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Pittsburgh Pirates' Gene Baker quietly crossed baseball's color…

Pittsburgh Pirates' Gene Baker quietly crossed baseball's color lines

post-gazette.com Updated Feb 7 (2 days ago)
It seemed insignificant at the time, and the record books have all but forgotten it. But for the final inning and a half of an otherwise meaningless September baseball game, Gene Baker made history.
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  • Pirates acquire rehabbing lefty Jesse Biddle from Phillies

    Pirates acquire rehabbing lefty Jesse Biddle from Phillies

    post-gazette.com MLB.com Feb 3 (6 days ago)
    The Pirates, a haven for pitchers who need repairs, added another reclamation project to their roster Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies in return for right-handed starter Yoervis Medina, who was outrighted of…
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  • Pirates, AAA Travel offer deal for May 30-31 series in San Juan

    Pirates, AAA Travel offer deal for May 30-31 series in San Juan

    post-gazette.com Feb 3 (6 days ago)
    The Pirates and AAA Travel announced a partnership today which, at a price tag of $2,659 per person, will give fans a first-rate visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a two-game series between the Pirates and Miami Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium May 30-3…
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  • South Africa adds Ngoepe to Classic roster

    South Africa adds Ngoepe to Classic roster

    MLB.com Feb 2 (7 days ago)
    Gift Ngoepe hopes to proudly represent his home country of South Africa in the Majors soon. In the meantime, the Pirates' shortstop will continue to do so in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Take it from Hillgrove: Groat deserving of Dapper Dan Lifetime …

    Take it from Hillgrove: Groat deserving of Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award

    Bill Hillgrove was wrapping up a round at Champions Lake Golf Course in 1979 when one of the course’s founders, Dick Groat, swung by and struck up a conversation. Hillgrove, who knew Groat from his days as the Pirates shortstop, didn’t expect the chat w…
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  • Ron Cook: Ray Searage has work cut out this year with Pirates, …

    Ron Cook: Ray Searage has work cut out this year with Pirates, but he won't mind

    Ray Searage is going into the final year of his contract as Pirates pitching coach. He says he wants to stay for the long haul because he enjoys the city, fans and organization. “I’d love to retire as a Pirate.” The team wants to keep Searage because it…
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  • Ron Cook: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is building a Hall …

    Ron Cook: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is building a Hall of Fame resume

    We are pretty fortunate in this town. Our three pro sports teams are competitive every year, now that the Pirates have rejoined the party after disappearing for two decades. None of the teams has missed the playoffs since the Steelers in 2013. The Pirat…
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  • Pirates to shake up 2016 uniform lineup: Are yellow jerseys in …

    Pirates to shake up 2016 uniform lineup: Are yellow jerseys in the mix?

    The Pirates will change their 2016 uniform lineup — and fans might have gotten a sneak preview.
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  • SoE: 10 best under-the-radar pickups

    SoE: 10 best under-the-radar pickups

    MLB.com Jan 28
    Aaron Hicks (Yankees), John Jaso (Pirates) and Rich Hill (A's) are among the best offseason moves getting little attention.
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  • Pirates add a third assistant GM to front-office staff

    Pirates add a third assistant GM to front-office staff

    The Pirates added a third assistant general manager Wednesday, promoting Kevan Graves to the position during a series of field and front-office staff moves.
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  • The Royals, the Pirates and projections that go wrong

    The Royals, the Pirates and projections that go wrong

    ESPN.com Jan 25
    The Royals, the Pirates and projections that go wrong
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  • Pirates third-base coach addresses Penn State's baseball team

    Pirates third-base coach addresses Penn State's baseball team

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Within a few weeks, Rick Sofield will switch gears and get ready for spring training, but Friday night he looked out into a crowded banquet room and delivered a message similar to the one he shares with Pirates players.
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  • Chris Stewart discusses contract, returning to Pirates

    Chris Stewart discusses contract, returning to Pirates

    Each offseason since the Pirates acquired him in December 2013, Chris Stewart has let the club know he would be interested in a multiyear contract. This winter, the Pirates took him up on it.
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  • Pirates notebook: Designated hitter gaining traction for inclus…

    Pirates notebook: Designated hitter gaining traction for inclusion in NL

    With Major League Baseball in the final year of its collective bargaining agreement, commissioner Rob Manfred said National League owners might be more receptive to adopting the designated hitter than they have been in the past.
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  • Pirates' director of player personnel leaving for job in commis…

    Pirates' director of player personnel leaving for job in commissioner's office

    Pirates' director of player personnel leaving for job in commissioner's office
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  • Mets Add Antonio Bastardo to Bullpen

    Mets Add Antonio Bastardo to Bullpen

    nytimes.com Jan 20
    Antonio Bastardo, a left-handed reliever, appeared in 66 games for the Pirates, striking out 64 in 571/3 innings with a 2.98 E.R.A.
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  • Pirates announce two-year extension for catcher Stewart

    Pirates announce two-year extension for catcher Stewart

    Pirates catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart were eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. The Pirates’ multi-year commitment to Stewart speaks less to their thoughts on the chances of re-signing Cervelli and more to the dearth of qualit…
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  • Pirates claim righty A.J. Schugel off waivers

    Pirates claim righty A.J. Schugel off waivers

    The Pirates continued to stockpile pitchers Tuesday when they claimed right-hander A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
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  • MLB announces game times for 2016 season

    MLB announces game times for 2016 season

    MLB.com Jan 19
    It will all begin on April 3 at 1:05 p.m. ET, when the Pirates will host the Cardinals at PNC Park on ESPN. It will culminate on Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. ET, when every final-day game will once again have a simultaneous start.
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  • Great-uncle of Pirates’ Tony Watson was part of Rev. King’s inn…

    Great-uncle of Pirates’ Tony Watson was part of Rev. King’s inner circle

    Tony Watson, the Pirates’ trusty relief pitcher, was only a month old when his great-uncle Tom Offenburger, a former press aide for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the stormy 1960s, died in 1986 in Atl…
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  • Bucs reach deals with all arbitration-eligibles

    Bucs reach deals with all arbitration-eligibles

    MLB.com Jan 15
    Mark Melancon, who was rumored to have been available in the trade market as he prepares for his final season before free agency, will earn $9.65 million in 2016 after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Pirates on Friday.
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  • Pirates eliminate need for contract arbitration with all seven …

    Pirates eliminate need for contract arbitration with all seven eligible players

    Mark Melancon ensured that the Pirates won the games they were supposed to win in 2015. His performance also ensured he would be handsomely compensated.
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  • Wily Mo Pena, Jonny Gomes and the rest of MLB's Missing Consona…

    Wily Mo Pena, Jonny Gomes and the rest of MLB's Missing Consonants All-Stars

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2015
    If you find Mat Latos' missing "t," please let him know.
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  • Reports indicate Stewart and Locke have re-upped with Pirates

    Reports indicate Stewart and Locke have re-upped with Pirates

    The Pirates and backup catcher Chris Stewart have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2018, according to multiple reports.
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  • Pirates avoid arbitration with Stewart, Locke

    Pirates avoid arbitration with Stewart, Locke

    With seven arbitration-eligible players, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he expected the hours leading up to Friday's deadline for players and clubs to exchange salary figures to be busy. It appears the Pirates got to work early, reportedly…
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  • Watson only proven left-hander in Pirates bullpen

    Watson only proven left-hander in Pirates bullpen

    To augment a bullpen that had the lowest ERA in baseball in 2015, the Pirates drew from myriad places: two formerly productive players who were non-tendered; a major-league deal for a young pitcher with no big-league experience; and several minor-league…
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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.