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Pittsburgh Pirates: Cole Tucker Adjusting to Everday Role at New Position

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Photo Credit: Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Cole Tucker in the first round of the 2014, they envisioned him as someone who could become a long term answer at the shortstop position. Tall and athletic, the selection of Tucker was seen as a bit of a reach, but there was little doubting that defensively he had the potential to stick at short. Fast forward to last season, Tucker finally got his call to the majors and it didn’t take him long to make his presence known. In a rain shortened outing against the San Francisco Giants , Tucker’s first major league hit was a home run, helping lead the Pirates to a victory. While he struggled to find his way offensively, Tucker played strong at short, only committing two errors in over 300 innings at the position, and posting on the positive side in advanced fielding metrics (+2 defensive runs saved). As Tucker was acclimating himself in the majors, Kevin Newman - the Pirates’ first round pick in 2015 - es

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Is A Stanley Cup Final Rematch A Potential?

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Photo Credit: Sportsnet.Ca I do not own, or profit from any image or video on this site. The Boston Bruins had maybe one of the most dominating periods of hockey in recent history. Down 2-0 going into the third period, not only did they score four unanswered goals they did so in a span of about seven minutes.  The period was so tilted in their favor that not only did they take the lead, the Bruins added an insurance marker before the Hurricanes were able to fire their first shot on net for the period. Blues/Bruins Picking Up Steam The Bruins now hold a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, and they are doing it after rallying together after Tuukka Rask decided to opt out for the rest of the playoffs. For the defending champs, they quickly found themselves in a hole after losing their first two games against the Vancouver Canucks. In fact, after their game two loss, the Blues had dropped all five games they played during the restart. A change to Jake Allen in net has gi