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Pirates recall Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ST. LOUIS -- The Pirates made a couple of moves today as Major League Baseball rosters expanded from 25 players to 40.
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Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sure, it would have been great for the Pirates if they had swept the Cincinnati Reds Sunday and hit that elusive five-game winning streak for the first time this season. They took an early lead...
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Rossi: Cole perfect pitcher to start pivotal series for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — Russell Martin has caught a lot of starting pitchers over his many summers. No one quite like Gerrit Cole, though. It’s not Cole’s power arm. ...
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Pirates notebook: Focus is on winning with September call-ups

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Neal Huntington said Sunday that the Pirates’ decisions to move players up today as major league rosters expand from 25 to 40 will all be made based on their ability to help the team win.
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MLB notebook: Brewers acquire reliever Broxton from Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — • The NL Central-leading Brewers acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds on Sunday for two players to be named. The 30-year-old Broxton is ...
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Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — 2:15 p.m.  Busch Stadium, St. Louis TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.65) ...
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Reds avert sweep with 3-2 victory over Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — For a while, Sunday felt like the last fall’s NL wild-card game. At times the atmosphere was electric. Jolly Roger flags were waved, and “Kwaaaayyyyy-toe” ...
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Pirates falter, 3-2, in final game of series against Reds

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Chris Heisey hit two home runs and Johnny Cueto was, well, Johnny Cueto, and the duo led the Reds to a 3-2 win over the Pirates in the final game of a three-game series before a crowd of 37,591 at...
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Pirates notebook: Bucs unlikely to make trade before deadline

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — When the clock strikes midnight Sunday it marks the deadline for clubs to add a player from outside the organization and have that player be ...
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On the Pirates: Jose Tabata is back to work

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jose Tabata's enigmatic career with the Pirates came to a head this summer when he was outrighted to Class AAA Indianapolis in late June.
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Gene Collier: Pirates pitchers all clicking at right time

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Even on days when he isn't hitting the baseball beyond the ballpark's farthest parameters, Ike Davis is making inspired, even ingenious plays in a Pirates winning streak that could reach...
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Pirates notebook: Morel called up again to bolster bench

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates shored up their bench again Saturday, recalling infielder Brent Morel from Class AAA Indianapolis.
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Pirates’ Polanco runs into rookie wall

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The man they call El Coffee has crashed. After being held out of the starting lineup for four consecutive games for mental and physical rest, ...
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Biertempfel: First base becoming new hot corner for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — First base is fast becoming a home for wayward careers among high-profile players in the Pirates’ system. Pedro Alvarez is the most glaring example. When ...
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Pirates minor league report: Bell concluding breakout season

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — Josh Bell was promoted to Double-A Altoona in mid-July, so he wasn’t expecting that six weeks later he’d be named the Florida State League Player ...
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Stats Corner: Corner men Marte, Snider deliver punch

Pittsburgh Tribune (David Golebiewski) — Given Andrew McCutchen’s first disabled list stint and Gregory Polanco’s rough introduction to the majors, the Pirates’ “Dream Outfield” easily could have turned nightmarish. Yet ...
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Sunday’s scouting report: Pirates vs. Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — 1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM Probable pitchers: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (15-8, 2.26) vs. Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano ...
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Pirates edge Reds, 3-2, for 4th consecutive victory

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pitcher Vance Worley snapped a personal three-game losing skid, and Neil Walker homered Saturday as the Pirates hung on for a 3-2 win over the ...
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Pirates notebook: Morton status remains in limbo

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton sat before his locker prior to Saturday’s game clad in a T-shirt and shorts unsure of whether he would pitch again ...
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: How to manage the rookie wall

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Here’s a wacky thought  – what else would you expect here, right? — should clubs expecting to be in condition hold back their top prospects even longer? Yes,...
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Do you want the good or bad news? (How about both?)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILL – The Pirates will remarkably enter September with meaningful baseball to be played despite an assortment of injuries, missed opportunities to upgrade the roster (though the folks...
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Gerrit Cole’s time of year

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Gerrit Cole likes saving his best for last, apparently. At least the last quarter of the season. Remember last year when Cole was solid but not spectacular the first three...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: 101 ways to make out a lineup card

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILLER PARK – A three-headed platoon monster at first base is a difficult animal to feed. It’s an unusual roster situation to manage, to have three players limited on the defensive...
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Front and center

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Howdy, folks. I’m awaiting my flight to Chicago and then rental car-ing it to Milwaukee and that little house of horrors known as Miller Park, where...
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Silver linings playbook

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So that felt like a must-win game and important comeback last night for the Pirates, right? This weekend feels like it could be a time when it’s decided whether the...
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Falling off a cliff

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – This game can shift so quickly on us. One week the Pirates are a season-best nine games above .500,  knocking around Justin Verlander. A week later they’ve lost seven...
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MondayMop-Up Duty: Get well soon, ‘Cutch

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates are testing your cardiac health, I’m sure. The Pirates’ own health has placed them in quite a heart-sinking bind. After the Andrew McCutchen injury I...
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Challenges for baseball’s next commissioner

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I’m a little concerned about where baseball is headed. Yes, baseball has grown from a $1 billion to a nearly $9 billion industry of the last 20 years. But the explosive...
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Building trust?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There has been a two-way trust issue in Pittsburgh regarding its baseball club: the city doesn’t trust the ownership to spend, and ownership doesn’t trust the city...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: finding the unconscious Pedro … and enjoy Russell Martin, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Many things have been said, many things have been written about Pedro Alvarez. I tried my best to explain what has happened to his throwing in Sunday’s paper. We know...
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Pedro on the move … across the diamond. And about that bullpen surplus

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Today during batting practice, many of you got what you’ve been waiting for: Pedro Alvarez took groundballs at first base.  It should be noted he started at his usual third...
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A season on the brink (again)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have been resilient in 2014. They’ve clawed back from an eight-game-under-.500 hole when many left them for dead. I thought they were cooked when they lost...
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