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Harrison walk-off HR lifts Bucs

PITTSBURGH - The last time Josh Harrison hit a walk-off homer, he was a high school senior in Cincinnati. The game was played in front of a few dozen people on a spring afternoon. Still the only homer of his prep career remains ingrained in Harrison's memory.Now it's got company.The Pittsburgh ...

Liriano captures pitching honor

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 4. The announcement was made Monday on MLB Network.Liriano was -0 in two starts last week, tying for the Major League lead in wins while ranking among ...

Burnett goes distance in Pirates’ victory

PITTSBURGH - At 36 and the owner of two World Series rings, A.J. Burnett says he no longer cares about personal statistics."It's all about the team," the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander said. "We've got something special really special going on here."Burnett, however, admitted it was nice to ...

Confidence helping Bucs overcome years of losing

PITTSBURGH - There are plenty of reasons why the Pittsburgh Pirates enter today as the first-place team in the National League's Central Division, with Major League Baseball's best record.Pitching determines success in baseball, and a talented starting pitching staff that features a splendid ...

Mehno: Nothing sells tickets like a winning team

PITTSBURGH - People love the Pirates! Contrary to what they're saying on TV at 5, 6 and 11, this is not breaking news.The Pirates are winning. People love a winner. A lot of people who didn't know Mario Lemieux from Mario Lanza developed an interest in hockey when the Penguins started winning ...

Liriano, Tabata come through

PITTSBURGH - Francisco Liriano has won twice as many games as he did a year ago and there's still two months to go in the season.Liriano continued his recent dominance with seven strong innings, and Jose Tabata homered and drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the ...

Chacin toughs it out, shuts down Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Jhoulys Chacin was determined to eat up innings for his team and its weary bullpen. Absorbing a sharply-hit line drive off his pitching forearm wasn't going to deter him.Chacin allowed one run on six hits over eight innings and the Colorado Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak ...

Hartsock: Trade deadline generates interest

Notes and observations from a recent trip to Pittsburgh's PNC Park:PITTSBURGH - The Major League Baseball season is broken down into a variety of components, and none is more interesting than the World Series.The championship series in both the National and American Leagues follow closely ...

Cards explode on Bucs to avoid sweep

PITTSBURGH - Manager Mike Matheny admitted the St. Louis Cardinals' losing streak was starting to get to him."It's something you go to sleep thinking about and you wake up thinking about it and wonder what that sick feeling in your stomach is when you get up," Matheny said."You realize it's ...

Pirates stand pat, beat Cards

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spent the hours leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline searching for a way to upgrade the team with the best record in baseball.The typically buttoned down Huntington even considered taking leave of his senses to do it."We ...

Bucs sweep Cards, take first place

PITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen clubbed his 15th homer of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with 6-0 victory on Tuesday night.Brandon Cumpton (1-1) allowed three hits over seven innings to pick up his first major league win. The sweep ...

Love is in the air in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - This is being called the Pittsburgh Pirates' biggest series in the 13 seasons at PNC Park.No doubt it is. What else would compete with the ongoing five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals?The stands are packed, the streets are jammed with people beginning in the late ...

Bucs win; pick up game on Cards

PITTSBURGH - Clint Hurdle grabbed the brim of his cap and ducked his head. When pressed about what pleased him the most about Pittsburgh's 9-2 win over St. Louis on Monday, a romp that propelled the resilient Pirates within a half-game of the NL Central lead, the manager thought for a moment ...

Pirates slip up in Miami

MIAMI - The Pittsburgh Pirates managed only one win against the team with the NL's worst record.They hope to fare better versus the team they're chasing in the division.Gerrit Cole was outpitched Sunday in an all-rookie duel against Jose Fernandez, and Pittsburgh lost to the Miami Marlins ...

McKenry powers Pirates

MIAMI - Michael McKenry had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs, Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each added two RBIs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Saturday night.McKenry, who came into the night batting .191, raised his average 26 points with a double and ...

Control issues haunt Locke

MIAMI - Six walks and no run support were a bad combination for Jeff Locke.The Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander had a career-high nine strikeouts, but shaky control cost him in a 2-0 loss Friday to the Miami Marlins."I felt the way it looked - kind of all over the place," he said. "Kind of ...

Nats snap Bucs’ win streak

WASHINGTON - Manager Clint Hurdle's Pittsburgh Pirates began the game 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position before coming through in the clutch late.They fell behind 4-0 against the Washington Nationals while committing three errors in the first inning. Then the Pirates trailed 7-3 heading ...

Pirates closer Grilli has strained right arm

MIAMI - Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm and is out indefinitely.Grilli, who is tied for the National League lead with 30 saves, injured the arm while pitching against the Washington Nationals on Monday night. He met with ...

Pirate lefty Liriano continues to have great season

WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg fiddled with the bottom of his gray T-shirt and stared blankly ahead, unaccustomed to his Washington Nationals struggling day after day the way they are at the moment."We need to win some games," Strasburg said. "It's getting to the point where our back's against ...

Grilli placed on DL with forearm strain

WASHINGTON - The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed National League saves leader Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.Grilli, who left Monday night's game at Washington in the ninth inning with discomfort in his forearm, traveled to Pittsburgh Tuesday and will be ...