NHL STANLEY CUP

Boston 5 St. Louis 1 (series tied at 3)

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tampa Bay 6 Boston 1

Arizona 8 Toronto 2

NY Yankees 7 Cleveland 6 (10)

Minnesota 12 Detroit 2

Houston 4 Baltimore 0

Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 2

Oakland 9 Texas 8

Seattle 9 LA Angels 3

Cincinnati 4 Philadelphia 3

NY Mets 6 Colorado 1

Atlanta 7 Miami 6 (12)

Milwaukee 5 Pittsburgh 2

LA Dodgers 1 San Francisco 0

Washington 5 San Diego 2

Chicago Cubs 5 St. Louis 1

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 6 Toledo 2

Dayton 5 Fort Wayne 4

Great Lakes 10 South Bend 0

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL-SUPER REGIONALS

North Carolina 2 Auburn 0

Ole Miss 13 Arkansas 5

Vanderbilt 13 Duke 2…Vanderbilt advances to College World Series

Florida State 5 LSU 4 (12)…. Florida State advances to College World Series

Texas Tech 8 Oklahoma State 6…. Texas Tech advances to College World Series

Mississippi State 8 Stanford 1…. Mississippi State advances to College World Series

Michigan 4 UCLA 2…. Michigan advances to College World Series

 

RICHMOND ROOSTERS BASEBALL

Richmond 7 Franklin 1

Franklin 5 Richmond 1

MASON HICKS INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y6eZEIA9hk

DALTON STEVENS INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzcH2nbjzWA

CODY SWIMM INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPm5ZirJqX0

AUSTIN TURNER INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EVInyxJkrY

NEXT GAME: Wednesday vs. Dayton Thunderbirds @ Earlham College 6:00

 

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL FINALS

Monday, June 17

Class A | University (21-10-1) vs. Washington Township (23-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

Class 4A | Columbus East (25-4) vs. Hamilton Southeastern (22-8) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT

 Tuesday, June 18

Class 3A | Edgewood (24-3) vs. Andrean (35-1) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

Class 2A | Southridge (17-8) vs. Alexandria Monroe (28-6) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT

 

INDIANA STATE BOYS GOLF FINALS

Day 1: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.

PAIRINGS AND TEE TIMES: http://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/boys%20sports/boys%20golf/2018-19/2019%20BOYS%20First%20Round%20State%20Golf%20Pairings.pdf

 

WNBA

Connecticut 65 Atlanta 59

New York 88 Las Vegas 78

Washington 86 Dallas 62

Phoenix 94 Indiana 87

Chicago 78 Seattle 71

 

TOP HEADLINES

Dirty dozen: Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

 

Bruins force Stanley Cup Game 7 with 5-1 win over Blues

Facing elimination in an oh-so-hostile environment, Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand stepped up for the Boston Bruins once again.

The Stanley Cup Final is heading to Game 7 because two of Boston’s biggest stars love the biggest moments.

Rask made 28 saves, Marchand had a goal and an assist, and the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Sunday night to even the bruising, physical final at three games apiece.

David Pastrnak had one of Boston’s four goals in the third period and an assist, helping the Bruins force the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup history. Brandon Carlo, Karson Kuhlman and Zdeno Chara also scored.

“We’re fighting for our lives obviously,” Marchand said. “When you play desperate, I think you see everyone’s best game.”

Boston also was involved in the final’s last Game 7, winning the championship at Vancouver in 2011. Rask was a reserve goaltender on that team eight years ago, while Marchand was a key performer. They will go for another championship Wednesday night in Boston after losing to Chicago in the 2013 final.

“The whole hockey world loves a Game 7, so it should be a great night in Boston and may the best team win,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Ryan O’Reilly scored in the third period for St. Louis, which is looking for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in its 51st season. Rookie Jordan Binnington finished with 27 stops.

“We have to move on, get ready for the next one,” O’Reilly said. “We’re confident. We’re a great road team. Maybe that’s our story. Maybe we have to get it done on the road.”

Backed by an electric Enterprise Center crowd that included actors Jon Hamm and Jenna Fischer and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, wearing a No. 49 Blues jersey in honor of suspended forward Ivan Barbashev, St. Louis looked a step off for most of the game. Prime scoring opportunities were derailed by misplaced passes or ever-so-slight timing issues.

Of course, the unflappable Rask can have that effect on a team. And whenever the Blues threatened, the 6-foot-3 Finnish star was there.

“He’s our best player,” Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. “He just steps up when it matters and we have all the faith in the world in him. … He’s our rock.”

 

When and where is the NHL Draft in 2019?

  • Date: June 21-22
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Day 1) | 11 a.m. ET (Day 2)
  • TV channels: NBCSN, NHL Network, Sportsnet

The order for rounds 2-7 is determined by all 31 teams’ point totals in the regular season.

First round

1. New Jersey Devils
2. New York Rangers
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa Senators)
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Buffalo Sabres
8. Edmonton Oilers
9. Anaheim Ducks
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Florida Panthers
14. Arizona Coyotes
15. Montreal Canadiens
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. Vegas Golden Knights
18. Dallas Stars
19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus Blue Jackets)
20. New York Rangers (from Winnipeg Jets)
21. Pittsburgh Penguins
22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
23. New York Islanders
24. Nashville Predators
25. Washington Capitals
26. Calgary Flames
27. Tampa Bay Lightning
28. Carolina Hurricanes
29. San Jose Sharks

 

Police: David Ortiz shot in ambush at Santo Domingo bar

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. when the gunman approached from behind and shot him. Ortiz was taken to a medical facility where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.

The gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.

Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe Lopez was wounded by the same bullet.

Lopez was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.

Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.

The Dial Bar and Lounge is located in eastern Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and pricey bars that Ortiz is known to frequent. Ortiz, who lives at least part of the year in the Dominican, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, said authorities informed him about the shooting but didn’t provide details.

“They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred,” Leo Ortiz told ESPN.com.

The 43-year-old Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 with the Red Sox. He helped lead Boston to three World Series titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series MVP, in 2004 and 2013.

 

Not done yet: Warriors, Raptors prepare for Game 5

The word of the day Sunday that best summed up the NBA Finals was “yet.”

As in, Golden State isn’t ready to give up its throne – yet.

Kawhi Leonard hasn’t bought any property in Toronto – yet.

The Raptors don’t see any reason to start celebrating – yet.

And Kevin Durant’s Game 5 status hadn’t been decided – yet.

The NBA could have a new champion as early as Monday night, when the Toronto Raptors look to finish off the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the title series. The Raptors lead 3-1, and returned home buoyed by two double-digit wins at Oracle Arena that put the two-time defending champions on the brink of elimination.

“We haven’t done anything,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “We’ve still got to get one more win. It’s the first to four. You’ve got champions coming in here and they’re going to play their butts off and play extremely hard.”

They might have Durant, too.

