9/28/2016 | Jaso's cycle leads Pirates past Arrieta, Cubs
Nearly a year ago, Jake Arrieta crushed the Pirates' postseason hopes before they could truly begin, tossing a shutout in the Cubs' National League Wild Card Game victory. On Wednesday night, John Jaso led Pittsburgh's recent revenge tour against the Cubs right-hander, hitting for the first cycle in PNC Park history as the Bucs scored seven runs off Arrieta in an 8-4 win.
9/28/2016 | Jaso hits for first cycle in PNC Park history
Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit his way to PNC Park history on Wednesday night, completing the first cycle in the history of Pittsburgh's ballpark along the Allegheny River in the Bucs' 8-4 win over the Cubs. Jaso went 4-for-4 with five RBIs.
9/28/2016 | Nova aims to finish strong in Bucs' finale vs. Cubs
The Pirates will play their final home game of the season on Thursday, closing a four-game series against the Cubs, and it will be interesting to see if it's the last time Ivan Nova pitches for Pittsburgh. The Cubs will have a "bullpen day" and let rookie Rob Zastryzny start it off.
9/28/2016 | Out of race, Pirates to play young players
With the Pirates officially eliminated from the postseason race, expect them to pivot away from a few banged-up regulars with an eye on the future.
9/28/2016 | Pirates to play Blue Jays in Montreal next spring
For the fourth straight year, there will be Major League Baseball in Montreal. This time, the Pirates are getting in on the action. The Pirates will wrap up Spring Training next year with a pair of exhibition games against the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium north of the border. The clubs are scheduled to play Friday, March 31, at 7:05 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 1, at 1:05 p.m.
9/28/2016 | Bucs officially eliminated, but will keep moving forward
The Pirates began the season with postseason expectations and championship aspirations. They want to play meaningful games in September and playoff baseball in October, as general manager Neal Huntington has often said. But that dream officially ended late Tuesday night, when the Pirates lost their fourth straight game, a 6-4 defeat to the Cubs, and the Giants beat the Rockies, 12-3, in San Francisco.
9/27/2016 | Coghlan leads vs. Bucs as Cubs keep cruising
Realistically, the Cubs have little left to play for this week. With a 100-win season and the best record in the Majors secured, their sights are now set on the month to come. But still, the Cubs continued their roll into October on Tuesday night at PNC Park, beating the Pirates, 6-4, for their third straight win.
9/27/2016 | Phillips auditioning for '17 bullpen role
Zach Phillips hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2013 when the Pirates called him up in Philadelphia two weeks ago. But the Bucs didn't hesitate to throw him into their bullpen -- or into the fire.
9/27/2016 | Arrieta faces Taillon in last regular-season start
It seems fitting that Jake Arrieta would make his final regular-season start in one of his favorite ballparks. On Wednesday, Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Pirates, who have seen plenty of the right-hander. Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates in the finale of his rookie season.
9/26/2016 | Cutch on Cubs, competing, core-group strength
The Pirates have dealt with a number of issues this year: a rash of injuries, a challenging schedule, a slew of disappointing performances. But their biggest problem, in the short and long term, just might be the Cubs.
9/26/2016 | Kang's late power surge bodes well for 2017
The Pirates weren't expecting Jung Ho Kang to be himself this season. Coming back from a serious injury to his left knee and major surgery to repair it, the thinking went that Kang would have to wait until 2017 to regain his full strength.
9/26/2016 | Lackey, Vogelsong set to duel at PNC Park
As the Cubs continue their "awkward" week heading toward the postseason, veteran John Lackey will make his final regular-season start on Tuesday, facing the Pirates and Ryan Vogelsong at PNC Park.
9/26/2016 | 100 Grand! Slam seals century mark for Cubs
The Cubs won their 100th game of the season Monday night the same way they checked off the first 99 -- with dominant starting pitching and an overpowering offensive attack.
9/26/2016 | Bucs strike deal for Nats prospect Bostick
The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.
9/26/2016 | Cubs turn to Hendricks with 100th win in reach
With home-field advantage locked up through the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will begin the final week of their regular season -- and their last week of postseason preparation -- Monday night at PNC Park against the Pirates one win shy of 100 after defeating the Cardinals in their Wrigley Field finale on Sunday.
9/25/2016 | Pirates, Hurdle mourn loss of 'wonderful' Fernandez
The Pirates joined the rest of the baseball world Sunday in mourning the tragic loss of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, one of the game's brightest young stars and most infectiously energetic personalities. The news hit home inside the Pirates' clubhouse, where players absorbed the news and watched the reaction unfold on television.
9/25/2016 | As Nats clinch, young Bucs gain key experience
The Pirates hope their young players will be better off for the experience gained on nights like this. The Bucs have introduced a number of rookies into significant roles throughout the season, and many of them are expected to play a part in the Pirates' future.
9/25/2016 | Cole steps in for Nats' road finale in Pittsburgh
The day after wrapping up the National League East championship, the Nationals will play their final road game of the regular season in the finale of a three-game series with the Pirates at PNC Park.
9/24/2016 | Nats jump on Bucs, wait out Mets, clinch NL East
What felt inevitable all spring and summer became official Saturday night. For the third time in five years, the Nationals are National League East champions. The Nats officially clinched the division title and punched their postseason ticket with a 6-1 win over the Pirates and the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Phillies in New York.
9/24/2016 | Glasnow hopes to take 'pen lessons into rotation
Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault moved out of the rotation and into the Bucs' bullpen on Saturday.
9/24/2016 | Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason
Art Howe spent 33 years as a player, scout, coach and manager in the Major Leagues, and was able to take part in the postseason seven times. He reflects on those experiences in this week's Q&A.
9/23/2016 | Pirates delay Nats' party with walk-off in 11
About an hour after the Mets put the Nats' division-clinching party on hold in New York, the Pirates kept Washington from officially punching its ticket to the postseason. The Bucs cracked Mark Melancon, their former closer, then little-used September callup Jacob Stallings slapped a pinch-hit, walk-off single to left field in the 11th inning to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Nats on Friday night.
9/23/2016 | Nats hope to sew up playoff spot in Pittsburgh
As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.
9/23/2016 | Coke joins Bucs as Schugel shut down
The Pirates shut down reliever A.J. Schugel on Friday, sending him to the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. The transaction made room on the roster for left-hander Phil Coke, who joined the club Friday after being traded by the Yankees a day earlier.
9/23/2016 | Polanco runs into wall, bruises face
Gregory Polanco left the Pirates' 6-5, 11-inning win over the Nationals in the first inning on Friday night with a left facial contusion after slamming face-first into the left-field wall, the team announced.
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