PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Second time through lineup bites Glasnow

Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow has revealed flashes of potential throughout the season. Those same flashes were present in the first three innings of his start Sunday night against the Mets. But the next two innings showed that Glasnow is far from a finished product.
Via Pirates.com
7 hours ago

Tyler Glasnow has two funny rap tattoos

Tyler Glasnow is hardcore. The Pittsburgh Pirates young pitcher has a pair of tattoos that are fairly hidden, and they showcase his love of rap. Glasnow showed them to ESPN for “Sunday Night Baseball.” One of the tattoos says “No Juice” on his inner lip, which is the name of a Lil Boosie song. The second is a portrait of deceased Wu Tang member Ol Dirty Bastard on the bottom...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Taillon sharp in rehab start at Double-A

Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon took his first major step back in his recovery from surgery to treat testicular cancer, making a rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Sunday.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Game 51: Some lineup continuity; Taillon back in game action

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE –  Through the first 49 games of the season, the Pirates used lineups featuring among other things six different second basemen, 10 different outfielders (six in left, six in center, five in right), nine players hitting out of the No. 6 spot in the lineup and an incredible 12 players in the 7-hole.   Finally, is some continuity being established?...
Via Bucco Blog
15 hours ago

Jameson Taillon has outstanding outing less than three weeks after testicular cancer surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon was back on the mound for the team’s Double-A affiliate Sunday, less than three weeks after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer. Pitching three innings for the Altoona Curve, Taillon struck out six, walked one and allowed one hit on 47 pitches. Remarkably, Taillon struck out five of his first seven batters, showing no signs of rust...
Via Sportsnaut
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jaso ties it, delivers walk-off as Bucs top Mets

John Jaso only had two at-bats, but they mattered the most. Jaso tied the game in the ninth and singled in the 10th to give the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Mets Saturday night at PNC Park to even the three-game series.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Game 50: Bastardo, Lindblom on the mend

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner Injured relievers Antonio Bastardo (strained left quad) and Josh Lindblom (left side discomfort) today began rehab assignments with Triple-A Indianapolis. Bastardo has been out since April 25. Lindblom went on the disabled liston May 20. >>> Yinz want links? I’ve got links: Mets 8, Pirates 1: Have a night, Neil Walker...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Jaso’s RBI singles in 9th, 10th rally Pirates past Mets 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame Andrew McCutchen’s baserunning blunder to beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night. Jordy Mercer doubled off the center-field wall against Addison Reed with one out in the ninth. Jaso pinch hit for Felipe Rivera, Reed threw a wild pitch...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Andrew McCutchen batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates.After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 49: Polanco returns… McCutchen gets bumped down

BY Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – While the biggest news of the day is that Andrew McCutchen has been bumped down the batting order, there’s also the non-trivial matter of the team’s cleanup hitter returning to the lineup.   Polanco hadn’t played since May 14 because of a left hamstring strain. Though he was activated off the 10-day disabled list Thursday, he did not play that...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Walker homers twice, deGrom pitches deep, Mets top Bucs 8-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Walker homered twice in his return to his hometown, Jacob deGrom gave New York’s bullpen a needed rest and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday night. Walker, who grew up in Pittsburgh and played seven seasons for the Pirates before being traded to New York in December 2015, finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs. He hit a two-run shot off Chad Kuhl...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

What You Need to Know: Incomplete Nova by Demetrius Bell

Ivan Nova almost finishes what he started, Big Sexy gets robbed, and Odubel Herrera goes platinum.
Via Baseball Prospectus
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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
11 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
12 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
14 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
19 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
20 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
24 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
April 28, 2017  |  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
April 26, 2017  |  Discuss
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