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7/26/2015 | Focus a big key to Cole's success on the mound

It was on Friday night when Gerrit Cole started to get amped up for his Sunday start. He's locked in and focused every time he takes the mound, but he particularly enjoys the opportunity to set the tone at the start of a series and the chance to finish one off.


7/26/2015 | S-Rod's 'D' helps Bucs short circuit Nats' rally

Sean Rodriguez's natural instincts and quick reflexes were on full display during the eighth inning of the Pirates' 3-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday at PNC Park.


7/26/2015 | Twins to host Pirates for brief Interleague set

Two months ago, the Twins came into PNC Park and took two games from the Pirates. Minnesota will try to return the favor in a brief two-game series beginning Tuesday at Target Field, with Mike Pelfrey taking the hill opposite Charlie Morton.


7/26/2015 | Huntington open to adding players before Deadline

The Pirates addressed their only glaring weakness a week before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, acquiring Aramis Ramirez on Thursday to help solidify the left side of their infield after a pair of injuries. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Pirates will remain quiet over the next five days leading up to the Deadline. General manager Neal Huntington said Pittsburgh would still like to add to the club before Sunday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.


7/25/2015 | Since break, Burnett has been off

In two starts since heading to Cincinnati for his first All-Star Game, Pirates righty A.J. Burnett has given up 11 earned runs on 22 hits over 11 2/3 innings. Considering his dominant first 3 1/2 months, what has he learned this week?


7/25/2015 | Cole faces Nats, out to extend MLB-best win total to 14

Fellow first-round selections in the 2011 Draft, Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Nationals right-hander Joe Ross, will show why they were drafted so high when their teams square off Sunday afternoon in the series finale at PNC Park.


7/25/2015 | Nats ride Taylor's big game, rout Bucs

After dropping back-to-back games, the Nationals rebounded in a big way Saturday night at PNC Park, piling up 14 hits as they beat the Pirates, 9-3.


7/25/2015 | Aramis thrilled to come full circle

Aramis Ramirez is officially back with the Pirates. Acquired Thursday in a trade with the Brewers, Ramirez joined the active roster Saturday afternoon. The Bucs immediately plugged Ramirez into the starting lineup in Saturday night's 9-3 loss the Nationals at PNC Park, giving him the start at third base, batting cleanup. He went 0-for-4 in his return.


7/25/2015 | Polanco caps battle vs. Scherzer with homer

After striking out in his first two at-bats Friday night against Max Scherzer, Gregory Polanco knew he had to make an adjustment at the plate. He did just that in the fifth inning, capping off a 12-pitch at-bat with a two-run homer to right-center field in the Pirates' 7-5 win over the Nationals at PNC Park.


7/24/2015 | Aramis ready to help Bucs win series vs. Nats

After being traded on Thursday, former Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to make his 2015 Pirates debut against the Nationals on Saturday at PNC Park, with Pittsburgh looking to take three straight in the four-game series.


7/24/2015 | Pirates muscle past Nationals in slugfest

The Pirates clubbed three home runs off Max Scherzer and rallied for two more runs in the sixth inning as they beat the Nationals, 7-5, on Friday night at PNC Park.


7/24/2015 | Alvarez tags Scherzer with Allegheny blast

A night after homering to left field, Pedro Alvarez launched a two-run shot off Nationals ace Max Scherzer all the way out of PNC Park in right-center on Friday and bounced it into the Allegheny River, giving the Pirates a lead in the second inning en route to a 7-5 win.


7/24/2015 | Caminero looking to readjust to dialed-in bats

A month ago, Arquimedes Caminero was mowing down hitters with his 100-mph fastball and helping bridge the gap to Pirates setup man Tony Watson and closer Mark Melancon. But the last month has been a reminder that it takes more than a triple-digit reading on the radar gun to get Major League hitters out.


7/24/2015 | Cervelli moved by All-Star gift from Burnett

Francisco Cervelli certainly earned consideration for a spot in last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. He finished third among National League catchers in the fan voting, and his first-half numbers ranked up there with the best backstops in the NL. Cervelli didn't wind up making it to Cincinnati. But he did get an All-Star jersey, thanks to Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.


7/23/2015 | Kang getting it done as full-time shortstop

Injuries have turned Jung Ho Kang into the Pirates' everyday shortstop for the foreseeable future, but he's playing like he earned the job and continued to do just that during the Pirates' 7-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday night at PNC Park.


7/23/2015 | Scherzer gets another crack at history vs. Pirates

More than a month removed from completing a no-hitter while narrowly missing a perfect game against them, Nationals ace Max Scherzer will return to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday at PNC Park.


7/23/2015 | Bucs down Nats behind Liriano, three homers

After a disappointing trip through Milwaukee and Kansas City to open the second half, the Pirates got back on track as they returned home with a 7-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday night at PNC Park.


7/23/2015 | Ailing Mercer hoping to beat return timetable

Jordy Mercer could miss up to six weeks with a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. But in the hours after Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez took a hard slide directly into Mercer, he didn't think he'd be walking with only a slight limp less than a week later.


7/23/2015 | Pirates acquire Aramis from Brewers

The Pirates acquired infielder Aramis Ramirez and cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Minors pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.


7/23/2015 | Top 20 jerseys revealed, dominated by youth

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.


7/22/2015 | Pirates' offense too top-heavy against Royals

There were a lot of sidebars as the Pirates ended a deflating 1-5 second-half-opening trip with Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Royals.


7/22/2015 | Bucs get 6th pick in Competitive Balance Round A

The Pirates got a positive draw on Wednesday in Major League Baseball's Competitive Balance Lottery, receiving the sixth bonus selection following the first round of next June's Draft.


7/22/2015 | Royals' four-run seventh money against Bucs

Outfielder Jarrod Dyson delivered the decisive hit for the second straight night -- a safety-squeeze single -- and right-hander Edinson Volquez fired 7 2/3 strong innings as the Royals rolled to a 5-1 win over the Pirates in Wednesday night's rubber game.


7/22/2015 | Nationals, Pirates kick off series at PNC Park

Francisco Liriano will make his first start since the All-Star break on Thursday, when the Pirates and Nationals open a four-game set in Pittsburgh. Doug Fister will start for Washington.


7/22/2015 | Pirates select Florimon from Triple-A Indianapolis

Adding to their infield depth in the wake of the recent loss of two starters, the Pirates purchased infielder Pedro Florimon's contract from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.




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