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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gerrit Cole shakes off early homer, Pirates bats light up in 7-3 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Don’t underestimate the danger of issuing Chris Stewart an intentional walk. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the move in the sixth inning Saturday night and paid dearly, as the Pirates piled on with three runs in an inning in which they had only one hit.

Belleville News Democrat

Cardinals drop series opener to Pirates

Before his team’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expressed his undying optimism that things will soon turn around. “No doubt,” Matheny …

Beaver County Times

Pirates perspective: Although Neal Huntington's contract is due to expire at season's end, he's still managing for the long haul

Neal Huntington has navigated one of the toughest seasons he’s faced since becoming the Pirates' general manager in 2007. He's managed to do so without looking like someone that’s managing for his job.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Felipe Rivero closes Pirates' 4-3 win over Cubs with five-out save

Manager Clint Hurdle tried something new. In a nearly identical scenario to the Friday’s game, Hurdle on Saturday deployed left-hander Felipe Rivero midway through the eighth inning, rather than at its start, and let him close out the Pirates’ 4-3 win with a five-out save.

Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon on Anthony Rizzo's leadoff success, Cubs' 7-1 win over Pirates

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Anthony Rizzo's leadoff success and the 7-1 win over the Pirates on Sunday, June 18, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Chris Stewart back from DL, Pirates to decide soon on catchers

Chris Stewart returned from the 10-day disabled list Sunday but is still restricted. Because Stewart’s hamstring injury occurred May 30 while legging out his second triple this season — the only triples he’s collected in his career — manager Clint Hurdle informed the 35-year-old catcher he’d be barred from trying for third base.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trevor Williams granted second chance at rotation spot amid Glasow's struggles

It was nearing midnight March 31 in Montreal, and the team bus was idling outside the clubhouse at Olympic Stadium when manager Clint Hurdle, who already had whittled pitchers Steven Brault and Drew Hutchison from the candidates for the Pirates’ fifth-starter spot, called the remaining contenders into his office and informed them of his decision:

Chicago Tribune

Cubs' Joe Maddon tempers focus on Kris Bryant

It didn't take a long time for manager Joe Maddon to identify the problems of Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant. "Chasing pitches out of the strike zone," Maddon said Saturday night after Bryant struck out three times in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "It’s not a mechanical issue. I saw it...

MLB

Cubs can't rally for wild Arrieta in Pittsburgh

A day after the Pirates' bullpen decisions backfired, manager Clint Hurdle seemingly pushed all the right buttons. Specifically, the one several Bucs players have referred to as the "easy" button: Felipe Rivero. The left-hander escaped a jam in the eighth and enjoyed a perfect ninth, and his five-out save sealed the Bucs' 4-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday night at PNC Park.

Muskat Ramblings

#Cubs Bryant dealing with tough stretch

The last three games have been tough for Kris Bryant. He’s 0-for-8 with six strikeouts and two walks. Bryant is batting .208 in 15 games in June and .264 overall heading into Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates.“He’s chasing pitches out of the strike zone,” manager Joe Maddon said about the reigning NL MVP. “It’s classic. It’s not a mechanical issue, he’s just expanding his strike zone. Whenever he goes badly, it’s when he’s opening up. When he accepts his walks, he’s in good shape.”The Cubs offense has had fits and starts this season, and this road trip is...

Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon on his ejection after Anthony Rizzo's overturned leadoff home run

Cubs manager Joe Maddon reacts after his ejection during the 9-5 win over the Pirates on Friday, June 16, 2017. Maddon was ejected following an argument with umpires after Anthony Rizzo's leadoff home run was overturned. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Ian Happ

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Ben Zobrist's placement on the 10-day DL, his exclusion of Kris Bryant from Friday's lineup against the Pirates and the development of Ian Happ on June 16, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Sun-Times

The story behind those uniforms Cubs will wear tonight vs. Pirates

The Cubs will be wearing the uniforms once worn by Chicago Negro League team the Leland Giants — named after owner-manager Frank Leland.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates reliever Edgar Santana gives mom a happy wake-up call

Right-hander Edgar Santana couldn’t get through to his mother. Seated on the Class AAA Indianapolis team bus outside a ballpark late Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, Santana had just been told by manager Andy Barkett he was headed to Pittsburgh to join the Pirates. Santana knew his mother already would be asleep, but this was a good reason to wake her.

MLB

Still feeling pain, Hendricks to skip Bucs series

Kyle Hendricks' throwing session on Tuesday did not go well, and the right-hander will not pitch this weekend against the Pirates, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MLB draft is about more than picking the best player

When Neal Huntington and the rest of the Pirates front office hunkers down in Pirate City headquarters for Monday’s MLB amateur draft, the Pirates general manager will quarterback the operation for the 10th time. He will have drafted under three collective bargaining agreements, the third of which went into effect this season.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Marlins hope Giancarlo Stanton (wrist contusion) will return Tuesday

The Miami Marlins hope slugger Giancarlo Stanton will return to the lineup Tuesday at home against the Oakland Athletics, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Stanton left the Marlins’ game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning after getting hit on the right wrist with a fastball....

Washington Times

Watson out as Pirates' closer, Nicasio and Rivero in

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tony Watson's recent struggles have cost the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever his job as the team's closer. Manager Clint Hurdle said Friday he is "unplugging" Watson from the role following a pair of blown saves in Baltimore earlier this week. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share the ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marlins smash struggling Gerrit Cole, silence Pirates offense in 7-1 win

Gerrit Cole did not put up a fight. When manager Clint Hurdle ambled to the pitcher’s mound in the fifth inning Thursday at PNC Park, Cole handed over the baseball and retreated to the home dugout, his head down. Cole had been thoroughly socked by the Miami Marlins. He was unable to complete the fifth because of five consecutive singles sent to the outfield.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Clint Hurdle thinks Tony Watson can 'survive' recent woes

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle offered little clarity to the team’s increasingly problematic closer situation Thursday, saying the coaching staff is weighing its options and will likely not opt for a closer-by-committee solution.

MASN Sports

Showalter on Jones, Machado, Davis at more - School of Roch

WASHINGTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is available tonight if manager Buck Showalter wants to bring him off the bench. However, Showalter is keeping Jones out of the lineup after back-to-back long nights against the Pirates. "You know, he...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Watson remains Pirates closer despite struggles

BALTIMORE — Tony Watson will remain the closer, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday, despite Watson’s struggles in the ninth inning and the dominating performance of Felipe Rivero.

MASN Sports

Orioles continue homestand vs. Pirates, more on Mancini - School of Roch

While sifting through the highs and lows of Sunday afternoon's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox, Orioles manager Buck Showalter pointed out how five walks extended pitch counts and raised the degree of difficulty against a team that's never in...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manager acknowledges reality with Tyler Glasnow, but also finds improvement

NEW YORK — After another poor outing Saturday by Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates continue the effort to balance their analysis of his unsteady season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates work with McCutchen in hopes of rediscovering MVP form

The ballpark was silent, apart from a constant cadence of thwacks. The baseballs, laced off Andrew McCutchen’s bat, landed in nearly the same spot in right-center field each time. Jeff Branson, the Pirates’ hitting coach, kneeled a few feet from home plate and fed McCutchen soft toss. Manager Clint Hurdle stood a little further away, surveying his struggling star’s swings.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Diaz drives in six runs as Pirates come back against Mets

NEW YORK — Terry Collins could probably see it coming after the first inning. Matt Harvey needed 33 pitches to finish it. A complete game was out of the question, seven or eight innings unlikely, and the New York Mets manager would require a sizable contribution from his bullpen.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jaso ties, wins game for Pirates in 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Mets

The flock of New Yorkers gathered behind the visitor’s dugout at PNC Park before Saturday’s game serenaded Mets manager Terry Collins, standing nearby, with a song for his 68th birthday. Collins waved and smiled. When Collins walked past the dugout, one fan, feeling his oats, piped up to inform the manager he’d lost sleep over this team, the puzzling New York Mets.

Washington Times

Jaso's RBI singles in 9th, 10th rally Pirates past Mets 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Terry Collins, the oldest current manager in the major leagues, did not have a happy 68th birthday as his New York Mets blew a save for the fifth time in their last seven chances. John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the ...