Pirates

Bucs can’t figure out Harvey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons, leading the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Harvey (1-2) ...

Bucs lose 3 of 4 to Padres

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The San Diego Padres squeezed out a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pirates 8-5 Sunday for ...

Pirates love versatile players

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — As major league pitching staffs expand, opportunities for position players shrink. That’s why the Pirates are putting so much emphasis on having versatile players on their limited bench. Max Moroff, an infielder who was just sent back to ...

Harrison will start series finale today

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, marking the third consecutive day with a roster move. Harrison was in the clubhouse Saturday after spending much of the week doing injury rehab work with the ...

Hurdle eases Meadows’ adjustment

PITTSBURGH — Friday was the biggest day of Austin Meadows’ professional career. That’s why Clint Hurdle did everything he could to minimize it. Hurdle realized that Meadows’ head would be spinning with a million thoughts. So he told him that the only item on his agenda was ...

Bucs 8-1 in last nine games

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five ...

Meadows finally gets the call

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows is finally in the major leagues. The Pirates announced during Thursday night’s 5-4 victory over San Diego that Meadows would be recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis and will be in uniform for tonight’s game with the ...

Pirates DL might be revolving door

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have a couple of players ready to come off the disabled list. They hope they don’t have two more headed for the sidelines. Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli were absent from the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Both left ...

Williams tough on White Sox

On deck Today: Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: White Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-1) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams had a better outing against the struggling Chicago ...

Hurdle moves bullpen pieces around

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle used a day off to do some thinking about the Pirates bullpen, and he decided to make some changes. Veteran George Kontos is out of the eighth-inning slot after a string of ineffective appearances. Hurdle said his handling of the ...

Turning tables keys Bucs’ success

Notes, thoughts and observations from the Major League Baseball world with a quarter of the season now in the rearview mirror: n The Pittsburgh Pirates are using a reversal of trends to experience some success in the early part of this season. While it’s true that the Pirates’ schedule ...

Pirates unable to complete 3-game sweep of Giants

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs. Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop ...

Cervelli gets new perspective

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli usually gets a day off when the Pirates play a day game after a night game. On Sunday, though, he got a different spot in the lineup. Cervelli led off for the first time in his career, going 1-for-4 in the Pirates’ 5-0 ...

Bucs pound Giants in Cutch’s return

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter’s box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at ...

Fans warmly greet Giants’ McCutchen

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates sent Andrew McCutchen packing in January. His unofficial welcome back party was held on Friday night. Fans packed PNC Park to salute McCutchen, the former Most Valuable Player who returned to Pittsburgh playing for the San Francisco ...

Kings of the comeback

Moran’s HR helps Bucs rally once again By Mike Helfgot The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way. Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate ...

Offense delivers for Bucs

CHICAGO — Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the lowly Chicago White Sox 10-6 on Tuesday night. Corey Dickerson had four of Pittsburgh’s 16 hits and also drove in two runs, ...

Kuhl silences Milwaukee’s offense

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodrguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the Pirates are ...

Capitals’ Wilson earned his suspension

PITTSBURGH — Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals still has one game remaining on his well-deserved suspension from the NHL. He earned it with a vicious hit that broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw. The video doesn’t lie. When Wilson aimed his shoulder at Aston-Reese’s head and collided ...

Kontos can’t keep Brewers in check

By Joe DiGiovanni The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping the Milwaukee Brewers top the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night. Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos ...