10/3/2015 | Bucs need win to ensure home-field edge in WC
The Pirates and Reds will wrap up the regular season Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. Cincinnati may not have much left to play for, but there is much at stake for Pittsburgh heading into the postseason.
10/3/2015 | Reds end skid, dent Bucs' home-field hopes
The Reds' 13 proved to be unlucky for the Pirates. As a result, the battle for home-field advantage in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser is going down to the season's final day. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan muted the Pirates' bats Saturday to give Cincinnati a 3-1 win, ending the Reds' longest losing streak since 1945 at 13 straight.
10/3/2015 | In their hands: Bucs control Wild Card destiny
The Pirates' postseason plans are still on hold heading into Game 162. They know who they will play next week: the Cubs. They know when: Wednesday night at 8 ET (on TBS). But where? We'll find out Sunday afternoon.
10/3/2015 | Burnett emotional, appreciative after ovation
A.J. Burnett walked off a regular-season mound Saturday night for the final time, with two taps to his chest by his manager and the appreciative roars of 34,180 fans in his ears.
10/3/2015 | Hurdle praises Pirates' remarkable resiliency
In many ways, the Pirates' 97th win on Friday night was very much like the first 96, from haplessness to happiness.
10/3/2015 | Bucs officially name Cole as Wild Card starter
The Pirates announced the answer to one of the easiest questions in baseball: Gerrit Cole will start against the Cubs on Wednesday night in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser (8 p.m. ET on TBS).
10/3/2015 | Pirates 'pen powers through for extra-inning win
The seven shutout innings pooled by six relievers cast the Bucs in a favorable light for the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, which they are now one win away from hosting at PNC Park on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
10/3/2015 | Bucs' focus on playing WC Game at PNC Park
On Friday, the Bucs moved within one step of securing Plan B: a one-game showdown at their home ballpark. By outlasting the Reds over 12 innings in a 6-4 win on Friday night, the Pirates shrank their magic number to host the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser to one.
10/2/2015 | Pirates can clinch home-field in WC behind Burnett
Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett will make the 430th and final regular-season start of his career Saturday night, possibly the last start of his 17-year career. Burnett will lead the Pirates against the Reds at PNC Park with a chance to guarantee that the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser will take place in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
10/2/2015 | RF Polanco nabs another runner at 1st base
Gregory Polanco is getting pretty good at this 9-3 putout thing. For the second time in 17 games, the Pirates' right fielder nailed a runner at first on a clean "hit." This time, the play saved a run because it came with a runner on third and two outs in the second inning of Friday's 6-4 win in 12 innings over the Reds at PNC Park.
10/2/2015 | Ramirez expects long run for Pirates
Aramis Ramirez has come full circle, and now he is about to close the circle. Ramirez played his first Major League game on May 26, 1998 as a 19-year-old third baseman for the Pirates. This weekend, he will end his career as a 37-year-old third baseman, once again with the Pirates.
10/2/2015 | Bucs walk off, inch closer to home-field in WC
The Pirates had to come from behind to stay ahead. They did that in dramatic fashion Friday night, when Starling Marte's two-run homer in the 12th inning gave them a 6-4 win over the Reds, after the Bucs trailed, 4-0, into the bottom of the third.
10/1/2015 | 5 things that changed the season for Pirates
Before looking at what lies ahead of the Bucs, let's first look back at the moments that helped them get here.
10/1/2015 | Pirates welcome Reds targeting WC home-field edge
After falling out of the National League Central race on Wednesday, the Pirates will turn their attention on Friday toward securing home-field advantage for next week's win-or-go-home date with the Cubs.
10/1/2015 | Hurdle knows Bucs have work cut out for them
Wherever they meet the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game, it will be a difficult first hurdle for the Pirates' hopes for a deep postseason foray, as the Cubs took the season series, 11-8.