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  • 31 Jul

    NEW YORK (AP)Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu
    Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been
    suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules.
    Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a
    blindside hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of
    Pittsburgh’s 23-20 victory Monday night. Iloka was penalized for unnecessary
    roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
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    , the NFL’s vice president of football operations, ruled that
    Smith-Schuster ”delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to
    (Burfict’s) head and neck area.” Burfict left the game on a stretcher and did
    not return. Runyan suspended Iloka for striking a defenseless receiver in the
    head and neck area. Brown, who caught the game-tying pass on the play, remained
    in the game. —

    The Pittsburgh Pirates might want to scratch out a scouting report on Brent
    Suter — as a hitter — before their series finale Wednesday night against the
    Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.

    Suter is strong enough on the mound. The left-hander is 7-4 with a 4.30 ERA
    going into his expected start against the Pirates, and over his past six starts
    he is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA.

    That includes a 13-2 win over Philadelphia Friday, when Suter allowed one run
    and six hits while tying a career high with seven innings pitched. But he seemed
    more excited about what he did at the plate in that game.

    Suter drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded,
    reached on an error and singled in a run in his three plate appearances against
    the Phillies.

    “I feel locked in at the
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    ,” he said. “I’m a little late on fastballs, but I’m
    seeing the ball well. I’m seeing offspeed down. Any way you can help your team
    win is a good way to help your team win.”

    Suter is 3-for-10 since he hit a 433-foot homer off American League Cy Young
    Award winner Corey Kluber May 9. He was 4-for-28 before that, including 1-for-8
    this season.

    “There’s a confidence there,” Suter said. “Hitting is one of my favorite
    parts. I love hitting. I’ve loved it my whole life. Even when I’m struggling, I
    still like going up there and trying to whack it.”

    As for his “day job,” Suter will be trying to help the Brewers (43-30) take
    the series and keep hold of first place in the National League Central.

    Milwaukee won 3-2 Tuesday to end a three-game losing streak.

    Pittsburgh (36-37) had won four of five before Tuesday and will be trying to
    win its second straight series after losing eight in a row.

    Suter will oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (5-4, 3.76 ERA).

    In his past five
    starts ,
    Kuhl has allowed eight earned runs in 30 1/3 innings. Over his past eight
    starts, he has a 2.89 ERA.

    Part of his recent success is tied to mixing in a lot of breaking balls.

    “It’s a heater-hunting league, especially when you throw a hard heater. Guys
    are trying to hit the heater, it’s no secret,” Kuhl said. “Throwing that
    1/8slider 3/8 a ton. Feel really comfortable with it. It’s gotten me out of some
    really big jams, gotten me some strikeouts and some early action. It kind of
    does both for me. Just being able to throw that in any count has been huge.”

    Against Milwaukee, Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.91
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    , and the Pirates are 6-0 in his starts. This season, he
    gave up one hit and tied a career high with eight strikeouts over seven
    scoreless innings May 6 in a 9-0 win.

    “When you know you’ve had success and remember some pitches that may have
    worked for you, you’re able to use that to your advantage, but every game is
    different,” Kuhl said.

    Suter is 1-0 with 1.80 ERA in eight games — three starts — against the