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

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates put Vance Worley back in their starting rotation Sunday, and the right-hander responded by taking them one giant step closer to securing a playoff berth. Worley tossed eight scoreless innings, and Russell Martin delivered another clutch hit as …

Pirates notebook: Bucs set single-season attendance record

By 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 …

Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Braves

By 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 on Wednesday. X-rays showed no break, but his thumb was too swollen for him to …

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

By 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 …

Pirates find a bridge at end of baseball world in Holdzkom

By 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 …

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

By Rob Biertempfel
The Milwaukee Brewers gave Andrew McCutchen a couple of new bruises Saturday, then did just enough damage at the plate to edge the Pirates, 1-0. …

Pirates notebook: Worley raring to go after skipping last start

By 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 …

Martin’s homer rescues Pirates in 4-2 victory over Brewers

By Travis Sawchik
Last September at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Russell Martin thrust his right arm triumphantly into the air, proof he had held onto the ball for …

Pirates notebook: Morton scratched from Sunday’s start

By Karen Price
Charlie Morton isn’t ready to say his season is over, but the right-hander will not make his scheduled Sunday start after his hernia flared up …

Saturday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• The Brewers have one of the most aggressive lineups in baseball which means Edinson Volquez might do well to lean more on his changeup. Volquez is throwing his changeup at a career-low rate, on just 18.5 percent of his …

Rossi: The series that will define these Pirates

By Rob Rossi
Most people get it wrong about Neil Walker. Way wrong. So wrong that maybe we’ve all missed the point. Yes, Walker is a Pittsburgh kid …

Pirates hold on to beat Red Sox, complete 3-game sweep at PNC

By Rob Biertempfel
A little luck and a good bounce helped Pirates closer Mark Melancon nail down his 30th save of the season Thursday in a 3-2 victory …

Pirates notebook: Bucs batters seeing doubles

By Karen Price
Since the All-Star break, the Pirates lead all National League teams with 187 extra-base hits and rank fourth in the league overall this season with …

Stats speak: Sliders stand between Pirates, playoffs

By David Golebiewski
With the postseason approaching, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pirates are playing vastly different brands of baseball. The Brewers led the National League Central for 159 days, but a second-half tailspin has left them with just an 11 percent chance …

Friday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• More than merely snagging a postseason bid, the Brewers are trying to avoid what could be one of the biggest collapses in MLB history. Since the start of division play in 1969, only four teams missed the playoffs after …

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MLB

MLB notebook: Braves GM Wren faces uncertain future

By The Associated Press
• Braves general manager Frank Wren doesn’t know what the immediate  future holds for him and his struggling team.  Atlanta was eliminated from the playoff race on Sunday after falling 14½ games behind in the standings earlier this season. Wren, …