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Struggling Pirates SS Mercer finding himself out on infield’s left side

By Bill West
At the beginning of this season, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer received a small Superman action figure from a young fan in Oklahoma. That toy, which reminds Mercer of his home state, sat prominently on the top shelf of Mercer’s clubhouse locker ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Mets, May 22, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates vs. Mets 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.40) vs. Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18) NEXT UP 4:05 p.m. Saturday: ...

Mauer’s 13th-inning homer spells doom for Pirates in home loss

By Bill West
Left with sizable messes to clean up on consecutive nights, the Pirates’ bullpen performed exceptionally during the two-game home series with the Minnesota Twins. But both ...

Rossi: Hurdle needs better players, not blame

By Rob Rossi
Possession being nine-tenths of the law, whoever actually has that baseball Pedro Alvarez bombed into a boat should probably be allowed to keep it. But ...

Pirates notebook: Marte gets earful from Hurdle about lazy play

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte was taken to the woodshed after making a lazy play in Tuesday’s loss against the Minnesota Twins. Manager Clint Hurdle had ...

Alvarez’s homer into river not enough for Pirates in loss to Twins

By Rob Biertempfel
For a while, it was too difficult to make the call. As a debate raged in the stands and on social media, the play-by-play announcers ...

Improved Tabata rejoins Pirates roster

By Bill West
The prodigal son of the Pirates outfield, Jose Tabata, returned to the confines of PNC Park on Tuesday after opening the 2015 season as a ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins, May 20, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates vs. Twins 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey ...

Pace-of-play rules are catching on with Pirates this season

By Travis Sawchik
There is less time spent thinking outside the box in baseball this season. There is less adjusting of batting gloves, fewer practice swings and less ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins, May 19, 2015

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates vs. Twins 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 2.96) vs. Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-1, 6.38) next up 7:05 p.m. ...

Burnett’s strong start helps Pirates end 4-game skid

By Travis Sawchik
CHICAGO — A.J. Burnett, dubbed the “old bull” by manager Clint Hurdle, has learned some new tricks, helping him make history and tame the young ...

Pirates notebook: Kang earns more time at shortstop

By Travis Sawchik
CHICAGO — Pirates officials always said they envisioned Jung Ho Kang emerging as an everyday player. They were just not sure when or where that ...

Pirates minor league report: Moroff showing his moves at plate

By Bill West
Altoona second baseman Max Moroff promised to add something truly distinctive to his batting stance and batter’s box routine if he ascends to the ranks ...

Starting 9: Should Pirates maximize McCutchen window by trading for a star?

By Travis Sawchik
Arm over bat? 1. Troy Tulowitzki could be placed on the trading block, according to various reports. Interestingly, in separate articles last week, Fangraphs.com and the New York Post speculated the Pirates would be a fit for Rockies’ star shortstop. ...

Biertempfel: Pirates are music to Price’s ears

By Bye_sclbrob Biertempfel
Twenty-five years ago this August, Pittsburgh soul singer Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band played their farewell show at Graffiti, the legendary nightclub in ...

Streaking Cubs defeat punchless Pirates, 4-1

By Travis Sawchik
CHICAGO — Andrew McCutchen was powerless. McCutchen stood in the right-handed batter’s box at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-1 ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Rose’s role at All-Star Game remains undetermined

By The Associated Press
• Pete Rose’s role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after learning of his other obligations. Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will …