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Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 9.3.15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Bill Brink: Good morning and welcome to today's Pirates chat ... let's get going...
  • New: 2 hr 26 min ago

Pirates, Marlins in talks to play 2016 game in Puerto Rico

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates and Miami Marlins are in talks with MLB to play at least one regular-season game next year in Puerto Rico, multiple industry sources ...
  • New: 5 hr 18 min ago

Pirates notebook: Rescinded waiver claim of one player leads to September promotion of another

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The timing of an injury and subsequent waiver claim led to the Pirates having an extra spot to work with on the 40-man roster a month later.
  • 19 hr 23 min ago

Locke struggles again early, Pirates lose again in Milwaukee

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE — With two outs in the fourth inning Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the third-base dugout at Miller Park and slowly walked ...
  • 19 hr 33 min ago

Pirates lose to Brewers again, 9-4, as Locke struggles

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Twice, Jeff Locke could have avoided further trouble. Two outs in the fourth inning, one pitch away from escaping without allowing a run. He failed to put away both situations, leading...
  • 19 hr 58 min ago

Pirates notebook: Left-side lineup intrigue continues

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE — Despite several infield defensive miscues a night earlier, despite a starting pitcher in Jeff Locke who is heavily dependent on defensive play behind ...
  • 22 hr 32 min ago

Snider happy to return to new role with Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE — On Sept. 3, 2013, Travis Snider emphatically clapped his hands a single time as he rounded first base in the ninth inning at ...
  • 22 hr 32 min ago

Gameday: Pirates at Brewers, Sept. 3, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates at Brewers 7:20 p.m. Miller Park, Milwaukee TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano ...
  • 1 day 1 hr ago

Pirates promote shortstop Pedro Florimon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates promoted shortstop Pedro Florimon to the major leagues today.
  • 1 day 3 hr ago

Pirates notebook: Roster expansion includes catcher Elias Diaz

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Not long before reporting to Miller Park to begin his first stint on a major league roster, Elias Diaz was in Class AAA Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor’s office, jumping up and down.
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

Cole struggles as Brewers continue Miller Park mastery over Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — MILWAUKEE — Gerrit Cole was the Pirates’ best starting pitcher in September 2013. He was the club’s best starting pitcher at the close of last ...
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

Brewers jump on Cole early, beat Pirates, 7-4

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — Four batters in, and Gerrit Cole found himself serving as the cutoff man.
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

MLB notebook: Chickenpox diagnoses cause concern for Royals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera and Royals right fielder Alex Rios have been diagnosed with chickenpox, raising concerns that others on the AL Central leaders may ...
  • 1 day 21 hr ago

Gameday: Pirates at Brewers, Sept. 2, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Today at Brewers 8:10 p.m. Miller Park, Milwaukee TV/radio: Root Sports/  93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Jeff ...
  • 1 day 22 hr ago

No bitter brew for Mercer over reduced playing time after injury

Pittsburgh Tribune (Bill West) — The player whose awkward slide put Jordy Mercer on the disabled list for the first time in the shortstop’s career left the Milwaukee Brewers a ...
  • 1 day 23 hr ago

Pirates promote six from minors

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates promoted six members of their minor league system to the majors when rosters expanded today, including catcher Elias Diaz and outfielder Travis Snider.
  • 2 days ago

Pirates make 6 September call-ups

Pittsburgh Tribune (Xxx) — MILWAUKEE — The Pirates bolstered their roster with six September call-ups on Tuesday prior to their game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates recalled outfielder ...
  • 2 days ago

Stephen J. Nesbitt's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 9.1.15

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Stephen J. Nesbitt: Thanks for stopping by today's Pirates chat. It's Sept. 1, and the start of a big, big week for the Pirates. At 79-50, they're still 5 games back of the St. Louis...
  • 2 days ago

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — This is not the time for pats on the back. So says Pirates general manager Neal Huntington despite the team’s 79-50 record heading into September. Not for the players, manager and coaches,...
  • 2 days ago

What to watch for in the Pirates' pivotal September

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — With five months gone in the 2015 regular season, the Pirates still have plenty on the line. They will spend September trying to gain ground on the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in order to...
  • 2 days ago
Blog Articles

Modest proposals to fix the postseason

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – In today’s Trib I wrote about how the two Wild Cart format that continues to be a problem for the Pirates in the short term (the Pirates are a team on pace to win 98...
  • 2 days ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Can Neal Huntington’s $@!* work in the playoffs?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  So many things are trending up for the Pirates. They have rare position-player depth. The lineup has hit well since the All-Star break. They bullpen has been outstanding. The...
  • 3 days ago

Musical chairs and the Pirates rotation. Does a six-man rotation make sense? (Plus a podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There is a Bill Parcells saying that goes something like this: if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have one. Meaning, of course, that if you don’t have one clear-cut...
  • 7 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up: Weathering the schedule

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK –On national television, completing their most daunting stretch of the schedule of the season, the Pirates emerged with flying colors on Sunday night. In an 18-game stretch beginning...
  • 10 days ago
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End divisions? (and our podcast)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — PNC PARK – There’s been some talk this season about ending divisions in baseball. The rationale is tied to the success of the NL Central, where the top three teams have the top three...
  • 15 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: bouncing back, again and again

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As Clint Hurdle noted Sunday after a sweep of the Mets, when the Pirates seem to be at their lowest point they have often been most resilient, able to respond with some of their most...
  • 17 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Are Pirates – and NL Central clubs – benefiting from their tougher neighborhood?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As we saw over the weekend, the NL Central has become the toughest neighborhood in the sport. The Cardinals were the first MLB team to 70 wins. The Cubs swept the San Francisco...
  • 24 days ago
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