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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 - 19:53
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 - 17:20
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 - 16:53
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 - 21:18
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 - 17:13
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 - 22:20
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 - 21:40
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 - 22:10
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 - 16:28
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 - 20:35
David Golebiewski
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Bob Prince was best known as the voice of the PIttsburgh Pirates for 28 years, but it was not the only job he had over his Hall of Fame career. “The Gunner” also called Steelers and Penguins games at different times during his career and was part of the NBC broadcast team for the 1965 All-Star Game.
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When the Penguins hired Jim Rutherford as their general manager in 2014, it seemed like a temporary move. The former Carolina Hurricanes GM would spend his two years in Pittsburgh, and then hand the keys to Jason Botterill; the man whom several people thought deserved the job in the first place.
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The college basketball season is underway as local teams finish their non-conference games this month. Will Kevin Stallings re-ignite the Pitt program? Can Jim Ferry recover from losing three seniors at Duquesne? Will Penn State's freshmen class finally produce competitive basketball in State College?
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Exactly four months after the Pittsburgh Penguins raised the Stanley Cup in San Jose, the new NHL season got underway. While the Penguins will look to become the first team in nearly 20 years to repeat as champions, the season will be sure to deliver plenty of twists and surprises during the regular season.
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As much as 80 percent of the Pirates starting rotation could be different next season. Only Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are locks to return from the 2015 crew. With three spots potentially open, the Pirates could look to add veterans through waivers, free agency and trades. Here are some potential in-house solutions.
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For years, the accomplishments of the Penn State men’s basketball team have been few and far between. Head coach Patrick Chambers has posted a 23-67 overall conference record in his five seasons, one of the worst marks among Power 5 schools. Only TCU, Boston College, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech have a lower in-conference winning percentage than Penn State's .256 mark during that span.
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