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FILE - In this  Saturday, June 22, 2019 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell waits to take the field for the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Pittsburgh. Pirates first baseman Josh Bell watched George Floyd's death in horror. Rarely one to talk, Bell prefers to have his actions speak for him. Bell, who is Black, has started a book club and a weekly

Eyeing social change, Pirates star Josh Bell finds his voice

Jul. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell wanted to make a statement with his actions, a way to channel the disgust the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman felt in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in late May. Yet as the crowds surged in downtown Pittsburgh last month during a planned...

FILE - Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove plays during a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. Musgrove doesn't like wearing a mask more than any of his Pittsburgh Pirate teammates. Yet the pitcher wore one anyway  during the first day of workouts on Friday, just one way he is trying to lead  a pitching staff searching for an ace with Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer already out for 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

From Three Rivers to PNC Park, Pirates pitcher Musgrove set

Jul. 3, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Musgrove isn't trying to make a political statement when the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher dons a mask, but a practical one. Musgrove wants to play. Badly. The only way that happens is if Major League Baseball can avoid having COVID-19 spread through clubhouses. Pulling a piece of cloth...

A workout area sits idle in the concourse under the first base stands at Fenway Park, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boston. The Boston Red Sox are scheduled resume training camp Friday at Fenway. (AP Photo/Jimmy Golen)

Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virus

Jul. 2, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old...

People walk by the front of Angel Stadium, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. By the time Major League Baseball returns in late July, it will have been more than four months since teams last played. The season is now going to be a 60-game sprint to the finish, held in ballparks without fans and featuring some unusual rules. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Franco one of several top prospects picked for player pools

Jun. 28, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

Top prospect Wander Franco is part of the Tampa Bay Rays' 60-man player pool, and the Detroit Tigers are including their most heralded young pitchers as baseball gears up for its abbreviated season. Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many teams...

Pirates RHP Santana banned 80 games for drugs, out this year

Jun. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana will miss all of the abbreviated 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. MLB announced Sunday that Santana tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton addresses the media after a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, in Bradenton, Fla. Shelton can't wait to get around his players, and not just because the first-year Pirates manager can show off his new pair of Jordans. Shelton is in a tight spot as he tries to get up to speed quickly with an organization he's been a part of for less than seven months.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

He'll manage; Pirates' Shelton navigating roller coaster

Jun. 26, 2020 2:39 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton ended nearly each press availability during spring training by jokingly telling reporters they picked the wrong day to ask the Pittsburgh Pirates first-year manager about his opening day starter. His answer was always some variation of “sorry, that's tomorrow" before...

FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the golf to watch on Father's Day this year will not be the U.S. Open as is usually the case. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

What Would Have Been: US Open final round for Father's Day

Jun. 15, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

The golf to watch on Father's Day this year won't be the U.S. Open as is usually the case. There also will be no live baseball to watch this week from either the major leagues or the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. While the PGA Tour is playing again without spectators, and NASCAR ran its first race in...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Pittsburgh. Archer won't pitch for the Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over. Pittsburgh announced Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The procedure was conducted on Tuesday in St. Louis, and the Pirates said Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, FIle)

Pirates' Archer out for the season following surgery

Jun. 3, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won't pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday in St. Louis with Dr. Robert Thompson to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this season if Major...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Wrigley Field's marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the pay cuts were based on compensation. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and president of business operations Crane Kenney took the highest reductions. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, says 80% of associates are taking a pay cut of 20% or less.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Cubs institute pay cuts, Pirates announce furloughs

May. 21, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday...

Pirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgery

May. 20, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months months while recovering from surgery on his right hip. The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called...