Milwaukee 123 Atlanta 112
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Seattle 7 Toronto 2
Boston 15 Kansas City 1
Chicago White Sox 8 Minnesota 5
Texas 8 Oakland 3
LA Angels at NY Yankees postponed
Houston 7 Cleveland 2
LA Dodgers 6 Washington 2
Milwaukee 7 Pittsburgh 2
Cincinnati 5 San Diego 4
Atlanta 4 NY Mets 3
Miami at Philadelphia postponed
Colorado 5 St. Louis 2
Arizona 5 San Francisco 3
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 7 Iowa 6 (12)…BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/cubs-vs-indians/2021/07/01/649955#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=649955
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Austin 4 Portland 1…BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/boxscore.asp?gamecode=202107010118&season=2021-1
Connecticut 86 Indiana 80…BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20210701/CONIND/#/box-score
|Rocket Mortgage Classic|
|Jul. 1-4, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Davis Thompson||63||-9 (63)||F|
|2t||Brandon Hagy||65||-7 (65)||F|
|2t||Tom Lewis||65||-7 (65)||F|
|2t||Joaquin Niemann||65||-7 (65)||F|
|5t||Seamus Power||66||-6 (66)||F|
|5t||J.J. Spaun||66||-6 (66)||F|
|7t||Jason Day||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Kevin Kisner||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Satoshi Kodaira||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Matthew Wolff||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Si Woo Kim||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Fabian Gomez||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Hank Lebioda||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Michael Gligic||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Troy Merritt||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Pat Perez||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Robert Streb||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Chris Kirk||67||-5 (67)||F|
|20t||Cameron Davis||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Bo Van Pelt||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Henrik Norlander||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Brendon Todd||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Lanto Griffin||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Bubba Watson||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Richy Werenski||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Patton Kizzire||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Maverick McNealy||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Jonas Blixt||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Scott Stallings||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Danny Willett||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Chez Reavie||68||-4 (68)||F|
|20t||Garrick Higgo||68||-4 (68)||F|
|36t||Sebastian Munoz||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Luke Donald||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Ted Potter, Jr.||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Charles Howell III||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Sung Kang||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Phil Mickelson||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Sungjae Im||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Justin Suh||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Chesson Hadley||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Aaron Baddeley||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Jimmy Walker||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Dylan Frittelli||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||J.B. Holmes||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Jason Kokrak||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Patrick Reed||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Webb Simpson||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Kramer Hickok||69||-3 (69)||F|
|36t||Willie Mack III||-3||-3||15|
|56t||Patrick Rodgers||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Mark Hubbard||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Tyler McCumber||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Alex Noren||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Sean O’Hair||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Joel Dahmen||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Harrison Frazar||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Matt Jones||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Brandt Snedeker||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Michael Thompson||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Max Homa||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Rickie Fowler||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Hideki Matsuyama||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Kevin Stadler||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Kyle Stanley||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Bo Hoag||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Rory Sabbatini||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Mark Anderson||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Chris Baker||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Will Zalatoris||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Martin Laird||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Josh Teater||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Tyler Duncan||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Andrew Landry||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Andrew Putnam||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Peter Uihlein||70||-2 (70)||F|
|56t||Camilo Villegas||70||-2 (70)||F|
|87t||Byeong Hun An||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Brian Stuard||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Ryan Armour||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Mackenzie Hughes||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Anirban Lahiri||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Matthew NeSmith||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Ryan Brehm||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Vincent Whaley||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Tom Hoge||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Harold Varner III||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Cameron Percy||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Denny McCarthy||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||William McGirt||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Danny Lee||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Keegan Bradley||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Kevin Tway||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Cameron Champ||71||-1 (71)||F|
|87t||Russell Knox||71||-1 (71)||F|
|110t||Doc Redman||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||D.J. Trahan||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Adam Schenk||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Nick Taylor||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Nate Lashley||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Sebastian Cappelen||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Austin Eckroat||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Sepp Straka||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Gary Woodland||72||E (72)||F|
|110t||Bryson DeChambeau||72||E (72)||F|
|124t||Robby Shelton||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Jason Dufner||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Michael Kim||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Adam Long||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Harry Higgs||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Bronson Burgoon||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Rhein Gibson||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Daniel Wetterich||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Austin Cook||73||+1 (73)||F|
|124t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||+1||+1||16|
|137t||James Hahn||74||+2 (74)||F|
|137t||Emiliano Grillo||74||+2 (74)||F|
|137t||Martin Trainer||74||+2 (74)||F|
|137t||Vaughn Taylor||74||+2 (74)||F|
|137t||Matt Every||74||+2 (74)||F|
|137t||Peter Malnati||74||+2 (74)||F|
|147t||Brian Gay||75||+3 (75)||F|
|147t||Scott Piercy||75||+3 (75)||F|
|147t||Sam Ryder||75||+3 (75)||F|
|147t||Ben Martin||75||+3 (75)||F|
|147t||Brice Garnett||75||+3 (75)||F|
|153||Scott Harrington||76||+4 (76)||F|
|154t||Jeff Roth||77||+5 (77)||F|
|154t||Will Gordon||77||+5 (77)||F|
|154t||Chase Seiffert||77||+5 (77)||F|
|Volunteers of America Classic|
|Jul. 1-4, Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Jin Young Ko||63||-8 (63)||F|
|2t||In Gee Chun||64||-7 (64)||F|
|2t||Jeongeun Lee||64||-7 (64)||F|
|4t||Min-G Kim||65||-6 (65)||F|
|4t||Emma Talley||65||-6 (65)||F|
|6t||Matilda Castren||66||-5 (66)||F|
|6t||Perrine Delacour||66||-5 (66)||F|
|6t||Esther Henseleit||66||-5 (66)||F|
|6t||Gerina Piller||66||-5 (66)||F|
|6t||Sarah Jane Smith||66||-5 (66)||F|
|6t||Jasmine Suwannapura||66||-5 (66)||F|
|12t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Dana Finkelstein||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Isi Gabsa||67||-4 (67)||F|
|12t||Roberta Liti||67||-4 (67)||F|
|16t||Ana Belac||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Celine Boutier||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Cydney Clanton||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Jenny Coleman||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Lauren Coughlin||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Jaye Marie Green||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Celine Herbin||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Vicky Hurst||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Katherine Kirk||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Nanna Koerstz Madsen||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Andrea Lee||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Jeong Eun Lee||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Stacy Lewis||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Katherine Perry-Hamski||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Paula Reto||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Marissa Steen||68||-3 (68)||F|
|16t||Kris Tamulis||68||-3 (68)||F|
|33t||Marina Alex||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Brianna Do||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Lindy Duncan||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Kristen Gillman||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Clariss Guce||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Tiffany Joh||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Hyo Joo Kim||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Gaby Lopez||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Farah O’Keefe||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Pornanong Phatlum||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Maia Schechter||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Angela Stanford||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Jackie Stoelting||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Elizabeth Szokol||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Ayako Uehara||69||-2 (69)||F|
|33t||Brynn Walker||69||-2 (69)||F|
|50t||Dottie Ardina||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Sarah Burnham||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Peiyun Chien||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Kendall Dye||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Natalie Gulbis||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Janie Jackson||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Eun-Hee Ji||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Linnea Johansson||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Sei Young Kim||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Lauren Kim||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Yu Liu||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Kristy McPherson||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Haley Moore||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Elizabeth Nagel||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Benyapa Niphatsophon||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Yealimi Noh||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Bianca Pagdanganan||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Lizette Salas||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Yujeong Son||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Albane Valenzuela||70||-1 (70)||F|
|50t||Pavarisa Yoktuan||70||-1 (70)||F|
|71t||Aditi Ashok||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Tiffany Chan||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Na Yeon Choi||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Katelyn Dambaugh||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Fatima Fernandez Cano||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Caroline Inglis||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Kyung Kim||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||A Lim Kim||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Cheyenne Knight||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Min Seo Kwak||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Cindy LaCrosse||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Esther Lee||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Anna Nordqvist||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Jenny Shin||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Linnea Strom||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Alana Uriell||71||E (71)||F|
|71t||Lindsey Weaver||71||E (71)||F|
|88t||Carlota Ciganda||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Paula Creamer||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Laura Gonzalez Escallon||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Dani Holmqvist||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Greta Isabella Voelker||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Nuria Iturrioz||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Alejandra Llaneza||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Mind Muangkhumsakul||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Alena Sharp||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Bailey Shoemaker||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Suzuka Yamaguchi||72||+1 (72)||F|
|88t||Avery Zweig||72||+1 (72)||F|
|100t||Julie Aime||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Jacqui Concolino||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Maria Fassi||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Juli Inkster||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Mirim Lee||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Lee Lopez||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Maddie McCrary||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Stephanie Meadow||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Wichanee Meechai||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Jane Park||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Louise Ridderstrom||73||+2 (73)||F|
|100t||Maria Torres||73||+2 (73)||F|
|112t||Elin Arvidsson||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Daniela Darquea||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Frida Kinhult||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Brittany Lang||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Mi Hyang Lee||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Sung Hyun Park||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Luna Sobron||74||+3 (74)||F|
|112t||Kelly Tan||74||+3 (74)||F|
|120t||Kristin Coleman||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Gemma Dryburgh||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Caroline Hedwall||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Jillian Hollis||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Mi Jung Hur||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Sydnee Michaels||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Rachel Rohanna||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Mariah Stackhouse||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Ya-Ni Tseng||75||+4 (75)||F|
|120t||Anne van Dam||75||+4 (75)||F|
|130t||Laetitia Beck||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Meredith Duncan||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Annie Park||76||+5 (76)||F|
|130t||Jing Yan||76||+5 (76)||F|
|134t||Jiwon Jeon||77||+6 (77)||F|
|134t||Jaclyn Lee||77||+6 (77)||F|
|136t||Katelyn Sepmoree||78||+7 (78)||F|
|136t||Kris Tschetter||78||+7 (78)||F|
|138||Amelia Lewis||80||+9 (80)||F|
NFL fines Washington $10M after misconduct investigation
(AP) — The NFL has fined the Washington Football Team $10 million and owner Dan Snyder is stepping away from day-to-day operations for several months after an independent investigation found the organization’s workplace “highly unprofessional,” especially for women.
The team was not stripped of any draft picks and no formal suspensions were handed out as part of the league’s discipline that was announced Thursday stemming from lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s investigation that began last summer.
The investigation, commissioner by the club amid allegations from employees and taken over by the league, revealed that ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues. NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel described it as a culture of fear.
“The culture at the club was very toxic, and it fell far short of the NFL’s values and we hold ownership to a higher standard,” Friel said.
Lawyers representing 40 former Washington employees slammed the NFL for choosing to protect Snyder and ignoring requests to make the report public, calling the fine “pocket change.”
“This is truly outrageous and is a slap in the face to the hundreds of women and former employees who came forward in good faith and at great personal risk to report a culture of abuse at all levels of the team, including by Snyder himself,” lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz said in a statement.
“The NFL has effectively told survivors in this country and around the world that it does not care about them or credit their experiences.”
The league said Wilkinson interviewed more than 150 people, including current and former employees. Friel said individual allegations were not made part of Wilkinson’s findings because of confidentiality agreements requested by many people and that there was no written report, only an oral presentation.
Snyder said his wife Tanya will be in charge for the “next several months” while he focuses on efforts for a new stadium and other business ventures. Tanya Snyder was named co-CEO on Tuesday. The NFL made no mention of Snyder being formally suspended.
Janet Nova, the league’s deputy general counsel for media and business affairs, said Dan Snyder stepping away for this period of time – through the fall – was “voluntary” and not a mandate. Tanya Snyder will represent Washington at all league functions.
Banks and Katz called Tanya Snyder’s promotion a “shallow attempt to show progress without making any meaningful changes to the organization.”
Wilkinson recommended establishing protocols for reporting harassment, a disciplinary action plan and regular training for employees. She also said the cheerleading team – which is now a co-ed dance team as part of an organizational overhaul of game-day entertainment – needed to be protected.
The league praised Snyder for hiring Ron Rivera as coach in early 2020 and Jason Wright as team president last summer among those changes to improve the organization’s culture.
“Over the past 18 months, Dan and Tanya have recognized the need for change and have undertaken important steps to make the workplace comfortable and dignified for all employees,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Those changes, if sustained and built upon, should allow the club to achieve its goal of having a truly first-tier workplace.”
Friel said Wilkinson was not tasked with making any recommendations about Dan Snyder selling the team or being suspended.
“I was addressing the accountability as we relayed it in the release that the Commissioner has imposed and which he feels is the best way to address the findings that were communicated to us from the investigation and part of that is to ensure that the cultural changes that have happened over the last 18 months are sustained going forward,” Friel said.
Snyder said in a statement he agrees with the commissioner’s decisions and is “committed to implementing his investigation’s important recommendations.”
“I have learned a lot in the past few months about how my club operated, and the kind of workplace that we had. It is now clear that the culture was not what it should be, but I did not realize the extent of the problems, or my role in allowing that culture to develop and continue,” Snyder said. “I know that as the owner I am ultimately responsible for the workplace.”
Without Giannis, Bucks beat Hawks 123-112 for 3-2 lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) Even without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks figured out a way to end their recent habit of slow starts.
Now they’re just one win away from finishing off the Atlanta Hawks and earning their first NBA Finals berth in nearly half a century.
Brook Lopez scored a playoff career-high 33 points to lead a balanced attack and the Bucks never trailed in a 123-112 victory over the Hawks on Thursday night that gave them a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
“It’s exciting. But it’s obviously not done,” Lopez said. “We need to bottle that energy and effort we had tonight and do it again in two days.”
The Bucks haven’t reached the NBA Finals since 1974. They won their lone NBA title in 1971.
Milwaukee regained the lead in the series by grabbing a 30-10 lead Thursday and never trailing. That marked a notable change after the Bucks erased an early 15-point deficit in a 113-102 Game 3 victory and never led in a 110-88 Game 4 loss.
“It was one of the main priorities, just to be aggressive out of the gate, be the aggressor, be more aggressive than they were,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said. “We felt like those games in Atlanta, whether it was energy from the crowd or whatever it was, they swung and punched us in the mouth. We didn’t want to take any chances. We wanted to come out strong and hit first.”
Game 6 is Saturday in Atlanta, with the winner of the series facing the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.
Four of the Bucks’ starters had at least 22 points: Lopez, Khris Middleton (26), Holiday (25) and Bobby Portis (22). Middleton also had 13 rebounds and eight assists. Holiday had 13 assists and six rebounds.
They all stepped up their game while Antetokounmpo watched from the bench with a hyperextended left knee. Each team was missing its biggest star, as Atlanta’s Trae Young sat out a second straight game due to a bone bruise in his right foot.
Young got hurt when he accidentally stepped on an official’s foot along the sideline in Game 3. Antetokounmpo landed awkwardly after trying to block Clint Capela’s dunk attempt in Game 4.
Just as the Hawks’ role players delivered with Young sidelined in Game 4, Antetokounmpo’s teammates came through Thursday.
Portis took Antetokounmpo’s spot in the starting lineup and had the Fiserv Forum fans chanting “Bobby! Bobby!” on multiple occasions, continuing something that started during Milwaukee’s Game 2 blowout victory. Portis’ 22 points were a playoff career high.
“Knowing the situation we were in, one of the best players in the world went down on our team,” Portis said. “So other guys had to step up. Guys stepped up and played their role to a `T.’ “
Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 28 points. Atlanta also got 19 points each from John Collins and Danilo Gallinari, and 17 from Lou Williams.
The Bucks never trailed and led by as many as 20 in the first quarter, making most of their shots and getting second-chance opportunities on their rare misses. The game was nearly eight minutes old by the time Cam Reddish got Atlanta’s first defensive rebound.
“They were the more physical, more aggressive team from start to finish tonight,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.
Milwaukee led 36-22 after a first quarter in which the Bucks outscored the Hawks 28-8 in the paint. They ended the game with a 66-36 edge in the paint.
Atlanta cut the lead to 65-59 when Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to open the third-quarter scoring, but that’s as close as the Hawks would get in the second half.
“We didn’t match their intensity, their energy,” Gallinari said. “We definitely need to start the game better.”
This marked the second straight game in this series without any lead changes. The Hawks never trailed in Game 4.
Here come the sons: Guerrero, Tatis voted All-Star starters
NEW YORK (AP) The sons are coming out for the All-Star Game in Denver.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. joined his father as an All-Star and Fernando Tatis Jr. accomplished a feat his dad never achieved.
Toronto’s first baseman and San Diego’s shortstop were among nine first-time All-Stars elected Thursday to start the July 13 game at Colorado’s Coors Field.
Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez also were first-time All-Stars chosen in fan voting, joined by Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, picked as the American League’s designated hitter; Boston third baseman Rafael Devers, Cincinnati outfielders Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker, and Pittsburgh second baseman Adam Frazier.
Injured Angels outfielder Mike Trout was elected to start for the eighth straight time, his ninth overall selection, and Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez was voted in for the fourth time and seventh appearance.
St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado was voted to his fourth straight start and sixth appearance, in his first season after he was traded by Colorado. He’ll be making his second visit to Coors Field after playing there this weekend with the Cardinals.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was selected for the third time, and Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts gained his second election to start and third appearance.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is set for his fifth start and seventh appearance, his first since 2018. Posey sat out the 2020 season due to health concerns for his family after he and his wife adopted prematurely born twins.
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman was elected to his third start and fifth appearance, and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to his second start.
The All-Star Game returns this year following the cancellation of last year’s showcase at Dodger Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the start of the season to be delayed until late July. This year’s game was moved to Denver from Atlanta by Major League Baseball in response to election law changes enacted by Georgia. Critics have condemned the changes as being too restrictive.
Guerrero and Tatis are 22-year-old sons for former big leaguers.
Vladimir Guerrero was a nine-time All-Star from 1996-2011 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Fernando Tatis was a third baseman, outfielder and first baseman who played in the major leagues from 1997-2010.
The Guerreros are the fifth father-son pair chosen to the game as starters, joining Ray and Bob Boone, Bob and Bret Boone, Bobby and Barry Bonds, and Cecil and Prince Fielder.
Ohtani, Mets slugger Pete Alonso, Orioles fan-favorite Trey Mancini and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story have been confirmed for this year’s All-Star Home Run Derby. Alonso won the previous event in 2019 at Cleveland.
Phase one of voting ran from June 3-24 and phase two from Monday to Thursday this week.
Hernandez beat Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton by less than 5,000 votes for the final AL outfield spot in the closest race.
Trout matched Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Ryne Sandberg with eight consecutive fan elections, trailing only Hall of Famers Rod Carew (15), George Brett and Ken Griffey Jr. (11 each), Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith (10 apiece), and Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez (9 each).
Eleven teams had players elected, led by Toronto with three, and Boston, Atlanta and Cincinnati with two each. The Blue Jays have been been away from home since 2019 due to Canadian government coronavirus restrictions.
Pitchers and reserves determined by player voting and the commissioner’s office will be announced Sunday. Each All-Star team has 32 players
In relatively close votes, Winker edged the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts 16% to 13%, Arenado beat the Dodgers’ Justin Turner 40% to 30% and Bogaerts defeated the Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette 42% to 37%.
Raptors’ Harris banned for anti-drug program infraction
The NBA announced Thursday that Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been banned following a violation of the league’s anti-drug program.
The 22-year-old is eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year.
Harris was selected with the No. 59 pick out of Nevada last year. In 13 appearances for the Raptors, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in just over 13 minutes per game.
Harris was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Red Sox hit 4 homers, Eovaldi shuts down Royals in 15-1 rout
BOSTON (AP) Kike Hernandez led off with a homer for the third time in five days, Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox routed the struggling Kansas City Royals 15-1 on Thursday.
Danny Santana and Rafael Devers each homered and drove in five runs. J.D. Martinez also homered, starting Boston’s five-run fourth with his 17th of the season. Santana connected for a three-run shot later in the inning. Devers hit his 20th of the year, a three-run blast in the sixth.
“We’re doing some great things offensively,” manager Alex Cora said.
The Red Sox scored their most runs in a game this season and matched their season best with 17 hits. Four of them were homers, making it the third time in five games they have hit four out of Fenway Park.
Boston won its seventh in a row and completed a four-game sweep of the Royals, who lost their ninth straight.
Eovaldi (9-4) allowed a pair of singles in the first and mostly cruised after that, scattering three more hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. Matt Andriese pitched the final two innings, allowing one unearned run in the ninth.
Hernandez drove the fourth pitch he saw from Kris Bubic (2-4) into the seats above the Green Monster, his ninth homer of the season. He also led off with a home run against Kansas City on Monday and in Sunday’s win over the Yankees.
The Red Sox followed with four runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth.
The Royals started their 10-game trip by beating the Yankees on June 22 but haven’t won since. Jarrod Dyson doubled home Ryan O’Hearn in the ninth for Kansas City’s only run.
“You fight your way through this. No one’s going to throw out a hand or a life preserver,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “We’ve got to dig deep and realize that what we’re feeling right now is not what we want to feel.”
Kikuchi sharp in seven, Mariners win 7-2 over Blue Jays
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Yusei Kikuchi pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Jake Fraley and Shed Long Jr. homered off Hyun Jin Ryu, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thursday.
Kikuchi (6-3) struck out six and allowed five hits in winning his third straight start, moving to 5-0 in his last seven appearances. After a leadoff home run by Marcus Semien, the left-hander didn’t let another Blue Jay reach second base until Teoscar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double.
In his last four starts, Kikuchi has allowed three earned runs over 26 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.01.
“I haven’t gone through a stretch like this here in the (United) States,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “It’s not like I’ve had my best stuff every time out, but I was able to make my adjustments and go deep into games. That’s the biggest thing for me.”
Mariners manager Scott Servais was especially impressed, given that Toronto ranks second in the American League in batting average and third in runs scored.
“That’s one of the better hitting ballclubs in the American League and he got right after them,” he said. “He had really good stuff and didn’t back off. To get seven innings out of him against that kind of team says a lot about his effort and the season he’s putting together. I said he’s worthy of pitching in the All-Star Game and he backed it up.”
Fraley, Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager each had two hits for Seattle, which finished its road trip with a 4-2 record. Paul Sewald got the final four outs, all by strikeout, for his first save.
“A lot of things are clicking for us, so it’s going well for us as a team,” Fraley said.
Semien had three hits and Bo Bichette added two, including an eighth-inning RBI single, as Toronto absorbed consecutive losses for the first time since a five-game skid June 14-18.
Ryu (7-5) worked four innings, his second-fewest this season, and allowed five runs on seven hits.
“A lot of my pitches were just off the plate, and the hitters were being very patient,” Ryu said through a translator. “My command was a little off, and that’s what I’m more worried about.”
Seattle struck early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first after the first three hitters reached on hits. Seager had an RBI single and Ty France added a sacrifice fly.
After Semien’s leadoff homer – the 12th of his career – Fraley struck with a second-inning solo homer and Long lined a two-run shot to right-center in the third.
Toronto’s Jekyll-and-Hyde bullpen was generally strong in relief of Ryu, as three pitchers limited Seattle to two hits over four innings before Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs in the ninth. Adam Cimber, acquired from Miami on Tuesday, made his Toronto debut and worked 1 1/3 innings.
WEARING THE RED, BUT MISSING THE TRUE NORTH
Even though they were playing in their temporary Buffalo home, Toronto wore their red jerseys and caps emblazoned with a maple leaf in honor of Canada Day.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo expressed some disappointment about not being able to play before Canadian fans at Rogers Centre.
“We miss Toronto every day, but this is one of those days where it would be great be to be in Toronto, seeing all the red and the full house,” Montoyo said. “Buffalo’s been great to us, don’t get me wrong. But today’s one of those days where we really miss Toronto.”
Dodgers’ Roberts says Bauer still expected to start Sunday
WASHINGTON (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says pitcher Trevor Bauer is still on track to start Sunday against the Washington Nationals while police and Major League Baseball investigate an assault allegation made against the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
Police in Pasadena, California, are investigating claims by a woman who has also obtained a protection order against Bauer, according to her attorney. Jon Fetterolf, Bauer’s co-agent, has disputed the allegations.
Roberts said Thursday that Bauer’s availability to pitch is “out of our hands,” deferring to the league. Under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to place a player on administrative leave while allegations are investigated.
“I’m in the position of following the lead of Major League Baseball,” Roberts said. “Their recommendation was for us to … he was our scheduled (starter) Sunday, and to move forward and start that game on Sunday. And so for me to try to read into it anymore outside of what they advised me and us to do, I just choose to follow their lead.”
Players can be suspended without being charged with a crime under MLB’s domestic violence policy, which was collectively bargained. Teams cannot enforce discipline unless the league approves.
Roberts said he has spoken with Bauer but would not share details of their conversation. He also declined to comment on multiple follow-up questions.
Bauer emerged from the Dodgers clubhouse and hopped onto the field pregame Thursday just before 5 p.m. He threw in right field before gathering his things in the bullpen and returning to the dugout. Bauer swiftly walked past reporters, down the dugout steps and back into the clubhouse when asked to comment.
A hearing in Bauer’s case is scheduled for July 23.
The protection order was obtained under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and was the result of an “assault that took place at the hands of Mr. Bauer” where the woman “suffered severe physical and emotional pain,” attorney Marc Garelick said.
Fetterolf disputed the allegations that Bauer committed any nonconsensual violence. He said Bauer met the woman in April, and the two had “a brief and wholly consensual sexual relationship initiated” by the woman.
Bauer is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA this season for Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $102 million deal with the Dodgers in the offseason.
Steinbrenner vows to keep Boone, Cashman as Yankees struggle
NEW YORK (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner vowed to keep manager Aaron Boone, general manager Brian Cashman and the core of his team, shaking off a crushing loss to the Los Angeles Angels in which New York wasted a four-run, ninth-inning lead.
Steinbrenner spoke with reporters Thursday, the morning after the 11-8 defeat in which New York scored seven runs in the first inning. The Yankees are 41-39, fourth in the AL East, nine games behind first-place Boston.
“It’s absolutely aggravating, maddening,” Steinbrenner said. “It has been tough to watch and the players know that. They’re better than this. This is not the product that we expect and it’s not the type of play that they expect themselves.”
New York had discussed the availability since Monday, and the 51-year-old owner was clear that he does not act like impulsive father George, who ran the Yankees from 1973-2008 and changed managers 21 times.
“He certainly did that a lot. I think what people forget is that often times it didn’t help, it didn’t work. And often times, quite frankly, he was criticized for it, right?” Steinbrenner said. “So I’m just a believer in seeing an entire body of work from an employee, irregardless of what department they’re in. And we do that year to year to year and every year.
“Even somebody’s in the middle of a contract, at the end of the year, I’m going to look at their performance and I’m going to make a decision whether to continue with that person or not continue with that person, irregardless of whether or not they’re under contract. And doing it knee-jerk reaction to appease this person or that person in the middle of a year when I really don’t think there’s a problem, that’s certainly is something I’m not going to do.”
Steinbrenner usually discusses the state of the Yankees after quarterly owners meetings, but because of the pandemic had not held a question-and-answer session with reporters since February 2020.
“I’m aggravated, frustrated, angry,” he said. “But again, that’s not going to push me into a knee-jerk reaction to get rid of somebody that I believe the players respect, want to play for, want to win for and overall has done a good job keeping that clubhouse together through this difficult three months.”
Steinbrenner is constantly compared with his father.
“It’s a very justified question to ever ask and to always ask, because he was one of the greatest at what he did,” Steinbrenner said.
“And all I can do is do my best, be my own person, make the decisions in the way that I’ve always made decisions, which is putting in as much thought into a decision as possible, taking the time if I have the time to do just that. There’s no doubt I’m going to live a little bit less spur of the moment than he was in a lot of ways.”
New York has had just three managers in a quarter-century: Joe Torre (1996-2007), Joe Girardi (2008-17) and Boone. After Wednesday’s loss, some of the few fans who remained chanted “Fire Boone!”
“I’m not afraid to make changes as we saw with the manager a few years ago,” Steinbrenner said. “But the changes have to be made for more than just the sake of making changes. I know I’m stating the obvious, But again, I’m going to be looking at everybody’s performance at the end of the year throughout the organization, baseball ops or not, and that’s what I do every year, and it’s not something I tend to do in the middle of the year. Do I like consistency, do I (like) having the same people around, that I am used to, that I communicate well with, that we can kind of understand each other? Yes. But not if we’re having serious problems with that person’s performance or in the way that players or in other departments, other employees look – respect or don’t respect that person.”
He voiced support for Cashman, the general manager since 1998.
Farmer, Stephenson rally Reds past Padres 5-4 in 9th
CINCINNATI (AP) Kyle Farmer hit a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Tyler Stephenson drove in the winning run with a two-out single to rally the Cincinnati Reds past the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Thursday night.
Farmer smashed a shot to center field with one out against closer Mark Melancon (1-1), who then loaded the bases before Stephenson lined a 1-0 pitch down the right-field line.
“It was a cutter,” said Stephenson, the Reds’ rookie catcher. “A simple swing, right field. My favorite one so far.”
Cincinnati salvaged the rain-delayed series finale and finally stopped the Padres, who had beaten the Reds six times in the past two weeks while winning 11 of 12 overall.
Manny Machado gave San Diego a 4-3 lead when he scored from second on a throwing error by rookie third baseman Alejo Lopez in the eighth.
Padres reliever Drew Pomeranz put two runners on in the Reds half of the eighth but got Joey Votto to fly out and Lopez to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Pinch-hitter Tommy Pham drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the Padres seventh to tie the score and chase Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo, who allowed three runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Art Warren (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Reds.
“That was tough. Long night. We had to fight for everything we got,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “We didn’t execute in the ninth.”
Castillo pushed across the first Reds run in the second on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice, and Jonathan India doubled home another. Aristedes Aquino had a run-scoring double in the Reds fifth.
The Reds snapped a six-game Padres winning streak against them this season.
“With all the losses, I still feel like we played them tough,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “To get a win there at the end, I thought that was deserving just from the standpoint that I thought we played them tough the whole time.”
Freeman lifts Braves over Mets in 9th despite deGrom 14 Ks
ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman just wanted another chance after striking out four times.
The reigning NL MVP singled home the winning run with a low line drive that deflected off reliever Seth Lugo in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night despite 14 strikeouts by Mets ace Jacob deGrom.
“When you’re having the game that I was having, you want another opportunity,” Freeman said. “Just a great inning after they scored that run in the top of the ninth. That was a huge win for us.”
Dominic Smith homered twice for the Mets, including a tying solo shot off closer Will Smith in the top of the ninth.
Austin Riley hit a two-run homer as Atlanta scored three times in the first against deGrom, who recovered to throw seven innings and retire his final 18 batters.
“It’s a good job by Riley there,” deGrom said. “I saw that he took the first two fastballs and swung at the slider, which wasn’t great, so it was like maybe if I go off here with a fastball I can get him. He was able to get the bat to the ball. It was a tough one because of that. I didn’t make too many mistakes, but the one pitch that gave them the lead there was a pitch where he beat me to that spot.”
With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Freeman shook off his earlier strikeouts by drilling the ball up the middle off Lugo’s foot. It ricocheted to third baseman Luis Guillorme, whose throw to first was too late as the winning run scored.
It appeared Guillorme – if he had thought quickly in the moment – might have been able to scoop up the ball, change direction and step on third in time for a forceout that would have kept the game tied. That’s what Lugo was shouting at the third baseman to do, but Guillorme fired off balance to first on a difficult play.
“It’s tough,” Lugo said. “I was trying to yell at him, but it was pretty loud out there. I understand it’s tough to hear and to be able to make that reaction in real time, but that’s just the way it goes.”
The ninth began with Guillermo Heredia reaching second on a throwing error by Lugo (1-1). He fielded the soft single in the grass and fell down as he made a wild throw to first. After Heredia advanced on a groundout and Lugo issued two walks, Freeman came through.
Dominic Smith had his first career multi-homer game came, hitting a solo shot off Braves starter Ian Anderson in the seventh to trim the lead to 3-2 and a drive off Will Smith (2-5) in the ninth that made it 3-all.
The Mets had won eight consecutive starts by deGrom, the major league leader with a 0.95 ERA, but the loss was their fourth in five games and 11th in 17 overall.
New York, in first place since May 8, has a two-game lead over Washington in the NL East. The three-time defending division champion Braves pulled within 3 1/2 games of the lead after taking two of three in the series.
“It’s frustrating,” deGrom said. “You definitely wanted to come in and win a series and you weren’t able to do it. … It’s definitely frustrating the way we lost in the ninth with the ball not leaving the infield.”
DeGrom allowed three runs – his most all season – with no walks. The two-time Cy Young Award winner left for a pinch-hitter to begin the eighth. He gave up five hits to the first eight batters he faced and none after.
Anderson permitted three hits and two runs with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.
New York led 1-0 in the first when Francisco Lindor walked, stole second and scored on Michael Conforto’s single.
Atlanta tied it in the bottom half. Ehire Adrianza, filling in after Ronald Acuna Jr. was a late scratch, led off with a triple down the right-field line after fouling a ball off his right foot and scored on Ozzie Albies’ single. It was the first earned run on the road that deGrom has allowed this season.
Riley followed with his 14th homer, the first time deGrom has been taken deep by a right-handed batter this year, to make it 3-1.
“When he’s doing that, that kid has a chance to do a lot of damage,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Muncy’s grand slam lifts Dodgers to 6th straight, sinks Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) Max Muncy hit a grand slam to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 rain-shortened win against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
A tornado warning caused the game to be stopped before the top of the sixth began. The delay lasted 1:17 before the game was called.
The victory extended Los Angeles’ winning streak to six games since the Chicago Cubs threw a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers. They are a season-high 19 games over .500.
“We’ve got some good mojo going,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said.
As for the rally since the no-hitter?
“I know the easy answer is, `It’s baseball,'” Roberts said. “That’s why it sort of drives us crazy at times. But, we love it.”
The loss snapped the Nationals’ four-game winning streak. They entered the four-game series as one of the hottest teams after winning nine of 11 and 14 of 17 to climb back into the National League East Division race.
Muncy hit an 0-1, center-cut slider from Patrick Corbin (5-7) into the Nationals bullpen in the fifth inning to put the Dodgers in front, 6-2.
A.J. Pollock started the fifth with a home run. Muncy’s team-leading 18th home run, and second career grand slam, cleared the bases later in the inning. The Dodgers batted around in the fifth to knock Corbin out of the game.
“I thought Corbin was throwing the ball really well, then all of a sudden he gives up a grand slam to Muncy,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.
Corbin pitched 4? innings, allowed five earned runs and eight hits. He struck out two and walked two. His ERA rose to 5.56.
Victor Gonzalez was the Dodgers’ late choice to start the game, replacing Tony Gonsolin. Roberts was concerned about threatening weather and Gonsolin throwing just a couple of innings if he started. Gonzalez faced just four batters before Phil Bickford came in for him. Gonsolin (1-0) entered the game in the second and threw 52 pitches.
Kyle Schwarber led off the game with a double down the third base line. Juan Soto’s single to center drove him in and gave the Nationals a 1-0, first-inning lead.
Albert Pujols’ single to right field on a 2-2 pitch in the fourth scored Chris Taylor to tie the game. Washington regained the lead when Starlin Castro singled home Josh Bell in the bottom of the fourth.
The Nationals had to use a make-shift infield. Backup catch Alex Avila started at second base for the first time in his career because Trea Turner was hurt and Jordy Mercer was unavailable.
Avila entered the night with 924 appearances at catcher, 46 at first base, three as a pitcher, and one at third base. He found out about 90 minutes before the game he would be playing second and borrowed a glove from Mercer.
“Obviously being in the middle of the infield was something very new,” Avila said. “…at the same time, I was trying my best to have fun with it and not embarrass the team.”
He caught a soft liner from Muncy in the first inning and cleanly handled a grounder in the second. Both plays were followed by a smirk.
Altuve’s slam quiets booing, sends Astros past Indians 7-2
CLEVELAND (AP) With one swing, Jose Altuve shut up fans and woke up his teammates.
Altuve hit a grand slam to briefly quiet constant booing directed at him and his Houston teammates, Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley homered, and the Astros snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Indians on Thursday night.
Jeered from the moment he stepped into the batter’s box to start the game, Altuve connected for his fifth career slam – and second this season – in the fifth inning off Indians rookie J.C. Mejia (1-3) to give Houston a 5-2 lead.
The shot was just what the Astros needed after being swept at home by Baltimore and dropping five of six after an 11-game winning streak.
“A tremendous lift for us,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We ain’t been scoring but one or two runs a game in that whole series with Baltimore, so that was huge. It gave us some breathing room.
“Everybody was running on fumes and that gave us a tremendous amount of energy.”
This is the Astros’ first trip into Progressive Field since 2019, and they started hearing boos and other comments during pregame introductions about their infamous sign-stealing scandal.
Framber Valdez (5-1) overcame early control issues and allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings while helping Houston’s thin bullpen get some rest. The Astros turned inning-ending double plays in the fifth and sixth behind the left-hander.
“He didn’t look good in the beginning,” Baker said. “He couldn’t find his breaking ball. The double plays were huge.”
Alvarez crushed his 14th homer, a 446-foot shot into the center-field bullpens, in the fourth for the Astros, who improved to an MLB-best 30-16 against teams with winning records.
Brantley, who spent 10 seasons with Cleveland, added his fifth homer in the seventh.
The Astros didn’t arrive in Cleveland until 5 a.m. and their bats were sluggish through four innings before Altuve shook things up.
Kyle Tucker led off the fifth with a double and Mejia walked Myles Straw before the right-hander got handcuffed on a bunt that loaded the bases.
Altuve fell behind 1-2 in the count, and as the crowd geared up to roar for a possible strikeout, Houston’s second baseman pulled a slider from Mejia over the wall in left for his 18th homer and 11th since June 1.
“I tried to throw that perfect pitch and it just stayed right in the zone,” Mejia said. “It didn’t break to the outside part of the plate.”
Altuve said the Astros weren’t feeling any extra pressure to get their offense going after a few rough games.
“That’s baseball sometimes and as a team you have to know that eventually you’re going to get some swings and score some runs,” he said. “That’s what we did tonight.”
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second but missed a chance to do more damage against Valdez, who has been one of the AL’s best pitchers since returning from a broken left index finger sustained in spring training.
Harold Ramirez drew a leadoff walk, went to third on Eddie Rosario’s single and scored on Valdez’s wild pitch. Two more walks loaded the bases, but Valdez escaped with a strikeout and force at second.
NFL can’t confirm Chung’s allegations of discrimination
(AP) — The NFL cannot confirm Eugene Chung’s allegations that a team official made discriminatory comments during his interview for a coaching job.
“After multiple discussions, including with Mr. Chung and his representative, we were unable to confirm the precise statement that was made, or by whom and under what circumstances any such statement was made,” the league said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday.
Chung, a 1992 first-round pick by New England, played five seasons in the league and served as an assistant coach for a decade.
He told The Boston Globe in May that he was told he was “not the right minority” by an interviewer. Chung, who is Korean American, didn’t identify the team.
The league emphasized such comments “have no place in the NFL or in any contemporary workplace.”
“We intend to use this occasion to reinforce the commitment of the NFL and of every NFL club to ensure appropriate interview processes and develop diverse, inclusive, and respectful workforces on and off the field,” the league said. “Mr. Chung has offered to assist us moving forward and we welcome the opportunity to speak with him about how we can better advance employment opportunities throughout the league.”
Chung most recently was part of Philadelphia’s coaching staff from 2016-19. He started 30 games at both guard spots for the Patriots in his first two seasons in the NFL in 1992-93 and played one season with Jacksonville and one with Indianapolis.
Chung began his coaching career with the Eagles on Andy Reid’s staff in 2010 as an assistant offensive line coach. He followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013 and came to Philadelphia with Doug Pederson in 2016.
Miami’s King, FSU’s Milton launch NIL platform
Miami quarterback D’Eriq King and Florida State passer McKenzie Milton are looking to help other student-athletes capitalize off the NCAA’s new interim name, image, and likeness policy.
The two signal-callers have founded Dreamfield, a platform that allows users to book student-athletes for events such as autograph sessions, meet and greets, photo shoots, and athletic camps.
“This is an opportunity for me to get my foot in the door to start being an entrepreneur, but this is also something that I’m passionate about, helping college athletes monetize off their name, image, and likeness,” Milton told ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
He continued: “This should have been something going on for a while, but now it’s here, and it’s a cool opportunity.”
Numerous college football stars, including King, Milton, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, and Indiana signal-caller Michael Penix, are available for booking on Dreamfield. Corral currently boasts the highest price at $10,000, while Milton and King each come in at $2,000.
Dreamfield will also operate in the NFT market, with Milton set to release a digital card Tuesday. The Florida State passer is believed to be the first college athlete to enter the NFT arena.
King’s NFT debut is being planned for late July, according to Adelson.
The NCAA’s Division I board approved an interim policy to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness beginning July 1.
Bush: NCAA, Heisman Trust refusing to return trophy
Former USC star running back Reggie Bush says the NCAA and the Heisman Trophy Trust still won’t return his award or reinstate his collegiate records.
“Over the last few months, on multiple occasions, my team and I have reached out to both the NCAA and the Heisman Trust in regard to the reinstatement of my college records and the return of my Heisman,” Bush wrote in a statement.
“We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the president of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the executive director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us.”
Bush added: “We reached out to the NCAA on multiple occasions and received no help or got no response at all. It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman Trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field, and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated.”
Bush won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 but relinquished the award in 2010 after the NCAA determined the running back received gifts while at USC. The push for the return of Bush’s Heisman Trophy increased after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the NCAA can’t limit certain education-related benefits for student-athletes.
Additionally, the NCAA approved an interim policy Wednesday that allows student-athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.
Bush rushed for 1,740 yards during his Heisman-winning campaign. The 36-year-old is on the ballot for the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame.
DeChambeau switches caddie on eve of Rocket Mortgage Classic
DETROIT (AP) Bryson DeChambeau is defending his Rocket Mortgage Classic title with a new caddie.
The 2020 U.S. Open champion and Tim Tucker mutually agreed to part ways, according to Brett Falkoff of GSE Worldwide, who manages DeChambeau.
“There is never a good time for a player-caddie separation,” Falkoff acknowledged on Thursday before DeChambeau began the first round.
Falkoff said the decision was made Wednesday, adding Cobra-Puma Golf tour operations manager Ben Schomin will be DeChambeau’s caddie this week.
DeChambeau, No. 6 in the world ranking, is trying to win a PGA Tour event in consecutive years for the first time at Detroit Golf Club. He had a chance two weeks ago to repeat at the U.S. Open, but went from leading the major with nine holes left to faltering and finishing in a tie for 26th.
Chip Ganassi sells entire NASCAR team to Trackhouse Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Chip Ganassi sold his NASCAR team to Justin Marks, owner of Trackhouse Racing, and declared Wednesday that he will pull out of the nation’s top stock car series at the end of this season.
Ganassi fields two cars in the Cup Series but will transfer his North Carolina race shop and all its assets to Marks for 2022.
“He made me a great offer that required my attention. The team wasn’t for sale,” Ganassi told The Associated Press.
“I’m not out of racing, I’m just out of NASCAR,” Ganassi said. “I still have an IndyCar team. I still have an IMSA sports car team. I still have a Formula E team. I had an offer that I was required to consider.”
The sale was announced at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where Ganassi said “if I was trying to sell my team, I would have talked to everybody that was looking for a charter or looking for a team or looking to get involved in the sport. I did not. I talked to one person.”
Marks said he called Ganassi out of the blue to make his pitch.
“I think there’s a lesson here that sometimes you just have to make the call and that’s what I did, I said, `I’m in the process right now, we’re at a point in time where I’m trying to identify opportunities to grow in this space and to a create a great future for Trackhouse,'” Marks told AP.
Marks, who drove 22 Xfinity Series races for Ganassi from 2016 through 2018, said the team owner was intrigued.
“He was interested in hearing what I had to say,” Marks said. “I think maybe he didn’t know how serious I was. We had a great conversation that day.”
A pair of charters went for at least $10 million each two weeks ago, but in addition to two charters Marks also gets the Ganassi shop and assets inside the building. Marks declined to discuss terms of the deal, which was completed last week.
Ganassi said NASCAR has had an infusion of new interest from younger owners, citing Marks but also Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan at 23XI Racing. Jeff Gordon last week was given a new role at Hendrick Motorsports that positions the former champion driver to eventually take over NASCAR’s winningest team. Brad Keselowski at the end of this season is expected to move to Roush Fenway Racing in a role that gives him an ownership stake.
“I felt there was a lot of energetic thought being put into what Justin was saying,” Ganassi said. “With all the new blood that seems to be coming into the sport now with Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin, maybe Keselowski, Tony Stewart has a team and Jeff Gordon getting back involved, the sport is ready for a new group. We talk about a new generation of drivers but I think you’re going to see a new generation of owners.”
Marks said Trackhouse next year will field two cars, one for Daniel Suarez and one for a driver to be named later. He said current Ganassi drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain are the leading candidates. He also said all current Ganassi employees on the NASCAR program will be considered for retainment, but Ganassi said his executive management team will stay with him.
“Chip has built an iconic motorsports empire and the Ganassi brand is globally recognized as a winner in the auto racing industry. It is truly an honor that we can build from that foundation,” Marks said.
Ganassi has been a fixture in motorsports for nearly 40 years dating to his driving days when he qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in 1982.
Chip Ganassi Racing began as an open-wheel team that grew into one of the most successful organizations in IndyCar. The Pittsburgh-based owner expanded into NASCAR in 2001 and has fielded at least two cars every season since.
Ganassi won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, two of the biggest races in NASCAR, with Jamie McMurray in 2010. He currently fields a pair of Chevrolets for Busch and Chastain, who Ganassi told of the sale on Wednesday.
Ganassi’s IndyCar team is a four-car program that features six-time series champion Scott Dixon and current points leader Alex Palou. He will run his organization from its Indianapolis shop next season; the Concord shop will transfer to Marks.
Overall, his teams have 19 championships and more than 230 victories including four in 2021. His win total also includes four Indianapolis 500s, eight Rolex 24 at Daytona’s, the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi’s corporate office in Pittsburgh.
Marks is in his first season as owner of new team Trackhouse Racing, which counts entertainer Pitbull as a co-owner. The team leased a charter this year from Spire Motorsports to run Suarez but Marks had been unable finalize a deal to purchase NASCAR’s equivalent of a franchise.
Marks has said he lost out on three charters last year as he was building Trackhouse – on Wednesday he said he’s bid on four total charters since entering NASCAR – and has balked at paying the current eight-figure asking price for one in a red-hot market.
He instead bought an entire organization in a deal that includes both of Ganassi’s charters.
“This acquisition provides Trackhouse a platform for years to come, enabling us to field multiple teams, elevate our on-track performance, deliver great value for our sponsors and partners, build lasting community impact programs and continue to grow our brand beyond the sports conversation,” Marks said.
Marks has said he not only wanted to expand Trackhouse to a two-car team, but also move the organization to Nashville, Tennessee, by 2023 and operate from the heart of Music City’s entertainment district. He said Trackhouse will be based in Ganassi’s current shop in 2022 and future plans are under discussion.
Back at Centre Court, Coco Gauff impresses Dad with poise
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Do not get the wrong idea about Coco Gauff and assume that, just because she’s already displayed so much talent and promise by age 17, occasions such as Thursday’s, when she played a woman twice her age at Centre Court, are in any way glossed over as “Been there, done that.”
This is, after all, the most famous arena in tennis. This is, after all, Wimbledon. And Gauff is, after all, still relatively new to a lot of this: She began the week having played a total of two grass-court events and seven Grand Slam tournaments, one of which, of course, was her captivating run to the fourth round at the All England Club as a 15-year-old qualifier two years ago.
So, yes, there was some shakiness early against Elena Vesnina, a 34-year-old Russian who said afterward, “I saw that she was nervous.” Gauff acknowledged so afterward. So maybe that’s why she was the first to face break points. Or managed merely one groundstroke winner in the opening set. Still, the newcomer did what veterans do – find a way – and emerged with a 6-4, 6-3 victory to return to Wimbledon’s third round.
“With a little bit of adversity for the first time, she went for her shots and she stayed committed to the serve,” said Gauff’s father, Corey. “So I was impressed with that – her poise.”
That matters at this level and on these stages, where one bad afternoon can send someone home.
While many familiar faces still are chasing the men’s title this fortnight – eight-time champion Roger Federer and No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev, No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Matteo Berrettini all won; No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s bid for a sixth title resumes Friday – Elina Svitolina’s loss Thursday means eight of the top 11 women in the WTA rankings are missing from the bracket due to defeat, withdrawal or injury.
“Mentally, for sure, I need to reset. I need to rest,” No. 3 seed Svitolina said after producing 20 fewer winners than her foe in a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Magda Linette. “I need to feel, again, fresh to play the upcoming tournaments.”
No. 1 Ash Barty, who retired mid-match against Linette at the French Open last month because of a hip injury, was not at her best but overcame nine double-faults to advance with a 6-4, 6-3 win on a day with no rain, some slices of blue sky and even the sun sneaking through the clouds as the temperature finally topped 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).
“Not my best serving day,” Barty said. “I was just out of rhythm a little bit. Some days you feel like you’re 8 feet tall and you can’t miss the box. Other days, like today, you feel like you’re 3-foot-nothing.”
Gauff’s serve provided nine aces, including seven in the first set when a lot else wasn’t really working.
A 118 mph delivery on match point was dumped in the net by Vesnina. Up in the player guest box, Gauff’s parents rose. Dad clapped, then kissed Mom, who captured their daughter’s moment with a cellphone camera. It was a bit more subdued than the raucous celebrations two years ago, when Gauff was a revelation.
Ranked outside the Top 300 and the youngest player to make it through qualifying in tournament history, she went on to beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round and 2017 semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second, before saving two match points to get past Polona Hercog in the main stadium.
Next came a fourth-round exit against Simona Halep, who went on to collect the trophy (three of Gauff’s major appearances ended with losses to the eventual champion, including Barbora Krejcikova at the just-concluded French Open).
“The biggest thing is, I don’t really remember much from my Centre Court experience in 2019,” said Gauff, who is based in Florida. “I don’t know. I felt like it was all a blur.”
Back then, everything was so fresh and new and unexpected. The question on everyone’s mind: Is she really doing this?
Now the vibe is: She most certainly can.
Her parents know it. So do the spectators. And the 20th-seeded Gauff’s opponents.
“Such a talented and promising player,” said Vesnina, a three-time Grand Slam champion in women’s doubles who was treated by a trainer for a back spasm she said was caused by stretching to try to reach Gauff’s serves. “She has a bright future in front of her.”
Sure does. Most important, Gauff herself knows it.
2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: INDIANA HOOSIERS
HEAD COACH: Tom Allen
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 24 – 22
CAREER RECORD: 24 – 22
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Grant Heard, Nick Sheridan
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Charlton Warren
KEY RETURNING PLAYERS:
QB Michael Penix Jr.
LB Micah McFadden
CB Tiawan Mullen
RB Stevie Scott
S Jamar Johnson
WR Whop Philor
KEEP AN EYE ON:
WR Time Baldwin Jr.
Penn State 36 – 35 OT
Rutgers 37 – 21
Michigan 38 – 21
at Michigan State 24 – 0
at Ohio State 35 – 42
Maryland 27 – 11
at Wisconsin 14 – 6
Ole Miss 20 – 26 (Outback Bowl)
September 4 at Iowa
September 11 Idaho
September 18 Cincinnati
September 25 at Western Kentucky
October 2 at Penn State
October 16 Michigan State
October 23 Ohio State
October 30 at Maryland
November 6 at Michigan
November 13 Rutgers
November 20 Minnesota
November 27 at Purdue
2020 BIG 10 RANKINGS
SCORING: 28.9 (4)
RUSHING: 108.6 (12)
PASSING: 250.9 (5).
TOTAL OFFENSE: 359.5 (10)
SCORING: 20.2 (4)
RUSHING: 137.1 (5).
PASSING: 241.0 (10)
TOTAL DEFENSE: 378.1 (5)
ADJUSTED TURNOVER MARGIN
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
36.0%…. Indiana’s opponents scored 12 touchdowns and kicked four field goals in 25 trips into Indiana’s red zone. Indiana’s stop rate inside the 20 yard line was 36.0%… Tops in the nation.
19.4%…. Indiana intercepted 17 passes and recovered three fumbles last season, meaning 19.4% of opponents drives ended in turnovers.
7.6%…. Indiana gained 10 yards or more on just 7.6% of the rushing attempts, the second lowest rating in the Big Ten.
2020 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
PASSING: Michael Penix Jr. 220att, 124comp, 1,645yds, 14TD, 4INT
RUSHING: Stevie Scott 156att 561yds 3.6ypc 10TD
RECEIVING: Whop Philyor 54rec 495yds 9.2ypc 3TD
TACKLES: Micah McFadden 58
SACKS: Micah McFadden 6.0
INTERCEPTIONS: Jamar Johnson 4, Jaylen Williams 4
WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING:
*They overachieved last season, but they have been overachieving for some time now….
*The culture is very real and so is Coach Tom Allen and his staff…
*Indiana is carving a very unique identity…
*Indiana doesn’t play scared of anyone, including Ohio State….
*The coaching staff continues to recruit the right kind of players…
*QB Michael Pennix Jr. is a difference maker and how he looks going into the fall will be a key for this offense….
*They added some key transfers to make up for the loss of some very good players….
A LOOK AHEAD AT 2021:
Indiana had an historic season in 2020, including wins over Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State for the first time in their history. There are many who will continue to doubt Coach Tom Allen, despite returning 17 starters, including quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and third – team All – America linebacker Michael McFadden.
Coach Allen is the real deal with his enthusiasm and it has rubbed off on his players.
Penix is a proven playmaker and has improved as a passer. He is solid in his accuracy and his decision-making continues to improve. The biggest concern is whether he can stay healthy or not. He missed spring football while recovering from a torn ACL. Coach Allen expects him to be ready in August.
The running game looks promising with Tim Baldwin Jr. set to replace Stevie Scott III. Baldwin averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 22 attempts playing behind Scott last season. Sampson James is another promising prospect, but only carried the football 32 times in 2020.
Indiana’s receiving corp is one of the top in the Big Ten. Ty Fryfogle emerged as a top threat averaging 19.5 yards per catch while having two hundred – yard games against Ohio State and Michigan State. Sophomore Miles Marshall had an outstanding spring and is expected to be a starter this season. Indiana is counting on TE Peyton Hendershot to return to his form of 2019 in which he had 52 receptions for 622 yards.
Indiana’s offensive line ranked 12th in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. For starters return, including right tackle Matt Bedford. Zach Carpenter, who played at Michigan last season, could start at guard or center. Either way, there must be improvement upfront.
Indiana will have a new defensive coordinator in Charlton Warren. Warren coached at Georgia last season and is expected to continue the 4 – 2 – 5 scheme that Coach Allen prefers.
Indiana’s defense will be helped by Mississippi transfer Ryder Anderson. James Head Jr. and Michael Ziemba will form a talented trio on the edge.
Linebacker Michael McFadden could arguably be the best linebacker. Indiana has had in several years. McFadden is the type of player that never takes a down off and is excellent from sideline to sideline. He will be joined by Cam Jones, who is a very fast and disruptive linebacker. Marcelino McCrary-Ball returns from a torn ACL and has 38 starts to his credit.
Taiwan Mullen is an excellent man – to – man corner and will make most opposing quarterbacks throw away from his direction. Reese Taylor and Jaylin Williams are also solid cornerbacks. Losing Jamar Johnson to the NFL created a hole at free safety. Raheem Layne is expected to return from injury to fill that spot.
The kicking duties will again be long to Charles Campbell, voted second – team All – Big Ten last season. He is a clutch kicker making three field goals from at least 50 yards. James Evans, a recruit from New Zealand, is expected to handle the punting duties. Devon Matthews returned punts at Florida State for three seasons and is expected to handle those duties now at Indiana. Look for David Ellis to handle the majority of kickoff returns.
Indiana is hoping to continue its momentum after a magical 2020 season. Tom Allen got a raise to nearly $5 million through the 2027 season and will have to re-create what the Hoosiers did last season. The opening game at Iowa will be a huge test for the Hoosiers, as will Road trips to Penn State, Michigan and Purdue. If Penix can stay healthy and the running game can improve, Indiana should be in the top 25 again this season and could potentially finish close to the top of the Big Ten East.
BUTLER MBB: BULLDOGS LAND 6’10” RECRUIT
The Butler Bulldogs received a verbal commitment Thursday from 6’10” center Connor Turnbull. Turnbull made the announcement via Twitter. He becomes the first recruit in the class of 2022.
The O’Fallon, Missouri native isn’t ranked yet by Rivals or 247Sports.
He averaged 15ppg, 7.5reb last season and also shot 35% from the three point line.
Other schools interested in Turnbull included Indiana State, Missouri, Kansas State and St. Louis.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Indiana’s Gillard Wins Second-Straight State Am
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Incoming transfer Noah Gillard earned back-to-back victories at the IGA Indiana State Amateur at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne on Wednesday. He carded a three-round score of 211 (72-70-69) to finish five under par.
IGA Indiana State Amateur • Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sycamore Hills Golf Club
Par 72 • 7,172
• Gillard, a transfer from the University of Illinois, is the first player to win back-to-back titles at the event since former Hoosier All-American Jeff Overton accomplished the feat from 2003-04.
• The Greenwood, Ind., native enter the final round at a three-stroke deficit, but was one of only seven golfers to shoot under par in the final round to flip the leaderboard in his favor.
• Gillard was one of two golfers to shoot par or better in all three rounds of the competition.
• He finished the competition second on par 3’s (-1), t-third on par 4’s (+2), and t-fourth on par 5’s (-6). Gillard was tied for the tournament lead with 15 birdies and was second with 46 pars.
QUOTES FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
“This win means the world to me, Gillard said. “Being in the same conversation as Jeff Overton is pretty cool, especially since I’m going to IU also.
“I am so excited to continue my academic and golf career at IU,” Gillard said. “I’m extremely grateful that Coach Mayer welcomed me with open arms when I entered the transfer portal, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a Hoosier.”
PURDUE BASEBALL: Smeltz Named Academic All-District
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An effective campaign on the mound in which he registered 22 strikeouts vs. 12 hits allowed coupled with his 3.62 grade-point average as agribusiness major has earned Purdue baseball’s Jackson Smeltz Academic All-District honors.
Smeltz was one of two pitchers and 11 total players voted onto the Academic All-District Team from District Five, which features universities based in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He advances to the national ballot from which the Academic All-America teams are selected.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) nominate and select the Academic All-District and Academic All-America teams. To be eligible for the All-District ballot, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.30 GPA and be at least a sophomore academically.
Smeltz is the program’s first Academic All-District honoree since Joe Haase in 2012, the same year Haase won Big Ten Pitcher of the Year as the ace of Purdue’s conference championship team.
Smeltz was also recognized as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar on Thursday, recognizing him for compiling a 3.7-plus GPA during the 2020-21 school year. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree pitched in 13 games this season, emerging as one of the Boilermakers’ top relief pitchers. The lefty limited opposing hitters to a .186 batting average, giving up only four extra-base hits in 19 1/3 innings. He was the winning pitcher in all three of Purdue’s walk-off victories.
Smeltz’s GPA ranks as the best among the pitching staff. He also attracted the attention of pro scouts this spring.
In June, Smeltz became the ninth Purdue student-athlete to be recognized with the Brady Comeback Scholarship Award by Methodist Sports Medicine. He has overcome multiple surgeries dating back to the age of 13. As an early adolescent, he had surgery to remove a noncancerous brain tumor. After a breakout freshman season in the spring of 2015 at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, he had Tommy John Surgery in his left elbow. He only pitched briefly again in high school but still contributed as a position player, leading the team in batting average as a sophomore and earning team MVP honors as a junior.
After Smeltz finally returned to the mound in February 2020 as a redshirt freshman at Purdue, debuting as a starting pitcher during the season-opening weekend, the season was shut down due to the pandemic. He had also injured the labrum in his right hip, requiring another surgery. Both the procedure and rehab were delayed by the pandemic.
But Smeltz overcame it all to enjoy a breakout season during his third year as a Boilermaker. If the draft-eligible lefty returns for the 2021-22 school year, he projects as the team’s top high-leverage reliever or closer.
PURDUE BASEBALL: 8 Boilermakers Named All-Stars in Grand Park League
WESTFIELD, Ind. – Purdue baseball is well represented with eight Boilermakers selected as all-stars in the College Summer League at Grand Park.
Purdue had eight of its 13 Boilermakers playing at Grand Park this summer chosen for the league’s July 4 showcase. Sunday’s game is set for 6 p.m. ET with fireworks to follow as part of the Westfield Rocks the 4th show.
Firestone and Nisle were selected as all-stars in the Grand Park League for the second year in a row. The league was a late addition to the summer league landscape last spring after the coronavirus pandemic led to many leagues not being to hold their seasons. The league expanded to eight teams this year.
Incoming Boilermaker Khal Stephen – a pitcher from Williamsport, Indiana, and Seeger High School – will be in uniform for an all-star game for the second weekend in a row. He and fellow incoming freshman Carter Doorn (Lake Central HS) were part of the North team at the annual Indiana North/South All-Star Game in Evansville during the final weekend of June.
Pat Clohisy (Bag Bandits), Weston Gingerich (Park Rangers), Tanner Haston (Park Rangers), Jackson Smeltz (Bomb Squad) and incoming Boilermaker Will Allen (Turf Monsters) were also playing in the Grand Park League at various times during the first month of summer ball.
THOMPSON, PARR BOTH GO DEEP IN 10-RUN INNING
• The Boilermakers were part of their fair share of wild innings this season and it continued for a pair of Purdue’s first basemen June 27 in the Ohio Valley League. Cam Thompson and Jake Parr both homered while recording two hits and three RBI apiece in a 10-run first inning for the Hoptown Hoppers in a victory vs. the Owensboro RiverDawgs. Thompson opened the game with a home run and later delivered a two-run single in his second trip to the dish. Parr’s three-run homer capped the scoring in the big inning after he had singled his first time up. Parr finished the game 4-for-5 with four RBI. The Alabama native has compiled a .311/.382/.492 slash line with eight doubles and 13 RBI through the end of June. Thompson joined the team June 22 and has been playing center field.
WADE OFF TO STRONG START WITH HOMETOWN JACKRABBITS
• Rising senior Kyle Wade has put himself in position to be an all-star in the Northwoods League. He has racked 16 strikeouts vs. three walks while surrendering only surrendering three earned runs over 23 innings in his first four starts of the summer for the Kokomo Jackrabbits. In his June 24 start vs. Traverse City, Wade retired 14 consecutive batters to begin the game and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Purdue alumnus Miles Simington has helped lead Traverse City to a division-best 20-11 record through the end of June. Simington (.431 OBP, 22 walks, 15 RBI) was not in the lineup when Wade started the nightcap of the June 24 doubleheader in Kokomo.
• Josh Lindblom (2007-08) returned to form as he got healthy this month, enjoying a strong June at the Triple-A level with the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers affiliate). He racked up 18 strikeouts vs. 13 hits allowed in 20 1/3 innings over five appearances and did not surrender a home run.
• Jacson McGowan (2016-18) has hit eight home runs in 98 at-bats through the end of June for the High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate).
• After two seasons in the United Shore Pro Baseball League in suburban Detroit, Alec Olund (2015-18) remained closer to his home in Northwest Indiana this year, joining the Gary RailCats of the American Association. He has been a productive outfielder for Gary, batting .321 with a hit in 11 of his 14 games with the independent club.
• Zac Fascia (2019-21) and incoming Boilermaker Curtis Washington Jr., a transfer from Wabash Valley College, are both playing in the new MLB Draft League. Fascia is with the Frederick Keys and Washington is playing for the State College Spikes. Both teams were previously Minor League Baseball affiliates prior to the restructuring of MiLB during this past offseason. The MLB Draft July 11 to 13 this year and is scheduled to feature 20 rounds of selections this year.
• Ryan Bridges (2008-12) led his Hanover Central High School team to the IHSAA Class 3A state title game, falling to Southridge 2-0 on June 22 at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Hanover Central was 29-4-1 this season.
• Milo Beam (2017-20), Drew Bertram (2017, student assistant 2018-19), Andrew Bohm (2017-20) and Dalton Parker (2017-20) have launched a baseball podcast called Ducks on the Pod.
PURDUE WRESTLING: Purdue Wrestling Adds Ramos to 2021 Recruiting Class
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland made a late addition to his 2021 recruiting class Thursday, signing transfer Matt Ramos to join the Boilermakers. Ramos comes to West Lafayette after two seasons at the University of Minnesota and projects to wrestle at 125 or 133 pounds for the Old Gold and Black.
“I can’t explain how thrilled we are to add someone of Matt’s pedigree and ability to our room, and especially our lower weights,” said Ersland. “He has speed and athleticism that cannot be taught and he’s an absolute junkie for the sport. We can’t get him to campus fast enough.”
A native of Lockport, Illinois, Ramos has a laundry list of championships and accomplishments, headlined by a 2018 Cadet Freestyle World Championship at 51 kg in Zagreb, Croatia. He qualified for the games with a US Cadet national title and went on to claim gold over Japan’s Koita Takahashi in the world finals.
Ramos claimed the 3A Illinois state high school championship at 120 pounds in 2019, topped the state in freestyle and Greco at 113 pounds in 2018, placed third at 113 pounds at the 2018 high school tournament and was fifth at 106 pounds in 2017. He was also a two-time placewinner at the Cheesehead Invitational and the Walsh Ironman, and was second in Greco and freestyle at Fargo in 2017. Ramos was also named the 2019 Lockport High School Athlete of the Year.
After committing to Minnesota out of high school, Ramos was injured in his first season in Minneapolis, and then qualified for an Olympic redshirt in 2020-21 and was not enrolled with the Gophers. He will have four seasons of eligibility with the Boilermakers.
Ramos joins an already stacked freshman class for the Boilermakers that had three top-100 ranked commits, two more in the top-200, and was ranked in the top-25 by multiple media outlets.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: HOCKEY ADDS GRADUATE TRANSFER FORWARD JACK ADAMS
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame hockey head coach Jeff Jackson has announced the addition of graduate transfer Jack Adams to the 2021-22 roster. A forward, Adams was a sixth round selection (162nd overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 NHL Draft.
“Jack is a big, rangy forward with great hands and a track record of putting the puck in the net,” said Jackson. “He’s worked extremely hard over the last two years to fully recover from a major injury and is poised to have a breakout season.”
Adams spent two seasons (2017-19) at Union College (ECAC) before rehabbing from an injury and appearing in six games for Providence College last season.
All told Adams, a Boxboro, Massachusetts native, has played 72 collegiate games while scoring 14 goals and adding 21 assists for 35 points. He was forced to miss the entire 2019-20 season with an injury and then transferred to Providence after Union was unable to compete in the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a sophomore with Union in 2018-19, Adams played in 38 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 12 assists for 22 points, each marking a career-high total. As a freshman in 2017-19, he scored four goals, added nine assists for 13 points.
Adams was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection in both 2017-18 and 2019-20.
Prior to Union, Adams spent two seasons with the Fargo Force (USHL) and led the league in goals (37) and finished fifth in scoring with 60 points during the 2016-17 season.
Adams is the brother of the late Mark “Roo” Adams, who played for Providence College from 2010-15 and Jack wore his brother’s No. 4 while skating for the Friars last season.
IUPUI WBB: PARKINSON ADDS HOOPINGARNER TO STAFF AS ASSISTANT COACH
INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI women’s basketball head coach Austin Parkinson has announced the hiring of Holly Hoopingarner as an assistant coach and Victoria Lipscomb has transitioned to recruiting coordinator.
Hoopingarner, one of the best players to don a Jaguar jersey, returns to IUPUI after a year at the University of Florida as a graduate assistant on the women’s basketball staff for the Gators. Hoopingarner starred for the Jags from 2016-20, leading IUPUI to its first conference tournament title in school history and being named Horizon League Tournament MVP.
“This is a great day for our IUPUI as we welcome back one of our all-time greats in Holly Hoopingarner back to our program in a coaching capacity,” said Parkinson. “I’ve always thought Holly would be an excellent coach so to have her back at IUPUI is extra special. Her leadership skills, basketball IQ and work ethic will have a tremendous impact on our young ladies. She will also be an outstanding recruiter, especially here in Indiana, because of her unique ability to connect with others on a personal level.”
“Holly is an energetic compassionate young lady with a very bright coaching future,” said Florida head coach Cam Newbauer. “Her knowledge for the game and work ethic is unmatched. Her ability to connect and engage with her personality will make her a great recruiter and asset to Coach Parkinson’s staff”
Hoopingarner also won the Horizon League’s Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, which is awarded to the top male and female student-athlete who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Over her career, Hoopingarner was a two-time member of the Horizon League All-Academic Team and was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team in her senior season. The Greenwood, Ind., native finished her career averaging 8.2 points per game and 2.4 assists per game. Hoopingarner shot 37% from three-point range and over 80% from the free throw line.
Lipscomb, who has been on the IUPUI staff since 2016, will be transitioning to the Jaguars’ recruiting coordinator. Lipscomb has helped IUPUI to a 104-44 record in her five years as an assistant coach on the staff.
“I am excited for Coach V to move into the role of recruiting coordinator,” said Parkinson. “With her knowledge of our program, relationships with the players and her experience in recruiting this is a natural next step for career. She will do an outstanding job as we continue to pursue student-athletes who care about their educational future as well as reaching their potential as basketball players.”
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Announces 2021 Schedule
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer head coach Jason Burr has announced his program’s schedule for the fall of 2021.
“It is always exciting being able to share our upcoming fall schedule with the public,” Burr said. “We have been waiting for almost two years to get back to a normal routine of a fall schedule and we couldn’t be more pleased with how things developed when creating the schedule this year. We get to renew some old rivalries with teams like Indiana State, Eastern Illinois and Ball State while playing new opponents like Toledo, Bellarmine, and Big Ten opponent Iowa. These games should do a terrific job testing and preparing us for our first full season in the Horizon League, which we are extremely excited about. Our players and staff are extraordinarily excited to kick off the 2021 season and can’t wait to see more supporters than ever in the stands this year.”
The Mastodons will start the season with a pair of exhibition contests against Indiana State (August 8) and Goshen (August 14) at the Hefner Soccer Complex. Three more home games against Toledo (August 19), Morehead State (August 22) and Eastern Illinois (August 27) will serve as the final tune-ups before hitting the road to Bellarmine on August 29.
Once the calendar flips to September, the ‘Dons have three more non-league games, the first of which comes at Big Ten foe Iowa on September 2. Ball State (September 5) and Chicago State (September 10) will be the last road games before Horizon League play begins.
The Mastodons’ second season in the Horizon League will open with UIC at the Hefner Soccer Complex on September 16, which will also be the second Party at the Pitch. The 11-match slate will have five home matches and six on the road. UIC (September 16), Oakland (September 26), Wright State (October 10), Youngstown State (October 14) and Cleveland State (October 27) will be the home games, while IUPUI (September 19), Robert Morris (September 23), Milwaukee (October 2), Northern Kentucky (October 7), Green Bay (October 17) and Detroit Mercy (October 23) will be on the road.
The road to the Horizon League Championship will begin on October 31.
*All dates and times subject to change*
PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Golf Announces Signees for 2021-22
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf head coach Billy King announced his signing class for the 2021-22 season: Corey Ryan (Fort Wayne, Indiana / Bishop Dwenger / Butler University), Brett Seward (Aurora, Illinois / Aurora Christian / Valparaiso University) and Tyler Green (Columbia City, Indiana / Columbia City / Purdue University / Ball State University).
“What a blessing to add these three to our 2021 class,” King said. “They bring a wealth of talent, work ethic and passion to get better to our team.”
Corey Ryan is a Fort Wayne native that played one season at Butler after graduating from Bishop Dwenger. While in high school, Ryan was a two-time All-Summit Athletic Conference selection after leading his team to back-to-back sectional championships in 2018 and 2019. He also led the Saints to two regional championships in 2017 and 2019 and three Summit Athletic Conference championships. Ryan was the low junior in the Fort Wayne City Tournament in 2019 and won the Bridgewater Invitational with a 72 in 2019. In addition to his time on the golf course, he was also a football player for two years, a member of the Spanish Club, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society.
“A Bishop Dwenger grad with a huge upside,” King said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Corey. His first true year playing college golf. I truly believe he’s ready and up to the challenge.”
Brett Seward is joining the Mastodons as a graduate transfer from Valparaiso University. He was nominated for Newcomer of the Year and selected as the team MVP in 2017. He tied for fourth at the Titan Motown Collegiate in 2017 and second at the Dayton Flyer Invitational in 2020. At Aurora Christian, Seward set the all-time low scoring average and the all-time low city score with a 66. He was an All-NAAC selection four times and was the individual champion of the conference twice. He was also a member of the band, curch and school worship band, and the west suburban symphony. Seward earned high honors, was an eagle ambassador and a Dunham scholar.
“A seasoned Division I player with really good results over the last 4 years,” King said. “His experience and leadership will be off the charts good for our young team. Just an awesome young man.”
Tyler Green comes to Purdue Fort Wayne after spending the last four seasons at Ball State. He spent one semester at Purdue prior to his time as a Cardinal. Green played in 13 rounds in his final season in Muncie, which saw him place in the top 10 three times. He placed ninth at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational, fifth at the Craft Farms Intercollegiate and third at the MAC Championships. His season average as a senior was 75.85. His best outing by score came at the Boilermaker Individual, where he shot a 3-under 213. In Green’s time at Columbia City, he was a three-time All-Conference selection, two-time state finalist and All-State selection as a junior. He led him team to the state finals in 2015-16.
“A somewhat local player out of Columbia City, Tyler’s success and experience will be a huge added benefit for our program,” King said. “A former top player in the MAC with a wealth of knowledge.”
Ryan, Seward and Green will join previously signed Jaydan Morgan, Jarred Bowser and Nick Holder for the 2021-22 season.
INDIANAPOLIS WBB: Wodrich Welcomes 2021-22 Newcomers
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INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy women’s basketball head coach Kristin Wodrich announced three new student-athletes to her program Thursday. Davenport-transfer and former Miss Indiana Basketball candidate Madison Jones will join incoming-freshmen Liv Becker and Elana Wells on the Greyhounds’ 2021-22 roster. See below for a snapshot of each signee and a quote from Coach Wodrich.
G | 5’6″ | Elign, IL | Burlingont Central HS
– Four-year starter; all-conference and team MVP all four seasons
– Garnered All-State accolades her final two years
– Kane County Preps Player of the Year as a senior as well as Burlington Central’s 2020-21 Female Athlete Of The Year
– Averaged 14.9 points for her career, including 17.7 ppg her final season
Coach Wodrich on Wells …
“Elana Wells is a dynamic point guard who scored over 1,000 points in high school. She comes in with great knowledge of the game and a work ethic that is second to none. “
G/F | 5’9″ | Wilmete, IL | New Trier HS
– Two-time All-Central Suburban League
– Named All-Area Third Team by the Pioneer Press
– Named team captain as a senior
– Part of the 2020 North Region Champions of Steph Curry’s Underrated Tour
– Honor roll student
Coach Wodrich on Becker …
“Olivia Becker is a versatile player who can play multiple positions,” Wodrich noted. “She is a matchup problem every possession, being able to score both on the block and the perimeter.
“And just like Elana, Liv is an extremely hard worker.”
G | 5’7″ | Thorntown, IN | Western Boone HS | Davenport University
– Led Davenport in scoring (16.0 ppg) and steals (2.6 spg) as a true freshman in 2019-20, good for fifth and third in the GLIAC, respectively.
– Western Boone High School’s all-time leading scorer with 2,125 career points
– Led the entire state of Indiana in scorer as a senior at WB (28.2 ppg)
– Poured in 59 points versus North Montgomery in January of 2019, good for the fourth-highest recorded single-game point total in IHSAA girls’ basketball history
Coach Wodrich on Jones…
“Madison Jones is a transfer from Davenport. She comes with a lot of game experience, scoring over 15 points a game as a freshman. Madison is an Indiana kid who loves to play ball and will be a great fit in our program.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1869 The Forest Citys, a team that includes unpaid amateur players who do not want compensation to remain ‘pure,’ play the first professional baseball game in Cleveland, losing to the Cincinnati Red Stockings, 25-6, in front of 2,000 spectators at Case Commons. The club will continue to play next season and become a charter member of the National Association Professional Baseball Players in 1871.
1903 Ed Delahanty, who once hit four homers in one game, goes over a Niagara Falls railroad bridge and drowns. The circumstances concerning the Senator outfielder’s death will remain a mystery, but rumors persist he was kicked off a train by a conductor for being drunk and disorderly.
1930 Carl Reynolds becomes only the second player in big-league history to homer in three consecutive innings when he goes deep in the first three frames of the 15-4 White Sox victory over the hometown Yankees. The Chicago outfielder’s power surge includes two inside-the-park round-trippers.
1934 At Wrigley Field with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, veteran ump Bill Klem’s delayed call of the infield fly rule leads to the Cardinals’ successful protest of their game against the Cubs, with the team trailing by four runs. The game resumes from the point-of-protest, on July 31, with St. Louis losing 7-1.
1941 On a sweltering day in front of 52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits a three-run homer off Red Sox hurler Dick Newsome to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ surpasses Wee Willie Keeler’s 1897 major league mark of 44 straight games with a hit accomplished when the diminutive outfielder played with the Orioles.
1962 Johnny Podres ties a major league mark record, striking out eight consecutive batters in LA’s 5-1 victory over Philadelphia. The 29 year-old southpaw’s streak begins with the third out in the top of the fourth frame and ends after the first out in the seventh inning of the Dodger Stadium contest.
1963 In one of baseball’s most memorable pitching duels, Giants’ right-hander Juan Marichal and the Braves’ southpaw Warren Spahn both hurl 15 scoreless innings before Willie Mays ends the marathon contest with a homer off Spahnie in the bottom of the 16th giving San Francisco a 1-0 win.
1967 After Cubs’ 4-1 victory over the Reds, many of the 40,464 patrons stay at Wrigley Field, awaiting the outcome of the Cards/Mets game that, thanks to a New York victory, results with the Cubs in being in first place by half of a game. The enthusiastic fans refuse to leave the ‘Friendly Confines’ until the flags above the scoreboard reflect the home team’s current position at the top of the standings, a task usually done the next day.
1969 Reds’ pitcher Gerry Arrigo ties a major league mark when he hits his third Brave batter in the second inning of a 9-4 victory. The Braves also match the big league mark by hitting five batters in one game.
1970 Joe Niekro keeps the Yankees hitless until Horace Clarke legs out an infield single with one out in the ninth inning of the team’s 5-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. The hit marks the third time the Bronx Bomber second baseman has broken up a no-hitter in the past four weeks, having spoiled no-no bids by Royals left-hander Jim Rooker (June 4th) and Red Sox righty Sonny Siebert (June 19th).
1970 Tony Horton hits for the cycle against Baltimore in the Indians’ 10-9 victory at Memorial Stadium. The Cleveland first baseman completes the feat with a leadoff home run in the top of the ninth inning off Pete Richert.
1972 At Montreal’s Jarry Park, the Expos walk away with a 4-3 victory when Mets right-hander Bob Rauch issues his fourth free pass of the inning, forcing in Carl Morton with the winning run. The frustrating loss will be the 23 year-old rookie’s only decision during a brief 19-game major league career.
1975 Don Baylor goes deep in his first three plate appearances in the Orioles’ 13-5 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The trio of home runs today gives the Baltimore left fielder four consecutive round-trippers, having hit one off Reggie Cleveland in his last at-bat yesterday in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1976 The Astros tie a franchise record, banging out 25 hits in a 10-8 victory over Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. Two months earlier, Houston established the mark in a 16-5 rout of the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1977 For the second time this season, White Sox first baseman Jim Spencer ties the club record set by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920, when he collects eight RBIs, duplicating a feat he first accomplished in May against the Indians. The 29 year-old infielder’s home runs help to beat the Twins at Comiskey Park, 13-8.
1977 The Cubs commit five errors in one inning, a feat that will not occur again until 2017 when the Mariners accomplish the dubious deed. Chicago’s first-frame woes, which includes two misplays each by second baseman Manny Trillo and pitcher Bill Bonham, and one by left fielder Gene Clines, lead to four Cardinals runs en route to a 10–3 loss to the Cardinals before a packed house at Busch Stadium.
1978 Ron Guidry improves his record to 13-0 with a 3-2 Yankee victory over the Tigers at the Bronx ballpark. The 27 year-old southpaw, known as Louisiana Lightning, establishes the best start is the best in franchise history en route to finishing the season with a 25-3 record.
1979 Don Kessinger (46-60) is fired midseason as the player-manager of the White Sox and will be replaced by rookie skipper Tony La Russa, who had been managing the club’s Triple-A Iowa Oaks in the American Association. During his eight-year tenure with Chicago, La Russa will compile a 522-510 record, with his team winning the AL West title in 1983.
1985 Astros’ hurler Joe Niekro notches his 200th career victory. The Niekro brothers (Joe & Phil) will join the Perrys (Jim & Gaylord) as the only brothers to win at least 200 games per pitcher.
1986 The Blue Jays score three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox and Roger Clemens, 4-2. The loss prevents the ‘Rocket’ from getting a record-tying 15th consecutive winning decision.
1993 In a pregame ceremony at the ballpark, Kansas City officially renames Royals Stadium to Kauffman Stadium to honor Ewing M. Kauffman, the team’s owner since its inception in 1968. The 77 year-old philanthropist, who humbly discouraged the name change, will die within a month.
1993 At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, the latest game in major league history ends at 4:40 am when relief pitcher Mitch Williams, in his first at-bat of the season, singles home the winning run in the tenth inning, giving the Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Padres. The game, which started at 1:26 am due to the three rain delays in Game 1 of the twin bill, eclipses the 3:35 am mark established in Atlanta on July 4, 1985, in a game that ended with fireworks after the Mets beat the Braves in 19 innings, 16-13.
1995 During a pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals retire Frank White’s uniform number 20. The five-time All-Star second baseman, a Royals’ Hall of Fame inductee, will also be honored in 2004 with a bronze statue dedicated outside the Kansas City ballpark, joining club owners Ewing & Muriel Kauffman and Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett.
1995 Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game. As the starter for the Senior Circuit, the 26 year-old rookie tosses two scoreless innings in National League’s 3-2 victory over their American League rivals at The Ballpark in Arlington.
1999 National League President Len Coleman suspends Tom Hallion for three games without pay for bumping Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and pitching coach Milt May during an argument. The incident marks the first time an umpire receives a suspension for an on-field dispute.
2000 After hitting two home runs in a 2-1 victory over the Expos, Marlins’ outfielder Mark Smith becomes a hero for the second time this day when he pulls a man from a smoke-filled car minutes before the car explodes.
2000 At Shea Stadium, Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball which Braves reliever John Rocker had tossed into the stands back onto the field. A few days later, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown exonerates the 26 year-old Brooklyn man, concluding the Mets fan had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.
2002 At Coors Field, every Giants starter gets at least one hit, with the #8 hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo going 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs, including a first-inning grand slam. The former Japanese big leaguer will finish the season hitting just two more homers and driving in nine more runs.
2002 Fifty-three major league players hit 62 home runs, five more than record 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago’s Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.
2004 Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona’s Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders becomes the second Venezuelan to manage in the big leagues.
2005 In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions that send a camera operator to the hospital and launch a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the MLB decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.
2007 With skipper Joe Torre watching from the Yankee dugout, Roger Clemens, throwing eight innings of a two-hit ball of a 5-1 win over the Twins, becomes the eighth pitcher to record 350 career victories. The New York manager was the catcher for Warren Spahn’s 350th win, making him a participant of the only two occasions that a pitcher has reached the milestone since 1928.
2013 At Great American Ball Park, Homer Bailey becomes the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan to throw two no-hitters before another hurler accomplishes the feat when he gives up just a walk in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over the Giants. Last September, the 27 year-old Cincinnati right-hander, the youngest pitcher to have pitched two no-hitters in his career, hurled the first no-hitter in PNC Park history, a dramatic 1-0 victory over the hometown Pirates.
2019 The Dodgers overcome a 4-3 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when the Diamondbacks’ bullpen walk five consecutive batters, including Cody Bellinger’s base-on-balls that forces in the winning run. The last time the Chavez Ravine club got a walk-off win with a walk was when Bellinger drew the fourth consecutive free pass issued by the Royals relievers, plating the winning run in a 5-4 extra-inning victory in 2017.
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|Tampa Bay||47||34||.580||3.5||23 – 16||24 – 18||21 – 11||5 – 4||13 – 15||4 – 6||L 3|
|Toronto||41||38||.519||8.5||17 – 19||24 – 19||17 – 18||4 – 6||7 – 12||7 – 3||L 2|
|NY Yankees||41||39||.513||9||22 – 20||19 – 19||17 – 24||13 – 6||8 – 5||4 – 6||L 1|
|Baltimore||27||54||.333||23.5||12 – 26||15 – 28||10 – 23||4 – 13||11 – 11||4 – 6||W 3|
|Chi White Sox||48||32||.600||–||31 – 14||17 – 18||10 – 7||27 – 12||7 – 10||5 – 5||W 4|
|Cleveland||42||36||.538||5||21 – 16||21 – 20||7 – 7||23 – 16||5 – 6||4 – 6||L 3|
|Detroit||36||45||.444||12.5||19 – 21||17 – 24||4 – 5||16 – 25||11 – 10||7 – 3||W 2|
|Minnesota||33||46||.418||14.5||17 – 23||16 – 23||6 – 7||14 – 19||9 – 16||5 – 5||L 3|
|Kansas City||33||47||.413||15||18 – 19||15 – 28||8 – 12||15 – 23||5 – 11||1 – 9||L 9|
|Houston||49||33||.598||–||26 – 16||23 – 17||15 – 10||9 – 6||23 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|Oakland||48||35||.578||1.5||26 – 20||22 – 15||12 – 11||12 – 2||16 – 17||4 – 6||L 1|
|Seattle||43||39||.524||6||24 – 16||19 – 23||12 – 6||12 – 13||15 – 12||7 – 3||W 2|
|LA Angels||39||41||.488||9||21 – 19||18 – 22||6 – 10||13 – 7||14 – 20||4 – 6||W 1|
|Texas||32||49||.395||16.5||20 – 21||12 – 28||11 – 10||7 – 9||12 – 19||7 – 3||W 1|
|NY Mets||41||36||.532||–||24 – 11||17 – 25||19 – 18||5 – 6||14 – 6||4 – 6||L 2|
|Washington||40||39||.506||2||24 – 19||16 – 20||17 – 16||9 – 10||6 – 9||7 – 3||L 1|
|Atlanta||39||41||.488||3.5||22 – 21||17 – 20||19 – 21||15 – 7||3 – 3||6 – 4||W 2|
|Philadelphia||37||41||.474||4.5||22 – 15||15 – 26||20 – 22||9 – 5||4 – 8||3 – 7||L 1|
|Miami||34||45||.430||8||18 – 18||16 – 27||15 – 13||6 – 13||11 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|Milwaukee||49||33||.598||–||26 – 18||23 – 15||7 – 9||21 – 13||19 – 6||9 – 1||W 9|
|Chi Cubs||42||39||.519||6.5||26 – 13||16 – 26||10 – 11||19 – 17||10 – 7||3 – 7||L 6|
|Cincinnati||40||40||.500||8||20 – 20||20 – 20||6 – 4||19 – 12||10 – 20||5 – 5||W 1|
|St. Louis||40||42||.488||9||23 – 18||17 – 24||14 – 13||14 – 17||10 – 7||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||29||51||.363||19||16 – 22||13 – 29||4 – 7||10 – 24||7 – 13||4 – 6||L 4|
|San Francisco||50||30||.625||–||26 – 11||24 – 19||10 – 7||11 – 4||20 – 14||5 – 5||L 4|
|LA Dodgers||50||31||.617||0.5||28 – 13||22 – 18||9 – 4||10 – 10||22 – 11||6 – 4||W 6|
|San Diego||49||34||.590||2.5||30 – 15||19 – 19||3 – 4||16 – 14||22 – 15||8 – 2||L 1|
|Colorado||35||47||.427||16||29 – 16||6 – 31||5 – 8||9 – 15||14 – 21||5 – 5||W 4|
|Arizona||23||60||.277||28.5||13 – 24||10 – 36||8 – 15||7 – 13||8 – 25||3 – 7||W 1|
|Orlando City SC||10||6||3||1||18||7||11||3-2-0||3-1-1||21|
|New York City FC||10||5||2||3||18||11||7||3-1-2||2-1-1||17|
|Inter Miami CF||10||2||2||6||9||16||-7||0-1-4||2-1-2||8|
|Real Salt Lake||9||3||4||2||14||11||3||2-3-1||1-1-1||13|
|Los Angeles FC||10||3||3||4||12||12||0||3-2-1||0-1-3||12|
|Connecticut Sun||12||5||.706||—||7-1||5-4||7-2||6-4||4 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||8||.556||2.5||3-5||7-3||8-3||8-2||1 W|
|New York Liberty||8||9||.471||4.0||3-4||5-5||4-6||3-7||1 L|
|Washington Mystics||7||9||.438||4.5||5-4||2-5||4-5||5-5||3 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||9||.400||5.0||3-6||3-3||5-4||3-7||1 W|
|Indiana Fever||1||16||.059||11.0||1-8||0-8||1-9||0-10||12 L|