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Sunday Spotlight: Pirates' Andrew McCutchen has regained his MVP-type form at the plate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Andrew McCutchen was a wide receiver in high school, but on Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle compared him to the man under center.
  • 13 hr 39 min ago

Pirates fall to Nationals, move closer to elimination in wild-card race

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Where must the Pirates improve next season? The answers were clear Saturday amid the debris of a 6-1 loss against the Washington Nationals. Starting pitcher ...
  • 14 hr 35 min ago

Ivan Nova struggles, Pirates defense commits three errors in 6-1 loss to Nationals

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — During the Washington Nationals’ 6-1 win over the Pirates Saturday night, plastic sheets were pinned over lockers in the visiting clubhouse at PNC Park, and champagne chilled. The scoreboard in...
  • 15 hr 4 min ago

Starting nine: Pirates have options beyond signing Nova

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Written by Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik, “The Starting Nine” is a weekly feature composed of quick-hit thoughts and analysis on the Pirates and MLB. ...
  • 17 hr 50 min ago

Scouting report: Pirates vs. Nationals; Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Today vs. Nationals 1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Nationals RHP A.J. COLE ...
  • 18 hr 5 min ago

Pirates notebook: Glasnow set to return to starting rotation vs. Nationals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bob Cohn) — Three relief appearances after missing seven weeks (including rehab starts) has earned Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow another chance to start. Glasnow will take the mound ...
  • 18 hr 20 min ago

Pirates notebook: Well-traveled of late, left-hander Phil Coke joins Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Phil Coke’s season was bookended by calls from New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. The first came in mid-April after Coke, bumped out of Atlanta Braves minor league spring training,...
  • 1 day 12 hr ago

Pirates rally in 11 innings, delay Nationals’ celebration plans

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertemfel) — In each of the past three years, Sept. 23 was a special date for the Pirates. On Sept. 23, 2013, the Pirates clinched a National ...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago

After Mark Melancon blows save, Jacob Stallings walks off with RBI single in 11th

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Before the Pirates opened a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday, manager Clint Hurdle was asked whether it was good to see Mark Melancon back at PNC Park. The best way it...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago

Scouting report: Pirates vs. Nationals; Saturday, Sept. 24

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Today vs. Nationals 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (7-5, ...
  • 1 day 17 hr ago

Pirates notebook: Melancon happy with Nats, enjoyed time with Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bob Cohn) — Back at PNC Park for the first time since his trade to the Washington Nationals, Mark Melancon said he is happy to be where he ...
  • 1 day 17 hr ago

Gregory Polanco leaves game after smacking face-first into outfield wall

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Gregory Polanco left three batters into the Pirates’ game against the Washington Nationals Friday night after he smacked his face against the wall in left-center field at PNC Park while chasing...
  • 1 day 18 hr ago

In red and white and in first place, Mark Melancon returns to PNC Park

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The color of the sweatshirt was as jarring as Mark Melancon’s decision to wear it on a steamy afternoon. He sat in the visitor’s dugout at PNC Park in a red Nationals hoodie. After three and...
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

Agent: Pirates have made contract offers to Nova

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — he Pirates are attempting to reach a multi-year agreement with Ivan Nova before the right-handed pitcher enters a thin free agent market this coming offseason. ...
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Paul Zeise: Ivan Nova's contract demands are too rich for the Pirates' blood

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Paul Zeise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Last week, I wrote that the Pirates would have a hard time signing Ivan Nova because of his market value.
  • 2 days ago

Pirates bats go quietly in crucial loss to Brewers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates made two mistakes off the mound Thursday in Milwaukee, but they are at the point where they cannot afford any missteps. ...
  • 2 days ago

Scouting report: Pirates vs./at Opponent; xxxday, Month Date

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Today vs. Nationals 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Nationals LHP  GIO   GONZALEZ ...
  • 2 days ago

Brewers use home run to defeat Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Seems like Chase Anderson is the key to slowing down the Pirates offense.
  • 2 days ago

Pirates notebook: Contract overtures made to Ivan Nova

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates have made two contract offers to right-hander Ivan Nova, who will reach free agency after this season, according to sources.
  • 2 days ago

Pirates mailbag: Should the Pirates bring back Sean Rodriguez to platoon next season?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Welcome back, baseball fans.
  • 2 days ago
Blog Articles

Do the Pirates need to rethink their pitching philosophy? (And our a podcast … a good one)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE –  The most important boundaries in baseball are not clearly defined. The strike zone is an imagined space suspended above a 17-wide plate. Its four sides are cannot be outlined in...
  • 4 days ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: What the Pirates can learn from Cleveland, Nova, 2017 bullpen fits, and more …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There will be one Rush Belt, smaller-market team to likely capture a division title and advance to the postseason this fall — the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are a...
  • 6 days ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: It’s (likely) over. What happened? What to do? (And our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS -It felt like it was over Sunday as the long shadows of the afternoon extended across the PNC Park playing surface. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle explained he began pulling starters in...
  • 12 days ago
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So about last night: Tony Watson, the ninth inning, the Mark Melancon trade (and our podcast)…

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – So the Pirates’ slim postseason chances were probably blown up in spectacular fashion in the ninth inning Tuesday when Tony Watson  allowed three home runs in the ninth...
  • 18 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Breaking even

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – No one should be shocked the Pirates are in the predicament they are in. While losing six straight in the midst of a postseason chase will be described by some as a collapse,...
  • 20 days ago
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Farm Report: More on Nick Kingham and Tommy John, plus a look at Triple-A awards

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Nick Kingham was not alone in his recovery from his May 2015 Tommy John surgery. He was able to talk to pitchers who had been through a similar process – Justin Topa, his roommate while he...
  • 20 days ago
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Imagining a future where the Pirates top the Cubs in the Central (and our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – With a strong September, the Pirates could be in their way to a fourth straight winning season and playoff appearance. That’s significant given the 20 straight losing...
  • 23 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Cole train slows again, what does it mean? The power of humility and more

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS  – Although the Pirates don’t believe Gerrit Cole has damage to his right ulnar ligament, although his initial MRI reportedly did not show any damage, we’ll have to...
  • 27 days ago
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Farm Report: Dean Treanor’s Robinson Cano story, September callups, plus notes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Dean Treanor is a fan of winter league baseball. The Triple-A Indianapolis manager has seen winter ball turn around players’ careers, vault them to the next level and, at the very least, give them...
  • 27 days ago
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