Friday, Jun 17



BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) For every Collin Morikawa and his back-to-back years winning a major is a Joel Dahmen, who only four years ago would have thrilled to even play in one.

Jon Rahm is the defending U.S. Open champion, one shot out of the lead. He will be playing on the weekend at The Country Club with Hayden Buckley, who studied while playing at Missouri because he figured he’d need to find a job after college.

The dozen players separated by two shots going into the weekend include the top three players in the world ranking and four of the top seven – Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Morikawa.

“I think it’s great for the game of golf that the highest-ranked players and the best players are up there, especially in the tournament where truly the best player ends up winning,” Rahm said.

It also includes two PGA Tour rookies and two players who have never won on tour.

Indeed, this U.S. Open has something for everyone. It just doesn’t have Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut by eight shots.

Morikawa was searching for something in his game and found a “baby draw” instead of his traditional fade, and it’s been working beautifully at Brookline. He matched the low score of the championship Friday with a 4-under 66 for a share of the lead with Dahmen, the cancer survivor and popular everyman in golf.

Rahm did his best keep pace with an eagle and a series of big par putts that felt just as valuable. Rahm had a 67 and was in the group of five players one shot behind. That included McIlroy, coming of a win at the Canadian Open, who was never more entertaining.

McIlroy was two holes into his round when an errant approach landed in waist-high fescue. He took a hack. And then another. The third try finally found the green, and he holed a 25-foot putt to salvage a double bogey.

McIlroy hit his stride on the back nine with three birdies over his last four holes for a 69.

“After 36 holes in a major championship, that’s all you want to do is put yourself right in the mix going into the weekend,” McIlroy said. “For a little part of the day there, it seemed like I was going to be a few more behind. But I dug deep and played the last eight holes really, really well.”

Not to be overlooked was Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, who chipped in from thick rough short of the par-5 14th green for an eagle that brought the Texan back into the mix with a 67. He was two shots behind.

Morikawa, Rahm and Scheffler have combined to win four of the last nine majors. And then there’s McIlroy, who has four majors by himself, but none since 2014.

“It’s the U.S. Open. No one has taken it deep so far and kind of run away,” Morikawa said. “The last few days is a huge confidence booster for me heading into this weekend, and hopefully we can kind of make some separation somehow.”

The idea of the U.S. Open is to identify the best players. Some of them require some introductions to major championship contention on the weekend.

Start with Dahmen, who will never be accused of taking himself too seriously, even if he takes his game seriously. He thought about withdrawing from the 36-hole qualifier twice last week, before it started and after the first round.

But he stuck it out, and with a 68 on Friday, plays in the final group of a major for the first time. He joined Morikawa at 5-under 135.

“We don’t tee off until 3:45 tomorrow. I typically have to be home at 5 for dinner,” Dahmen said. “So this will be different, for sure.”

The group one shot behind includes Buckley, who wasn’t in the U.S. Open until making a 20-foot birdie putt in a playoff for the last spot in his qualifier 11 days ago.

He was fading, like so many others, with three bogeys during a five-hole stretch around the turn when he got back on track. Birdies on the last two holes gave him another 68.

Also at 136 were Aaron Wise, with one PGA Tour victory and nothing better than a tie for 17th in his nine previous majors; and Beau Hossler, who featured on the weekend at Olympic Club as a teenage amateur in 2012 but hasn’t been heard of since then in the majors.

They were examples that the U.S. Open being open to all doesn’t just stop with qualifying for the right to play the toughest test in golf.

The weekend won’t have Mickelson, hardly a surprise. He took a four-month hiatus over his inflammatory remarks about the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed league he was promoting, wound up joining LIV Golf and returned to competition last week with poor results.

The U.S. Open was a slightly stronger test and Mickelson was exposed, particularly on the greens, with rounds of 78-73 to miss the cut. His next stop is Oregon in two weeks for another LIV Golf event, 54 holes and no cut.

McIlroy never panicked after his double bogey. He took advantage of the birdie chances on the drivable par-4 fifth and the short par-5 eighth. And he finished strong to get right in the mix, his main goal going into the weekend.

Adding to the anticipation for McIlroy was seeing so many familiar names at the top.

“You want to go up against the best to try to bring the best out of yourself,” McIlroy said. “And to see Collin and Jon and Scottie and Sam (Burns) up there and whoever else, that’s what major championship golf is all about. That’s what competition is all about.

“And that’s at the heart of this game. I’m excited to be in that mix going into the weekend.”


BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) Phil Mickelson’s tee shot on No. 3 landed in the rough to the right, and when he arrived at his ball he saw a man sitting on the ground, holding an icepack to his right temple, with medical staff gathered around.

Mickelson went over and gave the man a glove and apologized. One problem: It was Sam Horsfield’s shot from the neighboring sixth hole that hit him.

“It’s just instinct,” Mickelson said, drawing laughter from the gallery. “I would normally think it’s me.”

That’s how things went for the six-time U.S. Open runner-up at The Country Club this week: a series of apologies, interrupted by a whole lot of bad golf shots.

“Wish I had played better,” Mickelson, who declined to talk to reporters, said in a transcript that was distributed by the USGA on Friday after he followed a first-round 78 with a 3-over 73 to miss the cut.

The plus-11 finish left him in the clubhouse ahead of just one PGA Tour regular and far beneath the projected cut line of 4 over.

“It was OK. I had a good day,” he said.

A six-time major champion who has become the face of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour, Mickelson was competing on American soil for the first time in more than four months. But if the fans held his cash grab against him, they didn’t let it show.

“Phil, liven it up!”

“Long live Phil!”

“You’ve got work to do!”

“A 62 makes the cut, Phil!”

“You and me forever, baby!”

“Call it a comeback, Phil!”

And fans in a tent next to the sixth tee sang him “Happy Birthday.”

“The fans here have always been terrific, and they really support all sports,” Mickelson said, according to the transcript. “I love it when we bring golf here because they create a really special atmosphere.”

But Mickelson had little else to smile about. Starting on the 10th hole, he made back-to-back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13-14-15 and needed a 15-footer to save par on the third hole after nearly winding up in the gallery with his drive.

He wasn’t as lucky on No. 4, a 493-yard par 4, where he missed a 12-foot par putt and left himself almost as much coming back for bogey. But the 52-year-old left-hander – his birthday was actually Thursday – followed with back-to-back birdies.

He sank a 43-foot putt from the front apron on the fifth hole and an even longer one on the sixth, both times acknowledging the crowd’s cheers with a thumbs-up and wave. On his way to the seventh tee, he gave his ball to a 9-year-old girl standing by the ropes.

“I enjoyed the week,” said Mickelson, who left Brookline still needing a U.S. Open victory to complete his career Grand Slam. “It was spectacular to come back to such a historic course, and I thought the setup was remarkable. Just really showcased what a special place this is.”


CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs became the first team in 23 years to stop a losing streak of 10 or more game while ending an opponent’s winning streak of at least 10 games, beating the Braves 1-0 Friday to halt the Braves’ 14-game run.

Rookie Christoper Morel hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, helping the Cubs stop a 10-game slide, their longest since 12 straight losses from last Aug. 5-16.

Atlanta’s 14 consecutive wins were the most for the Braves since their post-1900 record of 15 from April 16 to May 2, 2000.

Morel drove in the game’s only run against reliever A.J Minter after striking out in his first three at-bats, then getting some advice from catcher Willson Contreras.

“It helped me concentrate on what I needed to do, what to focus on with that tough lefty,” Morel said. “Willson talked to me and told me, “Don’t look for stuff low around the plate. Look high.'”

A pair of double-digit streaks had not ended in the same game since Philadelphia beat Houston on Sept. 15, 1999, ending the Phillies’ skid at 11 and the Brewers’ winning streak at 12.

Chicago had not won 1-0 since May 28 last year against Cincinnati. The Braves lost 1-0 for the second time this year following a defeat at Milwaukee on May 16.

Minter (2-1) walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar leading off the eighth. He advanced on Andrelton Simmons’ sacrifice, stole third without a throw on Minter’s 2-1 pitch in the dirt to Morel and scored on Morel’s 277-foot fly to center with a steady wind blowing in at Wrigley Field.

Villar slid home headfirst as Michael Harris II’s throw was slightly up the first-base line.

With Chicago wearing unusual dark blue jerseys and pants with light blue letters, Chris Martin (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for his first win with for the Cubs.

Atlanta loaded the bases against David Robertson in the ninth on two walks and a hit batter before Orlando Arcia grounded out. Robertson got his eighth save in 10 chances, completing a two-hitter on a day both teams combined for just five hits.

It was Atlanta’s first defeat since May 31 at Arizona.

“The first loss in June is good when you’re in the middle of the month,” said Matt Olson, who struck one of fourth deep flies that may have been held by wind.

“Our game is to get the ball in the air and we kind of got beat back here today,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

Keegan Thompson, coming off poor outings at Baltimore and the New York Yankees, struck out a career-high nine while allowing two hits and two walks in six-plus scoreless innings – his longest big league outing.

“I think there was a conscious effort for us today to throw more fastballs,” Thompson said. “I haven’t had a lot of damage done so far off the fastball this year and I had kind of gotten away from the four-seam fastball the last two outings.”

Mychal Givens struck out Arcia with two on to end the seventh.

Charlie Morton struck out nine, walked none and allowed three hits.

Contreras narrowly missed a homer on a drive off the left-center wall with two in the sixth. Left fielder Adam Duvall played the ball perfectly and held him to a single.


Arcia got a strange double in the fifth when his shallow pop down the right-field line dropped just fair. Jason Heyward, a five-time Gold Glove winner, slipped and fell on his backside about 10 feet short of the ball.


Braves: RHP Collin McHugh, placed on the COVID-19 injured list on June 7, rejoined the team.

Cubs: 1B Frank Schwindel left in the second with low back tightness that flared while he was running to first on a groundout. Schwindel, who slowed about three-quarters of the way down the line, was replaced by P.J.Higgins. . OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is progressing slowly and has started taking swings with a bat but without being pitched to, manager David Ross said. . RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) has resumed light throwing.


Braves RHP Kyle Wright (7-3, 2.57) faces Cubs LHP Justin Steele (1-5, 4.33) on Saturday.


TORONTO (AP) Anthony Rizzo capped the Yankees’ eight-run fifth inning with a grand slam off the facing of the third deck in right, and New York extended its winning streak to eight with a 12-3 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

New York has won 15 of its last 16 and at 48-16 is off to its best start since 1998.

“It’s almost like we’re losing every day, we’re coming out here so hungry,” left-hander Jordan Montgomery said. “We’re just having the memory of a goldfish.”

The Yankees opened an 11-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East.

“It’s not something that you want to get too caught up in here in the middle of June,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “You just want to keep stacking up as many victories as you can.”

Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, and Joey Gallo also homered for the Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 105 home runs and have allowed 49, one more than the big league-low total of San Francisco entering Friday. New York has 17 homers in its past six games.

Montgomery (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 in his last five outings.

“That’s a tough lineup for him to go through with all those really good right-handed hitters,” Boone said. “He was in command.”

New York, which outhit Toronto 14-5, has won Mongomery’s past five starts.

Stripling (3-2) led 1-0 in the fourth, extending his shutout streak to 16 2/3 innings, before Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double and scored on Kyle Higashioka’s grounder.

New York set a season high for runs in an inning in the fifth, when Rizzo was hit by a pitch leading off.

“When I get hit by pitches, I feel like it really locks me in more, just staying on the ball,” Rizzo said. “The last few weeks, I just needed to get hit. I went in a big slump of not getting hit for two or three weeks. It ended up being an inside joke in here. The way I take pitches is different, I guess.”

Stanton followed with his 14th homer this season and the 361st of his career, tying Joe DiMaggio. LeMahieu hit the next pitch for a 5-1 lead.

Gallo’s RBI double chased Trent Thornton, and Rizzo homered on a thigh-high curveball from Trevor Richards, causing catcher Gabriel Moreno to droop his head.

“That’s kind of the knockout blow right there,” Boone said.

Rizzo’s sixth career slam, a 435-foot drive, was his first slam for the Yankees and 17th home run this season. He has homered six times in 13 games, including a game-ending drive against Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Gallo, who had three RBIs, added a two-run homer in the ninth off Casey Lawrence, Gallo’s ninth home run this season.

LeMahieu had three hits and Rizzo reached base four times.

It was the second straight blowout defeat for the Blue Jays, who gave up six runs in the third inning Thursday in a 10-2 loss to Baltimore. It’s the first time this season Toronto has allowed its opponent to score double digit runs in consecutive games.

Alejandro Kirk hit his sixth home run in the sixth as the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees for the seventh time in 10 games this year.

“We know we’re better than what we showed tonight,” Stripling said

Stripling gave up two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.


Yankees: RHP Luis Severino will start Sunday’s series finalem manager Aaron Boone said. Severino was cleared to rejoin the team Thursday night, hours after being scratched from his scheduled start against Tampa Bay and put on the COVID-19 IL. After the Yankees beat the Rays Thursday, Boone said Severino had tested negative. Sunday will be Severino’s 100th career start.

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (right foot) was not available. Bichette left Thursday’s game after seven innings, one inning after fouling a pitch off his foot. . 3B Matt Chapman returned after sitting out Thursday because of a sore left wrist.


Toronto optioned RHP Jeremy Beasley and LHP Matt Gage to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled RHP Casey Lawrence and INF Otto Lopez from the Bisons.


New York leads the major leagues with 19 comeback wins this season.


Toronto pitchers allowed 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since doing so in three straight, Sept. 15-17, 2020, against the Yankees.


Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (7-1, 2.93) starts Saturday afternoon against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (8-1, 1.67). Manoah is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.


SEATTLE (AP) Robbie Ray lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning on a grounder that bounced off his own glove in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Ray lost his bid when Max Stassi hit a high chopper toward the mound that went right over the pitcher’s head. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t jump, and the ball skipped off the top of his glove, giving Stassi time to beat out an infield single.

The left-hander winced, then looked toward the outfield scoreboard to see the ruling from the official scorer. He smiled when Stassi was awarded a hit, ending a run of 18 consecutive batters retired.

Ray finished the seventh and came back out for the eighth, when Juan Lagares led off with a triple and scored on Andrew Velazquez’s double. Ray was pulled after that, charged with a run three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. He got a big ovation when manager Scott Servais came for the ball.

The Angels were one out away from being no-hit by the Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson on Wednesday, and the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon had a perfect game against Los Angeles until the eighth inning on June 2. The Angels are the first team to break up no-hit bids after the sixth inning three times in the same month since the Houston Astros in 1984, per STATS.

Julio Rodriguez had three hits, Ty France drove in three and Cal Raleigh hit his eighth homer of the season for Seattle.

Raleigh connected in the second, a solo shot that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. Rodriguez singled and scored in the first and added an RBI single in the third, and the Mariners blew it open in the fourth when Ty France cleared the bases with a double.

Raleigh doubled in the sixth and scored on a single from Taylor Trammell.

Roenis Elias finished the game for Seattle with a scoreless ninth inning. The Angels finished the night with four hits, two of them from Stassi.


Mariners slugger Justin Upton was hit in the head by a pitch in the fifth inning on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Upton was down on the field for several minutes and was replaced by Dylan Moore.

Upton, a four-time All-Star released by the Angels in spring training, signed with the Mariners on May 21 and hit .200 with two homers and six RBIs in 12 games with the Rainiers. The 34-year-old ranks seventh among active players with 324 career home runs.

INF/OF Sam Haggerty was sent down to Triple-A after hitting .188 in 13 games this season for Seattle.


P/OF Shohei Ohtani was not in the starting lineup Friday in advance of Saturday’s doubleheader. Ohtani had two hits at the plate in Thursday’s game and also pitched six shutout innings. Interim manager Phil Nevin said Ohtani will play both games Saturday.


Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon will undergo season-ending surgery next week for a subluxing tendon in his right wrist, the Angels announced Friday. Rendon hit .228 this season with five homers and 24 RBI in 45 games.

Up Next

Angels: The Angels will start Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.83) on Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against Seattle. The Angels have not announced their starter for Game Two.

Mariners: Seattle will start Chris Flexen (2-8, 4.30) in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mariners have not a starter for Game Two.


CINCINNATI (AP) Keston Hiura hit a tiebreaking home run off Ross Detwiler in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a battle of long balls on Friday night for their third win 13 games.

Hunter Renfroe’s three-run homer in the fourth and Willy Adames’ solo shot in the fifth built a 4-0 lead against Hunter Greene on a night every run scored on a homer.

Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham followed with solo drives in the sixth on Eric Lauer’s first two pitches of the inning to tie the score 4-4.

Detwiler (0-1) entered with one out in the seventh and Hiura, the No. 9 batter, hit a first-pitch fastball the opposite way to right-center.

“At the end of the day, everyone matters, regardless of who we’re playing,” Hiura said. “It was good to see everyone contribute, top to bottom.”

Lauer (6-2), who had been 0-3 with a 6.60 ERA since winning at St. Louis in May 26, gave up four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

“Length is something we haven’t been getting lately, unfortunately,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “His pitch count was great. To pitch into the seventh was a big deal. He was aggressive in the zone. That was a big deal. He threw a lot of quality pitches in the strike zone.”

Miguel Sanchez got the last two outs of the seventh, Devin Williams pitched a one-hit eighth and Brad Boxberger stranded two runners for his first save since last Aug. 2.

Pinch-hitter Joey Votto just missed a winning home run, flying out to the center field warning track for the final out with two on.

“It was a great swing by Votto,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It just came up a bit short. Putting an at-bat like that together is what you expect, but it’s not easy..”

Greene, who allowed five home runs to the Brewers on May 2, allowed four runs, four hits and two walks in five innings, raising his ERA to 5.26.

“I just failed to execute some of my pitches and they capitalized on them,” Greene said. “This being my third time facing them, they’ve seen all of my pitches. I really have to emphasize executing all of my pitches.”


Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino, serving an 80-game suspension following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Clomiphene, was sent to Double-A Biloxi on a rehabilitation assignment. Barring any Brewers’ rainouts, Severino would be eligible to return to the Brewers on July 3 at Pittsburgh. The Brewers also assigned OF Corey Ray outrigh to Triple-A Nashville and sent RHP Jandel Gustave (hamstring) to Nashville on rehab assignment.


Mike Moustakas singled to Renfroe in the sixth sharply enough for the right fielder to try throwing him out at first base. The play would’ve been close, but the throw was high.


Third base umpire Ryan Blakney was hit in the upper back by a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee’s Tyrone Taylor in the fourth inning. Blakney was uninjured. The ball was foul.


Before he homered in the fifth, Adames hit a foul top that trickled up the third base line and stopped. Adames walked over, leaned down and putted the ball to the approaching batboy.


Brewers: LHP Aaron Ashby felt good, one day after leaving Milwaukee’s game in the fifth inning with left elbow soreness, manager Craig Counsell said. . INF Kolten Wong (right calf) is “trending toward” being ready to play when Milwaukee returns home to face Wong’s former team, St. Louis, on Monday, Counsell said.

Reds: Votto was scratched from manager David Bell’s original starting lineup, getting a day off. . RHP Tony Santilla (lower back) was placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Tuesday. . IF/OF Max Schrock (left calf strain) was activated from the 60-day IL. . RHP Lucas Sims (bulging disk) was transferred to the 60-day IL. . LHP Nick Lodolo (lower right back strain) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville at Durham on Saturday.


Brewers: Rookie RHP Jason Alexander (0-0) is scheduled to make his fourth career start and first against the Reds on Saturday. Cincinnati RHP Graham Ashcraft (3-0) allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings at St. Louis last Sunday.


BOSTON (AP) Michael Wacha pitched neatly into the sixth inning against his former team and the Boston Red Sox shut down St. Louis’ rally in the ninth, holding off the Cardinals 6-5 Friday night.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals trailed 6-1 going into the ninth and reliever Austin Davis retired the first two batters.

But Dylan Carlson doubled, Harrison Bader tripled and Andrew Knizner was hit with a pitch, ending Davis’ outing. Reliever Tanner Houck gave up an RBI double to Tommy Edman that made it 6-3 and a two-run double to Brendan Donovan.

Paul Goldschmidt then was called out on strikes, giving Houck his third save.

“Good rally,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Guys took some pretty good at-bats, strung together some quality at-bats. You go down the line and it’s a pretty solid string of quality.”

Trevor Story and Rafael Devers each drove in two runs for Boston. Nolan Arenado hit his 12th homer for the Cardinals.

Wacha (5-1) allowed one run on six hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five.

“Today felt like it was a special Friday night, with their fans, with our fans,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “That last inning got interesting, but you expect that against them. They play just like us, until the last out.”

Wacha made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2013 and helped them reach the World Series against Boston. He beat the Red Sox in Game 2, but was the starter and losing pitcher in Game 6 at Fenway Park as Boston won the championship.

“I tried not to let myself think about it too much,” Wacha said of facing his former team. “Tried to just approach it like any other start, any other game.”

“Obviously, there’s a lot of good friends and good buddies over there. So, I was just trying not to make too much eye contact with them and let my thoughts kind of wander, but just kind of focus on making quality pitches and giving this team a chance to win a ballgame. So, it was a fun night,” he said.

Adam Wainwright (5-5) went 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. A former teammate with Wacha on the Cardinals, Wainwright struck out five and a hit batter.

Jarren Duran led off the Boston first with a triple and later scored when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play.

“I was disappointed in a couple of pitches,” Wainwright said. “I had command most of the time, but made a couple of fastball mistakes, cost me a couple of runs there. It could have been good. I wish we could have held them there. We probably would have won the game. We didn’t.”

Story’s one-out single in the fourth drove in Martinez, who opened the inning with a single, and Xander Bogaerts, who doubled. It was the first time Story had multiple RBIs in a game since June 3.

Devers hit a two-run single during a three-run seventh that made it 6-1.


Cardinals: Before the game, C Yadier Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday, with right knee inflammation. He is expected to be shut down for at least a week. C Ivan Herrera was called up from Triple-A Memphis to take his place on the roster.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale, out all season with a right rib fracture, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Monday in the Florida Complex League. He is expected to pitch two innings. Cora said the goal is for Sale to throw five innings in a rehab game before he returns to the major leagues. … Cora said RHP Nate Eovaldi is progressing from low back inflammation more slowly than the club expected. Eovaldi has been on the IL since June 9. … RHP Garrett Whitlock, who has been on the IL since June 9 with right hip inflammation, has started playing catch. … OF Kike Hernandez, on the IL since June 8 with a right hip flexor strain, took batting practice on the field before the game and is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday against LHP Josh Taylor, who has been out all season with a low back strain. If Taylor comes through that session with no problems, he could begin a rehab assignment next week.


Red Sox RHP Kutter Crawford (1-1, 5.74 ERA) is scheduled to face Cardinals RHP Dakota Hudson (4-3, 3.29). This will be Crawford’s second start of the season – in his last start, June 12 at Seattle, he took a no-decision, going five scoreless innings and allowing one hit with seven strikeouts. Hudson took the loss in his last outing, June 12 against Cincinnati, giving up season highs of six runs and nine hits over seven innings.


DETROIT (AP) Jonah Heim doubled, homered and drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers beat Detroit 7-0 on Friday night, extending the Tigers’ losing streak to six games.

Jon Gray (2-3) pitched seven scoreless innings to end a five-start winless streak. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

“I think we had a tough start to the season, but we know when our guys are playing well, we’re going to be a really hard team to beat,” Gray said. “We’re definitely headed in that direction.”

Tigers ace Tarik Skubal (5-4) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings. The Tigers have been outscored 43-7 in the six losses and have scored one run in their last 35 innings.

“We’re all tired of it, but I don’t have a better answer,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Usually I do, but I don’t. We can’t be this bad this long. That’s obvious.”

Unlike Thursday’s 3-1 win, when Texas didn’t score until there were two out in the ninth, the Rangers were quickly out of the gate against Skubal.

Marcus Seimen walked to start the game and Corey Seager singled. Adolis Garcia doubled past third baseman Harold Castro to make it 1-0. Jonah Heim followed with a two-run double past Castro to put Texas up 3-0.

“I thought Marcus set the tone, because we were facing a really good pitcher in Skubal, and he showed we weren’t going to expand the strike zone,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “The guys followed it with some nice swings and all of a sudden we’re up three with Jon Gray on the mound. That’s a nice feeling.”

The long first inning kept Gray in the dugout longer than he expected, but it didn’t bother him. Detroit never got a runner past second base against him.

“I had to wait 20 or 30 minutes to get started, but you are never going to complain about that when the guys are putting up a big number like that,” he said. “We attacked right from the start, and I don’t think we let up for a single at-bat.”

The Rangers added a fourth run in the third. Seager led off with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on Nathaniel Lowe’s two-out double.

Willi Castro doubled with one out in the fourth, but Gray struck out Miguel Cabrera and retired Javy Baez to end the inning.

Heim homered in the fifth to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead and Texas added two more runs off Will Vest in the sixth.


With OF Austin Meadows on the COVID-19 list, Tigers prospect Riley Greene is expected to make his major league debut on Saturday. Greene, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft, is considered one of Detroit’s two outstanding hitting prospects, along with 2020 first overall pick Spencer Torkelson. Greene was going to start the season with the Tigers, but a broken foot delayed his debut.

“We’re not playing the best ball right now,” said Torkelson, who is hitting .178. “Riley produces, and I know he’s ready. Maybe he can be the spark we need.”


The teams play the third of the four-game series on Saturday afternoon, with Detroit’s Rony Garcia (0-2, 5.06) facing Texas’ Taylor Hearn (4-4, 5.37).


(AP) — Bob McKillop watched his former star player Stephen Curry closely as he celebrated winning another NBA championship with tears.

It felt like a timely bit of reassurance for the longtime Davidson men’s basketball coach as he prepared to announce his retirement.

“Everything happens for a reason,” McKillop said Friday as he choked up. “Did you see Steph after the game last night? He was crying, crying, tears. I thought that was a message to me: It’s OK to cry today.”

McKillop’s 33-year run at the small private school of fewer than 2,000 students north of Charlotte, North Carolina, included coaching the eventual NBA star with the Wildcats before Curry became a household name. It also included becoming one of the most respected voices in Division I men’s basketball on the way to 634 wins and 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

He announced his retirement in a campus news conference for the end of this month to make way for his son, associate head coach and former Wildcats player Matt McKillop, to take over as his successor.