Out for more than a month now with a calf strain, Durant was on the floor for practice on Sunday. The Warriors are hoping he will be able to play on Monday night.

“It’s just a matter of, `Can you win one basketball game right now? Can you go play an amazing 48 minutes, quiet this crowd that’s going to be probably unbelievable, and slow down a team that’s been playing amazing, especially these last two games, and just win one basketball game?'” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “If we focus on that mission, our history kind of speaks for itself in terms of being able to get that done.”

The Raptors are showing no signs of exhaling. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was amused to learn that there were “Let’s Go Raptors” chants on some flights landing in Toronto on Sunday, as well as at the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open. He hasn’t paid much attention to the news in recent days, but when a Raptors watch party was held in his condo building someone put a photo in the elevator – just to make sure he saw.

 

Reds avoid sweep, rally in 7th to top Phillies 4-3

Bryce Harper was about 45 feet down the line and had Phillies fans on their feet as he took off for a straight steal of home . With the Phillies ahead by a run and slugger Rhys Hoskins at the plate, Harper thought the gamble was worth the payoff.

Harper dashed on right-hander Sonny Gray’s fastball and slid into home , out in a puff of dirt on the tag by Curt Casali.

Harper’s hustle in third inning had backfired – and the Phillies’ lead soon disappeared in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

“I had a good read, good jump,” Harper said. “I think if I just slid headfirst, got my hand in there a little bit, it probably would have been better. I probably should know if my guy has a take sign or not just in case he swings and puts one right in my face.”

Joey Votto tied the game for Cincinnati with a two-out single in the seventh inning and Eugenio Suarez followed with the go-ahead hit to rally the Reds and avoid a three-game sweep.

“Just a lot of good things happened today to be able to win that game,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Harper got tangled up in a pair of plays at the plate, scoring from second on a misplayed popup but getting thrown out on an attempted steal of home.

Trailing 1-0, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the third against Grey. Hoskins hit a routine popup to first base that Votto appeared to lose in the sun. The ball plopped untouched on the field, and Maikel Franco scored from third and Harper from second. Harper initially was called out by plate umpire, but Harper got his right leg to the plate between the legs of catcher Casali’s legs and was ruled safe after a video review.

Jean Segura’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-1. With two outs and Hoskins up, Harper broke for the plate and was tagged out by Casali. When Harper was a rookie with Washington in 2012, Harper stole home on Cole Hamels after the Phillies lefty drilled him in the game.

The Phillies weren’t pleased with this attempt, either.

 

Hendricks masters Cardinals again in Cubs’ 5-1 win

Kyle Hendricks doesn’t believe he was sharp on Sunday night.

The Cardinals might beg to differ.

Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to continue his dominance over St. Louis, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 win.

Carlos Gonzalez hit his first homer with the Cubs and Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as Chicago completed a three-game sweep of its NL Central rivals and a 6-1 homestand.

All nine games between the Cardinals and Cubs this season have been won by the home team. The Cardinals swept the Cubs in St. Louis last weekend, and Chicago had another three-game sweep at Wrigley Field last month.

Hendricks (7-4) scattered eight hits to win his sixth straight decision. Steve Cishek worked a scoreless eighth, Carl Edwards got two outs in the ninth and Pedro Strop got the final out for his seventh save.

Hendricks is now 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last 10 starts against St. Louis. The Cubs have won all 10 games.

“Today, I wasn’t super sharp, especially early,” Hendricks said. “My fastball command, I was pulling heaters, but (catcher) Willson (Contreras) was locked in. His pitch selection was really good. He kept me into it and got me mentally into it by the fifth inning.”

Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and Kolten Wong added an RBI double for St. Louis, which dropped to 31-32.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (5-6) left in the bottom of the fifth inning with hamstring tightness after doubling in the top half of the inning.

“Hamstrings are hard to put a timetable on initially, but he’s going to go back to St. Louis to get a (better) evaluation,” manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s likely he could miss one start.”

 

Lowe’s 2 HRs, Snell’s start carries Rays past Red Sox, 6-1

Brandon Lowe hardly looks like he has the build of someone that hit two balls as deep as he did in Fenway Park.

He even surprised his own team.

Lowe hit a pair of solo homers into the center-field bleachers that totaled 890 feet, Blake Snell baffled Boston’s lineup and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Sunday to take three of four from the World Series champions.

“Everyone was like: `How’d you hit a ball that far?'” the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Lowe said after driving balls 455 feet in the sixth and 435 feet in the seventh. “I squared it up and the wind was blowing out a little bit. We’ll say the wind had some carry on it.”

There was actually only a slight breeze blowing in at game time.

Guillermo Heredia and Yandy Diaz also hit solo shots, and Lowe added an RBI single for Tampa Bay, which at 40-24 matched its season-high at 16 games over .500. Diaz had four hits.

Lowe homered on Eduardo Rodriguez’s first pitch of the sixth. Diaz led off the seventh with a drive into the Monster seats and Lowe connected off Marcus Walden later in the inning for his 13th home run this season.

“Where he hit those two balls, not many guys hit them,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Watching some of the Red Sox players from some past years, they don’t hit it up there often. He hit it to the deepest part of the ballpark, and they were both no-doubters.”

Snell (4-5) became the third Rays starter to hold Boston to two runs or fewer in the series after Yonny Chirinos and Ryan Yarbrough.

“They’re a good team,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “They can pitch, they can play defense. I’ve been saying it all along, it’s a complete team.”

 

Yankees overcome costly late errors, edge Indians 7-6 in 10

The bullpen broke down, Didi Gregorius misplayed an easy grounder and another player went on the injured list.

The New York Yankees keep taking hits – and keep hitting back.

Aaron Hicks delivered an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning as the Yankees overcame stunning errors in the ninth by stars Aroldis Chapman and Gregorius and avoided a sweep with a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Hicks’ shot to the wall in left-center off Oliver Perez (1-1) scored Cameron Maybin, who had doubled with one out.

The Yankees, who could field a strong team just with their players sidelined by injuries, headed home to a Subway Series matchup against the Mets after salvaging one of three games against Cleveland. New York blew a 5-0 lead in the sixth and a 6-5 advantage in the ninth, when Chapman and Gregorius made miscues.

“I feel like games are always like that here, but these are the kind of games you need,” Hicks said. “It was a hard-fought game, lot of back and forth, and we needed to win to end this road trip.”

Chapman (1-1) got the win despite his shaky performance, and Stephen Tarpley, recalled earlier when the Yankees placed Domingo German on the injured list, struck out the side in the 10th for his first major league save.

Tarpley was the seventh reliever used by manager Aaron Boone, who had to rely on his bullpen after scheduled starter Masahiro Tanaka was placed on paternity leave.

“For Tarp to come in and close out the game was big,” Boone said. “It was huge. That was about as tough a situation as you could come into. What a gutsy effort.”

Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer for New York, which had won nine straight series before going 2-4 on a trip to Toronto and Cleveland.

Mike Freeman connected for a two-run homer and Jake Bauers and Leonys Martin had solo shots for the Indians, who went 4-2 this week against AL Central-leading Minnesota and the powerful Yankees but didn’t gain ground on the Twins.

“We’ll win that game sometimes,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We had a runner on third base. That was a heck of a game. There was a lot going on.”

 

Nationals hit 4 straight homers in 8th to stun Padres 5-2

Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit consecutive home runs off Craig Stammen with one out in the eighth inning and Stephen Strasburg beat his hometown team again as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 5-2 Sunday.

The Nationals became the first team in major league history to accomplish the feat twice, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other time was July 27, 2017, against Milwaukee.

With the score tied at 1, Kendrick was pinch-hitting for Strasburg (7-3) when he started the homer parade with a shot to left, his 11th. Turner followed with a drive to center, his fourth, and Eaton’s homer just cleared the wall in center, his sixth. Fans began booing then, and piled on after Rendon homered to right-center, his 12th.

The homers came in a span of seven pitches by Stammen (4-3), who was the fourth Padres pitcher to throw on a “bullpen day.”

Kendrick’s homer went 421 feet, Turner’s 425, Eaton’s 402 and Rendon’s 391.

Strasburg held San Diego to one run and six hits in seven innings while striking out six. He improved to 8-2 in his career against the Padres and to 4-1 in five starts at Petco Park. He pitched at West Hills High in suburban Santee before pitching for the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.

Luis Perdomo started for the Padres, pitching 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and allowing only an unearned run.

 

Buehler, Muncy lead Dodgers to 1-0 shutout of Giants

Walker Buehler and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat ace Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Sunday.

Max Muncy homered into McCovey Cove off Bumgarner (3-6) in the first inning, then exchanged words with the ace as he rounded the bases. Nine of Muncy’s 13 home runs have come on the road.

Buehler (7-1) allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one over seven innings. The right-hander allowed one runner past second base and struck out the side in the fourth. Buehler also beat the Giants on April 30 and is 3-0 in five starts against San Francisco.

Pedro Baez worked around a walk in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances to complete the Dodgers’ major league-high ninth shutout this season.

Bumgarner left a 92 mph fastball high over the plate to Muncy, who crushed the ball 426 feet into the waters past the walkway beyond the right field wall.

Already frustrated by two pitches that didn’t go his way against leadoff hitter Kike Hernandez, Bumgarner was even more angry after Muncy admired his home run while slowly walking toward first base. Bumgarner walked toward Muncy and the two players appeared to yell at one another as Muncy rounded the bag

Plate umpire Will Little rushed out and walked Bumgarner back toward the mound as Muncy continued around the bases. Muncy then shouted toward Bumgarner again as he crossed the plate.

Muncy grounded out and walked without further incident in two other at-bats against Bumgarner.

Bumgarner allowed four hits in seven innings and is winless in his last six starts against the Dodgers.

 

Moustakas HR wins car for fan, Yelich HR, Brewers sweep Bucs

The Milwaukee Brewers topped their crowd-pleasing Christian Yelich bobblehead giveaway with another surprise gift, thanks to Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas launched a homer that won a new SUV for a fan, Yelich hit his major league-leading 24th home run and the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

“That homer won us the game and somebody a car, which is pretty cool,” Yelich said.

Moustakas connected for his 20th homer off Francisco Liriano (1-1). The tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth inning hit the roof of a metallic gray SUV, a promotional vehicle perched above the right-center field fence. One lucky fan got the same model to go along with their Yelich bobblehead.

“That was a first time for me,” Moustakas said. “Definitely something I am going to remember for a long time.”

Moustakas was just as shocked as the fan holding the winning ticket.

“I didn’t know that I actually won somebody a car until afterwards,” Moustakas said. “You came to ballgame and leave with a car is pretty cool.”

The Brewers said season ticketholder Mark Gruber was the fortunate fan. He’ll get the keys to his new SUV in a pregame presentation before the team’s next date at Miller Park on June 20 against Cincinnati.

Liriano said he didn’t execute the way he wanted and it cost him.

“I hit that one pretty good,” Moustakas said of the 1-0 pitch that got away from Liriano. “I haven’t had too much success against Liriano in my career. Faced him a ton. Just looking for a good pitch to put a ball in play. Fortunately, got one and put a good swing on it.”

Liriano knew he made a mistake.

 

Cruz homers in 4th straight game, Twins trounce Tigers 12-2

The way Jake Odorizzi is pitching, the Minnesota Twins know they won’t need many runs to win games.

Sunday, they took care of that in a hurry.

Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and the Twins connected four times in all to rout the Detroit Tigers 12-2.

“The way Jake is pitching this season, it puts the opposition in a very tough spot,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “They know that if we score any runs at all, we’re going to be in great shape.”

With a big lead, Odorizzi (9-2) cruised through six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight, most with his baffling fastball movement, and has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings.

“I was able to move it up and down in the zone and pretty much spot it anywhere I wanted,” he said.

Odorizzi isn’t giving away his secrets, and with 78 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings, hitters don’t seem close to figuring them out.

“I’m not a hitter, so I don’t know what they are seeing,” he said. “I just know that I’m going to take this as far as I can.”

Unsurprisingly, Minnesota’s early offense was provided by Cruz, a longtime Tigers nemesis. He hit a two-run homer in the first, and connected in all three games in Detroit.

Cruz has 14 regular-season homers at Comerica Park, tying Alex Gordon for the most by an active visiting player. Cruz has played 47 games in Detroit against Gordon’s 96, and he has also homered in each of his three postseason games at the ballpark.

“Nelson has a unique ability to impact the ball, and an equally unique ability to put the barrel on pitches in every zone,” Baldelli said. “That’s why he’s one of the best hitters of his generation.”

Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also homered for the Twins. Minnesota hit eight homers while winning two of three in Detroit and remain on pace to become the first major league team to hit 300 home runs.

 

Acuña homer helps Braves rally past Miami in 12 innings, 7-6

The Atlanta Braves’ latest win over the Miami Marlins was so difficult to describe that Brian Snitker needed two hyphens for one word.

“Stick-to-itiveness,” the Braves manager said.

Yep, it’s in the dictionary, and next to it should be the box score from Atlanta’s wild 12-inning comeback victory Sunday.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Matt Joyce delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th to help rally past Miami 7-6.

The Braves overcame a 5-1 deficit in the ninth against closer Sergio Romo. One run came home on a balk, and Acuna tied the score with one out by pulling an 0-1 slider for his 14th homer.

“Wow,” a dazed Romo said to himself as Acuna circled the bases.

“I was extremely excited,” Acuna said through a translator. “This team fights every moment of the game until the 27th out is recorded.”

Or the 36th out, in Sunday’s case.

