Berkman powers Astros to 6-3 win


Pirates drop second in a row Inconsistency was expected to follow the Pirates this season and it has so far. The Pirates have scored 30 runs in their four wins and just eight runs in their five losses. Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer in the 6th inning off of Sean Burnett to break a 3-3 tie as the Astros rallied to a 6-3 win, Thursday afternoon at PNC Park The Pirates got off to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Nyjer Morgan scored on a Russ Ortiz wild pitch and Adam Laroche doubled to deep center, scoring Nate McLouth. In the second inning, Nyjer Morgan tripled to deep right center, scoring Jeff Karstens, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead going into the top of the 3rd but the Pirates would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game Morgan was one of the Pirates fewRead More »

Pirates exploring the free agent market


By John Perrotto_ The Pirates are still exploring the possibility of adding a free-agent pitcher before the April 6 opener at St. Louis but the possibility of that happening isn‚Äôt great. ‚ÄúIf there is a move that would make us better and be a good fit, we would consider it,‚Äô Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. ‚ÄúThat being said, I feel comfortable with the players we have and I would be fine with going into the season with a 25-man roster comprised of players already in our camp.‚Äù One free agent who can be scratched off the Pirates‚Äô list is right-hander Pedro Martinez. He continues to want a major-league contact with at least a $5-million base salary with the opportunity to make an additional $5 million in performance bonuses. The Pirates went into the offseason wanting to add a veteran presence in their starting rotation. However, they have been encouragedRead More »

MLB: Pedro Martinez Watch


Pirates scouts were in attendance for Pedro Martinez first outing Saturday Afternoon. In Dominican Republic’s 3-2 upset loss to the Netherlands, Martinez tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts.