Theresa Gottl and Steve Brightman drove in from Akron to watch the Pirates from the Roberto Clemente bridge.

Giants take wind from fans’ sails at PNC Park

The disappointment that will engulf Pittsburgh this morning is a sign that the Pirates are now operating in the game’s higher stratosphere.

about 1 hour ago

 Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner celebrates San Francisco's 8-0 wild-card win Wednesday night against the Pirates at PNC Park. Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 10 in earning the victory.

Gene Collier: Postseason tossed aside as quickly as it arrived

In a little more than three hours, Madison Bumgarner had made quick work of the Pirates and brought Bucwinter's abrupt arrival.

about 1 hour ago

 Russell Martin tips his hat to the fans after recording an out in his final at-bat Wednesday night in the Pirates' 8-0 loss to the Giants at PNC Park.

Offseason is next important stretch for Pirates

While the season ended on a sour note at PNC Park, Pirates owner Bob Nutting is optimistic about the future.

about 1 hour ago

 Former Pirates closer Kent Tekulve throws in the first pitch at the 2014 Wild Card game Wednesday night, October 1, 2014.

Kent Tekulve is used to finishing games; he started one Wednesday

Just 26 days removed from a heart transplant, former Pirates closer and World Series champ Kent Tekulve threw out the first pitch Wednesday.

about 2 hours ago

 The Giants' Madison Bumgarner delivers to the Pirates in the third inning of the National League wild-card at PNC Park. Bumgarner, who earned the victory in the 8-0 decision, struck out 10 in a complete-game shutout.

Bumgarner was simply stellar in shutout

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner silenced the Pirates bats and the rowdy, record crowd of 40,629 at PNC Park.

about 1 hour ago

 MLB Authenticator Allen Flemm places a hologram sticker on an official wild-card ball from the game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

MLB's Authentication program leaves its mark on memorabilia

MLB has a team that works to certify memorabilia every game, but the authentication process kicks into overdrive in the playoffs.

about 2 hours ago

Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle follows Royals for sentimental reasons

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle kept tabs on Kansas City’s wild-card game Tuesday night for sentimental reasons.

about 2 hours ago

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 Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is congratulated by his teammates as the Giants beat the Pirates, 8-0, in the wild-card game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Giants notebook: Pitching staff built to survive marathon

Bruce Bochy has managed in the postseason before, but he never had to build his roster for a win-or-go-home scenario.

about 2 hours ago

 Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez reacts after walking the Giants' Brandon Belt in the second inning against San Francisco at PNC Park.

Pirates unable to solve Giants' Bumgarner in 8-0 loss

The Giants eliminated the Pirates, who played in the wild-card game at PNC Park for the second consecutive year, from the postseason.

about 2 hours ago

 Frank Minnick, of Minnick Signs of Greensburg, changes the banners around PNC Park this morning in preparation for the Pirates' NL wild card playoff game against the San Francisco Giants.

Pirates, Giants announce lineup for tonight's wild card game

They went with their standard lineup against a left-handed starter, as they will face San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner tonight.

about 14 hours ago

 As part of a so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion Tuesday, Alana Debe­lak, sec­ond from left, of Plum holds her 18-month-old nephew, Max Ehen, while Chris­tina Carr, right, of Mur­rys­ville holds 19-month-old De­clan Rusie­w­icz dur­ing the Pirates rally in Mar­ket Square. Ms. Carr is De­clan’s nanny.

National League wild card game is back in Pittsburgh tonight

Fans are pumped up to recreate intensity of last year’s blackout game. The Pirates play the Giants tonight at 8:07 p.m. at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Tom Svoboda, corporate trainer for Atria's Restaurant and Tavern, mixes some refreshments near PNC Park this morning. The Pirates face the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild card game tonight at 8:07.

Baseball fans starting to engulf the North Shore

The Pirates take on the San Francisco Giants at 8:07 p.m. in a one-game wild card playoff.

about 18 hours ago

Jerry Micco's Wild Card pregame chat transcript

Jerry takes your questions on how things will go down tonight.

about 5 hours ago

 Clint Hurdle talks to the members of the media during a pregame press conference against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park.

Clint Hurdle explains roster decisions for Wild Card game

Hurdle put two starters, Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, in his bullpen as insurance in case of injury or poor performance by Edinson Volquez

about 8 hours ago

 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has a 13-7 record this season.

Edinson Volquez's improbable journey leads Pirates into postseason

It's worth revisiting how Edinson Volquez went from a potential $5 million mistake to the Pirates starter for tonight's playoff opener.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte and the rest of the Pirates lineup will need to provide timely hitting to avoid an early postseason exit.

Gene Collier: Pirates must feast in the clutch

The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.

1 day ago

 Catcher Russell Martin, who will play tonight in the wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, works out with the Pirates Tuesday evening at PNC Park.

Martin's health takes spotlight heading into wild-card game

Catcher Russell Martin, one of many Pirates peaking at the right time, said he expects to be in the lineup tonight against the Giants.

1 day ago

Fan excitement builds for Pirates-Giants game in Pittsburgh

The Wild Card game begins at 8:07 p.m.

about 8 hours ago

 San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who finished the season with a 2.98 ERA, will face the Pirates today in a wild-card game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Giants' Bumgarner is a consistent ace

Despite the Pirates scoring five runs July 28 against Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, Clint Hurdle is expecting the ace's best.

1 day ago


Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was




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