INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE (JUNE 12)

4A

@KOKOMO

Munster vs. Fishers

@JASPER

Mount Vernon vs. Jasper

3A

@LAPORTE

Hanover Central vs. Norwell

@JASPER

Brebeuf vs. Southridge

2A

@KOKOMO

Eastside vs. Delphi

@MOORESVILLE

University vs. Providence

1A

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Washington Township vs. Cowan

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Shakamak vs. Borden

INDIANA SOFTBALL STATE FINALS (JUNE 11-12)

Friday, June 11

Class A | Northfield (19-9) vs. Clay City (22-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

Class 3A | Guerin Catholic (25-2) vs. Boonville (20-6) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT

Saturday, June 12

Class 2A | Pioneer (34-2) vs. Sullivan (28-4) | 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT

Class 4A | Lake Central (31-1) vs. Roncalli (30-2) | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT

INDIANA BOYS GOLF REGIONAL SITES/SCHEDULE

Dates: Thursday, June 10; Friday, June 11, 2021. 
Admission: Free.
Advancement from Regionals to State Finals: Top 3 teams plus; Top 5 low individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team. Ties for 5th place must be played off in order to advance.

1. Lake Central (6) | Sandy Pines Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: Harrison (West Lafayette), Lake Central, LaPorte, Logansport, Valparaiso, Westfield.

2. Plymouth (6) | Swan Lake Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: East Noble, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Northridge, Peru, South Bend Riley, Warsaw Community.

3. Muncie Central (6) | The Players Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Cathedral, Monroe Central, Noblesville, Norwell, Richmond.

4. Washington (6) | Country Oaks Golf Club | Thurs, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Attica, Evansville Mater Dei, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Linton-Stockton, Martinsville, Vincennes Lincoln.

5. Providence (6) | Champions Pointe Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bloomington North, Franklin Community, Greensburg, Jasper, Madison Consolidated, Providence.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Interleague
NY Mets3Final
Baltimore10
 
Washington1Final
Tampa Bay3
 
San Francisco9Final
Texas4
 
Cleveland10Final
St. Louis1
 
Arizona2Final
Oakland5
American League
Houston7Final
Boston1
 
Seattle3Final
Detroit5
 
Toronto1Final
Chi White Sox6
 
NY Yankees8Final
Minnesota4
 
Kansas City1Final
LA Angels8
National League
Atlanta9Final
Philadelphia5
 
LA Dodgers5Final
Pittsburgh3
 
Milwaukee5Final
Cincinnati1
 
Colorado2Final
Miami6
 
Chi Cubs7Final
San Diego1

NBA PLAYOFFS

Atlanta102Final
Philadelphia118
 
LA Clippers109Final
Utah112

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay2Final
Carolina0
 
Vegas3Final-OT
Colorado2

COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES-SUPER REGIONALS

GAMES BEGIN FRIDAY, JUNE 11 – All times are Eastern

Note: Game times and ESPN Network subject to change

NC State (33-17) at No. 1 Arkansas (49-11)

6 p.m. (ESPNU), 3 p.m. (ESPN2), *6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 13 East Carolina (44-15) at No. 4 Vanderbilt (43-15)

Noon (ESPN2), Noon (ESPN2), *3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 9 Stanford (36-15) at No. 8 Texas Tech (45-15)

3 p.m. (ESPNU), 3 p.m. (ESPNU), *3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 12 Ole Miss (44-20) at No. 5 Arizona (43-15)

9 p.m. (ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2), *9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

The following four super regionals will be played Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, with Monday, June 14 for if necessary or weather-delayed games.

GAMES BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 12 – All times are Eastern

Note: Game times and ESPN Network subject to change

South Florida (31-28) at No. 2 Texas (45-15)

9 p.m. (ESPNU), 9 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

DBU (40-16) vs. Virginia (32-24**)

Neutral site games played in Columbia, South Carolina

**record is through games played June 8

Noon (ESPNU), Noon (ESPN2/ESPNU), *1 p.m. (ESPNU)

LSU (38-23) at No. 3 Tennessee (48-16)

7 p.m. (ESPN2), Noon or 3 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

No. 10 Notre Dame (33-11) at No. 7 Mississippi State (43-15)

2 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU), *7 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)

TOP HEADLINES

NBA: Nikola Jokic becomes lowest draft pick ever to win MVP award

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago.

Now, by overwhelming consensus, he’s No. 1.

The Nuggets’ big man was revealed Tuesday as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21, making him by far the lowest draft pick ever to win the award. “The Joker” now has his name etched alongside the greatest players in league history, which surely seemed unlikely when he was that unheralded prospect out of Sombor, Serbia in 2014.

“To be honest, I didn’t even think I would be in the NBA,” Jokic said. “My goal when I started to play basketball back home, it was playing in Euroleague because that was kind of the closest top league to my country.”

He did a little more.

Jokic was the runaway winner, getting 91 of the 101 first-place ballots cast – 100 of them from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league, the other being an aggregate first-place ballot compiled from fan voting.

“It’s a big accomplishment, but it’s something that like I said to the guys, it’s not just me,” Jokic said. “I came here six years ago and I was growing, the organization was growing, the coaching staff was growing, the players next to me were growing.

“I couldn’t do it by myself. It’s an individual award, but it’s the effort of everybody.”

That fan vote was the outlier: It went to 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks, the only vote Rose got.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid was second, Golden State’s Stephen Curry was third, 2019 and 2020 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee was fourth and Phoenix’s Chris Paul was fifth.

The previous record-holders for lowest draft picks who became MVPs were Steve Nash and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who were both chosen 15th overall. Antetokounmpo won the MVP award each of the last two seasons.

Greece now cedes the bragging rights to Serbia – the fifth nation outside of the U.S. to claim an MVP, joining Canada (Nash), Greece (Antetokounmpo), Nigeria (Hakeem Olajuwon) and Germany (Dirk Nowitzki).

The news came in a team meeting Tuesday, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appearing on a video screen to deliver the word.

“First of many,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

After the top five, the rest of the voting was Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, New York’s Julius Randle, Rose, Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Washington’s Russell Westbrook, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and, tying for 13th, was the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Brooklyn’s James Harden and the Lakers’ LeBron James.

James got one fifth-place vote – extending his streak to 18 years with at least one vote in the MVP race.

Jokic’s rise was meteoric, but not totally unexpected after the way he played in recent years. Even Kobe Bryant, back in 2019, said he had challenged Jokic to fulfill his potential and win an MVP award.

Challenge accepted. Challenge met. And now Jokic has the trophy that Bryant won in 2008.

“MVP! BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA!” Nuggets teammate Will Barton posted on Instagram.

“I couldn’t win it without you guys,” Jokic told his teammates when the word came.

Jokic had a league-high 60 double-doubles and added 16 triple-doubles – second-most in the NBA behind only triple-double king and former MVP Westbrook – this season. Jokic’s scoring average jumped from 19.9 points per game last season to 26.4. He tied his career high with 10.8 rebounds per game and his average of 8.3 assists was just shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time season average (8.6) for a center.

He shot 56% from the field and 39% from 3-point range.

“The Denver Nuggets drafted me, it was an opportunity for me to become an NBA player,” Jokic said. “I think I did a good job of using that opportunity.”

NBA: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 112-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Tuesday night.

Mitchell did most of his work in the second half, scoring 32 points to rally the Jazz from a double-digit deficit. Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 18 points apiece. Mitchell and Clarkson combined for 12 3-pointers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles. Paul George chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Kennard added 18 points while making a team-high four 3-pointers.

Utah and Los Angeles will play Game 2 on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz trailed by as many as 14 points before rallying and overtaking the Clippers in the fourth quarter. Utah took the lead for good on a 21-9 run bookended by 3-pointers from Bogdanovic. His second one gave the Jazz a 103-93 lead with 5:22 remaining.

George hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 112-109 in the final minute. But Rudy Gobert blocked a potential game-tying shot from Marcus Morris with a second left to preserve the victory.

The Jazz were ice cold on offense during the first quarter. Utah jumped out to a 10-2 lead after Mitchell made a pair of 3-pointers. Over the next 8 1/2 minutes, the Jazz missed 20 consecutive shots. 15 of the 20 shots were contested by the Clippers. Utah started 3-of-25 from the field before Clarkson buried a corner three to break the ice.

Los Angeles capitalized on the lengthy drought with a 22-2 run. Kennard buried three 3-pointers to put the Clippers in front 24-12 late in the quarter.

Hot outside shooting buoyed Los Angeles in the second quarter and kept Utah at arm’s length. The Clippers went 7-of-12 from 3-point range during the quarter. Four of those baskets came during a stretch where they scored on six straight possessions, culminating in Rajon Rondo’s outside basket, to extend their lead to 51-37.

