Boston 112 Toronto 94
LA Clippers 111 Dallas 97
Denver 119 Utah 107
Dallas 5 Colorado 4
NY Islanders 3 Philadelphia 2
Vegas 5 Vancouver 3
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-INTERLEAGUE
NY Yankees 8 NY Mets 7
NY Yankees 5 NY Mets 2
Tampa Bay 12 Miami 7
Boston 9 Washington 5
St. Louis 7 Cleveland 2
LA Dodgers 7 Texas 2
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 3 Minnesota 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 2 (10)
Oakland at Houston postponed
Toronto 6 Baltimore 5
Seattle 2 LA Angels 1 (10)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 10 Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 5 Milwaukee 1
San Diego 13 Colorado 2
San Francisco 4 Arizona 1
Atlanta 12 Philadelphia 10
Celtics roll past Raptors 112-94, take 1-0 East semis lead
The Boston Celtics clearly have the formula to create problems for the Toronto Raptors.
Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 assists and the Celtics never trailed on the way to beating the Raptors 112-94 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.
The Celtics improved to 4-1 against the Raptors this season – no other team has beaten the reigning NBA champions more than twice – and both of their meetings in the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World have been one-sided.
“You got a team like Toronto, the defending champs, a really, really good team and they know what it takes … you have to be locked in even more,” Smart said. “And that’s just (what) we try to come out and do.”
Toronto is 0-2 against Boston at Disney, losing by a combined 40 points and not leading for a single moment in those two games. The Raptors are 11-0 at Disney against everybody else.
Jaylen Brown scored 17 points and Daniel Theis finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds for Boston, which is 5-0 in this postseason – though Celtics coach Brad Stevens dismissed any notion that control of the series has been secured.
“We’re not even in the ballpark of doing that yet,” Stevens said. We won one game.”
Kyle Lowry had 17 points for Toronto, which got 15 from Serge Ibaka, 13 from Pascal Siakam on a day where he was slowed big-time by early foul trouble and 12 from OG Anunoby. The Raptors were outscored 51-30 from 3-point range.
Lowry said the toll of the events of recent days and weeks, including the three-day stoppage of play last week in response to the shooting by police in Wisconsin of Jacob Blake, a Black man, is weighing heavily on players.
“Basketball always matters, but in this situation, at this time, it’s taking a backseat,” Lowry said. “Yes, it’s our job and we’re going to go out there and perform at the highest level we can possibly perform at. There’s no excuses, but we have an obligation right now to use our platform. That’s why we’re still here.”
Leonard leads Clippers past Doncic, Mavs to reach 2nd round
Kawhi Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 111-97 victory Sunday in Game 6 of the first-round series.
Doncic capped a superb first postseason with 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, keeping it interesting into the fourth quarter even while playing without injured teammate Kristaps Porzingis.
But with Leonard reaching the 30-point mark for his career-best fifth straight playoff game and a strong defensive effort, the Clippers simply had too many answers.
The No. 2 seed in the Western Conference advanced to a second-round meeting with either Denver or Utah. The sixth-seeded Jazz were trying to close that series out in six games later Sunday.
Paul George and Ivica Zubac added 15 points apiece for the Clippers, who turned up their defense in this one after winning Game 5 with the best offensive performance in their postseason history, when they shot 63% and romped to a 154-111 victory.
Perhaps it was too much to ask to be that sharp again after a four-day layoff, but they didn’t need to be even while playing most of the game without starting forward Marcus Morris, who was ejected for a flagrant foul against Doncic in the first quarter.
Leonard also had seven assists and five steals. The Clippers said he was the first player in at least the last 20 postseasons with 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a game.
Murray outduels Mitchell, sets up first Game 7 in the bubble
The Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell duel will be settled in the first Game 7 in the bubble.
Murray extended his torrid run with 50 more points, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Murray had his second 50-point game of the series to equal Mitchell, who finished with 44 in this one. No player has ever had more in an entire postseason.
