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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.

New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.

The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."

This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if." 

The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins said he was disappointed by his team's pitching staff after Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fourth in the past five games, dropped New York to seven games under .500.

"We haven't pitched," Collins said, according to Newsday's Mark Hermann. "We haven't pitched like we can. This game is about pitching."

The Mets gave up 11 runs (nine earned) and 15 hits on Sunday, as their 4.91 team ERA ranks among the worst in the majors. By comparison, the Mets ranked third in team ERA last year and fourth in 2015, when they made it to the World Series.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson both went 3-for-5 and extended their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively, in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Bruce is hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs since May 21 to raise his batting average by 13 points and his OPS by 38 points.

His two-run double highlighted the Mets' three-run fifth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Bruce also doubled in the first inning, singled in the fourth and made a sliding catch to his right to rob Jordy Mercer of a potential extra-base hit to end the sixth inning.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey recorded his first quality start since April 21 in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

"I'm very encouraged," manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't have to throw 97 [mph] to get people out, I think he showed that. ... This has got to be a huge boost to his confidence."

Harvey (4-3) struck out four batters and gave up one run and six hits in six innings of work, pitching into and out of trouble in the middle innings. In fact, three of his strikeouts ended two Pirates' threats.

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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to six games in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Bruce is hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs since May 21 to raise his batting average by 13 points and his OPS by 38 points.

His two-run double highlighted the Mets' three-run fifth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Bruce also doubled in the first inning and singled in the fourth.

His presence was felt in the field as well, as he made a sliding catch to his right to rob Jordy Mercer of a potential extra-base hit to end the sixth inning.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  (Matt York/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York/AP)

The Mets (20-27) will try to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Pirates (23-27) on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Mets lost to the Pirates in extra innings on Saturday night, 5-4.

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As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:

Cubs

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
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Mets second baseman Kelly Johnson, manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard react to the Mets' 11-2 win over the Pirates.

A day after nearly getting no-hit, the New York Mets erupted for 11 runs and a season-high 19 hits in an 11-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on Wednesday.

"I give [hitting coach Kevin Long] and [assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler] some credit," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "They got the guys together before the game tonight, talked about the approaches at the plate, and they took it into the game and applied it and you saw some better results."

Collins and the Mets were shut out and nearly no hit in Tuesday's 4-0 loss.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Pittsburgh Pirates, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Ty Kelly hits his first home run in the big leagues, a two-run blast to right field to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning.

Mets rookie third baseman Ty Kelly hit his first-career home run Wednesday at PNC Park.

After getting ahead of the count 3-1, Kelly crushed the pitch off Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, their top prospect who made his MLB debut, over the right-field fence to tie the game at 2 in the fourth inning.

"It was exciting," Kelly said, according to NJ.com's Maria Guardado. "I was happy to just hit a home run or just get a hit in the first place. It was a bigger deal because of the score and everything. That was the first thought that went into my head, was tied it up. Just made it that much more fun."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen during the first inning against at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen during the first inning against at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets LHP Steven Matz lost his first game since April 11, laboring through five innings in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates during the first game of a doubleheader at PNC Park on Tuesday.

Matz allowed two runs, eight hits and two walks in five innings, his shortest outing since he was pulled in the second inning of his season debut. He threw 58 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

"I had nothing out there today," Matz said after the game.

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The tarp covers the field as inclement weather delays the game between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
The tarp covers the field as inclement weather delays the game between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates will play a traditional doubleheader at PNC Park on Tuesday beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET after Monday's game was postponed to rain.

Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom are expected to start for New York, while Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio are expected to start for Pittsburgh.

The second game of the doubleheader will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pittsburgh Pirates, Steven Matz

If Mets 2B Neil Walker was disappointed by being traded from the Pirates to the Mets, it hasn't shown in his performance. Walker returns to his hometown for the first time since being dealt for Jon Niese, who'll also make his debut against his former club in Monday night's opener of a three-game series.



In need of shedding salary and adding an experienced arm to the rotation, the Pirates sent Walker to the Mets for Niese in December. The Pittsburgh native was his hometown team's first-round pick in 2004 and spent the previous six seasons as their starting second baseman.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a warm up pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a warm up pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees have two split-squad games on Tuesday. One group will face the Philadelphia Phillies on the road at 1:05 p.m. ET, and the other group will face the Pittsburgh Pirates at home at 1:05 p.m. ET.

In Clearwater:

Yankees Phillies
Aaron Hicks, CF Will Venable, LF
Ronald Torreyes, SS Odubel Herrera, CF
Brian McCann, C Maikel Franco, 3B
Carlos Corporan, DH Ryan Howard, 1B
Dustin Ackley, 1B Darin Ruf, DH
Pete Kozma, 2B Cedric Hunter, RF
Cesar Puello, RF J.P. Arencibia, C
Miguel Andujar, 3B Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
Ben Gamel, LF Freddy Galvis, SS

When and where: 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida

Who's pitching for the Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Mets announced they have acquired 2B Neil Walker from the Pirates in return for LHP Jon Niese.

In 151 games at second base for the Pirates last season, Walker, 30, hit .269 with a .328 OBP, 16 HR, 32 doubles, four stolen bases and a .427 slugging percentage. 

Walker will likely earn $10.7 million in 2016, after which he is eligible to be a free agent, according to a projection from MLB Trade Rumors. Niese will be paid $9 million in 2015, after which he has consecutive team options that can be bought out for $500,000.

Tags: Jon Niese, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates their 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates their 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Royals beat the Blue Jays, 4-3, on Friday night to advance to face the Mets in the World Series, which begins on Tuesday in Kansas City.

"We know they're going to be tough," CF Lorenzo Cain said after the game (Oct. 24), speaking about the Mets. "They've got those big-time pitchers who throw hard. Not going to be easy. But it's not supposed to be when you get this far. We'll be ready."

Royals manager Ned Yost has not yet announced his starting rotation for the World Series, but they're expected to start RHP Edinson Volquez in Game 1, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reported (Oct. 24).

"They've got those power arms. We'll have to be ready," Royals 1B Eric Hosmer said. "It's going to be pretty evenly matched. Should be a good series."

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates