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Cubs turn 7 double plays...Urena, Puig appeal suspensions...Bills suffer 2 worrisome injuries in preseason win

August 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have tied a major league record by turning seven double plays in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. One was a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese. The Cubs got six double plays on grounders, five with Cole Hamels pitching, and one on a line drive. The Elias Sports Bureau says the Cubs became the third team in big league history to turn seven double plays in a nine-inning game.

UNDATED (AP) — Recently suspended players Jose Urena and Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) are both appealing their punishments and should remain in action this weekend. Urena, the Marlins right-hander who plunked breakout Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. Wednesday, was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball. But he could pitch this weekend while the appeal process is completed. Puig also figures to play this weekend for the Dodgers in Seattle as he appeals his two-game ban for fighting and inciting a benches-clearing scrap against San Francisco.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom tries to enhance his NL Cy Young credentials when he starts vs. Jake Arrieta and the Phillies today at Citizens Bank Park. DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.81 ERA. He’s evened his record at 7-7 after New York recently gave him some long-overdue run support. Arrieta is 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA. He won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers will honor Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH’-loh koh-LOHN’) with an on-field tribute before they host the Angels tonight. Earlier this month, the 45-year-old Colon topped Dennis Martinez for the most wins by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon added another victory this week and is 247-186 in the majors. Martinez, who finished in 1998, was 245-193.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo’s 19-17 win in last night’s preseason game in Cleveland may have been a costly one. Bills quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a potentially serious right shoulder injury, and standout defensive tackle Kyle Williams injured his right knee. The 35-year-old team leader left FirstEnergy Stadium with his leg immobilized.

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