2:27 PM EDT, Mon June 27, 2016
10 hours ago
Size matters for Steelers tackle Villanueva

Size matters for Steelers tackle Villanueva

Alejandra Villanueva is a large man but the Steelers' projected starting left tackle says it's not always easy to stay so big. Last year he went from 344 down to 319 by season's end.
10 hours ago
Penguins have little wiggle room under salary cap

Penguins have little wiggle room under salary cap

Jim Rutherford and his scouting team added six new players during the draft in Buffalo this weekend, but their work is far from done.
14 hours ago
Kuhl outduels Kershaw in debut

Kuhl outduels Kershaw in debut

Pirates rookie Chad Kuhl drew Clayton Kershaw for his first major league start and prevailed 4-3. Fellow rookie Adam Frazier had two hits, driving home the first run and scored the fourth.
Jun 26, 2016
Three Thoughts: Melancon shaping up as major trade chip for Pirates

Three Thoughts: Melancon shaping up as major trade chip for Pirates

Mark Melancon seems most likely to be traded next month if the Pirates fall out of contention, prospect Austin Meadows' promotion to Class AAA Indianapolis could be a signal of the beginning of the end of Andrew McCutchen's time in…
Jun 26, 2016
Pirates Stat Corner: Just call him Erik

Pirates Stat Corner: Just call him Erik "Trivia" Kratz

Erik Kratz made all kinds of history this past week, the Pirates got beat up by the San Francisco Giants and two Pirates outfielders are getting hits in bunches this season.
Jun 26, 2016

Pirates Farm Report: Keller filling up strike zone in Charleston

Right-hander Mitch Keller, the Pirates' second-round draft pick in 2014, is having a breakout season at low Class A West Virginia that included 76 strikeouts and just seven walks in 67 innings.
Jun 26, 2016
Mueller: Despite appearances, Pirates far from down and out

Mueller: Despite appearances, Pirates far from down and out

Although the Pirates have been falling out of contention, giving up now would be a bad idea. This team is far from done. This team is battle-tested. They haven’t had a stretch quite this bad since the end of the…
Jun 26, 2016
NHL Draft analysis: Bjorkqvist at least a year away from turning pro

NHL Draft analysis: Bjorkqvist at least a year away from turning pro

The Penguins added five new faces to their depth chart on Saturday during rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft in Buffalo. Here is everything you need to know about them along with thoughts from Penguins' Director of Amateur Scouting Randy…
Jun 25, 2016
McCutchen takes out his frustrations on Dodgers rookie Maeda

McCutchen takes out his frustrations on Dodgers rookie Maeda

After going just 9-for-49 (.184) with 16 strikeouts in his previous 13 games, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of home runs Saturday night in a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park.
Jun 25, 2016

Insider: McCutchen hits two home runs as Pirates beat Dodgers 6-1

Andrew McCutchen homered twice, Jeff Locke took a perfect game into the sixth inning, and the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Saturday night at PNC Park for their back-to-back wins since June 7 when they swept a doubleheader…
Jun 25, 2016

Penguins listen to European scouts in taking goaltender Gustavsson; add four others on day two of NHL Draft

It was pretty clear that the Penguins were heading into the draft with one idea in mind – take the best player available – and that is exactly what they did when Jim Rutherford selected goaltender Filip Gustavsson with his…
Jun 25, 2016
Penguins ship Bennett to New Jersey for third round pick

Penguins ship Bennett to New Jersey for third round pick

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said that several teams had interest in Beau Bennett before he moved the winger on Saturday, but the Devils were the most aggressive in pushing for him. Rutherford said he was happy to give him…
Jun 24, 2016
Insider: Joyce helps Pirates snap Dodgers' six-game win streak, 8-6

Insider: Joyce helps Pirates snap Dodgers' six-game win streak, 8-6

Matt Joyce homered and doubled among his three hits as the Pirates beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Friday night at PNC Park, giving manager Clint Hurdle his 1,000th career victory and ending the Dodgers' six-game winning streak in the opener…
Jun 24, 2016
Pirates prospect Kuhl to debut on Sunday Night Baseball as Nicasio is sent to bullpen

Pirates prospect Kuhl to debut on Sunday Night Baseball as Nicasio is sent to bullpen

The Pirates to plan to call up right-hander Chad Kuhl from Class AAA Indianapolis to start against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball after shifting Juan Nicasio from the starting rotation to the bullpen Friday.
Jun 24, 2016

The Kickin' Canuck Suisham was hockey player at heart

When The Times first assigned me the Steelers beat in 2013, admittedly I knew far more about the NHL than I did the NFL at the time. Covering the Penguins for the better part of a decade will have that…