MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 7 NY Mets 1

Washington 6 Chicago Cubs 5

New York Yankees 3 Miami 1

St. Louis 7 Minnesota 3

San Francisco 5 Houston 3

Toronto 5 Kansas City 1

Detroit 6 Baltimore 2

Chicago White Sox 2 Cleveland 1

Texas 4 Seattle 3

Oakland 8 Los Angeles Angels 3

Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2

Philadelphia 15 Pittsburgh 4

Milwaukee 2 Atlanta 1

San Diego 8 Colorado 1

LA Dodgers 13 Arizona 0

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES/RECAPS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

BASEBALL’S LEADERS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/index.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 12 St. Paul 5

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-saints/2021/08/01/646417#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=646417

Fort Wayne 12 Lansing 1

Quad Cities 14 South Bend 12

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Philadelphia 1 Chicago 1

Toronto FC 1 Nashville SC 1

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp

INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE: Thur Jul 296pWeekly Sports Zone
Thur Aug 56pWeekly Sports Zone
Thur Aug 126pWeekly Sports Zone
Mon Aug 165:30pCovenant Christian @ Mooresville
Thur Aug 196pWeekly Sports Zone
Thur Aug 197:30pMt Vernon @ Heritage Christian
Fri Aug 207pHeritage Christian @ Traders Pt
Fri Aug 207pNoblesville @ Mt Vernon
Fri Aug 207pCovenant Christian @ Speedway
Sat Aug 212pWhiting @ Frontier
Tue Aug 247pHeritage Christian @ Guerin Catholic
Tue Aug 247pScecina @ Heritage Christian
Wed Aug 257:30pSullivan @ Greencastle
Thur Aug 266pBethesda @ Traders Pt
Thur Aug 267:30pCovenant Christian @ Heritage Christian
Fri Aug 277pTraders Pt @ Covenant Christian
Fri Aug 277pShenandoah @ Heritage Christian
Fri Aug 277pFranklin @ Mt Vernon
Fri Aug 277pNorth White @ Frontier
Sat Aug 285pBrebeuf @ Guerin Catholic
Sat Aug 287pBrebeuf @ Guerin Catholic
Mon Aug 307pTri-West @ Heritage Christian
Tue Aug 317pHeritage Christian @ Covenant Christian
Thur Sep 27pRoncalli @ Guerin Catholic
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage Christian
Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ Greencastle
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant Christian
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders Pt
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain Central
Fri Sep 37pMt Vernon @ Greenfield Central
Sat Sep 4NoonChatard @ Guerin Catholic
Sat Sep 42pChatard @ Guerin Catholic
Sat Sep 45pCovenant Christian @ Roncalli
Sat Sep 47pCovenant Christian @ Roncalli
Tue Sep 76pPark Tudor @ Traders Pt
Tue Sep 76:30pMonrovia @ Covenant Christian
Tue Sep 77pCovenant Christian @ Tri-West
Wed Sep 87:30pEdgewood @ Greencastle
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin Catholic
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage Christian

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5

Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00

WEEK 1

Thursday, August 12           

Washington at New England, 7:30

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 13    

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00

Dallas at Arizona, 10:00

Saturday, August 14

Miami at Chicago, 1:00

Denver at Minnesota, 4:00

New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00

Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00

New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Green Bay, 8:00

Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30

Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Sunday, August 15  

Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00

WEEK 2

Thursday, August 19           

New England at Philadelphia, 7:30

Friday, August 20

Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00

Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00

Saturday, August 21

Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00

New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00

Atlanta at Miami, 7:00

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Houston at Dallas, 8:00

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00

Denver at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 22  

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30

Monday, August 23  

Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00

WEEK 3

Friday, August 27    

Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00

Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30

Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00

Saturday, August 28

Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00

Baltimore at Washington, 6:00

Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00

Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00

Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00

Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05

Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00

Sunday, August 29  

Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00

Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00

Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00

New England at New York Giants, 6:00

Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00

NBA free agency set to open, with many eyes on Kyle Lowry

(AP) — Free agency doesn’t start until 6 p.m. Eastern on Monday. The machinations toward getting ready, however, were in full steam on Sunday.

And the Miami Heat were at the center of the activity.

With Kyle Lowry set to become one of the top free agents available once the shopping window opens, the Heat announced that they picked up the $19.4 million option year on point guard Goran Dragic on Sunday – a move that could be a precursor to making a deal for Lowry, who was a Miami target at the trade deadline this past season.

Lowry won’t be the only big name to be closely followed on Monday.

A person with knowledge of the situation said that Kawhi Leonard was declining his $36 million option for this coming season with the Los Angeles Clippers, and a another person said Chris Paul was declining his $44 million option with the Phoenix Suns. Those people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither move was announced publicly and in both cases, said that Leonard and Paul would take the opportunity to negotiate longer deals and remain with their respective teams.

“We’ll know what his decision is at that point in time,” Suns general manager James Jones said last week when asked about Paul’s future. “But I think what we have is enticing, I think he likes being here, we like having him here. So, I’m confident that we’ll be able to have a conversation – hopefully in the coming days that will make everyone happy.”

The 35-year-old Lowry has spent his last nine seasons with Toronto and said after this past season that he wants not just to compete for more championships but that he wants to ensure that his “family is taken care of for generations.”

“Money talks, and years talk,” Lowry said in May.

Schrock 5 hits, homers filling in for Votto, Reds beat Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Reds rookie Max Schrock did his best Joey Votto imitation.

Schrock went 5 for 5 with a home run while giving the All-Star a break, leading fellow newcomer Vladimir Gutierrez and Cincinnati over the New York Mets 7-1 Sunday.

Making his first major league start at first base, the 26-year-old Schrock – who’s also made a relief pitching appearance this year – filled in admirably for the Reds star. Schrock scored three runs and drove in two.

“I was just going up there trying to see good pitches, that was about it,” Schrock said.

Votto got a rest from manager David Bell a day after his seven-game home run streak came to an end. That allowed the 37-year old slugger to have consecutive off days before the Reds’ series opener with Minnesota on Tuesday.

“It worked out perfectly,” Bell said.

Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer each drove in runs for the Reds, who matched a season high by moving six games over .500.

“Maybe I should go play first on Tuesday,” Farmer joked. “Anybody who is playing first is just killing it!”

In his second game with his new team, Javier Baez went hitless in four at-bats for the NL East-leading Mets, who are 8-9 since the All-Star break.

Gutierrez (6-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. His only blemish was a sixth-inning home run to Jeff McNeil.

“I’m glad that I am with this ball club right now and given the opportunity to get this team to win games,” Gutierrez said through an interpreter.

The rookie right-hander struck out four and didn’t allow a hit until Kevin Pillar’s two-out single in the fifth. Gutierrez also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for his first major league RBI.

“The kid’s got good stuff,” New York manager Luis Rojas said.

Marcus Stroman (7-10) gave up Schrock’s solo homer in the fourth, then ran into trouble in the sixth.

Jesse Winker hit a leadoff double and Farmer tripled to center field, just beyond the reach of a diving Pillar. Stephenson followed with a sacrifice fly.

Stroman appeared to wiggle out of trouble before walking Tyler Naquin on a wild pitch that allowed Schrock, who had singled, to reach third. Miguel Castro relieved and walked consecutive hitters to force in a run.

Hernandez’s HR in 9th gives Nats 6-5 win over Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) Yadiel Hernandez’s solo shot in the ninth inning – his second homer of the day – gave the Washington Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Hernandez’s four-hit day helped the Nationals overcome three home runs by Rafael Ortega of the Cubs. Washington took two of three in this series against Chicago following trade deadline selloffs that scattered many of the players who helped both teams win the World Series recently.

Ortega tied a franchise record for homers in a game, leading off with a shot to right-center before adding two-run blasts in the sixth and eighth. He was the first Cub with a three-homer game since Kris Bryant on May 17, 2019, also against the Nationals.

Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo were among those traded by Chicago. The Nationals dealt away Max Scherzer, Trea Turner and others as part of their roster teardown. Those departures mean expanded looks for players like Hernandez, a 33-year-old Cuban who only made his major league debut last year and was largely a reserve this season.

“He’s been up and down a long road to get to the major leagues and he’s just having fun,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “Whenever he gets an opportunity, he does well.”

Hernandez led off the ninth with a shot into the left field bullpen off rookie Manuel Rodriguez (0-1). Hernandez, who slid into the cleanup spot for the first time this season Saturday, is 11 for 18 with nine RBIs in 10 games since July 17.

“I told myself today I was going to keep him in the game,” said Martinez, who replaced Hernandez in a double switch Saturday. “I joked around with him: `Hey, you have to play defense. Catch the ball and play defense.’ He’s awesome and he understands. He’s just a good hitter.”

Hernandez’s solo shot in the seventh was his first homer since May 16.

“I don’t plan on hitting two home runs or any home runs at all,” Hernandez said. “There’s times where I feel good up there and I look for a particular pitch and I feel like if I can get that particular pitch, I can take advantage of it and things can happen. I feel like that’s kind of what happened today.”

Ortega, batting leadoff, had four hits and drove in all five runs for the Cubs, who have lost five of six. Ortega hit four home runs in the final two games of the series after belting just five in his previous 191 career games.

“He’s on fire,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He’s been such a catalyst at the top for us since moving up there.”

Ortega hit his first two home runs off Washington starter Erick Fedde, who had little other trouble in six innings. He allowed four hits while striking out eight.

Kyle Finnegan (4-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for Washington.

The Nationals took the lead against Adbert Alzolay in the third when Josh Bell smacked an RBI single to left. Ian Happ’s throw to the plate was wide, and when catcher Robinson Chirinos fired to second, no one was covering home. Juan Soto, who began the play on first, scampered home.

Bell then scored on Hernandez’s single. Bell drove in another run on a single in the fourth to make it 4-1.

Alzolay allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He is winless in his last nine starts.

Goodwin homer in 9th gives White Sox 2-1 win over Indians

CHICAGO (AP) Brian Goodwin homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Goodwin hit a 3-1 pitch from Nick Wittgren (2-4) over the wall in right for his sixth home run of the season.

Liam Hendriks (5-2) allowed just one hit in the ninth to complete a scoreless six-inning stint by the Chicago bullpen. Reynaldo Lopez allowed one hit in three innings followed by Aaron Bummer and Craig Kimbrel, who each worked a hitless inning.

Chicago won two of three in the series to extend its AL Central lead to nine games.

“That’s really the most important part, to get the series and get the win,” Goodwin said. “Give them props for coming out and playing us tough, but that was the biggest part, getting the wins.”

Myles Straw, who was acquired just before Friday’s trade deadline, homered for the Indians.

“There’s a comfort with him,” interim manager DeMarlo Hale said. “He’s fit right in, really. And it’s good to see him aid and help pretty quickly.”

A day after he became the first major league player to hit his first three homers in a game, White Sox rookie catcher Seby Zavala was hitless in two at-bats and also walked.

Cleveland jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Straw’s fourth homer of the season leading off the third.

Chicago tied it in the fifth when Jose Abreu – who was hit in the head with a 96-mph fastball on Friday – was hit by a Cal Quantrill pitch with the bases loaded. The up-and-inside pitch grazed off Abreu’s left arm just below the shoulder. He stood at home plate for a moment before slowing making his way to first base.

“We wanted it as bad as any game this season, especially with our MVP battling the way he was,” Goodwin said.

Quantrill gave up one unearned run on three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out six.

Haase, Tigers shake off rough start in 6-2 win over Orioles

DETROIT (AP) Eric Haase hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers went on to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Detroit earned a split of the four-game series, improving to 30-24 at home this season. The Tigers tied a major league record with 59 home losses in 2019, baseball’s most recent full season.

“This is the last day of our toughest stretch of the season,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ve played 17 games in 16 days without a day off, so it was nice to finish off that stretch with a win.”

Detroit’s Tyler Alexander fell behind 2-0 after four batters, but didn’t allow another run in four innings of work. Erasmo Ramirez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first major league win since Sept. 3, 2018, when he beat the Orioles as a member of the Seattle Mariners.

The Orioles didn’t score after a two-run first.

Baltimore’s Spenser Watkins (2-2) allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in his first appearance against the franchise that drafted him in 2014. All three hits went for extra bases.

“It was incredible to finally pitch here after this being the goal for so long,” said Watkins, who went 5 2/3 innings. “I had to tamp down the excitement a little in the first inning, but I was proud to be here wearing black and orange.”

The Orioles started quickly, with Austin Hays hitting a double on the first pitch and advancing on Troy Mancini’s long flyball. Ryan Mountcastle and Anthony Santander followed with RBI doubles over Akil Baddoo’s head in center field, making it 2-0 after six pitches.

“We went out in the first inning and were extremely aggressive,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “That got us a quick lead, but we stayed that aggressive all day and it resulted in a lot of quick outs.”

Jeimer Candelario’s RBI single made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first, and Haase followed with a two-run double to put the Tigers ahead by a run.

The game stayed 3-2 until Robbie Grossman tripled with one out in the sixth and scored on Miguel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.

“This was our first time seeing Watkins, but we got a lot of advice from all the guys who played with him in the minors,” Grossman said. “That helped.”

