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Falter comes out on top in first game against former team

@AlexJStumpf
9:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Bailey Falter made his old team pay in his return to Citizens Bank Park on Friday, earning the win in a 5-2 Pirates victory over the Phillies. Falter, who had spent his entire professional career with the Phillies before being dealt to the Pirates at the Trade Deadline

Skenes notches career-high 8 K's, continues scoreless run at Triple-A

@jesus_cano88
8:35 PM EDT

The Paul Skenes tour continues at Triple-A, and it’s well worth the price of admission. This time, the No. 1 selection in the 2023 Draft dazzled on the mound at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, not in the slightest perturbed by a rainout pushing his start a day later.

Holderman pumped to be back after lengthy illness

@AlexJStumpf
April 11, 2024

PHILADELPHIA -- A chocolate shake was waiting for Colin Holderman back at his Citizens Bank Park locker Thursday night. He’s not a huge post-game meal person, but on this night he asked head Major League dietician Hillary Ake for something sweet after the game. "I'm not really as hungry after

Injuries & Moves: Holderman activated from IL

April 11, 2024

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Skenes among candidates to be MLB's next No. 1 overall prospect

@SamDykstraMiLB
9:54 AM EDT

MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect Jackson Holliday is officially a Major Leaguer. To answer a question on the minds of some baseball fans, no, Holliday doesn’t immediately come off our prospect lists. Players retain their prospect eligibility so long as they haven’t exceeded 45 days, 130 at-bats or 50

3 telling numbers behind Pirates' hot start

@AlexJStumpf
April 10, 2024

This story was excerpted from Alex Stumpf's Pirates Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. PITTSBURGH -- They have not been perfect and there are areas they can tighten up, but it’s hard to find too many faults with

Pittsburgh's most stacked Minor League affiliate

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 10, 2024

All four full-season affiliates are in full swing now and there are many ways prospect fans can watch their favorite players in Minor League locales. Nothing beats going in person, of course. Be sure to check out our complete set of Minor League Ballpark Guides for good travel intel. Of

Tellez, Bucs show support for Bednar after shaky start to '24

@AlexJStumpf
April 9, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- There are many sounds that usually accompany David Bednar pitching the ninth inning at PNC Park. His closer entrance music, “Renegade” by Styx. Cheers from fans. The blasting of the “A New Pirate Generation” victory song after the third out is recorded. On Tuesday afternoon, a new sound

Keller bounces back in a big way to extend Bucs' scorching start

@AlexJStumpf
April 8, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Mitch Keller looked like his 2023 self again on Monday night at PNC Park, bouncing back from a shaky start to the season by rattling off six innings of two-run ball to lead the Pirates to a 7-4 victory over the Tigers. To do it, he put one

Walk-off magic continues, gives Pirates series win over O's

@AlexJStumpf
April 7, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Edward Olivares saw his bouncer get by Orioles pitcher Yennier Cano and knew he had to put on the afterburners. “I knew it was gonna be a close play,” Olivares said via interpreter and coach Stephen Morales. It ended up being remarkably close. Down 2-1 with one out

Cruz delivers walk-off winner as Bucs keep 'good vibes' going

Falter, Bart enjoy renaissances early in contest
@AlexJStumpf
April 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Oneil Cruz took off his helmet and high stepped to second base as Henry Davis dove in head first across the plate. Cruz’s throw home in the ninth helped keep the game tied and forced it into extra innings. Now, he got to celebrate the walk-off. While the

Cruz focused on taking what pitchers give him

@AlexJStumpf
April 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Oneil Cruz nearly had an extra-base hit on his first swing Friday against Grayson Rodriguez, but the Pirates shortstop just pulled it foul. Rodriguez followed with a changeup on the outside part of the plate, and Cruz went with the pitch and flared it to left for a

Bart introduces himself to Pirates with a blast

@AlexJStumpf
April 6, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- You only get one chance to make a first impression, and Joey Bart certainly made a good one on Saturday in his first swing as a Pirate in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over the Orioles, driving an elevated cutter from Baltimore’s Tyler Wells 410 feet for a two-run home

Shelton, Leyland bond over breakfast, the job

@AlexJStumpf
April 6, 2024

This story was excerpted from Alex Stumpf's Pirates Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Jones shows off 'big-time arm' in impressive duel with O's

Rookie righty logs 7 strikeouts over 6 strong frames, but Pirates drop home opener
@AlexJStumpf
April 5, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Jared Jones dialed up 98 mph at the top of the zone, Colton Cowser swung through it and the rookie right-hander pumped his fist and let out a roar on the PNC Park pitcher’s mound. Jones had been dealt a tough hand in the top of the fourth

Appointment viewing: Skenes electric again in second Triple-A start

@JoeTrezz
April 5, 2024

If you thought Paul Skenes' starts were appointment viewing last year, when he reached Double-A after being the top overall pick in the Draft by the Pirates, you would be right. But this year, every time the Pirates' top prospect takes the mound, it’s even more of a must-see experience.

Leyland bullish on delivering 1st pitch from mound at PNC Park

@AlexJStumpf
April 5, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Jim Leyland got texts all morning on Friday telling him to not be a hero. He was allowed to move up before delivering the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Pirates’ 5-2 loss in the home opener against the Orioles. “I'm bullheaded, so I'm gonna throw it from

Gold Glover Hayes dishes on defensive prowess

@AlexJStumpf
April 5, 2024

PITTSBURGH -- Ke'Bryan Hayes wasn’t always the best fielder in his family growing up. His dad, Charlie, played 14 years in the Majors, and Tyree, the middle of three Hayes sons, was the fielder Ke’Bryan looked up to at a young age. Ke’Bryan showed a knack in the field early,

Why Bucs have started ’24 as one of baseball’s hottest teams

@JoeTrezz
April 4, 2024

WASHINGTON -- One full week into the 2024 season, the Pirates probably aren’t the surprise of MLB. That distinction probably goes to the Tigers, who remained undefeated for one day longer than the Pirates before they lost the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday evening vs. the Mets. But

Stop and watch: Bucs' future bright behind Jones, Skenes

@MannyOnMLB
April 5, 2024

You couldn't ask for a much better start to the 2024 season than what the Pirates have put together: A 6-1 record after the season's opening week. One of the big reasons for optimism around the Bucs is the young core currently in the Majors -- and more youngsters who

The new Pirates tradition: A 4:12 first pitch in the 412

@AlexJStumpf
April 5, 2024

Perhaps three years is a bit soon to call something an annual tradition. But considering its origins, it seems safe to say that the Pirates’ first pitch at PNC Park is going to be delivered at the same time for years to come. PNC Park is universally regarded as one

Here's where the Pirates' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

April 5, 2024

With the Minor League season opening this week, here's where the Pirates’ Top 30 prospects are projected to start: 1. Paul Skenes (MLB No. 3), RHP -- Indianapolis (Triple-A) 2. Termarr Johnson (MLB No. 42), 2B -- Greensboro (High-A) 3. Jared Jones (MLB No. 58), RHP -- Pittsburgh (MLB) 4.

'It's really cool': Bart's new chapter goes back to family roots

@JoeTrezz
April 3, 2024

WASHINGTON – When the Pirates acquired Joey Bart in a trade with the Giants this week, it was a move brought on by necessity, their catching situation suddenly in flux. What came as an ancillary distinction was that they also brought home something of a native son. Though Bart grew