Last year the Reds closer Aroldis Chapman beamed Pirates star Andrew McCutchen with a 100-mile per hour fastball to the back.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw followed up his sensational one-man show on opening day with seven innings of two-hit ball and nine strikeouts in a spirited duel with A.J. Burnett, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 1-0 Saturday night for their second straight shutout win over the Pirates.
The Pirates trotted right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett out to the mound on Monday against the Cubs, the 36-year-old making his first Opening Day start in a career that began in 1999.
It is spring and hope springs eternal for Pittsburgh Pirates fans. The Pirates will take on the Cubs on Opening Day at 1:35 p.m. at PNC Park.
The Pirates’ McKechnie Field woes continued Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Bradenton, Fla., but presumptive ace A.J. Burnett took another step as he gets ready for his Opening Day start.
Michael McKenry says he’s spent the off-season trying to become more versatile.
We have all heard so many times that action speaks louder than words. That seems to be the case with the Pirates players and coaches this spring. There are no slogans or printed t-shirts with “finish” on them in the clubhouse it just seems to be understood that this is a very important year. A year when winning is expected. The last two years have given the fans a taste of what post season baseball could be like but still are dealing with a losing streak of 20 straight years.
Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett has tried to remember the best of the 2012 season even though it ended on a sour note.
The Pirates fell to 2-2 on the Grapefruit League season after an 8-2 loss to the Rays Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.
A.J. Burnett talks to Bob Pompeani about the late-season collapse in 2012 and the addition of Rusell Martin.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Heyward singled twice and scored two runs as the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in their regular-season finale on Wednesday.
(AP) — If A.J. Burnett (16-9, 3.43) can keep his ERA at or drop it below its current mark, it will be his best since posting a 3.30 ERA for the Florida Marlins in 2002.
(AP) — The Cincinnati Reds appear to have the right pitcher in the right ballpark as they start their final road trip of the year.
HOUSTON (AP) — A.J. Burnett allowed one run in eight innings for his 16th win, and Josh Harrison tied a career high with four hits to jumpstart Pittsburgh’s offense in an 8-1 win over Houston on Sunday to avoid a sweep.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two hits, drove in a run and collected three of Milwaukee’s seven stolen bases in a 6-0 romp over the weary Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.