Pirates

Cervelli returns to disabled list

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had hoped catcher Francisco Cervelli might be ready to play Thursday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead, Cervelli returned to the 10-day disabled list because of left wrist inflammation. The DL assignment is backdated to Aug. 14, so he is ...

Bucs run into trouble in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Zach Davies anticipated exactly how the Pittsburgh Pirates played. Keon Broxton hit a pinch-hit home run, Manny Pina drove in two runs, Davies pitched into the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates, 3-1, on Tuesday night. “Just a good battle,” Davies said. ...

Happ stifles Pirates

TORONTO — After a forgettable July, J.A. Happ has been unbeatable so far in August. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday. Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers ...

Rookie hurler stops Pirates

By Ian Harrison The Associated Press TORONTO — With a stadium full of people on their feet as he walked off the mound, Chris Rowley started to become aware of the magnitude of his achievement. Rowley pitched 51/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and ...

Taillon sharp, but McCutchen leaves game

TORONTO — Andrew McCutchen’s early exit because of a sore left knee took some of the shine off a solid pitching performance by Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. Taillon worked six innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Josh Harrison had two hits and the Pirates beat the Toronto Blue ...

Bell, Cole duo tough to beat

The Associated Press DETROIT — A few words of advice from a Hall of Famer gave Josh Bell the inner belief that someday he would harness his power. That time has arrived for the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie first baseman. Bell hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs Thursday, leading ...

Pirates bats go quietly

By David Hogg The Associated Press DETROIT — Justin Verlander hasn’t had a vintage season. Still, he has never stopped believing that he can perform like an ace. In his last three starts, he’s proving his point. On Wednesday night, Verlander allowed one hit over eight innings as ...

Pirates trying to close the gap

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The first RBIs of Chad Kuhl’s major league career came at the end of a sequence that mirrored the Pittsburgh Pirates’ yo-yo season: one ugly moment quickly followed by something considerably more effective. Stepping into the box with ...

Hurdle has choice to make

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ lineup card is guaranteed to have a different look for tonight’s game. They start a run of five straight interleague games, and that means there will be a designated hitter tonight in Detroit. Who will it be? Manager Clint ...

Pirates one-hit Tigers

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams lost out in the derby to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fifth starter in the spring. Banished to the bullpen for the first month of the season, he felt he needed to turn himself into a flamethrower. When he was brought back into the rotation in early May, he tried ...

Kontos brings versatility

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ newest relief pitcher reported for work on Monday afternoon. He should count on being busy. As George Kontos claimed his locker in the clubhouse at PNC Park, manager Clint Hurdle was in his office, counting the ways he might use ...

Rodriguez’s HR lifts Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sean Rodriguez’s improbable weekend had a Hollywood ending. Rodriquez homered in the 12th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. One day earlier, Pittsburgh acquired Rodriguez from the Atlanta ...

Taillon making way back

PITTSBURGH — It was all handshakes and hugs for Sean Rodriguez before the game, and more of the same after he beat the San Diego Padres with a 12th inning walk-off home run. In between, the biggest development for the Pirates was a quality start for Jameson Taillon, who had previously ...

Bucs still working on roster

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made two veteran additions Saturday, less than a week after the non-waiver trade deadline. n They reacquired utility player Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Curve infielder Connor Joe. n The Pirates also ...

Rookie pitcher tough on Pirates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Rookie Dinelson Lamet allowed just one hit in 52/3 innings, Wil Myers broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and the San Diego Padres quieted the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night. Lamet (6-4) struck out five and walked three, giving ...

Polanco blast lifts Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco hit a go-ahead, three-run homer into the Allegheny River during a six-run seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 10-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. With Pittsburgh trailing 6-4 and two men on, Polanco gave the Pirates their ...

Brewers gain game on Cubs

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Daniel Murphy hit two home runs to back Tanner Roark, and the Washington Nationals won the opener of a series between division leaders by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Friday. Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first and connected off Kyle Hendricks leading ...

Marte getting back into form

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added only set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit at the non-waiver trading deadline, but they gained a significant player with Starling Marte’s return. Marte came back from his 80-game steroids suspension on July 18, but hadn’t done ...

Kuhl helps Bucs salvage series with Reds

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl went more than two months between victories earlier this season as his ERA soared and his confidence threatened to plummet. Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage never panicked. He kept reminding Kuhl that if the 24-year-old learned how to better navigate the ...

Hurdle likes human element in umpiring

PITTSBURGH — There could be a day when the umpires are introduced before a game and the plate umpire will have a model number rather than a name. There are discussions every season about the possibility of robotic umpires, who would conceivably call balls and strikes consistently and ...