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Blue Jays’ Martin has ‘nothing but praise’ for former Pirates teammates

By Rob Biertempfel 11:14 p.m.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Nostalgia kept tugging at Russell Martin as he went through the free agent process last winter. In the end, though, common sense — and his business sense — prevailed. After spending the past two seasons with the Pirates, Martin ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7

By Rob Biertempfel 10:26 p.m.
Great start: Pedro Alvarez gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out homer over the left field wall. “It’s a ...

Surgeon to examine Pirates’ Cumpton after pitcher experienced elbow discomfort

By Rob Biertempfel 10:27 p.m.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Pirates right-hander Brandon Cumpton, who has lingering discomfort in his elbow, will be examined Monday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Cumpton’s elbow ...

Pirates special instructor Tekulve taking second chance to heart

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Kent Tekulve wasn’t supposed to be in spring training camp with the Pirates this year. He wasn’t supposed to be anywhere. Tekulve, a ...

Pirates notebook: Hart ‘down a few days’ after cutting foot

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Hart was not available to play in the Pirates intrasquad game Monday due to a cut on his foot. Hart was injured ...

Pirates starting pitcher Worley is in right place, right time with team

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Vance Worley reported to Pirates spring training camp with a new baby, a bigger contract and a happier outlook on the season ...

Rossi: Fitting in will be Kang’s biggest hurdle

By Rob Rossi
BRADENTON, Fla. Into the clubhouse walked the player every Pirate is watching, and Jung Ho Kang came bearing gifts in the form of packets of ...

Pirates notebook: Sadler gets first Grapefruit start

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Casey Sadler will pitch the first two innings of the Pirates’ Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, ...

Burnett’s farewell tour wishlist has just 1 item: Pirates World Series

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. There will be no farewell tour for A.J. Burnett as the Pirates’ season runs its course. When he throws his final pitch later ...

Sawchik: Should McCutchen really get a huge salary bump?

By Travis Sawchik
A lifetime contract for Cutch? There’s an interesting parallel between Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria and Pirates star Andrew McCutchen. First consider Longoria and McCutchen are signed to two of the most club-friendly contracts in the sport. The difference ...

Rossi: Pirates must pay for Mr. Right

By Rob Rossi
BRADENTON, Fla. — There are 12 pictures, all in black and white, that line the wall of a hallway leading from the clubhouse to the ...

Pirates notebook: Infield prospect Hanson used to playing elders

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Ever since he started playing in the Pirates’ minor league system, Alen Hanson has been precocious. As a newbie in the Dominican Summer ...

Ex-Brewers star Hart hopes to prove to Pirates he still can play

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Even after having microfracture surgery on both knees two years ago and missing the 2013 season, Corey Hart hoped he could be ...

Pirates notebook: Tabata rediscovering his power

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — During batting practice Friday, Jose Tabata blasted three balls over the left-field fence and onto the roof of the indoor batting cages. After smacking the last two on back-to-back pitches, Tabata strutted out of the cage, grinned and ...

Pirates sickened by pic of ‘Jihadi John’ wearing Bucs ball cap

By Aaron Aupperlee
He would be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ most unwanted and unwelcome fan. A photograph surfaced Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, identified as the Islamic State terrorist known as ...

Rossi: Pirates better with Maz on scene

By Rob Rossi
BRADENTON, Fla. That smile was missed. So was everything that goes into forming it, basically everything that makes Bill Mazeroski the man among ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Yankees’ A-Rod admits to being nervous for spring debut

By From Wire Reports 10:27 p.m.
Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will take a big step in his comeback from his PED suspension, when he faces live pitching for the first time in 17 months Wednesday. The …