Mitchell took over early in the third quarter. He scored four straight baskets to open the quarter and totaled 16 points in nine minutes. His effort helped the Jazz regain a 72-71 lead at the end of a 13-4 run. Mitchell scored back-to-back baskets to fuel the run and assisted the go-ahead layup from Royce O’Neale.

NBA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid bounded on the court and pointed at Shake Milton following an electrifying stretch that might have saved Philadelphia’s season and yelled, “I told you be ready!”

Sure enough, Embiid – who had a sideline confrontation last season with Milton – rallied the forgotten guard with a pregame pep talk.

“For some reason,” Embiid said, “I felt like he was going to be needed.”

Milton buried a 32-footer and scored 14 points, and Embiid had a playoff-best 40 points and 13 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night and even the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Game 3 is Friday in Atlanta.

“It really shows what the playoffs is about,” 76ers forward Tobias Harris said. “You never know who’s going to be able to step up.”

Milton took his turn in Game 2.

Milton shined at times as a sixth man this season before he fell out of favor and slogged through an awful first round against Washington (3.4 points per game).

With the reserves failing Philly for the second straight game against the Hawks – the Sixers had zero bench points at the half – coach Doc Rivers gave Milton a shot in the third.

The Sixers squandered a 21-point lead and Trae Young hit a pair of free throws in the third for Atlanta’s first lead, 80-79.

Then came Shake.

Milton did not play in the first half but promptly buried a quick 3 to make it 82-80 for Philadelphia’s first bench points in 34 minutes. He buried a long-distance 3 at the horn that sent the Sixers into the fourth quarter with a 91-84 lead and sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. He kept it going with a jumper early in the fourth that made it 95-84.

Rivers kept the faith and Shake rattled the Hawks and helped the Sixers roll to a 14-0 run that blew the game open and they avoided a straight second disaster at home.

“He prepared himself and he believed he would get another shot and he got it,” Rivers said.

Milton’s 14 minutes were the most valuable of Game 2.

Embiid proved his value all season.

Playing with a cartilage tear in his right knee, Embiid carried the Sixers early not long after he found out he was runner-up in NBA MVP voting. Embiid, Tobias Harris and Seth Curry steadied the top-seeded Sixers a game after they fell behind by 26 and were stunned in a Game 1 defeat.

Young scored 21 points for the Hawks, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 and Kevin Huerter had 20.

“Whenever we got close we just turned the ball over or gave up a basket,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We didn’t really do a good job of controlling or establishing our defense all night long.”

The Sixers led by 18 early and Sixers fans – who only recently were allowed to pack the place – unleashed seemingly a season’s worth of pandemonium from the opening tip.

Much like in Game 1, the 76ers reserves could not keep the game competitive. All five bench players used in the first half were minus in plus-minus (George Hill and Furkan Korkmaz were both at -11) and Atlanta came roaring back. Huerter and Gallinari hit consecutive 3s that helped the Hawks pull within 57-55 at halftime.

Young, the breakout performer of the postseason, was held to 11 points in the half after scoring 25 in the first half of Game 1. The difference was defense. Ben Simmons, an NBA defensive player of the year finalist, got the assignment in this one after Danny Green was overmatched in the opener. The Sixers were ready for Young: On one first-quarter possession, Young drove the lane and ran into Embiid. Young retreated beyond the 3-point line but was chased down and pressed by Embiid. Trapped along the sideline, Young threw a wild pass that was picked off by Green.

Late in the quarter, Young took one of his usual long, long distance 3s from closer to the 76ers logo than the 3-point line, but the 6-foot-10 Simmons used his outstretched right arm and deflected the 6-1 Young’s shot straight into the air. Simmons snagged the ball.

“I think it was good we came out here and got a game,” Young said. “Obviously they’re a really good team on their floor. Getting at least one game was something we wanted to do.”

NHL: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy was at his best again with the Tampa Bay Lightning in position to close out a playoff series.

Throw in a couple of timely goals from Brayden Point and Ross Colton, and the reigning Stanley Cup champions are a step closer to playing for another title.

Vasilevskiy posted his third straight shutout in a series-clinching victory, helping the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the second-round series in five games.

Point’s power-play goal – which followed a huge save from Vasilevskiy – put Tampa Bay up in the second period, then Colton scored in the third. That was more than enough for Vasilevskiy, who finished with 29 saves and stumped the homesteading Hurricanes for the third time in as many series games at PNC Arena.

Tampa Bay is now 5-1 on the road in the playoffs, including taking a 2-0 series lead in the first round against Florida and then claiming all three in this series.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in our group,” Point said. “I thought we had a pretty good regular season where we were kind of building to this. … Yeah, it’s just a belief in our group. We’ve got four lines and all the D and great goaltending. So we just feel confident.”

It started with Vasilevskiy, a former Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender and a finalist this year. He allowed just two goals on 70 shots through the first two games to open this series.

Then, after a wild Game 4 in Florida that saw each team score four second-period goals, Vasilevskiy turned away every shot. Among his saves Tuesday was a huge glove stop of a 2-on-1 short-handed chance by Carolina’s Vincent Trocheck.

Point’s goal came moments later on a gorgeous effort. He took a feed from Alex Killorn to his backhand side near the crease, went to his forehand before returning to the backhand to get Carolina netminder Alex Nedeljkovic off balance just enough to score at 4:06 of the second.

“They’re both two big-time players that made big-time plays,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of the sequence.

The Lightning nearly pushed that lead to 2-0 with captain Steven Stamkos scoring a buzzer-beating goal, but a review determined the puck didn’t cross the goal line in time. But Colton made up for it at 9:04 of the third for the 2-0 lead.

The Hurricanes just couldn’t do the same.

“He made some big saves, timely saves,” Carolina captain Jordan Staal said of Vasilevskiy. “Good goaltenders do that. He did a good job of not letting us get some momentum and get the crowd into it.”

Next up for Tampa Bay in the NHL semifinals is the winner of the series between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins. The Islanders lead that best-of-seven series 3-2 and can close it out Wednesday at home.

It was a frustrating finish for the Hurricanes, who were in the playoffs for the third straight season after a nine-season drought. They won the Central Division title for their first division crown since winning the Cup in 2006, and were in the Presidents’ Trophy race until the final week of the season.

“There’s a next step we’ve got to find,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “That’s what’s left.”

NHL: DENVER (AP) Mark Stone blocked a shot on the defensive end and by the time he spun around, a pass was waiting for him with nothing but clear sailing ahead.

A burst of speed – even as tired as he was – and a wrist shot later, he was being mobbed along the boards by teammates.

The captain to the rescue.

Stone scored on a breakaway 50 seconds into overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their second-round series.

“He was exhausted and you saw how hard he skated all the way down the ice,” teammate Alex Tuch said. “He’s the heart and soul on this team. He wears his character on his chest. He’s the captain we’ve always wanted. It was a huge goal.”

Max Pacioretty corralled the puck after two blocked shots on that end and fed it to Stone, who was off to the races. Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd.

“That was vintage Mark Stone,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “Big-time play to win it for us.”

Trailing 2-0 entering the third, the Golden Knights found another gear with Tuch scoring 1:03 into the period and Jonathan Marchessault tying it up just 3:04 later.

Really, though, it was the Marc-Andre Fleury Show, with the Vegas goaltender stopping 28 shots, many of the sensational variety. He stuffed J.T. Compher just 10 seconds into the extra period.

“Fleury makes a big stop there. It happened bang, bang,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “He’s able to get a piece of it. It didn’t go our way tonight.”

Fleury picked up playoff win No. 88, which ties him with Billy Smith and Ed Belfour for the fourth-most in NHL history. It was also Fleury’s 12th career playoff overtime win, which trails only Tuukka Rask (15) and Braden Holtby (14) for most among active goaltenders, according to NHL Stats.

“He’s a Vezina candidate for a reason,” Stone said of Fleury, who’s up for the league’s top goaltender award. “He’s the Vezina winner in my opinion for a reason and he stayed strong throughout the whole game.”

Colorado appeared in command after a 2-0 lead courtesy of Brandon Saad’s goal late in the first and another from Joonas Donskoi in the second. The Avalanche couldn’t make it stand as their 13-game home winning streak was snapped. It’s a string that dated to March 27 – an overtime loss to Vegas.

The Golden Knights are in the driver’s seat, with the winner of Game 5 going on to take the series 78.8% of the time when a best-of-seven series is tied at two games.

Game 6 is Thursday at Vegas.

MLB: CINCINNATI (AP) Avisail Garcia homered and singled home another run and the streaking Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

The NL Central-leading Brewers were coming off a four-game sweep of Arizona and have won 10 of their last 11.

Cincinnati lost after completing a four-game sweep in St. Louis over the weekend.

