Friday, March 27
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eric Staal had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 last night. Ryan Murphy, Jay McClement, Alexander Semin and Andrej Nestrasil scored for Carolina. Brandon Sutter and Ian Cole scored for the Penguins, who had won the previous four season series with Carolina before the teams won two games apiece this time.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 yesterday. Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez gave up one run, two hits and one walk in 5 1-3 innings. A focus of trade speculation, Cole Hamels allowed two hits in five scoreless innings for the Phils.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 yesterday. Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run that ended Wandy Rodriguez's scoreless streak at 12 innings. Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run homer that capped a five-run first inning against Vance Worley.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Heyward-Bey served primarily on special teams for the Steelers in 2014 after coming over from Indianapolis.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers' football stadium will keep the name Heinz Field, despite the company's planned merger with Kraft Foods Group. Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Company says if the merger is approved, the new company will be Kraft Heinz Company, but the stadium will remain Heinz Field.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is being remembered as a major figure in the history of the NFL and one of the Philadelphia Eagles' greatest players. The Easton Express-Times reports Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was among the mourners at a public viewing yesterday for Bednarik in Bethlehem. Bednarik was known as "Concrete Charlie." The star linebacker and center played for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962.