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Jaso home run helps Bucs win

ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell and John Jaso homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke their Busch Stadium hex with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in ...

Shaw gets to Nova as Pirates fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Travis Shaw and Corey Knebel were too much for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shaw drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles and Knebel set a modern-era record for most consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season’s start and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Vegas loads up on defense

George McPhee secured a king’s ransom to avoid selecting certain players in the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft , and he’s not done dealing. Not by a long shot. McPhee got his starting goalie and first face of the franchise in Marc-Andre Fleury, a top-line winger in James Neal ...

Devils on clock with No. 1 pick

CHICAGO — The NHL stage belongs to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils. Then it goes right back to George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights. In the wake of Vegas’ expansion draft, New Jersey is on the clock with the No. 1 pick of the amateur draft beginning tonight at the United Center. ...

No surprise as Fultz taken No. 1 by 76ers

NEW YORK — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night. Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft, which received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago ...

Fleury taken by Vegas in expansion draft

LAS VEGAS — Marc-Andre Fleury took the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a brand-new Vegas Golden Knights jersey, and his new fans welcomed him to town with raucous cheers. After an up-and-down career in Pittsburgh, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie is among 30 NHL veterans who could get ...

Santana’s late home run sinks Pittsburgh

By Andrew Gruman The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Domingo Santana hit a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. Pinch-hitter Eric Thames cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-2 with a ...

Kuhl gets back on winning track

MILWAUKEE — Chad Kuhl got a lift when Andrew McCutchen put on another hitting clinic at Miller Park, and it was enough to get over a growing hump. Kuhl got his first victory since April, McCutchen homered for the fifth time in seven games and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee ...

Pirates defeat Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 on Monday night. Travis Shaw’s leadoff homer in the second put the Brewers ahead 1-0 and set a franchise mark with the Brewers scoring their ...

McCutchen’s hot hand could leave Bucs in quandry

News, notes and observations from the Major League Baseball season as the month of June winds into its home stretch: The Pirates are facing an interesting dilemma concerning the face of their franchise, outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Since being moved from the third spot in the batting order ...

Pens will play exhibition at Pegula

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State and the Pegula Ice Arena will host their second National Hockey League preseason game, with the Buffalo Sabres and the reigning two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins slated to clash on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. “The opportunity to once again host ...

Free agency heating up to replace Earnhardt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski left himself very little wiggle room when asked if he is a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season. Keselowski is in a contract year with Team Penske, and crew chief Paul Wolfe has already signed a multi-year extension to stay on. Keselowski? ...

Pirates lose as Rizzo homers

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter. The Chicago Cubs’ 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman isn’t much of a stolen base threat and he doesn’t exactly motor down the line. But there’s more than one way to challenge opposing pitchers, and Rizzo has done ...

Hurdle tinkering with Pirate ’pen

PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Pirates didn’t need Felipe Rivero on Sunday. There was nothing to save in a dreary 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, a game in which the bats were too quiet and Jameson Taillon was too inaccurate with his pitches. But after using Rivero to get the final five outs ...

Vegas holds all ­cards with draft list

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee had difficulty containing his excitement in anticipation of the NHL’s expansion draft list being released. “The most fun I’ve ever had in hockey,” McPhee said in a video posted of him driving to the team’s headquarters on ...

Nova, pen do the job for Pirates

On deck Today: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m. Pitching matchup: Cubs RHP John Lackey (4-7) vs. Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (3-1) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a two-run homer, Andrew McCutchen hit his ...

Closer role confusing in Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Tony Watson is the Pirates’ former closer. Felipe Rivero is the team’s future closer. But who has that job now? It’s a tricky question as manager Clint Hurdle and the staff try to reconfigure the late innings on the fly and find a way to ...

Pirates sign top pick

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — This should be a fabulous birthday for Shane Baz, the Texas high school pitcher the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted in the first round on Monday’s draft. He became a multi-millionaire by putting his signature on the contract. “I might have the ...

Bucs’ bullpen implodes

On deck Tonight: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. Pitching: Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (6-4) TV: FOX The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo just missed a chance at making history at the start of the game. He was more than happy to ...

Penguins fans celebrate Stanley Cup

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship, the first an NHL team has won back to back in almost 20 years, spawned by far the biggest victory parade of any of the franchise’s five titles. An estimated 650,000 people turned out along a downtown parade route that ended ...