Pirates

Big 10th inning helps Bucs blast Braves

ATLANTA — Gift Ngoepe doubled to drive in Andrew McCutchen for the go-ahead run before the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three straight homers during a seven-run 10th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves, 12-5, on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh’s Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded, two-run single off Jose ...

Stargell’s ring up for auction

PITTSBURGH — The family of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said it is hurt and angry that his widow is auctioning his memorabilia, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award. The auction, being conducted by SCP Auctions Inc., began Wednesday, the Post-Gazette ...

Alarm goes off during Bucs’ game

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates led Atlanta, 3-2, in the sixth inning when the game was delayed by rain. It had not resumed at press time. Tonight: Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (2-3) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-4) TV: ...

Adams’ homer sinks Bucs

By Charles Odum The Associated Press ATLANTA — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta, Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits and the Braves beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night. Brandon Phillips also homered for ...

One run enough for Bucs vs. Phils

PITTSBURGH — Coming off two subpar outings, Chad Kuhl went into the video room to find some past success he could recreate. Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game Sunday when David Freese was hit by a pitch ...

Offense still an issue for Pirates’ Ngoepe

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates haven’t lost hope that infielder Gift Ngoepe can be more than a defensive specialist at the major league level. Ngoepe started at shortstop in Sunday’s 1-0 homestand finale victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. General manager Neal Huntington called Ngoepe ...

Nova makes Bucs happy

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have a little more bounce in their step when Ivan Nova takes the mound. “We love when he pitches,” third baseman David Freese said. “He pumps strikes. He’s a quiet guy, for the most part, but ...

Lineup card a challenge for Hurdle

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Of the many problems the Pirates have had through the first quarter of the season, the most consistent has been their inconsistent offense. It rebounded with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours ...

Phils’ slump ends vs. Bucs

PITTSBURGH — His club mired in a miserable funk that’s drained all the momentum from a promising April, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting before a weekend series in Pittsburgh. While Mackanin declined to go into the “recipe” of what was said, for one ...

Taillon back with team after cancer procedure

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon is back among his Pirates teammates, anxious for the day when he can return to the field with them. Taillon, who had surgery for testicular cancer on May 8, was made available for questions Friday for the first time since his diagnosis was announced. He said ...

Bucs giving Bell a shot

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell batted in the cleanup spot for the first time on Thursday and made an immediate impact. Bell homered in his first at bat during the Pirates’ 10-4 win over the Washington Nationals. What’s different about batting fourth? ...

Cole too much for Nationals’ offense

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace’s turn in the ...

Outfield down to Cutch

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Two-thirds of the Pirates’ starting outfield is off the active roster. Gregory Polanco went on the disabled list before Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals because of discomfort in his left hamstring. The 10-day assignment ...

Nats have too much offense

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bryce Harper has known for about a year that PNC Park was the only stadium in the National League where the Washington Nationals star hadn’t gone deep. One vicious swing on Tuesday night checked it off the list. Harper sent a laser to the last row of ...

Tough to find a home

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Adam Frazier leads the Pirates in batting average (.317), and Josh Bell has the team lead in home runs (seven). Yet neither player is likely to play a full game because their defensive skills have yet to fully develop. Frazier, who started as ...

Osuna’s blast lifts Bucs in extras

By Jose M. Romero The Associated Press PHOENIX — Jose Osuna was the last player cut from spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made it back to the big club, though, and now he’s proving his worth. Osuna hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Tony Watson ...

Bucs receive solid work from Williams

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Trevor Williams pitched five strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Nick Ahmed homered twice for the Diamondbacks, the second to make it a one-run game ...

Arizona catcher recovering after late-night win over Bucs

PHOENIX — Chris Iannetta homered early for Arizona, and later was bloodied by a fastball to the face as the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Friday night in what became the latest episode of ill will between these teams. Iannetta turned into a pitch from reliever Johnny Barbato ...

Polanco’s HR thwarts Grienke’s no-hit bid

PHOENIX — So many great outings for Zack Greinke yet he never has thrown a no-hitter. The 33-year-old right-hander came tantalizingly close in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh Thursday night. Gregory Polanco ruined the bid with a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. “Pretty ...

Philadelphia extends Mackanin

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have extending manager Pete Mackanin’s contract through next season with a club option for 2019. Mackanin is 121-160 since replacing Ryne Sandberg on June 26, 2015. He was in the final year of a contract before signing a new, two-year deal on Thursday. The ...