Published on October 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) will travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Saturday when it takes on Boston College (3-3, 0-3) at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 31-17 upset with over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech, while the Eagles are coming off a bye week. In BC’s last game, Clemson crushed the Eagles, 56-10.Here are three things BC head coach Steve Addazio said ahead of the matchup.RELATED: This is what Dino Babers said.Addazio wishes Pittsburgh was in the Atlantic DivisionSyracuse-Boston College has been branded as a rivalry game since the Orange moved from the Big East to the ACC. The two teams had played each other in the last game of the regular season since Syracuse joined the league, but this season, the two will square up in a matchup that could determine whether one of gets into a bowl game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first two matchups between Boston College and Syracuse determined both teams’ bowl eligibility. In the 2013 matchup, Syracuse got its sixth win by beating BC, 34-31. In 2014, BC got its sixth win by beating SU, 28-7.Addazio said he’d like to see Pittsburgh, who is currently in the Coastal Division move over into the Atlantic Division to increase the number of rivalry games. SU will get its crack at the Panthers in its last game of the regular season on Nov. 26.“I think it’s fantastic … I wish Pitt was on this side. I was at Syracuse at the time and those are all big games,” Addazio said. “Syracuse, BC, Pittsburgh, they were all big contests. I think those are great within the conference when you have some geographic proximity and some history.”Boston College needs to control the ballAddazio said Syracuse turned its energy and intensity up a notch late against Virginia Tech, which helped propel SU to a win. Boston College has had two weeks to prepare for the Orange now after the Eagles were whooped by Clemson, 56-10. The Eagles also had a bye week last week.“As that game went on … they’re like, hey, we have a chance to go get this thing,” Addazio said of SU’s matchup with Virginia Tech.This week, he said his offense needs to keep the ball away from Syracuse to win the game. The Orange offense racked up 561 yards of total offense against the then-No. 17 Hokies, who were coming off a 34-3 win over a then-ranked North Carolina team.Addazio is hoping for some wind and rain The forecast for Syracuse’s matchup with Boston College is a high of 55 degrees, a 60 percent chance of precipitation and 20 mile-per-hour winds. When SU played Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, got a heavy dose of rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew, which had touched land on the eastern coast of the state.SU’s offense struggled in that matchup, scoring only seven points and allowing quarterback Eric Dungey to be sacked five times, a season-high. WFU thrashed SU, 28-9, in what was a close game until midway through the final quarter.Addazio stressed the Orange’s ability in the vertical passing game, and said he hopes it rains when the two teams meet Saturday.“I wouldn’t mind a little rain and wind coming in here, but I don’t control that,” Addazio said. “So that’s a little out of my reach.“If I could, I’d call it in.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on April 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com Baylee Douglass showed up to her second night of tryouts for the DeMarini Zephyrs, now the Aces, and was the only player asked to come back. Her father, Lynn, didn’t understand what was going on. There were some great players who tried out.After the tryout, Douglass sat next to her father in the family’s Honda Element. The two were an hour into their nearly three-hour journey from Kansas City to their hometown of Centralia, Missouri. DeMarini head coach Ryan Taylor told Douglass he would be in touch soon about whether she made the team. Douglass couldn’t wait any longer and after much pestering, Lynn called Taylor.Douglass made the team. In fact, she made it after her first tryout. Lynn asked Taylor if he just asked Douglass to come back the second night to pitch batting practice.“He kind of snickered and said ‘Yeah. She was on the team,’” Lynn said. “’We just wanted her to come back and throw a little batting practice.’ I was like ‘gosh dang it.’”Douglass was a freshman in high school then. Now Douglass is a Syracuse (17-12, 3-6 Atlantic Coast) transfer. The junior hasn’t played that much due to injury, appearing in only four games for a total of 7 1/3 innings. But before she transferred to Syracuse, she had to get on the Division I radar. And given that her hometown had about 1,000 people, Douglass needed to travel far distances to make that happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At that point we were willing to do anything possible,” Douglass said.Seeing the opportunity, Lynn drove his daughter the 150-plus miles to try out for the team, and 150 miles back. After tryouts ended that night, Douglass was invited back for the second day of tryouts. When she got to the field, that’s when she realized she was the only returning player.Taylor saw a spark in that tryout that made him call Douglass back.