Pirates Rumors & News

  • Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

    Yahoo! Sports "About 100 scouts and executives descended upon Puerto Rico this week to watch high school shortstop Delvin Perez, a possible top-five pick in the June draft. One of the officials texted a picture of bug spray with 30 percent DEET, accompanied by a two-word caption: “I’m prepared.” The fear of..." May 03

  • Cubs in Pirates’ heads? Come on, it’s only May

    Chicago Sun-Times "It took the Cubs less than nine innings back in Pittsburgh for all the high emotion and bad blood to resurface from last October’s wild-card playoff game that resulted in a bench-clearing incident on the way to a one-sided Cubs victory. It’s barely May, but the Cubs and Pirates made it clear in..." May 03

  • Cubs' Hammel improves record to 4-0

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Jason Hammel did not pitch very long but he was able to keep his record perfect. Hammel lasted just one batter into the sixth inning but raised his record to 4-0, and Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night...." May 02

  • Reds prevail in back-and-forth battle in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- In a game difficult to track as it swung back and forth, it was just as challenging to pick out a definitive hero. Two stood out, however. Scott Schebler drove in the winning run in the 11th with a one-out double, and Tim Adleman pitched three-hit ball over six-plus innings in..." May 01

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

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    Tim Williams @timwilliamsP2

    #Pirates have extended the contracts of their coaching staff through the 2017 season. Includes Ray Searage.

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Pirates squander 7-run lead, top Rockies in 12th

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Pittsburgh Pirates blew an early seven-run lead but salvaged a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in 12 innings Wednesday night on Jordy Mercer's two-out double. The decisive hit came off Carlos Estevez (0-1), who made his third appearance in the majors and was working his..." April 28

  • McCutchen's 3 homers power Pirates past Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- A day off not only revived Andrew McCutchen, it catapulted him into the Pittsburgh Pirates' slugging history. McCutchen hit three home runs and drove in five runs Tuesday night, leading the Pirates to a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. It was McCutchen's second career..." April 27

  • Locke, Pirates roll past Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are quite comfortable at Coors Field, not a common occurrence for a visiting team. They won their fifth consecutive game there Monday night, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-1. Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer and Jeff Locke pitched six scoreless innings,..." April 26

  • Pirates pull out 13-inning victory over Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Forty-three players entered, including every position player on both teams. Three pitchers pinch-hit, and two got rally-feeding singles. One starting pitcher pinch-ran and then played left field. In the five hours and 25 minutes it took Pittsburgh to secure a 12-10, 13-inning..." April 24

  • Little-used Herrmann helps Diamondbacks dispatch Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Arizona catcher Chris Herrmann fouled off the first three changeups he saw in the eighth inning Saturday. On the fourth, he changed the game. Herrmann's three-run home run on a 1-2 changeup capped a five-run seventh inning and gave the Diamondbacks' plenty of breathing room in a..." April 24

  • Cole regains form with 'complete package' of pitches

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "For the first time this season, Gerrit Cole looked like himself. On Thursday, Cole threw six scoreless innings as the Pirates crushed the San Diego Padres, 11-1. The right-hander scattered four singles and struck out seven to post his first victory in three outings. “It's what one of the..." April 23

  • Cole carries Pirates past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates needed a win and someone to throw a lifesaver to their depleted bullpen. They got both thanks to ace Gerrit Cole, who tossed six scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 11-1 Thursday. Cole (1-2) allowed four hits, didn't walk a..." April 22

  • Pomeranz, Padres shut down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Drew Pomeranz left a first impression that caused some to do a double-take. Yep, he was that good. Pomeranz stymied Pittsburgh over 6 2/3 innings and the San Diego Padres won for the third time in four games, defeating the Pirates 8-2 on Wednesday night. The..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • The Pirates released Michael Morse

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates have released first baseman Michael Morse, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The club designated him for assignment last week and couldn’t find a trade partner. Morse, 34, went hitless in eight plate appearances with the Pirates, making one start and five pinch-hit..." April 21

  • After umps' double reversal, Padres pass Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Mark McGwire said it was not the way he wanted to make his managerial debut. Even so, he finished the night with a 1-0 record. The San Diego Padres, down 3-0 and without Andy Green after the rookie manager got thrown out in the third inning of his 14th game, rallied behind..." April 20

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

  • Taillon, Glasnow off to good starts at Class AAA

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Last week, for the first time since 2013, Jameson Taillon took the mound in a stadium, with dugouts and fans and stands and hot-dog vendors and lights. It looked like he didn’t miss a beat. “For him to come out with the crispness, the sharpness, of the stuff, the velocity, the comfort, was..." April 19

  • Big inning sparks Pirates to roll past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- During the offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates went all-in on their approach to an offense focused on on-base percentage. They lost two of their top power hitters in Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez, then replaced them in the lineup with OBP-oriented players. While the Pirates may..." April 17

  • Braun powers Brewers past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even when his team led 3-0, Ryan Braun knew that might be enough. So the slugger did something about it. Braun hit two long two-run homers and Jimmy Nelson took a shutout into the seventh inning before faltering as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Friday..." April 16

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

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    Adam Berry @adamdberry

    Pirates lineup this afternoon -- Stewart catching Cole pic.twitter.com/lh1TgjJc1f

  • Pirates agree to minor-league deal with Masterson

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with right-hander Justin Masterson, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Masterson held a showcase in front of 10-15 teams in late March, and it looks like the Pirates liked what they saw from the former All-Star, who spent last season..." April 14

  • How do these MLB finales rank vs. Kobe's last game?

    The Score "On Wednesday night, after spending the preceding six months negotiating his own mortality on an exhausting farewell tour, Kobe Bryant - the ferocious, indelible five-time NBA champion - gave everyone one more evening of the Black Mamba, dropping 60 points before an incredulous crowd at Staples..." April 14

  • Saltalamacchia's grand slam helps Tigers win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Shane Greene allowed himself to revel in the moment. For a split-second. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam for his 100th career home run, and Greene pitched six strong innings in his first start since undergoing shoulder surgery last August to lead the Detroit Tigers to a..." April 13

  • Pirates scratch Liriano from start due to hamstring discomfort

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Francisco Liriano will not start tonight against the Detroit Tigers as scheduled because of discomfort in his right hamstring. Ryan Vogelsong will start against the Tigers at PNC Park. Liriano struck out 10 in six scoreless innings on opening day. Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, he..." April 13

  • Baseball's 100 Miles Per Hour Club

    Men's Journal "It's one of those brilliant Florida mornings that baseball fans jones for during the last days of February's brutal slog. And what better fix for seasonal affective disorder than a dose of pure heat being doled out daily at the New York Yankees training complex in Tampa? Three of the game's most..." April 13

  • Baseball's slide rule isn't changing anytime soon, and players need to accept it

    Yahoo! Sports "Baseball's new sliding rules are not changing. Deep down, players know this. Already, teams have been told this. And though no one in the commissioner's office or the union's headquarters cares to publicly acknowledge it, sources told Yahoo Sports all parties are in agreement: None of the three..." April 12

  • Niese helps Pirates beat Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Jonathon Niese is trying to remake himself. Which might raise the question, Why? Niese, acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in an offseason deal with the New York Mets, checked Detroit on five hits over six innings Monday to help the Pirates take a 7-4 decision from the Tigers, who..." April 11

  • MLB's New 'Utley Rule' Proving to Be Mistake in Need of Quick Fix

    Bleacher Report "Today, we're going to talk about takeout slides, the so-called Utley Rule and why it needs fixing posthaste. You've got opinions. We've got opinions. Everyone's got opinions. First, though, a fact: Major League Baseball had to do something. After the Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang went..." April 11

  • Bruce's RBI triple leads Reds to victory

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The caveat, of course, is that the season is barely a week old. But, someone forgot to tell the Cincinnati Reds that this is going to be a rebuilding year. "We believe in 'You never know,'" said right fielder Jay Bruce. "It's the first six games of the year. It's not make or..." April 10

  • Reds righty Iglesias overcomes cold, beats Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Raisel Iglesias overcame a lot while earning his first victory of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Cuban-born right-hander had to deal with wind chills in the 20s and plenty of pressure applied by Pittsburgh Pirates batters. Iglesias pitched in and out of trouble..." April 09