Adrian Houser (4-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and the Brewers bullpen shut down Cincinnati the rest of the way.

Houser stranded Reds runners the first three innings, then gave up only an infield single and a walk before departing with one out in the sixth.

“I didn’t have the best command of the fastball and sinker early on,” he said. “I got a couple big outs with guys on base and was able to settle in and get some of the command back.”

Reds starter Sonny Gray sailed through three innings, giving up two hits and striking out five, before experiencing groin tightness warming up for the fourth.

Gray will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the groin injury.

“I’ve never felt this before,” he said. “I don’t think it’s bad, bad, bad.”

Sean Doolittle relieved Gray, and Garcia hit his second pitch into the left-field seats for his 12th homer.

“When Gray goes out of the game, we caught a break – no question,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s a tough customer. The guy who comes in the game, he’s unprepared. No one can be prepared for that. Avi got him right away.”

The Brewers pushed across another run in the fifth when Luis Urias walked, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches by Ryan Hendrix (2-1) and scored on a double-play grounder.

Garcia drove in another run with a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh, and Travis Shaw – who was hitting .191 – added to the lead with a two-run double in the Brewers ninth.

“It felt good to see that ball hit the ground – finally,” Shaw said.

Shogo Akiyama drove in the Reds’ only run with a second-inning single.

MLB: ST. LOUIS (AP) Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, leading Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians over St. Louis 10-1 Tuesday night and sending the Cardinals to their sixth straight loss.

St. Louis’ skid is its longest since a seven-game slide in June 2017. Cleveland has won four of six.

Bieber (7-3) gave up one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has won his past three decisions and hasn’t permitted more than three runs in any of his 13 starts this year.

The Indians have won 26 consecutive games with Bieber on the mound when they have scored at least four runs.

“It’s obviously a comfort when the offense jumps on the other team’s pitcher early,” Bieber said. “It allows me to go out there and just be me and really focus less on being fine and more on attacking it.”

Carlos Martinez (3-6) allowed five runs and seven hits, including Ramirez’s three-run homer, in four innings. In his previous outing, he was tagged for 10 runs while getting just two outs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cesar Hernandez and Amed Rosario both singled to open the third to bring up Ramirez, who launched his 14th home run of the season to right field. He hit an 0-1 pitch an estimated 425 feet to give the Indians a 5-0 lead.

Ramirez also doubled and singled and has reached safely in each of his past 22 games.

“Baseball, one day you’re lucky and the next one you’re not,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. “You just have to make adjustments and be aggressive, and that’s what I am right now.”

The Indians added four more runs in the ninth. Eddie Rosario’s third single of the game drove in two runs and Bradley Zimmer added a two-run single.

Hernandez drew a walk to start the game and came home on Amed Rosario’s fourth triple of the year. Rosario scored on Ramirez’s grounder to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.

Bieber was cruising through two outs in the fourth when he surrendered two walks, hit a batter and gave up an RBI single to Edmundo Sosa before getting pinch-hitter John Nogowski to ground out to escape a bases-loaded jam.

“We just really haven’t played our best this past week and that happens,” Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. “You just go out tomorrow and try to play better.”

MLB: CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn got one last chance against Robbie Ray, and he delivered.

Then Vaughn and company landed the knockout blow.

Vaughn homered in the seventh inning and connected for a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Shut out by Ray for most of the game, Chicago got on the board on Vaughn’s fifth homer of his rookie season and then broke it open with five runs in the eighth.

“We have the fight in us. I mean one through nine and every pitcher we got that goes to the mound,” Vaughn said. “It’s unbelievable. … We know that we have a potent lineup and just got to get our shot.”

After Vaughn made it 2-1 with a bases-loaded flyball to deep center against Trent Thornton (1-2), Adam Eaton drove in Yermin Mercedes with a pinch-hit single. Leury Garcia added a two-run triple, and Tim Anderson capped the rally with a sac fly.

Garrett Crochet (2-2) got three outs for the win as the AL Central leaders moved a season-high 14 games over .500 at 37-23.

Toronto went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base in the opener of a seven-game trip, wasting a season-high 13 strikeouts by Ray.

“It was fun watching Robbie pitch,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He was on. He’s been great.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached three times for Toronto on a single and two walks. Bo Bichette had two hits and a leaping grab on Jose Abreu’s liner to shortstop in the fourth.

Ray carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh and fanned Yasmani Grandal for the first out. But Vaughn followed with a drive to right-center, chasing the left-hander after 102 pitches.

“I think Andrew is solidifying not just in his own mind but with his teammates that he belongs here and we can count on him,” manager Tony La Russa said.

Chicago then loaded the bases on two walks and a single, but Rafael Dolis escaped the jam when he threw a called third strike past Yoan Moncada.

Ray allowed five hits and walked none in his first career appearance against the White Sox. He leads the Blue Jays with 82 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings this season.

“I felt like my stuff was great all night,” Ray said.

MLB: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Brandon Crawford was in for a special night just by taking the field at shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. His two home runs and a big slam by Mike Tauchman just made the planned postgame champagne toast even sweeter.

Tauchman hit a go-ahead grand slam between the two homers by Crawford, who set the Giants’ franchise record for most games as a shortstop in San Francisco’s 9-4 win over the slumping Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

“One of the cooler accomplishments of my career,” Crawford said. “Growing up a Giants fan, and seeing so many great shortstops come through the organization, and be able to pass a Hall of Famer, it’s a very cool accomplishment.”

Crawford hit a three-run homer in the ninth after his tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning of his 1,326th game at shortstop, which broke a tie with Hall of Famer Travis Jackson, a shortstop in 1,325 games for the New York Giants from 1922-36.

Since his big league debut with the Giants in 2011, Crawford has been a three-time Gold Glove winner, a two-time All-Star and part of two World Series titles early in his career.

Manager Gabe Kapler said the latest milestone “is right up there with any of them, and one that I think he deserves to be proud of. And to have a night like he had tonight, both on defense and then at the plate. It just was a true performance and really enjoyable to watch for everybody in the dugout.”

Tauchman’s first career slam came with two outs in the eighth inning to put the Giants in front for the third and final time. San Francisco, whose 38-22 record is the best in baseball, had loaded the bases with a hit and two walks off Joely Rodriguez (1-3).

Josh Sborz got an out before Tauchman, with only six hits and 16 strikeouts over his previous 44 at-bats in an 18-game span, pulled a 3-1 liner into the first row of seats near the right field corner.

It was the first grand slam by a Giants batter in the eighth inning or later when trailing by multiple runs since July 1980.

“(Tauchman) has really good at-bats. He swings at the appropriate pitches, he only attacks pitches that he feels like he can drive,” Kapler said. “He hasn’t been rewarded for that very often since he’s been a Giant. … I thought he grinded and prepared for that moment, and then showed up in a big way.”

Joey Gallo homered for Texas before leaving the game in the eighth as a precaution because of right groin tightness. The Gold Glove right fielder also threw out a runner at the plate for the Rangers, who lost for the 12th time in 13 games.

Jose Alvarez (2-1), the fourth of six Giants pitchers, retired the only two batters he faced to end the seventh.

Crawford’s 13th homer of the season put the Giants up 2-1 in the sixth, but the Rangers scored three times in the bottom of the inning. Adolis Garcia had an one-out RBI double that chased starter Alex Wood before Nick Solak went to a knee to pull a two-run double into left field for a 4-2 lead.

Wood benefited from four double plays in the first five innings but has gone four starts without a win since opening 5-0 through his first six games for the Giants after signing as a free agent in January.

Texas starter Jordan Lyles threw a season-high 100 pitches while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings.

“It’s a tough loss. We’ve got a lot of young guys in the bullpen that are learning right now,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “They have pitched well at times. They’ve had to probably pitch in bigger roles than we would like at times. … They’ve got to learn from it.”

MLB: SAN DIEGO (AP) Zach Davies allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings, Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in four runs, and Patrick Wisdom went deep again for the Chicago Cubs as they defeated the San Diego Padres 7-1 Tuesday night.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs, who have beaten the Padres four times in five games in a span of nine days. Chicago swept the Padres at Wrigley Field last week, when Wisdom homered three times, including twice in the first game. San Diego won the opener of this series 9-4 on Monday night.

Wisdom was chosen the NL player of the week on Monday after hitting six homers with nine RBIs. He has eight homers in 15 games since being promoted from Triple-A Iowa on May 25.

Davies (3-3) was brilliant in shutting down the Padres for six innings. He allowed just a single to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the fourth inning, struck out four and walked two. The right-hander pitched for San Diego in 2020 before being traded to Chicago on Dec. 29 in the deal that sent Yu Darvish to the Padres.

Davies improved to 5-0 in his career against San Diego.

