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CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto, Donovan Solano and Jonathan India homered, Tyler Naquin drove in four runs and the Cincinnati Reds opened the second half of the season with a 9-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson suffered a broken right clavicle when he was hit by Goldschmidt’s foul tip in the first inning. He exited after being unable to make a throw on Goldschmidt’s chopper between the plate and mound.

The Reds roughed up Adam Wainwright after losing three of their last four games following a season-high, five-game winning streak.

Paul Goldschmidt, who homered in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, went deep for the second-place Cardinals, who brgan the day trailing NL Central-leading Milwaukee by a half-game.

Wainwright (6-8) was tagged for a season-high seven runs in 5 1/3 innings – as many runs as the veteran right-hander allowed in five May starts. He gave up five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

The Reds led 5-4 in the sixth when Wainwright issued one-out walks to Michael Papierski and Kyle Farmer. Naquin greeted Jordan Hicks with a two-run triple and Solano followed with a sacrifice fly.

Reds starter Graham Ashcraft threw a career-high 112 pitches and tied his career high with eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs with three walks.

Reiver Sanmartin (4-4) got the final out of the fifth for the win.

Papierski walked with one out in the second and went to third on Kyle Farmer’s double, setting up Naquin’s tying single. Solano gave the Reds the lead with a drive deep into the lower deck in left field.

Votto made it 5-2 with his first homer since June 30, his seventh of the year. India homered in the seventh.

After Tyler O’Neill walked to lead off the fifth, Goldschmidt followed with his 21st homer, a drive into the upper deck in left field that cut Cincinnati’s lead to 5-4.

O’Neill gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second with a bases-loaded single.


St. Louis LHP Steven Matz (3-3, 6.03) is scheduled to make on Saturday his first start since May 22. He’s been sidelined with left shoulder problems. Cincinnati LHP Mike Minor (1-6, 6.21) is 0-4 over his last five starts.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nelson Velázquez does not like hitting against position players. Maybe he’ll feel a little better now – especially after such a rare accomplishment in Cubs history.

Velázquez hit two late homers – including a ninth-inning drive off Phillies backup catcher Garrett Stubbs – and drove in five runs, Seiya Suzuki and Willson Contreras also went deep and Chicago routed Philadelphia 15-2 on Friday night.

Velázquez replaced Rafael Ortega in the eighth and hit a pinch-hit, two-run shot off JoJo Romero.

With the Cubs ahead by nine runs, Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson sent Stubbs to the mound in the ninth. Velázquez connected for his second home run in as many innings, a three-run shot to left field off Stubbs that made it 13-1. Two batters later, Suzuki cleared the wall in center with a two-run drive.

“To be honest, I hate facing position players,” Velázquez said. “Some position players throw really slow, others throw harder. Sometimes you really don’t know what they want to throw. They’re trying to get you out. I just tried to be easy and not do too much.”

When Velázquez’s drive cleared the wall off an 84 mph Stubbs fastball, he became just the second Cubs player since at least 1901 to come off the bench and hit two homers. Thad Bosley also did it on Aug. 12, 1985, against Montreal.

“It feels amazing,” Velázquez said.

Ian Happ and Suzuki each had four hits and Christopher Morel added three hits for the Cubs, who won their second in a row after losing nine straight.

Kyle Schwarber upped his NL-leading home run total to 30 with a solo drive in the first inning for the Phillies. Darick Hall contributed a pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth.

Chicago entered with the fourth-fewest wins in the majors while Philadelphia is in the thick of the NL wild-card playoff race. The Cubs outhit the Phillies 19-6.

Justin Steele (4-6) allowed one run and four hits in five innings.

“One of those outings you have to grind through,” Steele said.

Kyle Gibson (5-4) gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

“Maybe his command was off a little bit,” Thomson said.

It was 1-all when Philadelphia’s sloppy defense in the fifth helped the Cubs score six times.

After Alfonso Rivas drew a leadoff walk, Morel followed with an RBI double and wound up scoring on the play when first baseman Rhys Hoskins made a wild throw that went into center field.

Happ hit an RBI single that finished Gibson and Nico Hoerner greeted right-handed reliever Jeurys Familia with a two-run double to left. Patrick Wisdom followed with another run-scoring double for a 7-1 lead.


Schwarber, fresh off his second All-Star game and second appearance in the Home Run Derby, hit the first pitch of the game by Steele over the wall in right. He is the fifth-fastest Phillies player to reach 30 homers in a season, behind Jim Thome, Ryan Howard, Mike Schmidt and Chuck Klein.


Cubs: RHP Adbert Alzolay, out all season with a right shoulder strain, is throwing bullpens, but there is no timetable for his return. … OF Jason Heyward (right knee inflammation) continues to do baseball activities. … LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session on Friday. He has been on the IL since June 11. … LHP Brad Wieck had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

Phillies: OF Bryce Harper (fractured left thumb) will be reevaluated on Monday. The 2021 NL MVP had surgery on June 29 and is targeting a return at some point this season. … RHP Sam Coonrod (right shoulder strain) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in a rehab appearance at Single-A Clearwater on Friday. Coonrod hasn’t pitched in the majors this season.


Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.69) opposes Phillies RHP Zack Wheeler (8-5, 2.89) in the second game of the three-game set on Saturday evening.


CHICAGO (AP) The Cleveland Guardians were already rolling by the time Andres Gimenez stepped to the plate in the first inning. The All-Star then gave them a big push.

Gimenez homered, Josh Naylor drove in three runs and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Friday night.

The Guardians cruised to their fourth straight win, pounding White Sox starter Lucas Giolito in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the tight AL Central.

Gimenez made it 4-0 in the first when he lined a two-run homer to right, a big hit in an eventful week for the 21-year-old Venezuelan. The Guardians scored two more in the second to go up 6-0.

He got to start at second base in his first career All-Star Game when Jose Altuve backed out after getting hit by a pitch just before the break. Gimenez started a highlight-reel double play against Manny Machado in the Midsummer Classic when he grabbed a ball that took a weird hop off the mound and flipped a behind-the-back toss to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.

“I think he should have been a starter to begin with,” Steven Kwan said. “I’m glad he got his recognition. There’ll be probably many more to come.”

Manager Terry Francona got his 800th win in 10 seasons with the Guardians. He has 1,829 victories over 22 years with Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland and led the Red Sox to two World Series championships.

Naylor had an RBI single in the first and two-run double in the sixth. Kwan added three hits and scored twice.

Jose Ramirez, who had two hits in the American League’s All-Star win, doubled and scored in the first. He also drove in a run with a groundout in the second.

Cal Quantrill (7-5) won his third straight start and beat the White Sox for the second time in 12 days. The right-hander went five innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one while throwing 97 pitches.


The third-place White Sox stormed into the All-Star break by winning three of four at division-leading Minnesota. But with Giolito (6-6) struggling, they never really had a chance in this one.

The right-hander lasted just three innings, allowing six runs and nine hits, including a few soft ones. His ERA jumped from 4.69 to 5.12.

“It’s a tough way to start the game,” manager Tony La Russa said. “You initiate less than good contact and you don’t get an out for it. That’s what I saw. That’s four runs, and two more. It wasn’t his day.”

Jose Abreu hit an RBI double during a two-run third and extended his on-base streak to 24 games.


Guardians: The Guardians expect RHP Aaron Civale to rejoin them in August after doctors confirmed he has a sprained ligament and inflammation in his pitching wrist. Civale was examined this week by Drs. Thomas Graham and Jason Genin. The team said he is responding well to an anti-inflammatory injection and is expected to resume throwing this week. Cleveland will have a better idea of his return date as he goes through his rehab program.

White Sox: The White Sox placed CF Luis Robert on the 10-day injured list because of blurred vision. GM Rick Hahn said the team is “cautiously optimistic” the slugger and Gold Glove winner will be ready to return when the White Sox open a three-game series against Oakland on July 29. … The White Sox reinstated C Yasmani Grandal (lower back spasms) from the IL. … Hahn said LHP Aaron Bummer (strained left lat) is playing catch but has not started throwing off the mound. Bummer has not pitched since June 7. … The White Sox got a scare in the third inning when DH Eloy Jimenez was hit in the hand by a pitch. He was clearly in pain, but remained in the game.


The teams plays a split doubleheader, with the Guardians going with RHP Triston McKenzie (7-6, 3.20 ERA) in the first game and LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-2, 4.24) in the nightcap. The White Sox counter with RHP Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.80) and RHP Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.50).


BOSTON (AP) Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam after a misplay by Boston center fielder Jarren Duran and the Toronto Blue Jays set a franchise record for runs in a game, rolling past the Red Sox 28-5 on Friday night.

Toronto came within two runs of the modern major league record for runs in a game after stranding two in the ninth inning with Boston infielder Yolmer Sanchez on the mound.

Every Blue Jays starter had at least two hits, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied Frank Catalanotto’s franchise record with six of them.

Danny Jansen homered twice and drove in six runs. Matt Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez added solo homers for the Blue Jays, who topped their previous single-game mark of 24 runs set June 26, 1976 against the Baltimore Orioles.

The 28 runs are the most ever yielded by a Red Sox team, eclipsing the previous mark in a 27-3 loss to Cleveland in 1923.

The Fenway Park faithful jeered throughout the night – except for a wedding proposal on the video board with the home team trailing 25-3. The woman’s “yes” was one of the few times Boston fans found reason to cheer.

Toronto entered the day with a two-game lead over the Red Sox for the AL’s final wild-card spot. The Blue Jays improved 7-3 against Boston this year.

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing a homer and charged with nine runs.

That started a 29-hit night for Toronto – winners of four straight – which featured nearly as many follies by the Red Sox.

It started with Tapia’s home run sprint.

With two outs in the third and Toronto leading 6-0, Tapia lifted a two-out fly ball to center against reliever Austin Davis.

Duran took a couple steps back, then a couple in, then put up his hands in confusion. Boston fans groaned when the ball landed on the warning track behind him.

Duran walked slowly toward the ball while left fielder Alex Verdugo raced over, slid to scoop it up and fired it toward the infield. The relay home wasn’t close to nabbing Tapia, who picked up speed when he realized Duran had lost the ball.

Boston’s blunders on defense showed up again in the fifth. Trailing 15-3, Chapman lifted a two-out pop-up on the infield that fell between catcher Kevin Plawecki, reliever Kaleb Ort and third baseman Rafael Devers for a base hit that allowed another run to cross.

It prompted more jeers and disdain from the Boston faithful who remained in their seats. Those that stayed tried to make the best out of a drab night at the ballpark.

Fans still managed to rise to their feet for the traditional Fenway signing of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” Yet, on an evening as memorable as it was forgettable, it too ended with a smattering of boos.

The only cheer left? When Duran struck out to end the game.

The modern MLB record for runs in a game is 30, set by the Texas Rangers against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 22, 2007. The all-time mark is 36 for the Chicago Colts against the Louisville Colonels in 1897.

Kevin Gausman (7-7) scattered seven hits and three runs over five innings for Toronto.


Blue Jays: CF George Springer received an extra day to rest his sore right elbow. Interim manager John Schneider said it was cautionary and that Springer, who sat out the All-Star Game with the issue, could return this weekend.

Red Sox: Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was a late scratch after experiencing back spasms. Rob Refsnyder took his place in the lineup at DH and hit second. … LHP Chris Sale was officially placed on the injured list with a broken left finger. RHP Brayan Bello was recalled from Triple-A Worcester and Sanchez was selected to the active roster.


Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (10-4, 2.28 ERA) faced Boston twice this season, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

Red Sox: RHP Kutter Crawford (2-2, 4.50) has a 2.84 ERA in his last five outings.


BALTIMORE (AP) Aaron Judge extended his major league-leading home run total to 36 with a pair of towering shots and the New York Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 Friday night.

Judge has six home runs in his last seven games. He has 34 career home runs against the Orioles, his most against any opponent.

“You have to start off on a good foot here with this hot ballclub,” Judge said. “They’ve been on a hot run. They came out swinging. They have some good bullpen guys back there too. Hopefully, come in here tomorrow and take the series would be big time.”

Joey Gallo also connected for the Yankees, who improved to 65-30 – the best record in the majors.

Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer for the Orioles in the seventh inning off Aroldis Chapman that cut the margin to 7-6.

“Obviously, it was a tough night for him,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “I think he kind of ran out steam there in the end.”

Yankees reliever Michael King had to leave with one out in the eighth with a right elbow injury. His status is uncertain.

Clay Holmes took over and got out of the inning and then picked up his 17th save.

Lucas Luetge (3-3) earned the win after starter Jameson Taillon lasted just 2 2/3 innings – his shortest start of the season.

Judge gave the Yankees the lead in the third with a three-run homer to left-center off Tyler Wells (7-6). A large contingent of Yankees fans chanted “MVP” as Judge rounded the bases.

“It doesn’t help when you throw it down the middle to him,” Wells said. “The first home run I gave to him, I was trying to go up there, and just didn’t get it in enough. The second one, he just took a pitch right down the middle and he hit a long way.”

The Orioles answered in the bottom half and pulled to within 3-2 on an RBI double by Jorge Mateo and a run-scoring single by Cedric Mullins off Taillon.

The Yankees extended the lead to 4-2 in the fourth on back-to-back one-out doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino.

Wells had allowed three earned runs or fewer in 17 consecutive starts, which was the second-longest active streak in the majors Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan (22).

Judge hit a solo shot in the fifth to boost the margin to 5-2. That ball traveled 465 feet – tied for the third-longest homer in the history of Camden Yards behind Carlos Correa (474 feet in 2019) and Edwin Encarnacion (466 feet in 2017).

“I try to calm myself to take the flight in and take it all in,” Boone said.


The Yankees’ highly touted outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez, who homered in Saturday’s All-Star Futures Game, made his debut for High-A Hudson Valley. He went 2 for 4 with a game-tying homer in the ninth inning. Hudson Valley eventually lost to Wilmington 6-5 in 10 innings. Dominguez signed with the Yankees for $5.1 million as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2019.


Yankees: RHP Ron Marinaccio (shoulder) had his rehab assignment transferred from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Somerset. . The Yankees transferred the rehab assignment of C Ben Rortvedt (knee) from Hudson Valley to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish will make a rehab start Saturday, and is expected to move from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk.


Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.02 ERA) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his last 16 starts.

Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles (6-8, 4.76 ERA) is 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this season.


ATLANTA (AP) Shohei Ohtani looked unhittable.

Then, with a stunning outburst, the Atlanta Braves showed why they are the reigning World Series champions and one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Ohtani threw six dominant innings, only to surrender homers to Matt Olson and Orlando Arcia in a seven-run seventh that carried the Braves to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Atlanta resumed their winning ways following the All-Star break, getting six shutout innings from Charlie Morton and a sudden dose of long ball after being totally overmatched by Ohtani (9-5) the first two times through the batting order.

Mixing all of his pitches to near perfection, the Japanese superstar faced only one batter above the minimum through six frames, surrendering a double to Austin Riley leading off the second. Ohtani struck out 11, marking the fifth straight game in which he’s fanned double figures, and only went to three balls on two hitters.

After throwing just 71 pitches – 53 of them for strikes – Ohtani appeared to run out of steam in the seventh.

Dansby Swanson led off with a walk and Ohtani left a splitter up in the zone to Olson, who launched a 355-foot drive into the Chop House restaurant in right for his 18th homer of the season and fifth in the last seven games.

“He’s a very talented arm,” Olson said. “I was able to get a pitch over the middle.”

The Braves were just getting warmed up. Riley, Travis d’Arnaud and Eddie Rosario followed with three straight singles, the last of which drove in another run.

Marcell Ozuna flied out, but Arcia – who came on in the third after starting second baseman Robinson Cano left the game with dizziness – sent a drive into the seats in right-center for a three-run homer that finished off Ohtani.

In his first two at-bats, Arcia struck out twice on seven pitches, making contact on just one of them for a foul ball.

“Nothing but respect for Ohtani,” Arcia said through a translator. “He’s amazing. But the game is not over until the 27th out.”

The six runs matched the most Ohtani has allowed all season and came after he had surrendered just two earned runs over his previous 45 2/3 innings. The Braves snapped Ohtani’s six-game winning streak and, with that one big inning, jacked his ERA from 2.23 to 2.80.

Atlanta wound up sending 13 hitters to the plate in the seventh, tacking on the final run via a wild pitch. Ozuna added his 18th homer in the eighth.

Given Ohtani’s dominance most of the game, Morton played a supporting role. He sure played it well, giving up only two hits and three walks over six innings.

Dylan Lee (2-0) came on in the seventh to claim the win.

Jonathan Villar homered off Will Smith in the ninth to break up Atlanta’s shutout bid.

The Braves struggled through the first two months of the season but have gone 34-11 since the end of May. They again climbed within 1 1/2 games of the NL East-leading New York Mets, who lost to San Diego 4-1.

Fresh off his hitting-only appearance in the All-Star Game, where he singled and walked in two plate appearances, Ohtani’s first career appearance against the Braves drew an overflow crowd of 42,867.

The game began 55 minutes late after a dark, threatening cloud hovered over Truist Park before the first pitch, leading to a precautionary weather delay.


Morton doesn’t have the greatest numbers, but he’s now pitching like the Braves expected all along.

The 38-year-old right-hander has given up two runs or less in six of his last seven starts. He’s still just 5-4 with a 4.20 ERA — largely because of a brutal start to the season.

“I feel like the past month and a half or a so, I’ve gotten back to pitching the way I was before,” Morton said. “It’s just the first month and a half was so bad, the aggregate numbers are not good.”


Braves manager Brian Snitker said Cano became dizzy and light-headed early in the game, apparently because he was dehydrated. But the veteran infielder was feeling fine after the game and shouldn’t miss any time. … Atlanta RHP Kirby Yates is heading to Double-A Mississippi to continue his rehab assignment from Tommy John surgery after pitching a perfect inning in the Florida Complex League. The Braves are hoping he can add depth to the bullpen down the stretch.


RH Kyle Wright (11-4, 2.95 ERA) will go Saturday for the Braves in the second game of the weekend series. The Angels counter with LH Patrick Sandoval (3-5, 3.00).


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yandy Diaz hit a three-run double, Drew Rasmussen allowed one run over five innings and the Tampa Bay Rays returned from the All-Star break with a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Diaz capped a four-run fourth inning with his bases-loaded bloop down the left-field line to give the Rays a 5-1 lead. He has driven in a run in five of the last eight games and tied a season high with his three RBIs.

“I feel happy that it looks like the bats are going to get going,” Diaz said. “People try to prepare a little bit more with runners on base and that’s what I did today and what I try to do.”

Rasmussen (6-3) allowed an earned run and seven hits, walked one and struck out four.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “They battled and they did a really good job of fouling off good pitches with two strikes and finding some holes. I gave up one hard hit ball in the second, but other than that I didn’t think I allowed many.”

Francisco Mejia went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe each had one.

Royals All-Star Andrew Benintendi had two hits and two RBIs. Hunter Dozier added an RBI, scoring Bobby Witt Jr. in the seventh.

“We put up 12 hits but went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We just were missing the big hit. I saw some good at-bats all the way around, but we couldn’t get the ones right on top of each other to get a rally going.”

In his first start in 11 days, Brad Keller (5-10) had one of his worst outings to date, tying a career worst with five walks and hitting a batter. He allowed four earned runs in four innings and struck out one.

“When you can’t find the feel for your fastball it’s just going to be a long night,” Matheny said. “Right from the top, he just had a tough time getting any kind of rhythm. Starting the first four innings off with guys on base is only going to make it tougher. He was trying to make the adjustments he needed to make he just couldn’t find it.”

Keller explained what he thought went wrong in his outing.

“That was not good,” he said. “I didn’t have much command of anything but just tried to compete and get as many outs as I could.”

Tampa Bay has won seven of its last eight games and leads the American League wild-card standings. It’s the first time they Rays have won a road series opener since May 6, breaking a nine-series streak.

“It was nice to see that we picked up where we left off offensively,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Yandy (Diaz) has been such a big part of our team in the first half and he’s putting together a great season…We had a lot of good at bats.”


Rays: OF Harold Ramirez (right thumb fracture) was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to July 18, and OF Roman Quinn was signed to a major league contract. RHP Cristofer Ogando was designated for assignment.

Royals: OF Edward Olivares was placed on the 10-day injured list and Nick Pratto was recalled from Triple-A. LHP Jake Brentz had successful left elbow UCL reconstruction surgery and is out for the rest of the 2022 season.


The Rays send Luis Patino (0-1, 6.75 ERA) to the mound against Royals righty Brady Singer (4-3, 4.02 ERA) on Saturday.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A couple of weeks back, Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt noticed Cole Irvin struggling in the early innings, so the veteran spoke up and shared a little something Madison Bumgarner does just before taking the mound: The big lefty throws his last five or 10 pitches as hard as he can.

Irvin is now doing just that thanks to Vogt’s insight, and what a difference it’s making.

Irvin struck out eight and didn’t allow an earned run over seven sparkling innings for his first back-to-back wins this year, and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 Friday night.

MadBum might fire 10 pitches at top effort, Irvin will stick to five to conserve some energy for his outing.

“I kind of applied that to my pregame routine. Tried it out my last start, I liked it, tried it this start, I liked it again, so I think it’s going to be part of it for the next start, too,” Irvin said. “… That’s what’s great about this game, is you can never stop learning.”

Ramon Laureano hit a go-ahead homer on a full-count with two out in the fifth, then Seth Brown added a two-run drive later that inning for the A’s against Texas right-hander Spencer Howard (1-2).

Irvin (5-7) retired the initial nine Rangers batters in order before Marcus Semien’s leadoff single in the fourth against his former club. Adolis Garcia hit a tying RBI single three batters later – then he was thrown out on the bases.

Irvin, who gave up three hits, exited to a warm ovation after allowing his lone walk of the night to Leody Taveras to begin the eighth. Nathaniel Lowe homered in the ninth and Josh Smith hit an RBI single as the Rangers threatened against closer Lou Trivino, who was pulled for A.J. Puk with two outs.

Puk hit Kole Calhoun to load the bases before getting Semien to ground out, earning his first save.

Vogt provided a pinch-hit insurance RBI single in the eighth for Oakland – and is happy to know he helped Irvin.

“I’ve been fortunate to see a lot so I love sharing anything I can to help,” he said.

Corey Seager went 0 for 4 with three left on base to have his 10-game hitting streak snapped for the Rangers, who missed a chance to win consecutive games in July for just the second time after last doing so July 8-9 against the Twins.

Both teams had a long day coming into the game.

Texas played at Miami on Thursday and won 8-0 before a cross-country flight, while the A’s split a home doubleheader with Detroit.

Seager traveled to South Florida but got a breather after taking part in the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

The Rangers have won seven of 11 from the A’s this season, their best record against any divisional opponent.


Rangers manager Chris Woodward chatted with Cuban outfielder Garcia about his approach for the remainder of the season. Garcia was the designated hitter Friday after coming in hitting .148 with 25 strikeouts over 15 games in July, though he snapped an 18-game stretch without a home run on Thursday’s two-run drive.

“This is a big second half for him,” Woodward said. “I desperately as a manager want him to be the answer. I want him to be the first guy we talk about as far as him being a winning piece to this organization. Because I just love the way the guy plays, the heart that he plays with, the way he plays outfield, the way he runs the bases, the way he cares about this team. I really challenged him.”


Rangers: RHP Dane Dunning struck out nine over five innings in a rehab outing Thursday in Arizona, allowing three hits and two earned runs with a walk. He rejoined the team in Oakland and is eligible to be activated from the injured list Monday after being sidelined by a right ankle impingement. He is penciled in to start Tuesday at Seattle.

Athletics: RHP Dany Jimenez, who went on the 15-day injured list June 21 with a strained pitching shoulder, is set to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday, with the plan for him to face A’s hitters Tuesday. … RHP Frankie Montas reported “normal soreness” from his three-inning start Thursday against Detroit after missing two starts with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. “Frankie should be ready to go,” manager Mark Kotsay said.


Oakland recalled RHP David McKay from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RHP Domingo Tapia to Las Vegas. LHP Zach Logue returned to Las Vegas after starting Game 1 of the doubleheader as 27th man.


LHP Taylor Hearn (4-6, 5.78 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series Saturday having made quality starts his last two times against the A’s. Oakland counters with RHP James Kaprielian (1-5, 5.09), making his third start of the year vs. Texas but yet to notch a decision.


SEATTLE (AP) The Houston Astros ended the Seattle Mariners’ winning streak at 14 games, with Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez homering in a 5-2 victory Friday night.

Seattle scratched breakout rookie Julio Rodriguez from the lineup moments before first pitch with left wrist soreness, then lost their first game since July 1. The club was one win shy of matching the 2001 Mariners for the longest winning streak in franchise history.

Houston stretched its AL West advantage over second-place Seattle to 11 games.

Altuve led off the game with a homer against starter Marco Gonzales, Alvarez added another solo shot in the fourth, and Martin Maldonado connected in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.

Alvarez scored Altuve with a sacrifice fly later in the fifth, and Jake Myers had an RBI single in the sixth for a 5-0 advantage.

Gonzales (5-10) was charged with all five runs over 5 2/3 innings, with nine hits allowed.

Ty France hit a solo homer for Seattle in the sixth inning against Jose Urquidy (9-4).

Urquidy threw 105 pitches over six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.

Eugenio Suarez drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to pull the Mariners within three, but shortstop Jeremy Pena made a leaping grab to take away a hit from Kyle Lewis, and Houston pitcher Ryne Stanek struck out Cal Raleigh to end the threat. The Mariners left nine runners on base.


The 21-year-old Rodriguez was pulled from the lineup days after a breakout show at the All-Star Home Run Derby. There was no immediate indiciation of how serious his wrist issue was.


Seattle activated outfielder Kyle Lewis from the seven-day injured list after he recovered from a concussion and optioned outfielder Justin Upton to Triple-A. Upton refused the assignment and elected free agency.

Lewis was hit in the head by a pitch from Urquidy on May 28.


Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger (ankle) began a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Everett. Seattle placed Haniger on the IL on April 30, when he suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain in a game against the Marlins. Haniger has played in just nine games this season.

Astros: OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) could start hitting this week, according to manager Dusty Baker. Brantley was placed on the IL on June 28 with shoulder discomfort.


Astros RHP Justin Verlander faces Mariners LHP Logan Gilbert on Saturday. Verlander has an MLB-best 12 wins this season and a 1.89 ERA. Gilbert’s most recent start came against Texas on July 16, when he allowed four hits and one earned run over five innings.


NEW YORK (AP) Yu Darvish always makes the New York Mets look light on offense.

General manager Billy Eppler is trying to do something about that – no matter which opponent is on the mound.

Darvish dominated the Mets again, and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer off three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer that sent the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 victory Friday night.

“We beat a guy like that, that can really give you some momentum,” Hosmer said. “We did a good job of really just sticking to our approach tonight. We wanted to wait him out a little bit.”

Less than an hour before the first pitch, which was delayed 31 minutes because of rain in the area, the NL East-leading Mets announced a trade: They acquired beefy designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

Shut down by Darvish, the Mets certainly looked as though they could use more punch. The right-hander topped Scherzer in a matchup of aces and improved to 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA in eight career starts against New York.

“A lot to learn from a pitcher like that,” Darvish said through a translator. “You actually go through his videos, watch him pitch. You learn sort of the mental aspect of the game through him. So really I was looking forward to facing him tonight and pitching against him.”

Trent Grisham also went deep for the Padres in the opener of a three-game series between NL playoff contenders coming out of the All-Star break.

Darvish (9-4) struck out nine and walked one in seven sparkling innings. He allowed four hits, including a two-out RBI double by Luis Guillorme that spoiled the shutout bid in the seventh.

Darvish also tossed two-hit ball over seven innings to beat the Mets 7-0 on June 7 in San Diego.

“It doesn’t surprise us. We seem to get spoiled by him every time out,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

Nick Martinez worked a perfect eighth and Taylor Rogers got three outs for his 27th save in 32 attempts. With two on, Rogers retired Eduardo Escobar and pinch-hitter Mark Canha to finish the four-hitter.

Luke Voit singled to open the fourth against Scherzer (6-2), making his fourth start – first at home – since returning from an oblique injury. Hosmer, who doubled earlier, then drove a 95 mph fastball the other way to left-center for his seventh home run this season and first since June 23.

“I just felt like that was a big blow at that point,” Scherzer said. “I got outpitched tonight.”

Hosmer is 17 for 55 (.309) against Scherzer with three home runs, tied for his most against any active pitcher.

“Give credit to Darvish tonight. He pitched really well,” Scherzer said. “He was having quick innings there in the first part of the game, and kind of a time-of-possession thing where I was grinding through the first three innings (and) he was very efficient. That’s usually a tough situation to pitch in. Usually I like being on the other side of that.”

Grisham connected leading off the seventh against lefty reliever Joely Rodriguez, and the Padres added another run on a throwing error by catcher Patrick Mazeika.

“We got some guys on in some key situations and capitalized on it,” Hosmer said. “When you’re facing a guy like Max and it’s a matchup of Yu-Max, you know it’s going to be one or two swings that kind of take the game each way.”


Scherzer went six innings and had eight strikeouts, passing St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson for 15th place on the career list with 3,118.

“That was my dad’s favorite pitcher. I’m definitely going to give that ball to him,” said Scherzer, who was born in St. Louis. “For me as a kid growing up, he was one of my idols. I did book reports on him left and right. So, I know so much of his career and what he meant to the St. Louis Cardinals organization and obviously meant to my dad, and to me. So passing him, that’s a huge thing for me personally.”


Padres: Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (broken left wrist) took grounders during batting practice, but the team is still limiting him to soft toss at this stage of his swing progression. … OF Wil Myers (right knee inflammation) was set to play the first of three more rehab games at Triple-A El Paso before being re-evaluated. … LHP Drew Pomeranz, recovering from flexor tendon surgery that’s sidelined him all season, is scheduled to throw off a mound and maybe even to hitters Saturday.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom will make at least one more minor league rehab start next week before rejoining the rotation. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined all season by a stress reaction in his right scapula and hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 7, 2021. … RHP Trevor May, out since May 3 because of right triceps inflammation, plans to throw and work out Sunday at Citi Field along with deGrom. May could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. … C Tomas Nido (bruised left hand) was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. X-rays were negative. … RHP Taijuan Walker had his right knee and right shoulder examined during the All-Star break. Everything checked out fine and he’s scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Yankees. … First base coach Wayne Kirby is away from the team after having prostate surgery during the All-Star break.


Padres LHP Blake Snell (1-5, 5.22 ERA) starts the middle game of the series Saturday night against Chris Bassitt (7-6, 3.79), who was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings June 8 in San Diego.


MILWAUKEE (AP) Hunter Renfroe rescued the Milwaukee Brewers when they were one strike away from a fourth consecutive defeat.

Luis Urias and Brent Suter took over from there and helped the Brewers extend their NL Central lead Friday night with a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 13 innings.

Renfroe ripped a 2-2 slider from Robert Stephenson over the left-field wall for a game-tying, two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning. Renfroe’s 14th homer of the season – and first since June 19 – traveled an estimated 447 feet.

Urias hit a bloop single to bring home the winning run in the 13th, and Suter (2-3) didn’t allow any baserunners in two innings of relief.

“Before two strikes, I was trying to hit a homer,” said Renfroe, who missed three weeks in late June and early July with a left calf strain. “I was. I was trying to hit a homer to center field, and whatever happened, happened.”

Milwaukee leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 9-5 at Cincinnati. This was the longest game the Brewers have played in terms of innings since the automatic runner extra-inning format took effect in 2020.

“Just an amazing game,” Suter said.

Neither team scored in the 11th or 12th innings. The Brewers squandered a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the 12th before breaking through in the 13th.

Urias fell behind 0-2 but worked the count to 2-2 and finally delivered a single to right-center off Jake Bird (1-2) that scored automatic runner Jonathan Davis from second. Urias had been hitless in five at bats before that game-winning single.

“I was trying to put it in play,” Urias said. “The game gets hard sometimes, but you’ve got to keep going and forget about the other ABs. I was trying to stay in the moment and do my best.”

Urias also was a central figure on a big play in the top of the 11th inning that foiled a Rockies scoring opportunity.

When Jose Iglesias led off with a grounder to shortstop Willy Adames, automatic runner Ryan McMahon attempted to advance from second to third on the play. Urias caught Adames’ throw on the bounce and tried to apply the tag.

When McMahon was ruled out, the Rockies challenged the call. Although some replays appeared to show Urias might not have made the tag in time, the call was upheld.

“I don’t understand that at all,” McMahon said. “I don’t understand how they messed that up.”

The Rockies took a 5-3 lead against Jandel Gustave in the top of the 10th. Charlie Blackmon hit a one-out RBI single, advanced to third on C.J. Cron’s single and scored on Brendan Rodgers’ sacrifice fly.

Renfroe answered in the bottom half of the inning.

Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon had three RBIs and hit his 15th homer, a two-run blast in the third inning against reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes. Adames hit a solo homer and Andrew McCutchen had a two-run shot for Milwaukee in the bottom of the third.

There was an additional encouraging sign for the Brewers.

Milwaukee’s Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts and a walk, a sign that the four-time All-Star may be breaking out of his slump.

Hader had allowed nine runs over one-third of an inning in his last two appearances, which included blowing a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of an 8-5 loss at San Francisco. The left-hander had given up 12 runs over 4 1/3 innings in his last six outings, raising his ERA from 1.05 to 4.50.


Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela struck out four, walked one and allowed seven hits and three runs after getting activated from the injured list earlier in the day. Senzatela hadn’t pitched since July 1 due to right shoulder inflammation.

Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday as he works his way back from a right lat strain. Peralta hasn’t pitched since May 22. … RHP Miguel Sanchez hasn’t pitched since June 21 due to discomfort in his ulnar collateral ligament, and he recently had a setback in his recovery. … OF Tyrone Taylor was activated from the 7-day concussion injured list.


Former Brewers RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 2.05 ERA) starts for the Rockies and RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 3.93) pitches for Milwaukee as this four-game series continues Saturday. Urena signed with the Rockies in May after the Brewers designated him for assignment in late March.


PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks were refreshed and ready after the four-day All-Star break, playing arguably their best game of the season in a lopsided 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Carson Kelly started the team’s offensive onslaught with a laser-beam double to lead off the bottom of the first, Ketel Marte added a three-run homer in the third and Daulton Varsho clobbered a 451-foot solo shot in the sixth. On the mound, Zac Gallen delivered seven innings of shutout ball, giving up just two hits.

“All around, it was a very solid game,” Kelly said. “Offense, defense, pitching. I think the break helped and we’ll try to continue to ride this wave.”

The All-Star break didn’t provide much relief for the Nationals, who lost for the 16th time in 18 games.

Gallen (5-2) took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cesar Hernandez sent a soft liner with two outs that deflected off Gallen’s glove and fell behind the mound. Gallen, shortstop Geraldo Perdomo and Marte all converged on the ball, but no one had time to throw out the speedy Hernandez.

“I felt like I had all four or five pitches today, good command of them,” Gallen said. “You like to think every time you have four or five pitches, you can throw a no-hitter.”

Gallen struck out seven and walked none.

“He was looking like he could potentially throw a no-hitter,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “I was probably the most satisfied person when he gave up that hit. It’s a stressful time when you’re talking about potential pitch counts. He had good stuff and it obviously showed up through seven innings.”

Marte launched his ninth homer of the season in the third, giving the D-backs a 4-0 lead. He hit a changeup from lefty Patrick Corbin (4-13) to center field where it just cleared the wall above the 413-foot sign.

It was another rough outing for Corbin, the veteran left-hander who came into the game with a 5.87 ERA. He gave up five runs and eight hits over five innings, walking one and striking out seven.

Daulton Varsho added a mammoth solo shot to right field – turning on Jordan Weems’ pitch for his 13th homer of the season – to give the D-backs a 6-0 lead in the sixth. Kelly and Varsho both had three hits.

Washington star Juan Soto singled in the seventh inning, extending his on-base streak to 28 games, which is the longest of his career.

“We hit some balls hard, but they’re on the ground,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We can’t get the ball in the air. We’ve got to start driving the ball and getting them in the air.”

The Nationals fell to 31-64, the worst mark in the big leagues.


The Nationals announced the signing of several of their draft picks from earlier this month, including outfielder Elijah Green, who was taken with the No. 5 overall choice.


Nationals: Placed RHP Tyler Clippard on the 15-day IL retroactive to July 19. Promoted RHP Hunter Harvey from Triple-A and reinstated RHP Victor Arano from the injured list. … LHP Josh Rogers is done with a rehabilitation assignment and been sent to Triple-A.

Diamondbacks: Marte was playing second base for the first time in about a month. He’s been used as a designated hitter while nursing a sore left hamstring. … RHP Zach Davies threw a bullpen on Friday. He’s been on the 15-day IL since June 28 because of right shoulder inflammation.


The teams play again on Saturday night. The D-backs will send LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-9, 3.83 ERA) to the mound. The Nationals will counter with veteran RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 7.20).


LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger’s grand slam broke a tie in the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 Friday night for their ninth straight win at home.

Bellinger connected on a curveball over the plate from Sam Long (1-3) with two outs and an 0-2 count for his seventh career grand slam.

Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman each had two hits for the Dodgers, who are an NL best 32-13 at home this season.

Thairo Estrada had two hits for the Giants, who have dropped two straight after winning five of six before the All-Star break.

Freeman began the Dodgers’ eighth with a base hit to center field, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then moved to third when Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr., who had just come into the game, booted Max Muncy’s ground ball with one out.

After Gavin Lux struck out, Jake Lamb was hit by a pitch to load the bases and set up Bellinger’s 12th homer of the season, which went into the stands in the right-field corner.

David Vesia (2-0), one of five Dodgers pitchers used, got the win.

Betts hit Logan Webb’s first pitch up the middle for a single and eventually scored when a bases-loaded walk was issued to Lux. The Dodgers were unable to add anymore runs in the first when Lamb popped out to third baseman Evan Longoria.

Tyler Anderson retired the first eight San Francisco hitters before Mike Yastrzemski beat the shift with a single to shallow left field in the third.

The Giants evened it in the fourth on Yermin Mercedes’ RBI single. The tying run was set up one batter earlier when Dodgers third baseman Muncy had a throwing error on a base hit by Estrada, which allowed Longoria to advance from first to third.


Anderson earned a $500,000 bonus for going over 100 innings. The lefty went six innings and allowed an unearned run on four hits and struck out six.

Anderson is the first Dodgers’ hurler to cross the century mark in innings this season.


Webb walked three straight batters in the first and threw 51 pitches the first two innings before settling down.

The right-hander ended up going six innings on 103 pitches. He gave up one run on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks.


Giants: Tommy LaStella (Covid) went 1 for 3 in the first game of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner is sitting out the next couple days due to abdominal tightness. Manager Dave Roberts said he doesn’t think it is serious enough that Turner would need a stint on the injured list but also noted that Turner has not had it scanned.


Giants: LHP Alex Wood (6-7, 4.20 ERA) is 1-2 in his last five starts. He has a 2-3 record in nine games against the Dodgers.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (8-6, 2.89 ERA) is 5-0 in his last six starts. His last loss came on June 12 against the Giants.


NEW YORK (AP) The first-place New York Mets added some much-needed punch at designated hitter Friday, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.

The burly Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter and an All-Star in 2019 with Seattle, was batting .228 with 12 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 75 games for the rebuilding Pirates.

“We wanted to get an offensive player and we did that in landing Vogey,” first-year Mets general manager Billy Eppler said. “Somebody that’s really excelled against right-handed pitching. We all kind of know that two-thirds of the pitchers we face are right-handed. So he can be a presence in the order.”

The 26-year-old Holderman is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 appearances covering 17 2/3 innings.

“We’re really excited to work with him,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He’s already had some success in the major leagues and he’s someone who will come in and be part of our pitching staff now.”

New York, which began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL East over defending World Series champion Atlanta, has gotten little production at DH from J.D. Davis and injured Dominic Smith.

Davis, a right-handed hitter, is batting .234 with three homers, 19 RBIs and a .670 OPS in 62 games and 197 plate appearances. He’s made 38 starts at DH, most on the team.

Vogelbach’s arrival probably most directly affects Smith, however, making his future with the Mets uncertain. A left-handed hitter, Smith is batting .194 with no homers, 17 RBIs and a .560 OPS in 58 games and 152 plate appearances. He was demoted to the minors earlier this season in an effort to get his bat going, then later recalled.

Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right ankle sprain, retroactive to July 17. He’s made 14 starts at DH and 20 at first base to spell All-Star slugger Pete Alonso, who has started 21 times at DH.

With the Mets facing San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish on Friday night in their first game after the All-Star break, left-handed-hitting Travis Blankenhorn was selected from Triple-A Syracuse and started at DH in the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

Opponents are batting just .186 against Holderman during his first season in the majors, and Eppler said it was “really difficult” to part with him.

“In a way we’re going to have rob Peter to pay Paul a little bit,” Eppler said. “Some of the conversations I’ve had with other clubs has given me the feeling that there might be a little bit more robust about the relief markets than the bats. So we had to use this opportunity to do that.”

With the Mets and Braves gearing up for a tight pennant race, Eppler moved aggressively to boost his lineup 12 days before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. New York ace Jacob deGrom and setup man Trevor May are nearing a return from injuries, persuading the GM he could dip into his pitching depth.

“I ran through a number of different iterations to try to not have to yield Colin in this transaction,” Eppler said. “Pittsburgh didn’t have to move the player. They could hold onto him and they had an option for next year and many years of control. So we had to give them ultimately the player that they dug their heels in on.”

The 6-foot, 270-pound Vogelbach signed a $1 million, one-year contract with Pittsburgh in March. The deal included a $1.5 million club option for 2023 with a $200,000 buyout.

Vogelbach, 29, can also play first base. He has an .817 career OPS against right-handed pitchers, and 55 of his 61 major league home runs have come versus righties.

He is a .213 career hitter overall with a .745 OPS in 412 big league games over seven seasons with Seattle, Toronto, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

Cherington said multiple teams had called about Vogelbach over the past two weeks, and talks with the Mets intensified in the last two days.

“He loves to hit, and he takes it very seriously. That really rubbed off both in the clubhouse and in the dugout on our young players,” Cherington said. “We were very happy with the job he did here and wish him all the best. It’s a great opportunity for him.”

NOTES: After trading Holderman, the Mets recalled RHP Yoan Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse to fill the bullpen spot. He was active against the Padres. … New York signed first-round draft pick Jett Williams, a high school infielder from Texas. Williams was selected 14th overall Sunday, the team’s second pick in the first round. He was at Citi Field on Friday wearing a Mets jersey.


NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom will make at least one more minor league rehab start before rejoining New York’s rotation.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner, sidelined all season by a stress reaction in his right scapula, threw 60 pitches over five innings in a simulated game Thursday at the team’s complex in Florida.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said deGrom felt good Friday and his next step will be a throwing session Sunday as part of a work day at Citi Field in New York. After that, if all goes well, he’ll pitch for a minor league affiliate a few days later and then get slotted into the big league rotation.

“I think it’d be good for Jake,” Showalter said. “It’s just kind of where he is. He’s doing the things he needs to do to return. The hope is that he makes a start after his work day and we look to slot him in, see how everything goes. If he needs another one after that, then we’ll do it. We’ve been operating for quite a while without him. We’re looking forward to operating with him. But when it happens, it happens.”

That means deGrom definitely won’t return in time to face the crosstown New York Yankees at Citi Field next Tuesday or Wednesday. The earliest possibilities for his season debut would be July 31 at Miami or a three-game series in Washington from Aug. 1-3.

“He knows what it takes to pitch up here,” Showalter said.

The right-hander has already made three minor league rehab starts totaling 8 2/3 innings. He’s allowed an unearned run and five hits with 15 strikeouts and one walk. He went four innings during the most recent one last week for Triple-A Syracuse.

It’s still unclear which affiliate deGrom will pitch for next.

“It was kind of up in the air anyway as far as how many more he was going to do,” Showalter said. “We didn’t have to push it, so we didn’t. When we get him back, we want this to be behind us.”

The 34-year-old deGrom was initially supposed to throw live batting practice Tuesday, but the outing was pushed back two days after he experienced muscle soreness in his pitching shoulder.

DeGrom hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 7, 2021. He missed the second half of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow.

Even without him, the Mets had a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL East over defending World Series champion Atlanta as they got set to open the second half Friday night at home against the San Diego Padres.

“Jake’s where he needs to be, and we’ll see how Sunday goes,” Showalter said.

Right-handed reliever Trevor May also plans to work out Sunday at Citi Field. May has been out since May 3 with right triceps inflammation.

“Trevor’s doing great. Pretty excited about his progress, too,” Showalter said.


New York Yankees reliever Michael King has been diagnosed with a fracture in his right elbow, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The team is expecting King will miss the rest of the season, Sherman reports. He’ll undergo more tests Saturday to confirm the injury.

After throwing a pitch in the eighth inning of New York’s 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles, King immediately walked toward the dugout in obvious pain. Manager Aaron Boone said postgame that King told him while leaving the mound that it was an elbow injury, according to YES Network.

“It’s tough to watch,” Yankees starter Jameson Taillon told reporters, per YES. “Definitely thinking about him. It was kind of a somber mood in here after the game.”

The injury brings an abrupt end to what’s been a breakout season for King. The 27-year-old has been the Yankees’ best reliever this season, sporting a 2.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 51 innings while ranking third in the AL in WAR.

New York is planning to make a roster move to replace King, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.


New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole knows what it feels like to be a part of a big trade, and he hopes his team makes one ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline.

“I think we are going to probably exhaust every single option we have,” he told The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli. “We need to do that; we need to exhaust every option. That’s the feeling I get (in the Yankees organization) and what everyone feels like we need to do.”

Cole was traded to the Houston Astros in 2018 and made an immediate impact, helping them win two division titles and reach the World Series in 2019.

It was also in 2019 that the Astros made a splash at the deadline when they acquired Zack Greinke in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“It was a huge emotional swing,” Cole said about the Greinke trade. “It was announced after the deadline, so we were bummed that nothing happened before the deadline, and then (former Astros manager) A.J. (Hinch) came in with a big shit-eating grin, and he was like, ‘Yo boys, we got Greinke!’ and the mood changed dramatically.”

The Yankees are in a position to make a Greinke-like addition of their own before Aug. 2, as they are reportedly eyeing Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto. The 23-year-old is a game-changing talent who has already won a World Series in his young career – something the Yankees haven’t done since 2009.

Cole says a significant deadline deal would resonate well in the Yankees’ clubhouse.

“A major acquisition like that is kind of the non-uniform personnel taking a huge risk and making a bet and stepping out on a limb, and it always resonates with the players because it’s kind of what we do with our bodies,” he said.

The Yankees entered the second half of the season with the best record in the American League but sit just 2.5 games ahead of the Astros after being swept by Houston in a doubleheader on Thursday.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Matthew Tkachuk and Jonathan Huberdeau had the best years of their career this past season.

And now they’re changing places in an NHL blockbuster.

Tkachuk was traded to the Florida Panthers on Friday night, with Huberdeau part of the haul that is going to the Calgary Flames for the power forward. Florida also sent defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a lottery-protected first-round selection in the 2025 NHL draft.

“Matthew is a tenacious, physical competitor who possesses a tremendously unique skillset,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “He is a consistent elite offensive contributor and has emerged as one of the most complete and dynamic young players in the National Hockey League. We are thrilled to be able to add a generational talent to our lineup.”

As part of the move, Tkachuk is under contract with Florida through the 2029-30 season now as well, the Panthers said; a person familiar with the terms said it was worth $76 million over those eight years, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced it publicly. Tkachuk decided earlier in the week that he would not accept a long-term deal to stay in Calgary – which immediately led to trade talks and no shortage of suitors around the NHL wanting to land him.

The Panthers, a team that won the President’s Trophy this past season for having the NHL’s best regular-season record, apparently wanted him more than most.

They gave up a package headlined by Huberdeau, Florida’s career leader in games, assists and points, to make it happen. The move also breaks up one of the top duos in hockey, after Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov formed a 1-2 punch like few others with Florida in recent years.

But it never translated into the type of playoff success that Florida is seeking. The Panthers won a playoff series this past season for the first time since 1996, then got swept by Tampa Bay in the second round and scored only three goals in those four games.

“We would like to thank Jonathan and MacKenzie for their immense contributions to the Florida Panthers, both on and off the ice, during their tenures in South Florida,” Zito said. “They have both blossomed into exceptional athletes and people. Their contributions as players and people made an indelible mark on our franchise.”

Tkachuk had career bests of 42 goals, 62 assists and 104 points this past season for Calgary. Huberdeau tied a career best with 30 goals for Florida, plus set marks with 85 assists and 115 points – both of those being franchise records for the Panthers as well.

The trade means Calgary is without its two leading scorers from this past season. Johnny Gaudreau, who led the Flames with 115 points, signed a seven-year deal with Columbus as a free agent last week.

Huberdeau also was extension-eligible this summer, and the Panthers had a decision to make – commit to him with a long-term, big-money deal, or look to make another splashy move.

Tkachuk is 24, Huberdeau is 29, and that surely was something that went into Florida’s thinking when deciding about making an eight-year commitment. The age is one of the few things that separates Tkachuk and Huberdeau on paper: both are about 6-foot-2, both about 200 pounds, both are left wings, both have averaged about nine points for every 10 games played in their NHL careers, Huberdeau was the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, Tkachuk the No. 6 pick in the 2016 draft.


(AP) — Patrik Laine signed a long-term deal to stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets, completing the final major item on their checklist to cap off a successful offseason.

The winger re-signed Friday for four years and $34.8 million, a contract that carries an $8.7 million salary cap hit through 2026. The deal allows Columbus to keep the high-scoring winger even after adding top free agent Johnny Gaudreau.

When they surprisingly landed Gaudreau, the big question was whether the Blue Jackets would be able to fit Laine under the cap as a restricted free agent. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen made sure that wasn’t an issue.

“One of our priorities this summer was signing Patrik Laine to a contract extension,” Kekalainen said. “He is a special player, one of the truly elite goal scorers in the National Hockey League, and he has fit in extremely well with our group since his arrival. He is an integral part of the team we are building in Columbus.”

The Blue Jackets made room for Laine by trading forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the Seattle Kraken for a third- and a fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft.

“It was a difficult decision to trade Oliver, who has given so much to our organization over the past seven years,” Kekalainen said. “However, a move like this needed to be made in order for us to be salary cap compliant after the Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine signings. We are thankful for Oliver’s many contributions to our club, on and off the ice.”

Laine was a point-a-game player last season in his first full year with Columbus. The 24-year-old Finn has 184 goals and 158 assists for 342 points in 431 games NHL regular-season and playoff games with the Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets.

Columbus acquired Laine along with Jack Roslovic from Winnipeg in January 2021 in exchange for disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois. The challenge was always keeping Laine around.

This deal does that, and it comes in the aftermath of Gaudreau blowing away the myth that players don’t want to go to or stay in Columbus, after the likes of Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky and Seth Jones all wanted out rather than signing long term.

“I thought it was a good spot for me personally,” Gaudreau said after signing. “I think we can have a lot of success here. It’s somewhere that I had circled on my list for a while now. It’s not only from what I’ve heard about the city and where you live, but they’ve got good players on this team, too, and I’m really looking forward to jumping in with this group.”

Beyond Gaudreau and Laine, that group includes top defenseman Zach Werenski, rookie center Kent Johnson, 2021 first-round pick Cole Sillinger, captain Boone Jenner and 27-year-old goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. With Laine under contract, the Blue Jackets are another step closer to returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2020.

Seattle added more talent by acquiring Bjorkstrand, a 27-year-old from Denmark who is coming off a season in which he set career highs with 28 goals and 57 points and matched his previous NHL season best with 29 assists.

“We’re excited to welcome Oliver to our organization,” Kraken GM Ron Francis said. “He’s coming off of a career year offensively playing top minutes in Columbus. His creativity and hockey sense will be good additions to our forward group.”

Going into their second year in the league, the Kraken already this offseason signed Stanley Cup-winning winger Andre Burakovsky, defenseman Justin Schultz and goaltenders Martin Jones and Magnus Hellberg.


ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion Alabama was predicted to win a third consecutive Southeastern Conference title in voting by media attending this week’s SEC Media Days.

Alabama beat Georgia in last year’s SEC championship game in Atlanta before losing to the Bulldogs in the national title game. Media picked a repeat matchup by selecting Alabama to win the SEC West and Georgia to win the SEC East in voting released Friday.

Alabama was the overwhelming pick to win the championship, receiving 158 votes. Georgia was second with 18 votes.

Voters have confidence in Georgia again ruling the SEC East. The Bulldogs received 172 first-place votes in the division. Kentucky was picked second in the division and had four first-place votes. Tennessee was third, followed by Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

Alabama received 177 first-place votes in the West. Texas A&M finished second in the voting, followed by Arkansas, Mississippi, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn.

Alabama was represented by quarterback Bryce Young, running back Jahmyr Gibbs, wide receiver Jermaine Burton and offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor on the first-team offense selected by media.

Linebackers Will Anderson and Henry To’oTo’o and defensive backs Jordan Battle and Eli Ricks represented the Crimson Tide on the first-team defense.

Auburn running back Tank Bigsby joined Young and Gibbs on the first-team backfield. LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte and Georgia tight end Brock Bowers also made the first-team offense.

Georgia right tackle Warren McClendon was joined by Florida’s O’Cyrus Torrence, Nick Broeker of Mississippi and Ricky Stromberg of Arkansas on the first-team offensive line.

Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker and Kentucky’s Will Levis were the second- and third-team quarterbacks, respectively.

Georgia had three first-team picks on defense: lineman Jalen Carter, linebacker Nolan Smith and cornerback Kelee Ringo.

LSU’s BJ Ojulari, Auburn’s Derick Hall and Tennessee’s Byron Young joined Carter on the first-team defensive line. Jalen Catalon of Arkansas was a first-team selection as a defensive back.


First place votes in ()


1. Georgia (172)  — 1254

2. Kentucky (4) — 932

3. Tennessee (1) — 929

4. Florida — 712

5. South Carolina (3) — 662

6. Missouri — 383

7. Vanderbilt (1) — 196


1. Alabama (177) — 1262

2. Texas A&M (3) — 968

3. Arkansas (1) — 844

4. Ole Miss — 675

5. LSU — 591

6. Mississippi State — 390

7. Auburn — 338


Alabama — 158

Georgia — 18

South Carolina — 3

Vanderbilt — 1

Texas A&M – 1




QB – Bryce Young, Alabama

RB – Tank Bigsby, Auburn

RB – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

WR – Kayshon Boutte, LSU

WR – Jermaine Burton, Alabama

TE – Brock Bowers, Georgia

OL – Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama

OL – Warren McClendon, Georgia

OL – O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida

OL – Nick Broeker, Ole Miss

C – Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas


QB – Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

RB – Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky

RB – Devon Achane, Texas A&M

WR – Cedric Tillman, Tennessee

WR – Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss

TE – Cameron Latu, Alabama

OL – Layden Robinson, Texas A&M

OL – Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky

OL – Darnell Wright, Tennessee

OL – Javion Cohen, Alabama

C – Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia


QB – Will Levis, Kentucky

RB – Zach Evans, Ole Miss

RB – Kenny McIntosh, Georgia

WR – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

WR – Josh Vann, South Carolina

TE – Jaheim Bell, South Carolina

OL – Brady Latham, Arkansas

OL – Tyler Steen, Alabama

OL – Javon Foster, Missouri

*OL – Jeremy James, Ole Miss

*OL – Kendall Randolph, Alabama

C – Cooper Mays, Tennessee



DL – Jalen Carter, Georgia

DL – BJ Ojulari, LSU

DL – Derick Hall, Auburn

DL – Byron Young, Tennessee

LB – Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

LB – Nolan Smith, Georgia

LB – Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama

DB – Jordan Battle, Alabama

DB – Kelee Ringo, Georgia

DB – Eli Ricks, Alabama

DB – Jalen Catalon, Arkansas


DL – Zacch Pickens, South Carolina

DL – D.J. Dale, Alabama

DL – Ali Gaye, LSU

DL – Colby Wooden, Auburn

LB – Bumper Pool, Arkansas

LB – Dallas Turner, Alabama

LB – Brenton Cox Jr., Florida

DB – Cam Smith, South Carolina

DB – Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

DB – Christopher Smith, Georgia

DB – Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State


DL – Gervon Dexter, Florida

DL – Justin Eboigbe, Alabama

DL – Maason Smith, LSU

DL – McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M

LB – Owen Pappoe, Auburn

LB – Ventrell Miller, Florida

LB – Jeremy Banks, Tennessee

DB – Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

DB – Trey Dean III, Florida

DB – Trevon Flowers, Tennessee

DB – Malachi Moore, Alabama



P – Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M

PK – Will Reichard, Alabama

RS – Kearis Jackson, Georgia

AP – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama


P – Oscar Chapman, Auburn

PK – Anders Carlson, Auburn

RS – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

AP – Devon Achane, Texas A&M


P – Paxton Brooks, Tennessee

PK – Harrison Mevis, Missouri

RS – JoJo Earle, Alabama

AP – Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

* – Indicates a tie


(AP) — Tennessee hopes its “exemplary cooperation” with the NCAA helps the Volunteers avoid serious punishment from 18 major rules violations as easily as they dodged paying former coach Jeremy Pruitt’s multi-million dollar buyout.

The NCAA notified Tennessee on Friday of the Level 1 violations, the NCAA’s most serious, for allegations of providing impermissible cash, gifts and benefits worth about $60,000 to football recruits and their families under Pruitt. The notice of allegations says at least a dozen members of Pruitt’s staff were involved in more than 200 individual violations over a two-year period.

Tennessee has until Oct. 20 to respond, according to the letter it received from the association’s enforcement staff.

Pruitt and nine others were fired for cause in January 2021 after Tennessee started an internal investigation following a tip on Nov. 13, 2020, and found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” The firing negated Pruitt’s $12.6 million buyout after he went 16-19 in three seasons.

Chancellor Donde Plowman had said Pruitt was responsible for overseeing the football program. Tennessee also fired two assistants and seven members of the recruiting and support staff. Pruitt, three of his assistants and three other staffers could face show-cause penalties making it difficult for them to get another college job after a hearing is held with the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions.

“In every step of this process, we took quick and decisive actions that exemplified the longstanding values of the NCAA reiterated in the membership’s new constitution,” Plowman said in a statement Friday. “The university hired outside counsel to fully investigate allegations about the football program, acted promptly to terminate the employment of football coaches and staff members, and shared our conclusions with the NCAA enforcement staff.”

Pruitt told ESPN he was still reading through the report and seeing a lot of information in the allegations for the first time.

“I’d rather not comment a whole lot past that, other than to say that I’m looking forward to telling my side of the story somewhere down the road,” Pruitt said.

NCAA investigators opened a case in December 2020 and became more involved within the two weeks before Pruitt was fired.

The complaint notes how Tennessee handled its investigation “should be the standard for any institutional inquiries into potential violations.” The NCAA noted Tennessee immediately mirror-imaged football staffers’ cell phones leading to information “that substantiated the violations alleged.”

Tennessee wrapped up its investigation last November and announced then it wouldn’t self-impose a bowl ban to avoid penalizing current players and coaches. New athletic director Danny White, who replaced the retiring Phillip Fulmer, hired Josh Heupel in late January 2021.

Plowman noted the NCAA enforcement staff recognized the university’s “exemplary cooperation” in the case.

“While we will take appropriate responsibility, last fall, the university announced that we will not self-impose penalties that harm innocent student-athletes like postseason bans based upon the actions of coaches and staff who are no longer part of the institution,” Plowman said.

Three Level I allegations involve impermissible visits during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period.

On nine separate weekends from July to November 2020, about $12,100 in impermissible recruiting inducements and unofficial visit expenses were provided for six recruits and their families to come to the Knoxville area, according to the complaint.

Among the allegations, on at least 31 occasions from January 2019-March 2021, outside linebackers coach Shelton Felton, inside linebackers coach Brian Niedermeyer, recruiting staff member Bethany Gunn and Pruitt’s wife, Casey Pruitt, provided about $16,300 in impermissible benefits to an individual in the form of cash, parking to attend home football games and entertainment expenses to host a recruit’s mother.

And on 25 occasions from January 2019-March 2021, Casey Pruitt allegedly provided a total of $12,500 in cash benefits to an individual for monthly car payments.

Pruitt and two recruiting staffers provided or arranged for approximately $11,223 on at least 20 occasions between January 2019-December 2020. That includes $2,443 reimbursed to the assistant director of recruiting using CashApp for costs that covered furniture, household goods or party decorations.

The then-head coach also provided approximately $6,000 in cash toward a down payment toward a new car during an unofficial visit.

White said in a statement that receiving the notice of allegations “was an expected, requisite step in this process – a process our university initiated proactively through decisive and transparent actions. This moves us one step closer to a final resolution.

“Until we get to that point, I am unable to discuss the case in any detail. As a university, we understand the need to take responsibility for what occurred, but we remain committed to protecting our current and future student-athletes.”


Although Patrick Mahomes’ contract looks more team-friendly with every new blockbuster quarterback extension, the Kansas City Chiefs star is just happy to see his compatriots get paid.

“Yeah, I mean, it’s awesome,” Mahomes said Friday, according to Charles Goldman of Chiefs Wire. “Not just the quarterback market, but the market of players in general. You want the salary cap going up, you want players getting more and more money.”

Mahomes set an NFL record when he signed a 10-year deal reportedly worth $450 million ahead of the 2020 campaign. However, Mahomes’ average yearly salary of $45 million has now been surpassed by three quarterbacks – Aaron Rodgers ($50 million), Deshaun Watson ($46 million), and Kyler Murray, per Over The Cap – following Murray’s five-year, reportedly $230.5-million contract.

The 2018 MVP still boasts the largest total deal. However, Watson received a fully guaranteed $230-million pact upon his trade to the Cleveland Browns, while Murray is set to earn $160 million guaranteed. Additionally, Rodgers got more fully guaranteed money than Mahomes ($101.4 million versus $63.1 million) despite only signing a three-year extension.

But Mahomes, who’s coming off his fourth straight Pro Bowl season, knows money will never be an issue for him.

“When I signed my deal, I knew I was going to be pretty set for life regardless of what the market kind of happens,” Mahomes said. “But you just keep playing. Money is one thing, but when you get those Super Bowl rings, at the end of your career, I think that’s going to be what you look back upon.

“I think I’ve made enough money from the football field, and then obviously off of it as well, that it won’t matter at the end of the day.”

While Mahomes could soon be knocked out of the top-five highest-paid quarterbacks when the likes of Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Justin Herbert ink their first NFL extensions, he understands it’s an inevitable part of the football business.

“Especially at the quarterback position, the next guy is kind of the top-paid guy,” Mahomes said. “Any of these top-tier quarterbacks, they make such a difference on NFL teams, it’s going to get passed up.

“Even if you look at the guys who signed last year to this year, they got passed up. And I’m sure when Burrow, Herbert, and all these guys come around, they’ll keep setting the bar even higher.”


CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson reported to his first training camp with the Browns on Friday still not knowing how long he’ll be their starting quarterback.

Like one of his passes, Watson’s future remains up in the air.

As he awaits word on whether he’ll be suspended by the NFL for off-field behavior, the three-time Pro Bowler arrived at Cleveland’s training facility in Berea along with the team’s other QBs and rookies.

Watson was scheduled to undergo a physical followed by meetings.

The 26-year-old is facing a likely league suspension for violating its personal conduct policy following allegations by two dozen massage therapists in Texas that he was sexually inappropriate with them during sessions while he played for Houston.

Watson’s fate is being decided by league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired federal judge in Delaware who has spent the past few weeks reviewing his case following a hearing and briefs submitted by the quarterback’s legal team, the NFL Players Association and league.

The NFL pushed for an indefinite suspension for Watson, who was never criminally charged and has maintained his innocence. Grand juries in two Texas counties declined to indict him.

There’s no definitive timeline for Robinson’s ruling. The Browns have been hopeful they’d know before veterans report next week. Cleveland’s first full-squad practice is Wednesday.

Depending on how Robinson rules, Watson, who waived his no-trade clause and signed a five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland in March despite his legal entanglements, could miss multiple games in 2022.

The Browns have made plans in case they’re without Watson for an extended period. Veteran Jacoby Brissett will slide into his starting spot, and Cleveland signed Josh Rosen on Friday to a one-year contract.

The 25-year-old Rosen is an extra layer of security and has more experience than Josh Dobbs, who is also on the roster. Rosen was selected with the No. 10 pick in 2018 by Arizona and went 3-10 in 13 starts as a rookie.

Once the Cardinals decided to take Kyler Murray first overall in 2019, Rosen was traded to Miami. He spent last season with Atlanta, appearing in four games.

Even if Watson is suspended, he’ll be allowed to practice with the Browns. The only thing that could change that is if Robinson stipulates as part of the punishment that he needs to be away from the team.

NOTES: The Browns placed rookie WR David Bell on active/physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. He is eligible to be activated when he passes a physical. A third-round pick out of Purdue, Bell is expected to have a significant role this season. … Rookie DT Perrion Winfrey signed his contract, the last of Cleveland’s 2022 draft class to do so. The former Oklahoma standout is expected to be in rotation up front.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray is a short quarterback by football standards who now has stacks of cash about as tall as anyone’s in the NFL.

A low-key personality by nature, Murray is happy that a high-stress offseason contract squabble with the Arizona Cardinals is over.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, a lot of good days, a lot of bad days, a lot of hate and a lot of negativity,” Murray said. “But that’s part of the deal.”

Now the deal is done. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has a contract that keeps him with the Cardinals through 2028 and could be worth up to $230.5 million, which puts him in an elite group of the highest-paid NFL quarterbacks.

On Friday afternoon, the quarterback was all smiles in a dapper blue suit at the team’s practice facility. His parents were in attendance, along with his bulldog Swoosh, who could be heard panting throughout the press conference as Murray thanked all the family, friends, teammates and coaches who helped him along the way.

He also made it a point to thank the Cardinals, who took him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019 out of Oklahoma.

“I’m so grateful and honored for the confidence they’ve shown in me,” Murray said. “The faith they showed to take a 5-foot-10 quarterback, that’s never been done before, and I understood the heat they would take for doing that.”

It’s safe to say the partnership has worked out well. Paired with offensive-minded coach Kliff Kingsbury, Murray has helped the Cardinals improve in each of his three seasons. Arizona was 5-10-1 during his rookie year, 8-8 in 2020 and then 11-6 last season, when the franchise advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Now Murray looks like he’ll be with the Cardinals for the forseeable future.

That wasn’t always the case this offseason during a weird contract dispute that featured social media shenanigans. It included Murray wiping his accounts of all Cardinals references and a lengthy statement from agent Erik Burkhardt spelling out Murray’s accomplishments and pushing the franchise to act.

For all the bluster, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he was never overly concerned. He said he met with Murray’s parents in the offseason, which helped raise his confidence a deal would happen.

“We had great communication with them, felt great about the dialogue, and understood what the expectations were for both sides,” Keim said. “Then I just had to get through the draft and free agency, which takes a lot of my time, so once I was able to do that, I was able to focus on the contract. I feel both sides are pretty happy.”

It was clear Murray wasn’t completely comfortable with the acrimonious back and forth between his agent and the team. He even seemed to hint that some of the social media antics were Burkhardt’s idea — grinning at the agent while responding to a question about offseason drama.

“I’m a quiet dude when it comes to social media,” Murray said. “Just to sit there and take all the shots, it is what it is. But I understood it’s part of the business.”


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Scott Piercy shot a 7-under 64 on Friday at TPC Twin Cities to take a three-stroke lead in the 3M Open.

Piercy had a 13-under 129 total. The four-time PGA Tour winner opened with a 65 on Thursday in windy conditions.

Emiliano Grillo was second after a 65. Callum Tarren had a 63 to reach 8 under and Tony Finau (68) was 7 under with Robert Streb (67), Tom Hoge (68), Sungjae Im (70) and Doug Ghim (68).

Starting his afternoon round on the back nine, Piercy birdied the first four holes. He added birdies on No. 2, 6 and 7 coming home to extend his lead and made a 10-footer for par on the par-3 eighth.

“It’s been a little bit since I’ve played like I feel like I should play,” said Piercy, who had missed four of his last six cuts. “To kind of prove it to myself again, I know it’s in there, it’s just like, okay, how do we get it out of me.

“There’s a lot of business to take care of this weekend, but to come out the first two days and do what I did gives me a lot of confidence going into the weekend.”

The 43-year-old Piercy, at 138th place in the FedEx Cup standings with only the top 125 making the playoffs and keeping full PGA Tour status, needs a strong finish over the final three weeks of the PGA Tour season.

“I’ve been out here a long time, I know what I need to do,” he said. “Just wishing I’d have done it earlier in the season.”

Grillo eagled the par-5 6th.

“Obviously that one on 6, it’s a big plus to steal two and it’s a hole that’s kind of hard to get in two, so solid day,” Grillo said.

Tarren was a stroke off the 3M Open tournament record.

“I hit every green today, so I had so many chances,” Tarren said. “I actually missed probably four or five inside 10 feet, so it could have been ridiculous.”

Unaware he was close to the scoring record, the Englishman birdied 15 and 17 and narrowly missed a 46-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

Cameron Champ, the 2021 winner, birdied four of his last five holes for a 68 to make the cut on the number at 1 over.


EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In the hurdles world before Sydney McLaughlin, it took years to shave fractions of seconds off records, and winning races didn’t always mean rewriting history.

This once-in-a-lifetime athlete is obliterating that mindset as quickly as she’s destroying the records she sets again and again.

For the fourth time in 13 months, the 22-year-old McLaughlin set the world record. On Friday, she ran the 400-meter hurdles at world championships in 50.68 seconds. She shattered her old mark by 0.73 seconds, a ridiculous number for a race of this distance and an amount of time that, in the world before McLaughlin, it had taken 33 years to trim.

She beat second-place finisher Femke Bol of the Netherlands by 1.59 seconds. McLaughlin’s main rival, Dalilah Muhammad, finished third in 53.13 seconds, a time that would’ve won the world title with ease a mere seven years ago.

And yet, as McLaughlin summed up her takeaways from the evening — an evening in which she delivered in a race she has turned into one of track’s must-see events — she was far from ready to declare she had run the perfect race.

“I haven’t had a chance to watch it, so I’ll have to do that and go back and talk to my coach,” McLaughlin said. “But I think there’s always things to improve on. I think we’re pushing the boundaries of the sport, especially in our event.”


(AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment impresario Vince McMahon announced Friday he is retiring amid an investigation into alleged misconduct involving the flamboyant showman who turned a small wrestling company into a worldwide entertainment business.

In a brief statement issued by WWE, McMahon said he is retiring as the company’s chairman and CEO. He noted that he remains its majority shareholder.

McMahon stepped down temporarily as CEO and chairman of WWE in mid-June during an investigation into alleged misconduct. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported McMahon agreed to pay more than $12 million over the past 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity.

“At 77, time for me to retire. Thank you, WWE Universe. Then. Now. Forever. Together. (hash)WWE (hash)thankful,” he wrote on Twitter.

There was no mention of the investigation in statement from the company based in Stamford, Connecticut. McMahon said his daughter, Stephanie, who was named interim CEO and chairperson last month, will serve as chairperson and share CEO duties with Nick Khan, who joined the company in 2020.

“Our global audience can take comfort in knowing WWE will continue to entertain you with the same fervor, dedication, and passion as always,” he wrote in the statement, thanking WWE’s generations of fans all over the world.

McMahon first stepped aside from the top positions last month after the Journal reported at the time that he had agreed to pay $3 million to a former paralegal who said he sexually harassed her on the job. He was supposed to continue overseeing WWE’s creative content during the companies investigation. But then the newspaper reported that McMahon had agreed to pay the significantly larger sum of $12 million.

Four women – all formerly affiliated with WWE – signed agreements with McMahon that bar them from discussing their relationships with him, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the deals and documents it reviewed. McMahon has said he is cooperating with the company’s investigation.

McMahon has been the leader and most recognizable face at WWE for decades. When he purchased what was then the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1982, wrestling matches took place at small venues and appeared on local cable channels.

The organization underwent a seismic transformation under McMahon with events like WrestleMania, a premium live production that draws millions of fervent viewers.

Revenue last year exceeded $1 billion for the first time and the company has television deals with Fox and NBCUniversal. Last month it announced a multiyear expansion of its original programming partnership with A&E.

WWE stars have become crossover sensations, including Hulk Hogan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena.



INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Suwinski went yard twice, his second to give Indianapolis a lead in the seventh and cap off a five-run comeback effort, but the St. Paul Saints prevailed to retake the lead and defeat the Indians in 10 innings on Tuesday night, 9-8.

With the Indians (41-47) leading following a four-run seventh inning, St. Paul tied the game on an RBI single in the eighth. A scoreless ninth inning pushed the game into extras where Mark Contreras plated the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off Austin Brice (L, 2-3). Indianapolis stranded the tying run on third base with just one out in the bottom of the 10th against Ian Hamilton (W, 2-3).

