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Pirates likely to seek pitcher, catcher when free agency starts

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — When baseball’s free agent market opens Tuesday, the Pirates probably will be shopping for somebody to pitch and catch. Catcher Russell Martin and starting pitchers ...
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Champion Giants use ace in the hole for World Series win

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1
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Bumgarner, Giants beat Royals 3-2 to win Series

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Madison Bumgarner closes it out and the San Francisco Giants hold off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 for their third World Series title in five years.
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MLB notebook: Thousands attending Taveras’ burial

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny attended the funeral of former outfielder Oscar Taveras on Tuesday. Thousands of people in the ...
  • 2 days ago

Pirates' catching future learning in fall league

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yes, Elias Diaz was aware of the opportunity the Pirates’ catching situation has created for him. He knew Russell Martin would reach free agency after the 2014 season and...
  • 3 days ago
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Report: Cardinals’ Taveras dies in car accident

Pittsburgh Tribune (USA Today) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and one of the top prospects of the past several seasons died Sunday in an auto accident in his ...
  • 4 days ago
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Major League Baseball tests ways to speed up slow games

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Baseball, the only major sport without a time element, could soon be on the clock.
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Pirates must weigh risk, reward in attempt to sign Martin

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — General manager Neal Huntington has said the Pirates will “stretch beyond normal comfort levels” to retain Russell Martin. The city wants the club to stretch ...
  • 5 days ago
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Pirates acquire infielder from Indians, designate Axford, Gomez for assignment

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates on Saturday acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Sellers, 28, has played in 99 games over the past four ...
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Pirates trade for Sellers, designate Gomez and Axford for assignment

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In a move to reduce their arbitration responsibilities and add depth in the middle infield, the Pirates acquired Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians Saturday in exchange for cash...
  • 5 days ago
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MLB notebook: Rays manager Maddon opts out of contract

Pittsburgh Tribune (Staff and Wire Reports) — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down, Maddon is free to listen ...
  • 6 days ago
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Pirates to end spring in Philadelphia again, sign Stinson to minor league deal

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates next year are again set to wrap up spring training with two games against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The ...
  • 6 days ago
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Pirates notebook: Two nominated for Gold Gloves

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Russell Martin and Starling Marte were named finalists Thursday for Gold Glove awards, the defensive honors given to the top player in each league at each position.
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Pirates' Russell Martin, Starling Marte finalists for Gold Glove awards

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Russell Martin and Starling Marte were named finalists Thursday for the Gold Glove awards, the defensive honors given to the top player in each league at each position.
  • 7 days ago
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Pirates sign pitcher Stinson to minor league contract

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates today signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training as a non-roster player.
  • 7 days ago
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Royals get some payback vs. Giants, even World Series, 1-1

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series.
  • 8 days ago
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MLB notebook: Pirates’ McCutchen named Sporting News All-Star

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named as a National League All-Star by The Sporting News on Wednesday, which announced its All-Star teams. McCutchen was ...
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MLB notebook: Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The Tigers hired former Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield as a major league scout. The team announced the move Monday. Littlefield replaces Mike Russell. The ...
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Pirates experiment with outfield prospect Josh Bell at first base

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — What the Pirates are trying to do with Josh Bell stems from equal parts necessity, opportunity and hope. They are trying to create a spot for a valuable asset due to stability...
  • 11 days ago
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At last, a team of his own

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels described the broad search and extensive background work as the franchise looked for a new manager. Friday, the man they chose, Jeff Banister, provided a...
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Blog Articles

The other hot corner … And an estimate on Edinson

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Much of our focus here recently has centered on Russell Martin and understandably so. If we’re not talking about Martin, we’re probably discussing the potential...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: talking to myself about Russell Martin

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I went into researching Sunday’s story on the dilemma for the Pirates that is Russell Martin’s free agency with the same position that many in the public hold: ‘The Pirates...
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A parade of arbys

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — LEBO – While the majority of the focus entering the offseason centers on Russell Martin’s impending free agency, and to a lesser extent the free agency of starting pitchers Francisco Liriano...
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Copy a KC recipe?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CLARK BUILDING – The Royals are an interesting team. They’re not a great team but they’ve of course played great baseball at the right time. They do a couple things very well....
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Another Wild (Card) World Series

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – We knew before and are reminded again this October that entry to baseball’s postseason as a wild card team is not a death sentence. Ideal? No, but it’s not an...
  • 10 days ago
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A new kind of bench coach? And a 9 percent hike

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – You have to be happy for Jeff Banister. After spending 29 years with the Pirates, after working his way up from a 25th round draft pick who recorded only one major league at...
  • 14 days ago
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The Brain Drain … And how to fix the wild-card round

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Tuesday was a fascinating day in baseball and I’m not speaking of another wild ending to an NLCS game or the Royals now being one win from the World Series. Rather, how...
  • 15 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Is Stewart an adequate plan B?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS  - I think we all understand Russell Martin is going to be a tough sign unless he gives a discount in years or dollars for the Pirates. And discounts are usually pipedreams in free...
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“Because those are our seventh-inning guys” … and ticking clocks

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – What was perhaps more amazing than Clayton Kershaw unraveling twice in a week yesterday was that hours apart, in two one-run, elimination-game losses is neither losing manager...
  • 22 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Lessons from 2014

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  A baseball season is a funny thing. It’s something you live with on a daily basis for six months (seven-plus consecutive months if you’re a player, coach,...
  • 24 days ago
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