Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each hit two-run homers, but closer Joel Hanrahan was blasted in the 9th inning for the second time in three games and the Reds rallied to beat the Pirates 5-4 on a rain-filled Sunday at PNC Park.
Joel Hanrahan has been as clutch as they come in saving 31 games for the Pirates this season.
The Pirates have signed outfielder Jose Tabata to a six-year contract extension through 2016 with club options for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, although reports indicate the extension is worth as much as $15 million over the length of the contract.
The 23-year-old Tabata is hitting .267 with 14 doubles, four homeruns, 15 stolen base
Keystone Little League, from Clinton County, PA, shut out New England to stay alive at the Little League World Series on Saturday night. Warner Robins GA, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia also advanced.
Keystone (Mid-Atlantic) 2 - Cumberland, R.I. (New England) 0
The Pirates battled from behind all night against the Reds before finally pulling even with two runs in the eighth, only to have closer Joel Hanrahan surrender three runs in the top of the ninth as the Pirates lost 11-8 at PNC Park Friday night.
Hanrahan (0-2) took the loss, giving up three runs while getting just one out in the ninth after entering with the score tied.
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The NFL is about to have an openly gay player in its ranks. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam—the 2014 Southern Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year—is projected to be selected in the later rounds of this May's NFL Draft.
The Penguins are back from Sochi and back in action with a full slate of games throughout the month of March. With defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin expected to miss most of the action, the team will depend on a young blue line.
Dusty Baker, Carlos Beltran and A.J. Burnett have left the National League Central, but Ryan Braun returns. St. Louis and Pittsburgh boast top-flight young pitching that should make the 2014 race another competitive one.