SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 last night. Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. Josh Harrison hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Travis Snider added a two-run shot in the second for the Pirates, who moved within one game of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 last night. Cole Hamels pitched eight shutout innings and finally got some run support when Chase Utley hit a grand slam. Hamels has won three straight starts for the first time in nearly two years.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell isn't worried about a tweaked hamstring slowing him down at training camp. Bell sat out Monday's first padded practice as a precaution after feeling a twinge in his hamstring on Sunday. He insists it won't be an issue going forward.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says his league doesn't feel threatened by the power grab being made by the wealthiest conferences in college sports. Aresco said yesterday at the American media day that his league supports a plan to allow the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC a certain level of autonomy when making NCAA rules.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville says sophomore forward Akoy Agau will miss six weeks following surgery in Philadelphia to repair a sports hernia. The reserve had 17 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks in 19 games for the Cardinals last season. He suffered the injury while working out three weeks ago.
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