WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Cincinnati (Simon 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-2), 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-0), 10:10 p.m.
Pens, Jackets hope to end blown leads in Game 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in Wednesday night's Game 4.
In each game of their Stanley Cup first-round series, a team has led by that score - and then lost.
The Penguins did it in Game 2, the Blue Jackets in Games 1 and 3, including a 4-3 home loss on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets have shown they can play with the powerful Penguins. But they have yet to prove they can close the deal.
The Penguins are up 2-1 in the series even though their biggest stars - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz - haven't scored a goal.
Phils' Hamels makes season debut at L.A.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Phillies send ace Cole Hamels to the mound for the first time this season as they go for their fourth straight victory tonight at Los Angeles.
The left-hander was cleared to join the rotation after throwing seven innings of one-run ball at High-A Clearwater on Thursday. He wrapped up his rehab assignment with a 2.12 ERA over 17 innings in three starts. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said the veteran hurler will have no restrictions in his first major league start since September 25th. Hamels hopes to pick up where he left off last season, when he went 6-3 with a 2.68 ERA over his final 16 starts.
Hamels will face L.A.'s Zack Greinke.
Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, in last night's 3-2 win over L.A. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.
Pirates hope Morton rights ship vs. Reds
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pirates look to rebound against the Reds tonight following last night's loss to Cincinnati.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto delivered the latest gem with a three-hitter in a 4-1 win that evened this four-game series with the Pirates at one apiece. Cueto struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He
The Pirates, who have dropped nine of 12, are hoping tonight's starter Charlie Morton can get on track after giving up 14 runs over 19 innings in his last three outings. He allowed five runs over six frames in a 5-3 home loss to Milwaukee yesterday.
Morton hasn't had much success of late against the Reds, going 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA in his last four starts. He'll face Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon tonight.
MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider must sit two games, with Russell Martin also missing one game.
There was no immediate word on whether the players plan to appeal. Snider and Martin were in Pittsburgh's initial posted lineup before Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.
Benches cleared after Gomez and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole exchanged words after Gomez's triple in the third inning. Snider came onto the field and tackled Gomez, getting a minor assist from Martin in the process.
Snider was then punched in the face by Maldonado, receiving a small gash under his left eye.
Steelers pick up 5th-year option on DE Cam Heyward
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the 2015 option on defensive end Cam Heyward.
The decision, announced Tuesday, means Heyward will have to wait two more years before becoming a free agent. Heyward is coming off a breakout season in which he finished with a career-high five sacks while making 13 starts.
The 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft is considered a cornerstone of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense going forward. The team let Ziggy Hood walk in free agency and has not re-signed veteran Brett Keisel.
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