Pirates Rumors & News

  • Stallings' RBI single in 11th lifts Pirates past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even with expanded rosters in September, Pittsburgh third-string catcher Jacob Stallings knew he could get into Friday's game as it stretched into the 11th inning. "I kind of did the math in my head. Bases loaded, two outs was the only way I was going to come up that inning,"..." September 24

  • Polanco exits after face-first slam into outfield wall

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gregory Polanco left three batters into the Pirates’ game against the Washington Nationals Friday night after he smacked his face against the wall in left-center field at PNC Park while chasing down Bryce Harper’s first-inning double. Polanco, a right fielder filling in for the injured Starling..." September 24

  • Anderson, Brewers defeat Pirates to avoid sweep

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson's first season in Milwaukee hasn't always been smooth sailing, but he's certainly finishing on a high note. Anderson struck out six while allowing one run, four hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the..." September 23

  • Pirates' Starling Marte: Exits with back tightness

    CBS Sports "Marte was removed from Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness." September 23

  • Pirates discussing long-term deal with Nova

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have made two contract offers to right-hander Ivan Nova, who will reach free agency after this season, according to sources. Nova, 29, joined the Pirates in a trade with the New York Yankees at the non-waiver deadline in exchange for two players to be named later — minor league..." September 23

  • McCutchen, Rodriguez power Pirates over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen is playing some of his best baseball of the season and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates are, too. McCutchen came through again Wednesday night, belting a first-inning home run and finishing with two hits to extend his hitting streak to..." September 22

  • Resurgent McCutchen could be playing his way out of Pittsburgh

    Today's Knuckleball "The question has been being asked for months now: Is Andrew McCutchen having a sub-par season or has he entered the decline phase of his career? The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder is hitting .255 with 24 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 142 games. While certainly not an awful season,..." September 22

  • Phil Coke: Dealt to Pirates

    CBS Sports "Coke was traded to the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Coke has appeared in three games for the Yankees on the year but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A, where he holds a 3.04 ERA and 1.29 ERA across 74 innings. The plan is for Coke to join the Pirates in..." September 22

  • Pirates bang out 13 hits in win over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The odds are against them at the moment, but the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't giving up hope of a miraculous September run to the post-season. They took a step in that direction Tuesday night, pounding out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park...." September 21

  • Pirates non-committal on Vogelsong's next start

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "General manager Neal Huntington did not commit one way or the other Sunday on whether Ryan Vogelsong would remain in the starting rotation. He did acknowledge this: “It certainly is a valid question, as to who gives us the best chance to win the next time or two times from now when his rotation..." September 19

  • Votto, Barnhart lead Reds over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- When the announcement was made in the press box that Joey Votto had collected four hits in Sunday's game, the reaction was a collective shrug. Votto did for the 21st time what many major league hitters wish to do once. "Who does this with this type consistency?" Cincinnati..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Mercer's single in 10th lifts Pirates over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- It's all hands on deck for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive. "I like what I'm seeing out there," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "They continue to play. They are looking to finish games. They want to finish strong." On Friday..." September 17

  • Cervelli seeks power, speed as he revamps offseason workouts

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Francisco Cervelli plans to ramp up his offseason workout routine this year. “I'm going to train like an MMA fighter,” Cervelli said with a laugh. Cervelli won't be stepping into the octagon while he spends the winter in Tampa, Fla., but he does want to add many of the traits — strength,..." September 17

  • Pirates pull off doubleheader sweep of Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- After playing seven hours of baseball on Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked what pleased him the most about sweeping a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds. His answer was all encompassing. "Nothing pleased me the most, a bunch of things pleased me,"..." September 17

  • Pirates belt five homers, bury Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With the Pittsburgh Pirates in the midst of a season-altering skid, Andrew McCutchen was glad he and his teammates could still show what they can do. The Pirates crushed five home runs and put up an eight-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday in a 15-2 win over the..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Phillies add to Pirates' late-season struggles

    The Sports Xchange "By Stephen Pianovich, The Sports Xchange PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis' power stroke continued Wednesday night, as did the Pittsburgh Pirates' late-season struggles. Galvis homered for the third time in four games, and the Philadelphia Phillies had 15 hits in a 6-2 victory at Citizens..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule

    MLB.com "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Umpire runs into Pirates second baseman in bizarre play, manager gets ejected

    USA Today "A bizarre play during Tuesday's Pirates-Phillies game saw an umpire crash into a player, resulting in a livid manager and the go-ahead run scoring. Trying to complete an inning-ending double play off a grounder by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer paused his throw to..." September 14

  • Rodriguez homer in ninth lifts Pirates over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Clint Hurdle was aware of the number because, he said, it gets brought up periodically. But after being ejected in the sixth inning Tuesday night, he saw the number brought up again on the television inside the clubhouse. It had been 140 games since Hurdle's Pittsburgh..." September 13

  • Mariners trade left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates

    Seattle Times "The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday afternoon, sending left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Mariners considered re-adding LeBlanc to the 40-man roster and bringing him back to the active roster when Class..." September 13

  • Pirates Shut Down Gerrit Cole For Remainder Of Year

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have shut down star right-hander Gerrit Cole for the rest of the season, as Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first suggested on Twitter. It does not seem as if there is any concern about a significant injury, with the team likely deciding that it isn’t worth continuing..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Pirates Activate Gerrit Cole

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have activated righty Gerrit Cole to take the ball tonight, per a team announcement. That certainly represents the best case scenario for the staff ace, who hit the shelf about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, the tide has turned quite a bit in the mean time. Pittsburgh sat just a half..." September 12

  • Hellickson spoils Cole's return as Phils top Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- This time of year, with another losing season wasting away, all the Philadelphia Phillies can do is play spoiler. On Monday night, they helped push the Pittsburgh Pirates further away from playoff contention. Jeremy Hellickson took care of the Pirates on the mound to..." September 12

  • Pirates' Josh Harrison: Done for season

    CBS Sports "Harrison has been diagnosed with a right groin strain and is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Harrison should be recovered from his setback at some point in October, but with the Pirates fading fast in the playoff hunt, he is likely done..." September 12

  • Pirates' Josh Harrison: Leaves game with groin injury

    CBS Sports "Harrison was forced to leave Saturday night's game due to a right groin injury, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports." September 11

  • Marte again remains sidelined with back issue

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "For the fifth consecutive day, Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is day-to-day. Marte has not played since Monday after experiencing back spasms he suffered while warming up for the Pirates' game Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that Marte was..." September 11

  • Reds blast slumping Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Shutouts don't come easily, and the one the Cincinnati Reds managed Sunday came with a few tense moments for starter Brandon Finnegan. "It was a Houdini act," manager Bryan Price said after Finnegan combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and Tyler Holt drove in three..." September 11

  • Reds defeat reeling Pirates, snap five-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates would take any help right about now. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds weren't in a giving mood Friday. Jose Peraza delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates at PNC..." September 09

  • Nova beats Reds, remains perfect with Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova's fifth victory with Pittsburgh might have been one of the easiest of manager Clint Hurdle's 500 wins with the Pirates. Nova threw a six-hitter to remain unbeaten with the Pirates, who put together a three-run first inning en route to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati..." September 08

  • Cardinals rally in ninth to defeat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Like something from a movie script, the St. Louis Cardinals pulled out a never-say-die, 9-7 win Tuesday over the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cardinals had lost an early five-run lead, trailed by a run and were down to their final strike when pinch-hitter Matt..." September 07

  • Kang's late blast lifts Pirates over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Two outs. Ninth inning. One-run lead. St. Louis' Matt Carpenter at the plate. That's what Pittsburgh closer Tony Watson faced Wednesday -- the same scenario as a night earlier. This time, Watson got Carpenter to fly out to right, ending the game and giving the Pittsburgh..." September 07

  • Pirates Designate Kelvin Marte, Curtis Partch

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated both lefty Kelvin Marte and righty Curtis Partch, the team announced. Their 40-man spots were needed to accommodate the organization’s latest wave of call-ups, which includes Tyler Glasnow, Pedro Florimon, Drew Hutchison, and Trevor Williams. The 28-year-old Marte..." September 06

  • Brewers extend win streak to three

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- When you're young, a matter of weeks can seem like an eternity. Or at least plenty of time to adjust and fit in to a new situation. That's how Orlando Arcia saw things after what might have been the best game of his young major league career. "I have been up here for a little..." September 04

  • Pirates' Neftali Feliz: Leaves Saturday's game

    CBS Sports "Feliz was removed from Saturday's game after getting a visit from the Pirates trainer, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports." September 04

  • Cole slated to return to Pirates rotation next week

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Right-hander Gerrit Cole returned to the pitcher’s mound Saturday for the first time since his most recent start Aug. 24 against the Houston Astros, throwing 30 fastballs in a side session with pitching coach Ray Searage and catcher Chris Stewart in the Pirates bullpen at PNC Park. “It went..." September 04

  • Brewers rout Pirates on Villar's slam, Santana's 2 HRs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pick a name from the Milwaukee lineup, or even the bench, and there's a fair chance that guy helped the Brewers sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. "That's what happens when you go on the road and win three games -- you've got a bunch of guys playing well, a bunch of..." September 04

  • Brewers shut out reeling Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Call it what you want. Shutout by committee? A strong collective effort? There might not be a coined phrase, but Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell just knows that seven pitchers combining to hold an opponent to no runs is most likely to come late in the season after rosters..." September 02

  • Hendricks, Cubs shut out Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Right-hander Kyle Hendricks had fastball command and what he called his best curveball of the season on Tuesday. It proved to be a matchless combination as Hendricks allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings in the Chicago Cubs 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates...." August 31

  • Orioles add left-hander Kyle Lobstein from Pirates on final day for waiver trades

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles on Wednesday added a piece of pitching depth, acquiring left-hander Kyle Lobstein from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Triple-A reliever Zach Phillips. Lobstein, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday, had a 3.96 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the Pirates, but..." August 31

  • Skip Bayless Says He's Sure Tim Tebow WILL PLAY Pro Baseball

    TMZ "Skip Bayless is ALL IN on Tim Tebow's baseball career ... saying what he saw at Timmy's private workout on Tuesday has him convinced the ex-QB's chances of playing pro ball are about 100%. You might've heard (how could you not) Tim showed his stuff to 27 major league teams in L.A. Tuesday......" August 31

  • “Mixed reviews” for Tebow’s baseball workout

    Pro Football Talk "The headline at ESPN.com says Tim Tebow “shows off power” at his baseball workout (i.e., one-man fantasy camp). The article paints a more sobering view of his prospects. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Tebow drew “mixed reviews” at the workout, which scouts from 28 teams attended. He..." August 31

  • Cubs walk away with 13-inning win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta didn't get a decision but he did have a ringside seat to a wild Chicago Cubs victory that wasn't finally decided until early Tuesday morning. "The resiliency of our team is incredible and that's what you need down the stretch," said Arrieta, the Cubs right-hander..." August 30

  • Two Pirates minor leaguers arrested over the weekend in Toledo

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Class AAA Indianapolis right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas and infielder Gift Ngoepe were arrested early Sunday morning in Toledo, Ohio, according to documents obtained from the clerk’s office of the Toledo Municipal Court. Ngoepe was charged with one count of simple assault and two counts..." August 30

  • Pirates, Yankees Complete Ivan Nova Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Yankes have completed the mid-summer swap that sent Ivan Nova to Pittsburgh, per an announcement. Outfielder Tito Polo and lefty Stephen Tarpley are headed to New York in the swap as the players to be named later. As MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth recently examined, Nova has been..." August 30

  • MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana. The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The..." August 30

  • Gerrit Cole Placed On DL Due To Elbow Inflammation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that ace Gerrit Cole has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with “posterior inflammation of the right elbow.” Left-hander Steven Brault is up from Triple-A Indianapolis and will assume Cole’s spot in the rotation against the Cubs tonight. This will..." August 29

  • Pirates ace Gerrit Cole reportedly heading for tests on sore elbow

    CBS Sports "Coming into Saturday, the Pirates sit only 2 1/2 games back of he NL Central rival Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. Pittsburgh has won three of their last four games and seem to be heading into the right direction. At least until now. Ace right-hander Gerrit Cole will reportedly miss..." August 28

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