MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TORONTO 4 KANSAS CITY 2

NY YANKEES 13 BOSTON 2

TAMPA BAY 7 BALTIMORE 5

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 11 MINNESOTA 0

OAKLAND 4 HOUSTON 3

SEATTLE 6 TEXAS 2

WASHINGTON 7 ATLANTA 3

PHILADELPHIA 4 MIAMI 0

CHICAGO CUBS 3 NY METS 2

PITTSBURGH 8 COLORADO 3

SAN FRANCISCO 9 MILWAUKEE 5

ARIZONA 3 SAN DIEGO 1

CINCINNATI AT ST. LOUIS POSTPONED

DETROIT AT CLEVELAND POSTPONED

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS AT COLUMBUS POSTPONED

LANSING 3 FORT WAYNE 2

SOUTH BEND 3 PEORIA 1

WNBA SCORES

SEATTLE 81 INDIANA 65

BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20220717/INDSEA/#/box-score

LAS VEGAS 91 CONNECTICUT 83

WASHINGTON 70 MINNESOTA 57

ATLANTA 85 PHOENIX 75

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ORLANDO 1 ATLANTA 1

NEW YORK CITY 1 NEW YORK 0

LOS ANGELES 0 NASHVILLE 0

COLUMBUS 2 CINCINNATI 0

SALT LAKE 3 KANSAS CITY 0

HOUSTON2 SAN JOSE 1

VANCOUVER 1 PORTLAND 1

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INDYCAR TORONTO FINAL RESULTS: http://hosted.stats.com/racing/race.asp?series=IRL&id=20220717027

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NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 4

JACKSONVILLE VS. LAS VEGAS (NBC)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 11-15)

TENNESSEE AT BALTIMORE

INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO

KANSAS CITY AT CHICAGO

ARIZONA AT CINCINNATI

DALLAS AT DENVER

ATLANTA AT DETROIT

NEW ORLEANS AT HOUSTON

CLEVELAND AT JACKSONVILLE

MINNESOTA AT LAS VEGAS

L.A. RAMS AT L.A. CHARGERS

N.Y. GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND

N.Y. JETS AT PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE AT PITTSBURGH

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO

MIAMI AT TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA AT WASHINGTON

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 18-22)

BALTIMORE AT ARIZONA (8/21, FOX)

DENVER AT BUFFALO

PHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND

NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY

DETROIT AT INDIANAPOLIS

PITTSBURGH AT JACKSONVILLE

WASHINGTON AT KANSAS CITY

DALLAS AT L.A. CHARGERS

HOUSTON AT L.A. RAMS

LAS VEGAS AT MIAMI

SAN FRANCISCO AT MINNESOTA

CAROLINA AT NEW ENGLAND

CINCINNATI AT N.Y. GIANTS

ATLANTA AT N.Y. JETS (8/22, ESPN)

CHICAGO AT SEATTLE (8/18, ESPN)

TAMPA BAY AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 25-29)

JACKSONVILLE AT ATLANTA

WASHINGTON AT BALTIMORE

BUFFALO AT CAROLINA

L.A. RAMS AT CINCINNATI

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

SEATTLE AT DALLAS

MINNESOTA AT DENVER

SAN FRANCISCO AT HOUSTON (8/25, PRIME VIDEO)

TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

GREEN BAY AT KANSAS CITY

NEW ENGLAND AT LAS VEGAS

PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI

L.A. CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS

N.Y. GIANTS AT N.Y. JETS

DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH (8/28, CBS)

ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

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Smith rallies to beat McIlroy at British Open for 1st major

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The stage at St. Andrews was all set for Rory McIlroy.

The show belonged to Cameron Smith, and so did that silver claret jug he won in a Sunday stunner at the British Open with the best closing round the Old Course had ever seen.

Smith was four shots behind at the start as a record crowd was eager to see McIlroy cap off a week of celebrations at the 150th Open in style. He was three behind when he made the turn.

And then the plucky Australian with his magical putter ran off five straight birdies to take the lead, stared down a nervy putt around the edge of the nefarious Road Hole bunker to save par and finished with two putts from 80 feet for birdie for an 8-under 64.

“To win an Open Championship in itself is probably going to be a golfer’s highlight in their career,” Smith said. “To do it around St. Andrews I think is just unbelievable.”

So was his golf.

In the 29 previous times golf’s oldest championship was held at St. Andrews, no winner had ever closed with a 64. Smith finished at 20-under 268, a record score for the Old Course and matching the lowest score to par in any major.

“I got beaten by the better player this week. To go out and shoot 64 to win the Open Championship at St. Andrews is a hell of a showing. Hats off to Cam,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy hit every green in regulation and two-putted all of them – two were birdies, the rest were pars – for a 70 that left him in third place and having to wait nearly nine months before he can try to end his drought in the majors that now is at eight full years.

Smith won by one shot over Cameron Young, who holed a 15-foot eagle putt on the final hole to ever-so-briefly tie for the lead.

It wasn’t enough, and neither was anything McIlroy could muster.

McIlroy couldn’t make a putt early. He couldn’t hit it close enough late. His last good chance was a 15-foot birdie attempt on the dangerous Road Hole at No. 17, and it narrowly missed to the left. McIlroy needed eagle to tie him, and his chip through the Valley of Sin had no chance.

Smith won for the third time this year, all on entirely different courses – the generous fairways of Kapalua, the visual intimidation of water on the TPC Sawgrass and the oldest links in the world with its double greens and pot bunkers.

He beat the No. 1 player in the world (Jon Rahm) at Kapalua. He beat the best field in golf at The Players Championship. And he had to overcome a four-shot deficit against a heavy crowd favorite to capture his first major.

Even with the silver claret jug in his hands, it was hard to believe.

“All the names on there, every player that’s been at the top of their game has won this championship,” Smith said. “It’s pretty cool to be on there. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t think it will for a few weeks. Yeah, it’s just unreal.”

Smith is the first Australian to win at St. Andrews since Kel Nagle in 1960, when he topped a rising American star named Arnold Palmer, the people’s choice.

That’s what McIlroy is now. He moved into the void left when Tiger Woods missed the cut in what might be his final Open at St. Andrews. He had support that carried him to the cusp of winning at the home of golf. “The Holy Grail,” McIlroy had called it earlier in the week.

All day there was an energy along the humps and hollows of the Old Course, all of them waiting to celebrate McIlroy as an Open champion at St. Andrews.

He gave them little to cheer.

“The putter went cold on me,” McIlroy said. “When both Camerons – especially Smith – went on that run on the back nine, I had to dig deep to make birdies. And I just couldn’t.”

That left Smith, the 28-year-old Aussie known for his grit and his putting stroke, on the 18th green to be introduced as the “champion golfer of the year.”

Smith is the first Australian to win the Open since Greg Norman in 1993 at Royal St. George’s. Norman was asked not to return this year – there was no indication he was coming – because of his Saudi-funded LIV Golf that has offered millions to attract players like Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, major champions who finished in the top 10.

But this day belonged to Smith and that putter that answered every test.

McIlroy was playing controlled golf, his only birdie a two-putt from 18 feet on the par-5 fifth. Viktor Hovland, who started the final round tied with McIlroy, was never a factor. He didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole and closed with a 74.

That run by Smith on the back nine is now part of Open lore.

He hit a nifty pitch to 5 feet for birdie on the short 10th. He was bold to a back pin on the par-3 11th and holed a 15-foot birdie, and he birdied the next two holes from about that length. His fifth in a row was a putt from 90 feet on the par-5 14th, over a huge mound and down the slope to tap-in range that gave him the lead for the first time.

McIlroy couldn’t catch up. His lag putting was terrific. That wasn’t what he needed. And he got no help from Smith, whose one missed shot set up his biggest challenge.

The Road Hole bunker was between him and the flag on the 17th. He used his putter to ride over the right edge of the bunker and onto the green, 10 feet away, and he poured in another putt, this one for par to stay in front.

Young had his chances in his Open debut. He left short a 6-foot putt with about a foot of break on the 15th. He came up short with a wedge on the next hole. He drilled his drive and approach to the 17th, only to leave another birdie chance short.

He finally delivered, but all that got him was a 65 and the silver medal. In two majors this year, the PGA Tour rookie missed a playoff by one shot at the PGA Championship and made his best putt too late at St. Andrews.

Smith made his last birdie and the engraver went to work on the claret jug, a prize first awarded to the 1873 champion at St. Andrews. There’s a lot of history around this gray, old town, and Smith became part of it in a big way.

Jennifer Kupcho, Lizette Salas win LPGA Tour team event

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, closing with a 9-under 61 in best-ball play for a five-stroke victory in the LPGA Tour’s lone team event.

The U.S. Solheim Cup partners finished at 26-under 254 at Midland Country Club. They opened Wednesday with a 68 in alternate shot, shot a best-ball 61 on Thursday and took a four-stroke lead Friday with an alternate-shot 64.

“It was amazing to be alongside Lizette,” Kupcho said. “I think I was a little nervous coming into today just because I didn’t want to let her down. I’m sure she probably felt the same way.”

Kupcho won for the third time this year and in her career, while Salas won her second tour title. Kupcho won the major Chevron Championship in early April in the California desert and the Meijer LPGA Classic last month in Belmont, Michigan. Salas also won the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

“It’s been a long time,” Salas said. “I couldn’t have done it without her. She’s a great competitor, a great friend, and an mazing partner on the golf course. We played some amazing golf this week. My job was – or my goal was – to play well for her. We showcased how our games can complement each other.”

They were 2-0-1 as partners in the 2021 Solheim Cup.

“We were clicking all week,” Kupcho said. “I think we just have a lot of faith in each other. We make each other comfortable. So we just know that if we mess up the other person has got us. That has worked really well for us.”

Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 62.

“It’s been an unbelievable week,” Tan said. “It’s just so awesome that I got to do it with my best friend, Matilda, and to have my best finish on the LPGA Tour and being able to have so much fun on the week as well. That was amazing. I can’t ask for anything else.”

Former Arkansas players Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi shot a 59 to finish third at 20 under.

“I think it’s confidence for both of us,” Lewis said. “I felt like I played some better golf this year and maybe the results haven’t showed, and talking to her, I think she could probably say the same thing. Just for both of us to see some putts go in and see some shots go in and doing what you are trying to do, it doesn’t matter what format it is.”

Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol had a 61 to match Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang at 19 under Chan and Kang shot a 62.

Annika Sorenstam and Madelene Sagstrom, tied for the first-round lead, closed with a 66 to tie for 28th at 11 under.

The 51-year-old Sorenstam made her second LPGA Tour start of the year and only her third since retiring after the 2008 season. The Hall of Famer missed the cut last month in the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I think this has been a great experience, great tournament,” Sorenstam said. “Dow, the way they support the LPGA is fantastic in this town. We felt so welcome. Everybody is friendly and happy. It’s been a great golf course.”

The tournament ended Saturday so players could head to France for the fourth major of the year at the Evian Championship. That will start the European portion of the LPGA Tour schedule that includes the Women’s British Open at Muirfield.

Bosox ace Sale broken left pinkie by liner, return uncertain

NEW YORK (AP) A fast glance at his finger told Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, sadly, all he needed to know.

Broken pinkie on his pitching hand, damaged by a line drive. Another setback in an injury-plagued year for the Boston ace, his future for the rest of the season uncertain.

Sale screamed out in pain Sunday after being struck by Aaron Hicks’ 106.7-mph liner with two outs in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. The ball deflected into right field for an RBI single that gave New York a 3-0 lead.

“One look at this finger, I knew (it was broken) immediately,” Sale said. “That feeling of just that kind of cold water rushing through your body when something like that happens. I soon as I hit the ground, I looked down, the finger is gone.”

Sale immediately ran off the field, holding up his fractured finger. He was hurt on the final day of play before the All-Star break in a game Boston lost 13-2.

Boston manager Alex Cora didn’t rule out a return for Sale this season. The seven-time All-Star was to see a hand specialist in Boston later Sunday or Monday.

The 33-year-old Sale was making his second start since returning from a fractured rib. He threw 78 pitches in five scoreless innings Tuesday at Tampa Bay, and tossed 24 pitches against the Yankees before being forced to leave.

“We really felt bad about it,” New York ace Gerrit Cole said. “It’s well documented how hard he works and what he’s had to overcome to put himself in this position.

“It’s a good thing he’s got the tenacity that he has to continue. He’s got all the high character qualities that you’re going to need to have to overcome something like this. It’s just so unfortunate that he didn’t even get a foothold before it happened,” he said.

During the Major League Baseball lockout, Sale broke a rib while working out on his own.

Sale, who is signed through 2024 in a five-year, $145 million deal, has thrown just 48 1/3 innings for the Red Sox since the end of the 2019 season.

Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Red Sox reliever Hirokazu Sawamura replaced Sale. Boston is 16 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees, who have the best record in the majors.

Sons of All-Stars Holliday, Jones go 1-2 in MLB draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones, sons of All-Stars Matt and Andruw, were taken by Baltimore and Arizona with the first two picks in baseball’s amateur draft on Sunday night.

Holliday, whose father is a former batting champion, was chosen by Baltimore over Jones in somewhat of a surprise.

“A tough decision,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “I would liken it to deciding what to order at a five-star restaurant.”

Texas used the third pick on Kumar Rocker, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who failed to sign with the New York Mets after being selected 10th overall last year. Rocker will be reunited with Rangers minor league pitcher Jack Leiter, his teammate on Vanderbilt’s 2019 NCAA baseball championship team. Texas chose Leiter with the No. 2 pick last year.

Holliday, a left-handed-hitting shortstop from Stillwater High in Oklahoma, is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds – quite a bit smaller than his 6-foot-4, 240-pound father. He hit .685 and with 89 hits in 41 games and broke a national record for hits in a high school season that had been held by J.T. Realmuto.

His dad was a seven-time All-Star and the 2007 NL batting champion. Matt was taken by Colorado with the 210th overall pick in the seventh round in 2007.

Jackson has said he planned to attend Oklahoma State, but he’s likely headed to pro ball now. The slot value assigned to the first pick is nearly $9 million.

Jones is a 6-foot-3 18-year-old from Wesleyan High in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. He hit .570 with 13 homers, 39 RBIs, 72 runs, 33 walks and 32 stolen bases this year. He also went 10-1 as a pitcher, though he is projected as an outfielder.

His father, a five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, was born in Curacao and signed with Atlanta as an international free agent.

Rocker, a 22-year-old from Georgia, failed to sign last year after the Mets became concerned over his physical. He had shoulder surgery last September and pitched this year for the independent Frontier League’s Tri-City ValleyCats as a showcase ahead of the draft, going 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in five starts.

Baltimore has five of the top 81 picks as the big league team has rebounded after five straight losing seasons. The Orioles recovered from an 8-16 start to enter the All-Star break at 46-46, just 3 1/2 games back of a wild-card berth.

Pittsburgh used the fourth pick on second baseman Termarr Johnson of Mays High in Georgia, a product of baseball’s Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program. The top pick present for the broadcast, Johnson said the Pirates were getting “the best player in the draft.”

In contrast to other sports, baseball draft picks take time to reach the majors. Catcher Adley Rutschman, taken by the Orioles with the top overall pick three years ago, made his debut this May 21 and is hitting .222 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Chase Silseth was the first of last year’s selections to reach the majors. Taken in the 11th round and 321st overall, he debuted this May 13.

The first pick is assigned a slot value of $8,846,900, followed by $8,189,400 for the second, $7,591,600 for the third, $7,005,800 for the fourth and $6,497,700 for the fifth. The value decreases to $2,486,800 by pick 30 and $807,200 by No. 80.

Baltimore has the highest signing bonus pool at $16.9 million, followed by Arizona at $15.1 million and the Mets at just under $14 million. The Dodgers have the lowest at $4.2 million.

The first 80 picks were scheduled for Sunday, when the draft was held outdoors for the first time at LA Live, its second year taking place in conjunction with the All-Star Game. The draft resumes with the start of the third round on Monday and 616 players in all are to be selected.

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ top pick was dropped 10 spots to 40th for exceeding a luxury tax threshold, and the Mets got an extra first-round pick (No. 11) for failing to sign Rocker.

Colorado gained an additional pick (No. 31) for the loss of Trevor Story to Boston as a free agent and Cincinnati (No. 32) for the loss of Nick Castellanos to Philadelphia. The Red Sox and Phillies forfeited their second-round picks and $500,000 each from their international signing bonus pools.

Residents of the U.S. – including Puerto Rico – and Canada are eligible for the draft if their high school class has been graduated and the player will be at least 17 within 45 days of the end of the draft. In addition, a player enrolled at a four-year college is not eligible until the end of his junior year.

MLB hopes to start an international draft, and the March lockout settlement with the players’ association set a July 25 deadline to reach an agreement or keep direct draft-pick compensation for the loss of qualified free agents.

Trout joins Harper on All-Star sidelines, 4 players added

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will miss the All-Star Game because of back spasms, joining Bryce Harper on the sidelines and depriving the showcase of two of baseball’s best-known players.

Trout, a three-time American League MVP, has not played since Tuesday and was scratched from the Los Angels Angels’ lineup against the Dodgers on Saturday night.

Trout was replaced on the AL roster Sunday by Seattle infielder Ty France, increasing to a dozen All-Stars who will miss Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium.

The 30-year-old Trout is a 10-time All-Star and was elected to start for the ninth time. He finished second to Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge in voting among AL outfielders, with 39%.

Harper, a two-time NL MVP, is a seven-time All-Star selected to start for the sixth time. He broke his left thumb when hit by a pitch from San Diego’s Blake Snell on June 25.

Minnesota’s Byron Buxton will replace Trout in the AL’s starting lineup.

Houston’s Justin Verlander, the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and Atlanta’s Max Fried were dropped from the active rosters on Sunday after making weekend starts.

Relievers Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox, Jordan Romano of Toronto and Devin Williams of Milwaukee were picked to replace them. Hendriks gets a $15,000 bonus for his selection and Romano $10,000.

About one-sixth of the rosters have changed since the original 33-man teams were announced on July 6 and 8.

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson, Miami first baseman Garrett Cooper, San Diego infielder Jake Cronenworth, San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodon, Toronto infielder Santiago Espinal, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez, Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley and Texas shortstop Corey Seager were among previous additions.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado, Miami second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, Harper and Toronto outfielder George Springer were among those who dropped out, most because of injuries.

After being added, Rodon was then dropped because of a cracked nail and blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Four of 18 starters have been replaced: Altuve by Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez, Chisholm by the New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil, Harper by Atlanta’s William Contreras and Trout by Buxton.

Mariners win 14th in row, Rodríguez key hit to beat Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Julio Rodriguez and Ty France are headed to the All-Star Game, so they won’t be among the Seattle Mariners getting the break their manager says they need.

Yeah, Scott Servais knows that time off thing sounds a little funny.

“It’s hard to say you need a break when you win 14 games in a row,” the Seattle skipper said after a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Sure is.

Rodriguez hit a two-run double and France homered after joining the rookie sensation on the AL team as the Mariners moved closer to the team record of 15 consecutive wins. That streak came during their most recent playoff season in 2001, when they went 116-46.

The 14-game winning streak is the longest going into an All-Star break in major league history.

“That’s a tough one,” France said. “I think it’ll be good for us to kind of let our bodies recover. There’s a lot of guys in that locker room, they play every day, they’re playing hurt, they’re playing banged up. These next couple of days will be good for them and hopefully we can just keep that rolling.”

Cal Raleigh’s two-run homer put the Mariners ahead for good in the fourth inning as they matched reigning World Series champion Atlanta’s June streak for the longest this season. St. Louis had a 17-game winning string last year.

Rodriguez, who wasn’t even six months old the last time the Mariners were on a streak this long 21 years ago, lined a double off the wall in left-center field in the seventh, then raced home on France’s single for a 6-1 lead.

The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic was barely hitting .200 and didn’t have any of his 16 homers on May 1. Now Rodriguez is the first rookie All-Star for the Mariners since Ichiro Suzuki in – yeah, you guessed it – 2001.

“This is a stretch we’re in, I don’t think anybody will ever forget it,” Servais said. “But what a way to end the first half.”

Raleigh pulled a two-out, two-run homer down the line in right field for his 13th homer, erasing a 1-0 deficit as the Mariners won for the 22nd time in 25 games and swept a fourth consecutive series for the first time since 2001.

France’s solo shot in the fifth, his 11th homer, came a couple of hours after the first baseman was added to the American League All-Star team. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was sidelined by back spasms for Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium.

“It had kind of gotten to the point where that kind of hope was out the window,” said France, whose two hits boosted his average to .308. “I was getting ready for the game, and it all went down.”

Servais said the addition of France was overdue as one of the last replacements, but both agreed better late than never. Plus, Rodriguez, who declined to talk to reporters after the game, has company.

“Julio said he needed someone to babysit him,” Servais said. “So Ty will have his work cut out for him.”

Marcus Semien’s 12th homer, a solo drive, put Texas ahead in the third before the Rangers were swept in a four-game series for the first time this year while matching their season worst at eight games under .500 (41-49).

“We need a few days off, kind of collect our thoughts,” manager Chris Woodward said. “Let our bodies rest a little bit. The guys are tired. They were fighting to the end.”

With Seattle leading 2-1 in the fourth, reliever Ryan Borucki (2-0) walked his first two batters to load the bases with two outs before getting rookie leadoff hitter Josh Smith on a groundout. The left-hander retired Semien, All-Star Corey Seager and Nathaniel Lowe in order in the fifth.

Texas starter Glenn Otto (4-6) dropped to 0-4 in five starts since spending 15 days on the COVID-19 list. The right-hander stayed in after getting hit on the right side and arm by the barrel of Eugenio Suarez’s broken bat in the second, allowing three runs in six innings.

Mariners right-hander Chris Flexen gave up a run in 3 2/3 innings after starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career. Paul Sewald, the last of six Seattle pitchers, worked a scoreless ninth after a leadoff walk.

YO, COME BACK

Seager and Semien lost track of the outs in the third inning, when Semien started what the high-paid pair thought was an inning-ending double play.

After the shortstop Seager’s relay beat France at first, he and his second baseman jogged toward the dugout and even had first baseman Nathaniel Lowe partially convinced. Lowe started to join them but was the first to realize there were two outs.

Semien and Seager, who signed for a combined $500 million in the offseason, finally caught on as they were approaching the dugout steps.

UP NEXT

After the All-Star break, Seattle has a six-game homestand against the Texas teams. AL West-leading Houston visits first starting Friday. Servais said LHP Marco Gonzales was the likely starter.

The Rangers play at Miami on Thursday in a makeup game from the delayed start of the season, then go to Oakland. RHP Jon Gray, the opening day starter, is expected to face the Marlins.

Cease, White Sox top Twins 11-0 to win big series into break

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As Dylan Cease unwound in the clubhouse after his latest masterful start, the soft-spoken right-hander downplayed any lingering disappointment about being left off the All-Star team.

The jovial Chicago White Sox were more than happy to state his case.

Cease spun a one-hitter over seven innings as the White Sox walloped Minnesota 11-0 on Sunday to surge into the break by winning three out of four games against the first-place Twins.

“That’s what he’s done all year,” manager Tony LaRussa said. “He’s picked us up at important times.”

Cease (9-4) allowed only a fifth-inning single to Alex Kirilloff and two walks. Andrew Vaughn had three hits and three RBIs to help bring the White Sox within three games of Minnesota in the AL Central. Cleveland is two games back.

“We showed up,” Cease said, “and we showed that we’re still here.”

The White Sox had 16 hits on a hot and humid afternoon, including home runs by Yoan Moncada, Vaughn and Josh Harrison in the seventh inning. Chicago outscored the Twins 32-10 during the series to pick up two games in the standings.

“There’s no way we’re going to sit here and speak glowingly about the way we just played. We won one out of four of these games, and we had ambitions to do a lot more than that,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “That being said, I think it was a first half that was mostly good baseball, but we do have work to do.”

Lowering his ERA to 2.15 with his fifth scoreless start of the season, Cease struck out eight to become the fastest pitcher in White Sox history to record 500 career strikeouts. He got there in 399 1/3 innings, well ahead of seven-time All-Star Chris Sale (472 1/3).

Tim Anderson’s two-out, two-strike, two-run single gave Chicago the lead in the fifth inning against Twins starter Chris Archer (2-4), who was cruising in his return from the 15-day injured list for left hip tightness until a two-out walk to Seby Zavala.

Vaughn followed with a two-run double four batters later to prompt Baldelli to pull Archer.

“He had his stuff working,” Vaughn said, “and then his stuff stopped.”

The White Sox then roughed up right-hander Joe Smith in a six-run seventh inning with a two-run homer by Moncada, a solo drive by Vaughn and a three-run homer by Harrison. The 38-year-old Smith did not allow an earned run in his first 16 appearances of the season. In 14 games since May 23, Smith has surrendered 23 hits, 16 runs and six homers.

The defending division champion White Sox were one of baseball’s most egregious first-half underachievers, having not been above the .500 mark since May 25. They’re 11-7 in July, though, and looking every bit the a formidable challenger to a Twins club that has been in first place for all but one day since April 24 when they finished a three-game sweep of the White Sox.

“Good teams are going to lose games,” Archer said. “What I like most about this first half is we haven’t played our best baseball and we’re in the position that we’re in.”

NEVER CEASING TO AMAZE

Cease has been the rock of a rotation featuring past All-Star picks Johnny Cueto, Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn. He leads the AL in strikeouts. In his last 10 starts, Cease has logged 58 innings with 79 strikeouts and just 34 hits and three earned runs allowed.

“I don’t know how he’s not in the All-Star game,” designated hitter Jose Abreu said through a team translator. “It’s crazy.”

WITH HONORS

The White Sox had closer Liam Hendriks added to the All-Star team in the last wave of substitutions for injuries and weekend starting pitching. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was promoted to the AL starting lineup after Mike Trout backed out. Anderson is also going to the game in Los Angeles, as is Twins infielder Luis Arraez.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: CF Luis Robert was out of commission for the third straight day after feeling lightheaded in the first inning Friday night. He’ll have a medical exam Monday.

Twins: RHP Devin Smeltzer was sent down to Triple-A St. Paul to make room for Archer. With three scheduled off days over the first 10 days after the All-Star break, the Twins will only need four starting pitchers until August.

UP NEXT

The White Sox host Cleveland for a four-game series starting Friday. They have 10 of their next 12 games at home, where they’re just 19-25 this year.

The Twins don’t play again until Saturday at Detroit to start a two-game series. Their next home game is not until Aug. 1.

Rays lose Ramírez to broken thumb, but beat Orioles 7-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brett Phillips, Randy Arozarena and Francisco Mejia homered as the Tampa Bay Rays, despite losing hot-hitting Harold Ramirez to a broken thumb, beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on Sunday.

Ramirez, who was batting .329 in 77 games as a first baseman/outfielder, was hit in the right thumb by a pitch from Jordan Lyles in the first. Ramirez stayed in the game, scored a run and exited the next inning. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

“You feel for Harold,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “He cares a lot. He’s just really frustrated. … Might have been putting together his best season. Hopefully he’s a quick healer.”

The Rays are 51-41 and hold the top spot in the AL wild-card race despite 15 players on the injured list. They enter the All-Star break at least 10 games over .500 for the sixth time – they made the playoffs the first five times.

Rougned Odor and Austin Hays homered for Baltimore, which is 46-46 at the break after going 52-110 last season.

“I think we’re in a good spot,” Lyles said. “We’re a couple games out of one of the last wild-card spots. No one would have signed us up for us. I think in spring training we would have signed up for it ourselves, but I think we’re better than that. I think a lot of guys in the clubhouse after the last few weeks know we’re better than that.

“I don’t think we’re here to go away,” Lyles added. “We’re here to stay.”

Corey Kluber (6-5) gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings to win his third consecutive start. It’s the first time he has won three starts in a row since May 30-June 10, 2018.

Jason Adam worked the ninth to get this fourth save in five chances.

Phillips, who started the day hitting .060 (5 for 84) since May 24, put the Rays up 6-0 with a three-run homer in the third off Lyles (6-8). It ended Phillips’ 101 at-bat home run drought.

“Oh man, it feels great … It felt like my first homer in the big leagues just because it’s been so long,” Phillips said.

Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the second from Lyles and scored to make it 3-0 on Josh Lowe’s two-out double.

Lyles, coming off four consecutive 100 or more pitch outings, allowed six runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings. Phillips’ homer ended the righty’s day on his 70th pitch.

Bryan Baker replaced Lyles and struck out all five batters he faced to become the eighth pitcher in Orioles history to go 1 2/3 innings or more out of the bullpen and record all his outs on strikeouts.

Hays made it 7-5 in the eighth when he homered on Pete Fairbanks’ first pitch of the season. The Rays reliever had been out with a right lat strain.

Arozarena hit a two-run homer in the first. He went 2 for 4 and has a .380 batting average (46 for 121) with 13 homers and 29 RBIs in 30 career games against the Orioles.

Kluber hit Anthony Santander in the lower leg leading off the fourth, which keyed a two-run inning that had RBI singles by Adley Rutschman and Ramon Urias. Kluber limited the damage by getting a pair of outs with the bases loaded and one out.

Odor’s two-run homer in the sixth got Baltimore within 6-4. Mejia homered in the bottom half.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Felix Bautista injured his right hand Saturday when a hook on an exercise band came loose and the band struck the hand. He warmed up in the bullpen during the eighth inning.

Rays: 1B Yandy Diaz, hit on the left forearm by a pitch Saturday, didn’t play. . Reliever Jalen Beeks (right lower leg tightness) went on the 15-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Open a seven-game homestand after the All-Star break against the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Rays: Begin a post All-Star break seven-game road trip Friday night at Kansas City.

Hoerner gets 3 hits as Cubs stop slide by topping Mets 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Nico Hoerner’s liner landed in the grass in center field. Willson Contreras raced home, and David Robertson closed it out.

And just like that, the Chicago Cubs hit the All-Star break with a sigh of relief, instead of a long losing streak.

Hoerner hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Cubs stopped a nine-game slide by topping the New York Mets 3-2 on Sunday.

“Lost way too many in a row, whether you want to talk about close games or not,” manager David Ross said. “Winning is the ultimate goal, and that was a really nice base hit today that put us over the hump.”

Christopher Morel sparked Chicago’s winning rally with a leadoff infield single against Drew Smith (1-3). Morel advanced to third on Contreras’ single and scored on Ian Happ’s tapper to the right of the mound.

After Seiya Suzuki popped out, Hoerner’s third hit of the day drove in Contreras from second for a 3-2 lead.

