The Times West Virginian


  • Pirates beat Reds 8-3 for home-field advantage

    Hundreds of Pirates fans stood, twirled their towels and chanted “Let’s Go Bucs!” as Jay Bruce hit a grounder for the final out, setting up a playoff game in Pittsburgh.
    Baseball, this time.

    September 29, 2013

  • Pirates beat Reds 4-1 for leg up to host wild card

    The Pirates are one win away from hosting a playoff game.
    Marlon Byrd had three hits and Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer high off the batter’s eye on Friday night, leading Pittsburgh over the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 in a series that will decide which one hosts the NL wild-card game.

    September 28, 2013

  • Pirates fall to Cubs, blunting NL Central hopes

    The Pittsburgh Pirates’ chances of winning the NL Central were dealt a huge blow when the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-2 victory on Wednesday behind a three-run homer by Darnell McDonald.
    Still, the postgame mood in the Pirates’ clubhouse was anything but somber.

    September 26, 2013

  • Cole, Pirates take wild-card lead, beat Cubs

    Already assured a playoff spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are pushing for even more.
    Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings and the Pirates took over the NL wild-card lead, beating the Chicago Cubs 8-2 Tuesday night.
    The Pirates moved one game ahead of Cincinnati, which lost to the Mets 4-2. Pittsburgh remained two games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.

    September 25, 2013

  • Pittsburgh embracing playoff-bound Pirates

    The image is seared into 12-year-old Chad Rowland’s memory forever.
    The slightly up the line throw up from Barry Bonds. The dive to the plate by catcher Mike LaValliere. The textbook slide by Sid Bream.

    September 25, 2013

  • Pirates’ success good for NL Central

    The great Yogi Berra may have said it best: “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”
    That statement rings true for this year’s crop of NL Central teams.

    September 24, 2013

  • Reds top Pirates, tie for wild card lead

    Billy Hamilton remains perfect on the basepaths. The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup.

    September 23, 2013

  • Martin, Burnett lead Pirates past Reds, 4-2

    A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Saturday night.
    Burnett (9-11) struck out a season-high 12 as the Pirates moved a game in front of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

    September 22, 2013

  • Votto’s homer lifts Reds over Bucs, 6-5

    Joey Votto homered off Kyle Farnsworth in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds edged Pittsburgh 6-5 Friday night to pull even with the Pirates for the top wild-card spot in the National League.

    September 21, 2013

  • Pirates erupt against Kennedy, top Padres

    The Pirates had a plan for Gerrit Cole when they drafted the hard-throwing right-hander with the top pick in the 2011 amateur draft.
    They hoped Cole would develop into one of the franchise cornerstones, and two years later he may already be there.

    September 20, 2013

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