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Morning Sports Report – 4/16/2014

Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning on Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs. The NL Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended in a 7-all tie after six innings because of rain. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12 year history.

Starter Mike Leake did just about everything to lead the Reds to a 7-5 victory in game 2 of the series last night. Leake pitched into the seventh inning, struck out a career high 8 batters and only walked one to pick up the win. The young right hander also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a homerun, 2 RBI’s and scored twice. Todd Frazier hit a 2-run-homerun and Devin Mesoraco was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI’s to lead Cincinnati, which looks to win its first series of the year tomorrow. The rubber match between the Pirates and Reds can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame set for 12:05 and the first pitch at 12:35.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive during spring training. The left-hander threw 25 pitches in the bullpen before Cincinnati opened its series against Pittsburg. The Reds will gradually increase his activities and hope to have him back sometime in May. Chapman sustained fractures above his left eye and nose when he was hit by a line drive on March 19.

The game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers was postponed yesterday because of bad weather. The Tigers said the Central division rivals’ first meeting of the season will be rescheduled — but not during this series. The interleague game between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs was postponed as was Atlanta versus Philadelphia. The bad weather has been wreaking havoc on area baseball and softball teams as well. Another round of games were cancelled or postponed yesterday, leaving coaches and AD’s scrambling to find make-up dates before the regular season ends in early May.

The Columbus Blue Jackets return to the rink tonight when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Jackets are hoping they have more moments to remember in this year’s foray into the Stanley Cup playoffs than they had the last time. In 2008-09, they took on the Detroit Red Wings. Four games and eight days later, it was all over. Tonight’s game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburg marks only the 2nd time in franchise history Columbus has ever played in the post season. The Penguins have three Stanley Cups, superstar Sidney Crosby and another half dozen of the best players in the game. The Blue Jackets are one of the NHL’s youngest teams, relatively free of name players and eager to show they belong in the sport’s brightest spotlight. Tonight’s game can be heard live on 970WATH and 97.1FM with pregame scheduled for 7:00PM and the drop of the puck at 7:30.

On your radio dial tonight at 6:06, it’s the Sports Fan presented by J&K Contracting on 970WATH and 97.1FM

This article was posted on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 at 9:28 PM.
Last edited/updated on April 15, 2014 at 9:28 PM.
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