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Game 20: As it turned out, adding an arm was the right call

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner When Adam Frazier went on the disabled list on Monday, the Pirates recalled Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indy. It seemed an odd move, swapping out a utilityman for a reliever — especially considering the gaping hole in right field — but the Pirates figured they might need some bullpen depth with the high-flying Cubs in town...
Via Bucco Blog
1 hour ago

Frazier placed on DL with hamstring strain

The Pirates on Monday placed utility man Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain and recalled reliever Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Via Pirates.com
21 hours ago

Pirates call up Dovydas Neverauskas, first Lithuanian player in MLB history

Via FOX Sports
21 hours ago

Cole looks to continue run of quality starts

When the Pirates and Cubs met at Wrigley Field earlier this month, Pittsburgh won all three games, and outscored Chicago, 18-10. Could they set the tone for the Central Division matchups between these two teams the rest of the season?
Via Pirates.com
21 hours ago

Game 19: Did Nova make Yankees wonder ‘what if?’

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner Did the Yankees make a mistake? Should they have held on to RHP Ivan Nova last year instead of trading him to the Pirates? “Look at (Nova’s) numbers at our place,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday’s game. “He had some good years, he had some tough years. We had to make a decision. Last year at that time we thought...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Lithuanian reliever Neverauskas makes debut for Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dovydas Neverauskas’ long journey from Lithuania to the major leagues finally ended on Monday night when the relief pitcher made his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neverauskas was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday after Pittsburgh put utility player Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Neverauskas arrived at PNC...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Boss-a Nova: Bucs win behind stellar ex-Yank

Yes, that's the same Ivan Nova. Facing his former team for the first time, Nova put together the kind of performance he's become known for since joining the Pirates, firing seven efficient innings and leading the Bucs to a 2-1 victory and series win over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
2 days ago

Pirates Looking For Outfielders

The Pirates are looking for outfield help, GM Neal Huntington told reporters (including Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).  While Huntington likes the Bucs’ current outfield options, the team is still on the lookout for external players to help the fill the void left by the suspended Starling Marte.  “If we felt there was something better internally at this point in...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Game 18: Hurdle says “Nothing’s up” with Cervelli

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner In last night’s 11-5 loss to the Yankees, Francisco Cervelli was replaced by Chris Stewart to start the ninth inning. Hurdle was asked if that was just a way to get Cervelli off his feet in a blowout loss. “No, I think something was going on,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “I’m not quite sure what right now.” Hearing that,...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: David Freese and His Battle with Depression

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

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
3 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
7 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
10 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
15 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
17 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
18 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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers wouldn't allow player to wear No. 69

In the 57 seasons the Texas Rangers have been a franchise, they’ve had players wear every number between 1 and 71 except for one.Yes, that’s right, they’ve never had a No. 69.For those of you too mature to know, the number 69 has long been a source of, um fascination for the most juvenile among us. As a result, it’s been worn by only eight players in baseball history, as...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates probable pitchers for their opening series

Pittsburgh Pirates baseball is officially back and set to kick off a three game set against the Boston Red Sox starting tomorrow at 2:05 P.M at Fenway Park. It’s a little odd for baseball to schedule Interleague play to start off the year but also exciting for two teams that don’t see much of each other. The Pirates are trying to get back in 2013-2015 mode after disappointing...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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