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Pirates’ 2019 season opens on a downer

CINCINNATI — Unexpected stars, unconventional moves, one pleasing win. The David Bell era in Cincinnati got off to an encouraging start for a Reds team trying to finally escape last place. Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, and Bell ...

Cincinnati hoping to jump past Bucs

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The baseball commissioner is grand marshal of the pregame parade. All major league teams are wearing patches commemorating Cincinnati’s first all-professional team. A new manager and an overhauled lineup provide intrigue. The Reds haven’t ...

Bucs make roster decisions

HOUSTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates made some decisions on their opening day roster though two spots are dependant on the health of two players. Second baseman Pablo Reyes, pitcher Nick Kingham, pitcher Nick Burdi and shortstop Kevin Newman were all told they’re on the 25-man roster. The ...

Bucs’ pitchers roughed up

HOUSTON — Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros’ plans at some point. Whitley allowed three runs over three innings in his final exhibition start as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-9 ...

Bucs hope Kang can continue hot spring

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping Jung Ho Kang can keep doing what he’s been doing in spring training for the team this season, because he did it again on Sunday. Kang hit his seventh home run of the spring in a 1-1 tie with the Baltimore ...

Winding down and getting ready to return home

BRADENTON, Fla. — It hardly seems possible but our annual winter fling in Florida is almost over. Spring training baseball is wrapping up and we should be back in Altoona on April 1. Hopefully, we can bring some of this great weather back north. The Pirates have been hot lately. Just a ...