Pirates

Lyles gives Bucs a lift

CHICAGO — Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in crisp six innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Wednesday night. Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, ...

Archer, Puig suspended

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer was suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one on Tuesday for their parts in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend at PNC Park. The commissioner’s office said Archer has appealed his ...

Cubs’ bullpen gets well with Pirates in town

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job. Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the ...

Bucs send Reds packing after four-game sweep

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Yasiel Puig looked eager to take a big swing. And not with a bat, either. An enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory over the ...

Newman delivers victory for Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the game-ending run to ...

Lyles, Bucco bullpen combine on shutout

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Lyles became the latest Pittsburgh starter to open the season with a stellar effort. Lyles threw five effective innings in his Pirates debut, a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three ...

Bullpen continues to falter

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Shildt would prefer to not have his team consistently find itself in a spot where it’s forced to rally. At the moment, though, the St. Louis Cardinals manager isn’t arguing with the results. At least when the Cardinals are facing Pittsburgh’s ...

Bell is hoping power returns

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell didn’t read the criticism from an anonymous scout in a national magazine last month, the one that labeled the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman as a player with “five o’clock power,” someone who could put on a show during ...

Sloppy start at home

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Down four on the road late against a team feeding off the adrenaline of its home opener, the St. Louis Cardinals waited patiently for the buzz to wear off. When it did, they pounced. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to provide St. Louis ...

Williams impressive in Pirates’ first victory

CINCINNATI — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. “He was just efficient,” Pirates ...

Game 2 postponed by weather

CINCINNATI — The Reds got a game deeper into this season before having to call one off. The second game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was called off Saturday because of rain. The start was delayed 40 minutes before it was postponed with storms forecast all evening. It’ll ...

Pirates’ 2019 season opens on a downer

CINCINNATI — Unexpected stars, unconventional moves, one pleasing win. The David Bell era in Cincinnati got off to an encouraging start for a Reds team trying to finally escape last place. Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, and Bell ...

Cincinnati hoping to jump past Bucs

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The baseball commissioner is grand marshal of the pregame parade. All major league teams are wearing patches commemorating Cincinnati’s first all-professional team. A new manager and an overhauled lineup provide intrigue. The Reds haven’t ...

Bucs make roster decisions

HOUSTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates made some decisions on their opening day roster though two spots are dependant on the health of two players. Second baseman Pablo Reyes, pitcher Nick Kingham, pitcher Nick Burdi and shortstop Kevin Newman were all told they’re on the 25-man roster. The ...

Bucs’ pitchers roughed up

HOUSTON — Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros’ plans at some point. Whitley allowed three runs over three innings in his final exhibition start as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-9 ...

Bucs hope Kang can continue hot spring

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Jung Ho Kang can keep doing what he’s been doing in spring training for the team this season, because he did it again on Sunday. Kang hit his seventh home run of the spring in a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore ...

Winding down and getting ready to return home

BRADENTON, Fla. — It hardly seems possible but our annual winter fling in Florida is almost over. Spring training baseball is wrapping up and we should be back in Altoona on April 1. Hopefully, we can bring some of this great weather back north. The Pirates have been hot lately. Just a ...

Bucs add 2 vets to roster

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two important roster decisions on Saturday, announcing that outfielder Melky Cabrera and southpaw Francisco Liriano made the team for the upcoming season. Since both players were in camp on minor league contracts, ...

Kang gets work at shortstop

From Mirror, wire reports PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang played seven innings at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Grapefruit League action. Kang, who has hit six home runs this spring for the Pirates (13-13-2), has played third base ...

Kang homers again for Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang hit his sixth home run of spring training, this one a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-5 Grapefruit League win over Baltimore Thursday afternoon. Kang and the New York Yankees’ Aaron ...