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Cole shuts down Diamondbacks as Pirates open road trip with victory

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — PHOENIX — Gerrit Cole turned in another strong outing and Josh Harrison delivered a two-run double Friday as the Pirates subdued the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1. ...
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Pirates kick off roadtrip with win

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — PHOENIX — Friday was “Country Night” at Chase Field, and the Pirates flew cross-country to make it theirs. Gerrit Cole did damage on the mound and in the batter’s box, and the Pirates opened a...
  • 17 hr 17 min ago

Gameday: Pirates at Diamondbacks, April 25, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates at Diamondbacks 8:10 p.m. Chase Field TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, ...
  • 18 hr 53 min ago

Pirates look to continue success in cross-country trips

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Maybe the thrill of hitting two doubles and scoring twice in Thursday afternoon’s 5-4 home win over the Chicago Cubs helped Pirates third baseman Josh ...
  • 18 hr 53 min ago

Pirates notebook: McCutchen unfazed by return to Arizona

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — PHOENIX — Andrew McCutchen said did not feel a chill Friday when he walked into Chase Field for the first time since being injured here ...
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MLB notebook: Rangers, Angels work on deal for Hamilton

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Fox Sports reported the Rangers are working on a trade with the Angels to re-acquire outfielder Josh Hamilton. MLB.com reported the Rangers are “close” to ...
  • 20 hr 53 min ago

Pirates notebook: Polanco heats up after talk with Hurdle

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — PHOENIX — Caution: El Coffee is piping hot.
  • 20 hr 59 min ago

Gameday: Pirates at Diamondbacks, April 24, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Pirates at Diamondbacks 9:40 p.m. Chase Field, Phoenix TV/radio: Root Sports (following Penguins-Rangers)/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP ...
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Pirates notebook: Two early season milestones for Liz, Lambo

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The previous time Radhames Liz won a game in the major leagues, Aubrey Huff and Ramon Hernandez were in the Baltimore Orioles lineup. The second-base umpire in that Sept. 14, 2008 game against the...
  • 2 days ago

Polanco, bullpen clutch as Pirates edge Cubs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — One night after he watched Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, Major League Baseball’s most publicized power-hitting prospect, stumble at the plate with a full count ...
  • 2 days ago

With road trip looming, Pirates rally for afternoon victory over Cubs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates came back to beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, this afternoon at PNC Park, earning a series split and evening their record at 8-8 before leaving for a nine-game, three-city road trip.
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Pirates notebook: Polanco center of attention with Marte, McCutchen out

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Gregory Polanco made his first career start in center field Thursday against the Chicago Cubs as the Pirates were without two starting outfielders in Andrew ...
  • 2 days ago

Stephen Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 4.23.15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Stephen J. Nesbitt: Here's a link to the podcast.
  • 2 days ago

Barry Bonds cleared in court, but his reputation remains tainted for some

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By RONALD BLUM/AP Baseball Writer) — NEW YORK  — Barry Bonds has been cleared legally after 11 1/2 years in court. His reputation remains tainted in the mind of many baseball fans.
  • 2 days ago

Worley, Watson work out of jams to help Pirates beat Cubs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Wednesday marked a night of great escapes, between a snow squall, in a Pirates’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. The win ...
  • 2 days ago

Watson saves the day as Pirates beat Cubs, 4-3

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Gregory Polanco homered and doubled, Vance Worley allowed one unearned run and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, on a cold Wednesday night at PNC Park.
  • 2 days ago

MLB notebook: Blue Jays slugger Bautista sits with shoulder strain

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Blue Jays right-fielder Jose Bautista is out of Wednesday night’s game between Toronto and Baltimore with a strained right shoulder, and won’t be able to ...
  • 2 days ago
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Pirates notebook: No demotion for closer Melancon

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — Neither closer Mark Melancon’s drop in fastball velocity nor his rocky result in Tuesday night’s 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs will cost him his ...
  • 2 days ago

Gameday: Pirates vs. Cubs April 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates vs. Cubs 12:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (2-0, ...
  • 2 days ago

Despite dip in velocity and results, Melancon will remain closer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Despite saying that Mark Melancon is “a couple weeks behind,” manager Clint Hurdle said Melancon will get the opportunity to close today’s game if the Pirates have a lead late.
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Blog Articles

How long should managers ‘believe’?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – Dancing with Mark Melancon has been quite the exercise in anxiety early this season. Melancon recorded his third save with a clean ninth inning Thursday but his velocity was down...
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I swear, this tirade is true

Pittsburgh Tribune (Joe Rutter) — Bryan Price’s profanity-laced meltdown Monday had sportswriters digging into the archives to recall the best managerial meltdowns. These lists included Lee Elia, Hal McRae, Earl Weaver and Tommy...
  • 3 days ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Can Jeff Locke trust himself?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There are two Jeff Lockes. There is Locke The Nibbler. The Locke that regressed badly in 2013, and again in the second half last season. The Locke that lost conviction in...
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Better looks at plate make a difference

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — My game story about last night’s 6-2 win against the Brewers focused on Starling Marte‘s big bat and Jeff Locke’s finesse. During his media confab this morning, manager Clint...
  • 6 days ago
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Time for Kang to spend some time in Indy?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – The game’s top prospect, Kris Bryant, debuted this afternoon at Wrigley Field, not coincidentally on a day when his service time had been stalled long enough to delay his...
  • 7 days ago
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Something wrong with Mark Melancon? Some charts, a chat, and a podcast

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The small-sample-size disclaimer applies to nearly everything this year as Bill West and I noted repeatedly in today’s podcast (which you can listen to by clicking this...
  • 11 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Do the Pirates ‘bundling’ of services make sense?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — AT AN AIRPORT AND ON A PLANE  – On Friday Clint Hurdle revealed the Pirates intend to employ an inventive playing-time concept for reserve players this season. We already knew the Pirates...
  • 12 days ago
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Silver Linings Playbook: party (and pitch) like it’s 2013

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PITTSBURGH INTL AIRPORT – OK, that was an ugly: from the weather to losing three straight to a Reds club that few are forecasting to be October participants. The bullpen had its hiccups....
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Do you b(u)y Josh Harrison? … And do you b(u)y into windows?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Great moment for Josh Harrison today as he agreed to a four-year, $27.3 million deal — it could become a six-year $50 million deal if two club options are exercised...
  • 17 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Happy Opening Day. Believe (in youth)? Some predictions…

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – We’ve arrived. Opening Day. Wonderful words to write after a brutal winter. Today from Clint Hurdle‘s daily email, which goes out to a number of recipients:...
  • 19 days ago
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The Von Rosenberg dilemma

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – One takeaway from my time in the major and minor league clubhouses in Bradenton, Fla. this spring was the sheer size of the Pirates’ top pitching prospects. We know the...
  • 23 days ago
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Vanimal’s lair is the bullpen. Should it be? … Approaching Polanco — again … And a Bryant Rule

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – March is a month defined by upsets, and a year after the Travis Ishikawa Cinderella story, we had another upset – in the minds of many – when Clint Hurdle named...
  • 25 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up: The low down on the down-low philosophy

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I suspect many of us on the outside, and perhaps some within organizations, are guilty of looking at major league players as having relatively static skills once they reach a...
  • 26 days ago
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The secret of Searage’s success

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) —   LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As I was reading Travis Sawchik’s piece today in the Trib about the Pirates’ success pitching to the lower portion of the strike zone, I recalled...
  • 27 days ago
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