Professional Sports

Tough way to lose

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam, Ozzie Albies added two homers and the Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh 13-7 on Monday night after Pirates starter Joe Musgrove was ejected in a first-inning fracas. The Braves hit five homers, including two-run shots by Nick ...

Logano holds off Busch, Truex in overtime

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano won the pole in qualifying and then led for more than three-quarters of the actual race. It was an impressive display, but all that could have gone for naught if he hadn’t been sharp on one final restart. Logano won his second NASCAR Cup Series race of the ...

USGA hoping for old-style course at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The stage is set for what should be the ideal U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, perhaps the most popular of all U.S. Open courses with its magnificent Pacific coastline and small greens, with its history of high drama and great champions. The fairways are roughly the same ...

Pittsburgh signs No. 1 draft pick

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Quinn Priester, the 18th overall selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, on Monday. The announcement was made by Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington and Senior Director of ...

No reason to doubt Nadal now

PARIS — This time, about a month out, even Rafael Nadal had his doubts about what his chances were going to be for yet another French Open title. He wasn’t alone. But that part was nothing new: Folks have been questioning him for years, wondering when his body would break down for good, ...

Brewers get to ’pen in setback

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers topped their crowd-pleasing Christian Yelich bobblehead giveaway with another surprise gift, thanks to Mike Moustakas. Moustakas launched a homer that won a new SUV for a fan, Yelich hit his major league-leading 24th home run and the Brewers beat the ...

Ex-Pirate relating MLB experience to Curve pitchers

Professional baseball, particularly at its highest levels, is a myriad of highs and lows, and peaks and valleys, that can offer experiences of numbing disappointment as well as intense fulfillment. Joel Hanrahan, in his first year as a pitching coach with the Altoona Curve, sampled the full ...

Bucs fall 6 back of Brewers

MILWAUKEE — It wasn’t pretty, but Zach Davies did something Saturday that no other starting pitcher in Milwaukee Brewers history had done before. Despite a shaky outing, Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to open a season with seven straight wins, hanging on for five innings before ...

Pirates’ bullpen surrenders 7 runs in road defeat

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Jordan Lyles (5-3) vs. Brewers RHP Zach Davies (6-0) TV: AT&T SportsNet By Keith Jenkins The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Brandon Woodruff struck 10 in six innings and Ryan Braun hit a ...

Archer, Bell help Pirates win Braves series

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If the Atlanta Braves needed more reason to purse free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel, they may have gotten it on Thursday. Mike Foltynewicz allowed consecutive home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the ...

Pirates slugger Bell embracing simple approach

PITTSBURGH — The conversations were polite but also respectfully blunt. Little small talk. No sugarcoating or coddling. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell would have seen right through anyway. So when newly hired hitting coaches Rick Eckstein and Jacob Cruz sat Bell down early in ...

Bucs can’t hold lead in 9th

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-10 on Saturday night. Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae (0-1) ...

Bell still hot for Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell spent some time in the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field at PNC Park on Friday night, carefully folding a handful of gold T-shirts with the phrase “Bellieve” on them over the chairs as part of a promotion that is ...

Bell ties record in victory

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Josh Bell is finishing off one of the best power-hitting months in Pirates history. The switch-hitting first baseman tied the club record with his 12th homer in May , and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday for a split of their four-game ...

Reds’ Dietrich hits 3 HRs; Pirates’ Lyles injured

CINCINNATI — Derek Dietrich was describing his three-homer game for the media when Scooter Gennett walked past and put it in a slightly different perspective. “Anybody can hit three, Derek,” said Gennett, who did him one better in 2017. No, Dietrich’s latest big game didn’t set ...

Boswell keeps routine despite rough stretch

PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell doesn’t do panic. So rather than blow up his offseason routine following a nightmarish 2018 in which the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker struggled to find the form that made him a Pro Bowler in 2017 — a mini meltdown that contributed to his team’s failure to ...

Top prospect Keller allows six runs in first inning

CINCINNATI — Jose Iglesias has been drawing rave reviews all season for his nifty glove work. He contributed nicely at the plate Monday, too. The slick-fielding Iglesias hit his first career grand slam off Mitch Keller in the right-hander’s major league debut, and the Cincinnati Reds ...

Buckner dies at age 69 to Lewy body dementia

Bill Buckner was an All-Star and batting champion, a gritty gamer who was welcome on any team. A reliable fielder, too. But a little grounder forever changed his legacy. Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through ...

Joe Gibbs Racing remains top team

CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr. left no doubt at the Coca-Cola 600 that Joe Gibbs Racing remains the powerhouse team. Still, those chasing JGR have reason to be encouraged for the second half of the NASCAR season. Truex overcame a flat tire after hitting the wall early, then won a ...

The wrong direction

By Chris Mueller The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ decision to give Justin Turner a breather Saturday paid off nicely. Not that the Pirates were putting up much of a fight. Turner had five hits after taking a rest, Joc Pederson homered ...