Bucs place Cervelli on 7-day concussion DL

June 22, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Minutes before the start of Friday’s game against the D-backs at PNC Park, the Pirates placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled catcher Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis. Cervelli reported symptoms to the club’s medical staff after Thursday night’s 9-3 loss, according to the Pirates, but it is unclear when he sustained the injury. He was examined by an independent neurologist, who recommended…

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Frazier hopes adjustments pay off at plate

June 22, 2018

PITTSBURGH — When the Pirates optioned Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis on June 10, part of their decision was out of Frazier’s control. They needed to add another catcher, and Frazier had Minor League options remaining, while other reserves didn’t. Frazier understood that. He also knew he could have made their decision harder. View Full Game Coverage PITTSBURGH — When the Pirates optioned Adam Frazier to Triple-A Indianapolis on June…

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The Penguins’ Untouchables & Trade Bait

Let me get this out of the way first; I firmly believe that Phil Kessel will not be a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins this time next week.  That is not to say that I endorse trading the dynamic winger, but I think we can all see which way the wind is blowing. Both player and management seem disenchanted with one another, and with general manager Jim Rutherford’s history of…

June 20, 2018
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Re-Signing Oleksiak Is Key for Penguins

It’s that time of year again: trades are being made, contracts are being inked and extensions are being signed. The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have five restricted free agents on the roster, will need to start participating in the fun. But as they work through those potential deals, one stands out as being a priority: the re-signing of 25-year-old defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. Penguins’ Defensive Setup The Penguins have four core defensemen…

June 20, 2018
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Craig makes Pipeline Team of the Week

June 18, 2018

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. The Pirates made Will Craig a first-round pick (No. 22 overall) in 2016 because he had one of the more potent college bats available. But his offensive production didn’t stand out in his first two years as…

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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger not fretting new contract

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June 18, 2018

Ben Roethlisberger has two years left on a contract that goes through the 2019 season, but the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ signal-caller isn’t looking to break the bank when the time comes for a new deal. “I care about record-breaking Super Bowl wins and things like that — that’s more important to me,” Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler from the QB’s football camp Sunday in Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger currently sits as the 12th-highest…

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Pirates to prioritize flexibility in setup roles

June 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Before Friday night, Tyler Glasnow had only entered one game this season with a lead of fewer than four runs. But with the Bucs ahead by one run against the Reds at PNC Park, manager Clint Hurdle called the bullpen and asked for Glasnow. The right-hander delivered an efficient, scoreless seventh inning as the Pirates held on to win, 3-2. It may not be the last time Glasnow…

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Penguins Need to Trade Pieces to Get Pieces

The Pittsburgh Penguins are only a few depth pieces away from becoming the favorites to throw another parade next June. Still, for a team with a surprisingly stable roster, there are a lot of questions as we enter the heart of the NHL offseason. John Tavares, John Carlson, and James van Riemsdyk headline this year’s free agent class, however, it’s unlikely any of them are on the Penguins’ radar. There…

June 16, 2018
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Kuhl, 'pen power Bucs to 1st win streak in weeks

June 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH — For the first time in nearly a month, the Pirates have a winning streak. After holding on to win a close game in Arizona on Wednesday, the Bucs’ second straight victory came in unusual fashion. The Pirates scored three runs without a run-scoring hit. The bullpen, which has cost them several games over the last month, protected a one-run lead for three innings. The one part of Friday’s…

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