MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
San Francisco 8 Houston 6
New York Yankees 4 Miami 2
Minnesota St. Louis 1
Toronto 4 Kansas City
Los Angeles Angels 1 Oakland 0
Baltimore 5 Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 9 Boston 5
Texas 5 Seattle 4 (10)
Cleveland 12 Chicago White Sox 11
Chicago Cubs 6 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 2
New York Mets 5 Cincinnati 4 (10)
Atlanta 8 Milwaukee 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 Arizona 3
Colorado 5 San Diego 3
SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 6 St. Paul 5
Lansing 3. Fort Wayne 1
Quad Cities 5 South Bend 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
San Jose 1 Seattle 0
New England 3 New York 2
FC Cincinnati 0 DC 0
Inter Miami CF 2 CF Montréal 1
FC Dallas 2 Sporting KC 1
Real Salt Lake 0 Houston 0
Colorado 1 Austin 0
Vancouver 2 Minnesota 2
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
July 31, 2021
- Ravens agree to 1-year deal with LB Justin Houston
- AP source: Browns, RB Nick Chubb agree to 3-year extension
- Aldon Smith on field now for Seattle, but uncertainty awaits
- Mahomes impressed by new Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon
- Wentz’s injury forces Indy into backup plan at quarterback
- Miami CB Howard at practice, hopes for contract resolution
- Browns owners Haslams realistic about team’s chances
- Titans’ Brown eager to form 1-2 WR punch with Julio Jones
- Saints arms race: Winston vs Hill in bid to succeed Brees
- Jags’ Lawrence gets ‘plus, plus’ grades, ‘real stuff’ next
- Packers’ Amari Rodgers appreciates having mentor as teammate
- Jets’ Maye disappointed about contract, focused on football
- Speedy WR John Ross hoping things click with the N.Y. Giants
- Raiders place emphasis on fixing dismal red zone offense
- Wilson bounces back, sparkles in his 2nd Jets camp practice
- Troy being Troy: Polamalu carves singular path to Hall
- J.C. Jackson blossoms as a ballhawk in Patriots secondary
- Still standing: Falcons’ Ryan embraces elder statesman role
- Colts sign quarterback Brett Hundley after Wentz’s injury
- Go Deep! QB Jared Goff taking charge in Lions camp
SPORTS WIRE: MLB:
August 1, 2021
- LEADING OFF: Bryant set for SF debut, Tatis on injured list
- Pads star Tatis on 10-day injured list with shoulder trouble
- Votto inches from HR record, Báez helps Mets rally past Reds
- Márquez homers off Darvish, pitches Rockies past Padres 5-3
- White Sox rookie Zavala hits 3 HRs; Indians rally, win 12-11
- Justin Turner hits go-ahead HR, Dodgers top Diamondbacks 8-3
July 31, 2021
- Swanson hits 2 HRs, drives in 7 as Braves beat Brewers 8-1
- Hendricks earns majors-best 13th win as Cubs beat Nats 6-3
- Heim’s second 2-run HR in 10th lifts Rangers over Mariners
- Ryan Jeffers homers again, Twins rout Cardinals 8-1
- Stallings’ RBI in 9th sends Pirates to 3-2 win over Phillies
- Rizzo HR again for Yanks as Marlins’ Mattingly misses game
- Rays move into 1st in AL East with 9-5 victory over Red Sox
- Means, Franco lead Orioles to 5-2 win over Tigers
- Javier Báez hits 2-run homer in New York Mets debut
- Schwarber looking forward to the challenge of playing 1B
- Rays ace Tyler Glasnow likely to have Tommy John surgery
- Giants hit 5 HRs, rough up Greinke, Astros 8-6
- Ohtani’s RBI, Barria’s gem gives Angels 1-0 victory over A’s
- 2 more Brewers positive for virus; Strickland, Cousins out
- Manoah wins in return, Springer 2 HRs, Blue Jays beat KC 4-0
- Marlins manager Don Mattingly tests positive for COVID-19
- Nationals trade Gomes, Harrison to A’s amid big overhaul
- Freddy Galvis returns to Phillies in deal with Orioles
- Busy at deadline, Indians trade OF Eddie Rosario to Braves
- Mets get Báez, Williams from Cubs for outfield prospect
- Gallo, Rizzo excited to join Yankees for playoff drive
- Splash! Giants land Bryant from Cubs just before deadline
- LEADING OFF: Votto can match HR mark, Tatis hurt again
- Cabrera’s double in 10th lifts D-backs over Dodgers 6-5
- Votto homers in 7th straight game, Reds beat Mets 6-2
- Deal ’em up! Scherzer, Turner, Bryant, Báez and Berríos move
- Altuve hits grand slam on 2-homer night, Astros beat Giants
- Padres lose Tatis to shoulder injury, fall 9-4 to Rockies
- A’s blank Angels again, 2-0; Bassitt 1st in AL to 11 wins
- ChiSox rally for 6-4 win over Indians after getting Kimbrel
- Rookies Gilbert and Kelenic lead Mariners past Rangers 9-5
- Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. hurt on slide, leaves game
- Rizzo homers in his debut as Yankees beat Marlins 3-1
SPORTS WIRE NBA:
July 31, 2021
- Presti looking to rebuild Thunder with young stars
- Celtics get Richardson in trade as Mavs make salary cap move
SPORTS WIRE NHL:
July 31, 2021
- NHL to investigate claim Sharks’ Kane bet on own games
- Stars keep some depth at forward by re-signing Kiviranta
- NHL to investigate claims by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose player bet on own games and tried to lose for profit
- Rangers renew new enforcer Ryan Reaves’ contract through ’23
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
- 1906 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ pitcher Harry McIntire no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates for 10 2/3 innings, but loses in 13th.
- 1918 – Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings.
- 1936 – (to August 16) The Games of the XI Olympiad are held in Berlin, Germany.
- 1950 – First Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons).
- 1950 – American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule.
- 1957 – Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 metres (445 feet 10 inches).
- 1959 – New Continental baseball league formed.
- 1962 – Boston Red Sox player Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0.
- 1970 – Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirates) ties record of five extra base hits in a game.
- 1972 – Nate Colbert of San Diego Padres hits record-tying five home runs in a double header.
- 1973 – Thurman Munson and Carleton Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park.
- 1974 – Virginia Squires trade Julius “Dr J” Erving to the New York Nets.
- 1975 – Billy Martin is named manager of New York Yankees, replacing Bill Virdon.
- 1976 – Seattle Seahawks play first (preseason) soccer game (San Francisco Gales 27, Seattle 20).
- 1978 – Pete Rose goes hitless, ends his 44-game hitting streak (ties National League record).
- 1980 – Gerd Wessig of German Democratic Republic sets the high jump record.
- 1982 – Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Travis Jackson, and Happy Chandler, are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1982 – American Greg Louganis becomes first diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives.
- 1986 – Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes the tenth major league pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts.
- 1987 – Crossbow flight record (2,005 yards 1 foot 9 inches) set by Harry Drake in Nevada.
- 1987 – Mike Tyson beats Tony Tucker to become undisputed boxing champ.
- 1996 – At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds, with a time of 19.32 seconds.
- 2005 – Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the highest profile player to be suspended for violating the Major League Baseball steroids policy.
Votto inches from HR record, Báez helps Mets rally past Reds
NEW YORK (AP) Joey Votto could not have come any closer.
The star slugger fell inches short of matching the major league record with a home run in eight consecutive games, but Javier Baez did clear the fence in his New York debut and the Mets rallied past the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings Saturday night.
With the Mets down to their final strike, Dominic Smith hit a tying single off Sean Doolittle in the ninth. Brandon Drury opened the bottom of the 10th with an RBI single against Luis Cessa (3-2), driving in automatic runner Kevin Pillar from second base to win it.
