Pirates fire pitching coach Searage, bench coach Prince
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have fired pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Tom Prince.
The club announced the decision Thursday. The moves came four days after the team...
Stormy 2019 forces Pirates to head into new direction
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon didn't throw a pitch after May 1. Felipe Vázquez headed to his second All-Star Game in July. By September, he was in jail . Clint Hurdle, who spearheaded a...
Pirates’ Taillon has elbow surgery, will miss 2020 season
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fresh off his first full season in the majors, Jameson Taillon seemed to be on the brink of big things for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Top pitching prospect Mitch Keller will make his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pittsburgh looks for series sweep over Rangers
Texas Rangers (16-17, third in the AL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-15, fourth in the AL Central)
Pittsburgh; Wednesday, 12 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Shelby Miller (1-2,...
Elbow strain forces Pirates to shut down Taillon for 4 weeks
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon's surgically repaired right elbow is intact. That's about the only good news for the Pittsburgh Pirates ace, who will be shut down for at least a month after the...
Pirates to take on Rangers on the road
Pittsburgh Pirates (13-14, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (14-14, third in the NL West)
Pirates look to stop 4-game slide against Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks (14-11, second in the NL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-10, third in the NL Central)
Pirates look for series sweep over San Francisco
San Francisco Giants (8-14, fifth in the NL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-6, first in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh takes 4-game win streak into game against San Francisco
San Francisco Giants (8-13, fifth in the NL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-6, first in the NL Central)
Taillon expected to start for Pittsburgh against Washington
Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6, third in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (7-6, fourth in the NL East)
Cubs rout Pirates 10-0 in home opener after Lester departs
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Chicago's beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Pirates put 4-game win streak on the line against Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates (5-3, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (2-7, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Monday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.46...
Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype.
St. Louis to visit Pittsburgh Wednesday
St. Louis Cardinals (2-3, second in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2, third in the NL Central)
Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound.
He looked like somebody else at the plate.
Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the...
Renovados Rojos remontan en triunfo de 5-3 sobre Piratas
CINCINNATI, Ohio, EE.UU. (AP) — Un jonrón de tres carreras de Derek Dietrich en la parte baja del séptimo inning generó la remontada de unos renovados Rojos en el triunfo del jueves por 5-3 ante...
Cincinnati opens 2019 season against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pirates (82-79, fourth in the NL Central in 2018) vs. Cincinnati Reds (67-95, fifth in the NL Central in 2018)
Pirates look inward to build on promising 2018
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates bet on themselves a year ago when they traded away stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, believing the return they received plus the pieces already in...
Jameson Taillon named Pirates’ opening-day starter
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jameson Taillon will be the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day starter.
The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon's four-year career.
Taillon was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.
They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party.
Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 5-1 victory on Monday night.
Lavarnway drives in winning run, Pirates top Royals in 11
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates.
The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Indianapolis.
In his second major league at-bat of the season, Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit single in the 11th inning, giving Pittsburgh a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Taillon pitches Pirates past Reds 3-2; Bailey falls to 1-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The way Jameson Taillon pitched was only part of his perfect night at the ballpark Wednesday.
Taillon was announced as the Pittsburgh Pirates' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually by Major League Baseball to a player "who shows extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."
Polanco snaps tie in eighth as Pirates beat Braves 3-2
ATLANTA (AP) — Jameson Taillon extended the Atlanta Braves' home struggles, leaving the NL East tight entering the final month of the season.
Gregory Polanco's eighth-inning single drove in Adam Frazier with the tiebreaking run, Taillon allowed only two runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered after blowing a two-run lead to beat the Braves 3-2 on Friday night.
Frazier’s 3-run homer sends Pirates past Brewers 9-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After his team lost a 15-inning game to the Milwaukee Brewers the previous night and used seven pitchers in the process, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was well aware he needed to provide a strong performance on the mound Saturday.
"I knew the team needed innings," Taillon said. "I enjoy when I feel like something is really important. The team needed me and that sparks a little bit of extra energy."
Taillon, Pirates beat Bettis, Rockies 10-2
DENVER (AP) — It was Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh and Chad Bettis for Colorado on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
An intersection with special significance.
Taillon beat Bettis in a matchup of pitchers who battled testicular cancer last year, and the Pirates hit three homers in a 10-2 victory over the Rockies.
Taillon, Bettis face off after bonding over cancer battles
DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday's game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis.
A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer.
"Both healthy. Both in the big leagues," the Pirates' Taillon said. "Life's good."
