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FRIDAY, JULY 11

MLB:

Washington (Zimmermann 6-4) at Philadelphia (A.Burnett 5-8), 7:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Locke 2-1) at Cincinnati (Latos 2-1), 7:10 p.m.

PHILLIES-NATIONALS

Burnett to start for Phillies in game against Nationals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A.J. Burnett will start for the Phillies when they meet the Washington Nationals on Friday for the start of a three-game series in Philadelphia.

Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals.

Friday's game follows a four-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee, which ended Thursday with a 9-1 win.

Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later. That helped the Phillies sweep the Brewers series.

Friday's game starts at 7:05p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

PHILLIES-SIZEMORE

Phillies purchase OF Grady Sizemore's contract

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies have purchased outfielder Grady Sizemore's contract from Triple-A and sent pitcher David Buchanan to Lehigh Valley.

Sizemore will join the team for a three-game series against Washington before the All-Star break. Buchanan was the winning pitcher in a 9-1 victory at Milwaukee on Thursday. The move means he can start during the break and return to the Phillies when they need a fifth starter later this month.

Cliff Lee was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Sizemore on the 40-man roster. Lee is expecting to return for a weekend series at Atlanta after the break.

Sizemore was a three-time All-Star for Cleveland from 2006-08. He began this season as Boston's starting center fielder before being released on June 18.

TOMLIN-TAILGATE

Steelers' Tomlin heads home to Va. with NFL players

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is heading home to Virginia, followed by an all-star roster of NFL players with Hampton Roads roots.

Tomlin is due back in his Newport News hometown Friday for the 6th Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party presented by the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation.

Besides Tomlin, NFL players expected to attend include Seattle's Percy Harvin, Baltimore's Tyrod Taylor, the Steelers' Shamarko Thomas, Buffalo's EJ Manuel and the Jet's Tajh Boyd, among others.

The event will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

The Hampton Roads Youth Foundation provides educational, social and economic programs for young people in the region.

NEW PACERS

Pacers fill holes as they wait on Stephenson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana signed free agents Lavoy Allen, C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez on Friday as the Pacers await a decision from Lance Stephenson about his future.

Indiana acquired Allen in a trade deadline move from Philadelphia earlier this year. The 6-foot-9 forward played sparingly after joining the Pacers, but team President Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel were convinced he could help the two-time Eastern Conference runner-ups reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000.

Miles spent the past two seasons with Cleveland where he averaged 10.6 pints and 2.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound swingman gives Indiana more scoring punch and a possible replacement if Stephenson signs with another team.

Rudez is a 6-10, 210-pound shooting forward from Croatia.

Vogel said Friday that he's hopeful Stephenson stays.

BLUE JACKETS-DUBINSKY

Jackets sign Brandon Dubinsky for 6 more years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $35.1 million through the 2020-21 season.

The 28-year-old Dubinsky, acquired two years ago in the blockbuster deal with the New York Rangers for Rick Nash, has scored 18 goals with 52 assists with a +7 plus/minus rating in 105 games the past two seasons. He was at his best in last season's six-game playoff series with Pittsburgh, scoring a goal with five assists while frequently matched up against Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Dubinsky was the key to the team's tenacity and determination.

The Columbus Dispatch reported details of the contract, worth $5.85 million per season.

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