Miami 117 Boston 114 OT
Denver 104 LA Clippers 89
Connecticut 94 Chicago 81
Phoenix 85 Washington 84
NY Islanders 2 Tampa Bay 1 2OT
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
San Francisco at Seattle postponed
Boston 2 Miami 0
Tampa Bay 6 Washington 1
Atlanta 5 Baltimore 1
Chicago Cubs 6 Cleveland 5
Colorado 3 Oakland 1
Arizona 9 LA Angels 8
NY Yankees 20 Toronto 6
Detroit 6 Kansas City 0
Chicago White Sox 6 Minnesota 2
Houston 4 Texas 1
Cincinnati 4 Pittsburgh 1
Philadelphia 4 NY Mets 1
Milwaukee 18 St. Louis 3
LA Dodgers 3 San Diego 1
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
Jay County 2 Richmond 0
Muncie Burris 4 New Castle 2
Indianapolis Tech 7 Decatur Central 1
Harrison 3 Logansport 1
Preble Shawnee 4 Carlisle 2
Miami East 4 West Liberty – Salem 2
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
Centerville 3 Union County 1
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Richmond 3 Lincoln 0
Cowan 3 Randolph Southern 0
Northeastern 3 Winchester 2
Blue River 3 Daleville 1
Lafayette Jeff 3 Logansport 1
Union City 3 Union 0
Twin Valley South 3 Bradford 0
Franklin Monroe 3 Tri-County North 0
Monroe 3 Clinton – Massie 1
Tri-Village 3 Covington 1
Madison 3 Dixie 0
Milton – Union 3 Waynesville 1
Eaton 3 Valley View 0
ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Center Grove (13) 4-0 260 1
- Brownsburg 4-0 224 2
- North Central 4-0 198 T4
- Merrillville 4-0 176 T4
- Lafayette Jeff 4-0 142 6
- Carroll (Fort Wayne) 4-0 116 7
- Lawrence North 3-1 112 3
- Hamilton Southeastern 3-1 74 8
- Elkhart 3-0 60 9
- Carmel 2-2 24 10
Others receiving votes: Westfield 24. Warren Central 14. Homestead 6.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Cathedral (13) 4-0 260 1
- Valparaiso 2-0 228 3
- Decatur Central 3-1 194 5
- Ft. Wayne Dwenger 3-1 158 4
(tie) New Palestine 2-1 158 2
- Ev. North 4-0 130 7
- Whiteland 3-1 110 8
- Floyd Central 3-1 68 10
- Lafayette Harrison 2-2 34 6
(tie) Zionsville 2-2 34 NR
Others receiving votes: Michigan City 30. Ft. Wayne North 16. New Albany 6. Concord 4.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Mt. Vernon (7) 4-0 246 2
- Mooresville (6) 4-0 236 1
- Jasper 4-0 182 4
- Hobart 3-1 150 5
- East Central 3-1 144 6
- Ev. Central 4-0 138 7
- E. Noble 3-1 116 3
- Delta 3-0 62 8
- Lowell 4-0 56 9
- Roncalli 2-1 38 NR
Others receiving votes: Northridge 34. NorthWood 10. Western 6. Columbia City 6. Leo 6.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Mishawaka Marian (6) 4-0 242 2
- Bishop Chatard (7) 3-1 236 1
- Southridge 4-0 204 3
- W. Lafayette 3-1 202 4
- Danville 2-0 140 5
- Brebeuf Jesuit 2-2 124 8
- N. Montgomery 4-0 68 10
- Lawrenceburg 3-1 52 NR
- Ft. Wayne Concordia 2-2 42 NR
- Guerin Catholic 1-1 36 6
Others receiving votes: Mt. Vernon (Posey) 30. Tri-West 26. Gibson Southern 20. Hanover Central 4. Franklin Co. 2. Yorktown 2.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Andrean (11) 3-1 246 1
- Eastbrook 3-1 214 2
- Pioneer 3-1 194 3
- Heritage Christian (1) 3-0 182 5
- Eastside 4-0 162 4
- S. Vermillion 4-0 112 7
- Tell City (1) 4-0 102 8
- Triton Central 3-1 90 6
- Lapel 4-0 70 NR
- Eastern (Greentown) 4-0 14 NR
Others receiving votes: Bremen 12. Tipton 10. Eastern Hancock 6. LaVille 6. Ev. Mater Dei 6. Fairfield 4.
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
- Lutheran (12) 4-0 258 1
- S. Adams (1) 4-0 232 2
- Parke Heritage 3-0 184 5
- Southwood 4-0 170 4
- Adams Central 3-1 148 6
- Lafayette Catholic 1-1 142 3
- W. Washington 3-0 90 7
- S. Putnam 4-0 82 8
- Covenant Christian 4-0 60 10
- Tri-Central 4-0 24 NR
Others receiving votes: Monroe Central 22. N. Daviess 6. N. Decatur 6. Sheridan 4. N. Judson 2.
OHIO ASSOCIATED PRESS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS
Team Record Pts.
1, Pickerington Central (10 3-0 166
2, Dublin Coffman (6) 3-0 151
3, West Chester Lakota West (1) 3-0 109
4, Springfield 3-0 99
5, Canton McKinley 3-0 90
6, Cincinnati Princeton 3-0 89
7, Lakewood St. Edward (1) 2-1 79
8, Mentor 2-1 59
8, Cincinnati St. Xavier (1) 2-1 59
10, Perrysburg 3-0 32
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Euclid 27. 12, Groveport-Madison 22. 13, Clayton Northmont 16. 14, Cincinnati Colerain 13.
Team Record Pts.
1, Akron Hoban (14) 3-0 170
2, Toledo Central Catholic 3-0 139
3, Westerville South (3) 3-0 129
4, Avon 3-0 116
5, Cincinnati Winton Woods 3-0 73
6, Hudson 3-0 67
7, Cincinnati La Salle (1) 2-1 59
8, Massillon Perry 3-0 55
9, Massillon Washington 1-1 37
10, Lewis Center Olentangy 3-0 34
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 31. 12, Cleveland Benedictine 29. 13, Austintown-Fitch (1) 23. 14, Piqua 18. 15, Kings Mills Kings 16. 16, Avon Lake 12.
Team Record Pts.
1, Chardon (3) 3-0 126
2, Bellbrook (5) 3-0 124
3, Hamilton Badin (3) 3-0 108
4, Tiffin Columbian 3-0 89
5, Col.St. Francis DeSales (4) 3-0 82
6, Steubenville 3-0 73
7, Dresden Tri-Valley 3-0 69
8, New Richmond (1) 3-0 64
9, Canfield (1) 3-0 61
10, Plain City Jonathan Alder (1) 3-0 43
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Streetsboro 36. 12, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 22. 13, Jackson 18. 14, Hubbard 15. 15, New Philadelphia 14. 16, Thornville Sheridan 13. 17, Bowling Green 12.
Team Record Pts.
1, St. Clairsville (5) 3-0 119
2, Bloom-Carroll (4) 3-0 116
3, Cincinnati Indian Hill (2) 3-0 100
(tie) Cincinnati Wyoming (3) 3-0 100
5, Cincinnati McNicholas (2) 3-0 93
6, Bellevue 3-0 86
7, Clarksville Clinton-Massie (2) 3-0 73
8, Kenton (1) 2-1 59
9, Canal Fulton Northwest 3-0 51
10, Waverly 3-0 40
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Shelby 27. 12, Van Wert 25. 13, LaGrange Keystone 24. 14, Napoleon 19. 15, Heath 16. 16, Clyde 14. 16, Wauseon 14. 18, Byesville Meadowbrook 13. 19, Newark Licking Valley 12.
Team Record Pts.
1, Kirtland (9) 3-0 156
2, Wheelersburg (6) 3-0 137
3, Ironton (2) 3-0 130
4, Canfield S. Range (2) 3-0 114
5, Findlay Liberty-Benton 3-0 94
6, West Lafayette Ridgewood 3-0 70
7, Bellaire 3-0 63
8, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 3-0 52
9, Baltimore Liberty Union 3-0 38
10, Akron Manchester 1-0 34
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Brookville 22. 12, Ravenna Southeast 21. 13, Garrettsville Garfield 19. 14, Sugarcreek Garaway 14.
Team Record Pts.
1, Coldwater (7) 3-0 134
2, Mechanicsburg (1) 3-0 115
3, Beverly Fort Frye (2) 3-0 113
4, Frankfort Adena (3) 3-0 104
5, New Middletown Springfield (2) 3-0 85
6, Mogadore (1) 3-0 79
7, Archbold (1) 3-0 67
8, Wickliffe 3-0 66
9, N. Robinson Colonel Crawford 3-0 50
10, Centerburg 3-0 36
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Sherwood Fairview 35. 12, Creston Norwayne (1) 25. 13, Covington 21. 14, Columbus Grove 19. 15, Worthington Christian 16. 16, Proctorville Fairland 15. 16, Milford Center Fairbanks 15.
Team Record Pts.
1, Maria Stein Marion Local (15) 3-0 152
2, Warren John F. Kennedy (1) 3-0 105
3, Dalton 3-0 104
4, Lucas 3-0 90
5, Lima Central Catholic 2-1 68
6, New Madison Tri-Village 3-0 56
7, Arlington 3-0 54
8, Ft. Loramie 3-0 47
9, Glouster Trimble 3-0 44
10, Malvern 3-0 39
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Norwalk St. Paul 20. 12, New Bremen 15. 13, Spencerville 14. 14, St. Henry 12.
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
NUGGETS RALLY TO TAKE SERIES
Nikola Jokic picked out two birthday presents for his coach. He just didn’t know which one he would be wrapping.
“Before the game I told him, ‘Coach, I’m going to give you a really good present – I’m going to get you home or I’m going to get you to the conference finals,'” the Nuggets center said.
Michael Malone was thrilled with the present he received.
Denver’s dynamic duo of Jamal Murray and Jokic led another stunning turnaround as the Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.
Murray scored 40 points, Jokic had a triple-double by the third quarter and Denver again overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night.
Denver became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason. The team beat Utah in Game 7 in the first round.
“Those guys stepped up on the biggest moment,” said Malone, who turned 49 on Tuesday. “You find out a lot about people in these moments. Man, did we pass the character test or what?”
Even more history: The Nuggets are the third team in the U.S. major pro sports to rally from a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs, joining the 1985 Kansas City Royals and 2003 Minnesota Wild.
Denver will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals. They’ll be the underdogs, of course. That’s fine with Murray.
“It’s fun to silence everybody,” said Murray, who scored 25 in the first half.
They certainly quieted the noise around the Clippers, who hoped the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George would lead them to their first-ever conference finals – and beyond. But LA’s stars fell flat.
“It hurts. It hurts. But we move on,” George said. “Year 1 together, first run together, of course we wanted to win this. But we’ve been very optimistic about us being together and building something going down the road.”
Leonard finished with 14 points on 6-of-22 shooting, while George had 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting. The Clippers fell to 0-8 all-time in games where they could clinch a trip to the conference finals.
This marked the third time that coach Doc Rivers was on the losing end of a series where his team led 3-1. It also happened when he was with Orlando against Detroit in 2003, and with the Clippers against Houston in 2015.
“I’m the coach and I’ll take any blame for it. But we didn’t meet our expectations, clearly,” Rivers said.
HEAT DOWN CELTICS IN OT
Jayson Tatum thought he had a dunk to tie the game.
Bam Adebayo had other ideas – and in the biggest moment of his young NBA career, Miami’s All-Star big man more than rose to the occasion.
Jimmy Butler’s three-point play with 12 seconds left put Miami ahead for good, Adebayo finished it off with a stunning rejection of Tatum at the rim on the ensuing Boston possession, and the Heat struck first in the Eastern Conference finals with a 117-114 win in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
“When you have great competition like this, you just have to make plays that you can’t even really explain,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that was Bam tonight.”
The Heat were down by 13 in the opening minutes, down by 14 in the final quarter and felt like a bad call took the lead from them in the final seconds. They found a way in overtime, improving to an NBA-best 9-1 so far in these playoffs.
Goran Dragic scored 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22, Butler had 20 and Adebayo had 18. But even after a night when Butler made a go-ahead 3-pointer late in regulation and had the go-ahead-for-good points again in overtime, he pointed at Adebayo for his favorite moment.
“Bam. That seals the game for us,” Butler said. “I love how he does any and everything that you ask him to do. I really do. You ask him to pass the ball, he does that. Score, he does that. Come up with a huge defensive stop, block, he does that. He’s a huge part to our winning. I’ve been saying it all year long and I’ll repeat it again.”
Kemba Walker’s basket with 23.2 seconds left in overtime put Boston up by one, before Butler muscled his way to the rim for a score while getting fouled by Tatum. The Celtics went to Tatum on the ensuing possession, only to watch him get denied by Adebayo.
“He made a great play,” Tatum said. “That’s all it is. … Can’t do anything about it.”
Tatum scored 30 points for the Celtics, Marcus Smart had 26 points, Walker had 19 and Jaylen Brown added 17. The Celtics had been 156-1 since the shot-clock era started 65 years ago – winners of 92 straight – when leading by 12 or more points going into the fourth quarter of a playoff game.
They’re 156-2 now.
THE WORLD SERIES TO BE PLAYED IN TEXAS
The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.
As part of an agreement finalized Tuesday, the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus, which decimated the regular season and limited it to a 60-game schedule for each club. The best-of-three first round of the postseason – expanded from 10 to 16 teams this year – will be at the top-seeded teams.
The World Series will be at Globe Life Park in Arlington, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year adjacent to the Rangers’ old ballpark. The American League Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park, and the National League at Globe Life Park.
The AL Division Series will be at San Diego and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, and the NL Division Series at Globe Life and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
Off days were eliminated for the Division Series and League Championship Series, which will stress pitching and put emphasis on deeper rotations and bullpens. The two traditional off days were retained for the World Series.
Texas is last in the AL West at 17-30 entering Tuesday, with little chance of advancing to the postseason.
“In the view of our infectious disease experts, the biggest risk of exposure for players and staff is contact with family members and friends who have been exposed to COVID-19 in their communities,” Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote in a memo sent to teams Monday night. “Nearly all of the positive test results that have been reported for players and staff in the last month can be traced back to contact with an infected family member, domestic partner, or friend outside of club facilities.”
Halem said MLB and the players’ association were in the process of finalizing details of the agreement, which provides for players to be tested daily during the postseason.
While the NFL plays the Super Bowl at a neutral site selected in advanced, baseball has resisted the idea, which has been long advocated by prominent agent Scott Boras.
The World Series was last played at one site in 1944 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, where the Cardinals beat the Browns 4 games to 2. New York’s Polo Grounds hosted all the games in 1921 and 1922, the last two seasons it was the home of both the New York Giants and Yankees. The Giants won both titles.
AL teams in mathematical contention are to start a transition period on Sept. 22 and NL teams the following day in which up to 28 active roster players, 12 taxi-squad players and 50 additional personnel ranging from bullpen catchers to front-office staff must remain at the team’s transitional hotel or travel with the team on the road.
Under an exception wanted by the players’ association, any player who either lives by himself, lives with a spouse or domestic partner who is pregnant or has special medical needs documented by a physician or is living with children may quarantine at home during the transition period, with a provision that MLB will not approve a large number of requests to quarantine at home.
Only spouses, domestic partners, children and child care providers can stay with players during the transition period, and people other than players may not bring family to the transition hotel or on the road. Family members will not be allowed into the bubble hotels at the four sites unless they complete a supervised seven-day quarantine.
A player also may have up to six family members and guests stay at separate family hotels at the four sites. MLB said it will use best efforts to arrange visits in supervised, outdoor places.
CINCINNATI GETS BY PIRATES
Tucker Barnhart hit a home run and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Cincinnati Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Michael Lorenzen (2-1) looked sharp in a spot start, helping Cincinnati inch closer to a playoff spot. The third-place Reds went into the game higher than fourth in the NL Central for the first time since Aug. 23. They were 1 1/2 games behind second-place St. Louis and ninth in the overall National League standings, one game behind the Giants for the final postseason berth.
San Francisco’s game at Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality.
The top two teams in each division and the two teams in the league with the next-best records qualify for the playoffs.
“It feels like we have a lot of momentum on our side and we haven’t felt that all year,” Lorenzen said. “It feels like we’re picking up steam. It’s a really good feeling when you’re getting timely hits and robbing home runs like Goody did tonight. We haven’t felt like that. Balls are dropping in on offense instead of us hitting rockets at guys. A 60-game season can flip in an instant. It feels like we’re in a good position.”
Lorenzen, primarily a reliever since starting 21 games in 2015, made his first 2020 start as the Reds try to bolster a rotation hampered by injuries to Sonny Gray and Wade Miley. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in five innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He has pitched three, four innings. He thought he was going to pitch a complete game, so I figured it would be somewhere in between. I didn’t want to limit him. He landed about right.”
Pittsburgh’s only run came in the fourth on Ke’Bryan Hayes’ double and Colin Moran’s single.
Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims combined for three innings of shutout relief before Amir Garrett pitched the ninth for his first career save, getting help from Goodwin’s grab that robbed Moran of a leadoff homer to center field.
Garrett took off his cap and saluted Goodwin.
“I saw it pretty good,” said Goodwin, acquired by the Reds from the Angels at the Aug. 31 trade deadline. “I’ve got a pretty good view out there, especially on the other side of the ball. You can really see it. I was locked in and focused on every pitch (Garrett) was throwing. I’m starting to get more comfortable knowing where the walls are and the track.”
BREWERS RIP CARDS
Christian Yelich broke out of his slump with a home run and three hits, Ryan Braun also went deep and the Milwaukee Brewers romped to an 18-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach also homered for the Brewers.
Well after the game was out of hand, both managers were ejected following a catcher’s interference call on Yadier Molina that led to a tense confrontation in front of the Brewers’ dugout.
Milwaukee jumped on St. Louis early, a night after the teams combined for only eight runs in splitting a doubleheader in which both games went to extra innings.
With St. Louis leading 1-0 in the first, Yelich and Braun hit back-to-back solo home runs off Jack Flaherty (3-2). Neither was hit particularly hard. And Flaherty, who had allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six previous starts, showed some dominance, as six of the first seven outs he recorded were strikeouts.
But Yelich, who singled, and Braun, who walked, hurt Flaherty again in the third inning. They scored on a double by Vogelbach, a designated hitter claimed off waivers Sept. 3.
The game broke loose in the fourth, after Flaherty gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. There were still no outs when three runs crossed the plate, giving Milwaukee a 7-1 lead, and Flaherty was pulled.
Jake Woodford came on and gave up a three-run homer to Hiura that put Milwaukee up 11-1. The solo shot by Vogelbach came in the seventh, off Nabil Crismatt.
Cardinals pitchers entered Tuesday having given up the fewest home runs in the National League.
Milwaukee left-hander Brett Anderson (3-3), scratched from his last scheduled start on Sept. 12 because of a tight right hip, pitched five innings. He gave up an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk, both to Paul Goldschmidt.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell acknowledged before the game that he considered resting Yelich, who went 3 for 4 with two singles. Before the homer, the 2018 NL MVP had seen his average dip below .200, as he went 1 for 18 with 12 strikeouts over his last five games.
YANKEES RIP JAYS
The Yankees have transformed back into Bronx Bombers after a three-week stretch in which they nearly bombed out of postseason contention.
DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit and became the first players at the top of New York’s batting order to have five RBIs the same game, and New York rocketed past the Toronto Blue Jays into second place in the AL East with a 20-6 blowout Tuesday night that extended its winning streak to six.
Voit homered twice from the No. 2 slot, raising his major league-leading total to 18. Voit and Aaron Hicks went deep to key a seven-run second-inning burst made possible when right fielder Derek Fisher misplayed a pair of flyballs. New York hit six home runs in all.
“A couple of weeks ago, I don’t think teams were scared of us. And now we’re back to being the Bronx Bombers,” Voit said. “I don’t think people want to play us in the playoffs.”
LeMahieu had four hits and five RBIs, raising his average 13 points to .363. He homered on a 48.7 mph offering from infielder Santiago Espinal leading off eighth, the slowest pitch hit for a home run since MLB started tracking velocity of pitches in 2008.
Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer off Anthony Kay, and Clint Frazier had a two-run shot against Ryan Borucki.
New York has rebounded following a 5-15 stretch that nearly dropped it out of the eight playoff places in the AL and has closed within two games of Minnesota (30-20) for the No. 4 seed – and a first-round series at home. The Yankees (27-21) and Blue Jays (26-21) started a stretch of seven games against each other in the final two weeks.
WHITE SOX WIN AGAIN
Pitching in a big game during a pennant race, Dane Dunning resembled a seasoned veteran in his fifth major league start.
He had some company, too. No longer just a bunch of promising young kids, the Chicago White Sox are looking down at the rest of the American League.
Dunning tossed seven effective innings, Luis Robert had a key two-run single and the White Sox strengthened their hold on the AL Central by topping the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Tuesday night.
Dunning (2-0) permitted one earned run and three hits in by far his biggest start since his Aug. 19 debut. Appearing poised and confident, the 25-year-old right-hander struck out seven and walked two in the longest outing of his career.
“I feel really comfortable right now,” Dunning said. “The debut, obviously the nerves are a little bit high, but after that, I feel like I’ve been pretty calm, pretty collected. Just trying to go out there and throw strikes.”
Tim Anderson and James McCann homered as Chicago (32-16) posted its sixth straight win and moved three games ahead of second-place Minnesota, which won the AL Central last year. The AL-best White Sox also moved 16 games over .500 for the first time since they were 71-55 on Aug. 26, 2012.
“You look up and down our lineup and there’s no breaks,” McCann said.
Byron Buxton hit his third career inside-the-park homer for Minnesota, but the Twins finished with just four hits. Randy Dobnak (6-4) allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in his second straight loss.
DODGERS EXTEND LEAD
After Tony Gonsolin quieted San Diego’s bats for seven innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers still weren’t in the clear until Kenley Jansen got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
Jansen struck out Wil Myers and rookie Jake Cronenworth – both of whom hit grand slams this year – to save the 3-1 win for Gonsolin on Tuesday night. The Dodgers snapped the Padres’ eight-game winning streak and regained a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West.
Jansen earned his 11th save in 13 chances.
“I was very proud of him,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I actually thought he threw the ball well. Big punchout to Myers and Cronenworth, so I really feel good about his outing.”
The seven-time NL West champion Dodgers, being pushed by a Padres team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning the division in 2006, bounced back from a 7-2 loss in the opener of the series between the NL’s two best teams.
The Padres, cruising toward a berth in the expanded playoffs, lost for just the third time in 15 games.
Justin Turner had three singles in his return from the injured list, including an RBI hit in the first off Zach Davies (7-3), who had his career-high streak of five straight victories snapped.
Reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger also had an RBI single, in the third, and Rios made it 3-1 when he homered deep into the seats in right leading off the fifth, his fourth.
Gonsolin (1-1) held the Padres to one run and four hits, struck out two and walked none in his longest outing so far.
The 26-year-old rookie kept the Padres off balance except for the third, when they manufactured one run. Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff double over right fielder Mookie Betts, advanced on Greg Garcia’s sacrifice and scored when Trent Grisham beat out a bunt for a single.
After Grisham’s single, Gonsolin retired 14 of the next 15 batters.
CUBS GET BY INDIANS
Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night.
Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but the Indians couldn’t take advantage.
Left-hander Oliver Perez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball, then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup.
“That’s something that’s been in this team’s culture for a while, coming from behind and winning games that we aren’t really supposed to,” Bryant said.
Wittgren said he tried to induce a groundball for a potential double play.
“Last pitch, changeup, I was just trying to throw it middle to going into him, so then he gets on top of it and rolls it over and then we have a chance for the double. Obviously I just let it go way too soon,” Wittgren said.
Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, Josh Naylor drew a leadoff walk from Cubs closer Jeremy Jeffress. One out later, Lindor hit a two-run shot to left. It was his eighth of the season and the second blown save for Jeffress (4-1).
Javier Baez also homered for the Cubs, who increased their lead to five games in the NL Central.
Lindor’s home run took away a victory for Cubs starter Yu Darvish. The NL Cy Young Award candidate allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one as he bounced back from a loss to the Reds in his last outing.
Darvish was not happy with his performance.
“Today I didn’t have anything. I could only throw strikes, that was it. The defense and the offense had my back and that gave me a lot of confidence,” Darvish said. “I was terrible today. I didn’t have anything. I can’t believe I threw seven innings today and we won.”
Rookie Tyler Naquin was 4 for 4 for the Indians, who lost their season-high seventh straight game.
Giancarlo Stanton was activated by the New York Yankees on Tuesday and was set to start at designated hitter after missing 32 games because of a strained left hamstring.
New York made the move before a series opener against Toronto. The Yankees also activated third baseman Gio Urshela, who has recovered from a bone spur in his right elbow, and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga, who was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify.
Stanton hit cleanup against Toronto, ending Clint Frazier’s 16 straight games as New York’s No. 4 hitter, and Urshela hit fifth.
Right fielder Aaron Judge, limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf, is expected to be activated later this week.
Stanton hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs in 14 games before he got hurt.
New York optioned infielder Mike Ford and infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar to its alternate training site.
NFL RATINGS CONTINUE TO DECLINE
The Sunday Night Football clash between the Rams and the Cowboys was supposed to halt the ratings crash the NFL has experienced so far in the 2020 season. Spoiler alert, it most certainly did not halt the ratings crash.
According to DEADLINE Hollywood, ratings for NBC’s only weekly NFL game, were down a shocking 28%.
Putting on the two teams with big national followings, SNF snared a 4.7 in early ratings among adults 18-49 and 14.81 million viewers last night.
In numbers certain to change, that’s a fall of 28% in the ratings and a hard decline of 23% in sets of eyeballs from what the September 8, 2019 official start of SNF snagged in the early numbers of its opening game of last season. While the early Nielsen data lacks West Coast numbers, which is kind of important when you have a team from the mega-market of LA playing, this result is going to be hard pill for the NFL and NBC to swallow.
These results are disastrous for the NFL. Not just because the numbers themselves are bad, but because of the teams that played on Sunday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys have possible the largest national fan following in the country, and the Los Angeles Rams play in the second largest media market in the country. In addition, both teams have star talent and are very competitive with playoff aspirations for this season. By all measures, the game should have performed extremely well in the ratings.
To add some further context, the 33-3 pummeling of the Pittsburgh Steelers by then reigning Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots last year went on to pull in an audience of 22.2 million on NBC, which was pretty much even with SNF’s 2018 season premiere. That 2019 figure inched up to 22.7 million when digital platform viewing was added in.
Also, at this point, last night’s SNF is down nearly 10% in the key demo from the early results of the the Kansas City Chiefs near blowout season opener win over the Houston Texans on September 10 this year. That primetime game at Arrowhead Stadium did have a scattering of fans (just over 17,000 in a venue built for more than 76,000) and a strong and blunt social justice and anti-racism message from the league and players – which was booed by said fans. In what may be indicative of where the NFL is already drifting, last night’s SNF was much more subdued in its stance over such issues and saw only a few players take a knee during the national anthem.
Every NFL game saw a protest of some sort, during the anthem and/or pregame ceremonies. The league’s social justice movement is no doubt responsible for the plummeting numbers which had largely leveled off and actually begun to show improvement last season. It’s also important to note that NBC didn’t even show the full display of social justice demonstrations from the Rams and Cowboys. ESPN, who is slated to televise two Monday Night Football games this evening, has said they will show social justice demonstrations. Meaning, the numbers for those games could potentially be even worse for ESPN.
FARRELL RETURNS TO LSU, SHELVIN MAYBE, JENKINS IS OUT
LSU defensive lineman Neil Farrell has rejoined the team after initially opting out more than a month ago, but his readiness for the season opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 26 remains to be seen, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday.
“He’s got to earn his way back,” Orgeron said. “He’s going to have to start at the bottom of the depth chart and work his way up.”
The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Farrell was a projected starter who had seven tackles for losses and three sacks while leading linemen with 46 tackles last season.
Farrell opted out on Aug. 8 amid concerns about COVID-19, which caused his grandmother to be hospitalized. At that time it was seen as a considerable loss for No. 6 LSU, with Farrell widely viewed as one of the better players at his position in the Southeastern Conference.
The defending champion Tigers’ defensive line took another hit in late August when Tyler Shelvin opted out, indicating that he was going to turn his attention to preparing for the 2021 NFL draft. But Orgeron said Tuesday he has heard “rumblings” from Shelvin’s family – but not the player himself – that Shelvin might opt back in.
“We’d take him back, obviously,” Orgeron said. “We want him back.”
The 6-3, 346-pound Shelvin was among LSU’s most reliable linemen as a sophomore last season, starting 13 games at nose tackle and making 39 tackles, including three for losses.
Orgeron noted, however, that if Shelvin chose to return, his eligibility would have to be reviewed by compliance officials to determine that he has not had improper dealings with professional sports agents.
The news was not all positive for that same position group, however. Orgeron confirmed that Nelson Jenkins has left the team. The 6-4, 300-pound Jenkins did not play last season as a freshman and has four years of eligibility remaining.
MOST LSU PLAYERS HAD COVID-19
Most of LSU’s football players have contracted and recovered from COVID-19, coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday, leaving the coaching staff hopeful those players will remain eligible to play the bulk of the season before they have to be tested again.
Orgeron made those comments while discussing how he would plan for the possibility of seemingly healthy starters or regulars suddenly being deemed ineligible to suit up for the defending national champions because of a positive COVID-19 test.
The coach explained that because players who have recovered from COVID-19 do not have to be tested again for 90 days under Southeastern Conference protocols, he figures he won’t likely have to worry about those who’ve come back from the virus suddenly being ruled out again because of it.
“I think, not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron said during a video conference, adding later that he did not know the percentage of the roster that had tested positive.
“I think, hopefully, that once you catch it, you don’t get it again,” Orgeron added. “I’m not a doctor. I think they have that 90-day window, so most of the players that have caught it, we do feel like they’ll be eligible for games.
“So we look at the players that have caught it and say, `OK these guys should be eligible,'” Orgeron continued. “We look at the players who haven’t caught it; we talk to them about being very, very careful so they’re eligible for games. But we know that the players that haven’t caught it, we have to have some backups in their position ready in case they catch it. So we’re looking at our roster in that manner.”
Orgeron did not go into detail about whether any LSU players who tested positive have experienced symptoms. While COVID-19, which has killed more than 190,000 Americans, is more deadly among older people and people with preexisting conditions, it has caused lingering health problems in some younger, healthy people – including athletes.
The novel coronavirus can affect multiple organs, including the heart. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who’s 27, is sitting out the entire season while recovering from a heart issue related to the virus.
The SEC’s policy of not requiring testing of recovered players for 90 days is based on medical findings that antibodies developed in fighting off COVID-19 provide at least short-term immunity from contracting it again.
No. 6 LSU hosts Mississippi State on Sept. 26 to open a 10-game, league-only SEC schedule. The SEC canceled all nonconference games because of the pandemic.
NURSE SIGNS DEAL WITH RAPTORS
Nick Nurse would have been in the final year of his contract next season. The Toronto Raptors weren’t about to let that happen with their coach.
Nurse and the Raptors announced a multiyear extension Tuesday, without divulging the terms. In his two seasons with Toronto, Nurse won the 2019 NBA championship and led the Raptors to more wins than any team in the league over that span.
Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club.
“Our confidence in Nick just continues to grow, and part of that comes from what we’ve experienced together,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “The past two seasons have been unlike any other in our team’s history – first, winning our championship, and then navigating a global pandemic and committing long term to the fight against racism and for social justice.
“Nick has proved that he can coach on the court and lead in life.”
The Raptors went to the Eastern Conference semifinals this season, thriving in the NBA’s restart bubble even after having to come to Florida two weeks early because of the challenges of bringing players back to Canada amid a quarantine. Their run ended Friday night with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Nurse – a Toronto assistant coach for five seasons before getting the top job – was the runaway winner of the NBA’s coach of the year award this season, getting 90 of the 100 first-place votes.
“Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I look forward to it being home for many more,” Nurse said. “I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the pinnacle, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”
The Raptors went 53-19 this season, the .736 winning percentage setting a franchise record. Nurse is 111-43 in regular-season games and 23-12 in playoff games, is a three-time Coach of the Month winner and was one of the coaches in this season’s All-Star Game.
ISLANDERS STAY ALIVE
Islanders forward Jordan Eberle knew exactly what to do upon seeing teammate and captain Anders Lee pounce on the loose puck once Tampa Bay’s Kevin Shattenkirk whiffed on his shot from the right point.
Eberle raced up the middle, drove to the net and converted Lee’s pass to cap a two-on-one break and keep the Islanders’ playoff hopes alive. The goal, scored 12:30 into the second overtime, sealed a 2-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference final series Tuesday night.
“Things happen quick out there. You’ve got to react. You see the fanned shot. You see Leesy poke it by,” said Eberle, who scored his second winner of the postseason. “You’ve played this game a long time, you know when you have odd-man rushes and an opportunity is about to come. Leesy made a heck of a play to get the puck over to me.”
The sixth-seeded Islanders cut the second-seeded Lightning series lead to 3-2, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face West champion Dallas, which eliminated Vegas in five games on Monday night.
Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock also scored and Semyon Varlamov capped a 36-save outing by skating the length of the ice and making a head-first dive into the pile of players mobbing Eberle.
“I don’t know. I just jumped because I was so excited for us,” Varlamov said of his celebration. “When we scored that goal, it was just a lot of emotions going through in that moment. I was just happy for the guys, so happy for us. We have a chance to continue to play.”
Relief had something to do with it, too, in a game the Islanders were limited to 24 shots, and no more than six in a period. And they weathered killing off a four-minute double-minor for high-sticking called against Anthony Beauvillier with 1:23 left in regulation.
The goal came off the Lightning winning a faceoff to the left of the Islanders net. The puck was drawn back to Shattenkirk, who fanned on the shot. It dribbled to Lee, who banked the puck off the sideboards to get around Shattenkirk.
“It took the stars aligning on a fanned shot for them to get the break they got,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We had opportunities to put the game away.”
Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots.
CAPS HIRE NEW COACH
Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again.
The Capitals see Laviolette as the experienced, steady hand who can help them contend for another title in what could be the final few years of their championship window.
Washington made Laviolette the first Stanley Cup-winning coach hired in the franchise’s 46-year history on Tuesday – and only the second with previous NHL head coaching experience during the Alex Ovechkin era.
Each side considers this a perfect fit.
“You have a terrific cast of talent that’s big and strong and can play the game aggressive and has a chance to be successful on a nightly basis,” Laviolette said. “I’m excited to go in and be here and be a part of this and add any layer that I can as a coach to try and help get to that next step.”
Laviolette, 55, takes over for Todd Reirden, a first-time head coach who was fired following a back-to-back first-round playoff exits. Reirden was the top assistant under Barry Trotz when the Capitals won their lone title in 2018.
Getting Laviolette in the fold is an acknowledgment that this older, veteran team could use a coach with the same qualities and experience.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to hire someone of Peter’s caliber and to have him available at a time of need for our organization,” general manager Brian MacLellan said. “His track record with different organizations, he’s been challenged a number of times of having teams that have different personalities in the locker room and on the ice and he’s been able to adapt to different groups and be successful in the league.”
Laviolette coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006 and took the Philadelphia Flyers to the final in 2010 and the Nashville Predators in 2017. In Nashville, he succeeded Trotz, who joined the Capitals in 2014 and left in a contract dispute after coaching them to the Cup.
Fired by the Predators in January after 5 1/2 seasons, Laviolette plans to adapt his system and techniques to his new players.
“I think when you take over a team, you come in with an open mind and a blank slate on the team and the players and the individual personnel,” Laviolette said. “And then from there it’s about building your identity on the ice, setting a standard of what you expect on a daily basis and working together throughout the course of the year to try and prepare yourself for the playoffs.”
Laviolette’s task will not just be getting the Capitals to the playoffs but trying to put them in a position to contend for the Stanley Cup. Ovechkin will be 35 when next season starts, has one year left on his contract and will be on his seventh coach since he entered the league in 2005.
Ovechkin could sign an extension that lines him up with center Nicklas Backstrom’s new contract. Wingers T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson, center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman John Carlson are all signed long term, while goaltender Braden Holtby is set to become a free agent, handing Ilya Samsonov the starting job.
“Yeah, I would expect him to go to free agency,” MacLellan said of Holtby. “The goalie market is probably a little unusually deep this year. I talked to his agent last week briefly about where he’s at and the kind of opportunities he’s looking for. I would assume he goes to free agency and we’ll keep in contact with him throughout the free agency period to see if he’s getting what he wants.”
Laviolette is the taskmaster coach the Capitals haven’t had since Dale Hunter in 2011-12. Hunter helped Washington reach Game 7 of the second round, a hump they couldn’t get over until Trotz coached them to the Cup two years ago.
“Coming to Washington, that’s my priority is to try and build something where when the players take the ice the truly feel like they’re invincible,” Laviolette said.
Laviolette, whose first head job was with the New York Islanders, ranks 16th in all-time coaching wins with a career record of 637-425-123. He also has coached the U.S. at the world championships several times and was an assistant at the 2010 Olympics.
“Peter has a track record of establishing a culture, and it’s one of his priorities,” MacLellan said. “Both me, and I assume the players, (know) that’s a big strength of his moving forward and it’s a big reason why we hired him.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In their 14-7 victory over Cleveland at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the first-place Americans score in every inning, making it 11 consecutive frames that at least one player has crossed the plate. The fledgling American League team will also tally in the first six innings of its next game to extend the scoring streak to 17 straight frames.
1914 At the age of 23, Yankees shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is hired to replace Frank Chance as the skipper of the team. During his 20-game tenure as the player-manager, the young infielder will finish the season with a 10-10 record for the sixth-place club.
1922 After listening to excessive bench jockeying from the Giants dugout, Reds’ hurler Adolfo Luque becomes so enraged he throws down his glove and bolts into the New York dugout. The Cuban native, known for his fiery temper, punches Casey Stengel on the jaw and is ordered to return to his bench by the police, who are busy trying to prevent the Polo Grounds crowd, which has overflowed onto the field, from rioting.
1924 Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
1926 En route to a 23-3 rout of the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, the Cardinals cross home plate 12 times during the third inning. The dozen runs establish a franchise record for the Redbirds.
1931 At Rickwood Field, Birmingham Barons starter Ray Caldwell outduels Dizzy Dean to beat the Texas League’s Houston Buffaloes, a Cardinals farm team, 1-0, in Game One of the Dixie Series. The 43 year-old right-hander posted a 19-7 record along with an ERA of 3.45 during the regular season for the Southern Association team.
1938 Johnny Rizzo becomes the first Pirates player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a season. The 25 year-old rookie outfielder from Texas, who becomes hurt next season, never playing regularly for the Bucs again, finishes the campaign batting .301 with 23 round-trippers and 111 RBIs.
1940 In a 16-4 Browns rout of the Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, Johnny Lucadello becomes the first player in big league history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. The 21 year-old second baseman, who joins Wally Schang as only the second player in American League history to accomplish the feat, will hit just three more home runs during his six-year career.
1942 The Phillies, bowing to the Cubs in the nightcap of a twin bill, 4-1, become the first major league team to have five consecutive 100 loss seasons. From 1938 to the end of this season, the team will compile a 227-532 (.299) record under three different managers.
1948 Joe DiMaggio’s 300th career homer is the lone run yielded by Detroit starter Fred Hutchinson in his 2-1 complete-game win over New York at Briggs Stadium. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein, and Hank Greenberg as the eighth major leaguer to reach the milestone.
1948 At Cleveland Stadium, Larry Doby’s first-inning grand slam off Sid Hudson proves to be the difference when the Indians hand the Senators their 16th consecutive defeat, 6-3. The four-run homer extends the 24 year-old sophomore outfielder’s hitting streak to 21 games.
1952 Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento manager, former major league All-Star second baseman Joe Gordon, pinch-hits homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The first one, a grand slam, wins the game, 4-1.
1953 A fact-finding committee appointed by the American League approves the relocation of the St. Louis Browns, but does not specify any city for the new home for the franchise. In March, the Junior Circuit, by a 5-2 vote, thwarted owner Bill Veeck’s plan to shift the club to Baltimore, a location still considered very viable.
1955 In the eighth inning of the A’s 13-7 victory over Chicago, Kansas City infielder Alex George makes his major league debut at Municipal Stadium. The 16 year-old shortstop handles two chances cleanly and strikes out in his only at-bat in the game.
1960 Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter, beating the Phillies at County Stadium, 4-0. The 39 year-old southpaw sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts en route to his 20th victory of the season, marking the tenth time he has reached the plateau.
1965 At Fenway Park in front of only 1,247 fans, Boston right-hander Dave Morehead, who will lead the league in losses with 18 this season, no-hits the visiting Indians, 2-1. On the same day, the ninth-place Red Sox who will lose 100 games, fire their general manager, Pinky Higgins.
1966 Bob Gibson notches his 20th victory of the season when he goes the distance to beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-1. The Cardinal right-hander will become the first pitcher in more than forty years to have consecutive 20-win seasons for a second-division team.
1968 American League President Joe Cronin fires umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine. The men in blue claim the dismissals are due to their efforts organizing a union.
1969 Red Sox skipper Dick Williams, with one year left on his contract, is fired by the team as the result of a culmination of several things, including a lack of communications with the players, according to General Manager Dick O’Connell. During his rookie season as a manager, Williams led Boston to their Impossible Dream American League pennant in 1967.
1972 Phillies’ rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run, breaking Expos’ Balor Moore’s 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak. Michael Jack Schmidt will finish his 18-year career with 548 round-trippers.
1972 Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 in the Cubs’ 18-5 victory over the Mets at Wrigley Field, leaving 12 men on base to set a new major league mark. The Chicago second baseman leaves the bases loaded in the first and seventh, strands two runners twice when he bats two times in the team’s seven-run third and fails to plate other teammates in the fifth and seventh, the first of his two plate appearances in the frame.
1975 Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 with his 7-for-7 performance in a nine-inning game. The Pirates’ second baseman gets two hits in one inning twice, the first and fifth frames, in the Bucs’ 22-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.
1975 Mike Vail fails to break the major league rookie record for consecutive games with a hit shared by Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves). The 23 year-old freshman left fielder has plenty of opportunities to hit safely in his 24th straight game, coming to the plate eight times in the Mets’ 18-inning marathon with Montreal, a 4-3 victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium.
1976 In the 11th inning at Veterans Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak-hitting Philadelphia pinch-hitter, who responds with his first career home run, which will be his only round-tripper this season.
1979 At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20 year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the hometown team, giving up three runs on three hits while issuing six walks in five innings against the Tigers.
1980 Mike Norris, en route to a 22-9 record with the second-place A’s, gets his 20th victory of the season when Oakland beats Texas at Arlington Stadium, 4-2. The 25 year-old right-hander will compile a 58-59 career mark during his ten years in the major leagues with Oakland.
1987 Indian first baseman Joe Carter, swiping his career-high 30th base, becomes the tenth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and to steal 30 bases in the same season. Although the feat had been accomplished only 11 times prior to this year, four players, including Mets teammates Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry along with A’s slugger Jose Canseco, become the newest members of the 30/30 club this season.
1988 The Reds’ Tom Browning pitches the first perfect gammon franchise history, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to leave the infield in his 1-0 victory against the Dodgers. Over three starts, including the perfect game, the 28 year-old southpaw retires 40 consecutive batters – one shy of a major league record.
1991 Darren Lewis scores four runs and steals three bases without the benefit of a base hit. The Giants leadoff hitter reaches base in four of his five plate appearances via base on balls in San Francisco’s victory over the Braves at Candlestick Park, 8-5.
1993 At the age of 41, Twins’ Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles to left off A’s ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom the ninth of a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Oakland at the Metrodome. Joining Al Kaline, the Minnesota DH becomes the second player to have reached the milestone having never played a day in the minors.
1996 A fifth-inning triple off Royal southpaw Jose Rosado gives Twins Paul Molitor his 3000th hit, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat with a three-bagger. The ‘Ignitor’ reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign.
1996 Benito Santiago hits a trio of home runs in his three first at-bats in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 31 year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico also went deep in his last at-bat in yesterday’s contest in Chicago, giving the Philadelphia backstop four consecutive homers in four at-bats.
1997 In a 3-2 victory at Veterans Stadium, Phillies hurler Curt Schilling whiffs nine Mets to become the thirteenth pitcher in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a career-high of 319, will also reach the milestone next year with Philadelphia and in 2002 with the Diamondbacks.
1998 Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa’s major league single-season record established in 1995 with his 38th consecutive save. The 30 year-old right-handed closer also sets a franchise mark with his 41st save of the season when the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 4-3.
1998 With homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games, Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez ties a major league record. The Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep off of Twin Bob Tewksbury in the first and takes a 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.
1998 For only the 30th time in major league history and the 12th time it has been done consecutively, four batters strike out in one inning. Thanks to Randy Knorr’s passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the feat in the fourth inning of the Marlins’ 3-2 defeat to the Expos.
1998 In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam, with ‘Slammin’ Sammy collecting all six RBIs when the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.
1999 Doug Glanville collects five hits, including a double and a home run, in the Phillies’ 8-6 victory at the Astrodome, that ends Houston’s win streak at 12, a franchise record. The 29 year-old center fielder will enjoy another five-hit performance next season against Cincinnati.
2000 With a sixth-inning blast in a 7-6 loss to the hometown Cardinals, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (1997-99) as the only major leaguer to hit 50 home runs three straight seasons. Babe Ruth had three 50+ homer seasons, but did not accomplish the feat in consecutive years
2002 Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking his own record for bases on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178).
2004 The Red Sox become the fourth team in big league history to sell out an entire 81-game home season. The Indians (1996-2000), Rockies (1996), and Giants (2000) are the other clubs that have accomplished the feat.
2005 Youppi!, who got his start at Olympic Stadium, is named as the first official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The acquisition, reportedly at the cost of six figures, is made possible when the Expos leave the hairy orange arm-waving giant behind in favor of an eagle called “Screech” when they moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals.
