Pirates

Marte getting back into form

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added only set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit at the non-waiver trading deadline, but they gained a significant player with Starling Marte’s return. Marte came back from his 80-game steroids suspension on July 18, but hadn’t done ...

Kuhl helps Bucs salvage series with Reds

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl went more than two months between victories earlier this season as his ERA soared and his confidence threatened to plummet. Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage never panicked. He kept reminding Kuhl that if the 24-year-old learned how to better navigate the ...

Hurdle likes human element in umpiring

PITTSBURGH — There could be a day when the umpires are introduced before a game and the plate umpire will have a model number rather than a name. There are discussions every season about the possibility of robotic umpires, who would conceivably call balls and strikes consistently and ...

Cincinnati continues to own Bucs

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jesse Winker watched Cincinnati Reds teammate Scooter Gennett take batting practice Wednesday. When Gennett sent a ball flying over the Clemente Wall and into the Allegheny River beyond right field at PNC Park, Winker caught himself ...

Trainers working hard on Polanco

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco returned to the Pirates’ active roster and lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Polanco came off the disabled list after a 10-day stay because of a left hamstring strain sustained in a game on July ...

Reds continue to haunt Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati Reds rookie Jesse Winker arrived at PNC Park less than an hour before the first pitch on Tuesday night, fresh off the plane from Triple-A and ready for an extended stay in the majors. The 23-year-old certainly looked at ease in ...

Polanco’s status still up in air

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco could be back in the Pirates’ lineup, perhaps as soon as tonight. Polanco went on the disabled list on July 22, one day after he strained his left hamstring running down the line in a game at Colorado. He went through a ...

Bucs deal Watson to Dodgers

PITTSBURGH — His team stuck on the fringe of the playoff race — not quite in it and not quite out of it — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spent the hours leading up to the trade deadline weighing both blowing up his roster and moving on to 2018 and making a splash in an ...

Gibson, Van Slyke promoting Aug. 20 game in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — Former Major Leaguers Bob Gibson and Andy Van Slyke visited Bowman Field Monday as a promotion for both Little League and the Aug. 20 MLB Little League Classic between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Gibson, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, ...

No big changes for Bucs at deadline

Notes and observations following Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline: n It wasn’t particularly surprising that the Pirates weren’t particularly busy prior to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates probably went off the buyer’s market after ...

Bucs salvage road trip

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Andrew McCutchen paused a bit as he rounded first base after hitting his third home run Sunday, wanting to make sure that it was indeed gone before finishing his trot. It was. The ball hit the right-field foul pole and bounced onto the ...

Bucs continue to struggle

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (8-7) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and fellow rookie Manuel ...

Milwaukee inches closer to first place

The Associated Press On deck Friday night: The Pirates trailed the Padres, 3-2, in the top of the seventh at press time Saturday: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (10-7) vs. Padres RHP Dinelson TV: AT&T SportsNet MILWAUKEE — Brent ...

Bucs drop 2 of 3 to lowly Giants

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt was happy the wind was blowing in. Belt’s routine fly ball to left field dropped next to Starling Marte for a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning Wednesday, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bay City visit starts hot for Pirates

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates trailed the Giants, 10-1, in the bottom of the fifth inning at press time. Today: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (4-4) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The ...

Pirates drop series to Colorado

By Dennis Georgatos The Associated Press DENVER — A two-week stretch between starts didn’t seem to bother rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland. Freeland pitched six strong innings in his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth the day before the All-Star break, and the ...

Pirates’ six-game winning streak stopped

DENVER — German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3, on Saturday night. Mark Reynolds added a pair of run-scoring singles and Charlie Blackmon ...

It takes little time for Bucs to return

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates went into the All-Star break on a good note and came back from vacation instantly going 95 miles per hour. They finally got hot and put together a sustained stretch that got them back in the division race. It was so abrupt that some people are wearing neck collars ...

Bell’s big night aids Pirates

By Michael Kelly The Associated Press DENVER — Rookie Josh Bell had a career-high four hits, Andrew McCutchen had three hits and reached base five times, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night. Rookie Trevor Williams overcame a rough start to ...

Lineup works for Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle spent Thursday’s pre-game media session defending his lineup choices. In the post-game session, he managed to avoid saying, “I told you so.” He was committed to giving Francisco Cervelli the afternoon off. Cervelli’s replacement, Chris Stewart, went ...