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Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Trae Young ran off the court clapping and yapping toward the few Hawks fans that braved the Philly crowd and stuck around and were rewarded with a comeback victory for the ages.

“I was just showing love to the ATL fans that showed up,” Young said, “and we’re going to need them to show up Friday for us.”

Oh yes, there will be a Game 6 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with the upstart Hawks – not top-seeded Joel Embiid and the Sixers – playing for a spot in the next round.

“If you don’t believe, you got to believe now,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.

How could they not? Atlanta fans can roll off a lengthy list of infamous collapses in its collective sports history.

Here was a comeback to remember.

Young was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point rally and send Atlanta on its way to a 109-106 victory Wednesday night in Game 5.

The Hawks won in Philadelphia for the second time in the series and can advance to the conference final for the first time since 2015 with a victory Friday night in Atlanta.

“We knew what we had to do and we had to do it in a hurry. No quit,” McMillian said.

Young scored 39 points and added to a postseason where he has become a breakout star.

“We keep fighting no matter what the score is. I’m proud of this team,” Young said. “We have confidence in each other.”

Embiid scored 17 points in an 8-for-8 first quarter and seemingly had the Sixers on their way toward a romp with a 26-point lead in the first half. They still led 87-69 at the end of the third before they collapsed.

Consider:

– Embiid scored 39 points and Seth Curry had 36 and they were the only two Sixers to score a field goal in the second half.

– The Hawks outscored them 40-19 in the fourth on 16 of 22 shooting.

– The Sixers still had a 97.5% chance of winning Game 5 with 4:23 remaining.

– Had 10 of 15 turnovers in the second half.

“We got too comfortable,” guard Ben Simmons said. “We didn’t play the way we should be playing.”

Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and Young opened the fourth on a huge run against the Sixers’ second unit and kept attacking once 76ers coach Doc Rivers was forced to put the starters in and save the lead.

Gallinari hit a 3 that made it 87-76 and Embiid sprang from his cool down seat behind the basket and ran to the scorer’s table to check back in the game. He instantly scored and pushed the lead back to 13.

Didn’t matter.

The big shots kept coming for the Hawks – Williams buried a 3 that made it an 11-point game – and Young kept hitting his floaters and his fouls shots.

Williams and Young each scored 13 points in the fourth.

“It’ll be one of those things where I’ll look back when he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s an established superstar in this league and I can say I was part of that process and I worked with this gentleman,” Williams said.

Simmons, along with Embiid the cornerstone for the Sixers, missed free throw after free throw much as he has for most of the postseason that sped up Atlanta’s comeback.

Young’s floater brought them within two and then he leaned into a 3-pointer and was fouled by Matisse Thybulle. Young, taunted all series by Sixers fans, calmly stepped to the line and buried all three shots. And so it was, 105-104 Hawks.

The Hawks led by 26 points in a Game 1 victory and won Game 4 at home Monday.

Gallinari scored 16 points, Williams had 15 points and John Collins had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

“We found a hot hand in Lou and found a rotation that works and stayed with it,” McMillan said. “They showed their true character.”

Simmons was 4 for 14 from the free throw line and even Embiid missed two big ones down the stretch. Simmons missed two with the Sixers up 104-96 and the Hawks came right down and scored. He is 22 for 66 from the line in the playoffs (33%).

“When Ben makes them, we get to leave him in,” Rivers said. “When he doesn’t, we can’t. That’s just the way it is.”

Simmons said his free throw woes are “mental.”

Embiid is basically playing on one good leg as he plays through torn cartilage in his right knee. The injury got the best of him in Game 4. He couldn’t get any lift in his shots – notable in a blown layup late that should have won the game – and his 0-fer in the second half left Philly wondering how hard he could go in Game 5.

He went hard – but it wasn’t enough. And the Sixers will need to force Game 7 if they want to play at home again.

“We’ll be back here for game 7,” Rivers said. “I believe that.”

Clippers beat Jazz 119-111 to take series lead

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Paul George scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-111 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday night.

Marcus Morris scored 25 points and Reggie Jackson added 22 for the Clippers. Los Angeles won its third straight game to push the top-seeded Jazz to the brink of elimination. The Clippers shot 51% from the field without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup.

Bojan Bogandovic scored 32 points – while making nine 3-pointers – to lead Utah. Donovan Mitchell added 21 points. Rudy Gobert chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for the Jazz.

Utah and Los Angeles will play Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles.

The Jazz trailed the entire fourth quarter after making just six baskets in the third quarter. Utah cut the deficit to 100-97 when Mitchell converted a 3-point play with 5:46 left. Jackson answered with back-to-back baskets to squelch a Jazz comeback. Utah could draw no closer after that point.

The Clippers played their first postseason game without Leonard after he suffered a knee injury in Game 4. Mike Conley missed his fifth straight game for the Jazz while rehabbing a strained hamstring.

Los Angeles seized an early 10-3 lead after Terence Mann took a steal in for a layup to cap a string of four baskets on four straight possessions. Los Angeles could not hold the advantage for long after Utah started cooking from the perimeter.

The Jazz made a franchise record 10 3-pointers and shot 13-of-18 from the field overall in the first quarter. Bogdanovic led the way, going 6-of-7 from outside, tying an NBA postseason record for most 3-pointers made in a single quarter. He scored the last four outside baskets on four straight possessions to put Utah up 32-26.

Utah kept up the barrage in the second quarter and went 17-of-30 from 3-point range before halftime. The Jazz built up a 10-point lead during the quarter, going up 56-46 when Gobert tipped in a layup to punctuate a 13-2 run.

Los Angeles weathered the storm and surged back ahead early in the third quarter. The Clippers opened the second half on a 23-9 run capped by back-to-back threes from George and Mann and took an 83-74 lead midway through the quarter.

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

(AP) — Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns said Wednesday, and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week.

The Suns said Paul’s status will be evaluated again Saturday. The earliest possible start date for the West finals is Sunday; that series schedule is contingent on when the other West semifinal between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers ends.

Paul has been vaccinated against COVID-19, said a person with knowledge of the situation, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns. And that may mean that Paul could be cleared to return more quickly than some who tested positive earlier this season before vaccines were readily available; it wasn’t uncommon for players who entered the protocols to miss two weeks or more.

“My faith isn’t going to waver now because we’ve had a few obstacles,” Suns coach Monty Williams said Wednesday. “We’ve had obstacles all season long and gotten through a lot of stuff. You look forward to these challenges, you embrace them and you move forward.”

Phoenix practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday without Paul, starting the process of getting ready for a West finals berth now accompanied with even more uncertainty than first thought. The Suns don’t know who they’ll play, when they’ll play, where the series will start and now, aren’t sure if their 10-time All-NBA point guard will be ready.

Williams said the Suns are handling the emotional ebbs and flows, from the highs of sweeping Denver in the second round to reach the West final to the news that Paul’s status is in doubt, as well as can be expected.

“One of the things we’ve said, if you’re nutty enough to listen to me around here, we’re just going to do the next right thing,” Williams said. “And that’s focus on the next practice, the next film session. I just left our gym and the spirit was unreal. Our guys understand that we’ve dealt with stuff this year, other teams have dealt with it, it’s just part of the NBA.”

Williams said he and Paul have talked daily this week, those chats wide-ranging and including their dismay that Suns guard Devin Booker didn’t make the All-NBA team that was released Wednesday – “that’s pretty much a joke,” Williams said – to more disappointment that nobody on the Phoenix roster made the All-Defensive team.

Williams did not divulge anything specific about Paul’s health condition. All the team said was that Paul had entered the protocols.

The protocols are the league’s playbook for handling all matters related to the coronavirus this season. There have been examples of players missing multiple weeks following positive COVID-19 tests; there have also been examples of players missing very short amounts of time for matters such as contact tracing investigations.

In March, the league also relaxed some of the protocols that were put into place last fall, doing so in response to players and coaches choosing to receive the vaccine that protects against the coronavirus.

But the NBA also cautioned at that time that “if an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the previous protocols apply” – which would still mean that anyone with those symptoms “may be subject to quarantine” regardless of their vaccination status.

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy out after 1 season at helm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin paused several seconds to compose himself while explaining why Stan Van Gundy is out as coach less than nine months after he was hired to develop a young roster featuring budding superstar Zion Williamson.

“This was something that was very, very difficult,” Griffin said, adding that the need for a new coach “revealed itself over some very open, candid conversations with a really, really good man” during the past three weeks.

While the Pelicans missed the postseason after finishing 10 games below .500, Griffin insisted his team’s new coaching vacancy did not result from too few victories.

“This was wrought in our philosophical difference in the way we’re going to reach the next step in our development,” Griffin said. “We don’t have time to waste.”

Hired last October, about two months before the start of a pandemic-delayed and shortened season, Van Gundy coached the Pelicans to a 31-41 record. New Orleans finished in 11th place in the Western Conference, two games out of a play-in spot.

Now Griffin will be hiring his second coach in as many seasons after firing Alvin Gentry last summer.

The next coach will be Williamson’s third since he entered the NBA as the league’s top overall draft choice in 2019.

New Orleans is one of six NBA teams currently with head coaching vacancies. The others are Orlando, Portland, Boston, Indiana and Washington. The Wizards, like the Pelicans, announced their opening Wednesday when they parted ways with Scott Brooks.

Griffin had articulated higher hopes for Van Gundy when he hired the 61-year-old to oversee a roster in which most players were younger than 25.

“In addition to giving us the best chance to win in the short term, we feel he gives us the best chance to build a sustainable winner,” Griffin said then, adding that he saw Van Gundy as “a teacher and a very sincere, authentic human being who is going to build long-lasting relationships with our team.”

Washington Wizards fire coach Scott Brooks after 5 seasons

WASHINGTON (AP) Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have another coach next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard decided the organization is better off moving on from coach Scott Brooks.

Washington made the playoffs three times under Brooks but has just one series victory to show for his five-year tenure. That postseason success came in his first season in 2016-17 with the Wizards.

“I wouldn’t say it didn’t work out – I just think it’s time to move on,” Sheppard said in a video news conference Wednesday. “It’s about the future and where we can go and kind of looking at where the areas are that we struggled in the past with and what we’re prepared to do to get better in those areas.”

The Wizards were eliminated in five games in the first round by Eastern Conference top-seeded Philadelphia. They went 183-207 overall during the regular season with Brooks as coach and struggled defensively.

Washington allowed the most points in the NBA last season and the second-most in the previous two years. They never ranked better than 15th in the league defensively under Brooks.

“You’ve got to take a good hard look at the defensive end,” said Sheppard, who inherited Brooks from predecessor Ernie Grunfeld when he took over as GM two years ago. “You’ve got to look to see efficiency-wise can we be better offensively, defensively and that’s kind of what we’re going to be leaning towards and looking at very hard.”

Grunfeld brought in Brooks five years ago in hopes of luring Washington area native Kevin Durant home to play for the Wizards. Since then, John Wall missed time with injuries and was traded to Houston for Russell Westbrook, and Beal emerged as Washington’s top scorer, but that didn’t amount to much postseason success.

Washington is now one of six teams with the coaching job open in the NBA, joining Orlando, Portland, Boston, Indiana and New Orleans. The Pelicans, like the Wizards, had their job come open Wednesday when it was revealed that Stan Van Gundy was out in New Orleans after one season.

Sheppard said he was “getting bombarded” with messages about coaches interested in joining Washington, despite the franchise not making it past the second round in more than 40 years.

“I’m not worried about people that are interested in working as the head coach of the Washington Wizards,” he said. “Certainly we have our criteria and the process that we’re going to go through. It’s going to be a very thorough, very diverse, very robust search.”

Many of the potential candidates for the now half-dozen openings will be crossovers: Chauncey Billups and David Vanterpool are on several of the lists, as are past head coaches like Terry Stotts (who left Portland) and current Brooklyn assistant Mike D’Antoni.

Hornets’ LaMelo Ball selected NBA Rookie of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LaMelo Ball thought he would become NBA Rookie of the Year long before he joined the league.

That belief became a reality Wednesday night as Ball’s versatility as a passer, scorer and rebounder earned the Charlotte Hornets point guard the honor despite missing 21 games with a fractured wrist.

Ball was the runaway winner, receiving 84 of the 99 first-place votes to beat out finalists Anthony Edwards from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings. Edwards received the other 15 first-place votes. The award was determined by a global panel of 100 writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

“Honestly, way before the league when I was playing basketball and they were talking about the NBA stuff, that is when I knew when I’m a rookie that is one of the accomplishments I can get,” Ball said.

His teammates took to social media to congratulate him with Gordon Hayward tweeting “Rookie of the year, and well deserved. Huge congrats (at)MELOD1P ! Can’t wait to get out on the court with you again. Just the beginning!”

The 6-foot-7 Ball was selected third overall in 2020 after playing professional ball in Lithuania and Australia.

He led all rookies with averages of 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game and was third with 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds.

He made an immediate impact with the Hornets, becoming the youngest player in the NBA history to have a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in just his 10th career game on Jan. 9 against the Atlanta Hawks.

“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” Hornets coach James Borrego said after the game. “This is rare what you’re seeing.”

Ball continued to shine after that.

He went on to claim the NBA Rookie of the Month honors three times before injuring his wrist on March 20. The Hornets initially thought he would miss the remainder of the year, but Ball returned to finish the season and help the Hornets earn a spot in the play-in tournament.

Edwards, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, was tops among rookies in scoring at 19.3 points per game including 23.8 points per game after the All-Star break.

Ball’s stellar court vision was on display early on with some highlight reel alley-oop passes to Miles Bridges, and it only took 20 games before he was inserted into the starting lineup for good.

From there, he established himself as a major piece that owner Michael Jordan can build around in Charlotte.

“I think Melo has adjusted to the NBA game better than any of us ever thought this early in his career,” Jordan told The Associated Press in March via email in March. “He has exceeded our expectations.”

Ball said he spoke to Jordan after learning he’d won the award, but declined to comment on his conversation with the six-time NBA champion.

During February, Ball averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 13 games, joining LeBron James and Luka Doncic as the only teenagers to average at least 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in at least 10 games over a calendar month.

Price makes 29 saves, Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2

LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price made 29 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup semifinal series at a game apiece.

Price improved to 9-4 in the playoffs, his most victories in a postseason. He had eight in 2014.

Paul Byron, Joel Armia and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal, with Bryon making it 3-0 with 2:45 left in the second period.

Alex Pietrangelo scored twice for Vegas, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 20 saves.

Game 3 is Friday night in Montreal.

Montreal has now won 21 straight playoff games when scoring three or more goals.

Abandoning the rugged approach they took in Game 1, the Canadiens looked more like the team that reeled off seven straight wins in the first and second rounds, dominating in all three zones in the first 20 minutes.

With Vegas missing top-line center Chandler Stephenson, and third-line center Nick Roy skating in his place, Montreal had the advantage in shots-on-goal (12-4), shot attempts (24-13), scoring chances (14-4), and high-danger chances (8-1).

Armia got the scoring going after he crunched Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez into the end boards behind Fleury, allowing Corey Perry to gather the puck and feed Joel Edmundson in the right circle. Edmundson fired a shot that deflected back to Armia, who one-timed it past Fleury’s right skate.

Jeff Petry made his presence felt in his first game back after missing Montreal’s last two. He played give-and-go with Cole Caufield, who opted to pass across the slot rather than fire on net and found Toffoli, who one-timed a snapper through Fleury’s five-hole to not only push the Canadiens’ lead to 2-0 but extend Montreal’s first-period scoring edge in the playoffs to 12-3.

Vegas continued to be its own worst enemy in the second period, as Max Pacioretty clanked a breakaway shot off the bottom of the right post. Then during a power play, Alec Martinez broke his stick while teeing off on a shot to Price’s left, and moments later it was Pacioretty whiffing on a shot at the doorstep.

Vegas was finally able to solve Price when Pietrangelo held the puck at the blueline long enough to find a right lane to the net, bringing the deficit back down to two goals late in the second.

Vegas cut the lead to one with a little more than five minutes left in the game when William Karlsson won a faceoff to the right of Price, Jonathan Marchessault gathered the puck and fed Pietrangelo, whose wrist shot from the circle gave him his second goal of the night.

D-backs match MLB record with 22nd straight road loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their 22nd straight road game Wednesday night, matching the 1963 Mets and ’43 Philadelphia Athletics for the major league record with a 13-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in a first inning that lasted 43 minutes, while Steven Duggar and LaMonte Wade Jr. connected in the fourth as San Francisco sent its NL West rival to a 13th consecutive loss overall. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores added a two-run drive in the fifth and Brandon Belt hit his ninth homer that inning.

Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani (7-2) pitched a two-hit shutout against the Nationals on June 11 and followed that with another impressive performance to win his third straight start. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, struck out five and walked one over five innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera homered and Ketel Marte hit a two-run double in the D-backs’ five-run sixth.

Arizona jumped ahead 2-0 in the first against DeSclafani – but that could hardly feel comfortable for the D-backs a day after they squandered a 7-0 advantage when Mike Yastrzemski hit a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning for a 9-8 Giants’ victory.

On Wednesday, Josh Rojas hit the third pitch of the game for a double and scored moments later on Wade’s error in left field when he over ran a liner by Marte. Eduardo Escobar doubled to left one out later.

After Brandon Crawford’s one-out walk in the first, D-backs catcher Stephen Vogt tried six pickoff attempts at first before Donovan Solano’s swinging strikeout. Jason Vosler followed with an RBI double against Arizona righty Merrill Kelly (2-7) .

Kelly, who entered the game holding opponents to a .235 average over his previous four road starts, was knocked out after three innings.

Mahle fans 12, Reds silence Brewers’ bats again in 2-1 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tyler Mahle tied his career high with 12 strikeouts, Tucker Barnhart drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.

Cincinnati has won six straight and 11 of 13. The Brewers dropped three straight for the first time in nearly a month and were swept for the third time this season. Milwaukee totaled nine hits and four runs in the series against the Reds.

“They pitched well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Tyler Mahle is having a really good year and I thought he pitched really well today. His fastball was really good, really well-located, consistently threw it up and never made mistakes down in the zone.”

Mahle (7-2) allowed three hits and a pair of walks over six innings as he surpassed the 10-strikeout mark for the first time this season and fifth of his career. Brad Brach, Sean Doolittle and Lucas Sims completed the five-hitter, with Sims getting the last four outs for his seventh save.

“It’s been the whole team,” Mahle said. “The starters have been doing great, the bullpen has been doing great and the offense has been doing a great job all season.”

The Brewers scored their lone run in the third when Chirstian Yelich drove in Daniel Vogelbach with a single to right.

Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta (6-2) struck out six over six innings without walking a batter. He gave up five hits, the first a two-out single by Nick Castellanos in the fourth. Tyler Naquin followed with a double to left, scoring Castellanos.

Peralta retired his first two batters in the seventh before Joey Votto reached on a single. Votto scored the go-ahead run on Barnhart’s 14th double of the season.

“It was fun,” Barnhart said “What a fun game to be a part of. I’m proud of everybody, all series long.”

The Reds were hardly overwhelming at the plate. After winning 2-1 on Tuesday night with just two hits, they totaled six hits on Wednesday.

DeGrom pulled with shoulder issue from Mets’ 6-3 win vs Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) A historic season is turning into a frustrating one for Jacob deGrom.

The New York Mets ace was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, this time leaving after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness, but the bullpen stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

One start after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with flexor tendinitis in his right arm, deGrom went directly down the clubhouse tunnel after finishing the third against the Cubs.

“Felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second inning, then there in the third my shoulder was sore,” deGrom said. “This is getting old. I want to be out there competing.”

DeGrom said initial tests ruled out a serious issue, but he planned to get imaging and more observation Thursday. He and manager Luis Rojas both said it was too early to know if he’d go on the injured list.

“I expect to go out there and give us depth and I haven’t done that like I expect out of myself,” deGrom said. “The bullpen’s done a great job of picking me up. But I can’t keep doing that to those guys.”

DeGrom appeared to grimace after a third-inning pitch to Eric Sogard. He threw 51 pitches, the last a 99 mph fastball to strike out pitcher Robert Stock, his seventh straight strikeout victim and eighth punch-out out of nine hitters.

He’s the first pitcher since at least 1901 with at least eight strikeouts over three perfect innings to start a game, according to STATS.

“First couple of pitches, I was like, `OK, maybe it’ll go away,'” deGrom said. “And it continued on every pitch throughout the inning. And that’s when I was like `OK maybe we’ve got to be smart.’

“Again, I keep saying it’s early, but this is frustrating coming out of games like that.”

DeGrom pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings against the Padres on Friday night before leaving with the flexor issue. He had an MRI the next day that revealed no damage, and he resumed his usual between-start routine. He started Wednesday on his standard four days of rest.

He also had a start pushed back in early May due to a sore right side and then exited a start against Arizona on May 9 when he aggravated the injury. He was placed on the injured list two days later.

DeGrom returned May 25 and gave up a second-inning homer to the Colorado Rockies’ Ryan McMahon. That’s the most recent run allowed by deGrom, whose 25 consecutive scoreless innings have shrunk his ERA to 0.54, the lowest mark ever by a pitcher through his first 11 starts.

DeGrom also had an RBI single in the second on Wednesday, raising his average to .423. He has six RBIs compared to four earned runs allowed this year, and he could be among the frontrunners for NL MVP if he stays healthy.

“What he’s doing is just amazing and to be on the other side of it obviously is no fun, but you’ve got to appreciate what he’s doing as a competitor – he just mowed us down,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “I hope he’s all right. Even his at-bat – that’s the craziest stat of all.”

Sean Reid-Foley (2-0) relieved deGrom and earned the win after allowing one run over two innings. Rizzo ended the bid for a combined perfect game or no-hitter by homering with one out in the fourth.

Kevin Pillar opened the scoring with an RBI double off Stock (0-1) in the second and homered in the fifth. Dominic Smith hit a one-out solo homer in the third and added a run-scoring grounder in the fourth immediately after Francisco Lindor drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Cubs stranded two runners each in the fourth and sixth against Reid-Foley and Aaron Loup before collecting two hits, including Rafael Ortega’s two-run homer, off Drew Smith in the ninth. Edwin Diaz entered and retired pinch-hitter Willson Contreras on a flyout to center for his 14th save.

Stock, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to the game, allowed five runs, four hits and six walks while striking out three in his first big league start.

Civale wins 10th, Indians deal O’s 18th straight road loss

CLEVELAND (AP) Aaron Civale became the first pitcher with 10 wins this season and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 8-7 Wednesday night, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 18 games.

Cesar Hernandez had a two-run triple and Ramirez had two hits and scored twice for the Indians, who moved a season-best nine games over .500. Cleveland seized control 6-3 in the third inning by scoring five runs off Keegan Akin (0-2).

The Orioles tied the eighth-longest road losing streak in major league history and are approaching the record of 22, shared by the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets and matched by Arizona on Wednesday night in a 13-7 loss to San Francisco.

“We had 12 hits and scored seven runs, but we just had one bad inning,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Sometimes, that’s the way it happens. We came back and answered, but not enough.”

Civale (10-2) allowed five runs in five innings, striking out two. Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 11th save. Bryan Shaw, James Karinchak and Clase retired the final eight Baltimore batters.

“It was the bullpen and offense for us,” Civale said. “Baltimore made a lot of contact, so I tried to utilize my pitches the best I could. You’ve got to take those games when they happen. That’s when you get picked up by the guys and why it’s a team game.”

Ryan Mountcastle went 3 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs, and Trey Mancini had three hits and scored three runs for Baltimore, which has the worst record in the AL at 22-45.

Mountcastle’s two-run homer to left pulled the Orioles within 6-5 in the fifth, but Hernandez restored Cleveland’s three-run lead in the sixth by tripling home Rene Rivera and Bradley Zimmer with two outs.

Baltimore scored twice in the seventh off Shaw, cutting its deficit to 8-7 on back-to-back RBI singles by Austin Hays and Maikel Franco.

“I thought we had a pretty good chance to come back and win the game with the way we were swinging the bats,” Mountcastle said. “Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough.”

Akin gave up a career-high eight runs and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings, his longest outing in the majors. The left-hander permitted the first six hitters to reach base in the third inning.

Ramirez provided the go-ahead hit, singling home Hernandez and Amed Rosario before winding up on third base after escaping a rundown between first and second on the same play.

Miscommunication between second baseman Pat Valaika, shortstop Freddy Galvis and third baseman Maikel Franco resulted in Ramirez reaching second, then sprinting to third when no one covered the bag.

“We didn’t do many things right on that,” Hyde said. “It just got botched. You’ve got to follow and you can’t be standing around. Someone has to get to the base.”

Baltimore opened the game with four straight hits off Civale, including RBI singles by Galvis and Mountcastle to take a 2-0 lead. Ramirez hit his 15th homer of the season in the first for the Indians.

Cleveland’s Eddie Rosario singled in the second on a pitch that he didn’t swing at. An inside fastball from Akin struck his bat handle and dribbled toward third base, giving Rosario time to reach first after initially not running.

“A lot of our guys are having a good time right now,” Rosario said.

Grandal’s single in 10th gives White Sox 8-7 win over Rays

CHICAGO (AP) Yasmani Grandal hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-7 on Wednesday, taking two of three from the Rays in a matchup of division leaders.

Jose Abreu hit his 12th homer of the season for the White Sox, who’ve won 10 of 13.

Yandy Diaz and Mike Zunino homered for the Rays, who won Monday night’s opener but dropped the next two.

Abreu moved automatic runner Andrew Vaughn to third with a groundout and Grandal brought him home with a sharp liner to the right field wall off Pete Fairbanks (1-1).

“It’s huge,” said Grandal, who struck out with runners on in the fifth and seventh innings. “I left some guys in scoring position today, so the fact I was able to come through to walk it off was huge.”

Ryan Burr (1-0) worked a scoreless 10th for Chicago.

Lucas Giolito retired the first 10 Rays, mostly with easy flyouts and popups, before Randy Arozarena doubled in the fourth.

The White Sox gave Giolito a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Abreu sent Yarbrough’s 1-2 delivery into the left field stands to score Vaughn, and Zack Collins added a two-run single.

Yarbrough gave up three more runs in the fifth. Tim Anderson scored from second when third baseman Diaz threw wide of first after fielding Brian Goodwin’s sacrifice bunt. Yarbrough was charged with seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.

“It seemed like every time they put a ball in play, they were landing where we were not,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I’m encouraged and, overall, impressed with the way the guys were able to get back into the game and ultimately tie it.”

Kevin Kiermaier doubled in two runs in the top of the fifth for the Rays, who got a solo shot from Diaz an inning later. Giolito left after six, giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.

“We’re feeding off each other. We’re picking each other up when we need to and that’s a winning formula,” said Giolito, who got a no-decision in his 100th career appearance. “It’s a long season. Not everybody’s going to have their best stuff every day.”

Zunino added a two-run knock off reliever Codi Heuer in the seventh and Tampa Bay tied it in the eighth when Mike Brosseau came home on a fielder’s choice and Manuel Margot doubled to score pinch-runner Brett Phillips. Both unearned runs were charged to Aaron Bummer.

Cole, Sánchez, Chapman come through as Yanks edge Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Gerrit Cole pitched eight effective innings, pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez connected for a two-run homer and Aroldis Chapman dodged trouble in the ninth as the New York Yankees held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Sanchez’s 10th homer of the season in the seventh gave the Yankees back-to-back wins behind key pinch hits, following Clint Frazier’s go-ahead double in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 6-5 victory.

Chapman allowed hits to the first two batters in the ninth, putting runners at second and third, but escaped for his 14th save.

“They definitely made me work,” Chapman said through a translator. “To be able to come in and grind it out and get the victory, it was awesome.”

Cole (8-3) held the Blue Jays to four hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Marcus Semien and Cavan Biggio homered for Toronto, which has lost three straight and five of seven. Ross Stripling (2-4) limited New York to three hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings and tied a season high with nine strikeouts.

In the ninth, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led off with a single and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a double to right field. After striking out Randal Grichuk, Chapman fielded a comebacker and started a play in which Sanchez threw out Guerrero, who was trying to retreat to third base. The call was upheld after a 70-second video review.

Chapman then got Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to fly out to end the game.

“For me, he’s the best closer in the game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You have to keep making pitches, especially when you’re up against an offense that put together really good at-bats. When you’re the best at something you do, you’re out there with some confidence.”

Plate umpire CB Bucknor was hit in the mask by Chapman’s first pitch to Gurriel, a ball Bucknor ruled was fouled off by Gurriel. However, Bucknor didn’t immediately signal foul ball as he staggered from being struck, and Hernandez came almost all the way home before being stopped.

Replays showed Gurriel may not have made contact with the pitch. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo argued for a review. The umpires convened, affirmed among themselves it was a foul ball, and informed Montoyo the play was not reviewable.

When asked if his heart raced during the ninth, Boone smiled and referred to the procedure he had in March: “I have a pacemaker, so it keeps it nice and steady.”

The ninth-inning drama overshadowed a fine pitching duel between Cole and Stripling.

After the Yankees scored a first-inning run, Stripling set down 18 of 20 batters and allowed no hits until Miguel Andujar singled leading off the seventh, the precursor to Sanchez’s homer, which elicited chants of “Gary! Gary!” from a Yankees-centric crowd of 7,271 at Toronto’s temporary home in western New York.

Cole, meanwhile, retired 22 of his last 25 batters, with the only blemishes being a two-out walk in the second inning, Biggio’s fifth-inning homer, and Hernandez reaching on an error in the sixth.

“We don’t need to be frustrated,” Montoyo said. “Losing games like this is tough, but we’re playing good.”

Toronto reliever Rafael Doliz, who replaced Stripling, left the game with an apparent injury after issuing a four-pitch walk.

“He said he had no sensation in his hand, so we took him out,” Montoyo said. “He couldn’t feel the ball.”

Molina’s RBI single in 9th lifts Cardinals past Marlins 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina grounded an RBI single down the third base line in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Miami Marlins 1-0 Wednesday to sweep the season series.

Molina’s eighth career regular season walk-off hit came with one out and sent Miami to its fourth straight loss.

“I’m ready for any spot but, I mean, you got to turn (up) your level in those kinds of spots, your concentration has to be there,” Molina said.

Paul Goldschmidt reached on an error by shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. to start the ninth. After Matt Carpenter walked with one out, Molina singled off Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-6).

“I’m throwing my best pitch, trying to get a ground ball to make a quick double play over there, but he made an adjustment,” Alcantara said.

The Cardinals went 6-0 against Miami this year for their first season sweep over the Marlins. St. Louis won all three games at Busch Stadium in its final at-bat – Goldschmidt’s solo homer in the ninth produced a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

“Stay together, stay with it, keep fighting, but also just lock in what you’re doing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Just have a good at bat. Make a quality pitch, make a good play. Stay present. Be aware of the situation. Just keep playing the game that’s in front of you at that moment.”

Ryan Helsley (4-4) and Andrew Miller combined for two scoreless innings of relief.

Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo is still seeking his first major league win despite pitching a career-high seven scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed six hits, struck out four, walked none and 63 of his 87 pitches were strikes.

“Just keep my mind on one pitch, that’s the key for me,” Oviedo said.

Alcantara pitched a team season-high 8 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, struck out seven with one walk, and the one run he allowed was unearned.

Oviedo retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Berti and Jesus Sanchez in the fourth. Goldschmidt made a strong throw home to Molina on a grounder by Jorge Alfaro to get Berti at the plate.

“Oviedo was really good today,” Molina said. “Every start he’s getting better and better. He’s gained more confidence, is attacking the zone more, the off-speed pitches – the curveball and the sliders – were very sharp.”

A throwing error and a botched fielder’s choice by the Marlins defense put Alcantara into a jam in the fourth, but he got out of it by getting Edmundo Sosa to hit into a double play.

Alcantara finished at 108 pitches, 76 for strikes.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn’t hesitate to send Alcantara back out for the ninth inning.

“I think he’d earned it all day, right,” Mattingly said. “Kept his pitch count down, he stayed on the attack. Yeah, we really felt like his pitch count was at a point that we knew we would have to watch it if it got too big there in the ninth, but you didn’t really feel like you had somebody better out there that was going to be better than Sandy.”

Report: Arizona State acknowledges NCAA investigation

(AP) — The NCAA is investigating Arizona State’s football program, a school spokeswoman told The Athletic.

Arizona State vice president of media relations Katie Paquet, in a statement to the website, confirmed “an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program.”

She said the university could not provide further comment because of NCAA bylaws.

The Athletic, citing unidentified sources reported Wednesday the football program is being investigated for hosting high school prospects during the NCAA-imposed ban on in-person recruiting during the pandemic.

The NCAA shut down official visits to campus by high school prospects in all sports and banned coaches from taking recruiting trips for more than a year because of COVID-19. The so-called dead period was lifted by the NCAA in April and in-person recruiting restarted June 1.

Arizona State played only four games during what was already planned to be an abbreviated Pac-12 season last year. The Sun Devils had program-wide COVID-19 outbreak that forced the team to cancel three straight games. Coach Herm Edwards was among those who tested positive for the virus during last season.

INDIANA SWIMMING: Apple, Pieroni Secure Freestyle Final Spots

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OMAHA, Neb. – Pro swimmers Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni set themselves up for a big final on Thursday night with Olympic spots on the line in the 100m Freestyle on day four of the 2020 Olympic Trials at the CHI Health Center on Wednesday night.

The Wave II eight-day Trials competition serves as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The top 16 times out of the preliminary heats will form the semifinals for all events at 200m or less, with the top eight semifinalists advancing to the finals. In events 400m or longer, the top eight swimmers out of the preliminary heats will head straight to the finals.

Athletes will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team roster at each of the eight finals sessions.

200m BUTTERFLY

Corey Gambardella placed sixth in the 200m Butterfly final with a time of 1:56.79. His final 50m (30.77) marked the third-quickest return in the field and he was one of only three swimmers to break 31 seconds on the final length.

100m FREESTYLE

Zach Apple nearly chased down Caeleb Dressel (47.77) in the second heat of the men’s 100m Freestyle semifinals before finishing second overall with a time of 47.78, just off his lifetime best and seed time of 47.78. Blake Pieroni is positioned well after winning the first heat of the semis with a time of 48.13. He will be seeded third in the Thursday night final.

200m BREASTSTROKE

Olympic bronze medalist Cody Miller started fast but could not hold the pace in the second heat of the semifinals in the 200m Breaststroke and finished 14th overall with a time of 2:12.72 to end his run at the 2020 Olympic Trials.

FINAL RESULTS

MEN’S 200m BUTTERFLY

6. Corey Gambardella – 1:56.79

MEN’S 100m FREESTYLE

2. Zach Apple – 47:78 *

3. Blake Pieroni – 48:13 *

MEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE

14. Cody Miller – 2:12.72

Advanced to Finals *

Preliminary heats of the Olympic Trials will continue on Thursday morning with Hoosier representation in the men’s 200m Backstroke, women’s 200m Breaststroke and men’s 200m IM. Action is slated to begin at 11 a.m. ET.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Edey Invited to Canada National Team Tryouts

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Team Canada has announced that Purdue sophomore Zach Edey has been invited to attend the 2021 Canada Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Camp as well as the Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp.

Edey will try out for both the Canadian National Team in hopes of being selected for the Tokyo Olympics and the U19 team for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup. He looks to become the first Purdue basketball player to play in the Olympics since Terry Dischinger won gold for the United States in 1960.

Edey becomes the fourth Boilermaker to be invited to U19 tryouts, as Jaden Ivey, Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn were selected to be part of Team USA training camp, starting June 20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Olympics will be played in Tokyo, beginning July 23.

Purdue has had major success in the U19 World Cup in each of the last three events. Caleb Swanigan won gold in Greece in 2015, Carsen Edwards won bronze in Egypt in 2017 and Trevion Williams was a gold medalist in Greece in 2019.

This year’s U19 World Cup will be played in Latvia from July 3 to 11.

Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto, was one of the nation’s biggest surprises as a freshman in 2020-21.

He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, after averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 59.7 percent from the field, the second-best percentage by a freshman in school history. He also shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

Edey blocked 30 shots, good for eighth on the Purdue freshman single-season list, and was one of three freshmen nationally to average 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, block 30 shots and shoot at least 57.5 percent from the field (Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson and USC’s Evan Mobley).

He was named to the freshman All-America team by CollegeInsider.com and was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 30, March 8).

Per 40 minutes, Edey averaged 23.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Nisle Recognized as All-Region Outfielder

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ben Nisle’s 1.000 OPS and team-leading totals for hits, home runs and RBI helped earn the Purdue outfielder a place on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region teams presented by Rawlings,

Nisle was a second-time honoree as the Boilermakers’ first All-Region performer since 2012. Earlier this month, he joined teammates Miles Simington and Mike Bolton, Jr. as third-team All-Big Ten honorees.

Nisle connected for a career-high eight home runs and 22 extra-base hits while joining Simington as the only Purdue players to start all 42 games. He did it against strictly Big Ten competition. The four-year starter in left field joined 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and current big leaguer Kevin Plawecki as the only Boilermakers of the BBCOR bat era (since 2011) to record a 1.000-plus OPS. Nisle was also a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts this year.

As Purdue’s hottest hitter down the stretch, Nisle recorded a 13-game hit streak and seven-game RBI streak while reaching base safely in 30 of the team’s final 31 games. For the season, he was only kept off base in four of the 42 games. Along the way, he scored the game-winning run in all three of Purdue’s walk-off victories, which uniquely came in three different stadiums.

Nisle homered in consecutive games vs. Michigan in weekend No. 2, going deep over the replica Green Monster at Fluor Field in South Carolina both times. The April 2 series opener vs. Iowa at Alexander Field then marked the beginning of a stretch in which he became the only Boilermaker since 2001 to homer in five consecutive weekends. That memorable power surge was punctuated by his second career two-homer game in a win at Ohio State. He was part of both sets of Purdue’s back-to-back home runs that day, a feat done only once before in the last 20 years of the program.

Nisle finished his Purdue career riding a 16-game on-base streak. By averaging .524 extra-base hits per game, he essentially matched Plawecki’s mark (.525, 31 in 59 games) from the catcher’s Big Player of the Year campaign.

With a .305 career average and 17 home runs in 133 games, Nisle became the first Boilermaker since Cameron Perkins and Plawecki – both big leaguers and the 3-4 combo in the lineup for much of the 2012 championship season – to finish their careers with a .300 average and at least 15 home runs. This year Nisle became the first Boilermaker since 2016 to homer in four consecutive seasons.

Brandon Haveman (2009) was the last Purdue outfielder to be named ABCA All-Region. Simington and Nisle gave the Boilermakers a pair of Big Ten outfielders this year for the first time since 2011.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Brohm Announces Defensive Staff Structure

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm has announced the structure of his defensive staff and their coaching positions for the upcoming 2021 season. Additional recruiting and graduate assistant positions have also been announced.
 
“I am really looking forward to working with this group in 2021,” Brohm said. “When we brought these coaches together, it was our goal is to have a collaborative process where the entire staff contributes to the development of our defensive philosophy and scheme. We believe this structure fits that theme.”
 
Defensive Staff

NameTitle
Brad LambertCo-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Ron EnglishCo-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Mark HagenCo-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
James AdamsCornerbacks
Marty BiagiSpecial Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant


As was previously announced in January, Lambert will serve as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, after spending the previous two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Marshall. He will assume the roles of lead assistant coach on the Purdue defensive staff and gameday play-caller. Lambert was the head coach at Charlotte for eight seasons and served as the defensive coordinator for three years at Wake Forest.
 
English also came to the Boilermaker coaching staff in January and will supervise Purdue’s secondary along with forming the defense with Lambert and Hagen. In addition to spending five seasons as the head coach at Eastern Michigan, English has spent time as the defensive coordinator at Michigan, Louisville and San Jose State.
 
Hagen, who previously spent 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Purdue, rejoined the Boilermakers in January and will coach the defensive line and work with Lambert and English as a co-coordinator. Hagen was the assistant head coach at Texas last year and was Indiana’s co-defensive coordinator for two seasons and assistant DC for another two.
 
“Our co-coordinators all have the experience, credentials and vision to provide inspiring leadership for our defense,” Brohm added. “We think this structure engages all of their strengths and talents in the most effective way and will lead to the best results for our players and program.
 
Adams is the latest addition to the Purdue defensive staff, having joined in April. He will coach the Boilermakers’ cornerbacks this fall. An up-and-comer in the coaching profession, Adams comes to Purdue after a one-year stint in a similar capacity at the U.S. Naval Academy, which was preceded by a one-season stop at Western Michigan and eight seasons at Charlotte.
 
“We are very pleased to have James on our staff,” Brohm said. “He is a rising star in the coaching profession who has already accumulated a great track record in his young career.”
 
Biagi is the lone holdover from the 2020 defensive staff and will assist Lambert with the linebackers, as well as serve as the special teams coordinator.
 
“Over the past few months, I have gotten to know this staff even better and really like the direction that we are headed,” added Brohm. “They are great people, smart football minds and work so well together. Our entire staff is completely invested in this process and in the success of our program.”
 
Recruiting Department

NameTitle
Nate DennisonDirector of Recruiting
Tyson StreetAssociate Director of Recruiting
Justin SinzAssistant Director of Recruiting
T.J. McCollumRecruiting Associate
Jontavius MorrisRecruiting Associate


Dennison was promoted to the director position in 2020 and has been a member of the Purdue recruiting staff for three years.
 
Street, who has been an assistant recruiting director for the last three seasons at Purdue, has been promoted to an associate director role.
 
Sinz, a 2014 Purdue graduate and a four-year letterwinner for the Boilermakers, takes on a recruiting role after three years as an offensive quality control assistant and three as a graduate assistant.
 
McCollum moves over to the recruiting staff after serving the previous three years as a GA at Purdue. He played linebacker for Brohm at both Western Kentucky and Purdue.
 
Morris joins the recruiting staff after three years as a Purdue graduate assistant. He played defensive tackle for Brohm at Western Kentucky in 2015.
 
