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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 ...

Cole, Cervelli injured

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole left Friday night's game with the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning with right triceps tightness. Catcher Francisco Cervelli left after the next inning with a sore left hand.Cole was removed after giving up a leadoff single to Matt ...

Nicasio goes to bullpen for now

For the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The weary Pirates bullpen got some help Friday without a roster move.Juan Nicasio, who has been part of the rotation all season, was sent to the bullpen to help out if needed.The Pirates were down three relievers: Manager Clint Hurdle said he wanted to avoid using ...

Phillies go west in selecting prep OF at No. 1

The Associated PressSECAUCUS, N.J. - After all the uncertainty surrounding the No. 1 pick, the Philadelphia Phillies think they've got themselves a sure thing.Mickey Moniak, a high school outfielder from California, was selected first overall by the Phillies in the Major League Baseball draft ...

Locke tries to think positive

By Pat GrahamThe Associated PressDENVER - Jeff Locke is going to let this clunker roll right off him.In a good groove lately, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander refuses to read too much into a start in which he surrendered a career-high 11 runs during an 11-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on ...

Steelers sign first-round pick Burns

From Mirror reportsPITTSBURGH - The Steelers signed their first-round selection, cornerback Artie Burns, on Wednesday.Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.Burns (6-foot, 197 pounds), who was the 25th overall pick, played collegiately at the University of Miami. He started ...

Mets’ youthful rotation breeds optimism for Bucs

PITTSBURGH - On a night when Jameson Taillon made his first major league start, the Pirates had a pretty good example of how young pitching can boost a club.Even though the Pirates swept New York in Tuesday's doubleheader, manager Clint Hurdle came away very impressed with Mets starters Steven ...

Lackey shackles Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - John Lackey struck out eight in seven dominant innings, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist hit homers and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-1, on Wednesday.Lackey (7-2) gave up three hits and extended his scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings.Phillies starter Vince ...

Slice gained attention with internet fame

Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his internet popularity into a mixed martial arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42.Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was taken to a hospital in Margate, Florida, near his home Monday, Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla ...

Sullivan pushes the right buttons

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - There is no magic button, even if the correlation between Mike Sullivan's deft attempts to a get player's attention and that player almost immediately elevating his game is unmistakable.The Pittsburgh Penguins coach insists he's just doing his job, one that has ...

Taillon’s time has arrived

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Six years and one day after he was the Pirates' No. 1 draft pick, Jameson Taillon is set to make his major league debut.The 24-year-old righthander is scheduled to start tonight against the New York Mets at PNC Park.Taillon, who had dazzling numbers in 10 ...

Pirates pitching delivers in twinbill sweep of Mets

By John PerrottoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Juan Nicasio was pretty much a one-pitch pitcher, and the fastball was all he needed against the slumping New York Mets' offense.Nicasio retired his first 12 batters and got his second win in six starts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Mets ...

Just a bit better, Penguins will ultimately win

PITTSBURGH - There is only one question left in the Stanley Cup Final, and it pertains to geography.Do the Penguins win the Stanley Cup at home, or will they get it on the road at San Jose?They can end the hockey season on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center, showering Pierre Maguire in ...

Sharks face daunting task

The Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - The task facing the San Jose Sharks is daunting: No team in nearly three quarters of a century has rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final.Before the Sharks can start figuring out how to accomplish that ultimate goal, they will need to take ...

Betting on Jaso working

By John Hartsockjhartsock@altoonamirror.comPITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates had a void to fill at first base after they decided not to tender power-hitting but defensively erratic Pedro Alvarez a contract extension this past offseason.The solution that the Pirates came up with was to offer ...

Walker will wait another night

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH-Neil Walker will wait another day to make his return to PNC Park.Monday night's scheduled game between Walker's New York Mets and the Pirates was rained out with no makeup date announced.The game was called shortly before 9 o'clock after persistent rain and ...

Tough to be Tony

By Alan SaundersThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - It's been a rough June so far for Tony Watson.After earning his first loss of the season in Miami on Wednesday, Watson gave up four runs in his next appearance on Saturday. On Sunday, he was touched for two more runs and took the loss in his ...

Unknowns step it up in series

The Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. - This is a Stanley Cup Final filled with stars who have won the Hart Trophy, Olympic gold medals and numerous other awards.With players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, the final features some of the biggest names in ...