Friday, August 26
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Philadelphia (Morgan 1-7) at N.Y. Mets (Colon 11-7), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Vogelsong 2-3) at Milwaukee (Garza 4-5), 8:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
McCutchen, Pirates win in 10th, end 9-game skid at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night.
McCutchen has 44 RBIs in 56 career games at Miller Park, his highest total at any opposing park.
McCutchen homered into the second tier of seats in left field off Wily Peralta in the first for his 18th home run of the season. He then hit an RBI single that beat the shift in the third.
Pinch-hitter John Jaso blooped a single off Carlos Torres (2-3), advanced on a sacrifice, took third on a ground out and scored on McCutchen's liner through the right side of the infield.
Antonio Bastardo (2-0) picked up the win in relief and Tony Watson pitched a scoreless 10th for his eighth save in 11 chances.
Catcher swap: Phillies send Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers for Ellis
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have swapped catchers with Philadelphia, getting Carlos Ruiz and trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies.
The deal was announced Thursday. The Dodgers also got cash while giving up Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named or cash.
The 37-year-old Ruiz was hitting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 48 games as a backup to Cameron Rupp. Ruiz has hit .340 (16 for 47) since the All-Star break.
Popular with Phillies fans who loved to call out his nickname "Chooch," Ruiz will be reunited in Los Angeles with former Philadelphia star Chase Utley.
Ruiz was an All-Star in 2012 and is a .353 hitter in 11 World Series games.
Ellis hit .194 with one homer and 13 RBIs as a backup to Yasmani Grandal.
Bergjans was 3-13 with a 4.98 ERA at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Get ready for Big Ben
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are in Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints in a pre-season contest, with Ben Roethlisberger set to see some playing time.
The Saints have struggled in recent seasons on defense, but believe they've improved from last year. They'll get a big test from the Steelers.
Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen says the Steelers have a lot of weapons with many of them not playing this pre-season so far.
He says that with Todd Haley Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, it'll be a good challenge for the Bucs.
Steelers LB James Harrison meets with NFL investigators
The NFL players' union says Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison met Thursday with league investigators looking into allegations linking him to performance-enhancing drugs.
The NFL Players Association says Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met with league representatives on Wednesday.
Last week, the league threatened Harrison, Matthews, Peppers and free agent Mike Neal with indefinite suspensions if they did not meet with investigators. All of them were mentioned in an Al-Jazeera television interview with Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. In the report, Sly made claims of PED use by several athletes, including Harrison, Peyton Manning and the three others, but later recanted his claims.
The retired Manning was cleared after a separate NFL investigation in which he granted interviews and provided all records sought by league investigators.
Canada picks Crosby captain for World Cup of Hockey
Canada has chosen Sidney Crosby as its captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Crosby returns as Canada's captain after wearing the "C'' for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He's coming off his second Stanley Cup as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will serve as the alternates.
Crosby scored one of Canada's biggest goals in international history when he beat U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller to win the gold medal on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Now 29, he has two gold medals, two Cup rings and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
Canada begins training camp Sept. 5 in Ottawa. The World Cup begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.
Zach McWilliams hits grand slam, Tennessee moves on in LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Zach McWilliams hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, RJ Moore struck out five in two relief innings and Goodlettsville, Tennessee beat Bowling Green, Kentucky 8-4 on Thursday night for a spot in the U.S. championship game of the Little League Series.
McWilliams' smash over the center-field wall gave Tennessee a 6-4 lead. Moore struck out the side in the fifth and he retired Devin Obee with two on in the sixth for the final out.
Ryan Oden added two RBIs for Tennessee. His one-run double in the second pulled Tennessee to 2-1 and he scored on a wild pitch to tie it. His sacrifice fly to right scored Carson Rucker to make it 7-4 in the fourth.
Kentucky had runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the fourth but Tennessee catcher Tanner Jones threw out Obee trying to steal second.
Tennessee plays Endwell, New York on Saturday.
South Korea advances to international title game of LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Seum Kwon had two home runs and three RBIs, Sangheon Park struck out nine and South Korea beat Mexico 7-0 on Thursday to advance to the international championship game of the Little League World Series.
Kwon hit a solo shot over the left-center wall to give Seoul a 1-0 lead in the first inning and he hammered the first pitch he saw in the second for a two-run homer.
Jaekyeong Kim also homered — with two on — in the second and Yoomin Lee came home on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Park was replaced in the fourth after throwing just 48 pitches in order to stay eligible to pitch on Sunday. Wontae Cho didn't allow a hit in two innings of relief.
Gael Isaac Cortez singled up the middle in the first inning for Mexico's only hit.
South Korea, which recorded its third shutout of the LLWS, will play Panama on Saturday.