NHL STANLEY CUP-GAME 7

St. Louis 4 Boston 1 (St. Louis wins series 4 – 3)

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 7 Cleveland 2

Milwaukee 6 Houston 3 (14)

Oakland 6 Tampa Bay 2

Boston 4 Texas 3

Toronto 8 Baltimore 6

Seattle 9 Minnesota 6 (10)

Detroit 3 Kansas City 2

Chicago Cubs 10 Colorado 1

Arizona 2 Philadelphia 0

Miami 9 St. Louis 0

Atlanta 8 Pittsburgh 7 (11)

San Francisco 4 San Diego 2

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Buffalo 14 Indianapolis 6

Lansing 6 South Bend 4

South Bend 6 Lansing 2

Dayton 5 W. Michigan 2

Fort Wayne 5 Bowling Green 3

 

RICHMOND ROOSTERS BASEBALL

Richmond 7 Dayton 6

 

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 GOLF FINALS

  1.         Carmel                                    299        289       588

     T2        Center Grove                          303        302        605

     T2.        Noblesville                             305        300        605

  1.          Guerin Catholic                     313        304        617

     T5.         Columbus North                   321        309        630

    T5.         Castle                                      314        316        630

   T7.         Penn                                        322        312        634

   T7.         Floyd Central                         311        323        634

     8.       Fort Wayne Dwenger          315        322        637

  1.       Hamilton Southeastern       324        320        644
  2.       Evansville North                   330        316        646
  3.       Yorktown                                327        326        654
  4.       Crown Point                           337        333        670
  5.       Warsaw                                    328        343        671
  6.       Plainfield                                 338        348        686

 

Top 10 Players

  1. Nick Dentino (12) Carmel                         70           70           140        *won in playoff
  2. Clay Merchent (12) Noblesville                72           68           140
  3. Drew Wrightson (10) Brebeuf                  72           71           143

      T4.  Adam Bratton (11) Castle                      72           73           145

       T4.  Nic Hofman (11)  Harrison                    75           70           145

        T6. Alex Heck (11)   Center Grove               73           73           146

        T6. Luke Prall (11) Carmel                            74           72           146

        T8. Drew Pickering (12)  Heritage Ch.        73           74           147

       T8. Kash Bellar (10)  Peru                              70           77           147

       T8. Stewie Hobgood (12)  Evansville No.    75           72           147

 

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.  

 

 

WNBA

New York 75 Minnesota 69

 

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U.S. Open 2019: Tee times for Thursday’s field, Round 1 TV schedule

When: June 13-16

Where: Pebble Beach, California

TV channels: Fox, Fox Sports 1

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2019 U.S. Open tee times, pairings

Thursday, Round 1

Tee time (ET) Hole Pairing
9:45 AM 1 Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz, Marcus Fraser
9:45 AM 10 Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain
9:56 AM 1 Player TBD, Erik Van Rooyen, Chun An Yu (a)
9:56 AM 10 Dean Burmester, Player TBD, Kyounghoon Lee
10:07 AM 1 Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen, Player TBD
10:07 AM 10 Clement Sordet, Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus
10:18 AM 1 Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale(a), Nick Taylor
10:18 AM 10 Brian Davis, Kevin O’Connell (a), Billy Hurley III
10:29 AM 1 Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a), Jason Dufner
10:29 AM 10 Brendon Todd, Luke Donald, Mike Weir
10:40 AM 1 Haotong Li, Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes
10:40 AM 10 Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
10:51 AM 1 Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els
10:51 AM 10 Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy
11:02 AM 1 Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
11:02 AM 10 Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson Dechambeau
11:13 AM 1 Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Gary Woodland
11:13 AM 10 Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
11:24 AM 1 Cameron Smith, Matthew Wallace, Xander Schauffele
11:24 AM 10 Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood
11:35 AM 1 C.T. Pan, Abraham Ancer, Brandon Wu (a)
11:35 AM 10 Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen
11:46 AM 1 Chan Kim, Justin Walters, Player TBD
11:46 AM 10 Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch, Richard Lee
11:57 AM 1 Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen
11:57 AM 10 Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Naumec
3:30 PM 1 Rory Sabbatini, Sam Horsfield, Roberto Castro
3:30 PM 10 Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore, Lee Slattery
3:41 PM 1 Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
3:41 PM 10 Player TBD, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise
3:52 PM 1 Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bramlett, Charlie Danielson
3:52 PM 10 Merrick Bremner, Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble
4:03 PM 1 Austin Eckroat (a), Alexander Noren, Charles Howell III
4:03 PM 10 Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms
4:14 PM 1 Thomas Pieters, Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)
4:14 PM 10 Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley
4:25 PM 1 Paul Casey, Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover
4:25 PM 10 Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker
4:36 PM 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira
4:36 PM 10 Luke List, Lucas Bjerregaard, Branden Grace
4:47 PM 1 Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland (a), Brooks Koepka
4:47 PM 10 Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
4:58 PM 1 Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter
4:58 PM 10 Byeong Hun An, Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick
5:09 PM 1 Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
5:09 PM 10 Justin Harding, Aaron Baddeley, Player TBD
5:20 PM 1 Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones, Kodai Ichihara
5:20 PM 10 Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa, Anirban Lahiri
5:31 PM 1 Matthieu Pavon, Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren
5:31 PM 10 Daniel Hillier (a), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair
5:42 PM 1 Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira, Brett Drewitt
5:42 PM 10 Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell

 

 Dentino wins Playoff, Leads Carmel to Repeat State Championship

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Carmel’s Nick Dentino won the first playoff hole to take the individual state championship and the senior joined his Greyhound teammates to run away with the team competition for the second straight year in the 83rd IHSAA State Finals played at Prairie View Golf Club.

Dentino birdied the designated playoff hole – the 547 yard, 18th, while Noblesville senior Clay Merchent settled for par. Dentino became the second Carmel player to wear the overall crown and first since 1963 when Don Wood was one of three players who tied for first. It was also the second year in a row and third time in five years the individual title had to be settled in a playoff.

Dentino held a two shot lead heading into the final three holes but he bogeyed the 17th while Merchent birdied the 18th to make up the difference and finish tied at 140 (-4).

The top-ranked Greyhounds of coach Chard Reid repeated as state champions and also claimed a state record seventh boys golf title breaking a tie they held with Anderson.

Besides Dentino, the other Greyhound players included Luke Prall (6th place 74-72-146), Clay Stirsman (T15, 74-76-150), Cole Harris (T19, 81-71-152), and Jack Crawford (T40, 82-76-158).

Third-ranked Noblesville and fourth-ranked Center Grove tied for state runner-up honors at 605.

Brebeuf Jesuit’s Drew Wrightson placed third at 143, while Castle’s Adam Bratton and Harrison’s (West Lafayette) Nic Hoffman tied for fourth place at 145.

 

Arch Madness: Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was waiting patiently, as NHL rookies learn to do, while the Stanley Cup was passed from teammate to teammate across the recently conquered ice of the new Boston Garden.

Thirteen St. Louis players took their turn with the iconic trophy, raising it above their heads, lowering it for a kiss, posing for a picture.

Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history.

Binnington stopped 32 shots, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and their first NHL championship.

“To bring a Cup to a city for a first time is crazy. Tough to put into words,” forward Jaden Schwartz said on the ice as players and team officials took their turns caressing their new bauble. “These fans have been waiting a long time. It’s exciting. We’re going to have a lot of fun with it.”

O’Reilly added an assist, Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis, which had the worst record in the league in early January but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games.

“Once we pulled it together, we were tough to beat,” said coach Craig Berube, who took over when Mike Yeo was fired in November.

He is the fourth coach in the past 11 years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.

