Pirates

Jaso home run helps Bucs win

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell and John Jaso homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke their Busch Stadium hex with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in ...

Shaw gets to Nova as Pirates fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Corey Knebel were too much for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shaw drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles and Knebel set a modern-era record for most consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season’s start and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Santana’s late home run sinks Pittsburgh

By Andrew Gruman The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Domingo Santana hit a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. Pinch-hitter Eric Thames cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-2 with a ...

Kuhl gets back on winning track

MILWAUKEE — Chad Kuhl got a lift when Andrew McCutchen put on another hitting clinic at Miller Park, and it was enough to get over a growing hump. Kuhl got his first victory since April, McCutchen homered for the fifth time in seven games and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee ...

Pirates defeat Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Monday night. Travis Shaw’s leadoff homer in the second put the Brewers ahead 1-0 and set a franchise mark with the Brewers scoring their ...

McCutchen’s hot hand could leave Bucs in quandry

News, notes and observations from the Major League Baseball season as the month of June winds into its home stretch: The Pirates are facing an interesting dilemma concerning the face of their franchise, outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Since being moved from the third spot in the batting order ...

Pirates lose as Rizzo homers

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn’t much of a stolen base threat and he doesn’t exactly motor down the line. But there’s more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done ...

Hurdle tinkering with Pirate ’pen

PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Pirates didn’t need Felipe Rivero on Sunday. There was nothing to save in a dreary 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, a game in which the bats were too quiet and Jameson Taillon was too inaccurate with his pitches. But after using Rivero to get the final five outs ...

Nova, pen do the job for Pirates

On deck Today: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Cubs RHP John Lackey (4-7) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer, Andrew McCutchen hit his ...

Closer role confusing in Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Tony Watson is the Pirates’ former closer. Felipe Rivero is the team’s future closer. But who has that job now? It’s a tricky question as manager Clint Hurdle and the staff try to reconfigure the late innings on the fly and find a way to ...

Pirates sign top pick

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — This should be a fabulous birthday for Shane Baz, the Texas high school pitcher the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted in the first round on Monday’s draft. He became a multi-millionaire by putting his signature on the contract. “I might have the ...

Bucs’ bullpen implodes

On deck Tonight: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. Pitching: Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (6-4) TV: FOX The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to ...

Pirates listless on offense, can’t complete sweep

PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Rockies, road warriors? Believe it. Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season and rookie German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the surprising Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing ...

Things coming together for Bucs

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP German Marquez (4-3) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The first two months of the season were a mess for Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, a mish-mash ...

Taillon solid in his return

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6) TV: ROOT The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon walked off the mound for the final time Monday night, sat in the dugout and felt ...

Pittsburgh selects high school pitcher

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Shane Baz with the 12th overall selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft Monday night. The 17-year-old Baz attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Texas where he was named a first-team ...

Nova shuts down Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday. Diaz drove in Jose Osuna and David ...

Mercer’s triple highlights Pittsburgh rally

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins. They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory. Mercer’s ...

Stanton belts monster shot as Bucs fall

PITTSBURGH — Giancarlo Stanton kept taking aim at the batter’s eye high above the center field fence at PNC Park during batting practice on Friday afternoon, but couldn’t find the right pitch to get it there. It ended up coming off the hand of struggling Pittsburgh Pirates starter Tyler ...

Watson out as Pirates’ closer

PITTSBURGH — Tony Watson’s recent struggles have cost the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever his job as the team’s closer. Manager Clint Hurdle said Friday he is “unplugging” Watson from the role following a pair of blown saves in Baltimore earlier this week. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio ...