Pirates


 Starling Marte celebrates a win over the Detroit Tigers after the 14th inning.

Pirates need 14 innings but pull off win against Tigers, 5-4

For the Pirates, there were more wasted opportunities than winning ones. They left 19 men on base, a season high.

about 19 hours ago


 Manager Clint Hurdle asks the crew chief for a video replay during the first inning of the interleague game against the Tigers on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Gene Collier: Baseball's video reviews are many seconds we'll never get back

What could prompt more than one sports pundit to long for humans wrestling bears at a baseball game? Increased use of replay, that’s what.

about 21 hours ago


 For Clint Hurdle, a native of Big Rapids, Mich., two particular homecoming trips over the years have stuck in his memory.

Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle savors return to his home state

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a big afternoon Tuesday in his home state of Michigan, and his father was right there to enjoy it with him.

about 21 hours ago


 Former Reds player Pete Rose talks to reporters during a press conference before the start of the Washington Wild Things game against the Lake Erie Crushers Tuesday at Consol Energy Park.

Pete Rose slides away from controversy at Wild Things home game

Nearly 100 fans paid $100 for a meet-and-greet session with baseball’s all-time hits leader before the game in Washington County.

about 21 hours ago


Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 6.30.15

Stephen J. Nesbitt: Hey all, thanks for dropping by today. At Comerica Park in Detroit, and finally ready to take your Pirates and MLB

1 day ago


 Pirates pitcher Deolis Guerra is congratulated by catcher Francisco Cervelli after a win against the Braves over the weekend at PNC Park.

At long last, Deolis Guerra's ride to the majors reaches its destination

It’s been a long, long journey for the Pirates reliever, and he is savoring his arrival.

1 day ago


 Pete Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 after violating the No. 1 rule in sports by betting on games while he was managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Ron Cook: Shameless Pete Rose will do anything to make a buck

The Washington Wild Things’ quest to sell tickets brings disgraced major leaguer to Western Pennsylvania tonight.

1 day ago


 Neil Walker hits a fifth-inning two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves June 5 in Georgia.

Ron Cook: Alvarez, Walker fall short in Pirates' 2-1 loss

The Pirates offense is in a bind with neither Neil Walker nor Pedro Alvarez hitting consistently or producing runs this season.

2 days ago


 Pedro Alvarez is proving to be a great offensive weapon for the Pirates. On defense? Not so much.

Adam Bittner: Despite his mighty bat, Pedro Alvarez hurting Pirates

While the slugger may be giving the Pirates a boost on offense, his skills on defense leave a lot to be desired.

2 days ago


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli tags out the Braves' Chris Johnson at PNC Park.

Braves hold off Pirates for 2-1 win

Jason Grilli struck out Gregory Polanco to help the Braves avoid a sweep.

2 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit by Julio Teheran in the first inning Saturday against Atlanta at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: McCutchen gets hit, Pirates hit back

Andrew McCutchen got hit by a pitch for the eighth time Saturday against the Braves, but the Pirates got their revenge.

3 days ago


 Jose Tabata gets an RBI on a hit against the Twins earlier this season. He's now been designated for assignment along with right-hander Chris Volstad.

Pirates notebook: Latest roster shuffle includes risk of losing Tabata, Volstad

Roster shuffle sends Tabata, Volstad packing while Lombardozzi, Hernandez return to majors.

2 days ago


 About triples, Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose once said, “You don't get a triple between second and third. You get a triple between home and first.”

Gene Collier: Pirates take triples trend to unfortunate low point, and that's no fun

There are fewer triples in MLB these days everywhere, not just here, but the Pirates are nothing short of the poster boys for that.

3 days ago


 Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole is 11-3 with a 2.16 ERA so far in his second full season in the majors.

On the Pirates: Gerrit Cole's game of throws

Equally as remarkable as the numbers Gerrit Cole has put up are the adjustments he has made since arriving at PNC Park two years ago.

3 days ago


 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen: Good hitter, bad dodgeball player (by his own admission).

Pirates notebook: Sore McCutchen ponders his pain

Andrew McCutchen is frustrated by his hit-by-pitch trend, which seems to increase each year and as his stardom for the Pirates grows.

3 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen left this afternoon's game early after being hit in the left elbow by Brave's pitcher Julio Teherán's fastball in the first inning of play.

