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Veteran goalies take center stage for Rangers, Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for Henrik Lundqvist not being able to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Ditto with Marc-Andre Fleury's most important games with the Pittsburgh Penguins being in his rearview mirror. Welcome to the 2017 playoffs, same as it ever was for ...

Gennett’s 3 hits, 3-run HR power Reds over Pirates

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scooter Gennett is living out his childhood dream during the early days of the season. Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter ...

Reds pounce on wild Glasnow in 7-1 win over Pirates

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The showdown between a pair of promising 23-year-olds with electric, if erratic, stuff never materialized. Pittsburgh's Tyler Glasnow couldn't find the strike zone on Monday night. Neither, really, could Cincinnati's Brandon ...

Marte’s walk-off homer in 10th leads Pirates by Braves 6-5

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte's talent is without question. So is his often erratic attention to detail. In a few hours Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder put the full spectrum on display. Marte was picked off twice in the span of three innings ...

Freese, Cervelli power Pirates by Braves 5-4 in home opener

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The images were jarring. Snow flurries swirling at PNC Park and Andrew McCutchen jogging out to right field instead of center in Pittsburgh for the first time following an offseason position switch. Yeah, things got a little weird for the ...

Leon homers to end Boston’s 3-0, 12-inning win over Pirates

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon prolonged the game with a baserunning mistake in the third inning. When Boston's catcher came up in the 12th, he ended it. Leon hit a three-run homer — the first walkoff of his career — and Chris Sale pitched seven innings of ...

Benintendi lifts Red Sox over Pirates 5-3

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox bid farewell to a legend at the end of last season. This season opened with a big day for one of their rising stars. Rookie Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox began their ...

Red Sox face Pirates, open at home for first time in 7 years

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox returned to Boston from spring training to find the city blanketed by a fresh coat of snow that arrived less than 48 hours before they were scheduled to open the season. By the time they arrived at Fenway Park for one last workout ...

Bronson Arroyo assigned to minors, could join Reds soon

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have reassigned pitcher Bronson Arroyo to Triple-A Louisville, but he could be back in the majors next weekend if he has no setbacks during his workouts. Arroyo is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery more than two years ago. He ...

Pirates looking forward to start of season

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Considering the way the last six months have gone for the Pittsburgh Pirates, simply playing meaningful games should provide a measure of relief. Let longtime franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen field balls in right field instead of ...