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Steelers, Lions stage glorified scrimmage

PITTSBURGH - Did you watch the Steelers' preseason opener on Friday?Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell did. If the Steelers had a starting tight end, he probably would have watched from the sidelines, too.It wasn't the Steelers vs. Detroit Lions as much as it was Guys Who Are ...

Pirates waste chances against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - Ten hits, 11 walks and 18 runners left on base added up a lot frustration - and some wishful thinking - for the Pittsburgh Pirates."They were out there. We couldn't get them in," manager Clint Hurdle after an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.The Pirates left the ...

Bucs’ window of opportunity never opened

(Notes and observations as the stretch run of the Major League Baseball season draws ever closer):So much for the Pirates' easy schedule.The Bucs wound up a stretch this past Thursday afternoon where they had played 18 of 20 games against teams with losing records.It created the illusion of a ...

Steelers’ top players miss opener

PITTSBURGH - A pair of draft picks helped the Detroit Lions defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-17, Friday.Chris Boswell briefly put Pittsburgh in front with a 37-yard field goal, but Dwayne Washington, the Lions' seventh-round pick, gave Detroit the lead for good with a 96-yard kickoff ...

Top pick Burns patiently waiting for debut

LATROBE - Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Artie Burns insists there's no pressure on him to step in immediately and try to win the starting job.Burns, the team's first-round pick, is part of a young, revamped Steelers' secondary looking to improve after ranking 30th in the league in ...

Taillon impresses in win

PITTSBURGH - Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon keeps building up his innings by limiting his pitches.Taillon threw three-hit ball for eight innings and Pittsburgh got a pair of RBIs from David Freese to beat the San Diego Padres 4-0.Taillon (3-2) struck out four, walked two and threw 101 ...

Hurdle pleased with pitcher

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates have openings in the starting rotation, and Jameson Taillon is doing his best to nail down one of the spots.He had his most impressive outing to date, holding the San Diego Padres to four hits over eight innings in Thursday afternoon's 4-0 homestand-ending victory.His ...

Jackson shackles Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Travis Jankowski and the San Diego Padres are turning the straight steal of home into a trademark this season.Edwin Jackson pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Travis Jankowski capped the scoring by stealing home and the Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday ...

Steelers see benefit of Lions’ practices

LATROBE - The last thing the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions wanted from their two-day joint training camp practices was a fight.Instead of inefficient, fight-filled workouts, the Steelers and Lions went through a pair of intense, yet productive practices, featuring only a few minor ...

Replay slows down Harrison

PITTSBURGH - If Josh Harrison isn't the Pirates' best baserunner, he's certainly their most elusive.Harrison was going to be out easily in Tuesday's game, but he managed to contort his body and avoid the tag at second base.Credit his creativity, with an assist from the replay system.The ball ...

Stennett, Crawford meet up

MIAMI - The National League's only living seven-hit men met Wednesday.Rennie Stennett visited Marlins Park so he could congratulate San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who had seven hits in Monday's 14-inning victory at Miami.The seven-hit game was the first since Stennett went ...

Polanco powers Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Gregory Polanco made manager Clint Hurdle's decision to move him into the cleanup spot for the first time in his career look like a good one.Polanco hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and Chad Kuhl pitched six innings for the win after being called up from the minor leagues as the ...

Glasnow close to being back

PITTSBURGH - Tyler Glasnow took a big step toward returning to the Pirates' roster.Glasnow, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort, threw a simulated game at PNC Park Tuesday afternoon."It felt good. It felt normal," Glasnow said. "It felt ahead of where I thought I would ...

Popular Clauson dies following track crash

INDIANAPOLIS - Bryan Clauson wasn't a household name and he hadn't yet earned the fame or fortune enjoyed by auto racing's superstars.Cut from the mold of the old-school drivers, Clauson would race anything, anywhere at any time. He was chasing the USAC's all-time wins mark - having racked up ...

Bucs’ Cole still can’t solve Cincy

PITTSBURGH - Just as Gerrit Cole got back to his winning ways, he ran into the Cincinnati Reds.Cole had a two-start winning streak snapped and fell to 0-6 career against the Reds in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-3 loss on Sunday.Cole's consecutive victories followed a six-start winless skid. He ...

Harrison will take over the leadoff spot

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates have a new leadoff hitter, but he's not really new to the job.Josh Harrison will now bat first, manager Clint Hurdle indicated after Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.The move is fine with Harrison."I like to try to get things started," he said.The ...

Caminero dealt to M’s

PITTSBURGH - Five days after the trading deadline, the Pirates made a deal on Saturday.They sent reliever Arquimedes Caminero to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named.How did they manage to complete a trade? Monday's deadline was for non-waiver trades. Trades can still be made when ...

Nova shines in Bucs’ debut

PITTSBURGH - Ivan Nova used aggression to quash any nervousness about making his first start with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Nova pitched seven innings in front of his new home fans, Homer Bailey struggled in his second start since having Tommy John surgery, and the Pirates beat the Cincinnati ...

Staying on field key for Shazier

LATROBE - Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier's top goal this season is to stay healthy.Shazier took another step forward in his development during his second NFL season in 2015, though injuries remain a concern. If Shazier can stay on the field for an improving Steelers defense, the ...

Rodriguez hits homer to lift Bucs

PITTSBURGH - Sean Rodriguez stepped to the plate looking to be aggressive.That approach paid off as he homered to open the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night."When I try to be too passive, that's when I swing and miss ...