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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ninth inning home run sinks Pirates

Ryan Braun’s ninth-inning home run scuttled a well-managed game from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

Mets Blog | ESPN New York

Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 0

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets made big news at the beginning of the night, and almost made even bigger news at the end of it. Just a few minutes prior to first pitch, the Mets announced they had traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the next three hours, they were nearly no-hit by the Atlanta Braves. Braves starter Aaron Harang, who was with the Mets last September, held them without a hit for seven innings. But Harang walked six batters and needed 121 pitches just to get that far, leading Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez to go to his bullpen.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Martin bats in No. 2 spot again

Russell Martin batted second again Friday night as part of a restructured lineup that manager Clint Hurdle hopes will improve the clubs on-base percentage.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Tabata passes all concussion tests after hitting wall

Jose Tabata did not get a concussion when he collided with the outfield wall Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said, and was available off the bench for the game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

MASN Sports

Off to good start, Meek works to gain trust of his new teammates and manager - Steve Melewski

During the 2010 season, right-hander Evan Meek pitched to an ERA of 2.14 out of the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen and made the National League All-Star team. He ranked among NL relief leaders in innings, opponent batting average and ERA. But...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Chris Stewart's rehabilitation could get major push

CINCINNATI -- As catcher Chris Stewart continues his rehabilitation in the minors, the Pirates are discussing the possibility of having him finish the rehabilitation process with the major league team, manager Clint Hurdle said Monday.

Dodgers Report | ESPN Los Angeles

The list: 10 things that caught my eye

1. The biggest story of the first two weeks has to be the Milwaukee Brewers, winners of nine in a row and at 10-2, two wins better than any other team in the early going. The big surprise is the Brewers have allowed just 29 runs, fewest in the majors. They swept Pittsburgh over the weekend by out-Pirating the Pirates, winning 4-2, 3-2 and 4-1. Kyle Lohse was dominant in Sunday’s win, falling one out short of a complete game when manager Ron Roenicke removed him after Andrew McCutchen singled with two outs (Roenicke was greeted with a smattering of boos from the home crowd but was...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Saturday game report: Brewers vs. Pirates

Though the Brewers were facing a right-hander (Edinson Volquez) after two consecutive left-handers, manager Ron Roenicke started right-handed hitting Mark Reynolds at first base for the fifth consecutive game.

Brewers Blog | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jonathan Lucroy catching Wily Peralta tonight

No doubt to keep his red-hot bat in the lineup, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is starting Jonathan Lucroy at catcher again tonight as his team opens a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Hurdle in no hurry for Cole to star

CHICAGO -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked Thursday morning about how quickly everybody wants Gerrit Cole speeding his way down the fast lane of baseball.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Olt, Lake might play Thursday vs. RHP Cole

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria intimated that his Thursday lineup won’t employ the usual platoons he’s been utilizing over the first 10 days of the season. It means righties Mike Olt and Junior Lake could start against Pittsburgh Pirates righty Gerrit Cole. “Tomorrow is as good a day as any,” Renteria said after the Cubs 7-5 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night. Until now, Renteria has played a combination of Luis Valbuena, Ryan Kalish and Ryan Sweeney against right-handed pitching, while Olt and Lake -- along with Darwin Barney -- have seen the lefties.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

No challenge a curious move by Hurdle

CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a curious move in not challenging a fourth-inning play at the plate involving Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in the Pirates' eventual 5-4 victory on Thursday afternoon. With two outs and Castro on second base, catcher Welington Castillo singled to left field, where Starling Marte came up throwing. The ball beat Castro to the plate as catcher Tony Sanchez was sitting on top of it, but, according to plate umpire Mark Carlson, he didn’t apply the tag in time.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Happy with a loss? You should be

CHICAGO -- OK, happy might be a strong term, but there were plenty of positives in the Chicago Cubs' just-completed 2-4 homestand. You simply need to ignore the negatives, because most of them don’t matter. First off, Starlin Castro just might be back to his old self. “Castro is probably as hot as [Emilio] Bonifacio is now,” Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after his team’s 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday. “This kid is looking like the player that first came up.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Lineup: Lake, Olt to face righty Cole

CHICAGO -- As promised the day before, Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria has righties Mike Olt and Junior Lake in the lineup against right-handed starter Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates for Thursday afternoon’s rubber game of the series. Until now Renteria has platooned those two with lefties Luis Valbuena and either Ryan Kalish or Ryan Sweeney. But Renteria doesn’t mind the matchup with the righty Cole on the mound. “The splits are pretty even, but I think these are two young players; we’re trying to find spots to give them an opportunity to gain some confidence,”...

Chicago Sun-Times

Starlin Castro gets his groove back

Starlin Castro says he has found his groove, says he feels stronger and says his mind is clear. And one more thing: ‘‘Last year is over.’’ Castro is on a tear that features seven hits in his last 12 at-bats, including the first multihomer game of his career in the Cubs’ 7-6 loss Tuesday to the Pirates. ‘‘He’s just starting to get into a rhythm,’’ said manager Rick Renteria, who has seen Castro drive in five runs since putting him in the No. 6...

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Veras still the closer ... for now

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Veras has already lasted longer in his role this season than former Cub Carlos Marmol did a year ago, but the leash could be tightening on the current closer. Veras struggled in spring training and then in the first week of the regular season, giving up six walks and three runs in only 1 T innings pitched. Before the Cubs took on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, manager Rick Renteria was asked if Veras' job was in jeopardy.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Lake frustrated by lack of playing time

CHICAGO -- Count Chicago Cubs' outfielder Junior Lake as another interested party in his lack of playing time. Lake and fellow righty Mike Olt haven't started against a right-handed pitcher over the first seven games of the season and Lake sounds frustrated. "I want to play every day," Lake said before the Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. "I want to be in the lineup every day. I don't have control over that. ...He [manager Rick Renteria] knows I want to play more.

Chicago's Inside Pitch | Daily Herald

Castro moves up; Bonifacio stays put

The wind is blowing out during batting practice at Wrigley Field, and so far, it looks to be a comfortable evening for Game 2 of the Cubs and Pirates. Jason Hammel pitches for the Cubs against lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Cubs manager Rick Renteria will go with a right-handed hitting lineup against Rodriguez. One change from the last couple of games is moving Starlin Castro up from the sixth spot to the second spot. Emilio Bonifacio remains the leadoff hitter. He is 17-for-33 (.515) on the season and has a hitting line of .515/.556/.576. read more

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle tries to help Vin Mazzaro

CHICAGO -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle picked up the phone this week to advocate for reliever Vin Mazzaro, a bullpen mainstay in the clubs run to the playoffs last year.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Cubs lineup: Six lefties vs. Bucs' Morton

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria continued his early season trend of platoons as he has six left-handed hitters in the lineup Tuesday to face right-hander Charlie Morton of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morton shut out the Cubs over six innings Wednesday in a game won by the Pirates in 16 innings. Here’s the Cubs lineup: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B 2. Ryan Kalish, LF 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 4. Nate Schierholtz, RF 5. Luis Valbuena, 3B 6.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Theo on Baez ejection: Learning experience

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein and manager Rick Renteria view top prospect Javier Baez getting kicked out of a Triple-A game over the weekend -- and then having words with teammates -- as a learning experience. Most important is they liked how he responded afterward. “You want everyone to go through adversity in the minor leagues because it’s important for them to learn how to deal with failure and come back even stronger,” Epstein said before the Cubs played the Pirates on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Taillon's Tommy John surgery: The only certainty is uncertainty

Long before Neal Huntington was the Pirates general manager, back in what he calls his “entry-level” days, he took a pitcher to see a doctor. The pitcher had thrown 94 mph fastballs in a game a night earlier, but the doctor diagnosed him with a three-quarters tear of his rotator cuff. As Huntington said, “You don’t always see it.”

Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: Gardy gets congratulatory texts from many former players

CLEVELAND -- Among former Twins players to text their congratulations to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on his 1,000th career victory: Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Jim Thome, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Johan Santana. Twins general manager Terry Ryan called Sunday morning, while Pirates GM Neal Huntington also texted. There was no call, however, from the White House. “I know Mr. Obama is a White Sox fan,” Gardenhire said. “I didn’t think he’d call.” DUENSING GETS CALL Twins reliever Brian Duensing will deliver the traditional “Let’s Play Hockey!”... Read more..

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates extend contracts for GM Huntington, manager Hurdle

The Pirates on Saturday announced contract extensions for general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle.

Beaver County Times

Pirates GM Huntington, manager Hurdle extended

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Alvarez powers Pirates past Cardinals

Looking the other way is key for Pedro Alvarez. Ask Pirates hitting coach Jeff Branson, ask manager Clint Hurdle, and they will say if Alvarez ...

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Day of firsts adds up to Cubs' first win

PITTSBURGH -- It was a game of firsts for the Chicago Cubs as they earned their first win of the season on Thursday afternoon, 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. And there were the firsts for the individuals involved. Rick Renteria notched his first win as a big-league manager, third baseman Mike Olt hit his first major league home run and pitcher Jason Hammel won his first game as a Cub. What does it all mean? Renteria's First Win It wasn't an easy series for the first time manager.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 3, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH -- Rick Renteria earned his first victory as a major league manager when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday. Here's a quick recap: How it happened: Starting pitcher Jason Hammel was brilliant in his Cubs debut while the offense got just enough early runs to get him and the team victory No. 1 of the season. Anthony Rizzo drove home Emilio Bonifacio in the first inning after Bonifacio singled and stole second base then Mike Olt hit his first big-league home run in the second inning followed by a double play ball by Justin Ruggiano to plate Bonifacio in...

MLB

NL WC: Hurdle discusses challenging night at home

10/1/13: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was a busy man at home the night before his team's matchup with the Reds in the NL Wild Card Game