Prince headlines an entirely new coaching staff for Curve for the 2015 season.
Five players who spent 2014 in Altoona invited to major league spring training by the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced they have parted ways with Altoona Curve Manager Carlos Garcia.
Altoona held hitless through five innings in 6-1 loss to New Britain.
Altoona's Bats Pound New Britain 7-2 in series opener.
Erie's Dean Green blasts the SeaWolves past the Curve.
Altoona falls 3-2 in 10 innings at Erie.
Outfielder goes 3-for-4 with three RBI in Altoona's 4-2 win.
Ngoepe bunt gives Altoona the walk-off win.
Altoona shuts out Trenton 6-0.
Pitcher Pat Ludwig tosses six innings, blasts double and two RBI in Altoona win.
Altoona can't dig out of 3-0 hole in loss to Erie.
Stetson Allie with 3 RBI as Curve edge Erie 4-3.
Altoona hammers season-high hits.
Altoona starting pitcher Tom Harlan fuels 3-1 win over Bowie.
Altoona drops 9-1 game at Bowie.
Altoona gets just four hits in 3-0 loss to Bowie.
Infielder Drew Maggi goes 4-for-4 at the plate to pace the Curve in a 4-3 win versus Bowie.
Altoona right hander allows just one hit in shutout win over Bowie.
Altoona loses 8-6 to Bowie in first game after the All-Star break.
Erie's Steven Moya knocks grand slam to lead the West.
Former Curve stars beat Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team 17-5.
Curve OF delivers win for West All-Stars in hitting challenge.
Altoona drops last game before All-Star break, 5-4 in 10 innings against the Senators.
Seven-run first inning for Harrisburg is the difference as the Curve lose 9-5.
Altoona wins opener, falls in night cap of doubleheader in the capital.
League-leading six Curve players named to Eastern League All-Star Game.
All-Star Drew Maggi delivered the walk-off single to score fellow All-Star Alen Hanson in the bottom of the 10th inning to guide the Curve to a sixth-straight victory with a, 4 -3, extra-innings win on Monday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
6 Curve players have been named to the Eastern League All-Star game, which will be played July 16th at PNG Field in Altoona.
Altoona sweeps Harrisburg this weekend at PNG Field, winning their 5th straight game.
Altoona downs Harrisburg 7-4.
Altoona beats Harrisburg 4-2 to win third straight game.
Kelson Brown knocks in game winner in the 9th against Bowie.
Altoona snaps skid with 5-1 win at Bowie.
Evan Chambers parents, and Curve OF Keon Broxton (who played baseball in high school with Evan) talk about what honoring the former Curve and Spikes player meant to them.
Evan Chambers parents were in attendance, and won the Chambers #31 autographed jersey, as the Curve honored their former player who died in the offseason.
This Sunday the Altoona Curve, Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be paying tribute to 2012 Curve outfielder Evan Chambers, who passed away at his home in Florida during the offseason.
Adrian Sampson had his toughest outing of the season in the Altoona Curve’s 8-2 loss against the Binghamton Mets on Friday night.
Joely Rodriguez allows 1 H, 1 ER in 7 IP for Altoona.
Altoona strikes out 12 times in loss to New Britain.
Altoona’s runs were few and far between on Tuesday night as the Rock Cats evened up the series with a, 5-2, win in New Britain.
A fourth inning two-run homer by Willy Garcia was enough for the Curve to snap New Britain’s franchise-best 11-game winning streak in a, 4-3, win on Monday night.
Adrian Sampson battled for 7 innings and Justin Howard went 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBIs in Altoona's 5-4 win on Sunday.
In Saturday's first game, Willy Garcia had a homer and two outfield assists but the Curve fell, 5-1. In the second game, Drew Maggi led off the game with a homer but it wasn’t enough in a, 3-2, loss.
The Curve offense couldn’t get started on Friday night in Portland and ended up falling in both games of the pseudo doubleheader, 4-2 and, 3-0.
Altoona blows a 3-run lead in the 9th inning and falls in the 11th to New Hampshire on Wednesday night.
After the brawl, the Fisher Cats erased a one-run deficit and came back to defeat the Curve, 6-5, on Wednesday night.
Altoona scores two runs in the ninth to beat New Hampshire.
Altoona had a 2-0 lead early, but Reading scored 5 unanswered runs to win.
Rain foils Curve games against Portland.
|Section||Presold Price||Day of Game Price|
|Rail Kings (On Party Deck)||$12.00||$13.00|
|Diamond Club (100 Level)||$10.00||$11.00|
|Terrace (200 Level)||$8.00||$9.00|
|Grandstand (300 Level)||$6.00||$7.00|
|UPMC Health Plan Home Run Junction (OF Bleachers)||$5.00||$6.00|
|Ollie's Cheap Seats (General Admission Bleachers)||$5.00||$6.00|
The Pirates recommended that Jose Tabata reach out to Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd during the offseason to talk about trying out a new approach. A few years ago, Byrd redesigned his swing to provide more leverage and loft, and the Pirates wanted Tabata to take a similar step.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said pitching coach Ray Searage already has a schedule mapped out for the rest of Spring Training.