The Braves earned their seventh consecutive victory in Miami, a record in the series, and have won eight of the nine games between teams this year. They swept the Marlins for the 25th time, and for the second time in 2019.”You get tired of dealing with those guys, honestly,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “They’re a tough club to beat.”

Atlanta (36-29) climbed seven games above .500 for the first time. Miami (23-40) backslid after a recent 13-6 stretch.

“The Marlins were playing exceptional baseball,” Joyce said. “It was pretty cool to battle back and steal that one from them late.”

Both teams scored in the 10th, the Braves thanks to four consecutive two-out walks by Tyler Kinley. Ozzie Albies hit a one-out triple in the 12th off Adam Conley (1-6) and scored on Joyce’s third hit of the game.

The clutch hits were a change for the Braves, who began the ninth batting 8 for 58 (.086) with runners in scoring position on their six-game trip.

 

Yankees place RHP Germán on injured list with hip flexor

There’s a valid reason for Domingo German’s recent struggles.

The New York Yankees placed the right-hander on the injured list with a left hip flexor, an injury that has bothered him for a few weeks but he didn’t disclose to the team until Saturday.

German became the 19th Yankees player on the IL this season, one shy of last year’s total for the entire season.

He has an 8.59 ERA in his past three starts, a span in which he has given up seven homers in 14 2/3 innings. He was touched for two homers, including a two-run, tiebreaker by Carlos Santana in the sixth inning Friday in a 5-2 loss that denied German his 10th win.

“The first I heard of it was yesterday after he got done playing catch here,” said manager Aaron Bone, adding German said he initially felt discomfort during a start in Kansas City on May 26.

In that game, German gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings – his worst start by far this season.

Boone said he wasn’t mad at German for keeping his injury private.

“It’s hard to know what level of discomfort he’s in,” Boone said. “We always want our players to treat any (medical) issues, but in major league sports, there are things that you deal with every day when you go out there. I understand that.”

Boone said the right-hander will undergo an MRI on Monday.

“We’ll see what they say and hope it’s something minor,” Boone said.

 

Michigan to represent Big 10 in College World Series

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The University of Michigan baseball team advanced to the NCAA College World Series on Sunday night (June 9) after the Wolverines stunned No. 1-ranked UCLA, 4-2, in the winner-take-all game of the Super Regional series at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Michigan (46-20) returns to the College World Series for the eighth time in program history. Owners of two national championships (1953, 1962), the Wolverines also advanced to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1978 (fifth place), 1980 (fifth), 1981 (seventh), 1983 (third) and 1984 (seventh).

Michigan struck first and took an early lead in the second inning. Senior third baseman Blake Nelson walked with one out and moved to third when a hit-and-run turned into a double after junior left fielder Christan Bullock ripped a ball over the first-base bag. Sophomore shortstop Jack Blomgren then drove home Michigan’s first run of the day with a groundout up the middle for a 1-0 advantage.

UCLA’s Jake Pries tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the second with a leadoff home run over the left-center field wall. The Bruins then took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. With one out, Garrett Mitchell tripled when junior right fielder Jordan Brewer slipped and fell tracking a fly ball. One pitch later, Mitchell scored on a fielder’s choice.

Following a quiet fourth inning, Michigan answered in the fifth. Bullock walked to lead off the frame and stole second, then moved to third on a line-drive single by Blomgren, who swiped second base. With two runners in scoring position, senior second baseman Ako Thomas singled up the middle and brought  both runners around for a 3-2 Wolverine lead.

UCLA threatened in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, UCLA moved runners to second and third after a base hit to left field, a bunt single and a wild pitch. Three-hole hitter Chase Strumpf worked a full count but junior starting pitcher Tommy Henry threw a changeup for his sixth strikeout and ended the inning.

Michigan’s offense was stifled in the sixth and seventh innings, and UCLA threatened again in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff double quickly put Noah Cardenas in scoring position. A sacrifice bunt moved Cardenas to third, but Henry worked out of the inning with back-to-back groundouts to strand Cardenas and preserved Michigan’s one-run lead.

The Wolverines added insurance late, as Brewer sent a 1-1 pitch to right field for a two-out single in the eighth. He stole second base and was originally called out on the play, but a Michigan challenge reversed the call. Senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr was then intentionally walked before UCLA brought in reliever Nathan Hadley, who earned a quick strikeout to end the rally and stranded both baserunners.

Redshirt junior Benjamin Keizer tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, and Michigan held the momentum headed into the ninth. Bullock led off with a triple deep to the left-center field gap and a walk to Blomgren put runners on the corners with no outs. Sophomore catcher Joe Donovan brought Bullock home with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving Michigan a two-run cushion.

A one-out single from Jeremy Ydens followed by a wild pitch put a runner scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, and a hit batsman put the tying run on base. A fly ball to deep center field advanced Ydens and pinch-runner Jordan Prendiz one base, but a 6-3 groundout ended the game.

Despite missing Friday’s Super Regional opener game due to illness, Henry earned the win — his 10th of the year — on Sunday after he tossed seven innings and scattered seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Keizer held UCLA at bay through the eighth and ninth innings to earn the save.

The Wolverines will face off against No. 8-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, June 15 in the opener of the College World Series. First pitch from TD Ameritrade Park will take place at noon or 5 p.m. CDT.

 

Mississippi State upsets #3 Stanford, advances to CWS

STARKVILLE – Omaha. Somewhere in middle America…

Senior Peyton Plumlee gave the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program all it could ask for in his start on the mound and senior Elijah MacNamee sent the 11,597 fans at Dudy Noble Field into a frenzy with his ninth-inning, three-run home run in an 8-1 victory over No. 3 Stanford that earned the program its 11th trip to the College World Series.

It was the 27th comeback win of the year and fourth in the NCAA postseason for MSU, as Stanford struck with the first run of the game. State answered back with four runs in the third and one in the fourth, before the three-run ninth inning capped the 8-1 victory.

Clinching its 11th trip to the College World Series on June 9 marks the third time in program history the Diamond Dawgs dogpiled on its way to Omaha on the date. Ironically enough, it did so first in 2007, then six years later in. 2013 and now six years later in 2019.

With its 51st win of the season, the 2019 edition is tied for No. 2 on the MSU single-season charts with the 2013 squad. Only the 1989 team that won 54 games has won more in program history.

Plumlee (7-4) allowed a leadoff home run to Kyle Stowers, before settling in and not allowing another hit until a two-out, seventh-inning single. In all, Plumlee tossed 6 2/3 innings and allowed the one run on a pair of hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Senior Jared Liebelt tossed 1 1/3 innings scoreless, before handing off to graduate student Cole Cordon threw a perfect ninth inning to seal the journey to Omaha. Both Gordon and Liebelt each struck out two.

The Diamond Dawg pitching staff allowed just one run to mark the 27th time in 2019 that it allowed two-or-fewer runs in a game.

