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Bell knocks 15th homer as Bucs back Nova

For the first time this season, Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova didn't pitch into the sixth, but it ultimately didn't matter. The Bucs' lineup scored four runs in the first and their bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Rays on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
11 minutes ago

Taillon closes Interleague set with Rays

Chris Archer and Jameson Taillon will square off in the finale of the Rays-Pirates three-game series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
15 minutes ago

MLB umpire saves woman’s life on Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge

By the time he showed up at PNC Park on Wednesday to call the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, MLB umpire John Tumpane must have figured there was no way the rest of his day could have been any more stressful than what had already happened.Per the Post-Gazette, Tumpane was walking across the nearby Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. when he noticed a woman...
Via The Comeback
17 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Cervelli cleared for cardio activities

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, being monitored for post-concussion symptoms, was cleared to begin light cardiovascular activities on Tuesday, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said on Wednesday.
Via Pirates.com
3 hours ago

Game 78: Per Hurdle, Pirates have three worthy All-Stars

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – With the online fan voting for the MLB All-Star game set to end Thursday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Wednesday afternoon was given one final chance to stump for any of  his players who he believes are worthy for inclusion in the July 11 Midsummer Classic in Miami.   “I think we’ve got three guys, who from the start (of the season) til now...
Via Bucco Blog
4 hours ago

Game 77: Bastardo’s back… and so is Cutch (in a familiar spot)

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – While the biggest pregame news of the day is clearly that The Longtime Face of the Franchise is back in his prominent spot in the batting order, there was other news Monday. Namely, the Bucs’ beleaguered bullpen has grown – and it welcomed back one of its more veteran members.   Antonio Bastardo was reinstated from the disabled list (and resulting...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Freese’s error costs Pirates, gives Rays 4-2 win in 10th

PITTSBURGH (AP) — David Freese misplayed a groundball at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. With Souza at first base and no outs, Wilson Ramos hit a hard grounder off Felipe Rivero (3-2) that Freese missed while trying to backhand. Adeiny Hechavarria added a sacrifice...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Harrison singles to end Cobb’s no-hit bid leading off 7th

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison has broken up a no-hit bid by Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb in the seventh inning. Harrison beat the shift and singled to right field leading off the seventh for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first hit. Cobb pitched three perfect innings Tuesday before Harrison walked with one out in the fourth. Cobb retired the final two batters in the fourth...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Pittsburgh Pirates' Tyler Glasnow pitching solely from stretch, dominating Triple-A

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: Why the Yankees should not trade for Gerrit Cole

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Game 76: Mercer powers up

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images ST. LOUIS — Jordy Mercer took some good-natured ribbing from his teammates about his postgame workout habits on Saturday. Whatever routine Mercer is using, it’s working. He smacked his seventh homer — a two-run shot in the fourth off Lance Lynn — and collected three RBI in the 7-3 rout of the Cardinals. In April, Mercer...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh’s win over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison homered and starter Gerrit Cole pitched six innings, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Cole (6-6) extended his winning streak to three games, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts and two walks. In Cole’s four losing starts from May 22 through June 8, he...
Via MyNorthwest.com
4 days ago

The Pirates Should Sell, Softly

In the coming days and weeks, you will read quite a bit about which teams should buy and which should sell, at FanGraphs and elsewhere. As the midpoint of the season approaches, the Pirates once again reside on the bubble. They’re a team once again with a slim but mathematically possible path to the postseason — a 2.9% chance, according to FanGraphs projections — a team that...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers' Arcia makes ridiculous play to secure one-run victory

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season, featuring a roster that doesn’t exactly jump at you on paper, but keeps finding ways to win games.On Wednesday night at Miller Park, it appeared the Pittsburgh Pirates were about to tie the game with two outs in the top of the ninth when 22-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia came out of nowhere to...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Is Back

After a five-year run as one of the best players in baseball, Andrew McCutchen put up the worst year of his career in 2016. His strikeouts went up, his power and BABIP went down, and his defense was bad enough to finally precipitate a move out of center field. All told, McCutchen produced just +0.7 WAR last year, and when the team hung a superstar asking price on him in trades over...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: What’s wrong with Gregory Polanco?

On May 26, Gregory Polanco returned from a 10-day stint on the disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. In just his second at-bat, Polanco launched a ball 411 feet over the center field wall for his second home run of the season. Two days later, he went deep again and ended up tallying five hits in 13 plate appearances in his first series back in the lineup. It seemed as if...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Cervelli blames Rockies catcher for incident

Francisco Cervelli says Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was looking for a fight, which helped spark a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday between the Pirates and Rockies.Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the bottom of the fifth inning with his team down 3-0. The Pittsburgh catcher was slow to make it up the line and exchanged words with Wolters,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dock Ellis biopic in development has O’Shea Jackson Jr. starring as infamous pitcher

Three years ago, a documentary about former major league pitcher Dock Ellis reminded us of what a compelling story and what a trip his 12-year baseball career was. Now, the hurler’s story has a chance to reach an even wider audience with a feature film. Dock is getting a biopic, with the announcement made on the 47th anniversary of him pitching a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Watson loses closer role

This season hasn’t gone as expected for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team sitting dead last in the NL Central with a 28-35 record. It has come as a surprise since most around the league were anticipating a more competitive Pirates team after missing out on the playoffs last year. On the bright side, the Pirates somehow only sit 4.5 games out of the division lead because the NL Central...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton exits game after being hit by pitch

The Miami Marlins got a pretty major scare. Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton exited Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit on the hand by Pirates starter Trevor Williams. The pitch registered at over 95 miles-per-hour and Stanton was seen in tremendous pain before exiting. This is the last thing a 27-33 Marlins team needs. Though, there are no further update...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jameson Taillon to start mere weeks after cancer surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get an inspiring figure back on the bump for Monday. Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will take to the mound just five weeks after undergoing surgery to treat testicular cancer. The 25-year-old starter was placed on the 10-day disabled list back in early May after complaining of groin discomfort. Immediately after that, he underwent surgery to treat what...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Machado leaves game after being spiked by Andrew McCutchen

Manny Machado was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Pirates after being the recipient of a hard slide from Andrew McCutchen.During the second inning, McCutchen stole third base as part of a double-steal by Pittsburgh. When Machado received the throw from catcher Caleb Joseph and attempted to apply the tag, McCutchen’s spikes caught Machado on the left wrist. Here...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Has a Plan, Is Running Out of Time

Andrew McCutchen’s time as a Pirate was always likely to end in one of two ways: either by way of trade or departure as a free agent. Several years ago, a significant portion of the fan base — and perhaps a significant portion of the clubhouse — would have liked to have seen another contract extension for the 2013 NL MVP, but that was always unlikely. The club had little interest...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameson Taillon has outstanding outing less than three weeks after testicular cancer surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was back on the mound for the team’s Double-A affiliate Sunday, less than three weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer. Pitching three innings for the Altoona Curve, Taillon struck out six, walked one and allowed one hit on 47 pitches. Remarkably, Taillon struck out five of his first seven batters, showing no signs of rust...
Via Sportsnaut
May 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates.After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 26, 2017  |  Discuss
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