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Pirates

Bell is hoping power returns

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell didn’t read the criticism from an anonymous scout in a national magazine last month, the one that labeled the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman as a player with “five o’clock power,” someone who could put on a show during ...

Sloppy start at home

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Down four on the road late against a team feeding off the adrenaline of its home opener, the St. Louis Cardinals waited patiently for the buzz to wear off. When it did, they pounced. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to provide St. Louis ...

Williams impressive in Pirates’ first victory

CINCINNATI — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. “He was just efficient,” Pirates ...

Game 2 postponed by weather

CINCINNATI — The Reds got a game deeper into this season before having to call one off. The second game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was called off Saturday because of rain. The start was delayed 40 minutes before it was postponed with storms forecast all evening. It’ll ...

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 ...