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Yanks farmhand diagnosed with case of coronavirus

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — A minor leaguer for the New York Yankees tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, becoming the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that a “younger ...

Pirates offering refund plan for tickets

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — In the wake of Thursday’s decision by Major League Baseball to suspend all spring training games and delay the start of the 2020 regular season due to safety concerns around the Coronavirus, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to work to minimize the impact ...

Season for Bucs, Curve will be delayed

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve will see the start of their seasons delayed because of coronavirus concerns. Major League Baseball suspended operations Thursday, postponing spring training two weeks ahead of the start of the regular season. The league expects the start of the season ...

MLB will delay the start of its season two weeks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida’s west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call. No game tonight. No games for a while. “Pretty shocked,” Davis ...

Hayes impressive as callup nears

BRADENTON, Fla. — Ke’Bryan Hayes thought the call might come last September with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a free fall. It didn’t and, yeah, it bothered the third base prospect more than a little. “I just used it as motivation for this offseason going back home,” Hayes said recently. ...

Bucs continue spring struggles

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were held to five hits in a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Monday afternoon in spring training league action. The Pirates (3-13-1) got their only run on an RBI double from Oneil Cruz in the seventh inning. Teammate Kevin Newman had two ...

Pirates, Rays play to spring training draw

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Colin Moran went 2-for-3 at the plate, inlcluding a run-scoring single in the first inning in a 2-2 tie for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training action Sunday. Moran now has seven hits in his last six games. Charlie Tilson recorded a ...

MLB limits spring autographs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A baseball fan’s treasure trove sat on a table outside the San Francisco Giants clubhouse Saturday morning — hundreds of baseball cards signed by the franchise’s biggest stars. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Evan Longoria and more, all ready for eager autograph ...

Andrews’ triple lifts Yanks over Bucs

BRADENTON, Fla. — The New York Yankees exploded for six runs in the eighth inning in a 7-4 spring training win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates. John Andrews hit the bases-clearing, 3-run RBI triple in the top of the eighth to kick things off for the Yankees. John Ryan hit his ...

Pirates getting hits but not many runs

From Mirror, wire reports Former Pittsburgh Pirate Austin Meadows homered, and the Pirates fell to 2-11-1 as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh, 2-1, Thursday afternoon in a spring training exhibition game. The Rays (8-4-2) were out-hit by the Pirates, 7-2. Pittsburgh got a solid start from lefty ...

Pirates are proactive with virus in Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other ...

Bucs get hitting, but no pitching, twice

From Mirror, wire reports In a split-squad exhibition on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two games, losing 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater and 9-7 to the Atlanta Braves at Bradenton. In the loss to the Phillies, starting pitcher Hector Noesi gave up four earned runs ...

Reynolds hopes to back up breakout year

Greg Reynolds can’t lift his right arm much these days, the byproduct of years of throwing batting practice to his son Bryan. Still, family is family. Habits are habits. So when Bryan decided to get back to work over the winter following his breakout rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, ...

One bad inning hurts Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports DUNEDIN, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller gave up three earned runs in 21/3 innings on Monday in a 4-0 loss to Toronto in an exhibition matchup. Keller gave up three hits, struck out two and walked one. The Pirates, who fell to 2-8-1, ...

Pirates pick up first exhibition league win

From Mirror, wire reports FORT MEYERS, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first exhibition win on Saturday, beating the Minnesota Twins, 2-0. Jose Osuna doubled home Ke’Bryan Hayes with a run in the sixth inning, and Will Craig doubled and scored for the Pirates on a Kevin ...

Bucs routed by Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. — A six-run third inning propelled the Baltimore Orioles to a 13-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition baseball game Friday. The loss dropped the Pirates to 0-6-1 in spring training. Starter Hecto Noesi pitched two scoreless innings, throwing 28 pitches, 16 for ...

Pirates’ pitching struggles early on

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox scored three times in the seventh inning in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in exhibition play Wednesday. Jose Osuna and Cole Tucker each had a hit and an RBI for the Pirates (0-5-1). Starter Mitch Keller struck out ...

Kela will put the past in the past

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team’s coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others. While ...

Bucs’ Archer hurting

TAMPA, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees due to neck tightness. Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day. Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last ...

Pirates lose both split-squad games in Florida

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two games Sunday in Grapefruit League action and fell to 0-3 in the early going during spring training. The Pirates played split-squad games, hosting the Detroit Tigers in one and traveling to Clearwater to play the Philadelphia Phillies ...