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Bumgarner quiets Blackout crowd with 4-hit shutout

By Travis Sawchik 1:12 a.m.
What was so striking was the silence. Just like last year’s prelude to the first postseason baseball game in Pittsburgh in two decades, Federal Street was a shoulder-to-shoulder party Wednesday evening. The decibels inside PNC Park increased as the Pirates’ …

Pirates’ Martin calls crowd chant ‘petty special’

By Rob Rossi 1:50 a.m.
Russell Martin hasn’t decided anything, but he heard Pirates fans loud and clear Wednesday night. “When they were chanting my name, that was pretty special,” Martin said of his at-bat in the ninth inning during which fans chanted “re-sign Russ!” …

Giants, Bumgarner shut out Pirates in wild-card game

By Rob Biertempfel 1:14 a.m.
Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez threw the pitch he wanted against the batter he absolutely had to retire. Sometimes, though, that is not enough. Brandon Crawford’s …

Rossi: Pirates can’t waste McCutchen’s prime

By Rob Rossi 12:51 a.m.
Pittsburgh is not alone among American cities in which great baseball players cast shadows. It’s just that Roberto Clemente, our “Great One,” has his own …

Giants’ Crawford makes history with slam

By Kevin Gorman 12:58 a.m.
The moment was expected to belong to San Francisco Giants stars such as Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval or Brandon Belt. Instead, that trio loaded the …

Ex-Pirate Tekulve: PNC Park reception ‘unbelievable’

By Kevin Gorman 12:58 a.m.
When Kent Tekulve took the PNC Park mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the National League wild-card game Wednesday, he couldn’t believe the moment. Not because it has been 35 years since he recorded the final out …

Pirates bow out of postseason in quiet fashion

By Chris Togneri
Tonight’s the night, part II. As they did last year, the Pirates will host a wild-card elimination game at PNC Park. Last year, a maniacal …

Pirates notebook: Nutting says team may ‘stretch’ for Martin

By Rob Biertempfel 12:58 a.m.
Owner Bob Nutting can’t promise the Pirates will re-sign Russell Martin, but Nutting did say he won’t pinch pennies to try to get it done …

Volquez latest rehabbed arm to get ball on big stage for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
No one wanted Edinson Volquez in the offseason. Now the Pirates are giving him the ball in the biggest moment of the year. General manager …

Harrison’s ‘magic’ has helped to carry Pirates into MLB’s postseason

By Karen Price
In Josh Harrison’s childhood home in Cincinnati, the long hallway that led from the front door to the kitchen was much more than just a …

Rossi: Pirates plan to carry Hurdle deep into playoffs

By Rob Rossi
Two months into the baseball season, Neil Walker had seen enough of his manager’s daily struggle. The Pirates might not get this call, he thought, …

Pirates notebook: Martin feels ‘pretty good,’ will start vs. Giants

By Rob Biertempfel
The last thing catcher Russell Martin wanted was for a Wiffle ball injury that happened more than eight months ago to prevent him from playing …

Scouting report: Giants at Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
Player who kills the Pirates: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has eight at bats against the Pirates this year, and he has five hits — good for a robust small-sample .625 batting average — a homer and three RBIs. The …

Pittsburgh rises up for a 2nd year of Pirates magic

By Chris Togneri
Perhaps the Pirates’ renewed popularity is best measured in ink. “Definitely more Pirates-related stuff now,” said tattoo artist Seth Aaron Moritz, who works at In …

20 improbable Pirates wins in 2014

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle started watching baseball back when the Beatles first toured the United States. He  appeared in more than 2,300 games as a …

Mercer’s improved defense at shortstop gives Pirates a boost

By Travis Sawchik
Jordy Mercer was alone. It was just over a year ago in late September at PNC Park, and there was not a player in the …

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MLB

MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Wacha relegated to bullpen for NLDS

By Tribune-Review 12:37 a.m.
• Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the Cardinals’ bullpen for the NL division series. “I was kind of expecting it,” Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. …