HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCOREBOARD
Muncie Burris 4 Muncie Central 0
Oak Hill 3 Marion 1
South Dearborn 3 Franklin County 0
Oak Hill 6 Marion 0
Centerville 3 Blue River 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-INTERLEAGUE
NY Mets 9 Baltimore 4
Toronto 2 Miami 1
Atlanta 7 Boston 5
Milwaukee 8 Detroit 5
San Diego 11 LA Angels 4
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland at Seattle postponed
Tampa Bay 5 NY Yankees 2
Cleveland 5 Kansas City 0
Minnesota 8 Chicago White Sox 1
Houston 2 Texas 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 9 San Francisco 6
Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 3 Washington 0
Chicago Cubs 8 Pittsburgh 2
LA Dodgers 3 Arizona 2 (10)
Miami 116 Milwaukee 104 teen
Houston 104 Oklahoma City 102
Philadelphia at NY Islanders postponed
Colorado 4 Dallas 1
WEEK 1 NFL SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 14, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (Mon) 8:10p (MT) 10:10p ESPN
Tom Seaver, heart and mighty arm of Miracle Mets, dies at 75
Tom Seaver transformed a franchise and captivated a city, setting enduring standards as he whipped his powerful right arm overhead for the Miracle Mets and dirtied his right knee atop major league mounds for two decades.
A consummate pro and pitching icon, he finished fulfilled after a career remembered with awe long after his final strikeout.
“It is the last beautiful flower in the perfect bouquet,” Seaver said on the afternoon he was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Seaver, the galvanizing force who steered the New York Mets from National League laughingstock to a stunning World Series title in 1969, has died. He was 75.
The Hall said Wednesday night that Seaver died Monday from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. Seaver spent his final years in Calistoga, California.
Seaver’s family announced in March 2019 he had been diagnosed with dementia and had retired from public life. He continued working at Seaver Vineyards, founded by the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and his wife, Nancy, in 2002 on 116 acres at Diamond Mountain in Northern California.
Seaver was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, and it reoccurred in 2012 and led to Bell’s Palsy and memory loss, the Daily News of New York reported in 2013.
“He will always be the heart and soul of the Mets, the standard which all Mets aspire to,” Mike Piazza, a former Mets catcher and Hall of Famer, tweeted when Seaver’s dementia diagnosis was announced.
Said ex-Mets closer and captain John Franco: “As a kid, you always wanted to be Tom Seaver.”
Nicknamed Tom Terrific and The Franchise, the revered Seaver was a five-time 20-game winner and the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year. He went 311-205 with a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and 61 shutouts during an illustrious career that lasted from 1967-86. He became a constant on magazine covers and a media presence, calling postseason games on NBC and ABC even while still an active player.
“He was simply the greatest Mets player of all-time and among the best to ever play the game,” Mets owner Fred Wilpon and son Jeff, the team’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.
Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 when he appeared on 425 of 430 ballots for a then-record 98.84%.
Chapman suspended 3 games for throwing near Brosseau’s head
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was suspended for three games Wednesday, a day after he threw a fastball near the head of pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau while closing out his first save of the season in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Chapman said the pitch was not intentional and he is appealing the suspension.
“I think it was a little harsh,” Chapman said through a translator. “That’s the reason I’m going to appeal.”
Chapman, who previously was disciplined in his career for intentionally throwing at the head area, also was fined by Major League Baseball.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone received a one-game suspension and was also fined an undisclosed amount following the events during Tuesday night’s game.
“I don’t think I should be sitting out tonight, nor Chappy, but I do respect the process and the thoroughness and the care that they gave to kind of walk it through this,” Boone said. “I accept it but I certainly don’t agree with it.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash received a one-game suspension and was fined an undisclosed amount after being ejected during the game and for his comments afterward. Umpires convened before issuing warnings to both benches, and Cash was ejected after coming onto the field to argue.
Cash said following the game that someone has to be accountable, adding, “And the last thing I’ll say on this is I got a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph. Period.”
“It’s fair, warranted,” Cash said of the suspension.
Votto single in ninth lifts Reds to 4-3 win over Cardinals
Joey Votto’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Shogo Akiyama with the winning run as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Facing Giovanny Gallegos (1-1), Akiyama and Curt Casali walked with one out and Votto delivered a sharp line drive to right to send Akiyama sliding across the plate and extend his hitting streak to six games.
The Cardinals had loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Raisel Iglesias (2-2) struck Tyler O’Neill and Lane Thomas to escape.
The Reds avoided a three-game sweep to finish 3-4 on a homestand against the Cubs and Cardinals, two of the teams they’re chasing in the NL Central.
One night after the Reds needed five relievers and an infielder to pitch during a 16-2 loss, an efficient Tyler Mahle turned in a season-high seven innings. Mahle yielded four hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Baez and Hendricks lead Cubs over Pirates.
Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Baez connected in the fourth inning to put Chicago in front 3-1. The blast carried 443 feet to the back set of bleachers in left-center field and came one pitch after Nick Tropeano relieved starter Joe Musgrove.
“It sounded nice when he hit it,” Cubs manager David Ross said with a smile.
Hendricks (4-4) scattered six hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks. He had been winless in his previous three starts.
“It was just a grind all night. I was just battling myself,” Hendricks said. “I got better mentally and started going pitch to pitch to try to simplify things. My timing was off and I just didn’t feel right.”
Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single in the seventh and the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to make it 8-2. Willson Contreras doubled in a run and the other two scored on a fielding error by shortstop Kevin Newman.
Contreras finished with three hits and lifted his batting average to .216 while Baez is hitting .200. Neither player is playing at his accustomed All-Star level, but both have been working regularly on their swings in the indoor batting cages before the game.
McKenzie, Naquin propel Indians to 5-0 win over Royals
Triston McKenzie tossed six innings of three-hit ball to celebrate his 23rd birthday, Tyler Naquin hit a pair of homers for the only runs of the game, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Wednesday night.
McKenzie (2-0) needed just 81 pitches thanks to six strikeouts, no walks and some slick defense behind him. His bullpen went the rest of the way, holding the Royals without a hit over the final three innings.
“I mean, the nerves are definitely still there beforehand. I don’t think that’s ever going to go away,” McKenzie said, “but I’m going out there and feeling more comfortable in terms of treating it like a learning experience.”
Naquin’s first homer was a two-run shot off Jakob Junis (0-1) in the second inning. Naquin then provided his relievers with some much-needed breathing room by adding a three-run homer off Scott Barlow in the ninth.
“He was unbelievable. His swing is the best I’ve seen it,” Indians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. “He did the work this offseason. He kind of restructured his swing a little bit – he’s been more efficient with his swing. Pretty good.”
The result was the fifth consecutive loss in a series-deciding game for the Royals, and their 10th straight defeat in rubber games involving Cleveland. In fact, Kansas City has won just three of its last 35 games to decide a series.
Duvall follows Ozuna with 3 HRs; Braves complete sweep
Adam Duvall hit three home runs a night after teammate Marcell Ozuna did it, making them the first teammates in major league history to perform the feat in consecutive games as the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the stumbling Boston Red Sox 7-5 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Duvall hit a pair of two-run shots over the Green Monster and a solo blast to center for his five RBIs. Ozuna added a long, tiebreaking solo drive for the Braves, who entered the three-game set winless in their last 15 series (0-12-3) against the Red Sox.
Duvall and Ozuna were the first teammates with three-homer performances in back-to-back games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I didn’t know that,” Duvall said when he was informed of the historic feat during his postgame interview. “I thought it was (three homers) here. That’s pretty neat. That’s pretty cool.”
On Tuesday, Ozuna became the first NL player to hit three homers in a game at Fenway Park.
“We just met up in here and talked about what we just did,” Duvall said. “It’s super cool. It’s something definitely to take a moment and enjoy it.”
It was Atlanta’s first sweep in Boston since capturing a three-game set in 2002. Freddie Freeman had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
Rockets edge Thunder to win wild Game 7, move on to Lakers
James Harden couldn’t get his shot to fall all night, so the scorer turned stopper.
In this wild Game 7 that took one strange turn after another in the final seconds, the biggest play came when a guy known almost entirely for his offense turned up the defense.
Harden made up for a miserable shooting night with a big blocked shot, Russell Westbrook scored 20 points against his former team and the Houston Rockets edged the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-102 on Wednesday night to win the first-round series.
