The Pittsburgh Penguins have released their schedule for the 2019-20 regular season, their 53rd of operation in the National Hockey League.
The season begins at home, as the Pens host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, October 3. It’ll be the first of four for the opening homestand of the season, as the Penguins will also welcome in Columbus (5th), Winnipeg (8th) and Anaheim (10th) to the PPG Paints Arena before playing their first road game in Minnesota on October 12.
Pittsburgh will have their first crack at the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on November 30 (at Enterprise Center), while the first shot at revenge against the Islanders takes place on November 7 in New York.
As always, you can hear live coverage of the Pittsburgh Penguins right here on 1230 WBVP & 1460 WMBA all season long with Mike Lange, Phil Bourque, and Josh Getzoff.
Orpik retires after 15 NHL seasons, 2 Stanley Cup titles
By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer
Brooks Orpik called it a career Tuesday after 15 bruising NHL seasons in which he established himself as a big-hitting, shutdown defenseman and won the Stanley Cup twice.
The 38-year-old played 1,171 regular-season and playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won the Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Washington in 2018.
“I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” Orpik said. “I’m excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on.”
Orpik was more known for his physicality and defense than his offense. He put up 194 regular-season and 26 playoff points but also scored the Game 2-winning goal for Washington in the 2018 final on the way to the franchise’s first title.
“We wouldn’t have a Stanley Cup if it wasn’t for him,” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said at the end of this season. “The impact he’s had on our team is probably second to none, the way he’s changed the culture and pushed guys to make them better. One of the true leaders in our game.”
Orpik became a respected alternate captain and leader during his five seasons in Washington. Teammates nicknamed him “Batya” — Russian for “Dad.”
“Batya was a great leader in our locker room and was so important for us to win our first Stanley Cup,” captain Alex Ovechkin said in a statement Wednesday. “We will miss his presence in the room and on the ice. Not only was he a great leader and a player, but he was a better person. I’m so happy I had a chance to play with him and for our young guys to have had the chance to learn from him.”
Orpik implied throughout this season it could be his last in the NHL. He had surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
“Trying to maintain that level, efficiency was tough,” Orpik said. “So I think there were times of the year, I was frustrated just that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do.”
Orpik was back to his vintage self in the playoffs, emptying the tank for 18 minutes a night during the Capitals’ seven-game series against Carolina. After the first-round exit in late April, the San Francisco native conceded he thought he may have played his final NHL game but didn’t want to make a rash decision.
“You got to be 100% committed to it,” Orpik said of potentially playing another season. “If you’re not, then it’s unfair to your teammates and other people that are trying to help you out. In terms of like wanting to play or being committed to play, I think that’s something that, I think when stuff doesn’t go your way after the season you got to take a lot of time off to let things settle down.”
Orpik came to that decision and will now turn his attention to finishing his communications degree at Boston College. He said he wished he had a better post-playing career plan in place but will see where the degree takes him.
He will be remembered for being the muscle behind two Cup champions — Sidney Crosby’s first and Ovechkin’s first. He often toed the line on hits and was suspended three games during the 2016 playoffs for a late, high hit that injured Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta.
“He’s a little bit of a dinosaur because he hits and there’s not a lot of hitting in this game,” said Columbus coach John Tortorella, who knows Orpik well from U.S. teams in international play. “A lot of people think he might hit hard. I think he plays the game hard. I think he plays the game the right way.”
Orpik’s ability to play on the edge and defend other players made him beloved in Washington. The Capitals prepared for his departure by trading for big-hitting defenseman Radko Gudas, but teammates know there’s no replacing Orpik and what he meant on and off the ice.
“He’s been a force for all of us to gain knowledge from — how to better understand certain parts of the game, what it takes, the mental side of it,” Capitals defenseman John Carlson said. “He’s just a really aware person that can help anybody at any part of their career at any level of play. He’s just been so important to us.”
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Newman’s walk caps off Pittsburgh rally
By CHRIS MUELLER Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to cap a four-run rally as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday.
The Pirates rallied from three-run deficits in the ninth and 11th innings to earn the series weep and improve their winning streak to five.
Jacob Stallings hit a pitch-hit, two-run single to tie the game at 10. The Pirates then loaded the bases before Newman’s sharp eye ended the four-plus hour affair. Francisco Liriano (2-1) earned the win, while Matt Wisler, who entered the game with one out in the 11th, took the loss.
After San Diego led 7-4 following an eighth-inning two-run single from Manny Machado, closer Kirby Yates — who was previously 26 for 26 in save situations — allowed three runs on three hits and a walk.
With runners on second and third, Newman started the comeback with an RBI single off Yates that scored Dîaz. Bryan Reynolds drove in Adam Frazier, and Melky Cabrera scored Newman on a dribbling ground-out to the pitcher two batters later to force the extras.
Pirates starter Steven Brault lasted five innings, giving up three runs (three earned) and six hits. Joey Lucchesi gave up four runs (four earned) and six hits on 86 pitches (56 strikes) over five innings.
Fernando Tatîs Jr. drove in a pair of RBIs and scored three runs. He tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single off Clay Holmes, and later scored on a two-out RBI single to right from Eric Hosmer as the Padres pulled ahead 5-4.
Tatîs Jr. went 3 for 4 with two walks, but it was the rookie’s legs that put the Padres on the board first. After reaching third, Tatîs Jr. tagged up on Hunter Renfroe’s pop-fly at the edge of the outfield grass near second base, and snuck his left arm just past Elias Dîaz’s outstretched glove to swipe home plate. He was initially ruled out, but the play was overturned after an official review.
Newman extended his hit streak to 14 games.
Pirates: General Manager Neal Huntington told reporters before the game that Francisco Cervelli “could very well” begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Cervelli has not been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered on June 21.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (2-1, 4.12 ERA) will start on Tuesday as the Pirates begin a three-game series with the AL West-leading Astros.
Padres: LHP Logan Allen (1-0, 0.00 ERA), coming off seven scoreless innings in his first major league start, will take the mound against Baltimore on Tuesday to begin a two-game set.
Reynolds caps comeback with 3-run blast, Pirates beat Tigers
By WES CROSBY Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coming off a hitless night, Bryan Reynolds told teammate Corey Dickerson he felt pressure to produce. Dickerson told the rookie to write a few things down to help him remember what he was doing, and what he was thinking, when he was hot.
Dickerson wasn’t sure if Reynolds took his advice, but the rookie turned it around on Wednesday night.
Reynolds had three hits, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning to complete the Pirates’ rally from a six-run deficit, and Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7.
“He’s so simple,” Dickerson said. “He has a simple approach. When you’re simple like that, you’re going to have good contact.”
With the Pirates trailing 7-5, Reynolds sent a knuckle curve from Nick Ramirez (3-2) 421 feet to left-center for his sixth homer of the season, driving in Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier.
Felipe Vázquez retired the side in order in the ninth for his 17th save.
The Pirates trailed 7-1 after Detroit scored five times before recording an out in the third. Brandon Dixon took Trevor Williams deep for his eighth homer of the season, and Harold Castro followed with his first in the majors. It was the fourth time this season the Tigers have hit back-to-back home runs.
“We kind of got shut down,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We hit a few balls hard on the nose, but really got shut down. Momentum started changing a little bit.”
Dickerson cut it to 7-3 on a two-run double in the bottom of the third, and Starling Marte made it 7-5 with a two-run blast, his 11th, in the fifth.
“A couple big swings, one from Marte and one from Reynolds,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Dickerson, a two-RBI swing to get us back in it when we were down 7-1. There were three big swings that plated seven runs.”
Richard Rodriguez (2-3) worked a scoreless sixth for Pittsburgh after Williams gave up seven runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in the first five innings. Williams came off the 10-day injured list to make his first start in more than a month after suffering a right side strain.
“I’m just thankful to be back out there, thankful to be coming off the mound healthy today,” Williams said. “I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot about our team too.”
Ramirez allowed five runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Jordan Zimmermann, who also came off the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Zimmermann gave up three runs on five hits in four innings after last pitching April 25 because of a UCL sprain.
“I’d like to go five innings and be out there as long as I can,” Zimmermann said. “Threw a lot of good pitches that they fouled off. It was just one of those games that was a grind.”
Newman’s double in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Tigers: OF Victor Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Detroit’s 5-4 win Tuesday. He had been recalled from Toledo earlier that day and walked in a pinch-hit appearance.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. In his three starts with Pittsburgh, Keller is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA. … RHP Jordan Lyles will make a rehab start Sunday with a farm club to be determined, Hurdle said. He has not pitched since June 8 because of tightness in his left hamstring. … A neurologist will examine C Francisco Cervelli on Tuesday. Cervelli has been out with a concussion since May 25.
Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (5-5, 3.35 ERA) will look for his first win since May 28 when he takes the mound against Cleveland on Friday. He gave up five runs, four earned, in four innings against Kansas City on June 13.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 4.87) will attempt to rebound against San Diego on Friday after surrendering six runs on nine hits to Atlanta in four innings his last time out on June 13. Musgrove was ejected with two outs in the first inning of his previous start after grazing Josh Donaldson with a pitch.
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The Penguins will open up their six-game pre-season schedule against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, September 16 at 7:00PM at Penn State University’s Pegula Ice Arena. This is the second time in the last three seasons Pittsburgh has visited State College for a pre-season game.
Three days later, the Penguins will play their first home pre-season contest, as they take on one of their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Thursday, September 19 at PPG Paints Arena.
Following that, Pittsburgh will play back-to-back road games on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 against the Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings respectively.
The Penguins will conclude their pre-season slate with home games on Wednesday, September 25 versus the Red Wings, and Saturday, September 28 against the Sabres.
Below is a look at Pittsburgh’s full 2019 pre-season schedule, as well as other key dates:
Pirates rally for 5-4 victory over Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Josh Bell’s go-ahead double in the seventh helped lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
The Pirates rallied from a 4-2 deficit on Corey Dickerson’s pinch-hit RBI double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh against reliever Nick Anderson (2-3) on Melky Cabrera’s game-tying triple and Bell’s double that scored Cabrera.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 and Kevin Newman also had two hits for the Pirates, who won the series after ending a seven-game slide Friday.
Richard Rodríguez (1-3) pitched a scoreless sixth and Kyle Krick got the next five outs. Felipe Vázquez pitched 1 1/3 innings around Austin Dean’s pinch-hit single in the ninth for his 16th save.
Alcantara gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out and walked two.
The Marlins erased a two-run deficit, scoring four in the fourth on Harold Ramírez’s three-run home run and Alcantara’s RBI single. Ramírez drove Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer’s fastball over the wall in left-center for his second homer of the season.
Archer allowed four runs, seven hits, struck out eight and walked three in five innings.
Jung Ho Kang’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Kang drove in Colin Moran and Bell, who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on Moran’s single to right.
Pirates: RHP Chris Statton (right side discomfort) allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits in two innings of relief in his second rehab relief outing Friday at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Marlins: After participating in pregame workouts during the Marlins home series with the Pirates, IF Neil Walker (right quadriceps strain) will continue baseball activities at the club’s Class A complex in Jupiter.
Pirates: Clint Hurdle had not disclosed the starter for Tuesday’s home game against Detroit.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernández (0-1) will start the opener of a four-game series at St. Louis on Monday. Hernández allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on June 11.
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Pirates rout Marlins 11-0 to stop 7-game slide
MIAMI (AP) — Steven Brault nearly had a very brief outing.
Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he stayed in the game.
Brault scattered eight hits over six innings, and the Pirates stopped a seven-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins 11-0 on Friday night.
Brault (3-1) was hit on his left leg by Starlin Castro’s line drive in the first, but it didn’t seem to affect him very much.
“That was not ideal, that’s not what we’re looking for, right in the shin,” Brault said. “When they came out we had a little laugh over it and I said, ‘I’m OK.’ You don’t feel it at first and when you stand up, ‘Oh yeah, that doesn’t feel great.’ I’m OK, it’s just a bruise.”
The left-hander struck out six and walked none. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate.
Colin Moran drove in a career-high five runs with two singles and a homer and Bryan Reynolds had a career-best four hits for the Pirates, who got their first win since June 6 against Atlanta. They finished with 18 hits, matching a season high.
The Pirates broke it open with a four-run fifth off Trevor Richards. Josh Bell tripled in Reynolds and scored on Moran’s base hit.
Moran’s three-run shot in the seventh increased Pittsburgh’s lead to 8-0. The former Marlins No. 1 draft pick drove Jeff Bigham’s fastball over the wall in left-center for his 10th homer.
“We have a lot of guys that can get on base,” Moran said. “When I’m in the five-hole guys are in scoring position and it’s a chance to drive in runs.
“We needed it. We came out and had a really good game to get it rolling now.”
José Osuna connected for his second pinch-hit homer of the season in the eighth, a two-run drive off Jarlin Garcia.
“The big bang late from Osuna was an exclamation point. Good hitting from top to bottom,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.
Three relievers pitched the final three innings for the Pirates.
Richards (3-7) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings. In his previous four starts, Richards limited opposing hitters to a .160 average in 24 2/3 innings.
“I wasn’t consistent with the fastball today,” Richards said. “They got me early in the count. It happens. I just have to do the adjustment and come back better the next time.”
Moran’s single to center drove in Starling Marté from second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Marté reached on an infield single and advanced to second on Richards’ throwing error.
Brault escaped from a bases-loaded situation in the third when he struck out Jorge Alfaro.
“We had enough guys out there, enough traffic to put some multiple runs and get back in the game,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.
The Marlins placed veteran infielder Martín Prado on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Infielder Yadiel Rivera was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and went 1 for 4.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (right side strain) showed no discomfort in his rehab start of three innings Thursday at Triple-A Indianapolis. … RHP Jameson Taillon (right elbow flexor strain) recently began gripping exercises and range of motion activities.
Marlins: RHP José Ureña (herniated disk) was placed on the 60-day injured list. The team’s opening-day starter the past two seasons, Ureña missed his scheduled start Wednesday, but the severity of the injury was not disclosed until Friday.
Pirates: After seven seasons in the minor leagues, right-hander Dario Agrazal will be promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday and start the second game of the series. Agrazal, 24, is not on the 40-man roster after the Pirates designated him for assignment in January. He cleared waivers and the Pirates outrighted him to Indianapolis, where he is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 49 1/3 innings.
Marlins: Pablo López (4-5, 4.26 ERA) will make his first career start against the Pirates. Lopez has completed six innings in each of his past three starts, allowing a combined two runs and 11 hits.
(Penn State University) On a beautiful day on the campus of the University Beaver County Radio’s Bob Barrickman and Bruce Frey were on the call of the PIAA 4A State Baseball Championship that saw the Beaver Bobcats taking on the Sellinsgrove Seals. The game got off to a quick start as both teams scored a run in the first inning. The Seals took a 2-1 lead in the third and in the Fifth the Bobcats defense was was shaky committing three errors that led to nine batters coming to the plate and the Seals breaking the game open scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and taking a 7-1 lead. The Bobcats fought back in their last at bat in the top of the seventh loading the bases with no one out. Sellinsburg’s defense got shaky in that inning and the Bobcats were able to push across three runs before loading the bases again and the Seals ending the threat by catching a screaming line drive to seal the state Championship. Press the play button below to hear Bob Barickman and Bruce Frey recap all of the action…
It was a gorgeous day outside, but the action was happening inside at Towne Square Restaurant in Beaver! Beaver County Radio came out to 3rd Street in Beaver with the Prize Van, the Personality Prize Wheel, and the Pirates Treasure Chest!
Ed Hermick and Matt Drzik were there during the afternoon, greeting several customers, manning the Prize wheel, and making sure that the Chest was soundly guarded. Several winners were made at the appearance, and everyone who ate at Towne Square (including Ed & Matt) were left satisfied!
Check out the pictures below, and stay tuned for the next appearance of the Treasure Chest and Prize Van in your neck of the woods!