MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
KANSAS CITY 4 LA DODGERS 0
CLEVELAND 7 TORONTO 2
TAMPA BAY 4 BALTIMORE 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 DETROIT 3
HOUSTON 6 OAKLAND 3
TEXAS 5 SEATTLE 3
LA ANGELS 4 MINNESOTA 2
BOSTON 3 NY YANKEES 0
SAN DIEGO 6 WASHINGTON 0
CINCINNATI 8 CHICAGO CUBS 5
NY METS 6 PHILADELPHIA 0
ARIZONA 7 COLORADO 4
ST. LOUIS 6 MILWAUKEE 3
SAN FRANCISCO 8 PITTSBURGH 7
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
MEMPHIS 11 INDIANAPOLIS 2
LAS VEGAS 26 MINNESOTA 20
CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: THURSDAY, AUG. 18 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 8 P.M. ET
HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DETROIT LIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 4 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 8 P.M. ET (FOX)
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS: MONDAY, AUG. 22 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)
BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)
NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022
BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022
TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCOREBOARD
MINNESOTA 2 NASHVILLE 1
SALT LAKE 2 SEATTLE 1
CONNECTICUT 90 MINNESOTA 83
NEW YORK 87 ATLANTA 83
WASHINGTON 95 INDIANA 83
LAS VEGAS 109 SEATTLE 100
CHICAGO 82 PHOENIX 67
DALLAS 116 LOS ANGELES 88
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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK ONE CAPSULES
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Barrero gets key hit as Reds stop slide with win over Cubs
CINCINNATI (AP) Jose Barrero hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Cincinnati’s three-run fifth inning, and the Reds stopped a five-game slide with an 8-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
“It meant a lot that I could contribute to the victory,” Barrero said through an interpreter. “I felt better today. I still have to work on a couple things. I’m working on cutting down on my swing and try to hit it up the middle.”
Aristides Aquino hit a three-run drive for Cincinnati, and Austin Romine doubled home two runs. It was Aquino’s first homer since he hit two against the Cubs on May 23.
“I didn’t really think about my last home run when I went to the plate,” Aquino said. “I just enjoyed the game and the process and do my best.”
It was the Reds’ highest scoring game since an 8-2 victory over Baltimore on July 30.
Joel Kuhnel (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Alexis Diaz struck out Nelson Velazquez and Ian Happ with the bases loaded in the eighth before finishing his fifth save.
“To come in that spot and not give up any runs is huge,” Reds manager David Bell said. “You expect that he will give up a run and we still hold the lead, but to completely shut it down against those two hitters is really special. I think for any pitcher to get five outs to end the game is special. He looked really comfortable, not that it was easy.”
Five Reds relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto made his 1,989th career appearance, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Larry Walker for the most in major league history by players born in Canada.
The teams combined for four homers and 10 runs in the first four innings.
Patrick Wisdom gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a two-run drive that squeezed just inside the left-field foul pole in the second. Aquino responded with his fourth homer in the bottom half, a deep drive into the lower deck in left.
Chicago grabbed a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fourth. Yan Gomes hit a tying a two-run shot that reached the first row of the second deck in left. Christopher Morel then went deep on the next pitch.
“We had some quality at-bats,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “The back-to-backs were fun.”
The Reds tied it in the bottom half with help from a balk called on reliever Anderson Espinoza (0-2).
Cincinnati right-hander Justin Dunn was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start since coming off the injured list. He had been sidelined by a right shoulder strain.
Chicago right-hander Keegan Thompson lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He was charged with four runs and two hits.
“He was getting ahead in the count, 0-2 and 1-2, but he couldn’t put them away,” Ross said. “They hit a lot of foul balls that turned into walks. He couldn’t finish the at-bats.”
Pollock, Vaughn homer, White Sox beat Tigers 5-3
CHICAGO (AP) AJ Pollock and Andrew Vaughn homered, Lance Lynn threw six solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Pollock, Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu each had two hits for the White Sox, who remained 2 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.
“It’s huge. We have to keep things rolling,” Vaughn said. “We’ve got a big series against the Astros coming up, four games. If we can roll into that, hopefully give ourselves some momentum going forward.”
Harold Castro homered and Javier Baez had two hits for the Tigers, who have dropped seven straight and 10 of 11. Detroit struck out 14 times.
The White Sox climbed to three games over .500 for the first time since April 17, when they were 6-3. Chicago last swept a team July 1-3 at San Francisco.
Vaughn referenced his teammate Johnny Cueto’s comments that the White Sox need to “show the fire that we have, if we have any” after Chicago lost 8-3 to Kansas City on Wednesday.
“Johnny said it best, `I want some more fire.’ We had some fire,” Vaughn said.
Kendall Graveman worked around Castro’s homer and a single in the ninth for his sixth save.
Lynn (3-5) allowed two runs and five hits. He has won just two of his last 10 starts.
“Guys were swinging through it, fouling it off, he showed a lot of guts not to get frustrated,” manager Tony La Russa said. “A couple infield hits and that was tough. But he’s a tough guy. He was outstanding.”
Tyler Alexander (2-7) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings for Detroit.
“From pitch one, you kind of know you don’t have your best stuff, so you grind,” Alexander said. “That’s what I did. I threw the best I could with what I had.”
Vaughn homered off Wily Peralta in the eighth for his 13th of the season. The White Sox added another run on Seby Zavala’s RBI double.
Chicago went ahead to stay with two runs in the fifth. Jimenez doubled home Pollock and then scored on Vaughn’s bouncer to shortstop Baez.
First baseman Kody Clemens dropped second baseman Willi Castro’s throw on Vaughn’s grounder on the potential inning-ending double play. Vaughn also drove in tiebreaking runs against Detroit on Friday and Saturday.
“Last year I struggled with guys on base, two outs,” Vaughn said. “I don’t think I got a guy in, which hurt me and hurt the team. This year I came in, simplify and stick to my approach in those situations.”
The Tigers went ahead 2-0 in the third when a Lynn wild pitch brought home a run and Baez answered White Sox fans’ boos with an RBI double. Baez, a former Chicago Cub, held a finger to his lips and waved as he stood at second base. White Sox fans jeered the shortstop throughout the series.
The White Sox are 10-3 against Detroit this season but 16-22 against the rest of the AL Central.
Bieber wins 4th straight, Guardians beat Blue Jays 7-2
TORONTO (AP) Shane Bieber pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start, matching the longest winning streak of his career, Amed Rosario homered and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Sunday.
“That was a lot of fun today,” Bieber said. “I thought we brought the right energy from the start.”
Rosario went 3 for 4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Owen Miller had two doubles and Austin Hedges drove in a pair as the AL Central leaders won for the seventh time in eight games. Cleveland’s season-high, six-game winning streak was snapped in Saturday’s 2-1 loss.
Bieber (8-6) allowed two runs and eight hits, equaling a four-game winning streak from June 17 to July 3, 2018. He walked none and struck out six.
“I thought that was his best fastball of the year,” manager Terry Francona said.
Bieber turned in a better performance against Toronto than a home start against the Blue Jays in May when he allowed seven runs, matching a career-worst.
“They say you try to have a short-term memory but it’s not really realistic,” Bieber said. “I was thinking about that and I was looking forward to today’s outing because of it. I was happy to take the win today.”
Trevor Stephan struck out two in the eighth and Emmanuel Clase finished.
Toronto lost two of three to Cleveland and scored just four runs in the series. The Blue Jays had three hits in the first inning but scored one run, stranding runners at second and third. They’ve lost six of eight overall.
Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman, chosen AL player of the week last week after pitching 14 scoreless innings in starts at Tampa Bay and Minnesota, couldn’t keep his streak going at home. Rosario connected on a one-out drive in the first for his eighth homer.
Gausman (8-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.
“They did a good job running up my pitch count,” Gausman said.
A wild pitch cost Gausman in the fifth, allowing Rosario to advance to scoring position and come home on Josh Naylor’s single. The Blue Jays also made an errant throw on Tyler Freeman’s stolen base attempt in the fourth and, on the next play, right fielder Cavan Biggio couldn’t get to Hedges’ fly ball down the line. The ball dropped for an RBI double.
Teoscar Hernandez tied it in the bottom half with an RBI double, but Hedges made it 2-1 with an RBI single in the second, then doubled home a run in the fourth.
Naylor hit an RBI single in the fifth before Miller chased Gausman with a two-out RBI double.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. cut it to 5-2 with an RBI grounder in the fifth. Guerrero finished 0 for 4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 22. He grounded out to third to end the seventh, stranding runners at first and second.
“It’s kind of the situation that you play for, you pitch for,” Bieber said of his matchup with Guerrero.
Francona said he got anxious when Guerrero batted in the seventh.
“My heart was in my throat,” Francona said. “Out of respect for what Vladdy can do, I was nervous. Biebs did a terrific job.”
Rosario and Jose Ramirez hit RBI singles off Trent Thornton in the ninth.
Pujols homers twice to help Cardinals knock off Brewers 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols homered twice and Miles Mikolas tossed eight effective innings, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Sunday.
Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill also connected for St. Louis, which pushed its NL Central lead over second-place Milwaukee to 1 1/2 games.
Carlson broke a 2-all tie with his eighth homer of the season, a drive to left against Taylor Rogers (1-6) in the eighth.
Hunter Renfroe and Rowdy Tellez homered for Milwaukee, which beat St. Louis 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday night.
Pujols hit a solo shot in the second and a three-run drive in the eighth to give him 689 career homers. It was his 63rd career multihomer game, trying him with Willie Mays for fifth all-time.
The 42-year-old Pujols ranks fourth on the career homer list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
“I’m the grandpa in this clubhouse,” Pujols said. “I’m having a great time.”
Pujols has 10 homers and 30 RBIs in what he has said will be his last season.
“I’ve been putting some good swings all year long,” Pujols said. “Sometimes, you’re going to get breaks. Sometimes you are not.”
Pujols has reached 10 homers for the 21st time in his career.
“To see him do these incredible things and you hear the crowd react, he’s just giving the people what they want,” Mikolas said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Pujols not only did the job on the field, but he also handed out some valuable advice during the hitters’ meeting before the game.
“He’s got a lot of experience, he’s faced a lot of guys in this league,” Carlson said.
Pujols, a regular starter against left-handers, even impressed the opposition.
“He got his pitches and he did damage,” Milwaukee outfielder Andrew McCutchen said. “That’s what he’s done his whole career.”
Mikolas (9-9) permitted two runs and four hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Mikolas was coming off a rough outing. He gave up 10 runs in a 16-5 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.
“A bit of a clunker in Colorado,” Mikolas said. “I stuck to my guns and stuck with what works best. Pound the zone and good things will happen.”
Renfroe hit a two-run shot in the second off Mikolas, who then retired the next 10 batters. It was Renfroe’s 20th homer this season.
O’Neill tied the game with his seventh homer in the sixth.
St. Louis took an 8-7 lead in the season series. The teams have four games remaining against each other.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty will make a rehab start at Double-A Springfield on Tuesday. Flaherty, who was placed on the injured list on June 27 with a right shoulder strain, will throw 45-50 pitches in his second rehab start.
Wacha makes short work of Yankees, Boston wins 3-0 in 2:15
BOSTON (AP) Michael Wacha and the last-place Red Sox made short work of the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
Pitching for the first time in almost seven weeks, Wacha returned from a shoulder injury to limit New York to a pair of singles in seven innings, and Boston beat the Yankees 3-0 on Sunday night.
It all lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes – tying for the shortest game between the two teams since 1994.
“I feel like I work better that way,” said Wacha, who took a perfect game into the fifth inning. “That’s the mentality that I was facing: Get back in the dugout as quick as possible and let the guys keep getting a crack at their guy.”
Rafael Devers homered, and Tommy Pham had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three from New York – their first win in a multigame series against a division foe in 13 tries.
Officially, Boston is credited with a “series” win when it beat the Orioles in a one-game visit on Thursday. But manager Alex Cora was hesitant to count that one.
“Finally we won against the East,” he said with a smirk. “Or, that’s two in a row. Sorry.”
New York has lost nine of its last 11 games but still has a double-digit lead in the division; the Red Sox are seventh in the race for the AL’s three wild-card spots.
Activated from the injured list earlier in the day and pitching for the first time since June 28, Wacha (7-1) allowed one walk and struck out nine – including major league home run leader Aaron Judge twice.
Ryan Brasier pitched a perfect eighth and Garrett Whitlock pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save, striking out Judge to end a nine-pitch at-bat and then getting Josh Donaldson on a slow bouncer that second baseman Christian Arroyo bare-handed to make the throw to first and end it.
Jameson Taillon (11-3) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four to pick up his first loss since July 5.
The Red Sox and Yankees on national television often runs over four hours. But the teams finished in 2:15 on Aug. 3, 2018; they hadn’t played a shorter game since a 2:13 matchup in 1994.
Rasmussen loses perfect game in 9th, Rays beat Orioles 4-1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays expanded their lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card to 1 1/2 games with a 4-1 victory over the Orioles on Sunday.
Rasmussen allowed his first baserunner when Jorge Mateo doubled down the left-field line on the first pitch of the ninth. Mateo, who went 5 for 5 on Friday night, later scored on a Rasmussen wild pitch.
The right-hander struck out seven in the longest outing of his career. He threw 62 of 87 pitches for strikes.
“I’ll take it,” Rasmussen said. “It helps our team’s chance of winning. When our team has a chance to win a game, that’s first and foremost, the most important thing.”
Jason Adam got two outs for his sixth save, finishing a one-hitter.
Rasmussen (7-4) struck out Rougned Odor on a 2-2 pitch to end an eight-pitch at-bat for the second out in the eighth.
“It was just a really cool outing, a really cool environment to be in,” Rasmussen said.
Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman flew out to the warning track in center in the first. Former Ray Brett Phillips had a hard drive buzz Rasmussen with two outs in the sixth, but shortstop Taylor Walls fielded the ball and threw to first for the out.
“They started hitting balls at our guys,” Rasmussen said. “You look back even in the first inning, that ball Rutschman hit to center was well struck. Felt really good when the day starts off that way, giving up some hard contact and it finds a glove.”
Walls called Rasmussen’s performance “extremely fun.”
“Any outing like that is incredible to watch,” Walls said. “I wish he could have got through it, done it, but still such a great outing.”
Rasmussen was coming off three no-hit innings in his previous start Aug, 7 at Detroit, an abbreviated outing to manage his workload for the season. His longest career start had been seven innings on June 4 against the Chicago White Sox.
“We just stayed with the same game plan going into that last inning,” Mateo said through a translator. “We weren’t trying to change anything. Credit to the pitcher. He pitched a really good game.”
There hasn’t been a perfect game in the majors since Seattle’s Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat at home against the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.
Tampa Bay has never thrown a perfect game. Matt Garza has only Rays no-hitter, coming on July 26, 2010, at Tropicana Field against Detroit.
Randy Arozarena hit a three-run homer off Jordan Lyles (9-9) with two out in the third. Arozarena has 15 homers and 38 RBIs in 37 games against Baltimore. It was his second home run in 10 at-bats off Lyles.
Lyles was charged with four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He had won his last three starts.
David Peralta hit an RBI single in the fifth off Joey Krehbiel, who replaced Lyles with two on.
Dodgers’ 12-game win streak ends; Singer, Royals blank LA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brady Singer pitched six dominant innings and the Kansas City Royals ended the Dodgers’ 12-game winning streak, blanking Los Angeles 4-0 Sunday.
A day after hitting six home runs in a romp, the Dodgers were held to just two hits.
The Dodgers were trying to match their longest winning streak since moving to Los Angeles, having won 13 straight in both 1962 and 1965. The franchise record is 15 in a row set in 1924 while the team played in Brooklyn – the club moved to West Coast for the 1958 season.
“I mean, we knew we weren’t going to win every game,” star first baseman Freddie Freeman said.
“We don’t like getting shut out as an offense, just plain and simple. We still won the series, so you have to look at it like that sometimes,” he said.
Singer (6-4) pitched one-hit ball against the team with the best record in the majors. He struck out seven and walked three.
“Singer thrives on these opportunities and we do need that stopper to step up and so something special,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I don’t think you can imagine that Brady was going to execute the way he did today. It was a thing of beauty and couldn’t have been at a better time.”
The 26-year old right-hander felt all his pitches were working.
“It was a good outing, I think I stayed on the attack all day and all three pitches had good life,” Singer said. “The fastball had good life, the changeups that I threw really helped me throughout the whole entire time.”
Royals relievers Amir Garrett and Dylan Coleman kept the Dodgers scoreless and Scott Barlow got four outs for his 19th save.
Vinnie Pasquantino homered among his three hits and drove in two runs. He connected in the eighth inning for his fourth home run and seventh RBI of an 11-game homestand.
“It is just constant adjustments,” Pasquantino said. “I’m not going to say anything clicked this week, but it is one of those things where you just keep going, pushing forward and it worked out today.”
Tyler Anderson (12-2) gave up three runs in six innings.
Chris Taylor singled in the Dodgers fifth and Mookie Betts doubled in the eighth. It was the fewest hits for Los Angeles since April 19 and the first time being shut out since June 27.
Bassitt, Mets blank Phils again for 17th win in 20 games
NEW YORK (AP) Chris Bassitt hurled five scoreless innings, Francisco Lindor set the franchise record for RBIs by a shortstop and the New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 Sunday for their 17th win in 20 games.
Burly slugger Daniel Vogelbach homered and Mark Canha had two hits for New York, which moved 35 games over .500 for the first time since September 2006.
The Mets posted their second straight shutout and kept 5 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta atop the NL East. The Mets and Braves open a four-game series in Atlanta beginning Monday. New York leads the majors with 16 shutouts.
“To me, that’s the story of this series,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “The way our guys pitched, boy, they were just solid.”
The Phillies have dropped three of four after winning seven straight.
After Mets aces Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom combined to allow just a single run over 12 innings in the first two games of the series, Bassitt (10-7) took his turn keeping Philadelphia off the board.
“I think there’s no secret how good our pitching staff is, especially when you have guys like Jake and Max,” Bassitt said. “It’s hard to score on us and it’s kind of what we’re built for.”
The right-hander, who scattered four hits and struck out five, has gone 24 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
“We had some trouble scoring runs in this series, obviously,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “Part of it is due to good pitching and part of it was due to the fact that when runs are at a premium, sometimes you try to do to much and I saw a lot of that today.”
Lindor singled home Brandon Nimmo, who led off the Mets first with a double. It was Lindor’s 82 RBI, surpassing Jose Reyes’ total of 81 set in 2006.
“He’s one of the players I grew up watching,” Lindor said of Reyes. “I respect him a lot and whenever I can be next to him on something like this, it’s special.”
New York struck for four runs in the fourth against former Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (11-6).
Pete Alonso doubled and Canha, Luis Guillorme and James McCann hit RBI singles. Center fielder Brandon Marsh initially overran McCann’s blooper and didn’t rush his throw back to the infield – Jeff McNeil, who was held up by third base coach Joey Cora, read the play and darted home ahead of second baseman Jean Segura’s throw.
“I wasn’t really sure what happened,” McNeil said. “I kind of saw they weren’t paying too much attention and I thought it was pretty good chance to make it and put some pressure on the defense, so I decided to go.”
Wheeler, who left the Mets as a free agent after the 2020 season, allowed six runs in six innings. He struck out five and saw his ERA climb to 2.92. He entered the game having allowed just 11 earned runs over his last seven starts (45 2/3 innings).
Four relievers combined to finish the shutout. Trevor Williams went two innings and hasn’t permitted a run over his last 20 innings.
Javier goes 6 strong, Bregman homers as Astros down A’s 6-3
HOUSTON (AP) Cristian Javier threw six shutout innings, Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros swept the Oakland Athletics with a 6-3 win on Sunday.
Bregman’s 16th homer against Cole Irvin (6-10) was his second straight day with a two-run shot in the first. He also hit an RBI double in the seventh.
Jose Altuve doubled home two runs in the second as the AL West leaders built a big early lead in their fourth consecutive victory.
Javier (7-8) allowed one single and walked three in his first win since July 1. He was 0-5 with a 4.40 ERA in his previous six starts.
Houston’s strong performance comes after the Athletics swept the Astros in a series at Oakland last month.
“They beat us out there pretty good … so it just feels good to have a winning streak here and to get to 75 wins,” manager Dusty Baker said.
At 75-41, Houston has the best record in the American League.
The Astros led 6-1 in the ninth before Rafael Montero allowed a run on a groundout by Jonah Bride. Montero walked Cal Stevenson to leave runners at first and second, and closer Ryan Pressly took over.
Sean Murphy grounded into a force play before Tony Kemp singled home Stevenson. But Pressly retired Vimael Machin on a groundout to get his 23rd save.
It’s the eighth consecutive loss for the AL-worst Athletics, their longest skid since dropping a season-worst 10 in a row from May 30-June 10.
Irvin yielded five runs and eight hits in six innings in his third straight loss.
Christian Vazquez helped Houston pad the lead with an RBI single in the sixth, and Bregman’s run-scoring double made it 6-0 in the seventh.
Bregman has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.
“He’s been very hot and he’s worked hard to get to this point,” Baker said.
Vazquez is settling in with the Astros after he was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox on Aug. 1.
“It’s been very good,” he said. “It was fun to see them from another now dugout, and now I’m here with them and it’s always exciting to see this team playing and I’m happy to be here.”
Bride singled with two outs in the second and Javier walked a batter in the third and fourth, but the Athletics couldn’t string anything together against him.
The Athletics didn’t get their second hit until Nick Allen hit a leadoff homer against Will Smith in the eighth.
Jets QB Zach Wilson having knee surgery Tuesday in LA
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will have arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus during the Jets’ second offensive series Friday night in their preseason opener at Philadelphia.
The procedure to repair the meniscus, which will be performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, will determine how long Wilson will be sidelined. Wilson is currently expected to be out two to four weeks based on initial tests, but there’s a chance he could be out longer depending on the condition of the knee when ElAttrache operates.
“We’re optimistic,” coach Robert Saleh said Sunday after practice. “But he’s not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision.”
Saleh said Wilson was traveling to Los Angeles on Sunday to prepare for the procedure.
“And then,” Saleh said, “we wait.”
It was initially feared that Wilson suffered a serious – and potentially season-ending – injury when he went down as he tried to juke past the Eagles’ Nakobe Dean. He appeared to injure his knee when planting – without contact – to cut on Philadelphia’s grass field.
Tests after the game indicated the ACL was intact, and an MRI on Saturday morning revealed the bone bruise and torn meniscus.
“Obviously after the game, you could tell he was a little down. But I think considering what happened, I think we got pretty good news,” backup quarterback Joe Flacco said of Wilson. “So I think he’s been in better spirits today.”
There remains a chance Wilson could be play in the season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11. But the Jets would also want to guard against the second-year quarterback rushing back.
“That’s all going to depend on what happens here with the surgery and the feedback we get from the doctors,” Saleh said, “and gathering all the information before we even come remotely close to making that decision.”
Otherwise, Flacco, who ran the first-team offense Sunday and has had a solid camp, would start in Wilson’s place against his former team – and perhaps beyond.
“When you’re the backup, your emotions are up and down during the course of a game, things like that,” the 37-year-old said. “But yeah, it’s a transition, it’s a difference a little bit. But I think definitely because I’ve had the ability to play so much football that you kind of fall back into sync and get back in rhythm pretty quickly.”
Flacco started one game last season after Wilson was sidelined with a sprained PCL in his right knee. He went 24 of 39 for 291 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 24-17 loss to Miami in Week 11.
“He’s a pro, he’s a veteran,” Saleh said. “He’s been there, he’s done that. He’s a Super Bowl MVP. He’s a world champion. He’s gotten the big contracts. He’s pretty much checked almost every box you can check. He knows how to play the game. He’s very calm. He’s collected.”
Falcons WR London (knee) not seriously hurt, will miss time
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Drake London will likely be held out of practice this week because of a right knee injury, but the No. 8 overall pick isn’t expected to miss significant time.
London was injured in the Falcons’ preseason opener at Detroit, going out on the first series after catching a 24-yard pass.
Coach Arthur Smith said Sunday that London wasn’t likely to practice this week, including joint workouts with the New York Jets ahead of an Aug. 22 preseason game at the Meadowlands.
“We hope to get everybody back healthy, ready to roll when the season rolls around,” Smith said. “It’s nothing we’re concerned about long term.”
After the game against the Jets, the Falcons have a short turnaround before their preseason finale against Jacksonville on Aug. 27.
Considering how important London is to the Falcons’ thin receiving corps, it’s possible he won’t play against until the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against New Orleans.
“We’ll see,” Smith said. “We’ll assess it week to week, and we’ll make the best decision. He’s had a really great camp. He’s got his feet wet, and I’m pleased with him.
“But like all of our guys, the number one decision we make is to make sure the health and safety of the player and how it affects him and the team and that’s where we start.”
Raiders move to 2-0 in preseason with 26-20 win over Vikings
LAS VEGAS (AP) One of the biggest questions facing Las Vegas Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels was where he would find the right pieces for his offensive line.
McDaniels may not have all the answers after a 26-20 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but he’s pleased with what he’s seen in two preseason games.
“I think we have some depth at tackle and some competition,” McDaniels said. “We’ve told them since the first day they got here that this was going to be a situation where guys earn their opportunities and they’ll determine their role.”
Using numerous rotations for nearly every offensive series, the Raiders (2-0) were able to sustain second-half drives of 10 and 15 plays, both resulting in touchdowns, to seize control of the game and keep Minnesota (0-1) at arm’s length.
“We talked a lot about being productive on first down,” said quarterback Nick Mullens, who completed 7 of 9 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown. “And I think if you just look at the stats overall in the NFL, if you’re productive on first down it’s going to keep you on schedule to establish good drives. Everybody banded together, our O-line did a really good job, we ran the ball, and played productive as a unit.”
After gaining just 23 yards on 12 first-down plays in the first half, the Raiders gained 64 yards on 15 first-down plays in the second half.
Of their 12 first-down plays in the first two quarters, the Raiders gained more than four yards just one time. Las Vegas gained five or more yards on seven of its 15 first-down plays in the second half.
“You got so many different guys on the O-line group right now, kind of rotating through, so you got to kind of get used to everyone because not everyone fits rotations and double-teams the same,” center Andre James said. “It’s good to get this in right now and learn how everyone’s fitting in.”
The Raiders finished with 300 yards of offense, and an average of 4.3 yards per play, with starter Jarrett Stidham completing 10 of his 15 passes for 68 yards. He also ran for 16 yards on four carries, including a touchdown. Chase Garbers finished the game under center for the Raiders and was 2 for 3 through the air for 19 yards. Brittain Brown ran for 54 yards on 14 carries, including one touchdown.
Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards on nine completions, including two touchdowns, for the Vikings in their preseason opener. Sean Mannion finished 8 of 12 for 79 yards.
Veteran wideout Albert Wilson caught two passes for Minnesota, both for touchdowns.
“There was a lot of really, really positive things that I took out of it across the board,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell said. “I thought our run game and some of our physicality I saw up front were real positives. We’re obviously allowing these quarterbacks to compete, so sometimes we may feature a little bit more in the pass game to see kind of how those guys do in certain normal-down situations.”
Packers’ Jenkins, Tonyan, Watson coming off PUP list
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers received some good news on their collection of players coming back from knee injuries.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday that offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, tight end Robert Tonyan and rookie wide receiver Christian Watson are coming off the physically unable to perform list.
“It’s just like the next step in the process,” LaFleur said. “It’s not like they’re going to be out there in team drills. But they’ll do some individual and with them being back, now it allows you to do some walkthroughs which is going to be obviously very beneficial for, especially for a guy who hasn’t played in the National Football League like Christian.”
This is a particularly encouraging sign for Jenkins, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in November.
“I didn’t feel no pain, didn’t feel anything, so it felt good out there,” Jenkins said after Sunday afternoon’s practice.
LaFleur was asked if this move means Jenkins could be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener at Minnesota.
“Everything’s on the table,” LaFleur said. “Again, I’m not going to hold my breath on that. He’ll be ready when he’s ready. We’re not going to rush him back. I can tell you that right now.”
Jenkins’ early return would boost an offensive line that is missing left tackle David Bakhtari, who earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2018 and 2020 and was a second-team selection in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Bakhtiari remains on the PUP list and has appeared in only one game since tearing his left ACL on Dec. 31, 2020.
Jenkins has started games at every position on the line other than right guard. He was a Pro Bowl selection at left guard in 2020 and filled in for Bakhtiari at left tackle last season before getting hurt in a Nov. 21 loss at Minnesota.
“Going out there today in pads, with helmets on, it’s been a minute since I did that, so I feel like it’s a mental hurdle that you’ve got to get over,” Jenkins said. “The knee (feels) fine. Everything (feels) fine. It’s just that thought process of what I’ve been through the last nine months.”
Tonyan tore his ACL in an Oct. 28 victory at Arizona. He had 18 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns in eight games last season after collecting 11 touchdown receptions in 2020.
“It’s been a long process,” Tonyan said. “I was just kind of feeling a little out of the football loop for a little bit. So, to get back in there, running plays and lining up next to people and being in the huddle again was just a positive on my life in general.”
Watson, a second-round pick from North Dakota State, said he had an issue with his knee during organized team activities and had surgery afterward.
“Obviously that’s a personal goal of mine, to be able to play at the start of the season, but in terms of a timetable there still isn’t really a timetable,” Watson said. “Just trying to build up each and every day, and as long as it’s feeling good, continue to progress.”
In other injury news, LaFleur said safety Dallin Leavitt will be out for “a while” after leaving the Packers’ 28-21 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a shoulder injury.
The Packers also signed kicker Ramiz Ahmed and released kicker Gabe Brkic. LaFleur said Brkic tweaked a hamstring in pregame warmups.
Mason Crosby, the Packers’ kicker since 2007, is on the PUP list after undergoing what he described as a “minor scope on the knee” before training camp.
Dolphins CB Trill Williams tears ACL in preseason opener
Miami Dolphins cornerback Trill Williams tore his ACL in the team’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Sunday.
During the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ 26-24 home win Saturday, Buccaneers backup quarterback Kyle Trask threw a pass to receiver Deven Thompkins. Williams made the tackle on the play but immediately grabbed his left knee after falling to the ground.
“You hate to see an injury like that for a guy that’s been working as diligently as Trill has,” McDaniel told reporters Sunday.
It isn’t yet clear whether Williams will be placed on the team’s injured reserve list. When asked about it Sunday afternoon, McDaniel was hesitant to say if he would.
“You’re careful not to get ahead of yourself with all the medical opinions that are currently in that process right now,” McDaniel said, “but it does seem severe, and I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that was the case.”
Either way, the Dolphins may look to sign a free agent to add depth and experience at cornerback.
Williams, a second-year player out of Syracuse, was undrafted in 2021 and signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. Williams later joined the Dolphins off waivers.
On a team looking for backup cornerback depth, Williams had performed well in training camp, putting himself in position to be a solid option behind Xavien Howard, Nik Needham and Byron Jones. Jones, who had surgery on his lower left leg in March, remains on the physically unable to perform list.
“It’s one of the hard things about the profession that I really struggle with when I see that happen to someone,” McDaniel said. “He’s proven time and time again that things of that nature won’t keep him back over the long haul. The challenge is to make that thing happen for a good reason and come back stronger and better. But it’s something that hurt the hearts of the whole team, myself included.”
As is typical in the preseason, few of the Dolphins’ starters stepped onto the field, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill – whom the team traded for earlier this year – veteran cornerback Howard and receiver Jaylen Waddle.
Browns’ Harris ‘likely’ needs season-ending knee surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns starting center Nick Harris will likely need season-ending surgery on his right knee that was injured on the second play of the exhibition opener against Jacksonville on Friday night.
Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t provide any details on Harris’ injury or test results. He said surgery was “likely” but that the team is continuing to gather information before finalizing plans.
“All of these injuries stink,” Stefanski said Saturday on a Zoom call with reporters. “You don’t want anybody to get injured and Nick is certainly a guy who has worked so hard this offseason, so we’re really hoping that it’s not a season-long thing because the kid has worked so hard.”
Harris was dropping back into pass coverage when his right knee appeared to buckle while blocking a Jaguars defender. He laid face down for several seconds before being checked by medical personnel and carted off.
Ethan Pocic, who signed as a free agent in the offseason after five seasons with Seattle, replaced Harris.
“Ethan went in there and did a really nice job,” Stefanski said. “He’s been with us since April. We went out and got him for a reason and we’re excited about what he did last night.”
A fifth-round pick in 2020, Harris has been taking all the snaps with Cleveland’s first-team offense in training camp and was on his way to replacing veteran JC Tretter, who was waived during the offseason and remains a free agent.
Tretter was reliable for the Browns, starting 80 games in five seasons. He also has been the NFL Players Association president for the past two years, and was voted to a second-term before being released by Cleveland.
Stefanski declined to address any renewed interest in Tretter, instead reiterating how well Pocic played.
Harris’ injury was the second significant one for the Browns this week. Return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. tore his left Achilles tendon in practice Tuesday and will miss the season. A Pro Bowler with Chicago last season, Grant signed a three-year contract worth up to $13.8 million to help fix Cleveland’s shaky return game.
Will Zalatoris gets 1st PGA Tour win in playoff at Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The 10-foot par putt in regulation was so crucial and the moment so important that Will Zalatoris doesn’t remember screaming out when he made it, “What are they gonna say now?”
It took three playoff holes to get the answer Sunday in the FedEx St. Jude Championship, and it was more along the lines of what they won’t say.
Zalatoris is no longer the best on the PGA Tour without a victory.
Already a force in the majors, Zalatoris got that first win out of the way with clutch putts and smart decisions to beat Sepp Straka and capture the first FedEx Cup playoffs event.
“It’s hard to say, `About time,’ when it’s your second year on tour, but it’s about time,” Zalatoris said. “Considering all those close finishes, it means a lot.”
He could have been referring to his runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama in the Masters last year, playoff losses at Torrey Pines and at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship, and most recently the putt that burned the edge of the cup that kept him from a U.S. Open playoff.
This one could have gone either way, a playoff that featured three penalty drops in three holes, neither player making birdie and Zalatoris winning on the par-3 11th with a bogey.
He looked to be in trouble from a fairway bunker on the 18th in regulation until Zalatoris made that 10-footer for par at a 4-under 66. He was in the trees, close to a boundary fence on the 18th on the second playoff hole when he wisely chipped out and made a 15-foot par putt.
Nothing was more wild than the final hole.
His tee shot hit the bank and then bounced seven times on the rocks before coming to rest. Straka followed with a shot that hit the bank, took one bounce off the rocks and went into the water. A huge break for Zalatoris? Not really. He had no realistic shot.
Straka went to the drop zone and his wedge went into the back bunker. He played his fourth shot out to 4 feet as Zalatoris was still going over his options.
“Considering where Sepp was and he had 4 feet for 5, there’s no reason for me to try that shot and make it bank right into the grass and go back in the water and all of a sudden I’ve lost the golf tournament,” Zalatoris said.
He went to the drop zone, hit to 7 feet and let his raised hands drop over his head in relief when he made the winning putt.
Zalatoris moves into the top 10 in the world for the first time and takes the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup, assuring him a reasonable shot at the $18 million prize in two weeks.
Straka, already a winner this year in the Honda Classic, narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt for the win on the 18th for a 67. He had a 25-foot putt for the win on the 18th on the first playoff hole and had to make a 7-footer the second time around to stay in the game.
“This course is where every shot you hit you’re on the edge of your seat,” Straka said. “Add the nerves of competing for a tournament to that, especially for a playoff event and yeah, it can get a little crazy.”
They finished at 15-under 265.
Straka, who played bogey-free over the final 13 holes in regulation, moves to No. 8 in the standings and is assured his first trip to the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Lucas Glover came away with a consolation prize. The former U.S. Open champion came into the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 121, knowing that only the top 70 advance to the next tournament.
Glover closed with a 66 and wound up in a tie for third. Not only was he among four players who moved into the top 70, he now is at No. 34 and has a good chance of being part of the top 30 who go to the Tour Championship to play for the $18 million first prize.
Also moving into the top 70 were Adam Scott, Andrew Putnam and Wyndham Clark, who had reason to think he had thrown away his chances when he played a four-hole stretch in 4-over par and had to save par on the 18th for a 72. He finished at No. 70 by three points.
Meanwhile, No. 1 in the world stays with Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who missed the cut and spent Sunday playing Pine Valley for the first time.
British Open champion Cameron Smith could have replaced him by winning, and he arrived at the TPC Southwind two shots out of the lead. And then he was four shots back without hitting a shot. Smith was given a two-shot penalty when rules officials realized upon review that when Smith took a penalty drop in the third round, the ball was still touching the red hazard line.
They checked with Smith, who confirmed it was touching the line. He birdied the first hole, made only one other birdie, shot 70 and tied for 13th. Smith declined interview requests.
Stark claims 3rd LET title and gets LPGA Tour membership
BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) Maja Stark of Sweden closed with a 10-under 63 on Sunday and won the ISPS Handa World Invitational for her third victory this year on the Ladies European Tour, and this one with an additional perk.
The tournament is co-sanctioned with the LPGA Tour, giving the former Oklahoma State star access to join the LPGA.
Stark started the final round two shots behind Amanda Doherty and quickly seized control with a 31 on the front nine at Galgorm Castle. She had nine birdies through 14 holes and turned a tight race into a rout.
Stark finished at 20-under 271, five shots clear of Allisen Corpuz, who closed with a 68.
The tournament was held at Galgorm Castle and Massereene, played concurrently with an official European tour event. The men and women competed separately but for the same prize fund, with Stark collecting a career-high $225,000 from the $1.5 million purse.
Stark won two times on the LET late last year. She was runner-up (and low female) in the Asian Mixed Stableford, and then captured the Women’s New South Wales Open and the Amundi German Masters.
The 22-year-old Swede had the option of taking immediate LPGA membership or waiting until 2023 for her rookie year. The LPGA Tour has nine tournaments left on its schedule before the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in November.
Harvick wins again; NASCAR playoff picture remains muddled
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Kevin Harvick may be stamping himself as the man to beat in NASCAR.
The 2014 series champion took the lead from Joey Logano with 66 laps to go and held off Christopher Bell at Richmond Raceway on Sunday for his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Harvick, who ended a 65-race drought last week at Michigan, won for the 60th time, the fourth time at Richmond and first time on the 0.75-mile oval since 2013. He matched Kyle Busch for ninth in career victories in the premier series and credited an increased understanding of the Next Gen car for his progress.
“We’re just going to keep doing the things that we’re doing,” Harvick said. “I think we just have to keep an open mind about things and keep progressing and keep understanding the car, understanding what we could have done better today, understanding what we could have done better in qualifying yesterday and do the same thing over and over,” he said after climbing from his car.
He even took some blame for allowing Bell to come so close at the end.
“I knew he was coming, but I forgot to shift down the front straightaway the last time,” he said. “I was not paying attention and he got closer than he should have. I made a mistake there a couple laps doing the same thing.”
Harvick’s victory also kept alive the intriguing battle for the final playoff position with two races remaining in the regular season. The 15 winners this year have all likely claimed playoff berths unless there are new winners when the series moves to Watkins Glen and then Daytona.
Bell finished second, followed by Chris Buescher, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. Joey Logano, who led for 222 of the 400 laps, faded to sixth, followed by Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney was 10th. Blaney and Truex are the top two drivers in points hoping to make the 16-driver playoffs without a victory.
Thanks to stage points, Blaney increased his lead from 19 points to 26 over Truex for the final playoff spot, assuming there is not a 16th different winner.
The race featured just five cautions for 28 laps, and that includes the two that come at the end of each stage. The last one came when Bell spun on the 252nd lap, and Harvick pulled away after a pair of green-flag pit cycles.
The final pit stops under green came with just more than 50 laps to go.
“I got held up pretty bad at the beginning of the run by a couple slower cars and that was ultimately the difference when you get beat by a couple car lengths,” Bell said. He locked up a playoff spot with a win at Loudon on July 17.
Before Bell, Buescher was on Harvick’s bumper, but never got around him.
“I think it’s a little easy with this format to feel like third place doesn’t matter, but it’s nice to be close and to keep progressing and getting better,” he said. “Just burned the rear tires up. Ultimately that’s on me. Lap traffic didn’t do us any favors, either, but ultimately just got to keep the rears under us a little bit better so we can have a little bit better shot there to get after him for the win.”
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Indians Split Season Series with Memphis in Sunday Loss
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A four-run third and three additional multi-run innings by the Memphis Redbirds offense defeated the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park, 11-2. With the loss, the two teams split the six-game set and the 12-game season series.
Following an RBI bloop single in the third inning off the bat of Cal Mitchell, who extended his on-base streak to 11 consecutive games dating back to July 7, Memphis (58-52) countered with four runs in the bottom half off starter Miguel Yajure (L, 2-4). The inning was highlighted by a home run off the bat of Moises Gomez, his ninth in Triple-A this season.
The Indians (54-55) cut the deficit to two runs courtesy of a solo, one-out home run by Diego Castillo in the sixth. It was his first of two extra-base hits on the day, and he led the Indians offense with its lone multi-hit performance.
The Redbirds offense tagged four out of five Indians pitchers with at least one run, following Castillo’s home run with three consecutive frames of two-or-more runs scored. Meanwhile, the Indians were held to just three baserunners in their final three offensive innings.
After tossing 6.0 scoreless innings to earn the win on Tuesday, Thomas Parsons (W, 8-3) was one out shy of another quality start with two runs allowed over 5.2 innings.
The Indians return to Victory Field on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET to begin a six-game series vs. the Iowa Cubs and a 12-game homestand. Neither team has named a starting pitcher for the series opener.
Colts Defensive Tackle DeForest Buckner Ranked No. 66 On NFL Network’s Top 100 Players Of 2022
Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner checked in at No. 66 in NFL Network’s Top 100 Players ranking, his third consecutive year on the list.
Buckner led the Colts in 2021 with seven sacks, 18 quarterback hits, 49 pressures and 10 tackles for a loss; he hit those numbers while being double-teamed on nearly 70 percent of his pass rushing snaps – nearly the highest rate in the NFL.
“You know how well he’s playing based on how other teams game plan against him,” head coach Frank Reich said last year.
Buckner earned his second career trip to the Pro Bowl in 2021; he was a first-team AP All-Pro in 2020, his first year with the Colts. The 6-foot-7, 295 pound Buckner has been either a Pro Bowler or a first/second-team AP All-Pro in each of the last four seasons.
Buckner previously ranked No. 27 in 2021 and No. 56 in 2020. The annual NFL Top 100 is voted on by active players.
Colts Cornerback Kenny Moore II Ranked No. 82 On NFL Network’s Top 100 Players Of 2022
Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II made his debut on NFL Network’s annual Top 100 Players list, with the versatile Pro Bowler coming in at No. 82 in the rankings.
Moore put together another outstanding season in 2021, registering 102 tackles (most among cornerbacks) and four interceptions (T-6th among cornerbacks) while earning a spot in his first Pro Bowl. Moore joined Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson and teammate Shaquille Leonard as the only players with at least 100 tackles and four interceptions last season.
The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Moore has made a name for himself over his five years in the NFL as a playmaker against the pass and a rugged defender against the run. Since his NFL debut in 2017 – which came after the Colts claimed him off waivers from the New England Patriots following final roster cuts – Moore has 358 tackles, 14 interceptions, 20 tackles for a loss and seven sacks.
Only two other players – Vikings safety Harrison Smith and Bills safety Jordan Poyer – have hit those statistical marks in the last five seasons; Moore is the only cornerback on that list.
“Kenny is so talented,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “He has such a great feel for the game.”
Game Recap: Tiffany Mitchell Ties Career-High Seven Assists and Team-High 18 Points in Fever Regular Season Finale
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the final game of the 2022 regular season, the Indiana Fever closed the season at Washington with a 95-83 loss on Sunday against the Mystics. Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell led the Fever with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and tied her career-high with seven assists.
The Fever finished the season at 5-31, while Washington heads to the postseason at 22-14.
Indiana started off the game shooting the ball well from the field. The 12 made field goals tied for the most in a first quarter this season for the team. Washington kept pace offensively and both teams shot 66.7 percent from the field in the quarter as the Mystics led 31-27.
A 7-0 run is how Washington began to second quarter. From there, the Mystics began to separate, holding Indiana to just 3-of-9 in the quarter while shooting 8-of-14. Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne scored 16 points in the first half to help Washington put up the most points in a half this season for the Mystics and lead 57-40.
Mitchell led the offensive attack for Indiana in the second half, scoring eight points in the third quarter. The Fever scored 23 points in the quarter, but five turnovers allowed Washington to maintain a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Indiana’s defense in the fourth quarter improved, holding Washington to 5-of-16 shooting. The lead for Washington, however, stayed in double digits the rest of the game. Fever forward Emma Cannon finished with 14 points, the second time in two games she has scored in double figures. Rookie guard Lexie Hull also scored in double figures for the second game in a row with an 11-point performance and a career-high four assists.
Delle Donne led Washington with a game-high 22 points. Guard Ariel Atkins scored 15 points — which was enough for her to reach 2,000 career points — and rookie center Shakira Austin ended with 11 points. Guard Natasha Cloud did not return on the floor in the second half due to precautionary reasons and finished with 10 points. It was also the first game this season that Cloud did not record an assist in a first half.
|NY Yankees||72||43||.626||–||41 – 15||31 – 28||33 – 18||22 – 7||12 – 10||2 – 8||L 1|
|Toronto||61||52||.540||10||35 – 23||26 – 29||20 – 21||19 – 15||15 – 11||3 – 7||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||60||53||.531||11||35 – 22||25 – 31||27 – 22||11 – 14||12 – 9||6 – 4||W 2|
|Baltimore||59||55||.518||12.5||33 – 21||26 – 34||23 – 27||11 – 13||15 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|Boston||57||59||.491||15.5||29 – 30||28 – 29||15 – 30||15 – 12||21 – 8||4 – 6||W 1|
|Cleveland||61||53||.535||–||29 – 22||32 – 31||12 – 14||28 – 21||11 – 10||7 – 3||W 1|
|Minnesota||58||55||.513||2.5||31 – 25||27 – 30||15 – 12||27 – 20||11 – 11||4 – 6||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||59||56||.513||2.5||28 – 29||31 – 27||14 – 15||26 – 25||11 – 12||6 – 4||W 3|
|Kansas City||48||68||.414||14||29 – 34||19 – 34||11 – 17||22 – 23||10 – 18||6 – 4||W 1|
|Detroit||43||73||.371||19||26 – 33||17 – 40||9 – 20||20 – 34||4 – 11||1 – 9||L 7|
|Houston||75||41||.647||–||39 – 18||36 – 23||9 – 10||18 – 6||40 – 21||7 – 3||W 4|
|Seattle||62||54||.534||13||31 – 26||31 – 28||16 – 17||7 – 6||31 – 26||5 – 5||L 2|
|Texas||51||63||.447||23||25 – 32||26 – 31||5 – 14||13 – 10||24 – 32||5 – 5||W 2|
|LA Angels||51||64||.443||23.5||26 – 33||25 – 31||6 – 18||13 – 7||25 – 26||7 – 3||W 2|
|Oakland||41||74||.357||33.5||17 – 38||24 – 36||10 – 16||11 – 18||18 – 33||2 – 8||L 8|
|NY Mets||75||40||.652||–||40 – 19||35 – 21||39 – 15||15 – 5||14 – 12||8 – 2||W 2|
|Atlanta||70||46||.603||5.5||37 – 22||33 – 24||29 – 21||17 – 10||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 6|
|Philadelphia||63||51||.553||11.5||32 – 26||31 – 25||28 – 24||12 – 8||16 – 11||7 – 3||L 2|
|Miami||50||65||.435||25||23 – 32||27 – 33||25 – 28||11 – 15||9 – 14||2 – 8||L 4|
|Washington||38||78||.328||37.5||18 – 42||20 – 36||9 – 42||11 – 12||13 – 16||2 – 8||L 1|
|St. Louis||63||51||.553||–||37 – 21||26 – 30||12 – 15||30 – 17||11 – 9||7 – 3||W 1|
|Milwaukee||61||52||.540||1.5||29 – 22||32 – 30||11 – 13||30 – 26||7 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||47||66||.416||15.5||24 – 34||23 – 32||11 – 8||24 – 25||8 – 21||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cincinnati||45||68||.398||17.5||25 – 34||20 – 34||9 – 15||17 – 25||8 – 21||3 – 7||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||45||70||.391||18.5||24 – 29||21 – 41||7 – 15||21 – 29||14 – 17||2 – 8||L 4|
|LA Dodgers||79||34||.699||–||40 – 15||39 – 19||12 – 11||17 – 6||35 – 12||9 – 1||L 1|
|San Diego||65||52||.556||16||33 – 24||32 – 28||16 – 11||19 – 10||26 – 25||4 – 6||W 1|
|San Francisco||57||57||.500||22.5||32 – 27||25 – 30||14 – 13||17 – 11||17 – 27||6 – 4||W 3|
|Arizona||53||61||.465||26.5||32 – 29||21 – 32||14 – 14||13 – 12||19 – 29||7 – 3||W 2|
|Colorado||51||66||.436||30||33 – 30||18 – 36||8 – 19||11 – 9||25 – 29||5 – 5||L 2|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 Philadelphia A’s Rube Waddell pitches a five-inning no-hit game, blanking the Browns, 2-0. The shortened masterpiece, which isn’t officially considered a no-hitter, includes the southpaw striking out nine of the 15 St. Louis batters he faces before a torrential rain washes out the Columbia Park contest.
1914 Brooklyn’s Jake Daubert sets a National League record with four sacrifices in one game. The first baseman’s efforts aren’t enough when the Dodgers drop an 8-7 decision to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field.
1916 At Fenway Park, Red Sox southpaw Babe Ruth defeats Walter Johnson and the Senators in 13 innings, 1-0. After holding Boston to just four hits over the first twelve frames, Washington’s ‘Big Train’ yields three more in the 13th, allowing Jack Barry to score the game’s lone run.
1926 When Babe Herman doubles with the bags full, three Dodgers wind up on third. The runner on second rounds third but decides to go back as the runner from first reaches the same base, and a few seconds later, Herman slides in to join his two teammates.
1941 Although leading Boston, 6-3, when the game ends at the start of the eighth after a 40-minute rain delay, the Senators will lose the game. Washington forfeits the contest when the American League upholds Red Sox manager Joe Cronin’s protest that the home ground crew deliberately refused to cover the field when it started to rain.
1951 “I don’t compare ’em, I just catch ’em.”- Giants outfielder Willie Mays. With one out in the eighth and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield and then turns counterclockwise to throw a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play. Some believe the catch inspires the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.
1954 The Orioles lose their 27th consecutive game as the visiting team in Cleveland with a 3-1 nightcap loss to the Indians. The record losing streak on the road against one opponent started in August two seasons ago, when the franchise played as the St. Louis Browns.
1955 At Sportsman’s Park, Braves starting pitcher Warren Spahn hits a home run and a triple in his 12-1 complete-game victory over the Redbirds. The crafty left-hander, who will hit 35 homers in his 21-year career, has now homered in every National League stadium.
1962 In the first game of a Polo Grounds doubleheader, Don Demeter hits home runs off two different pitchers named Bob Miller. The outfielder’s third-inning round-tripper off Mets’ right-handed starter Robert Lane Miller and his homer in the ninth off southpaw Robert Gerald Miller contribute to the Phillies’ 9-3 victory over the Amazin’s.
1962 Choo Choo Coleman and Jim Hickman tie a major league record by pinch-hitting home runs as teammates in the same game. The Amazin’ Mets still lose to the Phillies, an 8-7 defeat in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds.
1965 “Now, ladies and gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their Queen, loved here in America, here are the Beatles!”- ED SULLIVAN, Variety show host introducing the Beatles. With Beatlemania in full force, the Fab Four play Shea Stadium, the home of the Mets, marking the first time a rock band headlines a stadium venue. Screams drown out the band’s memorable performance in front of a sold-out crowd of 56,000 that features a 30-minute set of 12 songs.
1965 With pregame festivities celebrating his appearance as the first Japanese player in a major league game completed, Masanori Murakami, normally a reliever, starts the game. In a Giants’ 15-9 win over the Phillies at Candlestick Park, the southpaw from Otsuki pitches 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs while striking out four.
1965 In the nightcap of a Cleveland Stadium doubleheader, Indians pinch-hitter Max Alvis hits a two-run homer in the ninth to knot the score at 3-3, and two innings later, Leon Wagner, also pinch-hitting, blasts a two-run round-tripper to beat the Twins, 6-4. The two pinch-hit home runs in one game tie a major league record.
1970 With the bases loaded and one gone in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead, Tom Seaver strikes out Bob Tillman for the apparent second out, but Jerry Grote’s passed ball allows Tony Gonzalez to score the tying run for the Braves. In his effort to cut down the runner at home, the Mets catcher overthrows Seaver, who is covering the plate, bringing in Rico Carty home from third base with the winning tally giving Atlanta a stunning 3-2 victory, thanks to the two runs scored on a called third strike.
1970 Reds right fielder Pete Rose goes 0-for-7, including striking out five consecutive times. The defending National League batting champ’s futility at the plate contributes to Cincinnati’s 5-4 loss to Philadelphia.
1975 In twin bill against the Rangers at Memorial Stadium, Orioles’ skipper Earl Weaver is ejected twice by umpire Ron Luciano. The fiery Baltimore manager is thrown out in the first game of a doubleheader and gets tossed again before a pitch is thrown in the nightcap when the sworn enemies begin feuding once more while the teams exchange lineup cards at home plate.
1989 In his second start after coming back from cancer surgery, left-hander Dave Dravecky breaks his arm when he throws a wild pitch to Tim Raines in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 33-year-old Youngstown, Ohio native, credited with the win, collapses to the ground, clutching his left arm in severe pain after the humerus bone snaps midway between his shoulder and elbow, with the sound of the breaking bone heard throughout the ballpark.
1990 A dramatic game-winning grand slam by Mark McGwire gives the Oakland A’s a ten-inning victory over the Red Sox, 6-2. ‘Big Mac’ becomes the first player to hit thirty home runs in his first four seasons.
1990 Phillies southpaw Terry Mulholland faces just twenty-seven hitters, no-hitting the Giants, 6-0, as a double play erases the only batter to reach base due to third baseman Charlie Hayes’ throwing error. The gem is the first nine-inning no-hitter ever thrown at the Philadelphia ballpark and is the eighth no-no of the season, surpassing the previous, set in 1908 and tied in 1917.
1993 Nolan Ryan wins the 324th and last victory of his 27-year career when the Rangers beat Cleveland, 6-4. The 46-year-old right-hander, who will lose his next four games, sees his career come to an end two starts sooner than he planned when a torn ligament forces him to leave the mound in the first inning in what will prove to be his worst big league outing and final major league appearance.
1995 “For a huge portion of my generation, Mickey Mantle was that baseball hero. And for reasons that no statistics, no dry recitation of facts can possibly capture, he was the most compelling baseball hero of our lifetime. And he was our symbol of baseball at a time when the game meant something to us that perhaps it no longer does.”- BOB COSTAS, delivering the eulogy at Mickey Mantle’s funeral. At the request of the Mantle family, Bob Costas delivers the eulogy at Mickey’s funeral. The popular broadcaster, known for his love of the game and his admiration of the Yankee superstar, describes the Hall of Famer as “a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic.”
1995 The Royals designated Vince Coleman for assignment, although he is hitting .287 and has 26 stolen bases in 75 games. After acquiring the available 33-year-old fleet outfielder, the Mariners compile a 26-14 record, with their new leadoff hitter being a key factor in the team capturing the American League Wild Card.
1999 In the first frame of Anaheim’s 10-2 victory in Detroit, Chuck Finley becomes the first major league hurler to strike out four batters in one inning twice in his career. The Angels’ southpaw also accomplished the feat on May 12 against the Yankees.
2005 In the Giants’ 7-3 victory over the Reds, Randy Winn becomes the twenty-first player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks ago, singles in the first, homers in the third, doubles in the fourth, completing the feat with a triple in the sixth inning in the Great American Ball Park.
2005 Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least ten batters since Dwight Gooden accomplished the feat with the 1984 Mets. The 18-year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners rout the Royals, 11-3.
2006 The Dodgers, with their 4-0 blanking of the Marlins, win their sixth consecutive game and 17th in the last 18 contests. The stretch is the team’s best run since the Brooklyn Superbas went 20-1 in 1899.
2006 Joining Jim Hickman (1965), Dave Kingman (1978), Caudell Washington (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Gary Carter (1985), and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999), Jose Reyes, in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, becomes the seventh Mets player to hit three homers in a game. Like all his predecessors, his trifecta takes place on the road.
2006 In a contest that takes five hours and 21 minutes to complete, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies at Coors Field, 2-1. The 18-inning game ties the D-Back franchise record for the most innings played in a contest and the longest in Colorado history for both frames played and the time of the game.
2007 The Devil Rays come to terms with their first overall selection in the June first-year player draft, left-handed pitcher David Price. The Vanderbilt University (11-1, 2.63) southpaw signs a six-year major league contract worth as much as $11.25 million if he sticks in the bigs for the length of the deal.
2008 Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the June amateur draft, gets the largest up-front bonus in major league history when he agrees to a $6.2 million signing deal with the Giants. The highly touted catcher gets slightly more than infielders Tim Beckham (first pick/shortstop), who receives $6.15 million from the Rays, and Pedro Alvarez (second pick/third baseman), who gets $6 million from the Pirates.
2011 Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40-year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.
2011 At Petco Park, Jason Isringhausen becomes the 23rd major league pitcher to record 300 career saves when the Mets defeat San Diego in 10 innings, 5-4. The 38-year-old right-handed closer is the third pitcher, along with John Franco (1996) and Billy Wagner (2006), to achieve his 300th save wearing a Mets uniform.
2012 Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems occur in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and the fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.
2012 Baseball suspends Giants’ left fielder Melky Cabrera for 50 games for testing positive for high levels of performance-enhancing testosterone, causing the All-Star Game’s MVP to miss the rest of the season. The second-leading hitter in the National League, 13 points behind Andrew McCutchen, is one plate appearance shy of qualifying for the batting title but could win the crown if he were to have the circuit’s best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.
2013 A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of reviewable plays is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, to be formally voted on in November, allows a manager to ask an umpire to initiate a play review, with one challenge permitted in the first six innings and two more through the end of the game, without any provision to cover a missed call after a team uses all of its challenges.
2015 David Denson becomes the first player affiliated with a major league organization to come out as gay, sharing his sexual orientation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. The 20-year-old first baseman/outfielder had previously shared his ground-breaking news with his Helena Brewers teammates and went public after much soul-searching and consulting with Billy Bean, a former big-leaguer who came out of the closet after he retired.
2020 Max Muncy hits the first leadoff sac fly in baseball history when he flies out to deep right field, scoring Chris Taylor, the Dodgers’ ghost runner who stole third base on the second pitch of the tenth inning. Angels’ reliever Keynan Middleton, who throws a perfect 1-2-3 inning, is tagged with the loss when the run proves to be the difference in the team’s 6-5 loss in Anaheim.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1956
Once again, the eyes of the baseball world were on the bright lights of New York City (for the fourth time in five years) as the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees met on familiar ground for the coveted World Series championship. The “Bronx Bombers” had bested “the Bums” in three out of the four meetings, but it was the Dodgers who had the last laugh by winning their first title off a dominant Game 7 in ’55. Things seemed to pick up right where they had left off for Games 1 and 2 as eleven different members of the Yankees pitching staff were crushed by Brooklyn’s bats. The result was a devastating 6-3 opener and an equally crippling 13-8 loss that put the defending champions up two games to none. However as sports often shows us, adversity and pride can turn a sinking ship around. Amazingly the Yankees aces rebounded for five consecutive complete-game performances from five pitchers who combined to allow the Dodgers six runs and twenty-one hits in 45 2/3 innings. In Game 3, a three-run homer by late-August acquisition Enos Slaughter and eight-hit pitching by “The Chairman” Whitey Ford had rallied the Yankees to their first victory, while Tom Sturdivant’s six-hitter and homers by both Hank Bauer and Mickey Mantle highlighted the American Leaguers’ triumph in Game 4.
Despite their back-to-back comebacks, Game 5 is the most notable Yankees performance of the ’56 Series (and perhaps one of the most notable in all of baseball). The 64,000+ fans in attendance that day could never have predicted that they were about to witness the birth of a record that would stand into the next millennium or that their ticket stubs would mature into a $2,000.00 piece of sports memorabilia. The Dodgers couldn’t have predicted the beating they were about to take either. During the first inning, the Yankees’ twenty-seven-year-old right-hander Don Larsen went to his first and only “ball three” count on Pee Wee Reese. From then on, the modest pitcher and his pinstriped teammates worked together on both sides of the plate to deliver an instant classic. In the second inning, Jackie Robinson smashed a line drive that was deflected by Yankees third baseman Andy Carey to shortstop Gil McDougald, who threw out Robinson at first. In the fouth inning, Mickey Mantle hit a low line drive into the right field seats (just inside the foul pole) giving New York the 1-0 lead. In retrospect, “home field advantage” and a little luck sometimes pays off big. If the game had been at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, “The Mick’s” hit would have likely been off the right field screen for a mere double.
In the top of the fifth, Gil Hodges (a thirty-two home run man during the regular season) drove a pitch deep into left-center field and right into the outstretched glove of a sprinting Mantle. The spectacular effort has been christened by some as “The Catch” and has been replayed in countless highlight films throughout the years. The next batter, Sandy Amoros, almost spoiled the masterpiece with a line drive toward the right field corner but it curved foul and just missed being a home run. It was a sign of the inevitable as the Dodgers would not get any other opportunities. As the game progressed, so did the anticipation of the crowd and the superstition of the players. Most of the Yankees avoided the pitcher completely in the dugout and even the Yankees’ skipper got involved in attempting to preserve Larsen’s marvelous momentum. As the ninth inning came to a close, Larsen got a called third strike on pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell to end the game and set off a wild celebration that began with catcher Yogi Berra leaping high into his arms for one of baseball’s most photographic moments.
Brooklyn’s Clem Labine went against Bob Turley for Game 6 and had his team’s revenge with an “almost as impressive” 1-0, ten-inning shutout that ended after an Enos Slaughter error turned Robinson’s bottom-of-the-tenth drive into a game-winning single. Don Newcombe, a standout on the Dodgers’ staff and Johnny Kucks, a Yankee sophomore, matched for the decisive Game 7. Newcombe had just become the first recipient of the Cy Young Award after his twenty-seven victory season in ’56, but still had yet to dominate a single postseason outing. Nothing changed in Game 7 as the veteran was knocked for a pair of two-run homers by Berra (who hit a grand slam off him in Game 2) and a bases-empty home run by Elston Howard. Bill Skowron stepped up to the plate in the seventh and finished the job with a grand slam of his own off of Roger Craig who had replaced Newcombe in relief. Kucks returned the favor and held the defending champions to just three-hits in a 9-0 triumph that completed the revival of the New Yorkers’ pitching staff and returned the Yankees to post season glory.
No game would compare to Game 5 though and no other pitcher would even come close to Larsen’s numbers. The Yankee ace pitched another three years in New York before bouncing from team to team over the final seven seasons of a fourteen year career. He retired in 1967 with a forgettable career record of 81-91, failing again to ever approach the heights he achieved on that October afternoon in 1956. Still, he is mainly remembered for being perfect where perfection is simply not possible and his record stands to this very day.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1965
The American League was once again at a disadvantage as the National League assembled one of the most amazing batting line-ups ever to share an All-Star roster.
It included such legends as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Richie Allen, Joe Torre, Ernie Banks, Pete Rose, Maury Wills, Roberto Clemente and Frank Robinson. Still, the ’65 game was close and tied 5-5 in the seventh. Then Sam McDowell walked Mays who went to third on Aaron’s single and scored on Ron Santo’s infield single. The win gave the National League the lead in the series for the first time (18-17-1).
FOOTBALL HISTORY-AUGUST 15
August 15, 1952 – The 19th Chicago Charities College All-Star game in played at Soldier Field and the Champion LA Rams overcome the young stars by a score of 10-7 in front of a crowd north of 88,000 people. The game’s MVP, always the top College All-Star performing player was Babe Parilli the former Kentucky quarterback.
August 15, 1958 – The 25th Chicago Charities College All-Star game in played at Soldier Field and the College Stars WIN over the defending Champs , the Detroit Lions by a score of 35-19 in front of a paid attendance of 70,000. The game’s MVP, always the top College All-Star performing player was a split decision that year with Co-MVPs Illinois HB/WR, Bobby Mitchell and Michigan State QB Jim Ninowski sharing the honor.
August 15, 1960 – The Calvary Stampeders of the CFL move into a new venue, McMahon Stadium.
August 15, 1960 – In a rare NFL exhibition game played in Canada the Chicago Bears defeated the NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto.
August 15, 1994 – According to NFL.com there was the All-time record crowd of 112,376 attending the American Bowl game. Yes the Houston Oilers defeated the Dallas Cowboy , 6-0 in Mexico City. The American Bowl was a series of preseason games held outside of the United States from 1986-2005.
Hall of Fame Birthday for August 15
August 15, 1929 – Jerry Groom was a center from Notre Dame that became enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. After graduation he played in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals from 1951 thru the 1955 seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 1954.
August 15, 1950 – Sam Cunningham was a fomer USC fullback that entered the College Football Hall of Fame in the 2010 class of enshrinees. he was part of USC’s 1972 National Championship team and was voted as an All-American that same season. He played in the NFL for the New England Patriots from 1973 through the 1982 season and in 1978 made the Pro Bowl. He is NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham’s older brother. Wow does that family have some offensive talent in their bloodline!
August 15, 1945 – Gene Upshaw is a former All-Pro Guard of the Oakland Raiders. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the offensive lineman after his 15 fantastic seasons with the Raiders. Upshaw was the first player in NFL history to play in a a Super Bowl in three different decades ( 1967, 1978 & 1980). He came from the smaller NAIA college of Texas A & I. After he retired from playing he became an integral part of the NFLPA where he eventually served as the organization’s Executive Director.
SPORTS NUMBERS-AUGUST 15
25 – 10 – 34 – 2 – 29 – 27 – 23
August 15, 1905 – Philadelphia A’s future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell no-hits St Louis Browns, 2-0 in 5 innings
August 15, 1912 – New York Yankee Guy Zinn sets record by stealing home twice in a game
August 15, 1990 – Oakland A’s Number 25, Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons
August 15, 1992 – Striker Brian Deane, Number 10 scored both goals for Sheffield United to open the season with a 2-1 home win over Manchester United at Bramall Lane. The first of Deane’s goals was the first in European Premier League’s inaugural season.
August 15, 1993 – Nolan Ryan, Number 34 324th & final victory, Rangers 4, Indians 1
August 15, 1997 – The Los Angeles Dodgers retired Tommy Lasorda’s Number 2. Of course that was his number as the manager of the LA club. As a player Lasorda pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 wearing Number 29 and in 1955 as the bearer of the Number 27 jersey. He finished his playing career in 1956 as a member of the Kansas City athletics wearing Number 23. His managerial tenure lasted from 1976 through 1996 with the Dodgers as he was a 4 time manager of the Year, won two NL pennants, and two World Series championships. His Win /Loss total was 1599-1439
August 15, 2012 – Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, Number 34 becomes 23rd pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Tampa Bay)
|Detroit at Cleveland||3:10pm||ESPN+|
|Detroit at Cleveland||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Philadelphia at Cincinnati||6:40pm||NBCS-PHI|
|San Diego at Miami||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. Cubs at Washington||7:05pm||MARQ|
|Tampa Bay at NY Yankees||7:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Baltimore at Toronto||7:07pm||MASN/2|
|NY Mets at Atlanta||7:20pm||Bally Sports|
|Kansas City at Minnesota||7:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Oakland at Texas||8:05pm||NBCS-CA|
|LA Dodgers at Milwaukee||8:10pm||Sportsnet|
|Houston at Chi. White Sox||8:10pm||FS1|
|Seattle at LA Angels||9:38pm||MLBN|
|Arizona at San Francisco||9:45pm||MLBN|
|La Liga: Athletic Club vs Mallorca||11:30am||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Napoli||12:30pm||Paramount+|
|La Liga: Getafe vs Atlético Madrid||1:30pm||ESPN+|
|Serie A: Juventus vs Sassuolo||2:45pm||Paramount+|
|Premier League: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace||3:00pm||USA|
|La Liga: Real Betis vs Elche||3:30pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX Femenil: Santos Laguna vs Pumas UNAM||10:00pm||ESPN+|