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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: GM says money incentive for players to keep cheating

Two days after the Miami Marlins’ Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, was suspended 80 games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, from players’ perspectives, cheating still pays in baseball.

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.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers' James McCann getting 'close' to returning from DL, possibly by end of homestand

The starting catcher sprained his right ankle April 11 against the Pirates. DETROIT - Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann's injured ankle is mending on schedule and he should be "close" to his April 27 activation date from the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus said Friday. Ausmus said that McCann was scheduled to run Friday and "hopefully run the bases" on Saturday. The Tigers host the Cleveland Indians Friday in kicking off a seven-game homestand. McCann sprained his ankle in the Tigers' 7-4 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 11. He rolled his right...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Hurdle uses unique method to measure offensive production

SAN DIEGO — Working hand in hand with manager Clint Hurdle’s desire for a better on-base percentage, fewer strikeouts and a more connected lineup is a metric he has used since his days with the Colorado Rockies.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Hurdle looks for matchup advantage with Cervelli and Stewart both on the field

SAN DIEGO — During the final inning of Sunday’s victory against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle shuffled his defense. The end result was Chris Stewart, who had pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth inning, behind the plate and Francisco Cervelli at first base.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sunday game report: Brewers at Pirates

Leftfielder Ryan Braun was out of the starting lineup but manager Craig Counsell made it clear that was his plan from the outset of the season.

Orioles Insider | Baltimore Sun

Buck Showalter: Pedro Alvarez settling in with Orioles, still expected to contribute

Orioles designated hitter Pedro Alvarez has gotten past his slow first week with the team. He has hits in his last four games, and manager Buck Showalter still has hope for what the former Pirates star can bring to Baltimore.

San Francisco Chronicle

Giants’ Bumgarner, Posey open to playing in ‘17 World Baseball Classic

Giants’ Bumgarner, Posey open to playing in ‘17 World Baseball Classic Former Pirates manager Jim Leyland, named Thursday to lead the United States team into the 2017 World Baseball Classic, should know that a battery of Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey might not be a pipe dream. No player will commit to a tournament 11 months away, but Bumgarner said Saturday that he would consider it after turning down a chance to pitch in the 2013 WBC. Not many people get to play major-league baseball. Kelby's work: A day after committing two errors, including a costly muff that thwarted a...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Friday game report: Brewers vs. Pirates

Manager Craig Counsell made official what everyone had assumed — right-hander Zach Davies will come up from Class AAA Colorado Springs and start Sunday against the Pirates.

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers' new-look bullpen nearly flawless in protecting win over Pirates

Four relievers combined to allow one hit, one walk and no runs while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. DETROIT - Through six games, hitting hasn't been a problem for the Detroit Tigers. But then again, nobody expected it to be. "In general, this team should hit," manager Brad Ausmus said after the Tigers had 14 hits in an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I think everybody feels that way." The Tigers have lived up to those expectations by averaging 13 hits in their four victories and 10 overall. What was a question mark going into the season was the one...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates rack up 17 hits in 7-4 victory against Tigers

DETROIT — Manager Clint Hurdle can use Monday’s game as an instructional video for the type of offense he wants this season.

Cincinnati.com

Hoover, Price on Marte's grand slam

Reds closer J.J. Hoover and manager Bryan Price discuss Starling Marte's grand slam in the 8th as the Reds lost 6-5 to the Pirates on Friday night.         

Beaver County Times

Addition of reliever Feliz give Pirates manager Hurdle late-inning flexibility

Left-handed reliever Tony Watson pitched almost exclusively in the eighth inning for the Pirates the last three seasons, but he now he is an option to work the seventh following the signing of right-hander Neftali Feliz as a free agent…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Manager embraces different strategy with top left-handed reliever

Through two games, the Pirates’ bullpen allowed one run in nine innings. No surprise given its performance last year, but manager Clint Hurdle has gone about it differently.