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QB McSorley makes debut in Ravens win

BALTIMORE — Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley made his NFL debut Thursday night as the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in their 29-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. McSorley looked good at times as he completed 9-of-22 passes for 85 yards and also ran three times ...

Linebacker Watt hoping to build on breakout season

LATROBE — Personal stats don’t mean much to Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt. The 24-year-old was happy to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl during a breakout second season, but he also wanted to make the playoffs with the Steelers. This year, Watt looks to lead the Steelers ...

Bucs fall to 4-21 in last 25 games

PITTSBURGH — Keston Hiura found that less thinking resulted in more hitting and an end to his struggles at the plate. Hiura hit two home runs for the first time in the big league career and drove in three runs Wednesday night, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 win and three-game ...

McDonald sees positive changes in Steelers, Ben

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald noticed a positive change in the organization following last year’s turbulent season. McDonald also noticed a difference in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the chemistry surrounding the team as a whole after the Steelers missed the ...

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 ...