Contreras started the power display with a solo shot off Dinelson Lamet (1-1) with one out in the fourth, his 10th.

Rizzo’s two-run double chased Lamet with no outs in the sixth and he was aboard for Wisdom’s two-run homer to left off Miguel Diaz for a 5-0 lead. Lamet allowed singles to Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant ahead of Rizzo’s double.

Rizzo homered to left-center off Nabil Crismatt with two outs in the seventh, two batters after Pederson beat the shift with an opposite-field double to left. It was Rizzo’s sixth.

Rizzo played 49 games with the Padres as a rookie in 2011 before being traded to Chicago the following offseason.

Lamet went a season-best five-plus innings, allowing four runs and four hits while striking out six and walking one.

MLB: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) To get feeling right physically again, Chris Bassitt spent one of his recent days off icing his legs in a 45-degree Colorado river as teammate Cole Irvin went fishing.

“I was basically sitting in an ice bath all day long,” Bassitt said.

Manager Bob Melvin knew a couple of extra days would do the trick for Bassitt to get his groove back after a tough start at Seattle that came right after the emotions of tossing his first career complete game May 27.

Bassitt struck out six over seven strong innings to win his sixth consecutive decision, and the Oakland Athletics beat Arizona 5-2 on Tuesday night to send the Diamondbacks to a franchise-record 18th straight road defeat.

“It’s a learning experience for me throwing the nine innings I did. There’s definitely a difference between seven or eight and nine,” Bassitt said. “Didn’t do what I needed to do to recover for Seattle. Obviously I kick myself for that. It happened, I learned from it.”

Bassitt (6-2) walked one and allowed two runs on four hits and is unbeaten since back-to-back losses to start the year. Christian Walker led off the second with a home run against the right-hander for a quick Arizona advantage.

“I think he made some mistakes and we were able to capitalize in a couple situations early but then he became very stubborn,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Bassitt.

Chad Pinder and Matt Chapman each hit RBI singles in a five-run fourth inning as the A’s showed they can score runs without having to rely on clearing the fences.

Jed Lowrie singled leading off the fourth for Oakland’s first hit against right-hander Jon Duplantier (0-2), chased by Sean Murphy’s bases-loaded walk later in the inning as the A’s eventually batted around.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Lou Trivino finished the 2-hour, 44-minute game for his ninth save.

Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Walker also added a seventh-inning single in Arizona’s first interleague game at an AL ballpark this season. The D-backs’ losing streak reached six games, and they haven’t won on the road since a 7-0 victory at Atlanta on April 25.

Duplantier surrendered four runs on two hits, struck out four and walked three in three-plus innings.

“I got away from this mentality of execution and then I kind of got into this mentality of ramp up, muscle up, try to do too much,” he said. “I never really got back.”

NFL: GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams isn’t making any predictions on whether Aaron Rodgers will be throwing to him again this fall.

Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, the man who protects Rodgers’ blind side, also won’t hazard a guess on the reigning NFL MVP’s future in Green Bay.

Rodgers wasn’t with the Packers for their first mandatory minicamp session on Tuesday, the latest chapter in the standoff between the team and its three-time MVP quarterback. He also hadn’t participated in the Packers’ voluntary organized team activities, which represented a change from his usual offseason routine.

“Honestly, I’ve got no expectations, man,” Adams said Tuesday. “I’m just being supportive of my guy and let it all unfold how it does. Obviously I’m praying that he comes back. We all want him back. I think everybody in this building has that same mindset, but I can only control what I can. I can’t control any of what’s going on with that situation.”

Adams and fellow receivers Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown all were at Tuesday’s practice after sitting out OTAs.

The Packers have the option to fine Rodgers just over $93,000 if he misses all three minicamp sessions this week without an excused absence. Packers coach Matt LaFleur wouldn’t say Tuesday whether Rodgers’ absence was excused.

“That’s team business that we’re always going to keep confidential between us and the player,” LaFleur said.

Rodgers has spent his entire career with the Packers, who selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft. But his future with the team has been uncertain ever since ESPN reported in the hours leading up to this year’s draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay.

And that’s left even his closest teammates wondering what’s next.

“I have just as much of an idea as anyone else does,” Bakhtiari said. “I think as time goes on, it’s going to sort itself out and we all will find out. Aaron is going to speak when he wants to speak. The Packers and the people making those decisions are going to speak to us when they want to speak to us and tell us what’s going on. Other than that, that’s behind closed doors and that’s out of our control.”

Rodgers was noncommittal about his future in an ESPN interview that aired May 24 but did discuss his frustrations with the organization.

“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers told ESPN. “History is important, the legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. People make an organization. People make a business, and sometimes that gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the corporation. It’s built by the people.”

The only other quarterbacks on Green Bay’s roster are 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love, Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert. The Packers signed Bortles and Benkert over the last month.

LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst have both said they want Rodgers back. Gutekunst has said he won’t trade Rodgers, who has three years left on his contract.

“I truly don’t know everything of what’s going on with the situation,” Adams said. “I think people expect me to know more, but I don’t prod or poke. Situations like this, you’ve got to let people come to you, and I’m not going to give any unsolicited advice. I think it’s the best to let him just do his thing, figure it out, let him know that I’m here for him and keep giving him that support and backing him up with that.”

LaFleur said there isn’t a specific date when the Packers would need to know whether Rodgers plans to play for them this fall as they get ready for the season.

“We’re going to take it one day at a time and try to remedy the situation as best we can,” he said.

NOTES: Bakhtiari said he isn’t setting a timetable on his return from a torn ACL. Bakhtiari was injured Dec. 31. . OLBs Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith, OL Elgton Jenkins and DL Dean Lowry weren’t at Tuesday’s practice due to COVID-19-related protocols.

NFL: (AP) — Jim Fassel, whose bold guarantee of a playoff bid late in the 2000 season seemingly catapulted the New York Giants to a spot in the Super Bowl, has died. He was 71.

The Giants said Tuesday that family friends informed them of his death.

Son John Fassel, special teams coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, confirmed the death to the Los Angeles Times. He told the newspaper his father was taken to a Las Vegas hospital with chest pains and died while being treated Monday.

Fassel, the 1997 NFL coach of the year, guided the Giants from 1997 to 2003, posting a 58-53-1 record. He was 2-3 in the postseason, including a 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl in February 2001.

Fassel’s 58 victories place him behind Steve Owen (153), Tom Coughlin (102) and Bill Parcells (77) among Giants coaches. Owen and Parcells are Hall of Famers, and Parcells and Coughlin each won a pair of Super Bowls.

Fassel coached a number of outstanding players for the Giants, including Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. Strahan, now a co-host of “Good Morning America” and a television personality, called Fassel a big part of his life.

“Just a great man, great coach, and he will be missed,” said the former defensive end, who sent condolences to the Fassel family during Tuesday’s GMA broadcast.

“I enjoyed enjoyed every minute with him as my coach and after my career when we continue to stay in touch and talk,” Strahan said.

Current Giants coach Joe Judge spoke of Fassel’s ties to the team during minicamp Tuesday.

“That’s something that makes you kind of sit back and reflect. It brings up a lot of great coaches who have been through here,” Judge said. “Look, it’s definitely an honor to be in the same position as all of these coaches.”

Fassel was born in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 31, 1949. He played quarterback at Fullerton College, USC and Long Beach State. In 1972, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Chicago Bears. He played briefly in the NFL and World Football League.

Fassel was considered an offensive guru and worked for the Giants as offensive coordinator in 1991 and ’92. He was the coordinator with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals before returning to New York as head coach after Dan Reeves was fired.

Taking over in 1997, Fassel inherited a team that had missed the playoffs five of the previous six seasons under Ray Handley and Reeves. He quickly turned things around, posting a 10-5-1 mark and leading New York to the NFC East title, its first since winning the Super Bowl under Parcells in February 1991.

The Giants missed the playoffs the following two seasons. They appeared headed to the postseason in 2000 after opening with a 7-2 record, but consecutive losses to St. Louis and Detroit in November had many thinking the team was going to fold.

Fassel had other ideas. On Nov. 22, four days before a game with Arizona, the coach put his reputation on the line, telling the media to target him.

“I’ll take full responsibility. I’m raising the stakes right now,” he said. “This is a poker game, I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table, I’m raising the ante. Anybody wants in, get in. Anybody wants out, get out. This team is going to the playoffs. OK. This team is going to the playoffs.”

The Giants crushed Arizona 31-7 and finished the regular season on a five-game winning steak that gave them the NFC East title with a 12-4 record. Playoff wins over Philadelphia and Minnesota followed before the Ravens crushed them in the Super Bowl.

New York missed the playoffs in 2001, made it as a wild card in 2002, but Fassel lost the team in `03 and announced two games before the end of the ’03 he would not be returning. He would have been fired.

Coughlin was hired and led them to Super Bowls after the `07 and ’11 seasons.

MLB: New York Yankees ace right-hander Gerrit Cole was asked Tuesday if he’s ever used Spider Tack, one of the foreign substances being used to enhance spin rate and grip on the ball while pitching.

“I don’t quite know how to answer that to be honest,” Cole said after an extended pause when asked by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. “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.”

Major League Baseball is looking to crack down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers.

“I think there are some things that are certainly out of bounds in that regard and I stood pretty firm in terms of that, in terms of communication with our peers and whatnot … This is important to a lot of people who love the game … If MLB wants to legislate some more stuff that’s a conversation we can have because ultimately we should all be pointing in the same direction on this.”

Cole became a target of scrutiny after Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson questioned why his spin rate was declining two days after news broke that four minor-league pitchers were suspended for using foreign substances.

He had slower spin rates on four of his pitches as he stumbled to one of his worst starts of the season. He ultimately allowed five runs on five hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over five innings of work. Still, he didn’t appreciate Donaldson’s tact.

“I was made aware of (Donaldson’s comments) this week,” Cole said Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s undesirable. But I understand this topic is important to everybody who cares about the game. In regards to Josh, specifically, I kind of felt it was a bit of low-hanging fruit. He’s entitled to his opinion and to voice his opinion.”

Cole was also identified among several pitchers in legal documents as having requested ball-doctoring substances in the past.

The 30-year-old added he’s got more pressing things to deal with at the moment.

“My job and my focus is to get better every day,” Cole said, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I respectfully have more things on my plate that are more important for us to win games right now than what people say.”

The Yankees are opening a series in Minnesota against Donaldson and the Twins on Tuesday night and Cole is slated to start Wednesday’s game opposite Randy Dobnak.

TENNIS: PARIS (AP) Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev both have been viewed as potential future stars of tennis. Both have come close to Grand Slam titles.

Now the pair of 20-somethings will meet each other for a berth in the French Open final after straight-set quarterfinal victories Tuesday. It will be the youngest matchup in the men’s semifinals at Roland Garros since a couple of guys named Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met in 2008.

The No. 5-seeded Tsitsipas reached his fourth major semifinal – and third in a row – by upending No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5 at Court Philippe Chatrier in the last no-spectator night session of this year’s tournament.

“I feel privileged that I’m in that position, and I feel obviously I’ve put in a lot of daily hard work (that) has been a key element of me being here,” Tsitsipas said. “But, you know, my ego tells me I want more.”

He escaped two set points held by two-time Slam runner-up Medvedev at 5-4 in the second, but otherwise required only slightly more work than was demanded of 2020 U.S. Open finalist Zverev in his 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 victory over 46th-ranked Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

That put No. 6 Zverev in his third career Slam semifinal, first in Paris.

Tsitsipas is a 22-year-old from Greece. Zverev is a 24-year-old from Germany. Both have won Masters 1000 titles on red clay this year. Both have won the season-ending ATP Finals. Both intend to – and, truthfully, are expected to – claim one of the four biggest prizes in their sport.

“Obviously, the Grand Slams are the tournaments that we want to win the most,” Zverev said. “Before, maybe, the last few years, I was putting too much pressure on myself. … Before Medvedev and Tsitsipas arrived, I was seen as this guy that was going to all of a sudden take over the tennis world.”

Added Zverev: “I was putting pressure on myself, as well. I was not very patient with myself, which I feel like now, maybe, I learned how to deal with the situation a little bit better.”

He showed that quality at a key juncture Tuesday.

Zverev did not want to believe that Davidovich Fokina had saved a break point with a shot that landed on – or was it merely near? – a line in the fourth game.

Zverev crouched down near the mark on the red clay and engaged in a bit of an argument with chair umpire Alison Hughes, repeatedly saying, “No!” and then “How?”

Hughes, whose call was backed up by an unofficial video rendering shown on TV, didn’t budge, and Zverev quickly lost that game, then the next one, too, to fall briefly behind. Could have been the start of an unraveling.

Instead, Zverev grabbed 16 of the remaining 19 games.

“I’m maybe a little bit calmer at the tournaments,” he said. “But the end goal hasn’t changed.”

For Tsitsipas, who goes into Friday with an 0-3 mark in Slam semifinals, the key moment came late in the second set.

Medvedev, who suddenly found his footing on clay this year after arriving in Paris with an 0-4 career record at the French Open, sort of snapped to and made things interesting. Indeed, Medvedev made so much headway that he held a pair of set points after Tsitsipas dumped an overhead into the net and was forced to serve at 15-40 while trailing 5-4.

But Medvedev let Tsitsipas out of the predicament with a bad return of a second serve, followed by a flubbed forehand, and soon enough it was 5-all.

Less than 15 minutes later, Tsitsipas hit a swinging forehand volley winner to close out that set and was on his way to his second win in eight career meetings against Medvedev.

“To be honest, the biggest difference was the surface,” Medvedev said, “but when I say this, I finally do not say it in a way, `Oh, I cannot play on clay! Mamma mia!’ or whatever. It’s just that his shots were better on clay.”

While Medvedev briefly led by a break in the third, Tsitsipas pulled even, then broke after being down 40-love in the last game. He closed his victory with a passing shot winner off a return when Medvedev charged the net behind an underarm serve on match point.

“Didn’t work out at all,” Medvedev said.

Tsitsipas’ take?

He called it “a very millennial shot.”

HORSE RACING: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert and the owners of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have filed a lawsuit against Kentucky racing officials.

They are seeking a temporary injunction they say is to prevent violation of due process rights and for custody of “remnant” samples of the colt’s urine to prove that traces of the steroid betamethasone found in his system during a positive drug test did not come from an injection.

Medina Spirit’s Derby victory on May 1 is in jeopardy after a failed postrace drug test revealed 21 picograms of betamethasone in the horse. The Hall of Fame trainer and Medina Spirit owner Amr Zedan confirmed last week that a second test – or split-sample – was also positive for betamethasone.

Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables filed the lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court. The suit states that the KHRC told the trainer and owners around June 1 that remnant samples of the samples had been “damaged/contaminated” during transport to the testing lab. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction to prevent the KHRC from violating “substantive and procedural due process rights” regarding analysis of the split sample.

“The testing the plaintiff seek would provide empirical and scientific reasonable certainty that the miniscule (sic) and materially irrelevant reported positive in Medina Spirit’s post race sample was innocuously sourced from the topical Otomax,” the suit said.

KHRC spokesperson Sherelle Roberts said via email that the commission does not comment on pending litigation. A hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Baffert, suspended by Churchill Downs last week for two years from the track for his recent record of failed tests, initially denied wrongdoing before later acknowledging that the horse had been treated with an ointment containing the corticosteroid for a skin inflammation. Kentucky prohibits even trace amounts of betamethasone in horses on race day.

Citing an “absolute firestorm” of public and media criticism against Baffert, the lawsuit added that further testing will determine if betamethasone was applied to Medina Spirit’s skin or injected into a joint.

The suit mentioned several requests to the KHRC for additional testing and observation, which were denied.

With the remnant samples damaged or contaminated, the suit added that there’s doubt about whether they will be sufficient to test for compounds in Otomax. It stated that the KHRC freezer has an “unopened, untested and hopefully pristine” split sample of urine that should be shipped to an agreed-upon lab for testing.

MEN’S GOLF: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Rickie Fowler came up just short – one roll of the ball – in his last shot at avoiding sitting out another major when he failed to get through U.S. Open qualifying on Tuesday.

Fowler had five holes to play Tuesday morning in the rain-delayed qualifier at Brookside and The Lakes, and he needed three birdies. From over the back of the 18th green, his chip was about a full turn short before peeling away to the right.

That left him one shot out of the 5-for-4 playoff for the remaining spots to the U.S. Open next week at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Chez Reavie and Erik van Rooyen of South Africa led the way in Ohio, the largest of nine U.S. Open qualifiers across the country because of so many PGA Tour players in the field.

A pair of Walker Cup players from Texas, Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody, were part of the five-way playoff. Hammer was the odd man out, making bogey on the second extra hole to be first alternate.

Fowler, who shot 66, stuck around The Lakes to take part in a 12-man playoff for one spot to determine who would be the second alternate from Ohio, even though that player was virtually certain not to get into the U.S. Open.

Former major champions Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner were among those who joined Fowler at 5-under 139, one stroke short.

The California qualifier also went to a Tuesday finish for five players. Rikuya Hoshino, who has won twice on the Japan Golf Tour in the last two months, was among those who made it. Justin Suh, a former All-American at USC, made it after a 4-for-2 playoff.

