Cincinnati 12 Atlanta 3

Arizona 12 San Diego 3

San Francisco 7 Colorado 0

Oakland 17 Cleveland 0

Detroit 6 Baltimore 4

Tampa Bay 8 Boston 1

Seattle 3 Texas 1

Chicago White Sox 9 NY Yankees 8

LA Angels 6 Toronto 3

NY Mets 4 Washington 1

NY Mets 5 Washington 4

St. Louis 7 Pittsburgh 6

Philadelphia 2 LA Dodgers 1

Milwaukee 17 Chicago Cubs 4



St. Paul 3 Indianapolis 2

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South Bend 3. Fort Wayne 0


New England 22 Washington 13

Pittsburgh 24 Philadelphia 16


Indiana 97 Portland 64… Chris Duarte 19 points, six assists… Isaiah Jackson 10 points, Cassius Stanley 12 points, Duane Washington 13 points.


NASCAR: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Qualifying:


Centerville 205 Monroe Central 244


Brownsburg at Plainfield, 6 p.m.

Avon at Center Grove, 6 p.m.

Decatur Central at Southport, 7 p.m.

Ben Davis at Westfield, 7 p.m.

Bishop Chatard and Whiteland at Hamilton Southeastern (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Guerin Catholic at Danville, 7 p.m.

Pendleton Heights at Mooresville, 7 p.m.

Roncalli at Franklin, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Franklin Central, 7 p.m.

Parke Heritage at Cascade, 7 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

Perry Meridian at Mt. Vernon, 7 p.m.

Noblesville at North Central, 7 p.m.

Lapel at Hagerstown, 7 p.m.

Tri-West at Beech Grove, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville at Rushville, 7 p.m.

Lutheran at North Putnam, 7 p.m.

Lawrence North at Fishers, 7 p.m.

Kokomo at Zionsville, 7 p.m.

Lafayette Jeff at Pike, 7 p.m.

Lawrence Central at Bloomington South, 7 p.m.

Scecina at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Crispus Attucks at Tech, 7 p.m.

Batesville at Triton Central, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek at Greensburg, 7 p.m.

Columbus North at Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Indianapolis Crimson Knights at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Western Boone at Speedway, 7 p.m.

Monrovia at Brown County, 7 p.m.

Park Tudor at Heritage Christian, 7 p.m.

Mid-Eastern Conference jamboree at Eastern Hancock, 7 p.m.

Covenant Christian at Cardinal Ritter, 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Heights at Eastbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield-Central at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.



1. Yorktown – 178 (10)
2. Hamilton Southeastern – 159 (3)
3. McCutcheon – 138 (1)
4. Munster – 99 (4)
5. Crown Point – 91 (1)
6. Providence – 79
7. Brownsburg – 65
8. Penn – 43
9. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) – 42
10. Roncalli – 35 (1)

Others Receiving Votes: Carmel 31, Cathedral 22, Fishers 21, Floyd Central 18, New Castle 17, LaPorte 16, Lawrence North 14, Pendleton Heights 13, Center Grove 10, Lake Central 9, Avon 8, FW Carroll 8, Columbus East 7, Columbia City 5, Westfield 5, Ev. Harrison 3, Zionsville 3, Ev. Reitz 1, Hobart 1, Martinsville 1, Plainfield 1, Warsaw 1.


1. FW Bishop Dwenger – 139 (11)
2. Brebeuf – 131 (2)
3. Bellmont – 83
4. Brownstown Central – 70
5. Silver Creek – 65 (2)
6. Tri-West – 45
7. Barr-Reeve – 43
8. Muncie Burris – 41
9. Wapahani – 36
10. New Prairie – 25

Others Receiving Votes: FW Concordia 20, Benton Central 18, Angola 16, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 16, West Lafayette 13, Heritage Hills 9, Chatard 7, Heritage 5, Delta 4, Greensburg 2, Northview 2, SB St. Joseph 1.


1. Andrean – 98 (9)
2. Ev. Mater Dei – 89
3. Tecumseh – 86
4. Fairfield – 74 (2)
5. Triton Central – 67
6. Western Boone – 53
7. Rochester – 50
8. North Judson – 46
9. Hammond Bishop Noll – 43
10. Alexandria – 41

Others Receiving Votes: Cowan 34, Madison-Grant 22, South Adams 12, Covenant Christian (Ind.) 10 (1), Taylor 10, Tipton 10, Knightstown 8, North Posey 7, Rossville 7, Park Tudor 5, Seeger 4, Linton-Stockton 1.


1. Pioneer – 94 (7)
2. Trinity Lutheran – 77 (3)
3. Loogootee – 74
4. Laf. Central Catholic – 65
5. Covington – 55
6. Springs Valley – 48
7. Wes-Del – 36
8. Ind. Lutheran – 22
9. Hauser – 14
10. FW Blackhawk Christian – 12

Others Receiving Votes: Kouts 5, Daleville 4, South Newton 2, Frontier 2, Northfield 2.


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Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ SpeedwayFootball
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ FrontierFootball
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
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Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt VernonFootball
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ FrontierFootball
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Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
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Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain CentralFootball
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Sat Sep 45pCovenant Christian @ RoncalliGirls Soccer
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*Many teams are involved in tournaments so the complete schedule can’t be known.

Brownsburg at Crown Point

Eastern Hancock at TBA

South Decatur at Southwestern

Munster at Crown Point

Warsaw at Lake Central

Chesterton at Illiana Christian

Plainfield at Crown Point

North Newton at Winamac

Fort Wayne Snyder at Cathedral

North Judson at TBA

Crothersville at Scottsburg

Angola at Columbia City

Twin Lakes at Winamac

Fort Wayne Dwenger at Penn

Milan at Batesville

Borden at Mitchell

Greenwood at Mount Vernon (Fortville)

South Decatur at Greensburg

Fountain Central at Tri-County

LaPorte at Penn

Randolph Southern at Blue River

Scecina at New Palestinian

Warsaw at Munster

Brownsburg at Munster

Westfield at Lawrence North

Breman at Wawasee

Switzerland County at Scottsburg

Danville at Brebeuf

Greencastle at Brown County

Plymouth at Rochester

Plainfield at Chesterton

Evansville Memorial at Northview

Lake Central at Fort Wayne Snyder

Lafayette Jeff at Western

North Daviess at North Posey

New Washington at Greensburg

Lafayette Jeff at Western

Seymour at Jeffersonville

New Castle at Center Grove

Carmel at Fishers

South Ridge at Mount Vernon

Plainfield at Illiana Christian

Roncalli at Franklin Central

South Vermillion at North Putnam

TBA at North White

Twin Lakes at North White

Crothersville at Mitchell

Knightstown at Blue River

TBA at Winamac

Greensburg at Southwestern

Brownsburg at Lake Central

Evansville Memorial at Brebeuf

Chesterton at Cathedral

Danville at Northview

Tippecanoe Valley at Argos

Switzerland County at Mitchell

Springs Valley at White River Valley

Borden at Scottsburg

Vincennes Rivet at Shakamak

Fort Wayne Snyder at Illiana Christian

Northeastern at Rising Sun

Northview at Brebeuf

Mitchell at Scottsburg

Chesterton at Munster

Brownsburg at Fort Wayne Snyder

Lake Central at Cathedral

Morgan Twp. at Michigan City

Cathedral at Crown Point.

Warsaw at Illiana Christian

East Noble at West Noble


White River Valley at Tell City

Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne Northrup

North Central at Terre Haute South

Sullivan at North Putnam

Milan at Batesville

Rochester at Glenn

Evansville Day at Evansville Christian

Avon at Pike

Corydon Central at Madison

Mississinewa at Eastbrook

Perry Meridian at Columbus East

Carroll at Warsaw

Fishers at Franklin Central

Cathedral at Ritter

Lawrence North at Greenfield Central

Carmel at Zionsville

Elkhart Christian at South Bend Riley

Goshen at Elkhart

Oregon – Davis at Lakeland Christian

Chesterton at Northridge

Butler at Providence

Castle at Vincennes Lincoln

Seymour at Jasper

Evansville Mater Dei at Mount Vernon

Kokomo at Western

Center Grove at Roncalli


Bethany Christian at Goshen

Indianapolis Tech at Scecina

Concord at Griffith

Pike at Shelbyville

Terre Haute South at Evansville Mater Dei

Lawrence Central at Perry Meridian

Providence at North Harrison

Boone Grove at Crown Point.

Hamilton Southeastern at Carmel

Castle at Vincennes Lincoln

Batesville at Seymour

North Central at Zionsville

McCutcheon at Fishers

Noblesville at Cathedral

Northridge at Carroll

Mishawaka at Trinity

Greensburg at Knightstown

Danville at Whiteland

Sullivan at North Putnam

Rochester at Glenn

Terre Haute North at Harrison

South Dearborn at St. Henry


Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN



Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00


Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00


Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00


INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana to Begin Series With Serbian Professional Team on Friday


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team will battle BC Mega, a professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia, in two games in the Bahamas Friday, August 13 and Sunday, August 15. The contests will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis Paradise Island. There is no radio or TV coverage. Check the Indiana men’s basketball twitter for updates.

“I think this opportunity will be extremely beneficial to the young men in our program,” said IU Coach Mike Woodson. “They’ve worked extremely hard this summer and to have the chance to test yourselves against professional basketball players is invaluable. We’ll be able to learn a lot about ourselves and we’ll use that to our advantage as we prepare for our official practices to start in late September and games in early November.”

A two-time All-American in 1979 and 1980, Woodson is in his first year leading his alma mater and returns to the Bloomington campus with vast experiences and knowledge after playing in the NBA for 11 seasons beginning in 1980 and serving as a coach in the league beginning in 1996 for seven NBA franchises, including nine years combined as a head coach with the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. He was serving as an assistant coach with the Knicks. Woodson was the 1980 Big Ten Player of the Year and NABC All-American as a senior in leading the Hoosiers to a conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. Despite undergoing back surgery in December and missing seven weeks, he was honored as the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Basketball Award Winner following the season. He is the fifth all-time leading scorer at IU with 2,061 points and is a member of the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Former NBA Players Coaching at Alma Mater

Mike Woodson | Indiana

Speedy Claxton | Hofstra

Hubert Davis | North Carolina

Patrick Ewing | Georgetown

Penny Hardaway | Memphis

Juwan Howard | Michigan

Aaron McKie | Temple

Hoosier Quick Hits

• This is the fourth overseas trip for Indiana Basketball.  IU played 18 games in the Summer of 1985 in Canada, Japan, China, Yugoslavia and Finland.  After starting 2-6 on the trip, the Hoosiers won their final 10 games.  The Hoosiers also visited the Bahamas over Labor Day Weekend in 2007 and went 3-0.  The last passport-needing trip for the Cream and Crimson came in the Summer of 2014 when it finished 4-1 on while visiting Canada (Montreal).

• Sophomore All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was the only high major player to average at least 19 points and 9 rebounds during last season, is the first returning first, second, or third team All-American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993. Transfers Xavier Johnson (81), Michael Durr (85) , Miller Kopp (74) and Parker Stewart (44) have combined to start 284 career games at the Division I level.  Eligibility-wise, all four can play two years at IU.

