“THE FINAL SCORE”
1. MAGIC DRAFT PAOLO BANCHERO (DUKE)
2. THUNDER DRAFT CHET HOLMGREN (GONZAGA)
3. ROCKETS DRAFT JABARI SMITH (AUBURN)
4. KINGS DRAFT KEEGAN MURRAY (IOWA)
5. PISTONS DRAFT JADEN IVEY (PURDUE)
6. PACERS DRAFT BENNEDICT MATHURIN (ARIZONA)
7. BLAZERS DRAFT SHAEDON SHARPE (KENTUCKY)
8. PELICANS DRAFT DYSON DANIELS (G LEAGUE IGNITE)
9. SPURS DRAFT JEREMY SOCHAN (BAYLOR)
10. WIZARDS DRAFT JOHNNY DAVIS (WISCONSIN)
11. KNICKS DRAFT OUSMANE DIENG (NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS) — TRADED TO OKC
12. THUNDER DRAFT JALEN WILLIAMS (SANTA CLARA)
13. HORNETS DRAFT JALEN DUREN (MEMPHIS) — TRADED TO DET IN 3-TEAM DEAL
14. CAVALIERS DRAFT OCHAI AGBAJI (KANSAS)
15. HORNETS DRAFT MARK WILLIAMS (DUKE)
16. HAWKS DRAFT A.J. GRIFFIN (DUKE)
17. ROCKETS DRAFT TARI EASON (LSU)
18. BULLS DRAFT DALEN TERRY (ARIZONA)
19. TIMBERWOLVES DRAFT JAKE LARAVIA (WAKE FOREST) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MEM
**LARAVIA PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL. HE AVERAGED 14.6 POINTS, 6.6 REBOUNDS, 3.7 ASSISTS, 1.7 STEALS AND 1.0 BLOCKS FOR THE DEMON DEACONS.
20. SPURS DRAFT MALAKI BRANHAM (OHIO STATE)
21. NUGGETS DRAFT CHRISTIAN BRAUN (KANSAS)
22. GRIZZLIES DRAFT WALKER KESSLER (AUBURN) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MIN
23. SIXERS DRAFT DAVID RODDY (COLORADO STATE) — TRADED TO MEM
24. BUCKS DRAFT MARJON BEAUCHAMP (G LEAGUE IGNITE)
25. SPURS DRAFT BLAKE WESLEY (NOTRE DAME)
26. MAVERICKS DRAFT WENDELL MOORE JR. (DUKE) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MIN
27. HEAT DRAFT NIKOLA JOVIC (MEGA MOZZART)
28. WARRIORS DRAFT PATRICK BALDWIN JR. (MILWAUKEE)
29. GRIZZLIES DRAFT TYTY WASHINGTON JR. (KENTUCKY) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MIN
30. THUNDER DRAFT PEYTON WATSON (UCLA) — TRADED TO DEN
31. PACERS DRAFT ANDREW NEMBHARD (GONZAGA)
32. MAGIC DRAFT CALEB HOUSTAN (MICHIGAN)
33. RAPTORS DRAFT CHRISTIAN KOLOKO (ARIZONA)
34. THUNDER DRAFT JAYLIN WILLIAMS (ARKANSAS)
35. LAKERS DRAFT MAX CHRISTIE (MICHIGAN STATE)
36. BLAZERS DRAFT GABRIELE PROCIDA (FORTITUDO BOLOGNA) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO DET
37. KINGS DRAFT JADEN HARDY (G LEAGUE IGNITE) — TRADED TO DAL
38. SPURS DRAFT KENNEDY CHANDLER (TENNESSEE) — TRADED TO MEM
39. CAVALIERS DRAFT KHALIFA DIOP (GRAN CANARIA)
40. TIMBERWOLVES DRAFT BRYCE MCGOWENS (NEBRASKA) — TRADED TO CHA
41. PELICANS DRAFT EJ LIDDELL (OHIO STATE)
42. KNICKS DRAFT TREVOR KEELS (DUKE)
43. CLIPPERS DRAFT MOUSSA DIABATE (MICHIGAN)
44. HAWKS DRAFT RYAN ROLLINS (TOLDEO) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO GSW
45. HORNETS DRAFT JOSH MINOTT (MEMPHIS)
46. PISTONS DRAFT ISMAEL KAMAGATE (PARIS BASKETBALL) — TRADED TO DEN
47. GRIZZLIES DRAFT VINCE WILLIAMS JR. (VCU)
48. TIMBERWOLVES DRAFT KENDALL BROWN (BAYLOR) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO IND
49. CAVALIERS DRAFT ISAIAH MOBLEY (USC)
50. TIMBERWOLVES DRAFT MATTEO SPAGNOLO (VANOLI CREMONA)
51. WARRIORS DRAFT TYRESE MARTIN (UCONN) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO ATL
52. PELICANS DRAFT KARLO MATKOVIĆ (MEGA MOZZART)
53. CELTICS DRAFT JD DAVISON (ALABAMA)
— MILWAUKEE (FORFEITED)
— MIAMI (FORFEITED)
54. WIZARDS DRAFT YANNICK NZOSA (UNICAJA MALAGA)
55. WARRIORS DRAFT GUI SANTOS (MINAS) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MIL
56. CAVALIERS DRAFT LUKE TRAVERS (PERTH)
57. BLAZERS DRAFT JABARI WALKER (COLORADO)
58. PACERS DRAFT HUGO BESSON (NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS) — REPORTEDLY TRADED TO MIL
NBA DRAFT DAY TRADES
MAVERICKS COMPLETE TRADE FOR CHRISTIAN WOOD
- CHRISTIAN WOOD
- WENDELL MOORE (NO. 26 PICK)
- STERLING BROWN
- MARQUESE CHRISS
- BOBAN MARJANOVIC
- TREY BURKE
WARRIORS MOVE UP FROM NO. 51 TO NO. 44
- RYAN ROLLINS (NO. 44 PICK)
- TYRESE MARTIN (NO. 51 PICK)
- CASH CONSIDERATIONS
GRIZZLIES TRADE FOR NO. 38 PICK FROM SPURS
- KENNEDY CHANDLER (NO. 38 PICK)
- FUTURE SECOND-ROUND PICK
- CASH CONSIDERATIONS
HORNETS ACQUIRE NO. 40 PICK FROM TIMBERWOLVES
- BRYCE MCGOWENS (NO. 40 PICK)
- JOSH MINOTT (NO. 45 PICK)
- 2023 SECOND-ROUND PICK (VIA NYK)
PACERS DEAL FOR NO. 48 PICK FROM TIMBERWOLVES
- KENDALL BROWN (NO. 48 PICK)
- 2026 SECOND-ROUND PICK
- CASH CONSIDERATIONS
KINGS TRADE NO. 37 PICK TO MAVERICKS
- 2024 SECOND-ROUND PICK
- 2028 SECOND-ROUND PICK
- JADEN HARDY (NO. 37 PICK)
- JALEN DUREN (NO. 13 PICK)
- KEMBA WALKER
- 2023 FIRST-ROUND PICK (FROM DENVER VIA OKLAHOMA CITY AND NEW YORK)
- 2023 SECOND-ROUND PICK (VIA NEW YORK)
- 2023 SECOND-ROUND PICK (VIA UTAH)
- 2023 SECOND-ROUND PICK (MOST FAVORABLE OF DALLAS/MIAMI)
- 2024 SECOND-ROUND PICK (VIA NEW YORK)
- FUTURE FIRST-ROUND PICK
THIS TRADE IS OFFICIAL, BUT WILL BE FINALIZED AT A LATER DATE.
- PEYTON WATSON (NO. 30 PICK)
- TWO FUTURE SECOND-ROUND PICKS
- JAMYCHAL GREEN
- 2027 FIRST-ROUND PICK
76ERS TRADE NO. 23 PICK TO GRIZZLIES (JUNE 23)
- DE’ANTHONY MELTON
- DAVID RODDY (NO. 23 PICK)
- DANNY GREEN
KNICKS SEND NO. 11 PICK TO THUNDER (JUNE 23)
- THREE FUTURE FIRST-ROUND PICKS
- OUSMANE DIENG (NO. 11 PICK)
- 35TH PICK IN 2022 DRAFT
- HIGHEST 2028 SECOND-ROUND PICK FROM LAKERS OR WIZARDS (OWED TO LAKERS)
- CASH CONSIDERATIONS
- 49TH PICK IN 2022 DRAFT
- DRAFT RIGHTS TO ALEKSANDAR VEZENKOV
- CASH CONSIDERATIONS
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MINNESOTA 1 CLEVELAND 0
SEATTLE 2 OAKLAND 1
NY YANKEES 7 HOUSTON 6
BALTIMORE 4 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0
MIAMI 3 COLORADO 2
ATLANTA 7 SAN FRANCISCO 6
LA DODGERS 10 CINCINNATI 5
PITTSBURGH 8 CHICAGO CUBS 7 (10)
MILWAUKEE 6 ST. LOUIS 4
PHILADELPHIA 6 SAN DIEGO 2
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MEMPHIS 4 INDIANAPOLIS 3
SOUTH BEND 9 PEORIA 6
FORT WAYNE 3 GREAT LAKES 0
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
OLE MISS 2 ARKANSAS 0
DALLAS 94 INDIANA 68
MINNESOTA 100 PHOENIX 88
SEATTLE 85 WASHINGTON 71
CHICAGO 82 LOS ANGELES 59
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LPGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=LPGA
TOP NATIONAL NEWS
MAGIC SELECT PAOLO BANCHERO WITH NO. 1 PICK IN NBA DRAFT
With the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have selected Duke standout Paolo Banchero.
“When you’re playing poker, you don’t put your cards on the table, right?” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said regarding the surprise pick, according to team writer Dan Savage.
Banchero is the latest one-and-done prospect to come out of the Blue Devils’ program. The 6-foot-10 forward was the lead option of an explosive Duke offense, averaging 17.2 points, 7.8 boards, and 3.2 assists over 39 appearances last season. Banchero finished fourth in the ACC in free-throw attempts (188) and 10th in blocks (36).
His strong regular season earned him ACC Rookie of the Year honors and an All-ACC first-team nod. Banchero elevated his game in the NCAA Tournament, helping Duke earn another Final Four berth. The former five-star recruit posted 18.8 points on 50% shooting, including a sizzling 52.6% mark on nearly four triples per game.
College experience: Freshman
Weight: 250 lbs
Max vertical: N/A
Mix of quickness and strength creates mismatches for opposing big men
Has assortment of back-to-the-basket moves
Finishes well through contact
Efficient mid-range scorer
Uses crafty footwork to create his own shot
Great passer for his size
Solid ball-handling skills allow him to initiate fast breaks or pick-and-roll
Drives recklessly to rim at times
Defensive effort and focus fluctuate too often
Needs to improve off-hand finishing
Coughs up the rock frequently, registered fifth-most turnovers in ACC last season
THUNDER TAKE CHET HOLMGREN WITH NO. 2 PICK
The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
At first glance, the wiry 7-footer doesn’t fit the prototypical college prospect mold, which makes him one of the most intriguing big men to enter the NBA draft in a while.
After dominating recruitment rankings as a high schooler, the Minnesota native pledged his collegiate career to the Bulldogs. He virtually put up a double-double per game, averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 1.9 assists. Holmgren also demonstrated a propensity to stretch the floor, albeit on low volume, shooting 39% on 3.3 attempts per contest.
The top-ranked national recruit had a dominant debut year. He was a consensus All-American and won several conference honors, including WCC Defensive Player of the Year, WCC Rookie of the Year, and a spot on the All-WCC team.
Holmgren is a fascinating presence on the court. Despite his incredibly lanky frame, the former Gonzaga standout is more than comfortable running the floor with the ball in his hands, opening up several compelling avenues for his offensive development while simultaneously continuing to grow as a talented rim-protector.
College experience: Freshman
Weight: 193 lbs
Max vertical: N/A
Fantastic shot-blocking ability thanks to timing instincts and lengthy wingspan
Stretches his game to the 3-point line on occasion
Can run the floor moderately well with guard-like skill
Able to switch out to the perimeter and hold his own against smaller but quicker opponents
Possesses a great touch around the rim
Legitimate questions as to whether he’s strong enough to battle with established NBA bigs
Averaged just 3.1 trips to the line, shooting a mediocre 71.7%
Can shy away from contact at times, especially when screening
Unproven creator in half-court settings, where he tends to work better as a finisher
ROCKETS LAND JABARI SMITH WITH 3RD OVERALL PICK
The Houston Rockets have selected Auburn forward Jabari Smith with the No. 3 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Smith fell to the third spot after reportedly being projected to go No. 1 to the Orlando Magic hours earlier. He’ll join a rebuilding Rockets team that added guard Jalen Green with the second overall pick in 2021.
After sitting outside the top five high school recruits entering the 2021-22 college basketball season, Smith flashed immense potential as a high-level scorer and defender at a long 6-foot-10. He shot a sparkling 42% on over five 3-point attempts per game at Auburn while also averaging over a block and a steal per contest.
As a result of his strong campaign, Smith took home the USBWA Freshman of the Year award, made first-team All-SEC, and was on the late-season ballot for the Wooden Award. He also led the Tigers to their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament in over 20 years.
The 19-year-old is a rare prospect that has both a high floor and a high ceiling. At his peak, Smith’s shooting ability and size could put him in the echelon of Kevin Durant or Brandon Ingram as an All-Star-level wing scorer. However, even if his offensive playmaking doesn’t reach that level, he can still play a valuable role as a starter who can defend multiple positions and knock down open shots.
College experience: Freshman
Weight: 220 lbs
Max vertical: N/A
Well-above average size and length for a wing player
Knockdown shooter from the 3-point line
Versatile defender who can guard positions 2-through-5 with ease
Tough shotmaker with defenders in his face due to a high release point
Fluid, coordinated athlete with the occasional explosive burst
One of the youngest players selected at the top of the draft
Doesn’t always make great decisions with shot selection
Can struggle to generate plays for others off the dribble
Needs to finish better at the rim – shot 43.5% from 2-point range
Runs the risk of being a tweener as an oversized wing who lacks the strength of a big
AP SOURCE: KEMBA WALKER TRADE TO PISTONS AMONG KNICKS’ MOVES
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks removed Kemba Walker and added no players in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday.
Walker wasn’t around the Knicks late in the season and now he won’t be with them at all after they agreed to deal him to the Detroit Pistons.
That was among the multiple deals made by the Knicks as they apparently eye salary cap space for future moves.
They began the night by trading the rights to France’s Ousmane Dieng, who they took with the No. 11 pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for four first-round picks.
Then the Knicks used one of them to acquire the rights to Jalen Duren, taken by Charlotte with the No. 13 selection, and agreed to send him along with Walker to the Pistons for another pick, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that trade would not become official Thursday.
A New York native, Walker joined the Knicks last summer, but it wasn’t the homecoming either side wanted.
A starter to begin the season, he fell out of coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation entirely early in the season when the Knicks began to struggle. Thibodeau went back to Walker when the Knicks were depleted in December and he played well, winning Eastern Conference player of the week honors after having a triple-double on Christmas.
But after a heavy workload, Walker was bothered by knee pain and he didn’t play after the All-Star break in February.
The Knicks are likely to look for another point guard through free agency or a trade. Veteran Derrick Rose had ankle surgery in December and missed the rest of the season.
The Knicks did make their pick at No. 42, taking Duke guard Trevor Keels.
REPORT: DURANT WEIGHING NETS FUTURE AMID POTENTIAL KYRIE EXIT
Kevin Durant is considering options regarding his future with the Brooklyn Nets in the event Kyrie Irving doesn’t return next season, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Durant has not informed the Nets that he will request a trade if Irving leaves, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, but the two-time Finals MVP will reportedly want to know how the front office plans to retool the roster around him if Irving does depart.
Irving and the Nets are reportedly in negotiations to keep the 30-year-old in Brooklyn beyond the $36.5-million player option he owns for next season. However, if they cannot reach an agreement, both parties can also collaborate on a trade to send Irving elsewhere by having him exercise the option.
In the event of a possible trade, Irving’s list of preferred destinations includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Wojnarowski.
While Irving prefers to land with one of the aforementioned teams, it doesn’t necessarily mean those clubs are prioritizing acquiring him, Wojnarowski adds. None of the listed teams can currently sign him outright to a max or near-max contract due to cap space limitations, though, meaning a trade with the Nets – after Irving opts in – is their likeliest route to adding the seven-time All-Star.
The Lakers, led by Irving’s former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James, are reportedly the “most significant threat” to land the talented ball-handler. If Irving opts out and becomes a free agent, though, Los Angeles would likely only be able to offer the $6-million taxpayer exemption.
Durant and Irving joined the Nets in the 2019 offseason and were expected to usher in a successful era with the franchise. The Nets, however, haven’t found consistency with the two co-stars, with both sidelined on multiple occasions due to injuries, followed by Irving’s extended absence last season as a result of his refusal to be vaccinated.
Both players originally penned four-year deals containing a player option for 2022-23. However, Durant agreed to a four-year, $194-million extension last summer, keeping him under contract through the 2025-26 campaign, when he’ll be 37.
DELUCIA’S COMPLETE GAME GEM SENDS REBELS TO CWS FINALS
OMAHA, Neb. – If you watch college baseball enough, you’ll likely witness what could be called a masterpiece of a performance by a player. Thursday, in a 2-0 Ole Miss victory against Arkansas at the College World Series, Ole Miss starting pitcher Dylan DeLucia delivered one.
The junior right-hander, in his first season at Ole Miss after two years at Northwest Florida State College, pitched a complete game to extend the Rebels’ season and deliver them into the championship series against Oklahoma this weekend.
DeLucia struck out seven and allowed only four hits, facing 32 Razorbacks and not allowing a free pass in the contest. He simply let his defense do its job.
It was the performance that the Rebels needed, leaving the bullpen fully stocked for the final series. DeLucia’s shutout is the first by an SEC pitcher at the College World Series since LSU’s Brett Laxton in 1993.
On the other side, Razorback starter Connor Noland was almost just as effective. But the Rebels were able to scratch out two runs. Noland went eight innings, striking out seven Rebels and allowing seven hits and also no free passes.
After three scoreless innings for both teams, Justin Bench led off the fourth for the Rebels with a first-pitch single to right field. A Jacob Gonzalez groundout to the second baseman moved Bench to second base. Kevin Graham sent one across the first base bag for a RBI double, and the Rebels led 1-0.
DeLucia continued to pitch well as his teammates played solid defense behind him. Elko then led off the top of the seventh with a single down the third base line. A first-pitch single by Graham put Rebels on first and second with no outs.
Calvin Harris ten came through with an RBI single to score Elko. Despite being thrown out attempting to stretch the play into a double, the Iowa native delivered to double the Rebel lead at 2-0.
The bottom of the seventh was Arkansas’ first real threat to score. After two outs, Robert Moore got aboard on a single and Jalen Battles reached on a Gonzalez error. But Brady Slavens grounded out to Chatagnier at second and the Razorbacks headed to the dugout once again with nothing to show on the scoreboard.
DeLucia kept rolling in the eighth with a strikeout and two ground outs. Ole Miss couldn’t get any runs in the top of the ninth off Razorback reliever Evan Taylor, and it was on to the bottom of the ninth to see if DeLucia could finish it.
Cayden Wallace was first to the plate for Arkansas, and his ground out to third was out No. 1. Michael Turner grounded out to first for out No. 2 and Chris Lanzilli struck out swinging for the final out, sending a boisterous Rebel crowd in the stands into a frenzy.
The Rebels will take on Oklahoma in a best-of-three series with the national championship on the line. Game one is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. The full schedule can be found at OleMissSports.com and the call for all three games can be heard through the Ole Miss Radio Network.
FREEMAN HR AHEAD OF EMOTIONAL RETURN, DODGERS SWEEP REDS
CINCINNATI (AP) Freddie Freeman insisted he hasn’t had much time yet to ponder his pending return to Atlanta, where he was the beloved face of the Braves franchise and helped bring a World Series championship to the city last season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman, who hit a home run drove in three runs in a 10-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, has been brushing aside the questions about what’s sure to be an emotional weekend.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” he said. “Just looking forward to getting home and seeing my family. They’ve been in Atlanta for a couple days. I’ve been asked a couple times, and I just kind of say no, not (talking) right now. All I care about is getting home to my family. Tomorrow you can ask me those questions, and I’ll see what kind of emotions I have going on tomorrow.”
After a dozen years in Atlanta and last year’s World Series win, Freeman became a free agent and signed a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers – at 32, he’s hitting .303 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs.
Freeman and the Dodgers will pull into Atlanta with momentum. They swept the Reds, scoring 26 runs and banging out 42 hits in the three games.
Freeman had a season-high five RBIs in an 8-2 win in the series opener on Tuesday, and collected 10 in the series.
“We’re getting hits. It’s baseball. It’s hard,” he said. “We’ve been going through ups and downs through the season and we’re on the ups right now.”
Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith and Justin Turner also homered for the NL West-leading Dodgers. They outscored the Reds 52-18 in winning all seven games against them this year.
Clayton Kershaw (5-1) allowed one run and seven hits through six innings. Kershaw left after 80 pitches, lowering his season ERA to an even 2.00.
“Just a fantastic performance across the board,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Cincinnati has lost seven straight and is an NL worst 23-46.
Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-8) – despite hitting 100 mph with his fastball at least five times early in the game – surrendered six runs and nine hits, including three homers, in five innings.
Freeman hit a towering, two-run homer to center field in the third. Bellinger’s two-run drive in the fourth made it 5-0. Freeman added an RBI single in the eighth.
Tommy Pham hit a three-run homer as the Reds scored four in the seventh inning off reliever Phil Bickford.
“We care about winning. This is the only thing we care about,” Reds manager David Bell said. “To be able to go out and not get it done is very frustrating. We’ve all been through it before, and we also know how to get through to the other side.”
HAVE A SEAT
Bell started an all right-handed-hitting lineup against the lefty Kershaw. That means Joey Votto got a day off, and Mike Moustakas didn’t start for the second straight day. Moustakas is hitting .212 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He pinch-hit in the eighth and hit into a double play. Votto is hitting .209 with five homers and 22 RBIs. Three of the homers have come this month.
Dodgers: Transferred INF Edwin Rios (right hamstring strain) to the 60-day injured list.
Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (back) was scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday night at Triple A-Louisville. … RHP Justin Dunn (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend at High A-Dayton. … OF Tyler Naquin (quad) ran the bases without issue, but there is still no timetable for his return.
Dodgers: Move on to Atlanta for a three-game series. Ian Anderson (6-3, 4-35 ERA) is the scheduled Braves starter against lefty Julio Urias (4-6, 2.56). Anderson allowed no runs and three hits and struck out six through 6 2/3 innings in beating the Cubs on Sunday. Urias gave up just a run and two hits through six in a win over the Guardians on Saturday.
Reds: Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.51 ERA) is the scheduled starter against San Francisco right-hander Alex Cobb in the opener of a weekend series against the Giants. Ashcraft surrendered five runs and eight hits over five innings in the Reds loss to the Brewers last Saturday. Cobb threw four innings against the Pirates Sunday, allowing two runs and four hits in a no-decision.
CHAVIS STARS WITH BAT, DEFENSE, PIRATES EDGE CUBS IN 10
PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Chavis hit a tying home run in the eighth before pulling off a defensive gem and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.
Chavis’ solo homer, his seventh this season, made it 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.
“Those are those moments you kind of dream of,” Chavis said of the homer. “It’s funny. There have been so many moments where I’ve been preparing to go up to bat, or up at bat, and you think about trying to create that. Of course, in this opportunity, I didn’t try to hit a home run. … The one time when you’re not trying to do it, it does show up that way.”
In the 10th, Chavis charged a slow grounder by Jason Heyward toward first base and threw out Patrick Wisdom at the plate. The call stood after a Chicago challenge.
In the bottom half, Chavis blooped a single to right off Scott Effross (1-3) and automatic runner Ke’Bryan Hayes scored in a collision with catcher Willson Contreras. Hayes remained down for a few moments after sliding in, with his left shoulder crashing into Contreras’ leg, before walking off under his own power.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Hayes seemed fine, but would continue to be evaluated.
“Everything’s all butterflies until you see (Hayes) slide in,” Chavis said. “Immediately, the way he slid in, I think it was with (Contreras’) knee or the shin guard, something like that. Immediately, you’re just like, `I hope he’s OK.’ … I’ve had a couple of walk-offs in my career. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had an awkward walk-off.”
Hayes homered earlier in the game.
“The good thing is he walked off under his own power,” Shelton said. “I think it went from a walk-off enthusiasm to about as hushed of a crowd as you can get for a walk-off. When you have a guy like (Hayes), that slides in and stays down for a second … the concern, at that point, was just making sure he was OK.”
Chris Stratton (4-3) pitched the 10th.
Alfonso Rivas capped Chicago’s big eighth with a pinch-hit, two-run single up the middle that put the Cubs ahead 7-6. Wisdom had an RBI single and Nico Hoerner hit a grounder that deflected off shortstop Oneil Cruz for a two-run single.
Cruz, on the verge of a third straight strikeout with an 0-2 count, hit an RBI double in the sixth and later scored for a 6-2 lead. The 23-year-old has seven RBIs in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, and at least one RBI in each of his six games in the majors.
Pirates starter Jose Quintana allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
“It was huge,” Quintana said. “I felt really good. I want to be back and starting like this one. I felt, today, more economical in my pitches. Quick outs. Get to the sixth inning, throw the ball better.”
Justin Steele gave up six runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs.
Bryan Reynolds put the Pirates ahead 1-0 in the first with his team-leading 12th home run.
Earlier in the inning, there was a six-minute delay after Cubs bullpen coach Chris Young became lightheaded. Chicago manager David Ross went from the dugout to speak with plate umpire Cory Blaser, halting play as trainers ran to check on Young.
Young was taken to a hospital and is expected to be fine, Ross said.
Hayes hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot that put gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in the bottom half before reaching twice more on errors in the fifth and seventh and sliding in for the game-winner in the 10th.
“If I’m voting, I’m going to vote that he does not slide head-first into the plate,” Shelton said.
Cubs: RHP Ethan Roberts, who had been on a rehab assignment for right shoulder inflammation, will require Tommy John surgery. A date for the procedure has not been determined. . LHP Daniel Norris was placed on the 15-day injured list with left index finger strain. RHP Adrian Sampson was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43) will start as Chicago heads to St. Louis on Friday for the first of a three-game series against the Cardinals. He gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings his last outing, a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (2-5, 4.72) will take the mound for the start of a three-game set on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Keller has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 22 1/3 innings his past four starts.
TAYLOR, ADAMES HOMER, LEAD BREWERS PAST CARDS 6-4 FOR SPLIT
MILWAUKEE (AP) Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Thursday to split a four-game series with their NL Central rivals.
Taylor’s drive to left field on a 2-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead and snapped a streak of 46 1/3 innings without allowing a homer by the Cardinals right-hander.
Adames took Hudson deep leading off the fifth to make it 5-3.
“We stuck to it today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “You have to do everything right in these games to beat good teams. We did some things wrong today but we kept at it and did enough things right the last six innings to get a (victory).”
The Brewers, who have won five of seven, moved back into a first-place tie with the Cardinals atop the division. St. Louis has lost five of its last eight.
Jason Alexander (2-0) allowed four runs on six hits, working into the sixth inning while making his fifth start for a Brewers rotation that’s been plagued by injuries.
Josh Hader breezed through the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled in a run for St. Louis and came around to score on Alexander’s throwing error to make it 2-0 in the first inning. Alexander then allowed another double to Nolan Arenado and hit Brendan Donovan with a pitch before inducing an inning-ending double play from Juan Yepez.
Lars Nootbaar led off the fifth with a homer for the Cardinals. St. Louis again got within one run on Yepez’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Milwaukee responded with Jace Peterson’s sac fly in the eighth.
Hudson allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
“It really wasn’t all that bad until a couple of poorly timed homers,” Hudson said. “That’s what cost us the lead and we just never got it back.”
LOTS OF JAMS
The St. Louis pitching staff allowed Milwaukee to load the bases with nobody out in the third, fourth and eighth innings.
“It’s just not competitive,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “You can’t do that in the big leagues. It’s pretty simple.”
The Brewers and Cardinals have played three four-game series this season, all of which have finished in splits.
“It’s reflected in the 12 games we’ve played that we’re pretty evenly matched and it’s going to be tight all the way,” Counsell said.
The teams will face off seven more times in 2022. They’ll play three games in St. Louis from Aug. 12-14 and two more there a month later before wrapping up their regular-season series with two games in Milwaukee on Sept. 27 and 28.
The Cardinals are hoping OF Tyler O’Neill’s time on the injured list will be short after an MRI revealed his strained right hamstring wasn’t as serious as first thought. O’Neill, who also missed three weeks because of a shoulder injury earlier this season, was placed on the IL after suffering the injury running out a double last Sunday in Boston.
Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff was scheduled to make a minor-league rehab start Thursday night at Class A Wisconsin. Woodruff was placed on the IL on May 30 with a right ankle sprain and has also battled Raynaud’s syndrome in his right hand. Infielder Mike Brosseau (right ankle) and right-handed reliever Trevor Gott (right groin) are also rehabbing with Wisconsin.
The Cardinals return home, where RHP Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69 ERA) will take the mound Friday to open a three-game series against RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43) and the Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers continue their weeklong homestand Friday night with the first of a three-game series against the Blue Jays. RHP Adrian Houser (4-7, 4.24) gets the nod for Milwaukee while RHP Alek Manoah (8-2, 2.00) is scheduled to start for Toronto.
GORDON’S HOMER HELPS TWINS SLOW GUARDIANS IN 1-0 WIN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Guardians came to Minnesota and won their seventh consecutive series, pulling ahead of the Twins in the AL Central with five more matchups looming next week.
Too early to call it a race? Perhaps, but after three straight one-run games there’s no denying these division rivals will match up the rest of the way.
Nick Gordon hit a third-inning home run that stood up for starter Devin Smeltzer as the Twins dodged a sweep, cooling off the Guardians with a 1-0 win on Thursday.
“I try not to get wrapped up in the race. The only pitch that matters is the next one. The only game that matters is the next one,” Smeltzer said. “What happens in the past, you really can’t control. If you start riding those waves, that’s when you start getting in trouble.”
Gordon, subbing for ailing star Byron Buxton in center field, drove a 1-2 curveball from Zach Plesac (3-4) into the grass berm beyond the wall in center. Smeltzer took it from there, before a high-wire act by Minnesota’s taxed and struggling bullpen finished off the back-and-forth series.
“We’re not going to back down, but we respect them. We know when we play them, they’re good, man,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “They play us as tough as any team has played us the last few years.”
The Guardians loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning against Joe Smith. They got a man to second base with one out in the eighth facing Jhoan Duran, the Twins’ best reliever. They had a runner on second with one out in the ninth against Caleb Thielbar, who recorded his first career save by striking out pinch-hitter Steven Kwan to end the game.
Cleveland lost for just the fifth time in its last 22 games. The Guardians (36-29) lead by percentage points in the AL Central race, having played six fewer games than the Twins (39-32).
“They’re tough, and they’re going to continue to be tough. They’re not going anywhere,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Cleveland hosts a five-game series against Minnesota starting Monday. They play eight more times in September.
“Hopefully, we can pack the house at Progressive. It’s going to be exciting,” Plesac said.
After blowing a 10-7 ninth-inning lead in an 11-10 loss on Wednesday and squandering a 5-3 eighth-inning edge in a 6-5 defeat on Tuesday, the Twins badly needed a pick-me-up from Smeltzer (4-1). The left-hander cruised through six innings, allowing only two singles and one double while striking out three on a 95-degree afternoon.
Plesac completed six innings, with three hits and two walks allowed. He struck out six.
The Twins had Buxton on the bench for the second straight game because of soreness and swelling in his right knee that has bothered him all season, his first consecutive absences in two months. Baldelli said the team is not currently considering an injured list stint to help Buxton’s chronic case of patellar tendinitis.
“He’s going to continue to do an admirable job going forward dealing with this,” Baldelli said. “But when you literally cannot swing or run, you can’t play the game.”
Buxton has tried his best to take the injury in stride, having plenty of experience over his star-crossed career with missing time.
“I wouldn’t say it’s worse. I wouldn’t say it’s better. Some days are better than others,” Buxton said. “So take those days and try to run with them as most as I can. On the bad days, you battle.”
Guardians: RHP Yohan Ramirez, who was acquired in a trade last month with Seattle, joined his new club for the first time after eight scoreless innings with Triple-A Columbus. RHP Anthony Castro was sent down after allowing four seventh-inning runs on Wednesday night, as the recently instituted 13-pitcher roster maximum continues to trigger more league-wide transactions.
Twins: Rookie RHP Josh Winder (shoulder impingement) was returned from his rehab assignment and sent to Triple-A St. Paul, with the pitcher limit making it unfeasible to carry six starters. He’s in line for a 27th-man call-up to start during Tuesday’s doubleheader at Cleveland.
Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.77 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series against Boston on Friday night. He has logged six-plus innings in six of his last seven turns. RHP Nick Pivetta (7-5, 3.31) starts for the Red Sox.
Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (4-3, 5.17) takes the mound to begin a three-game against Colorado on Friday night, coming off his best start of the season with one run allowed over eight innings at Arizona last week. RHP German Marquez (3-5, 6.16) pitches for the Rockies.
NO-HIT TILL 8TH, M’S SCORE 2 IN 9TH ON WILD PITCHES, TOP A’S
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland starter Frankie Montas took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, then reliever A.J. Puk threw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches with two outs in the ninth that gave the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 win over the Athletics on Thursday.
The Mariners loaded the bases with three walks and rallied on Puk’s wayward tosses to complete a three-game sweep. Seattle won with two hits, both in the eighth.
“It’s not the best win, not the cleanest win. But it’s a win,” Mariners first baseman Ty France said.
Before the wild ninth, it seemed the 29-year-old Montas would be the story of the day.
Montas didn’t allow a hit until Adam Frazier lined a clean single to left field with two outs in the eighth. Montas gave up another hit and was pulled after the inning.
Montas struck out eight in a season-high eight innings, and exited with a 1-0 lead – he has received either one or zero runs of support in 11 of his 15 starts. He is expected to be among the starting pitchers available as the Aug. 2 trade deadline approaches.
With regular closer Dany Jimenez out with a shoulder injury, Zach Jackson (1-2) entered for the ninth and walked two before Puk entered with two outs and two on.
Puk walked pinch-hitter Kevin Padlo to load the bases before throwing wild pitches that allowed Dylan Moore and Jesse Winker to score.
“He came in and couldn’t find the zone,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “It’s uncharacteristic so far this year. He’s been throwing strikes. Unfortunately today, he couldn’t find the fastball.”
Paul Sewald retired the A’s in order in the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save. The Mariners have won 11 of their past 12 at the Oakland Coliseum.
The A’s are 3-16 in June and have the AL’s worst record at 23-48.
Montas hit 98 mph with his fastball and said he had a good feel for his cutter too. He did not second-guess Kotsay’s decision to pull him after the eighth at 102 pitches.
“I felt like I did my job (finishing) the eighth,” Montas said. “I had 102 pitches. That’s kind of a lot.”
Seattle ace Robbie Ray limited the A’s to four hits and struck out six over six innings. Oakland scored in the first when Christian Bethancourt hit an RBI single to snap a 0-for-12 slump.
Reliever Diego Castillo (4-1) got the win.
France, enjoying an All-Star caliber first half of the season, left the game in the bottom of the fifth with an injured left elbow when he collided with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse while taking a throw at the bag.
France’s left hand bent back and his glove came off as he made contact with Neuse, causing France to fall to the ground in pain.
After the game, he said X-rays on his elbow came out clean and that he’s hoping to avoid the injured list.
“We did all the tests, the strength was there,” France said. “We’ll see how it feels in the morning.”
Mariners: Seattle announced that C Tom Murphy (dislocated left shoulder) will have surgery and miss the rest of the season. He’s been sidelined since getting injured May 7 on a play at the plate. “He tried to do everything he could to get back,” manager Scott Servais said. “He did a PRP injection, he did a number of different treatments to try to get it back and going. It just wasn’t taking.”
Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty (strained left calf) will play a third rehab game Friday for Triple-A Las Vegas. Kotsay said reports have been good but did not give a timetable for Piscotty’s return to the active roster.
The A’s activated LHP Sam Moll from the COVID-19 list. RHP Domingo Tapia, who threw 2 1/3 innings of relief Wednesday night, was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
RHP Chris Flexen (2-8, 4.23) takes the ball for Seattle in Friday’s series opener in Anaheim against the Angels. The A’s begin a 10-game road trip at Kansas City with LHP Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14) on the mound.
SWANSON HOMERS TWICE, BRAVES HOLD ON TO BEAT GIANTS 7-6
ATLANTA (AP) After a slow start to the season, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has turned it around and is sizzling at the plate.
His team is following suit.
Swanson hit two home runs and the Atlanta Braves built a big lead early before holding off the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Thursday for their 18th win in 21 games this month.
“It’s definitely been a good one,” said Swanson, who’s hitting .385 over his last 30 games to boost his average to .302. “I’ve been working to keep things simple. Most people have gotten to know me pretty good around here, and everything I do is with the mindset to win games. I’m just going to continue with that and put us in a position to be successful.”
Swanson, who homered to begin a three-run rally in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win over the Giants a night earlier, had three hits and drove in three runs.
He hit a leadoff home run in the first and connected again in the fourth, his 12th, for a 7-1 lead. It was his seventh career multihomer game, the last coming Aug. 14, 2021, at Washington.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run single in a five-run second inning as the Braves tagged Alex Wood (5-6).
The defending World Series champion Braves moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this season. They have won 10 of their last 11 home games, outscoring the opposition 67-39 and hitting 26 homers to opponents’ 12.
Atlanta closed within four games of the New York Mets in the NL East.
“There’s a lot of confidence flowing,” Swanson said. “I feel like we’ve done a really good job of staying true to ourselves and kind of finding our identity as a team.
“We’re starting to find our groove, and I feel like a lot of guys on our team are starting to find themselves as well. You put that together, and it’s a powerful thing,” he said.
San Francisco, which grounded into four double plays in the first four innings, has dropped four of five.
“It felt like we were an inning short,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “They made one more pitch, made one more play, advanced one more base than we did. I personally don’t take a lot satisfaction in being close in games.”
Atlanta starter Kyle Wright (8-4) allowed 10 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Wright got Evan Longoria to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the first. He gave up an RBI single to Curt Casali in the second and a homer to Austin Slater that made it 7-2.
Tommy La Stella hit an RBI double as the Giants scored twice in the sixth and chased Wright. Jesse Chavez relieved and walked pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to load the bases before Mike Yastrzemski struck out for the fourth time to end the threat.
Will Smith gave up Slater’s RBI single in the eighth to make it 7-5.
Kenley Jansen recorded his 19th save in 22 chances and the 369th of his career to pass Jonathan Papelbon for 10th place on the career list. Joc Pederson, who played for the Braves last year, hit his 16th home run, sending a two-out drive into the second deck of the Chop House restaurant in right field.
“All four games could’ve went either way for either team,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s good, a big series win.”
Wood (5-6) was charged with four hits and six runs after pitching one inning and retiring none of the six batters he faced in the second. Wood, who recorded his 1,000th career strikeout when d’Arnaud whiffed, began the game 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three career starts at Truist Park.
This was the second-shortest start of Wood’s career. The shortest came July 9, 2015, at Colorado when he pitched for Atlanta and sustained an injury after two pitches.
“These guys have been grinding. We’ve had a brutal travel schedule and these guys have been playing their butts off and for me to go out there and do that is really deflating,” he said.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ll just get back on the horse and get ready for the next one.”
NOT FANNING THE FLAMES
Pederson said he hopes the fans in San Francisco won’t take it too far when Cincinnati comes to Oracle Park and Tommy Pham is playing outfield for the Reds. Pham slapped Pederson in the face over a fantasy football dispute three weeks ago in Cincinnati before a game.
“It’s an unfortunate incident, and I feel like we’ve moved past it,” Pederson said. “It was an off-field issue, handled and moved on. It’s in the rear-view mirror.”
Pederson added he’s had no contact with Pham since the incident.
The Braves won the season series 3-1. … Atlanta has won 12 straight against lefty starters and is 18-7 overall.
Giants: OF Luis Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain and missed his second straight game. INF Donovan Mitchell was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. … SS Brandon Crawford was out of the lineup for the second straight day with a left knee contusion. … 1B Brandon Belt didn’t start as scheduled, but walked as a pinch-hitter. … 1B LaMonte Wade (left knee inflammation) is moving closer to ending his rehab assignment.
Braves: RF Ronald Acuna Jr. and 3B Austin Riley each had a scheduled day off.
San Francisco OF Steven Duggar was dealt to Texas for OF Willie Calhoun.
Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (3-2, 5.62 ERA) will be on the mound opposite RHP Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.51) when San Francisco and the Reds begin a three-game series.
Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (6-3, 4.53) will face LHP Julio Urias (4-6, 2.56) when Atlanta hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin a three-game series. Longtime Braves star Freddie Freeman returns with the Dodgers.
PAYDAY: JUDGE WINS IT FOR YANKEES ON EVE OF SALARY SHOWDOWN
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing Friday to determine the three-time All-Star’s salary for the 2022 season.
Whatever gets decided, the verdict has already come down in the Bronx:
Judge is going to be worth every penny.
The steady, 6-foot-7 slugger lined a game-winning single on the eve of his arbitration showdown, capping a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks’ tying three-run homer off closer Ryan Pressly in the Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
Batting with two on against Ryne Stanek, Judge smoked a 3-0 splitter into the left-field corner to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off win in 70 games this season – their most since 1943 – and one that seemed mighty unlikely when they entered the last inning with only two hits.
“There’s a sign on the way out to the dugout that says, `Do Your Job,'” Judge said. “That’s what I tried to do in that situation.”
A job with an unknown salary, for now. The 30-year-old will have an unusual in-season arbitration hearing Friday – rulings are usually made in the offseason but were pushed past opening day this year due to the sport’s labor lockout.
Judge is asking for $21 million. New York has offered $17 million. The arbitrator will be charged with picking one salary or the other – nothing in between.
The hearing comes after the sides failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract prior to Judge’s opening-day deadline this spring, meaning No. 99 could leave the Yankees to chase a free agent deal elsewhere after the season.
Asked about Friday’s meeting, Judge smiled and said only “we’ll talk after.”
“We always hope the best for our guys in arbitration and stuff like that,” Hicks said. “We want him here as a Yankee.”
New York took the opener of a highly anticipated four-game series between the American League’s top two teams, winning for the 19th time in 22 games to improve to 52-18 – the third-best 70-game start in the majors since 1930.
New York also extended its home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest since 1961.
The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the major league lead with 20 comeback victories. No. 21 might top them all.
Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning, led off the ninth with a walk against Pressly, and Gleyber Torres drew another during a plate appearance that included a lengthy delay because Torres had something in his eye.
The switch-hitting Hicks then dug in from the left side and crushed a no-doubter to right field, just the third hit for the Yankees all night and first since Stanton’s homer.
Hicks’ third homer of the season sent the crowd of 44,071 into a frenzy.
“This was a playoff atmosphere right there,” Judge said.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an infield single but was thrown out trying to steal second – a close call upheld via replay.
Trevino lined a one-out single, prompting manager Dusty Baker to pull Pressly (1-2), a two-time All-Star who entered with a 5.71 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Yankees, including the postseason.
Stanek walked DJ LeMahieu, then fell behind Judge 3-0 as fans serenaded the slugger with “MVP!” chants.
“I knew I was gonna get the job done,” Judge said after his third career walk-off hit and second this season.
“That’s when this game’s at its best right there, moments like that,” he added. “Crowd’s on their feet, game’s on the line. They’re the moments in your backyard you dream about.”
Miguel Castro (4-0) worked a hitless inning for the win.
The Astros’ Alex Bregman and Stanton exchanged three-run homers in the first inning, and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez cracked another three-run drive in the third against Yankees starter Jameson Taillon.
Astros starter Framber Valdez steadied himself after a rocky first inning. Jose Altuve had three hits and right fielder Kyle Tucker robbed a potential homer in the eighth for Houston, but the Astros fell to 43-26 on a rare down night for the majors’ leading bullpen.
“Things started unraveling and we couldn’t put it back,” Baker said.
Valdez struck out seven over six innings, allowing just the three runs on two hits, both in the first inning. He looked primed to go deep in the game until Anthony Rizzo grinded out a 16-pitch walk in the sixth. Valdez was pulled after 101 pitches.
Hector Neris pitched a perfect seventh, and Tucker helped Rafael Montero get through the eighth by leaping at the wall to catch a drive Rizzo thought was a surefire homer.
Taillon allowed a season-high six runs, interrupting a stellar first half after years of being hampered by health woes. Houston had 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the right-hander.
Alvarez, who homered twice against the Mets on Wednesday night, smacked a low, 113 mph line drive into Yankee Stadium’s short right-field porch in the third. Alvarez’s 22 homers trail only Judge’s 27 for the major league lead.
Astros: SS Jeremy Pena (thumb discomfort) worked out on the field, and Houston planned to evaluate him afterward. … OF Jake Meyers (left shoulder surgery) rejoined the team after completing a minor league rehab assignment but was not activated.
Yankees: Traded RHP David McKay to Tampa Bay for cash, optioned RHP Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added RHP Albert Abreu to the active roster.
Astros ace Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA) pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 AL Championship Series, a 4-1 Houston loss. He’s 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 career starts at the ballpark. He’ll oppose New York RHP Luis Severino (4-1, 3.27) on Friday night.
TOP QB RECRUIT ARCH MANNING TWEETS THAT HE’S GOING TO TEXAS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The latest Manning quarterback, and the nation’s top recruit for next year’s class, has verbally committed to a future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he plans to play at Texas.
The quarterback’s message included a photo of him dropping back for a pass while wearing a Longhorns shirt.
Manning is going into his senior season at Isidore Newman, a prep school in New Orleans where his Super Bowl MVP uncles Peyton and Eli also played. Arch Manning’s father, Cooper, is the older brother of Peyton and Eli.
Peyton Manning played his college ball at Tennessee. Eli Manning followed their father and Arch’s grandfather, Archie, in playing at Ole Miss.
Texas is currently in the Big 12, but is moving to the Southeastern Conference by the 2025 season, and maybe sooner.
The Longhorns, who were 5-7 last year, will go into coach Steve Sarkisian’s second season with Hudson Card and Quinn Ewers competing to be the starting quarterback.
Card was the starter at the beginning of last season before being replaced after only two games by Casey Thompson, who has since left for Nebraska.
Ewers is a former five-star high school recruit from the Dallas area who barely played during one season at Ohio State before coming home and joining the Longhorns for spring drills. He was the top quarterback recruit in the 2021 class, though he skipped his senior season in high school.
RORY MCILROY, JT POSTON SHARE TRAVELERS LEAD AT 8-UNDER 62
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Rory McIlroy fought off a sinus bug to shoot an 8-under 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with J.T. Poston in the Travelers Championship.
Coming off a fifth-place tie Sunday in the U.S. Open after winning the Canadian Open the previous week, the second-ranked McIlroy had a bogey-free morning round – highlighted by a 47-foot birdie putt on the par-4 seventh.
McIlroy matched the lowest opening round of his PGA Tour career. He finished with a tap-in birdie on the ninth hole after a 332-yard drive and 44-foot chip just past the pin.
“It’s like U.S. Open rehab coming here,” the four-time major champion said. “I like coming here the week after the U.S. Open, it sort of gives you an opportunity to shoot low scores and get after it.”
Poston had five straight birdies on Nos. 13-17 and made the turn at 6-under 29, giving rise to thoughts of Jim Furyk’s record 58 on the same TPC River Highlands course in 2016. Poston parred the first six holes on front nine and birdied Nos. 7 and 9 to cap a bogey-free round.
“I gave myself a few looks, but kind of made a bunch of pars to start the front, so that was kind of out of the picture after a little while,” said Poston, the 2019 Wyndham Championship winner. “I might have thought about it a little more if I had made a couple of early birdies.”
Xander Schauffele and Martin Laird were a stroke back.
Schauffele hit all 18 greens in regulation for the first time in his career, despite showing up late at the practice range because he thought his 7:35 a.m. tee time was at 7:50.
“That was a pretty big rookie move on my behalf,” the Olympic champion said. “But when I’m at home, I’ll show up for an 8 o’clock tee time at 7:55, maybe hit two putts and then start swinging. So, take advantage of the youth, I guess.”
Patrick Cantlay, Charles Howell III and Webb Simpson, who played alongside McIlroy, were two shots back at 64.
“We kind of fed off each other,” Simpson said about McIlroy. “The holes started looking bigger and bigger. A lot of putts were made.”
Rain on Wednesday left the greens soft in the morning. They hardened later in the day and the wind picked up after lunch, leading to some higher scores.
“I thought the conditions in the afternoon were a lot tougher,” Cantlay said. “It was blowing as soon as I got on the first tee. Watching a little bit of the coverage this morning, I knew it was much different this afternoon than the low scores those guys put up this morning.”
Harris English, who won last year on the eighth hole of a playoff, opened with a 66. Top-ranked mastes champion Scottie Scheffler had a 68.
Jordan Spieth, who holed a shot out of a greenside bunker on 18 to win here in 2018, had one of the tougher afternoons. He made a double bogey on 12, hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds near the Connecticut River. The three-time major winner sat cross-legged in the fairway as he attempted to regroup and then birdied two of his next three holes. But his tee shot at 16 found the water and he finished with a 75.
There were no withdrawals Thursday after several earlier in the week. Those include Justin Thomas, who bowed out Wednesday to rest an ailing back, and Brooks Koepka, who this week became the latest player to defect to the LIV Golf series.
McIlroy, who has been an outspoken critic of those leaving for the Saudi tour, said he’s not feeling any pressure this week to be an ambassador for the PGA Tour.
“I’m in a good run of form. I’m playing well,” McIlroy said. “Whether that gives me a little more confidence to speak up on certain issues, maybe. But, I’m just going out there and trying to play my game and try to win some more tournaments.”
IN GEE CHUN RACES TO RECORD-TYING 5-SHOT LEAD AT WOMEN’S PGA
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun is alone atop the Women’s PGA Championship following a sensational start.
In fact, no player has ever been further ahead after 18 holes at a women’s major.
Chun breezed to an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a five-stroke advantage after the first round at Congressional. While most of the field slogged through the day on the wet Blue Course, Chun birdied seven of eight holes during one stretch. She was seven shots ahead when she finished her round and ended up tying a record for the largest 18-hole lead at a major.
Mickey Wright led this tournament by five after the first round in 1961.
“I don’t know what golf course In Gee is playing,” defending champion Nelly Korda said after finishing her round of 71.
Chun was playing the same course as everyone else — one that went through a full restoration last year. There was heavy rain in the area overnight and more precipitation during play Thursday morning. That softened the course but also made Congressional’s length — 6,809 yards for this first round — more of a factor.
No big deal for Chun, a two-time major winner.
“The course, after a lot of rain, feels longer,” the 27-year-old South Korean said. “At the same time, greens were softer. So I think it was just a balance.”
Although there was plenty of golf left to play, Chun’s big lead certainly turned heads.
“I can’t stop staring at the leaderboard,” Justin Thomas tweeted. “Leading by 7 halfway thru day 1!!!!”
Pornanong Phatlum and Hye-Jin Choi shot bogey-free rounds of 69 to cut Chun’s lead to five, but that was still a big enough advantage to tie Wright’s mark. The 1961 tournament was one of a record four victories by Wright at this event. Chun is trying for her first.
Chun did set a major championship record — for men or women — when she won the Evian Championship in 2016 at 21 under. She also won the U.S. Women’s Open the previous year.
Paula Reto and Jennifer Chang were at 2 under. Korda and playing partner Brooke Henderson were part of a nine-player group at 1 under. One example of how challenging the course was: Korda hit driver, hybrid and 7-wood while making par on the 587-yard ninth hole.
“That’s the longest par 5 I’ve ever played,” she said. “I was happy to play the front nine even.”
Chun, who started on the back nine, birdied Nos. 15, 16, 17 and 18. After a bogey on No. 1, she rebounded with three more birdies in a row.
Chun hit all 14 fairways and said she passed the time by discussing non-golf topics with caddie Dean Herden.
“We talk about the kiwis because I love to eat kiwis on the course,” she said. “It’s really tough to find a good kiwi from the supermarket. Luckily, we have a good Korean supermarket near here, so I got a good gold kiwi from there.”
If Chun keeps playing like this, she might find it easy to relax on the course, but she’ll have a talented group of challengers chasing her. Jennifer Kupcho, who won her first major at the Chevron Championship earlier this year, was 1 under. Phatlum’s impressive round included an ace on the 199-yard second.
Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko all shot 72, one stoke better than U.S. Women’s Open champ Minjee Lee.
In fact, if not for Chun, a lot of players could feel pretty close to the lead.
“I feel like I played really well. The course is really hard,” Kupcho said. “I don’t really know how In Gee is 8 under right now. That’s definitely an outlier.”
NOTES: Emma Talley (78) finished while putting with a wedge after her putter was damaged during the round. … Lizette Salas and Cristie Kerr both shot 80.
WILLIAMS OUT OF EASTBOURNE BECAUSE DOUBLES PARTNER INJURED
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) Serena Williams’ competitive preparation for Wimbledon will amount to two doubles matches.
A right knee injury to Williams’ doubles partner, Ons Jabeur, led to them withdrawing from the grass-court event in Eastbourne, the WTA said Thursday. They were scheduled to play Magda Linette and Aleksandra Krunic in the semifinals after winning two matches so far on the south coast of England.
Williams is making her comeback after nearly a year away from tennis.
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has received a wild-card entry to play in the singles tournament at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.
Jabeur is ranked No. 3 in singles. There was no immediate news about the seriousness of her injury.
US COACH MAKES DRAMATIC RESCUE OF ARTISTIC SWIMMER AT WORLDS
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships with her quick reaction.
The United States coach knew something was wrong when she saw artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool during a solo free routine on Wednesday.
The fully clothed Fuentes dived in. She swam to the unresponsive Alvarez, put her arms around her, and lifted her to the water’s surface, where another person helped get her out of the pool.
Alvarez, a two-time Olympian, had fainted.
“It was her best performance ever, she just pushed through her limits and she found them,” Fuentes joked.
Alvarez, who was immediately given medical attention, was feeling much better on Thursday.
“Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and using today to rest,” USA Artistic Swimming told The Associated Press in a statement.
“Watching yesterday’s medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Alvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She gave an exceptional solo performance and competed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions across six days.”
Alvarez finished seventh in Wednesday’s individual final.
“Whether or not she will swim in the free team final on Friday … will be determined by Anita and expert medical staff,” USA Artistic Swimming said.
Fuentes also said Alvarez was doing much better in an Instagram post.
“The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. all is okay,” Fuentes wrote. “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country. we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.”
NYRA SUSPENDS BAFFERT 1 YEAR; ELIGIBLE TO RETURN IN JANUARY
(AP) — The New York Racing Association suspended trainer Bob Baffert for one year Thursday for repeated medication violations,
A panel credited Baffert for time served from an initial suspension that makes the two-time Triple Crown-winner eligible to saddle horses in New York again Jan. 26. The final decision marks the end of a protracted back and forth about Baffert’s status in the state that began in May 2021.
“This was an impartial and deliberative process that has resulted in a lengthy suspension of the sport’s most prominent trainer,” NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke said in statement. “However, this is not simply about Bob Baffert or any one individual but about protecting the integrity of the sport here in New York. Today’s decision advances that goal.”
The ban is shorter than the two years Churchill Downs sidelined Baffert after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a substance that is not allowed on race day. Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice O. Peter Sherwood, who was serving as the NYRA hearing officer, previously recommended a two-year suspension.
Baffert’s camp asked for a stay of the NYRA suspension that was immediately denied. A message seeking comment from Baffert or his attorney was not immediately returned.
The panel’s decision cannot be appealed through NYRA’s process, which was developed last year after Baffert successfully sued in federal court to get his initial suspension in the state of New York lifted. Baffert is also fighting in federal court against the Churchill Downs ban that made him ineligible to run horses in the Derby in 2022 and ’23.
Under the terms of the suspension agreed to by the panel made up of Saratoga attorney John J. Carusone, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association executive director Will Alempijevic and New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America leader the Rev. Humberto Chavez, Baffert would be able to be a part of the Belmont Stakes next year.
The panel in its 14-page ruling disagreed with Sherwood over the matter of Baffert “doping” his horses, saying, “The drugs for which use Baffert was cited in three jurisdictions are allowed and commonly used but are nevertheless performance enhancing in the sense that they may suppress injuries and may allow the horse to perform at a normal level in spite of the injury if they are found to be at a level above the allowable threshold.”
Medina Spirit tested positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone, which is not allowed in Kentucky on race day, and was later disqualified. The colt finished third in the Preakness two weeks after the Derby.
Medina Spirit collapsed and died in December in California. An exam found no definitive cause of death.
Baffert-trained Cruel Intention, Eclair, Charlatan, Gamine and Merneith also tested positive for a substance not allowed at that level on race day. Those violations occurred in California, Arkansas or Kentucky; none happened in New York.
Baffert, 69, is a Hall of Fame trainer who has become the face of the sport. He won the Triple Crown twice: in 2015 with American Pharoah and in 2018 with Justify.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VOTES TO CHANGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FORMAT
Thursday the Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments. In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments. The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semi-state game had been in place since 2002. This spring, Commissioner Paul Neidig conducted a survey of principals, athletic directors, boys and girls coaches and 73.4% of those 781 respondents voted in favor of the change with at least 70% in all four groups approving. Regional pairings will be drawn and announced at the same time as the traditional sectional pairings with two regional championship games being played at the same site and potentially from different classes. Another new wrinkle includes conducting an additional blind draw and announcing the semi-state pairings the day after the regional championship games on IHSAAtv.org. “We really like the potential of a high-energy atmosphere at the semi-state level with a chance to advance to the state championship games the following week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the home of the Pacers and Fever,” Neidig said. “This new format will double the number of teams who play a week longer in the tournament and should create a lot of excitement in those communities and will be financially beneficial for those communities that serve as host sites.” Tournament host sites will be approved by the Executive Committee later this fall.
• The Executive Committee formally approved full membership for Dugger Union, Evansville Christian and Purdue Polytechnic. Those schools become officially eligible to compete in IHSAA state tournaments beginning this fall. • The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300 mile limit, is and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. • A proposal to raise ticket prices in several sports including football and basketball sectional games from $6 to $7 was also approved as well as raising an officials stipend by $10 at all levels as well as bumping their mileage from 25 cents to 50 cents per mile.
INDIANA PACERS TAKE ARIZONA’S BENNEDICT MATHURIN AT NO. 6
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers took Arizona sophomore Bennedict Mathurin at No. 6 overall in the NBA draft Thursday night.
Mathurin, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward, averaged 17.7 points. 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season, when he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He shot 45% from the field, including 36.9% from 3-point range in helping the Wildcats reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Mathurin grew up in Montreal and his parents in Haiti.
It was the first time the Pacers had a single-digit draft pick since drafting George McCloud with the No. 9 draft pick in 1989. It followed a 25-57 season, good enough for only 13th in the Eastern Conference in the first season of coach Rick Carlisle’s second stint with Indiana. It was the Pacers’ fewest wins since 1984-85 when they finished 22-60.
Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard began a rebuild of the team after guards Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell, forward T.J. Warren and center Myles Turner all had lengthy absences because of injuries.
Warren missed the entire season with a foot injury. Brogdon played in just 36 games while Turner played in 42. McConnell played in 27 games. Both might have been able to play later in the season but were shut down with Pacers’ season going nowhere.
The Pacers traded two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis to Sacramento in February, acquiring Tyrese Halliburton and Buddy Hield and Jalen Smith.
With Halliburton, the Pacers appear to finally have a playmaking ball-handler. Indiana’s 2021 first-round pick Chris Duarte had a solid rookie season, averaging 13.1 points.
The Pacers traded Caris LeVert to Cleveland with the main prize being the the 2022 lottery protected first-round pick. Since Cleveland faded and didn’t make the playoffs, that pick will now be lottery protected for 2023.
IVEY DRAFTED BY DETROIT
Former Purdue Guard Jaden Ivey was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the #5 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Electric athlete who made strides as a shooter and passer as a sophomore to complement the playmaking potential he possesses thanks to his rare burst with the ball.
About Jaden Ivey
Jaden Ivey is an electric 6-foot-4 guard whose improvement as a jump shooter in his second season at Purdue made him one of the most dynamic guards in college basketball. The son of former WNBA player and current Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey and former NFL receiver Javin Hunter, Ivey has a strong athletic pedigree, but he was considered a fringe top-100 prospect in the class of 2020 following his senior season at La Lumiere School (IN). He exceeded expectations as a freshman in the Big Ten, averaging 11.1 points per game while finishing the year far better than he started it.
Carrying that momentum into a standout showing alongside Chet Holmgren and Kennedy Chandler averaging 12.3 points per game for the USA team that won the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, Ivey set a high bar heading into his sophomore season. Emerging as one of the most dynamic players in the country, Ivey averaged 17.3 points and 3.1 assists per game in his second season under head coach Matt Painter to earn Consensus Second-Team All-American honors.
• Listed at 6-foot-4 with a 200-pound frame that has come a long way in recent years to go along with a 6-foot-9.5 wingspan, Ivey has prototypical dimensions for shooting guard and ranks among the most explosive prospects in recent memory. Possessing an electric first step, an extra gear with the ball, and impressive leaping ability with a head of steam, Ivey’s athletic gifts give him considerable upside as his game continues to evolve.
• Serving as an X-factor on the offensive end for a Purdue team that spent the entire season in the top 10 of the AP poll, Ivey scored in bunches on his best nights playing on the ball more frequently than he did as a freshman. Dynamic with the ball in the open court, capable of getting downhill without a pick, and able to keep defenders more honest with his jumper than he could in the past, Ivey provided no shortage of highlight reel plays this season but was substantially more efficient than he was as a freshman. While he was virtually unguardable when he had everything going at the collegiate level, his consistency left something to be desired as his ball handling ability and decision-making are still catching up with his electric speed, he was more effective as a passer sometimes than others, and he remained streaky from beyond the arc. As much as Ivey improved as a sophomore, he still has clear room to continue to grow as his speed gives him considerable potential as a shot creator.
• Ivey has the tools to be a playmaker on the defensive end but was more aggressive on the ball and steady off of it some possessions than others in his final collegiate season.
• Playing a unique role for a Purdue team that looked to control tempo and play inside out, Ivey spent time operating out of the pick and roll, running off screens executing the Boilermakers’ motion sets, and freelancing going coast-to-coast in transition. He shot the ball at an extremely high level off the catch over the first half of the season bolstering his efficiency and making it even easier for him to use his speed and explosiveness attacking the rim. Still finding ways to score even as his consistency from the perimeter tapered off late in the year, the Indiana native’s talent was glaring for long stretches.
• Utilizing his speed to put pressure on the rim both in the half court and in transition, nearly half of Ivey’s attempts came around the basket last season. Averaging 1.38 points per finishing opportunity [88th percentile], his ability to explode to the rim and finish or draw contact shined when he was running past defenders in transition, attacking a gap and elevating to dunk over multiple defenders in the half court, or just finding ways to create contact.
• Complementing his speed with improved consistency on the perimeter, Ivey scored 0.93 points per jump shot in the half court [58th percentile] after averaging just 0.82 points per attempt as a freshman. Showing improved range and consistency spotting up and shooting off screens, Ivey ran especially hot early in the year and made several key shots for the Boilermakers from the perimeter over the course of the season.
• For all the things Ivey did well as a sophomore, he still has considerable room to continue to improve. His jump shot is his biggest swing factor at this point, but his ability to play with pace to manipulate defenders, become a more consistent passer, and pick and choose his spots when to be aggressive could raise his game to another level and will likely dictate what kind of role he grows into at the next level.
• Proving to be a very good on-ball defender when he wanted to be last season, Ivey has the length and quickness to more than hold his own guarding on the perimeter but was more intent on impacting the game on that end some possessions than others.
• Ivey’s off-ball defense remains more of a work in progress. He had some impressive moments getting in the passing lanes, but Purdue played a relatively conservative style that often proved to be a test of his ability to stay solid on the weak side.
MEMPHIS HANDS INDY FIRST LOSS OF HOMESTAND
INDIANAPOLIS – Major league rehabber Yoshi Tsutsugo went 3-for-3 but the Indianapolis Indians dropped Game 3 of the six-game series against the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday night, 4-3.
In a battle of pitching staffs, Indians (34-33) pitching surrendered 12 walks in the loss, their most since matching Sept. 1, 2015 at Columbus. Memphis (39-30) then countered with 14 strikeouts, Indy’s most at Victory Field this season.
Down 2-0 after the Redbirds’ first two offensive innings, the Indians came to the plate and scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Following a leadoff single by Rodolfo Castro, Travis Swaggerty put the Indians on the board with an RBI double. A sacrifice fly and run-scoring groundout gave Indy the lead.
Memphis tied the game with an RBI single off the bat of Connor Capel in the top of the fourth inning, and the score remained knotted until the eighth. Following a one-out walk, Alec Burleson doubled off Cristofer Melendez (L, 2-4) to plate the game-winning run.
Blake Parker (W, 1-2) earned the win with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Jacob Bosiokovic (S, 3) fanned two in the final offensive inning for the Indians.
The Indians will look for the win and to clinch at least a series split tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET vs. the Redbirds. RHP Aaron Brooks (3-3, 7.47) will take the mound for the visitors, while Indy has yet to name a starter.
GAME RECAP: KELSEY MITCHELL SCORES 22 IN FEVER LOSS TO DALLAS
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell continued to add to her WNBA All-Star candidacy with 22 points, which is her league-leading 11th game of the season scoring at least 20 points. Mitchell and the Indiana Fever dropped their first of four consecutive road games Thursday night in a 94-68 loss to the Dallas Wings. Indiana falls to 5-14 on the season while Dallas improves to 9-9.
Dallas got off to a hot start in the first quarter, hitting six of its first eight attempts from three-point range and leading Indiana by 15. The Wings continued to hold on to its lead in the second quarter, led by guard Arike Ogunbowale’s 16 first-half points. Kelsey Mitchell was right behind her with 14 of her 22 points coming in the first half.
Coming out of halftime, Mitchell was 3-of-4 shooting in the third quarter, while the rest of the team was 3-of-11.
In her WNBA debut, rookie guard Khayla Pointer scored six of Indiana’s 14 points in the fourth quarter. Rookie center Queen Egbo had her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Victoria Vivians also had her 12th game this season scoring double-digits with 10 points.
For Dallas, Ogunbowale led the Wings with 24 points, six assists and five steals. Forward Isabelle Harrison scored 16 points and center Teaira McCowan chipped in her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Fever play two consecutive games at the Phoenix Mercury beginning Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
Monday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
KING MAKES HISTORY WITH 200-METER WORLD TITLE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana swimming and diving standout Lilly King won her first-ever 200-meter breaststroke world title at the 19th FINA World Championships on Thursday (June 23) in Budapest and made American swimming history while doing so.
Per Braden Keith, editor-in-chief of the swimming and diving news website SwimSwam, “King is the first American swimmer, male or female, to win a career treble of golds in the 50-100-200 [meter] of any stroke at the long course world championships.”
The Evansville, Indiana, native earned her 15th-career world championship medal and 13th gold. She previously doubled as the 50-and-100-breaststroke winner at both the 2017 and 2019 championships.
King completed the triple Thursday, swimming the 200-meter race in 2:22.41. She blazed through the final 50 meters in 36.36 to pass Australian Jenna Strauch (2:23.04) and fellow American Kate Douglass (2:23.20).
The 200-meter breaststroke victory is King’s second gold of this year’s championships after she swam in the preliminary of Team USA’s 4×100-meter mixed medley relay on Tuesday. King placed fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday, finishing in 1:06.07, and will swim the preliminary of her final event, the 50-meter breaststroke, on Friday.
King competed at IU from 2016-19 and won all eight NCAA titles combined in the 100-and-200-yard breaststroke events during that span. She is also a four-time Olympic medalist between the 2016 and 2020 games.
SUMMER COMPETITION KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND FOR IUTF
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Track & Field’s summer ramps up this weekend with multiple national championships. Maddy Pollard and Jayden Ulrich are set to compete at the 2022 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships June 23 through June 26. Sean Mockler competes in the 2022 Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships June 25 and 26. The US championships are being held in Eugene, Ore. while the Irish Championships are set for Dublin, Ireland.
Ulrich kicks off the weekend for the Hoosiers in discus throw which is scheduled for Friday, June 24 at 9:45 p.m. ET. Pollard will then join Ulrich in the shot put competition on Sunday, June 26. The finals of the shot put are slated for a 4 p.m. ET start.
Mockler will compete in the men’s hammer throw which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 25.
Throughout the 2022 Mockler, Pollard and Ulrich were among the top of their field. As a freshman, Ulrich was the Big Ten Champion in the discus and placed seventh in the shot put at the conference meet. She also set the school record in the discus with a throw of 59.01m (193′ 7″) on her way to the conference title. Ulrich competed in the discus and shot put at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to end the outdoor collegiate season.
Pollard took fourth in the shot put at Big Ten Conference championships while also competing discus. She then went on to compete in Eugene at the national meet. There, she placed 16th overall in the shot put to capture All-American Second Team accolades.
Mockler was the silver medalist in the hammer throw at Big Ten Championships and also holds the program record in the event with a mark of 68.68m (225′ 4″). The freshman also went on the capture All-American Second Team honors at national championships.
DIVERS SET TO COMPETE AT FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue divers are set to compete among the best in the world at the top international showcase of the year, the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Greg Duncan, Maggie Merriman, Jordan Rzepka and incoming Boilermaker Daryn Wright are slated to compete for the United States. Maycey Vieta also dives for Puerto Rico.
Purdue alumnus and assistant coach David Boudia, a five-time medalist at the World Championships, is serving on the USA Diving coaching staff for the first time. He’s joined on the staff by Minnesota’s Wenbo Chen, who was the diving coach of the Boilermakers from 2001 to 2005.
Duncan, Merriman, Rzepka and Wright all qualified for the World Championships based on their medal-winning performances at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December. Vieta was also a medalist in December and earned another international bid for Puerto Rico after representing the territory at the FINA Diving World Cup (Japan) and South American Diving Championships (Argentina) in 2021.
Duncan also has international experience at the 2019 World University Games (Italy) and 2020 FINA Diving Grand Prix (Spain). Rzepka competed at 2019 FINA Diving World Series meets in Japan and China. As a 2022 high school grad, Wright previously represented USA Diving at both the junior World Championships and junior Pan American Championships. Merriman also competed at junior World and Pan-Am Championships before enrolling at Purdue.
WOMEN’S SOCCER UNVEILS 2022 SCHEDULE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville women’s soccer coach Chris Pfau announced a challenging 2022 fall schedule on Wednesday, loaded with 10 matches on the home turf of Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Season tickets are currently on sale for $45 through the UE ticket office. A combined women’s and men’s soccer season ticket is also available this year for $75. Tickets can be purchased on-line on the “Ticket” tab of GoPurpleAces.com (Click Here). Fans with questions can also contact the UE ticket office by phone or text at 812-488-2237, or they can contact Director of Ticketing & Game Operations Luc Prevost by phone at 812-488-4065 or Associate Athletics Director for Revenue Generation Logan Belz by phone at 812-488-2623.
The non-conference schedule features a very regional flavor, as UE will play seven non-conference matches and one exhibition match against teams within a five-hour radius of Evansville. The Missouri Valley Conference schedule will include an expanded look, as conference newcomers UIC, Belmont and Murray State will make the Valley an 11-team league in women’s soccer beginning this fall.
“After a strong season last fall, I am excited for this upcoming season,” said Pfau, who led UE to a 7-5-7 record in 2021 and a spot in the MVC Tournament final. “We lost a lot of key players in key positions from last year, but we believe that we can compete at a high level with the talent that we have returning and the new talent that we have coming in.”
Evansville will open the fall season at home with an exhibition match against NCAA Tournament second-round participant Saint Louis University on Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m. UE will then host Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt on Thursday, August 18 to kick-off the regular-season at 7 p.m. The Commodores feature second team all-SEC and third-team all-Southeast Region defender Maya Antoine in a defense which allowed the fewest goals in SEC play a year ago.
“To be able to host Vanderbilt to open up the regular-season is a great way to start,” said Pfau. “They are one of the best teams in the country and have a great coach. This will be a great test for us to see where we are at and what we need to continue to work on.”
UE will remain at home to finish the month of August with Sunday home matches against both Austin Peay (August 21, 1 p.m.) and Morehead State (August 28, 2 p.m.).
The month of September will begin with a quick trip to Edwardsville, Illinois to take on 2021 NCAA Tournament participant Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Thursday, September 1. UE will then return home for a Sunday, September 4 match-up with Northern Kentucky (1 p.m. kick-off) to wrap up the home non-conference slate.
Non-conference play will end on the road for UE, with trips to Southeast Missouri State (Thursday, September 8) and IUPUI (Sunday, September 11). Evansville will then open up Missouri Valley Conference play with road matches at Missouri State (Sunday, September 18) and Indiana State (Thursday, September 22).
Evansville will host Murray State on Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. in the first meeting between the two schools as members of the MVC. UE will then host UNI (Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m.) and Southern Illinois (Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m.) to close out a Valley-long three-match homestand.
A Chicago-area road trip for matches against UIC (Thursday, October 6) and Valparaiso (Sunday, October 9) follows, before a tough stretch to close the regular-season.
UE will host perennial league power Drake on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m., before hitting the road to take on Valley newcomer Belmont three days later (Sunday, October 16). UE will then return home to meet league rival Illinois State on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m. on Senior Day to close out the regular-season. The MVC Tournament will begin on Thursday, October 27 with first-round action leading up to a Sunday, November 6 championship match.
Evansville returns 13 players who saw action last season this fall, including first team all-MVC forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista Del Lago), and fellow all-conference defenders Emilie Hill (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Community) and Rachel Rosborough (Mt. Brydges, Ontario). The Purple Aces will also welcome 10 new faces to campus this fall, including local standouts Ryleigh Anslinger (Evansville, Ind./Memorial/Indiana Univ.) and Kaylee Woosley (Evansville, Ind./North). UE posted the best start in program history last year under Pfau, while ranking as high as #5 in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region poll during the course of the regular-season.
MILLER JOINS VALPO STRENGTH & CONDITIONING; SMITH, PRICE ADDED TO FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced a trio of hires, including the addition of Gabe Miller as Associate Director of Sports Performance. Miller will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the football and women’s basketball programs.
In addition, head coach Landon Fox has finalized two new hires on his football coaching staff as Tim Smith has been named wide receivers coach and Vernell Price has been introduced as the program’s defensive tackles coach.
Miller comes to Valpo after spending the last year as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Central Michigan University, where he worked with the football program in addition to directing strength & conditioning for softball and gymnastics. Prior to that, he served as a strength & conditioning coach for the University of Michigan football program from June 2020 to February 2021.
“I am extremely thankful and excited to live in the beautiful city of Valparaiso, joining a great and very supportive community,” Miller said. “Our strength & conditioning staff will do everything we can to ensure that we best serve our student-athletes and do everything we can to support them in their journeys to winning championships at Valparaiso University.”
Miller also gained experience at Saginaw Valley State University from May 2019 to June 2020, serving in a variety of roles within the football program including strength & conditioning. He originally joined the Saginaw Valley State athletic department in January 2017 as a professional intern for strength & conditioning. He also served as the co-head strength & conditioning coach for the Saginaw Spirit professional hockey team from September 2018 to April 2019.
“I am really excited to have Gabe joining our Valpo family,” head women’s basketball coach Mary Evans said. “Throughout the interview process, Gabe’s passion and energy for strength & conditioning and sports performance really stood out. He is extremely knowledgeable within his field and I am looking forward to watching him help our players grow as athletes.”
Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State in May 2019 with a degree in exercise science and a minor in general business. He was a football student-athlete as an h-back and long snapper while also contributing on special teams.
“I’m very impressed by the past experiences that Gabe brings to the table,” Fox said. “He played collegiate football and he has gained experience at Michigan and Central Michigan after starting his career at Saginaw Valley. He has worked with college football programs at the Division-I FBS level. He has also been in the private sector and worked with NFL combine athletes as they were preparing for the combine. He has a variety of experiences at different levels and has a great understanding of player development.”
Smith comes to Valpo after serving as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Lincoln University in Oxford, Pa. from fall 2018 to January 2022. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. in Fall 2017, leading the team to a state championship. He was the head coach for boys varsity track & field during the Spring 2017 campaign after serving as an assistant coach the previous season. He was also part of the Oscar Smith football staff in 2015 and 2016 as the wide receivers coach.
“I am both excited and grateful to be part of the Valpo family,” Smith said. “Throughout the interview process, I could see the vision Coach Fox has for this program and the foundation that he’s laid thus far. I can’t wait to help develop this group of wide receivers, on and off the field, as I aim to instill all of the lessons, techniques and values from my past experience as a former player and NCAA coach.”
Smith’s playing career reached the professional ranks with the Edmonton Eskimos (Canadian Football League, 2016), Hamilton Tiger Cats (CFL, 2015), Cleveland Browns (training camp, NFL, 2014) and Seattle Seahawks (NFL, rookie mini-camp, 2014). He was a four-year player at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology.
“Tim played at a high level and ranked among the all-time leading receivers at Virginia when he finished out his career,” Fox said. “He was able to get into camp with the Browns and Seahawks, and that brings instant credibility. He has a deep understanding of the wide receiver position. At his last stop, he was an offensive coordinator, so he has the ability to see the big picture of what we’re trying to accomplish on offense while also getting to focus on what he knows best, which is developing wide receivers.”
Price has previous experience in the Pioneer Football League as he spent the last year working with defensive backs and as a defensive analyst and defensive quality control coach at the University of San Diego. Prior to that, he served as the head coach and play caller for the Shanghai Sharks and Hangzhou Generals from 2016-2020. During his playing days, Price was a defensive lineman at the University of South Dakota from 2010-2012. He started his collegiate career at San Diego Mesa Community College from 2007-2009.
“Vernell is a unique story,” Fox said. “He intrigued me because of his teaching background. He’s taught at a number of different places and was in China for several years. He has experience in our league having worked at San Diego this past year. He understands the student-athlete part of what we do here at Valpo and recognizes the importance of bringing in good football players but more importantly, good students and good people.”
What They’re Saying About Coach Miller
Alex Curtis, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Central Michigan University: Gabe has good experience. He comes from winning programs and quality strength & conditioning programs at the University of Michigan and at Central Michigan University. He’s seen success at the power-5 level and the group-of-5 level. One thing that really stood out to me here at Central Michigan was Gabe’s ability to form relationships with the players. He also forms good relationships with the staff members; I enjoyed working with him and we have a great relationship. He’s a competitor. He likes to compete and it’s apparent, even playing pickup basketball, he goes all out. He brings that edge to the weight room.”
What They’re Saying About Coach Smith
Al Groh, College/NFL Analyst, Former NFL & College Coach: “Tim is a very down-to-earth person with high ambitions. He takes nothing for granted and works for everything that he gets. You can trust Tim to be prepared to give the best that he’s got every day.”
Marques Hagans, Associate Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach, University of Virginia: “Tim is a student of the game who teaches at a high level and loves his players. He’s definitely an up-and-coming coach.”
Anthony Poindexter, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Penn State University: “Tim is a great young man. He is a very talented coach but an even better person. Any program should be excited to have him work with their student-athletes.”
Mike London, Head Coach, William & Mary: “Tim Smith was a tremendous player for us at Virginia and an even better human being. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve been around as a player and now as a young coach. His future is bright. I’m proud to say I love Tim Smith for the man that he has become and the opportunities that lay ahead for him.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1868 THE FOREST CITYS, AN AMATEUR TEAM ORGANIZED BY THE FOREST CITY BASEBALL CLUB IN 1865, ENDURE A DEVASTATING DEFEAT WHEN THE PHILADELPHIA A’S PUMMEL THEM, 85-11. A PROFESSIONAL FOREST CITY TEAM WILL TAKE THE FIELD NEXT SEASON, LOSING CLEVELAND’S FIRST PRO BASEBALL GAME WHEN THEY DROP A 25-6 DECISION TO THE CINCINNATI RED STOCKINGS AT CASE COMMONS.
1911 RED SOX OWNER JOHN I. TAYLOR ANNOUNCES HE PLANS TO LAY OUT HIS NEW BALLPARK ON A LITTLE MORE THAN EIGHT ACRES OF LAND IN THE FENWAY SECTION OF BOSTON. THE $650,000 PROJECT, SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER, WITH JAMES MCLAUGHLIN SERVING AS CHIEF ARCHITECT AND THE CLEVELAND-BASED OSBORN ENGINEERING COMPANY, A WELL-RESPECTED FIRM INVOLVED IN DESIGNING YANKEE STADIUM, FORBES FIELD, AND TIGER STADIUM, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES.
1936 JOE DIMAGGIO BECOMES THE FIRST YANKEE AND FIFTH PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY TO HIT TWO HOME RUNS IN ONE INNING. THE 21-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE OUTFIELDER’S HOMERS COME IN THE FIFTH FRAME IN AN 18-11 ROUT OF THE WHITE SOX AT COMISKEY PARK.
1946 TRAVELING AT DUSK IN LIGHT RAIN EN ROUTE TO BREMERTON, EIGHT SPOKANE INDIANS PLAYERS AND SKIPPER MEL COLE DIE WHEN THEIR TEAM BUS VEERS OFF A CASCADE MOUNTAIN PASS ROAD TO AVOID AN ONCOMING CAR APPROXIMATELY SIXTY MILES EAST OF SEATTLE. JACK LOHRKE, A FUTURE INFIELDER WITH THE GIANTS AND PHILLIES, WILL BECOME KNOWN AS ‘LUCKY,’ HAVING LEFT THE BUS AT ITS LAST STOP TO REPORT TO SAN DIEGO 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE ACCIDENT AT SNOQUALMIE PASS ON WASHINGTON’S HIGHWAY 10.
1947 AT FORBES FIELD, JACKIE ROBINSON STEALS HOME IN THE DODGERS’ 4-2 VICTORY OVER THE PIRATES. IT IS THE BROOKLYN INFIELDER’S FIRST THIEVERY OF THE DISH, SOMETHING THE ROOKIE WILL ACCOMPLISH 19 TIMES DURING HIS TEN-YEAR CAREER.
1948 SALISBURY CARDINALS MANAGER GENE CORBETT, PREVIOUSLY TOSSED FROM THE GAME, INSTRUCTS BATBOY PAUL MURRELL TO TELL THE UMPIRE TO “GET IN THE GAME AND KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.” AFTER RELAYING THE MESSAGE, THE 13-YEAR-OLD ALSO GETS EJECTED FROM THE CLASS D EASTERN SHORE LEAGUE CONTEST.
1950 GIANTS’ CATCHER WES WESTRUM HITS THREE HOME RUNS AND A TRIPLE, SCORING FIVE TIMES AND DRIVING IN FOUR RUNS. THE 27-YEAR-OLD CLEANUP HITTER’S FIFTEEN TOTAL BASES HELP NEW YORK DEFEAT CINCINNATI AT THE POLO GROUNDS, 12-2.
1950 WILLIE MAYS MAKES HIS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL DEBUT, PLAYING CENTERFIELD FOR TRENTON, THE GIANTS’ FARM TEAM IN THE CLASS B INTER-STATE LEAGUE. THE 19-YEAR-OLD OUTFIELDER FROM ALABAMA GOES HITLESS IN THE GAME AGAINST HAGERSTOWN IN MARYLAND BUT WILL HIT .353 IN 81 GAMES BEFORE BEING PROMOTED TO THE MINNEAPOLIS MILLERS, THE TRIPLE-A AFFILIATE OF THE PARENT CLUB.
1953 THE BRAVES SIGN RIGHT-HANDER JOEY JAY FROM MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT AS AN AMATEUR FREE AGENT. THE 17-YEAR-OLD BONUS BABY WILL BECOME THE FIRST FORMER LITTLE LEAGUER TO PLAY IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.
1955 SENATOR THIRD BASEMAN HARMON KILLEBREW HITS HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN IN WASHINGTON’S 18-7 LOSS TO THE TIGERS. THE 18-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE, WHO BECOMES KNOWN AS ‘KILLER,’ WILL FINISH HIS 22-YEAR HALL OF FAME CAREER WITH 573 HOMERS.
1960 STAN MUSIAL RETURNS TO THE CARDINALS’ LINEUP AFTER BEING BENCHED BY SKIPPER SOLLY HEMUS, WHO TRIED TO IMPLEMENT A YOUTH MOVEMENT AT THE START OF THE SEASON. THE 39-YEAR-OLD FUTURE HALL OF FAMER RESPONDS WITH A SINGLE IN THE TEAM’S 4-3 LOSS TO PHILADELPHIA.
1962 THE LONGEST GAME EVER PLAYED IN YANKEE HISTORY ENDS THANKS TO A HOME RUN HIT BY JACK REED IN THE 22ND INNING. THE MISSISSIPPI NATIVE’S LONE BIG LEAGUE CAREER HOMER HELPS THE BRONX BOMBERS BEAT DETROIT IN TIGER STADIUM, 9-7.
1968 AFTER STRIKING WITH THE BASES LOADED IN THE FIRST INNING, JIM NORTHRUP BECOMES THE SIXTH BIG LEAGUER TO HIT TWO GRAND SLAMS IN THE SAME GAME. THE ‘SLAMMER’S’ POWER SURGE IN THE FIFTH AND SIXTH FRAMES ENABLE THE TIGERS TO ROUT THE INDIANS AT CLEVELAND STADIUM, 14-3.
1969 PHILLIES SKIPPER BOB SKINNER SUSPENDS DICK ALLEN INDEFINITELY AFTER THE SLUGGER FAILS TO APPEAR FOR A TWILIGHT DOUBLEHEADER AT SHEA STADIUM AGAINST NEW YORK. PHILADELPHIA REINSTATES THE 27-YEAR-OLD FIRST BASEMAN, WHO GOT STUCK IN TRAFFIC AFTER WATCHING A HORSE RACE IN NEW JERSEY ON JULY 20.
1970 IN THE LAST GAME PLAYED AT CROSLEY FIELD, LEE MAY AND JOHNNY BENCH HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS IN THE EIGHTH TO GIVE THE REDS A 5-4 WIN. AFTER THE GAME, HOME PLATE IS PRESENTED TO MAYOR EUGENE RUEHLMAN AND THEN FLOWN BY HELICOPTER TO THE REDS’ NEW HOME, RIVERFRONT STADIUM.
1970 AFTER FOULING OFF A NINTH-INNING “FOLLY FLOATER” THROWN BY STEVE HAMILTON IN THE EVENTUAL 7-2 CLEVELAND VICTORY AT YANKEE STADIUM, TONY HORTON ASKS THE NEW YORK HURLER TO THROW HIM THE PITCH AGAIN. THE INDIANS’ FIRST BASEMAN CRAWLS BACK TO THE DUGOUT WHEN BACKSTOP THURMAN MUNSON CATCHES HIS SECOND FOUL BALL.
1977 BOB WATSON BECOMES THE FIRST PLAYER TO COMPLETE A CYCLE IN BOTH LEAGUES WHEN HE HITS AN EIGHTH-INNING RBI SINGLE, LEADING HOUSTON TO A 6-5 VICTORY OVER THE GIANTS AT THE ASTRODOME. THE 31-YEAR-OLD FIRST BASEMAN, DUPLICATED BY JOHN OLERUD (METS, 1997, AND MARINERS, 2001) AND MICHAEL CUDDYER (TWINS, 2009, AND THE ROCKIES, 2014), ALSO COLLECTED A SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE, AND A HOME RUN WHILE WEARING A RED SOX UNIFORM IN 1979.
1977 AFTER RALPH GARR HITS WHAT APPEARS TO BE A THREE-RUN HOMER IN THE THIRD INNING AT METROPOLITAN STADIUM, THE UMPIRE CALLS HIM OUT WHEN HE PASSES TEAMMATE JIM ESSIAN, WHO WAITED AT FIRST BASE TO MAKE SURE THE BALL CLEARED THE FENCE. THE ARBITRATORS AWARD THE WHITE SOX OUTFIELDER, KNOWN AS THE ROAD RUNNER, A TWO-RUN SINGLE, BUT THE MISTAKE PROVES COSTLY WHEN CHICAGO LOSES THE GAME IN MINNESOTA, 7-6.
1979 IN A 5-1 DEFEAT TO TEXAS, FUTURE HALL OF FAMER RICKEY HENDERSON MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE A’S. THE 20-YEAR-OLD OUTFIELDER SINGLES AND DOUBLES AND SWIPES THE FIRST OF HIS 1,406 STOLEN BASES, A MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD.
1988 IN ONE OF THE LONGEST GAMES EVER PLAYED, IT TAKES 27 INNINGS FOR THE BLUEFIELD ORIOLES TO BEAT THE HOMETOWN BURLINGTON INDIANS, 3-2. THE APPALACHIAN LEAGUE CONTEST, WHICH ENDED AT 3:27 IN THE MORNING, LASTED EIGHT HOURS AND 15 MINUTES.
1992 MUCH TO THE PROTEST OF THE YANKEES BRASS, FAY VINCENT PERMANENTLY SUSPENDS PITCHER STEVE HOWE FOR REPEATED DRUG OFFENSES, AFTER THE AUTHORITIES ARREST THE LEFT-HANDED RELIEVER FOR BUYING A GRAM OF COCAINE. HOWEVER, IN NOVEMBER, AN ARBITRATOR WILL OVERTURN THE LIFETIME BAN, ALLOWING THE FORMER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TO ENJOY ONE OF HIS BEST SEASONS WHEN HE SAVES 15 GAMES WITH A 1.80 ERA FOR THE BRONX BOMBERS IN 1994.
1993 THE PADRES TRADE GARY SHEFFIELD AND RICH RODRIGUEZ TO THE MARLINS FOR ANDRES BERUMEN, JOSE MARTINEZ, AND A LITTLE-KNOWN ROOKIE RELIEVER NAMED TREVOR HOFFMAN. THE 25-YEAR-OLD ROOKIE RIGHT-HANDER WILL SAVE 552 GAMES DURING HIS FIFTEEN AND HALF YEARS WITH THE FRANCHISE.
1997 RANDY JOHNSON (11-2) BREAKS RON GUIDRY’S 1978 AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS IN A GAME BY A LEFT-HANDER. THE MARINERS SOUTHPAW WHIFFS 19 A’S, 13 SWINGING AND EIGHT LOOKING, BUT STILL LOSSES THE KINGDOME CONTEST, 4-1, GIVING UP 11 HITS, INCLUDING SOLO HOME RUNS BY MARK MCGWIRE AND GEORGE WILLIAMS.
2003 BRAD WILKERSON BECOMES THE FIFTH EXPO TO HIT FOR THE CYCLE, COLLECTING A BUNT SINGLE IN THE SECOND, A DOUBLE IN THE FIFTH, A TRIPLE IN THE SIXTH, AND A HOMER IN THE SEVENTH. THE LEFT FIELDER’S 4-FOR-4 PERFORMANCE, WHICH DRIVES IN FOUR RUNS, ENABLES MONTREAL TO BEAT PITTSBURGH, 6-4.
2003 AFTER A 6-FOR-6 PERFORMANCE AGAINST PHILADELPHIA THREE DAYS AGO, NOMAR GARCIAPARRA GOES 5-FOR-5 IN THE RED SOX’ 10-1 ROUT OF DETROIT AT FENWAY PARK. ALL ELEVEN HITS ARE SINGLES.
2004 IN A SLUGFEST AT THE SKYDOME, JULIO LUGO GOES 5-FOR-5 TO SET A CLUB RECORD FOR HITS IN A GAME. UNFORTUNATELY, THE TORONTO SHORTSTOP’S EFFORT ISN’T ENOUGH TO STOP THE DEVIL RAYS WHEN THEY POUND OUT 24 HITS EN ROUTE TO A 19-13 ROUT OF THE BLUE JAYS.
2005 AFTER BERNIE WILLIAMS DROPS THE BALL IN CENTER FIELD, THE METS BECOME THE FIRST NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM TO HIT THREE SACRIFICE FLIES IN ONE INNING, STARTING WITH RAMON CASTRO’S SAC FLY TYING THE GAME AT 1-1 WITH DAVID WRIGHT ADVANCING TO THIRD. NEXT, THE YANKEES’ CENTER FIELDER DROPS JOSE REYES’ FLY BALL, ALLOWING WRIGHT TO SCORE; MIKE CAMERON SKIES TO RIGHT, PLATING DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ, WHO HAD ADVANCED TO THIRD ON AN ERRANT PICKOFF THROW.
2008 A BENCH-CLEARING BRAWL, RESULTING IN THE EJECTIONS OF 15 PLAYERS, WITH SOME ALLOWED BACK SO THE TEAMS COULD COMPLETE THE CONTEST, STARTS WHEN THE PEORIA CHIEFS’ RIGHT-HANDER JULIO CASTILLO FIRES A BALL TOWARD THE DAYTON DRAGONS DUGOUT AT FIFTH THIRD FIELD. THE 20-YEAR-OLD DOMINICAN STARTER WILL BE ARRESTED ON A FELONY ASSAULT CHARGE BECAUSE HIS ERRANT THROW RICOCHETS INTO THE CROWD, HITTING A MALE FAN.
2008 DURING AN EVENTUAL 11-0 INTERLEAGUE LOSS TO THE MARINERS AT SHEA STADIUM, BRIAN RUNGE ENRAGES JERRY MANUEL WHEN THE UMP APPEARS TO SHOW UP CARLOS BELTRAN AFTER CALLING A STRIKE ON THE CENTER FIELDER. THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE SUSPENDS THE HOME PLATE UMPIRE FOR A GAME FOR BUMPING THE METS MANAGER DURING THE ENSUING ARGUMENT, WITH THE NEW YORK SKIPPER AND OUTFIELDER THROWN OUT OF THE GAME AND FINED FOR ARGUING BALLS AND STRIKES.
2011 IN THEIR 5-1 INTERLEAGUE LOSS TO THE RAYS AT MINUTE MAID PARK, THE ASTROS BECOME THE FIRST TO USE THREE PITCHERS WITH THE SAME LAST NAME IN A SINGLE GAME. HOUSTON STARTER WANDY RODRIGUEZ IS FOLLOWED TO THE MOUND BY FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ IN THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH, WITH ANEURY RODRIGUEZ TOSSING A SCORELESS NINTH FRAME.
2011 IN NEW YORK’S 4-2 LOSS TO COLORADO, A.J. BURNETT BECOMES THE FIRST YANKEE HURLER TO STRIKE OUT FOUR HITTERS IN ONE INNING. THE RIGHT-HANDER STARTS THE SIXTH FRAME BY WHIFFING ROCKIES BATTERS CHRIS IANNETTA AND CARLOS GONZALEZ, AND WHEN CHRIS NELSON REACHES FIRST BASE AFTER SWINGING AT A WILD PITCH FOR A THIRD STRIKE, HE FACES TODD HELTON AND STRIKES HIM OUT SWINGING TO END THE INNING.
2011 MICHAEL KACER, A 29-YEAR-OLD VETERAN WHO LOST HIS ARM DURING A ROCKET ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN, MAKES AN INCREDIBLE GRAB OF CURTIS GRANDERSON’S FOUL BALL AT YANKEE STADIUM. THE EVENT ATTRACTS NATIONAL ATTENTION WHEN THE VIDEO OF THE CATCH BECOMES VIRAL ON THE WEB, WITH ESPN INCLUDING THE SNAG IN ITS TOP PLAYS SEGMENT ON SPORTSCENTER.
2011 JOHN MCLAREN IS NAMED THE NATIONALS’ INTERIM MANAGER, REPLACING JIM RIGGLEMAN, WHO SURPRISED THE TEAM BY QUITTING YESTERDAY. WASHINGTON GM MIKE RIZZO INDICATES THE APPOINTMENT IS JUST FOR A FEW GAMES AND WILL NAME DAVEY JOHNSON AS THE LONG-TERM REPLACEMENT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
2011 FOR THE SECOND TIME IN TWO YEARS, A CLUB PLAYS AS THE ROAD TEAM IN ITS HOME BALLPARK WHEN MLB SHIFTS THE MARLINS’ THREE-GAME SERIES WITH THE MARINERS TO SAFECO FIELD DUE TO PREPARATIONS AT SUN LIFE STADIUM FOR A U2 CONCERT TO BE HELD IN MIAMI. LAST SEASON, MLB MOVED THE BLUE JAYS HOME SERIES AGAINST THE PHILLIES, SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED AT ROGERS CENTRE, DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS RAISED BY PROTESTS DIRECTED AT THE G20 SUMMIT NEAR THE TORONTO STADIUM.
2013 AT TROPICANA FIELD, THE RAYS HALT THE BLUE JAYS’ 11-GAME WINNING STREAK, 4-3, THANKS TO BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS IN THE SECOND INNING BY JAMES LONEY, WIL MYERS, AND SAM FULD. THE TRIO OF ROUND-TRIPPERS MARKS THE SECOND TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY THAT THE TEAM HAS HIT THREE CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS; EVAN LONGORIA, WILLY AYBAR, AND DIONER NAVARRO ACCOMPLISHED THE FEAT IN 2008 IN ANAHEIM.
2014 DEVIN MESORACO HOMERS IN HIS FIFTH STRAIGHT GAME, TYING A REDS’ RECORD, PREVIOUSLY ACCOMPLISHED BY TED KLUSZEWSKI (1954), GEORGE CROWE (1957), JOHNNY BENCH (1972), KEN GRIFFEY JR. (2003), AND ADAM DUNN (2008). THE CINCINNATI CATCHER’S CLOUT COMES IN THE NINTH INNING OF THE TEAM’S 7-3 LOSS TO CHICAGO AT WRIGLEY FIELD.
2016 THE LEXINGTON LEGENDS, A CLASS A AFFILIATE OF THE ROYALS, GIVE AWAY A GLENN HUBBARD BOBBLEHEAD DEPICTING HIM WITH A SNAKE DRAPED AROUND HIS NECK. THE FORMER BRAVES INFIELDER’S 1984 FLEER BASEBALL CARD WITH HIM POSING HOLDING A REAL, EIGHT-FOOT BOA CONSTRICTOR INSPIRED THE MINOR LEAGUE TEAM’S PROMOTION.
2018 THE A’S CONNECT FOR A HOME RUN IN THEIR 25TH CONSECUTIVE ROAD GAME, BREAKING THE PREVIOUS MARK SET BY THE 1996 ORIOLES WHEN THE TEAM CONNECTS. THE RECORD-BREAKING ROUND-TRIPPER COMES IN THE TOP OF THE FIFTH INNING WHEN MARK CANHA TAKES CARLOS RONDON DEEP IN THE TOP OF THE FIFTH INNING OF OAKLAND’S EVENTUAL 10-3 LOSS TO THE WHITE SOX AT GUARANTEED RATE FIELD.
2018 THE DODGERS TIE A NATIONAL LEAGUE RECORD, LAST ACCOMPLISHED BY THE 2006 BRAVES, WHEN THE TEAM SOCKS SEVEN SOLO SHOTS, DEALING THE METS A CRUSHING 8-7 LOSS AT CITI FIELD. FORMER NEW YORK INFIELDER JUSTIN TURNER DELIVERS THE DECISIVE DINGER IN THE TOP OF THE TWELFTH INNING TO COMPLETE THE SERIES SWEEP AND EXTEND THE TEAM’S CONSECUTIVE WIN STREAK OVER THE AMAZINS TO TWELVE STRAIGHT VICTORIES.
2021 AT DODGER STADIUM, CUBS STARTER ZACH DAVIES TOSSES SIX SPOTLESS INNINGS, WITH RYAN TEPERA, ANDREW CHAFIN, AND CRAIG KIMBREL EACH ADDING A HITLESS FRAME FOR THE 17TH AND THE FIRST COMBINED NO-HITTER IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. CHICAGO’S 4-0 VICTORY MARKS THE SEVENTH MAJOR LEAGUE NO-NO THIS SEASON, EQUALING THE RECORD ESTABLISHED IN 1990, 1991, 2012, AND 2015.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JUNE 24
1882 NATIONAL LEAGUE EXPELS UMPIRE RICHARD HIGHAM FROM BASEBALL FOR DISHONESTY AFTER HIS LINKS WITH GAMBLING ON GAMES ARE CONFIRMED
1899 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S TENNIS, PHILADELPHIA CC: MARION JONES BEATS MAUD BANKS 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 FOR HER FIRST OF 2 US SINGLES TITLES
1905 US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S TENNIS, PHILADELPHIA CC: ELISABETH MOORE WINS HER 4TH US SINGLES TITLE; BEATS HELEN HOMANS 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
1910 50TH BRITISH OPEN MEN’S GOLF, ST ANDREWS: JAMES BRAID WINS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR A 5TH TIME, 4 STROKES AHEAD OF FELLOW SCOT SANDY HERD (1902 CHAMPION)
1922 AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION RENAMED THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
1922 CHARTER NFL CLUB CHICAGO STALEYS RENAMED CHICAGO BEARS BY TEAM FOUNDER, OWNER AND HEAD COACH GEORGE HALAS
1928 US OPEN MEN’S GOLF, OLYMPIA FIELDS CC: JOHNNY FARRELL DEFEATS AMATEUR BOBBY JONES BY 1 STROKE IN A 36-HOLE PLAYOFF TO WIN HIS ONLY MAJOR TITLE
1936 ROOKIE OUTFIELDER JOE DIMAGGIO TIES 3 MLB RECORDS IN NEW YORK’S 10-RUN 5TH INNING AGAINST THE WHITE SOX, HITTING 2 HOME RUNS FOR 8 TOTAL BASES; YANKEES BEAT CHICAGO, 18-4
1947 FUTURE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INFIELDER JACKIE ROBINSON STEALS HOME FOR FIRST OF 19 TIMES IN HIS CAREER AS THE BROOKLYN DODGERS BEAT PITTSBURGH PIRATES, 4-2
1950 LPGA WESTERN OPEN WOMEN’S GOLF, CHERRY HILLS CC: BABE DIDRIKSON-ZAHARIAS WINS HER 4TH WESTERN OPEN; BEATS PEGGY KIRK, 5 & 3
1955 HARMON KILLEBREW HITS HIS 1ST HR (OFF BILLY HOEFF)
1956 LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S GOLF, FOREST LAKE CC: MARLENE HAGGE WINS HER ONLY MAJOR TITLE; BEATS PATTY BERG BY 2 STROKES IN A SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
1962 OUTFIELDER JACK REED HITS HIS ONLY MLB HOME RUN IN THE 22ND-INNING AS NY YANKEES EDGE DETROIT TIGERS, 9-7 IN SLOWEST EXTRA-INNING GAME IN LEAGUE HISTORY; 7:00 HOURS
1968 LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S GOLF, PLEASANT VALLEY CC: CANADIAN SANDRA POST WINS AN 18-HOLE PLAYOFF AGAINST KATHY WHITWORTH BY 7 STROKES
1968 JOE FRAZIER STOPS MEXICAN CHALLENGER MANUEL RAMOS IN 2ND ROUND TKO AT NYC’S MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN HIS FIRST HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING TITLE DEFENSE
1974 KANSAS CITY PITCHER STEVE BUSBY RETIRES FIRST 9 WHITE SOX TO SET AL RECORD WITH 33 CONSECUTIVE BATSMEN RETIRED; ROYALS STILL LOSE, 3-1 TO CHICAGO
1979 RICKEY HENDERSON DEBUTS FOR OAKLAND & STEALS HIS 1ST BASE
1983 DON SUTTON BECOMES 8TH PITCHER TO STRIKEOUT 3,000 BATTERS
1984 JOE MORGAN SETS CAREER HR MARK FOR 2ND BASEMEN WITH #265
1984 SENIOR TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S GOLF, CANTERBURY GC: ARNOLD PALMER WINS 2ND STRAIGHT CHAMPIONS TOUR MAJOR BY 3 STROKES AHEAD OF PETER THOMSON OF AUSTRALIA
1987 CFL’S MONTREAL ALOUETTES FOLD
1987 SALT LAKE CITY TRAPPERS BEGIN PRO BASEBALL RECORD 29 CONSECUTIVE WIN STREAK
1988 CLEVELAND PITCHER DOUG JONES SETS RECORD OF 14 CONSECUTIVE SAVES
1988 RED SOX BEGIN AL RECORD 23RD CONSECUTIVE HOME WIN STREAK
1989 CARDS VINCE COLEMAN STEALS RECORD 39TH & 40TH CONSECUTIVE BASES
1991 NHL ADOPTS INSTANT-REPLAY AND TENTH OF SECOND CLOCK IN FINAL MINUTE
1992 COMMISSIONER FAY VINCENT PERMANENTLY BANS STEVE HOWE FROM BASEBALL
1992 NBA DRAFT: LSU CENTER SHAQUILLE O’NEAL FIRST PICK BY ORLANDO MAGIC
1995 STANLEY CUP FINAL, MEADOWLANDS ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: NEW JERSEY DEVILS BEAT DETROIT RED WINGS, 5-2 FOR A 4-0 SERIES SWEEP; DEVILS’ FIRST STANLEY CUP FINALS APPEARANCE
1995 3RD RUGBY WORLD CUP, ELLIS PARK, JOHANNESBURG: SPRINGBOKS FLY-HALF JOEL STRANSKY LANDS THE WINNING DROP GOAL IN EXTRA TIME AS SOUTH AFRICA BEATS NEW ZEALAND, 15-12
1997 DESPITE AN AL RECORD 19-STRIKEOUT PERFORMANCE BY RANDY JOHNSON, A’S FIRST BASEMAN MARK MCGWIRE HITS A MASSIVE 538 FOOT HOME RUN IN OAKLAND’S 4-1 DEFEAT OF SEATTLE MARINERS
1998 NBA DRAFT: PACIFIC CENTER MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI FIRST PICK BY LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
2001 LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S GOLF, DUPONT CC: 26 YEAR OLD AUSTRALIAN KARRIE WEBB BECOMES YOUNGEST WOMAN TO WIN CAREER SLAM; BEATS RUNNER-UP LAURA DIAZ BY 2 STROKES
2009 MIKE BABCOCK IS NAMED HEAD COACH OF TEAM CANADA FOR THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS (THEY WOULD WIN THE GOLD MEDAL)
2010 IN THE LONGEST MATCH IN TENNIS HISTORY, AMERICAN JOHN ISNER DEFEATS NICOLAS MAHUT OF FRANCE AT WIMBLEDON AFTER 11 HOURS, 5 MINUTES OF PLAY OVER 3 DAYS
2010 NBA DRAFT: KENTUCKY POINT GUARD JOHN WALL FIRST PICK BY WASHINGTON WIZARDS
2011 NHL DRAFT: RED DEER REBELS (WHL) CENTER RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS FIRST PICK BY EDMONTON OILERS
2012 FEMALE ATHLETES WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE FOR SAUDI ARABIA AT THE OLYMPICS FOR THE FIRST TIME
2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL, TD GARDEN, BOSTON, MA: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFEAT BOSTON BRUINS, 3-2 FOR 4-2 SERIES VICTORY; BLACKHAWKS’ 5TH CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 SIDNEY CROSBY WINS THE HART MEMORIAL TROPHY AND THE TED LINDSAY AWARD FOR THE 2014 NHL SEASON
2015 MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE WINS THE 2014-15 HART TROPHY AS THE NHL’S MVP
2016 NHL DRAFT: ZSC LIONS (NLA) CENTER AUSTON MATTHEWS FIRST PICK BY TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
2017 WORLD RECORD FOR HIGHEST ALTITUDE FOOTBALL MATCH EVER PLAYED AT 18,799FT ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO BY WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL TEAM
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|PGA: TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP||3:00PM||GOLF|
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|HOUSTON AT NY YANKEES||7:05PM||ATTSN-SW|
|BOSTON AT CLEVELAND||7:10PM||NESN|
|PITTSBURGH AT TAMPA BAY||7:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA DODGERS AT ATLANTA||7:20PM||SPORTSNET|
|WASHINGTON AT TEXAS||8:05PM||MASN/2|
|BALTIMORE AT CHI. WHITE SOX||8:10PM||MASN/2|
|COLORADO AT MINNESOTA||8:10PM||ATTSN-RM|
|OAKLAND AT KANSAS CITY||8:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT MILWAUKEE||8:10PM||SPORTSNET|
|CHI. CUBS AT ST. LOUIS||8:15PM||MARQ|
|SEATTLE AT LA ANGELS||9:38PM||SPORTSNET|
|DETROIT AT ARIZONA||9:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHILADELPHIA AT SAN DIEGO||9:40PM||NBCS-PHI|
|CINCINNATI AT SAN FRANCISCO||10:15PM||NBCS-BAY|
|NASCAR TRUCK: RACKLEY ROOFING 200||8:00PM||FS1|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|STANLEY CUP FINALS GAME 5: TAMPA BAY AT COLORADO||8:00PM||ABC|
|WOMEN FRIENDLY: DENMARK VS BRAZIL||1:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ROSARIO CENTRAL VS GIMNASIA LA PLATA||6:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS BARRACAS CENTRAL||6:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: CINCINNATI VS ORLANDO CITY SC||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BOCA JUNIORS VS UNIÓN SANTA FE||8:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: INTERNACIONAL VS CORITIBA||8:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|NEW YORK AT ATLANTA||7:30PM||CBSSN|
|NY YANKEES||52||18||.743||–||30 – 7||22 – 11||26 – 12||17 – 5||6 – 1||8 – 2||W 2|
|TORONTO||39||30||.565||12.5||21 – 14||18 – 16||12 – 14||10 – 9||14 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|BOSTON||39||31||.557||13||20 – 16||19 – 15||7 – 14||9 – 7||19 – 7||8 – 2||W 4|
|TAMPA BAY||37||32||.536||14.5||22 – 15||15 – 17||12 – 13||6 – 9||12 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|BALTIMORE||32||39||.451||20.5||18 – 17||14 – 22||15 – 19||8 – 10||4 – 6||6 – 4||W 2|
|CLEVELAND||36||29||.554||–||16 – 10||20 – 19||5 – 5||14 – 9||9 – 8||8 – 2||L 1|
|MINNESOTA||39||32||.549||–||21 – 16||18 – 16||11 – 9||18 – 12||9 – 7||4 – 6||W 1|
|CHI WHITE SOX||33||35||.485||4.5||15 – 19||18 – 16||13 – 13||10 – 12||6 – 7||6 – 4||L 2|
|DETROIT||26||43||.377||12||18 – 22||8 – 21||7 – 14||11 – 14||3 – 10||2 – 8||L 3|
|KANSAS CITY||25||43||.368||12.5||12 – 21||13 – 22||4 – 9||11 – 17||6 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|HOUSTON||43||26||.623||–||20 – 11||23 – 15||3 – 7||13 – 3||21 – 12||7 – 3||L 1|
|TEXAS||33||35||.485||9.5||16 – 18||17 – 17||5 – 8||7 – 6||15 – 18||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA ANGELS||34||38||.472||10.5||18 – 20||16 – 18||6 – 14||7 – 4||16 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|SEATTLE||32||39||.451||12||15 – 18||17 – 21||6 – 14||7 – 6||15 – 14||5 – 5||W 3|
|OAKLAND||23||48||.324||21||8 – 28||15 – 20||8 – 12||7 – 14||6 – 17||2 – 8||L 3|
|NY METS||45||26||.634||–||24 – 10||21 – 16||22 – 8||7 – 3||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 2|
|ATLANTA||41||30||.577||4||23 – 15||18 – 15||13 – 10||12 – 8||12 – 9||7 – 3||W 2|
|PHILADELPHIA||37||34||.521||8||19 – 17||18 – 17||12 – 16||4 – 2||14 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|MIAMI||32||36||.471||11.5||18 – 14||14 – 22||17 – 12||2 – 4||9 – 14||5 – 5||W 3|
|WASHINGTON||25||47||.347||20.5||12 – 26||13 – 21||6 – 24||7 – 7||9 – 11||2 – 8||L 1|
|MILWAUKEE||40||32||.556||–||17 – 14||23 – 18||11 – 13||24 – 13||3 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|ST. LOUIS||40||32||.556||–||21 – 13||19 – 19||4 – 6||21 – 12||9 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|PITTSBURGH||29||40||.420||9.5||17 – 20||12 – 20||3 – 5||13 – 23||12 – 9||5 – 5||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||26||44||.371||13||13 – 25||13 – 19||3 – 3||14 – 18||7 – 14||3 – 7||L 1|
|CINCINNATI||23||46||.333||15.5||12 – 23||11 – 23||3 – 5||10 – 16||6 – 20||3 – 7||L 7|
|LA DODGERS||43||25||.632||–||20 – 12||23 – 13||9 – 8||11 – 5||14 – 8||6 – 4||W 3|
|SAN DIEGO||44||28||.611||1||20 – 14||24 – 14||11 – 7||19 – 10||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|SAN FRANCISCO||38||31||.551||5.5||19 – 14||19 – 17||14 – 13||7 – 7||11 – 9||5 – 5||L 2|
|ARIZONA||32||39||.451||12.5||17 – 19||15 – 20||12 – 10||10 – 11||5 – 16||4 – 6||L 3|
|COLORADO||30||40||.429||14||19 – 19||11 – 21||8 – 19||6 – 4||11 – 11||4 – 6||L 3|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT