Pirates

Meccage subbing for healing Searage

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — A familiar face was missing from the Pirates’ dugout Monday night. Pitching coach Ray Searage is out on medical leave to have neck surgery. There is no firm timetable for his return. Assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage is handling the ...

Bucs’ Stallings delivers game-winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over ...

Bucs’ Williams tough again

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning ...

OF Polanco could miss start of 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. The Pirates made the announcement on Friday, which was Polanco’s 27th birthday. Polanco leads the Pirates with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 ...

Brewers beat Archer, Bucs

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL ...

Taillon lifts Bucs to win over slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — A small bump in the road. That’s what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was. “At this point we’re flushing this one,” DeJong said. “And getting ready for L.A.” The Cardinals begin a key four-game ...

Pirates falter in eighth

By Warren Mayes The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Cardinals rookie Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer during a six-run eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna drove in three and Miles Mikolas pitched seven solid innings to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 on Tuesday ...

Matt Adams home run sinks Bucs

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. St. Louis, which overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ...

Dreary day rains out Bucs-Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Sunday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates was cancelled more than four hours before its scheduled 1:35 p.m. start time because of heavy rain that was expected to continue into the evening. The game was rescheduled for Oct. 1, the day after the regular ...

Bucs top Marlins for fifth straight win

By John Perrotta The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. “I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,” Bell said. “Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in ...

Polanco to miss rest of year with injured knee, shoulder

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco’s season is over. The Pirates announced Saturday that Polanco will need six to eight weeks to recover from a pair of injuries sustained after he took an awkward, tumbling slide into second base during Friday’s game against ...

Pirates’ bullpen hangs on for win

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon pitched five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Wednesday night to sweep their three-game series. Taillon (12-9) allowed only one ...

Hurdle has enjoyed Clemente festivities

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Some of the Pirates got an early start on Thursday so they could go to school. It was Roberto Clemente Day throughout MLB, and the Pirates participated in a number of community projects to commemorate the occasion. Clint Hurdle was among those ...

Musgrove roughs it for Bucs

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Before he took the mound Tuesday night, Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn’t feel right while warming up in the bullpen. In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach. That tactic seemed to ...

Kramer will get his chance

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates called up another wave of players from Class AAA Indianapolis, including infielder Kevin Kramer, their second-round pick in the 2015 draft. Kramer was the only one of Tuesday’s recalls who has no previous major league ...

Votto gets a shirt; Pirates topple Reds

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — This trade was too good for Joey Votto to turn down. The Cincinnati Reds star first baseman spotted a fan sitting along the first base line Monday at PNC Park wearing a T-shirt that read “Votto for President.” It was from a Nike ...

Hurdle says team veterans want to finish year strong

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are essentially out of the postseason races, and they’re currently playing another non-contender in the Cincinnati Reds. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit the regulars and fully experiment with minor leaguers called up for ...

Pirates fall apart in eighth inning

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. loves being a spark at the top of the Braves’ batting order. “It’s part of my personality and the kind of baseball player that I am,” he said through a translator. “That’s the energy I try to bring. The energy is contagious, and ...

Bucs falter after Braves rally late

By George Henry The Associated Press ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking, RBI single in the four-run eighth inning, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves rallied to snap a three-game skid and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night. The Braves increased their division ...

Polanco snaps tie in eighth

By Charles Odum The Associated Press ATLANTA — Gregory Polanco’s eighth-inning single drove in Adam Frazier with the tiebreaking run, and the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered after blowing a two-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Friday night. The first-place Braves, who have lost ...