HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-NCC/AREA/OHIO

Muncie Central 47 Richmond 41

Lafayette Jeff 76 Harrison 55

Kokomo 28 McCutcheon 23

Indy Tech 14 Logansport 6

Marion 49 Anderson 0

Centerville 35 Winchester 7

Union County 40 Hagerstown 21

Monroe Central 49 Northeastern 0

Knightstown 13 Union City 8

Tri 51 Wes-Del 16

New Castle 55 Shelbyville 0

Batesville 48 Rushville 14

Mt. Vernon 35 New Palestine 22

Pendleton Heights 35 Greenfield Central 18

Ansonia 28 Arcanum27

Piqua 49 Greenville 0

Tri-Village 34 National Trail 19

Tri-County North 19 Bethel 13

Covington 40 Twin Valley South 7

Monroe 30 Eaton 23

Ross 35 Talawanda 0

Brookville 35 Oakwood 7

Bellbrook 28 Valley View 21

Franklin 28 Preble Shawnee 0

Carlisle 34 Northridge 12

Ft. Loramie 47 Miami East 0

Mississinawa Valley 12 Bradford 6

 

STATE SCOREBOARD

Adams Central 48, Jay Co. 7

Andrean 47, E. Chicago Central 0

Angola 41, W. Noble 0

Batesville 48, Rushville 14

Bedford N. Lawrence 41, Madison 28

Beech Grove 17, Indpls Scecina 14

Blackford 41, Alexandria 32

Bloomington South 44, Bloomington North 37, OT

Bluffton 45, Woodlan 21

Boone Grove 51, Hammond Noll 20

Bremen 41, Triton 0

Brownsburg 47, Avon 29

Carmel 45, Indpls Pike 44, 2OT

Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 52, Ft. Wayne Northrop 12

Cascade 56, Cloverdale 0

Castle 35, Ev. Harrison 0

Center Grove 35, Indpls Ben Davis 12

Centerville 35, Winchester 7

Central Noble 27, Prairie Hts. 0

Charlestown 43, N. Harrison 26

Chesterton 45, LaPorte 21

Clarksville 20, Providence 14

Columbia City 45, Huntington North 20

Columbus East 49, Jeffersonville 0

Corydon 43, Scottsburg 7

Covenant Christian 57, Indpls Washington 6

Covington 42, Fountain Central 14

Crown Point 16, Lake Central 7

Culver 20, W. Central 6

Danville 56, Crawfordsville 0

Decatur Central 50, Martinsville 21

Delta 14, Yorktown 7

East Central 36, Franklin Co. 12

Eastbrook 26, Oak Hill 7

Eastern (Greentown) 61, Taylor 0

Eastside 26, Churubusco 0

Edgewood 10, Owen Valley 7

Elkhart 56, S. Bend Washington 6

Ev. Central 55, Vincennes 7

Ev. Memorial 13, Ev. Mater Dei 10

Ev. North 42, Ev. Reitz 14

Fairfield 44, Fremont 13

Floyd Central 56, New Albany 19

Forest Park 13, Tecumseh 0

Frankfort 40, Southmont 22

Frankton 24, Elwood 21

Ft. Wayne Concordia 38, Ft. Wayne Luers 0

Ft. Wayne North 49, Ft. Wayne Wayne 22

Ft. Wayne Snider 14, Ft. Wayne South 7

Garrett 39, Lakeland 18

Gary West 46, Bowman Academy 8

Gibson Southern 43, Boonville 35

Glenn 10, Jimtown 7

Hamilton Hts. 41, Northwestern 7

Hamilton Southeastern 21, Fishers 9

Hanover Central 49, River Forest 14

Heritage Christian 52, Eastern Hancock 21

Heritage Hills 36, S. Spencer 7

Highland 35, Lake Station 6

Hobart 38, Culver Academy 0

Homestead 34, Ft. Wayne Dwenger 34, 3OT

Indian Creek 49, Brown Co. 8

Indpls Attucks 30, Indpls Manual 18

Indpls Brebeuf 28, Guerin Catholic 7

Indpls Cathedral 39, Indpls Chatard 20

Indpls Lutheran 79, Indpls Shortridge 0

Indpls N. Central 27, Lawrence North 21

Indpls Park Tudor 55, Traders Point Christian 14

Indpls Ritter 28, Speedway 21

Indpls Roncalli 31, Columbus North 27

Indpls Tech 14, Logansport 6

Jasper 45, Ev. Bosse 0

Kankakee Valley 44, N. Newton 8

Knightstown 13, Union City 8

Knox 14, N. Judson 0

Kokomo 28, McCutcheon 23

LaVille 17, Winamac 6

Lafayette Jeff 76, Lafayette Harrison 55

Lapel 36, Shenandoah 31

Lawrenceburg 56, Greensburg 14

Leo 35, New Haven 8

Linton 46, N. Vermillion 7

Lowell 47, Griffith 28

Maconaquah 31, Whitko 28

Manchester 41, Rochester 14

Marion 49, Anderson 0

Merrillville 58, Portage 19

Mishawaka Marian 35, New Prairie 14

Mississinewa 34, Madison-Grant 12

Mitchell 28, Eastern (Greene) 6

Monroe Central 49, Northeastern 0

Mooresville 41, Greenwood 13

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 35, New Palestine 22

Muncie Central 47, Richmond 41

North Daviess 34, Washington 20

North Decatur 44, Oldenburg 0

North Montgomery 44, Delphi 38

North White 42, Tri-County 18

New Castle 55, Shelbyville 0

Northridge 44, Plymouth 0

Northview 46, W. Vigo 7

Norwell 45, Bellmont 0

Owensboro Catholic, Ky. 21, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 13

Parke Heritage 59, Carroll (Flora) 12

Pendleton Hts. 35, Greenfield 18

Penn 30, E. Noble 24

Perry Central 28, Paoli 8

Pioneer 52, Caston 6

Plainfield 42, Indpls Perry Meridian 7

Princeton 34, Phalen 18

Rensselaer 38, Munster 0

South Adams 55, Heritage 8

South Bend Riley 45, S. Bend Clay 8

South Bend St. Joseph’s 21, S. Bend Adams 14

South Putnam 34, Greencastle 27

Salem 14, Brownstown 12

Seeger 48, Riverton Parke 8

Seymour 47, Jennings Co. 7

Silver Creek 60, Eastern (Pekin) 8

Southridge 58, Pike Central 0

Southwood 25, Northfield 8

Sullivan 31, N. Putnam 13

Tell City 35, N. Posey 17

Terre Haute South 34, Terre Haute North 13

Tippecanoe Valley 60, N. Miami 0

Tipton 43, Cass 6

Tri 51, Wes-Del 16

Tri-Central 48, Clinton Prairie 6

Tri-West 41, Western Boone 14

Triton Central 33, Monrovia 20

Union Co. 40, Hagerstown 21

West Lafayette 47, Lafayette Catholic 14

West Washington 60, Springs Valley 20

Wabash 14, Peru 10

Warren Central 40, Lawrence Central 0

Warsaw 40, Mishawaka 32

Western 65, Benton Central 14

Westfield 24, Noblesville 10

Wheeler 41, S. Central (Union Mills) 21

Whiteland 45, Franklin 21

Zionsville 27, Franklin Central 0

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Concord vs. Wawasee, ppd. to Sep 12th.

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Denver 111 LA Clippers 105

Boston 92 Toronto 87

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

NY Islanders 5 Tampa Bay 3

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-INTERLEAGUE

NY Mets 18 Toronto 1

Kansas City 4 Pittsburgh 3

Colorado 8 LA Angels 4

Arizona 4 Seattle 3

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 6 Baltimore 0

NY Yankees 10 Baltimore 1

Tampa Bay 11 Boston 1

Oakland 10 Texas 6

Chicago White Sox 4 Detroit 3

Minnesota 3 Cleveland 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 11 Miami 0

Washington 8 Atlanta 7 (12)

Milwaukee 1 Chicago Cubs 0

Miami 5 Philadelphia 3

Cincinnati 3 St. Louis 1

San Francisco at San Diego postponed

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday, Sept. 12

Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FOX

Charlotte at Appalachian State| 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

The Citadel at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Monroe at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network

Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

Arkansas State at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

Georgia Tech at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Campbell at Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

UTSA at Texas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Austin Peay at Pittsburgh | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma | 7 p.m. | Pay-per-view

No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN/ESPNU

Tulane at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UTEP at No. 14 Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Houston Baptist at Texas Tech | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Kentucky at Louisville | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Coastal Carolina at Kansas | 10 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

 

 

NFL WEEK 1

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (Mon) 8:10p (MT) 10:10p ESPN

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

It took every bit of seven games, but Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference finals.

And they dethroned the NBA champions to get there.

Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 21 and the Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors 92-87 on Friday night in Game 7 of the East semifinal series.

Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Kemba Walker added 14 for third-seeded Boston. The Celtics will face the fifth-seeded Miami Heat in the East finals, that series starting Tuesday night.

“If you want to achieve something great, if you want to win, it’s not going to be easy,” Tatum said. “That’s what we’re here for.”

Fred VanVleet scored 20 points for Toronto, which got 16 from Kyle Lowry, 14 from Serge Ibaka, 13 from Pascal Siakam and 11 from Norman Powell. The Raptors were bidding to become the seventh franchise in NBA history to win four consecutive Game 7’s.

Boston scored the first seven points of the fourth, taking an eight-point lead. The Celtics never trailed in the final quarter, though it was close all the way to the end.

“We should definitely be hardened,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We should definitely have a lot more in our toolbox to go back to. But we also have to get ready for a different, more unique team now in Miami.”

It was the sixth consecutive Game 7 decided by five points or less, though it wasn’t always played like a classic. Toronto had 18 turnovers that Boston turned into 31 points; the Celtics shot 9-for-38 from 3-point range and 13-for-23 from the line.

“Man, it was a tough game to lose,” an emotional Lowry said. “But they won. Tip your hats to them. They have a chance to go on and play against Miami and get to the championship.”

 

 

The NBA is proceeding with tentative plans for a Nov. 18 draft, though has cautioned teams that the date could move yet again, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Friday.

The league told teams earlier in the week that it was working toward that draft date, and moved closer to firming up those plans in meetings with the board of governors and general managers over the past two days, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no public announcement.

So, Nov. 18 becomes the third target for the draft. It was originally set for June 25, then moved to Oct. 16, and now has been pushed back again as the league continues looking for the best path toward a 2020-21 season.

There is no finalized draft plan between the NBA and National Basketball Players Association, either. There have been initial conversations about Nov. 18, but nothing set in stone yet.

A mid-November draft obviously rules out what had been a plan for a Dec. 1 start date for next season. Commissioner Adam Silver said last month that being able to start the 2020-21 season so quickly, considering this season’s NBA Finals could go until mid-October, was unlikely.

Free agency would likely follow the draft, but based on that timeframe it certainly stands to reason that teams will be making offseason roster decisions into early December. That’s why a start date before the calendar flips to 2021 – Christmas week has been a speculated target – could be ambitious, given how much work remains before the 2020-21 league year can start.

Among the biggest items on that list: Having the NBA and NBPA work on determining what the salary cap could be, after a season where revenues are well below projections in large part because fans have not been able to step foot inside an arena for the last six months. The NBA has not had fans since March 11; Friday was the six-month anniversary of the league suspending play after Utah’s Rudy Gobert was the first player to test positive for the coronavirus.

There’s also figuring out a schedule, whether to play at least some of next season in another bubble-type situation or in home arenas, if fans will be permitted to attend and if so how many – along with plenty of other matters.

There’s also the quest to make everyone happy, which probably won’t be possible. There are eight teams – Golden State, Minnesota, Atlanta, New York, Cleveland, Charlotte, Chicago and Detroit – that have not played since March and are now assured of going at least nine months without a real game.

 

 

Desperate times brings out the best in the Denver Nuggets.

So does a 35-year-old veteran willing to scuffle and stand his ground.

Paul Millsap ignited Denver with a fracas before scoring 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, Michael Porter Jr. made a late 3-pointer and the Nuggets overcame a 15-point, second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105 on Friday night in Game 5.

Don’t evict the Nuggets out of the bubble just yet. They’ve pulled to 3-2 in their best-of-seven series.

“Everybody continues to count us out,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “That’s the way we like it.”

This marked Denver’s fourth elimination-game win of this postseason, the team’s most since capturing six win-or-go-home games during the 1994 playoff run. The Nuggets came back from a 3-1 deficit to capture their first-round series against Utah.

Denver’s resiliency comes as no surprise to the Clippers.

“They played like the season was on the line. They had that approach,” Clippers standout Paul George said. “They were out there flying around and played hard. They made timely baskets they needed.”

One of the catalysts was Millsap. Denver – down 16 in the first half – trailed 61-46 with 9:42 remaining in the third before rallying behind his play. He made 4 of 5 shots and 5 of 6 free throws in the quarter.

Really, though, it was a big play he turned in before halftime that sparked the Nuggets. Millsap and Marcus Morris jawed at each other face-to-face late and had to be separated. Morris was given a technical foul and the Nuggets got some swagger.

“He stood up. His response to that situation really helped our team to respond,” Malone said. “That gave us a group toughness. Paul played really well for us tonight. That play was really impactful.”

 

 

The game between San Francisco and the San Diego Padres was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch Friday night after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.

Saturday night’s game at Petco Park also was called off. The teams were scheduled to play through Sunday.

This was the first postponement due to COVID-19 for both teams. There have been 45 major league games postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.

Both teams lined up for a moment of silence for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and then the national anthem. But the Padres didn’t take the field and the team announced the game had been postponed.

Players from both teams lingered in and around the dugouts well after Garrett Richards was scheduled to throw the first pitch.

About a half-hour after the game was to have started, the Padres announced the reason for the postponement. A few minutes after that, the Padres filed into the stands for a team meeting.

 

 

The primetime match-up between the easily victorious Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans snared 19.3 million viewers.

That’s a fumble of 12.3% from the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears opening game of the 2019-2020 season on September 5. With racial justice center stage at the beginning of the game, the contest between the mid-market reigning Super Bowl champions and the Lone Star state team is up just a touch over the 9-year low of the weather delayed 2018 season opener low in total sets of eyeballs.

When data from NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms are added, the 8:28 – 11:05 PM ET game had Total Audience Delivery of 20.3 million. That’s an 11% drop from last year’s TAD, even with the digital numbers up 55% over 2019 to a non-Super Bowl high. Last night’s game peaked at 22 million viewers early in the 9:15 – 9:30 PM ET period.

An easy win for NBC on Thursday night, the kickoff game is the most watched sporting event since KC beat the 49ers on February 2 in Super Bowl LIV. Then again, it’s not like there’s been a lot of live sports since March and the coronavirus pandemic pulled the plug on games across the sporting world.

However, while not a touchdown start, this first NFL game of what is already an extraordinary season in the time of COVID-19 may prove to be opening night jitters, so to speak – depending on what happens this weekend.

There’s the so-called Battle of the GOATS that occurs Sunday on Fox when now Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom Brady meets up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana town. And of course, there’s the LA Rams vs the Dallas Cowboys that very evening on Sunday Night Football too in an audience-less stadium in the smoggy City of Angels. Big drama, and big teams, especially the Cowboys, usually equal big numbers for the NFL and the networks.

 

 

Coach Barry Trotz never questioned his New York Islanders’ resolve.

Brock Nelson broke a tie with 3:25 left, Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves and the Islanders the kept the Tampa Bay Lightning from taking a three-game lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final with a 5-3 victory in Game 3.

Blown out in the series opener and facing the prospect falling down 3-0 after a stunning finish to Game 2 and squandering a two-goal lead Friday night, Nelson scored off a pass from Anthony Beauvillier following a Lightning turnover to put New York up for good.

“This is our fourth series. … We’ve had to battle through double overtime losses, a lot of different things,” Trotz said.

“All we talk about is focus on the moment. What can you do now? It doesn’t matter what you did in the past. That’s old news. See if we can do something in the moment and live the moment for what it is. These guys are staying resilient, finding ways.”

Tampa Bay wiped out a two-goal deficit in the first 13 minutes of the final period before Nelson, who also had an assist, beat goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had won won six straight playoff games.

Jean -Gabriel Pageau added an empty-netter in the last minute.

“You really want to be up 3-0 compared to 2-1, but its playoff hockey,” Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson said. “You have to learn different things throughout.”

Game 4 is Sunday.

 

 

Broncos star linebacker Von Miller underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a dislodged ankle tendon.

“I was told it went well, and we’ll see how it goes,” coach Vic Fangio said. “They haven’t said anything on a timetable based on his surgery, that will depend on the healing.”

Dr. Joshua Metzl, one of the team’s physicians, performed the operation at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in suburban Denver.

Miller also consulted renowned foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson after getting injured on a routine pass rush at the Broncos’ indoor practice Tuesday.

Although the typical recovery time for a subluxed peroneal tendon is four to six months, the best-case scenario would be a three-month recovery.

Fangio said earlier this week that Miller will be “out for a while” and will go on injured reserve at some point but he has declined to characterize Miller’s injury as a season-ending setback.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the NFL’s offseason, teams can bring an unlimited number of players off injured reserve this year once they are medically cleared to return.

Fangio said Miller’s injury, which occurred on the final play of practice, “was just a normal play, he rushed around the edge, he never hit the ground, never looked bad. If you saw the video, you’d think nothing happened, but it did.”

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said it was heartwrenching to lose Miller just before the start of the season.

“Having a player of his caliber and his leadership not be out there with us is definitely going to be a blow to the team. At the end of the day this business is about adapting to situations,” Casey said. “We’ve all been forced into having to adapt to something with the whole COVID that’s going on. It’s just another challenge and another hurdle we have to get over and come together as a team, as a unit and push forward and make sure that one, we win for this organization and we win for him also.”

The Broncos, who open Monday night against the Tennessee Titans, dodged a second serious setback with word that top wide receiver Courtland Sutton’s shoulder injury wasn’t serious.

Sutton sprained his right A.C. joint when he landed awkwardly after catching a high pass at practice Thursday.

“He won’t practice (Friday), but we think he will be limited (Saturday),” Fangio said. “He will be day to day.”

 

 

The best pitcher in baseball this season by so many measures, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber has made so few mistakes.

Byron Buxton prepared himself for the rare occasion and sent a misplaced slider into the empty seats on the first pitch he saw.

Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda pitched seven shutout innings for Minnesota, as the Twins handed Bieber his first loss of the season on Friday with a 3-1 victory over the Indians.

“He’s tough. We got him tonight because we stayed focused,” said Buxton, who followed Jake Cave’s double in the second with his seventh home run of the season. “That’s what it takes to go out there and beat one of the best pitchers in the league.”

Bieber (7-1) yielded five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings, matching a season-most three runs allowed on the homers by Buxton and rookie Ryan Jeffers. This was the first time the right-hander was taken deep in six starts.

“It really came down to I made two mistakes,” said the 25-year-old Bieber, who’s quickly become the leader of a stout rotation that has seen Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger all traded within the last 14 months.

The hitting is another story for the Indians. They’ve scored three runs in the last 33 innings, continuing a downward trend that began last season. Francisco Lindor batted leadoff for the first time this year, but the Indians didn’t get a runner to second base until the ninth. Lindor led off the sixth with a single and was promptly picked off first base.

“I know what we can do as a team offensively. I’ve been on the wrong end of it many times,” said Bieber, whose baseball-best ERA rose from 1.32 to a mere 1.53.

Bieber still became the fastest starting pitcher since 1900 to reach 100 strikeouts in a season, hitting the milestone in 62 1/3 innings, two fewer outs than Washington’s Max Scherzer in 2018.

“He’s not going to leave a ton of pitches right in the middle of the strike zone,” Jeffers said. “So you’ve got to attack from pitch one, and I think we did a really good job of that.”

 

 

Nate Lowe hit two homers and drove in four runs as Tampa Bay fielded a lineup of all lefties, Blake Snell worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings and the AL East-leading Rays routed the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox 11-1 on Friday night.

Tampa Bay became the first major league team since at least 1900 to use a batting order with only left-handed hitters, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“We had a good time with it,” Lowe said.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said there will be no repeat of the all-lefty lineup Saturday with right-handed-hitting shortstop Willy Adames returning from a day off.

Snell (4-1) gave up five hits and two walks. He struck out five.

“He’s got nasty stuff,” Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said. “That’s why this guy is so good. We had some good at-bats against him, but this is an elite pitcher and it shows.”

Yoshi Tsutsugo also homered for the Rays, who stopped a three-game skid. Tampa Bay entered the game trailing Oakland by percentage points for the AL’s best record.

“Seeing what the offense can do, that was exciting,” Snell said.

Boston rookie Bobby Dalbec had his five-game home run streak end but had an RBI double in the ninth.

The Red Sox would be eliminated from AL East title contention with a loss on Saturday night.

Cash stacked his lineup with lefties against right-hander Andrew Triggs, who made his second start with Boston.

Roenicke appeared to counter quickly by removing Triggs after he allowed a hit and walk in a scoreless first. However, the manager said after the game that Triggs was pulled with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Tsutsugo started the second with a homer off lefty Matt Hall (0-3).

 

 

Pitching, power, savvy on the bases – the Yankees pummeled the Orioles every which way Friday night.

Gerrit Cole threw a seven-inning two-hitter in a 6-0 doubleheader opener, Luke Voit hit a pair of three-run homers in a 10-1 nightcap romp, and New York thumped Baltimore to win a pair of pivotal games.

DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka each homered in Game 1, and Masahiro Tanaka teamed up with two relievers on a four-hitter for New York in the finale of the doubleheader brought on by Thursday’s rainout.

“I thought we played two really complete games, and I think we’re going got keep it going,” LeMahieu said.

The Yankees moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles for the AL’s final postseason spot as the teams began a four-game series. New York had lost 15 of 21 coming in amid a rash of injuries, dropping to third place in the AL East behind Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Blue Jays fell 18-1 to the Mets, bringing the Yankees within a half-game of second place.

DJ Stewart put Baltimore ahead 1-0 with a solo homer in the first inning of the nightcap, but the Orioles fell apart after that. It started with the defense, which faltered when New York’s baserunners turned up the pressure in the bottom half of the inning.

LeMahieu aggressively tagged up to take third on a flyout to left fielder Ryan Mountcastle, then scored on Clint Frazier’s groundout to shortstop Jose Iglesias. LeMahieu might have been retired on either play with better throws. Voit then scored easily from second on Gleyber Torres’ single when center fielder Cedric Mullins threw well wide of home.

“It wasn’t our best inning defensively,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

Miguel Andujar followed with a two-run double to make it 4-1 as New York chased rookie Keegan Akin (0-1) with two outs in the first.

 

 

Luis Castillo pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors, Joey Votto homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Friday night.

Castillo (2-5) struck out six and walked three in winning his second straight start. An All-Star last year, the right-hander made his 87th career start in the big leagues.

“It’s marvelous,” Castillo said. “To throw nine innings of a baseball game, I’m super, super emotional.”

Castillo outpitched Adam Wainwright (4-1), who allowed three runs in six innings. The Cardinals lost for the fourth time in six games.

Only twice did St. Louis get a runner to third against Castillo, who has given up just three earned runs in his past 15 innings.

Castillo retired 13 straight before walking Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the ninth, then got Brad Miller on a grounder to end it. With the help of a double play in the fifth, Castillo faced one over the minimum in the final six innings.

“It is pretty rare in today’s game,” Reds manager David Bell said of the complete game. “So it’s that much more special. I don’t know what was better, seeing him pitch or the smiles. It’s great for him. It’s great for the team.”

Votto hit his seventh home run of the season in the first off Wainwright to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. The two-run drive came on a 3-1 count with one out to drive in Nick Castellanos.

Votto has faced Wainwright 57 times over their long careers, batting .333 with four homers and 11 RBIs.

Friday marked the 15th anniversary of Wainwright’s big league debut. In the latter part of his career he’s adjusted to become more of a finesse pitcher rather than the hard thrower he’s been most of his career.

He said the touch wasn’t always there Friday, especially in the first when he gave up three hits. All three, including Votto’s homer, came off “sloppy” cutters.

“Luckily I had a decent sinker going and nice movement on my fastball,” he said. “But my curve ball was horrible. And my cutter, we found out right away, was flat and slow.”

Eugenio Suarez doubled in Shogo Akiyama in the Reds third.

Paul DeJong hit an RBI double in the second for St. Louis.

 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers are starting to get the kind of stellar pitching performances they’ll need for a successful late playoff run.

Christian Yelich scored on Ryan Braun’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly, Brandon Woodruff pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Friday night as they tried to climb back into postseason contention.

“This is our time to go,” Woodruff said. “We’re going to have to start playing well.”

Woodruff, Devin Williams and Josh Hader (1-1) combined on a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts. That followed Corbin Burnes working seven innings and allowing just one hit in a 19-0 rout of Detroit on Wednesday.

The Brewers have pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time since Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 last year against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee pitchers extended their overall scoreless streak to 19 innings.

“If we can find a way to sneak into this postseason, I certainly wouldn’t want to face (Woodruff) and Corbin in the first two games of a series,” Braun said.

The Brewers were beginning their final homestand as they bid for a third straight postseason appearance, which would be a franchise first.

Milwaukee is third in the NL Central at 20-22, four games back of the division-leading Cubs and one game behind St. Louis. The Brewers started a six-day stretch of eight games against the Cubs and Cardinals.

“It was a great team win for sure tonight,” Woodruff said. “We needed that one.”

Yelich walked leading off the ninth, and took third on Jedd Gyorko’s single to right off Rowan Wick (0-1), just the fourth hit for the Brewers.

Braun greeted Jeremy Jeffress with a fly to right fielder Jason Heyward a few steps in front of the warning track. Yelich scored without a throw.

“Got to make guys swing the bat,” Cubs manager David Ross said of the leadoff walk. “It’s tough. Tough one there, and you got kind of a jam shot to right from Gyorko.”

 

 

Sam Burns overcame an early double bogey and used steady iron play and strong putting to take the Safeway Open lead Friday. Harry Higgs was right behind, cutting his deficit in half with his last swing.

Burns made nine birdies in a 7-under 65 to get to 15 under at at Silverado Resort, with Higgs two strokes back. Higgs closed with an albatross for a 62, the best round of the day in the PGA Tour’s season opener.

First-round leader Russell Knox (69), Cameron Percy (68) and D.J. Trahan (65) were 12 under. James Hahn (65) and Doug Ghim (66) were 11 under.

Burns began the day a shot off the lead and started on the back nine. He ran into immediate trouble when his tee shot on the 160-yard, par-3 11th went into the water. After a drop, Burns got onto the green in three and two-putted from 14 feet.

Burns quickly turned that disappointment into motivation. The 24-year-old from Louisiana birdied the next three holes. After making the turn at 3 under for the round, Burns birdied Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 9.

“Woke me up, I guess,” Burns said. “It picked me up, like ‘Hey let’s go.” Just kind of stuck with it and the golf course opened up for me the rest of the day.”

Burns needed it on a day when Higgs ended his round with a remarkable 2 on the 564-yard, par-5 ninth. Higgs hit 331-yard drive, then holed out from 230 yards with a 4-iron.

“What a wonderful way to end the day and also just really weird,” Higgs said. “Being the last hole, it’s so final. I hope that I can like calm down. My brother and I were joking, I was looking forward to a nap all day long and I might be too jacked up now to actually fall asleep.”

Higgs didn’t see the ball roll into the cup and wasn’t even certain what happened. With no fans and minimal spectators, there was no immediate reaction other than a few people who were standing nearby.

“The volunteer off the left just started screaming and then he said, `It’s in the hole, it’s in the hole!'” Higgs said. “I don’t really remember what I did. I just took my club and threw it on the ground. It was just full panic. I’m sure it looked funny and ridiculous. I mean, what a great way to finish.”

Thirteen players had to finish the first round early Friday after Thursday’s play was suspended due to darkness.

Conditions continue to improve, paving the way for lower scores across the board. With the forecast for warmer temperatures over the next two days, it’s likely scores will continue to drop.

Consider that last year’s winner, Cameron Champ, shot 17 under over the four days. The tournament record is 18 under, shared by three people including two-time Safeway Open winner Brendan Steele.

 

 

The numbers suggested a stress-free time in the desert for Nelly Korda, who had five birdies and a clean card Friday for a 5-under 67 to build a two-shot lead going into the hot weekend at the ANA Inspiration.

All she could think about were two pars.

The only fairway she missed was on her 11th hole, the par-5 second, and she was badly out of position the entire way until making an 18-foot par putt to escape her big mess. One hole later, after hitting a fat shot from the fairway, she again had to make a par putt from some 25 feet.

“I did not know what I was doing on those two holes,” Korda said. “I was happy those two went in. Golf is just all about momentum, so you roll one in here and there and it just makes it a lot easier.”

It only figures to get harder from here.

Korda was at 11-under 133, two shots clear of Mirim Lee, who also played bogey-free in the rising heat for a 65. Joining them in the final group is a daunting figure in these parts, Lexi Thompson, a past champion at Mission Hills who can overpower the Dinah Shore course.

Thompson made up ground quickly with three birdies in a four-hole stretch at the start of her round, including a 4-iron from 220 yards to 6 feet on the par-5 second (she missed the eagle putt) and a 9-iron from 164 yards on the par-3 fifth that led to a 15-foot birdie.

With the tee moved up on the par-5 18th, she swung for the fences and nearly pulled it into the lake, saved by the September date because the ball sinks instead of rolls in the Bermuda rough. She settled for par and a 67 to finish four shots behind, along with Nanna Koertz Madsen (69).

“I left a few out there, but also I made a lot of good putts,” Thompson said.

Danielle Kang looked poised to join the chase, a big week because she is projected to reach No. 1 in the world with a victory. Her momentum was slowed by bugs, a brick wall and a bridge.

Kang came in too steep on a wedge from the 10th fairway and was 10 feet short of the green. She opted to use her putter, but backed off three times from bugs flying around her face. Then, she left it 7 feet short and missed the par putt. She stalked to the back of the green, clearly annoyed, and it didn’t help when she and Anna Nordqvist were put on the clock.

Kang was out of sorts, quickly walking after missed putts. On the 15th, she pulled her tee shot near a wall, and after asking if she could get relief – it was a boundary wall, so no – she hit into the wall trying to get it back to the fairway. It went only about 10 yards, and she had to scramble for bogey.

And then on the 18th, her approach ran through the green and just onto the carpet-lined bridge across Poppie’s Pond. She pitched off the bridge to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt for a 71. She was six shots back, still in the mix.

Korda, however, has looked solid. Thompson’s name on the board stands out given her power and record at Mission Hills.

Korda hit 13 fairways, not the most difficult task with the lush Bermuda grass cutting back how much the ball rolls. More impressive was missing only four greens, and taking 26 putts on greens already sun-baked and fast.

“Definitely very happy with my putting today, and I was superbly happy with bogey-free,” she said.

She picked up two birdies on the par 3s on the back nine and looked like she might give those shots back when she tugged her tee shot on No. 2. She considered taking a drop from the cart path until realizing she would be thick rough, so she hit 4-hybrid some 30 yards out to the right, leaving her no angle.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       In an American Association contest, John Reilly hits for the cycle, collecting three singles, a double, triple, and home run in the Red Stockings’ 27-5 rout of the visiting Pittsburgh Alleghenys at the Bank Street Grounds. Next week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman will accomplish the feat for the second time at the same ballpark when the team beats the first-place Philadelphia Athletics, 12-3.

1930       At Ebbets Field, Dodger catcher Al Lopez hits the last major league bounced home run in National League history. The Senior Circuit joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929, in awarding a ground-rule double to the player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce.

1932       In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark remains for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.

1936       At the age of 61, Kid Elberfeld, the team’s skipper, grounds out to third when he pinch-hits for the Fulton (KY) Eagles in the Class D Kitty League. The Tabasco Kid, known for his combative style as a major leaguer, finishes his minor league managerial career the end of the season after spending 30 years as a manager, coach, scout, mentor, and an instructor to many aspiring ballplayers.

1947       Ralph Kiner hits a record eight home runs in four games surpassing Tony Lazzeri, who had hit seven round-trippers in four games with the Yankees in 1936. The Pirates outfielder will finish the season tied with a major-league-leading 51 round-trippers with Giants first baseman Johnny Mize.

1952       At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective headgear, a precursor to the batting helmet, that protects the players’ temples. Branch Rickey’s innovation, worn both at the plate and in the field in the Bucs’ twin bill split with Boston, is a plastic hat with a foam layer attached to the hat band.

1953       The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.

1958       At Connie Mack Stadium, Giants’ leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singles and a hits a three-run inside-the-park home run during an eight-run first inning. Johnny Antonelli pitches a complete game for his 15th victory of the season as San Francisco routs the Phillies, 19-2.

1959       En route to a 21-15 season with the Giants, 33 year-old Toothpick Sam Jones throws a four-hitter against Philadelphia to become the second black major leaguer to win twenty games. In 1955, the right-hander from Ohio lost twenty games pitching for the Cubs.

1961       Frank Lary wins his 20th game of the season, the second time he has accomplished the feat when he goes the distance in the Tigers’ 3-1 victory over Kansas City. The 31 year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 23-9 record, which includes a league-leading 22 complete games.

1962       Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K’s in a single game by striking out 21 batters, throwing all 16 innings in the Senators’ 2-1 victory over the Orioles. The 27 year-old right-handed fireballer tosses 228 pitches in the three-hour and 59-minute Memorial Stadium contest.

1962       With the game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose their All-Star center fielder when Willie Mays enters a hospital for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National League pennant.

1963       “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, – addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds. In a pregame ceremony with his former Dodgers teammates, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets with a special ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, which coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home in Harlem. The ‘Silver Fox,’ obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.

1964       Orioles southpaw Frank Bertaina records his first major league victory when he tosses a one-hitter to beat the A’s at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The losing pitcher Bob Meyer, who yields the game’s lone run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, also gives up just one hit in his complete-game effort in the seventh double one-hitter in baseball history

1965       Mets rookie Dick Selma, in his second major league start, establishes a franchise mark when he strikes out 13 batters. The 21 year-old right-hander goes the distance in New York’s ten-inning, 1-0 victory over Milwaukee at Shea Stadium.

