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Banged-up Bucs rest up in meaningless games

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-The Pirates were eliminated from the wild card race in the early hours of Wednesday.The San Francisco Giants' victory put an end to the Pirates' streak of three consecutive postseason appearances.That changes some things for the final four games - tonight's ...

Cubs keep winning

PITTSBURGH - Chris Coghlan hit a three-run triple and John Lackey worked in and out of trouble over five innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4, on Tuesday night.Coghlan's second-inning drive off the wall in right-center against Ryan Vogelsong (3-7) gave the ...

Steelers put Eagles debacle in the past, focus on Chiefs

PITTSBURGH - Every week a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers support staff lines the hallway leading to the team's locker room with photos taken from the previous week's game.This week was no different, even though the pickings were slim and included shots of punter Jordan Berry and backup ...

Friends texted worries about trio going boating

MIAMI - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday.A friend of one of the victims said he warned him against the post-midnight trip, ...

Bucs shift focus to 2017

PITTSBURGH - As the Pirates play out the string in a disappointing season, the focus switches to what they have to do to improve in 2017.The answer is not complicated."The engine part of it is the starting rotation," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The game will always start with pitching. Always ...

Bell eager to get back to helping team

PITTSBURGH - Le'Veon Bell stood at his locker, his face covered in sweat and his eagerness to kickstart his stalled NFL career palpable.His three-game suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy over, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is ready to get back to ...

Pens’ goalie frustrated over hand injury

The Associated PressCRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Matt Murray's broken right hand doesn't hurt in general. Just when the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender tries to get a firm grasp on his stick.And that's kind of the problem. While the ligament Murray busted diving across the crease while with Team ...

Bucs help Cubs pick up win No. 100

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs while major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings as the Chicago Cubs won their 100th game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 on Monday night.Baez helped ...

Offseason gets closer to fruition

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates are six games away from a potentially busy offseason.Their No. 1 priority is rebuilding the starting rotation, and that also figures to be a significant challenge.The Pirates would benefit from adding at least one experienced starter, but will ...

In Philly, Steelers suffer worst loss ever under Tomlin

By Rob MaaddiThe Associated PressPHILADELPHIA - All aboard the Wentz Wagon. Carson Wentz aced his first tough test, and the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.Wins over the Browns and Bears were no fluke. The Eagles (3-0) proved they can ...

Lights are dimming on Pirates

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday.On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured ...

Miami tragedy affects Hurdle, Bucs

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Sunday was a tough day for Clint Hurdle before a pitch was even thrown at PNC Park.Like the rest of the Pirates, Hurdle learned that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had been killed in a boating accident on Saturday night. Fernandez, a 16-game winner ...

Philly’s Wentz in Big Ben territory

The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz's excellent start is nothing compared to what Ben Roethlisberger did his rookie season.Wentz is 2-0. Big Ben was 13-0 in 2004.The two quarterbacks share an agent and other similarities. They'll meet today when the Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) host ...

Rookie ‘in a good place’

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Tyler Glasnow, one rookie who hasn't lived up to his advance billing, will get another start for the Pirates.Glasnow will start this afternoon's 1:35 series finale against the Washington Nationals.Glasnow, 23, came to the Pirates in July after posting ...

Rookie pitcher beats Bucs

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Washington Nationals clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the National League East title, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 51/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.Stephen Drew's two-run single ...

Anderson tough on Bucs

The Associated PressMILWAUKEE - Chris Carter hit his 37th home run, matching his career high, and Scooter Gennett sliced an opposite-field, two run homer to help the Milwaukee Brewers avoid another sweep at Miller Park by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 win Thursday night.Pittsburgh entered ...

Big Ben has plenty of choices

By Will?GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger might not just be at the controls of the NFL's most dynamic offense, but perhaps its most democratic.When the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is in the pocket - and sometimes when he's not - he doesn't do a quick rundown of each ...

Pirates win 6th straight in Milwaukee

By Joe TotoraitisThe Associated PressMILWAUKEE - Sean Rodriguez hit a home run and a two-run single, Andrew McCutchen went deep, rookie Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night.The Pirates won their sixth straight at ...

Wentz hype growing

PHILADELPHIA - A 2-0 start in Philadelphia has people comparing Carson Wentz to Peyton Manning and Doug Pederson to Vince Lombardi.Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz deserves some credit, too.Wentz has certainly exceeded expectations. He's the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to ...

DBs not giving up big plays

PITTSBURGH - A year ago, Ross Cockrell wasn't ready to stand across the line of scrimmage from one of the NFL's best receivers and more than hold his own.It wasn't so much about confidence or ability, but knowledge. The cornerback needed time to adjust after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills and ...