Talking Chop "This is such a nice way to start a road trip. The Braves scored six first-inning runs off Vance Worley and Ervin Santana was just good enough to win Atlanta's fourth straight game by a final score of 7-3. Three pitches into the game, Jason Heyward sent a home run over the scoreboard in right..." August 19
Hardball Talk "Andrew McCutchen is off the disabled list and back in the Pirates’ lineup after missing the minimum 15 days with a fractured rib. McCutchen actually remained on the active roster for most of that time before the Pirates finally shut him down and backdated the disabled list stint. His return..." August 19
An HGH suspension: Pirates minor leaguer Michael Clemens, 68 games for "possession and use" of HGH.
Per Hurdle, #pirates optimistic McCutchen can "rejoin us tomorrow" when eligible to come off DL.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "According to manager Clint Hurdle, Charlie Morton has felt pain in his right hip for months. On Sunday, the Pirates took action, disabling the right-hander after the hip pain influenced Morton's production and simultaneously creating an opening in the rotation for Gerrit Cole. The Pirates put..." August 18
#Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel (ankle) threw on mound this afternoon.
CSN Washington "Seeking only their second 5-game winning streak of the season, the Nationals took the field tonight knowing they'd need a quality start from struggling Gio Gonzalez to have a good chance. They got neither that nor much of anything at the plate against lefty Jeff Locke, putting themselves in a 3-0..." August 17
McCutchen ran the bases today and hit. Wants to increase velo and breaking pitches when hitting.
CSN Washington "One by one, they stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first, hoping to put together quality at-bats but fully aware the percentages said more of them would make outs than didn't. But then Denard Span beat out an infield single to get things started. And then Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk to..." August 16
Michigan Live "For the second straight start, Max Scherzer was nearly flawless for eight innings. Only this time, Detroit's bullpen didn't spoil the win for him. Scherzer became the first 14-game winner in the American League this season, striking out a season-high 14 and pitching the Tigers past the..." August 15
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke wonders why a former childhood friend whom he hasn't seen in years would tell people Locke threw games at the behest of sports bettors during the 2012 season. “You could say it's because I come from a small town with envious people,” Locke said. “No one else from..." August 15
Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford.
Michigan Live "Buck Farmer was far from perfect in his major league debut Wednesday night, but the 23-year-old rookie did more than enough to keep the Detroit Tigers in the game. His new teammates helped take care of the rest. Victor Martinez drove in three runs and Farmer worked five pleasant innings to..." August 14
MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Edinson Volquez was at his slickest Tuesday night when he made a blind, behind-the-back snag on a comebacker in the first inning that saved a run. Later, he became the Pirates' first 10-game winner this season with a 4-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. "About time," Volquez..." August 13
SI.com "In the waning days of the 2012 major league season, Niki Congero received an unusual text message. It came from a man she had never met — a sports handicapper who for a couple of weeks had been texting unsolicited betting tips to her cellphone. “LOL,” wrote the man, who identified himself as..." August 13
SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13
Gerrit Cole will make another rehab start. Clint Hurdle believes he could be activated after that appearance, though it's not a lock
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It will not be long before Pedro Alvarez gets his first taste of game action at first base, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday. “He's working his backside off to find a level of comfort and say, ‘OK. I'm ready to go over there in a major league game,' ” Hurdle said. “I think we're real..." August 12
CBSSports.com "Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 4, with his fractured rib and cartilage injury in the left side, the club announced Monday. As a corresponding move, the Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler from Triple-A..." August 11
Huntington re: McCutchen recovery: "His progress has been remarkable. That's the most apt word I can put on it."
San Diego Union-Tribune "Early in his career, Eric Stults couldn’t help looking over his shoulder when life on the mound got rocky. The wisdom that comes with his many years in this game has allowed the 34-year-old left-hander to leave that practice in the past even in the most difficult of times in this trying..." August 10
MLB.com "Early Friday afternoon, Clint Hurdle had one of the hardest conversations of his managerial career with a player: He had to ask 2013 National League All-Star third baseman Pedro Alvarez to buy into trying a new position that could free him from his throwing yips. "I'm well aware of the fact I..." August 10
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates activated Pedro Alvarez from the bereavement list today and designated right-hander Ernesto Frieri for assignment. Frieri joined the Pirates in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Jason Grilli. He had a 10.13 ERA with the Pirates in 14 outings, allowing 14 hits and..." August 10
Hurdle: McCutchen has taken "a couple" of swings. Team being patient w/DL decision: "We're willing to stretch few more days on his behalf."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The lack of two offensive mainstays, one the reigning Most Valuable Player, generally does not coincide with a third consecutive victory that lifts a team further above .500 than it has been all season. With continued strong pitching, the Pirates made it work. Vance Worley did the honors Friday..." August 09
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Edinson Volquez pitched another gem Thursday night, yielding one hit in seven shutout innings to lead the Pirates to a 7-0 win against the Miami Marlins at PNC Park. Gregory Polanco went 2 for 4, drove in four runs and made a play from right field that would have made his long-ago predecessors..." August 08
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gerrit Cole will make a third rehabilitation start with Class AAA Indianapolis on an undetermined date, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday. Cole will throw a bullpen session today, then a date will be set for a third rehabilitation start. In his second rehabilitation outing Tuesday, Cole..." August 07
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "No Andrew McCutchen? No Neil Walker? No problem. For one night anyway. The Pirates marched on without several marquee players to beat the Miami Marlins, 7-3, Wednesday night at PNC Park, scoring four first-inning runs and adding three in the seventh. Jeff Locke gave up three early runs,..." August 07
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "An avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the 11th rib. That’s a mouthful. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen handled the medical jargon well when he announced the injury to the media Tuesday. He even spelled “costochondral” correctly off the top of his..." August 07
ESPN.com "A day after a report that stated the Pittsburgh Pirates will put Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list, the team said the All-Star center fielder will remain on the active roster. The team said McCutchen has been diagnosed with an "avulsion fracture involving the costochondral cartilage of the..." August 06
Hardball Talk "Gerrit Cole was scratched from a scheduled rehab outing last Friday night at Triple-A Indianapolis, with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington claiming that the right-hander needed to “refine some things.” The extra work on the side didn’t do much good. As noted by Travis Sawchik of the..." August 06
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Over 180 career big league games and going back to his minor league career, Marcell Ozuna has earned a well-deserved "free-swinger" stamp on his scouting report. Tuesday, in the pivotal moment of the series opener against the Pirates, Ozuna left the bat on his shoulder. The result was..." August 06
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "I'm going with the conspiracy theory. Call me crazy, but I believe the rib injury Andrew McCutchen sustained Sunday very well might have been related to the 95-mph fastball he wore Saturday night. I'm no doctor — that should be very obvious — but I spoke with a highly qualified one Monday..." August 06
USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
CBSSports.com "Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Sunday's game with what at the time was believed to be a muscle issue -- possibly his oblique. As it turns out, though, the Pirates released a statement Tuesday saying that McCutchen actually has "an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral..." August 05
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates are expected to place star center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, seriously complicating their chances of making it to baseball’s postseason for a second consecutive year. McCutchen could be out at least three weeks or a month because of what appeared to be a..." August 04
CBSSports.com "Pirates center fielder and reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left Sunday's game with an injury after grabbing his side following a swing in the eighth inning. He slowly walked to the dugout and needed some help going down the steps and into the clubhouse. The Pirates announced McCutchen left the..." August 04
Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks and Pirates can't seem to escape controversy. On Friday, Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt took a pitch to the hand that ended his season, some wondering if the injury could have been avoided if the Pirates hadn't pitched inside with a big lead. The next day, the Diamondbacks plunked..." August 04
#Pirates sign Jayson Nix, option. Brent Morel to Indy, designate Dean Anna for assignment.
#Pirates Alvarez status is in flux. Management is mulling moving him to 1b. Hurdle: "But, is that something you entertain in pennant race?"
#Pirates Walker (lower back) was NOT available off bench last night. His status today is iffy. I'd guess he'd only be used as last resort.
Hardball Talk "Pedro Alvarez‘s 24th error of the year didn’t cost the Pirates in Saturday’s 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks, but one wonders if it might have been the final straw. After the game, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review beat writer Rob Biertempfel quoted Pirates GM Neal Huntington saying that all options are..." August 03
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen sported a rectangular bandage square in the middle of his back, right where Randall Delgado hit him with a pitch Saturday night. The plunking came in response to Ernesto Frieri breaking Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s hand Friday. McCutchen understood the..." August 03
Rays Index "fter the trade for David Price was announced, many people wondered why the Rays couldn’t get a deal at least similar to what the Rays got for James Shields or Matt Garza. Well it turns out there may have been one, but it looks like the Rays turned it down. One of the teams that was briefly..." August 03
MLB.com "When Gerrit Cole was returned to the Pirates' disabled list on July 9 with a sore right latissimus muscle, the injury was portrayed as rare for baseball and finicky to treat and recover from. In possible evidence of that, Cole has been scratched from his scheduled rehab start Saturday for..." August 02
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In the late innings, the Pirates were relentless. Shut down early by Vidal Nuno, they broke free against the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen. Eight runs in the final two innings led the Pirates to a 9-4 win Friday night at Chase Field. The Bucs jabbed away at Arizona relievers Randall Delgado and..." August 02