Altoona Curve

No place like home

His unique first name, Bligh, translates to “home” in his family’s native country, so clearly the Curve had the right guy at the plate with the game on the line in their home opener Thursday night. Bligh Madris brought home the winning run on a walk-off single in the 12th inning to give ...

Still having a Blass in baseball

It has been said that in life, when one door closes, another one often opens. That certainly appears to be true in the case of Steve Blass, whose 10-year pitching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates ended due to a mysterious affliction in the mid-1970s, but who has gone on to fashion a ...

New coach ready to have impact with new job

Joel Hanrahan loves the game of baseball. Hanrahan, 37, spent seven years playing in the minor leagues and seven years in the major leagues. He became a two-time National League all-star as the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2011, he saved 40 games, a record for the Pirates at that ...

Sports at a glance

Pitt Blue-Gold this Saturday PITTSBURGH — Former Pitt greats Aaron Donald and LeSean McCoy, named to a combined 11 Pro Bowls during their accomplished NFL careers, will serve as honorary coaches for Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game at Heinz Field. Donald, who plays for the Los Angeles Rams, ...

5-2 Curve open home slate

ERIE — The Curve are set for their home opener tonight, but after starting the season with five straight wins, the club comes into its home debut with a two-game losing streak. Altoona was held to just two hits Wednesday afternoon in a 5-1 loss to Erie at UPMC Park. The SeaWolves scored ...

Altoona edged by Erie

ERIE — The Curve’s record-tying winning streak to start a season came to an end Tuesday night. Altoona, which came in 5-0, belted three solo homers, but Erie rallied for a 4-3 victory at UPMC Park. The 5-0 start matched the franchise record previously set in 2006. Hunter Owen homered in ...

Curve win fifth straight to open year

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve continue to make history in the early going as they’ve matched the best start in the franchise’s 21 seasons. Logan Hill had a huge game Monday night, going 4-for-5, and helped lead Altoona to a 6-3 win over Erie at UPMC Park. The Curve improved to ...

Curve get historic sweep

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — The Curve made some history Sunday, and while there’s no telling what it will mean for the rest of the season, the impressive achievement will always have a place in the record books. For the first time ever, Altoona swept a four-game series at Akron, ...

Curve up to 3-0 to start year

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — The Curve are off to their best start in seven years, which is all the more amazing given where they are opening this season. Altoona won at Akron for the third straight day Saturday afternoon, 2-0, to improve to 3-0 on the season. Canal Park has been a ...

Owen’s grand slam helps Curve start 2-0

AKRON, Ohio — The Curve couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, getting tremendous pitching in the opener and clutch hitting — including a grand slam — in the second game to improve to 2-0. Hunter Owen drilled a go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning to lead Altoona to ...

Curve pitcher enjoys ‘Marvel’-ous opener

AKRON, Ohio — James Marvel turned in the best opening-day start in Curve history Thursday night, and the club won its opener in impressive fashion against rival Akron despite playing without its top two prospects. Marvel allowed just one hit over six shutout innings and struck out nine with ...

Don’t stop believin’

First stop Tonight: Altoona at Akron, 6:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Curve RHP James Marvel vs. RubberDucks RHP Sam Hentges) Record: 0-0 Radio: WRTA-AM (1240) By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com This is a different kind of Curve team this year, one that doesn’t include a ...

That’s incredible!

Gage Hinsz said he was never really scared by the ordeal, and the first-year Curve pitcher remained confident that it wouldn’t cut short his baseball dreams. Discussing what took place 11 months ago, Hinsz speaks calmly and matter of factly about how relatively normal it all ...

Pirates organization changes policy on facial hair

Now Curve players look a little more like Pirates — actual Pirates, that is, complete with bearded faces. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ brass made a “hairbrained” decision, if you will, this offseason when they changed the organization’s policy to allow minor league players to have facial ...

Opening day roster set

The Curve’s opening-day roster was finalized Monday, with no surprises, and right-hander James Marvel has been selected to start the opener Thursday at Akron. Curve players and coaches arrived in town over the weekend, and they took part in an exhibition game against IUP on Monday afternoon ...

Curve embrace keeping things fresh

Sustaining success year after year is a challenge for just about any company in any industry, and that’s certainly true in an entertainment industry such as minor league baseball. The constant concern of “been there, done that” is real, so teams have to continuously give fans fresh, new ...

Eastern League changes format for postseason

PORTLAND, Maine — Minor League baseball’s the Eastern League has announced the league will be changing its playoff format from a full-season format to a split-season format. Under the new format the first-place team from each division during both the first and second halves of the season ...

Curve changing name to Yinzers for promotion

Are yinz ready for some Curve baseball? The local minor league franchise has never shied away from thinking outside the box for unusual promotions, and team officials have come up with a doozy for the upcoming season. For seven select games, the Curve will change their name to the ...

Hanrahan, Nunnally to join Ryan’s Curve staff

Michael Ryan will return for a third season as manager of the Curve, and he will have perhaps the most impressive coaching staff in franchise history. “It’s exciting,” Ryan said of returning to Altoona. “In my opinion, it’s the best-run franchise in minor league baseball.” Ryan, ...