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(West Plains) – The West Plains Schools Board of Education met for a special meeting on Tuesday, August 26, at 12PM in the Central Administration Office to discuss the possibility of the future of a swim team.

After the board heard from West Plains Athletic Director Greg Simpkins and West Plains High School Principal Jack Randolph, they unanimously approved a one year plan for a West Plains Zizzer Swim Club Team.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Simpkins after the meeting to learn where the idea for a swim team came from:

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Coach Simpkins shared what the school board meant when they approved a one year plan:

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In his presentation to the school board, Simpkins included that during this one year plan phase there would be no cost to the school district and that money and funds would need to be raised for the team by the team. Coach Simpkins also shared the estimated expenses with the board including a $25 membership fee per swimmer to use the Civic Center pool facilities, around $35 for a uniform, and other expenses for transportation and tournaments that could cost each team member a total of $160-$200.

For more information on the swim team you can contact Coach Simpkins at 417-256-6150.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison (5) is greeted in the dugout by bench coach Jeff Banister after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinalson Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison (5) is greeted in the dugout by bench coach Jeff Banister after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinalson Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Seth Maness in the eighth inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.

The Pirates won after reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left ribs. Recently on the disabled list because of a rib problem, the center fielder ran into the wall earlier in the game.

Davis sent a 2-2 pitch from Maness (5-3) deep over the fence in right-center for his ninth home run of the season and his third as a pinch-hitter.

Tony Watson (9-1) couldn’t protect an early lead after six-plus dominant innings by starter Gerrit Cole, but picked up the win. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 23rd save.

Josh Harrison homered for the Pirates.

Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk picked up RBIs for the Cardinals. Lance Lynn gave up two runs over six innings in a bid to win his fourth straight start.

Pittsburgh, trying desperately to stay in the hunt for a wild-card slot, appeared in danger of a second straight disheartening defeat after a brilliant effort by Cole.

The 23-year-old overwhelmed the Cardinals for long stretches in his second start since returning from the disabled list with right lat soreness. St. Louis didn’t get a hit until a two-out double just inside the first base bag by Kolten Wong in the sixth. Cole responded by fanning Matt Holliday for his ninth strikeout of the game.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided to send Cole back out for the seventh with a 2-0 lead even though he had thrown 102 pitches. Trouble soon followed.

Matt Adams led off with a double and Jhonny Peralta followed with a single. Watson, an All-Star who has slipped a bit over the second half of the season, came on but couldn’t quell the rally.

Adams scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay, and Grichuk – called up earlier in the day after outfielder Shane Robinson was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury – slapped a single up the middle to tie the game. Watson recovered to get out of the jam and retired the side in the eighth.

Gaby Sanchez singled with one out in the Pittsburgh eighth and Starling Marte followed with his second hit of the night.

The Cardinals decided to stick with Maness after a brief conference. It didn’t work.

Davis, whose at-bats have dwindled with the team experimenting with Pedro Alvarez at first, hit a towering shot to boost a team that has fallen off the pace in the crowded NL playoff chase over the last three weeks.

McCutchen aggravated the rib injury that sent him to the disabled list earlier this month. He slammed into the wall to take away a hit from Matt Carpenter in the third.

McCutchen remained in the game for two more plate appearances but grimaced in obvious pain after a flyout in the fifth.


Cardinals: St. Louis put Robinson on the 15-day disabled list with a partially dislocated left shoulder. He hurt himself while trying to steal second late in a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Monday. He went back to St. Louis for an MRI on Tuesday. Manager Mike Matheny said there is no timetable for Robinson’s return. Grichuk hit 25 home runs in Triple-A this season.

Pirates: Alvarez exited in the seventh inning with left foot discomfort. Making his sixth start at first base following serious throwing issues while playing at third base, Alvarez went 0 for 3 and handled every defensive chance cleanly before giving way to Gaby Sanchez. Alvarez will be re-evalulated on Wednesday.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Quick in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Quick in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he’ll be patient addressing the quarterback spot without Sam Bradford.

For now, that means a heavy dose of playing time for Austin Davis, now the backup behind Shaun Hill.

Davis began training camp as the Rams’ No. 4 quarterback. However, he has jumped to No. 2 on the depth chart with a strong showing in preseason.

Davis has completed 27 of 44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. His quarterback rating is 101.7.

“I’m not really pleased and settled,” Davis said Tuesday after the Rams practiced under a sweltering sun at Rams Park. “There’s a lot I’ve got to get better at. Every day is a new day.

“It’s all part of the deal. You hope you make the team and you hope you move up the ladder. You can’t control anything but your attitude and work ethic.”

In the Rams’ 33-14 win over the Browns, Bradford went down with a season-ending knee injury on the first drive. Cleveland defensive end Armonty Bryant beat Rams left tackle Jake Long. Bryant hit Bradford just after he had released a pass and the result was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Although Hill came in for Bradford, he quickly left the game after one series that ended with a field goal.

Davis saw the most action of all the quarterbacks. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, had one sack and one interception for a passer rating of 104.0.

Receiver Brian Quick, who led the team in yards receiving with 47 on four receptions, caught a 6-yard touchdown reception from Davis. Receiver Chris Givens caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Davis.

“We did some good things and the biggest thing is offensively, we moved the football,” Davis said. “I made some mistakes. There’s a lot I can clean up.”

Rams coach Jeff Fisher liked what he saw from Davis against the Browns.

“He played well in the game against a lot of their starters and so he made plays,” Fisher said. “He’s got a good feel for what we’re doing.”

In preseason opener against New Orleans, Davis 10 of 16 for 134 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 109.9. In the second game against Green Bay, Davis competed 3 of 6 passes for 50 yards. He was sacked four times.

He followed that lackluster performance with a strong showing against Cleveland.

Now he is backing up Hill, who is in his 13th season. Davis is looking forward to working with the veteran.

“I’ve just been with him for a short time, but he’s a great professional,” Davis said. “He knows how to get things done. He’s a heck of a quarterback, so it will be fun to help him each week and keep this thing rolling.”

Davis went undrafted in 2012. He signed a free agent deal with the Rams and made the team. He did not play during the season.

Last year, Davis was cut but the Miami Dolphins signed him to their practice squad on Sept. 10. Davis re-signed with the Rams on Oct. 22 after Bradford tore his ACL against Carolina. Again, he did not play.

Fisher believes Davis is up to the challenge of being the No. 2 quarterback. He said Davis will play in Thursday’s preseason finale at Miami.

The offense won’t change with Davis playing.

“Austin’s mobile. First off, he’s smart. He understands what we’re doing,” Fisher said. “He gets it. He’s had a good camp so far, so obviously Austin would step up to the two spot right now if it were the start of the regular season.”

But that could change. Trade rumors are abundant in St. Louis since Bradford got hurt.

Some names have been tossed around as trade possibilities including Philadelphia’s Mark Sanchez, New England’s Ryan Mallet and Indianapolis’ Matt Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck is no stranger to trade talk.

“It happened early on in Green Bay when it was obvious I was never going to see any playing time (behind Brett Favre),” Hasselbeck said. “You know all of the quarterbacks, we like Shaun Hill. We think he’s a good guy. But whenever someone goes down, you hear names mentioned.

“It’s kind of like coaching searches. Every time someone gets fired, you hear about Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy and guys like that. It’s the same with quarterbacks.”

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has left Pittsburgh’s game with the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort.

McCutchen departed after flying out to right in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night.

The reigning National League MVP spent 15 days on the disabled list with fractured rib cartilage earlier this month and appeared to aggravate the injury in the third inning when he collided with the wall while tracking down a fly ball by Matt Carpenter.

McCutchen slammed into the green padding and bent over for several seconds before gingerly making his way to the dugout. He remained in the game for two more plate appearances but grimaced in pain after flying out in the fifth.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that he has not given any thought to breaking off negotiations on a long-term contract, though that remains a possibility with the start of the regular season just over a week away.

Smith said earlier in training camp that he wanted to end discussions of a new deal by the time the games count. That happens Sept. 7, when Kansas City opens its season against Tennessee.

“It’s a good question. I wish I had a better answer for you,” Smith said. “I’ve still just been locked into games and practicing. With camp and preseason winding down, we’ll see.”

Smith is in the final year of the three-year contract he signed with the 49ers, and is due to make $8 million this season. His agent has been speaking to the Chiefs for several months, but the two sides have not been close to an agreement.

Most suspect he’ll settle for an extension similar to what Colin Kaepernick, his replacement in San Francisco, signed this offseason: six years, $126 million with $61 million guaranteed.

Smith has not played well in the preseason, throwing two interceptions in the red zone in his final outing against Minnesota.

