SPORTSBRIEFING

South Side wins third

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — South Side Beaver registered its third straight win to begin the season by topping Serra Catholic 42-7 on Friday night in WPIAL action.

South Side (3-0) hosts Carlynton next Friday.

No Wahoo tears for Shapiro

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro spent more than two decades working for the Cleveland Indians. He’ll “shed no tears” when the Chief Wahoo logo disappears from Indians uniforms next season.

The Indians are wearing grey road uniforms without the controversial logo on the left sleeve during their current four game series at Toronto.

During his time with the Indians, Shapiro played a lead role in establishing a block “C” as Cleveland’s logo. It replaced the cartoonish image of a big-toothed American Indian with a scarlet face and a single feather in his headdress.

“I never said it when I was in Cleveland, but I struggled with Chief Wahoo from the day I got there in 1992 to the day I left,” said Shapiro, who joined Toronto in November, 2015. “I was happy to see it consistently get diminished, and I will shed no tears when it’s gone completely.”

In January, the Indians announced plans to remove the logo from their uniforms next year. The move came after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist.

That decision not to wear the controversial logo in Toronto was partly driven by a failed legal challenge against the Indians when they played north of the border during the 2016 American League Championship Series. During the playoffs, a lawsuit was filed while the club was playing in Toronto to get the logo and team name banned from Canadian TV. A judge dismissed the case.

Shapiro said he wasn’t especially moved by getting a first glimpse at how the Indians will look full-time next year.

“I’m focused on the Blue Jays,” Shapiro said. “I guess there’s a small part of me that kind of says ‘Good, it’s about time.'”

Cleveland will host the All-Star Game next season. The Indians will return to their regular uniforms when they visit Tampa Bay next week.

Luplow’s homer saves Buccos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Luplow hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, Josh Bell also had a two-run shot and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night.

Kevin Kramer drove in his first career run with a two-out single in the seventh that made it 3-3. Luplow then squared up a 1-2 offering from reliever Tayron Guerrero (1-3) for his third homer.

Kramer got his first major league hit earlier in the game while making his first big league start.

Pittsburgh’s Gregory Polanco left the game with left shoulder and left knee discomfort after sliding into second base awkwardly in the sixth inning.

Richard Rodriguez (4-2) pitched scoreless inning. Felipe Vazquez worked the ninth for his 31st save.

Lewis Brinson hit a three-run home run to put Miami ahead in the sixth, his 11th. He also doubled and finished 3 for 4.

Bell went deep in the second, his first homer since Aug. 11 and ninth of the season.

Pirates starter Chris Archer took a shutout into the sixth before allowing Brinson’s homer. He struck out six but walked three and gave up five hits.

Miami starter Dan Straily allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. After giving up a double to Archer in the fifth, Straily left the game with a left oblique strain. He had thrown just 78 pitches. The Marlins said Straily is day-to-day.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: SS JT Riddle (wrist) did not start for the fourth straight game and remains day-to-day. Manager Don Mattingly said he was available to play defense or pinch run.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (right forearm strain) pitched off flat ground and off a mound, throwing 20 changeups in his first bullpen work since being placed on the disabled list in late June. He remains on track to return to the mound this season.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-9, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday. He has a 1.77 ERA in 12 home starts and a 9.35 ERA in 10 road starts.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (7-9, 4.35 ERA) has lost three straight. He has a 3.86 ERA in that span, but the Pirates have not scored a run while he’s been in the game.

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