FRIDAY, JULY 18
Colorado (Undecided) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 1-7), 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia (A.Burnett 6-8) at Atlanta (E.Santana 7-6), 7:35 p.m.
Resilient Pirates looking for post All-Star surge
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates are primed for another pennant race.
The Pirates begin the second half of the season on Friday trailing front-running Milwaukee by 3½ games in the jam-packed NL Central. Pittsburgh wrapped up the first half by stumbling through a 2-5 road trip through St. Louis and Cincinnati as the bullpen struggled.
Still, second baseman Neil Walker says the Pirates are encouraged as they try to earn a second straight playoff berth.
Pittsburgh slumped through the first six weeks of the season, but has rallied over the past two months despite significant injuries to starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole and catcher Russell Martin.
Liriano is just 1-7 in 2014 after winning 16 games last year. but will get the start on Friday when the Pirates host Colorado.
After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work
(AP) - Baseball's All-Star party is over, and the real fun begins Friday night.
Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast.
It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers in prime playoff position.
The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.
Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley and San Diego closer Huston Street are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece in a bid for to play October baseball.
Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says hearing the first victim on the witness stand in the former Penn State coach's trial helped push him to come forward with his own allegations of abuse.
Matthew Sandusky said in a Thursday broadcast of "Oprah Prime" that he recognized elements of his own abuse when he sat through testimony by a young man described in court as Victim 4.
He says he wonders if it wouldn't have been easier to simply keep quiet.
Matthew Sandusky now claims oral sex was part of the abuse, which contradicts what he told police investigators in 2012.
He says Jerry Sandusky would tickle him, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, and the encounters gradually became more sexual.
Michigan regents reject football game fireworks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan regents have rejected the athletic department's proposal to light up the football field this fall with the help of fireworks displays.
Thursday's meeting in Ann Arbor was the first for new university President Mark Schlissel.
The athletic department proposed using fireworks during home games against Miami University on Sept. 13 and Penn State on Oct. 11.
Thursday's votes were 4-3 against fireworks at the Miami game and 5-2 against them at the Penn State game.
The fireworks would have been set off from the Michigan Stadium field and from the stadium's east and west towers.
Regent Laurence Deitch says the shows would have been unnecessary risky and incoinsiderate of area residents.
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