COLLEGE FOOTBALLL

Louisiana 31 #23 Iowa State 14

#18 North Carolina 31 Syracuse 6

#10 Notre Dame 27 Duke 13

#5 Oklahoma 48 Missouri State 0

#1 Clemson 37 Wake Forest 13

#14 Texas 59 UTEP 3

Appalachian 35 Charlotte 20

Arkansas State 35 Kansas State 31

West Virginia 56 Eastern Kentucky 10

Army 37 Louisiana Monroe 7

Georgia Tech 16 Florida State 13

Georgia Southern 27 Campbell 26

Texas San Antonio 51 Texas State 48 2OT

Pittsburgh 55 Austin Peay 0

Tulane  27 South Alabama 24

South Florida 27 Citadel 6

Louisville 35 Western Kentucky 21

Texas Tech 35 Houston Baptist 33

Coastal Carolina 38 Kansas 23

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SATURDAY

South Dearborn 21 Connersville 19

Clinton Central 44 Frontier 38

Concord 28 Wawasee 7

Edinburgh 49 Switzerland County 14

South Vermillion 47 North Central (Farmersburg) 0

Twin Lakes 20 Indianapolis Tindley 6

 

NFL SUNDAY

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

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

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

LA Lakers 119 Houston 96

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Dallas 2 Vegas 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 3 NY Mets 2

Kansas City 7 Pittsburgh 4

Houston 7 LA Dodgers 5

LA Angels 5 Colorado 2 (11)

Seattle 7 Arizona 3

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 2 Baltimore 1 (10)

Texas 5 Oakland 2

Tampa Bay 5 Boston 4

Chicago White Sox 14 Detroit 0

Oakland 10 Texas 1

Minnesota 8 Cleveland 4

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta 2 Washington 1

Philadelphia 12 Miami 6

Chicago Cubs 4 Milwaukee 2

St. Louis 7 Cincinnati 1

San Francisco at San Diego postponed

 

PREP SCORES-NCC/AREA

BOYS SOCCER

Marion 6 Richmond 2

Logansport 4 Muncie Central 1

Connersville 4 Rushville 0

Liberty Christian 3 Centerville 0

South Dearborn 10 Union County 3

Indy Tech 6 Anderson 1

North Central 4 McCutcheon 1

Harrison 5 Kokomo 0

Pendleton Heights 1 SB Washington 1

Valpo 8 Lafayette Jeff 0

East Central 4 Lawrenceburg 1

Yorktown 1 Shelbyville 1

Bethel 2 Lehman Catholic 2

Bellbrook 4 Bishop Fenwick 2

Monroe 3 Badin 1

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 3 Marion 0

South Adams 8 Union County 0

Noblesville 4 Harrison 1

Lafayette Jeff 2 Covenant Christian 1

Twin Valley South 3 Dixie 0

Shelbyville 4 Delta 3

Yorktown 1 Mount Vernon 0

Plainfield 2 New Palestine 0

 

VOLLEYBALL

Pike 2 Connersville 0

Seymour 2 Connersville 0

Rising Sun 2 Connersville 0

South Adams 2 Lincoln 0

South Newton 3 Lafayette Jeff 2

Jay County 2 Huntington North 0

Franklin Central 2 Jay County 1

Noblesville 2 Jay County 0

South Adams 2 Lincoln 0

Monroe Central 2 Lincoln 0

Lincoln 2 Blackford 0

Shelbyville 2 Union 0

Shelbyville 2 Western Boone 1

Shelbyville 2 Noblesville 1

Franklin Central 2 Union 0

New Castle 2 Penn 1

New Castle 2 Fishers 1

Brownsburg 2 New Castle 1

Greensburg 3 Franklin County 0

South Adams 2 Monroe Central 0

Northeastern 3 Seton 0 (Friday)

Blue River 3 Shenandoah 0

Covington 3 Ansonia 1

Preble Shawnee 3 Mississinawa Valley 1

 

BOYS TENNIS

Richmond 5 Anderson 0

Marion 3 Richmond 2

 

GIRLS GOLF

TEC

  1. Northeastern 391
  2. Hagerstown 393
  3. Winchester 399
  4. Union County 412
  5. Centerville 440
  6. Lincoln 477
  7. Knightstown 576

 

Co-match medalists: Union County Olivia Curry and Emma Kassens both shot 91

All-TEC: Morgan Lawrence from Winchester (92), Nevaeh Lanter from Winchester (94), Becca Schneider from Northeastern (94), Shay Doerstler from Hagerstown (96), Sydney Rector from Hagerstown (96), Zoe Cline from Northeastern (97), Megan Fulton from Winchester (97) and Baylee Wissler from Northeastern (98).

 

 

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

  1. Brookville 27
  2. Tri-County North 63
  3. Springfield Catholic 78
  4. Preble Shawnee 89
  5. Arcanum 103

DNP National Trail

DNP Twin Valley South

DNP Miami East

 

TOP FEMALE FINISHER: Sophia Mannier, Miami East 13:45.4

 

 

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

  1. Arcanum 48
  2. Brookville 63
  3. Dixie 68
  4. Legacy Christian 89
  5. Miami East 122
  6. Tri-County North 154
  7. Dayton Christian 172
  8. Twin Valley South 193

 

TOP MALE FINISHER: Luke Miller, Dixie 12:13.3

 

 

AP HEADLINES

Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly have agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2024 season.

The deal was announced between the first and second quarters of the Fighting Irish’s home game against Duke. Kelly is entering his 11th season as Notre Dame coach, and 30th season as a head coach in college football.

Financial terms were not released by the private school.

“We are pleased to be able to have Brian lead our football program for the foreseeable future,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. “These terms were agreed upon in December and we planned the subsequent announcement for the Blue-Gold game in April. When the University transitioned to remote learning in March, we decided to wait to make this announcement until we were able to return our attention to football being back in action and I am happy to share this great news today.”

The Irish are 92-37 under Kelly, including a 33-6 record with a playoff appearance in the last three seasons. Kelly is approaching Lou Holtz’s Notre Dame record for most games coached in program history. He has already matched Holtz with five double-digit victory seasons at Notre Dame.

 

 

Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, grad quarterback Ian Book threw for 263 yards and No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 on Saturday at rainy Notre Dame Stadium in the season and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

“That was a pretty good opener for him; there’s a lot he can build off of this,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said about the speedy Williams, who saw limited action last season as a freshman. Williams had 19 carries and also was Notre Dame’s leading receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder in the first half on a screen play.

“We knew it was going to be a grind, but they hung in there,” added Kelly on a day when the school announced a four-year contract extension through the 2024 season and he improved to 9-2 in openers. “We played much better football in the second half.”

The victory was Notre Dame’s 19th straight at home and the first for the Fighting Irish in a conference after 132 years as an independent. Because of COVID-19, the Irish are playing this season as a member of the ACC. The school announced a crowd of 10,097, 90% of them students, attended the game in the 77,622-seat stadium where fans were wearing masks and socially distanced because of the pandemic.

Book outdueled Duke grad quarterback Chase Brice, who threw for 259 yards on 20-of-37 passing and rushed for a touchdown in his debut for coach David Cutcliffe after transferring in from Clemson.

“The story of the day was they made more plays than we made,” Cutcliffe said. “They’re a good team. I think we have a really good football. We have to play better in the second half that we did on offense.”

The Blue Devils, who had 246 yards at halftime, had just 82 after halftime.

Book, who rushed for 139 yards and passed for 181 yards and four touchdowns last season in Notre Dame’s 38-7 victory at Duke, completed 19 of 31 passes, one a 17-yard TD pass to Avery Davis early in the fourth quarter that increased the Irish lead to 24-13. He rushed for just 12 yards on nine carries.

 

 

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all — maybe as soon as late October — amid pressure from parents, players, coaches and even the president to kick off.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force met Saturday. The medical subcommittee, comprised of athletic directors, doctors and athletic training staffers, made a presentation to a subgroup of presidents and chancellors. The presentation included improvements in the availability of rapid, daily COVID-19 testing.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not planning to make any announcements about its efforts to return to play, said it was a “positive meeting” that led to the scheduling of a presentation to the full group of presidents and chancellors Sunday.

The presentation with include, medical, television and scheduling for football, the person said. A vote to start a season is not guaranteed to be conducted Sunday but could happen in the coming days.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports

The Big Ten postponed its fall season Aug. 11 because of concerns about playing through the COVID-19 pandemic, with presidents and chancellors voting 11-3 in favor. Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voted against postponement.

The conference and first-year Commissioner Kevin Warren has faced push back from inside and out ever since. Parents of demonstrated on campuses and in front of the Big Ten offices outside Chicago. A group of Nebraska players have filed a lawsuit against the conference to overturn the decision not to play.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day released a statement Thursday asking the conference to provide more clarity about its decision to postpone and Penn State coach James Franklin made similar statements in a radio interview.

Day’s Buckeyes were No. 2 in the AP preseason Top 25. Franklin’s Nittany Lions were No. 7.

On the first Saturday of the football season that included Power Five teams playing, Big Ten teams were idle while athletic directors and university leaders were working on ways to possibly salvage a fall football season.

If things move quickly, the Big Ten could start a season in about a month, and maybe still compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. While some Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference teams began their seasons Saturday, and more will next week, the Southeastern Conference is not scheduled to kick off until Sept. 26.

 

 

Perseverance, confidence and two long kick returns propelled Louisiana-Lafayette to one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State on Saturday.

The Ragin’ Cajuns beat a Top 25 opponent on the road for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. Their only other win over a Top 25 team was in 1996 at home against Texas A&M.

“We’ve got a lot of belief that the University of Louisiana should always have a competitive team,” coach Billy Napier said. “We’re fortunate we got the necessary things from our administration. They decided they wanted to have an exceptional Group of Five football program. They gave us the money to go hire the people, they’ve given us the resources inside the building to really run a Power Five operation. This is what we expected to happen.”

Both offenses seemed overmatched at times, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the fourth.

Levi Lewis added a 78-yard touchdown pass to Peter LeBlanc, giving Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter.

Lewis passed for 154 yards and contributed to a business-like approach by the Ragin’ Cajuns, who didn’t celebrate much on the field after the game.

“All because we expect that,” Lewis said. “The type of work we put in, the hours. All of us pretty much say our practices are harder than the games.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns limited Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy to 16-of-35 passing for 145 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. It was ISU’s fewest passing yards in two years.

“We dropped some balls that are difference makers in the first half and early in the second half,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “Getting into a really good rhythm was hard to find.”

Iowa State’s Breece Hall rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

 

 

North Carolina opened a high-expectation season with a fast start and a strong finish, sandwiched around a run of mistake-filled play. And all of it came amid the unusual backdrop of section after section of empty seats.

Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the 18th-ranked Tar Heels pull away and beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday, winning in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After a game-opening touchdown drive, the Tar Heels (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) sputtered with turnovers and penalties before ultimately settling into a rhythm to look like the team expected to be a contender in the ACC race.

“I thought we probably scored too quickly and felt like it was going to be an easy day, and then had some lapses against a new defense,” coach Mack Brown said, adding: “We settled down (after halftime) and became the offense that we thought we wanted to be coming into the ballgame.”

By the fourth quarter, they were rolling, with Williams capping his hat trick by bouncing off a tackler on a 6-yard scoring run that helped the Tar Heels turn a 10-6 lead into a 25-point margin.

“I think this game really helped us because it showed us football is and we got back in our groove,” Williams said.

Syracuse’s offense did little well, generating little from its running game unless it came on quarterback Tommy DeVito scrambling to keep plays alive. But DeVito completed just 13 of 31 passes for 112 yards while taking seven sacks, as the Orange (0-1, 0-1) finished with 202 yards.

“The bottom line is they had a convincing win over us,” Orange coach Dino Babers said. “We’ve got an idea of where we’re at now. I still think we’re good. Now we need to go back and work on some things and bring some other people along.”

 

 

The pandemic disrupted college sports again Saturday, with Virginia and Virginia Tech postponing their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech.

The schools said this was a mutual agreement. No makeup date was announced for the game that had been set for Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech also will not hold football practice for four days.

The postponement is the second for the Hokies since the Atlantic Coast Conference released a revised schedule. Their original opening game, slated for Sept. 12 against North Carolina State, was pushed back two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak at N.C. State.

Virginia, suddenly faced with not opening its season until Oct. 3 at No. 1 Clemson, announced it has moved its home game against Duke to Sept. 26. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14.

On its web page, Virginia Tech reported Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. The numbers have risen steadily since students returned Aug. 24.

The school has not been releasing athlete-specific results.

Virginia released its latest numbers for athletes and athletic staff on Saturday, saying it has had five positive tests since the last update on Sept. 4. The school said four of the five positives were from students who recently returned to campus and that the football program has not had any positive results since the first report on July 24.

“The safety as well as the physical and mental well-being of these young men and women entrusted to our care by their families remains our top priority,” Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement.

“I know the virus has always been here, but the virus in full force finally got to southwest Virginia, and the timing is pretty poor for football,” Babcock said later on a Zoom call, noting that schools have closed locally for a few weeks.

He added: “We could have played last week and N.C. State could not and then this week it’s reversed roles.”

 

 

Saints running back Alvin Kamara agreed to a five-year extension, the club announced Saturday.

A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million on paper, but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment which effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been released.

The $50 million for four years puts the deal on par with the contract running back Derrick Henry signed with Tennessee in July.

A third-round draft choice out of Tennessee and offensive rookie of the year in 2017, Kamara is one of only two players, along with Atlanta receiver Julio Jones, to surpass 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of the past three seasons.

Kamara was due to become a restricted free agent after this season and had sat out several training camp practices while the club acknowledged they were trying to negotiate an extension.

But he returned to practice in the middle of last week and continued to take part in Week 1 preparations for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Kamara gained 1,330 yards from scrimmage last season with five touchdowns rushing and one receiving despite missing two games with ankle and knee injuries that continued to bother him much of the season.

Kamara had 1,554 yards of total offense and 13 TDs as a rookie, when he was named NFL offensive rookie of the year, and was even more productive his second season (1,592 yards and 18 TDs).

Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey, who like Kamara is a threat as a runner or receiver, signed a four-year contract extension worth $64 million last April after gaining 2,392 yards and scoring 19 TDs from scrimmage.

 

 

The Minnesota Vikings signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension Saturday, giving their dual-threat star some security the day before the season opener.

Cook was picked for his first Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different player to reach 1,000 rushing yards in Vikings history. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2017 out of Florida State, Cook has missed 21 of a possible 52 games due to injuries.

In 2019, he came the closest to a full season, sitting out twice with shoulder trouble yet still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage. He had 13 rushing touchdowns, tied for the second-highest single season total in franchise history, and 519 receiving yards.

Since offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak arrived last year, first as an offensive advisor for run-favoring head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings have made screen passes a bigger part of their scheme. With an average of 11.15 yards after the catch per reception, Cook led all NFL running backs with a minimum of 25 receptions.

Cook’s deal came with $28.2 million in guaranteed money. The annual average value of his new contract ($13 million) puts him into the top eight in the league. That group also includes Alvin Kamara (New Orleans) and Joe Mixon (Cincinnati), fellow members of his 2017 draft class who received new contracts from their teams in September. Kamara’s deal was also done on Saturday. Derrick Henry (Tennessee) was another peer to recently get an extension.

 

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are going to the conference finals for the first time in a decade, ending the longest drought in franchise history.

LeBron James is going there for the first time since 2018. For him, that also qualifies as ending a drought.

James scored 29 points and the Lakers wrapped up their first trip to the Western Conference finals since 2010 by topping the Houston Rockets 119-96 on Saturday night in Game 5 at Walt Disney World.

“It’s the reason I wanted to be a part of this franchise, to take them back to a place that they were accustomed to being – and that’s competing for a championship,” James said. “It’s an honor for me to wear the purple and gold, and for us, we just try to continue the legacy.”

Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points, Markieff Morris had 16, Danny Green added 14 and Anthony Davis finished with 13 for the top-seeded Lakers. They will play either the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers or third-seeded Denver Nuggets for the West title in a series that won’t begin before Wednesday.

James is going to the conference finals for the 11th time overall – six with Cleveland, four with Miami and now with the Lakers. It’s his ninth time getting to this round in the last 10 seasons; the one miss in that stretch was last season, when his inaugural year with the Lakers fell apart because of injury and the team missed the playoffs.

“The opportunity to play for a championship, that’s what we’re all here for, that’s what we all signed up for,” James said.

James Harden scored 30 points, Jeff Green scored 13 and Russell Westbrook had 10 for Houston.

“Tough season for us,” Harden said. “Obviously, it didn’t end like we wanted it to. Just got to figure it out.”

And now that the offseason is here, the speculation about coach Mike D’Antoni’s future will ramp up. His contract with the Rockets is now complete, the sides couldn’t agree on terms of any extension a year ago, and he’s been mentioned as a candidate for the vacancies in Indiana and Philadelphia.

“We’ve got a great organization, great city, great fans, team’s great,” D’Antoni said. “I mean, everything’s good here. We’ll see what happens, but I couldn’t ask for a better situation. I had four years and hopefully it keeps going. You just never know.”

It was a tough end to a tough week for the Rockets.

Westbrook exchanged heated words with a fan in the family section during the fourth quarter; NBA security asked the man, identified by ESPN as a brother of Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, to leave the game.

“He started talking crazy,” Westbrook said. “I don’t play that game.”

 

 

Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore’s shot at the most intense moment of the game like it was part of a leisurely morning practice.

“I just tried to find the puck and react to it,” Khudobin said with the same nonchalance. “I don’t know if it’s luck or whatever. Let’s call it luck.”

It’s not luck. It’s a goaltender so locked in that he has the Dallas Stars one victory away from the Stanley Cup Final.

Khudobin made three of his 32 saves on a crucial 5-on-3 penalty kill late, Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn scored in the second period and the Stars locked down on the Vegas Golden Knights in the final minutes to win Game 4 of the Western Conference final 2-1 Saturday night.

The Stars won despite being outshot 33-20 and don’t seem to mind that they trail Vegas 130 shots to 92 because Khudobin has stopped so many of them.

“He’s going to battle right till the end,” coach Rick Bowness said. “That’s why the guys love playing in front of him. When he was reading the play like he was tonight, he’s making a lot of tough saves look easy. But that’s what he is: He’s a battler, he’s a competitive guy and he’s keeping us in every game.”

Khudobin also is keeping himself in the heads of the Golden Knights, who ran into the same sort of problem last round against Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko. Vegas could be dominating the West final, but instead there’s head-shaking at creating high-quality scoring chances and emerging with nothing to show for them.

