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Pirates avert sweep with 7-5 victory over Rockies

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Josh Harrison was the star of the Pirates’ 7-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He slammed the game-winning homer off reliever Rex Brothers in the eighth to break a tie at Coors Field. “He’s been getting ahead …

Pirates notebook: Hurdle, Huntington on same page

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington vowed last Sunday he would not trade too much of the Pirates’ promising future for two months of …

Pirates drop 2nd straight game against Rockies

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — In two games on the High Plains, the Pirates pitchers have made Coors Field look like Coors Field. The Pirates bats have made …

Alvarez held out of starting lineup for 3rd straight game

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was not in the starting lineup for a third straight game Saturday and he has not started in the …

Thinking outside box slows pace of MLB games

By Travis Sawchik
On May 11, the Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in the first ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” game in PNC Park history. The near-sellout crowd …

Biertempfel: Locke looks toward postseason run

By Rob Biertempfel
During the Pirates’ pennant chase and run to the National League Division Series last season, Jeff Locke felt more like a tourist than a member …

Pirates’ Morton continues to tinker with hybrid split-changeup

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — The challenge for Charlie Morton always has been to develop a third pitch. Perhaps the thin air of Coors Field accelerated that search …

Biertempfel: Locke looks toward postseason run

By Rob Biertempfel
During the Pirates’ pennant chase and run to the National League Division Series last season, Jeff Locke felt more like a tourist than a member …

Minor league report: Sadler keeps producing without the hype

By Brian Peloza
INDIANAPOLIS — Casey Sadler doesn’t have the background of a top pitching prospect, but he’s nonetheless swiftly moved through the Pirates organization since being drafted …

Stats Corner: Mercer rediscovers offensive game

By David Golebiewski
Jordy Mercer provided thump at a position typically filled by offensive lightweights in 2013, compiling a .772 on base plus slugging percentage that ranked seventh among major league shortstops. At 27 years old and fresh off the best-hitting year for …

Pirates lacking Hall-worthy arms

By Bob Cohn
Former pitchers and Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and a third, John Smoltz, figures to join them soon. Two pitchers from the same starting rotation being inducted into …

Rockies’ 7-run 7th-inning dooms Pirates in 8-1 loss

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — The game still was within reach when Clint Hurdle motioned with his right hand to the visitors’ bullpen at Coors Field in the …

Pirates notebook: Cole to make rehab start at Indianapolis on Monday

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Gerrit Cole could be on track for an early August return to the Pirates’ rotation. Cole (right lat strain) is not with the …

Mile-high edge? Hurdle knows Coors Field

By Travis Sawchik
DENVER — Clint Hurdle has a number of fond memories in Denver. He spent 13 years there as part of the Rockies’ staff. He was …

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MLB

MLB notebook: Draft spending falls short of 2011 record

By Tribune-Review
Major league teams increased their spending on amateur draft picks 1.5 percent this year from a similar point last summer, yet the total dollars remained below the record set in 2011 before restraints were put in place. Fifteen teams went …