Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates promote Class A catcher John Bormann

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates on Sunday promoted Class A Bradenton catcher John Bormann. To the majors. Just prior to first pitch, the Pirates announced the unusual move. Meanwhile, Bormann was driving across the state from Bradenton to Miami. The move suggests continued concern with the health of Francisco..." April 30

  • Bour powers Marlins past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Marlins first baseman Justin Bour entered Miami's Sunday game in a miserable slump, batting just .184. "There was a patch there when I thought I wouldn't get a hit the rest of the season," Bour said. "There are 162 games, and I won't get a hit." Bour need not worry about that..." April 30

  • Pirates use big inning to beat Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Gift Ngoepe's sixth-inning triple to right field would have gone over the fence in any other stadium other than Marlins Park, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Ngoepe, a speedy rookie second baseman from South Africa, settled for his first career triple and, overall, had..." April 29

  • Nova tosses three-hit shutout as Pirates jolt Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Ivan Nova is proving to be a wise acquisition for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nova pitched a three-hit shutout with no walks to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park. Nova (3-2), who struck out seven and has allowed just one walk in..." April 29

  • Ngoepe steals show as Pirates hang on to beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Gift Ngoepe didn't knock in the winning run in a one-run game, and he didn't hit a homer -- teammate Josh Bell did those things. Ngoepe didn't even start. Yet the rookie infielder stole the show in his big-league debut Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided being swept by..." April 26

  • Pirates to call up 1st African-born player in MLB history

    Hardball Talk "When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the..." April 26

  • Cubs win as Pirates waste Cole gem

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would not commit to saying this was the best game Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole has pitched. Neither did Cole. But if not, it was close. The Cubs scored an unearned run in the second inning, and the Pirates wasted a brilliant performance by..." April 25

  • The first native Lithuanian in MLB history made his debut last night

    Hardball Talk "Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history. Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by..." April 25

  • Cubs collect 17 hits in rout of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Chad Kuhl said it was "one of those nights" after he got pushed around by the Chicago Cubs. Chicago right fielder Jason Heyward had one of those nights, too, this one much different from the one experienced by the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting pitcher. Heyward hit a..." April 24

  • Huntington: Pirates looking for external OF options

    MLB.com "The Pirates are monitoring the market for available outfielders, general manager Neal Huntington said, but they are comfortable moving forward with the group they have following Starling Marte's 80-game suspension. Significant trades in April and May are rare, and few impact free agents remain..." April 23

  • Castro's homer ignites Yankees' late uprising vs. Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The New York Yankees have been searching for more offense on the road and found it late Saturday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees surged for 11 runs after the fifth inning to come from behind for an 11-5 victory over the Pirates. The big blow came off..." April 22

  • Francisco Cervelli among MLB players troubled by crisis in Venezuela

    ESPN "With Venezuela rocked by political turmoil and social struggles, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is among those having trouble compartmentalizing what they need to do on the field, while their thoughts are with family and friends back home. "Every day I get messages from friends and family..." April 22

  • Pirates get two home runs in win over Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Coming off a series in which they scored just three runs, the Pittsburgh Pirates used the long ball to jump out to a big lead early and held on for a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees in interleague play Friday night. The Pirates scored two runs in each of the first two..." April 21

  • David Freese: 'I didn't care about my life' when playing for Cardinals

    USA Today "The World Series ring sits just a couple of miles away, in a bank security deposit box, but David Freese hasn’t even seen it, let alone worn it, in five years. The World Series MVP trophy is somewhere in his parents’ basement at their suburban St Louis home, still wrapped in a box, but he..." April 21

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Pirates cancel Starling Marte jersey day, because of course they did

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Because it isn’t a great idea to outfit children in free shirts bearing the name of a player suspended for steroid use, the Pirates have canceled their planned Starling Marte jersey giveaway on July 2. Kids under 14 who show up for the July 2 game against San Francisco will still get an..." April 20

  • Leake, Cardinals shut down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Like most of his St. Louis Cardinals teammates, closer Seung Hwan Oh hasn't been at his best in the first two-plus weeks of the season. On Tuesday night, Oh struggled again, but found a way out of a difficult spot and lifted St. Louis to its first back-to-back victories and..." April 19

  • Carpenter, Fowler fuel Cards in sweep of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter gave the Pittsburgh Pirates life in the eighth inning on Wednesday when he dropped a throw from pitcher Kevin Siegrist that allowed Francisco Cervelli to reach on what should have been an easy putout. Carpenter took that life away later in the inning with the..." April 19

  • Starling Marte suspended 80 games for positive PED test

    USA Today "Starling Marte, an All-Star outfielder emerging as one of the game’s top all-around talents, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for nandrolone, a devastating blow for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marte, 23, won a Gold Glove in 2016 and compelled the Pirates to..." April 18

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Pirates' Jung Ho Kang to have appeals hearing in May in South Korea

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang will have an appeals hearing next month regarding his drunken driving conviction, according to a report. Yonhap News in South Korea reports that Kang's hearing will be held May 25 in Seoul. Kang received an eight-month suspended prison sentence..." April 18

  • Lynn earns first win as Cards end three-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn came into his start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night knowing exactly what was missing in his first two games this season. Coming back after sitting out last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, Lynn got himself in trouble in the middle innings of..." April 17

  • Pirates cap sweep of Cubs with late rallies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates erased the sour taste of going 1-8 last year at Wrigley Field. The Pirates scored three runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to sprint past the Chicago Cubs 6-1 and complete a three-game series sweep on Sunday. "I don't know if it's a statement..." April 16

