pitching, an early three-run cushion might have seemed sufficient. Bumgarner took no chances.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates' Josh Harrison grabs a ground ball hit by Brandon Belt in the first inning Friday night at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Harrison jumps right in as leadoff man

Harrison returns from thumb injury and rehabilitation stint in Indianapolis and jumps right into starting lineup.

2 weeks ago


 The San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner delivers to the Pirates in the third inning of the National League Wild Card Game last October at PNC Park.

Pirates face Friday night date with Giants' Madison Bumgarner, one of baseball's best

The Pirates will face the Giants’ ace during a hot streak that includes 50 strikeouts and just three walks in his past five starts.

2 weeks ago


 Jung Ho Kang congratulates Neil Walker on his two-run home run in the sixth inning Thursday against the Giants at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates' win not quite revenge, but a good start

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.

2 weeks ago



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