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Martin’s homer rescues Pirates in 4-2 victory over Brewers

By Travis Sawchik
Last September at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Russell Martin thrust his right arm triumphantly into the air, proof he had held onto the ball for the final out in a play at the plate. The out secured the Pirates’ first …

Pirates notebook: Worley raring to go after skipping last start

By Karen Price 7:44 p.m.
Vance Worley spent the week in a holding pattern after he was pulled from the rotation in favor of Charlie Morton, but with Morton’s sports …

Sunday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

By Tribune-Review 7:44 p.m.
• Charlie Morton’s ongoing struggle with a sports hernia opened a spot for Vance Worley to move back into the starting rotation, probably for the rest of the regular season. Worley’s last start was 11 days ago in Philadelphia, when …

Pirates notebook: Morton scratched from Sunday’s start

By Karen Price
Charlie Morton isn’t ready to say his season is over, but the right-hander will not make his scheduled Sunday start after his hernia flared up …

Saturday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• The Brewers have one of the most aggressive lineups in baseball which means Edinson Volquez might do well to lean more on his changeup. Volquez is throwing his changeup at a career-low rate, on just 18.5 percent of his …

Rossi: The series that will define these Pirates

By Rob Rossi
Most people get it wrong about Neil Walker. Way wrong. So wrong that maybe we’ve all missed the point. Yes, Walker is a Pittsburgh kid …

Pirates hold on to beat Red Sox, complete 3-game sweep at PNC

By Rob Biertempfel
A little luck and a good bounce helped Pirates closer Mark Melancon nail down his 30th save of the season Thursday in a 3-2 victory …

Pirates notebook: Bucs batters seeing doubles

By Karen Price
Since the All-Star break, the Pirates lead all National League teams with 187 extra-base hits and rank fourth in the league overall this season with …

Stats speak: Sliders stand between Pirates, playoffs

By David Golebiewski
With the postseason approaching, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pirates are playing vastly different brands of baseball. The Brewers led the National League Central for 159 days, but a second-half tailspin has left them with just an 11 percent chance …

Friday’s scouting report: Brewers at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• More than merely snagging a postseason bid, the Brewers are trying to avoid what could be one of the biggest collapses in MLB history. Since the start of division play in 1969, only four teams missed the playoffs after …

Pirates hit 3 HRs in rout of Red Sox

By Rob Biertempfel
Excitement over the Pirates’ 81st victory of the season? That is so 2013. Last year, there was a lot of buzz when the Pirates got …

Pirates notebook: Castillo’s debut underscores challenges in Cuban market

By Travis Sawchik
Cuban product Rusney Castillo made his major league debut for the Red Sox on Wednesday at PNC Park, batting seventh and playing center field alongside …

Starkey: Two amazing Pirates fans

By Joe Starkey
As the sports world explodes around us, let’s go to a good place. Let’s go to Section 139 at PNC Park, behind and slightly to …

Thursday’s scouting report: Red Sox at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• SS/3B Xander Bogaerts had a .304 average in early June, then hit just .147 with an ugly .405 OPS in 63 games through the end of August. Over the past two weeks, Bogaerts has showed signs he’s pulling out …

Morton, Pirates blank Red Sox in series opener

By Rob Biertempfel
After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that’s still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday …

Pirates notebook: Hurdle quiet on rotation plans

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Tuesday it is too early for the Pirates to begin thinking about how to juggle their pitching rotation for …

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MLB notebook: Umpire West suspended 1 game

By Tribune-Review
• Umpire Joe West was suspended for one game without pay for grabbing the jersey of Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre said in a statement Wednesday that West “admitted that there was a better way …