Bucs have mix of questions, optimism
Clint Hurdle no longer digs his cleats in the dirt. That’s a thrill he believes should be reserved for players. Besides, the Pittsburgh Pirates manager has too much on his mind these days to fool around in the batter’s box to take a few hacks.
COLUMN: Pirates looking beyond .500 in 2013
Making moves in the right direction.
During the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are making moves in hopes to repair the disappointing end of the 2012 season.
Pirates, Red Sox complete trade
If Joel Hanrahan can do for the Boston Red Sox what he did against them, they should be very happy with their new closer.
In the first of his two All-Star seasons, the right-hander posted back-to-back saves for the Pittsburgh Pirates with perfect ninth innings against the Red Sox in June 2011. He struck out Adrian Gonzalez, who entered the series batting .359, to end the second game.
Bucs not done making moves
Neil Walker is hardly bothered the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t been exactly been lighting up the rumor mill over the last few months. If anything, the second baseman sees it as a sign of just how far the club has come.
“The good thing about this offseason is that we weren’t looking to upgrade at six, seven different spots as we have,” Walker said Friday.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Blass: Bucs can become winners again
The line at the PNC Bank in the Suncrest Town Center here wound out the door and down around a part of the building and no, they weren’t giving away money.
Banks don’t do that.
Martin finalizes contract with Pirates
Russell Martin is going from a franchise that has won a record 27 World Series titles to a franchise that has endured a record 20 consecutive losing seasons.
Yet Martin, a catcher, said Friday he is excited about joining the Pittsburgh Pirates after finalizing a $17 million, two-year contract as a free agent. Martin spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees.
Bucs hire former SS Jay Bell
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired longtime major league infielder Jay Bell as the new hitting coach.
Bell replaces Gregg Ritchie, who left the team to become the coach at George Washington University.
Pirates end ’12 season with whimper
Following a 4-0 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday that left with the Pirates with a 79-83 record that extended their ignominious streak of under-.500 seasons to an even 20 in a row, the straight-talking manager offered no excuses about another promising summer gone awry.
Correia, Pirates beat Braves, 5-1
Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Tuesday night.
Pirates ensure a 20th straight losing season
What started as a season of promise for the Pittsburgh Pirates is nearing a familiar end.
The Pirates ensured they would finish with a record 20th straight losing season Sunday when they blew a ninth-inning lead in a 4-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.
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