Pirates

Brault will get Nova’s next start

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Struggling starter Ivan Nova will skip his next scheduled start for the Pirates. Steven Brault will start Tuesday’s home game against the Chicago Cubs, manager Clint Hurdle said before Friday’s game against Cincinnati. “Just giving ...

Cubs finish off sweep in big way

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo also went deep to back Jose Quintana, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-3 on Wednesday night. Chicago tied a season high for runs set against Philadelphia on Saturday and ...

Arrieta deals on Pirates

By John Jackson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta continued his dominant second half with six innings of two-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night. Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI ...

Montgomery pitches Cubs past Bucs

CHICAGO — Mike Montgomery pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and helped himself at the plate, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Montgomery (5-6) struck out four and walked none in his second start since he was inserted into the ...

Fired-up ‘Cutch’ sparks Bucs

CINCINNATI — Andrew McCutchen was angry that plate umpire Jeff Kellogg wouldn’t let him call time to get ready to hit in the fourth inning. McCutchen didn’t need Kellogg’s help in the fifth. The Pittsburgh center fielder snapped a 0-for-15 slump with a run-scoring single, helping ...

Cole pitches — and hits — Pirates to victory

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — On his 10th try, Gerrit Cole finally beat the Cincinnati Reds. And he pretty much had to do it by himself. Cole ended his career-long futility against the Reds by hitting a homer , pitching seven innings and leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to ...

Bell’s bat booming in rookie year

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell admitted that winning the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award was on his personal radar screen when spring training began last March. It isn’t any longer. Part of the reason is that the monster year put up by Cody ...

Dodgers are guilty of having too much pitching

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts likes to joke any issues surrounding his team are “high class” problems. The kind every other club in the majors would love to have. The latest? Maybe too many effective starting pitchers. A night after Rich ...

Williams’ start lost in shuffle

PITTSBURGH — There was still a buzz around PNC Park Thursday afternoon about Rich Hill’s brush with history the night before. The Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander pitched eight perfect innings against the Pirates and took a no-hitter into the 10th inning. The 0-0 game finally ended when ...

J Hay ends no-hitter with home run

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Rich Hill’s first 98 pitches left the Pittsburgh Pirates confounded, occasionally fuming and absolutely hitless. His 99th turned a potentially historic night by the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty into something else entirely: A loss. After ...

Pirates try to keep bullpen fresh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ quest to keep the bullpen supplied with fresh arms led to another roster move on Wednesday. Angel Sanchez, a 27-year-old right-hander, got his first promotion to the major leagues and was in uniform for the Pirates’ 1-0 win over ...

Watson talks trade

PITTSBURGH — Left-handed reliever Tony Watson had played an integral role in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three National League playoff runs from 2013 through 2015, but with free agency looming after the 2017 season, Watson knew that his days as a Pirate were numbered. On Monday, July 31, just ...

Conner’s debut good enough

PITTSBURGH — James Conner’s preseason debut with the Steelers last Sunday served its purpose. It gave him a chance to get on the field after missing a lot of training camp with a shoulder injury. It gave him a chance to work out any jitters or anxiousness he had at playing pro football ...

Dodgers beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Los Angeles Dodgers added two more players to the disabled list Tuesday: 14-game winner Alex Wood and rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger. It didn’t seem to slow them down at all. Neither could a short outing from starting pitcher Brock Stewart, as the ...

Bullpen gets new faces

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — One night after the bullpen was caught short due to injury and fatigue, the Pirates brought in reinforcements on Tuesday. They called up three pitchers from Class AAA Indianapolis, all of whom have been with team previously this ...

Dodgers represent challenge

PITTSBURGH — One night after the Pirates played in the first Little League Classic, they came home to take on the big boys. They opened a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose 87-35 record is baseball’s best. The Dodgers led the National League West by 20 games at ...

Hurdle: ‘youthful enthusiasm everywhere’

WILLIAMSPORT — Mike Matheny took a moment to look around the Lamade Stadium bleachers and was transported back in time. The sights reminded him of his childhood when the Cardinals manager idolized big leaguers just like the hundreds of Little Leaguers stretched out before him Sunday in ...

Pirates pack for short trip

PITTSBURGH — Right in the middle of the current homestand, the Pirates have a road game. Their series with the St. Louis Cardinals will conclude this evening in Williamsport, in the first Little League Classic game. The Pirates will board buses at PNC Park at 8:45 this morning for a 9:45 ...

Brault back in the big leagues

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a move to bolster their battered middle relief corps before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Brault was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis to replace another left-hander, Wade LeBlanc, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a ...

Brault back in the big leagues

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a move to bolster their battered middle relief corps before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Steven Brault was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis to replace another left-hander, Wade LeBlanc, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a ...