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Pirates notebook: Gerrit Cole makes anticipated return to rotation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates sent Gerrit Cole back out to the mound Wednesday night after nearly seven weeks on the disabled list, confident he was prepared physically and mentally.
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Snider’s sac fly in 9th gives Pirates win over Braves

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Gaby Sanchez’s walkoff sacrifice fly Wednesday night pushed the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. After being shut out for the first ...
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Pirates get off the schneid with win over Atlanta

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates got a walk-off sacrifice fly from Gaby Sanchez Wednesday night to snap a seven game losing streak with a 3-2 win on the night their young ace returned to the mound.
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MLB notebook: Burnett hints that he will retire after season

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett, who considered retiring after the 2013 season, again is pondering the possibility of calling it quits after this season. When asked ...
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Gene Collier: Travis Snider turns the tide

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates reliably include in their helpful daily press notes a short index of dates under the heading, "THE LAST TIME ..."
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Pirates’ Morton hopes to return this season

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Although he was diagnosed Monday with a sports hernia that eventually might require surgery, Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton hopes to pitch again this season. “I ...
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Pirates notebook: Finally, a healthier look

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and returned to his regular spot in the batting order (third) and the field (center).
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Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette To extend this potentially season-curdling free fall to seven games, the Pirates presented Tuesday what was either the worst pitching performance of the summer or a really dreary episode of Upton...
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Pirates lose 7th in a row, 11-3 to Braves

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates often listen to music in the clubhouse before and after games and while it is not clear Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’ ” is on the playlist, this much has become clear --- it definitely...
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MLB notebook: La Russa denies report Gibson will return as D’backs manager in 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa denied a USA Today report that manager Kirk Gibson will return for the 2015 season. Arizona was ...
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Pirates’ McCutchen returns to starting lineup

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Andrew McCutchen was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Pirates’ starting lineup Tuesday, batting third and playing center field. McCutchen has not ...
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Wednesday’s scouting report: Braves at Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — •.Welcome back, Gerrit Cole. The right-hander will be activated off the DL before the game and make his 15th start of the season. Cole has ...
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Pirates’ McCutchen `ready to go’

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Andrew McCutchen was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Pirates’ starting lineup Tuesday, batting third and playing center field. McCutchen has not ...
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It's official: McCutchen off the disabled list

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pittsburgh Pirates today reinstated outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for McCutchen on the 25-man roster, the team optioned infielder/outfielder Michael...
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Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 8.19.14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Poll Question: What is the biggest problem facing this team? Answer #1: Bench (12%) Answer #2: Bullpen (59%) Answer #3: Injuries (29%)
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Pirates’ losing streak extended to six games

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC Park did not treat the Pirates any better than the road on Monday, as the Pirates returned home to extend their losing streak to ...
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Pirates' skid reaches six after 7-3 loss to Braves

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday’s quest to end a losing streak stated poorly. Jason Heyward batted twice in the first inning. Atlanta Braves starter Ervin Santana batted before taking the mound. Vance Worley needed a new...
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MLB notebook: Reds’ Phillips returns from DL

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The slumping Cincinnati Reds activated Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list and inserted the second baseman into their starting lineup at St. Louis. Phillips ...
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Gene Collier: Starring acts needed in a hurry

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette At the start of a three-game series matching two of the National League's certifiably desperate desperadoes -- they were leg-locked at 11/2 games behind in the wild-card standings -- the...
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Tuesday’s scouting report: Braves at Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (The Tribune Review) — X-factors Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik’sinside look at Tuesday’s game: • Francisco Liriano was outdueled by Max Scherzer his last time out, but he continues ...
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Blog Articles

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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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Finding a home for Pedro? Not as easy as you might think

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Pedro Alvarez‘s time at third base might be coming to an end. Alvarez has started only three of the club’s last 11 games. While the Pirates have faced some...
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All’s quiet at the deadline. And the interesting thing that did happen.

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So much for that non-waiver trade deadline being too early, eh? In one of the most eventful and deadline days in recent memory, the Pirates were conspicuously quiet among the...
  • 20 days ago
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Could Lester to the Pirates be what Satathia was to 2008 Brewers?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – With the Jon Lester trade rumors buzzing I asked a MLB talent evaluator this morning what a sensible price for Lester would be for the Pirates. His answer? Josh Bell Nick...
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At what cost does Jon Lester make sense for the Pirates?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have emerged as a dark horse to land Red Sox ace Jon Lester, according to Yahoo! The Red Sox are still asking a king’s ransom for what amounts to a two-month...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: what the Pirates should target before the deadline

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER –  History suggests that Neal Huntington will make a trade prior to  Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, or prior to the Aug. 31 deadline. In 2011, he picked up Derrek Lee and...
  • 23 days ago
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Sitting on a surplus

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — DENVER – The trade deadline is just five days away and at this point, hearing about the degree to which this is a seller’s market, the Pirates seem to be far from getting anything...
  • 26 days ago
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