They will go at it one more time Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to face the Los Angeles Clippers, who finished off the Dallas Mavericks in six games on the same court a few hours earlier.
Murray and his teammates are trying to become the 12th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win a series and the first since 2016, when the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the only one of those comebacks that came in the NBA Finals.
“They believe in me, I believe in them and we’re trying to be this 12th team to come back from down 3-1,” said Murray, whose right sneaker had a picture of George Floyd and his left Breonna Taylor, two Black people killed by police this spring.
Mitchell was disappointed the Jazz had missed a chance to wrap up the series in Game 5, but understands the interest in seeing he and Murray square off in the ultimate contest.
“As a fan perspective I see it and I respect it, but I can’t tell you as a player that I want to play Game 7 if we’re up 3-1,” he said. “I don’t think anybody wants to do that but we’re here, so play the hand that you’re dealt and we’re going to go out there and execute and do what we’ve got to do.”
Islanders take 3-1 series lead with 3-2 win over Flyers
Brock Nelson is sure glad the New York Islanders acquired Jean-Gabriel Pageau at the NHL trade deadline in February.
Islanders coach Barry Trotz wasn’t sure what the score would have been if not for backup goalie Thomas Greiss’ performance in his first start in nearly six months.
Pageau scored the go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period, and Greiss stopped 36 shots – including a whopping 16 in the second period – to push the Islanders within a win of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals following a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.
Nelson scored twice, both set up by Josh Bailey, and the Islanders gained a 3-1 lead of the best-of-seven second-round series with Game 5 set for Tuesday night.
New York is seeking to make its first conference finals appearance since 1993, when the Islanders lost to Montreal to six games.
None of that success would’ve have been possible if not for Greiss, who got the start in place of Semyon Varlamov with the teams playing on back-to-back nights following New York’s 3-1 win on Saturday.
“Tonight there’s no question that `Greisser’ was a big part of the solution in what my opinion was the worst game we’ve played to this point in the playoffs,” Trotz said of the goalie making his first start since a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on March 7.
Vegas beats Canucks, move within win of conference finals
Max Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for three goals in the third period and beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Sunday night.
The Golden Knights took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven second-round series. With a win in Game 5 on Tuesday, Vegas can eliminate Vancouver, the last Canadian team from the postseason.
William Karlsson, Nate Schmidt, and Chandler Stephenson also scored for Vegas. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and earned his third win of the playoffs.
Shea Theodore added two assists, giving him four goals and 10 assists in the playoffs.
Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, and Tyler Toffoli scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom, in his 14th start, made 28 saves in the loss.
Stars take 3-1 series lead over Avalanche with 5-4 win
Radek Faksa and the Dallas Stars are one win away from the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008.
Faksa had goal and two assists and Roope Hintz scored the last of three power-play goals by the Stars in a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night, taking a 3-1 series lead after another game of wild scoring swings.
“It just seems like when one team gets one goal it kind of gives them a boost,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “I’m not sure why it’s going back and forth like this, but it is. And you’ve just got to handle the momentum as it comes.”
Right now, it’s advantage Stars, who had a 3-0 lead in the first period before Colorado had its first shot on goal, and scored twice in a 32-second span in the period that included a gift goal.
“They came out hard and earned their bounces. All of a sudden we’re down 3-0,” Avs center Nathan MacKinnon said. “We got better, I felt, as the game wore on. … We had a push earlier in the third to tie it up. Obviously getting down in a hole early didn’t help us.”
John Klingberg had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who can wrap up the series in Game 5 on Monday night. The back-to-back games were previously planned, though initially those consecutive games were supposed to be Games 5 and 6.
Colorado won 6-4 in Game 3 on Wednesday night after a wild third period when the Stars scored three goals in a row to lead before the Avs then reeled off three in a row. That was after Game 2 when Dallas fell behind 2-0 in what turned into a 5-2 victory.