“All we need is to finish,” Vegas caoch Peter DeBoer said. “I think the effort’s there. I think we’re creating a lot of really good looks.”

Khudobin has turned aside a few of those good looks, like when he spun his body to prevent a goal by William Karlsson in the second or dived to deny Brayden McNabb early in the third. The save on Theodore and two others during 1:10 of Vegas 5-on-3 power-play time provided the emotional lift the Stars needed while clinging to the lead.

“We put ourselves in a tough situation there,” said Pavelski, whose tripping penalty set up the 5-on-3 with 6:44 left. “It’s a moment in the game that was huge for our killers to get the job done.”

 

 

The Astros were whooping it up on the Dodgers’ field again, just like they did after winning Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

In Houston’s first visit since being punished for cheating en route to that infamous championship, the Astros rallied with five runs for a 7-5 victory under smoky skies on Saturday night as the Dodgers blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

“That was the win of the year,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Hopefully, we look back on this as the turning point of our season.”

The Dodgers own the best record in baseball at 32-13. The Astros, on the other hand, are 7-17 on the road after coming in with losses in eight of their previous nine games.

“Things have been very tough, like we haven’t had a whole bunch of breaks. We kind of made our breaks today,” Baker said. “If we win these two games, the rest of the road trip seems like it doesn’t matter.”

The Astros knocked closer Kenley Jansen (3-1) around, getting to him on four consecutive hits without an out.

“Just a nightmare, man. This feels terrible,” Jansen said. “I’m ahead of the count on everyone and I just didn’t execute well.”

Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz singled, Josh Reddick hit a two-run double and Martin Maldonado added another single. George Springer then grounded into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Max Muncy, who committed an error while Reddick scored to tie the game at 5.

Alex Bregman followed with a single to center that made it 6-5. Bregman scored on Yuri Gurriel’s sacrifice fly to center off Adam Kolarek for a 7-5 lead.

“For us to be down to the best team in baseball, but for us to string together some at-bats, to come back, to not only actually tie the game, but take the lead and hold it off, was huge for us,” Spring said, “especially after a tough trip.”

Josh James (1-0) got the victory with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Ryan Pressly earned his ninth save.

 

 

Jose Abreu hit a pair of three-run home runs and matched a career high with seven RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 14-0 on Saturday night for their eighth straight win against the Tigers.

Abreu scored five times and went 4 for 4 a day after his career-best 22-game hitting streak ended. It was the longest streak in the majors this season. Tim Anderson also had four hits, and Eloy Jimenez added three for the AL Central-leading White Sox, who have won seven of eight.

Jorge Bonifacio doubled for the Tigers’ lone extra-base hit. They have lost eight of 11.

The White Sox, who finished with 19 hits to Detroit’s five, are 8-1 against the Tigers this season.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-2) allowed three hits in five shutout innings for the White Sox – his first scoreless outing since Aug. 25, 2019 against Texas. He was recalled from the team’s alternate site Thursday after Dallas Keuchel went on the 10-day injured list with back soreness.

“They sent me there for a reason and I went there with the purpose to work and get better,” Lopez said about being optioned Sept. 3. “I was able to do that down there and now I feel like I am in a better place.”

Abreu has 17 multihomer games in his career. His last was Aug. 22 against the Cubs, when he hit three.

Abreu hit his first three-run shot off Daniel Norris in the fourth and another against Rony Garcia in the fifth. In his previous 13 games, Abreu homered just once.

“I’m just glad that he’s on our team because I can’t imagine how difficult it is for the other pitcher to face him,” Lopez said.

Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double to extend the White Sox lead to 5-0 in the third and chase Michael Fulmer (0-2), who hasn’t won a game since June 14, 2018, before missing last season due to Tommy John surgery. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 9.27.

“He wants it so bad,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Sometimes he muscles up a little too much. He made some good pitches but not enough.”

Abreu also singled to drive in a run in the first to help build a 3-0 White Sox lead.

 

 

Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer off Josh Hader in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs topped the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Saturday night.

NL Central-leading Chicago had gone scoreless for 17 straight innings before breaking through against Hader, who hadn’t allowed a homer all season long.

“I think that’s extremely rewarding as a group and gives you a lot of momentum,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “(There’s) a lot of positivity, especially going forward, if we want to continue on the championship path that we want to be on.”

Javier Baez and pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo sparked the rally with consecutive one-out singles. Heyward then put the Cubs ahead to stay with a deep drive to center for his sixth homer.

“I was trying to go inside,” Hader said. “Obviously I’m not too sure where it went, but I’m going to assume it was probably down and in. Probably a good pitch for him to just drop the barrel on.”

Lefties were batting just .115 with six homers against Hader in the All-Star closer’s career coming into the game. He hadn’t allowed a hit to a lefty all season long before Saturday.

“Balls down the middle are going to get hit, no matter who you are out there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You don’t get a pass for those pitches.”

After Heyward and company returned to the dugout, Ildemaro Vargas followed with another homer to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. Hader (1-2) then retired the next two batters, but the damage was done.

“These kind of things carry into other games,” Ross said. “Where once you’ve done it, once you’ve come back, once you’ve faced one of the best in the game and beat them at the back end when things weren’t going well throughout the day.”

 

 

With Byron Buxton healthy and again showing his tantalizing talent, the Minnesota Twins are looking more like the strong contenders in the American League they expected to be when this truncated season started.

A return to their power-hitting ways has helped their surge, too.

Buxton homered for the second straight night, Minnesota hit five home runs and Rich Hill got his first win since July in an 8-4 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

The Twins won for the ninth time in 11 games since they closed August with a six-game slide. They remained a game back of the AL Central-leading White Sox, who pounded Detroit 14-0.

“You’re starting to see a lot of the cylinders starting to click with us as a club,” Hill said. “At this time of the season, it’s extremely important.”

Hill (2-1) struck out seven while working five innings of two-run ball. It was his first win since his first start of the season July 29 against St. Louis.

Buxton’s two-run shot deep to the bullpens in left-center field was his eighth of the year and third in four games. Marwin Gonzalez and Willians Astudillo hit consecutive homers off Zach Plesac in the second. Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano then went back-to-back in the ninth inning for the Twins.

“You think about a 162-game season, right now, it’s basically where we’d probably be in the first two or three months of the regular season, like 100-plus at-bats,” Rosario said. “That’s when everyone starts warming up for a regular season, for 162. Obviously, we’re in the middle of this pandemic-shortened season, so right now is when everybody in the regular season starts warming up, so I think everybody’s clicking together.”

 

 

Dakota Hudson allowed just one hit in six innings and the St. Louis Cardinals backed him with four home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Saturday night.

“I thought he had plus-stuff,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “He had good movement. I thought he pitched great. He showed a lot of poise. He didn’t give in to anything. He made quality pitches.”

Hudson benefited from lots of long balls.

Harrison Bader hit a three-run homer and Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt added solo drives in the sixth as the Cardinals broke it open.

Brad Miller also homered for St. Louis.

“I’d say we have a lot of guys, myself included, who haven’t produced well enough to this point in the year,” Carpenter said. “We can all do a better job. I wouldn’t call our offense streaky. We just haven’t had a full top to bottom production yet. Tonight was a good start and if we can continue that, we’ll be headed in the right direction.”

Hudson (3-2) won his third consecutive decision and second this season over Cincinnati. He didn’t allow a hit through his first five innings. Hudson struck out four and walked four.

“I was in attack mode,” Hudson said. “I was pitch efficient.”

The Cardinals struck for two runs in the fourth to chase rookie Tejay Antone (0-2). Miller led off with a homer and another run scored on Matt Wieters’ grounder.

The Reds, who were checked on just three hits, scored their lone run in the third. Hudson issued three consecutive walks before Shogo Akiyama drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Hudson got Nick Castellanos to hit into an inning-ending double play to quell the threat.

“It was just about bearing down and not giving in,” Hudson said. “I had the defense behind me. It was one pitch at a time there. I knew I needed a ground ball there so I could get two outs and get out of that jam.”

Reds star Joey Votto was ejected in the ninth after being called out on strikes.

 

 

Oakland All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a strained right hip.

Chapman was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, two days before he is scheduled to undergo surgery in Vail, Colorado.

The A’s made the announcement before their doubleheader at Texas. Oakland went into the day at 28-15, its .651 winning percentage the best in the American League.

Chapman hasn’t played since leaving hurt in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was a first-time All-Star last season, when he won a Gold Glove for the second year in a row.

“Plays about as hard as anybody in the game. Unfortunately, he won’t be with us,” manager Bob Melvin said. “This one stings some, but we have to rally around it, and play with his spirit. We know he’s pulling hard for us. You just have to get through it.”

In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs. He hit only .120 (3 for 25) with 17 strikeouts and one walk his last eight games.

Oakland recalled outfielder Seth Brown from its alternate site to take Chapman’s spot on the roster. Brown joined the A’s for the third time this season, and was 0 for 4 over four games in his first two stints.

 

 

After one errant forehand in the first set of the U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka looked at her coach in the mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium stands with palms up, as if to say, “What the heck is happening?”

In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka seconds later, Osaka chucked her racket. It spun a bit and rattled against the court.

Surprisingly off-kilter in the early going Saturday, Osaka kept missing shots and digging herself a deficit. Until, suddenly, she lifted her game, and Azarenka couldn’t sustain her start. By the end, Osaka pulled away to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback victory for her second U.S. Open championship and third Grand Slam title overall.

“For me, I just thought it would be very embarrassing to lose this in an under an hour,” said Osaka, who laid down on her back on court after winning.

This, then, is what she told herself when things looked bleakest: “I just have to try as hard as I can and stop having a really bad attitude.”

It worked. A quarter-century had passed since a woman who lost the first set of a U.S. Open final wound up winning: In 1994, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario did it against Steffi Graf.

This one was a back-and-forth affair. Even after Osaka surged ahead 4-1 in the third set, the outcome was unclear. She held four break points in the next game – convert any of those, and she would have served for the win at 5-1 – but Azarenka didn’t flinch.

Azarenka held there, somehow, and broke to get to 4-3, then stood and stretched during the ensuing changeover.

But Osaka regained control, then covered her face when the final was over.

“I actually don’t want to play you in more finals,” a smiling Osaka told Azarenka afterward. “I didn’t enjoy that.”

Osaka, a 22-year-old born in Japan and now based in the United States, added to her trophies from the 2018 U.S. Open – earned with a brilliant performance in a memorably chaotic final against Serena Williams – and 2019 Australian Open.

The 23,000-plus seats in the main arena at Flushing Meadows were not entirely unclaimed, just mostly so – while fans were not allowed to attend because of the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of people who worked at the tournament attended – and the cavernous place was not entirely silent, just mostly so. One of the lucky few in the house: Osaka’s boyfriend, rapper YBN Cordae.

“It’s not easy times in the world right now, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity to play in front of millions of people watching on TV,” Azarenka said. “Unfortunately, they’re not here.”

 

 

Brian Stuard closed with a scrambling birdie for a 6-under 66 share of the Safeway Open lead Saturday with James Hahn and Cameron Percy.

On a day when eight players held or shared the lead, the trio of Stuard, Hahn and Percy emerged in front despite all three running into trouble at various times at Silverado Resort.

Stuard, who began the day five shots off the lead, hit only 10 of 14 fairways off the tee and had six birdies,including three straight on the front nine. He made a 7-foot putt on the par-5 18th after finding the rough.

Hahn needed 28 putts, but made birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 for a 67.

Percy had a 68 to join the group at 16-under 200. He nearly took himself out of the hunt after bogeys on Nos. 11 and 14, but bounced back with birdies on two of the final three holes.

Third-round leader Sam Burns struggled to a 72 that left him tied with Kristoffer Ventura (66) and Harry Higgs (70) at 15 under.

Emiliano Grillo (65), Stewart Cink (65), Doug Ghim (69), D.J. Trahan (70) and Russell Knox (70) were 14 under.

 

Brooke Henderson kept pouring in birdies as she tried to erase as much as she could from a six-shot deficit in the ANA Inspiration. Nelly Korda was trying to let off steam in the desert heat after dropping three shots in two holes.

Henderson eventually cooled down. Korda regained her touch.

Competitors since they were teenagers, they wound up tied for the lead Saturday going into a final round at Mission Hills that could be quite a show.

