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The beat-ing goes on

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger helps the Los Angeles Dodgers with power and a refined plate approach, too. Bellinger hit his 14th home run of the season in the fourth inning, then rolled an RBI single through the defensive shift in the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat ...

Rare move up highlights draft

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about “position-less” football and the ever growing need to find players who can’t just do one thing, but many. Ryan Shazier might have been the embodiment of that movement until a spinal injury suffered in December ...

Steelers add punter, kicker as free agents

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with 10 rookie free agents once the draft concluded on Saturday. For safety Dravon Askew-Henry joining the Steelers is an opportunity to play for his hometown team. Askew-Henry, who played at West Virginia, went to Aliquippa High School. ...

Bellinger too much for Bucs

LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger’s one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance. Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday ...

Archer sidelined by injured thumb

LOS ANGELES — Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation of the thumb on his pitching hand, which has bothered him for his last two starts. With three off days between now and May 6, the Pirates can get Archer some time to heal without ...

Martinez scratched from lineup

BOSTON — Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has been scratched from last night’s game against Tampa Bay because of back spasms. Martinez, who was in the original lineup hitting cleanup as the DH, was replaced by Steve Pearce, who was inserted into the seventh spot in the batting ...

Needs are filled on 2nd day

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers expect third-round picks Diontae Johnson and Justin Layne to get their hands on the ball. That’s where the similarities in their job descriptions end. The Steelers began the process of reloading following the ...

Steelers trade up to get ILB

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Steelers saw a player they liked in Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, so made a rare, aggressive move to get him in the first round of the NFL draft. Pittsburgh moved up 10 spots in the first round to select Bush with the 10th overall pick on Thursday ...

Bucs lose 4-game series to D-backs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything on Thursday, holding the Pirates to two hits over seven innings and adding a big hit of his own to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory and a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh. Greinke and two Arizona ...

Steelers draft capsule

This is the seventh of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL draft, which begins Thursday: CORNERBACKS Currently on roster: Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Cameron Sutton, Artie Burns, Brian Allen, Herb Waters, Kameron Kelly Last five drafts: The ...

First round sorely lacks drama

ORLANDO, Fla. — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it’s this: They won’t have to watch any more first-round games. For that, they should be thankful. Drama is in very short supply so far in these ...

Reps split on playoff format

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn’t mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL’s current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA ...

Long road to recovery finally pays off for Polanco

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco couldn’t get the awkward slide into second base last September that dislocated his left shoulder out of his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder pored over the video during his lengthy rehab to the point where it ...

Not enough bats for Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Buster Posey kept insisting the longest homerless drought of his career wasn’t weighing on him even as days turned into weeks and weeks stretched into months. The San Francisco Giants catcher believed if he simply kept showing up for work, then the ball ...

Lafferty already turning heads in minors

WILKES-BARRE — Getting to the Calder Cup playoffs is always a goal for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and they came up a little bit short despite their best efforts. But focusing too much on standings, points and potential tiebreakers diverted from the more important takeaway from ...

Steelers draft capsule

This is the fifth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday: DEFENSIVE TACKLES Currently on roster: Javon Hargrave, Daniel McCullers, Lavon Hooks, Casey Sayles Last five drafts: Hargrave, a third-round selection in 2016, has ...

Pirates’ rookie makes the most of first hit

PITTSBURGH — Cole Tucker’s day began with him frantically packing up what he could in his Indianapolis apartment in the middle of the night, grabbing a 5 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh with fellow Pirates call-up Bryan Reynolds and trying not to be overwhelmed by the prospect of his major league ...

Steelers draft capsule– WR and TE

This is the fourth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday: WIDE RECEIVERS Currently on roster: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer, Ka’Raun White, Diontae Spencer, Tevin Jones, ...

Banged-up Bucs still find a way to win

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jordan Lyles cruised through six innings before taking a line drive off his pitching hand, Starling Marte and Erik Gonzalez were also pulled following a collision in the field, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San ...

Steelers draft capsule

This is the third of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday: RUNNING BACKS Currently on roster: James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds, Malik Williams, Ralph Webb Last five drafts: Conner was a third-round pick in 2017 and ...