Rookie Bell sparks Pirates past reeling Cubs

Jul 10, 2016

Rookie Bell sparks Pirates past reeling Cubs

The Chicago Cubs aren’t going to panic. Not over their suddenly struggling starting staff, and not over their dwindling division lead, either. Josh Bell’s grand slam in his second major-league at bat was one of four homers by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 12-6 ...

Iwakuma, Cruz sink Pirates

Jun 29, 2016

Iwakuma, Cruz sink Pirates

Hisashi Iwakuma took a shutout into the seventh and Nelson Cruz reached another home run milestone with a shot that left no doubt where it was going to land. “I thought it might be out of the stadium from the angle I was sitting,” ...

Panik, Williamson spark surging Giants past Pirates

Jun 24, 2016

Panik, Williamson spark surging Giants past Pirates

A makeshift lineup was more than enough for the San Francisco Giants. Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 136-meter home run and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games. The NL West ...

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

Jun 19, 2016

Cubs bail out Lester in win over Pirates

The Chicago Cubs have done a lot for Jon Lester this season — including a lot of diving stops and long home runs. Once again on Saturday night, Lester’s teammates came through in a big way. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross each ...

Jun 3, 2016

Vogelsong has surgery to repair facial fractures

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Ryan Vogelsong has undergone surgery to repair multiple facial fractures suffered when he was hit by a pitch. The team says the operation was performed Thursday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and Vogelsong is resting comfortably at home. He will ...

Fernandez, Marlins beat Pirates ace Cole

Jun 1, 2016

Fernandez, Marlins beat Pirates ace Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said before Tuesday night’s game, “You’re not going to beat a good pitcher with his good stuff.” Unfortunately for the Pirates, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had his good stuff. Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins ...

Darvish makes winning return for Rangers

May 29, 2016

Darvish makes winning return for Rangers

Yu Darvish hit 98 mph (158 kph) in the first inning of his first start in the majors in almost 22 months. Texas catcher Bobby Wilson is just glad he wasn’t running to the backstop after that pitch, and a few others early in ...

Darvish completes final rehab start in style

May 23, 2016

Darvish completes final rehab start in style

Yu Darvish convinced his teammates that he is ready to return to the Texas Rangers rotation when he wrapped up his minor-league rehab assignment in style on Sunday. Darvish, who underwent surgery on his right elbow in March 2015, proved that he is close ...

May 7, 2016

Series moved due to Zika concerns

Zika virus concerns have forced the Pirates-Marlins series out of Puerto Rico, with the two games instead shifted to Miami this month. Major League Baseball and the players’ union made the announcement Friday. Pittsburgh and Miami will meet May 30-31 at Marlins Park. The ...

May 4, 2016

Zika fears may move MLB series in Puerto Rico

There’s a very good chance the Miami Marlins’ two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Puerto Rico will not be held there because of concerns about the Zika virus, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press ...

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Apr 6, 2016

Mercer lifts Pirates with game-winning hit

Jordy Mercer arrived at spring training without having to look over his shoulder or worry about his spot in the lineup for the first time in his career. That freedom allowed the shortstop to fine-tune his approach in search of a better start than ...