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Cubs’ rookie third baseman Bryant helps send Pirates to defeat

By Travis Sawchik 12:14 a.m.
The Chicago Cubs are in a hurry. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked prior to Monday’s game about the improving Cubs, who have amassed a historic level of young positional player talent under president Theo Epstein. Hurdle said it was ...

Burnett’s evolution from thrower to pitcher helps him stay on top of his game

By Travis Sawchik
This A.J. Burnett is different from the one Cubs manager Joe Maddon last knew. In the AL East, the careers of Burnett and Maddon overlapped ...

Pirates notebook: Ailing Mercer sore but on mend

By Bill West
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle viewed Jordy Mercer’s ability to hold a conversation Monday as an assuring sign for the ailing shortstop. Not much in the ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Cubs, April 21, 2015

By By Travis Sawchik
vs. Cubs 7:05 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports; 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates LHP ...

Cole overcomes rough start as Pirates sweep Brewers

By Rob Biertempfel
On most days, Gerrit Cole can make his devastating fastball even better by mixing in breaking balls and offspeed stuff. Sunday was an exception. Cole’s secondary pitches ...

Cubs third baseman Bryant is looking to buck MLB rookie trend

By Travis Sawchik
When the game’s top prospect, Kris Bryant, arrives Monday at PNC Park, he and Gregory Polanco perhaps can discuss their frustration about being held in ...

Pirates notebook: GM sticking to plan with Kang

By Bill West
Pressed by reporters about infielder Jung Ho Kang’s purpose with the Pirates before Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, general manager Neal Huntington dismissed ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Cubs, April 20, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
vs. Cubs 7:05 p.m. PNC Park Radio: 93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM Probable pitchers: Cubs RHP Jake Arietta (1-1, 1.98) vs. Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.25) next up 7:05 p.m. Tuesday: Cubs LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.31) ...

Marte jump-starts Pirates in win over Brewers

By Rob Biertempfel
The Milwaukee Brewers were the tonic for Starling Marte’s batting funk. On Saturday, Marte homered, singled and collected a career-high five RBIs to power the Pirates ...

Biertempfel: Low turnover helps keep Pirates’ chemistry intact

By Bye_sclbrob Biertempfel
Even before spring training began, it was not very difficult to predict the Pirates’ likely Opening Day roster. The only questions at the end of ...

Pirates notebook: Is it time for Kang to head to Indy?

By Travis Sawchik
Jung Ho Kang, the first Korean Baseball Organization hitter to migrate to the majors, remains one of baseball’s great mysteries in part because he is not playing. Kang was again not in the starting lineup Saturday. He hasn’t started a game ...

Pirates pitchers have margin for error, in mphs, and they need it

By Travis Sawchik
Radar love 1. The Pirates have targeted acquiring and developing fastball velocity under general manager Neal Huntington. In 2008, Huntington’s first full year as GM, the Pirates ranked 19th in the majors in average fastball velocity (90.9 mph). It’s increased ...

Pirates minor league report: Rapid advancement to test Tucker

By Bill West
Details such as the “dippin dots enthusiast” description and the background photo from 2001 feel-good movie “Hardball” on Cole Tucker’s Twitter page shed light on ...

Gameday: Pirates vs. Brewers, April 19, 2015

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates vs. Brewers 1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM Probable pitchers: Brewers RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 4.22) at Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (1-0, 3.27) Next up 7:05 p.m. Mond ay: Cubs RHP Jake ...

Marte’s bat, Worley’s arm show improvement in Pirates win

By Travis Sawchik
In the McKechnie Field batting cages last spring, coming off a 2013 season of struggles against breaking balls, the Pirates ratcheted up the amount of ...

Sanchez odd man out with Pirates recalling Stewart

By Bill West
Fresh off a season-opening stint on the disabled list, veteran catcher Chris Stewart squatted down behind home plate Friday night at PNC Park and handled ...

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MLB

MLB notebook: Gennett’s shower injury could put him on DL

By Wire Reports
Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett cut his left hand in the shower and needed five stitches, an injury that could land him on the disabled list. Gennett sliced a knuckle on a metal rack after Sunday’s game at PNC Park. …