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Rhys Williams, the 2012 European 400m hurdles champion, has been suspended by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for a rules violation and is out of the Commonwealth Games.

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Pirates 6, Dodgers 1
After the wild and crazy Tuesday night win, this was a nice, clean, easy victory for the Pirates, completing another series win. The Bucs finished the homestand 5-1 and are now tied with the Cardinals for 2nd in the Central, 2.5 GB Milwaukee, and 1 GB a wild card spot. The story of the game […]

After the wild and crazy Tuesday night win, this was a nice, clean, easy victory for the Pirates, completing another series win. The Bucs finished the homestand 5-1 and are now tied with the Cardinals for 2nd in the Central, 2.5 GB Milwaukee, and 1 GB a wild card spot.

The story of the game was really all in the first two innings. Francisco Liriano overcame two early walks to pitch a solid (not dominant, but very good, making it two encouraging starts in a row) game and the offense jumped all over an awful Dan Haren for five quick runs. ¬†Liriano definitely was a bit shaky early but settled in well and the Dodgers hardly threatened once he started throwing strikes consistently, even though he wasn’t racking up strikeouts. He took a no hitter one out into the fifth and ended up going seven innings, tying a season high. Both of his wins this season have come against the Dodgers.

Having such a huge early lead probably helped ease the pressure on Liriano a bit. Haren was dreadful in the first inning, either walking or allowing a hard hit ball to the entire lineup for a quick four spot. Travis Snider absolutely crushed a homer in the second, and while Haren was fine after that, the damage was done.

It was cruise control mode the rest of the way, and honestly the rest of the game was pretty boring, but you’ll take that after grabbing a quick 5-0 lead….the most interesting thing that happened was Cheese Chester’s injury, which means Potato Pete will be making a highly anticipated return to the Pierogi Race next homestand.

Good series. Yes, the Pirates missed Kershaw and didn’t have to face big bats Ramirez or Puig (until Puig pinch hit late in the game), so maybe beating a depleted LA club isn’t a monumental accomplishment, but it’s still big. This is a team they could be battling for a wild card down the road and they won 5 of 7 against them (and their gigantic payroll) on the year.

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Original article: Pirates 6, Dodgers 1

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