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Rossi: Time to give Pirates owner Nutting his due

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — There they were Sunday afternoon, all of Pittsburgh’s best. The best superstar: Andrew McCutchen. The best leader: Clint Hurdle. The best executive: Neal Huntington. The ...
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Pirates notebook: Huntington weighs whether wild-card round should be expanded

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — For a third straight season, Neal Huntington regrets his 2012 vote in favor of expanding the playoff field to include a second wild card. Under ...
  • New: 3 hr 39 min ago

MLB notebook: Miami’s Gordon sweeps NL batting, steals titles

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Miami second baseman Dee Gordon went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double to win the NL batting title Sunday over Washington’s ...
  • New: 4 hr 7 min ago

Pirates will play NL wild-card game at PNC Park after shutting out Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — By beating the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0, in Sunday’s regular-season finale, the Pirates ensured themselves of a home game to open the playoffs. The Pirates will ...
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Pirates' Happ ready for today's finale against the Reds

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Left-hander J.A. Happ wore a knit cap in the Pirates clubhouse early this afternoon. Despite the chilly October weather outside, Happ likes this time of year, and he’s waited a long time to pitch...
  • New: 9 hr 37 min ago

Nationals pitcher Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of season

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Jerry Beach / Reuters) — NEW YORK - All Max Scherzer had to do to make the Washington Nationals smile at the end of a trying season was throw one of the most dominant games in baseball history.
  • 23 hr 34 min ago

Ace high: Gerrit Cole just the guy Pirates want in do-or-die situation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — One day in mid-June, Gerrit Cole walked into the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park and found a playing card, the ace of spades, taped above his locker. Cole, the 25-year-old right-hander, tore...
  • 23 hr 59 min ago

Ron Cook: Postseason success a must for Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Against great odds, the Pirates have reached Steelers status and Penguins status. No matter how well they do in the regular season, it isn’t good enough if they fail in the postseason. That is a...
  • 23 hr 59 min ago

Pirates fans on edge as season again coming down to wild card

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Here we go again. A season for the ages comes down to one game for the Pirates. For a third straight October, the Pirates and ...
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Burnett pitches well in farewell, but Pirates lose to Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Over his 17-year career, A.J. Burnett never has done anything in a whisper. So it made sense Saturday that he arrived at PNC Park with ...
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Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, Oct. 4, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — vs. Reds 3:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Reds RHP Josh Smith (0-3, ...
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Starting 9: How can the Pirates catch the Cardinals in the future?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — 1. Despite entering the weekend with their most wins since the 1992 NL East championship club, and despite an excellent campaign during which so many ...
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Pirates fall to Reds in what may be Burnett's final regular season start

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The A.J. Burnett that first took the mound tonight was not the 38-year-old veteran of 17 seasons making the 430th and final regular-season start of his career.
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Girl battling cancer scratches item off bucket list with PNC Park trip

Pittsburgh Tribune (Chris Togneri) — A little girl peeks over the railing along the left field line, waiting for a player to notice her. She wears a No. 22 Andrew ...
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Are Pirates better positioned to win it all this postseason?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Making the postseason no longer is a reason for the Pirates to celebrate. On Sept. 22 after a victory over the Colorado Rockies, the Pirates ...
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MLB notebook: Former Mets star Staub recovering from heart attack

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The Mets say former star Rusty Staub is recovering in a hospital in Ireland after a heart attack on an overseas flight. The 71-year-old Staub ...
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It’s official: Cole to start wild-card game against Cubs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made his plan to start right-hander Gerrit Cole in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday official before Saturday’s game with the ...
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Pirates pitcher Cole to start in Wednesday's wild-card game against Cubs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Reporters had started to exit manager Clint Hurdle’s offense this afternoon when Hurdle casually asked a media relations staffer, “Did we tell them that Cole will start the wild-card game...
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Pirates notebook: Hurdle already mulling choices for wild-card game roster

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — With two games remaining, the Pirates have begun planning ahead for their wild-card matchup against the Chicago Cubs.
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Marte’s 2-run homer in 12th polishes off Reds

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Even with a playoff berth in hand, the Pirates can’t afford to stagger to the end of the regular season. “A 162-game season is a ...
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Blog Articles

Playoff rotation (if necessary) revealed? The diurnal Cole vs. the nocturnal Arrieta, and our podcast

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The Pirates are likely going to have to get past Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs for this speculation to even matter but might Clint Hurdle have revealed his postseason rotation...
  • 4 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Are the Pirates in line to face the Bumgarner of 2015 or do they have their own?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CHICAGO – The Pirates probably must sweep the Cardinals to have a shot at the division title, and it doesn’t help the Cardinals finish at the lowly Braves (though Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran...
  • 6 days ago
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A different tone, a different team? (And our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As the Pirates clinched a third consecutive playoff berth on Wednesday night – only the third such streak in club history – there was a different sort of...
  • 10 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Pirates are a one-man, small-market wolfpack … Will it continue?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — LOS ANGELES – Look around the NL and the Pirates stand alone. Look around the NL and the Pirates are only small-market contender — St. Louis is a small-market city but with a...
  • 13 days ago
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The rest/injury-prevention practice: Preventing injuries or a division title?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — LOS ANGELES – Always in search of creating value without adding much if any payroll – like any savvy club, and particularly a small-market club – this spring the Pirates turned their...
  • 17 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The consolation prize matters, and who is the team MVP?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Even if the Pirates cannot catch the St. Louis Cardinals — and the Pirates have put themselves in a position to catch the Cardinals which are suffering through a sort of...
  • 20 days ago
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Does resting Cole make sense? (And our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Gerrit Cole reportedly had no issue with the decision to skip his next start. He acknowledged he’s entering ‘uncharted territory’ when it comes to work load....
  • 26 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up: Is Cole saving his best for last?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Is Gerrit Cole once again saving his best for September? Recall, it was two Septembers ago when Cole went 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA as a rookie in September, emerging as the club’s best pitcher down the...
  • 27 days ago
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