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Pregame: Hurdle discusses bunting tactics and Cole

Some notes and quotes from this afternoon's press meeting with Clint Hurdle: Changing bunting tactics based on the count: There's been a lot of discussion about Hurdle's decision to sacrifice...

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Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Pirates

The 1979 Pirates made all people in Pittsburgh feel like one, big Happy Fam-i-ly on their run to a World Series title. Willie "Pops" Stargell introduced the team to the song "We are Family" and it became a fight song that led the never-say-die team to repeat as World Series Champs.

Gamethread: Cole starts against Cardinals

Here's the Pirates' lineup as they begin what should be a fun series against the NL Central's best competition. It is also, of course, Gerrit Cole's 2014 debut. Shelby Miller starts for the...

Notes: Ike Davis, Jason Kipnis

The Mets will bench Ike Davis in order to make Lucas Duda their starting first baseman, Andy Martino of New York Daily News writes. That's potentially significant in that, if the Mets have settled...

Pirates MiL recap: it's mostly rain

The minor league season started with a lot of rain. Indianapolis' and Altoona's openers were rained out, and West Virginia's was suspended after two innings.

Pirates fall short in 3-2 loss to the Cubs

After a wobbly first three innings, Wandy Rodriguez settled in and gave the Pirates a quality start, but the Bucs' offense was unable to overcome an early three-run deficit, and the Cubs took the...

Cubs vs. Pirates, 3 April 2014

I'm a little surprised that anyone who works at PNC Park is even awake, but someone seems to be, because we've got a lineup for today's 12:35pm matchup against Jason Hammel: Starling Marte LFT...

Upon review, Bucs win 4-3

In the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh (five hours and 55 minutes), the Pirates walked off to a 4-3 victory in 16 innings. Instant replay was a major story line tonight, costing...

Gamethread: Charlie Morton takes on Cubs

Here is tonight's lineup: Starling Marte LF Travis Snider RF Andrew McCutchen CF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin C Neil Walker 2B Travis Ishikawa 1B Jordy Mercer SS Charlie Morton

Pregame: Hurdle on including the 'human element'

One of the more interesting quotes from Opening Day was Clint Hurdle's description of the Pirates' platoons at first base and right field as not "cookie cutter." Additional factors beyond the...

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Pirates near bottom in draft, int'l bonus pools

Jim Callis (via Pirates Prospects) lists the draft bonus pool and international bonus pool figures for 2014. As you might expect given the Pirates' strong season in 2013, these pools aren't kind to...

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