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Monday, June 21
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Durant’s sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 lead
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant has always been one of the NBA’s most unstoppable scorers.
The Brooklyn Nets needed much more than points Tuesday night, so Durant gave them one of the most spectacular performances in postseason history.
Durant had 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, sending the Nets back into the lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.
“I know the perception of me is that I can score the basketball well, but any team that I’ve played on, I’ve been asked to do pretty much everything from rebounding to defending to initiating to scoring,” Durant said. “I might not do it all the time but I do a little bit of everything.”
In Game 5, it was a whole lot of everything.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP became the first player to have at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game.
“Historic, historic performance,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.
With James Harden returning but delivering little offense and Kyrie Irving out, Durant played all 48 minutes and shot 16 for 23 from the field. The four-time scoring champion had 20 points in the fourth quarter, perhaps the biggest shot a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left and the Nets protecting a one-point lead.
“The injuries that he’s been through, to come back even from the Achilles to the hamstring to get back in this position, the world is witnessing, once again, who is the best player in the world,” Nets forward Jeff Green said.
No argument from the Bucks.
“He’s the best player in the world right now and we’ve got to beat him as a team,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “We’ve got to guard him as a team. We’ve got to make him make tough shots like tonight. We’ve just got to keep doing our job and hopefully he’s going to miss.”
Harden played for the first time since leaving 43 seconds into the series opener with right hamstring tightness. He shot just 1 for 10 and missed all eight 3-pointers, but had eight assists and six rebounds while playing 46 minutes.
“I woke up and was like, `You know what? Let’s go,'” Harden said. “I tried to go out there and do the best I can. Hopefully I gave my teammates some encouragement and some life.”
Green made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points for the Nets, who fell into a 17-point hole in this one after two losses in Milwaukee before Durant carried them back. Blake Griffin added 17 points.
Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Bucks are 4-0 against the Nets this season.
Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Khris Middleton added 25 points.
The Bucks had all the momentum after winning the two games in Milwaukee, with Irving spraining his ankle in the second quarter of Game 4. It appeared Durant would be the only one of the three superstars to play Tuesday – which given the way he played, may have been enough anyway.
The Nets originally ruled Harden out on Monday, then upgraded him Tuesday first to doubtful and then questionable. He worked out before the game and seemed to be moving well, jogging off the court into the tunnel after his warmup before being cleared to play.
But he didn’t appear to have full strength in his leg, leaving jumpers short and rarely beating anyone on the dribble.
Durant made sure it didn’t matter.
“Special performance by him,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Credit to him, some tough shots, so we’ve got to look at it, figure out getting better.”
The Nets were 4 for 20 in the first quarter, 2 for 13 on 3-pointers, and Middleton’s three-point play with 33 seconds left gave Milwaukee a 29-1 lead after one.
Durant’s basket got it down to 42-33 before Antetokounmpo rattled in a 3-pointer and follow with two more baskets to push the lead to 16, which is where it still was when the Bucks took a 59-43 lead to the half.
The Bucks still led by 16 midway through the third quarter, answering every time the Nets seemed to have any momentum. But Durant then got hot and never really cooled off.
He made all four shots and scored 11 points in the final 6:18 of the third as the Nets pulled to 87-81 on his three-point play with 31 seconds left.
Durant kept right on going to open the fourth, with his 3-pointer with 8:36 to play making it 94-93, Brooklyn’s first lead since it was 2-0.
Jokic leads All-NBA team; MVP runner-up Embiid 2nd-team pick
(AP) — Denver’s Nikola Jokic was the runaway MVP this season, which made it a virtual certainty that he would also be an All-NBA first-team selection.
Here’s the rarity: The MVP runner-up was not a first-team selection.
Jokic headlined the All-NBA first team that was unveiled Tuesday night, but Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid – who was second in the MVP race – only made the second team. Jokic and Embiid are primarily centers, in the eyes of most voters, and that meant they were vying for that position on the first team.
The rest of the first team: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (the only unanimous first-team selection) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard at forward, along with Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Dallas’ Luka Doncic at guard.
The second team picks, along with Embiid at center, were the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and New York’s Julius Randle at forward, plus Portland’s Damian Lillard and Phoenix’s Chris Paul at guard.
And the third team selections: Utah’s Rudy Gobert at center, Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving and Washington’s Bradley Beal at guard, and Miami’s Jimmy Butler and the Clippers’ Paul George at forward.
“I am humbled and honored,” Beal said.
The All-NBA voting still classifies by position – with two guards, two forwards and a center on each of the three teams – in a league that has gone increasingly positionless. There are 15 players on the final list, which essentially breaks down to the top six guards, top six forwards and top three centers, not necessarily the best 15 players.
And the MVP award has no positional breakdown. Voters choose five players; positions don’t matter. For All-NBA, a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league serve as the selectors.
Kucherov shines, Lightning beat Islanders 4-2 in Game 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of superlatives to describe the playmaking ability of NHL playoff scoring leader Nikita Kucherov.
“He’s remarkably gifted … does everything with grace,” coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday night after one of the league’s most creative scorers had three more assists to help the defending Stanley Cup champions even the Stanley Cup semifinals with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2.
“He’s just so smooth in the plays he makes, his vision and how he can see and make plays,” Cooper added. “It almost looks effortless. … I know it’s not. He works at doing what he does extremely well. But he sure can make plays out of what looks like nothing. … And, he is fun to watch.”
Kucherov had his fourth game with three or more points this postseason, assisting on goals by Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman as the defending champions improved to 12-0 in games following a playoff loss since start of last year’s title run.
Point scored a goal for the fifth straight game, hiking his league-leading playoff total to 10. Palat put Tampa Bay ahead for good with a second-period goal that replays showed was scored with the Lightning having too many men on the ice.
“It was missed, that’s hockey,” New York winger Matt Martin said. “It happens, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Move on to the next game at home and focus on that.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Lightning, who entered Tuesday night facing a series deficit for the first time since dropping Game 1 of last year’s Stanley Cup final against the Dallas Stars.
“We knew they were going to come with a good response,” Islanders conter Brock Nelson said. “I thought we did a pretty good job out of the gates. But they were able to get a couple and get the lead and we weren’t able to get it back.”
Hedman and Jan Rutta scored in the third period against Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, who missed a portion of the opening period after a collision with Point a little over 13 minutes into the game.
Nelson and Mathew Barzal scored unassisted goals for New York, which – despite the loss – will return home feeling good about itself heading into Game 3 Thursday night.
“We can be a lot better and we will be,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.
“I thought the first two periods we were pretty good for the most part. We knew a very good hockey team was going to have a desperate push,” Trotz added. “Obviously the second goal hurt quite a bit because now if they get the third one there’s a little bit more separation. And … there were too many men on the ice. Seven guys. That was disappointing.”
Point, pushed from behind by New York’s Adam Pelech, barreled into Varlamov at 6:50 of the first period. The Lightning star drew a penalty for interference on the goalie, and the Islanders wasted no time taking advantage of what Tampa Bay felt was a questionable call.
Nelson’s goal from in front of the net tied it 1-1 just 20 seconds into the power play.
Ilya Sorokin replaced Varlamov for the remainder of the first period. He stopped all six shots he faced before Varlamov, who allowed four goals on 27 shots, returned.
Rays ace Glasnow has elbow tear, no surgery for now
CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Glasnow isn’t exactly sure what’s going to happen with his elbow injury. But the Tampa Bay Rays ace is certain of a cause: trying to pitch slick baseballs without any grip enhancer.
“I 100% believe that contributed to me getting hurt,” he asserted Tuesday.
A day after an early exit, Glasnow was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament, throwing in doubt his future for the rest of this season and beyond.
“My lifelong dream, I want win a Cy Young. I want to be an All-Star,” he said. “Now it’s over and I have to try and rehab to come back in the playoffs. I’m clearly frustrated.”
An MRI showed Glasnow had a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and also a flexor strain. The test was done after the right-hander was forced to leave Monday night’s game in Chicago against the White Sox after four innings.
Glasnow said he won’t have surgery for now, and instead will try to strengthen the area. He plans to see another doctor on Friday.
“Just don’t throw for a while, but they also said no surgery,” Glasnow said. “So I’m just going to try and rehab it it an try to come back.”
“Hopefully I can help the team out in the playoffs or hopefully sooner,” he said.
If Glasnow chose to undergo Tommy John surgery, that would sideline him this season and could prevent him from pitching next year, too.
The Rays reached the World Series last year and own the best record in the majors this season.
Glasnow attributed the injury to the inconsistent and often slick feel of baseballs, causing him to grip them tighter and deeper in his hand in his past few starts. He admitted to using a mix of sunscreen and rosin in the past to help, but said Major League Baseball’s new crackdown on grip-enhancing substances used by pitchers was ill-timed.
“I have used sticky stuff before. Select your favorite pitcher of 50 years ago and he was probably using something, too. I have huge hands and I spin the ball fine. I want more grip,” he said.
Glasnow said he went “cold turkey” and used no grip-enhancing mix in a win over Washington on June 8. Because he held the ball differently, he said he “woke up the next day and was sore in places I didn’t even know I had muscles in.”
Manager Kevin Cash confirmed there was no timeline for Glasnow’s return and that the team would seek additional opinions.
“The initial thought was that it’s better than having surgery, but I don’t think anything has been totally defined yet,” Cash said.
In the meantime, Cash plans to insert veteran righty Michael Wacha in Tampa Bay’s rotation.
The Rays put Glasnow on the 10-day injured list and recalled infielder Mike Brosseau from Triple-A Durham.
Glasnow is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts, tied for the most in the majors. The 27-year-old has struck out 123 in 88 innings.
Dodgers’ Bellinger returns to IL with left hamstring strain
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger is returning to the injured list with a left hamstring strain.
Los Angeles recalled right-hander Mitch White before Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies to take the roster spot of Bellinger, who left Friday’s game against Texas in the fifth inning.
The hamstring injury is the latest physical ailment for the 2019 NL MVP. Bellinger missed 46 games earlier this season with a hairline fracture to his left leg. He had shoulder surgery in the offseason.
Bellinger was 10 for 33 with eight RBIs this month. He hit a grand slam – his only homer this season – and set a franchise record with six RBIs in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 14-3 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on June 2.
Bellinger is batting .226 with 10 RBIs in 16 games.
The defending World Series champions have been hit hard by injuries but still entered Tuesday one game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Max Muncy was placed on the IL Saturday with an oblique strain. World Series MVP Corey Seager, whose hand was broken by a pitch May 15, is still at least three weeks away from returning to the lineup.
Infielder Gavin Lux, outfielder AJ Pollock and rookie Zach McKinstry have also spent time on the IL. Starting pitcher Dustin May (right elbow) and infielder Edwin Rios (right shoulder) are out for the remainder of the season, while reliever Corey Knebel (right lat strain) is unlikely to return until the late stages of the season.
MLB threatens pitchers with 10-game bans for altering balls
NEW YORK (AP) Pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs in a crackdown by Major League Baseball that will start Monday.
The commissioner’s office, responding to record strikeouts and a league batting average at a more than half-century low, said Tuesday that major and minor league umpires will start regular checks of all pitchers, even if opposing managers don’t request inspections.
While suspensions would be with pay, repeat offenders would receive progressive discipline, and teams and club employees would be subject to discipline for failure to comply.
“After an extensive process of repeated warnings without effect, gathering information from current and former players and others across the sport, two months of comprehensive data collection, listening to our fans and thoughtful deliberation, I have determined that new enforcement of foreign substances is needed to level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
The perception of an increased use of foreign substances, tied to a drop in offense, is viewed as the largest instance of widespread cheating in baseball since the rise of steroids, which ended in the adoption of random drug testing with penalties ahead of the 2004 season.
Executive vice president for operations Morgan Sword, MLB senior vice president for on-field operations Mike Hill and consultant Theo Epstein outlined the increased enforcement during a 15-minute electronic meeting Tuesday with the 30 managers.
Hill sent a five-page memo with three pages of attached questions and answers to owners, CEOs, team presidents, general managers, managers and all major and minor league players.
“Unfortunately, the enhanced monitoring we implemented at the start of the season has had no impact on the behavior of many pitchers. The information we collected over the first two months of the season shows that the use of foreign substances by pitchers is more prevalent than we anticipated,” Hill wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “We have taken these steps to police the use of foreign substances by pitchers this season because such brazen violations of the rules directly impact the fairness of the competition, the safety of our players, and the quality of the product on the field.”
Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow, diagnosed Tuesday with a partially torn elbow ligament, attributed his injury to adapting ahead of stepped up enforcement.
“To tell us to do something completely different in a middle of a season is insane. It’s ridiculous. There has to be some give and take here,” he said.
“You can’t just take away everything and not add something. Pitchers need to be able to have some sort of control or some sort of grip on the ball. … I don’t want a fastball to sail away and hit somebody in the face like it already has,” he said.
Manfred said use of grip substances had changed.
“I understand there’s a history of foreign substances being used on the ball, but what we are seeing today is objectively far different, with much tackier substances being used more frequently than ever before,” he said.
The last pitchers suspended for using foreign substances were Baltimore’s Brian Matusz and Milwaukee’s Will Smith for eight games each in May 2015. Both appealed, and Smith’s penalty was cut to six games while Matusz’s ban was upheld.