Votto, riding a seven-game homer streak, laced a line drive that hit the orange padding atop the right-field wall in the eighth and bounced back into play – mere inches from sailing over near the 370-foot sign.
“Good swing,” Votto said. “I had a great time during this stretch because we played so well as a unit.”
A foot higher and Votto would have tied Dale Long (1956 Pittsburgh Pirates), Don Mattingly (1987 New York Yankees) and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1993 Seattle Mariners), the only players to homer in eight straight games.
“It’s been special and I’ve enjoyed it,” said the 37-year-old Votto, a six-time All-Star and the 2010 NL MVP. “I’ll probably never do it again.”
The ball was hit so hard, Votto settled for a single that put runners at the corners with none out.
But then Seth Lugo struck out the next two batters and left-hander Aaron Loup picked off Votto at first base, leading to Kyle Farmer getting tagged out in a rundown between third and home.
“Joey thought he had a really good read,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Cincinnati had another great chance in the 10th with runners at the corners and nobody out before Edwin Diaz (4-4) fanned Farmer and then whiffed Votto with a 99 mph fastball above the strike zone.
Tyler Naquin lined out to center field, and a fired-up Diaz headed for the dugout.
Farmer hit a solo homer and Eugenio Suarez had a three-run shot as the Reds built a 4-1 lead against 41-year-old lefty Rich Hill, who went five innings in his second start for the Mets since being traded from Tampa Bay.
Baez’s two-run homer in the sixth energized the Citi Field crowd of 26,477 and pulled New York within one.
“Clutch situations for Javy, he’s built for things like that. All the adrenaline,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.
The two-time All-Star launched a 1-2 cutter from starter Wade Miley to left field for his 23rd homer of the season. Baez, who batted cleanup, took a long look at his drive from home plate and tossed his bat aside before circling the bases.
“He knew it immediately,” Rojas said.
With fans chanting “Ja-vy! Ja-vy!” he came out of the dugout for a curtain call and raised both arms to spur on the crowd.
“The love that they showed me tonight, it was really special,” Baez said.
Baez was acquired Friday from the Chicago Cubs in a big deal just before baseball’s trade deadline. New York also received pitcher Trevor Williams and cash for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.
El Mago became the 30th player to homer in his Mets debut.
The flashy shortstop was greeted with several warm ovations, including during pregame introductions and even when he caught an easy popup for his first chance on defense.
Suarez was ejected after taking a called third strike in the eighth.
Hendricks earns majors-best 13th win as Cubs beat Nats 6-3
WASHINGTON (AP) Kyle Hendricks earned his major league-leading 13th victory, Rafael Ortega homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Saturday night.
The Cubs, who had dropped four in a row, made six trades prior to Friday’s deadline, scattering Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Craig Kimbrel and others to contenders.
Hendricks (13-4) won his 11th straight decision in a 15-start stretch. He was part of the franchise’s 2016 World Series championship, is signed through 2023 and is one of the team’s most recognizable remaining players.
“It was a really, really tough time, and still is,” Hendricks said. “It’s going to take a while to process. It’s just very different around here without those guys. Nothing you can do but move forward. We’re still playing baseball. The goal is to win ballgames.”
The right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out three.
Joe Ross (5-9) allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings for Washington, which lost for the first time since completing a deadline sale of their own that shipped out Max Scherzer, Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner, among others. The Nats beat the Cubs on Friday night.
The Nationals went 8-18 in July, their worst record in a month when they played more than one game since going 8-19 in June 2010.
“We ended the month tough,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We have to stick together, play together and just have some fun and try to win games.”
Chicago took the lead in the fourth. Sergio Alcantara drove in a run on a one-out single and scored on Andrew Romine’s double. Ortega then homered to center with two down to bump the margin to 5-1.
“It’s sad to see the stars go, the players that we had here and what they did,” Ortega said. “But I think it also gives me and the other players an opportunity to take advantage of and stake our place here with the team.”
Jason Heyward added an RBI single in the seventh. It was the first time since July 16 that Heyward drove in a run, a span of 46 at-bats.
With Hendricks out of the game, the Nationals pounced on Rex Brothers for three hits and a walk to open the eighth. Codi Heuer, making his Cubs debut a day after coming over from the Chicago White Sox in the Kimbrel deal, allowed only Carter Kieboom’s sacrifice fly that made it 6-3 while otherwise escaping the bases-loaded jam.
“Usually, you want to give somebody a little softer landing when they get to the new team,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “That was the plan, but it didn’t work out that way. He handled the moment really nice.”
Kyle Ryan worked the ninth for his first save.
Ortega opened the scoring in the first, coming around when Washington’s Juan Soto misplayed Patrick Wisdom’s liner to right into a three-base error.
Yadiel Hernandez, batting cleanup for the first time this season, had an RBI double in the first for the Nationals.
White Sox rookie Zavala hits 3 HRs; Indians rally, win 12-11
CHICAGO (AP) White Sox rookie Seby Zavala hit the first three home runs of his career, including a grand slam, but the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat Chicago 12-11 on Saturday night.
Austin Hedges, Owen Miller and Amed Rosario homered to help Cleveland overcome a five-run deficit.
Zavala became the first player in big league history to hit his first three career home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 27-year-old catcher played his 18th game in the majors – he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on July 6 to replace the injured Yasmani Grandal.
Batting ninth, Zavala hit a solo homer in the third off Triston McKenzie. Zavala connected for a grand slam off McKenize in the fourth for a 6-1 lead and a solo drive against Bryan Shaw in the seventh.
“I always knew I could swing it,” Zavala said. “Going through a rough patch for a couple of months, I knew if I kept working, something would click and I feel pretty good at the plate.”
With a chance to become the 19th player to hit a record-tying four homers in a game, Zavala singled in the eighth and finished with six RBIs.
Zavala was 4 for 28 with 13 strikeouts in 12 games for the White Sox this season before breaking loose. He went 1 for 12 in five games with Chicago in 2019.
Brian Goodwin and Adam Engel also homered for the White Sox, who lead the second-place Indians by eight games in the AL Central despite winning just three times in their last 10 games.
The Indians totaled nine runs in three straight innings to take the lead. Justin Garza (1-0) threw two scoreless innings. Emmanuel Clase got five outs for his 13th save.
“For us to come back and score nine unanswered runs, that’s huge,” said center fielder Myles Straw, acquired Friday from Houston. “You don’t really see that a whole lot in baseball. It just kind of shows a lot about this team. It was a crazy and very exciting first game for me.”
Engel hit a two-run homer and Jose Abreu added an RBI single to pull the White Sox within one in the eighth.
Miller and Hedges hit back-to-back drives in the fifth to cut the White Sox lead to 6-3. It was Miller’s first career homer.
Franmil Reyes hit an RBI double to chase Dallas Keuchel in a five-run sixth. After Hedges’ single tied the game, Yu Chang hit a two-run triple off Michael Kopech (3-1) for an 8-6 lead. Goodwin made a leaping attempt in right field on Chang’s hit but couldn’t hang onto the ball.
Kopech allowed five runs in an inning, the first time he has yielded more than a run in an outing this season.
Each starting pitcher allowed three home runs. McKenzie gave up six runs over four innings for Cleveland while Keuchel was tagged for five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
“I’ve been dealing with this mechanical flaw of mine and sometimes I clean it up and sometimes I don’t,” Keuchel said. “I fell victim to it after the third, and they took advantage of it.”
Giants hit 5 HRs, rough up Greinke, Astros 8-6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants hit five home runs, including four off Astros ace Zack Greinke, and beat Houston 8-6 Saturday in an interleague matchup of division leaders.
Darin Ruf, Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr. connected off Greinke. Mike Yastrzemski added a later shot to help the Giants become the first team in the majors with 65 wins.
Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for the Giants.
“We put some really good swings on the ball. All the homers were pretty much no-doubters,” Ruf said. “Although it was a nice day to hit and the ball seemed to be traveling well, those would have been homers in any other day game.”
Aledmys Diaz homered twice on his 31st birthday for the Astros, who lost in manager Dusty Baker’s return after serving a one-game suspension.
The Giants lead the NL with 156 home runs, but had gone a season-high four games without one before Solano’s two-out drive in the second.
After Flores connected for a two-run homer in the third, Wade homered into McCovey Cove in the fourth. The ball sailed over his mother, who was standing on the walkway behind the seats in right field when the ball went out. It was the first game this season that Wade’s parents attended.
“I thought that was pretty cool,” Wade said. “It just so happened that she was there at the right time. She can’t sit still and wants to walk around.”
Ruf homered in the fifth. Yastrzemski hit his 17th home run in the eighth.
“This was like a homer-dome today,” Baker said. “That ball was flying. Barry Bonds would have hit 85 home runs in these conditions. We didn’t miss many. They didn’t miss any.”
Greinke gave up eight hits and six runs — four earned — in four innings. His career high for homers allowed is five.
“Three of them might have been home runs still in any situation,” Greinke said. “They weren’t cheap.”
Crawford’s two-out RBI single off Cristian Javier drove in Ruf, who reached on a two-out single off Blake Taylor (2-3).
Jay Jackson (2-0) retired three batters to win. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Diaz hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth, both off Giants starter Alex Wood.
The Astros made it 6-all on Martin Maldonado’s homer in the top of the sixth.
Rizzo HR again for Yanks as Marlins’ Mattingly misses game
MIAMI (AP) Anthony Rizzo homered in his second consecutive game since joining the Yankees, leading New York over Miami 4-2 Saturday on a night Marlins manager Don Mattingly missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
Obtained from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, Rizzo drove a sinker from reliever Steven Otker near the right field upper deck in the seventh for his 16th homer.
Rizzo also singled, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored the go-ahead run. He is 4 for 5 and has reached base eight times in two games with New York.
Mattingly tested positive Saturday. The 60-year-old, a former Yankees captain in his sixth season as Miami’s manager, was vaccinated in mid-April and experienced mild symptoms when he arrived at the ballpark. Bench coach James Rowson managed the Marlins in Mattingly’s absence.
With the score 2-2 in the fifth, David Hess (2-1) walked Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton, and the runners advanced on Rougned Odor’s fly to deep left.
Gary Sanchez struck out, No. 8 hitter Tyler Wade was intentionally walked and Gio Urshela pinch hit for starter Domingo German.
Anthony Bender relieved and his first pitch got past catcher Jorge Alfaro. Limited to pinch hitting as he recovers from hamstring tightness, Urshela struck out, ending the inning.
German, who took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning in his previous start at Boston and ended with a no-decision, allowed two runs, two hits, struck out five and walked two. He is winless since May 20.
Lucas Luetge (4-1) struck out four of six batters he retired in two scoreless innings. Chad Green followed with a perfect eighth.
Jonathan Loaisiga got his third save in five chances, giving up Brian Anderson’s one-out single. Lewin Diaz hit a grounder to a shifted shortstop Gleyber Torres between first and second, and when Anderson stopped, Torres lunged and tagged him with his glove while the ball was in his bare hand.
Torres bounced the throw to Rizzo at first, and a video review overturned the initial out call. With runners on first and second – the Marlins unsuccessfully argued it should have been first and third – Loaisiga struck out Alfaro and got Bryan De La Cruz to ground into a game-ending forceout.
Miami matched its season worst of 16 games under .500 at 44-60.
Odor’s RBI single and Sanchez’s run-scoring double built a 2-0 lead in the second off Trevor Rogers. Alfaro hit an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Activated from the injured list Saturday, Rogers gave up five runs and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander, Miami’s representative in the All-Star game, Rogers has not won since June 10.
Rays move into 1st in AL East with 9-5 victory over Red Sox
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wander Franco had two key run-scoring hits, the Tampa Bay bullpen worked out of a pair of bases-loaded jams, and the Rays moved into first place in the AL East with a 9-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Franco’s RBI triple off Nathan Eovaldi (9-6) gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead in the sixth. He added a run-scoring single during a three-run eighth that made it 9-5. Francisco Mejia had a two-run single in the eighth.
“We feel good, we’re obviously very excited and happy, but we’ve got to keep it going,” the 20-year-old rookie Franco said through a interpreter.
Andrew Kittredge (7-1) fell behind Christian Vazquez 3-0 with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but rebounded to get the strikeout. He kept the game tied at 5 when he fanned Bobby Dalbec on three pitches.
Boston also failed to score after loading the bases in the seventh, an inning in which reliever Jeffrey Springs sprained his right knee going after a bunt single by Rafael Devers that hit the third-base bag. Matt Wisler ended the threat by striking out Hunter Renfroe after the first two pitches were balls.
“Those guys are pretty special,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “They certainly made big, big pitches when they needed to.”
Cash said it is “highly likely” that Springs will become the 15th Tampa Bay pitcher on the injured list.
The Rays got homers from Ji-Man Choi and Mejia. The Rays connected on three home runs in winning the series opener 7-3 on Friday night.
Xander Bogaerts and Dalbec homered for the Red Sox, who had at least a share of the divisional lead since June 28 but fell a half-game behind Tampa Bay.
“We had our chances, right?” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We had bases loaded with one out. It was a one-run game going into the eighth, so we’ll take that as a positive.”
The Red Sox have given up 29 runs over the last three games and have a 4.93 ERA since the All-Star break.
Eovaldi gave up six runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two homers after giving up just five over his previous 20 starts this season.
“It’s very frustrating to me, especially how big this game was for us tonight,” Eovaldi said. “This one is on me.”
Mejia hit a two-run homer in the fourth that put the Rays up 5-3.
Dalbec tied it at 5-all on a fifth-inning, two-run drive.
J.D. Martinez had an RBI single and Bogaerts followed with a two-run shot off Ryan Yarbrough as Boston went up 3-0 in the first.
The Rays cut the deficit to 3-2 later in the first on Choi’s two-run homer.
Tampa Bay pulled even at 3-3 in the third when second baseman Jonathan Arauz misplayed two grounders. Nelson Cruz drove in a run when Arauz misplayed his grounder for his second error of the inning.
Yarbrough gave up five runs and four hits in five innings.
Justin Turner hits go-ahead HR, Dodgers top Diamondbacks 8-3
PHOENIX (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers were the talk of baseball this weekend after adding three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and All-Star Trea Turner in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.
Turns out some of the guys already on the roster are pretty good, too.
Justin Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, Albert Pujols had a pair of RBI singles and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Saturday night.
The game was tied at 3 in the seventh when Turner squared up a pitch from reliever Stefan Crichton that easily sailed over the left field wall and into the Diamondbacks bullpen. The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the inning, including one on a pinch-hit, RBI single from Albert Pujols to take a 7-3 lead.
“He’s got a good sinker and I was looking for something up in the zone,” Turner said about the homer. “He got it up and in and I was able to keep it fair.”
It was Turner’s 19th homer of the season. The 41-year-old Pujols has 3,289 hits, four shy of Willie Mays for 12th in MLB history.
The Dodgers built an early 3-0 lead with a two-out rally in the second. Chris Taylor and Max Muncy hit back-to-back RBI singles and then the two pulled off a double steal. D-backs catcher Carson Kelly’s throw to second to catch Muncy was way off the bag, which allowed Taylor to trot home easily.
The D-backs started a comeback in the fourth when Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer to right made it 3-2. Nick Ahmed smacked a solo shot into the left-field seats in the fifth to tie the game.
D-backs starter Merrill Kelly (7-8) pitched into the seventh but was pulled after walking Muncy with one out in the seventh despite throwing only 88 pitches. Turner promptly crushed the no-doubt homer on Crichton’s second pitch and the Dodgers were up 5-3.
“It’s my job to make those tough decisions,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “(Kelly) was doing his best to stay in the ballgame. I just felt like it was time to maneuver.”
Kelly gave up four runs, including three earned, on eight hits and two walks. He struck out six.
Mitch White had his first career start on the mound for the Dodgers in what was essentially a bullpen game. The right-hander threw 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out five.
White said he found he was going to start about four hours before Saturday’s game.
“I knew regardless that I was going long today to cover the pen,” White said. “But knowing I was going to start, that was cool.”
Alex Vesia (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. The Dodgers had 16 hits.
Swanson hits 2 HRs, drives in 7 as Braves beat Brewers 8-1
ATLANTA (AP) Dansby Swanson hit a grand slam and a two-run shot and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Swanson had three hits, including his second career grand slam in the seventh off John Curtiss. The grand slam bounced off the foul pole in left field and came only nine days after his first career grand slam on July 22 against Philadelphia.
“It’s kind of wild, isn’t it?” Swanson said. “It makes me feel like a kid again. … I had never hit a grand slam in my baseball life. To have two in 10 days is special.”
Swanson has set a career high with 20 homers.
Swanson broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the sixth, one pitch after it appeared he struck out. His run-scoring single in the fourth tied the game at 1-1.
After Adam Duvall led off the sixth with a single off Brandon Woodruff, Swanson took a 2-2 pitch. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor called the pitch a ball as Swanson took a half step toward the dugout, believing he struck out.
“I thought it was a strike just like I think everybody else did, too,” Swanson said. “I’ll be honest about that. … I regrouped and was able to get a good swing on the next one.”
Swanson hit the next pitch over the wall in left field, giving Atlanta a 3-1 lead. Woodruff was pulled and yelled at Bucknor as he walked off the field.
“I just think in that situation at that point in the game that can’t be missed,” Woodruff said. “… You’ve got to move on, but yes it’s disappointing for sure.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said: “It was strike three. I think the hitter told us that, too.”
Woodruff (7-6) allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.
The Braves scored five runs in the seventh off Curtiss, who made his Milwaukee debut.
Braves rookie Kyle Muller gave up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in five innings. Jesse Chavez (2-2) pitched a scoreless sixth.
Woodruff hit Joe Pederson’s foot with a pitch to open the fifth. Ozzie Albies doubled off the right-field wall, and Pederson was thrown out at the plate on Kolten Wong’s relay throw from Avisail Garcia.
Eduardo Escobar made his first career start at first base, one night after hitting a homer in his Brewers’ debut while playing third base. He reached for a throw after third baseman Luis Urias made a diving grab of Austin Riley’s grounder and threw across the diamond to end the first inning.
Jorge Soler, acquired by Atlanta in Friday’s trade with Kansas City, had three singles in his Braves debut, including a bases-loaded infield single off Curtiss in the seventh.
Pads star Tatis on 10-day injured list with shoulder trouble
SAN DIEGO (AP) Electrifying shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, a day after partially dislocating his left shoulder for the third time this season.
The Padres announced the move prior to their game against the Colorado Rockies. They also placed right-hander Chris Paddack on the IL with an oblique injury.
Tatis, the NL’s starting shortstop in the All-Star game, was injured Friday night while sliding awkwardly into third base in the first inning against the Rockies. He was in pain as he was led off the field by manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer.
Tingler said after Saturday night’s 5-3 loss that Tatis will be re-evaluated in 10 days and if he hasn’t made enough progress, season-ending surgery “would be on the table.”
Before the game, Tingler said Tatis was “a little bit more sore than maybe some of them we’ve had in the past.”
The Padres, who are in third place in the NL West and in control of the second wild-card spot, are keeping their fingers crossed that their superstar will be back in 10 days.
Tatis leads the NL with 31 home runs and 23 stolen bases. He’s hitting .292 with 70 RBIs.
His left shoulder has become a concern. He’s injured the joint while swinging his bat, diving for a grounder and sliding. Two of those three injuries have landed him on the IL.
The Padres said Tatis had an MRI Saturday morning and has instability and inflammation in his left shoulder.
“We were under the very realistic possibility that once it comes out and goes back in, there’s a very good chance that could repeat and continue to happen,” Tingler said. “We certainly understand the risk and with the understanding that certainly with the slide yesterday, he just ended up in an awkward position like that, there was a chance of that possibly happening.”
On Friday night, Tatis singled and advanced on Manny Machado’s sharp grounder to third baseman Ryan McMahon, who came up with the ball but then had it pop out of his glove and roll behind him into short left field. Tatis made a dash for third but shortstop Brendan Rodgers ran toward third, took the throw from McMahon and tagged out the sliding Tatis.
Tatis slid into the bag, landing hard on his left shoulder and crumbling in pain a few feet away, bringing a hush over Petco Park. Tingler and a trainer helped Tatis off the field as he winced in pain, holding his left arm. The trainer was holding Tatis’ upper arm/shoulder.
Tatis suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder on a violent swing April 5 against San Francisco and went on the 10-day injured list. He reinjured the shoulder diving for a ball and left a game against Cincinnati on June 19 but missed only one game.
The 22-year-old Tatis left a spring training game after hurting the shoulder while making a throw but was back two days later. He revealed then that he had been dealing with shoulder discomfort since his minor league days.
Tatis also missed eight games in mid-May after testing positive for COVID-19.
Tatis has wowed fans with his tape-measure home runs and bat flips, daring baserunning and aggressive plays at shortstop, although he leads the majors with 20 errors.
The Padres have worked with him to get him to cut down on his headfirst slides. His slide Friday night was feet first.
He became the first Padres player voted to start an All-Star Game since Tony Gwynn in 1999.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly tests positive for COVID-19
MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and will be away from the team while it continues its series against the New York Yankees.
The 60-year-old Mattingly experienced mild symptoms when he arrived at the park for the game. The former Yankees star was vaccinated in mid-April.
Mattingly’s case is isolated, the team said. The remainder of the coaching staff and players underwent rapid antigen testing and all tested negative.
Bench coach James Rowson will manage the club during Mattingly’s absence.
The Marlins were one of the teams deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic last season. An outbreak during the first week of the 60-game schedule caused 19 positive cases with players and coaches quarantined for six days. The outbreak resulted in nine days without games.
Despite the interruption of games last year, Mattingly helped guide the Marlins to their first post-season appearance since 2003. Mattingly was voted NL Manager of the Year.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Three Homers Boost Indians to 6-5 Win
ST. PAUL, MINN. – A towering two-run home run off the bat of Cole Tucker lifted the Indianapolis Indians to a comeback win over the St. Paul Saints on Saturday night, 6-5.
Five of the Indians six runs were scored via three long balls, their most in a road game since hitting as many on June 13 at Nashville. They own a 17-2 record this season when hitting two or more home runs, with nine of those wins coming on the road.
Christian Bethancourt put the Indians (36-39) on the board first with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Chris Sharpe followed suit in the third, sending a ball to right-center field to extend the lead, 3-0.
St. Paul (40-36) cut the Indians lead to one run in the bottom of the third. The first four batters reached base safely to lead off the inning, and with two outs Mark Contreras singled home to put the second Saints run on the board.
After a sacrifice fly off the bat of major league rehabber Colin Moran in the fifth inning scored another Indianapolis run, St. Paul took a 5-4 lead in the bottom half. Contreras registered his second RBI with a double, the Saints only extra-base hit of the game, and Jimmy Kerrigan drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
With one out and Taylor Davis on base in the top of the seventh, Tucker sent a home run out of the park to score the game-winning run off Kyle Barraclough (L, 6-1).
Tanner Anderson (W, 1-0) did not allow a baserunner over 1.2 innings to earn the win. Steven Wright (S, 1) recorded the final nine outs of the game, eight on strikeouts, to earn his first save since 2018.
The Indians and Saints will face off for the series finale tomorrow at 3:05 PM ET. LHP Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start for Indianapolis vs. RHP Chandler Shepherd (5-4, 5.66).
Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffers medical emergency, postponing Triple-A game
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Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito suffered a medical emergency during Saturday’s game between the Rochester Red Wings and Lehigh Valley IronPigs, forcing the Triple-A doubleheader in Rochester, New York, to be postponed.
The Phillies released a statement Saturday night saying Brito was undergoing surgery at a local hospital and that no information on his condition was available.
The IronPigs third baseman began to wobble in the bottom of the first inning of the second game and had to be helped by the Red Wings manager — who was coaching in the third-base box. Brito then lay on the field for approximately 20 minutes and was administered oxygen by a paramedic, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. An ambulance eventually arrived and Brito was taken to the hospital.
“In the best interest of the players and coaches for both teams, today’s Red Wings doubleheader has been suspended due to a medical emergency on the field in the bottom of the 1st inning,” the Red Wings said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Brito, a 23-year-old from Venezuela whom the Phillies signed in 2015, had recently made his debut in Triple-A.
Rochester won the opening game 3-0.
Wentz’s injury forces Indy into backup plan at quarterback
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts thought a trade for Carson Wentz would be their long-term answer at quarterback.
Four days into training camp, they’re already working on a backup plan.
Just one day after the team announced Wentz would be out indefinitely with a foot injury, the Colts signed veteran backup Brett Hundley and started splitting snaps between their newest player and three quarterbacks who have never thrown an NFL pass.
“It’s definitely different,” Jacob Eason said after lining up with the starters for the second straight day. “It’s good for me to get the reps, to get in and out of the huddle and all of that stuff. It’s definitely different from last year.”
It’s also not the way Indianapolis envisioned wrapping up its first week of workouts on the city’s northern side.
Eason, a fourth-round draft pick in 2020, spent last season behind durable veteran Philip Rivers and backup Jacoby Brissett. He never played during the regular season and after the preseason was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eason never even made a game-day appearance.
Now, suddenly, the former University of Washington star is the most knowledgeable quarterback in the room.
The other quarterbacks on the roster are Sam Ehlinger, the former Texas star who was drafted in the sixth-round in April; Jalen Morton, an undrafted rookie from Prairie View A&M who failed to make an NFL roster in 2020; and Hundley, who intends to spend these next few days cramming.
“Black coffee, lots of tea and just try to pick up this offense,” Hundley said. “It’s all just figuring it out.”
At least Hundley has some experience.
He’s played in 18 NFL games, starting nine, since the Green Bay Packers took him in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Hundley has completed 199 of 337 passes for 1,902 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions while adding 46 carries for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Hundley has been here before – making stops in Arizona and Seattle after leaving Green Bay – and said he was planning to join the Colts before Wentz was injured Thursday..
For Eason, Ehlinger and Morton, this is all new.
The strong-armed Eason inherited the starter’s duties, at least temporarily, since Wentz missed the final practice period Thursday. He has thrown three interceptions in team drills over the past two days.
“I’m just getting my feet, getting back in the swing of things,” Eason said. “It’s seeing the defenses and feeling more and more comfortable every day.”
It’s unclear how long Eason might have to hold down the job – or whether the Colts would make another move.
“I know you’re going to ask about Carson and there’s no timetable right now,” defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus said. “We don’t have any new information for you, when we have that information, we’ll get it to you.”
Wentz’s absence isn’t the only complication for Indy.
Starting center Ryan Kelly has missed three straight days with a hyperextended left elbow following a collision with running back Marlon Mack. Left tackle Eric Fisher remains on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in January, and one of those vying to replace Fisher, Julien Davenport, was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. The Colts have four players on the COVID list.
Second-year center Danny Pinter has taken over for Kelly while Will Holden and Sam Tevi trade snaps at tackle.
Eason, meanwhile, acknowledged he hasn’t spent much time throwing to the Colts top receivers. including four-time Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton.
Brady, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator during the offseason, is now calling offensive plays as coach Frank Reich is out after testing positive for COVID late last week despite being fully vaccinated.
Eberflus said Reich will be back on the field Monday. Indianapolis is taking Sunday off, a break that will give Indy time to regroup, rethink and perhaps recharge.
“You can’t try to learn this whole offense in a day,” Hundley said. “You have to focus on what you need to know now and pick up the other stuff as we go along.”
AP source: Browns, RB Nick Chubb agree to 3-year extension
CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns weren’t going to let Nick Chubb run away.
Cleveland and the star running back agreed Saturday night to a three-year, $36.6 million contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Saturday night.
Chubb has developed into one of the NFL’s best backs in three years. The deal guarantees him $20 million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides are still finalizing the package.
Chubb was entering the final year of his rookie contract with Cleveland, which drafted him in the second round (No. 35 overall) from Georgia in 2018.
The sides have been working toward the contract for several days, and the agreement came just a few hours after Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam were asked about Chubb, a man of few words but many skills.
“Great player, even better person. I can’t say any more than that,” Jimmy Haslam said at training camp. “There are very few people out there like Nick Chubb.”
Dee Haslam added: “Great team player.”
The 25-year-old Chubb has become the heart and soul of Cleveland’s team while endearing himself to Browns fans with a no-nonsense running style and impeccable work ethic.
On Friday, Browns Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio praised Chubb, who has dazzled his teammates on the field and in the weight room.
“He’s just a special guy, man,” Bitonio said. “Like great teammates in my eight years here, Nick Chubb’s one of them. He just does everything right off the field, on the field, you never hear him complain – or really never hear him at all.”
Chubb rushed for 1,067 yards last season despite missing four games with a knee injury. In 2019, he finished second in the league with 1,494 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 10 yards per carry in the fourth quarter last season.
With Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Browns have one of the best 1-2 rushing tandems in the league.
Last month, Hunt urged the Browns to lock up his teammate long-term.
“Please pay that man,” Hunt said. “He’s a freak of nature. And he’s a brother to me, and I love what he does on and off the field. Just a great person and teammate.”
Chubb was one of four significant Browns players eligible for an extension this summer. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, cornerback Denzel Ward and guard Wyatt Teller are also in line for big pay days.
Ravens agree to 1-year deal with LB Justin Houston
BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens added some help for their pass rush.
The Ravens agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran linebacker Justin Houston. The team announced the move Saturday, as the Ravens were beginning their practice in front of fans at M&T Bank Stadium. The deal is pending a physical.
“I feel like he’s just a proven player,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He really wanted to be here. He wanted to be here months ago.”
Harbaugh said “business reasons” probably played the biggest role in the delay, but the Ravens will welcome Houston now. The four-time Pro Bowler is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and played for the Kansas City Chiefs prior to that.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Houston has 97 1/2 career sacks.
“We got better,” rookie linebacker Odafe Oweh said. “It’s an opportunity for me to learn from a guy that has 97 sacks.”
Houston’s Pro Bowl seasons (2012-15) were several years ago, but he still had eight sacks last season and started all 16 games for the Colts. He’s played in 134 games overall, including 128 starts.
Houston had 22 sacks in 2014 with the Chiefs, which is tied for the second-most in a single season since sacks became an official statistic.
Harbaugh said it might still be a little while before Houston starts practicing with the team.
“He’s got to get vaccinated, in all honesty, so there’s going to be a five-day period there,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to get in town as soon as he can, so we’ll kind of get through that, get him his physical.”
New Orleans Saints reach one-year deal with RB Devonta Freeman
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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints bolstered a position of strength on Saturday, agreeing to a one-year deal with former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.
Freeman’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the deal to ESPN’s Adam Schefter after Freeman tried out for the Saints on Saturday.
The Saints’ current backfield is led by veterans Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray — both of whom have been healthy and participating in training camp. So it’s not immediately clear why they felt a need to add depth to the position.
