PITTSBURGH PIRATE FLAME-THROWER GERRIT COLE SHINES IN DEBUT VERSUS THE GIANTS
(AP) — Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory in front of a festive crowd.
The top pick in the 2011 draft, Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96-mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.
Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each.
The Giants got some bad news as Pablo Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his foot. Also, Marco Scutaro was hit on the pinkie with a pitch in Tuesday night's game. X-ray's were negative but training staff fears Scutaro may have ligament damage. He will not play in today's game.
(AP) — Derek Norris homered and drove in four runs and Bartolo Colon pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Coco Crisp led off the game for Oakland with a homer off CC Sabathia (6-5) before Norris and Colon (8-2) took over to lead the A's to their eighth win in 11 games.
Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his homecoming start in front of many fans that came from his hometown of nearby Vallejo to watch him pitch.
The A's did get some bad news when star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. He is day to day. Cespedes appeared to hurt himself running out a groundout in the first inning.
THE DODGERS AND DIAMONDBACKS BRAWL AFTER A SERIES OF BEANINGS ON TUESDAY NIGHT
DODGER HITTING COACH MARK MCGWIRE GRABS MATT WILLIAMS DURING AN INTENSE CONFRONTATION
DURING THE DODGER/DIAMONDBACK BEAN-BRAWL ON TUESDAY NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM
DODGER ACE CLAYTON KERSHAW SHOUTS AT DIAMONDBACK MANAGER KIRK GIBSON
DURING TUESDAY NIGHT'S DODGER/DIAMONDBACK SCUFFLE
(AP) — Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with high pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in six ejections in a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Tuesday night.
Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected in the seventh inning after the prolonged scuffle that nearly spilled into the stands.
In the top of the seventh, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back and both teams came charging onto the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown.
That was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig in bottom of the sixth — the ball deflected off Puig's shoulder clipped his nose.