MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – INTERLEAGUE

Miami 3 Toronto 2

Atlanta 10 Boston 3

Baltimore 9 NY Mets 5

Detroit 12 Milwaukee 1

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – AMERICAN LEAGUE

Oakland at Seattle postponed

NY Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 3

Cleveland 10 Kansas City 1

Minnesota 3 Chicago White Sox 2

Texas 6 Houston 5 (10)

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 16 Cincinnati 2

Philadelphia 6 Washington 0

Chicago Cubs 8 Pittsburgh 7 (11)

San Francisco 23 Colorado 5

LA Dodgers 6 Arizona 3

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Boston 102 Toronto 99

Denver 80 Utah 78

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Philadelphia 4 NY Islanders 3

Vancouver 2 Vegas 1

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond  3 Northeastern 0

Kokomo 3 Elwood 0

Bluffton 3 Marion 1

Benton Central 3 Lafayette Jeff 1

Pioneer 3 Logansport 0

Winchester 3 Union City 0

Centerville 3 Blue River 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Richmond 7 Anderson 0

Lafayette Jeff 8 Kokomo 1

Franklin County 4 Union County 0

Yorktown 12 New Castle 0

Muncie Burris 3 Knightstown 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS-NCC/AREA

Richmond 5 Lincoln 0

Knightstown 3 Centerville 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Yorktown 4 New Castle 0

Hamilton Heights 3 Anderson 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER-NCC/AREA

Union County 4 Franklin County 2

Liberty Christian 4 Seton Catholic 0

 

INDIANA AP MEDIA FOOTBALL POLL

6A

THROUGH WEEK 2

  1. Center Grove (2-0)
  2. Brownsburg (2-0)
  3. Lawrence North (2-0)
  4. Merrillville (2-0)
  5. North Central (Indianapolis) (2-0)
  6. Carmel (1-1)
  7. Lafayette Jeff (2-0)
  8. Warren Central (0-1)
  9. Avon (1-1)
  10. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (2-0)

 

5A

  1. Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0)
  2. New Palestine (1-0)
  3. Valparaiso (1-0)
  4. Fort Wayne Dwenger (2-0)
  5. Whiteland (2-0)
  6. Michigan City (2-0)
  7. Floyd Central (2-0)
  8. Harrison (West Lafayette) (1-1)
  9. Evansville North (2-0)
  10. Decatur Central (1-1)
  11. Zionsville (1-1)

 

4A

  1. Mooresville (2-0)
  2. East Noble (2-0)
  3. Mount Vernon (Fortville) (2-0)
  4. Hobart (1-1)
  5. Jasper (2-0)
  6. New Prairie (2-0)
  7. East Central (1-1)
  8. Evansville Central (2-0)
  9. Indianapolis Roncalli (1-0)
  10. Delta (1-0)

 

3A

  1. Indianapolis Chatard (2-0)
  2. Mishawaka Marian (2-0)
  3. Southridge (2-0)
  4. Danville (1-0)
  5. West Lafayette (1-1)
  6. Guerin Catholic (1-0)
  7. Fort Wayne Concordia (1-1)
  8. Yorktown (2-0)
  9. Mount Vernon (Posey) (2-0)
  10. Brebeuf Jesuit (0-2)

 

2A

  1. Pioneer (2-0)
  2. Triton Central (2-0)
  3. Andrean (1-1)
  4. Eastbrook (1-1)
  5. Eastside (2-0)
  6. Heritage Christian (1-0)
  7. South Vermillion (2-0)
  8. Evansville Mater Dei (0-2)
  9. Tell City (2-0)
  10. Tipton (1-0)
  11. Eastern Hancock (1-1)

 

1A

  1. Indianapolis Lutheran (2-0)
  2. South Adams (2-0)
  3. Lafayette Central Catholic (0-0)
  4. Southwood (2-0)
  5. Sheridan (2-0)
  6. Parke Heritage (1-0)
  7. West Washington (1-0)
  8. Adams Central (1-1)
  9. South Putnam (2-0)
  10. North Decatur (2-0)

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL WEEK 3

Adams Central (1-1) at Tri (2-0)

Alexandria (0-2) at Madison-Grant (1-0)

Anderson (0-2) at Muncie Central (0-1)

Antwerp (Ohio) at Fremont (1-1)

Bedford North Lawrence (0-2) at Jennings County (0-2)

Beech Grove (1-1) at Speedway (0-2)

Bellmont (0-0) at Columbia City (2-0)

Ben Davis (0-2) at Pike (2-0)

Blackford (0-2) at Frankton (0-2)

Bluffton (2-0) at South Adams (2-0)

Boone Grove (0-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-1)

Bremen (2-0) at Mishawaka Marian (2-0)

Brown County (2-0) at Cloverdale (0-2)

Brownsburg (2-0) at Franklin Central (1-1)

Carmel (1-1) at Center Grove (2-0)

Carroll (Flora) (1-1) at Taylor (1-1)

Centerville (2-0) at Shenandoah (1-1)

Charlestown (0-2) at Clarksville (2-0)

Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) at East Central (1-1)

Columbus North (1-1) at Southport (0-0)

Concord (1-0) at NorthWood (0-1)

Connersville (0-0) at Greensburg (1-1)

Crawford County (0-1) at Perry Central (0-2)

Crown Point (1-1) at Merrillville (2-0)

Culver (0-2) at Knox (0-2)

Culver Academy (1-1) at Hanover Central (1-1)

Danville (1-0) at Lebanon (0-2)

Delphi (2-0) at Eastern (Greentown) (2-0)

East Noble (2-0) at Huntington North (1-1)

Eastbrook (1-1) at Mississinewa (0-2)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-2) at Brownstown Central (1-0)

Eastside (2-0) at West Noble (0-2)

Elkhart (1-0) at Columbus East (1-1)

Evansville Bosse (0-2) at Castle (1-1)

Evansville Central (2-0) vs. Evansville Memorial (0-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (0-2) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-1)

Evansville North (2-0) at Evansville Harrison (0-2)

Fairfield (1-0) at Central Noble (1-1)

Floyd Central (2-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-1) at Fort Wayne Snider (0-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-1) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (2-0)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-0) at Fort Wayne Wayne (0-2)

Fort Wayne South (0-2) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (2-0)

Frankfort (1-1) at Tri-West (1-1)

Franklin County (1-0) at Rushville (0-2)

Garrett (0-1) at Churubusco (1-1)

Gary West (0-2) at Highland (0-1)

Goshen (1-0) at Mishawaka (0-2)

Greencastle (1-1) at West Vigo (2-0)

Greenfield-Central (0-0) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (2-0)

Griffith (0-0) at Hobart (1-1)

Hamilton Southeastern (1-1) at Avon (1-1)

Heritage (0-2) at Woodlan (0-2)

Heritage Hills (0-2) at Boonville (1-1)

Homestead (1-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (1-1)

Indian Creek (1-1) at Owen Valley (1-1)

Indianapolis Attucks (1-0) at Covenant Christian (2-0)

Indianapolis Cathedral (2-0) at Penn (1-1)

Indianapolis Chatard (2-0) at Indianapolis Roncalli (1-0)

Indianapolis Lutheran (2-0) at Triton Central (2-0)

Indianapolis Ritter (1-1) at Brebeuf Jesuit (0-2)

Indianapolis Scecina (1-1) at Cascade (0-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (1-1) at South Decatur (0-1)

Indianapolis Washington (1-0) at Edgewood (1-1)

Jasper (2-0) at Evansville Reitz (2-0)

Jeffersonville (1-1) at New Albany (2-0)

Kankakee Valley (2-0) at South Bend Washington (0-2)

Knightstown (1-0) at Union County (1-0)

Lafayette Jeff (2-0) at McCutcheon (0-2)

Lake Central (1-1) at Portage (1-1)

Lake Station (0-2) at River Forest (1-1)

Lapel (2-0) at North Decatur (2-0)

LaPorte (0-2) at Valparaiso (1-0)

Lawrence North (2-0) at Lawrence Central (0-2)

Lewis Cass (0-2) at Benton Central (0-2)

Logansport (1-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (1-1)

Madison (0-2) at Seymour (0-2)

Manchester (1-1) at Wabash (1-1)

Marion (0-2) at Kokomo (1-1)

Martinsville (1-1) at Greenwood (2-0)

Michigan City (2-0) at Chesterton (0-2)

Milan (1-1) at Lawrenceburg (1-1)

Mitchell (0-1) at West Washington (1-0)

Monrovia (1-1) at Linton-Stockton (1-1)

Mooresville (2-0) at Plainfield (1-1)

New Haven (2-0) at Pioneer (2-0)

New Palestine (1-0) at Yorktown (2-0)

New Prairie (2-0) at Andrean (1-1)

Noblesville (1-1) at Fishers (0-2)

Noblesville HomeSchool at Indianapolis Manual (0-1)

North Daviess (1-0) at Eastern Greene (1-1)

North Harrison (2-0) at Corydon Central (1-0)

North Knox (1-1) at Tecumseh (1-1)

North Miami (1-1) at Southwood (2-0)

North Montgomery (2-0) at Southmont (1-0)

North Newton (1-1) at North Judson (2-0)

North Posey (2-0) at Southridge (2-0)

North Putnam (0-2) at South Putnam (2-0)

North Vermillion (0-2) at Covington (0-2)

North White (0-2) at Winamac (0-0)

Northeastern (0-2) at Winchester (0-2)

Northfield (0-2) at Maconaquah (0-0)

Northridge (1-0) at Wawasee (2-0)

Northwestern (0-2) at Lafayette Central Catholic (0-0)

Norwell (2-0) at Leo (1-1)

Oak Hill (0-2) at Elwood (0-1)

Oldenburg Academy (1-0) at Edinburgh (0-2)

Osceola Grace at Jimtown (0-1)

Parke Heritage (1-0) at North Central (Farmersburg) (0-0)

Pendleton Heights (2-0) at New Castle (1-0)

Perry Meridian (0-2) at Franklin (1-1)

Peru (2-0) at Tippecanoe Valley (1-1)

Pike Central (0-2) at South Spencer (0-2)

Prairie Heights (0-2) at Lakeland (0-2)

Princeton (0-2) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (2-0)

Providence (0-1) at Silver Creek (2-0)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-1) at Indianapolis Shortridge (0-1)

Richmond (0-1) at Indianapolis Tech (0-1)

Rock Creek Academy (0-1) at Switzerland County (1-0)

Salem (0-2) at Scottsburg (0-2)

Shelbyville (0-2) at Delta (1-0)

South Bend Adams (2-0) at South Bend Riley (0-2)

South Bend Clay (1-1) at Munster (0-2)

South Bend St. Joseph (0-2) at John Glenn (2-0)

South Dearborn (2-0) at Batesville (1-1)

Sullivan (1-1) at Northview (1-1)

Tell City (2-0) at Forest Park (2-0)

Terre Haute North (2-0) at Bloomington South (1-1)

Terre Haute South (0-2) at Bloomington North (1-1)

Tipton (1-0) at Heritage Christian (1-0)

Traders Point Christian (0-0) at South Newton (0-2)

Tri-Central (2-0) at Sheridan (2-0)

Tri-County (0-1) at West Central (1-1)

Triton (1-0) at Caston (1-1)

Union City (0-1) at Hagerstown (0-2)

Warren Central (0-1) at North Central (Indianapolis) (2-0)

Warsaw (1-1) at Plymouth (0-2)

Washington (1-1) at Gibson Southern (0-2)

Wes-Del (1-1) at Eastern Hancock (1-1)

West Lafayette (1-1) at Hamilton Heights (0-2)

Western (2-0) at Rensselaer Central (1-1)

Western Boone (0-2) at Crawfordsville (0-2)

Wheeler (1-1) at Lowell (2-0)

Whiteland (2-0) at Decatur Central (1-1)

Whitko (1-1) at Rochester (0-0)

Zionsville (1-1) at Westfield (1-1)

 

 

Tatum, Smart lift Boston past Toronto, Celtics take 2-0 lead

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, Marcus Smart made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 102-99 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night, putting the reigning NBA champions in serious trouble.

Smart scored 19 points, Kemba Walker had 17 and Jaylen Brown scored 16 for the Celtics, who now hold a 2-0 series lead. The Celtics are 3-0 against Toronto in the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World, and 5-1 against the Raptors this season.

OG Anunoby had 20 points for Toronto, which got 19 from Fred VanVleet – who missed a 28-footer as time expired. Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam scored 17 points apiece and Kyle Lowry added 16 for Toronto.

Smart made three 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions in a 73-second span early in the fourth, then added another 3 about a minute later – and a four-point play a minute after that, putting Boston up 86-85 with 7:55 left.

It was part of a 29-9 run by Boston, with the Celtics going up 95-87 with 4:18 left.

The Raptors finally seemed they had matters figured out late in the third quarter, taking a 12-point lead – the momentum seeming like it had swung on an overturned call that, correctly, went Toronto’s way. A layup by VanVleet, followed by a free throw from Siakam after officials reversed a call that he said he fouled Smart, gave Toronto a 78-66 lead with 2:46 left in the third.

The Raptors scored only nine points in the next 10:39. But just when things looked like they had gone totally awry, Toronto scored five straight to make it a 95-92 game with 3:35 left, and the Raptors got within one on a pair of free throws by Lowry with 1:01 remaining.

But Walker hit a stepback on the next Boston possession, and the Celtics held on from there.

 

 

Nuggets edge Jazz 80-78 to complete comeback from 3-1 down

Jamal Murray helped a heartbroken Donovan Mitchell off the floor for a handshake and hug, a show of respect between players who had a memorable battle in the bubble.

They traded historic offensive fireworks for six games, before Game 7 turned into an old-fashioned defensive struggle.

“It was a great battle. I don’t know what else to say. I’m speechless,” Murray said.

The ending left everyone out of words.

Nikola Jokic made the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left and the Nuggets advanced to the second round of the playoffs, beating the Utah Jazz 80-78 on Tuesday night when Mike Conley’s 3-pointer spun out at the buzzer.

The Nuggets became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, but only after they blew a 19-point lead in this game.

“A lot of teams would have just given in, especially when you consider we’ve been here 57 days away from our families,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

After Jokic’s basket, the Jazz got the ball to Mitchell following a timeout. The Nuggets stole it from him and raced down for a fast break, but Torrey Craig missed the layup. Utah rebounded and pushed the ball up the floor to Conley, whose jumper looked good all the way until it fell out.

“It looked good, man. Sometimes, it’s just the way it works,” Mitchell said.

“We fought hard and came back. I’d go to war with any one of these guys in the locker room, any one of these coaches. We could’ve easy chalked it up in the first half. We have grit and fight. That’s all you can really ask for.”

Jokic had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Murray scored 17 points. No. 3 seed Denver advanced to face the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals.

 

 

NBA Playoff Ratings Crash by 23%, Lowest Watched in 5 Years

Despite near-daily efforts to show America how woke they are, or, because of it, the NBA’s playoff ratings are still tanking.

“Weekday afternoon games have certainly hurt, but the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs was no ratings bonanza either,” Sports Media Watch reported.

Viewership on ABC is down 23 percent and the numbers are down 20 percent overall compared to last year’s playoffs

“The Lakers’ win ranks as ABC’s least-watched playoff opener in five years (2015 Pelicans-Warriors: 3.49M), with the caveat that this year marked the first time since 2004 that it did not air a game on the opening day of the postseason,” Sports Media Watch added.

The league has tried to blame the coronavirus and its effects; however, SportsBusiness Daily recently noted that ratings for last season were also bad, as the 2018-2019 season lost 12 percent in viewership. That, of course, was pre-pandemic.

Other ratings reckoning also finds the NBA has lost viewers. ShowBuzz, for instance, noted that the league lost 28 percent in the important 18-49 age bracket.

Ratings for the NBA has been bad since its initial debut. The numbers were similar early in August.

The ratings for the NBA were so poor in the first week of August that Fox News programming — and even Rachel Maddow on MSNBC — beat opening night NBA ratings.

As Sports Illustrated noted, the NBA’s TV contracts expire in 2025, so it won’t be long before the networks begin looking to renegotiate their $24 billion deal. If these basement-dwelling ratings continue, it could have a major impact on the league’s ability to command top dollar in the future.

 

 

Fournette now a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Running back Leonard Fournette is now a free agent.

Fournette went unclaimed after Jacksonville waived him Monday. Fournette’s representatives responded by formally filing a grievance against the Jaguars in an effort to recoup the $4.17 million in base salary he was initially guaranteed for this season.

Jacksonville voided all remaining guarantees in Fournette’s rookie deal late in 2018. The void only came into play because the Jags parted ways with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

The Jaguars took the unusual action following Fournette’s one-game suspension for fighting with Buffalo linebacker Shaq Lawson in November 2018.

Then-Jaguars personnel chief Tom Coughlin publicly ripped Fournette weeks later for being “disrespectful” and “selfish” for sitting on the bench while injured and inactive during the season finale. Coughlin tried to fine Fournette an entire game check – around $99,000 – for his actions that day, but it was eventually rescinded.

 

 

Where will Leonard Fournette land?

the Jaguars decided to part ways with running back Leonard Fournette, which wasn’t particularly shocking considering the Jags are undergoing a full rebuild and that relationship seemed to be irreparable. Jacksonville was looking to trade him but couldn’t manage to get anything in return, so they outright cut him from the team.

That’s yet ANOTHER core roster player gone from the Jags team that made the AFC Championship in 2017 before immediately falling into a two-year tailspin. So, what’s next for Fournette?

Maybe his stock isn’t quite what it was when he entered the league as one of the most heralded RB prospects in recent memory, but Fournette is still just 25 and could find a career rejuvenation with a fresh start outside of Jacksonville. Here are a few potential landing spots that would make sense, according to our Patrik Walker:

Patriots: Yes, the Patriots have Sony Michel but he has consistently battled injury since entering the league in 2018 and is now fighting for his job. Fournette is a proven talent who would help solidify New England’s backfield, and it should be noted that he wanted to play with Cam Newton in Jacksonville

Buccaneers: Tampa is loaded on offense but the running back position is one of the remaining question marks. The Bucs signed LeSean McCoy earlier this offseason but he’s not exactly a safe bet in the backfield these days. Fournette would be a huge add for that team and he wouldn’t even have to leave Florida

Rams: With Todd Gurley out of the picture, the Rams could use a bully in the backfield. Pairing him with Malcolm Brown could be good for business, especially because it would force opposing defenses to take some focus off of Jared Goff

Wherever Fournette ends up, he’ll probably be happier than he seemed to be in Jacksonville over the past few years, which is becoming an all-too-familiar scenario for players leaving the Jags. That organization has been an absolute, unequivocal disaster over the past few years and it needs to be asked: When is Shad Khan going to do what it takes to clean up that mess?

 

 

Decker agrees to new deal with Lions, agent confirms

Taylor Decker has agreed to a six-year, $85 million deal with the Detroit Lions that includes $37.5 million guaranteed, agent Jonathan Feinsod confirmed Tuesday.

Decker joined the Lions as a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016. He became the first Detroit rookie offensive tackle to start all 16 games since 2001. In four seasons, he’s played in 55 games for the Lions.

After impressing as a rookie, he missed the start of the 2017 season following shoulder surgery and played only eight games that year. He’s missed only one game over the past two seasons.

Decker’s deal adds to the investment the Lions have made in their offensive line this offseason. They also acquired Halapoulivaati Vaitai in March.

Also on Tuesday, the Lions announced they released wide receiver Geremy Davis and were awarded defensive tackle Albert Huggins via waivers from Houston.

 

 

NFL AND NFLPA COVID-19 MONITORING TESTING RESULTS

The National Football League and NFL Players Association today announced the COVID-19 monitoring testing results for August 21– August 29.

During this period, players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel were tested daily. Tier 3 individuals were tested weekly. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 follow the joint NFL-NFLPA Treatment Protocol. They are immediately isolated, not permitted access club facilities, or have direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.

Monitoring Testing results for August 21 – August 29:

58,621 tests were administered to a total of 8,739 players and team personnel.

23,279 tests were administered to 2,747 players; 35,342 tests were administered to 5,992 personnel.

There were four new confirmed positive tests among players and six new confirmed positives among other personnel.

 

 

NFL requiring coaches, staff near bench to wear masks

The NFL has updated its gameday protocols by requiring every coach and staff member in the bench area to wear a mask and reducing the size of each team’s travel party.

Owners also will have to follow COVID-19 testing requirements to gain access to the locker room, field or team charter.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league, the NFL Players Association and medical experts have “developed a comprehensive set of protocols that put us in the best possible position to complete the season, culminating with the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.”

There were four new confirmed positive tests among players and six new confirmed positives among other personnel from 58,621 tests administered to a total of 8,739 players and team personnel between August 21-29.

“We have been really fortunate that cases of COVID-19 are very low across the league,” Goodell said Tuesday. “It is a testament to the plans, but most importantly to the diligence of the players, the teams and their staffs. I would tell you that we still have more work to do. We are not going to get comfortable. We will remain vigilant, resilient, flexible and basically adapt to circumstances as needed with public health as our No. 1 priority as we have all this offseason.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, says the league is monitoring new developments in testing technology and continues to adapt to new information.

“We have a relentless opponent here, which is this virus, and we know that there can be new cases that occur no matter how diligent we are with all of our protocols and our personnel,” Sills said. “So we just have to remain very vigilant and realize that we’re still very early on, but we’re encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.”

The league is working with public health officials to determine whether fans will be allowed into stadiums. A few teams will be allowed to begin the season with limited fans in the stands.

“I believe that we may be having a lot of teams that will start with no fans in the beginning this season, and then evolve to fans,” Goodell said.

Some coaches have voiced displeasure with the inconsistent policy.

Bills coach Sean McDermott called it “ridiculous” and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it’s “unfair” that some teams will have fans and others won’t.

“We do not believe it’s a competitive advantage,” Goodell said. “We discussed it very early on with our competition committee and with our clubs. We do not see that. We obviously have varying capacity across the league. And from our standpoint, we want to invite our fans in if we can do it safely and we can do it with the full support of local officials.”

NFL executive Troy Vincent said the league’s competition committee is still finalizing details on decibel levels for artificial crowd noise that will be piped into stadiums.

 

 

Trump calls on Big Ten Conference to play fall football

The Big Ten Conference, already in court and under pressure from players and parents over its decision to cancel fall football, is now hearing from President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren about reinstating the fall season.

“Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football,” the tweet said. “Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!”

The Big Ten, in a statement, said a White House representative reached out to Warren to set up a phone call with Trump. The statement said Warren and Trump had a “productive conversation.”

“The Big Ten Conference and its Return To Competition Task Force, on behald of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C), are exhausting every resource to help student-athletes get back to playing the sports they love, at the appropriate time, in the safest and healthiest way possible,” the statement said.

The conference is filled with teams from battleground states that will prove critical in the upcoming election between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

The Big Ten announced Aug. 11 it would move its football season to the spring semester because of health risks associated with the pandemic. The Pac-12 followed suit, joining the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West. Other leagues are playing shortened seasons.

Warren has been under pressure for three weeks as the outcry against the decision has grown louder. Last week, a group of Nebraska players filed a lawsuit seeking a reversal of the decision, and Gov. Pete Ricketts has been a vocal proponent of the Cornhuskers playing fall football.

“Before the Big Ten’s decision, we were already working with the university and public health officials on plans to play football this fall,” said Ricketts, a Republican. “We would love for the Big Ten to give schools the flexibility to make decisions that are right for them.”

The Associated Press and other outlets reported last week that Big Ten officials are working on multiple plans for staging a football season – including one that would have the league kicking off during the Thanksgiving weekend. Soon after, Trump brought up the state of college football.

“No, I want Big Ten, and all other football, back – NOW,” Trump tweeted then. “The Dems don’t want football back, for political reasons, but are trying to blame me and the Republicans. Another LIE, but this is what we are up against! ”

Trump downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19 for college-aged football players.

“These are big, strong guys. They’ll be just fine,” Trump said Friday. “Big Ten. Get with it. Open up your season, Big Ten.”

Trump, before boarding Air Force One on Tuesday, again framed the debate over player and fan safety as a political one. He said “the biggest headwind we have is that you have Democrats who don’t want to see it happen.”

Trump said he spoke with Warren and “we had a very good conversation, very productive, and maybe we’ll be very nicely surprised.”

 

 

FSU names Blackman its starting quarterback to open season

Florida State coach Mike Norvell named James Blackman his starting quarterback to open the season.

Blackman got the nod Tuesday after beating out Louisville transfer Jordan Travis and freshman Tate Rodemaker during fall camp. Four-star recruit Chubba Purdy had been in the mix before breaking his left, non-throwing collarbone last month. Purdy had surgery and will be sidelined at least several weeks.

Blackman, meanwhile, showed Norvell he has “all the skills and traits of what’s necessary to be a very successful quarterback.”

The Seminoles open the season Sept. 12 at home against Georgia Tech.

“I’m excited about what the season is going to hold,” Norvell said. “I’m excited about the continued competition that we’ll have at that position. … These guys are very talented. I would not be shocked to see other guys at that position get opportunities to help impact this football team and to help put us in a great situation to be successful.

“But James, I think, has done an extraordinary job. Really proud of the young man and all the things that he’s done for him to earn this job.”

Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last year while playing behind a woeful offensive line that allowed 48 sacks – sixth most in the Football Bowl Subdivision – and under a coaching staff that looked lost at times.

Although he played behind Deondre Francois in 2018, Blackman got his first taste of college football during Jimbo Fisher’s final season in Tallahassee. He replaced an injured Francois in the 2017 opener and ended up throwing for 2,339 yards, with 17 TDs and 11 INTs, the rest of the way.

The 6-foot-5 junior from South Bay enters this season with his fourth play-caller in as many years.

“I think it speaks to him,” Norvell said. “He wants to be successful. A lot of people can sit around and tell you how bad they have it and how unfortunate it is, and I’ve got empathy for what James has had to go through in his playing career. You don’t ever want to see a player who’s gone through all the coaching changes and different circumstances that have shown up. …

“I’m really pleased that that young man specifically has responded in a great way. He’s had some highs and some lows, but in our experience together, he’s done everything that I’ve asked him to do to prepare himself and put him in position to be our starting quarterback.”

 

 

Winners and losers of the MLB trade deadline

The MLB trade deadline was Monday afternoon, which remains incredibly weird considering the season is only about five weeks old. But weird is very much in these days, right?

And while the circumstances around the deadline were anything but ordinary, there was a sense of familiarity with regards to the deadline itself. We saw contenders try to make a splash to load up for the stretch run. We were impressed by the boldness displayed by certain teams, and disappointed by the lack of action from others.

It wouldn’t be a trade deadline if we didn’t rush to declare winners and losers, so without further ado…

Winner: The Padres — San Diego made the biggest trade of the day when they acquired pitcher Mike Clevinger from the Indians, but it was far from the only work done by GM A.J. Preller. The front office addressed weaknesses at catcher (Jason Castro and Austin Nola), the DH spot (Mitch Moreland), in the bullpen (Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla, Trevor Rosenthal, and Taylor Williams ), and in the rotation (Clevinger). Most importantly, those upgrades came at reasonable cost (the Padres kept 9 of their 10 best prospects and didn’t subtract much from the MLB roster) so they’re clear winners

Losers: Contenders that stood pat — Several contenders were linked to some significant names on the market but ultimately didn’t do much to address need. Among them? The Astros, Braves, Rays, Yankees and White Sox

Winner: The Blue Jays — Their trades weren’t necessarily flashy but that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. The Jays addressed weaknesses in the rotation with the additions of Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray, and a late trade for Ross Stripling, plus added versatile depth with infielder Jonathan Villar

Loser: The Brewers — Despite being only one game out of a postseason spot, the Brewers’ lone move was shipping reliable reliever David Phelps to the Phillies — the team that Milwaukee is chasing in the standings. That doesn’t add up.

 

Third game of Oakland’s series at Seattle postponed

The third and final game Thursday of Oakland’s series at Seattle has been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus.

The first two games in the series scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday had previously been put off.

Major League Baseball said the games will be made up with a doubleheader in Seattle on Sept. 14 and another in Oakland on Sept. 26.

MLB said it will continue to provide updates as necessary.

 

 

Rays’ Cash makes threat after Chapman’s 101 mph brush back

If Aroldis Chapman’s 101 mph brush-back pitch Tuesday night didn’t push the Yankees-Rays rivalry to its boiling point, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash’s threat certainly did.

“Somebody’s got to be accountable,” Cash said. “And the last thing I’ll say on this is I got a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph. Period.”

Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball near the head of pinch-hitter Michael Brosseau while closing out his first save of the season, prompting the benches to empty after New York ended a six-game losing streak against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory.

“We’re talking about a 100 mph fastball over a young man’s head,” Cash said. “It makes no sense. It’s poor judgment, poor coaching, it’s just poor teaching what they’re doing and what they’re allowing to do, the chirping from the dugout.”

Chapman’s first pitch to Brosseau with two outs in the ninth inning whizzed past Brosseau’s head. Umpires convened before issuing warnings to both benches, and Cash was ejected after coming onto the field to argue.

Chapman struck out Brosseau to end it, and Brosseau began walking toward the visiting dugout before turning back to exchange words with someone on the Yankees. The dugouts and benches emptied and players gathered near home plate, but they mostly kept their distance before dispersing to their respective clubhouses.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka also drilled Joey Wendle with a 95 mph fastball in the first inning, which Cash and Wendle both believed to be intentional. Players on both benches also exchanged words during a game Aug. 9.

“As far as if there was actual intent behind Chapman’s delivery, I’m not really sure, but pretty frustrating honestly,” Brosseau said. “It’s not what you want to see coming in off the bench, especially when we pretty much let everything go after Joey took the message for us and did it like a man, kind of just took it and carried on with the day.

“But if there was any intent behind it and they want to send another message, I guess they made their point.”

The Rays are 7-2 against the Yankees and lead second-place New York by 3 1/2 games. Tensions have run high between the clubs for years, at least since now-retired Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was ejected for plunking Jesus Sucre in 2018.

 

 

Dickerson homers 3 times, Giants win big over Rockies, 23-5

Alex Dickerson hit three home runs and matched a career high with six RBIs, highlighting one of the biggest offensive shows ever at Coors Field as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday night.

“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life,” said Dickerson, who just missed hitting a fourth home run in his final at bat in the ninth, settling for a 414-foot double that reached the warning track in center, the deepest part of the field.

“I don’t think I’ve seen that many barreled balls from one guy in one game before,” said Brandon Crawford, who also homered among his three hits and had six RBIs. “I thought he got that last one, too. That would have been pretty cool.”

Dickerson finished with 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles), tying the Giants’ franchise record set by Willie Mays on April 30, 1961 at the Milwaukee Braves.

“It’s incredible company,” Dickerson said. “The things he did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”

Donovan Solano also had four hits and six RBIs. Brandon Belt and Joey Bart added three hits apiece as the Giants collected 27 hits overall and scored in every inning except the ninth in winning for the 10th time in 13 games.

“There were plenty of good performances to go around, up and down the lineup,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

The 23 runs were the third-most allowed by the Rockies in team history. The Chicago Cubs scored 26 against Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and the Cincinnati Reds scored 24 on May 19, 1999. The 27 hits by the Giants were the second most ever allowed by the Rockies, matching the Cubs’ hit total in the 1995 game.

“We’ve got to circle the wagons a little bit here,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “With the pitching, we’ve had a couple of rough nights on the mound, coincided with a couple of rough nights at the plate. It’s a bad combination. We’ve got to put the two together, that’s for sure.”

Giants starter Kevin Gausman (2-2) went five innings and allowed two hits and two runs, both on solo home runs by Garrett Hampson.

 

 

Ozuna hits 3 HRs in Braves’ 10-3 rout of Red Sox

Marcell Ozuna hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career and finished with six RBIs, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 10-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Ozuna, who was 3 for 5, hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a solo shot in the seventh and a three-run blast in the eighth. It was the eight-year veteran’s second multihomer effort in the last 10 games and the 10th of his career.

“He’s got a really good idea what he’s doing at the plate,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s been unbelievable for a four-week, five-week span here. That’s got the makings of a really monster 162-game season.”

Ozuna hit his first two homers over the Green Monster in left before launching his last to deep center. Ozuna’s second homer was also his 1,000th career major league hit.

“Yesterday, I get one hit and (Braves assistant trainer) Mike Frostad said `Only two more away,'” Ozuna said. “Today when we (got) here, I said `I got it.’ … He said `Go hit a homer.’ I said `I’m gonna try.'”

Austin Riley hit a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth. Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman each had an RBI for the Braves.

Atlanta has won two straight after dropping three of five.

Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (2-0) allowed two runs and struck out eight over six innings in his second big league start. The 22-year-old fanned six and took a no-hitter into the sixth in his debut against the New York Yankees last Wednesday before allowing a solo homer in a 5-1 win.

“It was exciting,” said Anderson, who grew up as a Red Sox fan near the Massachusetts state line in Rexford, New York. “Definitely had even more adrenaline than I had the first time. A lot of nerves, too. But (it was) fun out there.”

 

‘THE FOUNDATION: EXPECT VICTORY’ DEBUTS WEDNESDAY ON NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

EVANSTON, Ill. — When Gary Barnett was named Northwestern University’s football coach prior to the 1992 season he began with a simple mantra for his program and its fans, “Expect Victory,” and made a promise that he was going to, “Take the purple to Pasadena.”

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Wildcats’ unforgettable Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl season, Northwestern Athletics’ StudioN has created an eight-episode season of its Emmy-Award winning series, The Foundation, to look back at a campaign that captivated the nation.

“No season in Northwestern’s history that is more universally beloved and remembered than the Wildcats’ 1995 run to the Rose Bowl,” said Rob Coons, Senior Executive Director, Broadcast Operations for Northwestern Athletics. “To witness a group of individuals come together to change the narrative of a program and captivate the attention of the college football world in a single season was remarkable. We wanted to put together a series that would honor this great team and its accomplishments, and let fans relive the excitement with video footage that most people haven’t seen in 25 years.”

The Foundation: Expect Victory debuts this Wednesday, September 2, at 5:30 p.m. CT, on NBC Sports Chicago – 25 years to the day of Northwestern’s season-opening win over No. 9 Notre Dame in South Bend.

“The 1995 Wildcats season was one for the ages and ushered in an exciting, new era for Northwestern football,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago. “We’re thrilled to partner with Northwestern Athletics to showcase how head coach Gary Barnett, along with star players like Darnell Autry and Pat Fitzgerald, battled their way to a Big Ten title, which ultimately carried the Wildcats to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 47 years.”

 

 

GLVC Announces Plan to Proceed for Cross Country Fall Season 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced Tuesday its Plan to Proceed for competition this fall in the sports of men’s and women’s cross country. The comprehensive plan, which received unanimous support from the league’s coaches, athletics directors, presidents and chancellors, and athletics trainers, was shared with GLVC cross country student-athletes during a one-hour Zoom call Monday evening.

After the GLVC announced July 27 that cross country would be the lone fall sport to not be postponed until the spring semester, the Conference office has worked closely with league coaches to develop an extensive plan for a healthy, safe, and fair competition this fall.

“The key stakeholders in the GLVC were all supportive of providing our cross country student-athletes with some type of meaningful competition opportunities this season, following the cancellation of the NCAA Fall Championships since their sport could not logistically move to the spring,” said GLVC Commissioner, Jim Naumovich. “I am grateful to our coaches for their work to create a competitive schedule of events while keeping the health and safety of all the teams as the No. 1 priority. Our athletic trainers will also continue to play a significant role in the successful implementation of this unique cross country season. Their efforts are also appreciated.”

Deemed a medium-contact risk sport by the NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI), as opposed to high-contact risk sports such as football, soccer and volleyball, cross country is held to different testing requirements, which include surveillance PCR testing for 25 to 50 percent of student-athletes and “inner bubble” personnel every two weeks if physical distancing, masking, and other protective features are not maintained, plus additional testing for symptomatic and high contact risk individuals. Coupled with the GLVC COVID-19 Guiding Principles and Recommendations put forth by the GLVC Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Task Force, it was determined that the 2020 GLVC Cross Country season should include a new scheduling structure, increased safety protocols, and strict meet restrictions to ensure a consistent league-wide approach to competition this year.

Notable adjustments to the schedule include Conference-only competition between all 15 member institutions, a four-meet season schedule, a limit on the number of runners per race, and a new qualifying method for split races per gender at the GLVC Championships.

The season is set to begin Sept. 25-26 with GLVC Triangular competition, consisting of five three-team pods, which allows teams to travel to and from the site of competition on the same day.  Start times for all races will be pushed from the morning to the afternoon. The distance of each GLVC Triangular will be determined by all three participating teams in the pod, while Indianapolis (Pod 1), Illinois Springfield (2), Lindenwood (3), Southwest Baptist (4), and Truman State (5) will serve as hosts for the opening weekend.

Following an off week, teams will compete at two sites for GLVC Divisionals on Oct. 9-10. The seven-team East Division race will be hosted by Illinois Springfield, while the eight-team West Division meet will be conducted at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with Lindenwood serving as host. The 6,000-meter women’s race and 8,000-meter men’s meet will serve as a qualifier for the GLVC Championships. The top four schools from each race will advance to the “A” race at the GLVC Championships, while the remaining seven schools will compete in the “B” race.

Conference action returns to Principia on Oct. 24 for the GLVC Championships at the same 6K and 8K distances. The GLVC Open will serve as the season finale on Nov. 7.

In addition to following the guidelines put forth by NCAA SSI and the recommendations established by the GLVC Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Task Force, several health and safety protocols have also been implemented, including:

  • No GLVC race will exceed 80 runners this season.
  • Strict adherence to the six universal GLVC Cross Country Safety Zones throughout the season.
  • Entire school travel party must pass temperature screening prior to departure from campus.
  • Entire school travel party must have a documented negative test result during the week of the GLVC Championships.
  • Each school must travel one Athletic Trainer to all GLVC events.
  • Athletic Trainer will be the sole school representative in the finish line chute allowed to have contact with their runners.
  • No spectators are allowed at any GLVC event.

The GLVC has also committed to ensuring proper social distancing and safety guidelines are followed by implementing staggered arrival times for teams, tiered access for meet management and personnel, team and participant check-in, team sanitization, expanded team camps, start line and finish line, the elimination of the GLVC Championship banquet on Friday, Oct. 23 and post-race awards ceremony, and all on-site apparel sales.

 

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1880       At Strawberry Hill, located on the shores of Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts, the first baseball game played at night takes place under artificial light with teams made up of employees from the retail competitors of Jordan Marsh and R.H. White. The contest, illuminated by lights placed on three wooden towers erected five hundred feet apart from one another by the Northern Electric Light Company, supplying the brightness of 90,000 candles, ends in a poorly-played 16-16 tie, when the players need to catch the last ferry back to Boston.

1920       Warren G. Harding, who will serve as the next president of the United States, throws three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-pro team, in an exhibition game played against the Cubs. The contest, in which the Giants, Reds, and Indians declined to be participants, was arranged in the presidential candidate’s hometown to make him more appealing to the masses.

1929       In the first game of a holiday doubleheader, Senator shortstop Joe Cronin completes the third cycle in franchise history, collecting five hits in the team’s 10-7 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. In 1940, the 22 year-old infielder will accomplish the feat for the Red Sox against the Tigers at Briggs at Briggs Stadium.

1932       Twenty year-old Lew Krausse Sr., in his final major league appearance, shuts out the Red Sox in the nightcap of a twin bill at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, 15-0. In 1961, 18 year-old Lew Krausse Jr., in his major league debut, blanks the Angels 4-0, giving the father-son duo back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.

1937       Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich, the first two batters for the home team, both homer off Boston right-hander Johnny Marcum, giving the White Sox a quick 2-0 lead in the Comiskey Park contest. Chicago hits two additional round-trippers in the third inning, one including Berger’s second of the game and the other by Dixie Walker, accounting for all the runs in the team’s eventual 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

1939       When Babe Dahlgren strikes out while being given an intentional walk, and George Selkirk and Joe Gordon try to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to the plate, Red Sox fans throw a barrage of garbage onto the playing field at Fenway Park to protest the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules the action of the Boston crowd makes it impossible to continue the game and forfeits the game to New York, giving the Bronx Bombers a 9-0 ‘official’ victory.

1944       Batting cleanup for the Dodgers, Dixie Walker completes a cycle when he hits a sixth-inning double off Rube Fischer in the team’s 8-4 win over the Giants. The Brooklyn right fielder’s four RBIs prove to be the difference in the Ebbets Field’s contest.

1952       In his major league debut, Washington’s Miguel Fornieles tosses a one-hitter, beating the visiting A’s at Griffith Stadium, 5-0. The Senators’ 20 year-old rookie right-hander, who will be traded to the White Sox in the offseason for Chuck Stobbs, finishes the season with a 2-2 record, posting an ERA of 1.37 in four games.

1955       In the second inning of the Cubs’ 12-2 rout of St. Louis at Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks sets the record for home runs hit by a shortstop when he hits a two-run, two-out shot off Redbird southpaw Paul LaPalme for his 40th round-tripper. ‘Mr. Cub’ will extend the mark to 44 homers this season and will boost the total to 48 in 1958.

1957       At Wrigley Field, the Braves sweep the Cubs, 23-10 and 4-0. In the opener, Frank Torre crosses the plate in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and ninth innings, tying a major league record by scoring six times in one game.

1960       Ted Williams homers off Senator right-hander Don Lee in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s 5-1 victory over Washington at Fenway Park. As a rookie in 1939, the Boston outfielder also went deep off Lee’s dad, Thornton.

1962       Stan Musial, with a ninth-inning pinch-hit single in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to New York at Busch Stadium, moves past Tris Speaker on the all-time hits list into second place with his 3,516th hit. ‘Stan the Man’, who will finish his career with a total of 3630, will remain far behind Ty Cobb’s total of 4191 and will be eventually surpassed by Pete Rose (4256) and Hank Aaron (3771).

1965

During a pregame ceremony at Shea Stadium, the Mets retire Casey Stengel’s uniform number 37. The team’s first manager, who decided to retire shortly after fracturing his hip at the end of July, compiled a 175-404 record with the expansion team, never finishing higher than in last place.

1965       In anticipation of the team’s move to Anaheim next year, owner Gene Autry announces the Los Angeles Angels will now be known as the California Angels effective today, becoming the second major league team to be named after an entire state. The franchise, the first to change its moniker during the season, will eventually use a logo that incorporates an image of the Golden State, along with the team’s iconic halo.

1965       Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run, a three-run round-tripper off Cardinal hurler Curt Simmons in the third inning, helping Chicago to defeat St. Louis at Wrigley Field, 5-3. ‘Mr. Cub’ will finish his 19-year career with 512 home runs, including 277 home runs stroked as a shortstop, the record at the time of his retirement.

1969       Willie Davis, with his sixth-inning double in the team’s 5-4 loss to New York at Dodger Stadium, breaks a 53 year-old franchise record by hitting safely in thirty consecutive games. The LA outfielder surpasses the streak established by Zack Wheat in 1916 when the team played in Brooklyn.

1971       Cesar Cedeno hits an inside-the-park grand slam when Dodger second baseman Jim Lefebvre and right fielder Bill Buckner collide, trying to make the fifth inning catch. The 200-foot dropped bloop contributes to the Astros’ 9-3 victory over LA at the Astrodome.

1972       Coming to bat in the top of the eighth inning trailing 8-0, the Mets score seven runs and add another four tallies in the ninth to stun the Astros, 11-8. The come-from-behind victory is the Amazins’ biggest comeback in franchise history.

1972       Roberto Clemente, with his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, breaks Honus Wagner’s record for the most hits in the history of the franchise. The historic blow is a three-run homer off San Francisco hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

1972       In his major league debut, Doug Rau throws a three-hitter, beating St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 5-1. In his first big-league at-bat, the 23 year-old Dodger southpaw helps his cause with an RBI-triple in the second inning.

1972       Dave Downs throws a complete game shutout in his first major league appearance, blanking the Braves, 3-0, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Atlanta Stadium. The 20 year-old Phillies’ right-hander will never win another major league game when he develops a sore arm caused by tendonitis.

1972       After retiring twenty-six consecutive batters, Cubs starter Milt Pappas walks pinch-hitter Larry Stahl on a 3-2 pitch, losing a bid for a perfect game. ‘Gimpy’ retires the next batter, Gary Jestadt, to preserve his 8-0 no-hitter against the Padres at Wrigley Field.

1973       On the last day of his three-day suspension for ordering pitchers to throw spitballs, Billy Martin is fired as the Tigers’ skipper, after serving three stormy seasons in the Detroit dugout. Jim Campbell, the team’s general manager, announces the dismissal was made “for the good of the organization” with the recent incident being a contributing factor, but not the sole reason for releasing his manager.

1975       Johnny LeMaster becomes the second player to hit an inside-the-park home run in his first major league at-bat, dashing around the bases on a fourth-inning pitch thrown by Don Sutton in the Giants’ 7-3 win over LA at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco shortstop joins Luke Stuart, who accomplished the feat at the Polo Grounds while playing for the 1921 Browns.

1985       In his first major league at-bat, A’s pinch-hitter Jose Canseco strikes out in the ninth inning facing right-handed reliever Ken Dixon in the team’s 12-4 loss to the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. During his 17 seasons in the major leagues, the 21 year-old slugger will strike out 1,942 times en route to hitting 462 home runs.

1986       The Astros and Cubs use a major league record 53 players in the game. Billy Hatcher’s home run off Greg Maddux in the top of the 18th inning is the difference in Houston’s 8-7 victory at Wrigley Field.

1987       Kevin Bass becomes the first National Leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate twice in one season when he goes deep twice in the Astros’ 10-1 rout of the Cubs at the Astrodome. The Houston right fielder also accomplished the last month against San Francisco.

1990       Dave Stieb pitches the major league record ninth no-hitter of the season, beating the Indians 3-0. Previously, the Blue Jay right-hander had lost three no-hit bids after getting the first two outs in the ninth inning.

1993       The Rockies, drawing a crowd 47,699 for their 62nd home game, surpass the 1982 Dodgers when the team attracts 3,617,863 fans to Denver’s Mile High Stadium, setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays’ major league mark of 4,028,318 before the season is over.

1996       After his operation in May to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm, David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound when he hurls seven innings of no-hit ball. Mariano Rivera gives up the opponent’s only hit, a one-out infield single in the ninth inning to Jose Herrera, in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the A’s at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

1996       Mike Greenwell beats the Mariners single-handedly, driving in all nine runs in the Red Sox’ 9-8 victory over Seattle. The Boston right fielder, who has already collected a double, home run, and a grand slam, knocks in the decisive run with a 10th-inning single in the Kingdome contest.

1998       At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 58th and 59th home runs of the season, surpassing Jimmie Foxx, who blasted 58 for the A’s in 1932, and Hank Greenberg, who also accomplished the feat six years later with the Tigers. The St. Louis slugger will finish the year with 70 homers, far surpassing the single-season mark of 61, established in 1961 by Yankee right fielder Roger Maris.

1998       Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits his 56th homer of the season, tying the franchise record established in 1930 Hack Wilson. The right fielder’s solo round-tripper in the sixth inning of the Wrigley Field contest off Jason Bere contributes to Chicago’s 4-2 victory over Cincinnati.

1998       Nomar Garciaparra hits a ninth-inning grand slam, giving the Red Sox a 7-3 walk-off win over the Mariners at Fenway Park. The 25 year-old shortstop becomes one of only five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons, joining Rudy York (1937-38 Tigers), Ron Kittle (1983-84 White Sox), Jose Canseco (1986-87 A’s), and Mark McGwire (1987-88 A’s).

1998       Cardinals starter Kent Mercker hits a grand slam, en route to picking up the win in the Redbirds’ 14-4 rout of the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. The fourth-inning round-tripper off Jesus Sanchez will be the only career homer the St. Louis southpaw will hit in his 18-year tenure in the major leagues.

1999       Cal Ripken, Jr. sets off a very enthusiastic ovation at Camden Yards when he becomes the 29th major leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. The Oriole third baseman connects for a three-run blast with two outs off right-hander Rolando Arrojo in the third inning of the Birds’ 11-6 victory over Tampa Bay.

2000       Elvis Pena becomes the first person named Elvis to appear in a major league game. The 23 year-old Dominican infielder, in his debut for the Rockies, strikes out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Colorado’s 8-3 loss to Milwaukee at Coors Field.

2001       Red Sox pinch-hitter Carl Everett, with two outs and two strikes, singles in the bottom of the ninth to spoil Mike Mussina’s bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander retires the next batter for his fourth career one-hitter, a 1-0 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.

2001       For the first time in major league history, four games end with only one run scoring in the contest. The Yankees, Padres, Astros, and Blue Jays beat their respective opponents Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Tigers, 1-0.

2002       In the top of the ninth inning, Diamondback first baseman Mark Grace hurls an inning of relief with the team trailing the Dodgers, 18-0. The All-Star infielder retires three of the four batters he faces in the Bank One Ballpark, yielding a two-out home run to David Ross.

2003       In an effort to make the perception of the team younger and hipper, the Blue Jays unveiled their fourth logo in the franchise’s 27-year history. The new look for the 2004 season adds black and silver trimming to a newly stylized bird while eliminating the red maple leaf backdrop and the word Blue.

2006       At Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays’ second triple play in franchise history is the first-ever in the annals of the game in which the ball never touched the bat. The 2-6-2 triple killing against the Mariners occurs when Raul Ibanez strikes out on a full count (1), then Adrian Beltre, going on the pitch, is tagged out attempting to steal second (2) with shortstop Ben Zobrist returning the ball to catcher Dioner Navarro, nailing Jose Lopez trying to score from third (3).

2006       Joining Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005) and Bill Duggleby (Phillies, 1898), Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the third player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first career at-bat. The Indians’ 25 year-old DH, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, who hit six bases-juiced homers this season, tying a major league record, is the first person to accomplish the feat on the first pitch he ever sees in the big leagues.

2008       New York starter Jonathon Niese, who was born on the day the Mets won their last World Championship, makes his major league debut against the Brewers in Miller Park. On his second pitch of the game, the 21 year-old southpaw gives up a home run to Rickie Weeks, making him the first rookie in franchise history to yield a home run to the firstl batter he faces in his career.

2017       In their return to Minute Maid Park, the Astros sweep a doubleheader from the Mets, 12-8 and 4-1, having played their last home series at the Rays’ Tropicana Field. Extreme flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey necessitated a change of venue for the eventual World Champs.

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 25 12 .676 12 – 5 13 – 7 20 – 10 0 – 0 0 – 0 8 – 2 L 1
NY Yankees 20 14 .588 3.5 14 – 6 6 – 8 11 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
Toronto 18 16 .529 5.5 8 – 5 10 – 11 12 – 10 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 2
Baltimore 16 19 .457 8 7 – 13 9 – 6 8 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 2
Boston 12 24 .333 12.5 6 – 13 6 – 11 7 – 18 0 – 0 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi White Sox 22 14 .611 11 – 9 11 – 5 0 – 0 15 – 9 0 – 0 7 – 3 L 1
Cleveland 22 14 .611 9 – 7 13 – 7 0 – 0 14 – 10 0 – 0 6 – 4 W 1
Minnesota 21 16 .568 1.5 13 – 4 8 – 12 0 – 0 12 – 13 0 – 0 4 – 6 W 1
Detroit 17 16 .515 3.5 9 – 10 8 – 6 0 – 0 8 – 12 0 – 0 8 – 2 W 6
Kansas City 14 22 .389 8 7 – 8 7 – 14 0 – 0 10 – 15 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Oakland 22 12 .647 13 – 4 9 – 8 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 8 6 – 4 L 2
Houston 19 15 .559 3 14 – 6 5 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 12 – 7 5 – 5 L 1
Seattle 15 22 .405 8.5 7 – 8 8 – 14 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 16 7 – 3 W 2
Texas 13 21 .382 9 9 – 10 4 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 9 3 – 7 W 1
LA Angels 12 24 .333 11 7 – 11 5 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 11 – 18 4 – 6 L 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 21 14 .600 12 – 4 9 – 10 13 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 3
Miami 16 15 .516 3 2 – 8 14 – 7 10 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 2
Philadelphia 16 15 .516 3 12 – 9 4 – 6 13 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 7 – 3 W 2
NY Mets 15 21 .417 6.5 6 – 10 9 – 11 11 – 15 0 – 0 0 – 0 3 – 7 L 5
Washington 12 21 .364 8 6 – 13 6 – 8 6 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 8 L 4
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 21 14 .600 12 – 8 9 – 6 0 – 0 14 – 9 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 2
St. Louis 14 13 .519 3 8 – 7 6 – 6 0 – 0 9 – 7 0 – 0 5 – 5 W 3
Milwaukee 16 19 .457 5 7 – 10 9 – 9 0 – 0 12 – 12 0 – 0 5 – 5 L 1
Cincinnati 15 21 .417 6.5 7 – 11 8 – 10 0 – 0 9 – 13 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 3
Pittsburgh 10 23 .303 10 5 – 10 5 – 13 0 – 0 9 – 12 0 – 0 4 – 6 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 27 10 .730 12 – 5 15 – 5 0 – 0 0 – 0 17 – 8 8 – 2 W 3
San Diego 22 15 .595 5 12 – 6 10 – 9 0 – 0 0 – 0 14 – 13 7 – 3 W 2
San Francisco 18 19 .486 9 9 – 8 9 – 11 0 – 0 0 – 0 12 – 12 7 – 3 W 3
Colorado 17 19 .472 9.5 8 – 12 9 – 7 0 – 0 0 – 0 10 – 11 4 – 6 L 3
Arizona 14 22 .389 12.5 9 – 9 5 – 13 0 – 0 0 – 0 9 – 18 1 – 9 L 3