Pirates turn tables on Scherzer

Jul 25, 2015

Pirates turn tables on Scherzer

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer put his team in an early hole when Pedro Alvarez crushed a two-run home run out of the stadium in the second inning. His hitters responded with four runs in the fourth that should have put Scherzer back in ...

Jul 21, 2015

Pirates place Mercer on 15-day disabled list

Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer is expected to miss six weeks because of a knee injury, leaving the Pirates without their starters on the left side of the infield possibly until September. The Pirates put Mercer on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after ...

Polanco lifts Pirates with walk-off hit in 10th inning

Jul 13, 2015

Polanco lifts Pirates with walk-off hit in 10th inning

The St. Louis Cardinals head into the All-Star break with the NL Central lead and the best record in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates, however, have all the momentum. Gregory Polanco capped another late rally, driving in Kang Jung-ho with two outs in the ...

Scherzer throws no-hitter after losing perfect game in ninth

Jun 21, 2015

Scherzer throws no-hitter after losing perfect game in ninth

Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow. Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a ...

Feb 28, 2015

Pirates sickened by terrorist photo

The Pittsburgh Pirates say it’s “absolutely sickening” to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for Islamic State hostage ...

Giants rout Pirates, advance

Oct 2, 2014

Giants rout Pirates, advance

Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May ...

Giants unfazed by do-or-die game

Sep 30, 2014

Giants unfazed by do-or-die game

The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts. Just rewind two Octobers ago, when the Giants overcame six elimination games on the way to their second World Series championship in three years. No doubt this year will be different. San Francisco ...

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Sep 24, 2014

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Gerrit Cole was so focused on recording 17 consecutive outs, he didn’t glance at the out-of-town scoreboard. Cole insisted he didn’t know his win over Atlanta had clinched a playoff spot for Pittsburgh until he walked into the clubhouse and saw the lockers covered ...

Pirates keep hopes alive

Sep 22, 2014

Pirates keep hopes alive

Vance Worley is used to his body breaking down at this point in the season. An unexpected break allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander to regroup. He responded with his sharpest outing in two months to push the fading Milwaukee Brewers closer to an extended ...

Brewers stay in playoff chase

Sep 21, 2014

Brewers stay in playoff chase

Matt Garza provided the edge, even if it ended his night early. The Milwaukee Brewers took it from there, tightening the NL wild-card race with a contentious 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Garza was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting ...

Pirates blow game on bases

Jul 31, 2014

Pirates blow game on bases

Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game. Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss. A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean ...