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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 ...

Burdi ready for his second chance

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The rib is stashed away somewhere in his parents’ house in suburban Chicago, a reminder of what Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi needed to lose in order to find himself. The images are ingrained in the 27-year-old’s mind ...

Bell set to prove last year no fluke

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and ...

Pirates noticing Stallings

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The son’s stay in town has outlasted the father’s. The irony isn’t lost on Jacob Stallings. It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be this way. Stallings was still a catching prospect — and not necessarily a young one — in the ...

Archer begins with clear mind — and less hair

BRADENTON, Fla. — Chris Archer is 2.5 pounds lighter than at the end of last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander didn’t go on a winter diet, though. Instead, Archer cut off his trademark dreadlocks. “It was time for a change,” Archer said Friday after a spring training ...

Shelton enjoys first practice in charge

By John Perrotto The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The smile never seemed to leave Derek Shelton’s face as he walked from one practice field to another while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout. Shelton was ...

Spring training NL capsules

The Associated Press A team-by-team look at the National League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: Atlanta Braves Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth season). 2019: 97-65, ...

Bucs eager to start with new manager, GM, president

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton isn’t big on meetings. Or at least, having meetings just to have meetings. The new Pittsburgh Pirates manager would prefer to see his players working out on the field rather than sitting in chairs. “It loses its luster,” Shelton said. “It’s like if you ...

Clubhouse culture an important part of Pirates’ focus

Hot Stove notes and observations leading up to Major League Baseball’s fast-approaching spring traning: n The Pittsburgh Pirates had a disastrous second half of the season on the field in 2019, and clubhouse friction between players and/or coaches played a significant role. Three ...

Bell gets $4.8 million raise on busy day for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell’s breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday’s arbitration deadline. The 27-year-old hit .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while ...

Pirates tab Rabelo as assistant hitting coach

PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Mike Rabelo will be joining Manager Derek Shelton’s staff as the assistant hitting coach for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by General Manager, Ben Cherington. The 39-year-old Rabelo spent the 2019 season ...

Sherlock added to coaching staff

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that Glenn Sherlock was named a Major League coach. The announcement was made by General Manager Ben Cherington. Sherlock brings over 35 years of professional baseball experience to the Pirates, including 24 in the National League. He ...

Kelly added to staff

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — Don Kelly, who got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007, was hired on Saturday as bench coach for the 2020 season under new manager Derek Shelton. Kelly, 39, spent last season as the first-base coach for the Houston Astros, who lost to ...