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Early offseason decisions loom for Bucs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:10:07 EDT

On the surface, the Pirates don't appear to have many moving pieces heading into the winter. They must make a few decisions, however, before free agency and trade rumors hit their peak during the Winter Meetings in early December.

Keller impresses in talented AFL duel

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:08:00 EDT

Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller missed five weeks in May and June with a back strain, while Yankees righty Albert Abreu lost most of June and July to a shoulder strain. They're both in Arizona to make up for some lost innings, and they faced off on Tuesday in one of the marquee pitching matchups of the still-young Fall League season.

Inbox: Will Pirates pick up McCutchen's option?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:20:58 EDT

What's the story with Andrew McCutchen? Will the Pirates pick up his option? How to get more offensive punch from third base, catcher and right field? Pirates beat reporter Adam Berry answers these questions in his Inbox.

Hill's two-homer day powers Glendale

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:16:26 EDT

The Glendale Desert Dogs finished the first week of the Fall League with a league-best 4-1 record. For Saturday's win against Mesa, the Desert Dogs have Pirates outfielder Logan Hill to thank. Hill hit a pair of homers, driving in all four Glendale runs en route to a 4-3 victory.

#AwardWorthy: Vote for Best Fan Catch

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:49:25 EDT

Vote for a fellow Pirates supporter for Best Fan Catch in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.

Bucs have Cutch, Kang questions to answer

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:21:46 EDT

Coming off their second straight losing season, the Pirates have entered a pivotal offseason surrounded by uncertainty, facing many of the same questions as last winter.

Pirates aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 20:49:40 EDT

On Thursday, the Pirates' work in Puerto Rico began.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:17 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Keller stellar in first Fall League start

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:11:20 EDT

The rivalry across the state of Pennsylvania between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, in a variety of sports, is well documented. On Wednesday afternoon, prospects from the Pirates and Phillies worked in unison to give the Glendale Desert Dogs a 5-1 win against the visiting Peoria Javelinas.

Brault, Luplow named Prospects of the Year

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:18:35 EDT

Steven Brault and Jordan Luplow took different paths, but both finished as's Pirates Prospects of the Year.

Cutch earns NL Player of the Week honors

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:00:47 EDT

Andrew McCutchen was selected as the National League Player of the Week for Sept. 25-Oct. 1 after a prolific stretch of production that included his first career grand slam.

Chance at reaching playoffs goes by wayside

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:52:32 EDT

Only two years removed from a 98-win campaign, the Pirates took another step back this season. They had high hopes entering the year, believing they were capable of bouncing back and landing in the postseason after a down 2016.

China's Gong getting acclimated at instructs

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:46:12 EDT

The award for most miles traveled to get to Pirates instructional league play goes to Hai-Cheng Gong. Gong was signed by the Pirates out of China in May. The 18-year-old right-handed pitcher just got to Florida right before instructs began and his work there is his first official time on the mound as a Pirate.

Huntington views McCutchen as center fielder

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 16:24:42 EDT

If Andrew McCutchen is back with the Pirates next season, he will return to center field. General manager Neal Huntington declined to announce whether the Pirates will pick up McCutchen's $14.5 million option next month, but he revealed that the club has at least considered McCutchen to be part of their plans as they begin planning for 2018.

Bucs begin Puerto Rico disaster relief drive

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 21:51:54 EDT

Francisco Cervelli was standing outside PNC Park on Monday evening when a fan approached him and asked for a picture. The woman had something in return, too: a donation she felt was a long time in the making. She was too young to have helped Roberto Clemente, she told Cervelli, but she could now help the Pirates as they seek to aid Clemente's homeland in a time of need.

2018 MLB Draft order: Pirates to pick No. 10

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:37:02 EDT

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

Bucs erupt early, finish season on high note

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:55:53 EDT

The Nationals and Pirates closed out the 2017 regular season with an 11-8 Pittsburgh victory on Sunday afternoon in Washington.

Utilityman Jaso leaning toward retirement

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:40:30 EDT

Three years ago, John Jaso thought a series of concussions might end his baseball career before he was ready. On Sunday night, after an 11-8 win in the Pirates' season finale, Jaso said he was ready to call it a career on his terms.

Maxed out! Moroff 3B caps Bucs' 4-run 9th

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 00:48:28 EDT

The Pirates managed just one hit through the first eight innings Saturday before erupting for four runs in the ninth to steal a 4-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night at Nationals Park.

Taillon's trying season ends on strong note

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 00:11:31 EDT

For all that went wrong this year, for all that he could control and more that he could not, Jameson Taillon finished strong. He held the Nationals to one run on four hits and struck out five over seven innings Saturday night, ending a trying year on a high note in the Pirates' 4-1 victory.

Hurdle: 'A lot of growth' in Cole's 2017 season

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 00:57:51 EDT

How do you evaluate the season Gerrit Cole finished Friday night at Nationals Park? As manager Clint Hurdle often says, you can "hunt the good" and find plenty of it in Cole's overall body of work.

