#Pirates A.M. — Hurdle: “Mission accomplished”

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — After yesterday’s Grapefruit League finale agains the Phillies, manger Clint Hurdle was asked if he’s happy with the foundation that was laid during spring training. As usual, Hurdle was prepared with an answer: “I think we identified our areas of needed improvement over the winter. We spelled it out for the team moving in and attacked...
Via Bucco Blog
31 minutes ago

Hughes emotional, grateful after release

The Pirates cut ties Wednesday morning with veteran reliever Jared Hughes, informing the sinkerballer that the club intended to release him. "I consider Pittsburgh family," Hughes said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. "It was a wonderful opportunity, and I feel thankful for it."
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Williams' dominance leads top prospect performers

Trevor Williams saved his best for last. Needing a strong performance to help him win a spot in the Pirates' rotation, the club's No. 18 prospect spun a gem in his final Grapefruit League appearance.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Williams sharp as he battles for No. 5 spot

Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams continued to build his case to make the rotation Wednesday.
Via Pirates.com
16 hours ago

Pirates Release Jared Hughes

The Pirates have requested release waivers on righty Jared Hughes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).
Via MLB Trade Rumors
20 hours ago

Pirates A.M. — Sweet start, sour finish for Hutchison

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner BRADENTON, Fla. — You can look at Drew Hutchison’s linescores this spring and draw a bright, wide line of demarcation between the good and the bad. His first three outings: nine innings, six hits, two earned runs, three walks, nine strikeouts. His past three outings: 10 2/3 innings, 27 hits, 21 earned runs, six walks, nine strikeouts...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Pirates A.M. — Whither Webb?

By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner BRADENTON, Fla. — Tyler Webb was plucked off the New York Yankees’ Tripe-A roster in the Rule 5 draft on the last day of the winter meetings. If the Pirates want to keep the left-hander, he must spend the entire season on their active roster. On Monday, Webb tossed three innings against the Minnesota Twins. He gave up one hit and...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

2017 Division Preview: 3rd Place Pittsburgh Pirates

Can someone out there explain to me just what in the world happened to the Pittsburgh Pirates last season?  How did a team with so much young talent and experience fall off to a record five games under .500?  Going into the season, they appeared to have just about everything you could want.  They had a solid, albeit unspectacular, starting staff led by Gerrit Cole.  Their bullpen...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang denied visa for DUI, may miss 2017 MLB season

After being convicted of DUI in South Korea, infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa by the U.S. Embassy in South Korea and that may prevent him from joining the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2017 season. Kang has been arrested three times in South Korea, and a report said Kang may have been convicted of DUI in a third country. Kang’s eight-month jail sentence has been suspended...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What to expect from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017

Every baseball fans favorite day of the year, opening day, is under two weeks away with each fan base across the league believing that their team will play into October. After missing out on the playoffs last year for the first time in four years with a 78-83 record, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to get back on track. One of the primary reasons for falling out of the playoff...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

United States wins its first World Baseball Classic

It took 11 years and four tournaments, but Team USA is the World Baseball Classic champion at last.The United States won its first ever World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with a dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico.Marcus Stroman pitched six innings of no-hit baseball, and Ian Kinsler whacked a two-run home run in the top of the third inning to...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates shortstop Mercer easing into veteran's role

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) When Jordy Mercer looks around the Pirates' clubhouse, the term he instinctively goes to in referring to his teammates isn't the one he'd always used. ''These kids,'' Mercer said while scanning the room early one morning last week at LECOM Park, ''there's some quality kids coming through here right now. It's awesome to see that- we have an unbelievable group...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Kang on restricted list, delayed by US visa

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pittsburgh Pirates while he is delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. ''It just is a reflection of the reality that he's not here today on March 11, and we need to get him into Bradenton to prepare for the 2017 season,'' Pirates president Frank Coonelly...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Kang on restricted list, delayed by visa in SKorea

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates while he's delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. Kang received an eight-month suspended prison sentence last week after a DUI arrest in December, his third such arrest in South Korea. The sentence was suspended for two years. Players on the restricted...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Making Gerrit Cole Great Again

BRADENTON, Fla. – Gerrit Cole was really never himself last season, certainly never his 2015-self — his best self — when he finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting. The trouble started early when Cole sustained an injury while working out in the offseason, rib inflammation which disrupted and delayed the beginning of spring training for him. From that point, as he tried to play...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Cardinals to play in ‘Little League Classic’ in August

Major League Baseball is sending the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in August to Williamsport, Pa., to play a game right in the midst of the all Little League World Series action in town. Dubbed the “Little League Classic,” the game will be held on Aug. 20. The game obviously won’t be held at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, the main ballpark in the Little League World...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves sign former NFL player

It might not be Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan or Tim Tebow, but the Atlanta Braves made some pretty interesting news on Thursday. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta has signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings.Really, this is a thing. Commings, originally selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in only two games...
Via Sportsnaut
February 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

Andrew McCutchen admits in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune that he took to Googling himself to stay apprised of all the trade talk swirling around him this past offseason.In a piece fittingly entitled, “Dear Pittsburgh,” as it’s a tribute to the only MLB town he’s known and its fans, McCutchen lays out his Pirates career, from his earliest days in the organization...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

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