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Legally blind Pirates fan hangs on every play, has kept score for decades

Pittsburgh Tribune (Chris Togneri) — Baseball is at its best in the fall, when long shadows stretch across the diamond. Bob Lacher knows this to be true, even if those ...
  • 18 hr 11 min ago

Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Braves

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Braves RF Jason Heyward was not in the starting lineup the past three games after being struck on his left thumb by a pitch ...
  • 23 hr 25 min ago

Getting a shot is all Josh Harrison wanted

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bonita Harrison knew her son was good enough to play Tee-ball, even at age 3.
  • 23 hr 27 min ago

Gene Collier: No shame in staying home

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The very best baseball summer in the history of PNC Park ended pretty much the way it began here Sunday, with a tense 1-0 victory against a divisional opponent, the first on an extra-inning home...
  • 23 hr 36 min ago

Pirates notebook: Hit batsmen due to ideology

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged Sunday that the Pirates pitchers' high number of hit batsmen could influence the number of their batters who have been hit, but attributed...
  • 23 hr 36 min ago

Pirates notebook: Bucs set single-season attendance record

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates set a single-season attendance record Sunday thanks to their 23rd sellout of the year. The Pirates drew 2,442,564 fans in 81 home games ...
  • 23 hr 56 min ago

Pirates, Worley edge Brewers, 1-0, move to cusp of playoffs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Vance Worley tossed eight shutout innings and Russell Martin delivered another clutch hit Sunday, as the Pirates edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0. In their final ...
  • 23 hr 56 min ago

Pirates end Brewers series with win, 1-0

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday’s game unfolded like a getaway day at the end of spring training. Both starting pitchers dealt and were efficient with their pitches. The outs came quickly, like the teams had flights to...
  • 1 day ago

Pirates’ 5-game winning streak ends with 1-0 loss to Brewers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Logan Schafer’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Saturday lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a taut 1-0 victory over the Pirates. The Brewers kept their ...
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Pirates end their winning streak with 9th inning loss

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Only a few inches separated the ball from the top of Gaby Sanchez’ glove. Probably three or four, six at most. That was enough to turn a groundout into a double and a man on first, one out, into a...
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The buildup inside a pennant race

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As Neil Walker tied his shoes earlier this week, he faced an unusual question: Did he think, as he was rounding the bases after his 21st home run of the season, about the fact that he hit that...
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Pirates find a bridge at end of baseball world

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The once-mighty Pirates bullpen became a liability this summer. It led baseball in blown saves. Its greatest weakness was the bridge, the soft underbelly of ...
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Pirates notebook: Worley raring to go after skipping last start

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — Vance Worley spent the week in a holding pattern after he was pulled from the rotation in favor of Charlie Morton, but with Morton’s sports ...
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Sunday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — • Charlie Morton’s ongoing struggle with a sports hernia opened a spot for Vance Worley to move back into the starting rotation, probably for the ...
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Gene Collier: Best action to take was none

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Three and a half hours of 1-0 baseball can have a cooling effect on extreme cases of pennant fever, particularly if you're on the wrong end of it.
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Big win leads Pirates to unfamiliar territory

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette There’s a standing army of commentators pretending to understand not only the framework but the direction of the baseball postseason that begins in just 10 days, and plenty of them are talking...
  • 2 days ago
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Pirates notebook: Charlie Morton has setback, will not start Sunday

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Charlie Morton will not start Sunday because of new and increased pain resulting from his sports hernia, a development that could end his season.
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Martin’s homer rescues Pirates in 4-2 victory over Brewers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — A year ago at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Russell Martin thrust his right arm triumphantly into the September night with the ball, proof he had ...
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Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on late homer, 4-2

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 roared.
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Melancon still on his mark

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Nearing the end of a terrific season, Mark Melancon is more concerned with the byproduct of his work than his production itself.
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: a mandate for Martin?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Baseball has been revived in Pittsburgh. They, the front office, built it and you, the fans, showed up. The Pirates set a single-season attendance record Sunday -2,442,564. The...
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Eight-two redux

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have reached 82 wins in a season twice since 1992, and those campaigns have, of course, come in back to back years (Or since I arrived on the shores of the...
  • 3 days ago
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The Morton dilemma and a future ace and first baseman?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Charlie Morton is making things interesting. Morton has said he’s not going to be 100 percent if he pitches through his sports hernia. It’s going to at least need...
  • 5 days ago
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When the hitting coach matters

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — LEBO – We don’t see the hitting coach. He doesn’t make mound visits. He doesn’t hold press conference. While the bullpens are visible to the press and fans before games,...
  • 5 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Let’s get ahead of ourselves

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — LEBO – The Pirates have a 67.7 percent of making the postseason, according to Baseball Prospectus. There’s a better than even chance the Pirates will be playing meaningful baseball in...
  • 7 days ago
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Frankkkkkkkkkkkkie is back and his slider never left

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOMEWHERE OFF THE PA TURNPIKE – For the Pirates, for any team, to advance into October and then be competitive in the postseason they require top-of-the-rotation pitchers to pitch like elite...
  • 10 days ago
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With his season likely over, what to do with Pedro?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PHILADELPHIA – Could Pedro Alvarez’s nightmare season get any worse? Short answer: yes. We know about the 23 throwing errors that forced him off third base at least temporarily, the most...
  • 11 days ago
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Does Volquez have a point?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Edinson Volquez is one of the most easy-going major leaguers I’ve encountered in my brief two years covering the sport.He’s often smiling, joking, signing sometimes even dancing as he was prior to...
  • 12 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Separation Week?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – You can’t predict ball. And you certainly can’t predict this Pirates’ season. From the Josh Harrison going from 25th man to All-Star, from the Pirates’...
  • 14 days ago
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My Pirates 2014 MVP ballot and what it (and yours) reveals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Exceptional radio talent David Todd had me on his show yesterday and one of the interesting questions he asked was this (which he has also been throwing out to his audience):...
  • 18 days ago
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Jeff Locke is reverting back to All-Star form (and that means trouble)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - On Aug. 22nd in Milwaukee, Jeff Locke walked six batters in six innings. He did not strike out a single batter. So Milwaukee batters either walked or put the ball in play and...
  • 19 days ago
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Gerrit Cole’s checklist to acehood

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As we discussed here and on the Final Word on Sunday, the key for the Pirates in navigating a difficult September schedule – 17 road games, 9 home games – was...
  • 20 days ago
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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,...
  • 21 days ago
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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...
  • 24 days ago
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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...
  • 26 days ago
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