INDIANA STATE BASEBALL FINALS

Class 3A State Championship
Final | Andrean 2, Edgewood 1

 

Class 2A State Championship
Final | Alexandria Monroe 4, Southridge 3

 

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Louisville 4 Auburn 1 (Suspended 5th inning)

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi State PPD

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Detroit 5 Pittsburgh 4

Cincinnati 4 Houston 3

Chicago White Sox 3 Chicago Cubs 1

NY Yankees 6 Tampa Bay 3

LA Angels 3 Toronto 1

Cleveland 10 Texas 3

Minnesota 4 Boston 3 (17)

Oakland 16 Baltimore 2

Kansas City 9 Seattle 0

Philadelphia at Washington PPD

NY Mets 10 Atlanta 2

Miami 6 St. Louis 0

Colorado 8 Arizona 1

LA Dodgers 9 San Francisco 0

San Diego 4 Milwaukee 1

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 5 Buffalo 2

 

WNBA

Washington 81 Las Vegas 52

 

TOP HEADLINES

Reds hit 3 homers off Justin Verlander, beat Astros 4-3

Justin Verlander gives up a lot of fly balls. Great American Ball Park yields a lot of home runs. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage of the combination to finally win a series.

Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich homered off Verlander in the first inning Tuesday night, and the Reds held on for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros that clinched their first series win in nearly a month.

By taking the first two games, the Reds won a series for the first time since May 24-26, when they took two of three from the Cubs. The Astros hadn’t dropped a series since April 29-May 2.

“The results are great,” manager David Bell said. “We’ve talked about getting on a streak, but we’ve been playing good teams. We’re raising our level of expectations to do what it takes to win games.”

The homer made the difference, as the Reds hit three off Verlander (9-3) for all their runs.

The Reds quickly got to Verlander, who hadn’t allowed a pair of homers in one inning all season. Winker connected on Verlander’s fourth pitch, the third leadoff homer allowed by the right-hander this season. Joey Votto‘s double and Dietrich’s first homer since May 28 made it 3-0.

“Picking up a three-spot is always good, no matter who you’re facing, but especially against a pitcher like Verlander, where there’s no room for error,” Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani said.

Kyle Farmer added a homer in the seventh off Verlander, who has given up three homers in each of his last two starts. Verlander went seven innings and struck out eight.

He’s allowed 20 homers, 17 of them solo shots. In his last two starts, he’s given up 10 hits, six of them homers. His career high for homers allowed in a season is 30 with Detroit in 2016.

 

Jiménez homers in 9th to power White Sox past Cubs, 3-1

Eloy Jimenez came up in a big spot and delivered. It was exactly how he pictured the moment when he became a professional ballplayer.

With one major twist.

Jimenez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning in his first game against his first major league organization, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old Jimenez was a top prospect for the Cubs before he headlined a rare trade with the White Sox for veteran left-hander Jose Quintana in July 2017. The Jimenez deal will live on in sports bars all over Chicago for many years to come, and the rookie added another wrinkle with one big swing in his first game at Wrigley Field.

“It was a dream come true,” he said. “I wanted to hit one at Wrigley, but now with the White Sox it feels really good.”

James McCann hit a leadoff single before Jimenez drove a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Strop (1-3) over the wall in left for his 12th homer . Considered one of baseball’s top young sluggers, Jimenez has gone deep six times in his last nine games.

“We were hoping he could get a pitch he could handle and obviously he did,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “It was a big blow.”

Adding another layer to the accomplishment, Jimenez cracked his bat on the swing. He smiled as he proudly displayed the broken lumber after the victory.

“It was an amazing moment,” he said.

 

Indians hit 3 straight HRs, Plesac shuts down Rangers, 10-3

 Jose Ramirez went into the upper deck for his first home run in more than a month. The Cleveland Indians later got a trio of long balls unlike any they have had in nearly 15 years.

While rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning, Cleveland hitters were going deep. Ramirez ended a 29-game homerless drought in the third, and the Indians opened the seventh with three homers in a row to overwhelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night.

“Everybody’s contributing. It’s nice,” said Tyler Naquin, who had the last of the three homers in a five-pitch span off reliever Drew Smyly.

After Jake Bauers led off the Indians’ seventh with a 389-foot shot to right-center, Roberto Perez and Naquin followed with homers that measured more than 400 feet. Those were Cleveland’s first back-to-back-to-back homers since July 16, 2004.

“Doesn’t happen very often, so surely guys enjoy it,” manager Terry Francona said.

The three-run homer by Ramirez to right measured at 431 feet and made it 4-0. His fifth homer of the season was his first since May 14.

“Oh my goodness. That seemed like that was a lot of frustration all balled up into one swing,” Francona said. “That was a loud swing. Hopefully that propels him a little bit.”

Plesac (2-2) struck out six and walked five, the last two free passes to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to open the eighth and end his fifth career start. The only run the right-hander allowed came on Rougned Odor‘s one-out homer in the fifth that was the first hit he allowed.

 

Maybin makes bid to keep spot with HR, Yanks beat Rays 6-3

 Cameron Maybin realizes his time in pinstripes may be running out.

As Aaron Judge nears his return from the injured list, Maybin is making it difficult for the Yankees to think about cutting ties.

Maybin homered again with his roster spot in doubt, Edwin Encarnacion went deep for his first hit with the Yankees and New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Tuesday night to extend its AL East lead to 2 1/2 games.

“I’m thankful that I’m here,” Maybin said. “I’m enjoying every moment of it and I want to continue to be a piece of the puzzle.”

Maybin clobbered Oliver Drake‘s fastball into the second deck in left, extending New York’s lead to 5-3 in the seventh. It was Maybin’s career-best fourth straight game with a home run and extended New York’s homer streak to 21 games.

“He’s been so awesome to have and to have in that room and what he means to those guys already and just how well he’s performed for us,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I love the player.”

