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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Mack
April 23, 2018 - 8:56 pm
You can’t score runs if you can’t get on base. The Pirates have learned that the hard way, averaging 2.7 runs per game in their last 10, as they’ve fallen to 12-10 after an 11-4 start. That 2.7 run average includes a 10-run outburst in last Wednesday’s win over the Colorado Rockies. Without it,...
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Chris Mack
April 22, 2018 - 10:33 am
If an 11-4 start wasn’t reason enough to get over excited about the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates, then a 1-5 stretch against the Rockies and Phillies surely isn’t reason enough to get too down. Something positive needs to happen for the Pirates soon though, especially with a 10-game stretch looming that...
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Colin Dunlap
April 12, 2018 - 1:26 pm
It doesn't matter how many ways you say it. And I don't care who says it. Don't care if it is Sidney Crosby. Don't care if it is Claude Giroux. I don't care if it is Mike Sullivan, Mike Milbury, Mike from the North Side, some guy you rode the 'T' next to this morning or some person who yammers out...
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Colin Dunlap
April 10, 2018 - 1:17 pm
Matt Murray will be fine in the playoffs -- barring one thing. Matt Murray will prove to be his usual self in the postseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he might let in a leaky goal here or there, but he will more than make up for it by making timely (and sometimes miraculous) saves --- barring...
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Chris Mack
April 03, 2018 - 8:39 am
Jameson Taillon may have only gone 5⅓ innings for the Pirates in their 5-4 home opening win against the Minnesota Twins, but his nine strikeout performance in his first victory of the season did more than just tie a career high in Ks for the team’s #1 starter. He may have given fans -and the team-...
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Andrew Fillipponi
March 30, 2018 - 2:06 pm
Le’Veon Bell's latest tweet reveals what I’ve long believed: that the Steelers running back is a tone-deaf narcissist who is oblivious to reality. Along with football player and rapper, Bell has added “villain” to his list of occupations. This latest portrayal is a puzzler. Somehow fans are out of...
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Pirates Outfielders Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Mack
March 29, 2018 - 12:41 am
“The Face of the Franchise.” Are you as exhausted of that term as I am? And the discussion as to who will be the next one for the Pirates? Don’t get me wrong. I think the discussion of who will be the star at the core of the Pittsburgh Pirates in a few years is a conversation worth having. With the...
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Colin Dunlap
March 28, 2018 - 3:42 pm
There was much to take in on Wednesday afternoon as new Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel was introduced. There was palpable excitement -- that wasn't there the day two years ago (to the day) Kevin Stallings stood in that same facility and was introduced. There were the smiles on the boosters --...
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Colin Dunlap
March 26, 2018 - 1:27 pm
Le’Veon Bell forced all this to happen. Make no mistake, this is all on him. Le’Veon Bell had contract offers that were (more than) fair placed in front of him twice now and, to the bewilderment of all things logical has decided he doesn’t just want a hefty sum, but he essentially wants a salary...
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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Colin Dunlap
March 21, 2018 - 1:16 pm
I don’t know. I don’t think this thing stands much of a chance. I could be wrong, but the guess here is it might be a pretty short-lived life for The Alliance of American Football. The United Football League, the USFL, Major League Football and a few others were adventurous enough to try their hand...
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