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Burnett’s stellar start paves way for Pirates’ victory over Diamondbacks

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX — A little help for A.J. Burnett, please? Over Burnett’s first three starts this season, the Pirates scored an average of 1.33 runs. That ranked the right-hander 80th among 83 National League starting pitchers in run support. Using guile and a ...

Pirates’ Cole reinforces status as emerging ace

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX — Gerrit Cole, the emerging ace of the Pirates’ starting rotation, did his best work when it mattered most Friday in a 4-1 victory ...

Biertempfel: Observations from a day at the ballpark

By Rob Biertempfel 11:46 a.m.
Things sometimes happen during a baseball game that don’t make it into the next day’s newspaper, usually due to time or space constraints. Those events ...

Sawchik: Young Cubs could threaten for foreseeable future

By Travis Sawchik
The Cubs Way Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes his club has an American League-type lineup, a powerful lineup, and it’s a batting order that’s been under construction for years. The Cubs have had four top-10 draft picks since 2011. ...

Bradenton outfielder Barnes burdened by his body

By Bill West
Barrett Barnes misses the days when, like most players in their early 20s, he arrived at a ballpark with an air of care-free invincibility. For at least the next several months, the 23-year-old Barnes’ pursuit of a meaningful and ...

Pirates notebook: Miffed Melancon finds success, will stick with his routine

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX — After blowing a two-run lead Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, closer Mark Melancon was perfect in his next two save opportunities. After tossing his second straight 1-2-3 inning on Friday, Melancon again was miffed by some of ...

Gameday: Pirates at Diamondbacks, April 26, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates at Diamondbacks 4:10 p.m. Chase Field, Phoenix TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 3.00) vs. Diamondbacks RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.58) NEXT UP 8:05 p.m. Monday: Pirates ...

Cole shuts down Diamondbacks as Pirates open road trip with victory

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX — Gerrit Cole can’t remember the last time he lost a game. The longest active winning streak in the majors stayed alive Friday as Cole ...

Pirates look to continue success in cross-country trips

By 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 Harrison in his mission to fight off sleep when the team plane landed in Phoenix ...

Pirates notebook: McCutchen unfazed by return to Arizona

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX — Andrew McCutchen said he did not feel a chill Friday when he walked into Chase Field for the first time since being injured ...

Gameday: Pirates at Diamondbacks, April 25, 2015

By 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, 2.00) vs. Diamondbacks RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-1, 6.00) NEXT UP 4:10 p.m. Sunday: ...

Polanco, bullpen come up clutch as Pirates capture win over Cubs

By Bill West
As teammates and clubhouse attendants scrambled around him to organize and pack bags for more than a week’s worth of away games, outfielder Gregory Polanco ...

Pirates notebook: Marte, McCutchen out of starting lineup in series finale

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates outfielders Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen didn’t start Thursday against the Cubs. Marte was hit on the right hand by a pitch Wednesday. X-rays were ...

Gameday: Pirates at Diamondbacks, April 24, 2015

By 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: ...

Pitchers Worley, Watson work out of jams to help Pirates knock off Cubs

By Travis Sawchik
Wednesday marked a night of great escapes, bracketing a snow squall, in the Pirates’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. The win ...

Pirates notebook: No demotion for closer Melancon

By 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 ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Rangers, Angels work on deal for Hamilton

By Wire Reports
Fox Sports reported the Rangers are working on a trade with the Angels to reacquire outfielder Josh Hamilton. MLB.com reported the Rangers are close to completing a deal for Hamilton, and he could begin baseball activities with Texas next week. …