Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jeff Locke was so good Saturday, he made Pirates manager Clint Hurdle second-guess himself. Over eight innings, Locke tossed the finest outing of his Pirates career. The left-hander faced 25 batters — one over the minimum, thanks to two double plays — and held the Cleveland Indians to two..." July 05
Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 05
Pirates claimed Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer had himself a casual Friday. He flew his drone above the seats at PNC Park. He used the device to snap photos of the field and its breathtaking backdrop of the Allegheny River and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. He impersonated a few of his teammates as he drew a nine-pitch walk. He..." July 04
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs have acquired pitcher Clayton Richard from the Pirates for cash considerations. Richard will start on Saturday for the Cubs against the Marlins. To make room for Richard on the roster, pitcher Donn Roach was optioned to Triple-A Iowa." July 03
Hardball Talk "Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon will undergo surgery to repair an inguinal hernia, which is expected to keep him out of action for two months, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Taillon, 23, had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April last year and had..." July 03
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates starter Francisco Liriano watched the first pitch he fired toward home plate Thursday afternoon, a 91 mph fastball, boom off the bat of Detroit Tigers leadoff man Rajai Davis and sail into left-center field for a well-struck single. Such an opening act didn't sit well with Liriano,..." July 03
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Neil Walker took a hero's trot around the bases more times Wednesday night than he did in all of June. Two homers by the second baseman stood out during a game in which the Pirates used 21 hits to down the Detroit Tigers, 9-3, at Comerica Park. Walker finished 4 for 6 with three runs scored and..." July 02
Detroit Free Press "It was, Brad Ausmus said, yesterday's news. But when Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said he had no respect for Pirates players and coaches after the team's 5-4 loss in 14 innings on Tuesday night — specifically naming right-hander Gerrit Cole — it spilled into the next..." July 02
Jose Tabata cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA by #Pirates.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates pulled off a win Tuesday night in a most perplexing way. In the end, the very end, Neil Walker ripped an RBI double down the right-field line off Detroit Tigers reliever Tom Gorzelanny to score the go-ahead run with two-outs in the 14th inning, and rookie right-hander Deolis Guerra..." July 01
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Fox Sports "Here are three random, but detailed takes from the Braves' 2-1 victory over the Pirates on Sunday -- Atlanta's first and only win from a brief road swing through Washington and Pittsburgh: 1. ALEX WOOD MADE UP FOR HIS SHORT OUTING AGAINST THE PIRATES FROM A FEW WEEKS AGO -- IN QUALITY AND..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
#pirates have DFA'd Jose Tabata Chris Volstad also packing his things. Gorkys Hernandez on his way here. One other move coming.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen spun away from Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran’s inside fastball, but couldn’t dodge it. He wore 92 mph on his left elbow and doubled over, grimacing, as trainer Todd Tomczyk rushed out of the Pirates dugout. It was the first inning, and game over for McCutchen, the Pirates’..." June 28
CBS Sports "After he was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this season, and for the second time in as many games Saturday night, Pirates star Andrew McCutchen joked about what he might do in order to stop opposing pitchers from plunking him and his mates. Pirates batters have been hit a major-league leading..." June 28
X-rays on Andrew McCutchen's left elbow were negative
pirates lineup pic.twitter.com/EPBtFTBd4d
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jordy Mercer had been hitting the ball hard in recent weeks, but he hasn’t been collecting many hits. But manager Clint Hurdle never lost faith in Mercer despite the Pirates shortstop’s low batting average. Instead, he insisted Mercer was close to busting his season-long slump. Friday night,..." June 27
Cincinnati Enquirer "He didn't throw 103 mph, but J.J. Hoover got the job done. With Aroldis Chapman on paternity leave, Hoover got his chance to fill in as the Reds closer and answered the call with a perfect ninth inning. The Reds secured a 5-2 victory over the Pirates in front of a sell-out crowd of 37,659 at..." June 25
We have selected the contract of RHP Chris Volstad from Indy. Corey Hart has been placed on the 15-Day DL w/left shoulder impingement.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Neil Walker returned to the lineup Tuesday night after pain in his right hip and core kept him from starting the previous five games. “Not 100 percent,” Walker said, “but close enough.” The pain in Walker’s midsection originated, he said, when his hip locked up on him. The discomfort..." June 24
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tuesday wasn’t the longest day of the year – that was Sunday – but it wasn’t far off, and the 26,949 fans at PNC Park could be excused for confusing the two, what with the length of the Pirates-Cincinnati Reds game. The tone was set early: slow pace, lots of baserunners, lots of pitching out of..." June 24
Washington Post "Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton entered Sunday’s start against the Washington Nationals on a 14 1/3 -inning scoreless streak, the third-longest active streak of that sort in the majors. In baseball’s best rotation by ERA, he had been the stingiest recently, pitching to a 1.62. So it..." June 22
Neil Walker will be available off the bench today. He wasn't going to start against the lefty anyway.
