Pirates

Taillon shines for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon struck out six over five innings and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox, 8-1, in a spring training game on Sunday. Taillon gave up four hits one unearned run, while Francisco Liriano, Nick Burdi and Brandon Maurer finished the game ...

Reyes hopes Bucs are noticing him

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day roster. The 25-year-old is 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s had 31 plate ...

Mirror columnist dies at 64

From Mirror reports John Mehno, who has covered Pittsburgh sports for the Mirror for more than 35 years, has passed away. He was 64. “All of us who worked with John loved his witty, informative and entertaining style,” Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel said. “His columns and his ...

Newman powers Bucs to win over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla —- Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the first with a home run blast off of Jake Arietta, his second of this spring season, in what was an 11-2 stomping of Philadephia in Grapefruit League action on Thursday afternoon. Trevor Williams allowed one run and three hits in five ...

Dickerson working hard on his defense

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender. The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games ...

Braves rough up Kingham

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Nick Kingham, who is trying to win a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation, was roughed up on Monday in the team’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta in Grapefruit League action. Kingham went three-plus innings, giving up six hits and five runs, all earned, with four walks and ...

How about a little roundball talk in Grapefruit League?

BRADENTON, Fla. — This is supposed to be a weekly update on the Pirates and spring training baseball, but first ... how about a little basketball? Basketball legend Rick Barry attended the Pirates-Orioles game Thursday at LECOM Park and I had a few minutes to chat with him. And, thanks to ...

Chisenhall ready to help Bucs anywhere

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime ...

Archer feeling good in Pirates’ camp

By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed just two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on ...

Kingham goes four scoreless in win

FORT MYERS, Fla. —Nick Kingham struck out the first nine batters he faced in a scoreless four-inning day on the mound, and Colin Moran went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in spring training action ...

Archer has strong outing for Pirates

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Archer started and struck out four of the seven batters he faced over two shutout innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-4, Tuesday in grapefruit league action. The Pirates (5-5-1) trailed 2-1 before scoring five ...

Highly regarded Bucs prospect struggles

BRADENTON, Fla. — Newly acquired catcher Mike Zunino doubled home two runs for Tampa Bay. Avisail Garcia had two hits and four RBIs, and Ryne Stanek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the Rays’ 10-4 win Sunday. Pablo Reyes homered for Pittsburgh. He has two home runs in his last three ...

Spring training games mean different things to different folks

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training means different things to different teams. Take the Pirates, for example. The Bucs’ first week of Grapefruit League action featured both highs and lows. The Pirates started with three straight wins over the Phillies, Marlins and Red Sox then lost four in ...

Dickerson has solid outing for Pirates

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Corey Dickerson had a triple and a double, driving in two runs for Pittsburgh in an 8-7 Grapefruit League win over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled and walked, scoring two runs in a game the Pirates scored five ...

Harper, Phillies thinking big

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Bryce Harper has the Philadelphia Phillies thinking October baseball before even arriving in camp. The six-time All-Star outfielder and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. Now a team that hasn’t had a ...

Nutting: Pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

BRADENTON, Fla. — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one ...

Two are going for one spot

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates’ everyday lineup. The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez was ...

Country music star in camp for a good cause

BRADENTON, Fla. — “Now batting for the Pirates, third baseman Garth Brooks!” No, that’s not going to happen, but the country music singing legend has signed a contract and is working out with the Pirates at their spring training complex in Pirate City. It’s not the first time ...

Taillon is opening-day starter

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day starter. The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon’s four-year career. Taillon was 14-10 with ...

Liriano hopes return sparks comeback

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract. Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had ...