Penguins creeping closer to the cellar of the Eastern Conference

Carolina 2 – Pittsburgh 1

The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-14-3, 33 pts) are creeping closer to the cellar of the Eastern Conference. Cam Ward made 37 saves, leading the Carolina Hurricanes (13-15-5, 31 pts) to a 2-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh’s losing streak is now at five games and the team is 0-4 under new coach Mike Sullivan. While the shot totals continue to rise under Sullivan, 38 shots tonight, scoring goals has become even more difficult for the Penguins since the coaching change. Pittsburgh has a total of four goals in four games under Sullivan.

Evgeni Malkin (15) scored the Penguins lone goal, a power play marker in the second period. Matthew Murray made 24 saves on 26 shots in his NHL debut.

 

Pirates sign 38 year old Ryan Vogelsong

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed 38 year old pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year contract. It will be Vogelsong’s second stint with the organization.

Vogelsong went 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA (135.0ip/70er) in 33 appearances (22 starts) last year as a member of the San Francisco Giants. He posted an 8-10 record and a 4.50 ERA in his 22 starting assignments, going 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA when pitching 6.0 innings or more. In 265 career Major League games (165 starts), Vogelsong has gone 58-68 with a 4.45 ERA. In addition, he has posted a 3-0 record and 2.92 ERA in eight games (seven starts) during the postseason.

 

Red Sox offer radio job to Tim Neverett

The Boston Red Sox radio job has been offered to Tim Neverett of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Boston Herald reports. Neverett, a 49-year-old Nashua, N.H., native and Emerson College graduate, has been a member of the Pirates’ play-by-play team since 2009. According to the report, Neverett has not accepted the job yet, but he was in Boston this week meeting with the Red Sox and with officials from Entercom, which owns 93.7 WEEI, the longtime flagship station of the Sox’ extensive radio network.

 

Bengals Burfict hit with three fines totaling nearly $70,000

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and two additional plays, Burfict’s agent, Audie Attar, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The fines total close to $70,000

 

Pirates acquire Jason Rogers

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired infielder Jason Rogers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers hit .296 (45-for-152) with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 16 RBI in 86 games over two stints with the Brewers in 2015, which included a .434 (23-for-53) batting average over his last 28 games. He started 22 games at first base, two in left field and one at third base for the Brewers last season. He also led the team with 13 pinch hits.

The 27-year-old Rogers made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 2014. He ranked second among Brewers minor leaguers in batting average (.296) and was tied for second in RBI (82) and tied for fourth in home runs (18) while splitting the 2014 minor league season between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.