Dominant Night Gives Baseball 1-0 Lead in College World Series Finals

OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss baseball came out swinging in its 10-3 victory in Game 1 against Oklahoma in the College World Series championship series.

Before it was all over, the Rebels had 16 hits in the game with four home runs, including back-to-back-to-back round-trippers to put the game out of reach in the eighth inning.

But it wasn’t just offense. The Rebel pitchers—starter Jack Dougherty and relievers Mason Nichols and Josh Mallitz—were totally in command of the mound and kept a potent Oklahoma offense down most of the night.

Before the Sooners ever got up to bat in the bottom of the first, the Rebels led 2-0. Ole Miss scored two runs in the top of the first inning off OU starting pitcher Jake Bennett, a left-hander. There were two outs when Tim Elko singled to right, and the Rebel offense took off.

After Elko moved to second base on a wild pitch, Kevin Graham singled to left field to score the Rebel captain. Graham stole second and advanced to third on another wild pitch. Kemp Alderman reached on a ball hit to the shortstop, who was unable to make a clean play on it for an error. Graham was able to score on the play, and the Rebels had their two early runs.

Jack Dougherty then started his night with a strike out, fly out, and ground out to get the Sooners one, two, three in the bottom of the first.

In the second, Ole Miss added another run. There were two outs once again when Calvin Harris singled and was later able to advance to second on another wild pitch. Justin Bench singled through the right side to get Harris home, and it was 3-0 Rebels.

Dougherty again got the Sooners in order with a foul out to Dunhurst and two ground outs for quick work.

In the top of the third, Ole Miss added another run, this time on a leadoff solo homer by Elko to the right field corner at the Rebel bullpen, and the score stood 4-0.

Dougherty continued his quick work in the bottom of the third with three strikeouts of Sooner batters, all of them swinging.

After the Rebels weren’t able to produce a run in the fourth, Dougherty went back to the mound and got the Sooners out again in order.

Dougherty was back out for the bottom of the fifth and the Sooners got nothing once again, the final out a magnificent throw from shortstop Jacob Gonzalez to Elko at first to get Wallace Clark out after a ball he hit went off Dougherty’s leg.

There was no scoring in the Rebel sixth, and Dougherty was back out in the bottom of the inning. After 15 consecutive Sooners were retired, their first hit of the game came from Jackson Nicklaus on the first pitch of the sixth. Sebastian Orduno then singled, and OU had something going for the first time and with no outs.

A bunt by Kendall Pettis was picked up by Garrett Wood, but his throw to first got past Elko and allowed Nicklaus to score. Runners were on first and second and still there were no outs. John Spikerman then walked to load the bases.

Dougherty was replaced at that point by freshman Mason Nichols. For the night, Dougherty allowed only two earned runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

The first batter Nichols faced, Peyton Graham, struck out swinging. Blake Robertson also struck out swinging. Tanner Tredaway then walked, and the Sooners had cut the Ole Miss lead in half at 4-2. Jimmy Crooks then grounded out to Nichols, and that ended any more scoring for OU in the sixth.

In the seventh, Bennett got Harris to strike out, and Oklahoma went to its bullpen. Left-hander Chazz Martinez came in with one out. Bench grounded out to the shortstop, and Gonzalez then walked. Elko singled to right, but Graham hit a ball right back to Martinez who threw to first baseman Robertson to end the top of the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nichols got the Sooners three up, three down with two swinging strikeouts, followed by a strikeout looking to Orduno.

Kemp Alderman led off an extremely productive Rebel eighth with a base hit to right.  Peyton Chatagnier followed that up with a single to center. Shortly thereafter, the Rebels made CWS history with three straight home runs.

McCants launched one into the Ole Miss bullpen, and the Rebels led 6-2. The offense wasn’t done. Harris, from just across the Missouri River in Iowa, sent one 430 feet in that direction, and the score was 7-2. Bench completed the trifecta, launching one out to left for the first back-to-back-to-back home runs at the College World Series since it moved to Charles Schwab Field, and the first in CWS history since LSU accomplished the feat against Mississippi State in 1998.

When Bench sent one to left and over the fence, it was 8-2 Rebels, and OU made a pitching change. Left-hander Carter Campbell got a ground out to end it.

To start the Sooner eighth, Josh Mallitz replaced Nichols, who struck out five and walked one, facing seven batters.

After a walk and a balk, Mallitz struck out two but gave up a RBI single that cut the UM lead to 8-3.

In the ninth, the Rebels got an RBI double from Chatagnier, which scored Elko after he had singled and Alderman doubled. After that, Dunhurst flew out to left to get Alderman home. It was a 10-3 UM lead, and that was all the scoring.

Mallitz then finished up pitching duties in the ninth with a couple of Sooners aboard, and Ole Miss had moved on to a Sunday championship series game at 2 p.m. CT with a 1-0 lead.

Webb helps Giants end three-game skid with 9-2 win over Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Logan Webb pitched six innings of two-hit ball and the San Francisco Giants backed their ace with four home runs in a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Evan Longoria, Thairo Estrada, Joc Pederson and Wilmer Flores homered for the Giants, who snapped a three-game skid. They had lost five of six after winning seven of their previous eight.

Brandon Drury homered for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

Cincinnati took advantage of Giants third baseman Longoria’s two-out fielding error in the top of the second to take an early lead on Nick Senzel’s run-scoring single.

But Longoria homered leading off the bottom of the inning and Estrada went deep two batters later to give San Francisco a 2-1 lead.

Longoria turned on a 2-2 inside fastball off Reds starter Mike Minor for his seventh home run, a 411-foot shot to left.

Darin Ruf’s run-scoring single highlighted a two-run third that gave San Francisco a 4-1 lead.

Pederson hit his 17th homer off Minor – his second off a lefty this season – leading off the fifth.

Flores’ two run homer – his ninth – highlighted a three-run sixth in which the Giants broke open a 6-1 game.

Webb (7-2) struck out six and walked two. He’s given up just two earned runs over 18 innings over his last three starts.

The Giants have won 22 of Webb’s 28 career home starts.

Minor (1-4) gave up six runs on eight hits including three home runs in his fifth start after missing the first two months with a shoulder injury.


The Giants ended a streak of 10 straight games decided by two runs or less, the longest such streak in the team’s San Francisco-era history.


The Reds claimed C Michael Papierski off waivers from the Giants. The Giants had just acquired the 26-year-old from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Mauricio Dubon. The Reds optioned Papierski to Triple-A Louisville.


Reds: C Tyler Stephenson is progressing faster than expected from a right thumb fracture he sustained June 9 and could start a rehab assignment in the next seven to 10 days, manager David Bell said Saturday. . RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (right forearm) threw a bullpen Friday and could be ready to be activated soon, Bell said. OF Aristides Aquino (left high ankle sprain) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday, Bell said. 2B Jonathan India appeared to be hurt after being struck by a pitch leading off the fifth off Webb, but he stayed in the game until the eighth, when he was lifted for a pinch hitter. . The Reds have 15 players on the injured list.

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (bruised left knee) was out of the lineup Saturday for the third time in four games. He played Friday for the first since suffering the injury Tuesday in Atlanta during a collision at home plate. “I don’t think he felt great yesterday, but this is not anything but trying to get him healthy and just confident. Health first. We’re trying to get him over the hump with the health stuff.”


Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.57 ERA) has thrown six straight quality starts but is winless since May 13. Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 7.71) gave up six earned runs in three innings Tuesday against Atlanta in his first appearance since coming of the injured list with right Achilles inflammation.

Herrera’s 8th inning sac fly helps Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Ivan Herrera hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for his first career RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Saturday.

Juan Yepez lined a one-out double to the left field wall off Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr. (1-2) in the eighth, and pinch-runner Edmundo Sosa advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring the go-ahead run on Herrera’s fly.

Harrison Bader advanced to second on Herrera’s out and scored on Tommy Edman’s single to right field to extend the lead to 5-3.

Ryan Helsley (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.31.

Miles Mikolas allowed one run on four hits while matching his season high of nine strikeouts. His 2.06 career ERA in 13 games (11 starts) against the Cubs leads all active pitchers with at least 10 starts.

Adrian Sampson allowed two runs when St. Louis strung together a trio of two-out hits in the first inning, but he gave up just one additional hit in his five innings of work.

Rafael Ortega belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot off Giovanny Gallegos, in the eighth inning to tie it 3-all.

Brendan Donovan had a bloop single down the left field line in that first inning that scored Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

Alfonso Rivas drove in Patrick Wisdom on a sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth inning to cut the Cubs deficit to 2-1.

Dylan Carlson stroked an RBI double to right field off Rowan Wick to score Arenado in the sixth inning to expand the Cardinals lead to 3-1.


Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 to boost his major league-leading home batting average to .395.


Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) threw approximately 40 pitches in a pregame bullpen session. He could throw a live batting practice session when the Cubs return home Tuesday.

Cardinals: LHP Genesis Cabrera was placed on the injured list with no designation. The club recalled RHP Jake Woodford from Triple-A Memphis.


The Cubs and Cardinals wrap up their three-game series Sunday as RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 8.59 ERA) will make his first start of the season after pitching in five games out of the bullpen. He is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in seven career outings against St. Louis. RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 7.50 ERA) will make his third start after opening the season on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

Clemens’ first career homer lifts Tigers over D-Backs 6-3

PHOENIX (AP) Kody Clemens hit his first major league home run to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning off Arizona reliever Joe Mantiply to break a 3-3 tie.

Clemens called his home run an “amazing” moment.

“It was great,” he said. “As soon as I hit it I knew it had a chance, and as soon as I was about to go around first I saw it was going out and he (Mantiply) turned and looked up, and I showed some emotion there. I was pumped, especially it being kind of late in the game. A three-run homer was crucial for the team. It was just awesome.”

Clemens came into the game hitting .125 and hadn’t played since June 19. He was 1 for 5 against left-handed pitching before homering off Mantiply. It was the first home run Mantiply has allowed to a left-handed hitter in his career.

“It’s a big moment for him,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said of Clemens. “He’s been grinding and never had a bad attitude even though he hasn’t been playing a lot. He waits his turn and comes up with a big swing.”

Clemens said he has been standing in bullpens every day over the last week trying to emulate at-bats.

“I’ve been working my (butt) off trying to do everything I can to be in the lineup and help the team win,” he said. “It’s great to see it pay off.”

Tyler Alexander (1-3) got the win for Detroit with two innings of scoreless relief. Mantiply (0-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. It was the Diamondbacks’ fifth straight defeat and dropped Arizona to a season-low nine games under .500.

Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman led off the sixth inning with back-to-back singles off Mantiply, who came on in relief of Arizona starter Zack Davies. After Jeimer Candelario struck out, Clemens hit an 82 mph curveball over the right field fence.

Gregory Soto pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 14th save for Detroit.

Neither starter figured into the decision. Davies gave up five hits and two earned runs in five innings. Detroit’s Alex Faedo allowed three earned runs in four innings of work.

After getting just two runners on base through the first three innings, Arizona broke through in the fourth against Faedo. Christian Walker drew a one-out walk, and David Peralta hit an 0-1 slider over the right field fence to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.

It was Peralta’s ninth homer of the season and first since May 24. After Buddy Kennedy walked, Daulton Varsho lined a double to right, scoring Kennedy and extending Arizona’s lead to 3-1.

Detroit tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Tucker Barnhart walked and went to third on a Victor Reyes double. Riley Greene hit a ground ball to second base that Kennedy misplayed, allowing both runners to score.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Javier Baez led off with a single, and Castro lined a triple down the right field line to score Baez and give Detroit a 1-0 lead.


Miguel Cabrera’s seventh-inning single gave him 3,053 hits for his career, tying him with Rod Carew for 28th place in MLB history. Cabrera’s next double will tie him with Paul Molitor (605) for 15th place on the all-time list.


LHP Beau Brieske (1-6, 4.07) starts Sunday’s series finale for Detroit against the Diamondbacks, who had yet to name a starter prior to Saturday’s game.

Paredes hits 2-run single as Rays rally past Pirates 6-5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Ji-Man Choi and Vidal Brujan reached on two-out walks before Jonathan Aranda’s pinch-hit single loaded the bases against David Bednar (3-2). Paredes then hit an opposite-field liner to right for his game-ending single.

“Very happy,” Paredes said through a translator. “I was very confident going into that at-bat.”

Paredes’ teammate celebrated by dumping two containers of sports drink and then a bucket of ice on him in front of the Rays dugout after his hit on an 0-2 pitch.

“He’s fun to watch,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Certainly picked us up in a big way.”

Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Bednar “just didn’t execute pitches.”

“He ended up having two walks and that’s very uncharacteristic of him,” Shelton said. “We were one pitch away multiple times in that inning and were not able to finish it.”

Paredes got the Rays within one in the eighth with his team-leading 10th homer – all over his last 25 games. He has gone deep five times in his last three games.

Ralph Garza Jr. (1-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win in Tampa Bay’s fourth straight one-run game. It also was a Rays-record 11th consecutive game decided by two or fewer runs.

Jack Suwinski hit a three-run homer for the Pirates. JT Brubaker allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings.

Jalen Beeks replaced Tampa Bay’s Corey Kluber with one out in the sixth. The lefty walked Daniel Vogelbach and allowed Bligh Madris’ single that struck an overhanging catwalk before Suwinski connected for his 12th homer.

Suwinski also made a nifty catch along the short wall in left on Luke Raley’s foul ball in the bottom of the sixth.

Kluber allowed two runs and five hits. He was coming off a pair of losses when the right-hander gave up two runs and four hits over six innings in both starts.

Tampa Bay went up 3-2 on Randy Arozarena’s RBI double. Arozarena finished with four hits.

Brujan’s two-run single with two out in the first gave the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Diego Castillo homered and Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI single as the Pirates tied it at 2 in the third. Castillo has gone deep five times in his last 11 games, including Friday night’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Rays.


Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes missed his second consecutive game due to shoulder soreness. He was hurt in a collision at the plate while scoring the winning run in the 10th inning against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Rays: Cash is hopeful that INF Wander Franco (right quadriceps strain) will return Sunday after missing 23 games. … RHP Drew Rasmussen (left hamstring strain) could rejoin the rotation in the next week.


First base umpire Angel Hernandez had his out call on Brett Phillips’ second-inning grounder overturned after a video review. … Shortstop Taylor Walls, who entered batting .161, hit leadoff for the Rays and had two hits. … Denny McLain, the major’s last 30-game winner (31-6 with the Detroit Tigers in 1968), was at the game. … Madris had three hits. … The Pirates dropped to 24-2 when leading after eight innings, while Tampa Bay improved to 3-26 when trailing entering the ninth. … Bednar threw 15 strikes and 14 balls and reached 3-ball counts on his first four batters. ‘”‘It’s just frustrating,” Bednar said.


Pirates right-hander Roansy Contreras (2-1) and Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan (7-3) are Sunday’s starters. McClanahan is among the leaders in baseball with an 1.81 ERA and 113 strikeouts.

Astros’ Javier, bullpen combine to no-hit Yanks in 3-0 win

NEW YORK (AP) Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly combined on the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 19 years, shutting down the best team in baseball and pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory on Saturday.

Javier (5-3), a 25-year-old right-hander without a complete game in 84 professional starts, was clearly tired when manager Dusty Baker brought in a reliever to start the eighth. Javier set career highs for strikeouts (13) and pitches (115), and he matched his longest start with seven innings.

Pressly, who gave up a tying three-run homer to Aaron Hicks in a 7-6 loss Thursday night, retired three straight batters in the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances. After Giancarlo Stanton hit into a game-ending groundout, the Astros walked onto the field and gathered near the mound for a brief celebration.

“To do it in New York, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Pressly said.

Rookie J.J. Matijevic gave Javier a lead in the seventh when he hit his second big league homer, driving a fastball from Gerrit Cole (6-2) into the right-field second deck. Jose Altuve homered into the left-field second deck in the eighth against Michael King, and pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel added an RBI single off Lucas Luetge in the ninth.

In a matchup of the teams with the top two records in the American League, New York didn’t come close to a hit before a silenced crowd of 45,076. The major league-best Yankees lost consecutive games for the first time since May 28-29 against Tampa Bay, getting their only runners on three walks and an error.

Javier, who lowered his ERA to 2.73, was starting because Jake Odorizzi is hurt. Javier began 12 of his first 18 batters with a strike but started his last five with a ball. His 50.9% first-strike percentage entering was 155th among 157 pitchers who faced 150 or more plate appearances this season.

“I feel really happy, really proud right now for this moment that God has given me,” Javier said via interpreter.

He walked Josh Donaldson on a full-count fastball with two outs in the first, then retired 17 in a row until Donaldson reached when third baseman Alex Bregman threw past first for an error on a one-out grounder in the seventh. Stanton took a called third strike and Gleyber Torres struck out swinging.

Neris walked two in the eighth, then retired Joey Gallo on a flyout to the right-field warning track and got Aaron Judge to ground into an inning-ending forceout.

“I said, `I have to get it for my team, I have to get it for Javy,'” said Neris, who had never pitched in a no-hitter before.

The no-hitter was the third in the major leagues this year after five New York Mets combined against Philadelphia on April 29 and Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels accomplished the feat against Tampa Bay on May 10.

Houston’s no-hitter was its 14th, the first since Justin Verlander against Toronto on Sept. 1, 2019.

Martin Maldonado caught his second combined no-hitter with Houston – he also guided four pitchers through a gem against Seattle on Aug. 3, 2019.

“Trust Maldy,” Pressly said. “A lot of people don’t get to see the preparation that Maldy and (back up Jason) Castro put in. It’s bar-none to anybody out there.”

New York was no-hit for just the eighth time. Houston had been the previous team to do it, across the street at the old stadium on June 11, 2003. Roy Oswalt strained his right groin after his second pitch of the second inning, and Pete Munro (2 2/3 innings), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3), Brad Lidge (two), Octavio Dotel (one) and Billy Wagner (one) followed in an 8-0 win.

Matijevic, a 26-year-old taken by Houston in the second round of the 2017 amateur draft, debuted April 22. He is 2 for 14 and both hits are solo home runs; he went deep against Michael Kopech of the Chicago White Sox on June 19.

Cole didn’t allow a hit until Jake Meyers grounded a slider into right field with two outs in the fifth. In his previous start, Cole held Tampa Bay hitless until Isaac Paredes’ single leading off the eighth on June 20. The 31-year-old right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh against Detroit on June 3 before Jonathan Schoop’s two-out single.


Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he addressed Donaldson flipping his bat into Castro and not running immediately on a ball that went for a ground-rule double Friday.

“We kind of looked at each other,” Boone said. “JD plays his butt off. So yeah, anytime a guy hits a ball and does something, it doesn’t go out, yeah, you kind of look at that and address it. But my biggest thing is, are my guys playing their butt off? And JD is a guy I have no issue with.”


Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. threw about 25 pitches to Jeremy Pena and Chas McCormick in his first batting practice. McCullers has been sidelined since spring training with a strained right forearm. … Odorizzi (lower left leg discomfort) threw 59 pitches over three innings for Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks. … Pena (left thumb) could be activated Sunday.

Yankees: After throwing an eight-pitch inning for Double-A Somerset on Friday in his first game action since May 22, LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) expects to pitch again Sunday and then come off the IL. … RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, sidelined since May 22 by right shoulder inflammation, threw his first bullpen since getting hurt. He will need another bullpen and then batting practice before he goes on a rehab assignment, Boone said. … Domingo German (right shoulder impingement) is to make his second minor league rehab start on Tuesday.


LHP Nestor Cortes (6-3, 2.31) starts Sunday’s series final for the Yankees and RHP Jose Urquidy (6-3, 4.68) for the Astros.

Verdugo hits 3-run HR, scorching Red Sox top Guardians 4-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Alex Verdugo hit a three-run homer, Jarren Duran had four hits and an RBI, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 Saturday for their sixth straight victory.

Verdugo’s two-out rocket to right off Shane Bieber (3-4) gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Duran added an RBI single in the ninth off Enyel De Los Santos.

The scorching Red Sox moved a season-high 10 games over .500 and are 18-4 this month. Boston owns the second-best record in baseball since May 10 at 31-12, yet they remain 11 games back of the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

Right-hander Josh Winckowski (3-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, to win for the third time in three June starts. The Toledo, Ohio, native made his big league debut May 28 against Baltimore and was pitching for the first time in his home state.

Jake Diekman, John Schreiber and Matt Strahm followed Winckowski with 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Tanner Houck worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Duran also stole two bases for Boston, which failed to score after loading the bases with none out in the eighth against Trevor Stephan.

The Guardians took a 2-0 advantage in the third when Amed Rosario tripled home Steven Kwan, then scored on Jose Ramirez’s sacrifice fly. Ramirez leads the AL with 63 RBIs but had his 13-game hitting streak snapped.

