Pirates Rumors & News

  • Cards beat Pirates 5-4

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals, who had gone the longest by far of any major-league team without a game-ending home run, walked off with one for the second straight night Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong walloped a 420-foot homer off a full-count pitch with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth to..." July 09

  • Adams' walk-off blast sinks Pirates

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "You could call Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams many things, most of them flattering, but one of them would not be light-footed. Yet, as he circled the bases Monday night at Busch Stadium on the first game-ending homer at any level of his baseball career, he fairly flew. “I don’t think I..." July 08

  • National League MVP watch: McCutchen pushes into the top three

    Sporting News "It’s time for the NL MVP watch, version 3.0. The top two spots in the “what if the voting happened today” scenario are pretty clear-cut, but after that, there are at least a dozen players worthy of mention. So even though standouts like Carlos Gomez, Clayton Kershaw, Dee Gordon, Anthony Rendon,..." July 08

  • Liriano settles into groove in Triple-A rehab start

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Francisco Liriano is likely heading back to Pittsburgh soon after a dominating performance in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Indianapolis. After shaking off some early rust, Liriano retired the final 15 batters he faced in a 1-0 win over Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and walked none..." July 08

  • Pirates, Locke top Burnett, Phillies, 6-2, to sweep series

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett paused on the mound when he took the field for the bottom of the first Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. He came from the visiting dugout in his Philadelphia Phillies gray and red, yet there he was on the scoreboard in Pirates black as part of a tribute video. Even his old Pirates..." July 07

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    Clint Barmes said he has a Grade 3 adductor (groin) sprain. He's going to be out 4-6 weeks

  • Volquez settles in for win as Pirates slip by Phillies

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions. "He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted...." July 06

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    pirates claim dean anna

  • David Peralta has 4 RBIs, Arizona Diamondbacks beat Pittsburgh Pirates

    Arizona Republic "Brandon McCarthy won consecutive starts for the first time in more than a year, and the Diamondbacks' offense exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning in a sweep-averting win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night at PNC Park. Rookie David Peralta had three hits, including a two-run..." July 04

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Liriano will make a rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis Monday. Five innings/85 pitches.

  • Josh Harrison's defense, arm pass tests

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With the Arizona leading the Pirates, 2-0, in the ninth inning Tuesday at PNC Park, the Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra challenged the arm of right fielder Josh Harrison after Ender Inciarte's single. Harrison wasn't having it. He handled the rolling ball and retired Parra -- trying to score from..." July 03

  • Traded players meet at airport

    MLB.com "Early Saturday, Ernesto Frieri was en route from Kansas City to Pittsburgh, where he had just been dealt by the Angels. His itinerary called for a layover in Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and he felt dingy. "I'm waiting for my next flight, so I just went to a bathroom to wash my face. First thing,..." July 03

  • Single seals Pirates comeback in bottom of the ninth against Dbacks

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In keeping with the theme of the game Tuesday night, the Pirates did their work in the ninth inning quickly. After eight scoreless innings passed in rapid fashion at the hands of Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, the Pirates upended the contest in a flash. Ike Davis’ pinch-hit single..." July 02

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Liriano will throw a four-inning sim game Wednesday, Hurdle said. Felt good after 54-pitch bullpen Sunday.

  • Brandon McCarthy, A.J. Burnett among possible rotation targets for Pirates

    MLB Daily Dish "A source with knowledge of the situation believes that the Pirates would be the "single best fit" for Burnett, and that a trade involving the right-hander is likely before July 31. ORIGINAL: Though they currently sit eight games behind the division-leading Brewers in the NL Central, the..." July 01

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates Hurdle said @El_Coffee likely will get day off Tuesday v #Dbacks. "It's a good time for him to catch his breath."

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates GM did not detail any injury to @russellmartin55 other than "soreness," said decision was made to give him extra down time today.

  • 10d
    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    GM on Liriano's 52-pitch bullpen: "He came through his side very well. Next step would be a sim game."

