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MLB players in no hurry to look at proposal

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans. Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would ...

MLB players not thrilled with proposal

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a six-tier, sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely ...

Pirates are forced to make more cuts

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced ...

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Curve burgers Friday night The Altoona Curve will hold another “Curve Burger Night” on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at PNG Field. As of this morning, according to general manager Derek Martin, the Curve have 250 Curve burgers still available. You can purchase them by calling 283-3130 to place ...

Pittsburgh modifies its logo

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has modified the Jolly Roger logo for the 2020 season to promote healthy practices, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts, according to a press release sent out on Monday. In this modified logo, the patented ...

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Marte’s wife dies in hospital PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte ...

MLB draft picks will be few this year

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Ethan Hearn has some good friends who are eligible for baseball’s amateur draft this year. Hearn is just an interested spectator this time around, and he feels pretty fortunate about his situation. The 19-year-old catcher was selected by the Chicago Cubs ...

One-time Curve star hoping to re-establish himself in Korea

By Jason Mackey The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Nick Kingham has enjoyed the consistency. The success hasn’t been too bad, either. A fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010, Kingham’s career as a starting pitcher never materialized in Pittsburgh, the right-hander ...

MLB working on more schedule plans

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Among the formats is one is which teams could be ...

Trouble brewing over cuts in pay

The Associated Press NEW YORK— Major League Baseball players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks due to the coronavirus outbreak. Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets ...

MLB wants to be ready for startup

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Rob Manfred wants Major League Baseball to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead. “I think it’s incumbent upon us to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there’s any way we can ...

Bucs’ GM likes what he’s heard about Curve

The Pirates’ new general manager, Ben Cherington, said he’s only ever been to Altoona one time — about 20 years ago — but he has learned a lot in his time on the new job about the Curve franchise and its place among the Bucs’ affiliates. “I’ve gotten a lot of really positive ...

Man witha plan: New Bucs GM thinking young at AA

The Curve were supposed to open their 22nd season tonight at Peoples Natural Gas Field, and it was supposed to be a season that would answer a couple of big questions going forward. Now, it’s quite possible there won’t even be a minor league baseball season, making for potentially another ...

Arizona option getting noticed

The Associated Press Boston’s Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestered in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona start to the season. “I don’t ...

Pirates’ women workers give inspiration to others

By Jason Mackey Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH — By themselves, each has an impressive story. Mayu Fielding started with the Pirates as an administrative assistant in 2007 and quickly moved into her current role as education coordinator, helping foreign players transition to life in ...

Twinbill tinkering could help out Major League Baseball

TORONTO — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, then perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: how about seven-inning doubleheaders? Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the ...

Pirates or the Tigers?: World championship baseball games start today

Both teams are confident Immense seating capacity of Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, entirely too small to accommodate the thousands who wish to view contest — Great crush when general admission ticket offices are opened this morning — Pittsburgh filled with visitors. PITTSBURGH — The ...

Pirates do a little more than baseball business

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the roster move of seven players down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday for whenever the 2020 season starts. Starting the season on the Indians roster will be Jason Martin (OF), Cole Tucker (INF), Ke’Bryan Hayes (INF), ...

Pirates’ Tucker expects long hiatus for MLB amid ‘scary’ situation

Cole Tucker is a regular guy, as much of a regular guy as a Major League Baseball player can be, really. As Curve fans saw during his time with the team in 2017 and ‘18, and as Pirates fans saw from the MLB rookie last year, Tucker is a good talker who enjoys chatting about anything and ...

Yanks farmhand diagnosed with case of coronavirus

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — A minor leaguer for the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, becoming the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that a “younger ...