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10/24/2016 | Bucs aiming to get back to ground-ball basics

As the Pirates evaluate what went wrong this year and identify where they can improve next season, they will start from the ground up. That's true in a symbolic sense, as Pittsburgh's front office is poring over everything that led to a disappointing 78-83 campaign. But it's also literal, a product of the Pirates pitching staff's dip in ground-ball rate.

10/22/2016 | Pirates dismiss Sofield, reassign Leyva

The Pirates made two changes to their Major League coaching staff on Saturday, dismissing third-base coach Rick Sofield and reassigning first-base coach Nick Leyva to a position in the front office.

10/21/2016 | Pirates' 2016 power surge part of MLB-wide trend

Pittsburgh's home run output increased from 140 to 153 this year, but the Bucs dropped from 10th to 12th-most in the NL. The Royals (147), Giants (130), Marlins (128) and Braves (122) were the only Major League clubs to hit fewer homers than the Bucs.

10/19/2016 | Defensive versatility next step for Bell

Josh Bell's bat made him one of the top prospects in the Pirates' system. But when the 24-year-old left his end-of-season exit interview with manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington, he was thinking mostly about his defense.

10/17/2016 | Locke uncertain of future with Pirates

During his time in the bullpen this year, Jeff Locke learned about the disciplined routines that make good relievers successful night after night. He learned about the camaraderie of Pittsburgh's relief corps and came to appreciate the ability to go from idle observer to game-on-the-line pitcher

10/14/2016 | Jaso could add another mitt to his collection

John Jaso adjusted well to playing 1B for the first time this past season, and the Pirates would like him to add 3B to his repertoire this winter.

10/13/2016 | Bolstering rotation is Pirates' top offseason priority

Pirates general manager Neil Huntington will be looking to add an experienced starter to his talented young rotation this offseason.

10/10/2016 | MLB Pipeline names Bell, Glasnow Bucs' Prospects of the Year

This time last year, Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow had a month's worth of Triple-A experience. Now, they're entering their first offseason as Major Leaguers with one more Minor League accolade.

10/5/2016 | Bucs acquire reliever Dragmire from Blue Jays

The Pirates on Wednesday acquired right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, picking up a Minor League reliever who fits their ground-ball preference for pitchers.

10/4/2016 | Cutch sees no need to move from center field

When the time comes, Andrew McCutchen says, he'll be willing to talk about it. But he doesn't believe it's time for a position change yet.

10/3/2016 | McCutchen never felt like himself at plate in '16

The weirdest, worst season of Andrew McCutchen's career ended with a solid two-month stretch. After four miserable months, McCutchen at least looked more like himself.

10/2/2016 | Vogelsong sees bright future after strong finish

An hour after the end of the Pirates' disappointing season, not far removed from the final start of another trying year, Ryan Vogelsong stood in front of his locker and looked ahead.

10/2/2016 | Cards rout Bucs, but eliminated from playoffs

The Cardinals did their part, thumping the Pirates, 10-4, to end the season with four straight wins. But they did not get the necessary help out West, where the Giants, with their own sweep, ended the Cardinals' postseason pursuit at 5:11 p.m. CT on Sunday.

10/2/2016 | Bucs place Marte on DL as 'paperwork move'

The Pirates quietly placed All-Star outfielder Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to back tightness.

10/1/2016 | Glasnow closes season with encouraging start

Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, looking to cap a frustrating season with a positive finish, focused on shortening up his delivery Friday night. The end result was perhaps his best appearance in the Major Leagues, as he held the Cardinals to one run on one hit over five mostly efficient innings in Pittsburgh's 7-0 loss at Busch Stadium.

10/1/2016 | Waino, Cards need a win in season finale vs. Bucs

Adam Wainwright knows how it feels to pitch in pressure-packed games. He has started 12 times in the postseason, but the Cardinals will need him to step up in order to get there as he faces Ryan Vogelsong and the Pirates in the final game of the regular season on Sunday.

10/1/2016 | Gyorko's HR lifts Cards' Wild Card chances

It will all come down to Game 162 for the Cardinals, who, with a 4-3, come-from-behind win over the Pirates at Busch Stadium, staved off potential Wild Card elimination on Saturday. Jedd Gyorko delivered the game-winning hit with his two-out, eighth-inning home run.

10/1/2016 | Red alert: Matinee vs. Bucs critical for Cards

After a resounding shutout victory Friday night over the Pirates, the Cardinals are still one game behind the Giants for the second National League Wild Card spot, and the Mets are a game ahead of San Francisco. Saturday will provide one of the Cards' biggest obstacles as they try to stretch their pitching staff to stay in contention.