Pirates

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 ...

Pirates can’t keep up with Cards in loss

PITTSBURGH — Jedd Gyorko drove in three runs while Kolten Wong, just off the disabled list, and Yadier Molina both had three hits to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Gyorko hit a pair of doubles, including a tiebreaking one in the ...

Kela, Archer need to back up enthusiasm

PITTSBURGH — MLB players have 72 hours to report to their new team after being traded. It’s right there in the labor agreement. Reliever Keone Kela almost stretched that clock to the max when he reported to PNC Park on Friday afternoon. The deal to acquire him from the Texas Rangers was ...

Cervelli helps out at first base

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates got a new first baseman for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Francisco Cervelli started at first base for the first time since April 16, 2016. The assignment allowed manager Clint Hurdle to stack right-handed ...

Bucs prevail after losing four-run lead

PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer didn’t make it past the fifth inning in his Pittsburgh Pirates’ debut. However, he still got a standing ovation when he was removed from the game. And his team pulled out a win, too. Adam Frazier’s RBI single in the eighth inning helped the Pirates beat the ...

Kela happy with Bucs

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — On the night that Chris Archer debuted at PNC Park, the other pitcher the Pirates acquired in a deadline trade reported to the team. Reliever Keona Kela was in the clubhouse to claim uniform No. 35 and express his happiness at joining the ...

Cubs pound Kingham, Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels had little trouble in his return to the National League, keeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in check over five innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night. Hamels (6-9), acquired in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three ...

Archer thrilled to get fresh start with Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Before he ever wore a Pirates jersey, Chris Archer was wearing a different brand of black and gold. He walked into PNC Park Wednesday afternoon sporting an Antonio Brown replica Steelers jersey, No. 84. “I’m stoked,” Archer said about joining the Pirates in the deadline ...