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Pirates notebook: Polanco says demotion to Indianapolis helped

By Rob Biertempfel 7:40 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — After spending a week back at Triple-A Indianapolis, Gregory Polanco believes he is ready for the Pirates’ stretch run. “It helped me,” Polanco said after being recalled Tuesday. “I came back stronger and ready to play. I …

Pirates notebook: Sanchez returns to Bucs in offensive slump

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — When Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez was sent down to the minors in late May, management told him to focus on improving his …

Cardinals grab victory over pitcher Cole, Pirates with a late rally

By Rob Biertempfel
ST. LOUIS — For six innings Monday, Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole held his own against a lineup he rates as one of the toughest in …

Tuesday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals

By Tribune-Review
• LHP Jeff Locke is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four career starts vs. the Cardinals. Last Wednesday, he gave up one run over 71⁄3 innings and outdueled Cards ace Adam Wainwright in a 3-1 win at PNC Park. …

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. …

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 …

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 7:29 p.m.
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 …

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MLB

MLB notebook: Tigers’ Verlander skirts issue of nude photos

By Tribune-Review 7:40 p.m.
• Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander spoke to reporters for the first time about leaked nude photos of him and girlfriend Kate Upton that surfaced during Labor Day weekend. “I’m not going to comment on my personal life,” Verlander said in …