Eight of the nine MSU starters collected a hit in the game, with senior Marshall Gilbert, senior Jake Mangum and junior Dustin Skelton all collecting two hits. Skelton tripled and drove in three RBIs, while Gilbert had a pair of singles and scored twice. MacNamee walked twice, scored two runs and delivered three RBIs on his seventh home run of the season.

 

Vanderbilt heads to College WS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth time in nine seasons, Vanderbilt is headed to the College World Series.

The Commodores scored in each of the first five innings, highlighted by two Austin Martin home runs and a three-run long ball from Pat DeMarco en route to a 13-2 win against Duke at the NCAA Nashville Super Regional on Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Vanderbilt (54-11) matched a program record with its 54th victory, joining the 2007, 2011 and 2013 teams. The Commodores head to Omaha, Nebraska, having won 30 of their last 32 games. Duke closes its second consecutive super regional appearance with a 35-27 overall record.

Seniors Stephen Scott and Julian Infante struck solo homers in the fourth and fifth respectively. The Commodores totaled five homers in a game for the second time this season, upping their single-season program record to 93.

 

Florida State advances to College World Series

BATON ROUGE, La. – See you in Omaha!

Mike Martin’s favorite four words came to life as Florida State (41-21) defeated No. 13 National Seed LSU (40-26) 5-4 in a thrilling 12-inning game, punching the Seminoles ticket back to the College World Series for the 23rd time in school history.

Florida State advanced to its 23rd College World Series, third all-time, while head coach Mike Martin will coach in his 17th CWS, tied with Cliff Gustafson of Texas for the most for a single coach.

Before Saturday, FSU was 2-10 in Super Regional games away from Tallahassee and has not advanced to the CWS in five tries.

The Seminoles have a five-game postseason winning streak away from Dick Howser Stadium, its longest away from home since also winning five straight in 1970. The school record of six straight postseason wins away from home was in 1962.

CJ Van Eyk remained 10-3 on the season and is now 7-0 in his last 9 appearances. He struck out 5 batters in 7.1 innings and has 120 on the year. Combined with Drew Parrish’s 116, they join Texas A&M’s Asa Lacy (130) and John Doxakis (115) as the only teammates with 115 strikeouts.

Antonio Velez won both games of the Super Regionals. He is 5-2 on the year. On the weekend, Velez pitched 5.2 innings, struck out 7 and did not allow a run.

Mike Salvatore had three hits Sunday, including one in the 12th inning that was FSU’s first since the 4th. He has 13 games with at least 3 hits this season and a team-high 87 on the year.

Drew Mendoza had the walk-off single for the Noles, FSU’s fifth of the year. He finished with two hits and a walk. His 69 walks rank second nationally in 2019 and tied for eighth in a season in FSU history.

Mat Nelson had a pair of hits and also reached on a walk and was hit by a pitch. His 16 HBPs this season tied for sixth in a season in FSU history.

J.C. Flowers stole a base in the third inning. He now has 13 home runs, 12 saves and 11 stolen bases on the year.

Tim Becker added an RBI double in the fourth inning. He has 9 postseason RBI after having 4 in the regular season.

The Seminoles improved to 11-9 all-time against LSU. Martin is now 9-7 against the Tigers.

 

Red Raiders win…advance to College Baseball WS

LUBBOCK, Texas – Josh Jung and Kurt Wilson connected on a pair of opposite-field home runs in the eighth inning Sunday evening, sending No. 8 Texas Tech back to the College World Series following an 8-6 victory over No. 9 Oklahoma State inside a raucous Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (44-18) erased a two-run deficit thanks to the pair of home runs, returning Tech to the pinnacle of college baseball in Omaha for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Tech joins only Florida and Big 12 counterpart TCU as the only schools nationally to reach the College World Series four times during that stretch.

Jung’s leadoff home run – his second of the game – kick-started a four-run bottom of the eighth as Cameron Warren and Cody Masters followed with walks, setting up Wilson’s heroics two batters later. Wilson’s home run, a towering shot off the video board in right center, marked only his fourth of the season and first of the postseason.

Oklahoma State (40-21) threatened in the top of the ninth with back-to-back walks to start the inning before Dane Haveman came back with a pair of strikeouts and an infield pop out to record his third save of the season.

 

McIlroy wins Canadian Open with scorching final-round 61

Rory McIlroy ran away with the Canadian Open, closing with a 9-under 61 on Sunday for a seven-shot victory.

Starting the day in a three-way tie for the lead, McIlroy ended any suspense about who would emerge as the champion with five birdies in his first seven holes, none from longer than 8 feet.

It was McIlroy’s 16th PGA Tour victory and 25th win worldwide, and the fourth by at least seven shots. The world’s fourth-ranked player will hope to ride the momentum into next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

The only question on the back nine was whether McIlroy would shoot the 11th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. He made four straight birdies from Nos. 11-14, and a bogey on the par-3 16th stalled him only momentarily. He followed with a 7-iron from 196 yards to 2 1/2 feet for eagle on the par-5 17th to get to 10 under at par-70 Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

But he missed the green on the par-4 18th and his bunker shot went long. He ended up tapping in for bogey to finish at a tournament-record 22-under 258. The 61 equaled the low round of McIlroy’s PGA Tour career.

Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson tied for second at 15 under.

Adam Hadwin, seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the event since 1954, closed with a 70 and finished sixth, 10 shots back. His consolation prize was a spot in the British Open at Royal Portrush in July.

Graeme McDowell also earned his place in the British Open. The native of Portrush, Northern Ireland, guaranteed a tee time in his hometown by holing a hard-breaking 29-footer for par on the par-4 18th to shoot 68 and finish in a tie for eighth. This year’s Open will be the first in Northern Ireland since its only previous visit to Royal Portrush in 1951.

A third spot was available at the British Open for a player not already eligible who finished inside the top 10, but the other top-10 finishers were exempt from qualifying.

The victory in McIlroy’s Canadian Open debut was his fifth in a national open, following the U.S. Open (2011), Australian Open (2013), British Open (2014) and Irish Open (2016). McIlroy also counts the Hong Kong Open (2011) as part of his national-championship tally.

 

Cup race at Michigan postponed because of rain

The break in NASCAR’s Cup Series schedule will have to wait at least an extra day.

Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. EDT, the second time in just over a month that a Cup race has been pushed past the weekend because of weather.

The race at Dover early last month was also pushed to Monday. That left a quick turnaround before the following Saturday’s race at Kansas. That’s not an issue this time. The Cup schedule has an open date next weekend before resuming June 23 at Sonoma. Of course, that means this delay eats into that time off.

Sunday’s race never began, and the postponement was announced after a delay of about 2 1/2 hours from the scheduled start time.

There was a brief moment, about 90 minutes before the postponement, when a start seemed imminent. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, the grand marshal, even gave the command for drivers to start their engines. Cars were on the track, but rain quickly forced them to come onto pit road.

It turned out the biggest entertainment of the day may have been Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie throwing and kicking a football around while everyone waited. Daniel Hemric was also involved.

“Is it a bad thing that my most famous moment in a firesuit is slinging a pigskin at a large group of fans?” LaJoie tweeted. “NAH.”

Last year’s June race at Michigan was shortened by rain, but it ended on Sunday as planned. Clint Bowyer won that one. Kevin Harvick won the August Cup race at MIS.

The last time a Cup race at Michigan was pushed past the weekend was in August of 2007, when Kurt Busch won.

The gap in the Cup schedule is the first since Easter weekend in April. Bowyer was asked Friday what his plans were.

 

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

Monday, June 10 at 12 pm ET
GROUP D in Parc Des Princes, Paris
Argentina vs. Japan

Monday, June 10 at 3 pm ET
GROUP E in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Canada vs. Cameroon

Tuesday, June 11 at 9 am ET
GROUP E in Stade Oceane, Le Havre
New Zealand vs. Netherlands

Tuesday, June 11 at 12 pm ET
GROUP F in Roazhon Park, Rennes
Chile vs. Sweden

Tuesday, June 11 at 3 pm ET
GROUP F in Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
United States vs. Thailand

Wednesday, June 12 at 9 am ET
GROUP A in Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Nigeria vs. Korea Republic

Wednesday, June 12 at 12 pm ET
GROUP B in Stade Du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Germany vs. Spain

Wednesday, June 12 at 3 pm ET
GROUP A in Allianz Riviera, Nice
France vs. Norway

Thursday, June 13 at 12 pm ET
GROUP C in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Australia vs. Brazil

 

Thursday, June 13 at 3 pm ET
GROUP B in Parc Des Princes, Paris
South Africa vs. China PR

Friday, June 14 at 9 am ET
GROUP D in Roazhon Park, Rennes
Japan vs. Scotland

 

Friday, June 14 at 12 pm ET
GROUP C in Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
Jamaica vs. Italy

 

Friday, June 14 at 3 pm ET
GROUP D in Stade Oceane, Le Havre
England vs. Argentina

 

Saturday, June 15 at 9 am ET
GROUP E in Stade Du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Netherlands vs. Cameroon

 

Saturday, June 15 at 3 pm ET
GROUP E in Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Canada vs. New Zealand

Sunday, June 15 at 9 am ET
GROUP F in Allianz Riviera, Nice
Sweden vs. Thailand

 

Sunday, June 15 at 12 pm ET
GROUP F in Parc Des Princes, Paris
United States vs. Chile

 

Monday, June 17 at 12 pm ET
GROUP B in Stade Oceane, Le Havre
China PR vs. Spain

 

Monday, June 17 at 12 pm ET
GROUP B in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
South Africa vs. Germany

 

Monday, June 17 at 3 pm ET
GROUP A in Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
Korea Republic vs. Norway

 

Monday, June 17 at 3 pm ET
GROUP A in Roazhon Park, Rennes
Nigeria vs. France

Tuesday, June 18 at 3 pm ET
GROUP C in Stade Du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Italy vs. Brazil

Tuesday, June 18 at 3 pm ET
GROUP C in Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Jamaica vs. Australia

 

Wednesday, June 19 at 3 pm ET
GROUP D in Parc Des Princes, Paris
Scotland vs. Argentina

 

Wednesday, June 19 at 3 pm ET
GROUP D in Allianz Riviera, Nice
Japan vs. England

Thursday, June 20 at 12 pm ET
GROUP E in Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims
Netherlands vs. Canada

 

Thursday, June 20 at 12 pm ET
GROUP E in Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Cameroon vs. New Zealand

Thursday, June 20 at 3 pm ET
GROUP F in Stade Oceane, Le Havre
Sweden vs. United States

Thursday, June 20 at 3 pm ET
GROUP F in Roazhon Park, Rennes
Thailand vs. Chile

ROUND OF 16 (Knockout stage begins. All teams TBD)

Saturday, June 22 at 11:30 am ET
In Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Saturday, June 22 at 3 pm ET
In Stade de Nice, Nice

Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 am ET
In Stade Du Hainaut, Valenciennes

Sunday, June 23 at 3 pm ET
In Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Monday, June 24 at 12 pm ET
In Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims

Monday, June 24 at 3 pm ET
In Parc Des Princes, Paris

Tuesday, June 25 at 12 pm ET
In Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

Tuesday, June 25 at 3 pm ET
In Roazhon Park, Rennes

Thursday, June 27 at 3 pm ET
In Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Friday, June 28 at 3 pm ET
In Parc Des Princes, Paris

Saturday, June 29 at 9 am ET
In Stade Du Hainaut, Valenciennes

Saturday, June 29 at 12:30 pm ET
In Roazhon Park, Rennes

SEMI-FINALS (All teams TBD)

Tuesday, July 2 at 3 pm ET
In Stade de Lyon, Lyon

Wednesday, July 3 at 3 pm ET
In Stade de Lyon, Lyon

THIRD PLACE PLAYOFF (Teams TBD)

Saturday, July 6 at 11 am ET
In Stade de Nice, Nice

FINAL

Sunday, July 7 at 11 am ET
In Stade de Lyon, Lyon

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

NEW YORK-Affirmed fought off Alydar one more time today, and his courage under the fiercest of pressure in the 110th Belmont Stakes brought him a sweep of the triple crown. No horse ever worked harder for it, or deserved it more. For the last half-mile of the mileand- a-half “test of the champion,” Affirmed and Alydar ran head to head. At the finish, with a crowd of 65,417 at Belmont Park and a television audience of millions on the brink of a nervous breakdown, Affirmed’s head was still in front.
At the parimutuel windows, that meant $3.20 for $2. To Affirmed’s people, it meant the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. Even Steve Cauthen, the Harbor View Farm colt’s unflappable 18-year-old jockey, didn’t know quite how to explain what his golden 3-year-old had done in those last desperate yards. “I can’t believe it,” he said, reflecting the unanimous reaction of racing fans to what had to be one of the most dramatic Belmonts in history.
Never has a triple crown sweep been sealed by such a narrow margin. It took a photo-finish camera to determine that Affirmed had won by a head. But young Cauthen knew he had it. He stood up in the saddle a few yards past the finish, and waved his left hand high in the air. Florida-bred Affirmed, now with 14 firsts and two seconds in 16 starts, became the third triple crown winner in six years and the second in two years, the first time there were consecutive sweeps. Today’s Belmont, making Affirmed the 11th triple crown winner, was the kind of close-combat struggle that demonstrated why humans have been so fascinated by thoroughbred racehorses for centuries.
From a slow early pace that helped front-running Affirmed, the last half-mile was furious. The final time of 2:264/5 was the third fastest in Belmont Stakes history, bettered only by Secretariat’s 2:24 and Gallant Man’s 2:263/5. No final half-mile in the Belmont was ever run any faster than Affirmed and Alydar ran it. And racing history itself has seldom seen two 3-year-olds as good as Affirmed and Alydar in the same season.
Never in that long history have two horses fought each other so frequently in a rivalry that has produced such close margins. In nine meetings, Affirmed and Kentucky-bred Alydar have raced a total of nine miles. Affirmed has won seven of those battles, but his net margin is still just under three lengths. His total margin in the triple crown series was fewer than two lengths, by far the slimmest of any triple crown winner. He beat Alydar in the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago by a length and a half, and beat him in the Preakness by a neck.
It’s a good thing Affirmed is a racehorse, not a sentimentalist. He was just about the only one in his camp with completely dry eyes after today’s excruciatingly tense duel in the sun.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1902      Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the manager of the Giants just 44 games into the season. The 51 year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered in New York for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame hurler Christy Mathewson, a sophomore pitcher who won 20 games in his rookie year, into a position player.

1930      After seven consecutive victories from the start of the season, A’s right-hander Lefty Grove loses in eleven innings to the White Sox, 7-6. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season 28-5, along with a 2.54 ERA for the eventual World Champion club.

1937      The Senators trade Bobo Newsom (3-4, 5.85) and outfielder Ben Chapman (.262, 0, 12) to the Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes (3-6, 7.61) and Rick Ferrell (.308, 1, 4), as well as outfielder Mel Almada (.236, 1, 9). Rick, the catcher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, but his brother Wes, the pitcher, will hit more career home runs.

1938      With his team trailing Chicago 13-1 at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning, and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22 year-old southpaw from Natick, RI, who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn’t fare as well on the mound, when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance this season.

1944      Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15 year-old high school southpaw, who will stay in the Reds organization for over sixty years, becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts, retires the first batter he faces, but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.

1952      A few hours after he fires Roger Hornsby as the manager of the team, Browns president Bill Veeck is given a 24-inch silver trophy by his players with the engraved inscription,” …for the greatest play since the Emancipation Proclamation”. After the presentation is made by hurler Ned Garver in the Fenway visiting locker room, the team takes the field under their new skipper Marty Marion.

1953      Against five different pitchers, Jimmy Piersall ties a major league record, going 6-for-6 when Boston bombs the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-2. The Red Sox right fielder is held hitless in the Sportsman’s Park nightcap, and is sent sprawling to the ground by Satchel Paige, a pitcher he had infuriated during a game in his rookie season by mimicking the right-hander’s every move.

1954      At County Stadium, Bill Taylor’s pinch home run in the 10th inning off Gene Conley gives the Giants an eventual 1-0 win over Milwaukee. Taylor’s first major league home run accounts for all of the scoring, making it the first time a solo pinch-hit round-tripper is the only tally of the game.

1954      Reds’ southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance, blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. ‘Lefty’, a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.

1959      In Baltimore, Rocky Colavito becomes the sixth player to hit four home runs in one game, helping the Indians defeat the Orioles, 11-8. The New York City native joins Lou Gehrig as the only ones to accomplish the feat with four consecutive shots.

1966      Indian hurler Sonny Siebert throws the only no-hitter of the season, defeating the Senators, 2-0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem.

1966      In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24 year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.

1967      In front of his family and friends, Astros’ outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon’s monstrous shot off right-hander Mel Queen in the team’s 9-4 loss to the Reds clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.

1969      The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over San Francisco Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record. Later in the season, the Amazins will also a post a ten-game (Sept. 6-13) and a nine-game winning streak (Sept. 21-Oct. 1).

1972      Hank Aaron passes Willie Mays, moving into second place on the all-time home run list. The Braves outfielder connects for a grand slam, his 14th, to tie Gil Hodges’ NL mark, against the Phillies for his 649th career homer, 65 shy of Babe Ruth’s total.

1974      Mike Schmidt collects one of the longest singles in big league history when the ball he hits off Astros hurler Claude Osteen caroms of the public address speaker hanging 117 feet in the air and 329 feet from home plate is ruled in play due to the ballpark’s ground rules. The Rice University mathematics department calculates the Astrodome blast would have traveled 550 feet if left unimpeded.

1992      A’s first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 200th career home run when he goes deep in the second inning off Chris Bosio in the team’s 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The 28 year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers, en route to a career total of 583.

1995      Jeff Manto hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, equaling Johnny Blanchard’s mark established in 1961. The Orioles’ third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off the Mariners’ Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning during Baltimore’s 6-2 victory over the Halos at Camden Yards.

1997      Marlins’ hurler Kevin Brown no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The right-handed sinkerballer, who faces just 28 batters, misses a chance for a perfect game when he barely grazes Marvin Benard with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.

2000      A pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium commemorates the new ownership of the Royals. David Glass, a former Wal-Mart executive who became Kansas City’s interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York based attorney Miles Prentice.

2000      Darin Erstad’s second-inning two-run double off Arizona’s Omar Daal is the Angels’ leadoff hitter’s 100th hit of the season. The hit, coming in the Halos’ 61st game, makes the 26 year-old left fielder the fastest major leaguer to reach the milestone since Hall of Famer Heinie Manush accomplished the feat with the Senators in 1934.

2002      Former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other when the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. The Safeco Field contest marks the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.

2002      In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.

2003      In a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Sammy Sosa becomes the target of a man who runs onto the field throwing corks. The Cubs’ slugger was caught using a corked bat last week in a game against the Devil Rays.

2005      The document, which many believe to be the precursor to the ‘Curse of the Bambino’, is acquired for $996,000 when Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the December 26, 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York. The cost to purchase the five typed pages is nearly ten times the value the soon to be ‘Bronx Bombers’ paid to get the emerging ‘Sultan of Swat.’

2005      For the first time in nearly 90 years, the Red Sox play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The two teams which have had the fates influenced by curses last met in the 1918 World Series, won by Boston behind the solid pitching of Babe Ruth.

2006      Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial “First Cast” from the pitcher’s mound before the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.

2006      Reggie Sanders, in the Royals’ 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, hits his 300th career home run off Chad Harville. The Kansas City outfielder becomes just the fifth player in major league history to both hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.

2007      In addition to the team wearing a dark patch with the word “NUXY” printed in white on their uniform, the Reds honor broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, along with Marty Brennaman and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones which will hang on the wall near the radio booth. The honor comes on the 63rd anniversary of the ‘ol’ left-hander’ becoming the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.

2008      Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later, and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.

2010      White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel, who made his major league debut in 1989, becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43 year-old Venezuelan infielder joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the short list of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.

2011      Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th major league game, a disappointing 8-0 Cardinal loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The 66 year-old skipper, whose 33-year managerial career also includes stints with the A’s and White Sox, is the second manager to reach the milestone, but remains far behind Connie Mack’s record of 7,755 contests.

2011      Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets a chance to manage the team for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The testicular cancer survivor’s big day at Target Field will be featured on a special episode of ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series.

2012      The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday’s 12-inning win, breaks the team’s previous record of 8, which had been accomplished twice.

2012      Bobby Abreu, who was tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.’s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38 year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits playing for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.

2012      The Red Sox pass the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, which has featured an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team’s new ownership bought the Boston ball club.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1910 Frank Demaree, American MLB outfielder (2-time All Star), born in Winters, California (d. 1958)

1911 C P “Chilla” Christ, cricketer (Qld spinner late 30’s)

1919 Kevin O’Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)

1921 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)

1927 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-born footballer (d. 2002)

1939 Guy Harwood, horse trainer

1947 Ken Singleton, baseball player (Orioles), born in Mt Vernon, New York

1951 Burglinde Pollak, German DR, pentathlete (Olympic bronze 1972)

1951 Dan Fouts, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)

1951 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

1962 Brent Sutter, Viking, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)

1962 Duane Sutter, NHL player (NY Islander)

1965 Claudio Mezzadri, Swiss tennis star

1966 David Platt, English footballer

1968 Kevin Donnalley, NFL guard/tackle (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)

1969 Fred Foggie, WLAF cornerback (Frankfurt Galaxy)

1969 Tony McCoy, NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)

1969 Ronny Johnsen, Norwegian footballer

1970 David Wilson, WLAF safety (Scottish Claymores)

1970 Laurel Korholz, La Jolla California, rower (Olympic 4th 1996)

1971 DeWayne Dotson, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)

1971 Jeff Rodgers, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)

1971 Bruno N’Gotty, French footballer

1972 C J Richardson, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks)

1972 David Dunn, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)

1972 Pat Johnson, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins)

1973 Brandon Sanders, safety (NY Giants)

1973 Carl Kidd, NFL defensive back (Oakland Raiders)

1973 Wade Miller, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

1973 Pokey Reese, American baseball player

1975 Henrik Pedersen, Danish footballer

1975 Risto Jussilainen, Finnish ski jumper

1976 Freddy García, American baseball player

1976 Stefan Postma, Dutch footballer

1977 Mike Rosenthal, American football player, sports radio talk show host

1978 Brian West, American soccer player

1980 Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer

1981 Burton O’Brien, Scottish footballer

1982 Tara Lipinski, figure skater (1997 World Champ), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1985 Kristina Lundberg, Swedish ice hockey player

1985 Vasilis Torosidis, Greek footballer

1987 Martin Harnik, Austrian footballer

1987 Amobi Okoye, Nigeria-born American football player

1987 Anna Nordqvist, Swedish golfer (Women’s PGA 2009, Evian C’ship 2017), born in Eskilstuna, Sweden

1990 Louis Clark, British Isthmian League footballer (Worthing), born in Brighton, England

1993 Scott McLaughlin, New Zealand professional racing driver, born in Hamilton, New Zealand

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 40 24 .625 21 – 12 19 – 12 19 – 7 10 – 9 6 – 5 5 – 5 W 1
Tampa Bay 40 24 .625 17 – 14 23 – 10 15 – 11 13 – 8 3 – 1 5 – 5 W 1
Boston 34 32 .515 7 15 – 15 19 – 17 13 – 14 9 – 5 10 – 10 5 – 5 L 1
Toronto 23 42 .354 17.5 12 – 22 11 – 20 6 – 12 8 – 14 7 – 5 2 – 8 L 4
Baltimore 20 45 .308 20.5 8 – 23 12 – 22 9 – 18 5 – 14 4 – 9 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 43 21 .672 19 – 9 24 – 12 14 – 6 14 – 6 12 – 5 6 – 4 W 1
Cleveland 33 32 .508 10.5 19 – 16 14 – 16 12 – 6 10 – 14 8 – 8 5 – 5 L 1
Chi White Sox 31 33 .484 12 17 – 14 14 – 19 10 – 13 18 – 14 3 – 4 6 – 4 W 2
Detroit 24 38 .387 18 11 – 21 13 – 17 9 – 8 11 – 12 1 – 8 4 – 6 L 1
Kansas City 20 45 .308 23.5 12 – 22 8 – 23 5 – 12 8 – 15 5 – 15 2 – 8 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 45 22 .672 24 – 9 21 – 13 10 – 6 12 – 9 21 – 6 8 – 2 W 1
Texas 34 30 .531 9.5 24 – 12 10 – 18 4 – 2 5 – 2 19 – 20 7 – 3 L 1
Oakland 33 33 .500 11.5 18 – 15 15 – 18 6 – 11 8 – 1 16 – 18 4 – 6 W 1
LA Angels 31 35 .470 13.5 17 – 18 14 – 17 6 – 4 7 – 8 14 – 21 4 – 6 L 1
Seattle 28 41 .406 18 13 – 22 15 – 19 4 – 7 8 – 9 16 – 21 4 – 6 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Philadelphia 37 28 .569 22 – 12 15 – 16 15 – 9 11 – 9 6 – 7 4 – 6 L 1
Atlanta 36 29 .554 1 16 – 15 20 – 14 10 – 8 11 – 7 11 – 12 6 – 4 W 3
NY Mets 32 33 .492 5 19 – 11 13 – 22 18 – 13 4 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 2
Washington 30 35 .462 7 15 – 15 15 – 20 15 – 15 5 – 11 8 – 9 7 – 3 W 2
Miami 23 40 .365 13 11 – 21 12 – 19 9 – 22 3 – 10 6 – 4 4 – 6 L 4
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 37 27 .578 24 – 11 13 – 16 10 – 7 13 – 11 8 – 4 6 – 4 W 3
Milwaukee 38 28 .576 22 – 13 16 – 15 14 – 8 18 – 10 5 – 6 7 – 3 W 4
St. Louis 31 32 .492 5.5 20 – 13 11 – 19 9 – 10 15 – 17 5 – 2 5 – 5 L 3
Pittsburgh 30 34 .469 7 13 – 18 17 – 16 4 – 2 12 – 14 7 – 16 3 – 7 L 3
Cincinnati 29 35 .453 8 15 – 15 14 – 20 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 4 – 6 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 45 21 .682 25 – 7 20 – 14 11 – 3 16 – 10 17 – 7 8 – 2 W 2
Colorado 33 31 .516 11 18 – 12 15 – 19 10 – 12 5 – 5 11 – 10 6 – 4 L 2
Arizona 34 32 .515 11 14 – 16 20 – 16 6 – 4 8 – 5 11 – 19 6 – 4 W 4
San Diego 33 33 .500 12 18 – 20 15 – 13 10 – 10 4 – 7 14 – 13 4 – 6 L 2
San Francisco 26 38 .406 18 11 – 20 15 – 18 4 – 9 4 – 6 12 – 16 5 – 5 L 2