Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates coach Sofield interviews for Padres manager

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A few hours after the Pirates' final regular-season game, Rick Sofield was relaxing at his home in Pittsburgh when his cell phone beeped. There was a text message from manager Clint Hurdle: “Call Neal ASAP.” As he dialed Neal Huntington, Sofield wondered what he might have done wrong that the..." October 13

  • J.A. Happ would “definitely”, “absolutely” consider returning to the Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a strong two-month stretch with the Pirates, left-hander J.A. Happ will be a free agent for the first time this winter. He might not be on the market very long. The Pirates have indicated they will try to re-sign him. Happ wouldn't mind returning to Pittsburgh. “It's a team I would..." October 12

  • Walker, Alvarez among decisions Pirates face entering offseason earlier than planned

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Standing in the on-deck circle Wednesday night in the ninth inning of the National League wild-card game, Neil Walker’s mind wandered slightly. Asked if he thought about possibly playing his final game as a Pirates player, Walker said, “I’d be lying if I told you no.” “There’s no telling,”..." October 09

  • Pirates' Sean Rodriguez says he apologized personally to the cooler and has been forgiven

    USA Today "The Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez was ejected from the Wild Card game on Wednesday night, and took his anger out on a Gatorade cooler, which he beat up pretty bad. On Thursday, Rodriguez apologized to the cooler, and was forgiven:" October 08

  • Arrieta survives bench-clearer, strikes out 11 as Cubs defeat Pirates 4-0

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta was feeling what a lot of Cubs fans were feeling. “A nervous excitement,’’ he had said. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ blackout crowd at PNC Park, and perhaps the Pirates themselves by appearing to throw at him in the National League Wild Card game Wednesday — tried to rattle Arrieta..." October 08

  • Benches clear in Pittsburgh after Arrieta gets hit

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't get to Jake Arrieta over six innings in the National League wild-card game, so they took a different approach. With the Pirates trailing 4-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson appeared to intentionally throw at the Chicago Cubs ace,..." October 08

  • Wild Night

    The Player's Tribune "It was loud. No, hang on, let me really explain that. There’s two types of loud that I’ve experienced in a ballpark. There’s the one level of loud where you get goosebumps and you’re like, Oh man, these fans are fired up. This is awesome. And then there’s a whole different level of loud where the..." October 06

  • Picking a Pirates lineup for wild-card game not easy

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "I’m blaming a cellphone malfunction. That has to be why I didn’t receive Clint Hurdle’s call asking for my lineup advice for the National League wild-card game Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs. Or maybe he lost my number. Either way, it’s a crying shame we failed to connect for a third..." October 06

  • Pirates will play NL wild-card game at PNC Park after shutting out Reds

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "J.A. Happ didn't peek at the out-of-town scoreboard Sunday while he pitched the Pirates to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Halfway across the country, the Chicago Cubs tried to snatch the top National League wild-card spot from the Pirates by beating the Milwaukee Brewers. Happ didn't..." October 05

  • NL Central becomes 1st division with top 3 records

    The Score "To say the National League Central was a pillar of strength this season is a huge understatement. The Central is the first division to feature the top three records in baseball since divisional play began in 1969. It's also just the second time in major-league history that three teams from..." October 05

  • Reds top Pirates, end 13-game losing skid

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Joey Votto's streak of reaching base came to an end on Saturday, but after the game he was smiling, because the Reds won. Votto's streak ended at 48 games, but so too did the Reds' 13-game losing streak. After tying Pete Rose for the modern day club record on Friday, Votto simply said he..." October 04

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Here's our lineup for tonight. http://t.co/PkJWxs9Cj3 #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/St1zMvxHf4

  • After trailing Reds, 4-0, Marte’s homer in 12th reduces magic number to 1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "So, when Starling Marte launched a fly ball to right in the 12th inning, he wasn’t sure it would leave the playing field. “I know I hit it on the barrel,” Marte said, “but the wind was pretty hard.” The ball cleared the Clemente Wall. Marte’s walk-off home run gave the Pirates a 6-4 victory..." October 03

  • 10d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    No surprise, but Hurdle announced Cole will start the wild-card game.

  • Francisco Cervelli's grand slam paces Pirates in 8-2 win over Cardinals

    Bucs Dugout "Francisco Cervelli's grand slam was the decisive blow Wednesday afternoon as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 8-2, collecting their 96th win of the year and staying alive in the division race. Neil Walker led off the second inning with a homer to put the Bucs up 1-0. The Cardinals tied it in the..." October 01

  • Baseball's culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities

    USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01

  • Piscotty hurt as Cards beat Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Throughout this season, the defiant Cardinals built the best record in baseball and strong-armed control of baseball’s best division despite being persistently tested and challenged by injury. On Monday, they were horrified by one. In the seventh inning of a scoreless tie against Pittsburgh,..." September 29

  • Jake Arrieta takes perfecto into seventh, hits HR as Cubs beat Pirates

    CSN Chicago "We're running out of superlatives to describe Jake Arrieta right now. The Cubs ace took a perfect game into the seventh inning Sunday night as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 4-0, in front of 40,617 fans at Wrigley Field. Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Gregory Polanco in the seventh and hit..." September 28

  • MLB will allow iPads in dugouts with limitations

    Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates lineup prime time Sunday v #cubbies pic.twitter.com/9l7pGMoLz2

  • Pirates win eighth consecutive game with 4-0 victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Extra rest agrees with Francisco Liriano. Given more than the standard four days off between starts for a second consecutive turn through the rotation, Liriano pitched his second consecutive strong outing. It was enough for the Pirates to beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0, Saturday at Wrigley Field..." September 27

  • McCutchen says the dreads are gone forever

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jordy Mercer found out the same way most did. He checked Twitter one morning during spring training and saw a grainy, black-and-white video in which Andrew McCutchen told the viewer, “There’s a secret that’s been weighing on me for a loooong time. There’s something I’m going to have to tell you..." September 27

  • 17d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Polanco needs a day; Snider in RF for @Pirates today. Alvarez back at 1B v RHP Hammel. #pirates #MLB

  • Cole provides likely playoff preview, taming Cubs in Pirates victory

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In 12 days, in all likelihood, the Chicago Cubs will get another taste of Gerrit Cole. By then it will be October, and perhaps that will suit them better, for September is Cole’s month. He has pitched in three of them since reaching the major leagues, all in the midst of a playoff race, and..." September 26

  • Alvarez's clutch 3-run homer helps Pirates extend winning streak

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitchers Jeff Locke and Bobby LaFromboise were in the trainer's room Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, watching on television as the Pirates scuffled to get anything going against the Colorado Rockies. Even though the Pirates trailed by two runs in the eighth inning, Locke sensed it wasn't..." September 25

  • Cubs: Bomb threat at Wrigley not credible, gates will open on time

    Chicago Tribune "Police investigated a bomb threat at Wrigley Field Friday morning, but the Cubs said it was found to be not credible and gates were expected to open on time for today's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Workers at the stadium received the threat by phone around 10:15 a.m., according to Officer..." September 25

  • Pirates pull away from Rockies, return to playoffs for 3rd straight year

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates punched their ticket to the playoffs for the third year in a row Wednesday, but it was not easy. After nearly blowing a six-run lead, the Pirates poured it on late and routed the Colorado Rockies, 13-7. “It's much better to be drinking champagne than it is to be preparing for the..." September 24

  • Pirates 3B Aramis Ramirez held out of Wednesday's lineup

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez (groin) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies. Ramirez may have injured himself while running out a triple during yesterday's game, so it's not surprising to see him out of Wednesday's contest. He's still day to day moving forward. Josh Harrison..." September 23

  • Pirates collect 4th consecutive victory by defeating Rockies

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates traded high-fives on the field Tuesday night to celebrate a 6-3 victory against the Colorado Rockies that moved them to the brink of clinching a third straight trip to the playoffs. Then they packed up and quietly slipped out of Coors Field. Beating the Rockies reduced the..." September 23

  • Burnett, Pirates move closer to playoff spot with victory over Rockies

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A.J. Burnett did not notch his milestone 2,500th strikeout Monday, but No. 2,499 was still really important. With the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning, the Colorado Rockies sent Nolan Arenado — who leads the National League with 114 RBIs and is second with 39 homers — to the plate...." September 22

  • 22d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Pirates are promoting Class AAA Indianapolis OF Keon Broxton today, per source. @pirateprospects first reported the move.

  • Pitcher Cole goes seven innings as Pirates take series from Dodgers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Gerrit Cole bounded into the visiting clubhouse Sunday morning with a different level of energy. He was home. Dodger Stadium is 35 miles from his native Newport Beach, Calif., and he looked like a local with a ball cap turned backward, wavy hair spilling from under its bill and eyes shielded by..." September 21

  • Despite hometown ties, Walker knows time with Pirates likely nearing end

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "During the season when the Pirates are in town, Neil Walker has a Sunday night habit. He takes a postgame shower and dresses quickly in the clubhouse, then makes the easy, half-hour drive to his parents' home in the North Hills. There, his wife, brothers and sister and their kids gather for..." September 21

  • Pirates break losing streak, take down Kershaw in L.A.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Mark Melancon pumped his fist and roared as a Dodger Stadium crowd of 49,441 went silent late Saturday night. Melancon had pitched a perfect ninth inning to close a 3-2 Pirates win and secure his 47th save, setting the club's single-season saves record. "It's pretty special," Melancon said..." September 20

