Ravens 20 – Steelers 17
The Pittsburgh Steelers playoff hopes took a significant hit today with a 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens got the superior QB play from Ryan Mallett who went 28-41 for 274 yards and 1 touchdown, outplaying Ben Roethlisberger who threw two interceptions and was held to 220 passing yards, completing 24 of 34 passes.
With a Steelers loss, the Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) clinched a playoff berth. The Jets (10-5) overtime win vs the Patriots has them controlling their destiny going into week 17.
The Jets are at Buffalo. Pittsburgh travels to Cleveland.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the signing of first baseman/outfielder John Jaso to a two year contract.
Jaso, 32, hit .286 (53-for-185) and produced an .839 OPS in 70 games with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. He missed the first three months of the season after suffering a left wrist injury on Opening Day (4/6). After returning to action on July 7, Jaso led the Rays with a .377 on-base percentage over the last three months and hit .321 (17-for-53) in his final 22 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals today reached an agreement on a long-term contract with free-agent pitcher Mike Leake. The deal is reportedly for five years and $80 million and includes a mutual option for a sixth year. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN writes the ‘Cardinals reinforce rotation’ with Mike Leake after losing John Lackey to Cubs
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.