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

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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.

Julio Teheran throws six no-hit innings in return from disabled list

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Braves starter Julio Teheran dazzled in his return from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, tossing six no-hit inning against the Padres. He walked three and struck out 11 batters on 95 pitches. Unfortunately for Teheran and for the Braves, the no-hit bid ended quickly as reliever Shane Carle surrendered a one-out single to Cory Spangenberg in the seventh inning. Nevertheless, the Braves went on to win 4-1 over the Padres.

Teheran, 27, went on the disabled list on June 5 with a right thumb contusion. He apparently suffered the injury while batting during his June 4 start against the Padres. Following Sunday’s effort, Teheran now carries a 3.97 ERA with a 67/36 K/BB ratio in 77 innings this season.

Coincidentally, Teheran has a spotless ERA on Father’s Day across four starts. Here were the results from his previous three starts:

  • June 16, 2013 vs. Giants: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
  • June 21, 2015 vs. Mets: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • June 19, 2016 at Mets: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K