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Pitcher Cueto shuts down Pirates as Reds cruise to victory at PNC

By Rob Biertempfel
This time, Johnny Cueto didn’t drop the ball. For the second time in a week, the Pirates were unable to muster any offense against Cueto. The right-hander allowed only three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rolled to a 4-1 victory. …

Pirates notebook: MLB metes out suspensions

By Travis Sawchik
Punishment for Sunday’s brawl was handed out by Major League Baseball on Tuesday as four players involved were issued suspensions. For the Pirates, Travis Snider …

Walker’s 9th-inning single pushes Pirates to a victory over rival Reds

By Rob Biertempfel
There was more thunder Monday night by the Pirates’ bats. Ike Davis cracked his bat as he yanked a grand slam over the Clemente Wall …

Pirates notebook: Rodriguez placed on DL, Hughes promoted

By Travis Sawchik
Perhaps a significant contributing factor to Wandy Rodriguez’s struggles was identified Monday as the club placed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list with right …

3 ejected after Pirates, Brewers brawl

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was in the center of everything Sunday, including a third-inning brawl. Cole allowed just one run over a career-high eight …

Pirates pitcher Cole’s strong outing wasted in 14-inning loss at home

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates left their 3-2, extra-innings loss to the Brewers on Sunday literally bloodied. A third-inning Easter brawl left Travis Snider with a cut below …

Pirates notebook: Hurdle standing behind Grilli

By Travis Sawchik
On Saturday in the ninth inning, Pirates closer Jason Grilli elevated a fastball Ryan Braun smashed for a home run resulting in a blown save. …

Scouting Pirates-Reds matchup

By Tribune-Review
X-factors Pirates reporter TravisSawchik’sinside look at Monday’s game: • Francisco Liriano dominated the lefty-heavy Reds last season but lost in his last outing in Cincinnati last week, allowing a pivotal two-run homer to lefty slugger Joey Votto. While Liriano was …

Bunting has become baseball’s forgotten weapon

By Travis Sawchik
Starling Marte and Billy Hamilton share a problem. With so few prototypical leadoff hitters, Marte and Hamilton have been forced to their respective lineup’s No. …

Pair of Braun homers spells defeat for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates like Ike. They are hoping to have better feelings soon regarding some key members of their pitching staff. A day after the Pirates …

Davis embraces new opportunity with Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
Ike Davis and his luggage arrived in the PNC Park clubhouse just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A white, No. 15 jersey hung from his empty …

Biertempfel: Kendall’s book offers inside look at life in majors

By Rob Biertempfel
Since Jason Kendall retired in July 2012 after 15 years as catcher in the major leagues, he has taken on a few new job titles. …

Stats Corner: Pirates’ Volquez cruising through innings

By David Golebiewski
Since his All-Star rookie season with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, Edinson Volquez has been a model of pitching inefficiency. The right-hander has the second-highest career walk rate (4.68 per nine innings) among active pitchers tossing 800-plus frames, besting only …

Bucco Blog: Travis Sawchik

By Tribune-Review
Ike Davis has a career .828 OPS against right-handed pitching. That’s the key number. Pair that production with Gaby Sanchez‘s excellent numbers against left-handed pitching and the Pirates should have a platoon that effectively gives them above-average production from first …

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MLB notebook: Harvey photo flap causes him to shut down Twitter account

By The Associated Press
The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace has shut down his Twitter account. Harvey confirms he posted a photo Tuesday …


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