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Moustakas reaches 200 homers, Reds finish sweep of Rays
CINCINNATI (AP) Mike Moustakas, Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India each hit a two-run homer in the third inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Moustakas connected for his 200th career homer as the Reds posted their first four-game winning streak since May 25-28. It was his first home run since May 13 and fourth of the season.
The Reds opened the series with back-to-back, 10-inning wins, including Friday night’s game that ended on a balk. Cincinnati broke away early in the wrapup, scoring seven times in the third off rookie Shane Baz (1-2).
Rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo (2-2) was the beneficiary of the homer barrage. In his second start since coming off the injured list and fifth overall, Cincinnati’s top 2019 draft pick allowed nine hits and three runs in five innings, striking out six.
Randy Arozarena, Josh Lowe and Rene Pinto homered for the Rays.
Tyler Naquin added a two-run double for the Reds.
The Reds rocked Baz for eight hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed a combined three runs in 22 1/3 innings over his previous four starts.
Rays: SS Wander Franco (right wrist discomfort) and CF Kevin Kiermaier (left hip inflammation) were placed on the 10-day injured list. . LHP Jeffrey Springs (right lower leg tightness) went on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday.
Reds: Sunday’s game was the seventh straight missed by 1B Joey Votto (lower back tightness).
Rays: The starting pitcher remained to be determined for Monday’s series-opener at home against the Red Sox.
Reds: Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft, Tuesday’s starter at Yankee Stadium, lasted 2-13 innings in his last start on Wednesday against the Mets, the shortest outing of his nine outings.
Pujols hits No. 684 to help Cards rally past Phillies 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) Albert Pujols hit his 684th homer and Tommy Edman drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to help the scuffling St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Sunday.
St. Louis had lost two straight and six of seven.
Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-leading 28th homer for the Phillies, who had won three in a row.
Pujols, who singled to start the go-ahead rally in the eighth, has 1,377 extra-base hits to tie Stan Musial for third place on the career list.
“We needed a big game and I was glad it was him,” said Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, who joined Pujols on the NL All-Star team when reserves and pitchers were announced Sunday.
Pujols’ fifth homer of the season was a solo shot in the sixth that brought the Cardinals within 3-2.
“He’s dedicated his life to being great,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “He was locked in today. Righty-lefty, it didn’t matter. He got some pretty good swings. It was fun to watch.”
Pujols unloaded off reliever Cristopher Sanchez, who became the 445th pitcher Pujols has homered against – second-most behind Barry Bonds (449.)
“My job my whole career is to have quality at-bats,” Pujols said. “I just try to execute and trust the work. Sometimes they go (out), sometimes they don’t.”
Philadelphia outfielder Matt Vierling, who grew up in St. Louis, marveled at Pujols’ longevity.
“It’s special to be competing against him,” Vierling said. “He’s still got it.”
The Cardinals tied it in the seventh on Nolan Gorman’s groundout.
Edman drove in pinch-runner Dylan Carlson with a short fly to center. Carlson was originally ruled out at the plate, but the call was overturned after a replay review.
Jordan Hicks (2-4) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. All-Star reliever Ryan Helsley got his seventh save.
Matt Vierling broke a 1-all tie with a run-scoring single in the fourth before Schwarber’s homer an inning later put the Phillies in front 3-1.
Cardinals starter Andre Pallante allowed three runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Seranthony Dominguez (4-3) took the loss.
Lars Nootbaar broke the Cardinals’ 19-inning scoreless stretch with an RBI single in the second.
Schwarber scored on a single by Nick Castellanos in the first.
Philadelphia shut out the Cardinals in the three previous meetings.
LOOKING FOR A CHANGE
St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas decided to burn some sage in the outfield before the game in an effort to change the team’s luck. Mikolas says he deals in holistic medicinal healing and felt the move might help.
The bottom five hitters in the Cardinals’ batting order – Corey Dickerson (.188), Pujols (.198), Lars Nootbaar (.158), Edmundo Sosa (.174) and Austin Romine (.150) – all entered hitting under .200.
Cardinals: INF Brendan Donovan missed his second successive game with an illness. He was not at the game.
Mikolas (5-7, 2.72 ERA) faces Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.15) in the finale of the four-game series Monday. Mikolas has received zero run support in seven of 17 starts this season. Nola is 5-2 with a 2.19 ERA in eight career starts against St. Louis.
Orioles beat skidding Angels 9-5 for 8th straight win
BALTIMORE (AP) Quite unexpectedly and for the first time in years, the Baltimore Orioles enjoyed a week filled with victories, cheering fans, hugs and high fives.
The Orioles rolled to their eighth straight victory Sunday, using successive four-run innings and three RBIs by Ramon Urias to beat the road-weary Los Angeles Angels 9-5.
Baltimore fell behind 2-0 before storming back to complete a 7-0 homestand and its first four-game sweep of the Angels since 2003. The Orioles had not won eight consecutive games in a season since April 22 to May 1, 2005, though they won 12 straight across two seasons in late 2015 and early 2016.
It’s been quite an exhilarating stretch for a rebuilding team that lost more than 100 games in three of the last four years, the exception being the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
“I’ve been waiting for a week like this for a long time, for most of my career,” said designated hitter Trey Mancini, who broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016. “It’s something that I certainly don’t take for granted. We’re just having a really good time in here, playing so well as a team.”
Urias singled in two runs during a four-run fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 8-2. That put the Orioles (43-44) on course to move within a game of .500 for first time since starting 0-1.
“You know, I had higher hopes this year for us as a team, but I don’t think I could have imagined the team camaraderie being what it is,” Mancini said. “It’s just all aligned really well for us.”
Monte Harrison and Max Stassi homered for the sinking Angels, who now sit a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 38-49 after a 1-8 swing that began in Houston and Miami.
This was a particularly sloppy performance by Los Angeles. During Baltimore’s four-run fifth, not only was there a fielding error and a balk, but one run scored on a passed ball and another on a wild pitch.
“That’s just frustrating. We didn’t play a sound defensive game in a couple spots,” interim manager Phil Nevin said. “We’ve got to keep grinding. I know what it looks like right now and I know where we’re at. We’ve got a lot of good players. We’re a team that has to play crisp, clean baseball and we didn’t do that today.”
Austin Voth (1-1) pitched five innings to earn his first victory with the Orioles since being claimed off waivers from Washington on June 7. Voth, who pitched for the World Series champion Nationals in 2019, noticed some similarities between that team and this one.
“In 2019 what we had was good chemistry and guys coming together and joking around and playing well,” he said. “I’m starting to see that here.”
Harrison gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the third with his second career homer, a two-run drive to right. After celebrating his first long ball since August 2020 with the Marlins, he had to wait through a video replay because the Orioles questioned whether he actually touched first base.
LA starter Jose Suarez (1-3) retired his first 10 batters before walking two and hitting another in the fourth. The lefty gave up an RBI double to Ryan Mountcastle, a two-run single to Urias and was lifted after Rougned Odor singled in a run.
Orioles: OF Austin Hays was given the day off to rest his sore right wrist, which hasn’t been at 100 percent since he was struck by a pitch Monday against Texas. … RHP Travis Lakins (right elbow inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Angels: Following a day off, Los Angeles and RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-7, 3.84 ERA) face the visiting Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Orioles: After taking Monday off, Baltimore sends RHP Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.50) to the mound Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
White Sox score 2 unearned runs in 8th to beat Tigers 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) Pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock hit a tiebreaking two-out RBI single in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Sunday for their second straight win.
Pollock’s hit got past the reach of second baseman Jonathan Schoop to score Luis Robert from second and put Chicago ahead 3-2. Eloy Jimenez followed with an RBI single to make it 4-2. Both hits were off reliever Gregory Soto.
The runs were both unearned. Robert reached second with two outs when left fielder Robbie Grossman struggled with the sun in his eyes and the ball dropped off the heel of his glove for an error. Jose Abreu was intentionally walked before Pollock’s hit.
Gavin Sheets homered and had two hits for the second straight game. His solo shot in the sixth tied it at 2. Yoan Moncada had an RBI single in the fifth.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who dropped their second straight following a six-game winning streak.
Kendall Graveman (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Liam Hendriks tossed a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
Michael Fulmer (2-3) took the loss.
Baez played his first seven-plus seasons with the crosstown Cubs and was booed by South Side fans before each plate appearance. The shortstop took his time leaving the batter’s box when he went deep in the first and watched his ninth homer sail into the left field bullpen.
Chicago starter Michael Kopech settled in after Baez’s blast and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Kopech has struggled since a fluid buildup in his right knee forced him to leave in the first inning against Texas on June 12. The right-hander has a 6.15 ERA since that outing.
Detroit spot starter Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, his longest outing since July 7, 2016.
Kopech’s first five pitches missed the strike zone. The right-hander’s sixth might have been high and inside, but the free-swinging Baez turned on it for a 2-0 Detroit lead.
Moncada’s RBI single in the fifth cut it to 2-1. Sheets homered to right-center on Hutchison’s full-count pitch with two outs in the sixth to tie it.
Detroit recalled RHP Drew Carlton was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and optioned RHP Garrett Hill. Hill started against the White Sox on Saturday, allowing six runs in the first two innings in an 8-0 loss.
Tigers: RHP Rony Garcia (right shoulder soreness) will throw a bullpen session on Monday. He joined Detroit’s rotation in late May, then experienced a “pinch” in his shoulder when throwing on the side following a start on June 29.
White Sox: Shortstop Tim Anderson, a starter for the AL in the All-Star Game, got the day off. Leury Garcia took his place in the lineup. Manager Tony La Russa said Anderson will get another day off before the break “because he’s very active on his legs” in playing his position. … Eloy Jimenez started in left on Sunday after getting Saturday off as he works his way back from surgery for a hamstring tendon tear. … Coaches and training staff checked on Kopech with one out in the second inning, but he remained in the game
Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (2-3, 3.62) starts the first game of a doubleheader on Monday in Kansas City and RHP Alex Faedo (1-4, 5.04) starts the second.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 5.33) takes the mound Monday at Cleveland as Chicago opens an eight-game road trip against the Indians and Twins, the AL Central rivals it hopes to catch in the division.
Greinke pitches 5 scoreless innings, Royals beat Guardians
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Zack Greinke pitched five scoreless innings of three-hit ball and the Kansas City Royals slowed the Cleveland Guardians 5-1 on Sunday.
A day after the Guardians got a season-high 23 hits in a 13-1 romp, Greinke (3-5) and four relievers combined on a five-hitter.
Greinke struck out five and walked one in his 222nd career win.
In the third inning, Greinke threw his 50,000th total pitch in the majors. Now in his 19th season, the 38-year-old righty became the 17th pitcher to reach that feat since 1988, when pitch count data became available. Justin Verlander is the only other active player to reach the mark.
MJ Melendez drove in two runs and Andrew Benintendi extended his on-base streak to an AL-best 19 games. Benintendi hit an RBI single in the fifth and Melendez had a two-run single later in the inning.
Kyle Isbel and Nicky Lopez also had RBI singles for the Royals.
Zach Plesac (2-6) gave up three earned runs and six hits in five innings. He began the game with a 6-0 record against the Royals in 11 career appearances.
Owen Miller recorded the lone extra-base hit for Cleveland and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth.
The win snapped a streak of six straight rubber-game losses at home for Kansas City dating to last Sept. 5.
Guardians: 1B-OF Josh Naylor was scratched from the starting lineup with lower back discomfort.
Royals: 2B Whit Merrifield was removed from the game at the start of the fifth inning with right toe discomfort. Merrifield holds the longest active games played streak in the majors with 553.
Royals: RHP Jonathan Heasley (right shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the 15-day injured list and LHP Foster Griffin was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding move.
Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (4-5, 3.86 ERA) will open Cleveland’s eight-game homestand against AL Central foes, starting with a four-gamer against the Chicago White Sox.
Royals: Kansas City will continue its homestand with a four-game series against Detroit with a twinbill on Monday. RHP Brad Keller (4-9, 4.37) will start Game 1 and LHP Daniel Lynch (3-7, 4.95) is expected to take the mound in Game 2.
Riley hits RBI single in 12th, surging Braves top Nationals
ATLANTA (AP) Austin Riley hit a tying home run in the eighth inning and a winning single in the 12th, lifting the surging Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
The defending World Series champion Braves have won six of seven and improved to 29-8 since June 1, the best record in the majors in that span. They are 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and open a three-game series against them Monday night in Atlanta.
Washington has lost 10 of 11. Juan Soto extended his hitting streak to 13 games – he’s batting .409 during the run – and also has a 20-game on-base string.
Dansby Swanson started the Braves 12th as the automatic runner at second base. After an intentional walk to Matt Olson, Riley lined a single to left off Jordan Weems (0-1).
Riley was the automatic runner in the 10th when William Contreras lined an infield single that second baseman Alcides Escobar bobbled. Escobar recovered in time to throw out Riley at the plate to end the inning.
Riley also had an RBI single in the third.
Collin McHugh (2-1) earned the win after pitching clean innings in the 11th and 12th.
Riley, going deep for the second straight day, hit his 23rd homer to tie it at 3 off Kyle Finnegan in the eighth. He is batting .489 with multiple hits in eight of his last 10 games.
Lane Thomas hit the Nationals’ first pinch-hit homer of the season, a three-run drive off reliever Dylan Lee in the sixth that made it 3-2. Thomas drove his ninth homer into the left-field seats to give Washington its first lead of the three-game series.
The Braves have won six straight in the season series against the Nationals. Washington was swept in Atlanta for the first time since April 11-13, 2014.
Atlanta starter Ian Anderson, who had the NL’s highest ERA over six starts in June at 6.91, was trying to win his second straight start, but left after issuing consecutive one-one walks to Soto and Nelson Cruz in the sixth.
Nationals starter Paolo Espino allowed two run and six hits in four innings.
Atlanta 1B Olson dove to his left in the second for a backhanded spear of Maikel Franco’s grounder. He flipped the ball to Anderson for the out. … Franco returned the favor from third base in the fourth, ranging to his right to make a tough jump-throw from foul territory across the diamond on one hop to retire Orlando Arcia.
The Nationals reinstated RHP Hunter Harvey from the 60-day injured list and optioned RHP Joan Adon to Triple-A Rochester. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Jackson Tetreault was transferred to the 60-man injured list.
The Braves and Mets meet Monday night to begin a three-game series with LHP ace Max Fried (9-2, 2.52 ERA) going against Mets RHP ace Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.26). Fried is 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 12 career starts and five relief appearances against New York.
Washington is off Monday. RHP Josiah Gray (7-5, 4.14) will face Seattle when the Mariners and Nationals begin a two-game series on Tuesday.
Alcantara spins another gem, Marlins top Mets 2-0 in 10
NEW YORK (AP) Sandy Alcantara extended his shutout streak to 19 innings and pinch-runner Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error by catcher Tomas Nido in the 10th, sending the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 2-0 on Sunday.
Luke Williams added an RBI single for the Marlins, who won for the eighth time in 11 games and earned a split of the four-game series. Tanner Scott struck out Francisco Lindor with runners at the corners for his 12th save.
New York’s lead in the NL East was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves – its smallest since April 16. The Mets, who had a 10 1/2-game cushion on June 1, begin a three-game series at Atlanta on Monday night.
Alcantara, likely to be selected to the NL All-Star team later Sunday, allowed six hits in seven innings and lowered his ERA to 1.73. He struck out four and walked one.
The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last 12 starts.
Jon Berti had three hits for the second straight game and got his major league-leading 27th stolen base for Miami.
Hamilton was inserted as the automatic runner at second base in the 10th, replacing Garrett Cooper. With a 1-2 count on Jesus Aguilar, the speedy Hamilton took off and easily stole third. He scored when Nido’s throw sailed well over Eduardo Escobar’s head into left field.
Nido scored the winning run Saturday in the 10th inning on a throwing error by Scott.
Jesus Sanchez and Bryan De La Cruz singled off Tommy Hunter (0-1) before Williams’ single made it 2-0.
Richard Bleier (1-1) worked a hitless ninth for the win.
Taijuan Walker turned in his sixth straight quality start for the Mets. The big right-hander scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings and struck out seven.
Luis Guillorme had three of New York’s seven hits.
Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas collided with Berti in left field on Lindor’s fourth-inning popup. Rojas dropped to a knee after making the catch. He was checked by manager Don Mattingly and an athletic trainer but initially remained in the game before exiting in the sixth with neck stiffness.
Mets: C James McCann (left oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list. He was injured Saturday making a sweep tag at the plate. … The team was still awaiting test results on RF Starling Marte (left groin tightness).
Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (4-7, 5.57 ERA) pitches Monday night in the opener of a three-game home series against Pittsburgh. Rogers, who finished second in 2021 NL Rookie of the Year voting, has completed six innings only once in 16 starts this season.
Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.26 ERA) makes his second start since returning from an oblique injury. He struck out a season-high 11 in six shutout innings of two-hit ball Tuesday at Cincinnati. Braves LHP Max Fried (9-2, 2.52) has allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts.
Wood brilliant, Flores has 2 HRs as Giants rout Padres 12-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) San Francisco Giants left-hander Alex Wood was unhittable for five innings, and the San Diego Padres got very little after that.
Wood took a no-hitter into the sixth, and Wilmer Flores had two home runs among his four hits and four RBIs in a 12-0 rout of the Padres on Sunday.
The Giants, who have been scuffling for three weeks, dominated the Padres in taking the final two of the four-game series. Wood’s brilliant effort Sunday followed Carlos Rodon’s overpowering performance Saturday, when he struck out 12 in a three-hitter.
“There’s always friendly competition, right?” Wood said. “Somebody goes out there the day before and dominates, you want to follow that up with a really good quality start the next day.”
Wood (6-7) did just that. He walked All-Star Manny Machado with one out in the first and didn’t allow another baserunner until rookie C.J. Abrams stroked an opposite-field single to left on the left-hander’s second pitch of the sixth. The Padres had gone 12 innings without a hit going back to the second inning Saturday.
Wood went seven innings, allowing three singles while striking out eight and walking one on 83 pitches.
“It was a good day today,” Wood said. “It was the best my slider has been all year, for sure. Yesterday you get just an incredible start by ‘Los, great defense. The boys came out banging today and played good defense.”
It was the first time the Giants won consecutive games since June 16-17 at Pittsburgh.
“Nice performance by the guys,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Just kind of staying loose through these times when we’re struggling a little bit for an extended period of time, knowing that they’re going to have games like this also on the other side.
“Good pitching performance yesterday, good pitching performance today by Alex, obviously,” Kapler added.
The manager also praised catcher Joey Bart’s “sneaky good performance” in how he called the game. Kapler said Bart “never stopped blocking balls, never stopped fighting for strikes throughout that game.”
As Wood was keeping the Padres off the base paths, the Giants were practically wearing them out while getting 17 hits and walking four times.
Flores and Thairo Estrada each hit a two-run homer off rookie lefty MacKenzie Gore (4-4), who lasted only 3 1/3 innings. Flores also homered in the ninth off Matthew Batten, who started for the Padres at third base. It was Flores’ 12th.
Estrada homered in the second, his seventh. Flores went deep in the third. Both came with no outs against Gore, who allowed eight runs and eight hits.
Flores also drove in a run in the seventh when he lined a ball off the back of reliever Dinelson Lamet, who recovered and threw to first for the out.
Mike Yastrzemski hit an RBI triple to highlight the four-run fourth.
Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (8-2, 2.09 ERA) was selected to the NL All-Star team for the first time. Going into Sunday’s games he ranked first in the NL with 14 quality starts, third in ERA and fifth with a 0.93 WHIP. Musgrove, who grew up in suburban El Cajon and pitched at Grossmont High, threw the only no-hitter in Padres history in his second start with the team on April 9, 2021, at Texas.
Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 4.74 ERA) is scheduled to to start Monday night in the opener of a three-game home series against Arizona, which will counter with RHP Merrill Kelly (7-5, 3.42).
Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (3-4, 4.18) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Colorado. The Rockies will go with RHP Jose Urena (0-0, 2.51).
Red Sox score 9 straight, rally past Yanks 11-6 for split
BOSTON (AP) Jeter Downs’ bases-loaded blooper against Aroldis Chapman dropped in off DJ LeMahieu’s glove to break a sixth-inning tie, and the Boston Red Sox scored nine unanswered runs to rally past the New York Yankees 11-6 on Sunday night.
After losing the first two games of the series and falling 16 behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East, the Red Sox won the last two to manage a split. And they did it with a pair of comebacks sparked by Downs, a 23-year-old rookie named after former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter who was supposed to start in Triple-A on Saturday but was scratched so he could head to Fenway Park.
A day after scoring three runs in the 10th inning to snap New York’s three-game win streak, Boston scored one in the third, three in the fifth to tie it, one in the sixth to take the lead and four insurance runs in the seventh.
J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to make it 6-all in the fifth, and Franchy Cordero and Christian Vazquez also homered to help Boston improve to 0-8-1 in series against AL East foes.
Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Carpenter homered for the Yankees, who scored two runs off Boston starter Nick Pivetta in each of the first three innings to open a 6-2 lead.
Vazquez hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third, then doubled home a run in the fifth; Martinez hit the next pitch out to right-center to tie it 6-all. Chapman (0-3) loaded the bases in the sixth on a single and two walks, then Downs pinch hit for Jarren Duran and blooped one toward center field.
LeMahieu went back on it from second base and Aaron Hicks came in from center, but the ball glanced off LeMahieu’s glove and fell in. Trevor Story scored from third to make it 7-6 but Rob Refsnyder, who held up at first, was forced out at second.
Boston added four more in the seventh, loading the bases on an error, a walk and a single before Story doubled high off the Green Monster in left-center to clear the bases. Albert Abreu replaced Miguel Castro and committed a throwing error on Cordero’s bunt, allowing Story to score from second and make it 10-6.
Chapman was charged with one run on one hit and two walks, striking out two in one inning. Hirokazu Sawamura (1-1) struck out two in two innings for the win.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by plate umpire Tripp Gibson in the middle of the seventh. Boone came out to argue, animatedly, after Sawamura struck out Stanton looking to end the top half of the inning.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, closer Clay Holmes, catcher Jose Trevino and left-hander Nestor Cortes were added to the AL roster for the All-Star Game on Sunday. They join starters Aaron Judge and Stanton.
The Red Sox have two players headed to Dodger Stadium for the game on July 19: shortstop Xander Bogaerts was added as a reserve, and third baseman Rafael Devers was elected as a starter.
Yankees: New York starter Jameson Taillon took a hard chopper from Vazquez off his right hip in the first inning, recovered and made the play at first. Taillon remained in the game.
Red Sox: Devers missed the last two games of the series with back pain. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi pitched three-plus innings for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox on a rehab assignment, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four. He has been on the injured list since June 12 with lower back inflammation.
Yankees: After taking Monday off, host Cincinnati for the start of a three-game series Tuesday. Cole (8-2) will face Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2).
Red Sox: Rookie RHP Brayan Bello (0-1) makes his second career start when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays.
Astros place Álvarez on IL, slugger flown back to Houston
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez flew back to Houston for treatment after being placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right hand injury that has gotten worse, according to manager Dusty Baker.
Alvarez originally hurt his hand June 18 against the Chicago White Sox and has been dealing with soreness and inflammation since then. The Astros expect him to miss the next two series and possibly return after the All-Star break.
