Pirates

Frazier’s extra-inning home run wins it

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing. Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game ...

Despite two losses, Pirates pitchers excel

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates wound up splitting their four-game weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. A 2-2 record didn’t do them any good in the standings at this point of the season, and .500 should never be a reason for excitement. But the two losses were ...

New pitchers take time to learn their surroundings

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added two pitchers from outside the organization at the trading deadline — starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela. When a new pitcher comes to the team, that involves an in depth conversation so the coaching staff can get to ...

Bucs tie record with 7 double plays

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on ...

Musgrove leads way in victory

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs to one run for a third straight game. This time, the Pirates scored enough to win it. Joe Musgrove cruised through seven innings and the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Musgrove ...

OF needs to find its bats

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — When the Pirates had an 11-game winning streak, their three outfielders were a big part of it. Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco were all hot at the same time and carried the offense. Now the three have been headed in the opposite ...

Lester, Cubs slip past slumping Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jon Lester wasn’t overly excited about winning for the first time in just over a month. However, Cubs manager Joe Maddon couldn’t have been happier with his performance. Lester pitched six innings and Ian Happ homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on ...

Newman gets first call-up

PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman’s expected September call-up came a couple of weeks early. Newman, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2015, was brought up from Class AAA Indianapolis Thursday as shortstop Jordy Mercer went on the 10-day disabled list with a left calf strain. Veteran ...

Twins rally past Archer, Pirates

MINNEAPOLIS — Logan Forsythe may be best known by Minnesota fans as the player who replaced fan favorite Brian Dozier. The lone major leaguer of the three players the Dodgers sent to the Upper Midwest on July 31 for the second baseman, Forsythe has filled in capably. Forsythe had three ...

Bucs don’t give Taillon much help

MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco got two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Jake Odorizzi (5-7) won for the first time in six starts, striking out nine in 5ª ...

Rookie sends Bucs away without split

By Michael Wagaman The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A year ago, Dereck Rodriguez was down in Double-A ball, a converted outfielder hoping to take a new path as a pitcher. A non-roster invite to spring training, Rodriguez finally got the call to the majors in late May. Since then, ...

Pirate pitchers get it done

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trevor Williams and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Saturday night. Josh Bell homered for the second time in three days. Elias Diaz added two hits for the Pirates after ...

Pirates’ call-up treated badly

On deck Saturday night: The Pirates beat the Giants, 4-0, late Saturday night. The game was not over before press time. Today: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (4-6) vs. Giants RHP Derek Rodriguez (5-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet The ...

Offense backs Nova; Bucs hand Giants loss

By Michael Wagaman The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Ivan Nova had little problem extending Pittsburgh’s streak of strong road starts. Three home runs, including a milestone shot by David Freese, gave the right-hander all the cushion he needed. Nova allowed two runs in six ...

Frazier, Bucs edge Colorado

DENVER — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday. Chris Archer (4-5) was ...

Pirates blast Rockies on road trip’s 2nd day

By Michael Kelly The Associated Press DENVER — Jameson Taillon beat Chad Bettis in a matchup of pitchers who battled testicular cancer last year, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three homers in a 10-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Taillon (9-8) allowed 10 hits in ...

Pitchers share history

The Associated Press DENVER — The starters for tonight’s game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. “Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” the Pirates’ ...

Bucs get Rays’ shortstop

The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a minor league pitching prospect. Hechavarria was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games before the Rays designated him for ...

Pirates come up on short end of pitching duel

PITTSBURGH — Matt Carpenter homered in two straight games entering Sunday. By contrast, Jack Flaherty had allowed at least one home run in each of his previous three starts. Carpenter kept his streak going while Flaherty brought his to an end to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 victory ...

Taillon, Vazquez weren’t on the table

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates never considered trading Jameson Taillon or Felipe Vazquez this season. Speaking on his weekly Sunday radio show, Huntington said dealing his top starter and closer “wasn’t even a ...