“It was one of those nights offensively so I just wanted to change the game defensively and I think I did that,” Harden said.
The Rockets pulled out a tense final game of the first round that lasted long past the final basket as replays and fouls were sorted out.
“I’ve been around a long time and just at the end it was a little crazy,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.
In the end, Houston prevailed to set up a second-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers that begins Friday despite Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, going 4 for 15 from the field.
“These are the games, you want to win a championship or win playoff games, you’ve got to do it with your heart,” D’Antoni added.
The frantic final seconds of a game that was tight throughout had Houston take the lead for good at 103-102 when P.J. Tucker scored with 1:25 remaining. After changes of possession, the Thunder got the ball to Lu Dort, who attempted a 3-pointer that Harden blocked with 4.8 seconds left.
Robert Covington made a free throw with 1.4 seconds to go and Harden was whistled for fouling Danilo Gallinari before the ball was inbounded, giving the Thunder one free throw and the ball. But Gallinari missed the free throw and the Thunder turned it over on the last inbounds pass.
Westbrook helped defend that, perhaps remembering some of his old coach’s plays.
“I kind of know a little bit,” Westbrook said.
Covington had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Eric Gordon also scored 21 points for the Rockets. Harden finished with 17 points and nine assists.
Butler makes FTs with no time left, lifts Heat past Bucks
Jimmy Butler loves soccer, and the final scene from Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals resembled a penalty shot in a shootout.
Only there was no goalie.
This was just a free throw, no time on the clock, nobody else from the Miami Heat or Milwaukee Bucks standing along the lane. Game tied, two chances to make one shot, the outcome completely in Butler’s hands.
“I wish I could kick it in there and say that’s how I won it,” Butler said.
Rattling home a free throw will have to suffice. Butler got the first one to bounce home, made a second one that was irrelevant, and the Heat grabbed control of their East semifinal matchup with a 116-114 win over the Bucks on Wednesday night — becoming the first No. 5 seed to take a 2-0 series lead over a No. 1 seed.
Butler was fouled by Giannis Antetokounmpo with no time remaining, the referees said, a call that was affirmed in a review after the initial whistle. The ball was out of Butler’s hands when Antetokounmpo clearly made contact.
“I’d say we’re disappointed with the judgment, the decision, the timing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Crew Chief Marc Davis said the foul call was correct.
“He must be allowed the space to land and Giannis contacts him with his left hand on his torso and I felt like it affected his balance and did not allow him the space to land in a normal basketball position,” Davis told a pool reporter postgame. “As a result I judged this to be a shooting foul.”
It was a bizarre ending to, well, a bizarre ending.
Leonard Fournette planning to sign with Brady-led Buccaneers
Leonard Fournette intends to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are stockpiling playmakers to help Tom Brady be successful with his new team.
The former Jacksonville Jaguars running back tweeted an image of himself carrying a football and wearing a Bucs jersey and helmet -long with a pen-signing emoji and the message (hash)GoBucs- on Wednesday night.
The Bucs, who typically don’t confirm player acquisitions until the team has a signed contract, had no comment.
Fournette, the former LSU star drafted fourth overall in 2017, was released Monday by the Jaguars and became a free agent after clearing waivers. He helped Jacksonville reach the AFC championship game as a rookie and topped 1,000 rushing two of three seasons there.
With the Bucs, he will join a Brady-led offense featuring more talented playmakers than the six-time Super Bowl winner has ever had to work with at one time.
In addition to Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, and starting running back Ronald Jones, Brady’s list of options has grown to also include former New England teammate Rob Gronkowski and running back LeSean McCoy.
Fournette is coming off the best overall season of his career, rushing for 1,152 yards and accounting for another 522 yards on 76 pass receptions in 2019.
The 25-year-old running back was to earn $4.17 million in Jacksonville this season, a base salary that was guaranteed until the Jaguars voided all the remaining guarantees in the player’s rookie deal in December 2018.
AP source: Patriots to release WR Mohamed Sanu
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Patriots intend to release receiver Mohamed Sanu, ending a disappointing tenure in New England that was marred by injuries.
The person spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly announced the decision.
NFL Network was the first to report the Patriots’ decision.
