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Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates

By Rob Biertempfel
Gerrit Cole scuffled in the first three innings Sunday, and the Cleveland Indians built a three-run lead. The Pirates right-hander stomped on the mound, clearly vexed. It looked bleak for the Pirates in the fourth, when left fielder Starling Marte was ...

Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured

By Bill West
Though wary of what he describes as “overchurning” lineups, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle portrayed the reacquisition of journeyman Travis Ishikawa on Sunday as a positive ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Padres, July 6, 2015

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

McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs

By Travis Sawchik
In the Pirates clubhouse last Sunday, a large square bandage adhered to Andrew McCutchen’s left arm just above his elbow, concealing where he absorbed a ...

Locke pitches 8 scoreless innings as Pirates edge Indians

By Rob Biertempfel
Jeff Locke was so good Saturday, he made Pirates manager Clint Hurdle second-guess himself. Over eight innings, Locke tossed the finest outing of his Pirates career. ...

Starting 9: Pirates missing out on young bat

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates could use Sano 1. For a few more dollars more, Miguel Sano perhaps could have been a Pirate. In 2009, the Minnesota Twins beat out the Pirates in a controversial courtship of one the best prospects to come out ...

Pirates minor league report: Ramirez more mindful while at plate

By Bill West
By almost every measure, Harold Ramirez has improved from season to season within the Pirates farm system since signing as a free agent out of ...

Pirates trust eye test when voting for all-stars

By Bill West
Just minutes after he received his ballot for the All-Star Game’s National League roster on June 26, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer settled into a chair at his locker and spent a good chunk of pregame time pondering his options. He consulted ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 5, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Today vs. Indians 1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Indians RHP Danny Salazar (7-3, 3.80) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (11-3, 2.20) next up Monday, ...

Biertempfel: Loss of All-Star paper ballots a blow to nostalgia

By Rob Biertempfel
Tucked away in a corner of my basement is a dusty, black footlocker crammed full of odds and ends I’ve picked up at ballgames over ...

Pirates can’t overcome long rain delay, Indians in interleague setback

By Travis Sawchik
During a two-hour, eight-minute rain delay Friday night, a cheer arose at 10:50 p.m. in a soaked, mostly empty PNC Park. The few hardy souls ...

Pirates notebook: Taillon headed for surgery, Richard traded

By Travis Sawchik
Jameson Taillon is facing a second straight lost season. The Pirates announced Friday the right-handed pitching prospect, the No. 2 overall pick from the 2010 ...

Gorman: Barnstorming tour bigger than baseball

By Kevin Gorman
The Anderson Monarchs arrived in a 1947 Clipper bus wearing Philadelphia Stars Negro Leagues uniforms, a throwback to baseball’s barnstorming days. Off stepped Mo’ne Davis, ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 4, 2015

By Bill West
Pirates vs. Indians 4:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Indians RHP Cody Anderson (1-0, 0.57) vs. Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (4-4, 4.55) NEXT ...

Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers

By Bill West
DETROIT — Pirates starter Francisco Liriano watched the first pitch he fired toward home plate Thursday afternoon, a 91 mph fastball, boom off the bat ...

Shaken by economic, political turmoil, MLB forsaking Venezuela

By Bill West
Signed as a 16-year-old by the New York Mets in 2005, Deolis Guerra spent his first year of professional baseball in the comforting confines of ...

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MLB notebook: Yankees to donate $150K to charity for A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball

By Tribune-Review
Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At …