Fowler has not missed the U.S. Open since 2010 and had to go through 36-hole qualifying because of his plunge down the world ranking, well beyond the top 60 in the world who were exempt from qualifying.

He started poorly at Brookside with a 1-over 73, leaving him in need of a low one at The Lakes. This will be the second major Fowler misses this year following the Masters after having played in every one starting with the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

“I’m obviously disappointed. I should have made it outright fairly easily,” Fowler said. “Not playing that well (at Brookside) and to be close to a spot is a bummer. But I love where my game is at and where’s going. Looking at the big picture, there’s a lot of good things ahead.”

He returned Tuesday morning and tugged a 7-iron on the par-3 14th, but then he holed a 40-foot birdie putt. Fowler hit wedge to 12 feet on No. 15 and narrowly missed the birdie. His 7-iron to 15 feet on the par-5 16th gave him a good look at eagle, which he missed.

He also missed from 15 feet for birdie on the 17th, all those putts snapping off hard at the hole. On the 18th, Fowler caught a flyer lie over the green. His pitch landed softly and was headed for the cup for birdie when it came up short.

“Another roll and it probably would have gone in,” he said.

He played alongside Coody, the grandson of former Masters champion Charles Coody. He was tied with Fowler when his approach to the 18th was 3 feet short of the hole, giving him a birdie to get into the playoff.

PURDUE TRACK: Five Purdue Entries On Tap at NCAA Championships

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Purdue track & field team will compete in five events at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships from June 9-12, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Ten Boilermakers qualified for the national championships as the top 24 competitors in the country in their events. Seniors Samson Colebrooke (200m, 4×100), Malcolm Dotson (4×100) and Samara Miller (4×400), junior Tamar Greene (triple jump), sophomores Justin Becker (4×100) and Isaiah Martin (decathlon) and freshmen Saran Kouyeth (4×400), Marcellus Moore (4×100), K’Ja Talley (4×400) and Cierra Williams (4×400) will represent the Boilermakers at the four-day meet.

A complete schedule is available here, and specific dates and times when each Boilermaker competes can be found below. The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, and fans can follow all the action with live results. Direct links are available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField and on the NCAA’s website. Additional updates can be found by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Purdue men’s track & field and cross country program enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 8 nationally in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year mid-year update. Among all men’s NCAA Division I programs, Purdue is one of just 10 teams nationally and one of three in the Big Ten that remain eligible for the award, which recognizes programs that show consistent success at NCAA Championships in a given academic year. To be ranked, teams must place at the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field championship meets, and the Boilermakers earned a team finish at the first two events, heading into this week’s final championship.

SAMSON COLEBROOKE: 200m, 4×100

Colebrooke will race in the 200m, along with the 4×100 relay. The semifinal of the 200m is set for Wednesday at 10:14 p.m. ET, with the final on Friday at 9:37 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will broadcast both Wednesday and Friday’s competition. Colebrooke earned the No. 17 seed and will run in heat three of Wednesday’s semifinal.

Colebrooke, who is second in school history in the event with a time of 20.46, qualified for his fifth NCAA event as a Boilermaker and second outdoor championships. In 2019, he was 15th in the 200. An Exuma, Bahamas, native, Colebrooke qualified in 20.50w, the 11th-fastest time at the east prelims. This is his final NCAA collegiate meet.

TAMAR GREENE: TRIPLE JUMP

The Big Ten champion outdoors and first team All-American indoors in the event in 2021, Greene competes in the triple jump on Friday at 8:20 p.m. ET on ESPN3. He is seeded No. 24.

A native of Nassau, The Bahamas, Greene qualified for his fifth NCAA event and third championships. He was seventh indoors earlier this year and 19th outdoors in 2019. Greene is fifth in school history in the event with a mark of 16.17 meters, and he qualified at the NCAA East Prelims with a jump of 15.90m.

ISAIAH MARTIN: DECATHLON

Martin will compete in the decathlon, where he is seeded No. 7 overall. Wednesday’s events are the 100 meters (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3), long jump (4:40 p.m. ET, ESPN3), shot put (5:55 p.m. ET, ESPN3), high jump (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and 400 meters (10:26 p.m. ET, ESPN2). On Thursday, the decathlon concludes with the 110 hurdles (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3), discus (1:20 p.m. ET, ESPN3), pole vault (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3), javelin (5 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and 1,500 meters (8:56 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

The Boilermaker record-holder in both the decathlon and heptathlon, Martin qualified for his fifth NCAA meet and second outdoor NCAA Championships. The Hillsboro, Missouri, native was 10th indoors in the heptathlon earlier this year and also outdoors in the decathlon in 2019. At the Big Ten Championships in May, Martin was fourth with a school-record 7,708 points to break a 26-year-old Purdue record.

MEN’S 4×100 RELAY

The Purdue men will race in the 4×100 relay semifinal on Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. ET on ESPNU, and the final is on Friday, also at 8:02 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Boilermakers earned the No. 8 seed and run in the opening heat on Wednesday.

The 2021 Big Ten champions in the event, Colebrooke, Dotson, Becker and Moore qualified in 39.06 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history. They ran the fifth-fastest time at the NCAA East Prelims and topped their Big Ten-winning time of 39.30. Additionally, Becker and Colebrooke are part of the Purdue record-holding relay team, with a mark of 38.75 set in 2019, Becker, Colebrooke and Dotson have the fourth-fastest time, also in 2019, and Dotson’s team ran the No. 5-fastest mark in 2018.

Along with Colebrooke, Dotson is racing in his final meet as a Boilermaker. From Indianapolis, Dotson is competing at his seventh NCAA competition and fourth NCAA Championships. He helped Purdue’s 4×100 finish 17th in 2016 and 20th in 2018, and the 4×400 place 17th in 2019. Becker, a Fort Wayne, Indiana, native, is running at his fourth NCAA meet and second national championships, after he helped the Boilermaker’s 4×100 finish seventh overall in 2019. Moore is competing at his third NCAA event and first outdoor national championships, all in the last three months. A first team All-American indoors in the 60m earlier this year, Moore hails from Plainfield, Illinois.

WOMEN’S 4×400 RELAY

The final event of the championships is the women’s 4×400 relay, with the semifinal on Thursday at 9:48 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the final on Saturday at 8:21 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Purdue is seeded No. 19 and will race in the first heat of Thursday’s semifinal.

Talley, Williams, Kouyeth and Miller automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in 3:33.83 at the NCAA prelims. The 10th-fastest time overall, they had the third-fastest time in their heat after entering the meet as the No. 16 seed. The Boilermakers’ prelim time was just behind their silver-medal-winning mark of 3:33.70 at the Big Ten Championships, which is fifth-fastest in program history. Additionally, Miller was a member of the sixth-and seventh-fastest relay teams, in 2019 and 2017, respectively.

This weekend marks the final competition of Miller’s collegiate career, as the Naperville, Illinois, native races at her fifth NCAA meet and first NCAA Championships. Kouyeth, Talley and Williams, all freshmen, are at their first national championships and second NCAA event after last weekend’s prelims. Kouyeth is from Sandy Springs, Georgia, Talley hails from Dearborn, Michigan, and Williams is an Indianapolis native.

For more on the Purdue track & field and cross country program, visit PurdueSports.com/TrackField and follow and connect with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

INDIANA TRACK: Eight Hoosiers Set To Compete At NCAA National Championships

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Track & Field is headed to Track Town USA to compete at NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend. The meet kicks off on Wednesday, June 9 and will conclude on Saturday, June 12. The men are set to compete on Wednesday and Friday while the women will compete on Thursday and Saturday.

NCAA Championships Information:

Eugene, Ore. | University of Oregon | Hayward FIeld

Stream: Day 1 | Day 2| Day 3 | Day 4

Live Results: All Four Days

Last Time Out: NCAA East Prelims

The Hoosiers are coming off a weekend spent in Jacksonville, Fla. at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The weekend was highlighted by Khayla Dawson and Leah Moran who qualified for National Championships in two events. Dawson is the first IU thrower to qualify for nationals in both the shot put and discus since Katrin Koch  in 1992. Moran is headed to Eugene to compete in the long jump and triple jump. She set a new personal best in the long jump with a mark of 6.48m (21′ 3.25″). Nathan Stone and Anna Watson qualified for their first National Championships in the pole vault while Parker Raymond will represent the Hoosiers in his first 800m semifinal.

Also on the track, Kelsey Harris earned an auto qualifying spot with a personal record of 4:11.75 in the 1500m. Ben Veatch ran a time of 13:33.50 to earn a spot in the 5000m final in Eugene.

Maddy Pollard will compete with Dawson in the shot Put after heaving a season best of 17.57m (57′ 7.75″).

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Eight Hoosiers are headed to the track capital of the United States to compete at NCAA National Championships.

