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Pirates Want A.J. Burnett to Return
October 23, 2013
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Pirates Want A.J. Burnett to Return

If pitcher A.J. Burnett decides he wants to return to the Pirates, they would welcome him back, team president Frank Coonelly said Tuesday “We’d like to have A.J. back,” Coonelly said after the Pittsburgh City Council honored the Pirates organization and named Oct. 22, 2013 ‘Pittsburgh Pirate Day.’ “Everybody has...

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Pirates 2014 Outlook: Keep On Winning
October 15, 2013
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Pirates 2014 Outlook: Keep On Winning

The Pirates built a winner in 2013. Maintaining that success is now the biggest challenge. A handful of players who helped the Pirates end a 20-year streak of losing seasons will likely play elsewhere in 2014 as the front office shifts from on-field strategy to off-field decisions. Before the end of the season, Pirates general...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Make the Playoffs
September 24, 2013
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Pittsburgh Pirates Make the Playoffs

Two doors and an equipment storage room separate the visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field from the concourse, but the smell of champagne easily wafted through. The Pittsburgh Pirates already had secured their 2-1 win against the Chicago Cubs, courtesy of a ninth-inning home run by Starling Marte. Then they watched as Adam...

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Francisco Liriano Carves Up Padres
August 20, 2013
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Francisco Liriano Carves Up Padres

Francisco Liriano took another step toward proving that his dismantling at Coors Field two weeks ago was a fluke. He carved up the San Diego Padres with a devastating slider, forcing swing after swing at nothing but air, in the Pirates’ 3-1 win at Petco Park Monday night. The Pirates maintained their one-game lead over...

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Pirates Stand Still as Trade Deadline Passes
July 31, 2013
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Pirates Stand Still as Trade Deadline Passes

Owners of the best record in baseball, the Pirates stood pat at yesterday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The 4 p.m. deadline passed in relative quiet. The biggest names, Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza, moved teams well before the deadline. The biggest move today involved starter Jake Peavy, who went from the Chicago White...

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Gerrit Cole No Longer One of Pittsburgh Pirates' Top Five
July 05, 2013
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Gerrit Cole No Longer One of Pittsburgh Pirates' Top Five

The news was lost during the nine-game winning streak that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates, stunningly, the best record in baseball. Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez received an injection in his ailing elbow earlier this week and probably won’t pitch in the big leagues again until at least early August. That little bulletin deserved...

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Alvarez's Homer Powers Pittsburgh Pirates to a Win
July 04, 2013
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Alvarez's Homer Powers Pittsburgh Pirates to a Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke has flirted with trouble all season long. He teased again Wednesday night, teetering on the edge of disaster while the game remained tight. But as he has done all season, Locke made most of those jams disappear to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 victory against the Phillies at PNC Park and pick up...

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Pirates' Three-game Win Streak Ends
May 14, 2013
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Pirates' Three-game Win Streak Ends

The Pirates had a hard time getting on base Monday night. They had a harder time keeping the Milwaukee Brewers from stealing them. The Pirates managed three hits off Brewers starter Marco Estrada and allowed six stolen bases in a 5-1 loss at PNC Park. After effectively controlling the running game for much of the season,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates – Major League?
May 09, 2013
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Pittsburgh Pirates – Major League?

I was lucky enough to make the match on Saturday between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals. The Pittsburgh Pirates, here is a piece of trivia for you, are also often known as the “Bucs”, or the “Buccos” – derived from ‘  buccaneer ‘ a synonym for pirate. The Pirates...

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Pirates: Sanchez Won't Change His Style
April 26, 2013
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Pirates: Sanchez Won't Change His Style

Strikeouts by nature require a starter to throw more pitches. The Pittsburgh Pirates Jonathan Sanchez knows this. “This is me,” he said after his bullpen session this week. “This is the way I pitch.” Sanchez did not change anything during his side session to avoid another outing like his most recent...

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