Latest Trade Deadline Buzz: Pirates scouting Orioles for infield, bullpen help


By John Perrotto The Pirates and Baltimore hold spring training just 12 miles apart on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Pirates having called Bradenton their home away from home since 1969 and the Orioles setting up camp in Sarasota. Both franchises have had vastly different seasons than expected. The Orioles hoped to end a streak of 13 consecutive losing seasons and contend in the American League East and the Pirates hoped to just be mildly respectable following last year’s 57-105 disaster. Instead, the Orioles are 18 1/2 games out of the first place in their division while the surprising Pirates trail the St. Louis Cardinals by only one game in the National League Central. Because of their divergent paths, the Pirates and Orioles are shaping up as potential trade partners. Pirates’ scouts have been following the Orioles closely in recent weeks while zeroing in on potential infield and bullpenRead More »

Sanchez goes 6-for-6; Pirates beat Cubs 10-8


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Their kind of town, Chicago isn’t. But if ever there was a time for the Pirates for warm up to the Windy City, then the series opener against the Cubs on Monday night appeared to be it. The Cubs returned from a winless road trip in which they scored a total of five runs in six games. And they were without first baseman Derrek Lee (flu), pitcher Carlos Marmol (maternity leave), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (dislocated shoulder) and infielder Bobby Scales (flu) because of various health reasons. So even though the Pirates didn’t display their A game in a wacky 10-8 victory at Wrigley Field, they weren’t about to throw it back into Lake Michigan, either. It was only their fifth win against the Cubs in their last 22 games. Freddy Sanchez led an 18-hit assault with four singles, one double and one home runRead More »