Gregory Polanco pays tribute to late Yordano Ventura with custom-made cleats

When Yordano Ventura passed away suddenly in January, Gregory Polanco did not hesitate to express his condolences about the loss of the fiery pitcher he had faced a few times across his career.Polanco recently gave tribute to Ventura, who was killed in a car accident during the offseason in his native Dominican Republic. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder had custom-made New Balance...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 45: Rainy night(s) in Georgia

Story by Rob Biertempfel ATLANTA — According to my phone’s weather app, we could be singing this song during the entire four-game series this week between the Pirates and Braves. Ladies and gentlemen, Brook Benton: >>> Those of you who tuned into the Stanley Cup beat down yesterday afternoon might have missed the Pirates’ series-clinching win vs. the Phillies. David...
Via Bucco Blog
5 hours ago

Pirates score lone run on HBP in win vs. Phils

Aaron Nola's worst pitch of the day came at the worst possible moment. After the Phillies decided to intentionally walk Josh Bell to load the bases with one out in the sixth, Nola hit David Freese in the back to bring home the only run in the Pirates' 1-0 win Sunday at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Cole faces Braves for second time in opener

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole has gotten the job done this season, but the Pirates lineup hasn't always been able to say the same when Cole is on the mound.
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1 day ago

Pirates still seek clarity on Kang's situation

With a quarter of the season behind them, the Pirates are still without third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who remains in his native South Korea awaiting a work visa.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Game 44: Polanco “feels a lot better” after “a really good day” Saturday

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – Gregory Polanco is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. Based on how the rehab on his left hamstring sprain is going, the outfielder appears well on track to do just that.   “It’s pretty good right now,” Polanco said of the hamstring that forced him out of the game a week ago Sunday. “Getting a lot better, better and better ever...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Pirates edge Phillies 1-0 in rain after Freese HBP

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game Sunday when David Freese was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola (2-1) returned from the disabled list and threw seven strong innings. The right-hander,...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Pirates give away a bobblehead of broadcaster Bob Walk falling out of his chair

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the latest MLB team to offer a broadcaster-themed giveaway, but this has got to be the coolest one yet.Last season, radio announcer and former pitcher Bob Walk fell out of his chair during a game and it was all caught on video. The hilarious moment was turned into a bobblehead and given to fans prior to Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nova wins for first time in May as Pirates beat Phillies 6-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched into the eighth inning for his first win in May, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Nova (4-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings for first victory in four starts since April 29, a three-hit shutout of the Marlins at Miami. The NL Pitcher of the Month in April struck out...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon upbeat in cancer fight

Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 42: Taillon working his way back

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner Jameson Taillon will hold a press conference at 2:45 p.m. today, marking his first public comments since having surgery for testicular cancer. Check back here later this afternoon for details. >>> Gerrit Cole will be featured on “Play Ball,” a show geared toward young fans, at 10 a.m. Saturday on MLB Network...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jung Ho Kang's DUI sentence upheld in South Korea

Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal Of DUI Sentencing

A South Korean court has denied the appeal of infielder Jung Ho Kang over his sentencing in an offseason DUI charge, reports Jee-ho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. According to Yoo, the Seoul Central District Court upheld a suspended eight-month prison sentence for Kang, which now jeopardizes Kang’s career with the Pirates. Kang was charged with his third DUI in South Korea...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Reddit campaign suggests electing Single-A catcher to MLB All-Star Game

All-Star voting always provides an opportunity for fans to get a bit mischievous and baseball fans are no different.One fan on Reddit suggested in a post that has since been deleted that fans coalesce around John Bormann, a catcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. Bormann was an emergency call-up on April 30, with the team needing a warm body after Francisco Cervelli...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Pittsburgh Pirates trade Gerrit Cole?

Coming into the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans had realistic hope that they would return to the postseason after missing out the year before. They had some young promising pitchers coming through to the major leagues, homegrown talent all around the diamond, and the confidence in former MVP Andrew McCutchen that he would return to form. Unfortunately, every possible...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Case for Optimism Regarding Andrew McCutchen

This is Alex Stumpf’s fourth piece as part of his May residency at FanGraphs. Stumpf covers the Pirates and also Duquesne basketball for The Point of Pittsburgh. You can find him on Twitter, as well. Read the work of previous residents here. Andrew McCutchen is struggling early in the season. If you’ve followed him for the last three years, you’re aware that this is nothing...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Pirates Utility Infielder Max Moroff

Yesterday, the Pirates called up 23-year-old utility man Max Moroff from Triple-A. Moroff was off to a hot start — he was slashing .258/.345/.546 — but to most this as a rather mundane transaction. It piqued my interest, however, because Moroff cracked the the All-KATOH team in the preseason thanks to his stellar minor league performance in spite of his lack of prospect pedigree...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameson Taillon has Surgery for Suspected Cancer

We ought to consider Jameson Taillon the person before we consider Jameson Taillon the pitcher. On Sunday, the Pirates sent burgeoning top-of-the-rotation arm to the 10-day disabled list for groin discomfort. A day later, the club announced that Taillon had undergone surgery for suspected testicular cancer. Taillon has already dealt with a number of health issues in his young career...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameson Taillon had surgery for suspected testicular cancer

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital on Monday morning and underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer.The team provided the following details. The Pirates had placed Taillon on the 10-day DL on Sunday after he experienced groin discomfort.He is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in six starts this season.
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates probable pitchers for their weekend series

We are now officially a month into the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting in an unfamiliar spot in their division. Starting the season with a 12-15 record, the Pirates are dead last in the NL Central behind usual losing franchises such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. Having to cope with the 80 day suspension of Starling Marte for testing positive for PED’s...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Ivan Nova is on fire right now

It has only taken five starts into the 2017 regular season for Ivan Nova to show that last years strong finish wasn’t a fluke. After coming over from the New York Yankees at last years trade deadline, Nova impressed going 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts. Pitching coach guru Ray Searage worked his magic once again turning Nova into the pitcher the Yankees had hoped for 7 years...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates honor 99-year-old usher, has been with team for 81 years

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night paid tribute to longtime usher Phil Coyne, who was celebrating his 99th birthday.That’s right. The Pirates have an usher at PNC Park who is now 99 years old. Even more impressive? Coyne has been employed by the organization for an astounding 81 years.Coyne was honored during a pregame ceremony, during which Pirates team president Frank Coonelly...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates call up Gift Ngoepe, first MLB player from African continent

Major League Baseball continues to grow around the world.Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Pittsburgh Pirates are calling up infielder Gift Ngoepe, the first major leaguer from South Africa and also the first player from any African country. It’s the second time this week the Pirates called-up a player from a country that’s never seen MLB action. As Rosenthal notes, pitcher...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates won’t give away Starling Marte jerseys to kids in July

Almost immediately after the Pittsburgh Pirates learned they will play their next 80 games without Starling Marte due to a drug violation, the team had an easy decision to make. A Starling Marte jersey giveaway for kids 14 and under in July will still go on mostly as planned, but the kids won’t be getting the Marte jersey that had been advertised. The Pirates were scheduled to...
Via The Comeback
April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Pirates cancel Starling Marte giveaway after PED suspension

The bombshell on Wednesday that All-Star outfielder Starling Marte had been suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs sent his Pittsburgh Pirates scrambling to alter their giveaway schedule.The Pirates announced on Thursday that they have cancelled an upcoming Marte jersey giveaway originally slated for July 2 against San Francisco.“We decided that it would not be appropriate...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

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