Pirates look inward to build on promising 2018

Baseball 03/19/19, 14:13

The Pittsburgh Pirates bet on themselves a year ago when they traded away stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, believing the return they received plus the pieces already in place would help them make inroads in the hypercompetitive National League Central.The results were promising. The Pirates put together just the ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

Baseball 03/18/19, 18:41

Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates.General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman."It was not an easy decision because all ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

Baseball 03/18/19, 13:49

Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates.General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman."It was not an easy decision because all ...

Versatility gives Pirates rookie Reyes chance to make team

Baseball 03/15/19, 11:25

Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day roster.The 25-year-old is 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night's game against Tampa Bay. He's had 31 plate appearances in 15 games, starting at second ...

Boone says he isn’t worried about Tulowitzki’s plate numbers

Baseball 03/10/19, 17:07

Troy Tulowitzki is doing just fine, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone says, despite his slow start at the plate.Tulowitzki was hitless in three at-bats in a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The five-time All-Star, who has not played in the major leagues since July 2017, is ...

Pirates’ Kang having a strong spring despite long layoff

Baseball 03/06/19, 19:37

The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million, one-year contract in November as a free agent.Kang missed the entire 2017 season because he was unable to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States following a third ...

Spring roundup: Farquhar returns, Syndergaard goes wild

Baseball 03/02/19, 18:32

Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough on Saturday.Farquhar's spring training appearance for the New York Yankees was his first game since the 32-year-old reliever collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. ...

Pirates look to Eckstein to improve hitting approach

Baseball 03/02/19, 12:42

Some Pittsburgh Pirates were upset when Jeff Branson was fired at the end of last season after six years with the team.It helps that new hitting coach Rick Eckstein is off to a smooth start in spring training."I like him a lot," right fielder Gregory Polanco said. "He knows a ...

McCutchen, Realmuto, Segura debut for Phillies

Baseball 02/23/19, 17:28

While the Phillies wait to see whether Bryce Harper will sign with them, a trio of other big names took their first swings for Philadelphia.Catcher J.T. Realmuto, outfielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Jean Segura all started Saturday in a 3-2 spring training loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Segura went 1 for ...

Source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

Sports 02/20/19, 20:48

Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical.The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the ...

Francisco Liriano hopes return to Pirates sparks turnaround

Baseball 02/15/19, 13:11

Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract.Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had his best run during his 13-year ...

Garth Brooks in spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball 02/11/19, 16:48

Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and ...

Pirates largely stand pat hoping to build off 2018 success

Baseball 02/08/19, 14:52

The franchise's fourth-best season in a quarter century wasn't good enough for Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly.While Coonelly pointed to Pittsburgh's 82-79 finish in 2018 as a "move in the right direction," he stressed it shouldn't get confused with the ultimate final destination."Nobody is satisfied with 82 wins in this ...

Pitcher Ivan Nova acquired by White Sox from Pirates

Baseball 12/11/18, 14:21

Right-hander Ivan Nova has been acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and international signing bonus pool allocation.A 31-year-old right-hander, Nova was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this season, striking out 114 in 161 innings. He is 78-64 ...

Chisenhall agrees to $2.75M, 1-year deal with Pirates

Baseball 11/27/18, 11:47

Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons.The 30-year-old can earn an additional $3 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances under the deal announced Tuesday: $250,000 each for 250, 300, 350 and 400, and $500,000 ...

Indians trade INF Gonzalez to Pirates in 5-player swap

Baseball 11/14/18, 17:36

The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They're keeping their bigger ones — for now.Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.The AL Central champions sent the 27-year-old Gonzalez, who appeared ...

Pirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal

Baseball 11/08/18, 12:50

Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. ...

Pirates decline option on 2B Harrison, 3B Kang

Baseball 10/31/18, 18:57

Josh Harrison's tenure at second base for the Pittsburgh Pirates is over.Pittsburgh declined 2019 options for Harrison and third baseman Jung Ho Kang.The Pirates opted to pay Harrison a $1 million buyout rather than the $10.5 million he was scheduled to make next season. The 31-year-old, a key part of ...

Reds end 7-game losing streak vs Pirates with 3-0 victory

Baseball 09/29/18, 18:42

Michael Lorenzen singled home a run and got his first victory as a starter since 2015, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Saturday that ended their seven-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Pittsburgh has dominated the Ohio River rivalry, going 13-5 this season. The seven-game winning streak was ...

Moran plates 3, Pirates get 7th straight win over Reds 8-4

Baseball 09/28/18, 22:35

Elias Diaz hit a tiebreaking homer, and Colin Moran also homered and drove in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled away to their seventh straight win over the Cincinnati Reds, 8-4 on Friday night.The Pirates are 13-4 against their Ohio River rivals this season with their longest winning streak ...

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