  • Mark Melancon earns franchise-record 47th save

    Hardball Talk "Congratulations are in order for Pirates closer Mark Melancon, who nailed down his 47th save of the season in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium to take over the franchise record for most converted saves in a single year. Mike Williams tallied 46 saves for the Bucs back in 2002. That team,..." September 20

  • Dodgers' magic number drops to 8 with victory against Pittsburgh and San Francisco loss

    Orange County Register "Little Louie Mattingly, the 10-month-old son of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, might not find anything under the tree at Christmas. Daddy got all the new toys in September. Corey Seager hit a two-run home run and Justin Ruggiano scored one run and drove in another to back the latest stingy..." September 19

  • Cubs cut down Pirates lead

    Daily Herald "The Cubs were entitled to a little fist-bumping and chest-thumping after Thursday's 9-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. After all, they took three of four games from the Pirates and closed to within 2 games of the Bucs for the top wild-card spot in the National League. The victory also..." September 18

  • 25d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Jung Ho Kang has a torn MCL and fractured tibia and out for the year. He needs surgery. http://t.co/59yZHZeIgO

  • Jung Ho Kang out for season after takeout slide

    ESPN "This is the kind of thing you hate to see happen with the playoffs approaching: A key player on a playoff team going down with a season-ending injury. Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman/shortstop Jung Ho Kang is out for the season after suffering a torn MCL and fractured tibia from a takeout slide..." September 18

  • Magic number down to 10 as Cubs edge Pirates in extras

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta is obsessed with pushing himself and finding different ways to improve, but he hasn’t been fixated on 20 wins the way the media has zeroed in on that magic number. Arrieta says he thinks about pitching in October every day. That will remain his focus — not 20 wins or a Cy Young..." September 17

  • Pirates' Kang exits after takeout slide at 2nd

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates rookie shortstop Jung Ho Kang was helped off the field during the first inning of Thursday's finale against the Chicago Cubs after injuring his left knee at second base. Kang dropped to the ground in pain after Chris Coghlan took out his knee while unsuccessfully trying to..." September 17

  • Jon Lester pitches a fall classic for Cubs in big win over Bucs

    Chicago Sun-Times "This is what $155 million worth of free agent pitcher looks like in a pennant race. A complete game against one of the top teams in baseball to win 2-1 and snap a three-game mini-skid on the road. That was the Cubs’ Jon Lester on Tuesday night in the second game of a doubleheader against a..." September 16

  • Pirates survive late-inning scare, beat Cubs 5-4

    Bucs Dugout "Joakim Soria nearly made a huge mess of Gerrit Cole's great start, but Starling Marte's eighth-inning sacrifice fly helped the Pirates to a 5-4 win in the first game of their doubleheader Tuesday. The Cubs got one run in the first as Dexter Fowler hit an infield single, stole second and moved..." September 16

  • The minor leaguers’ minimum wage lawsuit was dismissed

    Hardball Talk "In early 2014 several minor leaguers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited and that the Uniform Player Contract unfairly takes advantage of them. The upshot: excluding bonuses which only a few minor leaguers..." September 16

  • Pirates, Cubs get hit by pitches more frequently than other NL teams

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Wins continue to accumulate at the greatest rate in the National League's Central division, where the Pirates and Chicago Cubs linger close to each other and just behind the MLB-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Welts and bruises from pitches also are abundant for a couple of the Central's mightiest..." September 15

  • Harrison's walk-off single in 11th completes Pirates rally in win

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Josh Harrison repaid a debt in the best way Sunday, delivering a game-winning single in the 11th inning that boosted the Pirates to a 7-6 comeback victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Harrison's fielding gaffe gave the Brewers a great scoring chance in the top of the inning, but the Pirates..." September 14

  • Pirates trounce Brewers to move to 2.5 games behind first-place Cardinals

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "At this point, the Pirates have stopped pretending they don’t have an eye on the feverish race for the National League Central Division crown. Before beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-2, Saturday night at PNC Park, a few Pirates stood in front of a clubhouse TV watching the St. Louis Cardinals..." September 13

  • 30d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Marte scratched from @Pirates lineup but it's not thew shoulder: gastroenteritis. #Pirates #MLB

  • 31d

    #BUCN Here's our lineup for tonight. #LetsGoBucshttp://t.co/TRHmGmpT55 #Sportsroadhouse#SportsRoadhouse pic.twitter.com/W4mPANLWrl

  • Stewart leads Pirates to 6-3 win vs. Brewers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Chris Stewart had just legged out a bunt single leading off the eighth inning Friday night for his third hit of the game. The 33-year-old backup catcher stood on the bag, smiling back at the Pirates dugout, and tapped a finger against his temple. “That’s smart hitting,” Stewart said after a 6-3..." September 12

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