Pirates Rumors & News

  • Former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield to join the Tigers to replace Mike Russell

    Hardball Talk "Earlier today, it was announced that top scout Mike Russell left the Tigers to join the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to the senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson. The Tigers have already filled the vacancy, bringing aboard former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield,..." October 19

  • Ike Davis could be headed elsewhere this winter

    Hardball Talk "Ike Davis was traded from the Mets to the Pirates in April, but he could soon be on the move again. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the story: It won’t be as high-profile as last winter, but former Met Ike Davis could be once again looking for another team this offseason. Davis..." October 19

  • Pirates will implement 9 percent price increase for 2015 tickets

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The home opener always is the hottest ticket of the season for the Pirates. Next year, it also will be the most expensive. The Pirates will hike the cost of season-ticket plans by an average of 9.1 percent next season. The team also set a special, higher price level for their April 14, 2015..." October 16

  • Pirates plan to give C Russell Martin $15.3 million qualifying offer

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates plan to extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to star free-agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said. The Pirates made a multiyear offer to Martin sometime during the season, as was reported here, and are apparently serious in their efforts to try to retain Martin. The..." October 16

  • Bucs made Martin offer he could refuse; now he's coveted free agent

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates made a late attempt to re-sign star catcher Russell Martin with an offer sometime during this season, but Martin is well-positioned for a monster payday after his terrific performance and there's no indication the sides are anywhere near close. The Pirates are said to have met on..." October 10

  • Pirates face mound of decisions in offseason

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "By the end of the 2014 season, the Pirates had six starting pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Four are under contract for next season. The other two are left-hander Francisco Liriano, who didn't have nearly the season he did in 2013 but was better down the stretch, and Edinson..." October 09

  • Pirates GM Huntington believes his coaching staff will return intact

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a lot of decisions to make during the offseason, but one thing he won't have to do — unless someone leaves — is interview candidates for the 2015 coaching staff. From manager Clint Hurdle, who underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday, to..." October 08

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Wasn't announced with Guilmet signing, but per MLB transactions page, #Pirates designated Jose Tabata for assignment: http://t.co/BUcU5CKYLG

  • Giants pound Pirates in wild-card game, advance to face Nationals in NLDS

    San Jose Mercury News "The chants were deafening and in unison. "Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!" With one swing of Brandon Crawford's bat, 40,000 voices gave way to one. "Come on, Eddie!" a frustrated fan behind the plate screamed at pitcher Edinson Volquez. Crawford became the first shortstop in MLB history to hit..." October 02

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Cueto gets 20th win in Reds season finale victory over Pirates

    Red Reporter "The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Cueto. The Reds' ace put an exclamation point on his stellar 2014 season by earning his twentieth win. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run and striking out seven. On the season, he has racked up 242..." September 29

  • 24d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Stewart leaves game. Cueto's bat hit him on left hand/wrist. Tony Sanchez enters.

  • 24d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates Ike Davis left game due to flu-like symptoms, team says.

  • Santiago hits walk-off grand slam for Reds win over Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In the end, it may have just been avoiding their 87 loss of the season, but the Reds — and especially Ramon Santiago — didn't see it that way. Santiago gave the Reds a 10-6 victory in 10 innings over the Pirates, who were still hoping to win the National League Central, with a walk-off grand..." September 28

  • 24d
    Nick Groke @nickgroke

    Justin Morneau not in lineup for #Rockies finale. If my math is right, he has NL batting title locked vs Harrison: https://t.co/uC9PnpN6gw

  • 25d
    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Davis back, feeling better after being ill yesterday. Martin (hamstring) out.

  • Pirates take advantage of Reds misplay, gain crucial victory

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nearly a year after Johnny Cueto dropped the ball, Jay Bruce simply missed it. One reason the Cincinnati Reds are not playing meaningful baseball this fall is the poor performance of Bruce this season. Thought as of a core player for the Reds, Bruce has suffered through a dreadful season..." September 27

  • Hernia surgery remains option for Morton

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and Charlie Morton are considering surgery as an option to repair the sports hernia that ended Morton’s season, manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday. The Pirates placed Morton on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night. “I just think it was at the point that after continuing..." September 27

  • Charlie Morton may need hernia surgery

    Hardball Talk "Charlie Morton missed a big chunk of the season with a sports hernia, was activated a couple of weeks ago and was shut right back down after he continued to feel pain. Now surgery may be in his future, reports Bill Brink." September 26

  • Pirates stomp Braves to move within 1 game of 1st

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the start of the postseason less than a week away, there's bound to be debate about which pitcher should start the Pirates' opening game. Francisco Liriano was the Opening Day starter and has sizzled over the past month. Gerrit Cole is a beast and already has big-game experience. Either..." September 26

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Russell Martin left tonight's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

  • Pirates defeat Braves to clinch NL playoff spot for 2nd consecutive season

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Twenty-two years later, the spot where Sid Bream slid across home plate at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium is a parking lot. The physical evidence of one of the lowest points in Pirates history is gone. The Pirates washed away any haunting memories Tuesday with a champagne shower at Turner Field..." September 24

  • Pirates Volquez open to re-signing with team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Bargain-hunting general manager Neal Huntington got it right last winter when he signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract. If the Pirates are interested in re-signing Volquez, who will become a free agent after this season, he said the feeling is mutual. “Why..." September 23

  • GM says Pirates will 'do everything we can to try to keep' Russell Martin

    CBSSports.com "Thanks to their comfortable 4.5-game lead in the wild-card race, the Pirates are in position to go to the postseason for the second straight year. They're only 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central with a week remaining in the season. One of the biggest reasons why the Pirates will..." September 22

  • Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

    Hardball Talk "Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on..." September 22

  • Matt Garza: if you think I was trying to hit McCutchen, “you’re just an idiot”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The way things have gone for the Milwaukee Brewers, even when they win a game they have to survive controversy. With the bullpen doing yeoman duty after starter Matt Garza was ejected in the fifth inning for hitting Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen a second time with a pitch, the Brewers..." September 22

  • Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff..." September 20

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • 46d
    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

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    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

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    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

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