Pirates

Hurdle opens up about new deal, Bucs during SFU visit

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — The Pittsburgh Pirates faced more than their share of obstacles in 2017, and they’re going into this offseason facing more than their share of question marks. Among those question marks, however, will not be the status of either ...

Kang, Marte put Bucs behind 8-ball in 2017

Commentary The Pittsburgh Pirates were doomed by a numbers game in 2017. The absences of two key players, third baseman Jung Ho Kang and left fielder Starling Marte, laid the foundation for what became an uphill struggle for the Pirates all season long. Kang, who clubbed 21 home runs in ...

2017 Pirates highs, lows

Final regular-season record: 75-87 Final National League Central Division finish: Fourth place, 17 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. Notable: The Pirates were just 21⁄2 games out of first place in a mediocre NL Central on Aug. 12 but free-falled over the next six weeks, dropping ...

Pirates close season with victory

On deck The Pirates will open the 2018 season on Thursday, March 29, at the Detroit Tigers. The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez did not sound like someone who wanted to pitch in a meaningless regular-season finale. Didn’t exactly pitch like it, either. Gonzalez gave up ...

Pirates, Moroff beat Nats

WASHINGTON — Nationals ace Max Scherzer was pulled with a hamstring cramp while tuning up for the playoffs, and NL East champion Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday night. The Nationals said Scherzer was sent for a precautionary MRI on his right hamstring. Manager Dusty ...

Bell homer gives Bucs home sweep

By Alan Saunders PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series. Bell’s home run, his 25th of the season, came in the third inning off Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa and put the ...

McCutchen drives in eight runs

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen knew it as soon as the ball left his bat. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder had sent a ball 412 feet into the center field seats, clearing the wall for his first career grand slam as part of an eight-RBI game in his ...

Taillon pitches Bucs past Cards

By Will Graves On deck Tonight Idle Next up: Baltimore Orioles at Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals are running out of time to make their September surge extend their season beyond the first day ...

Pirates waiting, not giving up, on Kang

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Jung Ho Kang is ready to play baseball again. Just not for the Pirates. The Pirates said Sunday that Kang has arrived in the Dominican Republic for 90 days of workouts and games with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League. “Our ...

Pirates pound Cards, Lynn

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Lance Lynn said he felt fine. He and the St. Louis Cardinals just slipped up Saturday night. Lynn allowed eight runs in the first inning, and the Cardinals ended a four-game winning streak with an 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh ...

Ex-Curve player Luplow, Brault honored by Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Luplow and Steven Brault were the gems of the Pirates farm system in 2017 Luplow was honored as the organization’s minor league player of the year, and Brault was selected as the top pitcher. “It’s a pretty cool award,” said Luplow, who was not invited to major ...

Improving health key for Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Teams that aren’t headed for the postseason are making plans for the offseason. So it is for the Pirates, who are sorting out which players are going to play winter ball and which ones will spend part of their time rehabbing from injuries. One of the big projects for the ...

Hurdle criticizes players’ decisions

PITTSBURGH — Managers go to great lengths to protect their players. This time, though, Clint Hurdle knew it was futile to try to defend the poor judgment used by two of his players in Monday’s 3-0 loss to Milwaukee. Catcher Elias Diaz was thrown out by a wide margin when he tried to ...

Bucs fail to score in second straight

PITTSBURGH — The zeroes keep piling up for Brewers’ pitchers. So are the wins. Chase Anderson had eight strikeouts in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight day, 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Brewers won for the ...

Health ends Cervelli’s season

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Francisco Cervelli’s disappointing 2017 season is officially over. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that Cervelli won’t play again this season because there isn’t enough time left for him to rebound from a third stay on the disabled ...

Milwaukee gains a little on Chicago

On deck Tonight: Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (10-3) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (6-8) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — While a few key players in the NL playoff picture took a night off Monday, ...

Romano pitches Reds over Bucs

CINCINNATI — Sal Romano had complete-game stuff. He settled for the best start of his rookie season. Romano pitched a career-high eight shutout innings, Jesse Winker homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Saturday. “It was fun playing behind Sal ...

Pirates still can’t solve Cincy

CINCINNATI — Solo home runs don’t bug Chad Kuhl. Four in one game is a problem. Cincinnati scored all of its runs on solo homers off the Pittsburgh right-hander, two by Zack Cozart, and the Reds beat the Pirates, 4-2, on Friday night. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler both homered, ...

Glasnow struggles in defeat

By Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames hit his team-high 30th homer, Chase Anderson pitched effectively on three days’ rest and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 on Wednesday night. Center fielder Brett Phillips added two hits and three ...

Brault plays spoiler for Pittsburgh

By Joe DiGiovanni The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — After dominating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over three days, the Milwaukee Brewers were rendered almost lifeless by Pittsburgh rookie Steven Brault and the reeling Pirates. Brault and four relievers combined on a three-hitter to ...