NBA PLAYOFF

BOSTON 109 MILWAUKEE 81

DALLAS 123 PHOENIX 90

MLB

HOUSTON 8 WASHINGTON 0

SEATTLE 8 NY METS 7

KANSAS CITY 8 COLORADO 7

DETROIT 5 BALTIMORE 1

NY YANKEES 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

MINNESOTA 3 CLEVELAND 1

TEXAS 7 BOSTON 1

LA ANGELS 4 OAKLAND 1

SAN DIEGO 7 ATLANTA 3 (11)

PITTSBURGH 1 OAKLAND 0

MILWAUKEE 7 MIAMI 3

LA DODGERS 5 PHILADELPHIA 4

CHICAGO CUBS 3 ARIZONA 2

ST. LOUIS 15 SAN FRANCISCO 6

MINORS

INDIANAPOLIS 11 CHARLOTTE 5

SOUTH BEND 5 FORT WAYNE 1

NHL PLAYOFFS.

NY RANGERS 4 PITTSBURGH 3

CALGARY 3 DALLAS 2

COLLEGE BASEBALL

PITTSBURGH 5 NOTRE DAME 2

CREIGHTON 4 BUTLER 3

PURDUE 7 NORTHWESTERN 2

INDIANA 12 MINNESOTA 0

MINNESOTA 9 INDIANA 8

OHIO 15 BALL STATE 10

BRADLEY 2 VALPARAISO 0

DALLAS BAPTIST 11 EVANSVILLE 4

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 7 INDIANA STATE 3

NFL SCHEDULE

GAME LOCAL ET TV

WEEK 1

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

WEEK 2

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ABC

WEEK 3

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, September 25, 2022

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos 6:20p (MT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 26, 2022

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

WEEK 4

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints (Tottenham) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 03, 2022

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 5

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (Thu) 6:15p (MT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, October 09, 2022

New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers (Tottenham) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 10, 2022

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 6

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, October 16, 2022

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 17, 2022

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 7

Thursday, October 20, 2022

New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:15p (MST) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS

Houston Texans at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 24, 2022

Chicago Bears at New England Patriots (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 8

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley) 1:30p (BST) 9:30a ESPN+

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 3:05p (CT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 31, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 9

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 07, 2022

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 10

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Munich) 3:30p (CET) 9:30a NFLN

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 14, 2022

Washington Commanders at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 11

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 21, 2022

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals (Mexico City) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 12

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30p (ET) 12:30p CBS

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 3:30p (CT) 4:30p FOX

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings (Thanksgiving) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 28, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 13

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, December 05, 2022

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 14

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams (Thu) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, December 11, 2022

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos 6:20p (MT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, December 12, 2022

New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals (Mon) 6:15p (MT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 15

Thursday, December 15, 2022

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p Prime Video

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Game TBD TBD 1:00p NFLN

Game TBD TBD 4:30p NFLN

Game TBD TBD 8:15p NFLN

Saturday Pool Date/Time/Network TBD

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills TBD TBD TBD

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns TBD TBD TBD

Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings TBD TBD TBD

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints TBD TBD TBD

New York Giants at Washington Commanders TBD TBD TBD

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, December 19, 2022

Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

WEEK 16

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (Thu) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p Prime Video

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots (Sat) 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (Sat) 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at San Francisco 49ers (Sat) 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Sat) 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sat) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p NFLN

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams 1:30p (PT) 4:30p CBS / Nickelodeon

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals 6:20p (MT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 26, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 17

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, January 01, 2023

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, January 02, 2023

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals (Mon) 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN/ABC

WEEK 18

Saturday, January 07, 2023

Game TBD TBD 4:30p ESPN/ABC

Game TBD TBD 8:15p ESPN/ABC

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Games TBD TBD 1:00p CBS

Games TBD TBD 1:00p FOX

Games TBD TBD 4:25p CBS

Games TBD TBD 4:25p FOX

Game TBD TBD 8:20p NBC*

Week 18 Game Pool Date/Time/Network TBD

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons TBD TBD TBD

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills TBD TBD TBD

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears TBD TBD TBD

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals TBD TBD TBD

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers TBD TBD TBD

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts TBD TBD TBD

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars TBD TBD TBD

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins TBD TBD TBD

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints TBD TBD TBD

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles TBD TBD TBD

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers TBD TBD TBD

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders TBD TBD TBD

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos TBD TBD TBD

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders TBD TBD TBD

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers TBD TBD TBD

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks TBD TBD TBD

* – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-15 and Week 17 subject to change; Week 18 game TBD

TOP HEADLINES

Williams has 27, Celtics make 22 3s in Game 7 rout of Bucks

BOSTON (AP) Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Boston will face top-seeded Miami beginning Tuesday in a rematch of the 2020 East finals. The Heat beat the Celtics in six games in that series at Walt Disney World.

The Celtics trailed early but outscored the Bucks 61- 38 in the second half to cruise to the victory. Boston used a whopping 54-point advantage from behind the arc to improve to 25-9 in decisive seventh games.

The Bucks are now 3-9. They went 4 for 33 (12.1%) from the 3-point line. That’s the second-worst 3-point percentage in a playoff game ever (minimum 30 attempts).

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists. But he was just 3 of 11 in the paint in the second half, including 1 for 6 the fourth quarter. Jrue Holiday added 21 points and eight assists. Brook Lopez finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Williams finished 7 for 18 behind the arc as the Celtics finished the comeback after dropping Game 5 at home to fall into a 3-2 hole.

Boston started the second half on an 11-4 run to open a 59-47 lead.

It was 63-53 when Tatum went to the bench after being whistled for his fourth foul. But the Celtics rallied without him, outscoring the Bucks 16-11 the rest of the quarter to take a 79-64 lead to the fourth.

The Bucks led the entire first quarter as Antetokounmpo scored or assisted on 24 of Milwaukee’s 26 first-quarter points.

He ended the period with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Bucks grab a 26-20 lead.

Boston began to claw back in the second quarter, drawing a third foul on Bobby Portis at the 8:49 mark. TV cameras showed him tossing his goggles as he went to the bench area. He’d been wearing the goggles since suffering a right eye abrasion in Game 2 of Milwaukee’s first-round series against the Bulls.

With Portis on the bench, the Celtics took their first lead of the game on a dunk by Al Horford that punctuated a 12-2 run.

Boston led 45-43 in the final minute of the half when Tatum was called for an offensive foul on Grayson Allen – Tatum’s third foul of the game.

Following an unsuccessful challenge by Celtics coach Ime Udoka, the teams exchanged misses. But after Smart’s steal near midcourt, Antetokounmpo fouled Smart as he attempted a last-second, 3-point heave.

Smart connected on each of his three free throws to give Boston the 48-43 halftime lead.

Celtics center Robert Williams III was available to play after missing three straight games with soreness and a bone bruise in his surgically repaired left knee. But he didn’t play.

TIP-INS

Bucks: There was a pregame moment of silence held for the victims of mass shootings this past week in Milwaukee and Buffalo. . F Khris Middleton missed his 10th straight playoff game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. . Milwaukee missed their final 11 3-point attempts of the first half.

Celtics: Were 9 of 22 from the 3-point line in the first half. . Patriots team owner Robert Kraft sat courtside, along with Patriots quarterback Mac Jones and receiver Kendrick Bourne.

Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout

PHOENIX (AP) It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for Game 7, calmly draining his first three shots to give the Dallas Mavericks an early lead.

The stunner came over the next two hours: The top-seeded Phoenix Suns had no response.

Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Mavericks blitzed the Suns with a 123-90 knockout Sunday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011.

“A lot of people said it would be a blowout,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said with a grin. “They were right.”

Of course, it wasn’t Dallas that was supposed to win on Sunday. The home team won the first six games of the series, but the Mavs broke through, dominating in a hostile environment from start to finish. Conversely, it was an embarrassing no-show for the playoff-tested Suns – who advanced to the NBA Finals last season with a very similar roster.

“We played all season to be in this situation,” Suns guard Chris Paul said. “It didn’t work out for us.”

The fourth-seeded Mavericks travel to face Golden State in Game 1 on Wednesday.

“I can’t get this smile off my face,” Doncic said. “I’m just really happy. Honestly, I think we deserved this.”

Doncic earned the Mavs an early lead, making his first three shots, including two 3-pointers. That helped Dallas push to a 27-17 advantage in the first quarter and a whopping 57-27 cushion at the halftime break.

Doncic and Dinwiddie, who came off the bench, combined to pour in 48 of the Mavericks’ 57 points. Doncic’s 27 points in the first half matched the Suns’ team total.

Game 7 drama? Not in the desert.

“It’s still kind of shocking,” Dinwiddie said.

Simply put, the Suns looked overwhelmed by the pressure of a Game 7. They missed shots they usually make, made bad passes they usually don’t make and looked nothing like the team that won an NBA-best 64 games during the regular season.

“That group has a lot of character and integrity and I know how bad they wanted it,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We just could not execute tonight. Couldn’t make a shot early, that messed with us a little bit and Dallas played their tails of from start to finish.”

By halftime, many Suns fans were booing at the unsightly display.

The series might have been close but the individual games usually were not. Three of the first six games were decided by at least 20 points and none of the games came down to the final possession.

Game 7 followed a similar pattern, except the team doing all the damage was the road team. The Mavs led this one by 46 points.

Doncic was fantastic, making shots from all over the floor and finishing 12 of 19 from the field, including 6 of 11 on 3s. He also got some help: Dinwiddie was stellar in the first half with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

They became the eighth pair of teammates to score 30 points in a Game 7, the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in 2002.

Meanwhile, Phoenix’s All-Star backcourt of Paul and Devin Booker was never a factor. The 37-year-old Paul is a 12-time All-Star that has done just about everything possible in the game except win a championship.

After this setback, it’s fair to wonder if there will be many more opportunities. Booker finished with 11 points and shot 3 of 14. Paul had 10 points and four assists. The Suns shot just 37.9% from the field.

“You could see some of the pressure was on them early,” Kidd said. “They missed some shots they normally make.”

Dallas beat the odds with the win: After the Celtics defeated the Bucks earlier Sunday, the home team was 110-33 (77%) in NBA Game 7s.

It’s the second straight year the Suns have lost a playoff series after having a 2-0 lead. They won the first two games against the Bucks in the NBA Finals last season before losing four straight games.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic and Dinwiddie were the first teammates to have at least 20 points in a half in Game 7 since Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston did it for the Knicks in 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Suns: Phoenix shot just 6 of 23 (26.1%) from the field in the first quarter. … The Suns hosted another sellout crowd at Footprint Center. Celebrities in attendance included baseball great Alex Rodriguez and rapper Lil’ Wayne. … The Suns are the second team in NBA history to win at least 64 games in the regular season and not make the conference finals. The other was the Mavericks in 2007. … Phoenix has still never won a title since coming into the league in 1968. … Deandre Ayton played just 18 minutes and finished with five points and four rebounds. When asked about Ayton’s lack of playing time, Williams responded “It’s internal.” Ayton did not speak to the media postgame.

GM says Grizzlies will spend to keep Morant, core together

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies are willing to spend whatever necessary to keep their core together, including signing All-Star guard Ja Morant to a contract extension this offseason.

Zach Kleiman, the Grizzlies’ general manager and vice president of basketball operations, made that very clear Sunday. Memphis finished with the second-best record in the NBA and its highest playoff seeding at No. 2 in the Western Conference. Memphis was eliminated in six games by Golden State in the semifinals Friday night.

“We’re not going to have any issues paying anyone who we want to pay,” Kleiman said of the future. “There’s never going to be any issue with retention here.”

Kleiman emphasized that is what owner Robert Pera wants. Memphis’ goal is maintaining team chemistry while working toward winning a championship despite being one of the NBA’s small-market teams. Memphis ranked 10th in the league for merchandise sales recently with Morant ninth among players.

“We’re not worried about small market notions or any of this or that,” said Kleiman, this season’s NBA executive of the year. “We’re not going to have any issue whatsoever keeping together whoever we ultimately decide along the way.”

That certainly includes Morant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, who has improved from Rookie of the Year in 2020 to All-Star starter this season and as the NBA’s Most Improved Player who also finished seventh in MVP voting. Morant is eligible for a five-year maximum contract extension this offseason.

And Kleiman made it as clear as possible that he intends to make sure Morant is in Memphis for a long time.

“Whatever I’m allowed to say under the NBA rules without violating the CBA, I hereby say about what our plans would be for Ja,” Kleiman said.

Morant’s desire is keeping the Grizzlies intact as well, starting with himself.

“I’m definitely happy to be here. Memphis is my home,” said Morant, who knows his contract situation will be a hot topic this offseason. “If your (question) is: Do I want to be in Memphis? Hell, yeah.”

Gaudreau’s OT goal gives Flames 3-2 win over Stars in Game 7

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau scored 15:09 into overtime to lift Calgary past the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 7 on Sunday night, giving the Flames just their second playoff series win in the last 17 years.

Gaudreau got a rebound and put a sharp-angled shot over Jake Oettinger, who made 64 saves for Dallas – a franchise record for the most stops in a Game 7.

The Flames will face the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference’s semifinal in the first postseason Battle of Alberta since 1991. The series opens Wednesday in Calgary.

Tyler Toffoli and Matthew Tkachuk scored their first goals of the series for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots and had an assist in the win.

Jamie Benn and Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Stars.

After reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, when Calgary fell in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning – 2005 was a lockout year – the Flames didn’t win another playoff series until 2015, when Calgary was knocked out in the second round by Anaheim.

Panarin lifts Rangers past Penguins 4-3 in OT in Game 7

NEW YORK (AP) Artemi Panarin is such a gifted passer, he looks to set up his teammates for goals. He can shoot, too, and he came through in a prime situation.

Panarin scored a power-play goal 4:46 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday night to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“Overall, honestly, they’ve been letting me shoot since the first game,” Panarin said through a translator after he took six shots in Game 7 after totaling 17 in the first six. “Kind of my bad, I haven’t really been making those shots. But maybe I should listen to everyone’s advice and actually get out there and take shots.”

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant had a feeling Panarin was going to rise to the occasion in overtime.

“He’s the guy,” Gallant said, “when it was heading into overtime, I said to myself, ‘I know he’s going to score if we score. If we get the winning goal, it’s going to be him.”

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and two assists, and Chris Kreider and K’Andre Miller also scored for New York, which got its third straight comeback win after trailing 3-1 in the series. Andrew Copp had two assists and Igor Shesterkin stopped 42 shots.

The Rangers are the first team in NHL playoff history to record three consecutive comeback wins in elimination games within the same series.

“It’s a huge win for the team, for the organization,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “A gutsy performance, coming back again. That whole `No Quit In New York’ thing is pretty true with this group.”

The Rangers went on a power play 2:55 into overtime when Pittsburgh’s Brock McGinn was called for holding. Late in the advantage, Panarin got the puck on the right side and fired a shot from the right circle past Tristan Jarry.

The Rangers players mobbed Panarin along the boards in the left corner as the sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd went into a frenzy. New York advanced to the second round for the first time since 2017, when they lost to Ottawa.

New York will play Carolina next. The Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on Saturday night.

Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist, and Jake Guentzel and Danton Heinen also scored for the Penguins, who were ousted in the first playoff series for the fourth straight year. Jarry returned in goal and had 26 saves in his first game since April 14.

The Penguins also had captain Sidney Crosby back after he missed the last game with an upper body injury sustained midway through Game 5.

“Tonight, we’re on the wrong ends of some bounces,” Crosby said. “We played a great game tonight, we played some good hockey throughout the series. We didn’t get that next one tonight that was probably the difference but I think even when we had those leads we still played the right way. Tonight was an example of one game, anything can happen.”

Tyler Motte had a short-handed breakaway 8 1/2 minutes into the third period, but Jarry made a nice kick save on his forehand attempt to preserve Pittsburgh’s 3-2 lead.

Zibanejad scored on a shot from the inside edge of the left circle off a pass from Copp with 5:45 left to tie it with his third of the series – all in the last two games.

“We didn’t want the season to end,” Zibanejad said. “This has been a hard team all year. No matter how the game goes, whatever happens, we stick together. … All we can do is just work hard and do our best, stick together and good things will happen.”

Guentzel gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead on the power play with 9:42 left in the second as he kicked the puck up with his right skate and then swatted the puck out of the air with a backhand and in. The goal was upheld after a video review, giving Guentzel his eighth of the series.

Miller tied it for the Rangers 1:05 later as his shot from the top of the left circle deflected off the right skate of Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson in front and trickled across the goal line past a diving Jarry.

Rodrigues gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead on a short-handed breakaway as he skated in and beat Shesterkin with a backhander with 2:36 left in the middle period. It was his third of the series.

Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 7:36 into the game with his fifth goal of the series. Zibanejad got his seventh assist.

The Penguins had an extended power play late in the first period. With the Rangers’ Ryan Strome and Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust off for roughing, Trouba was sent off on a double-minor for high-sticking

The Penguins took advantage as Heinen tied it with 1:09 left with a goal that wasn’t credited until the play was stopped about 25 seconds later. From the left side, Heinen poked the puck in and raised his arms in celebration, but play continued as Rangers defenseman Adam Fox swept the puck away. Replays showed it came after the puck had crossed the line, giving Heinen his third of the series.

HEALING UP

In addition to Jarry and Crosby, the Penguins also got forward Rickard Rakell back. Rakell hadn’t played since he suffered a lower body injury in Game 1. Defenseman Brian Dumoulin and forward Brian Boyle remained out with lower body injuries.

CLIMBING

Kreider got his 29th career postseason goal, tying Mark Messier for second place on the franchise list. Rod Gilbert is tops with 34. … Kreider also got his 46th playoff point, tying Anders Hedberg for 10th place in franchise history.

GAME 7s

The Rangers improved to 10-6 all-time in a Game 7, including 8-1 at home. … The Rangers also improved to 4-0 when forcing a Game 7 after trailing in a series 3-1.

The Penguins fell to 10-8 in deciding games, including 6-1 in a Game 7 on the road. … Under coach Mike Sullivan they fell to 3-1 in Game 7.

No hits, no prob: Bucs win with 0 hits, top Greene, Reds 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Reds starter Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined to allow zero hits in a complete game, but it didn’t count as a no-hitter – or even a win – because the Pittsburgh Pirates eked out a run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory Sunday.

Ke’Bryan Hayes’ RBI grounder helped the Pirates become the sixth team in big league history since 1901 to win despite not getting any hits. It last happened in 2008 when Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo of the Angels lost while holding the Dodgers hitless.

By Major League Baseball record-keeping rules, Cincinnati’s accomplishment isn’t an official no-hitter because its pitchers didn’t go at least nine innings. And in a season in which most everything has gone wrong for the Reds, this surely had to be the topper.

Greene (1-6), the prized Reds rookie, struck out nine and was pulled after one-out walks in the eighth to Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez. Greene threw 118 pitches, the most by any pitcher in the majors this year.

Warren relieved and walked Ben Gamel to load the bases. Ke’Bryan Hayes followed with a grounder to second baseman Alejo Lopez, who bobbled the ball before throwing to shortstop Matt Reynolds for one out. Reynolds’ relay was a fraction late to get the speedy Hayes at first base.

Cincinnati batters went down in order in the ninth and that was it at PNC Park – no celebration for the Reds, who have the worst record in the majors.

“I mean, to not even get in a hit in a game and to get a win, I’m sure that hasn’t happened a lot since baseball’s been going on,” Hayes said.

There have been two no-hitters in the majors this season. Angels rookie Reid Detmers pitched one last Tuesday against Tampa Bay, and five Mets pitchers combined to hold Philadelphia hitless last week.

Also, Tampa Bay pitchers combined to hold Boston hitless into the 10th inning last month and wound up winning 3-2. That wasn’t an official no-hitter, either, because the Rays didn’t throw a complete game without giving up a hit.

The second overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, Greene suffered an injury in 2018 that required Tommy John surgery in 2019. After the COVID-19 pandemic, didn’t return to minor league play until 2021. He made the Reds’ roster for the first time coming out of spring training this year.

In his second start of the season, he set an MLB record with 39 pitches over 100 mph, but carried a 7.62 ERA into Sunday’s game thanks in part to majors-leading 11 home runs this season. He has also allowed 15 walks in 26 innings.

Pirates starter Jose Quintana held the Reds scoreless through seven innings, giving up three hits while striking out five.

Chris Stratton (2-1) pitched around a two-on, one out jam in the eighth. David Bednar worked a clean ninth for his seventh save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: C Tyler Stephenson was cleared to play after leaving Saturday’s game under concussion protocols after taking a foul tip off his mask, but did not start. Cincinnati added C Sandy Leon to the taxi squad as a precaution. . 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19 IL) made his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville and went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. . LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) made his second rehab appearance with Louisville since re-starting his rehab following an April setback. He pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run while striking out four.

Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (left groin strain) will start a rehab assignment this week, GM Ben Cherington said. Newman has been out since April 27.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Connor Overton (1-0, 1.59) will start against Cleveland on Tuesday after an off day.

Pirates have not announced a starter for Monday’s series opener against the Cubs in Chicago.

Schwindel’s go-ahead hit in 9th lifts Cubs over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) Frank Schwindel hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday.

Patrick Wisdom and Rafael Ortega also homered for the Cubs, who have won four of six after a 3-14 stretch.

Wisdom doubled to deep center field to lead off the ninth against Ian Kennedy (2-2) and Schwindel reached out and hit a soft line drive over first base.

Scott Effross (1-1) gave up a single to open the ninth. Rowan Wick allowed a single to the first batter he faced before getting his fourth save in as many chances on a foulout and double-play grounder.

Chicago starter Justin Steele struck out a career-high 10 and gave up one earned run and three hits in six innings. It was his first appearance since being removed from last Sunday’s start after four innings because of thumb soreness.

Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk in his second straight start after missing three starts with an ankle injury.

Suzuki also made two outstanding plays in the field, a sliding catch on Christian Walker’s line drive in front of him in the first inning and a backhanded, over-the-shoulder catch on Josh Rojas’ flyball to the warning track in the seventh.

Arizona lost its first series in six. The Diamondbacks had won their previous last five one-run games – they are 7-4 in one-run games this season after going was 10-31 in such games last season.

Ortega hit the second pitch of the game for a 428-foot homer and Wisdom led off the second with a 414-foot homer for a quick 2-0 lead off Humberto Castellanos.

Daulton Varsho had an RBI single and shortstop Ildemaro Vargas made a two-out error as the Diamondbacks tied it at 2-all in the fourth.

START ME UP

Arizona’s starting pitchers are 8-0 with a 2.00 ERA in the last 15 games after Castellanos gave up two runs and did not get a decision.

The Diamondbacks’ starters have a 2.51 ERA, second-lowest in the majors to the Dodgers (2.45). The teams begin a four-game series in Los Angeles on Monday.

SWING AND A MISS

From the bottom of the second inning through the top of the fourth, 10 of the 12 batters struck out and none reached base. Steele struck out the side in the second inning and fanned two around a groundout in the third.

Castellanos struck out five in a row after getting Willson Contreras on a sharp groundout leading off the Cubs’ third.

BIRTHDAY CHEER

Ortega connected on his 31st birthday for his first homer of the season. Wisdom was the last Cub to homer on his birthday, hitting two on Aug. 27, 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: SS Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder) was activated from the injured list before the game and entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, He had not played this season after feeling inflammation in spring training. … SS/2B Nico Hoerner (right ankle) was placed on the IL in a corresponding move. Hoerner left Wednesday’s game in San Diego in the second inning when he collided with an umpire while attempting to position himself for a relay throw.

Diamondbacks: RHP Sean Poppen (shoulder inflammation) was activated from the injured list prior to the game. DH Seth Beer was optioned to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move. Beer, who beat San Diego with a walk-off three-run homer on opening day, was 9 for 61 with no homers in his last 20 games .

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (0-0) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh RHP Bryse Wilson (0-2) in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.

Diamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-1) is to face Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin (3-0) in the opener of a four-game series in Los Angeles on Monday.

Gurriel stays hot, Verlander solid, Astros blank Nats 8-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a homer, Justin Verlander pitched five scoreless innings and the Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Sunday.

Jose Altuve, Martin Maldonado and Chas McCormick also homered for the Astros. Gurriel finished the series 8-for-12 with two homers and four RBIs.

“I’m not surprised,” manager Dusty Baker said of Gurriel, who has raised his average to .248 during a five-game hitting streak. “Water seeks its own level. I wasn’t worried about Yuli. He was probably more worried about himself than I was worried about him. Yuli’s going to hit.”

A day after allowing 13 runs as Houston’s 11-game winning streak ended, Astros pitchers returned to form, tossing their fourth shutout in seven games, a four-hitter kicked off by Verlander.

After taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start, Verlander (5-1) didn’t allow a hit Sunday until surrendering back-to-back singles with one out in the fifth and Houston up 2-0. Baker opted to leave him in and Verlander retired Cesar Hernandez on a popup before getting Juan Soto to ground out with his 107th pitch.

“He did a great job. He battled,” Baker said. “Specifically in the fifth. He had some tough hitters up there. Boy, that was the turning point in the game. Put us in a position to come back in, take a breather and score some more.”

Verlander struck out five and walked three in his in his seventh start since returning from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was making his first start of the season on four days’ rest and threw his most pitches since his no-hitter in September of 2019.

“You kind of go do something new and see how you respond, see how the elbow responds,” Verlander said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a little sore, just the first time being really stressed like that.”

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (0-6) was solid early before allowing home runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He allowed five runs on six hits over six-plus innings. Washington has lost each of Corbin’s eight starts.

McCormick walked with one out in the fifth. Corbin caught him leaning at first, but Josh Bell’s throw to second was wide and McCormick was safe. The Nationals challenged but lost the appeal, and Maldonado sent Corbin’s next pitch over the visitors’ bullpen in left center to make it 2-0.

Gurriel hit a solo homer in the sixth and McCormick’s two-run shot with no outs in the seventh ended Corbin’s afternoon. Altuve homered leading off the ninth.

Washington hitters were held to four singles.

“Look who we faced today,” manager Dave Martinez said. “We’ve been swinging the bat well. Regardless of whether or not we score runs, we’ve been getting five, six, seven, eight hits a game. Today, that guy was good.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: SS Jeremy Pena (knee) missed his third game. Baker said Saturday he expected Pena to play Sunday, but Pena woke up sore and was given another day.

DUBON’S DEBUT

Infielder/outfielder Mauricio Dubon, acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, made his Astros debut. He played the final two innings at shortstop and went 0-for-1. Houston optioned infielder Niko Goodrum to Triple-A Sugar Land. He hit .116 in 15 games for the Astros.

BELL RINGING

Nationals first baseman Josh Bell was 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .338 with five doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored over his past 20 games.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series at Boston on Monday. He is 5-7 with a 4.87 ERA in 20 career starts against the Red Sox.

Nationals: RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-2, 7.58) opens a three-game series at Miami. He was 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in two starts against the Marlins last season.

Cortes pitches 8 crisp innings as Yankees beat White Sox 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) Nestor Cortes pitched a career-high eight innings and the New York Yankees took advantage of Michael Kopech’s one wild stretch, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Sunday.

New York managed just two hits: a second-inning single for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a two-run homer by Joey Gallo in the ninth. But it was more than enough, thanks to the crafty Cortes (2-1).

The 27-year-old left-hander, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth in his previous outing against Texas, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none in another brilliant performance. He has permitted two runs or fewer in each of his seven starts this year.

Since his first big league outing of last season, on May 30, 2021, Cortes has an AL-low 2.44 ERA over 133 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 straight starts, matching Luis Severino in 2018 for the second-longest such streak in franchise history.

Clay Holmes finished the four-hitter for New York’s 18th win in 21 games. The major league-leading Yankees took three of four in the series.

Kopech (0-1) pitched six innings of one-hit ball for Chicago. The right-hander had five sharp innings – and one real bad one.

New York got to Kopech for three runs in the second after he retired the first two batters, making the most of four walks, a wild pitch and Kiner-Falefa’s single to left. Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu each walked with the bases loaded, and Jose Trevino scored on the wild pitch.

Kopech threw 41 pitches in the second, 17 for strikes. He threw a total of 50 pitches in his other five innings, 33 for strikes.

Kopech’s shaky stretch provided more than enough run support for Cortes, who retired 15 in a row after Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single.

Adam Engel homered for Chicago with one out in the eighth, but Cortes retired the next two batters. Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal flied out to the warning track in right for the second out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone said the team should know more about C Ben Rortvedt’s situation at some point this week. Rortvedt was working his way back from a right oblique injury when a knee issue popped up. “It’s something he’s dealt with in the past,” Boone said. “So we’ll see. It could be some kind of surgical procedure that he may have to get.” … RHP Domingo German (right shoulder impingement) is scheduled to start throwing live BPs this week. Boone said German will be built up as a starter. … OF Tim Locastro (left lat strain) is progressing pretty well in his rehab, Boone said.

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was out of the starting lineup after going 4 for 13 with two homers in the first three games of the series. Manager Tony La Russa said it was just a day off, and Moncada was available off the bench. … La Russa said RHP Lucas Giolito (COVID-19 IL) is feeling better, but he isn’t sure when he will return to the rotation.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (2-0, 4.08 ERA) starts Monday night at Baltimore in the opener of a four-game set. RHP Kyle Bradish (1-1, 4.24 ERA) takes the mound for the Orioles.

White Sox: Open an eight-game trip Monday night at Kansas City. The White Sox haven’t announced their starting pitcher, and the Royals plan to go with RHP Brad Keller (1-3, 2.70 ERA).

Rodríguez has 4 hits, Alonso Ks in 9th as M’s beat Mets 8-7

NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a tying homer as part of a four-hit game, Cal Raleigh added a go-ahead, two-run drive and reliever Diego Castillo struck out Mets star Pete Alonso with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Seattle Mariners over New York 8-7 Sunday.

New York trailed 4-1, then burst ahead in the fourth against Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray when J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo became the first pair of Mets in the team’s 61-season history to hit two-run triples in the same inning.

The homers from Rodriguez and Raleigh helped Seattle climb back ahead, but the Mets rallied again in the ninth.

Eduardo Escobar hit the Mets’ third triple with one out, Jeff McNeil had an RBI single and Brandon Nimmo a run-scoring double. With runners on second and third, Castillo relieved and struck out Starling Marte.

Manager Scott Servais then intentionally walked Francisco Lindor, setting up a bases-loaded showdown with Pete Alonso. Castillo threw six straight sliders, and Alonso failed to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch. Castillo got his second save, and the Mets took their first series loss this season.

Ray (4-3), grunting loudly on every pitch, retired his final seven batters after Nimmo’s triple. Ray, Sergio Romo, former-Met Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider combined to retire 14 straight batters before the ninth.

A day after giving up a tying, three-run homer to Jesse Winker in the seventh inning of a game the Mets came back to win 5-4, Chasen Shreve opened the sixth by allowing Rodriguez’s second big league homer, a 423-foot, no-doubt drive to left.

Abraham Toro singled with one out and Drew Smith (0-2) relieved. Raleigh, in a 2-for-33 slide, hit a 435-foot drive to right-center for his fourth big league homer and a 7-5 lead. Rodriguez added an RBI single in the seventh against Joely Rodriguez.

Seattle arrived in a 3-12 skid but took two of three from the National League-best Mets, who had been 9-0-1 in their previous series this season. The Mariners won their first road series after losing four along with a split.

Mike Ford had a two-run single in a three-run fourth for his first Mariners hit. Seattle matched a season high with 16 hits, including at least one by each starter.

Francisco Lindor homered into the left field second deck, giving him first-inning RBIs in all three games of the series.

Ray’s fastball averaged 94.3 mph, well above his 92.7 mph season average and close to his velocity when he went 13-7 with an AL-best 2.84 ERA.

New York went 5 for 22 against Ray after entering with a .213 average against lefties (61 for 287), down from .263 (232 for 881) against righties.

Alonso singled leading off the fourth on the first curveball of the day thrown by Ray. Mark Canha walked and Davis sliced a slider into the right-field corner for his second big league triple and first since 2019, cutting the deficit to 4-3

Escobar walked, McNeil flied out as Escobar took advantage of a sleeping defense to take second and Tomas Nido struck out. Nimmo extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games by pulling a slider into the right-field corner.

The Mets had not gotten a pair of triples in one inning since Austin Jackson and Jose Reyes on Aug. 15, 2018.

SEWALD’S SATISFACTION

Sewald cupped a hand to an ear and pointed to his other ear after retiring the side in the eighth. He retired all seven batters he faced in the series and spoke Friday of how fans didn’t appreciate him when played for the Mets from 2017-20.

SCOREBOARD WATCH

The Mets replaced batting average with OPS on the Citi Field right field scoreboard.

ROOKIE MISTAKE

Rodriguez was doubled up at first for an inning-ending double play when he tried to steal in the second inning and continued to third, not realizing Ford had flied out to short right.

MEN IN BLUE

Carlos Torres joined the umpire crew at third base. Crew chief Jerry Layne was unavailable Saturday and Sunday because of a medical issue.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (inflamed right biceps) was placed on the 15-day IL, four days after he allowed eight runs over 1 1/3 innings during a defeat at Washington. RHP Colin Holderman’s contract was selected from Triple-A Syracuse and RHP was Trevor May was transferred to the 60-day IL. Holderman pitched a scoreless ninth in his major league debut.

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Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (1-5, 4.24) was slated to start Monday’s series opener at Toronto, which goes with LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 4.15)

Mets: With Megill out and David Peterson having thrown 89 pitches on Friday for Triple-A Syracuse, RHP Trevor Williams (0-2, 5.73) appeared to be the most likely candidate to start Monday night’s series opener against St. Louis and RHP Mike Mikolas (3-1), whose 1.49 ERA was third in the majors entering Sunday.

Perez hits 2-run single in 9th, Royals overtake Rockies 8-7

DENVER (AP) Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals recovered from blowing a six-run lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7 on Sunday.

Bobby Witt Jr., Whit Merrifield and Emmanuel Rivera homered for the Royals, who took two of three from Colorado.

Colorado overcame a 6-0 deficit by scoring seven times in the seventh.

Andrew Benintendi drew a leadoff walk from Rockies closer Daniel Bard (1-1) in the ninth and Ryan O’Hearn singled. A wild pitch and a one-out walk to Michael A. Taylor loaded the bases for Perez, who laced a single to left field.

Josh Staumont (1-0) pitched the eighth inning and Scott Barlow got three outs for his fourth save.

Colorado’s Yonathan Daza continued his hot stretch with two hits and sparked the seventh-inning rally. He has an eight-game hitting streak that has raised his average 28 points to .383.

Kansas City starter Daniel Lynch tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings and left with a comfortable lead.

Rivera’s first homer of the season put Kansas City ahead 2-0 and Merrifield led off the sixth with his second of the season against Rockies starter Austin Gomber.

Gomber allowed three runs on four hits in six innings before giving way to Jhoulys Chacin to start the seventh. Witt greeted him with his third homer.

Rivera had an RBI double and then scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

The lead was wiped out by Colorado’s big seventh inning against three relievers. Daza knocked in the first two with a single, C.J. Cron drove in another with a single and an error allowed a fourth run to score.

Randal Grichuk tied it with a single and Elias Diaz, who started the inning with a hit, put the Rockies ahead 7-6 with a sacrifice fly.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Kris Bryant (back) is scheduled to play two rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque this week and then be reevaluated with the hope he can return for the weekend series against the New York Mets. Bryant has not played since April 25 at Philadelphia.

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Royals: RHP Brad Keller (1-3, 2.70) will open a rare five-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The teams play a split doubleheader Tuesday to make up the April 4 game postponed due to the lockout.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-2, 4.48) will make his second consecutive start against San Francisco on Monday. Senzatela took the loss at the Giants on Tuesday.

Cabrera homers, Skubal strikes out 11 as Tigers top Orioles

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera blasted his 505th career home run, Tarik Skubal equaled his career high with 11 strikeouts, and the Detroit Tigers completed their first series sweep this season by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Sunday.

Cabrera had two hits, scored two runs and knocked in two more for the Tigers, who have won three straight. Harold Castro added three hits, a run scored and two RBIs.

Cabrera has a six-game hitting streak, batting .500 in that span.

“Clearly, he’s been a spark for us,” said manager A.J. Hinch, who celebrated his 48th birthday. “He’s swinging at strikes, he’s getting into good counts and he’s driving the ball.”

Skubal (3-2) lasted six innings, limiting Baltimore to three hits and two walks.

“I felt like I did a good job at getting to two strikes and then being able to execute a pitch with two strikes,” Skubal said. “Strikeouts come (and go), I’m not really going to be focused on that but it’s good to get to two strikes and then get guys out in those counts.”

Skubal was feeling a little under the weather, but it didn’t show while he overpowered Baltimore’s lineup.

“He’s been on the attack from the first pitch of the at-bat for a majority of the season,” catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “He’s able to control his fastball in locations that are very effective for him. He’s off to such a great start and he’s been a blast to catch. Just hope he can keep it going.”

Relievers Jacob Barnes and Rony Garcia worked the final three innings for the Tigers as the Orioles struck out a season-worst 16 times. Trey Mancini’s homer off Garcia in the ninth prevented Baltimore from being shut out in back-to-back games.

“I thought Skubal was really good. We’ve seen him before and pitched well against us last year as well,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We had a tough time making contact against him.”

Baltimore starter Tyler Wells (1-3) allowed three runs on eight hits in four-plus innings.

“He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been the last few times out,” Hyde said.

Cabrera gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the second when clubbed Wells’ 0-1 fastball over the left-center field wall. The Tigers added another run in the inning on Castro’s RBI single.

The Tigers took a three-run lead in the third. Javier Baez lined a one-out double, advanced on an infield single and scored on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.

Barnhart singled in a run in the seventh and Castro added an RBI single in the eighth.

ROSTER MOVES

Tigers RHP Michael Pineda was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right middle finger fracture. Pineda was struck by a line drive during his start on Saturday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: SS Jorge Mateo was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning. He collided with Detroit 1B Spencer Torkelson in the second inning and was diagnosed with left shoulder and chest contusions. X-rays were negative. … OF Austin Hays (hand) was not in the lineup for the third consecutive game.

Tigers: OF Victor Reyes, who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list prior to the game after recovering from a left quad strain, was removed in the second inning with a right quad strain. … RF Austin Meadows, who has been battling an inner ear infection, departed after the first inning. Hinch said both players will be placed on the IL.

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Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (1-1, 4.24 ERA) will start against the New York Yankees on Monday as Baltimore opens a seven-game homestand. The rookie got his first major-league victory on Tuesday, striking out 11 in seven innings at St. Louis.

Tigers: RHP Alex Faedo (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Monday. The rookie has made two starts, including a five-inning stint against Oakland on Tuesday in which he gave up two runs and struck out seven.

Chapman error sets up Rays’ big inning in 3-0 win over Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Matt Chapman’s throwing error allowed Tampa Bay to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, and the Rays went on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday.

Jeffrey Springs combined with four relievers on a five-hitter for the Rays, who took two of three from Toronto. Matt Wisler (2-1) took over with two outs in the fifth and worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Andrew Kittredge pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven attempts.

The Rays generated a minimum of offense, scratching out six singles, only two of which were hit well.

“They’ve got pitching and they play defense,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That’s what I’ve been preaching since last year because that’s how you win games.”

J.P. Feyereisen struck out three in his 14th straight scoreless relief appearance.

“That’s probably our favorite thing to do is play close, tight games,” Feyereisen said. “Obviously having Springs come out take us deep into the game, and then the bullpen taking over, and then after that our guys just grinding out ABs in the late innings.”

With runners on first and second and one out in the sixth inning, the Rays’ Harold Ramirez hit a chopper to Chapman, the three-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman. Chapman’s throw toward second base was wild, enabling Brandon Lowe to score the game’s first run. After Alex Manoah’s wild pitch brought in a second run, Ji-Man Choi punched a single into left to make it 3-0.

“When you’re not hitting, that’s what happens,” Montoyo said. “There’s no room for error so it’s tough on everybody.”

Lowe and Wander Franco had opened the inning with singles, the latter ending Franco’s 0-for-18 stretch.

“We never put our head down,” Franco said through a translator. “We keep on grinding and that’s why we got the win.”

Manoah (4-1) gave up five hits while striking out four in six innings. Only one of the three runs charged to him was earned.

Springs, attempting to make the transition from opener to conventional starting pitcher, gave up four hits in his career-high 4 2/3 innings.

“I was hoping to finish the fifth. I feel like five innings sounds a lot better than 4 2/3,” he said. “But I’m glad they gave me the opportunity to run back out there in the fifth. The goal is to go as deep as possible and give us a chance to win.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single, one of five hits for the Blue Jays, who completed a 2-7 road trip.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF George Springer was back in the lineup at DH after spraining his left ankle Friday night. Montoyo said he will probably be back in center field Monday night.

Rays: OF Manuel Margot, who is on an 11-game hitting streak, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a tight hamstring. … RHP Ralph Garza was recalled from Triple-A Durham.

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Blue Jays: Ex-Mariner LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 4.15 ERA) will pitch Monday night against Seattle’s Chris Flexen (1-5, 4.24) in the first game of a six-game Toronto homestand.

Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (1-2 4.55) will pitch for the Rays on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against Detroit Tigers rookie RHP Alex Faedo (0-1, 3.60).

Buxton and Urshela homer to help Twins beat Guardians 3-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joe Ryan allowed one run over six innings and was backed by solo homers from Byron Buxton and Gio Urshela as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Guardians 3-1 on Sunday.

Ryan (4-2) threw a career-high 103 pitches and struck out five, with his only blemish a fourth inning changeup that Jose Ramirez hit over the right field fence for his eighth home run of the season.

“We really needed a good start from Joe Ryan and he gave us exactly what we were looking for,” Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli said.

After walking a career-high five batters in his last start, Ryan did not issue a walk to Cleveland.

Buxton, who sat out Saturday’s 3-2 to the Guardians, hit his 11th home run of the season in the fifth inning. Despite missing 12 games this season, his 11 home runs are second-most in the majors, trailing only Aaron Judge. Urshela’s fourth-inning home run was his second home run in as many games.

“See ball, hit ball. Keep it simple,” Buxton said of his approach. “Just go out there and try to have a quality at bat and everything else takes care of itself.”

Minnesota leads the American League Central by three games over Cleveland and Chicago.

Guardians starter Triston McKenzie (2-3) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out four in seven innings.

“I thought Triston was really good today,” Cleveland acting manager Carl Willis said. “Unfortunate, two balls, two pitches he’d like to have back … I thought his stuff was really really good.”

The Twins struck first, manufacturing a run in the opening frame. Luis Arraez walked and then stole second base before Max Kepler hit a two-out single to right field to bring him home. The Guardians tied the game in the fourth inning with Ramirez’s home run. But the lead didn’t last long.

In the bottom of the inning, Urshela jumped on the first pitch he saw, launching a 386-foot home run into the left field porch, his third of the season.

While the Twins capitalized on their opportunities, the Guardians struggled to capitalize on their chances. Cleveland had a runner reach second base in four separate innings, including in sixth and eighth inning, but could not convert on any of the opportunities.

“I think that game should’ve been tied going into the eighth. I think we had a chance to win all the way through,” McKenzie said.

Reliever Cody Stashak pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Joe Smith and Caleb Thielbar combined to pitch the the eighth. Smith has not allowed a run in 12 1/3 innings this season. Emilio Pagan finished the job with the save in the ninth.

BUXTON’S NEW NORMAL

Baldelli expects Buxton to keep getting a day off after playing a couple games in a row as the outfielder continues to deal with swelling with his knee.

“(It’s) the type of thing that you cannot play through and play every day,” Baldelli said. “… this is what’s going to allow him to get back to full strength or close to full strength where he can play almost every day. I hope this isn’t what we have to do the whole year. It’s not what Buck wants to do the whole year … but for right now, it’s what we have to do.”

“You have to listen to your body and that’s something I’m starting to do a little bit more, which has allowed me to stay on the field longer,” Buxton said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: The team will wait to reevaluate RHP James Karinchak (right shoulder strain) in person until they are through concerns with COVID-19. Karinchak has been shut down since early-April. He is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice on May 20 in Arizona.

Twins: Baldelli said they hope to see SS Carlos Correa return this week. Correa (right middle finger contusion) is eligible to return from the 10-day injured list on Monday and he will travel with the team to Oakland.

“I do think that over the last couple of days, he’s made some significant improvements, and he’s feeling a lot better,” Baldelli said.

RHP Bailey Ober (right groin strain) made a rehab start in Triple-A on Sunday and, barring any setbacks, is expected to rejoin the team this week… OF Kyle Garlick (right calf strain) is expected to return Monday. He completed his rehab assignment in Triple-A Sunday and will travel with the Twins to Oakland, Baldelli said.

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Twins: Minnesota travels to Oakland for a three-game series beginning Monday. RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 4.43) will start for the Twins while LHP Zach Logue (2-1, 1.35) will start for the Athletics.

Guardians: Cleveland has an off-day on Monday before hosting the Cincinnati Reds for a two-game series beginning Tuesday. RHP Zach Plesac (1-3, 4.68) will start in the series opener for the Guardians while RHP Connor Overton (1-0, 1.59) will start for the Reds.

García, Calhoun each hit 2 homers, Rangers beat Red Sox 7-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun each hit two home runs, Martin Perez pitched six strong innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Sunday.

Texas trailed 1-0 and didn’t have a hit until Calhoun led off the bottom of the fifth with an opposite-field homer into the visitors’ bullpen in left-center.

Garcia broke the 1-1 tie with two out and two men on base in the sixth. He hit an 0-1 pitch from Boston’s Ryan Brasier (0-2), took 10 steps down the first base line while watching the ball disappear into the right-center field bullpen, dropped his bat, pointed toward the Texas dugout and broke into a trot.

“He was pointing at Martin Perez,” an interpreter for Garcia said. “He had told him prior to that at-bat that he was going to win this game for him.”

Perez confirmed Garcia had made that pledge.

“He crushed that pitch,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, second-guessing himself about pitching to Garcia. “Maybe it should be me going to the mound. We had the lefty ready for Calhoun. A swing and miss, a walk, two outs. Take the next matchup and see what happens.”

Two pitches later, Calhoun sent another homer the other way against Brasier.

In Calhoun’s first season with Texas, he had only one home run before Sunday.

Garcia added a two-run homer in the eighth to tie his career high with five RBIs.

The home runs were the first for Texas in the three-game series. The Red Sox won the first two against the Rangers but haven’t won more than two in a row this season.

Perez (2-2) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He has an ERA of 0.84 over his five most recent starts.

Perez held the Red Sox scoreless until two were out in the top of the fifth inning. Kike Hernandez looped a single into right-center field, and Rafael Devers sent Hernandez home with a one-hop double off the center field fence.

Devers, Perez’s teammate with Boston in 2020 and ’21, had three of the five hits allowed by the left-hander – two doubles and a single. Perez played for Cora last season.

“Devers is from another world. I was trying to throw the perfect pitch to him. My goal was just to go out there and stop those guys. I was just trying to stay focused. I don’t try to be perfect,” Perez said after stranding six of his former teammates in six innings.

“He will pitch to the edges,” Cora said, “until he can’t. He got on a roll. He’s got that backdoor cutter, which is actually a better pitch from last year; it’s not as big. He was able to dot it on the outside of the plate.”

Marcus Semien ended his 0-for-27 drought with a double down the left-field line in the Rangers’ four-run sixth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: C Mitch Garver (elbow) has been hitting for two days. Garver is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday and could return at DH or at first base, manager Chris Woodward said.

J.D. DOESN’T WAIT

It took five pitches for Boston’s J.D. Martinez to extend his major league-leading hitting streak to 16 games and on-base streak to 32 with a first-inning single. The on-base streak carried over from his last five games of 2021. The previous Red Sox player to reach base in the first 27 games of a season was Hall of Famer Wade Boggs in 1983.

RELIEF STARTER

LHP Austin Davis became the seventh Red Sox pitcher to start a game this season. As the opener ahead of RHP Tanner Houck, Davis made his first major league start after 98 relief appearances. He retired the first six batters he faced and left the game after allowing a leadoff walk to Nathaniel Lowe in the third inning. Houck has made four starts this season.

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Red Sox: Begin a seven-game homestand on Monday with the first of three against Houston. RHP Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 2.19 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Astros RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.38).

Rangers: Begin a three-game home series against the Angels on Monday, with RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 5.51) going against Los Angeles RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 2.45).

Kim’s tie-breaking double helps Padres beat Braves 7-3 in 11

ATLANTA (AP) Ha-Seong Kim had a run-scoring double to give San Diego the lead in a four-run 11th inning and the Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday to win the three-game series.

Kim’s double to left field off Jackson Stephens (0-1) drove in Jake Cronenworth, who opened the inning as the automatic runner on second.

“I was extra motivated and extra focused to give the team the lead,” Kim said through an interpreter.

Kim moved to third on a throwing error by shortstop Dansby Swanson and scored on Jurickson Profar’s grounder to second base, beating Ozzie Albies’ throw to the plate.

Will Myers added a two-run single for San Diego.

Padres acting manager Ryan Christenson said he shared a postgame text with manager Bob Melvin, who is recovering from prostate surgery, to brag about the team’s resiliency in rallying from an early 3-0 deficit.

“It was just good to see the guys keep fighting and prevail,” Christenson.

The Braves committed three errors, leading to four unearned runs.

“It’s hard,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “You can’t give teams more than three outs. You’ll get beat.”

Nabil Crismatt (2-0) had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

The Padres won two of three games in the series.

Swanson’s two-run homer off Joe Musgrove gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the fourth. The Padres took advantage of two unearned runs to tie the game against Kyle Wright.

Swanson’s alert baserunning gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second. He reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and advanced to third on Adam Duvall’s bloop single in front of Will Myers in right field.

Swanson scored on a head-first slide when Myers’ throw skipped past Robinson Cano at second base. The run on Myers’ throwing error was unearned.

Braves first baseman Matt Olson’s fielding error allowed Profar to score an unearned run in the fifth. Profar doubled off Wright and scored on Myers’ single in the seventh.

Wright was pulled when third baseman Austin Riley missed Cano’s grounder for an error. Austin Nola’s sacrifice fly drove in Myers for a 3-3 tie.

Wright allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He recorded nine strikeouts.

Musgrove allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 6 innings.

Luis Garcia walked Ozuna with two outs in the eighth. Ozuna stole second and moved to third on Garcia’s wild pitch before Albies popped out to end the inning.

Cano, who signed with San Diego on Friday after being designated for assignment by the New York Mets on May 2, was 0 for 5 in his Padres debut. Kim started at third base and Cronenworth made his first start of the season at shortstop.

A.M. BASEBALL

The 11:37 a.m. first pitch on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, was the earliest known start for either team. The Braves cited Elias in reporting they had not started a game before noon since at least 1989. The Padres also relied on Elias to say they had not started a game before noon since at least 1998.

Neither team could cite history of any game starting before noon, but first-pitch records are incomplete before 1989 and 1998.

“I don’t think the time affected them,” Christenson said of his players. “There was good energy in the dugout all day.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: LHP Blake Snell (groin) will return to the rotation and start at Milwaukee on Wednesday night after making three rehab starts. Snell’s return means LHP MacKenzie Gore and RHP Nick Martinez will be available in the bullpen.

Braves: RF Ronald Acuna Jr. (sore groin) missed his fourth consecutive game. After an MRI on Saturday showed no structural damage, the Braves made no IL move. It’s possible Acuna could return on Monday.

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Padres: Following an off day on Monday, RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 5.00) will make his third start of the season when the Padres open a three-game series at Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (3-1, 4.20 ERA) is scheduled to start in the opener of a three-game series at Milwaukee on Monday night. Anderson allowed one run in six innings in a 5-1 win at Milwaukee on May 15, 2021, in his only career start against the Brewers.

Wong leads Brewers to 7-3 win over the Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Kolten Wong homered, singled and had three walks to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Sunday.

Playing in his 1,000th major league game, Wong also stole two bases for the Brewers, who finished 4-5 on their nine game road trip.

“Super humbling,” the 31-year-old Wong said of his achievement. “Where I grew up, to see where I have come, if you had asked me that, I would have told you you’re crazy. The ability to be playing this long, I just can’t thank anybody but God in this situation.”

Jace Peterson and Rowdy Tellez also homered to back Brandon Woodruff, who limited Miami to three runs and five hits in his five-inning outing. Woodruff (4-2) walked two and struck out six.

Aaron Ashby relieved Woodruff and pitched four hitless innings while striking out eight for his first save.

Milwaukee chased Miami starter Elieser Hernandez during a four-run fifth. Peterson and Wong hit consecutive solo homers off Hernandez while Tellez and Omar Narvaez had RBI singles against reliever Louis Head.

“When Jace did that, it lit a spark in everybody,” Wong said.

Woodruff capitalized on the Brewers’ outburst by shutting down the Marlins in the fifth.

“I told myself I’m not giving this lead back up,” Woodruff said. “I was able to go out and put a zero.”

Hernandez (2-3) allowed five runs, two of which were earned, and three hits. The right-hander walked three, struck out two and hit a batter. He has surrendered 10 home runs in his seven starts this season.

“I made a couple of mistakes and paid the price,” Hernandez said. “I just have to stay positive and not let those thoughts win the battle. I think I’m going to do well at some point so it’s just a matter of continuing to work hard.”

Tellez made it 6-3, connecting with a solo shot off reliever Tommy Nance in the seventh for his eighth homer.

“It was uneven but it was a nice way to finish it,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said of his club concluding the long trip with a win. “We have two more trips like this. The third city, you’re kind of grinding through that third city. We came out and did a nice job today.”

Brewers third baseman Willy Adames exited with a left ankle sprain in the bottom of the second. Adames made a successful hard slide at home off Luis Urias’ sacrifice fly that gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the first. Once Adames reached his feet, he limped toward the dugout. Adames played through the top half of the second before being replaced by Mike Rosseau.

Adames, whose nine homers tie Hunter Renfroe for the team lead, will be re-evaluated Monday.

Payton Henry’s two-run single in the second put Miami ahead 2-1 and Jorge Soler padded the lead with a solo homer in the third.

ODD WAY TO REACH

Brian Anderson was one of Ashby’s strikeout victims but became the only batter to reach against him in the eighth. He swung and missed at Ashby’s slider for the third strike as the pitch skipped past catcher Narvaez. Although Narvaez retrieved the ball in time to throw Anderson out at first, the ball got lodged under the backstop padding, resulting in a dead play.

“It’s a rule, if the ball gets lodges it’s a dead ball,” Counsell said. “There’s logic to it when it’s a batted ball, thrown ball. When it’s a pitch strike three, it’s a little harder to define.”

ROSTER MOVE:

The Marlins recalled 1B Lewin Diaz from Triple-A Jacksonville. Diaz, the Marlins’ 2021 Triple-A Player of the Year, has six homers and 30 RBIs in 32 games with the Jumbo Shrimp this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (left forearm strain) was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to May 12.

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Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (2-1, 4.40) is the scheduled starter in the opener of a home series against Atlanta Monday.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-2, 2.74) will start the opener of a three-game home series against Washington Monday.

Gavin Lux gets 2-run double, Dodgers surge past Phils 5-4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Gavin Lux atoned for an early fielding mistake with a walk-off, two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a four-game series sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger got a two-out triple off Corey Knebel (0-3) and Chris Taylor walked before Lux drove them both home with a double to the right field corner, setting off a frenzied celebration at Chavez Ravine.

Lux made a two-out error on a routine grounder in the second inning, allowing the Phillies to score four unearned runs. Aaron Nola left with a 4-2 lead after throwing seven innings of four-hit ball, but Philadelphia’s latest bullpen misadventure doomed its four-game winning streak.

Mookie Betts had a homer and an RBI double for the Dodgers, who avoided their first five-game skid since April 2019.

Shane Greene (1-0) pitched two scoreless relief innings in his season debut for Los Angeles.

Rhys Hoskins had a two-run single during only the Phillies’ second loss on a seven-game West Coast road trip. Garrett Stubbs had two hits and drove in a run, but the Phillies couldn’t get back above .500 for the first time since April 12.

After battering the Dodgers for 29 runs and 37 hits in the first three games, the Phillies played the finale without injured Bryce Harper. They fell just short of the franchise’s first four-game sweep at Chavez Ravine since 1985.

Nola struck out eight and walked two while pitching out of a handful of jams. He was the second straight Phillies starter to last seven innings against the powerhouse Dodgers, who had only let two other opposing starters survive that long all season.

Michael Grove yielded four hits and three walks while pitching into the fourth inning in his major league debut. Grove got promoted from Double-A Tulsa to help Los Angeles’ depleted rotation, which is missing several potential starters due to various medical problems.

Lux drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and scored on Betts’ double to left off Jeurys Familia, but the reliever escaped with two groundouts.

Betts hit his seventh homer in his past 20 games in the fourth, but the Dodgers’ lineup struggled against Nola. He even escaped the seventh inning when a video review overturned the on-field ruling and called Taylor out while stealing second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto got a day off to rest.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw played catch for the first time since going on the injured list Friday with inflammation in a pelvic joint. He is expected to have a bullpen session Wednesday. … Andrew Heaney will travel with the team next week and likely will throw in the bullpen. He has been out for a month with left shoulder pain.

UP NEXT

Phillies: After a day off, Philadelphia opens a three-game home series with San Diego on Tuesday. The Phillies haven’t named a starter.

Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (3-0, 1.33 ERA) takes the mound in Chavez Ravine on Monday for the first of four games in three days against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 1.78).

Ohtani homers again, leads Angels past A’s 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani homered for the second consecutive game, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

A day after becoming the third Japanese-born player to reach 100 homers in the major leagues, Ohtani belted No. 101. His eighth homer this season was a 425-foot drive deep into the right-field stands off a first-inning sinker from Frankie Montas. Mike Trout, who singled ahead of Ohtani, scored.

Patrick Sandoval pitched into the sixth inning and got back on track after a pair of rocky outings to help the Angels (24-13) move 11 games above .500 for the first time since July 28, 2015.

Sandoval (2-1) allowed one run and four hits, lowering his ERA to 1.91. The left-hander overcame a season-high four walks and pitched out of jams in the first three innings when the A’s stranded four runners in scoring position.

Sandoval has allowed three runs or fewer in all six of his starts this season.

Jimmy Herget retired eight batters to complete the five-hitter and earn his first career save.

Anthony Rendon had two hits and an RBI. Taylor Ward also had two hits.

When Ohtani was intentionally walked in the third two batters after Ward’s leadoff triple, the crowd at the Coliseum – many of them wearing Ohtani jerseys and other Angels gear – booed loudly.

The A’s got a run in the third on Sean Murphy’s grounder.

Montas (2-4) was sharp after the first. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings and allowed four hits and two runs but remained winless since April 18.

ROUGH DAY BEHIND THE DISH

Plate umpire Marty Foster left the game after getting hit in the facemask a second time. Foster was hit in the sixth inning by a foul ball from Kevin Smith and collapsed to the ground before being helped to his feet by A’s assistant athletic trainer Brian Schulman.

Foster remained in the game, but in the top of the seventh Oakland reliever Zach Jackson threw a low pitch that bounced up and hit Foster again. Second base umpire Scott Barry replaced Foster behind the plate.

BACK TO BASICS

The A’s were credited with three sacrifice bunts, an example of first-year Oakland manager Mark Kotsay’s small-ball philosophy. It’s the first time the A’s have done that in one game since 2013.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: IF Luis Rengifo (elbow contusion) did was held out after being hit by a pitch in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Athletics: 2B Tony Kemp stayed in the game after getting hit in the ribs by a pitch from Sandoval leading off the first. … 3B Sheldon Neuse was rested for the first time this season. Neuse had started the previous 33 games.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 2.45 ERA) starts against the Rangers in Texas on Monday. Syndergaard beat the Rangers in April and has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five starts overall this season.

Athletics: LHP Kyle Logue (1-1, 1.35) faces the Twins for the second time in two weeks in the opener of a three-game series Monday. Logue has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings since being recalled from the minors on May 6.

Blue Jays prospects strike out 24 Yankees minor leaguers

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Prospects on the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays struck out 24 batters in a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees’ Tampa Tarpons in the Florida State League on Saturday night, the most in a nine-inning minor league game since at least 2005.

Nick Frasso, a 24-year-old right-hander, struck out eight over three innings. Dahian Santos, a 19-year-old right-hander, struck out 10 over four innings. Braden Scott, a 24-year-old left-hander, struck out six over two innings. They combined on a two-hitter.

The highest previous nine-inning total since MLB Advanced Media became the minors’ official statistician in 2005 was 22 by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 28, 2016 and matched by the Florida Complex League Astros last Sept. 8 and Class A Clearwater this April 23.

Alexander Vargas, Jasson Dominguez and Marcos Cabrera struck out four times each, and Alan Mejia and Connor Cannon struck out three times apiece. Anthony Garcia and Robinson Chirinos struck out twice each, and Anthony Seigler and Grant Richardson once apiece.

The only outs not on strikeouts were Richardson’s flyout ending the second, Seigler’s flyout ending the fourth and Mejia’s groundout for the second out in the seventh.

Chirinos singled in the third and Seigler leading off the seventh. Tampa also walked five times and had one batter reach when hit by a pitch.

Cameron Eden hit a fourth-inning homer off Chandler Champlain.

Djokovic responds to Alcaraz loss ahead of French Open

ROME (AP) That loss to Carlos Alcaraz seems to have motivated Novak Djokovic to step up his game.

Just in time, too.

A week after his defeat to the 19-year-old Alcaraz in Madrid, Djokovic won the Italian Open without dropping a set on Sunday for his first title of the year.

Having missed a large portion of the season because he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus, the top-ranked Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0, 7-6 (5) for his sixth Rome title.

Now, both Djokovic and Alcaraz need to be considered as top favorites for the French Open, which starts next Sunday.

“I go there with the highest ambitions,” Djokovic said. “I really like my chances. . The way I’ve been feeling on the court and off the court in the last few weeks, I really think I can go far.”

The status of Rafael Nadal, who has won 13 of his record 21 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros, remains uncertain after the Spaniard’s Italian Open ended earlier than expected when his chronically injured left foot began bothering him again.

“Right now, Carlos Alcaraz or Novak Djokovic,” Tsitsipas said when asked to pick the French Open favorite – without even mentioning Nadal’s name.

As for the women, the overwhelming favorite is Iga Swiatek, the top-ranked player from Poland who defended the women’s title in Rome by overwhelming Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 to extend her winning streak to 28 matches.

Swiatek was a surprise champion at the French Open in 2020 when she was ranked No. 54. Now the 20-year-old Polish player goes to Paris on a completely new level.

“I already know that I did some great stuff this season, so I feel like I can just play freely,” Swiatek said. “For sure the expectations around are higher, but I never had a problem to cut it off and not to think about it. Also I’m gaining experience at that.”

Swiatek has won five straight titles during her run.

“All these tournaments that I’ve won seem pretty surreal right now,” she said.

Djokovic lost a deciding-set tiebreaker to Alcaraz in the Madrid Open semifinals last weekend.

“That was a close, close match,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win, but it was really one point that decided the winner. I was satisfied with the level that I was playing.”

Djokovic’s experience – he has won 20 Slams – might give him the edge on the favorites list for Paris. Especially since Alcaraz has never been past the quarterfinals of a major.

“Roland Garros is a marathon Grand Slam,” Tsitsipas said. “Every Grand Slam is a marathon Grand Slam, but specifically Roland Garros. It really takes the most out of you spiritually and physically when you’re out on the court. Clay-court (tennis) has this ability to really squeeze every single part of you.”

Djokovic, who was deported because of his un-vaccinated status ahead of the Australian Open, hadn’t won a tournament since raising the Paris Masters trophy in November.

“This year it was a particular situation. With everything that happened in Australia, it took some time,” Djokovic said. “I found my best shape here. I’m going to Paris with a lot of confidence.”

It was Djokovic’s 12th final at the Foro Italico.

“This court has always been very, very special,” he said. “It’s given me joy when I really needed positive sensations. Whenever my form was a bit down I’ve found energy in this city.”

Swiatek kept her composure when she saved four break points at a crucial point late in the second set, sliding in to reach a drop shot then responding with a splendid backhand volley drop winner on the final break point after a 19-shot rally.

“I kind of shifted my attitude from, `Whoa, she’s going to spread me around now,’ to, ‘I’m going to get to every ball now and play every point till the last shot.”

Jabeur was on a streak of her own with 11 consecutive wins entering the final after her Madrid Open title last week but the Tunisian’s crafty game of drop shots and spins proved no match for Swiatek’s swift movement and accurate groundstrokes.

“Iga is the No. 1 for a reason,” Jabeur said. “She’s really the leader here on tour. I personally have a lot to learn from her.”

The last player to win more consecutive matches was Justine Henin, who won 32 straight over 2007 and 2008. The all-time longest streak belongs to Martina Navratilova, who had a run of 74 in 1984.

Kurt Busch takes Jordan Brand to victory lane at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Kurt Busch was slowly driving his Jordan Brand-styled ride toward victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Sunday when car owner Denny Hamlin stopped him in his tracks, ducked his head through the window and said: “We did it.”

Did they ever.

Busch survived a weary day of tire attrition, then pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, before driving away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win for the first time at Kansas – and give the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan its second win ever.

“That’s the most gratifying part, helping these guys win,” Busch said. “It’s all about team work. I don’t do this alone.”

Larson had the dominant car, riding the top line around the mile-and-a-half oval, but Busch was able to put his Toyota just about anywhere he wanted. That paid off when the two were side-by-side with eight to go and Busch squeezed by Larson, who brushed the wall and lost just enough momentum to surrender the lead – and the win.

Busch pulled his No. 45 car – one of the numbers that Jordan wore during his career – to a stop at the start-finish line and climbed out the window before throwing his arms up in triumph, the familiar Jumpman logo splashed across his fire suit.

It was the second win for 23XI after Bubba Wallace triumphed last year at Talladega, and it came at the most unexpected of times; neither of the team’s drivers had finished in the top 10 this season.

“You know, we as an organization kind of let these guys down – I’m talking about Bubba and Kurt, all the mistakes we’d made on pit road and whatnot,” Hamlin said. “But lets talk about the positives. I can’t thank Kurt enough. The Jordan Brand’s first race, so jealous he gets to drive that car, and then to have that thing so fast there, yeah, it’s just – I’ve never had this kind of feeling, even for a win for me, much less when I didn’t win. It’s different.”

There were no hard feelings about the way Busch raced to the finish, either.

“He never got into me. I’m trying to squeeze throttle to get position on him and just got tight,” Larson said. “That was fun racing with Kurt the last half of the race. I was trying hard the whole time.”

No kidding. At one point with 85 to go, Larson went nearly sideways while racing with Busch for the lead off Turn 2.

“Just hard racing for the win,” Larson said. “I was struggling in traffic a little bit, he was able to get by and from there. I just wanted to hold onto second. Just fought really hard today.”

One of the dominant storylines early in the week was how tires would fare under the Next Gen car during its Kansas debut, especially after several drivers – including Joey Logano – had problems with their rear going down in practice.

The problems began again during Sunday’s second stage.

William Byron, who was bumped out of the way by Logano in last week’s contentious finish at Darlington, was running near the front when his tire went away. Just as Byron limped down pit road, outside pole sitter Tyler Reddick had a rear go down and touched the wall. Martin Truex Jr. had the same tire problem on the stage’s final lap.

“Our engineers were out talking to everyone who had issues in practice,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, who had advised teams prior to the weekend to increase rear air pressures to account for the loads.

“We wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the situation.”

Erik Jones had a different tire problem entirely: His team couldn’t get a rear lug nut off. It tried all manner of saws, torches and wrenches to no avail, a tough blow for a Petty GMS Motorsports team hanging outside the playoff fringe.

Kyle Busch, who earlier this week welcomed daughter Lennix Key into the world, managed to avoid the tire trouble and hold off Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott to win the first stage Sunday. His older brother, Kurt, beat him to the line to take the second stage with Elliott again coming across in third.

Then the same tire problem caught up to Elliott, whose rear went down and sent him spinning across the track with 70 laps to go. Elliott was fortunate to keep his No. 9 out of the wall before coming to rest in the muddy infield.

Kyle Busch had hoped to take home a trophy to his new baby girl, which he welcome along with wife Samantha after a long and public battle with infertility. But despite a strong car all day, he wound up settling for third place.

Maybe her uncle can bring that trophy by sometime.

“I finally conquered this track,” Kurt Busch said. “I can’t believe it.”

BEST OF THE REST

Christopher Bell parlayed his third pole of the season into a fifth-place finish. Truex bounced back from his tire issue to finish sixth with Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman and Wallace rounding out the top 10.

SLAVA UKRAINI

Josh Bilicki had the colors of the Ukrainian flag on his No. 77 car for Spire Motorsports to show support of humanitarian efforts going on in the war-torn country. Several cities in Ukraine, including Kyiv and Mariupol, also were incorporated in the paint scheme along with the insignia of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council.

UP NEXT

The series takes a regular-season break before the Coca-Cola 600 and heads to Texas for next weekend’s All-Star race.

Lee holds off Spieth, wins again at low-scoring Byron Nelson

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) K.H. Lee ran across the fairway to try to get a better view of the key shot in his second consecutive victory in the Byron Nelson.

The South Korean must have known it would be close, same as the low-scoring drama around him that included hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and a couple of other major winners in Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas.

Lee’s 240-yard shot on the par-5 12th hole stopped less than 5 feet from the pin, and the eagle put him in front for good Sunday on the way to a 9-under 63 and a one-shot victory over Spieth at birdie-besieged TPC Craig Ranch.

Spieth shot a 67 to finish a stroke ahead of Matsuyama (62) and Sebastian Munoz (69), who held or shared the lead the first three rounds. Xander Schauffele had a career-best 61 and tied for fifth with Ryan Palmer (66) and Thomas (67).

A year ago, Lee was playing for a spot in the PGA Championship, where he’ll be again next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This time it was for a place in history as the 30-year-old joined Sam Snead (1957-58), Jack Nicklaus (1970-71) and Tom Watson (1978-80) as the only repeat winners at the Nelson. Lee finished at 26 under, one shot better than last year.

Spieth had to settle for another career-best finish in the event he so badly wants to win, a year after the three-time major champion was ninth but never really close in a disappointing final round.

This final round was really close.

Leading by one, Lee made a curling 12-foot putt to save par on the par-3 17th after a short chip ran long when Lee tried to find his footing in the sand with the ball above his feet just outside the bunker.

Spieth missed a 9-foot birdie putt on 17 that would have pulled him even, then had to have eagle on the par-5 18th after Lee’s tap-in birdie. Spieth’s eagle chip stayed left of the hole.

With short par 4s and reachable par 5s, the birdies never stopped at TPC Craig Ranch, the second-year home of the Nelson.

There were 2,228 birdies after 2,007 a year ago, which was the most on tour last season. Eagles were plentiful, too. Last year, six players reached 20 under. This time it was 14.

Even missed chances at eagles were costly, such as on No. 12 when Munoz’s 6-footer circled the cup and stayed out, leaving him a stroke behind not long after Lee followed his clutch shot by making the short putt.

Schauffele posted a clubhouse lead at 23 under with a birdie on 18 just as the last groups were making the turn. The 12-ranked player said he didn’t figure on hanging around long with birdies – and eagles – so plentiful at Craig Ranch.

He was free to go after Matsuyama’s eagle at 18 put the 2021 Masters champion a shot ahead. Still, Schauffele’s turnaround was remarkable in his first event since teaming with Patrick Cantlay to win the Zurich Classic.

The reigning Olympic champion was 26 under over the final 49 holes, starting with eight birdies from No. 6 on in the second round to rally from 3 over and make the cut on the number (5 under). He began the final round nine shots back.

Schauffele holed a 97-yard wedge for eagle on the short par-4 sixth then added eight birdies over the last 11 holes for the third score of 61 or better this week. Munoz opened with his second 60 of the season, a first on tour.

“I had no pressure to shoot a low score,” Schauffele said. “The leaders are expected to shoot at least five or six (under) to kind of keep the pace. So I was literally just trying to birdie as many holes as possible while being smart as well.”

Justin Lower recorded the second of two aces in the round in the stadium setting on 17, landing a low 9-iron from 135 yards just right of the pin before the ball backed up and rolled in.

Marc Leishman had the first hole-in-one on the 213-yard 15th, land a 7-iron short and watching it roll in. It was Leishman’s second career ace and the first at the Nelson since Tyler Duncan in 2018.

Stricker goes wire-to-wire for 2nd Regions Tradition win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Steve Stricker completed at a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Regions Tradition, closing with a 4-under 68 for a six-stroke victory and his fourth PGA Tour Champions major title.

Stricker’s second Tradition win at Greystone Golf & Country Club came in his third event since returning from a six-month absence for health reasons. Two straight birdies punctuated the dominant performance.

“It’s been a long time,” the emotional Stricker said. “I hate crying, but where I was last November and even a couple of months ago – to come full-circle here, it means a lot.”

He had his 20th consecutive round under par on the Founder’s Course, finishing at 21-under 267 for his eighth victory over the 50-and-over tour.

Paidrag Harrington finished second, birdieing the final two holes for a 68.

Steven Alker was in the group at 14 under after a 72. He has finished four straight tournaments in the top three, winning twice.

World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, who had his third 68 in four days, also was at 14 under with Rod Pampling (67), Stuart Appleby (69) and 2018 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez (70).

Stricker punctuated the win with a birdie from the bunker on 17 that put him at 20 under for the first time, receiving a congratulatory fist bump from Alker. It ended a string of 11 straight pars.

Stricker spent nearly two weeks in the hospital during his health scare and lost 25 pounds.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming out three weeks ago,” Stricker said. “I didn’t know if I could make it three weeks in a row.”

His wife, Nicki, served as his caddie.

Stricker, who led by at least two shots after each of the first three rounds, doubled his three-stroke lead over Alker within the first five holes. He nursed the lead home before the bunker birdie.

Stricker has finished all 10 rounds since his return inside the top 10, including a tie for second at the Insperity Invitational. It was his fourth straight year at Greystone finishing in the final group, including a win in 2019 and runners-up finishes in 2018 and 2021.

He lost on a playoff hole to Alex Cejka a year ago, but didn’t leave room for any drama at the end this time.

Minjee Lee hangs on, wins LPGA Founders Cup over Thompson

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) The way LPGA scoring leader Minjee Lee has been playing, winning was only a matter of time.

The title came in the Cognizant Founders Cup on Sunday after a final round in which the Australian wasn’t playing her best.

Lee made her only three birdies on the back nine and held off Lexi Thompson by two shots to win her seventh career title and first since taking her first major at last year’s Evian Championship.

“I just feel like I’ve kind of been trending,” said Lee, who also has a tie for second and a tie for third among her seven starts this year. “I’ve been hitting it really, really well this whole – I mean, this whole season, and I just felt like it was kind of around the corner. I kept knocking on the door, and here I am now.”

Lee took the lead for good with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th hole at Upper Montclair Country Club. She closed with a 2-under 70, her only round not in the 60s, for a 72-hole total of 19-under 269 in the event that honors the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour.

She steadied herself after what she called a “good” bogey on the par-3 eighth. Her ball landed on the sod wall of the bunker and she put her second shot in the sand playing from an awkward stance, but got up and down from there.

“I was actually quite calm the whole day,” Lee said. “My emotion was actually quite just very, very level, so it was just nice just to win. I think that’s why I celebrated.”

Looking for her first LPGA Tour win since 2019, Thompson rallied from three down and grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at No. 10. Thompson and Lee traded birdies on the par-5 12th, but Thompson closed with six straight pars for a 69. Thompson had birdie opportunities on the final two holes that she failed to convert before Lee closed it in style with a short birdie of her own.

It was Thompson’s second runner-up in six events this year.

“I’m putting in five to six hours out on the golf course, and just to see it pay off means the world to me,” Thompson said. “I’m going to continue to work my butt off and hopefully see the results.”

Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden and hard-charging Angel Yin tied for third, three shots off the pace at 16 under. Sagstrom, who was a shot behind Lee at the start, closed with a 72 despite a quadruple bogey at the par-3 third hole when she needed three shots to escape what she called a “super plugged” lie in a bunker.

“I was even debating on taking a drop in the bunker, but hit it,” Sagstrom said. Her next shot had a lie nearly as bad, leading to what she summed up as a “beautiful 7.”

Yin, who thought about leaving the tour earlier this year because she was playing so poorly, shot 67. She grabbed a piece of the lead with her seventh birdie at No. 14, but bogeyed the 16th.

“I’m proud of myself, honestly,” the 23-year-old American said. “I have stayed pretty steady the whole entire week.”

Carolota Ciganda shot 64 on Sunday and finished fifth. Nasa Hataoka of Japan and Megan Khang were tied for sixth at 14 under.

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand made the biggest move, matching the tournament low with a 63 to finish tied for eighth at 13 under with Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea.

Two-time defending champion and top-ranked Jin Young Ko finished at 8 under.

Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Anna Davis finished at 3 under while playing her second straight tour event on a sponsor exemption.

This marked the third straight time the Founders Cup was played at a different course. It was held at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona in 2019, at Mountain Ridge in West Caldwell, New Jersey, last year and now Upper Montclair, which will be the site for the next two years. The event was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The start of the final round was delayed by an hour because of fog.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Split Decision on Sunday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After rain postponed Saturday’s game after just one and one-half innings of play, redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell gave the Indiana baseball program seven innings of no-hit work on the mound to close carry the Hoosiers to a 12-0 victory over Minnesota in the first game of a double-header. The Golden Gophers won the series finale, 9-8, to salvage one win on the weekend.

Indiana (24-27, 10-11 B1G) scored two runs in the third inning to get IU on the board. The Hoosiers added three in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the eighth to cap the scoring. It was the second shutout of the season for IU and helped the Hoosiers secure a fourth straight Big Ten series win.

Bothwell (3-2) allowed just three base runners – all walks – with eight strikeouts against Minnesota (15-33, 5-16 B1G) over seven hitless, shutout innings to earn the win in the opening game. Coupled with senior Bradley Brehmer’s two innings of one-hit work on Saturday, the Hoosiers allowed one-hit or fewer in a game for the first time since throwing a no hitter against Illinois on April 10, 2021.

Offensively in game one, the Hoosiers were led by freshman Josh Pyne’s two-hit, three-RBI day at the plate. He doubled twice to produce his 14th multi-RBI game of the season. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen had scored twice, drove in two RBIs and tripled as part of a two-hit game.

Freshman Carter Mathison hit his 16th home run of the season in the opener as part of a two-hit, two-RBI game. Junior Hunter Jessee had two hits and scored twice, and graduate student Tyler Doanes scored twice and was on base three times with a single and two walks.

For Minnesota in game one, Drew Stahl collected the lone hit – which came in Saturday’s portion of the contest – and four other Gopher worked walks in the contest. J.P. Massey took the loss on the mound with six runs – three earned – allowed on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in game one.

In game two, IU scored one in the second inning before UM answered with three in the third and three in the fifth. The Hoosiers got three back in the bottom of the fifth and the Gophers tacked on one in the sixth. Two Indiana runs in the sixth and eighth innings game the home team a one-run lead, but Minnesota scored two in the ninth to capture the win.

Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis hit his 16th home run of the season in the second game, while Doanes and senior Phillip Glasser each posted three-hit games. Glasser scored twice and Doanes added three runs scored and one RBI. Jessee added a multi-RBI game with three runs batted in and Pyne added a double and one RBI to run his hitting streak to nine games.

Kyle Bork headed the Minnesota offense with four RBIs, while Chase Stanke had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Josh Culliver picked up the win in relief with two innings of scoreless relief and three strikeouts.

Scoring Recap – Game One

Bottom Third

With two runners on and two outs, Josh Pyne drove in the first two runs of the game with a double.

at Indiana 2, Minnesota 0

Bottom Fourth

Three unearned runs crossed the plate as an error with the bases loaded allowed the first two runs to score. That was followed by an RBI single from Bobby Whalen to make it a three-run frame.

at Indiana 5, Minnesota 0

Bottom Fifth

Hunter Jessee started the inning with a base hit and moved to third on a Mathison base hit. Brock Tibbitts plated the lone run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

at Indiana 6, Minnesota 0

Bottom Sixth

Tyler Doanes started the inning with a walk and came in to score on a Whalen triple. Pyne plated Whalen with an RBI double with two outs and came in to score on Carter Mathison’s home run.

at Indiana 10, Minnesota 0

Bottom Eighth

Samuel Murrison singled to start the inning and Jessee doubled to put two runners on base.

at Indiana 10, Minnesota 0

Scoring Recap – Game Two

Bottom Second

Matthew Ellis hit a solo home run to left-center field.

at Indiana 1, Minnesota 0

Top Third

A leadoff single from Ronald Stanke was followed by two outs. Boston Merila singled to score the first Gopher run of the game and Chase Stanke homered to drive in two more.

Minnesota 3, at Indiana 1

Top Fifth

A hit batter and single started the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Kyle Bork tripled to plate two runs and scored on an error during a stolen base.

Minnesota 6, at Indiana 1

Bottom Fifth

A walk and stolen base from Tyler Doanes put a runner on second with two outs. After Bobby Whalen walked, Hunter Jessee singled to left field and both runners came around to score. Josh Pyne followed with a double to score the third run of the frame.

Minnesota 6, at Indiana 4

Top Sixth

The Gophers loaded the bases with one out and a throwing error allowed the lone run to score in the inning.

Minnesota 7, at Indiana 4

Bottom Seventh

Phillip Glasser and Doanes started the frame with base hits to put runners on first and third. A wild pitch allowed the first run to score and Jessee drove in the second run of the inning with a base hit.

Minnesota 7, at Indiana 6

Bottom Eighth

Glasser singled to start the inning and Doanes drove him home with a double to left-center field. A sacrifice bunt moved Doanes to third before Whalen singled to give IU the lead.

at Indiana 8, Minnesota 7

Top Ninth

The lead was short-lived, as A walk to Jack Kelly was followed by a two-run home run from Bork.

Minnesota 9, at Indiana 8

Up Next

The final week of the regular season will feature four games that starts with a home contest versus Illinois State on Tuesday, May 17. The Hoosiers will then hit the road for a three-game series at Iowa that begins on Thursday, May 19.

Breakout Offensive Performances Lead Indians Past Knights

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Oneil Cruz led the Indianapolis Indians offense with a home run and career-high five RBI, and Jason Delay tallied a career-high tying four knocks among Indy’s 15-hit attack in an 11-5 comeback victory over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon.

Down 5-3 after three innings, the Indians (17-17) scored eight unanswered runs to earn a come-from-behind victory and series split with the Knights (15-21). Mason Martin crushed a solo home run off Emilio Vargas (L, 0-3) to tie the ballgame at 5-5 in the fifth, and the Indians secured the lead for good in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Ji-Hwan Bae that scored Josh Bissonette.

The Indians added four insurance runs and hit for the cycle in a four-batter span as a team in the eighth. Delay began the inning with a double ahead of a Bissonette single, setting the stage for Cruz who roped an opposite field three-run home run to make it 9-5. Bae then tripled to right before scoring on a Cal Mitchell groundout.

Hoy Park doubled to start the top of the ninth and hustled home on Delay’s second double and fourth hit of the game, the third four-hit game of his career and first since May 19, 2019 vs. Harrisburg.

The Knights got on the board first with a two-run home run by Carlos Perez in the opening frame. The long ball was Perez’s eighth of the season and first of three home runs for Charlotte on the day – all of which came in the first two innings.

Indy grabbed a short-lived lead in the second inning on a bloop single by Delay that brought home Park and a two-run single by Cruz. In the bottom half, Indians starting pitcher Trey McGough gave up homers to Micker Adolfo and Mark Payton. Jerad Eickhoff (W, 2-2) entered in relief to close out the bottom of the second and went on to throw 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit and fanning five batters.

Cruz accounted for over half of the Indians runs on the day, scoring once and driving in five total runs on his second-inning single and eighth-inning homer.

The Indians will be back in action at Victory Field Tuesday night against the Toledo Mud Hens with first pitch at 6:35 PM ET. RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 4.76) will toe the rubber for the Indians while Toledo has not yet named its starter.

Game Recap: Fever Drop First of Back-to-Back Games Against Atlanta

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever fell to the Atlanta Dream, 85-79, on Sunday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The two teams will square off on Tuesday again in Indianapolis, with tip set for 7 p.m. ET.

Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell continued her incredible start to the season with a season-high 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 shooting night from beyond the arc. Sunday was also Mitchell’s third consecutive game with at least 20 points and the 37th game reaching at least 20 points in a game in her career.

Rookie forward NaLyssa Smith added a new career-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft left the game with a right ankle injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Alaina Coates made her Fever debut Sunday night off the bench and scored her first bucket off a transition pass from Destanni Henderson.

Danielle Robinson added eight points and four assists, while Emily Engstler came off the bench to lead the Fever reserves with all six of her points scored in the fourth quarter.

Atlanta improved to 3-1 this season after a 33-point performance from the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Rhyne Howard. Nia Coffey and Cheyenne Parker each tallied 14 and 11 points, while second-year guard Aari McDonald and Monique Billings came off the bench to finish with 11 and 10 points each.

UP NEXT
Tuesday’s game at 7 p.m. ET against Atlanta will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Creighton Sweeps @ButlerUBaseball in Weekend Series

OMAHA – The Creighton Bluejays recorded a pair of wins on Sunday to sweep a weekend series over the Butler Bulldogs. Saturday’s game in Omaha was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning due to a lightning storm. That contest was played out Sunday morning before the start of game three. Creighton wrapped up a 14-6 win over BU to start the day and scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat BU 4-3 in the finale.

Creighton scored four runs in the second inning and added five more in the fifth to take control of game two. The top of the order was outstanding for Head Coach Ed Servais. Andrew Meggs, Alan Roden, Jared Wegner and Jack Grace combined for 15 hits, 11 RBI and nine runs scored to push CU to victory.

Butler got multi-hit games from Travis Holt, Kollyn All, Dominic Milano, and Ryan O’Halloran. Milano and Garret Gray each had two RBI for the ‘Dawgs and All would lead the team with two runs scored.

Cole McDaniel took the loss while the win went to Daniel Hammond. McDaniel and Jon Vore each had three strikeouts for Butler. Lukas Galdoni, Benji Downs and Greg Gilbert would also touch the rubber in game two.

Game three was intense with Cory Bosecker getting the start against Tommy Steier. Bosecker threw five full innings before handing the ball off to Aaron Barokas. After three solid frames, Barokas would exit the game for Derek Drees.

The Bluejays used six arms in the finale. Marc Lidd improved to 3-1 on the year with the win. He threw 2.2 innings and only allowed one BU hit while striking out three.

Butler scored the first run of the game with a solo home run from DH Aaron Steinhart. Creighton tied the contest at 1-1 in the fourth, but BU would strike back with a pair of runs in the fifth. Ryan O’Halloran singled to left to score All and Holt would double to center sending O’Halloran around to score.

Creighton moved within a run in the fifth and tied the game in the seventh off an RBI double from Roden. The game would end with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Grace singled through the right side to score Roden, giving CU the 4-3 win.

Cardinals Split Two Games on Senior Day with Bobcats

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team honored its seniors prior to the start of the second game with Ohio on Sunday. The Cardinals won the game that was halted from Saturday, 16-6, before the Bobcats claimed a series split with a 15-10 win in the second game.

BSU honored Steven Washilewski, Jake Lewis, Max McKee, Zach Losey, Tyler Ruetschle, Andre Orselli, Amir Wright, Adam Christianson, Nick Powell, and Trenton Quartermaine prior to the start of game two.

Wright has reached safely in 50 of the 51 games this season and extended his streak to 24 games. Quartermaine has reached safely in 27-straight contests. Powell saw his streak of reaching safely extend to 14, while Ryan Peltier extended his to 11.

Zach Cole and Christianson led the Cardinals across the two games as they each recorded five hits on the day. Adam Tellier paced Ball State with five RBIs on the day.

Game One – Ball State 16, Ohio 6

Quartermaine drew a one-out walk to start off the bottom of the first. Powell grounded out to second, but moved Quartermaine to second. Hunter Dobbins doubled up the middle as the shortstop tried to make a diving stop but the ball trickled into the outfield and Quartermaine scored. Cole singled to right field to drive in Dobbins from second. Tellier followed with a triple to right center to score Cole as Ball State took a 3-0 lead into the second.

The Cardinals scored seven runs in the bottom of the second and took a 10-0 lead. Quartermaine drove in one run on an RBI sac fly to center. Wright scored on a balk. Dobbins notched an RBI single. Cole produced an RBI double. Tellier singled to right for an RBI single. Peltier and Christianson recorded back-to-back RBI doubles.

Ohio got on the board in the top of the third with a solo home run. The Bobcats started the top of the fourth with back-to-back homers and ended the inning with five runs on six hits. Ohio cut the Ball State lead to 10-6.

Cole led off the bottom of the fourth with a bunt single to third. Tellier belted an RBI double to right center as Cole scored. Peltier grounded out to short, but Tellier advanced to third. Tellier scored on a wild pitch. Christianson launched an absolute no doubter over the right field wall and put the Cardinals on top 13-6 after four innings.

Peltier produced an opposite field home run to right field to extend the Ball State lead to 14-6 in the bottom of the sixth. Christianson followed with a double to left center. Wright drove in Christianson with an RBI single to center. Quartermaine reached on an error by the first baseman, which allowed Wright to score from first. BSU claimed a 16-6 victory as Mac Ayres tossed a shutout seventh inning.

Trennor O’Donnell got the start on the mound and went 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered six earned runs on nine hits and had three strikeouts. Nate Dohm got the win and improved to 3-1 on the year. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of perfect ball with four strikeouts. Ayres added two shutout innings with one strikeout, and he surrendered just one hit.

Hudson Boncal got the loss as he went 1 2/3 innings in the start. He gave up 10 earned runs on nine hits. He fell to 2-3 on the year.

Game Two – Ohio 15, Ball State 10

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as AJ Rausch hit a two-run homer to right field. Ohio added two more run in the top of the first and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.

Quartermaine put the Cardinals on the board with a solo blast over the right field wall. Powell followed with a single to left field. Dobbins also singled to left and gave the Cardinals runners on first and second. Cole reached on an error by the first baseman that scored Powell from second and cut the deficit to 4-2 after one full inning.

Ohio extended its lead to 5-2 in the top of the second.

The Cardinals were unfazed as Christianson and Justin Conant started the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles. Wright tied the game with one swing of the bat as he launched a three-run home run over the right field wall.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, Christianson gave Ball State is first lead of the game with a solo shot to right field.

The Bobcats answered with four runs on four hits and regained the lead, 9-6. Ohio added two more runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 11-6.

Cole led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to deep right center and cut the deficit to 11-7.

Quartermaine and Powell led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back walks. Cole was hit by a pitch with one out to load the bases for the Cardinals. Tellier singled through the left side to score Quartermaine and Powell. Peltier cut the deficit to just one run as he singled through the left side to score Cole. The Cardinals trailed 11-10 after six innings.

The Bobcats pulled away in the seventh and eighth innings as they scored two runs in each inning and claimed a 15-10 victory.

Washilewski got the start for the Cardinals and went 1/3 of an inning with a strikeout and three earned runs on one hit. Dohm got the loss in 3 1/3 innings of relief and fell to 3-2. He surrendered six earned runs on six hits and produced two strikeouts. Brown added 1 2/3 innings and struck out two batters as he gave up two earned runs on four hits. Orselli added 2/3 of an inning with two earned runs. Ayres provided 1 2/3 innings with two earned runs on two hits. Ruetschle was lights out for BSU as he tossed 1 1/3 innings of perfect ball with four strikeouts.

Brendan Roder got the start on the mound for the Bobcats and went three innings. He gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and struck out two. Braxton Kelly got the win and improved to 5-2 with 2 1/3 innings of relief. Kelly surrendered four earned runs on two hits. Chase Harris went 3 2/3 innings to close things out for Ohio. He struck out two batters and scattered three hits.

The Cardinals close out the regular season with a four-game stint at Miami. Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time on Thursday, May 19.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“It was two good hitting teams. We won two and they won two. It was the first time we split a conference series this season. We’re 28-7 and I can’t argue with that because we’ve played our hearts out. You got to give them credit, they really hit the baseball.”

#8 IRISH EDGED BY PITT, 5-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (31-11, 15-9) couldn’t get the bats going and dropped the series finale to Pitt (27-22, 13-13), 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish cut into the lead in the seventh with two runs but were unable to mount a comeback.

How It Happened

The Panthers struck first in the series finale, as they got a run across in the third inning. After three innings, Pitt held a 1-0 lead.

Jack Findlay had another strong outing in his second start of the week for the Irish. He tossed a career-high 4.1 innings pitched and allowed just one run and did not walk a batter.

Pitt broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning. Tatem Levins hit a three-run home run for the Panthers, the first home run by the Panthers in the series.

The Irish tried to get back into the game in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and a runner on, Jack Penney launched a two-run shot over the wall in right. The home run was his second of the year and decreased the deficit to 5-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Irish got the winning run to the plate but were unable to tie the game up.

Up Next

The Irish will hit the road for their final road trip of the regular season on Tuesday. The Irish have their final midweek matchup in Evanston, Illinois as they are set to take on Northwestern. The Irish and Wildcats are set for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch for Tuesday’s matchup.

IRISH WIN THREE CONFERENCE TITLES AT ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Notre Dame traveled to Durham, North Carolina for the Outdoor ACC Track and Field Championships. The Irish took home three ACC titles in the women’s steeplechase, the men’s shot put, and the men’s 5000 meter.

Olivia Markezich took home the women’s steeplechase title running a season best and setting a facility record with a tie of 9:45.31. Teammates Madeleine King and Sophie Novak both set personal bests with times of 10:11.78 and 10:13.9, respectively. In the men’s steeplechase, Tom Seitzer took sixth place with a time of 8:45.18, and Zach Kreft ran for a time of 8:53.70. Both set new personal bests.

Michael Shoaf took first place in the men’s shot put. He established a personal best and a new facility record with a toss of 19.80m. John Stefan took third place with a throw of 18.91m, tallying a new personal best. William Loewen threw for a mark of 15.35m. In the women’s shot put, Rachel Tanczos took sixth place with a toss of 15.59m. Emma Albano threw for a mark of 12.55m.

Jacquline Gaughan, Lauren Bailey, and Katie Rose Blachowicz all ran in the 10000 meter race. Gaughan took fifth place with a time of 34:19.08, Bailey took eighth with a time of 34:30.03, and Blachowicz crossed the finish line at 35:06.07 taking 11th place. In the men’s 10000 meter race, Danny Kilrea took sixth place with a time of 28:58.06 and Anthony Russo ran for a time of 29:05.71 for ninth place.

Kaitlin Ryan ran in the women’s 800 meter race and took fourth place. She crossed the finish line at 2:05.66 tallying a personal best. In the men’s 800 meter race, Tim Zepf ran for a time of 1:47.71 and took third place. Bashir Mosavel-Lo took sixth place with a time of 1:48.43.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Max Fry took third place and a personal best when he crossed the finish line at 50.70. In the women’s 5000 meter race, Meghan Scott took ninth place and a personal best with a time of 16:14.46. Teammate Lauren Bailey also ran in the 5000 meter race and crossed the finish line at 16:36.53.

Dylan Jacobs took home the conference title in the men’s 5000 meter race with a time of 13:23.45 and established a new meet record. Matthew Carmody also ran in the 5000 meter with a time of 13:51.03, along with teammate Andrew Alexander who crossed the finish line at 13:57.84. Carter Solomon also represented the Irish in the 5000 meter race with a time of 14:23.80.

Rachel Tanczos took home ninth place in the women’s discus with a toss of 51.15m, and second place in the women’s hammer throw with a personal best throw of 65.87m. Emma Albano also threw for a mark of 54.29m in the hammer throw establishing a personal best. Madison Schmidt placed third in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.79m. Sarah Flight registered a personal best with a mark of 1.73m. In the men’s hammer throw, Blake Kusky threw for a mark of 55.01m.

Gabe Diederich took fourth in the women’s javelin throw with a mark of 51.89m. Olivia Fabry represented the Irish in the pole vault with a mark of 3.79m. Kendal Burgess participated in the women’s long jump with a jump of 5.60m. In the men’s javelin, Austin Parsons took sixth place with a throw of 67.93m. John Keenan threw for a mark of 65.66m.

The women’s 4×400 meter relay team crossed the finish line at 3:43.71, and the men’s relay team finished at 3:11.10. The women’s heptathlon had Alaina Brady representing the Irish. Brady took fifth place with 5574 points.

Sycamores rally comes up short in Sunday finale

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Indiana State’s ninth inning rally came up just short as the Sycamores fell in Sunday’s series finale to Southern Illinois at Itchy Jones Stadium, 7-3.

The Sycamores (23-20, 8-10 MVC) mounted a late rally against SIU (39-13, 14-4 MVC) reliever Matthew Steidl in the top of the ninth inning as Luis Hernandez, Aaron Beck, and Parker Stinson all reached on two-out singles to load the bases. However, Jordan Schaffer’s fly ball to center field was corralled by the SIU outfield to end the rally and the game.

Joe Kido continued to shine for the Sycamores over the weekend as the redshirt sophomore went 3-for-4 from the plate for his second multi-hit game in the series. Keegan Watson and Randall Diaz both doubled among their two hits, while Seth Gergely, Luis Hernandez, Aaron Beck, and Parker Stinson all recorded multi-hit games in the loss.

Luke Patzner (3-3) took the loss after allowing five hits and five runs over his 3.2 innings of work on the mound. Jack Parisi, Jake Ridgway, and Jared Spencer went the rest of the way to close out the contest.

Grey Epps plated five RBI with three runs coming on a crucial double in the bottom of the third inning to lead the Salukis in the game. Ryan Rodriguez added two hits and a pair of runs scored in the win.

Trey McDaniel (8-1) picked up the win after going 5.1 innings in relief of starter Jake Combs. McDaniel surrendered nine hits, but only one run scored while striking out five in the victory. Matthew Steidl went the ninth to close out the game.

How They Scored

Nathan Bandy put SIU on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning as Pier-Olivier Boucher came around to score to give the Salukis the early 1-0 lead.

Keegan Watson singled home Parker Stinson and Seth Gergely was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded scoring Jordan Schaffer to give the Sycamores the 2-1 lead in the top of the third.

Grey Epps connected on a bases-clearing, three-run double in the bottom of the third inning to highlight a four-run frame as the Salukis went back up 5-2 after the third.

Epps added to his day with a two-out, two-run single to right field scoring Boucher and Kaeber Rog in the bottom of the fifth inning to put SIU ahead 7-2.

Randall Diaz led off the top of the seventh with a double and came around to score on Aaron Beck’s RBI groundout as the Sycamores cut the SIU lead down to 7-3.

News & Notes

Keegan Watson connected on his third double of the 2022 season in the bottom of the second inning, marking Indiana State’s 39th game with a double this year.

Watson recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the 2022 season after hitting safely in his first two at-bats of the day. He finished 2-for-5 from the plate on the day.

Josue Urdaneta ran his on-base streak to eight games after his bunt single in the top of the sixth.

Seth Gergely posted his third multi-hit game of the weekend and 11th of the season as the redshirt junior continued his torrid hitting toward the end of the season. He finished 2-for-4 from the plate in the game.

Josue Urdaneta ran his on-base streak to seven consecutive games after reaching on a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth inning.

Joe Kido recorded his third multi-hit game of the season and second of the weekend on his way to finishing 3-for-4 on Sunday.

Kido’s three hit game was also the first of his collegiate career.

Randall Diaz hit safely in all three games over the weekend and added his second multi-hit game against SIU (14th of the season) after finishing 2-for-4 from the plate.

Luis Hernandez picked up his sixth multi-hit game and second of the weekend with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate.

Aaron Beck added his seventh multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate.

Parker Stinson added his fourth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate.

The Sycamores recorded their 25th double-digit hits game of the 2022 season and second of the weekend following the 17-hit contest on Sunday.

Indiana State’s 17 hits tied for the third-most in a game by the Sycamores this season equaling their mark back on February 25 against Merrimack.

Up Next

Indiana State returns home for the final series of the 2022 regular season as the Sycamores welcome Dallas Baptist to Bob Warn Field for a three-game set on May 19-21. The weekend will also double as Senior Weekend and Alumni Weekend with festivities throughout the three days. First pitch in Thursday’s opener is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Booth continues to find home at USFL Tampa Bay Bandits

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Five games into the season and former Sycamore Jalen Booth continues to be a key part of the Tampa Bay Bandits in the United States Football League (USFL).

Through five games, the Bandits are 3-2 and sitting tied for second in the South Division behind the Birmingham Stallions (4-0). The Bandits are coming off a 27-20 win over the Michigan Panthers this past weekend.

Booth signed with the Bandits as a free agent prior to the first week of the 2022 season and has been putting in the work as the inaugural USFL season has continued. The entirety of the 2022 USFL season will be played in Birmingham, Ala. at both Protective Stadium and Legion Field.

He lined up in seven games in the 2021 season for Indiana State earning starts against South Dakota, Western Illinois, Missouri State, Youngstown State, and North Dakota State over his time with the Sycamores.

The San Diego, Calif. native helped ISU average 188.7 rushing yards per game and 233.6 passing yards per game as the Sycamores went 5-6 in the 2021 season. His five starts included Indiana State’s top two rushing games of the 2021 season with 219 yards and two touchdowns against Western Illinois and 228 rushing yards and four TDs against Youngstown State.

Women’s Lacrosse Punches Final Four Ticket With Midwest Region Title

INDIANAPOLIS – Last season, the University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Lindenwood in the Regional Final which ended another successful season. Nearly a year later, the Greyhounds have re-written the history books and will now make an appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four for the first time in program history after a 13-9 victory over Grand Valley State on Sunday afternoon in the Midwest Region title game.

PROTECT OUR HOUSE

With the win this afternoon, the women’s lacrosse team has now won a staggering 45 straight games at home. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Greyhounds have rolled out an undefeated home slate, with the last home loss coming on February 10, 2018.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A slow start by UIndy propelled GVSU forward to a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter. However, the Greyhounds answered with a pair of goals by freshman Riley Taylor to tie the contest back up. Each team would trade a pair of goals in the final five minutes but it was the Lakers who successfully grabbed the 4-3 advantage heading into the second quarter after netting a goal with just nine seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Holding on to a slim lead, the Lakers netted another to open up the second quarter to extend their lead to two. Despite this, UIndy caught fire in the final 10 minutes and rolled out five unanswered goals to take an 8-5 advantage into the halftime locker room. In that dominating stretch of play, the Greyhounds spread the scoring around to five different players in Peyton Romig, Kylee Manser, Sarah Klein, Abigail Lagos, and Christina Sato.

Staying strong heading into the second half, the Hounds punched in two more goals in the third to go up by five. However, Grand Valley State went on a small run of its own with three unanswered between the late stages of the third and early portions of the fourth. Holding steady with the lead, UIndy capped off the win with three unanswered goals from Romig, Klein, and Manser in the final three minutes of the game. GVSU answered with a lone goal at 44 seconds but it wasn’t nearly enough.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Klein tallied a hat trick by netting three goals while both Romig and Manser were right behind their teammate with two each.

-The trio of Romig, Kara Antonucci, and Joey Fowler each corralled a pair of ground balls in the contest to lead UIndy. Both teams tallied 11 each.

-Quinn Malcolm set her new season-high with four caused turnovers to lead the Hounds on defense.

HOUND BYTES

Head coach James Delaney on his teams performance on Sunday…

“This team has so much fortitude, they are relentless and they truly are a group that won’t be denied.  They work so hard every single day, we push them hard as coaches and they always want more.  I couldn’t be more proud of the complete team effort.  I think something that separates our program is the full team that we are and every single day people are stepping up and making plays.  I just can’t be more proud of them and this massive accomplishment.”

On the competitiveness of the Midwest Region…

“Credit to all three programs and all three coaching staffs.  They are the reason why these four programs in our regional were ranked in the Top 10 for most of the year.  There’s amazing players on each team and so much talent on the field.  We knew it was going to be an absolute battle to get out of this region on top and fortunately we were the team that found a way to get it done.”

On the 45-game win streak at Key Stadium…

 “Our fans down the stretch here have been incredible.  All the big games they have come out and supported us.  That’s what separates UIndy- I think the coaches, student-athletes and whole department supporting each other is special.  All the family and friends in the stands has made it a unique environment where we’ve found a lot of success.  It’s been four years since we’ve lost a home game here and that says a lot not only about the players, but the culture of the campus.”

Looking ahead to the NCAA semifinals…

“I think we just need to soak this in and tomorrow we’ll focus on getting ready.  That’s been our motto all year.  We’ll go back to practice this week, look at some film, and make sure we’re dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s to improve going into this final weekend.”

UP NEXT

The Final Four will take place in St. Charles, MO this weekend, hosted by Lindenwood University.  After re-seeding the bracket, the Hounds are the No. 3 seed and will face the No. 2 seed Adelphi University in the second semifinal at 8 pm ET on Friday.  The first semifinal at 5 pm ET will feature the No. 1 seed East Stroudsburg versus No. 4 seed Queens.  The two winning teams will face off in the National Championship at 3 pm ET on Sunday.

Men’s Golf Starts Play at Nationals This Week

DEARBORN, Mich.– The UIndy men’s golf team will be one of just 20 teams competing at the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships, set for May 16-20 at TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich. The Greyhounds will be making their second straight trip to Nationals and seventh overall under Head Coach Brent Nicoson.
 
Led by conference three-time GLVC Player of the Year Oliver Mast and reigning individual national champion Keegan Bronnenberg, the Hounds earned a spot on the national stage with a fourth-place performance at the Midwest/Central Regional two weeks ago. The Greyhounds’ lineup features three All-GLVC performers and has compiled a team scoring average of 289.9 and a winning percentage of .824.
 
The championship format will feature three rounds of stroke play, with the top eight teams moving on to a head-to-head medal/match play bracket to determine the 2022 team national champ. The Hounds will tee off among the very first groups Monday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Find live results here.
 
Last spring, UIndy advanced all the way to the national semifinals, with Bronnenberg earning the program’s first-ever individual national title along the way.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       The National Commission suspends Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb, barring him from playing this season due to his attack on Claude Lucker, a handicapped fan, two days ago. In support of their not-so-popular teammate, the Tigers go on strike to protest the decision, which will end after one game with the reinstatement of the Georgia Peach.

1913       🇪🇸 Alfredo Cabrera, born in the Canary Islands, becomes the first person from Spain to appear in the majors. The 32-year-old Cardinal shortstop plays in only one big-league game, going 0-for-2 in a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

1917       Thanks to a scoring change made after the game by a panel of sportswriters reversing the first-inning hit into an error, Bob Groom of the Browns no-hits the White Sox, 4-0. Ernie Koob, his St. Louis teammate, also threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Pale Hose.

1932       Lefty Gomez throws a five-hitter en route to an 8-0 victory over Cleveland, giving the Yankees their fourth consecutive shutout. The southpaw’s performance joins Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, and Red Ruffing, who also held their opponents scoreless.

1933       Senators’ third baseman Cecil Travis becomes the second rookie to collect five hits in his major league debut, joining Hall of Fame left fielder Fred Clarke, who accomplished the feat in 1894 for the Louisville Colonels. In the 12-inning Griffith Stadium contest, the 19-year-old freshman strokes five singles in the team’s 12-11 victory over Cleveland.

1939       Four years after the Senior Circuit began playing evening tilts, the American League plays their first night game when Cleveland defeats the hometown A’s at Shibe Park, 8-3. The small crowd of 15,109 fans, about half of the expected attendance, results from unseasonably cold temperatures in Philadelphia.

1953       After loading the bases against the Yankees in the top of the ninth inning, the White Sox pinch-hit southpaw pitcher Tommy Byrne for the right-handed hitting third baseman Vern Stephens, who has ten career grand slams. The unusual move pays off when the lefty pinch-hitter homers off Ewell Blackwell to give Chicago a 5-3 victory.

1954       In their inaugural season in Baltimore, the Orioles draw a record 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Birds split the twin bill with the Bronx Bombers, losing the first game 2-0 and taking the nightcap, 6-2.

1959       In Pittsfield (MA), Amherst and Williams reenact their original contest, celebrating the centennial of the first intercollegiate baseball game. Massachusetts. Commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and National League president Warren Giles are on hand to enjoy the festivities, including a chess match that also occurred between the schools a century ago.

1965       Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19-year-old Orioles’ rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning.

1966       Bob Swift is named Detroit’s acting manager when Chuck Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. In August, the 67-year-old recovering Tiger skipper will die due to being stricken with a kidney infection.

1967       Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The ‘Vulture’ gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros’ third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in the tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.

1969       Jim Bouton records his first victory as a knuckleball pitcher when the Pilots hold on to defeat Boston, 10-9, in an extra-inning contest played at Fenway Park. The 30-year-old right-hander throws three scoreless innings and gets the win when Seattle scores six runs in the 11th inning, and the Red Sox’s five-run rally falls a run short in the bottom of the frame.

1970       During a game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Alan Fish, sitting with friends from the Poinsettia Playground in the second-row seats along the first-base line, is struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Manny Mota. The 14-year-old boy will die four days later to become the first fatality resulting from a batted ball in major league history.

1972       First baseman Greg Luzinski rings the replica of the Liberty Bell hanging in dead center field on the fourth level with a Ruthian blast at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium off Burt Hooton. The 500-foot clanger, overshadowed by Rick Monday’s three routine round-trippers, will account for the Phillies’ only run when they lose to the Cubs, 8-1.

1978       Pete Rose surpasses Mickey Mantle for the most runs scored by a switch-hitter when he crosses the plate for 1677th time in his career, tallying on Del Unser’s single in the third inning of the Phillies 13-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘Charlie Hustle’ will extend the mark to 2,165 before ending his 24-year tenure in the major leagues in 1986.

1978       Indians southpaw David Clyde, who pitched straight out of high school for the Rangers five years ago, earns his first major league victory since May 15, 1974, when he throws a complete game to beat the A’s, 3-2, at Cleveland Stadium. The 23-year-old left-hander, acquired from Texas in an offseason trade, will start the season with four consecutive wins, en route to posting an 8-11 (.421) record along with an ERA of 4.28 for the Tribe.

1981       Astros’ shortstop Craig Reynolds hits three triples in one game, helping Houston beat the Cubs, 6-1. The Texas native, who is only the 29th player since 1920 to have accomplished this feat, scores only one run but drives in four with his three-baggers in the Astrodome contest.

1983       In an 11-4 rout of the Pirates, rookie right fielder Darryl Strawberry hit his first major league home run, a two-run round-tripper off Pittsburgh’s Lee Tunnell at Three Rivers Stadium. The troubled Mets outfielder, the eventual franchise leader with 252 homers, will hit a total of 335 during his turbulent 17-year career with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees.

1984       Although the Twins sell 51,863 tickets for their Family Day promotion, only 6,346 fans are on hand to see the team’s 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays. The inflated attendance results from a massive ticket buyout plan conceived by businessman Harvey Mackay, who paid $218,718 for 44,166 discounted ducats to keep the team in Minnesota, knowing if the club does not sell 2.41 million tickets, it can void its lease with the Metrodome.

1988       Mets catcher Gary Carter hits his 299th career home run, connecting for a three-run round-tripper off Greg Booker in the seventh inning of the team’s 7-4 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The future Hall of Fame backstop will go 230 at-bats and three months before hitting #300 on August 11th.

1995       The first printed reference to ‘Manny Being Manny’ is attributed to Mike Hargrove by Newsday’s Jon Heyman. In a feature titled Baseball Homecoming, the Indian skipper reportedly uses the phrase to describe his young outfielder, Manny Ramirez.

1996       In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with a solo shot off Jeff Tabaka and then hits a two-run round-tripper off Jim Dougherty later in the frame.

1997       Trailing 11-2 after three innings, the Expos come back to beat the Giants at Olympic Stadium, 14-13. David Segui’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning plates Mike Lansing to break the 13-13 deadlock.

2000       After a fan steals Los Angeles’ catcher Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. The melee, which delays the game for nearly ten minutes, ends with the arrest of several fans and litter all over the field.

2001       Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa becomes the thirty-third major leaguer to reach 400 career homers when he goes deep off Houston’s Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The popular Dominican outfielder has hit 371 homers as a Cub, putting him third on the all-time franchise list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).

2002       The New York Times reports October 1, the first scheduled day of the postseason, is among the possible strike dates in consideration by the Players Association. In yesterday’s edition, the newspaper indicated an early August date was another possibility for a labor action by the major leaguers without a new CBA in place.

2004       Ben Sheets, en route to a complete-game three-hitter, becomes the 14th pitcher in baseball history to strike out 18 batters in a nine-inning game when the Brewers beat the Braves at Miller Park, 4-1. The 25xyear-old right-hander whiffs eight of the final 11 hitters he faces to break the team record of 14 established by Moose Haas in 1978.

2006       In a game that features the Molina brothers as the respective catchers for their teams, Jose’s theft in the fourth proves to be the key to an Angel four-run inning. Blue Jays backstop Bengie takes second base without drawing a throw from his older brother, advancing on defensive indifference in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Los Angeles victory in Anaheim.

2006       At Cleveland’s League Park, the Blues, later known as the Indians, score nine runs in the bottom of the ninth, stunning the Senators, 14-13. The incredible comeback, consisting of six singles, two doubles, a walk, a hit batsman, and a passed ball, comes after two outs.

2006       After drawing a warning from home plate umpire Joe West for throwing a ball behind Barry Bonds, Astros’ hurler Russ Springer strikes the Giants slugger on the shoulder with the fifth pitch of the at-bat. This incident will cost the 37 year-old right-handed reliever four games when baseball suspends him for his action against the San Francisco superstar, who needs just one home run to equal Babe Ruth’s career home run mark.

2008       Jayson Werth ties the Phillies’ single-game RBI record when he drives in eight runs in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win over Toronto. The 28-year-old center fielder, who equals the franchise mark shared by Kitty Bransfeld (1910), Gavvy Cravath (1915), Willie Jones (1958), and Mike Schmidt (1976), accomplishes the feat with three home runs in the team’s 10-3 victory over Toronto in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.

2008       Before starting the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium, the visiting Mets conduct a closed-door clubhouse meeting to clear the air concerning comments made yesterday by closer Billy Wagner about his teammates’ availability after games. Although the reliever addresses the issue, his remarks focus on the team’s lackluster start to the season and the need to get it done on the field.

2011       Astros owner Drayton McLane sells the team for approximately $685 million to a group led by Jim Crane, who failed in his attempts to buy this team in 2008, the Cubs in 2009, and the Rangers with Mark Cuban in 2010. During McLane’s tenure with Houston, which started in 1992, the club appeared six times in the postseason, including a losing trip to the World Series in 2005.

2011       Vin Mazzaro, demoted the minors after the game with an ERA of 22.74, established a franchise record by allowing 14 runs in the 19-1 Indians’ rout of the Royals. The 25-year-old right-handed reliever recorded just seven outs while giving up ten runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth frame before being removed.

2012       At Tropicana Field, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, now located inside the Rays’ ballpark, unveil the statue of Casey at the Bat, a seven-foot-tall sculpture that weighs over 600 pounds. The work, created by renowned sculptor Mark Lundeen, is on loan from Mike Elwell, an artist from St. Petersburg, Florida.

2017       At Comerica Park, Chris Davis hits a pair of extra-inning home runs, a solo shot in the 12th and two-run round-tripper an inning later, in the Orioles’ 13-11 victory over the Tigers in 13 innings. Each team scored three times in the 12th, with Baltimore taking the lead for good in the 13th on the O’s first baseman’s second overtime homer.

TV MONDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE7:05PMYES
MASN/2
SEATTLE AT TORONTO7:07PMSPORTSNET
ROOT SPORTS
HOUSTON AT BOSTON7:10PMMLBN
ATTSN-SW
NESN
ST. LOUIS AT NY METS7:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
SNY
ATLANTA AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMATTSN-PIT
MARQ
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT COLORADO8:40PMNBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
MINNESOTA AT OAKLAND9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
ARIZONA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SAMPDORIA VS FIORENTINA12:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS ARSENAL3:00PMUSA
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS LUTON TOWN2:45PMESPN+
SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS LAZIO2:45PMPARAMOUNT+

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES259.73514 – 411 – 512 – 611 – 22 – 17 – 3W 1
TAMPA BAY2114.6004.511 – 810 – 67 – 22 – 410 – 76 – 4W 1
TORONTO1817.5147.510 – 68 – 119 – 101 – 38 – 43 – 7L 1
BALTIMORE1421.40011.59 – 75 – 144 – 84 – 63 – 45 – 5L 3
BOSTON1321.382124 – 99 – 125 – 114 – 63 – 33 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2015.57113 – 87 – 76 – 59 – 35 – 55 – 5W 1
CHI WHITE SOX1617.48539 – 107 – 76 – 44 – 104 – 36 – 4L 1
CLEVELAND1617.48537 – 59 – 123 – 47 – 53 – 46 – 4L 1
KANSAS CITY1220.3756.56 – 96 – 111 – 57 – 61 – 54 – 6W 1
DETROIT1223.34389 – 133 – 105 – 43 – 61 – 84 – 6W 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2312.6579 – 414 – 82 – 47 – 011 – 69 – 1W 1
LA ANGELS2413.64912 – 712 – 65 – 46 – 29 – 67 – 3W 2
SEATTLE1619.45779 – 77 – 122 – 56 – 44 – 54 – 6W 1
TEXAS1419.42487 – 127 – 73 – 62 – 15 – 95 – 5W 1
OAKLAND1522.40595 – 1210 – 107 – 74 – 72 – 55 – 5L 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2313.63910 – 713 – 613 – 72 – 17 – 35 – 5L 1
PHILADELPHIA1718.4865.59 – 98 – 94 – 91 – 28 – 36 – 4L 1
ATLANTA1619.4576.510 – 116 – 84 – 66 – 44 – 65 – 5L 1
MIAMI1519.44177 – 98 – 108 – 22 – 43 – 103 – 7L 1
WASHINGTON1224.333115 – 157 – 94 – 91 – 35 – 83 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2213.62910 – 412 – 95 – 415 – 70 – 15 – 5W 1
ST. LOUIS1915.5592.510 – 89 – 73 – 36 – 46 – 55 – 5W 2
PITTSBURGH1519.4416.59 – 106 – 93 – 18 – 143 – 35 – 5W 2
CHI CUBS1320.39484 – 119 – 91 – 25 – 76 – 74 – 6W 2
CINCINNATI926.257135 – 94 – 172 – 27 – 90 – 136 – 4L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2112.63611 – 510 – 73 – 48 – 26 – 55 – 5W 1
SAN DIEGO2213.62910 – 712 – 67 – 49 – 35 – 56 – 4W 1
SAN FRANCISCO2014.5881.511 – 79 – 77 – 64 – 45 – 36 – 4L 2
ARIZONA1817.514410 – 118 – 69 – 73 – 45 – 56 – 4L 2
COLORADO1717.5004.512 – 75 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 63 – 7L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT