Dickerson’s disputed homer lifts Pirates over Tigers 1-0

Corey Dickerson celebrated his first game-ending home run in the major leagues. Twice.

Dickerson’s disputed one-out drive in the ninth inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday.

“We’re going to view Jonny in that role, to come in and get a lefty out,” manager Kevin Cash said after an 8-4 win. “I thought it was perfect. It worked out. He came in, got a big out with a two-run lead for us.”

Venters received high-fives and fist bumps in the Tampa Bay dugout because, after all, it was a comeback that everyone could appreciate after all his elbow surgeries.

Hours earlier, Venters was sitting out a rain delay in the minors during a morning game when he got word the Rays were recalling him from Triple-A Durham.

So the 33-year-old hopped into his truck, grabbed a flight to Baltimore and was in the clubhouse when Tampa Bay formally announced the move.

“It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling. It’s been an emotional day,” Venters said prior to the game. “I’m excited to be here. Grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully go out and get some people out today.”

It’s not so easy to guarantee the Capitals will go shift-for-shift with the Penguins like they did most of Game 1, especially with the potential return of Pittsburgh star Evgeni Malkin. Washington did get as many quality scoring chances, if not more, than Pittsburgh, but those third-period goals by the top line of Patric Hornqvist, Crosby and Jake Guentzel tipped the balance.

It’s the case that began with the NCAA’s infractions around Reggie Bush’s time at Southern California. McNair is claiming defamation after he was caught up as a chief culprit.

A 2012 video deposition of Shep Cooper, who served as a liaison to the Committee on Infractions, took up the bulk of Tuesday’s proceedings before former NCAA investigator Angie Cretors took the stand at the end of the day and remained there through the end of the day Wednesday. Cretors’ testimony will conclude Thursday morning.

The Timberwolves became the first team to be outscored by 30 points in a playoff quarter since May 6, 1986, when the Boston Celtics had a 36-6 advantage over the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter.

The Rockets shot 14-of-23 from the floor, 9-of-13 from 3-point range and 13-of-13 from the free throw line in the quarter.

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