Khayla Dawson – Shot Put/Discus

Kelsey Harris – 1500m

Leah Moran – Long Jump/Triple Jump

Maddy Pollard – Shot Put

Parker Raymond – 800m

Nathan Stone – Pole Vault

Ben Veatch – 5000m

Anna Watson – Pole Vault

Setting the Record Straight

Three Hoosiers have broken program records so far this outdoor season. Bailey Hertenstein set the school record in the 5000m on April 16 with her time of 15:38.01. Khayla Dawson heaved a distance of 18.91m (62′ 5″) in the shot put on May 1 to improve on her school record. The mark was the No. 2 mark in the US and No. 6 in the world so far this year. It is also the new Big Ten record all-time and No. 6 all time in the NCAA. Leah Moran broke her own school record in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships on May 16. She soared a mark of 13.56m (44′ 6″) to defend her 2019 outdoor long jump title.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: KAVADAS NAMED GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALIST

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Coming off a dominant weekend in the South Bend Regional, senior infielder Niko Kavadas was named one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award Tuesday afternoon.

“Niko has been an integral part of our team,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “His consistent power to all fields in key moments has provided us with runs in bunches. His intensity pitch for pitch is great, and the ability to handle a variety of pitches makes him all the more dangerous. We are very proud of him.”

Kavadas tore up the regional at Frank Eck Stadium to help the Irish advance to their first Super Regional since 2002. The Granger, Ind. native hit two home runs in each of the first two games and finished the three game stretch with five home runs, 13 RBI, nine runs and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Regional. His final home run of the regional set the program record for most home runs in a single season with 21.

On the season, Kavadas leads the team in home runs, RBI (62) and slugging percentage (.785). His slugging percentage also holds the top spot in the Notre Dame record book for a single season. He leads the nation in home runs per game at 0.48 and is third in home runs.

The online voting is open for the semi-finalists from now until June 15 and you can vote 25 times a day while the voting is open. The finalists for the award will be announced on June 24. Kavadas and the Irish will head to Starkville, Mississippi this week for the Super Regional against the Bulldogs.

INDIANS BASEBALL: Alford’s Two-RBI Day Leads Indy In Series-Opening Win

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NASHVILLE, TENN. – Led by two runs driven in by Anthony Alford, the Indianapolis Indians scored early and often to defeat the Nashville Sounds in the first of a six-game series on Tuesday night, 6-1.

Each of the Indians eight position players recorded at least one hit in the victory. Alford, Joe Hudson and T.J. Rivera, hitting in the sixth through eighth spots in the lineup respectively, led the charge with two hits apiece.

The Indians (16-14) got on the board first with Alford’s fourth home run of the season. The game then held with a 1-0 Indianapolis lead through the fifth inning.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Alford struck again with an RBI single to drive in Christian Bethancourt. A two out single off the bat of Rivera extended the Indians lead, 3-0.

The Sounds (21-9) plated one run in the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back two-out singles. The lone Nashville run was charged to James Marvel (W, 1-1), who was one out shy of his first quality start on the 2021 season.

Bligh Madris extended the Indians lead, 5-1, with a two-out triple to the right-center gap that scored Chris Sharpe and Christian Bethancourt in the seventh inning. The final Indians run came via a throwing error by second baseman Jamie Westbrook in the top of the eighth.

The Indians bullpen extended its scoreless streak to 14.1 innings to hold the Sounds to one run. With two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning, Braeden Ogle recorded back-to-back strikeouts to seal the win.

Zack Godley (L, 3-1) fanned nine batters but surrendered three runs on eight hits to take his first loss of the season for Nashville.

The six-game series between the former American Association rivals continues tomorrow night in another 8:05 PM ET start. RHP Steven Wright (2-1, 2.21) will face off against RHP Josh Lindblom (1-0, 0.00).

INDY FUEL: GREENVILLE SHUTS DOWN INDY IN GAME ONE

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INDIANAPOLIS – Playing their first playoff game since 2018, the Indy Fuel hosted the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in game one of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Greenville would score two unanswered goals and Ryan Bednard would stop 37 shots to take game one in the best-of-five series. 

Indy would have an early chance on the power play but Greenville goaltender Bednard would stop the pair of shots that Indy put on net. Throughout the middle of the period, each team would trade chances on net. Taking a late goaltender interference penalty, Indy would have to kill off a penalty for the final 1:50 of the first period. 

Earning a 5-on-3 power play midway through the 2nd period, Indy would put several shots on Bednard but he would hold them off. Immediately responding to Indy’s strong power play, Greenville’s Anthony Rinaldi would chip a puck over the shoulder of Billy Christopoulos to take a 1-0 lead. Although the Fuel outshot the Swamp Rabbits 11-8 in the middle stanza, Greenville would take the one goal lead into the locker room.

Jumping on a Fuel turnover at the beginning of the third period, the Swamp Rabbits would spring Shawn Cameron on a breakaway and he would put a wrist shot over the shoulder of Christopoulos. Each team would have a chance on the man advantage but nobody would be able to score. Greenville would hold on to eventually take game one of the series by a score of 2-0. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       The Giants establish a major league record banging out 31 hits in a 25-13 rout of the Reds at Cincinnati’s League Park. New York’s left fielder Kip Selbach leads the attack, going 6-for-7 with two doubles, four singles, and scoring four times.

1914       At the Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner becomes the second player in the history of the game to collect 3000 hits when he doubles off Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer. Cap Anson is the only other major leaguer to amass as many hits.

1919       Dodger standout pitcher Rube Marquard breaks his leg running the bases, ending his season with a record of 3-3. The hard-throwing southpaw will finish his 18-year Hall of Fame career in 1925, after compiling a 201-177 record, along with an ERA of 3.08.

1929       Brothers and teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner each hit a home run in the same game in the Pirates’ 9-6 loss to the Robins at Ebbets Field. The homers mark the second of three times Big Poison and Little Poison will accomplish the feat.

1934       In the eighth inning of the Senators’ 8-1 victory over the Red Sox, Boston hurler Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher in major league history to yield six doubles in one frame. The future Hall of Famer, ailing from a sore arm, gives up five consecutive two-baggers during Washington’s barrage.

1946       At Forbes Field, umpires Tom Dunn and George Magerkurth, respectively, eject Giants manager Mel Ott from each end of a doubleheader. The usually mild-mannered skipper’s protests are to little avail when his team drops both games to the Pirates, 2-1 and 5-1.

1946       Ted Williams clouts the farthest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, a shot estimated to have traveled 502 feet before striking the straw hat of a fan sitting in seat 21 in the 37th row of section 42 in right field. The Red Sox paint the seat red to commemorate the location of the Splendid Splinter’s Ruthian blast, although the area consisted of bleachers, not individual seats at the time of the homer.

1946       En route to becoming the first team to draw two million fans at home, the Yankees reach the one million mark at the earliest date in major league history. The Bronx Bombers, the first team to attract one million patrons when 1,289,422 go through the Polo Grounds turnstiles in 1920, will average 29,422 fans this season, 14,000 more a game than for any previous season at Yankee Stadium.

1949       In eighteen innings, the Phillies beat the Pirates at Shibe Park, 4-3. The intrastate rivals each have sixteen hits in sixty-eight at-bats, commit three errors, and make twenty-one assists.

1961       Ryne Duren, en route to fanning 11 Red Sox batters, breaks an American League mark when he records seven consecutive strikeouts in the Angels’ 5-1 victory over Boston. In the second game of a twilight-night double-header at Fenway Park, the bespectacled fireballing right-hander whiffs Frank Malzone to end the first inning, and then proceeds to strike out the side in the second and third frame, sending Pete Runnels, Jim Pagliaroni, Don Buddin, Mike Fornieles, Chuck Schilling, and Gary Geiger back to the bench with their bats.

1963       In the first major league game ever played on a Sunday night, the Colt .45’s extend the Giants’ losing streak to seven games, blanking the visiting team, 3-0. Due to the extreme heat during the days of the Texas summer months, baseball grants permission to play games in the evening at Colt Stadium.

1966       Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins erupt for the first five-home run inning in American League history. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew all go deep to give the Twins a 9-4 victory over the A’s.

1968       Unlike its decision in April to delay the start of the season after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Major League Baseball lets the teams decide if they will postpone games when an assassin’s bullet kills Robert F. Kennedy. Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte, both traded at the end of the season, bench themselves in protest when Houston decides to continue playing their scheduled home contests.

1973       Right fielder Rusty Staub becomes the pivot man in a very unusual double play during a 4-2 Mets victory against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Racing in from the outfield, ‘Le Grand Orange’ gets a throw near second base from first baseman John Milner and tags Davey Lopes, who was picked-off from first and then throws the ball home to nail Tom Paciorek trying to score from second during the P-1B-SS-1B-2B-1B-2B-RF-C rundown.

