BRADENTON, Fla. (TNS) - When Jacob Stallings was a freshman at University of North Carolina, he remembers overhearing a clubhouse conversation that intrigued him.

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.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Gerrit Cole got off to a fast start in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees, throwing a 97 mph heater on his first pitch and striking out two in a hitless inning against Pittsburgh on Monday night. The game ended in a 3-3 tie after nine innings.

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 in order to find himself.

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.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Derek Shelton isn't big on meetings. Or at least, having meetings just to have meetings. The new Pittsburgh Pirates manager would prefer to see his players working out on the field rather than sitting in chairs.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Left-handers Derek Holland and Robbie Erlin agreed to minor league contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates along with catcher Andrew Susac and outfielder Charlie Tilson, and all four will report to big league spring training.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell's breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday's arbitration deadline.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Derek Shelton's garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates' drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October.

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.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Frank Coonelly's 12-year run as president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is over after another losing season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jameson Taillon didn't throw a pitch after May 1. Felipe Vzquez headed to his second All-Star Game in July. By September, he was in jail . Clint Hurdle, who spearheaded a renaissance earlier in the decade, went into the last day of a lost season talking enthusiastically abo…

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.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Aristides Aquino hit his 19th home run, Tyler Mahle pitched five shutout innings to pick up his first win since May and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates 3-1 Sunday shortly after Pittsburgh fired manager Clint Hurdle.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kevin Newman hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Joe Musgrove pitched three-hit ball through six innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 9-5 on Thursday night and extended the Cubs' losing streak to nine games.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The collapsing Chicago Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention shortly before losing their eighth straight game, falling 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The freefalling Chicago Cubs committed five errors, including two in a seven-run seventh inning, and moved to the brink of elimination with a 9-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night that extended their losing streak to seven.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Marco Gonzales allowed six hits in seven innings, Austin Nola and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat Pittsburgh 6-0 on Tuesday night after Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vzquez was arrested on multiple felony charges earlier in the day.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vzquez was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony charges, including statutory sexual assault, soliciting a child and pornography, and was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Joe Musgrove pitched five shutout innings and hit a triple, Jacob Stallings homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates say right-hander Kyle Crick required season-ending surgery on the index finger of his pitching hand after he was injured in a clubhouse fight with fellow reliever Felipe Vzquez.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jack Flaherty had another strong start in his scintillating second half, scattering five hits over eight electric innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Adam Frazier capped Pittsburgh's six-run seventh inning with a two-run triple, and the Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 on Friday night.

PITTSBURGH (TNS) - The Miami Marlins had been in this position before this season - more times than they probably wished.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sean Rodriguez lined a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Trevor Bauer had another rocky outing for Cincinnati, allowing eight runs in three innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 9-8 Sunday to sweep a three-game series.

NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh pitcher Keone Kela has been suspended for 10 games, wild-swinging Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett for eight and Yasiel Puig for three after a furious brawl between the Pirates and Reds.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A post All-Star game swoon dropped the Pittsburgh Pirates from contention in the NL Central. The freefall, however, wasn't far enough for the team to part with two-time All-Star closer Felipe Vzquez.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field. Luis Castillo made sure there wouldn't be much to talk about in the game that followed.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Major League Baseball is reviewing video of the latest fight between the Pirates and Reds, with Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle expecting suspensions on both sides.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds reliever Amir Garrett rushed the Pirates' dugout and threw punches in the ninth inning, starting a brawl prolonged by Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Pittsburgh ended its longest losing streak in eight years with a rough-and-tumble 11-4 victory Tuesday night.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jose Iglesias' grand slam completed Cincinnati's 10-run second inning and the Reds beat the Pirates 11-6 Monday night after Pittsburgh traded scheduled starter Jordan Lyles to the Brewers.

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Conforto sparked New York's offense with a two-run homer in a six-run first inning against Chris Archer, and the Mets held on to beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Sunday to match their longest winning streak this season at four games.

NEW YORK (AP) - Trade candidate Zack Wheeler showed off a live arm in his return from the injured list, Jeff McNeil hit the first of four Mets homers and New York beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Friday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Foltynewicz allowed consecutive home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, a subpar outing that may give the Atlanta Braves added reason to pursue free agent Dallas Keuchel.