“Yordan has been suffering with the injury for a couple weeks and it’s gotten worse,” Baker said. “We decided the only way to get this well is to try to use these (series) before the break coincide with the 10 that he has to be on the IL.”
Alvarez has 26 home runs this season and leads the American League with a .653 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.058.
Rays’ Wander Franco to injured list with wrist discomfort
CINCINNATI (AP) Shortstop Wander Franco was put on the 10-day injured list by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, one day after he left the game against the Cincinnati Reds with what the team called right wrist discomfort.
Franco left Saturday’s game after fouling off a 100.2 mph Hunter Greene pitch before striking out. Franco is to be examined by Dr. Douglas Carlan on Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The 21-year-old switch-hitter is batting .260 with five homers and 23 RBIs in over 58 games this season.
Tampa Bay also placed centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day IL with left hip inflammation and left-hander Jeffrey Springs on the 15-day IL with right lower leg tightness, a move retroactive to Thursday. The Rays optioned right-hander Calvin Faucher to Triple-A Durham.
Kiermaier was sidelined by the ailment betwee June 20 and July 1.
Left-hander Josh Fleming right-hander Phoenix Sanders, infielder Jonathan Aranda and outfielder Luke Raley were recalled from Durham.
Mets’ McCann goes on 10-day IL with a left oblique strain
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets have placed catcher James McCann on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with a left oblique strain.
The 32-year old was injured while reaching to apply a tag in the sixth inning of New York’s extra-inning victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
It is the second stint on the injured list this season for the Mets catcher. McCann required surgery for his broken left hamate bone and spent six weeks on the injured list. He was reinstated on June 24 and started eight games. New York manager Buck Showalter indicated that McCann was expected to be out “longer than 10 days.”
Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
Tomas Nido, who took over for McCann on Saturday and delivered the tying hit and scored the winning run in the 10th inning of the 5-4 victory, was in Sunday’s starting lineup
The Mets were still awaiting the results of outfielder Starling Marte’s MRI. Marte left Saturday’s game in the fourth inning with left groin tightness.
Showalter also noted that the plan for injured outfielder Travis Jankowski (left fourth metacarpal fracture), who is currently on a minor league rehab assignment with Syracuse, is to have him join the team in Atlanta.
New York also claimed left-hander Sam Clay off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies and optioned him to Syracuse. The Mets designated right-hander Jake Reed for assignment.
Celtics agree to 2-year, $13.3M deal with Gallinari
The Boston Celtics agreed to a two-year, $13.3-million deal with forward Danilo Gallinari, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gallinari’s contract will be fully guaranteed and contain a player option in the second year.
The 33-year-old became a free agent after he cleared waivers with the San Antonio Spurs.
After spending the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Gallinari was traded to San Antonio on June 30 in the blockbuster deal that sent Dejounte Murray to Atlanta.
A 13-season vet, Gallinari is averaging 15.6 points – with a 38.2% mark from deep – 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 728 career games. He had a down year last season with the Hawks, however, starting in just 18 of 66 appearances and averaging 11.7 points, his lowest tally since his rookie year.
Jazz GM: There’s ‘no intent’ to trade Mitchell
Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik didn’t definitively rule out moving Donovan Mitchell amid trade rumors involving the All-Star guard.
“Change is inevitable in the NBA,” Zanik told reporters Saturday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I’m not trying to be cryptic or anything else, but Donovan is on our roster and he’s a very, very important part of what we’re trying to do.
“Things evolve in the NBA, so I couldn’t sit here and say anybody is (untouchable). We’re trying to build a championship team, but there’s no intent there (to trade Mitchell), at all.”
Utah has already undergone significant changes after another early playoff exit. Longtime Jazz head coach Quin Snyder stepped down in June after eight seasons with the organization. His replacement, Will Hardy, was hired later that month. The 34-year-old was a member of Ime Udoka’s staff in Boston and became the youngest active bench boss in the Association.
Utah recently shipped out Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a massive blockbuster deal that netted the club four first-round picks. Starting forward Royce O’Neale was also traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick.
Mitchell averaged 25.9 points on 44.8% shooting over 67 appearances last season, finishing ninth in the NBA’s scoring race. He drilled the seventh-most triples (232) and ranked 11th in steals (1.5 per game) as well.
Mitchell is entering the second season of a five-year, $163-million contract.
Wiseman plays, Kuminga, Warriors top Spurs in Summer League
LAS VEGAS (AP) James Wiseman returned and Jonathan Kuminga capped a big night with a tiebreaking free throw with 8.1 seconds left, leading the Golden State Warriors to an 86-85 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Recovering from April 2021 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, Wiseman didn’t play in the NBA this season and appeared in just three G League games in March before being shut down. The 21-year-old Wiseman, a 7-foot center taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft, had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two blocks in 19 minutes.
Kuminga had 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting with seven rebounds and four assists. He made just 1 of 7 from 3-point range and shot 7 of 18 at the free throw line, but split a pair at the line with the game tied at 85.
Blake Wesley scored 22 points for the Spurs. Darius Day had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Josh Carlton had 10 points and 11 rebounds – seven offensive – and Josh Primo had 10 points or San Antonio. Primo, taken 12th by the Spurs in the 2021 draft, shot just 2 of 15 from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
Mac McClung added 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Warriors (1-1). Moses Moody, who scored 34 points in a loss to the New York Knicks on Friday, did not play.
KINGS 103, PACERS 96
Keegan Murray, picked No. 4 overall by Sacramento in June’s draft, scored 23 points and hit four of the Kings’ 18 3-pointers in their win over Indiana.
Sacramento (1-1) took Murray over Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward out of Iowa is averaging 21.5 points and hitting 40% of his 10 attempts per game from 3-point range in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old Murray averaged 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.1% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range in three games at the California Summer League earlier this month.
Terry Taylor had 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Bennedict Mathurin, the No. 6 pick in last month’s draft, had 15 points but made just 6 of 16 from the field for Indiana (1-1).
Sean McDermott hit three 3s and finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Frankie Ferrari scored 16 and made 4 of 6 from behind the arc for the Kings.
NETS 91, 76ERS 84
Cam Thomas made 15-of-15 free throws and finished with 26 points and seven assists, David Duke Jr. scored 21 points and Day’Ron Sharpe had a double-double to help Brooklyn beat Philadelphia.
Sharpe had 13 points – including dunk while being fouled to open the fourth quarter – with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Kessler Edwards added 10 points for the Nets (1-1).
There were 15 ties and 17 lead changes, the last of which came when Sharpe made a reverse layup with 6:23 to play.
Brooklyn made 28 of 32 (87.5%) from the free-throw line, including 6 of 6 in closing seconds. Duke finished 9 of 10 from the foul line.
Cassius Winston led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added five rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Charlie Brown Jr. scored 15 points and Charles Bassey had 11 points and nine rebounds.
KNICKS 101, BULLS 69
Quentin Grimes hit four 3-pointers and finished with 23 points, Jericho Sims scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds and New York never trailed against Chicago.
Sims, who played 41 games for the Knicks (2-0) on a two-way contract as a rookie last season, had his second consecutive double-double. The 6-foot-9 center out of Texas signed a three-year contract worth about $6 million.
New York opened the game with a 13-0 run, led by 16 points at the end of the first quarter and scored 32 in the second to make it 59-24 at halftime. The Knicks finished with 42 points in the paint, scored 35 points off 21 Chicago turnovers, and led by as many as 39 points.
Miles McBride added 14 points, six assists and three steals, and DaQuan Jeffries scored 13 points for New York.
Dalen Terry – picked No. 18 overall in June’s draft – and Carlik Jones scored 13 points apiece for Chicago (1-1). Terry made 3 of 7 from the field, 1 of 6 from 3-point range and committed seven turnovers. Henri Dell added 11 points and three steals.
WIZARDS 97, SUNS 72
Vernon Carey Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Jaime Echenique scored 12 points and Washington led by double figures for nearly 30 minutes in its win over Phoenix.
Isaiah Todd hit a 3-pointer that gave the Wizards (1-1) a 23-13 lead with 9:31 left in the second quarter and the Suns trailed by at least 10 the rest of the way. Davion Mintz made a step-back 3 to give Washington its biggest lead at 89-56 with 3:55 to play.
Johnny Davis, the No. 10 pick in last month’s draft, and Tyler Hall scored 11 points apiece. Davis, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Wisconsin, went 1 for 9 from the field and finished with six points, five rebounds and two assists in Washington’s 105-99 loss to Detroit on Friday.
Tyson Carter led the Suns (1-1) with 12 points. Ish Wainright added 11 points and Louis King scored 10.
NUGGETS 84, CAVALIERS 76
Peyton Watson scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, and Collin Gillespie added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Denver beat Cleveland.
Christian Braun had 10 points, five assists and three steals, Ismael Kamagate also scored 10 points to go with nine rebounds and Jack White had eight points, 15 rebounds and three blocks for Denver (1-1).
RJ Nembhard Jr. led the Cavaliers (1-1) with 19 points, Cam Young scored 16 and Amar Sylla 11. Ochai Agbaji, who Cleveland picked No. 14 overall in June’s draft, had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Cleveland Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett warmed up with the Cavaliers before the game, dunking in the layup line while wearing a No. 95 jersey.
HORNETS 89, LAKERS 86, 2OT
Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and his drive-and-kick to JT Thor for a 3-pointer from the right side gave Charlotte the win in the sudden-death second overtime.
Alexander converted a three-point play and then hit a 3-pointer to make it 81(equals)all with 21 seconds left in regulation. He hit three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot to make it 86-all with 4.3 seconds left in the 2-minute first OT.
Alexander hit 4 of 9 from 3-point range and had six assists, while Thor finished with 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting. LJ Figueroa made 7 of 7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Cole Swider hit 5 of 8 from 3-point range and led Los Angeles with 21 points. Mason Jones scored 13 and Scotty Pippen Jr. and Max Christie added 10 points apiece.
The Lakers won the tip in the second overtime and Pippen air-balled a potential winning 3-point shot
GRIZZLIES 70, TIMBERWOLVES 61
Santi Aldama had 22 points, eight rebounds, six steals and two blocks, and Tremont Waters scored 16 points to help Memphis beat Minnesota.
David Roddy had 10 points and nine rebounds for Memphis (1-1). Jake LaRavia, the No. 19 pick overall in June’s draft, finished with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, 0 of 4 from 3-point range.
Kevon Harris led Minnesota (1-1) with 17 points.
The teams combined to shoot 7 of 64 (10.9%) from 3-point range.
Schauffele wins Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Xander Schauffele keeps making up for lost time.
Winless for more than two years, Schauffele picked up his fourth win in the last 12 months Sunday when he overcame a rough patch in the middle of his round with two key birdies and a par save for an even-par 70 to win the Scottish Open.
Next up is another test on Scottish soil, this one the purest of all, the British Open at St. Andrews. Schauffele heads to the home of golf as among the hottest players in the world.
It was the first time the PGA Tour co-sanctioned a European tour event.
“It’s just an honor to win the first one,” said Schauffele, who now has seven career titles on the PGA Tour.
His 8-foot par save on the par-3 17th at The Renaissance Club gave him a two-shot lead, and the 28-year-old from San Diego played it smartly from there. He took iron off the 18th tee to avoid trouble and wound up missing an 8-foot par that only affected the margin.
Schauffele finished at 7-under 273, one shot ahead of Kurt Kitayama (66).
Kitayama had a one-shot lead on the back nine and was still tied until missing a 6-foot par putt on the 17th hole and then having to wait to see if his score would be enough.
The consolation for Kitayama was earning of three spots in the field at the British Open, his third straight time at golf’s oldest championship. The other two spots went to Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson, who tied for sixth.
So many others had a chance to earn a spot at St. Andrews. Rickie Fowler has played every British Open since 2010 and came into the final round of the Scottish Open within range. But he closed with a 75 and was headed back home across the Atlantic.
Ryan Palmer also was in position until playing the back nine with two bogeys and no birdies and missing out by two shots. It was tougher for Alex Smalley, who only needed a par on the 18th to earn a spot. He made bogey.
It wasn’t easy for Schauffele, either.
He started the final round with a two-shot lead and birdied the opening two holes. He was four shots ahead after five holes. And when he reached the back nine, he was one shot behind.
“This was stressful,” Schauffele said. ‘I’m not going to put makeup on the pig here. It was a very average day, probably my worst stuff this week. You can’t get ahead of yourself in links golf. I was ahead, behind, ahead, behind. I just kept my head down.”
It began to turn in his favor when Schauffele made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to reclaim the lead and then reached the par-5 16th in two to set up a two-putt birdie that extended his lead to two shots. Equally important was the 17th, when he putted from behind the green some 8 feet by the hole and made it for par to keep his cushion.
Schauffele now has won two straight PGA TOUR starts — his win in the J.P. McManus Pro-Am in Ireland at the start of the week doesn’t count — going into the final major of the year. The last player to win twice in a row before a major was Dustin Johnson in 2016, and then he tied for ninth in the British Open at Royal Troon.
He had gone more than three years without a win, dating to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to start 2019, and it was gnawing at him.
But then Schauffele won Olympic gold in the Tokyo Olympics last summer. He teamed with Patrick Cantlay to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in late April, and now he has added two more of his own. That takes him to No. 5 in the world.
“Just to get over the hump, honestly, it was big,” he said of his first PGA Tour win this year in New Orleans. “It definitely was a kick-starter for me, as you can tell.”
Joohyung Kim, the 20-year-old South Korean, also had a brief share of the lead with a brilliant play on the 17th in which his ball rolled off the back slope to 5 feet for birdie. But he took bogey on the 18th and shot 67 to finish third. He moved to No. 39, his first time in the top 50.
Jordan Spieth had his share of adventures again.
He was within one shot of the lead until pulling his tee shot on the 14th into high grass, hacking out long and making double bogey, and then taking bogey on the 15th with a wedge in his hand from the fairway. Spieth had two birdies, three bogeys, and a double bogey on the back nine and shot 72 to tie for 10th.
LA Kings sign Adrian Kempe to 4-year, $22 million extension
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) All-Star forward Adrian Kempe has agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.
The club announced the deal Sunday with Kempe, who set career highs with 35 goals and 54 points last season while earning his first All-Star Game selection.
Kempe became just the third player to score 35 goals for Los Angeles since 2004. The right wing also led the Kings with six points in seven postseason games after Los Angeles qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2018.
The 2014 first-round pick from Sweden has scored 186 points in 390 games over six seasons with the Kings. He is a key offensive component for low-scoring Los Angeles, which finished third in the Pacific Division despite scoring fewer goals than every playoff team except Dallas.
Kempe is likely to be a part of the Kings’ top line next season alongside captain Anze Kopitar and new left wing Kevin Fiala. Los Angeles acquired the high-scoring Swiss forward from Minnesota last month and quickly signed him to a seven-year, $55.125 million contract.
Djokovic tops Kyrgios for 7th Wimbledon, 21st Slam trophy
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Novak Djokovic waited. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to lose focus and lose his way. Waited to find the proper read on his foe’s big serves. Waited until his own level rose to the occasion.
Djokovic is not bothered by a deficit – in a game, a set, a match. He does not mind problem-solving. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time now, he does not get defeated.
Djokovic used his steady brilliance to beat the ace-delivering, trick-shot-hitting, constantly chattering Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday for a fourth consecutive championship at the All England Club, seventh overall there, and 21st from all Grand Slam tournaments.
“It’s weird. I felt like he didn’t do anything amazing today,” said the unseeded Kyrgios, offering an assessment with which some might not concur, given that Djokovic accumulated 31 winners and merely eight unforced errors over the last two sets, while facing zero break points in that span.
“But he was just so composed. That’s what I was just thinking to myself. In big moments, it just felt like he was never rattled. I feel like that’s his greatest strength: He just never looks rattled,” said Kyrgios, about whom those words likely have not been uttered. “He just looks completely within himself the whole time. Didn’t look like he was playing overaggressive, even though it felt like he was playing big.”
Among men, only Roger Federer owns more Wimbledon titles than Djokovic, with eight, and only Rafael Nadal owns more major trophies, with 22.
“The more you win, it’s logical the more confident, the more comfortable you feel out there every next time you step out on the court,” said the top-seeded Djokovic, who was pleased to hear some spectators at Centre Court chanting his nickname, “No-le! No-le!” as he served out the final point of a tremendously well-played tiebreaker.
As of now, Djokovic will not be able to try to pull even with Nadal by winning the U.S. Open, which begins in late August: The 35-year-old Serbian can’t enter the United States because he decided not to get any shots against COVID-19, the same reason Djokovic missed the Australian Open in January.
“I’m not vaccinated,” Djokovic said Sunday, “and I’m not planning to get vaccinated.”
Aside from his experience – 32 Grand Slam final appearances versus one for the unseeded Kyrgios – his skill and his clutch gene shined in the concluding tiebreaker, and all of those qualities were present for two particularly pivotal games that helped swing the match.
“Key moments,” Djokovic called them.
They were games in which Djokovic steeled himself, and Kyrgios blinked. And games that Kyrgios would not let go as he began engaging in running monologues, shouting at himself or his entourage (which does not include a full-time coach), earning a warning for cursing, finding reason to disagree with the chair umpire he fist-bumped before the match, and chucking a water bottle.
With Djokovic serving for the second set at 5-3, Kyrgios got to love-40 – a trio of break points. But Kyrgios played a couple of casual returns, and Djokovic eventually held. When that set ended, Kyrgios waved dismissively toward his box, sat down and dropped his racket to the turf, then groused to no one in particular: “It was love-40! Can it get any bigger or what?! Is that big enough for you?!”
“He knew on this stage, when Nick starts to talk, he’s going to be vulnerable,” said Djokovic’s coach, 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic. “That happened.”
In the third set, with Kyrgios serving at 4-all, 40-love, he again let a seemingly sealed game get away, with Djokovic breaking there.
“It was a huge momentum shift,” Djokovic said, “because up to that point we were quite even.”
Kyrgios was almost perfect in the first set, with 11 winners before he made a second unforced error. The 40th-ranked Kyrgios, a 27-year-old from Australia, never had been past the quarterfinals in 29 previous Grand Slam appearances – and the last time he made it even that far was 7 1/2 years ago.
His talent is unmistakable. But over the years, Kyrgios has drawn more notice for his preference for style over substance on court, his tempestuousness that has earned him ejections and suspensions and his taste for the nightlife.
During the past two weeks alone, Kyrgios racked up $14,000 in fines – one for spitting at a heckling spectator after a first-round victory, another for cursing during a wildly contentious win against No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round – and caught flack for wearing a red hat and sneakers before or after matches at a place where all-white clothing is mandated. Word also emerged that he is due in court next month in Australia to face an assault allegation.
On Sunday, Kyrgios tried shots between his legs, hit some with his back to the net, pounded serves at up to 136 mph and produced 30 aces. He used an underarm serve, then faked one later.
For all of the significant records and other factoids logged in the 560-page Wimbledon Compendium – including categories such as “ambidextrous players” or “runners-up who wore glasses in a final” – no mention is made of “underarm serves in a gentleman’s final,” but it seems safe to say that was a first.
Perhaps, in some ways, it would have been fitting for such a unique player to emerge as the champion at such a unique Wimbledon.
All players representing Russia or Belarus were barred by the All England Club because of the war in Ukraine; among those banned was No. 1-ranked Daniil Medvedev, the reigning U.S. Open champion. In response, the WTA and ATP tours took the unprecedented step of revoking all ranking points from Wimbledon (Djokovic, for example, earned zero points for his title and will slide to No. 7 on Monday).
A woman who was born in Russia but has represented Kazakhstan for four years, Elena Rybakina, won the women’s trophy Saturday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur. There’s more: Federer missed the tournament for the first time since the late 1990s, The No. 2 man in the rankings, Alexander Zverev, sat out injured. Three of the top 20 seeded men, including 2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini, pulled out of Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19. And Nadal withdrew with a torn abdominal muscle before he was supposed to face Kyrgios in the semifinals.
On Sunday, it was Djokovic holding the trophy, as he has so often. He trailed in the final, just as he had in the quarterfinals (when he was two sets down) and the semifinals. Just as he had in last year’s French Open and Wimbledon finals. Just as he had in the 2019 final at the All England Club, facing two championship points against Federer.
Each time, he waited for the opportunity to seize control. Each time, he won.
“So the run keeps going,” Djokovic said after his unbeaten streak at Wimbledon reached 28 victories. “I feel very connected with this court and with this tournament, without a doubt.”
Russia claims credit for Elena Rybakina’s Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) The Russian Tennis Federation was quick to claim Elena Rybakina as “our product” on her run to the women’s title at Wimbledon.
They then praised her training program in the country after she won the Venus Rosewater Dish as Wimbledon champion while representing Kazakhstan.
“It’s the Russian school, after all. She played here with us for a long time, and then in Kazakhstan,” Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev told sports website Championat on Saturday after Rybakina beat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court.
The 23-year-old Rybakina was born on Moscow and played in the Russian system until 2018, when financial issues led to her nationality switch.
There’s been no official reaction from the Kremlin on Rybakina’s Wimbledon success, but some commentators have claimed her victory as a Russian achievement and a symbolic snub to the All England Club’s ban on players representing Russia and Belarus.
Players from those countries were banned from the Wimbledon tournament because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Some Russian state media outlets emphasized Rybakina’s roots in Moscow, with others opting to call her simply a “representative of Kazakhstan.”
The last Russian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title was Maria Sharapova at the French Open in 2014. Moscow-born Sofia Kenin, who left Russia as a baby and plays for the United States, won the Australian Open in 2020.
Kazakhstan, meanwhile, is ecstatic at having its first Grand Slam singles champion.
“Kazakhstani tennis player Elena Rybakina has achieved a historic victory in the extremely prestigious Wimbledon tournament. I heartily congratulate this outstanding athlete!” President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrote on Twitter.
Rybakina’s win is the culmination of a long-term plan for tennis in Kazakhstan. The oil and gas-rich Central Asian nation has a long tradition of homegrown success in sports like boxing and cycling but has often relied on recruiting talented tennis players from Russia.
Rybakina, known for the big serve which has brought a tour-leading 253 aces this year, made the switch at 19 when her career stalled because of financial issues. The Kazakhstan Tennis Federation stepped in with an offer – represent them in exchange for the cash needed to support the global lifestyle of a tennis player. Rybakina said this week she feels like she lives on tour rather than in any one place.
When Rybakina – nervous, barely smiling, seemingly not quite sure what she had achieved – climbed into the stands at Centre Court on Saturday to celebrate with her team, she embraced first KTF president Bulat Utemuratov, then Yaroslava Shvedova, the former player who has become her mentor. Shvedova, similarly to Rybakina, was born in Moscow, switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2008 and won two Grand Slam doubles titles.
Rybakina’s victory also comes at a tense time in relations between Russia and Kazakhstan.
The year began with Russia deploying troops to its Central Asian neighbor to suppress protests which turned violent. The government in Kazakhstan welcomed that move but has been notably reluctant to endorse Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started the following month. President Tokayev said in front of Putin at a televised conference in St. Petersburg last month that Kazakhstan would not recognize the two Russia-backed separatist governments in eastern Ukraine.
Rybakina has been guarded in her comments on the invasion.
“I just want the war to end as soon as possible. Peace, yeah,” she said after her quarterfinal match.
Of the ban on players representing Russia, Rybakina said: “When I heard this, this is not something you want to hear because we are playing sport. Everybody wants to compete. They were not choosing where they born.”
Griner’s name permeates WNBA All-Star Game, Team Wilson wins
CHICAGO (AP) Brittney Griner was everywhere Sunday – before, during and after the WNBA All-Star Game.
Everywhere except where the league’s best players felt she should be – playing alongside them on the court.
A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars wore Griner’s name and her No. 42 on the back of their jerseys for the second half of Team Wilson’s 134-112 victory over Team Stewart. It was another moment in the league’s continued push for Griner’s release from her detention in Russia.
“BG’s one of us. She’s our sister,” Wilson said, “and at the end of the day, we’re going to do whatever we can to amplify the platform that we have to make sure that everyone is doing what they need to do to make sure that she gets home safely.”
Griner, 31, has been detained since February after police at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. The eight-time All-Star pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession charges that could see a sentence of to up to 10 years in prison.
Griner was announced as an honorary All-Star starter before Sunday’s game, drawing cheers from the crowd of 9,572 at the home of the defending champion Sky. The players lined up along the sideline to show off their Griner jerseys before the start of the second half.
Team Wilson guards Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot hugged Cherelle Griner, Brittney’s wife, before play resumed.
“We just wanted to make sure at some point that we were able to, on national television, obviously in front of a (big) crowd, put Brittney’s name in the forefront,” Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird said. “That was our way of honoring her.”
It was the last All-Star Game for Bird and Sylvia Fowles, two pillars of the league who plan to retire after this season. Fowles had the day’s biggest highlight, picking up a steal and throwing down a dunk for Team Wilson with 4:04 left in the first half.
“It was just in the moment,” Fowles said. “I didn’t really think about it.”
Bird received a huge ovation when she checked out with 2:10 left, and acknowledged the cheers with a wave.
“That moment was really special,” Bird said.
Las Vegas aces guard Kelsey Plum was named MVP after she scored 30 points for Team Wilson in her first All-Star appearance. Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, six assists and six rebounds, and Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker finished with 15 points and eight boards.
Plum matched the league’s All-Star Game scoring record. Maya Moore also scored 30 points in 2015.
“What a way to send off Syl and Sue,” Plum said. “I think for me, I just personally wanted to go out and have a ton of fun.”
Jonquel Jones, the reigning WNBA MVP who plays for the Connecticut Sun, had 29 points and 13 rebounds for Team Stewart. Jones also made the game’s first 4-point shot with 7:04 left in the first quarter.
“I practiced them yesterday and shot it a lot in the warmups,” Jones said. “I felt comfortable and confident shooting them.”
It was the first WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago, and the league landed in the Windy City at perhaps its strongest position since it began play in 1997. Viewership is up, some major corporate partners have signed on and a wave of promising young stars like Wilson, Ionescu and Plum are moving to the forefront.
Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced this year’s WNBA Finals teams will travel on charter flights, and the league is increasing its postseason bonus pools by almost 50% to $500,000. Next season will be extended to 40 games, up from 36 this year, and Engelbert said the league has been meeting with potential ownership groups for expansion teams.
“We continue to work really hard on the transformation of the business to improve the player experience,” Engelbert said.
Engelbert also is doing whatever she can to help Griner and her family. Griner’s guilty plea could be an effort by her and her advisers to expedite the court proceedings.
“She remains a huge priority for us, continues to have our full support,” Engelbert said. “Fully focused on getting her home safely and as soon as possible.”
Elliott holds off LaJoie, giving Georgian 1st Atlanta win
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) With the home crowd cheering his every move, Chase Elliott wanted this win so badly.
He saw Corey LaJoie coming up quickly in the rear-view mirror.
No way Elliott was letting him by.
The Georgia-born driver powered past the upset-minded LaJoie with just under two laps to go and crossed the finish line under yellow after a big block sent LaJoie smashing into the wall Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
It was Elliott’s first NASCAR Cup victory at what he considers his home track after coming up short on his first eight tries.
“I’ve witnessed guys win at their home track, and you could tell it meant a lot to them,” Elliott said. “But until you start competing at the sport’s highest stage, you don’t truly understand what it can mean for you. To have this moment is so special and one I’m grateful for.”
Elliott pulled back around in front of the main grandstand, greeted by a boisterous ovation from fans who cheered loudly every time he went to the front and seemingly stretched all the way to Dawsonville, the north Georgia town that produced the winner and his father, longtime NASCAR Cup star Bill Elliott.
“Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” won five times at the historic Atlanta track.
Now, his kid has one, too.
The Elliotts are the only Georgia-born drivers to win a Cup race in Atlanta. They are the third father-son duo to take the checkered flag at the 1.54-mile trioval, joining the Jarretts (Ned and Dale) and the Earnhardts (Dale and Dale Jr).
The wild capper to another eventful Atlanta race denied LaJoie the first victory of his career, which would’ve been a huge shocker for the low-budget Spire Motorsports team.
On a restart with three laps to go. LaJoie led the field from the inside lane and did everything he could to hold off Elliott. But, after they crossed the start-finish line for the next-to-last time, Elliott surged to the lead on the outside with a helpful push from Erik Jones.
LaJoie was setting up a good run on the leader as they took the white flag, looking to pass Elliott in the same spot where he gave up the lead.
Elliott slid up the banking to cut off his challenger. LaJoie, who has only one top-five finish in his career, ran out of room and smashed the outside wall.
Ross Chastain looked to make a move on Elliott, but the yellow lights flashed with No. 9 still nearly a car length ahead.
That was it. Elliott could finally relax, becoming the first three-time winner in a season that has produced 13 different winners.
Chastain was the runner-up, followed by Austin Cindric, Jones and Ryan Blaney.
LaJoie settled for the 21st spot.
“Obviously, I knew he was gonna have a big run. I tried to give him one good, aggressive block,” Elliott said. “I don’t know what else to do. You go for the win or you don’t. I’m going to choose option A every time.”
LaJoie, whose best career finish was a fifth-place showing at this year’s Atlanta spring race, nearly pulled off the most improbable victory of a wild season. He had no complaints about Elliott’s aggressive move.
“That was fun,” LaJoie said. “It’s nice to have that thing out front for once. I made my move. It didn’t work out.”
Even Rick Hendrick, who owns Elliott’s car, sympathized with LaJoie’s tough-luck finish.
“If we couldn’t win, I wanted them to win,” Hendrick said. “He drove a heck of a race. He looked as good as anybody in this field.”
Martin Truex Jr. was leading a tight pack at the front when Chastain caused his second wreck of the day with 14 laps to go.
A two-time winner this season, Chastain also has made plenty of enemies with his overly aggressive driving. He tapped the left rear quarter-panel of Denny Hamlin’s car, which sent the No. 11 into a spin that ruined his hopes of winning.
Truex led on the restart with eight laps to go, LaJoie pulled ahead on the backstretch, but the yellow flag came out again when Hamlin was bumped for a second time. This time, it was Christopher Bell trying to squeeze between Hamlin and Joey Logano, setting off a spin that took out all three cars.
Hamlin finished 25th.
A big wreck on the 91st lap was sparked by Chastain giving Truex a bump from behind coming through turn one.
Truex’s car began spinning and seven other drivers were collected in the melee, with Austin Dillon taking the biggest hit when he slammed nearly head-on into the outside wall.
Dillon was OK, but his No. 3 Chevrolet was done for the day – another tough blow for a driver who is getting increasingly desperate for his first win of the season to stake a claim to a playoff spot.
Dillon blamed Chastain for being far too aggressive, a familiar complaint against the driver of the No. 1 machine.
“We’re just a casualty of Ross Chastain again,” Dillon said after leaving the infield care center. “You want to race hard all day, but you’ve got guys like him out there wrecking half the field.”
Chastain remained in the race and was right there at the end, even with the front end of his car all taped up.
ODDS AND ENDS
There were 26 lead changes among 12 drivers. … Elliott led a race-high 96 laps. … Justin Haley turned in his second-best finish of the season in seventh place. His only other top 10 was a third-place showing in Darlington.
The Cup drivers will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday. Aric Almirola, who is stepping back from full-time racing at the end of this season, is defending champion on the 1.058-mile Loudon oval.
AP source: Wayne Rooney agrees to coach DC United
(AP) — Wayne Rooney has agreed to coach D.C. United in Major League Soccer, a person with knowledge of the move said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal had not been announced.
The longtime English soccer star played for the MLS club in 2018 and 2019. Once visa paperwork is complete, Rooney is set to replace interim coach Chad Ashton, who replaced Hernan Losada earlier this season.
D.C. United is tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the 28-team league with a record of 5-10-2. United lost 7-0 on Friday night at the Philadelphia Union, matching the MLS record for largest margin of defeat.
Rooney, 36, starred for Manchester in the English Premier League from 2004-17 and is the leading goal-scorer in the history of the English national team.
Rooney resigned as English club Derby’s manager last month after 18 months in charge. His reunion with D.C. United was first reported by The Washington Post.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
Indians Spin Shutout in Series Finale
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians pitching staff faced just one batter over the minimum after the first inning and held the Iowa Cubs to five total baserunners in a series-tying shutout on Sunday afternoon, 2-0.
After Zach Matson stranded a pair of runners on with two outs in the first inning and a caught stealing erased a leadoff walk in the top of the second, the Indians (40-42) mowed down opposing batters with just one additional hit allowed in the sixth. Noe Toribio (W, 1-0) fanned two over 4.0 scoreless innings in relief of Matson, and Cam Alldred and Cam Vieaux (S, 1) combined for 3.0 perfect innings to shut down the game.
Carter Bins began the scoring with his second home run of the series and fifth this season, a solo shot for Indy’s only hit off I-Cubs (37-46) starter Javier Assad (L, 0-1). A passed ball in the bottom of the fourth then tacked on an insurance run for the Indians. Indianapolis and Iowa tied with three hits apiece in the contest.
The game went final in 1:53, marking Indy’s first sub-2:00 game since Nick Kingham tossed a complete game vs. Syracuse in 1:58 on Aug. 10, 2017. Indy’s shortest game at Victory Field since the ballpark opened in 1996 came on May 13, 1998 vs. Pawtucket (1:49).
Following an off day tomorrow, the Indians are set to begin a six-game series vs. the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in a 7:05 PM ET first pitch on Tuesday night. Both teams have yet to name starting pitchers.
INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE
Sacramento 103 Indiana 96…Keegan Murray, picked No. 4 overall by Sacramento in June’s draft, scored 23 points and hit four of the Kings’ 18 3-pointers in their win over Indiana.
Sacramento (1-1) took Murray over Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward out of Iowa is averaging 21.5 points and hitting 40% of his 10 attempts per game from 3-point range in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old Murray averaged 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.1% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range in three games at the California Summer League earlier this month.
Terry Taylor had 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Bennedict Mathurin, the No. 6 pick in last month’s draft, had 15 points but made just 6 of 16 from the field for Indiana (1-1).
Sean McDermott hit three 3s and finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Frankie Ferrari scored 16 and made 4 of 6 from behind the arc for the Kings.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 Waco Steers hurler Clyde Bateman makes baseball history again this season when he fires a no-hitter, beating the Fort Worth Panthers, 2-0. In May, the 26-year-old Texan hit four home runs to become only the second player in Texas League history to accomplish the feat.
1914 Red Sox hurler Babe Ruth, making his major league debut, beats the Indians, 4-3. Duffy Lewis, pinch-hitting for the 19-year-old rookie southpaw, singles in the seventh inning, giving the future slugger the first of his 94 victories in 140 decisions.
1925 At Sportsman’s Park, George Sisler becomes a one-man wrecking crew when he comes to the plate with the bases loaded in back-to-back frames in the Browns’ 10-5 victory over Washington. The St. Louis first baseman drives in seven runs in two innings, tripling with the bases jammed in the third and hitting a grand slam in the fourth.
1939 All three runs in the American League’s 3-1 All-Star Game victory are driven in by a Yankee player when their ballpark in the Bronx plays host to the Midsummer Classic. The 20-year-old Indians fireballer Bob Feller steals the show at Yankee Stadium when he hurls 3.2 scoreless innings.
1944 At Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, Phil Cavaretta sets an All-Star Game record by reaching base five consecutive times. The 27-year-old Cub first baseman’s triple, single, and three walks help the National League beat the Junior Circuit, 7-1.
1950 The Midsummer Classic returns to Comiskey Park, the game’s first venue, with the National League winning, 4-3, thanks to Red Schoendienst’s 14th-inning home run. The All-Star Game features many firsts:
first extra-inning contest
the first time the NL wins at an AL park
first to be broadcast on national television
1953 At Ebbets Field, Giant rookie Al Worthington throws a four-hitter, blanking the Dodgers, 6-0, marking the only game this season Brooklyn does not score a run and ends Brooklyn’s record NL streak of homering in 24 consecutive games. The 24-year-old right-hander’s whitewashing makes the National League freshman the first to throw successive shutouts at the start of a career, a feat that Karl Spooner will also match next season.
1954 Jim Command, known as Igor to his teammates, gets his first major league hit, a grand slam off Carl Erskine, and in the nightcap, he doubles in another run. The 25-year-old infielders’ offensive output during the twin bill will account for five of the six major league RBIs of his very brief 14-game career, with the final one recorded in a July 15 contest.
1954 In the first game of a doubleheader, Giants right fielder Don Mueller hits for the cycle in the team’s 13-7 victory over the Pirates at the Polo Grounds. ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ who homers in his final at-bat to complete the deed, will be the only major league player to accomplish the feat this season.
1958 The Los Angeles city council declares today ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game Day’ to celebrate the iconic baseball song’s fiftieth anniversary. In a pregame ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers honor lyricist Jack Norworth, presenting him with a lifetime pass to any American or National League game.
1961 On a very windy day at Candlestick Park, the NL beats the American League, 5-4, in the first two All-Star Games. The contest features a record seven errors and the memorable sight of a 165-pound pitcher Stu Miller balking after being blown off the mound by a gust of wind, an exaggerated fact perpetrated over the years, according to the right-hander.
1967 Reds’ first baseman Tony Perez’ homer off A’s right-hander Catfish Hunter gives the Senior Circuit a 2-1 All-Star victory over the American League. The 15-inning Anaheim Stadium contest is the longest Midsummer Classic contest ever played.
1968 A ground-breaking ceremony takes place for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, which will feature separate side-by-side stadiums built explicitly for baseball and football. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Chiefs, will open in 1972, followed by the debut a year later of Royals Stadium, the new home ballpark of the American League’s franchise in the City of Fountains.
1968 After whiffing in the first inning, Bill Hands grounds out in his next at-bat, ending his major league record-setting streak for consecutive strikeouts. The Cubs’ right-hander, who goes the distance, blanking New York at Shea Stadium, 2-0, sets the dubious mark when he strikes out in fourteen straight plate appearances.
1968 Rick Renick becomes the first Twin player to homer in his first major league at-bat when he goes deep off Mickey Lolich in Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Detroit at Metropolitan Stadium. The 24-year-old shortstop’s second-inning solo shot will be the first of 20 round-trippers he’ll hit during his five-year career, spent entirely with the Twin Cities team.
1973 Jim Northrup knocks in eight runs and scores three times as the Tigers rout the Rangers, 14-2. The 3-for-4 performance by the Tigers’ leadoff hitter helps him record the 500th run and RBI of his career.
1976 Hank Aaron becomes the oldest major leaguer (42 years, five months, seven days) to hit a walk-off homer when he goes deep in the bottom of the tenth inning off Steve Foucault in the Brewers’ 5-4 victory over Texas at County Stadium. The ‘Hammer’ will hold the elderly distinction until Cleveland’s Jason Giambi, who will be a month and 15 days older than Henry, at the time, accomplishes the feat with a pinch-hit game-winning round-tripper in 2013.
1976 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, thirty-four couples marry at home plate, and a wrestling championship match takes place in a promotion billed as Headlocks and Wedlocks. The Braves take down the Mets, 9-8.
1978 At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodger first baseman’s game-tying, two-run single, and a triple help the National League beat the AL, 7-3.
1980 Rangers General Manager Eddie Robinson considering the deal a bargain obtains an underachieving Charlie Hough from the Dodgers at the waiver wire price of $20,000. The 32-year-old knuckleballer will not disappoint, spending 11 seasons with Texas, posting a 139-123 record and an ERA of 3.68.
1985 In a game won by Houston, 4-3, in 12 innings at the Astrodome, Nolan Ryan fans Mets left fielder Danny Heep in the sixth inning, becoming the first major leaguer to record 4000 career strikeouts. The ‘Ryan Express’ will end his 27-year Hall of Fame career whiffing 5,714 batters, establishing a major league mark unlikely to be challenged.
1987 Billy Ripken makes his debut with the Orioles, making his dad, Cal Sr., the first major league baseball skipper to manage two of his sons in the same game. The rookie second baseman and his brother Cal Jr., the team’s shortstop, collectively go 0-for-7 in Baltimore’s 2-1 loss to the Twins at Memorial Stadium.
1989 In a contest best remembered for the Ruthian blast by Bo Jackson, the game’s MVP who will join Willie Mays as the second player to hit a home run and steal a base in an All-Star Game, the American League beats the NL’s best players, 5-3, at Anaheim Stadium. During the first inning of the Midsummer Classic, former US President and one-time baseball announcer Ronald Reagan joins Vin Scully in the NBC broadcast booth.
1994 Handling four chances in the 8-1 defeat to the Rockies, Cardinal infielder Ozzie Smith passes Luis Aparicio and moves into the top spot on the all-time list for assists by a shortstop. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will end his 19-year career in 1996 with 8,375 assists.
1995 “Don’t be like me, God gave me a body and ability to play baseball. I had everything, and I just…” – MICKEY MANTLE, Yankee legend lamenting about the effects of his hard living. Mickey Mantle makes his first public appearance since undergoing a liver transplant in June. The frail-looking Yankee legend, who will die next month, tells the dozens of people attending the press conference at the Baylor University Medical Center he is not a hero but an example of the worst sort.
1995 At the Ballpark in Arlington, Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine, the tenth player to homer in his first All-Star at-bat, Craig Biggio, and Mike Piazza go deep for the Senior Circuit. Frank Thomas becomes the first White Sox player to hit a round-tripper in the Midsummer Classic when the NL out-homers the American League, 3-2.
1996 The United States Postal Service issues’ Mighty Casey”, commemorative that depicts the title character of Ernest L. Thayer’s immortal poem, ‘Casey at the Bat.’ The maligned Mudville outfielder joins Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Pecos Bill in a pane of four postage stamps commemorating American folk heroes.
1998 Padre reliever Trevor Hoffman, brother of opposing manager Glenn Hoffman, saves the Padres’ 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. The reliever’s appearance marks the first time in major league history a player has faced his brother as the opposing team’s skipper.
1999 The first MLB Futures Game provides a stage for future major-league All-Star Alfonso Soriano to shine when the Yankees farmhand goes 2 for 3, hitting two of the game’s three home runs in the World’s 7-0 victory over the USA at Fenway Park. The former Hiroshima Carp infielder, who now plays shortstop for the Columbus Clippers, is named the contest’s MVP.
2000 At Turner Field, the AL beats the National League, 6-3, in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the All-Scar game due to the many stars absent from both lineups because of injuries. Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch, with each going 3-for-3.
2002 The Marlins are busy on the trading block, making separate deals with the Expos and the Reds. Florida deals Ryan Dempster to Cincinnati for Juan Encarnacion, getting four players, Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai, and prospect Justin Wayne from Montreal for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero, and prospect Claudio Vargas.
2002 The Indians fire Charlie Manuel and name third-base coach Joel Skinner as the interim manager, releasing their skipper after he issued an ultimatum to the front office about his status. The 58-year-old guided the team to a 39-47 record, 9.5 games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central before his dismissal.
2004 Carlos Beltran, selected to be an American League All-Star, will now have an opportunity to patrol the NL outfield instead. The former Royals’ flycatcher, traded to the Astros last month, was invited by Senior Circuit skipper Jack McKeon to replace Ken Griffey, Jr., on the star-studded roster.
2006 Jim Eriotes leads off for the Sioux Falls Canaries against the St. Joe (Mo.) Blacksnakes and strikes out, including fouling off one of the four pitches he sees. The at-bat makes the 83-year-old former minor leaguer the oldest man ever to play in a professional baseball game.
2006 One strike away from ending the American League’s decade of dominance, Trevor Hoffman yields a two-run triple to Michael Young of the Texas Rangers, giving the American League a come-from-behind 3-2 All-Star Game victory at Pittsburgh’s picturesque PNC Park. The timely three-bagger off the National League closer keeps the Junior Circuit unbeaten in the Midsummer Classic since 1997, compiling a 9-0-1 record.
2006 Before starting the fifth inning of the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Vera Clemente is escorted onto the field by 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski to accept the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband. With the scoreboard showing Roberto’s replays, tears flowing from AL skipper Ozzie Guillen, and the heartfelt ovation from the crowd, the ceremony honoring the Pirates’ Hall of Famer becomes a truly memorable moment in the history of the Midsummer Classic.
2009 On a rare 9-2 put out, Red Sox’s right fielder JD Drew forces KC’s backstop Miguel Olivo at home plate in the sixth inning. The unusual play dampens the Royals’ comeback attempt in their eventual 15-9 loss to Boston at Fenway Park.
2010 After firing Sean Berry as the club’s hitting coach, the struggling Astros name Jeff Bagwell fills the position for the remainder of the season. The former All-Star first baseman, who retired with a lifetime .297 batting average, is the all-time team leader with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs.
2010 At Wilmington’s (DE) Frawley Stadium, the Blue Rocks celebrate Mr. Celery’s tenth birthday, the team’s beloved mascot known for only appearing when the team scores. The inception of the’ stalker,’ known for his CEL-ebratory dances to Blur’s ‘Song 2’ (Woo Hoo), stems from the discovery of a dusty celery costume housed in a warehouse for years.
2010 Longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard dies at the age of 99. The ‘Voice of God,’ a nickname bestowed by Reggie Jackson, informed patrons of the lineups and the players coming to bat in over 4,500 contests during his 56 years behind the ballpark’s microphone in the Bronx.
2011 Robinson Cano, the fourth straight left-handed swinger to win the competition, beats Adrian Gonzalez with 12 dingers in the final round of the Home Run Derby. The highlight of the three-hour-long contest comes when the Yankee slugger gives his father, a former major league hurler with the Astros, a huge bear hug on the mound and tells his pitcher, “I love you, Dad,” after he ties the Red Sox first baseman for the lead.
2015 On her 108th birthday, Evelyn Jones becomes the oldest person to throw the first ceremonial pitch when she tosses the ball a short distance from home plate to Felix Hernandez. The fans serenade the centenarian, wearing a Seattle jersey featuring her name and the number 108, to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday at Safeco Field.
2021 Pablo Lopez breaks the major league record for most strikeouts at the start of a game, whiffing the first nine Braves batters he faces in the Marlins’ 7-4 victory at loanDepot park. The 25-year-old right-hander, marking a year since his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack, surpasses the previous mark of eight shared by Jim Deshaies (1986 Astros), Jacob deGrom (2014 Mets), and German Marquez (2018 Rockies).