After the first half of the game was dominated by the Saints (42-46), who took a 7-2 lead on a five-run third inning and Jermaine Palacios grand slam, the scales gradually tipped back in the Indians’ favor. Consecutive run-scoring innings in the fifth and sixth, the latter plated on Suwinski’s first home run of the evening, inched the Indians closer to St. Paul’s lead.

Three extra-base hits in the seventh then gave the Indians their first lead since the first inning. After Carter Bins was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, Hoy Park doubled him home on a line drive to center field. Two batters later, Ji-Hwan Bae roped a double into left field to bring Indianapolis within one run. With two outs, Suwinski belted a line drive over the right-center field wall for his second longball of the contest.

The game was Suwinski’s fifth career multi-homer game and his second this season after launching three on June 19, 2022 with Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco. He led the team with three RBI, while Bae led the offense with three hits.

The Indians and Saints will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-2, 8.22) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 10.13).



Some of the fiercest competition during training camp will happen among players vying for a role on Bubba Ventrone’s special teams units – including at kicker between Rodrigo Blankenship and Jake Verity. Check out what to watch for from the Colts’ special teamers ahead of the start of training camp on July 27.

Who’s In

PK Jake Verity (signed as free agent)

Verity spent most of the 2021 season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad before signing with the Colts in February. He has a big leg – he once hit a 63-yard field goal in high school – and made 76 percent of his kicks during five collegiate seasons at East Carolina.

Who’s Out

PK Michael Badgley (free agent)

Badgley stepped in for the injured Rodrigo Blankenship in Week 6 and connected on 18 of 22 field goals and 40 of 41 PATs over 12 games.

Who’s Back

PK Rodrigo Blankenship (third year)

LS Luke Rhodes (seventh year)

P Rigoberto Sanchez (sixth year)

Blankenship suffered a hip injury in the Colts’ Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and was placed on injured reserve after, which ended his season. Blankenship is 43/51 (84 percent) on field goal attempts and 50/53 (94 percent) on PATs in his two seasons with the Colts.

Rhodes earned first-team AP All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2021.

Sanchez was Pro Football Focus’ fifth highest-graded punter last season.

What To Watch For

Last year, the Colts brought in former Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Piñeiro to push Blankenship during training camp. The competition went well – neither Blankenship nor Piñeiro missed a kick during camp practices, and as the incumbent, Blankenship earned the job.

Blankenship is still the incumbent but will be pushed this year by Verity. That’ll be the most obvious competition, but hardly the only one Bubba Ventrone’s special teams units.

The Colts will have to replace three of their six most-used special teams coverage players from 2021 in Matthew Adams (351 snaps), George Odum (336 snaps) and Jordan Glasgow (206 snaps). Special teams aces Zaire Franklin (350 snaps), Ashton Dulin (280 snaps) and E.J. Speed (276 snaps) all return, and the Colts added a couple of veteran special teams guys in Brandon King and Armani Watts in free agency.

But as you’re looking at which players will make 53-man roster out of camp, keep an eye on who’s working with punt return, kick return, punt coverage and kickoff coverage units. Those will be critical factors as the Colts shape their 2022 roster.

Training Camp Information

The Colts will return to Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield for training camp in 2022. Click here for a full schedule of practices open to fans. Free tickets will be required to attend, which can be obtained here. For more information on Colts 2022 Training Camp Presented By Koorsen Fire & Security, click here.

Statistically Speaking

Players since 1994 to record multiple punt block touchdowns in a single season:

Ed Reed (Ravens, 2002)

Ed Reed (Ravens, 2003)

Blake Countess (Rams, 2017)

Blake Countess (Rams, 2018)

E.J. Speed (Colts, 2021)

They Said It

“Rod was our kicker last year so in my mind, it’s Rod’s to – but it’s an open competition. We’re going in like at every position, really. There are guys who are on the depth chart – I would say Rod would be on the depth chart as the ‘No. 1 kicker’ right now, but is it a competition? Yes. Is it a competition at every position? Yes. We all understand what that means and what it doesn’t mean, but it will be a competition. We certainly respect what Rod has done since he’s been here.” – Head coach Frank Reich


INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of the upcoming high school football season, the Indianapolis Colts will host their annual Horseshoe Classic, fueled by Gatorade, at Lucas Oil Stadium next month. The 2022 Classic is made possible in part by Forté Sports Medicine & Orthopedics and GreensGroomer.

This year’s classic will feature the Lafayette Harrison Raiders vs. the West Lafayette Red Devils, followed by the Bishop Chatard Trojans vs. the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. Fans should use their school’s presale code – found by visiting Colts.com/HorseshoeClassic – to receive a discounted price of $10 per ticket.

WHEN: Friday, August 19

5:30 p.m. – South & East gates open

6 p.m. – Harrison vs. West Lafayette

8:30 p.m. – Bishop Chatard vs. Brebeuf Jesuit

(There will be a minimum of 20 min. between games. Game 2 will not start before 8:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave.


Pre-sale through Ticketmaster: $10

Tickets at the door: $13

Parking (South Lot): $10 per vehicle, $40 per fan bus

The Horseshoe Classic is a part of the Colts’ ongoing partnership with the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its support of football at all levels. The Horseshoe Classic is one of several events the Colts are planning leading up to the team’s regular season kickoff in September.


Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

IUPUI Carroll Stadium  – Indianapolis, Ind.


Local TV: MyINDY-TV 23

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Radio (Spanish): Exitos 94.3 FM / exitos943.com

In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers 

Live stats: #INDvMEM MatchCenter on USLChampionship.com  


Indy Eleven: 6W-10L-3D (-7 GD), 21 pts.; 9th in Eastern Conference

Memphis 901 FC: 12W-5L-2D (+17 GD), 38 pts.; 3rd in Eastern Conference 


OUT: GK Bryan Meredith (R finger)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Aris Briggs (shin), DF Mechack Jerome (ankle), DF Bryam Rebellon (R quad)


IND: none

MEM: DF Patrick Seagrist (red card, 7/16 @ LOU)

Indy Eleven is headed back home for the first of a three-match homestand Saturday night at Carroll Stadium against Memphis 901 FC. The two sides faced off once previously this season, a 2-1 Memphis win in Tennessee on May 14.

Saturday’s match marks a crucial moment for Indiana’s Team, as the Eleven look to get back in the playoff hunt. The Boys in Blue have lost six consecutive matches dating back over a month to a 4-3 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on June 18. The current losing streak is the longest in the team’s nine-year history, while its seven-game winless streak is the longest for the team since joining USL Championship in 2018. Nevertheless, the Eleven still sit ninth in the Eastern Conference, just seven points outside the playoff picture with two games in hand on the current holders of seventh (The Miami FC) an eighth (FC Tulsa).

The midseason swoon has brought about a shuffling of the roster by Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry, beginning with Thursday’s trade with Tampa Bay that brought forward Juan Tejada to Indy in exchange for midfielder Nicky Law. The 25-year-old Tejada will indeed be active for Saturday’s game, and while no other moves were announced as of Friday afternoon, there’s more additions in the works as Lowry hopes to inject some new pieces and energy into an Eleven side that’s been shut out in five straight matches.

Across the pitch, it has been an up and down month for 901 FC. Following back-to-back shutout wins over FC Tulsa and Detroit City FC, Memphis dropped two matches against fellow Eastern Conference frontrunners Tampa Bay Rowdies and Louisville City FC, with a victory over Phoenix Rising SC in between the two losses.

Memphis 901 FC will be without a key contributor – and a familiar face to Indy fans – Saturday night in Indianapolis. In last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Louisville, starting defender Patrick Seagrist was shown a red card just before halftime, making the former Boy in Blue unavailable for a return to The Mike. Another lineup mainstay for 901 FC, goalkeeper Trey Muse, looked to have suffered the same fate when he was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of his area in second half stoppage, however, the USL Championship rescinded his red card midweek and reinstated his active status for this weekend’s trip to the Circle City.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Entering the 2022 season, Purdue tight end Payne Durham was selected to the John Mackey Award Watch List on Friday (July 22).

Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

Durham had a breakout year in 2021, hauling in 45 receptions for 467 yards. The Suwanee, Georgia, native found the end zone six times, ranking second on the team in touchdown catches alongside consensus First Team All-American David Bell. Durham produced a pair of 100-yard games, kicking off the season with seven catches for 120 yards in a win over Oregon State. He snagged nine passes for 112 yards against Wisconsin before ending the campaign with 85 receiving yards in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. In the bowl game victory over Tennessee, Durham’s memorable 62-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter featured several broken tackles as one of Purdue’s best plays of the year.

With a successful year on the field and in the classroom, Durham was recognized as Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten. The tight end represented Purdue with class, having been tabbed a Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

Durham and the rest of the Boilermakers face Penn State to kick off the 2022 season (Sept. 1). The Thursday night conference battle is set to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As an anchor on Purdue Football’s offensive line, center Gus Hartwig earned a spot on the Rimington Trophy Watch List Friday morning (July 22).

Named after consensus All-American Dave Rimington, the Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football.

Hartwig has been tabbed Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in both of his seasons as a Boilermaker. The redshirt-sophomore started three of the team’s six games in 2020, becoming the first true freshman to start on Purdue’s offensive line since 2008.

With one year under his belt, Hartwig started all 13 games at center a season ago. The Zionsville, Indiana, native helped the Boilermakers go 9-4 as Purdue became one of the best passing teams in college football. Hartwig and the rest of the offensive line blocked for Purdue quarterbacks that threw for 355.4 yards per game, ranking fifth nationally. Specifically, Hartwig protected Aidan O’Connell, who claimed the starting spot during the season and completed a school-record 71.8 percent of his passes.

Hartwig and the Boilermakers kick off the 2022 season at home, hosting Penn State in a Thursday night matchup (Sept. 1). The Big Ten battle is slated to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


CHESTERTON, Ind. – Purdue’s strong summer on the links continued this week as rising junior Nels Surtani won the Northern Amateur held at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana.

Surtani led from start to finish, totaling a 36-hole total of 6-under par 210 (68-72-70) on the par-72 layout. Surtani defeated Ohio State’s JonErik Alford and Indiana’s Mitch Davis by three shots to add to Purdue’s impressive haul this summer.

With Surtani’s win, current Boilermakers have now won the Northern Amateur, the Indiana Amateur (Luke Prall) and the Sizzler Amateur (Kent Hsiao). Teammates Herman Sekne, Andrew Farraye and Benjamin Cai all qualified out of local qualifying into regional qualifying for the U.S. Open, and Peyton Snoeberger has qualified for the U.S. Amateur.

Surtani led by two shots after Wednesday’s opening 18 holes, firing a 4-under par 68 to hold the advantage. He would shoot an even-par 72 on Thursday to enter today’s final round in a tie with Davis at 4-under par. Through nine holes on Friday, the two remained tied at 5-under par, before Surtani played his back nine in 1-under par while Davis played it in 2-over par.

Davis would take a one-shot lead with a birdie on 10, moving him to 6-under par, but a David double-bogey on 12 dropped him one off the pace. Surtani then went up three shots with just five holes to play with a birdie on 13, while Davis bogeyed. Surtani would par the remaining five holes for his first amateur victory.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame head softball coach Deanna Gumpf has announced the hiring of Amanda Eberhart as its next associate coach. Eberhart joins the Fighting Irish after serving as the head coach at Valparaiso during the 2021-22 academic year.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Amanda and her family to the University of Notre Dame.” Gumpf said, “Over the past few weeks, we have conducted an extensive search and Amanda has all the qualities we were looking for in an elite offensive coordinator. Amanda has proven herself as one of the top coaches around the country and is an incredible, caring person who truly values the person over the player. Her passion, integrity and hard-work has propelled her career. She has consistently shown the ability to recruit and develop talent and I have no doubt she will continue this trend here at Notre Dame.”

“I’m extremely excited to join the University of Notre Dame.” Eberhart stated, “I want to thank Deanna for this opportunity to be part of this tremendous program. This is a staff that has worked together for years and I’m excited to come in and add to their already immense knowledge. Coach Lizzy Ristano did a phenomenal job with this group offensively, and I’m excited to build on the foundation Lizzy, Deanna and Kris have paved.”

Along with being the head coach at Valparaiso, Eberhart brings eight years of head coaching experience with her to South Bend. Prior to being the Beacon’s head coach, she was the head coach at Omaha from 2019-2021, and spent 2013-2016 as the head coach at IUPUI.

In Omaha, she turned around the Maverick program in just two seasons, improving the team’s win total by 16 games in her first full season. In her first season, the 2020 shorted-year, Omaha went 12-12 and had the program’s best opening-month record since 104. The Mavericks closed the season leading the Summit League in eight offensive categories and ranked 24th nationally in home runs and 36th in slugging percentage. She led Omaha to a second-place finish in the Summit League in 2021, one of the highest regular season finishes in Maverick softball history in the Division I era.

Prior to joining Omaha, Eberhart spent the 2017 and 18 seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue. She coached a pair of All-Big 10 honorees and raised the team batting average by .057 points.

As the head coach at IUPUI, she tallied 95 wins, the third-most in program history in just four seasons. The Jaguars program had not earned a winning season in 15 years before Eberhart led the program to a 24-24 record in just her second season. The following year she set a Division I era program record with a 33-18 mark in 2015. After having not reached the conference tournament in 14 seasons, Eberhart led IUPUI to the Summit League Tournament in each of her final three seasons, and made a run to the tournament championship for the first time in program history in 2016.

In her four years, she coached 12 All-Summit League honorees and three NFCA All-Region honorees. The 2015 squad ranked in the top 50 nationally in doubles, home runs and stolen bases, and set the program’s single-season records for homers, fielding percentage and a pitching record for strikeouts.

Eberhart twice served as the volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern, working in Evanston in 2012 and the 2006-07 seasons. There, she helped the Wildcats win a Big Ten title in 2006, and finished as the Women’s College World Series runner-up in 2006 and was a member of the National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Between her stays in Evanston, Eberhart worked in the ACC as the assistant coach at North Carolina State in 2008, before three seasons at Indiana 2009-11.

Eberhart began her coaching career as a volunteer at her alma mater, UIC during the 2005 season. In her playing career, she was named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American as a senior in 2004, and was also the Horizon League Player of the Year. She was a four-time NFCA All-Region honoree and four-time All-Horizon League performer. She is the UIC program record holder for home runs and is second in Flames history in RBI and walks. She was inducted into the UIC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.


The Friends of John Mackey have released the 2022 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

Junior tight end Michael Mayer was among the student-athletes named to the preseason watch list.

Michael Mayer Information:

As a sophomore in 2021, led the Irish with 71 catches, a school record for tight end receptions in a season.

Also set school single-season records for tight end receiving yards (840) and touchdown receptions (seven) in 2021.

His 840 receiving yards were the fourth-highest for any FBS tight end in 2021.

Averaged a team-high 70.0 receiving yards per game in 2021.

Matched the Notre Dame record for tight end receptions in a game with nine (for 120 yards) in the 2021 season opener at Florida State.

Notre Dame career ranks – 18th in total receptions (113), third in tight end receptions (113, record is 140), 10th in receiving yards per game (53.8), third in tight end receiving yards (1,290, record is 1,840), third in tight end touchdown receptions (nine, record is 15)

2022 Walter Camp and The Sporting News Preseason All-American

2022 Maxwell, Biletnikoff, Mackey Award Watch Lists

2021 Associated Press Third Team All-American

2021 Mackey Award Semifinalist

2021, 2022 Biletnikoff a preseason Watch List

2020 The Athletic Freshman First Team All-American

2020 All-ACC Third Team


Jim Lynch, a 1966 National Champion, Maxwell Award Winner and College Football Hall of Famer has passed away at the age of 76.

Lynch was the captain of the 1966 national championship team and a consensus first-team All-American as a senior with the Fighting Irish. He led the ‘66 Irish with 106 tackles and earned the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding college football player.  He also was an Academic All-American and earned a postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.

“I am often asked who was the best player to coach and Jim Lynch always comes to mind,” the late Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian once said about his team captain.

“He was All-America in every sense – talented, hard-nosed, and honest.”

The anchor of two Notre Dame defenses (1965 and 1966) that rank among the most dominating in program history, Lynch would move on to play 11 years in the National Football League for the Kanas City Chiefs helping them to a Super Bowl championship in 1969.


1925       Lou Gehrig’s four-run home run is the difference in the Yankees’ 11-7 victory over the Senators. The New York first baseman’s bases-full homer is the first of a record 23 grand slams he will hit during his 17-year career in the Bronx, which Alex Rodriguez will surpass in 2013.

1928       In a Class C Western Association game, future major league player and manager Paul Richards of the Muskogee Chiefs is summoned from his shortstop position to pitch and uses both hands in his brief appearance on the mound. An unusual confrontation with a switch-hitter briefly results in both the pitcher and the batter continually swapping hands and batter’s boxes, respectively, until the ambidextrous hurler becomes a left-hander and right-hander on alternate pitches, regardless of where the hitter places himself.

1930       Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor hits the eventual game-winning homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The future Hall Famer’s ninth-inning home run beats Philadelphia in the opener, 2-1, and the Massachusetts native also provides the winning margin in the nightcap with a three-run round-tripper in the top of the 13th inning in the team’s 16-15 victory over the A’s at the Baker Bowl.

1939       Using yellow-dyed balls, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park. The experimenting with the colored sphere, designed to make the ball easier to see for the players and the fans, started in Brooklyn last week and will be tested once more in a September game played at Wrigley Field.

1939       At Briggs Stadium, A’s catcher Harry O’Neill appears in his only major league game, replacing Frankie Hayes behind the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with the team trailing the Tigers, 15-3. In 1945, the 27-year-old backstop dies from sniper fire on Iwo Jima, becoming the second player to die in World War II, joining Elmer Gedeon, who lost his life when the Germans shot down his B-26B Marauder attempting to bomb a Nazi target in France.

1941       White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes becomes the first to employ the defensive alignment against the Red Sox outfielder, who foils the plan when he goes 2-for-5, including a double, in Boston’s 10-4 loss to the Pale Hose at Fenway Park. The Chicago skipper will abandon the strategy when ‘the Kid’ collects four hits in ten at-bats in the two-game series.

1944       In the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader, Giants manager Mel Ott orders his pitcher Andy Hansen to issue an intentional walk with the bases loaded to Bill Nicholson. The free pass to Swish, who has hit four home runs in the twin bill, doesn’t work when the Cubs score three runs to tie the game.

1957       With a single, fluke double, game-changing triple, and a prodigious poke, Mickey Mantle collects his only cycle and the twelfth in franchise history. The switch-hitter’s massive home run that nearly clears Yankee Stadium stirs the crowd, but his seventh-inning triple with the bases loaded proves to be the decisive blow in the Yankees’ 10-6 victory over the White Sox.

1960       A’s outfielder Whitey Herzog lines into a triple play when Pedro Ramos snags his line drive, tosses the ball to first to double up the runner, with the third out made with a relay to shortstop Jose Valdivielso getting the runner returning to second base. The three outs in the 8-3 loss to the Senators mark the first all-Cuban triple killing in major league history.

1960       Indians center fielder Jimmy Piersall is ejected for the sixth time this season after ignoring the home plate umpire’s warning to stop running around the outfield with his arms raised during Ted Williams’ plate appearance. The Waterbury (CT) native, restrained by teammates when he charges the ump, is guilty of trying to distract the batter from the field, forbidden by the rule book.

1962       Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush.

1962       The first telecast of a major league via satellite includes a portion of the Cubs 4-3 victory over Phillies from Wrigley Field. Chicago broadcaster Jack Brockhouse provides the play-by-play of the Telstar Communications transmission.

1964       Kansas City’s Bert Campaneris homers off the Twins’ southpaw Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees. The A’s rookie shortstop homers again in the seventh, knotting the score with a two-run round-tripper in the team’s eventual 4-3 victory in 11 innings at Metropolitan Stadium.

1965       Dick Stuart homers in the first inning in the Phillies’ 5-1 win over New York at Shea Stadium. ‘Dr. Strangeglove’, who played in Boston for the last two seasons, becomes the first player to have gone deep in each of the 19 present major league ballparks. (Ed. note – Nineteen ballparks because both Los Angeles teams, the Angels and Dodgers, share the ballpark in Chavez Ravine. – LP)

1967       Mickey Lolich loses his tenth straight game, setting a Tigers’ record for consecutive defeats when Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Yankees at Tiger Stadium. After the contest, the 26-year-old southpaw, who will win nine of his next ten starts for the pennant contenders, is called up to the mobilized 191st National Guard unit to help quell riots in the vicinity of the ballpark.

1969       At Washington’s RFK Stadium, the National League scores early and often to coast to a comfortable 9-3 victory over the AL in the 40th All-Star Game. Cardinals southpaw Steve Carlton, the starting and winning pitcher, hits a double in the third inning off Blue Moon Odom to become the last hurler to get an extra-base hit in a Midsummer Classic contest.

1974       At Three Rivers Stadium, Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star starter, singles and doubles to help the National League beat the Junior circuit, 7-2. Mike Schmidt, also chosen by the fans, plays in his first Midsummer Classic thanks to radio intern Howard Eskin’s on-air campaign, which urged Phillies fans to stuff the ballot box for their young third baseman.

1974       After indicating that he had no interest in the position, Hank Aaron publicly states he would accept an offer to manage the Braves “simply because there are no black managers in baseball.” The superstar’s comments create an awkward situation the next day when Atlanta announces the organization has hired Clyde King to replace Eddie Mathews, dismissed three days ago.

1975       At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the bag, completing the 2-9 play.

1976       Sadaharu Oh, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, becomes the third professional to hit 700 home runs. The 33-year-old Yomiuri Giants slugger, who will finish his career with 868 career homers, is the first player to accomplish the feat in Japan.

1976       Orioles outfielder Reggie Jackson, tying an American League record shared by five players, hits a home run in his sixth consecutive game. The 13th inning round-tripper off Danny Frisella does not help in the Birds’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers, who scored two runs in the top of the frame in the Memorial Stadium contest.

1985       Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle. His seventh-inning home run completes the unique event, but the center fielder adds another round-tripper in the next frame when Texas beats the Indians at Arlington Stadium, 8-4.

2000       Reds third baseman Mike Bell, joining his grandfather and father, becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team. Gus played for Cincinnati from 1953 to 1961, and his son, Mike’s dad, spent the 1987-88 seasons in the Queen City.

2000       The Astros hit four homers in one inning off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes, tying the major league record for round-trippers allowed by one pitcher in a single frame. The second inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and ties a team record with six big flies.

2000       After rejecting a trade to the Mets, 36-year-old Barry Larkin agrees to a three-year, $27 million contract extension to continue to play for the Reds. The deal will keep the former Rookie of the Year (1986), NL’s MVP (1995), and 11-time All-Star shortstop in Cincinnati until 2003.

2000       The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown, delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson, and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star ‘Turkey’ Stearnes.

2002       Hitting three homers in Boston’s 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra, on his 29th birthday, ties the major league record, becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. The contest marks the Red Sox shortstop’s second three-homer game, having accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10th, 1999.

2002       Nomar Garciaparra establishes the record for consecutive home runs in the shortest time in terms of innings. In a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays at Fenway Park, the Red Sox shortstop homers three times in two frames; a pair of two-run homers in the second and a grand slam in the third.

2005       At SBC Park, uniform #36 is added to the second deck of the left-field bleachers, joining nine others when the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37-year-old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.

2006       In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season, with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon, and Joe Nathan adding seven more punchouts over the last four innings.

2006       Adrian Beltre hits the first inside-the-park home run in the eight-year history of Safeco Field. The eighth-inning blast to centerfield comes off Mike Timlin in the Mariners’ 9-8 victory over Boston.

2008       In a slugfest at Angel Stadium, Los Angeles collects a season-high 19 hits, beating the Indians, 14-11. The hit parade is led by Howie Kendrick (4), Jeff Mathis (4), and Casey Kotchman (5), making it the first time in franchise history three different players have had four or more hits in the same game.

2009       Thanks to a spectacular grab by defensive replacement DeWayne Wise of Gabe Kapler’s bid for a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, Mark Buehrle tosses the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 gem over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. The 30-year-old southpaw, who received a congratulatory call from President Obama, a big White Sox fan, becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to throw two hitless games for the team, matching Frank Smith’s accomplishment against the 1905 Tigers and the 1908 A’s.

2010       With a bases-empty homer in the first, a ground-rule double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth, and a single in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 7-4 loss to San Francisco at Chase Field, Kelly Johnson becomes the fourth player in franchise history to complete a cycle. The Arizona second baseman joins Luis Gonzalez (2000), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Stephen Drew (2008) to accomplish the feat with the D-Backs.

2011       For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Mets compile a 50-50 won-loss record after playing one hundred games. New York achieves the dubious distinction when they lose in Florida, 8-5.

2011       The Mariners tie the 1992 franchise record for consecutive defeats by losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 3-1. Seattle’s 14th straight loss results in Boston’s skipper Terry Francona’s 1,000th win as a major league manager.

2013       Wearing their home whites and batting in the bottom of the innings, the visiting Reds drop a 5-3 decision to the Giants in the second game of the twin bill at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The makeup game on the road set up the possibility that an away team could produce a walk-off win for the first time in major league history.

2019       Washington shortstop Trea Turner collects his second career cycle when he doubles in the eight-run seventh inning of the team’s 11-1 victory over the Rockies at Nationals Park. The 26-year-old infielder, becoming the 26th player to complete the deed more than once and the third to do so against the same opponent.

2021       After announcing last year the team would change its name used since 1915 due to complaints from Native American groups and MLB, the Indians will be known as the Guardians, following the conclusion of this season. The team’s new moniker, one of nearly 1,200 suggestions, including the Buckeyes, Spiders, and Walleye, was introduced at a news conference with a moving video narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, a super Indians fan.


New York Yankees (4) vs Chicago Cubs (0)

Anger, emotion and controversy were the big stories of the 1932 Series and that was before the first pitch was ever even thrown. Babe Ruth, the most beloved (and hated) player in all of baseball, lived up to his reputation by ripping apart the Chicago Cubs organization in the press while sticking up for one of his former teammates.

Remembering the contributions of shortstop Mark Koenig to the Yankees’ great teams of 1926-1928, several New York players berated the National League champions for only offering him a half-share of the World Series payoff. Although he had been a late-season acquisition, the former Yankee had batted .353 in thirty-three games for his new team and many felt that he was being cheated.

Chicago tempers were also flared by the return of Joe McCarthy, who had been fired by the Cubs after the 1930 season. Many around the league had felt that the Yank’s new skipper had been unfairly treated after winning the pennant in ’29 and taking his team to second place the following year. However, many of his supporters quickly turned on him after he accepted a position with the hated American League powerhouse. Two years later he walked back onto Wrigley Field in a New York uniform determined to get the “last laugh” over his former employer. He certainly had the advantage this time as the Yankees won the first two games back home in the Bronx and were now locked in a 4-4 stalemate. What would follow has become one of the most memorable and controversial moments in the history of baseball…

With one out in the fifth, Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate and prepared to stare down Chicago’s Charlie Root. “The Bambino” had launched a three-run rocket off of the Cub’s veteran in the first, but took a called strike on the first pitch. Two balls and another strike followed as “The Babe” acknowledged it with a raised hand. Confident that a “K” was coming, the Cubs fans started taunting Ruth from the stands. As the noise level rose to a deafening roar, Ruth pointed to center field (although some contest that he was pointing back at Root) and prepared his wind-up.

Whatever the gesture, it certainly silenced the fans as he delivered the next pitch over the centerfield wall for the go-ahead score. Even Lou Gehrig (who was on-deck at the time) maintained that Ruth had definitely “called his shot” although Root wasn’t buying into the “Sultan of Swing” sensationalism. He was quoted as saying, “If he had, I would have knocked him down with the next pitch.” Ruth never expounded upon the matter and was content with another contribution to baseball folklore. It still remains a mystery.

Gehrig and Ruth both traded two-homer days in a close Game 3 that ended 7-5 in the Yankees’ favor. New York prepared the next day to close out the Cubs for their third consecutive sweep, but did not get off to a good start as they fell behind 4-1 when Chicago’s Frank Demaree knocked a three-run homer in the first. Despite the Cubs’ strong start, New York stormed back, thanks in part to the bat of Tony Lazzeri who had two, two-run homers during a late Yankees rally. In a game that was tied 5-5 for six innings, the Yanks wound up with a 13-6 win and another World Championship.

Although Ruth’s “called shot” was the most widely contested and celebrated moment of the 1932 Series, it was Lou Gehrig who was without a doubt, the biggest hitter. Gehrig went nine-for-seventeen with a .529 average, slugged three homers, scored nine runs and tallied eight RBIs. He was backed up by Bill Dickey, who batted .438, Earle Combs, who hit .375 and Joe Sewell and “the Babe” who both finished with a .333 average. Strangely, the “called shot” would be Ruth’s last homerun in World Series play.


Prior to this All-Star game, the first to be held at night, American League manager Joe McCarthy was publicly accused of being flagrantly partial to his own Yankees when it came to selecting his starters. In a bold and controversial reply, he played the entire game without calling on any of the five Yankees on his bench. Due to the war effort, many of the previous standout players such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Johnny Mize, Pete Reiser and others were absent.

In the first inning, the National League took the lead on a run batted in by Stan Musial, who was making his first of twenty-four straight All-Star appearances. The senior circuit did not hold their lead for long as the American League began its comeback against Mort Cooper. With the junior circuit now up 5-1, Vince DiMaggio stepped up for the National League. He had singled as a pinch-hitter in the fourth and stayed in the game. Next, he tripled off of Tex Hughson in the seventh and scored on a fly ball. In the ninth, he hit a long home run off Hughson. Still, Hughson managed to wrap up yet another American League win for their eighth All-Star victory.


July 23, 1943 – Our Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the Day is from famous sportswriter Grantland Rice in an article found in the 7/23/43 edition of the Harrisburgh Telegraph in Pennsylvania.

Army Inductees Still Barred From Playing College Football

The article by Rice points points out that during this war time era that the Army and Navy placed specialized training schools at college campuses throughout the country to cover the large body of service people that needed training for the war effort. The two branches looked at football of these trainees in totally different points of view. The Naval Command saw the gridiron as a training regimen for its future sailors that gave them excellent workouts for physical conditioning as well as provide tactical planning excercises. The Army beleived that the colleges, with West Point excluded should abandon playing foorball and focus on their studies and training. Grantland Rice put in his two cents worth saying that he felt Navy colleges had a much higher morale in place for their students than their Army counter parts did, one reason was the game of football.

Waller steps down

July 24, 1975 – Ron Waller the 42 year old head coach of the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell resigns his position stating personal reasons according to an article in the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph on July 24, 1975. Bell offensive line coach Joe Gardi took over as the interim coach. There were reports ciruclating that former Green Bay standout Willie Wood was in strong consideration to take over the post as a permanent replacement.

Our Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the Day comes from the July 25, 1976 edition of the Pacific Daily News with their post of:

Steelers romp past all-stars 24-0; Shortened game angers fans

Yes this one tells of the July 24, 1976 final Chicago College All-Star game that was played as 52,895 fans saw the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers blank the college players 24-0. A torrential rain storn hit Soldier Field with 1:22 remaining in the third period and officials decided to call the exhibition contest at that point. This caught the ire of the crowd that was hungry for football and they stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. Pittsburgh kicker Roy Gerela booted three field goals while star running back Franco Harris and upstart Tommy Reamon punched in third quarter TDs for the Champs before the rain. This game ended the tradition of the NFL champions playing a Rookie all-Star team for fear by teams of getting a player injured.

Seattle losing roof

July 23, 1994 – It is determined by safety engineering authorities that all of the Seattle Kingdome’s 40,000 ceiling tiles needed to be replaced. Apparently during repairs on the outside of the dome contractors had trouble removing the old roof material using a dry sand blasting method so they tried using a pressure washer to remove the coating. Water apparently seaped into the inside where the 26 pound ceiling tiles were and 4 of these crashed into the empty stands prior to a Seattle Mariners game while the team was warming up. With the cost of replalcment being too large to justify plans for a new stadium went into action.

The Kingdome was the home of the Seahawks, the NBA’s SuperSonics, MLB’s Seattle Mariners and the now defunct North American Soccer League’s Seattle Sounders. It serviced these teams from 1976 through the 1998. In 1999 the Dome was purposely imploded as a new stadium was being built, Centurylink Stadium, for the Seahawks and their fans, the “12th Man” to enjoy autumn Sunday afternoons in.

Minister of Defense Returns

July 23, 2000 – The great Reggie White ended his retirement and returned to the NFL to play with the Carolina Panthers. The defensive lineman added 5.5 sacks a forced fumble and 16 tackles to his career resume that season according to the NFL.com. White ended his career with 198 sacks officially in 2nd place, 2 QB take downs behind Bruce Smith’s 200 sacks.

July 23 football birthdays

July 23, 1976 – Matt Birk a center from Harvard University was born on this day. Mr. Birk was drafted as the 173rd overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The center was selected to the Pro Bowl 6 times wearing the Minnesota uniform. After playing 10 seasons with the Vikes he moved on to play with the Baltimore Ravens for an addtional 4 seasons.

July 23, 1989 – K.J. Wright a linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks is birthday celebrator on this day as well. Mr. Wright was selected to represent the NFC in the 2016 season’s Pro Bowl.


1 – 47 – 25 – 22

July 12, 1945 – Boston Brave outfielder Tommy Holmes, in his Number 1 Uniform was on a mission during this 1945 MLB season. Going into the game againt the Chicago Cubs on this day he had hit safely in a National League record of 37 games. The Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 and put a stop to Holmes’ streak. The record of Tommy H. from 1945 stood all the way to 1978 when Pete Rose (Number 14) sailed past it with 44 games, eventhough a couple of players reached 31 including Willie Davis (Number 3)in 1969, and Rico Carty (Number 25) in 1970.

July 12, 1946 – Vance Dinges, Number 47 hit the only Philadelphia Phillies pinch hit inside-the-park Home Run in franchise history.

July 12, 1949 – The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams signed Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract. The Dutchman played for the Rams through the 1957 season. In his last three seasons of 1958 through 1960 he played with the Philadelphia Eagles even winning an NFL Championship with each team, the Rams in 1951 and the Eagles in 1960. He wore Number 25 for his first few years on the Rams and then switched to the number he would wear the reaminder of his career, Number 11.

July 12, 1951 – The New York Yankees pitcher known as Allie Reynolds, Number 22 threw a no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 Yanks win.

July 12, 1954 – The MLBPA was founded to help players have their rights protected in an organized union.

July 12, 1979 – In one of the most bizzare forfeits of all time, “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park was the promotion in between the games of a double header between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The promotion was a success in the fact that fans actively participated , however when the crowd went wild and stormed the field destroying the disco records it caused game officials to declare that the White Sox had to forfeit second game of the twinbill. FOr the promotion local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up disco records in between games. It did not go to plan as midway through the first game records started to fly out of the stands frisbee style on to the playing field causing delays while attendants had to remove them so that players would not get hurt. Police arrested 39 people after the mob stormed the field setting fires that destroyed a batting cage, pulling up bases and other vandalism.


1827 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)

1866 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms

1868 All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded as The All England Croquet Club; 1877 name changed to The All England Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club

1902 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)

1907 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles

1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers

1938 Australian cricketer Don Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test

1944 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

1949 Test Cricket debut of England’s Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days

1955 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs

1956 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

1960 US Open Women’s Golf, Worcester CC: Betsy Rawls wins her 4th Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joyce Ziske

1964 Kansas City A’s Bert Campaneris HRs on 1st pitch he sees from Twins’ Jim Kaat, adds a 2nd HR later, also off of Kaat (in Minnesota)

1965 Dick Stuart homers in a major league-record 23rd different park

1966 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)

1967 54th Tour de France won by Roger Pingeon of France

1969 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

1974 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts

1974 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)

1975 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

1976 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)

1976 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

1978 US Open Women’s Golf, CC of Indianapolis: Hollis Stacy successfully defends title by 1 stroke from Sally Little and JoAnne Carner

1978 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th MLB pitcher to win 200

1978 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game

1978 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

1979 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

1984 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save

1987 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year’s World Series

1989 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

1989 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA

1990 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America

1991 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5

1993 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st

1994 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits

1994 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC

1994 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC

1994 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American Tom Wargo wins by 2 strokes from Bob Charles and Doug Dalziel

1995 British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: Controversial American John Daly wins his 2nd major title by 4 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with Costantino Rocca of Italy

2000 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles

2000 US Open Women’s Golf, Merit Club: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon; third of Webb’s 7 major titles

2000 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

2006 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd consecutive Open Championship title and 3rd overall; holds off fellow American Chris DiMarco by 2 strokes

2006 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain

2009 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0

2017 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Jordan Spieth wins by 3 strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar

2019 Nike’s Jordan Brand signs 2019 NBA #1 draft pick Zion Williamson to richest multiyear sponsorship deal for a rookie in history; estimated 7 years for $75 million

2021 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially open at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

2021 MLB Cleveland Indians announce team will be re-named the Guardians, after the Guardians of Traffic, eight large Art Deco statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, located near their playing field


Tour de France8:00amUSA
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship5:30amGOLF
Senior British Open9:00amGOLF
Senior British Open12:00pmNBC
PGA Tour: 3M Open1:00pmGOLF
PGA Tour: 3M Open3:00pmCBS
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox1:10pmESPN+
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Houston at Seattle4:10pmFS1
Root Sports
Toronto at Boston4:10pmNESN
Chi. Cubs at Philadelphia6:05pmMARQ
Minnesota at Detroit6:10pmBally Sports
St. Louis at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
Miami at Pittsburgh7:05pmATTSN-PIT
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NY Yankees at Baltimore7:05pmYES
San Diego at NY Mets7:10pmSNY
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Colorado at Milwaukee7:10pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Kansas City7:10pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox7:15pmFOX
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San Francisco at LA Dodgers7:15pmFOX
LA Angels at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
Washington at Arizona8:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Oakland9:07pmFS1
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NASCAR Truck: CRC Brakeleen 15012:00pmFS1
IndyCar: Hy-VeeDeals.com 2504:00pmNBC
Xfinity: Explore The Pocono Mountains 2255:00pmUSA
Club Friendly: Urawa Reds vs PSG6:00amCBSSN
Club Friendly: Ajax vs Eintracht Frankfurt9:00amESPN+
Club Friendly: Borussia M’gladbach vs Real Sociedad9:30amESPN+
Club Friendly: Stuttgart vs Valencia9:30amESPN+
UEFA Women’s Euro Quartefinals: France vs Netherlands3:00pmESPN2
Africa Women Cup of Nations Final4:00pmbeIN Sports
Club Friendly: Bayern München vs Manchester City7:00pmESPN
MLS: New York City vs Inter Miami7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Columbus Crew vs New England7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs Charlotte7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Philadelphia Union7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs Nashville SC7:30pmESPN+
Florida Cup: Arsenal vs Chelsea8:00pmESPN+
MLS: DC United vs CF Montréal8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United8:30pmESPN+
MLS: Sporting KC vs Los Angeles FC8:30pmESPN+
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Dallas10:00pmESPN+
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Chicago Fire10:00pmESPN+
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids10:00pmESPN+
MLS: Portland Timbers vs SJ Earthquakes10:30pmESPN+
World Championships2:00pmNBC
World Championships8:00pmCNBC
Chicago at New York7:00pmNBATV
Los Angeles at Las Vegas10:00pmNBATV


Tour de France10:00amUSA
LPGA Tour: Evian Championship5:30amGOLF
Senior British Open9:00amGOLF
Senior British Open12:00pmNBC
PGA Tour: 3M Open1:00pmGOLF
PGA Tour: 3M Open3:00pmCBS
Chi. Cubs at Philadelphia12:05pmPeacock
Toronto at Boston1:35pmNESN
Miami at Pittsburgh1:35pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
NY Yankees at Baltimore1:35pmYES
LA Angels at Atlanta1:35pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Detroit1:40pmBally Sports
St. Louis at Cincinnati1:40pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Chi. White Sox2:10pmBally Sports
Colorado at Milwaukee2:10pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Oakland4:07pmMLBN
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San Francisco at LA Dodgers4:10pmNBCS-BAY
Washington at Arizona4:10pmMLBN
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Houston at Seattle4:10pmRoot Sports
San Diego at NY Mets7:00pmESPN
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Formula One: French Grand Prix9:00amESPN
IndyCar: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 3003:00pmNBC
NASCAR Cup: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 4003:00pmUSA
NHRA: Sonoma Nationals4:00pmFOX
First Division A: Club Brugge vs Genk7:30amESPN+
First Division A: Mechelen vs Antwerp10:00amESPN+
Copa América Femenina 5th Place Match8:00pmFS2
MLS: Austin vs New York RB8:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Pachuca vs Pumas UNAM8:00pmUniMas
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United9:30pmFS1
Dallas at Indiana3:00pmNBATV
Atlanta at Seattle6:00pmNBATV


NY YANKEES6530.68437 – 1228 – 1831 – 1519 – 610 – 64 – 6W 1
TAMPA BAY5241.5591231 – 1821 – 2323 – 177 – 912 – 97 – 3W 2
TORONTO5143.54313.530 – 1921 – 2417 – 1813 – 1015 – 116 – 4W 4
BOSTON4846.51116.523 – 2125 – 2512 – 2712 – 719 – 73 – 7L 3
BALTIMORE4647.4951825 – 1821 – 2916 – 2211 – 1312 – 87 – 3L 2
MINNESOTA5044.53227 – 2223 – 2213 – 1023 – 1910 – 93 – 7L 1
CLEVELAND4744.5161.525 – 1922 – 256 – 1024 – 199 – 87 – 3W 4
CHI WHITE SOX4647.4953.519 – 2627 – 2114 – 1518 – 207 – 96 – 4L 1
DETROIT3856.4041223 – 2415 – 327 – 1419 – 244 – 112 – 8L 1
KANSAS CITY3657.38713.519 – 2817 – 295 – 1318 – 209 – 165 – 5L 4
HOUSTON6232.66030 – 1432 – 188 – 816 – 430 – 167 – 3W 3
SEATTLE5143.5431124 – 2127 – 2212 – 157 – 624 – 179 – 1L 1
TEXAS4250.4571921 – 2621 – 245 – 1111 – 817 – 243 – 7L 1
LA ANGELS3954.41922.522 – 2717 – 276 – 189 – 518 – 191 – 9L 4
OAKLAND3462.3542913 – 3221 – 3010 – 1610 – 1612 – 255 – 5W 2
NY METS5836.61728 – 1630 – 2028 – 1212 – 513 – 116 – 4L 2
ATLANTA5738.6001.532 – 2025 – 1822 – 1417 – 1013 – 117 – 3W 1
PHILADELPHIA4944.5278.524 – 2225 – 2218 – 198 – 616 – 115 – 5L 1
MIAMI4449.47313.522 – 2322 – 2624 – 196 – 89 – 144 – 6W 1
WASHINGTON3164.32627.515 – 3616 – 288 – 369 – 89 – 121 – 9L 1
MILWAUKEE5143.54322 – 1929 – 2411 – 1328 – 195 – 84 – 6W 1
ST. LOUIS5045.5261.529 – 2021 – 2510 – 1424 – 1510 – 75 – 5L 1
PITTSBURGH3955.4151220 – 2419 – 316 – 1018 – 2713 – 115 – 5L 1
CHI CUBS3657.38714.518 – 3218 – 255 – 620 – 217 – 182 – 8W 2
CINCINNATI3557.3801519 – 2816 – 295 – 913 – 218 – 217 – 3W 1
LA DODGERS6230.67432 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 623 – 119 – 1W 6
SAN DIEGO5342.55810.525 – 2128 – 2113 – 919 – 1020 – 204 – 6W 1
SAN FRANCISCO4845.51614.526 – 2222 – 2314 – 1311 – 1016 – 166 – 4L 2
COLORADO4351.4572028 – 2315 – 288 – 198 – 621 – 186 – 4L 2
ARIZONA4152.44121.523 – 2618 – 2613 – 1010 – 1112 – 274 – 6W 2