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Rookie pitches, hits Pittsburgh to victory

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."Cole had nothing to be worried about as he took a shutout into the seventh inning and hit a two-run ...

Tough day for Pirate lefty

CHICAGO - Jeff Locke was having such a hard time throwing strikes that he didn't even realize he was working on a no-hitter.The left-hander held Chicago hitless into the sixth inning Sunday but Cody Ransom hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off reliever Justin Wilson in the seventh and Edwin ...

Top prospect ready for long-awaited debut

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.What, exactly, does the burly right-hander love so much about baseball?Sure, the money is great. The potential fame ...

Bucs’ Burnett beats Cubs

The Associated PressCHICAGO - Only the complete game and shutout eluded Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett in a stadium where he loves to pitch.Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago ...

It’s official: Cole coming up to Pirates

It's official: Cole coming upCHICAGO - Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall selection by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, will make his major league debut Tuesday night when the Pirates host Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.The 22-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with ...

Report says Cole to debut for Pirates

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. Cole was the first overall selection in the 2011 Major League?Baseball draft by the Pirates.

Liriano tosses a gem for Bucs in win

CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano wasn't quite sure where his pitches were going. The one thing he did control was his emotions.Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 Friday for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh's total for ...

Decision on Bucs’ Rodriguez coming

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 list.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did say there was no "acute structural damage to the ligament" in Rodriguez's throwing arm. ...

Bucs’ defeat is painful

ATLANTA - The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three straight and five of six and suddenly have to worry about the status of Wandy Rodriguez.Manager Clint Hurdle said it's a good time to remember that even after being swept by Atlanta, Pittsburgh is in good position in the NL Central.Rodriguez ...

Braves knock off Melancon, Bucs

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.Melancon (1-1) walked Dan Uggla to open the 10th. B.J. Upton struck out after fouling off an attempted sacrifice bunt. ...

Braves’ bats slam Bucs

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 through.Finally, the lineup showed up in a big way on Monday night.Brian McCann, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each hit a ...

Bucs come from behind to beat Reds

PITTSBURGH - Garrett Jones is a level-headed guy. Even when he gets mad sometimes.He was upset when he stepped into the batters' box in the eighth inning Sunday after striking out with runners on second and third in his previous at-bat. Jones then unleashed his anger by hitting a 463-foot ...

Pirate offense shut down again

PITTSBURGH - Mike Leake continued his recent run of strong pitching by working six scoreless innings Saturday night as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0, in a battle of two of the top three teams in the National League Central.Leake (5-2) scattered seven hits as the Pirates ...

Reds’ Cueto cools off surging Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Neil Walker eyed Johnny Cueto's fastball and turned on it. Before the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman could get the bat out of his hands, the ball was nestled into the glove of Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.In one motion Walker flipped his bat in faux disgust then turned ...

Bucs take 3 of 4 from Tigers

PITTSBURGH - Russell Martin hit a bases-loaded single off the left-center wall in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.Neil Walker opened the inning with a sharp single to right off Luke Putkonen (1-1) and Andrew ...

Walker homers in 11th to help Bucs win

DETROIT - Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the 11th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday night.The game was scoreless until Walker - the brother-in-law of Tigers center fielder Don Kelly - homered off Jose Ortega (0-2) with ...

Detroit’s hitters get after Liriano

DETROIT - After a terrific start to the season, Francisco Liriano finally faltered against one of baseball's top lineups.It took a few innings, but the Detroit Tigers eventually broke through against Liriano, scoring three runs in the fifth en route to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bucs take series at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE - For one weekend, Miller Park wasn't a house of horror for the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates entered Sunday's game with a 9-47 record at Miller Park since 2007. A 5-4 victory gave Pittsburgh its first series win against the Brewers in Milwaukee since June of last year. The Pirates ...

Brewers can’t pick Locke

MILWAUKEE - Jeff Locke put up some more zeroes for Pittsburgh.The Pirates left-hander didn't give up a run for the second straight game to help lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday.Locke (5-1) allowed three hits in six scoreless innings and struck out a ...

Brewers’ Estrada shuts down Bucs’ bats

MILWAUKEE - Marco Estrada gave up one run over seven innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.Estrada (4-2) retired the first 14 Pittsburgh batters he faced before a two-out bloop single to left ...