“I don’t think it changes much from what’s been in the past there as far as the rulebook, but there’s just been a little bit more noise about it,” New York Mets manager Luis Rojas said.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, singled out by Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson for a drop in spin rate in a June 3 start, dodged a question last week about whether he had ever used a Spider Tack, a sticky substance designed for use by Strongman competitors.
“I don’t quite know how to answer that, to be honest,” Cole said. “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the last generation of players to this generation of players, and I think there are some things that are certainly out of bounds in that regard.”
Glasnow said he had been using sunscreen and rosin but changed for his June 8 start against Washington. He switched grips on his fastball and curveball to compensate for slickness of the balls, and he held on more tightly and more deeply.
“I went cold turkey, nothing,” he said. “I woke up the next day and was like, I am sore in places that I didn’t even know I had muscles in. Like I felt completely different.”
He concluded: “I 100% believe that contributed to me getting hurt. No doubt.”
MLB told teams on March 23 it would increase monitoring and initiated steps that included collecting balls taken out of play from every team and analyzing Statcast spin-rate data.
“Based on the information collected over the first two months of the season – including numerous complaints from position players, pitchers, umpires, coaches and executives – there is a prevalence of foreign substance use by pitchers in Major League Baseball and throughout the minor leagues,” MLB said.
“Many baseballs collected have had dark, amber-colored markings that are sticky to the touch. MLB recently completed extensive testing, including testing by third-party researchers, to determine whether the use of foreign substances has a material impact on performance. That research concluded that foreign substances significantly increase the spin rate and movement of the baseball, providing pitchers who use these substances with an unfair competitive advantage over hitters and pitchers who do not use foreign substances, and results in less action on the field.
“In addition, the foreign substance use appears to contribute to a style of pitching in which pitchers sacrifice location in favor of spin and velocity, particularly with respect to elevated fastballs. The evidence does not suggest a correlation between improved hitter safety and the use of foreign substances.”
The anticipated clampdown already appears to have had an impact.
Fastball spin rates averaged 2,306-2,329 revolutions per minute each week from the start of the season though June 5, according to MLB Statcast data.
Following an owners’ meeting on June 3 when talk of a crackdown emerged, the average declined to 2,282 during the week of June 6 and dropped to 2,226 on Sunday.
The major league batting average was .232 through April, down from .252 two years ago and under the record low of .237 set in 1968, and it was .236 through May, its lowest since 1968.
The average rose to .247 in the week of June 6, lifting the season average to .238.
The strikeout percentage since June 3 is 23.4%, down from 24.2% until then, and the walk percentage is 8.4%, down from 8.9%.
While Bill Miller, president of the Major League Umpires Association, was quoted as being supportive in the announcement.
Players’ association head Tony Clark, a former first baseman, said the union was discussing the matter with players and with MLB.
“The question becomes whether rosin is sufficient or we should consider approved alternatives,” Clark said. “This question has become more important given the changes and lack of consistency in the baseball in recent years.”
Players suspended for violations will not be replaced on the active roster.
Rosin bags will continue to be allowed but rosin cannot be combined with sunscreen or other substances, and pitchers are being told not to use sunscreen after sunset in outdoor stadiums and not to use it at all in indoor ballparks. Umpires will inspect rosin bags before games.
As part of the initiative, umpires will check all starters multiple times and all relievers either at the end of his first inning or when removed, whichever occurs first. Caps, gloves and fingertips will be checked. Umps also may check when they notice sticky balls or when they perceive a pitcher going to his glove, cap, belt, uniform or body in a manner that may be to retrieve or apply a substance.
Catchers will be subject to routine inspections and position players may be searched.
Pitchers will be responsible for foreign substances found on catchers and position players. A position player will not be ejected for possession of a foreign substance unless the umpire determines the player was applying it to a ball to aid a pitcher.
Violators are subject to ejection and decisions are not subject to replay review. Players who refuse inspection will be presumed to have violated rules and will be ejected. Club employees who assist players in using or masking foreign substances or who refuse to cooperate or who fail to report violations will be subject to fines and suspensions.
Reds score 2 in 10th without hit, beat Brewers 2-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) The Cincinnati Reds broke open a scoreless game in the 10th inning without the benefit of a hit and held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Brett Anderson worked seven innings of one-hit ball for Milwaukee and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter, but it all fell apart for Brad Boxberger (2-2) in the 10th.
Boxberger hit Tyler Stephenson with a pitch and walked Joey Votto to load the bases. Then he hit Eugenio Suarez with a pitch to score Nick Castellanos, who started the inning at second base. Stephenson scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Farmer.
Boxberger “just didn’t have a feel for his changeup,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It wasn’t like crisp to the first couple hitters, really, and they got two guys on base.”
Cincinnati, which has won five straight and 10 of 12, also was outstanding on the mound. Luis Castillo allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and four relievers completed the four-hitter. Lucas Sims (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and Amir Garrett got the final out for his third save.
The Brewers’ Daniel Robertson had a two-out RBI single in the 10th off Heath Hembree.
“I just feel like tonight we did what it took to grind out a win,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It wasn’t easy.”
The teams combined to strike out 27 times on the day Major League Baseball said it would crack down on pitchers using illegal foreign substances to improve their grip and throw pitches with more spin. Neither team got a runner past second base until the sixth inning.
Castillo came in with the most losses (nine) and highest ERA (6.47) among major league starters but had little trouble with a Brewers lineup that entered Tuesday with the lowest batting average and most strikeouts in the NL. He struck out seven and walked three.
Anderson hasn’t won since April 17. He struck out nine and walked one.
“Incredible,” Castillo said through a translator. “When two starters are going at each other, battling it out, you hardly ever see it that much anymore.”
Walker strikes out career-high 12 to lead Mets over Cubs 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) When it comes to pitching at Citi Field, Taijuan Walker has an even better record this year than Jacob deGrom.
Walker struck out a career-high 12 and improved to 4-0 in six home starts, leading the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night. Pete Alonso drove in three runs and center fielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Luis Guillorme teamed on a thrilling relay to throw out Jake Marisnick at the plate in the ninth inning.
Walker has a 2.12 ERA, a big part of the NL East-leading Mets’ success – especially at Citi Field, where New York is 6-0 in his outings and matched its best 25-game start at 19-6.
“Today’s outing was special, because he’s been dealing with a stomach bug for the last couple days. And he actually hadn’t been on site consistently,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “At the beginning of the game, his body language was kind of weird. He was like low energy, and then the next thing you know, it’s the same Walker we see every outing.”
Walker signed a $23 million, three-year contract with the Mets as a free agent, joining Marcus Stroman in a rotation headed by deGrom.
“It was the only offer I got, so that’s probably why I signed with them,” the 28-year-old right-hander said. “I feel like everything happens for a reason. And the Mets being my only offer, I feel like it was destiny for me to be here, honestly. And everything has worked out well for everyone. I’m actually really happy to be here, so I’m glad the Mets were my only offer.”
Walker (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, walked none for the third time and reached 96.5 mph. Walker had struck out 11 seven times previously, all before he had Tommy John surgery on April 25, 2018.
“The velo going down maybe a little bit because of the surgery helped him develop the other pitches,” Rojas said. “And now the velo’s back. … We hit jackpot with this guy.”
DeGrom had a 0.56 ERA heading into his start against the Cubs on Wednesday night but is just 3-2 in six home starts, plagued by a lack of run support.
Javier Baez put the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the third with his 15th home run, driving a sinker to the opposite field in right-center. Alonso hit a two-run single in the bottom half and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Seth Lugo got six outs for his first save since returning on June 2 from elbow surgery, and the Mets (34-25) won for the fifth time in six games to move nine games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.
Chicago, tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead, lost its second straight to the Mets after winning seven in a row at Citi Field going back to 2018.
Sixteen consecutive batters made out before Willson Contreras’ single with one out in the ninth. Jake Marisnick pinch ran and Eric Sogard singled to right-center. As Pillar ran down the ball and threw toward Guillorme, Cubs third base coach Willie Harris made the questionable decision to send Marisnick. Guillorme caught the ball in short right, made a quick turn and fired a one-hop throw to catcher James McCann. Marisnick made a head-first slide, and McCann tagged him on the left shoulder.
Indians win 7-2, extend Orioles’ road losing streak to 17
CLEVELAND (AP) Eddie Rosario delivered a two-run double and Bobby Bradley hit a solo homer as the Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore 7-2 Tuesday night, sending the Orioles to their 17th straight road loss.
The Orioles committed four errors and moved closer to the major league record of 22 consecutive road losses, shared by the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets.
They’ve made six errors in the first two games of the series at Progressive Field.
“When you have to get four outs in an inning, it’s really a challenge because we’re not an offense that can make up for it,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’re playing a little tight defensively because we’re not playing with a ton of confidence.”
Amed Rosario had three hits, stole a base and drove in a run for Cleveland, which never trailed in winning for the fourth time in five games. The Indians are a season-high eight games over .500 despite having ace Shane Bieber and slugger Franmil Reyes on the injured list.
“The whole group we have is banding together for this long ride,” Bradley said. “There is no better feeling than seeing your teammates contribute.”
Eddie Rosario’s double off Cole Sulser highlighted a five-run fourth inning that gave the Indians a 6-1 lead. Bradley singled home a run in the first and hammered a towering solo shot to right in the seventh off Adam Plutko.
Bradley is batting .440 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus. In his previous stint with the Indians in 2019, he hit .178 and struck out 20 times in 45 at-bats.
“The first time I was up here, I put way too much pressure on myself,” Bradley said. “I feel like I belong now and I’m having way too much fun, just playing some summer ball.”
The Indians used six pitchers with James Karinchak (4-2) gaining the win by striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth. Cal Quantrill worked the first four innings, allowing one run and striking out four.
“We’ve got a very deep team and you’re going to see a whole lot of everybody on the field,” Quantrill said.
Freddy Galvis singled twice and Trey Mancini and Maikel Franco had run-scoring doubles for Baltimore, which has the worst record in the AL at 22-44. Stevie Wilkerson made two errors at second base and had three of the Orioles’ 14 strikeouts.
Baltimore starter Matt Harvey (3-8) suffered his career-high seventh straight loss and gave up six runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings.
The Indians opened the fourth with three hits off Harvey, including Ernie Clement’s first in the majors. He was chased by Amed Rosario’s RBI single that made it 4-1.
Keuchel crisp thru 7, leads White Sox past Rays 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings of crisp four-hit ball to win his fifth straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Adam Engel hit a solo home run and Tim Anderson had three hits as the White Sox bounced back from a 5-2 loss on Monday in matchup of the teams with the two best records in the majors.
Danny Mendick drove in a run and set up another as Chicago won for the fifth time in six and ended Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.
Keuchel (6-1) was sharp throughout this one, striking out five and walking one.
“He was Picasso, just painted it beautifully,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Shut out that club for seven innings.”
Keuchel seemed almost back in his 2015 Cy Young form as he pitched quickly and nipped corners.
“It just felt really natural, really consistent in terms of my mechanics and the ball coming out of my hand,” the left-hander said. “I’d like to end the first half (of the season) with a real consistent run.
“I targeted June for myself for really turning the gas on, so we’ll take what we’ve had for the last few outings,” he said.
Aaron Bummer pitched a scoreless eighth and Liam Hendriks worked around two singles in the ninth for his 18th save.
The White Sox and Rays entered with the two lowest team ERAs in the AL, but Tampa Bay’s rotation took a hit after an MRI showed ace Tyler Glasnow had a partial tear in an elbow ligament and a flexor strain. The right-hander said he won’t have surgery for now, and instead will try to strengthen the area.
Mendick played second base in place of rookie Nick Madrigal, who underwent season-ending surgery earlier in the day to repair tears in his right hamstring.
Rays rookie Shane McClanahan (2-2) allowed two earned runs on seven hits in five innings. Not bad, but no match for Keuchel, Rays manager Kevin Cash said after his team was shut out for the third time this season.
“This team has been on a great roll,” Cash said. “It speaks to what Dallas Keuchel and their relievers did.”
“We’ve got some guys who can handle left-handing pitching, but we’ve got to do something about that,” he said.
Mendick grounded a sharp single with two outs in the fourth to drive in Andrew Vaughn from second. Leury Garcia scored from first when left fielder Randy Arozarena’s throw skipped under catcher Francisco Mejia.
Engel led off the fifth with his third homer in seven games since coming off the injured list to make it 3-0.
Belichick not expecting Gilmore to attend minicamp this week
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn’t expect cornerback Stephon Gilmore to participate in any of the team’s remaining mandatory minicamp workouts this week.
It’s an indication that the former defensive player of the year could possibly be a holdout as the team prepares to open training camp next month.
“I don’t expect him to be here,” Belichick said Tuesday. “And we’ll just focus on the guys that are here.”
Gilmore was absent from the opening day of minicamp Monday. Belichick declined to say whether the absence was excused.
Gilmore also skipped the team’s 10 recent voluntary workouts over the past two months. He is entering the final season of the five-year, $65 million deal signed in 2017. He is set to make a base salary of $7 million in 2021 and is in line to receive an additional $500,000 roster bonus.
