Pirates Rumors & News

  • Francisco Cervelli out with 'acute-on-chronic' condition

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Continuing questions about Francisco Cervelli's health have forced the Pirates to carry three catchers on their active roster. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Cervelli underwent “a battery of tests” and was examined by Milwaukee Brewers' doctors. Cervelli was scratched..." June 22

  • What are the odds the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? Probably good

    Fox Sports "What are the odds that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? I’m guessing good. Go back to July 30, the day that the Pirates sent reliever Mark Melancon to the Nationals for left-hander Felipe Rivero and minor-league lefty Taylor Hearn. The Pirates were in contention then, just three..." June 19

  • Eddie Butler's sleeves are too bright for the Cubs' Negro Leagues jerseys

    CBS Sports "Friday night in Pittsburgh, both the Pirates and Cubs are wearing throwback Negro Leagues uniforms as part of the annual Negro Leagues Heritage Game (GameTracker). The Cubs are wearing Leland Giants jerseys from the early 1900s. The Pirates are wearing Homestead Grays uniforms. There was one..." June 17

  • Cubs, Pirates to commemorate 'Negro Leagues Heritage Game'

    MLB.com "When the Cubs and Pirates meet on Friday at PNC Park, they will celebrate the Pirates' annual "Negro Leagues Heritage Game." To mark the occasion, the Pirates will wear throwback uniforms honoring the Homestead Grays while the Cubs' uniforms will honor the Leland Giants. The Cubs' uniform..." June 16

  • Francisco Cervelli on incident: Rockies catcher was looking for a fight

    Larry Brown Sports "Francisco Cervelli says Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was looking for a fight, which helped spark a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday between the Pirates and Rockies. Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the bottom of the fifth. The Pittsburgh catcher was slow..." June 15

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Yankees Acquire Matt Frawley From Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees announced that they’ve acquired minor league right-hander Matt Frawley from the Pirates to complete the April 17 trade that sent right-hander Johnny Barbato to Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later. Frawley, 21, will be assigned to the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate in..." June 14

  • Pirates Designate Pat Light For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that they’ve designated righty Pat Light for assignment. The move clears space on the Bucs’ 40-man roster for righty Edgar Santana, who was promoted today, as anticipated, along with fellow reliever A.J. Schugel. The move fills the Bucs’ 25-man roster after the..." June 11

  • Pirates expected to sign GM Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle to extensions

    Sporting News "The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling this year, but the team reportedly remains committed to GM Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle for the long term. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports sources say the team will sign both Huntington and Hurdle to contract extensions before the end of the..." June 11

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon scheduled to start just five weeks after cancer surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have optioned starter Tyler Glasnow and reliever Dovydas Neverauskas to Triple-A Indianapolis, MLB.com’s Adam Berry tweets. The idea, as Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets, is that Jameson Taillon will return and start on Monday, with Chad Kuhl pitching in..." June 10

  • Pirates make a change at closer after four straight blown saves by Tony Watson

    CBS Sports "In his last seven appearances, Pirates closer Tony Watson was 0 for 4 in save chances with a 10.80 ERA. That's generally not a good way to hold onto that job and, sure enough, a change has been made. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters (Stephen J. Nesbitt) on Friday that moving forward,..." June 09

  • Pirates' Gerrit Cole seems broken, and nobody knows what to do — including him

    Sporting News "Gerrit Cole knows what he needs to do. He’s just not sure how to do it. Mired in a three-week slump that has seen him hand out extra-base hits like Halloween candy, the former All-Star is searching for consistency. Consistency with his command. Consistency with his delivery. Consistency with..." June 09

  • Hurdle: Tony Watson will remain Pirates' closer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Tony Watson will remain the Pirates' closer. After Watson blew his fourth save of the season on Tuesday, manager Clint Hurdle huddled with general manager Neal Huntington and pitching coach Ray Searage and mulled a bullpen shakeup. Management decided to stick with Watson. “A fixed mind set,..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Cutch keeps focus on fans, teammates

    MLB.com "It's Sunday morning at Citi Field. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not celebrating the fact that he made his Major League debut eight years ago. Instead, McCutchen, 30, is relaxed, sitting by his locker and talking about his game. McCutchen is the first to admit that he is off to a slow..." June 07

