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Pirates pitching delivers in twinbill sweep of Mets

By John PerrottoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Juan Nicasio was pretty much a one-pitch pitcher, and the fastball was all he needed against the slumping New York Mets' offense.Nicasio retired his first 12 batters and got his second win in six starts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Mets ...

Just a bit better, Penguins will ultimately win

PITTSBURGH - There is only one question left in the Stanley Cup Final, and it pertains to geography.Do the Penguins win the Stanley Cup at home, or will they get it on the road at San Jose?They can end the hockey season on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center, showering Pierre Maguire in ...

Sharks face daunting task

The Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - The task facing the San Jose Sharks is daunting: No team in nearly three quarters of a century has rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final.Before the Sharks can start figuring out how to accomplish that ultimate goal, they will need to take ...

Betting on Jaso working

By John Hartsockjhartsock@altoonamirror.comPITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates had a void to fill at first base after they decided not to tender power-hitting but defensively erratic Pedro Alvarez a contract extension this past offseason.The solution that the Pirates came up with was to offer ...

Walker will wait another night

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-Neil Walker will wait another day to make his return to PNC Park.Monday night's scheduled game between Walker's New York Mets and the Pirates was rained out with no makeup date announced.The game was called shortly before 9 o'clock after persistent rain and ...

Tough to be Tony

By Alan SaundersThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - It's been a rough June so far for Tony Watson.After earning his first loss of the season in Miami on Wednesday, Watson gave up four runs in his next appearance on Saturday. On Sunday, he was touched for two more runs and took the loss in his ...

Unknowns step it up in series

The Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - This is a Stanley Cup Final filled with stars who have won the Hart Trophy, Olympic gold medals and numerous other awards.With players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, the final features some of the biggest names in ...

Schedule will challenge Bucs

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, perhaps more than anybody, knows the importance of not looking too far ahead during a Major League Baseball season.The MLB world, and each of its seasons, are fiercely competitive, highly variable and unpredictable, and must be dealt with by ...

Walker returns to Pittsburgh

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Neil Walker will find himself in familiar surroundings tonight, but in a completely different role.He'll make the early afternoon drive from his home in the North Hills to PNC Park. If there are any construction detours, it won't be a worry. He knows the ...

Pens can’t put Sharks away

SAN JOSE, Calif.- The fans in San Jose waited 25 years for their first Stanley Cup Final. A few extra minutes for an overtime victory wouldn't be a problem.Joonas Donskoi scored 12:18 into overtime after Joel Ward tied it midway through the third period and the Sharks bounced back from two ...

Pirates put on power display

PITTSBURGH - Matt Joyce took no special joy in helping beat his former team.Joyce and Gregory Polanco hit home runs during a five-run seventh inning, Jeff Locke got his career-best fourth straight win and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 on Saturday to end a four-game ...

Pirates making moves to help out bullpen

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates reshuffled their roster Saturday with the goal of getting some help for their worn-out bullpen.The team summoned lefthander Cory Luebke and righthander Curtis Partch from Class AAA Indianapolis and sent out two righthanders, Rob Scahill and Wilfredo Boscan.Scahill and ...

ChiSox acquire Shields

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres traded pitcher James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, capping one of the more miserable weeks in the history of a franchise that just can't seem to get out of its own way.The deal came three days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler ...

Couture backs off criticism of Crosby

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose center Logan Couture says Sidney Crosby isn't the only player cheating in faceoffs in the Stanley Cup Final.Couture said that he, teammate Joe Thornton and just about every other player who gets in the faceoff circle tries for any sort of edge they can get, legal or ...

Three Pirates sit out

PITTSBURGH - On a normal day, Clint Hurdle posts the Pirates' lineup card at least four hours before the scheduled first pitch.Friday was not a normal day.The card wasn't finalized until less than an hour before the start of the homestand opener against the Los Angeles Angels.Hurdle was waiting ...

Liriano roughed up by Angels

PITTSBURGH - After losing for the fourth time in five starts, Francisco Liriano admitted the obvious."I'm going through a tough time right now," he said after the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 9-2, Friday night. "I'm not executing the pitch and getting behind in the count. ...

San Jose hopes shift out West will change series

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks can take at least one positive out of losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.Despite being severely outplayed for almost the entire two games, the Sharks still managed to lose by only one goal with the game-winner coming in the ...

Sharks’ 25-year trip started at Cow Palace

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their original home at the Cow Palace with its undersized ice rink and lingering aroma from its use for rodeos and other livestock events.There were the records for futility in their second season with NHL worsts of 17 straight ...

Rookies making major impact for Penguins

PITTSBURGH - It's easy to get awestruck the first time a new face walks into the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room.All those stars. All those glittering resumes. All that talent. Hey, there's Sidney Crosby. Hey, there's Evgeni Malkin. Hey, there's Kris Letang. Coach Mike Sullivan understands it ...

Pirates sustain four injuries in extra-inning loss

MIAMI - Christian Yelich hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night to win the four-game series.Yelich doubled to deep right-center field off A.J. Schugel (1-2) with two outs in the ninth to ...