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Bob Smizik: About that rotation

Bob Smizik: About that rotation

post-gazette.com Updated 8 hours ago
Working on the assumption the Pirates make the playoffs as a wild-card team -- and they now trail first-place St. Louis by 4 1/2 games -- it is a foregone conclusion that Gerrit Cole will get the start against, most likely, the Chicago Cubs.
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  • Pirates notebook: Burnett bullish on return

    Pirates notebook: Burnett bullish on return

    post-gazette.com MLB.com 16 hours ago
    Right-hander A.J. Burnett, rehabbing a flexor strain in his right elbow, was so encouraged by a 71-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning that afterward he smiled, shrugged and said, “I don’t want to say I could have pitched today, but maybe I could have …
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  • Rockies blank Bucs behind De La Rosa

    Rockies blank Bucs behind De La Rosa

    MLB.com 20 hours ago
    The National League Wild Card-leading Pirates never got to left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and dropped a 5-0 decision to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
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  • Rockies win series finale against Pirates, 5-0

    Rockies win series finale against Pirates, 5-0

    After the Colorado Rockies blanked the Pirates, 5-0, Sunday on a steamy afternoon at PNC Park, right-hander Charlie Morton took stock of his start and gave a dispirited sigh. The Rockies gashed him for three runs in a five-pitch sequence in the fourth, …
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  • Pirates-Cubs set doubleheader Sept. 15 to make up for rainout

    Pirates-Cubs set doubleheader Sept. 15 to make up for rainout

    post-gazette.com Aug 30 (yesterday)
    The Pittsburgh Pirates have rescheduled for Sept. 15 a game with the Chicago Cubs that was rained out early this month.
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  • Ram shot: Bucs' early HR holds up vs. Rox

    Ram shot: Bucs' early HR holds up vs. Rox

    MLB.com Aug 30 (yesterday)
    Aramis Ramirez's three-run, first-inning homer and J.A. Happ's solid 5 2/3 innings were all the Pirates needed in a 4-3 victory Saturday night at PNC Park. The second-place Pirates kept pace in the National League Central, remaining 3 1/2 games behind t…
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  • On the Pirates: Building postseason roster all about the detail…

    On the Pirates: Building postseason roster all about the details

    post-gazette.com Aug 30 (yesterday)
    Monday night and Tuesday morning bring back-to-back roster deadlines that increasingly coincide.
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  • Pirates notebook: Outfield arms among best in the majors

    Pirates notebook: Outfield arms among best in the majors

    post-gazette.com Aug 30 (yesterday)
    If word hasn’t gotten out yet, it should soon. This Pirates outfield trio — Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco — is not one to be tested.
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  • Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

    Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

    MLB.com Aug 29 (3 days ago)
    Right fielder Gregory Polanco saved the bacon for the Pirates in the eighth inning of their 5-3 victory over Colorado on Friday night. With the game tied, Polanco caught a one-out liner and gunned down Jose Reyes at home plate, completing an inning-endi…
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  • Pirates notebook: Catchers savor their big seasons at bat and b…

    Pirates notebook: Catchers savor their big seasons at bat and behind the plate

    post-gazette.com Aug 29 (3 days ago)
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle briefly scanned his desk Friday afternoon at PNC Park, trying to locate a stats packet he had flipped through earlier. Finally, he spun around in his office chair and spied it.
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  • Polanco's bat, arm lead Pirates to 5-3 victory over Rockies

    Polanco's bat, arm lead Pirates to 5-3 victory over Rockies

    post-gazette.com Aug 28 (3 days ago)
    Andrew McCutchen whizzed around the Pirates clubhouse on a self-balancing scooter — think a Segway without handlebars — late Friday night after a 5-3 Pirates win over Colorado and belted out the chorus to Bill Withers’ 1972 classic “Lean on Me.”
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  • Bob Smizik: Pedro Alvarez -- trade 'em or keep 'em?

    Bob Smizik: Pedro Alvarez -- trade 'em or keep 'em?

    post-gazette.com Aug 28 (3 days ago)
    As recently as a month ago, when he was an error machine in the field and nothing more than acceptable at the bat, Pedro Alvarez, it was widely believed, was winding down his disappointing Pirates career.
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  • Glasnow, Garcia among 10 top prospect performers Thursday

    Glasnow, Garcia among 10 top prospect performers Thursday

    MLB.com Aug 28 (3 days ago)
    It was a good night to be a Pirates pitching prospect. No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow's string of dominance continued Thursday with six scoreless innings in a no-decision for Triple-A Indianapolis.
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  • Pirates notebook: Hurdle mixes and matches against left-handers

    Pirates notebook: Hurdle mixes and matches against left-handers

    post-gazette.com Aug 28 (4 days ago)
    MIAMI — During a six-game span in which the Pirates will face five left-handed starters, manager Clint Hurdle and his staff dig deep to determine the best lineup. The bunch of opposing left-handers coincides with a time when two of Hurdle’s left-handed …
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  • Cole lifts Pirates to 2-1 victory over Marlins, wins his 15th g…

    Cole lifts Pirates to 2-1 victory over Marlins, wins his 15th game

    post-gazette.com nytimes.com Aug 27 (4 days ago)
    MIAMI — The Pirates took care of business against the Miami Marlins this week. They have an opportunity to do so again this weekend, at home, against another team far down the standings, the Colorado Rockies. Then they will dive back into the NL Central…
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  • Cervelli ejected after home-plate argument

    Cervelli ejected after home-plate argument

    MLB.com Aug 27 (4 days ago)
    Catcher Francisco Cervelli was ejected during the third inning of the Pirates' 2-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday night at Marlins Park.
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  • Bucs hold off Marlins to gain ground in race

    Bucs hold off Marlins to gain ground in race

    MLB.com Aug 27 (4 days ago)
    Pirates ace Gerrit Cole made an overdue return to the win column Thursday night at Marlins Park, throwing 7 1/3 innings and picking up his 15th victory as the Bucs beat the Marlins, 2-1.
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  • Pirates notebook: For Mark Melancon, it's about winning

    Pirates notebook: For Mark Melancon, it's about winning

    post-gazette.com Aug 27 (5 days ago)
    MIAMI — Francisco Cervelli was the first player to catch Mark Melancon in the New York Yankees minor league system in 2006. Back then he threw hard and had a heavy sinker.
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  • Bats lead the way in Pirates' 7-2 win against Marlins

    Bats lead the way in Pirates' 7-2 win against Marlins

    post-gazette.com Aug 26 (5 days ago)
    MIAMI — Wednesday’s game presented the Pirates with an interesting contradiction.
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  • McCutchen's 4 RBIs Lead Pirates to 7-2 Win

    McCutchen's 4 RBIs Lead Pirates to 7-2 Win

    nytimes.com Aug 26 (5 days ago)
    Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
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  • Pirates noteboook: A.J. Burnett feeling good again

    Pirates noteboook: A.J. Burnett feeling good again

    post-gazette.com Aug 26 (6 days ago)
    MIAMI — A.J. Burnett began to answer, then paused.
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  • Video - Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving Culture 03:09

    Hurdle On Pirates' Evolving Culture

    Mar 2
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about the importance of Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh's season outlook and taking the next step.
  • Video - Pirates: Spring Training Players To Watch 01:18

    Pirates: Spring Training Players To Watch

    Mar 2
    The Pirates have a new catcher in Francisco Cervelli and a new first baseman in moving Pedro Alvarez over from third, and they need both to lead in hitting if the team wants to win the NL Central.
  • Video - Cole Looking To Build On Early Success 02:43

    Cole Looking To Build On Early Success

    Mar 2
    Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole discusses working with new catcher Francisco Cervelli and helping his team win more games.
  • Video - Pirates Win Bidding For SS Jung-Ho Kang 01:54

    Pirates Win Bidding For SS Jung-Ho Kang

    Dec 22
    David Schoenfield discusses the news that the Pirates have won the rights to negotiate with South Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang.

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