 

To grandma with love: O’Reilly hopes to take Cup to big fan

Ryan O’Reilly should expect another email from his 99-year-old grandmother.

Congratulations from Deirdre O’Reilly are certainly in order after her grandson won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs. O’Reilly scored the opening goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to help beat Boston 4-1 and give the franchise its first title in its 51st season.

“You dream of this for so long,” he said. “As a kid, that feeling comes back to you of just what it means to win this thing. I still can’t believe this. I can’t believe I’m here right now and a Stanley Cup champion with this group of guys.”

O’Reilly made good on Doug Armstrong’s blockbuster trade to acquire him last summer – and the line he told the St. Louis general manager on that initial call: “Let’s go win a Cup.”

O’Reilly was a major reason for that. He set a Blues record with 24 playoff points and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1985 to score in four consecutive Cup Final games.

“His worth ethic and his production for us all year and then throughout the playoffs, he was just a relentless hockey player for a long time,” coach Craig Berube said. “Never quits. Such a smart two-way player. He’s a special player.”

And O’Reilly did much of it after cracking a rib during the second round against Dallas and doing worse damage in the Western Conference final against San Jose. O’Reilly wanted so badly to excel in these moments that he played through the pain.

“There was a couple tough games, but once you kind of get going and the adrenaline takes over, I didn’t notice it,” O’Reilly said.

 

Koepka facing long odds for another US Open title

Brooks Koepka should already have enough motivation for this U.S. Open.

At stake is a shot at a U.S. Open record not touched in 114 years – three straight victories by Willie Anderson.

On his mind was a Fox Sports preview that Koepka interpreted as another example of him not getting the credit he deserves, another chip on his broad shoulder, another chance to prove everyone wrong.

“A bunch of people on Twitter I think tagged me in it – in the promo – and I guess they were amazed that I wasn’t in it,” Koepka said Tuesday. “I just clicked on the link and watched it. Just kind of shocked. They’ve had over a year to kind of put it out. So I don’t know. Somebody probably got fired over it – or should.”

Was it a slight?

Fox had four U.S. Open promos, three of which included Koepka, one of them devoted entirely to Koepka and the history he can match. The other was entirely about Tiger Woods, the Masters champion who returns to the scene of his record 15-shot victory at Pebble Beach.

Koepka wasn’t clear about what shocked him. If there is any cause for a beef in the Woods promo, it was talk about passing the torch to the next generation and showing images of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth – but not Koepka.

The good news for Koepka?

He says it’s getting harder for him to hide when he’s out in public. He can feel eyes on him when he walks into a restaurant, and he’s not sure why all the fuss.

“I just view myself as a regular guy, just like everybody else,” he said. “And I just happen to be really good at golf. And that’s it.”

 

Warriors F Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant announced Wednesday on social media that he underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

Durant revealed the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return following being sidelined for a month with a right calf strain. The 30-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in a hospital bed and wrote: “I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.”

Just 15 minutes before Durant went public, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said during a finals media availability that he didn’t yet have a formal update on Durant. Durant has made his own announcements before, such as writing on The Players’ Tribune website about his decision to leave Oklahoma City to join Golden State in July 2016.

Kerr said the team had no idea that Durant risked a serious Achilles injury by returning from a strained calf.

After the game Monday, a teary, emotional general manager Bob Myers asked anyone who was looking to place blame to do so on him – not Durant, the medical staff or athletic trainers who worked so tirelessly to get him back.

Kerr said he also understands people wanting to point blame somewhere, though he noted, “Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved,” including doctors from within the organization and from the outside.

“Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right,” he said. “But that’s easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf. That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock. I don’t know what else to add to that, other than had we known that this was a possibility, that this was even in the realm of possibility, there’s no way we ever would have allowed Kevin to come back.”

 

Cavaliers hire Cal women’s coach Gottlieb as assistant

The Cavaliers have lured away another prominent college coach.

This time, from the women’s game.

Lindsay Gottlieb is leaving California after eight seasons to join John Beilein’s staff in Cleveland and become the seventh female assistant in the NBA.

Gottlieb led the Golden Bears to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and their first trip to the Final Four (2013). While she’s not the first female assistant in the world’s pre-eminent men’s league, she’s the first to make the jump from head college coach to a pro bench.

The Cavaliers recruited the 41-year-old Gottlieb, who said she was impressed and intrigued by the team’s goals following a recent meeting with Beilein and general manager Koby Altman.

“I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and a team I wanted to dedicate myself to,” said Gottlieb, who went 179-89 at Cal. “While this move provided a unique and special chance to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women’s college basketball to the NBA, it was really about being part of building and growing something special and adding value to a team and organization that is focused on doing things in a way that I believe strongly in.”

“The vision for the Cavs’ future is compelling and I look forward to helping make it a reality. At the same time, on a personal level, I am honored to hopefully impact young girls and women to be empowered to pursue their own visions and to be inspired to turn them into reality as well.”

Altman, who persuaded Beilein to leave Michigan after 12 seasons, is excited about what Gottlieb brings to a young Cavaliers team that endured two coaching changes since October.

“She has an extensive track record of success and growth with her teams and players and has also been a strong culture-driver as a core part of that,” Altman said. “The more we researched and got to know Lindsay, the more we came to understand that she would be an impactful part of where we want to go as a team.”

Beilein added former Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff as an associate head coach shortly after being hired.

 

6 suspects, including gunman, arrested in Ortiz shooting

Six suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been detained in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz, the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

A seventh suspect was also being pursued in the shooting, which witnesses said was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars, the Dominican Republic’s chief prosecutor, Jean Alain Rodriguez, told a news conference.

Authorities gave the name of the alleged shooter as Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy.

Authorities have declined to give a motive for the shooting at a popular Santo Domingo bar Sunday night.

Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the shooting. He said the alleged coordinator was among the suspects in custody.

Prosecutors have said the two men on the motorcycle were seen on security camera footage talking with other people in a gray Hyundai Accent and in another Hyundai in a nearby street before the shooting.

Meanwhile, in Boston, Ortiz’s wife said in statement that the former Red Sox slugger was able to sit up and take some steps as he recuperates in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“His condition is guarded, and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress toward recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement.

Dominican prosecutors said in a court document that one of the suspects, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, was seen driving the Accent before mounting a motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia.

“In one of the videos it was possible to observe both the accused and the shooter planning the commission of the incident right on Octavio Mejia Ricard Street, which is parallel to the place where the event took place,” prosecutors said in the court document.

The document also revealed ineptitude, saying motorcycle driver, Feliz Garcia, was captured after he skidded and fell off his bike as the pair tried to flee. Enraged fans captured Feliz Garcia and beat him bloody before handing him over to police.

Mirabal Acosta was captured Tuesday night in the town of Mao in the northern Dominican Republic.

 

Reds open game with 2 homers, beat Indians 7-2, split series

The Reds got off to a scorching start at the plate before experiencing a scare in the field.

Manager David Bell was grateful his team survived it.

“We got lucky,” he said.

Rookie Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit back-to-back home runs to open the game before Senzel and Jose Peraza walked away unhurt following a violent collision in the outfield as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday.

The quick homers by Senzel and Votto – the first to start a game for Cincinnati since 2001 – off rookie Zach Plesac (1-2) marked the first time an opposing team began with back-to-back homers in Cleveland in 118 years.

It set the tone for the Reds, who earned a split of the two-game series between Ohio’s teams and snapped an eight-game losing streak in interleague play.

Eugenio Suarez and Curt Casali also homered for Cincinnati.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-3) made the early run support stand, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.

Carlos Santana hit his 14th homer for Cleveland, which concluded a homestand at 5-3.

There were fans still finding their seats when Senzel and Votto jumped on Plesac, who got his first major league win on Friday against the New York Yankees.

Senzel drove Plesac’s fourth pitch onto the pedestrian patio beyond the left-field wall for his fifth homer. The Reds had just wrapped up congratulating him in the dugout when Votto, serving as designated hitter for the fourth time in his career, hit a 3-2 pitch into the right-field stands for his sixth homer.

 

Hamels throws 7 scoreless, 4 batters hit as Cubs top Rockies

Cole Hamels was sharp all afternoon – even when his fastball hit Nolan Arenado in the arm.

At least that’s what Arenado thinks.

Hamels struck out nine in seven scoreless innings, singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 10-1 in a testy game on Wednesday.

It was the third straight start Hamels went at least seven innings and didn’t allow an earned run, but his performance was overshadowed by tensions between the teams that likely contributed to four batters getting hit by pitches.

Arenado departed in the fifth inning with a left forearm contusion after Hamels (6-2) plunked him in the third, and three more batters – including Hamels – were hit by pitches later in the game.

“It kind of got out of hand but I hope Nolan’s all right,” said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, one of the four victims.

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber homered for Chicago, which snapped a five-game road losing streak. Colorado’s 10-game home winning streak ended.

Arenado looked toward the mound after he was hit by Hamels’ pitch, and he said something to the Chicago dugout before walking to first base. He was later forced out at second and played the field in the fourth, throwing out Addison Russell to start the inning. Ryan McMahon replaced him in the top of the fifth.

X-rays on his arm were negative.

“When I first got hit, I knew it was on the meat, where the muscle is, so I was feeling OK,” Arenado said. “But it was throbbing and it got super-tight, and sometimes when it gets super-tight quick it can be a break. It was just getting tight and the game was getting ugly so they thought just get me out of there and get me rested and hopefully feel better tomorrow.”

 

Moustakas hits 2-run HR in 14th as Brewers beat Astros 6-3

On a night when the Milwaukee Brewers struck out again and again, piling up a season-high 24 Ks against the Houston Astros, one big swing by Mike Moustakas made all those whiffs way easier to swallow.

Moustakas hit a two-run homer during Milwaukee’s three-run 14th inning, and the Brewers struck out 15 times against Houston ace Justin Verlander before rallying for a 6-3 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

Christian Yelich started the 14th with a single against rookie Cionel Perez (1-1) for Milwaukee’s first hit since the ninth. After Ryan Braun lined out, Moustakas hit a drive to right for his 21st homer.

“Obviously, 24 punchouts isn’t what we were looking for, but … we got a W so we turned a negative into a positive and found a way to win against a great ballclub over there,” Moustakas said.

Jesus Aguilar added a pinch-hit RBI single as Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. Ryan Braun, Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames also went deep for the Brewers, and Adrian Houser (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

“I bet you there’s not too many times a team struck out 24 times and won the game,” Yelich said. “All those weird baseball things happen and that’s another example of it. Honestly, it’s just a really good win and a hard-fought win.”

Verlander set a career high for Ks while allowing three runs in seven innings. The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner led the way as Houston set a franchise record for strikeouts, surpassing its previous record of 23 during a 15-inning game on May 31, 2003, against the Chicago Cubs.

“It would feel a lot better if we won,” Verlander said. “Yeah, cool, great, but we didn’t win the baseball game.”

Houston had a 3-2 lead before Thames connected in the seventh inning for Milwaukee’s third homer off Verlander. It was Thames’ ninth of the season.

 

Riley HR ties it in 9th, Braves top Bucs in 11 for 6 in row

Austin Riley knew he had a good chance to score from first base as soon as Ozzie Albies made contact.

The power-hitting left fielder just didn’t know whether he’d get the green light from third base coach Ron Washington.

“I knew it was in the gap, so run as hard as I can,” Riley said. “If he wants to stop me, he’ll stop me. He didn’t stop me. A good hit by Ozzie and a good team win.”

Riley tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Albies’ double off Michael Feliz in the 11th, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 for their sixth straight victory Wednesday night.

The Braves (39-29) took over sole possession of first place in the NL East and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Josh Bell hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Atlanta closer Luke Jackson in the top of the ninth. Riley, who had a two-run triple in the first, took Kyle Crick deep to make it 7-all in the bottom half.

After Riley was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the 11th, Albies drove a gapper into right-center and Riley slid headfirst across the plate to end it.

“As soon as I hit it in the gap,” Albies said, “I knew he would score and win this game.”

Jacob Webb (4-0) pitched two innings to earn the victory.

Feliz (2-3) took the loss.

 

Yankees slugger Stanton homers twice in Class A rehab game

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in a minor league rehab game with Class A Tampa on Wednesday night.

Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31. He originally went on the injured list with a strained left biceps but strained his left shoulder while rehabbing and then had a rehab assignment with Tampa stopped after one game on May 20 due to left calf tightness.

Also, reliever Danny Farquhar made his first appearance in a regular-season game Wednesday night with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre since the 32-year-old right-hander collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 last year because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage.

Farquhar allowed three runs, one hit and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings at Norfolk.

After a perfect fifth inning, Farquhar hit a batter and walked another before giving up a three-run homer to Cedric Mullins during the sixth.

Stanton went 2 for 3, striking out in the first, hitting a solo shot off the batters’ eye in center during the third and added a fifth-inning two-run homer to right.

He also homered as the designated hitter on Tuesday night.

Stanton played seven innings in right field and was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the seventh.

Barring any issues, Stanton is expected to join Scranton Wilkes-Barre this weekend and could be back in the big leagues next week.

Farquhar appeared in three major league spring training games, giving up six runs, four hits and five walks over two innings.

He started the regular season building up arm strength at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, and began pitching in extended spring training games on May 10.

 

Indians’ Clevinger back from injury, set to start Monday’

Mike Clevinger is rejoining the Indians’ rotation sooner than anyone – other than him – expected.

The right-hander, whose season seemed in jeopardy when he strained a muscle in his upper back on April 7, will start Monday when Cleveland opens a four-game series at Texas. It’s been an unexpectedly quick comeback for Clevinger.

The team’s medical staff didn’t think he’d pick up a ball for 6 to 8 weeks, but the hard-working, hard-throwing Clevinger bounced back. He’ll face major league hitters following two minor league rehab starts.

“I got lucky, I guess you could say,” Clevinger said Wednesday before the Indians wrapped up a two-game series with Cincinnati. “It’s hard to say after an injury you got lucky, but that was kind of the case here.”

It’s also finally some good fortune for the Indians, who have been without ace Corey Kluber (broken arm) and Carlos Carrasco (blood condition) as they try to stay in striking distance of the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

Kluber will get his six-week evaluation Thursday, and the Indians are hoping for more good news.

Clevinger pitched five scoreless innings for Double-A Akron on Tuesday, allowing three hits and striking out five. His velocity was in the mid-90s and manager Terry Francona said the reports on the 28-year-old have been overwhelmingly favorable.

“Last night was really good,” he said. “Will he be able to command all his pitches the way he did with six weeks in spring training with a couple starts? I don’t know. You hope. But we’ll keep an eye on him and try to build him up in a way that he can stay healthy and be healthy and productive, but sure is exciting to see what he’s doing.”

Francona said it was a challenge to hold Clevinger back as he recovered.

 

Donaldson given one-game suspension for Monday fracas, will appeal

To the mild surprise of his manager, Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson was handed a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his Monday altercation with Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove.

Pending an appeal, Donaldson was written into the Braves lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates (in which he homered).According to reports from Pittsburgh, Musgrove was told he will not face any suspension. Because he threw only 18 pitches before he was ejected, he is scheduled to pitch the final game of the four-game series at SunTrust Park Thursday.

