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On The Pirates: Polanco showing shades of fellow Dominican Ortiz

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Gregory Polanco was 5 when David Ortiz broke into the big leagues with the Minnesota Twins. Polanco, like Starling Marte and so many other kids in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic,...
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Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen looks to reduce his strikeouts

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — ARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew McCutchen has a pretty simple explanation for why his strikeouts are up so far this season.
  • New: 11 hr 20 min ago

Darvish returns to Rangers rotation, stymies Pirates in victory

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ARLINGTON, Texas — Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister still communicate. The Pirates manager and his former bench coach text or email each other daily. About ...
  • New: 12 hr ago

Pirates fall, 5-2, to Rangers in Darvish's return

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — ARLINGTON, Texas — Even though it had been almost two years since Yu Darvish last took the mound at Globe Life Park, it didn’t take long for him to offer a reminder as to why a full house showed...
  • 12 hr 43 min ago

Pirates notebook: McCutchen still trying to adjust to hitting second in batting order

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ARLINGTON, Texas — As the season moves past the quarter mark, Andrew McCutchen sees the benefits of batting second in the order but is also ...
  • 14 hr 30 min ago

Scouting report: Pirates at Rangers; Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SUNDAY at Rangers 3:05 p.m. Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Pirates LHP ...
  • 15 hr 30 min ago

Starting Nine: Early struggles of McCutchen, Liriano concerning

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. ...
  • 16 hr 30 min ago

Biertempfel: Batters use tricks to keep pitchers fresh after they hit

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Folks in the commissioner’s office the past couple of years have been trying to morph baseball into a speedier game. I’m not talking about quick-stepping ...
  • 17 hr ago

Pirates minor-league report: Bradenton’s Coley develops into complete pitcher

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Austin Coley has long been something of a late bloomer. At Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., he was the district pitcher of the year ...
  • 17 hr ago

Pirates pound 4 homers, rout Rangers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ARLINGTON, Texas — In the fifth inning of the Pirates’ 9-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday, Cole Hamels twice walked Pirates’ No. 9 ...
  • 1 day 11 hr ago

Pirates notebook: Close friends, former colleagues in opposite dugouts this weekend

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — ARLINGTON, Texas — For four years, Jeff Banister’s seat was next to Clint Hurdle.
  • 1 day 11 hr ago

Pirates overpower Rangers, 9-1, for fifth win in a row

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sam Werner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — ARLINGTON, Texas — Over the past few weeks, the Pirates’ offense has sent more than a few starting pitchers into the locker room early.
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Gorman: ‘Dream Outfield’ no longer a dream for Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Kevin Gorman) — Clint Hurdle couldn’t help gushing about Gregory Polanco’s swing, which now resembles a Strawberry (Darryl) instead of a Swoosh (Nike). The Pirates manager sees a ...
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Rangers manager Banister gets 1st look at Pirates from opposite dugout

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — ARLINGTON, Texas — Near Jeff Banister’s desk in the depths of Globe Life Park hangs a framed Texas state flag, the Lone Star of his ...
  • 1 day 13 hr ago

MLB notebook: Mets’ Harvey trying to solve season-long pitching woes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Matt Harvey threw to batters between starts at Citi Field on Friday, trying to correct flaws in his delivery that have turned him into one ...
  • 1 day 14 hr ago

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

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SATURDAY at Rangers 7:10 p.m. Globe Life Park; Arlington, Texas TV/radio: WPGH-53, WWCP-8; 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Pirates ...
  • 1 day 14 hr ago

Pirates notebook: Pitchers enjoying marked improvement at plate

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will not need to use his pitchers in the batting order — he’ll have the benefit of using the designated ...
  • 1 day 14 hr ago

Pirates notebook: All business for Hurdle as Pirates face Banister, Rangers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — This weekend’s series is not the time to reminisce. Manager Clint Hurdle did that in January, when he presented Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister with his AL manager of the year award. When the...
  • 2 days ago

MLB notebook: Hall of Fame tour stops announced

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred traveled to the “Field of Dreams” movie site in eastern Iowa on Thursday to announce this year’s National Baseball ...
  • 2 days ago

Scouting report: Pirates at Rangers; Friday, May 27, 2016

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — FRIDAY at Rangers 8:05 p.m. Globe Life Park; Arlington, Texas TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers Pirates LHP ...
  • 2 days ago
Blog Articles

Farm Report: More about Austin Coley, plus notes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — The Florida State League is not friendly to hitters. Few ballparks serve as true launching pads and breezes make it tougher to accumulate power numbers. Line-drive approaches yield more...
  • 13 hr 19 min ago

What’s wrong with Caminero? And an ode to Barmes

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – So Arizona manager Chip Hale isn’t really all that pleased pleased with Arquimedes Caminero  or the Pirates managing/coaching after a pitcher with a 100 mph fastball and little...
  • 3 days ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: First quarter report

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Key members of the Pirates front office and manager Clint Hurdle met Saturday for a quarterly review, something of an interim report card for the club. Colleague Rob Biertempfel handed...
  • 6 days ago

Farm Report: The art of the steal, Hanson gets the call

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — Adam Frazier is now primarily a left fielder, but he has played at least nine innings at four positions this year, meaning he’s had to learn the footwork, angles and responsibilities for each....
  • 6 days ago

Pirates lock up a competitive advantage at a discount, and create something else

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The Pirates and Francisco Cervelli found common ground on three-year contract extension Tuesday. The club-friendly deal is a big deal as it will allow for a critical competitive...
  • 11 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Sunday was a good day for the Pirates … Now they need more like them

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CHICAGO – There was a sound after Sunday’s game at Wrigley Field that had not emanated from a Pirates’ clubhouse after playing the Cubs in some time. There was music. A typical post-game ritual in...
  • 12 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: Projecting Brandon Waddell, plus more

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — JACKSONVILLE — In this Sunday’s Trib, we’ll take a look at Brandon Waddell and what allowed him to quickly advance from High-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona. While Waddell was pretty well...
  • 16 days ago
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To extend, or not extend, a premium home-grown arm … (and our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg reportedly reached an agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract extension Monday. The move is of some interest related to...
  • 18 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: So what’s the plan if …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  …. the Cubs never lose again? The Pirates played well over the weekend in taking two of three from the Cardinals. They are in second place in the division, and have avoided a...
  • 19 days ago
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Friday Farm Report: Awards season and a promotional day worthy of television

Pittsburgh Tribune (Andrew Erickson) — It’s May, which means fewer rainouts and teams’ fast or slow starts finally meaning something. It also means the announcement of the first batch of Player of the Month awards for each...
  • 22 days ago
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The Cubs are who everyone thought they were

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – We’ve learned over the last couple of springs not to make too much of a slow start by the Pirates. After all, the Pirates have been below .500 in each of the last two Mays. The...
  • 24 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Cubs-Pirates, a clash of offensive titans. Who knew?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – After last Wednesday’s game vs. the Pirates, the Rockies’ staff went back and watched video to see how many pitches the Pirates had fouled off. They counted 53. Rockies...
  • 26 days ago
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