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Pirates grind out extra-inning win against testy Tigers

By Bill West 1:35 a.m.
DETROIT — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle planned to rest Josh Harrison for Tuesday’s game. “Go put your wheels back on,” Hurdle jokingly requested. As it turned out, Harrison needed those wheels to end a game in which two offenses remained in ruts. During ...

Pirates notebook: Cervelli gets 1st career DH start

By Bill West
Even though he hit better than .300 in his 162 plate appearances with New York last season, Francisco Cervelli knew no one would confuse him ...

Gameday: Pirates at Detroit, July 1, 2015

By Bill West 12:01 a.m.
Today at Tigers 7:08 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit. TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (6-3, 2.01) at Tigers RHP Alfredo Simon (7-4, 3.57) next up ...

Starkey: Cervelli’s inspiration

By Joe Starkey
It shouldn’t be surprising that the Chinese characters on Francisco Cervelli’s tattoos — the ones on his left shoulder — are translated as such: “Mother. ...

Pirates hope 1st baseman Alvarez starts to regain power stroke

By Travis Sawchik
During batting practice Wednesday before a game against the Cincinnati Reds, Pedro Alvarez hit balls where no other player could hit them, including one easy ...

Gameday: Pirates at Tigers, June 30, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
TUESDAY Pirates at Tigers 7:08 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (11-3, 2.16) vs. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (0-1, 6.17) Next up ...

Late rally falls short, as Pirates can’t complete sweep of Braves

By Rob Biertempfel
Hypnotized for six innings Sunday by Atlanta Braves left-hander Alex Wood, the Pirates finally created a good scoring chance in the seventh. Singles by Andrew McCutchen ...

Pirates notebook: Power shortage continues, Tabata designated for assignment

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates’ power outage continued Sunday with another listless offensive effort in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. With the Pirates down 2-0 and ...

McCutchen’s 1st-inning exit with injury mars Pirates’ victory over Braves

By Travis Sawchik
PNC Park went silent when Andrew McCutchen made a left turn to the dugout instead of a right turn to first base Saturday during the ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Braves, June 28, 2015

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates vs. Braves 1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 4.73) vs. Braves LHP Alex Wood (4-5, 3.44) NEXT UP Monday: Off ...

Starting 9: First base continues to prove problematic for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
1. Over the past two-plus seasons, the Pirates have had varying strengths and weaknesses, but one constant has been their struggles at first base. First base traditionally has been the top run-producing position in the sport, but the Pirates’ production ...

Finally healthy, former 1st-rounder Joe finding his way

By Bill West
More than a year into his pro baseball career, Connor Joe realizes a multitude of questions remain about even his most basic skills. Joe, taken ...

Pirates notebook: Shortstops Mercer, Simmons effective with contrasting styles

By Bill West
Leaving second base in the fourth inning of Friday’s win over Atlanta, Jordy Mercer got a clear look at the diving stop in shallow left ...

Biertempfel: Pirates’ Burnett makes pitch for All-Star Game in final season

By Rob Biertempfel
The day before A.J. Burnett is scheduled to pitch always means flat-ground work, mostly throwing and running. Last Wednesday, under a bright summer sun, Burnett ...

Mercer’s walk-off hit gives Pirates 10-inning victory over Braves

By Rob Biertempfel
Jordy Mercer knew what to expect Friday when he saw Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli on the mound in the 10th inning. With the score tied ...

Pirates notebook: Reliever Guerra finally reaches majors as Scahill goes on DL

By Bill West
Fatigued from all-night travel to cap a seven-day road trip that included stops in Charlotte, N.C., and Lawrenceville, Ga., right-handed reliever Deolis Guerra found an ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Phillies interim manager Mackanin to finish out season

By The Associated Press
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin will stay on for the rest of the season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. Mackanin took over last Friday after manager Ryne Sandberg resigned. At 27-51, the Phillies had the worst record in …