Will IronPigs avoid record-tying 11th straight loss

By the time you read this, it's likely the IronPigs (who are playing a matinee against Rochester) will have lost their franchise record-tying 11th straight game... Also underway are the Phillies, who seek to follow Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Mets behind Cole Hamels with a win this afternoon at Citi Field (12:10 p.m., Comcast). …And locally, North Parkland seeks a berth in the winner's bracket of the state American Legion baseball tournament at 4 p.m. today against Swoyersville in Boyertown. The Buffaloes rode a masterful 12-inning shutout by Walt Roland to a 1-0 win over Murraysville in Tuesday's opener. … After living on his own since becoming Penn State's football coach back in January, James Franklin will welcome his family to Happy Valley on Friday — just in time for the start of preseason camp on Monday. … After an off-day, the Eagles are back to work today at training camp. Look for Nick Fierro's reports in Thursday's print and on-line editions of The Morning Call. … Giants running back David Wilson is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game and will see a specialist after suffering what's described as a neck burner during practice on Wednesday. Wilson missed most of last season with a neck injury. … ESPN.com reports that the 76ers have strong objectiions to the proposed changes to the NBA draft lottery system that could level the odds for the first pick among the teams with the five or six worst records in the league. … Nazareth native Mike Paukovits won the Lehigh Valley Open at Northampton Country Club. …A course change to the Runners World Half-Marathon should result in a faster race in October and also provide less traffic disruption in Bethlehem. … Los Angeles Times reporter Houston Mitchell believes the baseball Hall of Fame has too many members — he's identified 94 people he would kick out of the club if he had his way. Parkland grad James Mellen of Schnecksville is heading back to the Junior World Cycling Championships after winning a gold medal in the U.S. championships in California.

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