Pirates Rumors & News

  • J.A. Happ throws seven scoreless innings as Pirates defeat Cardinals, 9-3

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Trying to fit his side sessions in between being available out of the bullpen was not how J.A. Happ wanted his Pirates career to begin. He also didn’t want his second start skipped. “I didn’t want the time off,” he said. “That was their decision. I wanted to pitch. But it was what it..." September 05

  • Brewers continue inexplicable mastery of Pirates at Miller Park

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers remain light years behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the grand scheme of things in the National League Central Division. But you would never know it if you only watched the teams play at Miller Park. The Brewers maintained their home-field dominance of the Pirates on..." September 04

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Andrew McCutchen said knee is not an issue: "I’ve been a little sore, hobbling around a little bit, not my knee, just have a tight Achilles"

  • Brewers continue to have Pirates' number, win 9-4

    Brew Crew Ball "Zach Davies' major league debut wasn't anything spectacular, at least when you look at his final line. 4.1 innings, four earned runs, four hits, three walks, three strikeouts. Over his first three innings, though, he gave up just a walk -- for three innings, he proved that he can hang in the..." September 03

  • Jimmy Nelson bounces back as Brewers extend Pirates' Miller Park woes

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Pittsburgh Pirates probably have seen enough of Jimmy Nelson for one season. More than enough, actually. "Even in the minor leagues and college, there are just some teams you throw well against, and on the other hand there are some teams that just get the best of you for some reason,"..." September 02

  • Jorge De La Rosa helps Rockies shut out Pirates

    Denver Post "Jorge De La Rosa has long been the emperor of Coors Field. This season, he's king of the road. On a day when his fastball was not behaving particularly well, the veteran left-hander deftly used his split-finger changeup to carve out six shutout innings on a steamy Sunday afternoon at PNC Park...." August 31

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    Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

    A.J. Burnett said he felt really, really good in a 70ish-pitch bullpen today. "No comparison" to how he felt in July. Circling Cubs series.

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates GM Huntington makes it official re: top prospect RHP Tyler Glasnow: "He is NOT in our plans right now" for September callup.

  • Happ strong again as Pirates beat Rockies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Of general manager Neal Huntington’s numerous trade-deadline deals a month ago, the lone head-scratcher was bringing aboard veteran left-hander J.A. Happ and his 4.64 ERA in an 11th-hour trade to fill in for injured All-Star A.J. Burnett. The move seemed far too little, and much too..." August 30

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Here's our lineup for tonight. http://t.co/UeEZyPRREM #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/0kEXpduYPA

  • Polanco's bat, arm lead Pirates to 5-3 victory over Rockies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen whizzed around the Pirates clubhouse on a self-balancing scooter — think a Segway without handlebars — late Friday night after a 5-3 Pirates win over Colorado and belted out the chorus to Bill Withers’ 1972 classic “Lean on Me.” The Pirates have leaned on somebody different..." August 29

  • Pirates turn nifty double play in 9th, edge Marlins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It doesn't look like anything special in the box score, a routine double play. Yet the catch-throw-catch-throw in the ninth inning Thursday night was different than most of the 146 other double plays the Pirates have turned this season. It happened in a one-run game, with the infield shifted,..." August 28

  • Pirates erupt for 6-run 2nd, maul Marlins behind Locke, McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It had not been a good month for Jeff Locke. The Pirates left-hander lurched through his first four starts in August without picking up a win. Over 21 innings pitched, Locke put 34 men on base and allowed 15 runs. “It's frustrating at times because we have such a good ballclub,” Locke said...." August 27

  • Marlins snap skid with win over Pirates; Giancarlo Stanton close to return

    Miami Herald "They haven’t happened often enough this season, but Tuesday was a good day for the Marlins. Well, about as good as it’s been in a while. Brad Hand tossed a career-high eight innings of two-run ball, Christian Yelich produced his 100th career RBI in his return from the disabled list, Dee..." August 26

  • A.J. Burnett feeling good again

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett began to answer, then paused. “Knock on wood — let me find some wood,” Burnett said, turning to his locker in the Marlins Park clubhouse and knocking, “but yeah. It's the best it’s felt in a long, long time.” Burnett was referring to his right elbow, which he said had no pain..." August 26

  • Happ, Polanco lead Pirates to victory over Marlins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates did not merely survive their recent 18-game stretch against the toughest teams in the National League. They flourished. Facing three division leaders and three other playoff contenders, the Pirates went 13-5. Their reward is seven straight games against two of the league's worst..." August 25

  • Alvarez atones for defensive woes with home run in Pirates' win over Giants

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Wearing fire-engine red shoes and a matching shirt, Pedro Alvarez's outfit in the Pirates clubhouse after Sunday's 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants commanded attention. But the man in those clothes apologized as he left the room quickly and quietly. He wanted to go unnoticed and..." August 24

  • Homers by Marte, Kang carry Pirates over Giants

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Starling Marte, a speedy, sweet-swinging left fielder, cost the Pirates a run, saved a run and scored the deciding run in a 3-2 win Saturday at sold-out PNC Park with a two-out, walk-off home run in the ninth off San Francisco Giants right-hander George Kontos. Marte belted Kontos’ first-pitch..." August 23

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    Adam Berry @adamdberry

    #Pirates lineup with J-Hay at 3B, Kang batting cleanup. pic.twitter.com/vg00zPLtFt

  • Byrd homers in 1st game with Giants; Bumgarner hits one, too against Pirates

    San Francisco Chronicle "Now it can be told. Marlon Byrd wanted to be a Giant all along. “It’s one of the teams over the years I’ve always wanted to play for,” said the man with the white spikes and the mighty swing, “especially when I became a free agent a couple of years ago.” Byrd signed with the Phillies then,..." August 22

  • Mercer, Harrison likely to return vs. Giants, creating left-side logjam

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Clint Hurdle knows he is within days of directing traffic on the left side of the infield. The Pirates manager knows he is several dozen hours from dealing with a good problem. Hurdle revealed updated timetables Thursday for the return of Josh Harrison (thumb surgery) and Jordy Mercer (knee..." August 21

  • Pirates shut out Giants, 4-0, as Morton shines

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Charlie Morton’s fifth-inning curveball darted and dived toward the dirt, and Jake Peavy gave a two-strike swing so mighty his bat went flying and whirled to a stop near third base. Not such a remarkable moment, perhaps. Peavy is a pitcher, after all. But the next three San Francisco Giants..." August 21

  • Pirates' Happ pitches 6 scoreless innings in win over Diamondbacks

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Paul Goldschmidt is not a demonstrative player. Outwardly, the Arizona Diamondbacks star and National League MVP candidate is rarely emotional. But in the sixth inning Wednesday, Goldschmidt raised his batting helmet from his head with both hands and slammed it to the ground after rounding..." August 20

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Pirates are signing Travis Snider to a minor-league deal.

  • Florimon's hit in 15th inning gives Pirates 9-8 win over Arizona

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gregory Polanco took no chances. The 15-inning game, which took 5 hours, 11 minutes, was nearing its conclusion, but only if Francisco Cervelli slid in safely at the plate. So Polanco moved from the on-deck circle to the first-base side of home plate, in Cervelli’s line of sight. To convey the..." August 19

  • Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen walks tightrope in win

    Arizona Republic "Their starting pitcher was under the weather, they were facing the club with baseball’s best record since early May and, a day after coming within six outs of being no-hit in Atlanta, they were matched up against Gerrit Cole, a right-hander who possesses some of the most dominant stuff in the..." August 18

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    Dan Zangrilli @DanZangrilli

    Huntington just confirmed on his radio show on @937theFan that they have reached out to Travis Snider's reps and that there is some interest

  • Pirates win fourth in a row, trail the Cardinals by five games

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "During the Friday afternoon scouting meeting before the weekend series against the New York Mets, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle relayed a message to his team. “What’s all this talk we hear about dog days?” Hurdle told the players. “The tough days in August? The only days that are tough in August..." August 17

  • Burnett progressing, but not yet ready to return to rotation

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "After two consecutive days of throwing, A.J. Burnett could be close to pitching off a mound this week, manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday. Burnett is on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and is attempting to..." August 17

  • Cervelli, Stewart have key hits in 14th inning as Pirates trip Mets

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Around the sixth or seventh inning of every game he does not start, catcher Chris Stewart leaves the dugout and travels through the tunnel to hit against the high-velocity pitching machine the Pirates began bringing on the road last season. “Not necessarily for possible pinch-hit..." August 16

  • When do you trade a former top prospect?

    SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16

  • Pirates' Cole went from prospect to project to MLB ace

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Days after agreeing to a club-record $8 million signing bonus in August 2011, Gerrit Cole traveled to Bradenton, Fla., and entered Jim Benedict's sliver of an office in the Pirate City complex. Benedict, the organizational pitching guru, and Cole watched video of the No. 1 overall pick at UCLA...." August 16

  • Pirates score 2 runs in 10th inning, hold off Mets

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "This spring, the Pirates claimed they had their deepest team in recent memory. A 10-inning, 3-2 series-opening win over the New York Mets on Friday offered more evidence in support of that opinion. Pirates reserves scored the go-ahead run and an important insurance run in the 10th inning. The..." August 15

  • Red Sox head list of Top 10 Minor League systems

    MLB.com "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15

  • Seven-run first inning helps Pirates hold off Cardinals' rally

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nothing comes easy for the Pirates at Busch Stadium. Not even a seven-run first inning Thursday could guarantee an easy victory. After seeing their lead shrink to two runs, the Pirates scored three in the ninth and outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-5. Although not pretty, it was a win..." August 14

  • Barry Bonds, court case behind him, says his greatness goes 'without saying'

    Sporting News "Barry Bonds cleared the bases more than any man in Major League Baseball history. Now, he's cleared of all charges — and in his mind, a clear Cooperstown candidate. Bonds' ongoing saga with obstruction of justice charges ended on July 21 when the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would..." August 14

  • Aramis to see if he can play some first base

    MLB.com "In his 18 Major League seasons, Aramis Ramirez hasn't played a position other than third base. That may be changing soon. The veteran's second tour of duty with the Pirates will detour to first base this weekend in New York. Ramirez will start pregame workouts across the diamond during the..." August 14

  • Cardinals win 4-2 powered by Yadier Molina's rare triple pushing the Pirates 7 games out of first place

    Viva El Birdos "To begin that game, Michael Wacha got through the Pirates lineup with help from his friends Yadier and Kolten, on an amazing caught stealing out. Wong took the short hop and snapped it right onto the Pirates runner's arm, for a rather impressive play on both player's parts. This seemed to be an..." August 13

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Starling Marte was removed from the game due to discomfort in his left hand.

  • Martinez escapes Pirates' clutches

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Carlos Martinez, who once had 11 straight quality starts this year, seemed headed for a third consecutive outing of five innings or less Tuesday night when Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, the current National League player of the week, strode to the plate in the fifth inning at Busch..." August 12

  • Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history

    MLB.com "The Mariners' walk-off victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night capped an unprecedented slate in Major League Baseball. For the first time in the league's history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Prior to Tuesday, the closest the home teams have ever come was 12 wins more than a century..." August 12

  • Vance Worley accepts Pirates’ outright assignment to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "Pirates pitcher Vance Worley has accepted the team’s outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. The Pirates designated him for assignment on July 30, then outrighted him off of the 40-man roster on Friday to create roster space for Joe Blanton. " August 11

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Pirates' RHP Vance Worley accepts outright assignment to AAA.

  • One inning enough for Pirates to steal show

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "So did you turn your television Sunday night from the Pirates-Los Angeles Dodgers game to the Steelers-Minnesota Vikings exhibition game? It’s hard to blame you if you did. The baseball game wasn’t going well for the home team at PNC Park. Pirates starter Charlie Morton was having a rough night..." August 10

  • Liriano exits early, but 1st career homer leads Pirates past Dodgers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "On the day Francisco Liriano finally showed he can go deep, he wasn't able to stick around long. Liriano smacked a three-run homer in the second inning of the Pirates' 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, Liriano pitched only three innings before turning the game over to the..." August 09

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Indians rescind waiver claim of Deolis Guerra, who returns to Pirates and goes on DL because of left knee inflammation. Wilfredo Boscan DFAd

  • Alvarez's 10th-inning RBI single propels Pirates past Dodgers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates needed only one pitch Friday to end Clayton Kershaw's streak of 37 scoreless innings. They had to work a lot harder — and longer — to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gregory Polanco led off the game with a home run, snapping Kershaw's string of zeros. After enduring a handful of..." August 08

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    Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

    Pirates will skip JA Happ's next start. It'll be Locke, Cole, Liriano vs. Cardinals.

  • Polanco's solo homer, RBI single help lead Pirates to win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Gregory Polanco spends enough time in right field to know the dimensions of that area at PNC Park better than anyone, so he recognizes there's more green grass in which to land a ball on the left half of the diamond. His understanding only motivates him to embrace what he already hears often..." August 06

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Hurdle said Harrison and Mercer's rehab stints will require a build up of innings and reps ... They will not be short (several day) stints