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Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown on who might be joining the hottest team in the majors.
"I had fun with it," Taillon said. "My heart was racing, I think."
Taillon, Mercer shine in Pirates’ 6-3 win over Brewers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start.
This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble.
Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
"You don't want to live and die by the strikeout, but whenever you need it, you definitely want to be able to get it," Taillon said. "I felt like I got some pretty big ones in big spots. Those are the ones where it was cool."
Kingham pitches, hits Pirates to 4-1 win over Phillies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support.
Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Bell, Polanco homer as Pirates beat Mets 6-4 to stop skid
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to shake his squad out of its slump, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle juggled the top of his lineup.
Didn't hurt that the Pirates ran into the perfect opponent, too — a team struggling even worse than they were.
Rookie Peralta leads Brewers by Pirates 3-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The nerves weren't quite so bad this time. The jitters, a touch less.
The stuff? Well, that didn't change a bit for Milwaukee rookie pitcher Freddy Peralta. The 22-year-old handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates over six shutout innings and the Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4 to avoid sweep
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning.
But they're leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really matters. Everything else can wait.
Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBIs, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and the Pirates avoided a sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Pederson hits 2 HRs, Bellinger goes deep again for Dodgers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joc Pederson went deep twice, Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in as many games and the Los Angeles Dodgers used nine pitchers to hold off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 on Thursday.
Taillon shuts down Cards to lift struggling Pirates, 4-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just like his teammates, Jameson Taillon had been struggling after a strong start to the season.
The promising young Pirates right-hander put it all back together Friday night.
Taillon pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night for its second win in its past seven games.
"I just kind of blacked out and executed my pitches," Taillon said.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Third baseman Eugenio Suarez was activated from the 10-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds and went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 7-4 loss to Atlanta.
Suarez broke his right thumb April 8 when he was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon.
Cincinnati promoted infielder-outfielder Rosell Herrera from Triple-A Louisville and optioned outfielder Phillip Ervin and infielder Cliff Pennington to the International League farm team.
Tigers rained out for seventh time in 2018
Pittsburgh — Rain can be a pain.
So, too, can cold, and snow, and all the other elements Mother Nature has tossed at the Tigers in 2018.
The Tigers had their seventh game in the regular season's first month postponed when Tuesday night's duel against the Pirates at PNC Park was called after more than a 90-minute delay and an all-day rain in Pittsburgh.
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With two strong starts, the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon earns NL Player of the Week honors
Jameson Taillon has pitched 141⁄3 innings in only two games this season, which makes him especially valuable to the Pirates and their struggling bullpen.
The Pirates' best starting pitcher also made good use of those innings, striking out 16 batters, allowing a minuscle .103 batting average (third-best in MLB) and an 0.49 WHIP that is second in baseball.
Pirates notebook: Clint Hurdle says starters need to help bullpen
Not only does Pirates manager Clint Hurdle expect his starters to go longer than six innings once in a while — none had pitched into the seventh before Jameson Taillon's complete-game gem Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds — but Hurdle said he expected it "three days ago."
"We need more length from our starters," he said. "That's the one area we have room for improvement."
Pirates’ Jameson Taillon throws 1-hitter vs. Reds for 1st career shutout
Jameson Taillon said nothing, and that said everything.
When Taillon walked off the mound Sunday after the eighth inning — his fifth without allowing a baserunner — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle asked him if he had any pitches left.
He probably knew the answer, but managers often feel the need to ask the question.
"I don't even know if I said anything back. I just looked at him," Taillon said. "Yeah, I'm going back out."
Tim Benz: Fans will take a while to buy any early Pirates success
Could we pretend it was just a midseason game?
Decent crowd. Playoff opponent. No errors. Jameson Taillon pitched shutout ball through five innings, matching a career high with nine strikeouts. The new guy at third base even hit a grand slam!
A solid 5-4 win over Minnesota. A good day at the park for the Buccos, n'at.
We can't do that though, can we?
It was opening day at home for the Pirates. Opening day is always supposed to be better than just "solid."
Pirates’ Opening Day game vs. Tigers rained out, moved to Friday
DETROIT — The early days of any baseball season are typically plagued by bad weather.
But the Pirates beat the odds for a long time — until Thursday, when the opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park was postponed by a misty rain. It was the first for the Pirates since 2000, their last year at Three Rivers Stadium.
The Pirates and Tigers will try again at 1:10 p.m. Friday.