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Some Pirates fans were surprised this spring when Josh Rodriguez beat out Pedro Ciriaco for a roster spot, claiming the club's backup middle infielder role. Part of the reason Rodriguez won out was roster flexibility.

Ciriaco has minor league options remaining, while Rodriguez, a Rule 5 draft pick, must stick with the major league club all year or be offered back to the Cleveland Indians for half of the $50,000 pri

04/13/2011 - 20:53
David Golebiewski
Pitt finally returns to the football field after a tumultuous offseason that saw four coaches lead the program over a period of six weeks; Penn State tried to rebound from a disappointing season and bad blow loss; and West Virginia ushers in a new era... at least partly. PSR breaks down what to expect from spring football in Oakland, Happy Valley and Morgantown.

Pitt

04/09/2011 - 18:20
David Golebiewski
Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation couldn't make batters whiff. Bucs starters finished dead last in the National League in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, a problem made worse by lousy leather behind those hurlers.

Pittsburgh was last in the majors in Defensive Efficiency, which measures the percentage of balls put in play converted into outs.

04/04/2011 - 17:53
David Golebiewski
Pedro Alvarez drive in Neil Walker and Garrett Jones with an infield single off closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cubs to take two of three in the opening series of the season.

Pirates 5, Cubs 4
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
 

04/03/2011 - 22:18
David Golebiewski
Neil Walker hit a grand slam, Andrew McCutchen also homered and Kevin Correia pitched into the seventh inning Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates started the season under new manager Clint Hurdle with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Before the first game of the 2011 season, Neil Walker watched Robert Redford throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field.

04/01/2011 - 18:13
David Golebiewski
Martin St. Louis scored his 30th goal of the season, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 with a 2-1 victory over the Penguins on Thursday night. Pittsburgh got a goal from Mike Rupp.

Tampa Bay 2 - Pittsburgh 1
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL

03/31/2011 - 23:20
David Golebiewski
Chris Kunitz and Alex Kovalev scored in the shootout to lift the Penguins over the Flyers in Philly, 2-1. Tyler Kennedy scored in regulation for the Pens.

Penguins 2 - Flyers 1
Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
 

03/24/2011 - 22:40
David Golebiewski
James Neal scored in the shootout to lift the Penguins to a 5-4 win over Detroit. The Pens blew a 4-0 lead but picked up a much-needed two points in their first game without the suspended Matt Cooke. Pascal Dupuis scored twice for Pittsburgh.

Penguins 5 - Red Wings 4
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
 

03/21/2011 - 23:10
David Golebiewski
With opening day less than two weeks away, PSR takes a look at the top teams and players across Major League Baseball in 2011.

World Series Contenders

03/21/2011 - 17:28
David Golebiewski
"Eye of the Tiger" blares on the loudspeakers as the Duquesne Dukes, tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference heading into a February 13 showdown with Xavier, sprint on to the court. The raucous CONSOL Energy Center crowd of 10,509, largest for a non-Pitt opponent at home since 1973, is audible from Duquesne's campus a few blocks away.

The Dukes' once-drowsy student section totes giant headshots of Bill Clark, T.J. McConnell -- and Betty White.

03/03/2011 - 21:35
David Golebiewski
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In terms of betting between the blue lines, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the public darlings of the Eastern Conference, however it is the Vegas Golden Knights who have dethroned the Pens as the top-wagered NHL team this year, and it looks to stay the same way as we enter the 2018 NHL Playoffs.
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Allow E.C. Matthews to lay down the truth of the impression a college basketball coach should leave on his players. “This is my guy,” the emotional senior guard said of his coach Dan Hurley. “I know we’re not the same color, but he’s definitely my father.”
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Mar. 7, 2009 was more than a sunny, brisk day in Pittsburgh. That day nine years ago was hardwood ecstasy, a constant drug that flowed through the veins of a western Pennsylvania college basketball junkie faster than it takes the bathtub section of I-376 to overflow with water after a raging rain storm.
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A to Z is a sharp, complete betting guide for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, pointing you in the right direction of every trend, angle and wiseguy play.
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Josh Bell had not hit a walk-off home run since he was a member of the Altoona Curve in 2015. He changed that Friday with a soaring shot for the left field loonies.
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Francisco Cervelli is as passionate about the current state of Venezuela as anybody you'll find. Last month, the Pirates' catcher spoke passionately about the movement, his country's state of affairs and the future of Venezuela.
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Monday night was more than a game. For Jameson Taillon, it was another heave in an ongoing push to liberation from a disease that can break down the toughest of men.
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