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Cubs-Pirates Play To MLB's First Tie Since 2005

Sep 30, 2016 7:33 AM

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates played to the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 2005 on Thursday.

Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1 and led to a delay of nearly 90 minutes. Because the game has no effect on postseason positioning and the teams aren't scheduled to play again this season, MLB decided the game would not be made up and officially declared it a tie.

All stats from the game will count.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Stats

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Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

Sep 26, 2016 7:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates hope to re-sign Sean Rodriguez, who they signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last offseason.

"We'd love to have Sean remain in a Pirate uniform," Neal Huntington said. "Given what he's done this year, we would fully anticipate that there's going to be quite a market out there for him."

Rodriguez has played every position but pitcher and catcher this season, although his primary positions have been first base, the middle infield and right field.

He is slashing 264/.345/.518 with 18 home runs through 320 plate appearances.

"Sean's just done a remarkable job," Huntington added. "The defensive versatility and the impact, it's hard to measure."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ivan Nova Seeking $70M Deal, Pirates Have Made Extension Offer

Sep 23, 2016 7:12 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working to keep Ivan Nova from hitting free agency and have made extension offers to the pitcher.

Nova and his representatives with the Legacy Agency are reportedly asking for $70 million over five years.

The size of Pittsburgh's offer hasn't been reported.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Acquire Phil Coke From Yankees

Sep 22, 2016 4:33 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Phil Coke from the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Pittsburgh will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate the acquisition.

Coke, 34, made three major league appearances earlier in the year for New York, but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Shut Down Gerrit Cole With Inflamed Right Elbow

Sep 14, 2016 6:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Gerrit Cole on the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his 2016 season.

Cole returned to the mound on Monday after missing three weeks. He allowed five runs on four hits and four walks in just two innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Pirates announced his injury as right elbow posterior inflammation.

"I'm disappointed. There's just not enough time to recover," Cole said. "I'm disappointed I'm not out there to help the team. That's the one thing I've been fighting for all season, to try to be able to contribute to our ultimate goal. It's unfortunate we ran out of time."


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

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Pirates, Yankees Complete Ivan Nova Trade

Aug 31, 2016 7:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have completed the July trade that sent Ivan Nova to the National League.

New York will receive outfielder Tito Polo and left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Nova has a 2.87 ERA over 31.1 innings since the trade, striking out 22 and walking just one.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Place Gerrit Cole On DL With Elbow Inflammation

Aug 30, 2016 7:40 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Gerrit Cole on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with "posterior inflammation of the right elbow."

Pittsburgh called up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis to assume Cole's spot against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. He lasted just four innings, striking out four batters and allowed two runs.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

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M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays

Aug 6, 2016 6:54 PM

The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from Pittsburgh and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Toronto in a pair of trades Saturday.

Both deals Seattle made were for players to be named later. Seattle will be sending two players to Pittsburgh for Caminero and one to Toronto for Venditte. The Mariners announced Venditte would report to Triple-A Tacoma, while Caminero will report to Seattle.


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

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Pirates Sitting Slumping Andrew McCutchen For Three Games

Aug 4, 2016 7:23 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting Andrew McCutchen from Tuesday through Thursday in hopes that the rest will help him battle out of a slump.

McCutchen says he's OK with Clint Hurdle's decision even if he doesn't agree with it.

"I have to first address myself before I can think about addressing anything else," McCutchen said. "I know if I was going out and playing the best ball that I know I can play that I wouldn't be in this position.

"They wouldn't be in the position of having to make those decisions, either."

In 97 games this year, McCutchen has a .241 average and is on pace for a career high in strikeouts.

Hurdle made the decision after watching the outfielder go 1-for-12 in a three-game series last weekend at Milwaukee.

"He's tried a lot of things," Hurdle said. "This man's fought, shown up, done early work, late work, side work, video work. In situations like this where I've seen it happen with good players, you just unplug 'em. The manager's got to do it. I'm just asking him to sign off on it.

"He obviously has a lot of fight in him and wants to continue. But it's like hitting refresh button."

Associated Press

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Pirates Land Ivan Nova From Yankees For PTBNL

Aug 1, 2016 4:36 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates will acquire Ivan Nova from the New York Yankees for a player to be named later.

Nova, 29, has a 4.90 ERA, 5.09 FIP and 75 strikeouts in 97.1 innings this season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Trade Rumor

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Nats Acquire Closer Mark Melancon From Pirates
The Nationals sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates.


Nationals Have Inquired About Mark Melancon
The Nationals and a number of other clubs have inquired with the Pirates about Mark Melancon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez
The Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Jameson Taillon 'Doing Well' After Line Drive To Head
Jameson Taillon is doing well after he was hit in the back of the head with a line drive that left the bat at 105 mph on Tuesday night.

William Weinbaum/ESPN

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Stephen Strasburg Improves To 13-0 With Win Over Pirates
Nats star Stephen Strasburg improved to 13-0 for the season, and now has won 16 consecutive decisions dating back to last September.


Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game
Drew Pomeranz. Starling Marte, and Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star Game roster.


Pirates Shopping Jon Niese
The Pirates are shopping Jon Niese and have called a number of teams to gauge interest in the veteran left-hander.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow
Pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow has a 1.78 ERA through 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis.


Jung Ho Kang Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is considered a "person of interest" in an allegation of sexual assault.


Trading Andrew McCutchen Isn't On Pittsburgh's 'Radar'
The Pirates are struggling, but trading Andrew McCutchen isn't an option at this point.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz
The Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Gerrit Cole Likely To Miss Next Start
Gerrit Cole will likely miss his next scheduled start and possibly another with triceps tightness.


Pirates Place Francisco Cervelli On DL
The Pirates have acquired backup catcher Erik Kratz from the Angels on Saturday for $20,000.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

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Jameson Taillon's Stay With Pirates May Be Short-Lived
Jameson Taillon will make his highly-anticipated Major League debut on Wednesday, but his stay with the Pirates may be short-lived.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ryan Vogelsong Hit In Head By Pitch, Carted Off
Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance after being struck in the head by a pitch on Monday afternoon.


Pirates Don't Want To Rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon
Pittsburgh's starting pitcher have the sixth-highest ERA (4.27) in the National League this season.


Pirates Extend Francisco Cervelli Through 2019 Season
Francisco Cervelli will receive $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.


Pirates Upset By Jake Arrietta's HBP
The Cubs deny that Jake Arrietta hitting Jung Ho Kang with a pitch was intentional.