CSN Washington "When it didn’t happen six days earlier, when Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat blooper fell to the ground just beyond Anthony Rendon’s outstretched glove in the seventh inning in Milwaukee, Max Scherzer could only shrug off his bad luck and wonder if he’d ever get another chance like that to pitch a..." June 21
#Pirates say Polanco removed as precaution, might play Sat. He had left knee wrapped post game.
Washington Post "Washington Nationals starter Joe Ross was 6 years old when A.J. Burnett, his opponent Friday night, made his major league debut. Ross began this season at Class AA Harrisburg, blocked by five established starters and prospects at higher levels deemed more ready. But injuries required the Nationals..." June 20
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The South Korean media following Jung Ho Kang's exploits had not asked a question of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in a news conference setting for some time, but there were two prior to Thursday's game: Why is Kang playing third base? And why is Kang batting cleanup? With the Nexen Heroes in..." June 19
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Gerrit Cole could not watch as he allowed the lead to fly away Thursday. Then all he could do is watch as his teammates helped him get the lead back in a 3-2 Pirates' win, their eighth straight win, and a major league-best 11th victory of the season for the precocious Cole. Cole (11-2), 24,..." June 19
Neil Walker out of lineup with a stomach ailment, per Hurdle
6/18 @Pirates lineup vs CWS Harrison 2B Marte LF McCutchen CF Kang 3B Alvarez 1B Polanco RF Mercer SS Hart DH Stewart C Cole P
Jameson Taillon in extended spring today: five innings, 74 pitches, no issues
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Don't be sad the streak is over. Be glad it happened. In the Pirates' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, the fourth-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak by Pirates pitching came to an end. With two outs in the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field, Melky Cabrera doubled down..." June 18
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nobody is sure if Francisco Cervelli's streak of catching 51 scoreless innings is a Pirates record. Manny Sanguillen caught 38 innings in a row without having a run score in 1972, but beyond that the history is hazy. Even the statistics wonks at Elias are stumped. Maybe someone put together a..." June 17
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As thunder boomed and rain beat down on an empty ballpark late Monday night, manager Clint Hurdle ducked into a hallway beneath PNC Park where a nearby TV blared a flash-flood advisory. A flash flood of runs, perhaps. The Pirates blitzed rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon for seven runs in 3⅔..." June 16
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett pitched nine scoreless innings Sunday afternoon in a sensational incomplete-game effort. After 101 pitches, the 38-year-old right-hander raised his right arm to salute a packed house at PNC Park, and he turned the series finale over to a rested bullpen and sleepy offense. They all..." June 15
Bucs Dugout "As the Pirates look forward to again being potential buyers this year, Neal Huntington is bracing for another very tight trade market. "I wish these markets existed when we were on the other side of it, when we were sellers," Huntington said. "This is absolutely a sellers market, at this point..." June 15
CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tony Watson, an All-Star left-hander, turned toward the Pirates dugout, pumped his fists and roared. After pitching himself into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth, he pitched right out of it. “He’s continued to write new chapters in his book,” manager Clint Hurdle said afterward. With..." June 14
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Starling Marte snuck a seeing-eye, walk-off single up the middle past two diving Philadelphia Phillies infielders with two outs in the 13th inning, and Chris Stewart rumbled home to give the Pirates a 1-0 win in a series opener that ended at 1:06 a.m. Saturday at PNC Park. It was the Pirates’..." June 13
CBS Sports "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
6/12 @Pirates lineup vs PHI Polanco RF Marte LF McCutchen CF Walker 2B Harrison 3B Alvarez 1B Cervelli C Mercer SS Locke P
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Twenty-six thousand plus at PNC Park were briefly distracted in the top of the eighth inning of the Pirates' 2-0 sweep-avoiding victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday as a giant crane on a barge approached and successfully passed under the Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny. The..." June 11
Pedro Alvarez now out of game for Pirates. No word yet.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Taylor Jungmann stopped the revolving door otherwise known as the No. 5 spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation. Jungmann pitched so well in his major-league debut Tuesday night, leading the suddenly warmish Brewers to a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park, manager Craig Counsell..." June 10