Pirates

Bucs hire hitting instructor

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Rick Eckstein has been hired as the club’s new hitting coach on Friday. “Rick Eckstein brings experience, knowledge and a relentless drive to combine old-school thought and new-school concepts to help our Major League team,” general ...

Pirates’ pitching may provide reason for 2019 optimism

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2018 season was a roller-coaster ride that ended on a positive upswing. Left for dead by just about everybody outside the organization in the preseason following the trades of team cornerstones Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the Pirates rode a 16-10 month of ...

2018 Pittsburgh Pirates highlights, lowlights

A look at the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final regular-season record: 82-79. Final National League Central Division finish: The Pirates finished in fourth place, 13 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, who won a tiebreaker game for the division title, 3-1 over the Chicago ...

Pirates are optimistic after ‘leap’ forward

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington raised eyebrows last winter when the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager said the club’s decision to trade franchise cornerstones Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole wouldn’t affect the team’s ability to win the World ...

Bucs win, finish 82-79

CINCINNATI — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh’s season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson Stephens’ wild pitch in the ...

Reds shut out Pirates to end seven-game skid

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Michael Lorenzen’s longest outing in three years reminded him why he enjoys starting so much. The right-hander singled home a run and got his first victory as a starter since 2015, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Saturday that ...

Cubs gain one game on Brewers

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon Lester combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, David Bote hit an early two-run triple and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Thursday night to open a one-game NL Central lead over Milwaukee heading into the final ...

Cubs nip Bucs in 10

By John Jackson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Shortly after their playoff spot was assured, the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 Wednesday night when Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 10th inning. The NL Central-leading Cubs clinched their ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels in Pirates’ win over Cubs

By Andrew Seligman The Associated Press CHICAGO — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They’ll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer ...

Pirates lose, officially eliminated

PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers used their power to put the Pittsburgh Pirates on the ropes. Some heads-up baserunning — and more than a little help from the mistake-prone home team — pushed the Brewers closer to the club’s fifth playoff berth in franchise history. Christian ...

Musgrove done; Bucs hit road

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove started the 2018 season on the sidelines, and he’s ending it there, too. Musgrove’s name was added to the list of Pirates who are shut down for the last week. He was diagnosed with a stress reaction on the front of his pelvic bone and an abdominal wall muscle ...

Brewers blanked by Williams, Pirates

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff push was slowed by a nemesis. Milwaukee’s offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday ...

Few medical updates on Santana, Cervelli

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates offered no medical updates on pitcher Edgar Santana and catcher Francisco Cervelli on Saturday. Both players left Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Santana was said to have tightness in his forearm and elbow while ...

Brubaker, Hayes honored

For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Curve’s J.T. Brubaker and Ke’Bryan Hayes were honored as the Pirates minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively. The announcements were made before Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Brubaker made six starts for the ...

Brewers end Bucs’ streak

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Travis Shaw, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered during a six-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and gained ground in the NL Central race. The Brewers drew within 1¢ games of ...

P Kuhl has elbow surgery, out for entire 2019 season

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and will miss the entire 2019 season. The team says Kuhl had the surgery Wednesday in New York. Kuhl went 5-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 16 starts for Pittsburgh this season. The ...

Archer looks the part as Bucs sweep Royals

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer came to Pittsburgh with much fanfare when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Then he went 1-3 in his first eight starts with the Pirates. It’s almost certainly too late for the Pirates to make a playoff push ...

Kuhl beginning rehab for elbow

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had been hoping to get Chad Kuhl back on the mound this month. Instead, he’ll be starting a rehab program after having elbow surgery on Wednesday. The surgery was done in New York on Wednesday afternoon. Because Kuhl and his ...

Reyes making the case for utility job in 2019

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have opportunities for 2019, and theyáre having auditions in the last month of the 2018 season. The middle infield is likely to be different, and there are other openings as well. Pablo Reyes is making his case to compete for a utility job next season. Entering ...

Lavarnway bats in Marte for walk-off over Royals

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Indianapolis. In his ...