AP source: Jaguars trading Ngakoue to Vikings for 2 picks
Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue is headed north, far away from Jacksonville.
A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal has not been formally executed with the league.
The person said Ngakoue agreed to rework his 2020 salary to get out of Jacksonville. Ngakoue still has to sign his one-year franchise tender with the Jaguars to make the deal happen. He had been the league’s only franchise-tagged player unsigned, opting to turn down an offer that would have guaranteed him $17.8 million this season.
He will now make roughly $13 million in 2020, the person said. ESPN first reported the trade.
Ngakoue made it clear on several occasions this year that he no longer wanted to play in Jacksonville, even sparring with the team owner’s son on Twitter. And Ngakoue left millions on the table to make it happen.
He will give the Vikings a young, proven pass-rusher opposite Danielle Hunter, one whose work ethic and intensity have always been among the most respected in Jacksonville’s locker room. Ngakoue also should ease the loss of four-time Pro Bowler Everson Griffen, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas earlier this month.
Ngakoue could have signed with the Jags last summer and earned about $40 million guaranteed between 2019 and 2020. Instead, he will make roughly $15 million over those two seasons.
The 25-year-old Ngakoue didn’t believe Jacksonville’s front office showed him enough respect considering what he did since joining the organization as a third-round draft pick in 2016.
A’s announce positive virus test, game vs. Astros postponed
A member of the Oakland Athletics organization tested positive for the coronavirus, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros.
The finale of the A’s three-game series at Minute Maid Park was called off less than four hours before the scheduled first pitch.
The A’s said the team conducted testing and contact tracing for the entire traveling party Sunday morning at the hotel and would self-isolate in Houston with recommended safety precautions in place. There were no details provided on whether the positive test came from a player, coach or someone else.
Oakland general manager David Forst, who was not traveling with the team, said the A’s will stay put until at least Monday morning, with hopes of receiving further test results and determining whether this is “an isolated infection.”
“This is our priority right now, making sure our people are healthy and safe,” Forst said.
Forst said the A’s were informed shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday by MLB there had been a positive result from Friday’s regular round of testing. The latest tests are being flown to the MLB-used lab in Utah.
He doesn’t know when the A’s will play again.
Schwarber homers twice as Cubs pound Reds 10-1
With one massive drive in the ninth inning, Kyle Schwarber made history for the Chicago Cubs.
Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ became the first starting outfield to hit multiple homers in the same game, and the Cubs pounded the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
Schwarber hit the first and the last of the Cubs’ season-high six homers, belting a solo drive in the fourth against Luis Castillo (0-5) and a grand slam off Jose De Leon in the ninth. Heyward connected for solo drives in the fourth and sixth, and Happ hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh.
“I guess we made some history today,” Schwarber said. “When you have a little piece of history, you always keep that with you.”
The NL Central-leading Cubs hit 14 homers in the series. Help is on the way, too, after they acquired acquired Jose Martinez in a trade before the win. Chicago sent two players to be named or cash considerations to Tampa Bay for Martinez, giving manager David Ross another option at designated hitter.
Adames hits grand slam, surging Rays beat Marlins for sweep
Willy Adames hit a grand slam and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 12-7 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.
Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier also went deep for the Rays, who have won 12 of their last 14 and have beaten Miami eight straight times since 2018. Tampa Bay improved to an American League-best 13 games over .500.
Blake Snell (3-0) allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. The 2018 Cy Young Award winner struck out five and walked two.
Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (1-1) was lifted after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. Adames greeted reliever Robert Dugger with his grand slam, and Kiermaier later hit a two-run blast off Dugger.
Alcantara struggled in his first appearance since opening day. The right-hander, one of 18 Marlins players who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, allowed eight runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two.
Miami dropped under .500 (14-15) for the first time this season.
IndyCar champion Newgarden wins at Gateway under caution
Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O’Ward before a late caution ended the race at World Wide Technology Raceway under the yellow flag.
It’s the second IndyCar race to finish under caution in one week. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 under yellow last Sunday.
In the second of two weekend races at the short oval outside of St. Louis, it was Sato who brought out the caution with four laps remaining when he hit the wall. The pace car picked up the field with three laps remaining and IndyCar did not have enough time to restart the race.
It denied O’Ward a chance to challenge the reigning IndyCar Series champion for the victory. Newgarden, in a Chevrolet for Team Penske, won for the 16th time in his career and closed the points deficit on championship leader Scott Dixon.
Dixon won Saturday in the first race of the Gateway doubleheader and has four victories in nine IndyCar races this season. Newgarden and Team Penske have three wins.
Newgarden was put in position to win the race when his crew got him off pit lane on the final stop ahead of O’Ward. Newgarden and the Mexican driver had a drag race back onto the track that Newgarden won.
“This was a pit stop victory for me,” Newgarden said. “Really proud of my team. I didn’t win the race, they won it.”
O’Ward, the top rookie in the Indy 500 with a sixth-place finish, earned his second podium of the weekend for Arrow McLaren SP. He was third on Saturday and has six finishes this season of eighth or higher.
“We’re knocking on the door,” O’Ward said. “We are very close and we are going to keep pushing. I know our time will come.”
Newgarden praised the progress O’Ward is making in his first full IndyCar season.
Jon Rahm makes the biggest putt to win a thriller at BMW
Even with a pair of silver trophies in his possession, Jon Rahm still couldn’t believe what happened Sunday in the BMW Championship. And he only saw half of it.
Rahm was on the range on the other side of the Olympia Fields clubhouse, preparing for a playoff that no one really expected, when Dustin Johnson rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt down the ridge for birdie to force a playoff.
Moments later, Rahm faced a putt even longer and more difficult on the 18th – just outside 65 feet that he had to send at nearly a 90-degree angle to the top of the ridge. From there, it was a replay of Johnson’s putt as it headed down the slope, kissed off the pin and disappeared into the cup.
“I still can’t believe what just happened,” he said.
Neither could Johnson, going for his second straight victory. He could only laugh, at his putt and Rahm’s winner.
“I played an unbelievable putt, got in the playoff and then Jon made an even more ridiculous putt on top of me,” said Johnson, who at least kept his No. 1 ranking in the world and in the FedEx Cup.
The putts overshadowed a command performance by Rahm, who closed with a 66-64 weekend on an Olympia Fields course that played like the toughest test in golf. His only bogey on the weekend came on the fifth hole Saturday when he spaced out and picked up his golf ball from the green without marking it.
There was the 6-iron from 218 yards for his third shot on the par-5 15th after his tee shot went into the trees and barely came out, setting up a key birdie. There was his 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th for a two-shot lead that Johnson erased with two birdies of his own, none bigger than the last one.
“That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the playoff, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt, it’s been a roller coaster, but so much fun,” Rahm said.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
Everything about Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union is tiny except her talent as a gymnast, and that was big enough to win her two gold medals and one silver in individual competition at the 20th Olympics tonight. Miss Korbut so dominated the evening performances that East Germany’s accomplished Karin Janz, who also won two gold medals and one bronze, was only mildly acknowledged.
Miss Korbut, 17 years old, 4-feet 11-inches tall and weighing only 84 pounds, was adopted by the fans from her first appearance in the preliminary exercises earlier this week. She then proceeded to show them she had the ability to match her charm. She won the individual gold medal for the balance beam exercises with 19,400 points and the floor exercises with 19,575. In each case, she just squeaked by a compatriot. Tamara Lazakovitch won the silver medal with 19,375 points in the first event and, in the second, the silver went to Liudmila Turistschewa with 19,550.
The bronze medals in those disciplines went to Miss Janz with 18,975 points, and Miss Lazakovitch, with 19,450. Miss Janz won her gold in the long horse and the uneven parallel bars. In the first event, she garnered 19,675 points and in the second 19,525. Miss Korbut and the East Germany glamor girl, Erika Zuchold, tied for second place in the uneven bars with 19,450 points. In the long horse, Miss Zuchold got another silver with 19,275. Miss Turistschewa of the U.S.S.R. was third with 19,250.
Olga Korbut’s performance at the Munich Games, caught by ABC’s television cameras and transmitted around the world, turned her into an international celebrity virtually overnight and made gymnastics a premier attraction of the Olympics. Its popularity continued to soar with the perfect 10’s scored by Nadia Comaneci of Romania at the Montreal Games in 1976.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1915 In the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Cubs’ right-hander Jimmy Lavender no-hits the hometown Giants, 2-0. Next season, the 31 year-old knuckleballer will stymie New York once again, tossing a one-hitter, allowing only an infield safety to Benny Kauff.
1935 In addition to stroking a three-run triple, 28 year-old White Sox Vern Kennedy becomes the sixth rookie to throw a no-hitter. The right-hander’s 5-0 gem against the Indians is the first hitless game thrown in Comiskey Park.
1937 Rudy York belts his 17th and 18th homers of the month, establishing a major league record that lasts until 1998 when Sammy Sosa hits 19 in June. The rookie catcher’s round-trippers help the Tigers maul the Senators at Navin Field, 12-3.
1946 With two singles in the Red Sox’ 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, Johnny Pesky collects a total of 53 hits in August, the highest monthly total in franchise history. The shortstop’s team mark will be tied in 1950, also accomplished in the month August, by his close friend, Dom DiMaggio.
1950 In front of 14,226 fans at Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges becomes the fourth major leaguer in the century to hit four home runs in one game in Brooklyn’s, 19-3 rout of the Braves. Carl Furillo is on base for each of the homers helping the Dodger first baseman tie the major league record for total bases with 17.
1954 Closing in on the professional home run record of 69, established by Joe Hauser (Minneapolis-1938) and equaled by Bob Crues (Amarillo-1948), Joe Bauman blasts four home runs in the Roswell Rockets’ 15-9 victory over the Wichita Falls/Sweetwater Spudders to bring his total to 68. The 32 year-old slugging first baseman will finish the season with 72 homers, a record which will last until Barry Bonds surpasses the mark by one round-tripper in 2001. – (Ed. note: This entry was inspired by Ron Skrabacz, who was born on this date. His dad was a teammate of Joe’s in 1949 on the Elk City Elks.)
1957 Gus Triandos, considered one of the slowest baserunners in baseball history, hits an inside-the-park home run in the Orioles’ 4-1 victory against Boston at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore backstop circles the bases when his vicious line drive off the outfield wall caroms 100 feet past left fielder Ted Williams, allowing the 27 year-old catcher to complete his improbable round-tripper standing up.
1957 Oriole minor league fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 24 Bluefield players, but issues 18 walks, hits four batters, and uncorks six wild pitches. The New Britain, Connecticut native’s wildness costs him the game when Kingsport loses in an Appalachian League contest, 9-8.
1959 Sandy Koufax fans 18 batters to establish a new National League record for a nine-inning game in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over San Francisco at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The left-hander’s performance equals the major league mark established in 1938 by Indians fireballer Bob Feller during a 4-1 loss to Detroit.
1963 In the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Wrigley Field, Ellis Burton hits an ultimate grand slam (a walk-off bases-loaded homer when a team is down three runs) off Houston hurler Hal Woodeshick, giving the Cubs a dramatic 6-5 victory. Chicago had been trailing 5-2 before the switch-hitting center fielder hit his Sayonara Slam, the most memorable of his 17 career round-trippers.
1965 Boston’s backstop Russ Nixon ties a major league mark when he hits three run-scoring sacrifice flies. The catcher’s three fly ball outs prove to be the difference in the Red Sox’s 8-5 victory over the Senators at D.C. Stadium.
1968 Elroy Face ties Senators’ Walter Johnson’s mark for appearances with one team when he enters a game for the 802nd time for the Pirates, replacing Steve Blass, who remains in the game in left field and returns to mound after the reliever retires one batter to equal the record. Before the final out in Pittsburgh’s 8-0 victory over the Braves, an announcement informs the crowd that Detroit has bought the Bucs’ veteran right-handed record-breaker.
1969 Morganna, a well-endowed fan dressed in a mini dress, jumps onto the Atlanta Stadium field and kisses Clete Boyer on the cheek as he is batting. The Braves’ third baseman then promptly ends a 1-for-17 slump with an RBI single and goes on an 8-for-15 tear.
1974 In a Class A minor league contest, Mavericks’ manager Frank Peters rotates his starting nine allowing each player to take a different position on the field for every inning. The innovative strategy works as Portland posts an 8-7 victory over the Tri-Cities Ports, their Northwest League opponents.
1984 The Rangers, trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, score six times to beat the Brewers, 7-6. With two runs in and two out, Milwaukee shortstop Robin Yount’s error on Gary Ward’s ground ball loads the bases, setting the stage for Buddy Bell’s ‘sayonara slam’ over the left-field wall off Pete Ladd.
1990 Mariano Rivera, usually used in relief, is allowed to start a game of a doubleheader on the final day of the season for the Gulf Coast Yankees, allowing him to throw enough innings to qualify for GCL’s ERA title, an accomplishment that carries a contractual bonus. The Sandman responds by hurling a seven-inning no-hitter against Bradenton to finish the season with a 0.17 ERA, 0.46 WHIP, 58 strikeouts in 52 innings, and $500 richer.
1990 Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40 year-old left fielder and his 20 year-old offspring both score a run in the Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome.
1990 Refusing to part with Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run, Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman trades the Eastern League’s MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout will win the National League Rookie of the Year Award (1991), becoming the league’s MVP the same year Andersen, who hurled only 15 innings during his time in Boston, retires from the Phillies (1994).
1992 The A’s trade Jose Canseco to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt, and Jeff Russell and an undisclosed amount of money. Baseball’s bad boy will hit 45 home runs and bat .269 during his three-year tenure in Texas.
1997 Andruw Jones’s grand slam is the Braves’ tenth of the season, breaking the National League mark for bases-full home runs for a team in a single season. Ironically, the record is broken in an American League park as Atlanta defeats the Red Sox at Fenway.
1997 In front of a crowd of 55,707, Don Mattingly’s uniform number 23 is added to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Monument Park. The former Bronx Bomber first baseman, who served as captain of the team from 1991 to 1995, is the first Yankee to have his uniform number retired without having reached a World Series.
2000 The Red Sox trade two minor league pitchers to the Reds for Dante Bichette. The 36 year-old veteran outfielder will be the designated hitter for his new team.
2001 Upon learning Danny Almonte, star pitcher of the LLWS, is 14 years old, not 12 as required by the organization’s rules, the Little League strips the Rolando Paulino All-Stars of all its wins. The team, which had captured the heart of the community, finished third in Williamsport and was given a parade in New York and honored in a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
2001 Former major league catcher Crash Davis, whose name was the inspiration for the main character of the 1988 hit movie Bull Durham, dies at the age of 82 after a yearlong bout with cancer. In the movie, which was ranked #1 as the greatest sports film of all time by Sports Illustrated, Kevin Costner portrays “Crash” as the veteran backstop of the Durham Bulls brought in to help a rookie pitcher reach the big leagues by sharing his experiences on and off the field.
2002 Losing their 13th consecutive game at Shea Stadium, the Mets complete the worst month at home in National League history. With the 1-0 loss to Randy Wolf and the Phillies, the Amazins’ join the Seattle Pilots (August-1969) and the Tigers (September-1996) as teams that have not won a home game in a calendar month with at least ten games.
2004 Omar Vizquel becomes the first player in the 81-year history of Yankee Stadium to collect six hits in a game. The Indians shortstop’s 6-for-7 performance helps pace the Tribe’s 22-0 dismantling of the Bronx Bombers.
2004 Equaling the largest shutout margin of victory in baseball history, the Indians rout the Yankees, 22-0. The biggest defeat in the Bronx Bombers’ 101-year history matches the 1975 Pirates’ record-setting performance against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
2005 On the third pitch he sees in the bigs, Jeremy Hermida becomes only the second player to hit a grand slam in his first major-league at-bat. The Marlin rookie pinch-hitter joins Phillies hurler Bill Duggleby, who accomplished the same feat in 1898.
2006 With his major league-leading 49th home run, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard establishes a new club record for home runs in a single season. Last year’s Rookie of the Year’s fourth-inning long ball at RFK Stadium puts him ahead of Hall Famer Michael Schmidt, who hit 48 dingers in 1980.
2006 A.J. Pierzynski’s sixth-inning blast makes the White Sox the first club in major league history to hit at least 200 home runs for seven consecutive seasons. The catcher’s two-run homer isn’t enough as Chicago loses to the Devil Rays at Comiskey Park, 5-3.
2007 Tony La Russa becomes the winningest manager in franchise history when the Cardinals defeat Cincinnati at Busch Stadium, 8-5. The Redbird skipper surpasses Red Schoendienst, who compiled a 1,041-955 managerial record with St. Louis.
2007 After walking the leadoff hitter John Buck in the ninth to spoil his perfect game, Scott Baker gets an out, then yields a single to pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney two outs shy of a no-hitter. The Twins’ 25 year-old right-hander from Shreveport settles for a one-hitter, blanking the Royals at the Metrodome, 5-0.
2008 Greg Dobbs breaks the Phillies’ 95 year-old club record for pinch hits in a season. The Californian’s seventh-inning pinch-hit game-tying double, his 21st hit off the bench, breaks the mark established by Doc Miller in 1913.
2008 David Eckstein is traded by the Blue Jays to the Diamondbacks for minor league pitching prospect Chad Beck. The 33 year-old infielder, who played a pivotal role for the 2002 World Champions Angels and was named the 2006 World Series MVP playing for the Cardinals, is obtained by Arizona to provide postseason leadership and experience.
2010 Jeff Francoeur is traded to the Rangers by the Mets in exchange for infielder Joaquin Arias. The rifle-armed right fielder will be a right-handed bat off the bench and defensive replacement for the playoff-bound Texas team.
2010 Aroldis Chapman makes his much-anticipated major league debut, tossing a perfect inning in the Reds’ 8-4 victory over Milwaukee. The 22 year-old Cuban defector lives up to the hype, throwing four pitches at 100 mph or better.
2010 The Dodgers swap a player to be named (infielder Tony Abreu) to the Diamondbacks for starter Jon Garland. The 31 year-old right-hander will post a 3-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in his six late-season starts with the team, before signing as a free agent with San Diego.
2011 Craig Kimbrel sets a rookie record with his 41st save when he retires the side in order in the Braves’ 3-1 victory over Washington at Turner Field. The 23 year-old Atlanta closer, who will finish the season with 46, surpasses Neftali Feliz’s saves record established last season with the Rangers.
2011 In a stretch-run trade with Pittsburgh, the Braves acquired Matt Diaz for a player to be named and cash considerations. The 33 year-old outfielder, who played with Atlanta for five years, left the organization after the 2010 season when he inked a two-year, $4.25 million free-agent deal with the Pirates.
2011 The Diamondbacks set a team record with their 12th consecutive victory at home when they beat Colorado at Chase Field, 4-2. The streak surpasses the mark established by the 2000 and 2003 clubs.
