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Mehno: Pirates, Reds need to follow NHL’s example

June 19, 2013 PITTSBURGH — People ridicule the NHL for allowing players to fight, but maybe hockey has the right idea. You have a beef with someone? Back it up. Drop the gloves, square off and fight. more »»

Surging Reds keep building cushion

June 18, 2013 CINCINNATI — A hanging a slider, a fastball that strayed right down the middle. With no margin for error, left-hander Francisco Liriano made two of them that went a long way and decided a close gam. more »»

Alvarez homer lifts Bucs

June 17, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole is off to a perfect start in the major leagues. The rookie, however, feels he has been far from perfec. more »»

Rookie Cumpton sharp in loss

June 16, 2013 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Brandon Cumpton catapulted from Triple-A anonymity to big league starter in a span of three days. At the moment, he has no immediate plans to go bac. more »»

Mehno: Time for Mario to speak up

June 16, 2013 PITTSBURGH — We heard loud and clear from Ray Shero last week. Dan Bylsma is staying, so are his assistant coaches, and so is Marc-Andre Fleur. more »»

Locke wins again, now 6-1

June 15, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke barely made the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation out of spring training, winning a battle with Kyle McPherson almost by default after McPherson struggled and a better... more »»

Pirate pitching roughed up

June 14, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton didn’t view his return to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery as a make or break proposition. more »»

Marte’s big game lifts Pirates to win

June 13, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte’s precocious talent can sometimes get him in trouble at the plate. more »»

Rookie pitches, hits Pittsburgh to victory

June 12, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole wasn’t feeling nervous in the hours leading up to his major league debut. And that made him nervous. “I couldn’t understand it,” Cole said. “It made me a little worried. more »»

Top prospect ready for long-awaited debut

June 10, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole sat on a stool in the cramped locker room at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league complex in Bradenton, Fla., in late February and thought for a moment. more »»

Tough day for Pirate lefty

June 10, 2013 CHICAGO — Jeff Locke was having such a hard time throwing strikes that he didn’t even realize he was working on a no-hitte. more »»

Bucs' Burnett beats Cubs

June 9, 2013 The Associated Press CHICAGO — Only the complete game and shutout eluded Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett in a stadium where he loves to pitch. more »»

It's official: Cole coming up to Pirates

June 9, 2013 It’s official: Cole coming up CHICAGO — Gerrit Cole, the N. more »»

Report says Cole to debut for Pirates

June 8, 2013 ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” reported on television Friday that pitcher Gerrit Cole will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates this Tuesday at home against the San Francisco Giants. more »»

Liriano tosses a gem for Bucs in win

June 8, 2013 CHICAGO — Francisco Liriano wasn’t quite sure where his pitches were going. The one thing he did control was his emotions. more »»

Decision on Bucs' Rodriguez coming

June 8, 2013 CHICAGO — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is to throw a bullpen session on Monday before the team decides whether he will go on the disabled lis. more »»

Bucs’ defeat is painful

June 6, 2013 ATLANTA — The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three straight and five of six and suddenly have to worry about the status of Wandy Rodriguez. more »»

Braves knock off Melancon, Bucs

June 5, 2013 ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending double off Mark Melancon in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. more »»

Braves' bats slam Bucs

June 4, 2013 ATLANTA — Kris Medlen stuck to his game plan through the longest losing streak of his career: Keep games close and give Atlanta’s powerful offense a chance to come throug. more »»

Bucs come from behind to beat Reds

June 3, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Garrett Jones is a level-headed guy. Even when he gets mad sometimes. more »»

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