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Marion 53  Richmond 0 ……The Marion Giants got off to a fast start and defeated Richmond Friday night in NCC action. The Red Devils fall to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference with the loss. Marion go on the board first on a Khalid Stamps 10-yard TD run making it 6-0 with 8:00 remaining in the first quarter. Richmond failed to do anything with the football, the Giants made it 12-0 on D’Angelo Jones’ 20 yard score. For the second time Marion’s two-point conversion failed. Before the quarter ended the Giants added another score on Malachi Silmon’s 40 yard scamper and Marion held a commanding 19-0 lead after the first quarter.

Richmond continued to struggle on offense in the second quarter and the Giants kept rolling. Stamps scored on his second touchdown run, this time of 40 yards, and the Giants built a 26-0 lead with 5:00 remaining before halftime.

Stamps wasn’t done yet as the senior running back kept things going in the third quarter with his third rushing touchdown giving the Giants a 33-0 lead following the extra point. Marion scored through the air with 2:00 remaining in the third quarter on a 25 yard touchdown pass to Javion Davis. Marion added another score in the third on a Winston Baity 5-yard touchdown run and the Giants held a commanding 47-0 lead heading into the final 12:00. Marion scored once more making the final score Marion 53 Richmond 0. The loss is Richmond’s worst since the Giants beat them at Lyboult last season 63-7. The Giants have outscored Richmond 214-7 over the last four meetings.

Richmond returns home next Friday to take on Logansport.

 

Harrison 42 Anderson 14

Lafayette Jeff 50 Kokomo 13

McCutcheon 34, Logansport 0

Lawrenceburg 36, Indpls Tech 7

Lincoln 20 Hagerstown 14 (OT)

Centerville 49 Tri 14….QB Ryan Dickenson had rushing touchdowns of 5, 58, 11 and 12 yards and touchdown tosses of 6 and 28 yards. Dickenson finished with 96 yards passing and 167 yards rushing.  Jamari Pamplin also finished with 107 yards rushing. Defense: Collin Clark with 14 tackles, Brett Ballenger with 9 and Luke Smith with 8.

Union County 25 Winchester 22…Pats QB Zach Hill 7-12-128yds-TD (60 rushing yards) Regan Bias 8c-114yds

Northeastern 24 Union City 7

Eastern Hancock 42 Knightstown 7

Mt. Vernon 35 Delta 0

Bluffton 48 Jay County 7

Greenfield Central 51 Shelbyville 0

 

OHIO

Arcanum 42 National Trail 25

Brookville 28 Monroe 3

Franklin 9 Valley View 3

Milton Union 26 Preble Shawnee 8

Brookville 28 Monroe 3

Oakwood 25 Northridge 14

Madison 30 Carlisle 20

Butler 17 Greenville 6

Edgewood 34 Talawanda 14

Ansonia 53 Mississinawa Valley 7

Tri-County North 25 Miami East 14

Bethel 34 Twin Valley South 13

 

INDIANA STATE SCOREBOARD

Adams Central 42, Heritage 6

Alexandria 41, Elwood 26

Andrean 52, Highland 10

Angola 49, Lakeland 27

Avon 35, Franklin Central 7

Beech Grove 41, Indpls Washington 6

Bloomington North 24, Terre Haute North 21

Bloomington South 49, Terre Haute South 3

Bluffton 48, Jay Co. 7

Boonville 44, Linton 42, OT

Brownsburg 42, Fishers 6

Brownstown 55, N. Harrison 22

Lincoln 20, Hagerstown 14, OT

Carmel 36, Lawrence North 34

Cass 15, Northwestern 0

Castle 28, Vincennes 7

Center Grove 47, Indpls N. Central 0

Centerville 49, Tri 14

Central Noble 35, Fremont 34, OT

Churubusco 42, Prairie Hts. 0

Clinton Central 62, Taylor 6

Columbia City 13, DeKalb 12

Columbus East 48, New Albany 14

Concord 33, Goshen 0

Corydon 44, Eastern (Pekin) 6

Covenant Christian 56, Indpls Tindley 0

Danville 28, Tri-West 7

Delphi 42, Tri-Central 14

East Central 36, Batesville 3

Eastbrook 62, Frankton 12

Eastern (Greentown) 52, Carroll (Flora) 0

Eastern Hancock 42, Knightstown 7

Eastside 40, Garrett 0

Elkhart Central 20, Penn 19

Evansville Central 57, Evansville Reitz 20

Evansville Memorial 37, Evansville Harrison 7

Evansville North 48, Evansville Bosse 0

Fairfield 41, W. Noble 7

Floyd Central 38, Jeffersonville 10

Franklin 48, Martinsville 21

Frontier 32, Traders Point Christian 12

Ft. Wayne Concordia 20, Ft. Wayne Northrop 6

Ft. Wayne Luers 48, Ft. Wayne North 46

Ft. Wayne South 29, Ft. Wayne Wayne 28

Greenfield 51, Shelbyville 0

Hamilton Hts. 19, Western 18, OT

Heritage Christian 51, Indpls Shortridge 6

Homestead 33, Ft. Wayne Snider 3

Huntington North 35, Bellmont 13

Indpls Ben Davis 21, Warren Central 14

Indpls Cathedral 25, Cin. St. Xavier 22

Indpls Chatard 42, Southport 0

Indpls Lutheran 56, Cascade 7

Indpls Park Tudor 29, Greencastle 28

Indpls Ritter 38, Lapel 8

Indpls Roncalli 42, Guerin Catholic 0

Jasper 28, Ev. Mater Dei 14

Jimtown 14, Bremen 13

Knox 45, Glenn 13

LaPorte 28, Lake Central 16

LaVille 41, Caston 6

Harrison 42, Anderson 14

Lafayette Jeff 50, Kokomo 13

Lawrenceburg 36, Indpls Tech 7

Madison 42, Jennings Co. 13

Marion 53, Richmond 0

McCutcheon 34, Logansport 0

Milan 25, N. Decatur 7

Mishawaka 39, Plymouth 30

Mishawaka Marian 35, S. Bend Adams 13

Mooresville 20, Decatur Central 14

Mt. Vernon (Posey) 29, Forest Park 20

North Daviess 40, Rock Creek Academy 7

North Judson 29, Winamac 0

North Knox 45, N. Central (Farmersburg) 0

North Putnam 44, Cloverdale 6

North Vermillion 35, Riverton Parke 16

New Castle 39, Yorktown 13

New Palestine 13, Pendleton Hts. 3

New Prairie 45, S. Bend St. Joseph’s 20

NorthWood 39, Wawasee 0

Northeastern 27, Union City 7

Northfield 55, Manchester 18

Northview 35, Owen Valley 0

Oak Hill 7, Mississinewa 6

Oldenburg 38, Switzerland Co. 0

Parke Heritage 69, Eastern (Greene) 8

Perry Central 35, Tecumseh 6

Peru 14, Maconaquah 7

Pioneer 48, Indpls Attucks 12

Plainfield 38, Greenwood 35

Princeton 42, S. Spencer 28

Providence 23, Charlestown 14

River Forest 56, E. Chicago Central 0

South Adams 31, Monroe Central 14

South Bend Riley 34, Gary West 0

South Bend Washington 35, S. Bend Clay 6

South Putnam 42, Edgewood 0

Salem 51, Clarksville 14

Seeger 65, Covington 14

Seymour 26, Bedford N. Lawrence 7

Shenandoah 41, Wes-Del 6

Sheridan 34, Clinton Prairie 7

Sherwood Fairview, Ohio 69, Woodlan 0

Silver Creek 49, Scottsburg 13

Southmont 30, Crawfordsville 24

Southridge 48, Gibson Southern 28

Southwood 35, Wabash 0

Speedway 21, Monrovia 14

Sullivan 14, S. Vermillion 13, OT

Tell City 41, Springs Valley 0

Tippecanoe Valley 54, Rochester 0

Tri-County 56, S. Newton 18

Triton 48, Culver 8

Triton Central 14, Indian Creek 6

Twin Lakes 30, Benton Central 12

Union Co. 25, Winchester 22

Valparaiso 30, Chesterton 21

West Lafayette 27, Rensselaer 21, OT

West Vigo 26, Brown Co. 14

We Washington 43, Paoli 0

Warsaw 27, Northridge 14

Washington 44, Pike Central 21

Western Boone 38, N. Montgomery 16

Westfield 14, Hamilton Southeastern 3

Wheeler 44, Boone Grove 0

Whiteland 48, Indpls Perry Meridian 0

Whitko 53, N. Miami 24

Zionsville 24, Noblesville 17

 

NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

LA Lakers 126 Denver 114

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Philadelphia 7 Toronto 0

Philadelphia 8 Toronto 7

Cincinnati 7 Chicago White Sox 1

Milwaukee 9 Kansas City 5

Arizona 6 Houston 3

Chicago Cubs 1 Minnesota 0

Oakland 6 San Francisco 0

San Diego 6 Seattle 1

Cleveland 1 Detroit 0

NY Yankees 6 Boston 5 (12)

Tampa Bay 2 Baltimore 1

LA Angels 6 Texas 2

St. Louis 6 Pittsburgh 5

St. Louis 7 Pittsburgh 2

Washington 5 Miami 0

Atlanta 12 NY Mets 2

LA Dodgers 15 Colorado 6

Miami 14 Washington 3

 

AP NEWS HEADLINES

Historic year: Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year earned him a historic awards sweep.

The Milwaukee forward is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, receiving that award Friday. He got the Defensive Player of the Year award earlier in these NBA playoffs.

The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo becomes just the third player in league history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining only Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.

“Michael Jordan, one of the best players who’s ever done it, if not the best,” Antetokounmpo said. “Hakeem, a guy that I look up to, he came from where I’m from, Nigeria, where I have roots. … Just being in the same sentence with them, that means a lot to me.”

Antetokounmpo – who was in his native Athens, Greece, with his family when the award was announced – received 85 votes from the 100-person panel of global sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, plus the one additional vote granted by winning fan balloting.

“It feels good to get this award announced when I’m back home,” Antetokounmpo said, after telling NBA Commissioner Adam Silver – who was in possession of the trophy Friday – to hang on to the hardware until he returns to the U.S.

“I’m going to ship it to Greece,” Silver said during the televised announcement show on NBA TV.

“No, don’t do that,” Antetokounmpo replied. “I’ll come get it when the season starts.”

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers got the other 15 first-place votes and finished second, and James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished third. James has been first, second or third in the MVP voting now 11 times in his career, and Harden has been a top-three finisher in each of the last four seasons.

Antetokounmpo’s numbers this season were unprecedented, with averages of 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Nobody had ever averaged those numbers over a full season; Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor both had seasons where they topped Antetokounmpo’s averages for points and rebounds, though both fell just shy of matching his assist average.

 

Lakers roll past Nuggets 126-114 in West finals opener

Slow starters in the first two rounds, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared to be in a hurry to put away the Denver Nuggets.

It was a strong statement to their opponent – and maybe to the NBA’s MVP voters.

Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James added 15 points and 12 assists hours after finishing a distant second in the MVP voting, and the Lakers rolled to a 126-114 victory on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

The top-seeded Lakers opened a double-digit lead in the first half that they easily extended in the third quarter.

“It took a quarter for us to kind of figure it out,” James said. “Not saying we fully figured them out because it’s too early in the series to say that, but we started to get a better feel. Just started to get in a better rhythm defensively and we started to get some stops in that second quarter and we were able to build that lead up going into halftime.”

James acknowledged being “pissed off” at receiving just 16 first-place votes to winner Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 85 from a panel of global sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, and the Nuggets may have felt the wrath of that.

“It definitely sparks him and like he got a chip on his shoulder like he’s got something to prove,” Davis said.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points and Dwight Howard rejoined the rotation with 13 in a powerful return to the conference finals for the Lakers, who hadn’t been to the NBA’s final four since winning their last championship in 2010.

Los Angeles dropped Game 1 against both Portland and Houston before winning the next four games. The Lakers quickly knocked off any rust for another long layoff in the bubble against a Denver team that’s had things much tougher.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray each scored 21 points for the Nuggets, playing in the conference finals for the first time since the Lakers beat them in 2009.

Denver overcame 3-1 deficits against Utah and the Clippers, becoming the first team to do that twice in a postseason. The Nuggets immediately fell behind again, digging themselves a big hole when Jokic and Murray each picked up three fouls in the first half that just got deeper in the second half.

“We know how it’s going to be. We know we’re the younger team. We’re just going to play through it,” Murray said about the fouls discrepancy. “We’re going to find a way and we’re not going to go away so easy.”

Game 2 is Sunday.

 

Baylor-Houston, FAU-Ga Southern postponed day before games

Baylor’s season opener against Houston, scheduled less than a week ago, was one of two Bowl Subdivision games postponed Friday – the day before they were supposed to play.

Florida Atlantic’s opener against Georgia Southern was postponed earlier in the day, following the results of FAU’s COVID-19 testing Thursday. In both cases, the schools involved said they would try to find make-up dates.

