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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...

Pirates fire GM Neal Huntington, shake front office again

Oct. 28, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Clint Hurdle sparked a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh. The general manager, team president and charismatic manager helped a moribund franchise emerge from two decades of losing to briefly become a contender. Beginning in 2016, however, the momentum...

7 2-out runs in 6th lift LA past Nats 10-4 for 2-1 NLDS lead

Oct. 7, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Freese wasn't in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 3 of the NL Division Series. Neither was Kiké Hernández or Chris Taylor. All are right-handed batters, and all knew that if the Washington Nationals persisted in their playoff pattern of using starters in...

No relief: Corbin goes from starting to 'pen and Nats lose

Oct. 7, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin hadn't pitched in relief in a major league game since one such outing in 2017. His return to that role did not go well. Not well at all. The left-handed starter was pressed into bullpen duty as part of Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez's plan to overcome a shaky...

4 rookies make Dodgers roster for NLDS

Oct. 3, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers included four rookies on their NL Division Series roster. First baseman Matt Beaty, second baseman Gavin Lux, catcher Will Smith and reliever Dustin May each made impacts during the regular season when the Dodgers won a franchise-record 106 games. “They...

Pirates fire manager Clint Hurdle after 2nd half collapse

Sep. 29, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the club with a fan base worn down by a generation of losing. Yet over the years, as the core...

Ryu hits, pitches Dodgers to 100th win, 7-4 over Rockies

Sep. 22, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu and Will Smith showed Sunday that with a little care and attention, all relationships can blossom. The NL Cy Young Award candidate and the rookie catcher were a dynamic duo on both sides of the ball in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Ryu and...

Rockies beat Dodgers 4-2 to end 12-game skid in LA

Sep. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With no postseason hopes on the line, the Colorado Rockies will still take any win they can get, especially at Dodger Stadium. Ryan McMahon and Josh Fuentes hit solo homers, and the Rockies defeated Los Angeles 4-2 Saturday night to snap a 12-game skid in the Dodgers' home park. It was...