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Though the Pirates production from their starting rotation has taken a dip from last season, the organization believes the staff will improve, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle said.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 -- 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 -- 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.
The Cubs finish the homestand this afternoon as Travis Wood takes on Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at Wrigley Field. After today, the Cubs head to St. Louis for three and then on to the Bronx for two against the Yankees next Tuesday and Wednesday. Fans who have been clamoring for manager Rick Renteria to play Mike Olt and Junior Lake more get their wish this afternoon. Both are in the starting lineup against the right-hander. read more
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,”...
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 -- 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 -- 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.
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
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 – 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 -- 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.
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.”
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..
The Pirates on Saturday announced contract extensions for general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle.
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.
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