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 Phillies starter A.J. Burnett is one player who has been linked to the Pirates as the trade deadline nears.

Pirates notebook: Contenders holding on to hand

The Pirates front office isn’t finding any no-brainer deals in a trade market that is much more beneficial to teams looking to sell.

about 20 hours ago


 The Pirates’ Gregory Polanco, left, congratulates teammate Josh Harrison Sunday on Harrison’s solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Pirates rally to beat Rockies, avoid sweep

Josh Harrison was electric at the plate and on the base paths, leading the Pirates to a 7-5 win against the Colorado Rockies.

about 21 hours ago


 Former Pirates outfielder Brandon Moss rounds third after hitting a walk-off solo-home run against the Brewers in 2009.

On the Pirates: How Brandon Moss found his bash by the bay

Former Pirate Brandon Moss has gotten much better and, more important, many more opportunities that have sparked his success in Oakland.

1 day ago


Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

1 day ago


Plenty of preparation needed to size up latest pitching foes

The Pirates are finding ways to adjust to the gauntlet of left-handed pitching they have encountered since the All-Star break.

2 days ago


 Jeff Locke, seen here in a file photo, surrendered six earned runs in Saturday's loss to the Rockies in Denver.

Rockies hit three solo homers off Locke, beat Pirates, 8-1

Jeff Locke struggled with his command, but was not aided by the Pirates‘‍ lack of offense, which bit the club for a second game in a row.

1 day ago


 Charlie Morton gave up four runs in six innings Friday against the Rockies in Denver.

Morton, West Coast swing get off to rocky start

A week after mounting three comeback wins against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park, the Pirates were roughed up, 8-1, at Coors Field.

2 days ago


Pirates notebook: Defensive plan different at Coors Field

Manager Clint Hurdle certainly familiar with Coors Field

2 days ago


 The Pirates' Neil Walker reacts as he rounds first base after hitting a walk-off home run in the 10th inning in March.

It's his time: Neil Walker enjoys a resurgence of productivity for Pirates

Improved health, consistency pave the way for what so far is Neil Walker's best offensive season in the majors.

3 days ago


Jenn Menendez's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 7.24.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates who are on a 5-1 tear since the All-Star break.

4 days ago


 The Pirates' Neil Walker bats against the Dodgers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Avoiding key players helps dodge losing

Some of the Dodgers biggest stars missed this series and it paid off the Pirates.

4 days ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano delivers against the Dodgers at PNC Park.

Liriano pitches a gem to lead Pirates over Dodgers, 6-1

Francisco Liriano, expected to be the ace this season but hampered instead by injury and inconsistency, showed how dominant he can be.

4 days ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates Starling Marte drops to the ground after being hit by pitch Friday against the Rockies at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Marte goes on DL with concussion

The Pirates placed the outfielder on the seven-day concussion disabled list due to a concussion he sustained Friday against the Rockies.

4 days ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

5 days ago


 Baseball commissioner Bud Selig talks with members of the media this afternoon at a news conference at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle, Bob Nutting laud Bud Selig

Bud Selig’s visit brought praise for his performance as MLB commissioner from Pirates owner Bob Nutting and manager Clint Hurdle.

5 days ago


 Gregory Polanco watches his home run against the Dodgers leave PNC Park.

Pirates outslug Dodgers in 12-7 victory

The Pirates offense came alive on a night that saw the team hit three long balls in the first three innings of the game.

5 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen walks with Matthew Beichner toward the field for the game's first pitch Tuesday.

McCutchen makes wish come true for ailing Colorado boy

Andrew McCutchen helped turn the dreams of a 12-year-old boy from Colorado into reality.

5 days ago


 Gregory Polanco receives night off to reboot.

Polanco receives night off to reboot

Stuck in a dry spell at the plate, Gregory Polanco was given the night off Monday against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.

6 days ago


 The Pirates' Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning at PNC Park on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

After Andrew McCutchen, Mercer has been the team’s most consistent player for nearly two months

6 days ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker dives for a ball hit by the Dodgers'  Dee Gordon, who was called out at first at PNC Park Monday night.

Dodgers rough up Volquez in 5-2 Pirates loss

Starter Edinson Volquez allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings Monday night

6 days ago


 Power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lambo could find himself back with the Pirates before the end of the season.

Pirates notebook: Andrew Lambo, Nick Kingham making major strides

Class AAA Indianapolis' Andrew Lambo and starting pitcher Nick Kingham appear to be on the road to the major league roster.

1 week ago


 First baseman Ike Davis, acquired from the Mets in April, needs to find himself at the plate as the Pirates make a push to win the division.

Onus is on Ike Davis to produce at plate for Pirates

The Pirates will need first baseman Ike Davis to find his groove at the plate now that the All-Star break has come and gone.

1 week ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been lights-out since being promoted to the role after the struggles of Jason Grilli.

Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

There's no need for the Pirates to trade for a big-name closer; they already have one who is plenty capable in Mark Melancon.

1 week ago


 The Pirates reportedly sent a scout to watch one of A.J. Burnett's recent starts for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pirates at the deadline: Trade challenges always tricky

With the trade deadline approaching, a look at what the Pirates might -- or might not -- do to shape their roster for the stretch run.

1 week ago


 Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer tags out the Colorado Rockies' Josh Rutledge on a double play.

Pirates beat Rockies, 5-3, to sweep weekend series

Pirates starter Jeff Locke got off to a rocky start, but the Pirates rallied as they did in their previous two games against Colorado.

1 week ago


 National League Manager Mike Matheny, left, of the St. Louis Cardinals, talks with outfielder Andrew McCutchen, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, July 14 in Minneapolis.

On the Pirates: Is the NL Central home to baseball's best race?

Perhaps Andrew McCutchen summed up the division race best, saying: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s going to be fun.”

1 week ago


 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez throws out the Giants' Hunter Pence in a May 6 game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Throwing errors for Alvarez a work in progress

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez continues taking steps to correct his fielding, something Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is keenly aware of.

1 week ago


 Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez dives for a ground ball.

Ron Cook: Steve Blass has utmost hope for Pedro Alvarez

Of all people, Pirates broadcaster and former star pitcher Steve Blass can relate to Pedro Alvarez's throwing woes at third base.

1 week ago


 Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game-winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning Saturday at PNC Park.

Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

Jordy Mercer’s walk-off double in the 11th gave the Pirates the 3-2 win against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Saturday night.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen ducks away from a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Rocky win opens 2nd half

The Pirates didn't exactly look excellent in their first win of the season's second half. But they got the job done.

1 week ago


Pirates notebook: Cole nearing return to rotation

Gerrit Cole close to returning to rotation

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco catches a ball hit by the Colorado Rockies DJ LeMahieu in the fourth inning at PNC Park.

Pinch-hits from Snider, Harrison push Pirates over Rockies, 4-2

The Pirates committed three errors and missed two more outs on defense. Neither of the Rockies’ runs was earned.

1 week ago


Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 07.18.14

As the second half of the baseball season begins, Bill Brink takes your Pirates questions.

1 week ago


 Gregory Polanco signs autographs during workouts at PNC Park after the All-Star break as the Pirates prepare to resume their season Friday.

Pirates hoping Liriano returns in good shape to anchor front of rotation

Francisco Liriano will take the mound to open tonight's game against the Rockies, hoping he is back to his top-of-the-rotation form.

1 week ago


 Pirates Francisco Liriano long tosses during workouts at PNC Park after the All-Star break as the Pirates prepare to resume their season Friday.

Ron Cook: NL Central is there for the taking

There’s reason for optimism entering the second half of the season, as the Pirates still have a legitimate chance to win the division.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: Feeling out of baseball’s usual groove

Even after the All-Star festivities, Gene Collier is out of his groove, left craving baseball that actually, really counts.

1 week ago


 Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon pitches to a San Diego Padres batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in San Diego.

Natural born closer: The journey of Mark Melancon

After Jason Grilli was dealt in late June to the Angels, Melancon’s newly minted role as Pirates closer became more of the same for this

1 week ago


Jerry Micco's sports chat transcript: 7.16.14

The state of the Pirates at the All-Star break dominates the discussion in today‘‍s chat.

1 week ago


 Gregory Polanco scores on a passed ball as St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Tyler Lyons covers home during a game Thursday in St. Louis.

All-Star Game notebook: Handling of prospects -- like Polanco -- on players association radar

Contractual situations such as the one Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco faced this season will be monitored by the union.

1 week ago


 American League shortstop Derek Jeter waves as he is taken out of the game in the top of the fourth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game.

AL beats NL, 5-3, in All-Star Game

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter goes out in style in his final All-Star appearance.

1 week ago


Yoenis Cespedes wins second consecutive Home Run Derby

Cespedes, from the A‘‍s won his second Derby in a row, pumping 30 balls out of Target Field and defeating Todd Frazier  in the final.

1 week ago


 Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws will be the starting picture for the NL in today's All-Star game, getting the nod over Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Wainwright gets start for NL over Kershaw

Pitchers Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez get the starting nod for the NL and AL, respectively, in tonight's All-Star game.

1 week ago


 National League manager Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals shares an All-Star moment with Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen at a workout Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis.

McCutchen: Pirates' never-ending star

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen says there’s no finish line for accomplishments and goals.

1 week ago


 Reds ace Johnny Cueto wasn't as stellar as usual Sunday, but the Pirates still couldn't take full advantage.

Gene Collier: Missed connections prove costly for Pirates

A very disappointing road trip could have been much worse, but the Pirates cannot afford to keep blowing chances after the All-Star break.

2 weeks ago


 Josh Bell was 0 for 1 in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday night in Minneapolis.

MLB Futures Game: Elite Pirates prospect Josh Bell hitting stride

One of the Pirates' top prospects, outfielder Josh Bell, is finally in the swing of things in Class A after recovering from a 2012 injury.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle looks to his bullpen in the 7th inning against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla., March 5.

Pirates notebook: All-Star feeling still thrills veterans

Despite being a veteran of the All-Star experience, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle still feels like a kid on Christmas Eve.

2 weeks ago


 The Reds' Todd Frazier follows through on a two-run home run off Pirates pitcher Vance Worley in the sixth inning Sunday in Cincinnati.

Pirates enter All-Star break on losing note

Reds ace Johnny Cueto earned the 6-3 win as the Pirates finish their seven-game road trip against St. Louis and Cincinnati with a 2-5 mark.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates' Francisco Liriano pitches against the Reds April 21 at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Liriano excited for restart

Francisco Liriano, starting today for the first time in a month, has a chance to send the Pirates into the All-Star break with a win.

2 weeks ago


 Andrew McCutchen ranks in the top five in the NL in batting, hits, slugging percentage OPS and led all NL outfielders in All-Star voting.

Grading the Pirates in the first half

Pirates reporter Bill Brink gives his analysis on the team in the Post-Gazette's midterm report card going into the All-Star break.

2 weeks ago


 Travis Snider, right, scores at home past Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco after a sacrifice fly by Russell Martin Saturday in Cincinnati.

McCutchen homers twice to beat Reds in 11 innings

Andrew McCutchen drove a 2-2 pitch over the center field wall in the ninth inning to resurrect a game that had turned sour for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago



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