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Inbox: Marte the answer at leadoff for Bucs?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:28:22 EDT

What are the Pirates' best options at second base and in the leadoff spot while Josh Harrison is sidelined? Who can help fix the club's middle-reliefs issues? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers those questions and more in the Inbox.

Pirates held to two runs by Phillies in loss

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:24:30 EDT

Despite a strong effort by the pitching staff, including six innings of one-hit ball by starter Trevor Williams, the Pirates fell for the fourth time in as many games to the Phillies, on this day a 3-2, 11-inning loss at Citizens Bank Park. Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez surrendered a one-out RBI single to Aaron Altherr to take the loss.

Kuhl opens series against Tigers tonight

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:18:18 EDT

The Pirates begin a three-game series with the Tigers tonight after an off-day. Chad Kuhl gets the start, and follows up an impressive outing against Colorado, throwing six inning of one-run ball. Pittsburgh opened the season with a sweep in Detroit in which they outscored the Tigers, 22-16.

Mitchell makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:09:44 EDT

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous week. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Bell feels team effort will put Bucs in 1st place

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:50:32 EDT

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had a breakout season in 2017, adding a dose of power to a lineup needing just that. Bell hit .255 (140-for-549), smacked 26 home runs, drove in 90 runs and recorded an OPS of .800. He limited his strikeouts to 117. So far in 2018, he's hitting .253 (20-for-79), with a home run and 13 RBIs, second on the Bucs to Gregory Polanco's 15 RBIs.

Pirates' bats mostly silent in loss to Phillies

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:39:25 EDT

It started a lot better than it ended for the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park Saturday afternoon. Sean Rodriguez, inserted into the leadoff spot, opened the game with an opposite-field home run off of Phillies starter Aaron Nola. Nola would settle in after the initial shock, and strike out 9 batters en route to a 7-inning, 2-run performance, helping sink the Pirates in a 6-2 win by the Phillies before 28,161 fans.

Pirates trio among top prospect performers

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:23:13 EDT

Pirates prospects Mitch Keller, Jason Martin and Calvin Mitchell were among top performers on Saturday.

Pirates' Top 30 Prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:17 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

Nova solid in outing, but key hits elude Bucs

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:17:43 EDT

There were plenty of chances to put a nice crooked number up on the scoreboard and get some offensive momentum going. However, that isn't the way things have worked out for Pirates this week.

The Pirates turned a wild double play

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:54:46 EDT

The Pirates turned a wild double play

Pirates infielders swarmed in on an infield fly

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:17:18 EDT

Pirates infielders swarmed in on an infield fly

Hurdle has faith in Cervelli's use of mound visits

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:29:30 EDT

On the right-field scoreboard directly across from manager Clint Hurdle's perch in the visitors' dugout at Citizens Bank Park, there's the new counter listing how many mound visits a team can make in a game.

Taillon falters as Bucs drop opener in Philly

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:27:20 EDT

Jameson Taillon, one of the National League's best pitchers in the season's first three weeks, had the shortest start of his Major League career as he could not get out of the second inning in the Pirates' eventual 7-0 loss to the Phillies. The 26-year-old righty gave up five runs on three run-scoring hits -- all coming in 3-2 counts -- and was pulled after just 1 2/3 innings.

Embiid wore mask almost 40 years after Parker

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:46:17 EDT

Embiid wore mask almost 40 years after Parker

Mitchell, MacGregor among top performers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:01:27 EDT

Pirates prospects Calvin Mitchell and Travis MacGregor were among top performers on Thursday.

Pirates dance in dugout and in batter's box

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:55:52 EDT

Pirates dance in dugout and in batter's box

Pirates host sixth annual 'Dads' Trip'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:54:58 EDT

The Pirates are hosting their sixth annual Dads' Trip this weekend in Philadelphia, with the fathers of 20 players and staff members joining during the four-game series.

Checking in on NL Central new guys: Dickerson

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:12:45 EDT

There are new faces all around the National League Central in 2018. Let's take a spin around the division and check out the new guys.

Bucs' reserves boost offense in all-around win

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:10:22 EDT

After two nights heavy on snow and light on offense, the sun returned to PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon -- and so did the Pirates' bats. The highest-scoring lineup in the National League returned to form, racking up 13 hits and cruising to a 10-2 win over the Rockies to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Cut4Cast: We'll see the Pirates in October

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:36:37 EDT

Cut4Cast: We'll see the Pirates in October

Bats cold as Bucs handed 1st '18 shutout

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:43:09 EDT

The Pirates were shut out for the first time this season on Tuesday night, when the Rockies handed them a 2-0 defeat, their first consecutive losses and their first series loss of the year.

Harrison won't change approach after injury

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:21:38 EDT

History repeated itself on Tuesday afternoon. There stood Josh Harrison in front of his locker in the Pirates clubhouse, talking about the exact same fracture to the exact same part of the exact same bone in his left hand that sidelined him only 7 1/2 months ago.

