Call to the Pen
Why is Gregory Polanco still in the leadoff spot?
Jul 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning at PNC Park.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Brett Anderson dominant as the Rockies beat the Pirates
Brett Anderson's second consecutive dominant performance paced the Rockies to a win over the Pirates.
The Miami Herald
Neil Walker enjoys a resurgence of productivity for Pirates
It's a fact that Neil Walker was passed over for the All-Star Game earlier this month.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
Bob Smizik: The case for signing Walker
It's pretty unanimous that the most important off-the-field decision facing the Pirates is the status of catcher Russell Martin, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Pirates Neil Walker Is Gonna Get Paid
Jul 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at PNC Park.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
The Miami Herald
Pirates defeat Dodgers, 6-1, behind Liriano's sharp outing
Tortellini and fresh spinach cook directly in a broth perked up with white wine and garlic.
Pirates jump on Haren early, top Dodgers 6-1
Pittsburgh's Travis Snider, left, celebrates with teammate Neil Walker after he hit a solo home run off Los Angeles starting pitcher Dan Haren in the second inning of Wednesday's game.
Tue Jul 22, 2014
The San Diego Union-Tribune
J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Laguna Niguel News
Final: Pirates 12, Dodgers 7
Josh Beckett couldn't make it through four innings in his return from the DL and the Dodgers went on to lose 12-7 to the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night.
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing ...
Give the Mercer kid credit; he put in a lot of extra work Sunday. An hour after a Pirates win against the Colorado Rockies, he was on the PNC Park lawn, taking batting practice, picking up slow-rolling groundballs and running the bases, all under the close watch of his, ah, coaches.
Rizzo earns NL Player of Week honors
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been chosen as the National League's Player of the Week for his performance in the club's first series following the All-Star break.
Garcia on prized prospect: 'It's time to grow up'
As frustrating as this Curve season has been in so many ways, the saga of prized shortstop Alen Hanson might be the most disappointing.
Sun Jul 20, 2014
Utter disappointment continues for Rockies bullpen
Walt Weiss, a fit 50-year-old just a blink of time removed from a 14-year professional playing career, never looks older than when he walks to the mound shagging a blasted reliever.
The Miami Herald
Pirates beat Rockies 5-3 for 3-game sweep
Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pittsbugh Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Sat Jul 19, 2014
Pirates rally by Rockies 3-2 in 11 innings
Jordy Mercer doubled home Neil Walker with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Fri Jul 18, 2014
Pirates rally late, top Rockies 4-2
Walker trotted home when Colorado right fielder Carlos Gonzalez couldn't track down Snider's sinking line drive off reliever Matt Belisle .
Late pinch-hits from Snider, Harrison push Pirates over Rockies, 4-2
Taking advantage of the Colorado Rockies' bullpen, Pittsburgh scored two runs in the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 win at PNC Park in their first game after the All-Star break.
Where have you gone Andy Van Slyke?
Pittsburgh Pirates second half preview: It won't be easy, but it is possible
For as maddening as the first 95 games of the Pirates' 2014 season has been, there's one thought that keeps cropping up in my head: With no disrespect meant to the 2013 Pirates, almost everything that happened last year felt a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Resilient Pirates looking for post All-Star surge
The Pirates begin the second half of the season on Friday trailing front-running Milwaukee by 3A1 2 games in the jam-packed NL Central.
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Bob Smizik: Pedro's surprising stats
If the topic of the day had been to name the Pirates most disappointing -- as opposed to the worst -- player this season, there's a strong chance to winner would have been Pedro Alvarez.