2006 Angels center fielder Chone Figgins, in a 12-6 loss to the Rangers in Texas, triples in the ninth inning to become the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. ‘Figgy’ joins Jeff DaVanon (2004), Dave Winfield (1991), Dan Ford (1979), and Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968) to accomplish the feat for the Halos.
2006 The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s grand reopening ceremony for its Roxbury facility, which underwent a $7-million renovation, has some community leaders upset with the building’s new name to be unveiled at the event. Although the previous owner of the Red Sox created the charitable foundation that donated $3 million used to renovate the run-down club, some in the minority neighborhood believe it would be wrong to name the clubhouse after Tom Yawkey because his policies were racially motivated, as evidenced by passing up an opportunity to get Jackie Robinson, and the team becoming the last to integrate in the major leagues.
2006 Stealing second base in the first inning in an 8-5 victory over the Brewers at RFK, Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in major league history in a single season to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. The Nationals’ outfielder joins Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) as the only players to record 40-40 seasons.
2007 Todd Jones becomes the 21st major leaguer to record 300 career saves. The milestone doesn’t come easy as the Tigers’ closer gives up three hits and a run in Detroit’s 6-4 win over the Twins at the Metrodome.
2007 David Wright, homering in the seventh inning of a 10-6 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, becomes the 30th member of the 30-30 club. Returning to the dugout, the Mets third baseman is greeted by hitting coach Howard Johnson, who along with Darryl Strawberry are the other Metropolitans to have also stolen thirty bases and hit 30 homers in the same season.
2007 In a dramatic at-bat, Jim Thome becomes the third major leaguer this season, and the 23rd overall to hit 500 career home runs. The historic homer comes in the bottom of the ninth on a full count as the White Sox DH strokes a two-run walk-off round-tripper to beat the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field, 9-7.
2007 The Nationals announce that the press box in Nationals Park, the team’s new home scheduled to open next season, will be named the “Shirley Povich Media Center,” in honor of the late Hall of Fame Baseball writer. The Washington Post’s longtime sports columnist and reporter covered the Senators’ first World Series championship in 1924 and continued to write for the paper until his death in 1998.
2008 Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader at the soon-to-be-demolished Yankee Stadium. The team’s shortstop and captain surpasses Lou Gehrig’s record with a first-inning single in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox, bringing his total to 1,270 at the 85 year-old ballpark.
2009 The Tigers pay tribute to 91 year-old Ernie Harwell, their long-time broadcaster (1960-2002), who recently revealed he has inoperable cancer. The third-inning ceremony during the 4-3 victory over Kansas City includes a three-minute video tribute followed by the Hall of Fame announcer thanking the admiring and supportive fans attending the game at Comerica Park.
2010 Nyjer Morgan, following appeals, will serve an eight-game suspension in place of the two original bans that totaled 15 games. The Nationals outfielder had been given a seven-game suspension when the commissioner’s office alleged he had deliberately thrown a baseball into the stands, resulting in a Philadelphia fan getting hit, and then a week later was handed an eight-game suspension for his instigation and participation in a brawl with Florida.
2012 The Orioles, with their 9-5 victory over Oakland, are assured of having their first winning season since the team finished first in the AL East in 1997. The Birds will finish the campaign with a 93-69 record for a second-place finish but will earn a spot in the postseason as the play-in Wild Card team.
2014 With an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, the Orioles cop their first AL East crown, subsequent to 1997 when Davey Johnson managed the club to 98 victories. The Camden Yards victory marks the earliest Baltimore has clinched a division title (151st game) since 1971, and the first time the Birds had captured the flag at home in 35 years when the team played at Memorial Stadium.
|Tampa Bay||31||17||.646||–||17 – 8||14 – 9||23 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|NY Yankees||27||21||.563||4||19 – 7||8 – 14||18 – 13||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 6|
|Toronto||26||21||.553||4.5||12 – 7||14 – 14||17 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||21||27||.438||10||11 – 16||10 – 11||11 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Boston||18||31||.367||13.5||8 – 17||10 – 14||11 – 23||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||32||16||.667||–||16 – 9||16 – 7||0 – 0||24 – 10||0 – 0||9 – 1||W 6|
|Minnesota||30||20||.600||3||21 – 5||9 – 15||0 – 0||20 – 16||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 2|
|Cleveland||26||22||.542||6||12 – 11||14 – 11||0 – 0||16 – 16||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 7|
|Detroit||21||26||.447||10.5||11 – 11||10 – 15||0 – 0||10 – 19||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Kansas City||20||29||.408||12.5||10 – 13||10 – 16||0 – 0||13 – 22||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|Oakland||30||19||.612||–||18 – 7||12 – 12||0 – 0||0 – 0||24 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|Houston||24||24||.500||5.5||17 – 6||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 15||3 – 7||W 1|
|Seattle||22||26||.458||7.5||12 – 9||10 – 17||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 17||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||20||29||.408||10||12 – 13||8 – 16||0 – 0||0 – 0||16 – 20||6 – 4||L 1|
|Texas||17||31||.354||12.5||13 – 13||4 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 19||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||29||20||.592||–||15 – 8||14 – 12||19 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Miami||24||22||.522||3.5||7 – 12||17 – 10||17 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||24||23||.511||4||16 – 10||8 – 13||20 – 14||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Mets||21||27||.438||7.5||10 – 13||11 – 14||13 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 3|
|Washington||17||29||.370||10.5||9 – 16||8 – 13||9 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 3|
|Chi Cubs||29||20||.592||–||17 – 12||12 – 8||0 – 0||21 – 15||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 3|
|St. Louis||21||22||.488||5||11 – 11||10 – 11||0 – 0||14 – 14||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 1|
|Cincinnati||24||26||.480||5.5||11 – 11||13 – 15||0 – 0||18 – 18||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 4|
|Milwaukee||22||25||.468||6||11 – 13||11 – 12||0 – 0||15 – 15||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||14||33||.298||14||9 – 14||5 – 19||0 – 0||12 – 18||0 – 0||2 – 8||L 7|
|LA Dodgers||34||15||.694||–||16 – 8||18 – 7||0 – 0||0 – 0||23 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|San Diego||32||18||.640||2.5||19 – 7||13 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||21 – 14||8 – 2||L 1|
|San Francisco||23||24||.489||10||14 – 9||9 – 15||0 – 0||0 – 0||15 – 17||5 – 5||L 3|
|Colorado||22||25||.468||11||11 – 14||11 – 11||0 – 0||0 – 0||13 – 15||4 – 6||W 1|
|Arizona||18||31||.367||16||11 – 13||7 – 18||0 – 0||0 – 0||11 – 25||3 – 7||W 1|