The Altoona Mirrorhttp://www.altoonamirror.comTop Headlinesen-usThu, 2 Oct 2014 02:38:28 EDTThu, 2 Oct 2014 02:38:28 EDT too much for Pittsburgh bats - Pun intended, the performance of San Francisco Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner was expected to be the wild-card factor in the National League wild-card play-in game Wednesday night at PNC Park.Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDTPirates fail to capitalize on the moment - Let's get this obligatory part out of the way first: The Pirates had a very good season, and it's always special to make the playoffs in the major leagues, simply because it's harder to do in baseball than any other sport.Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDTHurdle heading into offseason needing surgery - The Pitts-burgh Pirates are going to their offseason homes, but manager Clint Hurdle is taking a detour to the operating room.Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDTExpectations remain same as Pens approach new year Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH - The puck is the same size. So is the rink. The goal to.Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDTGivens' status up in air for Altoona's game high school football coaches will tell you almost to a man that the first thing they do when preparing for Altoona is to try to find a way to account for defensive end Kevin Givens. "Great player," Latrobe's Jason Marucco sai.Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT