MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CLEVELAND 5 MINNESOTA 3 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630105&home=05&vis=09&final=true
HOUSTON 2 NY YANKEES 1 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630118&home=18&vis=10&final=true
TORONTO 4 TAMPA BAY 1 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630114&home=14&vis=30&final=true
SEATTLE 8 OAKLAND 6 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630112&home=12&vis=11&final=true
PHILADELPHIA 14 ATLANTA 4 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630122&home=22&vis=15&final=true
PITTSBURGH 8 MILWAUKEE 7 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630123&home=23&vis=08&final=true
CHICAGO CUBS 15 CINCINNATI 7 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630116&home=16&vis=17&final=true
LA DODGERS 3 SAN DIEGO 1 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420630119&home=19&vis=25&final=true
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 4 NASHVILLE 3 BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-sounds/2022/06/30/665459#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=665459
WEST MICHIGAN 8 FORT WAYNE 4
SOUTH BEND 5 BELOIT 3
ATLANTA 92 NEW YORK 81 BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20220630/ATLNYL/#/box-score
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
AUG. 27, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. TAMPA BAY, 7:30 P.M.
2022 TRAINING CAMP REPORTING DATES AND LOCATIONS
|Arizona||State Farm Stadium||Glendale, AZ||7/21||7/26|
|Atlanta||Atlanta Falcons Training Facility||Flowery Branch, GA||7/19||7/26|
|Baltimore||Under Armour Performance Center||Owings Mills, MD||7/19||7/26|
|Buffalo||St. John Fisher College||Rochester, NY||7/18||7/23|
|Carolina||Wofford College||Spartanburg, SC||7/26||7/26|
|Chicago||PNC Center at Halas Hall||Lake Forest, IL||7/23||7/26|
|Cincinnati||Paul Brown Stadium||Cincinnati, OH||7/23||7/26|
|Cleveland||CrossCountry Mortgage Campus||Berea, OH||7/22||7/26|
|Dallas||Marriott Residence Inn||Oxnard, CA||7/26||7/26|
|Denver||UCHealth Training Center||Englewood, CO||7/26||7/26|
|Detroit||Detroit Lions Training Facility||Allen Park, MI||7/23||7/26|
|Green Bay||Nitschke Field||Green Bay, WI||7/22||7/26|
|Houston||Houston Methodist Training Center||Houston, TX||7/24||7/26|
|Indianapolis||Grand Park||Westfield, IN||7/23||7/26|
|Jacksonville||Episcopal School of Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||7/24||7/24|
|Kansas City||Missouri Western State University||St. Joseph, MO||7/22||7/26|
|Las Vegas||Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center||Henderson, NV||7/18||7/20|
|L.A. Chargers||Jack Hammett Sports Complex||Costa Mesa, CA||7/19||7/26|
|L.A. Rams||University of California, Irvine||Irvine, CA||7/23||7/23|
|Miami||Baptist Health Training Complex||Miami Gardens, FL||7/19||7/26|
|Minnesota||TCO Performance Center||Eagan, MN||7/24||7/26|
|New England||Gillette Stadium||Foxborough, MA||7/19||7/26|
|New Orleans||Ochsner Sports Performance Center||Metairie, LA||7/19||7/26|
|N.Y. Giants||Quest Diagnostics Training Facility||East Rutherford, NJ||7/19||7/26|
|N.Y. Jets||Atlantic Health Jets Training Center||Florham Park, NJ||7/19||7/26|
|Philadelphia||NovaCare Complex||Philadelphia, PA||7/26||7/26|
|Pittsburgh||Saint Vincent College||Latrobe, PA||7/26||7/26|
|San Francisco||SAP Performance Facility||Santa Clara, CA||7/26||7/26|
|Seattle||Virginia Mason Athletic Center||Renton, WA||7/26||7/26|
|Tampa Bay||AdventHealth Training Center||Tampa, FL||7/23||7/26|
|Tennessee||Saint Thomas Sports Park||Nashville, TN||7/23||7/26|
|Washington||The Park||Ashburn, VA||7/26||7/26|
WALTER CAMP PRE-SEASON COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
First Team Preseason Offense
WR: Jordan Addison (USC)*, Jaxson Smith-Njigba (Ohio State)
TE: Brock Bowers (Georgia)
OL: Peter Skoronski (Northwestern), Andrew Vorhees (USC), O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida), Caleb Chandler (Louisville)
C: Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame)
QB: Bryce Young (Alabama)#
RB: Bijan Robinson (Texas), TreVeyon Henderson (Ohio State)
PK: Jake Moody (Michigan)*
First Team Preseason Defense
DL: Bryan Bresee (Clemson), Jalen Carter (Georgia), Zion Tupuola-Fetui (Washington), Andre Carter II (Army West Point)
LB: Will Anderson (Alabama), Trenton Simpson (Clemson), Noah Sewell (Oregon)
DB: Cam Smith (South Carolina), Eli Ricks (Alabama), Kelee Ringo (Georgia), Antonio Johnson (Texas A&M)
P: Adam Korsak (Rutgers)#
KR: Brian Battie (South Florida)*
Second Team Preseason Offense
WR: Xavier Worthy (Texas), Kayshon Boutte (LSU)
TE: Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)
OL: John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota), Dawand Jones (Ohio State), Jordan McFadden (Clemson), Zach Frazier (West Virginia)#
C: Olusegun Oluwatimi (Michigan)
QB: Caleb Williams (USC)
RB: Sean Tucker (Syracuse)#, Blake Corum (Michigan)
PK: Noah Ruggles (Ohio State), #
Second Team Preseason Defense
DL: Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh), Gervon Dexter (Florida), Jaxon Player (Baylor), Jacob Slade (Michigan State)
LB: Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington), Ivan Pace, Jr. (Cincinnati), Carlton Martial (Troy)
DB: Steven Jones, Jr. (Appalachian State)#, Riley Moss (Iowa), Clark Phillips III (Utah), Brandon Joseph (Notre Dame)%
P: Kyle Ostendorp (Arizona)
KR: Charlie Jones (Purdue)
* – 2021 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection
# – 2021 Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection
% – 2020 Walter Camp First Team All-America selection
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Big Ten votes to add USC, UCLA as members starting in 2024
In a surprising and seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024.
The expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12’s current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The announcement, which caught the Pac-12 off-guard, came almost a year after Oklahoma and Texas formally accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said USC and UCLA, both members of the Pac-12 and its previous iterations for nearly a century, submitted applications for membership and the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to add the Los Angeles schools.
“Ultimately, the Big Ten is the best home for USC and Trojan athletics as we move into the new world of collegiate sports,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said. “We are excited that our values align with the league’s member institutions. We also will benefit from the stability and strength of the conference; the athletic caliber of Big Ten institutions; the increased visibility, exposure, and resources the conference will bring our student-athletes and programs; and the ability to expand engagement with our passionate alumni nationwide.”
The Big Ten is building on previous expansion into the nation’s largest media markets, and the move allows the conference to keep pace with the SEC as one of the most powerful entities in college sports.
The Big Ten will gain blueblood programs in football (USC) and basketball (UCLA) and big-name brands that will enhance the value of the conference’s new media rights package currently being negotiated.
Losing flagship schools like USC and UCLA is a major blow to the Pac-12, which has had a long and amicable relationship with the Big Ten best exemplified by its Rose Bowl partnership.
“While we are extremely surprised and disappointed by the news coming out of UCLA and USC today, we have a long and storied history in athletics, academics, and leadership in supporting student-athletes that we’re confident will continue to thrive and grow into the future,” the Pac-12 said in a statement.
The Pac-12′s next move is unknown, but adding schools to replace USC and UCLA is a possibility.
“We look forward to partnering with current and potential members to pioneer the future of college athletics together,” the Pac-12 said.
The Big Ten has expanded twice in recent years, with Nebraska joining in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.
USC and UCLA fit the Big Ten’s academic profile. Both schools are among the 65 members of the Association of American Universities, which is made up of top research universities. All Big Ten schools except Nebraska are members.
“From increased exposure and a broader national platform for our student-athletes, to enhanced resources for our teams, this move will help preserve the legacy of UCLA Athletics for generations to come,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said.
“We have deeply valued our membership in the Pac-12, and we have great respect for the conference and our fellow member institutions, but each school faces its own unique challenges and circumstances. We believe this is the right move for UCLA at the right time.”
USC and UCLA stand to significantly increase their revenues. The Pac-12 distributed only $19.8 million per school in fiscal year 2021, by far the least among Power 5 conferences. The Big Ten’s per-school distribution was $46.1 million, second only to the SEC’s $54.6 million.
The Pac-12 has had difficulty getting its conference television network untracked while the Big Ten Network is the most established of the conference networks.
USC and UCLA would be taking a step up in football, both in visibility and competition.
“Pac-12 After Dark” televised games that kick off in the middle to late evenings in most of the country have made it difficult for the conference to get exposure. The Pac-12 has had teams in the College Football Playoff just twice — Oregon (2014 season) and Washington (2016).
USC President Carol L. Folt said she and university leaders considered the coast-to-coast travel that will come with competing in the Big Ten. Nebraska is the westernmost school in the conference now, and Lincoln is almost 1,500 miles from Los Angeles. Rutgers, the easternmost Big Ten school, is a nearly 5 1/2-hour flight from LA.
“We are fortunate we can spend the next two years working with the conference on travel and scheduling plans,” Folt said.
The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference last August formed an alliance in the wake of Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC. The conferences said the 41 members would take a collaborative approach to charting the future of athletics. The three conferences set up scheduling arrangements in some sports and have pooled resources to promote athlete welfare.
Less than a year later, the future of the alliance would appear bleak with the Big Ten taking two of the Pac-12′s biggest brands.
USC and UCLA will be severing longstanding conference relationships. USC joined California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1922, followed by UCLA in 1928.
They went together in 1959 to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which became the Pac-8 in 1968, the Pac-10 in 1978 and Pac-12 in 2011.
BIG 10 STATEMENT
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously today to admit the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California to the Big Ten Conference effective August 2, 2024. Competition will begin for all conference sports in the 2024-25 academic year.
After receiving written applications from the two universities, Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren, alongside conference athletics directors and the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, evaluated the applications based on a dynamic model weighting four primary principles with supporting criteria. The principles include academics and culture; student-athlete welfare, competition, and logistics; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in sports; and financial sustainability. The model allows the conference to analyze criteria in a strategic and effective manner.
“As the national leader in academics and athletics for over 126 years, the Big Ten Conference has historically evaluated its membership with the collective goal to forward the academic and athletic mission for student-athletes under the umbrella of higher education,” Commissioner Warren stated. “The unanimous vote today signifies the deep respect and welcoming culture our entire conference has for the University of Southern California, under the leadership of President Carol Folt, and the University of California, Los Angeles, under the leadership of Chancellor Gene Block. I am thankful for the collaborative efforts of our campus leadership, athletics directors and Council of Presidents and Chancellors who recognize the changing landscape of college athletics, methodically reviewed each request, and took appropriate action based on our consensus.”
The Big Ten Conference has a lineage of transformation dating back to the historic meeting with seven university presidents on January 11, 1895, at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois. Those seven leaders created the blueprint for what grew into the modern intercollegiate sports model. Adding the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California continues the conference’s legacy of transformation and innovation in college athletics. The addition of the two universities remains subject to negotiation of final terms.
Minnesota’s Steveson, Wisconsin’s Rettke Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year
ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Minnesota senior wrestler Gable Steveson has been selected as the 2021-22 Big Ten Conference Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, and University of Wisconsin senior volleyball middle blocker Dana Rettke has been recognized as the 2021-22 Big Ten Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Steveson is the fifth Golden Gopher student-athlete to earn Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year honors, but the first in 15 years (wrestler Cole Konrad in 2007). Along with Konrad, other previous Minnesota winners have been wrestling’s Damion Hahn (2004), ice hockey’s Jordan Leopold (2002) and gymnastics’ John Roethlisberger (1993).
Steveson is also the 13th wrestling student-athlete chosen as Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and the first since Penn State’s Bo Nickal in 2019.
Steveson earned the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year award following yet another dominant collegiate season as Minnesota’s heavyweight. In 2021-22, he posted his third straight undefeated season, capped off with his second NCAA title and his third Big Ten title. The Apple Valley, Minn., native wrapped up last season with an 18-0 record, with 15 of those victories coming by way of bonus points.
Steveson also won his second straight Dan Hodge Trophy, which is given to the most dominant wrestler in collegiate wrestling. He closed out his career on a 52-match win streak, the fourth-longest in program history.
Rettke earns the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award for the second time, having previously been selected in 2020. She also makes history as the first Big Ten student-athlete, male or female, ever chosen Big Ten Athlete of the Year in non-consecutive seasons. Rettke is the third two-time recipient of the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year Award and first since Indiana swimmer Lilly King (2017, 2018).
This marks the fifth time a volleyball student-athlete has captured the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award. Along with Rettke’s dual honors, other volleyball recipients were Penn State’s Megan Hodge (2010), Penn State’s Lauren Cacciamani (2000) and Ohio State’s Laura Davis (1995).
In addition, Rettke’s selection represents the eighth time a Badger has received Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year honors. Aside from Rettke’s two awards, the other Wisconsin honorees have all been cross country/track & field runners: Kathy Butler (co-winner in 1997), Suzy Favor (1988, 1989, 1990), Stephanie Herbst (1986) and Cathy Branta (1985).
A 6-foot-8 middle blocker, Rettke wrapped up her career by leading the Badgers to the first NCAA national championship in program history and a third straight Big Ten championship in 2021. She was named the 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Year, the first UW player to receive the award, and became the first five-time first-team All-American in AVCA history. She completed her career as a five-time, first-team All-Big Ten selection with a school-record 11 Big Ten Player of the Week awards.
As a senior, the Riverside, Illinois, native ranked sixth nationally with a .430 hitting percentage. She led the Badgers with 3.41 kills per set and 1.43 blocks per set, which ranked fifth nationally. For her career, Rettke set UW records for hitting percentage (.422), blocks (751) and points (2,333.0).
Steveson and Rettke were among a high-powered field of 28 nominees (one male and one female per Big Ten school) that included eight national champions, 28 All-Americans, 18 Big Ten champions, 15 conference Players of the Year and eight standouts who collected at least one national player of the year accolade.
The Big Ten Conference has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 and first honored a Female Athlete of the Year in 1983. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.
Hornets forward Miles Bridges arrested on eve of free agency
(AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in California on the eve of NBA free agency after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed that Bridges was arrested on Wednesday but did not release details on the charges. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges.
The Hornets said in a statement they “are aware of the situation involving Miles Bridges. We are in the process of gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, has not immediately returned phone calls left by The Associated Press.
Bridges, the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, is set to become a restricted free agent and could command a max contract in the coming weeks. His arrest comes on the eve of NBA free agency, which begins Thursday night with teams able to speak with free agents.
The 24-year-old Bridges averaged career highs with 20.2 points and seven rebounds in what amounted to a breakout season for the four-year NBA veteran while playing alongside All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball.
Bridges, who played at Michigan State, also is a rapper who goes by the name RTB MB.
The Hornets extended Bridges a qualifying offer on Tuesday, which allows them a chance to match any offer sheet made by another team.
“As an organization we love Miles,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. “We are going to bring him back. He has been great for the franchise and I believe, with his work ethic, he’s only going to get better.”
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges said after the season he wanted to return to the Hornets, but he recently changed his Twitter bio from “forward for the Charlotte Hornets” to “It’s me,” adding some intrigue to the situation.
AP source: Kevin Durant asks for trade from Brooklyn Nets
(AP) — Kevin Durant may be taking his quest for more titles elsewhere.
Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision that undoubtedly will have teams scrambling to put together offers for the perennial All-Star.
The Nets have been working with Durant to find a trade partner, and he has multiple teams on his preferred list, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither the player nor Brooklyn revealed any details publicly.
ESPN first reported Durant’s trade request, citing Phoenix and Miami as two of his preferred destinations. The bombshell came just hours before the NBA’s free-agent period for this summer was set to begin.
The news also came exactly three years to the day after Durant announced that he was joining Brooklyn in a social-media post – a move that came June 30, 2019.
Durant is a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA champion – those rings coming with Golden State, the team he was with before joining Brooklyn. He has four years and nearly $200 million remaining on his contract, which means that it may take a haul of players, draft picks or possibly both for a team to acquire him.
Durant has played 14 seasons, not including one year when he sat out while recovering from a torn Achilles. He has averaged 27.2 points in his career – over that span, only LeBron James, at 27.3 points per game, has averaged more.
And even at his age – Durant will turn 34 on Sept. 29, around the time training camps open this fall – he is still one of the best players in the game, his 6-foot-10 frame making his jump shot almost unstoppable by any defender.
Durant spent three seasons with Brooklyn, not playing in the first of those years while he recovered from the Achilles injury. He averaged 29.9 points in 55 games last season, after leading the U.S. to Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.
Unless he changes his mind and stays, his departure will be a huge blow to the Nets. At this time last year, the Nets were banking on contending for a championship with a core led by Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
That plan didn’t come close to reality. Irving missed much of the year because of his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19; he was ineligible to play in home games for the majority of the season. Harden wound up getting traded to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, who didn’t play at all last season. Durant led Brooklyn into the playoffs, where it was swept in the first round by eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston.
And the offseason hasn’t exactly been calm for the Nets, either. Irving’s future was a major question mark until he decided to exercise his $37 million option earlier this week to remain with Brooklyn this coming season.
Now, Durant wants out, and the Nets will either have to change his mind or go ahead with moves that will overhaul their team.
AP source: Jokic, Nuggets agree on record $264M extension
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic has gone from draft pick No. 41, to two-time MVP, and now the holder of the largest contract in NBA history.
Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a $264 supermax extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the player nor team announced the agreement.
It begins with the 2023-24 season and continues through 2027-28 – when, should Jokic exercise his option for that season, he could make roughly $60 million.
Jokic’s extension happened on the same day Bradley Beal and Washington agreed on a five-year contract that could pay the Wizards guard as much as $251 million.
The Serbian star has undergone a meteoric rise in his seven NBA seasons, all with the Nuggets. He became an All-Star in his fourth season and has stayed at that level since, plus won MVP in each of the last two seasons after averaging 26.4 points in 2020-21 and 27.1 points this past season.
And the MVP votes haven’t exactly been close; Jokic has been atop roughly 75% of the ballots cast for that award over the last two seasons.
The 27-year-old Jokic is coming off one of his finest seasons – and creating a new category because of it. He’s the first NBA player to eclipse 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.
Jokic also averaged 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists for a Denver team that was missing two max players in Jamal Murray (ACL recovery) and Michael Porter Jr. (back). He helped the Nuggets to a 48-34 record and a No. 6 seed in the West, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the first round.
The organization has undergone big changes since the end of the season, starting in the front office with the departure of president of basketball operations Tim Connelly to division rival Minnesota. His vacancy created more responsibility for Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth, who orchestrated a trade Wednesday that sent guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith. They team also dealt JaMychal Green and a 2027 protected first-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Peyton Watson and two future second-round picks.
Provided everyone’s healthy, it means a lineup that could look like this: Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Porter.
To think, Jokic was taken in second round of the 2014 draft – while a Taco Bell commercial aired. Not that he even knew that day.
“I was sleeping,” Jokic recently cracked in a Zoom call from Serbia.
The player nicknamed “Joker” is one of a kind in the way he plays and even in his demeanor. He’s the low-key sort of star whose hobbies include hanging out at his horse stable in Serbia. When he won his second straight MVP, he rode to the barn on a two-wheeled cart pulled by his horse.
As the 13th player to win back-to-back NBA MVP awards, his name will be linked with basketball greats such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Should he three-peat, Jokic would be in the company of Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
“They were amazing. They won a lot of championships,” Jokic said this spring. “So I don’t know if I can compare myself with them. But just my name to be there, I think it’s really cool.”
Towns agrees with Timberwolves on $224 million extension
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns is under contract for six more years, after agreeing to an extension Friday to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It’s a huge commitment from the Timberwolves, and one they made as quickly as they possibly could: Starting in 2024-25, Towns will make $224 million over four years, and that follows the $70 million he’s slotted to make over the next two seasons.
The deal was formally agreed to early Friday. By NBA rule, Towns and the Timberwolves had to wait until July 1 – and it was just after midnight in the East – to strike their deal.
Towns deftly bounced back during the 2021-22 season from a couple of rough years, when he was dogged by a wrist injury and waylaid by COVID-19 like so many other players. The virus hit especially close to home for him, too, when his mother died early in the pandemic in 2020 after the NBA went on hiatus.
The 26-year-old, who is entering his eighth NBA season, continued to diversify his offensive game in coach Chris Finch’s system and was more aggressive at taking the ball to the basket. His versatility was never more apparent than when he won the 3-point shooting contest at All-Star weekend, but he’s still a post player at heart.
Over the last three games of Minnesota’s six-game loss to Memphis in the first round of the playoffs, Towns averaged 26.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. During the regular season, he posted a career-high 60-point game at San Antonio in 36 minutes on March 14.
By being voted third-team All-NBA, Towns became eligible for another supermax deal, the second contract extension he’s received from the Timberwolves since they drafted him first overall out of Kentucky in 2015.
Booker secures $224M, four-year extension from Suns
(AP) — Devin Booker helped Phoenix to the NBA Finals in 2021, then played a huge role in helping the Suns to the league’s best record this past season.
They can’t wait to see what he does next.
To no surprise, the Suns gave Booker a four-year extension early Friday that will begin with the 2024-25 season and pay him an additional $224 million over that span. Combined with what he’s already made, and what he’ll make over the next two seasons, the extension guarantees that Booker will be up to nearly $400 million in on-court earnings alone by the time that deal expires.
Booker’s agent, Jessica Holtz, confirmed that the deal was struck. It can be signed as early as July 6, when the NBA’s offseason moratorium on player movement is lifted and most new contracts and extensions can be officially executed.
Booker doesn’t even turn 26 until Oct. 30, and he is already firmly among the best of the best in the NBA. Booker has been an All-Star in each of the last three seasons, plus is coming off a year where he averaged a career-best 26.8 points per game.
But he’s been a proven scorer almost from the very beginning, remarkably consistent in the last five seasons. Booker averaged 13.8 points as a rookie, 22.1 points in his second year – and then, in order, 24.9, 26.6, 26.6, 25.6 and 26.8 points in each of the next five seasons.
He was All-NBA for the first time this past season, which made him eligible for the supermax extension.
Grizzlies, All-Star Ja Morant agree to 5-year supermax deal
(AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are making sure All-Star point guard Ja Morant is going nowhere anytime soon.
Morant agreed to a five-year supermax rookie extension Friday. Tandem, the company home to Morant’s agent, Jim Tanner, congratulated the guard on the contract on social media minutes after extensions could be signed.
“Memphis is my home,” Morant wrote on Twitter six minutes after midnight.
This extension was merely a formality for the point guard voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player in his third season and who also finished seventh in voting for league MVP.
The deal is worth at least $193 million and potentially up to $231 million. It’s the largest contract the Grizzlies have ever handed out, topping the max contract of $153 million Mike Conley received in 2016.
General manager Zach Kleiman made clear the Grizzlies would be keeping Morant while trying to avoid violating NBA rules and the CBA a couple days after Memphis lost the Western Conference semifinals to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft is coming off his best season yet. The 2020 Rookie of the Year became an All-Star starter this season and also finished on the All-NBA’s second team, making him eligible for a maximum contract extension this offseason.
He became the first player in NBA history to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player, and the first Grizzlies player to win the latter award. Morant dropped that award at the home of teammate Desmond Bane, who finished fifth, ahead of Jaren Jackson Jr. at 10th.
Morant set career bests in scoring (27.4 points per game), rebounds (5.7), steals (1.2) and field-goal shooting (49.3%). His scoring average last season was 19.1 per game, and he made the big jump while playing basically the same amount of minutes to help Memphis tie the franchise record with 56 wins and the NBA’s second-best record.
The Grizzlies finished with the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and beat Minnesota in six games for their first playoff series victory since 2015. Memphis went 20-5 during the regular season in games Morant missed because of injuries.
Beal agrees to 5-year, $251M contact with Washington
(AP) — Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards have agreed on a five-year contract that could pay him as much as $251 million – one of the largest contracts in NBA history.
Beal’s announcement was made by his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports. The decision came almost immediately after this season’s NBA free agent negotiating window opened Thursday, and is a max-value deal.
There have been other contracts with a bit higher value: Damian Lillard’s most recent extension in Portland three years ago pushed his existing contract value to $257 million, for example, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic is expected to soon sign a supermax extension of his own that will be worth around $260 million.
Beal’s isn’t an extension, but a separate contract since he became a free agent by opting out of a $36.4 million contract for this coming season on Wednesday. He did that with the supermax deal from the Wizards clearly in mind, and the sides wasted no time making that happen.
Either way, between the new deal and the $180 million or so that Beal has earned in his first 10 NBA seasons – all with the Wizards — he’s now cemented a spot as one of the highest-paid players in the history of the league. Beal will make about $43 million this season, get raises of between $3 million and $4 million annually and make around $57 million in the 2026-27 season.
The three-time All-Star averaged 23.2 points while being limited to 40 games last season because of injury. For his career, he’s averaged 22.1 points, including back-to-back seasons exceeding 30 points per game in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Grizzlies’ Jackson Jr. out up to 6 months with hurt foot
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. will be sidelined up to six months after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
The Grizzlies announced Thursday that Jackson had the procedure Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery.
The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft is coming off his best season yet, playing a career-high 78 games after being limited to 11 games in his third NBA season. Jackson signed a multi-year extension on Oct. 18, 2021.
Jackson was voted to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team after leading the league in total blocks with a franchise-record 177 blocks. He ranked fourth on the Grizzlies with 16.3 points a game in the regular season and 15.4 points in the playoffs, helping Memphis reach the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2015.
Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuña Jr. elected MLB All-Star starters
NEW YORK (AP) Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were elected Thursday to start in the July 20 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
The pair were chosen under new rules that give starting spots to the top vote-getter in each league in the first phase of online voting, which began June 8 and ended Thursday. Others advanced to the second phase, which runs from noon EDT on Tuesday and ends at 2 p.m. EDT on July 8. Votes from the first phase do not carry over.
Starters will be announced July 8, and pitchers and reserves on July 10.
Judge received 3.76 million votes and was elected to start for the fourth time. Acuna led the NL with 3.5 million votes and was elected to start for the third time.
Catcher: Alejandro Kirk, Jose Trevino
First Base: Ty France, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Second Base: Jose Altuve, Santiago Espinal
Third Base: Rafael Devers, Jose Ramirez
Outfield: Mike Trout, George Springer, Giancarlo Stanton, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Designated Hitter: Yordan Alvarez, Shohei Ohtani
Catcher: Willson Contreras, Travis d’Arnaud
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Pete Alonso
Second Base: Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Third Base: Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado
Shortstop: Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson
Outfield: Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson, Starling Marte, Adam Duvall
Designated Hitter: Bryce Harper, William Contreras
Ex-agent: Braves fostering ‘false narrative’ about Freeman
LOS ANGELES (AP) The former agent of Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman says the Braves are presenting a “false narrative” about the first baseman’s parting with Atlanta in March.
“I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s departure from Atlanta are mischaracterized,” agent Casey Close of Excel Sports Management said Thursday in a statement.
Freeman was in tears and at times could barely speak when talking to reporters in Atlanta last week, his first trip back to the city where he had played his entire career before leaving for the West Coast. He was warmly welcomed by Braves fans. He helped the team win the World Series last season and was presented his ring by Braves manager Brian Snitker.
Freeman’s return came at the same time that he apparently fired Excel as his management team. Asked about that, he described the relationship as “fluid.”
The Braves and Freeman had been negotiating a new contract after the 2021 season ended. They didn’t reach an agreement, and Freeman filed for free agency but didn’t sign before baseball entered a labor lockout Dec. 1 that prompted a roster freeze.
In mid-March, the Braves acquired All-Star first baseman Matt Olson in a trade with Oakland. Three days later, Freeman signed a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers.
Close said the Braves have been perpetuating a story about the contract negotiations that is false.
“Part of that false narrative is the suggestion that I did not communicate a contract offer to the Freemans,” Close said in the statement. “To be clear, we communicated every offer that was made, as well as every communication Excel had with the Braves organization throughout the entire process.”
Freeman expressed no regrets last week about signing with the Dodgers, although his outpouring of emotions caught the attention of his new teammates.
“That’s something that Freddie’s got to deal with, but certainly there’s more talk of it in our clubhouse,” manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.
The Dodgers returned from a nine-game trip early Thursday and didn’t have batting practice before hosting the San Diego Padres. Freeman was not available to speak to reporters.
Freeman declined Wednesday to comment on radio host Doug Gottlieb’s tweet reporting Freeman fired Close because he didn’t tell him about the Braves’ final contract offer in March.
“Doug Gottlieb tweeted a wholly inaccurate characterization of our negotiations with the Atlanta Braves on behalf of Freddie Freeman. We are immediately evaluating all legal options to address the reckless publication of inaccurate information,” Close said in a statement Wednesday.
Close noted Thursday that his 30-year career in baseball and his reputation for integrity and honesty.
“I have always operated with the utmost character,” he said. “We always put the player’s goals and best interests first and will always continue to do so.”
Wisdom’s slam, 6 RBIs lift Cubs over Reds 15-7
CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Wisdom hit a grand slam and a solo homer en route to a career-high six RBIs, rookie Christopher Morel had a career-high five hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-7 Thursday night.
The Cubs collected 23 hits off five pitchers, tying their season high from a 21-0 rout of the Pirates on April 23. Seven of those hits came in the eighth against outfielder Max Schrock, who allowed a two-run homer to P.J. Higgins and a solo shot to Morel.
“It’s contagious, in a way,” Wisdom said. “We’re feeding off each other’s energy, stringing together good at-bats.”
Wisdom’s slam off Graham Ashcraft capped a five-run second, and he also connected against Dauri Moreta in the sixth. It was his fifth multihomer game. He hit his other grand slam on Sept. 15, 2018 against the Dodgers while a member of the Cardinals.
The Cubs (30-46) won for the third time in four games. The Reds (26-49) lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (4-6) pitched six innings of six-hit ball and tied a season high with seven strikeouts. Hendricks has allowed two runs in his last 13 1/3 innings.
Joey Votto continued his dominance of Hendricks by hitting a solo home run in the sixth and is batting .415 (17 for 41) with six homers lifetime against Hendricks.
Morel hit an RBI single that knocked out Ashcraft in the third, and he hit a double in the seventh and that set up Narciso Crook’s first major league hit, a double down the left-field line.
“I was thinking, `I need to beat this out,’ because I want to get that RBI,” Crook said.
Morel is 7 for 9 with a double, two homers and four RBIs since being dropped to the ninth spot Wednesday.
Nico Hoerner extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a single in the fourth and finished with three hits.
“He’s in a good place right now,” Cubs manager David Ross said.
Ashcraft (4-2) allowed a career-high seven runs in 2 1/3 innings and has allowed six runs or more in two of his last three starts.
Tommy Pham hit a three-run home run in the ninth off Cubs left-hander Brandon Hughes.
Cubs second baseman David Bote left after four innings due to left shoulder soreness. Bote collided with Hoerner on a groundball single by Votto that scored Pham, but Bote finished the inning. Bote underwent surgery on the same shoulder last season.
The Cubs selected Crook, 26, from Triple-A Iowa prior to Thursday’s game. This marked the first time Crook has been placed on a major league roster after 8 1/2 seasons, 564 games and 1,835 at-bats.
“In my heart, I always knew I was a big leaguer, and I always wanted to prove that to myself,” said Crook, who was drafted by the Reds in the 23rd round out of Rowan College in New Jersey in 2013. “I’m not a quitter.”
Crook grounded into a double play in the fifth in his first at-bat.
Reds: OF Tyler Naquin (left quad strain) started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. C Tyler Stephenson (right thumb) is scheduled to take live batting practice Friday and start a rehab assignment at Louisville on Sunday. RHP Alexis Diaz (right biceps soreness) will throw live batting practice Saturday and could be activated Monday.
Cubs: OF Jason Heyward (right knee inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 27. OF Michael Hermosillo was transferred to the 60-day IL. OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs against Columbus in his first game on a rehab assignment for Iowa.
Reds LHP Mike Minor (1-4, 7.71) will open a three-game series Friday night again the Braves. Minor allowed six runs in five innings of a 9-2 loss Saturday against the Giants.
Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 1.69) will face the Red Sox in Friday’s series opener at Wrigley Field. Sampson allowed two runs in five innings of a 5-3 loss Saturday to the Cardinals.
Giménez homer in 9th gives Guardians 5-3 win over Twins
CLEVELAND (AP) Andres Gimenez watched his home run clear the center-field fence, kissed his bat and then flipped it while turning toward Minnesota’s stunned dugout.
For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Guardians won a game they probably should have lost and handed the Twins another crushing defeat.
Gimenez blasted a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Guardians walked off against the Twins again, beating their AL Central rivals 5-3 on Thursday to take the five-game series and move within one game of first place.
When he crossed the plate, Gimenez was splashed with water and bubble gum rained down on his head as the Guardians, who had only one hit through seven innings, celebrated their 17th last at-bat win – the most in the majors.
On Wednesday, Josh Naylor’s two-run homer in the 10th inning sent the Guardians past the Twins, whose bullpen has imploded against Cleveland several times this season.
“We keep fighting until the end,” Gimenez said.
Six of Cleveland’s last at-bat wins have come against the Twins. The teams don’t play again until September, when they meet seven times.
“I’m glad they’re gone,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s a lot and they’re good. I thought we played them pretty tough, but they’re a good team. They’ll be around. They’re a good team.”
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli called Wednesday’s loss “excruciating” when he met with reporters Thursday morning. He was searching for a similar word several hours later.
“Probably the most difficult series I’ve ever been a part of,” he said. “I’ve never seen five games against one team in four days that felt like that.”
Gimenez went deep to center on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Thornburg (0-1) as Minnesota’s bullpen imploded again.
Jose Ramirez drew a leadoff walk, the 10th allowed by Minnesota. Naylor’s groundout moved Ramirez to second and Owen Miller flied out.
Gimenez, who followed with his game-winner, would like to find a less dramatic way to win.
“We’re gonna go up and down and we just have to be as a group and putting great at-bats together,” he said. “Hopefully things are gonna change, but we’re getting the wins. That’s all that matters.”
The Twins failed to hold a 6-3 lead in the 10th inning on Wednesday night, when the Guardians scored four times and won the game on Naylor’s two-run homer. Emilio Pagan and Jharel Cotton couldn’t the lead, and Minnesota’s bullpen problems returned less than 24 hours later.
The Twins outhomered the Guardians 10-2 in the series.
Thanks to Jose Miranda’s three-run double in the third, the Twins took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Thornburg retired the first batter but hit Gimenez with a pitch and walked Franmil Reyes and Sandy Leon to load the bases.
Shortstop Carlos Correa made a diving stop of Myles Straw’s sharply hit grounder. Gimenez scored and Reyes came home when Correa threw wildly to third to tie the game.
Emmanuel Clase (2-2) pitched the ninth.
Chris Archer walked four straight hitters with two outs in the second, including a free pass to Kwan with the bases loaded. Archer was pulled after throwing 90 pitches in four innings. He walked six and struck out two.
Shane Bieber allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings.
The series finale marked the finale day of Wes Johnson’s tenure as Minnesota’s pitching coach. Johnson is leaving the Twins to assume the same role at LSU.
“Not an easy day,” Baldelli said. “Wes will be on the plane with us. He’ll fly back with us to Minnesota. We’ll have some time to decompress and talk a little bit. Some emotions will be present.”
Johnson joined the Twins in 2019 after coaching at Arkansas.
Bullpen coach Pete Maki and assistant pitching coach Luis Ramirez are expected to play major roles in Johnson’s absence.
HIT IN THE HEAD
Following his home run Wednesday, Naylor head-butted Francona, who was wearing a batting helmet. General manager Mike Chernoff said Naylor apologized to Francona on Thursday.
“He was like, I didn’t realize that I did that,” Chernoff said. “It was pretty funny. When Tito came in (Thursday), his glasses were all crooked. He had to go and get them taken in and fixed.”
Twins: INF Jorge Polanco was given the day off after playing the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader and Wednesday night. He missed 14 games with lower back tightness.
Guardians: Rookie outfielder Oscar Gonzalez was a late scratch from the lineup because of right abdominal tightness. RHP James Karinchak’s rehab assignment (sore back) ended Thursday. He will rejoin the Guardians or be optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (6-3, 3.20 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game home series against Baltimore on Friday night.
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-4, 7.20 ERA) faces the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at Progressive Field.
Astros beat Yanks again, Bregman’s 2-run double keys 2-1 win
HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman hit a two-run double early and the Houston Astros held on for a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Thursday’s game completes a stretch for the Astros of nine straight games against New York teams. Houston went 3-2 against the major league-leading Yankees and swept four games with the Mets, who had baseball’s second best record before being overtaken by the Astros.
The Yankees were in town for just one game to make up part of a series that was scrapped because of the lockout. They’ll complete the series with a doubleheader here July 21.
Houston starter Luis Garcia (6-5) allowed three hits and one run with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for his third straight win. Ryan Pressly struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.
Jake Meyers doubled with no outs in the third before Aledmys Diaz walked with two outs. Kyle Tucker walked to load the bases before Bregman’s double to put Houston up 2-0.
The Astros had a chance to pad the lead, but the inning ended on an odd play after a malfunction of New York starter Luis Severino’s PitchCom device.
With Yuli Gurriel at-bat, a frustrated Severino took off his cap and held the PitchCom speaker to his ear, apparently unable to hear instructions from catcher Jose Trevino.
Tucker saw Severino was distracted from third base and tried to sneak home. Severino had the PitchCom earpiece in his right hand and had to quickly maneuver to get the baseball back in his throwing hand. He threw home while still holding his cap, and his throw narrowly beat Tucker and ended the inning.
The PitchCom digital pitch-calling devices, which transmit signals from the catcher to the pitcher, were introduced to the majors this season. The system was designed to halt sign stealing in the wake of the Astros’ 2017 scandal.
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer for the Yankees in the sixth inning, but they had trouble generating much else on offense as they had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The Yankees were held to one run or fewer in all three losses to Houston over the past week, including Saturday’s combined no-hitter by Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Pressly.
Severino (4-3) yielded three hits and two runs in six innings.
The Astros were without slugger Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Jeremy Pena after the two were involved in a nasty outfield collision Wednesday in a win over the Mets. Manager Dusty Baker said both were continuing testing for concussions, and he wasn’t sure how long they’d be sidelined.
Garcia had retired seven of the last eight batters he’d faced with three consecutive strikeouts when Rizzo knocked his 21st home run into right field to cut the lead to 2-1 and chase Garcia with one out in the sixth. Ryne Stanek took over, and Giancarlo Stanton greeted him with a single before Gleyber Torres walked with two outs in the inning.
Stanek retired Jose Trevino for the third out to extend his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 20.
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) will be activated from the injured list Friday. Manager Aaron Boone said that Chapman, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 22, could be used several ways, not just as the closer. “We’ll pick spots and try to get him in spots where he can be successful,” Boone said. “That could be anywhere from a high-leverage situation to a mid-leverage to a low-leverage.”
Astros: Bench coach Joe Espada, first base coach Omar Lopez and quality control coach Dan Firova all missed Thursday’s game because of health and safety protocols. Wladimir Sutil, who is Triple-A Sugar Land’s development coach, joined the team to coach first base.
Yankees: New York’s Gerrit Cole (6-2, 2.99 ERA) faces Cleveland’s Aaron Civale (2-4, 7.20) in the opener of a three-game series between the Yankees and Guardians on Friday night.
Astros: Javier (5-3, 2.73) opposes Los Angeles RHP Michael Lorenzen (6-5, 4.24) when the Astros and Angels open a three-game series Friday night. It’s the first start for Javier since striking out a career-high 13 in seven innings of the combined no-hitter.
Hernández and Espinal HR, Kikuchi fans 8, Jays beat Rays 4-1
TORONTO (AP) Teoscar Hernandez and Santiago Espinal each hit two-run home runs, Yusei Kikuchi struck out a season-high eight over six innings to snap a seven-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Thursday night.
Kikuchi (3-4) allowed one run and four hits in his longest outing since his previous win, May 16 against Seattle. He went 0-3 with a 7.30 in the seven starts between victories.
“It feels great,” Kikuchi said of his strong start. “Especially the three or four past outings obviously weren’t great. I understand the position I put the team in, a lot of stress on the bullpen. I’m just really happy to be able to contribute.”
Kikuchi said he made some adjustments to his delivery after watching film between starts. Manager Charlie Montoyo praised Kikuchi for commanding his fastball.
“If he throws strikes, he’s going to get people out, and he’s going to strike out people,” Montoyo said. “That’s what he did tonight.”
Hernandez hit his eighth homer in the second, and Espinal went deep in the seventh, his sixth. Both homers came off Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (0-4). Hernandez went 3 for 4, also with a double.
Tampa Bay has lost three straight, scoring seven total runs in those defeats.
“We’re not doing ourselves any favors by not making the most of some opportunities,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We’re just not putting enough pressure on pitchers.”
Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs had been set to start against Toronto on Thursday but instead left the team and was put on the Family Medical Emergency List.
Right-hander Matt Wisler opened in place of Springs, and Yarbrough, who was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday, replaced Wisler in the second. Yarbrough allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Four of the final five batters Yarborugh faced reached base, including Espinal’s homer.
“A bitter way to end it,” Yarbrough said.
Cash said he wasn’t sure when Springs would rejoin the team.
Rays infielder Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the fourth, his 11th.
Trent Thornton worked the seventh, David Phelps handled the eighth and Adam Cimber finished for his fourth save in seven chances.
Two of the four hits off Kikuchi came when Yandy Diaz and Wander Franco had back-to-back singles to begin the sixth. Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman started a 5-3 double play, then made a fine play on Randy Arozarena’s grounder to end the threat.
Chapman ran into foul territory down the left field line to retire ??Francisco Mejia for the final out of the seventh, stranding the tying run at third.
“He’s as good a defensive player as there is in baseball,” Cash said of Chapman. “Not just at third, anywhere. The impact that he has on the game defensively is pretty spectacular.”
Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier (left hip) worked out before the game and remains on track to come off the injured list Friday, Cash said.
Blue Jays: RHP Trevor Richards (strained neck) allowed three runs in one inning in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Richards allowed three hits, two of them home runs.
Before making their first trip north of the border, the Rays put LHP Brooks Raley and RHP Ryan Thompson on the restricted list and added RHP Javy Guerra and RHP Phoenix Sanders from Triple-A. Unvaccinated players cannot enter Canada, and teams have been ordered to place them on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time. The Rays also added RHP Dusten Knight and RHP David McKay to the taxi squad.
Toronto has hit at least 100 home runs before the All-Star break for the 13th straight season (excluding 2020).
The three-run margin snapped a streak of 14 consecutive Rays games decided by two or fewer runs.
Rays RHP Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45) starts against Blue Jays RHP Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86) in a Canada Day afternoon game Friday. Berrios is 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA in five career games against Tampa Bay.
Rodriguez homers, Mariners beat Athletics 8-6
SEATTLE (AP) Julio Rodriguez homered for the second day in a row, Cal Raleigh had a two-run triple in the fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6 Thursday night.
Seattle has won 17 of 19 games against Oakland and earned its third straight victory overall to improve to 37-41. Seattle has also won 8 of 10.
“A good way to start the series,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Need to keep it rolling. We’re not used to giving up six runs and winning.”
Oakland finished the month of June with the worst record in baseball at 5-21.
The A’s recalled Adrian Martinez from Triple-A Las Vegas for his second career start, and he allowed seven runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.
“Overall I thought he threw strikes, you know, it was just one pitch away from getting out of that fifth inning,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said.
Rodriguez tagged his 13th homer of the season and seventh in June. His solo shot over the center-field wall put the Mariners up 2-1 in the third. He sent one to the upper deck of T-Mobile Park on Wednesday.
The AL Rookie of the Month for May is making a case for another nod in June. He batted .280 with 16 RBIs and 22 runs.
After Abraham Toro regained Seattle’s lead 5-4 with a two-out single to left field, Raleigh followed with a two-run triple into deep center field off the glove of Skye Bolt. The throw to third base ricocheted off Sheldon Neuse’s mitt, and Raleigh scored to give Seattle an 8-4 cushion.
It was Raleigh’s first career triple. He also doubled down the right-field line in the eighth.
“It was just a cool moment,” Raleigh said. “It honestly felt like I was playing Little League again.”
Oakland’s Ramon Laureano belted two home runs, a three-run opposite field blast to right to even the game at 4 in the fifth inning and then another in the ninth to trim the Mariners’ lead to 8-6.
“Opposite-field homers are really impressive and he had two of them tonight,” Kotsay said.
Seattle starter Logan Gilbert (9-3) didn’t have his best performance over six innings. His four runs allowed were the most he’s given up since May 11. He surrendered two home runs, including one to veteran Elvis Andrus in the third.
Dylan Moore hit a 414-foot, two-run homer into the left field stands to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead in the fourth.
Despite giving up the solo homer to Laureano, Seattle closer Paul Sewald notched his eighth save of the season.
Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford began a four-game suspension after his involvement in a benches-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Crawford was one of the three Mariners who appealed their suspensions from Major League Baseball, along with outfielders Jesse Winker (seven games) and Rodriguez (two games). Crawford had his reduced from five games to four. Decisions haven’t been announced for Winker and Rodriguez.
“Certainly, unfortunate for us. Everybody knows what he does leading off and playing shortstop,” Servais said. “But we will abide by the rules and the rulings that are out there.”
ALL STAR VOTING
Seattle first baseman Ty France is a finalist for the All-Star Game at his position along with Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Both advance to the final round of the MLB All-Star Ballot, with the second phase of voting beginning noon ET on July 5.
France was placed on the 10-day IL June 25 after suffering a left elbow sprain. He is batting .316 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.
Oakland OF Cristian Pache and RHP Adam Oller were both optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas; RHP Martinez was recalled from Las Vegas, INF Vimael Machin was selected from Las Vegas and OF Bolt was reinstated from the 60-day IL; INF Jed Lowrie was placed on the 10-day IL; LHP Adam Kolarek was designated for assignment.
Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis (concussion) is making progress in his return and is “very close” to beginning his rehab assignment, according to Servais. … C Tom Murphy had shoulder surgery yesterday in Texas.
Athletics: Lowrie (sprained shoulder) received an MRI, according to manager Mark Kotsay. … Bride (sprained shoulder) made progress Wednesday and had blood work done Thursday, but there’s no timeline on Bride’s return.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (4-8, 3.31) will make his 16th start Friday night. He’s pitched at least six innings in his last three starts and surrendered only five runs in that span.
Athletics: Oakland will start RHP James Kaprielian (0-5, 5.88) on Friday. He took a no-decision on June 26 after pitching five innings and allowing three runs on two hits.
Schwarber, Hall help Phillies rout Braves 14-4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Schwarber finished off the month with another June homer, Darick Hall went deep twice and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a 14-4 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Rhys Hoskins and Nick Castellanos also homered for the Phillies, who reached a season high in runs and were without star Bryce Harper in the lineup for the fourth straight game. The 2021 NL MVP is out indefinitely after having successful surgery on his broken left thumb on Wednesday.
“Everybody is getting hits, runs are scoring and the game of baseball is fun,” Castellanos said. “Nights like tonight are fantastic.”
Adam Duvall and Michael Harris II went deep for the defending champion Braves, who ended June with a 21-6 mark to equal the most victories in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966.
“Hopefully I look back in three months and think that’s the month that propelled us to another division title,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Schwarber connected on a three-run shot in the third for his 12th homer in June and 23rd of the season. The line drive to deep right also was Schwarber’s 47th in 458 career June at-bats. His average of one homer every 9.74 at-bats in June is tops among all players in MLB history with at least 400 career at-bats, ahead of Babe Ruth’s mark of a homer every 10.63 June at-bats.
Aaron Nola (5-5) allowed four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. In his last five starts, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 38 strikeouts and four walks in 37 innings.
“The team played great,” Nola said.
The Phillies pulled away with seven runs and six hits in the second off Ian Anderson (6-5).
“Just one of those days,” Snitker said of Anderson’s outing. “Gotta flush it and get ready for the next one.”
Castellanos’ three-run homer and Matt Vierling’s two-run double did the most damage in the inning, which also saw RBI singles by Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott.
“It was their night offensively,” Snitker said. “They weren’t missing.”
After Schwarber’s two-out shot off Jesus Cruz, Hoskins made it back-to-back homers with his second drive in two nights. An inning later, Hall led off with a solo shot to right for his first career hit after going hitless in his first six at-bats following a call-up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
“I’m just glad I didn’t miss a bag,” Hall said. “I was running, but my feet weren’t feeling the ground.”
Hall’s second career hit also was a home run, as he launched a two-run shot to right in the eighth.
Philadelphia shortstop Didi Gregorius’ second-inning miscue was long an afterthought by then. After the Braves loaded the bases with no outs, Nola struck out Duvall and then got Orlando Arcia to ground into a tailor-made double play. But Gregorius took the flip from second baseman Stott and began jogging toward the Phillies’ dugout, apparently thinking that was the final out when it was just the second.
Anderson allowed seven runs and seven hits in just two innings.
While not quite as successful as Atlanta, the Phillies also had a strong June record and finished the month with a 19-8 mark.
OF Ronald Acuna Jr. earned a starting spot in the All-Star game as the NL’s leading vote-getter in Phase 1 of the balloting.
Braves: Acuna (bruised left foot) rejoined the club in Philadelphia after remaining in Atlanta for treatment to start the series, but he missed his fourth straight game though he was available to pinch-hit. Snitker anticipates Acuna will return to the lineup on Friday.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (right knee bruise) received a cortisone shot earlier this week. On Tuesday, he was placed on the 15-day IL retroactive to June 26.
Braves: Atlanta LHP Max Fried (7-2, 2.77) opposes Reds LHP Mike Minor (1-4, 7.71) on Friday night in the first contest of a three-game series in Cincinnati.
Phillies: Open a three-game home set against St. Louis on Friday when Phillies LHP Bailey Falter (0-2, 4.50) faces Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.57).
Backup catcher Perez’s 3 HRs help Pirates beat Brewers 8-7
PITTSBURGH (AP) Backup catcher Michael Perez had three home runs, rookies Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski hit back-to-back shots and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Thursday night.
It was the first multi-homer game of Perez’s five-year career. He also doubled his season home run total.
Perez hit a two-run blast in the fourth inning off Brent Suter (1-2) to break a 3-3 tie. He added another two-run homer in the sixth to make it 6-4 before connecting again for a solo shot in the eighth to increase the lead to 8-4.
“Three really good swings,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “He didn’t miss any of them. He got all of them. The thing is, we needed every one of them. What a great night for him.”
The outburst came one day after the Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds had a three-homer game in a win at Washington. Suwinski homered three times June 19 in a victory over San Francisco.
The Pirates had three players have three-homer games in the same month for the first time in the franchise’s 140-year history.
“Hopefully, it’s a contagious bug of three-homer games that is going around,” winning pitcher JT Brubaker said with a smile. “I’m happy for Mikey. He always does a good job behind the plate, and I think a night like this made it easier for him to call the game.”
Perez went 4 for 5 to set a career-high for hits and raise his batting average to .169. He finished with five RBIs as the Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak against Milwaukee that dated to last season.
“I always believe in myself, that I can do my best every day,” Perez said. “To be a part of this and the win, it feels good.”
The Brewers scored three runs in the ninth inning to pull to 8-7. Willy Adames hit an RBI double, Rowdy Tellez drove in a run with a ground out and Kolten Wong hit a two-out run-scoring single off diving first baseman Michael Chavis.
Rookie Yerry De Los Santos then relieved closer David Bednar with runners on first and third and retired Luis Urias on a pop fly for his second career save, both coming in the last two days.
Cruz and Suwinski homered in the second inning to put the Pirates ahead 3-0. They became the first Pittsburgh rookies to go back-to-back since Brandon Moss and Andy LaRoche in 2008.
Cruz’s shot was measured at 431 feet and Suwinski’s at 412. Suwinski was 2 for 3 with a walk.
Pittsburgh finished June with 44 homers, its most in a calendar month since 2007.
Brubaker (2-7) pitched six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Andrew McCutchen had two doubles among his three hits while driving in two runs but couldn’t keep the NL Central-leading Brewers’ four-game winning streak from ending. The 2013 NL MVP is hitting .350 in his last 22 games following a 1-for-40 slide.
Wong, Christian Yelich and Jace Peterson added two hits apiece for Milwaukee. Adames drove in two runs.
Brewers starter Adrian Houser left the game with right elbow tightness in the third inning. He was charged with three runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Houser said the initial tests taken of the elbow were encouraging. He will undergo an MRI on Friday in Milwaukee.
“Hopefully, I’ll be back in a couple of days, just get the inflammation out of there and be ready to go,” Houser said.
After walking Daniel Vogelbach with one out, Houser was visited on the mound by manager Craig Counsell and an athletic trainer. Houser then left following a brief conversation and was relieved by Suter.
Houser has struggled in recent weeks. Prior to Thursday, he had gone 1-4 with a 6.54 ERA in his last six starts. He’s 4-8 with a 4.72 ERA overall this season.
After the Pirates went ahead 3-0 on the back-to-back homers off Houser, the Brewers rallied to tie the score. Yelich tripled home a run and scored on Adames’ groundout in the third inning and Omar Narvaez hit an RBI double in the fourth.
Perez’s first homer put the Pirates ahead for good and his second, which came off Jason Alexander, gave them cushion after Luis Urias’ groundout in the sixth got the Brewers within a run. Perez then put the capper on his big game by connecting against Jandel Gustave.
All three home runs carried into the right-field stands.
Brewers: Rookie LHP Aaron Ashby (left forearm inflammation) is on track to be activated from the injured list to start Saturday against the Pirates. … CF Jonathan Davis (back/ribs) was not in the lineup after making a spectacular diving catch Wednesday in a win over Tampa Bay. He was available off the bench in an emergency.
Pirates: INF/OF Tucupita Marcano was activated from the COVID-19 IL and INF Yu Chang was designated for assignment after hitting .167 with one home run in 18 games. … Bednar had not pitched Saturday because of lower back stiffness.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (6-4, 2.41) will start Friday night. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has won his last three starts with a 2.18 ERA.
Pirates: RHP Roansy Contreras (2-1, 2.76) has the best ERA in the major leagues among rookies who have made at least seven starts this season.
Justin Turner hits 2 HRs, Dodgers beat Padres 3-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Turner homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between the NL West’s top teams.
The Dodgers have won 12 of 13 against San Diego dating to Aug. 24, outscoring the Padres 72-29 in that span. They extended their division lead to 2 1/2 games.
Turner was the lone offensive highlight for the Dodgers, going 3 for 3 while the rest of the team was 2 for 25. Freddie Freeman’s 13-game hitting streak ended as he was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.
Turner hadn’t homered since May 18 when he hit a solo shot in the second that tied it at 1. His two-run homer gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game. He homered twice in a game for the first time since last September.
Evan Phillips (2-3) got the win in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out one. Craig Kimbrel retired the side in the ninth for his 14th save.
Joe Musgrove (8-2) gave up both homers to Turner. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out a season-high 10 and walked one.
The Padres mustered seven hits and Manny Machado struck out three times after a double in the first in his return from an ankle injury. They had the potential tying runs on in the eighth via Jake Cronenworth’s single and a walk to pinch-hitter Luke Voit, but Austin Nola grounded to third to end the inning.
The Padres had the bases-loaded in the second, but Jurickson Profar flied out to right and Chris Taylor threw out Trent Grisham at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
San Diego’s lone run came on Nomar Mazara’s two-out RBI single in the first.
Dodgers starter Mitch White gave up one run and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Padres: INF Fernando Tatis Jr. (left wrist fracture) is expected to begin swinging a bat at full speed in two weeks. Earlier this week, he had X-rays and saw the Phoenix doctor who performed his surgery in March.
Dodgers: LHP David Price will be away from the team until Sunday because of a family medical emergency. … RF Mookie Betts (right rib fracture) could return early next week. He may be playing second base because it would be easier on his throwing arm than the outfield.
There was no bobblehead night or birthday magic for Trea Turner. The Dodgers shortstop was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout on his 29th birthday. He caught a ceremonial first pitch from his father, Mark. His mother, Donna, and wife, Kristen, joined to say, “It’s time for Dodger baseball” with Kristen holding the couple’s 16-month-old son, Beckham. Last year, Turner hit for the cycle on his birthday against Tampa Bay.
Padres: LHP Blake Snell (0-5, 5.60 ERA) makes his first start since hitting Washington’s Bryce Harper on the left thumb last weekend. Harper had surgery and there’s no timetable for his return.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (9-0, 1.58) leads the majors in ERA. He is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his career against San Diego.
JT Poston shoots 62, leads John Deere Classic by 2 strokes
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — J.T. Poston shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.
Coming off a second-place tie last week in Connecticut after also opening with a 62, Poston eagled the par-5 second and had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run.
“It’s, obviously, why you practice and why you work as hard as you do on your game,” Poston said. “Any time you can have those rounds where you really get it going low and mistake-free, bogey-free is a bonus. It’s why you work at it and why you practice the way we do.”
Canadian Michael Gligic was second at 64, playing bogey-free in the final group of the day off the first tee.
“It was nice,” Gligic said. “Just kind of hit ball where I was looking. Gave myself lots of looks. I think I only missed one green and was able to make a few putts.”
Vaughn Taylor and Christopher Gotterup followed at 65. Ricky Barnes, Denny McCarthy, Chris Naegel and Dylan Frittelli shot 66.
“Been struggling a little bit physically and haven’t been putting very well,” Taylor said. “But coming into here I told myself, `You know, I know this course, how to play it. Just go do it.′ That’s kind of how I did today. Just tried not to think about too much and just play golf.”
Poston won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone PGA Tour title.
“I would say for the last few months it’s been in a good spot,” Poston said. “Just hadn’t quite seen the results. Then, Hilton Head I had a good week. Wells Fargo, good week. Last week, playing well. So I think it’s starting to kind of come together and see the results and see the shots and kind of building that confidence back into my ball- striking.
Iowa native Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner, opened with a 69 in afternoon wind in his 20th consecutive start in the event.
“That’s as hard as I’ve seen this golf course play in a long time,” Johnson said. “Granted, you got some roll, so if you land it in the fairway it was going to bounce, which is fun. But it was hard.”
Defending champion Lucas Glover shot 74.
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Indians Hold Off Sounds Behind Mitchell, Tsutsugo Doubles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A bases-clearing double by Cal Mitchell in the opening frame and an RBI two-bagger off the bat of Yoshi Tsutsugo in the seventh sandwiched a strong pitching performance from Indiana native Jerad Eickhoff, and the Indianapolis Indians held off the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night, 4-3.
The Indians (37-36) took advantage of an erratic Dylan File (L, 3-4) in the first inning, sending eight batters to the dish. Indy loaded the bases with no outs thanks to a Kevin Newman single, Ben Gamel hit-by-pitch and Tsutsugo walk and cashed in all three runs on Mitchell’s one-out double. Tsutsugo scored from first and Mitchell reached third base on the play due to a fielding error by left fielder Abraham Almonte.
Eickhoff (W, 5-3) posted two zeroes before Nashville (44-30) scored a pair of runs in the third to make it 3-2. Consecutive two-out singles by former Indian Pablo Reyes and Brice Turang put the Sounds on the scoreboard, and following a walk to Almonte, David Dahl lashed a run-scoring single to Newman at shortstop. Newman’s full-extension dive prevented the grounder from reaching the outfield, leading to a rundown and Turang being tagged out between third base and home.
The score held until Tsutsugo’s two-out insurance double plated Newman – who had singled and reached second on a wild pitch – before the stretch.
The Sounds didn’t go quietly in the ninth against Cam Alldred and John O’Reilly (SV, 1). Dahl led off the frame with a single and dashed home on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Rodolfo Castro that extended the game one more batter. With the potential winning run in the right-hand batter’s box, O’Reilly retired Weston Wilson on a groundout to seal his 11th career save and first since Aug. 1, 2021 at St. Paul.
Eickhoff yielded two earned runs on five hits and one walk with seven punchouts over 5.0 innings in his team-leading fifth win.
Through six games on Tsutsugo’s rehab assignment, the 30-year-old is batting .429 (6-for-14) with three RBI, seven walks, a .591 on-base percentage and 1.091 OPS.
Indianapolis and Nashville meet again on Friday at 8:05 PM ET at First Horizon Park. RHP Mike Burrows (0-0, 3.68) will take the mound for Indy against LHP Ethan Small (4-3, 3.18).
IUXC Unveils 2022 Cross Country Schedule
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Cross Country announced the 2022 competition schedule on Thursday morning. The slate includes three road races and two home meets.
To kick off the fall season, the Hoosiers travel to Miami Ohio for the Redhawk Rumble on Saturday September 3.
The first home meet of the season will be on Friday September 16. The Coaching Tree Invitational meet will feature teams that are currently coached by individuals Head Coach Ron Helmer coached or individuals who coached with him during his career. This meet could include schools such as Illinois, Northern Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Georgetown, Villanova, George Washington, Elon, Ohio, Miami of Ohio, Wabash.
Next, Indiana will travel to Lehigh for the Paul Short Invite on Friday September 30. After Lehigh, the Hoosiers head to Madison, Wisconsin as they compete in the annual Nuttycombe Invite. The race is slated for Friday October 14.
The regular season ends at home on Friday November 4 as they host the Hoosier Invitational.
Michigan is set to host the 2022 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The championships will be held on Friday, October 28.
Switching to the NCAA slate, the Great Lakes Regional will be hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. on November 11. The 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships are set for Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday, November 19.
2022 Indiana Cross Country Schedule
Saturday September 3 Redhawk Rumble Miami, Ohio
Friday September 16 Coaching Tree Invitational Bloomington, Ind.
Friday September 30 Paul Short Invite Bethlehem, Pa.
Friday October 14 Nuttycombe Invite Madison, Wisc.
Friday October 28 Big Ten Championships Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday November 4 Hoosier Invitational Bloomington, Ind.
Friday November 11 Great Lakes Regional Terre Haute, Ind.
Saturday November 19 NCAA Championships Stillwater, Okla.
Sapp Named Men’s Golf Assistant Coach
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golf head coach Rob Bradley has announced that long-time successful head coach and former Purdue assistant coach Andrew Sapp will join the coaching staff.
Sapp replaces Austin Eoff, who was named the Central Arkansas head coach almost a month ago.
Sapp arrives after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Ball State, but prior to that spent almost 20 years as a successful head coach at three stops.
“I am thrilled to come back to Purdue and help continue the winning tradition that is in place,” Sapp said. “My college coach (Devon Brouse) brought me here in 1998 and now my college teammate (Rob Bradley) is bringing me back in 2022. I am so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to build upon the success of Purdue Golf. I look forward to working with Coach Bradley and all of our golfers in our quest to win championships.”
“I am very excited to have Andrew on board. He is an experienced coach that will be a huge asset to our entire program,” Bradley said. “He is a high-character person, a great player and has a competitive desire that will be very beneficial to our players and staff. Purdue is very lucky to have Andrew back in the Gold and Black and I am ready to get going with him.”
Sapp brings a wealth of coaching experience to Purdue after having head coaching stints at East Carolina (2017-21), his alma mater North Carolina (2012-17) and the University of Michigan (2002-11). He was a part of the Purdue coaching staff from 1998 to 2002. Sapp also served as the President of the Golf Coaches Association of America from 2016-18.
Sapp began in coaching career at North Carolina in 1993, helping the Tar Heels to five straight NCAA Championship appearances and a 10th-place finish in 1997. Following that year, he came to Purdue, then helping the men’s squad to a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Championships, while assisting with the Boilermakers’ last All-American (Lee Williamson). The men’s team also won Regional titles in 2001 and 2002. He helped guide the women’s team to a ninth-place showing at the 2000 NCAA Championships.
In 2002, he was named Michigan’s head men’s golf coach, leading the Wolverines to a pair of top-10 national championship finishes in 2011 (10th) and 2009 (3rd). His 2011 squad won the 2011 NCAA Central Regional championship and he recruited and signed the nation’s No. 7-ranked golfer in high school. In addition, he created the vision, assisted in the design and helped raise funds for a $2.5 million indoor practice facility.
Sapp was then named North Carolina’s head coach in 2011, improving the program’s ranking from 73rd in 2011 to 26th in 2017. The Tar Heels reached the 2017 NCAA Championships placing 18th and recruited and signed four of the top-10 nationally-ranked high school junior golfers.
In 2017, Sapp was hired at East Carolina, leading the Pirates to two team titles and signing two nationally-ranked top-100 players. While at East Carolina, he coached three players into the top five of the program’s all-time career stroke average list.
Sapp earned a pair of degrees from UNC, a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1993 and a master’s in sports administration in 1996.
He and his wife Laura have one son, Connor.
Cardinals Set to Fly South to The Bahamas for Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship
NASSAU, The Bahamas – In only its second year, Baha Mar Hoops will play host to the largest event in the sport of college basketball when 20 men’s and women’s teams play this Thanksgiving at Baha Mar, the leading resort destination in The Bahamas. The 10-day slate of games includes Oklahoma State, DePaul, Central Florida, and Santa Clara playing in the men’s Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship and five NCAA Tournament women’s teams participating in the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship. In total, 24 games will be played across three events Nov. 18-27 at the Baha Mar Convention, Arts & Entertainment Center.
The Cardinals will be making their first trip to The Bahamas. Ball State will be joined by Long Beach State, Missouri State, North Texas, Oakland, San Jose State, UNCW, and Vermont. Ball State opens the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship in the tournament’s first game against Vermont on Friday, November 25.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to compete in the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship,” said Head Coach Michael Lewis. “We are excited for the early test we will get from the challenging field. This will be a great experience for our guys as the majority of them have not traveled outside of the continental U.S.”
The action concludes on Thanksgiving weekend with the eight-team Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship. The men’s tournament, which is designed strictly for mid-major NCAA Division I programs, is in its fifth iteration after launching in 2017. The field is headlined by 2021 Big West regular-season champion Long Beach State and a Vermont program which is looking for a second championship in the Bahamas after taking home this tournament’s inaugural title in 2017 (then known as The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase). The Catamounts were 28-6 last year winning a conference title (regular-season or tournament crown) for the fifth-straight season before earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The first-round pairings for the Nassau Championship are as follows:
Vermont vs. Ball State – 12 p.m.
Missouri State vs. UNCW – 2:30 p.m.
North Texas vs. San Jose State – 5:30 p.m.
Oakland vs. Long Beach State – 8:00 p.m.
First-round games will be played on Friday, November 25 with four games each day on Nov. 25-27. All 12 games of the Nassau Championship will be broadcast on FloHoops.
“We are thrilled to once again host Baha Mar Hoops and the tournament’s dedicated fans at Baha Mar for the second annual college basketball event,” said Graeme Davis, President of Baha Mar. “Last year’s event brought undeniable energy and excitement to the resort, and we look forward to introducing new experiences and amenities to the players and guests returning in 2022.”
The collection of teams hail from 16 states throughout the U.S., from Vermont to California. And for tourism, several teams hail from key markets such as Chicago, Dallas, and Orlando.
“The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has identified sports as yet another segment in our suite of marketing products and recognizes bdG Sports for its continuing support of our tourism industry,” said Latia Duncombe, Director General (Actg.) of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation. “Mr. Graeme Davis and his team at Baha Mar ought to be congratulated for their sporting accomplishments to date, in addition to their unwavering commitment as joint promoters of destination Bahamas. With excited anticipation, we look forward to welcoming teams with family and friends, enthusiasts, promoters, media, and all spectators to The Islands of The Bahamas.”
A mere 55-minute flight from Florida, Baha Mar opened in 2017 and is home to three iconic brands: Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood. Situated on 1,000 acres overlooking Nassau’s famous turquoise ocean waters, the resort destination features more than 2,300 rooms and an abundance of dynamic programming, activities, and amenities including the largest casino in the Caribbean, a state-of-the-art convention center, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the Caribbean’s first and only flagship ESPA spa, a collection of more than 45 restaurants and lounges, and more. The $200 million luxury water park, Baha Bay, debuted in July 2021 as the latest addition to Baha Mar’s portfolio of spectacular guest offerings. Set on 15 beachfront acres, Baha Bay has introduced an exciting array of aquatic activities and experiences, alfresco dining, a gaming pavilion, beach club, and more.
LINDAUER ADDS TREVOR CARROLL AS ASSISTANT COACH
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Peterson Family Head Swimming Coach Chris Lindauer has rounded out his staff as he has tabbed Trevor Carroll as an assistant coach. Carroll, a Granger, Ind. native, returns home after spending the previous four seasons on the staff at Pitt as an assistant coach.
“I had the amazing opportunity to coach Trevor as a student-athlete,” said Lindauer. “His work ethic and passion for our sport is evident and his success in and out of the pool is a testament that hard work pays off. Hiring coaches that want to build something special at Notre Dame and dream big is my number one priority and Trevor is that coach. Originally from Granger, Indiana, Trevor is very familiar with Notre Dame and how special it is to represent the Fighting Irish. I’m thrilled to welcome Trevor and Andrea to our Notre Dame family! Go Irish!”
During his four seasons with the Panthers, Carroll’s student-athlete tutelage and his vast knowledge of the Atlantic Coast Conference have seen Pitt swimming & diving make significant improvements. In total since 2018, Pitt swimmers have combined to break a total of 28 school records, with men’s swimming accounting for 22 historic swims during that time.
“I’m very thankful to Chris, Juli and the rest of the administration for the opportunity to come home and work for the University of Notre Dame,” said Carroll. “Growing up in South Bend it has always been a dream of mine to be a part of this program and my wife and I are thrilled to be joining the Notre Dame family. I’m looking forward to working with the student athletes and helping them reach their full potential in and out of the pool. Go Irish!”
During the 2021-22 campaign, four Pitt school records were broken and the men’s squad broke three school records over the course of the season. Senior Cooper Van der Laan was responsible for two of the record breaking swims in the season with the first coming at the Ohio State Invitational. He swam a 51.42 in the 100 breaststroke to claim the school record. Later in the year at the ACC Championships, he tallied his third career medal as he broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:52.76 to finish third. He is just the third athlete in program history to earn three career ACC medals and two of those occurrences have happened under Carroll’s tutelage.
In 2020-21, the Panthers broke five school records and had two swimmers earn All-American status at the NCAA Championships. Sprinter Blaise Vera became just the second student-athlete in program history to claim three ACC medals in his career after finishing third in the 100 freestyle at the 2021 ACC Championships. Vera earned first team All-American status after qualifying for the championship heat in the 50 freestyle. He finished seventh overall and became Pitt’s first men’s swimmer to earn first team All-American honors since 1980. Van der Laan joined Vera on the podium the very next night as he finished eighth in the championship heat of the 100 breaststroke. Vera and Van der Laan became the first Pitt duo to earn first team All-American honors in the same season in program history.
The 2019-20 campaign not only saw Pitt post its best men’s team finish in the program’s ACC history, but sprinter Blaise Vera earned CSCAA All-America status after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season.
In his first season with the Panthers, Pitt posted men’s swimming top-five ACC relay finishes for the first time in team history, while Samy Helmbacher and Vera became Pitt’s first ACC men’s swimming medalists and qualified for the NCAA Championships, giving the Panthers two men’s swimmers at the national meet for the first time since 2002.
Carroll was hired at Pitt in October 2018 after spending the 2017-18 season as a volunteer assistant under Arthur Albiero at Louisville, where Carroll also competed for the Cardinals from 2013-17.
While on staff with his alma mater, Carroll assisted as the Cardinals produced their best season in the school’s swimming & diving history. Both Louisville programs finished second at the 2018 ACC Championships, with the women earning a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the men placing ninth at nationals.
Carroll has also spent two seasons coaching the Lakeside Swim Team in Louisville, earning team medals in 2017 and ’18 as one of the top club swimming programs in the country.
As an athlete, Carroll helped the Cardinals transition seamlessly from the American Athletic Conference to the ACC during his successful four-year collegiate swimming career as a freestyle specialist.
As a freshman, Carroll competed on two AAC-winning relays and placed on the podium individually in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle at the AAC Championships before helping Louisville’s 800-yard freestyle relay earn a top-10 finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
In his final three seasons at Louisville, Carroll consistently proved himself in the ACC after the Cardinals joined the conference, while also performing on the national stage at the NCAA Championships.
In total, he earned nine individual top-10 finishes at the ACC Championships, with three podium finishes in freestyle events ranging from the 50 to the 500. Carroll was also a 14-time All-American in his final three seasons at Louisville, helping the Cardinals’ relays reach several national finals while earning individual All-America honors as well.
Carroll is a Granger, Ind. native, where he attended Saint Joseph’s High School. Carroll was a two-time state champion in the 200-freestyle, an Indiana Senior State Champion in the 50, 100, and 500-freestyle and earned a 3-time Northern Indiana Conference MVP title.
Christensen signs contract extension through 2026-27
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced a contract extension for head swimming and diving coach Josh Christensen as announced by the ISU Athletic Department on Thursday morning.
Christensen’s extension will run through the 2026-27 season as the head coach wrapped up his fourth year at the helm in the 2021-22 season.
“Josh has continued to build upon the success of the program,” Clinkscales said. “I look forward to seeing him continue guiding this program to new heights in the coming years.”
Christensen guided the Sycamores to their fourth consecutive top-three finish during his tenure at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships this past spring as Indiana State continues to sit among the conference’s top teams in the pool. ISU rewrote the record book throughout the year with 14 records falling throughout the entirety of the season, including four coming at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships.
“I’m thankful and excited to have the opportunity to continue to lead the Sycamore Swimming & Diving team and to invest in the student-athletes here at Indiana State,” Christensen said. “The opportunity to build a new program here is incredibly rewarding. It’s been exciting to see what we’ve done through these early years, even with the challenges presented by COVID. I know the best is yet to come. We have an excellent group of student-athletes and coaches that are committed to seeing Sycamore swimming and diving flourish.”
He continued, “I have special thanks to Dr. Curtis, Sherard Clinkscales, Joel McMullen, and Angie Lansing for their continued support of ISU Swimming & Diving and for allowing me the opportunity to lead this program.”
Highlighting the Sycamores’ postseason included the program’s first swimmer to advance to the CSCAA National Invitational finals in program history (Madie Rutan, 100-yard backstroke), Kaimi Matsumoto set school records in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard individual medley, and the ISU relay teams shattered the school marks in the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Over his coaching career, Christensen boasts a 35-17 overall record in dual meet competition and a 13-7 mark in MVC competition during the regular season. The Sycamores have garnered 50 All-Conference accolades with 12 coming this past season.
RILEY ANDERSON NAMED MARIAN WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL INTERIM HEAD COACH
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian University Department of Athletics officially named Riley Anderson the Interim Head Coach of the Marian volleyball team. Anderson, an assistant coach of the Knights for the last three seasons, will take over on the sidelines replacing Ashlee Pritchard, who was named the head coach of Indiana State’s volleyball program in late April.
Anderson brings three years of collegiate experience to the Knights sideline as the interim head coach, joining the Marian coaching staff in the 2019 season. In her time as an assistant for the Knights, Anderson has helped Marian reach the NAIA National Tournament three times, and during Marian’s 2019 National Championship season served as the acting head coach for 16 matches while Pritchard was on maternity leave. In that span, Anderson went 16-0 as the acting head coach and helped Marian close out the Crossroads League Regular Season Championship for the fourth time in program history. Anderson’s run also included a win over No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan.
Most recently in the 2021 season, Anderson again helped Marian advance deep in the NAIA Tournament, as the Knights finished as National Semifinalists. Anderson earned the Crossroads League Assistant Coach of the Year award, and later earned the AVCA Midcentral Region Assistant of the Year honor. The third-year assistant was later tabbed as the NAIA/AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year, the first Marian assistant to earn the honor.
“I have loved this program and these young women for the last three years, and I am so excited to step into the leadership role of this team,” exclaimed Anderson. “This program has had tremendous success on the national stage, and I hope to continue driving the winning culture. I’m excited to be working with Diego (Gutierrez) and Sarah (Spangler) who have great knowledge of the program and know what it will take to continue the success.”
In addition to her coaching accolades earned at Marian, Anderson had a very successful year as a high school coach, leading the Fairfield Falcons to a 23-8 record in 2017 while serving as the head coach. Anderson completed her undergraduate degree in accounting from Anderson University, where she was a three-year team captain and was the Ravens volleyball MVP twice in her collegiate career.
“We are very fortunate to have Coach Anderson lead this team for the 2022 season,” said Director of Athletics Steve Downing. “Riley did a fantastic job in 2019 filling in for Pritchard while she was on maternity leave. With Riley leading the team, we will do a great job to continue the culture and philosophies established by Pritchard. I’m also very happy to have Diego and Sarah on board to join Riley on the staff, and I think that with their efforts we will have another exciting year of Marian volleyball.”
Joining Anderson on the staff will be Diego Gutierrez and Sarah Spangler. Gutierrez joined the Knights as a volunteer assistant in 2021, and helped alongside Anderson as Marian reached the NAIA Tournament Semifinals. Spangler recently graduated from Marian University as a member of the 2022 graduating class, and was a two-sport athlete at Marian starring on the volleyball team while competing as a thrower on the track team as well. Spangler was a member of the 1000 career kill club at Marian, ending her career with 1247 kills on 3070 attacks. Spangler was a four-time NAIA All-American, and as a senior was named to the NAIA Third Team. Spangler played a key role on Marian’s 2019 NAIA National Championship team, and was named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team in her sophomore season.
Marian will report for their 2022 season on August 8, with their first scheduled matches to come the weekend of August 19 and 20.
TODAY IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
1859 In the first college baseball game ever played, Amherst defeats their archrival, Williams College, 73-32 (66-32 by some reports). The game, played under Massachusetts rules (a square field with no foul territory) takes place near the corner of North Street and Maplewood Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
1902 En route to a 2-0 victory over Baltimore, left-handed hurler Rube Wadell, playing in his first game for Connie Mack’s A’s, faces the minimum 27 batters, striking out 13 in the Oriole Park contest. In the sixth frame, the 25-year-old Philadelphia southpaw becomes the first American League pitcher to toss an immaculate inning when he fans Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin on nine consecutive pitches.
1903 Cy Young drives in the contest’s lone run when he blanks the Pale Hose at Chicago’s South Side Park, 1-0. The shutout, his fourth consecutive complete game without allowing a run, is the Boston American right-hander’s third 1-0 victory in nine days.
1910 In front of a full house, the Browns spoil the White Sox debut at Comiskey Park, when Barney Pelty beats Ed Walsh and the hometown team, 2-0. The new ballpark, called initially White Sox Park for three years and later renamed for White Sox founder and owner Charles Comiskey, replaces an obsolete wooden South Side Park that had served as the home for the Pale Hose since 1901.
1914 Henry Kingman becomes the first person born in China to play in a major league game when he pinch-hits in the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The 22-year-old first baseman, born in Tientsin to missionary parents, will appear in a total of four games, playing the field in only one contest.
1916 The 42 year and four-month-old Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park home when he goes deep in the fourth inning off Reds’ right-hander Elmer Knetzer in the team’s 2-1 victory at Cincinnati’s Redland Field. The round-tripper will prove to be the Flying Dutchman’s last four-bagger of his storied career, finishing with a total of 101, including 41 inside-the-parkers, hit during his 21-year tenure in the major leagues.
1920 Leaving Robison Field in midseason, the Cardinals play their first game as the home team at Sportsman’s Park, which serves as the American League’s St. Louis Browns’ ballpark, bowing to the Pirates, 6-2. After signing a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually with Browns’ president Phil Ball, the team moves six blocks to play its home games in a modern ballpark.
1920 At Fenway Park, Walter Johnson pitches the season’s only no-hitter, defeating the Red Sox, 1-0. In the seventh inning, Bucky Harris boots Harry Hooper’s grounder for an error, ruining the Big Train’s bid for a perfect game, but it’s the Senators’ second baseman’s two-out single in the bottom of the frame which drives in the game’s lone run.
1920 At Cincinnati’s Redland Field, Reds’ right-hander Fred Toney goes the distance in both ends of a twin bill, defeating the Pirates 4-1 and 5-1. The 28-year-old Nashville native’s two three-hitters set the mark for the fewest hits given up in a doubleheader by a pitcher.
1934 Bill Terry leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting, with Babe Ruth of the Yankees getting the most votes in the American League. The Giants’ first baseman will also be the skipper of the National League team.
1934 St. Louis defeats Cincinnati, 8-6, in an 18-inning game that features both starting pitchers, Redbird right-hander Dizzy Dean and Reds southpaw Tony Freitas, throwing the first 17 frames for their teams in the Crosley Field contest. After the Cardinals tally two runs on three hits off Paul Derringer in top of the final frame, the home team fails to score with the bases loaded, ending the four-hour and twenty-eight-minute marathon.
1941 The WNBT broadcast of the Dodgers’ 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Ebbets Field features television’s first commercial. The station, formerly known as W2XBS, airs a one-minute spot before the first pitch, promoting Bulova that consists of a static image of a watch with the company’s name.
1941 In a rain-shortened nightcap against the Red Sox, Joe DiMaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s 1897 major league record consecutive game hit streak of 44 with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but the ‘Yankee Clipper’ is given a hit by Dan Daniel of the New York World-Telegram.
1943 Although the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will not have an All-Star Game until 1946, two teams, one composed of South Bend Blue Sox and Rockford Peaches, and the other from the Kenosha Comets and Racine Belles, put on an exhibition game. The AAGPBL contest is the first night game ever played in the historic Chicago ballpark at Wrigley Field.
1943 To save newsprint, the Sporting News begins using a tabloid format. “The Bible of Baseball,” established in 1886, became the dominant voice and major source of information for serious fans of the national pastime.
1945 Absent from the game for the longest tenure by any major leaguer, Hank Greenberg, the first player in the American League to register for the peacetime draft in 1940 in the U.S. Army, makes a dramatic return after forty-seven months, homering in his first game back from the Armed Forces. ‘Hammerin Hank’s round-tripper helps the first-place Tigers beat the A’s at Briggs Stadium, 9-5, in front of an emotional crowd of 47,700 fans.
1950 Eddye Ford’s Yankee debut is less than impressive when he gives up five runs on seven hits and walks six in 4.2 innings of relief against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 21-year-old lefty Queens’ native, better known as Whitey, becomes the winningest pitcher in franchise history, posting a 236-106 record during his 16 seasons with the team.
1951 Indian right-hander Bob Feller becomes the third pitcher in major league history, joining Larry Corcoran and Cy Young, to pitch three career no-hitters when he defeats the Tigers, 2-1. Detroit scores its run in the fourth frame on an error, a stolen base, an errant pick-off throw, and a sac fly.
1953 Mel Parnell wins his 100th career game when Boston blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 4-0. Joining Cy Young, Joe Wood, Lefty Grove, and Joe Dobson, the southpaw from New Orleans becomes the fifth Red Sox hurler in franchise history to reach the milestone.
1957 Orioles’ pitcher George Zuverink and catcher Frank Zupo form the first ‘Z’ battery in major league history. Both Zees enter the Yankee Stadium contest in the tenth and final inning of the Bronx Bombers’ 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
1958 At Wrigley Field, Cubs relievers trick San Francisco’s outfielder Leon Wagner into looking under the bullpen bench for Tony Taylor’s ball, which is in play, instead of a rain gutter 45 feet away from where the ball landed. In the meantime, the batter scurries around the bases for an inside-the-park home run when the rookie cannot find the ball.
1960 H. Gabriel Murphy’s option of first refusal to buy the Senators from current owner Calvin Griffith expires. The chief minority stockholder, to stop the club from moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins will lose two court decisions, preventing him from keeping the team in Washington, D.C.
1962 In the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Indians, the White Sox become the first team in major league history to record three run-scoring sacrifice flies in one inning. Three fly balls hit by Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox, and Al Smith to Gene Green, two of which are dropped by the Cleveland right fielder, set up the unprecedented occurrence.
1964 Five thousand cabbies and their families are on hand at Yankee Stadium to celebrate ‘Taxi Day’ at the Bronx ballpark. Billy Bryan’s 11th inning solo home run is the decisive blow in Kansas City’s 5-4 Wednesday afternoon victory.
1966 Woody Fryman faces the minimum 27 batters in the Pirates’ 12-0 rout of the Mets at Shea Stadium. New York leadoff hitter Ron Hunt singled to center to start the bottom of the first inning but is tagged out trying to swipe second base.
1968 Bob Gibson’s scoreless inning streak ends abruptly at 47 when a wild pitch allows Len Gabrielson to score in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Redbird right-hander, who will blank San Francisco in his next start, would have been within three innings of breaking the mark of 58 scoreless frames established in June by Don Drysdale, tonight’s losing pitcher.
1982 Mark Fidrych, attempting to return to the majors, and Dave Righetti, the AL Rookie of the Year, sent down by the Yankees to Triple-A Columbus after a slow start in his sophomore season, match up in one of the most memorable minor league games ever played. The chanting and cheering overflow crowd at McCoy Stadium, of 9,389, packed into the ballpark designed to accommodate 5,800 fans, vocally displays their support for the ‘Bird’ throughout the game and becomes delirious when he strikes out Butch Hobson for the final out in his improbable complete-game 7-5 victory.
1982 Considered a questionable decision because of his height, Cal Ripken is moved from third base to shortstop by Oriole manager Earl Weaver. The 6’4″ future Hall of Famer takes over the job from veteran 6’1″ infielder Mark Belanger, an eight-time Gold Glover.
1984 Paul Splittorff announces his retirement from baseball. The 37-year-old southpaw, who be an analyst on pregame and postgame shows for KMBZ radio, leaves the Royals as the all-time leader in victories/losses (166/144), innings (2,554.2), and games started (392).
1990 As Comiskey Park celebrates its 80th birthday, Yankee hurler Andy Hawkins throws a no-hitter against the White Sox but loses the game, 4-0. The right-hander is not credited with an official no-hitter because the home team doesn’t need to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
1991 During a 14-7 Orioles rout of the Angels, the teams tie a major league record, slugging 11 home runs during the Memorial Stadium contest. O’s starter Mike Mussina gives up all of the Halos’ round-trippers, tying Jim Palmer’s club record of giving up five gophers in an outing.
1997 Collecting his 26th save in 27 chances this season, Randy Myers records the 300th save of his career when he strikes out the side in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The 34-year-old closer, who will finish with 347 saves during his 19 years in the major leagues with six different teams, is the ninth reliever and the second southpaw in the game’s history to reach the milestone.
1997 After hitting a bouncer down the Astrodome’s first-base line, Tim Bogar comes all the way around to score when Manny Ramirez doesn’t play the ball after it comes to a stop under the bullpen bench. The Indians outfielder, unaware of the park’s ground rules, begins signaling to the umpire that the ball is out of play as the Astros infielder circles the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run.
2000 On the country’s 133rd birthday, a Canada Day pitching matchup features a pair of Canadian starters. At Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Marlins right-hander Ryan Dempster, a native of British Columbia, defeats Mike Johnson of Edmonton and the Expos, 6-5.
2000 Whitey Herzog, the winningest manager in the franchise’s history with 410 victories during his five years at the helm, and Willie Wilson, a speedy outfielder who was an offensive spark plug for the team, become members of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame. They are the 17th and 18th individuals to be honored by the club since inductions began in 1986.
2000 BARK, Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps, debuts at Pac Bell. Six Portuguese water dogs will be used to retrieve Splashdown home runs hit by the Giants and their opponents, which land in McCovey’s Cove.
2003 After spending a disappointing season and a half in New York, the Mets trade Roberto Alomar with cash to the White Sox for prospect Andrew Salvo, right-hander Edwin Almonte, and southpaw Royce Ring. The 12-time Gold Glove second baseman’s funk continues in the American League when the former All-Star infielder hits just .253 with Chicago.
2003 After being activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, first baseman Fred McGriff bats cleanup and goes 2-for-4, including a double, in the team’s 7-1 loss to the Padres at Chavez Ravine. The Crime Dog’s trip to the DL was his first during 18 years in the big leagues.
2003 Just a few hours after obtaining Roberto Alomar from the Mets, the White Sox acquire outfielder Carl Everett (.274, 18, 51) from the Rangers. Texas will pick two or three players from a Chicago minor league pool, and the team will also give money to help pay part of the former outfielder’s $9.15 million deal.
2003 The Marlins set a franchise mark for runs scored and tie a team record with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez, and Luis Castillo collecting four each. The celebration of Florida’s 20-1 victory over the Braves is subdued when a photographer needs to be airlifted to a hospital due to an injury caused by Darren Bragg’s bat flying into the stands.
2005 After walking 2,100 miles from Camp Verde (AZ) to reach Wrigley Field, Bill Holden throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals-Cubs game and leads the crowd singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch. Inspired by the documentary, This Old Cub, about Ron Santo, who lost his legs to diabetes, the 56-year-old school teacher, with two bad knees, pounded the pavement for 172 days during his Walk the Walk campaign raising $250,000 for juvenile diabetes research.
2007 During a seven-game winning streak, Mariners’ manager Mike Hargrove unexpectedly resigns. A personality difference between the skipper of the second-place Seattle club and the team’s superstar Ichiro Suzuki appears to be the actual reason for the sudden departure.
2008 In the shortest nine-inning game in the history of Coors Field, Aaron Cook throws only 79 pitches in the one hour, 58-minute contest. The right-hander’s five-hitter snaps the Rockies’ eight-game losing streak with the 4-0 victory over the visiting Padres.
2009 Jonathan Papelbon, in the Red Sox’ 6-5 victory at Camden Yards, retires the Baltimore batters in order in the 11th inning to become the franchise’s all-time leader in saves. The 28-year-old closer, surpassing Bob Stanley for the club record, has compiled 133 saves during his four years with the club.
2010 The first-place Rangers acquire catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor league right-hander, Michael Main. Texas’ acquisition of the veteran backstop fills the void created by the off-season loss of Pudge Rodriguez to Washington and the inconsistent play of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
2010 On an interim basis, Kirk Gibson, the team’s bench coach, is promoted to be the Diamondbacks’ manager, replacing A.J. Hinch, who piloted the team to an 89-123 record in a little more than a full season in the dugout. In addition to letting go of their manager, the last-place team also fires general manager Josh Byrnes.
2011 In the seventh inning of a 5-0 interleague victory of the Angels in Anaheim, Dee Gordon steals second and third base and then completes the stolen base cycle by swiping home. The Dodger shortstop becomes the 40th major leaguer to accomplish the trifecta in the same frame.
2011 The Mets pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248.20 and will do so every July 1st through 2035 when the former player will turn 72. The team’s management agreed to buy out the remaining $5.9 million on the contract, opting to make annual payments of nearly $1.2 million for 25 years, including 8% interest, believing significant funds were available due to their investments with Bernie Madoff, that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.
2013 With a moment of silence before the game at Citi Field, the Mets and Diamondbacks honor the 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona. Additionally, each team hangs a jersey with the word Yarnell stitched on the back above the number 19 in their respective dugouts.
2014 Rick Porcello becomes the fourth pitcher in Tiger history, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944, to throw a shutout without issuing a walk or registering a strikeout when he blanks Oakland, 3-0. The Detroit right-hander, who records 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air in his 95-pitch outing, is the first major league hurler to accomplish the rare feat since Jeff Ballard’s August 21, 1989 performance for Baltimore.
2016 The Indians win their 14th consecutive game, establishing the team’s longest winning streak in franchise history when they beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, in a 19-inning marathon played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Next season, the Tribe will shatter their club mark and set an American League record with 22 consecutive victories.
2016 The first co-ed pro team in nearly 20 years takes the field when 17-year-old outfielder Kelsie Whitmore and 25-year-old pitcher Stacy Piagno play for the Sonoma Stompers against the San Rafael Pacifics in front of an enthusiastic and supportive sellout crowd at Arnold Field. The two former members of the USA women’s baseball squad are the first females to play in a professional game since Ila Borders pitched for the St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League in 1997.
2019 MLB cancels tonight’s scheduled Angels’ game against the Rangers after police officers find Tyler Skaggs unresponsive in the team’s hotel. Authorities do not suspect suicide or foul play as the cause of the 27-year-old’s left-hander death.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1912
Once again, the New York Giants stood atop the standings as the most dominant team in the National League. Still reeling from the devastating loss in the previous World Series, they managed to take comfort in the less-than stellar performance of their rival Philadelphia Athletics. The two-time Champions were slated at the beginning of the season for a three-peat, but later fell to third place and finished fifteen games behind the pennant winning Boston Red Sox.
The Giants had a lot of other reasons to smile during the regular season as left-handed ace, Rube Marquard set a long-standing Major League record by going undefeated in his first nineteen starts and later went on to finish with twenty-six wins. Veteran Christy Mathewson had twenty-three victories and rookie Jeff Tesreau had won seventeen games while leading the National League with an ERA of 1.96. At the plate, New York boasted solid performances by Larry Doyle, who batted .330, Fred Merkle who had a .309 average and Chief Meyers who delivered a .358. Merkle and Doyle had combined for twenty-one home runs and Red Murray led the team with nintey-two runs batted in. New York had won one-hundred three games and the National League pennant by ten games. Boston was also stacked after a magnificent year on the mound by Smoky Joe Wood who had won thirty-four out thirty-nine games and pitched ten shutouts. Offensively, Tris Speaker had dominated the American League pitchers with a .383 batting average.
Boston Manager Jake Stahl gave the Game 1 start to superstar Joe Wood while New York’s John McGraw chose newcomer Jeff Tesreau over Series veterans Marquard or Mathewson. Rookies, even seventeen game winners, rarely started World Series openers and it would prove to be a fatal mistake in the eyes of many Giants fans as Woods and the Sox took a 4-3 first game advantage. Game 2 was a roller-coaster ride as the Giants overcame a 4-2 deficit in the top of the eighth only to allow the tying run during the Sox’s half of the inning. Memories of the previous Series late game comebacks and losses to the A’s inspired the Giants to regain a 6-5 lead in the tenth. Boston was able to even the score in their next at bat and almost won after Tris Speaker hit what appeared to be an in-the-park homerun (after reserve catcher Art Wilson dropped the ball at the plate) but it was credited as a triple. Neither team could break through in the eleventh inning and once again, a World Series game was called short and went into the books as a 6-6 tie due to darkness.
The next day, Giant ace Rube Marquard lived up to his record-setting reputation and evened the Series with a 2-1 triumph. Despite his best efforts, New York’s momentum would not last long. In a Game 4 rematch of the opener, Wood and Tesreau went at it again for another performance of “David vs. Goliath” as Smoky Joe out-dueled the young rookie in a 3-1 victory. Surprisingly, Boston decided to turn the tables for Game 5 by starting their own rookie ace, Hugh Bedient, a twenty game winner, against the Giants’ veteran Christy Mathewson. This time the story played out true as the Sox’s “David” outmatched the Giants’ “giant” with a 2-1 decision.
Not wanting a repeat of last year’s Series ending performance, the Giants came out in Game 6 with a renewed sense of urgency and knocked Boston starter Buck O’Brien for five runs in the first inning on their way to a must-win victory. A rejuvenated, New York carried the same momentum into Game 7, getting revenge on the undefeated Wood with six runs in the opening inning. With Marquard pitching a seven-hitter and Tesreau finally turning the tables on Wood, the Giants had won two crucial games by 5-2 and 11-4 scores. The best-of-seven battle would require an eighth game. Chasing away the demons from the previous year, New York had finally shown it’s own tenacity and was ready to finish the job, but Boston wasn’t ready to go home empty handed either.
Once again, New York’s John McGraw sparked some pre-game controversy after deciding to start Christy Mathewson, who was winless in his two previous appearances, for the Series finale. Not to be outdone, Boston started their own argument by selecting their twenty-two year-old rookie Bedient, who had defeated Mathewson in Game 5 for the crucial start. Both teams went head-to-head for nine innings to a tense 1-1 standoff. Mathewson was still pitching for New York, while Wood had taken over in the eighth for Bedient (who left the game in the seventh for pinch-hitter, Olaf Henriksen, whose double had tied the score). In the tenth, New York’s Red Murray knocked a one-out double and later scored on a Fred Merkle single. While Wood retired the side without further damage, the Red Sox were faced with trying to rebound from a 2-1 deficit.
Desperate Giant fans had already started celebrating as Boston took their turn at an extra-inning comeback. Pinch-hitter Clyde Engle started the bottom half of the inning with a high fly ball to mid-centerfield. Fred Snodgrass stepped back to make the routine catch and accidentally dropped it. His teammates stood in disbelief as the tying run for Boston was now on second base. The visibly shaken Snodgrass was given the opportunity to “save face” on the very next play and shined with a spectacular catch off a Harry Hooper line-drive. Unfortunately, Engle had now advanced to third and was in prime scoring position. Steve Yerkes followed with a walk and Tris Speaker sent Engle home for the tying run. With Yerkes stationed at third and Speaker on first with one out, Duffy Lewis was walked intentionally. Larry Gardner stepped up and belted a deep sacrifice fly to Josh Devore in right field, while Yerkes tagged up and scored. The Red Sox had come back for a 3-2 victory and their second World Series championship. For the stunned Giants, it was their second consecutive defeat in the Fall Classic and an unbelievable finish to what had otherwise been a magical season.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 1
1859 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1893 San Francisco Bay City Club opens 1st US bicycle race track, made of wood
1901 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Gore beats defending 4-time champion R.F. Doherty 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 for his 1st of 3 Wimbledon singles titles
1903 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris
1904 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in St Louis, the first held in the United States
1904 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan’s Kent CC
1910 Chicago’s White Sox Park (later Comiskey Park) opens – St Louis Browns beat White Sox, 2-0
1916 Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR; Pirates beat Reds, 2-1
1917 Reds’ Fred Toney pitches 2 complete games in doubleheader victories over Pirates, allows 3 hits each game, fewest allowed by any pitcher winning 2 MLB games in one day
1917 In contravention of state law, Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday MLB game in Brooklyn; owner and manager arrested but escape with a fine; Robins edge Philadelphia, 3-2
1919 SVV Scheveningen soccer club is established in the Dutch seaside town
1920 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career
1920 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
1920 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: French superstar Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-0 to complete a sweep after taking the women’s & mixed doubles titles
1920 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman’s Park
1921 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd straight Wimbledon singles title
1931 Cleveland Municipal Stadium (MLB: Indians, NFL: Browns, 78,189 capacity) opens; demolished 1996
1932 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th of 8 titles
1941 NY outfielder Joe DiMaggio, on way to a record 56, ties Willie Keeler’s 44 game MLB hit streak in a 9-2 win over Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium
1945 First MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg homers in his 1st game (Detroit beats Philadelphia A’s 9-5)
1947 Basketball Association of America (BAA), which later became the National Basketball Association (NBA), holds its inaugural college player draft
1948 Brooklyn’s future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants
1951 Cleveland Indians veteran hurler Bob Feller pitches his 3rd career no-hitter beating Detroit Tigers, 2-1
1952 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
1955 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen of Denmark 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon success
1956 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Wakonda CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 4 strokes from Louise Suggs; second of her 3 major titles
1960 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Neale Fraser wins is first and only Wimbledon singles title; beats Rod Laver 6-4, 3-6, 9-7, 7-5
1961 US Open Women’s Golf, Baltusrol GC: Mickey Wright wins her 3rd Open by 6 strokes, despite a 2nd round 8-over par 80
1966 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4
1967 Bobby Unser wins both races at Mosport, Ontario, Canada, the first Champ Car races ever run outside the United States
1968 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson’s streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings (3rd most live era) ends on wild pitch but earns 8-1 win v LA Dodgers
1970 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)
1973 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
1973 Australian Bruce Crampton becomes the 5th golfer (but first non-American) to win more than $1m when 4th in the Western Open
1974 NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the “Rozelle Rule” but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement
1977 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Hometown favourite Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
1980 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe’s world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway
1982 Cal Ripken Jr. makes the first of his record 2,216 consecutive MLB starts at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles.
1984 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Oak Hill CC: Miller Barber wins by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer for his second Senior Open title
1987 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
1990 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Ridgewood CC: Lee Trevino wins by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his first Champions Tour major title
1990 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), Westmount GC: Cathy Johnston wins by 2 strokes from Patty Sheehan for her only LPGA Tour win
1995 All NBA business apart from the Draft is suspended until a new collective bargaining agreement made with the players – no games lost
1996 Canadian NHL franchise Winnipeg Jets officially moves to Arizona, renamed the Phoenix Coyotes
1996 In a tour match v India, Hampshire’s Kevan James becomes the only 1st class cricketer to take 4 wickets in 4 balls – and then score a century (103)
1997 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June
1998 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues – lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games
2001 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Salem CC: Bruce Fleischer wins his lone major title by 1 stroke from Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki of Japan
2005 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50k for shoving a cameraman – sentence later overturned
2007 US Open Women’s Golf, Pine Needles: American Christie Kerr wins by 2 strokes from Lorena Ochoa & Angela Park
2011 NBA owners begin the second player lockout in 12 years, shortening the season by 16 games before a salary agreement was reached
2012 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine: Spain crush Italy, 4-0 to retain their title
2012 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Joe Daley wins his lone career major title by 2 strokes from Tom Lehman
2018 NBA super star LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers, moving from Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 PGA Women’s Championship, Kemper Lakes GC: Park Sung-hyun of South Korea wins in a playoff with Nasa Hataoka & Ryu So-yeon
2018 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Broadmoor GC: David Toms wins by 1 stroke from Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic
|NY Yankees||56||21||.727||–||34 – 9||22 – 12||26 – 12||17 – 5||10 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Boston||43||33||.566||12.5||20 – 16||23 – 17||8 – 16||12 – 7||19 – 7||8 – 2||W 1|
|Toronto||43||33||.566||12.5||24 – 15||19 – 18||15 – 15||10 – 9||14 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Tampa Bay||40||35||.533||15||25 – 17||15 – 18||12 – 14||6 – 9||12 – 9||4 – 6||L 3|
|Baltimore||35||42||.455||21||18 – 17||17 – 25||15 – 19||10 – 11||5 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|Minnesota||43||36||.544||–||23 – 17||20 – 19||11 – 9||20 – 15||9 – 7||5 – 5||L 2|
|Cleveland||39||34||.534||1||19 – 15||20 – 19||5 – 8||17 – 11||9 – 8||4 – 6||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||35||39||.473||5.5||16 – 21||19 – 18||14 – 15||10 – 12||7 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Detroit||29||45||.392||11.5||18 – 22||11 – 23||7 – 14||11 – 14||3 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Kansas City||27||47||.365||13.5||14 – 25||13 – 22||4 – 9||11 – 17||8 – 13||4 – 6||W 1|
|Houston||48||27||.640||–||21 – 11||27 – 16||6 – 8||13 – 3||21 – 12||8 – 2||W 3|
|Texas||36||38||.486||11.5||17 – 20||19 – 18||5 – 8||9 – 7||15 – 18||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Angels||37||41||.474||12.5||21 – 23||16 – 18||6 – 14||9 – 5||17 – 14||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||37||41||.474||12.5||18 – 19||19 – 22||8 – 15||7 – 6||18 – 15||8 – 2||W 3|
|Oakland||25||53||.321||24.5||8 – 28||17 – 25||8 – 15||9 – 15||6 – 18||2 – 8||L 4|
|NY Mets||47||29||.618||–||24 – 12||23 – 17||24 – 9||7 – 3||13 – 10||4 – 6||L 3|
|Atlanta||44||33||.571||3.5||24 – 17||20 – 16||15 – 11||12 – 8||13 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||40||37||.519||7.5||20 – 19||20 – 18||13 – 18||4 – 2||16 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Miami||34||40||.459||12||19 – 16||15 – 24||18 – 14||3 – 6||9 – 14||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||29||49||.372||19||14 – 27||15 – 22||6 – 24||9 – 8||9 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Milwaukee||44||34||.564||–||19 – 15||25 – 19||11 – 13||24 – 14||3 – 5||6 – 4||L 1|
|St. Louis||43||35||.551||1||24 – 16||19 – 19||6 – 7||22 – 14||9 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||31||45||.408||12||18 – 20||13 – 25||4 – 7||14 – 23||12 – 9||4 – 6||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||30||46||.395||13||15 – 26||15 – 20||3 – 3||18 – 20||7 – 14||5 – 5||W 2|
|Cincinnati||26||49||.347||16.5||12 – 23||14 – 26||3 – 5||11 – 18||8 – 21||3 – 7||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||47||28||.627||–||21 – 12||26 – 16||11 – 9||11 – 5||16 – 10||7 – 3||W 2|
|San Diego||46||32||.590||2.5||21 – 16||25 – 16||12 – 9||19 – 10||14 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Francisco||40||34||.541||6.5||21 – 17||19 – 17||14 – 13||8 – 9||11 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Arizona||34||42||.447||13.5||19 – 22||15 – 20||12 – 10||10 – 11||6 – 17||3 – 7||L 1|
|Colorado||33||43||.434||14.5||21 – 20||12 – 23||8 – 19||6 – 4||13 – 12||4 – 6||L 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot