VOLLEYBALL

Centerville 3 Tri 0

 

HS BOYS GOLF

Ansonia 183 Bethel 226

New Pal 4 New Castle 1

 

BOYS TENNIS

Connersville 3 Rushville 2

 

BOYS SOCCER

Preble Shawnee 5 Union County 4

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Harrison 2 Lafayette Central Catholic 0

Preble Shawnee 8 Union County 0

Wapahani 1 Knightstown 0

 

VOLLEYBALL

Center Grove 3 McCutcheon 2

Logansport 3 Knox 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Washington 4 Tampa Bay 2 (10)

Oakland 3 Colorado 1

Miami 8 Boston 4

Baltimore 5 Atlanta 1

Chicago Cubs 3 Cleveland 2 (10)

Arizona 9 LA Angels 6

San Francisco 9 Seattle 3

NY Yankees 13 Toronto 2

Kansas City 4 Detroit 0

Minnesota 5 Chicago White Sox 1

Texas 1 Houston 0

LA Dodgers 7 San Diego 5

St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 2

Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 0

Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 0

NY Mets 5 Philadelphia 4

 

NFL WEEK 2

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 3

Friday, Sept. 18

Campbell at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Houston at No. 16 Memphis — POSTPONED

Saturday, Sept. 19

Virginia at No. 20 Virginia Tech — POSTPONED

No. 21 BYU at No. 22 Army — POSTPONED

Tulsa at No. 11 Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Houston at Baylor | 12 p.m. | Fox

Austin Peay at No. 13 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Syracuse at No. 25 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 19 Louisiana at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Boston College at Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Liberty at Western Kentucky | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Navy at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC

No. 24 Appalachian State at Marshall | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN

South Florida at No. 7 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | USA

Stephen F. Austin at UTSA | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charlotte at No. 12 North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 14 UCF at Georgia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

The Citadel at No. 1 Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Troy at Middle Tennessee | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

SMU at North Texas | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 17 Miami (Fla.) at No. 18 Louisville | 7:30 | ABC

Texas State at UL Monroe | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Wake Forest at NC State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Abilene Christian at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Anderson at Harrison

Kokomo at Lafayette Jeff

Logansport at McCutcheon

Muncie Central at Indianapolis Tech (Cancelled)

Richmond at Marion

Centerville at Tri

Eastern Hancock at Knightstown

Hagerstown at Lincoln

Northeastern at Union City

Union County at Winchester

Batesville at East Central

Greensburg at South Dearborn

Lawrenceburg at Franklin County

Rushville at Connersville (Saturday)

Valley View at Franklin

Carlisle at Madison

Edgewood at Talawanda

Brookville at Monroe

Bellbrook at Eaton

Waynesville at Dixie

Tri-Village at Bradford

Oakwood at Northridge

Milton-Union at Preble Shawnee

Butler at Greenville

 

AP HEADLINES

BIG 10 WILL PLAY FOOTBALL

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased.

The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all.

Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

“Let’s goooooo!!!” Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields tweeted.

Amid the celebration, a word of caution: This is still not going to be easy.

“We can’t emphasize enough that what we’re putting forward still requires prevention, requires accountability from everyone involved from our student-athletes to coaches to staff to be doing the things to prevent getting this infection,” said Dr. Jim Borchers, the team physician for Ohio State. “And our progress will be measured by their efforts but also we hope by the efforts to provide a clean competition and practice environment.”

All 14 teams will be scheduled to play eight regular-season games in eight weeks, plus have the opportunity to play a ninth game on Dec. 19 when the conference championship game is played. The College Football Playoff selections are scheduled for Dec. 20, which means the Big Ten’s best should be back in the hunt for a national championship – if all goes well.

If it does not, the schedule does not provide much room to adapt. Other conferences built in bye weeks, which allows time to deal with potential disruptions. The Big Ten itself did that back in early August, but now must go forward with a condensed schedule and signs that things could go awry.

Across major college football since Aug. 26, 13 games have been postponed because of teams dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. Some have not been rescheduled.

The Big Ten is banking on daily testing to mitigate the risk of outbreaks and decrease the probability that a few positive tests will gut rosters when contact tracing sends players into 14-day quarantines. The Big Ten will begin daily antigen testing of all fall sports athletes, coaches and staff Sept. 30.

The Big Ten is taking an especially cautious approach with those who do test positive: The earliest an athlete will be able to return to game competition is 21 days after a positive diagnosis, and following a cardiac evaluation and clearance from a cardiologist.

“We’re in a better place, regardless of how we got here or how painful it was during the time we waited to get this moment,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “That’s all behind us. What’s beautiful is that we have a process and protocols in place that’s based on science and based on lessons learned since Aug. 11.”

The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.

Still, the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania, won’t be packed with 100,000 fans as is usually the case in the fall. Not even close. Tickets will not be sold to the general public for Big Ten games, though some attendance is expected.

That’s still an 80,000-seat stadium that we don’t have,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who had estimated the loss of football would cost the school $100 million.

The decision to play came after sharp pressure from coaches, players, parents and even President Donald Trump, all of them pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election, and Trump swifly applauded the move in a tweet while his campaign suggested the return of college football was “in no small part” due to the president’s leadership.

Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, chairman of the presidents’ council, said the turning point for him on giving the green light to football – even though many students have not been allowed back on his school’s Evanston, Illinois, campus – didn’t come until this past weekend.

“For me, it wasn’t about political pressure, money or lawsuits,” Schapiro said. “It was about the unanimous opinion of our experts. It evolved over the course of weeks.”

The Big Ten will take a bow, but the conference has been battered for a month and businesses in college towns from Nebraska to Maryland have lost millions in sales. First-year Commissioner Kevin Warren was the main target, criticized for a lack of communication and not providing enough information to back the initial decision.

“We have passionate athletes. We have passionate families and we have passionate fans,” Warren said of the blowback. “And so I take that from a positive standpoint.”

The Big Ten postponed fall sports just six days after unveiling a modified, conference-only schedule that was set to begin Labor Day weekend, and indicated it would try to make up the season in the spring. But there was no plan in place and the reaction was sharp. Trump at one point called Warren, who described their conversation as “productive” and “respectful.”

The Pac-12 followed the Big Ten in postponing, but was far more detailed in its explanation and had more obvious hurdles to clear. Half the Pac-12 schools are still operating under statewide restrictions that make it impossible for teams to practice.

As the Big Ten and Pac-12 bailed in August, the other Power Five conferences forged ahead, along with three other major college football leagues. Games have started, with the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference kicking off last week. The Southeastern Conference begins play Sept. 26.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten was on the sideline, with coaches struggling to explain to players why other teams could play but they could not. Eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit against the Big Ten over its decision to postpone; their attorney said Wednesday the case was being dismissed.

Alvarez said Big Ten teams can begin practicing immediately. Apparently, they are ready to roll.

“They never lost faith. They never lost trust. Their behavior through this time has been excellent, and they never stopped fighting,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, whose team was ranked No. 2 in the preseason AP Top 25.

The next new schedule comes with a twist. On championship Saturday, the plan is to provide each team an additional game, matching teams by their places in the division standings: No. 2 vs. No. 2, No. 3 vs. No. 3 and so on. Alvarez said those matchups could be tweaked to avoid rematches.

For now, the third Big Ten schedule of the year should be ready in about a week. Surely, it will rekindle excitement, but how much of it gets played is still uncertain.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said she supports the Big Ten’s decision but noted COVID-19 “is still a very real threat.”

“We’re all trying to do what we can to engage in some normalcy and keep people safe,” she said. “There’s not a perfect way to do this.”

 

PAC-12 ON HOLD

Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference.

The Big Ten changed course Wednesday and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to conduct contact practices.

Earlier this month, the Pac-12 announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. The rapid testing was seen as an avenue for the conference to begin playing football and other sports sooner than expected.

The Pac-12 CEO Group is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the conference’s options.

“We are hopeful that our new daily testing capability can help satisfy public health official approvals in California and Oregon to begin contact practice and competition,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “We are equally closely monitoring the devastating fires and air quality in our region at this time. We are eager for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to play this season, as soon as it can be done safely and in accordance with public health authority approvals.”

The door for playing in California may already be open.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaking later Wednesday, said nothing in his state is preventing the conference from moving forward with football and other sports.

“They can resume football,” Newsom said. “There is nothing in guidelines that says Pac-12 cannot move forward. Period, full stop. I just want to make that crystal clear.”

Newsom said he spoke to Scott earlier and that he has been working with the NCAA on testing, along with figuring out how to keep athletes and coaches safe.

A spokesman for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the state also is working to find a way for football to return.

“Governor Brown’s primary focus right now is on the ongoing wildfire response to save lives and protect homes across Oregon, including in Lane County,” Charles Boyle said in a statement. “When it comes to college football, we all want to see the Ducks and Beavers take the field again. The Oregon Health Authority is in the process of working with the universities to review their plans for team practices, to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, and the wider university community.”

The Big Ten and Pac-12 decided last month to postpone all fall sports until January due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Football in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12 started last week, with the Southeastern Conference set to kick off its season on Sept. 26. The Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellor voted Tuesday to change course and begin football with all 14 teams next month.

 

MANNING ON 2021 HALL BALLOT

Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman.

In all, there are 130 nominees for five modern-era spots. The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 16 special teams players. The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January. A maximum of five modern-era players will be chosen when the selection committee meets the Saturday before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member panel: the 15 modern-era finalists, and the recently nominated Drew Pearson (senior); Bill Nunn (contributor); and Tom Flores (coach).

Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August, when members of the 2020 class and a special centennial class also will enter the football shrine. The 2020 class could not be enshrined due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be honored next summer.

That class has players Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Alex Karras, Troy Polamalu, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and contributors Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.

Returning finalists from last year are receivers Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne; offensive linemen Tony Boselli and Alan Faneca; defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Bryant Young; linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas; and defensive backs John Lynch and LeRoy Butler.

 

SHERMAN ON IR

The San Francisco 49ers placed star cornerback Richard Sherman on the injured reserve list Wednesday and also could be without All-Pro tight end George Kittle this week.

Sherman strained his calf late in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to Arizona and was placed on IR when the injury didn’t get better right way. He will have to miss at least three games before he can return but the Niners are hopeful it won’t be a longer-term injury.

Kittle sprained his knee in the same game and won’t take part in a full practice this week. Coach Kyle Shanahan said there’s a possibility Kittle could participate in the lighter Friday practice before the team leaves to play the New York Jets on Sunday.

Shanahan also said Kittle could play even without practicing all week.

These are the latest in a series of injuries that have hampered the defending NFC champion 49ers early this season.

“It’s a challenge, but you always have something like this each year,” Shanahan said. “It’s hitting us pretty hard right now. … It’s a challenge and some stuff is still up in the air. It’s not our first time doing this. You got to be prepared whatever way it ends up on Sunday.”

San Francisco played the season opener without two of its top receivers in Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring), as well as its top two centers in Weston Richburg (knee) and Ben Garland (ankle).

Backup cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is in concussion protocol as well after getting hurt on the final drive last week and Jason Verrett remains sidelined by a hamstring injury.

“We’ve dealt with this before,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “I think every team, you’ve got to deal with your injuries. … I think it’s really just about getting the guys out there you feel confident in who you know what they’re going to do and will do it on Sunday.”

Sherman has been one of the league’s top cover cornerbacks for the past decade. He was a second-team All-Pro last season when he locked down the defensive left side of the league’s top pass defense.

He fared better than anyone else on San Francisco’s defense in Week 1 against DeAndre Hopkins, limiting him to three catches for 22 yards on 15 pass plays. Hopkins had 14 catches for 151 yards overall in Arizona’s 24-20 win.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON TO START BEFORE THANKSGIVING

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi-bubble for players and provide a window for nonconference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

 

NBA ALL-NBA

LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously.

James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season.

Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA – becoming the first player to do that since Duncan in 1998-99.

The 21-year-old Doncic is the sixth player to make All-NBA at that age or younger, joining Kevin Durant, James, Duncan, Rick Barry and Max Zaslofsky.

James is a first-team pick for the 13th time in his career, extending his record there. Bryant and Karl Malone were 11-time first-teamers. Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP and the frontrunner to win the award again this season, was picked unanimously for the second consecutive year.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, Denver center Nikola Jokic, Portland guard Damian Lillard, Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul and Toronto forward Pascal Siakam were on the second team.

The third-team picks were Boston forward Jayson Tatum, Miami forward Jimmy Butler, Utah center Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons and Houston guard Russell Westbrook.

Paul and Westbrook are now nine-time All-NBA players, Harden a six-time choice, Lillard is a five-timer and Antetokounmpo, Leonard and Davis are four-time selections. Butler and Gobert are three-time selections, Jokic a two-time choice and Siakam, Tatum and Simmons all joined Doncic as being on the team for the first time.

Harden and Doncic appeared on all 100 ballots – though only James and Antetokounmpo were unanimous as first-team choices on every ballot. Davis and Jokic were on 99 ballots, and Leonard appeared on 98.

The voting was conducted based on regular-season games played through March 11, and voters had to choose two guards, two forwards and one center for each team. Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton did not make All-NBA even though he appeared on more ballots (60) than Simmons (43) and Westbrook (38); they made the team as guards. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid got 39 votes and did not make the team either, after finishing fourth among centers.

Middleton led forwards who didn’t make the team in votes, Embiid did the same for centers and Washington’s Bradley Beal (26 votes) did the same for guards.

 

REDS SHUTOUT PIRATES

Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo pitched a masterful seven innings, Shogo Akiyama drove in the game’s only run, and the Reds moved into a virtual tie for second place in the National League Central Division with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Castillo (3-5), coming off his first career complete game in a 3-1 win at St. Louis on Friday, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts, helping the Reds extend their winning streak to a season-high five games.

“He backed up his last start,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He couldn’t get much better than that, but to be able to back that up was huge for us,”

Castillo’s combination of a fastball that can reach 98 mph and a nearly unhittable changeup was unbeatable, Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.

“I thought his changeup was that good,” Shelton said. “He was really good. Not only did his changeup have down action, but his fastball is usually side-to-side, but tonight it was straight down. He didn’t make many mistakes, and the ones he made, we hit right into the ground.”

Archie Bradley pitched a perfect eighth before Raisel Iglesias pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save.

Pittsburgh rookie J.T. Brubaker (1-2) tied his career high with 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and the lone run with one walk and four strikeouts.

Brubaker, who grew up about 90 miles north of Cincinnati in Springfield, Ohio, allowed a hit and a walk in four innings before the Reds pieced together a two-out rally in the fifth on consecutive singles by Jose Garcia, Curt Casali and Akiyama, whose liner to left knocked in Garcia.

 

BAEZ LEADS CUBS TO WIN

Javier Baez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and landed on the outfield grass.

Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton (2-2) with a groundball single to open the 10th.

After Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally, Maton fanned Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber. Then Baez’s liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013.

Like many of the Cubs’ hitters, Baez has struggled in the pandemic-shortened season – he’s hitting just .211. But Chicago’s high-energy shortstop delivered.

“It gave me some more (confidence),” Baez said. “I saw the ball good today. I’ve been seeing the ball good.”

Manager David Ross usually likes what he sees in Baez, even when he’s not producing at his normal clip.

“He’s continued to compete every pitch,” Ross said. “Javy is always going to affect the game in a positive fashion and create a little chaos.”

The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.

“We continue to do a lot of things well,” Ross said. “There’s still room for improvement. When you get these late wins, these walk-off wins, it feel real good and gives you some momentum.”

Oscar Mercado hit a solo shot off Jon Lester in the fifth to tie the game at 2.

Five Cubs relievers followed Lester with a scoreless inning each. Jason Adam (2-1) pitched the 10th.

 

BRAUN HITS CAREER HR 350

Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader.

The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter.

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night.

Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was the third Milwaukee batter plunked in the game by Cards starter Johan Oviedo. Braun was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing.

Oviedo opened the game by hitting Avisail Garcia and then hit Keston Hiura in the third.

“I really don’t think I was hit intentionally,” Braun said. “Obviously we had a couple of other guys who were hit before me with fastballs up and in. It was a young pitcher with a good arm, that when he tried to throw the ball inside, missed up and in numerous times.”

“Obviously with what transpired yesterday, I think the umpires did a really good job of staying on top of it. Again, I don’t think it was done intentionally,” he said.

The Brewers scored four runs in the first inning on just one hit, the three-run homer by Braun.

“I think when you’re at a place that he’s at in his career, these are the games that you’re dying to be in, these games you want to be in,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. It’s a credit to his skill set that he’s able to deliver in the biggest games still, that he’s a force and he’s a presence in these games.”

 

YANKEES POUND JAYS

Kyle Higashioka was as surprised as anyone.

“It’s just kind of crazy how baseball works sometimes,” the career .169 hitter said. “One minute, you can’t hit the ball to save your life, and then the next game you play and pop three over the fence.”

Higashioka slugged a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and resurgent New York hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night.

Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks.

LeMahieu, Voit and Frazier also connected Tuesday – Voit homered twice – when New York hit six home runs and pummeled Toronto 20-6. It’s the first time the Yankees have hit six homers in consecutive games.

“The confidence is growing with every run we’re putting on the board,” Frazier said.

Gerrit Cole (6-3) had another overpowering start for New York, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. The right-hander completed seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight and walking two for his 100th career victory. He also took a no-hitter into the fifth in his previous start – a seven-inning, two-hit shutout against Baltimore in the opener of a doubleheader Friday.

 

DODGERS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT

While the Los Angeles Dodgers are regular participants in postseason baseball, there was something unusual about becoming the first team in the pandemic-shortened season to clinch a berth in the expanded playoffs.

“It’s different, I guess. I just found that out five minutes ago,” manager Dave Roberts said in his video news conference after the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 to take two of three in a matchup of the NL’s two top teams.

The Dodgers opened a 3 1/2-game lead in their quest for an eighth straight NL West title by beating the Padres for the second straight day. Dustin May threw 5 1/3 gutty innings out of the bullpen, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor homered and Will Smith drove in three runs.

“I’m celebrating by saying I’m proud of our guys and it was a great series,” said Roberts, who grew up in northern San Diego County and both played for and was a coach with the Padres before getting the Dodgers’ job. “I think it caught us all by surprise because we were so focused on trying to win this series. I think word will travel once we get on the plane.”

San Diego, quieted by Dodgers pitching a second straight game even as it heads for its first playoff berth since winning the division in 2006, has lost two straight for the first time since mid-August.

May confirmed that as part of COVID-19 protocols, MLB doesn’t want teams having wild clubhouse celebrations after clinching.

Asked if the Dodgers had a celebration, he said:

“No. We’re not allowed to.”

 

WHITE SOX SEE STREAK END

Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.

Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against the AL Central leaders. Chicago, which had won six straight and nine of 10, could have secured its first postseason spot since 2008 with a win and a Mariners loss.

Seattle played later against the San Francisco Giants.

After dropping the first two in the four-game series, the second-place Twins moved within two games of Chicago in the division standings.

Minnesota won despite losing starter Jake Odorizzi to a blister in the fourth inning.

“That was a game where we didn’t know which direction it would go. It could have gone several different ways, but ultimately our guys with the way they went out there and played, and pitched especially, got us where we needed to be. It was a very nice night,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Minnesota reliever Cody Stashak (1-0) relieved Odorizzi and was perfect for 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Tyler Duffey worked the seventh and the eighth with two strikeouts, and Trevor May struck out the side in the ninth to finish the two-hitter.

“It was a colossal effort. Every guy we turned to was fantastic,” Baldelli said.

 

JUDGE OFF THE IR LIST

The New York Yankees activated All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge on Wednesday and batted him second against Toronto, giving the team a full stable of active regulars for the first time since Aug. 8.

The team also said it was transferring left-hander James Paxton to the 45-day injured list, ending his season and potentially his time as a Yankee.

Judge has been out since Aug. 26 after re-aggravating a strained right calf and landing on the injured list for the second time this season. Judge initially went on the IL on Aug. 14, returned for one game and promptly was put back on the shelf.

Judge is batting .292 with nine home runs, 20 RBIs and a 1.081 OPS in 18 games this season.

“Writing him back in the lineup is big,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Paxton hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20, and New York had been hoping he could recover from a strained left flexor tendon in his pitching arm in time to pitch again this season. The 31-year-old suffered a setback in his rehab last week and finishes the year 1-1 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts. Paxton can become a free agent after the season.

New York has been short-handed offensively since designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton was sidelined by a strained left hamstring on Aug. 9. Stanton was activated for Tuesday night’s game against Toronto and went 0 for 4 with a walk.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, shortstop Gleyber Torres and third baseman Gio Urshela have also been placed on the IL this season, but all have since returned. The team suffered through a 5-15 slump amid the injuries, nearly dropping out of the AL’s eight-team playoff picture.

The Yankees pounded Toronto 20-6 on Tuesday night to move a half-game ahead of the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured a postseason berth. The club has won six straight.

 

MLB UMPIRE TESTS POSITIVE

A Major League Baseball umpire tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week, several people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The affected umpire, who wasn’t identified, was not on the field when the result was learned.

MLB medical experts didn’t believe the positive test represented a threat of infection or presented a risk to other personnel, according to those familiar with the matter. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The Washington-Tampa Bay game at Tropicana Field began Tuesday night with only three umpires. Fill-in Clint Vondrak came on the field in the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, veteran ump Andy Fletcher, who had been scheduled to work at Tampa Bay, instead traveled to Miami and joined three young umpires as the crew chief for the Boston-Marlins game.

There have been 45 big league games postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns. The sport doesn’t believe there has been any cross-transmission of the virus on the field.

A dozen umpires, including eight crew chiefs, opted out of working the shortened season because of virus considerations. MLB has successfully switched and shifted crews, using Triple-A callups to fill gaps while working around umps doing replay stints, on vacation and out with injuries.

The 60-game season started July 23 and is set to end Sept. 27, and the expanded playoff field will include 16 teams. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will be held under protective bubbles set up to minimize exposure to the virus.

 

PURDUE GOLFER TO COMPETE THIS WEEKEND

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Boilermaker standout Tyler Duncan will appear in his third U.S. Open this week as the World’s best golfers descend upon Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, for the 120th edition of America’s Championship.

Duncan, who had a strong 2019-20 campaign on the PGA Tour, also appeared in the 2015 event at Chambers Bay and the 2018 championship at Shinnecock Hills. He finished T-56 at the 2018 U.S. Open at 17-over par 297 (77-67-81-72). Duncan also appeared in this year’s PGA Championship at the TPC at Harding Park in August and is scheduled to play in The Masters in early November.

Duncan finished 40th in the final 2019-20 FedEx Cup standings, accumulating $1,799,855 during the year. He won the 2019 RSM Classic for his first PGA Tour victory and recorded four top-25 finishes while appearing in 25 events. For his career, he has posted four top-10 and 12 top-25 placings while totaling over 3.3 million dollars on the PGA Tour.

Duncan will tee off at 7:34 a.m. ET, on hole No. 10 on Thursday and at 12:54 p.m. ET, off hole No. 1 on Friday. He will be paired with Thomas Detry and Erik Van Rooyan.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       At Philadelphia Park, Tommy Corcoran leaves his shortstop position and begins digging around the third base coaching box with his spikes. The Reds’ captain uncovers a metal box with an electrical device inside with attached wires which is most likely being used by the Phillies in a sophisticated scheme to steal signs.

1903       In a game shortened due to darkness, the Americans clinch their first AL pennant when they beat the Cleveland Naps at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-3. Boston will go on to defeat the Pirates, 5 games to 3, in the first World Series the fledgling circuit plays against an established National League foe.

1912       At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Casey Stengel makes an impressive major league debut when he collects four hits, drives in two runs, and swipes a pair of bases in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory against the Pirates. The likable outfielder from Kansas City Casey finishes the season with a .316 batting average (18/57) in his first 17 games with Brooklyn.

1916       George Sisler outduels the Senators’ legend Walter Johnson, 1-0. The game will mark Gorgeous George’s last big league pitching victory, but the former Browns’ hurler will become a member of the Hall of Fame as a first baseman, finishing his 15-year major league career with a .340 lifetime batting average.

1920       For the first time in major league history, two players hit for the cycle on the same day when Tigers’ outfielder Bobby Veach, who goes 6-for-6, and Giants first baseman George Burns accomplish the unique feat. This rare event will not occur on the same day again until 2008 when Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew and Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre each collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in different games played on September 1.

1930       Earl Averill, with three consecutive home runs, drives in eight runs in the Indians’ 13-7 victory over the Senators at Cleveland’s League Park. The Tribe’s 28 year-old center fielder adds another homer in the nightcap to set an American League record with 11 RBIs in the twin bill.

1938       In the top of the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 4-0 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds, Ripper Collins hits his last career home run, finishing with 135 round-trippers during his nine-year tenure in the major leagues. The Chicago first baseman will remain the all-time switch-hitter home run leader for 18 years until Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle surpasses his total in 1956.

1939       American League President Will Harridge overturns umpire Cal Hubbard’s decision to award the Yankees with 9-0 forfeited victory over the Red Sox, ordering the contest to be replayed from the seventh inning. The Red Sox fans, protesting the deliberate outs New York was making to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew, had thrown a barrage of garbage onto the playing field which made it impossible to continue the Fenway Park contest.

1941       In front of only 3,585 fans in St. Louis, twenty year-old Stan Musial makes his major league debut against Boston, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. ‘Stan the Man’ will collect a total of 3,630 hits during his 22-year Hall of Fame career, 1815 hits at home and 1815 on the road.

1947       Not waiting for the end of the season, The Sporting News, in a full-page splash in today’s issue, names Jackie Robinson as the publication’s Rookie of the Year. ‘The Bible of Baseball’ lauds the Dodger freshman for his exceptional play on the field, and although the Brooklyn infielder faced challenges of being the major league’s first black player this century, he was chosen strictly on the basis of his hitting, his running, his defensive play, and his value to the team, according to the article written by J.G. Taylor Spink, TSN’s legendary publisher.

1951       In the bottom of the ninth, Joe DiMaggio scores the winning run on a squeeze bunt by Phil Rizzuto off Cleveland starter Bob Lemon, giving the Yankees a 2-1 walk-off victory. The dramatic win breaks the tie for first place with the Tribe, and the Bronx Bombers will stay in front for the rest of the season.

1953       Ernie Banks becomes the first black player to appear in a Cubs’ game. The former Kansas City Monarch infielder, who makes an error and is hitless in three at-bats, will go on to hit 512 home runs, as well as winning the MVP award twice during his 19-year Hall of Fame career.

1953       Reds GM Gabe Paul announces he has fired manager Rogers Hornsby without giving an explanation for the dismissal of the 57 year-old Hall of Famer. The Rajah, who has lost six managerial positions during his long baseball career, will be replaced by on an interim basis by coach Buster Mills, who will take over the 64-82 club with eight games left to play in the season.

1954       The California community of Avila names Bobby Avila, who will finish the campaign with a league-leading .341 for the eventual American League champs, as the town’s honorary mayor in recognition of the Indian second baseman’s outstanding contributions to the team’s success this season. The thirty year-old infielder becomes the mayor of his home city of Veracruz in 1980, before serving two three-year terms in the Mexican Congress.

1957       Ted Williams, in his first at-bat in 17 days, homers off KC’s Tom Morgan, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. Boston’s ‘Splendid Splinter’ had been sidelined since the start of September with pneumonia.

1963       Dodger ace Sandy Koufax tosses a four-hitter, blanking St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park, 4-0. The southpaw’s scoreless effort establishes a National League record for shutouts thrown by lefties in a season with 11, five shy of Grover Cleveland Alexander’s major league mark set in 1916 with the Phillies.

1964       Seattle mayor J.D. Dorm Braman publicly admits his attempt to bring the Indians to the Emerald City. Other suitors for the disgruntled franchise, whose board of directors will vote to keep the team in Cleveland next month, include the cities of Oakland and Dallas.

1964       Thanks to the efforts of Charlie Finley (seen below wearing a wig), the Beatles, who had planned for a day of rest in New Orleans on the only free date scheduled during their American tour, play a concert in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The group’s manager Brian Epstein, who had initially turned down the A’s owner’s offers of $50,000 and $100,000 to have the lads from Liverpool perform in the City of Fountains, agrees on $150,000, about six times the going rate, enabling the Fab Four to earn $4,838 per minute, the largest sum ever paid for a musical concert.

1965       In front of a capacity crowd at the ballpark in the Bronx, the Yankees pay tribute to Mickey Mantle in the first of three special days held in his honor. Prior to appearing in his 2000th career game, ‘The Mick’ tells the fans that he hoped to play another 15 years, but in reality will play his last major league contest in 1968.

1966       At Yankee Stadium, New York celebrates Bobby Richardson Day in honor of their All-Star second baseman, who is retiring at the end of the season. After deciding to leave the playing field in his prime to spend more time with his family, the 31 year-old infielder will return to the game in 1970 to become the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, where he will compile a 221-92-1 record with the Gamecocks.

1968       Candlestick, Giants’ hurler Gaylord Perry (14-14) no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 1-0, with the only run of the game scored on Ron Hunt’s first-inning home run. For the first time in major league history, the feat is accomplished in successive games when Redbird hurler Ray Washburn returns the favor tomorrow by no-hitting San Francisco, 2-0.

1968       Detroit wins the American League pennant for the first time since 1945 when they beat the Yankees at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Twenty-six year-old right-hander Joe Sparma goes the distance, limiting the Bronx Bombers to five hits for the clincher.

1973       Rick Waits makes his major league debut when he pitches the ninth inning of the Rangers’ 10-3 victory over Chicago at Arlington Stadium. Although the 21 year-old right-hander starts the frame with an eight-run lead, he inexplicably gets credit for a save.

1975       Mets right-fielder Rusty Staub, in a 5-2 loss to Chicago at Shea Stadium, homers off Ray Burris in the fourth frame for his 98th RBI of the season, establishing a new team record. ‘Le Grand Orange’ surpasses the franchise mark set by Donn Clendenon in 1970.

1977       Yankees DH Dave Kingman, with a third-inning round-tripper off Jim Crawford at Tiger Stadium, becomes the first player to homer for four different teams in one season. The much-traveled veteran will hit a total of 26 home runs this year playing for the Mets (9), Padres (11), Angels (2), and the Bronx Bombers (4).

1981       Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela ties White Sox freshman Ewell Russell’s 1913 rookie record when he hurls his eighth shutout of the season, blanking Atlanta on three hits. The 20 year-old Mexican’s 2-0 victory breaks the previous National League mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905), Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911), and Jerry Koosman (Mets, 1968).

1982       In the bottom of the seventh at Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman knots the score at 2-2 against the Redbirds when he hits the final homer of his league-leading season total of 37. The 33 year-old Mets slugger will finish the season hitting just .204, the lowest batting average ever for a player who wins a home run crown.

1983       At Riverfront Stadium, 53,790 faithful fans celebrate Johnny Bench Night. The future Hall of Fame catcher doesn’t disappoint the regular-season record crowd, responding with a two-run homer and a single in the Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Astros.

1983       The White Sox beat Seattle, 4-3, clinching their first American League divisional title. The Comiskey Park victory secures the club’s first postseason berth since the Go-Go Sox won the American League pennant in 1959.

1984       On the seventeenth anniversary of his first major league round-tripper, Reggie Jackson connects off Kansas City pitcher Bud Black in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 500th career home run. The milestone four-bagger proves to be the only run the Angels would score in the Royals’ 10-1 victory.

1984       Mets rookie Dwight Gooden ties a major league record shared by Luis Tiant (1968 Indians) and Nolan Ryan (1974 Angels) with a total of 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games. The 19 year-old Dr. K, who strikes out 16 Phillies in the team’s 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium, also fanned sixteen Buc batters in his last start, a 2-0 complete-game victory at Shea Stadium.

1988       Jeff Reardon, who hurls a perfect ninth inning, becomes the first pitcher to save 40 games in both leagues when the Twins defeat the White Sox, 3-1. The Dalton, Massachusetts native also saved 42 games for the Expos in 1985.

1990       The Blue Jays set a major league single-season attendance record when 49,902 fans watch the home team beat the Yankees, 6-4. Toronto will finish the season with 58 consecutive sellouts at the SkyDome with a total attendance of 3,885,284.

1993       Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan, in his next to last major league appearance, fans California catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout. The ‘Ryan Express’ will end his 27-year career ranking first all-time in strikeouts.

1995       Switch-hitting third baseman Ken Caminiti ties Eddie Murray’s 1987 major league mark and becomes the first National Leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he goes deep off right-hander Turk Wendell and southpaw Roberto Rivera in the Padres’ 12-4 victory over Chicago at Jack Murphy Stadium. Yesterday, the San Diego slugger homered right-handed off Larry Casian and cleared the fence in deep right-center field batting lefty on a pitch thrown by Steve Trachsel.

1996       Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo no-hits the Rockies, 9-0, at Coors Field, becoming the only big league hurler to accomplish the feat in the thin air of Denver. Tornado Boy’s performance in Colorado is the best-attended no-no and is the only hitless game with a paid attendance of more than 50,000 fans.

1998       At the age of 107, Chet Hoff dies in Daytona Beach, Florida, giving the southpaw the longest life span of any major leaguer. ‘Red’ played for the New York Highlanders (1911-13) and St. Louis Browns (1915), compiling a 2-4, 2.49 record before WW I ended his playing career.

1998       The Braves become the first team since the 1915 Red Sox to have five pitchers win 15 or more games in the same season. Joining Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Kevin Millwood, southpaw Denny Neagle becomes the latest Atlanta hurler to accomplish the feat when he scatters six hits over six innings in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.

2000       Due to conditions created by Hurricane Gordon, the Devil Rays postpone the scheduled game against the A’s at Tropicana Field, becoming only the third contest in a domed stadium affected by a weather event. The other postponements included a 1976 game between the Astros and the Pirates when flooding caused by ten inches of rain in Houston made the Astrodome inaccessible, and the April 14th, 1983 tilt between the Twins and Angels because the Metrodome’s roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

2001       After a six-day hiatus, major league teams play games for the first time since the September 11th terrorist attacks. At Busch Stadium during a pregame ceremony, Cardinal announcer Jack Buck captures the mood of a nation with the reading of his original poem, We Shall Overcome, and a new baseball tradition begins with the singing of God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch of all six scheduled contests.

2003       En route to capturing the American League Cy Young Award, Roy Halladay, pitches his fourth consecutive complete game when the Blue Jays beat Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 6-0. ‘Doc’ will finish the season 22-7 with eight of the victories coming from his nine complete games.

2004       Barry Bonds, connecting off Jake Peavy’s third-inning slider at SBC Park, hits his 700th career home run. The historic homer touches off a fireworks display and the unfurling of a gigantic light tower banner featuring Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, the two other players to reach the milestone.

2005       The Padres shock the Nationals, trailing 5-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when they tie score thanks to Khalil Greene’s first career grand slam. San Diego will complete the amazing comeback when Ramon Hernandez hits a three-run walk-off homer with two out in the 12th frame, beating Washington at Petco Park, 8-5.

2006       Mariners’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, in a 7-4 loss to the Royals in Kansas City, singles in his first two at-bats, extending his own major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to begin a career to six. The Japanese native also steals his 33rd consecutive base, which is an American League single-season record.

2006       The Red Sox, for the first time in thirty years, sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees in New York. Boston hadn’t beaten their arch-rivals twice in one day since July 31, 1976, and Independence Day of 1973 was the last time they accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium.

2006       At Turner Field, Marlin infielder Dan Uggla hits his 26th home run of the season off Atlanta hurler Chad Paronto to break the record of the most home runs by a rookie second baseman. Hall of Fame infielder Joe Gordon had established the previous mark, playing with the Yankees in 1938.

2007       On the Today Show, Marc Ecko, who made millions from his brand of clothing, announces he is allowing the public to vote on the fate of Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball. The 35 year-old fashion designer, who paid $752,467 for the ball at an online auction, has set up a website, www.vote756.com, which gives the fans the option of voting to (1) send the ball directly to Cooperstown, (2) branding it with an asterisk before sending it to the Hall of Fame, or (3) putting the ball on a rocket ship and launching it into outer space.

2008       Jesse Carlson earns the victory as the Blue Jays rally from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Orioles, 8-7. The southpaw rookie reliever from Berlin, Connecticut, who has not been scored on in his last 12 appearances, notches his seventh victory in relief, the most by any Toronto reliever since Paul Quantrill won 11 in 2001.

2010       Joe Torre, who will compile a 2326-1997 (.538.) managerial record during his 30 seasons as a skipper with Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, and the Dodgers, announces he will be retiring at the end of the month. Los Angeles immediately hires the team’s hitting coach Don Mattingly to replace the 70 year-old, who will accept a position in February to assist Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations.

2014       Brandon McCarthy throws nine pitches, has nine strikes, and records three outs, retiring Wil Myers, Nick Franklin, and Matt Joyce in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. The 31 year-old right-hander pitches the fifth Immaculate Inning in franchise history, joining Al Downing (1967), Ron Guidry (1984), A.J. Burnett (2009), and Ivan Nova (2013) in accomplishing the feat.

2014       Jason DeGrom strikes out the first eight batters he faces in the Mets’ 6-5 loss in Miami, tying the modern-day major league mark to start a game. The Amazins’ rookie right-hander now shares the record with Jim Deshaies, who struck out the first eight Dodgers he faced with the Astros in a 1986 contest.

2016       Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson hits two extra-inning home runs in the same game, giving the team a 3-2 victory over the Twins at Citi Field. The Grandy Man ties the game leading off in the 11th inning and then hits a two-out solo homer, the club’s 201st home run to set a franchise mark, in the following frame to end the game.

2018       Christian Yelich becomes the fifth player to complete two cycles in the same season, and the first to accomplish the feat in against the same team twice in one year. In less than three weeks, the Brewers outfielder repeats the rarity against Cincinnati when he singles in the first inning, doubles in the third, homers, in the fifth, and strokes a two-run triple off reliever Jesus Reyes in the sixth inning the team’s 8-0 victory at Miller Park.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 31 18 .633 17 – 9 14 – 9 23 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
NY Yankees 28 21 .571 3 20 – 7 8 – 14 19 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 7
Toronto 26 22 .542 4.5 12 – 7 14 – 15 17 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 2
Baltimore 22 27 .449 9 12 – 16 10 – 11 11 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
Boston 18 32 .360 13.5 8 – 17 10 – 15 11 – 23 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi White Sox 32 17 .653 16 – 10 16 – 7 0 – 0 24 – 11 0 – 0 8 – 2 L 1
Minnesota 31 20 .608 2 21 – 5 10 – 15 0 – 0 21 – 16 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Cleveland 26 23 .531 6 12 – 11 14 – 12 0 – 0 16 – 16 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 8
Detroit 21 27 .438 10.5 11 – 12 10 – 15 0 – 0 10 – 20 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 1
Kansas City 21 29 .420 11.5 10 – 13 11 – 16 0 – 0 14 – 22 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Oakland 31 19 .620 18 – 7 13 – 12 0 – 0 0 – 0 24 – 12 6 – 4 W 1
Houston 24 25 .490 6.5 17 – 7 7 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 16 – 16 3 – 7 L 1
Seattle 22 27 .449 8.5 12 – 9 10 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 16 – 17 5 – 5 L 2
LA Angels 20 30 .400 11 12 – 14 8 – 16 0 – 0 0 – 0 16 – 20 5 – 5 L 2
Texas 18 31 .367 12.5 13 – 13 5 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 12 – 19 5 – 5 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 29 21 .580 15 – 8 14 – 13 19 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Miami 25 22 .532 2.5 8 – 12 17 – 10 17 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Philadelphia 24 24 .500 4 16 – 11 8 – 13 20 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 1
NY Mets 22 27 .449 6.5 10 – 13 12 – 14 14 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Washington 18 29 .383 9.5 9 – 16 9 – 13 9 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 30 20 .600 18 – 12 12 – 8 0 – 0 21 – 15 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 4
Cincinnati 25 26 .490 5.5 12 – 11 13 – 15 0 – 0 19 – 18 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 5
St. Louis 22 23 .489 5.5 11 – 11 11 – 12 0 – 0 15 – 15 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 1
Milwaukee 23 26 .469 6.5 12 – 14 11 – 12 0 – 0 16 – 16 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 1
Pittsburgh 14 34 .292 15 9 – 14 5 – 20 0 – 0 12 – 19 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 8
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Y-LA Dodgers 35 15 .700 16 – 8 19 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 24 – 12 5 – 5 W 2
San Diego 32 19 .627 3.5 19 – 8 13 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 21 – 15 8 – 2 L 2
San Francisco 24 24 .500 10 15 – 9 9 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 15 – 17 6 – 4 W 1
Colorado 22 26 .458 12 11 – 15 11 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 13 – 15 4 – 6 L 1
Arizona 19 31 .380 16 11 – 13 8 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 25 4 – 6 W 2