Cabrera’s sacrifice fly was the 92nd of his career, moving him past Willie Mays and Barry Bonds and into a tie for 59th with David Ortiz.

“It is amazing playing on the same team as him, especially right now,” Grossman said. “He might be the best right-handed hitter in history, and it is crazy to see the names he’s passing every day.”

Baddoo made it 5-2 with a seventh-inning RBI single and Grossman added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Bryant homers in Giants debut, San Francisco tops Houston

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kris Bryant homered in his Giants debut, a two-out solo shot in the third inning, and San Francisco beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday.

Darin Ruf had three hits including a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano both added two hits. The Giants won two of three in the interleague matchup of division leaders and have the best record in the majors at 66-39.

“I can’t say enough good things about this first day,” Bryant said. “I feel giddy. It felt like Christmas morning honestly.”

Acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs for two minor league prospects just minutes before Friday’s deadline, Bryant was greeted by chants of “KB! KB! KB!” when he trotted onto the field for pregame warmups and received a standing ovation before his first at-bat. The four-time All-Star was cheered again after striking out swinging.

Those cheers got louder after Bryant crushed an 0-1 pitch from Luis Garcia (7-6) into the left field stands for his 19th home run this season.

“The first homer’s weird,” Bryant said. “You don’t know what teams do when you come to celebrate in the dugout so I was kind of lost a little bit,”

The Giants said they expected Bryant to hit a home run. After all, his former teammates in Chicago who were also traded – Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo – homered in their first games with their new clubs.

“We were going to send him back if he didn’t homer himself,” joked Ruf, who homered in the fifth. “Luckily we get to keep him. He’s going to be very, very valuable to our team going forward.”

After Mike Yastrzemski doubled and Buster Posey walked in the third, Crawford and Ruf followed with RBI singles to put the Giants ahead 3-2.

It wasn’t a perfect debut for Bryant, who started at third base. His throwing error on Martin Maldonado’s grounder down the line in the fifth gave the Astros a runner in scoring position with no outs. Logan Webb retired the next three batters to work out of the jam.

Webb (5-3) allowed two runs in six innings to stay unbeaten since May 5.

“He’s been really responsive to the moment,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “What we’re seeing consistently now is that his stuff plays and it plays against some of the best hitters out there.”

Dominic Leone and Tyler Rogers both retired three batters. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run home run for Houston. Garcia allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

“All of their hits and runs came with two outs,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “When you get those two-out hits, that’s usually the team that wins.”

Adames’ bat, Anderson’s arm lift Brewers past Braves 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) Willy Adames hit an early homer off Charlie Morton, Brett Anderson pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday.

The Brewers, who have a seven-game lead in the NL Central, moved 20 games over .500 for the second time this season. They improved to 34-19 away from Milwaukee and have won 13 of 17 road series this season.

“I mean, it’s a good team,” Anderson said. “It’s a playoff-caliber team, pitching and defense are the strong suit and we’ve been scoring at a pretty good clip since the All-Star break. Still, we haven’t had everybody clicking offensively at the same time quite yet.”

Atlanta lost its ninth straight game and 12th in its last 13 when trying to reach .500. The Braves, who dropped to 52-54, are four games back in the NL East.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first on Adames’ 18th homer, 13th with the Brewers. Adames has been swinging a hot bat lately, hitting .319 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in his last 37 games.

The Brewers went up 2-0 in the fifth when Lorenzo Cain reached on an infield single, advanced to third on Luis Urias’ single and scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s groundout.

Anderson, who is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last four starts, gave up four hits and one run with one walk and three strikeouts.

Anderson (4-5) didn’t have to pitch out of trouble often. Guillermo Heredia led off the Braves’ half of the third with a double and advanced to third on a groundout but was stranded. Freddie Freeman singled with one out in the fourth before Anderson struck out Austin Riley for the second time and Dansby Swanson grounded out.

Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies singled with one out in the sixth, and Anderson followed by issuing his first free pass when Jorge Soler walked. Freeman, the reigning NL MVP, lined out to end Anderson’s day, and John Curtiss gave up Austin Riley’s RBI single to make it 2-1.

“Brett was great today,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “On a day where it was obviously very warm out there and just pitches with such great pace and he’s telling the other team to hit it and see what happens. It puts them in swing mode and kind of tantalizes them and gets ground balls and doesn’t let the ball kind of get hit in the air. We end up getting a lot of outs and it’s a fast five innings.”

Morton, who was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his previous four starts, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Morton (10-4) allowed two runs and three hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

The Braves made it interesting against Brad Boxberger in the seventh when Kevan Smith singled and pinch-hitter Joc Pederson got hit by a pitch. Albies grounded out to end the threat.

“We were kind of a big hit away,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We put ourselves in position and couldn’t finish the deal. It happens. That’s a really good team right there that we just played and had a chance to win a series, too. They’re riding their pitching, too. That’s a solid bullpen. Their starters are really good.”

In the Atlanta eighth against Devin Williams, Jorge Soler led off with a single before Freeman struck out, Riley singled, Swanson struck out and Adam Duvall struck out.

Josh Hader, in his first save opportunity since July 8, retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 22nd save in 23 chances.

Hader liked how many contributions Milwaukee got in a close game.

“Absolutely, that’s what it takes,” he said. “Big guys stepping up and getting us hits and the pitching staying strong. At the end of the day, as long as we can limit the hits we give up and continue to hit the ball and play good baseball, that’s what you want.”

Berríos wins Toronto debut, Jays sweep Royals in return home

TORONTO (AP) Jose Berrios pitched six shutout innings in his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep in their first series north of the border since 2019, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Sunday.

Marcus Semien and Santiago Espinal homered to back Toronto’s big-name newcomer.

Acquired from Minnesota at the trade deadline Friday for two minor leaguers, Berrios (8-5) allowed five hits, four of them singles.

“I feel really happy about what I did today,” Berrios said. “I was able to throw strikes.”

The two-time All-Star walked one and struck out seven, including four straight in the third and fourth innings.

“His stuff was electric today,” Semien said.

Kansas City loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, but Berrios ended his outing by striking out Edward Olivares and exited with a 5-0 lead.

“I didn’t want to let them take the game from my hands,” Berrios said.

Berrios threw five straight curveballs to fan Olivares and escape the jam.

“I got all breaking balls,” Olivares said via a translator. “He worked both sides of the plate.”

Berrios is 3-0 in three starts against Kansas City this season.

Trevor Richards retired all four batters he faced and Tim Mayza got five outs as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games.

The Blue Jays returned to Canada on Friday after having played the entire 2020 season and the first half of 2021 in both Buffalo and Dunedin, Florida, because of border restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We couldn’t have had a better series to start out our Toronto season,” Semien said.

After George Springer opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third, Semien hit his 25th homer, a two-run drive off Brad Keller (7-10).

Espinal added a solo drive off right-hander Josh Staumont in the fourth.

The Blue Jays hit two home runs in all three games against the Royals. Toronto has hit an MLB-leading 159 homers this season.

Keller stayed in the game after a visit from the trainer in the third but left after the inning because of lower back tightness. He allowed three runs and seven hits.

Olivares ended Kansas City’s 17-inning scoreless streak with a two-out homer off Mayza in the ninth, his second.

Rizzo shines again with key hit, Yankees beat Marlins 3-1

MIAMI (AP) Anthony Rizzo continued his remarkable debut for the Yankees with another key hit and New York completed a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

The partisan New York crowd in Miami finally got to cheer when the Yankees had an eighth-inning rally highlighted by RBI singles from Rizzo and Aaron Judge.

Rizzo, who went to high school in the Miami area, singled home Brett Gardner for the game-tying run in his third game with the Yankees. The first baseman was acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline and hit a homer in each of his first two games with New York before Sunday’s clutch at-bat.

“You talk to anyone around the league and they’ll tell you (Rizzo) is one of those really special elite players,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “That is just a part of his make-up as a great ballplayer.”

Giancarlo Stanton, who had reached on a throwing error by third baseman Brian Anderson, then raced home with the go-ahead run on Judge’s sharp single.

Joely Rodriguez (2-3), who came over from the Texas Rangers in the Joey Gallo deal, needed only one pitch to earn his first win in his first outing with his new team. Anthony Bass (1-6) took the loss.

Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the bottom of the ninth for his 22nd save.

The Yankees added an insurance run – also unearned – in the ninth inning when Gleyber Torres raced home following two errors on the same play by Jazz Chisholm Jr.

Gardner, who started the late comeback with a single up the middle, noted that the clubhouse is already very aware of what Rizzo brings to the team.

“We know what he’s capable of doing and the approach he takes every at-bat,” Gardner said. “Just the energy he brings to the ballpark every day … It’s great to have him on our side. He keeps coming up big for us.”

The comeback spoiled one of the better outings this season by Marlins’ ace Sandy Alcantara, who was moved up a day after he was originally scheduled to start Monday’s game against the Mets.

Alcantara retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, with the only blemish a walk to Tyler Wade. In seven innings, he gave up just two hits — a single to right by Judge in the fourth and a double by Gallo in the seventh.

“He’s about as tough as you’re going to face,” Boone said. “That pitching staff is so good and (Alcantara is) a big part of that.”

Gallo was on third base with two outs in the seventh when Alcantara got Torres to ground out to complete his outing. He retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced and matched his season-high in strikeouts with 10. He walked one.

Despite the continued lack of offensive support during his starts, Alcantara is determined to stay focused and perform his job on the mound.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Alcantara said. ” … We have to keep working hard and keep playing the game.”

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery, who entered the game on a career-high 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak, saw that come to a quick end when Miami jumped out to a 1-0 first-inning advantage.

Miguel Rojas lined a lead-off double to left-center and advanced to third on Chisholm’s infield hit, Brian Anderson came through with an RBI groundout.

Montgomery has allowed three runs or less in each of his last eight starts. The left-hander pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out five.

Betts returns with HR, Dodgers pound Diamondbacks 13-0

PHOENIX (AP) Mookie Betts looked right back at home playing his original position on Sunday.

Betts hit a homer in his first game back from the injured list and made a stellar defensive play at second base to help the Los Angeles Dodgers ease past the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-0 to win two of three in the series.

“It was a lot of fun going back to my roots,” said Betts, who usually plays in the outfield. “It was good easing myself back into play.”

With a sore left hip, manager Dave Roberts and Betts thought it wise to let him play second – the position he played when he came up with Boston in 2014 – to reduce the strain.

His hip didn’t seem to be a problem. In the first inning, he took a hit away from Arizona’s Drew Ellis. Playing on the shortstop side of the bag in the shift, Betts went back for a popup like a wide receiver hauling in a pass over his shoulder.

“That catch changed the landscape of the game,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers then scored five runs in the second, chasing Caleb Smith after Albert Pujols’ bases-clearing double capped the scoring in the inning.

Betts later turned a double play when playing behind second, running to the base and firing to first to complete it. He’s likely to return to right field on Tuesday when the Dodgers host their 2017 World Series nemesis, the Houston Astros.

Trea Turner, acquired from Washington last week, is expected to play second and Max Scherzer is scheduled to start Wednesday in the second of the two-game set. Scherzer joined the team in Arizona on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a fun homestand,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers also play the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium later this week.

Justin Turner hit his 20th homer with a three-run shot in the seventh and Betts connected off catcher Bryan Holaday, pitching the ninth, for his 15th. Betts was 2 for 5 with a walk and two runs scored.

One run would have been enough for the Dodgers. Julio Urias (13-3) pitched five scoreless innings and three relievers gave up no hits over the last four, capping the four-hit shutout.

A.J. Pollock peppered his former team with four hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

“He’s carrying us right now,” Roberts said of the outfielder, who is batting .526 against Arizona this season over nine games.

Smith (3-8) struggled to find the strike zone for the Diamondbacks, walking five in 1 2/3 innings and throwing 70 pitches. The last pitch was Pujols’ three-run double on a full count. He walked Chris Taylor with the bases loaded to force in the first run.

“I hate walking guys. I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight,” Smith said. “Walks have killed me. I’ve gotta figure it out.”

Manager Torey Lovullo stuck with his starter because he got two outs after loading the bases before walking Taylor, giving up an infield hit to Turner and finally Pujols’ big hit.

“You want to give your starting pitcher a chance to work through those early-inning problems,” Lovullo said. “We needed Caleb to give us 4 or 5 innings. We were trying to get him through. “

Urias finished at 83 pitches, walking none and striking out seven while limiting Arizona to four singles.

Rays top Red Sox 3-2 for 3-game sweep, widen lead in East

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shane McClanahan went six strong innings and Brandon Lowe homered as the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep.

McClanahan (5-4) allowed one run and four hits, helping the Rays take a 1 1/2 game lead over Boston.

“The guys put it together,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “They played really, really good baseball. A lot of tight games. They’re a good team, we’re a good team. To be able to win three, that’s not easy to do. So credit the guys a lot.”

Hunter Renfroe homered for the Red Sox, who have lost a season-high four in a row and five of six.

“We’re still here,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Obviously, we don’t like losing. We want to be more consistent. It’s just four games. We know that. We still have a good team.”

Kike Hernandez and Rafael Devers had consecutive two-out singles in the ninth off Matt Wisler, who then retired J.D. Martinez on a short fly to right for his first save.

Boston went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

Nick Pivetta (8-5) retired his first eight batters before walking Mike Zunino on four pitches with two outs in the third. After falling behind 3-0, Pivetta got the count to 3-2 before Lowe lined his career-high 23rd homer into the right-field seats.

“I think it kind of speaks for itself, I think we came out and we played our baseball.” Lowe said of Rays’ play during the sweep. “In all honesty, that’s kind of what we expect out of ourselves. We know we’re not going to win every single game, but if we can play like we did these past few days we’ll be in good shape.”

Manuel Margot put the Rays up 3-1 with an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Alex Verdugo had a leadoff double off Drew Rasmussen in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch with two out, pulling the Red Sox within 3-2. Hernandez singled and Devers walked before Rasmussen avoided further damage by getting a fielder’s choice grounder from Martinez.

Rasmussen walked Xander Bogaerts to start the eighth and retired the next two batters before Ryan Sherriff entered and struck out Verdugo.

“Tonight we had a lot of traffic,” Cora said. “We need to do a better job controlling the strike zone in certain situations. When we control the strike zone, we’re good. We don’t, we get into trouble.”

Pivetta gave up three runs and three hits in 4 ? innings. He had allowed just two hits over 11 ? scoreless innings in two previous starts – both this season – against the Rays. The right-hander was pulled after 6 ? no-hit innings on June 24 at Tampa Bay, joining Babe Ruth (May 20, 1916 against the St. Louis Browns) as the only Red Sox pitchers to be removed from a game with no hits allowed in six or more innings.

Renfroe made it 2-1 on his 16th homer in the fourth.

Hansel Robles gave up a hit during a scoreless sixth in his Boston debut. He was acquired from Minnesota on Friday.

Mets fail to sign Kumar Rocker, 10th overall draft pick

(AP) — The New York Mets failed to sign their top pick from last month’s amateur draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, by Sunday’s 5 p.m. EDT deadline, over concern about his medical scans.

New York selected Rocker with the 10th overall pick and will receive an extra selection in next year’s amateur draft, the pick after the 10th choice, because of their failure to sign the 21-year-old right-hander.

The Mets lost the $4,739,900 slot value available for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s pick.

“This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward,” Mets acting general manager Zack Scott said in a statement.

Rocker was a junior and is eligible to return to Vanderbilt for his senior season.

“Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons,” his representative, Scott Boras, said in a statement. “Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow. When compared with his 2018 MRIs, the medical experts found no significant change. Kumar requires no medical attention and will continue to pitch in the regular course as he prepares to begin his professional career.”

Rocker was the only player among the first 29 first-round picks who failed to sign.

Two players finalized agreements on the final day.

Arizona signed Jordan Lawair, a shortstop from Jesuit College Prep in Texas, for $6,713,300, and Miami signed Marlins, Kahlil Watson, a shortstop from Wake Forest High School in North Carolina, for $4,540,790.

This year’s amateur draft was cut from 40 rounds to 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year’s draft was reduced to five rounds.

The Mets spent $3,407,900 of the $4,286,400 remaining in their signing bonus pool, reaching agreements with their other nine picks in the first round. Failing to sign Rocker left $878,500 unspent.

Texas signed Oregon right-hander Aaron Zavala, the 38th overall pick, for $830,000.

The second-highest pick who failed to sign was Florida outfielder Fabian Jud, also a junior, who was selected by Boston 40th overall.

Pittsburgh signed right-hander Owen Kellington, a high school pitcher for Vermont, for $600,000 after taking him 102nd.

Sharks’ Kane denies game-fixing allegations from wife

(AP) — San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team.

Kane responded Sunday morning to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna.

“I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game,” he wrote on Twitter. “The facts are I personally had my best season of the my career last year and was the most consistent I’ve been throughout any season, I’m proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating fully with the league’s investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season.”

The NHL said Saturday night that it was made aware of the social media posts from Anna Kane and plans to conduct a full investigation.

Anna Kane wrote: “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”

She added: “Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”

In a separate post, Anna Kane accused her husband of spending lavishly partying in Europe while asking her to sell her wedding ring to survive and wrote about not being able to afford baby formula for their child.

Evander Kane said the two are in the process of getting a divorce and called Anna Kane “mentally unwell.”

“I love my daughter,” he wrote. “I will and always have taken care of my daughter in every way possible. I have always made sure her mother has had everything she’s needed and more. I have tried to de-escalate our divorce issues and be as civil and calm as anyone in this position could. I have tried to set up FaceTime calls but not every day as I would like to because of being restricted by her mom. She has refused me to see her and had unfortunately tried to use my daughter as leverage. I will continue to always take care of my family, that goes without question.”

Anna Kane later responded on Instagram that she offered to give Kane time to see his daughter alone but said Kane declined.

The NHL said: “The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”

A team spokesman wrote in an email to The Associated Press that: “The San Jose Sharks have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane. We support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”

Kane’s gambling history and finances have been public knowledge for some time. A Las Vegas Strip casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $500,000 gambling debt racked up during a playoff series against the Golden Knights.

US junior varsity lineup upsets Mexico 1-0 to win Gold Cup

LAS VEGAS (AP) Miles Robinson scored on a header in the 117th minute, and a United States junior varsity lineup upset a mostly front-line Mexico team 1-0 on Sunday night to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Kellyn Acosta, the only player in the U.S. starting lineup who gets playing time when the first-choice roster is together, took a free kick, and Robinson outjumped Edson Alvarez and headed the ball in on one hop to the right of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

Robinson, a 24-year-old defender in his fourth Major League Soccer season with Atlanta, got his third international goal in nine international appearances, his second goal of the tournament.

Matt Turner got his fifth shutout in six matches of the Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Americans won all three knockout matches by 1-0 scores.

The U.S. won its seventh Gold Cup title, its first since 2017, matching Mexico for the most in the 15 tournaments. Canada won in 2000. It was just the second victory for the Americans in seven finals against El Tri.

The U.S. has won nine consecutive games overall and 14 home games in a row.

Top players, who are with their clubs for European preseasons, will return when the U.S. opens World Cup qualifying at El Salvador on Sept. 2. Mexico starts at home that day against Jamaica.

Before an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd, El Tri started seven of the 11 players who began the Nations League final that the U.S. won in extra time in June on Christian Pulisic’s 114th-minute penalty kick: defenders Luis Rodriguez, Nestor Araujo, Hector Moreno and Jesus Gallardo plus midfielders Alvarez, Jesus Corona and Hector Herrera. The newcomers were Talavera, midfielders Jonathan dos Santos and Orbelin Pineda, and forward Rogelio Funes Mori, starting in place of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa plus Carlos Rodriguez, Uriel Antuna and Hirving Lozano.

The U.S. lineup that included nine players from Major League Soccer.

The field CONCACAF chose was 69 yards wide, narrower than the recommended 75 yards.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes from the lineup in the semifinal win over Qatar, inserting Cannon for Shaq Moore, Bello for Sam Vine, Williamson for Gianluca Busio and Zardes for Daryl Dike.

Defender Henry Kessler made his debut for the U.S. in extra time stoppage time.

THE HEADLINES BIG 4:

NFL

Mon, 02 Aug 2021 02:11:15 EST Report: Bills considering Austin as potential relocation destination
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 18:51:05 EST Titans claim K Sam Ficken off waivers
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:03:36 EST Washington DT Daron Payne added to COVID-19 list
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:14:17 EST Raiders sign K Dominik Eberle as insurance
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:08:00 EST Report: Colts QB Carson Wentz (foot) to try rest, rehab before surgery option
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:02:41 EST Report: Dolphins co-OC tests positive for COVID-19
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 00:43:48 EST Vikings QB Kellen Mond tests positive, Kirk Cousins close contact
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 19:37:59 EST Reports: Browns reach 3-year extension with RB Nick Chubb
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:47:12 EST Agent: Devonta Freeman agrees to deal with Saints
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:09:28 EST Bill Belichick: Cam Newton is Patriots QB … for now

MLB

Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:50:22 EST Giants to stake MLB’s best record against league’s worst
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:44:35 EST Brewers look to stay hot against Pirates
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:37:27 EST Moving on from trade deadline, Rangers take on Angels
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:20:43 EST Mets’ Tylor Megill looks to keep Marlins reeling
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:32:53 EST First-place Rays set to host struggling Mariners
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 00:52:43 EST Josiah Gray makes Nationals debut against Phillies
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:00:33 EST New-look Yankees return to the Bronx to play Orioles
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 00:17:01 EST Blue Jays seeking fifth straight win
Mon, 02 Aug 2021 00:29:16 EST MLB roundup: Rays nip Red Sox, claim three-game sweep
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 22:16:02 EST Rays nip Red Sox, claim three-game sweep

NBA

Mon, 02 Aug 2021 02:13:11 EST Report: Heat angling for Kyle Lowry
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 20:52:47 EST Hornets extend offer to Devonte’ Graham, let Malik Monk go
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 19:02:26 EST Grizzlies decline $13 million team option on F Justise Winslow
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 18:51:36 EST Mavericks pick up $4.1M option on Willie Cauley-Stein
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 18:10:10 EST Report: Suns’ Chris Paul declines $44.2M player option
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 18:09:29 EST Reports: Kawhi Leonard declines player option, becomes free agent
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:27:11 EST Report: Blazers won’t extend offer to C Zach Collins
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 15:29:20 EST Heat: Goran Dragic staying, Andre Iguodala reportedly out
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:18:06 EST Lakers’ Summer League team includes Joel Ayayi, Austin Reaves
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 12:19:26 EST Report: Serge Ibaka exercises $9.7M option with Clippers

NHL

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 13:22:17 EST Hurricanes sign F Stefan Noesen to one-year contract
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:58:06 EST Marc-Andre Fleury tells Blackhawks he’ll play in 2021-22
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:40:52 EST Maple Leafs sign D Brennan Menell for 2021-22 season
Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:17:17 EST Sharks’ Evander Kane denies gambling allegations
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 20:35:45 EST NHL to investigate Evander Kane for betting on own games
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:25:54 EST Jets reach one-year deal with Riley Nash
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:41:06 EST Oilers’ Warren Foegele inks 3-year, $8.25M contract
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:40:45 EST F Ryan Reaves, Rangers agree to one-year extension
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:30:08 EST Stars’ Joel Kiviranta signs two-year contract extension
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:52:04 EST Red Wings F Tyler Bertuzzi signs two-year contract

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY:

1881       With his team already ahead in the eighth inning, 5-0, White Stockings (Cubs) outfielder Abner Dalrymple becomes the first player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. Buffalo Bisons’ right-hander Jack Lynch gives up the run-producing free pass in an eventual 11-2 Chicago victory.

1906      The White Sox, with their 3-0 victory over Boston at Chicago’s South Side Park, begin an American League record 19-game winning streak. In this century, the ‘Hitless Wonders’ streak will be equaled only by the 1947 Yankees.

1907       The Senators’ 19-year-old rookie right-hander Walter Johnson makes his major league debut, losing to the Tigers, 3-2. With a bunt single, Ty Cobb gets the first hit off of the future Hall of Famer, who will finish with a 417-279 (.599) record while compiling an ERA of 2.17 during his 21-year big-league tenure, all with Washington.

1919       Fred Luderus, playing in his 479th straight contest since June 2nd, 1916, breaks Eddie Collins’s consecutive-game record. The Phillies’ first baseman will extend his major league mark to 533 before the streak ends in the 1920 season opener.

1921       With the jurors lifting the men onto their shoulders, the jury acquits the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. The next day, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis will banish all the ‘innocent’ defendants from playing professional baseball again, stating the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the Black Sox fixed the games with gamblers.

1922       Ken Williams homers in his sixth straight game, setting an American League record. The left fielder’s round-tripper isn’t enough to prevent the Browns from bowing to the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 8-4.

1931       In a contest played at a National League ballpark, the Yankees are shut out by the Red Sox at Braves Field, 1-0. The next time the Bronx Bombers fail to score in a game will be another two years and a day, spanning a major league record of 308 contests.

1932       Cubs GM Bill Veeck, Sr. announces Charlie Grimm will take over for Rogers Hornsby, who was fired today as the skipper of the second-place club. The popular ‘Jolly Cholly,’ who inherits the job in part due to his predecessor’s indebtedness to his players to cover gambling debts, starts by winning 20 of 25 games as the team’s player-manager and will lead the team to the National League pennant this season.

1933       In a 16-3 win over the Yankees in New York, A’s catcher Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The Philadelphia backstop also accomplished the rare feat last season.

1936       At Comiskey Park, the White Sox overcome deficits of 9-1 in the fifth and 11-3 in the seventh inning to defeat the Red Sox in extra innings, 12-11. With two outs in the 12th inning, Jack Hayes’s single plates Larry Rosenthal, who had doubled earlier in the frame, to give the Pale Hose an incredible come-from-behind victory in the second game of their twin bill sweep over Boston.

1938       Bright yellow baseballs designed by Frederick Rah, who believes the visibility of the dandelion-hue sphere will help players avoid getting hit by a pitch, are used in the first game of a doubleheader. The one-game experiment draws mixed reactions, and the Dodgers complete their sweep of the twin bill from the Cardinals, 6-2 and 9-3, using the traditional white ball in the nightcap.

1939       In the ninth inning of New York’s 7-2 loss to Detroit, Joe DiMaggio makes one of the most memorable catches in Yankee Stadium history when he grabs a Hank Greenberg drive 455 feet from home plate. The 24 year-old center fielder, who seldom displays emotion, is so thrilled with the amazing catch he enthusiastically heads toward the dugout, forgetting there is still a man on base with only two outs, a rare mental error by the ‘Yankee Clipper’.

1959       In the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to Boston at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Jim Bunning, tossing a frame in relief, strikes out three batters on nine pitches, sending Sammy White, Jim Mahoney, and Ike Delock back to the dugout with bats in their hands. The Tiger right-hander becomes only the tenth pitcher in major league history to accomplish the feat.

1959       Bill Bruton, in both the first and the sixth inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at County Stadium, hits a three-run triple. The Braves center fielder’s pair of three-baggers with the bases loaded contributes to the team’s 11-5 victory over St. Louis.

1970       At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles score five times in the first inning and hold on to beat the Royals, 10-8. The win marks Baltimore’s 23rd consecutive victory against Kansas City over two years, setting a major league mark.

1970       Trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Phillies score four times in the bottom of the frame without recording an out in their unlikely 7-6 victory over the Giants. Tony Taylor ends the Connie Mack Stadium contest with a walk-off grand slam off of Mike Davison.

1970       After attending a tryout camp, Frank White is signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent. The 19 year-old infielder, one of the few successful graduates from the Baseball Academy the team operated in the early 1970s, will play his entire 18-year career in Kansas City, having his number retired by the franchise in 1995.

1972       Woody Fryman is selected off waivers by the Tigers from the Phillies. The 32 year-old southpaw, who posted a 4-10 record before being released by Philadelphia, will post ten victories in 13 decisions for Detroit, helping his new team win a division title.

1973       Mets outfielder Cleon Jones becomes the first player in franchise history to collect 1,000 hits when he doubles off Jim Rooker in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Pirates at Shea Stadium. The Mobile, Alabama native will add another 196 hits before being traded in 1975 to the White Sox.

1979       At the age of 32, Thurman Munson dies when the Cessna Citation I/SP jet he is learning to fly clips a tree and crashes 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Regional Airport. The Yankee catcher had been taking lessons for over two years to get home more easily on off-days to be with his family in Ohio.

1981       The Hall of Fame inducts Cardinal ace right-hander Bob Gibson, slugging first baseman Johnny Mize, and Yankees, and Negro League pioneer Rube Foster. Gibson was elected in the first year of his eligibility by the BBWAA, with Mize and Foster getting the Veterans Committee’s nod.

1981       As a recipient of the Ford C. Frick award for his “major contributions” to baseball” as a broadcaster, Ernie Harwell becomes the fifth honoree to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Tigers’ play-by-play announcer, who describes himself as a ‘tongue-tied kid from Georgia,’ is overcome with joy as he shares his heartfelt appreciation for the game with the Cooperstown crowd.

1982       During a ceremony held in Cooperstown, NY, the United States Postal Service unveils a 20-cent stamp commemorating baseball great Jackie Robinson as part of its annual Black Heritage series. The Dodger infielder becomes the first individual baseball player depicted on a U.S postage stamp.

1985       With the score knotted at 3-3 at Yankee Stadium, White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk tags two Yankees out at home plate during the same play. The unusual 8-6-2-2 double play results when the runners on first and second attempt to score on Rickey Henderson’s double, but outfielder Luis Salazar’s perfect throw to shortstop Ozzie Guillen, who in turn throws a strike to the plate, and the Chicago catcher tags out both Bobby Meacham and a sliding Larry Berra.

1987       On a day the temperature exceeds 102 degrees, Kevin Seitzer has a sizzling day at the plate, going 6-for-6 and driving in seven runs. The Kansas City rookie third baseman’s offensive output, which includes a pair of homers, paces the team to a 13-5 victory over the Red Sox at Royals Stadium.

1987       Eric Davis becomes the seventh and earliest player to join the 30-30 club when he hits a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the eleventh off Jeff Robinson in the Reds’ 5-4 victory over the Giants at Riverfront Stadium. No one had ever accomplished the feat with still nearly two months left to play in the season.

1993       A crowd, with many fans chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” during the team’s batting practice, becomes obnoxious and unruly at the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays in New York. After rudely booing the Canadian national anthem at the beginning of the game, the bad behavior continues when some fans throw bottles from the right-field bleachers onto the field in the direction of Toronto outfielder Joe Carter.

1995       Longtime coach Jimmie Reese, whose 23 years in an Angels uniform equal the longest in club history, is inducted into the Angels’ Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels in 1917.

1998       The Cuban national team extends its winning streak at the World Baseball Championships, which began in 1986, to 41 games. The team’s latest victory, a 7-1 defeat of South Korea in the final round, brings the island nation its twenty-second gold medal.

2002       Commissioner Bud Selig fines Jim Bowden for the comments the Reds general manager made to reporters before yesterday’s contest against the Dodgers when compared a baseball strike to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing the use of such analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.

2007       After giving up eight runs in the top of the second inning, the Yankees storm back in the bottom of the frame to tie the score with eight tallies of their own in an eventual 13-9 loss to the White Sox in New York. The combined offensive onslaught marks only the second time in major league history that eight or more runs are scored in the same inning by each team.

2008       In the first game after the Manny Ramirez trade to the Dodgers, the Fenway Faithful enthusiastically welcome Jason Bay, the player replacing the Boston icon. The former Pirates outfielder doesn’t disappoint, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning of the Red Sox’s 2-1 victory over the A’s.

2009       Melky Cabrera completes a cycle with a ninth-inning triple during an 8-5 victory in Chicago to become the first Yankee in 14 years to accomplish the feat. Tony Fernandez had been the last Bronx Bomber to collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in the same game with his four hits against Oakland on September 3rd, 1995.

2010       The Brewers and Corey Hart agree to a $26.5 million, three-year contract extension keeping the All-Star outfielder in Milwaukee through the 2013 season. The 28 year-old fly chaser, who had an unproductive 2009 season and a poor spring training, had been the subject of recent trade rumors.

2010       Washington backstop Ivan Rodriguez becomes the fifth player to collect 300 home runs while catching when he goes deep off Rodrigo Lopez leading off the second inning of the Nationals’ 3-1 victory in Arizona. Pudge joins Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra as the only catchers in baseball history to reach the plateau while playing behind the dish.

2011       Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate for the 12th time to set a new major league all-time record during the Yankees’ rain-shortened 6-0 victory in Chicago. The New York slugging first-baseman surpasses switch-hitters Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who went yard from both sides of the dish 11 times during their careers.

2011       After intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila two days ago, Jered Weaver, who will appeal the ruling, is suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount of money. The Angels right-hander threw the seventh-inning pitch over the Tigers catcher’s head after being annoyed by Carlos Guillen, the previous Detroit batter, who stayed at home plate to admire his home run before starting to trot around the bases.

2013       Two days after his 21st birthday, Jose Fernandez establishes a franchise rookie record, striking out 14 batters in the Miami 10-0 victory over Cleveland in Marlins Park. The Miami right-hander becomes the first pitcher with at least 13 strikeouts in consecutive games since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2004.

2014       The Tigers scored in each of the eight innings they come to bat in their 11-5 victory over Colorado at Comerica Park. Detroit, which also accomplished the feat in 1912, becomes the first team not to have a zero in their line score since the Yankees tallied a run in every frame against Toronto in 2006.

2014       “Jim Thome’s journey to become a member of the elite six hundred home run club is a story built on consistency, dependability, professionalism, power and character.” – Inscription on Jim Thome’s statue at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Indians unveil a statue near Heritage Park at Progressive Field honoring Jim Thome, the team’s all-time career home run leader (337), who spent 13 seasons with Cleveland. The eight-foot bronze sculpture location marks the spot where the longest homer ever hit in Progressive Field landed, a 511-foot blast launched in 1999 by the Tribe’s first baseman/DH.

2016       Astros rookie Joe Musgrove makes his first major league appearance, coming in relief of injured starter Lance McCullers. The 23 year-old right-hander has an impressive debut when he completes the game, striking out eight and yielding just a single in his 4.1 innings of work in Houston’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

2020       For the first time in major league history, teams play a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games when the Reds sweep the Tigers at Comerica Park, 4-3 and 4-0. The shorten twin bills, enabling teams to put less strain on their rosters and reducing contact between players in the clubhouse, resulted from the recent disruptions in the schedule due to the pandemic.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6442.60434 – 2030 – 2230 – 1711 – 513 – 157 – 3W 4
Boston6344.5891.533 – 2230 – 2229 – 1812 – 611 – 164 – 6L 4
NY Yankees5648.538727 – 2329 – 2522 – 2913 – 612 – 76 – 4W 3
Toronto5448.529825 – 2229 – 2623 – 267 – 610 – 126 – 4W 4
Baltimore3767.3562617 – 3120 – 3612 – 268 – 1911 – 146 – 4L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6244.58537 – 1825 – 2613 – 735 – 219 – 114 – 6W 1
Cleveland5151.500926 – 2325 – 288 – 1327 – 188 – 124 – 6L 1
Detroit5157.4721230 – 2421 – 336 – 723 – 3417 – 114 – 6W 1
Kansas City4559.4331628 – 2517 – 349 – 1723 – 285 – 116 – 4L 3
Minnesota4462.4151824 – 3020 – 326 – 723 – 3010 – 193 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6442.60434 – 2030 – 2216 – 1215 – 930 – 146 – 4L 2
Oakland6047.5614.530 – 2430 – 2313 – 1313 – 425 – 245 – 5W 1
Seattle5650.528833 – 2323 – 2713 – 812 – 1326 – 205 – 5L 2
LA Angels5253.49511.530 – 2622 – 2711 – 1116 – 817 – 295 – 5L 1
Texas3867.36225.525 – 2713 – 4011 – 138 – 1516 – 273 – 7W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5549.52933 – 2022 – 2921 – 2113 – 1414 – 64 – 6L 1
Philadelphia5253.4953.531 – 2121 – 3227 – 2713 – 86 – 95 – 5W 1
Atlanta5254.491427 – 2725 – 2728 – 2717 – 114 – 45 – 5L 1
Washington4956.4676.529 – 2620 – 3021 – 1911 – 119 – 194 – 6W 1
Miami4461.41911.524 – 2620 – 3519 – 226 – 1316 – 124 – 6L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6343.59429 – 2434 – 1910 – 1230 – 1719 – 67 – 3W 1
Cincinnati5650.528726 – 2630 – 249 – 730 – 1810 – 207 – 3W 1
St. Louis5352.5059.530 – 2123 – 3114 – 1319 – 2115 – 116 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs5156.47712.531 – 2120 – 3512 – 1622 – 2714 – 94 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh4065.38122.523 – 3017 – 3512 – 1211 – 299 – 174 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6639.62935 – 1731 – 2213 – 714 – 1028 – 166 – 4W 2
LA Dodgers6443.598333 – 1831 – 2513 – 710 – 1032 – 205 – 5W 2
San Diego6147.5656.536 – 2225 – 2511 – 1216 – 1425 – 195 – 5W 1
Colorado4660.43420.533 – 2013 – 405 – 811 – 1621 – 304 – 6L 1
Arizona3373.31133.520 – 3213 – 418 – 1512 – 1712 – 335 – 5L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England1711333321126-0-15-3-236
Orlando City SC16844262155-2-13-2-328
Nashville SC166912515106-5-00-4-127
New York City FC158253016146-1-22-1-326
Philadelphia17674211744-2-22-5-225
Columbus16664171614-3-02-3-424
CF Montreal16646212014-2-12-2-522
D.C.16637211835-0-21-3-521
New York15537202004-1-21-2-518
Toronto FC163582133-121-4-22-1-614
FC Cincinnati153571729-120-3-33-2-414
Atlanta162861621-52-3-20-5-414
Chicago163491828-103-3-40-1-513
Inter Miami CF143381224-121-2-52-1-312
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle179532513125-3-24-2-132
Sporting KC169342919105-3-14-0-330
Los Angeles16916272706-0-23-1-428
Colorado15834221665-2-13-1-327
Los Angeles FC16655221934-4-12-1-423
Minnesota166551921-25-1-21-4-323
Real Salt Lake15564241683-4-22-2-221
Portland156181926-75-0-21-1-619
Houston163941720-33-4-00-5-418
FC Dallas164572024-43-5-01-0-717
San Jose164571825-72-1-42-4-317
Vancouver163671827-93-2-30-4-415
Austin153481016-61-2-32-2-513

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L