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Pirates manage to stumble on the bases in bid for sweep of Giants

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — It was a momentary lapse in concentration, a stupid mistake. When Travis Snider forgot how many runners were on base in the sixth inning Wednesday, it triggered a momentum-shifting baserunning gaffe. The Pirates stumbled to a 7-5 …

Pirates fall short in bid for Lester, who’s traded to Oakland

By Rob Biertempfel
PHOENIX -- The Pirates wound up among the losers in the Jon Lester sweepstakes Thursday morning, as the ace left-hander was dealt to the Oakland A’s about six hours before the non-roster trading deadline. In the deal, which was first …

Rossi: Pirates must land Lester

By Rob Rossi
Get him. That’s really all this is about. It’s what could change everything. The Pirates’ pursuit of Boston pitcher Jon Lester is more than just …

Pirates notebook: Trade rumors for Red Sox pitcher Lester still swirling

By Rob Biertempfel
SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates continued to pursue Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester on Wednesday but so far have failed to consummate a deal. …

Thursday’s scouting report: Pirates at Diamondbacks

By Tribune-Review
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 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 …

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 …

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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 …