Kang ready to put past to rest, get back to ball

September 20, 2017

Kang, 30, remains under contract with the Pirates in 2018 with a club option for ’19. Pittsburgh hopes to see Kang return next season, and manager Clint Hurdle plans to see Kang play in winter ball for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic. “I am really thankful that they tell me they still need me,” Kang told Yonhap. “I want to become a better person and a better player.” Kang…

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Bucs fall to Crew despite Williams' strong start

September 20, 2017

Tuesday’s win kept the Brewers 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs, who won at Tampa Bay, in a National League Central race that could hinge on the looming four-game series between Chicago and Milwaukee at Miller Park. The Brewers also remain very much in play for the second NL Wild Card, pulling within 1 1/2 games of the Rockies pending Colorado’s game in San Francisco late Tuesday. Pirates starter Trevor…

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Schugel quietly proving value in bullpen

September 20, 2017

The Pirates called on Schugel in Monday night’s 3-0 loss to the Brewers after Jameson Taillon put runners on first and third with nobody out in the sixth inning. Schugel escaped unscathed after a weak grounder that cut down the lead runner, a strikeout and a flyout, on eight pitches. “It was extra nice that Schugel was able to strand those guys,” Taillon said. “I expect him to, because I…

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Tomlin explains James Harrison’s lack of playing time

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 19, 2017

The NFL’s official game book confirmed an occurrence that puzzled some Steelers fans Sunday: James Harrison logged no snaps in the club’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not treat that as an indictment of the 39-year-old’s skill level, instead complimenting 2015 sixth-round pick Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo had two sacks and five tackles over the team’s first two games. “Is [Harrison] dropping [on the depth…

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Quiet bats, baserunning gaffes hurt Pirates

September 19, 2017

Brent Suter started for Milwaukee and scattered five hits in five scoreless innings as he pushed his pitch count to 64 in his third start since a stint on the disabled list. Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader, Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel completed the shutout. Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon pitched for the first time in 11 days and allowed two runs on six hits in five-plus innings, a marked improvement from…

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Cervelli's season comes to an end

September 18, 2017

“As we mapped out the calendar, we’ve just come to the conclusion that we’ve run out of days for us to feasibly and realistically push to continue to play,” Hurdle said. “He’s worked as hard as he can. He’s poured everything he can into it to get to the point he has today.” Even with the Pirates out of the race, Cervelli wanted to return. He takes pride in developing…

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell: ‘I’m due for an explosion play’

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 18, 2017

A week after keeping his touches to a minimum, the Pittsburgh Steelers fed Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Bell earned 27 carries and four receptions Sunday, compared to just 13 totes in Week 1. While he got 31 touches, there was a distinct lack of explosive plays from Bell. The Pro Bowl running back earned just 3.2 yards per carry, with a long of 11…

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Bucs outright Hutchison, lean on young arms

September 17, 2017

“Knowing we were probably moving on in the offseason, we wanted to make sure we gave innings to the guys who are either going to be here next year or who have been contributors in some way to this year’s club,” Huntington said. Hutchison, 27, spent the entire year in Triple-A and finished with a 9-9 record and 3.56 ERA in 28 appearances. The Pirates have only used seven starters…

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'Positive mindset' leads to bounceback for Nova

September 17, 2017

And he did so efficiently, looking more like the pitcher who breezed through two complete games in April and recorded a 3.21 ERA in the first half. He cruised through six innings on 63 pitches, striking out six while allowing one hit — a Joey Votto single erased by Elias Diaz‘s back-pick — and no walks. Diaz’s impressive pickoff PIT@CIN: Diaz quickly picks off Votto on first base Elias Diaz…

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Efforts from Cutch, Nova not enough in loss

September 17, 2017

“The past four or five days, I’ve been hitting the ball well and just had bad luck,” Winker said. “That one just got up and got out.” Price speaks on one-run win PIT@CIN: Price discusses the 2-1 win over the Pirates Reds manager Bryan Price discusses his team’s impressive performance during their 2-1 win over the Pirates in Cincinnati Three batters later, Nova left the game due to right calf…

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