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Pirates slugger Bell embracing simple approach

PITTSBURGH — The conversations were polite but also respectfully blunt. Little small talk. No sugarcoating or coddling. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell would have seen right through anyway. So when newly hired hitting coaches Rick Eckstein and Jacob Cruz sat Bell down early in ...

Bucs can’t hold lead in 9th

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-10 on Saturday night. Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae (0-1) ...

Bell still hot for Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell spent some time in the seats above the Clemente Wall in right field at PNC Park on Friday night, carefully folding a handful of gold T-shirts with the phrase “Bellieve” on them over the chairs as part of a promotion that is ...

Bell ties record in victory

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Josh Bell is finishing off one of the best power-hitting months in Pirates history. The switch-hitting first baseman tied the club record with his 12th homer in May , and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday for a split of their four-game ...

Reds’ Dietrich hits 3 HRs; Pirates’ Lyles injured

CINCINNATI — Derek Dietrich was describing his three-homer game for the media when Scooter Gennett walked past and put it in a slightly different perspective. “Anybody can hit three, Derek,” said Gennett, who did him one better in 2017. No, Dietrich’s latest big game didn’t set ...

Boswell keeps routine despite rough stretch

PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell doesn’t do panic. So rather than blow up his offseason routine following a nightmarish 2018 in which the Pittsburgh Steelers kicker struggled to find the form that made him a Pro Bowler in 2017 — a mini meltdown that contributed to his team’s failure to ...

Top prospect Keller allows six runs in first inning

CINCINNATI — Jose Iglesias has been drawing rave reviews all season for his nifty glove work. He contributed nicely at the plate Monday, too. The slick-fielding Iglesias hit his first career grand slam off Mitch Keller in the right-hander’s major league debut, and the Cincinnati Reds ...

Buckner dies at age 69 to Lewy body dementia

Bill Buckner was an All-Star and batting champion, a gritty gamer who was welcome on any team. A reliable fielder, too. But a little grounder forever changed his legacy. Buckner, who made one of the biggest blunders in baseball history when he let Mookie Wilson’s trickler roll through ...

Joe Gibbs Racing remains top team

CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr. left no doubt at the Coca-Cola 600 that Joe Gibbs Racing remains the powerhouse team. Still, those chasing JGR have reason to be encouraged for the second half of the NASCAR season. Truex overcame a flat tire after hitting the wall early, then won a ...

The wrong direction

By Chris Mueller The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ decision to give Justin Turner a breather Saturday paid off nicely. Not that the Pirates were putting up much of a fight. Turner had five hits after taking a rest, Joc Pederson homered ...

Bucs’ GM seeking change

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wants Major League Baseball to consider changing its concussion assessment system to allow for player re-entry after exiting a game for concussion testing. Huntington offered the suggestion Sunday, a day ...

Freese slam helps Dodgers power past former team

PITTSBURGH — David Freese stepped into the batter’s box, heard the polite applause from the crowd at a ballpark he once called home and was surprised when the familiar strains of Tool’s “Stinkfist” blasted through the speakers at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates played the song as a ...

Bucs slug their way to victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The ...

Pens resign Ruhwedel for 2 years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding on to defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. The Penguins re-signed Ruhwedel to a two-year deal on Thursday that carries an average value of $700,000 a season. The 29-year-old Ruhwedel played in 18 games for the Penguins in ...

JuJu ready to takes center stage

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster chose his words carefully. Smith-Schuster was trying to find some middle ground between being appreciative for Antonio Brown’s influence while also acknowledging things should be considerably calmer for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. The prolific but ...

Pirates keep up struggles at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. After Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ...

Big Ben eager to move past AB saga

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger heard the noise. How could he not? At times, it was deafening. Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell. A handful of other former teammates long since gone from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. The talking heads on TV. They ...

Learning German is hard

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over ...

Larson looking for turnaround after success at All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson was among NASCAR’s rising young stars in 2017 with four victories and his second straight playoff appearance. Then came a 20-month winless drought that left him and his Chip Ganassi Racing team searching for answers. Larson believes he found several during a ...

Bell named NL player of week

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday. Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the ...