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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 ...

Bucs hope benching of Cutch helps star

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen's three-game hiatus ended Friday as he returned to the Pirates' starting lineup.McCutchen batted third against the Cincinnati Reds after sitting out the series in Atlanta.Combined with Monday's open date, that gave McCutchen a four-day ...

Pouncey happy and healthy

By?Dan ScifoThe Associated PressLATROBE - Pittsburgh Steelers' center Maurkice Pouncey is happy to be playing football again after the All-Pro nearly had the game he loves taken from him.Pouncey suffered a broken ankle that required surgery in the Steelers' third preseason game last season. He ...

Vogelsong strong in Bucs’ setback

The Associated PressATLANTA - Adonis Garcia scored from second on an improbable stolen base attempt in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Thursday night despite Ryan Vogelsong's strong start.Vogelsong allowed only one run in six innings his ...

McCutchen getting rest

ATLANTA - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is sitting Andrew McCutchen for three straight days.McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, says he's OK with the decision even if he doesn't agree with it. The outfielder sat out Pittsburgh's games in Atlanta Tuesday and Wednesday and will not be in the lineup ...

Four-run lead not enough

ATLANTA - Interim Braves manager Brian Snitker is used to answering questions about his team's inability to score.On a rare night, Snitker was delighted to watch Atlanta's offense score at least one run in six innings."When you do, (the hitters) kind of relax and make it look easy, which it ...

Hall of Fame going Greene

The showman in Kevin Greene sometimes overshadowed the football player. Not that the outside linebacker who spent 15 seasons posing over fallen quarterbacks seemed to care.There was the preening after most of his 160 career sacks, third most in NFL history. The side gig in professional ...

Steelers’ Golson injured again

LATROBE - Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson suffered a Lisfranc injury and could need surgery.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Golson's mid-foot injury following Wednesday's training camp practice at St. Vincent College. He did not say how long Golson would be sidelined.Golson ...

Kang, Cole contribute in Bucs’ road victory

By George HenryThe Associated PressATLANTA - Jung Ho Kang doubled in the tiebreaking run in a four-run sixth inning to lead Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night.Matt Kemp went 0 for 4 and ended the game with a strikeout in his Atlanta debut.Cole ...

Buescher emerges from fog at Pocono

LONG POND - Chris Buescher sat in his Ford, hoping that the fog would stick over Pocono and the cloud over the rookie's middling season would start to lift.Buescher idled in his car, then stood with his arms folded on pit road."I tried not to get my hopes up," he said.Buescher emerged from the ...

Bucs reshuffle pitching

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - In the mix of a heated playoff race, the Toronto Blue Jays added depth in search of a second straight postseason appearance. On the fringe of the wild card in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates did their best to clear the books for 2017.Toronto acquired ...

Brewers sweep Bucs

By Andrew GrumanThe Associated PressMILWAUKEE - Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates just keep struggling at Miller Park.Liriano allowed four runs in five innings and the Pirates got just five hits in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Sunday for their ninth straight defeat in ...

Brown wants deal but won’t hold out

By Dan ScifoThe Associated PressLATROBE - Antonio Brown made it clear that he wants a new contract, but never considered holding out despite greatly outperforming his current deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.The wide receiver spoke about his contract status for the first time on Sunday ...

Chiefs lock up tackle Fisher

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Eric Fisher could be protecting the blind side for Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks for the next six years.The Chiefs announced they had signed the left tackle to a contract extension Saturday, the first day veterans such as Fisher joined rookies on the practice field at ...

Bucs’ offense struggles again

The Associated PressMILWAUKEE - Hernan Perez drove in three runs with a two-run homer and an RBI single, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pirates, 5-3, Saturday night after Pittsburgh dealt closer Mark Melancon to Washington.Shifted to third in the batting order because Ryan Braun was ...

Absence of Bryant big letdown for Big Ben

By Will GravesThe Associated PressLATROBE - Ben Roethlisberger will spend the next six weeks getting a feel for potentially the most explosive offense in the NFL. Still, the Pittsburgh quarterback's mind couldn't help but wander a bit as he took the field Friday for his 13th training camp.It's ...