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Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

The Pittsburgh Pirates Corey Dickerson (12) reaches second base with a double ahead of the tag from Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist in the ninth inning April 12 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018

In one of Pittsburgh’s colder Aprils in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Pirates have remained hot, though it didn’t seem it would be that way just a few weeks ago. Despite trading two All-Stars — outfielder Andrew McCutchen and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole — in the offseason, the Pirates stand on top of the NL Central at 11-6 and are one of the top teams in MLB right now. The Pirates came into ...

Take Five: coordinators, ‘Cutch, Cavaliers

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen shown on Aug. 26, 2015, at Marlins Park in Miami. The center fielder was traded to the Giants on Monday. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

By The Pitt News Staff

January 18, 2018

The nonstop news cycle of the modern world keeps churning out more headlines than anyone can keep up with. That’s why The Pitt News sports desk is back for a second week in a row with five takes on five stories from this past week of sports news. Click here to see last week's five takes. One Down, One to Go Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially parted ways with off...

Weak division gives battling Bucs opportunity

Andrew McCutchen celebrates with Travis Snider after the team's 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants in May 2014. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT)

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

June 20, 2017

Don’t look now, but two months into the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still hanging around in the National League Central. Heading into May, the team was in last place in the division and looked like a longshot for the playoffs. Now, thanks to a modest turnaround and a lackluster division, the team...

Slow starts a troubling trend for Pirates

Andrew McCutchen, once one of the MLB's best players, is hitting just .212 this year, well below his career average of .290. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 17, 2017

The Pittsburgh Pirates — one of the most unsuccessful teams in sports until recent years — are officially stuck in mediocrity. From 1993-2012, the Pirates suffered an unprecedented 20 consecutive losing seasons. The streak marked the longest of any professional team in the United States’ fo...

Pirates 2017 season preview

Andrew McCutchen will not be patrolling center field for the Pirates this season, with the duties instead going to Gold Glove-winner Starling Marte. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 31, 2017

As spring training winds down and the calendar flips to April, sports fans across the country are coming to a welcome realization. Opening Day is almost upon us. The 2017 Major League Baseball season kicks off Sunday, April 2, with a three-game slate featuring the defending World Series champion Chica...

One more year: A case to keep Cutch

Andrew McCutchen drove in 20 runs for the Pirates in September. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

October 11, 2016

Before the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2016 season even finished in a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 2, the rumors had already started swirling. It was likely, according to an Oct. 1 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that 29-year-old center fielder Andrew McCutchen was playing his final game as a Pirate. The next day, as the Pi...

Pitt Night sets standard for Pirates going forward

Andrew McCutchen drove in 20 runs for the Pirates in September. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

July 28, 2016

The force was strong with the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Wednesday at PNC Park. On a dually-themed University of Pittsburgh Night and Star Wars Night, the Pirates put together a complete performance to blow out the visiting Seattle Mariners, 10-1. After Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hurled the...

Pirates need help from McCutchen, pitching prospects to make second-half surge

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will need to revert to MVP form in order for the Pirates to make the playoffs in 2016. (TNS)

By David Leftwich / Staff Writer

June 28, 2016

The Pittsburgh Pirates have struck out with their pitching staff in 2016. Between injuries and underwhelming performances, the Pirates’ starting rotation is not working out, and it’s time for a change. The Pirates are in desperate need of a spark, and their top three pitching prospects can infuse t...

Brady McCollough finds story in sport

An elementary-aged Brady McCollough dreamed of being a sports reporter at The Boston Globe. | Courtesy of Brady McCollough.

By Conner Blose / For The Pitt News

February 5, 2016

Well before Brady McCollough appeared on CNN to discuss his interviews with former football players, he tackled subjects a little closer to home. As an elementary school sports fanatic, McCollough was already hard at work — he made his own magazine with profiles of his favorite players and confro...

Pirates need to make big splash for continued success

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Marlins Park in Miami. The Pirates won, 7-2. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015

Small-market teams like the Pirates acquire prospects or undervalued players through strong drafts and savvy trades. But sustaining their place at the top isn’t always a home run. A core of young, cheap and talented players fuel the Pittsburgh Pirates and have turned the Bucs into a serious contender...

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