Pirates

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 ...

Watson, bullpen struggling

BALTIMORE — Trey Mancini tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then hit a three-run drive in the 11th to give the Baltimore Orioles a 9-6 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Baltimore trailed 6-1 in the eighth before rallying for a second ...

Lead lost in ninth, game lost in 10th

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) vs. Orioles LHP Wade Miley (2-3) TV: ROOT The Associated Press BALTIMORE — With a power-laden lineup that thrives on the long ball, the Baltimore Orioles are built to ...

MLB emphasizing fashion

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (5-4) vs. Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press NEW YORK — When it comes to their socks, Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have scrapped their ...

Odd ‘stretches’ don’t stop Bucs

NEW YORK — David Freese and the Pittsburgh Pirates picked a fine time to pad their lead — in-between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches. Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single after things went a little haywire, and the Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 ...

Offense comes up short in New York

NEW YORK — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night to stop a three-game slide. Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely ...

Bucs send Ngoepe back down to AAA

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe to the minor leagues about a month after he debuted as the first African-born player in the majors. The slick-fielding South African singled in his first plate appearance last month, but batted .222 ...

Bucs take long time to lose

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, Friday, 7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey TV: ROOT Sports By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — More than six hours after the first pitch, the Arizona Diamondbacks ...

Marte halfway there to returning

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed one third of the season, and Starling Marte is halfway through his 80-game suspension. Those mileposts were reached on Wednesday, as the Pirates fell to 24-30 with a 6-5 loss to Arizona in 14 ...

Ray makes quick work of Pirates

On deck Today: Arizona at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: D-backs RHP Zack Godley (1-1) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuehl (1-5) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Robbie Ray apologized for keeping reporters waiting at his locker after the game. He’s used to ...

Pittsburgh stays quiet over Polanco’s injury

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates backup catcher Chris Stewart ran himself onto the disabled list. Stewart went on the 10-day DL Tuesday after injuring his left hamstring while running out a triple in Monday’s 4-3 victory over Arizona. Elias Diaz was ...

Ngoepe enjoys his field, his dream

By Gerald Imray The Associated Press The clubhouse was Gift Ngoepe’s home, an equipment storeroom his bedroom. The field, where the beginnings of his road to baseball history started, was his backyard. Never mind that Ngoepe’s field of dreams was a bit patchy. Never mind that there ...

Cutch gets to be the hero

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen has never hit so low in the lineup, and his .215 batting average makes it easy to understand why he’s there. The face of the Pittsburgh Pirates still has some fireworks in his bat, though. McCutchen led off the ...

Two injured in Pittsburgh’s victory

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates won a game, but lost two players to injuries on Monday. Right fielder Gregory Polanco and catcher Chris Stewart were forced to leave the 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Polanco jammed his right ankle against ...

Rehab stint pleases Hurdle

For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Word of Jameson Taillon’s first rehab start in Erie traveled quickly and made a lot of people happy 125 miles away at PNC Park. Taillon, who had surgery for testicular cancer on May 8, worked three innings for the Curve on Sunday afternoon, allowing one hit ...

Harvey too much for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Matt Harvey pitched one-run ball over six innings to win his second straight start, and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Sunday night. The one-time Mets ace, hampered by injuries and off-field issues the last two seasons, scattered six hits, struck out four ...

Cutch willing to do work

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pirates’ lineup on Friday, but in a new spot. McCutchen batted sixth in the game against the New York Mets, the first time this season he’s hit anywhere but third. The switch was a concession to ...

Ex-Buc homers twice for NY

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — By his own admission, Neil Walker’s homecoming to Pittsburgh a year ago was a bit of a headache. Relentless requests for tickets, for a pass to watch batting practice, for his time. The New York Mets second baseman knew what to expect ...

Nova not happy if he can’t finish his starts

By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ivan Nova was ticked off. He really wanted another complete game. Nova pitched into the ninth inning before tiring, local favorite Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Bartolo Colon for a 9-4 victory over ...