Pirates

Marte’s walk-off blast lifts Bucs to sweep

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte’s talent is without question. So is his often erratic attention to detail. In a few hours Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder put the full spectrum on display. Marte was picked off twice in the span of three innings as the Pirates tried to mount a ...

Cole struggles with his location

PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole’s second start of the season was only slightly better than the first. Cole turned in his second below-average game, but was bailed out by the late-inning rallies that gave the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves to complete the series sweep Sunday ...

Pittsburgh evens its record

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s advice to his players on how to handle R.A. Dickey’s dancing, darting knuckleball was pretty simple: don’t overthink it and don’t try to be a hero. The Pittsburgh Pirates manager didn’t have to tell Gregory ...

Lineup a challenge for Hurdle

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Filling out the lineup card isn’t as easy as 1-2-3 for Clint Hurdle this season. The Pirates’ manager has a pretty good idea of who’s going to play. But the batting order for his eight starters is another issue. Adam Frazier was back in ...

Pirates survive in snowy home opener

PITTSBURGH — The images were jarring. Snow flurries swirling at PNC Park and Andrew McCutchen jogging out to right field instead of center in Pittsburgh for the first time following an offseason position switch. Yeah, things got a little weird for the Pirates on Friday. Not that McCutchen ...

Cold can’t keep Bucs down

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The swarm of people wearing black and gold on a snowy morning usually means the Steelers are playing at home. But this was the Pirates’ opener at PNC Park Friday afternoon, and it required a lot of the same cold weather clothing that’s ...

MLB suspends Bucs minor leaguer 25 games

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Junior Lopez was suspended for 25 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug program. The penalty for the 25-year-old right-hander was announced by the commissioner’s office Friday. While the nature of the violation was ...

Pirates, Red Sox rained out; home opener today

BOSTON — The series finale between the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates scheduled for Thursday has been rained out. The teams will make up the game on April 13 at Fenway Park at 2 p.m. Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez had been scheduled to face Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl. The Red Sox ...

Bucs fail to score any runs

BOSTON — Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning — his third hit of the game — and Chris Sale pitched seven dominant innings in his Red Sox debut to lead Boston to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Leon also doubled in the third inning but got ...

Rookie sinks Bucs in opener

BOSTON — The Red Sox bid farewell to a legend at the end of last season. This season opened with a big day for one of their rising stars. Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox began their post-David Ortiz era by beating the ...

Pirates open season in Fenway Park

The Associated Press BOSTON — The Red Sox returned to Boston from spring training to find the city blanketed by a fresh coat of snow that arrived less than 48 hours before they were scheduled to open the season. By the time they arrived at Fenway Park for one last workout on Sunday, the ...

Don’t read too much into Bucs’ spring training record

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates have wrapped up the Florida portion of spring training 2017, and, even though their Grapefruit League record is their best in 20-plus years, it’s still difficult to gauge what lies ahead in the regular-season. As always, pitching will be important. Four of ...

Young Pirate hurlers struggle in loss

MONTREAL — Chad Kuhl and Tyler Glasnow were roughed up in their final spring training outing Saturday, as the Pirates fell to Toronto, 6-4, in Grapefruit League action. Kuhl gave up four hits and two earned runs in two-plus innings of work. Glasnow was tagged with six hits and three earned ...

Pirates pitchers solid as opener draws near

From Mirror reports MONTREAL — In his final tuneup before the season gets started, Jameson Taillon pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays played to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition game played at Olympic Stadium. Taillon struck ...

Polanco dealing with shoulder injury

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not travel with the team when it heads north on Thursday for two exhibition games in Montreal. Polanco, projected to be the Pirates’ starting left fielder, has played in just one spring training game since returning from his run ...

Pirates’ Hutchison rocked in audition

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Drew Hutchison was roughed up for 10 hits and nine earned runs in just 3ª innings pitched in his latest audition for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fifth starter position. Hutchison is competing with Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams. Josh Bell ...

Bucs hope to go north without the drama

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Considering the way the last six months have gone for the Pittsburgh Pirates, simply playing meaningful games should provide a measure of relief. Let longtime franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen field balls in right field instead of ...

Pitchers have strong outing for Pirates

BRADENTON — Ivan Nova struck out six over four innings of work without a walk in helping the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 win over Minnesota in Grapefruit League action Monday. Nova, who is 2-0 this spring, gave up three hits and one earned run. Tyler Webb was strong in relief, pitching ...

Bucs fall to Phillies, 6-3

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates never could come back in dropping a 6-3 spring training game on Sunday afternoon. Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double and now has reached base in nine of his last ...

Everybody but Kang returning to the Pirates’ camp

Commentary BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is history, and, because some Pirates played, I watched some of the games on MLB Network, even though they were on late and past bedtime. Seven Buccos participated in the WBC, including Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, who were ...