Sports, July 11th


New Castle—The popular “Hogback Hustle” will be held this Saturday morning in New Castle.  The annual 5k run and family fun walk begins in the City Market parking lot and finishes at Burning Mountain Park downtown.  For information contact the recreation department at


San Diego—The Rockies almost blew the game but held on to beat the San Diego Padres 5 to 4 last night at Petco Park.  Jorge De La Rosa went five innings to improve to 9 and 4 on the season.  Tonight the Rockies travel north to Los Angeles to take on the surging Dodgers.  Drew Pomeranz will try to earn his first win of the season for the Rockies while the Dodgers counter with Chris Capuano.


PHOENIX (AP) — Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hit solo home runs in the 14th inning to propel the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the 15th win in 18 games for the Dodgers and it vaunted them to within a game and a half of the Western Division-leading Diamondbacks.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After losing their first 11 interleague meetings with Oakland, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Athletics. Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH’-noh) and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Pirates blanked the A’s 5-0. Liriano is 9-3. He has won four straight starts and has a 1.26 ERA over that span.

SEATTLE (AP) — Boston’s David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball’s career leader in hits by a designated hitter. Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH in his first at-bat last night and also hit a two-run homer in Boston’s 11-4 win over Seattle.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The winner of the Andrew Bynum sweepstakes is the Cleveland Cavaliers. A person familiar with the deal says the free agent center, who missed the entire season with Philadelphia because of knee injuries, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cavs that has $6 million in guaranteed money, and could reach $24 million with incentives.

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson is leaving his post on Aug. 1, and Rod Thorn will return to the league office as president of basketball operations. Jackson spent more than 13 years at the NBA and, in his current position, was in charge of all rules, conduct and discipline on the court