Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "With boos cascading down from every angle of PNC Park, Ryan Braun let his bat do the talking Saturday night. The embattled rightfielder went 3 for 5, scored four runs and homered twice, with his second — a two-run shot off all-star closer Jason Grilli with one out in the ninth inning — lifting..." April 20
Hurdle: Mercer will get treatment and attempt baseball activities. Might be available off the bench later tonight.
#pirates DFA Ishikawa, add Davis, who is in lineup today.
ESPN.com "The Ike Davis saga is over in New York. The New York Mets traded the enigmatic first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The deal was announced just a few minutes prior to the Mets' game against the..." April 19
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When you play a game as strange — and ugly — as the Milwaukee Brewers did on Friday night, it's not often that you come out on top. Yet, that was exactly what happened for the Brewers, who somehow overcame four errors in the field and a couple more on the base paths to outlast the Pittsburgh..." April 19
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jose Tabata did not get a concussion when he collided with the outfield wall Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said, and was available off the bench for the game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tabata passed concussion tests, Hurdle said. "He ran on the field, went in the cage,..." April 18
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates couldn’t quite get to Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo Thursday night, but they managed to outlast him. Gallardo recovered from a two-run first inning to work without much trouble through the Pirates lineup for the next five. He and Edinson Volquez, having dueled to a draw, gave..." April 18
Cincinnati Enquirer "Johnny Cueto's stuff ranges from good to dominant depending on the day. What never varies is Cueto's desire to compete, to win every pitch. "He just competes and competes and competes," catcher Brayan Pena said. "He goes out there and battles. His confidence level is very high. When you're..." April 17
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Mike Leake and Gerrit Cole met once before. When Cole was a freshman at UCLA and Leake a junior at Pac-10 rival Arizona St., Leake outdueled Cole late that May en route to leading the Sun Devils to a conference title. They might not remember their first meeting well, but they long will remember..." April 16
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Make that three series sweeps and counting for the Milwaukee Brewers, officially the hottest team in Major League Baseball. Led by Kyle Lohse's 82/3 dominant innings and helped by just enough offense and yet another big break that went their way in the sixth inning, the Brewers continued their..." April 14
MiLB.com "Pittsburgh right-hander Luis Heredia was lifted from his start with Class A West Virginia Saturday with discomfort in his throwing shoulder, according to the Pirates. The organization's No. 10 prospect threw just one pitch in his scheduled start against Lexington before leaving because of the..." April 13
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers keep finding ways to win games. Sometimes, remarkable ways. Escaping a huge jam in the top of the eighth with a one-of-a-kind double play, the Brewers went ahead on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single in the bottom of the inning Saturday night to pull out a 3-2 nail-biter over..." April 13
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Home or road — it doesn't much matter to these Milwaukee Brewers right now. Fresh off their impressive trip out East, the Brewers continued their hot play in their return to Miller Park on Friday night. Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds each homered to power the offense, Wily Peralta turned..." April 12
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The way Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sees it, Pedro Alvarez never has been better. Look past the .229 batting average, because it doesn't really tell the story. Focus instead on Alvarez's gaudy 1.027 on-base plus slugging percentage. Take note of his patience and pitch selection. Marvel at his..." April 11
Jameson Taillon underwent his TJ surgery yesterday, by Dr. David Altchek in New York. All went well.
Jameson Taillon underwent his TJ surgery yesterday, by Dr. David Altchek in New York. All went well.
Chicago Tribune "Opportunity is expanding for Mike Olt and Junior Lake — along with their confidence. After they hit consecutive home runs Wednesday night to vault the Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the Pirates, manager Rick Renteria is ready to increase their roles. Renteria said he plans to steer away slightly..." April 10
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates' Tony Watson took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday while trouble was brewing. There were two outs in the sixth inning of a tie game, and the Cardinals had runners on first and third. Matt Adams, a career .319 hitter with runners in scoring position, was at the..." April 09
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Russell Martin’s eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte to lift the Pirates to a 7-6 win Tuesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs relievers Pedro Strop and James Russell loaded the bases with three walks in the eighth, setting the scene for Martin. It was almost the..." April 09
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The first batter Edinson Volquez faced this afternoon singled. The second one lined out hard to center field, and it looked as though Volquez might just be the pitchers the numbers last season said he was and not the better version of himself the Pirates believed he could be. Then Volquez..." April 07
ESPN.com "When Francisco Liriano's career had bottomed out, the Pittsburgh Pirates provided a safe haven for him to work his way back to prominence. So when the team embarked upon the task of filling out its starting rotation in December, Liriano was happy to return the favor and play the role of..." April 06
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Right-hander Jameson Taillon, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, will have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, the Pirates announced today. Taillon, 22,has an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Dr. David Altcheck of New York will perform the..." April 06
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals got an early rally against the unlikeliest of pitchers, but it was an early move to a most reliable pitcher that spun those runs into a win. With the Cardinals clinging to a three-run lead Saturday and the tying run at the plate in the sixth inning, manager Mike Matheny called for..." April 06
