Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates ace Gerrit Cole reportedly heading for tests on sore elbow

    CBS Sports "Coming into Saturday, the Pirates sit only 2 1/2 games back of he NL Central rival Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. Pittsburgh has won three of their last four games and seem to be heading into the right direction. At least until now. Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will reportedly miss..." August 28

  • Cole having elbow examined in L.A.

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole will leave the team Sunday and fly to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, sources told the Tribune-Review. Cole will be examined by orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache, who also is the Los Angeles Dodgers' head physician. An MRI..." August 28

  • Mercer, Vogelsong power Pirates past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Matt Garza pitched what might have been his best game of the season Friday and certainly one of his best in quite some time, but walked away with little to show for it. Jordy Mercer's grand slam brought Garza's day to an abrupt end and sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3..." August 27

  • Pirates top Brewers for third straight win

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Through the first 12 starts of his rookie season, Jameson Taillon has been a something of a stabilizing force for the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Saturday, his teammates returned the favor. Taillon lasted just three innings but the Pirates' bullpen combined for five shutout..." August 27

  • Gerrit Cole To Miss Start, Have Elbow Examined

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates ace Gerrit Cole will miss his next start Monday against the Cubs and will instead travel to Los Angeles to have his a specialist examine his sore elbow, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes (all Twitter links). The Bucs are not currently concerned about the possibility..." August 27

  • McCutchen knocks in 3 as Pirates edge Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen is in the midst an off year, but Thursday night, he showed that he is still a player opponents don't want to see with the game on the line. The Pittsburgh center fielder had three hits and drove in all three of the team's runs as the Pirates beat the Milwaukee..." August 26

  • Gerrit Cole ponders reasons for recent slump

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "This melancholy month of August has faded right-hander Gerrit Cole‘s showroom sheen. The day after allowing five runs in five innings, his fourth consecutive shaky start, Cole paused before attempting to pinpoint what has gone wrong. After a beat, he said, “It’s been an interesting year.” Once..." August 26

  • Polanco becomes Bucs' most consistent power source

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Which is more surprising, the fact that Gregory Polanco is leading the Pirates in home runs or that Starling Marte has yet to crack double digits? Going into Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Polanco had 19 homers and was two ahead of runner-up Andrew McCutchen. Marte had seven..." August 26

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

  • McHugh, Gattis fuel Astros past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- By a pitcher's timetable, 31 days can seem like an eternity. That's how long Collin McHugh went between wins - from July 23 to Wednesday. Making matters worse, he was coming off a disastrous start before he picked up the victory Wednesday in the Houston Astros' 5-4 win over the..." August 24

  • Twenty MLB teams to attend Tim Tebow's workout on Aug. 30

    ESPN "Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. More than 20 MLB teams are confirmed to attend the workout, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in..." August 24

  • Polanco, Nova push Pirates past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Each of the Pittsburgh Pirates' bats seemed to produce some noise Tuesday, but Gregory Polanco's was just a bit louder. Polanco recorded an RBI in each of his first three at-bats, pelting balls to left field and dead center, while all the Pirates took turns pounding the Houston..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Fister, home runs power Astros past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- At 32, Houston right-hander Doug Fister knows how to settle down, rely on his defense and put together solid innings. He certainly didn't get unraveled Monday when he found himself in a pitchers' duel with a rookie. Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon was good, but Fister was better..." August 22

  • Pirates, Freese agree to 2-year extension

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates and infielder David Freese reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension Monday with a club option for 2019. Freese has had a bounce-back year with the Pirates and has helped the club at first base and third base, where Jung Ho Kang has struggled with inconsistency and..." August 22

  • Jung Ho Kang goes on disabled list, Josh Bell promoted

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates will place Jung Ho Kang on the 15-day disabled list because of a left shoulder injury and promote first-base prospect Josh Bell, the Pirates announced. Kang hurt his shoulder sliding headfirst into second base during Friday night’s game, when he tried to stretch a single into a..." August 21

  • Marlins accept gifts, knock off Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It wasn't pretty for the Miami Marlins, but it didn't need to be. In the middle of a wild-card race in August, every win is considered a thing of beauty. The Marlins overcame a sloppy fourth inning and took advantage of a few defensive lapses to complete a sweep of the..." August 21

  • Marlins win on Andino's RBI in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It wasn't quite close-your-eyes-and-hope-for-the-best, but Robert Andino wasn't exactly oozing confidence when he stepped to the plate with a Miami Marlins win potentially in his hands. The game was tied with a runner on second and no outs in the top of the ninth. Andrino..." August 20

