Pirates News

  • Pirates staying cautious with Alvarez's knee

    Thursday's off-day did Pedro Alvarez's ailing left knee no favors as the Pirates third baseman was out of the lineup yet again for Friday's series opener against the Rockies.

  • Team play, not homers, key to Bucs' offense

    The Bucs aren't overpowering teams with the long ball, but they're getting on base consistently and stringing together hits for big innings.

  • Castro: Cutch making case for MVP encore

    All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is putting up numbers better than his 2013 NL MVP Award season while leading the surging Bucs back into contention.

  • Liriano cruises past LA to take series win

    The air around PNC Park cooled dramatically Wednesday night. But matters heated up between the foul lines. While an odd weather front dropped afternoon mid-80s temperatures into the upper 60s, the Pirates were dropping the Dodgers, 6-1.

  • Pirates place Marte on DL, recall Morel

    The Pirates placed Starling Marte on the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, five days after Marte took a 93-mph fastball off the helmet. Infielder Brent Morel was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Marte's roster spot.

  • Rehabbing Cole throws sim game without issue

    Gerrit Cole's second and more cautious rehab process of the season saw its first simulated game Wednesday at PNC Park. The hard-throwing righty tossed 70 pitches and said he wasn't bothered by the tight right lat that put him on the disabled list earlier this month.

  • Alvarez out of lineup due to knee injury

    Pedro Alvarez was not in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday, one day after tweaking his left knee while running the bases.

  • Pirates lose challenge on close play at first

    The Pirates lost a challenge in the top of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday on a safe call at first base.

  • Polanco leads way as Bucs outslug Dodgers

    Gregory Polanco took a few long strides and watched to make sure his bases-loaded line drive would land in the outfield. The way the last two weeks have gone for the rookie, it had to. Polanco broke out of a slump with three RBIs, and his tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning powered a four-run rally as the Pirates topped the Dodgers, 12-7, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

  • Wilson, Hurdle ejected after lefty hits Turner

    Pirates lefty Justin Wilson was ejected from Tuesday night's game when his second pitch of the seventh inning hit the Dodgers' Justin Turner on the left elbow. Manager Clint Hurdle was also tossed for arguing the ejection decision by home-plate umpire Toby Basner, in whose judgment Wilson's pitch had been intentional. Wilson's first pitch to Turner was also inside.

  • Cutch, Bucs make young fan's wish a reality

    Andrew McCutchen shared crab legs and laughs with Matthew Beichner, and lunch was just the beginning of a memorable day. Matthew, a 12-year-old who has been diagnosed with Germinoma, had his dreams play out in front of him as he not only met his favorite player, but signed a one-day contract, got his own jersey and locker in the Pirates' clubhouse and threw out the first pitch before the Bucs faced the Dodgers on Tuesday night. The team partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the events possible.

  • Selig visits PNC, happy with balance in MLB

    Bud Selig's tenure as Major League Baseball's ninth Commissioner will not officially end until Jan. 24, 2015. But as far as he is concerned, his job, at least in one important sense, was accomplished last Oct. 1. On that day, the Pirates were hosting the Cincinnati Reds in a National League Wild Card Game that turned on a city that had slept through baseball Octobers since 1992 -- Selig's first year in office.

  • Bucs win two challenges in game vs. Dodgers

    The Pirates won a pair of challenges in Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, one overturning a safe call of Justin Turner in the first inning, the other reversing Russell Martin being called out in the seventh.

  • Harrison named Bucs' Heart & Hustle Award winner

    Josh Harrison has been the Pirates' spark this season, playing the game with an edge that has inspired his teammates and drawn the admiration of fans. Quite fittingly, then, Harrison on Tuesday was named the Bucs' winner for the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award, presented since 2005 by the MLB Players Alumni Association.

  • Bucs' Alvarez exits with left knee discomfort

    Pedro Alvarez left the Pirates' Tuesday night game against the Dodgers in the fifth inning with left knee discomfort.

  • Bucs prospect Glasnow fans 11 in Class A win

    Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 2 prospect, threw six scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters Tuesday, as Class A Advanced Bradenton defeated Dunedin, 1-0.

  • Bucs' six-game home win streak snapped by LA

    Athletes dealing with rough times are known to say they'd rather be lucky than good. Edinson Volquez did not have to make that choice Monday. He was neither in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.

  • Slumping Polanco sits with Bucs facing lefty

    Gregory Polanco's slump finally reached the Pirates' bench Monday night. With the Bucs going up against Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Polanco was absent from the lineup after he had gone 0-for-10 in the previous two games, started by Colorado southpaws Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek.