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 Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Picking a Pirates lineup for wild-card game not easy

Pirates need Josh Harrison’s fire and hot bat in the starting lineup for the National League wild-card game against the Chicago Cubs.

1 day ago

 J.A. Happ was again brilliant in another start for the Pirates, but will he be back next season?

Ron Cook: Walker, Alvarez, Happ deliver Sunday, but the future remains a question

The trio is playing well at the right time, but is their time as Pirates players running out?

2 days ago

 Starling Marte celebrates with teammates after his walk-off home run Friday night to beat Cincinnati.

Ron Cook: Postseason success a must for Pirates

Many Steelers fans take a Super Bowl-or-bust approach to each season, and it’s time that thinking applies to the Pirates.

3 days ago

 Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converts on the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Ron Cook: Loss to Ravens painful in many ways

The Steelers 23-20 loss Thursday night shows that they face a tough future without injured Ben Roethlisberger.

5 days ago

 A matchup between Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is nigh.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole's attitude, ability can carry Pirates a long way

Even if it comes down to a duel with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole gives the Pirates a great chance to beat anyone in the other dugout.

6 days ago

 Steelers quarterback Michael Vick drops back to pass in the third quarter Sunday.

Ron Cook: On the bright side, Michael Vick can help Steelers win, too

A silver lining is that Vick can win — that’s why he was signed — though he’s no Big Ben.

1 week ago

 Ben Roethlisberger isn't willing to say so, but even without as many Super Bowl victories as Terry Bradshaw, Big Ben is the best to ever play quarterback in a Steelers uniform.

Ron Cook: Big Ben beats Bradshaw as Steelers' best quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger could break Terry Bradshaw’s wins record today, but he’s already the best quarterback the Steelers have ever had.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle celebrates the team's victory in the 2013 National League wild-card game by allowing himself to be the target of champagne blasts.

Ron Cook: Pirates, fans shouldn't take making playoffs for granted

Making playoffs for three years in a row will be quite an accomplishment.

2 weeks ago

 The Steelers' Ryan Shazier gets a piece of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's jersey in the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense shows improvement, but much work remains

The Steelers defense showed its first signs of a needed turnaround, but members of the unit know there is much work still to be done.

2 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen is the Pirates’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, based on a player’s contribution to his team and humanity.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Andrew McCutchen a star off the field, too

The Pirates’ MVP center fielder Andrew McCutchen has Roberto Clemente’s heart, as evidenced by what he does away from the diamond.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger greets Darrius Heyward-Bey after the received pulled in a touchdown pass from the quarterback in the first half.

Ron Cook: Steelers offense puts on another fabulous show

Ben Roethlisberger was wearing $100 socks and he proved he was worth every penny in a rousing victory against San Francisco.

2 weeks ago

 Shortstop Jordy Mercer is a .239 hitter, but he makes plays defensively.

Ron Cook: Pirates lineup must take on drastically different look

Kang’s knee injury, Alvarez’s defensive deficiencies  must force major lineup changes.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates ace Gerrit Cole delivers against the Cubs Tuesday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole back on track

Even though he missed his chance for a 20-win season, Cole said he feels great after a mini-break between starts.

3 weeks ago

 The No. 1 complaint about Clint Hurdle's lineup is that he doesn’t play Jung Ho Kang every day.

Ron Cook: Commitment to win is universal for Pirates

Pirates are a “special group” of “good men” and each player is defined by the roles on which they are asked to take.

3 weeks ago

 Antonio Brown pulls in pass from Ben Roethlisberger in front of the Patriots' Malcolm Butler in the second quarter Thursday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Ron Cook: Steelers offense, not just defense, at fault for loss to Patriots

The Steelers had an opportunity to win and spoil the Patriots’ coming-out party Thursday night, but their offense let them down.

3 weeks ago

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates had plenty of reasons to celebrate Thursday night at home.

Ron Cook: Naturally, Patriots get the last laugh after Deflategate

Who else but the New England Patriots to have their cake and eat it too as they handily dispatched the Steelers Thursday night at home.

3 weeks ago

 The Steelers' defense must step up if this team is to have a chance at success this season.

Ron Cook: With injuries, suspensions and a porous defense, Steelers likely a .500 team

Defense inspires no confidence, so an 8-8 record seems like best Steelers can do this season.

4 weeks ago

 The Steelers, led by Ben Roethlisberger, expect a solid game against Tom Brady and New England in their first regular season game.

Ron Cook: Roethlisberger gives Steelers best chance of winning

New running back DeAngelo Williams exudes confidence that despite key injuries and suspensions, the Steelers still can get it done.

1 month ago