The Pirates clinch their 19th straight losing season

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There was a time this summer — maybe for about two weeks — when everyone was high on the Pirates. It was damn nigh magical. Some considered them a contender. I wasn’t quite that optimistic, but I did wonder whether they could at least break .500 and thus break their string of uninterrupted losing seasons dating back to the George H.W. Bush Administration.  It’s sad.  The future is at least a little brighter than it used to be, but it’s still sad.

For the record, the 82nd loss came against the Cardinals, who rode a decent start from Edwin Jackson and got a single, double and a couple of RBIs from Yadier Molina as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh 3-2.  Unfortunately for the Cardinals the Braves won too, taking the Marlins down 4-1 in a game that ended before I even realized that it had begun.  Viva day baseball.

The Braves continue to lead the Cards by four and a half in the wild card. The Braves have 12 games left. The Cardinals have 13.

Astros’ Jonathan Singleton, Dean Deetz suspended for failing drug tests

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MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.

Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.

Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.