Pirates

Outfield has a day to forget

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Saturday’s pre-game session in the manager’s office centered on the detailed way the Pirates position their outfielders. What seemed merely pedantic at the time turned ironic hours later when several horrid misplays figured prominently in ...

Early power surge spearheads Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — CC Sabathia’s left arm felt fine. The radar gun suggested otherwise. So did the results. Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to Sabathia early for a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees on ...

Defense lets Bucs down

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Carter spent most of the winter waiting for the phone to ring and a good portion of the spring waiting for the power that produced 41 home runs with Milwaukee last season to show up for the New York Yankees. With one swing of the bat on Saturday, ...

Hurdle keeping RF position open

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — To replace the suspended Starling Marte in right field, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle plans to call an audible on a daily basis. “We haven’t given the job to anybody,” Hurdle said before Friday night’s game against the New York ...

Mindless move could torpedo Bucs’ season

Notes and observations from the first month of the Major League Baseball season: Division championships are finalized in September, but the foundation for the success or failure of any given season is sometimes firmly established in April. And it’s not always done with play on the ...

Fowler’s home runs sink Pirates for sweep

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler feels his swing is getting closer to what he expects. Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals, who swept the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday with their third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh. “I feel like I’ve ...

Bucs deal with Marte suspension

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The league said on Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid ...

Pirates load bases in ninth, still lose

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday night in a game the Pirates out-hit their opponents, 11-4. Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a ...

Cards snap skid, nip Pirates

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals lost the first two games Lance Lynn started this season, and he didn’t like it. In his third start, Lynn did something about it. He pitched seven shutout innings. Kolten Wong helped with a home run and the Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, ...

Pirates’ Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The league said Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in ...

Pirates cap off big rally

CHICAGO — Andrew McCutchen got to Wrigley Field on Saturday and was happy to see a 24 mph wind. “You definitely have quite the advantage when you’re playing in this ballpark when the wind is howling out like that,” he said. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in a five-run ...

Pirates off to good start in Chicago

CHICAGO — Last season’s division rivalry with the Chicago Cubs provided few, if any, good memories for Pittsburgh Pirates, especially at Wrigley Field. Things are off to a much better start this time around. David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs to back Gerrit Cole, ...

Coonelly pleased with AA affiliate

Home opening day for the Altoona Curve dawned with sunny skies, mild temperatures and an expressed love for baseball from Pittsburgh Pirate President Frank Coonelly, who in an address to the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, praised local ownership and the way the community supports the ...

Ramirez’s double keys Sox’s 8th-inning rally

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez looked plenty healthy in a big spot for the Boston Red Sox. After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. “I think he’s carried what he ...

Reds complete sweep of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Amir Garrett was far from a phenom in spring training. In fact, the Reds rookie got hit rather hard. Now that the season has started for real, the Cincinnati left-hander has been nearly untouchable. Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and ...

Frazier getting plenty of chances

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have played eight games this season, and Adam Frazier has started six of them. Frazier started in left field for Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Cincinnati Reds. Gregory Polanco sat for the first time. It was Frazier’s ...

Offense still in struggle mode

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Scooter Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter Rookie Davis to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Tuesday for their sixth win in ...

Glasnow’s next test versus Cubs

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Maybe the last thing Clint Hurdle said was truly the bottom line on Tyler Glasnow’s first start of the season. “There’s work to be done,” Hurdle said. There certainly is. Glasnow couldn’t get out of the second inning on Monday night ...

Glasnow chased early in defeat

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The showdown between a pair of promising 23-year-olds with electric, if erratic, stuff never materialized. Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow couldn’t find the strike zone on Monday night. Neither, really, could Cincinnati’s Brandon ...

Youngsters still learning

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Spring training ended a couple of weeks ago, but the Pirates are still in an instructional mode. Infielders Josh Bell, Alen Hanson and Phil Gosselin were on the PNC Park field Monday afternoon, well ahead of the 7:05 start time for the game ...