Pirates

Kang says he’s stopped drinking

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang said he has been sober since his third DUI arrest in December 2016 and is focused on getting into baseball shape and returning to the Pirates. The 31-year-old is back in Pittsburgh’s minor league system, playing for Class A ...

Dodgers ride homers past Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joc Pederson, Yaisel Puig and Cody Bellinger hit home runs and the surging Los Angeles Dodgers slugged their way past the free-falling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday night. Pederson hit a two-run shot off Joe Musgrove (2-1) in the second inning, Puig ...

Bucs have surplus troubles

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have four outfielders to fill three spots. Could they soon have a similar surplus in the infield? Jung Ho Kang, who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2016, is trying to work his way back with a re-start on the Class A ...

Pirates take Vandy SS in Rd. 3

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — After making three selections on Day 1 of the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday, the Pirates continued to bolster their farm system with eight more picks on Tuesday in rounds 3-10. In round 3, the Pirates took Connor Kaiser, shortstop, Vanderbilt. Following a ...

Kison big part of Bucs’ family

On deck Tonight: Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (3-1) vs. Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (2-0) TV: AT&T SportsNet By Todd Karpovich The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Bruce Kison, a pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win ...

Bucs select college OF

From Mirror reports NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted outfielder Travis Swaggerty with the 10th overall selection in the 2018 First-Year Major League Baseball Player Draft Monday night. The announcement was made by Pirates Director of Scouting Joe DelliCarri. The 20-year-old ...

Cards’ righty hands Bucs 12th loss in last 16 games

By Steve Overby The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Michael Wacha came close, again. The St. Louis righty lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning for the second time in his career, denied when pinch-hitter Colin Moran led off with a single Sunday in the Cardinals’ ...

Wong’s walkoff lifts Cards

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong has a flair for the dramatic. Wong led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. “You see guys that in those big ...

Bucs’ Kison was fierce competitor

PITTSBURGH — When you think of a fierce Pittsburgh sports competitor, the image that probably comes to mind is Jack Lambert. The snarl revealed missing teeth and a clue to his disposition. Woe to those who had to spend a Sunday afternoon trying to neutralize his hostility. On the other ...

Tallion shuts down Cards

ST. LOUIS — Jameson Taillon pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night for their second win in their past seven games. Pittsburgh had lost three straight to St. Louis during a 3-10 stretch, mostly against NL Central ...

Pirates squander lead in ninth

ST. LOUIS — Yairo Munoz hit a three-run, game-ending homer to cap St. Louis’ five-run ninth inning and rally the Cardinals to a 10-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Munoz ripped the first pitch from closer Felipe Vazquez (2-2) over the wall in center field to give St. ...

Rookie OF Meadows making instant impact

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The “Wow” moment didn’t come when Austin Meadows received the news the Pittsburgh Pirates were calling him up to the majors. It didn’t come when the outfielder’s extended trek to the majors ended when he stepped into the ...

Bucs’ ‘slide’ ended

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove’s fine work on the mound was overshadowed by his aggressiveness on the bases. Musgrove pitched seven strong innings and his hard slide led to both teams emptying their benches in another tense moment in the series between NL Central rivals, leading the Pittsburgh ...

Pirates looking to help Polanco

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Slumping outfielder Gregory Polanco was back in the Pirates’ starting lineup Wednesday, an effort to jumpstart him against a familiar foe. Polanco started in right field against the Chicago Cubs Kyle Hendricks. Polanco entered the game with a ...

Rizzo beats up on Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo has no intention of easing up at home plate, even after Major League Baseball said he should have been called out for interference when he took out Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz and sparked a debate about what is — and what isn’t ...

Cubs’ series has sizzle

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The day after came on Tuesday, and things were much calmer at PNC Park. That dugout argument between utility player David Freese and coach Joey Cora at the end of Monday’s game? It was nothing on Tuesday. “All I’ll say is me and Joe ...

Pirates infuriated by slide

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo’s seventh home run of the season gave the sleep-deprived Chicago Cubs an early lead on Monday afternoon. His two-run single in the ninth put the finishing touches on a 7-0 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s what happened in between that could have a ...

Latest loss brings tension to forefront

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates lost for the eighth time in 10 games, but there was nothing routine about Monday afternoon’s game. The 7-0 loss to the Chicago was marked by a couple of extra-curricular incidents — a very visible argument between infielder David Freese and coach Joey Cora as ...

Bullpen blues continue for Pittsburgh

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Harrison Bader stepped to the plate with a chance to pull the St. Louis Cardinals even knowing the heat Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez was going to send his way. So Bader dug in and swung as Vazquez’s 99 mph fastball ran in on his ...

MLB has several concerns on list

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball attendance is headed to its lowest average in 15 years. And it’s not only because of the historically bad weather that’s plagued the first third of the season. Strikeouts exceeded hits in a full calendar month for ...