INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE
- LAPORTE (SCHREIBER FIELD)
CLASS 1A | LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (25-6) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (21-9) | 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT
CLASS 4A | ZIONSVILLE (22-12) VS. PENN (24-6) | TO FOLLOW
- KOKOMO (MUNICIPAL STADIUM)
CLASS 2A | WAPAHANI (24-4) VS. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (20-7) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NEW CASTLE (18-5-1) VS. ANDREAN (29-4) | TO FOLLOW
- MOORESVILLE (PIONEER FIELD)
CLASS 2A | LINTON-STOCKTON (15-9-1) VS. CENTERVILLE (20-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | COLUMBUS EAST (15-16-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (17-10-2) | TO FOLLOW
- JASPER (RUXER FIELD)
CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (18-12) VS. SHAKAMAK (16-13) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 3A | SILVER CREEK (29-6) VS. BREBEUF JESUIT (25-4) | TO FOLLOW
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (28-5) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (23-6) | 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A | TRI-WEST HENDRICKS (29-2) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (27-3) | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
CLASS 2A | NORTH POSEY (24-1) VS. EASTSIDE (28-1) | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
CLASS 4A | RONCALLI (32-0) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (28-1) | 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT
INDIANA BOYS GOLF REGIONAL RESULTS:
1. LAKE CENTRAL | SANDY PINES GC | THURS, 8 AM CT | RESULTS
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 1-6)
2. PLYMOUTH | SWAN LAKE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET | RESULTS
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 7-12)
3. MUNCIE CENTRAL | THE PLAYERS CLUB | THURS, 8 AM ET | RESULTS
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 13-18)
4. WASHINGTON | COUNTRY OAKS GC | THURS, 8:30 AM ET | RESULTS
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 19-24)
5. PROVIDENCE | CHAMPIONS POINTE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET | RESULTS
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 25-30)
DAY 1: TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022, 8 AM ET / 7 AM CT.
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022, 8 AM ET / 7 AM CT.
• GAME 1: CELTICS 120, WARRIORS 108
• GAME 2: WARRIORS 107, CELTICS 88
• GAME 3: CELTICS 116, WARRIORS 100
• GAME 4: FRIDAY, JUNE 10: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC
• GAME 5: MONDAY, JUNE 13: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 9 ET, ABC
• GAME 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 16: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)
• GAME 7: SUNDAY, JUNE 19: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 8 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)
* CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2-1
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TAMPA BAY 3 NY RANGERS 1 (TAMPA BAY LEAD SERIES 3 – 2)
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
TAMPA BAY 2 ST. LOUIS 1
LA DODGERS 11 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 9
CLEVELAND 8 OAKLAND 4
NY YANKEES 10 MINNESOTA 7
KANSAS CITY 7 BALTIMORE 5
LA ANGELS 5 BOSTON 2
ARIZONA 5 CINCINNATI 4
PHILADELPHIA 8 MILWAUKEE 3
COLORADO 4 SAN FRANCISCO 2
MIAMI 7 WASHINGTON 4
ATLANTA 3 PITTSBURGH 1
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 6 COLUMBUS 5
SOUTH BEND 2 CEDAR RAPIDS 0
FORT WAYNE 5 LAKE COUNTY 4
COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES
OKLAHOMA 10 TEXAS 5 (SOONERS WINS SERIES 2-0)
COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS MATCHUPS
ALL TIMES LISTED BELOW ARE IN CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. SUPER REGIONALS ARE A BEST-OF-THREE SERIES. SERIES WINNERS ADVANCE TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES IN OMAHA, NEB., WHICH BEGINS JUNE 17.
#1 TENNESSEE VS. NOTRE DAME (KNOXVILLE, TN)
GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 5:00 P.M., ESPN2
GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1:00 P.M., ESPN
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)
#8 EAST CAROLINA VS. #9 TEXAS (GREENVILLE, NC)
GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 11:00 A.M., ESPN2
GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 11:00 A.M., ESPN2
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)
#5 TEXAS A&M VS. #12 LOUISVILLE (COLLEGE STATION, TX)
GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 7:30 P.M., ESPNU
GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2:00 P.M., ESPN2
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)
#4 VIRGINIA TECH VS. OKLAHOMA (BLACKSBURG, VA)
GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2:00 P.M., ESPN2
GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 11:00 A.M., ESPNU
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)
#2 STANFORD VS. UCONN (STANFORD, CA)
GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9:30 P.M., ESPNU
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 6:00 P.M., ESPN2/ESPNU
GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)
#10 NORTH CAROLINA VS. ARKANSAS (CHAPEL HILL, NC)
GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10:00 A.M., ESPN
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 12:00 P.M., ESPN/ESPN2
GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)
#11 SOUTHERN MISS VS. OLE MISS (HATTIESBURG, MS)
GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 3:00 P.M., ESPNU
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 3:00 P.M., ESPN2/ESPNU
GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)
#3 OREGON STATE VS. #14 AUBURN (CORVALLIS, OR)
GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9:30 P.M., ESPN2
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 9:00 P.M., ESPN2
GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
WHERE: CHARLES SCHWAB FIELD, OMAHA, NEB.
WHEN: JUNE 17–JUNE 27
DEFENDING CHAMPION: MISSISSIPPI STATE
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PALAT SCORES LATE, LIGHTNING BEAT RANGERS 3-1 IN GAME 5
NEW YORK (AP) After falling behind midway through the game, the Tampa Bay Lightning showed the poise of a two-time defending champion. They rallied for another late victory to move a win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final.
Ondrej Palat scored on a deflection with 1:50 remaining to break a tie and lead the Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night for a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference final.
“We just stayed patient,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “We knew it would be a challenge in this atmosphere. We knew it would be a low-scoring grinding game. We continued our game plan and got rewarded.”
Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Hagel also scored to help the Lightning get their third straight victory, the first by a road team in this series. Andre Vasilevskiy stopped 24 shots.
On the tiebreaking goal, Sergachev got a pass from Victor Hedman and fired a shot from the right point through traffic in front that deflected off Palat’s knee and past Igor Shesterkin to give the Lightning their first lead of the night.
“I saw our guys going to the net hard,” Sergachev said. “I tried to shoot the puck as quickly as possible.”
Ryan Lindgren scored for New York, which had won eight straight at home. Shesterkin finished with 24 saves.
“It definitely stings,” Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “It was a tight game that could have gone either way. I think that’s what makes it more frustrating.”
Game 6 is Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.
“We haven’t won the series, it’s just 3-2,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “The Rangers – any team – has proven they can wipe that out. We’re the first ones with our eyes wide open. knowing that can happen. We’ll see how this goes.”
Vasilevskiy made several sprawling saves midway through the third, stopping attempts by Ryan Strome, Adam Fox and then Lindgren in a 32-second span to keep it tied at 1. Vasilevskiy also gloved a shot by Kevin Rooney with about eight minutes left.
After Palat’s deflection put the Lightning ahead, Hagel sealed the win with a empty-netter with 59 seconds remaining.
“The game-winning goal can come in the first minute or last minute,” Cooper said. “It doesn’t really matter when it comes. You just have to get it.”
The loss dropped the Rangers to a 3-2 series hole for the third time this postseason. They were down 3-1 to Pittsburgh in the first round before winning three straight to advance. Then, they trailed 3-2 against Carolina before winning the last two games to reach the conference finals.
“It seems like we play our best hockey when our backs are against the wall,” Lindgren said. “We’ve just got to go to Tampa and win a game. Take it one game at a time and just draw from those past experiences and go play our best hockey.”
Shesterkin made a nice save on a rush by Palat two minutes into the second period, and Vasilevskiy had sliding pad save on Tyler Motte less than a minute later to keep the game scoreless.
Shesterkin then made several nice saves during a Lightning power play, including on a slap shot by Nikita Kucherov 4:14 into the period.
The Rangers got their first power play of the night when the Lightning were called for too many men with about eight minutes into the middle period. They managed two shots during the advantage.
Shortly after the penalty expired, the Rangers opened the scoring when Lindgren fired a shot from the left side over Vasilevskiy’s right shoulder with traffic in front with 9:31 left in the period. It was the defenseman’s second of the postseason.
After a Lightning turnover, Motte fired a long shot that was gloved and smothered by Vasilevskiy with just under three minutes left to keep it a one-goal game.
Just 30 later, Sergachev tied it from center point with a shot through traffic for his first this postseason with 2:26 to go.
The Rangers outshot the Lightning in a fast-paced and penalty-free first period. New York had the only shot on goal of first 5 1/2 minutes, a slap shot by Braden Schneider 1:42 into the game. Kucherov hit a goalpost less than 20 seconds earlier.
Nicholas Paul hit a post with 8 1/2 minutes left in the period and Shesterkin stopped a shot by Riley Nash with 6:48 remaining on the Lightning’s second shot on goal of the game.
Vasileveskiy made two nice saves a minute later, denying slap shots by Artemi Panarin and Filip Chytil.
The Rangers had forwards Strome and Chytil in the starting lineup. Strome missed Game 4 with a lower body injury sustained in the previous game. Chytil left Tuesday night’s game just past the midpoint of the second period after a hit by Hedman.
New York was without forward Ryan Reaves, who was a healthy scratch. Kevin Rooney, who went in for Strome in the previous game, played again.
The Lightning were without forward Brayden Point (lower-body injury) for a ninth straight game. He has not played since he was injured in Game 7 of the first round against Toronto.
PGA TOUR SAYS SAUDI-PAID PLAYERS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR TOUR
(AP) — Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson launched tee shots in the Saudi-funded golf league on Thursday, and it wasn’t long before the PGA Tour said its players who took part were no longer welcome, even if they already had resigned.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan held a hard line on his pledge that players could choose one tour or the other, but not both.
Those who had resigned from the PGA Tour – Graeme McDowell said he did so 30 minutes before he teed off – were no longer eligible on any PGA Tour circuit. Those who remained members, such as Mickelson, were suspended.
“These players have made their choice or their own financial-based reasons,” Monahan said in a memo to his membership. “But they can’t demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you.”
Ian Poulter said he would appeal the ruling. McDowell said he wanted to “keep the high moral ground” by resigning to try to keep litigation to a minimum. He thinks suspensions are a healthy way to go about business.
Mickelson had nothing to say except that he didn’t want to talk about the PGA Tour in his first tournament in four months, only to confirm he will play all eight of the LIV events, five of which will be in the United States.
When told that people were interested in his situation, Mickelson replied, “I’m very flattered so many people are interested.”
Still to be determined is whether those players are ever welcome back. For now, Monahan made it clear that the suspensions include the Presidents Cup – the International team (countries outside Europe) is determined by the world ranking.
Monahan said the players who resigned will have their names removed from the PGA Tour standings – FedEx Cup and Presidents Cup – after this week. He said the tour will make sure those who haven’t resigned will not affect rankings on various lists of tour players.
The USGA already has said eligible players can still compete in the U.S. Open next week. The PGA Tour does not run the majors.
PGA champion Justin Thomas and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy welcomed the decision from the tour stop this week at the Canadian Open.
“I think anybody that’s shocked clearly hasn’t been listening to the message that Jay and everybody’s been putting out,” Thomas said. “They took that risk going into it, whether they thought it was a risk or not. I have great belief and great confidence in the PGA Tour and where we’re going and continuing to grow to, and those guys just aren’t going to be a part of it.”
Ten players have resigned from the PGA Tour, a list that includes Johnson and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson, who has lifetime membership with 45 PGA Tour titles, is among those who has not.
LIV Golf, run by Greg Norman and funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, responded to the tour’s decision by calling it vindictive and divisive.
“It’s troubling that the tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity blocking golfers from playing,” LIV Golf said. “This certainly is not the last word on this topic. The era of free agency is beginning as we are proud to have a full field of players joining us in London, and beyond.”
At issue is players competing without a conflicting event release from the PGA Tour.
Players typically receive three such releases a year for tournaments overseas. Monahan denied releases for the LIV Golf Invitational because it is an eight-tournament series that plans to compete directly with the PGA Tour in the United States.
The tour does not allow releases for events in North America.
“We have followed the tournament regulations from start to finish in responding to those players who have decided to turn their backs on the PGA Tour by willfully violating a regulation,” he wrote.
LIV Golf has paid enormous signing fees, with The Daily Telegraph reporting $150 million for Johnson and Mickelson declining to dispute reports he was paid $200 million. Both are more than Tiger Woods’ career earnings on the PGA Tour.
Norman has said LIV would support the players even if it wound up in the courts. McDowell said some players already have spoken to lawyers.
“We haven’t been issued releases. We feel like we should have been issued releases. We’ve done it for the last 20 years, operated all over the world,” McDowell said. “Listen, we all know the situation is about something bigger. It’s competition and it’s not liked. They are having to play the game the way they feel they have to play it, which is playing hard ball.”
The European tour has not said whether it would suspend its players. It has an alliance with the PGA Tour commercially, including the first co-sanctioned events this year on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The first test for PGA Tour players figures to be the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, the week after the U.S. Open. Johnson was among those listed in the field.
The LIV Golf Invitational was being streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Before the opening round, Norman said he was thrilled to see an effort 30 years in the making come to fruition.
He tried to start a World Golf Tour in the 1990s for only the elite players and had a TV contract lined up until the PGA Tour quashed the moment with support from Arnold Palmer. That circuit never got off the ground.
This one did, with the backing of riches the likes of which golf has never seen.
Each tournament offers $25 million in prize money, with $4 million for the individual winner. The PGA Tour’s richest event is The Players Championship at $20 million. The Canadian Open this week, which has five of the top-10 players in the world, has an $8.7 million purse.
CURRY’S DIAGNOSIS FOR GAME 4 OF FINALS: ‘I’M GOING TO PLAY’
BOSTON (AP) Even as he lay on the court, with 240-pound Celtics center Al Horford on top of his recently recovered left ankle, Stephen Curry knew what was wrong.
And as soon as he stood up and took a few steps, he knew he would be OK.
“I’m going to play. That’s all I know right now,” the Warriors star said on Thursday, a day before Golden State will face Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
“I know exactly what it is,” said Curry, who hurt the same ankle on a similar play in a late-season game against Boston. “I guess (there’s) comfort knowing I’ve been through it before, but also you would rather not have to deal with something like that at this point in the season.”
Curry wound up at the bottom of a pile Wednesday night as players from both teams dove for a loose ball late in the fourth quarter. Teammate Draymond Green said he heard Curry scream in pain, but the Warriors star remained in the game until coach Steve Kerr sent in the bench trailing by 14 with two minutes left.
The Celtics held on to win 116-100 and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Golden State needs a win on Friday night to avoid falling behind 3-1 before the series shifts back to San Francisco.
A key to them avoiding the brink of elimination: Curry not just remaining healthy, but playing like a two-time NBA MVP. The Warriors guard scored 31 points in Game 3, but just two of them came in the fourth quarter as the league-leading Celtics defense chased him around the court.
Golden State held a film session Thursday, but the team’s regulars did not practice. Curry appeared to walk without a limp when he entered the media room to talk to reporters, and he took the steps to the podium three at a time. He had no bandage or brace on his leg.
Curry said he got plenty of sleep – 10 1/2 hours – and spent some time with his foot in an ice bucket. But he said he did not need an MRI because the injury was the same as the one he sustained when Celtics guard Marcus Smart landed on his foot in a March 16 game in San Francisco.
“This one just wasn’t as bad as that one,” said Curry, who missed the last 12 games of the regular season. “As soon as you started to take a couple of steps, you kind of know whether you can run normal, cut normal or not. Back then, I couldn’t. Yesterday, I could. That gave me a little bit of confidence knowing it wasn’t as bad.”
Asked Thursday if he would be sitting out if it were a regular-season game, Curry said he couldn’t say for sure.
But for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, there’s no question.
“I know I’m going to play,” he said.
The Celtics listed center Robert Williams III as questionable on Thursday with the left knee injury that required late-season surgery and kept him out for seven of the team’s first 14 playoff games.
Boston coach Ime Udoka said forward Jayson Tatum is dealing with a right shoulder stinger.
“That’s going to flare up whenever he gets hit the wrong way,” Udoka said. “(He) had to shoot some free throws after, might be a little numb there. He is shooting threes right after, so I’m not sure it hampers his ability to finish at all.”
THREE GOOD QUARTERS
Golden State has outscored Boston in the third quarter of all three games so far, so a reporter asked Kerr why they can’t start the game the same way.
“I ask myself that question very often,” he said, “and I don’t have an answer.”
The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by a combined score of 106-63 in the finals. Golden State had a 33-25 edge on Wednesday night, eliminating a 12-point halftime deficit and briefly taking the lead.
Kerr joked that he has a book of “incredibly inspiring quotes” he calls on.
“I just try to pull out the right one,” he said. “And if I get them fired up and they’re excited, then they seem to play better.”
The third quarter struggles are a recurring problem for the Celtics, who similar lapses against Miami and Milwaukee.
“It’s just one of those things where it’s a mystery,” Smart said. “We’re definitely trying to not keep that pattern going.”
VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY ABANDONS COMMANDERS STADIUM BILL
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia General Assembly is abandoning for the year legislation intended to lure the NFL’s Washington Commanders to the state, a top lawmaker said Thursday.
The legislation offering hefty tax incentives had already been languishing amid a series of controversies involving the team when an assistant coach called the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol “a dust-up.”
The remarks made by Jack Del Rio on Wednesday caused several key lawmakers to pull their support, and Democratic Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said Thursday there were too many pending “issues” for the legislation to proceed.
It could be reintroduced next year, said Saslaw, who has championed the stadium and sponsored one version of the legislation.
The team, which currently plays in Maryland and has been exploring new stadium possibilities for several years, said in a statement that it supported the legislature’s decision to “more deeply examine this issue.”
“We look forward to continued engagement and open dialogue with stakeholders across the Commonwealth to share our vision and hear directly from communities on their economic development objectives and how we can be a trusted, reliable partner to realize those outcomes,” the statement said.
The team maintained that the new venue project would be a “remarkable economic development opportunity.”
A day earlier, Saslaw said Del Rio’s comments were “not helpful” but indicated he planned to continue pressing for the passage of the legislation. Del Rio apologized after initially doubling down on a comparison he made on social media between the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
The remarks from the former linebacker who now runs Washington’s defense prompted a quick backlash that included several key lawmakers from northern Virginia renouncing their support.
Differing versions of legislation that would have helped the team finance a Virginia stadium cleared both chambers of the General Assembly this year, drawing an unusual bipartisan mix of supporters. But defectors had begun to raise concerns even before Del Rio’s remarks, worrying about the transportation impacts of a potential project in an area already notorious for congestion, as well as the fiscal impact of the tax benefits the legislation would offer. One version initially had no cap on the amount of taxes the team would have been allowed to recover.
Ongoing investigations into the team by attorneys general and Congress focused on both the team’s workplace culture and allegations of financial improprieties – which the Commanders have denied – didn’t help either.
“You’ve got the attorney general’s thing, you’ve got all the congressional stuff, other issues to be answered. We decided that it will just remain in conference,” Saslaw said, meaning the measure won’t get another vote.
Republican Del. Barry Knight, who sponsored the House version of the legislation, said in a statement he agreed with Saslaw’s decision to let the bill die. He said it had become clear the legislation was not in taxpayers’ best interest.
The Commanders’ lease at FedEx Field, which lacks charm, convenience and many modern amenities despite being less than 30 years old, expires in 2027. When an investigation into Washington’s workplace misconduct prompted a $10 million fine levied in July 2021, the team said owner Dan Snyder had stepped away from day-to-day operations to focus on the stadium efforts, which have proven unsuccessful to this point.
Maryland has been unwilling to commit public money to a stadium development, while both Virginia and the District of Columbia have been interested in luring the team away.
But the District also appears to be off the table for now after a majority of the D.C. Council on Thursday ruled out using the site of the old RFK Stadium to house the Commanders. Councilmember Charles Allen said the D.C. government “unequivocally” won’t support using that land for a new football stadium, which would appear to sideline a popular choice for Snyder and the organization. The stadium was the team’s longtime home but is no longer functional.
Phil Mendelson, chairman of the D.C. Council, who was not one of the seven members who sent a letter to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton ruling out the RFK site, said it does not represent a final decision. But Mendelson told The Associated Press on Thursday that the majority of members opposing using that land for a stadium takes it out of consideration for now.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers support developing the area around FedEx Field but not paying for a new stadium. Hogan signed a measure in April that would make up to $400 million in bonds available for development around the stadium in the suburbs of the nation’s capital, whether the team stays or not.
A county plan calls for developing the area into a transit hub with new residential, retail and entertainment amenities. The law authorizes the Maryland Stadium Authority to use money from the state lottery to build infrastructure in the county.
Knight, the powerful chairman of the Virginia House Appropriations Committee, seemed to maintain a degree of skepticism about a Virginia stadium project all year, despite carrying his chamber’s version of the bill.
“I know they’re good business people,” he told AP of the team earlier this year. “And I know they’re leveraging each site against the other one to try to get the best deal.”
Hogan said Thursday that the latest developments in Virginia and D.C. came as no surprise “whatsoever” and that he assumed the team would be staying in Maryland.
ROJAS, DIAMONDBACKS RALLY FOR 4 RUNS IN 9TH, BEAT REDS 5-4
CINCINNATI (AP) With one out in the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks trailing by a run, Josh Rojas worked Reds reliever Tony Santillan to a full count and looked for another fastball.
Santillan – who already had hurt himself with a wild pitch and a throwing error in the inning – gave him what he wanted, serving up a 97 mph four-seamer down and away to Rojas, who hit it past a drawn-in infield to score two runs.
“I went up there with a with the approach to stay on the heater and react to the slider,” Rojas said after the 5-4 win that earned the Diamondbacks a split of the four-game series. “He actually threw me a first-pitch slider, I got a good swing on and fouled it off. Once I did that, I felt pretty comfortable to stay on the heater and try to drive something. I got put in a really good situation.”
The Diamondbacks went into the ninth trailing 3-1, but got help from Santillan’s wild tosses.
Pavin Smith drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a wild pitch by Santillan (0-1) and scored on Alek Thomas’ single. Santillan then threw away a bunt for an error, and a sacrifice set up the two-run single by Rojas, who later scored on a grounder.
The blown lead by the Reds wasted a solid pitching performance by starter Tyler Mahle, who allowed one run and four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six innings. His biggest mistake was a fastball left in the middle of the zone that Smith snuck just inside the right-field foul pole for a homer leading off the Arizona fifth.
Mark Melancon (2-6), the second of three relievers for the Diamondbacks, got the win. Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his fourth save, despite allowing Matt Reynolds’ solo homer.
“That’s the beauty of this team,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “They’ve got a great heartbeat. There was never any panic in the dugout. We felt like if kept scratching and clawing and we got into their bullpen, we’d give ourselves a chance. Their starting pitcher was very good.”
The Reds scored three in the first inning when TJ Friedl, Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham each singled to load the bases with no outs and Joey Votto doubled home two runs. Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly.
The Reds were relatively quiet after that. Zach Davies went six for the Diamondbacks, allowing six hits while striking out seven.
MORE BAD LUCK FOR TYLER
A foul ball in the fourth inning broke the right thumb of Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson, who is expected to miss four to six weeks. The 25-year-old Stephenson missed time with a concussion already this season but is hitting .305 and is one of team’s most productive players. Speculation was that Stephenson would be the Reds’ representative to the All Star Game.
“I have never had anything broken or fractured before,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it didn’t feel good. It is tough, but it will be fine. Frustrating. You live and learn. You have to find the positives.”
Diamondbacks: DH Christian Walker left the game after he was hit in the helmet by a fastball from Alexis Diaz in the eighth. Lovullo said he’s expected to be OK. … RHP Luke Weaver (elbow) will be evaluated on Friday for a potential start on Sunday.
Reds: Drury was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game with soreness in his right Achilles tendon. … CF Nick Senzel, scratched from Wednesday night’s game because of a strained back, is expected to miss another day or two. … INF/OF Max Schrock (left calf strain) may return to the lineup as early as this weekend.
The Reds recalled INF Colin Moran from Triple-A Louisville and sent RHP Jared Solomon back down. Moran started at first base, with Votto handling the DH duties.
Diamondbacks: Scheduled to start LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-5, 3.64 ERA) in the opener Friday of a weekend series at Philadelphia. Bumgarner pitched four innings against the Reds on Monday, allowing four runs and eight hits. RHP Zack Wheeler (4-3, 3.14 ERA) is the probable starter for the Phillies. Wheeler surrendered two runs and six hits through six innings with nine strikeouts in beating the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-3, 3.55 ERA) is the scheduled starter in the Friday opener of a weekend series at St. Louis. He’ll face RHP Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.23 ERA). Castillo allowed five runs and six hits while striking out six through 6 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Washington. Pallante gave up a run and four hits through four innings in Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
GUARDIANS RALLY TO WIN WITHOUT FRANCONA, A’S LOSE 9TH IN ROW
CLEVELAND (AP) After Terry Francona got done railing at the umpires, the Guardians rallied without their manager.
Andres Gimenez drove in the go-ahead run with a single in Cleveland’s four-run eighth inning, and the Guardians scored six runs after Francona was ejected for an 8-4 win Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who dropped their ninth straight.
Gimenez looped a single into left field off Lou Trivino (1-5) and rookie Richie Palacios delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth as the Guardians went over .500 for the first time since May 9, when they were 15-14.
Cleveland was down 4-2 in the sixth before scoring six runs after Francona got tossed for arguing.
“I was excited watching it,” Francona said of the comeback.
Rookie Oscar Gonzalez got four hits, Steven Kwan added three and Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor homered for Cleveland, which has won eight of 10 and stayed competitive despite seven rainouts at home.
“It’s a testament to our team culture,” said Kwan, who is batting . 429 (9 of 21) in June. “We’ve always stayed positive kind of moving through these weird times.”
Christian Bethancourt hit a two-run homer – and nearly had two more homers – for the young A’s, who now have two nine-game losing streaks in the same season for the first time since 1978.
Kwan’s two-out RBI single tied it for Cleveland in the seventh, an inning after he was involved in the play that got Francona thrown out.
Kwan beat out an infield single and stole second with a headfirst slide. When the throw sailed into center, Kwan tried to get up but Oakland shortstop Elvis Andrus was sprawled on top of him.
Francona came out and argued with second-base umpire Jeremie Rehak that Kwan should get third. The umpires convened, and when they ruled Kwan didn’t deserve the extra base, an infuriated Francona was tossed by crew chief Paul Emmel.
It was Francona’s first ejection this season and the 45th of his career.
“I didn’t understand. I don’t think you reward the offending team,” Francona said. “He (Rehak) told me `There was no way he was getting to third.’ I said `Well, he didn’t get a chance. He was trying.’ So then he asked all the umpires and they said the same thing. So I told all four of them I thought they were wrong. Then I told them to tell the guy in New York I thought he was wrong.”
Kwan said Francona’s ejection was a spark.
“We know he cares, but kind of seeing him out there and putting his neck on the line for us, it definitely kind of gets everybody going,” he said.
The A’s had built a 4-2 lead in the sixth on three straight two-out doubles by Bethancourt, Andrus and pinch-hitter Seth Brown.
Bethancourt homered in the second, flew to deep left in the third and doubled in the sixth and eighth.
“Bethancourt hit four of the hardest balls we’ve had hit in a game,” said A’s manager Mark Kotsay. “Shoot, he could have easily had four home runs if he gets a click under those two line drives. He’s really locked in.”
Ramirez and Naylor connected for back-to-back homers on the first three pitches by starter James Kapriellan in the fourth.
Ramirez kept up his torrid pace, leading off with his 15th homer. Naylor followed with his seventh, giving the Guardians consecutive homers for the first time since the team’s name change.
Gonzalez has hit safely in 12 of 13 games, joining Roger Maris (1957) as the only players in Cleveland history to start their careers that well.
FOES AND FRIENDS
Francona hasn’t forgotten the day in Boston when the Red Sox released Kotsay, who was an outfielder.
“I remember literally shedding tears when we did it,” he said. “It was hard.”
Now Oakland’s first-year manager, Kotsay said he and Francona bonded during their time together and remain close. Kotsay said Francona’s managerial style influenced him.
“Tito is a man of emotion,” Kotsay said. “He cares about his guys, probably to the point where it impacts them physically, and I would say there is some of that in myself.”
The Guardians pulled off a successful pickoff play at second base Wednesday against Texas, the first for a Cleveland team since July 9, 1985.
Francona was stunned to learn it had been 37 years between pickoffs.
“I’m really surprised,” Francona said. “You would just think over the course of time, something would happen.”
After a nearly two-hour rain delay, right-hander Eli Morgan spun before throwing a pitch in the fifth and nabbed Adolis Garcia. The Guardians schemed the move during the delay.
“That was fun,” Francona said. “It was like you’re in your backyard. You’re kind of drawing it up, talking to the guys. It was fun to watch it play itself out.”
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale allowed one run in two innings (50 pitches) in a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus at Indianapolis. He’s been out since May 20, when he fell covering first base and suffered a bruised left glute muscle.
Triston McKenzie (3-5, 3.10 ERA) allowed just three hits over seven innings in his last start, but all three were home runs. The right-hander starts for the Guardians against Oakland RHP Paul Blackburn (5-2, 2.62), who has dropped his past two starts.
AFTER 2-STRIKE INTENTIONAL WALK, MUNCY POWERS DODGERS
CHICAGO (AP) Max Muncy broke open the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning after White Sox manager Tony La Russa ordered an intentional walk to Trea Turner with a 1-2 count, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 11-9 Thursday.
Muncy had five RBIs in his return after missing 11 games with left elbow inflammation. He entered hitting .150 to Turner’s .303.
“The baseball mind in me gets it,” Muncy said. “Obviously, my year has sucked up to this point. Trea’s been really good.”
“At the moment, I was animated and I’ll just leave it at that,” Muncy added. “But at the same time, I don’t know if walking someone with two strikes is every the right move.
“It kind of gave me something that I really haven’t had a lot of this year,” he said. “In the past I’ve always been the guy who very fiery and had a lot of edge. To kind of get that back felt really good, to be honest.”
Los Angeles trailed 4-0 before a six-run fifth and took a 7-5 lead when Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single in the sixth off Bennett Sousa. a 27-year-old rookie left-hander.
Sousa bounced an 0-2 slider for a wild pitch that allowed Freeman to take second. Wanting to set up a left-on-left matchup, La Russa ordered the intentional walk to the right-handed-hitting Turner, who had singled in a run in the fifth.
“He’s got two strikes, Tony!” a fan yelled.
“I was just confused,” Turner said. “I didn’t know if I should go to first or not, but I guess they liked the matchup.”
Muncy, whose two-run double off Dylan Cease put the Dodgers ahead 5-4 in the fifth, worked the count to 2-2 and sliced a slider to the opposite field and into the left-field seats, his fourth home run this season.
“Is there some question about whether that was good move or not?” said La Russa, a 77-year old Hall of Famer. “Do you know what (Turner) hits against left-handed pitching with 0-1 or two strikes? Do you know what Muncy hits with two strikes against a left-handed pitcher? Is that really a question? We had an open base and Muncy happened to be the guy behind him and that’s a better matchup. That wasn’t a tough call.”
Gavin Lux had four hits, including an RBI double, and scored twice. Freddie Freeman had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fifth. All the runs off Cease were unearned due to third baseman Jake Burger’s fielding error on Austin Barnes’ sharp grounder.
Chicago closed with two runs against Daniel Hudson, who needed 35 pitches to get though the ninth. With two on and one out, Yasmani Grandal popped out, and pinch- hitter Gavin Sheets followed with a strikeout.
Tyler Anderson was seeking to become the major leagues’ first eight-game winner but allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in three-plus innings in his shortest start this season. The White Sox stopped Anderson’s string of scoreless innings at 28.
“Starting with Tyler, it was a grind,” Dodgers manager David Roberts said. “They were taking long at-bats and getting his pitch count up.”
Brusdar Graterol (2-2) relieved with the bases loaded, hit Adam Engel with a pitch and allowed Josh Harrison’s sacrfice fly.
Cease (4-3) threw 110 pitches while giving up six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Dodgers: To make roster room for Muncy, the Dodgers optioned INF/OF Zach McKinstry to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said LHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) would be assessed over the next couple of days after making his third rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. Lynn allowed seven runs – four earned – and eight hits over three innings while throwing 77 pitches.
Dodgers: Scuffling RHP Walker Buehler (6-2, 3.84) starts in San Francisco on Friday night. The two-time All-Star has allowed nine runs in 8 1/3 innings over his last two outings and was chased after 2 1/3 innings by the Mets last Saturday in the shortest start of his big league career. Buehler worked on delivery issues in a bullpen session in Chicago on Wednesday.
White Sox: Rookie RHP Davis Martin (0-2, 4.35) faces Texas RHP Glenn Otto (4-2, 4.24).
NATS’ STRASBURG ALLOWS MARLINS 7 RUNS IN 1ST START IN YEAR
MIAMI (AP) Jazz Chisholm bunted for a single on the first pitch of Stephen Strasburg’s return from a one-year absence, stole second and the Marlins kept on going in a 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night that finished a three-game sweep.
The 33-year-old right-hander, pitching on the 13th anniversary of Washington selecting him with the first overall pick in the amateur draft, allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.
“It felt good, and I’m excited to learn from it and get back out there for the next one,” Strasburg said. “Fastball command could have been better in certain spots there. I felt the changeup was working pretty well. All in all, it’s a place to start and try to build off of it.”
Strasburg (0-1) struck out five and hit a batter, throwing 63 of 83 pitches for strikes while averaging 91.9 mph with his fastball.
“He didn’t throw 93-94 (mph) but his fastball had ooofff at the end of it,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “There was late action. Now it’s a matter of getting back out there every five days and getting him going.”
The three-time All-Star and 2019 World Series MVP had not pitched in a major league game since June 1 last year, spending much of the time recovering from surgery on July 28 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a compression of nerves, arteries or veins near the neck or armpit. He had made three minor league rehabilitation starts.
The Marlins had been 0-12 in 15 games started by Strasburg since May 5, 2015. His record against them dropped to 21-8.
Trevor Rogers (3-5) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.
Jesus Sanchez homered and doubled against Strasburg, and Chisholm had two bunt singles. Garrett Cooper doubled and singled, giving him six straight multihit games.
“It feels great to be back and able to perform,” said Sanchez, who sat out Wednesday because of back stiffness. “Now that we’re here, we have to hustle and keep going.”
Chisholm scored on Sanchez’s RBI double and Jon Berti followed with a two-run single for a 3-0 lead in the first. Miami entered with 13 first-inning runs – only Detroit with 12 had fewer.
“Guys did a good job of getting on base, and getting some key hits and we were able to stretch it out,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Juan Soto hit a two-run single in the fifth before Miami chased Strasburg in a four-run bottom half that include Cooper’s RBI double, Jesus Aguilar’s run-scoring single and Sanchez’s two-run homer.
Washington closed in the seventh when Lane Thomas had an RBI double and Victor Robles ran home on right fielder Avisail Garcia’s throwing error.
Anthony Bass got the final out in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth. Tanner Scott closed with a perfect ninth for his third save.
NO STOPPING NOW
Chisholm scored from first on Cooper’s fifth-inning double to left. However, Chisholm overran third base coach Al Pedrique’s stop sign and beat left fielder Lane Thomas’ throw with a headfirst slide at home.
“He just ran through a stop sign,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, you love his aggressiveness but fortunately, it worked out.”
The Nationals optioned LHP Sam Clay to Triple-A Rochester for Strasburg’s spot in the roster. Clay lasted one day with the club as he was recalled Wednesday after Washington optioned RHP Joan Adon to Triple-A.
Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz (back stiffness) was a late scratch and will have an MRI Friday, Martinez said.
Marlins: 3B-OF Brian Anderson (lower back spasms) visited a spine specialist Wednesday and is feeling better.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (3-4, 4.88) will start against Milwaukee LHP Aaron Ashby (1-4, 3.13) in the opener of a three-game home series Friday.
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (4-2, 2.18) will start the opener of a three-game series at Houston against Luis Garcia (3-4, 3.07).
FRIED, BRAVES BEAT PIRATES 3-1 FOR 8TH STRAIGHT WIN
ATLANTA (AP) Max Fried found a way to win even without having his best stuff.
“Definitely had to work tonight,” he said. “A couple of defensive plays bailed me out of it and it’s also nice when you get a couple of runs early to try and settle in with the lead and try to hold it.”
Fried won his sixth straight decision by pitching six tough innings and the Atlanta Braves earned their eighth consecutive victory, 3-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
Adam Duvall, Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud each drove in a run for the defending World Series champions, whose winning streak is their longest since they took nine in a row last August. Atlanta has outscored opponents 55-21 during this streak.
Fried (6-2) pitched out of a jam in the first and the third before Jack Suwinski hit his eighth homer to trim the lead to 3-1 in the fourth and end a string of 16 consecutive scoreless innings for the lefty.
Fried worked around eight hits, striking out eight and walking none. His 44 wins since the start of 2019 are most in the NL and second in the majors, four behind he Yankees’ Gerrit Cole.
In his last 10 starts, Fried is 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA and has pitched at least six innings each time he’s taken a turn in the rotation. The Braves are 8-2 over that span.
“Just knowing I might not have had the best stuff or didn’t physically feel my best, but I know when I went out there I still had to do what I can to get outs and get us through six innings,” Fried said. “You just try to figure out a way, whether it’s relying on what’s working that day or change game plans. It’s a lot of communication with Travis.”
Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch in the third, stole second and scored when Swanson lifted an opposite-field bloop single to right. Swanson scored from first on d’Arnaud’s two-out double down the left-field line to make it 3-0.
Atlanta went ahead in the second when d’Arnaud walked, advanced on a single and a grounder and scored on Duvall’s single.
Will Smith faced the minimum in the seventh for the Braves, A.J. Minter pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got his 16th save in 19 chances with a perfect ninth.
Pirates starter JT Brubaker (0-6) retired 12 straight batters before Michael Harris II singled with two outs in the seventh. Brubaker gave up three runs and six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
“I feel like I threw the ball well,” Brubaker said. “I felt good. The one thing that stands out is the hit by pitch and the four-pitch walk. Can’t defend walks. They put the ball in play and ended up getting those two guys across on free passes. Balls found holes. Balls fell in right in the no-man’s land. D’Arnaud hit a good pitch, and I stuck to the same game plan.”
Fried stranded four runners in scoring position. He was helped by an adept double play turned by Swanson at shortstop to end the fifth.
“It wasn’t as tough a grind as some of them were, but he had to work,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “A few mis-hit balls, a couple of balls hit hard. He was in trouble a lot but he always seems to find a way to reach back and get out of it. Dansby turns a great double play one inning to get him out of it.”
Fried allowed three hits in the first, but his pickoff at first base of leadoff hitter Ke’Bryan Hayes proved fortuitous when Bryan Reynolds and Michael Chavis followed with singles. He struck out Diego Castillo to end the threat.
Fried’s 16 pickoffs since the start of 2019 are most in the majors. He has 21 in his career.
Suwinski’s eight homers are most among NL rookies, and his three long balls against lefties are the second most by a Pittsburgh rookie left-handed hitter since Garrett Jones hit six in 2009. Suwinski has hit safely in each of his last eight games, going 12 for 30 with two doubles, three homers and five RBIs.
Pirates RHP Nick Mears (elbow surgery) had his rehab transferred from to Triple-A Indianapolis after he struck out six in four scoreless innings – a span of four relief appearances – with low-A Bradenton. … Pittsburgh RHP Heath Hembree (right calf strain) has begun a rehab assignment with Indianapolis. He pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh’s Roansy Contreras (1-0, 1.93 ERA) will face Spencer Strider (1-2, 2.76) in the second game of a four-game series. Contreras will make his fourth start and seventh appearance. Strider will make his third start and 14th appearance.
COLE ALLOWS 5 HOMERS, YANKEES RALLY PAST TWINS 10-7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Gerrit Cole gave up home runs to his first three batters and a career-high five in 2 1/3 innings but the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-7 Thursday night behind two home runs from Joey Gallo.
Cole left trailing 7-3, and the Yankees tied the score in the sixth when Aaron Hicks hit his second home run of the season, a two-run drive. Hicks homered after shortstop Carlos Correa and second baseman Jorge Polanco failed to communicate on Gleyber Torres’ popup and allowed the ball to fall for a single.
DJ LeMahieu hit the 100th home run of his career, and the Yankees got their 16th comeback win, tying Colorado and San Francisco for the major league lead.
“Don’t let us hang around. That’s the dynamic,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
New York improved to 14-2-2 in series and became just the second team to win after allowing home runs to the opposition’s first three batters. The Yankees’ 41-16 record tops the major leagues.
“With this team, we’re never out of a game, especially that early in the game,” Hicks said after his first home run since April 12. “We have a lot of veteran guys that are in this lineup that understand that you’ve got to keep pushing throughout the whole game. We’re a team that can score a lot of runs.”
Five of Minnesota’s first 16 batters homered off Cole, who had never before allowed more than three in a game. He allowed seven runs and eight hits, his ERA rising from 2.78 to 3.63.
“Stuff was just over the middle of the plate, pitch after pitch,” Cole said. “Boy that was tough, just really poor execution and just not great stuff and never really found a way to try to make it any better.”
Lucas Luetge, Miguel Castro (3-0), Wandy Peralta, Michael King and Clay Holmes combined for 6 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.
Holmes lowered his ERA to 0.33, got his ninth save in nine chances and extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings, the Yankees’ longest since Mariano Rivera finished the 1999 season with 30 2/3 innings
Gallo hit a two-run homer in the second off Dylan Bundy and combined with LeMahieu for back-to-back homers in the fifth for his seventhg multihomer game since 2001.
Aaron Judge led off the seventh with a double against Jhoan Duran (0-2) that hit the top of the wall. Judge scored on Anthony Rizzo’s single for an 8-7 lead, Hicks singled in a run later in the inning and Jovani Moran threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the eighth that bounced past former Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Correa became the seventh trio of teammates to open a game with three straight home runs, starting a barrage against Cole. The only previous team to lose after starting with three homers was San Diego to San Francisco on April 13, 1987.
Arraez started the onslaught on a 2-2 changeup, hitting a tying drive 396 feet into the right-field seats for his second home run this season.
Buxton drove the next pitch, a hanging slider, 422 deep into the left-field upper deck for his 14th homer.
Correa fouled off a pitch, then pulled a cutter 413 feet into the left-field lower deck for his fourth homer and a 3-1 lead.
The previous trio to accomplish the feat was Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta off Jerad Eickoff at Philadelphia on June 10, 2019.
Buxton gave the Twins a 6-3 lead in the second with a three-run homer on a cutter, a 370-foot drive to left, and Trevor Larnach hit a solo homer on a fastball in the third, sending the ball 441 feet into the second deck in right-center.
Buxton has three two-homer games this season and six in his career, with a three-homer game at Toronto on Aug. 27, 2017.
After Gio Urshela chased Cole with a double in the second, Jose Miranda flied to Hicks in center. Urshela had run past third and forgot to retouch the base when heading back to second, and was called out on appeal.
“We got to play crisper baseball if we’re going to get outs in the middle of the game, late in the game, and make it happen,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
He didn’t fault Correa and Polanco over the missed popup.
“I think we definitely should have won that ballgame,” Baldelli said. “The reasons why we didn’t, I don’t think those are going to be things that are going to affect us going forward. I think these are things that we can set aside, and we can built on this game, actually, even though it was a loss.”
Even though the Twins lost two of three to the Yankees this week, the team’s offense thrived against one of the hottest pitching staffs in baseball. In their previous six games, the Yankees had allowed just seven runs. The Twins scored 19 runs in the three-game series. Jameson Taillon, Nestor Cortes and Cole combined for 10 2/3 innings.
“We faced their best pitchers, who happened to be on top of the best rotation in the game right now,” Correa said. “They didn’t go past five, so that’s a positive you take out of that series, and that speaks volumes about our lineup, about our group of guys, about what we can do out there when we have a collective approach.”
Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to throw a bullpen in New York on Saturday as he recovers from left Achilles tendinitis.
Twins: Arraez returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game with a sore shoulder.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 2.95 ERA) will get the start on Friday as the Cubs visit New York to open a three-game series. He’ll face LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 3.38).
Twins: The Rays come to Minneapolis to kick off a three-game set on Friday. LHP Devin Smeltzer (2-0, 1.93) will take the mound for the Twins against Tampa Bay RHP Drew Rasmussen (5-2, 3.02).
HARPER, PHILS WIN 7TH IN A ROW, HAND BREWS 6TH STRAIGHT LOSS
MILWAUKEE (AP) Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera homered as interim manager Rob Thomson and the streaking Philadelphia Phillies won their season-high seventh straight game, beating the sagging Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Thursday.
At 6-0, Thomson is off to the best start by a first-time major league manager since Boston’s Joe Morgan won his first 12 games in 1988, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
“We just got to keep going,” Harper said, “doing the things we’re doing, playing the game the right way, not overlook anybody that we play and just take it one game at a time.”
The NL Central-leading Brewers lost their season-worst sixth in a row.
“We just can’t get anything going, unfortunately,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You get kind of knocked down, and you got to grind through it and keep going.”
It was the second consecutive three-game sweep for the Phillies under Thomson. He took over last Friday after manager Joe Girardi was fired, and Philadelphia swept the Los Angeles Angels before heading to Milwaukee.
Didi Gregorius singled, tripled, doubled and drove in a run for Philadelphia.
Andrew McCutchen singled home a run in the ninth to pull Milwaukee within five runs. With two on and two outs, Jace Peterson then was initially ruled safe on an RBI single, but was called out after a replay reversal.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (3-4) and Phillies starter Zach Eflin were both out of the game by the end of the fifth.
“Being able to get Corbin out of there in the fifth inning at 100 or whatever pitches he threw, I thought we battled as best we could and got into their bullpen as best as we could,” Harper said. “To be able to come here and sweep in their ballpark, that’s huge for us.”
Thomson agreed with Harper about the importance of chasing Burnes, who threw a season-high 113 pitches, 67 for strikes.
“The biggest thing was that we just laid out good at bats on Burnes and put his pitch count way up there and got him out of the game,” Thomson said. “Then, they got to use the weaker part of the bullpen.”
Harper homered for the second straight day, connecting off Brad Boxberger for his 15th of the season, a solo drive in the seventh for a 4-2 lead.
Schwarber hit his 15th home run, a two-run drive off Trevor Kelley in the eighth. Herrera, who homered in a 10-0 romp Wednesday night, added a two-run drive in the ninth.
Hunter Renfroe and Willy Adames homered for Milwaukee.
Seranthony Dominguez (3-1) pitched one inning for the win.
“The bullpen did a great job all the way through,” Thomson said of the five relievers he used in the game.
Eflin walked three to snap his streak of 33 consecutive starts with two walks or fewer since Aug. 29, 2020. He allowed a run and four hits in four innings.
“All sides of the ball, everybody is playing well,” Eflin said. “The boys did a great job of picking me up today.”
Burnes walked a career-high four and gave up three runs, one of them earned, and three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and left after throwing a season-high 113 pitches.
“I think both starting pitchers had the same same day, really,” Counsell said. “I think the hitters did a pretty good job on both sides. I think there was a ton of close pitches that didn’t get called strikes and extended innings.”
Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler is scheduled to come off the paternity list and start Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. … LHP Ryan Sherriff and LHP Kent Emanuel will begin rehab assignments with Clearwater (A) tonight.
Brewers: Adames started at short for the second straight game after being reinstated Friday from the 10-day injured list (high left ankle sprain). He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his return. . C Omar Narvaez should come off the injured list (COVID-19) soon. “He’s been cleared,” Counsell said. “So, he will fly with us to Washington.” Narvaez was placed on the list June 2.
HARPER BY THE BOOK
Since 2021, the Phillies are 75-34 in games when Harper scores at least one run, including 20-9 in those games this year.
He now has a NL-best 35 extra-base hits.
Phillies: RHP Kyle Gibson (3-2, 4.40 ERA) opens the three-game home series against RHP Zac Gallen (4-1, 2.40) and the Diamondbacks.
Brewers: LHP Aaron Ashby (1-4. 3.13 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game road series against Erick Fedde (3-4, 4.88) and the Washington Nationals.
MCCLANAHAN WINS 5TH STRAIGHT START, RAYS SWEEP 3 FROM CARDS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shane McClanahan pitched eight superb innings to win his fifth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer as the Rays moved a season-high 11 games over .500.
McClanahan (7-2) allowed one unearned run, two hits, walked one and struck out nine, The lefty, who leads the majors with 98 strikeouts, has given up just five runs over 40 innings in his last six starts.
“I think he’s putting himself in a category here through two months of the season – pretty special category,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
It was the first time McClanahan has pitched into the eighth inning.
Jason Adam worked the ninth to get to his second save
Miles Mikolas (4-4) had an eight-inning complete game, allowing three hits and striking out nine.
The right-hander was the first St. Louis pitcher to have a complete game and lose since Adam Wainwright on April 26, 2021, against Philadelphia.
“I thought Miles actually outpitched him if you ask me, but Shane has something for you,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s (McClanahan) got electric stuff. He did a phenomenal job. Miles also did a really nice job. That was a plus-outing there.”
Marmol said the Cardinals had six or seven balls hit at over 100 mph that were right at people.
“The guys behind me made a lot of great plays,” McClanahan said. “I owe a lot of success to them.”
With both pitchers in control, the game at Tropicana Field was played in 1 hour, 54 minutes.
Mikolas retired his first nine batters on just 27 pitches before running into trouble during the fourth.
Kevin Kiermaier had a leadoff single and scored on Choi’s one-out homer that made it 2-0. Choi has a nine-game hitting streak and has driven in 10 runs over the stretch.
The Cardinals got within 2-1 in the sixth after an error by McClanahan.
Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games with a two-out walk and went to second when Nolan Arenado singled for the Cardinals’ second hit.
Albert Pujols hit a soft comebacker that McClanahan failed to catch barehanded. McClanahan recovered, but made an errant throw to first that allowed Goldschmidt to score.
“I just rushed it,” McClanahan said. “I knocked it down, my momentum was taking me one way and I thought I had not as much time as I did and just rushed the throw,”
Pujols picked up his 1, 374th extra-base hit in the second when Rays second baseman Vidal Brujan overran his pop fly in shallow right field for a double. Pujols is now three extra-base hits away from tying Cardinals great Stan Musial for third place on the all-time MLB list.
The Rays played a video tribute before the top of the third honoring St. Louis stars Yadier Molina and Pujols, who are both retiring after this season.
“I think both of them have meant quite a bit to the game,” Cash said. “You marvel at their careers. Look at Yadier Molina (39) and Albert Pujols (42) the age they are, they kept themselves in that shape to be able to compete at his level still is just remarkable.”
Both jumped over the railing of the third-base dugout after the video to acknowledge a standing ovation.
Cardinals: Outfielder Dylan Carlson (left hamstring) could rejoin the team Friday.
Rays: Reliever Andrew Kittredge was placed on the 15-day IL and is expected to have surgery to remove a loose body in his right elbow.
Cardinals: Right-hander Andre Pallante (1-0) will go against Cincinnati righty Luis Castillo (1-3) on Friday night in St. Louis.
Rays: Righty Drew Rasmussen (5-2) and Minnesota left-hander Devin Smeltzer (2-0) are Friday night’s starters at Target Field.
TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES
OLIVA STEALS HOME TO WALK OFF CLIPPERS
INDIANAPOLIS – Following a 2-2 offering to Canaan Smith-Njigba with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jared Oliva broke for the plate and slid in safely to give the Indianapolis Indians a walk-off steal of home against the Columbus Clippers on Thursday night, 6-5.
With one out, Oliva hit a well-placed grounder that snuck inside first base down the right-field line for a double. A groundout by Oneil Cruz then moved Oliva to third base to set up the walk-off opportunity. After Ben Krauth (L, 3-1) missed the strike zone with his 2-2 pitch, Clippers catcher Bryan Lavastida lobbed his return throw to the mound, and Oliva – with a healthy lead off third – dashed for home. Oliva’s head-first slide beat Krauth’s throw back to the plate, sending the Indians (28-27) and 8,780 fans in attendance into a frenzy. It was the first steal of home by an Indians baserunner since Will Craig on April 12, 2019.
Columbus (34-23) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring groundout, but the Indians plated four runs in the third to take a 4-1 advantage. After Oliva was beaned to lead off the inning and a walk to Cruz, Smith-Njigba laced a grounder into center field to make it 1-1. Ji-Hwan Bae followed with an opposite-field RBI double ahead of consecutive RBI groundouts by Mason Martin and Rodolfo Castro to cap the four-run frame.
The Clippers pulled within one run in the top of the seventh on three walks, a hit batter and sacrifice fly against reliever Cristofer Melendez, but Cruz launched a solo homer in the bottom half to push the margin back to two, 5-3. Cruz’s ninth long ball of the season carried 428 feet to the berm in right-center.
Columbus’ success against Indy’s bullpen continued with one run apiece in the eighth and ninth inning to tie the game. In the eighth, Lavastida roped a leadoff triple to set up an RBI single by Mitchell Tolman. Then with runners on the corners in the top of the ninth, Lavastida softly grounded a ball past pitcher Austin Brice (W, 2-2) to score Will Brennan. The Clippers’ comeback effort was all for naught thanks to Oliva’s sprint home.
Bryse Wilson surrendered just one earned run over 6.0 impressive frames, recording his second consecutive quality start in three Triple-A outings. It marked just the third quality start by an Indians pitcher this season, and he became the first to record back-to-back quality starts since Max Kranick and James Marvel each did so in September 2021.
The Indians and Clippers will play the fourth game of the six-game set on Friday at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Cody Bolton (1-1, 2.78) will take the bump for Indy against Columbus RHP Peyton Battenfield (3-3, 2.82).
TWO RETURNING TO BLOOMINGTON AS ALL-AMERICANS
EUGENE, Ore. – Indiana Track & Field concluded day two of 2022 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday night at Hayward Field.
• Paola Fernandez-Sola kicked off the meet for the Hoosiers as she competed in the long jump. Fernandez-Sola leaped a mark of 6.18m (20′ 3.5″) and finished in 14th.
• Maddy Pollard placed 16th in the shot put with a mark of 16.63m (54′ 6.75″).
• Jayden Ulrich also competed in the shot put as she put a mark of 16.62m (54′ 6.5″) to place 17th.
• With her place of 14th, Paola Fernandez- Sola is an All-American Second Team selection. This is the first of her career.
• Maddy Pollard placed 16th in the shot put final to earn Second Team All-American honors.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Saturday, June 11 when they wrap up the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Mahogany Jenkins is set to compete in the high jump while Jayden Ulrich is slated for the discus.
Women’s Long Jump
14. Paola Fernandez-Sola – 6.18m (20′ 3.5″)
Women’s Shot Put
16. Maddy Pollard – 16.63m (54′ 6.75″)
17. Jayden Ulrich – 16.62m (54′ 6.5″)
MARTIN TIES SCHOOL RECORD AND EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Isaiah Martin earned his fifth career All-America honor as the Purdue track & field team continued competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Martin finished ninth in the decathlon with 7,708 points to post his best NCAA Championship finish and collect Second Team All-America accolades. Also on Thursday, the second day of the four-day national championships, four Boilermakers earned five total Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Through the first five events, contested on Wednesday, Martin was in 14th place overall in the decathlon. His Thursday got off to a big start with a wind-legal PR of 14.41 in the 110m hurdles. As he was seventh in the race, Martin moved up to 13th overall. He rose one more spot to 12th after the discus thanks to a throw of 39.94 meters that was 14th-best. The day’s third event was the pole vault, and Martin was 17th with a clearance of 4.21m. That put him in 13th in the 10-event competition with two events remaining.
Martin saved two of his best performances for the last two events of his collegiate career. In the javelin, Martin notched a throw of 61.72m to finish first. The season-best mark and third-best throw of his career pushed Martin up four places to ninth overall. He concluded the decathlon with a personal-best 1,500m time of 4:28.80 to finish eighth.
With a final point total of 7,708, Martin tied his collegiate best, which is the school record he set a year ago. He finished ninth overall for his best NCAA finish and earned Second Team All-America honors for the fourth time in his career. The finish bests 10th-place showings in the decathlon in 2019 and 2021 and in the heptathlon in 2021, and Martin also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2020 in the heptathlon.
Martin concludes his storied Boilermaker career as a five-time All-American and two-time school record-holder, in the heptathlon (5,631 points) and decathlon (7,708 points, twice). He finished in the top 10 nationally in all four NCAA Championships he competed in.
Thursday’s action at Hayward Field concluded with the 4×400 relay, where Purdue finished 17th overall in 3:36.18. Sophomore K’Ja Talley, freshman Shianne Dacosta and sophomores Saran Kouyeth and Cierra Williams were just shy of a top-16 finish and were bestowed with Honorable Mention All-America distinction.
Eighty minutes earlier, Talley ran in the 400m hurdles and finished 18th overall in 58.71. As she became the first Boilermaker woman to run in and individual event at NCAAs since 2018, she earned the first of what would be two Honorable Mention All-America awards.
On Wednesday, senior Kelly Cook was 18th in the hammer throw, sophomore Safin Wills placed 20th in the long jump and the men’s 4×100 relay finished 21st overall. All six Boilermakers collected Honorable Mention All-America distinction.
Fifteen Boilermakers are competing in nine events at the four-day national championships. The meet continues on Friday, June 10, with Wills in the triple jump at 9:20 p.m. ET / 6:20 p.m. PT. The weekend wraps up on Saturday, June 11, with sophomore Kaia Harris in the discus at 5:05 p.m. ET / 2:05 p.m. PT.
Fans can follow all the action with live results and by watching on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, while more details, including the event schedule, is at NCAA.com. Direct links can be found on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField. Additional updates are available by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The men qualified in five events, their most since 2019, and the women have four entries, their most since 2018. The team’s nine total entries are Purdue’s most since 2018.
NCAA PREVIEW: KNOXVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The 17th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back in the Super Regionals for the second-straight season and just the third time in program history. The Irish are in Knoxville as they take on the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in the Knoxville Super Regional. The Supers begin on Friday night as Austin Temple will take the hill for the Irish opposite Blade Tidwell from Tennessee. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET and will be aired nationally on ESPN2 with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson on the call.
BY THE NUMBERS
.714 Notre Dame is 50-20 (.714) away from Frank Eck Stadium under head coach Link Jarrett. In 2022, the Irish are 10-8 in true road games and 11-3 in neutral site games.
.741 The Irish are 83-29 (.741) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks second in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing only Tennessee.
.980 Notre Dame is 14th in the NCAA and first in the ACC in fielding percentage with a .980 mark this season. The Irish have committed 39 errors in 1,394 putout opportunities this season.
1 The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road from April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish have swept a Top-5 team on the road in program history.
1.27 Notre Dame is 10th in the NCAA and first in the ACC with a 1.27 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 393 hits and 197 walks in 464.2 innings pitched.
3 Notre Dame is one of three teams (Tennessee and Texas) to go undefeated in the Regional Round in each of the last two seasons.
3.82 The Irish rank seventh nationally and are first in the ACC in team ERA with 3.82. They have given up 197 earned runs in 464.2 innings this season.
6 The Irish are one of six teams nationally to be ranked in every D1Baseball poll this season. They are the only ACC team that has been ranked in every poll this year.
7 The Irish allowed seven runs in the three games of the Statesboro Regional. It is the second-fewest runs allowed by a team in the Regional Round this season (Texas, 6).
7.61 The Irish are seventh in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.61 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 393 hits in 464.2 innings pitched this season.
11.0 The Irish rank fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.0. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 569 batters in 464.2 innings this season.
11 The Irish scored 11 runs in the sixth inning against Boston College, the most in a single inning this season. It was the most runs in an inning since April 24, 2021, when the Irish scored 12 runs in the eighth inning against Boston College.
12.0 John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shutout #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings in the 2-0 Irish win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shutout in an extra inning game.
12 John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.
19 The Irish tied the program record for most strikeouts in a game with 19 in the win over #24 Texas Tech on June 3. They tied the record that was set back on April 16, 1958 in a walk-off 12-10 win over Indiana.
27 The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 27th time this season in the 2-1 win over #24 Texas Tech on June 5. They are 27-0 this season and 53-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.
63 Outfielder Spencer Myers has 63 steals in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career steals. He trails Dan Bautch by five for sixth place in program history.
529 The Irish set a program record for the strikeouts as they are at 529 heading into the Statesboro Regional. They surpassed the previous record of 504 from 2006 in the ACC Championship win over Florida State.
Irish Battle Top-Ranked Volunteers in Super Regional
Notre Dame is off to the third Super Regional in program history as they travel to Knoxville to take on No. 1 Tennessee.
The Irish have made the super-regional round for the second-straight season for the first time in program history.
They are one of seven teams this year that have made the supers in back-to-back seasons.
Notre Dame is just one of three teams (Tennessee and Texas) that have gone undefeated in the Regional Round in each of the past two seasons.
The Irish allowed just seven runs in the three games at the Statesboro Regional. It was the second fewest runs scored in the Regional Round behind Texas (6).
All three of Notre Dame’s wins in the regional came against ranked teams (#24 Texas Tech (2x) and #21 Georgia Southern.
The Knoxville Super Regional is matching up two of the most successful teams over the past three seasons. Tennessee ranks first (.818) and the Irish are second (.741) in total winning percentage since the start of the 2020 season.
The top-ranked Volunteers come into the matchup 56-7 on the season and they went 25-5 in SEC play. They won the regular season and SEC Tournament championship this year.
In the Knoxville Regional, they defeated Alabama State 10-0, Campbell 12-7 and Georgia Tech 9-6.
Tennessee is 37-3 in games at home this season and the Irish are 10-8 in true road games and 21-11 in games away from Frank Eck Stadium.
The Volunteers bring one of the top offenses in the country into the weekend as the lead the NCAA in home runs (150), runs (592) and slugging percentage (.607). Tennessee also leads the nation in ERA (2.38), hits allowed per nine innings (6.34) and WHIP (0.980).
The Irish also have one of the best pitching staffs in the country heading into the weekend. They rank fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.0), seventh in ERA (3.72) and hits allowed per nine innings (7.61) and 10th in WHIP (1.27).
This will be the second time in program history that the Irish will face the No. 1 overall seed in the Super Regionals. Back in 2002, Notre Dame traveled to Tallahassee to face the top-ranked Seminoles in the supers. The Irish won the first and third game to advance to the College World Series for the second time in program history.
GRANDSON OF RETIRED MICHIGAN COACH COMMITS TO NOTRE DAME
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The grandson of retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has committed to playing football at Notre Dame in 2024.
Saline High School quarterback CJ Carr announced his decision Thursday night. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 5 quarterback and 20th player overall in the 2024 class by 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Carr chose the Fighting Irish over the Wolverines, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
His father, Jason, was a backup quarterback at Michigan and his mother, Tammi, also graduated from the school. Maternal grandfather Tom Curtis was an All-America defensive back for the Wolverines in 1969.
“I never wanted to go to college close to home,” said Carr, who lives less than 10 miles from Michigan Stadium. “My family will always have a strong connection with Michigan, but I never saw myself going to a school in the state.”
Carr said he is excited about Marcus Freeman’s program and Tommy Rees’ offense at Notre Dame.
“I really connected with their coaching staff,” he said. “I like what coach Reese is doing with their offense and the culture coach Freeman is preaching.”
Instead of allowing schools to recruit him this summer and during his junior season, Carr said he is committing early in the hopes of convincing other highly touted players to join him.
“Notre Dame has the top-ranked 2023 class and my dream is to be part of the No. 1 recruiting class in 2024,” he said.
Carr completed 64% of his passes for 2,696 yards with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions last season as a sophomore.
NEFVE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference office released its All-Conference men’s tennis teams Thursday afternoon. Senior Axel Nefve earned First Team All-ACC honors for his efforts this season. Nefve is the lone member of the Fighting Irish squad to earn All-Conference honors this year. This is Nefve’s first All-ACC award.
The top player on the Irish roster earned a 12-7 overall record, and was 4-3 in ACC action this season. Nefve was a qualifier for the NCAA Singles Championship in Champagne, Illinois where he earned a first-round win over Eduardo Graziani of Penn before falling to the top overall seed and eventual National Champion Ben Shelton of Florida.
During the regular season, Nefve was named the ACC Singles Co-Player of the Week March 8th after earning wins over 12th-ranked Andres Martin of Georgia Tech and Clemson’s Ryuhei Azuma at the top singles flight. That week he also paired with Matthew Che as the doubles tandem earned wins over Martin and Dong Chen from GT and the 22nd ranked team of Azuma and Teodor Guisca of Clemson.
Nefve and Che paired to earn Doubles Team of the Week honors early in the year. The pair earned win over the Middle Tennessee State’s 44th-ranked tandem of Stijn Slump and Pavel Motl, helping end the nation’s longest home winning streak in Murfreesboro.
ACC Men’s Tennis
Player of the Year: Inaki Montes, Virginia
Freshman of the Year: Luca Staeheli, NC State
Coach of the Year: Andres Pedroso, Virginia
Loris Pourroy**, Florida State
Andres Martin**, Georgia Tech
Etienne Donnet, Louisville
Dan Martin, Miami
Brian Cernoch***, North Carolina
Axel Nefve, Notre Dame
Inaki Montes**, Virginia
Chris Rodesch, Virginia
Eduardo Nava**, Wake Forest
Garrett Johns, Duke
Marcus McDaniel**, Georgia Tech
Benjamin Sigouin****, North Carolina
Robin Catry, NC State
Rafa Izquierdo Luque, NC State
Ryan Goetz, Virginia
Jeffrey von der Schulenburg**, Virginia
Ryan Fishback, Virginia Tech
Melios Efstathiou, Wake Forest
Andrew Zhang**, Duke
Andreja Petrovic, Florida State
Keshav Chopra, Georgia Tech
Mac Kiger, North Carolina
Luca Staeheli, NC State
Gianni Ross, Virginia
Jurabek Karimov, Wake Forest
Filippo Moroni, Wake Forest
Jakob Schnaitter, Wake Forest
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the Giants’ manager just 44 games into the season. The 51-year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame sophomore hurler Christy Mathewson, a 20-game winner last year, into a position player.
1930 After seven consecutive victories from the start of the season, A’s right-hander Lefty Grove loses in eleven innings to the White Sox, 7-6. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season 28-5, along with a 2.54 ERA for the eventual World Champion club.
1937 The Senators trade Bobo Newsom (3-4, 5.85) and outfielder Ben Chapman (.262, 0, 12) to the Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes (3-6, 7.61) and Rick Ferrell (.308, 1, 4), as well as outfielder Mel Almada (.236, 1, 9). Rick, the catcher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, but his brother Wes, the pitcher, will hit more career home runs.
1938 With his team trailing Chicago, 13-1, at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22-year-old southpaw from Natick, RI, who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn’t fare as well on the mound when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance this season.
1944 Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century, beginning a 60-year tenure with the Reds organization that includes becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15-year-old high school southpaw retires the first batter he faces but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.
1952 Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the Giants’ manager just 44 games into the season. The 51-year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame sophomore hurler Christy Mathewson, a 20-game winner last year, into a position player.
1953 Against five different pitchers, Jimmy Piersall ties a major league record, going 6-for-6 when Boston bombs the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-2. The Red Sox right fielder is held hitless in the Sportsman’s Park nightcap and is sent sprawling to the ground by Satchel Paige, a pitcher he had infuriated during a game in his rookie season by mimicking the right-hander’s every move.
1954 At County Stadium, Bill Taylor’s pinch home run in the 10th inning off Gene Conley gives the Giants an eventual 1-0 win over Milwaukee. Taylor’s first major league home run accounts for all of the scoring, making it the first time a solo pinch-hit round-tripper is the only tally of the game.
1954 Reds’ southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance, blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. ‘Lefty,’ a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.
1959 In Baltimore, Rocky Colavito becomes the sixth player to hit four home runs in one game, helping the Indians defeat the Orioles, 11-8. The New York City native joins Lou Gehrig as the only player to accomplish the feat with four consecutive shots.
1966 Indian hurler Sonny Siebert throws the only no-hitter of the season, defeating the Senators, 2-0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem.
1966 In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24-year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.
1967 In front of his family and friends, Astros’ outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon’s monstrous shot off the right-hander, Mel Queen in the team’s 9-4 loss to the Reds, clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.
1969 The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record. Later in the season, the Amazins will also a post a ten-game (Sept. 6-13) and a nine-game winning streak (Sept. 21-Oct. 1).
1972 Hank Aaron passes Willie Mays, moving into second place on the all-time home run list. The Braves outfielder connects for a grand slam, his 14th, to tie Gil Hodges’ NL mark, against the Phillies for his 649th career homer, 65 shy of Babe Ruth’s total.
1973 Ranger reliever Charlie Hudson accidentally shoots himself in the middle finger of his pitching hand while cleaning a .38 revolver at home. The 24-year-old left-handed knuckleballer returns to the team at the end of July, and as a starter, blanks the Twins, 2-0, on September 2 at Arlington Stadium.
1974 Mike Schmidt collects one of the longest singles in big-league history when the ball he hits off Astros hurler Claude Osteen caroms of the public address speaker hanging 117 feet in the air and 329 feet from home plate is ruled in play due to the ballpark’s ground rules. The Rice University mathematics department calculates the Astrodome blast would have traveled 550 feet if left unimpeded.
1979 Trailing by a run, Orioles right-hander Dennis Martinez induces Ranger third baseman Buddy Bell to line into a 5-4-3 triple play to end the sixth inning. Baltimore’s triple killing, their eighth since moving to the Charm City, contributes to the team’s 5-4 walk-off victory at Memorial Stadium.
1992 A’s first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 200th career home run when he goes deep in the second inning off Chris Bosio in the team’s 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The 28-year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers, en route to a career total of 583.
1995 Jeff Manto hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, equaling Johnny Blanchard’s 1961 accomplishment. The Orioles’ third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off the Mariners’ Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning during Baltimore’s 6-2 victory over the Halos at Camden Yards.
1995 Legendary Hall of Fame announcer Lindsey Nelson, who for 17 years, along with Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner, made up the original broadcast team for the expansion Mets in 1962, dies of complications of Parkinson’s disease at 76. In addition to doing play-by-play for the San Francisco Giants from 1979-1981, the colorfully attired announcer also called football games, including 26 Cotton Bowls, five Sugar Bowls, four Rose Bowls, and announced syndicated Notre Dame gridiron contests for 14 years.
1997 Marlins’ hurler Kevin Brown no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The right-handed sinkerballer, who faces 28 batters, misses a perfect game when he barely grazes Marvin Benard with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.
2000 In a pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals commemorates David Glass’s new ownership of the team. The former Wal-Mart executive, who became Kansas City’s interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York-based attorney Miles Prentice.
2000 Darin Erstad’s second-inning two-run double off Arizona’s Omar Daal is the Angels’ leadoff hitter’s 100th hit of the season. The hit, coming in the Halos’ 61st game, makes the 26-year-old left fielder the fastest major leaguer to reach the milestone since Hall of Famer Heinie Manush accomplished the feat with the Senators in 1934.
2002 Former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other when the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. The Safeco Field contest marks the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.
2002 In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
2003 In a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Sammy Sosa becomes the target of a man who runs onto the field throwing corks. Last week, the umps discovered the Cubs’ slugger used the illegal substance after breaking his bat in a game against the Devil Rays.
2005 The document, believed to be the precursor to the ‘Curse of the Bambino,’ is acquired for $996,000 when Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York. The cost of the five typed pages is nearly ten times the value the ‘Bronx Bombers’ paid to get the emerging ‘Sultan of Swat.’
2005 For the first time in nearly 90 years, the Red Sox play the Cubs in Chicago, making their first visit to Wrigley Field. The two teams which have had the fates influenced by curses last met at Comiskey Field, the more spacious home of the White Sox, in the 1918 World Series, won by Boston in six games behind the solid pitching of Babe Ruth.
2006 Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy-duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial “First Cast” from the pitcher’s mound before the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.
2006 Reggie Sanders, in the Royals’ 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, hits his 300th career home run off Chad Harville. The Kansas City outfielder becomes just the fifth player in major league history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
2007 Masumi Kuwata becomes the first Japanese player in Pirates’ history, making his major league debut in the team’s 13-6 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx. The 39-year-old Osaka native, the oldest person to start a big-league career in the post-World War II era except for Satchel Paige and Diomedes Olivo, gives up two runs in two innings when Alex Rodriguez takes him deep.
2007 In addition to the Reds wearing a dark patch with the word “NUXY” printed in white on their uniform, the team honors broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, Marty Brennaman, and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones to hung on the wall near the radio booth. The recognition commemorates the 63rd anniversary of the ‘ol’ left-hander’ becoming the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.
2008 Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later, and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.
2010 White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43-year-old Venezuelan infielder, who made his major league debut in 1989, joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the shortlist of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.
2011 Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th major league game, a disappointing 8-0 Cardinal loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The 66-year-old skipper, whose 33-year managerial career includes stints with the A’s and White Sox, is the second manager to reach the milestone but remains far behind Connie Mack’s record of 7,755 contests.
2011 Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets a chance to manage the team for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. An episode of ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series features the testicular cancer survivor’s big day at Target Field.
2012 The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday’s 12-inning win, breaks the team’s previously twice-accomplished record of eight.
2012 Bobby Abreu, tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.’s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38-year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits playing for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.
2012 The Red Sox pass the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, which has featured an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team’s new ownership bought the Boston ball club.
2019 The Diamondbacks (8) and Phillies (5) hit the most combined home runs in a single game, collectively going deep 13 times in Arizona’s 13-8 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The previous mark of 12 was set by the Tigers and White Sox, who accomplished the feat twice, first on May 28, 1995, and then on July 2, 2002.
|OLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Texas vs East Carolina||12:00pm||ESPN2|
|Oklahoma vs Virginia Tech||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|Notre Dame vs Tennessee||6:00pm||ESPN2|
|Louisville vs. Texas A&M||8:30pm||ESPNU|
|ShopRite LPGA Classic||12:00pm||GOLF|
|PGA: RBC Canadian Open||3:00pm||GOLF|
|Arizona at Philadelphia||7:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. Cubs at NY Yankees||7:05pm||MARQ|
|Milwaukee at Washington||7:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Oakland at Cleveland||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Toronto at Detroit||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Pittsburgh at Atlanta||7:20pm||Bally Sports|
|Baltimore at Kansas City||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Miami at Houston||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Tampa Bay at Minnesota||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Texas at Chi. White Sox||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Cincinnati at St. Louis||8:15pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Mets at LA Angels||9:38pm||SNY|
|Colorado at San Diego||9:40pm||ATTSM-RM|
|Boston at Seattle||10:10pm||NESN|
|LA Dodgers at San Francisco||10:10pm||Sportsnet|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|NBA Finals Game 4: Golden State at Boston||9:00pm||ABC|
|UEFA Nations League: Austria vs France||2:45pm||FS1|
|CONCACAF Nations League: St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs Trinidad and Tobago||3:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Bahamas vs Nicaragua||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Dominican Republic vs Guatemala||7:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: USA vs Grenada||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Seattle at Dallas||8:00pm||CBSSN|
|Atlanta at Phoenix||10:00pm||CBSSN|
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|Arkansas vs North Carolina||11:00am||ESPN|
|East Carolina vs Texas||12:00pm||ESPN2|
|Oklahoma vs Virginia Tech||12:00pm||ESPNU|
|Notre Dame vs Tennessee||2:00pm||ESPN|
|Louisville vs Texas A&M||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|Ole Miss vs Southern Miss||4:00pm||ESPNU|
|UConn vs Stanford||10:30pm||ESPNU|
|Auburn vs Oregon State||10:30pm||ESPN2|
|PGA: RBC Canadian Open||1:00pm||GOLF|
|PGA: RBC Canadian Open||3:00pm||CBS|
|Tampa Bay at Minnesota||2:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Texas at Chi. White Sox||2:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Cincinnati at St. Louis||2:15pm||Bally Sports|
|Arizona at Philadelphia||4:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Milwaukee at Washington||4:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Oakland at Cleveland||4:10pm||FS1|
|Toronto at Detroit||4:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Pittsburgh at Atlanta||4:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Baltimore at Kansas City||4:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Miami at Houston||4:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. Cubs at NY Yankees||7:15pm||FOX|
|LA Dodgers at San Francisco||7:15pm||FOX|
|NY Mets at LA Angels||10:07pm||MLBN|
|Colorado at San Diego||10:10pm||MLBN|
|Boston at Seattle||10:10pm||NESN|
|NASCAR Truck: DoorDash 250||7:30pm||FS1|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|East Finals Game 6: NY Rangers at Tampa Bay||8:00pm||ESPN|
|UEFA Nations League: Ireland Republic vs Scotland||12:00pm||FS1|
|Argentina Primera División: Tigre vs Barracas Central||2:30pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Arsenal vs Banfield||2:30pm||Paramount+|
|UEFA Nations League: Netherlands vs Poland||2:45pm||FS2|
|MLS: Charlotte vs New York RB||3:00pm||ABC|
|CONCACAF Nations League: U.S. Virgin Islands vs Bonaire||4:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Guyana vs Haiti||4:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Sarmiento vs Argentinos Juniors||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Sint Maarten vs Turks and Caicos Islands||6:00pm||Paramount+|
|NWSL: Washington Spirit vs North Carolina Courage||7:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: River Plate vs Atlético Tucumán||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Montserrat vs Bermuda||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|MLS: Nashville SC vs SJ Earthquakes||8:00pm||UniMas|
|NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs Angel City||8:00pm||Paramount+|
|NWSL: Kansas City Current vs NJ/NY Gotham FC||8:30pm||Paramount+|
|CONCACAF Nations League: Mexico vs Suriname||10:00pm||Paramount+|
|New Jersey vs Michigan||1:00pm||NBC|
|Houston vs Birmingham||6:00pm||USA|
|NY YANKEES||41||16||.719||–||23 – 7||18 – 9||19 – 10||17 – 5||5 – 1||8 – 2||W 1|
|TAMPA BAY||34||23||.596||7||21 – 13||13 – 10||10 – 6||5 – 7||12 – 9||6 – 4||W 3|
|TORONTO||33||23||.589||7.5||18 – 10||15 – 13||9 – 10||7 – 6||14 – 5||7 – 3||L 1|
|BOSTON||30||28||.517||11.5||13 – 14||17 – 14||7 – 14||6 – 7||15 – 5||7 – 3||L 1|
|BALTIMORE||24||34||.414||17.5||15 – 15||9 – 19||11 – 16||5 – 9||4 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|MINNESOTA||33||26||.559||–||18 – 13||15 – 13||9 – 8||17 – 10||7 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|CLEVELAND||27||26||.509||3||14 – 9||13 – 17||5 – 5||12 – 8||7 – 7||8 – 2||W 2|
|CHI WHITE SOX||26||29||.473||5||12 – 15||14 – 14||11 – 11||7 – 12||4 – 3||4 – 6||L 2|
|DETROIT||23||33||.411||8.5||15 – 15||8 – 18||6 – 9||11 – 11||1 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
|KANSAS CITY||19||37||.339||12.5||11 – 19||8 – 18||3 – 7||11 – 17||2 – 7||3 – 7||W 2|
|HOUSTON||36||21||.632||–||15 – 8||21 – 13||3 – 6||11 – 2||19 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|LA ANGELS||28||31||.475||9||16 – 16||12 – 15||6 – 14||6 – 2||12 – 11||1 – 9||W 1|
|TEXAS||26||30||.464||9.5||13 – 16||13 – 14||5 – 8||3 – 3||14 – 16||4 – 6||L 1|
|SEATTLE||26||31||.456||10||12 – 10||14 – 21||5 – 12||6 – 4||11 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|OAKLAND||20||39||.339||17||7 – 23||13 – 16||7 – 10||5 – 10||6 – 14||1 – 9||L 9|
|NY METS||38||21||.644||–||19 – 8||19 – 13||19 – 7||5 – 2||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 2|
|ATLANTA||31||27||.534||6.5||17 – 14||14 – 13||10 – 10||8 – 6||9 – 8||8 – 2||W 8|
|PHILADELPHIA||28||29||.491||9||15 – 15||13 – 14||6 – 14||4 – 2||11 – 9||7 – 3||W 7|
|MIAMI||25||30||.455||11||15 – 14||10 – 16||15 – 7||2 – 4||6 – 14||6 – 4||W 3|
|WASHINGTON||21||38||.356||17||9 – 18||12 – 20||5 – 17||5 – 6||9 – 11||3 – 7||L 3|
|MILWAUKEE||33||26||.559||–||15 – 12||18 – 14||9 – 9||19 – 11||3 – 5||2 – 8||L 6|
|ST. LOUIS||32||26||.552||0.5||16 – 11||16 – 15||4 – 6||14 – 8||9 – 5||5 – 5||L 3|
|PITTSBURGH||24||31||.436||7||13 – 17||11 – 14||3 – 2||9 – 19||11 – 7||5 – 5||L 3|
|CHI CUBS||23||33||.411||8.5||11 – 20||12 – 13||1 – 2||13 – 15||7 – 10||4 – 6||L 3|
|CINCINNATI||20||37||.351||12||12 – 17||8 – 20||3 – 5||9 – 11||4 – 16||4 – 6||L 2|
|LA DODGERS||37||20||.649||–||17 – 10||20 – 10||9 – 8||8 – 5||14 – 5||4 – 6||W 2|
|SAN DIEGO||35||22||.614||2||15 – 11||20 – 11||11 – 6||15 – 10||8 – 5||5 – 5||W 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||30||26||.536||6.5||14 – 13||16 – 13||13 – 10||5 – 6||8 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|ARIZONA||28||31||.475||10||14 – 16||14 – 15||11 – 8||9 – 9||5 – 13||5 – 5||W 2|
|COLORADO||25||32||.439||12||16 – 16||9 – 16||8 – 16||6 – 4||6 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT