Pirates Rumors & News

  • Eflin's three-hitter powers Phillies past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle scoffed when asked if his Pittsburgh club had been expecting a lot from Philadelphia rookie right-hander Zach Eflin, noting that the Pirates had done their homework. "We're well aware coming in this guy kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls, challenged..." July 22

  • Brewers batter Locke, Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers were a frustrated team following successive walk-off losses, so they decided to start taking better at-bats and swinging at better pitches. It couldn't have worked much better. Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs, Jonathan Villar got the Milwaukee..." July 21

  • The Pirates are still having Jung Ho Kang bobblehead day

    Hardball Talk "Stephen Nesbitt of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have no plans to delay or cancel their Jung Ho Kang bobblehead giveaway. It’s currently scheduled for August 11. Kang, as you likely remember, is currently under investigation for sexual assault. He is alleged to have given a woman a..." July 21

  • Late sub Joyce powers Pirates past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sometimes the best moves a major league manager makes are the ones he didn't plan to make. As evidenced by Matt Joyce's huge night for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Joyce, added to Pittsburgh's lineup shortly before game time, hit a three-run home run in the first inning and drove in..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • How every team in the National League looks going into the MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "The August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for teams to complete trades that will either help position themselves for a playoff push this year or set themselves up for a brighter future. Last week, we looked at all 15 American League teams,..." July 20

  • Pirates Designate Erik Kratz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment, per a team announcement. Pittsburgh has activated fellow receiver Francisco Cervelli, precipitating the move. " July 19

  • Taillon to come off disabled list, start Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jameson Taillon’s time on the disabled list ends Tuesday. The Pirates will activate this right-hander and send him to the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers. Taillon, 24, debuted in June and made five starts before right shoulder fatigue sent him to the disabled list. The Pirates used the..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Pirates Looking for Pitching Help

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Although its makeup remains in flux, the function of the Pirates' rotation in the second half of the season is beginning to crystallize. Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Chad Kuhl started the first three games after the All-Star break. On Sunday, manager Clint Hurdle revealed the rotation for..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Pirates win on Marte's home run in 18th inning

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Washington manager Dusty Baker was in the Nationals' dugout in the top of the 18th inning when he looked over and saw Jonathan Niese, a reliever for the Pirates, standings in the on-deck circle with two outs and Starling Marte at the plate. With the game tied at 1-1, Baker..." July 17

  • Pirates GM regrets brutally honest comments on Niese

    The Score "Neal Huntington is discovering that maybe honesty isn't always the right policy. The Pittsburgh Pirates general manager made a couple of brutally honest remarks about starter Jon Niese in an interview Friday, stating that taking on two fringe prospects may have been a better return in the..." July 17

  • Pirates move Niese to bullpen after poor first half

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "After a half-season when Jon Niese posted one of the worst ERAs in the National League, the Pirates moved him to the bullpen, the first of what could be a few revisions to the rotation. “I would rather start, obviously,” Niese said. “That’s where my heart’s at. As long as I’m toeing the rubber,..." July 16

  • Gerrit Cole of Pittsburgh Pirates activated from disabled list, will start Saturday against Washington Nationals

    Today's Knuckleball "The Pirates will get their ace back for Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Nationals, as Pittsburgh Tribune Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel is reporting that Gerrit Cole has been activated from the 15-day disabled list." July 16

  • Pirates talk with Yankees about trading for RHP Eovaldi

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As they look to recast their starting rotation, the Pirates have talked with the New York Yankees about a possible trade for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, a source told the Tribune-Review. Eovaldi, 26, is 7-6 with a 5.11 in 19 outings (16 starts) this year. After allowing six runs in 4 1⁄3..." July 16

  • Mets could bring back Jonathon Niese

    Newsday "Pirates lefthander Jonathon Niese may not be in high demand, especially after his own general manager, Neal Huntington, took to the airwaves Friday to express buyer’s remorse. But with the dearth of starting pitchers in the trade market at a time when the Mets could use reinforcements, team..." July 16

  • Pirates trying to move Niese and/or Locke

    Bleacher Report "Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke leads the team with eight wins, but his status in Pittsburgh is in jeopardy. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates are looking to make room for top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, and Locke's name is surfacing in..." July 15

  • Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Scheduled to return Saturday

    CBS Sports "Cole (triceps) is scheduled to return from the DL to start the Pirates' second game after the All-Star break on Saturday in Washington, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Following a pair of rehab starts at Triple-A Indianapolis in which he struck out 12 and delivered eight scoreless frames, Cole..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • Brewers Claim Rob Scahill From Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have announced that they’ve claimed righty reliever Rob Scahill from the Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Bucs designated Scahill for assignment when they claimed Eric Fryer from the Cardinals last week. The 29-year-old Scahill has spent the season bouncing..." July 12

  • MLB will wait on law enforcement before deciding whether to discipline Pirates' Kang

