Pirates

Batters getting tired of the shift

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Remember when defensive shifts became the big trend in baseball? It’s taken a while, but now hitters are fighting back. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that more guys are trying to beat the shift now,” manager Clint Hurdle said. ...

Bucs will play two today

On deck Today: Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates, 4:05 p.m. (DH) Pitching matchups: Game one: Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmerman (1-0) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (2-1); Game two: Tigers LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet By John ...

Phillies sweep four-game series from Pirates

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Altherr had quite a game for a guy who sat on the bench the first six innings. Altherr’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday, giving Philadelphia its first four-game sweep ...

Pirates’ slide continues

PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins let two fastballs down the middle go for strikes and somehow saw another one. He crushed it. Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Aaron Nola tossed seven impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-2, Saturday. Nola ...

Phillies keep Pittsburgh in a slump

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Phildelphia, 4:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates LHP Steven Brault (2-1) vs. Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (1-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — On yet another chilly April night in their ballpark, the Phillies stayed hot at ...

Bucs humbled in Philadelphia at outset of four-game series

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Jake Arrieta threw like an old-school ace wearing a retro powder blue Phillies uniform fit for a throwback outing. Arrieta flashed the All-Star form that made Philadelphia covet him in free agency, striking out 10 and tossing one-hit ...

Reserves making most of their shot

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia Pitching matchup: Jameson Taillon (2-0) vs. Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0) TV: AT&T SportsNet By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — David Freese stressed the need of a culture change inside the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse ...

Musgrove tries to get it right

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—As starter Joe Musgrove begins to plot he return from the disabled list, the righthander has a good idea of how he landed there. He believes he overdid things in the off-season trying to get ready for a new team and a return to the starting ...

Bucs bats go cold again

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chad Bettis found a simple solution to ward off the cold. “I just concentrated on executing pitches,” the Colorado Rockies right-hander said. Bettis pitched into the eighth inning and combined with three ...

Harrison loves family aspect

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — When Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch that broke his left hand, he got mad. He felt a little better when he saw Ivan Nova get even. After Harrison was injured, Nova aimed the first pitch of the next inning at J.B. Shuck and hit him in the ...

Story’s homer big blow for Rockies in beating Bucs

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Story showed signs of snapping out of his early season funk over the weekend, even as the Colorado Rockies shortstop whiffed over and over against the Washington Nationals. The proof arrived Monday night at frigid PNC Park after he ...

Broken hand will cost Harrison six weeks

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (2-0) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (3-0) TV: AT&T SportsNet By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing six weeks without leadoff hitter and second ...

Marte lifts Bucs to win

MIAMI — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting. If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5, including a ninth-inning homer to cap a ...

Maddon fires back at Hurdle

CHICAGO — Cubs manager Joe Maddon fired back at Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle for criticizing Chicago star Javier Baez’s bat flip on a popup. Maddon was “surprised” and didn’t “really understand” why Hurdle criticized Baez. He also said he believes “in not ...

Heads-up play sparks Bucs

On deck Today: Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins, 1:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (1-1) vs. Marlins RHP Jose Urena (0-2) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press MIAMI — Corey Dickerson has been one of the hottest hitters in the National League. So when ...

Shuck shines; Bucs falter

MIAMI — JB Shuck couldn’t help but smile when he got to first base with his career-high fourth hit of the game. Playing in the big leagues for the first time since 2016, Shuck tied a Marlins franchise record for hits in a debut, sparking Miami to a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Polanco powers Pirates past Cubs

CHICAGO — Gregory Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates wasted no time in bouncing back from a rout to make an early statement in the National League Central. Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from the Chicago Cubs ...

Pirates official visits area

The baseball season is young, but the future of both the Altoona Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates looks bright. “The teams are different every year. Last year you got to see your team (Curve) win the league championship. This team is a little different. The same with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...

Baez, Cubs cool off Pirates

CHICAGO — Javier Baez homered twice for the second straight day and scored the go-ahead run on a daring dash around the bases, helping the Chicago Cubs pound the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-5, on Wednesday. Kris Bryant added three hits and two RBIs as Chicago got its first home win in the first ...

Bucs spoil Cubs’ opener

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates LHP Steven Brault (2-0) vs. Cubs LHP Jon Lester (1-0) TV: None Radio: WVAM-AM (1430) By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much ...