Pirates

Meadows should stay while he’s hot

PITTSBURGH — Look at it this way: Last year the Pirates had trouble coming up with three starting outfielders. This season they’re trying to wedge four outfielders into three spots. That has to be progress, right? They made the sensible decision Saturday when they kept Austin Meadows ...

Polanco’s slump continues

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Slumping Gregory Polanco moved to a new spot, but he stayed in the Pirates’ lineup on Saturday. Polanco was dropped to seventh in the batting order in the Pirates’ 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. It didn’t help as Polanco went ...

Musgrove sparkles in debut

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove’s first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t have gone much better. On the mound. Or, at the plate. Musgrove came off the disabled list to pitch seven scoreless innings while also getting his first career hit and scoring the winning run as Pittsburgh ...

Marte’s return imminent

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte could be back in the Pirates lineup for this afternoon’s 4:05 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Marte, who’s been on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, went through a full workout Friday afternoon and reported no problems. If he ...

Suarez’s grand slam helps sink Pirates

CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez wanted to hit one deep enough to get the runner in from third base. He got all of a hanging slider — and four runs with one swing. Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova, who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati, and Jesse Winker added a solo shot ...

Bucs can’t figure out Harvey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons, leading the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Harvey (1-2) ...

Bucs lose 3 of 4 to Padres

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The San Diego Padres squeezed out a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pirates 8-5 Sunday for ...

Pirates love versatile players

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — As major league pitching staffs expand, opportunities for position players shrink. That’s why the Pirates are putting so much emphasis on having versatile players on their limited bench. Max Moroff, an infielder who was just sent back to ...

Harrison will start series finale today

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, marking the third consecutive day with a roster move. Harrison was in the clubhouse Saturday after spending much of the week doing injury rehab work with the ...

Hurdle eases Meadows’ adjustment

PITTSBURGH — Friday was the biggest day of Austin Meadows’ professional career. That’s why Clint Hurdle did everything he could to minimize it. Hurdle realized that Meadows’ head would be spinning with a million thoughts. So he told him that the only item on his agenda was ...

Bucs 8-1 in last nine games

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five ...

Meadows finally gets the call

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows is finally in the major leagues. The Pirates announced during Thursday night’s 5-4 victory over San Diego that Meadows would be recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis and will be in uniform for tonight’s game with the ...

Pirates DL might be revolving door

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have a couple of players ready to come off the disabled list. They hope they don’t have two more headed for the sidelines. Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli were absent from the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Both left ...

Williams tough on White Sox

On deck Today: Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: White Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-1) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams had a better outing against the struggling Chicago ...

Hurdle moves bullpen pieces around

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle used a day off to do some thinking about the Pirates bullpen, and he decided to make some changes. Veteran George Kontos is out of the eighth-inning slot after a string of ineffective appearances. Hurdle said his handling of the ...

Turning tables keys Bucs’ success

Notes, thoughts and observations from the Major League Baseball world with a quarter of the season now in the rearview mirror: n The Pittsburgh Pirates are using a reversal of trends to experience some success in the early part of this season. While it’s true that the Pirates’ schedule ...

Pirates unable to complete 3-game sweep of Giants

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs. Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop ...

Cervelli gets new perspective

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli usually gets a day off when the Pirates play a day game after a night game. On Sunday, though, he got a different spot in the lineup. Cervelli led off for the first time in his career, going 1-for-4 in the Pirates’ 5-0 ...

Bucs pound Giants in Cutch’s return

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter’s box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at ...

Fans warmly greet Giants’ McCutchen

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates sent Andrew McCutchen packing in January. His unofficial welcome back party was held on Friday night. Fans packed PNC Park to salute McCutchen, the former Most Valuable Player who returned to Pittsburgh playing for the San Francisco ...