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Pirates again approach Polanco about contract extension

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates again have approached outfielder Gregory Polanco about a contract extension, a source confirmed Tuesday. Jon Heyman of CBSSportsline.com first reported that the Pirates were talking with Polanco’s camp. During spring training last year, Polanco rejected …

Pirates’ search for division title rests on starting rotation’s health

By Travis Sawchik 11:23 a.m.
Pirates owner Bob Nutting stated earlier this spring the next step for the Pirates is to win the division. The Pirates know the importance of ...

Pirates notebook: Reliever Holdzkom among three players cut

By Rob Biertempfel
LAKELAND, Fla. — John Holdzkom’s up-and-down career took another detour on Tuesday, as the reliever was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. “I knew it was a possibility,” ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 7, Tigers 3

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates 7, Tigers 3 Tigers starter: David Price 6 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR Pirates starter: Vance Worley 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K Good feeling: C Francisco ...

Reversing the field: Pirates continue to raid Yankees for hidden skill

By Travis Sawchik
Throughout recent baseball history, it has almost always been the large-market clubs raiding small-market clubs for talent, mostly through free agency. Not the other way ...

Steelers’ Tomlin, Pirates’ Hurdle share similar philosophy

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin visited Pirates camp Monday and, as he does every year, playfully nudged 6-foot-7 reliever Jared Hughes to try out for tight end. “Those big athletes ... Hughes is the one I’m locked in on,” ...

Pirates notebook: Locke the choice to be 5th starter

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — Choosing Jeff Locke over Vance Worley to fill the only open spot in the starting rotation was the second-toughest decision manager Clint ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 18, Phillies 4

By Rob Biertempfel
Oh, what a relief: A few hours before the game, manager Clint Hurdle shuffled his pitching order and had closer Mark Melancon pitch the first inning instead of minor leaguer Adrian Sampson. “We wanted (Francisco) Cervelli to catch the first ...

Pirates’ outfield may have few defensive peers

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — One morning during batting practice, the topic in the McKechnie Field press box was how the Pirates might morph their infield shifts ...

Pirates notebook: Decker leaves game with calf injury

By Rob Biertempfel
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Outfielder Jaff Decker left the game Sunday against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because of a strained left ...

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Braves 2

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates 4, Braves 2 Braves starter: Shelby Miller 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K Pirates starter: Stolmy Pimentel 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Back up next time: Braves RF ...

Pirates pitchers finding success with expanded strike zone

By Travis Sawchik
BRADENTON, Fla. The low strike is changing baseball, and it has changed the Pirates. Pitchers increasingly are targeting the lower third of the strike zone, ...

Alvarez latest in Pirates’ revolving door at first base

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — It was the last week of spring training in 1993, and Kevin Young figured he would break camp with the Pirates. He ...

Starting 9: As franchise values soar, do owners hold or sell?

By Travis Sawchik
1)Bob Nutting became the principal owner of the Pirates in January of 2007 and it has been quite the return on investment for Pirates’ ownership, according to Forbes. The following is Forbes’ estimated value of the franchise every year since ...

Pirates notebook: Locke makes bid for final rotation spot, Tabata cut

By Rob Biertempfel
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jeff Locke is glad his outing Friday against the Minnesota Twins had its ups and downs. “I don’t mean that emotionally,” ...

Pirates notebook: Polanco’s power outburst a matter of timing

By Rob Biertempfel
BRADENTON, Fla. — It has taken some time for Gregory Polanco to get his timing back at the plate. Through his first 13 games this spring, Polanco hit zero homers and did not drive in a run. Then, in a span ...

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MLB notebook: Cardinals ace Wainwright sharp in tuneup for opening night

By Wire Reports
Next up for Adam Wainwright is opening night in Chicago. The right-hander proved he is ready to go by pitching into the seventh inning in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. Wainwright allowed two runs and eight …