Thursday, July 2
THURSDAY, JULY 2
Pittsburgh (Liriano 4-6) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 6-7), 1:08 p.m.
Milwaukee (Garza 4-10) at Philadelphia (Billingsley 0-2), 6:35 p.m.
Pirates go for sweep at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The Pirates are hoping to complete a three-game sweep this afternoon in the finale of an interleague series at Detroit.
Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 last night. The Pirates finished with 21 hits, their most since May 13, 2004 in Colorado.
Detroit's Kyle Ryan is facing Francisco Liriano this afternoon. Liriano has faced the Tigers 26 times, including 19 starts, but is 1-9 in his last 14 appearances.
Phillies hope to avoid sweep vs. Milwaukee
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies turn to Chad Billingsley as they look to avoid being swept at home by the Brewers.
Adam Lind homered, Scooter Gennett doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs and the hot-hitting Brewers knocked off Philadelphia 9-5 last night. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez each doubled and had two RBIs for Milwaukee. Gerardo Parra and Kyle Lohse had three hits apiece for the Brewers, who had a season-high 17 hits.
Maikel Franco had a three doubles and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which lost its sixth in the last seven to fall to 27-53. The Phillies have the worst record in baseball.
Billingsley will be opposed by Brewers righthander Matt Garza in the finale of the four-game series tonight. Garza has an 8.50 ERA while losing his last three starts but is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA in seven career starts against the Phillies.
AP Source: Kings trade Stauskas, Thompson, Landry to 76ers
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because trades can't be completed until July 9. It wasn't immediately clear who the Kings were receiving in return or if draft picks were involved.
Stauskas struggled after being drafted by the Kings eighth overall last year, but it was a difficult season for any rookie as the team fired two coaches and had a front-office shake-up. Thompson just completed his seventh season and was Sacramento's longest-tenured player.
Landry, an eight-year veteran, has battled injuries since coming to Sacramento two years ago.
MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS TRADE
Penguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins gave stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin some help, acquiring Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh sent forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington, former first-round pick Kasperi Kapanen and a draft pick to the Maple Leafs for Kessel, defenseman Tim Erixon, forward Tyler Biggs with other conditional picks involved.
The 27-year-old Kessel has 247 goals and 273 assists in nine seasons between Boston and Toronto. Kessel finished with 25 goals and 36 assists for the Maple Leafs in 2014-15. The Penguins were in search of a top-six forward to help take some of the scoring burden off Crosby and Malkin.
Kapanen, taken with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, was considered one of the top forward prospects in the Penguins' organization.
Flyers sign backup goaltender Neuvirth to multiyear deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a multiyear contract.
Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Philadelphia's No. 2 goalie behind Steve Mason. Terms of Wednesday's deal were not announced.
Neuvirth split last season with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders. He went 7-20-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Neuvirth was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played parts of six seasons for Washington, posting a record of 59-41-13 with a 2.67 GAA and a .910 save percentage over 134 appearances.
In 168 NHL games, Neuvirth has a record of 66-63-17 with a 2.73 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Steelers interested in hosting 2023 Super Bowl
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to get into the Super Bowl hosting business.
The team submitted an application at the owner's meetings in May for the right to bid on the 2023 Super Bowl. It's the first time the franchise and city have sent in an application to host the title game. The NFL will not open up the actual bidding for the game until 2018. The vote on who will host the 2023 Super Bowl won't come until 2019.
Team president Art Rooney II met with Pittsburgh leaders on Wednesday and stressed the process remains in the early stages. City and team officials will visit previous Super Bowl host cities as part of their due diligence.
Heinz Field is nearing the end of an offseason expansion that will bring capacity over 67,000. It opened in 2001.