2021 Successfully defending his Home Run Derby crown, Pete Alonso blasts 23 home runs in the finals, defeating Orioles’ first baseman Trey Mancini. The Mers slugger established a first-round record with 35 home runs in the Coors Field contest.
FAMOUS NUMBERS FOR July 11, 2022
5 – 3 – 2 – 6 – 8 – 15 – 48 – 9 – 11 – 34 – 16
July 11, 1914 – It was an amazing day for baseball. Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox. The Bambino on the mound earned a hard fought 4-3 victory with his seven strong innings over the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park. Even before this George Herman Ruth was somewhat of a legend. According to a SABR.org article, Babe threw a no-hitter in a 1913 semipro game in Baltimore with Jack Dunn and the Orioles. Ruth showed up eager for training camp that season, reportedly one of the first two to arrive, and was spectacular, especially in exhibitions against major-league clubs, showing himself “a sterling southpaw who (was) a terror to the big league clubs. The Red Sox pitching staff was in shambles so Ruth coming up was a bit of a breath of fresh air. They respected his pitching at that point, no one really knew about his prowess as a hitter really yet, but boy would they find out soon and then some.
July 11, 1939 – There was more than a few eyebrows raised at the 7th All Star Baseball Game when the starting line up for the American League squad was announced at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. New York Yankees and AL maanager Joe McCarthy started six players from the Yankees on that day. It was a lot more understandable when these were the six New York roster members to trot out on the field:
Joe Dimaggio ( Number 5) CF
George Selkirk (Number 3) LF [Remember it was not until June 13, 1948 that the Yankees retired 3 in honor of babe Ruth]
Red Rolfe (Number 2) 3B
Joe Gordon (Number 6) 2B
Bill Dickey (Number 8) C
Red Ruffing (Number 15) P
In front of the home crowd the AL won 3-1 and later that season the Yankees won the World Series making them the first to host an All-Star game and win the MLB title in the same season. Yes the yankees regular roster was somewhat of an All-Star squad.
July 11, 1950 – In Chicago at good ole Comiskey Park the 17th All Star Baseball Game took place. This was the first televised MLB All-Star game and it brought quite a good contest, filled with drama and star power into American living rooms across the country as it was also the 1st extra inning All Star Game. It was a spectacular game as it went to 14 innings until the National League won 4-3 when Red Schoendienst sent a pitch from Ted Gray to the upper decks to the left field at Comiskey to break up the American league domination of the game of the summer classic. Chicago Cubs star Andy Pafko, Number 48 dramatically caught back to back balls at the wall for outs in the 12th inning to thwart the AL to end the game earlier.
Superstar Ted Williams ( Number 9) broke his elbow while making a leaping catch off-the-wall of a Ralph Kiner deep drive but somehow he remained inthe game and put the AL in front 3-2 with an RBI single. Kiner in turn tied the game in the 9th inning to extend the contest. Williams later admitted that he was never the same player after this injury as he lost strength in the arm to power home runs but it did make him a smarter hitter at the age of 32. Smart indeed as a few seasons later Williams led the American League in hitting with a .388 average. The legendary Boston hitter was lost for much of the rest of the 1950 season though. Yes this All Star Game had quite an impact of the overall trajectory of the MLB.
July 11, 1971 – Philadelphia Phillies Deron Johnson wearing Number 11 drives out 3 Home Runs to cap off his streak of his 4 in a row. At 32 years old Johnson knew he had it in him to be a pwer hitter and put it on full display in going yard in his forst three appearances against the Montreal Expos to help the Phillies to an 11-5 win. He also hit one over the fence in his last at bat the evening before to start the terror of four HRs in a row.
July 11, 1985 – The Houston Astros’ ace pitcher Nolan Ryan, Number 34 became the 1st MLB hurler to strike out 4000 when he sat down New York Mets’ Danny Heep.
July 11, 1989 – Bo Knew How to Do it! At the 60th All Star Baseball Game it was the American League winning 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, Caifornia as Kansas City Royals outfielder and two sport star Bo Jackson wearing the Number 16 was selected as the All star MVP of the game.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1920
Cleveland Indians (5) vs Brooklyn Robins (2)
As America was welcoming in a new and promising decade, baseball was longing for days gone by. The 1919 World Series had sparked a major controversy amid rumors of a gambling fix. Eight members of the participating Chicago White Sox were all charged with conspiring to throw the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. After a lengthy investigation and highly publicized trial (lasting until 1921), the Black Sox were acquitted despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). However, all of the players involved were later banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers.
Throughout the 1920 season, the league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. In an effort to win back the fan’s approval, the commissioner decided on another best-of-nine series and went to great lengths to promote the integrity of baseball in the papers. Still, many wondered if the fan’s trust in baseball and more specifically, the World Series would ever fully recover. Only time would tell as the National League’s Brooklyn Robins (who would later become the Dodgers) returned for their second series appearance against the American’s Cleveland Indians.
In Game 1, Cleveland’s starting right-hander, Stan Coveleski, stifled Brooklyn’s line-up in a five hit, 3-1 opening winner, but the Robins answered back quickly in Game 2 with a fantastic performance by Burleigh Grimes, who tossed a seven hit, shutout that ended in a 3-0 series-tying victory.
Brooklyn maintained their momentum over the Indians in Game 3 on the arm of Series veteran Sherri Smith, who threw a 2-1, three hitter to take the early lead. Coveleski returned for Game 4 against Leon Cadore, who had gone the distance in one of the longest games in baseball history just five months earlier, a twenty-six inning 1-1 tie with Boston. Surprisingly, the Brooklyn workhorse only lasted one inning (in his only Series start) which ended in a 5-1 Cleveland decision.
With the Series tied at two games apiece, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, returned to rematch Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. This time, the Indians line-up came out swinging and promptly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Elmer Smith, a twenty-eight year-old outfielder, stepped up to the plate and into the record books by smashing the first grandslam in World Series history. The historic blast scored Charlie Jamieson, Bill Wambsganss, Tris Speaker (as well as Smith) sending the home team crowd into a deafening frenzy that set the tone for the rest of the game. The score remained 4-0 until the fourth when Bagby homered off of his rival with two men on base. Now with a 7-0 lead, the Indians looked to have the advantage, although their pitcher had already given up Series high eight hits in 4+ innings. Brooklyn had yet to score, but was headed in the right direction with Pete Kilduff and Otto Miller on base and in scoring position. Relief pitcher Clarence Mitchell, who had entered the game in the fourth, was Brooklyn’s next batter. The versatile Robin, who was used as a pinch-hitter, outfielder and utility infielder hit a sharp line drive to second baseman Bill Wambsganss who caught the ball, stepped on the bag and tagged out a returning Miller to complete the first triple play (completely unassisted) in World Series history. After managing to score a run in the ninth, Brooklyn fell to the Indians in an 8-1 loss.
Cleveland remained in control and went on to shutout the Robins in both Games 6 and 7. Brooklyn’s recently acquired Waiter Mails threw a superb three hit, 1-0 winner and Coveleski returned for his third five hitter of the Series in a 3-0 masterpiece. Amazingly, the Indian’s pitching staff had held the Robins to just two runs in the final forty-three innings of the Series on their way to their first World Championship.
The victory was bittersweet though as the team was still recovering from the loss of one of it’s own. Ray Chapman, a twenty-nine year-old shortstop known for excellent defense and leadership, died after being struck by a pitch on August 16 in New York. His teammates had persevered, gone the distance and went on to dedicate their win in his memory. For the second consecutive season, a “first-timer” had won the championship, but this time… it was legit.
The 1920 season will also be remembered as the year that witnessed the birth of one of sports greatest dynasties and the death of another. The New York Yankees, previously known as the laughable Highlanders, purchased an outfielder/pitcher named George Herman Ruth from the financially strapped Boston Red Sox. Ruth, who had hammered twenty-nine home runs (a Major League record for Boston in 1919), brought the game into a new era in 1920 by knocking out fifty-four. He also set attendance records at the Polo Grounds as he and the Yankees, playing their home games in the Giants’ park, outdrew John McGraw’s team by more than 350,000.
FOOTBALL HISTORY FOR JULY 11
July 11, 1926 – Los Angeles Buccaneers franchise forms. The team dissolved after playing just one season. According to the American Football Database website the Buccaneers were a traveling team in the National Football League during the 1926 season. The team never actually played a league game in Los Angeles. It was operated out of Chicago with players from California colleges. According to the Database article, historian Michael McCambridge has stated that the Buccaneers originally planned to play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but due to the Coliseum Commission banning pro teams from its stadium the franchise became a road team after the decision. The Bucs did have some success though as a traveling team posting a respectable 6-3-1 record in the NFL in 1926. The last game of the Buccaneers’ existence was an exhibition game against their first AFL “cross town” rivals the Los Angeles Wildcats in San Francisco, with the Buccaneers being shut out, 17-0, on January 23, 1927. Just to note, the Wildcats never played a game in LA either in the first edition of the AFL.
The World Football League debuts as teams play in the new leagues first games. Now the bulk of the opening games were played the night prior on Wednesday July 10, 1974 but the final action of the inaugural week was scheduled for Thursday. The WFLFootball.tripod.com says the scores for week one were as follows:
Memphis 34 knocking off Detroit 15 in front of a crowd of 30,122
Hawaiians lost at Florida 7-8 as 18,625 looked on.
Houston 0 at Chicago 17 with 42,000 in attendance.
Portland got beat up at Philadelphia 8-33 with a crowd of 55,534 watching
Southern California 7 at Birmingham 11 with a nice group of fans numbering 53,231 in the stands.
Thursday, July 11 in the week one finale New York was at Jacksonville and took one on the chin 7- 14 in front of a summertime crowd of 59,112.
July 11, 1976 – The first American football club formed in Austria called the FAAFC. Football in Austria has since developed into a league that plays according to NCAA rules.
July 11, 2007 – Ladainian Tomlinson wins honors at the 15th Annual ESPY Awards.
July 11, 2000 – Future Hall of Fame Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin retired. According to the NFL.com Michael was 3-time Super Bowl Champion, 5-time Pro Bowl selection, 1991 1st-Team All-Pro the year he ended up leading the NFL with 1,523 receiving yards. He was also selected to the 1990’s All-Decade Team.Number 88 played for 12 seasons with the Cowboys and retired as Cowboys all-time leader in receptions with 750 & 11,904 receiving yards (now 2nd behind Jason Witten in both categories).
July 11, 2011 – Linebacker Mike Vrabel retired as a player. Vrabel too was 3-time Super Bowl Champion but with the Patriots. NFL.com informs the readers that Mike was a 2007 1st-Team All-Pro & 2008 Pro Bowl selection. The great backer played 14 seasons in the League with the Steelers, Patriots & Chiefs. He currently is the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
WHEN GEORGE HALAS WENT TO WAR; WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHICAGO BEARS?
George Halas, the founder and also coach of the Chicago Bears for many decades, is remembered for many reasons. He was an exceptional leader on the field who continually kept his club in contention for NFL honors and won several league titles himself.
He is recalled as one of the founders of the National Football League, while also remembered as being tough, frugal, and perhaps visionary. Bears fans adored him, Green Bay fans hated him, while Cardinals fans still blame him for forcing their team out of Chicago over 60 years ago!
But if George Halas should be remembered for anything, it should be his unselfish patriotism as a result of his stints in the service during two world wars. During World War I, Halas left the University of Illinois and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In early 1918, Halas was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center just north of Chicago.
There, instead of being placed on a transport ship intended for the war zone in Europe, Halas spent his service tenure playing football, basketball, and baseball for the highly visible Great Lakes athletic program. Halas was never an impact player at Illinois but certainly blossomed at Great Lakes.