Cleveland, which has won 17 of 24, fell to 0-2 on an 11-game homestand that continues against the Twins and Yankees. The Guardians entered the day tied with Minnesota atop the AL Central.

Bieber had dominated his previous five starts, going 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner lost for the first time since May 22.

Boston’s Rob Refsnyder, who owns a .486 on-base percentage, did not play. He is the first player to reach base in his first 11 games with the team since Daniel Nava in 2021.


Red Sox RHP Connor Seabold is traveling on the taxi squad and will be activated Monday in Toronto. RHP Garrett Whitlock was an option to start against the Blue Jays but remains on the 15-day injured list with an inflamed right hip.

“Connor got his feet wet last season, so he knows how we do things,” manager Alex Cora said. Seabold has made one MLB appearance, working three innings for Boston last Sept. 11 at the White Sox.


Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (broken right rib) struck out six over 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the Florida Complex League Red Sox in his second rehab outing Saturday. Cora said the seven-time All-Star will next pitch at Double-A Portland.

Guardians: RHP Carlos Vargas (right elbow surgery), who has been on the 60-day IL since April 7, has made a pair of rehab appearances for Double-A Akron. The 22-year-old Vargas is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts in two innings.


Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (3-4, 4.50 ERA) makes his final start of the month in the three-game series finale at Progressive Field. Hill has a 2-1 record with a 3.43 ERA in three June outings, striking out 21 over 21 innings.

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-3, 7.25 ERA) starts for the second time since spending a month on the IL with left gluteal soreness. Civale allowed two runs in five innings, taking a no-decision at Minnesota on June 21.

Harper breaks thumb in Phillies’ 4-2 win over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Bryce Harper will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken left thumb after he was hit by a pitch from Blake Snell in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

The reigning NL MVP checked his swing as the 97-mph fastball from Snell rode inside and high toward his shoulder before hitting him on the outside of the left hand in the fourth inning. Harper immediately fell to the ground and was in visible pain as he held his hand while on his knees for several minutes with Phillies head trainer Paul Buchheit attending to him.

Phillies general manager Dave Dombrowski, who traveled with the team on the road trip, said it was too early to determine if surgery will be needed. He added he wasn’t sure what type of fracture Harper had or where on his thumb the injury occurred.

“We will put him on the injured list (Sunday),” Dombrowski said. “I was concerned at first he got hit in the face. I was concerned right off the bat because he is a tough guy and he walked off the field immediately.”

As Harper was halfway to Philadelphia’s dugout, he angrily yelled at Snell and motioned with his hand at the Padres starting pitcher. Snell eventually shouted back at Harper. Many of the fans at Petco Park fans started to boo Harper after several seconds with Harper shouting at Snell.

Harper then appeared to cool down and say, “I know, I know” to Snell, acknowledging that the pitcher didn’t mean to hit him with the pitch.

“He knows (Snell) wasn’t trying to throw at him,” Dombrowski said. “It was just an emotional time. He has had bad luck – last year he was hit in the face and this year he has had a couple of injuries.”

The Phillies got all the runs they would need in this one off Snell (0-5) in the fifth inning. J.T. Realmuto hit a solo home run, and Alec Bohm followed with a double. Didi Gregorius singled to put runners on first and third, and Yairo Munoz had a run-scoring groundout and Kyle Schwarber an RBI single.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (3-5) pitched five effective innings, allowing four hits – including Jorge Alfaro’s two-run double in the fifth – while striking out three and walking two. Seranthony Dominguez got three outs for his second save of the season.

Snell gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

Philadelphia will now have to move forward for much – or perhaps the rest – of the season without its biggest bat and run producer in Harper.

Harper, serving as the Phillies’ designated hitter, was replaced by Johan Camargo.

Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .984 OPS this season in 64 games despite a small tear in the UCL of his right elbow that has prevented him from playing the outfield since April 16. He has tried to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery with a platelet-rich plasma injection and rest.

“He is a guy who really isn’t replaceable on an individual basis, but we are going to have to be in a position that other people are going to have to step up,” Dombrowski said. “We will make a move to try and get someone here (Sunday).”


Phillies: RHP Connor Brogdon was placed on COVID-19 list. It was unknown when he might rejoin the team. … To replace Brogdon, the Phillies selected the contract of Mark Appel, who was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and had been pitching this season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It is his first time in the big leagues. He didn’t pitch Saturday night.

Padres: 3B Manny Machado took a notable step in his recovery from a sprained left ankle, taking batting practice and ground balls on the field before the game. Machado declined to comment on the status of his ankle, but manager Bob Melvin continued to express optimism that Machado could be available to pinch hit in the near future.


Phillies RHP Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.06 ERA) takes the hill in the four-game series finale against Padres RHP Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.17 ERA).

Dodgers confirm top set-up reliever Hudson lost for season

ATLANTA (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Daniel Hudson was placed on the injury list Saturday with a season-ending torn left ACL.

The move was expected after Hudson’s knee buckled in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves as he reacted to a dribbler hit by Ronald Acuna Jr.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “it was a clean tear of the ACL.”

Hudson’s recovery is expected to take six to nine months, taking away the team’s top setup reliever. Hudson, 35, has five saves and a 2.22 ERA.

“Obviously, it’s a big loss,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers’ bullpen previously lost another late-innings veteran, Blake Treinen, to a right shoulder injury. Right-hander Tommy Kahnle (forearm tightness) also is on the 60-day IL.

Brusdar Graterol or another pitcher must emerge as the next bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel.

“Obviously the guys that are here are going to have an opportunity,” Roberts said. “I’m not going to say who it is, but they’re going to have opportunities.”

The Dodgers activated infielder Hanser Alberto from the paternity list, recalled right-hander Mitch White and designated outfielder Stefen Romero for assignment.

White was called up to replace left-hander Andrew Heaney, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday with left shoulder inflammation.

Avalanche’s Burakovsky a “possibility” to return for Game 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The status of a couple of key players remains uncertain for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Colorado coach Jared Bednar says there’s a chance Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky could return Sunday night following a three-game absence from the best-of-seven series. Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point figures to be a game-time decision for the two-time defending champion Lightning, too.

The Avalanche lead the series 3-2, despite being without Burakovsky since the forward suffered a hand injury blocking a shot in Game 2.

“Burky is still considered day to day,” coach Jared Bednar said in Denver on Saturday before the Avalanche boarded a flight for Florida.

“I think he’s a possibility for us, he’s traveling with us,” Bednar added, “so he may be in the lineup.”

Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 victory in Game 1, then had a goal and an assist before departing Game 2, which the Avalanche won 7-0. He remained in Denver, while the team traveled to Florida for Games 3 and Game 4, and then sat out Game 5 at home.

Point, Tampa Bay’s leading goal scorer the past two postseasons, has been limited since suffering a lower body injury during Game 7 of the Lightning’s first-round victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Point missed 10 games before returning to the lineup for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Overall, he’s missed 13 games of the Lightning’s last 15 games.


Colorado’s Nazem Kadri opened his TV interview at the first intermission of Game 4 Wednesday by saying, “The ice is garbage” at Amalie Arena in Tampa. It didn’t seem to slow him down when he scored the overtime winner.

After the puck bounced around a lot in Tampa Bay’s victory in Game 5 that prolonged the series, the teams return to humid Florida to contend with potentially more difficult conditions again.

“The ice, I think, is different than in Colorado,” Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson said Saturday before traveling from Denver to Tampa. “It is very humid there, and I know it’s tough to manage. It feels like the game gets maybe a little bit choppier at times, so you’ve got to look after the puck a little bit better. But both teams are playing on it, so it’s the same for both of us.”

It’s not the pristine Edmonton ice the Lightning skated on in the final two rounds in the bubble to win the Stanley Cup two years ago, but Ryan McDonagh and his teammates are plenty familiar with what it’s like in Tampa.

“We’re pretty comfortable on that ice,” McDonagh said. “I haven’t noticed too much of a difference.”


The Lightning, who only faced possible elimination once during back-to-back championship runs in 2020 and 2021, are 3-0 in such games this postseason.

They are the second team in NHL history to win at least four consecutive games when facing possible elimination. The Chicago Blackhawks won four in a row from 2013 to 2014.

Tampa Bay overcame a 3-2 series deficit to oust Toronto In the first round and rallied from down 2-0 to defeat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final.

The Lightning have won 11 consecutive playoff series. In addition to knowing what type of mindset it takes to stave off elimination, the defending champion also have a pretty idea what the Avalanche feel they need to clinch the title.

“Experience matters. … Not guaranteeing we’re going to win tomorrow,” Cooper said. “But I think our mindset, and being in these situations before, makes our preparation better.”

AP sources: Watson to meet with NFL disciplinary officer

CLEVELAND (AP) Deshaun Watson’s short-term future with the Browns could be coming into focus.

Cleveland’s quarterback will have a hearing next week with NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, three people familiar with the scheduled meeting told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Watson, who is facing a potential suspension from the league stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists in Texas, will meet with Robinson on Tuesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been disclosed publicly.

It’s not yet know how long Watson is scheduled to meet with Robinson.

The hearing is a significant development in Watson’s case as Robinson will decide if the 26-year-old violated the league’s personal conduct policy. The league is expected to recommend significant discipline for Watson, who will be defended by the NFL Players Association in the high-profile case.

ESPN was first to report Watson’s meeting with Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and NFL Players Association in 2020. This is the first case the former federal judge has heard under the league’s revised disciplinary procedure. Previously, Commissioner Roger Goodell handled these matters.

Earlier this week, Watson reached undisclosed financial settlements in civil lawsuits filed by 20 of his 24 accusers. The women claimed he had harassed, assaulted or touched them during sessions when he played for Houston.

The four remaining cases could still go to trial, but that wouldn’t happen until 2023.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing and said sex with three of the women was consensual.

The league has said Watson’s settlements will not affect its investigation. If Robinson finds Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy, he’ll likely be suspended for multiple games if not longer.

Robinson is expected to rule before the Browns open training camp later next month.

Cleveland signed Watson to a five-year, $230 million contract in March after convincing the three-time Pro Bowler to waive his no-trade clause and join a team looking to bounce back after a disappointing 8-9 season. He had been pursued by several other teams as well.

Schauffele takes 1-shot lead over buddy Cantlay at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Xander Schauffele shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over good friend and playing partner Patrick Cantlay into the final round of the Travelers Championship.

Schauffele had a 17-under 193 total at TPC River Highlands. Cantlay shot 63.

Rookie Sahith Theegala was third at 14 under after a round of 64, and Kevin Kisner had a 66 to get to 13 under.

Schauffele began the day at 14 under with a five-stroke lead. The Olympic champion birdied the second hole for the third time this week and had another at No. 6, part of a career-best run of 48 holes without a bogey.

But he put his tee shot at 13 in the water and briefly fell into a tie for the lead after a bogey. He broke his minor birdie drought at 16, then hit the pin on his approach at 17 and sank another.

“I would love to have that tee ball back on 13,” he said. “For the most part I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to protect a lead, especially when it’s five shots and it’s easy to get comfortable.”

Cantlay’s bogey-free round was the best of the day.

Schauffele and Cantlay have been close friends since being paired together at the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia and they combined to win the Zurich Classic this season.

“If only it was a combined score again this week we would be doing well,” Cantlay joked. “It’s always nice to be out with him, if he’s on my team or if he’s not. I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try as hard as I can and let the chips fall where they may.”

Schauffele is looking for his sixth individual title and first since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also is shooting for his sixth straight top-20 finish. He and Cantlay finished tied for 14th last week in the U.S. Open.

“I’ve been looking forward to playing with Pat in a final round,” Schauffele said. “We don’t get paired together very often in regular tournaments, only in those team ones. So there’s a certain level of comfort we have playing with each other and hopefully that pays off and hopefully we can make a lot of birdies.”

Theegala had an eagle on 13 to go with four birdies. The 24-year-old Californian hit his second shot on the par-4 17th over the course’s signature lake to about a foot from the pin, briefly tying Schauffele for the lead. But he bogeyed the final hole.

He is looking to become the 18th player to get their first tour win in Connecticut. Ken Duke was the last to do it in 2013.

“I’m definitely going to be nervous, definitely going to be excited,” he said. “Every single week I’m out here I feel like I’m getting more and more comfortable.”

Former U.S. Junior champion Michael Thorbjornsen shot a 66 to put himself in contention. He started the weekend at 7 under, just the third amateur to make a PGA Tour cut in 2022. The Stanford star is in a group of four tied for seventh place, but said he wasn’t feeling much pressure.

“One thing that might help is winning or coming in second or third I’m not getting paid either way, so it’s another tournament for me,” he said. “It’s just another round for me and I’ll just try to go out there and do the same thing I did today.”

Harris English, who is trying to become just the second player to successfully defend his title here after Phil Mickelson won in 2002, shot a 69 and was in a group at 10-under.

Top-ranked Scottie Scheffler was also in that group after shooting a 65. He began the weekend nine strokes behind Schauffele.

“Maybe I’ll go out tomorrow and do something crazy and we’ll see what happens,” Scheffler said.

First-round co-leader Rory McIlroy (72) got in trouble early Saturday, hitting his tee shot on No. 2 off a nearby tree and into the tall grass 108 yards across the fairway to the right. After a 39 on the back nine Friday, he shot 36 on the front nine Saturday and finished 2 over for the day, and 6 under for the tournament, 11 strokes off the pace.

There was also a buzz at the tournament Saturday around a player who was no longer even in Cromwell.

Jason Kokrak was disqualified Friday after launching his final shot on the ninth hole over the green and the fence behind it. Kokrak, who would have missed the cut anyhow, left the course without replaying the shot.

William McGirt who was playing in the same group said Kokrak simply didn’t see any point in finishing the hole.

“He was like, `I’m not going to hold anybody up,'” McGirt said. “He didn’t storm off the golf course.”

Chun shoots 75, lead down to 3 at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) This was the moment the rest of the field needed: In Gee Chun standing near the trees, contemplating her situation and then eventually heading back to the point of her previous shot.

A shaky third round cut her lead at the Women’s PGA Championship in half.

Chun shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday, leaving her three strokes ahead going into the final round at Congressional Country Club. On a day the leaders had plenty of trouble, Chun was holding her own until she made a double bogey on the par-5 16th hole.

“Looking forward to an exciting final round already,” she said. “If it’s going to be too easy, then I feel it is boring.”

It looked like the final round might be boring – or at least anticlimactic – as Chun maintained a comfortable lead through much of Saturday. She bogeyed Nos. 1 and 11 but birdied 2 and 12. Her lead was at five when she had to play her third shot from some tall grass on the 564-yard 16th.

That shot put her in even more trouble, in an area with tall grass and some trees. She took an unplayable lie and went back to the previous spot to re-hit.

An 8-iron from there went over the green, but Chun did manage to get up and down for a 7. The two-time major champion from South Korea led by five shots after the first round and six at the halfway point. After the third round, she had an 8-under 208 total.

Lydia Ko (76) and Jennifer Kupcho (74) – Chun’s playing partners – had their own problems, but Lexi Thompson and Hye-Jin Choi both shot 70 and were tied for second with Sei Young Kim (71) at 5 under.

Thompson will play in the final group as she tries for her first major victory since 2014.

“You always want to be in the final group in any tournament,” she said. “I love that the hard work has been able to pay off for me. I’ve been putting in the time, so to see it pay off and pay dividends means the world to me.”

Ko wasn’t able to take advantage of Chun’s struggles. She bogeyed four of five holes during one stretch on the front nine, then birdied four of the next seven. She wrapped up the round with four straight bogeys.

Kupcho had three birdies and three bogeys in the first seven holes and couldn’t gain much ground on the leader.

Kim, who won this event two years ago, had a comparatively drama-free round with two birdies and a bogey. Choi shot 34 on the back nine while playing in a group with Thompson. They’ll be together again Sunday.

“It was the first time playing with her, and I actually watched her as a fan when I was an amateur,” Choi said. “It was a good experience to play with her. Of course, I tried to focus on my game.”

Thompson made three birdies on the back nine, including a putt from about 30 feet on No. 15. She has 11 LPGA Tour victories but none since 2019. She’s played her way into contention after a first-round 74.

Thompson finished second at Crown Colony in February and at Upper Montclair last month.

“I know I’m in a good state with my game and just my mental state, so going out tomorrow enjoying the walk with my caddie and hopefully a lot of fans out there supporting us,” she said. “Whatever score I shoot, I shoot.”

Hannah Green (72) was fifth at 4 under, a stroke ahead of Atthaya Thitikul (68), who was so far behind at the start of the day she was in one of the groups sent off on No. 10. Brooke Henderson (73), Kupcho and Jennifer Chang (73) were tied for sixth with Thitikul.

NOTES: U.S. Women’s Open champ Minjee Lee (73) was 2 under. … Defending champion Nelly Korda (72) was tied for 29th.

Hamlin to lead field to green at hot Nashville Superspeedway

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) Denny Hamlin will lead the field to green at Nashville Superspeedway while debuting a heat-combating device for the first time in his career.

The Sunday forecast calls for temperatures in the high 90s, which would raise the heat inside the race car closer to 125 degrees. It likely will be the hottest race so far this season and the first true heat test of NASCAR’s new Next Gen race car.

In his 17th full season, Hamlin has decided to try a “cool suit,” which is a fairly new trend in racing. The system stores cold water that is circulated by a small pump to move it into the shirt tubing surrounding the driver.

“I typically don’t fight heat as much as other guys do. I don’t know why. Probably because I’ve been doing it for a decade longer than most of them,” Hamlin said. “But for the first time all year, I will wear a cool suit, simply because why not take the luxury when you’ve got it. (The heat) will be a factor (Sunday) for some, for sure.”

Hamlin was awarded the pole at Nashville when a surprise rain shower washed out the second round of Saturday qualifying. The session was halted right before the fastest 10 drivers were set for their shootout.

Hamlin got the pole in his No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, alongside Joey Logano in the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske. Gibbs and Penske are two of the elite Cup organizations who have struggled some this year with the introduction of the new Next Gen stock car, an equalizer that has helped smaller teams compete.

Daniel Suarez and Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing both advanced to the second round of qualifying and have a combined three wins this season.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott locked up third and fourth. Larson is the defending race winner and reigning Cup champion.

Suarez, who earned the first Cup win of his career at Sonoma this month, will start fifth. Ryan Blaney of Penske is sixth, followed by Chastain.

Kevin Harvick was eighth for Stewart-Haas Racing and followed by JGR teammates Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr., who announced he’s returning to the team next year.

Bubba Wallace, with team co-owner Michael Jordan watching at the track, was fastest in Friday practice but briefly wiggled during his qualifying lap and will start 30th.

“I told him (Jordan) he should have stayed in the bus,” said Hamlin, who co-owns the team with Jordan. “He agreed. It’s pressure. There’s a lot of pressure when he’s out there.”

Kyle Busch had the worst day of the four Gibbs drivers: Busch spun on his lap and hit the wall, and he’ll start at the back of the field Sunday.


Drivers are concerned about the heat ahead of Sunday’s race. Logano tried a cool shirt for the first time last race “and now I’m spoiled and don’t ever not want to have it.”

Larson recently started using “Chillout Systems” and thinks he’s got the field covered when it comes to comfort in the heat.

“It works extremely good, it’s honestly cold,” said Larson, who made the change to the new system because its warmer in the Next Gen stock car than it was in the older model. Larson found the cooling system he used last year is ineffective in the Next Gen.

“I needed more out of it, I turned it on and I wouldn’t even feel anything,” Larson said. “So we went to this new system and I highly recommend it for all the teams out there. The first time I tried it was at a test and it was freezing.”

He had to cajole crew chief Cliff Daniels (who is suspended for the next four races because of a loose wheel on Larson’s car at Sonoma) to use the new system because, Larson said, it is six pounds heavier and the added weight has to be accounted for elsewhere on the car.

“He didn’t want to put it in, but it was starting to get hot and I wasn’t feeling anything out of my old system, so I was able to talk him into it,” Larson said. “And yeah, it’s great. So I should get a cut of any sales from here on out.”

Chase Elliott, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, has yet to adopt any sort of cooling system and said he’d use mental toughness to get through Sunday.

“Just be outside, embrace the heat, be the heat and tell yourself `It’s cold,'” Elliott said. “It’s about all you can do. There’s a lot of options but I think embracing it and telling yourself it is not hot is the best thing you can do.”

Logano wondered if physical conditioning will come into play Sunday and drivers best equipped to handle a hot day will be in contention for the win. He said sitting inside the car is “like standing in front of a blow dryer. It’s very hot.”


When Suarez picked up his first career Cup victory, the Mexican driver celebrated by smashing a pinata shaped like a taco off the top of his Chevrolet, spilling candy all over the track surface at Sonoma Raceway.

When it came time for Trackhouse Racing to celebrate with its employees at their North Carolina shop, team co-owner Pitbull underhanded another taco pinata toward Suarez that he smashed with a bat – spilling cash all over the shop floor.

