West Virginia Sports NewsLast Update: Sunday, April 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT
Cubs hit 3 HRs, break loose to beat Reds 8-4
Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 Saturday.
Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field.
Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and scored a pair of runs for the Cubs. Junior Lake, Starlin Castro and Justin Ruggiano each drove in a run.
Edwin Jackson allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Tony Cingrani gave up three runs in five innings.
Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 with a walk for the Reds.
Reds activate LHP Sean Marshall from disabled list
The Cincinnati Reds have activated left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the 15-day disabled list and optioned the contract of righty Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.
Marshall had soreness in his throwing shoulder in spring training. He remained at extended spring training before two rehab appearances in Louisville. He pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out two. On Wednesday, he allowed a home run in one inning of work.
Marshall is 37-46 with a 3.77 ERA in his eight-year career.
Partch didn't allow a run in 4 1-3 innings of relief for the Reds before he was sent down Saturday. He allowed one hit and three walks.
Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over Pirates
Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia.
The go-ahead drive came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli , his second blown save in six opportunities. Jean Segura's two-out single kept the inning going for Braun, who had three hits and three RBIs.
Jonathan Lucroy hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Brewers. Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer.
Ike Davis doubled, singled and walked a day after the Pirates got him in a trade with the Mets.
Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save.
Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime
Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.
Game 3 is Monday in Columbus.
Jack Johnson tied the game with 6:01 left in regulation for the Blue Jackets. Ryan Johansen also scored the first playoff goal of his career for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky overcame a shaky start to finish with 39 saves.
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Va. Beach mulls arena that could lure NBA, NHL
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.
The Virginia Beach metropolitan area is one of the largest in the country without a major professional sports team, and numerous attempts to lure one here have repeatedly left sports fans in the area disappointed.
The area's most recent flirtation with the NBA was rebuffed just last year after a deal to get the Sacramento Kings to relocate fell apart after plans to build them an arena and pay for their moving expenses didn't come to fruition.
But hope springs eternal in Virginia's largest city that one day an NBA or NHL team will call the region home.
With no promise a pro sports franchise will ever move to the beach, city leaders are still considering building an 18,000 seat arena that they say could help land a pro team.
Lynn, Cardinals beat sloppy Nationals 4-3
Lance Lynn won his fourth straight start and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of another shaky fielding performance by Washington, scoring three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday.
Tony Cruz drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who have won nine of the last 10 games between the teams. St. Louis took control with a three-run second inning fueled by third baseman Anthony Rendon's throwing error.
Lynn gave up one run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in becoming the NL's first four-game winner.
Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth for his fifth save, but not without difficulty. Washington put runners on second and third with one out, and Kevin Frandsen drove in a run with a groundout before Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth on three pitches.
Zimmermann allowed four runs, only one of them earned, in seven innings.
Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards
Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled early from a game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle.
Harper was taken out after six innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star known for his aggressive play.
But in the sixth inning, he hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
Asked why Harper was removed, Williams said: "Lack of hustle. That's why he came out of the game."
"He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times," the first-year manager said.
Harper said he understood the decision.
"I respect what he did," Harper said. "That's part of the game."
OF Span activated by Nationals from 7-day DL
The Washington Nationals have activated outfielder Denard Span off the seven-day disabled list after he showed no linger effects from a concussion.
Span was in the leadoff spot Saturday against St. Louis. Manager Matt Williams says, "Hopefully, he just doesn't get hit in the head. He's passed all the tests, done his rehab, he's been cleared to go. He's ready."
Span was placed on the DL last weekend after he collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Three years ago, Span missed a half a season with Minnesota because of a concussion.
To make room for Span on the roster, the Nationals optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Triple-A Syracuse.
Jimenez scores in 90th and Crew tie Union 1-1
Hector Jimenez scored in the 90th minute to lift the short-handed Columbus Crew into a 1-1 tie with D.C. United on Saturday night.
Jimenez took a long ball from Wil Trapp on the left flank and fired a perfect shot from 18 yards into the upper right corner for his first goal of the season.
The Crew were playing with 10 men after Bernardo Anor was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Perry Kitchen in the 81st minute.
D.C. took the lead in the 31st minute on Fabian Espindola's goal off a turnover created in the midfield by Nick DeLeon, who stripped the ball from Federico Higuain.
DeLeon split two defenders with a ball that Espindola ran onto down the left side. Espindola overpowered goalkeeper Steve Clark.