Pirates add Joey Cora, Tom Prince, and Kimera Bartee to 2017 coaching staff

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The Pirates rounded out their 2017 coaching staff on Saturday with the additions of third-base and infield coach Joey Cora, bench coach Tom Prince, and first-base coach Kimera Bartee, per a team announcement.

Cora managed the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he guided the Curve to a 76-64 record during the 2016 season. Prior coaching stints within the major league system included a nine-year position as third-base and bench coach with the White Sox and four years as bench coach for the Marlins. His addition to the Pirates’ major league staff comes on the heels of former third-base and infield coach Rick Sofield’s departure.

Prince, another former manager for Double-A Altoona, has been promoted to bench coach after serving as the club’s field coordinator in 2016. Not only has he spent the past 13 seasons within the Pirates’ system, but he spent the majority of his major league catching career on the Pirates’ roster from 1987 to 1993.

Bartee joins the Pirates’ major league crew after nine seasons as outfield and baserunning coordinator for the team’s minor league affiliates. His experience within the organization was cited as a crucial reason for his promotion to first base coach, though he is also expected to oversee the outfield and baserunning situation for the major league club in 2017.

The remainder of the Pirates’ coaching staff will stay the same for 2017, albeit with some roles shifted around to accommodate the newcomers. Former bench coach Dave Jauss has reverted to his prior position as quality control coach, while the Pirates have extended a spot on their player development team to former coach Brad Fischer.

Aaron Judge hits 18th homer of season, Yankees beat Mariners 10-2

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SEATTLE (AP) Aaron Judge homered for the third time in two games, Anthony Volpe and Greg Allen also went deep and the New York Yankees stretched their winning streak to four with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Judge hit a towering fly ball on the first pitch of the seventh inning from reliever Darren McCaughan that carried just enough to clear the fence in left-center field, even if it would not have been a homer at Yankee Stadium.

It was the 18th of the season for Judge, who hit a pair of homers in the series opener on Monday night.

While Judge hitting another homer will get the headlines, it was Volpe’s long ball that broke open the game. With two outs in the third inning, Seattle starter Logan Gilbert caught too much of the plate with a 1-2 slider and Volpe drove the pitch 413 feet for a three-run shot and a 6-0 lead. It was Volpe’s eighth homer of the season and snapped a 2-for-22 slide for the rookie.

Allen, filling in for injured center fielder Harrison Bader, hit his first of the season leading off the fourth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also had a key two-run single in the first inning as the Yankees took advantage of an error to give starter Nestor Cortes a 3-0 advantage before he took the mound.

Kiner-Falefa had another two-run single in the ninth. New York has scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since Sept. 15-17, 2020.

Cortes (5-2) mostly cruised through five innings, allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts. Ty France and Teoscar Hernández had RBI doubles in the fifth inning. Judge nearly stole another hit from Hernández after robbing him of a homer on Monday, but his diving attempt at Hernández’s liner fell for a double.

Gilbert (3-3) lasted just four innings for the second time this season. The five earned runs allowed were a season-high and the four strikeouts matched a season-low.


Seattle catcher Tom Murphy and manager Scott Servais were both ejected by plate umpire Brian Walsh in the sixth inning. Murphy was ejected after yelling toward first base umpire C.B. Bucknor following a check-swing that was called a strike. Servais argued the decision to eject Murphy and was quickly tossed by Walsh. It was the second ejection this season for Servais.


Yankees: Bader (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day IL after leaving Monday’s game in the third inning injuring his right hamstring running out an infield single. OF Franchy Cordero was recalled.

Mariners: McCaughan was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to add a long reliever to the bullpen. RHP Juan Then was optioned to Tacoma. It was Seattle’s first roster move in 24 days.


Yankees: RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-5, 5.58) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run over five innings in his last start against Baltimore. Schmidt has gone at least five inning in five of his last seven starts.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (5-4, 3.43) was knocked around for seven earned runs and four home runs allowed in his last start against Pittsburgh. Both matched career highs.

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