Pirates

Bucs survive early scare against Mets

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Steven Matz’s mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn’t make ...

Roster moves equal cutting ties with Kang

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jung Ho Kang’s time with the Pittsburgh Pirates — and quite possibly in the major leagues — is over. The team designated the South Korean third baseman/shortstop for assignment on Friday. Kang hit .169 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 65 games this ...

Pirates go quietly in series finale

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: New York Mets at Pittsburgh, Friday, 7:05 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field. Luis Castillo made ...

Big, ugly brawl part of Pittsburgh’s win

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett rushed the Pirates’ dugout and threw punches in the ninth inning, starting a brawl prolonged by Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Pittsburgh ended its longest losing streak in eight years with a ...

Trading Vazquez could bring Bucs big return

This is a big day for the Pirates, or at least it could be. The Bucs have one of the most sought-after players in the majors at the trade deadline in lefty closer Felipe Vazquez, and what they decide to do with him today will have major implications for the franchise in the coming ...

Reds put up 10 runs in second on Pirates

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — All nine Reds crossed the plate in a parade unseen in Cincinnati since the days of the Big Red Machine. All the down-and-out Pirates could do was watch glumly. Jose Iglesias’ grand slam completed Cincinnati’s 10-run second inning and the ...

Lyles gets another shot with Brewers

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions. The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, ...

That familiar feeling: Archer rocked as skid reaches eight games

NEW YORK — Jason Vargas was reading in front of his locker in a corner of the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning while Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler were relaxing on opposite sides of the new pingpong table in the center of the room. Whether the three pitchers will be back when the team ...

Pirates’ struggles continue

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in his five-year career, Steven Matz needed no help from the bullpen. Matz pitched an efficient five-hitter for his first complete game in 90 major league starts, and the New York Mets got home runs from Michael ...

Slumping Bucs lose to New York

NEW YORK — After missing 2.5 weeks with a shoulder issue, Zack Wheeler felt some relief when leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson swung through his 98 mph fastball Friday night. No doubt, the Mets right-hander did his part heating up the hot stove ahead of next week’s trade deadline. Wheeler, ...

Cardinals take four from Bucs

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Paul Goldschmidt’s power streak helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals into a share of the NL Central lead for the first time since early May. Goldschmidt homered in his career-high fourth straight game, lifting the Cardinals over the ...

DeJong’s three homers keep Bucs on slide

PITTSBURGH — Paul DeJong hit a career-high three home runs, including one during a nine-run second inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals walloped the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-8 on Wednesday night. DeJong, Andrew Knizner and Paul Goldschmidt each hit two-run homers in the second while the ...

Pirates can’t hold on to three-run lead

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — With the bases loaded with no outs in a one-run game and Pittsburgh All-Star first baseman Josh Bell walking into the batter’s box, St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux paid a visit to rookie Dakota Hudson and offered a ...

Late-inning fireworks not enough

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Paul Goldschmidt hit his fifth career grand slam in the top of the 10th and right fielder Jose Martinez threw out the tying run at the plate to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Goldschmidt took an ...

Kela gets 2-game suspension

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified violation of his contract. The team made the announcement on Monday shortly before opening a four-game series with St. Louis. The suspension came after the team activated Kela from the ...

Hoskins’ 11th-inning homer sinks Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spotted a man strolling over to the third base umpire and figured it was a member of the PNC Park grounds crew. After all, there had been a rain delay a little earlier. Kapler soon realized he was wrong. Especially when the man, wearing a Hawaiian ...

Close ties bind 1979 Pirates

PITTSBURGH — John Candelaria can’t quite pinpoint when the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates adopted “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge as the club’s de facto theme song on the way to a World Series title. Ultimately, the timing doesn’t really matter. What matters is that every word rang ...

Musgrove pitches, hits Pirates past Phillies

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove scattered two hits over six innings, collected his first double of the season and scored on a textbook head-first slide to beat a throw by Philadelphia right fielder Bryce Harper and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Musgrove (7-8) tied a ...

Pirates’ bullpen falters

PITTSBURGH — Bryce Harper’s go-ahead RBI single was one of 15 hits the Philadelphia Phillies used to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-1, on Friday night, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time since July 2. Harper hit a seventh-inning single off Pirates reliever Richard ...

Smyly on track to face Bucs Sunday pending physical

PITTSBURGH — Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Manager Gabe Kapler said Friday the agreement is pending a successful physical. Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen. The ...