PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pittsburgh Pirates: Were 3-year Huntington/Hurdle extensions justified?, part 2

Part 2 in a 2-part series; opening image credit Sports Illustrated.  Read Part 1- weighing GM Neal Huntington’s extension- right here.  Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug After steering his 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates through a previously tumultuous August-September stretch to clinch the club’s first playoff appearance in 21 years, the club kicked off the 2014 campaign by extending...
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Brewers bullpen implodes in 11-2 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night. Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten...
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Pirates 11, Brewers 2

Wonderful start to a key homestand! Edinson Volquez pitched seven very strong innings. Through three starts each (four for Liriano), he’s easily been the Bucs’ best starter — he’s got a 1.71 ERA. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. It’s still very early, obviously, but Volquez’s resurgence looks legit so far. He is keeping the ball down for the most part, his breaking...
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Mike Tyson pretends to bite Tony Sanchez's ear (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday night's Pittsburgh Pirates game. Tyson threw a high strike to Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, then posed with Sanchez for a few photos. During a couple of them, Tyson pretended to bite Sanchez's ear, an obvious reference to that infamous Evander...
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Next man up: Gregory Polanco’s time is fast approaching

Release the prospect hounds! Yesterday, they had George Springer‘s Astros debut to slather over; soon they should have another stud outfield prospect to get excited about too. After Pittsburgh’s starting right fielder Jose Tabata left yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with “mild” concussion-like symptoms* - an injury sustained when he crashed into the...
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Series wrap-up: Limping home

The Pirates have dipped below .500 for the first time in 363 days and ended their road trip by losing 5 out of 6 against division rivals. After they pulled of a win in the suspended first game of this Reds series, they followed it up with a tough loss on Tuesday night and a total stinker on Wednesday afternoon. This was a brutal week. There’s no need to over react to a bad week...
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Fantasy Baseball – Hardball High: Week One

Paul Goldschmidt Alright, class, school is in session. With the first two full weeks of Fantasy Baseball (and in the case of head-to-head leagues, the first matchups) in the books, we’re starting to get a better idea of the Fantasy Baseball 2014 outlook, separating contenders from pretenders. For the most part, those who invested in bats early have reaped the rewards. First round...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds, Pirates combine for 10 homers in game suspended after six innings (video)

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates combined to set a Great American Ball Park record on Monday by smacking 10 home runs. To make the impressive display of power even more impressive is the teams accomplished the remarkable feat in a game suspended due to inclement weather. By the time the game was suspended in […] The post Reds, Pirates combine for 10 homers in game suspended...
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Cole, Leake will look to keep ball in the park

Gerrit Cole has made 21 starts in the regular season and two more in the postseason since making his major league debut 10 months ago, facing three of the Pittsburgh Pirates' NL Central rivals three times apiece. He's yet to get a look at the Cincinnati Reds. Following the conclusion of Monday's homer-heavy contest that was suspended by rain, Cole will hope to keep the...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Snider Uses His Face Instead Of Glove

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider who is affectionately known as “Lunchbox” for his admiration of meat decided to use his face as a lunch bucket. Snider slid for a dying quail on the right field foul-line and the ball inadvertently landed on his beak. The ball was ruled fair as it struck Snider in the face in fair territory sending the outfielder back to his position...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Snider fails to catch fly ball with his face (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider had a bit of a mishap in the outfield when he was hit in the face with a fly ball during Monday night's game in Cincinnati.In the bottom of the fourth, Reds batter Todd Frazier hit a popup down the line into short right field. Snider made a sliding attempt to catch the ball as he crossed into...
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Reds-Pirates April 14 Rain Delay Information

Press release from the Reds: Tonight's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates was suspended at 10:56 p.m. after a 1 hour, 38-minute delay and will be completed tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled game at 7:10. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The score is tied, 7-7, after 6 innings. Non-premium tickets may be exchanged at the box office for tomorrow's continuation...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Travis Snider takes ball to the jaw going for catch

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider’s face does not catch popups nearly as well as his glove. During the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, Snider attempted to make a sliding catch near the right-field foul line, only to have the fly ball just miss his glove and instead nail him right in the jaw. The play was initially ruled a foul ball...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco is on fire (VIDEO)

It’s only been a couple of weeks, but Gregory Polanco has lived up to the hype so far in Indianapolis. Here’s his stat line through Saturday night (10 games): 19-for-38, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, 2 walks, 3 K’s, 1 SB, 2 CS. That’s a ridiculous triple-slash line of .500/.536/.763 Now, of course, that’s 10 games and he isn’t going to hit .500, but everyone expected...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates need to keep Tony Sanchez in the majors

The Pirates need to keep Tony Sanchez in the MLB and not relegate him back to Indianapolis. It has been rumored that the Pirates have plans to send Sanchez back to AAA once off-season acquisition Chris Stewart is healthy. Stewart is on the mend from a knee injury that he suffered in spring training and he has finally made his way to AAA Indianapolis. However Sanchez has looked solid...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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