Pirates Lineup for Game #162

1. Polanco, RF

2. Harrison, 3B

3. McCutchen, CF

4. Walker, 2B

5. Marte, LF

6. Alvarez, 1B

7. Cervelli, C

8. Mercer, SS

9. Happ, P


Sunday’s Practice Lines

Kunitz – Crosby – Kessel

Plotnikov – Malkin – Hornqvist

Dupuis – Bonino – Perron

Bennett – Cullen – Sprong


Home Field at Stake on Sunday

Home field for the NL Wildcard game will come down to the final day of the regular season.

The Pirates (97-64) lost to the Cincinnati Reds tonight 3-1, while the Chicago Cubs (96-65) shutout the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0.

The Pirates gain home field for the play-in game with a win Sunday or a Cubs loss.

A.J. Burnett in potentially the final start of his career struck out 9 over 6.2 innings.


Panthers defense punishes V-Tech in ACC opener

Pitt (3-1) opened up ACC play on the road with an impressive 17-13 win over Virginia Tech (2-3) on Saturday afternoon.

Pat Narduzzi’s stamp on Pitt’s defense showed up in a big way as the Panthers held the Hokies to just 100 yards in total offense, 9 yards rushing, forcing 3 turnovers and sacking Virginia-Tech quarterback Brenden Motley seven times.

Panthers running back Qadree Ollison (19 CAR – 122 Yards – 1 TD) went over 100 rushing yards for the second time this season. QB Nathan Peterman was 9/15 for 110 yards, TD.


Penn State hangs on vs Army

Penn State (4-1) needed three turnovers to beat Army (1-4) at home, 20-14, on Saturday afternoon. Army trailing by six, drove into Penn State territory with under two minutes to play and an opportunity for the win but a Jason Cabinda sack on 4th and 5 sealed the win for the Nittany Lions.

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Penn State’s offense was mediocre in the loss. Christian Hackenberg was 10-19 for 156 yards and 1 touchdown.

Army out-gained Penn State 293 to 264 and had 17 first downs to Penn State’s 12.


Steelers release Josh Scobee

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released kicker Josh Scobee and officially signed kicker Chris Boswell.


Pens to offer Gonchar role in organization

The Pittsburgh Penguins officially released Sergei Gonchar from his professional tryout contract today and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford hopes Gonchar accepts an off-ice role in the organization.

“If he’s not going to try and play somewhere else, we would really like to keep him in the organization,” Rutherford told Jason Mackey of the Tribune-Review. “”We feel that he would be a big asset to some of the things we’re doing.”


David Warsofsky, Kevin Porter placed on waivers

The Pittsburgh Penguins today placed defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Kevin Porter on waivers. Warsofsky, Porter will be assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton if both players clear waivers at 12:00 p.m. Sunday.

Rosters have to be down to a maximum 23 players by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.


Pirates Walk-Off in the 12th

A Starling Marte 2-run homer in the 12th inning delivered a 6-4 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds tonight. It was the Pirates 11th walk-off win this season and Marte’s 3rd career walk-off homer, 2nd this season.


More Dominance from Arrieta

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw six shutout innings in a 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. The Cubs could move one game behind the Pirates with a Pittsburgh loss tonight.