Cervelli leads balanced attack in Pirates' 12-2 win

MIAMI (AP) -- Francisco Cervelli drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight times in the second inning in a 12-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Jordy Mercer homered and had two RBIs, Josh Harrison had three hits and knocked in two, and Andrew McCutchen also drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Marlins.

Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African in MLB

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home run Wednesday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

LEADING OFF: Bucs can sweep Cubs, Chapman deals vs Cards

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ NEW YEAR After going 4-14 against the Cubs last season, the Pirates can take a three-game sweep from Chicago with a win at Wrigley Field. Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a five-run seventh to lead Pittsburgh to an 8-7 victory Saturday. Right-hander Jameson Taillon (0-0, 1.

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MLB-SCHEDULE Mets mash Phillies UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets' feast-or-famine offense was in complete feast mode on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted three home runs and two other Mets came within a triple of the cycle in a 14-4 clobbering of the Phillies.

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MLB-SCHEDULE Mets mash Phillies UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets' feast-or-famine offense was in complete feast mode on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted three home runs and two other Mets came within a triple of the cycle in a 14-4 clobbering of the Phillies.

Leon homers to end Boston's 3-0, 12-inning win over Pirates

BOSTON (AP) -- Sandy Leon prolonged the game with a baserunning mistake in the third inning. When Boston's catcher came up in the 12th, he ended it. Leon hit a three-run homer -- the first walkoff of his career -- and Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in his Red Sox debut to lead Boston to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. "It's nice to get the win.

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MLB Sale, Colon, Walker making debuts UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Sale makes his much-anticipated Boston debut when the Red Sox host Pittsburgh at Fenway Park. Sale, an All-Star each of the past five seasons, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox. Jameson Taillon, drafted No. 2 overall in 2010, pitches for the Pirates.

LEADING OFF: Sale makes Boston debut; Bartolo back in Citi

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ FIRST IMPRESSIONS Chris Sale makes his much-anticipated Boston debut when the Red Sox host Pittsburgh at Fenway Park. Sale, an All-Star each of the past five seasons, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox. Jameson Taillon, drafted No. 2 overall in 2010, pitches for the Pirates. Taillon is 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 major league starts.