  • The simple fix MLB immediately must make to the new slide rules

    Fox Sports "Proactive and progressive. These are the two best adjectives to describe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. In his second year leading our game, he needs to step in and make an immediate change to the disaster the new slide rules have become. The new slide rules instituted this..." April 09

  • Marte grand slam propels Pirates past Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have a home run through the first three games this season. The first one came when they needed it most. With the bases loaded and facing a three-run deficit in the eighth inning on Friday night, Starling Marte hit his first career grand slam off..." April 08

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    MLB Lineups @mlblineups

    4/8 @Pirates lineup at CIN
    Jaso 1B
    McCutchen CF
    Freese 3B
    Marte LF
    Cervelli C
    Polanco RF
    Harrison 2B
    Mercer SS
    Liriano P

  • Pirates pull off sweep of Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH – Juan Nicascio took the advice of his manager Clint Hurdle before making Pittsburgh Pirates' debut -- "don't overcook things." Nicasio kept it simple but was also dazzling, allowing one run and two hits in six innings, as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday to..." April 06

  • Mercer single in 11th lifts Pirates past Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Jordy Mercer's foremost wish was to win the game. A close second was his desire to return to the warmth of the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse. Mercer singled in Gregory Polanco, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension earlier in the day, with the winning run in the..." April 05

  • MLB Releases 2016 Draft Bonus Slots

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released the final draft bonus slots to teams, and MLB.com’s Jim Callis provides the figures. As he explains, and the attached table reflects (mobile link), the Reds have the highest total draft spending power and are one of five clubs with over $10MM in bonus pool..." April 05

  • Major League Baseball Is Back, and Maybe Worse Than Ever

    Rolling Stone "On Thursday afternoon, in the overpriced and stratified city that I now call home, the San Francisco Giants will play their home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants are among the favorites to win the World Series, which, if it happens, would be their fourth title in seven seasons...." April 05

  • MLB players ecstatic with extended netting

    USA Today "The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians players noticed it the moment they stepped onto Progressive Field before their season opener Monday was postponed. The Kansas City Royals marveled about it Sunday night upon their arrival at Kauffman Stadium. Net. Nothing but beautiful net. It has..." April 05

  • Inside The Room For Tommy John Surgery, Baseball's Most Important Cut

    Deadspin "He didn’t want a piece of the dead guy holding his elbow together. That’s all he asked. Todd Coffey had resigned himself to spending the next year learning how to throw a baseball again. He had accepted the mind-numbing rehabilitation process after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament, the..." April 05

  • 2016 MLB salaries: Royals way pays, while average salary hits $4.4 million

    USA Today "There are a record 127 major-league players who will earn $10 million or more this season, according to salary information obtained by USA TODAY Sports, and no team has fewer players earning at least that much than the defending World Series champions. Yes, the Kansas City Royals. The Royals..." April 04

  • Source: Gregory Polanco, Pirates agree to five-year extension

    Yahoo! Sports "Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options that locks in the prime years of the young outfielder, something with which the Pirates have found significant success in recent years, a source with knowledge of the club’s dealings told..." April 04

  • Liriano strikes out 10 in Pirates' win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even though he was making his third consecutive Opening Day start, Francisco Liriano admitted to feeling a few butterflies in his stomach as he took the mound Sunday. "You're always a little nervous, a little anxious, a little excited," Liriano said. "Then you just have to..." April 03

  • Jung Ho Kang placed on 15-day DL, may return before end of April

    CBS Sports "As expected, the Pirates placed infielder Jung Ho Kang on the 15-day disabled list to begin the 2016 season, the team announced Sunday. He is still recovering from the broken leg and knee damage he suffered on Chris Coghlan's take-out slide last year. Kang, however, may return before the end of..." April 03

  • Pirates grounds crew shovels snow ahead of chilly Opening Day

    The Score "Baseball is back, though you could hardly tell by the temperature. The Pittsburgh Pirates host the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday to kick off the major-league season, on what will be a chilly afternoon at PNC Park. Temperature at first pitch is expected to be 37 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7..." April 03

  • Luebke makes Pirates roster after 2 Tommy John surgeries

    The Score "It's been a long time, but Cory Luebke has finally made it back to the show. The left-hander - who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in the past four years - will head north with the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitch out of their bullpen, the team..." April 01

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