Bad inning costs Bucs on opening day at Fenway

Cole and Cervelli at Fenway

Francisco Cervelli draped an arm around an agitated Gerrit Cole after a five-run fifth inning at Fenway

On opening day, one bad inning proved costly for the Pirates in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Andrew McCutchen v Red Sox

Andrew McCutchen struck out swinging in three of his four at-bats against the Red Sox

And Cole’s performance leaves open questions like this:

My column is on how the Pirates’ right-hander and right fielder wanted to change the narrative after coming off subpar seasons, but their opening-day woes continues to leave a cloud over Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen.

Adam Frazier singles v Red Sox

Adam Frazier singled in the third inning against the Red Sox

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Adam Frazier was solid in batting leadoff.

On the From the Cheap Seats blog, Biertempfel makes his opening day predictions.

ON THE ICE

Bonino beats Bobrovsky

The Penguins’ Nick Bonino beats Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky

The Penguins and Blue Jackets face off in a likely first-round playoff preview, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Carter Rowney tripped by flyers

Carter Rowney’s NHL promotion has been a trip

Bombulie writes that life is good for the Penguins’ Carter Rowney.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes passes at Texas A&M Pro Day

The Steelers hosted quarterbacks and wide receivers for pre-draft visits, writes Joe Rutter.