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With opening day less than two weeks away, PSR takes a look at the top teams and players across Major League Baseball in 2011.

World Series Contenders

03/21/2011 - 17:28
David Golebiewski
Club also places Kevin Hart on 60-Day disabled list

The Pittsburgh Pirates today claimed left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

03/18/2011 - 19:51
PSR Staff
Shows by Huey Lewis, .38 Special, Train and Steve Miller highlight season

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today the details of their post-game concert series schedule at PNC Park in 2011.

03/16/2011 - 10:53
PSR Staff
When new Pirates pitcher Scott Olsen proclaimed his preference for starting in the upcoming 2011 season as opposed to coming out of the bullpen, you would have thought he declared “Operation Shutdown” and vowed to sail off into the sunset, ala Derek Bell.

Maybe the city of Pittsburgh is so far removed from relevant baseball that it cannot correctly judge the relevance of a baseball story.

Such as a starting pitcher… wanting to start.

03/07/2011 - 13:42
Joe Giardina
Twenty-year-old Cuban considered excellent prospect

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the club has signed 20-year-old right-handed pitcher Cesar Lopez as a non-drafted free agent.

03/01/2011 - 14:47
PSR Staff
After hearing that Pedro Alvarez had arrived in Bradenton with some extra pounds on him, when I saw him with my own two eyes I was relieved to discover that he looked like the same guy he was last year.

The Pirates’ third baseman isn’t a skinny dude nor is he the most nimble guy on the team, but he’s not supposed to be either of those things.  He’s a power hitter for heaven’s sake.  But

02/26/2011 - 12:16
Jim Lachimia
Because spring is a time for rebirth and optimism, I’m going to take the positive stance that the Pirates will be much improved in 2011. And frankly after that 57-105 debacle of a year ago—when no area of the team performed at an acceptable level—there's really no where to go but up.

Luckily there’s more to it than that as you can make the case based on personnel on hand too. So here it goes:

02/25/2011 - 15:32
Jim Lachimia
Ray Searage begins his first full season as pitching coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. The 55-year-old native of Freeport, N.Y., spent seven seasons as a pitching coach at various levels of the Pirates’ farm system before he joined the parent club’s coaching staff on following the dismissal of Joe Kerrigan last August.

A product of nearby West Liberty (W.Va.) State College, Searage knows he has his work cut out.

02/25/2011 - 15:16
Rick Weaver
When a pitching staff finishes with a Major League-worst 5.00 earned-run average, it becomes safe to assume that no one has a firm lock on a spot in the starting rotation.

Left-hander Paul Maholm and right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Charlie Morton figure to return from a staff that managed only one complete game.

02/25/2011 - 15:09
Rick Weaver
Ranking the best in the bigs, from 1 through 30.

2011 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRE-SEASON POWER RANKINGS
1 Philadelphia Phillies

02/25/2011 - 14:52
PSR Staff
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