Pirates show coaching staff appreciation with early-season contract extensions

Coaches are usually underpaid and unappreciated, though not in the eye of Pittsburgh Pirates’ management. The Pirates extended the contracts of manager Clint Hurdle’s entire coaching staff through the 2017 season, including longtime pitching coach Ray Searage, on Friday. The security is nearly unprecedented for major league coaches, who typically work on one-year contracts and...
Via Today's Knuckleball
32 minutes ago

Pirates reinstate Hughes, option Scahill

The Pirates on Saturday reinstated reliever Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned fellow relief pitcher Rob Scahill to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Via Pirates.com
3 hours ago

Homers back Nicasio's gem to defeat Reds

Backed by home runs from Josh Harrison and Matt Joyce, right-hander Juan Nicasio delivered the Pirates' finest start of the season in a 4-1 win over the Reds on Friday night at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
19 hours ago

Friday Farm Report: Meadows, Hayes and Taillon

Austin Meadows made his season debut with Altoona on Monday (Horner photo). Spring training produces a few freak injuries each year, and in 2016, Austin Meadows might’ve been the unluckiest Pirate. The ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Meadows was playing catch during spring training when he fractured his right orbital bone. At the time, our Rob Biertempfel noted that former...
Via Bucco Blog
20 hours ago

Hughes nearing return from rehab assignment

Reliever Jared Hughes is back in the Pirates' clubhouse, but he is not yet ready to rejoin the Bucs' bullpen.
Via Pirates.com
21 hours ago

Pirates sign coaches through 2017 season

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their coaches new contracts through the 2017 season. The Pirates made the announcement before Friday night's game against Cincinnati. Ray Searage, who has been Pittsburgh's pitching coach since midway through the 2010 season, and the rest of the coaching staff got one-year boosts. Also extended were hitting coach Jeff Branson...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte emerging as a superstar

Each year during spring training, ESPN’s Baseball Tonight counts down the top 100 players in the major leagues. That Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte ranked just No. 74 on the list raised a few eyebrows. Even those of ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield who wrote that he felt Marte was underrated. Marte, in many ways is this generation’s version of Al Oliver. In...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Feliz and Freese: Forever Linked

David Freese blasted a historic game-tying triple off Neftali Feliz to change the tide of the 2011 World Series. Have you ever wondered about the relationship between the two former adversaries now that they are on the same team five years later? We asked them.
Via Sports On Earth
1 day ago

Mercer's double in 12th lifts Pirates over Rockies 9-8

DENVER (AP) Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 12th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their mastery of the Colorado Rockies with a 9-8 marathon win Wednesday night. Kyle Lobstein (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings and Mark Melancon pitched the bottom of the 12th for his fifth save for Pittsburgh, which has won eight straight in Denver. The Pirates...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Niese looks to keep the Pirates rolling

Inside of a week the Pirates have gone from a horrible ball of stress and frustration to a vaunted offense bludgeoned their way towards the upper part of the National League. This is possible because it’s only April, of course, but it’s a welcome change from the week that preceded it. Jon Niese takes the mound tonight to try and keep his perfect record intact, though I’ll admit...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

“The Process” and Andrew McCutchen

DENVER – Before I came to the Trib, I covered college football, reporting on Clemson and the ACC for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier. While I was in the Upstate of South Carolina, a former Nick Saban assistant, Kevin Steele, was the defensive coordinator for a time at Clemson. Steele spoke often of the “The Process,” verbiage that is often attributed to Saban. The Process...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Game 21: Pirates 9 Rockies 4

I suppose this goes without saying, but when I type something like perhaps a struggling lefty and Coors Field are what Andrew McCutchen needs to get jump-started, I don’t actually expect the result to be that Andrew McCutchen goes out and lights the Rockies up for three home runs. McCutchen did exactly that, though, launching a two-run homer to left in the first, a solo shot to...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole faces the Rockies

Gerrit Cole’s strong start against the Padres last week avoided a sweep in Petco Park and kick-started a solid turn of the rotation for the Pirates, with four wins in five games. Cole’s been solid ever since his rough first inning against the Reds in his first start. After Locke focused entirely on fastballs and changeups last night, I’m sort of interested to see how Cole approaches...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jung Ho Kang inches towards return