The retirement announcement came shortly after athletic director Chris Clunie said Davidson would make Curry’s No. 30 the first number retired by the school after he earned his degree this year – 13 years after he left school early for the pros and one day after Curry won his fourth title with Golden State while being named NBA Finals MVP.

Bob McKillop, 71, became the latest notable coaching figure to exit the game in a little more than a year, a list that includes retired Hall of Famers Roy Williams at North Carolina in April 2021 followed by Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and Jay Wright at Villanova after last season. Those departures come at a time of massive change to the sport, with wide-open player movement through the transfer portal and college athletes more broadly able to cash in on their fame through endorsement deals.

“You might say, ‘Well, are you leaving because of the landscape of college basketball? Are you leaving because other guys have retired?'” McKillop said. “Let me tell you: They don’t make my decisions.

“There are three things that make my decisions: faith, family and Davidson College. And this is best for faith, this is best for family, and more importantly this is best for Davidson College.”

McKillop arrived on campus in 1989 out of the high school ranks and endured a four-win season in his debut year. But he eventually built a consistent winner with 17 seasons of at least 20 wins.

The highlight was a captivating run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008 behind Curry’s dazzling play that made him a national star before falling to eventual NCAA champion Kansas.

“Love you Coach!” Curry posted on Twitter. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, my family, Davidson and every person you’ve impacted along the way.”

The school named its court after McKillop in 2014. His final team won 27 games before losing a one-point game to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March.

“This program is in a bright place right now,” he said. “The current roster we have is exhilarated and energized and inspired to take the next step in our journey forward.”

As for Curry, Clunie said the school plans to pay tribute to the former All-American on Aug. 31 with a ceremony to honor his number retirement, induct Curry into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame and present him with his diploma in a “mini-graduation ceremony.”

“We are so blessed and graced to have had his presence here, and we still have his fingerprints all over us,” McKillop said of Curry. “We are very fortunate.”


(AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision said the NFL has fined the Washington Commanders $100,000 and stripped the team of two offseason workouts next year because of excessive contact in practice among players.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the league did not announce the disciplinary move.

The fine, which was first reported by ESPN, applies to coach Ron Rivera, who was incensed by one particular hit during organized team activities to the point he stopped practice to lecture his team. Safety Jeremy Reaves made significant contact with second-year receiver Dyami Brown during practice without pads June 8.

“We just got to be careful and work with each other,” Rivera said afterward. “The last thing we want is somebody to be hurt.”

The fine and loss of 2023 OTA practice time is the latest off-field development for the Commanders after assistant Jack Del Rio was fined $100,000 for downplaying the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Virginia lawmakers tabled plans for a stadium bill, and a lawyer for Dan Snyder told Congress the team’s owner would not testify at a hearing next week.

Dallas coach Mike McCarthy was fined $100,000 and the club was stripped of one offseason practice next year because of practices deemed too physical by the NFL, owner Jerry Jones confirmed.

It’s the second consecutive year the Cowboys were punished for offseason practice violations. Last year, McCarthy was fined $50,000 and the team was docked $100,000 and one 2022 workout.


LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) Former NASCAR driver and Fox Sports analyst Clint Bowyer struck and killed a pedestrian on a highway in southwest Missouri earlier this month, police said.

The crash occurred June 5 on an exit ramp off of U.S 54 near Osage Beach, Missouri, according to a crash report from Lake Ozark police.

Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kansas, stopped immediately after the collision and called 911, police said. The woman, 47-year-old Mary Jane Simmons, of Camdenton, died at the scene.

The crash report says Bowyer showed no signs of impairment and provided a roadside blood sample that showed no trace of alcohol.

A crystalline substance was found with the woman’s belongings and residents at a recreational vehicle park where she was staying said they believed she was under the influence of drugs, according to the police statement.

Bowyer retired in 2020 after winning 10 Cup Series races over 15 years. His sense of humor has been a hit in the Fox Sports booth since jumping into that job as a second career.


Unranked Illiana Christian, in only its second year of IHSAA tournament eligibility, scored early and often in rolling to a 10-1 over Centerville in the Class 2A state championship game.

Coach Jeff VanderWoude’s Vikings plated four runs in their half of the first and put the game away with four more in the fourth inning, taking advantage of four Centerville errors. Seven of the 10 IC runs were unearned.

The victory leaves the Vikings with a 22-7 record and made a victor of left-hander Kevin Corcoran, who tossed the complete game, allowing just two hits and walking three, while striking out 10.

Cody DeJong led Illiana Christian with three runs scored, while third baseman Gabe VanRoekel scored twice and drove in two.

Centerville (21-6) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after pinch runner Colton Rinehart scored on a triple by Jamari Pamplin with the only extra-base hit of the game.

Pinch runner Josh Vis scored two runs for IC, while designated hitter Gavin Meyer also drove in two runs.

The Bulldogs of coach Tracey Crull were making their first-ever state finals appearance.

Centerville’s Keegen Schlotterbeck named Mental Attitude recipient
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Keegen Schlotterbeck of Centerville Senior High School as the recipient of this year’s L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Baseball.

Keegen graduated with a 3.5 GPA, earned an Academic and Technical Honors diploma and was selected Academic All-State in football last fall. A three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, he was a four year starter in baseball and football and three years in basketball.

“There was never a second thought about whom we should nominate for this award,” says his coach Tracey Crull. “Keegen is our silent leader. He leads by example and our team gravitates to him for leadership, advice and friendship. He is that person for our school and team.”

Keegen is the son of Stacie and Butch Schlotterbeck of Richmond, Indiana. Keegen plans to attend Vincennes University in the fall to study Electrical Engineering and play baseball for the Trailblazers.

He is the first student-athlete from Centerville High School to receive an IHSAA mental attitude award in any sport.

The L.V. Phillips Award is annually presented to an outstanding senior participant in each state championship game who has best demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in baseball. The award is named in honor of the late L.V. Phillips, who served as the second commissioner of the IHSAA from 1945-62.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Centerville Senior High School in the name of Keegen Schlotterbeck.


Alonzo Paul’s two-run single in the bottom of the third inning provided all the runs Andrean would need in its 5-1 victory over Brebeuf in the Class 3A state championship game.

The victory for coach Dave Pishkur’s squad proved to be historic as it gave the 59ers their eighth state title and their eighth-straight win in a state title game. The eighth championship matches LaPorte for the most in state history.

All eight state titles – which have each come since 2005 – have come under Pishkur, giving him the most of any coach in state history.

The title is also the third for the Andrean athletic program during the 2021-22 school year as the 59ers were girls volleyball and football state champs in the fall.

Paul’s hit keyed a three-run second inning and the 59ers added single runs in the third and fifth. Jax Kalemba had three hits and an RBI for Andrean, which finished 32-4.

Pitcher Peyton Niksch picked up the complete-game victory for the 59ers, allowing just one (unearned) run and three hits, while striking out eight.

Anthony Annee scored the only run for coach Jeff Scott’s Braves, who finished 26-5.

Brebeuf’s Andrew Dutkanych named Mental Attitude recipient
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Andrew Dutkanych IV of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School as the recipient of this year’s L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award in Class 3A Baseball.

Andrew recently graduated among the top students in his class with a 4.25 GPA, is Brebeuf’s career strikeouts leader on the mound and also played the French Horn in the school band.

Andrew is the son of Caroline and Andrew Dutkanych III of Indianapolis. He is a potential first round draft pick in next month’s MLB Draft but has also accepted a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University and play baseball for the Commodores. He plans to study Economics.

The award is annually presented to an outstanding senior participant in each state championship game who has best demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in baseball. The award is named in honor of the late L.V. Phillips, who served as the second commissioner of the IHSAA from 1945-62.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented $1,000 to Brebeuf Jesuit’s general scholarship fund in the name of Andrew Dutkanych.


OMAHA, Neb. – The Fighting Irish turned in a complete performance on Friday night to win their opening game in the College World Series with a 7-3 win over No. 9 Texas at Charles Schwab Field. The Irish will play Oklahoma at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19 on ESPN2.

Jared Miller and Carter Putz bookended the game with home runs, as Miller went yard in the top of the first and Putz put an exclamation mark on the game with a blast in the ninth.

David LaManna, Jack Brannigan and Zack Prajzner joined Miller in picking up multiple base hits while Spencer Myers and Putz each drove in two runs in the victory.

The Irish pitching staff was magnificent against a loaded Longhorns offense, which didn’t record an extra-base hit for the first time all season.

John Michael Bertrand set the tone with a 5.1 innings performance, limiting Texas to three earned runs on six hits, including four strikeouts, on 96 pitches. The senior improved to 10-3 on the year and became the first Irish pitcher to achieve double-digit wins since Adam Norton (10-5) in 2013.

Alex Rao and Jack Findlay combined for 3.2 innings in relief, not allowing a hit and striking out four.


Jared Miller shot some early excitement into the Irish fanbase via an opposite-field home run into the right field bullpen in the top of the first. Miller’s fifth home run of the season was launched 356 feet, into the wind, to give the Irish the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third, the Irish struck again. Cole led off and reached first via a hit-by-pitch then immediately stole second. It was the first successful stolen base against Texas pitcher Pete Hansen this season. Next, Miller singled through the left side to make it runners on first and third with no outs.

Putz delivered his team-best 47th RBI on the season after lacing a ball to the third baseman who got the force out at second, as the Irish pushed their lead to 2-0.

Facing a first and third situation with no outs, Bertrand recorded a huge strikeout against the Texas leadoff hitter Douglas Hodo III. The next Longhorns batter, Eric Kennedy, put down a bunt as Bertrand executed an impressive throw down to second base to record the second out – a play which ultimately saved a run as the next Texas batter, Ivan Melendez, singled to left-center. Bertrand then struck out Stehly to preserve the lead at 2-1.

The ​Notre Dame offense once again found itself in a favorable position with first and third and one out in the top of the fourth. Myers laid a bunt down the first base side as Texas pitcher Pete Hansen went home with the throw; however, Brannigan beat the catcher’s tag by inches for the 3-1 lead. The Irish later had the bases juiced with two outs as Putz roped a drive but it was right at the second baseman for the final out.

Bertrand responded with a shutdown inning in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side on seven pitches.

With a 3-2 count and one out in the top of the fifth and runners on first and second, Irish Head Coach Link Jarrett called a perfect hit-and-run, as Prajzner singled up the middle, scoring LaManna for the 4-1 advantage. The single also ended Hansen’s night on the mound.

Texas relief pitcher Stevens came in and recorded a balk before his first pitch, as Notre Dame extended the lead to 5-1. Up next, Myers drove in his second run of the night, connecting on a liner to right field, making it 6-1.

The Longhorns did plate a run in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth to cut the Irish lead to 6-3.

Jack Brannigan flashed some leather in the seventh, snaring back-to-back darts on the hot corner. Findlay then entered the game with a runner on first, and Melendez waiting on deck, and recorded a big strikeout to end the inning

After a scoreless eighth the Irish tacked on an insurance run off a 394-foot blast to right-center field to give Notre Dame a 7-3 lead.

Findlay then slammed the door in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the side in order to give Notre Dame the 7-3 victory.


Notre Dame now leads the all-time series vs Texas, 4-3

Notre Dame improves to 53-21 under Coach Jarrett in games away from Frank Eck Stadium, with a 12-3 mark in neutral site games

Irish improve to 7-3 against top-10 ranked teams this season, as Texas was ranked No. 9 heading into tonight

14-0 when leading after the first inning this season

17-1 when scoring in the first inning

34-4 when scoring first

In 12.2 innings in the NCAA Tournament, relief pitcher Jack Findlay has only given up one earned run. Findlay pitched 2.1 innings tonight and notched two strikeouts, allowing no hits. He earned his fourth save of the season/postseason

Miller homered in his first at-bat in the Knoxville Super Regional and homered in his first at-bat again against Texas in the College World Series. Miller’s homer was his fifth on the season

For the 29th time this season the Irish held its opponent to three runs or less. They are 29-0 this season in those instances and 55-2 overall under Jarrett.

John Michael Bertrand becomes the first Irish pitcher (10-3) to achieve double-digit wins in a season since Adam Norton (10-5) in 2013

Putz connected on his 8th home run on the year with a solo blast in the ninth. He also recorded two RBI’s on the night, which brings his total to a team best 48

 Tonight marked the program’s third CWS appearance and the first since 2002


With the win, Notre Dame will face Oklahoma in the winner’s bracket at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19 on ESPN2 for a chance to move one win away from the championship series.


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Bligh Madris roped a two-run double and recorded his eighth multi-hit game of June to lead the Indianapolis Indians in their first win over the Gwinnett Stripers on Friday night, 5-4.

With the Indians (31-31) leading 2-1 following a bases-loaded walk to Mason Martin and sacrifice fly by Carter Bins to erase a 1-0 deficit, Madris smacked his 14th double of the season for his second hit of the night to score two insurance runs. His team-leading three-hit performance extended his on-base streak to 24 games, two shy of his career-high 26-gamer from last season.

The Stripers (32-32) took one run back on a run-scoring groundout by Kramer Robertson in the bottom of the seventh inning for his second RBI of the game. He launched a leadoff homer to give Gwinnett its early lead in the first.

