WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 12:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 1:45 p.m.
Kendrick, Phillies shut out slumping Braves 4-0
ATLANTA (AP) - Kyle Kendrick allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings, Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in two runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the struggling Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night.
One day after Cole Hamels and three relievers threw the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history, Kendrick (8-11) and relievers Ken Giles and Antonio Bastardo were dominant in the three-hit shutout.
The Braves, who began the night 1 1/2 games behind the NL wild-card leaders, have lost three of four. With two straight shutout losses, they haven't scored in 24 consecutive innings. Their only run in their last 36 innings was a homer by Evan Gattis in a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Jason Heyward had two doubles. Atlanta's only other hit was a third-inning single by Andrelton Simmons.
Wainwright wins 16th, Cardinals beat Pirates
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright earned his 16th win and matched his career best with three RBIs, carrying the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
The bottom of the order was the difference in the fourth win in a row for the NL Central leaders. Eighth-place hitter Peter Bourjos singled twice with an RBI, and seventh-place hitter Daniel Descalso walked twice and scored twice.
Wainwright (16-9) prevailed despite allowing three home runs to match his career worst. He left after Starling Marte's two-run shot shaved the lead to 5-4 with none out in the seventh. It was the first time he had allowed more than one homer all season.
Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer homered with the bases empty for the Pirates, who have lost three in a row.
Steelers take on familiar face in Browns' Hoyer
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't surprised Brian Hoyer beat out Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job with the Cleveland Browns.
Hoyer spent some time with the Steelers practice squad two years ago before moving on to Cleveland, where he played well in 2013 until a knee injury ended his season. Hoyer edged out Manziel for the top spot on the depth chart heading into Sunday's opener in Pittsburgh, though Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the team expects to see Manziel at some point.
Tomlin calls Hoyer a "football junkie" who won't lose games by making bad decisions.
Hoyer will have his work cut out against a team the Browns have struggled against.
The Steelers have dominated the series of late, winning the last 10 meetings at Heinz Field.
McNabb says Foles isn't a franchise QB
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Fluke or franchise quarterback? The question will follow Nick Foles around until he proves himself again.
Foles began last year as a backup to Michael Vick and finished as a Pro Bowl MVP. His emergence was one of the NFL's biggest surprises and a main reason why the Philadelphia Eagles went from 4-12 to 10-6 and won the NFC East title.
Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions, setting an NFL record for best TD/interception ratio.
Now, everyone is wondering what he'll do for an encore.
Donovan McNabb, the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, isn't convinced Foles is the real deal just yet. McNabb, currently an analyst for Fox, expressed that view in a radio interview in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Foles says everyone's entitled to their opinion.
Penn State suddenly has sights on poll position
(AP) - Two years after sanctions threatened to cripple the program, Penn State has an eye on a spot in the polls.
The Nittany Lions as one of the top 25 teams in the country?
Just the thought of a ranked Penn State team seemed improbable in 2012 when the NCAA levied the type of punishments against the program that should have been a virtual death sentence. Among the big hits in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal were scholarship reductions and bowl game banishments.
Coming off a win against Central Florida, Penn State received enough votes in the AP Top 25 to finish in a three-way tie for "29th."
No. 25 Louisville earned 141 points; Penn State, Mississippi St. and Florida all received 49.
Pittsburgh establishes identity behind Conner
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is starting to forge an identity for the program in his third year.
The Panthers ran for 409 yards and seven touchdowns while mashing Delaware in the season opener on Saturday. Pitt ran the ball 56 times and passed it just 14 times.
Though Chryst expects things to be more balanced when the Panthers travel to Boston College on Friday night, it was a promising start for sophomore running back James Conner and an offensive line working in several new faces.
Pitt's passing game also survived a scare against Delaware. Sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd is expected to play against the Eagles after dislocating a finger on his left hand on a punt return.
Boyd practiced Monday and Tuesday and should be fine barring any setbacks.
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