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Penguins’ losing skid continues

PITTSBURGH — The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to balance desperation and cool heads as they make a last-gasp, late-season run at a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Jakub Voracek and Dale Weise sparked Philadelphia’s four-goal third period and the Flyers finished a four-game road trip ...

Bucs fall to Phillies, 6-3

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates never could come back in dropping a 6-3 spring training game on Sunday afternoon. Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double and now has reached base in nine of his last ...

Everybody but Kang returning to the Pirates’ camp

Commentary BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is history, and, because some Pirates played, I watched some of the games on MLB Network, even though they were on late and past bedtime. Seven Buccos participated in the WBC, including Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, who were ...

Glasnow’s outing improves for Bucs

From Mirror reports BRADENTON, Fla.  — Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow struck out nine over four innings of work in a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday in Grapefruit League action. Glasnow was charged with five hits and three earned runs, but only two were earned. He walked ...

NL Central Preview

The Associated Press A caspule look at the National League Central this season: Chicago Cubs 2016: 103-58, first place, World Series champions. Manager: Joe Maddon (third season). He’s here: RHP Wade Davis, OF Jon Jay, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP ...

Marte back with Pirates after WBC

From Mirror reports FORT MYERS, Fla. — Starling Marte smacked a grand slam and knocked in five runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 10-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. It was Marte’s first home run of the Grapefruit League for the Pirates. He had been playing in The World ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

New playoff format could be trouble

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...

Pens clinch playoff berth

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about ...

Alualu seeking a clean slate

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu spent seven years in Jacksonville trying to help revive a struggling franchise while simultaneously trying to live up to his draft pedigree. Neither really happened. Alualu, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, never registered more than ...

Audition for Kuhl continues with Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were clutch in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and it got the team another victory. Jacob Stallings hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Gift Ngoepe delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, helping the ...

Osuna still hitting home runs

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Thanks to a little home-run power, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park. Tampa starter Blake Snell hit David Freese with a pitch to lead off the fourth, then fell behind 3-1 to Jose Osuna, who then hit Snell's ...

Sid and the kids are doing alright

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel still finds himself staring. And really, it’s kind of hard to blame him. A year ago he was fresh out of Nebraska-Omaha trying to find his legs with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, all speed and youth and talent ...

Steelers add depth to their backfield

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed two free agents on Monday, including running back Knile Davis to a one-year contract. Davis, an unrestricted free agent, is entering his fifth NFL season in 2017. The Arkansas product originally entered the NFL as a ...

Crosby’s hat trick propels Pens past Panthers

PITTSBURGH — A moment of reconciliation more than 15 years in the making allowed the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay tribute to an important part of their past. Then Sidney Crosby and the precocious kids who play alongside him provided a thrilling reminder of just how good the defending Stanley ...

United States will play Japan in semis

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam ...

WBC offering young Bucs chance to shine

Commentary By Jim Lane For the Mirror BRADENTON, Fla. — The World Baseball Classic is giving a lot of young players plenty of opportunities in major-league camps this spring training. Former Curve second baseman Erich Weiss is one of them. With Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen, ...

Glasnow much better in latest outing

From Mirror reports CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates exploded in the third inning against the Phillies’ likely opening-day starter, Jeremy Hellickson, on the way to a 13-8 win Saturday in Major League Baseball spring training action. Leading the way was Pirates right fielder ...

Pens fail to generate offense in setback

PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn’t indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the ...

Taillon has stellar outing

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon pitched four strong innings and Phil Gosselin hit an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at LECOM Park. Batting with the bases loaded against reliever Zach ...