New England traded a 2020 second-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons last October for the eighth-year veteran hoping to provide some stability to its young group of receivers. But injuries limited Sanu to just eight games with the Patriots last season, including six starts. He finished with just 26 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown.
He had ankle surgery this offseason.
Sanu was entering the final season of a five-year, $32.5 million deal he signed with Atlanta. By releasing him the Patriots will save $6.5 million in salary cap space.
Georgia QB Newman opting out of season to prepare for draft
Jamie Newman, the Wake Forest transfer who was projected to start at quarterback for No. 4 Georgia, is opting out of the season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft.
Newman announced his decision on his Twitter account Wednesday. He said he decided to skip the season “after much prayer and discussion with my family.”
Newman said his decision was influenced by “the uncertainties of this year amid a global pandemic.”
The decision leaves Georgia’s quarterback race wide open.
Coach Kirby Smart said Newman would “remain in good standing with the team.” He said Georgia and the Southeastern Conference have made the health and safety of student-athletes the priority during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have emphasized continually that any student-athlete who decides to opt out because of health and/or safety concerns related to COVID-19 would be fully supported,” Smart said in a statement released by Georgia. He said that includes honoring Newman’s scholarship and giving him access to the team’s facilities.
“While we will miss him being part of our program, I fully support Jamie’s decision and we will continue to regard him as a Georgia Bulldog,” Smart said. “Certainly we wish him nothing but the best in his quest for an NFL career and he knows he will always have a home at UGA.”
After the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage on Saturday, Smart said another transfer, former Southern Cal starter, JT Daniels, has not received full medical clearance in his return from a knee injury that ended his 2019 season.
Makar, Hutchinson help Avalanche force Game 7 against Stars
The biggest boost for the Colorado Avalanche in must-win game after must-win game comes from an unlikely source – their third-string goaltender.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots and the Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Wednesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in their second-round playoff series.
The 30-year-old Hutchinson was back in net with starter Philipp Grubauer and backup Pavel Francouz both sidelined. It was just Hutchinson’s second career NHL playoff start – and second win. He stymied the Stars all night after allowing an early goal.
“He’s an easy guy to cheer for,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “For him to to be able to step in and do what he’s done for us the last couple games is nothing short of amazing. He deserves all the credit.”
Rookie defenseman Cale Makar scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, while Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen also added goals. Nathan MacKinnon scored an empty-netter for the Avalanche, who staved off elimination for a second straight game to tie the series at three wins apiece. Colorado has never won a postseason series when trailing 3-1.
Game 7 is Friday.
‘Didn’t play good’: No. 1 Pliskova won’t dissect Open loss
Under normal circumstances, Karolina Pliskova would not have been seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open and so, while a second-round loss certainly would have been disappointing to her, and noticed by others, it wouldn’t have been as newsworthy.
But what’s normal in 2020? With the women who are 1-2 in the rankings choosing to skip the trip to Flushing Meadows because of the pandemic, No. 3 Pliskova ascended to the top spot in the draw — and by Day 3, she was gone.
Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at the U.S. Open, made her mood clear during a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to 50th-ranked Caroline Garcia on Wednesday by throwing a racket, then again afterward with a series of clipped responses at her news conference.
Pliskova fidgeted with the microphone. Sighed. Shrugged her shoulders. Rolled her eyes.
When a reporter offered possible explanations for the defeat — a new, faster surface on the courts, a lack of atmosphere because there are no spectators, the pressure of her high seeding — Pliskova replied: “Nothing from what you said.”
Her reasoning for the result? “I didn’t play good,” Pliksova said, “so that’s it.”
When another member of the media said this back-and-forth must be boring to Pliskova, she said, “Yeah, a little bit. Did you see the match or no?” and soon after remarked, “I don’t know if you understand tennis well enough.”
After a first round that went more to form than ever — 29 of 32 seeded women won their opening matches, a U.S. Open record since the number of seeds was doubled from 16 in 2001 — the surprises started in the second round.
Three Americans turned in upsets of seeded women. Shelby Rogers, ranked 93rd, beat 11th-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1; Ann Li, who is ranked 128th, topped 13th-seeded Alison Riske 6-0, 6-3 in a matchup between two players from Pennsylvania; and Madison Brengle, ranked 84th, took out 19th-seeded Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-3.
