Pirates Rumors & News

  • 2h
    Jenn Menendez @JennMenendez

    Hurdle not optimistic Starling Marte will come off the DL tomorrow when he's eligible.

  • Gerrit Cole throws five shutout innings in rehab start

    Hardball Talk "On the disabled list with a strained lat muscle, Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole tossed five shutout innings Monday in a minor-league rehab start at Triple-A. He allowed five hits, striking out seven and walking three while throwing 81 pitches. That suggests he might be ready to come off the..." July 29

  • Sources: Pirates a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox ace Jon Lester

    Yahoo! Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fast-emerging dark horse in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in pursuit of the Boston ace as the Red Sox decide whether to trade him before Thursday's deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Pittsburgh, two games back of the..." July 29

  • 1d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Braves have scouts at tonight's Bartolo Colon vs A.J. Burnett start. @FOXSports1

  • Pirates believed to be interested in Hawkins

    MLB.com "The Rockies don’t appear to be willing to make a major trade at Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, but interest could pick up in a smaller deal for closer LaTroy Hawkins. The Rockies won the first two games against the Pirates this weekend by big margins, so Hawkins was not forced into a..." July 28

  • Rockies beat the Pirates as Nolan Arenado atones for Friday night

    Denver Post "In the 120 seconds that passed while Nolan Arenado got dressed at his locker Saturday for batting practice, the Rockies' second-year third baseman said some form of "I'm sorry" eight times. That's an apology every 15 seconds. Arenado, sheepish about his benching the night before for not running..." July 27

  • 2d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #RedSox are shopping lefty Andrew Miller. #pirates are interested, have been scouting sox for couple of weeks.

  • 3d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Gerrit Cole will likely make a second rehab start of 100 pitches before rejoining the major league rptation, according to Clint Hurdle

  • Brett Anderson dominant as the Rockies rout the Pirates at Coors Field

    Denver Post "In the book "How to Pitch at Coors Field Without Losing Your Mind," it's written in heavy black ink that breaking balls don't work. Some combination of climate physics and abracadabra will never allow it, they say. Into the seventh inning Friday, Brett Anderson threw through the bad juju. His..." July 26

  • Pirates want no part of Burnett's player option, hurting trade chance

    CBSSports.com "The Phillies and A.J. Burnett wouldn't mind working out a deal for him to go to Pittsburgh, but the Pirates' interest, believed mild at best, might fall further if Burnett intends to pick up a player option for next year that's likely to be worth $12.75 million. The option is for $7.5 million..." July 24

  • Liriano pitches a gem to lead Pirates over Dodgers, 6-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "One of the biggest questions facing the Pirates heading down the stretch is whether or not they had an ace to lead their pitching staff. That question might have been answered Wednesday night when Francisco Liriano put together a brilliant outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Liriano..." July 24

  • 6d
    MLBRosterMoves @MLBRosterMoves

    The @Pirates place OF Starling Marte on 7-day DL (concussion); recall INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

  • 6d
    Paul Zeise @PaulZeise

    Gerrit Cole threw 70 pitches. Said he feels good but they aren't going to rush him back - meed need rehab assignment

  • Pirates outslug Dodgers in 12-7 victory

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Plunked, ejected, but ever resilient Tuesday night, the Pirates outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-7, in a wild game at PNC Park. The Pirates led, 2-0, 4-2, then went ahead, 8-4, in a big sixth inning, but it was only with a four-run eighth that they clamped down on win No. 53. Gregory..." July 23

  • The Race to Succeed Bud Selig Isn't Much of a Race

    The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23

  • New-look Dodgers get 12 hits in win over Pittsburgh Pirates

    L.A. Daily News "The Dodgers did not field their usual lineup Monday, and not by choice. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were still having trouble gripping a bat without pain in their sore left hands. Neither was able to take batting practice. When Don Mattingly made out his lineup card, he was still waiting..." July 22

  • While Orioles are interested, Pirates could be better fit for A.J. Burnett

    Philly.com "The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts, which does..." July 21

  • 9d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Gerrit Cole will throw a 35- to 40-pitch side session Sunday. Fastball, curveball, changeup.

  • Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fireworks nights force post-game news conferences into manager Clint Hurdle's office rather than the conference room down the concourse. That meant that Saturday night, Hurdle's phone kept beeping in his meeting with the media. "Sounds like there's some Pirate fans," he said. A second..." July 20

  • 10d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #Pirates, #Royals among teams that scouted #Padres’ Kennedy last night. Pirates looking for SP and RP. Royals keeping all options open.

  • Pinch-hits from Snider, Harrison push Pirates over Rockies, 4-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In a game of errors, fielding miscues and a baserunning mistake, the Pirates bench picked up the slack Friday night at PNC Park. Taking advantage of the Colorado Rockies bullpen, the Pirates scored two runs in the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 win. They committed three errors, missed two other..." July 19

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League

    MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use

    ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

  • 15d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

  • 15d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

  • Pirates' McCutchen might be National League's most cost-effective star

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "There is no debate that Andrew McCutchen is already one of baseball's brightest stars. When players take the field Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis for Major League Baseball's 85th All-Star Game, McCutchen will be making his fourth straight appearance in the midsummer classic. The..." July 14

  • Pirates activate Francisco Liriano from DL

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates on Sunday activated lefty Francisco Liriano (strained left oblique) from the disabled list. Liriano recently completed a minor-league rehab assignment but hasn't made a start for the Pirates in more than a month. Liriano, 30, has a 4.60 ERA after 14 starts this season, but the..." July 13

  • 16d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates signed minor lg FA LHP Rafael Perez, sent him to @indyindians. He last pitched in majors in 2012; was in Mexican Lg this year.

  • McCutchen homers twice to beat Reds in 11 innings

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen drove a 2-2 pitch over the center-field wall in the ninth inning Saturday night to resurrect a game that had turned sour for the Pirates. When the reigning National League MVP’s turn in the order came around in the 11th, he did it again to lead the Pirates to an important 6-5..." July 13

  • Eighth inning rally lifts Reds over Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds may be hurt. But they aren't hurting. How could they be after Friday night's comeback win? The Reds put together five straight two-out hits to score three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 before a crowd of 36,613 at Great American Ball Park. The runs in..." July 12

  • 18d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    Cole is eligible to come off DL on 20 July, but Hurdle said #pirates are NOT planning for him to be available that day.

  • 18d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    It does not appear that Starling Marte (bereavement) will rejoin #Pirates before All-Star break.

  • Edinson Volquez in complete control vs. Cardinals

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals kept it interesting this week. Twice in a row the Cardinals walked off with win. St. Louis surged closer to first place in the National League Central Division as the Cincinnati Reds did the same and the Milwaukee Brewers backtracked. In the series finale..." July 11

  • Cardinals take third straight from Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For the first time all week enough runs came before the bottom of the ninth, as the Cardinals rode their bats and the right arm of Lance Lynn to a third straight win over the Pirates, pulling within two of first-place Milwaukee in the process. The much-maligned offense, retooled by manager Mike..." July 10

  • Starling Marte goes on bereavement list

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list Wednesday because of the death or illness of a family member and called up infielder Matt Hague from Class AAA Indianapolis to take his place. Marte must spend at least three days, but no more than seven, on the bereavement..." July 10

  • Cards beat Pirates 5-4

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals, who had gone the longest by far of any major-league team without a game-ending home run, walked off with one for the second straight night Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong walloped a 420-foot homer off a full-count pitch with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth to..." July 09

  • Adams' walk-off blast sinks Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "You could call Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams many things, most of them flattering, but one of them would not be light-footed. Yet, as he circled the bases Monday night at Busch Stadium on the first game-ending homer at any level of his baseball career, he fairly flew. “I don’t think I..." July 08

  • National League MVP watch: McCutchen pushes into the top three

    Sporting News "It’s time for the NL MVP watch, version 3.0. The top two spots in the “what if the voting happened today” scenario are pretty clear-cut, but after that, there are at least a dozen players worthy of mention. So even though standouts like Carlos Gomez, Clayton Kershaw, Dee Gordon, Anthony Rendon,..." July 08

  • Liriano settles into groove in Triple-A rehab start

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Francisco Liriano is likely heading back to Pittsburgh soon after a dominating performance in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Indianapolis. After shaking off some early rust, Liriano retired the final 15 batters he faced in a 1-0 win over Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and walked none..." July 08

  • Pirates, Locke top Burnett, Phillies, 6-2, to sweep series

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett paused on the mound when he took the field for the bottom of the first Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. He came from the visiting dugout in his Philadelphia Phillies gray and red, yet there he was on the scoreboard in Pirates black as part of a tribute video. Even his old Pirates..." July 07

  • 23d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Clint Barmes said he has a Grade 3 adductor (groin) sprain. He's going to be out 4-6 weeks

  • Volquez settles in for win as Pirates slip by Phillies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions. "He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted...." July 06

  • 24d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    pirates claim dean anna

  • David Peralta has 4 RBIs, Arizona Diamondbacks beat Pittsburgh Pirates

    Arizona Republic "Brandon McCarthy won consecutive starts for the first time in more than a year, and the Diamondbacks' offense exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning in a sweep-averting win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night at PNC Park. Rookie David Peralta had three hits, including a two-run..." July 04

  • 26d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Liriano will make a rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis Monday. Five innings/85 pitches.

  • Josh Harrison's defense, arm pass tests

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With the Arizona leading the Pirates, 2-0, in the ninth inning Tuesday at PNC Park, the Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra challenged the arm of right fielder Josh Harrison after Ender Inciarte's single. Harrison wasn't having it. He handled the rolling ball and retired Parra -- trying to score from..." July 03

  • Traded players meet at airport

    MLB.com "Early Saturday, Ernesto Frieri was en route from Kansas City to Pittsburgh, where he had just been dealt by the Angels. His itinerary called for a layover in Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and he felt dingy. "I'm waiting for my next flight, so I just went to a bathroom to wash my face. First thing,..." July 03

  • Single seals Pirates comeback in bottom of the ninth against Dbacks

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In keeping with the theme of the game Tuesday night, the Pirates did their work in the ninth inning quickly. After eight scoreless innings passed in rapid fashion at the hands of Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, the Pirates upended the contest in a flash. Ike Davis’ pinch-hit single..." July 02

  • 28d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Liriano will throw a four-inning sim game Wednesday, Hurdle said. Felt good after 54-pitch bullpen Sunday.

  • Brandon McCarthy, A.J. Burnett among possible rotation targets for Pirates

    MLB Daily Dish "A source with knowledge of the situation believes that the Pirates would be the "single best fit" for Burnett, and that a trade involving the right-hander is likely before July 31. ORIGINAL: Though they currently sit eight games behind the division-leading Brewers in the NL Central, the..." July 01

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