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Pirates willing to consider high salary to keep star McCutchen

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — When Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed his $325 million contract in the offseason, it shook the financial landscape of baseball. The aftershocks will be felt in the Pirates front office when the club eventually decides whether to ...

Pirates notebook: Nutting expects club to win division title

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — With his club coming off back-to-back postseason appearances, chairman Bob Nutting expects the Pirates to win the National League Central this season. “We ...

Pirates looking at ways to make McCutchen’s off days more productive

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen might want to keep an eye on how much playing time the Golden State Warriors give guard Stephen Curry this ...

Pirates notebook: Mercer gains celebrity in Kang’s home country

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang’s presence in camp has made Jordy Mercer a bit of celebrity ... in South Korea. Korean media here to cover ...

Team interaction important to Pirates veteran pitcher Burnett

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Despite his brash reputation, Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is usually a rather quiet guy in the clubhouse. Video of Burnett yelling, “Sit ... ...

Pirates adding significant improvements to PNC Park

By Tom Fontaine
The Pittsburgh Pirates are making the most significant improvements to PNC Park since the North Shore stadium opened in 2001. The plan includes adding two bars, ...

Pirates notebook: Team has big plans for newcomer Kang

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Infielder Jung Ho Kang will begin his big league career as a utility player, but the Pirates do not plan on him ...

Pirates ready to prove they have best outfield in baseball

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates will open the season with three outfielders who all should be in place for the next several years. It’s not ...

The Starting Nine: Silver linings for Alvarez

By Travis Sawchik
“The Starting Nine” is a weekly feature comprising quick-hit thoughts and analysis on the Pirates and MLB. This feature will appear every Sunday. 1. Something to build on? Hidden in Pedro Alvarez’s disaster of a 2014 were two encouraging ...

North Side start-up takes swing at mapping hitters

By Travis Sawchik
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is among those concerned by declining offense in the game. Run scoring has decreased in eight consecutive seasons with teams ...

Spring training crash course key for new Pirates catcher Cervelli

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — When Francisco Cervelli was trying to make his way as a rookie catcher with the New York Yankees, he was befriended by ...

Pirates notebook: Reliever Bastardo excited about new start

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Antonio Bastardo broke into the big leagues while the Philadelphia Phillies were in the midst of winning five straight National League East ...

Pirates notebook: Walker supports new pace of game rules

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Neil Walker, the Pirates’ players’ union representative, supported the pace-of-game initiatives that were announced Friday. The changes were approved by MLB, the union and the umpires. Batters will be required to keep at least one foot in the ...

Pirates’ Alvarez eager to prove he can play first, regain power stroke

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez accepts that he is no longer the Pirates’ everyday third baseman. When the team held its first official spring training ...

Pirates notebook: With roster mostly set, Hurdle stresses position versatility

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — After the first official spring training workout Thursday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle acknowledged the roster is almost set. “We have people in place ...

Majority of Pirates spring into action by arriving early for training camp

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Mike LaValliere remembers digging out of his snowy home in New Hampshire and making his way to Florida a day or two ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Angels’ Hamilton has disciplinary meeting with MLB

By From Wire Reports
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times’ initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. …