3:17 AM EDT, Sat April 29, 2017

Pirates Promote Gift Ngoepe

Gift Ngoepe was called up early wednesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates as defensive depth for their bench in lieu of David Freese apparent hamstring injury. He will provide insurance as a utility infielder who can play third base, shortstop, or second base. He is the first South African player to play in Major League Baseball.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paul Zeise: Where is the Pirates' organizational depth?

The Pirates have been without Jung Ho Kang for the entire season and lost Starling Marte to suspension and Adam Frazier to injury in the past week. 

Washington Times

Pirates scratch OF Polanco vs Cubs because of groin injury

CHICAGO (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs because of a groin injury. Jordy Mercer, who was expecting his first day off after starting the first 10 games of the season at shortstop, took Polanco's place in left field against the ...

Full Count | WEEI

Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval, Sandy Leon, Chris Young return in series opener against Rays

The Red Sox are banking on a slightly different lineup as they rolled out Thursday, and a similar result as they’ve had against Chris Archer. Coming off their come-from-behind victory over the Pirates, the Red Sox begin the first of a four-game series against the Rays, with Archer starting for the visitors. The Tampa Bay […]

Red Reporter

Reds ride seven perfect bullpen innings to top Pirates, 7-1

A completely dominant outing from their relief after early command issues. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game In 2016, Bryan Price was at the helm of a pitching staff that featured last-minute waiver claim Dan Straily, a toasted Alfredo Simon, and a bullpen that by the end of April was headlined by Ross Ohlendorf - the team's highest paid reliever at that point in time at a whopping $800K salary. In other words, the manager largely had his hands tied, especially as a former pitching coach who was dealing with injuries to each of Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey, Raisel...

Sports Illustrated

Peak ambition: Why the Colorado Rockies will be baseball's surprise team in 2017

The Colorado Rockies will be MLB's surprise team in 2017 but keep an eye on the Diamondbacks, Pirates, Rays and Angels as well.