But he’s been hampered by an offensive line in turmoil, an injury to running back Jamaal Charles that kept him out for two weeks, and a suspect wide receiver group that will start the season without suspended star Dwayne Bowe.

When it was suggested that Smith, who is coming off the best statistical year of his career, might have been wise to finish a deal before this season, the affable quarterback simply smiled.

“I don’t think it necessarily affects my contract,” he said. “I’ve said it before, I’d have loved to get it done, but the fact that we’ve had some of those things, it doesn’t change that.”

Smith also said he doesn’t believe his uncertain future will have any bearing on his ability to lead a team that is coming off an 11-5 record and playoff appearance.

“I know myself and having teammates in all kinds of contract situations, it’s the last thing I’m thinking about,” Smith said. “In the locker room, it’s `What is that guy sacrificing? Is he accountable? How bad does he want it for the team?’ Those are the things I look for in a teammate.

“If a guy is in his last year, in a dispute, he’s tagged, whatever it may be, that’s the last thing I think about it. It’s `what kind of teammate is he? What’s he putting in?’”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles has confidence that the Kansas City Chiefs offense will be in synch when the regular season rolls around a week from Sunday.

Evidently, so does Andy Reid.

The Chiefs’ coach said Tuesday that he is unlikely to play any of his starters in Thursday night’s preseason game in Green Bay. Reid had hinted last week that he may break from his norm and play at least some of them after lackluster performances in their first three preseason games.

The Chiefs have struggled while dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions that could keep several key players off the field in Week 1 against Tennessee.

“I’m going to try to give the guys an opportunity to show. That’s one reason I normally hold the one’s, so I can get a peer evaluation of these young guys and see what they can do,” Reid said. “Right now, we have good competition on this team. And then if they don’t make your club they have some worthy plays on tape that other clubs can evaluate.”

This is the final opportunity for many players to make an impression. The Chiefs must trim their roster from 75 players to their final 53 by Saturday afternoon.

Reid said that Chase Daniel will lead the No. 2 offense through the first quarter against the Packers. Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray, who are competing for the No. 3 quarterback job, will split the final three quarters with the rest of the reserve players.

“I’m probably going to use all the under guys,” Reid said.

That’s just fine with Charles, who only received three carries in the entire preseason. The Pro Bowl running back skipped the last two games after hurting his foot while carrying a box, but he’s been practicing full speed and said he’ll be ready for the regular season.

“I’ve been in the league a long time. I’ve had plenty of carries,” Charles said. “Having three carries in the preseason won’t make me because those stats don’t even count. I mean, the real game counts, Week 1 against Tennessee, and that’s all I’m worrying about.”

Charles also isn’t worried about a suspect offensive line that has struggled with injuries, illness and suspension, and has been a big reason why the first-team offense failed to score a touchdown in 16 series covering the first three preseason games.

Right tackle Donald Stephenson is suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. That has led to a massive reshuffling along the line – Jeff Allen has shifted from left guard to right tackle, and several backups are trying to earn the nod to replace his normal spot at guard.

Making matters worse, left tackle Eric Fisher missed Tuesday’s workout in triple-digit heat with a bout of the flu. The expectation is that he will be healthy by next week, though.

“I don’t have no worries about that. Those guys are going to come around. It’s preseason,” Charles said. “They’re still trying to work with each other. They’re young. But they got to go. Doesn’t matter who’s there, they got to go.”

That goes for the group of players trying to lock down spots at wide receiver.

Dwayne Bowe missed practice again with a groin injury, and his preferred backup Junior Hemingway has been out with a hip injury. That means Frankie Hammond, who was struggling just to make the team a few weeks ago, could starter the season opener against the Titans.

Hammond spent last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad.

“I mean, Frankie had a great camp, and a great offseason, so it certainly wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “But once again, you focus on what’s on your plate and getting better and doing what you need to do to make your offense go.”

Just like Charles, Smith believes the Chiefs are close to where they need to be.

“I think we got some good work and some things to learn from,” he said, “but I feel good about what we’re doing. Preseason is a great tool for things like that.”

Notes: Chiefs LB Tamba Hali missed practice with a swollen knee. WR Mark Harrison was ill. … The Chiefs waived OT Ryan McKee and CBs Kevin Rutland and Damond Smith to reach the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday’s deadline.

FILE - This is a July 27, 2014, file photo showing Minnesota Vikings NFL football player  Linval Joseph during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. Life is good for Linval Joseph. He’s grateful he didn’t lose it. The Vikings defensive tackle spoke publicly Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014,  for the first time since he was shot in the leg earlier this month. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

FILE – This is a July 27, 2014, file photo showing Minnesota Vikings NFL football player Linval Joseph during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. Life is good for Linval Joseph. He’s grateful he didn’t lose it. The Vikings defensive tackle spoke publicly Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, for the first time since he was shot in the leg earlier this month. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Life is good for Linval Joseph. He is grateful he didn’t lose it.

The Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since he was shot in the leg at a nightclub earlier this month. He’s on track to play in the season opener, despite being struck by a stray bullet in the left calf during a downtown nightclub disturbance a few hours after the team finished its first exhibition game.

Joseph has been wearing a protective sleeve over the muscle and working out to rebuild his stamina, but said he feels good and that he’ll be ready to practice at full speed next week. The Vikings play Sept. 7 at St. Louis.

“I want to thank God for blessing me throughout the situation, because it could’ve been really worse than what it was. I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, the medical staff, for helping me through a speedy recovery,” Joseph said, adding: “I just thank God for it just being a clean wound: straight in, straight out.”

Joseph also wished the other victims of the attack well. Nine people were injured, two seriously, in the shooting inside the 400 Soundbar, which has since been closed. Minneapolis police said the gunman had an intended target and that they believe the incident was gang related.

“It was very scary. Now, I just look at every day differently, you know what I mean? Because your life flashes in front of you when something like that happens,” Joseph said.

This is the 25-year-old Joseph’s first season with the Vikings. He left the New York Giants as a free agent for a hefty contract featuring $12.5 million guaranteed over five years with a maximum value of $31.25 million.

The final exhibition game for the Vikings is Thursday at Tennessee, but Joseph will not play.

“I’ve still been doing my conditioning and I’ve still been in meetings and I’m still working,” Joseph said. “It’s not like I’ve just been laying on my back and I’ve been on crutches or anything. I’ve been walking since the incident. I’m good to go.”

Though Joseph declined to divulge specifics of how the shooting unfolded in front of him, he said he considered his question-and-answer session with reporters “a big step” toward the psychological and physical healing.

“Let’s just get back on the road. Let’s win some games,” Joseph said.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jarrett Boykin was talking about his least favorite topic: Jarrett Boykin.

At a position known for its prima donnas and attention-loving media darlings, there’s only one reason the Green Bay Packers’ third-year wide receiver had agreed to an interview.

“You get fined for not doing them,” he said with a slight smirk.

It’s not that Boykin is antisocial. He’s smart and engaging when he does talk. He simply doesn’t want or need the attention.

“That’s just how I carry myself,” Boykin said. “You guys can write the articles, you can tell the stories, but at the end of the day, I’m the one who has to go out there and prove what I’ve got to prove.”

It is that obsession with proving himself that has driven Boykin to be the Packers’ No. 3 receiver, behind recently minted $39 million man Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and still ahead of the rest of the pack – including rookie second-round pick Davante Adams – entering the Packers’ preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

“Clearly he’s taken the next step. I just love the way he plays,” coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. “He’s physical, his toughness, he’s relentless. I think he’s exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB. I think he’s had an excellent camp.”

Multiple times in training camp, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has expressed concern about where some younger players are within the offense as the Sept. 4 regular-season opener at defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle approaches.

Last week, Rodgers said of his young wide receivers and tight ends, “If you cannot line up right, if you can’t get the checks and if you can’t get what you’re supposed to do every time – then there’s no way you can possibly be on the field when I’m out there.”

On Monday, Rodgers was at it again.

“They need to catch up,” Rodgers told reporters. “I think some of them are playing the right way, and some of them have got to catch up. They’re going to need to if they want to be on the field.”

One person Rodgers hasn’t felt that way about is Boykin, who played only 10 total snaps in the first four games of last season – he didn’t play a single snap on offense in the opener and one snap against Washington in Week 2 – and hadn’t caught a single pass until Cobb’s leg injury at Baltimore on Oct. 13. After a 43-yard catch against the Ravens that day, Boykin went on to finish with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three touchdowns.

“The biggest thing that helped Jarrett is that he became an expert of our offense,” Rodgers said. “And he spent a lot of time studying our offense, getting in my ear, wanting to hear what he needed to do to get on the field, what I expected of him in certain situations and certain route concepts. And if you’re consistently in the right place at the right time, you can’t help but make plays. The ball is going to find you.”

Boykin didn’t need the Packers to draft three wide receivers – Adams, Jared Abbrederis (fifth) and Jeff Janis (seventh) – to keep him from getting complacent.

“My whole mindset coming in this came was obviously continue to progress, get better and show that I know the system really well,” said Boykin, who has three receptions for 21 yards through three preseason games. “Consistency – that was my overall focus, to be consistent in everything I do, whether it be releases, route running, run blocking, everything.”

(West Plains) – Due to the excessive heat forecasted for today, changes have been made to the starting times of the following West Plains games:

West Plains High School Tennis at Cooper will begin at 8 AM Tuesday.

West Plains High School Varsity Soccer will begin at 6 PM with JV to follow.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Jay already had a bat in hand before St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny even called his name.

A minute later the veteran outfielder was standing on second base after his pinch hit tied the game. Jay didn’t stay there long, racing home with the go-ahead run on Matt Holliday’s sharp single in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

“He just sensed,” Matheny said of Jay’s precocious grab of the bat. “We hadn’t had any interaction at that point. He’s smart, he knows the game.”

And the Cardinals know a thing or two about coming through late. St. Louis scored all three runs off reliever Jared Hughes (6-4) with two outs in the seventh inning to back John Lackey and send the scuffling Pirates to their seventh loss in 10 games.

Lackey (2-1) worked out of trouble early to last seven innings in his second victory for the Cardinals after arriving in a trade from Boston on July 31. He was 11-7 with the Red Sox.

Trevor Rosenthal gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen but held on to earn his 39th save.

“I think guys know when we have a pitcher like Lackey on the mound, he’s going to keep us in the game,” Matheny said. “We’ve just got to keep fighting and figure out a way to get something going.”

Pedro Alvarez hit his 18th homer in the second off Lackey, but the Pirates managed little after that to fall further behind St. Louis and first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central race.

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano overwhelmed St. Louis for six-plus innings before leaving after Kolten Wong’s infield single led off the seventh. Hughes came on and promptly picked off Wong.

Things didn’t work out so well for the normally dependable right-hander, however, when he went to the plate.

Tony Cruz started the game-changing rally by turning an 0-2 count into a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sharply hit single by Jay. Holliday then gave St. Louis the lead with a grounder past shortstop Jordy Mercer. St. Louis has 209 RBIs this season with two outs, tops in the National League.

“It was just a night where (Hughes) couldn’t get the ball where he wanted to go,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

The cushion was more than enough for Lackey, who had little trouble after navigating a choppy second inning. Alvarez hit a long home run to center with one out, and infield hits by Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer followed. The runners moved up on a sacrifice by Liriano, but Josh Harrison’s sharply hit fly to left went right to Holliday.

Lackey settled down following the reprieve, not allowing a runner past first base over his final five innings. He walked one and struck out three to improve to 3-0 against National League teams this season.

“I think Tony and I made some good adjustments after the first time through the lineup,” Lackey said. “The last three innings were as good as I felt.”


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams spent the last four innings with cotton stuffed in his nose following a nasty collision with the fence down the right-field line.

St. Louis backup outfielder Shane Robinson left in the top of the ninth after injuring his left arm while trying to steal second. Matheny said Robinson was “in pretty bad shape” and might have to return to St. Louis for further examination.


Cardinals: C Yadier Molina and RHP Michael Wacha will head to Double-A Springfield this week to begin rehab assignments.

Molina has been on the disabled list since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 10 and will go through a full workout with Springfield on Tuesday. If he makes it through without a problem, Molina will likely play on Wednesday and could be back with the Cardinals before rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Wacha hasn’t pitched since heading to the DL in mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He is scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday and will make at least one minor league rehab start before being activated.

“It’s a great step forward,” Matheny said about the progress of both players. “Obviously, we’ll see how they both feel after they get an opportunity to get into a game. It’s definitely good news.”

Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton, on the 15-day DL since Aug. 20 with a sports hernia in his right hip, threw a bullpen session and will start for Double-A Altoona on Thursday. Morton will work five innings or 75 pitches.


Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.78 ERA) will look to remain unbeaten in August. Lynn is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in four starts this month.

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.69 ERA) tries for his first victory since July 4. Cole is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two regular-season starts against the Cardinals.