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.

about 6 hours 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.

about 11 hours 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.

about 11 hours 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.

about 14 hours 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.

1 day 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.

about 19 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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).

1 day 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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 Jordy Mercer is congratulated by Josh Harrison as he returns to the dugout after a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a game Monday, June 2, 2014, in San Diego.

Pirates notebook: Mercer, Harrison likely to return to majors this weekend

Hurdle will be forced to make some key decisions when Harrison and Mercer make likely return this weekend.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Francisco Cervelli congratulates Mark Melancon after defeating the Diamondbacks Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.20.15

The Pirates are on the upswing again, taking five of six from the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. Next? The San Francisco Giants

1 week ago

 Jung Ho Kang hits an RBI double against the Giants in the third inning at PNC Park.

Pirates shut out Giants, 4-0, as Morton shines

Charlie Morton pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and Neil Walker smacked his 13th home run of the season.

1 week ago

 Travis Snider is back with the Pirates after the Balimore Orioles released him Saturday.

Pirates notebook: Travis Snider rejoins organization

After being traded in January for two minor league left-handers, Snider returns to the Pirates after getting released by the Orioles.

1 week ago

 J.A. Happ allowed just two hits in six innings. The Pirates bullpen did the rest in a 4-1 win Wednesday against Arizona at PNC Park.

Pirates beat Diamondbacks, 4-1, behind strong start by Happ

The Pirates won for the sixth time in seven games and have won 10 of their past 13.

1 week ago

 Pedro Florimon hits a walk-off triple in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night at PNC Park. On Wednesday, he was designated for assignment.

Pirates DFA Pedro Florimon to make room for pitcher Josh Wall

Florimon, 28, batted .105 with a .401 OPS in 21 plate appearances this season for the Pirates.

1 week ago

 The Pirates are bringing back Travis Snider, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday.

Pirates to sign outfielder Travis Snider

The Baltimore Orioles had designated Snider for assignment, and released him on Sunday.

1 week ago

 Pedro Florimon hits a walk-off single in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Florimon's hit in 15th inning gives Pirates 9-8 win over Arizona

Pedro Florimon lined a ball off the Clemente Wall in right field, scoring Francisco Cervelli and breaking the 8-8 tie.

1 week ago

 Teammates mob Pirates' Pedro Florimon after his walk-off hit in the 15th inning delivered a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Gene Collier: A random alignment of complementary forces

Now that there’s a rotational misadventure almost every night lately, the Pirates’ extra-base hits are arriving by the truckload.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Starling Marte crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Pirates Notebook: Marte offensive stats, except HRs, have improved since July

Starling Marte had not homered in nearly six weeks before going deep Tuesday night against Arizona, but has stayed effective at the plate.

1 week ago

 Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield congratulates Pedro Alvarez after hitting a home run against the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning Monday night at PNC Park.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 8.18.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who take on Arizona tonight at PNC Park.

1 week ago

 Corey Hart was in the dugout Monday at PNC Park and is going to try to get back onto the Pirates roster. The infielder/outfielder was originally put on the disabled list June 24, began his comeback in July and tweaked his right knee, forcing him out again.

Pirates notebook: Oft-injured Corey Hart to take one last shot

First baseman Corey Hart plans to take one last swing at rejoining Pirates after several bouts with injuries this season.

1 week ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli talks with starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the first inning Monday against the Diamondbacks at PNC Park.

Bad start sets up sour homecoming as Pirates fall to Diamondbacks

Arizona ends the Pirates' four-game winning streak, 4-1, as starter Gerrit Cole labors through 6 2/3 innings at PNC Park Monday night.

1 week ago

 Though Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett said he is feeling good, manager Clint Hurdle won't put the right-hander back in the rotation until he is sure his right elbow won't hold him back.

Pirates notebook: Burnett progressing, but not yet ready to return to rotation

A.J. Burnett will not return to the rotation unless he is certain the flexor strain in his elbow will not affect his performance.

2 weeks ago

 Regardless of if there is more to come, this season has already been one of greatness for the Pirates.

Gene Collier: It's far past time to just enjoy this Pirates ride

Whether they make the World Series or not, let alone win it, there’s no reason to let bitterness ruin what has been a great Pirates season.

2 weeks ago