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1/23/2015 | Pitching projects hope to revitalize careers with Pirates

A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Mark Melancon and Edinson Volquez have all been rejuvenated in the Bucs' Spring Training camp. A couple of other faded 30-something projects, Clayton Richard and Radhames Liz, are now dipping their toes in the pool.

1/20/2015 | Prospect Tucker talks about playing through torn ligament

The Pirates knew Cole Tucker was good. That is why they made the Phoenix shortstop their top pick in last summer's First-Year Player Draft. Now the Bucs know Tucker is also gutsy, a real gamer. He played his last 37 games with the Gulf Coast Pirates with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb -- which he had surgically repaired on Oct. 1.

1/20/2015 | Pirates have clean slate to find right cleanup man

In his four seasons of managing the Pirates, Clint Hurdle has gone through nearly as many cleanup hitters as wads of chewing gum. Eleven different players have started more than 10 games in that spot since 2011. Coming up with that serviceable No. 4 hitter will be one of Spring Training's main projects, both for production and protection for Andrew McCutchen.

1/20/2015 | Harrison holds MLK Day baseball camp for kids

Pirates utility man Josh Harrison spent his Martin Luther King Jr. Day with his brother and a group of Minor Leaguers, running a baseball camp for Cincinnati-area children.

1/19/2015 | Kang trains in Arizona ahead of Pirates' camp

Even without knowing he wears uniform No. 16 or being increasingly familiar with his visage, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was easy to pick out on Field No. 5.

1/19/2015 | Cervelli embracing opportunity to start for Bucs

When Francisco Cervelli made his rounds at PirateFest shortly before Christmas, he was well-dressed, well-spoken and well-received. The 28-year-old catcher -- who was acquired from the New York Yankees last November -- moved about the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with a smile on his face as he exchanged pleasantries with fans, members of the media and several of his new teammates.

1/16/2015 | Melancon, eight other Pirates avoid arbitration

In tune with the busiest fiscal day on the baseball calendar, the Pirates spent Friday crossing names one-by-one off the list 12 cases on their arbitration ledger.

1/16/2015 | Kang signing a risk worth taking for Pirates

While no position player from the Korean Baseball Organization has yet made an impact in the big leagues, the Pirates' relatively modest investment in slugger Jung Ho Kang could ultimately result in a huge payoff.

1/16/2015 | Bucs, Kang make it official with 4-year deal

After passing his team physical, Jung Ho Kang officially became a member of the Pirates by signing a four-year, $11 million deal on Friday.

1/16/2015 | Brief break helped Little recharge for return to bigs

Grady Little, after a brief but very successful run as a Major League manager, went on to coach at Hickory Grove Christian School in Charlotte, N.C. for seven years before getting an offer to return to the big leagues as a senior adviser in the Pirates' baseball operations department.

1/15/2015 | Treanor to manage Triple-A Indians for fifth year

Dean Treanor's return to Indianapolis was confirmed Thursday when the Pirates announced the full roster of managers and coaches for their eight Minor League affiliates.

1/15/2015 | Mercer welcomes confident Kang in position battle

Jordy Mercer spent the week at Pirate City, taking the opportunity to get back on the field and shake off some rust while knowing Spring Training is still a month away. He also is preparing to battle Jung-ho Kang for the starting shortstop role.

1/14/2015 | Kang gets big sendoff, packs high expectations

Jung-ho Kang, who is scheduled to undergo a physical on Thursday before he signs his four-year contract with the Pirates, received a frenzied sendoff in South Korea before departing for Pittsburgh.

1/13/2015 | Former Negro Leaguer Long passes away

Carl Long, who broke the Carolina League's color barrier in 1956, died Monday from an illness resulting from a stroke he suffered last fall. He was 79.

1/13/2015 | Returning from pair of injuries, Morton back on mound

Given the amount of time he's spent on the disabled list the past few years, Charlie Morton has grown used to pitching at unusual times, often alone and in front of more eyes than usual. That was the case Tuesday morning, as Morton toed the rubber of a bullpen mound at Pirate City during the second day of the Pirates' four-day mini-camp.

1/13/2015 | GM hopes Bucs can settle all 12 arb-eligible cases

The Pirates had 12 players file for salary arbitration before Tuesday's midnight ET deadline, tied with the Nationals for the most in the big leagues. Between now and when hard numbers have to be submitted on Friday, the Bucs could settle with all 12.

1/13/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Glasnow will lead Minors in K's

After finished eighth in the Minor Leagues in strikeouts in 2014 with 157, despite not making his first start until April 25 and being brought along slowly because he was returning from a back issue, Pirates righty prospect is expected to lead the Minors in Ks in 2015 according to's Jonathan Mayo.

1/12/2015 | Former big leaguer Carroll hired as special assistant

Jamey Carroll, whose 12-year career as a versatile and vagabond infielder ended last year, has joined the Pirates' expanding baseball-operations department to begin a new career. Carroll was hired Monday as a special assistant.

1/12/2015 | Kang heading to Pittsburgh for physical this week

The Nexen Heroes and their shortstop, Jung-ho Kang, are on their way to the United States. But most of the Korean club will stop at its Surprise, Ariz., preseason camp, while Kang will keep going to Pittsburgh for a physical that could formally make him a member of the Pirates.

1/9/2015 | Bucs sign 2 to Minors deals, invite them, 6 others to camp

The Pirates signed right-hander Wilfredo Boscan and left-hander Charlie Leesman to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training on Friday, while inviting six other Minor Leaguers to big league camp.

1/9/2015 | Pirates reportedly on verge of 4-year deal with Kang

The Pirates are reportedly close to officially signing Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year deal. CBS Sports reported on Friday that the two sides are "moving close to a deal" as the Jan. 20 deadline approaches. The Pirates already spent $5 million as a fee to negotiate with Kang and his agent, Alan Nero.

1/8/2015 | Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon. Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

1/8/2015 | For starters: Hurdle wants pitchers to produce at plate

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle recently blindsided people when he cited improved hitting by pitchers as a primary focus in 2015. Offensive contribution from hurlers would seem to rank pretty low on any team's wish list. However, there could be a connection to Hurdle's chronic wish for more innings out of his starters.

1/7/2015 | Pirates looking to fit Korea's Kang into tight budget

Pirates GM Neal Huntington has had a solid if not overly ambitious Hot Stove season, but with 10 arbitration-eligible players in line for sizable raises, he's looking for cost-efficient ways to improve the club. Korea Baseball Organization middle infielder Jung-ho Kang, who hit 40 homers last season, may be a perfect fit.

1/7/2015 | Could signing Kang impact Walker's future with Bucs?

The negotiations for Jung-ho Kang's services proceed mysteriously, with no comment expected from general manager Neal Huntington until a deal is struck or the Jan. 20 deadline passes. However, the real mystery will begin if the Bucs are able to sign the 27-year-old power hitter. Where would he play? Who would he displace? Third base, as insurance for a Josh Harrison regression? Does he become yet another option at first base? Or does he join the contingency plan for the club's move beyond second baseman Neil Walker?

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