Pirates

Freese slam helps Dodgers power past former team

PITTSBURGH — David Freese stepped into the batter’s box, heard the polite applause from the crowd at a ballpark he once called home and was surprised when the familiar strains of Tool’s “Stinkfist” blasted through the speakers at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates played the song as a ...

Bucs slug their way to victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The ...

Pirates keep up struggles at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. After Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ...

Learning German is hard

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over ...

Bell named NL player of week

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday. Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the ...

No ordinary Joe

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won ...

Homers carry Bucs to victory

From Mirror reports SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell hit two home runs, and Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco each hit one as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Saturday night. Bell now has 14 home runs and has raised his batting average to .333. He had three hits, four ...

Lyles strikes out 12 Padres

SAN DIEGO — It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game. That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego ...

Bucs put Williams on IL

From Mirror, wire reports SAN DIEGO — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who has been one of the bright spots in the team’s rotation this season, was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday, a day after he left Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Pirates ...

Archer has bad return

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Zack Greinke was cruising along when he felt something wrong. Taking no chances, the Arizona Diamondbacks ace called it a day. Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and the Diamondbacks routed Chris ...

D-Back adjustments in practice key win

PHOENIX — After a three-game losing streak in which the Arizona Diamondbacks came up empty too often with opportunities to drive in more runs, hitting coach Darnell Coles changed things up in batting practice on Monday. The emphasis on situational hitting worked hours later. Eduardo ...

Roster takes two big hits

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two big roster moves on Monday involving players who were supposed to be a big part of the team’s potential success story for 2019. First, the team moved starting pitcher Jameson Taillon from the 10-day injury list to the 60-day injury list, which ...

Victory Bell: Pirates’ first baseman puts on show for mom

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell put on a show for his mom on Mother’s Day. With his mother Myrtle in the stands at Busch Stadium, Bell homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Adam Frazier added a two-run, ...

Lyles gets quick fix for Bucs

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Jordan Lyles had to change his plan on the fly. Lyles overcame a 30-pitch first inning to combine with four relievers on a two-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Saturday for their seventh win in 10 games ...

Williams’ gem helps Pirates win

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Trevor Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Marte’s RBI single ...

Texas-sized problem: Pirates’ bullpen blows lead again

PITTSBURGH — In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all. Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday. The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz ...

Round Two goes to Vazquez

PITTSBURGH — Felipe Vazquez doesn’t let his failures linger. That wouldn’t help the Pittsburgh Pirates closer be any good at his job. Still, he wanted another shot at Texas slugger Joey Gallo. Getting touched for a 467-foot home run will do that. So when setup man Kyle Crick hit a ...

Marte sends fans home happy

By Chris Mueller The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte can’t pinpoint why. The Pirates center fielder just knows there’s something about batting with the game on the line that brings out an extra sense of confidence. Not even a monthlong slump to start this season is ...

Bucs bounce back with win

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman expected to be part of a platoon at shortstop with Erik Gonzalez when he made the Pittsburgh Pirates out of spring training. A cut to the middle finger of his right hand a month ago sent Newman to the injured list ...

Taillon sidelined for 4 weeks

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon’s surgically repaired right elbow is intact. That’s about the only good news for the Pittsburgh Pirates ace, who will be shut down for at least a month after the pain he’d been dealing with off and on since spring training was diagnosed as a flexor tendon ...