SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016
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Eflin Dominant in 3-hit Shutout as Phillies Beat Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Zach Eflin pitched his first major league shutout in his eighth start and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Friday night. Eflin (3-3) had six strikeouts, allowed three hits and did not walk a batter as he threw 100 pitches for his second complete game this month. In the majors for just 39 days, the 22-year-old is one of only seven pitchers to have multiple complete games this season. Cameron Rupp had a home run and three RBIs and Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice for the Phillies, who entered having lost four of five. John Jaso had two of the Pirates' three hits, including their only one for extra bases (a leadoff double in the second). Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six innings for Pittsburgh, which entered with the majors' best record since June 24. Rupp drove in the game's first run in the sixth when Herrera scored on his single with the bases loaded and nobody out. Cole (5-6) escaped the remainder of the inning unscathed. Still, he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning after throwing 96 pitches, and the Phillies made it 2-0 off Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh. Andrew McCutchen misplayed Herrera's sharply hit ball into a double with two outs, and Andres Blanco drove him in with a single. Rupp's homer came with Blanco on with two outs in the ninth. Jaso twice advanced to second base, but no baserunner reached third against Eflin, who has allowed 11 earned runs over his past seven outings since being tagged for nine in his major-league debut June 14. The closest the Pirates appeared to come to scoring was when Herrera made a leaping grab at the wall in center on a ball Jung Ho Kang hit in the fifth. Eflin faced 29 Pirates in collecting 27 outs.

Bell Faces Suspension
According to a report on ESPN, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy. The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one, sources said. The appeals process is ongoing, which is why the suspension hasn't been announced. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, though it's expected that it will be heard before the regular season. If it isn't overturned, Bell would miss the first four games of the season.

NBA Pulls All-Star Game From Charlotte
UNDATED (AP) - The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The league had expressed its opposition to the law since it was enacted in March.



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