About an hour before first pitch Sunday afternoon, Sean Rodriguez took a seat in the Pirates’ dugout and looked out at PNC Park. Inside the clubhouse, his familiar No. 3 jersey was waiting at his locker. “I feel like a Pirate again,” Rodriguez said.
The Pirates are bringing back veteran super-utility man Sean Rodriguez, acquiring him from the Braves on Saturday in exchange for prospect Connor Joe.
The Pirates claimed reliever George Kontos off waivers from the Giants and expect he will join their bullpen on Monday. The Bucs also reinstated reliever Wade LeBlanc from the bereavement list, activating him for Saturday’s game against the Padres at PNC Park.
Pirates righty Jameson Taillon has posted a 12.18 ERA in his last four games, and Padres lefty Clayton Richard was touched for four runs over six innings on Sunday. They’ll both look for better in the series finale.
Backed by early run support from Wil Myers and a late homer from Dusty Coleman, Dinelson Lamet baffled Pirates hitters for the second time in eight days and led the Padres to a 5-2 win Saturday night at PNC Park.
After struggling to hit San Diego right-hander Dinelson Lamet last weekend, the Pirates get another chance when the Bucs host Lamet and the Padres. Veteran righty Gerrit Cole gets the call for the Pirates.
The Pirates’ six-run, seventh-inning rally Friday night started with Andrew McCutchen’s 240-foot single to right field. Then David Freese hit one a little farther, knocking a 338-foot double off the Clemente Wall. Then came Gregory Polanco off the bench, crushing a 434-foot shot that bounced into the Allegheny River.
Gregory Polanco stepped to the plate a few minutes before midnight Friday at PNC Park, nearly three hours into a rain-delayed, back-and-forth affair between the Pirates and Padres. With one smooth swing, Polanco launched a three-run homer into the Allegheny River to kick-start a six-run seventh inning and send the Bucs to a 10-6 win.
For the second time in a week, the Padres and Pirates begin a three-game series Friday, with lefty Travis Wood and right-hander Ivan Nova facing off at PNC Park.
The Reds have made a habit of dominating the Pirates this season, but that mastery didn’t continue Thursday night. With right-hander Chad Kuhl delivering his best start this season, the Pirates jumped out to a lead and cruised to a 6-0 win Thursday at PNC Park to avoid another series sweep by the Reds.
Right-hander Chad Kuhl will be the next young Pirates starter to pitch against Cincinnati on Thursday at PNC Park, and he’ll look to prevent the Reds from earning a sweep and their ninth win in 10 games vs. the Bucs this season. Rookie right-hander Sal Romano will start for Cincinnati, which is going for a […]