1969       The Mets sweep the Pirates in a twin bill when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in each game.

1972       In his final appearance in a big league uniform, 29 year-old right-hander Denny McLain, who will finish his ten-year career with a 131-92 record, is tagged with the loss when he gives up three runs in the ninth inning without retiring a batter in the Braves’ 7-5 loss to Cincinnati at Atlanta Stadium. The last batter the one-time 30-game winner, rumored to have been involved with gambling and bookmaking during his time in the major leagues, will face is Pete Rose, who will be banned from baseball for life for wagering on the game.

1974       Mike Schmidt hits an eighth-inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelphia’s 6-4 comeback victory over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium. The 24 year-old third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to lead the league in home runs since Chuck Klein hit 28 round-trippers in 1933.

1976       At age 53, Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to get a hit in a regular-season game as he singles in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the White Sox. Angels’ southpaw Sid Monge gives up the historic hit.

1979       Carl Yastrzemski, in a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, collects his 3000th hit, an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park. After Captain Carl’s milestone marker, the game pauses for a lengthy on-field celebration of the historic moment.

1984       Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie when he whiffs Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning of his 2-0 complete-game victory over the Pirates at Shea Stadium. By whiffing 16 Bucs, Doc’s total of 251 is six more than Herb Score’s 1955 mark.

1985       Both New York teams host their rivals in close pennant races, thanks to a rare oddity of scheduling that has the clubs playing at home on the same day. On Baseball Thursday in the Big Apple, the Mets go into first place with a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Shea Stadium, and the second-place Yankees beat the Blue Jays in the ballpark in the Bronx, 7-5, cutting Toronto’s lead to a game and half.

1987       Eddie Murray, passing Boog Powell, becomes the Orioles’ all-time home run leader when he hits his 304th round-tripper for Baltimore in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cal Ripken will move past his buddy for first-place honors, hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.

1995       During a WGN pregame radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?”, referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”

1996       Alex Rodriguez, in an 8-5 win over the Royals, sets a major league shortstop record with his 88th extra-base hit. The Mariners infielder’s first-inning double off Chris Haney in the Kauffman Stadium contest establishes the new mark.

1996       With two home runs and a single, Bernie Williams collects eight RBIs, helping the Bronx Bombers defeat Detroit, 12-3. The Yankee center fielder, who will celebrate his 28th birthday tomorrow, will hit .305 for the eventual World Champs.

1998       Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season when he blasts a seventh-inning three-run shot off Milwaukee’s Valerio de los Santos in a 15-12 victorious slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Chicago right-fielder joins Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), and Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals) in reaching one of baseball’s most cherished milestones.

2000       Dave Hansen breaks the 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench on the same date Johnny Frederick established the mark sixty-eight years ago. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

2002       A jury, and not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov actually controlled Barry Bonds’ record-setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession of the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims the historic horsehide should belong to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the valuable souvenir.

2005       Making his season debut with just 20 games left in the regular schedule, Barry Bonds returns to the Giants lineup with a bang, lining a double in his first at-bat and barely missing hitting his 704th career homer. The 41 year-old slugger had been placed on the disabled list at the start of the season due to an infection following knee surgery.

2006       The Braves are mathematically eliminated from the division race as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4. The New York victory ends Atlanta’s streak of fourteen straight division titles, the longest run for any professional sport.

2006       At 39 years and nine days old, Luis Gonzalez becomes the oldest player to hit 50 doubles in one season. The Diamondbacks outfielder, who also holds the club’s record for two baggers, surpasses Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, who was 38 years, 107 days old when he last legged a hit to second.

2008       In the 2-1 victory over the Nationals, Jorge Cantu goes deep in the fourth inning, making the Marlins the first team in big league history to have four infielders hit 25 home runs in the same season. The Florida third baseman joins first baseman Mike Jacobs (32), second baseman Dan Uggla (30), and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (29) in accounting for 116 of the Fish’s 188 big flies this year.

2015       Atlanta loses its 11th consecutive home game, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Mets at Turner Field. The defeat matches a franchise mark established in 1931, when the team played at Braves Field in Boston.

2015       After hitting a homer in the first inning, David Ortiz goes deep again in the fifth frame to become the 27th member of the 500 home run club. The Red Sox 39 year-old designated hitter’s two round-trippers, both off Matt Moore, contributes to the team’s 10-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

2017       The Twins set a Target Field record for most homers in a game in the eight-year old ballpark, going deep seven times in the team’s 16-0 pounding of the Padres. The septet of round-trippers blasted by Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (2), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas marks the first time in history that a team hits a home run in each of the first seven innings.

2017       Behind Corey Kluber’s complete-game performance, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20, beating the Tigers at Progressive Field, 2-0. The Tribe’s winning ways, which began on August 24th against the Red Sox in Boston, ties American League record mark the team now shares with 2002 A’s.