“The kid’s 5’3, not that big, doesn’t have overpowering speed, but man she really spun the ball well,” Taylor said. “You kind of just have that gut feeling with players.”Douglass made the six-hour round trip from Centralia to Kansas City every Wednesday night, on top of a three-hour practice. Douglass and Lynn would leave around 2:00 p.m., and typically get home between 12:00-1:00 a.m.Despite the driving time, Douglass was punctual.“I could probably count in the four years she played the number of times she was late on one hand,” Taylor said.On the way there they’d stop at either KFC or Taco Bell in Concordia, about an hour shy from practice. On their drives home, Lynn would make sure to stop at a quick mart and grab ice for Douglass’ shoulder and elbow.For Douglass, the drives felt longer than they were. She suffers from motion sickness, which is one of the reasons why the pair drove down in an elevated Honda Element, allowing Douglass to see out of the front window, even from the back seat when her mother came for the drive.But this meant she couldn’t do homework or read in the car. Despite the limited time to do work, and constantly having to pick up from not having enough time, Douglass finished atop her high school class.The time commitment wasn’t just on Douglass, though, but her entire family. Taking time to drive to-and-from practice, spending money on gas, travel expenses and equipment accumulated a lofty bill.“For the amount of money we paid for Baylee’s travel ball career,” Lynn said, “we probably could’ve put her through just about any college and grad school.”Her impact on the game still remains with her former coach and the new DeMarini Aces. Douglass was the first player on the team to travel such a far distance. But after she joined, Taylor began expanding his recruiting.But the money, and time, paid off. Douglass played two seasons at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with outstanding performances, winning the conference freshman of the year and was second-team all-conference her sophomore year. Now, she plays at SU.“My wife always said, ‘Lynn, we can’t afford to be on this team,’” Lynn said. “And I told her, ‘We can’t afford not to.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
After one of the most impressive wins in recent memory against Bowling Green, the Wisconsin football team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule when they take on the South Florida Bulls (2-2, 1-0 AAC) Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.The UW offensive attack against Bowling Green proved to be a record-setting one, as the Badgers (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) set a school record–and a modern-era Big Ten record–for rushing yards (644) and another school record for total yards (756). Despite an early tie at seven, Wisconsin scored 44 unanswered points en route to a 68-17 victory.However, one aspect of the offense–the passing game–was absent against Bowling Green. While it wasn’t needed, as running backs Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement as well as dual-threat quarterback Tanner McEvoy ran the ball at such a successful rate, completing more passes is something offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig wants to see improve going forward, starting with South Florida. While the rushing attack is a large part of the offense, Ludwig knows they can’t rely on on it to put up the gaudy numbers it did this past Saturday.“We want to throw the ball better,” Ludwig said. “Complete more passes, protect the passer better and get open on the perimeter. Be a little bit more balanced, but it’s hard to argue with what the ground game produced the other day. It’s going to be difficult to do that day in and day out.”McEvoy heads into Saturday’s game against the Bulls as the top-ranking rushing quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging 9.73 yards per carry. But the coaches want to see Wisconsin develop more of a down-field threat through the air and a more reliable receiver overall. Currently, redshirt junior Alex Erickson is the only wide receiver with more than one catch on the season.For the run game to continue to be effective for UW, head coach Gary Andersen said a more reliable deep threat will compliment and open things up for the run game.“Definitely a priority, without question,” Andersen said of finding a deep threat at a wide receiver. “But our ability to take those deep shots, when you want to be who we are and run the ball, has not changed. And your inability to be able to really throw it down [field] a few times a game and take the top off the coverage has to. If you don’t have that, it definitely is going to cause your offense to not be as effective as it could be.”One such wide receiver could be redshirt sophomore Reggie Love, who has just one catch for two yards this season but did score a 45-yard rushing touchdown against LSU in the season opener. He sees the wide receiving group as one that needs to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them while getting open to help out the quarterback.