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Monday Mop-Up Duty: First quarter report

PNC PARK – Key members of the Pirates front office and manager Clint Hurdle met Saturday for a quarterly review, something of an interim report card for the club. Colleague Rob Biertempfel handed out his quarter-mark grades Sunday and I think many in the public, and privately within the organization, would generally agree with those […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Team will look internally for bullpen improvement

Given the rarity of completing trades this early in the season, the Pirates will look for improvement from both their major league relievers and those in Class AAA Indianapolis to stabilize their underperforming bullpen, general manager Neal Huntington said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Improved pitch location could help with defense

For the Pirates to improve on the defensive side of the ball, manager Clint Hurdle suggested that the Pirates might put a little ice on the issue.

Beaver County Times

Pirates' Polanco finding groove as No. 3 hitter

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle moved Gregory Polanco into the No. 3 hole on May 6. The right fielder has hit .326 (15 for 46) with six doubles, one triple and two home runs since the change.

Beaver County Times

Insider: Pirates pound out 21 hits in holding off Braves 12-9 for third straight win

John Jaso, Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli each had three hits as the Pirates built a 9-0 lead then held on for a 12-9 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night, ruining the debut of Braves interim manager Brian…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates ride seven-run first inning to 12-9 win over Braves

Brian Snitker’s first day on the job as Atlanta Braves manager started rather poorly. Four outs in and eight runs down, Snitker strolled to the mound at PNC Park to yank his starter, Aaron Blair.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Challenge protocol could be more efficient, Hurdle says

CHICAGO — There is perhaps no more painful pause in baseball than when a manager steps onto the field to contemplate challenging a call, and the game grinds to a halt. Eventually, an assistant coach on the phone with a video coordinator in the clubhouse gives a thumbs up or down.

Orioles Insider | Baltimore Sun

Pedro Alvarez makes first start since August 2014 at third base for Orioles

The long-mooted moment has finally arrived. In the Orioles’ 35th game of the season, manager Buck Showalter made good on his promise to start Pedro Alvarez at third base. He’ll start at third base for the first time since Aug. 14, 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and bat seventh as the Orioles...

Sox Drawer | CSN Chicago

Maddon: 'The last games had nothing to do with today'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about the Cubs bouncing back from their doubleheader losses in Fridays 9-4 win over the Pirates.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Freese is excited about returning

Former Cardinals World Series hero David Freese will start a game in the Cardinals’ series with Freese’s Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. It just wasn’t Friday’s game and he may not start Saturday, either, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said if…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On The Pirates: Handling of Freese a trip down memory lane for Hurdle

Putting David Freese at second base Tuesday brought back memories for manager Clint Hurdle.

Beaver County Times

Pirates, Cubs could be a rivalry renewed

Chicago manager Joe Maddon is embracing the dawning of a rivalry, between the Pirates and the Cubs despite the Pirates being on the wrong end of a 7-1 beating Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Beaver County Times

Pirates manager Hurdle downplays significance of facing Cubs

The Pirates are facing the Cubs in a three-game series that started Monday night at PNC Park for the first time since losing to Chicago in last year's National League wild card game.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Hurdle giving red-hot Polanco a steady diet of left-handers, too

DENVER — Manager Clint Hurdle’s starting lineup Tuesday night stacked eight right-handed hitters against Colorado Rockies veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The lone left-handed batter in the order was Gregory Polanco, a 24-year-old right fielder on a tear early this season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Clint Hurdle says Pirates bullpen might be weary but refuses to commit to it

DENVER — Shortly after the Pirates survived a 13-inning marathon Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, manager Clint Hurdle balked at a reporter’s suggestion his battered bullpen might be weary as the team headed for four games at Coors Field, the most hitter-friendly ballpark in baseball.