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Haden, Steelers committed to each other

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden called it two years ago when the veteran cornerback practically sprinted to Pittsburgh shortly after the Cleveland Browns released him on the eve of the 2017 regular season. “When I came here I didn’t think I was going to leave,” Haden said. And he’s not. At ...

Steelers give Haden three years

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran cornerback and the team have agreed to a new three-year, $32 million contract that will keep Haden in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. Haden was in the final year of a three-year deal he ...

Bell homers in win

DENVER — Josh Bell hit his 35th homer, Kevin Newman homered on the first pitch of the game and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 Saturday night. Newman has nine hits, including three homers, in 14 at-bats in the series, and this was his second leadoff shot. Jose Osuna ...

Brault helps Pirates sweep Colorado

The Associated Press DENVER — Steven Brault came into the dugout after his first big league home run ready to celebrate with his teammates. Instead, they greeted him in jest with silence. It was only fitting after he quieted the Colorado Rockies’ bats for most of the afternoon. Brault ...

Rudolph fares well in Steelers loss

Almost here The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the 2019 season on Sunday night, Sept. 8, at New England on NBC. The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mason Rudolph and Kyle Allen turned in solid efforts and appeared to solidify their No. 2 quarterback roles for their respective teams in ...

Pirates win opener in Colorado

The Associated Press DENVER — Kevin Newman had two homers among his four hits and drove in three runs, Jose Osuna also homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 on Thursday night. Newman homered to lead off the game, igniting a seven-run first that he capped with ...

Several Steelers still keeping the faith

Final tuneup The Pittsburgh Steelers are at the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at 7 p.m. It will air on WTAJ and KDKA. It is the final preseason game. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pressure is relative. So forgive Kameron Kelly if the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Phillies fans not afraid to show how they feel

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins kept Phillies fans booing when he inexplicably dropped a routine throw at first base in the ninth, turning what appeared to be an inning-ending double play into the go-ahead run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-4 win over ...

Philly bats crush Pirates

PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins did more with less. The slumping slugger doubled, tripled and drove in a run as the Philadelphia Phillies got 17 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Hoskins has been struggling mightily at the plate this month and made a ...

Phillies walk off vs. Bucs

PHILADELPHIA — Sean Rodriguez lined a home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Josh Bell hit a solo homer off Philadelphia closer Hector Neris to tie it at 5 in the ninth after Corey ...

Serena dominates Sharapova in two

NEW YORK — Playing her first match at the U.S. Open since last year’s loss in a chaotic, controversial final, Serena Williams played nearly perfect tennis and beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in a contest devoid of drama Monday night. Williams stretched her winning streak to 19 matches ...

Getting in the work: Roethlisberger plays in first preseason game

The last one The Pittsburgh Steelers play their final preseason game this Thursday at Carolina. Game time is 7 p.m. and will be televised on WTAJ and KDKA. By Teresa M. Walker The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he’s ready ...

Bucs bats beat up on Bauer

By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Trevor Bauer’s beginning with the Cincinnati Reds has been about as rocky as his ending with the Cleveland Indians. Bauer allowed eight runs in three innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Reds 9-8 Sunday to sweep a three-game ...

Bell gets 100 mark in victory

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell isn't done. That was the defining message from the All-Star first baseman after he topped 100 RBIs for the first time in the majors, hitting a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 on Saturday ...

Braves sign catcher Cervelli

NEW YORK — The first-place Atlanta Braves have signed catcher Francisco Cervelli and immediately plugged him into the starting lineup against the New York Mets. Cervelli, who has a history of concussions, was recently granted his release by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He gives the NL East ...

Wise beyond his years: Smith-Schuster to assume youthful leadership role

Check it out The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their third exhibition game of the preseason Sunday night at Tennessee. The game will air on NBC at 8 p.m. The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving ...

Even in small doses, Nats’ Scherzer tough on Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — To Max Scherzer, a short outing was OK. “I can’t get hurt again,” the Washington Nationals ace said. “That’s just the reality of this.” Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list Thursday night and the Nationals beat the ...

Cervelli granted release from Bucs

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are parting ways with veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli, who’s worked his way back from another concussion and is hoping to catch on with a contender. The Pirates announced Thursday they had requested unconditional release waivers on the 33-year-old ...

Musgrove roughed up early

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Patrick Corbin gave the Nationals another stellar outing in his first season in Washington. Corbin, signed to a six-year, $140 million deal last winter, pitched eight scoreless innings to remain unbeaten in more than two months, and Asdrúbal Cabrera had ...

Dupree ready for breakout

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree seemingly has the total package. A chiseled 6-foot-4 and 269-pounds, long and athletic with raw speed and explosiveness rarely amassed for an NFL edge rusher. Dupree’s skillset has tantalized the Pittsburgh Steelers for years, even if his ...