The postponements illustrate the uncertainty surrounding college sports. The number of FBS games postponed or canceled because of COVID-19 issues since Aug. 26 is 16 and the pandemic’s impact is being felt in other sports; one of college basketball’s premier tournaments is moving from Hawaii to North Carolina and the NCAA delayed the start of the basketball season to Nov. 25.

Athletes are scrambling too: Minnesota star receiver Rashod Bateman has re-joined his team after opting out of the season, and hopes to be able to play when the Big Ten starts in late October. A similar return played out earlier this week at Ohio State.

In putting off its opener, Baylor said it was unable to meet COVID-19 roster thresholds set by the Big 12. The school did not provide specifics on the players or positions affected by the coronavirus or the number of players who were quarantined due to contact tracing; on Monday, it said it had six active cases across its athletic programs and that 23 total cases were being monitored.

Baylor is scheduled to open its Big 12 season next week against Kansas State. The Big 12 said that game is still on for now.

The Big 12 said a minimum 53-player roster is necessary to play a game, and must include at least seven offensive linemen, four defensive linemen and one quarterback.

On Friday, the Southeastern Conference released similar thresholds with one key difference. The SEC said it would only count scholarship players among those minimums. The Big 12’s minimums include walk-ons.

 

AP source: Woods gets 4-year, $68M extension with LA Rams

A person with knowledge of the deal says receiver Robert Woods has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $68 million with the Los Angeles Rams.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Rams announced the deal Friday without revealing the financial terms.

Woods’ extension includes a guaranteed $32 million, and the veteran receiver is now signed with his hometown team through the 2025 season.

Woods is coming off three highly productive seasons for the Rams, racking up 3,134 total yards receiving and 284 yards rushing with 15 total touchdowns. He has been a major, versatile component of Los Angeles’ prolific offense under coach Sean McVay since they joined the franchise together in 2017.

The 28-year-old Woods was already signed through 2021 in a deal that pays him $9 million next season, but the Rams repeatedly said they intended to increase Woods’ pay to a level commensurate with his achievements and leadership. Los Angeles already gave a bump to Woods two years ago on the five-year, $34 million free-agent deal he signed when he left Buffalo, which drafted him out of Southern California in 2013.

“You find yourself in an elite situation where you can do what you’re capable of, and now it’s time to get paid what you deserve to get paid,” Woods said Thursday while negotiations on the deal reached their culmination. “Now it’s time to get paid by your play.”

Woods led the NFL last season with 577 yards after the catch while racking up 1,134 yards receiving on a career-high 90 receptions. While he has never been selected for a Pro Bowl, Woods is a prolific, durable wideout who has ranked among the NFL’s top dozen receivers in catches and yards receiving since he joined the Rams.

Woods started off the new season with six receptions for 105 yards in the Rams’ 20-17 victory in the inaugural game at SoFi Stadium last weekend. He had a 20-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage at the Rams’ new arena, and he later added a 14-yard run in his regular role as a ball carrier on jet sweeps.

Woods is the third major contributor to agree to a contract extension in the past two weeks with the Rams, who rarely hesitate to pay their top players generously. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey got a five-year, $105 million extension last week, while Woods’ counterpart, fellow 1,100-yard receiver Cooper Kupp, got a three-year deal worth $48 million.

 

Cardinals Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson dies at 82

Larry Wilson, a former Cardinals safety and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

Wilson died Thursday evening, according to a news release from the team.

Wilson spent more than 43 years in the Cardinals’ organization as a player and an executive.

“For more than 40 years, Larry Wilson played a remarkable role in the history of the Cardinals and National Football League as a Hall of Fame player and team executive,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “While he will be recognized for his toughness and excellence on the field and his many contributions to the Cardinals organization, we will also remember Larry as loyal, humble and kind to everyone he met. Larry enriched the lives of many players and colleagues around the league.”

A seventh-round draft pick out of Utah in 1960, Wilson played 13 seasons with the Cardinals. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and was a first-team All Pro five times.

Wilson was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was on both the NFL’s 75th and 100th anniversary teams. He holds franchise records with 52 career interceptions and 800 interception return yards. His seven straight games with an interception in 1966 are second-most in NFL history.

“Larry Wilson was the kindest, most humble person that I will ever know,” Wilson’s wife, Nancy, said in a statement released through the team. “To most, he was this ferocious and fierce football player who some described as pound for pound the toughest player of his generation. To me, he was the most generous and gentle soul you would ever meet. For Larry, it was always about everyone else and what he could do for them.”

Following his playing career, Wilson spent 30 years as a Cardinals executive, serving as director of pro scouting, director of pro personnel and a short stint as interim head coach in 1979.

Wilson was vice president and general manager from the team’s inaugural season in Arizona in 1988 until 1993. He was the team’s vice president until retiring in 2003.

Born in Rigby Idaho, Wilson is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy, daughter Christie, son Larry Jr. and numerous grandchildren.

 

49ers rule out All-Pro TE George Kittle for game vs. Jets

The San Francisco 49ers will be without All-Pro tight end George Kittle this week because of a sprained left knee.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Kittle won’t make the trip to face the New York Jets on Sunday after hurting his knee during a season-opening loss to Arizona.

Kittle played the second half of that game after being hit by Cardinals safety Budda Baker late in the second quarter while trying to catch an errant pass from Jimmy Garoppolo. But he was diagnosed with a sprained knee Monday and didn’t practice all week before being ruled out.

The Niners would have waited until Sunday to make that determination if they were at home but once they decided not to bring him on the trip, they ruled him out. Kittle will join them next week in West Virginia, where the team will spend the week before concluding an East Coast trip with a game against the Giants on Sept. 27.

“If he’s not going to play, it’s much better for him to leave him here for a couple of days and let him get his rehab and everything,” Shanahan said. “We had to make that decision a little bit earlier today and that’ll help him and benefit him and he’ll meet us in West Virginia. Hopefully these two days of staying here will help him and hopefully he’ll be ready to go next week.”

The Niners (0-1) head into the game against the Jets without two of their most important players. Cornerback Richard Sherman was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a strained calf. He will be replaced by Ahkello Witherspoon, who cleared the concussion protocol.

Cornerback Jason Verrett will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury and edge rusher Dee Ford is questionable with neck spasms. The Niners will get rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) and center Ben Garland (ankle) back after they both missed the season opener.

 

Groin injury sidelines Packers DT Kenny Clark for Lions game

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark won’t be available for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions after a groin injury knocked him out of a season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Clark wouldn’t be playing in the team’s home opener.

“I know he’s doing everything in his power to be back as quickly as possible, but he won’t able to play this weekend,” LaFleur said.

Clark’s absence leaves Green Bay without its best defensive lineman.

The 2016 first-round draft pick was selected to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement last year. Clark signed a four-year, $70 million extension last month.

 

Titans will be without receiver A.J. Brown vs. Jaguars

Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown will miss Sunday’s home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars with an injured knee.

Coach Mike Vrabel said Friday that rookie running back Darrynton Evans also will miss his second straight game with an injured hamstring.

Brown led all rookies with 1,051 yards receiving in 2019. He played in the Titans’ win in Denver on Monday night, but he was limited in practice Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.

Corey Davis, the Titans’ other starting receiver, practiced fully Friday after being limited Thursday by a hamstring that had him on the injury report last week. Davis played and led the Titans with seven catches for 101 yards.

Starting cornerback Malcolm Butler is questionable with an injured quad. The Titans already are without starting cornerback Adoree Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve Monday. Linebackers Vic Beasley (knee) and Derick Roberson (knee) also are questionable.

Left tackle Taylor Lewan practiced fully Friday after missing Thursday with an illness.

 

Jets WR Jamison Crowder out vs. 49ers with hamstring injury

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been ruled out for the New York Jets’ game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers because of a hamstring injury.

Crowder’s absence is a big blow to Sam Darnold and the offense, which struggled despite the receiver having seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening loss at Buffalo last Sunday.

“We’ll have to make some adjustments,” coach Adam Gase said Friday.

Crowder, who led the Jets last season with a career-high 78 catches, was listed on the team’s injury report last week with a hamstring issue but practiced fully and played.

Gase said Crowder was running earlier this week and “kind of pulled up.” He was limited at practice Wednesday, but sat out Thursday and Friday.

New York’s receiving group has been hit hard by injuries since training camp, but Gase was optimistic Crowder won’t need to go on injured reserve.

“It would just be hard for me to put him out there Sunday without him practicing Thursday and Friday,” Gase said. “Even if he did feel better Saturday, the last thing we want to do is set him back some more. Hopefully this will be more of a short-term thing than a long-term, but obviously everybody reacts a little different.”

In Crowder’s absence, Braxton Berrios is expected to take over the role as the primary slot receiver. Gase said Berrios has developed a bit of chemistry with Darnold over the past few seasons, particularly in practice.

“Crowder’s been probably our best player on offense the last two years,” Gase said. “Berrios, his skillset fits what we do. We always try to develop a role for him throughout the week, but we’ve had to do it where Crowder always stays on the field because they play the same spot. I’m just glad he’s here because I think it’s rare to have two slots that can be starters in this league.”

 

Hendricks sparkles, Cubs edge Twins 1-0 for 5th straight win

Kyle Hendricks tossed eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball to outduel Rich Hill, and the Chicago Cubs edged the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

Hendricks stuck out 10 and walked one before Jeremy Jeffress worked around two walks in the ninth for his eighth save. After 104 pitches – including 73 strikes – Hendricks narrowly missed his fifth career shutout and his second this season.

The right-hander had pinpoint fastball command to get ahead in counts. Then Hendricks was able to mix in a much-improved curve to spin his way to another sparkling outing as the first-place Cubs moved 11 games over .500 (31-20) for the first time in the pandemic-shortened season.

“You love the way he’s moving the fastball around,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “That’s such as key for him. And the breaking ball was really good tonight. You hadn’t seen that in awhile.

“I thought his whole arsenal was good tonight.”

Hendricks (6-4), who lowered his ERA to 2.93, is known for hitting spots with his fastball and changeup. A better breaking ball gives him an added weapon and makes him more than “a two-pitch pitcher,” he said.

“(The curveball) all year has been the best it’s been for me in my career,” Hendricks said. “Tonight was one of the best. When I see an opportunity to throw it, I’m not shying away from it anymore.”

Willson Contreras’ sharp RBI single in the first accounted for the only run off the 40-year-old Hill, who walked the first two Cubs batters and then settled in on a clear, chilly night at Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in.

Hendricks retired 12 Twins hitters in a row during a stretch from the second until Josh Donaldson’s bloop single with two outs in the sixth.

The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central is five games over St. Louis, which swept a doubleheader from Pittsburgh.

 

Winker homers, Reds beat White Sox 7-1 for 6th in a row

The Reds hitter in the deepest slump kept their winning streak going.

Jesse Winker hit a three-run homer – one of four off White Sox starter Jonathan Stiever – and Cincinnati extended its surge into playoff contention with a 7-1 win Friday night for its season-high sixth victory in a row.

The Reds moved to .500 (26-26) for the first time since Aug. 3. They’ve had a winning record only once, after their season-opening victory over the Tigers. Their winning streak has them in playoff position, in second place in the NL Central behind the Cubs.

“When things weren’t going well, we continued to take care of each other and kept competing,” manager David Bell said. “That has put us in this position. Sometimes it is hard to do when you’re not getting good results.”

The Reds are coming off six losing seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2013.

“We’ve been playing really clean baseball,” said Winker, who ended an 0-for-23 slump. “This has been the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Chicago arrived in town a few hours after a long-awaited breakthrough.

The AL Central-leading White Sox clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a win over the Twins on Thursday night. They have the AL’s best record and much bigger goal of a division title.

“The (Reds) kind of struck early, so that puts a little damper on everything right out of the chute,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Their momentum hit a snag as Stiever (0-1) got hit hard in his first major league road appearance. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed Winker’s shot and solo homers by Joey Votto, Nick Castellanos and Tucker Barnhart.

Winker’s homer in the third made it 6-0 and ended his career-high slump.

Stiever made his debut against Detroit on Sept. 13 – making the jump from Class A – and allowed one run and two hits over 3 2/3 innings. The Reds piled up five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

“They got good swings on really pretty much anything I was throwing,” Stiever said.

Tyler Mahle (2-2) got his first win since Aug. 28, allowing four hits and fanning eight in 5 2/3 innings. Chicago managed only one run out of a bases-loaded, none-out opportunity in the sixth.

 

Pujols 2 HRs, passes Mays for 5th place, Angels beat Rangers

Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list. It took only five days for the Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him.

Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers to break the tie with Mays, then connected again in his next at-bat in the 6-2 victory.

“I knew that whenever it happens, whether it was going to be this year or next year, it was going to happen,” he said. “I definitely wasn’t thinking about trying to hit one out. It happened tonight and look how perfect it worked out. I not only got one, but two on the night.”

The 40-year-old Pujols now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols said that he received a text and email from Mays after he tied the Hall of Famer on Sunday in Colorado. Pujols added that he had not checked his phone after Friday’s game to see how many congratulatory messages he had received.

“It is pretty special when you are talking about Willie Mays. What he did on the field is amazing,” Pujols said. “He’s a legend, pretty smart and he knows how to give good advice.”

Pujols had hit just four home runs this season before posting the 60th multi-HR game of his career and first since May 11 last year at Baltimore. He finished with three hits on the night.

Pujols passed Mays with a solo drive to left. Pujols sent a 1-2 fastball from Wes Benjamin into the Rangers’ bullpen. Pujols pointed to the dugout and did a fist pump as he approached third base.

After the Rangers rallied to get within 3-2, Pujols led off the seventh with No. 662 off Demarcus Evans into the Angels’ bullpen to extend the lead.

 

Yankees rally, beat Bosox 6-5 in 12 for 9th straight win

The New York Yankees’ bats arrived just in time to help extend their longest win streak of the season.

Gary Sanchez hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning, DJ LeMahieu had a go-ahead double in the 12th and the Yankees rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Friday night for their ninth straight victory.

New York improved to 8-0 over its longtime rival this season. Dating to last year, the Yankees have won 11 in a row over the Red Sox, one short of its best streak ever against them.

‘”‘I had absolute confidence we were going to find out a way back in this game,” LeMahieu said. “I feel like we’re playing like we should be playing. . We’re all clicking.”

The victory moved the Yankees (30-21) percentage points ahead of Minnesota (31-22) for the No. 4 seed and home field in the first round of the playoffs. The fourth-seeded club will host the No. 5 team in every game of the best-of-three series.

The Yankees won on a night in which sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were both in the lineup together for the first time since Aug. 8 after recently returning from stints on the injured list.

Sanchez said their return come at a perfect time.

“They’re key pieces to our team,” he said through a translator. “When they are in the lineup they have certain energy and an intimidation factor.”

Jonathan Loaisiga (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings to get the victory in a game that ended well past midnight. Ryan Weber (1-3) took the loss.

 

Anderson’s 3 HRs help Marlins earn split against Nats, 14-3

Brian Anderson circled the bases so quickly after his second home run Friday that he nearly overtook Jesus Aguilar, who playfully motioned his teammate to slow down.

No need to rush. Anderson and the Miami Marlins are on pace to end their 17-year playoff drought.

Anderson had three homers and seven RBIs, matching the franchise record in both categories, and Miami earned a doubleheader split by beating the Washington Nationals 14-3.

The Marlins remained in second place in the NL East as they chase their first playoff berth since 2003. They’re 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta, and a half-game better than third-place Philadelphia.

Anderson’s third homer was a three-run shot in the sixth inning against infielder-outfielder Brock Holt, pitching in a mop-up role.

“Getting a position player on the last one, that’s a little cheap,” Anderson said, “but I’m going to take them any way you can get them right now.”

Anderson also homered leading off the second and hit a three-run shot in the fifth, increasing his season total to nine homers. That gave him plenty of chances to practice his home-run trot.

“Agui says I run too fast,” Anderson said with a smile. “He says I need to enjoy them a little bit more. I just don’t want to show anybody up.”

The Marlins matched their season-high run total after they were shut out in the opener. Erick Fedde allowed one hit in six innings as Washington beat highly touted rookie Sixto Sanchez 5-0.

 

A’s clinch playoff berth win win over Giants, Mariners loss

An AL West title will mean so much more than simply clinching a playoff berth given how the past two seasons have gone for the Oakland Athletics.

Then, the A’s might let loose and celebrate a little. But not just yet.

They secured a third straight playoff berth with Seattle’s loss to San Diego and a 6-0 win against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, highlighted by Matt Olson’s three-run homer.

“Clinching the playoffs is the goal every single year. Exciting, but winning the division I think is going to be a lot better for us,” winning pitcher Chris Bassitt said. “It was literally another win. We have a lot bigger goals.”

The A’s scoreboard read “POSTSEASON BOUND” high above the cutouts.

Oakland is in the playoffs for the sixth time in nine seasons and now shifts its attention to the division title, which could be locked up Saturday. The A’s haven’t captured the West since 2013, winning 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish in second place behind Houston and before losing the AL Wild Card Game both years.

The A’s scoreboard read “POSTSEASON BOUND” high above the cardboard cutouts of fans filling the Oakland Coliseum.

Olson connected in the third inning of a balanced offensive attack for the A’s in the opener of the second round of the 2020 Bay Bridge Series.

Jake Lamb’s RBI single in the first staked Bassitt (4-2) to a quick lead. The right-hander struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight start.

“He’s been absolutely terrific,” manager Bob Melvin said, “probably as consistent as we’ve had all year.”

Tommy La Stella and Marcus Semien also singled in runs for the A’s, who finally got a day off Thursday following a grueling stretch with 16 games in 13 days with three doubleheaders.

 

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials and ESPN personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

 

Reed takes the lead as the real US Open gets started

This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected.

Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. He never got flustered by bogeys and made enough birdie putts and key saves for an even-par 70.

It felt just as rewarding as the 66 he shot in the opening round, and it gave him a one-shot lead over muscleman Bryson DeChambeau, who powered and putted his way to a 68.

The opening round featured soft greens, a few accessible pins and 21 rounds under par. Friday was the epitome of a major long known as the toughest test in golf.

Three players broke par. Nine others shot even par. Everyone else was hanging on for dear life. As the final groups tried to beat darkness in this September U.S. Open, only six players remained in red numbers.

“It’s almost like they set it up to ease our way into it, and then showed us what it’s supposed to really be like,” Reed said.

Television showed his five birdies. What took him to the 36-hole lead at 4-under 136 was a collection of pars from bunkers and from thick grass just over the greens. He managed them all with grit, a common trait among U.S. Open champions.

DeChambeau showed plenty of resiliency, too, bouncing back with birdies after all five of his bogeys and finishing the best round of the day with a pitching wedge on the downwind, 557-yard, par-5 ninth to 6 feet for eagle.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Harris English each had a 70 and were at 2-under 138.

They were joined by Justin Thomas, who opened with a 65 – the lowest ever at Winged Foot for a U.S. Open – and lost all those shots to par after 10 holes. Thomas then delivered a 5-wood from 228 yards into the wind on the par-3 third hole and made a slick, 15-foot, double-breaking birdie putt to steady himself. He scratched out a 73 and is right in it.

Jason Kokrak (71) was the only other player under par at 1-under 139.

“This isn’t exactly a place where you go out and try to shoot 6 or 7 under to catch up,” Thomas said. “I’m not going to worry about what everyone else is doing because you could shoot 80 just as easily as you could shoot 68. I just need to stay focused, and most importantly, go home and get some rest. Because I’m pretty tired.”

There’s still 36 holes to go, and no indication that Winged Foot is going to get any easier.

“The rough is still really thick. I don’t think they’re planning on cutting it,” Matthew Wolff said after salvaging a 74 that left him four shots behind. “The greens are only going to get firmer, and the scores are only going to get higher.”

Tiger Woods is among those who won’t be around to experience it. He had a pair of double bogeys at the end of the back nine, and two birdies over his last three holes gave him a 77. He missed the cut by four shots, the eighth time in his last 15 majors he won’t be around for the weekend.

“It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship,” Woods said. “I didn’t get myself that opportunity.”

Neither did Phil Mickelson, who had his highest 36-hole score in 29 appearances in the one major he hasn’t won. Ditto for Jordan Spieth, whose 81 was his highest score in a major. PGA champion Collin Morikawa missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole that cost him a chance to keep playing.

Reed turned in a workman-like performance, making birdies when he had the chance, saving par when needed. This is the kind of golf he loves. It’s a grind. And it’s about feel. He was most pleased with his birdie on No. 1 after he made the turn, going with a chip 8-iron from 147 yards into the wind and riding the slope at the back of the green to tap-in range.

“I love when it’s hard, when you have to be creative on all different golf shots,” he said.

There were plenty of great rounds on such a demanding course, many of which fell apart at the end. Louis Oosthuizen was 3 under in the morning when he finished bogey-bogey-double bogey for a 74. Xander Schauffele was 3 under until he bogeyed three of his last five holes.

“The wind can make a par-3 course difficult, so put that on a U.S. Open setup, it’s going to be even more so,” Schauffele said. “It’ll be a fun afternoon to watch on TV.”

 

Pushed to the limit, Djokovic finds a way to win in Rome

Novak Djokovic was being pushed so hard in the first set by Filip Krajinovic that he urgently needed somewhere to sit down and catch his breath.

Since it was 5-5 and not time for a changeover, he plopped down on one of the new boxes installed behind the court for players’ towels – which are there because ball kids are no longer providing towel service amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It would take Djokovic quite a bit more work before he finally closed out the first set in 1 hour, 28 minutes and went on to finish off a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory for a spot in the Italian Open quarterfinals for the 14th straight year on Friday.

“It was a great battle,” said Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. “Definitely one of the longest sets I’ve ever played. We went toe to toe. It could have gone a different way.”

Nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal faced much less resistance in beating Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3 in more pleasant evening conditions. His next opponent will be eighth-seeded Diego Schwartzman, who got past Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

It’s Nadal’s first tournament in seven months after skipping the U.S. Open due to travel concerns amid the pandemic.

Earlier, with the temperature on Campo Centrale soaring to 32 degrees C (90 F), Djokovic said “we both struggled physically in that first set.”

The set was so close that the players won the same number of points – 61 – and Djokovic didn’t close it out until his fifth set point when Krajinovic’s forehand sailed long.

Shadows moved across the court in the second set.

“That allowed us to feel better,” Djokovic said. “But I’m very pleased with this first set. There were some very long rallies. This is what clay tennis is all about.”

Djokovic, a four-time Rome champion, will next play German qualifier Dominik Koepfer, who beat 18-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 6-0.

Also at the Foro Italico, 15th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov ended the run of Italian teenager Jannik Sinner by 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       John Reilly completes his second cycle in eight days when the National Association’s Red Stockings beat Philadelphia, 12-3, at the Bank Street Grounds. Last week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman collected three singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in the 27-5 rout of Pittsburgh.

1925       In the nightcap of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, White Sox right-hander Ted Lyons loses his no-hit bid when Bobby Veach hits safely with two outs in the ninth in the team’s 17-0 rout of the Senators. ‘Sunday Ted’ gem halts Washington’s outfielder Sam Rice’s streak of nine consecutive hits.

1929       Joe Sewell sets a major league record by playing in his 115th consecutive game without striking out, a span dating back to May 16th. The diminutive third baseman, wielding a 40-ounce bat in 578 at-bats, fans only four times while playing in every game for the Indians this season.

1931       A’s right-hander Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher since 1920 to win 30 games when he beats the White Sox, 2-1. Only two more pitchers this century will win as many games, with Dizzy Dean winning 30 for the Cardinals in 1934 and Denny McLain earning 31 victories thirty-four years later for the Tigers.

1935       The Cubs win their 16th consecutive game as they beat Carl Hubbell, completing a four-game sweep of the Giants. The mark is the most since the 1924 Dodgers won 15 straight games.

1937       Tigers’ first baseman Hank Greenberg becomes the first player to hit a homer into the center field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. The area will become known as ‘the black’ when seats are covered in the dark color to serve as a batting eye.

1939       September call-up Elmer Gedeon collects all three of his major league hits of his five-game career in the Senators’ 10-9 victory over the Indians at Griffith Stadium. The Washington starting center fielder is the first of two major leaguers to be killed in World War II when his plane was shot down over France in 1944.

1949       With their 77th victory of the year, a 4-3 win in St. Louis, the Phillies will not have a losing season for the first time since 1932. Philadelphia’s record 16-year skid of playing under .500 will be surpassed by the Pirates in 2009, who haven’t won more than they’ve lost since 1993.

1949       Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits his 50th home run of the year, taking Kirby Higbe deep in a 6-4 loss to the Giants at Forbes Field. The 26 year-old All-Star outfielder, having hit 54 round-trippers in his sophomore season of 1947, becomes the first National League player to accomplish the feat in two different seasons.

1951       Indian Larry Doby walks five times in a 15-2 drubbing of the Red Sox when Early Wynn picks up his 20th victory. The intimidating right-hander, who will win exactly 300 games in a 23-year big league career, will post 20 or more wins in five of those seasons.

1955       Ernie Banks, in a 6-5 Cubs’ extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, hits his fifth grand slam of the season to establish a new major league mark, previously shared with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, among the others who also connected four times with bases full. The Chicago infielder hits his historic four-run homer off 19 year-old flamethrower Lindy McDaniel, making his first major league first start after receiving a $50,000 bonus.

1955       After being on a flagpole since June 23, Bill Sherman leaves his perch after deciding he couldn’t keep his promise to sit there until the Braves won seven consecutive games. Milwaukee will win six games in a row on three different occasions, but can’t get the elusive seventh victory during the 89-day span.

1956       Orioles catcher Tom Gastall dies as the plane he is piloting crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The 24 year-old backup backstop, who signed a $40,000 contract as a “bonus baby” with Baltimore after being drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, was the captain of the Boston University’s basketball and baseball teams in his senior year and played quarterback for the Terriers’ football team.

1959       Richie Ashburn becomes the all-time franchise leader, collecting his 2,212th hit wearing a Phillies uniform. The historic hit is a ball which caroms off first base for a single in Philadelphia’s 9-3 loss to the Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.

1962       Dick Donovan becomes the Indians’ first 20-game winner since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Herb Score each hit the total in 1956. The memorable contest features a pair of back-to-back home runs hit in the first and seventh innings hit by Tribe teammates Walter Bond and Johnny Romano, who also both had doubles, in the team’s 10-9 victory at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

1964       After singling, swiping second, and advancing to third on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 16th inning, Willie Davis steals home, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia. The fleet outfielder’s theft of the plate occurs in the latest frame of a National League game and ties Hal Trosky’s major league mark set in 1944.

1970       In an 11-3 rout of Washington at Fenway Park, the Conigliaro bothers each homer in the same game for the second time this season. Teammates Billy and Tony, who also accomplished the feat on July 4, go deep with solo shots in the fourth and seventh inning, respectively.

1971       In just their third year of existence, the Royals are assured of their first winning season when they beat Minnesota, 5-2, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Metropolitan Stadium for the team’s 82 victory this year. Kansas City, ending the campaign with an 85-76 record, finishes in second place, 16 games behind Oakland.

1973       In the fourth inning of the Braves’ 4-1 loss at Dodger Stadium, Davey Johnson hits a solo shot off Andy Messersmith for his 43rd home run of the season, the 42nd as a second baseman. The round-tripper ties the record for the most home runs by a second baseman established 1922 by Cardinal infielder Rogers Hornsby.

1973       Astros’ infielder Dave Campbell hits a first-inning two-run double against San Diego right-hander Clay Kirby to snap a 0-for-45 drought, tying a major league record set in 1909 by Bill Bergen, a catcher who played with Brooklyn. ‘Soup’, who will become a respected national baseball broadcaster, endured the futility while playing for three teams, combining a 17 at-bat hitless streak with the Padres and another 21 at-bats hitless streak for the Cardinals before hitting the two-bagger in his eighth at-bat with Houston.

1976       Braves owner Ted Turner promotes Bill Lucas to vice president of player personnel, which assumes all the responsibilities of a general manager, with the owner keeping the official title. The former minor leaguer player becomes the first black to run a major league franchise, nearly three decades after Jackie Robinson broke the color line.

1977       With two singles in his first two at-bats, Ted Cox ties and then breaks Senators’ Cecil Travis’ 1933 record of five consecutive hits at the start of a career. The Red Sox rookie designated hitter had gone 4-for-4 in Baltimore yesterday and is 6-for-6 in his first six major league plate appearances.

1980       In the Royals’ 13-3 victory over the visiting A’s, George Brett goes 2-for-4. The third baseman’s two singles keep his batting average at .400, marking the latest date in the season since Ted Williams accomplished the feat 1941.

1981       The Red Sox snap the Yankees’ nine-game winning streak at Fenway Park, finally beating the Bronx Bombers at home, 8-5. Trailing for most of the game, Boston explodes for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, which includes Rick Miller’s three-run homer off New York reliever Dave LaRoche.

1982       Mariner rookie Orlando Mercado becomes the third player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit. Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) and Bobby Bonds (1968 – third at-bat) were the other two players to accomplish the feat.

1986       Joe Cowley walks seven batters and gives up a run, but the White Sox right-hander no-hits the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 7-1. The 28 year-old Kentuckian will become the first pitcher in major league history never to win another game after tossing a no-hitter when he is released by the Phillies next season.

1987       The Pirates retire the number 4 worn by Ralph Kiner, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975. The slugging outfielder, the owner of the single-season club record with 54 home runs, won or shared the NL home run title in each of his seven full seasons with Pittsburgh, going deep 301 times overall for the team.

1993       Tom Glavine notches his 20th victory of the season as the Braves beat the Mets at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 11-2. The southpaw becomes the first National League hurler since Ferguson Jenkins (1973) to win 20 games in three consecutive seasons.

1995       Ken Caminiti, in the Padres’ 15-4 rout of the Rockies at Jack Murphy Stadium, becomes the first major leaguer to hit homers from both sides of the plate in the same game three times in one season, accomplishing the feat in just four contests. The San Diego third baseman also went yard facing a Cub right-hander and southpaw on September 16 and 17.

1997       In the first inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at Royals Stadium, Matt Williams tricks Jed Hansen with the rarely used hidden ball trick. The Kansas City rookie second baseman, deceived about the location of the ball, is tagged out by the Indians’ veteran infielder after taking a lead off third base in an eventual 6-2 Cleveland victory.

1997       Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit twenty home runs for two different teams in the same season when he goes deep off in the Cardinals’ 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. ‘Big Mac’ had hit 34 with the A’s before being traded on July 31 to St. Louis for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews and Blake Stein.

1998       Indian outfielder Manny Ramirez belts two homers to raise his five-game total to eight, becoming only the second player in history to do so. Frank Howard accomplished the feat twice in 1968.

1998       Mariner shortstop Alex Rodriguez, in a 5-3 loss to the Angels at Edison International Field, hits his 40th home run of the season off Jack McDowell, becoming the first infielder and third player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco (A’s – 1988) and Barry Bonds (Giants – 1996) are the other members of the 40-40 club.

2000       A Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The angry patron threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York’s catcher Todd Pratt.

2001       In the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over Milwaukee at Busch Stadium, Albert Pujols drives in three runs in his first two at-bats with a first-inning groundout and a two-run double in the fourth, breaking the National League rookie-record with his 120th run batted in this season. The 21 year-old first baseman, who will finish the year with 130 RBIs, surpasses the mark established in 1930 by Wally Berger, who played for the Boston Braves.

2001       Roger Clemens becomes the first major league pitcher to start a season with a 20-1 record when he goes 6.1 innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The eventual Cy Young Award winner, who has previously copped the award five times, has won his last 16 decisions for the Bronx Bombers but will drop next two decisions, finishing the season, 20-3 (.870).

