Pirates

Cutch not thrilled with trade talk

By Dan Scifo The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Make no mistake, Andrew McCutchen is happy to still be a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the All-Star centerfielder, who spoke Saturday for the first time since the team openly tried to trade him during the recently completed winter ...

Cora happy to move up

Joey Cora wasn’t expecting it, but he’s back in the big leagues and he couldn’t be happier. Cora, who managed the Altoona Curve to a spot in the Class AA Eastern League playoffs this past season, will be coaching third base for the Pittsburgh Pirates when the 2017 season rolls ...

Ex-Pirates closer gets rich deal from Giants

The Associated Press OXON HILL, Md. — Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer. All-Star righty Mark Melancon and the Giants reached agreement on a $62 million, four-year contract Monday. As baseball’s winter meetings heated up, lefty Rich Hill ...

Bucs designate Locke, add Bonilla

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla on Tuesday. The announcement was made by General Manager Neal Huntington. To make room for Bonilla on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke for assignment. That means the ...

Bucs have plenty of work in offseason

PITTSBURGH - Clint Hurdle has gained an appreciation for advanced metrics during his six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The manager, though, doesn't need to dive too deeply into the numbers to figure out where his team went wrong in 2016."The game will always start with pitching," Hurdle ...

Pitching woes maroon Pirates in 2016

After living life in the fast lane and qualifying for the National League playoffs as the league's top wild-card entry for three straight seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a speed bump in 2016.The Pirates endured the type of disjointed, convoluted and chaotic season that everybody associated ...

2016 Pirates highlights, lowlights

By John Hartsockjhartsock@altoonamirror.com.Final regular-season record: 78-83 with one tie.Final National League Central Division finish: Third place, 25 games behind the division champion Chicago Cubs.Notable: The Pirates finished out of the National League playoff picture in 2016 after ...

Cutch confident, not worried

The Associated PressST. LOUIS - Andrew McCutchen is not worried.Although rumors persist that the five-time All-Star outfielder might be moved by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason, he remains philosophical about his future."My mindset is just to do my job and get myself in the best shape I ...

Close call costly for Bucs

ST. LOUIS - Felipe Rivero thought he had strike three. Not quite.Rivero was walking toward the Pittsburgh dugout when the pitch to Jedd Gyorko was called a ball. Three pitches later, Gyorko launched a solo home run in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pirates 4-3 on ...

Jaso part of elite company

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Roberto Clemente never hit for the cycle. Neither did Barry Bonds.But Gary Redus did. And so did Daryle Ward.Now John Jaso's name is on the list of Pirates who have collected a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.Jaso did that in ...

Nova’s finale officially a tie

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - If this was the end of Ivan Nova's brief time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he went out on a good note.The right-hander allowed one run in 5 innings Thursday night as the Pirates and Chicago Cubs played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when ...

Jaso hits for cycle as Pirates better Cubs

PITTSBURGH - Coming around second base in the seventh inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, John Jaso stumbled.Then, he went for it.Ninety feet later, Jaso was safe at third base with a triple to become the first player to hit a cycle in the ...

Banged-up Bucs rest up in meaningless games

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The Pirates were eliminated from the wild card race in the early hours of Wednesday.The San Francisco Giants' victory put an end to the Pirates' streak of three consecutive postseason appearances.That changes some things for the final four games - tonight's ...

Cubs keep winning

PITTSBURGH - Chris Coghlan hit a three-run triple and John Lackey worked in and out of trouble over five innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, on Tuesday night.Coghlan's second-inning drive off the wall in right-center against Ryan Vogelsong (3-7) gave the ...

Bucs shift focus to 2017

PITTSBURGH - As the Pirates play out the string in a disappointing season, the focus switches to what they have to do to improve in 2017.The answer is not complicated."The engine part of it is the starting rotation," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The game will always start with pitching. Always ...

Bucs help Cubs pick up win No. 100

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs while major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs won their 100th game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 on Monday night.Baez helped ...

Offseason gets closer to fruition

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates are six games away from a potentially busy offseason.Their No. 1 priority is rebuilding the starting rotation, and that also figures to be a significant challenge.The Pirates would benefit from adding at least one experienced starter, but will ...

Lights are dimming on Pirates

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday.On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured ...

Miami tragedy affects Hurdle, Bucs

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Sunday was a tough day for Clint Hurdle before a pitch was even thrown at PNC Park.Like the rest of the Pirates, Hurdle learned that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had been killed in a boating accident on Saturday night. Fernandez, a 16-game winner ...

Rookie ‘in a good place’

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Tyler Glasnow, one rookie who hasn't lived up to his advance billing, will get another start for the Pirates.Glasnow will start this afternoon's 1:35 series finale against the Washington Nationals.Glasnow, 23, came to the Pirates in July after posting ...