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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...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings (58) bats in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Denver Rockies in Denver.  Stallings did whatever he could to extend his career. Now the 30-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates catcher who was once an afterthought now figures to be the starter on opening day, a testament to his perseverance and the team's move to become more defensively oriented in 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Jacob's Ladder; Stallings' persistence pays off for Pirates

Feb. 16, 2020 6:25 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The son's stay in town has outlasted the father's. The irony isn't lost on Jacob Stallings. It wasn't necessarily supposed to be this way. Stallings was still a catching prospect — and not necessarily a young one — in the Pirates' organization four years ago when his...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte hits a two-run home run in the eighth against the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Diamondbacks hope Starling Marte can add another potent bat to the lineup after he hit at least 20 homers in each of the past two seasons in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Second helping of Marte gives D-backs lineup another boost

Feb. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Starling Marte has fond memories of his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially the stretch from 2013 to 2015 when the franchise made it to the playoffs three straight seasons. A few minutes of research revealed his new team has a great chance to get him back to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro eyes the baseball during a spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Francisco Cervelli says he’s fully recovered from his latest concussion, and Jorge Alfaro says he’s feeling fitter after an offseason spent working on the farm and running sprints. At catcher, at least, the Miami Marlins appear in good shape. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Marlins could be above average at catcher, at least

Feb. 14, 2020 2:36 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Cervelli says he’s fully recovered from his latest concussion, and Jorge Alfaro says he’s feeling fitter after a winter spent working on the farm and running sprints. At catcher, at least, the Miami Marlins appear in good shape. Alfaro, who returns as the...

Jarrod Dyson, Pirates finalize $2 million, 1-year deal

Feb. 13, 2020 1:05 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Free agent Jarrod Dyson finalized a $2 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hopes the veteran can fill the void left in center created by Starling Marte's trade to Arizona. The 35-year-old hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season....

Shelton's 1st workout as Pirates' manager 'cool' experience

Feb. 12, 2020 2:08 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The smile never seemed to leave Derek Shelton’s face as he walked from one practice field to another while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout. Shelton was hired as general manager of the Pittsburgh...