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Hoskins’ 11th-inning homer sinks Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spotted a man strolling over to the third base umpire and figured it was a member of the PNC Park grounds crew. After all, there had been a rain delay a little earlier. Kapler soon realized he was wrong. Especially when the man, wearing a Hawaiian ...

Munoz produces for Cards in win

CINCINNATI — Utility player Yairo Munoz wants his St. Louis manager to trust that he’ll produce in any situation. He banked a lot of trust on Sunday. Munoz celebrated a rare start with a home run and a triple to help the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1. Munoz, making his 16th ...

Close ties bind 1979 Pirates

PITTSBURGH — John Candelaria can’t quite pinpoint when the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates adopted “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge as the club’s de facto theme song on the way to a World Series title. Ultimately, the timing doesn’t really matter. What matters is that every word rang ...

Musgrove pitches, hits Pirates past Phillies

PITTSBURGH — Joe Musgrove scattered two hits over six innings, collected his first double of the season and scored on a textbook head-first slide to beat a throw by Philadelphia right fielder Bryce Harper and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Musgrove (7-8) tied a ...

Pirates’ bullpen falters

PITTSBURGH — Bryce Harper’s go-ahead RBI single was one of 15 hits the Philadelphia Phillies used to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-1, on Friday night, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time since July 2. Harper hit a seventh-inning single off Pirates reliever Richard ...

Smyly on track to face Bucs Sunday pending physical

PITTSBURGH — Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Manager Gabe Kapler said Friday the agreement is pending a successful physical. Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen. The ...

Pirates drop fifth of six

ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt was looking for a single. He ended up getting a whole lot more. Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Michael Feliz in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 6-5, on Wednesday, dealing the Pirates their fifth loss in six ...

Pirates top Cards in ninth

ST. LOUIS — Colin Moran drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored twice in the ninth for a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Francisco Liriano (4-1) pitched the eighth and earned the victory. Felipe Vazquez pitched a 1-2-3 ...

Pirates remain on skid

ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas pitched an eight-hitter and Tyler O’Neill hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. It was the first complete game this season and second overall for Mikolas (6-9), who lasted just four ...

Cubs sweep Bucs

CHICAGO — After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-3, on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL ...

Early hole too much for Pirates

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 ...

Walk costs Bucs in 8th at Wrigley

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant rescued the Chicago Cubs with a clutch swing and some nifty baserunning. Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the eighth inning, and the Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday in their ...

Party of 5: Pirates part of crowded contenders

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chris Archer (3-6) vs. Cubs RHP Yu Darvish (2-4) TV: AT&T SN By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon didn’t let the free time created by a rare ejection go to ...

Westbrook traded to Rockets for Paul

LAS VEGAS — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. ...

Diaz shoots 62 to take John Deere Classic lead

SILVIS, Ill. — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five ...

Alonso outlasts field

CLEVELAND — Mets rookie Pete Alonso has a million-dollar swing. New York’s newest slugger outlasted a worn-down Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round of the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night to win $1 million — nearly double his 2019 salary. Alonso somehow had enough to edge ...

Walton says assault claim lacks facts

LOS ANGELES — Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says sexual assault allegations against him are not backed up by facts and are designed to attract media attention. Walton made his comments in a court brief filed Wednesday in response to a lawsuit by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant. The ...

Rookie’s home run wins it

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bryan Reynolds wasn’t even in the conversation for playing time when the Pirates began their 2019 season. As the first half closes, he’s established himself as a key contributor to a surprising Pittsburgh offense. Reynolds hit a ...

Bucs’ bats batter Brewers

By Wes Crosby The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman had a big night at the plate for the Pirates. So did Colin Moran. Starling Marte, too. They all helped power Pittsburgh to a 12-2 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Newman and Moran each had four hits and ...

Vazquez now an All-Star

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez and Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff have been added to the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. They replace Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, who has a strained pectoral muscle; ...