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Cole off his game as Pirates fall to Cubs

The last time the Pirates and Cubs took the field at PNC Park, Chicago beat up on Pittsburgh's ace and stifled the Bucs' bats en route to a National League Wild Card Game victory. The circumstances may have been different, but the script was largely the same in the Cubs' 7-2 win on Monday night.
Via Pirates.com
2 hours ago

Zinsser named Pirates' Honorary Bat Girl

Kirsten Zinsser is the Pirates' winner of the annual Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
Via Pirates.com
4 hours ago

Top 50 AAA Pitchers

Embed from Getty Images It is unfair that the Pittsburgh Pirates are just waiting for Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon to join Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole in their rotation. They also have three other starters at the AAA level with an ERA of 2.05 or lower.The Twins, Rays and Indians each have four starters in the top 50 at the AAA level.Three of the top five strikeout...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bucs prospect Diaz set for elbow surgery

Pirates prospect Elias Diaz will undergo surgery on his right elbow this week, the team announced on Monday. The club did not disclose any further details about the operation.
Via Pirates.com
7 hours ago

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Cubs-Pirates, a clash of offensive titans. Who knew?

SOUTH HILLS – After last Wednesday’s game vs. the Pirates, the Rockies’ staff went back and watched video to see how many pitches the Pirates had fouled off. They counted 53. Rockies starter Jon Gray was exasperated, wondering why he wasn’t more successful. He felt he followed his game-plan, he felt he executed. He just couldn’t get Pirates hitters to chase out-of...
Via Bucco Blog
13 hours ago

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

The Chicago Cubs (17-6) head to PNC Park to face Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10). This is a battle of the National League Central as both teams aim to be NL Central Champs!
Via Hot Stove MLB
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: First month in review

One month of the MLB season is in the books, and the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves second in the NL Central behind the Chicago Cubs. They ended the month of April on a 6-game win streak, which was broken on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates sported a record of 15-9 in baseball’s opening month. Their win record can be mostly attributed to a high scoring offense that averaged 5...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Liriano, Jaso help Pirates win 6th straight, 5-1 over Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) Francisco Liriano won for the first time since opening day and John Jaso homered to open the bottom of the first as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 5-1 Saturday night for the Pirates' sixth straight win and Reds their sixth consecutive loss. Liriano (2-1) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since April 3 when he pitched six scoreless innings against St...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates show coaching staff appreciation with early-season contract extensions

Coaches are usually underpaid and unappreciated, though not in the eye of Pittsburgh Pirates’ management. The Pirates extended the contracts of manager Clint Hurdle’s entire coaching staff through the 2017 season, including longtime pitching coach Ray Searage, on Friday. The security is nearly unprecedented for major league coaches, who typically work on one-year contracts and...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Pirates activate reliever Hughes from DL, option Scahill

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed reliever Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes had been out since straining his left lat muscle during spring training. He pitched four times on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Also Saturday, right...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Farm Report: Meadows, Hayes and Taillon

Austin Meadows made his season debut with Altoona on Monday (Horner photo). Spring training produces a few freak injuries each year, and in 2016, Austin Meadows might’ve been the unluckiest Pirate. The ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Meadows was playing catch during spring training when he fractured his right orbital bone. At the time, our Rob Biertempfel noted that former...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Pirates sign coaches through 2017 season

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their coaches new contracts through the 2017 season. The Pirates made the announcement before Friday night's game against Cincinnati. Ray Searage, who has been Pittsburgh's pitching coach since midway through the 2010 season, and the rest of the coaching staff got one-year boosts. Also extended were hitting coach Jeff Branson...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Niese looks to keep the Pirates rolling

Inside of a week the Pirates have gone from a horrible ball of stress and frustration to a vaunted offense bludgeoned their way towards the upper part of the National League. This is possible because it’s only April, of course, but it’s a welcome change from the week that preceded it. Jon Niese takes the mound tonight to try and keep his perfect record intact, though I’ll admit...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 21: Pirates 9 Rockies 4

I suppose this goes without saying, but when I type something like perhaps a struggling lefty and Coors Field are what Andrew McCutchen needs to get jump-started, I don’t actually expect the result to be that Andrew McCutchen goes out and lights the Rockies up for three home runs. McCutchen did exactly that, though, launching a two-run homer to left in the first, a solo shot to...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole faces the Rockies

Gerrit Cole’s strong start against the Padres last week avoided a sweep in Petco Park and kick-started a solid turn of the rotation for the Pirates, with four wins in five games. Cole’s been solid ever since his rough first inning against the Reds in his first start. After Locke focused entirely on fastballs and changeups last night, I’m sort of interested to see how Cole approaches...
Via WHYGAVS?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jung Ho Kang inches towards return

Pittsburgh Pirates’ infielder Jung Ho Kang is about one week into his rehab stint with the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates Triple-A affiliate, and could return to the Pirates’ lineup by the end of the month. The 29-year-old South Korea native sustained a broken leg and torn meniscus in September when then-Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan slid into him. Kang is considered...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Outside of aces, pitchers are struggling for Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates under the tenure of pitching coach Ray Searage have regularly turned out an above-average pitching staff. In each of their three playoff seasons Pittsburgh has finished with an ERA in the top five of the National League. Players like staff ace Gerrit Cole and closer Mark Melancon have seen great success in Pittsburgh, earning reputations as elite players in...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Pirates fan one-hands home run ball while holding baby

This Pittsburgh Pirates fan will go down as one of the coolest dads of the year. On Friday, the Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, but the real highlight of the game came when Diamondbacks catcher Wellington Castillo smacked the ball out of the park. Unfortunately for Castillo, the home run did not make a difference on the final scoreboard. It did, however, give...
Via Campus Sports Net
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates fan holds baby, catches home run ball barehanded

A Pittsburgh Pirates fan reeled in a home run ball hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Welington Castillo on Friday night at Chase Field. And he did so barehanded. While holding a baby. Here’s video of the catch, and also an interview with the fan, Justin Kirkpatrick: Nice play, dad: @Pirates fan barehands Welington Castillo homer while holding kid. https://t.co/zlSEJgZLRO pic...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates catcher is completely lost when wild pitch lands in umpire's pocket

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped to 7-8 on the season Wednesday night after losing to the San Diego Padres, 8-2. Jeff Locke was on the mound and watched his ERA rise to 7.24 thanks to a three-inning outing where he allowed eight earned runs. He also threw one of the worst -- and strangest -- pitches of the season.In the third inning with Jemile Weeks at the dish, Locke bounced one...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates manager believes there will be female MLB player

As the world of baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day by donning No. 42 jerseys in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes that more barriers will be broken in the league’s future. Prior to the start of the Pirates’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Hurdle stated that Jackie Robinson Day goes...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Braun hits two HRs amid Pirates fans' 'steroids' chants

  Ryan Braun had a big game for the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, and he did it all despite taunts from the opposing fans. When Braun came up to the plate at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he was met with chants of “steroids” from the fans. Pirates fans chanting "steroids" around the whole stadium when Braun comes up to bat and twice...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Carlos Munoz Looking for Strong Rebound at Long Beach

If there’s a driver most excited about being able to Phoenix International Raceway in the rearview mirror, it’s Carlos Munoz. The Colombian certainly didn’t have the weekend that he was looking for, crashing twice over the course of the weekend. He crashed during qualifying after he got loose, and then crashed during the race following a mechanical issue. ”Its a weekend to...
Via On Pit Road
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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