“I didn’t know that pinata had money. They told me it had something in it. I lifted it at one point and it was heavy,” Suarez said. “Thank you to Pitbull for throwing the pinata the right way because if it wasn’t for him, I was probably going to miss. But he threw it very, very good.”

Suarez teammate Chastain smashes watermelons after his wins in a tribute to his family watermelon farm, so Suarez about six week ago decided to put a pinata on his team truck for when he finally earned his first Cup victory.

“That’s a big culture thing, since I turned 1-year-old and all the way to 30, for every birthday, I’ve had a pinata,” he said.

But after smashing the pinata that Pitbull had stuffed with cash, Suarez was done reveling in his breakthrough win.

“That was the last day of celebration for me because that was the last day that I got to enjoy it with Pitbull and my team,” he said. “That night, I put it in my mind to flip the page. I enjoyed every second of it, but for me, it’s in the past. Now, it’s time to get some more.”


Toyota has resumed its popular “Sponsafier” campaign with three new commercials that launched this weekend and gave Kyle Busch his first look inside North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina.

The former Cup track has long been defunct but Speedway Motorsports has renovations to begin later this year and hopes to at least land a Truck Series event at North Wilkesboro.

Toyota used brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch for a commercial entitled “Aliens,” and shot most of it inside North Wilkesboro, which will re-open in August for late-model races and then dirt races in October.

“It can be successful, and it can turn into something nice,” Kyle Busch said. “So I’m looking forward to it if they put something there. I think it would be sweet. It’d be nice to see that place come back to life, and whether it’s an All-Star Race or a Truck race or Xfinity, whatever, I think that we can make something happen there for sure.”

What to know ahead of Wimbledon: Djokovic won’t get vaccine

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic knows that, as things stand now, Wimbledon will be his last Grand Slam tournament of 2022, because he will not be able to play in the U.S. Open — he has not received any COVID-19 shots and can’t enter the United States as an unvaccinated foreigner.

“That,” the 35-year-old from Serbia said Saturday at the All England Club, “is an extra motivation to do well here.”

Djokovic began this season tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 major championships, then the record for a man. But Djokovic’s decision not to get vaccinated led to his deportation from Australia before the Australian Open in January — and Nadal wound up winning that tournament to get his 21st.

Nadal then beat Djokovic in the quarterfinals at the French Open en route to earning his 22nd Slam title this month.

When Wimbledon starts on Monday, Djokovic will have the honor of opening play at Centre Court as the defending champion. He is seeded No. 1 and will be bidding for a fourth consecutive title at the All England Club and seventh overall.

“Hopefully I can have a very good tournament, as I have done in the last three editions. Then I’ll just have to wait and see. I would love to go to States. But as of today, that’s not possible,” said Djokovic, who has come down with COVID-19 twice. “There is not much I can do anymore. I mean, it’s really up to the U.S. government to make a decision whether or not they allow unvaccinated people to go into the country.”

A reporter noted that Djokovic does still have time to get vaccinated before play begins at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 29, and then asked him whether “you’ve completely closed your mind to that as an option.”

Djokovic replied with one word: “Yes.”


Iga Swiatek is No. 1 in the WTA rankings, seeded No. 1 at Wimbledon, coming off a French Open championship and riding a 35-match winning streak heading into her opening match Tuesday at Centre Court.

She also won the junior title at the All England Club in 2018.

And yet Swiatek is quite clear about knowing that her career record in the main draw at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament is merely 3-2.

“Honestly I still feel like I need to figure out grass. Last year, for sure, it was that kind of tournament where I didn’t know what to expect. Then match by match, I realized maybe I can do more and more,” said Swiatek, a 21-year-old from Poland whose Wimbledon debut in 2019 ended in the first round before she got to the fourth round in 2021.

“I’m just trying to stay open-minded and kind of take positives from the situation and realize that I can play without any expectations,” she said. “I have so much … successes this season that I don’t have to kind of show everybody that I need to play well in every tournament because it’s tennis. We have ups and downs. So I try to play without expectations and just see what this tournament brings me.”


Nadal said after winning the French Open thanks to pain-killing injections to numb the chronic pain in his left foot that he wasn’t sure whether he would be able to show up at Wimbledon.

Well, here he is, halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam for the first time, and he said Saturday that some new treatments he had after leaving Roland Garros did help calm the nerve that’s been flaring up — even if he pointed out that they didn’t “fix the injury.”

“First of all, I can walk normally most of the days, almost every single day. That’s, for me, the main issue,” Nadal said. “When I wake up, I don’t have this pain that I was having for the last year and a half. So quite happy about that.”

He said he’s been able to practice better over the last two weeks, without facing “these terrible days that I can’t move at all.”

The two-time Wimbledon champion, whose first match will be Tuesday, did caution: “I can’t be super happy, because I don’t know what can happen.”


Changes for the tournament this year include a shift to first-to-10-points, win-by-two tiebreakers at 6-all in the third set of women’s matches and fifth set of men’s matches; the first time play is planned for the middle Sunday, which traditionally has been a day off; a return to full capacity at all courts and the return of the queue for folks who want to camp out in order to try to get tickets, two years after the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of Wimbledon entirely, and one year after the All England Club limited crowd sizes and temporarily eliminated the queue.

Serena Williams puts ‘Out of office’ on for Wimbledon return

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Serena Williams joked – or was it a joke? – that she activated the “Out of office” message on her email account so anyone trying to reach her about her many non-tennis activities while she’s at Wimbledon would know why no response arrived immediately.

Great as Williams is with a racket in her hand, successful as she’s been, her sport has never been the only activity that interested her or occupied her time. All of which might very well be a factor in why, just shy of 41, she is still in the game, returning to singles action for the first time in a year, and was smiling and chuckling occasionally while taking questions Saturday in the All England Club’s main interview room during a pre-tournament news conference.

“A little surreal,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said, “sitting here again.”

She hasn’t competed in singles since she injured – “ripped” was the verb the American used – her right hamstring during the opening set of her first-round match at Centre Court in 2021. That disappointing exit provided “a tremendous amount of motivation,” she said.

“I didn’t retire. I just needed to heal physically, mentally. And I had no plans, to be honest. I just didn’t know when I would come back. I didn’t know how I would come back,” Williams said. “Obviously, Wimbledon is such a great place to be, and it just kind of worked out.”

No one else knew until recently when, or whether, Williams would play again, a not-insignificant matter, considering what a transcendent figure she is. She wouldn’t say whether this will be her last appearance at the All England Club, offering simply: “I can only tell you that I’m here. Who knows where I’ll pop up next?”

The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion made a brief appearance this week in doubles at a grass-court event in Eastbourne, but Tuesday’s outing against Harmony Tan will be a much bigger deal. Williams said she decided to play Wimbledon “some time ago,” saying she made up her mind before the French Open, which began on May 22.

Williams, a former No. 1 now ranked outside the WTA’s top 1,200 and allowed into the Wimbledon field via a wild-card invitation, practiced on Centre Court on Friday. She arrived for her session just as current No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who is on a 35-match winning streak, wrapped up hers.

“I was pretty overwhelmed. … I didn’t know how to react perfectly. I wanted to meet her. I saw that she had so many people around her. I don’t know her team. It was pretty weird,” Swiatek said, likening the feeling to when she was younger and “too shy to say `Hi’ to anybody.”

“Just seeing her around is great, because she’s such a legend,” Swiatek continued. “There’s nobody that has done so much in tennis.”

Williams has done plenty outside of tennis, too.

That includes forays into business with investment firm Serena Ventures and entertainment via past acting roles and by joining her older sister, Venus – a seven-time major singles champion not entered in Wimbledon this year – as executive producers for “King Richard,” the film about their father that was nominated for five Academy Awards.

“A part of me feels like that is a little bit more of my life now than tournaments. … I absolutely love what I do. I love investing in companies,” Williams said. “And then the Oscars was really fun. … At best, you think of winning Grand Slams, not being nominated for an Oscar for a film that you produce.”

This is hardly her first comeback after time away because of operations, other health problems and having a baby.

Williams also never was someone who entered every possible tournament, even when physically fine.

“I never played as much as the next player throughout my whole career. I think that was all subconscious, me taking care of myself and knowing how to take care of myself,” she said. “A lot of people have to learn that. I think that was something that my parents built into me.”

Williams did not answer every query put to her by reporters on Saturday.

She avoided topics such as the U.S. Supreme Court decision Friday that stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion (“I don’t have any thoughts that I’m ready to share right now”), the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus because of the war in Ukraine (“I’m going to step away from that”) or what it feels like to be without former coach Patrick Mouratoglou (“I didn’t even think about it”).

But ever the competitor, ever the perfectionist, Williams was prepared when someone wanted to know what she would consider a good outcome for her at Wimbledon.

“You know the answer to that,” she said, punctuating her reply with a laugh and a roll of her eyes. “Come on, now.”

2017 US Open finalist Keys, Coric injured, out of Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, and Borna Coric withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday because of injuries.

The tournament begins Monday.

Keys, an American who was seeded 19th at the All England Club, pulled out because of a hurt abdominal muscle.

She was replaced in the field by Coco Vandeweghe, twice a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and twice a semifinalist at other Grand Slam tournaments, who lost in qualifying this week. Vandeweghe’s first-round opponent will be No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina.

Coric is a Croatian who got into the field thanks to a protected ranking because he has been injured. He cited a shoulder problem for his withdrawal.

He was drawn to face No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman and that spot will be filled by an as-yet-unannounced player who lost in qualifying.

Truex Jr. tells Joe Gibbs Racing he’s returning in 2023

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) It took Martin Truex Jr. only seven words to end the season-long speculation about his future in NASCAR.

“I’m back in the 19 next year,” Truex said at Nashville Superspeedway. A statement from Joe Gibbs Racing was even more brief: “I’m coming back,” was Truex’s attributed quote.

Nice and succinct for the 2017 NASCAR champion, who has never been verbose but particularly short on details as he pondered his future the last several months. His contract with JGR expires at the end of the year, and the most Truex would reveal was that the organization needed a decision from the driver this summer.

“The competitive side of me said I’m not done and I’m going to keep fighting, so here we are,” said Truex, who turns 42 on Wednesday.

Next year will be his 18th season in the Cup Series, and the New Jersey native has 31 career wins and a pair of Xfinity Series titles. He heads into Sunday’s race at Nashville winless on the season but ranked sixth in the standings.

