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 postponed after 2 long rain delays
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh 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.
Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single for the Cubs. Michael Morse, who joined the Pirates earlier in the day, and Gregory Polanco doubled for Pittsburgh's run.
Starting pitchers Jon Lester of the Cubs and Francisco Liriano were taken out following the first delay.
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.
HOME RUN RECORD
Hessman sets minor league HR record with No. 433
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Call him the real-life Crash Davis.
Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.
Davis was the character played by Kevin Costner in the movie "Bull Durham" who set the minor league record for homers.
Hessman reached the actual mark in style, hitting a grand slam to break a tie on the career list with Buzz Arlett.
According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Hector Espino hit 484 minor league home runs, but he hit most of them in the Mexican League, which is not part of the affiliated minor league system.
The 37-year-old Hessman has played 109 games in the major leagues for Atlanta, Detroit and the New York Mets. He has not appeared in the majors since 2010. He's hit 14 homers in the majors, batting .188 overall.
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.
AP sources: Battista stepping down as Sabres executive
UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision say Buffalo Sabres vice president of hockey-related business Joe Battista is leaving the team.
They tell The Associated Press he wants to spend more time with his family in Pennsylvania. They spoke on condition Monday because the Sabres are not confirming the move.
The people say the decision was in the works for several months and is not related to team president Ted Black's departure last week. Black was replaced by Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon. The Bills and Sabres are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula.
Battista is the former Penn State hockey coach and athletic department executive with long ties to the Pegulas. He left Penn State to join the Sabres in 2013. His family still lives in State College.
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.