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  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Pirates option Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The signs were there for about a week. Then, the Pirates pulled the plug. The team on Sunday optioned outfielder Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis. To take Meadows’ spot on the roster, they recalled right-hander Tanner Anderson for his second big-league..." July 15

  • Pirates place Francisco Cervelli on seven-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, according to a team announcement. In a corresponding move, catcher Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to participate in Saturday’s doubleheader..." July 14

  • Chad Kuhl shut down until at least Aug. 8, Pirates say

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Chad Kuhl will not throw for another four weeks as he continues treatment for a right forearm/elbow strain, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday. After the four weeks off, Kuhl is expected to resume a flat-ground throwing program. Kuhl had an appointment..." July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Pirates’ Taillon upset about getting pulled early

    Larry Brown Sports "Jameson Taillon was pulled from his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday after just 68 pitches, and he certainly wasn’t happy about it. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander fired six shutout innings on the afternoon before running into some trouble in the seventh..." July 08

  • Pirates Fail To Reach Agreement With 36th Overall Pick Gunnar Hoglund

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates failed to line up with competitive balance Round A selection Gunnar Hoglund, Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs reported on Twitter. This afternoon (5pm CST) represented the deadline to complete deals with drafted players. Hoglund, a right-handed pitcher from Florida,..." July 07

  • The Pirates are benching Starling Marte for a couple more games

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Manager Clint Hurdle plans to sit Starling Marte for at least two more games with the hopes of getting the center fielder back on track at the plate. “Starling’s fine, physically,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “I brought him in today. We’re going to sit him..." July 04

  • Pirates Designate Enny Romero

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated lefty Enny Romero for assignment after activating him from the disabled list, per a club announcement. In other moves, the club promoted righty Nick Kingham and optioned infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna. While the club’s maneuvering did not require a..." July 02

  • Pirates place Chad Kuhl on 10-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates placed right-hander Chad Kuhl on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, per a team announcement on Friday. The move is retroactive to June 26 and will allow Kuhl to come off the DL during the club’s series against the Phillies next weekend, though it’s not..." June 30

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Sean Rodriguez placed on DL; pitcher Tanner Anderson called up

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates put utility man Sean Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and promoted a reliever, right-hander Tanner Anderson, from Class AAA Indianapolis to replace him. The move leaves the Pirates without a backup middle infielder. Max Moroff, Adam Frazier, Kevin Newman and..." June 27

  • Pirates Release Johnny Hellweg To Pursue Opportunity In Japan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate announced on Monday that right-hander Johnny Hellweg has been granted his release in order to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan. Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com first tweeted the news. Hellweg, 29, was once considered..." June 25

  • The Pirates Want Sports Gambling Revenue To Fund Stadium Upkeep

    Deadspin "With the Supreme Court paving the way for the legalization of sports gambling last month, sports leagues and teams have quietly dropped their longstanding opposition to gambling and have a new question: How can we get a cut? It would seem they’re S.O.L. on this one. The leagues..." June 25

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Pitcher Steven Brault Sings National Anthem At PNC Park

    CBS Pittsburgh "It was a big night for one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers; it just wasn’t on the mound like you’d expect. Instead, Steven Brault was in the spotlight during the pre-game ceremony. That’s when he took off his glove and picked up the PNC Park..." June 20

  • GM: Bucs looking to add rather than subtract

    MLB.com "While there has been speculation that the Pirates could be sellers before next month's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Neal Huntington said the club's current outlook is just the opposite. "We've had more conversations about adding players at this point in..." June 17

  • Pirates Reinstate Jung Ho Kang, Option Him To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced Friday that they’ve reinstated infielder Jung Ho Kang from the restricted list and optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. While he won’t be with the big league club for the time being, Kang is now back on the 40-man roster (which is full) and will once again..." June 15

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • Pirates Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Travis Swaggerty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are in agreement with first-round pick Travis Swaggerty, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com (via Twitter). The former University of South Alabama center fielder’s deal, which is still pending a physical, will promise him a $4.4MM signing bonus. That checks in a bit shy of the No...." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Bucs could deal these veterans by deadline

    MLB.com "In January, the Pirates traded former National League MVP Award winner Andrew McCutchen and All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole in a three-day span. At that point, many in the industry expected Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to continue dealing away..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Jung Ho Kang promoted to Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang made a significant step forward in his journey back to the big leagues when he was promoted from Class A Bradenton to Class AAA Indianapolis Sunday. The Indianapolis Indians announced that Kang would join the team in time for a four-game series starting Monday against the..." June 11

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Jung Ho Kang says he stopped drinking after third DUI incident

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang, the Pirates third baseman working his way back toward the major leagues after a year away from baseball, said Wednesday he stopped drinking after being arrested for DUI in December 2016, his third drunken-driving arrest in South Korea. “Obviously, I’m not..." June 06

  • Jung Ho Kang is knocking on the door

    Hardball Talk "Jung Ho Kang was just put into real minor league games as he tries to work his way back to the Pirates. Seems like he’s well on his way to that callup too. He’s played three games thus far. He went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in his first game, but he went..." June 05

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Bruce Kison, who won two World Series with Pirates, dies at 68

    ESPN "Former pitcher Bruce Kison, who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to World Series titles in 1971 and 1979 before becoming a major league scout, died Saturday following a long battle with cancer. He was 68. "Today, the Pirates mourn the loss of our good friend and alumni, Bruce..." June 03

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Jung Ho Kang To Begin Playing In Minor League Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are set to send Jung Ho Kang out on a minor league assignment as he builds up for an eventual return to their big league roster, tweets Adam Berry of MLB.com. Kang will initially be assigned to Class-A Advanced Bradenton. Kang is currently on the..." May 31

  • Second Cubs-Pirates slide incident has Joe Maddon asking for clarity

    ESPN "Another attempted takeout slide, this time at second base, provided an opportunity for Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon to express his opinion again -- albeit in a sarcastic tone -- about the slide rules which have dominated the conversation between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates this..." May 31

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Maddon disagrees with MLB's ruling: Rizzo 'did nothing dirty or wrong'

    ABC 7 Chicago "On second thought, the slide wasn't legal after all. That was the finding from Major League Baseball after it reviewed Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's eighth-inning takeout of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz in Monday's game. Diaz subsequently threw..." May 29

  • Rizzo slide controversy makes MLB look incompetent and their replay review process seem dumb

    CBS Sports "The big controversy du jour in the world of Major League Baseball is the slide home by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in which he took out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz. Now, here's the rule (emphasis mine). When reading the part I've bolded, go back and watch the view from..." May 29

  • Official review determines Cubs' Anthony Rizzo guilty of interference

    Chicago Tribune "An official review of Anthony Rizzo’s controversial slide Monday indicated that interference should have been called. A baseball source confirmed the decision, which was relayed to the Cubs and Pirates, who were angered after a replay review confirmed the on-field decision that..." May 29

  • Pirates’ David Freese and third base coach Joey Cora had to be separated after Monday’s loss

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates were in first place as recently as May 17, but the club has hit the skids since then. After Monday afternoon’s 7-0 loss to the Cubs, the Pirates are now in fourth place at 28-25, having lost eight of their last 10 games. The frustration was evident as third baseman David..." May 28

  • Joe Maddon defends Anthony Rizzo over accusations of dirty slide

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was at the center of controversy on Monday, and manager Joe Maddon was not having it. Rizzo slid into Pirates catcher Elias Diaz on a force play at home and appeared to go well out of the baseline to try to prevent the catcher from making an..." May 28

  • Pirates irate after Rizzo takes out catcher at home plate

    CBS Sports "Thanks largely in part to a Buster Posey broken leg and that infamous Chase Utley takeout slide in the playoffs at second base, Major League Baseball has changed the rules around slides into bases and taking out the catcher at home plate in recent years. On Monday in Pittsburgh, Cubs first..." May 28

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Felipe Vazquez blows third straight save, has forearm discomfort

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez is being evaluated for left forearm discomfort after suffering his third straight blown save on Sunday. Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said that Vazquez experienced left forearm discomfort after his final two pitches in the..." May 27

  • Pirates Activate Starling Marte, Option Jose Osuna

    MLB Trade Rumors "After reporting earlier today that Starling Marte could be activated from the DL if he felt good upon arrival to PNC Park, Adam Berry of MLB.com tweets that Marte will indeed be reinstated, with the Pirates optioning first base/outfield type Jose Osuna to the minors. " May 26

  • Pirates' Meadows survives roster crunch after Marte return

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Starling Marte from the disabled list ahead of Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, and the club will now roll with a four-man outfield. In a corresponding move, Pittsburgh optioned first baseman Jose Osuna, meaning 23-year-old prospect..." May 26

  • Pirates Designate George Kontos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated righty George Kontos for assignment, the club announced. His roster spot was needed for the activation of fellow right-hander Joe Musgrove from the DL. Kontos, 32, had turned in a nice showing last year upon arriving in mid-season, and has generally..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ?Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ?Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • J-Hay activated from DL; Kingham to Triple-A

    MLB.com "The Pirates' sparkplug second baseman is back. The Bucs activated Josh Harrison from the 10-day disabled list before Sunday's series finale against the Padres at PNC Park. To make room for Harrison on the roster, Pittsburgh optioned right-hander Nick Kingham to Triple-A..." May 20

  • Pirates intend to activate Josh Harrison from disabled list for Sunday's game

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Josh Harrison is back in town – and barring something unforeseen, he'll back atop the Pirates lineup Sunday. "Our intent is to put him in play (Sunday)," manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. "Then we'd have to make a corresponding move at that..." May 20

  • Pirates Prospect Ji-hwan Bae Accused Of Domestic Violence

    MLB.com "Pirates shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae has left the United States and returned to South Korea to cooperate with a police investigation regarding an ex-girlfriend's claims of domestic violence. Bae left the club's Pirate City training complex in Bradenton, Fla., and flew home..." May 19