The 23-year-old Henderson, whose nine LPGA titles already are the most by a Canadian, tied the tournament record with a 30 on the front nine and settled for a 7-under 65. She is going for her second major.

Korda, the 22-year-old daughter of Grand Slam tennis champion Petr Korda, rallied with three birdies on the back nine for a 71 and joined Henderson at 12-under 204.

The No. 3 player in women’s golf, Korda has never had a better shot at her first major.

“It’s exciting,” Korda said. “It’s one of the reasons why you play golf is you play with the top players in the world, and playing for a major championship doesn’t get any better than that.”

They will be joined in the final group by Katherine Kirk, who quietly went about her business with a 67 that landed the Australian in the final group, two shots behind.

Also two shot behind were Mirim Lee (71) and Lexi Thompson (69), who was poised to make a run when she hit wedge to a foot for birdie on the ninth hole. That was her last birdie of the round. Even so, the 25-year-old Thompson was in good position to make another leap in Poppie’s Pond.

“Just struggled a bit with the putter on the back nine,” Thompson said. “Gave myself a bunch of good looks. Hitting it well. Just need to keep giving myself chances and I will have a chance tomorrow.”

 

 

Brad Keselowski entered NASCAR’s playoffs certain he has as good a chance at the Cup championship as favorites Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin.

He even predicted he’d win at Richmond Raceway.

His confidence was justified as Keselowski dominated Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, leading 192 laps in the second playoff race and advancing into the next round.

On a night when the only caution flags were scheduled by NASCAR, leading to plenty of green-flag pit stops that jumbled the leaderboard, Keselowski kept rising to the top.

“I tell you, it’s a chess game and I got blinders on,” Keselowski said. “I don’t know what everybody is doing and who is where and who is on what strategy, but (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins, the whole 2 team, excellent performance.”

Harvick, the title favorite, won last week’s opener to earn the automatic berth into the second round. Hamlin, derailed at his home track of Richmond by a speeding penalty, finished 12th but still advanced into the next round based on points.

Keselowski was the only driver able to run with Harvick and Hamlin when racing resumed in May following a pause for the pandemic. He won three earlier races, earned a contract extension at Team Penske and steadfastly maintained he should not be discounted in the title race.

He didn’t do a celebratory burnout after making good on his Richmond prediction because that specific No. 2 Ford has won twice in as many races this year and Keselowski wants it intact for the championship-deciding finale at Phoenix.

That doesn’t mean he thinks he’s already locked up a berth in the title race.

“We’ve got to get there,” he said. “The last two years I haven’t made it all the way, so we’ve got to get all the way there, but if we can get to Phoenix, we’re gonna be really good. … I don’t want to look too far ahead, the next round is going to be really difficult, but still I am really pumped about this performance.”

Keselowski also gave Team Penske a sweep of the day – Will Power won for the IndyCar arm of the organization earlier Saturday.

Harvick, Hamlin and Keselowski are the only drivers locked into the next round of the playoffs. Hamlin has six wins, but just ne in the last nine races, leading to frustration.

“It just seemed like once the track rubbered up, we just weren’t any good,” he said.

Headed into next Saturday night’s elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway, William Byron, Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney are below the cutoff line.

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       Cleveland’s one-arm pitcher Hugh Daily no-hits Philadelphia, 1-0. The fireballing Irish right-hander lost his left hand as a result of a gun accident earlier in his life.

1902       Johnny Evers, acquired to replace second baseman Bobby Lowe, who broke his ankle, joins shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance on the Chicago infield, marking the first time the three Cubs’ infielders have played together. Franklin Pierce Adams’ poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” better known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance,” immortalizes the legendary double-play trio.

1909       Tigers’ outfielder Ty Cobb hits his ninth round-tripper, all inside-the-park, to win the home run crown. The Georgia Peach will hit 117 round-trippers during his 24-year career, but this is the only season he will lead the league.

1925       In the first game of a twin bill, Robins’ starter Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. The Brooklyn hurler had one-hit the team from the City of Brotherly Love five days earlier.

1932       The Yankees, with their 100th victory of the year, clinch the AL pennant when George Pipqras beats the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 9-3. Yankee skipper Joe McCarthy, who captured a flag with the 1929 Cubs, becomes the first manager to win pennants in both the American and National League.

1933       White Sox veteran hurlers Sad Sam Jones (41) and Red Faber (44) are the starting pitchers in a doubleheader split with the A’s at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. It will be another 53 seasons before another pair of 40+ year-old teammates (Yankees Tommy John and Joe Niekro) start both ends of a twin bill.

1936       Indians’ teenage pitching phenom Bob Feller sets a new American League record by striking out 17 batters when he two-hits the A’s at Shibe Park, 5-2. After the season, the 17 year-old will return to his Van Meter, Iowa home to graduate from high school.

1945       Only 281 patrons are in attendance at Crosley Field to watch the hometown Reds beat New York, 3-2. The Thursday crowd will be the smallest gathering of fans during the 58-year history of the Cincinnati ballpark.

1946       Taking advantage of the shallow position the left fielder is playing due to the Boudreau shift, Ted Williams hits his lone career inside-the-park home run, which proves to be the difference in the Red Sox’ 1-0 victory over the Indians. The win clinches Boston’s first American League pennant since 1918.

1948       Indian right-hander Don Black, while batting in the second inning of the Cleveland Stadium contest against St. Louis, suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The 32 year-old hurler will survive, but his major league career is over.

1949       Ralph Kiner, for the second time in his career, hits four consecutive homers. After homering in his last two at-bats in the previous game played two days ago, the 26 year-old Pirates slugger goes deep in his first two plate appearances in today’s 11-6 victory over Philadelphia at Forbes Field.

1950       Giants’ right-hander Sal Maglie’s consecutive scoreless inning streak ends at 45 when Pirates’ outfielder Gus Bell hits a 257-foot pop fly which barely clears the wall at the Polo Grounds. The Barber’s accomplishment falls four outs shy of the National League record established in 1933 by Carl Hubbell.

1951       At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals split a three-team twin bill, beating the Giants 6-4 in a re-scheduled afternoon game due to rain the day before, and then the Redbirds are blanked by the Braves in the regularly scheduled night game, 2-0. The games mark the first time since 1883 that a three-team twin bill takes place.

1953       Bob Trice becomes the first black player to appear for the A’s. The former Homestead Grays hurler will pitch in only three games for Philadelphia this season, compiling a 2-1 record, finishing his brief three-year stint in the major leagues with a 9-9 mark.

1960       The Dodgers end their historic affiliation with the Montreal Royals, citing low attendance as a factor for leaving the city where Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier in 1946. Next season, after an effort to keep the team in the City of a Hundred Steeples, the Canadian franchise relocates to New York, playing as the Syracuse Chiefs, a farm team for the Minnesota Twins.

1960       In the top of the fifth inning at Crosley Field, Danny Murphy hits a two-out, three-run home run in an 8-6 loss to the Reds. The 18 year-old right-fielder becomes the youngest Cubs player ever to homer.

1963       On Friday the 13th, hard luck hurler Roger Craig, en route to his 21st loss of the season, allows the lone run of the game to score after getting the first two outs in the ninth inning in the Mets’ 1-0 loss to Houston at the Polo Grounds. The defeat marks the fifth time the New York right-hander has dropped a 1-0 decision this season.

1964       The Cardinals become only the second team in major league history this century to score at least one run in every inning as they rout Chicago, 15-2. A dropped pop-up in the top of the ninth secures St. Louis’ place in history.

1965       At the Astrodome facing Don Nottebart, Giant outfielder Willie Mays becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit a league-leading and career high 52 home runs en route to his second MVP season.

1968       Jerry Koosman ties the National League rookie record when he hurls his seventh shutout of the season, blanking Pittsburgh on just three singles. The left-hander’s 2-0 victory, the Mets’ 67th win of the season – a franchise high, equals the mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911).

1969       Bobby Bonds, with his first-inning two-run homer in the Giants’ 6-4 defeat to the Reds at Candlestick Park, becomes the fourth player in major league history to steal at least 30 bases and hit at least thirty home runs in the same season. The other members of the 30/30 club are Ken Williams (1922-Browns), Willie Mays (1956 & 1957-Giants), and Hank Aaron (1963-Braves).

1971       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Frank Robinson joins the 500 home run club with a ninth-inning three-run homer off Fred Scherman in the Orioles’ 10-5 loss to the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore right fielder connected off Mike Kilkenny for #499 in Game 1 of the doubleheader, a 9-1 Birds’ victory.

1978       At Tiger Stadium, the visiting Yankees defeat Detroit, 7-3, to take sole possession of first place for the first time this season. On July 19, the Bronx Bombers trailed the Red Sox by 14 games in the American East Division.

1982       In addition to throwing a complete-game shutout to beat St. Louis, 2-0, for his 20th victory of the season, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton also goes deep in the fifth inning of the Veterans Stadium contest. It’s the fourth time ‘Lefty’ has blanked his opponents and homered in the same game, becoming the first pitcher to have accomplished the feat in three different decades.

1983       Mike Fitzgerald becomes the 48th major leaguer to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat. The Mets rookie backstop’s second-inning homer of Tony Ghelfi contributes to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium.

1983       Recording his 39th save, Royals’ closer Dan Quisenberry breaks John Hiller’s single-season record. The submariner gets the last two outs in a 4-3 victory over the Angels.

1986       The Rangers, in a 14-1 trouncing of Minnesota at the Metrodome, hit a team record seven home runs, including blasts from Darrell Porter (2), Ruben Sierra (2), Steve Buechele, Pete O’Brien, and Pete Incaviglia. Minnesota’s starter Bert Blyleven is tagged for five of the round-trippers, which raises his gopher ball total to 44 this season, establishing a new American League record.

1989       Jack Morris, earning his 162nd win since the start of the 1980 season, beats the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 3-1. During the eighties, the Tiger right-hander compiles the most victories (162-119) during the decade, but will never finish higher than third place in the Cy Young Award balloting during the ten years.

1989       Fay Vincent becomes baseball’s eighth commissioner, succeeding the late Bart Giamatti, who died of a heart attack 12 days ago. During the first year of his brief three-year tenure in office, the Waterbury, Connecticut native will oversee the postponement of this season’s World Series due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the expulsion of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and the owners’ lockout during spring training in 1990.

1995       Tiger second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell, appearing in the same game for the 1,915th time, set an American League record for joint appearances. The Detroit middle infielders surpass the mark established in 1990 by Royals’ teammates George Brett and Frank White.

1996       Alex Rodriguez became the first player in Mariners history to collect 200 hits in a season. The 20 year-old Seattle shortstop, who gets an RBI single off Minnesota’s Travis Miller in the first inning to reach the milestone, will finish the season with 215 hits and a Major League leading .358 batting average.

1996       Dante Bichette joins his teammate Ellis Burks as a member of the 30/30 club when he homers in the sixth inning of Colorado’s 6-3 victory over Houston at Coors Field. The Rockies join the 1987 New York Mets as the only teams in history to have two 30-30 players (Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry) during the same season.

1998       Sammy Sosa eclipses a National League record for the most home runs hit at one park by one player set by Ted Kluszewski when he hits his 35th Wrigley Field round-tripper, surpassing the former Reds first baseman’s total at Crosley Field in 1954. The Cubs right fielder’s 62nd of the season ties Mark McGwire for the league’s lead in their historic home run race.

1998       Sammy Sosa’s ninth-inning homer in the bottom of the ninth off Eric Plunk helps to tie the game at ten runs apiece in the Cubs’ eventual 11-10 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The round-tripper, his second of the contest, is the Chicago right fielder’s 62nd of the season, to pass Roger Maris’s single season mark and ties him with Mark McGwire for the league’s lead.

2001       Due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17. The 91 missed games, the most regular-season contests not played since World War I forced the cancellation of the final month of the 1918 season, have been re-scheduled for the week after the regular season ends, meaning the World Series is likely to extend into November for the first time in history.

2002       Oriole infielder Mike Bordick establishes a new American League record, playing his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. Former teammate Cal Ripken previously held the mark.

2002       The U.S. Senate passes S. Res. 327, a resolution honoring Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who is retiring at the end of the season. The 84 year-old has been a major league baseball announcer for 55 years.

2003       After signing a one-day contract, Ken Daneyko grounds out to short in his professional baseball debut with the Newark Bears. The former New Jersey Devils defenseman, who was honored by the team before the game, plays DH against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in a game started in a driving rainstorm and called immediately after his at-bat.

2004       At Oakland’s Network Associates Coliseum, a female fan suffers a broken nose, facial lacerations, and a possible concussion as the result of being struck by a plastic chair thrown by Ranger reliever Frank Francisco. The altercation between fans and the several Rangers players, which takes place in the field box seats between the Texas dugout and bullpen, occurs with two outs in the ninth inning after Texas’ Alfonso Soriano’s second homer of the game ties the game 5-5.

2005       During the six-run second inning uprising by San Diego, each Dodger outfielder commits an error. The fielding of Ricky Ledee (lf), Jose Cruz Jr. (rf), and Jayson Werth (cf) contribute to the 6-4 loss to the first-place Padres.

2006       In the Padres’ 10-0 rout of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, Mike Piazza hits his last home run as a catcher to extend his record to 396, the most ever hit by a major league backstop. The 37 year-old receiver surpassed Carlton Fisk in 2004 to establish the major league mark with his 352nd round-tripper while playing behind the plate for the Mets.

2006       With a single in the first inning, a double in the second, and triple in the fourth, Gary Matthews blasts a homer in the sixth to complete the cycle in order in his first four at-bats. The Texas center fielder, son of a former major leaguer, is only the third Ranger player to hit for the cycle, with Oddibe McDowell (1985) and Mark Teixeira (2004) being the others.

2007       After 13 years on the job, Terry Ryan announces his resignation as Twins general manager will be effective at the end of the month. The 53 year-old, who will serve as the team’s senior advisor to the GM, saw his team win the AL Central last season for the fourth time since 2001.

2008       The Marlins become only the second major league team to have three infielders hit 30 home runs in the same season when Hanley Ramirez goes deep in Florida’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The Florida shortstop joins teammates first baseman Mike Jacobs and second baseman Dan Uggla to match the feat accomplished in 2001 by A’s infielders Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada.

2008       Francisco Rodriguez, striking out Raul Ibanez on a 3-2 changeup in the Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Mariners, earns his 58th save to break the single-season record. K-Rod surpasses the mark established in 1990 by White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen.

2009       Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in major league history to collect 200 hits in nine consecutive seasons when he beats out an infield single in the Mariners’ 5-0 nightcap victory over Texas at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The right-fielder shared the mark with Wee Willie Keeler, who had eight straight years with 200 or more hits playing for the National League franchises in Baltimore and Brooklyn from 1894-1901.

2011       After getting the first two outs on strikeouts, Mariano Rivera records his 600th career save when catcher Russell Martin throws out Ichiro Suzuki trying to steal second base for the final out of the game. The 41 year-old Yankee closer is one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman’s major league career record.

2013       In a much-anticipated start, Atlanta rookie David Hale sets a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his major league debut but does not collect the victory when San Diego stages a late rally to overcome a three-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 4-3. The 25 year-old right-hander from Marietta, GA surpasses the previous mark of eight shared by Bob Dresser (1902) and Kenshin Kawakami (2009).

2014       On the AT&T Park’s pitching mound, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy hands the ball to his son, Brett, marking the first time an offspring has hurled for a major league team his father managed. The 27-year-old right-hander enters the game with the bases loaded and two out, walking in a run before recording the final out in the sixth inning.

2015       The Braves extend their franchise-record home-game losing streak, dropping a dreadful 10-7 ten-inning decision to the Mets for their 12th consecutive loss at Turner Field. Atlanta was leading 7-4 before Daniel Murphy’s three-run tied the game after the first two batters were retired in the top of the ninth inning.

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 30 16 .652 16 – 7 14 – 9 23 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 2
Toronto 25 20 .556 4.5 11 – 7 14 – 13 17 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
NY Yankees 25 21 .543 5 17 – 7 8 – 14 16 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 4
Baltimore 20 25 .444 9.5 10 – 15 10 – 10 11 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 4
Boston 16 31 .340 14.5 8 – 17 8 – 14 10 – 23 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi White Sox 29 16 .644 13 – 9 16 – 7 0 – 0 21 – 10 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 3
Minnesota 29 18 .617 1 20 – 5 9 – 13 0 – 0 19 – 14 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 2
Cleveland 26 20 .565 3.5 12 – 11 14 – 9 0 – 0 16 – 15 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 5
Detroit 20 25 .444 9 10 – 11 10 – 14 0 – 0 9 – 18 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 2
Kansas City 19 28 .404 11 9 – 13 10 – 15 0 – 0 13 – 21 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 5
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Oakland 29 16 .644 18 – 7 11 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 23 – 10 7 – 3 W 1
Houston 23 23 .500 6.5 16 – 6 7 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 15 2 – 8 W 1
Seattle 20 25 .444 9 11 – 8 9 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 16 7 – 3 W 1
LA Angels 19 28 .404 11 12 – 12 7 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 16 – 20 7 – 3 W 1
Texas 16 30 .348 13.5 12 – 13 4 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 10 – 18 3 – 7 L 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 27 19 .587 15 – 8 12 – 11 18 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Philadelphia 23 20 .535 2.5 15 – 10 8 – 10 19 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Miami 21 21 .500 4 4 – 11 17 – 10 14 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 21 25 .457 6 10 – 13 11 – 12 13 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 L 1
Washington 17 27 .386 9 9 – 15 8 – 12 9 – 17 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 27 20 .574 16 – 12 11 – 8 0 – 0 20 – 15 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
St. Louis 20 19 .513 3 11 – 10 9 – 9 0 – 0 13 – 11 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Milwaukee 20 23 .465 5 9 – 11 11 – 12 0 – 0 13 – 13 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Cincinnati 20 26 .435 6.5 8 – 11 12 – 15 0 – 0 14 – 18 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Pittsburgh 14 29 .326 11 9 – 14 5 – 15 0 – 0 12 – 15 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 3
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 32 14 .696 15 – 8 17 – 6 0 – 0 0 – 0 22 – 11 6 – 4 L 2
San Diego 29 17 .630 3 16 – 6 13 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 18 – 13 8 – 2 W 5
San Francisco 23 22 .511 8.5 14 – 9 9 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 15 7 – 3 L 1
Colorado 21 24 .467 10.5 10 – 13 11 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 13 – 15 4 – 6 L 1
Arizona 17 30 .362 15.5 11 – 12 6 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 25 3 – 7 L 1