Brault shows good pace in snowy loss to Rox

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:40:40 EDT

Rockies starter German Marquez cooled off the Pirates' hot-hitting lineup on another chilly evening along the Allegheny River, handing Pittsburgh a 6-2 loss on Monday night at PNC Park.

Harrison out for 6 weeks with left hand fracture

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:34:01 EDT

Josh Harrison will be out approximately six weeks, the Pirates announced on Monday, after he was diagnosed with a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

Keller among top prospect performers

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:04:11 EDT

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Bucs hoping Romero bolsters bullpen

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:26:46 EDT

Reliever Enny Romero officially joined the Pirates on Monday, bringing a powerful left arm that the Bucs hope will bolster their bullpen.

Marte's 5-hit day, HR carry Nova, Pirates

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:48:52 EDT

The Pirates delivered a 7-3 win on Jackie Robinson Day at Marlins Park, as they finished their road trip with four wins in six games. Starling Marte homered as part of a 5-for-5 day at the plate, Josh Bell drove in three runs and Ivan Nova struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings in the victory.

Maybin, Bell reflect on Jackie's impact

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:13:21 EDT

From the time he was eight years old through his early teens, Cameron Maybin wore the No. 42 jersey for his youth baseball travel team in North Carolina. He will be proudly wearing that same number today, as will the rest of his Marlins teammates.

Bucs get W with pair of 9th-inning bunts

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:27:58 EDT

For the second consecutive night, Pittsburgh's hot-hitting lineup was neutralized by Marlins pitching. So the Bucs resorted to two bunt singles in the ninth inning to produce the game's only run in a 1-0 win over the Fish.

Pirates claim LHP Romero off waivers

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:49:15 EDT

The Pirates claimed left-handed pitcher Enny Romero off waivers from Washington on Saturday. No corresponding move was needed on the 40-man roster.

Waddell among top prospect performers

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:52:29 EDT

Pirates left-hander Brandon Waddell was among top prospect performers on Saturday.

Diaz hits first HR, commits key miscue in loss

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 01:33:13 EDT

The weather may have been decidedly warmer, but the Pirates' bats went cold in a 7-2 loss to Miami on Friday in the first of a three-game series at Marlins Park.

Crick, Rodriguez up as Bucs shuffle bullpen

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:25:35 EDT

The Pirates recalled right-hander Kyle Crick and selected the contract of right-hander Richard Rodriguez from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Right-hander Clay Holmes and left-hander Josh Smoker were optioned to Indianapolis.

Escobar, Cruz among prospect performers

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 01:16:08 EDT

Pirates prospects Luis Escobar and Oneil Cruz were among top performers in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

'Short memory' helps Polanco go deep twice

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:35:14 EDT

What stood out to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday wasn't necessarily the two homers Gregory Polanco slugged in a 6-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was what happened in between them.

Bucs muscle 4 HRs in series win over Cubs

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:04:28 EDT

Gregory Polanco outslugged the Cubs on Thursday, hitting a pair of solo home runs, and Francisco Cervelli added a three-run shot to back Trevor Williams and power the Pirates to a 6-1 victory. Adam Frazier also hit a solo home run, his first of the year, in the fifth inning for Pittsburgh, which has won five of its past seven games. The Pirates improved to 5-1 on the road.

The Pirates may have stolen the offseason

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:16:17 EDT

The Pirates may have stolen the offseason

Prospect Reynolds to have hand surgery

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:05:54 EDT

Pirates outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds will have surgery on Friday to remove the fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said on Thursday.

Bucs can't contain Cubs late in lopsided loss

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:30:23 EDT

Nearly two weeks into the season, the Pirates are still looking for answers -- and outs -- from their middle-relief corps. Left-hander Steven Brault held his own against Cubs veteran Jon Lester, leaving with the game tied at 4 after five innings. But Chicago's dangerous lineup blew it open against Pittsburgh's bullpen, piling on nine runs in three innings as the Cubs cruised to a 13-5 victory over the Bucs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

Communication key to Bucs' early success

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:27:02 EDT

In a way, some Pirates coaches are like parents setting rules for their children. They'd like to see the younger generation spend a little less time staring at a screen and a little more time talking to each other. Manager Clint Hurdle, for instance, has seen a generation of hitters more likely to march out of the dugout to watch video of their at-bats than sit down and talk about them with their teammates.

Bucs spoil Cubs' opener, improve to 8-2

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:03:37 EDT

The weather delayed the Cubs' home opener for one day and the Pirates spoiled the festivities at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Francisco Cervelli smacked a three-run homer and Starling Marte added a solo shot to power Pittsburgh to an 8-5 victory over Chicago, which did get a spark from Javier Baez, who hit a pair of home runs.