Pittsburgh Pirates’ infielder Jung Ho Kang is about one week into his rehab stint with the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates Triple-A affiliate, and could return to the Pirates’ lineup by the end of the month. The 29-year-old South Korea native sustained a broken leg and torn meniscus in September when then-Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan slid into him. Kang is considered...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Outside of aces, pitchers are struggling for Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates under the tenure of pitching coach Ray Searage have regularly turned out an above-average pitching staff. In each of their three playoff seasons Pittsburgh has finished with an ERA in the top five of the National League. Players like staff ace Gerrit Cole and closer Mark Melancon have seen great success in Pittsburgh, earning reputations as elite players in...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Pirates fan one-hands home run ball while holding baby

This Pittsburgh Pirates fan will go down as one of the coolest dads of the year. On Friday, the Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, but the real highlight of the game came when Diamondbacks catcher Wellington Castillo smacked the ball out of the park. Unfortunately for Castillo, the home run did not make a difference on the final scoreboard. It did, however, give...
Via Campus Sports Net
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates fan holds baby, catches home run ball barehanded

A Pittsburgh Pirates fan reeled in a home run ball hit by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Welington Castillo on Friday night at Chase Field. And he did so barehanded. While holding a baby. Here’s video of the catch, and also an interview with the fan, Justin Kirkpatrick: Nice play, dad: @Pirates fan barehands Welington Castillo homer while holding kid. https://t.co/zlSEJgZLRO pic...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates catcher is completely lost when wild pitch lands in umpire's pocket

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped to 7-8 on the season Wednesday night after losing to the San Diego Padres, 8-2. Jeff Locke was on the mound and watched his ERA rise to 7.24 thanks to a three-inning outing where he allowed eight earned runs. He also threw one of the worst -- and strangest -- pitches of the season.In the third inning with Jemile Weeks at the dish, Locke bounced one...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offense a highlight early in the season

The Pittsburgh Pirates young season has already had its ups and downs with a record of 7-6 through four series, but strong offense has appeared to be a constant. During the first 13 games of the season, the Pirates have scored at least 4 runs in all but 4 games. The Bucs have had multiple games with significant offensive outbursts of 6+ runs, with the highest of the season coming...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates manager believes there will be female MLB player

As the world of baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day by donning No. 42 jerseys in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes that more barriers will be broken in the league’s future. Prior to the start of the Pirates’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Hurdle stated that Jackie Robinson Day goes...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates wear glorious 1979 throwback uniforms

The Pittsburgh Pirates turned back the clock and took the field at PNC Park wearing their gold 1979 throwback uniforms honoring the last Pirates team to win the World Series, and it might just be the best look in all of baseball. Broadcasters even joined in and wore retro 1979 attire. 
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Braun hits two HRs amid Pirates fans' 'steroids' chants

  Ryan Braun had a big game for the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, and he did it all despite taunts from the opposing fans. When Braun came up to the plate at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he was met with chants of “steroids” from the fans. Pirates fans chanting "steroids" around the whole stadium when Braun comes up to bat and twice...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Carlos Munoz Looking for Strong Rebound at Long Beach

If there’s a driver most excited about being able to Phoenix International Raceway in the rearview mirror, it’s Carlos Munoz. The Colombian certainly didn’t have the weekend that he was looking for, crashing twice over the course of the weekend. He crashed during qualifying after he got loose, and then crashed during the race following a mechanical issue. ”Its a weekend to...
Via On Pit Road
16 days ago  |  Discuss

LOOK: The Pittsburgh Pirates' Pre-Game Handshakes Are the Best Thing in Baseball

Once only reserved for the NBA, the pregame handshake has wriggled its way into the friendly confines of Major League Baseball in the best way possible. The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken to performing one of the most elaborate handshake routines we've ever seen, one that takes over the entire dugout. [youtube video="ZuOgi8g3E8A" /] Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison appear...
Via Stack
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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