Detroit News "The Tigers went into Cleveland over the weekend and hit the cover off the ball in a three-game sweep. The offense didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh — it scored three runs the last two games — yet, the winning continued. With another sterling pitching performance, this time from Alfredo..." April 16
Detroit News "From his position in center field, Rajai Davis had a pretty good look at Shane Greene's pitches Tuesday night. "The balls that he throws, they look like strikes," Davis said. "They start out strikes and they stay strikes for a long time and then they go out of the zone. He gets a lot of swings..." April 15
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Several members of the media stood along the wall of the PNC Park news conference room, space being tighter than usual after Monday’s home opener. Tucked behind them in the corner, almost out of sight, was Gerrit Cole, waiting for his turn to speak. There was not much he could say, though, to add..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
4/13 @Pirates lineup vs DET Harrison 3B Polanco RF McCutchen CF Walker 2B Marte LF Alvarez 1B Cervelli C Mercer SS Cole P
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen isn’t sure when his left knee is going to stop bothering him. Asked what the soreness affects, McCutchen said, “Think about your knee being sore. ... You can pretty much pinpoint what could bother it.” One has to imagine that sprinting is on the list. Momentarily, at least,..." April 13
Andrew McCutchen returns to lineup
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Since they first began playing baseball, there has been one surefire way to snap a losing streak. Don't let the other team score. Young right-hander Jimmy Nelson used that simple yet foolproof formula Saturday night to put an end to Milwaukee's season-opening, four-game losing streak,..." April 12
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was held out of Saturday's lineup after leaving Friday night's game in the ninth inning with left-knee discomfort. The good news for the Pirates is that holding out McCutchen seems to be precautionary. He took early batting practice Saturday and said he likely..." April 12
McCutchen said left knee was part of "lower body" issue in spring but not sole problem. Pain is more acute now.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The weather threw one final punch at the Pirates after three rain delays in three games in Cincinnati. Strong storms prevented them from landing here Thursday night, so off they went to Chicago before taking buses north. Granted nine uninterrupted innings in a stadium with a roof, they..." April 11
Andrew McCutchen left game in ninth with what club is calling 'left knee discomfort'
Francisco Liriano also scratched from Sunday start due to birth of daughter. He will start Wed. Casey Sadler on Sunday
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Cincinnati Enquirer "A sweep is always sweet. But a sweep with three late rallies, including a pair of walk-offs? Sweeter than sweet. That's how the Reds opened the season. They completed the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday afternoon with a 3-2, walk-off victory before 15,616 on another rainy day at Great..." April 10
Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds had Opening Day on Monday and marketed Wednesday night's game as Opening Night. It turned in to Opening Morning. Joey Votto hit a single to score Zack Cozart from second at 1:46 a.m. on Thursday morning, giving the Reds a 5-4 victory over the Pirates less than 11 hours before the Reds..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates on Wednesday gave third baseman Josh Harrison a $27.3 million contract extension that could keep him in Pittsburgh for another six seasons. Harrison, 27, signed a four-year deal, which includes a $1 million signing bonus. The package could be worth up to $50.3 million if the club..." April 08
Cincinnati Enquirer "The emotional flip-flop scale for this one was off the charts. Todd Frazier turned abject disappointment into joy with one mighty swing of the bat. Frazier's three-run, upper-deck shot in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 5-2 Opening Day victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates before a..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
CBSSports.com "Contract talks on a possible deal that could have kept talented young outfielder Gregory Polanco in Pittsburgh for a very long time broke down today. The sides agreed to table negotiations until after the season. The Pirates previously have locked up Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte, the..." April 07
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
Rob Scahill has been recalled from Triple-A and is the final man, and bullpen arm, on Pirates' opening day roster
Morton: “I’m throwing the ball behind guys. It’s crazy. I’m trying to be professional out there. That’s not professional. That’s a joke.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers announced this morning they have sent utility man Elian Herrera to minor-league camp, leaving outfielder Logan Schafer as the team's 25th player heading into opening day. The bench now consists of Gerardo Parra, Martin Maldonado, Luis Jimenez, Hector Gomez and Schafer...." April 02
Sporting News "Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left Wednesday's exhibition against the Orioles with an apparent injury. As McCutchen grounded out to end the top of the eighth inning, he appeared to stumble out of the batter's box after slipping on home plate. He didn't run out the grounder and walked..." April 02
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
CBSSports.com "The Pirates and top young outfielder Gregory Polanco have rekindled contract talks, according to people familiar with the discussions. Chances for a deal before Opening Day remain unknown. The Pirates and Polanco, 23, talked about a long deal last May, with the team offering a seven-year..." March 31
Jaff Decker hurt his lower left leg coming out of batter's box on a grounder. Trainer and Hurdle helping him off the field now.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Though the events of Thursday did little to clarify the back end of the Pirates rotation or their starting depth, they indicated decisions are near. Two of the men in the competition, Vance Worley and Clayton Richard, pitched Thursday. Both had uneven outings. While Worley competes with Jeff..." March 27
Hardball Talk "This is sad. And, frankly, as a bald-American it’s almost galling to see someone as follicly-gifted as Andrew McCutchen is squander his gifts in such a fashion. But it’s still a free country, I guess, and he can do what he wants. I just hope he understands that this is like standing in front of..." March 25
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Clint Hurdle was supposed to be a Can't-Miss Kid when he was a first-round draft pick four decades ago. Success did not come quickly, though, and the Pirates manager admits he listened too closely to his critics. “People steal your confidence,” said Hurdle, who never became a star player. “I..." March 25
Hardball Talk "Francisco Liriano, who re-signed with the Pirates for three years and $39 million this offseason, has been named the team’s Opening Day starter for the second straight season. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle also announced that Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett will follow him in the rotation" March 17
Bucs Dugout "Neal Huntington says John Holdzkom could start the year with Indianapolis despite his brilliant stretch run last year. “One or two (bullpen spots) are open,” Huntington said. “We love what John is doing, but we have a handful of other guys who are throwing the ball well. ... “We're going to..." March 16
Andrew McCutchen won’t elaborate beyond “sore lower body.” Says no timetable for return, and he’s not concerned.
ESPN.com "Only three outfielders in baseball have played more games than Andrew McCutchen over the last five seasons. So when the Pittsburgh Pirates announced shortly before game time Friday that McCutchen had been scratched from the lineup with "lower body soreness," it immediately raised concerns in the..." March 14
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "On Wednesday, with scouts focused on Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who is thought to be the top pitcher available on the trade market, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer smashed a Hamels fastball over a thatched-roof bar beyond the left-field fence at Bright House Field. The shot traveled more than 400..." March 12
Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh just lost some pitching depth, announcing that right-hander Brandon Cumpton underwent season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Cumpton debuted with the Pirates in 2013 and threw 70 innings for them last season, posting a 4.89 ERA " March 10
Pedro Alvarez has missed the last few games with discomfort in his right elbow caused by a mild hyperextension on a swing a few days ago.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is scheduled to face live batters next week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. The former No. 2 overall pick was scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Friday. Assuming his next side session goes well Tuesday,..." March 07
That'd be grounders. Corey Hart is taking grounders.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a point at which they were not comfortable. Martin saw it another way. “I was almost relieved,” he said Tuesday. “I..." March 04
#pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.