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Pirates manager Shelton bringing energy, optimism to new job

Dec. 4, 2019 5:47 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton's garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates' drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer who spent last season as the bench coach for the...

Pirates part ways with catcher Elias Diaz

Dec. 2, 2019 11:19 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Catcher Elias Diaz became a free agent after the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season on Monday. The 29-year-old Diaz inherited the starting job last season while Francisco Cervelli dealt with a concussion before being released in August. Diaz hit .241...

Pirates hire Twins bench coach Derek Shelton manager

Nov. 27, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates’ leadership overhaul is complete. Pittsburgh hired longtime major league coach Derek Shelton as manager on Wednesday, the final piece of a new-look leadership following a last-place finish in the NL Central. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day...

Derek Shelton hired as Pittsburgh Pirates manager

Nov. 27, 2019 12:30 PM EST
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton hired as Pittsburgh Pirates manager.

Tigers acquire RHP Agrazal from Pirates for cash

Nov. 25, 2019 7:41 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have acquired right-hander Dario Agrazal from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. The Tigers announced the deal Monday. The 24-year-old Agrazal made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Pirates last season. He went 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA. The Tigers also announced they...

Twins hire Edgar Varela as hitting coach

Nov. 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have hired Edgar Varela as their hitting coach, replacing the departed James Rowson. After the Twins set a season record with 307 home runs and ranked second in the major leagues in runs and batting average, Rowson was hired by the Miami Marlins as bench coach under...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez faces more child sex-related charges

Nov. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EST

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl. Authorities in Westmoreland County filed 21 new charges against Vázquez on Tuesday, including 10 counts of child...

Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive success

Nov. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different. The market is smaller. So are the resources...

Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente’s widow, has died

Nov. 16, 2019 10:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente and a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball, has died. She was 78. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced her death Saturday. She died in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB says Vera Clemente had health issues...

AP source: Pirates agree to hire Ben Cherington as GM

Nov. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates have agreed to hire Ben Cherington as their general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced. Pittsburgh scheduled a news conference on...