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BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball

Mar. 24, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

March 27 1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the "10 and 5 rule" when he OK'd his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball's Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes throws to second base during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Humble Hayes; Pirates 3B prospect impressing as callup nears

Mar. 9, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Ke'Bryan Hayes thought the call might come last September with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a free fall. It didn't and, yeah, it bothered the third base prospect more than a little. “I just used it as motivation for this offseason going back home," Hayes said recently. "They told...

FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, Chuck Speer wrings out a rag after drying seats off at LECOM Park before a spring training baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers in Bradenton, Fla. The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other areas of LECOM Park in an “overabundance of caution.” LECOM Park is located in downtown Bradenton, which is in the middle of Manatee County. The cleaning was done on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, a scheduled day off for the Pirates. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Pirates sanitize LECOM Park as proactive measure vs. virus

Mar. 4, 2020 3:19 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus. Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said workers sanitized the clubhouse, press box, concession stands and other areas of LECOM...

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault has strained left shoulder

Mar. 2, 2020 12:33 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Steven Brault has a strained left shoulder and will be evaluated in two weeks, the Pirates said Monday. Brault is trying to earn a spot with the Pirates after splitting last season between the bullpen and starting rotation. The 27-year-old left-hander has struggled...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Derek Holland is shown during a spring training baseball workout in Bradenton, Fla. Holland is one of several older players trying to hang on with teams that don't figure to be contenders in 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Working the count; 30-somethings grinding to extend careers

Feb. 28, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder's mind. “You mean to tell me I can't help nobody win?" said Dyson, who stole 30 bases for Arizona in 2019 before hitting the...

Volatile 2019 behind him, Pirates' Kela embracing new role

Feb. 25, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team's coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others. While Kela insists that anger did not affect him when he...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Chris Archer, left, talks to fans Harley Fagan, 6, center, and her brother Landon, 9, after a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pirates' Archer scratched from start due to neck tightness

Feb. 24, 2020 3:14 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole due to neck tightness. Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day. Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last...

FILE - In this April 22, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Nick Burdi holds his right arm after delivering a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh. Burdi is back with the Pirates,  one rib lighter and optimistic his issues with thoracic outlet syndrome are behind him. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Nervy return: Year after injury, Pirates' Burdi throwing gas

Feb. 21, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The rib is stashed away somewhere in his parents’ house in suburban Chicago, a reminder of what Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi needed to lose to find himself. The images are ingrained in the 27-year-old's mind forever, every pitcher's nightmare come to agonizing life....

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Pablo Reyes drives in a run with a double off Miami Marlins starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Reyes was suspended 80 games on Wednesday, Feb. 19, under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is used commonly on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for the 2020 season on Monday following a positive test for Boldenone, his second violation of the major league drug program. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Pirates' Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug test

Feb. 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates' Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games on Wednesday under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell takes batting practice during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bell's Bounce; Pirates 1B eager to prove 2019 was no fluke

Feb. 18, 2020 6:04 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and stash it in his locker. At some point during a...