Pirates

Bucs’ Kang gets suspended sentence for DUI

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court has handed Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang a suspended two-year prison sentence for fleeing the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. The sentence handed down Friday by the Seoul Central ...

Lindblom tries to impress Bucs brass

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pittsburgh starter Josh Lindblom, who spent the last two seasons in Korea, started and pitched two scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated Minnesota, 3-1, in spring training action Wednesday. John Jaso had two hits for the Pirates, including a home run. The Twins ...

Many questions exist as Pirates begin spring play

BRADENTON, Fla. — The 2017 Grapefruit League season opened this weekend, and there are many questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as they try to improve on last year’s third-place finish in the National League’s Central Division. Will Andrew McCutchen be with the club when it ...

Harrison thinking more productivity

By Rob Biertempfel The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Harrison knew his surgically repaired thumb was finally ready to handle the rigors of a full baseball season when it passed the Mia test. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman tore a ligament in his left thumb in July 2015. ...

Polanco, Stallings solid in first outings

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco went 3 for 3, drove in two runs and swiped two bases, leading Pittsburgh to a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in a split-squad game for both clubs on Saturday. Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, who was reportedly shopped all winter ...

Kang attends his drunk driving trial

By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the ...

Marte excited about taking over in center field

By Rob Biertempel The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn’t played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made ...

Orr a staple around Curve

BRADENTON, Fla. — Friday was one of the nicest days I’ve spent at Pirate City in a long time. It was a beautiful morning, the Pirates’ entire squad was on hand for the first time, and I had an enjoyable conversation with good friend David Orr. If you’re an Altoona Curve fan, you ...

No Kang for Bucs to start spring

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin spring training without third baseman Jung Ho Kang. President Frank Coonelly announced Tuesday the team doesn’t expect Kang reporting with the rest of the team’s position players by Friday. Kang is scheduled to ...

Cole thinking healthy in ’17

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Two years ago, Gerrit Cole won 19 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting. After slogging through an injury filled 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace has set more modest goals for the upcoming season. “Staying healthy, ...

Pitchers and catchers reporting this week; Prince optimistic

BRADENTON, FL. — Baseball is on the horizon. Pirate pitchers and catchers report Monday and Tuesday and the full squad won’t be far behind, signing in Friday. Grapefruit League action begins the end of the month, and a few Pirates already are getting in some early workouts at Pirate City ...

Pittsburgh trades for infielder

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their infield depth on Friday, acquiring Phil Gosselin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan. The 28-year-old Gosselin hit .277 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in 122 games for Arizona in 2016. ...

2017 offers intrigue for Pittsburgh fans

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen’s spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch at his favorite ...

McCutchen moving to right; Marte to center

PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen is on the move, just not out of Pittsburgh. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday that McCutchen is moving from center field to right field this season. Gregory Polanco will flip from right field to left, with Starling Marte sliding over from left to ...

PITTSBURGH — No quibbling over Gerrit Cole’s salary this season. The quibbling over closer Tony Watson’s salary is heading to a arbitration panel. The Pittsburgh Pirates and their young ace reached agreement Friday on a one-year deal that will pay Cole $3.75 million in 2017. That’s a ...

Legendary QB lacks insight

PITTSBURGH — Terry Bradshaw was right. He was correct at least to this degree — Mike Tomlin is not a great coach. If the term “great” is to have any meaning, there’s only one current NFL coach who could be considered in that category. It’s everyone’s favorite villain, Bill ...

Pirates pick up Marlins’ reliever

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed reliever Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Miami Marlins on Friday to give their bullpen another right-handed arm heading into spring training. The 27-year-old Ogando posted a 2.30 ERA in 14 appearances for the Marlins this ...

Pirates re-sign Nova

PITTSBURGH — Ivan Nova rejuvenated his career during a solid two-month stint with the Pirates at the end of 2016. The pitcher hopes to build on that with Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday that Nova has agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract to give ...

Cutch not thrilled with trade talk

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Make no mistake, Andrew McCutchen is happy to still be a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the All-Star centerfielder, who spoke Saturday for the first time since the team openly tried to trade him during the recently completed winter ...

Cora happy to move up

Joey Cora wasn’t expecting it, but he’s back in the big leagues and he couldn’t be happier. Cora, who managed the Altoona Curve to a spot in the Class AA Eastern League playoffs this past season, will be coaching third base for the Pittsburgh Pirates when the 2017 season rolls ...