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Major League Baseball will not rush to a decision regarding the sexual-assault allegations against Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang, league commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. The league intends to allow law enforcement to gather information before determining whether, or in what fashion,..." July 12

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Pirates, Bell slam Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell's introduction to Major League Baseball has been a dream. After singling against Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in his first Major League at bat Friday, the 23-year-old rookie stepped to the plate for his second appearance, with the..." July 10

  • Cubs beat Pirates to halt five-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs were in search of a pick-me-up heading into the All-Star break. They found it Sunday afternoon at PNCPark. Riding a season-long five-game losing streak and a 1-9 skid in their past 10 games, the Cubs defeated the Pirates 6-5 to avoid a series sweep and reboot..." July 10

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Pirates rough up Arrieta in win vs. Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates allowed a three-run lead to slip away against Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. That would have signaled a Cubs victory a few weeks ago. Quite a bit has changed in those weeks, though. The Pirates chased Arrieta in the seventh inning, scored four..." July 08

  • Pirates actively shopping pitcher Jon Niese to other teams

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "With rookie debuts in the rearview mirror and the rotation expected to settle later this month, the Pirates are actively shopping left-hander Jon Niese, according to multiple industry sources. The Pirates acquired Niese from the New York Mets in December in return for Neil Walker. Niese, 29, is..." July 08

  • Cards lose more than just game to Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- While the Pittsburgh Pirates set a new season high with seven straight wins, the St. Louis Cardinals might have lost more than a game Wednesday night. Not only did St. Louis cough up a four-run lead on its way to a 7-5 defeat at Busch Stadium, it might have also lost its only..." July 07

  • Wainwright, Cardinals too much for Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The dark skies and thunderstorm that drenched Busch Stadium before Thursday's game might as well have served as a metaphor. Not only had the St. Louis Cardinals lost three straight games to the Pittsburgh Pirates to drop into third place in the National League Central, they had..." July 07

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Former Cardinals do damage in Pirates' win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- A week ago, Eric Fryer was Yadier Molina's seldom-used backup catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. Tuesday night, Fryer joined forces with another former Cardinal to beat their former team in Busch Stadium. In his first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Fryer knocked in..." July 06

  • Tyler Glasnow to be called up, make debut against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will be promoted and make his major league debut this weekend against the Cubs, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. Glasnow, a 22-year-old right-hander selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, is 7-2 with a 1.78 ERA for Class AAA Indianapolis this season...." July 06

  • Pittsburgh shopping Jon Niese

    MLB Daily Dish "The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping their starting pitcher Jon Niese according to a report from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Since being acquired via trade from the New York Mets this offseason for Neil Walker, Niese has been abysmal in a Pirates uniform. Over his 98..." July 06

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow to make MLB debut Thursday

    Today's Knuckleball "The last of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three highly-regarded young pitchers, Tyler Glasnow, will reportedly make his MLB debut on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Niese’s start has been pushed back to Sunday. The 22-year-old came into the season as a consensus top-15 prospect and has..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • Jameson Taillon put on the disabled list, Steven Brault to start Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates put right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 15-day disabled list after their game Monday because of right shoulder fatigue, further thinning a rotation already suffering due to Gerrit Cole’s injury. Taillon was scheduled to start today. To take his place, the Pirates will promote..." July 05

  • Chicago police investigate Pirates infielder in sexual assault claim

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over an incident that allegedly took place when his team was in town last month, a police spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The Pirates said Tuesday that they were aware of the..." July 05

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • Polanco powers Pirates past Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Gregory Polanco isn't yet capable of going all-out to run down a ball in the gap or hustling out an infield hit. But Polanco's injured hamstring sure didn't prevent him from a personal milestone. Clubbing two homers in a game for the first time in his major league career..." July 04

  • Pirates complete sweep of A's in Oakland

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano got back on track, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland A's with their third straight come-from-behind victory Sunday. Liriano gave up three runs over five innings and ended his five-game losing streak with a..." July 03

  • Pirates Claim Eric Fryer From Cardinals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have claimed catcher Eric Fryer off waivers from the division-rival Cardinals, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (Twitter link). The 30-year-old became available when the Redbirds designated him for assignment Tuesday, though they were hoping he’d sneak through waivers and remain in..." July 03

  • Mercer's blast ignites Pirates' comeback victory

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- When shortstop Jordy Mercer stepped to the plate with one out in the third inning Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates trailed by three runs and hadn't put a runner on base against Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray. Four pitches later, Mercer lined Gray's fastball..." July 02

  • Taillon quiets Mariners as Pirates roll

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Pittsburgh outfielder Sean Rodriguez came through with an RBI single to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead in Wednesday's fourth inning, then he added an even bigger blow with a bases-loaded double in the fifth. That was more than enough for rookie starter Jameson Taillon, who threw six..." June 30

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