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Pirates reassign top pick to minor-league camp

2012-03-08 09:20:00

The expected move means Gerrit Cole will get to pitch more innings this spring.


Darvish debuts for Texas

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Yu Darvish flashed a sizable assortment of pitches, a huge smile and even some nice leather in his debut for the Texas Rangers.


Welker not household name, but there's hope

Welker not household name, but there's hope

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Duke Welker was a surprise addition to the 40-man roster this offseason, having appeared in eight games above Class A in a five-year minor l


Walker to sit out Blue Jays game today

2012-03-07 11:13:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was scratched from today's lineup with lower back tightness, according to a Pirates re


McCutchen sounds like perfect fit

McCutchen sounds like perfect fit

2012-03-07 00:00:00

There was hardly any baseball talk at the news conference to announce Andrew McCutchen's new six-year contract Tuesday morning. Instead, the


Santana strong in spring debut

2012-03-07 00:00:00

To Johan Santana and the New York Mets, this was a most pleasant spring sight.


It's official: McCutchen inks multi-year deal with Pirates

It's official: McCutchen inks multi-year deal with Pirates

2012-03-06 14:27:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Negotiations that stretched over the past two seasons officially came to a close today when the Pirates announced a six-y


With McCutchen signed, focus now shifts to Walker

With McCutchen signed, focus now shifts to Walker

2012-03-06 00:00:00

When the Pirates officially announce Andrew McCutchen's $51.5 million, six-year contract at a news conference today, the star center fielder


Pujols' AL debut was 'fun'

2012-03-06 00:00:00

His first time up to bat for the Angels, Albert Pujols hit an RBI double. So far, so good.


Pirates, McCutchen agree on new contract

Pirates, McCutchen agree on new contract

2012-03-05 16:04:00

The Pirates and Andrew McCutchen agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth $51.5 million with an option for 2018 worth $14.75 million.


Jones cuts down on cage time

Jones cuts down on cage time

2012-03-05 12:20:00

Garrett Jones reduced the time he spent in the batting cage in the offseason, focusing on quality rather than quantity.


MLB Notebook: Bees invade Arizona game

2012-03-05 00:00:00

This was no 'B' game. The Diamondbacks' grounds crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse a swarm of bees that d


Barmes, Walker fit in middle for Pirates

2012-03-04 00:01:00

Neil Walker and Clint Barmes may not force fans to rewind the DVR much this season, but, to them, that's the idea.


Pedro Alvarez tailors training to prevent injury

Pedro Alvarez tailors training to prevent injury

2012-03-04 00:01:00

This offseason, Pedro Alvarez played the odds.


Burnett will miss 2-3 months after surgery below right eye

Burnett will miss 2-3 months after surgery below right eye

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Starter A.J. Burnett will miss two to three months while recovering from surgery to repair a broken orbital bone beneath his right eye, the


Pirates' Burnett has surgery

2012-03-02 10:50:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- A.J. Burnett had surgery this morning to repair the broken orbital bone beneath his right eye and could return in eight t


MLB Notebook: Molina to remain with Cardinals

2012-03-02 00:01:00

Four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract that kicks in next season and will keep him in St. Lo


Pirates' Burnett faces surgery today

2012-03-02 00:00:00

The Pirates added starting pitchers in the offseason to strengthen the rotation and eliminate the possibility of another second-half decline


Pirates pitcher Burnett has broken orbital bone

2012-03-01 12:59:00

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with an orbital fracture in his right eye today and will have surgery Friday, the team announced


Burnett deflects pitch into right cheek in bunting competition

2012-03-01 00:01:00

Starter A.J. Burnett was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh Wednesday night after fouling a ball off his face in a bunting competition Wednes


Consistency in latest role next up for Pirates reliever Resop

2012-03-01 00:00:00

The sun rises early in parts of Japan, sometimes at 4 a.m.


Pirates' Burnett heads to Pittsburgh for eye exam

2012-02-29 15:33:00

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was scheduled to return to Pittsburgh tonight after fouling a ball off his right eye during a bunting competiti


Speed is of essence to Pirates

Speed is of essence to Pirates

2012-02-29 05:27:00

Andrew McCutchen possesses a level of speed few athletes and fewer baseball players have, yet he spent time this offseason trying to get fas


Dodgers believe they own LA

2012-02-29 00:00:00

The Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. The Dodgers signed Mark Ellis and Aaron Harang. But as players stretched on the practice fi


McLouth sequel has better feel

McLouth sequel has better feel

2012-02-27 11:22:00

The first time Nate McLouth joined the Pirates organization, he was 18 and had just finished his senior year in Michigan.


MLB Notebook: Nationals extend All-Star's contract

2012-02-27 00:09:00

Ryan Zimmerman signed a six-year contract extension with a no-trade clause that will keep the All-Star third baseman with the Washington


Newcomer A.J. Burnett wants to be 'unstoppable'

Newcomer A.J. Burnett wants to be 'unstoppable'

2012-02-26 18:01:00

Shortly after 7 a.m. in a darkened photo studio at Pirate City, A.J. Burnett was half-dressed.He wore a yellow Pirates jersey, the top butto


Baseball notebook: MLB Net wants you to listen up March 7

2012-02-26 00:05:00

For decades, networks have looked for ways to upgrade the quality of sports broadcasts. Most improvements have been visual.


Pirates notebook: DUI case leaves Nutting unhappy

2012-02-26 00:04:00

The Pirates likely will not discipline president Frank Coonelly because of his arrest for drunken driving, principal owner Bob Nutting said


Braun was confident he'd win, questions baseball's drug-testing procedures

2012-02-25 00:00:00

The NL MVP insisted Friday that he always believed his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test would be overturned.


Pirates' Meek puts pedal to metal in comeback

Pirates' Meek puts pedal to metal in comeback

2012-02-25 00:00:00

The 2011 season got Evan Meek thinking. Sixty fewer innings, 53 fewer strikeouts, an ERA that climbed 1.34 runs, 46 fewer appearances.


Coonelly's attorney: Dropped charge stemmed from unpaid ticket

2012-02-24 11:28:00

Pirates president Frank Coonelly was originally charged in December with driving with a suspended or revoked license in addition to drunken


Pirates president Coonelly apologizes for drunken driving arrest

2012-02-24 09:27:00

Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued an apology Thursday for his arrest in December for drunken driving.


Utley 'in a good place' with injured knee

2012-02-24 00:01:00

Chase Utley's batting average and slugging percentage have dropped each season since 2007.


Braun's suspension overturned

2012-02-24 00:01:00

National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.


Pirates' president Coonelly apologizes for DUI arrest

2012-02-23 11:33:00

Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued a public apology today for his arrest in late December on drunken driving and other charges in Ross


Cleveland's Hernandez seeks pardon

2012-02-23 00:00:00

The pitcher Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, said he hopes to obtain a judicial pardon and return to the Indians.


Bedard hunts for a big season

Bedard hunts for a big season

2012-02-22 15:02:00

Erik Bedard had only spent a day and a half in Florida, but he heard some familiar conversation in the Pirates spring training clubhouse.


Darvish rolls into Texas camp

Darvish rolls into Texas camp

2012-02-22 00:00:00

The moment had finally arrived for a media horde gathered for days at the Surprise Recreation Campus, and it was over in less than a minute.


Pujols era begins for Angels

Pujols era begins for Angels

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Decked out in Angels gear from head to toe, Albert Pujols looked like the same slugger whose swing in St. Louis became as symbolic as the Ga


Burnett looking forward to fresh start in National League return

Burnett looking forward to fresh start in National League return

2012-02-21 00:00:00

A.J. Burnett departed his Maryland home Saturday for Florida, though his exact destination remained unclear. Once he received a call from Pi


Ramirez signs a deal to report to A's camp

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Manny Ramirez and the Oakland Athletics agreed on a minor league contract that is worth approximately $500,000 if he's added to the big leag


Pirates' Burnett hopes new team means fresh start

2012-02-20 16:02:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- New Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett said today he hopes playing for a new team, in a new ballpark, against new division oppo


Injury clears roster spot for Pirates' Burnett

2012-02-20 08:06:00

The Pirates put Rule 5 draft pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list Monday because of a right ankle injury.


Trade for Burnett becomes official

Trade for Burnett becomes official

2012-02-20 05:32:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Once commissioner Bud Selig provided his stamp of approval Sunday night, the deal was done.


Cardinals welcome Wainwright back

2012-02-20 00:01:00

Adam Wainwright's season-ending elbow injury last February was supposed to have wrecked the St. Louis Cardinals' season.


Commissioner approves  Burnett trade to Pirates

Commissioner approves Burnett trade to Pirates

2012-02-19 20:23:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Once Bud Selig provided a stamp of approval Sunday night, the deal was done.


Pedro Alvarez and Pirates' starting rotation would seem to be most critical to 2012

Pedro Alvarez and Pirates' starting rotation would seem to be most critical to 2012

2012-02-19 13:09:00

BRADENTON, Fla. Neil Walker had a bird's-eye view. Walker played in 159 games last year, meaning he participated in the middling early porti


The Pirates in spring training

2012-02-19 13:00:00

Michael Sanserino looks over the camp roster.


