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Pirates, Liriano struggling

CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates trailed by two after the left-hander's second pitch.It was that kind of day.Liriano dropped his fourth straight start and Pittsburgh got shut out for the first time this season, losing 6-0 to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs on Friday.The ...

US holds off Ecuador to advance to semifinals

SEATTLE - Clint Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd in the soccer-mad ...

Walker haunts former team in victory

By Mike FitzpatrickThe Associated PressNEW YORK - Neil Walker and Michael Conforto gave the Mets an immediate jolt in their return from nagging injuries, and Bartolo Colon pitched New York to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.Curtis Granderson set a Mets record for ...

Big Ben eager to work with new receiver

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sounded like a kid on Christmas morning eager to play with a brand new toy.Roethlisberger, however, will have to be patient. Tight end Ladarius Green, tasked with replacing the ever reliable (and now retired) Heath Miller isn't ...

Locke rocked in Pittsburgh’s loss

NEW YORK - A pregame powwow with hitting coach Kevin Long did wonders for all those backups in the New York Mets' lineup.Noah Syndergaard didn't need much help anyway.Wilmer Flores homered and drove in four runs, Syndergaard struck out 11 while taking a shutout into the ninth inning, and the ...

Pens’ parade crowd estimated at 400,000

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins turned around a once-disappointing season and fired a coach before winning a fourth Stanley Cup, adversity that seemed to make Wednesday's city-wide celebration that much sweeter.Fans lined the victory parade route more than 10 deep as ...

Cole still expecting return

The Associated PressNEW YORK - Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole expects to come back from a strained right triceps in time to pitch "a majority of the season."Cole was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to June 11. There is no specific timetable for his return, but it sounds as ...

Mehno: Champion Pens ready for time off

PITTSBURGH - The Stanley Cup parade rolls this morning at 11:30, which means a lot of the Penguins players should be scattering this evening.Who can blame them?They reported to training camp in mid-September, and played their season opener on Oct. 8. They made four trips to the Pacific time ...

Taillon dominant in win

NEW YORK - Jameson Taillon was almost untouchable in his second major league start.Pittsburgh's touted rookie took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, dominating the New York Mets while pitching the Pirates to a 4-0 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak Tuesday night."The kid's ...

Pens set up for more success

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - When the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, a dynasty appeared to be in the offing. It didn't quite work out that way. Injuries and inconsistent postseason play sent the franchise into a full-fledged identity crisis.The long, seemingly interminable ...

Cubs can’t get to Scherzer

WASHINGTON - Max Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced and threw seven innings of two-hit ball, striking out 11 in a pitching masterpiece that carried the Washington Nationals past the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, Monday night.Scherzer's bid for his third career no-hitter ended with one out in ...

Taillon’s return a possibility

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Jameson Taillon could be back with the Pirates in time to start Tuesday's game in New York.The team will use today's open date to determine if Gerrit Cole needs to go on the disabled list. Cole left his last start Friday with tightness in his triceps.If ...

Cup coming home

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A turnaround season for the Pittsburgh Penguins ended with Sidney Crosby once again holding the Stanley Cup.Crosby set up Kris Letang's go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history by beating the ...

Cardinals finish sweep of slumping Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Jonathon Niese's winning streak ended, so the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak didn't.Niese was tagged for season highs in hits and runs, and the Pirates lost their fifth in a row when the St. Louis Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep with an 8-3 victory Sunday."I thought ...

Crosby wins first playoff MVP

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sidney Crosby filled about the only hole left on his impressive list of career accomplishments.Crosby's leadership, strong two-way play and clutch scoring helped him win his first Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to their second title ...

Sharks want return trip to ’Burgh

By Josh DubowThe Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - No one needs to remind the San Jose Sharks about the difficulties of closing out a playoff series, how each missed opportunity can give confidence to the opponent and plant seeds of doubt in the leading team.Two years after becoming the fourth ...

Bucs, offense going south

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Carlos Martinez came within two outs of his first career complete game and wasn't upset after falling short.If he keeps throwing like he did Saturday night, he'll finish nine innings eventually.Martinez notched his third consecutive win and Matt Holliday had a ...

Catching now a concern

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - After a week of dealing with minor nagging injuries, the Pirates have to confront a major one.Catcher Francisco Cervelli is out for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left hand on Saturday.Cervelli left Friday's game during a plate ...

Wainwright’s pinch 2B spells doom for Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Pitcher Adam Wainwright, pinch-hitting because the Cardinals were out of positon players, hit a two-run, two-out double to spark a six-run 12th inning as St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Friday night.Wainwright batted for reliever Jonathan Broxton after Matt Carpenter ...