THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Cincinnati (Cingrani 1-2) at Pittsburgh (Cumpton 0-0), 12:35 p.m.
Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Haren 3-0), 10:10 p.m.
Phillies go for series win in L.A.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Phillies can leave Los Angeles with a series victory tonight if they can solve the Dodgers in the finale of their four-game set.
Philadelphia took the first two games of the series before losing 5-2 last night behind Cole Hamels, who was making his first start of the season. Hamels allowed two runs in six innings as the Phillies' rotation continued to do its job in the series. In 20 2-3 innings, the starters have allowed four runs. The bullpen, though, has struggled all season. After allowing three runs in relief of Hamels, Phillies relievers have an MLB-worst 5.64 ERA.
The Phillies send Kyle Kendrick to the mound tonight. He'll face the Dodgers' Dan Haren.
Pirates, Reds wrap up series with matinee
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pirates are hosting the Reds in a matinee finale to their four-game set at PNC Park. Pittsburgh's Brandon Crumpton is taking on the Reds' Tony Cingrani.
The Bucs are aiming for a series split after losing two-straight to Cincinnati, including last night's 5-2 defeat. Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning and Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game for the Reds.
Simon worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season as a replacement for the injured Mat Latos. Simon pitched exclusively in relief the previous two years.
Bruce had two hits and knocked in the final run of the decisive three-run fifth inning against Charlie Morton (0-3) that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead. Billy Hamilton also had two hits for Cincinnati, which has won seven of 10 games since a 3-7 start.
Steelers open 2014 season against Browns
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers won't waste any time getting a sense of where they stand in the AFC North when the 2014 season kicks off in September.
The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 7 against Cleveland then travel to rival Baltimore for a Thursday night game on Sept. 11.
The game against the Ravens is one of five prime-time matchups for the Steelers in 2014, the maximum allowed under NFL scheduling rules.
Pittsburgh plays at Carolina on Sunday night, Sept. 21, hosts Houston on Monday night, Oct. 20 and Baltimore on Sunday, Nov. 2, and plays at Tennessee on Monday night, Nov. 17.
The Steelers finish up the season with home games against Kansas City on Dec. 21 and Cincinnati on Dec. 28.
Travis Ishikawa rejects minor league assignment
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Travis Ishikawa, the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day first baseman, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and elected to become a free agent.
Ishikawa was designated for assignment Friday, when the Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets, and Ishikawa cleared waivers. The 30-year-old hit .206 with one home run in 15 games.
His decision was announced Wednesday.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.