Now that Truex is signed, JGR can turn its full attention to two-time champion Kyle Busch. He’s also in a contract year but JGR needs a sponsor for the No. 18 because longtime partner Mars, Inc. is leaving NASCAR after this season.

With Truex returning, JGR keeps a perpetual title contender. He advanced to NASCAR’s title-deciding championship race in four of the last five seasons, winning his only title in 2017 when he drove for now-defunct Furniture Row Racing. He has finished second in the championship three times since, including last year when he lost to Kyle Larson.

He’s a three-time runner-up since moving to Gibbs in 2018, and he’s won 16 races since joining the organization.

“We’re delighted that our 2017 Cup Champion, partner and friend is back in his Camry TRD for at least another year,” said David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development.

It was unclear what Truex might decide in part because of his own struggles in the new Next Gen stock car, but also JGR’s struggles. The four JGR drivers – Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Truex – have a combined three wins. Bell and Truex have yet to reach victory lane.

“I think as we all continue to learn and grow, the good teams will be the good teams everywhere,” Busch said. “But you know, it is kind of patchy, right now with just getting an understanding built around this car.”

The struggle in performance had bothered Truex, who only has seven top-10 finishes through 16 races.

“I don’t like not running good,” Truex said. “I’m here to win. I feel like everybody is working really, really hard right now. It’s an up-and-down sport. I’ve been a lot worse off than this before. We’re sitting in a good spot in points … but I feel like we’re getting closer and we’ll keep doing all we can.”


Redbirds Rally Late, Hand Indians Third Straight Loss

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians built an early 5-1 lead behind home runs from Rodolfo Castro and Ji-Hwan Bae, but the Memphis Redbirds scored five runs over the final three innings to hand Indy its third consecutive loss on Saturday night, 6-5.

After being held to one run through the first six frames, Memphis (41-30) found success against Indians relievers Blake Weiman and Hunter Stratton (L, 1-3), the final blow coming on a two-out, tiebreaking single by Luken Baker in the ninth. The Redbirds’ rally began in the seventh against Weiman when Delvin Perez and Scott Hurst notched two-out singles ahead of a three-run homer by Paul DeJong that made it 5-4. Austin Romine then tied the game with a run-scoring single off Stratton in the eighth before Baker’s heroics in Memphis’ final at-bat.

Indianapolis (34-35) put Memphis starter Matthew Liberatore on the ropes early with four runs in the opening frame, three coming on Castro’s sixth long ball of the season. Hurst and Bae traded solo shots in the third, but Liberatore settled in and retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. The southpaw – rated as St. Louis’ No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline – surrendered five earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings. James Naile (W, 3-2) pitched 2.0 perfect innings in relief to earn the win.

Indy starter Mike Burrows held the Redbirds to one earned run over 4.1 innings in his second Triple-A start and Victory Field debut. He scattered five hits and recorded four strikeouts.

Bae’s solo blast in the third inning was his seventh for Indy. He went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases to raise his season total to a team-high 17 swipes. Eleven of his team-leading 20 multi-hit games have occurred in June, a month in which he’s hit .345 (30-for-87) with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBI. Travis Swaggerty singled in the first and finished 1-for-4 for Indianapolis. He has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games dating back to May 17 with a .333 average (35-for-105).

The Indians and Redbirds conclude their six-game series Sunday at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Bryse Wilson (3-0, 3.08) gets the nod for Indy in the finale against Memphis LHP Connor Thomas (4-2, 3.96).

Disappointing Defeat Ends Four-game Road Trip, Snaps Club Record 12-game Scoring Streak

SAN DIEGO (Saturday, June 25, 2022) – Indy Eleven’s four-game road swing across the month of June ended on a sour note tonight in Southern California as Indiana’s Team fell 5-0 to San Diego Loyal SC at Torero Stadium. While the result snapped the Eleven’s club record 12-game scoring streak, Indiana’s Team remained above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference in seventh position and will now head home to IUPUI Carroll Stadium for five of its next seven contests.

Despite the lopsided scoreline, it was Indy holding the bulk of the ball and enjoying the better chances through the first quarter hour, with an early header by forward Jonas Fjeldberg off a corner and long range look from midfielder Raul Aguilera serving notice. San Diego collected only one shot through the first 20 minutes, but former Indy midfielder Nick Moon jumpstarted their attack in the 23rd minute with a dribble into the area and shot that sailed high. While Loyal SC increased their possession as the half wore on, it was an Eleven miscue that led to San Diego’s opener in the 29th minute, when Thomas Amang collected a misplayed ball in the center circle and raced around drawn out Eleven goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to finish on an open net.

Tim Trilk entered the match in Meredith’s place before the game restarted, as the veteran suffered a hand injury minutes before the goal. After Eleven striker Manuel Arteaga tested Loyal SC goalkeeper Koke Vegas from distance in the 38th minute, it was Trilk coming up big a minute later, darting across his area to stone Moon’s far post half-volley from close range. San Diego found their second in the 42nd minute through Kyle Vassell’s low shot through traffic at the top of the area, and Indy was fortunate not to go down further in first half stoppage time, when Vassell sailed a penalty kick that was drawn after Moon was taken down by Jared Timmer’s last-ditch tackle.

San Diego carried its momentum into the second stanza and took advantage of another Eleven misplayed ball in the 52nd minute, the turnover quickly being distributed to Vassell for a 15-yard finish and a 3-0 Loyal lead. At the hour mark Vassell put himself in position to sweep in Tumi Moshobane’s cross at the far post, but Eleven defender Mechack Jerome’s attempt to play the ball instead nicked it inside the post for an own goal, giving San Diego a fourth.

Indy came closest to scratching one back in the 68th minute when an attack down the right flank ended with two centering passes and the ball at the feet of Arteaga, but his shot from 10 yards rose over the frame. After losing possession just outside his penalty area in the 74th minute, Trilk atoned for his own miscue by scrambling back towards his goal and diving to stop Evan Conway’s look at an open net, but San Diego kept its foot on the gas and got one more through Moshobane in the 85th minute.

After a month away from IUPUI Carroll Stadium, Indy Eleven returns home in time for July 4th weekend, when Indiana’s Team will host The Miami FC during its “Indy-pendence” Celebration game next Saturday, July 2, presented by IBEW Local 481. The special 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Carroll Stadium will be followed by downtown Indy’s only Saturday evening fireworks display curated by B105.7 FM “Saturday Night Takeover” and 93.5/107.5 The Fan host JMV; more details on the evening’s festivities including “Bike Night at The Mike” are available at

Tickets for that holiday weekend affair – and all remaining Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 15
San Diego Loyal SC  5 : 0  Indy Eleven
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Torero Stadium – San Diego, Calif.

Indy Eleven: 6W-6L-3D, 21 pts., T-7th in Eastern Conference
San Diego Loyal SC: 8W-4L-4D, 28 pts., T-3rd in Western Conference

Scoring Summary:
SD – Thomas Amang (unassisted) 29’
SD – Kyle Vassell (unassisted) 42’
SD – Kyle Vassell (Alejandro Guido) 52’
SD – own goal (Mechack Jerome) 60′
SD – Tumi Moshobane (unassisted) 85’

Disciplinary Summary:
SD – Thomas Among (yellow card) 18’
IND – Noah Powder (yellow card) 35’
IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 43’
IND – Jared Timmer (yellow card) 44’
IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 69’
IND – Solomon Asante (yellow card) 70’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Bryan Meredith (Tim Trilk 32’); Noah Powder, Mechack Jerome, Neveal Hackshaw, Jared Timmer (Alex McQueen 61’); Ayoze (captain) (Stefano Pinho 61’), Sam Brown, Raul Aguilera (Justin Ingram 76’), Solomon Asante; Jonas Fjeldberg (Nicky Law 61’), Manuel Arteaga

IND substitutes: A.J. Cochran, Bryam Rebellon

San Diego Loyal SC lineup (3-5-2): Koke Vegas; Elijah Martin, Kyle Adams, Grant Stoneman; Thomas Amang (Tumi Moshobane 45’), Charlie Adams (captain), Collin Martin, Jack Blake (Camden Riley 81’), Nick Moon (Calvin Fodrey 73’); Alejandro Guido (Andrew Carleton 67’), Kyle Vassell (Evan Conway 66’)

SD Substitutes: Austin Guerrero (GK), Nikko Boxall


Indiana signed two undrafted rookies to Exhibit 10 deals including Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels Jr. and Michigan’s Eli Brooks.

Samuels is a 6-7 forward who spent five seasons at Villanova. Samuels averaged 11.1 points and a career-high 6.5 rebounds per game in his final season.

Brooks played five seasons at Michigan and guided the Wolverines to the Sweet Sixteen. He averaged a career-high 12.8 points, 2.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.

Brooks, Samuels and Brown join Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, Gonzaga’s Andrew Nembhard and Baylor’s Kendall Brown, who were chosen with the Nos. 6, 31, and 48 picks in the NBA Draft.

Stefanovic, Williams Sign Free-Agent Deals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Purdue standouts Sasha Stefanovic and Trevion Williams have signed free-agent contracts, it was announced Friday.

Stefanovic, a guard from Crown Point, Indiana, signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Spurs, while Williams, a forward from Chicago, inked a deal with the Boston Celtics.

The duo are now expected to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, starting in about two weeks. Purdue could have up to six players competing in Summer League.

Stefanovic ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game while contributing 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while earning honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades. He led the team in 3-pointers made (87) while making 38.0 percent of his long-distance attempts.

He finished his career seventh on Purdue’s career 3-pointers made list (226), making 38.8 percent of his attempts. He scored 980 career points, 270 rebounds and 254 assists. He scored over 20 points xxxx times in his career, including 23 points and eight assists against North Carolina, 22 points against Illinois and 20 points against the defending national champion Virginia in 2019. He made at least four 3-pointers in 19 different games.

Williams had an outstanding career at Purdue, being the only player in Purdue history to score at least 1,400 points with 900 rebounds and 200 assists, finishing his Purdue career with 1,410 points, 905 rebounds and 238 assists in just 2,464 minutes played. In the last 30 years, he is the only player to reach those marks in under 2,500 career minutes. He finished 26th on the school’s career scoring list and fourth on the career rebounds list. He was one of just three Purdue players to have three seasons of 230 or more rebounds (Joe Barry Carroll, Terry Dischinger).

He was named a third-team All-Big Ten selection this season after being a first-team honoree and honorable mention All-American as a junior. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists, leading Purdue in assists with 112.  He and Duke’s Paolo Banchero were the only players nationally to have at least 425 points, 275 rebounds and 100 assists on the season.