“Yeah, I am kind of surprised,” Brian Snitker said, confirming that Donaldson was given the suspension. “I thought he’d be fined, and that would be it.”

In the first inning Monday, a Musgrove inside pitch grazed Donaldson’s jersey. As the Braves third baseman was slowly making his way to first, the two began glaring at each other, which escalated into an angry exchange of words, prompting both benches to empty. In the turmoil, Musgrove threw off his glove and cap, ready to fight. And Donaldson was seen to shove Pittsburgh catcher Elias Diaz.Boiling down the postgame comments, neither man much cared for the way the other was looking him. Both were ejected from the game — Donaldson’s sixth career ejection and Musgrove’s first. Also ejected, for the 61st time in his career, was Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle.

 

Bengals’ top pick Williams is injured, watching minicamp

Left tackle Jonah Williams is a lonely figure at the Bengals’ minicamp. He walks around the field in his No. 73 jersey watching everyone else work out. The first-round pick stands behind his teammates during drills.

It’s unclear when he’ll be able to practice again.

Williams got hurt during practice last week. The only thing coach Zac Taylor would say is that Williams got “a little dinged up” and the extent of the injury is being determined. A Bengals representative cut off questions to Williams on Wednesday about his status.

“Just doing what I can right now,” said Williams, who occasionally stretched his back while watching practice in the afternoon.

The 11th overall pick is the biggest addition to a line that’s been the main focus in the offseason. They also took guard Michael Jordan in the fourth round. It’s undecided where Cordy Glenn – last year’s left tackle – will eventually line up. Glenn hasn’t played guard since college.

Also, they gave right tackle Bobby Hart a three-year extension and signed guard John Miller from the Bills to a three-year deal.

The Bengals were hoping to get Williams a lot of practice time during minicamp to get him ready to be a starter. Williams is getting used to a new offense and a different level of play.

“It’s just (getting) comfortable, being acclimated,” he said.

With Williams sidelined for minicamp, the Bengals will have to wait until training camp to start sorting out the line.

“Right now, you’ll just see a little bit more shuffling,” Taylor said “So that’s what that is.”

 

Jones, Jarrett at Falcons camp with no contract complaints. That’s worth something.

Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett aren’t practicing during Falcons minicamp this week. Jones isn’t going to risk aggravating his feet, and coach Dan Quinn included Jarrett among those sidelined for “precautionary” reasons. Both players are there, though, for whatever that’s worth.

Maybe it’s not much beyond mentoring their younger teammates and allowing the Falcons to sidestep negative headlines. But it signals that Jones and Jarrett aren’t so unhappy about their contracts that they stayed away from the mandatory camp after (wisely) skipping voluntary workouts. That’s probably worth something for the Falcons, especially with Jones. Last year he sat out minicamp and threatened to hold out of training camp before the Falcons gave him a bit more upfront money. This time Jones showed up for minicamp, even though he’s yet to get the new deal he’s been promised. Jones said that’s because he trusts that franchise owner Arthur Blank will pay up eventually. “At the end of the day, his word is gold,” Jones told AJC Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter. “He said they are going to get something done between them and my agency. As far as me, I just hold up my end and stay ready.” Jarrett’s situation is a bit different. He signed the one-year, $15.2 million franchise tag that the Falcons extended to prevent him from becoming a free agent. The sides can agree to a contract extension before July 15.

 

Chiefs sign Schwartz to 1-year extension through 2021 season

The Kansas City Chiefs signed All-Pro offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension Wednesday that could keep him with the AFC West champions through the 2021 season.

The 30-year-old Schwartz has not missed a snap in his seven-year career, a streak that began with four seasons in Cleveland and has continued the past three seasons in Kansas City.

The streak surpassed 7,000 snaps late last season, when Schwartz was chosen first-team All-Pro.

Schwartz signed a $33 million, five-year deal with the Chiefs in 2016.

The Chiefs wrap up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday.

 

Titans retiring numbers of Eddie George, late Steve McNair

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says nobody with the Titans will ever wear Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair again, players who helped the franchise through its difficult relocation from Houston to Tennessee to its lone Super Bowl berth.

Strunk announced Wednesday that the franchise will retire both numbers Sept. 15 at their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

George says he never expected such an honor without having first been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That hasn’t happened yet for the running back who helped Tennessee reach the 2000 Super Bowl. George says it means a lot to share the honor with his former teammate and friend.

The Titans say this will be the first time an NFL team has retired either a No. 9 or 27. McNair and George will join six other former Titans and Oilers whose numbers have been retired including Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews, Jim Norton and Elvin Bethea.

 

Georgia decides not to sell alcohol in general seating at athletic venues

Georgia announced Tuesday that the university will not sell alcoholic beverages in the general seating areas of athletics venues for the next academic year.

“After consideration of the many facets involved with the Southeastern Conference’s revised alcohol policy, the Athletic Association has made the decision to maintain, at this time, the current UGA policy which prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages in non-premium seating areas of our athletics facilities,” UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “However, we will conduct an annual review of this policy to determine if any modifications may be needed in the future.”On May 31, the SEC revised its policy regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages at athletic events, giving each school the right to determine whether it would sell alcohol at sporting events, and how it would do so. UGA will allow the sale of alcohol in certain portions of Sanford Stadium that require large financial contributions to the athletic department.

 

US catches heat for World Cup goal celebrations

The goals were one thing, the celebrations another.

The U.S. women’s national team faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. The win set a World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Alex Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most in one game in tournament history.

But there were questions about whether the Americans should have celebrated goals once the game was well in hand. Were the three-time World Cup champions being unsportsmanlike, or merely sending a message to the rest of the field?

Alex Morgan was asked afterward about the display of hugs, high-fives, and posturing for the many American fans at Stade Auguste-Delaune.

“I think in the moment, every time we score a goal in a World Cup – you’ve dreamt of it. I dreamt of it since I was a little girl,” she said. “You know, winning a World Cup and being back there for the third time, we want that fourth star. So tonight we knew that any goal could matter in this group-stage game. And when it comes to celebrations, I think this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together.”

Those celebrations drew ire on social media, some of it directed at veteran Megan Rapinoe for twirling and turf-sliding after her goal – which made it 9-0. A World Cup-record seven U.S. players scored in the game.

Morgan was rebuked for holding up four fingers after her fourth goal, which made it 10-0.

“A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don’t find it my job to rein my players in,” coach Jill Ellis said. “This is what they’ve dreamt about. This is for them. This is a world championship”

Rapinoe, interviewed on FOX Sports on Wednesday, also addressed the criticism.

“If anyone wants to come at our team for not doing the right thing, not playing the right way, not being a good ambassador, they can come at us. It was an explosion of joy,” she said. “If our crime is joy, then we will take that.”

Rapinoe pointed to the team’s young players who scored their first World Cup goals and said they had every right to celebrate, including Samantha Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan.

In a postgame show of sportsmanship, the U.S. team also consoled some of the emotional Thai players. Morgan offered encouragement to forward Miranda Nild, who like Morgan played college soccer at Cal.

Thailand’s players were disappointed, but they have also been on the other end of blowouts. Thailand won a friendly over Indonesia 13-0 last year, and beat Cambodia 11-0 in the group stage of the AFF Women’s Championship.

“In football games, everybody is following the rules, and everyone is trying their best,” Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said. “We have to accept that, this team is very good. We don’t have any excuse, except they are better.”

 

Big Ten Announces Outdoor Track & Field of the Year Honors

Conference names men’s and women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Year and Freshmen of the Year

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2019 men’s and women’s outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year and Freshmen of the Year on Wednesday, as voted upon by the coaches.

On the men’s side, Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald was named the Track Athlete of the Year, while Michigan’sJack Lint claimed Field Athlete of the Year honors and Nebraska’s Mayson Conner was selected as Freshman of the Year. Rutgers’ Reanda Richards was tabbed the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga earned Field Athlete of the Year.

McDonald earns Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 5,000-meter race at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas with a time of 14:06.01. McDonald’s win makes him the third student in NCAA history to win cross country, indoor 3,000-meter race, indoor 5,000-meter race and outdoor 5,000-meter race in one year, alongside Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (2015-16) and Galen Rupp (2008-09). The senior also claimed gold in the 10,000-meter race at the Big Ten Championships (29:26.06). McDonald is the first Badger to earn the award since Mohammed Ahmed in 2014.

Lint finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in the decathlon tallying 7,738 points, a career high. While in Austin, Texas, Lint noted a personal best 110-meter hurdles (14.49), pole vault (4.81m) and 1,500-meter run (4:35.22). The graduate student added a second-place finish to his season resume at the Big Ten Championships, where he posted a career-best in the 400-meter run (49.03) and pole vault (4.70m). Lint is the first Wolverine to earn Field Athlete of the Year since the split of the award in 2007, with Kevin Sullivan winning Athlete of the Year it in 1998.

Conner earned second-team All-America honors as he tied for 12th-place at the NCAA Championships in the high jump (2.18m). The freshman also earned first place at the Big Ten Championships (2.23m). Conner is the first Husker to earn Freshman of the Year since the award began in 1988.

Freshman Richards claimed All-America status with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. Richards had a standout rookie year setting a Scarlet Knights school record and winning the event at six different meets, including the Big Ten Championships. The Roseland, N.J. native is the first student from Rutgers to be named Track Athlete of the Year or Freshman of the Year since the award was instated in 1988, and is the first student since Erin Finn (Michigan) to be honored with both awards in 2014.

Tausaga earned first place at the NCAA Championships with a personal best throw of 63.26 meters, becoming a three-time All-American in the event. The junior also earned first place in the event at the Big Ten Championships and earned Field Athlete of the Championships after defending her title on her home track. Tausaga is the second Hawkeye to be award Field Athlete of the Year in just as many years with Jahisha Thomas earning the title in 2018.

 

Men’s Track Athlete of the Year

Morgan McDonald, Sr., Wisconsin

 

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

Jack Lint, Gr., Michigan

 

Men’s Freshman of the Year

Mayson Conner, Nebraska

 

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year

Reanda Richards, Fr., Rutgers

 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year

Laulauga Tausaga, Jr., Iowa

 

Women’s Freshman of the Year

Reanda Richards, Rutgers

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

Dominic Canzone Named Third Team Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American

Canzone becomes 53rd All-American in OSU history

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone was named a third team Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American, the website announced Wednesday morning. Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, becomes the 53rd All-American in Ohio State history. Canzone is the second Buckeye to be named an All-American in 2019. Andrew Magno was named a third team selection by Baseball America earlier this week.

Canzone was taken in the 8th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2019 MLB Draft last week. A 2019 First Team All-Big Ten selection, served as Ohio State’s starting right fielder the last three seasons, playing in 172 career games with 162 career starts. Canzone became one of the top lead-off hitters in the country in 2019, reaching base in a program-record 59-consecutive games (second-longest active streak in the nation). Canzone led the Big Ten in hits (88), runs scored (66), slugging percentage (.620) and total bases (158). A 2019 team captain, Canzone was the regular-season batting champion in league games with a .374 average. Canzone also slugged a season-high 16 homers and 18 doubles. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Canzone started in all 63 games in right field for the Scarlet and Gray, guiding the team to a Big Ten tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance. Canzone, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection batted .345 (88-for-255) and recorded a team-high 25 multi-hit games this spring.

Other nuggets on Canzone:

  • One of six players in the country with at least 60 runs scored, 80 hits and 15 homers in 2019.
  • One of two players in Ohio State history with at least 200 career hits, 20 career homers, 100 career RBI and 30 career stolen bases (228/23/114/37).
  • 88 hits in 2019 ranks seventh in OSU single-season history.
  • 66 runs scored ranks sixth in OSU single-season history.
  • 228 career hits ranks 14th in OSU history in just three seasons.
  • Three-time All-Big Ten selection (third team in 2017 and second team in 2018).

 

Dominic Canzone Named First Team Mideast All-Region

Canzone claims fourth postseason award in 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone was named a first team Mideast-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region selection, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, earns his fourth postseason award after being named a third team All-American by Perfect Game earlier today.

Canzone was taken in the 8th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2019 MLB Draft last week. A 2019 First Team All-Big Ten selection, served as Ohio State’s starting right fielder the last three seasons, playing in 172 career games with 162 career starts. Canzone became one of the top lead-off hitters in the country in 2019, reaching base in a program-record 59-consecutive games (second-longest active streak in the nation). Canzone led the Big Ten in hits (88), runs scored (66), slugging percentage (.620) and total bases (158). A 2019 team captain, Canzone was the regular-season batting champion in league games with a .374 average. Canzone also slugged a season-high 16 homers and 18 doubles. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Canzone started in all 63 games in right field for the Scarlet and Gray, guiding the team to a Big Ten tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance. Canzone, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection batted .345 (88-for-255) and recorded a team-high 25 multi-hit games this spring.

Other nuggets on Canzone:

  • One of six players in the country with at least 60 runs scored, 80 hits and 15 homers in 2019.
  • One of two players in Ohio State history with at least 200 career hits, 20 career homers, 100 career RBI and 30 career stolen bases (228/23/114/37).
  • 88 hits in 2019 ranks seventh in OSU single-season history.
  • 66 runs scored ranks sixth in OSU single-season history.
  • 228 career hits ranks 14th in OSU history in just three seasons.
  • Three-time All-Big Ten selection (third team in 2017 and second team in 2018).

 

Bears kicking tally on 1st day of minicamp: 3 tries from 40-plus, 3 straight misses. ‘Whatever went through your mind went through my mind.’

The leather-on-goalpost sound was familiar and frustrating, another ball off the foot of a Bears kicker slamming into an upright and falling to the grass.

Eddy Pineiro’s one live field-goal attempt Tuesday during the first practice of Bears minicamp was no good from just beyond 40 yards.

A single doink. But a doink nonetheless.

Pineiro wasn’t alone in his failure.

Chris Blewitt tried the same kick a moment later and pulled it wide left.

Elliott Fry went after Blewitt and knocked his attempt wide right.

Miss.

Miss.

Miss.

Oh. Brother.

After practice, coach Matt Nagy was asked what his immediate reaction was.

“Whatever went through your mind went through my mind,” Nagy said.

Because this is still a family-friendly publication, we can’t detail exactly what those thoughts were. But with only two more practices before the Bears split for their summer break, it’s clear their attempt to solve their kicking crisis isn’t progressing smoothly.

If Nagy had any hair left, he would almost certainly be yanking it out right about now. Those three misses Tuesday clearly weren’t sitting well.

“I mean, that’s about as real as it gets,” Nagy acknowledged. “They were 0-for-3 out there. For today, we can’t have that. We are going to figure this thing out. But 0-for-3 today, no good.”

Nagy can’t say for certain how many kickers will be on the 90-man roster when the Bears get to training camp in Bourbonnais next month. It would not be a shock if the current three-man competition was sliced to two at the end of this week, with Pineiro and Fry seeming most likely to get the camp invitations.

It would also not be a shock if none of the three is the one attempting the first regular-season field goal in September.

Tuesday’s misses — right upright, wide left, wide right — somehow felt significant, three blown kicks in an otherwise routine June practice. After the Bears’ 2018 season ended with Cody Parkey missing a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal in the final seconds of a 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles, the post-traumatic stress disorder in Lake Forest remains real.

Nagy was asked whether he felt a sense of deflation from his team when Pineiro, Blewitt and Fry missed their kicks.

“Yeah,” he said. “They went back to back to back, and all three missed. So they are being evaluated not just by (the media), not just by me but by their teammates.

“Again, do you make it or do you miss it? We missed three today. For us as evaluators, if they all went 3-for-3 today, we wouldn’t be talking about this, right? But at the same time, what’s real is they didn’t, and that’s why we are talking about kickers in this situation. Because we missed.”

Clearly, Nagy is growing frustrated, his patience dissipating. The Bears open camp in six weeks. The season opener against the Packers is only six weeks behind that.

“We have to just keep trusting our evaluation of these three kickers,” Nagy said. “It’s not just one person, it’s all of us together. We talk it through and we figure it out and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that in the end, when we get to the very end, we have the right guy there.”

Right now, that’s clearly easier said than done.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

NEW YORK-Nostalgia dripped all over Yankee Stadium today in the wake of weeping skies as an amazing crowd of 49,641 turned out to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the House That Ruth Built and to welcome back the heroes of the 1923 team which brought the first world championship to the Bronx Bombers. In impressively sentimental ceremonies Babe Ruth’s famed No. 3 was permanently retired and his uniform formally presented to the baseball shrine at Cooperstown as eyes grew moist and fans choked up at the touching scene.

But all was not pathos. The game between the ’23 heroes and later day stars, a rugged two-inning affair played before the current day Yankees defeated the Indians, 5‚3, was delightfully hilarious despite creaking bones and faltering limbs. It had Abner Doubleday spinning in his grave, the major spin coming when the Old- Timers were generously given four outs in the second frame. They didn’t need any of them, either, because they already had won, 2‚0. They won because the still lean Bob Meusel, who used to hit line drives in the old days, lofted a simple blooper to right center which bounced off Red Rolfe’s glove for a hit. At least that’s what the official scorer called it, after succumbing to his most generous and gentlemanly instincts.

The climax, however, came when the two men who made the Yankees what they are today, Ed Barrow and Babe Ruth, came ambling from opposite dugouts to embrace unashamedly at home plate. That was a thrill which made the fans forget the rain, the lowering skies and the damp discomfort of a raw, unpleasant day. They had to swallow hard, then, engulfed as they were in a wave of emotion. Thrilling, too, was the tender message the band played, “Auld Lang Syne.” Should old acquaintance be forgot? Never. Not when they are such stalwarts as these. The twenty pennants which bedecked the Stadium facade eloquently bespoke the dynasty they created.

There was a reverent hush when the Bambino, no longer the hulking, dynamic and domineering figure he once was, strode hesitatingly to the microphone and spoke in his muted and strangely croaking voice. He told the fans in sincere and simple words how wonderful the occasion was for him and of his pride in having hit the first home run ever struck at the Stadium. It had been a tiring day for the ailing Sultan of Swat. First of all, it was an emotional drain on him to greet his old buddies in the dressing room. To them he was still the king. Obsequiously they approached him for his autograph. That was something to see, these case-hardened old companions getting the signature of their pal and idol. But he was the central figure of the day. Without him it would have been empty.

It was a physical drain on him, too. He sat in the dank, chilling runway behind the dugout for a quarter of an hour, waiting for the drizzle to halt. A topcoat was thrown across his once sweeping shoulders and buttoned around his tender throat. He smiled wanly as the merry Waite Hoyt entertained Bob Meusel, Wally Pipp and some of the other Old- Timers with his reminiscences. “They took a good many years to retire your number, Babe,” Hoyt remarked with a chuckle. “They retired mine in 1930- damn quick, too. And without notice, too.” The Babe grinned.

Babe Ruth was in the late stages of throat cancer when this first Old-Timers game was held in a major-league park and the first uniform number was retired. He died two months later, on Aug. 16.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1905      Giants hurler Christy Mathewson, who, in 1901, became the first rookie in the modern era to throw a no-no, pitches his second career no-hitter, beating the Orphans at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, 1-0. Matty and Mordecai Brown match hitless innings until the top of the ninth, when New York reaches the future Hall of Famer for two hits.

1912      In the top of the ninth inning with no outs at New York’s Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson strands a runner on third base to record his 300th victory when the Giants edge the Cubs, 3-2. During his 17-year major league career, ‘Big Six’ will compile a 373-188 record.

1921      Babe Ruth pitches the first five innings and hits two home runs in the Yankees’ 11-8 victory over the Tigers at the Polo Grounds. The ‘Bambino’ will break his own major league record this year, going deep 59 times, but this is the only time this season he will be the starting pitcher for the Bronx Bombers.

1924      After Bob Meusel is plunked on the back by Bert Cole, the Yankee outfielder hurls his bat at the Detroit southpaw and charges the mound. The resulting ninth-inning melee includes players, fans, and the police, and when ump Billy Evans is unable to clear the field after nearly a thirty minute delay, he forfeits the game to New York, 10-6.

1930      For the first time in baseball history, former batting champions are exchanged for one another when the Senators trade Goose Goslin to the Browns for Heinie Manush. Both Hall of Fame outfielders won their titles in the American League, with Manush hitting .387 playing for the Tigers in 1926, and Goslin leading the circuit two years later with a .378 batting average for Washington.

1938      The Reds acquire Bucky Walters from the Phillies in exchange for catcher Spud Davis, southpaw Al Hollingsworth, and $50,000. Cincinnati’s new right-hander will play a major role in the team’s two consecutive National League pennants when he wins 27 games in 1939 and has another 22 victories in 1940.

1940      In the inaugural Hall of Fame game, the Red Sox beat the Cubs at Doubleday Field, 10-9. Future Hall of Famer Ted Williams hits two home runs during the six-inning rain-shortened exhibition.

1947      In the first night game played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox score all their runs in the fifth inning to beat Chicago, 5-3. The contest is not the first major league game to be played under the lights in Boston, with the cross town NL rivals having played an evening tilt last season against New York at Braves Field.

1948      With the crowd of 49,641 singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Babe, the Yankees celebrate the silver anniversary of Yankee Stadium by holding ‘Babe Ruth Day’. With members of the 1923 team (the first team to play in the stadium) looking on, the dying superstar’s uniform number 3 is retired and sent to Cooperstown.

1957      At Comiskey Park, an ugly brawl, precipitated by an Art Ditmar pitch behind Larry Doby’s head, breaks out when the White Sox infielder takes exception to being the target of the bean ball and punches the Yankee hurler. Billy Martin, Walt Dropo, Bill Skowron, and Enos Slaughter all actively participate in the melee.

1957      Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams becomes the first American Leaguer to have two three-homer games in one season. The ‘Splendid Splinter’ drives in five runs, helping Boston to defeat the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 9-3.

1957      In a game which features the ejection of Johnny Logan and Don Drysdale, Clem Labine loses for the first time in ten months and 38 relief appearances when the Braves beat Brooklyn, 8-5. The Milwaukee shortstop charged the mound after getting drilled in the ribs by the Dodger right-hander, resulting in banishment for both players.

1957      The Indians, in an effort to get more power from their outfield, send Jim Busby to the Orioles in exchange for 28 year-old Dick Williams, who will play only 67 games with the Tribe before being dealt back to Baltimore. As a result of the trade, Roger Maris will move from left to become Cleveland’s full-time center fielder.

1965      At Shea Stadium, Ron Swoboda breaks the franchise record for home runs hit by a rookie when he goes deep off Dick Ellsworth in the first inning with a three-run homer, a poke that will provide all of the runs the Mets will score in their 3-2 victory over Chicago. Jim Hickman had established the mark with 13 round-trippers in 1962, the club’s inaugural season.

1966      After demanding more playing time, Jerry Adair is traded by the Orioles, along with minor leaguer John Riddle, to the White Sox for right-hander Eddie Fisher. The former Baltimore infielder will miss an opportunity to play in the World Series this season with the Birds, but will participate in the Fall Classic with Boston in 1967.

1971      Alex Johnson accuses his Angel teammate Chico Ruiz of waving a gun at him in the clubhouse while the game is being played, an eventual 5-2 loss to Washington at Anaheim Stadium. Although Ruiz denies the incident and the club finds no evidence of a gun, Johnson, not known for his diplomacy, adamantly claims he was threatened with a firearm by the infielder during an argument they had after being used as pinch-hitters in the contest.

1973      The Dodgers infield, a quartet which will be together eight and a half years, setting a major league record for longevity, plays together for the first time. First baseman Steve Garvey, second baseman Davey Lopes, third baseman Ron Cey, and shortstop Bill Russell are in the lineup in the 16-3 defeat to the Phillies.

1973      Dock Ellis walks a batter without ever throwing a pitch to him. After going 2-0 on the Atlanta left fielder Sonny Jackson, the Pirates right-hander is replaced by Ramon Hernandez, who throws two more balls to Dick Dietz, a pinch-hitter for Jackson, to complete the base-on-balls which is attributed to the Bucs’ starting pitcher.

1975      The Indians deal right-hander Gaylord Perry to the Rangers for three pitchers, Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown, and Rick Waits, along with approximately $100,000. In his three-plus years with Texas, the future Hall of Famer compiles a 48-43 record, posting an ERA of 3.26.

1976      The Mets sweep the Giants in a twin bill at Candlestick Park, 4-2 and 4-1. The victories mark the first time in 17 tries that the team has won two games on the same day.

1984      The Indians trade Rick Suttcliffe along with George Frazier and Ron Hassey to the Cubs for Joe Carter, Mel Hall, Don Schulze, and minor league hurler Darryl Banks. After the midseason trade, the 28 year-old right-hander, who will go on to win the NL Cy Young award, posts a 16-1 record for Chicago, leading the team to the NL East flag.

1994      During a pregame ceremony at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves retire Dale Murphy jersey #3. The two-time National League MVP (1982-83) played 15 seasons with the team, batting .268 and driving in 1,143 runs while playing on teams mostly with losing records.

1994      At the age of 34, Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg suddenly retires, walking away from $16 million. ‘Ryno’ will return to the Chicago lineup in 1996 to play for two more seasons before completing his 16-year Hall of Fame career.

1994      Don Mattingly surpasses fellow first baseman Wally Pipp for consecutive games played in a Yankees uniform. Donnie Baseball’s 1,469th game is second to only to another Bronx Bomber first sacker, named Lou Gehrig, who played in 2,130 straight contests.

1998      The first triple play ever completed at Dodger Stadium is turned by Darren Dreifort (p), Eric Young (2b), Jose Vizcaino (ss), and Bobby Bonilla (3b). With Colorado runners on first and second base, the 1-6-4 double play becomes a triple killing when Jamey Wright is thrown out at third base by the LA second baseman, who covered first base for the second out.

1998      For the fourth time in major league history, teammates hit back-to-back homers in consecutive innings. Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones accomplish the feat in the second and third frame of the Braves’ 9-7 victory over Montreal at Turner Field.

1998      The Angels stroke a franchise-record eight doubles in their 18-6 victory in Texas. Jim Edmonds leads the Halos’ attack with three two-baggers, with Gary Disarcina (2), Darin Erstad, Matt Walbeck, and Garret Anderson also contributing to the club’s new mark.

1999      The Astros game against the visiting Padres is suspended when Houston manager Larry Dierker can’t speak, falls and begins shaking violently due to a gran mal seizure. After four weeks of recovery, the skipper will return, leading the team to a third consecutive National League Central Division title.

1999      Omar Olivares ties a major league record by hitting four Diamondbacks. The Angels’ hurler becomes the 19th pitcher to hit four batters in a game, but the second Anaheim moundsman in three weeks to tie the dubious mark, matching teammate Steve Sparks who also plunked four hitters on May 22.

2001      After losing to the Expos in 12 innings on Mark Smith’s home run, which is clearly foul when viewed with video replays, the Yankees restore the missing screen on the bottom three feet to the fair side of the left-field foul pole. The section was removed so fans sitting behind the pole would have an unobstructed view of the game.

2001      The Pittsburgh Pirates trade infielder Enrique Wilson (.186, 8, 1 in 46 games) to the Yankees in exchange for Double-A Norwich relief pitcher Damaso Marte (3-1, 3.50 in 23 appearances).

2001      Van Meter, Iowa, best known for being the home of Bob Feller, and St. Marys (Martensdale) tie a national high school record established in 1928 by hitting 16 home runs in one game. Twelve different players go deep in the 17-15 contest, won by Van Meter, thanks to the wind blowing out in a small ballpark.

2003      On his fourth attempt, 40 year-old Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher, the first since 1990, to record his 300th victory, tossing 6.2 innings in the Yankees’ 5-2 inter-league victory over the Cardinals. In the second inning, when Edgar Renteria swings through a full-count fastball, the ‘Rocket’ also joins Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) as just the third hurler to record his 4000th career strikeout.

2005      In a Fenway Park pregame ceremony prior to the interleague series against the Reds, who have not played in Boston since the 1975 World Series, the Red Sox pay tribute to Carlton Fisk and his 12th-inning Game 6 walk-off homer by naming the bright yellow stanchion in left field, where the ball landed, the Fisk Foul Pole. The former hometown hero enjoys the festivities from the Monster Seats as the crowd cheers when the home run is replayed on the scoreboard to the tune of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

2006      The first wireless bullpen communication system in baseball history is used at Wrigley Field when a cell phone, which will be sent to the Hall of Fame, is used for the first time in major league history to call the bullpen. From the dugout, Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild calls the bullpen during the third inning to start warming up reliever Angel Guzman.

2008      Omar Vizquel becomes the first Giant to steal home in a quarter of a century. The infrequent swipe of the plate, last accomplished by Max Venable in 1983, comes in the second inning of a 5-1 inter-league loss to the A’s.

2010      In game against their cross-town rivals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs get out of a bases loaded jam in the final frame for a 1-0 victory over the White Sox. Juan Pierre’s leadoff single in the top of the ninth spoils Ted Lilly’s bid for a no-hitter, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at the ‘Friendly Confines’ since Milt Pappas threw a no-no in 1972.

2010      The Angels, with their first sweep at Dodger Stadium, complete their 14-game road trip with 11 victories, the most for the team on a single trip since 1962. In the 6-5 decision over their crosstown rivals, Halo hurler Jered Weaver strikes out his older brother, Jeff, who came into the game as a long reliever in the third inning, for the first time since they were kids.

2010      Jorge Posada’s fifth-inning grand slam, his second in the past two games, proves to be the difference in the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over Houston at the Stadium. The Bronx Bomber backstop joins Bill Dickey (1937) and Babe Ruth (1927, 1929) as the only players in franchise history to hit home runs with the bases loaded in consecutive contests.

2012      Matt Cain tosses the fifth no-hitter and second perfect game of the season when he retires 27 consecutive batters in the Giants’ 10-0 rout of the Astros at AT&T Park. The San Francisco right-hander, with the help of two great defensive plays from outfielders Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco, becomes the first pitcher in the 129-year history of the franchise and the 22nd in major league history to accomplish the feat.

2012      Ted Barrett becomes the first major league ump to be behind the plate for two perfect games. In addition to calling balls and strikes for today’s gem thrown by the Giants’ Matt Cain, the 18-year veteran arbitrator was also the home-plate umpire when David Cone threw his perfecto against the Expos at Yankee Stadium in 1999.

2012      R.A. Dickey, who gives up only an first inning infield single for his second career one-hitter in the Mets’ 9-1 victory over the Rays, breaks the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings. The 37 year-old knuckleballer, surpassing the previous club mark of 31.2 scoreless innings in a row set by Jerry Koosman in 1973, establishes a new mark of 32.2 frames before his string is snapped with an unearned run in the ninth inning.

2014      The Northwest League’s Spokane Indians, the short-season single-A affiliate of the Rangers, introduce a new home alternate uniform which features the name “S’q’n’i” in lettering across the front of the jersey, along with a character not in the English language. The word, which translates to Spokane in the Salish’s native language, will be in addition to a logo created in 2006 that uses local native imagery.

2015      With his sixth-inning two-run home run off Bud Norris in the the Yankees’ 9-4 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards, Alex Rodriguez becomes the third major leaguer in the modern era to surpass the 2,000 RBI mark. The New York designated hitter trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) and Babe Ruth (2,213) on the all-time RBI list.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1897 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

1903 Harold “Red” Grange, American “Galloping Ghost” of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

1905 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), born in Nawanagar State, Kathiawar, British India (d. 1959)

1911 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)

1915 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)

1920 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1984)

1922 Mel Parnell [Melvin], Major League Baseball pitcher (Boston Red Socks, 1947-56), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)

1939 Tom Cheek, American baseball player (d. 2005)

1941 Marcel Lachemann, American baseball player

1943 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976)

1944 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)

1948 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 2001)

1950 Gerd Zewe, German footballer

1951 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

1954 Daniel Seemiller, Pitts, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)

1962 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

1962 Karen Kurreck, Urbana Ill, cyclist (Olympics 1996)

1962 Davey Hamilton, American racing driver

1963 Bettina Bunge, German tennis player (Virginia Slims of California 1983), born in Adliswil, Switzerland

1963 Catarina Lindqvist, Swedish tennis player (Swedish Open 1986)

1963 Edward Sturing, soccer player (Vitesse)

1963 Randy Gilhen, Zweibrucken Ger, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)

1964 Jennifer Gillom, WNBA center/forward (Phoenix Mercury/Olympic gold 1988)

1964 Sarunas Marciulionis, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)

1965 Maninder Singh, cricketer (Indian leftarm spinner in 35 Tests 1982-93)

1966 Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver

1967 Darren Baker, Chambersburg PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)

1968 Bruce Beaton, CFL corner (Montreal Alouettes)

1968 Fabio Baldato, Italian cyclist, born in Lonigo, Italy

1969 Robert Harris, American former NFL defensive end (NY Giants), born in Riviera Beach, Florida

1969 Svetlana Krivelyova, Russian athlete

1970 Chris Cairns, cricketer (son of Lance, NZ all-rounder)

1970 Lance Ringnald, US gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Des Moines, Iowa

1970 Shaun Young, cricketer (Tasmanian all-rounder, Young Aust 1995)

1970 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (d. 2004)

1972 Sale Isaia, OL (Baltimore Ravens)

1973 Ines Gorrochategui, Cordoba Arg, tennis star (1991 Futures-Brindisi)

1973 Kano Hills, tackle (New Orleans Saints)

1973 Sam Adams, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)

1974 Elli Overton, Canadian Australian swimmer (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)

1974 Harvey Esajas, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)

1974 Valeri Bure, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia

1975 Dave Roche, Lindsay, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins)

1975 Riccardo Scimeca, English footballer

1977 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)

1979 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player

1980 Florent Malouda, French footballer

1980 Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver

1980 Darius Vassell, English footballer

1982 Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopian athlete

1983 Matt Allison, British racing driver

1983 Jason Spezza, Canadian hockey player

1984 Nery Castillo, Mexican-Uruguayan footballer

1985 Danny Syvret, Canadian ice hockey player

1985 Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver

1988 In-Kyung Kim, South Korean golfer (British Open 2017), born in Seoul, South Korea

 

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 26 .612 0.5 18 – 16 23 – 10 15 – 11 13 – 8 4 – 3 6 – 4 L 2
Boston 35 34 .507 7.5 16 – 17 19 – 17 13 – 14 9 – 5 11 – 12 5 – 5 W 1
Toronto 24 43 .358 17.5 12 – 22 12 – 21 7 – 13 8 – 14 7 – 5 3 – 7 W 1
Baltimore 21 46 .313 20.5 9 – 24 12 – 22 10 – 19 5 – 14 4 – 9 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 44 22 .667 20 – 10 24 – 12 14 – 6 14 – 6 13 – 6 6 – 4 L 1
Cleveland 34 33 .507 10.5 20 – 17 14 – 16 12 – 6 10 – 14 8 – 8 6 – 4 L 1
Chi White Sox 32 34 .485 12 18 – 15 14 – 19 10 – 13 18 – 14 3 – 4 5 – 5 W 1
Detroit 25 39 .391 18 11 – 21 14 – 18 9 – 8 12 – 13 1 – 8 3 – 7 W 1
Kansas City 21 46 .313 23.5 13 – 23 8 – 23 5 – 12 9 – 16 5 – 15 2 – 8 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 46 23 .667 25 – 10 21 – 13 10 – 6 12 – 9 21 – 6 7 – 3 L 1
Texas 36 31 .537 9 24 – 12 12 – 19 6 – 3 5 – 2 19 – 20 6 – 4 L 1
Oakland 35 34 .507 11 18 – 15 17 – 19 8 – 12 8 – 1 16 – 18 6 – 4 W 2
LA Angels 33 35 .485 12.5 19 – 18 14 – 17 6 – 4 7 – 8 14 – 21 5 – 5 W 2
Seattle 29 42 .408 18 13 – 22 16 – 20 4 – 7 9 – 10 16 – 21 4 – 6 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 39 29 .574 19 – 15 20 – 14 10 – 8 14 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 2 W 6
Philadelphia 38 30 .559 1 23 – 14 15 – 16 15 – 9 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 33 34 .493 5.5 19 – 11 14 – 23 18 – 13 4 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 1
Washington 31 36 .463 7.5 15 – 15 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 8 – 9 7 – 3 L 1
Miami 24 42 .364 14 12 – 23 12 – 19 9 – 22 4 – 12 6 – 4 4 – 6 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 29 .574 22 – 13 17 – 16 14 – 8 18 – 10 5 – 6 7 – 3 W 1
Chi Cubs 38 29 .567 0.5 24 – 11 14 – 18 10 – 7 13 – 11 9 – 6 7 – 3 W 1
St. Louis 33 33 .500 5 20 – 13 13 – 20 11 – 11 15 – 17 5 – 2 5 – 5 L 1
Cincinnati 30 36 .455 8 15 – 15 15 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 4 – 6 W 1
Pittsburgh 30 37 .448 8.5 13 – 18 17 – 19 4 – 5 12 – 14 7 – 16 2 – 8 L 6
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 32 .522 9.5 20 – 13 15 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 6 11 – 10 5 – 5 L 1
Arizona 36 33 .522 9.5 14 – 16 22 – 17 8 – 5 8 – 5 11 – 19 7 – 3 W 1
San Diego 33 35 .485 12 18 – 20 15 – 15 10 – 10 4 – 7 14 – 15 3 – 7 L 4
San Francisco 28 38 .424 16 13 – 20 15 – 18 4 – 9 4 – 6 14 – 16 6 – 4 W 2