BC Mega Quick Hits

• BC Mega plays in the ABA League First Division which is the 1st-tier regional men’s professional basketball league that originally featured clubs from the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia). They were 18-15 last year.  Shooting guard Nikola Jovic is a projected lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.  He is 6-10, just turned 18 and averaged 15.8 points last season. Point guard Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith played at Dayton from 2013-17 and averaged 13.8 points as a senior and had 498 career assists.


The Indiana football program added a veteran safety Thursday. Jon Haynes, a 5’11” 205-pounder from Ole Miss comes to Indiana as a grad transfer. He played two years at ole Miss.

Haynes is using his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA.

He played 21 games during his brief career at Ole Miss with 86 tackles, two interceptions and five pass deflections.

COACH TOM ALLEN ON HAYNES: “We reached out to (Haynes) because we had guys that have coached him on the staff, guys that know him very well, one his former teammates (Ryder Anderson),” Allen said. “The bottom line is that he made that decision, once he put himself in the portal, then we had additional spot available, and chose to use that for him.

“I know it gives us a lot of depth,” Allen said. “Special teams is an area that I see him really flourishing in. He’s an extremely physical player and (has) really good speed.

“I like his length and athleticism, and I just think we’ll watch and figure out where the best need is there to be able to give us the best opportunity for him and for us to maximize his skill set.”

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Merchent Finishes U.S. Amateur in Match Play


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore Clay Merchent was eliminated int the Round of 64 after playing brilliantly in the opening two rounds of stroke play during the 121st U.S. Amateur played at the Oakmont Country Club and Longue Vue Club in Pennsylvania throughout the week.

Merchent advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament after shooting a 1-under 139 through the first two rounds of stroke play. He entered match play as the No. 21 seed.

Sophomore Drew Salyers finished tied for 279th overall with a two-round score of 157 (17-over). He improved upon his first-round score by seven strokes on the second round of competition that included a birdie on No. 13 and an eagle on the Par 5, 550-yard fourth hole.


US Amateur

Oakmont, Pa. • Oakmont Country Club

Par 70 • 7,206

Verona, Pa. • Longue Vue Club

Par 70 • 6,647


• Merchent was one of 61 golfers, in a field of 311 competitors, to shoot 71 or better in the opening round of the tournament. He played a very steady round that included two birdies (No. 4 and No. 6) and 13 holes finished at par.

• The Noblesville, Ind., native was one of only 14 players to card a birdie or better on the sixth hole and one of 39 competitors to play No. 4 to a stroke under par. The average scorecard turned in on the par-5 No. 4 was 5.13, while golfers averaged a score of 3.39 on the par-3 No. 6.

• The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year carded a 2-under 68 in the second round to extend his tournament into the knockout-style match play. He secured four birdies during the morning round after a prolonged weather delay pushed the round from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.

• Merchent carded three of his four birdies in the final eight holes he played and was 2-under on the front nine (the last nine he played). His birdies came on No. 2, No. 4, No. 7 and No. 13.

• The match play saw Merchent defeated by Grayson Blunt, who shot 5-under through 12 holes. Blunt advanced to the Round of 32.

• The eagle in the second round from Salyers was one of only five carded on the fourth hole in the second round. Only 42 eagles were holed out during the first two rounds of competition.


Butler Men’s basketball player Carlos Johnson has been accused of rape according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Marion County.

STATEMENT FROM BUTLER: “The University takes these allegations very seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, violence, and harassment, per our Sexual Misconduct Policy,” the statement said. “Our top priority is the safety of our students and campus community, and the University provides support and resources to all students.

The statement went on to say Johnson is no longer enrolled at Butler and isn’t allowed on the campus.

“Out of respect to the students’ federal privacy rights and the ongoing criminal process, the University is not at liberty to divulge additional information at this time.”

According to the affidavit, the Butler police department was dispatched to an Irvington House dorm on February 4 on a report of a sexual assault with injury. The officer was informed a woman was raped by a male living in the dorm nicknamed “Scooby”. The officer went to Johnson’s room and Johnson allowed the officers into the room and Johnson allegedly said, “I should have told that (b****) to leave.”

The victim was treated at the scene and then transported to Methodist Hospital. Then during a medical exam at the Center for Hope, they found genital injuries to the woman.

Butler detectives requested DNA analysis of blood on Johnson’s shorts and the report found one sample matched that of the woman.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Rodriguez, Savich, and Soderstorm Earn BIG EAST Preseason Honors; @ButlerUWSoccer Selected Second


The Butler women’s soccer team was tabbed to finish second in the 2021 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, August 11. Three Bulldogs, Stephanie Rodriguez, Anastasia Savich, and Katie Soderstrom, were voted to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. In addition, Rodriquez was selected as the 2021 BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.

The major awards and All-BIG EAST team were voted on by the conference head coaches who could not cast ballots for themselves or their own student-athletes. Georgetown garnered 10 of 11 first-place votes, finishing with 100 points. Butler came in second, with 88 points, while UConn was third, with 74. Providence (65) grabbed the remaining first-place vote and landed in fourth, while Creighton (64) was just behind, in fifth.

Savich is a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, earning First Team honors in 2020-21 and Second Team honors in 2019 and 2018. In addition, she was the 2018 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Last season, her 19 points led the Bulldogs and were second in the BIG EAST. Her nine goals were also second in the BIG EAST and tied for 27th nationally.

Soderstrom is a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree (2020-21 and 2019). Her 17 points, last season, were fourth in the BIG EAST and second on the team to Savich. She scored six goals and added five assists, which were fourth and tied for third, respectively, in the BIG EAST. Her 39 shots led both the Bulldogs and the BIG EAST.

Rodriquez is an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection (2020-21) and was the 2020-21 BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year. Last season she started all 12 games and logged the entire 1,098 minutes in route to a 10-2 season record. She allowed only nine goals, producing a 0.74 goals-against average, and posted five shutouts, both of which were second in the BIG EAST and among the Top 50 nationally. Her 43 saves (3.6/game) ranked third in the conference.

Savich and Soderstrom were the only two student-athletes to be unanimous selections to the preseason team. The conference-favorite Hoyas joined the Bulldogs with three student-athletes placed on the preseason list, while St. John’s had two. UConn, Creighton, and Providence had one each.

In national rankings, Georgetown was picked 11th in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA DI Preseason Poll. Butler received votes and stands just outside the Top 25.

BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1.      Georgetown          100 (10)

2.      Butler                     88

3.      UConn                    74

4.      Providence            65 (1)

5.      Creighton               64

6.      St. John’s               47

7.      Xavier                     45

8.      Marquette             43

9.      DePaul                    41

10.   Villanova                27

11.   Seton Hall              11

(first-place votes)

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, Grad., F

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Grad., D

BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, Grad., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, Grad., GK

Anastasia Savich, Butler, Sr., F*

Katie Soderstrom, Butler, Sr., F*

Jessica Mazo, UConn, Jr., M

Aida Kardovic, Creighton, So., M

Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Grad., D

Daisy Cleverly, Georgetown, Grad., M

Julia Leas, Georgetown, Jr., M

Meg Hughes, Providence, So., F

Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, Jr., M

Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, Sr., F

*unanimous selection

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF: Butler Golf Women Release 2021-22 Schedule


Coach Christie Cates has announced the Bulldogs’ 2021-22 schedule.

The slate includes two events that Butler will host and nine other events leading up to the 2022 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship.

The season begins Sept. 5-6 in Normal, Ill., at the Illinois State Invitational. During the fall portion of the schedule, Butler will also participate in events hosted by Ball State (Sept. 20-21), Toledo (Oct. 11-12), and Dayton (Oct. 18-19). The Bulldogs won the Dayton event in 2019.

The Bulldogs will host the Butler Fall Invitational at the team’s home course, Highland Golf Club, on Oct. 4-5.

In the spring, the Bulldogs will find warm weather early in the semester with trips to the Jacksonville Invitational Feb. 14-15 and an event in Phoenix hosted by Western Michigan Feb. 25-27.

Butler will then host the annual Don Benbow Invitational in Jacksonville March 7-8.

The closing stretch of the regular season includes trips to Louisville, Ky. (for an event hosted by Cleveland State March 21-22), Eastern Kentucky (April 4-5), and the IUPUI Invitational in Carmel, Ind., April 16-17.

The season culminates in Callawassie Island, S.C. with the BIG EAST Championship April 22-24.

The Bulldogs return All-BIG EAST selection Claire Edwards to highlight this season’s roster. Standouts Ally Ross and Katelyn Le will utilize the additional season of eligibility provided by the NCAA after the 2019-20 season was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Ross and Le, who are both graduate students, the upcoming campaign will be their fifth season of competition. The roster that Cates has put together also includes an impressive group of newcomers and returners who are looking to work their way in the line-up.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Football Places Six on Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List


MOBILE, Ala. – – Six members of the Ball State football team were selected to the watch list for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game.

Representing the Cardinals on the watch list were Bryce Cosby, Anthony Ekpe, Justin Hall, Brandon Martin, Drew Plitt, and Yo’Heinz Tyler.

Ball State’s six selections were twice as many as any other Mid-American Conference program, with Buffalo and Central Michigan receiving three each. Overall, 19 MAC players were named to the watch list.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl annually serves as the first step of the NFL Draft process, with 106 total players drafted and 36 selected in the first three rounds among last season’s invited athletes in the most recent NFL Draft.

This year’s game will be held February 5, 2022 and broadcast on the NFL Network. Practices will be live on ESPN and NFL Network hosts a daily recap show each evening in primetime.

BALL STATE WBB: Agustsdottir & Puiggros Spend Summer Playing International Basketball


MUNCIE, Ind. – Senior forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir (Keflavik, Iceland) and junior guard Estel Puiggros (Manresa, Spain/Segle XXI) of the Ball State women’s basketball team decided to put some extra work in this summer on the court by playing basketball for their respective countries. 

Agustsdottir said her club team had contacted her from back home in Iceland after the Cardinals had wrapped up their season and wanted to know if she could join the team when she returned home. So, Agustsdottir did just that and was able to play three games with her old teammates. 

The experience playing for the team of Keflavik again was fun but different because she had to adjust her game after playing in the states for the last three years. 

Prior to her arrival at Ball State, Agustsdottir was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2017. She was also a member of the Dominos League All-Star Team while also receiving the Dominos League Sportsmanship Award. Agustsdottir was tabbed the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year Recipient while helping Keflavik win the 2017 Iceland Club Championship. 

Puiggros in similar fashion returned home to Spain after the conclusion of the season. She was one of 12 players that were selected to go to Madrid and play for Spain’s national team where they competed in the European championship against Serbia, Israel, Ireland, Czech Republic, and Hungary. 

Puiggros explained that playing European basketball is different than playing collegiate basketball in the states because Ball State 10th year head coach Brady Sallee emphasizes to take charges on the court but Puiggros said if you take a charge in the European basketball system you get called for a technical foul.  

In Spain before attending Ball State, Puiggros played for Club Segel XXI where she averaged 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She was chosen to play at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup, scored a tournament high 14 points against Japan and was ranked a four-star recruit prior to her freshman season with the Cardinals.

All-in-all both Agustsdottir and Puiggros had fun playing basketball for Iceland and Spain, respectively and they are looking forward to returning to the court this fall for the Cardinals.



NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of forward Justin Janicke to the incoming freshman class for the 2021-22 season.

“We’re excited to announce the addition of Justin,” said Jackson. “He’ll be a great addition to our program both on and off the ice while adding speed, tenacity and offensive skill to our forward group. Most importantly, he’ll add selflessness and character and, as a Notre Dame legacy, he’ll continue the tradition of the Janicke family and Irish hockey. We are also appreciative of Kalle Larsson for understanding the difficult timing of this decision.”

Justin Janicke | Forward | Maple Grove, Minnesota | USNTDP | 5-11 | 185

Drafted by the Seattle Kraken in the seventh round (195th overall) of the recent 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Played the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the USNTDP.

Finished the 2020-21 season with 27 points on 12 goals and 15 assists in 37 games.

Participated in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game.

Skated in the 2020 Under-17 Five Nations tournament as Team USA earned a runner-up finish.

In 2019-20, he finished tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 37 points in 45 games (17-20-37).

Also played in the 2019 Under-17 Four Nations tournament (first place) and the 2019 World Under-17 Challenge (second place).

Prior to joining the USNTDP, played for Maple Grove HS in 2018-19, totaling 49 points on 19 goals and 30 assists in 24 games.

Justin is the younger brother of current junior Irish forward Trevor Janicke and the son of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93.

Curtis skated in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin and Trevor join Curtis in forming the sixth father-son duos to play for the Notre Dame hockey program.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame football defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, linebackers Bo Bauer and Drew White, wide receiver Avery Davis and offensive linemen Cain Madden and Josh Lugg were all named to the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List Thursday afternoon.

Tagovailoa-Amosa, a graduate student, earned All-ACC Second Team honors in 2020, after a season in which he totaled 17 tackles, 6.0 TFL (loss of 21 yards) and 2.5 sacks. He also recovered two fumbles and forced a fumble. He was named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team in 2020, and was a Piesman Trophy Finalist in 2019. Heading into the 2021 season, he was named to the Wuerffel Trophy and Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists.

Madden, a graduate transfer from Marshall, was a 2020 Walter Camp Second Team All-American and an AP Second Team All-American. He started 9-of-10 games for the Thundering Herd in 2020. Madden and the offensive line paved the way for Marshall to outrush their opponents in 7-of-10 games and outpass opponents in six. The Herd also won time of possession in six games in 2020. In addition to his 2020 All-America honors, Madden was named first-team All-Conference USA. Heading into the 2021 season, he was named to the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists.

Davis, a graduate student, played in all 12 games and made four starts for the Irish in the 2020 season en route to the program’s second appearance in the College Football Playoff in the last three seasons. In his first full season playing wide receiver, he hauled in 24 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Heading into the 2021 season, he was named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List.

White, a graduate student, started all 12 games last season. He finished the year second on the team in tackles-for-loss (9.0) and tied for third on the squad in tackles (57). He earned the game ball following a five tackle, 2.0 TFL and 0.5 sack performance in the 31-17 road win over No. 19 North Carolina.

Bauer, a senior, saw the field in all 12 games for the Irish last season. He posted his first career sack along with four tackles and two tackles-for-loss in the home win over Florida State. A few weeks later, he snagged his first career interception in the 45-3 road win over Pitt. His best performance of the season came against Syracuse when he finished with six tackles, second most on the team, and two TFL’s.

Lugg, a graduate student, played in 11 games last season and started the last four games of the season. He was a key member of the offensive line that was a Joe Moore Award finalist during the 2020 season. He is one of the most experienced offensive lineman returning to the Irish lineup this season, having seen action in 37 games.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game, as it annually serves as the first step of the NFL Draft process. The Reese’s Senior Bowl had 106 total players drafted and 36 selected in the first three rounds of this year’s NFL Draft. The 106 figure represents 41% of the NFL Draft. This year’s game will be held February 5, 2022 and broadcast on the NFL Network. Practices will be live on ESPN and NFL Network hosts a daily recap show each evening in primetime.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces add talented transfer Myia Clark to roster


EVANSVILLE – Continuing to bolster its roster, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team has announced the addition of transfer Myia Clark.

“I am thrilled Myia has chosen to continue her college journey with us at UE,” said Evansville head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “I recruited Myia when she was in high school and playing for IL Elite, and had to coach against her for 2 years when I was an assistant at Davidson, so I have been following Myia’s career over the years. She fits our style of play perfectly. She is a skilled, athletic guard that will be dangerous in transition. She can score at the rim and shoot the three. She has great ability to create for her teammates as well. On the other side of the ball, she will be a tough defender in our press. She loves basketball and works hard at her game. I can’t wait to see how she will continue to grow as a player here! Beyond basketball, she is a high character individual and someone I have really enjoyed getting to know over the recruiting process.”

A transfer from Saint Louis University, Clark joins the Aces after three seasons with the Billikens. In those three years, Clark appeared in all 73 contests, making starts in the final 51 games of her SLU career.

“I’m super excited about my new journey here at UE,” said Clark. “I chose UE because of the coaching staff’s determination to help their players grow on and off the court. I also admire their determination of establishing a family environment within the program. I can’t wait to work with the team and staff, and become a better version of myself. “

Averaging 7.5 points during her first three seasons of collegiate play, Clark finished inside the top five in scoring for the Billikens in back-to-back seasons as a sophomore and junior. The Schaumburg, Ill. native also showcased her ability to facilitate her teammates with over 100 assists in her three years of play.

Clark becomes the sixth signing of the summer for Scherr-Wells, joining three international newcomers (Gala Camarena, Elly Morgan, Kodie Myszka) and two transfers (Je’Naiya Davis and Celine DuPont).

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Valpo Volleyball Announces 2021 Schedule


Just five short months after the conclusion of the spring 2021 campaign, the Valpo volleyball team is gearing up to return to action this fall as it announced its schedule for the upcoming season today.

The Beacons will step back on the court Aug. 20 at Western Michigan for an exhibition match before opening the regular season with four consecutive pre-conference tournaments. Valpo will face a trio of tough tests in the season-opening Panther Invitational Aug. 28-29, opening with UC Santa Barbara — which won 23 matches and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2019 in its last season of action. The Beacons then face Big Ten foe Illinois before closing the tournament with host and perennial Horizon League power Milwaukee.

From there, Valpo heads to Cookeville, Tenn. Sept. 3-4 for the Golden Eagle Invitational, facing UNC Asheville and South Alabama in addition to host Tennessee Tech. The next weekend brings matches against Youngstown State, South Dakota State and Toledo at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Tournament. Valpo’s final pre-conference action comes Sept. 17 versus Western Illinois and SIUE at the SIUE Cougar Classic.

The Missouri Valley Conference schedule opens up Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. The MVC slate returns to normal this year, a double round-robin schedule with travel partners. Valpo’s home opener comes on the Friday of Homecoming weekend, Oct. 1 versus Indiana State. The regular season home finale is Nov. 13 against Bradley, while the regular season wraps one week later at Drake. The MVC Tournament will be held Nov. 25-27 in Normal, Ill., with the tournament champion earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo will return an experienced squad for the fall 2021 campaign, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s team — which posted an 11-9 overall record and finished in fifth place in the MVC standings — are back. The 10 returnees accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season.



INDIANAPOLIS – Marian women’s soccer head coach Justin Sullivan has completed his coaching staff ahead of his first season at the helm of the program. Sullvian has added four members to the staff, with each bringing a wealth of experience to Marian from their coaching and playing careers. Below is a bio on each member of the staff.

Doug Starnes | Developmental Team Head Coach

Doug Starnes comes to Marian University after spending the past season as first assistant at IUPUI where his primary on-field responsibility was with the team’s defensive shape. In the Covid shortened season, the Jags posted a 5-2-2 record, securing six clean sheets – most notably a 1-0 victory that ended the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin’s four-year home win streak – and qualified for the Horizon League tournament. Additionally, the IUPUI women’s soccer team earned five all-conference honors, achieved the highest team GPA in the university’s athletic department, and honored its first Academic All-American in center back Natalie McNally.

Prior to IUPUI, Starnes was Director of Goalkeeping at Indiana University under then first-year-head-coach Erwin Van Bennekom. In Bloomington, Starnes was responsible for training goalkeepers, defensive set-pieces, student-athlete academic progress, and alumnae outreach. He was part of a staff that guided the Hoosiers to their first Big10 tournament appearance since 2016. In that season, the Hoosiers finished top of the Big10 in fewest set-piece goals allowed and starting goalkeeper Bethany Kopel secured program records in career shutouts, season shutouts, and Big10 shutouts.

Before his time at Indiana University, Starnes spent another year at IUPUI as an assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers, and four seasons – including one as an interim head coach – at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Starnes holds a Premier and an Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma from the United Soccer Coaches of America. Born in Scotland and raised in Texas, Starnes earned his BA at Baylor University and MA at Indiana State University. He lives with his wife and two young children in Indianapolis.

Emma Dwenger | Assistant Coach

Emma Dwenger is a 2017 graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology. She spent two seasons playing for Central Michigan University before transferring to the University of Cincinnati for the remainder of her soccer career. She was named to the 2014 Women’s Soccer Academic All-MAC Team and was a 2017 University of Cincinnati recipient of the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives Award for Academic Excellence. After graduating Emma played for Indy Premier’s 2017 inaugural UWS (United Women’s Soccer) Team. She then earned her MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 2018, and she is currently pursuing her DO from the Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Emma served as the Columbus North High School Women’s Soccer Junior Varsity head coach in 2019 and the Varsity assistant coach in 2020 during which the Bulldogs captured Conference, Sectional, and Regional titles.

Mike Beckner | Assistant Coach

Mike Beckner comes to Marian after spending several seasons of working with FC Pride. Beckner, who holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” coaching license, began his affiliation with FC Pride in 2016.  At FC Pride, he coached the 02 ECNL team and the 01 Red team for four years.  In those four years, the 02 team reached the ECNL Elite 8, and the FC Pride 01 Red team captured back-to-back Indiana State Cup championships. He currently is the head coach of Pride’s 07 and 08 ECNL teams.

Prior coaching experience also includes a stint as coach of the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association. At ZYSA, Mike coached two US Club National Championship teams, and was the first coach to lead of a team from Indiana to the USYS National League. Beckner has also coached within the Indiana ODP system and was part of U.S. Club Soccer id2 staff.

Beckner is a 2005 graduate of the University of Saint Joseph’s College, where he earned his degree in accounting information systems and was a four-year letter winner. He served as captain in his last season with the Pumas. 

Sophia Lipka | Assistant Coach

Sophia Lipka comes to Marian as an assistant coach working with the Knights’ goalkeepers. She is a 2020 graduate from IUPUI, where she was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team. In her collegiate playing career, Lipka appeared in 61 matches making 54 starts, logging over 5000 minutes of action on the field. Lipka was a team captain of the Jaguars for three seasons, and ended her career as one of the most decorated keepers in IUPUI history, ranking first all-time in goals against average (1.08) and was tied for the career lead in shutouts with 21. At the time of graduation, Lipka ranked second in wins, save-percentage, winning-percentage, and minutes played.

Lipka earned multiple Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors in her career with the Jaguars, and in her sophomore season Lipka earned the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year, while also being named the MVP of the Horizon League Tournament.



RICHMOND, Ind. – Will Downton, a recent graduate of Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Ky., is one of the newcomers on the 2021-22 Indiana University East men’s basketball roster.

Downton is a 6-4 guard who was a two-time all-district and all-region honoree at Beechwood. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a senior to help Beechwood to a 23-6 record.

“Will is long and athletic and fits the mold of the type of player we need,” said IU East coach Mark Hester. “We look forward to watching him grow into being a good college player.”

Will is the son of Lisa and Jim.

“I chose IU East because I like the tight-knit community, and it was the best fit for me academically and athletically,” Downton wrote.

Downton is one of five newcomers on the 2021-22 IU East roster. Beechwood is the alma mater of former Red Wolf All-American Tyler Fangman.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolves qualified for the national tournament after each of the program’s past six full seasons.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Gordon’s Blast Hands Indians 3-2 Setback


INDIANAPOLIS – Nick Gordon’s home run in the top of the fifth inning proved the difference as the St. Paul Saints defeated the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night, 3-2.

As a light rain fell, the Saints (46-40) took the early lead in the top of the first inning. Jose Miranda doubled down the right-field line and came around to score on a single from Mark Contreras. St. Paul tacked on one more run in the top of the third to extend their lead to 2-0.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Taylor Davis walked to score Cole Tucker and put the Indians (42-44) on the board, 2-1.

St. Paul added an insurance run and ultimately the winning run in the top of the fifth inning with Gordon’s home run.

Fabricio Macias was hit by pitch followed by a double from Chris Sharpe to put runners in scoring postion with one out in the bottom of the sixth frame. Davis collected his second RBI of the night with a ground out to shortstop to score Macias. Indy was within striking distance but the Saints pitching held the Indians offense to finish the game 3-2.

James Marvel (L, 4-4) took the loss for Indy giving up three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Chandler Shepherd (W, 6-5) earned the win with six strikeouts in five innings. Ralph Garza Jr. (S, 1) entered in the bottom of the ninth and picked up his first save of the season.

Indianapolis and St. Paul face off again Friday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Steven Wright (4-6, 6.67) will take the mound against LHP Lewis Thorpe (0-2, 6.35).

Winker hits slam, Reds slug 4 more HRs, beat Braves 12-3

ATLANTA (AP) Jesse Winker hit a grand slam in the second inning, the Reds added four more homers, and Cincinnati snapped a three-game skid with an 12-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Winker’s 24th homer, the second grand slam of his career, cleared the wall in right field to give the Reds a 4-1 lead after singles by Tyler Naquin and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez and a walk to Jonathan India.

“I was just looking for something up to drive,” Winker said. “Naquin gets the hit and then Gutie gets a hit right behind him and Jon works the great walk. Then he threw the first pitch for a ball, so I really just cut the zone in half. I was looking for something up just to drive. It got up and got out, so I was pumped about that.”

The loss dropped Atlanta, which had won three straight and eight of 10, one game behind first-place Philadelphia and into third place in the NL East. The New York Mets are in second place, a half-game ahead of the Braves, who began the day tied for first.

“With the three teams, that could be a daily occurrence, too, but that’s OK,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re right there. You know what I mean? We’re going to fight … to get back there.”

Cincinnati, which remained eight games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central, tacked on five runs in the third to make it 9-1. Tyler Stephenson scored from second on Eugenio Suarez’s double. Naquin hit his 14th homer, a three-run shot off Josh Tomlin, and India added his 14th homer.

Gutierrez, who won his fourth straight start, walked two batters in the bottom of the first, and Jorge Soler scored from second on Dansby Swanson’s bloop single to make it 1-0. Gutierrez stranded two runners in scoring position on Adam Duvall’s groundout.

Gutierrez (8-3) gave up one run and five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Since losing 15-11 to the New York Mets on July 19, Gutierrez has a 1.78 ERA over his last four starts.

Kyle Muller (2-4) allowed six runs, five hits with three walks and one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. Snitker said Muller will be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and that Huascar Ynoa would likely take his spot in the rotation.

Winker, who went 3 for 4, hit his 32nd double in the sixth off Tomlin, and Kyle Farmer followed with his 11th homer to make it 11-1. Winker began the day tied for the major league lead in doubles and extra-base hits.

“As good as our offense has been, we haven’t had too many games like this, so it’s nice,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “Guys have been working so hard to get some results, to get some hits, the home runs, big days by several of our position players. That always helps. It’s kind of rewarding to get the home runs and the hits and all the runs.”

Ozzie Albies hit his 20th homer in the seventh, becoming the Braves’ career leader in homers by a second baseman with 80. He surpassed Dan Uggla, who hit 79 from 2011-14.

Stephenson hit his seventh homer in the ninth.

Urías 5 extra-base hits, Piña 6 RBIs, Brewers rout Cubs 17-4

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Urias tied a major league record with five extra-base hits and Manny Pina drove in six runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 17-4 romp over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Urias homered in the seventh and ninth innings. He also hit three doubles, drove in five runs and scored five. He became the 16th player with five extra-base hits in a game, and the first since San Francisco’s Alex Dickerson last year.

Pina had a grand slam and a two-run homer. Jace Peterson added five hits, including a home run, as the NL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep even though All-Star starter Brandon Woodruff made an early exit.

A day after routing Chicago 10-0, the Brewers surpassed their previous high of 15 runs this year set against the Cubs on June 30. They established another season best with 22 hits in their most lopsided win this year.

The Cubs have lost eight in a row and 14 of 16.

The Brewers scored five in the second, highlighted by Peterson’s two-run shot, and were just getting started.

Pina made it 9-1 with none out in the fifth when he drove his first career grand slam out, chasing Kyle Hendricks (13-5) and sending the Cubs’ ace to his first loss in more than three months.

Hendricks got tagged for a career-worst nine runs and matched a season-high with 11 hits. The right-hander was 11-0 in 16 starts since a loss to Pittsburgh on May 9.

Pina added a two-run drive in the sixth, giving him three multihomer games in his career and two this season.

Woodruff was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches. He allowed an unearned run and two hits.

Hunter Strickland (1-1) worked a scoreless inning.

Chicago released Jake Arrieta after he got hit hard Wednesday night, ending a rough second stint with the team for a pitcher who won a Cy Young Award and helped bring home a drought-busting World Series championship in his first go-around.

Frank Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom hit back-to-back homers in the Cubs seventh.

Anderson HR for Chisox, walkoff end in Field of Dreams game

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) Tim Anderson recently admitted he has never watched “Field of Dreams.” Well, he just submitted a pretty good script for a sequel.

Anderson hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning into the cornfield to end the Field of Dreams game in cinematic fashion, as the Chicago White Sox outslugged the New York Yankees 9-8 Thursday night in the first Major League Baseball game in Iowa.

“The fans came to see a show, and we gave them a show,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who had an earlier RBI double, hit the first pitch from Zack Britton (0-1) for his 13th homer of the season.

Clearly having as much fun as anyone in attendance, Anderson danced his way around the bases after the showstopper of a hit and wiggled his hands near his neck as he headed for home and the celebratory dousing at the plate from his teammates.

“Being able to walk it off was definitely one of the best moments of my career, for sure,” said Anderson, who sent the crowd of 7,832 back through the corn and to their cars – after a light and fireworks show – at the made-from-scratch stadium.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each hit two-run homers for the Yankees in the top of the ninth off All-Star closer Liam Hendriks (7-2), as the movie-themed throwback event became a home run hitting contest into the cornfield.

This was precisely the thrill many players hoped aloud for prior to the night. There were eight longballs in all, two by Judge.

It had a Hollywood finish, too, with the game-clinching shot by Anderson. So what if it was more from “The Natural” than “Field of Dreams?”

“He’s been the energy, the man, of our team. What a leader,” said White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo, who filled in for Tony La Russa.

They played next to the filming site of the beloved 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones, and even the Yankees fans who made the trek could hardly have headed home anything but happy with the experience.

Starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, who was tagged for seven runs in five innings in another struggle with his new team, was having a hard time reflecting on the memories in the aftermath.

Still, even though the Yankees fell into fourth place in the AL East – and in the race for two wild-card spots – there will be no forgetting this trip for the rest of their careers.

“That was as special and breathtaking a setting for a baseball game as I’ve ever been part of,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Jose Abreu hit the first drive into the sea of green stalks, and teammates Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala followed him with homers for the White Sox on this vintage summer night in farm country with the teams in 1919-style uniforms to match.

Judge wore custom-painted cleats to commemorate the film, with the famous line “If you build it, he will come,” printed on the tongues and cornstalks on the sides.

League ERA leader Lance Lynn sidestepped a three-run homer by Judge and a solo shot from Brett Gardner to finish five innings for the White Sox, remaining unbeaten in his last eight starts.

Costner started the evening with a star’s entrance, slowly walking out of the cornrows – like Shoeless Joe Jackson and his ghost-like teammates did in the film – before turning to watch the players do the same for their made-for-TV pregame introductions. Costner’s address to the fans included the obligatory question in ode to the famous line from the movie, “Is this heaven?”

No, it’s Iowa, but MLB will be back, as Commissioner Rob Manfred promised for 2022, the teams still to be determined.

“I wish we had a little time here to kind of take it all in and really appreciate it,” Gardner said, “but the season moves along in a hurry.”

Moreland 2 HRs, Bassitt AL-high 12th W, A’s bop Indians 17-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Mitch Moreland homered twice, Chris Bassitt posted his AL-leading 12th win and the Oakland Athletics routed the Cleveland Indians 17-0 on Thursday for their seventh straight victory.

By the end, the only drama involved Matt Chapman, who walked in his first five plate appearances for Oakland. The remaining fans from the crowd of 16,559 on a sweltering afternoon were cheering for a record-tying sixth walk when he batted in the ninth inning, and expressed their disappointment after he struck out swinging against Blake Parker on a 1-2 pitch.

Bryce Harper, Jeff Bagwell and Jimmie Foxx share the major league mark of six walks in a game. Chapman became the first Oakland player since Mark McGwire in 1997 to walk five times.

Chapman said his teammates were pulling for him to draw another walk, but he knew that was in jeopardy when he got down 0-2.

“We may or may not have Googled what the record for most walks in a game is,” he said. “We were all joking around. They were like, you got it, try to walk. Then I took the first pitch right down the middle and I was like, oh man, I don’t think it’s going to work out this time.”

Chapman scored three times and Matt Canha and Starling Marte each drove in three runs as the Athletics moved a season-high 18 games over .500, enjoying an easy day after rallying for late victories the previous two nights.

Bassitt (12-3) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. The right-hander has a nine-game road winning streak, tying Bob Welch’s club record set in 1989-90. Bassitt hasn’t lost away from home since Sept. 12, 2020.

Bassitt gave full credit to the offense.

“Everyone put on a show,” he said. “Our hitters were pretty ridiculous today.”

Bassitt, who also ranks first in the AL with 150 innings, is a native of Toledo and pitched at the University of Akron. He estimated he had about 100 supporters in the stands, including family members and friends.

“It was pretty sweet, a little nerve racking,” he said. “Obviously, a little more pressure than normal knowing how many people are coming.”

Oakland scored three times in the second off Eli Morgan (1-5). The rookie allowed five runs in four innings.

Five Cleveland pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters, leading to a direct observation from Indians interim manager DeMarlo Hale.

“Just look at the walks and hit batters … I’m not gonna dip too deep in to it” he said.

Cubs release former ace Arrieta after rough return to team

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta won a Cy Young Award and helped the Chicago Cubs capture a drought-busting World Series championship in his first stint with the club. His second go-round was nowhere near as successful.

It ended with his release on Thursday.

Arrieta was informed of the decision a day earlier, after getting tagged for eight runs in a 10-0 loss to Milwaukee, Cubs president Jed Hoyer said. The 35-year-old right-hander was 5-11 with a 6.88 ERA in 20 starts.

“Nothing that happened on the mound last night or the other nights in any way diminishes his role in club history,” Hoyer said. “When you look back, I think there’s a really good argument to say he’s one of the more influential people in the history of this franchise.”

The Cubs also placed catcher Willson Contreras on the 10-day injured list because of sprained right knee that Hoyer said is not serious. They selected right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger from Triple-A Iowa, reinstated catcher catcher Austin Romine from the 60-day IL and designated left-hander Kyle Ryan for assignment.

Arrieta agreed in February to a $6 million, one-year deal. His return to Chicago had a chance to be a feel-good story, but it ended on a rough note. He was 0-7 with a 9.92 ERA in his final 11 starts.

Arrieta was the NL Cy Young Award winner with Chicago in 2015 and helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series, their first championship since 1908. He went 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 starts over five years and threw two no-hitters during his first stint with the team.

He then signed a $75 million, three-year contract with Philadelphia in free agency and went 22-23 with a 4.36 ERA in 64 starts with the Phillies. He had a 4-4 record and a 5.08 ERA in nine starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

When Arrieta returned to Chicago, he joined a new-look rotation. The Cubs traded Yu Darvish to San Diego and let Jon Lester depart for in free agency.

He also reunited with David Ross, who caught Arrieta’s second no-hitter and led Chicago to the NL Central championship last year in his first season as manager. Ross said the decision to release Arrieta was tough.

“You hate that one on so many levels for me,” Ross said. “A friend and a guy I’ve got so much to be thankful for that he’s given me. It just stinks. I try to forget stuff like last night, look at what he’s done for this organization, how consistent he has been with the time I was on his team in ’15 and ’16.”

The Cubs had dropped seven straight and 13 of 15 heading into Thursday’s game against Milwaukee. They’ve gone from being tied with the Brewers for the NL Central lead after Zach Davies and the bullpen combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 24 to 17 1/2 games back.

Chicago also traded away championship core players Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo as well as star closer Craig Kimbrel before the July 30 deadline. Bryant, Baez and Rizzo had expiring contracts.

“Right now, obviously, we’re playing short-handed,” Hoyer said. “I think that’s very clear. We’re not planning on playing short-handed going forward. We were in fourth place at the deadline. Obviously, at that point we weren’t at the level we needed to be. We made decisions for the future. For the next couple months, we’re gonna have to play short-handed and give a lot of opportunities.”

Franco, Zunino power AL East-leading Rays past Red Sox 8-1

BOSTON (AP) Wander Franco hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, Drew Rasmussen threw four strong innings in a spot start for Tampa Bay and the Rays added to their lead in the AL East with an 8-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

Mike Zunino added a three-run homer in the eighth, driving the ball well over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park, as the Rays took two of three games at second-place Boston and extended their lead in the AL East to five games.

Kevin Kiermaier went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored twice for Tampa Bay, which rebounded from a blowout loss a night earlier with its sixth win in seven games against Boston.

One day after setting a season high in runs, hits (19) and walks (nine) in a 20-8 rout of the Rays, the Red Sox’s offensive woes returned Thursday as Boston lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

The Red Sox had just two hits – an RBI double by Rafael Devers in the fourth inning plated Boston’s only run and a single in the fifth inning by Kevin Plawecki was the last hit by the Red Sox against the Rays, who got five shutout innings from four relievers after Rasmussen left.

Rasmussen (1-1) was supposed to “open” for the Rays in his third start of the season and delivered much more. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks with four strikeouts before Collin McHugh (4-1) took over in the fifth.

Rasmussen didn’t allow a hit until Devers drove a double to center with two outs in the fourth, scoring Kike Hernandez after a leadoff walk.

Tanner Houck (0-3), recalled from Triple-A Worcester after Boston’s blowout victory Wednesday night, allowed four runs on six hits and struck out eight in five-plus innings.

Houck pitched into the sixth, when the Rays broke the 1-all tie with three runs. Brandon Lowe led off with a single and Franco followed with a drive to left-center field that hit to the left of the yellow line separating the Green Monster from home-run territory, and the carem took it to top of the wall in center, near the flagpole. Umpires ruled it homer after meeting.

Franco initially stayed on second until the umpires called the hit a home run after a brief conference in the infield, and Tampa Bay led 3-1. A bases-loaded balk later in the inning by reliever Hansel Robles pushed another run across. That run was charged to Houck.

Tampa Bay blew it open with four more runs in the eighth, when Zunino hit a three-run shot, his 23rd homer of the season.

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis announces retirement

BALTIMORE (AP) Slugger Chris Davis announced his retirement Thursday, ending a career in which he became one of baseball’s most prodigious home run hitters before his production declined amid injury problems during his final seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis, 35, was going to miss the entire 2021 season after surgery in May to repair the labrum in his left hip.

“After an extended time dealing with my injury and recent hip surgery, I informed the Orioles about my decision to retire effective today,” Davis said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank the Orioles partnership group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches.”

Next year was the final season of Davis’ $161 million, seven-year contract.

Davis led the majors with 53 home runs in 2013 and 47 in 2015. He finishes his career with 295 in 13 seasons with the Orioles and Texas Rangers.

A powerful left-handed hitter at 6-foot-4, Davis was a crucial part of Baltimore’s best run since the 1990s. He helped the Orioles reach the postseason in 2012, 2014 and 2016, although he did not play in the playoffs in 2014, when the team made it to the AL Championship Series.

Davis was suspended 25 games late in that 2014 season for testing positive for Adderall, a banned amphetamine. He later said he had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder previously and been given a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall, but he did not have the exemption in 2014.

Davis’ free-swinging ways could lead to high home run and strikeout totals and low batting averages. He hit .196 with 26 homers in 2014 and .221 with 38 homers and a major league-leading 219 strikeouts in 2016 – the first year of his big contract.

After that, his numbers sank quickly, along with the team’s fortunes. He hit .168 in 2018 and went through an 0-for-54 streak in 2019. Davis hit just .115 over 55 at-bats last year and twice went on the injured list with knee problems.

Harper, Phillies hold off Dodgers 2-1 to avoid sweep

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper homered, Ian Kennedy escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the Dodgers 2-1 Thursday, ending Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.

The Dodgers were denied their first sweep in Philadelphia since 2012 and fell to 13-20 in one-run games this year. The Phillies salvaged the finale of the three-game series and held their share of the NL East lead.

“You never want to get swept, especially in your home park,” said Harper, who also walked twice. “That’s a good Dodgers team over there. They played us well the last two days and they played well today.”

Harper hit his 21st homer and scored twice as the Phillies won with just four hits. The Philadelphia bullpen didn’t allow a hit in the final 4 2/3 innings, and the Dodgers finished with only three hits.

Kennedy walked Corey Seager with one out in the ninth, walked Cody Bellinger with two outs on a call that resulted in Phillies manager Joe Girardi’s ejection, then plunked pinch-hitter Will Smith in the arm to load the bases. Billy McKinney flied out to end the game.

“Well, I did learn that Ian Kennedy could get a five-out save,” a visibly irritated Girardi said about his ejection by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.

It was Kennedy’s third save in six appearances with the Phillies since coming over in a July 30 trade with Texas.

“He’s done this his whole career,” Harper said. “He’s been in pressure situations and gone through that. There’s no worry when he comes in the game. We have all the confidence in the world when he comes into the game.”

Both teams used five pitchers.

Harper connected off Mitch White (0-1) for a solo drive in the first that landed four rows above the flower beds in deep left-center field for Philadelphia’s first lead in the series. In the fourth, Harper walked and eventually scored a two-out single by Ronald Torreyes.

In the 36 games he’s played since July 2, Harper is hitting .328 with eight homers, 23 RBIs and 28 runs scored with a .444 on-base percentage. The Phillies are 23-13 in that span – a large reason why Harper’s name has emerged in a wide-open field for National League MVP.

“My last two weeks haven’t been very good, so I better figure it out if I want to get involved in that competition,” Harper said. “But I just care about is my teammates and winning ballgames. All want to do is win, get into the postseason and play deep into October. If I’m playing well and those things can happen, those accolades will come.”

Ranger Suarez, who is being stretched out into a starting role after serving as Philadelphia’s closer for a month, allowed three hits and one run in 4 1/3 innings before falling into trouble in the fifth, resulting in the Dodgers only run on Trea Turner’s RBI groundout.

“Every start that I have makes me feel better,” Suarez said through a translator. “My pitches are better and the way I feel on the mound is better. I feel like I’m almost ready to not have a pitch limit anymore.”

After Suarez departed, the Phillies used four different relievers — Enyel De Los Santos, Hector Neris, Archie Bradley (7-1) and Kennedy.

“Suarez was good and we couldn’t get any traction against him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Seeing Archie go two and De Los Santos and Neris – we just couldn’t get to the guys in the pen today.”

White, who was called in to fill one of the holes in Los Angeles’ rotation, allowed three hits in four innings, striking out four. The Dodgers bullpen gave up only one hit and struck out five in the final four innings, capping off a series where they allowed no earned runs and just eight hits in 14 2/3 innings while striking out 22.

“Mitchell White did everything we asked,” Roberts said. “A seeing-eye grounder (by Torreyes) and Harper got him. But he pitched well and the guys in the bullpen pitched well in the whole series.”

LeBlanc hurt, bullpen carries load as Cards edge Pirates 7-6

PITTSBURGH (AP) Six St. Louis relievers combined to allow three runs in seven innings, Paul DeJong and Lars Nootbaar homered, and the Cardinals hung on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep.

The Cardinals bullpen was pressed into duty after starter Wade LeBlanc exited with left elbow pain. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings.

“Wade’s dealing with some elbow discomfort. It’s a little tight in there,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “So, we tried to stay ahead of it. Clearly, it prevented him from being able to continue. He’s a little dejected about it, and so are we, for him. He’s going to go back to St. Louis to get imaging. We’ll see what it looks like. We’re optimistic.”

A pair of homers turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead for St. Louis in the fourth. DeJong sent a first-pitch curveball from JT Brubaker (4-12) into the left-field bleachers for his 16th homer to tie the game, and pinch-hitter Nootbaar’s first major league homer made it 5-3.

“I thought it had a chance, for sure,” Nootbaar said. “I didn’t, like, square it up completely. But I knew I got it in the air and I got a good piece of it. So, I was running the bases hoping, obviously, it would go.”

St. Louis has won five of six overall and 10 straight games at Pittsburgh. The Cardinals’ last loss at PNC Park came on Sept. 17, 2020.

Colin Moran homered twice for the Pirates, who have been outscored 50-18 during an eight-game losing streak.

“I think we’re handling it good,” Moran said. “There’s a lot of guys here that are getting opportunities, working hard every day to make the most of it. So, I think you have to try not to look at the record. … Work hard and play a good nine innings, play a good game. Try to win the ballgames. We have a lot of guys working real hard.”

T.J. McFarland (2-0) relieved LeBlanc in the third, giving up a leadoff walk before forcing Ke’Bryan Hayes to fly out and Jacob Stallings to ground into a double play.

St. Louis closer Alex Reyes gave up a two-run homer to Bryan Reynolds with one out in the ninth following an error by right fielder Tommy Edman. Reyes struck out the next two batters for his 27th save.

“I see a bullpen that’s very focused and very willing to help the entire team,” said Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos, who allowed four hits in 1 1/3 innings. “Everybody has a job to do and everyone’s being responsible for the job they have to do.”

Brubaker surrendered five runs on five hits in five innings.

“Every time I go out there, I’m taking the ball, I feel fresh,” Brubaker said. “I feel good. Body feels good. Physical fatigue definitely isn’t there. Mental fatigue (isn’t) there because I’m not thinking about what could be or what possibly could happen. I’m only focusing on one pitch, one batter at a time.”

Moran’s three-run homer put the Pirates ahead 3-1 in the first. He took reliever Andrew Miller deep to center in the fourth to pull Pittsburgh within 5-4.

Moran hadn’t homered since April 18. It was the second two-homer game of his career.

With the Pirates trailing 6-4 in the seventh, Hoy Park popped out to leave runners stranded on first and third. Anthony Alford struck out four times, the last with two men on in the eighth.

Nimmo drives in 4, Stroman strong, Mets beat Nats 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Nimmo hit a three-run homer and drove in all the Mets’ runs, Marcus Stroman took a shutout into the sixth inning and New York beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday.

The four RBIs tied a career high for Nimmo, who homered in the second against Sean Nolin (0-1) and singled in the fourth to make it 4-0.

“He’s been swinging the bat like that all season now,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “He’s been clutch for us. He got all our runs in. He’s on the fastball. That’s what I like the most.”

The Mets won for only the third time in 10 games, a stretch that saw them fall from first to third in the NL East.

“It was definitely a good win for the team,” Stroman said. “I just feel like it’s a momentum we can continue to carry on into the next game.”

Victor Robles hit an RBI double for depleted Washington, which traded away eight players at the deadline and dropped to 5-15 in its last 20 games.

Stroman (8-11) allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings to break a three-start losing streak. He struck out eight and walked two.

Stroman cruised before finding bit of trouble in the sixth. Riley Adams led off with a walk, pinch-hitter Andrew Stevenson singled and Robles’ double scored Adams.

Stroman then struck out Alcides Escobar and reliever Aaron Loup walked Juan Soto to load the bases before inducing a double-play grounder from Josh Bell.

Edwin Diaz tossed a scoreless seventh for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Stroman, who hadn’t won since throwing a one-hitter at Cincinnati on July 21, battled through hot, humid conditions at Citi Field. In the fourth, he grimaced after fielding a grounder. He hunched over briefly, was visited by a trainer and resumed his outing after drinking a bottle of water.

“It was really hot. He’s known to sweat profusely on days like this and that’s exactly what was going on out there,” Rojas said. “That’s what happened there when we came out to check on him.”

Stroman had a bunt single in the third that eluded Nolin on the third-base side of the mound as Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom played back. Nimmo followed by hitting Nolin’s full-count cutter over the right-field fence to make it 3-0.

“I’m not a great hitter, so anytime I see an opportunity to lay one down and push it to the next guy, especially Nimmo who has been great with the bat all year,” Stroman said.

Alonso hits game-ending HR, Mets sweep Nats in doubleheader

NEW YORK (AP) Pete Alonso hit a game-ending homer with one out in the seventh inning and the New York Mets quickly bounced back from blowing the lead, beating the Washington Nationals 5-4 Thursday for a doubleheader sweep.

The Mets won the opener 4-1 as Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in four runs and Marcus Stroman took a shutout into the sixth.

New York took a 4-1 lead, too, into the seventh of the second game before the Nationals rallied against Trevor May and Jeurys Familia (6-2). A run-scoring wild pitch by Familia and Andrew Stevenson’s two-out, two-run single tied it.

Alonso capped a long, humid day with his 25th homer, lifting a 2-0 sinker against Kyle Finnegan (4-4) for a high-arcing drive to left field beyond the leaping try of Stevenson.

Alonso homered after skies cleared up. The Mets batted in the eighth as the sky became cloudy and heavier winds started.

“I know I clipped it pretty good when I got it,” Alonso said. “I saw it go up. With the winds here because it was pretty storming, it was like a hurricane winds there.”

“I didn’t know if any of those winds or those false winds were kind of still swirling around in the stadium. So, I know I hit it pretty well but I didn’t know if it was going to go just because of the environment but really happy over the wall,” he said.

Alonso flung his helmet in the air and was mobbed by his teammates at the plate. Before heading into the clubhouse, the All-Star Home Run Derby champ ripped off his jersey to the cheering fans.

It was Alonso’s second career game-ending homer and fourth career game-ending hit.

“I’m so happy for Pete to come through in that last game,” Nimmo said. “That’s huge.”

Heading into a stretch of 13 straight games against talented NL West teams San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Mets won their third straight, their best string since taking three in a row from June 14-16.

“This is kind of a show-me stretch,” Alonso said.

The three-game sweep of the Nats followed a recent rut of seven losses in eight games that dropped the Mets out of the NL East lead.

New York scored 17 runs in the sweep of the Nationals and won twice in its final at-bat. Alonso got six hits in the series after an 0-for-21 slump.

“I think this team showed over and over again this season, the fight that they have,” Nimmo said. “We just continue to just try and not give up.”

Washington, which traded away eight players at the deadline, lost for the 16th time in 21 games.

“He swings hard, he got just enough on it,” Finnegan said.

Starter Trevor Williams allowed one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings and became the 18th starter used by New York. The team record is 20 set in 1967, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s rookie season.

Jonathan Villar hit his 13th homer, connecting off Tanner Rainey for a two-run drive that put New York ahead 4-1 lead.

Nimmo tied a career high with four RBIs. He hit a three-run homer in the second against Sean Nolin (0-1) and singled in the fourth to make it 4-0.

“It’s cool to have games like that,” Nimmo said.

Stroman (8-11) allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings to break a three-start losing streak. He struck out eight and walked two.

Brewers reinstate closer Hader from COVID-19 reserve list

CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers reinstated All-Star closer Josh Hader from the COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday.

Hader joined several Brewers on the COVID-19 list on Aug. 2 after he tested positive. He entered Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with 22 saves in 23 chances.

The Brewers also optioned left-hander Hoby Milner to Triple-A Nashville and transferred righty John Axford, out for the remainder of the season with an elbow injury, to the 60-day injured list.

Seton Hall files to dismiss player’s suit over knee injury

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Seton Hall University has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former star basketball player Myles Powell over a knee injury Powell claims was misdiagnosed by team staff and led to his not being drafted by any NBA teams.

In his lawsuit filed last month that seeks unspecified damages, Powell claimed the failure of the South Orange, New Jersey-based school, coach Kevin Willard and staffer Tony Testa to correctly diagnose a knee injury led to physical and financial damage. Powell was Seton Hall’s third all-time leading scorer and was the Big East Conference player of the year in 2019-2020.

The suit alleged Powell was misdiagnosed with an ankle injury early in the 2019-20 season, when it was actually a lateral meniscus tear to his right knee. The suit further alleges the high-scoring guard was not told of the extent of his injury and the failure to treat it properly caused permanent damage.

Testa would inject “pain killer” medication into the knee to allow Powell to play, the suit alleged. It also alleged Willard was aware of the pain issues and the treatment that allowed Powell to play.

In its brief filed on Aug. 6, the school argued that it is shielded from Powell’s negligence claims under state law governing schools, charities or other nonprofit institutions.

It also argued Powell’s other claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty misinterpret the law, and that Powell misidentified Testa in the lawsuit as a medical doctor when he is not one.

The national letter of intent Powell signed when he committed to attend Seton Hall, which his lawsuit contends obligated the school to protect him from the negligent conduct of its employees, “does not even remotely contain the contractual terms or duties that Plaintiff alleges existed and were breached by Seton Hall,” the brief stated.

A message was left Thursday with an attorney representing Powell.

Jets rookie WR Moore leaves practice with quad issue

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore left practice Thursday with a quadriceps injury and was expected to have an MRI.

Coach Robert Saleh said depending on how the tests come back, Moore could miss the team’s preseason opener Saturday night against the Giants.

“I’m trying to get a feel,” Saleh said. “I’m an optimist, so I’m never worried until I’m worried. So we’ll know more (later Thursday).”

Moore has been one of the standouts of training camp for the Jets, who drafted the former Mississippi star in the second round with the 34th overall pick. He went through 1-on-1 drills and then walked off the field with a trainer before heading inside for the day.

Moore has routinely made highlight-type plays during practices and has already looked comfortable in Mike LaFleur’s offense while building a quick rapport with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

Saleh wasn’t concerned Moore might fall behind in his progress if he were to miss a short amount of time.

“You already know that if this is something, whether it’s little or not, he’s going to attack the heck out of it and make sure that he’s doing everything he can to get it back to 100 percent,” Saleh said. “So that part is the furthest from our worries.”

Veteran wide receiver Braxton Berrios is dealing with groin tightness that will sideline him for the preseason opener, although Saleh is optimistic he will be back next week to play at Green Bay.

Meanwhile, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams remains on track to make his camp debut next week. He’s on the physically unable to perform list after having offseason foot surgery, but has ramped up activities during the last several days. Saleh said Williams will go through a simulated practice Friday, so he and the team can see where he is physically.

NOTES: Saleh said Wilson and the starters will play “about a quarter” against the Giants, meaning the rookie QB’s NFL debut will last a couple of series. … Saleh on being able to play a game after 13 camp practices: “I think every NFL team is ready to see somebody else. You get all through OTAs and training camp and minicamp and all that stuff. We’re sick of each other. We’re sick of seeing the same defense. We’re sick of seeing the same offense. They’re ready to see a different color and they’re ready to go against different schemes and be challenged in different ways. It’s going to be fun, I’m excited for the group.”

Trevor Lawrence, Gardner Minshew still battling to be Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting QB


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One month shy of the season opener, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer isn’t publicly ready to commit to Trevor Lawrence as his starting quarterback.

When asked whether there’s still an open competition between Lawrence, this year’s No. 1 pick, and Gardner Minshew to take the first snap against the Houston Texans on Sept. 12, the answer from the first-year head coach was “Yes.”

That came moments after Meyer said he and his staff would determine Thursday night which player would start Saturday’s preseason opener against the  Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field.

Lawrence and Minshew have been alternating days with the first team during training camp, with the rookie working with the first team Thursday. After an off-day, Minshew will get first-team reps Saturday.

“Yeah, it’s competing, but also, at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team,” Lawrence said. “So I’m going to do everything I can to be the best guy for the job and to win games. But at the end of the day, that’s not in my hands, the decisions. I trust the coaches; we’re all on the same team and we’re just trying to win. So my mindset is just to win games, to be the best prepared as I can be.”

Per ESPN Stats & Information research, seven of the past nine quarterbacks selected first in the draft have started their team’s season opener. The only two who didn’t are Baker Mayfield (2018) and Jared Goff (2016).

Lawrence has completed 70.4% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills through the first 12 practices of training camp. Minshew has completed 70% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and one interception.

Lawrence threw seven touchdown passes during the team’s scrimmage Sunday.

“He’s doing really well,” Meyer said.

Lawrence threw for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns with 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. He led the Tigers to three consecutive appearances in the College Football Playoff and the 2018 national title.

Minshew, a sixth-round pick in 2019, replaced injured Nick Foles in the season opener as a rookie and led the Jaguars to a 6-6 record while completing 60.6% of his passes and throwing for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions.

