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 Pirates closer Mark Melancon catches the final out May 27 against the Marlins.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.

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 With Pedro Alvarez and the offense on a roll, this season could go to some pretty nice places for the Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates have makings of something special

With their stellar pitching starting to get a whole lot of help lately from the offense, the Pirates’ future looks very bright.

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 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal will be heard June 23.

Ron Cook: Tough spot for Goodell to make decision on Brady

With Tom Brady’s role in the Patriots controversy, it’s not a good time to be NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — but there’s no sympathy here.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched eight shutout innings against the White Sox at PNC Park on Monday as Pittsburgh's starting rotation continues to roll this month.

Ron Cook: Pirates rotation’s identity the best

A stellar performance from another Pirates starter Monday further validates the team’s rotation as one of the best in the majors.

3 weeks ago


 Andrew McCutchen made one of several excellent defensive plays for the Pirates Sunday.

Ron Cook: Superb defense bails out Pirates offense in win

Defense hasn’t always been a strength of the Pirates lately, but it was magnificent Sunday when it needed to be to beat the Phillies.

3 weeks ago


 Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn went on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.

Ron Cook: Ailing Cardinals will get no sympathy from the Pirates

Pirates know just how Cardinals feel; they were in similar injury predicament last season.

3 weeks ago


 Meghan Klingenberg has gone from Pine-Richland Ram to North Carolina Tar Heel to starter for the U.S. women's national soccer team.

Ron Cook: Pine-Richland High School in national spotlight

Former Rams athletes Neil Walker, Brandon Saad and Meghan Klingenberg are playing prominent roles around the sports world.

3 weeks ago


 Though he had a disappointing career as a player, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is two wins away from becoming the 67th manager in MLB history with 900 wins.

Ron Cook: Once a draft bust, Clint Hurdle has been pivotal as Pirates manager

Hurdle didn’t live up to his expectations as a top draft pick, but he has helped turn around the Pirates’ franchise as manager.

4 weeks ago


 Catcher Francisco Cervelli is working hard to fill the void left by the departure of Russell Martin to Toronto.

Ron Cook: Cervelli and Stewart fill Martin's shoes well for Pirates

The Pirates are doing just fine without catcher Russell Martin, surprisingly, as Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart pick up the slack.

4 weeks ago


 Gerrit Cole “wants to beat your [fanny] every time he gets on the bump.”

Ron Cook: Watching red-hot Pirates ace Gerrit Cole is something special

One might say it’s like watching history in the making, but at the very least Pirates starter Gerrit Cole is a star on the rise.

1 month ago



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