Pirates Rumors & News

  • Vance Worley to start on Sunday against Brewers

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates announced that Charlie Morton experienced "increased discomfort" in the latter innings of his last start and again during his bullpen session. He is scheduled to have a follow up exam next week and then a decision will be made how to proceed." September 19

  • Pirates hit 3 HRs in rout of Red Sox

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Excitement over the Pirates' 81st victory of the season? That is so 2013. Last year, there was a lot of buzz when the Pirates got win No. 81 and secured their first nonlosing season since 1992. On Wednesday, there was barely a ripple when the Pirates reached that mark again by drubbing the..." September 18

  • Morton, Pirates blank Red Sox in series opener

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that's still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Could the Pirates right-hander have expected any more? “Yeah,” Morton said. “I could've thrown nine..." September 17

  • Rare triple play sparks Pirates' comeback victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shoddy defense cost the Pirates two runs Sunday and created the stunning possibility of a second straight loss against the woeful Chicago Cubs. So it was at once absurd and sublime that the game turned on a triple play. “You could feel the momentum change,” said third baseman Josh Harrison,..." September 15

  • 5d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Morton will start for #pirates on Tuesday, v #redsox; Worley re-routed to bullpen. #MLB

  • Saturday's recap: Cubs 6, Pirates 4

    Chicago Tribune "Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered and Felix Doubront pitched six shutout innings as the Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak. Doubront allowed four hits over his six innings, reducing his earned-run average to 1.50 in three starts for Cubs. Baez homered for the second straight game,..." September 14

  • 6d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Starling Marte will not be in the starting lineup again for the Pirates. He's available as a pinch runner. No timetable for his return

  • Cole-fueled Pirates win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates opened their final homestand of regular season Friday night, beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, at PNC Park as a distinct September chill filled the air. They punched out runs in six different innings and held back the Cubs as Gerrit Cole earned his ninth win this season. Cole..." September 13

  • Liriano strikes out 12 batters to slide Pirates past Phillies

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Frankie wants the ball. The Pirates might soon have to decide who to start in the opening game of their postseason. Francisco Liriano is looking like a strong candidate for that assignment for the second year in a row. Liriano's strong second half continued Thursday in the Pirates' 4-1 win..." September 12

  • McCutchen's inside-the-park homer highlights Pirates victory over Phillies

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Andrew McCutchen is having fun. The Pirates are playing meaningful baseball in September for a second straight season, the face of the franchise is having another excellent campaign and McCutchen accomplished a career first at a critical time Wednesday night in a 6-3 victory over the..." September 11

  • 9d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Announcement on Alvarez is merely a diagnosis: stress reaction in the 4th metatarsal in his left foot.Typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks

  • How to use Morton unresolved

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have not closed the door on Charlie Morton pitching out of the bullpen at some point this season, although manager Clint Hurdle indicated it might make more sense to keep him as a reserve option for the starting rotation. Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch..." September 10

  • Locke has strong outing to lift Pirates over Phillies in series opener

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jeff Locke's problems were clearly seen in color entering Monday. In the color-coded, pitch-location charts available to the Pirates staff, it was apparent Locke had missed the strike zone much more often in the second half of the season. The strike zone contains more shades of blue than red..." September 09

  • Pirates pound 19 hits to complete sweep, take over 2nd in wild-card race

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Everyone figured Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was going to hit a home run sooner or later. “I've been waiting on it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was inevitable,” agreed second baseman Neil Walker. On a breezy Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Pirates banged out 19 hits, including..." September 08

  • 12d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    I've heard Pedro Alvarez will not go with #Pirates to Philadelphia. He instead will go see foot specialist re: recent injury.

  • Pirates conclude rain-shortened game with 5-3 win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates won the conclusion of Friday’s game, 5-3, in 11 innings against the Chicago Cubs when it resumed today after rain forced its suspension Friday afternoon. The game, which began in the seventh inning with the score tied at 3-3, went into the 11th inning. Neil Walker doubled with one..." September 07

  • Pirates and Liriano finish off Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Winning two games in one day required eight scoreless innings from the bullpen, another strong start from Francisco Liriano and an appearance from their fourth-string shortstop. On Saturday, the Pirates complied, ending their losing streak and winning a series in a span of six hours. After..." September 07

  • 13d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Harrison will leave the game. Chase d'Arnaud, who has played mostly outfield this season, will take over at short.

