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Pirates get twinbill help

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clay Holmes gets another chance to start a major league game today. Holmes is slated to pitch the second game of the Pirates’ doubleheader this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. His first start was rocky, to say the least. He started ...

Bucs take opener vs. Brewers

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start. This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble. Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. “You don’t want to live and die ...

What to do with Meadows

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows was on the bench when the Pirates opened their series against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday night. Could there be a change of address in his immediate future? Although Gregory Polanco sat against lefthanded starter Wade Miley, ...

Harrison, other Pirates vets soon may be gone

Notes and observations from a recent trip to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. PITTSBURGH — The writing is on the wall for the Pittsburgh Pirates. More specifically, for some of the Pirates’ veteran players. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, Pirates general manager ...

Marte’s two-run homer gives Bucs win

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte did not start any of the first three games of July because Pirates manager Clint Hurdle felt his slumping center fielder needed a mental break. The strategy worked, even if Marte still doesn’t agree with it. Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams ...

Marte believes taking days off helped him

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte recently got a few days off. The Pirates got a better player when Marte returned. The enforced rest has become an occasional tactic for manager Clint Hurdle. He did it a few years ago with Andrew McCutchen, sitting the slumping player for a series in ...

Pirates leave bases loaded in the ninth

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy doubled twice and had four hits, and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Tuesday night. Rendon hit his 13th homer off starter Joe Musgrove (3-4) in the fifth ...

Dickerson offers up lineup tips

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle often jokes that he can count on picking up some lineup suggestions when he visits his neighborhood grocery store. It seems like everyone from the produce guy to the lady ordering at the deli counter to the bagger has an idea about ...

Coaching staffs announced

Retired Houston Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer will be among the coaches for the American League at next week’s All-Star game. Dauer was a part of Houston’s World Series championship last season, but was rushed to a hospital immediately after the team’s victory parade — surviving ...

Bucs open Nats’ series with victory

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first ...

Hurdle still tinkering with Pirates’ lineup

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Considering the Pirates have only carried 12 position players for much of this season, it’s notable that they used their 10th different leadoff hitter Monday night. Corey Dickerson became the latest to occupy the top spot in the batting order ...

Rays’ Snell frustrated by snub

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell is frustrated by not being selected Sunday for the AL All-Star team, a squad that Rays manager Kevin Cash feels the left-hander still could end up joining. “I’m optimistic that things are going to turn out OK for Blake,” Cash, a member ...

Federer cheered, advances with ease

LONDON — They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon’s main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission. They clapped and yelled when Federer’s drop volley capped a 16-minute tour de force of a first set in which ...

Goal-fest possible with France, Belgium

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there’s potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals. There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for ...

Staving off the sweep: Kingham’s arm, bat help Bucs

PITTSBURGH — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia ...

Big week ahead for Pittsburgh’s chances

PITTSBURGH — This week of games could determine which direction the Pirates take for the rest of the season. Their homestand includes three games against Washington, then five against Milwaukee, including a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. “This is a really big week for us,” general ...

Losses continue to pile up

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Phillies won another one-run game to extend their winning streak to six games. Nick Williams, Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning to help Philadelphia win 3-2 on Saturday. With two outs in the seventh, ...

Big league struggles could cost Curve

As the Pirates’ freefall toward what may become a dreadful season continues, there’s a good chance it will have a negative impact on what otherwise could be another run at an Eastern League championship for the Curve. The Bucs (40-48) are now eight games under .500 with three weeks left ...

Varner, Kraft share top spot after third

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Harold Varner and Kelly Kraft are looking to add to the crop of first-time winners on the PGA Tour in West Virginia. Varner shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to tie Kraft at the top entering the final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Both are seeking ...

Cervelli may return from concussion today

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Francisco Cervelli, who last played on June 21, could be back in the Pirates’ lineup today. Cervelli has been on the concussion disabled list since taking a foul ball of his mask during the weekend of June 8. “I’m good, I’m good ...