  • ‘Throwback’ effort as Mets fend off Pirates

    New York Post "Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia were the biggest Royal Giants of them all on a day the Mets appeared ready for a leisurely cruise on the Allegheny River, only to hit resistance. With the Mets wearing all-blue throwback uniforms Saturday to commemorate the Brooklyn Royal Giants of the Negro..." June 29

  • Bucs offered Polanco super-long deal; he's countered, sides far apart

    CBSSports.com "Pirates outfield wunderkind Gregory Polanco and the team are thought to be at a stalemate in negotiations after offers and counteroffers -- including one by the Pirates that could have kept him in Pittsburgh for 10 more years on top of this one, through 2024 – have failed to bridge a significant..." June 29

  • Josh Harrison's performance golden in Pirates' wild extra-innings win over Mets

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison is officially worth his weight in gold, all 200 pounds of him. Harrison doubled in Clint Barmes with the winning run in the 11th inning Friday night to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 victory against the New York Mets at PNC Park, after nearly single-handedly winning the game in the..." June 28

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    It's official: Cole activated, Cumpton to Indy. #pirates

  • 11d
    Jenn Menendez @JennMenendez

    The Pirates have traded Jason Grilli to the Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri.

  • Rays' David Price dominates Pirates

    Tampa Bay Times "As endings go, if that's what it was, David Price had envisioned it differently. Given the possibility that Wednesday might have been his last start at the Trop before being traded, the Rays ace had hoped to go out celebrating a complete-game victory, not walking off the mound after allowing..." June 26

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates Hurdle confirms Gerrit Cole will come off DL and start Saturday v #Mets. No word yet on fallout for rest of rotation.

  • Pirates hang on for 6-5 win against Rays

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates rode a familiar combination to their fourth consecutive win. Their starter provided them with another long, bullpen-saving outing. They assembled a multiple-run inning early. Those ingredients also worked Monday, and Tuesday they gave the Pirates a 6-5 win against the Tampa Bay Rays..." June 25

  • Neil Walker rejoins Pirates after appendectomy

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh will activate second baseman Neil Walker from the disabled list for tonight’s game after he missed the past two weeks following an appendectomy. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Walker was slated to play in a minor-league rehab game Monday, but decided..." June 24

  • Pirates bedevil Rays in 8-1 road win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates coaching staff asked starting pitcher Edinson Volquez Monday night if he felt up to going back out for the eighth inning. “I’m ready go to,” Volquez said, before joking, “I’m really fresh. I only threw 64 pitches last time. Volquez recovered from a horrible start in his previous..." June 24

  • Detroit Tigers acquire reliever Daniel Schlereth from Pittsburgh Pirates, assign him to Triple-A Toledo

    Michigan Live "Daniel Schlereth is back. The Detroit Tigers have re-acquired Schlereth from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations, a team official told MLive.com on Tuesday. A left-handed reliever, Schlereth has been assigned him to Triple-A Toledo. The trade provides the Tigers..." June 24

  • Pirates' Cumpton keeps Cubs at bay for 2-1 win at Wrigley

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Brandon Cumpton pitched seven shutout innings Sunday, working his way through the Chicago Cubs lineup on the way to a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs made things interesting in the ninth, scoring a run off closer Mark Melancon. The Pirates (37-38) got a third-inning home run by Travis..." June 23

  • Mercer, Harrison power Pirates past Cubs, 5-3

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jordy Mercer stayed hot. Josh Harrison rediscovered his mojo. They each hit a home run Saturday to power the Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 5-3. Mercer had a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the third inning. This month, Mercer is batting .306 (22 for 72), including seven..." June 22

  • Cubs establishing a swagger after latest win over Pirates

    CSN Chicago "There is a quiet confidence brewing the Cubs’ clubhouse, which might seem surprising given their sub-par record. But after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, on Friday, the Cubs are coming together in all facets of the game. Friday marked their 11th win of the month, which already matches..." June 21

  • Pirates enjoy walk-off win in series finale against Reds

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied in the 12th inning Thursday, Pirates catcher Russell Martin jumped back from a 92 mph Tony Cingrani fastball headed for his knees. The remaining fans from a crowd of 30,710 groaned. The PNC Park crowd wanted Martin to endure some pain for..." June 20

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Grilli temporarily out as #pirates closer. Melancon takes over.

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

  • Jason Grilli might not be long for the closer role with the Pirates

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates defeated the Reds in 12 innings this afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but Jason Grilli was the reason the game went to extra innings after he gave up a game-tying solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the top of the ninth inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked about Grilli’s..." June 20

  • Reds pound Pirates, 11-4, in rain-delayed game

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Driving rain, a strong wind that made applying the infield tarp a struggle and incandescent flashes of lighting delayed the official conclusion of a game Wednesday night between the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The wait was a formality. The game had been decided long before. Poor execution off..." June 19

  • Frazier's homer in ninth saves day for Reds

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Aroldis Chapman may have officially gotten the save Tuesday, but it was Todd Frazier who bailed out the Reds' bullpen. Frazier hit a leadoff home run off of Pirates closer Jason Grilli in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 6-5 victory in the first game of the three-game series against the..." June 18

  • Neil Walker recovering quickly from recent appendectomy

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Neil Walker visited manager Clint Hurdle twice Tuesday, something Hurdle joked the second baseman does not do when he is healthy. “The more he does this,” Hurdle said, using his hand to mime talking, “the healthier he’s getting.” Hurdle continued to mime. “We’re getting a lot of..." June 18

  • Ramos' escape act sets up headliner McGehee in Marlins' walk-off win

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "He sandwiched a single around a pair of walks to start the 10th inning of a 2-2 game Sunday. A.J. Ramos with the bases loaded and no outs pondered the following questions: Can you get the job done? Are you good enough to do it? Ramos answered in the affirmative, inducing a 5-2-3 Russell Martin..." June 15

  • Pirates hang on for win over Marlins, return to .500

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates' bats have carried the club back to the .500 mark. The offense lifted the team to an 8-6 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, a win that included a season-best 18 hits and brought the Pirates (34-34) back to the break-even mark for the first time since April 17. And it is the..." June 15

  • Pirates go 13 innings to snare a win against Marlins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "What with all the attention paid to Gregory Polanco in the past six months, his first major league homer might have lacked the necessary gravitas had it come in the fourth inning of some random game. The occasion Friday seemed appropriate. Polanco’s first career home run gave the Pirates an 8-6..." June 14

  • Pirates defeat Chicago, 4-0

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It took two full cycles through the order Thursday night, and then it happened. Gregory Polanco lined a leadoff single up the middle in the fifth inning. Starling Marte followed it with a single of his own. Then Andrew McCutchen doubled to the notch in left-center field to score both as the..." June 13

  • McCutchen homers again in Pirates' win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen had to wait a little longer to resume his assault on opposing pitching. A monsoon encircled PNC Park, delaying the game Wednesday night for 1 hour, 38 minutes. Lighting flashed in every direction; the PNC Park audio crew obliged, blaring Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt." McCutchen..." June 12

  • Pirates place Francisco Lirano on disabled list with oblique injury

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates have placed opening-day starter Francisco Liriano on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique muscle, the club announced Wednesday. The lefty departed Tuesday night's start against the Cubs early due to the injury. As a corresponding move, the Pirates have recalled..." June 11

  • Rizzo’s HR, two doubles lead Cubs to 7-3 win

    Chicago Sun-Times "Gregory Polanco, one of the top prospects in baseball, had barely settled into his position in right field for his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night when the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo air mailed him a welcome-to-the-big-leagues postcard – sending a two-run home run directly over Polanco..." June 11

  • Mike Matheny, John Farrell officially name All-Star Game coaching staffs

    CBSSports.com "Managers Mike Matheny and John Farrell have officially named their coaching staffs for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held in Target Field, home of the Twins, on Tuesday, July 15. Matheny, the NL skipper by virtue of steering the Cardinals to the NL pennant last season, has named Pirates..." June 11

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    MLB Jersey Numbers @NumbersMLB

    OF Gregory Polanco (@El_Coffee) will wear number 25. LWB RHP Kyle Farnsworth in 2013. #Pirates (h/t @PitSharkTank) pic.twitter.com/VXHdAnBm5N

  • Pirates cruise to 6-2 victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Charlie Morton picked up Monday night where Jeff Locke left off Sunday. He worked quickly and efficiently against the Chicago Cubs, dropping his curveball in to generate swings and misses while encouraging grounders with his sinker. With the benefit of run support that Locke did not receive,..." June 10

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