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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, right, listens to manager Derek Shelton during a team workout at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Shelton and other first-year managers are scrambling to make up for lost time. The rookie skippers are getting creative when it comes to getting a feel for their players during a season unlike any other.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus

Jul. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it. Each day Kelly puts together a meticulous schedule designed to find a way for separate groups of players to get...

Monique Jones, left, of Erie, receives a face mask Friday, July 10, 2020 from Rajahnee Hollamon, a member of the Blue Coats, in the 900 block of East Eighth Street in Erie, Pa. A group of volunteers was canvassing the neighborhood to educate residents about COVID-19. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)

Pennsylvania reports 1K new virus cases, 1st time since May

Jul. 10, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New confirmed coronavirus infections in Pennsylvania hit their highest one-day mark since May on Friday, with state officials blaming the rising numbers on crowded bars where people aren't wearing masks and on out-of-state travel to virus hot spots. Pennsylvania reported more than...

Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco stands in the dugout during a simulated game at the baseball team's training in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020

Jul. 10, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They always have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw jangly mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field...

Pennsylvania to extend eviction moratorium to Aug. 31

Jul. 9, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until Aug. 31, saying renters need more breathing room in the midst of the pandemic. The Wolf administration has been facing growing calls to extend the four-month-old moratorium — which had been set to lapse Friday...

Beaver Falls High School football players Mitch Myers and Quadir Thomas sanitize their hands between drills during practice Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Beaver Falls, Pa. They will continue with practice even as about 20 others high schools will pause practices for a week due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania holds off on new pandemic restrictions

Jul. 8, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County reported a near-record number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as state health officials expressed concern about the situation in southwestern Pennsylvania, but made no move to reimpose pandemic restrictions in border counties that...

FILE - In this Monday, July 29, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif. The coronavirus pandemic forced the NFL to abandon, at least for 2020, the fading but still time-honored tradition of teams traveling to training camp. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)

NFL's stay-at-home order means no travel for training camp

Jul. 8, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

Tim Flynn was looking forward to one final year as the mayoral host of training camp for the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California. So much for that. The pandemic forced the NFL to abandon, at least for this year, the fading but still time-honored tradition of teams traveling to training camp. The league's version...

THIS CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF THE LAST NAME TO  KELLEY, AND NOT KELLY AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Doris Kelley, 57, sits in her home on Monday, June 29, 2020 in Ruffs Dale, Pa. Kelley was one of the first patients in a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center trial for COVID-19. “It felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I couldn’t get any air,” Kelley said of the disease. (AP Photo/Justin Merriman)

'Desperation science' slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Jul. 8, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

Desperate to solve the deadly conundrum of COVID-19, the world is clamoring for fast answers and solutions from a research system not built for haste. The ironic, and perhaps tragic, result: Scientific shortcuts have slowed understanding of the disease and delayed the ability to find out which drugs help, hurt...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Rodano's staff member Mikayla Cook wears her mask at the Public Square business as she waits for the evening flow of customers, Monday, June 29, 2020. The bar/restaurant requires staff to all wear masks as well as taking digital temperatures of customers entering the establishment in Wilkes-Barre Pa. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

Jul. 7, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appeared possible in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surged, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants, according to health officials. Already, Allegheny County, where...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Mitch Keller (23) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, March 2, 2020, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pirates' Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

Jul. 7, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability to work deep into...