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Pirates bow meekly to Reds, suffer 5th consecutive loss

By Travis Sawchik 1:25 a.m.
Gerrit Cole sat on the bench in the Pirates’ dugout, muttering and shaking his head in frustration. Pitching coach Ray Searage, seated to his right, was a silent sounding board. It was the middle of the fifth, and Cole ...

Coonelly: McCutchen’s struggles not related to bouts of left knee inflammation

By Rob Biertempfel 1:25 a.m.
Andrew McCutchen has had two bouts with left knee inflammation since the offseason, but he has told the Pirates the condition is not the reason ...

Pirates notebook: Lombardozzi gets called up; Lambo hits DL

By Bill West 12:11 a.m.
Twice before in his career, first in 2011 and again in ’14, Steve Lombardozzi received the news that he’d ascend from Triple-A baseball to the ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, May 7, 2015

By Travis Sawchik 12:11 a.m.
did you know? • Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run, coming at the Polo Grounds in New York against the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox. • Bryce Harper, 22, became the third-youngest ...

Pirates’ offense still stuck in a rut during setback to Reds at PNC

By Travis Sawchik
Something remains very wrong with the Pirates’  bats and, in particular, Andrew McCutchen.   In a series-opening 7-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday at PNC ...

Rossi: Not too early to go with Kang

By Rob Rossi
Even while granting that a baseball club cannot be judged, let alone dismissed, as a pennant contender before contesting many more than the 26th of ...

Pirates notebook: Hurdle has full confidence in McCutchen’s knee

By Bill West
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen might have done manager Clint Hurdle a favor if he had waited until about now to cut off his famous ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, May 6, 2015

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates vs. Reds 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 (4-0, 1.76) vs. Reds RHP Mike Leake (1-1, 3.03) NEXT UP 7:05 p.m. Thursday: ...

Pirates pitcher Cole climbing list with each consecutive win

By Rob Biertempfel
Over the past century, only 17 Pirates starting pitchers have gotten victories in eight or more consecutive decisions. Three of them — A.J. Burnett, Jeff ...

Starkey: Pirates’ trade of Snider still reeks

By Joe Starkey
It might seem pointless to bring up the dead horse that is the Travis Snider trade. Problem is, that horse keeps jolting to life ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, May 5, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates vs. Reds 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM Probable pitchers: Reds RHP Michael Lorenzen (0-1, 5.40) vs. Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (2-1, 4.76) NEXT UP Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.: Reds RHP Mike Leake (1-1, 3.03) vs. ...

Pirates suffer 3rd straight walk-off loss in St. Louis in 14 innings

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — Not even a pair of late-inning home runs could save the Pirates from another gut-punch defeat Sunday at Busch Stadium. Jung Ho Kang ...

Pirates notebook: Lack of clutch hits strands offense

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — A ballclub has got to be pretty good to put 19 men on base. It has to be pretty bad to strand ...

Biertempfel: Despite Wainwright injury, Cardinals still considered favorite in NL Central

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS Dan O’Dowd imagined the reaction behind closed doors at PNC Park and Wrigley Field last week when the St. Louis Cardinals announced pitcher ...

Sawchik: Should Pirates be concerned about their defense?

By Travis Sawchik
Up-the-middle alarm 1. A key reason the Pirates ended a 20-year losing spell and made back-to-back playoff appearances during the past two seasons is defensive prowess. According to defensive runs saved, which evaluates how many batted balls defenders convert to ...

Pirates minor league report: Curve wait for rotation adversity

By Bill West
While others celebrate the ERA of the Altoona Curve’s starting rotation through the first month of the season, Curve pitching coach Jason Meccage waits for the arrival of rougher outings. He’s not a pessimist. Meccage just places great importance on the ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Verlander given OK to resume throwing

By Tribune-Review 12:11 a.m.
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing. Verlander has been sidelined since the start of the season because of a strained right triceps. “This is a first step,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. The club …