“Whether it was me or someone else, obviously just have that moment, have the big swing that we’ve been missing, yeah, it felt really good,” Hoerner said.

Rowan Wick (2-5) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Robertson got three outs for his 13th save.

New York (58-35) had won four in a row and five of six overall. Coming off a taxing doubleheader Saturday that included two extra-inning victories, it closed out a 5-2 trip and headed into the break with a 2 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

“We played good ball the first half,” shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “We showed a lot of professionalism, a lot of days that we bounced back well.”

The Mets had a chance to open a 3-1 lead in the eighth, but rookie left fielder Nelson Velazquez threw out Lindor when he attempted to score from second on Eduardo Escobar’s single.

“He’s shown he’s got really good accuracy, poise,” Ross said. “The arm strength’s there.”

David Peterson worked five effective innings for New York, and Pete Alonso snapped a tie with a well-placed RBI single. Lindor and Starling Marte had two hits apiece.

Peterson yielded an unearned run and three hits. With Jacob deGrom nearing a return from a stress reaction in his right scapula, Peterson could be moved back to the bullpen when New York returns from the break.

“I want to take advantage of every day that I have and let things work out as they happen,” Peterson said.

It was a sorely needed victory for Chicago (35-57), which had a rough series against New York right up until the very end. The Cubs scored four times and left 24 runners on base in the first three games of the four-game set.

Chicago was helped by another solid performance by Adrian Sampson, who was charged with two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He threw a career-high 112 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Sampson was hurt by a pair of shaky defensive plays.

With two out and runners on the corners in the first, Sampson picked off Lindor at first. But Lindor avoided shortstop Hoerner’s tag attempt with a dive to the ground, and Marte scampered home on the back end of what was scored as a double steal.

Alonso’s fifth-inning popup landed just out of the reach of first baseman Frank Schwindel and in front of right fielder Suzuki, driving in Brandon Nimmo for a 2-1 lead.

MAKING MOVES

The Cubs brought up right-hander Erich Uelmen from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Daniel Norris for assignment. The 26-year-old Uelmen, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft, is looking for his big league debut.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: 1B/OF Dominic Smith and C Tomas Nido each got the day off. Smith rolled his right ankle during Saturday’s doubleheader, and manager Buck Showalter said he was still getting tests done to determine the extent of the injury. Nido was getting an MRI exam on his left forearm.

Cubs: RHP Chris Martin hasn’t pitched in a game since Wednesday. The reliever is dealing with a tender shoulder.

UP NEXT

Mets: Begin a five-game homestand Friday night with the opener of a three-game series against San Diego. Showalter said he wasn’t ready to announce his rotation before the finale against Chicago.

Cubs: LHP Justin Steele (3-6, 4.15 ERA) starts Friday night at Philadelphia in the opener of a three-game series. Steele will be followed by RHP Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.69 ERA) and LHP Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.22 ERA) in the set against the Phillies.

Webb wins 9th, Giants hit 2 HRs, beat slumping Brewers 9-5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Logan Webb pitched six strong innings for his ninth win to keep the Giants rolling into the All-Star break with a 9-5 victory over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a three-run home run. Brandon Belt also connected and drove in three runs as the Giants won their third straight against the Brewers after dropping the series opener.

San Francisco has won seven of nine overall heading into the All-Star break after losing 14 of its previous 18.

“This is what we wanted, we wanted some momentum going into the All-Star break,” said Belt, who had troublesome right knee drained after the game. “It was important for us to get going (so) we could carry some of those good vibes and that momentum into the break so we can come out on the other side feeling good and ready to go. It’s definitely a big boost of confidence for us.”

The NL Central-leading Brewers are heading in the opposite direction with their eighth loss in 11 games. Milwaukee’s division lead fell to a half game over St. Louis after the Cardinals were rained out against the Reds.

Webb (9-3) bounced back after Willy Adames’ 19th home run with one out in the first inning. Backed by a pair of double plays, Webb allowed two runs and four hits with five strikeouts.

Webb, who has a 1.35 ERA over his last three outings, left after walking Andrew McCutchen leading off the seventh. McCutchen scored on Hunter Renfroe’s double against Jakob Junis.

“KAPLER

Earlier in the game he wasn’t throwing quite as many strikes as he normally does but then he really settled into a rhythm,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “The swings were all on top of the baseball which is always a good sign when Logan is pitching. Today is the kind of day where he could have pitched two more innings for us (but) we wanted to get Junis some work.”

Belt had a two-out, broken-bat RBI single off Aaron Ashby (2-7) as a pinch-hitter in the second, then hit a two-run homer to right off Jason Alexander in the sixth.

Joc Pederson’s RBI double off the brick wall in right field sparked San Francisco’s five-run third. Joey Bart legged out an infield single with two outs to score Evan Longoria before Wade hit his third home run of the season and third career drive into McCovey Cove.

“That was against a high quality Brewers team with excellent starting pitching so we felt good about the way we finished up the half,” Kapler said.

Rowdy Tellez hit his 18th home run for Milwaukee in the eighth.

NO HARD FEELINGS

Webb has put up All-Star caliber numbers this season but wasn’t upset about being passed over. Instead, he’ll head to Lake Tahoe for a few days to relax.

“There’s a lot of people that should be All-Stars,” Webb said. “Everybody in that game has deserved to be in that game. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of other opportunities to make it.”

ALL-STAR ADDITION

Milwaukee RHP Devin Williams was added to the NL All-Star roster for the first time in his career, replacing Braves pitcher Max Fried. Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader were also selected to the Mid-Summer Classic but will not play.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: C Alex Jackson was reinstated from the Injured List and optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

Giants: An MRI taken of SS Brandon Crawford’s left knee showed no structural damage. . 2B Tommy La Stella could begin a rehab assignment after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Following a four-day break, Craig Counsell’s club begins a four-game series in Milwaukee against the Rockies on Thursday.

Giants: San Francisco heads to Los Angeles for a four-game series against the Dodgers beginning Thursday. The home team has won in the five previous games they’ve played this season.

Newman, Chavis lead Pirates over Rockies, 8-3

DENVER (AP) Kyle Newman and Michael Chavis had three hits apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their 12-game road trip with a 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Jason Delay and Jason Marisnick also had two hits and Tyler Beede (1-1) pitched two innings of relief for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh had a season-high 16 hits to end a four-game skid and finish its 11-day, four-city trip 6-6.

“It was good to bounce back,” manager Derek Shelton said. “We played we played well on this road trip — a long one — but to grind through it, especially after not playing very well the first two games here, I give our group a ton of credit.”

Elias Diaz doubled and tripled for Colorado, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Brendan Rodgers and C.J. Cron had two hits each and Austin Gomber allowed three runs in five innings of work for the Rockies. They have won 8 of 11 to climb back into the wild card race.

“We’re playing better,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “We’re pitching better, we’re playing good defense, the hitting has come around a little bit and Kris (Bryant) is back in the lineup.”

The Pirates recalled Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis to make the start Sunday. He allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Pittsburgh went in front in the sixth against reliever Jake Bird (1-1). Delay singled, went to third on Newman’s double and scored on a groundout by Ke’Bryan Hayes. Chavis followed with a sharp single to right to bring home Newman and make it 5-3.

Newman’s two-RBI single capped a three-run ninth for Pittsburgh.

Wilson was given a 3-1 lead but left after 48 pitches with runners on first and third. Cron scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to 3-2, and Colorado tied it in the fifth when Diaz tripled and came home on Blackmon’s sacrifice fly.

The Pirates held them scoreless after that and pulled away for the win.

“If you tie the game up you have the momentum,” Chavis said. “Then to go back out there on defense and to immediately get it back, it’s kind of like it’s a kick in the chest.”

GETTING DEFENSIVE

Jose Iglesias had a highlight-reel defensive play in the fourth inning. With Ke’Bryan Hayes on first, Chavis hit a grounder toward Iglesias at shortstop. He charged the ball and in one motion scooped it with his glove and flipped it to Rodgers covering second for a forceout.

Chavis got some revenge in the sixth when he made a diving stop of Ryan McMahon’s grounder down the first base line, preventing Rodgers from scoring from second. He ended the game by snaring Blackmon’s line drive and doubled up Diaz at second.

“When I make plays like that, when I do well defensively, it’s something that I’m more proud of just because it’s something that didn’t come naturally. It’s something that I worked at,” Chavis said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Placed RHP Chase De Jong on the 15-day injured list due to left knee tendonitis.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to return after the All-Star break. He has not pitched since June 2.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Open a three-game home series against Miami starting Friday night.

Rockies: Travel to Milwaukee for a four-game road trip starting Friday night.

Cole, Carpenter send Yanks over Red Sox 13-2; Sale hurt

NEW YORK (AP) Gerrit Cole hardly believes he’s solved pitching to Rafael Devers. At least he doesn’t have to worry about quieting teammate Matt Carpenter’s bat.

The rest of the Yankees are satisfied with concluding a memorable first half with two decisive wins over their longtime rival following their worst slump of the season.

Cole brushed back Devers and struck out 12, Carpenter drove in three more runs and the Yankees pounded the Red Sox 13-2 Sunday after Boston ace Chris Sale broke his left pinkie finger in the first inning.

“I don’t think I figured him out,” Cole said of Devers, who has been a thorn in the ace’s side. “I think I just executed the pitches that I wanted to execute today, and I think we sequenced better than we did last time.”

The Yankees reached double-digit runs for the 16th time – no other team has more than 10 such games – and cruised into the All-Star break with a major league-best record of 64-28. Their 64 wins matched the 2018 Astros for third-most prior to the break since the All-Star Game began in 1933.

New York outscored Boston 27-3 in the final two games of the series after losing five of six games, a stretch that included three extra-inning defeats.

“Great job by them,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Been a little bit of a rough week obviously. To answer last night and today with two pretty emphatic victories, you want to roll into the break feeling good.”

Cole (9-2) dusted Devers off the plate with a low, 99 mph fastball on his first pitch to the third baseman after allowing two homers to him July 7 in Boston. Devers glared at Cole from the dirt, then struck out swinging at a high fastball.

Cole allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings for his fourth straight win. He also got his 13th career game of double-digit strikeouts and no walks, two behind Randy Johnson for the most ever.

Aaron Judge singled twice and finished the first half with a major league-leading 33 homers, tied with Roger Maris for the franchise record before the break. Judge reached 33 homers in 89 games while Maris hit 33 in his first 83 games in 1961 on his way to breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season record.

Judge, Anthony Rizzo and DJ LeMahieu were hit by pitches after Cole knocked down Devers. LeMahieu was in considerable pain after being hit in the left elbow during the eighth inning and left the game, but Boone said there wasn’t an injury concern and no intent by Boston’s pitchers.

Carpenter had an RBI groundout in a three-run first inning and added a two-run double in an eight-run fourth. Carpenter drove in 10 runs over the final two games of the first half and has 34 RBIs in 31 games since joining the Yankees on May 26.

“It’s great when it’s on your team, I’ll tell you that,” Cole said of Carpenter, who was 14 for 38 with four homers when the two faced each other frequently for Pittsburgh and St. Louis. “I’ve been watching that for a long time, the first half of my career, and I’ve been on the wrong side of that quite a bit.”

Tim Locastro hit a two-run homer off Jake Diekman in the fourth. On the one-year anniversary of suffering a torn ACL in his right knee crashing into a wall in foul territory against Boston, Locastro went 3 for 5 and stole two bases.

It was Locastro’s third career three-hit game and it earned the speedy outfielder the team’s postgame wrestling championship belt for the first time.

“It took me a year to get that,” Locastro said.

LeMahieu and Judge started New York’s big inning with RBI singles and then scored on Carpenter’s double.

Aaron Hicks hit a pair of RBI singles, including the hit that fractured Sale’s left pinkie. Sale yelled in pain and exited after attempting to field Hicks’ 106.7 mph liner.

“Soon as I hit the ground, I looked down, the finger is gone,” Sale said. “It sucks.”

Joey Gallo tacked on a two-run homer after entering as defensive replacement in the seventh.

Sale (0-1) was making his second start since returning from a fractured right rib that he sustained working out on his own during the major league lockout.

Devers went 0 for 3 after homering on the first pitch he saw in the previous two games.

Rookie Jeter Downs hit a two-run homer off Cole in the third and also singled. The homer was his first in the majors.

The Red Sox concluded an inconsistent first half with their sixth loss in seven games and finished the first half on a 6-14 slide, dropping 16 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Before slumping since June 27, Boston won 19 of 23 games.

Sale allowed three runs and two hits in 2/3 of an inning. After Sale exited, the Red Sox used every reliever except Austin Davis.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (left knee sprain) threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday.

Yankees: RHP Ron Marinaccio (right shoulder inflammation) struck out two and threw 23 pitches in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.34 ERA) is expected to start the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park against Toronto on Friday.

Yankees: Head to Houston for a day-night doubleheader Thursday made necessary because the lockout postponed their originally scheduled season-opening road trip.

Scott Dixon ties Mario Andretti with 52nd career IndyCar win

TORONTO (AP) Scott Dixon had been waiting more than a year to join Mario Andretti in second place on IndyCar’s career wins list.

The only one ahead of him now is A.J. Foyt.

The six-time series champion finally snapped a 22-race winless streak Sunday when he held off pole sitter Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist on a late restart to win in the series’ return to Canada following a three-year hiatus.

Dixon’s 52nd career win came more than 21 years after his first triumph in Pennsylvania – the only one of his career that did not come with Chip Ganassi Racing – and puts him some rarified air. The next victory moves Dixon past Andretti and continues the climb toward Foyt, who holds a record that may never be broken with 67 career wins.

“It’s amazing. Honestly, to be close to Mario – every time I’m asked these questions, I’m so thankful we still have A.J. and him in the pits,” Dixon said. “It’s just fantastic. It’s huge, man. I feel so lucky to be part of this group.”

Herta, who tested for McLaren in Formula 1 earlier in the week, finished second for Andretti Autosport. Rosenqvist was third, Graham Rahal fourth and Marcus Ericsson finished fifth to further pad his points lead.

“It was a very good day for us,” Ericsson said. “We had a good plan, a good strategy. The crew did a great job.”

Just not as good as his Ganassi teammate.

Dixon qualified second and spent the day running up front, despite creative fuel and tire strategies as teams jockeyed for track position early in the race. And the New Zealander, who turns 42 on Friday, was still out front when Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Kirkwood tangled to bring out the final caution and force a restart with 18 laps to go.

Dixon quickly opened a 2-second gap on Herta and never relinquished it, cruising to his fourth career win at Toronto. His first win anywhere since May 2021 at Texas also extended his record streak of at least one every year since 2004.

It also shoved Dixon into the thick of the points race; a seventh championship would match Foyt for the most in history.

“It was a tough drive, man. I don’t know,” Dixon said after exiting the car. “Ended a (winless) streak, which is fantastic. Just so happy for the team. It’s been a crazy year. I still feel extremely bad for the (Indy) 500. It feels so good.”

The win was a breath of fresh air for the Ganassi garage, too, which was thrown into turmoil this week over the contract status of reigning series champ Alex Palou. Ganassi issued a news release Tuesday that said it exercised its option on Palou for next season, only for Palou to refute it and rival team McLaren to announced he’d be driving for it.

Palou recovered from a wreck in practice to finish sixth on Sunday.

Herta’s second-place run over the rough, bumpy Toronto circuit capped a whirlwind week that began with a test in Portugal for McLaren’s F1 program. The road-course ace was fast from the minute the Andretti team unloaded him, qualifying on the pole for the second time this season before nearly capturing his second win.

“Felix was really fast and I’m glad we were able to keep him behind us,” Herta said, “but it looked like a few more laps he’d get us. We struggled a little with tire wear at the end but our car was amazing. One of those races I have to be proud of.”

FUTURE FRIENDS, CURRENT FOES

Rosenqvist tried to pass Alexander Rossi just past the midway point, diving low going through a corner and forcing the Andretti Autosport driver into the outer wall. It was a similarly aggressive move to what Rossi did in wrecking teammate Romain Grosjean at Mid-Ohio – though not in Rossi’s opinion.

“I wasn’t the one doing the overtaking last week. Not quite the same,” Rossi said, “but it’s a shame.”

Rosenqvist and Rossi could be teammates soon. The former will be back with McLaren next season, though it’s uncertain whether it will be an IndyCar ride, while Rossi already has announced plans to join the team.

LONG TRIP, SHORT STAY

Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s day ended after the opening lap, when he appeared to get squeezed trying to get through Turn 2. He sustained heavy damage to his front suspension but managed to limp back to the pit area.

Sato has just one top 10 since the season opener at St. Petersburg during a difficult first year with Dale Coyne Racing.

WATCH THE POTHOLES

The course at Exhibition Place has become a challenging patchwork of asphalt and concrete with large sections replaced because of damage done by tough winters. Then the caution flew with 30 laps to go when a chunk of concrete about the size of a football came loose from the worn, weathered surface.

Bell crashes NASCAR playoff field with win at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Christopher Bell’s crew chief tried to give him a little bit of coaching – some encouragement with about 40 laps left in the race and a victory and playoff spot at stake – and was promptly told, well, basically to shush.

“He told me that he had it under control,” crew chief Adam Stevens said with a laugh, “and he clearly did.”

Bell explained later there so many laps left in the race, that he didn’t need a reminder of how far the No. 20 Toyota had to go to reach the finish line.

Plus, Bell already knew the way to reach victory lane at his favorite track.

Bell crashed the NASCAR playoffs – and tightened the pressure on the remaining winless drivers – winning Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to become the 14th Cup Series winner this season.

“That one was much needed right there,” the 27-year-old Bell said.

Bell mastered the track where he won Xfinity Series races in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and was second in the Cup race last year, holding off Chase Elliott – last week’s winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell is the 14th driver to earn a spot in the 16-driver playoff field. With six races left in the regular season, it leaves open the possibility that more than 16 drivers could win a race and the final playoff spot or spots would be decided on points.

That’s a worry for another day for Bell.

“That car was not very good when it started the race,” team owner Joe Gibbs said. “It was middle-of-the-pack. It was struggling. At the end, they got him going in the right direction.”

Bell chased down Elliott late and led the final 42 lap for Joe Gibbs Racing. His only other Cup win came in the second race of the 2021 season in the Daytona road course race.

Elliott finished second for Hendrick Motorsports and Bubba Wallace was third for 23XI Racing. Martin Truex Jr. dominated early and finished fourth and Kevin Harvick completed the top five.

“We had no idea what we were running there at the end,” Wallace said. “I knew it was inside the top five. But just tire management there at the end, and we were able to capitalize. Just proud of everybody. Happy. It’s been hell for me the last month, so good to come out with a top five.”

Elliott, who had led 13 laps overall when he was caught by Bell, finished first or second for the fourth straight race.

“We were in a position where guys at this level really should close out a race if you’ve got the lead like that,” Elliott said. “Just poor effort on my part.”

Bell led JGR to its fourth win this season and 12th at New Hampshire.

Bell was one of those drivers who would have had to worry about his playoff chances during the rest of the summer stretch. He entered the race in 16th place in the points standings – 19 above the cutline. Bell reeled off five straight top-10 finishes over May and June before he ran into a recent hiccup with only one finish better than 18th over his last four.

“If you’re race car is fast, and you have a first-place car, it’s pretty easy to get to first as long as you do your job,” Bell said. “I had a first-place race car at the end of that race. Basically, the third stage my car was the fastest one out there, especially on the long run. I did my job to maximize that.”

JGR, who supplies pit crews to 23XI Racing, swapped team members earlier this month with Wallace’s crew.

Bell’s biggest concern Sunday was trying to handle the 21-pound lobster awarded to the winner.

“Earlier in the year, I felt like we were right on the verge of winning,” Bell said. “In the last couple of weeks, I thought we were pretty far away. Now, here we are today.”

Bell still has to work on expanding his New England fan club. He gave his Xfinity checkered flag last season to the only young boy he saw in the grandstands wearing a Bell T-shirt. Before Sunday’s race, Bell promised one kid wearing his shirt at a pre-race event hosted by his sponsor that he would give him the checkered flag with a win.

“And I did,” he said.

TRUEX FADES

Truex won the first two stages and led 172 laps before he faded after a poor pit stop and finished fourth. Truex dominated early from the pole and seemed poised to snap a season-long winless drought. Without a win, Truex is on the playoff bubble. Ryan Blaney is third in the points standings and Truex fourth, yet both could possibly miss the playoffs without a win. This is the third time in the last 20 years (2002, 2003, 2011) there have been 14 winners in the first 20 races.

TRADING PAINT

Brad Keselowski and Austin Dillon used their cars as battering rams under a caution midway through the race. Dillon hit Keselowski in the door on the backstretch. Keselowski retaliated and smacked Dillon on the passenger’s side of the car and ran him off the track.

“We’ve gone at it a couple of times the last two years. One time, I hit really hard,” Dillon said. “I just don’t like the way certain people race me.”

UP NEXT

NASCAR’s Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for its only stop of the year. The track long held two Cup races each year and Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch won the races in a doubleheader weekend last year.

Portland tops New York 85-77 to win NBA summer league title

LAS VEGAS (AP) Brandon Williams scored 22 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 85-77 victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League championship game on Sunday.

It was the third time Portland played in the championship game since 2017, and its second title since.

The Trail Blazers got 36 points from their reserves, led by Jabari Walker, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Trendon Watford finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Portland and was a unanimous choice for game MVP honors.

“They made a run in I think the late third or the fourth,” Watford said. “We stuck together and when we came back in, we turned it up and I’m just proud of all these guys man.”

“It was big time, our chemistry came together since day one and I’m just proud of all these guys.”

The Knicks, with coach Tom Thibodeau sitting courtside, had five players finish in double figures, led by Quentin Grimes, who scored 19 points.

Miles McBride scored 17 points, while Jericho Sims added 13 and Feron Hunt and Micah Potter each chipped in with 10 for New York.

Portland, which came into the game ranked third during the summer league with 42.8 rebounds per game, outrebounded the Knicks, 37-32.

The Blazers, who defeated New York 88-77 earlier in the event, didn’t find their rhythm until the start of the second quarter of the championship, when they opened with three straight 3-pointers that gave them a 21-14 lead. They went on to hit seven 3-pointers in the quarter to build an 11-point lead they’d take heading into the locker room, 41-30.

The Blazers pushed their lead to 16 in the third quarter, with a 60-44 lead built on the strength of 10 points at the rim.

Portland rode its defensive tenacity to the championship, but it was New York’s defense that frustrated the Blazers to start the game. Both teams came out relatively sluggish, with a splash of sloppiness mixed in, as the Knicks shot 5 of 15 (.333) from the floor and the Blazers were just 3 of 12 (.250) from the field.

RAPTORS 80, BUCKS 69

Abu Kigab scored 15 points to lead six Toronto players in double figures and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Raptors beat Milwaukee.

Christian Vital, Ryan Hawkins and Christian Koloko added 11 points apiece for Toronto and Alex Barcell and Ron Harper Jr. each scored 10.

Lindell Wigginton led the Bucks with 11 points and Dewan Hernandez scored 10.

SUNS 84, PACERS 69

Louis King hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, Tyson Carter scored 12 and Phoenix beat Indiana.

Kameron Taylor and Ish Wainwright added 11 points apiece for the Suns.

David DiLeo, Jermaine Samuels Jr. and Kendall Brown each scored eight points for Indiana.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Indianapolis at Columbus Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indianapolis Indians have announced that their series finale on Sunday evening at the Columbus Clippers has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Huntington Park on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Indians will begin the All-Star break tomorrow before returning to Victory Field on Friday, July 22 at 7:05 PM ET to begin a three-game series vs. the St. Paul Saints. Friday Fireworks, MARVEL Super Hero™ Night with Thanos and Kids Eat Free Sunday highlight the July 22-24 homestand, and single-game tickets are still available. 2022 season tickets, mini plans and flex plans come with priority seating access. To purchase, or for more on the Indians, visit IndyIndians.com or contact the Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545 or Tickets@IndyIndians.com.

Game Recap: Suns 84, Pacers 69

The Suns defeated the Pacers, 84-69. Louis King led the Suns with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Tyson Carter added 12 points and six rebounds in the victory. Jermaine Samuels Jr. tallied eight points and four rebounds for the Pacers in the losing effort. The Suns improve to 3-2 in the NBA 2K23 Summer League, while the Pacers fall to 2-3.

Stewart hit 4 3s, scores 25 to help Storm beat Fever 81-65

SEATTLE (AP) Breanna Stewart scored 25 points, Jewell Loyd and Tina Charles added 15 points apiece and the Seattle Storm beat Indiana 81-65 Sunday to extend the Fever’s losing streak to nine games.

Seattle (17-8) is a half-game behind the Las Vegas Aces (18-7) and two games back of the WNBA-leading and defending-champion Chicago Sky (19-6).

Ezi Magbegor scored back-to-back baskets inside to give the Storm the lead for good and spark a 15-2 run that made it 23-13 when Stewart hit a 3 with 2:11 left in the first quarter. Danielle Robinson hit a pull-up jumper that capped a 10-2 spurt by the Fever to open the second half and trim their deficit to 44-41 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter but Indiana got no closer.

Magbegor added 10 points for the Storm.

NaLyssa Smith led Indiana (5-22) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Emma Cannon scored a career-high 14 points and Queen Egbo added 13.

The Fever have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1882       Without wearing a fielder’s glove, Louisville hurler Tony Mullane pitches with both arms in an American Association game against the Orioles. The natural right-hander’s ambidextrous efforts are to little avail when the home team defeats the Eclipse at Baltimore’s Newington Park.

1891       In a North Dakota Red River Valley League contest, the Fargo Red Stockings and Grand Forks Black Stockings each use one pitcher when they play to a 25-inning, 0-0 tie at the State Militia Training Grounds in Devils Lake, a neutral site selected to attract more fans. The umpire abruptly ends the longest scoreless game in history, a four-hour and ten-minute nightcap of a twin bill, after the bottom of the 25th to allow the players to catch a train.

1907       At South Side Park, Al Orth becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games in both the American and National League, tossing a two-hitter, beating future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who also throws a complete game in the Highlanders’ 4-0 victory over the White Sox. The 34-year-old New York right-hander, known as the Curveless Wonder, broke in with Philadelphia, winning precisely 100 games during his seven seasons with the club, before jumping to the Junior Circuit in 1902, signing with the Washington Senators, along with many of his Phillies teammates.

1921       At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankee slugger’s 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National League.

1923       Phillies’ owner William Baker demands the police arrest 11-year-old Robert Cotter for pocketing a foul ball hit into the Baker Bowl bleachers during the Phillies’ game against the Cubs. After the young spectator spends the night in a house of detention for larceny, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Brown frees him saying the boy was “following his most natural instincts,” leading to the team being the first to allow fans to keep balls hit out of play.

1927       Ty Cobb becomes the first major leaguer to collect 4,000 career hits. The 40-year-old A’s outfielder reaches the milestone with a first-inning double off Sam Gibson in Philadelphia’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Shibe Park.

1935       The Cardinals extend their winning streak to 14 games, beating Boston, 13-3, behind the five-hitter tossed by Paul Dean, and the offensive output of Burgess Whitehead and Ripper Collins, both collecting four hits in the Redbirds’ 18-hit barrage at Sportsman’s Park. The fourteen victories mark the longest stretch of games without a loss in franchise history.

1939       The Red Sox send 21-year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000, a player to be named later (Red Evans), and three minor leaguers due to Joe Cronin’s less-than-enthusiastic scouting report, the team’s current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.

1947       The Yankees’ American League record-tying nineteen-game winning streak, which began on June 29th, comes to an end at Briggs Stadium when Detroit right-hander Fred Hutchinson blanks New York, 8-0. The Bronx Bombers will run away with the Junior Circuit flag after compiling 31 victories during 34 games.

1948       Pat Seerey hits four home runs in the White Sox’s 12-11 extra-inning victory over the A’s. The Chicago outfielder’s homer in the top of the eleventh inning proves the difference in the Shibe Park contest.

1948       After the first two Cubs get on base in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Phillies 21-year-old rookie right-hander Robin Roberts appears to pitch out of trouble by getting the next two batters out. However, the future Hall of Famer plunks the next two batters, Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko, with a pitch, giving Chicago a 3-2 walk-off victory.

1949       Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman’s remarks clarify he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson’s belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country’s racial discrimination toward blacks.

1954       In the fifth inning at Sportsman’s Park, Babe Pinelli forfeits the second game of the twin bill to the visiting Phillies. The umpire makes the rare call when the Cardinals, trailing 8-1 in the not-yet-official contest and darkness approaching, delay the game by bringing in three new pitchers during the inning.

1961       In consecutive doubleheaders played at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Bill White ties Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old record by collecting 14 hits in four games when he goes 3-for-4 in both ends in today’s sweep over the Cubs. The future NL president started the streak, ironically, on the day the Georgia Peach died, going 8-for-10 in yesterday’s twin bill, also against Chicago.

1962       For the first time in major league history, teammates hit grand slams in the same inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew both go deep with the bases full in the first frame at Metropolitan Stadium. The Twins sluggers’ four-baggers contribute to the 11-run inning, a team record, in the 14-3 rout of the Indians.

1964       At Crosley Field, Pete Rose blasts a grand slam, a fifth-inning shot off Dallas Green in the Reds’ 14-3 rout of Philadelphia. The round-tripper will be Charlie Hustle’s only bases-loaded home run among his major league record 4,256 hits.

1970      Giants outfielder Willie Mays, in his 2,639th major league game, singles off of Expos right-hander Mike Wegener for his 3000th hit. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ reaches the milestone in the second inning of San Francisco’s 10-1 rout of Montreal at Candlestick Park.

1972       Denny Doyle’s RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning spoils San Diego 26-year-old starter Steve Arlin’s bid for a no-hitter. The Philadelphia second baseman advances to second on a balk by the right-hander, scoring on Tim Hutton’s single, but gets Greg Luzinski to fly out to center, preserving the Padres’ 5-1 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1976       After the Red Sox dropped eight of 11 games, the fifth-place team (41-45) fires Darrell Johnson, naming third-base coach Don Zimmer to replace their manager, who led the team to the American League pennant last season. Although last year’s AL’s champs, posting a mediocre 41-45 record and trailing the division-leading Yankees by 13 games, climbed above the .500 mark earlier in the month, they couldn’t overcome their poor start, when they lost 15 of their first 21 decisions.

1980       The Mets play their 3,000th game in franchise history, dropping an 8-3 decision in the nightcap of a twin bill sweep by Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. The Amazins have compiled a 1300-1694 (.434) record and six ties since playing their first game in 1962.

1983       The first-place Phillies, with an unimpressive 43-42 record, fire manager Pat Corrales and replace him with the team’s general manager, Paul Owens. The ‘Pope’ will lead the ‘Wheeze Kids’ to the National League pennant.

1986       The Royals announce manager Dick Howser, who led the team to the World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the campaign to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. After attempting a comeback during spring training, the Kansas City skipper will lose his courageous battle against cancer in June.

1986       Jack Morris throws his third consecutive complete-game shutout, limiting Texas to two hits in Detroit’s 5-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. The 31-year-old right-hander’s scoreless streak, which spans 31 innings, will end in the first frame of his next start.

1987       With his home run leading off the top of the fourth inning off Jose Guzman in the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium, Don Mattingly ties Dale Long’s 1956 major-league record by homering in eight consecutive games. Ken Griffey Jr. will equal the mark in 1993 with the Mariners.

1988       Mariners hurler Gene Walter balks four times in 2.1 innings during the team’s 12-3 loss to Detroit at the Kingdome. The southpaw becomes the third AL pitcher this season to tie the major league record due to a new balk rule requiring a pitcher to come to a “single complete and discernible stop, with both feet on the ground,” replacing the former edit of coming to a “complete stop.”

1990       The Red Sox and Twins establish an American League record when the teams turn ten double plays at Fenway Park. After pulling off two triple plays in yesterday’s contest, Minnesota completes six of the double killings in their 5-4 loss to Boston.

1993       The Braves trade Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliott to the Padres to acquire Fred McGriff, who will help spark the team to a 51-19 record en route to the NL East Division title. None of the prospects sent to San Diego will prove to have a significant impact on their new organization.

1994       Trailing 11-0 after the first three innings, the Astros pull off a major comeback to defeat the Cardinals. Houston’s 11-run frame in the sixth inning puts the team ahead for good in the 15-12 victory at the Astrodome.

1994       In Seattle, officials close the Kingdome after four ceiling tiles drop nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate. Due to the mishap, the Mariners embark on a 22-day road trip, cut short by the players’ strike.

1995       Lee Smith becomes the third hurler in major league history to give up two game-ending grand slams in the same season when Albert Belle goes yard, giving the Indians a dramatic 7-5 victory over the Angels at Jacobs Field. At the end of last month, the 37-year-old closer yielded a walk-off four-run round-tripper to A’s slugger Mark McGwire.

1998       With two outs, the Red Sox hit four homers in the fourth inning to become the first American League team to accomplish this feat with two down. Donnie Sadler and Darren Lewis go deep off Frank Castillo and Nomar Garciaparra and Mo Vaughn, clearing the fences off Dean Crow in the team’s 9-4 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium.

1998       The late Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Reds Hall of Fame since 1962, has his #18 retired posthumously by the club, and his widow, Elenor Guckel, throws out the ceremonial first pitch in a pregame ceremony at Cinergy Field. Unlike the others on the Cinergy Field wall, the left-handed slugger’s depicted nine-foot replica jersey is sleeveless because the first baseman needed to cut off the sleeves to make his massive upper arms fit into the tight flannel shirts the team wore.

1998       The Mariners’ promotion “Turn Ahead the Clock Night” features the team donning futuristic uniforms with an oversized compass rose logo, caps worn backward, untucked jerseys, cut sleeves, and spray-painted metallic cleats. After Star Trek actor James Doohan arrives at the pitcher’s mound in a DeLorean to toss the ceremonial first pitch, Seattle beats the visiting Royals, wearing yellow gold-vests featuring royal blue sleeves and white pants trimmed in blue and gold.

1999       On Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, 36-year-old David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history and the third Yankee to toss a perfect game when he beats the Expos, 6-0. Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Yogi in pregame ceremonies, commemorating his 1956 World Series perfect game.

2000       Johnny Damon collects a career-high five hits in Kansas City’s 12-4 rout of the Cubs. The Royals outfielder’s Kauffman Stadium performance includes four doubles, tying a major league mark.

2000       Hitting four doubles in a game, which has occurred only 37 times in the last century, is accomplished twice today. In a 12-4 drubbing of the Cubs, Royals leadoff hitter Johnny Damon accomplishes the rare feat, as does Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays in an 11-7 loss to the Mets at the Skydome.

2001       The commissioner’s office announces pitch counts and pitch-count averages will not be used ”as measures of umpire performance”. The baseball’s reversal is in response to the World Umpires Association’s grievance, which believed the proposed criteria for evaluation attempted to get the umps to reduce the number of pitches in a game by inducing them to call strikes on pitches that weren’t strikes.

2001       The game between the Diamondbacks and Padres is halted at the end of the second inning after a Qualcomm Stadium transformer catches fire, causing a whole section of spotlights above centerfield to explode. The suspended game will resume tomorrow.

2001       Detroit’s Roger Cedeno collects four extra-base hits, including a double, triple, and two home runs. The outfielder’s offensive output enables the Tigers to defeat the Yankees, 12-4, in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.

2006       After signing a one-day contract with the KC T-Bones and being ‘traded’ during the Northern League All-Star Game game to Fargo-Moorhead, 94 year-old Buck O’Neil walks twice, once for each team. The Negro League star becomes the oldest player to make a plate appearance, surpassing Jim Eriotes, 83, who struck out for the Sioux Falls Canaries but didn’t break the mark of Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who threw one pitch for the Schaumburg Flyers in 1999 at the age of 96.

2006       With a 14-5 victory over the Cardinals, the Braves become the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score ten or more runs in five consecutive games. During the streak, which includes two 15-run victories, Atlanta has tallied 65 runs.

2006       Jason Varitek, calling a 1-0 pitching gem thrown by rookie southpaw Jon Lester, establishes a new team record, catching his 991st game with the Red Sox. The Boston captain surpasses the mark previously held by Hall of Fame backstop Carlton Fisk (1969-80).

2008       Recently released Richie Sexson signs with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are hoping the former Mariners’ first baseman, who has the lowest batting average in the major leagues, hitting just .218 overall but .344 against lefties, can add a potent bat when the club faces southpaws.

2008       In the last concert hosted at Shea Stadium, Billy Joel gets a little help from his friends as Paul McCartney joins him on stage and sings “I Saw Her Standing There,” to a tremendous ovation from the sold-out crowd of 55,000 stunned fans. ‘Sir Paul’ tells the crowd the Beatles had a ‘blast’ playing at Shea that night in 1965, the year after the Mets home ballpark opened.

2009       In the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, the Marlins break ground for their long-awaited retractable-roof ballpark, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day 2012. The ceremony, attended by about 5,000 fans, includes Charlie Hough throwing a ceremonial pitch to Benito Santiago, the battery who threw and caught the first pitch in franchise history in 1993.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1927

Fans in 1927 witnessed the play of what many baseball historians consider to be the greatest team in the history of baseball, The 1927 New York Yankees. With an all-star lineup known as “Murderer’s Row”, New York outscored its opponents by nearly four-hundred runs and hit .307 as a team. Babe Ruth, perhaps the greatest ever, set the original single season mark with sixty homeruns which was more than any other American League team had combined. The Sultan of Swat also had plenty of help from his fellow sluggers in pinstripes. Outfield counterparts, Earle Combs in center and Bob Meusel in left, hit .356 and .337 respectively. Lou Gehrig had his first big season, batting .373 with forty-seven homers and a league leading one-hundred seventy-five RBIs. Second year man Tony Lazzeri ranked third in the loop with eighteen homers. The pitching staff boasted four men who won eighteen or more wins, led by Waite Hoyt at 22-7. Herb Pennock and Wilcy Moore gained nineteen victories apiece while Urban Shocker added eighteen. This lethal trio complemented the dominant offense by claiming the league’s three best ERAs. Moore, who pitched primarily in relief, led the way with a 2.28 mark. With a 110-44 record, the Bronx Bombers ran away with the American League pennant, winning by a staggering nineteen games.

On the National League side, the Pittsburgh Pirates had managed a pennant, but were clearly not the caliber that New York represented. Game 1 opened at Forbes Field, but the “homefield advantage” offered the Pirates little comfort in a 5-4 loss that was highlighted by several crucial fielding errors by the home team. Little changed in Game 2 as the Yankees netted another 6-2 victory off the arm of George Pipgras who beat Pittsburgh’s Vic Aldridge, Mike Cvengros and Joe Dawson.

Herb Pennock, who entered Game 3 with a 4-0 Series record, went the distance for the third outing mowing down the first twenty-two Pirates he faced – the closest thing to a perfect game in a World Series until Don Larsen in 1956. The result was an 8-1 triumph that left the Yankees one win away from sweeping the Series and reclaiming their crown.

Game 4 was anyone’s for nine innings as neither team blinked in a 3-3 stalemate. Pittsburgh manager, Donie Bush, had turned to Carmen Hill, who had peaked in 1927 as the ace of his pitching staff. Hill had never won more than three games, but in 1927 he chalked up twenty-two. New York’s Miller Huggins went with Wilcy Moore, a promising rookie who had made only twelve starts in his fifty appearances. Both had planned to go the distance, but the mental fatigue was starting to take its toll.

Pittsburgh’s John Miljus came in as relief in the seventh inning and looked strong until the ninth. Earle Combs walked and Mark Koenig beat out a bunt to advance the runner. Ruth was walked intentionally after a wild pitch advanced the runners and left first base vacant, filling the bases with no outs and Lou Gehrig coming up next. Miljus managed to strike out the next two batters, but threw a disastrous second wild pitch to Tony Lazzeri, scoring Combs and ending the game. The Yankees had won their second championship title and the crowning achievement to a magnificent season. They also became the first team ever to sweep the National League in a World Series.

ALL-STAR HISTORY

Once again, the outcome looked bright for the National League with the appearance of Cincinnati lefty Johnny Vander Meer. Although he was never a big winner, he had electrified baseball that summer by pitching back-to-back no-hitters against the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers. With the All-Star Game being played in Cincinnati, he drew the start and only gave up gave up one hit in three innings. Once again, Lefty Gomez started for the American League. He gave up two hits and one unearned run in three innings.

This game was memorable though for one of the strangest plays ever to take place on a baseball field; a homerun bunt. Frank McCormick had opened the seventh with a single and Leo Durocher, the next batter, was ordered to sacrifice. He followed the order as third baseman Jimmie Foxx charged in. Playing the ball, Foxx made the scoop and threw the ball into right field. Joe DiMaggio, in right in deference to Earl Averill, raced in, picked up the ball and fired it home. The throw was too high and sailed over catcher Bill Dickey’s head, allowing McCormick to score. Meanwhile, Durocher never stopped running until he reached home.

THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY-JULY 18

July 18, 1969 – NY Jets quarterback Joe Namath agrees to sell his share of Bachelors III, to stay in the NFL thus recinding his threat of retirement that was made earlier in the off season. Namath and the AFL’s Jets had recently won Super Bowl III by knocking off the NFL’s Baltimore Colts. The two leagues had merged on June 8, 1966 but they still played seperate regular seasons until the 1970 season. There was still plenty tensions evident between the forces from each league in 1969. To NFL Commisioner Pete Rozelle’s credit though the night club Bachelors III was apparently attracting some shady characters from the underworld, and Rozelle and the NFL wanted to distance themselves from the like as much as possible. They finally got Broadway Joe to see their wisdom and h begrudingly sold his stake in the club.

July 18, 1994 – The New York Jets sign USA soccer goal keeper, Tony Meola to be their place kicker. The former Team USA goalie had just competed in the FIFA World Cup and he wanted to catch on in the US as a football player while many of his former USA teammates signed lucrative soccer contracts abroad. Unfortunately for Meola, the Jets had just recently signed a guy by the name of Nick Lowery. Lowery was at the time one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history but at 38 year old and the fact that a rules revision had moved the free kick line from the 35 yard line to the 30 it was thought that a strong legged soccer player like Meola may be able to play a part in the kicking game. Meola though had technique issues with kicking the unfamiliar more oval shaped football as opposed to the sphere shaped soccer ball he was trained to kick and the Jets and Meola parted ways after a short stint.

July 18, 2005 – The great wide receiver Tim Brown retired from playing pro football. According to NFL.com Brown was a nine time Pro Bowl selection as well as a member of 1990’s Hall of Fame All-Decade Team. He holds a few Raiders franchise records including 1070 receptions, receiving yards claiming 14,734 in his career there & 99 receiving touchdowns. These are all tops in Raiders history. The Notre Dame product and 1987 Heisman Trophy winner spent 16 seasons with the Raiders franchise as a player and one one final year with the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2004.

Hall of Fame Birthday

July 18, 1905 – George “Mike” Wilson was a halfback from LaFayette College during the 1926 thriugh the 1928 seasons who was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 according to the National Football Foundation website. As a sophomore in the 1926 season, he began the year with a 69-yard run against Muhlenberg, scoring the first touchdown in Lafayette’s new stadium. The story of Wilson’s 1926 story openned with a bang and it also closed big when he finished with runs of 60 and 46 yards against Lehigh in the finale. Oh and what about the games in between, well he had a five-touchdown game in a 68-0 rout of Susquehanna and three-score contests against opponents Rutgers and Dickinson. Wilson a powerful hallfback only had two years of football experience under his belt but ended up leading the nation in scoring that season, aided by 20 touchdowns, as he and his Leopard teammates went unbeaten with a 9-0 recordand was named to the NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association) All-America team.

FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 18

3 – 5 – 4

July 18, 1913 – It was bound to happen as all great thing eventually end. After 68 straight innings New York Giants ace Christy Mathewson gave up a walk.

July 18, 1915 – Boston Braves started a truly historic climb that moved them from last place to become the eventual world series champs of 1915.

July 18, 1921 – Babe Ruth, who would eventually wear Number 3 smacked his 139th career home run and with it became the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor. The home run set another baseball record as well. The shot traveled an MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees’ 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit’s Navin Field.

July 18, 1927 – Ty Cobb reached a milestone with his 4000th career MLB hit.

July 18, 1948 – Pat Seerey, wearing Number 5 for the Chicago White Sox had quite a game against the Philadelphia Athletics. The Chicago slugger smacked 4 pitches out of the park in an 11 inning game to help propel Chicago to a 12-11 thrilling victory. On June 2 that year the Cleveland Indians traded Seerey to the Sox due to his lack or production and an over abundance of outfielders on their roster. He sure was productive inthe Windy City on this day!

July 18, 1960 – The National League brass voted to add the Houston and New York Mets franchises after pressure of a Continental League forming forced expansion.

July 18, 1962 – What an amazing start! Minnesota Twins Bob Allison, Number 4 and Harmon Killebrew, Number 3 hit grand slams in the 1st inning against the Cleveland Indians. The Twins power hitting tandem became the first players in history to hit basesloaded homers in the same inning. Minnesota went on to score a club record 11 runs in the beginning frame and defeat the Indians, 14-3.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1878 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Frank Hadow makes his lone Wimbledon appearance, and wins; beats defending champion Spencer Gore 7-5, 6-1, 9-7

1893 Australian Harry Graham scores 107 on cricket debut Australia v England, Lord’s

1893 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-8, 6-1, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive and 5th overall Wimbledon singles title

1896 US Open Men’s Golf, Shinnecock Hills: American-based Scot James Foulis wins by 3 strokes ahead of Englishman Horace Rawlins

1896 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket

1896 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji completes an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket debut for England in 2nd Test against Australia at Old Trafford

1912 Chicago Cubs get 21 hits but lose to Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings

1913 After 68 straight innings Christy Mathewson gives up a walk

1915 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs

1921 Babe Ruth achieves 139 home runs and becomes the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball, taking the title from Roger Connor

1921 Babe Ruth smacks a home run a MLB record 575 feet in New York Yankees’ 10-1 win over the Tigers at Detroit’s Navin Field

1927 Ty Cobb’s 4,000th MLB career hit

1942 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens

1943 Giants and Phillies strand record 30 baserunners, NY wins, 10-6

1947 Tigers shut out Yanks 2-0, end 19 game winning streak

1948 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game

1951 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

1954 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game

1959 William ‘Bill’ Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)

1959 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain

1960 Baseball’s NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises

1962 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

1970 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits

1971 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories

1975 Jury can’t decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)

1976 Nadia Comăneci (14) becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (doing so 7 times) at Montreal Games

1976 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

1982 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: American Tom Watson wins his 4th Open Championship, 1 stroke clear of Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price

1987 NY Yanks Don Mattingly ties record of HRs in 8 cons games

1988 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his 3rd Open title by 2 shots from Nick Price of Zimbabwe

1993 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: Australian Greg Norman fires final round 64 (–6) to win his 2nd Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Englishman Nick Faldo

1994 Court upholds NBA salary cap and draft rights

1994 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12

1994 NY Jets sign USA soccer goalkeeper Tony Miola as a place kicker

1999 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: Scotsman Paul Lawrie wins his only major title by 3 strokes in 4-hole aggregate playoff with Jean van de Velde & Justin Leonard; recovers from 10 shots behind after 3rd round for biggest comeback in major championship history; van de Velde famously triple-bogies last hole

1999 New York Yankees’ David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)

2004 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: American Todd Hamilton wins his only major title, defeating 2002 champion Ernie Els of South Africa by a stroke in a 4-hole playoff

2021 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: American Collin Morikawa becomes first male in history to win his debut at 2 separate major events [2020 PGA C’ship]; beats Jordan Spieth by 2 strokes

2021 108th Tour de France: Defending champion Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia becomes youngest rider to win the Tour twice; also claims Mountains and Youth classifications; Mark Cavendish wins points title

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES6428.69637 – 1227 – 1630 – 1519 – 610 – 45 – 5W 2
TAMPA BAY5141.5541331 – 1820 – 2323 – 176 – 912 – 96 – 4W 1
TORONTO5043.53814.530 – 1920 – 2416 – 1813 – 1015 – 115 – 5W 3
BOSTON4845.51616.523 – 2025 – 2512 – 2612 – 719 – 73 – 7L 2
BALTIMORE4646.5001825 – 1721 – 2916 – 2111 – 1312 – 88 – 2L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA5044.53227 – 2223 – 2213 – 1023 – 1910 – 93 – 7L 1
CLEVELAND4644.511225 – 1921 – 256 – 1023 – 199 – 86 – 4W 3
CHI WHITE SOX4646.500319 – 2527 – 2114 – 1518 – 197 – 97 – 3W 1
DETROIT3755.4021223 – 2414 – 317 – 1419 – 243 – 102 – 8L 4
KANSAS CITY3656.3911319 – 2717 – 295 – 1218 – 209 – 165 – 5L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON5932.64828 – 1431 – 186 – 816 – 429 – 166 – 4L 1
SEATTLE5142.548924 – 2027 – 2212 – 157 – 624 – 1610 – 0W 14
TEXAS4149.45617.521 – 2620 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 234 – 6L 4
LA ANGELS3953.42420.522 – 2717 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 192 – 8L 3
OAKLAND3261.3442811 – 3121 – 3010 – 169 – 1511 – 254 – 6W 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS5835.62428 – 1530 – 2028 – 1212 – 513 – 106 – 4L 1
ATLANTA5638.5962.531 – 2025 – 1822 – 1417 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
PHILADELPHIA4943.5338.524 – 2125 – 2218 – 198 – 516 – 116 – 4W 3
MIAMI4348.4731422 – 2221 – 2624 – 195 – 89 – 144 – 6L 3
WASHINGTON3163.33027.515 – 3616 – 278 – 369 – 89 – 111 – 9W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE5043.53821 – 1929 – 2411 – 1328 – 194 – 83 – 7L 3
ST. LOUIS5044.5320.529 – 2021 – 2410 – 1424 – 1410 – 76 – 4W 2
PITTSBURGH3954.4191120 – 2319 – 316 – 918 – 2713 – 115 – 5W 1
CHI CUBS3557.38014.518 – 3217 – 254 – 620 – 217 – 181 – 9W 1
CINCINNATI3457.3741518 – 2816 – 295 – 912 – 218 – 216 – 4L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS6030.66730 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 621 – 119 – 1W 4
SAN DIEGO5242.5531025 – 2127 – 2112 – 919 – 1020 – 204 – 6L 1
SAN FRANCISCO4843.52712.526 – 2222 – 2114 – 1311 – 1016 – 147 – 3W 3
COLORADO4350.46218.528 – 2315 – 278 – 198 – 521 – 187 – 3L 1
ARIZONA4052.4352122 – 2618 – 2612 – 1010 – 1112 – 273 – 7W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT