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Pirates trade Snider to Orioles for minor league pitcher

By Rob Biertempfel
Confident with their outfield depth — and perhaps eyeing a significant roster addition in the near future — the Pirates on Tuesday dealt Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a prospect to be ...

Starkey: What are Penguins, Pirates up to?

By Joe Starkey
The worst time to judge a trade is the immediate aftermath as reaction normally runs hard in one of two directions: 1. Greatest thing that ...

Pirates shift times on 5 games, including rescheduling 2 fireworks nights

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates on Thursday announced new starting times for five home games in the 2015 season. First pitch for the July 12 game against the St. Louis Cardinals was moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” This …

Pirates SS prospect Tucker making progress after thumb surgery

By Rob Biertempfel
Shortstop Cole Tucker, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick last year, had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. ...

For Pirates, NL Central test just got tougher

By Rob Biertempfel
It wasn’t long ago that nobody was afraid of the National League Central. The division was a pushover from 2007 to ’10, when its teams earned ...

Pirates officially sign Korean shortstop Kang

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates announced the signing of Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang on Friday, an acquisition carrying upside and the unknown along with fascinating short- and ...

Korean star Kang could be financial windfall for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
Signing shortstop Jung Ho Kang gives the Pirates a new on-the-field asset, but the addition of the Korean star also might open markets for the ...

Pirates sign 9 to yearlong deals; 3 going to arbitration

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates hammered out one-year contracts Friday with nine players, but they are headed toward salary arbitration hearings with three others. Third baseman Josh Harrison ...

Pirates’ reaction mixed to the news of pitch clock in minor leagues

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — There were mixed reactions in the Pirates clubhouse Thursday to reports that a pitch clock will be implemented this season at the ...

Pirates notebook: For Holdzkom, a whole new world

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Most ballplayers gauge their success by how many levels in the minor leagues they climb from one year to the next. Reliever ...

Kang says he ‘can play better’ than Pirates current SS Mercer

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — In his first season as starting shortstop, Jordy Mercer last year led the Pirates in games played. He put up solid numbers ...

Pirates starting pitcher Morton fine-tunes his delivery after surgery

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — While all the other pitchers at Pirates minicamp threw long toss on a nearby field Tuesday morning, Charlie Morton toiled in the ...

Pirates’ voluntary minicamp opens up without Pedro Alvarez

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez was not at Pirate City on Monday morning for the start of four days of voluntary workout sessions. That’s not unusual, ...

Pirates notebook: Kang deal could be completed by Friday

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Free-agent infielder Jung-ho Kang will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday to be examined by Pirates doctors. Amid reports the two sides have reached a contract agreement, a source close to the situation told the Tribune-Review the deal ...

Pirates’ Burnett aims to defy age curve

By Travis Sawchik
A.J. Burnett began thinking about returning to the Pirates last season. When the Philadelphia Phillies and Pirates seasons intersected, Burnett told his former teammates how ...

Pirates notebook: Pirates, Korean star close on deal

By Travis Sawchik
Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang and the Pirates are close to agreeing on contract terms, Kang’s agent said Friday. “Not done yet,” Alan Nero said. “Probably mid ...

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Hall-of-famer Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

By Chicago Tribune
Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first black player on Sept. …