Play of the Day: Garrett Jones hits the Allegheny on the fly

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For just the second time in PNC Park’s 13-year history, a player hit a home run into the Allegheny River on the fly. Garrett Jones became the first Pirate to do so when he slugged a two-run, game-tying home run off of Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton down the right field line, clearing the sidewalk in front of the water by a good five feet or so. The Pirates eventually went on to win 5-4 in 11 innings.

Daryle Ward is the other player to hit the Allegheny on the fly, accomplishing the feat on July 6, 2002. ESPN’s Home Run Tracker recounts the event here.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.