Pirates News

  • Grilli, Pirates stunned by Braun's homer in ninth

    Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun smacked his second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the ninth inning off closer Jason Grilli, to send the Pirates to an 8-7 loss on Saturday night at PNC Park.

  • Ike gets two hits, scores twice in Bucs debut

    The Pirates acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets on Friday night in a trade for Minor League reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named, and Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while batting sixth in an 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Saturday night.

  • Crew out to keep magic going vs. Cole, Bucs

    The way they're going, it looks like Ron Roenicke's Brewers are never out of a ballgame. After being blown out in Thursday's opener, the Brewers committed four errors on Friday and beat the Pirates. They committed another error and played a generally sloppy brand of baseball during a five-run Pirates fourth inning on Saturday, yet won again. The Brewers will try to do it one more time on Sunday, when Marco Estrada draws Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole at PNC Park.

  • Pirates activate Stewart, option Sanchez

    Pirates catcher Chris Stewart, who underwent right knee surgery on March 19, has been recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the active roster, catcher Tony Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

  • Justice: Ike will like his fresh start with Pirates

    Ike Davis will have a chance to get his career back on track with the Pirates, who could definitely use some more production at first base.

  • Bucs' Mercer out of starting lineup with sore ankle

    Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Friday night's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee after the third inning with discomfort in his right ankle, and he was held out of the starting lineup for Saturday night's contest but flew out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

  • Rogers: No bigger winner than Ike in trade

    The Pirates' trade with the Mets for Ike Davis was a simple one, but a good one. Give Neal Huntington credit for making an early move to improve, and by joining a contender, Davis may feel like he won the lottery.

  • Morton stumbles vs. Crew, Bucs can't recover

    The Pirates couldn't hold an early lead and fell to the Brewers, 5-3, on Friday night, as Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse upped his career record against the Pirates to 11-2. Pirates starter Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He took the loss, falling to 0-2.

  • Pirates acquire 1B Davis from Mets

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named on Friday.

  • Bucs' Mercer gets spiked, nursing bruised ankle

    Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer exited Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers after getting spiked in the third inning by Martin Maldonado. "I wasn't cut. It's just a bad bruise. It is very sore. We'll see how it feels tomorrow," Mercer said after the game.

  • With hard work, Bucs' Volquez finding his stride

    The reclamation of Edinson Volquez is starting to pay dividends for the Pirates. Volquez was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $5 million contract with the hopes that pitching coach Ray Searage could help him return to the form he flashed in his first year in Cincinnati in 2008.

  • Bucs' Hurdle thinks Martin belongs in two-spot

    Catcher Russell Martin was moved back into the second spot in the batting order, and the Pirates' offense perked up with 11 runs on Thursday night against Milwaukee. "It worked out great," manager Clint Hurdle said.

  • Harrison's heroics get Pirates big win

    Josh Harrison delivered a two-run seventh-inning home run to lift the Bucs to an 11-2 win over the Brewers behind starter Edinson Volquez, who had another quality start.

  • Pirates prospect Polanco a special talent

    At some point in the future, we will likely see an outfield of Starling Marte in left field, Andrew McCutchen in center and Gregory Polanco in right for the Pirates. When that happens, the speed and talent of the trio may be among the best in baseball.

  • Callis: Bucs' Polanco should get the next call

    While D-backs Minor Leaguer right-hander Archie Bradley, MLB.com's top pitching prospect, certainly has what it takes to pitch in the Majors sooner rather than later, no prospect is more deserving of a promotion to the bigs than than Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. And the Pirates would be best served by making that happen pronto.

  • Pirates' Walker pleased with hot start

    Second baseman Neil Walker is off to a solid start for the Pirates, entering play on Thursday night batting .259 with five home runs and nine RBIs. He didn't hit his fifth home run last season until June.

  • Pirates' Tabata OK one day after early exit

    Jose Tabata was available one day after crashing into the wall to make a catch.

  • Hurdle loses challenge on stolen-base attempt

    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged a play at second base in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Brewers, and the umpires ruled that the call would stand after replay review. The Pirates attempted a double steal with one out. Andrew McCutchen took third, but Pedro Alvarez was thrown out at second base by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.