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NL Central

A.J. Burnett

Brewers Vs. Pirates Preview

(AP) — Milwaukee (74-72) and Pittsburgh (74-72) are both 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the NL’s second wild-card spot, but have taken different paths to get to this position.

93-7 The Fan–09/18/2012

Pirates-Cubs

Pirates Vs. Cubs Preview

(AP) — Finishing with a losing record for a 20th straight season seemed unthinkable for the Pittsburgh Pirates just over a month ago, but heading into the final two weeks of 2012, it is suddenly a distinct possibility.

93-7 The Fan–09/17/2012

James McDonald

Pirates Vs. Cubs Preview

(AP) — Despite a season-worst losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates still aren’t out of the hunt for the playoffs.

93-7 The Fan–09/13/2012

A.J. Burnett

Pirates Vs. Reds Preview

A.J. Burnett hopes to continue his recent success against Cincinnati and help the visiting Pirates avoid a season-high sixth consecutive loss and three-game sweep at the hands of the NL Central-leading Reds on Wednesday night.

93-7 The Fan–09/12/2012

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Pirates Lose To Reds, 5-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Another win over a fading pursuer has Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips thinking about a really big number. Phillips homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, and Mike Leake pitched seven innings and scored off a dash home on a wild pitch, setting up a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that moved Cincinnati another step closer to the NL Central title.

09/12/2012

Kevin Correia

Pirates Vs. Reds Preview

(AP) — Though the team they’re chasing for the NL’s second wild-card spot keeps faltering, the Pittsburgh Pirates have failed at nearly every turn to take advantage.

93-7 The Fan–09/11/2012

Pirates vs. Reds

Pirates Vs. Reds Preview

(AP) — The third-place Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t likely to catch the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, and could soon find themselves out of playoff contention entirely.

93-7 The Fan–09/10/2012

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Bucs Handle Business Against Astros Again

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Correia pitched six solid innings as a fill-in starter and Alex Presley, a late addition to the lineup, had two hits and scored three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night.

93-7 The Fan–09/05/2012

Kevin Correia

Astros Vs. Pirates Preview

(AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to stop their latest skid at four, but if they want to have any shot at reaching the postseason for the first time in 20 years, they need to take advantage of their next four games as well.

93-7 The Fan–09/05/2012

Brock Holt

Holt Helps Pirates Hammer Houston

PITTSBURGH (AP) Brock Holt added four hits in just his third major league start and Wandy Rodriguez (10-13) scattered four hits over seven shutout innings against his former team to help Pittsburgh snap a four-game losing streak.

93-7 The Fan–09/05/2012

Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates’ Slide Continues In 5-1 Loss To Houston

PITTSBURGH (AP) After watching his team collect just five hits and one run against a journeyman starter who hadn’t won a big league game in more than four years, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle threw up his hands.

93-7 The Fan–09/04/2012

Wandy Rodriguez

Astros Vs. Pirates Preview

With Wandy Rodriguez facing his old team, the Pirates look to avoid matching a season high with their fifth straight defeat Tuesday night against the Astros.

93-7 The Fan–09/04/2012

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Pirates Vs. Brewers Preview

(AP) — Pedro Alvarez is trying to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates on track and boost their chances of capturing a playoff berth. So are the Pirates’ pitchers.

93-7 The Fan–08/31/2012

James McDonald

Cardinals Vs. Pirates Preview

(AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates continue heading in opposite directions.

93-7 The Fan–08/28/2012

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Samardzija Blanks Pirates, 2-0

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitched eight shutout innings Monday night in a 2-0 win against the Pirates.

93-7 The Fan–07/23/2012

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