Other seeded women who were eliminated: No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova, No. 30 Kristina Mladenovic, No. 31 Anastasija Sevastova.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1894 Connie Mack, taking over for the fired skipper Ned Hanlon, leads the Pirates to a 22-1 rout of his former team, the Washington Senators. The triumph will be the Tall Tactician’s first of the major league record-setting 3,731 victories he will collect as a manager with Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia A’s during his 53 years in the dugout.
1906 The Philadelphia Giants, with Rube Foster on the mound, complete a five-game sweep of the Cuban X-Giants with a 3-2 victory, winning the first Freihofer Cup, named after league president William Freihofer. The Negro Championship game attracts 12,000 fans to Philly’s Columbia Park, the largest crowd ever to watch a black baseball game.
1917 Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of the Phillies’ doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. In his 18 innings of work, the Philadelphia right-hander limits the Dodgers to seven hits en route to posting 5-0 and 9-3 victories in the twin bill.
1928 A’s player-manager Ty Cobb collects the last hit of his career when he doubles off right-hander Bump Hadley in the team’s 6-1 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium. The 41 year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his playing days, establishing the major league record for hits with 4,191, a mark which remains until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1985.
1936 Luke Appling’s 27-game hitting streak is snapped by Wes Ferrell when the Red Sox right-hander goes the distance, holding the White Sox shortstop hitless in four plate appearances, that includes two bases-on-balls, in Chicago’s 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old infielder, who establishes a franchise record for consecutive games with a hit, will lead the American League with a .388 batting average this season.
1947 Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with four safeties each when the Yankees collect a total of eighteen hits in their 11-2 rout of the Red Sox. Each of the Bronx Bombers’ hits in the Fenway Park contest is a single.
1947 At Shibe Park, A’s right-hander Bill McCahan throws a no-hitter as a rookie, beating the Senators, 3-0. The WW II test pilot, the seventh player in baseball history to toss a no-hitter in his freshman year, hurts his arm lifting barrels of oil in his offseason job, cutting his promising baseball career short due to the injury.
1953 South Bend Blue Sox right-hander Jean Faut tosses a perfect game, beating the Kalamazoo Lassies, 4-0, to become the only professional pitcher in history to accomplish the feat twice. The AAGPBL Player of the Year, who also didn’t allow a Rockford Peaches batter to reach base in a 1951 contest, will pitch only one more game before retiring at the end of the season.
1956 In front of the largest regular-season crowd in County Stadium history, the league-leading Braves split a twin bill with the Reds, 5-3 and 5-7. Much to the delight of many of the 47,604 fans attending the Labor Day double dip, the home team ends the day 3.5 games in front of Cincinnati and the Dodgers, but the Milwaukee finishes the season in second place, winning only 11 of 23 its remaining games.
1957 Braves left-hander Warren Spahn, with his 8-0 blanking of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, sets a National League mark for shutouts thrown by a southpaw. The future Hall of Famer has now held his opponents scoreless 41 times, breaking the record previously shared by Eppa Rixey and Larry French.
1961 Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris become the first teammates to each hit fifty home runs in the same season when ‘the Mick’ goes deep twice, including a round-tripper in the ninth to tie the score, in the Yankees’ 8-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at the Bronx ballpark. Roger Maris, who also blasted a pair of homers against the Tigers yesterday, has hit 53 homers in his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s single-season mark of 60.
1962 The expansion Mets are blanked for the 30th time this year, bowing to the Bucs at Forbes Field, 2-0. The Amazins’ tie the 1906 Senators for the second-most times a team has been held scoreless, but the 1908 Cardinals’ mark of being whitewashed in 33 contests during the season will remain as the major league mark.
1963 Ron Santo ties the National League record by a third baseman for errors committed in an inning. The Cub infielder’s three miscues in the second frame lead to a seven-run outburst and an eventual 16-3 victory for the Giants at Candlestick Park.
1967 The Reds intentionally walk Willie McCovey during his first three plate appearances in the Crosley Field contest. Although Cincinnati’s two-out strategy works every time, the Giants prevail when Ray Sadecki hurls a three-hit shutout en route to the team’s 4-0 victory.
