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Cole upset by Pirates’ loss

PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole's frustration of no longer being perfect was still evident nearly a half-hour after the game ended.After finishing a post-game interview, the rookie right-hander walked toward the shower room and slapped one of his socks against the fish tank that sits on the middle of ...

Alvarez hits 21st homer; Bucs top Phillies

PITTSBURGH - Jeff Locke ran his personal winning streak to eight games, Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates hung on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Wednesday night.Locke (8-1) was scored upon for the first time in four home starts but extended his unbeaten ...

Pirates win streak snapped at nine by Phils

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates entered Tuesday having won each of their past nine games and 10 of 11 games started by fill-in starters.Both spurts came to an end because of a three-run Philadelphia sixth inning.Jonathan Pettibone pitched neatly into the sixth and the Phillies denied ...

Doesn’t get any better: Proud Pirates won’t rest on surging success

PITTSBURGH - As the owner of the locker just to the right of the main entrance to the common area of the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse, Garrett Jones arguably has the best panoramic view among his teammates as he sits at his stall.Since first establishing himself as a major-league regular with ...

Goodman Shaffer: Enjoying Bucs’ success this summer

There's nothing like a summertime baseball game, especially in a great ballpark like Pittsburgh's PNC.The excitement of watching batting practice, the smell of the popcorn, the sounds of the cracking bat or "Take Me Out to the Ballgame.'' But what makes a game even better is when you get to ...

Worth the wait: Martin’s hit in 14th gives Bucs 9th straight win

PITTSBURGH - As Gaby Sanchez "trucked" around third some 6 1/2 hours after the game began, one thought went through his head."'This is enough,'" the 216-pound first baseman said after the game. "'I'm tired. It's been a long day.'"Then Sanchez laughed. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been doing an ...

Bucs keep best record

The Associated?PressPITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight games in a row, and fans are starting to notice.After all, the Pirates own the best record in all of baseball.Pittsburgh beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, on Saturday night in front of its fifth straight sellout crowd at ...

Mehno: It’s too early to get gaga over Cole

PITTSBURGH - Four major league starts and Gerrit Cole is 4-0. So naturally people start thinking he'll be 10-0 after 10 starts. Even the math impaired can figure out the progression.It's exciting that the Pittsburgh Pirates finally have a legitimate prospect who can fry a radar gun.But let's ...

Break up the Bucs: Pittsburgh improves to 19 games above .500

PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole overcame a rocky start to become the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts in more than a century and Starling Marte missed the cycle a few feet short of a home run in Pittsburgh's 10-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.Cole (4-0) ...

Mercer, Pirates beats Mariners for 6th win in row

SEATTLE - Another key hit by Jordy Mercer gave the Pittsburgh Pirates their season-high sixth straight win.Mercer hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday.Mercer has come up big for the Pirates in several clutch ...

It’s all coming together for Pirates so far in 2013

Notes and observations from the first half of the Major League Baseball season:n Preseason predictions are often as insignificant in Major League Baseball as they are in the National Football League, NCAA football or NCAA basketball.Teams that are billed as can't-miss champions sometimes ...

Gerrit Cole pitches Pirates past Angels 5-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Gerrit Cole wasn't nervous about making his first major league road start in his backyard until he heard "Calling All Angels," the syrupy Train ballad played before every game at Angel Stadium."I've probably been listening to that song here since I was like 6 years old," said ...

Alvarez’s big game lifts Bucs

CINCINNATI - Pedro Alvarez hasn't changed anything in June, except those RBI numbers. They're way up there, just like the Pirates.Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh's runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and a single on Thursday for a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of ...

Grilli blows first save in Pirate loss

CINCINNATI - Jay Bruce ended Jason Grilli's saves streak with a solo homer in the ninth, and Brandon Philips singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning on Wednesday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.Derrick Robinson and Shin-Soo Choo singled ...

Taking it to the Mat: Pirates slow down Latos, Reds

By Joe KayThe Associated PressCINCINNATI - Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle figured the odds were against Mat Latos extending his impressive streak without a defeat."He's due to lose," Hurdle said pregame.With one good inning, the Pirates pulled it off.Pedro Alvarez singled home a pair of runs ...

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

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.The fight ends, the fighters sit in the penalty box, and the game goes on.That would make more sense than the ...

Surging Reds keep building cushion

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 game.Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off Liriano, and the Cincinnati Reds moved a ...

Alvarez homer lifts Bucs

PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole is off to a perfect start in the major leagues. The rookie, however, feels he has been far from perfect.Cole won again, getting home run help from Pedro Alvarez and pitching the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday.Cole (2-0) allowed three runs on ...

Rookie Cumpton sharp in loss

By Will GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - 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 back.The Pittsburgh Pirates' rookie starter put together five-plus effective innings in his major league ...