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  • Pirates slugger Josh Bell proving critics wrong with breakout season

    USA Today "It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, or traveling to the Grand Canyon, without, well, looking into the canyon. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, a Texas native, spent his..." May 20

  • JB Shuck Trying To Become Two-Way Player

    12 Up "Veteran outfielder JB Shuck is about to begin a new journey in his MLB career. His overall success or lack thereof after seven major league seasons has left him in an essentially ineffective position. So what do the Pirates do? Change the position. The Pittsburgh Pirates announced..." May 19

  • Pirates' Trevor Williams leaves game with injury

    CBS Sports "Williams left the fourth inning of Thursday's game with an apparent right oblique injury, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The hurler winced after throwing a pitch and grabbed his right side. " May 17

  • Pirates To Select Geoff Hartlieb

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates will select the contract of righty Geoff Hartlieb, according to Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic (via Twitter). Corresponding roster moves aren’t yet known. Hartlieb, 25, has turned in a dozen solid appearances this year at Triple-A. Through 19 innings, he..." May 17

  • Pirates Place Trevor Williams On IL, Outright Jacob Stallings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced a series of roster moves this evening. Starter Trevor Williams is going on the 10-day injured list with a right side strain, creating a need for pitching reinforcements. Righty Clay Holmes was recalled. " May 17

  • Pirates’ Chris Archer returns to start against Diamondbacks

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The way was cleared Wednesday for Pittsburgh Pirates veteran pitcher Chris Archer to make his first start since April 26 when he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Archer, who had right thumb irritation, was scheduled to start the third and final game of the Pirates’..." May 15

  • Trevor Williams might have a strong weapon at his disposal

    Bucs Dugout "Losing a game where your opponent puts up 14 runs is never easy to deal with. Even though it was the first game of a four-game battle against the St. Louis Cardinals, it could have been enough to set the tone for the entire series. De facto staff ace Trevor Williams wasn’t about to let..." May 14

  • Jung Ho Kang To IL

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates placed third baseman Jung Ho Kang on the 10-day injured list with a left side strain Monday. Kang entered the year the starting third baseman for the Pirates after a homer-happy spring, but has struggled so far. He was slashing .133/.204/.300 with..." May 13

  • Pirates’ Josh Bell taking place alongside league’s best hitters

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After 37 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates (20-17) are three games over .500 and owners of an 8-3 record after ending an eight-game losing streak April 30. One of the big reasons is the emergence of Josh Bell as one of the game’s top hitters. Bell tied a career high with..." May 13

  • Pirates' Chris Archer slated to return Wednesday

    CBS Sports "Archer (thumb) will be activated from the 10-day injured list to start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The Pirates were satisfied enough with how Archer checked out during a 60-pitch simulated game Friday to bypass sending him out on a minor-league..." May 12

  • Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Chris Stratton From Angels

    CBS Pittsburgh "The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for cash considerations. The 28-year old pitcher attended spring training for the San Francisco Giants before being acquired by the Angels on March 26 in..." May 11

  • Pirates designate Tyler Lyons, make many other bullpen moves

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have, as expected, promoted Montana DuRapau. They’ve also called up right-handed reliever Clay Holmes and designated left-hander Tyler Lyons for assignment. Lyons, as we all know, was awful in his brief time in Pittsburgh. In three games, he lost one and blew a lead..." May 09

  • Pirates reportedly will call up Montana DuRapau

    Bucs Dugout "With Keone Kela headed to the injured list, the Pirates reportedly will call up Montana DuRapau. DuRapau has consistently put up excellent numbers in the minors, with a career 2.47 ERA and 9.5 K/9. He also has such an intimidating name that nobody has ever dared take a photo of him,..." May 09

  • Pirates Designate J.B. Shuck For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated outfielder J.B. Shuck for assignment, the team announced. Shuck’s 25-man roster spot will go to reliever Dovydas Neverauskas, whom the Pirates recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. " May 04

  • Jameson Taillon placed on the 10-day IL

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Opening Day starter is the latest key member of the Pittsburgh Pirates to head to the injured list. The club announced Saturday afternoon that Jameson Taillon was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow flexor tendon strain. Taillon allowed two home runs in his most..." May 04

  • Bryan Reynolds is proving he belongs

    The Sports Daily "Eight-game losing streaks are never fun. The Pirates have endured one of the toughest weeks in recent memory, but that doesn’t mean there still can’t be bright spots along the way. The shining star this past week for the Pirates has been outfielder Bryan..." May 02

  • Marte back from injured list; Bucs option Martin

    MLB.com "The Pirates reinstated outfielder Starling Marte from the 10-day injured list (abdominal wall and rib contusion) on Tuesday and optioned outfielder Jason Martin optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Marte went on the injured list on April 20 after he collided with shortstop Erik Gonzalez..." April 30

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Pirates Place Chris Archer On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per Mark Feinsand of The Athletic, the Pirates have placed righty Chris Archer on the 10-Day IL with right thumb inflammation. Righty Michael Feliz has been recalled to take his place. " April 27

  • Pirates’ Erik Gonzalez To Undergo Surgery For Broken Clavicle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced to reporters Wednesday that shortstop Erik Gonzalez will undergo surgery to “repair and internally fixate” his fractured left clavicle (Twitter link via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). A timeline for his recovery won’t be known until Gonzalez..." April 24

  • Nick Burdi has strained biceps tendon and flexor mass

    Hardball Talk "Last night, Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi crumpled to the ground, grabbing his right arm after throwing a fastball to Diamondbacks outfielder Jarrod Dyson. The injury looked terrible. So bad, in fact, that Burdi was in tears on the mound as trainers tended to..." April 23

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Pirates Pitcher Nick Burdi Gets Positive Medical Update After Terrifying Incident on Mound

    12 Up "Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi suffered what appeared to be a devastating arm injury in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After throwing a 97 mph fastball to Jarrod Dyson, Burdi immediately fell to his knees in..." April 23

  • Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi exits game after collapsing in pain from apparent arm injury

    Yahoo! Sports "One of the best stories on the Pittsburgh Pirates quickly turned into tragedy on Monday night. With high 90s heat and a wipeout slider, reliever Nick Burdi had racked up 17 strikeouts in 8.2 innings heading into the Pirates’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks,..." April 23

  • Pirates Activate Gregory Polanco, Option Steven Brault

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re a smidge late on this one, as he’s already in action tonight, but it’s nevertheless worth highlighting that the Pirates have activated outfielder Gregory Polanco. To create active roster space, the club optioned Steven Brault. When..." April 23

  • Pirates' Marte carted off after colliding with teammate vs. Giants

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was carted off the field on Friday after colliding with teammate Erik Gonzalez, who was also lifted from the contest against the San Francisco Giants. A shallow fly ball wound up landing safely as the two Pirates fielders collided,..." April 20

  • Pirates Add Cole Tucker, Bryan Reynolds To 25-Man Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have recalled shortstop Cole Tucker and selected the contract of outfielder Bryan Reynolds, adding both to the 25-man roster, the team announced. Reynolds will take the final remaining spot on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster. There has been no corresponding roster moves..." April 20

  • Starling Marté, Erik González placed on injured list following outfield collision

    Hardball Talk "Pirates center fielder Starling Marté has been placed on the 10-day injured list with an abdominal wall contusion and bruised right quad and shortstop Erik González has been assigned to the 60-day injured list with a fractured left clavicle, the club announced Saturday. In..." April 20

  • Victim of alleged assault calls for Pirates to release player

    Sportsnaut "Earlier this week, MLB announced that it has suspended Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae 30 games for an alleged assault that took place in his native South Korea back on New Year’s Eve 2017. The alleged assault involved Bae’s ex-girlfriend, Seul-Gi Kim...." April 19

  • Struggling MLB Players Already in Danger of Getting Benched

    Bleacher Report "Midway through April, we're still in the very early stages of the 2019 MLB season. However, for players who are off to particularly terrible starts, it might already be time for teams to start weighing their potential replacement options. Whether it's a young player..." April 19

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Chris Archer to begin serving suspension today

    Bucs Dugout "Chris Archer will begin serving his five-game suspension today. It’s not expected to have any effect on the Pirates’ rotation. I guess you can argue whether this is fitting or not. " April 14

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Pirates' Archer to appeal 5-game suspension for throwing at Reds

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer plans to appeal his five-game suspensionfor sparking a bench-clearing incident with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, manager Clint Hurdle told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Due to the timing of..." April 10

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • MLB Announces Chris Archer, Yasiel Puig Suspensions

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced several suspensions today arising out of a review of Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds. You can take your own look at the incident in question right here. Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer was hit with a..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Pirates' Chris Archer denies intentionally throwing at Reds' Dietrich

    The Score "Chris Archer says he wasn't throwing at anybody. The Cincinnati Reds beg to differ. Archer's fastball that sailed behind Derek Dietrich two innings after the second baseman admired a long home run sparked a rather fiery benches-clearing..." April 08

  • MLB needs to suspend Chris Archer — and make it count

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this afternoon, the Reds’ and Pirates’ benches emptied after Pirates starter Chris Archer threw behind Reds first baseman Derek Dietrich in the fourth inning. Dietrich gawked at his home run off of Archer in the second inning, which didn’t..." April 08

  • Yasiel Puig, four others ejected in Reds-Pirates brawl after Chris Archer throws behind Derek Dietrich

    CBS Sports "Things between the NL Central rival Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates got a little heated Sunday. In the series finale at PNC Park (GameTracker), Reds utility man Derek Dietrich clubbed a long two-run home run against Chris Archer in the second inning. Dietrich stood at home..." April 07

  • Pirates Place Kyle Crick On 10-Day IL, Recall OF Jason Martin

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yesterday, the Pirates placed right-hander Kyle Crick on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 4th. Outfielder Jason Martin was recalled to take his place on the 25-man roster. Crick is suffering from right triceps tightness after making just two relief appearances this season. A former..." April 06

  • Pirates' Corey Dickerson could miss up to a month due to shoulder injury, report says

    CBS Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a rough start in 2019 and we can add another hit to the list, as left fielder Corey Dickerson is injured and could be facing a lengthy absence. Dickerson, 29, hit .300/.330/.474 (118 OPS+) last season while winning a Gold Glove, posting a..." April 04

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Neal Huntington: Comments from anonymous scouts “based on archaic, racist stereotypes”

    Hardball Talk "Last week, Sports Illustrated ran a quote — which was later amended — in which an anonymous scout criticized Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera using dogwhistle language. The scout said Herera is “the antithesis of Brett Gardner,” then called..." April 01

  • Reds-Pirates game postponed

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Rain doesn't mind all that much if there's a baseball game on the books.  The Great American Ball Park tarp, fitted tightly over the infield Saturday morning, was never removed because of the rain and an inauspicious weather forecast for the rest of the..." March 30