Pirates

Bucs pull within five

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte could feel the jitters as he darted out of the dugout and onto the field in a major league game for the first time in three months. The Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder dreaded what may await following an 80-game performance-enhancing suspension that staggered his ...

Moroff’s walk-off hit keeps Bucs rolling

PITTSBURGH — Max Moroff was an unlikely candidate to come through in extra innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates. None of his six career hits had been walk-offs, and he was hitting just .115 in 52 at-bats The 24-year-old rookie picked the right time for knock No. 7, lofting an RBI single to ...

Rivero more than a closer for Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Closers have become one-inning specialists in baseball. Managers save their shutdown reliever for the ninth. That’s the role Felipe Rivero currently occupies, having supplanted Tony Watson in June. But Rivero goes against the trend of pitching just one inning. Manager ...

Marte hits in leadoff spot

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte went back in the Pirates’ lineup Tuesday with no special instructions or inspirational words. Marte’s 80-game suspension for failing a steroids test ended, and he batted first and played left field against the Milwaukee Brewers. “I talked to Starling for ...

Nova continues to give Bucs solid outings

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates found a diamond in the rough before the August 2016 trade deadline when they picked up veteran right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova in a trade with the New York Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers. After struggling with a 7-6 record and 4.90 earned run average ...

Polanco’s production propels Pirates

PITTSBURGH — By his own admission, it used to take Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco a day — sometimes more — to get over a mental mistake like his goof last week against St. Louis, when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina picked a lackadaisical Polanco off third base to thwart a ...

With dues paid, Marte to return

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte answered some questions Monday afternoon, but he’ll really start answering them tonight. That’s when Marte returns from his 80-game steroids suspension and gets back in the Pirates lineup in this important series against the first-place Milwaukee ...

Pirates take series over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates closed their series against the St. Louis Cardinals the same way they began it: with a walkoff win. Adam Frazier’s game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory Sunday. Francisco Cervelli reached on an ...

Upcoming series could determine future

PITTSBURGH — The next four games could determine what direction the Pirates take in the next two months — and beyond. The first-place Milwaukee Brewers visit for a four-game series that starts tonight at 7:05. The Pirates currently trail Milwaukee by seven games in the National League ...

Bucs not as likely to deal hot prospects

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a deal a lot of people wished the Pirates had made. The struggling Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects, including players considered the two best minor leaguers in the Cubs’ system. So ...

Bucs blanked by Cards

PITTSBURGH — Lance Lynn grew up hitting from both sides of the plate, a notion the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher abandoned in college at Ole Miss. But frustrated by a swing he called “awful,” Lynn flipped to the left side in secret a few weeks ago, hiding his progress from manager Mike ...

Frazier readjusting

PITTSBURGH — Baseball is a non-contact sport, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle speaks often of how opponents punch back. He means that as teams develop knowledge of a rookie player’s tendencies, they’ll soon find a way to answer. Adam Frazier is living proof of that. Frazier was ...

Cole among trade candidates

Teams always seek more pitching before the trade deadline. Whether its aces, closers, back-of-the rotation starters or middle relievers, new arms are welcome in every clubhouse. Of the 10 teams sitting in postseason spots at the All-Star break, eight clubs are in the top 10 in ERA. Yes, ...

Walk-off homer sends Bucs fans home happy

PITTSBURGH — With the winning run on second base as he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the ninth, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell could feel his heart racing. The rookie tried to get his breathing under control but couldn’t. Adrenaline won out. The Pirates, ...

Osuna getting look at third

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have struggled to fill third base this season with the absence of Jung Ho Kang. Is there a solution on the roster? Jose Osuna, a first baseman who has been pressed into outfield duty this season, was doing some work at third base Friday afternoon, hours before the ...

Venezuelan players anguished over homeland

By Eric Nunez The Associated Press NEW YORK — They wanted to show the old seven-starred flag from their homeland. And when the Venezuelan players from the Pittsburgh Pirates finally found one on Amazon, they promptly held it upside down. “When you carry it reversed, that’s a symbol ...

Pirates explode in first, take 2 of 3 in Chicago

On deck Tonight: Idle for All-Star break Next up: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, 7:05 p.m. Bucs’ record: 42-47 TV: AT&T SportsNet By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — While the Chicago Cubs packed up quickly for the All-Star break, Bob ...

Polanco, Nova lift Pirates

CHICAGO — Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Ivan Nova pitched three-hit ball into the seventh, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Josh Bell had three hits and two runs scored, while Francisco Cervelli and Jordy ...

Bucs need partner for any trades

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the question facing the Pirates as the non-waiver trade deadline arrives at the end of the month. The truth is it’s not entirely up to them. As much as fans might want to “get rid of” Tony Watson, what’s the market for a reliever who ...

Pittsburgh, Bell cut down Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Josh Bell didn’t let a defensive miscue get him down. He just made up for it with his bat. Bell homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Gregory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia ...