Pirates season ends with a thud

The Pirates season came to an abrupt halt as the San Francisco Giants won the NL wildcard game 8-0. Shortstop Brandon Crawford cracked a grand slam home run and lefty Madison Bumgarner tossed a four hit complete game shutout.

Giants-Pirates Preview

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

Pirates savoring another playoff push

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he ''liked the fight'' even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.

Trout, Strasburg giving playoffs a fresh look

So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State.

Starling Marte on a roll

The Pirates are receiving a considerable offensive contribution over the past two months from Starling Marte. He has been on an absolute tear. He is hitting .350 in his last ten games. In September, he is hitting .378. He isn’t just doing it lately either, he raked in August too, when he hit .344 with a .977 OPS. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Marte recently.

Pirates-Reds Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to consecutive postseasons for the first time in 22 years, but they still have important playoff positioning at stake in the final regular-season series.

Cole maturing into Pirates' ace

Pirates' right-hander Gerrit Cole is thriving on the big stage. Entering his start against the Braves on Tuesday night he is 7-1 in September starts dating back to his rookie season last year. He is 10-5 on the campaign with a 3.85 ERA. Cole spoke with George Von Benko of PiratesDugout.com recently.

Pirates-Braves Preview

Since Francisco Liriano was hit hard by the Atlanta Braves last month, he's been especially stingy.

Lambo trying to contribute off the bench

Andrew Lambo made the first start of his Pirates career recently at first base, after providing some spark at the plate as a pinch-hitter since his promotion earlier this month. Lambo is batting .265 with one RBI in limited action. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Lambo recently.

Brewers-Pirates Preview

Yovani Gallardo hasn't pitched very well recently, but there's something about taking the mound at PNC Park that seems to bring out the best in him.

Jeff Branson Interview

This season, the Pirates are third in on base percentage with a .331 mark. They ranked 20th in runs scored in the majors last season (3.9) and now rank tenth overall and fourth in the NL (639). Pirates' hitting coach Jeff Branson discussed the Bucs offensive prowess with PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko.

Red Sox-Pirates Preview

With a 1 1/2-game lead for the NL's second wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are turning to a starter who hasn't pitched in a month and hasn't won in more than two.