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9/29/2014 | Banister interviews, doesn't get Astros job

Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, a finalist for the Houston managerial job that went to A.J. Hinch on Monday, thanked the Astros organization for the opportunity to realize dream job No. 2. But Banister was also grateful to still have dream job No. 1.

9/29/2014 | Position-by-position breakdown for Giants-Pirates

It's often said that experience plays a pivotal role come October. This year's National League Wild Card Game (Wednesday night at 8:07 ET) between the Giants and Pirates presents an interesting twist on that traditional concept.

9/29/2014 | Reborn Volquez proud to start Wild Card Game

Confirmation of Edinson Volquez as the Bucs' latest mound miracle was punctuated with Monday morning's confirmation that he will start Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game against the Giants at PNC Park (watch on ESPN at 8:07 p.m. ET).

9/29/2014 | Three keys for Bucs in Wild Card Game vs. Giants

Even though it wasn't confirmed until the final out of the final game, the Pirates for a long time had the sense of being on a Wild Card collision course with the Giants.

9/28/2014 | Huntington holds court about Bucs' chances in Q&A

Heading for the postseason for the second straight season, Pirates GM Neal Huntington chats with about his team.

9/28/2014 | Giants, Bucs both like their Wild Card chances

Both the visiting Giants and the Pirates are confident heading into their Wild Card clash on Wednesday night and, with Madison Bumgarner going for SF and Edinson Volquez starting for the Bucs, why wouldn't they be.

9/28/2014 | Stewart day to day with sore left wrist

Johnny Cueto's game-winning hit Sunday hurt Tony Watson, the pitcher who gave it up, but it hurt Chris Stewart even more. The Pittsburgh catcher was knocked flat with intense pain after Cueto's thrown bat caught him flush on his left wrist.

9/28/2014 | Start times announced for potential tiebreaker game

Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the start time for a potential tiebreaker games to be played on Monday, Sept. 29, as well as the 2014 Wild Card Games.

9/28/2014 | Cole's 12 K's not enough as Pirates fall to Reds

Gerrit Cole matched a career high with 12 K's, but the Bucs' bats were stymied by Johnny Cueto as Pittsburgh dropped Sunday's regular-season finale to the Reds, 4-1, at Great American Ball Park.

9/28/2014 | Organization aligned in decision to start Cole

Clint Hurdle did not even have to sleep on "the decision." The Pirates' manager had decided to pitch Gerrit Cole in Sunday's 162nd game -- if the Cardinals left a crack in the door to the National League Central title -- before he'd left Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

9/28/2014 | Hoping to tie Cards, Bucs go with Cole

With a slim chance of catching the Cardinals in the NL Central, the Pirates will face Johnny Cueto, who is seeking his 20th win, in Sunday's series finale. Gerrit Cole was selected to make the start.

9/28/2014 | Hurdle may scratch Cole, save him for Wednesday

A monumental decision faced Pirates manager Clint Hurdle following Saturday afternoon's loss, a decision he was not yet ready to consider.

9/28/2014 | Chance of winning division takes crushing blow

The Pirates initially overcame a three-run hole dug in the first inning by Francisco Liriano, but that merely set in motion a give-and-take game they ultimately dropped to the Reds, 10-6, on Ramon Santiago's 10th-inning walk-off grand slam off Bobby LaFromboise.

9/27/2014 | Following review, out call at home stands

A crew chief review of a play at the plate on Saturday went against the Reds in the first inning vs. the Pirates.

9/27/2014 | Bucs still have sights set on division title

For a team that overnight had just secured home-field advantage for the National League Wild Card Game, the Pirates certainly expressed an odd sentiment Saturday morning.

9/27/2014 | Martin shut down for day with sore hamstring

For one day at least, the Pirates waved the white flag in the daily struggle with Russell Martin's balky left hamstring.

9/26/2014 | September hero Liriano looks to lift Bucs into first

Looking for their 18th win this month, the Pirates -- who have already clinched home-field advantage for the NL Wild Card Game -- will turn to left-hander Francisco Liriano against Alfredo Simon and the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Saturday afternoon. Liriano looks to continue a string of stellar starting pitching for the Pirates. Pittsburgh starters have posted a 2.57 ERA in September, helping fuel the club's march toward the postseason, one that includes wins in 13 of the last 16 games.

9/26/2014 | Snider, Bucs seal at least home field for Wild Card

Travis Snider, one of the Pirates' unsung heroes who inspires people to now write songs about him, has had big hits. But none have been bigger -- or harder. Snider's double with two outs in the eighth inning here Friday night was pulled so hard it roped around an adept right fielder, scoring Josh Harrison from first base to snap a tie as the Pirates rolled to a 3-1 win over the Reds.

9/26/2014 | Hurdle won't rush to name Wild Card Game starter

Madison Bumgarner versus Jeff Locke in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday? It is the peak of hypothetical musings, but based on the different last-weekend opportunities being faced by the Pirates and the Giants, it could come to pass.

9/26/2014 | Following surgery, Morton likely to miss start of next season

Charlie Morton underwent his anticipated right hip surgery on Friday, and he is likely to miss the start of the 2015 season.

9/26/2014 | Drama of Game 163 looms in Central races

With the races in the NL and AL Central divisions going down to the wire in the final weekend of the regular season, it is possible that one or both divisions could be decided by a 163rd game on Monday.

9/26/2014 | Unveiling the 2014 All-Prospect Team

Last week, handed out year-end awards for top hitting and pitching prospects. As much as Kris Bryant and Tyler Glasnow were deserving recipients, it was clear there were many other fantastic performances in 2014 that deserved some attention. With that in mind, announced its 2014 All-Prospect Team on Friday.

9/25/2014 | Volquez, Bucs drub Braves, within one of first place

A pair of aces is good. But four of a kind is even better, and that's the hand the Pirates are about to deal the postseason. Edinson Volquez, who may not have the high profile of Francisco Liriano or Gerrit Cole but has sharper numbers, masterfully sent the Bucs into the telltale weekend by firing seven more blanks Thursday night in a 10-1 victory over the Braves.

9/25/2014 | Hurdle doesn't play could've, should've game

About a half hour after the conclusion of the Pirates' 6-2 loss to the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday night, the Cardinals also entered the loss column, by a 3-1 score in Chicago. That was a frustrating parlay: With a win, the Bucs could have put themselves into position to catch St. Louis atop the National League Central standings on Thursday, an off-day for the Cards.

9/25/2014 | Playoff-bound Bucs still vying for NL Central title

Although the Pirates have already locked up their second consecutive postseason berth following a 21-year drought, they aren't satisfied. The Bucs are looking to catch the Cardinals and capture the National League Central crown, which makes Friday's opener in Cincinnati particularly important.

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