10/5/2015 | 5 reasons Pirates will win World Series
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's advice to individual players -- "If you just focus on being good and you're good long enough, you can turn out to be great" -- can also apply to the collective.
10/5/2015 | Bucs' breakthrough won't be easy
Location, location, location. Like in real estate, it can be a key to success in baseball. The Pirates know that as well as anyone, and the challenges they face aren't getting easier any time soon, not with the Cubs joining the Cardinals in constructing a powerhouse built to last.
10/5/2015 | Ace U: College ball prepped Cole for WC start
Earlier this decade, Gerrit Cole, the Bucs' young ace, was indirectly being groomed for his future as the Friday night starter for the UCLA Bruins.
10/5/2015 | Division Series start times set through Sunday
Major League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. FS1 and MLB Network will exclusively televise all American League Division Series games, while TBS will exclusively telecast all National League Division Series games. All postseason games will be telecast in Canada by Sportsnet.
10/5/2015 | Huntington not content with just postseason berth
Neal Huntington takes pride in being only the second Pirates general manager to reach the postseason three straight seasons, but he is not content to simply qualify. Of course, he wants to win it all.
10/5/2015 | With 1 shot to advance, Bucs prep for Arrieta
For all the Pirates accomplished this year, all the questions they emphatically and successfully answered along the way, their entire season will boil down to one more: Can they beat Jake Arrieta?
10/5/2015 | Constructing a winner: Pirates
Here's a look at how the Pittsburgh Pirates used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
10/4/2015 | McCutchen, Rizzo carry biggest bats into big game
The pitching matchup for the NL Wild Card Game is awesome. But every game needs a big hit, and the likeliest candidates to deliver on Wednesday night are the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.
10/4/2015 | There's hope for big-winning Wild Cards
The Pirates won 98 games; the Cubs, 97. And they still didn't win the NL Central. But they should take heart in knowing that there is precedence of teams winning in the upper-90s and not winning the division, yet capturing the World Series.
10/4/2015 | Cole driving Pirates' playoff train
He already has a nickname -- Cole Train, for the way he has steamed down a fast track since being the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft -- but Gerrit Cole could also go by "The Edge," if that hadn't already been taken by the famed guitarist.
10/4/2015 | Happ to it: Lefty leads Bucs to home field
J.A. Happ, a non-waiver Trade Deadline insurance acquisition who has paid a huge premium, pitched the Pirates into home-field advantage for the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, hurling six shutout innings Sunday in the Bucs' 4-0 victory over the Reds.
10/4/2015 | Pirates win right to host Cubs in WC Game
The Pirates already knew the what, who and when. Now, they know where. The Bucs will host the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at 8 p.m. ET (on TBS) on Wednesday at PNC Park.
10/4/2015 | In postseason, Bucs aim to cross NLCS threshold
The Pirates, again, are stepping into the postseason. Their mission: Avoid, again, tripping over the threshold. Realizing the organization's goal of building a perennial contender, the Bucs are playoff threepeaters for only the third time in franchise history.
10/4/2015 | NL Wild Card position-by-position: Cubs-Pirates
The Cubs and Pirates battled each other all season in the National League Central, and now comes their most important matchup yet, in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday night. Who has the advantage at each position?
10/4/2015 | Bucs notes: Cutch hurls ball into Allegheny
On Saturday night at PNC Park, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen reared back and heaved a rejected home-run ball over the stands, out of the yard, into the Allegheny River -- if not over it.
10/4/2015 | What's at stake in #Game162
Today we get a season finale like no other, and it is anything but regular. In a first-of-its-kind simultaneous set of cliffhangers, every team with uncertain postseason possibilities began playing at 3 p.m. ET, leading up to a flurry of dramatic walk-offs or precious final outs.
10/3/2015 | Bucs need win to ensure home-field edge in WC
The Pirates and Reds will wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Cincinnati may not have much left to play for, but there is much at stake for Pittsburgh heading into the postseason.
10/3/2015 | Reds end skid, dent Bucs' home-field hopes
The Reds' 13 proved to be unlucky for the Pirates. As a result, the battle for home-field advantage in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser is going down to the season's final day. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan muted the Pirates' bats Saturday to give Cincinnati a 3-1 win, ending the Reds' longest losing streak since 1945 at 13 straight.
10/3/2015 | In their hands: Bucs control Wild Card destiny
The Pirates' postseason plans are still on hold heading into Game 162. They know who they will play next week: the Cubs. They know when: Wednesday night at 8 ET (on TBS). But where? We'll find out Sunday afternoon.
10/3/2015 | Burnett emotional, appreciative after ovation
A.J. Burnett walked off a regular-season mound Saturday night for the final time, with two taps to his chest by his manager and the appreciative roars of 34,180 fans in his ears.
10/3/2015 | Hurdle praises Pirates' remarkable resiliency
In many ways, the Pirates' 97th win on Friday night was very much like the first 96, from haplessness to happiness.
10/3/2015 | Bucs officially name Cole as Wild Card starter
The Pirates announced the answer to one of the easiest questions in baseball: Gerrit Cole will start against the Cubs on Wednesday night in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser (8 p.m. ET on TBS).
10/3/2015 | Pirates 'pen powers through for extra-inning win
The seven shutout innings pooled by six relievers cast the Bucs in a favorable light for the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, which they are now one win away from hosting at PNC Park on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
10/3/2015 | Bucs' focus on playing WC Game at PNC Park
On Friday, the Bucs moved within one step of securing Plan B: a one-game showdown at their home ballpark. By outlasting the Reds over 12 innings in a 6-4 win on Friday night, the Pirates shrank their magic number to host the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser to one.
10/2/2015 | Pirates can clinch home-field in WC behind Burnett
Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett will make the 430th and final regular-season start of his career Saturday night, possibly the last start of his 17-year career. Burnett will lead the Pirates against the Reds at PNC Park with a chance to guarantee that the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser will take place in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
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