Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates pitcher Morton turns in solid performance in win over Marlins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As he was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, ending his season debut, Charlie Morton received a handshake and a pat on the back from teammate A.J. Burnett while seated in the dugout Monday. The game's ERA leader welcomed Morton back to the rotation and congratulated him on seven..." May 26

  • Pirates designate Radhames Liz for assignment

    Bucs Dugout "To make room on the 25-man roster for Charlie Morton, who's scheduled to make his season debut tonight against Miami, the Pirates designated right-handed reliever Radhames Liz for assignment. Liz had no options and so couldn't be sent to AAA without first being exposed to waivers. The moves..." May 25

  • McCutchen, Pirates come alive in series sweep with 9-1 win against Mets

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It’s hard to fault New York Mets manager Terry Collins for pitching around Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates’ perennial All-Star and MVP candidate, with two outs and first base open in the sixth inning Sunday at PNC Park. Reliever Erik Goeddel intentionally walked McCutchen, who already had socked..." May 25

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    Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

    #Pirates lineup today vs. Mets. Tabata, Rodriguez in. pic.twitter.com/aKmXyNMcki

  • Pirates light up Mets' ace Harvey in 8-2 win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett is sticking to his story. This, he says, will be his last season in the majors. If so, Burnett is scripting a phenomenal farewell with the Pirates. Burnett, 38, struck out 10 hitters and allowed five hits and a run over seven innings in an 8-2 win Saturday afternoon against the New..." May 24

  • Cole pitches Pirates to 4-1 win over Mets

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gerrit Cole, a former first overall pick, was two outs away from his first career complete game. Then, he left a curveball up to Curtis Granderson, who singled, and his full--count fastball to Eric Campbell was off the plate, so Cole looked down and kicked at the dirt. His outing was over after..." May 23

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Confirmed: Charlie Morton makes his return start in Monday's opener of Miami series. #Pirates #MLB

  • Pirates' McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen reacted with laughter rather than anger Friday after a photo of one of his pay stubs turned up on the Internet. A user on Reddit posted an image of McCutchen's pay stub from May 15 in which $427,098.49 went into his bank account through direct deposit. The..." May 22

  • Joe Mauer power reappears in 13th as Twins edge Pirates

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As he dug in for his at-bat in the 13th inning Wednesday, Joe Mauer was looking to drive the ball to the opposite field against Pirates lefthander Antonio Bastardo. “But he made a mistake up and in,” Mauer said, “and I was able to react to it.” The result hadn’t been seen off his bat in..." May 21

  • Big 2nd inning lifts Twins over Liriano, Pirates

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The loss of command. The wild pitch. The belt-high offerings begging to be blasted. Yup, the Twins have seen all of that from Francisco Liriano. And when Liriano began falling behind batters, the Twins offense pounced, knocking him out of the game early then holding off Pittsburgh 8-5 on..." May 20

  • Pirates promote Jose Tabata, option Wilfredo Boscan

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have announced that they've promoted Jose Tabata to the bigs and optioned Wilfredo Boscan back to Indianapolis. To clear space for Tabata on the 40-man roster, they've moved infielder Justin Sellers to the 60-day disabled list. Neal Huntington's recent comments about Tabata..." May 19

  • Pirates break losing streak with 3-0 win against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On a normal day, A.J. Burnett’s performance Sunday afternoon would have earned him the lowest ERA in the National League. He woke up tied for second, after all, with Atlanta Braves starter Shelby Miller. Burnett then pitched seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 1.38 after eight starts..." May 18

  • Mercer gives way to Kang at shortstop

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gave Jordy Mercer the weekend off by design, he said Sunday, so Mercer could try to work his way out of his slow offensive start to the season. Mercer is hitting .176 with a .231 on-base percentage and .204 slugging percentage. Jung Ho Kang started for the fourth..." May 18

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Pirates will skip Worley in rotation vs. Twins, with an off day on either side of the two game series. Liriano and Locke will start.

