Pittsburgh Pirates

Here is a closer look at a handful of rookies who could play a starring role this year: —OF Randy Arozarena and SS Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays: Arozarena helped power Tampa Bay to the World Series last year, batting . with 10 homers, 14 RBIs and a 1.273 OPS in 20 postseason games. The switch-hitting Franco, who just turned 20 on March 1, is widely regarded as baseball’s top prospect.
Author: The Day
Posted: March 9, 2021, 4:41 am
Mar. 8—Join the conversation () Dustin Fowler’s once-promising career had bottomed out when the former top-100 prospect was designated for assignment by the Oakland A’s, so he was excited to get the call about the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates traded cash considerations for Fowler, giving the 26-year-old outfielder the opportunity to join an open competition for the starting job in center …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 9, 2021, 1:02 am
Mar. 8—Join the conversation () Just 22 years old and with a mere 64 professional games at any level to his credit, Miguel Yajure isn’t afraid to shoot high in his first season with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. “I always have really, really (lofty) goals (in addition to modest) ones,” the young right-hander said during a video conference call with media Sunday. “The hard ones are try …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 8, 2021, 7:02 pm
Mar. 7—Derek Shelton started to chuckle before a question was finished being asked about his team’s Grapefruit League record . “The spring training record does not matter,” Shelton said after the Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 4-3-1 with a 13-1 victory against the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. “But it is nice that we’ve won more than three games, I will say that.” Time will tell …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 8, 2021, 1:02 am
Yankees manager Aaron Boone returned to the dugout three days after surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: March 7, 2021, 9:00 pm
Yankees righty Jameson Taillon made his second appearance of spring training, and allowed just two hits and struck out four in two innings of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon
Author: SNY
Posted: March 7, 2021, 2:54 am
Mar. 6—Bryan Reynolds calls center field his natural position, claims he gets truer reads off the bat and has the most fun there because he gets more chances to run down fly balls and make diving catches. With an open competition in center this spring training, it’s only natural to wonder why the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t consider Reynolds the easy choice to play there. The answer, like the …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 7, 2021, 1:02 am
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone returned to the dugout Saturday, three days after surgery to have a pacemaker inserted. “It felt good just to be at the ballfield again, competing with the guys,” he said after managing New York’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Boone, who turns 48 in a few days, left the club Wednesday to get the pacemaker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: March 6, 2021, 11:02 pm
Mar. 5—Chad Kuhl couldn’t have been happier about the execution of his top three pitches, effectively mixing the use of his slider, curveball and changeup against the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s what Kuhl called his fourth-best pitch, a four-seam fastball, that Bryce Harper drilled for a two-run home run and Roman Quinn hit for a double off the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander. Harper and …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 6, 2021, 3:00 am
Mar. 5—When David Bednar talked about his favorite pitchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates while growing up in Mars, he ticked off a list that included All-Star closers Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon. Bednar isn’t shy about sharing his dream of putting the finishing touches on a victory in the ninth inning some day for the Pirates, knowing there’s a wide-open competition for the …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 6, 2021, 3:00 am
Mar. 4—PNC Park is keeping its name on Pittsburgh’s baseball stadium for another decade. The Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Bank announced Thursday morning a 10-year extension to their naming rights deal to the stadium, which has been considered one of the gems in MLB since it opened in 2001. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, the PNC Park logo will be updated throughout …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 5, 2021, 1:03 am
Mar. 4—Kevin Newman and Ke’Bryan continued to reach base and the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen continued to put up zeros Thursday. The Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-1, in a seven-inning game played at Bradenton’s LECOM Park. Hayes upped his spring on-base percentage to .556 with an RBI triple and single in his three at-bats. Newman, who started at shortstop and also played second base, went …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 5, 2021, 1:02 am
Mar. 4—When Oneil Cruz was involved in an auto accident that killed three people in September in his native Dominican Republic, the Pittsburgh Pirates prospect worried his blossoming baseball career was over. “In the beginning, I was very fearful of not being able to continue to play the game that I love and to reach the dream I’ve always had, which is to reach the big leagues,” Cruz said …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 5, 2021, 1:02 am
Mar. 4—Two players who potentially could form the Pittsburgh Pirates middle infield on opening day have missed Grapefruit League games, but the team’s director of sports medicine on Thursday allayed fears their ailments will linger. Todd Tomczyk referred to Cole Tucker’s left thumb contusion as “minor,” and he called Adam Frazier’s right groin tightness “minor.” Each is expected to get into a …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 4, 2021, 7:01 pm
Mar. 3—After being asked to first buy into the bullpen then stretch out to become a starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates, JT Brubaker wants his breaking ball pitch path to follow that of his career arc. The right-hander spent his rookie season trying to blend in. Now, he wants to create some separation. Brubaker worked in the offseason to “unblend” his slider and curveball, which could look like …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 4, 2021, 1:04 am
Mar. 3—The Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays used their Grapefruit League game to showcase two of baseball’s top shortstop prospects, and Wander Franco hit a blast for the deciding edge over Oneil Cruz. Franco, the consensus No. 1 overall prospect, made a powerful first impression when he smacked the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence to propel the Rays to a 3-1 victory in six …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 4, 2021, 1:02 am
Gov. Gavin Newsom said fans could be allowed at MLB games — including Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium — as soon as opening day in April.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 3, 2021, 10:10 pm
Steven Brault can exhale — sort of. For the first time in his major league career, the relentlessly upbeat Pittsburgh Pirates lefty is not spending spring training freaking out over whether he’ll have a job at the end of the month. The Pirates, however, don’t need him to be versatile.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: March 3, 2021, 8:20 pm
Mar. 2—It was a bittersweet reunion for Anthony Alford and the Toronto Blue Jays, the organization that drafted and developed him, then discarded him last summer by designating him for assignment. When Alford came to bat against Robbie Ray on Monday in Dunedin, Fla., it was as a designated hitter in his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates since crashing into the center-field wall last …
Author: Tribune Publishing
Posted: March 3, 2021, 1:03 am
Casey Mize pitched two scoreless innings, with three strikeouts, and Spencer Torkelson made his spring training debut in Detroit Tigers’ win
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 2, 2021, 7:57 pm
Grapefruit League: Detroit Tigers (1-1) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0): 1:05 p.m.; LECOM Park, Bradenton, Florida; WXYT-AM (1270).
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 2, 2021, 7:50 pm