MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

NY Yankees 7 Oakland 2

 

NBA PRESEASON

New York 107 Brooklyn 102

Milwaukee 116 Chicago 82

Detroit 97 Oklahoma City 91

LA Clippers 128 Minnesota 101

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Toronto 3 Montréal 2

Washington 7 Boston 0

Vancouver 5 Calgary 2

Anaheim 5 San Jose 2

 

BOYS TENNIS REGIONALS

Richmond 5 East Central 0

Jasper 5 Loogootee 0

Floyd Central 3 Jeffersonville 2

Center Grove 4 Perry Meridian 1

Carmel 5 W. Lafayette 0

Penn 3 Chesterton 2

Homestead 5 Fort Wayne Carroll 0

Concord 3 Fairfield 2

Delta 5 Lapel 0

Culver Academies 4 Peru 1

Munster 4 Crown Point 1

Columbus North 3 Bloomington South 2

Terre Haute South 5 Park Heritage 0

 

BOYS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Greenfield Central 2 Connersville 1

East Central 2 Mount Vernon 1

Lawrenceburg 2 Batesville 0

Centerville 3 Knightstown 2

Seton Catholic 6 Union County 1

Seton Catholic opened sectional tournament play with a 6-1 over Union

County in the semifinals. Seton senior Sam Brenneke scored four with fellow

seniors Jacob Royer and Noah Heyne adding one each.

Will Brenneke and the Cardinal defense had six saves on the night, allowing

a lone goal from UC in the second half.

Seton Catholic will play Centerville for the sectional championship on

Saturday 10/6/18 at Knightstown, kickoff at 7pm

 

 

GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS – TONIGHT

Richmond vs. Mount Vernon 5:00

Union County vs. Wapahani

Muncie Burris vs. Knightstown

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Winchester 3 Tri 0

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Earlham 3 Transylvania 1

Kentucky 3 Indiana 0

St. Bonaventure 1 Dayton 0

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Valparaiso 0 Illinois Chicago 0 2OT

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Milwaukee 3 IUPUI 0

Oakland 3 Wright State 2

 

TOP HEADLINES

Bring on Boston: Yanks rout A’s 7-2 in wild-card game

Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer nine pitches in . By the time Giancarlo Stanton capped the mauling with monstrous drive in his postseason debut , New York Yankees fans already were looking ahead.

“We want Boston!” they chanted.

Coming up next.

“It’s going to be intense,” CC Sabathia predicted after the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Wednesday night to win their second straight AL wild-card game.

New York will take a train to Boston for a best-of-five Division Series starting Friday night, a matchup of 100-win heavyweights.

“I think they’re ready and relish the opportunity to go up against the game’s best this year,” Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone said of his players.

Boone remains a dirty word among the Fenway Park faithful. His 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series beat the Red Sox. A year later Boston overcame the Yankees and became the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 postseason deficit. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918, but Boone’s drive off Tim Wakefield has not been forgotten or forgiven.

Boston went 10-9 against the Yankees this year and set a club record with 108 wins. New York became the first team since the 2001 A’s to reach triple digits in wins and fail to finish first.

 

MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban and said MLB had completed its investigation into the accusations made by Melisa Reidy. Russell has denied the allegations, which Reidy detailed in a blog post in September.

Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements, and he will not appeal the suspension. He will also participate in an evaluation and treatment program.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he’s not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs.

“Domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” he said. “Because of that, we all have an obligation to be part of the solution as well. The discipline in a case like this is part of the solution going forward and so we support Major League Baseball’s decision and we think it’s appropriate. But prevention is also a big part of the solution and maybe a more important solution.”

The Cubs’ season ended Tuesday with a 2-1, 13-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild-card game. Russell was not active for the game.

 

Orioles fire Showalter, Duquette after dismal 47-115 season

The Baltimore Orioles will continue their rebuilding project without manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who were fired Wednesday after the team finished with the worst record in the major leagues.

With Duquette procuring the talent and Showalter making it work on the field, Baltimore snapped a run of 14 straight losing seasons and made the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

But the Orioles finished 75-87 in 2017 – losing 19 of their final 23 games – and this year staggered through a 47-115 season, the worst since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

The club issued a statement Wednesday night that read, in part: “We thank Dan and Buck for their many contributions over the past several years. Under their leadership, prior to the 2018 season and for six consecutive years, the club delivered competitive teams playing meaningful baseball into September. … Everyone in Birdland and across our organization will cherish these memories, and we all join in thanking Dan and Buck for their contributions.”

Showalter and Duquette have contracts that expire at the end of October.

“It was decided that they would not renew my contract, and I think that’s for the best,” Duquette said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I want to thank (owner) Peter Angelos for the opportunity to lead the Orioles. We had some very good seasons, and I’m proud of what we did here.”

 

Epstein: Maddon to return for fifth season as Cubs manager

The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager’s office.

Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.

“He’s the manager of this team and I’m very happy about that,” Epstein said.

Maddon has one year left on his contract. Though there are no ongoing discussions about an extension, Epstein insisted they have a “terrific” working relationship.

“We don’t agree all the time about baseball issues, and that’s the way it should be,” Epstein said. “I don’t want a yes man as the manager.”

Maddon has a 387-261-1 record with playoff appearances in each of his four seasons in Chicago. The Cubs have more wins during that span than any other team, with three trips to the NLCS and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a drought dating to 1908.

Chicago finished 95-68 this season, blowing a five-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central before losing a tiebreaker to the Brewers for the division title at Wrigley Field. Chicago was eliminated by Colorado with a 2-1, 13-inning defeat in the NL wild-card game at home Tuesday.

 

Brewers turn to bullpen to open NLDS, Senzatela for Rockies

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says he will open the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies with a bullpen day on the mound.

The Rockies are turning to Antonio Senzatela to start Game 1 at Miller Park on Thursday. The right-hander is 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 23 games, including 13 starts.

Counsell says he hasn’t decided the order of relievers he’ll use in the series opener. The bullpen is a strength for the Brewers, who will have had two days’ rest after beating the Chicago Cubs on Monday in a tiebreaking game for the NL Central.

Counsell says right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will start Game 2 on Friday. Chacin has been the team’s best starter after going 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts in his first season in Milwaukee.

Manager Bud Black says he’s leaning toward starting Tyler Anderson (7-9, 4.55) in the second game. After a day off Saturday, Black says he’ll start either German Marquez (14-11, 3.77) or Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85) in Game 3 on Sunday.

 

Former Clemson tailback C.J. Fuller dies at 22 years old

 C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back part of the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22.

The school confirmed Fuller’s death, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday night his thoughts were with Fuller’s family.

There was no immediate cause of death. Messages left at the Pickens County Coroner’s Office were not returned.

Fuller played at Clemson from 2015-2017 after redshirting his first season. He rushed for 599 yards and four touchdowns.

Fuller was on three straight Atlantic Coast Conference title teams that made the College Football Playoffs. He had a 30-yard TD catch in a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State. A week later, Fuller’s 20-yard kickoff return started Clemson’s game-winning drive in a 35-31 win over Alabama for the championship.

 

Ex-girlfriend of Bills’ McCoy alleges physical abuse

LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend says in a new court filing that the Buffalo Bills running back physically abused her and orchestrated a home invasion that left her beaten and bloodied.

Delicia Cordon on Tuesday filed an amended lawsuit against McCoy alleging physical abuse during their nearly two-year relationship. She also accuses him of arranging a July 10 attack at a home McCoy owns in Milton, just outside Atlanta, where Cordon lived. The armed intruder demanded specific pieces of jewelry McCoy had given Cordon and repeatedly asked her to return, the lawsuit said.

The amended lawsuit seeks more than $50 million in damages.

Cordon and McCoy began dating in June 2016, but problems began following the 2016 NFL season when he became physically abusive, the amended lawsuit says.

“He would often grab (Cordon) in a manner that was painful and would leave (her) skin reddened,” it says. “McCoy did not care who was around when he would become enraged. McCoy once physically kicked (Cordon) out of the bed.”

McCoy has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and did so again when speaking to reporters after practice Wednesday.

“I can’t control that,” he said when asked about Cordon’s new allegations. “The only thing I can do is focus on my team, try and get better, and let things off the field take care of themselves.”

 

Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start.

After watching the franchise’s first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals at 1:47 to give Washington the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history.

“We scored right away,” Ovechkin said. “After that, they were kind of in shock.”

By midway through the second period, the Capitals chased goalie Tuukka Rask with five goals on 19 shots and ignited chants of “Back-to-back! Back-to-back!” from the fired-up crowd. That’s the chant Oshie started after the victory parade in June, and it was echoing throughout the arena four months later.

“I said it because I believe it,” Oshie said. “We got a lot of guys in here that not too long ago were raising the Stanley Cup above our head. Not a lot’s changed.”

Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots he faced to improve to 15-2 with four shutouts against the Bruins.

The emotional banner ceremony featured montages from the Capitals’ playoff run and ensuing celebrations and a roar when Ovechkin carried the freshly engraved Cup onto the ice and skated a lap with it. Minutes after Ovechkin kissed the Cup and put it back in its box, he and his teammates blew away any concern about an emotional letdown and began making a statement that they want to win it back.

 

Capitals winger Tom Wilson banned 20 games for preseason hit

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was banned 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game, the latest and most severe punishment in what the league called an “unprecedented” series of suspensions for the physical player.

The right winger’s fourth ban in less than 13 months will cost him nearly a quarter of the 82-game regular season – only five NHL players have been suspended longer for on-ice play – and $1.26 million in salary.

“I was pretty surprised. I think it’s unfortunate for Tom that the league is making an example out of him,” Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. “They set the standards; they want to get the dirty stuff out of the game.”

It was announced just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals opened their title defense by beating the visiting Boston Bruins 7-0. Wilson did not play, but he was introduced along with his teammates during the pregame banner-raising ceremony and skated onto the ice in uniform.

Wilson, a member of Washington’s top line with captain Alex Ovechkin, was ejected for the hit on St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist in the second period of the teams’ exhibition game on Sunday.

Wilson had an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety in New York on Wednesday.

 

Jaguars rule out running back Fournette for game at Chiefs

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette four days before the team’s game at Kansas City.

Coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Fournette and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss the road game Sunday. It was a somewhat surprising move considering NFL teams rarely rule out players before Friday.

Fournette re-injured his right hamstring in a 31-12 victory against the New York Jets last Sunday. Considering he missed two and a half games after initially tweaking it and came back too soon, the Jaguars (3-1) are expected to be more cautious this time around.

No one would be surprised to see Fournette sidelined until after Jacksonville’s bye week, potentially returning Nov. 11 against Indianapolis.

The second-year pro from LSU already has missed five of 20 regular-season games and left his only two starts this season because of hamstring tightness.

He has 71 yards rushing on 20 carries this season.

 

Markelle Fultz, Kyle Kuzma’s named in NCAA corruption trial

As the NCAA men’s basketball corruption trial continues, two of the Pac-12’s biggest names and now players in the NBA were named in a former financial adviser’s testimony.

The adviser, Munish Sood, told a jury Wednesday he worked with another sports agent to give money to people connected with Kyle Kuzma and Markelle Fultz while they were still enrolled at their universities, ESPN reported.

He testified to giving a $30,000 loan to someone associated with Fultz who was at Washington and also paid an undisclosed amount to someone in Kuzma’s camp while he was at Utah.

Sood said he made both payments at the request of NBA agent Stephen Pina of ASM Sports.

Fultz played a year at the University of Washington before he was selected by the 76ers as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. Kuzma spent three years at the University of Utah and after his junior campaign went to the Nets as the 27th overall pick in 2017. In a draft-day trade, he ended up with the Lakers.

In August, Sood pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud and travel act offenses, payments of bribes to an agent of a federally funded organization and wire fraud conspiracy.

Sood admitted to working with three men to help facilitate the transfer of money from Adidas to families of some of the top recruits and also bribing men’s college basketball coaches. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

As part of his plea agreement, Sood agreed to testify in the federal criminal trial involving Adidas executive Jim Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and Christian Dawkins, a former runner for one-time NBA agent Andy Miller.

All three are accused of a pay-for-play scheme to send top recruits to Adidas-sponsored schools Kansas, Louisville, Miami and NC State, and all three pleaded not guilty.

 

Alabama’s Nick Saban sounds off on the lack of student attendance at Saturday’s game

Alabama coach Nick Saban had a message for the Crimson Tide’s student section after Saturday’s game.

In a press conference Wednesday, Saban was visibly frustrated with the student fans that barely filled their designated section during Alabama’s 56-14 win over LA-Lafayette.

“I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren’t more students at the last game, and I think we’re trying to address that,” he said. “I don’t think they’re entitled to anything either, and me personally, I think it ought to be first-come first-serve and if they don’t want to come to the games, they don’t have to come but I’m sure there’s enough people around here that’d like to go to the games and we’d like for them to come too because they support the players. I’ve never said anything about that before.”

Saban wasn’t the only one to feel this way. Alabama running back Damien Harris expressed concern with the low turnout at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Twitter.

“This makes me sad,” he posted in a tweet that was later deleted, “if i’m being all the way honest.”

The 11-year Tide coach continued by saying he used to see packed stadiums when he first got to Alabama in 2007.

“Right now, they don’t even cheer,” he added. “They introduce our players, nobody even cheers. So, I don’t know, maybe there’s something else somebody ought to talk about, maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, maybe I already talked about more than I should.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1901 – Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America’s Cup.

1906 – Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36) of the year.

1913 – Freddy Wilson of Regina Roughriders kicks ten singles in a game.

1922 – The entire World Series of Baseball is broadcast over radio for the first time over WJZ New York City and WGY Schenectady.

1923 – Young Stribling held light-heavyweight boxing championship for the shortest amount of time (3 hours). Referee overturns the decision.

1924 – New York Giants become first team to appear in four consecutive World Series (World Series #21).

1940 – Wrestling returns to Madison Square Gardens after 12 year lay off.

1944 – The Saint Louis World Series: Saint Louis Cardinals versus Saint Louis Browns; Browns win first World Series game in their only appearance (World Series #41).

1948 – Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox, 8-0, in first American League playoff game.

1955 – Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating New York Yankees in 7 (World Series #52).

1959 – First World Series Baseball game (#56) played west of Saint Louis (in Los Angeles).

1962 – Whitey Ford’s World Series 33 2/3 scoreless inning streak ends (World Series #59).

1964 – Boston Patriots’ Gino Cappelletti kicks 6-of-6 field goals against Denver Broncos.

1964 – Saint Louis Cardinals clinch National League pennant.

1967 – First World Series since 1948 not to feature New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, or Los Angeles Dodgers (World Series #64).

1969 – Baseball’s first divisional playoff games, New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves 9-5 and Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings.

1970 – Jan Stenerud of Kansas City Chiefs kicks 55-yard field goal.

1981 – Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (age 9) is youngest international gymnastics participant.

1984 – New York Yankees clinch American League East.

1985 – Henry G Perry completes 157-day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia.

1987 – First “Scrub Sunday” of NFL football with replacement players.

1987 – Toronto Blues Jays lose final seven games of the season, allowing Detroit Tigers to win the American League pennant in four straight games.

1987 – James Jefferson of Winnipeg Blue Bombers scores two touchdowns on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals).

1991 – NHL New York Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton Oilers for Mark Messier.

2001 – Rickey Henderson of the San Diego Padres breaks Ty Cobb’s record to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history, with 2,246th runs.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906      The Cubs post their 116th victory of the season when they beat Pittsburgh at Exposition Park, 4-0. Chicago, who sets a major league mark for wins, completes the season with an astounding .763 winning percentage.

1916      Reds right-hander Christy Mathewson faces Mordecai Brown of the Cubs in the career finale for each pitcher, marking the first time that two future Hall of Famers have made their final appearance in the same game. Both Cooperstown-bound hurlers go the distance in Cincinnati’s 10-8 victory at Chicago’s Weeghman Park.

1924      At Griffith Stadium, Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. President to attend a World Series opener. The Giants edge the hometown Senators in 12 innings, 4-3.

1925      For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Cubs end the season in last place. The team, managed by Bill Killefer (33-42), Rabbit Maranville (23-30), and George Gibson (12-14), compiles a 68-86 record and finishes 27.5 games behind the first-place Pirates.

1925      On the final day of the season at Sportsman’s Park, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb and Browns first baseman George Sisler, the player-managers of their respective teams, face one another as mound opponents, making it the first time in which both teams use a position player to pitch in relief in the same game, an oddity that will not occur again until 2012. The Georgia Peach throws a perfect final frame in Detroit’s 11-7 victory over St. Louis, with ‘Gorgeous George’ facing only seven batters in his two scoreless innings.

1932      Senators owner Clark Griffith, hinting that he may name himself as the next skipper of the club, announces Walter Johnson will not be returning to manage the team next season. The Washington legend, after compiling a 350-264 (.570) record during his four seasons at the helm, will be replaced by Joe Cronin, who will lead the club to an American League pennant next year.

Amazon Clark Griffith: Baseball’s Statesman

1948      In a one-game playoff, the Indians, behind the five-hitter tossed by 28 year-old rookie southpaw Gene Bearden, beat the Red Sox for the AL flag, 8-3. The complete-game victory marks the young knuckleballer’s 20th victory of the season.

1951      During Game 1, Giants outfielder Monte Irvin becomes the first player to steal home in a World Series contest since 1928. Twenty-three years ago, Bob Meusel of the Yankees swiped the dish in a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals during the sixth inning of Game 3.

1951      In the opening game of the World Series, the first all-black outfield in major league history makes its appearance when Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, and Hank Thompson take the field for the Giants at Yankee Stadium. Leo Durocher, in a curious move, replaces the previously injured outfielder Don Mueller in right field with Hank Thompson, a third baseman by trade, and uses veteran outfielder Bobby Thomson at the hot corner.

1953      Mickey Mantle, in the third inning of an eventual 11-7 victory in Game 5, blasts a Russ Meyer pitch high into the upper deck of Ebbets Field, a rare occurrence for left-handed batter, to become only the fourth player in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Yankees slugger joins teammate Gil McDougald (1951), Elmer Smith (1920), and Tony Lazzeri (1936) in accomplishing the feat.

1955      After more than half a century of futility, the Dodgers finally win a World Championship, thanks to Johnny Podres’ 2-0 shutout of the Yankees in the Bronx. The turning point of the historic contest proves to be an outstanding catch by defensive replacement Sandy Amoros in the sixth inning that robs Yogi Berra of an extra base hit with two on, resulting in a rally-robbing double play.

1958      With his 3-for-4 performance in Game 3, Hank Bauer establishes a major league record by collecting at least one hit in 17 consecutive World Series games. The Yankee outfielder sets the mark playing in three straight Fall Classics from 1956 to 1958.

1959      Fred Haney, stating he wants to spend more time with his family, resigns as the Braves manager and will be replaced by Chuck Dressen. During his three-and-a-half year tenure in the Milwaukee dugout, the 64 year-old embattled skipper compiled a 341-231 (.596) record, resulting into two second-place finishes, two pennants, and a World Championship.

1962      When Willie Mays scores on a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan in Game 1, Whitey Ford sees his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end at 33 2/3 innings. Clete Boyer’s seventh-inning home run, however, helps Ford win a record 10th and his final Fall Classic victory as the Yankees defeat the Giants, 6-2.

1964      Thirty minutes after their 9-2 loss to Chicago on the last day of the season, the Giants fire manager Alvin Dark, and then name Herman Franks, a coach on the team, to be his successor. The former controversial skipper, rumored to be on the chopping block before the start of the season, is quoted complaining about the number of black and Hispanic players on his team in a Newsday article printed in August, telling Stan Issacs, “they are just not able to perform up to the white player when it comes to mental alertness”.

1969      The Orioles defeat Minnesota in Game 2 of the ALCS, 1-0, with the game’s lone run coming from a Mark Belanger single, two ground outs, and a bunt single by Paul Blair in the bottom of the 11th inning at Memorial Stadium. Dave McNally goes the distance in the longest complete-game shutout in postseason history.

1969      The Mets beat the Braves 9-5 in the first-ever National League Championship Series playoff game. The eventual World Champions will sweep Atlanta in the best-of-five-game series, before confronting the Orioles in the Fall Classic.

1972      At Montreal’s Parc Jarry, the Mets end the 1972 campaign beating the Expos, 3-1. Although New York finishes ten games over .500, they will become the first club in baseball history to finish a season without any player collecting 100 hits.

1980      The 17-1 trouncing of the of the Twins proves to be a very historic day for Willie Wilson. The Royals outfielder is the first big league player to be credited with 700 at-bats in one season, sets the American League record for singles in a season with 184, and joins Garry Templeton to become only the second switch-hitter in history to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate.

1981      The Reds, who blank Atlanta, 3-0, finish with the best record in the National League strike-shortened season (66-42), but will not participate in the postseason. The team does not qualify because the Dodgers and Astros post better records, respectively, for the first half (pre-strike) and second half (post-strike) of play in the Western Division and will face one another in the first-ever ‘NLDS’, under a plan instituted mid-season by Giants executive Al Rosen to salvage the season.

1986      Greg Gagne, in the Twins’ 7-3 victory over White Sox at the Metrodome, hits two inside-the-park home runs in the same game, both off Floyd Bannister. The light-hitting Twins shortstop becomes just the 18th modern major leaguer to accomplish this rare feat.

1986      New York sweeps a doubleheader from Boston at Fenway Park, 5-3 and 3-1. Yankee closer Dave Righetti saves both ends of the twin bill, bringing his major league record total to 46.

1987      Toronto drops a 1-0 decision to the Tigers to finish the campaign with seven consecutive losses, including three straight in the season-ending series at Tiger Stadium. The Blue Jay’s defeat, which allows Detroit to clinch the American League East title, completes one of the greatest collapses in baseball history.

1987      On the last day of the season at Arlington Stadium, Charlie Hough and the Rangers lose to the Mariners, 7-4. The Texas knuckleballer is the last pitcher to start 40 games in a season.

1992      In the season finale, the Dodgers are beaten by the Astros, 3-0, to finish the season with a 63-99 record. It is the first time since 1905 the team has finished in last place.

1992      Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez, at the age of 22 years, 11 months, and 19 days old, becomes the youngest home run champion in baseball history. ‘Juan Gone’, who went deep 43 times during the season, is 46 days younger than Joe DiMaggio, who won the crown playing with the Yankees in 1937.

1999      On the last day of the season, Rey Ordonez extends the major league record to 100 errorless games at shortstop, handling 411 chances flawlessly during this span for the Mets. The New York infielder will add another game to the streak on Opening Day next season, before committing an error the next day at the Tokyo Dome.

1999      In a one-game playoff for the NL wild card, the Mets beat the Reds at Cinergy Field, 5-0. New York southpaw Al Leiter goes the distance, limiting Cincinnati to only two hits.

2001      Barry Bonds ties Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record established three years ago as he hits his 70th round-tripper. The historic homer, a shot to right-center at Enron Field, is given up in the ninth inning by Astro rookie hurler Wilfredo Rodriguez in a Giant 10-2 victory.

2001      Rickey Henderson, with his third-inning home run, breaks Ty Cobb’s mark to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history. The 42 year-old Padres outfielder slides into home to punctuate scoring his record-breaking 2,246th run.

2001      Orioles outfielders Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. become the second father-son combination to play for the same team on the major league level when they appear in a game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. In 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. both played in the same contest for the Mariners.

2001      Alex Rodriguez, scoring the lone run the Rangers’ 16-1 loss to Seattle, hits his 52nd home run, becoming only the fourth major leaguer to hit 50 home runs and 200 hits in the same season. The 26 year-old shortstop joins Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (1921), Hack Wilson (1930), and Jimmie Foxx (1932) in accomplishing the rare feat.

2002      The A’s become the first team in postseason history to hit consecutive home runs to start a game. The back-to-back homers are hit by leadoff man Ray Durham (an inside-the-park round tripper) and Scott Hatteberg.

2002      Commissioner Bud Selig apologizes to St. Louis fans for the late playoff start time for the Cardinal and Diamondback Game 1 NLDS game, and promises it will not happen again. The 10 p.m. CDT start was due to many of the playoff teams coming from the west and baseball’s desire not to have two games being played at the same time.

2003      The Cubs win their first postseason series victory since 1908 when the franchise won the World Series. In front of a standing-room crowd of 54,357 at Turner Field, Chicago beat the Braves in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, 5-1.

2003      At Pro Player Stadium, Jeff Conine’s perfect peg to catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who holds onto the ball after a collision at home, advances the Marlins to the NLCS. The Florida outfielder’s throw to the plate nails J.T. Snow trying to score on Jeffrey Hammonds’ single for the final out of the team’s 7-6 victory over the Giants in the deciding Game 4 of the NLDS.

2003      The Red Sox avoid a 0-3 deficit in the ALDS when Trot Nixon’s pinch-hit 11th inning walk-off homer beats Oakland, 3-1. The Boston outfielder’s accomplishment marks only the fifth time in postseason play that a round-tripper has ended a game, and the first by a pinch-hitter since Kirk Gibson’s historic homer off Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

2005      Two-time National League Manager of the Year (1990 and 1992 Pirates) Jim Leyland is named to replace Alan Trammell, who was fired as the Tigers’ manager yesterday. The sixty year-old, who guided the Marlins to a World Championship in 1997, has not managed since resigning as the Rockies skipper in 1999.

2005      With John Hart’s resignation yesterday, the Rangers name his assistant Jon Daniels to be the team’s general manager. The 28 year-old, who is ten months younger than BoSox boss Theo Epstein, becomes the youngest GM in big league history.

2006      Citing the need for a different kind of communicator in the dugout, Jon Daniels, one year after he becomes the youngest GM in big league history, fires veteran skipper Buck Showalter. The Ranger manager compiled a 319-329 record during his four-year tenure in Texas.

2006      Russell Martin’s double kills a promising two on and none out rally as both Dodgers runners are nailed at home. Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew both try to score, but the relay from right fielder Shawn Green to second baseman Jose Valentin to Paul Lo Duca gives the catcher an opportunity to tag each runner during their headfirst slides into the plate.

2008      The Dodgers complete a three-game NLDS sweep of Chicago with a 3-1 victory, winning their first postseason series since 1998. The stunning loss in the playoffs extends the World Series drought for the Cubs into another century.

2009      On the last day of the season in the team’s 10-2 victory at Tampa Bay, the Yankees break a franchise record, thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s three-run blast in the ten-run sixth inning, by hitting their 243rd homer of the season. In the same frame, A-Rod goes deep again, this time with the bases loaded, to extend the club’s mark, and the third baseman sets a new American League record, collecting seven RBI’s in one inning.

2009      On the last day of the campaign, Miguel Tejada hits a fourth-inning double off Nelson Figueroa in the Astros’ 4-0 loss in New York to finish the season with 46, the most in the National League. The Astros’ shortstop, who also was tops the AL with 50 two-baggers playing for the Orioles in 2005, is the first player in baseball history to have led both leagues in doubles.

2010      A day after the season ends, the last-place Pirates fire John Russell, who equaled a franchise record for most losses by a manager in three seasons, compiling a 186-299 record. The other Buc skipper with as many defeats in the same time frame was Fred Haney, posting a 163-299 record from 1953-55.

2010      The Mets fire manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya, a day after the team completes its fourth consecutive disappointing season. Assistant GM John Ricco will be the head of baseball operations on an interim basis until a new GM is hired, who in turn will select the team’s next manager.

2010      Major League Baseball approves a change in the ground rules for Tropicana Field, making a batted ball that caroms off the A- and B-ring catwalks a dead ball with the pitch not counting, instead of being in play as in the past. The Rays requested the change, which will be implemented in the upcoming ALDS, after Jason Kubel’s two-out, ninth-inning pop up hit off one of the catwalks, driving in the go-ahead run in Minnesota’s eventual 8-6 victory over the home team.

2010      On a day three managers are sacked, the Reds give their skipper, Dusty Baker, a two-year contract extension through 2014. Cincinnati is making its first playoff appearance in 15 years.

2010      The Indians name Chris Antonetti as the team’s new general manager, with former GM Mark Shapiro moving into his new position as team president. The transition has been developing over the past few years with Antonetti gradually being given a bigger role in Cleveland’s day-to-day operations, giving Shapiro more time to run the business side of the franchise.

2010      Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson is given the permanent job, agreeing to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. The former hard-nosed major leaguer compiled a 34-49 record for the last-place team, after being hired midseason to replace A.J. Hinch.

2012      A day after the regular season comes to an end, the Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine, just ten months into his tenure as their manager. In their worst campaign since 1965, the team finishes in last place with a 69-93 record.

2014      The Giants take six-hours and 23-minutes to defeat Washington at Nationals Park, 2-1, making Game 2 of the NLDS the longest contest in postseason history. San Francisco scores the eventual winning run in the top of the 18th thanks to Brandon Belt’s solo home run off Tanner Roark, hours after the team had sent the game into extra innings by scoring the tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth.

2015      Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton to end the third inning of LA’s 6-3 victory over the Padres at Chavez Ravine, becoming the 34th pitcher to record 300 strikeouts in a season, and joins Sandy Koufax, who accomplished the feat three times the 1960’s, as the only the second Dodger to reach the mark. The 27 year-old southpaw is the first pitcher in 13 years to achieve the milestone since Diamondback teammates Curt Schilling (316) and Randy Johnson (334) both pass the plateau in 2002.

2015      In an effort to add more drama to the final day of the regular season, MLB schedules all games to start simultaneously at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The scheduling, similar to the English Premier League’s “Survival Sunday”, also evens the playing field by limiting teams’ ability to rest potential playoff starters based on the results of contests played earlier in the day.

 

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-OCTOBER 4, 1955

NEW YORK-[Tuesday]-Brooklyn’s long cherished dream finally has come true. The Dodgers have won their first World Series championship. The end of the trail came at the Stadium today. Smokey Alston’s Brooks, with Johnny Podres tossing a brilliant shutout, turned back Casey Stengel’s Yankees, 2 to 0, in the seventh and deciding game of the 1955 baseball classic. This gave the National League champions the series, 4 games to 3. As the jubilant victors almost smothered their 23-year-old left-handed pitcher from Witherbee, N.Y., a roaring crowd of 62,465 joined in sounding off a thunderous ovation.

Seven times in the past had the Dodgers been thwarted in their efforts to capture baseball’s most sought prize-the last five times by these same Bombers. This was the first time a team had won a seven-game world series after losing the first two games. And Podres, who had vanquished the Yankees in the third game as the series moved to Ebbets Field last Friday, became the first Brooklyn pitcher to win two games in one series. Tommy Byrne, a seasoned campaigner, carried the Bombers’ hopes in this dramatic struggle in which victory would have given them their seventeenth series title. But Byrne, whose southpaw slants had turned back the Dodgers in the second encounter, could not quite cope with the youngster pitted against him.

In the fourth inning a two-bagger by Roy Campanella and a single by Gil Hodges gave the Brooks their first run. In the sixth a costly Yankee error helped fill the bases. It forced the withdrawal of Byrne, though in all he had given only three hits. Stengel called on his right-handed relief hurler, Bob Grim, who did well enough. But Bob couldn’t prevent Hodges from lifting a long sacrifice fly to center that drove in Pee Wee Reese with the Brooks’ second run of the day.

The Yankees’ biggest threat against Podres came in the last of the sixth when Billy Martin walked and Gil McDougald outgalloped a bunt for a hit to put two on with nobody out. Yogi Berra then stroked an outside pitch, the ball sailing down the left-field foul line. It appeared to be a certain hit, but Sandy Amoros, racing at top speed, stuck out his glove and caught the ball in front of the stand. Martin, meanwhile, had played it fairly safe and was only a few feet up from second. But McDougald had gone well down from first, with the result that when Sandy fired the ball to Reese, the shortstop, who in turn relayed it to Hodges at first, McDougald was doubled off the bag by inches. It was a killing play for the Yanks.

Fittingly, the final out of the game was a grounder by Elston Howard to Reese, the 38- year-old captain of the Flock. Ever since 1941 had the Little Colonel from Kentucky been fighting these Yankees. Five times had he been forced to accept the loser’s share. Many a heart in the vast arena doubtless skipped a beat as Pee Wee scooped up the ball and fired it to first. It was a bit low and wide. But Hodges reached out and grabbed it inches off the ground. Gil would have stretched halfway across the Bronx for that one.

The 1955 World Series title was the only one the Brooklyn Dodgers ever won. They lost to the Yankees in seven games in 1956, and in 1957, seeking a new park with plenty of parking in a better neighborhood, the team’s owner, Walter O’Malley, announced that he was moving to Los Angeles for the 1958 season