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It was late April in Atlanta, and the Pirates were trailing the Braves 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, with a man on and no one out. The game was threatening to get away from the Bucs.

The Braves' Martin Prado had taken Brad Lincoln deep to open the inning, Freddie Freeman followed with a single and Lincoln had just fallen behind in the count 2-1 to Brian McCann.

05/31/2012 - 21:41
Tony DeFazio
A.J. Burnett out-dueled Johnny Cueto in a battle between two of the top pitchers in the National League and rookie Matt Hague knocked in two runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Pirates took two of three from the first place Cincinnati Reds with a 2-1 win at PNC Park Wednesday night.

A.J. Burnett has been nearly unhittable since a bad May 2 outing against the St. Louis Cardinals.

05/30/2012 - 22:22
Scott Kromko
Owens, Locke, Wilson, McPherson, Cole and Taillon highlight strong pitching at Triple-A Indianapolis and High-A Bradenton, while Hernandez and Mercer make their major league debuts with the Bucs.

Jameson Taillon, P, Bradenton (High-A)  The 6-6, 20-year-old pitcher's fastball can consistently hit the

05/30/2012 - 17:44
Rachel Trunk
Homer Bailey held the Pirates to four hits and went the distance, as the Reds evened the series with an 8-1 trouncing of Bucs after a nearly two-hour rain delay at PNC Park.

After a long, two hour rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates just couldn’t get any offense going.

05/29/2012 - 23:43
Scott Kromko
Shortstop Jordy Mercer has officially been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The shortstop was hitting strong for Triple-A Indianapolis, while the Pirates' Clint Barmes has struggled.

The news first came out after a tweet from Indianapolis teammate Duke Welker.

05/29/2012 - 14:57
James Santelli
James McDonald tossed eight shutout innings and the offense contributed plenty of two-out lightning for the fourth Pirates win in a row.

James McDonald only has one complete game shutout in his professional career, with the Low-A Columbus (Ga.) Catfish in 2006.

05/28/2012 - 16:21
James Santelli
The Pirates offense has certainly underperformed, but it is partly because the team has faced the division's toughest pitching.

There's not too much talk of "strength of schedule" in Major League Baseball. That's more of a college football idea.

05/28/2012 - 11:47
James Santelli
Juan Cruz placed on restricted list to handle personal business

The Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Juan Cruz on the restricted list, so he can return home to the Dominic

05/28/2012 - 11:07
PSR Staff
Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen homered, and Erik Bedard pitched six shutout innings as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 10-4 win on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates jerseys are camouflaged on this Memorial Day weekend, but for once, the Pirates offense was more visible than ever.
 
The

05/27/2012 - 16:58
James Santelli
Notebook: Matt Hague starts again, Bedard throws more changeups and Jeff Karstens will make another rehab start.

Matt Hague knew he was going to take a strike.

05/27/2012 - 12:14
James Santelli
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.
Editor's DeskFeature One
Quick. Fill in the blank: The Steelers’ current receiving corps is (fill in the blank). Deep? Bottom-heavy? Talented yet unproven?
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Steve Blass was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1960 and made his major league debut in 1964. From 1968 through 1972, Blass was one of the National League’s best pitchers.
Feature ThreeNorth Shore Notes
It’s an odd thought for Sterling Jenkins. It’s still a year away, but after he finishes his senior year at Baldwin High School, he’ll be playing college football at Penn State.
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In Dr. Pat Farabaugh’s book “An Unbreakable Bond,” he tells the unedited story of Pittsburgh native and St. Francis (PA) grad Maurice Stokes and his NBA teammate, fellow Pittsburgher Jack Twyman.
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When Pittsburgh canine officer Rocco died in the line of duty in January, Chris Benson of Benstonium.com created a design to pay tribute to the fallen officer. When The Black N Gold Girls shared his design on Facebook, their followers decided to help.
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The NHL handed out their annual awards at the end of June, and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby captured a hat trick, securing the Hart Trophy (MVP), Art Ross Trophy (scoring champ) and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).
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Pittsburgh is city full of sports heroes and legendary figures. The list of Pittsburgh sports legends is long, but it begins with the following four men.
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