Red Reporter "The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Cueto. The Reds' ace put an exclamation point on his stellar 2014 season by earning his twentieth win. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run and striking out seven. On the season, he has racked up 242..." September 29
Stewart leaves game. Cueto's bat hit him on left hand/wrist. Tony Sanchez enters.
#Pirates Ike Davis left game due to flu-like symptoms, team says.
Cincinnati Enquirer "In the end, it may have just been avoiding their 87 loss of the season, but the Reds — and especially Ramon Santiago — didn't see it that way. Santiago gave the Reds a 10-6 victory in 10 innings over the Pirates, who were still hoping to win the National League Central, with a walk-off grand..." September 28
Davis back, feeling better after being ill yesterday. Martin (hamstring) out.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nearly a year after Johnny Cueto dropped the ball, Jay Bruce simply missed it. One reason the Cincinnati Reds are not playing meaningful baseball this fall is the poor performance of Bruce this season. Thought as of a core player for the Reds, Bruce has suffered through a dreadful season..." September 27
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and Charlie Morton are considering surgery as an option to repair the sports hernia that ended Morton’s season, manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday. The Pirates placed Morton on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night. “I just think it was at the point that after continuing..." September 27
Hardball Talk "Charlie Morton missed a big chunk of the season with a sports hernia, was activated a couple of weeks ago and was shut right back down after he continued to feel pain. Now surgery may be in his future, reports Bill Brink." September 26
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the start of the postseason less than a week away, there's bound to be debate about which pitcher should start the Pirates' opening game. Francisco Liriano was the Opening Day starter and has sizzled over the past month. Gerrit Cole is a beast and already has big-game experience. Either..." September 26
Russell Martin left tonight's game with tightness in his left hamstring.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Twenty-two years later, the spot where Sid Bream slid across home plate at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium is a parking lot. The physical evidence of one of the lowest points in Pirates history is gone. The Pirates washed away any haunting memories Tuesday with a champagne shower at Turner Field..." September 24
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Bargain-hunting general manager Neal Huntington got it right last winter when he signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract. If the Pirates are interested in re-signing Volquez, who will become a free agent after this season, he said the feeling is mutual. “Why..." September 23
CBSSports.com "Thanks to their comfortable 4.5-game lead in the wild-card race, the Pirates are in position to go to the postseason for the second straight year. They're only 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central with a week remaining in the season. One of the biggest reasons why the Pirates will..." September 22
Hardball Talk "Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on..." September 22
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The way things have gone for the Milwaukee Brewers, even when they win a game they have to survive controversy. With the bullpen doing yeoman duty after starter Matt Garza was ejected in the fifth inning for hitting Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen a second time with a pitch, the Brewers..." September 22
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff..." September 20
Bucs Dugout "The Pirates announced that Charlie Morton experienced "increased discomfort" in the latter innings of his last start and again during his bullpen session. He is scheduled to have a follow up exam next week and then a decision will be made how to proceed." September 19
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Excitement over the Pirates' 81st victory of the season? That is so 2013. Last year, there was a lot of buzz when the Pirates got win No. 81 and secured their first nonlosing season since 1992. On Wednesday, there was barely a ripple when the Pirates reached that mark again by drubbing the..." September 18
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that's still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Could the Pirates right-hander have expected any more? “Yeah,” Morton said. “I could've thrown nine..." September 17
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shoddy defense cost the Pirates two runs Sunday and created the stunning possibility of a second straight loss against the woeful Chicago Cubs. So it was at once absurd and sublime that the game turned on a triple play. “You could feel the momentum change,” said third baseman Josh Harrison,..." September 15
Chicago Tribune "Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered and Felix Doubront pitched six shutout innings as the Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak. Doubront allowed four hits over his six innings, reducing his earned-run average to 1.50 in three starts for Cubs. Baez homered for the second straight game,..." September 14
Starling Marte will not be in the starting lineup again for the Pirates. He's available as a pinch runner. No timetable for his return
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates opened their final homestand of regular season Friday night, beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, at PNC Park as a distinct September chill filled the air. They punched out runs in six different innings and held back the Cubs as Gerrit Cole earned his ninth win this season. Cole..." September 13
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Frankie wants the ball. The Pirates might soon have to decide who to start in the opening game of their postseason. Francisco Liriano is looking like a strong candidate for that assignment for the second year in a row. Liriano's strong second half continued Thursday in the Pirates' 4-1 win..." September 12
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Andrew McCutchen is having fun. The Pirates are playing meaningful baseball in September for a second straight season, the face of the franchise is having another excellent campaign and McCutchen accomplished a career first at a critical time Wednesday night in a 6-3 victory over the..." September 11
Announcement on Alvarez is merely a diagnosis: stress reaction in the 4th metatarsal in his left foot.Typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have not closed the door on Charlie Morton pitching out of the bullpen at some point this season, although manager Clint Hurdle indicated it might make more sense to keep him as a reserve option for the starting rotation. Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch..." September 10
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jeff Locke's problems were clearly seen in color entering Monday. In the color-coded, pitch-location charts available to the Pirates staff, it was apparent Locke had missed the strike zone much more often in the second half of the season. The strike zone contains more shades of blue than red..." September 09
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Everyone figured Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was going to hit a home run sooner or later. “I've been waiting on it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was inevitable,” agreed second baseman Neil Walker. On a breezy Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Pirates banged out 19 hits, including..." September 08
I've heard Pedro Alvarez will not go with #Pirates to Philadelphia. He instead will go see foot specialist re: recent injury.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates won the conclusion of Friday’s game, 5-3, in 11 innings against the Chicago Cubs when it resumed today after rain forced its suspension Friday afternoon. The game, which began in the seventh inning with the score tied at 3-3, went into the 11th inning. Neil Walker doubled with one..." September 07
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Winning two games in one day required eight scoreless innings from the bullpen, another strong start from Francisco Liriano and an appearance from their fourth-string shortstop. On Saturday, the Pirates complied, ending their losing streak and winning a series in a span of six hours. After..." September 07
Harrison will leave the game. Chase d'Arnaud, who has played mostly outfield this season, will take over at short.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The first storm zipped past Wrigley Field, its southern edge barely nicking the ballpark before moving out over Lake Michigan. The second one lingered longer, and, with a third on the way, the umpires had seen enough. The Pirates’ series opener against the Chicago Cubs Friday was suspended in..." September 06
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It was a game that was contested, and passionately spectated, like a playoff game, except that it was a month ahead of its time. On one side Wednesday at Busch Stadium were the Cardinals, trying to stretch their winning streak to a season-high-tying five games and put as much distance between..." September 04
Now that Indy season is over, #Pirates set to recall OF Gregory Polanco, who went 4-26 with .412 OPS in seven games after demotion.
Cincinnati Enquirer "At the end of a gauntlet of Reds players that greeted Chris Heisey in the PNC Park visitor's dugout after his go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's game was Johnny Cueto. After receiving high-fives to everyone on the bench, Cueto was there with a hug. It was the man who drove in..." September 01
Hurdle does not plan on using Pedro Alvarez or Travis Snider today "for any reason." Alvarez has begun hitting off a tee
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Vanimal is back. Well, at least for one day, he's back. Vance Worley shook off three bad starts in a row with a near-dominant performance Saturday and pitched the Pirates to a 3-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 38,023 at PNC Park. It was the Pirates' fourth win in a..." August 31
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A strong argument could be made that the two most pleasant surprises for the Pirates this season have been Josh Harrison and Edinson Volquez. Harrison began the season as a bench player who was expected to be not much more than an ultra-utility guy and Volquez was signed in the offseason off..." August 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pirates, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets. Nix was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Monday. Nix, 31, has bounced around a good deal this year, and will now join his fourth organization on the season." August 29
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a stellar start from Jeff Locke Wednesday afternoon, who bested Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, at PNC Park as the stakes continued to climb. They also got another big swing from Ike Davis, whose two-run homer in the second inning stood as the winning hit. He..." August 28
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ike Davis understands why he has lost playing time to Pedro Alvarez. “Petey hit something like five home runs in two days,” Davis said with a smile. “He deserves to play. You can't really argue with that.” In a tense eighth inning Tuesday, Davis made a case that maybe he has earned another..." August 27
Rotoworld "Polanco's major league career got off to a roaring start, but he was stuck in a 1-for-30 slump and had batted just .197/.247/.310 in 156 plate appearances since July 9. Some low-intensity games in the minors might help the 22-year-old outfielder get back on track. He's likely to return to..." August 25
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It had been 42 days since Pedro Alvarez last homered for the Pirates when he launched a 1-0 fastball over the left-field wall Saturday night at Miller Park in the fourth inning to turn the game on a dime. His next took less than 20 minutes. Alvarez hit two opposite-field home runs off Wily..." August 24
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Despite an eerie fog rolling in from Lake Michigan, Miller Park was no house of horrors for the Pirates Friday night. The Pirates chased Yovani Gallardo after five innings and plated runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings on the way to a decisive 8-3 win. They made no..." August 23
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a walk-off sacrifice fly from Gaby Sanchez Wednesday night at PNC Park to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in a game in which their young ace returned to the mound. Gerrit Cole was a sight for sore eyes in his return from a lengthy stint on the disabled list,..." August 21
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Two weeks ago the Braves flew home Seattle after a miserable 0-8 road trip that left them two games over .500 and pretty much dead in the water, in the view of many. The Pittsburgh Pirates might have a hard time believing that today. The Braves pounded the skidding Pirates for the second night..." August 20