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Minus Yelich, Brewers beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Yasmani Grandal had two doubles and an RBI and the Milwaukee Brewers, without a resting Christian Yelich, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, on Tuesday night. Grandal drove in Ryan Braun with a double to left-center, the first hit off Pirates starter Steven Brault, in the fifth ...

Yelich powers Brewers

PITTSBURGH — Christian Yelich hit two home runs and took over the major league lead with 39, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Yelich homered in the first inning for the second straight game. The first of his four hits came on a sinker ...

Mets rout Pirates despite Cano injury

PITTSBURGH — Just when Robinson Cano is starting to hit, the New York Mets star appears headed back to the injured list. Cano limped off with a strained left hamstring, an injury that overshadowed Noah Syndergaard’s sparkling outing in a 13-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday that ...

Mets rally to beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Marcus Stroman’s debut with the New York Mets didn’t quite go as planned. Wilson Ramos made sure it didn’t matter, hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning and adding a three-run double in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Bucs survive early scare against Mets

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Steven Matz’s mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets’ seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn’t make ...

Roster moves equal cutting ties with Kang

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jung Ho Kang’s time with the Pittsburgh Pirates — and quite possibly in the major leagues — is over. The team designated the South Korean third baseman/shortstop for assignment on Friday. Kang hit .169 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 65 games this ...

Pirates go quietly in series finale

On deck Tonight: Idle Next up: New York Mets at Pittsburgh, Friday, 7:05 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field. Luis Castillo made ...

Big, ugly brawl part of Pittsburgh’s win

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett rushed the Pirates’ dugout and threw punches in the ninth inning, starting a brawl prolonged by Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Pittsburgh ended its longest losing streak in eight years with a ...

Trading Vazquez could bring Bucs big return

This is a big day for the Pirates, or at least it could be. The Bucs have one of the most sought-after players in the majors at the trade deadline in lefty closer Felipe Vazquez, and what they decide to do with him today will have major implications for the franchise in the coming ...

Reds put up 10 runs in second on Pirates

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — All nine Reds crossed the plate in a parade unseen in Cincinnati since the days of the Big Red Machine. All the down-and-out Pirates could do was watch glumly. Jose Iglesias’ grand slam completed Cincinnati’s 10-run second inning and the ...

Lyles gets another shot with Brewers

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions. The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, ...

Blue-collar work ethic big deal to Washington

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — James Washington needed a hard reset. His rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t go as planned. And he knew it. So fresh off a frustrating indoctrination into the NFL in which the speedy but occasionally erratic wide receiver ...

Jones closer to victory, new contract

LONG POND, Pa. — Erik Jones started the season on the hot seat for Joe Gibbs Racing. Now, 21 races into the season, he is on a hot streak for the best team in NASCAR and making an easy case for a new contract. With five races left before NASCAR sets the playoff field, Jones is close to ...

Mawae worked angles on the field

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dirty. A cheap shot artist. Even a dirty Christian for wearing a cross on his face mask and then using every trick Kevin Mawae knew to open holes for his running back or protect his quarterback. Mawae heard all that chatter, and it bothered him. Then he realized he was ...

Robinson hitting stride once again

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A few days after Bears training camp began, coach Matt Nagy decided to test his wide receivers and defensive backs with one-on-one deep passing drills while the rest of the team watched the matchups. It wasn’t surprising when Allen Robinson emerged as the first ...

That familiar feeling: Archer rocked as skid reaches eight games

NEW YORK — Jason Vargas was reading in front of his locker in a corner of the Mets clubhouse Sunday morning while Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler were relaxing on opposite sides of the new pingpong table in the center of the room. Whether the three pitchers will be back when the team ...

Dupree relaxed in contract year

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is relaxed entering his contract season. The 2015 first-round pick knows he has a contract with the Steelers for this season. His future with the Steelers after that is in question, but Dupree said on Sunday that he doesn’t mind ...

Pirates’ struggles continue

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — For the first time in his five-year career, Steven Matz needed no help from the bullpen. Matz pitched an efficient five-hitter for his first complete game in 90 major league starts, and the New York Mets got home runs from Michael ...

Cowher, Ward highlight 2019 Steelers Hall of Fame class

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their 2019 Hall of Honor class this afternoon at an event at the Fred Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Four members were announced in this year’s class. Bill Cowher, who coached the Steelers from 1992 to 2006, leads the ...