But few teams appreciate Freeman’s potential to make an impact more than the Saints, who spent so many years playing against him in the NFC South. No running back has gained more yards from scrimmage against New Orleans over the past decade than Freeman (691 rushing yards, 319 receiving yards, seven touchdowns).
Freeman was also a teammate of Saints quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State, where they won the 2013 national championship together. And Freeman will now join Saints coach Sean Payton, who once apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him when he made a choking gesture toward Freeman on the sideline during a 2017 game.
Freeman, 29, spent part of last season with the New York Giants as an injury replacement for Saquon Barkley after being released by the Falcons. He finished with 172 rushing yards and one touchdown in five games played. For his career, the 5-foot-8, 206-pounder has 4,144 rushing yards, 2,073 receiving yards and 44 TDs, with two Pro Bowl selections.
Olympic swimming ends with splashy new records, US gold
TOKYO (AP) Caeleb Dressel finished off his gold rush at the Tokyo Olympics with two more dazzling swims. The guy who dreads all the attention won’t be able to escape it now.
He’s one of the greatest Olympians ever.
The 24-year-old Floridian captured his fourth and fifth gold medals of the Tokyo Games on Sunday, while Australia’s Emma McKeon put her own remarkable stamp on the record book by winning a staggering haul of hardware.
McKeon became the first female swimmer and second woman in any sport to claim seven medals at one Olympics. Four of them were gold, the other three bronze.
Dressel was perfect in the events he had a chance in, capping off his stunning week in the final race at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre by putting the Americans ahead to stay in the 4×100 medley relay on their way to a world record.
“I’m proud of myself. I feel like I reached what my potential was here at these games,” Dressel said. “It was just really fun racing.”
He doesn’t plan to savor his triumph for long – which is right on par for a guy who said a few days ago that “swimming was a lot more fun when no one knew who I was.”
They certainly know who he is now.
“I give myself a pat on the back and then I just want to go home, put it away and move forward,” Dressel said.
He also cruised to a relatively easy victory Sunday in the 50 freestyle, pushing him into a truly elite club of swimmers who won at least five gold medals at one games.
Michael Phelps did it three times, of course, highlighted by his record eight golds at the 2008 Beijing Games.
There’s also Mark Spitz (seven golds in 1972), East German Kristin Otto (six golds in 1988) and Matt Biondi (five golds, also in ’88).
Many of those swimming greats come up again to provide some perspective on McKeon’s performance in Tokyo.
Phelps, Spitz and Biondi are the only male swimmers to capture seven medals overall at an Olympics.
The only other woman to win seven – in any sport – was Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, who claimed two golds and five silvers at the 1952 Helsinki Games.
“It still feels very surreal,” said McKeon, a 27-year-old from Brisbane. “It’s going to take a little bit to sink in. I’m very proud of myself.”
Mirroring Dressel’s final day, McKeon won the 50 free and took the butterfly leg on the Aussies’ winning effort in the women’s 4×100 medley relay.
The only event Dressel failed to win all week was the new 4×100 mixed medley relay, though that was no fault on his own.
In a race featuring two men and two women, the Americans tried a different lineup than anyone else, which left Dressel more than 8 seconds behind when he took over on the anchor freestyle leg.
Not even Dressel could make up such a daunting deficit, though he did manage to pull the Americans up to fifth.
Otherwise, his time in Tokyo was perfect.
A win in 4×100 free relay. A world record in the 100 butterfly. A victory in the 100 freestyle.
The final morning at the pool started with another romp in the 50 free – Dressel’s third individual title of the games.
After diving in, he used his dolphin-like underwater technique to pop out of the water with the clear lead, just as he always does. In a race usually decided by a few hundredths of a second, he touched a half-body length ahead of the field in an Olympic record of 21.07 seconds.
When he saw his time and, more important, the “1” beside his name, he splashed the water and flexed his bulging arms.
In the men’s medley – a race the men have never lost at the Olympics -the Americans were trailing two other teams when Dressel dived in for the butterfly.
Just like that, he blew by Britain and Italy with a blistering leg of 49.03, more than a second faster that anyone else.
Zach Apple made the lead stand up on the freestyle to give the Americans a world record of 3 minutes, 26.78 seconds — eclipsing the mark of 3:27.28 they set at the 2009 Rome world championships in rubberized suits.
Ryan Murphy and Michael Andrew joined Dressel and Apple to keep the unbeaten streak alive for the U.S. men.
McKeon completed her own sweep of the freestyle sprints, touching in 23.81 to add the 50 title to her victory in the 100.
In the medley relay, McKeon entered truly rarified territory. She took the butterfly leg before Cate Campbell anchored the Aussies to a victory over the two-time defending champion Americans.
“I don’t know how she does it. I’m exhausted,” said Kyle Chalmers, one of the McKeon’s teammates. “To win one gold medal or an Olympic medal, it’s very, very special. We’re lucky to have her on the team.”
In keeping with the theme of the day, Bobby Finke pulled off his own sweep in the two longest freestyle races.
With another strong finishing kick, Finke became the first American man in 37 years to win the 1,500 freestyle. He added to his victory in the 800 free, a new men’s event at these games.
Kevin Durant powers Team USA’s rout of Czech Republic on record night at Tokyo Olympics
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SAITAMA, Japan — The best thing Team USA had going for it this summer was Kevin Durant committing to play at the Tokyo Olympics. On Saturday, he reminded everyone why.
On a night when he became the all-time leading American scorer in the Olympics, Durant added another tremendous performance to his Team USA résumé in a 119-84 victory over the Czech Republic.
The win put the team into the quarterfinals Tuesday. After their disappointing opening loss to France, getting back-to-back blowouts put them in a favorable position for Sunday’s draw for their next opponent. The Americans will have the No. 4 seed and are likely to play either Italy or the loser of Sunday’s game between Spain and Luka Doncic-led Slovenia.
Durant finished with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, which of course was important for the cause, but his playmaking and defense were just as helpful, as he put up eight rebounds and six assists. In the third quarter, he was masterful, scoring 10 points with four of his assists as it went from a tight game to a comfortable blowout.
“Looked easy, didn’t it? Looked easy,” Jrue Holiday said of his new teammate’s showing. “It’s fun to watch, fun to be a part of.”
Durant defended the Czech big men, blocked 3-point attempts on the perimeter, battled inside for rebounds to start fast breaks and acted for stretches as a point forward. Add a handful of smooth jumpers and it was everything the team could’ve asked for from its captain.
“I’ve had a lot asked of me every team I’ve been on since I was 8 years old. It’s no different here,” Durant said. “But I feel I have to be available to do every single thing out on the court. … I’ve worked to be at that point, and it’s fun.”
He’d had a pedestrian start in Tokyo, scoring just 20 points total in the first two games and shooting just 40%. Even in the run-up games in Vegas, Durant wasn’t moving at full speed as he admitted everything seemed like practice, and he shot just 43%. Then he fouled out of the opening loss to France, a key factor in the Americans’ offensive struggles.
With Doncic, who scored 48 points in his first Olympic game, off to an impressive start and Australia’s Patty Mills putting up great performances, Durant had faded into the background in the tournament’s first week.
All that lethargy was gone Saturday as he looked for his shot early. The Czechs had gotten off to a strong start, making eight of their first 11 shots and building a 10-point lead. But Durant led a charge to overtake them, his 3-pointer in the second quarter giving the U.S. the lead for good.
It was a relevant basket, not just because it put the team in front but also because it pushed Durant (354 points) past Carmelo Anthony (336) for the all-time scoring lead. Durant’s international career is impeccable, including the 2010 World Cup in Turkey, where he established himself as a centerpiece of the national team for the next decade.
It was also a slump-breaker evening for Jayson Tatum, who had his best game of the summer with 27 points and five 3-pointers. Tatum, who was bothered by a minor knee injury in Vegas, had lost his starting spot. Coach Gregg Popovich had positioned him to be an impact scorer off the bench, but he was shooting just 40% in the first two games.
“It felt good to just see some shots go in,” Tatum said. “We’re playing better each and every game, and that’s what we expected, to be better than we were last game throughout this tournament.”
Xander Schauffele with 2 clutch putts gives US gold in golf
KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Xander Schauffele won an Olympic gold medal he badly wanted by overcoming more pressure than he could have imagined Sunday.
Right when Schauffele appeared to lose his firm grip on the gold, the 27-year-old American responded with two clutch putts at the end for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia in a wild finish to the men’s golf competition.
One was a 6-foot birdie putt for the lead. The last one was a 4-foot par putt for the win.
“Just in shock,” Schauffele said. “I was trying so hard to just stay calm. … But man, it was stressful. And I made that putt and it was just a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and just very relieved and happy.”
The tension made the hot air feel even thicker at Kasumigaseki Country Club. When the last group walked onto the 18th green, nine players remained in the mix for a medal.
One of them was Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, just not the medal that his golf-mad country wanted for him. He was one shot out of the lead when he missed a 3-foot par putt on the 15th hole and never caught up. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for the bronze.
And then he left with no medal at all.
Matsuyama was part of a seven-man playoff for the bronze, which included Rory McIlroy and British Open champion Collin Morikawa. Matsuyama made bogey on the first extra hole and was eliminated, ending a week of high expectations.
No gold, silver or bronze. The 29-year-old Japanese star still has a Masters green jacket.
Schauffele, whose mother was raised in Japan and has grandparents in the city who were kept from watching him under the ban on spectators, appeared to have this won all along.
Sabbatini set the Olympic record with a 61, finishing with a fist-pumping birdie on the 18th hole. That put him one shot behind Schauffele, who still had two good scoring chances among the six holes ahead of him on the back nine.
And then one swing changed everything.
Schauffele sent his tee shot well right of the fairway on the par-5 14th and into the bushes. He had to take a one-shot penalty just to get out, took three more shots to reach the green and made a 5-foot putt to limit the damage to a bogey.
He was tied for the lead, with Matsuyama one shot behind.
Schauffele kept his California cool and hit driver into a greenside bunker on the 17th hole, where the tees were moved forward to create some excitement. He blasted out to 6 feet and made birdie to regain the lead.
One par for the gold. If only it were that simple.
Schauffele sent another drive to the right, getting a nice kick into the rough but blocked by the trees, forcing him to lay up short of the water. From 98 yards, he hit a lob wedge some 15 feet behind the pin and watched it spin back to 4 feet.
He looked more relieved than he was elated after the putt dropped. It was his first victory since January 2019, and the No. 5 player in the world found the ideal place to end the drought.
Schauffele had been pointing to the Olympics, especially in Tokyo, ever since he first joined the elite in American golf three years ago. His German-born father, Stefan, had dreamed of being an Olympian until his car was struck by a drunk driver on his way to decathlon training when he was 20, costing him his left eye.
Peering through his monocular, Stefan Schauffele saw his dreams fulfilled through his son.
The embrace they shared was pure gold.
“To have my dad here as well is really special,” Schauffele said. “I gave him a hug off the back of the green there. I know this means a lot to him, so I’m just happy to sort of deliver this.”
Sabbatini had plenty to be happy about with silver. Born in South Africa, he decided at the end of 2018 to become a Slovakian citizen through his wife, Martina, who had a relative running the tiny Slovak Golf Federation. His wife caddied for him this week.
That made him eligible for the Olympics, and now Slovakia has its third medal in the Tokyo Games. It has a gold in women’s trap and a silver in men’s kayak. Sabbatini is the first Slovakian to compete in Olympic golf.
“The sole purpose of it was to generate future generations of Slovak golfers,” Sabbatini said. “It’s not exactly the prime sport for kids to grow up and want to go play in Slovakia, so hopefully we can inspire future Olympians.”
NHL to investigate claim Sharks’ Kane bet on own games
(AP) — The NHL said it will investigate an allegation made by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on his own games and has intentionally tried to lose for gambling profit.
The league said Saturday night on Twitter that it was made aware of the social media posts from the Instagram account of Anna Kane and plans to conduct a full investigation. Anna Kane wrote: “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”
She added: “Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
In a separate post, Anna Kane accused her husband of spending lavishly partying in Europe while asking her to sell her wedding ring to survive and wrote about not being able to afford baby formula for their child.
The NHL said: “The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”
A team spokesman wrote in an email to The Associated Press that: “The San Jose Sharks have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane. We support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”
Kane’s gambling history and finances have been public knowledge for some time. A Las Vegas Strip casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $500,000 gambling debt racked up during a playoff series against the Golden Knights.
Since the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports gambling in the U.S. and more states have adopted it, the NHL has embraced the possibilities and made several partnerships with sportsbooks and other betting organizations.
Reached by email before the league’s announcement, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said only a statement would be coming. The league said it would not make any further comments at this time.
A message sent to Kane’s agent was not immediately returned.
Kane, 29, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract. He’s with his third organization after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg and a stint in Buffalo. According to Capfriendly, which charts hockey salaries, he has made just under $56 million during his NHL career.
Last season, he had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1899 Louisville infielder Honus Wagner steals second, third, and home plate during the fourth inning of the Colonels’ 7-1 victory over the Giants at Eclipse Park. The 25 year-old ‘Flying Dutchman’ will accomplish the stolen base cycle four times, establishing a major league record he shares with Ty Cobb.
1906 After pitching 10.2 innings of no-hit ball, Harry McIntire yields a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. The Dodgers and McIntire lose the game in the 13th on an unearned run, 1-0.
1918 The Pirates break the longest scoreless tie in baseball history when the team tallies two runs in the top of the twenty-first inning for an eventual 2-0 victory at Braves Field. The Giants and Reds will match the mark in 1967 when each team is held scoreless for twenty innings until the decisive run scores in the next frame on a bases-loaded walk to Dick Groat.
1923 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells the team to a syndicate headed by J. A. Robert Quinn, the Browns’ business manager. The Broadway producer will always be remembered and cursed in New England for being the person who sold Babe Ruth to Yankees in 1920.
1924 Dazzy Vance strikes out seven consecutive batters to establish a major league record when the Brooklyn Robins defeat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 4-0. The future Hall of Famer will compile a 28-6 record for the Brooks this season, leading the National League in strikeouts with 262.
1933 Carl Hubbell’s 45.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak ends when Randy Moore strokes a two-run single in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 3-1 loss to Boston at the Polo Grounds. By blanking Boston for the first five frames, the future Hall of Fame southpaw surpasses Ed Ruelbach’s National League mark of 44 innings established in 1908 with the Cubs.
1941 On Ladies’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 free passes in the 9-0 victory over St. Louis. The New York southpaw, who extends the team’s streak of holding the opponents scoreless to 21 consecutive innings, tosses a five-hitter, improving his record to 10-3.
1945 At the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott hits his 500th career home run off Johnny Hutchings in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over the Braves. ‘Master Melvin’ becomes the third major leaguer to accomplish the historic feat, joining Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx in reaching the career milestone.
1945 Irwin Hall is credited with a single after his line drive winds up inside Dutch Leonard’s pants after it hits the Senators right-hander in the stomach. The Washington starter may have lost the shortstop’s batted ball but gets the win when he goes the distance in the team’s 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Griffith Stadium.
1952 Boston starter Max Surkont matches goose eggs with the Reds’ Ken Raffenberger during the first eight innings in a scoreless duel at Braves Field. The hard-luck right-hander will lose the game when he uncorks two wild pitches in the ninth inning, allowing two unearned runs to score.
1957 Gil Hodges, in a 12-3 win over the Cubs, hits his 13th and last career grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The first baseman’s bases-loaded shot off Dick Littlefield establishes a new National League record, previously shared by Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
1962 Bill Monbouquette becomes the second Red Sox hurler this season to throw a no-hitter, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. Five weeks ago, Earl Wilson also threw a no-no, beating the Angels at Fenway, 2-0.
