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Win over Pirates helps Cardinals gain ground

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (11-12) vs. Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (11-7) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the ...

Cardinals support Molina in win

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina’s teammates could tell their All-Star catcher was not happy. After taking a fastball from Ivan Nova high and tight, Molina hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to help the St. Louis Cardinal beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 on Sunday. “Everyone knows ...

Pirates getting players back from DL

PITTSBURGH — Reliever George Kontos returned to the Pirates’ active roster on Thursday, and two more players are expected to come off the disabled list for tonight’s game in St. Louis. Outfielder Gregory Polanco and utilityman Adam Frazier should be ready to come back tonight. Polanco ...

Pittsburgh loses third in a row

ST. LOUIS — Luke Weaver pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and also drove in a run Friday night, helping the St. Louis Cardinals improve their postseason hopes with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals have won seven of nine, pulling within four games of the NL ...

Almora, Happ lead Cubs to rout of Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, Ian Happ had three hits and the Chicago Cubs rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. The Cubs had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first ...

Nova back in rotation

PITTSBURGH — Ivan Nova’s hiatus from the Pirates’ rotation lasted for just one start. Nova will return to the rotation and take his normal turn Sunday in St. Louis. Manager Clint Hurdle revealed that before Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Nova was skipped from his normal ...

Pirates make correct call on extensions

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates handed out a couple of long-term contracts on Tuesday, and the celebration seems to be limited to the men who received them. Manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington both got new four-year deals. Based on a quick scan of talk radio and a few ...

Bucs rally for fourth straight win

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle agreed to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday afternoon, confident the next wave of Pittsburgh Pirates could help steer the club through what it hopes is a transitional period and back into the thick of the playoff chase. The early returns have been ...

Report: Hurdle gets extension

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle has his critics. Apparently they’re going to have ample future opportunity to find fault with his performance as Pirates manager. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday afternoon that Hurdle has agreed to a four-year ...

Arrieta exits early in defeat

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Arrieta let the ball go and his right leg seized up in pain. And all of a sudden, Arrieta’s sizzling second half came to an abrupt halt. Just, the Chicago Cubs ace hopes, a temporary one. Arrieta gave up home runs to Pittsburgh rookies Josh Bell ...

Having Roethlisberger tips the scales in Steelers’ favor

By Joe Kay The Associated Press A tweet answered the biggest question in the AFC North — in fewer than 100 characters, no less. “Informed the team I am looking forward to my 14th season,” Ben Roethlisberger told the Twitterverse in April. “Steeler Nation will get my absolute ...

Williams does enough to spark Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams pitched out of the stretch for most of the day. He also pitched out of trouble all game long, too. Williams tossed seven scoreless innings, Jordy Mercer hit his career-best 13th homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 ...

HBP No. 23 stops Harrison

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison has played a variety of positions for the Pirates, and his role is set for the rest of the season: Cheerleader. Harrison’s season ended Saturday night when a fastball from Cincinnati’s Tyler Mahle broke a bone in his left ...

Bucs’ Luplow makes the most of his first hits

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jordan Luplow picked up the first two hits of his career, including a three-run home run in the eighth inning, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night. Luplow beat out an infield single in the second ...

Different outcome for Cole this time

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Five days ago, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole shut out the Cincinnati Reds for five innings. On Friday night, the Reds scored three runs before Cole recorded an out, as Joey Votto hit an RBI double and Adam Duvall drove in two ...

Brault will get Nova’s next start

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Struggling starter Ivan Nova will skip his next scheduled start for the Pirates. Steven Brault will start Tuesday’s home game against the Chicago Cubs, manager Clint Hurdle said before Friday’s game against Cincinnati. “Just giving ...

Cubs finish off sweep in big way

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo also went deep to back Jose Quintana, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-3 on Wednesday night. Chicago tied a season high for runs set against Philadelphia on Saturday and ...

Arrieta deals on Pirates

By John Jackson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta continued his dominant second half with six innings of two-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night. Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI ...

Montgomery pitches Cubs past Bucs

CHICAGO — Mike Montgomery pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and helped himself at the plate, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Montgomery (5-6) struck out four and walked none in his second start since he was inserted into the ...

Fired-up ‘Cutch’ sparks Bucs

CINCINNATI — Andrew McCutchen was angry that plate umpire Jeff Kellogg wouldn’t let him call time to get ready to hit in the fourth inning. McCutchen didn’t need Kellogg’s help in the fifth. The Pittsburgh center fielder snapped a 0-for-15 slump with a run-scoring single, helping ...