2001       Major League Baseball and the Players Association announce the creation of the MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund. The organizations will each donate $10 million to aid the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

2002       In his major league debut, Twins’ rookie Mike Ryan strokes two singles, scores two runs, and drives in two runs in the nine-run first inning against the Tigers. Unfortunately, the game is rained out in the second inning, meaning none of the statistics will be official.

2006       In a game against Florida, Julio Franco starts at third base for the Mets, who clinched the NL East flag yesterday. The 48 year-old infielder has not played the hot corner since his rookie year in 1982, marking 24 years between starts at the position.

2006       Heritage Toronto commemorates the spot where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run with a plaque at Canada’s Hanlan’s Point. The historic home run, the only one the Bambino would hit as a minor leaguer, came on September 5th, 1914, as the visiting Providence Grays’ hurler goes deep against the Maple Leafs in the International League contest.

Babe Ruth’s Plaque at Hanlan’s Point

2007       For the tenth consecutive season, the Devil Rays lose their 90th game. Tampa Bay is the only team in big league history to lose as many as 90 games each year over the span of a decade.

2007       Driving in Jose Reyes with a third-inning single, David Wright becomes the first Mets player in franchise history to collect 100 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The 24 year-old third baseman will finish the season with 107 ribbies.

2008       In only his second appearance in the Marlins’ starting lineup, Cameron Maybin equals a franchise record by getting on base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, matching the accomplishments of Derrek Lee and Juan Encarnacion. The 21 year-old outfielder’s streak includes hits in eight straight at-bats, which also ties a team record shared by Preston Wilson and Gary Sheffield.

2008       The first reversal determined by baseball’s new instant replay system occurs when Carlos Pena’s two two-run double is changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning in the Rays’ 11-1 rout of the Twins at Tropicana Field. Umpire Mike DiMuro had initially signaled fan interference but changes the call after reviewing the video of the Tampa Bay’s first baseman’s line drive.

2009       In the Brewers’ 7-2 victory over Houston, Prince Fielder sets the team’s RBI mark with his eighth-inning sacrifice fly. The Milwaukee first baseman’s league-leading 127 RBI total surpasses the 1983 club record established by Cecil Cooper, the Astros’ manager who watches his record eclipsed from the opposing bench.

2010       Nationals Park hosts a simulcast of the Washington National Opera’s production of Verdi’s dramatic musical play, ‘The Masked Ball,’ being performed at the Kennedy Center. The annual free program, called Opera in the Outfield, features special events, kids activities, and prizes to introduce the genre to a broader audience, especially children.

2010       A piece of wood from Wellington Castillo’s shattered maple bat punctures the chest of Tyler Colvin, who is the runner on third base. The Cubs’ rookie outfielder, who will not play another game this season, scores on his teammate’s double, but leaves the game in the bottom half of the inning to be taken to a hospital.

2011       In front of the smallest crowd in the three-year history of new Yankee Stadium, Mariano Rivera retires Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris Parmelee to finish New York’s 6-4 win over Minnesota. The save, the 602nd in the closer’s career, breaks Trevor Hoffman’s major league mark.

2014       LA’s Clayton Kershaw becomes the first 20-game winner of the season when the team routs Chicago at a windy Wrigley Field, 14-5. The 26 year-old southpaw, who has compiled a 20-3 (.870) record along with an ERA of 1.80 is the first Dodger hurler to reach the 20-win plateau twice since Claude Osteen accomplished the feat in 1969 and 1972.

2017       Alex Gordon goes deep off Ryan Tepera in the Royals’ 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Kansas City left fielder’s eighth round-tripper of the year proves to be the 5,696 home run hit by major leaguers this season, breaking the mark previously established in steroid-fueled 2000 campaign.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Tampa Bay 34 18 .654 17 – 9 17 – 9 26 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 3
NY Yankees 30 21 .588 3.5 21 – 7 9 – 14 21 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 9 – 1 W 9
Toronto 26 25 .510 7.5 12 – 7 14 – 18 17 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 5
Baltimore 22 30 .423 12 12 – 19 10 – 11 11 – 21 0 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 3
Boston 19 33 .365 15 8 – 18 11 – 15 11 – 24 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Chi White Sox 33 18 .647 17 – 10 16 – 8 0 – 0 25 – 11 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
Minnesota 31 22 .585 3 21 – 5 10 – 17 0 – 0 21 – 17 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 2
Cleveland 28 23 .549 5 12 – 11 16 – 12 0 – 0 18 – 16 0 – 0 2 – 8 W 2
Detroit 21 29 .420 11.5 11 – 14 10 – 15 0 – 0 10 – 22 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 3
Kansas City 21 30 .412 12 10 – 13 11 – 17 0 – 0 14 – 22 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-Oakland 32 19 .627 19 – 7 13 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 24 – 12 6 – 4 W 2
Houston 25 26 .490 7 18 – 8 7 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 16 4 – 6 L 1
Seattle 22 29 .431 10 12 – 9 10 – 20 0 – 0 0 – 0 16 – 17 3 – 7 L 4
LA Angels 22 30 .423 10.5 14 – 14 8 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 20 5 – 5 W 2
Texas 18 33 .353 14 13 – 13 5 – 20 0 – 0 0 – 0 12 – 21 4 – 6 L 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 30 21 .588 15 – 8 15 – 13 20 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Miami 26 24 .520 3.5 9 – 14 17 – 10 18 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Philadelphia 26 25 .510 4 18 – 12 8 – 13 20 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 2
NY Mets 23 28 .451 7 10 – 14 13 – 14 15 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
Washington 19 30 .388 10 9 – 16 10 – 14 10 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 31 20 .608 19 – 12 12 – 8 0 – 0 21 – 15 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 5
Cincinnati 26 26 .500 5.5 13 – 11 13 – 15 0 – 0 19 – 18 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 6
St. Louis 24 24 .500 5.5 11 – 11 13 – 13 0 – 0 17 – 16 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 2
Milwaukee 24 26 .480 6.5 13 – 14 11 – 12 0 – 0 16 – 16 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 2
Pittsburgh 15 36 .294 16 10 – 16 5 – 20 0 – 0 13 – 21 0 – 0 1 – 9 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-LA Dodgers 37 15 .712 16 – 8 21 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 26 – 12 7 – 3 W 4
San Diego 33 19 .635 4 20 – 8 13 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 21 – 15 8 – 2 W 1
San Francisco 25 25 .500 11 16 – 9 9 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 17 6 – 4 L 1
Colorado 22 28 .440 14 11 – 17 11 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 13 – 17 2 – 8 L 3
Arizona 20 32 .385 17 11 – 13 9 – 19 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 25 5 – 5 W 1