The Pirates released relief pitcher Jared Hughes on Wednesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Hughes cleared outright waivers and was placed on unconditional waivers, effectively ending his six-year stint with Pittsburgh after being drafted by the club in 2006. Hughes was clearly upset about the release. “This is a super-sad day for me and my family,” Hughes said to Biertempfel. “I love Pittsburgh, I love my teammates and the fans. It will always be family to me here.” In his time with the Pirates, Hughes put together a 2.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 309 1/3 innings over the course of 313 games. Last season, Hughes pitched in 67 games, posting a 3.03 ERA and a 1.42
The promoter of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, Frank Warren, says it’s “time to put up or shut up” about a unification fight with Gennady Golovkin. Warren tells ESPN that there’s an offer on the table to make the Golovkin fight on June 10, with mutually agreeable financial terms, but that they aren’t going to wait around for Golovkin to make it official. Warren says Golovkin has 10 days to sign off on the deal or else they’ll look to make a fight elsewhere. Golovkin has long asserted that his goal is to win all four major title belts and Saunders holds the last trinket - so you would think this would be pretty cut and dry if money and location is all settled. "Golovkin says his
The Washington Nationals say that President Donald J. Trump declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day due to a schedling conflict. POLITICO reported earlier that Trump had been in talks with the Nationals about throwing the first pitch. Washington's home opener is Monday against the Miami Marlins.