The Jaguars traded Foles in March 2020 and gave Minshew the chance to prove he could be the long-term starter. And although he completed 66.1% of his passes and threw 16 touchdowns and five interceptions, the Jaguars went 1-7 in his starts and he was benched for rookie Jake Luton and veteran Mike Glennon after he returned from a thumb injury that he hid from the coaching staff.

“I didn’t know Minshew. I knew his [college] coach very well, Mike Leach,” Meyer said. “I don’t say we got off to a bad start, but I just didn’t see very much of him — but he’s earned my respect. I love that guy. He’s a warrior-competitor. He’s a fighter. I told him that. I’ve just got great respect for Minshew. He brings it every day. Every day.”

Source: New England Patriots QBs Cam Newton, Mac Jones both expected to play vs. Washington Football Team


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —  New England Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and Mac Jones are both expected to play in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium, according to a source.

How long they play will be determined by head coach Bill Belichick, who traditionally keeps his intentions tight-lipped, in part to keep players on edge. Belichick has previously said that Newton is the team’s starting quarterback, so Newton would be expected to take initial snaps.

Belichick previously acknowledged that plans to practice with the Eagles on Monday and Tuesday in Philadelphia are a factor in decision-making, so there’s always the possibility of a late shift in intentions.

“We’ll do what’s best for this game and then kind of go from there,” he said this week. “The joint practice days, they count for something.”

Jones, the first-round draft pick from Alabama, has been wearing No. 50 in spring practices and throughout training camp, with Belichick continuing a recent tradition of putting all rookies in unconventional numbers.

That will change Thursday night — quarterbacks are only allowed to wear numbers 1-19 once games begin — and there is anticipation in New England on what number Jones will be assigned. Jones wore No. 10 in high school and at Alabama, and that is available in New England.

Last week, Jones joked about retiring No. 50.

“I don’t know if I would have kept it,” he said.

Pac-12 announces COVID-19 issues could lead to forfeiture of games

The Pac-12 released a statement Thursday indicating a return to its standard forfeiture policy for the 2021-22 season.

Any team unable to play due to COVID-19 will have to forfeit the game, and it will count as a conference loss in the standings.

“The Pac-12 rule provides the Commissioner with discretion to determine whether an institution is at fault or primarily at fault for an inability to play a contest based on the facts of the situations,” the statement said.

The conference amended its policy in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Games were either canceled with no change to either team’s record or rescheduled due to a high number of positive cases among players and staff.

The Pac-12 experienced first-hand how an outbreak can impact a campaign. Washington had to pull out of the championship game last season after cases began to rise within the program. Oregon took the Huskies’ place and went on to defeat USC for the conference title.

The SEC has also stated it will not reschedule games due to the virus.

Henley shoots lowest round in 2 years to lead Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Russell Henley shot an 8-under 62, his lowest round in more than two years, to take the lead Thursday in the suspended first round of the Wyndham Championship.

Henley birdied three of his final four holes for a two-stroke lead over Sung Kang, Ted Potter Jr., Chris Kirkand, Hudson Swofford, Scott Piercy and Michael Thompson in the PGA Tour’s final regular-season event. Adam Hadwin also was 6-under, but had two holes left when darkness ended play.

A storm halted play for 2 hours, 7 minutes, with 22 players unable to finish.

Past champion Webb Simpson and Kevin Kisner led a group of 10 another stroke behind at 65 at Sedgefield Country Club, where many competitors are scrambling to make it into top 125 to advance to the playoffs that start next week at the Northern Trust.

Henley, at No. 46 in the standings, had no worries about the postseason, but came out fast with a bogey-free round in chasing his first PGA Tour victory in four years.

He moved in front with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th before closing with birdies on 17 and 18, the last with a 20-foot putt. He had with his lowest round on the tour since a career-low 61 at the John Deere Classic in 2019.

Henley has played some solid golf of late. He was tied for the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open in June, then had two straight top-20 finishes before missing the cut at the British Open. He returned this week, hoping he can carry his strong play to the end.

“I haven’t won in years, so I feel like as well as I’ve been playing, I feel like I’ve underachieved a little bit,” he said.

“My mindset,” Henley continued, “is I feel if I can play my game, play my normal game, then I can maybe give myself a chance and that’s kind of where I’m at.”

There are several big names competing to keep their season’s alive. Adam Scott, who started at No. 121, and Matt Kuchar, at No. 124, both had strong starts at 66.

“I would like to play well this week and get a chance to play next week and keep getting my game into place,” Scott said.

Rickie Fowler, who came at 130th and needing a good week, didn’t help himself with a 71. Justin Rose, the Payne Stewart Award winner this week, has to finish in the top 10 to advance after coming in 138th. He opened with a 66, tied for 19th.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was at 69, tied for 89th.

Olympic medalists Rory Sabbatini and C.T. Pan also are playing after the Tokyo Games. Sabbatini, who took silver for Slovakia behind U.S. gold medal winner Xander Schauffele, started with a 66.

Pan, from Taiwan, won a seven-man playoff for the bronze. He shot a 68.

Louis Oosthuizen, the only top 10 player in the FedEx standings entered, withdrew because of a neck injury.

Local favorite Michele Thomson leads Women’s Scottish Open

FIFE, Scotland (AP) Michele Thomson of Scotland shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Dumbarnie Links to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

Thompson, the 33-year-old Ladies European Tour player from Aberdeen, rebounded from an opening bogey with an eagle on No. 2. She birdied seven of her final 11 holes at Dumbarnie Links.

“Probably had a little bit of a nervous start I would say,” Thompson said. “Obviously, being at The Scottish Open, it’s my fourth one now, but obviously still got the nerves off the first tee and hit a bit of a ropey drive and just made bogey from there, which was fine. Stood up on the second tee and just restarted.”

U.S. Women’s Open champion champion Yuka Saso, Jasmine Suwannapura and Anne van Dam were second at 67.

“We got lucky with no wind this morning and being able to score 5 under, it’s totally a good day for me,” Suwannapura said.

Mi Jung Hur, the 2019 winner, was at 68 with Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Yealimi Noh, Ryann O’Toole, Kelsey MacDonald, Lauren Stephenson, Atthaya Thitikul, Olivia Cowan, Sarah Schmelzel and Becky Morgan. Defending champion Stacy Lewis opened with a 71.

“Here’s only one thing. Just keep (the ball) low,” Hur said. “If it’s helping, you can keep it low, too, but especially in the hurting, you have to keep it low for sure.”

Ranked 599th in the world, Thompson is winless on the LET and LPGA.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself,” said Thomson, who turned professional in 2009 and became a police officer for a few years before returning to the game. “Just want to play every hole as it comes and see what happens at the of the week.”


1902       In an attempted double steal by the A’s, the Tigers concede second base to Harry Davis, freezing Dave Fultz, the runner on third, which prompts Davis to return to first base on the pitcher’s next delivery. When Davis takes off for second for the second time, he draws a throw and, in the resulting run-down Dave Fultz scores from third, and he is called safe at second again, but will be credited with only one stolen base for all of his efforts during the sixth frame of Philadelphia’s 9-0 victory over Detroit at Columbia Park.

1906       John W. Taylor is replaced by a reliever for the first time since June of 1901 when the Brooklyn Superbas knock him out of the game in the third inning. During the five-year span, the Orphans’ right-hander completed a remarkable 1,727 innings of work that included 187 consecutive complete games, as well as finishing up 15 games in relief.

1910       In a game which features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, and 1 passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else – an 8-8 tie.

1913       Goober southpaw Harry Hedgpeth pitches two complete nine-inning games when he starts both ends of a Virginia League doubleheader against Richmond. In the opener, the Peterburg pitcher one-hits the Colts, 1-0, and then follows up the gem with a 10-0 no-hitter.

1926       Lou Gehrig hits two home runs off Walter Johnson in the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The Iron Horse’s accomplishment marks only the second time in the Big Train’s 20-year career that the right-hander has allowed two homers in the same game to the same player.

1932       After blanking Washington for nine innings in a scoreless tie, Red Ruffing hits a solo home run in the top of the tenth. The right-hander then closes out the Senators in the bottom of the frame to preserve the Yankees’ 1-0 victory.

1947       At Sportsman’s Park, pinch-hitter Willard Brown of the Browns becomes the first black player to hit a home run in the American League. The historic homer, an inside-the-parker off future Hall of Fame hurler Hal Newhouser, helps the Browns beat the Tigers, 6-5.

1948       The Phillies set a major league record by tallying nine runs before making an out when they beat the Giants at Shibe Park, 12-7. Philadelphia sends 14 batters to the plate in the fateful first frame and scores a total of ten times to easily erase an early three-run deficit.

1950       In the bottom of the twenty-second inning, with both starting pitchers still in the game, Don Richmond lines a single down the right-field line, plating Dick Cole to give Rochester a 3-2 victory over Jersey City at Red Wing Stadium. Tom Poholsky, after yielding two unearned runs in the top of the second, goes on to hurl 20 consecutive scoreless innings for the complete-game victory, but is matched zero-for-zero, until the last inning, by opposing J. C. Giants pitcher Andy Tomasic, who also goes the distance after giving up single runs in the first and second frames.

1951       Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgers’ Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various types of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about 10% of the total crowd, take advantage of the team’s unusual promotion.

1954       White Sox left-hander Jack Harshman hurls a 16-inning shutout, beating the Tigers at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Detroit’s starter, Al Aber, also goes the distance, giving up the game’s lone run when Minnie Minoso’s one-out triple to right field scores Nellie Fox, who had singled leading off in the final frame.

1963       Warren Spahn breaks Rube Waddell’s record for career strikeouts by a left-hander when he whiffs pinch-hitter Al Ferrara for the final out in the Braves’ 4-3 victory over LA. The crafty southpaw strikes out five batters during the County Stadium contest, giving him a total of 2,382.

1965       Dean Chance establishes an American League record when he fans to extend his streak to 11 consecutive plate appearances with a strikeout. The Angels’ right-hander falls one shy of the major league mark set by Sandy Koufax, who whiffed in 12 consecutive plate appearances in 1955.

1969       Oriole right-hander Jim Palmer, coming off the disabled list just four days earlier, throws a no-hitter against Oakland. Baltimore’s 8-0 victory gives the team a comfortable 14.5 game lead in the first-ever American League East Division race.

1969       After serving as the interim replacement for William Eckert, Bowie Kuhn is unanimously elected to a seven-year term by the major league owners to be baseball’s fifth commissioner. Prior to his selection to his new post, the 42 year-old lawyer, who once worked as the scoreboard boy for a dollar a day at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, served as legal counsel for the sport nearly 20 years.

1969       After being swept in a three-game series by Houston at the Astrodome, the eventual World Champion Mets fall ten games behind the front-running Cubs in the first-ever NL East race. The third-place New York team will finish the season at a torrid 39-11 pace, finishing the season eight games in front of Chicago.

1972       In an effort to stop a four-game losing streak, Tigers skipper Billy Martin picks his starting lineup out of a hat for the first game of a doubleheader. The idea works as Detroit edges the Indians in the opener, 3-2, but using a regular lineup in the nightcap, the team loses, 9-2.

1976       “Blue Jays, Lump it or like it … that’s the name for Toronto’s American League ball club.” – TORONTO STAR HEADLINE, newspaper sport section’s announcement of the selection of city’s expansion team’s name. The new franchise in Toronto will be known as the Blue Jays, a name submitted by 154 people in a contest that featured 30,000 submissions, including more than 4,000 unique names. A panel of 14 judges narrowed the list to ten finalists for consideration of the Metro Baseball Limited Board of Directors, who made the final decision.

