Wednesday, April 27
McCutchen hits 3 homers, Pirates beat Rockies 9-4
DENVER (AP) — Slumping outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit three homers and drove in five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Tuesday night.
This was the second time McCutchen has gone deep three times in a game. He also accomplished the feat on Aug. 1, 2009, against Washington.
The perennial All-Star entered the game in a 3-for-23 funk on this road trip but rediscovered his swing. McCutchen hit solo shots in the first and second innings off starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-3). He also lined a three-run homer off reliever Christian Bergman in the sixth.
The major league record for homers in a game is four, which has been done 16 times and last by Josh Hamilton in 2012. McCutchen had a chance to equal the mark in the eighth, but grounded out.
Gerrit Cole (2-2) threw six innings and allowed four runs — two earned — to win his second straight start.
Rookie Story held out of lineup
DENVER (AP) — Rookie Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was held out of the lineup for the first time this season as the Rockies faced the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday evening.
After a torrid start, his average has dipped to.247. His eight homers in April, though, are the most by an NL rookie since Albert Pujols hit eight with St. Louis in 2001. Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu holds the major league rookie record for April with 10 in 2014.
Manager Walt Weiss says Story hasn't had the typical three-week start to a career -- adding that "he's had a lot on his plate."
Candace Parker disappointed, will not be on US hoops roster
NEW YORK (AP) — Candace Parker was shocked and disappointed when the two-time Olympic gold medalist learned she will not be on the U.S. women's basketball roster for the Rio Games.
The 30-year-old forward was informed of USA Basketball's decision not to include her for Rio last week. The two-time WNBA MVP helped the Americans win the gold medal in the past two Olympics.
Parker told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she was surprised by the decision.
She was the team's leading rebounder in the London Games four years ago and had 21 points and 11 rebounds against France in the gold medal game in that Olympics.
The Americans will be trying for a sixth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio.
The U.S. is expected to unveil its roster on Wednesday.
Former Jets offensive lineman Winston Hill dead at 74
NEW YORK (AP) — Winston Hill, a durable Pro Bowl offensive tackle who helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets' Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. He was 74.
The team announced Tuesday night that Hill, a member of the Jets' inaugural Ring of Honor class in 2010, died in his adopted hometown of Denver.
Hill made a franchise-record eight All-Star teams, the first five at left tackle and the last three at right tackle. He also holds the team mark for offensive linemen with 195 consecutive games played.
Hill was drafted by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 1962 NFL draft out of Texas Southern. The Colts released him in August 1963, and signed with the Jets the next day. He made three straight AFL All-Star games in 1967-69 and four straight Pro Bowls from 1970-73.