Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:24:52 GMTWhen Dovydas Neverauskas - fresh from the airport and wearing cleats and a glove bummed from his new Pittsburgh Pirates teammates - jogged onto the mound at PNC Park on April 24 to clean up what was left a lopsided loss to the Chicago Cubs, the 24-year-old reliever became the first Lithuanian player in Major League Baseball history. Halfway across the world in the middle of the night, Virmidas Neverauskas stared as his laptop as his boy - the tall kid with the No. 66 on his jersey - started firing fastballs that topped out in the upper 90s against the World Series champions. The family odyssey that began in communist Russia, moved across Europe and led to a slow ascent through Pittsburgh's minor league system was complete.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:05:22 GMTThe Pittsburgh Pirates hope to improve their play in the field as they prepare to face the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park this weekend. Pittsburgh (9-12) opens a three-game road series against the Marlins on Friday, and the Pirates will have to improve their defense if they want to make a move out of the cellar in the National League Central.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:34:43 GMTIt immediately comes to mind when thinking about Phil Coyne. For 81 years, Coyne has led fans to their seats at baseball games in Pittsburgh. Throughout those years he’s seen some of baseball’s greatest legends, including Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente and Barry Bonds.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:48:26 GMTGift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home run Wednesday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The 27-year-old South African, who signed with the Pirates in 2008 as an amateur free agent, led off the fourth with a hit off winless Cubs ace Jon Lester.