Friday, October 2, 2015
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
Cincinnati (Sampson 2-6) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 12-7), 7:05 p.m.
Miami (Nicolino 4-4) at Philadelphia (Nola 6-2), 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Temple at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
2nd best Pirates enter series with 2nd worst Reds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are kicking off a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.
The teams meet Friday at PNC Park it Pittsburgh.
With 96 wins and 63 losses, the Pirates have the second-best record in Major League Baseball, just behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who've managed 100 wins and 59 losses. The Reds have the second-worst record at 63 wins and 96 losses, just behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who've won 62 and lost 97.
Left-hand pitcher Francisco Liriano will take the field for the Pirates, while right-hander Keyvius Sampson will start for the Reds. Liriano enters the game 12-7; Sampson is 2-6.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.
Coming off 3 wins, Phillies to meet Marlins in 3-game series
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies, coming off of a three-game sweep of the New York Mets, are heading into another three-game series, his time against the Miami Marlins.
The teams meet Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The Phillies wrapped up their last game against the Mets on Thursday with a 3-0 win. Jerad Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings and Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer to beat the NL East champion Mets.
However, the Phillies still have the worst record in Major League Baseball with 62 wins and 97 losses. The Marlins are 69-90. Philadelphia needs to win one of its last three games against Miami to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961.
Right-hand pitcher Aaron Harang will start for the Phillies; left-hander Justin Nicolino starts for the Marlins.
Mets-Phillies provide injury update
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have activated third baseman Maikel Franco from the disabled list. He's expected to play Friday night. Franco has been out with a broken wrist since Aug. 12.
New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz is slated to pitch Saturday or Sunday. He was scratched from Wednesday's start against the Phillies because of a back injury. Mets manager Terry Collins says shortstop Wilmer Flores is "pretty stiff," and might not be ready Friday. He's been out with back spasms. Collins also says third baseman Juan Uribe is scheduled for tests on his chest Friday.
Skins WR Jackson, LB Riley, CB Hall ruled out vs Eagles
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and cornerback DeAngelo Hall have all been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson is still recovering from hurting his left hamstring in Week 1, Riley missed last week's game with a strained left calf, and Hall hurt a toe on his right foot last week.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Friday that cornerback Chris Culliver is questionable with a sore knee. If starting cornerbacks Hall and Culliver both are missing, the Redskins would probably go with Bashaud Breeland and Will Blackmon, who was signed last month as a free agent.
Gruden says about Culliver's injury: "I don't know if it's wear-and-tear or what it is."
Are Eagles avoiding word "Redskins?"
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are not using the word "Redskins" on the cover of their weekly media guide.
Instead, it just says "Washington" for the opponent Sunday. Through the team's first three games, the opponents on the media guide cover were referred to as the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
Director of media Relations Derek Boyko had no comment, and team owner Jeffrey Lurie was not made available to comment on the omission of the word.
Native American groups have lobbied the NFL and the Redskins to change the nickname, which they say is offensive.