1970 Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to be benched, thus ending his National League record for consecutive games at 1,117, a mark Steve Garvey will better in 1983 when he plays in 1,207 straight contests. During the streak, Chicago’s future Hall of Famer will be dubbed the ‘Iron Man,’ authoring a book with that title in 1970.
1975 Future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Chicago’s Pete LaCock, the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall. The Cardinal right-hander faces one more batter to end the inning, retiring Don Kessinger on a groundout, and never returns to a big league mound.
1977 Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career homer to surpass Hank Aaron as the all-time career home run leader in professional baseball. The Japanese superstar, a 1994 inductee into his country’s Hall of Fame, will hit a total of 868 homers during his 22 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.
1978 At Dodger Stadium, Lee Mazzilli becomes the first Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game. The center fielder’s first and seventh inning blasts respectively hit off southpaw Tommy John and right-hander Charlie Hough, pace the last-place club to an 8-5 victory.
1981 The Red Sox and the Mariners play nineteen innings to a 7-7 tie. The game ends with the Mariners winning 8-7, thanks to a Joe Simpson RBI triple, in twenty innings when the suspended game is resumed the following day, making it the longest game played in Fenway Park history.
1984 Rick Sutcliffe, in the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, strikes out 15 batters, tying a franchise record shared by Dick Drott (1957) and Burt Hooton (1971). The trio’s individual accomplishment will remain the club standard for a nine-inning game until Kerry Wood fans 20 Astros in 1998.
1985 Future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, with his 525th career round-tripper, becomes the first major leaguer to collect one hundred home runs for three different teams. The California outfielder, who hit 269 during his ten seasons with Oakland and 144 in five years with the Yankees, hits two homers to go over the century mark playing for the Angels in the team’s 14-8 loss to Detroit.
1986 After each team scores three times in the seventeenth inning to remain tied, the Astros finally edge the Cubs, 8-7, thanks to Billy Hatcher’s home run in the top of the next frame. The Wrigley Field contest was suspended yesterday at the end of the 14th due to darkness, with the score knotted at 4-4.
1990 Bobby Thigpen, breaking the mark established by Dave Righetti with the Yankees in 1986, sets a major league record with his 47th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning in Chicago’s 4-2 defeat of Kansas City at Comiskey Park. The White Sox reliever will save another ten games before the season ends, extending the record to 57.
1994 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Jackson Generals overcome a 1-0 deficit when Tom Nevers and Jeff Ball hit back-to-back homers at Mississippi’s Smith-Wills Stadium. The dramatic decisive Game 5 victory over the Shreveport Captains, enables the Astros’ AA minor league farm club to capture the Texas League East championship series.
1995 In the Bronx, Tony Fernandez becomes the tenth Yankee to hit for the cycle when he goes 4-for 5 against Oakland. The shortstop will complete the unique feat with a double that will lead to scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Bombers will suffer a 10-9 loss when Rickey Henderson goes deep in the top of the tenth frame.
1996 Todd Stottlemyre and the Cardinals beat the Astros at Busch Stadium, 12-5. With his win, the Redbirds’ right-hander and his dad Mel set the major league record with 259 victories by a father (164) and son (95), surpassing Dizzy and Steve Trout.
2000 Kenny Lofton’s first-inning run ties a 1939 major league record set by the Yankees’ Red Rolfe for scoring in eighteen consecutive games. The speedy Indian outfielder, besides hitting the game-winning homer in the 13th, also steals five bases, tying Cleveland’s single-game record set twice by Alex Cole, once in 1990 and then again in 1992.
2001 In just his 11th start, Cardinal freshman hurler Bud Smith, throwing 134 pitches, no-hits the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Labor Day, 4-0. The 21 year-old southpaw becomes the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1900 to accomplish the feat.
2002 By losing their 15th straight game at Shea Stadium, the Mets pass the dubious mark set by the 1911 Braves to establish a new National League record for consecutive losses at home. The Amazins’ did not win one home game in August, finishing the month 0-13 in New York.
2002 Joaquin Benoit, in the Rangers’ 7-1 victory at Camden Yards, pitches seven innings of one-hit ball in relief against the Orioles. The Texas reliever’s performance is the longest save ever recorded in major league history.
2006 In the opener of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard belts three home runs, bringing the first baseman’s total to 52. The sophomore slugger, the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone, becomes the first Phillies player to hit 50 home runs and passes Ralph Kiner, who hit 51 for the Pirates in 1947, for the most homers hit by a second-year player in big league history.
