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4/16/2015 | Liriano caps strong effort by starters vs. Tigers

The Tigers rolled into PNC Park this week as an offensive juggernaut, averaging nearly eight runs per game the first week of the season. Though the Pirates' lineup scuffled as the Bucs lost the three-game series, Pittsburgh's pitching staff emerged as an obvious bright spot for the club.

4/16/2015 | Confusion ensues after ball hits umpire Layne in mask

The Tigers' 1-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the top of the ninth inning after home-plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon.

4/16/2015 | Pirates' offense slumping out of the gate

Last year, the Pirates boasted one of the most patient and productive lineups in baseball. They led the National League with 520 walks and ranked fourth with 682 runs. That hasn't been the case for the Bucs so far this season, particularly after getting shut out by the Tigers the last two nights at PNC Park.

4/15/2015 | Pirates ready for a 2nd crack at Brewers' Nelson

After meeting last weekend at Miller Park, the Pirates and Brewers will reconvene for a three-game series beginning Friday night at PNC Park. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson will look to repeat his dominant 2015 debut, while Pirates lefty Jeff Locke is seeking his second win after beating Milwaukee on Friday.

4/15/2015 | Simon, Rajai deliver as Tigers blank Bucs

Right-hander Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings and center fielder Rajai Davis swatted the go-ahead hit for the second consecutive night as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 1-0, on Wednesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, saw another solid start go to waste, as left-hander Francisco Liriano gave up four hits and struck out seven over six innings of work.

4/15/2015 | Pirates join together with MLB to celebrate Jackie

The Pirates joined Major League Baseball on Wednesday in continuing the tradition of celebrating Jackie Robinson Day. Each player took the field wearing No. 42 to honor the man who broke baseball's color barrier.

4/15/2015 | Morton, Stewart progressing on rehab assignments

Right-hander Charlie Morton and catcher Chris Stewart are making progress, with Stewart potentially nearing a return to the Pirates' active roster. Stewart, recovering from a right hamstring strain, has played five games as part of his Minor League rehab assignment.

4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

4/15/2015 | Miggy's slap of baseball all in good fun, says Cervelli

Miguel Cabrera drew the ire of the fans at PNC Park on Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with him being one of the Majors' most feared hitters.

4/14/2015 | Burnett shows fans what they missed after year away

A.J. Burnett made his first start at PNC Park since returning to the Pirates in the offseason and looked like his old self despite taking the loss.

4/14/2015 | Liriano looks to reverse luck vs. Tigers in series finale

Francisco Liriano gets the start for the Pirates in Wednesday's series finale against the Tigers, who counter with Alfredo Simon. The players will all wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.

4/14/2015 | Greene dominates Pirates over 8 in shutout

Shane Greene threw eight shutout innings, and Rajai Davis drove in the only run with seventh-inning single as the Tigers claimed a 2-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

4/14/2015 | Pirates monitoring Melancon's decreased velocity

Mark Melancon had a tough outing on Monday, but it was his velocity that was discussed and not his pitching line.

4/14/2015 | Hurdle not concerned about slow-starting Marte

Starling Marte is off to a slow start, along with the rest of the Pirates' offense, but manager Clint Hurdle is not worried about his left fielder or his team just yet.

4/13/2015 | Bucs regain momentum on Hughes' relief, then late HRs

The Tigers were threatening to spoil the Pirates' joyous home opener Monday at PNC Park, seemingly stealing the Bucs' momentum in the seventh inning by loading the bases with nobody out. Eight pitches, a big double play and two homers later, the Pirates had decisively swung the game back in their favor en route to a 5-4 win.

4/13/2015 | Cole crafts masterful outing against red-hot Tigers

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole on Monday was "the master craftsman he wants to be on the mound," as his manager put it. The only tool Cole lacked was a Shop-Vac.

4/13/2015 | Cole cruises as Pirates hand Anibal, Tigers first loss

Gerrit Cole pitched one-hit ball into the seventh inning and Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and pinch-hitter Corey Hart homered, and the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win over the previously undefeated Tigers in Pittsburgh's home opener Monday afternoon at PNC Park.

4/13/2015 | Bucs' Burnett out to continue success against Tigers

The Pirates and Tigers will continue their three-game Interleague series Tuesday night at PNC Park, with Pittsburgh right-hander A.J. Burnett squaring off against Detroit righty Shane Greene.

4/13/2015 | At Pirates' home opener, plenty of pomp and circumstance

Mother Nature broke out her fabulous best for the Pirates' home opener, but despite 76-degree temperatures at sun-drenched PNC Park, there were no shortage of chills.

4/13/2015 | Traffic jam on way to PNC puts smile on Hurdle's face

Clint Hurdle sat in traffic for about 45 minutes Monday morning, spending most of that time within a few blocks of PNC Park. It was the kind of standstill that would send most people into a fit of road rage. Not Hurdle -- not on Pittsburgh's Opening Day.

4/12/2015 | Sadler goes above and beyond in fill-in start

Casey Sadler, who had to pinch-start for Francisco Liriano on Sunday, turned his first big-league start into an eye-opener.

4/12/2015 | Kang collects first big league hit after being robbed twice

Jung Ho Kang's first Major League hit was a soft line drive to center, but no one could deny that he had it coming after being robbed twice by Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez earlier in Sunday's game.

4/12/2015 | It's been a long, strange journey to Pirates' home opener

The Pirates will finally be able to drop stakes at beautiful PNC Park on Monday, when they will host the Detroit Tigers in their 129th home opener at 1:35 p.m. ET.

4/12/2015 | Pirates, Cole open at home against Tigers, Sanchez

The Tigers and Pirates each make their Interleague Play debut Monday, kicking off a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Anibal Sanchez gets things going on the mound for the Tigers. Gerrit Cole gets the start for the Pirates, who are playing their home opener.

4/11/2015 | Lohse looks to rebound from slow start vs. Pirates

Pirates rookie Casey Sadler has no mixed feelings about the chance to make his first Major League start, opposite Milwaukee Opening Day pitcher Kyle Lohse, in the Sunday 1:10 p.m. CT finale of the teams' series.

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