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Archer looks the part as Bucs sweep Royals

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Archer came to Pittsburgh with much fanfare when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Then he went 1-3 in his first eight starts with the Pirates. It’s almost certainly too late for the Pirates to make a playoff push ...

Kuhl beginning rehab for elbow

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The Pirates had been hoping to get Chad Kuhl back on the mound this month. Instead, he’ll be starting a rehab program after having elbow surgery on Wednesday. The surgery was done in New York on Wednesday afternoon. Because Kuhl and his ...

Tomlin will address social media with AB

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro ...

Reyes making the case for utility job in 2019

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have opportunities for 2019, and theyáre having auditions in the last month of the 2018 season. The middle infield is likely to be different, and there are other openings as well. Pablo Reyes is making his case to compete for a utility job next season. Entering ...

Lavarnway bats in Marte for walk-off over Royals

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Indianapolis. In his ...

More drama on day after loss

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact. A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing. So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic ...

Meccage subbing for healing Searage

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — A familiar face was missing from the Pirates’ dugout Monday night. Pitching coach Ray Searage is out on medical leave to have neck surgery. There is no firm timetable for his return. Assistant pitching coach Justin Meccage is handling the ...

Bucs’ Stallings delivers game-winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over ...

Mahomes has his way with Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyreek Hill turned to face the cameras when the hottest quarterback in the NFL looked up, saw a potential traffic jam and urged his Kansas City Chiefs teammate to conduct his business elsewhere. “Don’t do that here,” Patrick Mahomes ...

Tomlin’s assessment: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

PITTSBURGH — Is this the way it’s going to be? Are we in a Steelers world where 37 points aren’t enough to win a home game? First-year starter Patrick Mahomes sliced and diced a confused Steelers defense and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Bucs’ Williams tough again

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning ...

Struggles of Boswell also part of poor start in first 2 games

By John Mehno johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell was the Steelers’ insurance policy, their failsafe, the team’s fallback option. If the offense sputtered last year, Boswell could be counted on to put points on the board with his reliable kicking. He came through in ...

Chiefs see ‘Steel City’ as road challenge

NFL week 2 Who: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers When: Today, 1 p.m. TV: CBS The latest line: Steelers are favorited by four points. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from ...

Crosby, Penguins return from long summer break

CRANBERRY — Sidney Crosby has been back in Pittsburgh for a few weeks, participating in several informal practices while his Penguins teammates returned from an unusually long offseason. Still, the first day of training camp felt different Friday. “It’s always an exciting time. You’re ...

OF Polanco could miss start of 2019

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. The Pirates made the announcement on Friday, which was Polanco’s 27th birthday. Polanco leads the Pirates with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 ...

Brewers beat Archer, Bucs

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Friday night. Orlando Arcia drove in two runs with a bunt double for the Brewers, who stayed a game and a half behind first-place Chicago in the NL ...

Taillon lifts Bucs to win over slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — A small bump in the road. That’s what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was. “At this point we’re flushing this one,” DeJong said. “And getting ready for L.A.” The Cardinals begin a key four-game ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Dinged-up players miss practice

Next up Who: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Chiefs (1-0), Steelers (0-0-1) Latest line: Steelers are 5-point favorites The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little short-handed as they prepare for their home opener ...

The rise of Rose to No. 1 in the world

NEWTOWN SQUARE — Justin Rose would like to have changed how he reached No. 1 in the world. But not when. Rose felt emotionally conflicted when the BMW Championship ended in a light rain at Aronimink Golf Club. He was going for his third title in the Philadelphia area, including the U.S. ...