Archer to make first start for Pirates...Severino looks to get back on track...Sandoval done for the season
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer makes his first start for the Pirates tonight in what the team hopes could be the beginning of a long and productive stint in Pittsburgh. The Pirates acquired Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The 29-year-old former All-Star hopes to help the Pirates earn a playoff spot. Pittsburgh got back into contention with an 11-game winning streak last month.
BOSTON (AP) — The Yankees hope their ace will get back on track amid turmoil at the bottom of their starting rotation. Luis Severino has allowed 17 earned runs over 19 1/3 innings in his last four starts, and the All-Star’s ERA has risen from 1.98 to 2.94 during that span. His most recent outing was the worst of the bunch as he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Kansas City. He takes the mound tonight against the rival Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello.
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right hamstring while sliding. Giants manager Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee) says the 2012 World Series MVP has a significant tear requiring surgery. Sandoval was injured while sliding into home plate Sunday against San Diego. The 31-year-old Sandoval was hitting .248 with nine homers and 40 RBIs.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has undergone the first of two heel surgeries that will likely sideline him for eight to 10 months. Dr. Robert Anderson removed bone calcification in Cespedes’ right heel during the operation. The left heel will be repaired in 8 to 12 weeks.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State holds its first football practice today, without the coach. Urban Meyer has been put on administrative while the university investigates his handling of a former assistant accused of domestic violence. Reporters won’t be there, either. The school says reporters will be barred from practices at least until next week.