Professional Sports

Even backups hurting Bucs

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Barnes hit an RBI pinch-double with one out in the 10th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Tuesday night. Barnes, the team’s backup catcher, lined the first pitch he saw from Daniel Hudson (0-2) into ...

Stifled Pens in need of Game 7 spark

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the better part of five games exploiting the few chances the Washington Capitals gave them, focusing on generating quality scoring chances while the Presidents’ Trophy winners seemed more intent on ...

Polanco moves back to right

From Mirror, wire reports LOS ANGELES — The Pirates have decided to move Gregory Polanco back to right field on a full-time basis, manager Clint Hurdle announced before Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Polanco moved to left field this season as part of an outfield overhaul that ...

Game 7 hasn’t been kind to Caps

Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have lost six of nine Game 7s in the Alex Ovechkin era, and the Ducks have lost five in a row with stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, including a ...

Failure to capitalize

PITTSBURGH — The Washington Capitals are well aware of their franchise’s inglorious past, one filled with unmet expectations and gut-wrenching collapses. And they don’t care. It’s not 1992. It’s not 1996, 2009 or 2016 for that matter. The Capitals have spent the better part of the ...

Taillon has surgery to treat suspected cancer

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer. The right-hander had the surgery at Allegheny General Hospital. After alerting the team’s medical staff of an abnormality, Taillon, 26, consulted with Dr. John C. ...

Steelers sign fifth-round pick

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fifth-round draft pick Brian Allen to a four-year contract. Allen, a cornerback, is the first of Pittsburgh’s eight draft choices to come to terms. Allen began his college career at Utah as a wide receiver before being converted to ...

Bucs make roster moves

Bucs make roster moves The Pirates optioned catcher Elias Diaz and utility man Phil Gosselin to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. They called up infielders Max Moroff and Chris Bostick from Indy. Moroff, a former Curve player, was batting .258 with eight homers and 17 RBIs in Triple-A. He ...

Spotlight on goalie Fleury in Game 6

Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of “FLEU-RY! FLEU-RY!” and might’ve planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All series the Capitals had struggled to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but he allowed four goals ...

Bucs fail to deliver sweep

PITTSBURGH — Eric Thames was unable to get warm in his hotel room on a cold Saturday night. The next day, his bat heated up on a sunny afternoon. Thames broke out of his slump with a home run and three hits, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on ...

Outfield still a concern

PITTSBURGH — General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday he continues to look for a spare outfielder to help the Pirates bridge the gap caused by Starling Marte’s suspension. Huntington made his comments just an hour before John Jaso misplayed another ball in right field that cost a run ...

Not over yet

WASHINGTON — It was quiet in the Washington Capitals’ locker room during the second intermission as they stared down the prospect of the end of their season and last best chance at a Stanley Cup potentially being 20 minutes away. A few minutes into the third period, the players made their ...

Harris clutch in 10th inning

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison singled home Gift Ngoepe with one out in the 10th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night. Ngoepe led off the inning with a single against Carlos Torres (1-3), advanced to second on a wild pitch ...

Taillon put on the DL for 10 days

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—Jameson Taillon will miss at least one start after the Pirates put him on the 10-day disabled list with groin discomfort on Saturday. The announcement was made moments before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Taillon’s assignment was ...

Pirates go late into the night to beat Brewers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell drove a ball into the Allegheny River on a bounce for his fifth homer, Wade LeBlanc pitched three strong innings after a lengthy rain delay and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Friday night. Bell’s solo shot off ...

Crosby keeping Game 5 options open

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — Sidney Crosby returned to work Friday, practicing with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates barely four days removed from a frightening hit that left him with a concussion, and his status for the rest of the playoffs uncertain. While the two-time MVP declined to get into ...

Caps trying to stay alive

ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin is Washington’s third-line left winger as they face elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At least, that is what coach Barry Trotz did in practice Friday as the desperate Capitals, down 3-1 in their second-round series, prepared for Game 5 tonight in ...

Roster crowded with 3 catchers

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH—The Pirates continue to carry three catchers on their roster, something they don’t want to do. Elias Diaz remained on the roster for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the first in a three-game homestand between seven-game road ...

True grit

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins were a puck-hogging, ice-tilting blur last spring, overwhelming opponents with an avalanche of shots and sustained offensive pressure that ended with the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup. A year later, the faces in the lineup - save for two very notable ...

Bucs can’t handle Votto, Adleman

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds don’t play Pittsburgh again until August. They wish the wait wasn’t that long. Joey Votto doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice, leading Tim Adleman and the Reds over the Pirates 4-2 on Thursday. Adam Duvall drove in Votto both times as the ...