Tuesday, August 4
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 11-6) at Pittsburgh (Happ 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (A.Wood 7-6) at Philadelphia (J.Williams 3-8), 7:05 p.m.
Cubs, Pirates try again tonight after rainout
PITTSBURGH (AP) — J.A. Happ takes the mound for Pittsburgh tonight as the Pirates host the Cubs at PNC Park a day after the series opener was rained out in the fourth inning,
The game between the Cubs and Pirates was postponed Monday night after two rain delays totaling almost 3½ hours.No makeup date was announced. The game was called at midnight with the score tied at 1 in the middle of the fourth inning. There was a delay of over 2 hours in the bottom of the second, then was rained out after a wait of 1 hour, 20 minutes. Both teams scored in the third.
Happ is making first start for the Pirates after being acquired last Friday from Seattle in a trade. He'll face Cubs righty Jake Arrieta, who is 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last eight starts.
Pirates' Burnett hopes to pitch again this season
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is hopeful of pitching again this season after an MRI on his pitching elbow revealed a strained flexor tendon rather than a torn ligament.
The 38-year-old Burnett said Monday that "I'm going to do everything I can to make it back." He reiterated that he will retire at the end of the season.
Doctors told Burnett to rest four weeks before he starts throwing again. But he says that is subject to change.
Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday
Burnett has gone 1-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, allowing at least five runs in each outing. That came following a first half in which he went 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 18 starts and was selected to the All-Star game for the first time in his 17-year career.
Jimmy Rollins returns to Philly with L.A.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Longtime Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins returns to Philadelphia as a member of the L.A. Dodgers tonight as the Phils open a three-game with the NL West leaders.
Rollins was traded to L.A. in the offseason for two prospects after spending 15 seasons in a Phillies uniform. Rollins is hitting for just .216 on the season, but comes into this matchup with a .333 average over the past ten games.
Rollins will face Phillies righthander Jerome Williams. Alex Wood starts for Los Angeles.
Eagles linebacker Travis Long tears ACL again
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles linebacker Travis Long has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year.
Long was injured in practice Monday on the second day of training camp. The second-year pro missed last season after injuring his ACL in the final preseason game.
Long tore his right ACL during his senior year at Washington State in 2012. The Eagles signed him as a rookie free agent in 2013 and he spent his first season on the practice squad.
WR Tyler Boyd, DE Rori Blair are suspended for Pitts opener
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against Youngstown State.
Boyd, a 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first two seasons at Pitt, was charged with DUI in June. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection was pulled over in June south of Pittsburgh. Boyd told police he had two shots of alcohol.
Blair, who led the Panthers with 5.5 sacks in 2014, was charged with driving under the influence of a drug after he was clocked at 117 mph in March.
Narduzzi said the players will be subject to additional internal discipline. The first-year coach said the situations are "very disappointing" and that both players expressed remorse.