Pirates

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 ...

Ray of hope: Pirates make big moves at deadline

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early ...

Mehno: Huntington makes bold moves this time

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington did more than just acquire two pitchers on Tuesday. He jolted the team’s fan base, and he destroyed the myth that he is unwilling to trade prospects to get help for the major league club. The Pirates added starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela at the ...

Bucs slide past Cubs

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief ...

Pirates add for now, future

PITTSBURGH—Pirates players were ostensibly relaxing in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon before their workday started. But a lot of them were keeping one eye on the TV and one eye on their phones as the last minutes ticked down to the non-waiver trading deadline. When the 4 o’clock ...

Wheeler’s big game helps Mets top Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Zack Wheeler didn’t receive much help from the New York Mets on offense. Luckily for the Mets, Wheeler was prepared to help himself. The right-hander pitched six strong innings and drove in the lone run, leading New York to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Huntington: ‘We’d like to add’

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates don’t play today, so that should give general manager Neal Huntington the full day to work the phones. He’s up against Tuesday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline as he tries to improve his team. Huntington would like to beef up his bullpen, but only if ...

Williams outperforms deGrom

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams embraced being penciled in against Jacob deGrom on Saturday after pitching opposite Corey Kluber in his last start. Then, as he did on Monday, Williams outdueled one of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Williams frustrated the New York Mets through six ...

Pirates facing decision

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates pay Felipe Vazquez $3 million a year to close out games. It’s a great way to make a living. It just doesn’t happen to be the All-Star reliever’s favorite thing about his gig. Vazquez’s biggest perk comes in a giddy postgame clubhouse, when “DJ ...

Dickerson lands on DL

PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows returned to the Pirates on Saturday. So did Jose Osuna, as the team placed outfielder Corey Dickerson and first baseman Josh Bell on the 10-day disabled list. Dickerson’s assignment is backdated to Wednesday, the first game he sat out after straining his left ...

Freese delivers winner

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates needed someone to lean on with three of their better hitters out of the lineup Friday. On cue, David Freese came through in a big way. Freese drove in five runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the New York Mets ...

Outfield getting thin

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have two of their starting outfielders on the bench, and top prospect Austin Meadows in the minor leagues. What’s up with that? Starling Marte (hand) and Corey Dickerson (hamstring) were again absent from the starting lineup Friday against the New York ...

Mets hammer Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Asdrubal Cabrera is well versed in what can happen at the trade deadline. He found himself on the move four years ago when the Cleveland Indians sent him to Washington to help the Nationals make a playoff push. The second baseman admits he’s wary of what the days leading up ...

Cervelli returns from disabled list

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — See if this sounds familiar: Francisco Cervelli returned to the Pirates’ lineup Thursday after missing time because of concussion-related issues. Cervelli batted third and caught as the Pirates opened a homestand against the New York ...