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Cole outduels Mets rookie, carries Pirates to victory

By Rob Biertempfel
Gerrit Cole has amassed double-digit strikeouts, won in the playoffs and handcuffed some of the best hitters in the game. That’s quite a tour de force for a pitcher who’s made just 50 regular-season starts in the majors. One thing the ...

Pirates’ McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen reacted with laughter rather than anger Friday after a photo of one of his pay stubs turned up on the Internet. A ...

Pirates notebook: Stewart, Cole develop rapport

By Bill West
Coincidence brought Gerrit Cole and Chris Stewart together as a battery the first couple times this season. Chemistry might make their pairing a more regular ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Mets, May 23, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
vs. Mets 4:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Mets RHP Matt Harvey (5-1, 1.98) vs. Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (3-1, 1.38) next up ...

Struggling Pirates SS Mercer finding himself out on infield’s left side

By Bill West
At the beginning of this season, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer received a small Superman action figure from a young fan in Oklahoma. That toy, which reminds ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Mets, May 22, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates vs. Mets 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.40) vs. Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18) NEXT UP 4:05 p.m. Saturday: ...

Mauer’s 13th-inning homer spells doom for Pirates in home loss

By Bill West
Left with sizable messes to clean up on consecutive nights, the Pirates’ bullpen performed exceptionally during the two-game home series with the Minnesota Twins. But both ...

Rossi: Hurdle needs better players, not blame

By Rob Rossi
Possession being nine-tenths of the law, whoever actually has that baseball Pedro Alvarez bombed into a boat should probably be allowed to keep it. But ...

Pirates notebook: Marte gets earful from Hurdle about lazy play

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte was taken to the woodshed after making a lazy play in Tuesday’s loss against the Minnesota Twins. Manager Clint Hurdle had ...

Alvarez’s homer into river not enough for Pirates in loss to Twins

By Rob Biertempfel
For a while, it was too difficult to make the call. As a debate raged in the stands and on social media, the play-by-play announcers ...

Improved Tabata rejoins Pirates roster

By Bill West
The prodigal son of the Pirates outfield, Jose Tabata, returned to the confines of PNC Park on Tuesday after opening the 2015 season as a ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins, May 20, 2015

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

Pace-of-play rules are catching on with Pirates this season

By Travis Sawchik
There is less time spent thinking outside the box in baseball this season. There is less adjusting of batting gloves, fewer practice swings and less ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Twins, May 19, 2015

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates vs. Twins 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 2.96) vs. Twins RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-1, 6.38) next up 7:05 p.m. ...

Burnett’s strong start helps Pirates end 4-game skid

By Travis Sawchik
CHICAGO — A.J. Burnett, dubbed the “old bull” by manager Clint Hurdle, has learned some new tricks, helping him make history and tame the young ...

Pirates notebook: Kang earns more time at shortstop

By Travis Sawchik
CHICAGO — Pirates officials always said they envisioned Jung Ho Kang emerging as an everyday player. They were just not sure when or where that ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Brewers reliever Smith suspended 8 games for using foreign substance on arm

By The Associated Press
Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta. MLB said Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Consequently, Smith was available for …