  • McCutchen's three-run homer propels Pirates over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen apologized for staring at his phone as a group of reporters arrived at his locker. He said he was looking for emojis. Perhaps these would work: Smiley face. Thumbs up. Fist pump. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run..." April 15

  • Freese drives in two as Pirates hold off Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- David Freese took his time looking for just the right pitch against Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks on Friday. And by the 12th pitch of his first at bat, the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman found it and sent a run-scoring double to deep right field to launch a 3-for-4..." April 14

  • Ramirez, Bogaerts help Red Sox edge Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez officially assumed the Big Papi role for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. In a moment that retired Boston slugger David Ortiz often flourished in, with the Red Sox down two runs in the late innings, Ramirez delivered the game-tying blow. Ramirez's..." April 13

  • Gennett powers Reds over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- On March 28, Scooter Gennett was placed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers and claimed by his hometown team. Two weeks later, he bashed a three-run homer to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Tuesday. It was his third home run of the young season...." April 12

  • Reds complete 3-game sweep of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It took until the fifth inning for the Cincinnati Reds to finally get to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday; but, when they did, they broke through in a big way. The Reds scored four runs in the fifth and added four in the seventh on the way to a 9-2 rout of the Pirates,..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Relievers rescue Reds in 7-1 win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- What could have been billed as a marquee matchup of young starters fizzled quickly. Cincinnati's Brandon Finnegan struggled, but Pittsburgh's Tyler Glasnow struggled more. Neither of the 23-year-olds was around to see the end of the third inning Monday night, and the Reds'..." April 10

  • Polanco carries Pirates past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Manager Clint Hurdle made a couple of minor adjustments to his lineup Saturday night specifically because the Pittsburgh Pirates were facing veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Left fielder Gregory Polanco wasn't among those adjustments. In fact, Hurdle decided on a hunch to bat..." April 09

  • Marte's walk-off homer in 10th lifts Pirates over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Behind by the third pitch of the game and by two runs twice, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to scramble. It's something they take almost in stride. "If you want to be an elite team, you've got to come back and win games," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday after his club..." April 09

  • Freese, Cervelli homer as Pirates edge Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates were just waiting to get home, to get a chance to bang the ball around in their own ballpark. It worked. David Freese and Francicso Cervelli hit home runs in the fifth inning as the Pirates found their offense Friday in their home opener, a 5-4 win..." April 07

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know

    Covers.com "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Leon's walk-off homer in 12th lifts Red Sox past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Sandy Leon let Chris Sale handle the bulk of the workload for seven innings before taking matters into his own hands in the 12th. Leon, who caught a masterful seven-strikeout performance by Sale in the left-hander's Red Sox debut, launched a walk-off, three-run homer in the 12th to..." April 06

  • Pirates-Red Sox postponed due to inclement weather

    Boston "On account of inclement weather, the Red Sox game scheduled for Thursday, April 6 at 1:35 p.m. has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 13 at 2:05 p.m. According to the team’s press release, “The current forecast calls for sustained periods of rain to continue throughout the day and into the..." April 06

  • Ten MLB players who will make new teams proud in 2017

    Yardbarker "There were a lot of crazy moves made this offseason. The free agency pond was full of talent which sounds great, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be frustrating. Still, guys found new homes. Some were reunited with old teams and hope to repeat a power-surged season and a few guys may..." April 05

  • Porcello, Benintendi spark Red Sox to Opening Day win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- As Rick Porcello showed flashes of last year's dominance, Andrew Benintendi provided a glimpse of what might be to come in the future for the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Porcello was sharp with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings and Benintendi clubbed a three-run homer as the Red Sox..." April 03

  • Rookie Glasnow named Pirates' 5th starter

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Tyler Glasnow earned the fifth spot in the Pirates' starting rotation, and the effects of that decision filtered through the rest of the pitching staff. “We made all our decisions tonight,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after a 1-1 tie against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at..." April 01

  • Pirates president: Kang has exhausted all his chances

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Although the Pirates are continuing to support and work with Jung Ho Kang as the third baseman tries to get himself back into the U.S. following his third DUI in South Korea, their support extends only so far. “He doesn't have any other chances,” team president Frank Coonelly said Thursday...." March 31

  • Pirates' Drew Hutchison: Optioned to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Hutchison was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The race for the No. 5 starter role in Pittsburgh is down to Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams with Hutchison out of the picture for the time being. Hutchison gave up just six hits..." March 29

  • Pirates Release Jared Hughes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have requested release waivers on righty Jared Hughes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). " March 29

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Jung-Ho Kang not granted a visa to enter the United States

    Hardball Talk "This could be a problem for the Pirates. Ballwriter Sung Min Kim tweets that, according to a Korean report, which you can read here if you know Korean, Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa to enter the United States. The report just broke this morning and has yet to hit the..." March 24

  • Jung Ho Kang won't be ready for opening day, Pirates GM says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Asked about whether it is reasonable to rule out Jung Ho Kang for opening day, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re pretty much there.” This is no surprise. Not only has Kang missed the entirety of spring training thus far, more than a month of work, but he is still waiting for..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Neal Huntington: Pirates' Jung Ho Kang still waiting on U.S. visa

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang remains in a holding pattern. Kang is in South Korea waiting to obtain his United States visa and be cleared for travel to Bradenton, where Pirates’ spring training has been in full swing for more than a month. Earlier this month, Kang, 29, received a suspended prison sentence..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

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