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Pirates inquire about Red Sox LHP Lester

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — With the NL Central title up for grabs, the Pirates have touched base with the Red Sox about a possible trade for left-hander Jon Lester, an industry source told the Tribune-Review on Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, …

Thursday’s scouting report: Pirates at Diamondbacks

By Tribune-Review 3:39 p.m.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt shared the league HR crown last season, but he’s also a doubles machine. Entering Wednesday’s games, Goldschmidt led the majors with 39 two-baggers. Goldschmidt, who had 43 doubles in 2012, is on the verge of …

Pirates’ Alvarez continues to sit, work on throwing woes

By Rob Biertempfel 2:39 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball old-timers call it “The Thing” — a maddening and often sudden inability to throw the ball accurately from Points A to B. It destroyed the careers of pitcher Steve Blass and catcher Mackey Sasser. The Thing …

Starkey: Would one big move kill Pirates’ future?

By Joe Starkey
Let’s explore the ridiculous notion that going “all in” — trading choice prospects for a short-term player this year, next year or any year — …

Liriano, Pirates beat Giants, inch closer to lead in NL Central

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — Left-hander Francisco Liriano continued his second-half turnaround Tuesday as the Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants, 3-1. Liriano (3-7) has won back-to-back …

Pirates think Mercer’s defense deserves more credit

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — It almost was as if Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer and second baseman Neil Walker were able to defy the laws of physics. …

Pirates’ Worley tosses 4-hit shutout vs. Giants

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — It could be just a coincidence that Gerrit Cole’s rehab starts line up with Vance Worley’s turn in the Pirates’ starting rotation. …

Pirates expect high prices in trade market

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — Any team that wants to make a significant move before Thursday’s non-waiver trading deadline must be willing to pay a hefty price. …

Pirates notebook: Mercer welcomes chance in No. 2 spot

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — Although Monday was only the second time this season Jordy Mercer batted second in the lineup, the Pirates shortstop is familiar with …

Pirates avert sweep with 7-5 victory over Rockies

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Josh Harrison was the star of the Pirates’ 7-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He slammed the game-winning homer off reliever Rex …

Pirates notebook: Hurdle, Huntington on same page

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington vowed last Sunday he would not trade too much of the Pirates’ promising future for two months of …

Pirates drop 2nd straight game against Rockies

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — In two games on the High Plains, the Pirates pitchers have made Coors Field look like Coors Field. The Pirates bats have made …

Alvarez held out of starting lineup for 3rd straight game

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was not in the starting lineup for a third straight game Saturday and he has not started in the …

Thinking outside box slows pace of MLB games

By Travis Sawchik
On May 11, the Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in the first ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” game in PNC Park history. The near-sellout crowd …

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MLB notebook: Reeling Reds get more bad news

By Wire Reports
Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list before the second game of a series against the Diamondbacks. The team did not provide details to honor Bruce’s privacy. Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami. The …