MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Texas 1 Milwaukee 0
Baltimore 8 Houston 7
LA Angels 5 Boston 4 (10)
NY Yankees 1 Toronto 0
Kansas City 10 Detroit 2
Oakland 2 Chicago White Sox 0
Cleveland 7 Minnesota 3 (10)
Tampa Bay 1 Seattle 0
Chicago Cubs 6 Cincinnati 3
Washington 7 NY Mets 4
Atlanta 5 Miami 4
St. Louis 11 Pittsburgh 9
Colorado 8 San Diego 3
LA Dodgers 9 Arizona 3
San Francisco 9 Philadelphia 6
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Durham 4 Indianapolis 0
Lansing 10 Dayton 6
South Bend 8 Fort Wayne 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 2 New York City FC 1
Philadelphia 2 Houston 1
DC 2 Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles FC 4 New York 2
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Seattle 84 New York 69
Washington 101 Minnesota 78
Los Angeles 84 Chicago 81
Las Vegas 89 Connecticut 81
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Bryant homers, Cubs rally for 6-3 win over Reds
The Chicago Cubs were down, and the Cincinnati Reds had All-Star Luis Castillo on the mound.
Just when it looked as if the Cubs were in trouble, they rallied. Kris Bryant led the way.
Bryant capped Chicago’s four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs beat the Reds 6-3 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
“It was huge,” Bryant said. “If you look at the game, they were rolling. Castillo was rolling. It felt like we might not win this game. That big inning was huge. The Reds have played us tough all year.”
Ian Happ added a solo drive in the eighth as the NL Central leaders recovered after falling behind 3-0 in the fifth. David Phelps (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth for the win, and Pedro Strop got three outs for his 10th save.
Bryant, Happ, Jason Heyward and Nicholas Castellanos each had two hits for the Cubs, who improved to 7-9 against the Reds this year after losing 10-1 on Saturday.
Santana’s slam in 10th gives Indians 7-3 win, tie with Twins
After watching their All-Star closer lose a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cleveland Indians bounced right back to win their four-game series in Minnesota and forge another tie for the AL Central lead.
The three-time defending division champions have made a remarkable summer rebound, setting up a tense race with the Twins for the final stretch.
Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th, after Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor teamed up to throw out what would have been the winning run for the Twins in the ninth, and Cleveland beat Minnesota 7-3 on Sunday.
“It’s nice whenever your teammates can pick you up, and they come up with big hits,” Naquin said. “That’s what the team is all about.”
After Eddie Rosario’s second double of the afternoon started the four-hit ninth inning against Brad Hand (5-3), the Twins used a single by Luis Arraez and a double by Marwin Gonzalez to tie the game. But as pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza tried to score from first base, Naquin grabbed the ball off the bounce from the left-field wall and zipped a throw to the shortstop Lindor, whose relay home was in perfect position for catcher Kevin Plawecki to tag Adrianza with ease for the second out.
Rio Ruiz homers in 9th to lift Orioles over Astros 8-7
Justin Verlander lasted only five innings against the Baltimore Orioles and walked off the mound in position to take his first loss since early July.
His struggle foreshadowed the shocking end of both the game and Houston’s lengthy winning streak.
Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to carry Baltimore to an 8-7 victory Sunday, snapping the Orioles’ five-game skid.
Houston scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5 before the Orioles answered in the bottom half against closer Roberto Osuna (3-3). After Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly, Chance Sisco was at first base when Ruiz launched a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall.
“I knew that I got it,” Ruiz said. “I kind of looked in the dugout, saw everybody going crazy and I went crazy. Pretty awesome feeling.”
Osuna gave up a double and a homer and hit a batter in his fifth blown save.
“The guys did a great job coming back and get the lead and expected me to get the job done,” Osuna said. “Not being able to do that, it’s a bad day.”
Coming off a 23-2 defeat less than 24 hours earlier, Baltimore took the lead in the fifth against Verlander, the 2011 Cy Young winner and an eight-time All-Star who gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits.
Baltimore’s offense exploded in the ninth against Osuna, who came in with 26 saves. The loss ended the Astros’ eight-game win streak and was only their fourth loss in 22 games.
Cabrera stings Mets, Nats hold on to end NY’s streak, 7-4
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle became a favorite at Citi Field after blowing a three-run lead Friday night. Mets fans cheered the All-Star closer when he went to the bullpen Saturday, and on Sunday, they clapped and hollered when his name was announced to pitch the ninth.
“The fans, they were on me a little bit, and it’s all good,” Doolittle said.
Doolittle and the Nationals finally got the last laugh. The left-hander pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 26th save and Washington closed out the Mets for a 7-4 victory Sunday. The Nats had blown five consecutive save chances in Flushing and entered the game with a 6.07 ERA, worst in the National League.
The Mets ended a season-best eight-game winning streak and lost for the second time in 17 games. That magical run had fans drooling with Doolittle coming out of the bullpen, but the 32-year-old got back on top of his game in time to hold off a rival NL wild-card contender.
“In a weird way, it relaxed me a little bit,” Doolittle said of the cheers. “I’m at my best when I’m able to have a little bit of fun with it in those situations.”
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run double against his former team and the Nationals bullpen allowed just one hit over the final three innings. The teams will not play again in New York unless they meet in the postseason. The key three-game series averaged 41,492 fans to create a playoff atmosphere throughout the weekend.
Nationals star Juan Soto sprained his right ankle on Cabrera’s bases-loaded hit in the seventh inning. Soto went from first to third but turned his right ankle after getting a late stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. He spiked his helmet, was worked on by trainers in the outfield grass, and ultimately came out of the game. X-rays were negative and Soto’s considered day to day.
Turner’s 2 HRs, Ryu’s 7 innings send Dodgers past Dbacks 9-3
Hyun-Jin Ryu’s ERA is already the lowest in baseball, and it’s somehow still dropping even faster than the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rapidly diminishing magic number.
The South Korean ace and his teammates are cruising toward a special finish to the season after yet another dominant homestand for the major league leaders.
Justin Turner hit two of Los Angeles’ four homers and Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in the Dodgers’ 9-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Ryu (12-2) made a seamless return from a 10-day stint on the injured list with minor neck stiffness. Even with new catcher Will Smith behind the plate, Ryu didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, and he pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth while lowering his ERA to a sparkling 1.45.
“It’s definitely unbelievable,” Ryu said through a translator. “I don’t think it’s all because of myself. There are many people around me who helped me reach that number.”
If Ryu maintains that number over the final seven weeks of the season, he would finish with the lowest ERA since Bob Gibson’s 1.12 in 1968. With plenty of starts between him and history, Ryu is keeping his focus on staying sharp for the playoffs, where the two-time defending NL champions hope this brilliant summer finally translates into a World Series title.
Tanaka deals, Chapman gets Guerrero as Yanks top Jays 1-0
Masahiro Tanaka turned in a masterful performance but still left Aroldis Chapman with some work to do.
Despite a good fight from Toronto’s blossoming rookie hitters, the hard-throwing closer was up to the task.
Tanaka and Chapman combined on a four-hitter, Brett Gardner had an RBI double, and New York beat the Blue Jays 1-0 Sunday to end a two-game skid.
Tanaka (8-6) allowed three hits while pitching into the ninth inning, walking none and striking out four. The right-hander was pulled after Brandon Drury singled to begin the ninth.
“He was able, for the most part, to stay off the barrel all day long,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Chapman came on to face pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who fell behind 0-2, worked back to a full count, hit a foul ball off the fifth deck and finally grounded into a double play to end the 13-pitch encounter.
“That’s obviously, in a lot of ways, the ball game there,” Boone said. “In a very well-played, 1-0 game, you’ve got a young, rising, great-looking hitter against the game’s dominant closer. It was a great match to watch those two guys go at it.”
Guerrero fouled off seven pitches before grounding out.
“It was a great at-bat by him,” Chapman said through a translator. “He made me work.”
Some in the crowd of 27,790 rose for a standing ovation as Guerrero returned to the dugout.
Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake dies at 62
Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers who spent more than 30 years molding players at the position at the college and professional level, has died. He was 62.
The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning.
“Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.”
Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. He spent one season in the Canadian Football League and participated in a pair of NFL training camps before returning to Western Kentucky to pursue a master’s degree. He went into coaching as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1983, the beginning of a career that included stops in the college ranks at Georgia, Baylor and Texas.
“He had a tremendous impact on those who he coached and those who were fortunate to call him a teammate,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said. “WKU Football was better because of our association with him.
Drake reached the NFL as a receivers coach in 2004 with the Chicago Bears. He moved on to the same position with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 before joining Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s staff in 2018. Drake’s pupils through the years include Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald, longtime NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Antonio Brown, who played for Drake in 2018 before being traded to Oakland last spring.
“I’m heartbroken for anyone who had the privilege to know Darryl,” Fitzgerald tweeted. “As a man, a coach, a husband, and a father, he was as good as they come.”
Report: Dak Prescott turned down $30 million per year from Cowboys
Dak Prescott is one of several core players the Dallas Cowboys have been negotiating a long-term contract extension with leading up to the season, and apparently the quarterback has some significant demands.
Michael Lombardi of The Athletic reported on Sunday that he has been told Prescott turned down an offer from the Cowboys that would have paid him somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million annually. That would place him among the five highest-paid quarterbacks in football.
The average annual value of a contract doesn’t tell the whole story, so it’s possible the Cowboys offered Prescott a deal that he felt did not include enough guaranteed money. Still, he may have to lower his expectations if he thinks he’s going to make as much as guys like Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan.
While Prescott’s career completion percentage of 66.1 and passer rating of 96.0 are above average, his rookie season in 2016 — when threw 23 touchdown passes compared to just four interceptions — was by far his best. Very few people would argue he is a top-five NFL quarterback, so you can understand why the Cowboys might be hoping he will take less. They also still have to pay Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, and Prescott could help them keep those offensive pieces together by signing a team-friendly deal.
Judging by what he has said about the upcoming season, it’s possible Prescott is comfortable betting on himself and playing out his deal.
Antonio Brown reportedly tried to trick Raiders with bootleg helmet
Antonio Brown’s serious helmet dispute with the NFL had a funny moment recently, though it’s one the Oakland Raiders probably did not find too amusing.
Brown reportedly is refusing to play unless he can wear the helmet he has been wearing his entire career. The problem is the league has new helmet safety requirements, and Brown’s old-style helmet is on the banned list because it reportedly did not meet an acceptable level in lab testing.
When news of the Brown helmet story was reported on Friday, NFL Media’s Michael Silver shared numerous details about what was happening. Silver says Brown was vocal in OTAs with the Raiders about his objections to using an approved helmet. Though he accepted a new helmet, Silver says Brown later tried to take the field with a bootleg Raiders helmet. Silver further reported Brown tried to use his old helmet that he had repainted as if he were attempting to trick the Raiders.
This bootleg Raiders helmet used by Brown might be the greatest collectible in the NFL. We need a picture of it, pronto.
According to Silver, in addition to trying to use his old helmet at OTAs earlier in the offseason, Brown tried to sneak his old helmet onto the field during training camp. The veteran receiver has gone missing from training camp in the meantime as he deals with issues about the helmet and his reported frostbitten feet.
Brown had an arbitration hearing with the league on Friday over the matter. The Raiders reportedly expect the situation to be resolved next week.
Baker Mayfield calls Horns Down rule ‘soft’
Baker Mayfield does not think highly of a Big 12 rule regarding the “Horns Down” gesture.
Last year, Big 12 player David Sills was penalized for doing a Horns Down gesture while playing Texas in a game. The league this year said players could face unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for doing the anti-Texas gesture, though it depends on the circumstance.
“I think it’s very soft they’re implementing a rule about it. It shows the sensitivity of today’s day and age,” Mayfield said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast with Barstool Sports.
He’s right. Simply doing Horns Down after a touchdown should not result in a penalty the way it did for Sills. The new rule suggests there will be a penalty for a player flashing it at an opponent or an opposing team’s bench.
Trash talk is part of the game, and doing Horns Down at Texas while playing them is a way of trash-talking them. Mayfield, who starred at Texas’ rival, Oklahoma, has been a Longhorns antagonist for a while, so it’s no surprise he’s not a fan of the rule.
Eric Reid calls out NFL again over ‘random’ drug tests
Eric Reid has indicated numerous times in the past that he believes the NFL is unfairly targeting him with a drug testing program that is supposed to be random, and the Carolina Panthers safety claims it has continued this offseason.
On Sunday, Reid shared a photo of himself working out on Instagram and said he has already been drug tested twice during training camp and three times total since the start of the league year. He used quotation marks around the word “random,” which clearly means he still thinks the NFL is paying closer attention to him than other players.
Odell Beckham Jr. was among those who commented on the post, and he said he has also been “randomly” tested multiple times.
Reid told reporters last year that he was drug tested six times between September and November. He said one of those tests was part of his physical and the other five were random, but Reid noted that the system “doesn’t feel very random.” That led to the NFL and NFL Players Association issuing a joint statement claiming an investigation proved Reid’s tests were randomly generated through a computer and he was not targeted. A follow-up report said the investigation also revealed that Reid lied about the amount of times he had been tested, though the NFL and NFLPA did not say that publicly.
Since Reid has been a big advocate for national anthem protests and has gone out of his way to support Colin Kaepernick, the implication was that he was being targeted for taking a stance. He hasn’t come out and said that recently, but he obviously still wants people to know he feels he is not being treated fairly.
Report: Spurs could offer DeMar DeRozan a max extension before season
There has been some talk about the San Antonio Spurs potentially looking to trade DeMar DeRozan this offseason, but that seems unlikely to happen. In fact, they could end up committing to him long term rather than moving on from him.
The Spurs have not ruled out the possibility of offering DeRozan a maximum contract extension prior to the 2019-20 season, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News. While his team certainly is not going to be favored to win the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich is apparently happy with San Antonio’s current roster and is not looking to make any major changes like trading DeRozan.
DeRozan, whom the Spurs acquired when they traded Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds last season. It doesn’t make sense for the Spurs to enter a rebuilding phase while Popovich is still their coach, and they reportedly explored the possibility of adding an established veteran before the NBA Draft. An extension for DeRozan would be less surprising than a trade.
Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan
Kevin Harvick is so confident in his talent and team he doesn’t get excited when he wins.
“It’s more of an expectation,” Harvick said.
He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year.
With just three races before the playoffs, the timing of his latest strong performance may help him win a second championship.
“Hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time,” he said.
Late in the race, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver created a cushion between his Ford and the competition and finished more than a second ahead of Denny Hamlin.
“Nothing I could really do,” said Hamlin, who drove a Toyota-powered car for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Didn’t have enough speed.”
Kyle Larson was third, more than 16 seconds behind Harvick. He was followed by Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and points-leader Kyle Busch.
Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will have to close the regular season strong to extend his streak of earning a spot in every postseason since the format was created 15 years ago. He started the race tied for the 16th and final spot in the playoffs and slipped to 18th. Johnson had an early setback, making contact with a wall on Lap 15 that damaged his right rear quarter panel and tire, and finished 34th.
Johnson was several laps back for much of the race, but got a break potentially in the playoff race when Clint Bowyer was knocked out of the race after Paul Menard appeared to bump him. Bowyer began the day 15th in the playoff standings and finished 37th at MIS, putting him in 16th in the race for the final spot.
Reed delivers clutch putts to win FedEx Cup opener
The harder he worked, the farther Patrick Reed felt he was falling behind. That’s when the people around him sought drastic measures by making him leave his golf clubs alone for 10 whole days.
Recharged from his pre-summer break, Reed finally found the result he was looking for Sunday in The Northern Trust, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
He delivered key shots on three straight holes on the back nine at Liberty National – two for birdie, one for par – to overtake Jon Rahm, hold off Abraham Ancer, close with a 2-under 69 and win the FedEx Cup opener.
It was his first victory in 16 months over 41 tournaments worldwide dating to the 2018 Masters.
“The longer that time period is in between wins, it just makes it tougher,” Reed said. “I was pushing too hard and was trying harder and all of a sudden, it was going the wrong direction. My team was smart enough to tell me to back off, shut it down and reset and get clear, because we can finish the year right. We can get a couple Ws, and no better place that starting the first week of the playoffs.”
Points are quadrupled in the PGA Tour postseason, so the victory vaulted Reed from No. 50 to No. 2. His place in the Tour Championship is secure. His odds of the $15 million prize are greatly increased.
It still wasn’t enough for him to get in the top eight qualifiers for the Presidents Cup, to be decided after next week. Reed went to No. 12 and he would have to win the BMW Championship next week to qualify.
Even so, it was the kind of victory to at least get the attention of U.S. captain Tiger Woods.
Reed finished at 16-under 268 and won for the seventh time in his career on the PGA Tour.
Ancer felt like a winner when it was over. He also played bogey-free over the final 12 holes, and his birdie on the 17th gave him hope. But his approach to the 18th came down below a ridge, and his long birdie putt to force a playoff went some 6 feet by the cup. He made that to finish alone in second, his best PGA Tour finish.
That was enough to send him from No. 67 to No. 8, with more perks that he could count.
Ancer is a lock to make it to the Tour Championship in two weeks, meaning he earns his first spot in the Masters. He wrapped up a spot on the International team for the Presidents Cup, making him the first Mexican in the event.
Williams retires because of injury as Andreescu wins Rogers
Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Serena Williams retired because of an injury Sunday.
Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout.
Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that the 37-year-old Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.
The tournament’s final lasted only 16 minutes.
After the chair umpire announced the retirement, Williams started to cry on her bench. Andreescu went over to comfort her, hugging her and telling Williams how much she admires the 23-time Grand Slam winner.
“I’m not a crier, but, thank you guys,” said Williams as she choked back tears after accepting the second-place check. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today. I tried but I just couldn’t do it.”
Williams’ retirement was the last of several high-profile injuries at the Rogers Cup. Fourth-seeded Simona Halep withdrew from her quarterfinal matchup with Marie Bouzkova. On the men’s side, Milos Raonic retired after two sets against Felix Auger-Aliassime in a much-anticipated all-Canadian matchup. No. 16 seed Gael Monfils then withdrew before his semifinal against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
The 19-year-old Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, has victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to 14th on Monday. Her previous high was 22nd.
Man U beats Chelsea 4-0 to ruin Lampard’s EPL coaching debut
Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 to ruin Frank Lampard’s debut as a Premier League coach in their season-opening game on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford scored twice, Anthony Martial grabbed another and substitute Daniel James completed the rout on his debut, but it was also an impressive defensive performance from United with the world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, playing his role in keeping the visitors at bay.
Maguire, who completed his 80 million pound ($97 million) transfer from Leicester last Monday, was man-of-the-match after playing from the start on his United debut.
“It’s a great start for myself and obviously the team,” Maguire told Sky Sports. “We rode our luck a little bit in the first half. We gave them too many chances and were sloppy on the ball. In the second half we were a lot better.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka also impressed on his debut after playing from the start.
“The boys have been working hard and this is just the start,” United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.
Chelsea dominated possession, twice hit the post and had more efforts on goal, but the visitors were picked apart by counterattacks with United midfielder Paul Pogba showing his importance to the side with two assists.
“If you give it to our front three you’ve always got a chance of scoring because they’re so dangerous,” Maguire said.
Chelsea fans will be left questioning the club’s wisdom in allowing center back David Luiz join city rival Arsenal as the transfer window closed.
Purdue WBB Prevails Over NSW All-Stars in Sydney
The Boilermakers improved to 2-1 on the trip with Sunday’s win
SYDNEY, Au. – The Purdue women’s basketball team overcame cold shooting and an even colder gymnasium to take down the New South Wales All Stars on Sunday, winning Game 3 of their Australian Foreign Tour 54-48. Senior Dominique Oden and sophomore Cassidy Hardin paced the Boilermakers with 11 points each, both scoring clutch points down the stretch in their second win of the trip.
With shots struggling to fall Sunday, the Boilermakers relied on their staple defense to hold off a solid bunch of local standouts for New South Wales, limiting their opponents to 12 points in the first quarter and nine in the second. Hardin hit two of her three 3’s in the opening half, drilling back-to-back buckets late in the second quarter to open up a 24-18 lead and cap a 12-0 run after NSW had taken an 18-14 edge.
Oden did the bulk of her scoring in the second half, dropping seven in the third quarter and a key steal-and-score bucket in the fourth quarter to stretch Purdue’s lead to six late in the game. Sophomore Kayana Traylor scored four of her eight points in the final two minutes, beating the shot clock with a baseline jumper on one occasion and then dissecting the entire NSW defense for a layup in the final minute to all but seal things up. Hardin put the finishing touches on the win with a pair of free throws late.
Senior Ae’Rianna Harris and junior Tamara Farquhar led Purdue on the boards with seven rebounds each, while junior Jenelle Grant snagged four boards. Farquhar and Grant had six points apiece.
In addition to Sunday’s victory the Boilermakers took in the sights at the famous Sydney Opera House, touring the famous landmark and its amazing architecture and history.
The Boilermakers play their final game of the tour Monday, heading to Bruce to face the Centre of Excellence at 3 a.m. ET.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1921 In the nightcap of a twin bill, Phillies’ right-hander George Smith gives up 12 hits, but manages to pitch a shutout, blanking the Braves in Boston, 4-0. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Philadelphia hurler wasn’t as fortunate, when he was knocked out of the second inning after giving up three runs on four hits.
1927 The PCL’s Oakland Oaks trade infielders Lyn Lary and Jimmie Reese to the New York Yankees for $125,000. Reese will become Babe Ruth’s roommate, famously quipping he really “roomed with Ruth’s suitcase.”
1948 In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Indians set a major league record when 14 different players get a hit in the 26-3 rout of the Browns. The Tribe finishes with a total of 29 hits, including nine extra-base hits, in the Sportsman’s Park contest.
1964 At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle goes deep from each side of the plate in the same game, helping rookie pitcher Mel Stottlemyre win his big league debut. The ‘Mick’ has homered batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game ten times, extending his own major league record.
1965 At Candlestick Park, right fielder Jesus Alou homers in the sixth inning. Two innings later, another Giants’ outfielder playing right field, also named Alou, goes deep when Jesus’ older brother, Matty, hits the decisive dinger in the Giants’ 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh in the first game of a twin bill.
1966 In a contest which featured a total of 11 home runs, the Reds’ Art Shamsky, who came in as a defensive replacement, hits three round-trippers in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s new left fielder’s eighth-inning home run put the team ahead, and his 10th and 11th inning shots, equaling the major league mark for dingers hit in extra innings, tied the game.
1969 Ed Kranepool becomes the Mets all-time home run leader for the young franchise when he goes deep off Don Wilson in the fourth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. The 24 year-old first baseman passes Jim Hickman, who had 60 round-trippers for the Amazins from 1962-66.
1973 The A’s even the score with the Yankees, reaching closer Sparky Lyle and Tom Buskey for six runs in the top of the seventh inning. Oakland scores the eventual winning runs in the team’s 13-12 victory in the next frame, when New York commits its fifth error of the game.
1974 En route to a 4-2 victory over Boston, Angels’ right-hander Nolan Ryan strikes out a major league record 19 batters. It will be the second of three 19-K performances for the fireballer this season.
1976 The Directors of the new American League franchise in Toronto announce the team will be known as the Blue Jays. The selection is made from a list of ten names presented by a 14-member jury that garnered their nominations from the 4,000 suggestions and 30,000 entries submitted in a “Name the Team” contest held by the club.
1980 At Tiger Stadium, 48,361 fans witness the return of an injury-plagued Mark Fidrych. The ‘Bird’ loses to the Red Sox, 5-2, in a game which will mark his last real attempt at a comeback.
1984 Former Dodgers Don Drysdale and Pee Wee Reese, along with Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, American League hurler Rick Ferrell, and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1984 When the first pitch of the game, thrown by Braves’ hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres’ leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins, the stage is set for a literal ‘slugfest’. The benches empty for the first fight of the game in the second inning when Ed Whitson throws behind the Atlanta starter’s head, and the altercation will be followed by more brawls in the fifth, eighth, and ninth innings with San Diego continuing to use Perez for target practice every time the pitcher steps to the plate.
1987 At Veterans Stadium, Juan Samuel hits a lead-off triple to right field off Rick Sutcliffe in the Phillies’ 13-7 victory over Chicago. The Philadelphia second baseman’s three-bagger makes him the first player to reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases during his first four seasons in the major leagues.
1987 The Tigers obtain Doyle Alexander from the Braves for right-handed prospect John Smoltz. The exchange will be ideal in the short run for Detroit when their new hurler goes 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA down the stretch to help the team win the AL East, but the minor leaguer they trade away will compile 213 wins and 154 saves during a stellar 21-year major league career.
1988 The Red Sox beat the Tigers 9-4 for their 23rd consecutive win at Fenway Park, establishing a new major league record [the streak will end after one more home victory]. The 1931 Philadelphia Athletics had previously set the league mark with 22 straight home victories.
1990 The White Sox-Rangers game is finally postponed after a seven and one-half hour rain delay, which is believed to be the longest in baseball history. Although White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said he did not regret the decision to make the fans wait so long for a game that never started and would do it again, the team announced five hours before the postponement that rain checks would be honored if the game was played, and free coffee, soft drinks, and sandwiches were served later in the evening to the few hundred fans remaining in the stands.
1994 Baseball suffers its eighth, and worst, work stoppage in 22 years. The 232-day player strike will lead to the cancellation of the World Series and the delayed opening of next season.
1997 In tribute to Rex Barney, who died of cancer today, the Orioles play their game against Oakland at Camden Yards without a public address announcer. The team’s beloved PA announcer, who became well-known for such phrases as “Give that fan a contract!” after a patron caught a foul ball on the fly and for saying “Thank youuuuu” to the fans at the end of the game, had entertained Baltimore patrons for 24 years.
2000 At Shea Stadium, the Giants get two unusual runs in the fourth inning as the Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani catches what he thinks is the third out and gives the ball to a kid in the stands. The mental lapse of not knowing there was only one out in the frame allows both runners on base to score, but the Mets will prevail, beating San Francisco, 3-2.
2000 Tim Raines, who broke in with Montreal in 1979 and represented the team in All-Star Games from 1981-1987, is inducted into the Expos’ Hall of Fame. In 2017, the 21-year veteran outfielder will be selected by BBWAA for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
2001 When Braves’ manager Bobby Cox orders an intentional walk to Steve Finley, Greg Maddux’s National League record of consecutive innings without giving up a base on balls ends at 72.1. The major league record is 84.1 innings, set in 1962 by A’s hurler Bill Fischer.
2006 The Beavers honor Rodney McCray, the former Vancouver Canadian who gained everlasting notoriety in 1991 when he literally ran through the right field plywood fence trying to catch Chip Hale’s fly ball in Portland’s Civic Stadium. The PCL team commemorates the memorable play with a bobblehead promotion which features the moment of impact and renames the right field area of their current ballpark “McCray Alley.”
2007 Retiring 41 consecutive batters, Bobby Jenks breaks David Wells’s American League record (38) and ties the major league mark established by Jim Barr of the Giants, who retired 41 straight batters in 1972. The White Sox closer reached the record book by pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners.
2007 The Astros honor Craig Biggio with a pregame ceremony for reaching 3,000 hits and his 20-year tenure with the team. The scrappy second baseman, who announced last month he will retire at the end of the season, adds to the special day by homering in the fifth inning of Houston’s 6-4 victory over the Brewers.
2008 On the day he would have celebrated his 69th birthday, Skip Caray’s public tribute is attended by over a thousand fans at Turner Field. Known for his witty and sometimes sarcastic style, the Braves’ longtime nationally acclaimed broadcaster, who started broadcasting games for Atlanta in 1976, died on August 3.
2008 After the Red Sox tally ten times in the first inning, powered with a pair of three-run homers by David Ortiz, the Rangers rally back and take a 15-14 lead with eight runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Kevin Youkilis’s eighth-inning three-run homer over Fenway Park’s Green Monster gives Boston an eventual 19-17 victory, with the slugfest’s 36 runs tying an American League record.
2010 Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee’s last hit, a seventh-inning single, during his 4-for-4 performance in the team’s 8-4 victory over Arizona at Miller Park, establishes a franchise record. The Brewer infielder’s ninth consecutive hit breaks the club mark set by teammate Ryan Braun in 2008, but is three shy of the major league record of 12, accomplished by Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952).
2010 Major League Baseball suspends Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto, who kicked at players with his spikes when he was pushed against the backstop during a recent brawl with the Cardinals, for seven games for his “violent and aggressive actions”. Managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker are suspended two games, with fines being handed out to the Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer, and Redbird backstop Yadier Molina and right-hander Chris Carpenter.
2011 It’s V-Day for Detroit when the Tigers’ 4-3 victory in Cleveland snaps a 13-game losing streak at Progressive Field. The team avoids being swept by the Tribe thanks to starter Justin Verlander’s 100th career win and Jose Valverde’s 33rd consecutive save, breaking a team record established in 1984 by Guillermo Hernandez.
2013 Charlie Manuel, the winningest pilot in 130 years of Phillies baseball, became the 58th manager in baseball history to win 1,000 games. During his 12-year managerial career, the 69 year-old skipper, who will be replaced by Ryne Sandberg in six days, has compiled 780 wins with Philadelphia and had another 220 with the Indians to reach the plateau.
2014 Tim Pinkard, attending his first game at Minute Maid Park, catches two home runs balls, both off the bat of the Astros’ DH Chris Carter. In the third inning of Houston’s 10-4 victory over Minnesota, the Springfield (VA) resident gets his first souvenir of the night when the ball rebounds off a sign in left field, and then in the fifth frame, against astronomical odds, catches the second round-tripper stroked by the same batter, which is a laser shot hit directly to his seat.
2014 The Giants honored longtime fan and friend Robin Williams, a cultural icon who died suddenly yesterday at the age of 63. The team pays tribute to the legend of screen and stage by having a moment of silence prior to the game against the White Sox and playing a clip from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire on the AT&T Park scoreboard.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-
With a display of power and grace that astounded even those who are used to his dazzling performances, Greg Louganis won his second gold medal of these Olympic Games today, taking the men’s 10-meter platform competition with a world-record score of 710.91 points. He became the first platform diver to break the 700-point plateau, eclipsing the 688.05 he accumulated in preliminaries yesterday. That score broke a year-old record of 687.90 that was his.
“You want your best performance to come in the Olympic Games,” said the 24- year-old Californian. Louganis’s gold medal today also was the 81st for the United States in these Games, breaking the record of 80 achieved by the United States in 1904 and by the Soviet Union in 1980.
Repeatedly asked to compare the achievements of Louganis to those of Carl Lewis, the runner and long jumper who won four gold medals here, Ron O’Brien, who coached the United States diving team, said, “Greg’s two golds are equal to Carl Lewis’s four, maybe even better. You have to put it in perspective and look how dominant he is.” Louganis, who also won the 3-meter springboard gold medal Wednesday, is so superior to everyone else in his sport that he not only makes every dive look beautiful, but he makes the most frightening dives look almost effortless.
His final dive, a reverse three-and-a-half somersault, is the same maneuver that killed the Russian Sergei Shalibashvili last summer at the World University Games, when he flung his head back to execute the first somersault and hit it on the platform. Louganis seems to stretch his talents to the fullest when the pressure is greatest-pressure he puts on himself when his competitors aren’t close enough to push him. Before his 10th and final dive, he said he was very nervous, even though he had virtually clinched the gold medal.
“You want to hit 10 good dives, you can’t let up at any time, you can’t play safe,” he said. “I was scared going into the last dive. But I stood there and told myself that no matter what I do here, my mother will still love me. That thought gives you a lot of strength.”
He also said that he sings to himself on the platform in the waiting moments just before each dive. “It’s usually “Believe in Yourself” from “The Wiz’ that I sing,” said Louganis, who has studied dance since he was less than 2 years old, and earned his undergraduate degree in drama from the University of California at Irvine. “You’re up there 33 feet above the water, with not a whole lot on, and seven people judging you, and it’s a very vulnerable position. You’ve got to have a lot of confidence in yourself.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|NY Yankees||77||41||.653||–||43 – 18||34 – 23||44 – 16||14 – 12||9 – 6||8 – 2||W 1|
|Tampa Bay||69||50||.580||8.5||31 – 28||38 – 22||30 – 26||15 – 12||13 – 8||8 – 2||W 3|
|Boston||62||58||.517||16||30 – 32||32 – 26||28 – 31||17 – 8||14 – 14||3 – 7||L 2|
|Toronto||49||72||.405||29.5||22 – 36||27 – 36||21 – 33||17 – 18||9 – 10||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||39||78||.333||37.5||18 – 43||21 – 35||18 – 35||7 – 15||9 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|Cleveland||71||47||.602||–||38 – 24||33 – 23||15 – 9||34 – 20||16 – 13||8 – 2||W 1|
|Minnesota||71||47||.602||–||36 – 26||35 – 21||18 – 11||28 – 16||19 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||52||64||.448||18||28 – 30||24 – 34||15 – 18||26 – 24||5 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Kansas City||43||76||.361||28.5||23 – 35||20 – 41||7 – 19||24 – 36||7 – 16||3 – 7||W 2|
|Detroit||35||80||.304||34.5||16 – 41||19 – 39||10 – 13||17 – 33||3 – 19||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||77||41||.653||–||43 – 15||34 – 26||15 – 11||14 – 10||38 – 12||8 – 2||L 1|
|Oakland||67||51||.568||10||37 – 23||30 – 28||13 – 14||17 – 5||27 – 26||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||59||58||.504||17.5||35 – 22||24 – 36||7 – 6||17 – 9||26 – 32||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Angels||58||61||.487||19.5||29 – 28||29 – 33||14 – 12||8 – 13||25 – 30||2 – 8||W 2|
|Seattle||48||71||.403||29.5||27 – 36||21 – 35||7 – 11||14 – 13||23 – 39||2 – 8||L 3|
|Atlanta||70||50||.583||–||32 – 25||38 – 25||30 – 20||20 – 13||14 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||62||55||.530||6.5||31 – 25||31 – 30||31 – 24||5 – 11||18 – 16||5 – 5||W 1|
|NY Mets||61||57||.517||8||34 – 21||27 – 36||29 – 25||12 – 15||10 – 13||8 – 2||L 1|
|Philadelphia||60||58||.508||9||34 – 26||26 – 32||26 – 26||13 – 10||13 – 17||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||44||73||.376||24.5||24 – 37||20 – 36||18 – 39||7 – 16||11 – 9||2 – 8||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||64||54||.542||–||41 – 19||23 – 35||14 – 11||27 – 23||13 – 12||7 – 3||W 1|
|St. Louis||61||55||.526||2||34 – 23||27 – 32||16 – 14||29 – 20||9 – 10||4 – 6||W 3|
|Milwaukee||62||57||.521||2.5||35 – 25||27 – 32||16 – 9||30 – 24||10 – 14||5 – 5||L 1|
|Cincinnati||56||60||.483||7||33 – 28||23 – 32||11 – 9||26 – 30||11 – 12||6 – 4||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||48||69||.410||15.5||24 – 32||24 – 37||8 – 14||20 – 35||10 – 16||1 – 9||L 8|
|LA Dodgers||79||41||.658||–||48 – 16||31 – 25||18 – 6||22 – 11||36 – 18||8 – 2||W 2|
|Arizona||59||59||.500||19||27 – 28||32 – 31||15 – 12||10 – 10||20 – 31||5 – 5||L 2|
|San Francisco||59||60||.496||19.5||28 – 32||31 – 28||11 – 16||12 – 10||30 – 27||4 – 6||W 2|
|San Diego||55||62||.470||22.5||28 – 31||27 – 31||12 – 17||10 – 13||24 – 27||5 – 5||L 1|
|Colorado||53||65||.449||25||29 – 27||24 – 38||11 – 15||10 – 9||24 – 31||3 – 7||W 1|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|New York City FC||23||10||8||5||41||31||10||6-4-1||4-4-4||38|
|Orlando City SC||25||8||6||11||33||34||-1||5-1-6||3-5-5||30|
|Los Angeles FC||24||17||4||3||65||25||40||10-1-0||7-3-3||55|
|Real Salt Lake||24||11||4||9||35||32||3||8-1-2||3-3-7||37|
|Washington Mystics||17||7||.708||—||8-3||9-4||9-2||7-3||2 W|
|Connecticut Sun||16||8||.667||1.0||11-1||5-7||10-3||7-3||2 L|
|Chicago Sky||14||10||.583||3.0||9-3||5-7||8-4||7-3||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||9||16||.360||8.5||5-8||4-8||5-7||3-7||1 W|
|New York Liberty||8||15||.348||8.5||4-7||4-8||1-8||2-8||5 L|
|Atlanta Dream||5||19||.208||12.0||4-9||1-10||2-11||1-9||9 L|
|Los Angeles Sparks||15||8||.652||—||9-2||6-6||7-4||8-2||5 W|
|Las Vegas Aces||16||9||.640||—||10-4||6-5||8-4||7-3||1 W|
|Seattle Storm||14||11||.560||2.0||9-4||5-7||7-5||6-4||2 W|
|Minnesota Lynx||12||12||.500||3.5||7-5||5-7||4-6||4-6||1 L|
|Phoenix Mercury||11||12||.478||4.0||7-3||4-9||5-7||4-6||2 L|
|Dallas Wings||7||17||.292||8.5||6-6||1-11||4-9||2-8||1 W|