For home openers, this one is a cold call

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It’s the home opener, but my column is on how the Pirates are selling the coldest ticket in town.

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Everything you need to know about the Pirates 2017 home opener, by Chris Adamski.

Ivan Nova 3

Last season Ivan Nova ranked fifth in the majors with a average of 1.56 walks per nine innings pitched

Scouting report: Braves v. Pirates

Chris Adamski writes about the best sections at PNC Park to catch a home-run ball, according to SeatGeek.

Starling Marte v Red Sox

Starling Marte was 0 for 7 on the season when he attempted a sacrifice bunt Wednesday

Starling Marte picked an odd time to bunt against the Red Sox, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Sandy Leon three-run homer

Sandy Leon hit a walk-off, three-run homer Wednesday to clinch a 3-0 Red Sox victory over the Pirates

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that the Red Sox series finale was postponed.

Andrew McCutchen Ks vs Sox

Andrew McCutchen: ‘We don’t have home-run hitters on this team. … But we’ve got a lot of guys who are hitters who have power’

The loss of power hitters doesn’t concern the Pirates, writes Rob Biertempfel.
Josh Bell doubles off Monster

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell doubled off the Green Monster in his first opening day

My Wednesday column was on how Josh Bell’s blast was a highlight for the Pirates.

ON THE ICE

Bryan Rust scores vs NJ

Bryan Rust scores past Devils goalie Corey Schneider

The Penguins clinched home ice for the first round with a win in New Jersey, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Malkin vs Sabres

Evgeni Malkin hasn’t played since March 15 because of a shoulder injury

In the Penguins notebook, JB writes that Evgeni Malkin is one step closer to returning.

But defenseman Kris Letang is out for the season and will undergo neck surgery, writes Bill West. But Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says Letang’s absence won’t result in sweeping changes.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Chris Hubbard

Tackle Chris Hubbard (74) was one of the Steelers’ two restricted free agents

Steelers sign tackle Chris Hubbard to one-year tender, writes Joe Rutter.

James Conner Pro Day 3

As a local visitor, Pitt’s James Conner does not count against the Steelers’ allotted 30 pre-draft visits

The Steelers hosted four underclassmen, including Pitt’s James Conner and Penn State’s Chris Godwin, writes Joe Rutter.

Avonte Maddox

Avonte Maddox is the only scholarship senior in Pitt’s secondary

Cornerback Avonte Maddox matures into the leader of Pitt’s secondary, writes Jerry DiPaola.

A TRIBUTE TO THE MASTER