  • 9d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates behind A.J. in #Cubs finale: pic.twitter.com/hu5TbF28fg

  • Charlie Morton eyes comeback

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Some of the mechanical changes Charlie Morton wanted to make were on his to-do list for a while. Others resulted from the torn labrum in his right hip, which affected him last season in the form of pain in his butt, hip and groin. After a month and a half of rehabilitation and targeted work on..." May 17

  • Jon Lester looks the part in Cubs' win over Pirates

    Chicago Sun-Times "Games like Saturday are partially why the Cubs gave Jon Lester $155 million for six years. Sure, they’ll get their full money’s worth if and when he wins in October, but what he did against Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates on a warm May afternoon has value as well. Pitching with the wind..." May 17

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    MLBLineups @mlblineups

    5/16 @Pirates lineup vs CHC Harrison 3B Walker 2B McCutchen CF Marte LF Kang SS Hart 1B Rodriguez RF Stewart C Cole P

  • Cubs get wild win over Pirates

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was the kind of thing you’d expect to happen to the Cubs. With the same hitter up in the same situation as two innings earlier, he hits the same fly ball to the same outfielder who threw out the same runner at third to extend a game that should have been locked up much earlier and..." May 16

  • Harang delivers eight shutout innings in win

    Courier-Post "The $5 million the Phillies spent on right-hander Aaron Harang’s one-year deal during the offseason is shaping up to be one of the best investments the organization has made in a while. With the season Harang has experienced, it would be difficult to tell he is 37 years old and on his eighth..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Harrison goes deep, helps Pirates to 4th win in row

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Clint Hurdle says baseball is not a game played well when performed urgently. But how could Josh Harrison not feel hurried? Harrison watched South Korean import Jung Ho Kang receive three starts at third base, Harrison's starting position, in the three previous games entering Tuesday. Harrison..." May 13

  • Pete Rose helps Andrew McCutchen out of hitting slump

    Sporting News "Pete Rose knows a thing or two about hitting the baseball. After all, he's MLB's all-time leader in hits. That's why when he gave his phone number to Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the 28-year-old took advantage. During a segment on FOX Sports, Rose told a story about how McCutchen..." May 13

  • Marte powers Pirates to 4-3 win against Phillies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In mid-March, after Starling Marte doubled, tripled and walked in a spring-training game, manager Clint Hurdle said he envisioned a new role for Marte in the Pirates lineup this year. Not only as a run scorer, but also a run producer. Marte, a leadoff hitter for most of his major league days,..." May 12

  • Pirates top Cardinals, 4-3, as Kang shines at the plate

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Rookie infielder Jung Ho Kang had two hits and drove in two runs — including the winner in the bottom of the seventh inning — to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 win against the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals Sunday at PNC Park. But while Kang’s emergence as a hitter has been a..." May 11

  • Pirates acquire Jayson Aquino from Blue Jays

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have announced that they've acquired lefty Jayson Aquino from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, and that they've optioned Aquino to Bradenton. The Jays designated Aquino for assignment last week, three months after acquiring him in a trade with the Rockies. Aquino, 22, mostly..." May 11

  • Harrison's struggles may be result of new contract

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison had a breakout season last year and was rewarded in the offseason with a four-year contract extension worth $27.3 million that could grow to six years and more than $50 million with club options. Harrison, of course, has gotten off to an awful start to this season — he entered..." May 11

  • Pirates GM Neal Hunting sounds like he'd prefer to trade Jose Tabata

    Hardball Talk "Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata has spent the 2015 season with Triple-A Indianapolis and has done a decent job thus far, batting .338/.416/.397. And though the Pirates could use another outfielder capable of contributing on offense, it doesn’t sound like they’re considering calling him up anytime..." May 11

  • Charlie Morton focused on righting the ship

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Right-hander Charlie Morton was back in the Pirates clubhouse at PNC Park Saturday awaiting orders regarding when and where he will make his next rehab start. A night earlier, Morton threw seven scoreless innings for Class AA Altoona, striking out five and allowing two hits and two walks. “It..." May 10

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates in rubber game v #STLCards: Harrison 4 Kang 5 McCutchen 8 Marte 7 Hart 3 Mercer 6 Rodriguez 9 Cervelli 2 Locke 1

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates LF Marte, who left last night's game due to dizziness, is back in lineup today.

