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Cueto gets best of Pirates, as Reds capture series from rival

By Travis Sawchik 7:36 a.m.
CINCINNATI — Francisco Liriano was the ultimate lefty silencer last season. He allowed just two extra-base hits to left-handers and held lefty hitters to a .321 OPS — the lowest all time for a left-handed pitcher who faced at least …

Pirates notebook: Walker’s razor a right-handed swing solution

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — When examining competing theories for a solution to a problem, sometimes the simpler choice is best. Neil Walker went into the offseason well …

Breaking down Thursday’s Pirates-Brewers game

By Travis Sawchik
X-factors Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik’sinside look at Thursday’s game: • Edinson Volquez has struggled mightily against two Brewers stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez has a career .353 average and three homers in 17 at-bats against Volquez. Ryan Braun has …

Pirates conclude wild suspended game with win, drop 2nd of series

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — Mike Leake and Gerrit Cole met once before. When Cole was a freshman at UCLA and Leake a junior at Pac-10 rival Arizona …

Pirates notebook: Wandy Rodriguez experiencing decline in fastball velocity

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — Wandy Rodriguez has hit a speed bump. Not only is the left-hander’s performance down, having allowed five home runs in 16 innings en …

Bad weather halts homer-filled game between Reds, Pirates

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — A bizarre and record-setting major league game beginning Monday will continue Tuesday at the Great American Ball Park. The Pirates became the third …

Polanco off to red-hot start at Triple-A Indianapolis

By Travis Sawchik
CINCINNATI — In the middle of March, Gregory Polanco was summoned to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s office in Bradenton, Fla., and was told he would …

Pirates gameday

By Tribune-Review

Pirates swept in Milwaukee, fall to .500 heading into Cincinnati

By Rob Biertempfel
MILWAUKEE — Neither starting pitcher made very many mistakes Sunday. However, the Milwaukee Brewers made the most of the few slip-ups they saw from Pirates …

Pirates notebook: Rivalry with Reds resumes

By Rob Biertempfel
MILWAUKEE — The Pirates and Cincinnati Reds will open a three-game series Monday at Great American Ball Park. It will be their first meeting since …

Brewers stop Pirates, 3-2, for 8th straight win

By Rob Biertempfel
MILWAUKEE — The Pirates gambled and lost Saturday when they tried to steal a run on a foul popup. The Milwaukee Brewers went on to …

One-time Bucs pitching prospect now a promising power hitter

By Bob Cohn
ALTOONA — Not long ago, Stetson Allie was a pitcher. “If you can call it pitching,” he said. It really wasn’t. Allie had a big, …

Biertempfel: Expect less yelling with MLB’s replay system

By Rob Biertempfel
MILWAUKEE Instant replay never will guarantee that every call in every game will be right, but baseball can live with that. It will lead to …

Pirates’ bats finding success looking other way

By Travis Sawchik
Pedro Alvarez’s first home run of the season left his bat with rare velocity, 107 mph, a 417-foot laser off a pitch from St. Louis …

Stats Corner: Pedro adds contact, patience to power game

By David Golebiewski
Pedro Alvarez launched 36 home runs last season, tying Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the National League lead and establishing a new single-season franchise record for a Pirates third baseman. Those bombs came at a cost, though, with Alvarez’s all-or-nothing approach …

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Upper St. Clair’s Slowey joins Marlins’ rotation

By Tribune-Review
• Right-hander Kevin Slowey will move into the Marlins’ rotation to replace struggling left-hander Brad Hand and start Sunday against Seattle. The start will be first for Slowey since July 8. The Upper St. Clair product started 14 games for …

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