Williams totaled eight double-doubles this season and 29 for his career, good for seventh on Purdue’s career double-doubles list.


Defensive end/linebacker Will Heldt has decided to join coach Jeff Brohm’s 2023 recruiting class. He’s the 10th commitment, including eight in June. Heldt is also the eighth defensive commitment in the class. 

The 6-foot-6 Heldt selected the Boilermakers over Iowa, which he visited last weekend. 

Heldt had 108 tackles, 11 for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and two pass breakups last season.


1906       Herbert M. Whitney, a catcher for the Burlington Pathfinders, becomes the first professional baseball player to die due to being hit by a pitch. The beaning occurred two days ago in an Iowa State League contest against the Waterloo Microbes.

1913       Covington Blue Sox, citing the lack of fan support, relocate the team to Kansas City, eventually causing organized baseball to ‘declare war’ on the Federal League for moving the Packers, the club’s new name, into American Association territory. In addition, Cincinnati blocked Covington from acquiring a baseball franchise in the Class D Blue Grass League, leading the leaders of the sparsely-populated Kentucky city to accept a franchise in the newly-formed upstart circuit, known as the outlaw league due to the organization’s decision not to abide by the National Agreement.

1913       In the nightcap against the A’s at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Eddie Ainsmith steals three bases in one inning. But, after safely reaching base on a single in the bottom of the ninth frame, the 23-year-old catcher’s thievery of second, third, and home proves to be of little consequence when Philadelphia routs the Nats, 10-3.

1916       The Indians became the first major league club to field a team with numbered uniforms when they take on Chicago at Cleveland’s League Park. However, the use of large numerals on the players’ left sleeve and corresponding scorecards last just a few weeks, and, after a brief trial next season, the club abandons the concept.

1920       Lou Gehrig hits his first home run in a major league ballpark, going deep at Wrigley Field, then known as Cubs Park, in a high school championship game between the NYC School of Commerce and Chicago’s Lane Tech. The 17-year-old first baseman, who will return to the ‘Friendly Confines’ in 1932 to hit two homers for the Yankees in Game 3 of the World Series, blasts a ninth-inning grand slam over the right-field wall, sealing a 12-6 victory for the visitors.

1921       Throwing a scoreless inning against the Yankees, 23-year-old Senator southpaw Nemo Gaines makes his major league debut, becoming the first Naval Academy graduate and only one for the next 94 seasons to appear in a big-league contest. In 2015, right-hander Mitch Harris, another Annapolis alumnus, will appear in 26 games (2-1, 3.67) for the Cardinals during his brief one-year career.

1924       In a matchup at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ right-hander Virgil Barnes faces his older sibling, Jesse, marking the first time brothers have started against one another in major league history. Unfortunately, neither Luther and Sade’s sons get the victory, but Jesse will be tagged with the loss when New York beats his Braves, 8-1.

1935       Pirate center fielder Lloyd Waner sets the major league mark, recording 18 putouts during a doubleheader played at Braves Field. The future Hall of Famer’s defense helps the Bucs sweep last-place Boston, 4-2 and 5-1.

1938       Carl Hubbell goes the distance, beating Chicago, 5-1, at the Polo Grounds to notch his 200th victory. The future Hall of Fame southpaw will finish his 16-year career, all with the Giants, compiling a 253-154 (.622) record and an ERA of 2.98.

1938       Reds second baseman Lonny Frey collects eight hits during a twin bill against the Phillies at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl. The 27-year-old Cincinnati infielder goes 3-for-5 in the team’s 10-3 loss in the first game, adding five more hits, including two triples, in an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.

1939       The Yankees play their first night game in franchise history, losing to Connie Mack’s A’s, 3-2, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, where the first-ever American League evening tilt took place last month. The Bronx Bombers will not play their first home game under the lights for another seven years.

1944       At the Polo Grounds, with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six-inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the Dodgers scoring five times and the Yankees and Giants, tallying one and no runs, respectively.

1946       Giants player-manager Mel Ott decides to stop playing and do only his dugout duties for the team. Southpaw-swinging ‘Master Mel’s’ decision is prompted by a .048 batting average, with the future Hall of Fame right fielder collecting just two hits in 48 at-bats this season.

1948       Lou Boudreau, the Tribe’s player-manager, who will finish the season with 199 hits, has a two-run single taken away when his pitcher Bob Muncrief misses third base in the Indians’ 5-0 victory over Washington. However, the right-hander makes up for his base-running gaffe by hurling a three-hit shutout in the Cleveland Stadium contest.

1957       Twenty-six-year-old center fielder Willie Mays collects four hits, scores three runs while driving in four runs in the Giants’ 17-7 victory over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. The close game becomes a blowout when New York scores seven runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.

1960       With the help of Ron Santo, making his major league debut, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from first-place Pittsburgh, 7-5 and 7-6. The rookie third baseman, who will be elected into the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Veterans Committee in 2012, goes 3-for-7, driving in five runs during the twin bill at Forbes Field.

1961       In the Yankees’ 8-6 victory over the Angels, Yogi Berra collects his 2000th career hit, a fifth-inning two-run single off Ken McBride. A huge cake is rolled out in LA’s Wrigley Field to celebrate the Bronx Bombers backstop’s milestone, all accomplished while wearing pinstripes.

1962       At Fenway Park, Earl Wilson, the Red Sox’s first black hurler, strikes out five batters and walks four en route to no-hitting the Angels, 2-0. The 27 -year-old right-hander from Ponchatoula (LA) also drives in the first run of the game when he goes deep in the third-inning off loser Bo Belinsky, who pitched a no-hitter against the Orioles last month.

1963       In a clear message of support for the German people, President John F. Kennedy delivers his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech from the steps of the Rathaus Schoneberg in front of an audience estimated at 450,000. Large crowds greet JFK with banners during his visit, including one that reads, “Let’s Go Mets.”

1963       The Colt .45’s snap their streak of 30 consecutive innings without scoring a run when Al Spangler goes deep in the sixth frame of a 7-2 victory over Milwaukee. The Houston outfielder’s round-tripper is only the second run the team has scored in the last 70 innings.

1964       University of Wisconsin standout Rick Reichardt receives the highest bonus to date when he signs with the Angels for $200,000. The bidding war for the talented Badger outfielder ultimately led the owners to institute a draft, which started in 1965 when Arizona State University’s Rick Monday became the first-ever #1 overall selection.

1966       Ron Santo is struck in the face by a pitch thrown by Mets’ starter Jack Fisher. The Cubs’ third baseman’s fractured cheek ends his record consecutive streak at the hot corner at 390 games, but his 27-game hitting streak, one shy of the franchise mark, stays intact with a first-inning single.

1968       Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson tosses his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanks the Pirates, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader played at Busch Stadium. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale of the Dodgers.

1970       Frank Robinson hits two grand slams in the same game, helping Baltimore beat the Senators, 12-2. The Oriole outfielder, who accomplishes the feat in consecutive at-bats, is the seventh major leaguer to hit two bases-full homers in one game.

1976       After tossing a one-hit 1-0 ten-inning gem for the Rangers five days ago, Bert Blyleven again blanks his opponents for ten innings in the team’s 1-0 victory against the White Sox. Pinch-hitter Jim Fregosi ends the Arlington Stadium pitching duel when he singles off Ken Brett, plating Toby Harrah with the game’s lone run.

1977       Pete Vukovich pitches the first shutout in Blue Jay history, blanking Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. The victory also marks the 24-year-old’s first scoreless complete contest, a feat he will accomplish eight times during his 11-year career.

1977       On Rod Carew Night, the Twins’ first baseman goes 4-for-5 en route to scoring five runs and collecting six RBIs in Minnesota’s 19-12 victory over the White Sox at Metropolitan Stadium. The 31-year-old Panamanian’s offensive output, which includes a double and home run, raises his season’s batting average to .403.

1983       Rusty Staub ties the single-season record with his eighth consecutive pinch-hit. ‘Le Grand Orange’ equals the 1958 mark established by Dave Philley of the Phillies when he singles in the ninth inning off reliever Ron Reed in the Mets’ 8-4 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium.

1985       At Jack Russell Stadium, umpire Keith O’Connor ejects the organist from a Class A Florida League game for playing Three Blind Mice following a close call against the Clearwater Phillies. After NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and syndicated radio host Paul Harvey report the incident, the self-taught musician becomes famous, signing autographs, “Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind Mice organist.”

1987       Although the Red Sox has a 9-0 second-inning advantage, Roger Clemens cannot hold the lead, with the Yankees coming back to win in ten innings, 12-11. Boston’s third baseman Wade Boggs, who is walked intentionally twice during the Bronx ballpark contest, sees his 25-game hitting streak come to an end.

1993       Hall of Fame (1969) catcher Roy Campanella passes away at 71 after suffering a heart attack in Woodland Hills (CA). The wheel-chair-bound former backstop, permanently disabled in a 1958 traffic accident in 1958, ended his ten-year career, which included three NL MVP seasons, with the Brooklyn Dodgers with 242 home runs, 856 RBIs, and five World Series appearances.

1995       Before rejoining the Yankees to start in Chicago, Columbus Clipper starter Mariano Rivera pitches a five-inning no-hitter against the IL’s Rochester Red Wings in Ohio’s Cooper Stadium. During his tenure in the minor leagues, Mo, the future major league leader in career saves, is used primarily as a starter, starting 68 games, including seven complete contests, en route to compiling a 27-18 record and a 2.35 ERA.

1999       At Candlestick Park, Todd Hundley’s second homer of the day, a ninth-inning three-run shot to deep right field off Giants’ closer Robb Nen, sparks the Dodgers’ 7-6 comeback win. Ellis Burks had put San Francisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth, 6-4, with a three-run homer off Alan Mills.

2000       Alex Cabrera homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a two-run pinch-hit round-tripper off Yorkis Perez in Arizona’s 6-1 victory over the Astros at Bank One Ballpark. The 28-year-old minor league veteran of nine seasons becomes the first player in the franchise’s three-year history to accomplish the feat.

2001       Not known for being a base thief during his playing days, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon, ejected for arguing a close play in the team’s eventual 7-6, 12-inning come-from-behind victory over the Brewers at PNC Park, literally steals first base. “I told him (first base ump Rick Reed) he wasn’t using it, so I thought I’d take it,” explains the Bucs’ skipper after pulling the bag out of the ground and carrying it into the Pirates’ dugout.

2003       Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks, and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.’s franchise mark for RBIs. His two-run homer in the team’s 10-6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs, one more than Junior.

2005       At Oklahoma City’s SBC Bricktown Ballpark, the public address announcer informs the Red Hawks fans of a lineup change, “now batting for Nashville, pinch-hitting for Corey Hart, Corey Hart.” The Sounds, who already had an outfielder named Corey Hart on a Triple-A injury rehab assignment on their roster, recently acquired an infielder also called Corey Hart from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.

2011       Three days after Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation, the Nationals name senior advisor Davey Johnson as the team’s manager for the remainder of the season. The 68-year-old former skipper compiled an 1148-888 (.564) record during his 14 years in the dugout with the Mets, Dodgers, Reds, and Orioles, finishing lower than third place only on three occasions.

2012       In the Bronx, third-base umpire Mike DiMuro rules Yankees’ outfielder Dewayne Wise made a clean catch of Indians’ Jack Hannahan’s pop fly, reaching in the stands to end the seventh inning. Replays, however, clearly show the empty-handed left fielder never made the catch, and Vinnie Pellegrino, a fan from West Islip, NY, has the ball.

2015       Prince Fielder hits his 300th career home run when he goes deep to right field off Mark Buehrle in the first inning of the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Texas Ranger first baseman’s milestone round-tripper makes him and his dad, Cecil (319), the second son-father combo to hit 300-plus homers, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds.

2018       The A’s extend the record for home runs to 27 consecutive road games when Chad Pinder hits a two-run round-tripper off Blaine Hardy in the top of the fifth inning in team’s 9-7 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park. The 1994 Orioles established the previous mark with homers in 24 straight away games.


1899 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty wins 3rd straight Wimbledon singles championship; beats Arthur Gore 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

1906 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)

1910 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Louise Hammond 6-4, 6-2

1911 US Open Men’s Golf, Chicago GC: 19-year old John McDermott becomes first American born champion; wins in a playoff with Mike Brady and George Simpson

1916 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)

1925 British Open Men’s Golf, Prestwick GC: English born American Jim Barnes captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Ted Ray and Archie Compston

1935 Surrey’s former England Test cricket batsman Andy Sandham scores his 100th first class century (103) v Hampshire at Basingstoke

1937 Test cricket debut of Len Hutton v NZ at Lord’s, scores 0 & 1

1938 Cincinnati Red Lonny Frey hits 8 doubles in a doubleheader

1944 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0

1945 England win the second Victory test cricket at Bramall Lane by 41 runs

1954 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4

1955 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th WO title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs and Fay Croker; first WO played at stroke play

1970 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Baltimore Orioles beat Washington Senators 12-2

1972 Australian swing bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut in 2nd Test vs England at Lord’s

1976 Washington Senators player Toby Harrah plays an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single chance in the field

1987 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn

1991 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets

1992 UEFA European Championship Final, Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany, 2-0

1993 NY Met Eddie Murray is 20th to get 1,600 RBIs

1994 Kirby Puckett pass Rod Carew with 2,088 hit as Twin’s top hit leader

1994 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: 1992 champion Dave Stockton wins by 6 strokes from Jim Albus

1996 NBA Draft: Georgetown guard Allen Iverson first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

1999 NHL Draft: Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL) center Patrik Stefan first pick by Atlanta Thrashers

2002 NBA Draft: Shanghai Sharks (China) center Yao Ming first pick by Houston Rockets

2003 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

2005 US Open Women’s Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Birdie Kim holes out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to win her lone LPGA title, 2 strokes ahead of teenage amateurs Brittany Lang & Morgan Pressel

2008 NBA Draft: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose first pick by Chicago Bulls

2011 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Locust Hill CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan scores her 4th major title win by 10 strokes over Morgan Pressel

2014 NBA Draft: Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid #1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers

2016 Copa América Final, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Defending champions Chile defeat Argentina, 4-2 on penalty kicks; 0–0 after extra time

2017 America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman

2021 Largest-ever pile up in the Tour de France caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. Spectator later hunted down and arrested.



Chicago Cubs (4) vs Detroit Tigers (1)

The fourth official World Series marked the third consecutive postseason championship appearance of the Chicago Cubs. After losing to their cross town rivals, the White Sox in 1906, the reigning National League champs made amends by sweeping Detroit in the 1907 Series. The Tigers had learned a hard lesson and were also determined to make a repeat appearance. They met their goal by winning the American League pennant on the last day of the regular season. The press played up the rematch on both sides as Chicago papers were filled with words like “repeat” while the Detroit papers used “revenge”.

Game 1 recalled memories of the previous year’s opener as the Tigers held a surprise lead going into the ninth inning. Once again, the Tigers watched their advantage fade away, although this year the game would not be called at a tie. Detroit pitcher, Ed Simmons continued to look strong going into the ninth as he retired Johnny Evers to open the inning. The twenty-four game winner was two outs away from Series leading victory, when suddenly everything folded. In what must have seemed like a recurring bad dream, Simmons yielded six consecutive hits resulting in five runs. Chicago snatched the lead and never looked back en route to a 10-6 triumph, using Orval Overall and Mordecai Brown in relief roles behind Ed Reulbach.

Chicago’s Orval Overall was given the start for Game 2, having only served in a relief role in the Series opener and was paired up against the Tiger’s ace Bill Donovan. Both pitchers went head-to-head for four innings straight with neither allowing a single hit in a 0-0 standoff. Three innings later, the Tigers had managed three hits and the Cubs had one. The game remained scoreless going into the eighth inning with both teams waiting for the other to blink. Donovan blinked first and ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning. Joe Tinker started the rally with a two run homer to right field and before the inning was over, the Cubs had four more hits and four more runs. Ty Cobb tried to generate some momentum with a run-scoring single in the ninth, but once again, Chicago prevailed, winning 6-1. The Cubs were on a roll and won their sixth consecutive Series game against the Tigers.

Detroit was finally able to break Chicago’s post-season winning streak in Game 3 with a stellar performance on the mound by George Mullin. The Tigers’ ace dominated the Cubs line-up allowing only seven hits in an 8-3 victory. The win appeared to breathe some life back into the perennial losers, but their renewed fervor didn’t last long. In Game 4, they recorded a miserable four-hit effort in a 3-0 loss against Brown and they would never recover. Overall, who had performed so magnificently Game 2, was even better in Game 5. The twenty-seven year-old right hander allowed only three hits and struck out ten batters in the 2-0 triumph and back-to-back Series winner. The Tigers’ embarrassment was dulled by the lack of witnesses in the stands as only 6,210 fans witnessed the finale in Detroit, the smallest crowd in Series history.

The Cubs became the first team to record three consecutive World Series appearances and two consecutive World Series victories with both championship wins coming off the heels of a record one-hundred sixteen victory season of 1906. In 1908, Chicago’s West Side franchise was more than just a winning baseball team, they had just become sports first official “dynasty”.


The History of the 1933 Midsummer Classic

Baseball’s newest contribution to the romance of American sports, the All-Star Game, made its debut on July 6, 1933, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition. By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseball’s best to the rest of the country. Many did not believe that a contest of this magnitude could possibly live up to the fan’s expectations, especially for those who lived in the far western states and had never been to a major league baseball game.

The novel idea of a single game made up of the most exciting assemblage of ball-playing talent ever brought together on the diamond at one time, seemed too good to be true. In 1933 and 1934, All-Star teams were selected by the managers and the fans. The National League’s manager John McGraw and American League’s Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and the one and only Babe Ruth. “We wanted to see the Babe,” said Bill Hallahan, the National League starter. “Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn’t make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.”

With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, The Babe drove one into the right-field stands, the first homer in All-Star history. The crowd, according to one account, “roared in acclamation” and the first All-Star Game, won by the American League on the strength of Ruth’s homer, was a resounding success.




American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5220.72230 – 922 – 1126 – 1217 – 56 – 36 – 4L 2
Boston4131.5691120 – 1621 – 157 – 1411 – 719 – 78 – 2W 6
Toronto4031.56311.521 – 1419 – 1712 – 1410 – 914 – 54 – 6L 1
Tampa Bay3932.54912.524 – 1515 – 1712 – 136 – 912 – 94 – 6W 2
Baltimore3439.46618.518 – 1716 – 2215 – 1910 – 104 – 67 – 3W 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4033.54822 – 1718 – 1611 – 918 – 129 – 74 – 6W 1
Cleveland3631.537116 – 1220 – 195 – 714 – 99 – 86 – 4L 3
Chi White Sox3337.4715.515 – 2118 – 1613 – 1510 – 126 – 74 – 6L 4
Detroit2843.3941118 – 2210 – 217 – 1411 – 143 – 104 – 6W 2
Kansas City2644.37112.513 – 2213 – 224 – 911 – 177 – 106 – 4L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4526.63420 – 1125 – 155 – 713 – 321 – 128 – 2W 2
Texas3436.48610.517 – 1917 – 175 – 87 – 615 – 185 – 5W 1
Seattle3439.4661215 – 1819 – 216 – 147 – 617 – 146 – 4W 5
LA Angels3440.45912.518 – 2216 – 186 – 147 – 416 – 145 – 5L 2
Oakland2449.329228 – 2816 – 218 – 128 – 156 – 173 – 7W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4726.64424 – 1023 – 1624 – 87 – 313 – 106 – 4W 2
Atlanta4231.575524 – 1618 – 1513 – 1012 – 813 – 106 – 4W 1
Philadelphia3835.521919 – 1719 – 1812 – 164 – 215 – 116 – 4W 1
Miami3238.45713.518 – 1614 – 2217 – 142 – 49 – 144 – 6L 2
Washington2648.35121.512 – 2614 – 226 – 247 – 79 – 113 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4133.55418 – 1523 – 1811 – 1324 – 133 – 56 – 4W 1
St. Louis4133.55422 – 1419 – 194 – 622 – 139 – 54 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh2942.40810.517 – 2012 – 223 – 513 – 2312 – 95 – 5L 2
Chi Cubs2745.3751313 – 2514 – 203 – 315 – 197 – 144 – 6L 1
Cincinnati2447.33815.512 – 2312 – 243 – 510 – 167 – 212 – 8L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4426.62920 – 1224 – 1410 – 911 – 514 – 87 – 3L 1
San Diego4529.608121 – 1524 – 1412 – 819 – 1013 – 105 – 5L 1
San Francisco3932.5495.520 – 1519 – 1714 – 138 – 811 – 94 – 6W 1
Arizona3241.43813.517 – 2115 – 2012 – 1010 – 115 – 163 – 7L 5
Colorado3141.4311419 – 1912 – 228 – 196 – 411 – 114 – 6L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot