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Pirates Will Try To Re-Sign J.A. Happ

Oct 12, 2015 9:08 AM

J.A. Happ will be a free agent for the first time this winter, but he may not be on the market long as the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to re-sign the left-hander.

"It's a team I would definitely consider, absolutely," Happ said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm happy with where I'm at right now, and we'll see what's down the road."

Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 outings this season with the Seattle Mariners. After being traded to the Pirates at the end of July, Happ went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts.

"There is interest," Neal Huntington said. "It's just a matter of how it all comes together, how it works for him and how it works for us."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sean Rodriguez Apologizes For Skirmish, Punching Cooler

Oct 9, 2015 7:07 AM

Sean Rodriguez has issued an apology on Twitter for his actions in Wednesday night's bench-clearing scuffle and for pummeling a cooler in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout after his ejection.

Pirates reliever Tony Watson drilled Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning to spark the scuffle. Arrieta and Watson exchanged words near home plate, and the bullpens and benches briefly emptied onto the field.

Rodriguez appeared to throw a punch during the scuffle, and he accused David Ross of grabbing him by the neck in the scrum.

After his ejection from the National League wild-card game, the Pirates utility man proceeded to give the unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.


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Andrew McCutchen 'Never Bringing' Dreadlocks Back

Sep 28, 2015 11:30 AM

Andrew McCutchen does not plan to regrow his dreadlocks, bristling at the idea that the long hair was his trademark.

McCutchen got his first haircut in eight years this past March and donated the dreadlocks to charity.

"Never bringing them back," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Never."

McCutchen, 28, made four All-Star teams and won a National League MVP award over his first six seasons in the Major Leagues.

"All it was, for myself, was a haircut," McCutchen told the Post-Gazette. "I know for other people, it probably meant more because that was my trademark.

"But if my hair was my trademark, and that's the reason people know me, that means I suck at baseball."


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Pirates Become Fifth Team To Win 10,000 NL Games

Sep 25, 2015 7:22 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Thursday night, becoming the fifth Major League team to win 10,000 National League games.

Pittsburgh is fifth all time in NL wins behind San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

"Proud franchise," Andrew McCutchen said. "A good milestone."

Associated Press

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Pirates Clinch Third-Straight Playoff Berth

Sep 24, 2015 7:35 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 13-7 on Wednesday, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth for the third-straight year.

"We're happy with where we are," Andrew McCutchen said. "But we still have some work to do.

"We're not done. Got to keep going."

The Pirates secured at least a wild card as they chase first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. They trail by four games with a home series coming up against the Cardinals.

St. Louis and Pittsburgh are the only major league teams to lock up playoff trips so far.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Cardinals Clinch MLB's First Playoff Spot

Sep 20, 2015 1:18 AM

The Cardinals have become the first team to clinch a postseason berth this year despite losing to the Cubs on Saturday.

The Cardinals fell at Wrigley Field, but manager Mike Matheny's team later sealed a playoff spot when San Francisco lost to Arizona. The Giants' defeat ensured St. Louis at least an NL wild-card slot.

St. Louis has the best record in the majors at 92-56 


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Pirates Unlikely To Call Up Tyler Glasnow

Aug 31, 2015 7:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are unlikely to call up prospect Tyler Glasnow in the month of September.

Glasnow has made six starts at the Triple-A level, posting a 0.81 ERA and striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings.

"Left the door open because he's doing some really good things, but he continues to remind us there are still some things he needs to do," Neal Huntington said. "At this point he is not on our radar to come up here in September or October. We still feel there is development (needed).

"(Glasnow) is not in our plans."

He is walking 4.6 batters per nine at Triple-A.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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A.J. Burnett Hopes To Return By Mid-September

Aug 30, 2015 6:49 PM

Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is hopeful of returning to the rotation by mid-September following a 71-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

The 38-year-old has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow.

"It was good, better than expected," Burnett said of the bullpen session. "The pain is gone and I feel good."


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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.


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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

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Pirates Acquire J.A. Happ, Michael Morse
J.A. Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners this season.


Pirates To Acquire Joakim Soria From Tigers
Pittsburgh will send a Minor League player to Detroit for the reliever, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals Trade Joe Blanton To Pirates
Joe Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment in the wake of Kansas City's trade for Johnny Cueto.

Associated Press

Pirates Looking At Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino
The Pirates have considered trading for Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino of the Red Sox.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner
Gerrit Cole and the Pirates defeated the Nationals by the score of 3-1 on Sunday.


Pittsburgh Working On Trade For Reliever
Pittsburgh acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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