Maholm uneasy about trade rumors

ST. LOUIS — According to an industry source, the Pirates today are in close negotiations with more than one team regarding left-hander Paul Maholm. If he Pirates’ asking price is met — the Pirates want at least a major-league starting pitcher in return — a trade could be completed quickly.

Gallagher steps up

DENVER — Sean Gallagher stepped up at the right time for the Pirates, tossing three hitless, scoreless innings last night after Ross Ohlendorf was struck on the head by a line drive. That gave the offense time to build a 5-1 lead en route to a 6-2 victory.