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  • Pirates pound Hamels, Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Pittsburgh Pirates put an end to Texas Rangers starter Cole Hamels' winning streak in resounding fashion Friday. Pittsburgh hit four home runs, chased Hamels in the fifth inning and rolled to its fifth-straight win with a 9-1 victory over the Rangers. Hamels..." May 28

  • Vogelsong visits Pirates after leaving hospital

    The Score "Ryan Vogelsong couldn't be kept away from the ballpark for long. Three days after he was hit in the face by a pitch, and just hours after being discharged from the hospital on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander stopped by PNC Park to visit his teammates. He and his wife, Nicole,..." May 27

  • Freese powers Pirates to come-back win over D-backs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- This blast didn't make David Freese a World Series hero, as he once was with St. Louis. Still, the towering homer he hit Wednesday to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks helped prove his worth in a far different role. "I just stayed back and..." May 26

  • Chip Hale, Tony La Russa point fingers at Pirates for HBPs

    Arizona Republic "Emotions ran high after a pair of Diamondbacks hitters were struck on the head by pitches from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero on Tuesday night, with Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa going into a Pirates broadcast booth to dispute on-air comments during the game. The finger..." May 26

  • Polanco drives in five, Pirates rout Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh's 17 hits didn't bother the Diamondbacks nearly as much as the two hit-by-pitches by a wild and hard-throwing Pirates reliever that put Arizona's middle infielders out of the game. Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs and the..." May 24

  • Vogelsong lands on DL with facial fractures after HBP

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list with facial fractures Tuesday, one day after the 38-year-old was carted off the field and hospitalized after being hit by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles. Making just his second start of..." May 24

  • Ryan Vogelsong's wife shares update after Pirates pitcher was hit in the face

    Fox Sports "Scary scene at PNC Park on Monday when the ball got away from Colorado Rockies righty Jordan Lyles and hit Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the face. According to Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk, Vogelsong suffered an injury to "the eye itself, which includes the..." May 24

  • Pirates beat Rockies after Vogelsong scare

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't feel like celebrating this victory, not at all. One of their teammates is down, and they're not sure when he'll be back. The Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Monday, but starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was taken off the field on a cart,..." May 23

  • Vogelsong carted off field after being hit in face by pitch

    SB Nation "This is not good. The Pirates' starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took a pitch to the face during a bases-loaded at-bat in the second inning against the Rockies, and had to be carted off the field. He's been taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The pitch got away from Rockies' Jordan..." May 23

  • Pirates don't want to rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon to majors

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington does not want to rush the organization's top two pitching prospects, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, to the majors this season. But Huntington also acknowledged that Glasnow and Taillon "probably" will be in a Pirates uniform at some point..." May 23

  • Pirates' Kang 'day-to-day' after hand injury

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jung Ho Kang said his left hand feels “good” and that an X-ray found no damage after he was forced to leave Saturday's game. The Pirates third baseman walked through the clubhouse without a wrap or ice on his hand after a 5-1 loss to Colorado, less than two hours after his hand slammed into the..." May 22

  • Rockies top Pirates with four-run ninth

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- One day after the Colorado Rockies couldn't get anything past the Pirates, they got most of their offense in a streak-breaking win from a deficient Pittsburgh defense. Tony Wolters' sharply hit ground-ball single to first base produced two runs during a four-run ninth inning..." May 21

  • Cole strong again as Pirates edge Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole knows exactly why the Pittsburgh Pirates kept dominating the Colorado Rockies, even on a night when he certainly didn't have his dominant stuff. "Defense," he said. "Stellar defense." Cole made his second successive effective start with the help of some strong..." May 20

  • Polanco provides pop in Pirates' victory over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- This was not the first time Jeff Locke got to admire and benefit from Gregory Polanco's power and speed. "It's fantastic," the Pittsburgh starter said Thursday night after Polanco hit a two-run homer and tripled, providing some of the run support for Locke in an 8-2 victory..." May 19

  • Braves finally get 10th win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The way Julio Teheran had been pitching was one thing. His record was another. Staked with some run support -- finally -- the Atlanta starter turned in another strong outing as the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Wednesday. "Finally, I got my win, but I was trying..." May 18

  • Pirates hang on to beat Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Brian Snitker couldn't have himself in a tougher spot in his first game as a major league manager with his Atlanta Braves trailing 9-0. It looked like Snitker might end up having a debut for the ages, though, when the Braves cut the deficit two runs in the seventh inning, but..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Pirates extend C Francisco Cervelli through 2019

    Today's Knuckleball "The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have agreed to an extension with catcher Francisco Cervelli that will last for three years, from 2017-2019. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune notes that the deal is worth $31 million in total. Pittsburgh acquired Cervelli from the New York..." May 17

  • Joyce powers Pirates in win over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- When traffic got heavy, Jon Niese slowed down. Niese pitched six effective innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-5 win over Atlanta Braves on Monday night while Matt Joyce had a home run among his three hits and drove in three runs, Gregory Polanco had three hits and..." May 16

  • Gerrit Cole says he doesn't think Cubs are best team in baseball

    Sporting News "Gerrit Cole turned in his best performance of the season Sunday to help the Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 in Chicago to avoid a sweep. Most of the attention was on Cubs starter Jon Lester after he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. But Lester ran into trouble in that inning and Cole..." May 16

  • Kang, Cole lead Pirates to first win vs. Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has the utmost faith in using closer Mark Melancon even as his strategy almost backfired on Sunday. Melancon had to deal with runners at first and third and gave a run on a sacrifice fly with one out, then closed out the Chicago Cubs as the..." May 15

  • Locke accuses Arrieta of throwing at Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's chosen walk-up song in the sixth inning Saturday was Taylor Swift's “Bad Blood,” also an appropriate theme for the continuing drama in the rivalry with the Pirates. Two pitches after Francisco Cervelli's two-run single briefly gave the Pirates a lead over the..." May 15

  • Cubs power way past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs combined the long ball with pitcher Jason Hammel's effective fastball as they pulled out of a two-game slump on Friday. Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross all homered as the Cubs (26-8) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 in the opener of a three-game weekend..." May 13

  • Six batters get plunked as Pirates outslug Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- When the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates face each other, it is almost a foregone conclusion that batters will be hit and tempers will flare. Wednesday night's game produced yet another chapter in the National League Central rivalry. Pittsburgh homered four times,..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Reds lose Mesoraco for season before rainout

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Devin Mesoraco and the Cincinnati Reds were hoping for encouraging news Tuesday when the 27-year old catcher underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. Instead, they got the worst-case scenario. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Mesoraco has damage to both..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • McCutchen, Cole don't need to be Pirates for life

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The contract extension signed by Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is absolutely ridiculous. The extension, which is expected to be announced today, is for seven years and $174 million, and there is an opportunity for him to earn another $14 million with various incentives. Strasburg, when..." May 11

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Barnhart's homer helps Reds beat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Tucker Barnhart hit a home run batting right-handed during Spring Training, the first of his professional career from the right side. On Monday night, the Cincinnati Reds catcher hit one that counted. Joey Votto tied the score with a solo homer in the sixth, Barnhart..." May 09

  • Pirates take series vs. Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole and St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha each endured 33-pitch innings Sunday. Cole escaped his with a zero on the scoreboard. Wacha allowed three runs in his extended mound time. While much happened after those innings in..." May 08

  • Carpenter fasions first walk-off HR for Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Minutes after Saturday's game, a thunderstorm drenched Busch Stadium. Matt Carpenter supplied the thunder and lightning to beat the rain and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belting the first walk-off home run of his big league career, the St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman drilled..." May 07

  • Liriano, Kang lead Pirates over Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- There are horses for courses, according to an old saying. Apparently, Francisco Liriano gets a bounce in his step every time his turn comes up in Busch Stadium. The Pittsburgh Pirates' left-hander worked over one of his favorite marks Friday night, fanning 10 St. Louis..." May 07

  • Struggling Pirates excited about Kang's return to lineup

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and were just swept by division rival Chicago Cubs in a three-game series, so some reinforcements might be a good idea. They could come Friday in the form of Jung Ho Kang, who is expected to return to the Pirates lineup after..." May 06

  • MLB relocating Puerto Rico series to Miami

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced today that the two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins, which had been slated for May 30th-31st at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, has been relocated..." May 06

  • 7 possible landing spots for free-agent starter Tim Lincecum

    USA Today "Free-agent starting pitcher Tim Lincecum will throw a showcase for scouts from about 20 Major League teams on Friday at the Giants’ training complex in Arizona. Lincecum, now 31, performed as one of the best starters in all of baseball from 2008-2011, then something decidedly less than that from..." May 06

  • McCutchen apologizes to Pirates' scorekeeper for 'fired' comment

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen on Thursday apologized to the team's official scorer after saying he should be fired for ruling a misplayed ball by McCutchen an error. McCutchen on Wednesday dropped a fly ball that would have been the third out of the third inning against the Chicago..." May 06

  • Manfred: Decision on games in Puerto Rico coming soon

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week we heard concerns about the Zika virus may result in MLB moving a Marlins-Pirates series scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico later this month. The series is scheduled for May 30-31. On Thursday commissioner Rob Manfred said the league will soon make a decision about the..." May 05

  • Puerto Rico irked by likely loss of Pirates-Marlins series

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Puerto Rico officials on Wednesday expressed indignation over the potential cancellation of a Pittsburgh versus Miami baseball series scheduled on the island, saying concerns about the Zika virus are overblown. Calling off the games would be disrespectful to the family of the late Pirates star..." May 05

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Arrieta's record-setting win helps Cubs shut down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Keeping his emotions under control has helped Jake Arrieta become arguably the best pitcher in the major leagues. So it wasn't surprising that he took setting a Chicago Cubs' franchise record in stride. Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings to extend his regular-season..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

    Yahoo! Sports "About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.” The fear of..." May 03

  • Cubs in Pirates’ heads? Come on, it’s only May

    Chicago Sun-Times "It took the Cubs less than nine innings back in Pittsburgh for all the high emotion and bad blood to resurface from last October’s wild-card playoff game that resulted in a bench-clearing incident on the way to a one-sided Cubs victory. It’s barely May, but the Cubs and Pirates made it clear in..." May 03

  • Cubs' Hammel improves record to 4-0

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Jason Hammel did not pitch very long but he was able to keep his record perfect. Hammel lasted just one batter into the sixth inning but raised his record to 4-0, and Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night...." May 02

  • Reds prevail in back-and-forth battle in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- In a game difficult to track as it swung back and forth, it was just as challenging to pick out a definitive hero. Two stood out, however. Scott Schebler drove in the winning run in the 11th with a one-out double, and Tim Adleman pitched three-hit ball over six-plus innings in..." May 01

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

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    Tim Williams @timwilliamsP2

    #Pirates have extended the contracts of their coaching staff through the 2017 season. Includes Ray Searage.

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