Still, that $7.5 million would rank him 25th among NFL cornerbacks for the coming season.
Gilmore has been a standout in New England’s secondary since arriving as a free agent from Buffalo. He has 11 interceptions in his four seasons with the Patriots.
Gilmore, who will turn 31 in September, tied a career low with one interception last season. He appeared in just 11 games after missing time due to a COVID-19 diagnosis and a season-ending quadriceps injury late in the season.
The majority of NFL teams, including the Patriots, will open training camp on July 27.
Veteran safety Devin McCourty said he’s among the players who have been in communication with Gilmore and that “he’s still a part of this team.”
“Obviously, it’s my 12th year in the league. You see things like this happen. It kind of works itself out on its own and you kind of let the player worry about that,” McCourty said. “But as far as us as teammates and our defense with him in it, I’m excited for that just as much as anything. Obviously, his season got cut short last year and he’s going to be working hard to get back to that level and play that he’s been at the last couple of years. I’m excited to see him do that.”
In Gilmore’s absence Tuesday, several other players took turns rotating into his normal spot in the secondary, including free agent pickup Jalen Mills. Mills was active with multiple pass breakups.
McCourty said whenever Gilmore does join the rest of the team, he doesn’t expect him to need much time to catch up on what he’s missed.
“He fits in where he fits in. It doesn’t take much to see where he fits in. I don’t think you have to reinvent the wheel,” McCourty said. “Our defense is kind of is what it is, year in and year out. Obviously, we add some things, we do things different depending on personnel and who’s here. But what Gilly can do and what he brings to the table is still a huge part of the defense. When he gets back, that’ll be what it is and all that will work itself out.”
Canada reaches final round of World Cup qualifying for 1st time since 1997
For the first time since 1997, Canada has advanced to the final stage of qualifying for the men’s World Cup.
The Canadians beat Haiti 3-0 on Tuesday night, sealing a 4-0 aggregate victory after winning the first-leg tilt in Port-au-Prince last week.
Cyle Larin and Junior Hoilett found the net at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, but the match will be remembered for a mind-blowing own goal by Haitian ‘keeper Josue Duverger in the early minutes of the second half.
The incredible blunder opened the scoring on the evening before Larin and Hoilett ensured there would be no comeback in the second-round qualifier.
John Herdman’s team, ranked No. 70 in the world, will now enter the final round of CONCACAF qualifying that’s comprised of eight nations, including the region’s perennial powers.
Canada joins the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and El Salvador in the Octagonal stage.
Play is scheduled to begin in September.
Every team will play one another home and away – coronavirus restrictions pending – and the top three nations will earn tickets to Qatar for next year’s World Cup. The fourth-place team will enter an intercontinental playoff.
Canada hasn’t featured at the men’s World Cup since its lone appearance in 1986. The nation will co-host the 2026 edition of the tournament but now has a chance to accelerate the process of competing on the world stage.
“At the end of the day, we know 2026 will happen, but 2022 is something that we’re aiming for right now,” defender Alistair Johnston told the Canadian Press ahead of Tuesday’s match. “That’s where all of our focus is as a team, as a group.”
Johnston and Co. are now one step closer to making the dream a reality.
INDIANA SWIMMING: King Makes History in Olympic Roster Bid
OMAHA, Neb. – Indiana superstar Lilly King earned a Team USA roster spot for the second-straight Olympic Games by winning the women’s 100m Breaststroke final on day three of the 2020 Olympic Trials at the CHI Health Center on Tuesday 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.
For the second time in as many Olympic Trials, Lilly King won the women’s 100m Breaststroke to cement her place on Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. She sprinted out quickly, hitting the turn at 30.34 and held on for the victory at 1:04.79.
She is the first woman to qualify outright for Team USA in the 100m Breaststroke in back-to-back Olympic Games since Tracy Caulkins won the Olympic Trials in 1980 and 1984.
Indiana Swim Club trainee Annie Lazor settled for the bronze position with a time of 1:05.60. She, along with King, will both be back in the preliminary heats of the 200m Breaststroke on Thursday morning.
Indiana alumnus Zach Apple will await a potential Olympic roster spot for the 800m Freestyle Relay after finishing fifth in the 200m Freestyle final with a time of 1:46.45, besting his seed time by nearly one-third of a second.
Rio gold medalist Blake Pieroni finished seventh in the final with a time of 1:46.57, just ahead of his seed time of 1:46.62. Both Apple and Pieroni will be back in action tomorrow morning for the 100m Freestyle preliminary heats.
Hoosier Corey Gambardella cruised to a career-best time of 1:56.56 in the first semifinal heat of the men’s 200m Butterfly. His time placed him sixth and earned him a spot in Wednesday night’s final.
MEN’S 200m FREESTYLE
5. Zach Apple – 1:46.45
7. Blake Pieroni – 1:46.57
WOMEN’S 100m BREASTSTROKE
1. Lilly King – 1:04.79 #
3. Annie Lazor – 1:05.60
MEN’S 200m BUTTERFLY
6. Corey Gambardella – 1:56.56 *
Advanced to Finals *
Advanced to Olympics #
The trials will continue with Hoosier representation in the preliminary heats in the men’s 100m Freestyle, women’s 200m Butterfly, men’s 200m Breaststroke and men’s 800m Freestyle. The morning session will begin at 11 a.m. ET.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: BOILERS ADD HEIDE
Camden Heide, a 6’6” forward from Minnesota, has decided to play for the Boilermakers. He is the third player in the class of 2022.
Heide lead Wayzata High School to a Class AAAA state championship in Minnesota. He averaged 16 points as a freshman and 15.1 as a sophomore.
PURDUE TRACK: Nine Boilermakers Earn All-America Honors
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Nine Purdue track & field student-athletes have been recognized with a combined 11 All-America accolades, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced.
Junior Tamar Greene and sophomore Isaiah Martin were named Second Team All-Americans in the triple jump and decathlon, respectively. Honorable Mention All-America recognition was bestowed to the Boilermakers’ men’s 4×100 relay of Greene, senior Samson Colebrooke, sophomore Justin Becker and freshman Marcellus Moore, the women’s 4×400 relay featuring freshmen K’Ja Talley and Cierra Williams, senior Samara Miller and freshman Saran Kouyeth and Colebrooke in the 200-meter dash.
The All-America honors come after the Boilermakers competed at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last week. Greene, Martin and Moore are recognized as All-Americans for the second time in 2021, along with accolades earned indoors, and Kouyeth, Miller, Talley and Williams earned the distinction for the first time in their careers.
Martin led Purdue with a 10th-place finish in the decathlon, with 7,542 points. He is named an All-American for the fourth time in his career, along with 2021 and 2020 indoors and 2019 outdoors. Martin also was 10th earlier this year in the heptathlon and in 2019 in the decathlon, while he qualified in the heptathlon for the 2020 indoor meet which was not held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Greene was 13th in the triple jump, with a mark of 15.85 meters, to earn second team accolades. Along with his 4×100 relay award, the pair of All-America honors gives him five in his career. Earlier this year indoors, Greene was seventh in the triple jump and named to the first team. Outdoors in 2019, he helped the 4×100 relay to a seventh-place finish and was 19th in the triple jump to be named to both the first team and honorable mention squads.
In the 4×100, Purdue was 19th in 39.68, as Greene, Colebrooke, Becker and Moore were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. Becker is recognized for the second time in his career, after he collected first team accolades in 2019 outdoors in the 4×100 relay. Moore also is a two-time honoree, both coming in 2021, as he placed sixth in the 60-meter final indoors to earn First Team All-America honors.
Colebrooke, who also was 22nd in the 200 in 21.01, was named an Honorable Mention All-American twice, and concludes his Boilermaker career as a six-time All-America winner. In 2019, he was named to the first team in the 4×100 and the second team in the 200 and 4×400, while he was recognized as an All-American indoors in 2020 in the 200.
Purdue’s 4×400 all earned their first career All-America accolades, as Talley, Williams, Miller and Kouyeth raced at their first NCAA Championships. The foursome finished 20th overall in 3:38.50 to collect honorable mention distinction.
OHIO STATE SWIMMING: HUNTER ARMSTRONG 2ND IN 100 BACK AT U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The awesome 2021 year for Ohio State sophomore swimmer Hunter Armstrong has turned into a great year for the sport industry major from Dover, Ohio. Tuesday evening at the CHI Health Center, in Omaha, Neb., Armstrong finished second in the 100 backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and, although it won’t be official until the team is announced on June 19, he is expected to be named to the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
Armstrong, who was second in the semifinals on Monday with a long course meters career-best time of 52.67, lowered that standard with a time of 52.48 Tuesday to finish second to 2016 Olympic 100 and 200 backstroke gold medalist Ryan Murphy, who won the race in 52.33. Shaine Casas was third (52.76) and Bryce Mefford was fourth (52.92).
“We are all just incredibly proud and happy for Hunter,” Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State director of swimming and diving said. “Hunter is a proud Ohioan who has just continued to get better and better. Ohio State has a rich history of U.S. Olympians and medal winners, but it’s been a while since we had one so this is a wonderful moment for Hunter, his hometown of Dover and for the Ohio State program.”
Armstrong will be the first Buckeye to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team since 1956 and he’ll follow in the wake of Ohio State’s most recent swimming Olympians: George Markovic (competed for Serbia in the 2012 Olympics) and Dustin Tynes (2016 Olympics for the Bahamas).
Armstrong was a force for Ohio State at the 2021 Big Ten championships, where the team finished third, and the 2021 NCAA championships, when Ohio State finished seventh for its best back-to-back NCAA finishes in 58 years (Ohio State was ninth in 2019). He scored in seven events at Big Tens and then earned four All-America honors at the NCAA championships, including in the 100 backstroke.
INDY INDIANS: Alford Reaches Base Four Times In 6-1 Indians Win
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians pitching staff held the Memphis Redbirds to just three hits and fanned 12 batters in a 6-1 series-opening win on Tuesday night at Victory Field. It was the first regular-season matchup between the two teams in history.
Anthony Alford, entering the game ranked fourth among Triple-A East league leaders with a .404 on-base percentage, reached base safely in his first four plate appearances of the game. He was hit by a pitch, walked twice and singled to center field in the sixth inning to come around and score three of the Indians six runs in the game.
Indianapolis (19-17) loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning but could only plate one after back-to-back strikeouts. A walk to Hunter Owen, the second walk and third free base of the Indians’ opening frame, scored Alford to give the Indians the early lead.
They struck again with another bases-loaded situation in the second. With two outs, Will Craig – who was fanned with the bases juiced in the first – singled on a ground ball in the hole between shortstop and third base to drive in Alford and Jared Oliva. To get on base, Oliva singled for the second time in as many innings.
Craig drove in his third RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning, again with two outs to score Alford. Memphis (15-22) scored its lone run on an RBI triple off the bat of Irving Lopez in the top of the fifth.
The Indians scored one run in the sixth and another in the seventh off T.J. Rivera’s second home run of the season.
Steven Wright (3-2) tossed a gem for the Indians in the start, allowing just two Redbirds hits in five innings. The Indians bullpen combined to allow just three baserunners in four innings of work with six of the Indians 12 strikeouts.
Zack Thompson (L, 0-5) went 3.2 innings and surrendered four earned runs on five hits and five walks.
The first regular-season series between the Indians and Redbirds continues tonight at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Beau Sulser (2-2, 4.60) faces off against RHP Thomas Parsons (1-2, 5.65).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1884 Due to inflammation in his right index finger, Larry Corcoran of the White Stockings (Cubs) pitches both left-handed and right-handed in a game against the Bisons. The natural right-hander hurls ambidextrously for four innings, alternating throwing arms, before moving to shortstop in Chicago’s 20-9 loss at Buffalo’s Olympic Park.
1893 At the Southeast Diamond of the Polo Grounds in New York, the Gothams, a team that eventually will be known as the Giants, offer free admission to escorted and unescorted women, making the promotion the first ‘Ladies’ Day’ in baseball history. The female fans see their hometown favorites beat the Cleveland Spiders, 5-2.
1916 At Braves Field, right-hander Tom Hughes no-hits the Pirates, 2-0. ‘Salida Tom’ will finish the season with a 16-3 record, the best win-loss percentage in the National League, for the third-place Boston club.
1928 Bill Regan becomes the first player in Red Sox history to homer twice in an inning when he hits two round-trippers, including an inside-the-park homer, in the eight-run fourth frame of the team’s 10-5 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. The feat will not be accomplished again by a BoSox player until 1990 when Ellis Burks homers twice in the fourth frame of the team’s 12-4 rout of the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium.
1933 Last year’s National League batting champ, Lefty O’Doul, and pitcher Watty Clark, a 20-game winner last season, are traded by the Dodgers to the Giants for first baseman Sam Leslie. Brooklyn’s newest infielder will bat .311 during his three seasons with the team, before returning to New York in 1936.
1938 Future Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx is walked six straight times in the Red Sox’ 12-8 victory over the Browns. The Boston first baseman will lead the American League this season with 119 bases on balls.
1941 Johnny Vander Meer, best known for throwing consecutive no-hitters, becomes the first hurler to start a game by throwing four consecutive bases on balls before retiring a single batter. The Reds’ starter will not make it out of the first inning of the Crosley Field contest, an eventual 6-0 loss to New York.
1952 At the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson erases a three-run ninth-inning deficit with a walk-off grand slam, giving the Giants a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Cardinals. The third baseman’s decisive blow comes with one out off Willard Schmidt.
1953 With a 3-1 triumph in the Bronx, the Browns halt the Yankees’ winning streak at 18. The St. Louis win snaps their 14-game losing streak and hands Whitey Ford his first loss in eight decisions.
1956 Charlie Grimm, after the Braves lose the 12th game of their last 17 contests, resigns as the team’s manager, being immediately replaced by coach Fred Haney. The 56 year-old skipper, who is offered a personnel position within the organization, leaves the dugout with a 24-22 record, only 3.5 games behind the league-leading Pirates.
1957 Dixie Howell, in three and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief, limits Washington to four hits, earning his second victory of the season. The 37 year-old Kentuckian’s hitting proves to be the difference when his home runs in the fifth and sixth innings propel the White Sox to an 8-6 victory at Comiskey Park.
1961 In his major league debut, 18 year-old Lew Krausse Jr., signed as an amateur free agent for $125,000 by A’s owner Charlie Finley, throws a three-hit shutout and collects two hits in Kansas City’s 4-0 victory over L.A. at Municipal Stadium. In 1932, the redheaded fireballer’s dad blanked the Red Sox in his final major league appearance, giving the father-son duo back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.
1962 With the Tribe trailing the Bronx Bombers, 9-8, Jerry Kindall hits a walk-off two-run homer, giving the Indians a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Left-fielder Yogi Berra, watching the second baseman’s homer go over his head to beat his Yankees 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, probably experiences a “deja vu all over again” memory of Bill Mazeroski’s Game 7 home run in 1960, which ended with the identical score.
1963 In the bottom of the third of a 4-3 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park, Jim Campbell becomes only the second catcher in National League history, the first since 1946, to be credited with three assists in one inning. The 25 year-old Colt .45’s backstop nails Gaylord Perry trying to advance to third on a fielder’s choice, guns down Chuck Hiller in an attempt to steal second, and ends the frame by throwing out Willie McCovey, who doubled and then tried to take an extra base on a relay to home plate.
1964 In a 7-1 victory over the Astros, Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer hits for the cycle. In the same game, Lou Brock, recently obtained from the Cubs for Ernie Broglio, makes his debut in a St. Louis uniform with two hits, including a triple, and the fleet outfielder also steals a base.
1969 In an effort to return major league baseball to Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox play a home game at County Stadium, where only 13,133 fans show up to see the ‘home’ team beat the Pilots, 8-3. Ironically, the visitors will leave Seattle next season to move to the ‘Cream City,’ with the one year-old American League franchise becoming known as the Brewers.
1969 In the bottom of the first inning at Metropolitan Stadium, Tony Oliva and Rod Carew complete a double steal, swiping second and third base, respectively. On the next pitch thrown by Angels’ starter Tom Murphy, the pair repeats the feat, as Carew steals home for the sixth time this season, tying the American League record.
1971 Recently traded from the Senators, Mike Epstein homers in his first two at-bats, giving him four consecutive homers over two games, to help the A’s defeat his former team, 5-0. Oakland scores all of their runs on solo homers.
1976 Mark Fidrych tosses his sixth consecutive complete game, beating Kansas City, 4-3. The 21 year-old Detroit rookie has finished every game he has started since his May 15th debut in the Tigers rotation.
1978 Reds’ right-hander Tom Seaver no-hits the Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium, 4-0. The gem is Tom Terrific’s first no-no after taking a hitless game into the ninth inning three times during the first 12 years of his career.
1984 Mario Soto’s second suspension of the season results from firing a baseball at a group of opposing players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano after he punched Claudell Washington, who was being restrained by umpire Lanny Harris as he charged the mound. The Reds suspends the fiery right-hander for three games due to this incident with Washington, who had been the target of his brushback pitches, getting five games off for pushing the home plate ump.
1987 In the sixth inning of a 6-5 Baltimore loss to New York at Yankee Stadium, Cal Ripken collects his 1,000th career hit when he singles to center field off Rich Bordi. The shortstop is the youngest player in Orioles history to reach the milestone.
1989 San Pedro de Macoris native Sammy Sosa, signed by Texas scout Omar Minaya as an athletic, but malnourished and frail 16 year-old, becomes the youngest Dominican to play in the majors. The Rangers’ leadoff batter, a twenty-year, seven-month-old rookie, goes 2-for-4 with a double in Texas’s 8-3 loss to the Yankees.
1991 After getting off to a slow start, the Twins take over sole possession of first place when they beat the Indians, 4-2, for their 15th consecutive victory. The winning streak lifts the club from fifth place to the top spot in the standings, a lead the team will never relinquish.
1991 Otis Nixon establishes a National League record and ties the 1912 major league mark set by the A’s Eddie Collins by swiping six bases in one game. Crime doesn’t pay when the Braves outfielder’s thievery cannot overcome a 7-6 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium.
1991 Against the Reds, Phillies’ right-hander Andy Ashby strikes out the side on only nine pitches to become the 12th pitcher in National League history to use the minimum amount of pitches needed to record three strikeouts in one inning. The Philadelphia rookie becomes the first in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
1992 During a pregame ceremony at Anaheim Stadium, the Angels become the first of three teams to retire Nolan Ryan’s number. The hard-throwing right-hander, who compiled a 138-121 record in 291 games with California, will also have his digits retired by the Astros and Rangers in 1996.
1993 The 100th anniversary of Cracker Jack is celebrated with a party at Wrigley Field that includes distributing the candy-coated popcorn and peanut treat, that was introduced at the Chicago World Fair in 1893, free of charge to all of the fans attending the Cubs’ game against Florida. Sailor Jack, the company’s mascot, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
1993 In his first major league at-bat, Marlins catcher Mitch Lyden hits a home run off Jose Bautista in the team’s 6-4 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field. The second-inning homer will be the only round-tripper in the brief career of the rookie backstop, who will play in just six games, collecting three hits in ten plate appearances.
1996 At the age of 83, Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen, best known for his years doing play-by-play for the Yankees, dies of heart failure. His “How about that” signature line will become familiar to another generation of fans through the syndicated TV show, This Week in Baseball, which he hosted from the program’s inception in 1977.
1997 At Yankee Stadium, the Mets beat their crosstown rivals, 6-0, in the first-ever regular-season game between the two teams. Dave Mlicki throws a complete-game shutout, blanking the Bronx Bombers on nine hits.
1997 In the first regular-season meeting between the two major league teams in Ohio, Reds’ rookie right-hander Brett Tomko tosses 7.1 shutout innings in Cincinnati’s 4-1 win over the Indians at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field. The victory will prove to be costly for Cincy when Barry Larkin ruptures his heel running out a double, putting their All-Star shortstop on the shelf for six weeks.
1998 The Phillies score seven runs in the bottom of the ninth in an incredible 8-7 come-from-behind win over the stunned Pirates. Mike Lieberthal’s two-out, three-run blast off Rich Loiselle is the final blow that sinks the Bucs.
2001 In a game that features thousands of swarming moths, the Red Sox beat the Braves and the bugs in extra innings at Turner Field, 9-5. Although the swarm has little bearing on the outcome of the game, the insects bothered some players, including Dave Martinez, who claimed to have one sucked into his mouth.
2001 John Olerud becomes the twenty-first player to hit for the cycle more than once in his career, and only the second, along with Bob Watson, to have accomplished the feat in both leagues. Among all of the players who have managed to hit a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game, the Mariners’ first baseman has the fewest career three-baggers, with just a dozen during his 13-year major league stint.
2003 Dontrelle Willis throws a complete-game one-hit shutout in the Marlins’ 1-0 win over the Mets at Pro Player Stadium. The D-Train’s victory, which improves his record to 6-1, marks the start of the baseball world taking notice of the high-kicking southpaw phenom, who goes on to win the Rookie of the Year.
2005 After a pitch goes between his legs, Richmond Braves flycatcher Esix Snead charges the mound and pummels the Syracuse SkyChiefs hurler, David Bush. The action incites an International League brawl, which results in fines and suspensions given to 40 players, a coach, and a manager, including a ten-day hiatus for Snead.
2006 In the sixth inning of a 9-8 loss to the Lynx in Ottawa, Brandon Watson of the Columbus Clippers breaks the 95 year-old International League record by extending his hitting streak to 43 consecutive games. The Nationals farmhand, batting .360 during this stretch, eclipses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt of the Rochester Hustlers established in 1912.
2006 For the first time in 35 years, the Yankees play a regular-season game in the nation’s capital, beating the Nationals in an interleague contest at RFK Stadium, 7-5. The Bronx Bombers’ previous game in Washington on Sept. 30, 1971, in the same ballpark, ended with New York awarded with a 9-0 victory when the Senators fans, with their team ahead by two runs in the season finale, refused to leave the field as a protest to losing a franchise for the second time since 1961.
2008 Seattle, the team with the worst record in the major leagues (24-45), fires Bill Bavasi as their general manager in his fifth season at the helm. Two weeks ago, in a move he came to regret, the embattled GM locked the clubhouse doors and mandated the Mariners players to sit together and be publicly held accountable for their slow start.
2010 Jamie Moyer’s first outing at the new Yankee Stadium is a successful one when he limits New York to only three hits in eight innings of work in the 6-3 Phillies’ victory. The Bronx Bombers’ new ballyard is the 48th venue the 47 year-old southpaw has pitched in during his career, surpassing Rudy Seanez’s record for the most appearances in different major league ballparks.
2010 Michael Young’s two-run single in the eighth inning contributes to the Rangers’ 6-3 victory over Florida and establishes a club record for hits. The 33 year-old third baseman surpasses Ivan Rodriguez’s club record with his 1,748th hit, reaching the mark in 91 fewer games than Pudge.
2014 “Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life.” – Commissioner Bud Selig, on the passing of Tony Gwynn. Tony Gwynn, surrounded by his family, loses his battle to salivary gland cancer at the age of 54. The Hall of Fame outfielder played his entire major league career with the Padres, compiling a .338 career batting average over 20 seasons, collecting 3,141 hits, en route to tying Honus Wagner’s mark of eight National League batting titles.
2015 The Orioles blast a franchise-record eight home runs in their 19-3 rout of the Phillies at Camden Yards. Manny Machado (2), Jimmy Paredes, Chris Parmelee (2), David Lough, Chris Davis, and Ryan Flaherty all go deep for the Birds.
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|Washington||29||35||.453||7.5||17 – 17||12 – 18||9 – 13||8 – 10||6 – 8||5 – 5||W 3|
|Miami||29||38||.433||9||16 – 14||13 – 24||12 – 10||4 – 11||11 – 9||5 – 5||L 3|
|Chi Cubs||38||29||.567||–||24 – 10||14 – 19||8 – 8||19 – 14||9 – 4||6 – 4||L 2|
|Milwaukee||38||29||.567||–||20 – 17||18 – 12||7 – 9||17 – 12||12 – 3||7 – 3||L 2|
|Cincinnati||34||31||.523||3||16 – 16||18 – 15||3 – 2||18 – 12||9 – 14||8 – 2||W 5|
|St. Louis||34||33||.507||4||18 – 15||16 – 18||12 – 10||13 – 14||7 – 6||3 – 7||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||23||43||.348||14.5||13 – 19||10 – 24||4 – 6||7 – 22||7 – 10||1 – 9||L 9|
|San Francisco||42||25||.627||–||20 – 9||22 – 16||8 – 6||11 – 4||18 – 11||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||41||26||.612||1||23 – 11||18 – 15||8 – 3||7 – 9||17 – 8||7 – 3||W 3|
|San Diego||38||31||.551||5||21 – 14||17 – 17||3 – 4||10 – 13||17 – 13||2 – 8||L 2|
|Colorado||27||41||.397||15.5||22 – 14||5 – 27||5 – 8||3 – 10||13 – 21||4 – 6||W 2|
|Arizona||20||48||.294||22.5||11 – 19||9 – 29||8 – 15||6 – 8||6 – 18||0 – 10||L 12|
|Orlando City SC||7||3||3||1||8||4||4||2-2-0||1-1-1||12|
|New York City FC||7||3||2||2||13||7||6||1-1-1||2-1-1||11|
|Inter Miami CF||8||2||2||4||8||13||-5||0-1-3||2-1-1||8|
|Real Salt Lake||6||2||3||1||9||7||2||1-2-1||1-1-0||9|
|Los Angeles FC||7||2||2||3||8||9||-1||2-1-1||0-1-2||8|
|Connecticut Sun||8||3||.727||—||5-1||3-2||4-0||7-3||1 L|
|New York Liberty||6||5||.545||2.0||3-2||3-3||3-3||5-5||1 L|
|Atlanta Dream||5||6||.455||3.0||2-4||3-2||4-2||5-5||1 W|
|Chicago Sky||5||7||.417||3.5||1-5||4-2||4-2||3-7||3 W|
|Washington Mystics||4||6||.400||3.5||3-3||1-3||2-4||4-6||1 L|
|Indiana Fever||1||12||.077||8.0||1-5||0-7||1-7||1-9||8 L|