After seeing his team score five runs over the previous three days, manager Clint Hurdle decided it was time for a change atop the order. Hurdle turned to Josh Harrison, his "Tabasco sauce" leadoff man, and Harrison helped spice up the Pirates' lineup in a 6-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
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Before Wednesday night's game at PNC Park, Gift Ngoepe worried he might burst into tears the moment he heard his name called by Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.
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Whenever Tom Gillespie meets a new Pirates employee, he tells them to look up the story of Gift Ngoepe. Gillespie didn't sign Ngoepe for Pittsburgh, but the Bucs' European scout has known the South African shortstop since he was 17 years old.
Gift Ngoepe isn't a super prospect like Yoan Moncada, Cody Bellinger or Joey Gallo. There would be a bigger stir in Pittsburgh if the Pirates were calling up Austin Meadows. But in terms of a personal triumph and cultural impact, Ngoepe (pronounced en-go-pey) is a great thing for Major League Baseball.
The Pirates are ready to settle in for the long haul. Beginning with Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Marlins at Marlins Park, the Bucs will play 17 straight games without an off-day.
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How good was Gerrit Cole on Tuesday night? Cole said it was the sharpest he's been this season. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it "may have been one of the best-pitched games he's had." Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Cole "could not have pitched better."
A night after scoring a season-high 14 runs and pounding out 17 hits, the Cubs were limited to two hits Tuesday at PNC Park. But they only needed one, compounded by a timely mistake by the Pirates, to escape with a 1-0 win over Gerrit Cole and the Bucs.
With MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on hand, the Pirates on Tuesday unveiled a season-long Play Ball initiative to recognize local youth baseball and softball teams.
The Pirates placed left-hander Antonio Bastardo on the 10-day disabled list with a left quad strain and recalled right-hander Johnny Barbato from Triple-A Indianapolis, the team announced Tuesday.
Jose Osuna ran back toward the warning track in pursuit of Ben Zobrist's fly ball, left his feet and lost sight of it. It seemed the ball shifted on him at the last second, he said, and he couldn't reel in a catchable ball.
The first time the Cubs and Pirates met this season, the Bucs came from behind three days in a row to sweep the series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs ensured there would be no comeback Monday night, running up a big lead in the first two innings and cruising to a 14-3 win at PNC Park.
The Pirates on Monday placed utility man Adam Frazier on the 10-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain and recalled reliever Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis.
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It would be easy to understand if the 27,840 fans at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon moved to the edge of their seats when second baseman Josh Harrison booted Ronald Torreyes' potential game-ending double-play grounder in the ninth inning.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Yes, that's the same Ivan Nova. Facing his former team for the first time, Nova put together the kind of performance he's become known for since joining the Pirates, firing seven efficient innings and leading the Bucs to a 2-1 victory and series win over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
The Pirates are monitoring the market for available outfielders, general manager Neal Huntington said, but they are comfortable moving forward with the group they have following Starling Marte's 80-game suspension.
Held hitless for 4 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, the Yankees finally found their bats -- in a big way. Starlin Castro and Chris Carter each launched a three-run homer and Aaron Judge added a solo shot in the ninth, leading the Yankees to an 11-5 win at PNC Park.
The Pirates have put in the work. They were out on the field at PNC Park early Saturday afternoon, three hours before first pitch, working through team defensive drills. But the work is not leading to outs when Pittsburgh needs them most, as evidenced by the handful of mistakes that led to an 11-5 loss to the Yankees.
The Pirates committed three errors Friday night, but they were not undone by their defense. Unable to muster any offense as they were swept by the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Bucs powered their way to an early lead then took advantage of a critical seventh-inning error by Castro and beat the Yankees, 6-3, at PNC Park.
In describing his mindset on the mound, Tyler Glasnow often refers to various modes of pitching. When he's at his best, he's typically in "competitive mode." After a rough first inning at Wrigley Field on Saturday, he entered "do-whatever's-necessary mode" and finished with four strong frames.
The Pirates realigned their outfield this spring, a change that was partially negated by Andrew McCutchen moving back to center field after Starling Marte's 80-game suspension. But they made another change that should stick.
Beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from Bucs fans.
The Pirates have played five opponents this season and have yet to split a series. Their 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday, their third straight by the same score, was the latest in an alternating, sweep-or-be-swept sequence.
The sting of a 3-9 start felt a little less severe on Wednesday, as the Cardinals wrapped up a series sweep of the Pirates with a boost from Dexter Fowler's bat and another strong starting pitching performance. All three games in this series ended with a 2-1 score.
Josh Bell was sitting in the corner of the visitors' clubhouse at Busch Stadium on Wednesday morning, a bat in his hands, practicing his setup from both sides of the plate. It hasn't been an ideal start for the switch-hitting rookie, who entered Wednesday batting .200/.273/.250 with six strikeouts and four walks.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte received an 80-game suspension without pay, effective immediately, on Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a devastating blow to a Pittsburgh club with an already-thin margin for error in the National League Central.
Meet the new center fielder, same as the old center fielder.
Mike Leake's renaissance was on display again Tuesday, as he pitched the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins of the season with a second straight 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Busch Stadium.