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Pirates notebook: Martin feels ‘pretty good,’ will start vs. Giants

By Rob Biertempfel
The last thing catcher Russell Martin wanted was for a Wiffle ball injury that happened more than eight months ago to prevent him from playing in the National League wild-card game. Martin spent a month on the disabled list and …

Pirates notebook: Nutting says team may ‘stretch’ for Martin

By Rob Biertempfel 7:53 p.m.
Owner Bob Nutting can’t promise the Pirates will re-sign Russell Martin, but Nutting did say he won’t pinch pennies to try to get it done …

Volquez latest rehabbed arm to get ball on big stage for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
No one wanted Edinson Volquez in the offseason. Now the Pirates are giving him the ball in the biggest moment of the year. General manager …

Harrison’s ‘magic’ has helped to carry Pirates into MLB’s postseason

By Karen Price
In Josh Harrison’s childhood home in Cincinnati, the long hallway that led from the front door to the kitchen was much more than just a …

Rossi: Pirates plan to carry Hurdle deep into playoffs

By Rob Rossi
Two months into the baseball season, Neil Walker had seen enough of his manager’s daily struggle. The Pirates might not get this call, he thought, …

Scouting report: Giants at Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
Player who kills the Pirates: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has eight at bats against the Pirates this year, and he has five hits — good for a robust small-sample .625 batting average — a homer and three RBIs. The …

Pittsburgh rises up for a 2nd year of Pirates magic

By Chris Togneri
Perhaps the Pirates’ renewed popularity is best measured in ink. “Definitely more Pirates-related stuff now,” said tattoo artist Seth Aaron Moritz, who works at In …

20 improbable Pirates wins in 2014

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle started watching baseball back when the Beatles first toured the United States. He  appeared in more than 2,300 games as a …

Mercer’s improved defense at shortstop gives Pirates a boost

By Travis Sawchik
Jordy Mercer was alone. It was just over a year ago in late September at PNC Park, and there was not a player in the …

It’s official: Volquez to start Wednesday for Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
As expected, the Pirates on Monday officially tabbed Edinson Volquez to start against the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game at 8 …

Inside the decision: Pirates chose their own adventure

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — After Saturday’s loss and before the St. Louis Cardinals took the field in Arizona later that evening, the Pirates clubhouse door was closed …

Pitcher Cueto, Reds dash Pirates’ division title hopes in finale

By Rob Biertempfel
CINCINNATI — On the final day of the regular season, the Pirates were playing for a possible division title and an automatic berth in the …

Rossi: No matter outcome, Pirates arrive

By Rob Rossi
CINCINNATI The Pirates lost Sunday, wasting a gem from arguably their best pitcher, leaving him unavailable for an elimination-postseason game at home against an opponent …

Pirates rally planned for Market Square

By Tribune-Review
Allegheny County, Pittsburgh and PNC Bank will sponsor a rally in Market Square at noon Tuesday to celebrate the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second postseason appearance in a row in Wednesday’s wild card game. The Pirates will face the San Francisco Giants …

Pirates notebook: Reds deny intent after Cueto plunks McCutchen

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — Even on the last day of the regular season, the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have yet to reach a cease-fire agreement regarding hit batters. And it was Andrew McCutchen who again was targeted. With two outs in the …

Do Pirates have what it takes to end World Series drought?

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — Epic Collapses I and II are distant memories. The Pirates ended a 20-year stretch of losing last season and this week clinched back-to-back …

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MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Wacha relegated to bullpen for NLDS

By Tribune-Review 8:22 p.m.
• Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the Cardinals’ bullpen for the NL division series. “I was kind of expecting it,” Wacha said Wednesday after a 40-minute workout at Busch Stadium. …