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NFL PRE-SEASON TV SCHEDULE
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Bullpen woes, late error doom Brewers in 4-2 loss to Reds
MILWAUKEE (AP) Donovan Solano had a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Sunday.
Solano, who also had an RBI double in the eight, had an RBI flyball in the 10th off Devin Williams (2-2) as the Reds won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Willy Adames and Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers. Hiura’s solo shot in the ninth tied the game.
Mike Brousseau made an error in the 10th that allowed the go-ahead run score for the Reds
Brewers starter Corbin Burnes went six innings and allowed just a run on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine. He didn’t allow a hit until Nick Senzel doubled with two outs in the fourth and his only run came an inning later on a two-out, solo home run by Reds catcher Michael Papierski.
Adames’ team-leading 22nd home run of the year accounted for the only run allowed by Reds starter Graham Ashcraft. The right-hander, filling a spot opened when Hunter Greene landed on the IL ahead of the series opener, scattered four hits and two walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings.
The two home runs were all either team had been able to muster heading into the eighth when Jonathan India reached on a pinch-hit single and scored on Solano’s hit.
Hiura, who homered Saturday night in his first start since returning from Triple-A Nashville led off the ninth with his 10th off the season off Hunter Strickland (3-3).
Ross Detwiler worked a perfect 10th for his seventh career save and his first since 2014
Milwaukee designated left-handed reliever Jake McGee for assignment Sunday, one day after allowing three hits for a second consecutive outing. McGee signed with the Brewers on July 23, after he was released by the Giants and posted a 6.35 ERA in six appearances.
Right-hander Jason Alexander was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to fill McGee’s spot on the active roster.
Reds: RHP Jeff Hoffman (right forearm tightness) won’t be activated from the IL Monday as expected after suffering a setback during a bullpen session Saturday in Milwaukee.
Brewers: Adrian Houser struck out two batters over two scoreless innings in his first minor league rehab assignment Saturday night and will take the mound again later this week for Triple-A Nashville .
Reds: RHP Justin Dunn is set to make his Reds debut and will face his former team when Cincinnati opens a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field.
Brewers: After getting Monday off, Milwaukee returns to action Tuesday to open a two-game interleague set against the Rays behind RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-2, 4.46) who is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in seven starts since coming off the IL in June.
Marlins hit back-to-back homers, Luzardo beats Cubs 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) Jesus Luzardo allowed one hit over seven innings for his first win since April, and Jacob Stallings and Peyton Burdick hit back-to-back home runs as the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.
Yan Gomes singled with two outs in the fifth off Luzardo (3-4). Nick Madrigal’s leadoff single in the ninth against Tanner Scott was Chicago’s only other hit. Scott then got a groundout and two strikeouts for his 15th save.
“(Luzardo) got on top of his delivery,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s throwing the ball in the strike zone. He’s not beating himself, he’s making teams beat him, and his stuff is good enough that they’re not going to go out there and throw up a bunch of hits against Jesus.”
Charles Leblanc opened the fifth with a double off Adrian Sampson (0-3) before Stallings put Miami on the board with his third homer of the year, a two-run drive just over the left-field fence.
Burdick connected on the next pitch for his first major league home run. He got his first career hit Saturday.
The rookie said he gave his father both keepsake balls “so I don’t lose them.”
“Luzardo was out there shoving,” Burdick said. “It was just nice to be able to get some runs, turn it over to the bullpen and let them hold it down.”
After a 56-minute rain delay at the start, Luzardo struck out six and walked one in his first win since April 30. It was only Miami’s second victory in nine games.
The 24-year-old lefty from Peru stymied Chicago with four-seam fastballs inside, two-seam fastballs away and changeups low in the zone.
“Even though it looked kind of easy and effortless in the beginning because of the pitch count, I feel like not having my slider, which is my best pitch, really kind of in my head put me in that gotta-go-to-work mode,” Luzardo said.
Sampson allowed six hits in six innings while striking out four and walking one.
“Other than (Stallings’ homer), I thought I was commanding the ball pretty well,” Sampson said. “Throwing the fastball where I want, which has been a key for me throughout this whole year. Then just fine-tuning the off-speed stuff and being able to put guys away or keep them off balance. It was a little off today in that (fifth) inning.”
Chicago had its five-game home winning streak snapped and was shut out for the seventh time this season.
“One too many breaking pitches to Stallings for the home run and then an ambush heater by Burdick, and that was the game,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They’ve got a good staff. They pitched well this series. We were able to take two of three, but tonight we just weren’t able to capitalize.”
Anthony Bender tossed a hitless inning of relief for Miami.
RUN, CHARLIE, RUN
Leblanc tacked his first career steal onto Miami’s major league-best 90 stolen bases this year.
“He just kind of keeps going,” Mattingly said. “You keep seeing good at-bats, looks like (he has) a good idea of what he wants to do up there.”
Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (lower back spasms) was headed to Double-A Pensacola on Sunday night to begin a rehab assignment. … INF/OF Jon Berti (left groin strain) and 3B Brian Anderson (left shoulder sprain) were both scheduled to play for Triple-A Jacksonville on Sunday and during the week. . SS Miguel Rojas was given the day off after starting the previous nine games. . RHP Tommy Nance will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter as he works back from a right groin strain.
Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (shoulder strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Tuesday. Miley last pitched for Chicago on June 10. … Rookie CF Christopher Morel is day-to-day with right hamstring tightness.
Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (2-5, 3.88 ERA) starts against RHP Zack Wheeler (10-5, 2.69) to open a three-game series Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48 ERA) gets the start Monday night against RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65) as Chicago hosts Washington to start a three-game series.
Chicago pounds out 15 hits, beats Texas 8-2 for series split
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Andrew Vaughn had a two-run home run among his three hits, Luis Robert hit a two-run double, and AJ Pollock had two doubles in a three-hit game as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Sunday to split a four-game series.
Leury Garcia had three hits and scored twice, and Jose Abreu had three singles as the White Sox broke out offensively. They had 15 hits, five for extra bases, after being limited to four runs and 13 hits in the previous three games.
The White Sox pulled within two games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Garcia played shortstop in place of Tim Anderson, who began a two-game suspension for making contact with plate umpire Nick Mahrley during an argument on July 29.
Lucas Giolito allowed one run in five innings on six singles and three walks to earn his second consecutive win. Giolito (8-6) struck out five and threw 103 pitches, four short of his season high.
Nathaniel Lowe hit a solo homer in the seventh inning and delivered an RBI single in the third for the Rangers. The 450-foot homer was the longest by a Rangers player this season.
Texas completed a 2-5 homestand and dropped 12 games below .500, matching its season low.
Spencer Howard (2-4) gave up six runs, five earned, in 3 1/3 innings.
Vaughn hit his 11th homer of the season in the third inning to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.
Robert’s two-run double came in the three-run fourth, making the score 6-1 and chasing Howard.
Pollock’s RBI single in the second inning scored the game’s first run. Pollock doubled in the fourth and the sixth for his third three-hit game of the season.
Howard struggled for a second consecutive start – he allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday in an 8-2 loss to Baltimore – after his best outing of the season, when he outpitched Shohei Ohtani in a 2-0 road win over the Los Angeles Angels.
ANDERSON SITS FOR TWO GAMES
Anderson, a two-time All-Star, will also miss the White Sox’s next game, the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Kansas City.
MLB initially suspended Anderson for three games. He appealed, and the suspension was reduced.
The Rangers left 11 runners on base, the White Sox 10. . Lowe has reached base in 14 consecutive games. . The White Sox recalled INF Lenyn Sosa from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP reliever Tanner Banks.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (2-4, 5.87 ERA) will start one game on Tuesday at Kansas City. Royals RHP Brady Singer (4-4, 3.67) will start one game.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (9-2, 2.47) will open a three-game series at Houston on Tuesday night against RHP Jose Urquidy (10-4, 3.62).
Phillies hit 4 homers in 13-1 win, finish sweep of Nationals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Darick Hall hit two home runs and Nick Maton and Rhys Hoskins each hit two-run homers to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 13-1 win on Sunday.
Maton drove in four runs, Bryson Stott had three RBIs and the Phillies scored five runs in the fourth and eighth innings.
Aaron Nola (8-8) struck out five and allowed one run in six innings to put the Phillies (60-48) 12 games over .500 for the first time since August 2018.
The Phillies failed to make the playoffs that season, part of a postseason drought that has lasted since 2011. But on a day when the Phillies honored the 1980 World Series champions, this year’s homer-happy team showed that perhaps the longest playoff absence in the National League might finally end.
Hall hit a pair of solo homers against Washington starter Cory Abbott (0-1) to play his part in the long-ball barrage against the Nationals. Hoskins homered all in four games.
The Phillies hit 14 homers in the four games, their most in any single series in franchise history. The previous record was set last season with 13 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Phillies brought back a large portion of the roster from the 1980 champs, including disgraced Pete Rose.
Rose popped his head out of the stairwell near the visitor’s dugout and instantly heard screams of “Pete! Pete!” Rose turned and waved and pointed at fans as they snapped photos of baseball’s hit king. Rose received some light boos as he waited in line behind his former teammates but that turned into a rousing standing ovation from about 28,000 fans when he was introduced by public address announcer Dan Baker.
Rose returned to a Philadelphia baseball field for the first time since receiving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in 1989. The Phillies had planned to induct Rose into their Wall of Fame in 2017 until those plans were scrapped because of a woman’s claim she had a sexual relationship with him when she was a minor.
Rose called a female reporter who asked him about the accusations “babe” and turned prickly later when pressed on them.
“I’m going to tell you one more time: I’m here for the Philly fans, I’m here for my teammates, OK,” Rose said. “I’m here for the Philly organization and who cares what happened 50 years ago. “
Rose then went on the TV broadcast and cursed and used crude terms when talking about fellow announcer former Phillies first baseman John Kruk, a testicular cancer survivor.
Rose’s appearance at Citizens Bank Park overshadowed what should have been a true celebration. Yes, for the 1980 champs, but also for this year’s team and a sweep that has them positioned down the stretch for a serious run at an NL wild-card berth. The Phillies can pad their record with a three-game set this week against the Marlins.
Nationals claimed OF Alex Call off waivers from Cleveland and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. Call, 27, made his major league debut for the Guardians this season, playing in 12 games. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of 2016 from Ball State, Call is a career .252 hitter with 111 doubles, 12 triples, 52 home runs and 253 RBIs in six minor league seasons. Recalled RHP Mason Thompson from Triple-A Rochester and optioned RHP Jordan Weems to Triple-A Rochester.
The Nationals send RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65 ERA) to the mound Monday for the start of a three-game series in Chicago against Cubs RHP Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48).
The Phillies are off Monday. They send Zack Wheeler (10-5, 2.69 ERA) to the mound Tuesday for the start of a three-game home series against the Marlins and LHP Braxton Garrett (2-5, 3.88).
McKenzie’s 8 Ks, Maile’s HR puts Guardians over Astros 1-0
CLEVELAND (AP) Triston McKenzie held Houston to two hits and struck out eight in eight innings, Luke Maile homered for the first time in three years and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Houston Astros 1-0 on Sunday.
McKenzie (8-8) retired 15 straight hitters before pinch-hitter Kyle Tucker walked with one out in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jose Altuve then bounced into an inning-ending double play, and McKenzie let out a yell and pounded his right hand into his glove as he headed to dugout behind a loud ovation from 22,688 fans.
McKenzie admitted the moment got him pumped up.
“It was less the guy and more the spot the team was in,” he said. “Being up 1-0 in the eighth, that’s a huge out, especially a double play to end the inning.”
Altuve, who homered twice off McKenzie last season, wasn’t in the starting lineup but bench coach Joe Espada found an opportune moment to use his star second baseman. Altuve was 3 for 6 off McKenzie before Sunday.
McKenzie walked one and threw 91 pitches. He struck out Alex Bregman to begin the second, but Trey Mancini and Chas McCormick followed with one-out singles to put runners at first and second. McKenzie struck out Mauricio Dubon and Jake Meyers to end the inning.
“He had no margin for error today, and fortunately he didn’t make any,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
The 25-year-old right-hander was 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA in July, but had allowed a three-run homer in each of his last two starts – both losses.
Maile’s fifth-inning home run off Christian Javier landed on the home run porch in left field for his first homer since May 20, 2019.
“I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular,” Maile said. “He got me 0-2 pretty quick and then there was a fastball up that I checked my swing on. I thought if anything he might have sped me up a little bit, so I had to focus on getting started just a little earlier.”
Emmanuel Clase struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth for his 24th save in 26 opportunities.
The win gave Cleveland a split of the four-game series against the AL West leaders. Houston won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 15-3 and is an AL-best 36-23 on the road.
Javier (6-8) is 0-5 over his last six starts. The right-hander gave up six hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter over six innings.
Espada spoke on the phone Sunday morning with Astros manager Dusty Baker, who was out for the series after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
“He’s in good spirits,” Espada said. “He’s feeling a lot better. Hopefully he gets to travel back to Houston sometime this week.”
A NEEDED BREAK
The Astros have their first day off Monday since the All-Star break after a stretch of 19 consecutive games.
“We have to know how to go about it, which is thinking long term and trying to get these guys rest and recover,” Espada said.
The Guardians aren’t far behind – 18 games in 17 days.
“The guys need it,” Francona said of Cleveland’s day off Monday. “It’ll be really good for them.”
Astros: Altuve and 1B Yuli Gurriel were out of the starting lineup. Houston is off Monday. Mancini started at first while Diaz played second.
Guardians: OF Steven Kwan returned after not playing Saturday and being pulled from Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his leg. Kwan was 0 for 2 on Friday, ending his 18-game hitting streak. The rookie singled in the third and fifth Sunday.
Astros: Houston opens a three-game home series against Texas on Tuesday night. RHP Jose Urquidy (10-4, 3.82) is the scheduled starter.
Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (6-6, 3.39 ERA) is scheduled to start in the opener of a three-game series in Detroit on Tuesday.
Dodgers beat Padres 4-0, make statement with 3-game sweep
LOS ANGELES (AP) A few days after the Padres outmaneuvered the Dodgers for Juan Soto, San Diego rolled into Chavez Ravine with a formidable new lineup and big plans to raise a few questions about Los Angeles’ dominance.
The Padres are headed home from a sobering weekend knowing the Dodgers still have all the answers.
Cody Bellinger hit two homers, Tyler Anderson allowed two hits over seven sparkling innings and Los Angeles completed a statement-making sweep of the revamped Padres with a 4-0 victory Sunday.
Freddie Freeman had two RBI singles in the major league-leading Dodgers’ eighth consecutive victory and their 30th in 35 games. LA’s fans chanted “Sweep! Sweep!” as three days of near-complete dominance ended with Soto being forced out at second on Manny Machado’s grounder.
“It definitely feels good,” Bellinger said after his second multi-homer game against San Diego this season. “That being said, they got better. Their lineup got better. We came in and played our game. We played the game the right way.”
The Dodgers’ sweep was a strong reply to San Diego’s bold moves at the trade deadline to acquire Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury. After largely standing pat at the deadline, Los Angeles coolly opened up a whopping 15 1/2-game lead in the NL West while outscoring the second-place Padres by a combined 20-4 in three victories at Dodger Stadium.
“We just played all-around good baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Those guys came out in the first inning (Friday) and really taxed (Tony) Gonsolin, and from that point on, I thought we controlled the entire series.”
All weekend long, the Dodgers claimed they weren’t sending any messages to the rival that recently raised the stakes in an attempt to take them down.
“No, that wasn’t the intent,” Anderson insisted. “Our plan is to go out and try to win every day. Doesn’t matter if their uni is brown and yellow, or if it’s green or whatever.”
Some messages don’t have to be sent to be received: The Padres know they’ve got a way to go after they dropped to 1-4 with four consecutive defeats since their new sluggers arrived Wednesday, culminating in only their second shutout loss since May 18.
“They swept us here,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. “We did not expect that coming in, and we have to do better. Any way you slice it up, it’s not what we were looking for. We’ve got to go home, get some good games under our belt and get on a roll.”
The team sometimes known as Slam Diego also hasn’t homered during its four-game skid, and it managed only two hits in the series finale. Los Angeles has won 17 of its last 19 meetings with the Padres.
“We made these trades, we had a really good first game, and then we’ve not been able to follow it up,” Melvin said. “You can have an All-Star lineup, and if you don’t hit, it’s not going to look good and it’s not going to be exciting. … Everybody is having a tough time with them, but we have the type of team that should give them a better run for their money than we did this series.”
Anderson (13-1) added to his breakout All-Star season by going at least seven innings for the sixth time. Yu Darvish (10-5) was almost as good for the Padres, yielding seven hits over six solid innings.
But Bellinger connected in the fourth and added a solo shot in the seventh while going 3 for 3 in his 15th career multi-homer game. Max Muncy and Mookie Betts had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who rapped out 33 hits in the series.
Freeman drove in Betts in the third and plated Trea Turner in the seventh after Bellinger’s 15th homer of the season.
JUAN AND FOUR
Soto went 0 for 2 with two walks, going hitless for the first time since joining San Diego in one of the biggest trades in baseball history. Soto was entertaining while wearing a microphone for the ESPN broadcast early in the game, but his frustration was evident when he grounded into a double play to end the sixth.
GOTTA EARN IT
The Dodgers’ pitching staff allowed just one earned run in the three-game series. LA has permitted a major league-low 345 runs this season.
Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. got the first game action of his lengthy injury rehab this weekend with Double-A San Antonio. There’s still no official timetable for his return from wrist surgery in March.
