Pittsburgh Pirates

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone …

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Top 25 MLB free agents for 2022-23: Contract predictions, team fits for Judge, deGrom, more

MLB free agency is almost here so it’s time for my annual top 25 list with contract predictions and the best team fits for each player, based on what I’m hearing and thinking about this offseason’s standouts. Eligible players technically become free agents the day after the World Series ends but cannot sign with a …

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Law’s Arizona Fall League takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, everything I saw in 12 games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m emptying the notebook to finish off what I started in last week’s post. I saw every team at least three times, so I’ve got notes on almost everyone on the rosters, barring a few starting pitchers, although in some cases I …

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Cardinals rally to sink Pirates, but gasp when closer Ryan Helsley jams finger

PITTSBURGH — Whatever happened later in the game to decide who had the more runs, the Cardinals had at least a gulp of concern for who was lost from the game. All-Star closer Ryan Helsley got five pitches into his scheduled appearance Tuesday night at PNC Park before having to field a ball hit back …

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Pujols passes Babe Ruth with 2,216th RBI, but Cardinals walk away with loss

PITTSBURGH — The joke within the Cardinals’ dugout for the past few months as Albert Pujols stood on base after another RBI or circled them after another home run was waiting for a baseball to be rolled jollily to the dugout for authentication. “You just stand on the dugout and wait for them to ask for …

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Mets fall into first-place tie with Braves after loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Make room for the new (unwelcome) co-inhabitants to the NL East penthouse. After keeping the Braves in the rear view for the first 135 games this season, the Mets again lost to a last-place team, 8-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday, and hours later were hit with the sobering reality that first place …

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MLB Power Rankings: Mariners streak upward, Yankees continue to slip

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. As you’re well aware, these rankings are the result of a mammoth amount of research. …

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MLB unveils balanced schedule for 2023: One highlight for each of the 30 teams

Major League Baseball is going old school. For the first time since the advent of interleague play in 1997, the league is playing a balanced schedule in 2023, the details of which were announced Wednesday. Gone are the days of stacked divisional matchups. Instead, all 30 teams will meet for at least one series. The …

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