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Thirty something

LATROBE - Todd Haley came up with the number. Ben Roethlisberger didn't see any reason to argue.Thirty points.That's the number the relentlessly aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator believes his group can average in 2015.It's ambitious territory for a franchise that has been ...

Cole continues as Pirates’ pitching leader

By Nate BarnesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Gregory Polanco got Gerrit Cole on track, and the ace right-hander took over from there.Cole became the majors' first 14-game winner, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.Cole (14-4) allowed one ...

Steelers celebrating 50 years

By Dan ScifoThe Associated PressLATROBE - The Steelers opened training camp Sunday at St. Vincent College with a special celebration ommemorating their 50th anniversary at the small school an hour southeast of Pittsburgh."It has become a wonderful summer home for us," Steelers President Art ...

Trade talk on tap this week

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - MLB's non-waiver trading deadline is Friday, and Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington continues to look for improvements.The Pirates are primarily focused on acquiring depth for the bullpen, but they're open to making moves in other areas, ...

Moore’s 30 leads West to All-Star victory

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Maya Moore has always enjoyed playing in Connecticut. She put on another show in the state at the league's All-Star Game.Moore scored a record 30 points to lead the West to a 117-112 victory over the East on Saturday. She had eight straight points in the final 2 minutes to ...

Off night costly for Bucs

By John PerrottoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Rookie center fielder Michael Taylor had a home run and three RBIs and Gio Gonzalez won his fourth straight decision to lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.Taylor capped the scoring with a ...

Steelers bring stability to camp

By Will GravesThe Associated PressLATROBE - Antonio Brown couldn't say no. How often does Rolls-Royce ask if you would like to ride to work in a $500,000 car?So the All-Pro receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers relaxed in the back seat on Saturday while his brother Desmond carefully maneuvered ...

Ramirez hoping to help, fit in, too

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Aramis Ramirez stepped off a plane and into the cleanup spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup.Ramirez batted fourth Saturday when he made his return to the Pirates in their game against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park.Starling Marte bumped up to ...

Bucs bash Scherzer this time

PITTSBURGH - Max Scherzer came within a grazed elbow of a perfect game the last time he faced the Pittsburgh Pirates.Not this time. Not even close.Gregory Polanco ended a 12-pitch at bat with a two-run homer off the Washington Nationals ace and later added an RBI-single off reliever Sammy Solis ...

Ramirez set to arrive for tonight

PITTSBURGH - Aramis Ramirez is due to arrive at PNC Park this afternoon to start the rest of his baseball career.Ramirez is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight when the Pirates play their third game against the Washington Nationals at 7:05.Manager Clint Hurdle said he wanted to talk ...

Offense ignites Pirates to victory

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates limped home at the end of a miserable road trip after the All-Star break early Thursday morning hoping to recapture some of the momentum that led to their two-month surge up the standings.A pregame trade for a familiar face sent the message that help was on ...

Bucs get Ramirez

PITTSBURGH - Now that the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Pirates have upgraded their lineup by adding third baseman Aramis Ramirez, what's next?The deal to get Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers, announced 90 minutes before Thursday's home game against the Washington Nationals, could be just the ...

Steelers give Tomlin extension

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2018.Financial terms of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed. Tomlin is 82-46 with Pittsburgh since replacing Bill Cowher following the 2006 season. ...

Volquez shuts down Pirates as Royals win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Edinson Volquez wanted to go nine innings, but had to settle for a victory against his old team and a standing ovation.He did pitch effectively into the eighth and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday ...

Pirates can’t come up with big hit in ninth

The Associated PressKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.Dyson scored later in the inning on Alcides Escobar's single to put the Royals up 3-0, and they won for the ...

Will pay Pirates pay the price?

PITTSBURGH - Altoona Curve players would probably be smart to keep their phones fully charged for the rest of the month.There could be an important call coming.The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to make some deals, and urgency spiked when Jordy Mercer left the lineup with a knee injury over ...

Bucs slug past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Travis Ishikawa had three extra-base hits and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates outslugged the Kansas City Royals 10-7 Monday night.Ishikawa, who was 1 for 13 with one RBI in nine games since the Pirates claimed him on waivers July 5, hit a two-run double in a ...

Shortstop to miss six weeks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer is expected to miss six weeks because of a knee injury, leaving the Pirates without their starters on the left side of the infield possibly until September.The Pirates put Mercer on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after he was hurt in ...

Looking ahead at the Bucs

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the second half of the season, and here are some thoughts looking ahead:n Josh Harrison's injury highlights the need for another bat, and another starter would be welcome, too. The Pirates have been fortunate with the health of their starting rotation ...

Pirates fall flat in second-half opener

MILWAUKEE - Gerardo Parra had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice, Mike Fiers scattered three hits over seven solid innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Friday night.Parra had three of Milwaukee's five hits off Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (6-3) and they ...