2-minute Drill: Four-Run Reds Seventh Spoils Pirates Opener


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  • Shortly after camp opened, the Reds signed two veterans to Minor League contracts in utility player Derek Dietrich and infielder José Iglesias. Although smaller moves, the club felt that they could be important additions.
  • President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was backing off his budget request to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, reversing course on a proposal that was unlikely to be approved by Congress after days of bipartisan criticism.
  • With Kris Letang still out with an upper-body injury, Olli Maatta very close to returning from a shoulder injury and left-handed Brian Dumoulin potentially switching to the right side, the blue line is in a state of flux at the moment for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Greg Schiano is stepping down from his position on the New England Patriots’ coaching staff, citing a “need to spend more time on my faith and family.”
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates’ first moves of the season Thursday were not what the front office had in mind for Opening Day. The Pirates placed seven players, including starting right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall and starting pitcher Jordan Lyles, on the injured list prior to their game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

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