Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run in the 12th inning Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Generating runs a struggle for Pirates

The Pirates’ high strikeout rate and low walk rate have contributed to their offensive issues early this season.

about 20 hours ago

 Pirates relief pitcher Radhames Liz throws to a Cardinals batter during the thirteenth inning Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 3-2 in 14 innings.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 5.5.15

Bill takes your questions on the Pirates who face rival Cincinnati this week at PNC Park.

about 5 hours ago

 The Pirates’ Jackie Hunter displays the team’s environmentally friendly cotton rally towel distributed to guests of Pirates Charities. It’s made of 100 percent organic cotton, and environmentally conscious dyes are used to print the Jolly Roger logo.

Pirates handing out 'eco-rally' towels to special guests

The Pirates’ rally towel is a 100-percent organic cotton product that helps promote the club’s commitment to the environment at PNC Park.

about 20 hours ago

 Floyd Mayweather Jr. connects with a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao during Saturday's welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.

Adam Bittner: The 'best sports weekend' really wasn't

From the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to American Pharoah taking the Kentucky Derby, the weekend for the most part fell flat.

1 day ago

 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez looks on during the first inning Saturday against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Pirates notebook: Alvarez waits for the right one until home run

Pedro Alvarez stays patient until he gets his pitch, Gregory Polanco sharpens skills and Charlie Morton’s next step to be decided this week.

1 day ago

 St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright said the same injury could've happened carrying his daughter up the stairs.

Gene Collier: Another spring, another debate about the designated hitter

The strategy that would be removed from National League play is not worth whatever uptick in offense adding the DH might provide.

2 days ago

 The Cardinals’ Kolten Wong hits a walk-off solo home run off of Radhames Liz in the 14th inning Sunday in St. Louis. The Pirates lost, 3-2.

St. Louis Cardinals defeat Pirates, 3-2

The Pirates lose for the third time in a row in extra innings and are swept by the Cardinals.

2 days ago

 Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett.

Pirates notebook: Burnett, Cervelli improving against running game

The Pirates battery is making strides to keep opponents at bay on the basepaths.

2 days ago

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 With more aggressive hitters like Josh Harrison in the lineup on a daily basis, the Pirates likely won't draw as many walks as other teams.

On the Pirates: Too-free swingers

The team’s walk rate was down in the first month of the season, and as a result so was its on-base percentage — a woeful .290 as May began.

2 days ago

 The Cardinals' Peter Bourjos scores as the Pirates' Francisco Cervilli can't reach the throw in the sixth inning.

Cardinals earn 2-1 walk-off win against Pirates

The Pirates had several chances to score, but went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 18 men on base.

3 days ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli starting pitcher Vance Worley meet at the mound during the fifth inning April 27, 2015 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Pirates notebook: Pace-of-play violations, fines might be relaxed

MLB, union pleased with pace-of-game improvements; Morton’s next outing moved to extended spring training.

3 days ago

 Pedro Alvarez flips the ball to first base for an out in the second inning against Cardinals at Busch Stadium Friday night.

Cardinals edge Pirates in 10 innings, 2-1

Matt Adams’ bases-loaded single in the 10th gave St. Louis the victory after a stellar outing by A.J. Burnett.

3 days ago

 Pirates right-hander Rob Scahill throws in the bullpen during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates long relievers getting longer breaks

In the first month of the season Scahill, Liz and Bastardo haven’t seen much action out of the bullpen.

4 days ago

 Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs is tagged out at the plate in the 4th inning by Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli at Wrigley Field on April 28, 2015 in Chicago.

Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates chat transcript: 4.30.15

Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who continue their road trip this weekend in St. Louis.

5 days ago

 Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli during spring training last month in Florida.

Pirates notebook: Opponents running at will

New catcher Francisco Cervelli is throwing out only 21.5 percent of would-be base stealers this season.

5 days ago

 The Pirates have deployed analytics as a chief means of leveling the playing field with its better-funded opponents.

Adam Bittner: It's time to get more stats into Pittsburgh sports broadcasts

With a data-driven revolution in sports, broadcasts need to catch up to resonate with fans, especially the younger ones.

5 days ago

 Starlin Castro beats out a throw to Pirates first baseman Corey Hart in the 8th inning at Wrigley Field in Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 6-2.

Pirates offense comes to life to help Cole defeat Cubs, 8-1

Gerrit Cole struck out eight over six innings, and a dormant Pirates offense came alive to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

5 days ago

 In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, then-Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson looks on during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Phoenix. Gibson says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 1988 National League MVP made the announcement Tuesday, April 28, 2015, through Fox Sports Detroit, where he calls Tigers games.

Pirates notebook: Kirk Gibson's Parkinson's hits close to home for Hurdle

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was unaware of Kirk Gibson’s battle with Parkinson’s disease until a media session Tuesday afternoon.

6 days ago

 The Baltimore Orioles bat against the Chicago White Sox during a baseball game without fans Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Due to security concerns the game was closed to the public.

In the game without fans, Orioles defeat White Sox, 8-2

The seats were empty in Camden Yards, and every shout from a player and crack of the bat could be heard.

6 days ago

 The Wagner card sold for $1.2 million in 2012.

Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $1.32 million

Considered the 'Mona Lisa' of baseball cards,the card is so valuable because there are only 50 to 60 of them believed to exist.

6 days ago


Diamondbacks and Rockies rained out, doubleheader Wednesday

DENVER (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies were postponed by rain for a second straight night....

Manny Ramirez Jr vows to make own baseball name for himself

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Manny Ramirez Jr.'s hair looked a tad long when University of San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano offered a



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