1968 Stan Bahnsen, who will be named the AL Rookie of the Year, sets the Yankee freshman record for strikeouts in a game, whiffing 12 batters en route to hurling a 1-0 masterpiece over Boston at Fenway Park. The 23 year-old right-hander’s mark will last for 30 years until Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez strikes out one more in a 1998 game against Texas.
1970 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Pittsburgh left fielder Willie Stargell accumulates 14 total bases with three doubles and two home runs. The outfielder’s five extra-base hits power the Pirates past the Braves, 20-10.
1972 Nate Colbert becomes the second player to hit five home runs in a doubleheader, a feat he witnessed as an eight-year-old Cardinal fan at Sportsman’s Park when Stan Musial first accomplished it in 1954. The Padres slugger also breaks ‘Stan the Man’s’ NL mark for RBIs in a twin bill when he drives in 13 runs, and his 22 total bases set a major league record.
1972 In the nightcap, the Phillies salvage a split of the twin bill when Steve Carlton, who sees his 30 consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped in the fourth, beats the Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-1. In the opener, New York outlasted Philadelphia, scoring a run in the bottom of the 18th inning for a 3-2 victory.
1975 Replacing Bill Virdon, who never won a game at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers named Billy Martin their skipper, the first of his five hirings to run the team. During the two-year tenure of their former manager, a span covering the 1974 and 1975 seasons, the club played its home games at Shea Stadium during the remodeling of the Bronx ballpark.
1977 Willie McCovey extends his own National League record when he hits his 18th career grand slam in the third inning of the Giants’ 9-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 39 year-old first baseman adds another round-tripper in the seventh, bringing his total to 484 major league home runs.
1978 Pete Rose, making the last out when he strikes out on a Gene Garber change-up, goes 0-for-4, ending his 44-game hitting streak, one contest shy of breaking the National League record. The Reds third baseman tied Willie Keeler’s 1897 National League record last night with a hit off future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.
1982 The Hall of Fame inducts Hank Aaron, the career leaders in home runs (755) and RBIs (2,297), Frank Robinson, the first MVP in both leagues and first black manager in the majors, Travis Jackson, an outstanding shortstop in the 1920s. Happy Chandler, the commissioner when baseball broke the color line, also becomes an inductee of the this year’s Cooperstown class.
1986 On the day the Twins are celebrating their 25th anniversary, in a game which also features Kirby Puckett hitting for the cycle, Bert Blyleven becomes the tenth major leaguer to record his 3,000th strikeout. The Minnesota right-hander, who tosses a two-hitter, reaches the historic milestone by whiffing Mike Davis in the fifth inning, his eighth of the game, en route to a career-high of 15, in the team’s 10-1 victory over Oakland at the Metrodome.
1994 In the Orioles’ 1-0 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome, Cal Ripken becomes only the second major leaguer to play in 2,000 consecutive games. Jeff Conine has the second-longest streak held by a current player, a span of 267 straight contests for Florida.
1998 Garret Anderson goes hitless in four at-bats in an 11-3 defeat to the Boston, ending the longest hitting streak in Angel history at 28 games. The 26 year-old outfielder, who has collected at least one hit in every game Anaheim played in July, bats .405 (47 hits in 116 at-bats) during the historic stretch of contests.
1998 The Braves, donning 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers styled-uniforms, beat the Cardinals, who are wearing throwback uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars, 3-1, at Turner Field. Players wearing replica uniforms to honor the history of Negro League clubs have become common at major league games.
1998 Tony Clark sets an American League record by homering from both sides of the plate for the third time this season. The Tiger switch-hitter’s offensive output, including a first-inning two-run blast batting right-handed and a solo shot in the seventh as a southpaw swinger, contributes to the team’s 8-0 victory over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
1998 The Royals steal eight bases, including four swipes by infielder Jose Offerman, to tie a team record for swipes during a 9-5 victory over the Orioles. Johnny Damon, Larry Sutton, Jeff King, and Mendy Lopez also contribute to the thievery on the basepaths.
2000 In a 10-0 victory, Orioles’ right-hander Mike Mussina strikes out a club-record 15 batters when he keeps the Twins hitless through six innings. ‘Moose’ finishes the Camden Yards contest with his third career one-hitter.
2000 Craig Biggio tears the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during a collision with Marlin outfielder Preston Wilson and will miss the rest of the season. The injury puts the Astros’ 34 year-old second baseman on the disabled list for the first time during his 13-year career.
2001 For the thirty-third time in the team’s history, the Tigers turn a triple play when Mariner Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter, catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit’s first triple killing since July 3rd, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.
2002 The Expos trade recently acquired outfielder Cliff Floyd (.275, 21, 61) to the Red Sox for two minor league right-handed pitchers from South Korea, Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Although denied by all involved, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner suspects the Expos, who are owned by major league baseball, made the trade to help his club’s top rival.
2005 After denying knowingly of taking any banned substances, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the highest-profile player suspended for violating the MLB steroids policy. The Orioles first baseman, told the House Government Reform Committee this spring that published allegations by Jose Canseco of his steroids use was “absolutely false” and had considered suing his former teammate over the accusation.
2005 Joe Garagiola Jr., the first and only general manager in Diamondback history, will be leaving Arizona to take a job with the commissioner’s office. The son of the former Cardinal catcher and national broadcaster will become the senior VP of baseball operations of MLB beginning on August 15th.
2005 During an interview on MLB.com, Barry Bonds admits his injured right knee will most likely keep him from playing this season. The 41 year-old Giants slugger needs 12 home runs to pass Babe Ruth (714) and 54 to go ahead of Hank Aaron (755) to become the all-time home run leader.
2006 At Turner Field in a game against the Braves, Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, the seventh longest in major league history. The Oriole shortstop’s streak began on June 2nd, 2000 as a member of the Oakland A’s.
2006 Carlos Guillen, needing a two-bagger to complete the cycle, stretches a single into a double, much to the delight of the Tampa Bay fans. The Detroit shortstop is the tenth Tiger to accomplish the feat, but it is the first time it has occurred during a Devil Ray game.
2007 Buddy Bell announces before tonight’s 5-3 extra-inning victory against the Twins that he will leave his post as the Royals’ manager at the end of the season. The 54 year-old skipper will join the organization’s front office next season as a senior adviser to Kansas City’s GM Dayton Moore.
2007 Rather than send 25,000 fans back out onto crowded highways, the Twins decide to play tonight’s game against the Royals after a moment of silence in memory of victims of the nearby bridge collapse. Minnesota will postpone tomorrow’s game at the Metrodome.
2010 The Mets induct four new members, all of whom played an instrumental role in the 1986 World Championship, to the team’s Hall of Fame. Former GM Frank Cashen, previous skipper Davey Johnson, and two former All-Stars, slugger Darryl Strawberry and right-hander Dwight Gooden, join 21 other persons to be recognized by the club since the inception of the honor in 1981.
2011 After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70, established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season.
2013 The Red Sox score six times in the ninth inning, overcoming a 7-2 deficit en route to their 11th walk-off victory of the season. Daniel Nava’s one-out walk-off single seals the deal in Boston’s 8-7 amazing comeback victory over the Mariners at Fenway Park.
2015 Clayton Kershaw strikes out Mike Trout looking with a wicked curveball, marking the first time that reigning MVPs have faced one another in a major league game. The interleague contest between the two LA teams ends with Dodger southpaw keeping the Angel outfielder 0-for-3 while hurling eight innings in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Halos at Chavez Ravine.
2016 Royals starter Danny Duffy sets a franchise record when he strikes out 16 in batters in the team’s 3-0 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The 27 year-old southpaw surpasses the mark established by Zack Greinke, who whiffed hitters 15 in 2009 contest against the Indians.
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