1978       Although the Yankees score five runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Bronx Bombers lose to the Orioles, 3-0, because the score reverted to the last completed inning after the game is rained out. This rule will be changed in 1980, and the game today would have been suspended.

1979       Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp’s pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40 year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth major leaguer to reach the coveted plateau.

1982       At Chavez Ravine, Dodger second baseman Steve Sax steals his 41st base to set a franchise record for rookies when he swipes second base in LA’s 6-1 victory over San Francisco. The eventual National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award, will extend the record to 49.

1983       Royals right-hander Gaylord Perry becomes the third of three major leaguers this season to surpass Walter Johnson’s career strikeout mark of 3,508 K’s, a record that had survived since 1927. Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton reached the milestone, respectively, in April and May. (Ed. note – some websites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN, and Baseball Reference, differ with the official MLB stats, crediting the Washington Senator legend with 3,509 career strikeouts, with an extra strikeout recorded in his rookie season accounting for the difference. – LP)

1986       Future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, pinch-hitting for southpaw Rob Murphy, makes his major league debut off Terry Mulholland at Riverfront Stadium. The 22 year-old Reds’ rookie fifth-inning groundout to short plates the first run in the team’s eventual 8-6 comeback victory over the Giants.

1987       Billy Williams joins Ernie Banks as the second Cubs player to be honored by having his uniform number (26) being retired by the team. Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler (AL) played 16 of his 18 major league seasons in the Windy City, hitting .296 and 392 home runs for the team that plays on the North side of Chicago.

1995       At Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, baseball legend Mickey Mantle, 63, succumbs to liver cancer with his estranged wife Merlyn at his side. Ironically, prior to a moving tribute in the Bronx ballpark for the fallen hero, the Yankee Stadium scoreboard displays “At Bat: 7” until the start of the game, because the leadoff batter for the Indians, Kenny Lofton, wears number 7.

1998       Orlando Hernandez breaks a 30 year-old Yankee rookie record when he retires Mark McLemore on a called third strike to end the eighth inning of the team’s 2-0 victory over Texas in New York. El Duque’s 13 strikeouts, a total he will reach only once more in his career, surpasses the freshman mark established by Stan Bahnsen, the 1968 American League Rookie of the Year.

2000       Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney becomes the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 100 RBI plateau, when he homers off B.J. Ryan, contributing to the team’s 10-5 victory over Baltimore at Kauffman Stadium. The 27 year-old All-Star infielder, reaching the century mark for the second straight season, will finish the year with 144 runs batted in, breaking the club record of 133 established in 1982 by Hal McRae.

2000       Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5, homering twice, in the Astros’ 14-7 rout of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. The Houston 32-year old first baseman’s ten total bases drive in a club-record seven runs.

2003       After missing nearly three months with a groin injury, Mike Piazza makes a dramatic return to the New York lineup when he homers and drives in five runs on Italian Night at Shea Stadium. The backstop’s 3-for-5 performance, including a home run in the third inning, RBI single in the fourth, and a two-run single in the seventh, contributes to the Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Giants.

2003       Just as the Expos’ starting right-hander Javier Vazquez is about to throw a full-count pitch to Rockies outfielder Jay Payton, a second inning hour-long blackout at the enclosed Olympic Stadium leaves the fans and players in total darkness. Tomorrow, Montreal arrives in New York on their off-day just in time to experience a massive blackout which leaves more than 50 million Americans in the dark.

2004       At Seattle’s Boeing Field, Edgar Martinez is on hand to greet George W. Bush. The President, who had requested to meet the retiring designated hitter, exchanges autographed baseballs with the man who routinely helped the Mariners beat his Rangers when the chief executive was the managing partner of Texas.

2004       J.T. Snow slams three home runs, 25% of his homers this season, in the Giants’ 16-6 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The light-hitting first baseman goes deep in the first inning with a two-run dinger off starter Brett Myers, and then delivers solo shots off relievers in the fifth and seventh frames.

2005       The A’s retire uniform #43 as a tribute to Hall of Fame right-hander Dennis Eckersley, who saved 320 games during his nine seasons with the team. The 1992 recipient of the Cy Young and AL Most Valuable Player awards anchored the bullpen for Oakland’s three straight American League championships, starting in 1988.

2006       At Jacobs Field, right-hander Luke Hudson gives up 11 runs in one-third of an inning in the Royals’ 13-0 loss against the Indians. The Tribe’s top of the first frame barrage is the result of eight hits, two walks, and one error.

2006       Travis Hafner, during Cleveland’s 11-run first inning at Jacobs Field, ties Don Mattingly’s single-season mark for grand slams, established in 1987. The Indians’ designated hitter’s 35th homer of the season is his sixth one with the bases loaded.

2006       LA’s Greg Maddux and SF’s Jason Schmidt hook up in a classic West Coast pitcher’s duel, reminiscent of match-ups of Koufax and Marichal, as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 1-0, thanks to Russell Martin’s 10th inning walk-off home run. When Giants slugger Barry Bonds lines into a double play in the first inning, it marks the only time in baseball history a 300 game winner pitches to a batter with over 700 homers.

2007       Placido Polanco establishes a big league record for second basemen when he plays his 144th straight game without committing an error. The Detroit infielder, who hasn’t made a misplay since July 2 of last season, surpasses the previous mark set by Luis Castillo, who accomplished the feat playing for the Twins.

2007       For the first time in 1,303 games, Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers is ejected from a game. The 12-year veteran infielder, who is tossed by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning, is restrained by first-base coach Mariano Duncan when he continues to shout and points his bat toward the umpire.

2010       A day after major league baseball formally approves the sale of the team, the new owners of the Rangers, which includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, announce lower prices for concessions, parking, and merchandise. The lowering of prices is one way of showing appreciation to the Texas fans for their loyalty and support, according to sports attorney Chuck Greenberg, another new owner the club.

2010       The Giants obtain Jose Guillen from Kansas City, hoping the well-traveled veteran can help the club down the stretch run. The departure of the 34 year-old, who has played with ten teams in the past 14 years and was designated for assignment by the Royals last week, gives highly touted prospect Kila Ka’aihue an opportunity to play every day.

2013       For only the second time in big league history beginning in 1916, the earliest year the records are available, the leadoff batters for both teams homer in their first at-bat and then add another round-tripper in the same game when Seattle’s Brad Miller and Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist each hit a pair of homers in the Mariners’ 5-4 win at Tropicana Field. Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Detroit’s Tony Phillips last accomplished the feat in 1994 at Tiger Stadium.

2015       The Blue Jays join the 1954 Indians as the only other team to have two 11-game win streaks in the same season when they beat the A’s at the Rogers Centre, 4-2. Toronto also accomplished the feat at the beginning of June en route to finishing in first place in the AL East, posting a 93-69 record.

2018       Ronald Acuña Jr. becomes the fourth player in history to lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run when he smacks Merandy Gonzalez’s first pitch of the nightcap over the SunTrust Park’s centerfield wall. The 20-year-old phenom joins Harry Hooper (Red Sox, May 30, 1913), Rickey Henderson (A,s, July 6, 1993), and Brady Anderson (Orioles, Aug. 21, 1999) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

2020       The Phillies, changing their policy of only considering players inducted into the Hall of Fame, announces the team will retire Dick Allen’s No. 15 on September 3rd, 1963, the anniversary of his major-league debut. The Wampum Walloper, played nine seasons of his stormy 15-year career with Philadelphia, including his freshman year when he garnered the Rookie of the Year Award in 1964.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay7045.60935 – 2235 – 2335 – 1811 – 514 – 177 – 3W 1
Boston6651.564534 – 2432 – 2731 – 2313 – 811 – 163 – 7L 1
NY Yankees6352.548732 – 2531 – 2724 – 3015 – 815 – 87 – 3L 1
Toronto6252.5447.531 – 2431 – 2826 – 2710 – 712 – 147 – 3L 1
Baltimore3875.3363117 – 3721 – 3813 – 318 – 2211 – 141 – 9L 8
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6848.58639 – 2029 – 2814 – 737 – 259 – 116 – 4W 1
Detroit5760.48711.532 – 2525 – 3511 – 824 – 3617 – 117 – 3W 3
Cleveland5558.48711.529 – 2726 – 319 – 1629 – 198 – 153 – 7L 3
Minnesota5065.43517.526 – 3124 – 346 – 725 – 3113 – 206 – 4W 2
Kansas City4964.43417.529 – 2720 – 3710 – 1925 – 295 – 114 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6846.59637 – 2331 – 2316 – 1216 – 1230 – 144 – 6W 2
Oakland6748.5831.534 – 2533 – 2313 – 1316 – 428 – 248 – 2W 7
Seattle6155.526835 – 2426 – 3116 – 1212 – 1328 – 215 – 5W 2
LA Angels5858.5001132 – 2826 – 3013 – 1316 – 820 – 306 – 4W 1
Texas4075.34828.526 – 3014 – 4511 – 138 – 1518 – 352 – 8L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia6055.52235 – 2325 – 3234 – 2713 – 87 – 118 – 2W 1
NY Mets5955.5180.536 – 2023 – 3525 – 2713 – 1414 – 64 – 6W 3
Atlanta5956.513131 – 2928 – 2730 – 2822 – 124 – 47 – 3L 1
Washington5065.4351029 – 3021 – 3522 – 2811 – 119 – 191 – 9L 4
Miami4867.4171227 – 2721 – 4022 – 236 – 1317 – 174 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee7046.60332 – 2738 – 1910 – 1236 – 1820 – 87 – 3W 4
Cincinnati6254.534831 – 2731 – 2710 – 934 – 1810 – 206 – 4W 1
St. Louis5856.5091132 – 2526 – 3114 – 1622 – 2115 – 116 – 4W 3
Chi Cubs5265.44418.531 – 2821 – 3712 – 1622 – 3115 – 111 – 9L 8
Pittsburgh4174.35728.523 – 3318 – 4112 – 1212 – 389 – 171 – 9L 8
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco7441.64338 – 1736 – 2413 – 716 – 1134 – 178 – 2W 5
LA Dodgers6946.600536 – 2033 – 2615 – 810 – 1032 – 207 – 3L 1
San Diego6651.564940 – 2426 – 2713 – 1316 – 1427 – 216 – 4L 2
Colorado5164.4432338 – 2113 – 438 – 813 – 1721 – 315 – 5L 3
Arizona3680.31038.522 – 3514 – 458 – 1512 – 1715 – 403 – 7W 1


New England1912433522137-1-15-3-240
Orlando City SC18864282355-3-13-3-330
New York City FC178453218146-1-22-3-328
Nashville SC186102261796-5-00-5-228
CF Montreal18657242404-3-12-2-623
New York175482122-14-2-21-2-619
Inter Miami CF164481526-112-2-52-2-316
FC Cincinnati173771830-120-4-33-3-416
Toronto FC183692338-151-5-22-1-715
Sporting KC1810443320135-3-15-1-334
Los Angeles181026292817-1-23-1-432
Los Angeles FC186572425-14-4-22-1-523
Real Salt Lake17566262063-4-22-2-421
FC Dallas185672325-24-5-01-1-721
San Jose185672127-63-1-42-5-321


Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L