Altoona Curve

Beasley doing well in cancer battle

Former Curve manager and Pirates third base coach Tony Beasley was diagnosed with rectal cancer in February. He went through chemotherapy treatments and was able to spend a good bit of the season with the Texas Rangers, although as a bench coach rather than at third base. Beasley was in ...

New Curve GM hopes to attract more fans

Goal No. 1 for new Curve general manager Derek Martin is to get the franchise's attendance back up over 300,000 per season.When Martin worked in ticketing and sales for the franchise a decade ago, it had never had a season with fewer than 300,000 fans attending games. Things peaked in 2004 with ...

Fate leads Curve to new GM Martin

A young woman's crush and $51 changed the course of Derek Martin's life 10 years ago at Blair County Ballpark.It was all part of a series of dominoes that have fallen perfectly over the years for "D-Mar,'' as he's known by many, and led him to become the Altoona's Curve's new general ...

Curve eliminated despite Waddell

AKRON, Ohio - For all intents and purposes, the Curve threw a no-hitter for nine innings Sunday night - and yet still lost an elimination game to have their season come to an end."It's just a hard one to swallow," outfielder and team MVP Barrett Barnes said.Akron ended a scoreless tie with a ...

Curve’s playoff game postponed

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comAKRON, Ohio - The Curve and Akron were rained out in Game 4 of their Western Division series Saturday night at Canal Park, and in an interesting turn, one of Altoona's best players won't be in the lineup when the game is made up tonight.Shortstop Kevin ...

Miscues doom Curve

AKRON, Ohio - The Curve have been a good baserunning team all season, but they picked the worst possible time to have a brutal game on the basepaths.Here's the kind of night it was: Even on a two-run double that tied the game, Altoona had two baserunners thrown out on the play.Overall, the ...

Holmes helps Curve even series

Clay Holmes watched Akron score 12 runs on 18 hits in Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Curve, and he remained unfazed by any of it."I faced them four times this year, so I know what they have and I know my stuff," Holmes said. "End of the day, if I make pitches I know I'm better than them and we ...

Curve still spell trouble D-U-C-K-S

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comWhen eight runs isn't enough to win a playoff game, something went terribly wrong.That explains part of what happened to the Curve on Wednesday.The other part is that they were playing Akron, and well, Akron did what it always has done against Altoona by ...

McRae overcomes woes to start playoff opener

To say Alex McRae had a disastrous start to his Double-A career would be a major understatement, which makes it all the more impressive that the 23-year-old has earned the right to start the Curve's playoff opener tonight against Akron.McRae endured a nightmare debut June 10 after getting ...

Curve go extra to qualify for EL playoffs

From Mirror reportsRICHMOND, Va. - It took until a dramatic final day of the regular season, but the Curve at last were able to clinch an Eastern League playoff berth Monday afternoon.Stetson Allie delivered a huge go-ahead RBI double, and Altoona scored two runs in the 10th inning to slip past ...

Curve need win today, and help

From Mirror reportsRICHMOND, Va. - Somehow, following a weekend in which everything went wrong, the Curve's playoff hopes have come down to the final day of the regular season.That didn't seem possible a few days ago as first-place Altoona closed in on a postseason bid. But after losing three ...

Curve lose in 9th; still waiting to clinch

RICHMOND, Va. - The Curve were minutes away from clinching a playoff berth with a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night.That's when things fell apart for closer Montana DuRapau.The usually reliable reliever endured a disastrous inning, and Richmond scored five runs for a ...

Curve still waiting to clinch

RICHMOND, Va. - The Curve had beaten Richmond 13 consecutive times entering Friday night's game, but the streak finally ended and cost Altoona some ground in the playoff standings.The Flying Squirrels scored twice in the eighth inning, with the help of four walks, to snap a tie and posted a 4-2 ...

Curve near playoff clincher

The Curve's regular-season home schedule is now finished, but they'll almost certainly be back at Peoples Natural Gas Field next week in the Eastern League playoffs.The big question left to answer is who they'll play.Altoona beat Binghamton, 7-0, Thursday night before 4,557 fans to stretch its ...

Curve closer to clinching

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comPirates catcher Chris Stewart has spent the past three weeks during his rehab assignment watching how the Curve players go about their business and learning what has made the club so successful this season."Nobody prepares more than they do," Stewart said. ...

Pill puts Curve bats to sleep

By Jim LaneFor the MirrorAfter scoring their most lopsided win of the season Monday - a 13-1 romp over Binghamton - the Altoona Curve found hits and runs tough to come by Tuesday.Binghamton starter Tyler Pill and two relievers shut down the Curve bats Tuesday and the B-Mets put Altoona's ...

Kingham, Curve top Binghamton

The Curve are already good, and now they're getting a very lucky break with what could turn out to be a huge addition to the pitching staff for the playoffs.Nick Kingham made his first rehab start with Altoona on Monday, and the home team clobbered Binghamton, 13-1, before 2,839 fans at Peoples ...

Cora could be MLB manager by next year

Joey Cora will be a major league manager next season. I'm 30 percent certain of it. OK, if that makes you chuckle, I get it. Only 30 percent certain, you ask?For some context, if you were to ask me what are the chances of a typical Double-A manager becoming a big league skipper the following ...

Curve persevere in 14

This isn't the best Curve team ever, in terms of top-to-bottom talent and potential, but it just might be the best Curve team ever when it comes to getting key contributions from every guy who has put on a uniform all season long.Saturday night was a perfect example, as Altoona outlasted Erie, ...

Pro wrestling icon has ideas to liven up baseball

World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Mick Foley made an appearance at Peoples Natural Gas Field Saturday night as a part of the Curve's Pro Wrestling Night.Foley, currently the WWE Raw General Manager, threw out the first pitch and signed autographs for the 8,767 fans that packed the ...