by R.B. FallstromAP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) – Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played like veterans. Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece.
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Marlon Byrd smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball…
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Latos, center, and his wife Dallas, right, touring the Reds museum in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael E. Keating) by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh police say they’re not filing charges against a Pirates fan accused of punching and pulling the hair of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos’ wife during the National League wild-card game. Sgt. John Fisher says police broke up an argument involving Dallas Latos and other Cincinnati and Pirates fans at a bar inside PNC Park during the Pirates’ 6-2 win Tuesday night.
by Joe KayAP Baseball Writer CINCINNATI (AP) – The preliminaries are done. On to Pittsburgh and the playoffs. Jordy Mercer had a triple and an inside-the-park homer, and the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 victory Sunday that was mostly an afterthought for teams looking ahead to a rematch in Pittsburgh.
Home plate umpire Mike DiMuro calls Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz out at home as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin shows DiMuro the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) by Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The long wait is over, Pittsburgh. Your Pirates are finally headed back to the postseason. After a 21-year absence, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis. Now, they can turn their attention toward bigger goals, the kind that seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream through all those losing seasons.
Marlon Byrd waits his turn during batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t wasting any time putting newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd to work. Byrd will bat cleanup on Wednesday night when the Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh acquired Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday hoping to bolster its offense as the franchise searches for its first playoff berth in 21 years. The 35-year-old Byrd says he was a little stunned about the trade, which came on the same day the Mets were giving fans at Citi Field T-shirts celebrating Byrd’s tremendous season. Byrd joked he didn’t even pick up a T-shirt before joining Buck for the six-hour drive from New York to Pittsburgh. Byrd says he has some unfinished business of his own. The 12-year veteran is still waiting to make his playoff debut.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) – At 36 and the owner of two World Series rings, A.J. Burnett says he no longer cares about personal statistics. “It’s all about the team,” the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander said. “We’ve got something special really special going on here.” Burnett, however, admitted it was nice to get a win Sunday. He hasn’t had too many of them this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13) sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) MIAMI (AP) — For the third straight season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are approaching baseball’s trade deadline as buyers. And they’re finding that they’re not alone.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, scores on a double hit by Jose Tabata as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, right, tries to catch the ball…
Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano pours water over his head in the dugout after being tagged out at home plate trying to score from third…