BREAKING: #Pirates have extended the contracts of GM Neal Huntington & Manager Clint Hurdle for 3 yrs, w/club options for the 2018 season.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The day likely will never come when Pedro Alvarez is referred to as a power/speed threat, but, for one game, he served as a passable facsimile. After hitting two home runs in his first two at-bats, Alvarez used his legs to score a run his third time up. That’s how the Pirates’ game went..." April 05
Chicago Tribune "Manager Rick Renteria had a blend of rock, pop, jazz and salsa music playing in his office less than eight hours after the Chicago Cubs dropped a 16-inning game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Whatever it takes," Renteria said Thursday before the Cubs tried to salvage the final game of a three-game..." April 04
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Wednesday night. The game lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th and went..." April 03
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Travis Ishikawa was the first Pirates base-runner to reach scoring position in the opener Monday. After his second single against the Chicago Cubs, a ground ball sent him to second. Ishikawa’s opening-day start reflected a drastic change in his status since Dec. 18, when the Pirates signed the..." April 02
Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Mark Melancon couldn't sleep on Sunday night, struggling to the point that he gave up his futile pursuit of rest about 40 minutes before the alarm was set to go off on Monday morning. Neil Walker picked up his teammate, drove him to PNC Park, and on the way, they talked about the day that was..." April 01
Pirates' Opening Day lineup: LF-Marte, RF-Snider, CF-McCutchen, 3B-Alvarez, C-Martin, 2B-Walker, 1B-Ishikawa SS-Mercer, P-Liriano
Fansided "The Pittsburgh Pirates will open up their 2014 campaign against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31st. As a Cubs fan myself, I’m very excited to watch these two National League Central Division rivals go at it to kick off the year. Now before the Pirates prepare themselves for their first home..." March 29
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates' breakout 2013 season paved the way for near historic levels of season ticket sales for 2014. The Pirates' season ticket base is up nearly 40 percent from last season and is at its second highest level in PNC Park history, according to club spokesman Brian Warecki. The Pirates also..." March 28
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In addition to the 31 million reasons to commit now to a contract extension, Starling Marte had a few that aren’t easily quantified. “I didn’t feel like I needed to wait because I like where I am, I have confidence where I am, I like the organization,” said Marte in Spanish, with his agent,..." March 28
Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27
Hardball Talk "Francisco Liriano‘s groin injury put his Opening Day start in jeopardy, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pirates left-hander “has been given the green light” to pitch Game 1 against the Cubs. Liriano began last season on the disabled list with a broken right arm from an offseason..." March 27
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew Lambo faced a tall task this spring. He had to continue his crash-course reintroduction to first base, he had to fight for a position on the active roster and he had to prevent one from influencing the other. Lambo struggled at the plate and was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis..." March 26
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates have reached a six-year contract extension with outfielder Starling Marte. The deal, confirmed by a source familiar with the negotiations, includes two club options. MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette reported the deal is worth $31 million. If true, it would be twice as rich..." March 26
CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26
The @Twins have traded RHP Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have had trade talks with the Diamondbacks about shortstop Didi Gregorius, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Last Wednesday, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported the D'Backs were making Gregorius available in trade, after Chris Owings won the team's starting shortstop job...." March 24
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates are trying to sign outfielder Starling Marte to a multiyear contract, multiple sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review, but he turned down at least two offers this past winter. Marte, 25, will not be arbitration eligible until 2016 and cannot become a free agent until 2019. Although..." March 23
Fansided "Another Yankees’ catcher may soon find himself packing his bags for a move to Pittsburgh. According to a report from Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the two teams match-up well for a possible deal. Two former Yankees catchers, Russell Martin and Chris Stewart, are now donning the Pirates’..." March 22
Uh oh. #Pirates Liriano leaves game after landing awkwardly after pitch. He has slight limp as he heads for clubhouse.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates will be without backup catcher Chris Stewart for at least the first month of the season. Stewart underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to have the meniscus in his right knee repaired by Dr. James Andrews. Stewart injured the knee March 12 against the Twins and has not played in a..." March 20
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Before a mid-March spring training game — the period of the exhibition season where opening day seems simultaneously around the corner and, after weeks of monotonous workouts, far away — Tony Watson voiced his optimism. “We’re just excited now,” he said. “Only two weeks.” Watson also was..." March 19
#Pirates shopping RF Jose Tabata. Will be interesting to see if there are any takers with three years, $12.25M left on contract.
New York Post "The Yankees’ offseason spending spree caught the attention of just about everyone in baseball — including Russell Martin. The catcher was among the first casualties of ownership’s desire to avoid paying the luxury tax this season and keep the 2014 payroll under $189 million. That led to the..." March 18
Hardball Talk "The Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the Yankees to serve as Russell Martin‘s backup, but now the 31-year-old catcher is likely headed for surgery after injuring his knee in a game last week. Stewart didn’t figure to play much for the Pirates considering he’s a career .214 hitter and Martin..." March 17