Pirates fall to Cubs, 3-2
Wandy Rodriguez felt the jitters when he woke up Thursday morning preparing for his first start in nearly a year.
The nerves faded by the time the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander walked into PNC Park. After six increasingly promising innings, the Pirates could exhale, too.
Walker’s homer lifts Pirates over Cubs, 1-0
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker understands not everybody is going to be a fan of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system, which threatens to slow down a sport that already struggles to be played with any sort of urgency.
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They stood there at home plate, the Pirates past and the Pirates present, two of the brightest stars in the baseball galaxy on hand for opening day.
Pirates reflect on their past on Opening Day
OK, it wasn’t the national holiday Ozzie Smith and the Budweiser people wanted to make Opening Day, but at PNC Park they were celebrating as if it was the Fourth of July, complete with an American flag being parachuted into the park, Christmas and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.
Walker, Morton lead Pirates over Phillies
Neil Walker had three hits and an RBI to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton allowed one hit in three scoreless innings, striking out one.
Pirates trounce Jays, 22-5
Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez contributed a two-run homer and RBI single as the Pittsburgh Pirates got 29 hits Tuesday and routed the Toronto Blue Jays, 22-5.
Rodriguez goes solid inning; Pirates and Tampa tie, 2-2
Wandy Rodriguez had a solid spring training debut while facing major league batters for the first time in nearly nine months, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays played to a 2-all tie in 10 innings.
Pirates hope Sanchez is answer at first base
The longer the Pittsburgh Pirates go without finding a new first baseman, the closer Gaby Sanchez gets to claiming the job.
Sanchez, though, does not want to get the spot by default. He’d prefer to earn it.
McCutchen eager to be back with Pirates
Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.
McCutchen batted .317 and set career highs with 38 doubles and a .404 on-base percentage.
Pirates eager to start after playoff appearance
Coming off their first playoff appearance in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates were eager to start spring training.
Several players have been training regularly at the Pirate City complex since early January. When 36 pitchers and catchers held their first official workout on Thursday, a half-dozen position players were there, too.
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