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Report: Cardinals and Pirates likely to play a game in Williamsport, PA


Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and Pirates are likely to play a regular season game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Little League World Series. The particular game is scheduled for August 20 and would be relocated from the Pirates’ PNC Park.

Williamsport, of course, is home to the complex that hosts the Little League World Series, but also has BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the third oldest park in minor league baseball. Presumably, that stadium — which seats 4,200 — would be used for the Cardinals-Pirates game.

As Goold notes, this isn’t the first time Major League Baseball has held a regular season game in a ballpark that doesn’t belong to one of its 30 teams. The Marlins and Braves played at Fort Bragg last year. And MLB wanted to play in Puerto Rico but the Zika virus changed those plans.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.