What's the news across Black-N-Gold Nation? Mrs. Black-N-Gold has the information with the latest happenings from our Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Yes, boys and girls, it's time for another edition of the internet sensation that's sweeping the Nation, The Black-N-Gold News.
THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS
Someone please turn the calendar to July so our Pirates can get the funk out of this June swoon. There was much roster shuffling and many losses for the week.
RH Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list. INF Adam Frazier got the call from Triple A Indy. C Jacob Stallings was sent back to Indy. Both INF Cole Figueroa and RH Jorge Rondon were designated for assignment.
The Pirates did manage a win to start their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6. The victory marked the 1000th career win for Manager Clint Hurdle. Congrats, Clint! Another milestone was reached when Frazier recorded his 1st MLB hit. Congrats, rook!
The Pirates won 2 in a row when they picked up a 6-1 win on Saturday night.
Even more roster moves occurred on Sunday. LH Cory Luebke refused his assignment to Indy and was give his unconditional release. RH Chad Kuhl was called up from Indy to start the Sunday night matchup on ESPN against LH Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. LH Kyle Lobstein was sent back down to Indy. RH Curtis Partch was DFA'd.
More history was made Sunday. Kuhl notched his 1st MLB W in a 4-3 win. Frazier picked up his 1st MLB RBI. Congrats to the rookies!
The Bucs went for the 4-game sweep on Monday but fell short. After staking LH Francisco Liriano to an early 4-0 lead, Frankie and RH Jared Hughes could not hold on. The Buccos lost 5-4.
The Dodgers decided to take Figueroa back to LA with them. They claimed the infielder off waivers.
Some Pirates prospects made headlines this week. Indy RH Dovydas Neverauskas and OF Austin Meadows were named to the Futures All-Star Games. Congrats, Dovydas & Austin!
Maybe the Bucs could use them both. They were back to their losing ways in a 5-2 loss at Seattle. That's not a good way to start a 9-game road trip.
Prior to last night's game, more minor leaguers received honors. Indy RH Tyler Glasnow and 1B Josh Bell will compete in this year's Triple A All-Star game. Congrats to Tyler and Josh!
The Pirates managed a split with their 2-game series in Seattle. They manhandled the Mariners last night 8-1. They'll now continue down the west coast for a 3-game set with Oakland starting tomorrow night. They've climbed back to just 3 games under .500 at 38-41. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!
Just a few roster moves were made by our Steelers this week. K Shaun Suisham, who spent all of last season on IR with a torn ACL, was released after failing a physical. That means K Chris Boswell who replaced Josh Scobee who replaced Garrett Hartley who replaced Suisham last year, will be the Steelers kicker for 2016-17. Barring injury, of course. Perhaps Coach Tomlin still wants to get another kicker in for training camp to prevent a breakdown of Boswell.
With a spot open on the roster, the Steelers signed former Penn State RB Brandon Johnson.
Less than a month till Latrobe. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!
It may be the offseason for our Pens but they were quite busy this week. This is the way the draft panned out for the Pens.
Round 2 #55 overall-G Filip Gustavsson
Round 2 #61 overall-F Kasper Bjorkqvist
Round 3 #77 overall-D Conor Hall
Round 4 #121 overall-D Ryan Jones
Round 5 #151 overall-D Niclas Almari
Round 6 #181 overall-D Joseph Masonius
You may have noticed that the Pens had an extra pick in the draft. You are correct. During the draft the Pens traded oft-injured F Beau Bennett to New Jersey. Former Pens GM Ray Shero, the man who drafted Beau, traded the pick that brought us Hall with the Pens to send Bennett to Jersey.
The Pens also completed a deal this week with D Tim Erixon. They signed him to a 1-year, 2-way deal. C Matt Cullen announced that he will return for his 20th NHL season. He is an unrestricted free agent. GM Jim Rutherford has expressed an interest in retaining Cullen but the Pens are just about $1 million under the salary cap. Free agency begins tomorrow and it remains to be seen if the Pens can swing a deal. Mrs. Black-N-Gold will break the ice if/when the story breaks.
Meanwhile, players that have yet to begin their NHL careers conveyed on the Lemieux Sports Complex yesterday. The Pens are holding their annual development camp for potential pros. How knows? Maybe some of them have what it takes to become Baby Pens. Or even full-grown Pens. Even Mario's 20-year-old son Austin was in attendance. Let's Go Pens!!!