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Pirates

Firing, arrest cap woeful year

The 2019 season was an unmitigated disaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and ultimately, manager Clint Hurdle’s firing Sunday was a change that needed to be made. On and off the field, the Pirates endured more calamity in a six-month stretch than many teams do in a decade. This season ...

2019 Pirates highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final record: 69-93 Final National League Central Division finish: Fifth place, 22 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals Most noteworthy facts: Clint Hurdle’s tenure as manager of the ...

Search begins for Bucs’ new manager: Hurdle fired after 2nd-half collapse

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by ...

Giger: Pirates have more issues within organization

Clint Hurdle had to go. That should have been obvious to anyone who follows the Pirates and saw how this debacle of a season unfolded with infighting in the clubhouse and a horrendous collapse on the field in the second half. Still, I was surprised to see Hurdle get fired Sunday. If only ...

Reds, Bucs going on separate paths

On deck The Pirates will open the 2020 season against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road on Thursday, March 26, in a three-game series. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pirates will head into the offseason searching for a new voice after firing Clint Hurdle. The Cincinnati Reds may have ...

Bucs hand Cubs another loss

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove finished his season on a good note and then made a young boy happy. Musgrove pitched three-hit ball through six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 9-5 on Thursday night and extended the Cubs’ losing streak to ...

Hurdle will return in 2020

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who is under contract through 2021, told The Athletic on Wednesday that he has received assurances from team management that he will return next year for his 10th season. This came out on the night the Pirates beat ...

Bucs victorious as Cubs stumble

PITTSBURGH — The freefalling Chicago Cubs committed five errors, including two in a seven-run seventh inning, and moved to the brink of elimination with a 9-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night that extended their losing streak to seven. Chicago dropped to 82-75 and would be ...

Pirates lose 9th straight

By Rich Rovito The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Eric Thames and Orlando Arcia had been hushed at the plate during the Milwaukee Brewers’ crucial homestand. They made some noise Sunday. Thames hit two home runs, Arcia also connected and the Brewers took a combined perfect game into the ...

Rookies rock Bucs’ hurlers

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Rookies Keston Hiura and Trent Grisham each hit two-run homers and the Milwaukee Brewers increased their edge for the second NL wild-card spot, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Saturday night. The Brewers lead Chicago by three games in the wild-card ...

Brewers stretch wild-card lead

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-1, Friday night to strengthen their grip on an NL wild card. Milwaukee is 8-2 since NL MVP Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap ...

Vazquez details released

By Will Graves The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in ...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez arrested

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child. Vazquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene ...

Cubs set team HR record by beating up on Pirates

CHICAGO — All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again. Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the ...

Rizzo’s slam among five Cubs homers

CHICAGO — After a rough start, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs rebounded with an overwhelming response at the plate. Rizzo hit a grand slam, Contreras launched two long solo homers and the Cubs kept pace in the NL wild-card race with a 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh ...

Musgrove enjoying some positive times

By Gideon Rubin The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Musgrove made some adjustments to his delivery, and he’s enjoying the results. Musgrove pitched five shutout innings and hit a triple, Jacob Stallings homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on ...

Several stars limited in practice this week

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without fullback and special teams captain Rosie Nix for Sunday’s visit by Seattle. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Nix is dealing with a knee injury sustained in a 33-3 loss to New England in the opener. Nix did not play an ...

Reynolds delivers against former team

SAN FRANCISCO — Bryan Reynolds finally made it to San Francisco, and he delivered. Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Giants on Monday night. Down 4-2, the Pirates used ...

Cueto gets the better of the Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Cap on backward, Johnny Cueto punctuated his pitches with confident head shakes and fist pumps. “Dia De Cueto,” read the sign held by one of his sons. The Day of Cueto, indeed. Cueto dazzled over five shutout innings in his long-awaited season debut for San ...

Flaherty tough on Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago. While Flaherty is sketchy on specifics about what what ...