Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates end Dodgers winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh players gathered in the home clubhouse of PNC Park Friday night for a little celebration. It wasn't just the 8-6 win over Los Angeles that called for special recognition -- although wins have been hard to come by for the Pirates in recent weeks. This was about..." June 24

  • Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole ‘pipe dreams’ to be traded

    Today's Knuckleball "In an effort to improve their starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox made calls on young stars Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole, but they were given an answer that the teams will give everyone: No. One GM called Fernandez or Cole being traded ‘pipe dreams’. The Marlins have no intention of..." June 23

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Orioles interested in Pirates starter Francisco Liriano

    Camden Chat "Baseball’s trade deadline is over a month away, which doesn’t mean that the Orioles aren’t out there looking to make an early move if they can find the right one. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Orioles are interested in Pirates starter Francisco Liriano. Some..." June 23

  • Pagan's grand slam helps Giants crush Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It was the National League wild-card game 2013. Johnny Cueto, then with Cincinnati, let the Pittsburgh fans get to him with their loud jeers of "Cueeee-toooo" and the Reds lost. He has not forgotten, even now that he is with San Francisco. Cueto ran his record against the..." June 22

  • Giants escape five-run hole, edge Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The way the Giants and Pirates are going in opposite directions, a five-run difference didn't feel all that discouraging to San Francisco or all that safe to Pittsburgh. Joe Panik's two-run, sixth-inning double finished off San Francisco's comeback from a five-run deficit, and..." June 22

  • Hendricks strikes out 12 as Cubs beat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks combined a serviceable fastball with a deadly changeup on a record-setting Sunday night. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 while five teammates contributed home runs, including three solo shots as the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the..." June 20

  • Pirates, Locke halt Giants' eight-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It was a scenario that seemingly would have been impossible to predict this side of a fictional tale. Third-string catcher Erik Kratz hit a home run and struggling starter Jeff Locke led a contingent of four Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers in shutting down the high-flying San..." June 20

  • Cubs belt three homers in win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester quickly realized that he did not have great command of his pitches Saturday night. "I had to battle through it," Lester said. "Really, your mentality there is to keep the team in the game. With this offense, you keep them within reach, and..." June 19

  • Francisco Cervelli rejoins Pirates for rehab, says he's embarrassed he broke his hand

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli said he was "embarrassed" getting injured shortly after agreeing to a new contract. Speaking to reporters for the first time since he broke a bone in his left hand on June 10, Cervelli said he expects to get the soft cast removed Monday. The..." June 18

  • Cubs' Arrieta wins 11th to tie for most in majors

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta admitted he created more drama than he needed but also managed to work out his troubles on Friday. The Chicago Cubs right-hander became the National League's first 11-game winner as he allowed just two hits and walked three over six innings in a 6-0 victory over the..." June 17

  • Syndergaard, Mets dump sinking Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- In a span of five batters in the first inning Wednesday night, the New York Mets equaled their hit total from Tuesday night, equaled their run total over the previous two games and experienced a sense of relief weeks in the making. The Mets never looked back after a three-run..." June 16

  • Colon does it all as Mets stymie Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Bartolo Colon Experience -- a feel-good festival of pitching, fielding and hitting -- continued to roll on Thursday night. Colon did it all for the New York Mets as the 43-year-old right-hander pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and doubled to begin a four-run third inning that..." June 16

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Pirates Sign First-Rounder Will Craig

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have officially signed first-round draft choice Will Craig, as Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted. He’ll receive an at-slot bonus of $2,253,700, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). Craig, a junior out of Wake Forest, went 22nd overall to Pittsburgh. He is a..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Taillon flirts with no-hitter as Pirates blank Mets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Now that Jameson Taillon has his first major league win under his belt, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it's time to "... let him write his own story going forward." Taillon nearly authored an epic tale in his second career start Tuesday night, when he carried a..." June 14

  • Pirates ace Cole headed to DL; Taillon expected to start against Mets

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "After five days in the minors, Jameson Taillon is coming back. The 24-year-old right-hander, the Pirates’ No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, is expected to return to the rotation tonight when he takes the mound against the New York Mets. He will temporarily replace Gerrit Cole, who..." June 14

  • As McCutchen's struggles continue, count leverage a possible factor

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "During both hitting streaks and slumps throughout his career, Andrew McCutchen has remained staunchly even-keeled. As the five-time All-Star and former MVP’s struggles continue into mid-June, he remained so. “It’s all about a feeling, man,” McCutchen said. “I feel better and I feel good. The..." June 13

  • Sore left foot for Stewart

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Erik Kratz had barely arrived at the ballpark, brought in by the Pirates because of an injury to a catcher, when found himself on the field replacing another injured backstop. Chris Stewart fouled two balls off his left foot this week. ”Different spot, but close enough to where the combination..." June 12

  • Holliday, Grichuk help Cardinals rout Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sunday's game was the picture of teams going in opposite directions. Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk each belted a home run as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-3 win on Sunday. St. Louis has won a season-best five games in a..." June 12

  • Cardinals erupt in 12th with help from Wainwright

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Adam Wainwright has had his moments as a pitcher. On Friday, he got to experience a different career highlight. Wainwright and Matt Adams hit back-to-back doubles and Brandon Moss slugged a three-run homer to key a six-run 12th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the..." June 11

  • Pirates' Gerrit Cole, Francisco Cervelli leave game because of injuries

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Both starter Gerrit Cole and catcher Francisco Cervelli left tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals because of apparent, yet undisclosed, injuries. Cole hit Aledmys Diaz, the second batter of the game. He then walked Matt Holliday. After that, though, he struck out Matt Adams and got..." June 11

  • Martinez silences Pirates bats in Cardinals' win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- A couple of outs. That's all that separated Carols Martinez from his first major league complete game. As it was, the St. Louis right-hander lasted plenty long enough and pitched plenty well enough Saturday to lead the Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1. "He's got..." June 11

  • Pirates place catcher Francisco Cervelli on disabled list, acquire Erik Kratz from Angels

    WPIX.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Saturday that catcher Francisco Cervelli has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his left hand. Cervelli left Friday night’s game after injuring the hand while batting in the fourth inning. He suffered a broken hamate bone and underwent..." June 11

  • Rob Manfred causes confusion over Will Craig draft pick by Pirates

    Larry Brown Sports "There was a lot of confusion surrounding the selection of Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 22 overall in the MLB Draft, but it turns out it was all an error. Craig pitched and played third base in college for Wake Forest, but it was with his bat where he really stood out. For that..." June 10

  • Pittsburgh Pirates draft third baseman Will Craig at No. 22

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates selected Wake Forest third baseman Will Craig with their first-round selection, the 22nd overall pick, in Thursday’s MLB draft. Craig hit .379 with a .520 on-base percentage and .731 slugging percentage in 55 games for the Demon Deacons this season. He hit 16 homers and 16 doubles..." June 10

  • Mets top Pirates in 10th after Taillon shines in debut

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Wilmer Flores' lone plate appearance Wednesday night didn't go exactly as planned. He wasn't complaining. "I was trying to get something up. I didn't want to pull the ball. It got up on me a little bit, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Flores said after his..." June 09

  • Pirates' dress code for day trip to Denver: Penguins jersey

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates left town for a one-day trip to Denver on Wednesday night, and manager Clint Hurdle left a simple message for his squad with respect to their travel attire, writes Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. " June 09

  • De La Rosa provides Rockies lift in victory

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa restored order for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. He took over for faltering starter Chad Bettis and pitched four perfect innings as the Rockies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5. The Pirates had won eight straight games at Coors Field, a streak that De..." June 09

  • 2016 MLB Draft: How to watch, stream, and everything else you need to know in one place

    MLB Daily Dish "There is no greater thrill in sports than sitting quietly while a man in a suit slowly reads off a list of names over the course of several days. Fortunately for baseball fans, that time of the year has once again arrived. It will be MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his second year at the podium..." June 09

  • Why Juan Nicasio should stay in the Pirates' rotation

    Bucs Dugout "Jameson Taillon joins the Pirates' rotation today, and despite Neal Huntington's protests to the contrary, he seems likely to stay. That means someone needs to go, and the widely held assumption is that Juan Nicasio will move to the bullpen. That might happen, but I'm not sure it..." June 08

  • Pirates complete doubleheader sweep of Mets

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- An old baseball adage is that good pitching tops even good hitting. Right now, the New York Mets' bad hitting is struggling against any and all pitching. Juan Nicasio limited the Mets to one run over five innings, backup catcher Chris Stewart had two key hits and the Pittsburgh..." June 07

  • Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon to debut Wednesday vs. Mets

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Jameson Taillon timer has ticked to zero. The right-hander Taillon, drafted second overall in 2010, will debut with the Pirates tomorrow against the New York Mets and their turbo-charged right-hander Noah Syndergaard. The Pirates will delay left-hander Francisco Liriano’s scheduled start,..." June 07

  • Study says pitch clocks in MLB could increase risk of injury to pitchers

    Toronto Star "If Major League Baseball were to introduce a pitch clock to quicken the pace of play and shorten the length of games it would also increase the injury risk to pitchers, a McMaster University study has found. Increasing pace of play is a stated priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who in..." June 07

  • Dead money: Which players have the worst contracts in baseball?

    SI "Don’t look for Ryan Howard in the Phillies' lineup this weekend; he won’t be there. Instead, he’ll be on the bench, where manager Pete Mackanin has stationed him for what has been reported as “at least the next three games.” This is the closest the Phillies have come yet to acknowledging that..." June 06

  • Albert Pujols gave Gerrit Cole a ‘stern lecture’

    Larry Brown Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole caught an earful from Albert Pujols during Sunday’s game, but the Los Angeles Angels slugger would not say what it was about after his team’s 5-4 win. As Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes, Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun worked a full count in the sixth..." June 06

  • Five NL teams that will definitely be buyers

    Sporting News "As we mentioned a couple days ago, this year's trade market is going to be a bit strange. The first place to look for potential midseason trade acquisitions is at the list of potential after-the-season free agents. Well, that list is pretty bare. Front offices will have to get..." June 04

  • Marlins outlast Pirates in extras

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Four is fantastic for the Miami Marlins. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, this four-game series was a disaster. Christian Yelich hit a two-out, walk-off double in the 12th inning to lead the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park on Thursday..." June 03

  • McCutchen aggravates nagging thumb injury

    MLB.com "The Pirates endured a painful night at Marlins Park on Thursday that had little to do with the end result of a 4-3, 12-inning loss, their third straight defeat. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, shortstop Jordy Mercer and infielder David Freese were all forced out of the game after being hit by pitches...." June 03

  • Weaver, Angels take care of banged-up Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Los Angeles Angels' swings and misses of early this season are transforming into hits -- a lot of them -- and possibly the potential for a turnaround. Kole Calhoun homered and drove in two runs and Johnny Giavotella's two-run single keyed a three-run first that started the..." June 03

  • Vogelsong undergoes surgery for facial fractures

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong had surgery to repair multiple facial fractures Thursday, a little over a week after being hit in the face by a fastball, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Randall Beatty at Allegheny General Hospital, where Vogelsong was taken after..." June 02

  • Marlins top Pirates again

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Derek Dietrich, it seems, is always getting hit with a baseball. On Wednesday night, his painful experience led to a Miami Marlins victory. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning and Adam Conley pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, leading Miami to a..." June 01

  • Bonds Regrets The Way He Acted

    Sports On Earth "Ever since Barry Bonds joined the Major Leagues in 1986, we've had riveting conversations, and they've lasted awhile. Around me, he's straightforward without the hint of spin. He's cerebral, engaging and respectful. He's always seconds away from one of the greatest smiles you'll ever..." June 01

  • Fernandez outduels Cole as Pirates fall in Miami

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knows just how tough it is to face Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez. Hurdle studied the numbers on Fernandez, especially at Marlins Park, and if the manager needed more proof on the veracity of those findings, he saw it first-hand on..." May 31

  • Five MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "While trading is generally common in MLB, logic isn’t always a part of the process. Sometimes trades make very little sense. Other times, trades seem completely logical, but for whatever reason teams just don’t pull the trigger. Today, we focus on some completely logical trades that should be..." May 31

  • Polanco, Locke lead Pirates past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke had pitched in the ninth inning before but only in a mop-up role in lopsided games. This time, Locke made it all the way through from the first to the ninth, mopping the floor with the Miami Marlins. Locke pitched a three-hitter with..." May 30

  • Perez, Fielder, Moreland power Rangers past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Martin Perez, Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland have had difficulties this season, but that wasn't the case on Sunday afternoon. Perez pitched out of trouble in the top of a pivotal fourth inning, and Fielder and Moreland hit home runs in the bottom of the inning to help..." May 29

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