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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 ...

Pirates listless on offense, can’t complete sweep

PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Rockies, road warriors? Believe it. Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season and rookie German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the surprising Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing ...

Pirates opt to carry 3 catchers

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates added a catcher to the roster on Wednesday without subtracting one. Francisco Cervelli came off the seven-day concussion disabled list and started Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. For the moment, the Pirates have kept both backups, Elias Diaz and ...

Things coming together for Bucs

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP German Marquez (4-3) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) TV: ROOT Sports The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The first two months of the season were a mess for Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, a mish-mash ...

Taillon solid in his return

On deck Tonight: Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6) TV: ROOT The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon walked off the mound for the final time Monday night, sat in the dugout and felt ...

Pittsburgh selects high school pitcher

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Shane Baz with the 12th overall selection in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft Monday night. The 17-year-old Baz attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Texas where he was named a first-team ...

They’ve done it again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in nearly two decades to repeat as ...

Nova shuts down Marlins

PITTSBURGH — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Sunday. Diaz drove in Jose Osuna and David ...

Hainsey leading revamped defense

Ron Hainsey avoiding a big hit and carrying the puck from end to end isn’t what the Pittsburgh Penguins ask of him or any other defenseman not named Kris Letang. Out long term after neck surgery, Letang isn’t a part of this run, but a key adjustment by Hainsey and the other defensemen in ...

Mercer’s triple highlights Pittsburgh rally

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates spent most of Saturday looking for a big hit to break through against the Miami Marlins. They finally got it in the seventh, when Jordy Mercer hit a tying two-run triple and John Jaso followed with a go-ahead double, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-6 victory. Mercer’s ...

Angry Rinne set for game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pekka Rinne is a friendly, polite man off the ice. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. Pucks bouncing past him on the NHL’s biggest stage infuriate him. Rinne chopped his stick against a goalpost ...

Crosby doing it all again as Pens close in on Cup

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby’s teammates keep saying nothing ever changes with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain. That the secret to his greatness is really no secret at all. The Penguins believe he remains the same player and the same person every shift, every night. In theory, yes. But not ...

Preds know they face tough task

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have shut down the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Getzlaf this postseason. They have slowed down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Stopping them completely? Even Nashville defenders Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, ...

Star power links ’91, ’92 Pens with current team, Loney says

CRESSON — The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the cusp of winning the organization’s fifth Stanley Cup in club history and their second in as many years. Troy Loney, a left winger on the back-to-back Cup champion teams of 1991 and 1992 that kick-started the Penguins’ title run, sees ...

Stanton belts monster shot as Bucs fall

PITTSBURGH — Giancarlo Stanton kept taking aim at the batter’s eye high above the center field fence at PNC Park during batting practice on Friday afternoon, but couldn’t find the right pitch to get it there. It ended up coming off the hand of struggling Pittsburgh Pirates starter Tyler ...

Watson out as Pirates’ closer

PITTSBURGH — Tony Watson’s recent struggles have cost the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever his job as the team’s closer. Manager Clint Hurdle said Friday he is “unplugging” Watson from the role following a pair of blown saves in Baltimore earlier this week. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio ...

Penguins’ season coming down to short series

PITTSBURGH — Somewhere between the catfish lobbing, A-list national anthem singers, Carrie Underwood’s forgetfulness, Charles Barkley’s surprise cameo and P.K. Subban’s breath, there’s been another notable development during the Stanley Cup Final: A series has broken out. Perhaps ...

Watson, bullpen struggling

BALTIMORE — Trey Mancini tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then hit a three-run drive in the 11th to give the Baltimore Orioles a 9-6 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Baltimore trailed 6-1 in the eighth before rallying for a second ...

Lead lost in ninth, game lost in 10th

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5) vs. Orioles LHP Wade Miley (2-3) TV: ROOT The Associated Press BALTIMORE — With a power-laden lineup that thrives on the long ball, the Baltimore Orioles are built to ...