Bucs' bats lose steam vs. Strasburg, Nats

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 01:59:54 EDT

It was a goal for Stephen Strasburg at the beginning of Spring Training to finish the regular season healthy. Not only did has he accomplished that goal, but he also ended his slate in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches of his career.

Pirates pay respects at Walter Reed

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:58:55 EDT

The Pirates spent some valuable time away from the ballpark on Friday, when a group of players and coaches visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Pirates fall on walk-off after Bell ties it in 9th

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:42:05 EDT

The Nationals and Pirates entered this series ranked first and second, respectively, in September bullpen ERAs. And yet on Thursday night, the Bucs struck for two in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game before Alejandro De Aza singled home the game-winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 Nats walk-off victory at Nationals Park.

Nova's promising year ends with finger injury

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:52:18 EDT

Making his career-high 31st and final start of the season Thursday night, Ivan Nova reported to Nationals Park and prepared to put a disappointing second half behind him with a solid outing to finish the year. It lasted two innings and ended with a bunt attempt.

Change does Kuhl good in first full season

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:50:55 EDT

The Pirates started the season with one version of Chad Kuhl in their rotation, and they'll end it with another. Pittsburgh believes Kuhl's change of identity also transformed him into a better pitcher.

Bell's 25th homer powers Bucs past Orioles

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:25:54 EDT

Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Rivero's 20th save features 102.6-mph fastball

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:55:20 EDT

From the time he started playing catch on Wednesday afternoon, Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero felt strong. Stronger than usual, even.

Alvarez enjoys ovation in return to PNC Park

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:05:05 EDT

Pedro Alvarez returned to PNC Park for the first time on Tuesday with the Orioles, but he did not play. In Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pirates, Alvarez started at first base and hit cleanup, logging two singles in four at-bats with a run scored.

Williams makes case for Bucs' rotation in '18

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:35:54 EDT

Thinking ahead about the Pirates' starting rotation in 2018, manager Clint Hurdle listed the group from top to bottom. The club believes Gerrit Cole will be the ace, joined atop the rotation by Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon.

Jolly Roger! Cutch's first slam part of career day

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:13:06 EDT

Andrew McCutchen checked a big item off his baseball bucket list Tuesday night at PNC Park. Batting with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, McCutchen crushed a fastball from Kevin Gausman into the center-field seats for his first career grand slam.

McCutchen's 2 HRs, 8 RBIs power Bucs past O's

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:38:08 EDT

For all Andrew McCutchen has accomplished as the face of the Pirates' franchise, he had never had a night like Tuesday. McCutchen hit his first career grand slam and homered again in the sixth, driving in a career-high eight runs -- and earning two curtain calls -- as the Pirates cruised to a 10-1 win over the Orioles at PNC Park.

Polanco focusing on improved training, diet

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:02:03 EDT

Gregory Polanco's pregame routine is a little different these days. The Pirates outfielder is doing more stretching, more hamstring-specific work, more leg exercises. He's getting more treatment in the trainer's room, more one-on-one time with strength coach Ricky White stretching on the field. And he's drinking a lot more water.

MLBAM, Level 3 powering faster ballpark Wi-Fi

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:12:34 EDT

Greg Jeckstadt of Highland, Ill., has been going to Cardinals home games since he was 5, recalling their "Whiteyball" era of the 1980s -- when there was no Internet and you watched Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Tommy Herr and the Redbirds in person or listened to Jack Buck's play by play (maybe both) with a transistor radio.

Why me? Question has new meaning for Taillon

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:12:25 EDT

It would be easy for Jameson Taillon to make excuses, to draw a straight line from the cancer diagnosis that shook his team and family to the comparatively minor struggles he's had on the mound this season.

Marte, Luplow homer to play spoiler vs. Cards

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:50:45 EDT

Hoping to pad the win column before returning to St. Louis for a homestand that will either end or extend their season, the Cardinals instead hit a roadblock that cost them valuable ground in both the National League Central and Wild Card races.

Kang (restricted list) to play DR winter ball

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:04:18 EDT

Jung Ho Kang has been cleared to play winter ball and has begun preseason workouts in the Dominican Republic.

Tucker injury opens door at short for Kramer

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:43:45 EDT

While much of Florida was battered by Hurricane Irma, the Pirates were relieved when Pirate City in Bradenton was relatively unharmed by the storm. That is allowing them to jump into their instructional league program without too much disruption.

Chronic knee pain ends Mercer's bid for cycle

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:28:04 EDT

Jordy Mercer got the hardest part out of the way first -- so hard, in fact, that it may have kept him from a shot at history. A home run shy of hitting for the cycle, Mercer exited the Pirates' 11-6 romp over the Cardinals on Saturday night at PNC Park after five innings due to a sore left knee. Pittsburgh's shortstop had to settle, if you will, for a season-high-tying three hits and a career-high-tying four RBIs.

Santana, Neverauskas auditioning for 2018

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:24:39 EDT

Friday night provided a potential preview of the Pirates' 2018 bullpen. Between Ivan Nova's five innings and Felipe Rivero's blown save in the ninth, the Bucs sent out rookies Edgar Santana and Dovydas Neverauskas, followed by veteran George Kontos.