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Gibson, Van Slyke promoting Aug. 20 game in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — Former Major Leaguers Bob Gibson and Andy Van Slyke visited Bowman Field Monday as a promotion for both Little League and the Aug. 20 MLB Little League Classic between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Gibson, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, ...

No big changes for Bucs at deadline

Notes and observations following Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline: n It wasn’t particularly surprising that the Pirates weren’t particularly busy prior to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates probably went off the buyer’s market after ...

Bucs salvage road trip

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Andrew McCutchen paused a bit as he rounded first base after hitting his third home run Sunday, wanting to make sure that it was indeed gone before finishing his trot. It was. The ball hit the right-field foul pole and bounced onto the ...

Bucs continue to struggle

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (8-7) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and fellow rookie Manuel ...

Milwaukee inches closer to first place

The Associated Press On deck Friday night: The Pirates trailed the Padres, 3-2, in the top of the seventh at press time Saturday: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (10-7) vs. Padres RHP Dinelson TV: AT&T SportsNet MILWAUKEE — Brent ...

Bucs drop 2 of 3 to lowly Giants

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt was happy the wind was blowing in. Belt’s routine fly ball to left field dropped next to Starling Marte for a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning Wednesday, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bay City visit starts hot for Pirates

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates trailed the Giants, 10-1, in the bottom of the fifth inning at press time. Today: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (4-4) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The ...

Pirates drop series to Colorado

By Dennis Georgatos The Associated Press DENVER — A two-week stretch between starts didn’t seem to bother rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland. Freeland pitched six strong innings in his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth the day before the All-Star break, and the ...

Pirates’ six-game winning streak stopped

DENVER — German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3, on Saturday night. Mark Reynolds added a pair of run-scoring singles and Charlie Blackmon ...

It takes little time for Bucs to return

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates went into the All-Star break on a good note and came back from vacation instantly going 95 miles per hour. They finally got hot and put together a sustained stretch that got them back in the division race. It was so abrupt that some people are wearing neck collars ...

Bell’s big night aids Pirates

By Michael Kelly The Associated Press DENVER — Rookie Josh Bell had a career-high four hits, Andrew McCutchen had three hits and reached base five times, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night. Rookie Trevor Williams overcame a rough start to ...

Lineup works for Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle spent Thursday’s pre-game media session defending his lineup choices. In the post-game session, he managed to avoid saying, “I told you so.” He was committed to giving Francisco Cervelli the afternoon off. Cervelli’s replacement, Chris Stewart, went ...

Bucs pull within five

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte could feel the jitters as he darted out of the dugout and onto the field in a major league game for the first time in three months. The Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder dreaded what may await following an 80-game performance-enhancing suspension that staggered his ...

Moroff’s walk-off hit keeps Bucs rolling

PITTSBURGH — Max Moroff was an unlikely candidate to come through in extra innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates. None of his six career hits had been walk-offs, and he was hitting just .115 in 52 at-bats The 24-year-old rookie picked the right time for knock No. 7, lofting an RBI single to ...

Rivero more than a closer for Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Closers have become one-inning specialists in baseball. Managers save their shutdown reliever for the ninth. That’s the role Felipe Rivero currently occupies, having supplanted Tony Watson in June. But Rivero goes against the trend of pitching just one inning. Manager ...

Marte hits in leadoff spot

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte went back in the Pirates’ lineup Tuesday with no special instructions or inspirational words. Marte’s 80-game suspension for failing a steroids test ended, and he batted first and played left field against the Milwaukee Brewers. “I talked to Starling for ...

Nova continues to give Bucs solid outings

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates found a diamond in the rough before the August 2016 trade deadline when they picked up veteran right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova in a trade with the New York Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers. After struggling with a 7-6 record and 4.90 earned run average ...

Polanco’s production propels Pirates

PITTSBURGH — By his own admission, it used to take Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco a day — sometimes more — to get over a mental mistake like his goof last week against St. Louis, when Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina picked a lackadaisical Polanco off third base to thwart a ...

With dues paid, Marte to return

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte answered some questions Monday afternoon, but he’ll really start answering them tonight. That’s when Marte returns from his 80-game steroids suspension and gets back in the Pirates lineup in this important series against the first-place Milwaukee ...

Pirates take series over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates closed their series against the St. Louis Cardinals the same way they began it: with a walkoff win. Adam Frazier’s game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory Sunday. Francisco Cervelli reached on an ...