  • Pirates wait through 'God Bless America' to win bizarre challenge against the Mets

    CBS Sports "Many of us have envisioned how weird the timing would be on challenges in certain situations (like a would-be walk-off winner to clinch a playoff berth, only to have it overturned and stop the celebration), and we got a pretty fun one in Pittsburgh on Sunday. It appeared that John Jaso had..." June 05

  • Pirates place Chris Stewart on DL and recall Elias Diaz

    Fanrag Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday placed catcher Chris Stewart on the 10-Day DL with a left hamstring strain and in a corresponding transaction, recalled Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis, the team announced. Tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-1 in the bottom of the 7th on Monday, the..." May 30

  • Three weeks after cancer diagnosis, Taillon set to pitch in minor-league game

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On Sunday, one day shy of three weeks since Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer, he will to return to the mound to pitch for Class AA Altoona in Erie. Taillon will begin his rehab assignment with the Curve, starting his climb back to the majors. Taillon, 25, was placed on..." May 28

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon solid in 1st rehab start after cancer surgery

    ESPN "Less than three weeks after testicular cancer surgery, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out six in three scoreless innings in his first rehab start. Taillon allowed one hit and one walk for Double-A Altoona on Sunday, throwing one wild pitch." May 28

  • Andrew McCutching batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

    Yardbarker "Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates. After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base..." May 27

  • Andrew McCutchen reaches new low with Pirates

    Sporting News "Entering Friday, Andrew McCutchen had played in 1,236 games for the Pirates in a nine-year major league career. Not once in that span did McCutchen start a game batting lower than the cleanup spot. Friday night, though, McCutchen will bat sixth against the Mets — just the latest marker of the..." May 26

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Andrew McCutchen not bothered by slump: 'I sleep pretty good'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "This is rock bottom for Andrew McCutchen. The center fielder was summoned into manager Clint Hurdle’s office at SunTrust Park early Wednesday morning after the Atlanta Braves walked off with a 6-5 win, a game in which McCutchen went 0 for 5, grounded into two double plays and stranded seven. His..." May 25

  • 10 best young players in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 MLB regular season is nearly two months old and perhaps more than anything else, it’s clear the new crop of talent is among the best we’ve seen in years, if not decades. Young stars line rosters, rookies are the center of attention, and that has created a universal excitement around the..." May 24

  • ‘False alarm’ disrupts Pirates-Braves at SunTrust Park

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The scoreboard at SunTrust Park briefly flashed an emergency message during the Braves game on Tuesday that later was said to be a false alarm. During the third inning of the Braves-Pirates game, a scoreboard message indicated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that the..." May 24

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • Jameson Taillon reports 'all good news' after surgery

    MLB.com "There is a mindset that defines Jameson Taillon's mental toughness as a pitcher. When runners get on base, his focus shifts away from how they got there to what he can do to stop them from scoring. Taillon has carried the same mentality into his recovery following surgery for testicular cancer...." May 19

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Jung Ho Kang's Prison Sentence for DUI Charge Upheld by Judge

    Bleacher Report "Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang had a suspended two-year prison sentence upheld in a South Korean court Thursday, which will further complicate his efforts to rejoin the MLB team during the 2017 season. The Associated Press (via USA Today) reported the Seoul Central District Court..." May 18

  • Reddit campaign suggests electing Single-A catcher to MLB All-Star Game

    Larry Brown Sports "All-Star voting always provides an opportunity for fans to get a bit mischievous, and baseball fans are no different. One fan on Reddit suggested in a post that has since been deleted that fans coalesce around John Bormann, a catcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. Bormann was..." May 18

  • Pirates Place Gregory Polanco On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day DL, as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets. The move was made retroactive to May 15th, and Pittsburgh has recalled Danny Ortiz to take his place on the active roster. Polanco is dealing with a left hamstring strain,..." May 18

  • Astros intrigued by Pirates' Cole, Watson

    Fox Sports "The Astros, with a victory on Wednesday, would improve to 29-12 and match the Cubs’ start after 41 games last season. And club officials want the team to be stronger still. The Astros remain interested in adding a starting pitcher and also are likely to pursue a left-handed reliever before..." May 17

  • Nationals pound Pirates' Kuhl

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Nationals are still figuring things out in the bullpen, but Tuesday night, the offense did more than enough to earn a victory. The Nationals pounded Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chad Kuhl for 10 hits and six runs over four-plus innings on the way to an 8-4..." May 16

  • Pirates end six-game skid with 4-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams turned his second home into a destination spot on Sunday. Williams, who pitched at nearby Arizona State, gave up one run in a career-high five innings to help the Pirates break a six-game losing streak in a 4-3 victory over the Arizona..." May 14

  • D-backs' drubbing of Pirates overshadowed by Iannetta injury

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The celebration of an 11-4 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Pirates was subdued in the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse Friday night. Catcher Chris Iannetta left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after getting hit above his mouth with a pitch from Pirates reliever Tony..." May 13

  • D-backs' Greinke dominates reeling Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke admitted to being a bit "amped up" in the first three innings of the Thursday night game, going as far as to apologize to the plate umpire for snapping at him. Whatever the case, it didn't affect him much, as Greinke was nearly unhittable. The Diamondbacks ace came..." May 12

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Yardbarker "The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market. Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to..." May 12

  • Maeda, Dodgers finish sweep of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda was at the top of his game, and Los Angeles rookie Cody Bellinger continued to expand his. Maeda took a shutout into the ninth inning, Bellinger homered, and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 victory..." May 11

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Barnes' hit in 10th lifts Dodgers over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers lost a no-hitter and a lead, but won what mattered: the game. Pinch hitter Austin Barnes hit a walk-off double to boost the Dodgers to a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Barnes doubled to..." May 10

  • Six-run first helps Dodgers rout Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor just wanted to put the bat on the ball. With the bases loaded, a single or a double would have been just fine. Instead, Taylor smacked a grand slam that sparked a strong start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night...." May 09

  • Pirates’ Jameson Taillon had surgery for suspected testicular cancer

    Sportsnaut "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital on Monday morning and underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer. The team provided the following details. The Pirates had placed Taillon on the 10-day DL on Sunday after he experienced groin..." May 08

  • Brewers break out to beat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Held to one run in the first two games of a three-game series at PNC Park, the Milwaukee Brewers broke out the bats in a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Jesus Aguilar went 2-for-2 after entering the game as part of a double switch. He contributed an RBI..." May 07

  • Five Pirates' pitchers combine to blank Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- A span of roughly 2 1/2 hours used to be enough to play a major league game. Not so much anymore, but that can be a lot of time to kill -- especially in the midst of a game. That was the game within the game Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, who endured a..." May 06

  • Harrison's hit lifts Pirates past Brewers in 10

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- On a night when the Pittsburgh Pirates offense sputtered more than it rolled, the right guy came up with the game on the line. Josh Harrison hit a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Gift Ngoepe from third base and give the Pirates a 2-1 victory over..." May 06

  • Votto, Duvall help Reds continue mastery over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Slowly but surely, the Cincinnati Reds are moving from rebuilding mode into winning mode. There is plenty of work to be done, but after taking three of four from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds are back to .500 and looking to build some momentum. "Winning is fun," said center..." May 04

  • Why Yankees could make deal for Pirates' Gerrit Cole — or another front-line pitcher — at trade deadline

    New York Daily News "With every win, with every Aaron Judge moon shot, Brian Cashman is surely assessing and re-assessing his timetable for chasing a championship again, even here in early May. In other words, he’s probably already canvassing the baseball landscape and asking: “Where can I get a front-line pitcher..." May 04

  • Reds' Davis gets first major-league win vs. Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Rookie Davis has been working to refine his mechanics, in particular the slider. But a mental adjustment he made after allowing seven earned runs in two innings at Milwaukee last week was the biggest difference. "Just simplifying the game as much as possible," Davis said. "Take..." May 03

  • Hamilton delivers double in 10th to lift Reds past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said it is important to see how his young players, in particular the pitchers, handle adversity. Last week's four-game losing streak included a start from rookie Amir Garrett in which he allowed nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Since then, both..." May 02

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