The 32-year-old Maybin is hitting .315 since being acquired by the banged-up Yankees in April, but he still may get cut when Judge makes an expected from an oblique injury in the coming days.

“As long as I’m here and as long as I get an opportunity to step on the field with a group of guys who I feel like are my brothers, I’m going to continue to go out and play hard each and every day and leave it all out there,” Maybin said.

Playing through a mist in a contest that started over an hour late due to rain, New York won its fourth straight and has taken 9 of 12 against the second-place Rays dating to last season.

 

Hernandez hits grand slam in Dodgers’ 9-0 rout of Giants

Even if his velocity isn’t what it used to be, Clayton Kershaw‘s competitive zeal hasn’t waned.

He combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout, Enrique Hernandez had a pinch-hit grand slam to highlight a six-run seventh, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the rival San Francisco Giants 9-0 Tuesday night for their major league-leading 10th shutout of the season.

Kershaw (7-1) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two. The left-handed ace improved to 23-11 in his career against the Giants and lowered his ERA against them to 1.68 in 337 1/3 innings.

“I got a little better as the game went on,” Kershaw said. “The first few innings I didn’t land my curveball as well. It was a little bit of a grind.”

Still, Kershaw worked efficiently. Brandon Belt was hitless with a walk in three at-bats, Buster Posey was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and Evan Longoria went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Posey marveled at Kershaw’s consistency throughout his career.

“Obviously, the velocity’s down a little bit right now but he’s still getting good movement on his pitches,” Posey said. “The guy’s the ultimate competitor and I enjoy facing him because I know he’s bringing his best every time out.”

Dylan Floro struck out three in the eighth and Joe Kelly finished it off in the ninth, giving up a hit and a walk to go with one strikeout.

The Dodgers improved to 11-1 in Kershaw’s 12 starts this season.

 

Dominican officials arrest 11th suspect in David Ortiz case

Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz.

An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Meran. The official, who agreed to disclose the information only if not quoted by name because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, told The Associated Press that Meran is accused of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo.

Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the alleged shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men.

Officials have released few details in the case and have held private court hearings, but Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodriguez told reporters he expects to release more details in the case on Wednesday.

The newest arrest came as doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital upgraded Ortiz’s condition from “guarded” to “good.” Doctors in the Dominican Republic had removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestines before he was flown to Boston for further treatment.

The Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, who said he continues to make progress and “we remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal.” She added that the 10-time All-Star’s road to recovery “has been bolstered by the many expressions of love” from around the world and it has “lifted his spirits tremendously.”

 

Nationals’ Scherzer suffers broken nose during bunting drill

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose when he took a ball off his face during batting practice on Tuesday.

Scherzer was injured while attempting a bunt. The team said a CT scan was negative.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was scheduled to start one of the two games of Washington’s day-night doubleheader against Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Nationals said Scherzer’s status – as well as the team’s pitching plan for the doubleheader – was still to be determined.

Scherzer is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA.

 

White Sox plan to extend netting at Guaranteed Rate Field

The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take that step since a couple of high-profile injuries this spring increased the focus on fan safety at ballparks.

The White Sox and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the ballpark, are hoping to complete the project this season. They say they will announce more details at a later date.

Now that one team has jumped in front on the move, there likely will be more to come. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where one major league team feels comfortable with less protection for fans than at another ballpark.

“Obviously that’s a positive step in this sport,” Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. said before their game against the crosstown White Sox on Tuesday night. “I don’t think anybody should go home with bumps or bruises or even worse. So whatever they got to do to take care of that, I’m glad they’re taking procedures.”

Following recommendations from Major League Baseball, by the start of the 2018 season all 30 teams had expanded their protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts after several fans were injured by foul balls in 2017.

But a liner by Almora struck a young girl in Houston in May, and a woman was hit by a foul ball off the bat of White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez in Chicago on June 10. Each of the incidents occurred in the stands beyond the dugout on the third base side, sparking several players to call for expanded netting.

The Chicago Sun-Times was the first to report on the plans for Guaranteed Rate Field.

“It’s a positive,” Cubs ace Jon Lester said. “Obviously when one team does it, then you get kind of the herding effect and the rest of the people usually follow.”

Almora was visibly shaken after the liner against the Astros.

“I am a father and I am a fan of this game,” he said. “I just don’t want to see things like that ever happen again.”

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said June 4 he doesn’t expect teams to make changes to the protective netting during the season, but he thought conversations would continue about whether netting should be extended.

The netting was expanded before the 2018 season because of a couple of scary plays two years ago.

At Yankee Stadium in May 2017, a boy was struck on the head by a portion of Chris Carter’s broken bat. A fan sitting beyond the first base dugout was hit by a 105-mph foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge in July of that year. And in September, a young girl was injured by another 105-mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier and was hospitalized.

 

MLB: Umpire union tweet about Machado was ‘inappropriate’

Major League Baseball says it was inappropriate for the umpire’s union to comment on the one-game suspension levied against San Diego Padres star Manny Machado for his conduct following his ejection for arguing a called third strike Saturday at Colorado.

The MLB Umpires Association said in a tweet Tuesday that Machado was suspended for contact with an umpire “and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone’s safety.” The tweet added that “Violence in the workplace is not tolerated” and asked “Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?”

MLB said in a statement that MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre “considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline” and it does “not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association.” MLB also says it is “inappropriate” to compare Machado’s outburst to the “extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

Machado is appealing his suspension and claims he did not touch plate ump Bill Welke during their argument.

 

Dodgers, Astros heavy favorites to square off in World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves on an absolute roll as we head into the dog days of summer. They enter this weekend’s action with a 46-23 record and having won 20 of their past 27 games.

Over in the American League, the Houston Astros boast an identical 46-23 mark and have won 26 of their past 35 games since a ho-hum start to the regular season.

It’s in this that we shouldn’t be surprised that the two are odds-on Vegas favorites to take on one another in the World Series. The odds themselves are actually pretty darn alarming.

