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Reds continue to haunt Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati Reds rookie Jesse Winker arrived at PNC Park less than an hour before the first pitch on Tuesday night, fresh off the plane from Triple-A and ready for an extended stay in the majors. The 23-year-old certainly looked at ease in ...

Perez finds himself in good company

AKRON, Ohio — Pat Perez is in his 16th season on the PGA Tour and finally feeling like he’s in the big leagues. For the first time in his career, Perez is eligible for all four majors and the four World Golf Championships. And at No. 11 in the FedEx Cup with three weeks before the ...

Nelson lifts Milwaukee by St. Louis

MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Nelson finally beat St. Louis with six strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Nelson (9-5) entered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against the Cardinals. This time, the right-hander ...

Polanco’s status still up in air

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco could be back in the Pirates’ lineup, perhaps as soon as tonight. Polanco went on the disabled list on July 22, one day after he strained his left hamstring running down the line in a game at Colorado. He went through a ...

Bucs deal Watson to Dodgers

PITTSBURGH — His team stuck on the fringe of the playoff race — not quite in it and not quite out of it — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spent the hours leading up to the trade deadline weighing both blowing up his roster and moving on to 2018 and making a splash in an ...

Gibson, Van Slyke promoting Aug. 20 game in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT — Former Major Leaguers Bob Gibson and Andy Van Slyke visited Bowman Field Monday as a promotion for both Little League and the Aug. 20 MLB Little League Classic between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Gibson, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, ...

No big changes for Bucs at deadline

Notes and observations following Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline: n It wasn’t particularly surprising that the Pirates weren’t particularly busy prior to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates probably went off the buyer’s market after ...

Shoulder injury sidelines Conner

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back James Conner’s first NFL training camp is off to a rough start. Conner missed practice on Monday while undergoing tests on a shoulder injury sustained on Sunday during the team’s first padded workout. Conner, a third-round pick out of ...

Bucs salvage road trip

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Andrew McCutchen paused a bit as he rounded first base after hitting his third home run Sunday, wanting to make sure that it was indeed gone before finishing his trot. It was. The ball hit the right-field foul pole and bounced onto the ...

Steelers’ Conner exits practice

LATROBE — Rookie running back James Conner left the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first padded practice early with a shoulder injury. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday the former University of Pittsburgh star was being evaluated. The third-round pick overcame lymphoma to become the ACC Player ...

Time to take Big Ben seriously

PITTSBURGH — When last season ended and Ben Roethlisberger said he might not be back, people rolled their eyes. Conventional wisdom said this just more false drama from Ben. Roethlisberger has revisited that theme as the Steelers opened training camp, saying that he won’t commit beyond ...

Defense ready to grow up

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — Mike Tomlin’s word choice was specific. That way, nothing would get lost in translation. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach believes the generational shift his defense was forced to undergo over the last five years is officially over. No ...

Bucs continue to struggle

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (8-7) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Dinelson Lamet pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and fellow rookie Manuel ...

Conner just another Steeler rookie in camp

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — The catharsis came inside a crowded restaurant on that raucous Friday night in late April when James Conner picked up the phone and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was on the other end telling Conner he was about to be selected in the ...

Milwaukee inches closer to first place

The Associated Press On deck Friday night: The Pirates trailed the Padres, 3-2, in the top of the seventh at press time Saturday: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:40 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (10-7) vs. Padres RHP Dinelson TV: AT&T SportsNet MILWAUKEE — Brent ...

Steelers report without Bell

LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons. And in the case of ageless linebacker James Harrison, a firetruck. Because of course he did. Left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva showed up too, arriving with ...

Bucs drop 2 of 3 to lowly Giants

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt was happy the wind was blowing in. Belt’s routine fly ball to left field dropped next to Starling Marte for a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning Wednesday, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bay City visit starts hot for Pirates

On deck Tuesday night: The Pirates trailed the Giants, 10-1, in the bottom of the fifth inning at press time. Today: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (4-4) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11) TV: AT&T SportsNet The ...

Pens ink Dumoulin for six years

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin has turned his steady play for the Stanley Cup champions into a new contract. Dumoulin and the team agreed to a six-year deal on Monday that will run through the 2022-23 season and will pay him an average of $4.1 million per ...

Pens ink Dumoulin for six years

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin has turned his steady play for the Stanley Cup champions into a new contract. Dumoulin and the team agreed to a six-year deal on Monday that will run through the 2022-23 season and will pay him an average of $4.1 million per ...