Clayton Richard did his research when the Pirates invited him to Spring Training. He liked the direction the team was headed. He talked to former Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez, his teammate in San Diego, and heard nothing but good things about the coaching staff and the clubhouse atmosphere.
Clint Hurdle has prioritized improved baserunning in 2015, so the Pirates spent a lot of time on Thursday working on the dirt-ball drill.
The 2015 Pirates could be a star-making vehicle again, with Francisco Cervelli among the candidates for a breakthrough season.
Andrew McCutchen believes he is the leader of baseball's best outfield, disagreeing with his buddy, Matt Kemp, who made a case for his trio in San Diego.
One reason Clint Hurdle is stoked about his reloaded, amped bench is obvious. Any manager loves engaging in baseball's chess match with more pieces on his board. Another reason is more subtle, longer range -- rest for Andrew McCutchen.
In making his annual Spring Training address, it has always been Pirates club chairman Bob Nutting's intent and duty to look at the roomful of players through rose-colored glasses, to pump them up enthusiastically for the coming season. To talk a good game, as it were.
The Bucs' Spring Training base since 1969 received a $6.5 million facelift, centered by a plush, spacious locker room area and functional spaces that simply were nonexistent previously.
Under the scrutiny of the eyes and camera lenses of a dozen and a half media members from South Korea, shortstops Jung Ho Kang and Jordy Mercer on Tuesday took Pirate City's Field No. 1 for the team's first full-squad workout.
When Pirates position players "reported" on Monday -- it has already been a full house for days -- they knew exactly to which positions to report. The core of this Pittsburgh team is set, more so than it has been for many years.
The Pirates announced four new areas for fans to congregate and toast the action on the field, without having to miss a single play. Three of the enhancements will be accessible to fans in general seating areas. Additionally, a 1,600-square-foot meeting center is being added to the park's administration building.
Position players are about to hit the mainstream -- after one more down day, for the requisite physicals -- and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle can virtually hear them champing at the bits.
When time came for the all-important PFP (pitchers fielding practice), Jameson Taillon jumped in with his Group C brethren. Otherwise, he was an outsider on Sunday. While the others were throwing in the bullpen, Taillon was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The righty has been doing that since April 10, the day after his elbow ligament replacement operation. And on Day 319 of the recovery, he beamed over the progress he has made and how he felt.
During Josh Harrison's first three nomadic seasons, as he went about changing positions more often than a yoga instructor, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went out of his way to compliment him with comparisons to notably versatile predecessors. If the skipper, who was only trying to make nice, only knew how much the characterization chafed Harrison.
Jung Ho Kang could make a major impact with the Pittsburgh Pirates. But for the moment, let's look at the individual and wait at least until the exhibition games before the legend is created.
On Corey Hart's first day in the Pirates' Spring Training camp, manager Clint Hurdle saw him at his best position -- legs slightly spread, arms belt-high, in the batter's box.
Following his overnight review of the pace-of-game rules announced Friday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said they will go a long way toward "streamlining the pace of games, something we all need to be aware of."
Jordy Mercer, turns out, has become a household name in South Korea. Just how big the 28-year-old Okie is on the other side of the world became apparent when he was approached by a Korean camera crew Saturday morning and asked to say hello to his new friends.
The Bucs' deal of outfielder Travis Snider to Baltimore was completed on Friday, when they acquired left-hander Steven Brault from the Orioles as the player to be named in the Jan. 27 trade.
As Francisco Cervelli was getting dressed to leave Pirate City early Friday afternoon, infielder Jung Ho Kang was on his way out of the clubhouse. Cervelli stopped Jae Han, Kang's interpreter, and asked how to say "See you tomorrow" in Korean. He gave it a few tries and eventually got it right, or came close enough, as Kang smiled and repeated the words back at Cervelli.
Friday morning was a good time to be around Gerrit Cole. For Florida, it was cold, but the competitive fire that always smolders within Cole could warm up people who crossed his path. A year-and-a-half, 41 starts, 21 wins and two instructive injuries into his Major League career, Cole is a different person in his third big-league camp. The (Spring) Training wheels are off. Before, he had to be a sponge, listening to everything and watching everyone. Now he is watched by others.
Josh Harrison is confident he will be able to adapt to the new Major League Baseball pace-of-game rules without any side trips to a habit-breaking clinic. In particular, the rule mandating that batters keep at least one foot in the box throughout at-bats, one of the pace-of-game enforcements announced Friday, has direct bearing on Pittsburgh's third baseman.
After two straight postseason appearances, the Pirates want something more -- to win the final game of 2015.
The arm action is shorter. Charlie Morton is hoping it will keep him on the mound longer. April to September would be about right.
After arbitrators ruled in his favor on Thursday, Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez's salary for 2015 is set at $5.75 million, rather than the $5.25 million he had been offered by the club.
Pedro Alvarez only played five games at first base in 2014, before a foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. Only game experience will prove if he is up to the task of becoming the Pirates' regular first baseman.
Jaime joined the WTAJ team in July of 2014 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter.
Jacob Kaucher joins WTAJ as its State College-based sports reporter. Jacob comes to central Pennsylvania after two years as sports director at KMOT in Minot, North Dakota.