Polanco poised to regain power stroke

February 24, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. — Gregory Polanco‘s offseason training routine was designed to enhance his overall athleticism, not his strength. So it might seem odd that he thinks he’s in a better position to hit for power now than he was a year ago, coming off an offseason of heavy weight training. But there was Polanco, ripping a home run over the boardwalk beyond LECOM Park’s right-field fence in a 4-1 loss…

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Penguins Season Defined By Metropolitan Match-Ups

The 82-game NHL season can feel like it lasts forever, but the end is in sight with 60 games already in the books for most teams. With 21 games left, the Pittsburgh Penguins sit comfortably in the second playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division with 74 points, one point behind the division-leading Washington Capitals and nine points ahead of the last wildcard spot. That’s a comfortable lead, but there are…

February 24, 2018
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Pirates ink lefty Siegrist to Minor League deal

February 24, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. — Another day in Spring Training, another move for the Pirates. On Saturday, Pittsburgh signed left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist to a Minor League contract with an invite to big league camp. Siegrist, 28, will compete for a spot in the Bucs’ Opening Day bullpen. BRADENTON, Fla. — Another day in Spring Training, another move for the Pirates. On Saturday, Pittsburgh signed left-handed reliever Kevin Siegrist to a Minor…

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Potential '18 callup Meadows takes healthy cuts

February 23, 2018

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — For Austin Meadows, it’s always been a question of health. There’s little doubt the Pirates’ top outfield prospect will produce when he’s well enough to play, but can he stay on the field consistently enough to reach his potential? He showed what he’s capable of in the Pirates’ Grapefruit League opener, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 loss to…

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'Solidified' Bucs embrace Dickerson move

February 23, 2018

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Corey Dickerson didn’t join his new team on Friday. Nor was he with his old team, the Rays, at Charlotte Sports Park. Around the time on Thursday that Dickerson learned he’d been traded to the Pirates, his wife gave birth to a baby boy in Mississippi. The Bucs are excited about the newest member of their family, too. View Full Game Coverage PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. —…

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Bucs' chairman: Players' criticism 'correct, fair'

February 22, 2018

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates chairman Bob Nutting on Thursday said some of the players’ recent criticism of the organization was “correct and fair” and prioritized the return of a winning culture as they look to end a streak of two losing seasons this year. In his annual Spring Training meeting with the media, Nutting answered questions for about 40 minutes regarding the state of the Pirates, their organizational philosophy and…

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Penguins’ Back-to-Backs Crucial This Season

The Pittsburgh Penguins began the season facing down the prospect of 19 separate sets of back-to-back games, the most of any team in the NHL. In a division shaping up from the very first puck drop to be a tight race to the playoffs, performance in these back-to-backs was especially important; the Metropolitan was set to play the most back-to-backs of any division in the league. Five of the nine…

February 22, 2018
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Penguins Have a Smorgasbord of Trade Deadline Options

For the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline is quite unique. Jim Rutherford and the Penguins, after a few under the radar moves that included adding Jamie Oleksiak and Riley Sheahan, have placed themselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup championship as is. Their stars are hitting on all cylinders right now and Matt Murray, after a rough first half, has seemingly returned to form.  That…

February 21, 2018
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Ryan Shazier: I’m trying to come back, be an All-Pro

Pittsburgh Steelers
February 21, 2018

Ryan Shazier‘s road back from a serious spinal injury has included plenty of rehab and occasional visits to the Steelers, including appearances at the team’s facility and late-season games. The linebacker’s latest stop on his journey was a sit-down with teammate Roosevelt Nix, who recently received a new contract and started a podcast. Nix brought in Shazier for his third episode, and in the middle of discussing playing college ball…

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Evgeni Malkin is Putting the NHL on Notice

A few short months ago, prior to the calendar flipping to 2018, the Pittsburgh Penguins and their ‘big three’ — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel — were struggling. They were on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and, despite their absurd amount of offensive talent, they couldn’t score. The Penguins’ power play kept them afloat while their even-strength production faltered. It was mind-boggling to think the…

February 20, 2018
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