WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-3) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 6-4), 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Locke 6-1) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 6-5), 7:10 p.m.
Surprising Locke gets start vs. Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) - After evening up their series and handing Mat Latos his first defeat of the season, the Pirates this evening go for another win over the Reds in Cincinnati.
The Bucs will have southpaw Jeff Locke on the mound tonight. Locke has gone 6-1, including seven shutout innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo, who went 7 and 2/3 innings in his last start, against Milwaukee, but didn't get the decision.
Charlie Morton gave up three singles over 5 and 1/3 innings to get the win last night -- his second start since returning from elbow surgery. Pedro Alvarez also singled home a pair of runs to key a three-run first inning for the Pirates in the 4-0 victory. The Pirates are 3 games back of St. Louis in the NL-Central, and are now just a half-game behind Cincinnati.
Pirates sign second draft pick McGuire
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pirates have 1 of their two first-round draft picks in the fold, signing catcher Reese McGuire out of Washington state.
The Pirates took McGuire with the 14th overall pick in the draft, 5 picks behind Austin Meadows. The Pirates continue to negotiate with Meadows and say they have so far signed 16 of their draft picks.
McGuire signed for $2.369 million, slightly under slot value. He will start his pro career with the Pirates' Gulf Coast League team, with Pirates GM Neal Huntington saying if he shows steady improvement he could also spend some time with Class-A Jamestown.
Lee, Michael Young lead Phils over Nationals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Phillies go for a sweep of NL-East foes Washington at Citizens Bank Park tonight.
Kyle Kendrick will be looking to rebound from his last time out as he starts tonight for the Phillies. Kendrick gave up seven earned runs over just 4 and 1/3 innings against Colorado.
Tonight's starter for Washington, Gio Gonzalez, went seven innings but also got a no decision in his last start, striking out eight against the Cleveland Indians.
In a 4-2 win last night, Cliff Lee struck out nine over eight innings and Michael Young tied a career high with three doubles.
Utley to begin rehab at Reading
READING, Pa. (AP) - The Phillies say second baseman Chase Utley will begin his rehab from an oblique strain with AA Reading tonight as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs.
Utley has been sidelined since mid-May by the right oblique strain. He is expected to play only a game or two for Reading before the Phillies re-activate him, which would have him rejoining Philadelphia by sometime this weekend.
Phillies agree to deal with top pick Crawford
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Phillies say they have reached agreement with first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford.
The high school shortstop out of California's Lakewood High School was the 16th overall pick in this month's draft. His signing means Philadelphia already has the team's first three picks from the draft signed, after announcing they had also signed outfielder Cord Sandberg and second round catcher Andrew Knapp.
The team says Crawford's deal will be worth $2.299 million. He is meeting with reporters in Philadelphia this afternoon.
Penn State scandal defendants lose second appeal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's former vice president and former athletic director are facing a second loss in state appeals court, nearly two weeks after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against them.
State Superior Court on Tuesday threw out a pair of appeals filed by Gary Schultz and Tim Curley. They'd asked the judges to review a decision by a grand jury supervisory judge that he didn't have jurisdiction to decide whether to dismiss charges against them.
The state attorney general's office and Schultz's lawyer, Tom Farrell, are declining comment. A message left for Curley's legal team wasn't returned.
The two men and former Penn State president Graham Spanier are accused of a criminal cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky behaving inappropriately with boys. Sandusky was convicted last year of child sexual abuse.
Wine resigns as Penn State baseball coach
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State has launched a search for a new baseball coach after yesterday's resignation of Robbie Wine.
Wine spent nine years heading the Nittany Lion program but Penn State managed only a 14-36 mark this past season and finished last in the Big Ten. Their overall winning percentage was the program's worst in more than a century.
In a statement issued by the school, Wine -- who was a major league player with the Houston Astros -- says he is proud of the Nittany Lions' accomplishments over his tenure but says he's also excited to "start a new chapter."
Source: D Streit agrees to 4-year deal with Flyers
(AP) - A person familiar with the deal confirms veteran defenseman Mark Streit has agreed to a 4-year, $21 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Flyers had not announced the move on Tuesday, a day after Canada's TSN first reported the deal had been reached.
The move prevents Streit from entering free agency on July 5. And it comes less than a week after the Flyers acquired the 35-year-old in a trade with the New York Islanders.
The Flyers dealt minor-league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft in exchange for the rights of the Islanders captain.
Streit is an offensive-minded defenseman, who has 65 goals and 288 points in 491 career games.
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