Pirates lose McCutchen but roar past Braves 8-4

The Pirates didn’t take kindly to Andrew McCutchen getting hit on the elbow, tagging Teheran for five runs in the first.

3 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit by a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park.

McCutchen leaves early with elbow injury

Andrew McCutchen was hit in the left elbow by right-hander Julio Teheran’s fastball in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves.

4 days ago


 Formerly a Pirate, Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli has 20 saves so far this season.

Former Pirates pitcher Grilli will make his home in Pittsburgh

Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Grilli remembers his time with Pirates so fondly, he bought a house for his family here in the offseason.

4 days ago


Reliever Scahill goes on DL, Deolis Guerra is promoted from Indianapolis

Pirates notebook: Rookie Guerra called up from Class AAA to take roster spot opened by Scahill going on disabled list.

4 days ago


Fans, paramedics help man stricken at Pirates game

A man apparently having a heart attack was rescued by Pittsburgh Pirates fans and city paramedics at Friday night’s game in PNC Park.

4 days ago


 Josh Harrison rushes in to celebrate with Jordy Mercer after Mercer drove in the winning run in the 10th Friday night against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park. See more game photos in the slideshow below,

Pirates beat Braves, 3-2, in 10 innings

The Pirates squeaked past the Atlanta Braves in the first of a three-game series at PNC Park

4 days ago


Pirates recall Guerra from Indianapolis, place reliever Scahill on disabled list

The Pirates placed reliever Rob Scahill on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness.

5 days ago


 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett needed 104 pitches, but he got through six innings Thursday night against the Reds and gave his team a chance to win.

Ron Cook: A.J. Burnett does his part to get Pirates rotation back on track

He didn’t get a win, and at times had to grind, but veteran starter A.J. Burnett clamped down when he needed to Thursday vs. Cincinnati.

5 days ago


 Corey Hart went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, after overextending his left shoulder during batting practice.

Corey Hart says shoulder injury first surfaced in batting practice

Pirates notebook: Corey Hart discusses the origin of his shoulder injury; two prospects named to Futures Game roster.

5 days ago


 Jordy Mercer is greeted at home by Francisco Cervelli after scoring on an AJ Burnett single against the Reds at PNC Park.

Reds beat Pirates, 5-4, on home run by Phillips in 13th inning

The Pirates have now lost four of their past five games, including two of three against the Reds.

5 days ago


Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 06.25.15

The PG’s Pirates beat writer fields your questions on Polanco, Kang, Mercer and who will make the All-Star team.

6 days ago


 Pirates starter Gerrit Cole had his second-shortest outing of his career Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Cole Train goes off the rails

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole again fails to beat the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four runs in the first inning.

6 days ago


 The Pirates' Corey Hart goes on the disabled listed with a shoulder injury.

Pirates notebook: Right-hander Volstad promoted, add to bullpen

The Pirates fortify the bullpen after two games with a large workload, send Corey Hart to the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

6 days ago


 Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole pauses with his head down after giving up home run to the Reds  in the first inning at PNC Park.

Cole struggles as Pirates lose to Reds, 5-2

The outing was a rare poor effort from Cole, who in his second full season in the majors has been one of the best starters in the game.

6 days ago


Pirates place Corey Hart on DL, call up relief pitcher

The Pirates promoted right-hander Chris Volstad from Class AAA Indianapolis today as Corey Hart went on the 15-day disabled list.

1 week ago


 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez had an RBI double against the Reds on Tuesday, but has struggled with runners in scoring position throughout the season.

Gene Collier: Pedro Alvarez comes out of the dark

Though he played a role in the Pirates’ game-winning rally against the Reds, Pedro Alvarez was still disappointing on Tuesday night.

1 week ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had missed five games because of right hip pain that spread to his stomach.

Pirates notebook: Neil Walker returns to lineup after hip pain subsides

Neil Walker made his first start in five games; Jameson Taillon’s rehabilitation halted.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen homers against the Reds at PNC Park.

Big inning propels Pirates to 7-6 win over Reds

The Pirates scored seven runs in the fourth inning to break a three-game losing streak, defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, at PNC Park

1 week ago


 Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez tags out the Pirates' Corey Hart during Sunday's game at Nationals Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 06.23.15

McCutchen, Cole, Alvarez and more are the subjects of readers’ questions this week.

1 week ago


 A.J. Burnett, often effective but never an All-Star, will be headed to Cincinnati next month if his manager can help it.

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett's All-Star bandwagon begins to build

The pitcher never has pitched in an All-Star Game, and his teammates and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would like to change that.

1 week ago


 West Virginia Black Bears fans take in the team's first game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia-based fans embrace new Class A Pirates affiliate

The club, the West Virginia Black Bears, has generated much excitement in Morgantown.

1 week ago


 Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata, the new baseball villain in D.C., takes first base after his hit-by-pitch spoiled Max Scherzer's perfect game bid Saturday.

Pirates notebook: No surprise, Jose Tabata is arch-villain in Washington

After breaking up Max Scherzer’s perfect game Saturday, Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata is public enemy No. 1 in Washington.

1 week ago


 The Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang hits at two-run double against the Giants on June 3 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Giants are among teams in the National League wild-card race that the Pirates have won a series against this season.

Adam Bittner: Actually, the Pirates have beaten good teams

An emerging consensus in social media that the Pirates can’t compete with top teams is mostly wrong.

1 week ago


 Former St. Louis executive Jeff Luhnow, right, is now the Houston Astros general manager and appears to be the target of the Cardinals hacking scandal.

Gene Collier: Baseball's new form of DH is designated hacker

The St. Louis Cardinals hacking investigation is no surprise given this era of analytics, data mining and information-hungry baseball.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison calls the fly-by slide an instinctual maneuver rather than anything a young baseball player might learn and work on.

On the Pirates: Two slides to every story

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on the fly-by side:“I told them they can take that cool and put it in their back pocket, because I want safe.”

1 week ago


 Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the first inning against the Nationals. He was relieved later in the inning.

Nationals chase Morton early, sweep Pirates with 9-2 win

The Nationals’ nine-run first inning matched their best in franchise history. The Pirates hadn’t allowed that many in the first since ’53.

1 week ago


 The last time Gregory Polanco hit into a double play was his first this season.

Pirates notebook: Polanco stays out of double trouble

The loss Friday night to the Nationals brought about an unfortunate first this season for Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco.

1 week ago


 Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at Nationals Park. Scherzer no-hit the Pirates in a 6-0 win.

Nationals' Scherzer no-hits Pirates in 6-0 win

Washington’s ace struck out 10 in his second straight complete-game shutout.

1 week ago


 West Virginia Black Bears' Tyler Glasnow pitches against Mahoning Valley Scrappers Friday night at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow struggles in rehab outing

Glasnow pitched only 1⅓ innings, and first-round draft pick Kevin Newman made his professional debut for the West Virginia Black Bears.

1 week ago


 Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper sits in the dugout Friday in Washington. Harper injured his leg Thursday.

Pirates notebook: Injured outfielder Bryce Harper out of Washington's lineup

Harper, who leads the majors in walks (54) and is second in home runs (22) and third in RBIs (53), could end up on the disabled list.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen drops his bat after striking out in the first inning against the Nationals Friday in Washington.

Ross befuddles bats as Nationals snap Pirates' winning streak

The Pirates avoided one 22-year-old Washington Nationals phenom Friday night and ran smack into another.

1 week ago


 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has received the third-most votes among National League catchers for this year's All-Star game.

Ron Cook: Voting system for All-Star Game stinks and MLB should change it

They won’t eliminate it because there’s too much television and promotional money at stake.

1 week ago


 Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang batted fourth in the lineup for the five straight game Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

Pirates notebook: More cleanup action for Kang

Jung Ho Kang batted fourth again Thursday night, while many top prospects are making progress in return from injuries.

1 week ago


Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 06.18.15

The Pirates are on a streak and the All-Star game is on the horizon, so how many Pirates will we see there?

1 week ago


 Mark Melancon and Chris Stewart high-five after the Pirates picked up their eighth win in a row Thursday against the White Sox.

Pirates stretch winning streak to eight, edge White Sox, 3-2

Gerrit Cole’s performance and at-bats from Pedro Alvarez and Gregory Polanco helped the Pirates beat the Chicago White Sox.

1 week ago



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