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Mc-Crush-en hits three homers in victory

DENVER - Slumping outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit three homers and drove in five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Tuesday night.This was the second time McCutchen has gone deep three times in a game. He also accomplished the feat on Aug. 1, 2009, against ...

Ex-Pen could be the difference

The Associated PressARLINGTON, Va. - Jay Beagle's sharpest memory of the Washington Capitals' 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins was when he tried to run over Brooks Orpik and instead got flattened at center ice.Orpik is still capable of making that kind of mark seven years ...

Pens’ Fleury still hurting

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skated alongside some of his teammates on Monday, but said he's still dealing with concussion symptoms and is uncertain on when he will return.Fleury hasn't played since sustaining his second concussion of the season on March 31. He ...

Locke pitches well in Pirates victory

DENVER - Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, Jeff Locke threw six scoreless innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Monday night in a game that was briefly delayed by rain.Locke (1-2) allowed five hits as he bounced back from a clunker in his last outing. He struck out ...

Penguins depending on Kessel

PITTSBURGH - Phil Kessel speaks in a polite whisper, as if he's worried talking too loudly might inadvertently attract the spotlight and well, he doesn't want that.The Pittsburgh Penguins forward dealt with it plenty during six bumpy seasons in Toronto, where he served as the flashpoint for an ...

Cincy, Steelers still hating each other

By Joe KayThe Associated PressCINCINNATI - All of this Steelers-and-Bengals animosity isn't going away. New season, same raw feelings. And it's going to keep going, right up to the second week of the season.Pittsburgh's 18-16 win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium in the first round of the ...

New faces have left mark on Penguins

By?Will?GravesThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby danced through the neutral zone, slipped across the New York Rangers' blue line and waited for help. It arrived in the form of a blurring No. 43 black-and-gold jersey, the one worn by a player whose speed and relentlessness propelled ...

Bucs get weird, wild win

The Associated PressPHOENIX - Sean Rodriguez lined a double over the head of Arizona left fielder Shelby Miller to drive in the go-ahead run.Wait. Shelby Miller, the Diamondbacks' No. 2 starter, out in left late in a game?Sure was. And that was only a small part of the wackiness at Chase Field ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the fifth of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday:OUTSIDE LINEBACKERSCurrently on the roster: Jarvis Jones, Bud Dupree, Arthur Moats, James Harrison, Anthony Chickillo, Jordan ZumwaltLast five ...

Steelers target secondary help

PITTSBURGH - It's not that the Pittsburgh Steelers have anything against drafting a cornerback in the first round of the draft.It's just that for nearly two decades, there have been other needs. Four offensive linemen. Four linebackers. Three wide receivers. Three defensive linemen. A safety. A ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the fourth of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday:WIDE RECEIVERSCurrently on the roster: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Levi Norwood, Issac Blakeney, Eli Rogers, ...

Drivers excited to race during the day

RICHMOND, Va. - Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.The track moved its spring race for this year to Sunday ...

Barnes takes 1-stroke lead at Valero Open

SAN ANTONIO - Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Valero Texas Open in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory.Winless in 221 starts with a career-best runner-up finish in the 2009 U.S. Open, the 35-year-old Barnes had an 11-under 205 total at TPC San ...

Penguins dispatch Rangers in five games

PITTSBURGH - The end of two springs' worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another.And perhaps it's fitting that Pittsburgh's relentless five-game demolition of the New York Rangers ...

Pirates bullpen implodes

PHOENIX - Chris Herrmann drove in four runs with a home run and double, Rubby De La Rosa gave up three hits over six-plus innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Saturday night.Herrmann, the backup catcher who was 1 for 20 at the plate entering the game, doubled ...

Young Pens on verge of advancing

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Matt Murray watched the Pittsburgh Penguins' second-round collapse against the New York Rangers from afar two years ago, the wispy goaltender still a teenage prospect in the spring of 2014 as a 3-1 series lead morphed into a franchise-altering meltdown.The view ...

Bucs hold on to beat D-Backs

PHOENIX (AP) - Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat Arizona 8-7 on Friday night, snapping the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak.All three home runs came off Patrick Corbin (1-2), who allowed five runs in six innings.Arizona's ...

Steelers draft capsule

The following is the second of seven position-by-position analyses for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 NFL draft, which will begin on Thursday, April 28:RUNNING BACKSCurrently on the roster: Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Rajion Neal, Daryl Richardson, Abou ToureLast ...

Bucs thump Padres

SAN?DIEGO?- After dropping the first two games of a series with the San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight runs in the seventh inning late Thursday night and beat the Padres, 11-1.David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each knocked in two runs in the seventh, and Josh Harrison drove ...

Pirates players concerned about Zika

MIAMI - Players from the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed concerns about playing their two-game series next month in Puerto Rico because of the Zika virus.Officials with Major League Baseball, the Marlins and Pirates expect the games to be played as scheduled May 30-31, they ...