Tuesday, August 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed last 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.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett hopes to pitch again this season. An MRI on his pitching elbow has revealed a strained flexor tendon, rather than a torn ligament. Burnett plans to do everything he can to make it back. He reiterates that he will retire at the end of the season.
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 last 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.
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 yesterday 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.
UNDATED (AP) — Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Buffalo Sabres vice president of hockey-related business Joe Battista is leaving the team. They say he wants to spend more time with his family in Pennsylvania. Battista is a former Penn State hockey coach and athletic department executive. He left Penn State to join the Sabres in 2013. His family still lives in State College.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has announced that wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive end Rori Blair are suspended for the September 5th opener against Youngstown State. Boyd was charged with DUI in June. Blair was charged with driving under the influence of a drug after he was clocked at 117 mph in March.