MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY Yankees 12 NY Mets 5

NY Mets 10 NY Yankees 4

Cleveland 2 Cincinnati 1 (10)

Chicago White Sox 7 Washington 5

Houston 10 Milwaukee 8

LA Angels 5 LA Dodgers 3

Baltimore 4 Toronto 2

Texas 9 Boston 5

Oakland 4 Tampa Bay 3

Minnesota 6 Seattle 5

Kansas City 3 Detroit 2

Philadelphia 7 Arizona 4

St. Louis 7 Miami 1

Atlanta 7 Pittsburgh 5

Colorado 10 Chicago Cubs 3

San Francisco 6 San Diego 5

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Buffalo 2 Indianapolis 0

Dayton 5 W. Michigan 4

Lansing 11 South Bend 7

Fort Wayne 4 Bowling Green 0

 

RICHMOND ROOSTERS BASEBALL

TONIGHT vs. Dayton 7:00 @ Earlham College

 

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

 

WNBA

Connecticut 83 Washington 75

Seattle 84 Indiana 82

Chicago 82 Phoenix 75

 

INDIANA BOYS STATE GOLF FINALS – DAY 1

1 Carmel 299

2 Center Grove 303

3 Noblesville 305

4 Floyd Central 311

5 Guerin Catholic 313

6 Castle 314

7 Fort Wayne Dwenger 315

8 Columbus North 321

9 Penn 322

10 Hamilton Southeastern 324

11 Yorktown 327

12 Warsaw 328

13 Evansville North 330

14 Crown Point 337

15 Plainfield 338

 

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1 Nick Dentino, Carmel 70

1 Kash Bellar, Peru 70

3 Adam Bratton, Castle 72

3 Clay Merchant, Noblesville 72

3 Drew Wrightson, Brebeuf 72

6 Alex Heck, Center Grove 73

6 Drew Pickering, Heritage Christian 73

6 Ethan Stanley, Bedford North Lawrence 73

9 Luke Prall, Carmel 74

9 Jonny Filler, Fort Wayne Dwenger 73

9 Joey Wiseman, Corydon Central 74

9 Luke DeHaven, Center Grove 74

9 Bryce Robertson, Fishers 74

9 Clay Stirsman, Carmel 74

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 15 Game 1 Texas Tech vs. Michigan 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 15 Game 2 Arkansas vs. Florida State 7 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 16 Game 3 Vanderbilt vs. Louisville 2 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 16 Game 4 Mississippi State vs. Auburn 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Monday, June 17 Game 5 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 2 p.m. ESPN
Monday, June 17 Game 6 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 18 Game 7 Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 2 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 18 Game 8 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 7 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 19 Game 9 Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 7 p.m. ESPN
Thursday, June 20 Game 10 Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 8 p.m. ESPN2
Friday, June 21 Game 11 Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9 2 p.m. ESPN
Friday, June 21 Game 12 Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 7 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 22 Game 13* TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 22 Game 14* TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Monday, June 24 CWS Finals: Game 1 TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Tuesday, June 25 CWS Finals: Game 2 TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. ESPN
Wednesday, June 26 CWS Finals: Game 3* TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m.

 

Ex-slugger David Ortiz had counted on fans to protect him

Beloved in his hometown, David Ortiz traveled the dangerous streets of Santo Domingo with little or no security, trusting in his fans to protect him.

Big Papi’s guard was down even at hotspots like the Dial Bar and Lounge, where the Dominican business and entertainment elite can cross paths with shadier figures in a country where fortunes are often made in drug smuggling and money laundering.

As the former Red Sox slugger lies in intensive care in Boston, recovering from the bullet fired into his back at the Dial on Sunday night, police are investigating what aspect of the national hero’s life made him the target of what appeared to be an assassination attempt.

Ortiz was so relaxed at the open-air hotspot Sunday that he had his back to the sidewalk as a gunman – a passenger on a motorcycle – got off the bike just before 9 p.m., approached the 43-year-old retired athlete and fired a single shot at close range before escaping.

Enraged fans captured the motorcyclist and beat him bloody before handing him over to police, but the gunman was still at large Tuesday.

Doctors in Santo Domingo removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines, and the former ballplayer was then flown to Boston for further treatment Monday night, undergoing two hours of exploratory surgery.

Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, said in a statement that he was “stable, awake and resting comfortably” at Massachusetts General Hospital and was expected to remain there for several days.

The motorcyclist, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, who had a 2017 arrest for drug possession, was one of several people in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release details of the investigation.

Ortiz has a six-bedroom, $6 million home in the wealthy Boston suburb of Weston, Massachusetts, that he shared with his wife and three children but has put the place up for sale. He visits his father and sister in Santo Domingo about six times a year, according to a close friend who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

 

Mercado delivers RBI single in 10th, Indians beat Reds 2-1

Oscar Mercado admitted it wasn’t easy to stay calm when he came to the plate in the 10th inning.

The Indians rookie outfielder did, and the result was another clutch hit.

Mercado’s bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th gave Cleveland a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the intrastate matchup Tuesday night.

“That was pretty incredible,” Mercado said. “I’m not going to lie. Just breathing is the biggest thing at that time in those at-bats, but it’s hard. The game’s on the line.”

Mercado lined a 1-2 pitch from Raisel Iglesias (1-6) to left field and was mobbed by his teammates after rounding first base.

Mercado was doused with water buckets as he did a postgame interview in front of the dugout.

Mike Freeman drew a one-out walk and took third on a single by Leonys Martin. Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Mercado, who glanced toward Cleveland’s star shortstop before he stepped in.

“The first thing I did was look at him,” Mercado said. “He’s one of the most selfless guys I’ve been around. He was sort of walking me through some things to do, like stay calm.”

Mercado, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on May 14, hit a tie-breaking home run off CC Sabathia in a win over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Brad Hand (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the 10th.

Reds manager David Bell still has confidence in Iglesias, despite his high loss total.

“He’s going to be out there in key spots, so things like that are going to happen,” Bell said. “It didn’t work out tonight, but he’s going to continue to get big opportunities in games.”

 

Rookie Peter Lambert bottles up Cubs again, Rockies win 10-3

Peter Lambert baffled Chicago yet again and took a chunk out of the turf with a sliding catch.

Now that’s making an impression.

The rookie went five strong innings to lock up Chicago for a second time in five days as the Colorado Rockies won their 10th straight at home by beating the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.

“He was getting outs,” Cubs shortstop Javier Baez simply explained. “Things went their way.”

Lambert (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in his Coors Field debut. The right-hander made his first major league start last Thursday at Wrigley Field and earned his first win when he pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

He went with a similar game plan for meeting No. 2. With good reason: It worked so well the first time.

“Go out there and get ahead of hitters and keep the ball down,” Lambert explained of his approach. “Keep our team in the ball game as long as I can.”

Daniel Murphy led the Rockies offense with three hits, including a two-run double in the first. Charlie Blackmon added a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth to break open the game.

Lambert mixed in several off-speed pitches with a four-seam fastball to keep the Cubs off balance. Lambert’s only mistake was a fastball that Jason Heyward lined to left for a solo homer in the second.

That’s about all the damage the Cubs could muster.

 

McCann homers twice, Braves with 5th straight

Now that his knee is healthy, Brian McCann showed he has plenty of power left at 35 years old.

McCann hit one of four Atlanta homers in the second inning and took Pirates starter Chris Archer deep again with a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the sixth to help the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Tuesday night.

“It probably hurt me for a little bit there, but once I got it fixed and I came back in September last year, I knew I could make an aggressive move on the baseball,” he said. “I’m healthy. I feel good. Got my bat speed back.”

The Braves, tied for first in the NL East, have won five straight. The game was called following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay after eight innings.

McCann put the Braves up 7-4 in the sixth, pulling a fastball into the right-field seats. He made a winner of Touki Toussaint (4-0), who relieved after another ineffective start by Mike Foltynewicz.

The Braves hit four homers off Archer to take a 4-2 lead in the second as Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis went back-to-back and were followed one batter later by McCann and Ozzie Albies.

Donaldson’s ninth homer ricocheted off the right-field foul pole, and Markakis followed with a 417-foot homer to center, his sixth of the year. McCann’s opposite-field shot sailed into left-center. He was followed by Albies, who pulled his 10th homer into the right-field seats.

“We have speed, we’re athletic, we make you throw strikes,” said McCann, who’s back with the Braves after five years in the AL. “We’re tough to get through on a nightly basis from top to bottom, so it’s nice to show it again tonight.”

Archer gave up seven runs and eight hits with two walks while striking out eight in six innings. He had won two straight starts after dropping five in a row. His five homers allowed were a single-game career high.

 

Ohtani, Bour lead Angels to 5-3 win, series sweep of Dodgers

Shohei Ohtani and Justin Bour homered off Kenta Maeda in a five-run first inning, and the Los Angeles Angels hung on to sweep the two-game Freeway Series with a 5-3 victory over the majors-leading Dodgers on Tuesday night.

After Ohtani homered against a fellow Japanese star for the second time in four days, Bour hit a three-run homer in his first plate appearance following his return from a three-week banishment to the minors.

The Angels didn’t score again, but the Dodgers stranded 15 runners and lost Corey Seager to a ninth-inning baserunning injury while losing consecutive games for only the second time since April 23-24.

Max Muncy hit two homers for the Dodgers, who hadn’t lost a series since April 29-May 1 in San Francisco.

David Freese delivered a pinch-hit homer leading off the eighth inning for the Dodgers, but Hansel Robles got five perilous outs for his ninth save.

After Robles struck out Cody Bellinger to end the eighth, the Dodgers’ first two batters singled in the ninth. Seager likely would have scored on Alex Verdugo’s single, but he appeared to injure his hamstring, pulling up in pain at third and leaving the game.

Robles then struck out Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez before getting Russell Martin on a groundout to close the Angels’ third win in four games.

Although Maeda (7-3) didn’t yield a hit or a run after the first inning, he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in the pitching-rich Dodgers’ shortest start since May 4.

Maeda had given up only six total runs in his past five starts while going 4-0, but the Angels improbably jumped on him for five early runs.

 

Alonso helps Mets gain split; Voit lifts Yanks in opener

When it comes to All-Star first basemen, Pete Alonso and Luke Voit are on track to become New York’s power couple.

Alonso hit a three-run homer in the first inning off an ineffective James Paxton, J.D. Davis and Carlos Gomez also went deep, and the Mets beat the Yankees 10-4 Tuesday for a split of their day-night Subway Series doubleheader.

Alonso’s home run was his 22nd, the second-most for an NL rookie before the All-Star break, trailing only Cody Bellinger’s 25 for the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago. The drive on Paxton’s eighth pitch of the at-bat and 11th pitch of the night left the stadium almost as quiet as it was in the afternoon, when the stands were about a quarter full at the start for the makeup of Monday night’s rainout.

Voit hit a three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning as the Yankees overcame a three-run deficit to win the opener 12-5. After falling out of the AL East lead for the first time since the morning of May 19, the Yankees (41-25) moved back into a tie with Tampa Bay atop the division.

Both first basemen experienced their first Subway Series featuring fulminating fans.

“I thought this was a blast,” the 24-year-old Alonso said. “I’m really looking forward to the ones at Citi Field. This environment was nuts.”

Voit was demoted to Double-A by the St. Louis Cardinals a year ago this week. Now he’s vying for a spot in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

“It’s crazy, man,” he said.

Voit has 30 home runs in 103 games since the Yankees acquired him July 28 for pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos. The 28-year-old took over at first base from the repeatedly injured Greg Bird and has 16 homers this year. He is the leader at his position in the first results of fan voting for All-Star starters.

 

Rookie Alvarez homers again as Astros beat Brewers 10-8

Yordan Alvarez’s teammates told the slugger they’d fine him if he didn’t homer in his first game for the Houston Astros.

After he connected in his debut they warned him that the fine would be double if he didn’t knock one out of the park in Game 2.

So far, Alvarez isn’t out a dime.

Alvarez hit one of Houston’s four home runs to become the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two major league games and lead the Astros to a 10-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

“It’s something incredible and emotional. I can barely describe it, to be able to hit two home runs in my first two games in the big leagues,” Alvarez said through a translator.

Yuli Gurriel, Robinson Chirinos and Tyler White also homered for the Astros, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Houston led by one in the fifth when Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring triple to chase Freddy Peralta (3-3). He was replaced by Matt Albers, who was greeted with a single by Gurriel which pushed the lead to 6-3. Alvarez then knocked a changeup by Albers into the right field seats to extend the lead to 8-3.

The 21-year-old Alvarez, who led the Pacific Coast League with 23 homers, also had a two-run shot in his debut on Sunday. He is the first player since Trevor Story in 2016 to homer for the first two hits of his career.

 

Kingery’s 3-run homer lifts Phillies over D’Backs 7-4

Scott Kingery’s utility role has turned into a starting job, thanks to his hitting.

Kingery hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta threw six effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Arizona’s five-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Kingery gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the second inning with a drive to left, his seventh homer and third in two games. He had eight homers as a rookie last year when he started at five positions and played everything but catcher and first base. He’s settled into playing center field or third base every day recently.

“Last year, it was a lot of crazy stuff going on, playing a lot of different positions and learning to hit major league pitching. I didn’t have time to relax,” Kingery said. “I have more confidence now. My mindset and approach have changed.”

Arrieta (6-5) allowed three runs and six hits for his second win in eight starts. Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 tries.

“It’s a challenge but when my sinker is down in the strike zone efficiently, the ball stays in the ballpark,” Arrieta said about facing a team that hit eight homers Monday.

Ketel Marte went deep for the Diamondbacks, and the teams combined for only two homers a night after setting a major league record with 13.

Arizona lefty Jon Duplantier (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings.

After Kingery’s homer, Bryce Harper ripped an RBI double to right to make it 4-0.

Jay Bruce made an excellent sliding catch to prevent at least one run on Marte’s sinking liner to left with one out and runners on first and second in the third.

“He was emphatic that he can play the outfield and play it well,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Bruce, who arrived in a trade on June 2. “He’s done it well.”

 

Pence hits inside-the-park HR, Rangers beat Red Sox 9-5

Hunter Pence sprinted through his 14th homer of the season, although there was probably no need to hurry.

Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat Boston 9-5 Tuesday night, capitalizing when the Red Sox unraveled after their manager and right fielder were ejected.

“Kind of just a weird incident to be a part of,” said Pence, whose fly ball to right in the sixth turned into a surprise two-run homer. “I’ve never done it, so now I have. It’s a good feeling.”

Texas has won four of five, including Monday night’s extra-innings victory at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox lost their third straight loss and fifth in six games.

“Guys are frustrated. We try not to be, but games like tonight, it’s embarrassing,” said Brock Holt, who misplayed Pence’s homer. “We’re not playing well. We’re not playing up to our capabilities and that’s the frustrating part.”

Ariel Jurado (4-2) struck out six while pitching six innings of three-run ball, and Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ronald Guzman each had two RBIs for the Rangers.

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts homered for the Red Sox, who dropped to 34-34 on a night filled with frustrations. Andrew Benintendi was ejected in the fifth, and manager Alex Cora was also tossed defending his outfielder.

With Benintendi banished to the clubhouse, Pence took advantage of a realigned outfield.

Holt moved from left field to right in the sixth and couldn’t track down Pence’s fly at the short right field wall. Holt fell onto the top of the wall and remained draped there while the ball rolled slowly toward right-center. Betts, who moved from right to center, couldn’t get to the ball before Pence finished his dash around the bases. That put Texas up 9-3.

“I was watching it probably a little too long because I was like awkwardly around first base, so then I just took off running because I saw the ball,” Pence said. “I heard someone saying `slow down, slow down’ and I’m like `I’m not slowing down until I see an umpire say something.'”

 

Fiers goes 6, Olson and Davis homer as A’s beat Rays 4-3

Mike Fiers has found his groove and it’s been important for the inconsistent Oakland Athletics.

Fiers pitched six effective innings, Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit consecutive homers, and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Oakland, at 34-34, is three games behind Texas for the second AL wild card.

“Obviously the record right now doesn’t show how good we really are,” Fiers said. “It’s a long season. You can’t look too far ahead or how far ahead some of the teams are ahead of us. We’ve got to come play every day and just battle every day.”

Fiers (6-3) allowed two runs and three hits, and is 4-0 in seven starts beginning with his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7.

Liam Hendriks, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, who gave up Willy Adames’ RBI single in the ninth en route to his 15th save, combined to strike out six and complete the four-hitter.

“We really haven’t hit our stride yet,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s been a little of a fight and battle for us to this point but I think at some point we’ll get past it.”

Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, who are 16 games over .500 despite an 18-15 record at home.

“Kind of quiet at the plate,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “We didn’t do many things wrong, we were just pitched really, really tough.”

The Rays are tied for first in the AL East with the New York Yankees, who split a day-night doubleheader with the Mets.

After Matt Chapman reached on shortstop Adames’ throwing error in the sixth, Olson hit a two-run homer and Davis then went deep two pitches later off Emilio Pagan (1-1) as Oakland took a 4-2 lead.

 

Polanco, Twins rally for 6-5 win vs. Mariners

This barrage of home runs has helped propel the Minnesota Twins to the best record in baseball.

There’s plenty of speed to supplement the power, too, as Jorge Polanco proved again.

Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning , giving the surging Twins a 6-5 victory over the slumping Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

“We never quit. We can score many runs in one inning,” Gonzalez said, “and every time that’s why we don’t give up.”

Polanco, who took over the league lead in batting average at .341, reached base all four times he batted. He tried for a hustle double on each of his three hits, beating the tag at second base twice. That included the eighth against reliever Brandon Brennan (2-5), when Polanco followed Max Kepler’s leadoff double with his own on a head-first slide to cut the lead to 5-4.

“All of their teammates on the bench appreciate it when they see something like that, but it’s those guys wanting it,” said manager Rocco Baldelli, whose team leads the AL with 144 doubles. “You have to run hard out of the box, and we have several guys that do that. They think double every time they hit a ball in the gap.”

After advancing on a long fly out by Eddie Rosario, Polanco raced home on a stray slider by Austin Adams that skipped in the dirt past catcher Tom Murphy. Gonzalez then put the Twins in front with his sharp single, clapping his hands as he pointed to an exuberant home dugout during the sprint to first.

The Mariners started the ninth with two singles against Trevor May, but the hard-throwing right-hander notched his first save of the season by striking out Edwin Encarnacion looking and then retiring the next two batters. Matt Magill (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Twins, who have won 19 of their last 25 games.

 

Mark Wasikowski leaving Purdue baseball to take over at Oregon

WEST LAFAYETTE — Mark Wasikowski seemed, to many, a natural successor to George Horton as Oregon’s baseball coach.

After three seasons as Purdue’s head coach, Wasikowski said accepting that offer was not an easy decision.

“It wasn’t a quick ‘Yes,’ I’ll be honest with you,” Wasikowski said. “It was a difficult decision because of what Mike Bobinski and Ed Howat and Jason (Butikofer) and those guys have done.

“Some people will go, ‘Oh, a tough decision when it’s Purdue vs. Oregon?’ ” But now we’ve built something at Purdue and a lot of growing pride in the community about Purdue athletics. Because of Mike and his excellence and the rest of the staff at Purdue has bought into turning the tide of Purdue athletics. It’s an awesome place to live and coach.”

So is Eugene, Oregon, however, and Oregon announced Wasikowski’s hire Tuesday night. He returns to the program where he served as an assistant from 2012-16.

Wasikowski compiled an 87-82 record in three seasons at Purdue, including 20-34 in 2019. He took over a program coming off a 10-44 record in 2016 and which had gone 43-115 in the previous three seasons.

In Wasikowski’s first season, the Boilermakers won 29 games in one of the biggest turnarounds in the county. In his second, they won 38 games, pushed Minnesota for the top of the Big Ten standings and received an at-large berth to the program’s third NCAA Regional.

 

Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as head coach

The Memphis Grizzlies finally filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins.

The Grizzlies will introduce Jenkins at news conference on Wednesday.

“Taylor has an excellent coaching pedigree, and we are confident he will lay the groundwork of developing the young players on our roster while having the elite basketball acumen and forward-thinking positive vision to be a high-level NBA head coach,” Zachary Z. Kleiman, the Grizzlies’ executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement Tuesday.

Memphis became the sixth and final NBA team to hire a new coach after firing J.B. Bickerstaff following the end of the season in April.

Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins becomes Memphis’ fourth head coach since the Grizzlies chose not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract in 2013 after he led them to their lone Western Conference final appearance.

The new Grizzlies coach started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs’ basketball operations department during the 2007-08 season after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.

Jenkins then was an assistant coach with the Spurs’ G League team, the Toros, and worked under both Quin Snyder, now head coach of the Utah Jazz, and Brad Jones, now coach of Memphis’ G League team. Jenkins was named head coach of the Toros for 2012-13 and led thm to a first-round playoff victory.

He went to Atlanta as an assistant to Budenholzer, then followed the head coach to Milwaukee, where the Bucks went an NBA-best 60-22 this season before losing to Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0

Alex Morgan tied a tournament record with five goals and the defending champion U.S. national team opened the Women’s World Cup with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.

Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, which broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was Germany’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.

Morgan tied Michelle Akers’ record for World Cup goals, set in the quarterfinals against Taiwan in 1991.

“We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” Morgan said. “Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”

Asked repeatedly about the lopsided score, U.S. coach Ellis wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men’s World Cup would elicit the same questions.

“Getting off on the right foot is important,” Ellis said. “But we also feel like we’ve got more to do. So were going to stay humble and go back to work.”

The two teams were the last to kick-off in the group stage for the monthlong tournament. Host France opened the World Cup before a sellout crowd in Paris on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over South Korea.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the Americans had dropped only one match in their previous 38, a loss to France in Le Havre in January. The team is 7-1-2 overall this year, with six straight wins going into the World Cup and its seven different scorers against Thailand set a record for most in a Women’s World Cup game.

The last time the Americans played on the world’s biggest stage, Lloyd had a hat trick in the first 16 minutes and the United States beat Japan 5-2 in Canada for the trophy.

 

Calf injury continues to keep Luck out of Colts’ workouts

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe with Andrew Luck.

They’d rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.

Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week’s three-day minicamp – the final portion of Indy’s offseason workouts – Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.

“It’s OK, it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we’re on a very, very good page and I’ll be ready for training camp.”

The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts’ entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.

But this was different.

After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL’s regulation size.

Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.

It didn’t take long for Luck to prove the doubters wrong. He produced arguably the best season of his pro career and was rewarded with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

This year, many outsiders expect bigger and better things from Luck and his teammates, and Luck sounds confident he can deliver despite the nagging injury.

“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my foot to make sure I don’t aggravate something, but to keep my arm in shape,” he said. “It’s a football, a pigskin Wilson Duke, with Roger Goodell’s signature on it.”

Reich has continually insisted that Luck’s absence was a cautionary move.

He has no serious concerns about Luck’s health, and with seven seasons in the league, two full off-seasons to get acclimated to the system and most of last season’s key offensive contributors returning, Reich figures Luck’s absence should not hinder his play.

 

Chiefs’ Jones skips minicamp in midst of contract dispute

Defensive tackle Chris Jones chose to skip the beginning of the Kansas City Chiefs’ mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday, the latest step in the growing discord over his looming contract situation.

Jones is hoping to parlay the finest season of his career into a massive payday as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. But with negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the affable 24-year-old defensive tackle opted against participating in the Chiefs’ voluntary workouts.

Now that they are mandatory, Jones is risking a fine for being absent this week.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is only planning to speak with reporters on Thursday, when the minicamp wraps up. But his viewpoint is unlikely to have changed from a couple weeks ago, when he said: “We just go. If you’re here, you get better. If you’re not, you don’t.”

It’s hard to imagine Jones being a whole lot better than last season.

He appeared in all 16 games and had career highs in just about every meaningful category: 40 total tackles, 29 quarterback hits, 19 tackles for loss and a whopping 15 1/2 sacks.

That last number was the most important for a team that desperately needed any pressure it could generate on the quarterback. The Chiefs had arguably the league’s best offense, anchored by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but they also had perhaps the league’s worst defense.

It was that unit that failed so miserably in the playoffs, when the Chiefs were unable to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in their overtime loss in the AFC championship game.

The Chiefs made major moves to address the defense this offseason, firing coordinator Bob Sutton and hiring Steve Spagnuolo as his replacement. They also jettisoned longtime stalwarts such as Eric Berry and Justin Houston, brought in big names Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu, and began the difficult task of changing from a 3-4 system to a 4-3 defensive set.

 

Ramsey: Jaguars have no plan to give him extension in 2019

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey says the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t intend to give him a contract extension this season.

Ramsey joined teammates for the start of a mandatory, three-day minicamp Tuesday and spoke publicly for the first time since last year ended. He touched on not wanting to take on a leadership role, his desire to see Jacksonville pay defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, the status of absent linebacker Telvin Smith and his recent switch from Jordan Brand to Adidas apparel.

But Ramsey raised eyebrows when the session shifted to , desire for a new deal, saying, “I’ve been let know that I won’t be getting a contract extension.”

He quickly clarified that it won’t happen in 2019.

“Y’all take it however you may want to take that,” Ramsey said. “I’ve fought through injuries. I’ve fought through everything, haven’t missed a game. … I feel like I have outplayed my rookie contract and I feel I’ve earned a new contract, but at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world.

“I’m tremendously blessed. I’m so blessed. I’m not down on it or anything like that at all, but that is the circumstance. That is what I’ve been told.”

Ramsey is entering the final year of his $23.3 million rookie contract. The Jaguars already exercised the fifth-year option in the deal, meaning he’s also tied to the club for $13.7 million in 2020.

The Jaguars have made it clear they want the former Florida State standout to be a long-term piece of their defense. But they’re not ready to give him an extension with two years remaining on his current contract.

Jacksonville, which has a little more than $9 million in cap space available, also expects to be in better financial shape next year after getting rid of about $24 million in dead money already paid to quarterback Blake Bortles, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and a few others.

 

Vikings, Rudolph reach contract extension agreement

The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping the team’s longest-tenured offensive player in place despite a tight salary cap situation.

The Vikings announced the deal on Tuesday as minicamp began. Rudolph had entered the final year of his previous contract with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in the second round.

Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth NFL season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He played in every game over the last four years. The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota .

 

AP source: Saints, Cameron Jordan agree on 3-year extension

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has been New Orleans’ sack leader in six of the past seven seasons, has agreed to a three-year extension worth up to $55.5 million, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the extension, which follows the two years left on his current contract and runs through 2023, is not expected to be signed until Wednesday morning and has not been announced.

Jordan, who spoke after a minicamp practice on Tuesday, said an extension had not been signed, but hinted that a verbal agreement was in place and stressed that he intends to play in New Orleans as long as possible.

“We might dance tonight,” Jordan said. “My son’s fourth birthday might be a little better today. My daughter turns 1 tomorrow, so someone’s going to have a heck of a birthday.

“I’ve always said it’s not about being the highest-paid player for me; I’ve got personal goals,” Jordan said. “As embedded as I am in this community, as much as I love this place, as much as my family is at home here, uprooting isn’t really an option for me.”

Several defensive ends average a little more than $20 million annually in salary and bonuses, more per year than Jordan’s extension would pay. Currently, Jordan is in the midst of a five-year extension worth up to $60 million.

Since signing that deal three seasons ago, he has been named All-Pro in 2017, when he had 13 sacks and has averaged more than 10 sacks per season, including 12 in 2018.

The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Jordan, a 2011 first-round pick who’ll be 30 this season, also has become adept at deflecting passes. He has batted 23 passes the past three seasons and deflected one to himself for a touchdown in 2017.

Saints coach Sean Payton said a contract extension for Jordan is “much deserved.”

 

Cam Newton throws at minicamp

Cam Newton threw a football at Panthers mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and if you’re wondering whether some meaningless tosses at a June practice were enough to excite anybody, well, the Panthers livestreamed it.

If you’d prefer not to watch the entire 30 minutes worth of highlights that the team tweeted out, here’s what you need to know:

Newton’s throwing motion has definitely changed and he looked fairly fired up about everything,

He jogged a little bit, He stretched some, He threw a total of 20-some times to stationary teammates.

Newton’s coming off a year where he missed the last two regular season games after hurting his shoulder, for which he had arthroscopic surgery in January. So, how big of a deal is it that his arm is healthy and he’s showing it off?

“I would say on a scale from 1-10, it’s a 12, maybe a 13,” Will Brinson said on Tuesday’s Pick Six Podcast. “Cam’s the most pivotal player in the NFC South. His health can change the fortunes of multiple teams.”

Ryan Wilson and Sean Wagner-McGough joined Brinson to break down what this all means for Cam and the rest of the NFL, and Wilson also sees it as having major ramifications.

“Everything goes through Cam,” Wilson said. “When he got injured after he threw a terrible pick-six in that 52-21 loss to the Steelers on a Thursday night in Week 10 — I think he may have been hurt trying to make a tackle on the runback — they lost seven-straight games.”

Carolina finally won one in the meaningless season finale to the Saints, while Newton sat out. The Panthers haven’t won with Newton since Nov. 4, when they were cruising along at 6-2 and their QB was healthy.

“It flew under the radar, but it came out after his injury that he couldn’t throw the ball 30 yards down the field,” Wagner-McGough said. “So much depended on his shoulder and health. It seems like it’s progressing in the right direction. This isn’t an Andrew Luck situation … he should be fine by Week 1.”

The Panthers finished below .500 last season, but if they can turn it around this year, it would make the eighth straight year where they’ve alternated with winning seasons in odd years and losing seasons in even years.

 

Raiders picked to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again.

HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network’s “Hard Knocks” show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team.

Gruden spent nine seasons as the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to the sideline for a second stint as Raiders coach last year. Now he will likely be a star of the 14th edition of this reality show.

“Everybody wants to be a Raider,” owner Mark Davis said. “Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.”

The Raiders made several high-profile additions this offseason that made them an attractive team for the show in their final scheduled season in Oakland before a planned move to Las Vegas.

They hired another former TV analyst as general manager in Mike Mayock, traded for big-play receiver Antonio Brown and signed controversial free agents Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito. Oakland also had three first-round draft picks in Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram, as well as quarterback Derek Carr.

Gruden had expressed reservations about being on the show but the Raiders were one of five teams who could be forced to do the show because they didn’t make the playoffs the past two seasons, didn’t have a new coach and hadn’t done the show the past 10 years.

NFL Films will send a 30-person crew to training camp in Napa to shoot more than 1,750 hours of footage for the series with access to meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

“They do a really good job of staying out of your way,” said defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who was on the staff in Cincinnati when the Bengals were featured on the show.

 

Here’s how NFL quarterbacks fare in Year 2 with and without an OC change

Sometimes I read how important it is for a young quarterback to have the same offensive coordinator from his rookie year to his second season in the NFL. Other times I read how vital it is for a given team to make a change at offensive coordinator for its quarterback from Year 1 to Year 2 as a pro.

Those two conflicting thoughts got me thinking.

What’s recently been more beneficial for young quarterbacks? Having the same offensive coordinator from Year 1 to Year 2, or a new offensive coordinator from Year 1 to Year 2?

The first school of thought of course centers around the idea of continuity. The second aligns with an idea that a new offensive coordinator was hired as — hopefully — an upgrade from the offensive coordinator the quarterback had as a rookie. I conducted some research.

Here were the requirements for quarterbacks to be included in the study:

Drafted sometime between 2008 and 2017

Attempted at least 200 passes as a rookie and 100 plus passes in Year 2.

There were 30 quarterbacks who met the criteria.

(Matthew Stafford, Matt McGloin, DeShone Kizer, and Jimmy Clausen attempted 200-plus passes as rookies but didn’t hit the 100-pass threshold in their second NFL seasons.)

These 18 quarterbacks who hit the pass attempt thresholds did not have an offensive coordinator change after their rookie season:

Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott, Teddy Bridgewater, C.J. Beathard, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Christian Ponder, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Ryan Tannehill, EJ Manuel, Josh Freeman

12 quarterbacks who hit the pass attempt thresholds experienced an offensive coordinator change after their rookie season:

Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Mitchell Trubisky, Jared Goff, Andrew Luck, Mike Glennon, Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert, Nick Foles, Colt McCoy

Obviously not the largest sample size in either category, but there’s a good mix of quality and lackluster quarterbacks.

Here are the findings. What you’ll see below are the statistical differences in Year 1 and Year 2 for the two groups of quarterbacks. To keep it a level playing field, I used TD % and INT % instead of totals. Total QBR is a statistic created by ESPN that incorporates much more into a quarterback’s play in a given game or season than passer rating, such as rushing, penalties, and the length of each pass thrown, among many other things.

 

COMP %              TD %      INT %    YARDS PER ATTEMPT      PASSER RATING TOTAL QBR

No OC Change

+1.99

+0.52

-0.70

+0.04

+6.65

+3.46

OC Change

+1.38

+1.62

-0.56

+0.73

+12.1

+9.3

Difference

0.61%

1.13%

-0.13%

0.69

5.45

5.84

As you probably guessed, on average, stats improved across the board for the quarterbacks in both groups.

Quarterbacks who experienced the biggest statistical jumps from Year 1 to Year 2 with a new offensive coordinator were Mitchell Trubisky, Jared Goff, Andrew Luck, Blaine Gabbert, and especially Nick Foles. Those who had the opposite results? Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden, and Colt McCoy.

Of those who had the same offensive coordinator in Year 1 and Year 2, Carson Wentz, C.J. Beathard, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan Christian Ponder, Mark Sanchez and especially Josh Freeman had the largest improvements as sophomores in the NFL. Dak Prescott and Robert Griffin III saw the biggest, most noteworthy dips in efficiency.

As a whole, the group of quarterbacks who were given continuity by having the same offensive coordinator in their first two NFL seasons was less volatile than the other group but collectively had smaller improvements.

For context, seven of the 18 quarterbacks with the same offensive coordinator in both years averaged a 2.64 improvement in QBR, and just two had a 20-plus point boost in QBR (Wentz and Freeman).

However, just three quarterbacks of the 12 in the changed offensive coordinator group bettered their QBR by fewer than 10 points, while four saw skyrocketed QBRs in Year 2 of more than 20 points. That means, 33% of those quarterbacks got significantly better in Year 2 with a new offensive coordinator compared to just 11.1% of the other group that experienced massive QBR jumps.

Looking at each stat individually, quarterbacks without an offensive coordinator change saw a bigger improvement in completion percentage and threw interceptions at a lower rate on average. The 1.99 difference in completion percentage might seem small. It’s not really. Based solely on last season’s figures, it’s slightly more than the difference between fourth-place finisher Matt Ryan (69.4%) and 11th-place finisher Andrew Luck (67.4%). Decreasing the interception rate by 0.7 on average is rather sizable too. It’s the same difference as 12th-place finisher Tom Brady (1.9%) and the 21st-best interception % last year held by Case Keenum (2.6%).

The new offensive coordinator group had the advantage in every other stat category (TD %, YPA, Passer Rating, and Total QBR) on average. The 9.3-point difference in Total QBR is rather large. It represents nearly the same difference from Jared Goff in 2018, who finished in 10th with a Total QBR of 65.1 and Nick Mullens, who had the 21st-highest Total QBR at 56.2. The YPA improvement of 0.73 yards equates to basically the same difference between 2018 Ben Roethlisberger (7.6, 13th place), and Sam Darnold (6.92, 26th place).

The offensive coordinator group averaged a 12.1-point improvement in that statistic, which is like going from 2018 Deshaun Watson — who finished 6th with a 103.1 passer rating — to Mullens in 23rd-place at 90.8.

Here’s how 2018’s famed class of quarterbacks fared as rookies:

ROOKIE STATS    COMP %              TD %      INT %    YPA        PASSER RATING TOTAL QBR

Baker Mayfield

63.7%

5.6

2.8

7.66

93.7

55.7

Sam Darnold

57.7%

4.1

3.6

6.92

77.6

47.9

Josh Allen

52.8%

3.1

3.7

6.48

67.9

52.3

Josh Rosen

55.2%

2.8

3.5

5.8

66.7

26.6

Lamar Jackson

58.2%

3.5

1.8

7.1

84.5

48.7

And here’s how their 2019 seasons look after giving them the average statistical boosts based on whether or not they’ll have the same offensive coordinator or not in their second seasons:

2019 PROJECTION USING AVERAGES

COMP %              TD %      INT %    YPA        PASSER RATING QBR

Baker Mayfield (Same OC)

65.7%

6.1%

2.1%

7.7

100.3

59.1

Sam Darnold (New OC)

59.1%

5.7%

3%

7.6

89.7

57.2

Josh Rosen (New OC)

56.5%

4.4%

2.9%

6.5

78.8

35.9

Josh Allen (Same OC)

54.8%

3.6%

3%

6.5

74.5

55.7

Lamar Jackson (New OC)

59.5%

4%

1.2%

7.8

96.6

68

*Mayfield will have a new offensive coordinator in 2019, but head coach Freddie Kitchens, who called plays last season, will hang onto the play-caller role in Cleveland.

Of course, much more goes into the play of a quarterback than solely the offensive coordinator. The supporting cast plays a major role as do the defenses each quarterback has to face.

But now you know how, over the past decade, quarterbacks have fared with and without a new offensive coordinator in Year 1 and Year 2.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

INGLEWOOD, Calif.-It ended seven years of frustration for Michael Jordan. It ended 25 years of frustration for the Chicago Bulls. And it ended in perfect fashion for the Bulls, because they did it not by relying solely on Jordan, but by relying on each other. The Chicago Bulls are the new National Basketball Association champions, by virtue of their emotional 108‚101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. By ending the series in five games and winning the final four games of the series, the Bulls turned what was supposed to be a classic confrontation into a personal coronation.
Chicago steamrolled through the playoffs with a 15-2 record, smothering teams with their defense, dazzling them with their offense and surprising them with their confidence. When it was over, Jordan shed tears of joy. He was unanimously voted the most valuable player of the series, after a 30-point, 10- assist performance that led to a moment he will treasure for a lifetime. So too will the city of Chicago treasure the Bulls’ winning their first title in their 25-year history.
“No one can ever take this away from me,” said Jordan, whose voice cracked on several occasions in the postgame news conference. “This has been a seven-year struggle for me. It should get rid of the stigma of being a one-man team. We have players surrounding myself that make us an effective basketball team. I don’t know if I’ll ever have this same feeling again.”
Thanks to John Paxson and Scottie Pippen, Jordan will feel good all summer. Pippen capped a sensational playoff series with a stunning all-round game-32 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. But it was Paxson (20 points, 9-for-12 shooting) who made the clutch shots in the waning minutes of the game, scoring 10 points in the final 6 minutes. With the score tied at 93, Paxson made two jump shots and a driving layup to give the Bulls a 99‚93 lead. Chicago never trailed again, but Paxson wasn’t finished. He added another jump shot from the top of the key to give Chicago a 103‚96 lead with 1:58 left.
Then after the Lakers closed to within 102‚101 with 1:13 left, Paxson struck again. Jordan drove into the lane, and as usual three Lakers surrounded him and left Paxson wide open. Jordan made the pass, Paxson hit the 18-foot jump shot, and the Bulls led, 105‚101, with 56 seconds left. In the end, Jordan and the Bulls were too good. No longer will people wonder whether Michael Jordan’s game is conducive to winning a championship. “We’ll probably celebrate until training camp next year,” Pippen said. “But we’ve been through a lot. We deserve it.”
Michael Jordan and the Bulls this season truly learned how to win. He led the team to five more N.B.A. titles in the next seven years, including the famous “three-peat” over the Phoenix Suns in 1993.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1839      Due to an erroneous eye-witness account, Abner Doubleday is given credit for establishing the first baseball game is played in America. The Hall of Fame, which opens a century later in Cooperstown, celebrates the origin of our national pastime in this small upstate New York town, although it is doubtful the West Point cadet was ever there or ever watched a baseball game.

1880      At the Worcester Agriculture Fairgrounds, Lee Richmond pitches the first perfect game, beating Cleveland, 4-0. The 23 year-old rookie southpaw threw a no-hitter in a collegiate exhibition against the

1886      St. Louis Maroons right-hander Charlie Sweeney, who will give up only nine round-trippers in 93 innings of work this season, sets a major league record when he gives up seven home runs in the team’s 14-7 loss to the Wolverines at Detroit’s Recreation Park. Allowing six gopher balls is the post-1900 mark, a dubious distinction shared by six hurlers, including Ranger right-hander R.A. Dickey, who accomplished the feat in his only appearance of the season in 2006.

1907      Eight different Highlanders commit a total of eleven errors en route to a 16-4 loss to Detroit. Shortstop Kid Elberfeld commits four of the fielding miscues in the contest played in New York’s American League Park.

1928      Lou Gehrig collects fourteen total bases when he blasts two triples and two homers. The Yankee first baseman’s offensive output leads the Bronx Bombers to a 15-7 win over Chicago at Comiskey Park.

1939      With much of its funding provided by the Clark Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Singer Sewing Machine Company, the Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated in Cooperstown, the site selected due to an erroneous report made that claimed Abner Doubleday had invented the game in the small town located in upstate New York. Players selected from the first four Hall of Fame induction elections are enshrined as its first members.

1939      In front of a record crowd of 23,864 fans at Ruppert Stadium, Lou Gehrig plays his last game in a Yankee uniform when he participates in an exhibition contest against the Kansas City Blues (AA), the team’s American Association farm club. The ‘Iron Horse’, playing only three innings and batting eighth, grounds out weakly to second base in his only at-bat.

1940      In a trade which stuns the baseball world, the Dodgers obtain Ducky Medwick and pitcher Curt Davis from the Cardinals for outfielder Ernie Koy, pitcher Carl Doyle, two minor leaguers, and $125,000. The deal to acquire the 1937 Triple Crown winner, which is engineered by GM Larry MacPhail, signals the emergence of Brooklyn as a serious contender.

1941      The Braves break up the Waners’ brother act, sending Lloyd, known as ‘Little Poison’, to the Reds for pitcher Johnny Hutchings. ‘Big Poison’ Paul, the older sibling, was signed as a free agent with the team after being released by the Dodgers last month.

1946      The Veterans Committee elect Jack Chesbro into the Hall of Fame, making him the only player to be enshrined in Cooperstown who actually played professional baseball for a team located in the upstate New York village on the shores of Otsego Lake. The right-hander, who established the record for most victories in a season with 41 while pitching for the 1904 Highlanders, played for the Cooperstown Athletics after the Roanoke Magicians of the Virginia State League disbanded during 1896 season.

1948      After piloting the team for 13 seasons, Charlie Grimm ends his tenure as the Braves manager by splitting a doubleheader with the Cubs. The 19,802 fans in attendance at Braves Field give the skipper, who will stay in the organization as Boston’s vice-president, a long standing ovation when he takes his position in the third base coaching box for the last time.

1954      Braves’ right-hander Jim Wilson beats future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts when he no-hits the Phillies, 2-0. The one hour and forty-three minute contest at County Stadium, the major league’s only no-no this season, is the first for the franchise since the team relocated from Boston following the 1952 season.

1954      The Indians (35-17) move into first place when Bob Feller gets his 2,500th career strikeout in the Tribe’s 4-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. ‘Rapid Robert’ will finish his 18-year major league career striking out 2,581 hitters, an average of more than six batters a game.

1957      Eddie Mathews hits his 200th career home run in the Braves’ 11-9 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. The Milwaukee third baseman is the second youngest player to reach the plateau, being 98 days older than Mel Ott, who accomplished the feat at the age of 25 years and 144 days.

1957      At Connie Mack Stadium, Stan Musial breaks the National League record for endurance when he plays in his 823rd consecutive game, surpassing the previous mark established in 1937 by Pirates infielder Gus Suhr. The Cardinal first baseman celebrates the historic contest, enjoying a 2-for-4 day at the plate in the team’s 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

1959      Despite giving up a hit in the bottom of the sixth in the Giants’ 3-0 victory over Philadelphia, Mike McCormick is credited with a no-hitter when the game is rained out, and the inning is never completed, statistically erasing the hit. Due to a rule change in 1991 that mandates a game must last for at least nine innings for the hitless effort to be called an official no-hitter, the right-hander’s five-inning rain-shortened outing no longer appears in the record book as a no-no.

1962      In the Braves’ 15-2 rout of LA at County Stadium, the Aaron brothers both homer in the same game, with Tommies connecting in the bottom of the eighth after his older sibling Hank had hit one out in the second. The Milwaukee teammates will also accomplish the feat on July 12 and August 14.

1967      After catching the entire game and going 0-for-8, All-Star backstop Paul Casanova, in his ninth at-bat, ends the 22-inning contest when he singles to left field scoring Hank Allen with the winning run in the Senators’ 6-5 victory over the White Sox at D.C. Stadium. The six hours, 38-minute marathon, which ends at 2:43 in the morning, results in the American League adopting a curfew stating that no inning may begin an hour after midnight.

1970      Dock Ellis throws a 2-0 no-hitter against the Padres in San Diego during the first game of a twin bill. The former Pirates’ right-hander, who became an advocate of anti-drug programs, claims he was under the influence of LSD while tossing the most memorable game in his career.

1978      The Cubs send 22 year-old rookie Ron Davis to the Yankees to complete a deal made two days ago which brought Ken Holtzman to Chicago. The trade turns out better for New York when Davis posts a 27-10 (.730) record in as a reliever during his four years in the Bronx, and the 33 year-old southpaw starter Holtzman, in his second stint in Windy City, compiles a 6-12 mark before retiring after two seasons of rejoining the team on the Northside.

1979      Tiger skipper Les Moss, who was hired early in the offseason to replace Ralph Houk, is terminated 53 games into his first season as a major league manager, having compiled a 27-26 record with the team. Detroit makes the unusual managerial move to hire an unexpectedly available Sparky Anderson, the fired Reds skipper who will spend 17 seasons in Detroit, compiling a 1331-1248 (.516) record, and capturing a World Championship in 1984.

1979      The Mets enjoy the most productive inning in franchise history when ten runners cross the plate in the sixth fame of their 12-6 victory over the Reds at Shea Stadium. The highlight of the double-digit deluge is Doug Flynn’s three-run inside-the-park home run.

1981      Major League Baseball experiences its first in-season work stoppage. The 50-day strike, which will end on July 31, results in 712 games not being played.

1983      “I didn’t know what to say, so I just sort of mumbled, ‘Well, O.K.,’ ” – DALE MURPHY, responding to fan’s request to hit a home run.

When Dale Murphy visits with Elizabeth Smith in the stands to give her a cap and a T-shirt, her nurse asks the Braves’ outfielder to hit a home run for the six-year-old girl, who lost both her hands and a leg when she stepped on a live power line. The reigning National League MVP obliges, hitting two homers and driving in all the runs in the team’s 3–2 victory over the Giants at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

1983      Charlie Gehringer and Hank Greenberg, recently-elected Hall of Famers, have their uniform numbers retired by the Tigers in a pregame ceremony. The digits #2 and #5, respectively, will join Al Kaline’s #6 (1980) as the only numbers retired in franchise history.

1988      Mike Scott’s attempt for his second career no-hitter is spoiled with two outs in the ninth inning by Braves infielder Ken Oberkfell’s line drive single down the right-field line. The right-hander, who settles for a 5-0 one-hitter, tossed a no-no in 1986 which clinched the National League West Division for the Astros.

1990      Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game, moving into second-place on the all-time list ahead of former Yankee and Red Sox shortstop Everett Scott (1918-1925). In 1995, the Oriole infielder will break Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in 2,131 straight games.

1996      Marge Schott is forced to relinquish her role as managing general partner of the Reds for two years due to her questionable comments about Hitler. The Cincinnati owner, in an interview last month with ESPN, stated “Everybody knows [Hitler] was good at the beginning, but he just went too far.”

1997      At the Ballpark in Texas, the Giants defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in the first interleague game in history played in the 126-year history of the sport. San Francisco outfielder Darryl Hamilton picks up the first-ever Interleague hit, and his teammate Glenallen Hill becomes the National League’s first regular season designated hitter.

1999      In a 22-1 inter-league rout of the Braves, Cal Ripken becomes the first Oriole to go 6-for-6 as Baltimore scores the most runs in their franchise history. The team, as the St. Louis Browns, had set the previous mark on Aug. 18, 1951, tallying twenty times.

2001      The pitching-poor Rangers trade backup backstop Doug Mirabelli to the Red Sox for Double-A Trenton right-handed pitcher Justin Duchscherer (6-3, 2.44). Mirabelli will help fill the void created last week when Boston’s starting catcher Jason Varitek broke his right elbow.

2002      In the third inning of the Padres’ 2-0 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards, Brian Lawrence strikes out the side on nine pitches, with only one being a called strike. The 26 year-old right-hander becomes the 36th pitcher in baseball history to accomplish the feat when he whiffs Brook Fordyce, Jerry Hairston, and Melvin Mora, who all go down swinging.

2004      In interleague action, Barry Bonds (675) of the Giants and Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro (536 and 537 to pass Mickey Mantle) both homer in a 9-6 San Francisco victory at Camden Yards. The sluggers join Willie Mays and Ernie Banks (1970) and Mays and Hank Aaron (1971) as only the third pair in baseball history to have 500 career home runs and connect in the same game.

2005      Hee-Seop Choi homers in his first three at-bats in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over Minnesota. The southpaw-swinging first baseman’s solo shot in the sixth off Brad Radke, who also gave up the infielder’s first two home runs, proves to be the difference in the Chavez Ravine contest.

2006      After hitting .625 (15-for-24), Joe Mauer is named the American League player of the week. The 23 year-old Twins catcher becomes one of the very few players in baseball history to reach base four times in five consecutive games.

2007      Using a 102-mph fastball and an untouchable curveball, 24 year-old right-hander Justin Verlander strikes out a career-high 12 batters en route to throwing a no-hitter against Milwaukee. The 4-0 hitless gem, which features several outstanding defensive plays from his Tiger teammates, is the first no-no thrown at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

2010      During a 10-2 rout of Philadelphia at Fenway Park, Daniel Nava hits a grand slam on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The 27 year-old Red Sox left fielder, recently called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, hits his bases-loaded round-tripper in the second inning off Joe Blanton to become only the second player in big league history to accomplish the feat, joining Kevin Kouzmanoff, who went yard with the bases juiced with Cleveland in 2004.

2012      Alex Rodriguez ties Lou Gehrig’s 74 year-old major league record when he hits his 23rd career grand slam in a 6-4 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field. The Yankee third baseman’s historic homer over the left field fence comes off an eighth-inning 3-2 pitch thrown by Jonny Venters, tying the game at 4-4.

2014      Max Scherzer hurls his first career complete game, throwing a three-hit shutout to beat Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field, 4-0. The Tiger right-hander’s stretch of 178 games is the longest that any major league starter had gone without finishing a game since 1900.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1833 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1871)

1861 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), born in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1927)

1905 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)

1905 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)

1927 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)

1930 Jim Burke, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of 50s), born in Mosman, Sydney, Australia (d. 1979)

1930 Donald Byrne, American chess player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)

1930 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)

1932 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada’a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)

1935 Ian Craig, Australian cricketer (prodigious Australian bat of 50’s), born in Yass, NSW (d. 2014)

1939 Geoff Griffin, South African cricketer (South African quick, hat-trick & chuck v Eng 1960), born in Greytown, Natal Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2006)

1941 Marv Albert, American “Yes!” sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York

1945 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1947 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

1948 Norbert Phillip, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler late 70s), born in Bioche, Dominica

1948 Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver, born in Zell am Ziller, Innsbruck, Austria

1949 Marc Tardif, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Granby, Quebec, Canada

1952 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany

1956 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia

1957 Javed Miandad, Pakistani cricket captain (124 Tests, 8,832 runs), born in Karachi, Pakistan

1959 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan

1959 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada

1960 Mark Calcavecchia, American golfer (British Open 1989; 13 PGA Tour titles), born in Laurel, Nebraska

1961 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

1963 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand

1963 Philippe Bugalski, French rally driver (d. 2012)

1964 Peter Such, English cricketer (England off-spinner 1993-), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

1964 Derek Higgins, Irish racing driver, born in Dublin, Ireland

1965 Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)

1967 Neil Maxwell, Fijian cricketer (all-rounder for Fiji 1990, Victoria & NSW), born in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji

1968 Patty Armstrong, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California

1968 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan

1969 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)

1969 Mathieu Schneider, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders, Toronto), born in NYC, New York

1970 Damon Buford, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Baltimore, Maryland

1970 Lee Mayberry, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

1971 Florencia Labat, Argentine tennis star (1992 Austrian), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1971 Iwan Tomasz, Polish soccer player (Roda JC, Feyenoord), born in Słupsk, Poland

1971 Mark Henry, American 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlifter, born in Silsbee, Texas

1971 Ryan Klesko, American MLB outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Westminster, California

1972 Inger Miller, American 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California

1972 Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)

1972 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC), born in Woerden, Netherlands

1973 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland

1973 Jason Caffey, American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Mobile, Alabama

1973 Rick Plum, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, MVV), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands

1973 Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece

1974 Kerry Kittles, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Dayton, Ohio

1974 Hideki Matsui, Japanese baseball player, born in Neagari, Ishikawa, Japan

1975 Ryan Tucker, American NFL center (St Louis Rams), born in Midland, Texas

1976 Thomas Sørensen, Danish football goalkeeper, born in Fredericia, Denmark

1979 Dallas Clark, American NFL tight end, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

1980 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan

1980 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player, born in Padua, Veneto, Italy

1982 Loïc Duval, French racing driver (Audi Sport), born in Chartres, France

1982 Jason David, American NFL cornerback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1983 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

1983 Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer player (Portland Thorns FC), born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

1985 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia

1992 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player (Barcelona), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 41 25 .621 22 – 13 19 – 12 19 – 7 10 – 9 6 – 5 4 – 6 L 1
Tampa Bay 41 25 .621 18 – 15 23 – 10 15 – 11 13 – 8 4 – 2 6 – 4 L 1
Boston 34 34 .500 8 15 – 17 19 – 17 13 – 14 9 – 5 10 – 12 5 – 5 L 3
Toronto 23 43 .348 18 12 – 22 11 – 21 6 – 13 8 – 14 7 – 5 2 – 8 L 5
Baltimore 21 45 .318 20 9 – 23 12 – 22 10 – 18 5 – 14 4 – 9 4 – 6 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 44 21 .677 20 – 9 24 – 12 14 – 6 14 – 6 13 – 5 7 – 3 W 2
Cleveland 34 32 .515 10.5 20 – 16 14 – 16 12 – 6 10 – 14 8 – 8 6 – 4 W 1
Chi White Sox 32 34 .485 12.5 18 – 15 14 – 19 10 – 13 18 – 14 3 – 4 5 – 5 W 1
Detroit 24 39 .381 19 11 – 21 13 – 18 9 – 8 11 – 13 1 – 8 3 – 7 L 2
Kansas City 21 45 .318 23.5 13 – 22 8 – 23 5 – 12 9 – 15 5 – 15 2 – 8 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 46 22 .676 25 – 9 21 – 13 10 – 6 12 – 9 21 – 6 8 – 2 W 2
Texas 36 30 .545 9 24 – 12 12 – 18 6 – 2 5 – 2 19 – 20 7 – 3 W 2
Oakland 34 34 .500 12 18 – 15 16 – 19 7 – 12 8 – 1 16 – 18 5 – 5 W 1
LA Angels 33 35 .485 13 19 – 18 14 – 17 6 – 4 7 – 8 14 – 21 5 – 5 W 2
Seattle 28 42 .400 19 13 – 22 15 – 20 4 – 7 8 – 10 16 – 21 3 – 7 L 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 38 29 .567 18 – 15 20 – 14 10 – 8 13 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 2 W 5
Philadelphia 38 29 .567 23 – 13 15 – 16 15 – 9 11 – 9 7 – 8 5 – 5 W 1
NY Mets 33 34 .493 5 19 – 11 14 – 23 18 – 13 4 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 1
Washington 31 36 .463 7 15 – 15 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 8 – 9 7 – 3 L 1
Miami 23 42 .354 14 11 – 23 12 – 19 9 – 22 3 – 12 6 – 4 4 – 6 L 6
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 38 29 .567 22 – 13 16 – 16 14 – 8 18 – 10 5 – 6 6 – 4 L 1
Chi Cubs 37 29 .561 0.5 24 – 11 13 – 18 10 – 7 13 – 11 8 – 6 6 – 4 L 2
St. Louis 33 32 .508 4 20 – 13 13 – 19 11 – 10 15 – 17 5 – 2 6 – 4 W 2
Pittsburgh 30 36 .455 7.5 13 – 18 17 – 18 4 – 4 12 – 14 7 – 16 2 – 8 L 5
Cincinnati 29 36 .446 8 15 – 15 14 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 45 23 .662 25 – 7 20 – 16 11 – 3 16 – 10 17 – 7 6 – 4 L 2
Colorado 35 31 .530 9 20 – 12 15 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 5 11 – 10 6 – 4 W 2
Arizona 35 33 .515 10 14 – 16 21 – 17 7 – 5 8 – 5 11 – 19 7 – 3 L 1
San Diego 33 34 .493 11.5 18 – 20 15 – 14 10 – 10 4 – 7 14 – 14 3 – 7 L 3
San Francisco 27 38 .415 16.5 12 – 20 15 – 18 4 – 9 4 – 6 13 – 16 5 – 5 W 1