So you think a pennant race is all tight stomachs and scoreboard watching? Catcher Russell Martin skate boards through the hallways beneath PNC Park this week.

On the Pirates: The buildup inside a pennant race

There are many reasons the Pirates find themselves on the brink of a second consecutive playoff berth.

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was hit twice by pitches Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gene Collier: Best action to take was none

The Pirates were right not to retaliate after Andrew McCutchen was hit twice Saturday night by the Milwaukee Brewers.

about 7 hours ago

 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has fairly consistent statistics this season and in 2013.

Melancon still on his mark

Pirates notebook: Closer is more concerned with the byproduct of his work than his production itself.

about 8 hours ago

 Edinson Volquez pitched seven shutout innings Saturday night at PNC Park.

Brewers slip past Pirates

Only a few inches separated the ball from the top of Gaby Sanchez’ glove. Probably three or four, six at most. That was enough.

about 8 hours ago

 Andrew McCutchen signals to the Pirates dugout after hitting a triple Friday night against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Big win leads Pirates to unfamiliar territory

Of what little we know of the playoff race, one thing was certain: Russell Martin’s blast gave the Pirates an elusive fifth consecutive win.

1 day ago

 Pirates starter Charlie Morton deliver against the Red Sox at PNC Park Tuesday.

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton has setback, will not start Sunday

Right-handed starter dealing with pain again after bullpen session; Vance Worley to start Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 day ago

 Russell Martin scores after putting the Pirates ahead with a three-run shot against the Brewers at PNC Park.

Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

Catcher Russell Martin spoiled a dominating start by the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo, homering off former teammate Jonathan Broxton.

1 day ago

 Gerrit Cole delivers Thursday against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Cole shows he thrives on big stage

Thursday night, Gerrit Cole looked like the pitcher who rolled through September a year ago.

2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Walker cleans up at right time

The cleanup slot has been in good hands with Neil Walker, who has provided plenty of offense for the Pirates lately.

2 days ago

 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night  at PNC Park.

Cole, Marte shine to clinch another Pirates winning season

Thursday’s game was tighter than the previous two iterations, but the outcome was the same.

2 days ago

 Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Pittsburgh.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 9.18.14

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates, who look to sweep the Red Sox tonight at home.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

3 days ago

 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano delivers against the Red Sox at PNC Park Wednesday.

Pirates bullpen gets some relief

Pirates notebook: The Pirates entered a game Wednesday night with a 1.47 bullpen ERA since the start of September.

3 days ago

 Ike Davis celebrates with teammates his three-run home run against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Pirates use the long ball to thump Red Sox, 9-1

Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis all homered, helping the Pirates win their third game in a row and 10th out of their past 12.

3 days ago

 Pirates' starter Charlie Morton deliver against the Red Sox at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates goofy night kicks off wild final push

The next time the Pirates get a day off, they'll know whether they've qualified for baseball's electric postseason or for just a grim

4 days ago

Pirates notebook: Bell, Glasnow reap honors

Pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Josh Bell honored as the organization's minor league players of the year.

4 days ago

Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 9.17.14

Pirates and Steelers talk dominate this week’s discussion with the Post-Gazette’s sports editor.

3 days ago

 Pirates catcher Russell Martin throws out a runner in a game last month at PNC Park.

Money in the bank: Pirates catcher Russell Martin's exceptional season

Martin's new workout regimen pays dividends on the field and sets him up for a lucrative free-agency chance, too.

5 days ago

 The Pirates' Russell Martin is greeted at home by Neil Walker after hitting a two-run blast against the Red Sox Tuesday at PNC Park.

Pirates, Morton shut out Red Sox, 4-0

Charlie Morton goes five innings and Pirates improve to 80-70 behind home runs from Russell Martin and Starling Marte.

4 days ago

 Thousands of Pirates fans make their way to PNC Park for the National League wild-card game against the Reds last season.

Limited Pirates postseason tickets on sale Thursday

A limited number of tickets for possible Wild Card and Division Series games at PNC Park will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday.

4 days ago

 Pirates fans cheer as Josh Harrison leaves the field after the team completed a triple play against the Cubs in the fourth inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 9.16.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates, who open an interleague series with the Red Sox tonight at PNC Park.

4 days ago

 Russell Martin stands on second base after doubling against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner in the second inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Enjoy Russell Martin while he's still here

Pirates GM Neal Huntington admits Russell Martin's pricetag likely will be in a financial area the Pirates do not wish to go.

5 days ago

 Kent Tekulve, who played with the Pirates in the 1970s and '80s, is recovering from a Sept. 5 heart transplant.

Former Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve recovering from heart transplant

Tekulve fell ill with heart failure from blocked coronary arteries on Christmas Eve, and had the transplant surgery on Sept. 5.

4 days ago

 Pirates utilityman Josh Harrison inches closer to the National League batting title.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Harrison never forgets to have fun

The Pirates have a chance to nab the NL Central crown with Josh Harrison winning the batting title, which would be tons of fun for everyone.

6 days ago

 Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton appears to be ready to contribute to the rotation again.

Pirates notebook: Morton will return to rotation in Tuesday's game against Red Sox

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton's return will push Vance Worley into bullpen if it works out.

6 days ago

 Pirates' Jordy Mercer tries to pull in the ball on a steal attempt by Cubs' Javier Baez in the third inning at PNC Park today. PIrates won, 7-3.

Walker helps Pirates rally for 7-3 win over Cubs

Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez went seven innings, giving up three runs, one earned, and five walks. He struck out five.

6 days ago

Hitting stats rank near top of NL

Pirates notebook: On-base percentage leads league and three other categories are at No. 2.

1 week ago

 Starling Marte has had two 10-game hitting streaks this season.

On the Pirates: A hush falls over Starling Marte's swing

A quiet head and steady feet have helped Pirates left fielder Starling Marte fashion a second 10-game hitting streak this season.

1 week ago

Pirates can't come all the way back against Cubs, lose 6-4

The Pirates failed to create more distance for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez was diagnosed this week with a stress-reaction injury to a bone on the top of his left foot after dealing with the injury since Aug. 26.

Pirates notebook: Alvarez's return date mystery to him, too

Alvarez not sure if he could come back from foot injury in time for playoffs if Pirates make it that far

1 week ago

 Shortstop Jordy Mercer, left, backs up Neil Walker, who grabs the ball behind second base in the 2nd inning to throw out Cubs Welington Castillo, right.

Cole-fueled Pirates win for seventh time in past eight starts

The Pirates opened their last homestand of regular season Friday night beating the Cubs 7-3, as a distinct September chill filled the air.

1 week ago

 Josh Harrison entered Thursday hitting a National League-high .318.

Pirates notebook: Close race for batting crown dwindles

Not only are the Pirates in the thick of a playoff race, but Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen are also chasing a batting title.

1 week ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and teammates celebrate the 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pirates defeat Phillies, 4-1

Francisco Liriano’s slider was electric, leading the Pirates to a 4-1 win against A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez points to the sky after a homer against the Cardinals at PNC Park in August.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 09.11.14

Topics this week range from Pedro Alvarez to the wild card race to the price tag on Russell Martin.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Alvarez likely out rest of season

Plus: Hurdle likes Volquez’s fire; updating home-plate collision rule.

1 week ago

 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen  reacts as he crosses home plate after hitting an inside the park home run during the fifth inning against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

McCutchen, Martin blast Pirates past Phillies, 6-3

Andrew McCutchen blazed toward second base in the fifth inning when it became clear he had the speed for an inside the park home run.

1 week ago

 Alvarez hits a solo homer in the second inning against the Cardinals on Aug. 25 at PNC Park.

Pirates say Pedro Alvarez has 'stress reaction' in left foot bone

The Pirates said the recovery time for the injury is four to six weeks. Alvarez was injured diving for a ball on Aug. 26.

1 week ago

 Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Pirates notebook: How to use Morton unresolved

The Pirates are not ready to close the book on starting pitcher Charlie Morton’s season yet, but when and how to use him are not clear.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Jeff Locke pitches delivers a pitch against St. Louis on Aug. 27.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 09.09.14

Pirates beat reporter Bill Brink takes your questions on Pedro Alvarez, the wild card race, which Jeff Locke might show up, and more.

1 week ago

 Pirates' Starling Marte steals second base as Phillies second baseman Chase Utley handles the throw from home during the third inning in Philadelphia.

Phillies stop Pirates' win streak at four with 4-3 victory

The Pirates' quest to string together a five-game win streak did not materialize at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday.

1 week ago

 Russell Martin throws out the Cardinals' Kolten Wong during a game in August 2014 at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle says Martin just as valuable as MVP McCutchen

Manager Clint Hurdle says his catcher plays a different role on the team but not to undervalue its importance to the team’s success.

1 week ago

 Ike Davis warms up before batting during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Locke in All-Star form in Pirates' victory against the Phillies

Left-hander records nine strikeouts in 6-4 victory that stretches team's winning streak to four in a row.

1 week ago

 The pain in Pedro Alvarez's left foot has stopped improving, according to general manager Neal Huntington.

Pirates notebook: Alvarez hits snag in recovery process

The foot injury for Pedro Alvarez continues to linger, meaning the Pirates will have to reconsider their options with him.

1 week ago

 Gerrit Cole rounds the bases after his two-run home run against the Cubs during the seventh inning.

Pirates beat Cubs 10-4 to complete sweep

Pitcher Gerrit Cole helped himself by hitting his first career home run, adding to the Pirates’ total of 19 hits.

1 week ago

 Pirates Gregory Polanco

On the Pirates: Master swing class benefits Gregory Polanco

Gregory Polanco has begun to rediscover his swing, thanks to a Pirates minor league hitting coach who invoked some sluggers of the past.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates starter Charlie Morton hasn't pitched since Aug. 15.

Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton’s sports hernia pain continues to stall progress

The Pirates needed to see more from Charlie Morton, specifically from his simulated game Tuesday, to know if he can return this season.

2 weeks ago

 Third baseman Josh Harrison races back to catch a pop fly in the 11th inning of Saturday’s first game in Chicago, only to come up hobbling after hurting his ankle. He did not play in the regularly scheduled game.

Bullpen, Liriano finish off Cubs

Pirates take two from Cubs after completing suspended in 11 innings, then winning regularly scheduled matchup.

2 weeks ago

Pirates notebook: Cubs' lineup much different now

Many talented newcomers up from the minor leagues will pose some problems for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The game was the continuation of the previous day's game, which was suspended due to rain.

Pirates conclude rain-shortened game with 5-3 win over Cubs

The game, which began in the seventh inning with the score tied at 3-3, went into the 11th inning.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates' Gregory Polanco slides safely into second base on a steal attempt against the Tigers at PNC Park Aug. 11. Polanco was sent down to the minors for a brief stint but was recently called back up.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will use call-ups sparingly

The Pirates were selective with their September call-ups, but Clint Hurdle is still finding the right roles for each.

2 weeks ago


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