PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis connected for a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 last night. Atlanta brothers B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the same game for the second time this season as the Braves continued their torrid play while improving to 13-2.
TORONTO (AP) – Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired the first 11 White Sox batters he faced before Alex Rios (REE’-ohs) touched him for a two-out single in the fourth.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL’s just-released schedule has the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens opening the 2013 season at Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game. The defending Super Bowl champion usually opens at home but the Baltimore Orioles are home on Sept. 5 and could not move their game so the Ravens and their $121 million quarterback Joe Flacco will open at Mile High to face Peyton Manning and Co.
UNDATED (AP) – Three NBA teams which did not make the playoffs are on the hunt for new coaches. Detroit fired Lawrence Frank, Cleveland parted ways with Byron Scott and Doug Collins resigned in Philadelphia, although he will stay on with the 76ers as a special consultant.
UNDATED (AP) -It’s a rare night off in the NBA before the second season begins Saturday. There are four playoff games on Saturday, starting with the Boston Celtics visiting Madison Square Garden to play the Knicks in a renewal of that storied rivalry.