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  • Series preview: Cubs at Pirates

    All games on WGN-AM 720. Season series: Pirates 12-4. Friday: 6:05 p.m., CSN LH Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.95) vs. RH Gerrit Cole (8-5, 3.89). Saturday: 6:05 p.m., CSN LH Felix Doubront (1-1, 2.25) vs. LH Jeff Locke (7-4, 3.60). Sunday: 12:35 p.m.,...
  • Polanco's Pirates promotion prompts Bryant buzz

    Polanco's Pirates promotion prompts Bryant buzz
    PITTSBURGH -- There was plenty of buzz Monday night at PNC Park before the promotion of outfield prospect Gregory Polanco to the Pittsburgh Pirates was made official. The Pirates were so fond of Polanco before he was promoted from Triple-A...
  • Brandon League allows first earned runs in 17 games, Dodgers fall, 6-3

    Brandon League allows first earned runs in 17 games, Dodgers fall, 6-3
    Brandon League had turned it around. All the way around. Some might not have noticed, intent as they are to boo the very mention of his name, but League had not given up an earned run in 16 consecutive games. It was a streak that had to come to an end...
  • Yasiel Puig reaches safely again, but Dodgers lose to Pirates, 6-3

    Yasiel Puig reaches safely again, but Dodgers lose to Pirates, 6-3
    KEY MOMENT: The Pirates broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning against Brandon League, who hadn't given up an earned run in his last 16 appearances. League gave up the go-ahead run on a single by Josh Harrison, who advanced to second base on Andre Ethier's...
  • Josh Beckett struggles with encore; Dodgers fall to Pirates, 2-1

    Josh Beckett struggles with encore; Dodgers fall to Pirates, 2-1
    The trouble with an outstanding performance is trying to follow it. Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird” and called it a career. Steam never could follow up “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” which was a genuine American...
  • Josh Beckett unable to duplicate gem in Dodgers' 2-1 loss to Pirates

    Josh Beckett unable to duplicate gem in Dodgers' 2-1 loss to Pirates
    The once-in-a-lifetime performance remained a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Five days removed from the first no-hitter of his career, Josh Beckett didn't throw a second. Beckett looked considerably more human in the 2-1 defeat to the Pittsburgh...
  • As Buck Showalter's right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways

    As Buck Showalter's right-hand man, John Russell helps Orioles in many ways
    Orioles bench coach John Russell stands on the top dugout step, elbows resting on the padded railing in front of him. The tanned, rugged face of an eternal boy of summer is expressionless. His calculating eyes are masked by a pair of reflector sunglasses....
  • Benches clear, no punches thrown in Orioles-Tigers game Monday

    Benches clear, no punches thrown in Orioles-Tigers game Monday
    Ian Kinsler broke up a tight 2-1 game in the eighth inning with a two-run homer to left field. Kinsler took his time admiring the homer and then rounded the bases in 24 seconds, not a stroll but not a sprint either. We’ll never know for sure,...
  • Quotes after benches cleared Monday in Orioles-Tigers game

    Quotes after benches cleared Monday in Orioles-Tigers game
    In the eighth inning, Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer off Orioles right-hander Bud Norris. Kinsler admired his shot for a moment – it got out in a hurry – and ran around the bases. It wasn’t the fastest...
  • Some morning Orioles notes on lineups, Tillman, Arrieta, Britton

    Some morning Orioles notes on lineups, Tillman, Arrieta, Britton
    The Orioles play in Bradenton again this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates – that’s the 723rd game between the two teams this spring (I’m only slightly exaggerating). Here’s the Orioles' lineup: Alexi Casilla 6, Lew Ford...
  • Orioles pre-game notes on Roberts, Reimold, Jones, Gonzalez, lineups

    Orioles pre-game notes on Roberts, Reimold, Jones, Gonzalez, lineups
    Just met with Orioles manager Buck Showalter prior to tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota. Here are some highlights: Brian Roberts is back in the Orioles lineup Thursday after fouling a ball off his ankle in the sixth...