Pirates

Hurdle tinkering with Pirate ’pen

PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Pirates didn’t need Felipe Rivero on Sunday. There was nothing to save in a dreary 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, a game in which the bats were too quiet and Jameson Taillon was too inaccurate with his pitches. But after using Rivero to get the final five outs ...

Nova, pen do the job for Pirates

On deck Today: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Cubs RHP John Lackey (4-7) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer, Andrew McCutchen hit his ...

Closer role confusing in Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Tony Watson is the Pirates’ former closer. Felipe Rivero is the team’s future closer. But who has that job now? It’s a tricky question as manager Clint Hurdle and the staff try to reconfigure the late innings on the fly and find a way to ...

Pirates sign top pick

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — This should be a fabulous birthday for Shane Baz, the Texas high school pitcher the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted in the first round on Monday’s draft. He became a multi-millionaire by putting his signature on the contract. “I might have the ...

Bucs’ bullpen implodes

On deck Tonight: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. Pitching: Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (6-4) TV: FOX The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to ...

Pirates listless on offense, can’t complete sweep

PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Rockies, road warriors? Believe it. Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season and rookie German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the surprising Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing ...

Things coming together for Bucs

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP German Marquez (4-3) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The first two months of the season were a mess for Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, a mish-mash ...

Taillon solid in his return

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6) TV: ROOT The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon walked off the mound for the final time Monday night, sat in the dugout and felt ...

Pittsburgh selects high school pitcher

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Shane Baz with the 12th overall selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft Monday night. The 17-year-old Baz attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Texas where he was named a first-team ...

Nova shuts down Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday. Diaz drove in Jose Osuna and David ...

Mercer’s triple highlights Pittsburgh rally

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins. They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory. Mercer’s ...

Stanton belts monster shot as Bucs fall

PITTSBURGH — Giancarlo Stanton kept taking aim at the batter’s eye high above the center field fence at PNC Park during batting practice on Friday afternoon, but couldn’t find the right pitch to get it there. It ended up coming off the hand of struggling Pittsburgh Pirates starter Tyler ...

Watson out as Pirates’ closer

PITTSBURGH — Tony Watson’s recent struggles have cost the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever his job as the team’s closer. Manager Clint Hurdle said Friday he is “unplugging” Watson from the role following a pair of blown saves in Baltimore earlier this week. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio ...

Watson, bullpen struggling

BALTIMORE — Trey Mancini tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then hit a three-run drive in the 11th to give the Baltimore Orioles a 9-6 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Baltimore trailed 6-1 in the eighth before rallying for a second ...

Lead lost in ninth, game lost in 10th

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) vs. Orioles LHP Wade Miley (2-3) TV: ROOT The Associated Press BALTIMORE — With a power-laden lineup that thrives on the long ball, the Baltimore Orioles are built to ...

MLB emphasizing fashion

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (5-4) vs. Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (3-4) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press NEW YORK — When it comes to their socks, Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have scrapped their ...

Odd ‘stretches’ don’t stop Bucs

NEW YORK — David Freese and the Pittsburgh Pirates picked a fine time to pad their lead — in-between a bizarre pair of seventh-inning stretches. Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single after things went a little haywire, and the Pirates drubbed the New York Mets 11-1 ...

Offense comes up short in New York

NEW YORK — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night to stop a three-game slide. Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely ...

Bucs send Ngoepe back down to AAA

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned infielder Gift Ngoepe to the minor leagues about a month after he debuted as the first African-born player in the majors. The slick-fielding South African singled in his first plate appearance last month, but batted .222 ...

Bucs take long time to lose

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh at N.Y. Mets, Friday, 7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey TV: ROOT Sports By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — More than six hours after the first pitch, the Arizona Diamondbacks ...