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Pedro Alvarez's HR Lands In Allegheny River

May 20, 2015 7:59 AM

Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park on Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates slugger hit a solo shot that landed in a boat moored in the Allegheny River.

It was the 36th such blast since PNC Park opened in 2001. Alvarez is only the third player to hit a ball into the river on the fly.

On June 29, 2013, Alvarez hit a homer that landed in a tree near the lower Riverwalk and eventually rolled into the river. On May 17, 2013, he bounced a ball off the Riverwalk and into the Allegheny.

Adam Berry/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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McCutchen: Knee 'Not A Factor At All' In Slow Start

May 13, 2015 6:58 AM

Andrew McCutchen says the left knee injury that limited him during spring training is "not a factor at all" in his slow start to the season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder says people who believe his knee is the reason for his struggles are "overanalyzing" him.

"They're overanalyzing, is what it is," McCutchen said, "because honestly, I take that as: It makes me feel good, because they're searching for something, going, 'Well, there has to be a reason why he's doing what he's doing. He must be injured.' It makes me feel good, because [they're saying], 'If he didn't have an injury he'd be killing it.'

"So for me, I get it. I feel good about that. But at the same time, it's not that. It's not my knee. It's not any of that."

Scouts and opponents have been saying for weeks, as they watched McCutchen struggle, that his knee was bothering more than he's been letting on.

"Physically, I feel great," he said. "I mean, I was running and jumping off the wall two days ago. If I need to go steal a base, I can steal a base. If I need to go make a diving play, I'll make a diving play. My knee's not a factor at all. And I think the more I go out there and keep playing, the more I keep hitting, the more I keep doing what I do, I guess they'll say, 'Oh, I guess he's feeling better.'"

McCutchen, who was the NL MVP in 2013, is hitting .229/.314/.373.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Think Josh Harrison Is Pressing Following Extension

May 11, 2015 8:58 AM

Neal Huntington believes Josh Harrison has struggled this season because he is trying too hard as he looks to justify his new contract.

Harrison, 27, is hitting .173/.209/.282 with two home runs and six RBI after a breakout 2014 season that saw him hit .315/.347/.490 in 550 plate appearances.

"Josh is the main the guy trying to do too much to justify [his contract]," Huntington said. "You generally see guys go in three directions when they get a contract. One, they relax and you see the true player because they have nothing to worry about as they are financially set for life. Two, we see a player that relaxes and maybe doesn't care enough because he is financially set for life and so he takes a deep breath and doesn't give you same energy and effort which is certainly not the case with Josh.

"The third case, which is what we believe is the case with Josh, he is trying to justify the contract, he is trying to show those who doubted him and show those of us that had faith in him that he is deserving but we just need him to take a deep breath and go be the player that he is capable of, bring the energy, be the leader, be the dangerous guy in the box."

Paul Zeise/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash

May 10, 2015 7:26 PM

The Pirates today acquired left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Aquino has been optioned to Single-A Bradenton. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, GM Neal Huntington.

Aquino, who was designated for assignment on May 5, went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in five starts this season with Single-A Dunedin of the Florida State League.

The 22-year-old Aquino was originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009. He entered the 2013 campaign rated as Colorado’s ninth-best prospect according to Baseball America.

Press Release

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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McCutchen Has Had Similarly Poor Stretches Before

May 8, 2015 4:33 PM

Andrew McCutchen has struggled to begin the 2015 season, but that doesn't mean he'll continue to do so.

McCutchen, who is hitting .210/.302/.320 in his first 26 games, has had rough 26-game stretches in his Major League career.

Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs points out as much using a graph of rolling 26-game stretches throughout McCutchen's career.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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McCutchen Takes 'Full Responsibility' For Pirates' Play

May 6, 2015 8:13 AM

Andrew McCutchen has acknowledged that his typical slow start is becoming something more alarming as the Pittsburgh Pirates struggle.

McCutchen is hitting .185 and Pittsburgh has lost four straight.

"I take full responsibility for how we're playing," he said. "I know that I'm a big part of it, and right now I'm just not where I need to be at the plate. Right now, it's under mediocre right now. It's bad and I know I'm better than that."

The 28-year-old has hit at least .300 in each of the last three seasons.

"I'm going to do whatever it takes to get back to do what I know I'm capable of, being the player I know I'm capable of being," McCutchen said. "Right now, I'm not being that player."

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Fan 'Alert' After Being Struck By Foul Ball At PNC Park

Apr 21, 2015 8:03 AM

Monday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park was delayed 23 minutes when a fan was hit by a foul ball.

The woman was taken off on a stretcher from the seats behind home plate.

The Pirates said the fan was alert when she was wheeled out. She was finding her seat with her back to the field of play as Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back. The ball hit the netting as well as the side of the woman's head.

She immediately put her hand to her head and collapsed to the ground.

"She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Injury

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Sign Josh Harrison Through 2020
Josh Harrison's contract is worth $27.3 million and could reach up to $50.3 million if both options are exercised, according to multiple reports.

ESPN

Pirates, Polanco Will Revisit Extension After Season
The Pirates were discussing a contract extension with Gregory Polanco, but those talks have been tabled until after the 2015 season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Pirates May Extend Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen's current contract keeps him under team control through 2018 for a very affordable $38 million.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Studying Success Of NBA's Warriors
The Pirates have taken note of how the Warriors get more out of players by playing them less.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Alvarez Beats Pirates In Salary Arbitration
Pedro Alvarez will make $5.75 million in 2015.

Associated Press

Vance Worley Wins Arbitration Case Against Pirates
The right-hander will earn $2.45 million this season, besting Pittsburgh's submission of $2 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Neil Walker To Receive $8M From Pirates
Neil Walker led all NL second baseman with a career-best 23 home runs last season.

ESPN.com

Pirates Trade Snider To Orioles
The Pirates have traded Travis Snider to the Orioles for a Minor League pitcher and a player to be named later.

Associated Press

Source: Kang Gets $16M From Pirates
The Pirates have reached an agreement with Jung-Ho Kang on a four-year, $16 million contract, according to a source.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Kang Heading To Pittsburgh For Physical
The Korean shortstop reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Pirates.

Tom Singer/MLB

Report: Pirates, Jung-ho Kang Nearing Deal
The deal is expected to be for four years as the Jan. 20 deadline approaches for an agreement.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kang's Agent Confident Of Deal With Pirates
The Pirates won the exclusive right to negotiate with the infielder after he was posted in December, and if he signs by Jan. 20, he could begin his season there once again.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Win Rights To Negotiate With Kang
Pittsburgh has 30 days to sign the 27-year-old, who cost a $5 million posting fee.

ESPN

Corey Hart Reaches Deal With Pirates
The Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Corey Hart.

Associated Press

Pirates Were Finalists For Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy ended up signing with the Dodgers.

Tom Singer/MLB

Pirates, Walker Have Discussed Extension
There are no active negotiations and the two sides appear to be far apart in terms of financial figures.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Get Antonio Bastardo From Phillies
Philadelphia will receive minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez in return.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

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