  • Triple play, Mercer's key double lift Pirates over Cardinals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "An unlucky hitter and an unlucky team reversed their fortunes Saturday on a night the Pirates benefited from a historic triple play in a 7-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. While the Pirates have suffered from misfortune against the Cardinals, the win snapped a seven-game losing streak..." May 10

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Marte removed from game due to "severe dizziness"

  • Cards dig deep to beat Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "He wasn’t in any position to lobby as a youngster still establishing himself as an everyday player, let alone a leading one, but Kolten Wong spoke openly about his hope to hit higher in the Cardinals’ order as far back as January. He had often been a leadoff hitter, his manager saw some traits of..." May 09

  • Pirates' bats break out, snap 5-game skid

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Everybody can exhale now. Dormant at the plate for the better part of a week, the Pirates splurged for 11 hits Thursday in a 7-2 rout of the Cincinnati Reds that snapped a five-game losing skid. Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 plus a walk, which boosted his batting average 22 points to .210...." May 08

  • Mike Leake stars in Reds' 3-0 win in Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake was the star for the Reds on Wednesday night. Joey Votto was just a very compelling side show. Leake pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0. Leake allowed six hits, no walks and struck out two. He recorded 18 ground-ball outs — and the Reds had two infield..." May 07

  • MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

    Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07

  • McCutchen admits frustration, but Pirates center fielder believes breakout coming

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen believes he is close. He thinks the game, or at-bat, when he connects what he is seeing with what his body is doing is near. But, for a player like McCutchen, close isn’t good enough. “I’m here for a reason,” McCutchen said after the Tuesday night game against the Cincinnati..." May 07

  • Homers by Reds' Frazier, Byrd help Lorenzen to win over Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Michael Lorenzen is apparently a quick learner. The one big takeaway from his first big-league start was he needed to be more pitch efficient. Lorenzen, the 23-year-old right-hander, was good and efficient Tuesday night. He earned his first Major League win in the Reds' 7-1 victory over the..." May 06

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates call up Steve Lombardozzi from @indyindians and put Andrew Lambo on 15-day DL

  • 20d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Hurdle on Andrew McCutchen's knee: "I don't think it's a concerning area right now."

  • Pirates manager: If I sat everyone who's struggling, we couldn't field a team

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has watched his team's offense struggle to get going through the first month of the season. After finishing in the league's top 10 last year in almost every offensive category, the Pirates enter Tuesday sitting in the bottom third of the league...." May 05

  • Wong's homer wraps up sweep of Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals played for the 13th straight day on Sunday in a stretch which will reach 20 before they get a break between Pittsburgh and Cleveland next week. High-energy second baseman Kolten Wong had started each of the first 12 and played every inning but the 11th inning Saturday, so manager..." May 04

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

  • Cards drop Pirates again, 2-1

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Different day, same story. As they did on Friday night, the Cardinals (17-6) tied the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-1 in regulation, then won 2-1 in extra innings on Saturday at Busch Stadium. This time, an announced crowd of 45,095 watched as Matt Carpenter drove a deep fly to left to chase home Pete..." May 03

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Total speculation: When the Brewers' push to reset their roster happens, Adam Lind could be an attractive option for the Pirates.

  • Cardinals outlast Pirates in extras

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "There are percentages and then there are percentages. Doubles machine Matt Carpenter hit his 14th two-base hit in 22 games, a drive into the right-field corner to send Jon Jay to third, where third-base coach Jose Oquendo applied the brakes with two out in the 10th inning of a white knuckle 1-1..." May 02

  • Pirates' McCutchen collects 1,000th career hit in victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The slump, and perhaps the worst month of Andrew McCutchen's career, is history. In the sixth inning Wednesday, the Pirates center fielder uncoiled on a Gonzalez Germen four-seam fastball for a two-run triple. The decisive hit smashed off the center-field wall at Wrigley Field to expand the..." April 30