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Worth the wait: Martin’s hit in 14th gives Bucs 9th straight win

July 1, 2013 PITTSBURGH — As Gaby Sanchez “trucked” around third some 6 1/2 hours after the game began, one thought went through his head. “’This is enough,’” the 216-pound first baseman said after the game. more »»

Bucs keep best record

June 30, 2013 The Associated?Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have won eight games in a row, and fans are starting to notice. After all, the Pirates own the best record in all of basebal. more »»

Mehno: It’s too early to get gaga over Cole

June 30, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Four major league starts and Gerrit Cole is 4-0. So naturally people start thinking he’ll be 10-0 after 10 starts. Even the math impaired can figure out the progression. more »»

Break up the Bucs: Pittsburgh improves to 19 games above .500

June 29, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole overcame a rocky start to become the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts in more than a century and Starling Marte missed the cycle a few feet short of... more »»

Mercer, Pirates beats Mariners for 6th win in row

June 27, 2013 SEATTLE — Another key hit by Jordy Mercer gave the Pittsburgh Pirates their season-high sixth straight win. more »»

It’s all coming together for Pirates so far in 2013

June 26, 2013 Notes and observations from the first half of the Major League Baseball season: n Preseason predictions are often as insignificant in Major League Baseball as they are in the National Football... more »»

Hard to believe: Pirates have second-best record in baseball after sweep of Angels

June 24, 2013 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli and Los Angeles Angels counterpart Ernesto Frieri each gave up three runs Sunday. The final outcome came down to one pitch that Mike Trout missed. more »»

Alvarez’s big game lifts Bucs

June 21, 2013 CINCINNATI — Pedro Alvarez hasn’t changed anything in June, except those RBI numbers. They’re way up there, just like the Pirates. more »»

Grilli blows first save in Pirate loss

June 20, 2013 CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce ended Jason Grilli’s saves streak with a solo homer in the ninth, and Brandon Philips singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning on Wednesday night, rallying the... more »»

Taking it to the Mat: Pirates slow down Latos, Reds

June 19, 2013 By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle figured the odds were against Mat Latos extending his impressive streak without a defeat. more »»

Mehno: Pirates, Reds need to follow NHL’s example

June 19, 2013 PITTSBURGH — People ridicule the NHL for allowing players to fight, but maybe hockey has the right idea. You have a beef with someone? Back it up. Drop the gloves, square off and fight. more »»

Surging Reds keep building cushion

June 18, 2013 CINCINNATI — A hanging a slider, a fastball that strayed right down the middle. With no margin for error, left-hander Francisco Liriano made two of them that went a long way and decided a close gam. more »»

Alvarez homer lifts Bucs

June 17, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole is off to a perfect start in the major leagues. The rookie, however, feels he has been far from perfec. more »»

Rookie Cumpton sharp in loss

June 16, 2013 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Brandon Cumpton catapulted from Triple-A anonymity to big league starter in a span of three days. At the moment, he has no immediate plans to go bac. more »»

Mehno: Time for Mario to speak up

June 16, 2013 PITTSBURGH — We heard loud and clear from Ray Shero last week. Dan Bylsma is staying, so are his assistant coaches, and so is Marc-Andre Fleur. more »»

Locke wins again, now 6-1

June 15, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke barely made the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation out of spring training, winning a battle with Kyle McPherson almost by default after McPherson struggled and a better... more »»

Pirate pitching roughed up

June 14, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton didn’t view his return to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery as a make or break proposition. more »»

Marte’s big game lifts Pirates to win

June 13, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte’s precocious talent can sometimes get him in trouble at the plate. more »»

Rookie pitches, hits Pittsburgh to victory

June 12, 2013 PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole wasn’t feeling nervous in the hours leading up to his major league debut. And that made him nervous. “I couldn’t understand it,” Cole said. “It made me a little worried. more »»

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