Thursday, July 30
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 yesterday for a two-game sweep. Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into a race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Blanton was designated for assignment on Tuesday, when Johnny Cueto reported to Kansas City following his trade from Cincinnati. Blanton was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 last night. Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three hits in his Blue Jays debut. Toronto snapped Philadelphia's winning streak at five games and handed the Phillies just their second loss in 11 games since the All-Star break.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade ace left-hander Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. His trade follows yesterday's deal that sent closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is eyeing a bigger role with the offense this year. Bryant caught eight touchdowns in 10 games for the AFC North champions last season, but struggled to grasp the intricacies of the playbook. He spent the offseason studying film and working out at the gym.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is ready to move forward after the NFL cut his suspension from three games to two following his arrest last summer on DUI and drug charges. Bell appealed the initial suspension and the league cut one week off his suspension as part of a settlement. Bell says he's ready to focus on the upcoming season.