Pirates

Blass says 2019 his final season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth. The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team ...

Banister returns to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates hired Jeff Banister as a special assistant, baseball operations, on Sunday. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. Banister returns to the Pirates organization after spending the last four seasons as the ...

Pirates hire Eckstein, announce invitees

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates hired David Eckstein as a special assistant in baseball operations. The announcement was made by Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on Saturday. “David Eckstein brings intelligence, intensity and a unique drive and energy to the Pirates ...

Pirates finalize deal with pitcher

PITTSBURGH — Pitcher Jordan Lyles and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old right-hander can earn additional award bonuses as part of the deal, agreed to last week and announced Monday. Lyles is 31-52 with a 5.28 ERA in 217 appearances ...

Morton reaches new deal with Rays

LAS VEGAS — All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton has reached a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. A person familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for two years and $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been officially ...

Deceased player had ties to both Curve, Pirates organizations

By Fabiola Sanchez The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday. The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday ...

Versatile Samuels getting his shot

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jaylen Samuels doesn’t get caught up in roles. Maybe because the one the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie is asked to fill seems to change by the week. During his college career at North Carolina State he was a hybrid. Sometimes he’d ...

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 ...