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Steelers draft capsule: WRs/TEs

The following is the fourth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: WIDE RECEIVERS Currently on roster: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton, Demarcus Ayers, Canaan Severin, Marcus ...

Outfield has a day to forget

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Saturday’s pre-game session in the manager’s office centered on the detailed way the Pirates position their outfielders. What seemed merely pedantic at the time turned ironic hours later when several horrid misplays figured prominently in ...

Pens put Jackets away

PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren’t the only ones with their arms ...

Early power surge spearheads Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — CC Sabathia’s left arm felt fine. The radar gun suggested otherwise. So did the results. Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to Sabathia early for a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees on ...

Defense lets Bucs down

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Carter spent most of the winter waiting for the phone to ring and a good portion of the spring waiting for the power that produced 41 home runs with Milwaukee last season to show up for the New York Yankees. With one swing of the bat on Saturday, ...

Pens’ Fleury enjoys center stage for now

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he’ll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to ...

Hurdle keeping RF position open

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — To replace the suspended Starling Marte in right field, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle plans to call an audible on a daily basis. “We haven’t given the job to anybody,” Hurdle said before Friday night’s game against the New York ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the third of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: QUARTERBACKS Currently on roster: Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Zach Mettenberger Last five drafts: The Steelers took Jones with the second of their two fourth-round picks in 2013. ...

Mindless move could torpedo Bucs’ season

Notes and observations from the first month of the Major League Baseball season: Division championships are finalized in September, but the foundation for the success or failure of any given season is sometimes firmly established in April. And it’s not always done with play on the ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the second of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: RUNNING BACKS Currently on roster: Le’Veon Bell, Knile Davis, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Brandon Brown-Dukes, Gus Johnson, Dreamius Smith, Trey Williams Last five drafts: The Steelers hit ...

Fowler’s home runs sink Pirates for sweep

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler feels his swing is getting closer to what he expects. Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals, who swept the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday with their third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh. “I feel like I’ve ...

Bucs deal with Marte suspension

By Joe Harris The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The league said on Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid ...

Pens will have to wait

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus coach John Tortorella hates the kind of music his players often blare in the dressing room. Still, he really wanted them to be able to hear it again. After the first three games of the playoff series with Pittsburgh, the Blue ...

Obama, other dignitaries pay respects

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Dan Rooney’s priorities were always clear. Family. Football. Faith. Ireland. It’s the order they came in for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers president and chairman, however, that occasionally became blurry. Often in the best way possible. The ...

Pirates load bases in ninth, still lose

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday night in a game the Pirates out-hit their opponents, 11-4. Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a ...

Cards snap skid, nip Pirates

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals lost the first two games Lance Lynn started this season, and he didn’t like it. In his third start, Lynn did something about it. He pitched seven shutout innings. Kolten Wong helped with a home run and the Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, ...

Sloppy play has Cardinals off to worst start in decades

NEW YORK — Yadier Molina reached for a ball in the dirt the other day at Yankee Stadium, the sort of pitch he usually smothers with ease using his chest protector and a square set of shoulders. This time, though, he tried to make a backhand stab with his mitt as the ball skipped by. Poor ...

Jackets trying to avoid sweep

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday’s game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn’t enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third straight playoff loss and put them on ...

Pirates’ Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The league said Tuesday that Marte tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. He will be eligible to return in ...

Penguins rally, put Columbus on brink

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — With help from Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins are on the verge of sweeping their opening playoff series against Columbus. Crosby played keep-away with three Blue Jackets players behind the ...