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Upcoming series could determine future

PITTSBURGH — The next four games could determine what direction the Pirates take in the next two months — and beyond. The first-place Milwaukee Brewers visit for a four-game series that starts tonight at 7:05. The Pirates currently trail Milwaukee by seven games in the National League ...

Bucs not as likely to deal hot prospects

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a deal a lot of people wished the Pirates had made. The struggling Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects, including players considered the two best minor leaguers in the Cubs’ system. So ...

Bucs blanked by Cards

PITTSBURGH — Lance Lynn grew up hitting from both sides of the plate, a notion the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher abandoned in college at Ole Miss. But frustrated by a swing he called “awful,” Lynn flipped to the left side in secret a few weeks ago, hiding his progress from manager Mike ...

Frazier readjusting

PITTSBURGH — Baseball is a non-contact sport, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle speaks often of how opponents punch back. He means that as teams develop knowledge of a rookie player’s tendencies, they’ll soon find a way to answer. Adam Frazier is living proof of that. Frazier was ...

Cole among trade candidates

Teams always seek more pitching before the trade deadline. Whether its aces, closers, back-of-the rotation starters or middle relievers, new arms are welcome in every clubhouse. Of the 10 teams sitting in postseason spots at the All-Star break, eight clubs are in the top 10 in ERA. Yes, ...

Walk-off homer sends Bucs fans home happy

PITTSBURGH — With the winning run on second base as he stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the ninth, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell could feel his heart racing. The rookie tried to get his breathing under control but couldn’t. Adrenaline won out. The Pirates, ...

Osuna getting look at third

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have struggled to fill third base this season with the absence of Jung Ho Kang. Is there a solution on the roster? Jose Osuna, a first baseman who has been pressed into outfield duty this season, was doing some work at third base Friday afternoon, hours before the ...

Venus earns trip to 9th final

LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams. With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009. At 37, Williams is the oldest ...

Smack tour only free thing for fans

NEW YORK — Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will earn perhaps nine-figure paydays while fight fans will be charged $100 to watch on TV in high def and can’t get into the arena for anything less than a $500 face value ticket —if they’re lucky. But in New York, where a ...

Focus for Crosby remained on Cup

The Associated Press COLE HARBOR, Nova Scotia — Sidney Crosby said Wednesday he did not pay attention to those questioning whether he should continue playing hockey after suffering another concussion during the playoffs. Crosby was too focused on capturing another Stanley Cup for his ...

Man’s quest for Steelers’ autographs ends

By Kevin Gorman Pittsburgh-Tribune Review PITTSBURGH — The signatures are special to Merrill Shaffer, for they belong to the Super Steelers of the 1970s that served as his heroes. The names are signed in gold on a black replica Steelers helmet, and just looking at them together reminds ...

Venezuelan players anguished over homeland

By Eric Nunez The Associated Press NEW YORK — They wanted to show the old seven-starred flag from their homeland. And when the Venezuelan players from the Pittsburgh Pirates finally found one on Amazon, they promptly held it upside down. “When you carry it reversed, that’s a symbol ...

Pirates explode in first, take 2 of 3 in Chicago

On deck Tonight: Idle for All-Star break Next up: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, 7:05 p.m. Bucs’ record: 42-47 TV: AT&T SportsNet By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — While the Chicago Cubs packed up quickly for the All-Star break, Bob ...

Claysburg’s Fleck still hoping for MLB call-up

Kaleb Fleck has been a relief pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for six seasons and is in his third full season with the Diamondbacks’ Class AAA affiliate Reno (Nev.) Aces of the Pacific Coast League. Fleck, a Claysburg-Kimmel High School and University of Pittsburgh at ...

Polanco, Nova lift Pirates

CHICAGO — Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Ivan Nova pitched three-hit ball into the seventh, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Josh Bell had three hits and two runs scored, while Francisco Cervelli and Jordy ...

Pittsburgh, Bell cut down Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Josh Bell didn’t let a defensive miscue get him down. He just made up for it with his bat. Bell homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Gregory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia ...

Pirates knock off Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Pirates manager Clint Hurdle felt like he was watching Little League, not major league. Gerrit Cole pitched six strong innings and drove in his first runs of the season with a tiebreaking two-run single to lead Pittsburgh to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on ...

Taillon, McCutchen team up against Phils

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (6-7) vs. Phillies RHP Ben Lively (1-3) TV: ROOT Sports By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Jameson Taillon would trade some of those Ks for a few more ...

Hayward to sign with Celtics

Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens were a couple inches from winning an NCAA championship together at Butler. They are now reuniting, to try for an NBA title. The top remaining free agent in this summer’s class is now off the board, with Hayward announcing Tuesday night with an essay on The ...

Free agents following NBA decision making

Kevin Shattenkirk could’ve gotten more money but took less to join the New York Rangers. Joe Thornton could’ve gotten a multiyear deal from someone but wanted to stay with the San Jose Sharks. Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp could’ve gotten more money the past two summers but took ...