David Manel

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Gamethread: Jeff Locke takes on the Reds


Tonight's lineup: Gregory Polanco RF Josh Harrison LF Andrew McCutchen CF Neil Walker 2B Russell Martin C Pedro Alvarez 3B Gaby Sanchez 1B Jordy Mercer SS Jeff Locke P

Pirates look to fix Ernesto Frieri


Ray Searage and Ernesto Frieri are working on tweaking the right-hander's mechanics to get his arm slot back to where it was in 2011 and 2012. "We're working on that right now," Searage said. "We...

Gerrit Cole heads to disabled list


Rob Biertempfel reports that Gerrit Cole has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Brandon Cumpton has been recalled from Triple-A and will pitch Wednesday against the Cardinals. This is the...

Postgame: Locke, Bucs beat Burnett, earn sweep


When Jeff Locke talked to A.J. Burnett before Friday's game, he told his mentor and friend that he was "in the big leagues for life now." After beating Burnett in a much-anticipated pitching...

Harrison, Watson and McCutchen are All-Stars


Josh Harrison is a member of the National League All-Star team. The Pirates' play-anywhere, do-anything, utility man will be joined by Tony Watson and Andrew McCutchen in Minnesota. Harrison's...

Notes from Neal Huntington's Sunday press meeting


Neal Huntington said today that the organization is willing to part with a prospect to make this year's team better and that they are looking at "all potential options," not just starting pitching. ...

Pregame: Clint Barmes placed on the disabled list


-P- The Pirates have placed Clint Barmes on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and recalled Michael Martinez from Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates just claimed infielder Dean Anna...

Postgame: Volquez navigates early trouble for win


Postgame notes: McCutchen gets his home run a day later Yesterday, Andrew McCutchen came up just short of a cycle when his long fly ball knocked off the Clemente Wall in his last at bat. In his...

Bucs claim Anna off waivers, fill 40-man roster


The Pirates announced that they claimed Dean Anna off waivers from the New York Yankees and optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates have now filled their 40 man roster. Anna was on the...

Pregame: Harrison future utility middle infielder?


Pregame Notes: Cole update Gerrit Cole said that he felt "good" when he briefly appeared in the clubhouse. Clint Hurdle said that the team will have more information after the right-hander...

Bucs trounce Phillies, 8-2


The Pirates convincingly defeated the Phillies 8-2 today, but the evening's festive mood was significantly dampened when Gerrit Cole did not come out to pitch the sixth inning after having thrown...

Cole removed from game with right lat soreness


Gerrit Cole was removed from today's game with right lat soreness. He is being treated and will be reevaluated tomorrow, the Pirates announced. Cole had cruised through five innings in 80 pitches...

Pregame: Burnett and Byrd return to PNC Park


Marlon Byrd and A.J. Burnett returned to PNC today for the first time since game four of the National League Division Series. Burnett returns When A.J. Burnett walked into the visiting dugout and...

Postgame: Frieri implodes late in 10-2 loss


Postgame notes and quotes: Worley turns in a nice outing Vance Worley continues to put up good numbers as a Pirate. Tonight he pitched seven innings, allowing only four hits and three runs. He...

Pregame: A person of interest faces Bucs


Liriano update Francisco Liriano said he felt good after throwing a 73 pitch simulated game on Wednesday. "I'm pretty happy with how I felt yesterday," Liriano said. "I'm pretty happy with where...

Postgame: Polanco launches Bucs to win


Postgame notes and quotes: Polanco tees up Anderson's curveball In the top of the second, Gregory Polanco hit a laser into the right field seats putting the Pirates ahead, 3-0. It is common...

Pregame: Morton's curveball sharper than ever


Liriano update Clint Hurdle said that Francisco Liriano "showed some rust" but there were "no complications" during the left-hander's simulated game this afternoon. The next step will depend on...

Postgame: Locke's fine start sets up Bucs walk-off


Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks' defense smothered the Pirates' offense for the first eight innings tonight. But in the ninth, the bloops and drives that had been caught for the previous two hours...

Pregame: Hurdle seeks consistency from Alvarez


Notes from this afternoon's pregame meeting with Clint Hurdle: Martin update After a two-game absence, Russell Martin will return to his duties behind the plate tonight. "He said he felt great...

Ernesto Frieri to work on changeup with Bucs


The first thing Ernesto Frieri told Ray Searage when he met him this afternoon was that he needed to improve his changeup. "It is something that I am working on and something that I need," Frieri...

Martin discusses Jason Grilli, Ernesto Frieri


Before tonight's game, I talked to Russell Martin about what Jason Grilli meant to the the team, and what he knows about Ernesto Frieri. One of the iconic images of the Pirates' 2013 season was...

Pregame: Pirates option Brandon Cumpton


Brandon Cumpton optioned The Pirates reinstated Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list today. To make room on the roster, Brandon Cumpton has been optioned to Triple-A, Indianapolis. "I shared...

Huntington and Hurdle comment on Grilli trade


Neal Huntington repeatedly described today's swap of relief pitchers with the Angels as  a "change of scenery deal." For obvious reasons, he couldn't call it what it really is, a "Mark...

Pregame: Hurdle discusses upcoming roster decision


Notes from this afternoon's pregame: Rotation plans With Gerrit Cole due to pitch tomorrow, the Pirates will have to make a roster move involving their starting rotation in the next 24 hours....

Postgame: Bucs use power and stealth in 5-2 win


Notes from tonight's 5-2 victory over the New York Mets: Power, stealth and unlikely run preventers The Pirates played one of their most complete games of the year tonight. Offensively, the Bucs...

Pregame: Marte and Liriano updates


Starling Marte update Two days removed from taking a knee to the head while sliding into second in Tampa Bay, Clint Hurdle said that Starling Marte's head and neck are not an issue. His right...

Altoona's manager discusses Curve's top players


Altoona Curve manager Carlos Garcia is very enthusiastic about the development of catcher Elias Diaz and says that Alen Hanson reminds him of a more offensively-skilled Alfredo Griffin.  He likes...

An interview with Alen Hanson


This weekend is the first time that I've seen Alen Hanson play in person. Based on the scouting reports that I'd read, I expected to see a relatively mature approach at the plate (with the...

An interview with Adrian Sampson


This summer I am splitting my time between Pittsburgh and Portland, Maine. I'll be in Pittsburgh to cover games at PNC Park when the Pirates are home for extended homestands, but otherwise I'll be...

Projecting the Pirates' offense for rest of season


The Pirates' offense has been the best in the National League over the last 30 days, and it is close to overtaking the Dodgers for the most productive offense overall (based on wRC+). The offensive...

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