Cole, Alvarez Lead Pirates to Series-Opening Win

Let’s cut to the chase — the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner. This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on Gerrit Cole who only made his major league debut, cruised through a large chunk of the middle innings, had a two-RBI single and became an instant...

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Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole’s elbows. Cole taps his left foot and smacks the pitch into the gap in right-center. If Gregor Blanco does not cut it off, it’s a bases-clearing double....

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Pirates Notebook: Colentine’s Day? Colearoo? Coleapalooza?

Whatever you want to call it, today is the day many Pirates fans have looked to for two years — the day Gerrit Cole makes his big league debut. Cole, of course, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 out of UCLA and thanks to a combination of stuff and need will take the mound for Pittsburgh this evening to face the visiting San Francisco Giants. It will be the first time a pitcher taken with top selection in the draft has made...

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Pirates Notebook: Presley Joins at the One-Third Mark

One-third of the season down, two-thirds to go. The Pirates open up their second third of the season (as confusing as that term looks) against the Cincinnati Reds, a team nearly as hot as the Bucs are. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 games and leads Cincinnati (14-6 in last 20) by one game entering the series. Vinnie Richichi from 93.7 The Fan asked manager Clint Hurdle what was most encouraging about the first third of the season....

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Pirates Win 1-0 On Martin’s Walkoff, Another Combined Shutout

The Pirates pitched their 9th shutout of the season, and second 11-inning shutout against the Tigers, and Russell Martin hit a walkoff single off the wall to beat Detroit 1-0 Thursday night. Russell Martin smacked a fastball 400 feet to the North Shore Notch to score Neil Walker and the game’s only run. Walker had been held at third base with no outs on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left the previous at-bat. “Obviously he...

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