Osuna HR, Pirates beat Tigers 8-3 for doubleheader split

Jose Osuna made the most of his brief stay with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Osuna, called up from the minor leagues to serve as an extra player for the second game of a doubleheader, hit a three-run home run to lift the Pirates to an 8-3 victory Wednesday night and a split with the Detroit Tigers.

Major League Baseball rules allow teams to carry a 26th man in second games of twinbills, and the Pirates recalled the right-handed hitting Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis to play right field against left-hander Matthew Boyd. Osuna opened the scoring with a shot to center field in the second inning.

Chad Kuhl (3-1) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings in the second game. He allowed three runs, six hits and one walk in improving to 3-0 lifetime against Detroit.

The Pirates had lost seven of their previous eight games.

“As a pitcher, you want to go out and give a quality start when your team really needs it,” Kuhl said. “It was a good win to come back and get the split.”

First line. The Bruins boast the best line in the NHL, with Patrice Bergeron centering Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. They posted 27 goals at even strength in the regular season, giving up 17. While the line went dormant in Games 5 and 6 against the Leafs, it roared back to life in Game 7 with three goals and four assists.

Steven Stamkos (1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points in Round 1) and Nikita Kucherov (5-1-6) were always a dynamic duo, but trade-deadline addition J.T. Miller (1-3-4) has added a north-south, gritty element to the line that’s made it even more dangerous. Advantage: Bruins

Depth. Remember the Triplets? Well, Kucherov graduated to the top line, but Tyler Johnson (2-1-3) and Ondrej Palat (1-3-4) are still doing their thing, skating with Brayden Point (1-2-3). Alex Killorn had four goals in the first round and has 19 postseason goals in his career. He skated with Anthony Cirelli and outstanding rookie Yanni Gourde (25 goals in the regular season). Cedric Paquette is a delightful pest. Four-time Cup champion Chris Kunitz probably has another big playoff goal in him, though he didn’t tally a point in Round 1.

David Krejci (2-6-8) and Jake DeBrusk (5-2-7) are offensive forces on the Bruins’ second line. Rick Nash (2 points in seven games) is also on that line. David Backes, Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly (2-2-4) bring some energy. Waiting in the wings: Rookie Ryan Donato. Advantage: Lightningjets_114

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