Friday, September 30
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
NY Mets (R. Gsellman 3-2) at Philadelphia (A. Asher 2-0), 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh (T. Glasnow 0-1) at St. Louis (C. Martinez 15-9), 8:15 p.m.
Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz lands big buck during off week
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz spent part of his off week bow hunting in his home state of North Dakota.
Wentz posted a picture on his Twitter account late Wednesday that showed himself in a field with a deer. He wrote "What do you do on your bye week? You get your first bow buck!"
Wentz hunted on land owned by former Microsoft executive and current North Dakota gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum. Burgum issued a statement to The Associated Press saying, "Congrats Carson! Browns, Bears, Steelers and a bow buck. Great start!"
Burgum was referring to Eagles victories over Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The Eagles have a bye this week, and face Detroit October 9th.
Cubs-Pirates stopped by rain, first tie in majors since 2005
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when rain forced the teams to stop in the sixth inning Thursday night with the score 1-all.
The Cubs and Pirates aren't scheduled to play again this season, and the game won't be made up because it doesn't affect postseason positioning. So instead of becoming a suspended game, the stats count and it was declared a tie — the first since Houston and Cincinnati went seven innings on June 30th, 2005, before rain halted them.
Willson Contreras had two hits and scored for the NL Central champion Cubs, who have already clinched the best record in the majors. Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly for the Pirates.
The game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes.
Freeman's streak over, Braves rally past Phillies 5-2
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman's 30-game hitting streak ended when he struck out in the eighth inning of a tie game Thursday night, but the Atlanta Braves managed to score four runs after that off Philadelphia closer Jeanmar Gomez and beat the Phillies 5-2.
Tied 1-1 with rookie Dansby Swanson at first base, Freeman whiffed to end the longest hitting streak in the majors since Dan Uggla (33) in 2011.
Matt Kemp followed Freeman with an RBI double off the wall in right field, Jace Peterson added an RBI single and pinch-hitter Emilio Bonafacio drove in two more with a hit off Gomez (3-5).
Mauricio Cabrera (5-1) picked up the win with 1/3 of an inning of work.
Swanson hit his third home run to tie the game in the sixth.
The Braves have beaten the Phillies seven straight times, and won 10 of 11 overall. Philadelphia is heading home after losing six of seven on a road trip that saw them outscored 68-33.
BACKYARD BRAWL RENEWED
Pitt, West Virginia to renew hoops rivalry in 2017
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The basketball version of the "Backyard Brawl" is back.
Pittsburgh and West Virginia announced Thursday that the regional rivalry between the two schools long known as the "Backyard Brawl" will resume in 2017, when the men's basketball teams begin a four-year series. The Panthers will host the Mountaineers in 2017 and 2019, with West Virginia welcoming Pitt in 2018 and 2020.
The two teams met regularly between 1906 and 2012, with West Virginia holding a 96-88 advantage in the series. The rivalry was temporarily abandoned after Pitt left the Big East for the ACC and West Virginia joined the Big 12.
Pitt coach Kevin Stallings says it's "important" for the "Backyard Brawl" to be renewed, pointing to interest level among the fan bases of both programs.