Pirates

Glasnow’s outing improves for Bucs

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla.  — Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow struck out nine over four innings of work in a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday in Grapefruit League action. Glasnow was charged with five hits and three earned runs, but only two were earned. He walked ...

NL Central Preview

The Associated Press A caspule look at the National League Central this season: Chicago Cubs 2016: 103-58, first place, World Series champions. Manager: Joe Maddon (third season). He’s here: RHP Wade Davis, OF Jon Jay, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP ...

Marte back with Pirates after WBC

From Mirror reports FORT MYERS, Fla. — Starling Marte smacked a grand slam and knocked in five runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 10-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was Marte’s first home run of the Grapefruit League for the Pirates. He had been playing in The World ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

Audition for Kuhl continues with Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were clutch in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and it got the team another victory. Jacob Stallings hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Gift Ngoepe delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, helping the ...

Osuna still hitting home runs

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Thanks to a little home-run power, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. Tampa starter Blake Snell hit David Freese with a pitch to lead off the fourth, then fell behind 3-1 to Jose Osuna, who then hit Snell's ...

United States will play Japan in semis

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam ...

WBC offering young Bucs chance to shine

Commentary By Jim Lane For the Mirror BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is giving a lot of young players plenty of opportunities in major-league camps this spring training. Former Curve second baseman Erich Weiss is one of them. With Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen, ...

Glasnow much better in latest outing

From Mirror reports CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates exploded in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening-day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, on the way to a 13-8 win Saturday in Major League Baseball spring training action. Leading the way was Pirates right fielder ...

Taillon has stellar outing

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon pitched four strong innings and Phil Gosselin hit an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at LECOM Park. Batting with the bases loaded against reliever Zach ...

Mercer easing into veteran’s role

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Jordy Mercer looks around the Pirates’ clubhouse, the term he instinctively goes to in referring to his teammates isn’t the one he’d always used. “These kids,” Mercer said while scanning the room early one morning last week at LECOM Park, “there’s some ...

Kang having visa trouble in SKorea

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates while he’s delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. Pirates’ president Frank Coonelly made the announcement on Saturday. “It just ...

Bucs fall to O’s in ninth

SARASOTA, Fla. — David Washington hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in spring training action. Pittsburgh, which had won four straight Grapefruit League games, was led by Adam Frazier, ...

Pirates hope for more in Taillon’s 2nd year

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — For more than two years, Jameson Taillon waited. Selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, Taillon was slowed by Tommy John surgery in spring 2014 and a sports hernia ...

Watson now embracing full-time closer’s role

By Chris Adamski The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — From the moment Tony Watson first stepped onto a big league mound for a regular-season game, he’s felt the trust and faith of his manager. A couple of poor outings late last season aren’t going to change that. Midway ...

MLB confirms Pirates vs. Cardinals in Williamsport

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association announced and confirmed on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will be playing a regular season game at Bowman Field on Sunday, Aug. 20, known as the MLB Little League Classic. Pittsburgh ...

Bucs battle Bucs in the spring

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — On Wednesday afternoon, it was certainly different to look at pitcher Gerrit Cole staring down Starling Marte, to watch Tyler Glasnow pitching to Gregory Polanco and to see both Marte and Polanco wearing different uniforms as they faced the Pirates in ...

Bucs’ Meadows homers during big chance

BRADENTON, Fla. — Prospects Austin Meadows and Jose Osuna homered, leading the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday at LECOM Park. Meadows hit a two-run homer to left field off Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia in the first inning. Meadows, a top prospect, will receive more regular ...

Taillon has good outing

TAMPA — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon retired all six batters he faced in his second start of the spring in a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Alen Hanson started at second base and went 2-for-3 for the Pirates, and Clay Holmes recorded four strikeouts in two innings ...

So far, Pirates have mixed results

Commentary BRADENTON, Fla.—After one week of Grapefruit League games, we’ve seen both good and bad results from the Pirates, who won six of their first eight games. First, the good Pitcher Tyler Glasnow had an impressive performance, fanning six of seven Oriole batters in his first ...