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WBC offering young Bucs chance to shine

Commentary By Jim Lane For the Mirror BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is giving a lot of young players plenty of opportunities in major-league camps this spring training. Former Curve second baseman Erich Weiss is one of them. With Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen, ...

Glasnow much better in latest outing

From Mirror reports CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates exploded in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening-day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, on the way to a 13-8 win Saturday in Major League Baseball spring training action. Leading the way was Pirates right fielder ...

Pens fail to generate offense in setback

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn’t indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the ...

Taillon has stellar outing

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon pitched four strong innings and Phil Gosselin hit an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at LECOM Park. Batting with the bases loaded against reliever Zach ...

Steelers sign ex-Titans receiver

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have added depth at wide receiver, signing free agent Justin Hunter on Wednesday to a one-year deal. Financial details were not disclosed. The 25-year-old Hunter split time between Buffalo and Miami in 2016, catching 10 passes for ...

New England linebacker pays visit to Steelers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Coveted free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s tour hit Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but Hightower left the team’s facility without signing a deal. The team announced it hosted him after he spent Monday getting wooed by the New York Jets. Hightower ...

Mercer easing into veteran’s role

BRADENTON, Fla. — When Jordy Mercer looks around the Pirates’ clubhouse, the term he instinctively goes to in referring to his teammates isn’t the one he’d always used. “These kids,” Mercer said while scanning the room early one morning last week at LECOM Park, “there’s some ...

Kang having visa trouble in SKorea

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang was placed on the restricted list by the Pirates while he’s delayed in South Korea by visa issues related to a recent DUI arrest. Pirates’ president Frank Coonelly made the announcement on Saturday. “It just ...

Bucs fall to O’s in ninth

SARASOTA, Fla. — David Washington hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday in spring training action. Pittsburgh, which had won four straight Grapefruit League games, was led by Adam Frazier, ...

Pirates hope for more in Taillon’s 2nd year

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — For more than two years, Jameson Taillon waited. Selected by Pittsburgh with the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, Taillon was slowed by Tommy John surgery in spring 2014 and a sports hernia ...

Watson now embracing full-time closer’s role

By Chris Adamski The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — From the moment Tony Watson first stepped onto a big league mound for a regular-season game, he’s felt the trust and faith of his manager. A couple of poor outings late last season aren’t going to change that. Midway ...

Steelers keeping two of their own

PITTSBURGH — Free to test the market — and maybe make more money in the process — for the first time in his career, Landry Jones opted to stick with the Pittsburgh Steelers instead. The backup quarterback signed a two-year deal on Thursday to remain with the Steelers as the primary ...

MLB confirms Pirates vs. Cardinals in Williamsport

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association announced and confirmed on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will be playing a regular season game at Bowman Field on Sunday, Aug. 20, known as the MLB Little League Classic. Pittsburgh ...

Bonino, Malkin gang up for Penguins on Jets

The Associated Press WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Nick Bonino had a hat trick, Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Justin Schultz and Jake Guentzel also scored, and Matt Murray ...

Bucs battle Bucs in the spring

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla. — On Wednesday afternoon, it was certainly different to look at pitcher Gerrit Cole staring down Starling Marte, to watch Tyler Glasnow pitching to Gregory Polanco and to see both Marte and Polanco wearing different uniforms as they faced the Pirates in ...

Bucs’ Meadows homers during big chance

BRADENTON, Fla. — Prospects Austin Meadows and Jose Osuna homered, leading the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday at LECOM Park. Meadows hit a two-run homer to left field off Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia in the first inning. Meadows, a top prospect, will receive more regular ...

Penguins rally to defeat Sabres

PITTSBURGH — His team flat, listless and basically overwhelmed during a miserable first period against Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan looked down his bench searching for a jolt. He found one in Marc-Andre Fleury, who wondered in recent weeks if his time with the ...

Taillon has good outing

TAMPA — Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon retired all six batters he faced in his second start of the spring in a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Alen Hanson started at second base and went 2-for-3 for the Pirates, and Clay Holmes recorded four strikeouts in two innings ...

So far, Pirates have mixed results

Commentary BRADENTON, Fla.—After one week of Grapefruit League games, we’ve seen both good and bad results from the Pirates, who won six of their first eight games. First, the good Pitcher Tyler Glasnow had an impressive performance, fanning six of seven Oriole batters in his first ...

Cervelli wants to be pain-free

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Before he broke his hand while taking a swing last June, Francisco Cervelli already had been on the disabled list at least a half-dozen times. That didn’t make it any easier for the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher to accept having to sit out a big chunk ...