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Despite the acquisition of A.J. Burnett, the Pirates again open the season without a clear top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.

Short of Burnett’s return to his 2009 form, free agent signee Erik Bedard making a full year's worth of starts for

04/04/2012 - 22:54
David Golebiewski
At Diesel Club Lounge, black-and-gold clad clubbers scarf Pierogies, sip Bacardi’s and stand on tippy-toes to get a clear view of the dimly lit stage. TVs in the sky boxes above show The Beatles swaying to "All My Loving," 48 years after the Fab Four captured America's consciousness on The Ed Sullivan Show.

These South Side revelers were sending all their loving not toward The Beatles, but rather toward “Da Beard.” With the Steelers vanquished f

03/13/2012 - 00:38
David Golebiewski
Playing in a small market and lacking cash to compete for top free agents, the Pirates must develop home-grown stars through the amateur draft to climb the National League Central standings.

Those youngsters, paid peanuts their first three seasons in the majors and earning a fraction of their free agent worth the next three through arbitration, are baseball gold.

01/23/2012 - 14:16
David Golebiewski
PSR's David Golebiewski caught up with Pirates president Frank Coonelly to discuss Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement.

David Golebiewski: How will the restrictions and taxes on draft spending in the new

01/16/2012 - 17:32
David Golebiewski
Pedro Alvarez was supposed to anchor the Pirates’ power-starved lineup, belting homers and drawing walks by the bushel. Instead, the $6 million bonus baby, selected second overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2008 draft, hopes to avoid Triple-A Indianapolis next spring after a 2011 season in which he slugged .289 and suffered a quadriceps injury.

PSR’s David Golebiewski picked the brains of baseball experts for a solution to

12/24/2011 - 16:25
David Golebiewski
T.J. McConnell made a seamless transition from Chartiers Valley High School to the Bluff, stuffing the stat sheet as the up-tempo Duquesne Dukes finished 19-13.

McConnell earned Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year honors and was the only Division I freshman in the country with over 300 points, 125 assists and 75 steals.

11/08/2011 - 20:54
David Golebiewski
At the North Shore Saloon, a mere one-hop throw from Roberto Clemente's legendary right arm to The Great One's statue at PNC Park, Les Banos gazes at a photo he took of his best friend and smiles.

"When I look at this picture," said the Pirates team photographer from 1969-1977, pointing to the snapshot of Clemente crouching on Three Rivers Stadium's turf next to his three boys with wife Vera

10/24/2011 - 23:38
David Golebiewski
Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expires in December, and a new labor contract could lead to major changes in the amateur draft, affecting everything from how much cash teams can offer players, when those players sign, and whether clubs can swap picks.

If implemented,  those changes could have a major impact on the Pirates and how they approach the draft.

Hard Slotting

09/19/2011 - 23:53
David Golebiewski
Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Charlie Morton allowed 3 runs over 7 innings, but the Pirates still clinched their 19th straight losing season with a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Less than two months after sitting atop the NL Central standings and adding players at the trade deadline instead of scouring other clubs' farm systems and selling, the Pirates reached an all-too-f

09/14/2011 - 16:33
David Golebiewski
When Don McLaughlin had a leg amputated due to poor circulation two years ago, he knew he didn’t want to become a spectator. “I was very active,” said the Michigan native who served with the Marines during the Vietnam War.

“I didn’t want to sit around on my butt and do nothing, so I got involved in wheelchair sports. And that led to here.”

09/14/2011 - 08:08
David Golebiewski
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