Hurdle not optimistic Starling Marte will come off the DL tomorrow when he's eligible.
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
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
Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Braves have scouts at tonight's Bartolo Colon vs A.J. Burnett start. @FOXSports1
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
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
Gerrit Cole will likely make a second rehab start of 100 pitches before rejoining the major league rptation, according to Clint Hurdle
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
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
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
The @Pirates place OF Starling Marte on 7-day DL (concussion); recall INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Gerrit Cole threw 70 pitches. Said he feels good but they aren't going to rush him back - meed need rehab assignment
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 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
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
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
Gerrit Cole will throw a 35- to 40-pitch side session Sunday. Fastball, curveball, changeup.
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
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
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
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
AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P
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
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
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
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
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
Cole is eligible to come off DL on 20 July, but Hurdle said #pirates are NOT planning for him to be available that day.
It does not appear that Starling Marte (bereavement) will rejoin #Pirates before All-Star break.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Clint Barmes said he has a Grade 3 adductor (groin) sprain. He's going to be out 4-6 weeks
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
pirates claim dean anna
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
Liriano will make a rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis Monday. Five innings/85 pitches.
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
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
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
Liriano will throw a four-inning sim game Wednesday, Hurdle said. Felt good after 54-pitch bullpen Sunday.
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