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Madison Bumgarner, Marlon Byrd Homer In Win Over Pirates

Aug 22, 2015 1:54 AM

Madison Bumgarner hit his fifth homer of the season and Marlon Byrd drilled his 20th in his first game with the defending World Series champions , as San Francisco held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Friday night to climb within 1 1/2 games of the Dodgers for first in the NL West.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Aramis Ramirez To Take Ground Balls At First Base

Aug 14, 2015 7:33 AM

Aramis Ramirez has only fielded third base in his 18 Major League seasons, but that may change in what could be his final season.

Ramirez will start taking ground balls at first base on Friday. If all goes well, he could field the position for the Pittsburgh Pirates before the end of the season.

"Whatever it takes for us to win, I'm willing to do," Ramirez said.

Ramirez, 37, has appeared in 2,078 games at third base. He also was the designated hitter in 26 games when he played for the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.

“I don't really know what to expect (at first base),” Ramirez said. “It's not going to be easy, put it that way. Talking with Pedro (Alvarez), I know there's a lot that's different between playing third and first.”

Ramirez's playing time at third will be scaled back when Josh Harrison comes off the disabled list around the end of the month.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Acquire J.A. Happ, Michael Morse

Aug 1, 2015 6:41 PM

The Pirates didn't enter the final day before the trade deadline looking for a starting pitcher, but the state of A.J. Burnett's elbow quickly made them change their mind.

The Pirates acquired left-hander J.A. Happ the Mariners on Friday after Burnett complained of elbow pain and was placed on the 15-day DL with inflammation following his third straight rough outing.

Pittsburgh also picked up Michael Morse from the Dodgers, hoping Morse's proven right-handed bat will give the Pirates a platoon option at first base to complement left-handed Pedro Alvarez.

ESPN.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Pirates To Acquire Joakim Soria From Tigers

Jul 30, 2015 6:35 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to acquire Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers.

Pittsburgh will send a Minor League player to Detroit for the reliever, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Trade Joe Blanton To Pirates

Jul 30, 2015 6:56 AM

The Kansas City Royals have traded Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment in the wake of Kansas City's trade for Johnny Cueto.

He was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Looking At Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino

Jul 27, 2015 7:33 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have considered trading for Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox.

Napoli has struggled offensively, but could be a nice addition defensively at first base for the Pirates.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner

Jul 27, 2015 12:40 AM

Gerrit Cole became the majors' first 14-game winner, leading the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Sunday, according to an Yahoo.com report.

Cole (14-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while improving to 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in four July starts. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.

Yahoo.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Pittsburgh Working On Trade For Reliever

Jul 23, 2015 8:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working on a trade to bolster their bullpen.

Pittsburgh acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez

Jul 23, 2015 8:43 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations.

Pittsburgh will reportedly pay $3 million of the $5.74 million that remains on Ramirez's $14 million salary.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Showing Interest In Zobrist, Barmes, Pennington

Jul 21, 2015 4:43 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed interest in acquiring Ben Zobrist, Clint Barmes and Cliff Pennington with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined.

Since coming off the disabled list on May 26, Zobrist is hitting .264/.358/.429 in 190 plate appearances for the Oakland Athletics.

Zobrist, Barmes and Pennington will all hit the free agent market after the season.

Barmes spent time with the Pirates from 2012 to 2014.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates' Jordy Mercer Carted Off Field
Jordy Mercer collided with Carlos Games attempting to break up a double play on Sunday.

Liriano Scratched With Neck Tightness
The Pirates started RHP Vance Worley on Saturday night against the Brewers.

ESPN.com

Pirates Option Wilfredo Boscan To Triple-A
The Pirates have sent pitcher Wilfredo Boscan to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Press Release

Pirates Could Add Talent Prior To Deadline
The Pirates could add to their Major League roster this month in the wake of Josh Harrison's thumb injury, according to Clint Hurdle.

Tom Singer/MLB

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Gerrit Cole Records Major League-Best 12th Win
Gerrit Cole allowed three runs and five hits in eight innings on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Pirates Claim Travis Ishikawa Off Waivers From Giants
This will be Travis Ishikawa's second stint with the Pirates,

Press Release

Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates
Victor Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Justin Verlander Expected To Make Next Start
Justin Verlander was scratched from his last start due to back stiffness.

ESPN.com

Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer lost his chance at a perfect game by hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on Saturday.

ESPN.com

Adjustment To Back Foot Has Turned Around McCutchen's Season
Andrew McCutchen struggled early this season, but has turned things around drastically as of late.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Pirates Committed To 'Now And The Future' In Trade Market
As has been the case in recent seasons, the Pirates will approach the trade deadline with an eye on both winning this fall and remaining in contention over the long-term.

David Manel/Bucs Dugout

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Pirates Keeping Jeff Locke In Rotation
Jeff Locke has a 5.34 ERA after another rough outing, but the Pirates will remain patient with the 27-year-old left-hander.

Tom Singer/MLB

Pedro Alvarez's HR Lands In Allegheny River
Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Adam Berry/MLB

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