Brohm also announced that Mason Petrino and former Purdue running back, DJ Knox, will serve as graduate assistant coaches in the 2021 season.                                 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915       Cubs right-handed reliever George Washington Zabel, called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, throws 18 and 1/3 innings of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Robins at Chicago’s West Side Park. ‘Zip,’ establishing the major league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete-game.

1930       Phillies right fielder Chuck Klein, who collects 53 hits in 110 at-bats for a .482 batting average during the streak, sets a modern-day franchise record when he hits safely in 26 consecutive games. The 25 year-old Hoosier Hammer repeats the feat later in the season, matching the accomplishment with a hit in every contest from July 12th to the first game on August 3rd.

1941       In the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Chicago, Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is extended to 30 straight games when his seventh-inning grounder takes a bad hop off Luke Appling’s shoulder. The ‘Yankee Clipper’s’ fortunate hit also breaks the team’s record for hits of 29 consecutive games, previously shared by Roger Peckinpaugh (1919) and Earle Combs (1931).

1942       During the second game of a twin bill in Boston, Paul Waner, standing on first base, gestures to the official scorer, Jerry Moore of the Boston Globe, not to credit him with a hit on the ground ball in the hole that was knocked down by Reds shortstop Eddie Joost. ‘Big Poison’ doesn’t want a questionable roller to be his historic 3000th hit, which the Braves right-fielder will collect with a clean single after tomorrow’s off day.

1943       Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin hits a three-run pinch homer in both games of a doubleheader, becoming the first major leaguer to come off the bench to go deep in each end of a twin bill. Boston defeats Philadelphia in the opener 5-4 but drops the nightcap at Fenway Park, 8-7.

1944       Although he will continue to play in the minor leagues until 1955, Ed Levy appears in the 40th and final game of his three-year tenure in the major leagues. The Irish Catholic first baseman, born as Edward Clarence Whitner in 1911, is asked to start using his stepfather’s surname by Yankee team president Ed Barrow to help the club attract more Jewish fans to the Bronx ballpark.

1956       Joe Adcock’s ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game-winner in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The blast to left field, which clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark, is believed to the only homer ever to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.

1956       Fred Haney, named yesterday to replace Charlie Grimm, wins two games in his managerial debut with the Braves when the team sweeps a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 5-4 and 3-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive victories. The club’s former coach will compile a 341-231 (.596) record, guiding Milwaukee to two pennants and a world championship during his four seasons at the helm.

1958       Tiger third baseman Ozzie Virgil, who became the first black to play for the team eleven days ago, collects four singles and a double in his first home game at Briggs Stadium. The 26 year-old Dominican’s 5-for-5 performance at the plate helps Detroit to beat the Senators, 9-2.

1960       Ted Williams becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 500 career home runs when he goes deep off the Tribe’s moundsman Wayne Hawkins. ‘Teddy Ballgame’s’ two-run blast proves to be the difference when the Red Sox beat the Indians at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 3-1.

1962       In a play that is indicative of the struggling Mets, first baseman Marv Throneberry’s apparent first-inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. When New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by the umpire, according to legend, “Don’t bother arguing, Casey, he missed first base, too.”

1962       Gene Woodling becomes the first major leaguer to play for both the Yankees and the Mets. In his National League debut, the 38 year-old outfielder goes 2-for-4, scoring two runs for the new expansion team in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds.

1962       In the second inning of Game 1 of a twin bill against the Yankees, the bottom of the Indians’ lineup, Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips, and Jim Mahoney, hit consecutive home runs, helping Dick Donovan improve his record to 10-2. The Tribe also takes the nightcap to complete a four-game sweep of the World Champs, much to the delight of the largest home crowd in eight seasons.

1970       At Candlestick Park, Willie Mays (615) and Ernie Banks (504) both homer in the Cubs’ 6-1 victory over the Giants. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 500 career home runs have gone deep in the same game.

1971       Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6, stroking five singles and a double. The Cubs leadoff hitter’s perfect performance at the plate contributes to the team’s 7-6 ten-inning victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

1974       After completing the first 1000 games in franchise history with a winning percentage of .332, the Mets compile a 517-482-1 record in their next thousand contests. During the span, that includes Tom Seaver winning 12% of the team’s victories, New York wins two National League pennants and a World championship.

1976       At Shea Stadium, Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King’s game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning.

1978       The crowd at Yankee Stadium initiates a new baseball tradition when they begin to rhythmically clap each time there are two strikes on the batter, inspired by Ron Guidry’s 18-strikeout performance, establishing a new American League mark for southpaws. The left-hander’s performance in the 4-0 victory over the Angels will lead the team’s television announcer, Phil Rizzuto, to coin a new nickname, referring to the Lafayette native as ‘Louisiana Lightning.’

1980       At Cleveland Stadium, the Indians temporarily closed a 10,500 bleachers seats due to some rowdy fans, who pelted Milwaukee’s outfielders Gorman Thomas and Sixto Lezcano with a variety of objects during yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Brew Crew. The Tribe will reopen the section at the end of the month, putting tighter security and limiting the sale of beer.

1987       Dick Howser, former manager of the Royals and Yankees, loses his courageous battle against cancer, succumbing to a brain tumor. After three surgeries to remove the disease, the 51 year-old frail-looking skipper had tried to make a comeback with Kansas City but had to resign after one day of spring training workouts, becoming physically too weak to perform his duties.

1992       Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negations, takes exception to the team, giving a reported bonus of $500,00 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High (Delran, NJ). Next season, the Dodger farmhand will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA, and Luzinski will never play in a major league game.

1993       Baseball owners vote overwhelmingly, 26-2, in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time since 1969. The new system, beginning in 1994, will double the number of teams that qualify for postseason play to eight by realigning each league to three divisions and adding two wild-card teams.

2001       Blake Stein ties an American League record when he records eight consecutive strikeouts in the Royals’ 5-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. The right-hander’s streak started with striking out Richie Sexson for the last out of the first inning and ended after he fanned Mark Loretta to start the fourth frame.

2003       Mets starter Jae Seo and two relief pitchers, David Weathers and Armando Benitez, combine to one-hit Florida, 5-0. The contest is the third consecutive one-hitter the team has played; Steve Trachsel limited the Angels to one single two days ago, and last night, Dontrelle Willis beat New York, 1-0, yielding just one safety.

2003       The Phillies enter into a 25-year naming rights agreement to call their new home Citizens Bank Park, promoting one of the nation’s largest commercial holding companies. At Philadelphia’s newest ballpark, a gigantic Liberty Bell, towering 100 feet above street level, will come to life after every Phillies homer.

2004       At New Hampshire’s Holman Stadium, the Nashua Pride of the independent Atlantic League celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Watergate break-in by giving away Richard Nixon bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. The minor league promotion, which included free entrance to anyone named Woodward or Bernstein and eighteen and a half minutes of silence to match the time of the gap in the infamous Watergate tape, had no reports of stolen signs during the game.

2005       In a 13-6 loss to Cleveland, the Diamondbacks become the first team since 1969 to allow ten runs in an inning in consecutive games. The eventual 1969 World Champion Mets accomplished the dubious feat in just one day when Houston swept a doubleheader at Shea Stadium.

2007       Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson, with a base hit against the Ottawa Lynx, extends his International League hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95 year-old International League record. The Nationals farmhand surpasses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912 when he played for the Rochester Hustlers.

2007       At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Blue Jay Frank Thomas strokes his record-setting 244th round-tripper as a designated hitter in a 4-2 loss to Washington. The third-inning solo shot off Micah Bowie moves the 39 year-old veteran past Edgar Martinez for the most home runs hit by a DH in major league history.

2008       In the Mariners’ 5-4 win over Florida at Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez strikes out the side on nine pitches to become the 13th pitcher in American League history to throw an immaculate inning. King Felix’s fourth frame victims include Jeremy Hermida (swinging), Jorge Cantu (swinging), and Mike Jacobs (looking).

2008       Cecil Cooper of the Astros and Ron Gardenhire of the Twins become the first two managers to be fined by Major League Baseball for failing to comply with the pace of game regulations. Last month, the MLB asked the teams to help enforce existing rules to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete a big-league contest.

2008       After a 9-6 victory against the Angels in the first game of a West Coast road trip, the Mets fire manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first-base coach Tom Nieto, shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time. The team’s 18th manager, who compiled a 302-253 record in 3+ seasons with New York, will be replaced by bench coach Jerry Manuel on an interim basis until the end of the season.

2009       At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez passes Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in a career when he makes his 2,227th appearance behind the plate. The veteran backstop, also known as Pudge, establishes the mark against the Rangers, the team he broke in with as a 19 year-old in 1991.

2009       At Fenway Park, fans attending tonight’s game will have an opportunity to win food and prizes, along with one lucky patron, sitting 500 feet from the plate, receiving a pair of tickets for a future contest. The Red Sox are treating their fans to celebrate the 500th straight sellout at home, a streak begun on May 15th, 2003, in which almost 18 million have seen the club compile a 326-173 record over the first 499 games of the record span.

2013       Max Scherzer becomes the second Tiger starter in the 104-year history of the franchise to begin the season at 10-0 when Detroit beats Baltimore at Comerica Park, 5-1. George Mullin, known as Wabash to his teammates, started the 1909 season with an 11-0 record, en route to a 29-8 record for the eventual American League champs.

2014       With their ninth straight victory, the Royals take over the lead in the American League Central, beating last year’s Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, and the Tigers at Comerica Park, 11-4. The last time Kansas City had sole possession of first place after playing 70 games was on June 25, 1980, when they led Chicago by 8.5 in the AL West, en route to winning the American League pennant.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay4326.62319 – 1424 – 1219 – 105 – 411 – 107 – 3L 2
Boston4227.609120 – 1722 – 1017 – 87 – 48 – 136 – 4W 3
NY Yankees3532.522717 – 1618 – 1616 – 2111 – 55 – 24 – 6W 2
Toronto3333.5008.513 – 1520 – 1812 – 154 – 66 – 103 – 7L 3
Baltimore2245.3282011 – 2111 – 248 – 184 – 128 – 82 – 8L 7
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox4325.63227 – 1216 – 1310 – 724 – 126 – 48 – 2W 2
Cleveland3728.5694.519 – 1318 – 156 – 721 – 125 – 57 – 3W 3
Kansas City3037.44812.516 – 1814 – 195 – 515 – 235 – 81 – 9L 6
Detroit2939.4261415 – 1914 – 204 – 514 – 248 – 55 – 5W 3
Minnesota2741.3971614 – 2113 – 206 – 712 – 156 – 164 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland4327.61425 – 1818 – 911 – 912 – 213 – 138 – 2W 6
Houston3928.5822.522 – 1317 – 1512 – 72 – 423 – 127 – 3W 3
Seattle3436.486919 – 1515 – 216 – 510 – 1215 – 125 – 5L 1
LA Angels3335.485918 – 1615 – 193 – 710 – 614 – 206 – 4L 3
Texas2543.3681715 – 1610 – 2711 – 104 – 68 – 163 – 7L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets3525.58320 – 615 – 1913 – 85 – 514 – 68 – 2W 3
Philadelphia3333.500521 – 1212 – 2117 – 179 – 43 – 67 – 3W 1
Atlanta3035.4627.517 – 1913 – 1615 – 1810 – 43 – 34 – 6L 2
Washington3035.4627.518 – 1712 – 189 – 139 – 106 – 86 – 4W 4
Miami2939.4261016 – 1413 – 2512 – 104 – 1211 – 94 – 6L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs3830.55924 – 1014 – 208 – 919 – 149 – 46 – 4L 3
Milwaukee3830.55920 – 1818 – 127 – 917 – 1312 – 36 – 4L 3
Cincinnati3531.530216 – 1619 – 153 – 219 – 129 – 148 – 2W 6
St. Louis3533.515319 – 1516 – 1813 – 1013 – 147 – 64 – 6W 3
Pittsburgh2344.34314.513 – 1910 – 254 – 77 – 227 – 100 – 10L 10
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco4325.63221 – 922 – 168 – 611 – 419 – 116 – 4W 3
LA Dodgers4127.603223 – 1218 – 158 – 47 – 917 – 87 – 3L 1
San Diego3832.543621 – 1417 – 183 – 410 – 1317 – 142 – 8L 3
Colorado2841.40615.523 – 145 – 275 – 83 – 1014 – 215 – 5W 3
Arizona2049.29023.511 – 199 – 308 – 156 – 86 – 190 – 10L 13

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England852111744-0-01-2-117
Philadelphia84229542-1-22-1-014
Orlando City SC73318442-2-01-1-112
New York City FC732213761-1-12-1-111
CF Montreal832310911-1-12-1-211
Columbus73227612-1-01-1-211
Nashville SC72509632-3-00-2-011
Atlanta72419722-1-00-3-110
New York7304101003-0-10-0-39
D.C.8305811-32-0-21-0-39
Inter Miami CF8224813-50-1-32-1-18
Toronto FC7124812-41-1-00-1-45
Chicago7115411-71-1-20-0-34
FC Cincinnati6114615-90-0-21-1-24
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle8530143113-2-02-1-018
Sporting KC9522161153-2-02-0-217
Los Angeles7502111104-0-01-0-215
Colorado741212843-0-11-1-113
Houston83231112-13-1-00-1-311
San Jose83051112-12-0-31-0-29
Portland7304911-22-0-11-0-39
Real Salt Lake62319721-2-11-1-09
Los Angeles FC722389-12-1-10-1-28
Austin822469-30-0-02-2-48
Vancouver721469-32-0-10-1-37
Minnesota7214611-52-0-20-1-27
FC Dallas7133811-31-3-00-0-36

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun83.7275-13-24-07-31 L
New York Liberty65.5452.03-23-33-35-51 L
Atlanta Dream56.4553.02-43-24-25-51 W
Chicago Sky57.4173.51-54-24-23-73 W
Washington Mystics46.4003.53-31-32-44-61 L
Indiana Fever112.0778.01-50-71-71-98 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm112.8465-26-05-29-14 W
Las Vegas Aces93.7501.55-14-24-18-24 W
Los Angeles Sparks55.5004.53-12-41-45-51 W
Dallas Wings56.4555.01-24-45-44-61 L
Phoenix Mercury57.4175.51-54-22-44-64 L
Minnesota Lynx46.4005.54-30-31-34-61 L