Division of Change: NL Central, not what it was

2012-02-19 00:01:00

The NL Central is far from the same division it was in October. Bill Brink looks at the changes.


Spring schedule

2012-02-19 00:01:00

Date Opponent Site March 3 Toronto Dunedin March 4 TORONTO BRADENTON March 5 Baltimore (ss) Sarasota March 6 NEW


Pirates 2012 ... Position Battles

2012-02-19 00:01:00

First base After Derrek Lee opted for free agency, the Pirates appeared resolved to platoon the position internally.


Picking Burnett's brain is top priority

Picking Burnett's brain is top priority

2012-02-19 00:00:00

As part of his efforts to create a new delivery before the 2011 season, Charlie Morton watched a good deal of film.


Baseball Notebook: Tigers to give Inge shot at 2B

2012-02-19 00:00:00

The headline out of Detroit's camp is that Brandon Inge wants to be included in the competition for the club's starting second base job.


New spin on the rotation: Pirates acquire strikeout ace A.J. Burnett

New spin on the rotation: Pirates acquire strikeout ace A.J. Burnett

2012-02-18 00:05:00

The Pirates and Yankees reached an agreement that will send right-handed starter A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, according to a source.


Wakefield retires after 17 seasons in Boston

2012-02-18 00:00:00

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is retiring after pitching the past 17 seasons for the Boston Red Sox.


Pirates seal deal for pitcher Burnett

Pirates seal deal for pitcher Burnett

2012-02-17 15:31:00

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates and New York Yankees reached an agreement today that will send right-handed starter A.J. Burnett to Pittsburg


Pirates, McGehee agree on deal; Jones loses case

Pirates, McGehee agree on deal; Jones loses case

2012-02-17 00:00:00

The Pirates avoided arbitration with one member of their first base platoon Thursday and won their case against the other.


Mets icon Carter succumbs to cancer

2012-02-17 00:00:00

Gary Carter was nicknamed "Kid" for good reason.


Pirates beat Jones in salary arbitration, sign McGehee

2012-02-16 11:26:00

The Pirates won their arbitration case against Garrett Jones and agreed to terms with Casey McGehee on a contract for 2012, the team announc


Maddon signs deal, has Rays optimistic

2012-02-16 00:01:00

Joe Maddon is eager to get to work at spring training after agreeing to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in Tampa


Garrett Jones' contract in arbitration with Pirates

2012-02-16 00:01:00

Garrett Jones and the Pirates argued their case in a salary arbitration hearing today, according to The Associated Press.


Pirates, Jones, make arbitration cases

Pirates, Jones, make arbitration cases

2012-02-15 17:27:00

Garrett Jones and the Pirates argued their cases in a salary arbitration hearing today, according to the Associated Press.


Royals exercise option, keep Yost through 2013

Royals exercise option, keep Yost through 2013

2012-02-15 00:01:00

The Kansas City Royals exercised their option on manager Ned Yost to keep him with the club through the 2013 season.


2 deals remain undone, on table for Pirates

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Two arbitration cases remain unresolved for the Pirates, lengthening the front office's to-do list this week.


A's sign Cuban defector for $36 million

2012-02-14 00:01:00

After a winter of rebuilding, the Oakland Athletics were the surprise winner for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes.


Power shift to AL begins

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the Ame


New look, new faces, new year at MLB spring training

2012-02-12 00:00:00

Just 106 days after the surprising St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, baseball returns this weekend when pitchers and catchers for th


Pirates, Yankees discuss possible deal for A.J. Burnett

2012-02-11 00:00:00

Talks between the Pirates and New York Yankees regarding a trade that would bring Yankees starter A.J.


Yankees starter Burnett may be headed to Pirates

2012-02-10 00:00:00

The Pirates and the New York Yankees continued to discuss a trade Friday that would send Yankees starter A.J.


Reyes' hair-raising experience pulls in $10,200 for charity

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Jose Reyes' hair was sold for a fraction of the price of the entire All-Star shortstop.


Rockies bolster staff with veteran Guthrie

2012-02-07 00:00:00

The Colorado Rockies acquired veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, a move that bolsters their young


Gap between Fielders still there, says dad

2012-02-05 00:00:00

If you think Prince Fielder signing with his father's team last month is going to help continue to bridge the gap between son and 1990s


MLB Notebook: Rangers' Hamilton admits relapse

2012-02-04 00:00:00

Texas Rangers outfielder and recovering drug addict Josh Hamilton said Friday that he had a relapse that started with "three or four"


Pirates set arbitration date with McGehee

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Pirates and Casey McGehee have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Feb.


Pirates, Cruz agree to deal

Pirates, Cruz agree to deal

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Pirates signed right-hander Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and offered him an invitation to spring training.


Indians acquire Canzler to compete for first base

2012-02-01 02:03:00

The Cleveland Indians added an MVP to their roster, and a possible replacement at first base. Cleveland acquired versatile Russ Canzler, the


Pirates sign relief pitcher

2012-02-01 02:03:00

The Pirates signed right-hander Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and offered him an invitation to spring training, the team announced We


Pirates sign relief pitcher

2012-02-01 00:00:00

The Pirates signed right-hander Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and offered him an invitation to spring training, the team announced


Indians acquire Canzler to compete for first base

2012-02-01 00:00:00

The Cleveland Indians added an MVP to their roster, and a possible replacement at first base.


Bud-branded lounge set for PNC Park

Bud-branded lounge set for PNC Park

2012-01-31 00:00:00

In conjunction with Anheuser-Busch, the Pirates will open a new 5,000-square-foot bar and lounge in the right field corner of the park that


Tigers' Martinez faces two operations

2012-01-31 00:00:00

Victor Martinez had knee surgery and will need a second operation, another indication he is likely to miss the entire 2012 season. The Detro


New open-air bar set for Pirates games at PNC Park

2012-01-30 00:00:00

The Pirates will open a new open-air bar and lounge in the right field corner of PNC Park this season as part of a multi-year sponsorship de


Fielder: Family circle is complete

Fielder: Family circle is complete

2012-01-29 00:00:00

It was a happy, and eerily familiar, scene at Comerica Park on Thursday, as the new Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder sat at a dais for


Oswalt nears deal with St. Louis

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt has elected to remain in the National League and is likely to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals "soon," a majo


Selig wants expanded '12 MLB playoffs

2012-01-28 00:00:00

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he expects baseball to expand its playoffs this season. Selig spoke Friday night at a fan


Carmona placed on restricted list

2012-01-27 00:00:00

The Cleveland Indians made a move with the pitcher they have only known for the past 11-plus years as Fausto Carmona. Arrested last week in


Posada forever will be a Yankee

Posada forever will be a Yankee

2012-01-25 00:00:00

Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge Posada, the five-time All-Star catc


Tigers find Prince to replace lost star

2012-01-25 00:00:00

DETROIT -- Free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers reportedly agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract th


Great expectations for Montero

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Before even playing his first game in Seattle, Jesus Montero is already being touted as the middle-of-the-order answer to the Mariners' offe


Rangers interest in Fielder cools

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Texas Rangers co-chairman Bob Simpson told the Dallas Morning News that the cost of signing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish -- about $111 millio


Braun holds ground, denies use of steroids

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun maintained his innocence Saturday night, disputing allegations he took performance-enhancing substances wh


Ex-Pirate Chris Snyder signs with Astros

2012-01-21 00:00:00

Former Pirates catcher Chris Snyder agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros that includes a mutual option for 2013. Snyder


Pirates lose Snyder to Astros

2012-01-20 00:00:00

Former Pirates catcher Chris Snyder agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros that includes a mutual option for 2013, according to t


Indians' 'Carmona' arrested

2012-01-20 00:00:00

From year to year and game to game, the Cleveland Indians never knew what to expect from Fausto Carmona. On Thursday, he stunned them again.


Pirates' Meek, Karstens OK deals

Pirates' Meek, Karstens OK deals

2012-01-18 00:00:00

The Pirates whittled their list of arbitration-eligible players Tuesday, but two remained unsigned after the deadline to exchange salary fig


Tigers reveal Martinez lost

Tigers reveal Martinez lost

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Detroit Tigers star Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season after injuring his left knee in the offseason. The Tigers said Martine


Pirates agree to terms with pitcher Meek

Pirates agree to terms with pitcher Meek

2012-01-17 00:00:00

The Pirates and Evan Meek agreed to terms on a contract for 2012, reducing the number of unsigned players eligible for arbitration to two.


Pirates sign Karstens for $3.1 million to avoid arbitration

2012-01-17 00:00:00

The Pirates and Jeff Karstens avoided arbitration Tuesday when they agreed to a one-year deal for 2012.


Morton, Hanrahan avoid arbitration, sign deals for 1 year

Morton, Hanrahan avoid arbitration, sign deals for 1 year

2012-01-17 00:00:00

The Pirates agreed to terms with Joel Hanrahan and Charlie Morton on one-year contracts Monday, which allowed both players to avoid salary a


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