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Chicago Tribune

Stretch run another chance for Cubs manager Joe Maddon to prove his worth

Joe Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball, not to mention the only one in our lifetimes to lead the Cubs to a championship. But something obviously is missing from this year's team, which is fighting the Cardinals, Brewers and Pirates for the National League Central Division title when...

Toronto Star

Blue Jays catcher Martin hits disabled list

Jays manager hopeful Russell Martin won’t miss more than 10 days with oblique strain suffered in Friday’s loss to Pirates.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Prince excited for his first crack at managing in the majors

TORONTO — Bench coach Tom Prince, the Pirates’ acting manager Friday and Saturday, described his job this weekend as “keeping the seat warm” for manager Clint Hurdle. With Hurdle attending funeral services for his close friend and former colleague Don Baylor, who died Monday, Prince temporarily moved into the visiting manger’s office at Rogers Centre.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Prince to manage Pirates while Clint Hurdle attends Don Baylor's funeral

TORONTO — First-year bench coach Tom Prince will manage the Pirates the next two days at Rogers Centre as manager Clint Hurdle attends Don Baylor’s funeral in Austin, Texas. Hurdle is expected to rejoin the team Sunday for a series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers, Pirates lineups: Justin Upton gets night off, Jose Iglesias back at shortstop

Jose Iglesias has been reinstated from the bereavement list and will bat ninth. DETROIT -- After the Detroit Tigers scored just three runs in two games in Pittsburgh, manager Brad Ausmus is making some changes to the lineup. Outfielder Justin Upton is getting the night off Wednesday against the Pirates, while Miguel Cabrera will hit third. John Hicks is catching and batting seventh, and Jose Iglesias is back at shortstop after missing three games following a death in the family. Iglesias was reinstated from the bereavement list Wednesday, while newly acquired...

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers' Jose Iglesias to return on Wednesday, making Jeimer Candelario's stay brief

Candelario might depart without getting an at-bat. He didnt play on Monday and isnt in the lineup Tuesday night. PITTSBURGH -- Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected to return from the bereavement list and be available to play Wednesday, manager Brad Ausmus said. The Tigers open the second half of their four-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at Comerica Park. That means fans won't get to see newly acquired prospect Jeimer Candelario, who is likely to be optioned back to Triple-A Toledo when Iglesias is activated. Candelario might...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sean Rodriguez 'super pumped' to embark on third season with Pirates

Sean Rodriguez wasn’t expecting to be traded, as he’d only played 15 games for the Atlanta Braves since signing a two-year contract this past offseason, but there was a silver lining in the news general manager John Coppolella shared with him Saturday. Rodriguez had indeed been traded, but the destination — Pittsburgh — was a place where he already felt at home.

Grand Rapids Press

After not-too-shabby debut, Drew VerHagen in line for another start

Im trying not to look too far ahead, he said. They told me (Friday) night I was starting, so I was just focusing on today. BALTIMORE -- When Drew VerHagen exited the game on Saturday night, he left the Detroit Tigers with a chance to win. The Tigers lost 5-2, but VerHagen still pitched well enough to earn another start in five days. Barring something unforeseen, he will make his second start of the season and third of his career on Thursday in Detroit against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  "He did a nice job. We couldn't have asked for more," said Tigers manager...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison return for Pirates series opener against Padres

Manager Clint Hurdle got the green light late Thursday night to start Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison in a series opener Friday night against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park, so he wasted no time in getting the dinged-up duo back into their regular spots in the Pirates lineup.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jameson Taillon gets roughed up again as Pirates still can't solve the Reds

At least three times in the past three days, during radio interviews with KDKA and in a conference call with reporters, general manager Neal Huntington has pointed to the Pirates’ bad play against bad teams as a contributor to their sub-.500 record.

Red Reporter

Jesse Winker flashes glove, hits first MLB homer to lead Reds past Pirates, 9-1

Winker backed a solid Homer Bailey start on the evening. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Jesse Winker got called back up to the bigs earlier today in the wake of Monday’s deadline-day trade of Tony Cingrani opening up an active roster spot. Despite the fact that he didn’t arrive in Pittsburgh until after batting practice on Tuesday, Winker made quite the impact in his start, clubbing his first career big league homer, walking, and making a splendid catch against the RF wall while on defense. Factor in that manager Bryan Price indicated earlier on Tuesday that Winker...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joaquin Benoit will slide into Tony Watson's role in the Pirates bullpen

Joaquin Benoit, the Pirates’ newly acquired reliever, will assume Tony Watson’s seventh-inning role in the bullpen, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Washington Times

Pirates hold onto McCutchen, send reliever Watson to Dodgers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - His team stuck on the fringe of the playoff race - not quite in it and not quite out of it - Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spent the hours leading up to the trade deadline weighing both blowing up his roster and moving on to ...

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers acquire left-hander Tony Watson from Pittsburgh

The Dodgers acquired left-handed reliever Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates at Monday's trade deadline, according to a person familiar with the deal. The Dodgers hope Watson can be the "wipeout lefty" prioritized by Manager Dave Roberts, the kind of left-hander the team could use to neutralize...

CSN Philly

Phillies trade Joaquin Benoit and cash to Pirates at trade deadline

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak made one final move before Monday's trade deadline.The Phillies on Monday traded right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit and cash to

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Huntington: Poor play against sub-.500 teams hurting Pirates

SAN DIEGO — About 24 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline Monday, general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged that part of the reason the Pirates were worse than .500 was their performance against bad teams.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Padres hammer Ivan Nova, Pirates lose fourth in a row

SAN DIEGO — Prior to Saturday’s game, manager Clint Hurdle fielded a question about the hard contact Ivan Nova permitted in his two recent starts, the hard contact that resulted in 19 hits and 10 runs in 11 innings.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joe Starkey: The Pirates should pursue Sonny Gray, but does anyone want their prospects?

Moderate buyers, kicking tires. That is how one general manager, in a piece on MLB.com, described the Pirates’ current approach to Monday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline.

San Francisco Chronicle

Sonny Gray takes loss in possible last start for Oakland

Gray went six innings and allowed four runs - all of them unearned, thanks to his miscue- in Oakland’s 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, unable to get his manager, Bob Melvin, to the 1,000-win mark after two days stuck at 999. Gray, a 2015 All-Star and the A’s ace for the better part of five seasons, is a coveted asset before the July 31 trade deadline. Tuesday at Rogers Center, seven teams had scouts on had to watch Gray: the Yankees, who are making a strong push for the right-hander, along with the Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers, Pirates, Indians and Royals. Gray’s rocky inning Tuesday was the...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Pirates face the San Francisco Giants, the names are the same, but not the producion

SAN FRANCISCO — Every name Pirates manager Clint Hurdle listed from the San Francisco Giants roster had an impressive resume. He ticked off an MVP and rookie of the year. Each player he mentioned but one had an All-Star Game appearance to his name. Between them, they had 10 World Series rings.

San Jose Mercury News

Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti ejected, Giants lose to Pirates

Matt Cain is winless in his last 11 starts and only made it through four innings Monday -- which was two more than Manager Bruce Bochy lasted.

CSN Bay Area

Bruce Bochy ejected in second inning vs Pirates after arguing with umpire

Bruce Bochy's night didn't last very long.The Giants manager was ejected in the top of the second inning Monday after arguing with the home plate

San Francisco Chronicle

Bochy, Righetti ejected in Giants’ latest loss

In these gloomy times, when the plate umpire is calling balls on pitches in the strike zone, even an even-keeled manager can burst, and that’s what Bochy did in the second inning of Monday’s 10-3 loss to the Pirates. Conroy ejected Bochy right away, and Bochy added a few more choice words before retrieving to the clubhouse, displaying a season’s worth of frustrations in a few precious moments that captured the feelings of his team and fans. Conroy also ejected pitching coach Dave Righetti in the ninth inning during a mound visit, a clear sign the Giants didn’t think Conroy’s...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What is Andrew McCutchen's value? We may find out this week

At the times over the past two seasons when general manager Neal Huntington attempted to explain the dips and dives in Andrew McCutchen’s production and describe the five-time All-Star center fielder’s importance to the Pirates’ overall performance, Huntington often landed on this line: “It’s not a coincidence,” he’d say, “that we were good when Andrew was good.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Francisco Cervelli swinging a hot bat in July, benefiting from all-fields approach

DENVER — At some point last weekend, before the Pirates welcomed the first-place Milwaukee Brewers to town and then broke out the brooms, manager Clint Hurdle mentioned to a colleague, “Don’t be surprised if you see something special out of [Francisco] Cervelli.” Asked why, he replied, “No. 1, he’s swinging the bat better. But he’s also hit the Brewers.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why all the rest for the Pirates? Clint Hurdle explains

A couple springs ago, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle mentioned off-hand during a post-workout media briefing in February how he and the Pirates had been studying the playing time of the Golden State Warriors, who at the time were getting more production from their starters in fewer minutes. What followed was more of a commitment to attempting to keep players fresh (they had done some of that before) and being proactive with days off, with the help of Zephyr bio-harness exertion and fatigue data, rather than reactive.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates had to have this Brewers series. Thursday, they got it.

Adam Frazier had not yet walked off against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday when Pirates general manager Neal Huntington addressed the implications the upcoming four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers would have on his trade-deadline strategy.

Fox 6 Now

Brewers catcher Vogt out at least a month with sprained knee

PITTSBURGH — Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt is out for at least a month with a sprained left knee following a collision at home plate. Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Vogt will miss “significant time.” Vogt was hurt Monday night when Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl ran into him in the fifth inning of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory. Kuhl was trying to score from second on a hit to right field. Vogt caught the throw home and tried to make a sweeping […]