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Hurdle moves bullpen pieces around

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle used a day off to do some thinking about the Pirates bullpen, and he decided to make some changes. Veteran George Kontos is out of the eighth-inning slot after a string of ineffective appearances. Hurdle said his handling of the ...

Turning tables keys Bucs’ success

Notes, thoughts and observations from the Major League Baseball world with a quarter of the season now in the rearview mirror: n The Pittsburgh Pirates are using a reversal of trends to experience some success in the early part of this season. While it’s true that the Pirates’ schedule ...

Pirates unable to complete 3-game sweep of Giants

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs. Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop ...

Cervelli gets new perspective

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli usually gets a day off when the Pirates play a day game after a night game. On Sunday, though, he got a different spot in the lineup. Cervelli led off for the first time in his career, going 1-for-4 in the Pirates’ 5-0 ...

Bucs pound Giants in Cutch’s return

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The men Andrew McCutchen used to call his teammates wanted to make sure McCutchen would have his moment. So when the San Francisco Giants outfielder stepped out of the batter’s box on Friday night to acknowledge the standing ovation at ...

Rudolph prepared for new role

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph started wearing the No. 2 while playing high school football in South Carolina. He kept it during his record-breaking career at Oklahoma State, where he left as the program’s all-time winningest quarterback. When the Pittsburgh Steelers let him know No. 2 was ...

Fans warmly greet Giants’ McCutchen

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates sent Andrew McCutchen packing in January. His unofficial welcome back party was held on Friday night. Fans packed PNC Park to salute McCutchen, the former Most Valuable Player who returned to Pittsburgh playing for the San Francisco ...

Sox’s Price may cut back on playing video games

NEW YORK — David Price considers himself a gamer — both on and off the field. Now he has to cut down on screen time. A longtime video game enthusiast, the Boston Red Sox ace was diagnosed this week with carpal tunnel syndrome. He has not pitched since May 3 but is scheduled to return ...

Jets fly into conference finals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 ...

Baffert: Justify doing well after injury

A hesitant step by Justify the morning after winning the Kentucky Derby was enough to create quite the scare. All the fuss was over a bruised heel on his left hind foot. Trainer Bob Baffert believes the trouble is over now and that it won’t keep Justify from running in the Preakness with ...

Kings of the comeback

Moran’s HR helps Bucs rally once again By Mike Helfgot The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way. Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate ...

Pens appreciate three-year run

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins don’t expect the sting from their second-round playoff exit to fade anytime soon. They also don’t expect it to compel general manager Jim Rutherford to give the roster a thorough makeover after the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions’ bid for ...

Fleury enjoys star status again

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Anyone who has played with Marc-Andre Fleury can tell he’s dialed in by watching his mannerisms. Last year, he rubbed the shaft of his stick after making a save with it on Alex Ovechkin. This year, he continued a career-long tradition of rubbing the ...

Offense delivers for Bucs

CHICAGO — Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the lowly Chicago White Sox 10-6 on Tuesday night. Corey Dickerson had four of Pittsburgh’s 16 hits and also drove in two runs, ...

Lack of depth, urgency among Penguins’ woes

PITTSBURGH — It’s over. No Stanley Cup, no parade, no special T-shirts. The Penguins were bounced from the playoffs in the second round after two consecutive championship seasons. And, no, this is not similar to what happened in 1993, when the Penguins were eliminated by the New York ...

Caps exorcise ghosts vs. Pens

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair. Still, they couldn’t run from it. No one bore the weight more than Alex Ovechkin. All the goals in the world — and the star forward is ...

Paxton tosses no-no for Mariners

TORONTO — James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night. “The fans were great. They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started ...

Cup run is over

PITTSBURGH — A cathartic celebration 20 years in the making began with a poke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick. It built as the puck that Kuznetsov tapped away from Sidney Crosby made its way to Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin. It neared its crescendo as Ovechkin flipped it ...

Caps well aware of history with Pens

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals don’t need a history lesson. Neither do the Winnipeg Jets for that matter. The Capitals are well aware of their penchant for letting opportunity after opportunity slip away, frequently at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the ...

Kuhl silences Milwaukee’s offense

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers bring out the best in Chad Kuhl. Kuhl and Richard Rodrguez combined on a two-hitter, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Brewers 9-0 on Sunday. Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts against the Brewers, and the Pirates are ...