Jerad Eickhoff (W, 4-3) was one strike away from his first quality start of the season before exiting the game in the sixth with an injury. Through his 5.2 one-run innings, the right-hander fanned six batters and walked two.

Tucker Davidson (L, 1-3) surrendered four of the Indians five runs in 5.2 innings. Brandon Brennan surrendered an RBI double to Carter Bins in the eighth for a final Indians run.

Gwinnett threatened with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to one run, but Austin Brice (S, 4) stranded the game-winning run on first base to clinch the game in favor of Indy.

The Indians will look for their second win of the six-game series tomorrow at 6:05 PM ET at Coolray Field. RHP Huascar Ynoa (2-3, 4.47) will take the mound for the Stripers while Indy has yet to name a starter.


1911       In the sixth inning in Detroit, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Pale Hose still are ahead, 15-7. The Tigers, however, use five singles and two walks to narrow Chicago’s lead to 15-13 in the eighth and then complete their incredible comeback in the final frame when Ty Cobb strokes a two-run single, his fifth hit of the day, and then scores on Sam Crawford’s double to win the Navin Field contest, 16-15.

1919       At Fenway Park with two outs in the ninth, Red Sox catcher Wally Schang is the victim of third baseman Jimmy Austin’s hidden ball trick. The play ends the game with the Browns beating Boston, 3-2.

1927       On Charles Lindbergh Day, the transatlantic pioneer flyer helps the Cardinals raise the National League pennant before the team’s 6-4 victory over New York at Sportsman’s Park. The game marks the return to St. Louis of Rogers Hornsby, the Redbirds’ former player-manager who guided the team to a world championship last season but was traded to the Giants in the offseason after having disputes over salary with owner Sam Breadon.

1938       Knowing he will not be considered for the manager’s job when Burleigh Grimes retires at the end of the season, Babe Ruth accepts GM Larry MacPhail’s offer to coach first base for the Dodgers. The Bambino will quit at the end of the season, severing his ties with major league baseball, when team captain Leo Durocher becomes the skipper of the Brooklyn club.

1940       Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately beaning Medwick because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator before the game.

1947       At Crosley Field, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Braves, 6-0, with first baseman Babe Young hitting two three-run homers to account for all of the runs in the game. The 24-year-old Cincinnati right-hander misses duplicating his teammate’s Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of throwing back-to-back no-nos when he holds the Dodgers without a hit through 8.1 innings in his next start.

1950       In the second game of a twin bill against the A’s at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians establish an American League record by scoring 14 runs in the first inning as they rout Philadelphia, 21-2. Cleveland also won the first game from the Mackmen, 7-0.

1953       Sending twenty-three batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning when they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern major league record, scoring three times in the frame, and outfielder Gene Stephens collects three hits in the inning to establish an American League mark.

1960       Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person to debut as a major league manager. The 66-year-old replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney, resulting in the second-place club finishing the fifth, 16 games behind the Pirates.

1961       Pirates rookie Don Leppert hits a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in his major league career, going deep off southpaw Curt Simmons in the second inning of the Bucs’ 5-3 victory over the Redbirds at Forbes Field. The 29-year-old freshman catcher’s feat will not be accomplished again by another Pittsburgh player until 2012 when Starling Marte homers on the first pitch he sees in his big league debut.

1961       Eddie Gaedel, the 3′ 7″ small person made famous by Browns’ owner Bill Veeck, who employed him to lead-off for one at-bat in a 1951 game, is found dead lying in his bed with bruises on the left side of his face after returning home from a Chicago bowling alley. Bob Cain, the opposing Tiger pitcher who issued a base-on-balls in the infamous stunt, is the only person from major league baseball to attend the funeral of the 36-year-old, whose cause of death will be determined to be the result of a heart attack.

1961       In Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox, trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the ninth, beat the Senators, 13-12, after Jim Pagliaroni’s two-out grand slam tied the score. In addition to catching all 22 innings of the twin bill, the Boston backstop, hits a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the nightcap, giving the Boston a 6-5 victory.

1967       Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, spending the night with his parents before a series against the Yankees, helps his parents get safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their Bronx home. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24-year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.

1967       Astros’ hurler Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. Next season, the right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1973       The A’s stage a Father’s Day’s Mustache Day promotion, giving fans with hair above their upper lip free admission into the ballpark. Charlie Finley offers his players a $300 bonus for growing facial hair for the event, and all do except Vida Blue, who is still bitter about his recent contract negotiations with the team owner.

1975       At Tiger Stadium, Red Sox rookie outfielder Fred Lynn hits three home runs, driving in ten runs in the team’s 15-1 rout of Detroit. The 23-year-old Chicago native also hits a single and third-inning triple that misses being a homer by a few feet.

1977       In the bottom of the sixth inning of NBC’s Game of the Week at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin pulls Reggie Jackson out of the game after the outfielder’s lackadaisical effort in right field turns a fly ball into a cheap double for a Jim Rice. In the dugout, the skipper and the stunned sensitive superstar begin screaming at one another and have to be separated by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard.

1979       Billy Martin returns to the dugout to manage the Yankees for the second time, replacing Bob Lemon, the skipper who replaced him last season and led the team to a World Championship. Martin will be at the helm for 95 games, and the fourth-place team will win 55 of those games.

1986       Angels’ hurler Don Sutton becomes the 19th major league pitcher to earn his 300th victory when the Alabama native three-hits the Rangers, 4-1. The 43-year-old right-hander will finish with a total of 324 wins during his 23-year playing career.

1989       The Phillies trade second baseman Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, and a player to be named later that will be minor league pitcher Tom Edens. Unfortunately, the Mets’ experiment to turn their new infielder, who plays only 86 games, into a center fielder fails miserably, and ‘Nails’ becomes a three-time All-Star and a cog in Philadelphia’s National League championship in 1993.

1996       Chris Anderson becomes the first player representing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to get a base hit. The Hudson Valley catcher, the team’s 66th-round draft choice, delivers a run-producing single in the second inning of the Renegades’ 7-6 loss to New Jersey in the New York-Penn League contest.

1996       In a twin bill at Wrigley Field, Brant Brown hits the first three career home runs on the same day. The 25-year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.

2000       The A’s slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit and one RBI and scores a minimum of one run. The 18-run difference is the largest margin of victory for the A’s and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team’s respective histories.

2000       In a 19-2 drubbing of the Diamondbacks, Mike Lansing needs only the first four innings to hit for the cycle. The Rockies’ second baseman gets a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, and a double in the third, completing the rare event with a single in the fourth inning before the game becomes official.

2001       Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP’s streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive games established a new major league record, surpassing the once-thought insurmountable mark set by Lou Gehrig.

2001       A mandate issued by the commissioner’s office imposes a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning, starting when the pitcher enters fair territory. At the beginning of a frame, the allotted warm-up time for a hurler will be one minute and forty seconds, twenty seconds longer if the game is on national television.

