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Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation couldn't make batters whiff. Bucs starters finished dead last in the National League in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, a problem made worse by lousy leather behind those hurlers.

Pittsburgh was last in the majors in Defensive Efficiency, which measures the percentage of balls put in play converted into outs.

04/04/2011 - 17:53
David Golebiewski
Pedro Alvarez drive in Neil Walker and Garrett Jones with an infield single off closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cubs to take two of three in the opening series of the season.

Pirates 5, Cubs 4
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

04/03/2011 - 22:18
David Golebiewski
Neil Walker hit a grand slam, Andrew McCutchen also homered and Kevin Correia pitched into the seventh inning Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates started the season under new manager Clint Hurdle with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Before the first game of the 2011 season, Neil Walker watched Robert Redford throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field.

04/01/2011 - 18:13
David Golebiewski
Team options Leroux; trades for minor league catcher

The Pirates have optioned RHP Chris Leroux to Triple-A Indianapolis.

03/30/2011 - 23:41
PSR Staff
Infielder dealt to Rockies

The Pirates have traded infielder Josh Fields to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

03/28/2011 - 19:48
PSR Staff
A look ahead to the June draft, where the Pirates have the first pick. Anthony Rendon of Rice is considered the best player available.

TOP CHOICE - Rice 3B Anthony Rendon is the projected first pick, but things could change this spring.

03/26/2011 - 23:06
Walter Villa
Thirty-six players remain in major league camp

This morning the Pirates reassigned pitchers Sean Gallagher and Tyler Yates to minor league camp, along with catcher Wyatt Toregas and infielder Josh Fields.

03/25/2011 - 17:28
PSR Staff
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle named Kevin Correia the club's Opening Day starter on April 1 when the Bucs visit the Cubs at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Lefty Paul Maholm will start the team's home opener when the Colorado Rockies visit PNC Park on April 7.

03/24/2011 - 18:22
Tony DeFazio
With young talent like Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez already making their livings in the major leagues, PSR takes a look at four other young talents in the Pirates system.

1. Jameson Taillon, LHP, Expected to start 2011 in Extended Spring Training
See You In: Late-2013

03/24/2011 - 00:26
Joe Giardina
In a division that's all of sudden more than just respectable, the Brewers, Reds and Cardinals all have their sites set on the N.L. Central crown. Joe Giardina says there have been enough significant improvements to make Milwaukee the team to beat in the division.

1. Milwaukee Brewers

03/24/2011 - 00:03
Joe Giardina
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