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Pirates

Clemente’s widow dies at age 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has died, the team announced Saturday. She was 81. Vera Clemente was considered by many in the industry to be a strong ambassador for the sport. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera ...

Pirates’ general manager switch will impact Curve in big ways

Firing GM Neal Huntingdon was the appropriate move for the Pirates, without question, but it may not have been the best thing for the Curve. That might not mean much to a lot of fans who only care about the success of the big league club. But if you’ve become spoiled by watching a great ...

Marte, Archer returning

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte. Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh’s decisions Monday. A 31-year-old ...

Pirates trade Markel to Angels

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed pitcher Parker Markel to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations Thursday. Markel went 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances in 2019 with the Pirates. Royals hire Matheny KANSAS CITY, Mo. ...

New president believes Pirates can be a winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning. Travis Williams, who succeeds Frank Coonelly on Nov. 1, says his job is to put the right people in place to help the Pirates climb back into contention. ...

House cleaning complete

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Clint Hurdle sparked a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh. The general manager, team president and charismatic manager helped a moribund franchise emerge from two decades of losing to briefly become a contender. Beginning in 2016, however, ...

Pirates part ways with president Coonelly

PITTSBURGH — Frank Coonelly’s 12-year run as president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is over after another losing season. The club announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with Coonelly effective immediately. The team said Coonelly’s replacement will be introduced on Monday. He helped ...

Firing, arrest cap woeful year

The 2019 season was an unmitigated disaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and ultimately, manager Clint Hurdle’s firing Sunday was a change that needed to be made. On and off the field, the Pirates endured more calamity in a six-month stretch than many teams do in a decade. This season ...

2019 Pirates highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final record: 69-93 Final National League Central Division finish: Fifth place, 22 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals Most noteworthy facts: Clint Hurdle’s tenure as manager of the ...

Search begins for Bucs’ new manager: Hurdle fired after 2nd-half collapse

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by ...

Giger: Pirates have more issues within organization

Clint Hurdle had to go. That should have been obvious to anyone who follows the Pirates and saw how this debacle of a season unfolded with infighting in the clubhouse and a horrendous collapse on the field in the second half. Still, I was surprised to see Hurdle get fired Sunday. If only ...

Reds, Bucs going on separate paths

On deck The Pirates will open the 2020 season against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road on Thursday, March 26, in a three-game series. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pirates will head into the offseason searching for a new voice after firing Clint Hurdle. The Cincinnati Reds may have ...

Bucs hand Cubs another loss

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove finished his season on a good note and then made a young boy happy. Musgrove pitched three-hit ball through six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 9-5 on Thursday night and extended the Cubs’ losing streak to ...

Hurdle will return in 2020

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who is under contract through 2021, told The Athletic on Wednesday that he has received assurances from team management that he will return next year for his 10th season. This came out on the night the Pirates beat ...

Bucs victorious as Cubs stumble

PITTSBURGH — The freefalling Chicago Cubs committed five errors, including two in a seven-run seventh inning, and moved to the brink of elimination with a 9-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night that extended their losing streak to seven. Chicago dropped to 82-75 and would be ...

Pirates lose 9th straight

By Rich Rovito The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia had been hushed at the plate during the Milwaukee Brewers’ crucial homestand. They made some noise Sunday. Thames hit two home runs, Arcia also connected and the Brewers took a combined perfect game into the ...

Rookies rock Bucs’ hurlers

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Rookies Keston Hiura and Trent Grisham each hit two-run homers and the Milwaukee Brewers increased their edge for the second NL wild-card spot, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Saturday night. The Brewers lead Chicago by three games in the wild-card ...

Brewers stretch wild-card lead

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-1, Friday night to strengthen their grip on an NL wild card. Milwaukee is 8-2 since NL MVP Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap ...

Vazquez details released

By Will Graves The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in ...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez arrested

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child. Vazquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene ...