Altoona Curve

Curve split doubleheader with Sens

HARRISBURG — The Curve suffered their first loss of the season in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but the way they finished that game seemed to help them bounce back to win the second one. Altoona was down big to Harrisburg in the seventh and final inning of game one, then Kevin ...

Curve begin year with road victory

HARRISBURG — On a brutally cold night that saw a lot of shaky baseball played by the home team, the visiting Curve turned in a strong, efficient showing from start to finish for a season-opening victory. “We’re going to pitch it, and we’re going to catch it and grind out at-bats,” ...

Espinal overlooked, valuable

HARRISBURG — The start of any minor league baseball season includes frequent — and quite often meaningless — discussions about where so and so falls on a list of prospect rankings. Those are important, and can be a starting point to determine which players to watch for. But in a lot of ...

McRae gets reason to celebrate

Birthday boy Alex McRae, who turns 24 today, will get the season-opening start on the mound for the Curve this evening at Harrisburg, “It’ll be pretty special,” McRae said. “I’m really excited. It’s definitely a big honor. There’s a lot of excitement going around, and I’m ...

Bullpen offers up nice mix for Ryan

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It’s easy, on paper at least, to spot the strength of the Curve team to open the season. The bullpen features a good mix of effective veterans returning and some newcomers with a lot of potential. “The experience is going to be huge,” manager ...

Curve duo share TV, draft and baseball history

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com A Kramer and a Newman in the same infield? That’s gold, man, gold. Make up whatever “Seinfeld” joke you want, there’s nothing bizarro about the potential of the Curve’s middle infield combination of shortstop Kevin ...

Ryan’s first MLB game with Twins was memorable

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Curve manager Michael Ryan once set a pretty cool major league record as a player back in 2002, but instead of getting some of his memorabilia in the Hall of Fame, his amazing accomplishment wound up getting washed out. Ryan made his big league debut ...

Top prospects on display for Curve this season

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are a lot of important statistics in baseball, and different ways to interpret all of them, but it’s easy to pinpoint the most important stat about this year’s Curve team. On the projected opening-day roster, 14 of the 25 players were ...

Cancer-free Beasley celebrates with a song

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Singing comes easily for Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley, which is part of the reason he handled the national anthem on opening day against the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians. The bigger explanation was Beasley returning to ...

Curve FanFest scheduled for April 4

Altoona Curve baseball fans are invited to attend Curve FanFest 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. This event serves as the first opportunity for fans to meet the baseball players and coaches who will make up the Altoona Curve’s opening day roster, ...

Ex-Curve Broxton key for Brewers

The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — Keon Broxton went from confused to confident at the plate. The 26-year-old Milwaukee Brewers center fielder is thinking that how he ended 2016 will carry over into this season. “I wouldn’t quite say a breakout year, but definitely something ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

Canseco appearance part of promotions

The Curve unveiled their 2017 promotions schedule filled with giveaways, appearances, entertainment and fireworks to fill the upcoming season. The promotional schedule begins with a fun-packed opening day on April 13 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Cresson native and finalist on NBC’s “The ...

MLB confirms Pirates vs. Cardinals in Williamsport

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association announced and confirmed on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will be playing a regular season game at Bowman Field on Sunday, Aug. 20, known as the MLB Little League Classic. Pittsburgh ...

PNG Field’s OF seats to be covered

Seating capacity will decrease for Curve games at Peoples Natural Gas Field this season as the franchise plans to cover some of the outfield bleacher seats with advertising signs. The ballpark’s capacity has been 7,210, but that number will drop to 6,650, general manager Derek Martin ...

Orr a staple around Curve

BRADENTON, Fla. — Friday was one of the nicest days I’ve spent at Pirate City in a long time. It was a beautiful morning, the Pirates’ entire squad was on hand for the first time, and I had an enjoyable conversation with good friend David Orr. If you’re an Altoona Curve fan, you ...

Westbrook, Durant not talking about each other

NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first All-Star appearance. Just not about one another. Reunited on the Western Conference All-Star team, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates — until Durant left for Golden State last summer — will have ...

Cora happy to move up

Joey Cora wasn’t expecting it, but he’s back in the big leagues and he couldn’t be happier. Cora, who managed the Altoona Curve to a spot in the Class AA Eastern League playoffs this past season, will be coaching third base for the Pittsburgh Pirates when the 2017 season rolls ...

New hire has ties to area

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Michael Ryan gets to come back home and manage the top minor league team in the region, which is a pretty cool situation. Ryan, an Indiana native who played parts of five seasons in the major leagues, will be the Curve’s manager in 2017. He’s ...

Colorado suspends two players before big game

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado special teams player Jaleel Awini and backup tight end Christopher Hill have been suspended for the Pac-12 championship game after being arrested following a fight outside a bar. Awini and Hill were arrested Sunday morning — hours after the Buffaloes clinched the ...