Due to an influenza outbreak in 1918, along with few colleges fielding a football team that year due to the war effort, Great Lakes found itself in the 1919 Rose Bowl. Playing alongside future Bears’ teammate, Paddy Driscoll, Halas was named the MVP of the Rose Bowl as Great Lakes defeated Mare Island, another service club.
However, the fact that Halas avoided combat during WWI, through no fault of his own, always bothered him. He enjoyed the opportunity to play sports at the highest level during his time in the military, but it always nagged him that he was unable to do more for his country.
And then at the height of his football powers in 1942, Halas left his team, home, and family to volunteer once again for the war effort during World War II. At the age of 47, Halas was likely too old for active duty and combat, but that was exactly what he was looking to achieve.
So, as we approach Memorial Day in 2022, we remember George Halas once again, not because he was lost in combat, but because of his unwavering effort to assist when his country was in need. In this episode of “When Football Was Football,” we’ll follow the decision that Halas made in 1942 to enter the service and how that choice affected his beloved Chicago Bears.
Would The Bears Survive Without Halas?
When the departure of Halas finally occurred, would the Bears falter and fail, or would the team react positively to a new set of leaders and coaches? After all, Halas controlled virtually every aspect of the Chicago Bears at that time, as he had since 1920.
The team would end up doing just fine, but for Halas, his personal entry into the war effort was intended to appease his inner drive to do more for his country. In his autobiography, Halas explained the situation following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor:
“The Japanese attack brought to the fore a commitment I had made to myself at the end of World War I. I had gone into the navy as a volunteer and asked for sea duty but the navy had assigned me to the sports program at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, playing on the base teams and helping to coach football. On discharge, I pledged myself that if another war came, I would get myself where the action was. The time had come to make good that commitment.”
And the correct time for George Halas occurred right in the middle of the 1942 season. His club had captured two straight NFL titles and the Bears were off to a fantastic start in 1942 with a 4-0 record after also smashing through five opponents in exhibition games.
Included in that number was a 21-0 throttling of the College All-Stars before over 101,000 fans in Chicago on August 28. Halas would enjoy one final game prior to his departure when the Philadelphia Eagles were in town on October 25. Halas was due to be surprised at halftime by Lt. Commander Carl Olson with a jovial “goodbye” ceremony.
Difficult to Leave the Bears at This Time
The only problem was that Halas almost failed to show up! No one wanted to reveal the secret ceremony to Halas before the half, and during the break, he took longer than usual to explain the nuances of the game to his team which was nursing just a 17-7 lead. When he finally emerged on the field, the band broke out in a serenade of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” and Lt. Commander Olson took over the microphone and announced:
“If this is a surprise to George Halas, it will make us happy. The radio football audience and fans would deem it unwise if he left without some sort of ceremony. I speak for all the lovers of the great game of football when I say they admire and respect you for your energy and effort in putting professional football on the high plane it now enjoys in the sports world.”
Olson then presented Halas with a symbolic sword as the Bears’ coach prepared to leave for his initial assignment in Norman, OK. Halas was certainly touched by the gesture and said: “This indeed is a complete surprise and I do feel honored by this presentation and I wish to thank my friends.
As you all know, it is difficult to leave the Bears at this time, but nevertheless, I am looking forward to my naval duties. I hope I will be a credit to naval aviation.” He was likely even more pleased with the results of the game that day as the Bears scored four times in the second half and demolished the Eagles 45-14.
It was a nearly perfect day for the powerful Bears who were led by Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman and the versatile halfback Frank Maznicki. The latter was a rookie halfback from Boston College who contributed a touchdown, a field goal, and three extra points.
Chicago piled up 415 yards overall to just 81 for the visitors and effectively blitzed the Eagles’ defense throughout the game with the Bears’ robust “T” formation.
Who Would Be The Bears Next Coach?
Within a week, Halas was officially reactivated on November 1, 1942, as a lieutenant commander. But what would happen to the Bears? The team was reveling in an 11-game NFL winning streak and appeared poised to easily grab a third straight professional crown.
But times were difficult for both the Bears and the NFL during wartime and Halas needed to make some tough decisions before his imminent departure. First and foremost, Halas would be faced with the challenging decision regarding who would replace him as the head coach. There were three very experienced, and capable, candidates already on the coaching staff in assistants Paddy Driscoll, Hunk Anderson, and Luke Johnsos.
Ultimately, all three would receive increased responsibilities during the absence of George Halas as reported in the Chicago Tribune: “George Halas turned over the responsibilities, worries, and the pleasure that goes with having a championship eleven to his three assistants.
To Luke Johnsos and Hunk Anderson, he willed the running of the team on the field, designating the pair as co-coaches. To Paddy Driscoll, he assigned many of the off-field duties, in addition to his regular post as backfield coach.”
In addition, club secretary Ralph Brizzolara would serve as the Bears’ new business manager and the Tribune speculated that the Halas replacements would break into their new roles quite easily due to the opposition in the very first game without their old, and future, boss: “On the surface, it appears that the new Bear administration will have a soft touch Sunday against the Detroit Lions, who have dropped six consecutive league games.”
Bears Heavily Favored In 42′ Title Game
Indeed, the 1942 version of the Chicago Bears may have been one of the strongest units in the team’s history, but the often-inept Lions proved to be a stern test for the Bears. The two teams battled to a scoreless deadlock through most of the first half until Ray McLean grabbed a 33-yard scoring toss near the end of the second quarter, providing the Bears with a 6-0 halftime edge over the stubborn Lions.
In the second half, Luckman connected with Harry Clark on a 26-yard touchdown pass and Lee Artoe added the extra point. In the fourth quarter, Maznicki booted a 16-yard field goal to enable the Bears to escape with a 16-0 victory.
Although the difficulty of the victory over the Lions was a bit of a surprise, the Bears plowed through the remainder of the schedule with five more easy victories and outscoring their opponents 183-14. With a solid 11-0 mark in the regular season, the Bears were heavily favored in the title tilt with the Washington Redskins (10-1).
The Boston Globe noted that the success of the undefeated Bears in 1942 has “let the betting boys to lay odds of 3-1 or three touchdowns on the Bears.” The game was sold out over a week in advance. With over 36,000 tickets gobbled up quickly, the league office simply stated: “Even Congressmen and government bigwigs [seeking tickets] were dismissed with the comment that everything was sold a week ago!”
Without Halas, the powerful Bears were still expected to easily brush aside the Washington club, which was pinning its hopes on quarterback Sammy Baugh. “He’s our ace,” said Washington coach Ray Flaherty, “and we’re going to use him as much as possible.”
Washington Throws Monkey Wrenches Into T Machine
But it all came crashing down for the Bears in that 1942 NFL championship game when the Redskins surprised the Bears 14-6 to derail Chicago’s two-year run as the NFL champion. The Bears’ exquisite “T” formation was crippled by the aggressive Washington defense.
In fact, the only score for the Bears occurred in the first quarter when big tackle Lee Artoe picked up a loose fumble and ran 45 yards for the only score by the losers. The Associated Press reported: “Before a sellout crowd of 36,000 strictly partisan fans the Redskin line threw monkey wrenches into the mighty Model T machine from Chicago that had rolled over its last 24 opponents in a row.
All the Bears’ pet plays, particularly the quick opening line smashes for which they are famous, were wrecked throughout the afternoon.”
The Bears and their fans were stunned by the surprising setback, but quarterback Sid Luckman was not afraid to publicly lament the shocking defeat and the missing influence from George Halas: “We were beginning to think of ourselves as unbeatable. Coach Halas would never have allowed that. He always told us we must go into every game prepared to meet a superior team. We did not work as before. The inevitable occurred. We ceased being the champions.”
Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos continued to lead the Bears through the 1945 season while Halas served his country. The pain of the Bears’ 1942 championship game debacle vanished when the co-coaches led the team to an 8-1-1 record in 1943. In the championship game, once again against Washington, the Bears secured a bit of sweet revenge when they blasted the Redskins 41-21 to secure another NFL crown.
We Signed Anyone Who Could Run Around The Field!
After posting marks of 6-3-1 in 1944 and then stumbling to a 3-7 finish in 1945, the Bears were looking less than invincible. Part of the problem on the field was the lack of qualified players, as Coach Johnsos estimated that the Bears had lost 19 of their 28 players due to military commitments.
He added: “We held tryouts at Cubs Park and signed up anybody who could run around the field twice. We had players forty years old, fifty years old. We had a very poor ball club but people were making a lot of money and audiences held up fairly well.”
The Bears welcomed back coach George Halas in 1946 and he was joined by many talented players who had also served in the war. The result was a complete turnaround from the 1945 campaign as the Bears ended the season with an 8-2-1 record. This qualified the Bears for another spot in the NFL title game, this time against the New York Giants.
Halas was not disappointed as his squad clubbed the Giants 24-14 in front of a record crowd of 58,346. It was the seventh championship won by the Bears, and the fourth in the 1940s, proving that Halas had not missed a step during his time away from the game.
Thank you for joining us for this episode of “When Football Was Football” and please stop by for the next program when we’ll continue our examination of the Chicago Bears with a closer look at that 1946 title. How did George Halas turn the team around so quickly, and how the heck do you reprimand a lineman for not hustling during wind sprints after he has just spent three or four years dodging bullets in service to his country?
THIS DAY IN SPORTS JULY 11
1900 Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport
1912 There are 6 medallists in the Stockholm Olympic pole vault; American Harry Babcock takes gold (3.95m); countrymen Frank Nelson and Marc Wright dead-heat for silver; 3-man dead-heat for bronze
1914 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park
1923 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M
1931 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8
1939 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
1944 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
1950 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game
1952 British Golf Men’s Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 3 titles in 4 years for Bobby Locke of South Africa beating Australian Peter Thomson by a stroke
1960 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
1961 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
1967 38th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 15 at Anaheim Stadium, CA
1967 All star MVP: Tony Perez (Cincinnati Reds)
1968 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
1971 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
1976 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
1976 US Open Women’s Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
1978 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
1978 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)
1982 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Portland GC: Miller Barber wins by 4 strokes from Dan Sykes & Gene Littler; his first of 3 Senior Open titles
1982 FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000
1984 55th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
1984 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) awarded for 2nd time
1985 Astros’ Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets’ Danny Heep)
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
1987 Orioles’ Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
1989 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)
1989 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game
1990 NYC police arrest “Dartman” (stabbed over 50 women with darts)
1991 Calumet Farm, home to 8 Kentucky Derby winners, files bankruptcy
1993 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Jack Nicklaus wins by 1 stroke ahead of Tom Weiskopf for his second US Senior title
1993 Mike Smith aboard Sky Beauty wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch thoroughbred racing’s Triple Tiara for fillies
1995 66th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 at Ballpark at Arlington Tx
1995 All star MVP: Jeff Conine (Florida Marlins)
1999 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Des Moines G & CC: Dave Eichelberger wins by 3 strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty for his lone major title
2000 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
2004 Canadian Open Women’s Golf, Legends on the Niagara GC: Meg Mallon wins by 4 strokes from Beth Daniel
2004 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Englishman Mark James wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from José Maria Cañizares of Spain
2006 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh
2010 FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup title
2010 US Open Women’s Golf, Oakmont CC: Paula Creamer wins her first major championship, 4 shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen
2011 US Open Women’s Golf, The Boardmoor: Ryu So-yeon wins her first major in a playoff with fellow South Korean Hee Hung Seo
2012 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers
2015 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams becomes oldest winner in Open era (33) beating Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4
2021 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković claims a record equalling 20th Grand Slam title; beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
2021 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Argentina beats Brazil, 1-0; Lionel Messi named player of the tournament in his first major international title victory
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot