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Pirates notebook: Marte placed on bereavement leave

By Rob Biertempfel 10:07 p.m.
ST. LOUIS —The Pirates on Wednesday placed outfielder Starling Marte on bereavement leave and selected infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis. Marte left the team because of the death of his mother-in-law. A player may stay on the bereavement list …

Thursday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Rob Biertempfel 10:07 p.m.
• Cardinals rookie RF Oscar Taveras had a pair of hits Tuesday and was back in the lineup again Wednesday. Manager Mike Matheny might want to give Taveras, who struggled in his first stint in the majors this year, more …

Pirates notebook: Liriano could make weekend start vs. Reds

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — Left-hander Francisco Liriano is ready to come off the disabled list and likely will start for the Pirates before the All-Star break. …

Walk-off homer by Cardinals sinks Pirates for 2nd night in a row

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri threw 17 pitches in the ninth inning Tuesday. Of those, 15 were fastballs. It turned out to be …

Starkey: Pirates must prioritize keeping Russell Martin

By Joe Starkey
The Pirates stepped out of character to sign Russell Martin once. They must do so again. Or at least make a good-faith attempt. ASAP. One …

Wednesday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Rob Biertempfel
X-factors • Remember a couple of seasons ago (or even in April) when it seemed the Pirates couldn’t win on the road? Things have picked up considerably. Wednesday will be the Pirates’ 42nd of 82 road games this season. After …

Pirates fall to Cardinals on Adams’ walk-off homer

By Rob Biertempfel 9:11 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a …

Liriano settles into groove in Triple-A rehab start

By Brian Peloza
INDIANAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano is likely heading back to Pittsburgh soon after a dominating performance in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Indianapolis.   After shaking off some early rust, Liriano retired the final 15 batters he faced in a 1-0 …

Pirates pitching guru Benedict created a ‘Vanimal’ in Worley

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — The first time Pirates pitching mentor Jim Benedict helped right-hander Vance Worley, it was a long-distance relationship. About eight years ago, Long …

Pirates notebook: Cole put on disabled list with sore back

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — After Gerrit Cole’s balky back still was sore during a bullpen session Monday, the Pirates chose to put their ailing right-hander on …

Tuesday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Tribune-Review
• Carlos Martinez ranks 13th in the NL with a dozen holds through Sunday, but moved into the rotation when Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia went down with injuries. In his last outing, Martinez outdid Madison Bumgarner and picked up …

Locke outduels mentor Burnett as Pirates sweep Phillies

By Travis Sawchik
The pupil upstaged the mentor Sunday in a Pirates’ 6-2 victory. Last season, Jeff Locke shadowed A.J. Burnett. Wherever Burnett was, whether in the bullpen …

Pirates’ Harrison, McCutchen, Watson picked for All-Star Game

By Karen Price
Reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen will represent the Pirates at the All-Star Game for the fourth year in a row and will make his first start …

Kovacevic: Who’s better than Cutch?

By Dejan Kovacevic
Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate for the first time Sunday and faced a pitcher who knew his every hole and who looked ravenously hungry. …

Pirates shortstop Barmes out 4-6 weeks with groin strain

By Karen Price
Shortstop Clint Barmes will be out four to six weeks with a Grade 3 left groin strain suffered in batting practice Saturday, the Pirates announced …

Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Tribune-Review
• Adam Wainwright has always given the Pirates fits, owning a 10-5 record with a 2.71 ERA in his career against them. Wainwright’s signature pitch is his curveball, and the Pirates have struggled against curveballs in recent seasons. The Pirates …

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MLB notebook: Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

By Tribune-Review 10:07 p.m.
A Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who …

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