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Pirates’ outfield may have few defensive peers

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — One morning during batting practice, the topic in the McKechnie Field press box was how the Pirates might morph their infield shifts as hitters adapt to the newfangled defenses. A longtime National League scout gazed out to the ...

Pirates notebook: Decker leaves game with calf injury

By Rob Biertempfel
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Outfielder Jaff Decker left the game Sunday against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because of a strained left ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Braves 2

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates 4, Braves 2 Braves starter: Shelby Miller 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K Pirates starter: Stolmy Pimentel 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Back up next time: Braves RF ...

Pirates pitchers finding success with expanded strike zone

By Travis Sawchik
BRADENTON, Fla. The low strike is changing baseball, and it has changed the Pirates. Pitchers increasingly are targeting the lower third of the strike zone, ...

Alvarez latest in Pirates’ revolving door at first base

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — It was the last week of spring training in 1993, and Kevin Young figured he would break camp with the Pirates. He ...

Starting 9: As franchise values soar, do owners hold or sell?

By Travis Sawchik
1)Bob Nutting became the principal owner of the Pirates in January of 2007 and it has been quite the return on investment for Pirates’ ownership, according to Forbes. The following is Forbes’ estimated value of the franchise every year since ...

Pirates notebook: Locke makes bid for final rotation spot, Tabata cut

By Rob Biertempfel
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jeff Locke is glad his outing Friday against the Minnesota Twins had its ups and downs. “I don’t mean that emotionally,” ...

Pirates notebook: Polanco’s power outburst a matter of timing

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — It has taken some time for Gregory Polanco to get his timing back at the plate. Through his first 13 games this spring, Polanco hit zero homers and did not drive in a run. Then, in a span ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3 Blue Jays starter: Randy Wolf 22⁄3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Pirates starter: Charlie Morton 6 ...

MLB commissioner: Pirates’ success starts in the front office

By Rob Biertempfel
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The credit for the Pirates’ recent resurgence starts at the top, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. As part of his ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Twins 2

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates 4, Twins 2 Bombs away: Gregory Polanco and Tony Sanchez each hit a solo homer. Polanco’s was a towering shot to right ...

About face: Pirates’ Burnett now digging the shifts

By Travis Sawchik
BRADENTON, Fla. — A.J. Burnett’s 180-degree pivot this spring seemed unthinkable two years ago. Burnett never was on board with the Pirates’ dramatic defensive alignment play ...

Pirates notebook: Worley bounces back after rough start

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Vance Worley adjusted on the fly and bounced back from a rough first inning Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. In the process, Worley might have clinched the final spot in the Pirates’ starting rotation. Worley yielded five runs, ...

Spring training breakdown: Braves 7, Pirates 5

By Rob Biertempfel
BRAVES 7, PIRATES 5 Braves starter: Wandy Rodriguez 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO Pirates starter: Vance Worley 6 IP, ...

Hair Cutch: Pirates superstar lops off his locks for charity

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — New look, same Cutch. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen on Wednesday shed his signature dreadlocks and revealed his new clean-cut style. On a self-made ...

Forbes: Pirates worth $900 million

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Maybe it’s not so bad being a “small-market” franchise, after all. The value of the Pirates franchise rose 57 percent last year to ...

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MLB notebook: Tigers’ Verlander not worried about arm injury

By Wire Reports
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who left Friday’s spring training game because of a cramp in his right triceps muscle, said Saturday he is not too concerned. “Pretty low, especially with …