“When the opportunities come to us, we have to make the most of it,” Love said. “We have to do our best to get open, getting more separation for the quarterback, painting a better picture for him and when the ball comes to us, it just has to be ours.”For South Florida, they enter Saturday’s game against the Badgers coming off of a 17-14 win over fellow American Athletic Conference opponent Connecticut. Their other win this season came in their opener against Eastern Carolina, but they have since lost two games against Maryland and North Carolina State.Arguably the best player for the Bulls on offense is freshman running back Marlon Mack. Mack enters Saturday’s game as South Florida’s leading rusher with 502 yards, which is also good for seventh best in the country. He has scored five touchdowns this season and is averaging 125.5 rushing yards per game.South Florida doesn’t pose quite the threat through the air as they do on the ground, however. Starting quarterback Mike White is averaging only 97 passing yards per game and has just a 39.3 completion percentage through four games this season.Unlike Bowling Green, who ran a very up-tempo offense, South Florida’s offense, which is much slower, is somewhat reflective of the offense the Badgers run. Much like UW, the Bulls want to run the ball effectively and hope for the passing game to open up through play action.“South Florida, huddle up team, have plenty of time in between snaps this week, whether they have the ball or we have the ball, so that’ll be a big difference from a week ago,” Andersen said. “I think that they’re a physical run team. They want to establish the run, play action pass. They will get into different personnel groups on the offensive side of the football and have some fly sweeps and try to get the ball to the perimeter with their wide receivers.”On defense, the Bulls will present the Badgers with a tough test as they try to find their niche in the passing game. When asked about the defense for USF, both Ludwig and Love were quick to point out their athleticism, especially in the secondary. That athleticism will certainly test the Badgers wide receivers as they look to become more involved in the offense.“Their defensive backs are really athletic,” Love said. “Both great players, really athletic. But we have to go out there and give them the respect that they deserve and really get after them. They just aren’t any other team, they’re coming in to beat us.”Saturday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Wisconsin and South Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Camp Randall Stadium.
After a successful weekend in the Bahamas where the Wisconsin men’s basketball team won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, the Badgers head back home for what is considered the most highly anticipated matchup in college basketball so far this season.No. 2 Wisconsin (7-0) will take on No. 4 Duke (7-0) in a top-five battle at the Kohl Center Wednesday night as a part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.The matchup is headlined by two preseason All-Americans in Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky and Duke freshman forward Jahlil Okafor. Both players are at the top of the list of National Player of the Year candidates and the matchup between the two stars is sure to be most of the talk as tip-off approaches.Despite the talk and the hype around the two All-Americans, Kaminsky and Wisconsin are keeping their heads straight and focusing on the team’s main goal: to win the game.“This game isn’t about me. It’s about our team,” Kaminsky said. “I want to win more than anything and don’t really care what happens with me as long as we win.”Even though the team result is the only one that truly matters, it doesn’t mean the matchup down low should be ignored.Okafor, who is projected by many to be the first overall pick in next year’s NBA draft, is off to a hot start that rivals that of Kaminsky. The freshman from Chicago and former No. 1 recruit in the class of 2014, according to ESPN, is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game through Duke’s first seven wins. On the other hand, Kaminsky is averaging 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Badgers.With the numbers being nearly identical, it’s no wonder these two are all the talk heading into Wednesday. And from what Okafor has done thus far, it’s no wonder he’s at the top of everybody’s draft boards.“You can put names on guys, McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year, Freshman Player Of The Year, but [Okafor] backs it up,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.Not only has Okafor backed up the hype surrounding his play, but Duke as a whole has been living up to and in some ways exceeding any preseason expectations as well. Through seven games this season, Duke is scoring 90.4 points per game while only allowing 59.1 points per game.So, while Okafor will be Wisconsin’s main concern Wednesday night, Duke has plenty of other players that will be able to step up, including senior guard Quinn Cook and freshman forward Justise Winslow who are averaging 15.6 and 13 points per game, respectively.“Coach [Ryan] has been watching a lot of film; we’ve been watching some film,” Kaminsky said. “Hopefully we’ll just be able to pick up on small things that we might be able to do to neutralize [Okafor] and some other guys on their team.”With both of Wisconsin’s guards out due to foul trouble against Georgetown last Thursday, Bronson Koenig came off the bench and tallied 14 points to help lead UW to the 68-65 win. Hayley Cleghorn/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers, however, will have a supporting cast that goes beyond Kaminsky that will compete with Duke’s role players. Sophomore forward Nigel Hayes, who has arguably been the most improved player in the entire country, is averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Sam Dekker is not far behind him, averaging 12.7 points per contest.But Wisconsin’s supporting cast goes well beyond the Badgers’ front court and even the team’s starters. In fact, this past week in the Bahamas, it was the first two players off the bench who shined for the Badgers after a couple players were plagued with foul trouble.In Wisconsin’s semifinal game against Georgetown, it was sophomore guard Bronson Koenig who came off the bench and scored 14 points with starting point guard Traevon Jackson and redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser in foul trouble for the entire game. And in the championship against Oklahoma, it was redshirt senior Duje Dukan who scored 13 points after filling in for Kaminsky, who sat nearly the entire first half with two fouls.“That’s what I think makes us pretty tough,” Dekker said. “We have a lot of guys that can come in and play big minutes and fill in for guys that need a break or are in foul trouble.”In a game where two of the country’s elite teams are going up against each other, it will be important for both Wisconsin and Duke to bring more than just their frontcourt stars if either wants to walk away victorious.“Whenever you can play against good competition like that, I think it raises your level of competition as well,” Dekker said. “It’s going to be a battle.”The Badgers will take on the Blue Devils in a primetime matchup at the Kohl Center Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Elsewhere, in the Munster Junior Cup, the game between Clonmel and Bandon has been cancelled. Meanwhile, Munster have a chance to go top of the Guinness Pro-12 table tonight.Anthony Foley’s side play host to league leaders the Glasgow Warriors in Cork knowing that a bonus-point win would see them overhaul the Warriors at the top of the table.Kick-off is at 7.15pm. Nenagh Ormond travel to Stradbrook to take on Blackrock College. While Cashel are away to Seapoint in Kilbogget Park.Both games kick-off at 2.30pm.
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Kwasi Appiah hopes to guide the Black Stars to the coveted fifth Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt. Ghana managed to top Group F ahead of Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Benin. Two draws and a win at the group stages were enough to seal top spot in Egypt.Kwasi Appiah opts for his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation; a double-pivot in midfield, two wingers and an attack-minded midfielder in the hole behind the striker. His lineups from the group stage give us an indication of how he will set up against Tunisia. The Black Stars learnt a lot in the group stages; the best centre-back pairing, how good the wide players in the team are and what our midfield is good at.Black Stars Strengths’ â— Wing playGhana is one of the best teams in the AFCON when it comes to attacking from the flanks; with 54% of our attacks coming from the left and right flanks. This has been down to how Kwasi Appiah has instructed the team to play, the wingers and full-backs operate very high up the pitch. Baba Rahman’s introduction into the XI has been crucial, and the effect can be seen, with Ghana predominantly attacking from the left side of the field. Look at how high Yiadom and Baba are in the attackTunisia loves to play and attack quite narrow, so using our width to its maximum capacity would help us a lot in Ismailia â— Getting in behind defencesGhana’s build-up play leaves a lot to be desired at times but most often when it does work, we create a lot of chances from it. Our attackers; especially Jordan, thrive at receiving the ball in behind defences rather than in front of them. Look closely at Ghana’s goals scored in this AFCON, majority of them have come from getting the ball in behind the opponent. The forwards may not have pace to burn, but their intelligent runs have allowed them to gain a few yards ahead of the opponent’s defenders. Jordan’s effort vs Guinea-BissauGhana’s equalizer vs BeninJordan Ayew goal vs BeninAll three situations above have involved two things; a good passer and a willing runner(s). If Ghana are able to use this weapon effectively in Ismaila, they would have an upper hand throughout the game. TunisiaAlain Giresse sets up Tunisia very similar to how Ghana setup, but with a few variations.Tunisia plays more of a 4-2-3-1 system, which is built on maximizing the attacking ability of their three (3) star players: Wahbi Khazri, Youssef Msakni and Naim Sliti. This trio has caused havoc in the final third in this AFCON, but their failure to convert when necessary has been their stumbling block. The variation of the 4-2-3-1 Tunisia employ involves their wingers drifting centrally to form an attacking trident in the middle of the pitch. They often rotate as they move across the pitch, confusing defenders as to who to track at which time. Typical Tunisia attacking structureHow does Ghana beat them?Beating Tunisia will not be easy but we need to do two things:â— Provide width and stretch play as wide as possible â— Get in behind the defence often If there is joy to be found in this Tunisia lineup, it’s in their fullback areas. Tunisia’s fullbacks operate high and wide to accommodate for the lack of width when Sliti-Msakni-Khazri come into the middle. Mauritania and Mali were able to exploit this countless times during the group stage.Mauritania able to find their striker in behind with easeThis is how both teams would lineup with respect to the tactics and movements of the players in the formation.Tunisia’s fullbacks pushing up wide during the game would give a perfect advantage to the Black Stars; Samuel Owusu and Dede Ayew would need to stay high and wide in order to take advantage of any spaces in behind. If Alain Giresse decides to put a leash on both fullbacks, then Kwasi Appiah would need to let Yiadom and Baba attack and create 2v1 situations out wide. The runs of Partey, Dede and Jordan in behind the Tunisian defence would need to be perfectly choreographed if the Black Stars are to stand a chance in Ismailia.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeonard and George are Southern California natives and have expressed interest in returning to play for the hometown Lakers, whose initial talks with the Spurs about Leonard didn’t go well, according to reports. George is said to be leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder.It’s also possible James remains with the Cavaliers and Leonard and/or George join him there.Randle, 23, played all 82 games at center this past season, starting 49. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points on 55.8 percent shooting while helping the Lakers to 35 victories, their highest win total since 2012-13. He also averaged 8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. As a starter, Randle averaged 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.Though Randle’s qualifying offer is $5,564,134, as a restricted free agent he’ll take up $12,447,726 of their cap space. They can free themselves of that cap hold by withdrawing their qualifying offer and renouncing their rights to Randle, something they would do only if they need the cap space because elite free agents have agreed to sign with them.Randle can accept the qualifying offer, but he is obviously looking for (and is sure to find) more. If Randle signs an offer sheet with another team, which he can do starting July 6 at 9 a.m. PT, the Lakers will have 48 hours to match the offer. Randle’s agent can begin negotiations as soon as the market opens. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Johnson also said he would quit if the Lakers whiff in free agency this season and next when the class is expected to be even better than this one. He pleaded for patience but placed an extraordinary burden on his own shoulders to deliver the goods and return the Lakers to elite status in the NBA.“If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself,” he said. “She won’t have to fire me.”Johnson referred to Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner.He also stressed that the Lakers’ rebuilding effort would be a two-summer project.“We don’t know what people are going to decide to do and we can’t control that,” he said Tuesday. “So, if guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure. We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure.” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie The Lakers extended a $5.56-million qualifying contract offer to forward/center Julius Randle on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent and possibly setting the stage for his departure after 238 career games over four seasons in Los Angeles.Randle’s name has been linked to a potential sign-and-trade deal that would net the Lakers disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and kick-start their pursuit of four-time league MVP LeBron James. ESPN reported Wednesday that there’s pressure on the Lakers to acquire Leonard, adding that the teams “re-engaged” in trade talks Wednesday night.James isn’t likely to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for Los Angeles without one or two top-tier plays joining him to form a super team to battle the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy. James and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder have until Friday night to exercise their contract options on 2018-19.San Antonio is likely to command a considerable package of young players and draft picks for Leonard, a two-time All-NBA first-teamer and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. If the Lakers are also willing to absorb another big San Antonio contract (Pau Gasol? Patty Mills?) in the process, the deal could become more attractive to the Spurs, who could come away from the deal with young talent, draft picks and future cap space. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Free agency begins at Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PT.The Lakers have roughly $60 million in salary-cap space to work with this summer.Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, said Tuesday he felt no pressure to acquire James, George, Leonard or any other top-flight free agents this summer. Neither he nor Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka named names, but it was clear who they spoke of Tuesday.Related Articles
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer came to Pittsburgh with much fanfare when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 31. Then he went 1-3 in his first eight starts with the Pirates. It’s almost certainly too late for the Pirates to make a playoff push this season, but on Wednesday night, Archer finally looked like the pitcher they thought they were getting at the non-waiver trade deadline. He pitched seven strong innings, and Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 2-1 win.In his most impressive start since the trade, Archer (5-8) allowed one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander made it out of the sixth inning for the first time in nine starts for the Pirates.“The one thing I hang my hat on is making starts and pitching deep into ballgames,” Archer said. “Giving up way more runs than I wanted to this year, but the thing that frustrates me the most is my average innings. It has to be the lowest of my career, but there’s a correlation. The better you pitch, the deeper you pitch into games.”The Pirates remain marooned in fourth place in the NL Central despite a five-game winning streak that’s moved them three games over .500.“You play the game to win the game,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “The games matter. They matter Game 1 to Game 150 to Game 151. There’s nobody that suits up and wants to go out and not play well.”Felipe Vazquez allowed one walk in the ninth but earned his 35th save one day after he let a 1-0 lead slip away — his fifth blown save of the season. The Pirates went on to win 2-1 in 11 innings on Tuesday night.Adam Frazier broke a 1-1 tie with a homer to right-center with two outs in the fifth inning off rookie right-hander Heath Fillmyer (3-2). It was Frazier’s ninth homer of the season, and it came two days after he fouled a ball off his knee.The injury held Frazier out of the starting lineup Tuesday, although he entered in the ninth and played the final three innings. He started Wednesday at second base.Fillmyer allowed two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for Kansas City, which has lost four straight after winning five of six.“What do they say in baseball? You can win a game with 100 pitches and lose a game with one. That’s kind of what happened today,” Fillmyer said. “Not that I was perfect by any means, but you know what? I left one a little up. The guy got it, and it ended up being the difference.”Royals manager Ned Yost was pleased with how the 24-year-old battled.“These are big-league starts,” Yost said. “That’s exactly what you ask for. Go out, keep us in the game, give us a chance to win. That’s exactly what it is.”Colin Moran put the Pirates on the board with a single to left that scored Corey Dickerson, who was 2 for 3 with two doubles, in the second inning. Adalberto Mondesi tied it with a homer to center, his 10th, in the third.LINEUP CHANGERoyals: OF Jorge Bonifacio was taken out of the starting lineup after going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts and one walk Tuesday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and drew a walk.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery on Wednesday. No further details regarding the operation were provided. Kuhl was re-examined by Dr. David Altchek in New York on Tuesday. He last pitched on June 26.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Jorge Lopez (2-4, 3.93 ERA) is expected to start against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. He left Kansas City’s game against the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 14 with a left rib contusion sustained in a collision with 3B Hunter Dozier.Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.07) takes the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. In his past two starts, Nova has allowed one run on seven hits over 12 innings with 13 strikeouts and two walks.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports