PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are running out of time. It may already be too late.Ryan Vogelsong pitched four shaky innings in Pittsburghs 8-0 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, closing a disappointing four-game set against the last-place Reds. The Pirates have dropped 11 of 13 overall to fall off the pace in the NL wild-card race.After Cincinnati got to Vogelsong (3-5) for five runs in the second on its way to a big lead, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle emptied his extensive bench, giving playing time to some younger and little-used players. But Hurdle insisted he isnt throwing in the towel.Not yet. Not for me, he said. My vision is to get us playing better. Thats my thought. Im not going to walk out of here with anything other than knowing I have a job to do. Negative emotions, I dont carry them at all. Frustration isnt going to help me do what I need to do to get those men motivated and continue to play. Discouragement, Im not going to go there. I dont go there. We needed to play better. We didnt. How do we play better? Thats where my focus is.After opening the series with a 4-1 win on Thursday night, the Pirates dropped the last three games. Left fielder Gregory Polanco was ejected by umpire Pat Hoberg for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning of the finale. It was Polancos first career ejection.Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan (9-10) struck out seven in five innings, but allowed five hits and walked five.The seven strikeouts played for him, Hurdle said. It got him out of the all messes. We werent able to convert in some situations that were there for us with a single, let alone a double, let alone a homer. That would have been great. Our execution in crunch time when we were trying to move or score or (get) a two-out hit has been challenging. ... We werent able to punch through and get that big hit off him.Jumbo Diaz followed Finnegan with two innings and Ross Ohlendorf and Wandy Peralta each got three outs, completing a seven-hitter. The Pirates (69-72) left 10 runners on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.The Pirates are always good, Finnegan said. They have a good-hitting team. The Reds and Pirates dont really get along very well. But its nice beating any team, especially winning a series.Cincinnati grabbed control in the second, taking advantage of an error by center fielder Andrew McCutchen and some wildness by Vogelsong. Holt had the big blow, a two-run triple that gave the Reds a 4-0 lead. Eugenio Suarez followed with an RBI single.Vogelsong was charged with six runs and seven hits.Cincinnati (60-82) finished with 13 hits. Joey Votto, one of the hottest hitters in the majors, was the only starting position player to fail to record a hit for the Reds.TRAINING ROOMReds: Alfredo Simon will miss the rest of the year with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery. Simon went 2-7 with a 9.37 ERA this season. ... INF Jose Peraza was given the day off after being hit by a pitch in his hand Saturday.Pirates: 2B Josh Harrisons right groin injury is more than day to day and could potentially be season ending, according to general manager Neal Huntington.UP NEXTReds: Keyvius Sampson (0-1, 3.90 ERA) will move to the rotation in order for the Reds to skip the start of Anthony DeSclafani. Sampson will be making his second start in 2015 after starting 12 games in 2016.Pirates: Gerrit Cole (7-9, 3.55 ERA) is expected to return from the disabled list to start Monday at Philadelphia. Cole has been inactive since Aug. 24 with right elbow inflammation. 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The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Arthur-Moats-Jersey/ . Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. http://www.steelersrookiestore.com/Steelers-Eli-Rogers-Jersey/ . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. A look at Fridays NFL preseason matchups:ROMO READY TO GODallas quarterback Tony Romo will make his preseason debut at home against Miami on Friday night a week after his top option, receiver Dez Bryant, made a surprise appearance and scored a touchdown in the first game in Los Angeles since 1994.Romo should be joined for a brief appearance by tight end Jason Witten, but rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will wait another week for his first pro outing. The fourth overall pick in the draft was slowed by a mild hamstring injury in training camp, which wrapped up Wednesday in California.It will be Round 2 for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and crew after gaining 8 yards on seven snaps in an exhibition opener more notable for three Miami takeaways in the second quarter of a 27-10 win over the New York Giants.The Miami offense is much more unsettled than Dallas in terms of who will start, including a competition at running back between Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi. Foster, limited to four games because of torn Achilles tendon in the last of his seven seasons in Houston, sat out the preseason opener.Its been a while since Ive been hit, said Foster, a four-time Pro Bowler. In games, its different. You want to get that feel of getting hit week in and week out again.---REDSKINS HAVE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENTWashington Redskins coach Jay Gruden didnt even need to think about what he wanted to see his team improve in its second preseason game Friday against the New York Jets: the running game and penalties.The Redskins had 79 yards rushing on 24 carries, a 3.3-yard average that was stunted by four tackles for loss. Two carries by No. 1 running back Matt Jones went for a combined 1 yard, and Gruden didnt want to use the absence of left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Shawn Lauvao as an excuse.I think we should be good, Gruden said Wednesday. Were going to keep trying to push it. The Jets are excellent against the run. If I recall last year, we couldnt run the length of my arm agaainst them.dddddddddddd Theyre very physical. They play some fronts that are very difficult to run against. So it will be a great test for us -- our physicality -- and see if we can get anything going.Gruden wants physicality without flags after Washington racked up 123 yards on 14 penalties in its preseason-opening 23-17 loss at the Atlanta Falcons last week. Allowing a touchdown on a kick return wasnt great, either, so all facets of the team have something to work on.You want us to play a clean football game and you want us to improve on our physicality and obviously eliminate the big plays on defense, Gruden said. You need to take away the big plays and the penalties, play a pretty good game.---A WEEK AT THE BEACHAfter a week in San Diego, a trip that included the hospitalization of their coach, the Arizona Cardinals plan to play most of their starters no more than 16 to 18 plays in their preseason game against the Chargers on Friday night.Coach Bruce Arians is back with the team after spending Tuesday night in a San Diego-area hospital with a stomach ailment. He later called the episode no big deal.New right tackle D.J. Humphries and rookie cornerback Brandon Williams are the starters who will play a little more because they need the experience. Arians wasnt concerned with Arizonas 30-10 loss to Oakland in its preseason opener last week because the starters played well in their brief time on the field.The Cardinals and Chargers held joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and players on both sides said it was helpful to go against someone besides a teammate for a change.San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said the practices had a game-like feel.---AP Sports Writers Stephen Whyno in Ashburn, Va.; Schuyler Dixon in Irving, Texas; and Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Jerseys From China Jerseys NFL Cheap Disocunt Football Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Outlet ' ' '