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Pirates notebook: Bucs unlikely to make trade before deadline

By Travis Sawchik
When the clock strikes midnight Aug. 31, it marks the deadline for clubs to add a player from outside the organization and have that player be eligible for the postseason. Last year, the Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd on Aug. 28 …

RF Heisey, Reds avert sweep with a victory over Pirates at PNC Park

By Travis Sawchik
For a while, Sunday felt like the last fall’s NL wild-card game. Fans waved Jolly Roger flags, and chants of “Kwaaaayyyyy-toe” rained down in packed …

Rossi: Cole perfect pitcher to start pivotal series for Pirates

By Rob Rossi
Russell Martin has caught a lot of starting pitchers over his many summers. No one quite like Gerrit Cole, though. It’s not Cole’s power arm. …

Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Travis Sawchik
2:15 p.m. Busch Stadium, St. Louis TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.65) vs. Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.79) • Gerrit Cole looked like his September 2013 …

Pirates’ Polanco runs into rookie wall

By Travis Sawchik
The man they call El Coffee has crashed. After being held out of the starting lineup four consecutive games for mental and physical rest, Gregory …

Pirates edge Reds, 3-2, for 4th consecutive victory

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates put up a lot of zeros Saturday against Cincinnati Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon. They got four hits over the first two innings and …

Sunday’s scouting report: Pirates vs. Reds

By Rob Biertempfel
1:35 p.m. PNC Park TV/radio: Root Sports/93.7 FM, 1480 AM, 1450 AM Probable pitchers: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (15-8, 2.26) vs. Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 3.98) X-factors • Reds CF Billy Hamilton is making a strong case for NL …

Biertempfel: First base becoming new hot corner for Pirates

By Rob Biertempfel
First base is fast becoming a home for wayward careers among high-profile players in the Pirates’ system. Pedro Alvarez is the most glaring example. When …

Pirates minor league report: Bell concluding breakout season

By Karen Price
Josh Bell was promoted to Double-A Altoona in mid-July, so he wasn’t expecting that six weeks later he’d be named the Florida State League Player …

Stats Corner: Corner men Marte, Snider deliver punch

By David Golebiewski
Given Andrew McCutchen’s first disabled list stint and Gregory Polanco’s rough introduction to the majors, the Pirates’ “Dream Outfield” easily could have turned nightmarish. Yet …

Pirates notebook: Morton status remains in limbo

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton sat in front of his locker prior to Saturday’s game clad in a T-shirt and shorts unsure of whether he would …

Harrison shines again as Pirates clip Reds, 2-1

By Travis Sawchik
Clint Hurdle said before Friday’s game that everyone loves a good story. The Pirates’ manager cannot imagine there being a better story in baseball than …

Pirates notebook: Lambo recalled to bolster bench

By Karen Price
Facing the possibility of having Travis Snider and Pedro Alvarez unable to play in the series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Pirates recalled outfielder/first baseman …

Saturday’s scouting report: Reds at Pirates

By Tribune-Review
• Saturday would be an excellent time for Vance Worley to rediscover his fastball angle for the Pirates. Over his last two starts, Worley has left too many fastballs flat and out over the plate. In his last two outings …

Pirates starting pitcher Cole growing in his 1st full major-league season

By Karen Price
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage liked what he saw from Gerrit Cole against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t necessarily the …

Statistically speaking: Can Pirates contain Hamilton on bases

By David Golebiewski
The Reds likely will miss the playoffs for the first time in three years, due mostly to a lethargic offense that has performed 15 percent worse than the MLB average once you account for Great American Ballpark’s hitter-friendly tendencies. The …

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MLB notebook: Brewers acquire reliever Broxton from Reds

By Wire Reports
• The NL Central-leading Brewers acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds on Sunday for two players to be named. The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances this season, and he …