1973       The Mets retire Gil Hodges’ number 14 in tribute to their late manager, who died of a heart attack just before the start of the season. In addition to leading his underdog club to a World Championship in 1969, the quiet leader also hit the first home run in franchise history, a 1962 solo shot at Busch Stadium off St. Louis right-hander Larry Jackson.

1984       With the score tied 3-3 and the bases loaded in the 12th inning, Garry Hancock decides to drop Pete O’Brien’s long foul flyball to prevent the out from becoming a game-ending sacrifice fly. When the umpires rule the left fielder had caught the ball, Wayne Tolleson tags up and scores the winning run for Texas.

1986       Don Sutton (298) throws a two-hit shutout, beating Tom Seaver (306) and the White Sox 3-0. The starters have the highest combined win total (604) for opposing pitchers since 1926 when Washington’s Walter Johnson (406) faced Chicago’s right-hander Red Faber (197) in a Griffith Stadium contest.

1988       The first printing of the sheet music to Take Me Out to the Ball Game sells at an auction in New York City with a bid of $2,750. The signatures of Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics, and Albert Von Tilzer, who set the words to music, appear on their creative work.

1989       Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his 200th career home run in a ten-inning, 4-3, loss to the Pirates. The six-foot, six-inch slugger will finish his 18-year major league career with 335 round-trippers.

1990       Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle’s major league mark, hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the tenth time in his career. The switch-hitting first baseman’s second home run of the game, batting left-handed against Eric Show, is the eventual winning run in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory over San Diego in 11th innings at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1991       The A’s retire their first number in franchise history, setting aside #27 in tribute to an emotional Catfish Hunter, who won 163 of his 224 (72.7%) career victories with the team, including a stretch of four consecutive 20-win seasons from 1972 through 1975. During his ten-year tenure with the club, the right-hander won the American League Cy Young Award in 1974 and tossed a perfect game against the Twins in 1968.

1994       Oakland signs first-round pick Ben Grieve, giving the recent Arlington HS (TX) graduate a $1.2 million bonus. The 18 year-old’s incentive to sign with the A’s is more money than his father, Tom, also a first-round selection, earned during his dozen seasons in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets, and the Cardinals.

1998       In the third inning of the Angels’ 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks, Anaheim’s Cecil Fielder and Arizona’s Yamil Benitez both hit a grand slam in the Bank One Ballpark contest. It is the first time both teams hit bases-full home runs in the same inning since 1992, when Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg and Pirates slugger Jeff King also accomplished the feat, playing at Three Rivers Stadium.

1999       After being ejected in the 12th inning by plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing a catcher’s interference call, Bobby Valentine returns to the dugout with a fake mustache and glasses. The National League will suspend the Mets’ manager for two games and fine him for using the disguise.

2007       At Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Yang Jun-hyuk of the Samsung Lions becomes the first player in the 26-year history of the Korean baseball league to collect 2,000 hits. The 14-year veteran singled on a 2-1 pitch in the ninth inning, much to the delight of the 23,000 Doosan Bears fans watching the visiting outfielder reach the unprecedented milestone.

2008       Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit 600 career home runs. With a runner on third, Junior goes deep in the first inning on a 3-1 pitch thrown by Marlins’ moundsman Mark Hendrickson in the Reds’ 9-4 victory at Dolphin Stadium.

2008       For the first time in franchise history, the Rays hit three consecutive home runs when Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar, and Dioner Navarro all connect off Angels’ southpaw Joe Saunders in the second inning of Tampa Bay’s 13-4 rout in Anaheim. The feat will not occur again for the team until James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld homer back-to-back-to-back at Tropicana Field in 2013.

2009       Twenty-one teams miss an opportunity to draft 17 year-old high school standout, Mike Trout, who, in three years, will become an impact player in the American League during his rookie season. The ‘Millville Meteor,’ selected in the first round of the Amateur Draft (25th overall) by the Angels, is most notably passed over by the Nationals and the Diamondbacks, teams that would both pick twice before Los Angeles made its first selection.

2010       The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta, 2-1, thanks to a bizarre two-run inside-the-park homer hit by Gerardo Parra in the eighth inning of the Chase Field contest. The decisive runs score when Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward violently collide after sprinting into the gap in left-center field trying to make the play.

2011       During a nine-game losing streak, the A’s fire manager Bob Geren, replacing him with Bob Melvin, who will serve as interim manager for the rest of the season. During his four-plus seasons at the helm, the 47 year-old former Oakland skipper compiled a 361-412 record with the team.

2014       Indian third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drives in nine runs, tying a franchise record first established in 1991 by Chris James. The Cleveland infielder collects five hits, including three home runs, in the team’s 17-7 rout of Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

2015       In front of a dwindling crowd, made up of mostly remaining Giants fans, Chris Heston, making his 13th career start, strikes out the side in the ninth inning to finish the season’s first no-hitter, a 5-0 Giants’ victory over the Mets at Citi Field. The 27 year-old rookie right-hander’s no-no, the 17th in franchise history, marks the fourth straight season the feat has been accomplished by a San Francisco hurler, with Matt Cain (2012) and Tim Lincecum (2013 and 2014) throwing complete games without yielding a hit during the past three years.

2019       At Miller Park, Mark Gruber wins a 2019 RAV4 when Mike Moustakas’ game-winning two-run homer strikes a promotional vehicle perched above the right-center-field fence parked in Toyota Territory. The Brewers’ season-ticket holder, who will get the keys to his new SUV in a pregame presentation on June 20th, becomes the first fan to take home the SUV during the six years of the car giveaway promotion.

2019       In a span of seven pitches off Padres right-hander Craig Stammen, the Nationals become the ninth team in baseball history to hit four consecutive home runs in one inning en route to a 5-2 victory at Petco Park.  Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon provide the eighth-inning back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers for Washington, who also accomplished the feat in 2017.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3923.62916 – 1323 – 1016 – 104 – 211 – 107 – 3W 3
Boston3724.6071.517 – 1420 – 1015 – 67 – 47 – 126 – 4L 1
NY Yankees3229.5256.517 – 1615 – 1314 – 2110 – 45 – 23 – 7W 1
Toronto3028.517713 – 1317 – 1510 – 113 – 56 – 105 – 5L 2
Baltimore2238.3671611 – 2011 – 188 – 154 – 98 – 85 – 5W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox3723.61724 – 1013 – 137 – 521 – 126 – 47 – 3W 2
Cleveland3226.552414 – 1218 – 143 – 721 – 123 – 45 – 5W 1
Kansas City2930.4927.516 – 1513 – 155 – 515 – 204 – 45 – 5L 4
Detroit2535.4171214 – 1511 – 204 – 511 – 217 – 46 – 4W 1
Minnesota2436.4001312 – 1812 – 185 – 612 – 154 – 124 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland3626.58118 – 1718 – 911 – 99 – 110 – 136 – 4W 1
Houston3426.567120 – 1314 – 1311 – 60 – 321 – 127 – 3W 2
Seattle3032.484617 – 1413 – 186 – 56 – 815 – 125 – 5L 1
LA Angels2932.4756.517 – 1612 – 163 – 79 – 614 – 177 – 3W 2
Texas2339.3711314 – 169 – 2311 – 104 – 68 – 141 – 9L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2924.54715 – 514 – 1913 – 82 – 512 – 56 – 4L 1
Atlanta2929.5002.517 – 1712 – 1214 – 1410 – 43 – 35 – 5W 3
Philadelphia2831.475417 – 1211 – 1915 – 179 – 42 – 44 – 6L 1
Miami2634.4336.513 – 1213 – 2210 – 94 – 910 – 82 – 8W 1
Washington2433.421713 – 1511 – 189 – 136 – 104 – 63 – 7L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee3426.56717 – 1517 – 117 – 913 – 912 – 39 – 1W 5
Chi Cubs3427.5570.521 – 1013 – 178 – 616 – 148 – 45 – 5W 1
St. Louis3130.5083.515 – 1516 – 1510 – 1013 – 117 – 62 – 8L 6
Cincinnati2830.483512 – 1516 – 153 – 215 – 116 – 146 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh2336.39010.513 – 1710 – 194 – 47 – 197 – 85 – 5L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco3822.63318 – 920 – 136 – 411 – 416 – 118 – 2W 1
San Diego3726.5872.521 – 1316 – 132 – 210 – 1217 – 113 – 7L 1
LA Dodgers3525.583319 – 1016 – 156 – 35 – 917 – 84 – 6W 1
Colorado2437.39314.520 – 144 – 234 – 73 – 711 – 215 – 5L 1
Arizona2042.3231911 – 169 – 268 – 156 – 86 – 162 – 8L 6