LAD +275

HOU +290

NYY +700

MIN +750

ATL +1100

TB +1200

CHC +1300

PHI +1400

MIL +1500

BOS +2000

STL +3500

ARI/COL +4000

CLE/WAS +4500

SD/TEX +5000

NYM +5500

OAK +6000

LAA +15000

CWS/CIN/PIT +20000

SF +100000

SEA +150000

DET/TOR +20000

BAL/KC/MIA +250000

Would we bet against these two facing off in the Fall Classic? No.

But given the odds, there are some other solid plays out there.The New York Yankees have been ravaged by injury after injury this season. In fact, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have played a combined 23 games. Each could return as early as next week.

Despite this, New York heads into the weekend in first place in the AL East with a 41-26 record. Giving them +700 odds could be a boon for those who put money down on the Yankees.

Heading over to the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins might be MLB’s biggest surprise this season. They currently sit at 45-22 and 11 games ahead of the second-place team in the division.

With +750 odds and that type of lead in the division, Minnesota could be a solid buy. After all, it likely won’t have to think about playing in a wild card game. That’s no small thing for a squad without a true ace starter.

Los Angeles’ biggest competition in the National League will likely come from a team back east in that of the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves.

We can’t count any team with Bryce Harper in the mix out of contention right now. Giving them +1400 odds seems to be favorable to those who believe this team will progress as the season draws on.

Though, the Braves at +1100 is the real wild card here. Flush with the best young roster in MLB, the sky seems to be the limit in Atlanta.

Stud rookie Austin Riley has been otherworldly this season. He’s hit 10 homers and driven in 29 runs in just 26 games. He’s joined by Freddie Freeman (18 homers), Ronald Acuna Jr. (15 homers) and Dansby Swanson (13 homers) in forming a powerful lineup.

While the bullpen remains a work in progress in Atlanta, Mike Soroka and Max Fried have combined for a 14-4 record with a 2.81 ERA on the season. The addition of former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel looms large here, as well.

Safe bets might be on the Dodgers and Astros. But at this point, a matchup between the Braves and either New York or Minnesota remains a strong possibility. That’s the moral of the story here.

 

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Police are looking for a fourth person and haven’t recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that wounded four people and sent thousands fleeing, authorities said Tuesday.

Toronto Police Chief Marc Saunders said they are looking for a male who was wearing a white button down T-shirt at Monday’s shooting at city hall square, less than a block from where the players and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage.

Police arrested three people who are now facing firearm charges, but the shell casings at the scene didn’t match two guns seized. Shaquille Anthony Miller, 25, Abdikarim Kerow, 18, and Thaino Toussaint, 20 have been charged and made brief bail hearing appearances on Monday.

Droves of Raptors fans stampeded from the site. Those wounded by the gunshots didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries.

Investigators did not discuss a possible motive.

Hordes of fans jammed downtown Toronto for Monday’s parade, raising concerns about safety, lack of proper barriers and overcrowding as the city celebrated its first major sports title in more than a quarter-century. The parade ran three hours behind schedule as the team’s double-decker buses had trouble getting through the throngs.

Mayor John Tory said the team owner and the city only had “three days” to prepare for the parade. Tory said the city’s manager will work with police and the city’s sports teams to review the parade to see how they can improve on it.

 

AP source: Celtics’ Horford to be unrestricted free agent

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent.

The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced. ESPN was first to report Horford’s decision.

A five-time All-Star, the 33-year-old Horford joins point guard Kyrie Irving, who also won’t exercise his option to remain in Boston for the final year of his contract. Horford signed a four-year, $113 million deal in 2016.

Among the preseason favorites in the Eastern Conference before last season, the Celtics finished the regular season 49-33. They were eliminated 4-1 in the conference semifinals by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Horford was one of Boston’s steadiest players throughout, averaging 13.9 points and nine rebounds in the postseason.

 

Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors exec has concussion

A deputy suffered a concussion and is on medical leave after an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship, a lawyer said Tuesday.

The 20-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office also has a serious jaw injury and is considering filing a lawsuit against Raptors President Masai Ujiri, attorney David Mastagni said.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni said. The name of the deputy has not been released.

The clash between the deputy and Ujiri happened as the deputy checked court-access credentials after the game Thursday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.

Authorities say Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy but the deputy stopped him because he didn’t see Ujiri’s on-court credentials.

Ujiri pushed the deputy, who pushed him back before Ujiri “made a second, more significant shove and during that shove his arm struck our deputy in the side of the head,” sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said. He said Ujiri also shouted obscenities.

Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri got onto the court without displaying any credentials, Kelly said.

Investigators were questioning witnesses and the office hopes to file a report to prosecutors this week recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri, Kelly said.

They are also reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy along with footage from the arena surveillance system and cellphones.

The office does not plan to release the deputy’s body camera footage to the public during the investigation, Kelly said.

Kelly confirmed the officer is on medical leave.

The Raptors said last week the team was cooperating with the investigation and gathering information on its own. It had no further comment Tuesday.

Warriors fan Greg Wiener, who witnessed the altercation, said last week the incident began when the deputy put his hand on Ujiri’s chest and pushed him. Ujiri shoved him back before bystanders intervened, Wiener said.

He also said then that there was no conversation between the deputy and Ujiri. But on Tuesday, he said he remembered the officer shouting, “No one gets on the court without credentials.”

Wiener said he recalled the detail “after thinking about it all weekend.”

 

Report: Rockets have had preliminary talks about trading Chris Paul

The Houston Rockets have at least looked into the possibility of trading Chris Paul, according to a report.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday that the Rockets have had preliminary conversations about dealing Paul. Those talks have centered around teams who would have the cap space to take on Paul’s hefty salary, with the Rockets still owing the point guard roughly $125 million over the next three years.

There is no indication over just how likely or realistic a Paul deal would be, though Houston’s public stance has been that Paul isn’t a trade candidate.

The news comes on the heels of reports that Paul and teammate James Harden clashed frequently this season. This may be a factor in talks, but more realistically, Paul is a 34-year-old on a big contract who isn’t even the team’s lead option. It may simply be a case of the Rockets believing they can make better use of that cap space if they could just unload his deal.

 

NBA odds: Kemba Walker favored over Kyrie Irving to sign with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers rocked the NBA world by acquiring All-Star center Anthony Davis, but the Lakers still need a point guard.

Among the free agents who could fill that role, Kemba Walker is now the odds-on favorite to be signed by the Lakers, with Kyrie Irving a close second.

The folks at BookMaker.eu released new NBA odds on this topic on Monday. Here’s a look at the players seen as most likely to sign with the Lakers in free agency, along with their odds:

Kemba Walker +225 (9/4)

Kyrie Irving +480 (24/5)

Patrick Beverly +1100 (11/1)

Rajon Rando +1500 (15/1)

D’Angelo Russell +800 (8/1)

Darren Collison +1650 (33/2)

Derrick Rose +2100 (21/1)

Ricky Rubio +950 (19/2)

Jimmy Butler +700 (7/1)

Malcolm Brogdon +1250 (25/2)

Walker has publicly stated that re-signing with the Charlotte Hornets is his first priority in free agency and he is potentially open to giving his team a hometown discount. Walker has kept the door open to other opportunities.

Meanwhile, the rumors surrounding Irving are much more pro-Lakers in nature. He is reportedly itching to play with Davis and has been “for months.” Additionally, it has been reported that Irving is interested in potentially teaming up with former teammate LeBron James.

With that in mind, it might be a safer bet to go with longer odds for Irving to sign with the Lakers over Walker.

Among the others listed as potential candidates, the most intriguing option outside of Irving and Walker is D’Angelo Russell. It would be some kind of crazy circle to have him come back to Los Angeles after the Lakers so casually discarded him not so long ago.

 

NBA Draft prospect rankings: Big board of top 60 players in 2019 class

1. Zion Williamson Duke Forward 6-7 250 18.9
2. Ja Morant Murray State Point 6-3 175 19.9
3. RJ Barrett Duke Wing 6-7 208 19.0
4. Jarrett Culver Texas Tech Wing 6-7 194 20.3
5. Brandon Clarke Gonzaga Big 6-8 207 22.7
6. De’Andre Hunter Virginia Forward 6-7 222 21.5
7. Darius Garland Vanderbilt Point 6-3 173 19.4
8. Cameron Reddish Duke Wing 6-8 208 19.8
9. Coby White North Carolina Point 6-5 191 19.3
10. Nassir Little North Carolina Wing 6-6 224 19.3
11. Sekou Doumbouya Limoges Forward 6-8 230 18.5
12. Grant Williams Tennessee Big 6-7 241 20.5
13. PJ Washington Kentucky Big 6-8 230 20.8
14. Kevin Porter USC Wing 6-5 212 19.1
15. Jaxson Hayes Texas Big 6-11 219 19.1
16. Romeo Langford Indiana Wing 6-6 202 19.6
17. Goga Bitadze KK Buducnost Big 6-11 245 19.9
18. Tyler Herro Kentucky Wing 6-6 192 19.4
19. Chuma Okeke Auburn Forward 6-8 230 20.8
20. Cameron Johnson North Carolina Forward 6-8 210 23.3
21. Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech Wing 6-5 210 20.8
22. Nic Claxton Georgia Big 6-11 217 20.2
23. Matisse Thybulle Washington Wing 6-5 200 22.3
24. Keldon Johnson Kentucky Wing 6-7 210 19.8
25. Talen Horton-Tucker Iowa State Wing 6-4 233 18.6
26. Mfiondu Kabengele Florida State Big 6-10 256 21.8
27. Rui Hachimura Gonzaga Forward 6-8 225 21.4
28. Luka Samanic Petrol Olimpija Forward 6-10 210 19.4
29. Bol Bol Oregon Big 7-2 222 19.6
30. Ty Jerome Virginia Combo 6-5 195 21.9
31. Carsen Edwards Purdue Point 6-1 200 22.4
32. KZ Okpala Stanford Forward 6-9 215 20.1
33. Isaiah Roby Nebraska Wing 6-8 230 22.4
34. Dylan Windler Belmont Wing 6-8 200 22.7
35. Jontay Porter Missouri Big 6-11 236 19.6
36. Daniel Gafford Arkansas Big 6-11 217 20.7
37. Luguentz Dort Arizona State Wing 6-4 215 20.2
38. Terence Davis Ole Miss Wing 6-4 205 22.1
39. Bruno Fernando Maryland Big 6-10 245 20.8
40. Darius Bazley N/A Big 6-9 200 19.0
41. Zach Norvell Gonzaga Wing 6-5 205 21.5
42. Nazreon Reid LSU Big 6-10 240 19.8
43. Admiral Schofield Tennessee Wing 6-6 238 22.2
44. DaQuan Jeffries Tulsa Wing 6-5 229 21.8
45. Deividas Sirvydis Lietuvos rytas Wing 6-8 190 19.0
46. Shamorie Ponds St. John’s Point 6-1 175 21.0
47. Eric Paschall Villanova Big 6-8 255 22.6
48. Louis King Oregon Wing 6-9 205 20.2
49. Miye Oni Yale Wing 6-6 210 21.9
50. Zylan Cheathem Arizona State Forward 6-8 220 23.6
51. Tremont Waters LSU Point 5-11 175 21.4
52. Ignas Brazdeikis Michigan Forward 6-7 215 20.4
53. Jalen McDaniels San Diego State Big 6-10 195 21.4
54. Jordan Poole Michigan Wing 6-5 195 20.0
55. Charles Matthews Michigan Wing 6-6 200 22.6
56. Jordan Bone Tennessee Point 6-3 180 21.6
57. Jaylen Nowell Washington Wing 6-4 201 19.9
58. Terance Mann Florida State Wing 6-7 215 22.7
59. Jaylen Hoard Wake Forest Wing 6-8 215 20.2
60. Dedric Lawson Kansas Big 6-9 235 21.7

 

Todd Gurley’s trainer confirms Rams running back is dealing with arthritic knee

There has been a lot of talk about Rams running back Todd Gurley battling knee issues since he was largely ineffective in the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game last season, and we finally have confirmation there is something going on.

Gurley’s trainer, Travelle Gaines, told Dave Richard of CBS Sports that Gurley is managing some pain and soreness in his knee, and he referred to it as an “arthritic component” that was expected after the star running back tore his ACL in college.

“Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it’s a shoulder, a knee, an ankle,” Gaines said to Richard. “He’s now at the year-five mark, all we’re doing is managing that. If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that’s going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count.”

While he had a couple of big games toward the end of last season, Gurley seemed to wear down as the year went on. His 256 rushing attempts were his lowest mark since his rookie year in 2015, so you can understand the concerns about workload. Gaines, 24, said he is unaware of any concrete plan to reduce Gurley’s workload after the Rams drafted running back Darrell Henderson in the third round. Gaines described Henderson as a “home run type guy.”

Gurley tore his ACL in 2014 at Georgia. His struggles in the Super Bowl led to the assumption that he must be injured, and Gaines admitted the Gurley was “a little tired.” However, the trainer insists Gurley’s offseason routine remains exactly the same as it has been since he entered the NFL.

“Not one thing has changed,” Gaines said. “Our routine has worked, he’s been strong, he’s been in great shape, he’s done well.”

Rams coach Sean McVay admitted this offseason that the team needs to pay more attention to Gurley’s workload, and one report claimed that was a mild way of putting it. It’s certainly a plus that there is no structural damage, but the Rams need Gurley to be better than 35 yards on 10 carries if they want to contend for a Super Bowl again.

Managing the “arthritic component” will be key to making sure he can do that.

 

2019 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge Matchups Announced

The Big Ten and Atlantic Coast conferences unveil the 14 games that will comprise the 13th annual challenge

ROSEMONT, Ill. — For the 13th consecutive season, two of the nation’s premier women’s basketball conferences will square off for hardwood bragging rights, as the matchups for the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge were announced Tuesday. The annual challenge, which is scheduled to continue through the 2026-27 season, offers 14 high-quality matchups for the sixth consecutive year.
The Challenge will take place over two days in early December, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4, with Big Ten schools Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern playing host to ACC counterparts that evening, while Indiana and Minnesota venture on the road. The following night (Thursday, Dec. 5), Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will serve as the Big Ten host schools, while Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin will play at ACC sites.
Last year’s Challenge once again proved to be among the most competitive in the event’s history, with the ACC edging the Big Ten, 8-6. Five of last year’s Challenge games were decided by single digits (and two others by 11 points), including a pair of one-possession games and the first overtime Challenge games since 2016. Last year, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue registered wins for the Big Ten.
The Big Ten and ACC offices collaborate to determine the Challenge schedule each season. In addition, the official title of the Challenge rotates each year. The 2019 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences’ Challenge agreements for men’s basketball and softball.
The Big Ten and ACC have been among the most competitive conferences on the national women’s basketball landscape for many years, with both conferences sending nine schools to postseason play in 2018-19. 

The Big Ten had six schools qualify for the NCAA Tournament back in March, as Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State and Rutgers all advanced to the national tournament, with Iowa and Maryland earning top-four national seeds and the Hawkeyes reaching the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. Three other Big Ten squads (Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State) participated in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), with Northwestern advancing to the WNIT championship game for the first time in program history, marking the third consecutive year and 10th time overall that a current Big Ten school has reached the WNIT final. 

Last season, the ACC had eight women’s basketball programs participate in the NCAA Tournament, while a ninth ACC school competed in the WNIT.
Game times, as well as television and streaming video coverage, for the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge will be announced at a later date. All Big Ten home games in this year’s Challenge will appear on either BTN, ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN Plus, while ACC home games in the Challenge will be shown on either the ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network Extra. 

The complete schedule of home/away matchups can be found below. 

2019 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Clemson at Iowa

Indiana at Miami

Duke at Nebraska

Boston College at Northwestern

Minnesota at Notre Dame

Thursday, Dec. 5

Michigan State at Florida State

Wisconsin at Georgia Tech

Syracuse at Michigan

Illinois at North Carolina

Maryland at NC State

Louisville at Ohio State

Pitt at Penn State

Virginia at Rutgers

Purdue at Virginia Tech

 

