Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Central

Pirates fall to Blue Jays in Montreal

MONTREAL — The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their final spring training warm up with a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal in front of more than 52,000 fans at Olympic Stadium. Chad Kuhl, who won a spot in the Pirates starting rotation, lasted 2 2/3 innings on the mound against ...

Halfway point reached at 2017 Spring Training

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House has been released from a hospital, one day after he was hit on the head by a line drive during a spring training game. House arrived at Toronto’s spring training ballpark during Saturday’s game between the Blue Jays and Philadelphia ...

Pirates’ Kang on restricted list, delayed by U.S. visa

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates while he is delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. “It just is a reflection of the reality that he’s not here today on March 11, and we need to get ...

Court hands Kang a suspended jail term

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court has handed Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang a suspended two-year prison sentence for fleeing the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. The sentence handed down Friday by the Seoul ...

Pirates’ Harrison looking for healthy, productive 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Josh Harrison knew his surgically repaired thumb was finally ready to handle the rigors of a full baseball season when it passed the Mia test. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman tore a ligament in his left thumb in July 2015. Surgery fixed the damage, but ...

Pirates’ Kang attends trial for drunk driving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend of Kang’s ...

Marte ready to take over in CF for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn’t played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made all but 42 of his 544 starts in left. An ...

Healthy Neil Walker happy to be with Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker dealt with back issues for almost five years and said not a day went by when he didn’t feel some kind of pain. “I’d probably wake up every single morning and as soon as I’d throw my feet over the side of bed, I ...

Pirates’ McCutchen to play in Classic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Pittsburgh’s Andrew ...

Welcome to Episode 1 of Bucco Banter for 2017.

Bucco Banter 2017 – The Opening Show

This is the opening show for Bucco Banter 2017. The gang talk about the pre-season Pittsburgh Pirates activity and share a phone conversation with a special (evil) guest.