2002       At Pro Player Stadium, Marlins infielder Luis Castillo beats out a dribbler to the box, extending his hitting streak to 33 straight games. The sixth-inning single in Florida’s 2-1 victory over the Indians ties Rogers Hornsby’s 80-year-old record for a second baseman getting a hit in consecutive contests.

2002       In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, when Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459), and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.

2004       At Shea Stadium, Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, and Yogi Berra participate in a pregame ceremony to honor Mike Piazza for hitting the most home runs as a catcher in baseball history. The Mets’ backstop established the new mark, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, with his 352nd home run on May 5.

2005       Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit multiple home runs in a game when he goes deep on two occasions in the Braves’ 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. The 46-year, 299 day-old Atlanta first baseman homers twice off Cincy starter Eric Milton, going yard in the first and third innings at the Great American Ball Park.

2005       Derek Jeter, who will average 13 home runs during a 20-year career, hits his only major league grand slam in his 156th plate appearance with the bases loaded. The 30-year-old All-Star shortstop, who collects two round-trippers in the Bombers’ 8-1 victory over the Cubs at Yankee Stadium, clears the bases in the sixth inning with a blast off Joe Borowski that clears the fence in left-center field.

2006       In a game in which veteran hurler Kenny Rogers wins his 200th career victory, the Tigers go yard eight times to set a club record. Cubs starter Mark Prior, who recently returned from the 60-day disabled list, gives up three of Detroit’s home runs in the six-run first inning of the 12-3 barrage at Wrigley Field.

2007       Trailing the Red Sox by 15 games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team’s manager. As the club embarks on a West Coast road trip, the team names bullpen coach Dave Trembley the interim manager, amid Baltimore’s eight-game losing streak.

2010       President Obama and his two daughters make an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox. The Commander in Chief is on hand to see the 21-year-old fireballer strike out ten batters to bring the phenom’s three-game total to 32, three more than the rookie record of 29 established by J.R. Richard in 1971.

2012       With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.

2012       At Citi Field, R.A. Dickey, allowing a single by Oriole third baseman Wilson Betemit, throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988. The 37 year-old knuckleball pitcher, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to a lone safety in his last start.

2012       After a lengthy ten-week trial, the jury acquits Roger Clemens on all charges of obstructing justice and lying to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was due to an over-the-top work ethic and not the result of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

2014       With the only batter reaching base due to a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.

2015       Carlos Correa, the number one overall pick in 2012, becomes the second-youngest player in the modern era to steal three bases in a game when he swipes a trio of bags in Houston’s 8-4 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field. In 1979, Rickey Henderson was 20 years and 241 days old when he accomplished the feat, 18 days younger than the Astro shortstop.

2017       On Father’s Day, Nolan Arenado becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit a walk-off homer to complete a cycle when he blasts a three-run homer off Mark Melancon to beat the Giants at Coors Field, 7-5. The game-ending round-tripper caps the team’s first four-game sweep of San Francisco in the 25-year history of the franchise.

2018       In the continuation of a game that started May 15, Juan Soto pinch-hits a two-run homer that proves to be the difference in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory against the Yankees. The stats of the game will indicate the 19-year-old rookie outfielder accomplishment preceded his big league debut, an oddity that also includes Dave Parker (1973) and Barry Bonds (1986) among the players who also recorded hits before making their big league debuts.

2019       At Target Field, Twins’ pinch-hitter Max Kepler collects a game-tying single in the eighth inning, a game-tying home run five frames later, and ends the contest with a one-out walk-off single in the 17th to beat the Red Sox, 4-3. The overtime performance marks the 24th time since 1925 a player records a game-tying hit and a go-ahead hit in extra innings.


1898 US Open Men’s Golf, Myopia Hunt Club: Scotsman Fred Herd easily wins by 7 strokes from countryman Alex Smith; first 72-hole US Open

1898 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Juliette Atkinson beats Marion Jones 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 for her third US singles title

1911 Detroit Tigers trail Chicago White Sox, 13-1 at Bennett Park, Detroit; recover to win, 16-15 for the biggest comeback in Major League Baseball history

1915 US Open Men’s Golf, Baltusrol GC: 4-time US Amateur champion Jerome Travers captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara

1936 First bicycle traffic court in America established in Racine, Wisconsin

1938 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth is signed as a Brooklyn Dodgers coach for the remainder of the season

1941 In his 18th world heavyweight title defence Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13th round in front of a crowd of 54,487 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

1947 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati

1948 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts debuts for the Philadelphia Phillies, taking a 2-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shibe Park, Philadelphia

1950 Cleveland Indians score an American League record 14 runs in 1st inning; beat Philadelphia A’s, 21-2 at Cleveland Stadium

1953 Red Sox rookie Eugene Stephens is 1st player in AL history to register 3 hits in an inning; Boston score 17 runs in 7th Inning in 23-3 rout of Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park

1960 US Open Men’s Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus

1967 US Open Men’s Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus shoots a final round 65 for a new tournament record 275, 4 strokes ahead of Arnold Palmer

1967 Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0 at the Astrodome, Houston

1972 US Open Men’s Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia

1972 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws

1973 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

1975 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a single Red Sox game in a 15-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers

1975 Left-arm fast bowler Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 to guide Australia to a 4 wicket win with 188 balls remaining in Cricket World Cup semi-final v England at Leeds

1976 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock & Hector Cruz hit inside-the-park HRs

1976 Bowie Kuhn voids A’s sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees

1977 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dugout altercation

1978 US Open Men’s Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

1984 US Open Men’s Golf, Winged Foot GC: Fuzzy Zoeller beats Greg Norman of Australia by 8 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his first Open title

1989 US Open Men’s Golf, Oak Hill CC: Curtis Strange wins by 3 from Scott Simpson for first back-to-back Open titles since Ben Hogan 1950-51

1990 1st sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin

1991 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky’s cancerous left arm is amputated

1991 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays

1992 Ottawa Senators make goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz their 1st draft pick

2000 100th US Open Men’s Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Tiger Woods wins his first US Open by a major championship record-setting 15 strokes over Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez

2006 US Open Men’s Golf, Winged Foot GC: Geoff Ogilvy of Australia makes clutch pars on the final 2 holes to win by 1, as runners-up Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson all fail to par the 72nd hole

2017 Pakistan defeat India to win cricket’s Champions Trophy at the Oval in London by 180 runs, Fakhar Zaman scores 114 runs

2017 US Open Men’s Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major title by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama

2019 England cricket captain Eoin Morgan smashes a ODI world record 17 sixes against Afghanistan in his side’s 150-run World Cup victory at Old Trafford; Morgan, 148 from 71 balls


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