2006 The Marlins, who were 11-31 in late May, become the first team since 1899 to reach a .500 record after being 20 games below the mediocre mark. Their 10-3 victory over the Brewers gets the team even at 68-68 and places the ‘Fish’ two games behind the Padres in the wild-card standings.
2007 Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez, making his first start of the season, whiffs Reds hurler Aaron Harang to become the 15th major league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner has missed most of the season recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
2007 Ichiro Suzuki, with a home run against Yankees starter Roger Clemens, collects his 200th hit of the season for the seventh consecutive year. The Mariner outfielder joins Wee Willie Keeler (Orioles and Brooklyn Grooms/Superbas, 1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (Red Sox, 1983-1989) as only the third player to accomplish the feat, and will tie Keeler’s record of eight straight seasons if he reaches the milestone next year.
2008 Yankee Alex Rodriguez’s towering fly ball, which bounces off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field, is immediately ruled a home run by Brian Runge. The third base umpire’s decision, which is disputed by Rays catcher Dioner Navarro, proves to be correct as the men in blue take 2 minutes, 15 seconds to review the video, becoming the first crew to use the new instant-replay system since its implementation last week.
2008 Although the official attendance, based on tickets sold, is announced to be 11,211, fewer than 600 fans actually attend the Marlins game against Atlanta at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. The Fish, who had been in contention for most of the season, beat the Braves on the hot and humid afternoon in Florida, 5-3.
2009 Pedro Martinez, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park in the Phillies’ 2-1 victory over the Giants, becomes just the tenth pitcher in major league history to win 100 games in both leagues. The right-hander compiled a 117-37 (.760) record pitching for Boston during his seven-year stint in the American League.
2009 Jorge Posada’s homer and four RBIs contribute to the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Bronx backstop’s round-tripper makes it the first time the Bronx Bombers have had seven 20-homer players, matching a major league record shared by 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays, and the 2005 Rangers.
2009 After starting 13 games with two different clubs, Pat Misch’s team finally wins a game he starts when the Mets beat the Rockies, 8-3. The former Giants’ starter, who earned the Coors Field victory for New York, had tied a dubious mark established over the 1993-94 seasons by Seattle’s John Cummings for the longest winless streak endured by a team with the same starter of the mound.
2010 Major League Baseball penalizes six players, both skippers, and a coach following an ugly brawl which occurred two days ago between the Nationals and Marlins in Miami that was the result of Chris Volstad throwing at Nyjer Morgan for the second time in the game. The Florida outfielder, who became a target when he ran over Brett Hayes, separating the catcher’s shoulder in the previous contest, retaliated to being hit in the fourth by stealing two bases, but charges the mound after the sixth inning incident, setting off the melee.
2010 Stephen Strasburg undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery in which Dr. Lewis Yocum takes a piece of ligament from the 22 year-old right-hander’s left leg and transplants it into the rookie’s pitching elbow. The ‘Tommy John’ surgery might keep the Nationals’ much-heralded phenom out of the starting rotation until the start of the 2012 season.
2011 Left-handed starter Tom Milone hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the big leagues. The 24 year-old southpaw’s three-run blast gives him a 5-0 lead at the time, but the rookie goes only 4.1 innings in his debut and doesn’t get the win in the Nationals’ 9-8 victory over New York.
2011 George Kottaras, needing a two-bagger to become the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season, strokes an apparent triple, but accomplishes the feat when the ball bounces off of Tal’s Hill, a 20-degree angled incline located in centerfield, over the fence for an unexpected ground-rule double. The Brewers backstop also hit a solo homer in the fourth, a sixth-inning triple, and singled in the seventh in Milwaukee’s 8-4 victory of Houston at Minute Maid Park.
2012 The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, with its ballpark known as PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania under renovations, finishes the season, playing their entire 144-game schedule away from home. The International League (AAA) team, using six different venues where all but twelve of their ‘home’ games take place in Upstate New York, will become unofficially known as the Empire State Yankees.
2012 The Nationals win their eighty-second game when they beat Chicago at home, 2-1, assuring the team of their first winning season since leaving Montreal to play in Washington. The transplanted team finished at exactly .500 after their first year in the nation’s capital, posting an 81-81 record in 2005.
2013 Max Scherzer’s opportunity to become the second hurler to start a season with a 20-1 record ends when Jon Lester and the Red Sox beat the Tigers at Fenway Park, 2-1. Yankees right-hander Roger Clemens, who finishes 20-3 in 2001, remains the only pitcher to open a campaign 20-1.
2013 The Pirates ensure their first non-losing campaign since 1992, when the team beats Milwaukee at Miller Park, 4-3. Travis Snider’s ninth-inning pinch-hit home run brings the Bucs their eighty-first victory this season, a total the team hadn’t reached in 21 years.
2014 In the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts become the first pair of Boston rookies to hit a home run in the same game at the Bronx ballpark in 62 years. In 1952, Dick Gernert and Faye Throneberry also accomplished the feat, providing the difference in the team’s 3-1 win over the Bombers.
2015 Bryce Harper, thanks to being issued four bases-on-balls, scores four times and records an RBI without ever swinging his bat in Washington’s 15-1 rout of the Braves at Nationals Park. The 22 year-old slugger from Las Vegas joins Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, and Larry Doby, who also were 0-for-0 and scored four runs without an official at-bat.
|Tampa Bay||26||12||.684||–||12 – 5||14 – 7||21 – 10||0 – 0||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 1|
|NY Yankees||20||15||.571||4.5||14 – 7||6 – 8||11 – 8||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Toronto||19||16||.543||5.5||8 – 5||11 – 11||12 – 10||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Baltimore||16||20||.444||9||7 – 14||9 – 6||8 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Boston||12||25||.324||13.5||6 – 14||6 – 11||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 3|
|Cleveland||23||14||.622||–||9 – 7||14 – 7||0 – 0||15 – 10||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||22||15||.595||1||11 – 9||11 – 6||0 – 0||15 – 10||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 2|
|Minnesota||22||16||.579||1.5||14 – 4||8 – 12||0 – 0||13 – 13||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 2|
|Detroit||17||17||.500||4.5||9 – 10||8 – 7||0 – 0||8 – 12||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Kansas City||14||23||.378||9||7 – 9||7 – 14||0 – 0||10 – 16||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 2|
|Oakland||22||12||.647||–||13 – 4||9 – 8||0 – 0||0 – 0||17 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|Houston||20||15||.571||2.5||15 – 6||5 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 7||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||15||22||.405||8.5||7 – 8||8 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 16||7 – 3||W 2|
|Texas||13||22||.371||9.5||9 – 10||4 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||7 – 10||3 – 7||L 1|
|LA Angels||12||25||.324||11.5||7 – 12||5 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 18||4 – 6||L 3|
|Atlanta||22||14||.611||–||12 – 4||10 – 10||13 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 4|
|Philadelphia||17||15||.531||3||13 – 9||4 – 6||14 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 3|
|Miami||16||16||.500||4||2 – 9||14 – 7||10 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|NY Mets||16||21||.432||6.5||6 – 10||10 – 11||11 – 15||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Washington||12||22||.353||9||6 – 13||6 – 9||6 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 8||L 5|
|Chi Cubs||22||14||.611||–||12 – 8||10 – 6||0 – 0||15 – 9||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 3|
|St. Louis||14||14||.500||4||8 – 7||6 – 7||0 – 0||9 – 8||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Milwaukee||17||19||.472||5||8 – 10||9 – 9||0 – 0||12 – 12||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cincinnati||16||21||.432||6.5||8 – 11||8 – 10||0 – 0||10 – 13||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||10||24||.294||11||5 – 11||5 – 13||0 – 0||9 – 13||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 3|
|LA Dodgers||28||10||.737||–||13 – 5||15 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||18 – 8||8 – 2||W 4|
|San Diego||23||15||.605||5||12 – 6||11 – 9||0 – 0||0 – 0||14 – 13||7 – 3||W 3|
|Colorado||18||19||.486||9.5||9 – 12||9 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|San Francisco||18||20||.474||10||9 – 8||9 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||12 – 13||6 – 4||L 1|
|Arizona||14||23||.378||13.5||9 – 9||5 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||9 – 19||1 – 9||L 4|