Professional Sports

Rookie stymies Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty’s first win in the big leagues sent a message that the St. Louis Cardinals rookie wants to be a part of his team’s recalibrated rotation. His second victory was just as impressive for an entirely different reason. The swing-and-miss stuff that overwhelmed ...

Polanco’s slump continues

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Slumping Gregory Polanco moved to a new spot, but he stayed in the Pirates’ lineup on Saturday. Polanco was dropped to seventh in the batting order in the Pirates’ 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. It didn’t help as Polanco went ...

Musgrove sparkles in debut

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove’s first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t have gone much better. On the mound. Or, at the plate. Musgrove came off the disabled list to pitch seven scoreless innings while also getting his first career hit and scoring the winning run as Pittsburgh ...

Steelers prepare for life without Shazier

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. While there is a sense of loss, there is no ...

Marte’s return imminent

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte could be back in the Pirates lineup for this afternoon’s 4:05 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Marte, who’s been on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle, went through a full workout Friday afternoon and reported no problems. If he ...

Suarez’s grand slam helps sink Pirates

CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez wanted to hit one deep enough to get the runner in from third base. He got all of a hanging slider — and four runs with one swing. Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova, who dropped his sixth straight start against Cincinnati, and Jesse Winker added a solo shot ...

Gordon, Rockets take series lead

HOUSTON — Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win ...

Capitals finally giving D.C. hope for a title

WASHINGTON — Jimmy Patterson was a fresh-faced 22-year-old in the stands at the old Capital Centre in October 1974 when the expansion Washington Capitals won for the first time. As he was leaving, an elderly man from Brooklyn told Patterson he’d always get to say he saw the Capitals’ ...

NFL’s policy could bring about new protests

PHILADELPHIA — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. “The owners ...

Late birdie gives Na one-stroke edge

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Na stood over his ball after taking a drop in the rough beside the ninth green following two wayward shots, on his final hole of the day and with a share of the lead in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial. As Na looked toward the hole more than 90 feet away, he ...

Gordon headlines nominees for Hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Jeff Gordon’s name is presented to panel of voters for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the debate should be short and simple. Yes, Gordon gets a slot. Gordon is on today’s ballot for the first time and there should be zero discussion regarding his worthiness. The ...

Bucs can’t figure out Harvey

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons, leading the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Harvey (1-2) ...

Bucs lose 3 of 4 to Padres

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The San Diego Padres squeezed out a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pirates 8-5 Sunday for ...

Pirates love versatile players

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — As major league pitching staffs expand, opportunities for position players shrink. That’s why the Pirates are putting so much emphasis on having versatile players on their limited bench. Max Moroff, an infielder who was just sent back to ...

Harrison will start series finale today

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, marking the third consecutive day with a roster move. Harrison was in the clubhouse Saturday after spending much of the week doing injury rehab work with the ...

Lightning take command of series

TAMPA, Fla. — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final. Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored as the home team ...

Duo helps Cavaliers roll to win at home

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed ...

Harvick claims NASCAR’s All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Nothing can stop Kevin Harvick these days, not an experimental rules package or a field of racers with nothing but pride on the line, and the hottest driver in NASCAR scored a $1 million payday by winning the All-Star race. Harvick’s win Saturday night came exactly 11 ...

Hurdle eases Meadows’ adjustment

PITTSBURGH — Friday was the biggest day of Austin Meadows’ professional career. That’s why Clint Hurdle did everything he could to minimize it. Hurdle realized that Meadows’ head would be spinning with a million thoughts. So he told him that the only item on his agenda was ...

Bucs 8-1 in last nine games

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five ...