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December 13, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 30-year-old right-hander pitcher Edinson Volquez and 34-year-old infielder Clint Barmes to one-year deals. Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 earned-run average last season splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers. Barmes hit .211 for Pittsburgh last season. :: The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5-million deal. He will step in for Todd Helton , who retired at the end of the season.
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February 6, 2014 | By Mike Kupper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes. An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs - he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s - but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
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June 23, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
For the first 7 1/3 innings Sunday, Joe Blanton was brilliant. In what should have been the final inning, Ernesto Frieri was not. And it was that second fact that wound up haunting the Angels on Sunday after the Pittsburgh Pirates -- twice down to their final strike -- rallied for seven runs in their final two at-bats in a wild 10-9 win. BOX SCORE: Pittsburgh 10, Angels 9 (10 inn.) Frieri came on to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth but walked the first batter and gave up a single to the second.
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December 13, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 30-year-old right-hander pitcher Edinson Volquez and 34-year-old infielder Clint Barmes to one-year deals. Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 earned-run average last season splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers. Barmes hit .211 for Pittsburgh last season. :: The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5-million deal. He will step in for Todd Helton , who retired at the end of the season.
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September 11, 1988 | Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Buffalo Bisons, their triple A affiliate, say they have renewed their player development contract for the 1989 season. The Bisons, of the American Assn., are entering their second season as a Pirate affiliate. Buffalo finished third in the American Assn.'s Eastern Division in 1988 with a 72-70 record, 17 games behind the Indianapolis Indians. The Bisons set a minor league attendance record by drawing 1.
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August 21, 1992 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Padres looked as if they were zombies Thursday walking out of the clubhouse for the trip home. They had glazed eyes and monotone voices. In one week, culminating with their 7-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Padres' world turned upside down. The team's front office stopped all playoff planning. No longer is there talk of trades for the pennant stretch. A week ago, the Padres believed they could win the National League West.
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May 7, 1994 | HARRY ATKINS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lance Parrish grinned that familiar grin, crossed his massive arms and leaned back against his locker with a look of satisfaction. This was two months ago, early in spring training. It had been a very nice day for the 37-year-old catcher. He had homered and thrown out a runner to help the Tigers defeat the Phillies in an exhibition game. "I'm looking for a job," Parrish said that day. "I don't feel I'm just here as a guest." As it turned out, Parrish found a job.
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January 13, 1991 | JON HEYMAN, NEWSDAY
Relatively quiet thus far this offseason, the Yankees are preparing to make a big splash. A Yankees source said Friday the club is ready to make a push for the Pittsburgh Pirates' Barry Bonds or Bobby Bonilla, Nos. 1 and 2 in the 1990 National League MVP voting. Bonds and Bonilla are, in fact, the Yankees' main targets of offensive affection, according to the source. If they could be separated, Bonds would be target No. 1 and Bonilla No. 1A, but there's no need to nit-pick here.
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October 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The home team had the chance to clinch the National League division series. The father threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The son waited to see if he would play. Too bad for the Van Slyke family that father and son were 2,500 miles apart Monday. Andy Van Slyke, the center fielder for the last Pirates team to advance to the NL Championship Series, threw out the first pitch in Pittsburgh. Scott Van Slyke, a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers, sat on the bench at Dodger Stadium.
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February 11, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Shortstop Jay Bell, seeking $1.45 million, went before an arbitrator with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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October 11, 2013 | Houston Mitchell
The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NLCS by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in five games. Game 1, at St. Louis 9, Pittsburgh 1: It looked like the series was going to be a mismatch when the Cardinals scored seven runs in the third inning, including a three-run homer by Carlos Beltran. With Adam Wainwright on the mound, seven runs was more than the Cardinals would need. Player of the game: Jon Jay. Game 2, Pittsburgh 7, at St. Louis 1: The Pirates beat up Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and cruised behind the six-inning, two-hit pitching of Gerrit Cole.
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October 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ST. LOUIS - Gerrit Cole shouldn't be here. Shouldn't be in the major leagues. Shouldn't be in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. Definitely shouldn't be scheduled to start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding game of a National League division series. "I should be watching this game on TV," Cole said with a grin. "It's kind of surreal. " Cole was supposed to be the Pirates' future, not their present. As the first pick in the 2011 draft, he was expected to develop like fine wine - getting better with age and maturity.
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October 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers set their internal temperature mode to "chill" on Tuesday. The team that was in last place on July 1 was the first to clinch a division title and the first to advance into a league championship series. It opens the National League Championship Series on Friday, either at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates or in St. Louis against the Cardinals. As Dodgers players enjoyed a day off Tuesday, the team's brain trust started its planning for the NLCS, in part to consider possible changes to the playoff roster between rounds.
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October 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The home team had the chance to clinch the National League division series. The father threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The son waited to see if he would play. Too bad for the Van Slyke family that father and son were 2,500 miles apart Monday. Andy Van Slyke, the center fielder for the last Pirates team to advance to the NL Championship Series, threw out the first pitch in Pittsburgh. Scott Van Slyke, a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers, sat on the bench at Dodger Stadium.
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October 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PITTSBURGH  - A.J. Burnett calls Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen the most humble superstar with whom he has played. "Just as loose as can be all the time," Burnett said. "He wears his pride on his sleeve when he plays. " When McCutchen gets to the plate, though, he fills another role for the Pirates. "He's the catalyst," Burnett said. "And he's been the catalyst. " Never more so than Sunday, when McCutchen had two hits and two walks, started three rallies and scored twice to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of a National League division series, moving Pittsburgh to within a victory of its first League Championship series in 21 years.
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October 2, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians finished the 162-game MLB regular-season slate with the best records among all non-division winners in their respective leagues. Up until last year, that would have been enough to secure each squad a spot in the division series of the playoffs as its league's wild card team. But under the current system, a second wild card team from each league makes it to the postseason for a one-game playoff game, with the winners then advancing to the divisional series.
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February 11, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Pittsburgh Pirates offered Bobby Bonilla a four-year contract worth $1.5 million.
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September 27, 2013 | Bill Shaikin
The final weekend of the regular season is upon us. The Dodgers are in the playoffs. The Angels are not. That does not mean baseball fans should hit the snooze button until the Dodgers open postseason play. Here are nine questions to keep in mind between now and Clayton Kershaw's first pitch in Game 1 of the National League division series: 1. If the Dodgers are already in and the Angels are out, which is the team to root for this weekend? The Pittsburgh Pirates. The team last appeared in the postseason in 1992, with an un-enhanced Barry Bonds in left field.
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September 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
With their playoff ticket already punched, the Dodgers have two goals this week: 1. Stay healthy. That means Hanley Ramirez plays two or three of the six games left in the regular season. If he could hit in a batting cage while wearing bubble wrap, the Dodgers would let him do that and keep him off the field entirely. 2. Hope the three playoff teams in the National League Central scratch and claw to the final day. The week opens with the St. Louis Cardinals leading the NL Central.
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