  • Phelps, Marlins shut down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Mixed alliances weren't an issue for David Phelps Saturday. Sure, his wife and dozens of family and friends were at sold-out PNC Park to watch him pitch in the city of his offseason home. But Phelps was all about the Miami Marlins, and they were all about him after his nearly..." August 20

  • Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in MLB in 2017

    The Comeback "In an effort to find ways to speed up the game of baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred has openly discussed the possibility of adding a pitch clock to Major League Baseball. Manfred is no stranger to discussing innovative ways to improve the game he now sees over. Manfred has brought on the idea..." August 18

  • Giants knocked out of first with loss to Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle would have loved to take credit for a fake intentional walk that played a pivotal role in the Pirates' win Tuesday night. Except that he doesn't have such a play in his playbook. New Pirates closer Tony Watson needed just two pitches to..." August 17

  • Pirates rally to complete sweep of Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The more you win, Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen says, the more you win. Surely, winning is getting contagious among the Pirates these days. McCutchen capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run home run Wednesday afternoon, sending the Pirates to a 6-5,..." August 17

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Rob Manfred: Baseball is changing quicker than ever

    ESPN "Baseball is the greatest game in the world. If you need proof, look no further than the fact that baseball, like no other sport, has an amazing capacity to spark genuine and even heated debate. Baseball fans and media like nothing more than to talk about what is good and bad about the game. The..." August 17

  • Vogelsong feted as Pirates top Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong thought he had experienced it all in his 19-year professional baseball career. He had no idea. Enjoying what he labeled the thrill of a lifetime, Vogelsong rode a strong supporting cast and a never-ending source of energy provided by his old fans to a..." August 16

  • Starling Marte exits early with upper back injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Starling Marte left the Pirates’ game in the seventh inning Saturday due to “upper back discomfort,” according to the team. Marte singled twice and walked in the 8-4 loss, upping his team-leading batting average to .316. After singling in the seventh, Marte mentioned the injury to first-base..." August 14

  • Kuhl and gang help Pirates handle Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Pittsburgh Pirates scored early and often against the Los Angeles Dodgers to extend their mastery over a potential post-season opponent. Jody Mercer and Sean Rodriguez hit decisive first-inning home runs and Chad Kuhl surrendered just six hits in six innings as the Pirates..." August 14

  • McCutchen's HR, 2 RBI power Pirates past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Andrew McCutchen loves hitting in Dodger Stadium. "It's very nice. I like playing here," McCutchen said. McCutchen and Jordy Mercer homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-1 victory on Friday night before 47,438 at..." August 13

  • Pederson leads Dodgers' hit parade in 8-4 win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Despite another erratic start by Brandon McCarthy, the Los Angeles Dodgers used their offense to recover in a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Joc Pederson homered and helped key a 17-hit attack as the Dodgers rallied past the Pirates 8-4 before an announced crowd..." August 13

  • Pirates rookie Taillon stymies Padres

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The San Diego Padres hadn't seen Jameson Taillon before. After being dominated by him for eight innings, they're not real eager to face him again. The Pittsburgh rookie limited San Diego to three singles to extend the strong start to his career and the David Freese-led Pirates..." August 11

  • Pirates' Jeff Locke: Will be moved to bullpen

    CBS Sports "Locke will be moved to the bullpen Sunday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After his debacle in his last start Wednesday (4.1 IP, 5 ER), Locke will be transferred to the bullpen." August 07

  • Hamilton, Straily propel Reds past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "By Shelly Anderson, The Sports Xchange PITTSBURGH -- It's a stats line only so many baseball players could muster. Three hits, three runs scored, four stolen bases and a leaping, backhand catch in center field. Not in a weekend series, but in one game. That's what Billy..." August 07

  • Nova gets off to super start with Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have been searching for solid, lengthy starts. One wasn't expected Saturday, but there it was. Ivan Nova was impressive in his Pirates debut to give them exactly what they have been looking for in a 5-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on..." August 06

  • Mariners acquire Caminero for bullpen depth

    Seattle Times "The Mariners added a power arm to their bullpen depth on Saturday morning, acquiring hard-throwing right-handed reliever Arquimedes Caminero from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later and a conditional player to be named later based on Caminero’s performance. To make..." August 06

  • Confident McCutchen not fazed by benching: 'I'm still me'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen will return to his regular spot in the Pirates lineup and his regular spot in center field tonight as the Pirates open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. This return to regularity comes on the heels of an irregular week in Atlanta when manager Clint Hurdle benched..." August 06

  • Braves take advantage of Pirates mistakes

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Atlanta manager Brian Snitker is willing to go along with some unorthodox base-running decisions if it means a win. All he could do was chuckle about the risky choice made by Adonis Garcia, which led to the deciding runs. Garcia turned a base-running gaffe into the go-ahead run in..." August 05

  • Rodriguez belts walkoff homer to lift Pirates past Reds

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Jameson Taillon stopped short of calling it a premonition. Still, sitting at his locker in the Pittsburgh clubhouse after doing his part by pitching six strong innings, he wasn't surprised when he watched on one of the big TVs as Pirates teammate Sean Rodriguez hit a game-winning..." August 05

  • Pirates fans should be thanking their GM instead of criticizing him

    Fox Sports "Pirates fans who are angry over the team’s deadline trades will not want to hear this, but general manager Neal Huntington did the right thing. Not only the right thing, but also the smart thing. And you read it here first – future editions of the Pirates will justify the GM’s actions. Some..." August 05

  • Pirates planning to bench Andrew McCutchen for entire Braves series

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, when the Pirates opened their three-game series with the Braves in Atlanta, they did so without Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen was on the bench -- he didn't even pinch-hit -- in his club's 5-3 win (box score). The day off for McCutchen came after the Pirates had a team off-day..." August 04

  • Pirates' Frazier shines in Georgia homecoming

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Rookie Adam Frazier came through for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game back in his home state. Frazier, a native of Athens, Ga., had a two-run single in a four-run sixth inning after breaking up a no-hit bid with a double in the fifth, and the Pirates defeated the Atlanta..." August 03

  • Braves' Whalen earns first MLB victory

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- At first, it looked as though the major league debut of Atlanta pitcher Rob Whalen was going to be extremely brief. He allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to bat around in the first inning and score four times. But after spotting the Pirates those four runs, Whalen settled down and did..." August 03

  • Ivan Nova to make Pirates debut Saturday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Ivan Nova knew what he was getting into. He signed as an amateur with the New York Yankees one year after Francisco Cervelli, and they came up through the minors together. He and Francisco Liriano are from San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic and are close. As Nova joined and Liriano left,..." August 03

  • Blue Jays trade Drew Hutchison to Pirates in deal for Francisco Liriano

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays have traded right-hander Drew Hutchison to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Francisco Liriano and two prospects, according to multiple reports. Liriano has struggled this season, posting a 6-11 record with a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts. However, the 32-year-old veteran is coming..." August 01

  • Pirates To Acquire Ivan Nova

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have reached a deal to acquire Ivan Nova from the Yankees, reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman (on Twitter). MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo tweets that the Yankees will get a player to be named later. " August 01

  • Pirates trade Jon Niese to Mets for Antonio Bastardo

    Bucs Dugout "In a move that is, apparently, not some typo or discarded Kafka plot, the Pirates have traded Jon Niese back to the Mets for Antonio Bastardo. Both players, then, return to their former teams, who each shrug and say, "Whoops." Bastardo is also under contract for 2017, so the Mets will send cash..." August 01

  • Bucs interested in Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates are still trying to trade for a Rays starter, either Matt Moore (their top priority) or Jake Odorizzi, Stephen A. Nesbitt tweets. As with the Rich Hill rumor, I'm skeptical the Pirates will actually get anything done here. (The Athletics ended up trading Hill to the Dodgers, so the..." August 01

  • Brewers finish off sweep of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Even in rebuilding mode, the Milwaukee Brewers still own the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Matt Garza allowed just one earned run in five innings and Milwaukee relievers pitched four hitless frames as the Brewers took a 4-2 decision over the Pirates on Sunday. The..." July 31

  • Brewers' Guerra shuts down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell really wanted Junior Guerra to finish the job Friday night. Guerra did, too. Instead, both had to settle for an extremely productive 8 2/3 innings as Guerra pitched Milwaukee to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Milwaukee manager..." July 30

  • Pirates lose Francisco Cervelli to foot injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates lost a ballgame Friday night, and maybe much more. That right-hander Junior Guerra, the Milwaukee Brewers’ 31-year-old rookie, silenced their bats and nearly shut them out was among the least of the Pirates’ concerns by the end of a 3-1 defeat at Miller Park. The game was all but in..." July 30

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