THIS DAY SPORTS HISTORY

The Los Angeles Lakers won their first N.B.A. championship under Phil Jackson on this date, defeating the Indiana Pacers, 116‚111, in Game 6 of the finals at the Staples Center. It was the seventh title in nine seasons for Jackson, the former Bulls coach, who folded his arms in serene contentment as the Lakers came from behind to win. The following column appeared in The Times on June 7, the day the series began.
LOS ANGELES-Greetings, fans, from sunny Southern California, center of the basketball universe, now that I, Phil Jackson, am on the verge of winning a ring without Michael Jordan. I admit I am not the same earthy fellow I was 15 years ago, when I coached in the basketball bushes and talked about organic experiences and went out for late-night fish ‘n’ chips at roadside shacks in Pensacola. Am I a sellout just because I wear suspenders under my suit jacket and do online trading spots on television for P.D. Waterhouse? Times change. Garcia’s gone. Consider me part new-age psychologist, part 60’s guru, some kind of spiritual cross between Tony Robbins and Leonard Nimoy.
Just look at the results and listen to the music. Shaq, the heretofore playoff flop and Gen X cynic, will soon be rappin’ from the top of the mountain, and from that lofty perch will clearly see that he’s only scratched the surface of his potential. Give me two more years with him- the Daddy will be wearing the world’s longest bell bottoms and groovin’ to the Strawberry Alarm Clock.
“Meditation, oooh….”
People (read: Pat Riley) may ask, “Who wouldn’t win with Shaq and Kobe?” But here are two more questions that are not exactly a koan. Who to this point has won with Shaq and Kobe? And what other coach has had championship success with veterans weaned on 1980’s values and the contemporary stars of the hip hop culture? By the time this is over, even ol’ Riles will have emerged from his annual brooding season and just admit that I am a genius because, as Artur Schnabel said, “The pauses between the notes-ah, that is where the art resides.”
Take it from me, he wasn’t talking about Shaq at the free-throw line. Or Glen Rice trying to beat his man off the dribble, Ron Harper shooting the 3-pointer or A.C. Green shooting anything but a dunk. Let’s face it, other than the two marquee attractions, I haven’t exactly been working here with the cast of the “Sopranos.” Basketball, however, can be such a simple game when you are not one of those impossible control freaks, when you can sit back, cross your legs, caress your whiskers and apply the ancient Zen teachings.
I believe that the Pacers are dead fish. Five or six games, and it’s a wrap.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1846      Alexander Cartwright’s New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine play the very first organized baseball game. The contest is proclaimed to be the very first ever game played in public using Cartwright’s rules. (Our thanks to Alexander Joy Cartwright IV for sharing this historical fact.)

1903      In Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood, a baby boy weighing nearly 14-pounds becomes the second child of four born to German immigrants Heinrich and Christina Gehrig. They will name their only surviving child Lou, a future Hall of Fame first baseman, who will be lauded for his durability that results in playing 2,130 consecutive games with the Yankees, and for his courage battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare progressive neurodegenerative disease which will come to bear his name.

1927      Jack Scott becomes the last pitcher to go the distance in both ends of a doubleheader. The 35 year-old Phillies right-hander, who will compile a 9-20 record, beats Cincinnati in the opener, 3-1, but loses the nightcap, 3-0, in the Redlands Field twin bill.

1941      Joe DiMaggio goes 3-for-3 against the White Sox to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32. The Yankee Clipper’s perfect day at the plate, which includes two singles and a home run, contributes to the Bronx Bombers’ 7-2 victory over the Pale Hose at Yankee Stadium.

1942      For the first and only time in a career that spans 1,787 contests, Joe DiMaggio strikes out three times in a game. Indians’ hurler Mel Harder does the deed in the Tribe’s 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium.

1942      Boston outfielder Paul Waner singles off Pirate Rip Sewell to collect his 3000th hit in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Pirates at Braves Field. The 39 year-old ‘Big Poison’ becomes the seventh major leaguer to accomplish this feat and the first to do it since 1925.

1952      Carl Erskine throws a no-hitter against the Cubs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. A third-inning walk to the opposing pitcher, which accounts for the only runner to reach base, may have been a result of skipper Chuck Dressen telling the 25 year-old right-hander to speed up his pitches due to an impending storm.

1961      Roger Maris’ homer leading off the ninth inning off Kansas City pitcher Jim Archer puts the Yankees up by a run, but the A’s will score twice in the bottom of the frame for a 4-3 victory at Municipal Stadium. The ‘Rajah’s’ 25th round-tripper of the season puts him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth’s record pace.

1963      At Yankee Stadium, the Mayor’s Trophy Game is revived, with the cellar-dwelling Mets beating the mighty Yanks, 6-2. Before leaving for the West Coast, the Dodgers would play the Bronx Bombers in the annual midsummer exhibition contest to raise money for sandlot baseball teams.

1963      In his first major league at-bat, Gates Brown delivers a pinch-hit home run in the Tigers’ 9-2 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. The homer will be the first of 16 round-trippers the Tiger outfielder will hit coming off the bench during his 13-year career in Detroit.

1972      At Three Rivers Stadium, Roberto Clemente hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to become the Pirates’ all-time RBI leader. The Pittsburgh right fielder’s three ribbies in the 13-3 drubbing of the Dodgers give the future Hall of Famer a total of 1,274 runs batted in for the Bucs.

1973      In different games, the Reds’ Pete Rose and Dodger Willie Davis both collect their 2,000th career hit. The Cincinnati infielder, known as ‘Charlie Hustle’, reaches the milestone with a single against San Francisco in the Reds’ 4-0 victory at Candlestick Park, and the L.A. outfielder, known as 3-Dog, reaches the plateau in front of the home crowd with a two-run home run in the team’s 3-0 victory over Atlanta.

1974      Steve Busby tosses his second no-hitter in 14 months, giving up just one walk, beating the Brewers, 2-0, in the first-ever no-no thrown by a Kansas City hurler at Royals Stadium. Last season, the 23 year-old right-hander as a rookie held Detroit hitless in a 3-0 complete-game victory at Tiger Stadium for the team’s first no-hitter in franchise history.

1977      The Red Sox, with five home runs in an 11-1 win against the Yankees, set a major league mark by hitting a total 16 round-trippers in three consecutive games, including five yesterday and six the day before. The power surge at Fenway Park provides the energy needed for a three-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers, who do not hit any round-trippers during their trio of contests in Boston.

1989      Dwight Gooden, with the Mets’ 5-3 victory over the Expos, wins his 100th career game. Doc’s 100-37 career total at the century mark is second only to Hall of Famer Whitey Ford’s 100-36 start with the Yankees in 1958.

1990      Gary Carter breaks a National League mark when he catches his 1,862nd career game in the Giants’ 4-3 loss to San Diego. The ‘Kid’ surpasses Al Lopez, who had established the record for backstops in 1946, after playing 18 seasons in the Senior Circuit with the Dodgers, Braves, and Pirates.

1990      Don Robinson becomes the first hurler to pinch-hit a home run since 1971 when he goes deep off Padres’ southpaw Bruce Hurst, batting for Ed Vosberg in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Giants’ right-hander does not stay in the Candlestick Park contest to pitch, an eventual 4-3 loss to the Friars.

1994      Wally Kaname Yonamine, three-time batting champ, and former Central League MVP, becomes the first American to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame as a player. The Hawaiian native, who also played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, was the first American to join a team in Japan after World War II.

1994      In a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays at Detroit, the Tigers tie the Yankees’ major league record by homering in their 25th consecutive game. The 53 year-old record is matched in the second inning when Mickey Tettleton goes deep into the upper deck in right field.

1995      Darryl Strawberry signs a one-year contract with the Yankees despite the fact he is under a sixty-day suspension for drug abuse. During his five seasons in the Bronx, the southpaw-swinging slugger will contribute to the team’s tremendous success in the late 90’s.

1996      Copper Kings infielder Jim Kerr hits the first home run in Devil Rays history. The 21 year-old former Yankees farmhand goes deep in the Buttes Pioneer League opener against Idaho Falls.

1996      Cardinals infielder Ozzie Smith, considered the best all-time defensive shortstop, announces he will retire at the end of the season. In his first year of eligibility, the writers elect the 15-time All-Star infielder will to the Hall of Fame.

1996      In the first game played by a minor league affiliate of Tampa Bay’s new expansion team, the GCL Devil Rays lose to the GCL Yankees 10-1. A record crowd of 7,582 is in attendance at Al Lang Stadium to see 18 year-old right-hander Pablo Ortega throw the first pitch in franchise history.

1999      Ted ‘Double Duty’ Radcliffe becomes the oldest player to ever appear in a professional baseball game. At the of age 96 in a Northern League game, the former Negro League takes the mound for the Schaumburg Flyers and throws one pitch to Fargo-Moorhead DH Matt Faulken, before leaving the game to a standing ovation at Alexian Field.

2001      At Jacobs Field, Ellis Burks hits three solo home runs, beginning with one in the sixth, followed by an eighth-inning round-tripper, and then delivers once more in the bottom of the twelfth. The Indians DH’s home run heroics prove not to be enough when Minnesota beats the Tribe, 10-9, in 12 innings.

2003      During a College World Series contest against Stanford, a pitch strikes Cal State Fullerton shortstop Justin Turner on the left side of his face as he attempts to bunt. Adding insult to injury, the future Mets infielder also suffers a broken ankle on the play when he unsuccessfully tries to avoid getting hit by the 87-mph fastball thrown by Matt Manship.

2003      Reds hurler Paul Wilson, who is trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, takes exception to a pitch that moves inside and glances off the catcher’s glove. As the ball is retrieved, he starts jawing with Kyle Farnsworth and then charges the mound, where he is pummeled by the Cubs reliever, igniting a bench-clearing brawl.

2007      On the bus ride to Shea Stadium to take on the Mets in an inter-league contest, Twins’ color commentator Bert Blyleven says he will have his head shaved if the tonight’s starter, Johan Santana, throws a complete-game shutout. The left-hander from Venezuela will shave the broadcaster’s head after going the distance in Minnesota’s 9-0 victory over New York’s National League team.

2008      The Braves set a major league mark when they drop their record 22nd straight one-run decision on the road when Texas rallies for a 5-4 victory at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Royals established the previous record of 21 during a stretch spanning over the 2000-01 seasons.

2008      In his first minor league appearance, 22 year-old Staten Island Yankee ambidextrous hurler Pat Venditte Jr., facing the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, pitches a scoreless ninth inning that includes striking out a very frustrated Ralph Henriquez to end the game. Delaying the game to adjust his shin guard each time he changes batter boxes, the switch-hitter is told by the umpiring crew to first select from which side of the plate he intended to hit, and that the pitcher would then be allowed to declare with which arm he would pitch.

2008      John McLaren is fired as the manager by the Mariners after getting off to a 25-47 start in a season which began with playoff potential. Jim Riggleman, the team’s bench coach, becomes the club’s fifth manager in the past six seasons.

2010      The Pirates fire one of the mascots who participate in the in-game pierogi race, due to the criticism of the team’s upper management posted on his Facebook page. The 24 year-old, who will be reinstated by Pittsburgh, is offered a position by the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League, an independent baseball organization, to become one of its racing hot dogs.

2011      After less than one season in the dugout, Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigns as the manager of the struggling last-place Marlins, who have dropped 17 of 18 contests this month. During his brief tenure with Florida, the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history compiled a 78-86 record with the team.

2013      Mark Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 first-year player draft, is introduced by the Astros at a Minute Maid Park press conference. The Stanford right-hander, a Houston native and a fan of the team growing up, will receive a $6.35 million signing bonus, which is significantly less than the assigned slot value of $7.8 million.

2015      After being suspended from baseball last season, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 29th major leaguer to collect his 3,000th hit when he blasts a first-inning solo home run to right field off a 95-mph fastball thrown by Detroit ace Justin Verlander in the team’s 7-2 victory at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers’ DH joins Derek Jeter, the last person to reach the magic number, and Wade Boggs as the only players to hit a round-tripper to reach the historic milestone.

2015      In light of the recent racially motivated massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, SC, the Pioneer League’s Orem Owlz, the Rookie Affiliate of the Angels located in Utah, cancels its Brent Brown Ballpark’s “Caucasian Heritage Night” scheduled for August 10 after the event stirred an outcry on social media. The team issued an apology, stating the intentions of the misconstrued promotion was to make fun of everyday normalcies, as evidenced by the planned festivities that included serving burgers on Wonder Bread with mayonnaise and showing clips from Seinfeld and Friends about TV characters trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge.

2015      “@Yankeefan98 I’ll give him the finger and a dummy ball. That man deserves favors from no one, least of all a fan.” – Zack Hample, a Tweet from the fan who caught A-Rod’s 3000th hit.

Zack Hample, the author of How to Snag Major League Baseballs: More Than 100 Tested Tips That Really Work, catches Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, a first-inning solo home run to right field off Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Hample, not a big fan of the New York slugger, will hold on to the historic horsehide for a week, before receiving perks from the Yankees for catching the ball, including getting the team to donate a significant amount of money to Pitch In for Baseball, a children charity that gives equipment to the underprivileged kids.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1851 Billy Midwinter, Australian cricketer (d. 1890)

1867 Frank Iredale, cricketer (Australian batsman 1894-99)

1903 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), born in Dover, England (d.1965)

1903 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

1912 Don Gutteridge, American baseball player

1924 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)

1934 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)

1940 Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont

1942 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

1951 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist

1960 Johnny Lee Gray, Jr, American 800m runner (Olympic 7th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California

1960 Patti Rizzo, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour wins), born in Hollywood, Florida

1962 Ken Tohill, American jockey, born in Pleasanton, California

1962 Jeremy Bates, English tennis player

1963 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer

1964 David Freedman, cricketer (NSW left-arm Chinese bowler since 1990)

1968 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)

1970 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)

1970 Claire Mitchell-Taverner, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)

1970 Leonard Humphries, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)

1970 Quincy Dushawn Watts, 400m runner, born in Detroit, Michigan

1970 Scott Brumfield, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)

1972 Andre Strode, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)

1972 Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics 1996)

1972 Millard Coleman, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)

1973 Arne van de Berg, soccer player (Willem II)

1973 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1973 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player

1974 Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player

1975 Anthony Parker, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)

1975 Brandon Mitchell, defensive end (New England Patriots)

1976 Darnell Autry, running back (Chicago Bears)

1976 Bryan Hughes, English footballer

1977 Peter Warrick, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

1978 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler

1978 Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball player

1978 Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player

1979 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Omaha, Nebraska

1979 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer

1979 Quentin Jammer, American football player

1980 Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player

1980 Dante Robinson, American football player

1982 David Pollack, American football player

1982 Alexander Frolov, Russian hockey player

1983 Mark Selby, British snooker player (world champion 2014, 16-17), born in Leicester, England

1986 Marvin Williams, American basketball player

1987 Rashard Mendenhall, American football player

1991 Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 45 27 .625 24 – 13 21 – 14 21 – 7 12 – 11 6 – 5 6 – 4 W 4
Tampa Bay 43 30 .589 2.5 20 – 18 23 – 12 15 – 13 13 – 8 6 – 5 4 – 6 L 2
Boston 40 35 .533 6.5 17 – 17 23 – 18 16 – 14 10 – 6 12 – 12 6 – 4 L 1
Toronto 26 47 .356 19.5 12 – 24 14 – 23 8 – 13 8 – 14 8 – 9 3 – 7 L 2
Baltimore 21 52 .288 24.5 9 – 28 12 – 24 10 – 23 5 – 14 4 – 11 2 – 8 L 7
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 48 24 .667 24 – 12 24 – 12 15 – 7 16 – 7 14 – 6 6 – 4 W 1
Cleveland 38 34 .528 10 20 – 17 18 – 17 12 – 6 13 – 14 9 – 9 7 – 3 W 1
Chi White Sox 35 36 .493 12.5 20 – 17 15 – 19 12 – 15 18 – 14 3 – 4 6 – 4 W 1
Detroit 26 43 .377 20.5 11 – 24 15 – 19 9 – 8 12 – 17 1 – 8 3 – 7 W 1
Kansas City 25 48 .342 23.5 14 – 23 11 – 25 5 – 12 11 – 18 7 – 15 5 – 5 W 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 48 26 .649 27 – 11 21 – 15 12 – 7 12 – 9 21 – 6 5 – 5 L 3
Texas 39 34 .534 8.5 25 – 13 14 – 21 6 – 4 6 – 3 19 – 20 5 – 5 L 1
Oakland 38 36 .514 10 21 – 17 17 – 19 10 – 12 8 – 1 17 – 20 6 – 4 W 2
LA Angels 37 37 .500 11 19 – 18 18 – 19 10 – 6 7 – 8 14 – 21 7 – 3 W 2
Seattle 31 46 .403 18.5 13 – 24 18 – 22 4 – 7 9 – 13 18 – 22 4 – 6 L 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 43 31 .581 23 – 17 20 – 14 13 – 10 15 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 2 L 1
Philadelphia 39 32 .549 2.5 23 – 14 16 – 18 16 – 11 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 35 38 .479 7.5 20 – 14 15 – 24 19 – 14 5 – 12 7 – 9 5 – 5 W 1
Washington 33 38 .465 8.5 17 – 17 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 10 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
Miami 26 45 .366 15.5 13 – 25 13 – 20 9 – 22 6 – 15 6 – 4 3 – 7 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 40 33 .548 22 – 13 18 – 20 14 – 8 18 – 10 6 – 10 5 – 5 L 2
Chi Cubs 39 33 .542 0.5 24 – 12 15 – 21 10 – 7 13 – 11 10 – 9 4 – 6 L 2
St. Louis 37 35 .514 2.5 21 – 14 16 – 21 15 – 13 15 – 17 5 – 2 6 – 4 L 1
Cincinnati 33 38 .465 6 18 – 17 15 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 5 – 5 W 3
Pittsburgh 32 40 .444 7.5 13 – 19 19 – 21 6 – 7 12 – 14 7 – 16 2 – 8 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 49 25 .662 29 – 9 20 – 16 11 – 3 19 – 11 18 – 8 6 – 4 W 1
Colorado 38 34 .528 10 22 – 15 16 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 6 14 – 12 5 – 5 W 1
Arizona 38 36 .514 11 14 – 17 24 – 19 10 – 7 8 – 5 11 – 20 6 – 4 L 2
San Diego 37 37 .500 12 20 – 20 17 – 17 10 – 10 6 – 7 16 – 17 4 – 6 W 3
San Francisco 31 40 .437 16.5 15 – 21 16 – 19 4 – 9 6 – 7 15 – 17 6 – 4 L 1