Dodgers: RHP Yency Almonte went on the injured list with right elbow tightness after reporting pain while playing catch. He’ll have an MRI on Monday, but he doesn’t believe it’s a serious injury. LA recalled RHP Andre Jackson. … 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) is on schedule to return Tuesday, Roberts said. … Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol will pitch in another simulated game Tuesday. If all goes well, they’ll go on minor league rehab assignments next.
Padres: Open a four-game home series against NL West rival San Francisco on Monday. Blake Snell (4-5, 4.16 ERA) goes to the mound.
Dodgers: After a day off featuring the return of Clayton Kershaw’s charity ping pong event, Julio Urias (11-6, 2.57 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series against Minnesota.
White Sox shortstop Anderson starts reduced 2-day suspension
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson had his suspension for making contact with an umpire late last month cut from three to two games.
Anderson sat out the afternoon game at the Texas Rangers to begin the suspension, which will end with the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City on Tuesday. Leury Garcia, primarily a second baseman, was in Sunday’s starting lineup at shortstop.
Major League Baseball suspended the All-Star shortstop Anderson for three games initially (and fined him an undisclosed amount) for making contact on July 29 with plate umpire Nick Mahrley during an argument.
Anderson appealed, and his suspension was reduced.
“We just picked a day . seemed to make the most sense,” manager Tony La Russa said of starting the suspension.
Anderson is hitting .301 this season, but hasn’t had a hit in his last 15 at-bats.
In other roster moves, the White Sox recalled infielder Lenyn Sosa from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP reliever Tanner Banks.
Braves pitcher Ian Anderson sent down to Triple-A
NEW YORK (AP) The Atlanta Braves optioned struggling right-hander Ian Anderson to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday prior to their series finale with the New York Mets.
Anderson, sent to Triple-A along with outfielder Guillermo Heredia, allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts Friday night against the Mets. Atlanta won 9-6 after leading 8-0 in the second inning.
The 24-year-old Anderson has been a key member of the Braves’ rotation over the last three seasons, posting a 21-13 record and 3.99 ERA in 51 career starts. He also has been a force in the postseason, going 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA over eight playoff starts, including a victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the 2021 World Series.
This season, Anderson has struggled. He has a 5.11 ERA over 21 starts and was tied for the major league lead with 53 walks. He hasn’t finished seven innings in any of his outings.
“It’s tough,” Anderson said. “I haven’t thrown the ball all that well.”
Anderson will remain on the taxi squad and serve as the 27th man for the Braves’ doubleheader in Miami on Saturday. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker indicated Anderson would start one of the two games.
“We need to get him right,” Snitker said. “He’s a big part of what we’ve got going on. Hopefully he can take a step back and reassess things and get himself going.”
Right-hander Huascar Ynoa was recalled from Triple-A and catcher Chadwick Tromp was selected to the major league roster in corresponding moves.
Tromp will serve in a backup role while Travis d’Arnaud recovers from a lower right leg injury.
D’Arnaud was lifted late in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader after New York slugger Pete Alonso slid into him hard on a play at the plate. The All-Star catcher was in a walking boot Sunday, but Snitker indicated he expected d’Arnaud back before Friday’s series opener with the Marlins.
The defending World Series champion Braves are in second place in the NL East. They began the day 5 1/2 games behind the Mets.
Twins’ Kirilloff to have season-ending wrist surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist, the team announced Sunday.
Kirilloff, a 2016 first-round draft pick, will travel with Minnesota on its road trip to Los Angeles and undergo ulnar shortening surgery on Tuesday.
“Any time you’re talking about shaving a bone down or shortening a bone, I mean that’s a substantial procedure,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But we’re hopeful that by getting it down now gives us a chance to use the offseason to get right, to start swinging the bat again, to feel good, and to start getting ready for next year.”
It’s the second time in Kirilloff’s short career in the majors that he’s had a season end early because of a wrist injury. A procedure last July on the same wrist ended his rookie season. He landed on the injured list twice this season, in April and June, because of issues with the wrist.
“As time went on, it just started to bother him more and more, to the point where we as a group were watching him hit in his final week of action, and didn’t look like he could put the good swing on the ball that he can do,” Baldelli said of Kirilloff, who was not made available to reporters on Sunday.
Kirilloff, 24, has played 104 games in two years and batted .251 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.
Rose dismisses sexual misconduct questions at Phillies fete
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pete Rose dismissed questions Sunday about his first appearance on the field in Philadelphia since the franchise scrapped 2017 plans to honor him because of a woman’s claim she had a sexual relationship with baseball’s hit king when she was a minor.
“It was 55 years ago, babe,” Rose told a female baseball writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rose, though, had no trouble reminiscing about the 1980 World Series champion Phillies team – it was 42 years ago, Pete – that was honored before Sunday’s game.
After initially getting booed lightly, the 81-year-old Rose received a standing ovation from Phillies fans – many not even born or too young to remember baseball’s hit king in his prime – when he walked onto the Citizens Bank Park field for the first time since he received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in August 1989.
“They made me feel real good today,” Rose said of the cheers. “I don’t want to say I expected it. I guess I did expect it from Philly fans. That’s the way they are. They love their sports heroes.”
Rose’s already stained reputation suffered another blow in 2017 when the Phillies called off a planned induction into the team’s Wall of Fame because of the sexual misconduct accusations levied against him. Rose brusquely responded to the reporter’s question before the game – and later apologized to her following Sunday’s ceremony after initially saying, ” will you forgive me if I sign 1,000 baseballs for you?” – and was just as combative on the topic after the pregame celebration.
“I’m going to tell you one more time: I’m here for the Philly fans, I’m here for my teammates, OK,” Rose said. “I’m here for the Philly organization and who cares what happened 50 years ago.”
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in 2017, said Rose called her in 1973, when she was 14 or 15, and they began a sexual relationship in Cincinnati that lasted several years. She also alleged Rose met her in locations outside Ohio for sex.
Rose’s lawyer had said the woman’s claims were unverified.
Rose acknowledged in 2017 that he did have a relationship with the woman, but he said it started when she was 16. He also said they never had sex outside Ohio.
At the time, Rose was in his mid-30s and was married with two kids.
Rose was among many former great Phillies – including Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, and fellow World Series champions Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski and Larry Bowa – honored for the 1980 team. Mike Schmidt sent a videotaped message and missed the alumni day festivities because he tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’ve been doing it for a while, coming back every year, and to mix Pete in, I thought, was very special,” Boone said. “When I go to (Cooperstown), I always thought he should be there. You can write anything there, but he was the greatest hitter in the league. Put his name up and put he did this, got punished for whatever.”
Last month, the Phillies defended the decision to invite Rose to participate in the ceremony.
“In planning the 1980 reunion, we consulted with Pete’s teammates about his inclusion,” the Phillies said in a statement. “Everyone wants Pete to be part of the festivities since there would be no trophy in 1980 without him. In addition, the club received permission from the Commissioner’s Office to invite Pete as a member of the championship team.”
The original 1980 anniversary celebration was postponed for two seasons because of the pandemic.
A 17-time All-Star, Rose got 826 of his 4,256 hits during his five years playing for the Phillies from 1979-83. There are no immediate plans for Rose to get inducted in Philadelphia’s Wall of Fame.
“Anybody would like to be on the Wall of Fame,” Rose said. “I don’t know who made that decision, but God bless them. They made it for a reason. I’m still here today for the biggest event in a long time here in Philadelphia. I’m sitting right here to talking to you guys. Everything evens out.”
Rose agreed to the lifetime ban after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd found that Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.
Rose has asked MLB to end his lifetime ban.
“He also did some things wrong and got in trouble for it,” Boone said, “but there he is.”
Browns RB Kareem Hunt practices after demanding trade
BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns’ training camp hasn’t lacked for drama because of quarterback Deshaun Watson’s NFL disciplinary case over sexual misconduct allegations.
Now, there’s a new storyline involving running back Kareem Hunt – even if the head coach insists the 27-year-old’s fight for an extension is “normal.”
The NFL’s rushing leader in 2017 demanded a trade after the team denied his request for a long-term contract extension, holding himself out of team drills Friday and Saturday in protest, but rejoining on Sunday. Hunt was not made available to speak with the media.
“We are working, there is no distraction,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said on the practice field. “I understand there are things that happen that certainly get attention, and that’s OK. … This is normal. This is NFL football, as far as I know.”
Hunt did his best to prove Stefanski’s point, taking part in all offensive sets on the sunny afternoon before voluntarily running post-practice sprints in the sweltering 90-degree heat. He was joined by backup quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Josh Rosen.
Stefanski declined to answer questions specifically about Hunt, just as he has about the status of Watson, the controversial quarterback who is waiting to see how long he will be suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Hunt is in the final season of a two-year, $12 million extension signed in 2020. If the Cleveland-area native is on the active roster for all 17 games, he will earn $6.25 million this season.
Stefanski said he wouldn’t address whether Hunt was penalized for sitting out part of camp.
“I am not going to get into anything that has to do with our players, conversations that I have with our players, and those types of things,” he added. “If our players are healthy, they practice.”
Hunt has been productive during his three seasons with the Browns, but he missed nine games last year with calf and ankle injuries. He gained a league-best 1,327 yards rushing as a rookie for the Chiefs in 2017.
But like Watson, Hunt arrived in Cleveland with his own baggage. He was suspended by the NFL for the first eight games in 2019 because of off-field behavior, including shoving and kicking a woman while with Kansas City.
In 2020, Hunt rushed for 841 yards in 2020 and added 304 yards receiving. He led the team with 11 touchdowns and was a complementary piece for Pro Bowl selection Nick Chubb.
The Browns are now as deep as any team at the position, reducing the leverage that Hunt perceives he has.
Chubb rushed for 1,259 yards last season and D’Ernest Johnson is an emerging talent who gained 534 as a third-stringer. Cleveland also drafted Cincinnati’s Jerome Ford in the fifth round.
“All of our guys have to earn a role and carve it out,” Stefanski said.
NOTES: Rookie K Cade York made a 45-yard field goal to wind up the two-hour practice, earning the players an early exit from the training facility before they have Monday off. … WR David Bell (foot) revealed that a stress fracture was the reason he was unavailable at the start of camp. … CB Denzel Ward (foot), WR Michael Woods II (hamstring), LB Silas Kelly (hamstring), DT Sheldon Day (back) and CB Shaun Jolly (groin) did not practice. … Browns assistant Callie Brownson coached the U.S. National Team to a 42-14 win over Great Britain in the gold medal game at the IFAF Women’s Tackle World Championship in Finland.
Steelers’ Harris seeks to expand leadership role in 2nd year
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris enjoyed a breakout rookie season last year.
Harris has been slowed by a foot injury during his second training camp with the Steelers. But the brief summer setback has allowed Harris an opportunity to pause from the daily on-field training camp practice grind and expand his leadership role.
“It has been a blessing in disguise in a way … not to get hurt, but to see the other younger guys get more reps,” Harris said. “It has been pretty frustrating, but it’s good though. There have been a lot of other guys who come in here and we get to see their skillsets.”
Last season, Harris led the NFL with 381 touches and finished second in yards after contact behind only Indianapolis’ Jonathan Taylor.
Harris, the No. 24 overall pick in 2021, certainly welcomes a heavier workload, but he’s also expressed his desire to see the Steelers find a complementary back.
Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland are the leading candidates to fill in behind Harris.
Snell, a 2019 fourth-round pick, is entering his fourth season with the Steelers. The 5-foot-10, 224-pound Snell has played in 46 games with five starts in three seasons. He has rushed for 892 yards and six touchdowns on 255 carries.
McFarland, a 2020 fourth-round selection, is entering his third year with the Steelers. The 5-foot-8, 193-pound change-of-pace back has appeared in 13 games.
“Anthony is really controlling the role he has and he’s really been making explosive runs,” Harris said. “Benny, being the veteran, he’s a reliable guy and that’s the kind of stuff you expect from Benny. Anthony and Benny have been looking great all camp. I think everybody in the running back room has looked great all camp.”
Harris hurt his foot during the Steelers first padded practice and he’s missed the team’s last four workouts since. Harris shrugged of the severity of his injury on Saturday and noted that he’s been rehabbing his foot and swimming in the pool while sidelined.
“I wouldn’t be walking if it was serious,” Harris said. “(But), I injured it and that’s why I’m not practicing.”
Harris enjoyed a Pro Bowl season as a rookie. He had 307 carries and 1,200 rushing yards in addition to 74 catches and 467 receiving yards, all tops among rookie running backs in franchise history. Harris led all NFL running backs in receptions and finished third among running backs in receiving yards.
In his second season, Harris hopes to fill an offensive leadership void left after two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired during the offseason.
“I just want to be better than last year,” Harris said. “Not stat-wise, but just as a person. I want to be someone the team can rely on. On-field wise, I think the expectation and the standard has already been set for what I need to achieve. We’ll wait until (the first game against) the Bengals for that to happen.”
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also wants to see Harris take on a greater leadership role this season. But he doesn’t feel that will be an issue for the second-year running back.
“It is naturally in his wheelhouse,” Tomlin said. “It is something that just oozes off of him. It’s just him. It’s in his personality. I imagine he’s been that on every team he’s ever been on in his lifetime, so it’s a natural act for him.”
NOTES: Friday night’s special practice at a local high school football stadium was canceled because of inclement weather and flooded field conditions forced the team to move Saturday’s workout from St. Vincent College back to Pittsburgh. The Steelers didn’t practice on Sunday. The Steelers have four practices before their first preseason game on Saturday at home against Seattle.
Kevin Harvick ends 65-race drought with 6th win at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Kevin Harvick got his groove back, fittingly at one of his favorite tracks.
Harvick ended a 65- race winless drought that lasted nearly two years with his sixth victory at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
“Good timing, for sure,” he said.
Harvick’s win shakes up the playoff race with just three races remaining in the regular season, leaving little time for drivers to earn a spot in the 16-car postseason, and gives a boost for a veteran that entered the weekend No. 17 in points.
“Everybody that doubted us doesn’t know us,” he said.
NASCAR has had 15 different Cup winners this season. If there are two new winners over the last three races, a driver with one win will be eliminated from the 16-car playoff with a tiebreaker based on points. Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are top-10 drivers in points, but they have not finished first to put their postseason positioning in peril.
Harvick’s No. 4 Ford pulled away from Bubba Wallace and the rest the field following a restart with 35 laps to go at the FireKeepers Casino 400. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver took advantage of clean air, helping him coast to his 59th victory, including five wins since 2018 on the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills region of southern Michigan.
Harvick had not won since claiming a NASCAR Cup Series postseason race on Sept. 19, 2020, at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“It’s been a while,” he acknowledged. “Michigan has been a great place for us.”
Wallace finished second in his No. 23 Toyota – 2.9 seconds behind Harvick – followed by Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 Toyota.
“Seconds not good enough for the playoffs,” said Wallace, who needs to win one of the final three regular-season races to earn a spot in the postseason.
Austin Cindric, who won the Daytona 500 for his first career victory, started the day No. 15 in points and finished last in the 37-car race after his No. 2 Ford hit the wall head-on in a nine-car crash that knocked Kyle Busch out of the competition.
“It was a complete mess,” he said.
Wallace won his first career pole Saturday, becoming the only driver to break 190 mph in the Next Gen car during qualifying this season and went even faster early in the race after a 90-minute rain delay.
Wallace, driving for 23XI Racing formed by Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin in 2020, stayed out front until he made a pit stop after 21 laps – two shy of his career high – and the decision that cost him track position due to a crash soon thereafter that included one-fourth of the field.
Wallace blamed himself for letting Harvick pull away after the last pivotal restart.
“I’ll wear this one on my heart for a while,” he said, choking back tears. “I failed everybody.”
BUSCH’S BAD DAY
Busch had another frustrating day, getting knocked out of the race on lap 25 due to the multi-car crash following a restart that also ended Cindric’s day.
“I can’t buy a break right now,” said Busch, who was the favorite to win the race, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
Busch has failed to finish in the top 10 in eight straight races, the longest streak of the two-time champion’s career, and he does not have a contract for next year. Three days before racing at Michigan, he and his wife and their two young children escaped the Mall of America in Minnesota after shots were fired.
ODDS AND ENDS
Austin Hill made his Cup debut for Richard Childress Racing and finished 18th. … Kurt Busch missed his third straight race with concussion-like symptoms. Ty Gibbs, the 19-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, filled in and was a Cup career-high 10th in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing. … Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford had its front left tire engulfed in flames, ending his day midway through the race a week after Chris Buescher’s No. 17 Ford caught fire. … Buescher’s paint job featured the LeBron James Family Foundation. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is a minority owner with Fenway Sports Group, the parent company of Roush Fenway Keselowski, which hosted James Bromsey III, a sixth-grade student at his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
NASCAR shifts to Richmond Raceway in Virginia, one of the last three races of the regular season. Hamlin won at Richmond in April.
Kim arrives on PGA Tour with 61 to win Wyndham Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The last five weeks feels like three months to 20-year-old Joohyung “Tom” Kim, and for good reason. The South Korean kid who named himself after a cartoon train is on the fast track.
He got a rare PGA Tour start in the Scottish Open because of his standing on a Korean tour points list, hopeful of doing well enough to get a shot at the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
Now he’s a PGA Tour winner who is No. 21 in the world and headed to the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he can probably count on a spot with the International team at the Presidents Cup.
All aboard with Tom the Train!
“It’s been a crazy month,” Kim said.
He announced his arrival on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship, where he began the tournament with a quadruple-bogey 8 and finished it with a 9-under 61 for a five-shot victory.
“I’m really, really happy for Tom,” said Sungjae Im, who completed the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning with a one-shot lead and couldn’t keep up with Kim, because no one could. Kim shot 27 on the front nine that left everyone in his wake.
“He’s a great kid and to come out here and to win on tour as a nonmember and secure your card is really not an easy task and he achieved that,” Im said.
Kim, who tuned 20 in June, is the second-youngest winner on the PGA Tour since World War II. Jordan Spieth was two weeks away from turning 20 when he won 2013 John Deere Classic.
The victory gave Kim instant membership on the PGA Tour, making him eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start next week. He is No. 34, assured of playing two postseason events and with a reasonable shot at getting to the finale at East Lake.
Im had a 68 and tied for second along with John Huh (67).
Kim spent his developmental years in the Philippines and in Australia. He already had won three times on the Asian Development Tour and once in Korea before making his American debut at age 18 in the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park.
As for the name? He was a big fan as a young boy of Thomas the Tank Engine in the TV series “Thomas & Friends.”
“You’re supposed to let your parents name yourself and I was like, `Nope, I’m to name myself Thomas.’ I loved the show as a kid. I haven’t watched it or anything, but apparently I really loved the train.”
The other option – he was a big “Toy Story” fan – would have been Buzz Lightyear. That would have worked. The kid is creating quite the buzz, and he’s light years ahead of others his age.
Only Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were younger when they reached as high as No. 21 in the world ranking.
Kim finished third in the Scottish Open, the first time it was co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour, and his goal was to get enough FedEx Cup points to finish equal to the top 200 so he could earn his card through a series of Korn Ferry Tour events late in the summer.
He earned special temporary PGA Tour membership when he made the cut at the British Open. He secured a PGA Tour card last week with a seventh-place finish in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The stress gone, not even an opening quadruple bogey rattled him.
“It’s been a five-week stretch for me, but it feels like three months,” Kim said. “Yeah, it’s been a hectic month and a lot of things have changed, for sure.”
He finished at 20-under 260.
It was plenty stressful for others, even those who weren’t playing.
The heartbreak belonged to Justin Lower, who was poised to move into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup to reach the postseason and secure a full card for next season.
But on the final hole, Lower hit his 60-foot birdie putt a little too firm. That left him a 6-foot par putt that would have put him inside the top 125. He missed it to the right and was wiping away tears as he walked off the green.
“I don’t really know what I’m thinking. It sucks to come up this short,” Lower said. “Obviously had some help with the LIV guys and whatnot – I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say that. But I don’t know. There’s positives. But right now, it just flat out sucks.”
The tour has suspended players who signed on with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, and they did not count toward the top 125 in the FedEx Cup. Lower was the equivalent of No. 128 going into the final event of the regular season.
Rickie Fowler looked to be out of luck when he missed the cut on Friday at No. 123. But enough players faded on the weekend that Fowler gets to extend his season for at least another week at the FedEx St. Jude Championship next week.
Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open after playoff
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — After seeing a five-shot lead slip away in the final round, Ashleigh Buhai still managed to secure a first major title at the Women’s British Open.
Buhai kept her composure to beat In Gee Chun — and the setting sun — in a playoff at Muirfield on Sunday for her first career victory in an LPGA Tour event.
With the light fading, the South African golfer made a superb bunker shot on the fourth playoff hole to leave herself with a short par putt, while Chun settled for a bogey.
The 33-year-old Buhai calmly rolled in from less than three feet and then clutched her face in relief, before being drenched in water and other beverages by her entourage.
“I was surprisingly calm,” Buhai said about the clutch bunker shot that secured the victory. “My caddie said to me on the last one, I don’t want to brag, but she said ‘Show them why you’re No. 1 in bunkers this year.’ So, you know, she gave me the confidence. Maybe it’s got something to do with Muirfield and South Africans and bunker shots.”
Ernie Els also won the men’s British Open in a playoff at Muirfield in 2002 after a memorable bunker shot during the final round. This was the first time the Women’s British Open was played at Muirfield, a club that didn’t even allow female members until 2019 following a vote two years earlier.
Buhai made things a lot more difficult than they had to be, though.
She entered the final round with a commanding five-shot lead and was still three strokes ahead before a triple bogey on the par-4 15th that put her level with Chun.
Both players missed long birdie putts on the 18th as they settled for a playoff after finishing on 10-under 274.
“I know there are a lot of people in South Africa with lots of gray hairs right now after that 15th hole,” Buhai said. “But I’m very proud of myself, the way I dug deep and kept myself in it to get into that playoff.”
Buhai shot a 4-over 75 in the final round, while Chun carded a 70.
Hinako Shibuno of Japan, the 2019 champion, finished one shot back in third after missing a chip from just off the green that would have made it a three-way playoff.
Chun was in trouble on the first two playoff holes, but her short game bailed her out both times.
On the first, Chun sent her second shot into a bunker while Buhai found the heart of the green. But the South Korean hit a near-perfect bunker shot to within a few feet of the hole to salvage the par.
On the second, she needed to make an 8-foot bogey putt to stay in it after sending her second shot wide and then barely making it onto the green with a chip from the tall grass.
Buhai nearly won it on the third playoff hole, but her long putt for the win pulled up a few inches away from the hole.
For Buhai, the win more than made up for a near-miss at that 2019 Women’s British Open, when she led the event at the halfway stage at Woburn but finished fifth.
“Forgive me, there will be a few tears,” Buhai said during the trophy presentation. “Obviously there’s a lot of hard work and many years of dedication going into this.”
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Indians Outlast Bats Behind Walks, Ritchie’s Four Hits
INDIANAPOLIS – Jamie Ritchie recorded a career-high tying four hits and Travis Swaggerty took a career-high four walks as the Indianapolis Indians outlasted the Louisville Bats in a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field, 11-8.
With the game tied 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ritchie roped his third hit of the night to right-field to give Indianapolis (51-52) its first lead since the second inning against Matt Pidich (L, 4-4). He ended the day with his fourth career-high four-hit game and first since June 6, 2021 with Triple-A Reno vs. Sacramento.
A sacrifice fly two batters after Ritchie’s go-ahead single and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Jared Oliva plated insurance runs for the Indians. Eric Hanhold (S, 5) entered for the final two frames and recorded the only two three-batter innings of the game by an Indians pitcher.
After Indianapolis scored first in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out, RBI single by Ritchie, Louisville (43-62) took a lead and piled on for a four-run lead with two in the third and three in the fourth. All five of the Bats’ runs in those frames came with two outs.
Trailing by four, the Indians put up crooked numbers in their next four offensive half innings to crawl to a lead. Drew Maggi smoked a two-run double down the left-field line to bring the score to 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
Both teams then went back-and-forth through the next two innings, with Indianapolis outscoring Louisville by one run in each to tie the game. In the fifth, Diego Castillo offset a one-run double by Michael De Leon in the top half with a two-run single past the third baseman’s glove, bringing Indy within one. A two-run double by Ronnie Dawson off Noe Toribio (W, 2-1) in the top of the sixth was then erased by three runs in the Indians’ half inning. A run-scoring groundout, wild pitch and costly, game-tying throwing error by third baseman Juniel Quercuto to score Rodolfo Castro all the way from first base to tie the game at 8-8.
Swaggerty went 0-for-1 with a career-high four walks, besting his previous career-high of three walks last matched on July 11, 2019 with High-A Bradenton Lakeland. Mason Martin recorded his sixth career-high three-walk game, his first since July 1, 2019 with Single-A Greensboro at Hagertown. The Indians walked a total of 12 times compared to just 10 hits.
Following an off day on Monday, the Indians are set to begin a six-game series against the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, with first pitch on Tuesday scheduled for 8:05 PM ET. Both teams have yet to name starting pitchers.
WHY SHOULD I WATCH THESE PLAYERS THIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON?
The Indy area is loaded with very talented players and every Friday night you will see players getting ready for a great season and preparing for the next level. These are a few of the players you should buy a ticket to see…we start with the offense.
QB DANNY O’NEIL, CATHEDRAL. O’Neil will be better that last season simply because of the experience he gained winning a state championship. O’Neil threw for 2,956 yards and 33 touchdowns. He is as accurate as anyone in the state completing 231 of 367 passes and had only two interceptions. He isn’t a big QB, but he has all the tools to make it happen again for the Fighting Irish.
WR JARON TIBBS, CATHEDRAL. With QB Danny O’Neil throwing the football it’s easy to see why Tibbs is an exciting receiver. Last season Tibbs caught 66 passes for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns. Tibbs should top the numbers from last season.
RB ALI RICHARDSON, LAWRENCE NORTH. Richardson is a workhorse who carried the football 246 times last season for 1,088 yards and scored 17 TD’s. He is a “bowling ball” running back at 5’7” 205 pounds.