2012 Bob Uecker, known for his humor on and off the diamond, is honored by the Brewers in a light-hearted dedication ceremony outside Miller Park that unveils a seven-foot bronze statue of the team’s popular broadcaster. The sculpture, depicting the smiling “Mr. Baseball” with his hands in his pockets, joins the likenesses of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig in front of the ballpark.
2014 In the semifinals of the Japanese National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament, Chukyo High School finally breaks the scoreless tie that had captured a nation’s attention, tallying three runs in the 50th inning to beat Sotoku High School. Both starting pitchers, Chukyo’s Taiga Matsui and Jukiya Ishioka of Sotoku go the distance, throwing 709 and 689 pitches, respectively, in the contest that takes four days to complete.
2014 At the waiver deadline, the White Sox trade Adam Dunn to the A’s for 23 year-old minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, who is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA along with 73 strikeouts in 71.1 innings hurling for Class A Stockton. Oakland hopes their new slugger, a 34 year-old two-time All-Star with 460 career homers, can provide some offensive punch for the contending team, which recently has been slumping.
2019 The Rangers retire seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young’s uniform #10. During his 12 years in the Texas lineup, the second baseman turned shortstop, becomes the franchise’s career leader in runs, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases.
|Tampa Bay||24||11||.686||–||12 – 5||12 – 6||19 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 5|
|NY Yankees||19||13||.594||3.5||13 – 5||6 – 8||10 – 6||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 3|
|Toronto||18||14||.563||4.5||8 – 4||10 – 10||12 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 4|
|Baltimore||14||19||.424||9||6 – 13||8 – 6||7 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 8||L 5|
|Boston||12||22||.353||11.5||6 – 11||6 – 11||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||21||13||.618||–||11 – 9||10 – 4||0 – 0||14 – 8||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 1|
|Cleveland||21||13||.618||–||9 – 7||12 – 6||0 – 0||13 – 9||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|Minnesota||20||15||.571||1.5||12 – 3||8 – 12||0 – 0||11 – 12||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 5|
|Detroit||16||16||.500||4||9 – 10||7 – 6||0 – 0||8 – 12||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 5|
|Kansas City||13||21||.382||8||6 – 7||7 – 14||0 – 0||9 – 14||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 1|
|Oakland||22||12||.647||–||13 – 4||9 – 8||0 – 0||0 – 0||17 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|Houston||19||14||.576||2.5||14 – 5||5 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||12 – 6||6 – 4||W 2|
|Seattle||14||22||.389||9||7 – 8||7 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||10 – 16||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||12||21||.364||9.5||9 – 10||3 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 9||2 – 8||L 2|
|LA Angels||12||23||.343||10.5||7 – 10||5 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 17||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||19||14||.576||–||12 – 4||7 – 10||13 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Miami||14||15||.483||3||1 – 8||13 – 7||9 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 4|
|Philadelphia||14||15||.483||3||10 – 9||4 – 6||11 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|NY Mets||15||19||.441||4.5||6 – 9||9 – 10||11 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 3|
|Washington||12||19||.387||6||6 – 13||6 – 6||6 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||20||14||.588||–||12 – 8||8 – 6||0 – 0||13 – 9||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|St. Louis||12||13||.480||3.5||8 – 7||4 – 6||0 – 0||7 – 7||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Milwaukee||15||18||.455||4.5||6 – 9||9 – 9||0 – 0||11 – 12||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Cincinnati||15||19||.441||5||7 – 9||8 – 10||0 – 0||9 – 11||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||10||21||.323||8.5||5 – 9||5 – 12||0 – 0||9 – 10||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||26||10||.722||–||11 – 5||15 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 8||8 – 2||W 2|
|San Diego||21||15||.583||5||12 – 6||9 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 13||7 – 3||W 1|
|Colorado||17||17||.500||8||8 – 10||9 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||10 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||17||19||.472||9||9 – 8||8 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 12||7 – 3||W 2|
|Arizona||14||21||.400||11.5||9 – 9||5 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||9 – 17||1 – 9||L 2|