Thursday, July 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 5-1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. Gregory Polanco homered and Charlie Morton continued his effective pitching at home. Andrew McCutchen did not play the field in the ninth inning. He fouled a ball off his foot and winced in pain in the eighth, but continued his at-bat and singled.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 5-0 last night, sending Philadelphia to its sixth loss in a row. Casey McGehee reached base three times, doubled home a run and scored another. Tom Koehler allowed three hits in six innings and earned his first victory since June 4th. Three relievers completed a five-hitter. Cole Hamels gave up three runs and needed 97 pitches to get through five innings.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed free-agent forward Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million deal. The 27-year-old had four goals, 20 assists and 106 penalty minutes last season in 62 games for Colorado and Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the Penguins signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, forward Blake Comeau and goalie Thomas Greiss, and re-signed forward Marcel Goc.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to a contract with forward Chris Bourque, son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. The 28-year-old played in Russia and Switzerland last season. Bourque has two career goals and eight points in 51 NHL games over parts of four seasons with Boston, Pittsburgh and Washington.
AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine what sparked a blaze that destroyed a western Pennsylvania restaurant once owned by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jim Rooker. The fire was reported early yesterday morning at the business formerly known as Rook's East Side Saloon in Ambridge. No injuries were reported.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials are mulling several policies — including limiting tailgating hours in stadium parking lots — to avoid messes like the one left behind by 50,000 Luke Bryan fans last month. That concert, and another last year — also at Heinz Field — featuring Kenny Chesney, has prompted a discussion involving government and parking officials, and representatives of the city's three major sports teams.