WR DESMOND DUFFY, CARMEL. Duffy is a playmaker who can catch the football and return kicks. Duffy caught 46 passes last season and averaged over 17 yards per kick return and over 20 yards per kick return.
ATH JAYDEN WHITAKER, BROWNSBURG. The all-everything Whitaker is very dangerous when the football is in his hands. He can throw and run with 1,523 passing yards and 488 on the ground.
WR NOAH HESSONG, PLAINFIELD. Hessong is a go-to receiver who caught 77 passes last season. The Quakers will go to him more this season.
RB PEYTON EMBERTON, WHITELAND. The Warriors will count on Emberton even more this season after he rushed for 976 yards last season.
QB NOLAN BUCKMAN, BREBEUF. Buckman helped the Braves to the state championship game passing for 3,311 yards and 41 touchdowns. Those numbers may get better this year.
RB GRAYSON THOMAS, NEW PALESTINE. Thomas can run and catch the football. He ran for 1,288 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Dragons.
WR ISAIAH THACKER, NEW PALESTINE. Thacker does it all for the Dragons. Last season he caught 34 passes for 693 yards, averaged 28 yards per kick return and over 11 per punt return. He will get more touches this season.
ATH DEEJAY McFERSON, SPEEDWAY. McFerson can do it all. Last season he rushed for over 1,000 yards with 12 touchdowns, had nearly 400 receiving yards and recorded 96 tackles on defense with five interceptions.
QB TONY FLATT, COVENANT CHRISTIAN. Flatt is an athletic QB who can throw and run. Last season he passed for 2,521 yards and 30 touchdowns.
WR MICAH MACKAY, INDY LUTHERAN. Another two way player who caught 41 passes for 954 yards and 13 scores. Mackay added five interceptions on defense.
Sycamores Defeat Mastadons 2-0 in Exhibition Opener
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in their first of two exhibition contests.
The two teams played three 30-minute periods with Indiana State finding the back of the next in each of the final two periods.
Audrey Stephens beat the Mastadons keeper to put Indiana State on the board in the 33rd minute, scoring on a feed from Adelaide Wolfe.
In the game’s 68th minute, CeCe Wahlberg put the Sycamores up 2-0 with a left-footed strike on a pass from Chloe Tesny that would put the game away for good.
Indiana State finished the afternoon with 10 shots (six on goal) led by Wahlberg who had five with four being on goal. Purdue Fort Wayne attempted four shots (all four on goal) led by Mackenzie Evans who had two.
Tara Hoffman played all 90 minutes in the net for the Sycamores, making four saves while the Mastadons had three goalies see action, combining for four saves which was led by Samantha Casteneda who finished with three.
The Sycamores will wrap up their exhibition slate on Thursday, August 11 as they’ll travel to Louisville to take on Bellarmine at 7 p.m. ET.
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|Baltimore||56||52||.519||13.5||31 – 21||25 – 31||20 – 24||11 – 13||15 – 8||7 – 3||L 1|
|Boston||54||56||.491||16.5||26 – 27||28 – 29||12 – 29||15 – 12||21 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|Minnesota||57||51||.528||–||31 – 25||26 – 26||15 – 12||27 – 20||10 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|Cleveland||56||52||.519||1||29 – 22||27 – 30||10 – 13||25 – 21||11 – 10||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||55||53||.509||2||25 – 29||30 – 24||14 – 15||22 – 22||11 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Kansas City||44||65||.404||13.5||25 – 31||19 – 34||11 – 17||19 – 22||10 – 18||5 – 5||W 2|
|Detroit||43||67||.391||15||26 – 30||17 – 37||9 – 20||20 – 28||4 – 11||3 – 7||L 1|
|Houston||70||40||.636||–||34 – 17||36 – 23||9 – 10||18 – 6||35 – 20||5 – 5||L 2|
|Seattle||59||51||.536||11||29 – 25||30 – 26||14 – 16||7 – 6||30 – 24||5 – 5||W 1|
|Texas||48||60||.444||21||23 – 31||25 – 29||5 – 14||13 – 10||21 – 29||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Angels||46||63||.422||23.5||24 – 32||22 – 31||6 – 18||11 – 6||22 – 26||4 – 6||L 1|
|Oakland||41||68||.376||28.5||17 – 35||24 – 33||10 – 16||11 – 18||18 – 27||5 – 5||L 2|
|NY Mets||70||39||.642||–||35 – 18||35 – 21||37 – 14||12 – 5||14 – 12||8 – 2||W 3|
|Atlanta||64||46||.582||6.5||37 – 22||27 – 24||25 – 21||17 – 10||16 – 11||5 – 5||L 3|
|Philadelphia||60||48||.556||9.5||30 – 25||30 – 23||25 – 21||12 – 8||16 – 11||9 – 1||W 5|
|Miami||49||59||.454||20.5||23 – 28||26 – 31||24 – 22||11 – 15||9 – 14||3 – 7||W 1|
|Washington||36||74||.327||34.5||17 – 40||19 – 34||9 – 42||10 – 10||12 – 14||2 – 8||L 5|
|St. Louis||60||48||.556||–||35 – 20||25 – 28||12 – 15||28 – 16||10 – 7||9 – 1||W 7|
|Milwaukee||58||50||.537||2||27 – 22||31 – 28||11 – 13||29 – 24||7 – 9||4 – 6||L 2|
|Cincinnati||44||63||.411||15.5||24 – 32||20 – 31||9 – 12||16 – 23||8 – 21||6 – 4||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||44||64||.407||16||24 – 29||20 – 35||7 – 15||21 – 29||13 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||43||64||.402||16.5||22 – 33||21 – 31||9 – 7||22 – 24||8 – 21||3 – 7||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||75||33||.694||–||38 – 15||37 – 18||12 – 11||17 – 6||35 – 12||9 – 1||W 8|
|San Diego||61||50||.550||15.5||31 – 23||30 – 27||14 – 10||19 – 10||24 – 24||5 – 5||L 4|
|San Francisco||53||55||.491||22||29 – 27||24 – 28||14 – 13||14 – 11||16 – 25||5 – 5||W 2|
|Arizona||48||59||.449||26.5||29 – 28||19 – 31||14 – 14||10 – 11||17 – 28||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||48||63||.432||28.5||30 – 27||18 – 36||8 – 19||9 – 8||24 – 27||3 – 7||L 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In the third inning of the 4-3 nightcap loss to New York at the Polo Grounds, Dodger starter Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game after he throws the baseball out of the park. The Brooklyn hurler became very angry when opposing pitcher Joe McGinnity dashed home from third base while his infielders argued the close call at the bag.
1913 On April 25, the American Association minor league contest was stopped with the score tied 1-1 due to rain and replayed on June 15, resulting in a 6-6 tie after nine innings when the game ended because of darkness. The game is started again on August 7, and after the 13th, the 2-2 contest is halted once more due to darkness, but after four attempts, Minneapolis finally beats Indianapolis today, 11-2.
1915 Gavvy Cravath ties a major league mark when he hits four doubles in the Phillies’ 14-7 victory over Cincinnati. The Philadelphia outfielder also establishes a franchise record when he drives in eight runs in the Redland Field’s contest.
1921 Appearing as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning, Browns’ second baseman Luke Stuart hits a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 29-year-old rookie infielder, the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat, strokes his only career round-tripper in a 16-5 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium off future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
1922 Pittsburgh bangs out another 19 hits in their 7-3 win after collecting 27 safeties in their 19-8 rout in the first game of the twin bill. The Pirates’ barrage at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park establishes a major league record with 46 hits in a doubleheader.
1933 William Veeck, president of the Cubs, proposes a series of Midsummer Classic games. Although the idea receives some support, it will be 64 years before a team from the American League plays a club from the National League during the regular season.
1941 In New York, Les Brown and his Orchestra record “Joltin’ Joe” for Columbia Records. The song about Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak plays incessantly on radio stations across the country, eventually reaching number 12 on the charts.
1947 Phillies right-hander Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits for Johnny Sain to become the first major leaguer to appear in different All-Star Games representing National League and American League teams. In the 1936 Midsummer classic, the former Philadelphia A’s ace threw three innings of relief against the NL stars.
1953 Southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava blank the White Sox, 1-0 and 3-0, respectively, for a Yankee doubleheader sweep. Kuzava gives up his only hit in the ninth inning, a one-out double to Bob Boyd.
1954 Gil Hodges bats three times in the eighth inning when the Dodgers score 13 runs en route to a 20-7 rout of the Reds at Ebbets Field. The first baseman will go 1-for-3 in the frame with a leadoff triple but will be responsible for all three outs when he hits into a double play and flies out to centerfield to end the Brooklyn barrage.
1956 Robin Roberts gets his fourth victory in the past ten days when the Phillies beat New York at the Polo Grounds, 8-3. Philadelphia’s shortstop Ted Kazanski becomes just the fourth player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam.
1970 Five years after the Mets bestow the honor to their first skipper, the Yankees retire Casey Stengel’s uniform #37 during Old Timers Day at the Stadium. The ‘Old Perfessor,’ who won seven World Series during his twelve-year tenure with the team, managed the Bronx Bombers from 1949 to 1960.
1972 After much speculation about the team’s future, the Yankees sign a thirty-year lease to play in the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium starting in 1976. After completing the Stadium’s 50th-Anniversary next season, the Bronx Bombers will play their home games for the next two years at Shea Stadium while remodeling the ‘House that Ruth Built.’
1973 At Royals Stadium, Red Sox DH Orlando Cepeda collects four doubles in the team’s 9-4 win over the Royals. ‘Cha Cha,’ who signed with Boston in January, was the first player since the inception of the new position to be added to a roster specifically as its designated hitter.
1976 In the first game of a doubleheader against Kansas City at Comiskey Park, the White Sox take the field wearing shorts. After a 5-2 comfortable win in the opener, Chicago dons long pants for the nightcap, coming out on the short end to the Royals, 7-1.
1982 The Yankees trade 1978 playoff hero Bucky Dent to the Rangers for outfielder/first baseman Lee Mazzilli. The popular Yankee infielder, batting only .191, was nearly elected to the All-Star Game by the Bronx Bombers’ fans.
1982 In the 9-5 Angels’ victory over the Mariners at the Kingdome, Doug DeCinces hits three home runs in a game for the second time in less than a week. The California third baseman also poked a trio of round-trippers against Minnesota six days ago.
1988 In the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field, the Cubs play host to the Phillies. The game does not become official when the contest ends in the third inning because of a fierce thunderstorm.
1989 In his major league debut, former Met farmhand Mauro Gozzo blanks the Rangers for eight innings, helping the Blue Jays go over .500 for the first time since Opening Day. Toronto will eventually win the American League East.
1990 Throwing just three pitches to one batter in relief at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Jeff Ballard records three outs when he snags A’s second baseman Willie Randolph’s line drive, starting a 1-6-3 triple play. The Orioles’ left-handed reliever throws the ball to Cal Ripken to catch Terry Steinbeck off second base, with the shortstop relaying the ball to Sam Horn to triple up Walt Weiss at first base.
1997 At Busch Stadium, Mark McGwire, recently acquired from the A’s, hits his 364th career home run on a pitch thrown by Phillies’ right-hander Mark Leiter for his first National League round-tripper. The Cardinals slugging first baseman will go deep 220 times in the Senior Circuit, all for the Redbirds.
1998 The Twins’ Paul Molitor becomes the fifth player in major league history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases with his 5-for-5 performance and the theft of his 500th base. The 41-year-old joins Ty Cobb (4,191 hits, 892 steals), Honus Wagner (3,415, 722), Eddie Collins (3,315, 744), and Lou Brock (3,023, 938) as the only players to reach this milestone.
2000 In the bottom of the ninth, A’s closer Jason Isringhausen throws just two pitches, and the Yankees go from losing 3-2 to winning 4-3. Bernie Williams and David Justice hit home runs on the first pitch they see from the Oakland reliever.
2000 Cubs hurler Phil Norton becomes the 18th pitcher in major league history to give up four homers in one inning in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory at Chavez Ravine. Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green all take the 24-year-old southpaw deep in the bottom of the fourth inning.
2000 After kissing one another in the seventh inning, the Dodgers ask a female couple to leave Dodger Stadium immediately, told never to “set foot back on the premises” for “lewd behavior.” The pair had planned to sue the organization, deciding not to after the team apologized, promising to contribute 5,000 tickets to GLBT organizations and continue sensitivity training for all its employees.
2000 Darren Dreifort hits two home runs to help his cause in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The starting pitcher hurls 6.2 innings, going deep in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.
2002 Closer John Smoltz records his 40th save in the 114th game of the Braves schedule, making it the earliest point a relief pitcher has reached that mark in a season. Lee Smith of the Cardinals accomplished the feat in his 117th game in 1993, and White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen turned the trick in 118 games en route to setting the major league record with 57 saves in 1990.
2004 At Yankee Stadium, less than an hour after the Blue Jays lose to New York for their fifth consecutive defeat, Toronto fires their manager, Carlos Tosca. First-base coach John Gibbons will be the interim skipper for the remainder of the season.
2006 Mark DeRosa makes two outs in one at-bat, ending the McAfee Coliseum contest in a most unlikely manner in the Rangers’ 7-6 loss to the A’s. The right fielder swings and misses, making the second out of the inning, but when his momentum causes contact with Jason Kendall, who is trying to prevent Jerry Hairston Jr., from stealing second, plate umpire Jim Joyce calls interference on the batter for the third and final out.
2009 Albert Pujols drives in three runs in the Cardinals’ 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park, surpassing the 100 RBI mark for the ninth straight season to start his career. The only major leaguer with a longer streak was Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons, who accomplished the feat for 11 consecutive seasons, beginning with his rookie year with the A’s in 1924.
2010 At Chase Field, a sellout crowd is on hand to see the Diamondbacks retire Luis Gonzalez’s uniform #20. The five-time All-Star, best remembered for his ninth-inning walk-off single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, played eight years in Arizona, leaving the team in 2006 as the franchise’s all-time home run leader with 224.
2014 Bartolo Colon joins Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez in becoming the third hurler from the Dominican Republic to win 200 major league games. The 40-year-old portly right-hander accomplishes the feat when he goes eight innings, giving up six hits and one run, in the Mets’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, 5-4.
2014 Justin and B.J. Upton, in the Braves’ 7-6 victory over Washington at Turner Field, both homer in the same game for the fifth time, setting the major-league record for brothers. The Atlanta teammates, who go deep off Stephen Strasburg, surpass the mark they previously shared with Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero.
2015 At Safeco Field, Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in Mariners’ history, becomes the ninth member of the team’s Hall of Fame. During his 11 seasons with Seattle, the left-hander compiled a record of 145-87 (.625), leading the franchise in wins, innings pitched (2,093), and starts (323).
2019 Bo Bichette, playing in Toronto for the first time, extends his doubles streak to nine games, setting a new record he shared with Yadier Molina (Cardinals, 2016) and Derrek Lee (Cubs, 2008). The 21-year-old Blue Jays shortstop also establishes a new mark by collecting 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his major league career, becoming the first rookie with extra-base hits in nine straight games since Ted Williams’ debut in 1939.
2020 With his first 11 pitches at PNC Park, Derek Holland begins his start by giving up four home runs before recording an out in the Pirates’ eventual 11-5 loss to the Tigers. After leadoff hitter Niko Goodrum goes deep and Jonathan Schoop follows with a single, the 33-year-old southpaw gives up consecutive round-trippers to Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron, and Jeimer Candelario.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY – 1948
Cleveland Indians (4) vs Boston Braves (2)
The surprising Cleveland Indians won their second pennant in 1948 after beating the Boston Red Sox in an 8-3 playoff for the American League championship. The win prevented what would have been another classic rematch between the Sox and their hometown rivals, the Boston Braves, who had captured the National League flag by 6½ games.
While the Braves had a good-hitting ballclub, much of the National Leaguers’ hopes rested on the arms of Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn. In fact, a formula penned in the papers as “Spahn and Sain and two days of rain” seemed to capture not only the depth of the team’s starting pitching, but also the essence of the Braves’ strength. Cleveland’s big winners in ’48 were rookie lefthander Gene Bearden, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon and many felt that this Series would be decided on the mound.
Bob Feller, who had won twenty-five or more games three times in the majors (and twenty-four on another occasion), was a nineteen-game winner in ’48 and drew the start for Game 1. Sain, a twenty-four-game winner himself in ’48, was the obvious choice for the Braves and both went at it for an eight-inning, scoreless duel. Then in the bottom of the inning, Boston catcher Bill Salkeld drew a leadoff walk and gave way to pinch-runner Phil Masi, who was sacrificed to second by Mike McCormick. Eddie Stanky then was issued an intentional walk, and Sibby Sisti came in to run for the Boston second baseman. Feller attempted to pick-off the leading runner, but Umpire Bill Stewart made a safe call on the sliding Masi. Player/Manager Lou Boudreau argued strenuously that he had made the tag before the baserunner got back to the bag, but the call stood. Tommy Holmes came in and singled home the contested base runner for the 1-0 lead. Sain held on for the opening victory despite giving up four hits to Feller’s two.
In Game 2, Lemon pitched shutout ball over the final eight innings as Cleveland tied the Series with a 4-1 triumph. Boudreau and Larry Doby, who had become the American League’s first black player in July of 1947, each singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Indians.
Bearden continued to add to his outstanding stats with a five-hit shutout against the Braves in Game 3. The twenty-eight-year old pitcher performed well on both sides of the plate as he singled, then doubled and scored the first run (on a throwing error) in the 2-0 contest. His teammate, Steve Gromek followed suite the following day with a 2-1 triumph that put Boston on the brink of elimination (despite homers from both Doby and Marv Rickert). An end-of-the-season replacement for outfielder Jeff Heath, who had batted .319 for Boston with twenty home runs before breaking his ankle, Rickert wound up starting five World Series games for the Braves after appearing in only three regular-season outings for Billy Southworth’s club.
In what would be a crucial last-stand, Boston showed what had got them to the Series in Game 5 with a clutch, 11-5 victory in front of a record Major League crowd of 86,288 at Cleveland Stadium. Spahn, who tossed one-hit, scoreless ball in 5 2/3 innings of relief, was the winning pitcher. Among the five pitchers used by the losing home team was forty-two-year-old Satchel Paige, the Negro leagues legend who had been signed to his first big-league contract by Indians President Bill Veeck in July. The appearance by Paige, who compiled a 6-1 regular-season record for the Tribe, made him the first black pitcher to take the mound in a World Series.
Bob Lemon, a twenty-game winner, was selected to finish the job for the Indians and responded to the challenge with 1 2/3 innings of relief help from the steady Bearden. The result was a 4-3, Game 6 clincher that showcased the diversity of the onetime infielder who had broken into the majors as a third baseman and played center field for Cleveland in Feller’s no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 1946. After switching to the mound in 1948, he had won twenty games for the American League champions (a plateau he would reach six more times in the majors) and two World Series outings.
Pitching was (as predicted) the deciding factor as Cleveland prevailed despite slumps from Joe Gordon and Ken Keltner. Gordon (who hit thirty-two home runs and totaled one-hundred twenty four runs batted in while batting .280 in the regular season) had one homer, two RBIs and a .182 hitting mark in the Fall Classic. Keltner (coming off a .297 season in which he slugged thirty-one home runs and knocked in one-hundred nineteen runs) collected two miserable singles in twenty-one Series at-bats (.095) and did not drive in a single run. Player/Manager Lou Boudreau did more than his share and contributed a .273 average for a team that hit .199 against the Braves.
ALL– GAME HISTORY – 1958
After several years of exciting, down to the wire, nine and extra-inning baseball, the 1958 game wasn’t exactly the same caliber as its predecessors. It wasn’t even close.
This was the first All-Star Game to pass without an extra-base hit. In fact, there were only thirteen hits: nine by the American League and four by the National. The National League went down in order in five of the last six innings with the only man reaching base, doing so on an error.
Starter Bob Turley allowed three runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. The American League had scored in the second on a RBI single by Nelson Fox, cutting the National League lead to 3-2. Then the American League managed single runs off of pitcher Bob Friend in the fifth and scored the winning run in the sixth on Frank Malzone’s single, an error by Pirates third baseman Frank Thomas and a single by Gil McDougald. The American League had won two in a row and three out of the last four, but the taste of victory remained bittersweet after a game that was so mediocre and uneventful.
FOOTBALL HISTORY – AUGUST 8
August 8, 1961 – The last of 6 exhibition meetings of the NFL and the CFL took place as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took apart the Buffalo Bills in Hamilton, 38-21. This was the lone victory of the CFL against its then rival league. It was probably the reason why no games have been played since between the two leagues.
August 8, 1975 – Country Singer Hank Williams Jr. falls off of the mountain side of Montana’s Ajax Peak. The tumble was nearly 500 feet during a recreational mountain climb by the entertainer. Incredibly he survived with a skull fracture and multiple facial fractures. We are sure glad he survived as Williams later wrote and performed Monday Night Football Intro song “Are you Ready for Some Football”. Now try getting that song out of your mind all day, or better yet leave it there!
August 8, 1984 – Carl Lewis wins his 3rd Gold Medal on the Olympic Games in LA. Earlier in that same year Mr. Lewis was drafted in the 12th round of the NFL Draft by Gil Brandt and Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys. He declined the football offer to stay true to his Olympic track endeavors and it paid off with Gold!
August 8, 2004 – Legendary Broncos QB, John Elway and former Lions running back Barry Sanders join defensive end Carl Eller and tackle Bob Brown as being the Pro Football Hall of Fames inductees on this date.
August 8, 2021 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined 8 new members to their hallowed halls. Receiving bronze busts were Peyton Manning, John Lynch, Charles Woodson, Alan Faneca, Calvin Johnson, Coach Tom Flores, Drew Pearson and Player Personnel Director Bill Nunn.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S – AUGUST 8
August 8, 1961 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Bruce Matthews Pro Football Hall of Fame. Matthews spent 19 season in the NFL with the Houston and Tennessee Oilers and Titans. The sturdy offensive lineman played his college ball at USC from 1979 to 1982. Matthews was selected ninth overall by the Houston Oilers in the 1983 NFL Draft. For his career Bruce started in 293 of his career 296 NFL games and became a 14-time Pro Bowl selection spanning three different decades! Matthews was a 10-time First-team All-Pro as he was also was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Matthew is the brother of linebacker Clay Matthews and uncle of linebacker Clay Matthews III.
August 8, 1970 – Trev Alberts was a linebacker out of the University of Nebraska who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. According to the FootballFoundation.org Alberts was one of the most decorated defensive players in Nebraska history, Trev Alberts became the Cornhuskers’ first Butkus Award winner in 1993 as the top linebacker in the nation. Trev is Nebraska’s all-time career leader in sacks and is tied for the school’s single-season record and in his senior season was a unanimous First Team All-American as he helped the Huskers to an undefeated regular season and the national title game against Florida State at the Orange Bowl. Trev was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, spending three seasons with the franchise. As of late Alberts spent time as a college football analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and he now serves as the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Not Yet in the Hall of Fame Birthday
August 8, 1986 – Carmel, New York – Wide receiver Pierre Garcon who played his college ball at Mount Union from 2005-07 was born. Per a Yahoo.com report, Garcon was selected 205th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL Draft and stayed with the Colts franchise from 2008-11. Pierre also had stints with Washington and San Francisco. For his career he hauled in 564 receptions for 7,068 yards and 37 touchdowns. Garcon even led the NFL in receptions in 2013 with 113 caught passes!
SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS – AUGUST 8
25 – 10 – 14 – 20 – 37 – 45 – 7 – 4 – 6 – 9 – 11 – 5 -13 – 8 – 10 – 12 – 14 – 15
August 8, 1920 – The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 1-0 in shortest AL game which lasted only a mere 73 minutes. Tigers pitcher Howard Ehmke used his curve ball effectively to allow only three New York hits fanning eight of the Yankees batters. Babe Ruth was one of the Yanks held hitless.
August 8, 1922 – The Pittsburgh Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. The scores of 19-8 and 7-3 were part of a run the third place Pirates were making on the NL top dogs of the New York Giants and St Louis Cardinals. For the three game series against the Phils the Pirates whalloped an amazing 68 hits in the span going back the Monday August 7 game.
August 8, 1963 – Los Angeles Dodgers Frank Howard (Number 25) and Bill Skowron (Number 14) were the third duo to hit consecutive pinch home runs with starter Al Ferrara, Number 20 adding one for LA too but the Dodgers still tumbled by the score of 5-4 to the Chicago Cubs as Ron Santo, Number 10 belted two wall clearers of his own for Chicago.
August 8, 1970 – The New York Yankees honored Casey Stengel, retiring his Number 37.
August 8, 1976 – Historic Uniform Alert! The Chicago White Sox entered the field for a game with the entire roster wearing shorts.
August 8, 1987 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Rob Deer , Number 45 struck-out 5 times in a game. Bo Jackson also tied the record of 5 Ks in a game earlier in the 1987 season with Kansas City on April 18.
August 8, 1988 – Minnesota Twins turned the 2nd triple-play of year in 6-2 win over Cleveland
August 8, 1988 – It was something never tried before but they would have to wait a bit longer to accomplish the feat. The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies attempted to play the first game ever under the lights at Wrigley Field but the contest was a rain out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
August 8, 1990 – Carlton Fisk (Number 72) tied the record set years earlier by Johnny Bench (Number 5) for a catcher hitting 327 career home runs.
August 8, 1992 – The original US ‘Dream Team’ wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan (Number 9), Magic Johnson (Number 15), Larry Bird (Number 7), Scottie Pippen (Number 8), Charles Barkley (Number 14), Patrick Ewing (Number 6), John Stockton (Number 12), Chris Mullin (Number 13), Christian Laettner (Number 4), Karl Malone (Number 11), David Robinson (Number 5) and Clyde Drexler (Number 10)
August 8, 1997 – Seattle Mariners, The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, Number 51 struck out 19 Chicago White Sox
August 8, 2004 – John Elway, Number 7 of the Denver Broncos was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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