PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Consistency on mound a factor for Nova

There's one thing you can always count on from Ivan Nova. He's going to be around the plate.
Via Pirates.com
6 hours ago

Nova tosses gem in complete-game victory

The Marlins got to see from Ivan Nova what the 30-year-old does with pretty much everybody. The right-hander pounds the strike zone, and it was more of the same on Saturday night in the Pirates' 4-0 victory at Marlins Park.
Via Pirates.com
8 hours ago

Marlins dispatched by Ivan Nova in shutout loss to Pirates

Via Associated Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Freese on DL, call up Ortiz

The Pirates placed third baseman David Freese on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Wednesday) with a right hamstring strain and selected the contract of outfielder Danny Ortiz from Triple-A Indianapolis, the club announced Saturday.
Via Pirates.com
13 hours ago

Pirates Place David Freese On DL

The Pirates have announced that they’ve placed corner infielder David Freese on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday. To take his place on the active roster, they’ll select the contract of outfielder Danny Ortiz. Freese has been out since Monday due to hamstring soreness. With the new 10-day DL, the Pirates could get him back on their roster within a week should...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 hours ago

Game 23: Jamo at the bat

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by The Associated Press MIAMI — It’s not often than a pitcher gets to bat with the bases loaded, but that’s where Jameson Taillon found himself — twice — in the second inning of last night’s 12-2 blowout of the Marlins. “I knew someone was going to ask about that,” Taillon said after the game. “I’m aware I’m the only guy who didn’t...
Via Bucco Blog
15 hours ago

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner MIAMI — After the Pirates wasted Gerrit Cole’s gem and lost, 1-0, to the Cubs on Tuesday, I poked my head into Joe Maddon’s postgame presser. This part jumped out at me: “One of those nights. We always talk about you’ve got to win 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 to win championships. So, we’ll take it.” Last season, the Pirates were 20...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Pirates honor 99-year-old usher, has been with team for 81 years

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night paid tribute to longtime usher Phil Coyne, who was celebrating his 99th birthday.That’s right. The Pirates have an usher at PNC Park who is now 99 years old. Even more impressive? Coyne has been employed by the organization for an astounding 81 years.Coyne was honored during a pregame ceremony, during which Pirates team president Frank Coonelly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cervelli leads balanced attack in Pirates’ 12-2 win

MIAMI (AP) — Francisco Cervelli drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight times in the second inning in a 12-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Jordy Mercer homered and had two RBIs, Josh Harrison had three hits and knocked in two, and Andrew McCutchen also drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Marlins...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

MLB’s first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint. When Dovydas Neverauskas – fresh from the airport and wearing cleats and a glove bummed from his new Pittsburgh Pirates teammates – jogged onto the mound at PNC Park on April 24 to clean up what was left a lopsided loss to the Chicago Cubs, the 24-year-old reliever...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates Continue Long Tradition of Embracing Diversity

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Game 21: Freese not in lineup but not ruled out to be available; a new Gift to open

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – Two days after injuring himself when he missed the bag at first base, David Freese is “getting better” and hasn’t been ruled out to be available for Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.   “Right hamstring tightness, day to day (but) he does feel better today,” head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said about three hours prior...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Pirates call up Gift Ngoepe, first MLB player from African continent

Major League Baseball continues to grow around the world.Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Pittsburgh Pirates are calling up infielder Gift Ngoepe, the first major leaguer from South Africa and also the first player from any African country. It’s the second time this week the Pirates called-up a player from a country that’s never seen MLB action. As Rosenthal notes, pitcher...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates pay tribute to Dan Rooney

The Pittsburgh Pirates paid a nice tribute to Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney on the field at PNC Park.Rooney’s name appeared behind home plate at PNC Park during Friday’s game against the New York Yankees. The team also painted a Steelers logo featuring Rooney’s initials on the back of the pitcher’s mound. Rooney passed away Apr. 13 at the age of 84. He had been...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates won’t give away Starling Marte jerseys to kids in July

Almost immediately after the Pittsburgh Pirates learned they will play their next 80 games without Starling Marte due to a drug violation, the team had an easy decision to make. A Starling Marte jersey giveaway for kids 14 and under in July will still go on mostly as planned, but the kids won’t be getting the Marte jersey that had been advertised. The Pirates were scheduled to...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates cancel Starling Marte giveaway after PED suspension

The bombshell on Wednesday that All-Star outfielder Starling Marte had been suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs sent his Pittsburgh Pirates scrambling to alter their giveaway schedule.The Pirates announced on Thursday that they have cancelled an upcoming Marte jersey giveaway originally slated for July 2 against San Francisco.“We decided that it would not be appropriate...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Second Last Chance in Center

Few people benefit in Pittsburgh from Starling Marte‘s 80-game steroid suspension, but Andrew McCutchen could be one of them. After McCutchen logged the first eight seasons and 10,317.1 innings of his defensive career exclusively in center field, the Pirates elected to move him — against his wishes — to right field this year. The idea? To accommodate the more able glove and...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs seem to imply they think Eric Thames is using PEDs

It seems like some with the Chicago Cubs are ascribing Eric Thames’ hot start to the season to the use of PEDs without actually saying so.Thames, who spent the past handful of seasons slugging home runs in Korea, has been scorching hot to start the 2017 MLB season. He has six doubles and seven home runs for the Brewers, and produced three hits in each of the first two games of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison Got Hit By 4 Pitches over the Course of Two Games

When a baseball player is batting, his primary goal is to get on base. Well, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Josh Harrison got on base four consecutive times in the past two games in the most painful way possible. Harrison didn't take the easy route to first base with a bloop single or even by drawing a walk. Nope. Harrison was hit by pitches in each of his four at-bats. RELATED: 6...
Via Stack
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB suspends Starling Marte 80 games for PED violation

Major League Baseball announced Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will be suspended for 80 games without pay, news that was passed along by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.The 2016 All-Star tested positive for “Nandrolone,” a performance-enhancing substance and is a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid derived from testosterone. Marte has played in 13 games this season...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kris Bryant homers off video board at Wrigley

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has tremendous power. In fact, one could conclude he’s among the most powerful hitters in the game of baseball. Fresh off celebrating his team’s World Series win from a season ago, Bryant and the Cubs are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on Saturday.Bryant surely didn’t disappoint the Cubs’ faithful during the holiday...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB player Otis Nixon reported missing by police in Georgia

Former Major League Baseball outfielder Otis Nixon has been reported as missing by police in Woodstock, Ga. According to WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, Ga., police said Nixon was on his way out the door Saturday morning to play golf but never arrived at the course for his scheduled tee time.Nixon is famous for robbing Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andy Van Slyke from hitting a home run back in 1992...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates make amazing use of new videoboard with live-action Super Mario Run game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a new videoboard on the right field wall at beautiful PNC Park, and they picked an incredible way to show it off for the team’s home opener on Friday.For an in-game contest, the Pirates had a fan on the right field warning track to use the videoboard to play a live-action version of Super Mario Run. Well, technically, it’s a Pirates-themed “Super...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

An Early Update on Andrew McCutchen’s Right-Field Experience

This wasn’t a pleasant offseason for Andrew McCutchen. The face of the franchise’s availability on the trade market was well known and, at times this winter, a trade seemed inevitable. About four months ago, in an Orlando hotel, McCutchen told former teammate Michael McKenry — they were together for an event — that he thought he’d just been traded. Stephen Nesbitt recently...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Searage, Taillon, and the Pirates Upstairs

Jameson Taillon will be throwing a lot of two-seamers when he takes the mound tonight for the Pirates at Fenway Park. It’s become his main course of attack. According to the 25-year-old right-hander, 70% of his fastballs are now twos, and that’s the pitch he prefers to go with “in any action count.” It fits his team’s recent philosophy. Pittsburgh pitchers have been baseball’s...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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