Jared Hughes took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in a third of an inning.
While Gerrit Cole will start opening day, the competition for the rest of the rotation spots began this weekend.
Adam Frazier was removed from Sunday’s lineup because of a sore left thumb.
Pirates ace will start at Boston April 3 and Ivan Nova will start the home opener April 7.
Pirates relief pitcher described finding someone willing and able to catch a major league pitcher can be a grind.
Manager Clint Hurdle announced that Gerrit Cole will start on opening day against the Red Sox.
Steven Brault, who starts today against Baltimore, is the only left-hander among the four pitchers competing for a spot.
Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco will start the first spring training game Saturday.
Clint Hurdle should rethink how he uses his late-innings relievers so the best pitchers are throwing in the toughest situations.
The Pirates’ general manager has excelled in challenging circumstances, Joe Starkey writes.
“I think as a player, in my own experience, you assume when you start you’re going to play with that team the rest of your career.”
While Major League Baseball seeks to improve pace of play, the player’s union wants to be more cautious to protect baseball tradition.
Pitcher used offseason to quicken his delivery, develop secondary pitches.
Hanrahan, a former All-Star, retired in November after several years of injury problems.
“Can’t say I’m not happy about this,” Light said, sporting a big, silly grin at 7:35 a.m.
The third baseman is their most logical clean-up hitter, and his absence from the lineup would hurt.
The court will hold a verdict hearing March 3.
Kuhl, 24, had been at Class AAA for less than three months when the Pirates promoted him June 26.
In other injury news, Francisco Cervelli (sore foot) was limited to playing catch.
“We are absolutely disappointed that he has put himself and the organization in this circumstance,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said.
Post-Gazette columnist Joe Starkey answers reader questions in his weekly mailbag.
The Pirates should’ve pulled the trigger on a trade in the offseason; now they have a player and fans who know the end is near.
“I love the organization. I’m humbled to get the opportunity to do it. It’ll get figured out,” the Pirates manager said.
"When you catch for 15 years, a lot of things happen,” he said.
“If there were a way to keep him, clearly it would be wonderful to see him in a Pirates uniform,” the Pirates owner said of the outfielder.
But the Pirates owner said Monday the team is in position to compete for the NL Central in 2017.
If needed, Josh Harrison would play super-utility role or third base on regular basis.
Cervelli injured the same foot last summer.
Speedy Alen Hanson hopes to break camp as Pirates super utility man.
Kang doesn’t deserve mercy in DUI case.
After fading badly at the plate last season, Gregory Polanco hopes an offseason conditioning program gives him more stamina.
Before he spoke to the media at spring training, the Pirates right fielder gave us a glimpse into his mindset, in his own words.
“It wasn’t an ask ... It was more of a say: I was going to move there, and it was for the betterment of the team,” McCutchen said Friday.
Defensive whiz Starling Marte does not expect any big problems in making transition form left field to center.
The closer will make $5.6 million next season, his final season before he reaches free agency.
Hudson and Rivero will be setup men for closer Tony Watson this season, but are also potential closers for 2018.
Adele got a second chance at the Grammys, but what if sports teams had a chance to do things a different way?
Pirates owner Bob Nutting sat down last week to talk to beat writer Bill Brink. Here is the full transcript of their conversation.
The Pirates will go as far as Gerrit Cole can take them.
Pirates owner Bob Nutting believes the Pirates can help Jung Ho Kang, who is going to trial for his third DUI arrest.
Pirates ace anxious to start season of redemption after injury-filled 2016.
The Pirates third baseman will stand trial in South Korea on DUI charges.
Nova sought greatness when he was younger, so he followed around stars Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia when he was with New York.
Winning and playoff appearances have been nice, but that is not good enough for the Pirates’ embattled owner.
The Pirates plan for Bell to be the primary first baseman this season.
Generally, these kinds of questions sort themselves out, but there seems to be more uncertainty this year than the past five seasons.
Austin Meadows and Kevin Newman received invitations to major league camp this spring.
There are questions every spring. But for a team that dropped off by 20 wins the questions are bound to taken on greater importance.
For the Pirates, it starts with an old-school stat, and depends upon how well the Pirates’ pitching staff can hang together.
The starting rotation suffered a drastic decline in performance during the 2016 season.