  • Storms wreak havoc on Pirates series against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The first storm zipped past Wrigley Field, its southern edge barely nicking the ballpark before moving out over Lake Michigan. The second one lingered longer, and, with a third on the way, the umpires had seen enough. The Pirates’ series opener against the Chicago Cubs Friday was suspended in..." September 06

  • Cards sweep Pirates in playoff-type atmosphere

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It was a game that was contested, and passionately spectated, like a playoff game, except that it was a month ahead of its time. On one side Wednesday at Busch Stadium were the Cardinals, trying to stretch their winning streak to a season-high-tying five games and put as much distance between..." September 04

  • 17d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    Now that Indy season is over, #Pirates set to recall OF Gregory Polanco, who went 4-26 with .412 OPS in seven games after demotion.

  • Reds win thanks to Heisey's two HRs, Cueto's arm againt Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "At the end of a gauntlet of Reds players that greeted Chris Heisey in the PNC Park visitor's dugout after his go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's game was Johnny Cueto. After receiving high-fives to everyone on the bench, Cueto was there with a hug. It was the man who drove in..." September 01

  • 19d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Hurdle does not plan on using Pedro Alvarez or Travis Snider today "for any reason." Alvarez has begun hitting off a tee

  • Worley, Walker power Pirates to a 3-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Vanimal is back. Well, at least for one day, he's back. Vance Worley shook off three bad starts in a row with a near-dominant performance Saturday and pitched the Pirates to a 3-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 38,023 at PNC Park. It was the Pirates' fourth win in a..." August 31

  • Pirates win in dramatic pitchers duel, 2-1, over Reds

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A strong argument could be made that the two most pleasant surprises for the Pirates this season have been Josh Harrison and Edinson Volquez. Harrison began the season as a bench player who was expected to be not much more than an ultra-utility guy and Volquez was signed in the offseason off..." August 30

  • Royals claim Jayson Nix

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pirates, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets. Nix was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Monday. Nix, 31, has bounced around a good deal this year, and will now join his fourth organization on the season." August 29

  • Pirates take series from Cardinals with 3-1 win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a stellar start from Jeff Locke Wednesday afternoon, who bested Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, at PNC Park as the stakes continued to climb. They also got another big swing from Ike Davis, whose two-run homer in the second inning stood as the winning hit. He..." August 28

  • Pirates top Cardinals, 5-2, on Davis' homer; Alvarez, McCutchen hurt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ike Davis understands why he has lost playing time to Pedro Alvarez. “Petey hit something like five home runs in two days,” Davis said with a smile. “He deserves to play. You can't really argue with that.” In a tense eighth inning Tuesday, Davis made a case that maybe he has earned another..." August 27

  • Pirates optioned OF Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis

    Rotoworld "Polanco's major league career got off to a roaring start, but he was stuck in a 1-for-30 slump and had batted just .197/.247/.310 in 156 plate appearances since July 9. Some low-intensity games in the minors might help the 22-year-old outfielder get back on track. He's likely to return to..." August 25

  • Alvarez sparks another victory for Pirates over Brewers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It had been 42 days since Pedro Alvarez last homered for the Pirates when he launched a 1-0 fastball over the left-field wall Saturday night at Miller Park in the fourth inning to turn the game on a dime. His next took less than 20 minutes. Alvarez hit two opposite-field home runs off Wily..." August 24

  • Pirates mash Brewers, 8-3

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Despite an eerie fog rolling in from Lake Michigan, Miller Park was no house of horrors for the Pirates Friday night. The Pirates chased Yovani Gallardo after five innings and plated runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings on the way to a decisive 8-3 win. They made no..." August 23

  • Walk-off victory caps Cole’s return to Pirates rotation

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a walk-off sacrifice fly from Gaby Sanchez Wednesday night at PNC Park to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in a game in which their young ace returned to the mound. Gerrit Cole was a sight for sore eyes in his return from a lengthy stint on the disabled list,..." August 21

  • Braves push win streak to 5 with 11-3 rout of Pirates

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Two weeks ago the Braves flew home Seattle after a miserable 0-8 road trip that left them two games over .500 and pretty much dead in the water, in the view of many. The Pittsburgh Pirates might have a hard time believing that today. The Braves pounded the skidding Pirates for the second night..." August 20

  • Braves win fourth straight with huge first inning, beat Pirates 7-3

    Talking Chop "This is such a nice way to start a road trip. The Braves scored six first-inning runs off Vance Worley and Ervin Santana was just good enough to win Atlanta's fourth straight game by a final score of 7-3. Three pitches into the game, Jason Heyward sent a home run over the scoreboard in right..." August 19

  • Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Andrew McCutchen is off the disabled list and back in the Pirates’ lineup after missing the minimum 15 days with a fractured rib. McCutchen actually remained on the active roster for most of that time before the Pirates finally shut him down and backdated the disabled list stint. His return..." August 19

  • 32d
    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    An HGH suspension: Pirates minor leaguer Michael Clemens, 68 games for "possession and use" of HGH.

  • 32d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Per Hurdle, #pirates optimistic McCutchen can "rejoin us tomorrow" when eligible to come off DL.

  • Gerrit Cole takes over for ailing Morton

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "According to manager Clint Hurdle, Charlie Morton has felt pain in his right hip for months. On Sunday, the Pirates took action, disabling the right-hander after the hip pain influenced Morton's production and simultaneously creating an opening in the rotation for Gerrit Cole. The Pirates put..." August 18

  • 33d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel (ankle) threw on mound this afternoon.

  • 33d
    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates Morton to DL with right hip inflammation. Means Cole will make his return start Wednesday v #Braves. #MLB

  • Nationals beat Pirates in thrilling comeback, walk-off victory

    CSN Washington "Seeking only their second 5-game winning streak of the season, the Nationals took the field tonight knowing they'd need a quality start from struggling Gio Gonzalez to have a good chance. They got neither that nor much of anything at the plate against lefty Jeff Locke, putting themselves in a 3-0..." August 17

  • 34d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    McCutchen ran the bases today and hit. Wants to increase velo and breaking pitches when hitting.

  • Nats pounce early, hang on late to beat Pirates

    CSN Washington "One by one, they stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, hoping to put together quality at-bats but fully aware the percentages said more of them would make outs than didn't. But then Denard Span beat out an infield single to get things started. And then Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk to..." August 16

  • Max Scherzer fans season-high 14 as Detroit defeats Pittsburgh

    Michigan Live "For the second straight start, Max Scherzer was nearly flawless for eight innings. Only this time, Detroit's bullpen didn't spoil the win for him. Scherzer became the first 14-game winner in the American League this season, striking out a season-high 14 and pitching the Tigers past the..." August 15

  • Pirates' Locke cleared of game-fixing allegations

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke wonders why a former childhood friend whom he hasn't seen in years would tell people Locke threw games at the behest of sports bettors during the 2012 season. “You could say it's because I come from a small town with envious people,” Locke said. “No one else from..." August 15

  • 35d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford.

  • Detroit snaps four-game losing streak as bats finally wake up against Pittsburgh

    Michigan Live "Buck Farmer was far from perfect in his major league debut Wednesday night, but the 23-year-old rookie did more than enough to keep the Detroit Tigers in the game. His new teammates helped take care of the rest. Victor Martinez drove in three runs and Farmer worked five pleasant innings to..." August 14

  • An early look at the top MLB free agents

    MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14

  • Pirates defeat Tigers, 4-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Edinson Volquez was at his slickest Tuesday night when he made a blind, behind-the-back snag on a comebacker in the first inning that saved a run. Later, he became the Pirates' first 10-game winner this season with a 4-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. "About time," Volquez..." August 13

  • Pirates' Jeff Locke unknowingly dragged into game-fixing hoax

    SI.com "In the waning days of the 2012 major league season, Niki Congero received an unusual text message. It came from a man she had never met — a sports handicapper who for a couple of weeks had been texting unsolicited betting tips to her cellphone. “LOL,” wrote the man, who identified himself as..." August 13