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Pirates’ Axford overcame long odds to reach majors

By Andrew Erickson
When John Axford finished his short rookie season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009, he was given three jerseys. The first one he kept. The second he gave to his father, Brian. The third jersey hangs, signed and enclosed in …

Statistically speaking: Pirates, Brewers possess strengths up the middle

By David Golebiewski
The Pirates’ recent seven-game losing streak dealt a severe blow to their playoff odds, which according to Fangraphs dwindled from 64.4 percent on August 13 to just 26.4 percent entering play Thursday. Now, the Pirates must stop the bleeding against …

Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Brewers

By Rob Biertempfel
• Since coming off the disabled list (strained left hamstring) on June 4, Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez ranks second in the NL in batting average (.325) behind the Phillies’ Ben Revere (.336). In that span, Ramirez also has collected eight …

Braves’ error, Sanchez’s sacrifice fly in 9th help Pirates snap long skid

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte knows it isn’t easy to patrol the vast left field at PNC Park. Now the Atlanta Braves know it, too. A …

Pirates notebook: Morton hopes to return this season

By Rob Biertempfel  and Bob Cohn
Although he was diagnosed Monday with a sports hernia which might eventually require surgery, Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton hopes to pitch again this season. “I …

CF McCutchen returns to lineup, but Braves blast fast-fading Pirates

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knew for certain late Monday night that Andrew McCutchen would come off the disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta …

Pirates notebook: Hurdle weighs trio at 1st base

By Travis Sawchik
With the Pirates transitioning Pedro Alvarez across the infield due to his errant throwing, manager Clint Hurdle now has an unusual problem: he has a …

Wednesday’s scouting report: Braves at Pirates

By Rob Biertempfel
•.Welcome back, Gerrit Cole. The right-hander will be activated off the DL before the game and make his 15th start of the season. Cole has been out since July 9 due to a sore right lat. This will be his …

Pirates’ McCutchen expects to play Tuesday; Alvarez to start at 1B

By Karen Price
Andrew McCutchen said following his first batting practice against live pitching Monday at PNC Park he expects to return from the 15-day disabled list when …

Pirates’ losing streak extended to 6 games

By Travis Sawchik
Vance Worley went east-west too often with his pitches Monday, and the Pirates continue to go south. The Braves scored six runs off Worley in …

Tuesday’s scouting report: Braves at Pirates

By The Tribune Review
X-factors Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik’s inside look at Tuesday’s game: • Francisco Liriano was outdueled by Max Scherzer his last time out, but he continues to pitch well in the second half, generating a 1.89 ERA over 38 innings …

Pirates notebook: Morton placed on DL; backup infielder Morel recalled

By Rob Biertempfel
WASHINGTON — The Pirates revealed that right-hander Charlie Morton has been battling a sore right hip since June. The injury has not abated and Morton’s …

National complete 3-game sweep of Pirates, losing streak hits 5

By Rob Biertempfel
WASHINGTON — With six weeks left in the season, the list of problems facing the Pirates is lengthy and not easy to tackle. The bullpen …

Nationals rally against Pirates’ bullpen

By Rob Biertempfel
WASHINGTON — In baseball, success can have a short shelf life. Two of the Pirates’ usually reliable back-end relievers were knocked around Saturday night in …

Biertempfel: With McCutchen sidelined, Kershaw becomes NL MVP front-runner

By Rob Biertempfel
WASHINGTON — The ripple effects of Andrew McCutchen’s rib injury will be felt beyond the National League Central race. His absence from the Pirates’ lineup …

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MLB

MLB notebook: Angels ace Richards to miss 6-9 months with knee injury

By Wire Reports
The Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoffs run. One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Red Sox. Richards was 13-4 with …