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Pirates

Archer, Puig suspended

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer was suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one on Tuesday for their parts in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend at PNC Park. The commissioner’s office said Archer has appealed his ...

Cubs’ bullpen gets well with Pirates in town

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press CHICAGO — First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job. Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the ...

Bucs send Reds packing after four-game sweep

By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Yasiel Puig looked eager to take a big swing. And not with a bat, either. An enraged Puig barreled into a bunch of Pirates during a bench-clearing fracas Sunday, and was among five ejections in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory over the ...

Newman delivers victory for Bucs

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Kevin Newman put the ball in the left-center gap — the most spacious place in PNC Park — and Francisco Cervelli turned on the jets. Newman lined a double in the 10th inning and Cervelli scored from first base, diving home with the game-ending run to ...

Lyles, Bucco bullpen combine on shutout

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Lyles became the latest Pittsburgh starter to open the season with a stellar effort. Lyles threw five effective innings in his Pirates debut, a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three ...

Bullpen continues to falter

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Shildt would prefer to not have his team consistently find itself in a spot where it’s forced to rally. At the moment, though, the St. Louis Cardinals manager isn’t arguing with the results. At least when the Cardinals are facing Pittsburgh’s ...