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Fraley’s two-run HR into Allegheny lifts Reds past Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jake Fraley’s two-run home run highlighted a four-run outburst in the fourth inning and Justin Dunn earned his first win in 16 months as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 on Saturday night.

Fraley’s sixth homer of the season landed in the Allegheny River and increased the Reds’ lead to 5-0. The blast was measured at 443 feet.

“It’s as good as you think it feels,” Fraley said with a smile about hitting a ball that far. “It’s awesome.”

Dunn (1-1) allowed one run in five innings in his third start since being called up from Triple-A Louisville. It was his first win since April 15, 2021, when he was pitching for Seattle and beat Baltimore in the second game of a doubleheader. In his prior two starts, Dunn had been tagged for eight runs in 12 innings. He gave up three hits this time while walking four and striking out four.

The Reds acquired Dunn from the Mariners in a trade during spring training.

“It’s amazing,” Dunn said. “It feels good to finally to contribute to a win with this team. It’s a big weight off my shoulders. I’m excited to get it rolling from here. Hopefully, it’s the first of many more.”

Dunn won despite not having great command of his pitches.

“Compete, compete, compete, compete,” Dunn said. “That’s something I’ve done my entire career, something my dad taught me. When in doubt, compete.”

Austin Romine added a two-run double for the Reds, who had lost eight of their previous 10 games. Kyle Farmer, Mike Moustakas and Donovan Solano had two hits each.

The Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro had two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Pirates lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Tyler Beede (1-3) was tagged for five runs, four earned, in four innings. He also gave up six hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts.

Beede is 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA in four games since being moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

The Reds opened the scoring with an unearned run in the third inning on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Oneil Cruz.

A four-run fourth broke the game open. Austin Romine hit a two-run double before Fraley followed with a 443-foot shot that cleared the right field stands and bounced into the river.

“I was battling my butt off against Beede in the first two at-bats and he was pitching well,” Fraley said. “I finally got a pitch I could do something with and didn’t miss it.”

Fraley became the 44th player to hit a ball into the river since PNC Park opened in 2001.

“He just missed in the middle of the plate,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Beede. “He missed in the middle of the plate on the homer. He missed in the middle of the plate on the double to Romine. That’s what hurt him.”

Castro hit his home run in the bottom of the fourth, a drive that cleared the 410-foot mark in left-center.

The Reds scored five runs in the ninth on consecutive RBI singles by Moustakas, Solano, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino and Jose Barrero.


The Reds reinstated Solano from the restricted list and reliever Buck Farmer from the paternity list. Left fielder Albert Almora Jr. was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder contusion and right-hander T.J. Zeuch was optioned to Louisville.

Righty Luis Cessa, who has made only one start among 37 appearances this season, will take Zeuch’s spot in the rotation. Cessa will pitch Monday at Philadelphia and manager David Bell said he will remain in the rotation through the end of the season.


Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (strained right shoulder) will throw a bullpen Sunday then likely begin a rehab assignment next week. . Almora was injured Friday while making a diving catch in Cincinnati’s loss to the Pirates.

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (back spasms) had a full workout prior to the game for the first time since going on the injured list. The Pirates are confident Hayes will be ready to be activated Monday, the first day he is eligible. . RHP Nick Mears (arthroscopic right elbow surgery) was activated from the 60-day IL and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.


Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-10, 6.31) will start Sunday. He is 0-8 with a 6.02 ERA in 10 starts since earning his lone win of the season June 13.

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.51) has not won since June 5 and is 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA in his last 11 games (10 starts).

Contreras, Cubs keep rallying, edge Brewers 6-5 in 11th

CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs kept coming back, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Contreras had a two-run homer in the fifth. He hit his third home run in three games and 20th this year – the three-time All-Star is the first Cubs catcher to go deep 20 times in four seasons.

Contreras sure impressed Cubs starter Marcus Stroman, who left with a one-run lead in the eighth.

“To sit there and catch an extremely long, tedious game to be locked in and still be locked in in your last AB of the game, that’s pretty special,” said Stroman, who allowed just two hits. “Willie’s the horse that we have and you know, I mean he’s the backbone of this group.”

The Cubs scored once in the ninth to tie, once more in the 10th to keep it even and finally won in the 11th.

Patrick Wisdom doubled home automatic runner Nico Hoerner to make it 5-all. Wisdom was later thrown out at the plate trying to score on Nick Madrigal’s grounder, but Contreras singled off Peter Strzelecki (1-1) to end it.

Erich Uelmen (2-1), the Cubs fourth reliever, got four outs.

“They’re all pulling from the same end of the rope, to be cliche,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They just want to be playing and supporting each other.

“We’re getting good starting pitching, timely hitting, guys having good at-bat, the dugout is lively. Confidence is a strong thing in this game, and these guys got a lot of it right now.”

Andrew McCutchen scored from third in the top of the 11th on Kolten Wong’s ground ball to first put Milwaukee ahead 5-4.

In the 10th, Cubs automatic runner Ian Happ scored from third on Franmil Reyes’ short sacrifice fly. Left fielder Christian Yelich charged in and caught the ball, but dropped it as he was preparing to throw to the plate. Reyes ran to second on the play, but the catch was confirmed by video review.

“I don’t really know what happened,” Yelich said. “I went to pull it out of the glove and obviously I didn’t get a great grip on it.”

Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau singled in automatic runner Luis Urias in the top of the inning to put the Brewers ahead 4-3.

Madrigal’s third single of the game, with two outs in the ninth and just over the glove of Wong at second base, drove in Wisdom from second to tie it. Madrigal had three hits for the second straight game.

Devin Williams blew the save in the Cubs ninth, issuing three walks and allowing Madrigal’s blooper. Taylor Rogers struck out Ian Happ with the bases loaded to send the game to extra innings.

Willy Adames had a two-run homer off Rowan Wick in the eighth to put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Milwaukee finished with just four hits.

The Brewers lost their second straight and fifth in seven.

“We’ve kind of put our backs up against the wall a little bit and you have to respond,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Every team has losses like this that feels like it stings a little bit more.”

The start of the game was delayed 41 minutes by rain. Showers returned in the top of the eighth, but play continued.


Contreras is the 17th Cubs player to hit 20 or more homers in at least four seasons.

BIG 10

Wisdom fouled off five pitches before walking on Williams’ 10th to him in the ninth to help tie it.


Brewers: Reinstated C Omar Narvaez (left quadricep strain) from the IL and placed him in the starting lineup. Narvaez was out since Aug. 3. “Omar’s kind of an important player for us,” Counsell said. “Good to get him back.” Narvaez batted eighth and went 0 for 3. To make roster room, Milwaukee optioned C Mario Feliciano to Triple-A Nashville.

Cubs: Placed RHP Keegan Thompson on the 15-day IL with low back tightness and recalled RHP Anderson Espinoza from Triple-A Iowa. Thompson is 9-5 with a 3.97 ERA and leads Chicago in wins. Manager David Ross doesn’t believe Thompson’s injury is serious, but said it affected the 27-year-old righty on Friday against Milwaukee when he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a second straight shaky start. . Espinoza was recalled from the minors for the sixth time this season and is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six games with the Cubs in 2022. … Wisdom may have hurt the ring finger on this left hand when he tried to scored in the 11th, Ross said.


RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.53 ERA) and LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.43 ERA) pitch Sunday in the series finale. Woodruff is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his last nine starts for Milwaukee. Steele is winless in three August starts for Chicago, but he has a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts over his last 16 2/3 innings.

Cueto sharp for 8 2/3 innings, White Sox blank Guardians 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Johnny Cueto scattered five hits over 8 2/3 innings and Jose Abreu had an RBI double, sending the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Guardians 2-0 on Saturday night.

Cleveland leads the AL Central by one game over Minnesota, while the White Sox moved within 2 1/2 games of the Guardians. Chicago had lost three in a row.

“Every time I pitch now is kind of like a playoff game because we’re in the race,” Cueto said. “I know what I have and I like to compete.”

Cueto (6-5) posted his 10th consecutive quality start, the first double-digit string by the White Sox since Carlos Rodon in 2016. The right-hander struck out two and walked one in beating Cleveland for the fifth time in five career decisions.

Manager Tony La Russa pulled Cueto for Liam Hendriks with one on and two outs in the ninth after 113 pitches. Hendriks struck out rookie Oscar Gonzalez for his 28th save.

The 36-year-old Cueto nearly pitched his first shutout since 2016 with San Francisco.

“Cueto is an artist and he was clutch for us,” La Russa said. “He looked the same at the end as he did at the beginning, but the only guy he wasn’t going to face was Gonzalez. Liam is happy that we shared the wealth.”

Shane Bieber (8-7) had his four-start winning streak snapped, allowing two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four in his first loss since July 24 at the White Sox.

Abreu opened the scoring in the sixth by doubling to straight-away center, driving in Luis Robert. Chicago only had one hit off Bieber entering the inning.

“Johnny has been a great arm for a long time,” Bieber said. “But obviously it sucks to come out on the other end of a game like this.”

Elvis Andrus extended the White Sox’s lead to 2-0 on an unusual play in the seventh, scampering home after Will Benson’s throw from right field bounced and struck catcher Luke Maile on his mask.

Benson caught Josh Harrison’s flyout, but was charged with an error when the ball dislodged Maile’s mask and bounced away from him. Reliever James Karinchak was unable to retrieve it before Andrus touched the plate.

“(Andrus) is a hell of a threat and he takes pride in his baserunning,” La Russa said. “He still has his legs.”

White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal injured his left knee while attempting to score from second base in the seventh. Grandal, who was thrown out by Myles Straw, was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the field.

Grandal was on crutches in the clubhouse and said he wouldn’t know the specifics of his injury until undergoing tests. La Russa said he will be placed on the injured list Sunday.

Andrus went 1 for 4 in his second game with the White Sox. The 33-year-old shortstop signed as a free agent after being released by Oakland.

Oscar Gonzalez had two of Cleveland’s hits, along with its lone walk, and rookie Steven Kwan, Josh Naylor and Maile each had one.

The Guardians have won 10 of their last 14 and are 23-14 since July 10.

The first pitch was delayed by 2 hours, 55 minutes due to rain and started at 9:05 p.m. Cleveland has played an MLB-high 10 doubleheaders and had 11 games postponed, including three against Chicago.

“A three-hour rain delay isn’t good to begin with, but I think it’s even harder on starting pitchers,” Bieber said. “That’s why Johnny and I gave each other a look when we finally got out there.”

Robert started for the first time in eight games after spraining his left wrist sliding into second base on Aug. 12.

Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn, who was struck on the face by a pitch from Trevor Stephan that first glanced off his shoulder Friday, was in uniform but did not play.


White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (right knee hyperextension) batted third and served as the designated hitter, one night after exiting in the middle of an at-bat in the eighth inning. Jimenez said he responded well to treatment after being injured on a hard swing.

Guardians: C Austin Hedges (right ankle sprain) was held out of the lineup by manager Terry Francona, but was available. Hedges slid feet-first down the steps of the dugout in the fifth inning Friday while pursuing a wild pitch, forcing him to leave the game.


White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (12-5, 2.09 ERA) starts the three-game series finale. Cease leads the majors with 11.99 strikeouts per nine innings, ranks third in ERA and is fourth with 178 strikeouts.

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.63 ERA) is on a seven-start winless streak, losing twice with a 3.55 ERA over 33 innings since June 21. Civale also has taken four straight no-decisions since July 8.

Pujols blasts two more HRs, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 16-7

PHOENIX (AP) St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol leaned back in his chair postgame, trying to find more superlatives to describe ageless Albert Pujols. Words weren’t easy to come by, as the slugger’s lore in baseball history continues to grow.

“Listen to the names that we’re talking about, man,” Marmol said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Pujols blasted two more homers on Saturday night, pushing his career total to 692 and helping St. Louis beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-7.

With the first homer, Pujols passed fellow Cardinals icon Stan Musial for No. 2 in total bases in major league history and now has 6,143. Hank Aaron is No. 1 with 6,856.

It was a vintage night for the 42-year-old Pujols, who continues to hit like a man at least a decade younger. The 11-time All-Star hit solo homers in the second and fourth off D-backs lefty Madison Bumgarner, both to almost the same spot in the left-center seats.

He nearly hit a third homer, scorching a single off the base of the left field wall in the sixth. He capped his 4-for-4 night with a ground ball single through the left side of the infield in the seventh.

Pujols could have had five hits, but Marmol elected to pinch hit rookie Nolan Gorman in the ninth.

Nobody was cheering louder than Pujols when Gorman singled.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do in baseball, have fun,” Pujols said. “When you don’t have fun, you put too much stress on yourself. It’s a great group of guys here, so it’s pretty awesome.”

Pujols needs four more homers to tie Alex Rodriguez for No. 4 all-time. He’s been on a roll over the past month, batting .386 with five homers over his past 16 games coming into Saturday.

The slugger says this is his last season. Just a few weeks ago, 700 career homers looked out of reach, but the way he’s swinging the bat, it appears very much in play.

“That’s the hard work I put in day in and day out,” Pujols said. “Nothing surprises me.”

St. Louis had an 8-4 lead going into the eighth but the D-backs rallied for three runs off reliever Jordan Hicks. Giovanny Gallegos was able to get out of the jam and the Cardinals tacked on eight insurance runs in the ninth, capped by Paul DeJong’s grand slam and Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run shot.

The Cardinals have won six straight games and 15 of their past 18.

Lars Nootbaar’s two-run triple in the sixth pushed the Cardinals ahead 7-4. Nootbaar also scored on the play, scampering home after right fielder Daulton Varsho bobbled the ball in the corner.

The Diamondbacks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Christian Walker’s sacrifice fly and Carson Kelly’s RBI single that dropped just in front of a diving Nootbaar in right field.

Kelly finished with two hits and three RBIs. Jake McCarthy had a solo homer. Bumgarner (6-13) gave up five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander said facing Pujols is never easy.

“That’s probably the best he’s ever hit me,” Bumgarner said. “It’d be hard to do much better.”

St. Louis starting pitcher Dakota Hudson gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings. Genesis Cabrera (4-2) got the win in relief.


Nolan Arenado and Goldschmidt combined for the defensive play of the night in the sixth.

D-backs speedster Alek Thomas hit a high chopper into the middle of the infield. Arenado ranged over from third base, snagged the ball out of the air with his bare hand and then fired a low throw to Goldschmidt, who was able to scoop the ball from the dirt for the out.

Arenado has won nine Gold Gloves while Goldschmidt has four.


Pujols drew arguably his biggest roar from the crowd in the fifth, when he tried to steal second base.

The 235-pounder took the D-backs – and pretty much everyone else – by surprise but catcher Carson Kelly was still able to make an accurate throw for the out.

Pujols has never been known as a speedster, but has been good at picking his spots with 117 career stolen bases. He’s now been caught 43 times.


Cardinals: C Yadier Molina is away from the team for the next two days because of what Marmol called “business matters.” Marmol said he expects Molina will be back in the lineup on Monday. Molina was placed on the restricted list. C Ivan Herrera has been recalled was activated from the taxi squad.


The teams finish their three-game series on Sunday. The D-backs will pitch RHP Merrill Kelly (10-5, 2.81 ERA) while the Cardinals counter with LHP Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.38).

Dustin May dominates in MLB return, Dodgers beat Marlins 7-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dustin May dominated for five innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, Will Smith and Justin Turner hit three-run homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers rolled to a 7-0 victory Saturday over the Miami Marlins.

In his first big league start since May 2021, May gave up just one hit, struck out nine and walked two. He retired his last 13 batters.

The 24-year-old righty with the long, red hair, who showed exceptional promise in parts of the last three seasons, gave signs that he could be a key contributor down the stretch and into the playoffs for the team with the best record in the majors.

“He struck a guy out to end the third, fourth inning with a slider and he was upset, thinking that’s the pitch that should be there all the time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And he’s his toughest critic. But taking everything into account, I think that we were all pleased. I’m sure he’s going to poke holes in his outing but he was really good.”

May’s return came after the Dodgers learned Monday that right-hander Walker Buehler (elbow) will need to undergo surgery and would be out for the remainder of the season.

“We have a lot of great guys on this team and a lot of guys who can pick each other up, so I’m just going to go out and do my thing and not put extra pressure on myself,” May said. “I’ve felt like myself for the last few (rehab) outings and going into this one it was the same.”

Freddie Freeman also drove in a run for the Dodgers, who extended their home winning streak to eight games.

It was a rocky day for the Marlins, who first scratched scheduled starter Braxton Garrett because of an oblique strain.

Manager Don Mattingly gave Bryan Hoeing (0-1) the start in his major league debut, but the right-hander was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in three innings.

“I think he has to use it to be able to move forward, see what works, what doesn’t,” Mattingly said. “I think it’s one of those that this league is the best teacher you have. It teaches you what to do and if you can’t do it, it teaches you that. But it was his first outing.”

The Marlins managed just three hits, with Jon Berti getting two of them, as they lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.

May wobbled early, giving up a single to Miami’s Joey Wendle on his third pitch. After Wendle stole second base, May walked JJ Bleday and Brian Anderson on eight consecutive balls, but struck out Nick Fortes to end the threat.

“I don’t think he was too hyped up,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “He might have been inside, but I don’t think he showed it too much. It was good to see (him recover) and we’re glad to have him back.”

The Dodgers did what the Marlins could not, by cashing in an early opportunity. Trea Turner and Freeman singled in the first inning and Smith followed with his 18th home run.

Hoeing faced the minimum three batters in the second inning, but was hit hard again in the third. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freeman all singled to open the inning, with Freeman driving in a run for a 4-0 lead.

After Hoeing got a sense of revenge on Smith with a strikeout, Justin Turner hit his three-run home run to left, his ninth on the season.


Marlins: With Garrett moved to the IL and Hoeing called up, RHP Anthony Bender was placed on the 60-day IL in advance of his Tommy John surgery.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) came out of his bullpen session Friday feeling fine and could be ready to progress to a simulated game or a live batting practice session. Despite not pitching since Aug. 4, Kershaw might skip a minor league rehab assignment. . LHP Danny Duffy (elbow) began a rehab assignment at the team’s facility in Arizona and has not been ruled out from returning this season. . RHP Tommy Kahnle (elbow) threw a simulated game Saturday and is close to heading out for a rehab assignment. . LHP Victor Gonzalez (elbow) will join Triple-A Oklahoma City to continue his rehab assignment.


Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (11-5, 1.92 ERA) will continue his Cy Young Award push with the start Sunday.

Dodgers: RHP Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 4.26) will make his seventh career start in the series finale.

Frustrated Cole, Boone pound away, shaky Yanks fall to Jays

NEW YORK (AP) The offensively challenged New York Yankees made plenty of noise Saturday.

Just not with their bats.

Ace Gerrit Cole twice banged the dugout roof, shouting in frustration and getting booed after a rough inning. After a 15th loss in 19 games, 5-2 to Toronto, manager Aaron Boone pounded the podium with his right hand while talking about his team’s struggles.

“We can ask all these questions in regards (to our slump) until we’re blue in the face,” Boone said. “We got to go out and do it. I got to quit answering questions about this date and this perplexion. We got to play better, period. And the great thing is right in front of us. It’s right here and we can fix it.”

“It’s there and we can run away with this thing and we got the dudes in there to do it and we got to do it,” he said.

The AL East-leading Yankees fell to 9-20 since entering the All-Star break with a 64-28 record. After holding a 15 1/2-game bulge on July 8, their margin over second-place Toronto is down to seven games.

The Yankees have lost six straight series for the first time since 1995, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Held to just 21 runs in its last 11 games, New York will try to avoid a four-game sweep on Sunday.

Cole (9-6) hadn’t allowed a hit before the Blue Jays scored four times in the fifth. After he issued a walk to Danny Jansen and misplayed a grounder, Alejandro Kirk capped the burst with a two-run double that left fielder Andrew Benintendi couldn’t quite catch.

When the inning ended, fans booed Cole and television cameras picked up the right-hander, yelling, and punching the bottom of the dugout roof with both hands.

Cole blamed himself for the walk and fielding lapse.

“I feel bad about it if we weren’t in the rut that we were, but I’d still feel bad about it,” he said.

The reaction from portions of the crowd of 45, 538 were similar to Cole with boos increasing after Toronto went ahead and intensifying after the final out.

“We’re not winning,” said slugger Aaron Judge, who batted third for the fourth time this year. “I think anytime you don’t win boos are warranted.”

Jackie Bradley hit a two-run, go-ahead double down the left-field line, the ball bouncing off the wall and past Benintendi when he tried to field the carom. Bradley delivered after Santiago Espinal got Toronto’s first hit, a double two pitches after missing on a close two-strike pitch.

Raimel Tapia reached on an infield hit by beating shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s throw and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached when Cole slightly slipped in front of the mound fielding the ball. Cole’s misstep allowed Guerrero to beat the throw and the original call was overturned when Toronto challenged.

“Obviously, I’m thinking trying to think double play,” Cole said. “I’m not 100% sure, but I got to try to at least give it a look. “

Kirk then gave the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead when he lined a double to left-center. Benintendi was playing slightly in, raced back, attempted a diving catch and the ball eluded his glove before center fielder Estevan Florial fielded it and threw out Guerrero to prevent a third run from scoring.

Matt Chapman added a solo homer in the ninth as the Blue Jays won their fourth straight. Toronto is 13-6 in the Bronx since the start of last season.

“He was dealing, no-hitter through four and then I think we were grinding him out good enough to get his pitch count up and kind of strung it together there,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said.

Florial hit an RBI single in the second and Gleyber Torres homered in the eighth as the Yankees got nine hits but went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

“Just got to have a little better energy in the dugout to kind of push each other a little bit,” Judge said.

Before allowing four runs, Cole allowed two baserunners through the first four and was aided by defensive plays from Judge in right and rookie third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera.

Judge made a running catch to prevent a double by Bo Bichette in the second with his left shoulder crashing into the fence. Cabrera dove face first into the tarp in foul territory to snag Bradley’s popup and completed the play after his head hit the padding along the side wall.

Toronto starter Mitch White allowed one run and seven hits in four innings. Adam Cimber (9-4) was awarded the win and Yimi Garcia got his first save.


Blue Jays: OF/DH George Springer didn’t play for the second straight game after fouling a ball off his knee while going 5 for 5 in Thursday. Springer was available as a pinch-hitter and hopes to play Sunday. … RF Teoscar Hernandez was lifted after fouling a ball off his foot in the eighth.

Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (left Achilles tendinitis) was expected to get three to five at-bats in two rehab games for Double-A Somerset on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Stanton could return as the DH as soon as Tuesday after facing RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) in live batting practice. . 3B Josh Donaldson (stomach bug) was a late scratch from the lineup. . RHP Clay Holmes (back) played catch for the first time since going on the IL Wednesday and said he is feeling better. . Severino threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session after throwing 30 pitches Thursday.


Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (12-6, 2.71 ERA) opposes New York LHP Nestor Cortes (9-4, 2.74) on Sunday. It will be a special day at Yankee Stadium when former star outfielder and current team announcer Paul O’Neill has his No. 21 retired during an on-field ceremony.

Tyler Alexander, Tigers’ bullpen lead 4-3 win over Angels

DETROIT (AP) Tyler Alexander pitched six strong innings and the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen finished off a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers had lost two straight and 10 of 12.

Alexander (3-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, notching his first win in eight starts this season. Detroit’s bullpen then pitched three hitless innings, with Gregory Soto throwing the ninth for his 23rd save.

“I liked the way I finished, especially the way I started,” said Alexander, who allowed one run in each of the first three innings. “I couldn’t get the ball inside like I wanted. I didn’t make any mechanical adjustments – I just made better pitches in the last three innings.”

The Tigers’ bullpen has been strong all season, but the starting pitching leads the American League with a 3.15 ERA since the All-Star break. That hasn’t been enough to overcome the team’s lack of offense – Detroit is 9-21 in that stretch – but manager A.J. Hinch is encouraged.

“We’re at a point where we expect a good start,” he said. “and we expect to win if we give our bullpen a lead.”

Los Angeles’ Reid Detmers (4-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“I was just having a hard time getting settled in,” said Detmers, who was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his past six starts. “Nothing felt right coming out of my hand, and I’m not sure why. I’ll have to go back and watch the video.”

Angels manager Phil Nevin wasn’t worried about the loss of velocity on Detmers’ fastball, saying “his slider was right where we expect it … He said he felt fine, so it is more than likely a mechanical issue.”

Unlike Friday’s game, which the Angels won 1-0 in two hours and 15 minutes, hits and runs were common for both teams in the early innings.

Shohei Ohtani led off the game with a double and scored on Luis Rengifo’s base hit, and the Angels took a 2-0 lead in the second on Andrew Velazquez’s homer.

The Tigers scored twice on five hits and a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, and could have had more if right fielder Taylor Ward hadn’t thrown Jonathan Schoop out at the plate. Schoop injured his right ankle on the slide and was replaced by Kody Clemens.

“It’s an ankle sprain, and he’s day-to-day,” Hinch said of Schoop. “We haven’t scored a lot lately, and (third-base coach) Ramon (Santiago) was probably trying to be aggressive, especially with a wet ball.”

Adell put Los Angeles up 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the top of the third, but Jeimer Candelario had one of his own in the bottom of the inning.

Victor Reyes gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead with an RBI single off reliever Jaime Barra in the fifth.


The Tigers had a runner on second with two out in the third inning when Tucker Barnhart hit a groundball to Velazquez at short. Instead of making the easy throw to first, Velazquez threw to a startled Rengifo at third. Luckily for Velazquez, Mike Trout prevented any further damage with a leaping catch of a line drive.

“He said he knew how many outs there were, but the runner cut in front of him and he lost his focus for a second,” Nevin said. “It was a mistake, but Mike bailed him out.”


Technical problems knocked out the Comerica Park sound system for a couple of innings, leaving the game without walk-up music, batter announcements or big-screen entertainment between innings. Normal sounds resumed in the fifth inning.


The teams are scheduled to finish their weekend series Sunday, although rain is in the forecast all day. Ohtani (10-7, 2.69 ERA) will face Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3, 4.38), who was reinstated from the restricted list Friday after being away from the team since early June to deal with family problems.

Soto, Bell homers lead Padres past Nationals 2-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Juan Soto and Josh Bell homered against their former team, leading the San Diego Padres to a much-needed 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Soto’s solo shot off reliever Steve Cishek (1-4) to center field in the seventh inning proved to be the winner. Bell ended a 1-for-33 slump over eight-plus games with his first home run as a member of the Padres, a 415-foot blast to right-center to tie the game at 1 in the fifth.

“It felt really good. I put in a lot of work … hopefully the next 50 at-bats are better than the first 50,” Bell said of breaking his slump to start his tenure with the Padres. “It is fun playing against those guys (Nationals) over there. It’s a lot more fun now that I have gotten a hit against them. It got to the point where I felt myself pressing.”

The Padres had lost four of five, including the first two in the series, mostly because of their struggling offense.

“We really needed this win really bad to get back on track and get the team going,” Soto said. “Just the way we won today, we had a lot of traffic the whole game. It is a good way to start going.”

Even though San Diego scored just two runs, it was enough to back the strong pitching by starter Joe Musgrove, who allowed one run and four hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

“One swing of the bat changes the game,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. “Now we have guys throughout the lineup that can do that. When you have good pitching and you are getting shut down a little bit, one mistake can be a game changer.”

San Diego’s bullpen also stepped up, keeping the Nationals scoreless over three innings. Adrian Morejon (3-0) earned the win by pitching scoreless seventh and eighth. Luis Garcia earned his third save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth despite giving up a hit and hitting a batter. Earlier Saturday, San Diego gave Josh Hader a break from closing duties due to his recent struggles.

“We were trying to get two (innings) out of Morejon and close with Garcia today,” Melvin said. “It may look different tomorrow, but it worked today.”

The Nationals jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a solo homer by Lane Thomas (2 for 4) off Musgrove, who didn’t figure in the decision.

Musgrove started the season 8-0 and has gone 0-6 in his last 10 starts beginning on June 23rd.

“This time of the year it is starting to feel like every game is a must-win game,” Musgrove said. “We haven’t been playing our best baseball, really all year. We haven’t put it all together for a consistent stretch in time. It’s definitely not for a lack of effort.”

San Diego wasted a prime scoring chance in the bottom of the first with bases loaded on three walks against Washington starter Josiah Gray. However, Bell struck out swinging to end the inning and extinguished the Padres’ threat.

Gray worked five innings, allowing one run and four hits.

The Padres loaded the bases again in third inning with two outs, but Gray got out of it by getting Ha-Seong Kim to hit a hard line drive to left for the third out.


Hader will not be the closer for the Padres after ninth-inning meltdowns on Thursday and Friday night led to losses.

“We will probably give him a break from that (closer) in the interim here, let him work on some things,” Melvin said before the game. “But, our best team, obviously, is with Josh Hader in the closer’s role and that’s why we got him. So, we will give him a little break for now.”

Melvin said the Padres closer role would be based on matchups game-by-game, basically closer by committee. The closer role in the short-term will likely be shared by Padres’ righties Luis Garcia and Robert Suarez and lefties Adrian Morejon and Nick Martinez.


On Saturday, the Padres recalled OF Jose Azocar from Triple-A El Paso and designated OF Nomar Mazara for assignment. Mazara filled in adequately as the team’s everyday right fielder during parts of the first half, but with the return of OF Wil Myers from injury, followed by the acquisition of OF Juan Soto, Mazara no longer had a path to starting games. Azocar was deemed more versatile off the bench than Mazara.


Padres: LHP Drew Pomeranz (flexor tendon surgery) is expected to return from the 60-day IL in early September. Pomeranz made his fifth rehab appearance on Aug. 19, pitching a scoreless inning for Triple-A El Paso.


LHP Patrick Corbin (4-16, 6.96) starts for the Nationals on Sunday against the Padres LHP Sean Manaea (6-6, 4.83).

Astros star Alvarez back at ballpark after breathing scare

ATLANTA (AP) Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez was held out of the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Braves after being taken to a hospital the previous night because of shortness of breath.

Manager Dusty Baker said doctors weren’t able to find any cause of the breathing issues. Alvarez was at the ballpark but under a concussion-like protocol where the team was monitoring his every move.

Baker said Alvarez could return to the lineup for the finale of the three-game series Sunday.

“He’s better,” Baker said. “We’ve still got to watch him. He’s under what’s similar to a concussion protocol, where you’ve got to watch him. You don’t want him to maybe fall out. They couldn’t find anything, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s wrong.”

Baker called it a frightening situation, but added he was somewhat relieved that one of the game’s most feared hitters was apparently not stricken with a serious medical problem.

“We’re just going to wait today,” the manager added. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. He’ll probably DH if he’s feeling all right.”

Alvarez is batting .295 with 31 homers and 77 RBIs for the AL West-leading Astros, who are seeking their fourth World Series appearance in six years.

They are in Atlanta for a rematch of last year’s Series, won by the Braves.

Alvarez departed Friday night’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta under his own power with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. There was a pause in the action when Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom fouled a ball off his foot and was being tended to by a trainer.

Baker said Alvarez started having some breathing issues while running the bases, and the condition was exacerbated by in-game fireworks.

Alvarez had hoped to make it through the inning, but decided to come off when Grissom was shaken up,.

Alvarez was transported to an Atlanta hospital to undergo testing but doctors weren’t able to pinpoint a cause.

“It’s better to know if there’s nothing wrong,” Baker said. “Those doctors are great, but sometimes it’s a guess.”


Mahomes throws 2 TD passes as Chiefs beat Commanders 24-14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes led two similar touchdown drives and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Washington Commanders 24-14 in a preseason game on Saturday.

The first one was a 12-play, 87-yard drive in 5:28, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jody Fortson.

The second was a 12-play, 82-yard drive that took 5:25 and was capped by a 7-yard touchdown to Fortson.

Mahomes finished 12 of 19 for 162 yards. In two preseason games, Mahomes has played three series and has led three touchdown drives. He was 6 of 7 for 60 yards and a touchdown in the first preseason game in Chicago.

“I thought our execution was pretty good there,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “The first play (was designed for Fortson). The second one Pat was moving around and found him.”

“It’s good to have Jody back. He’s a good football player who had a tough injury against this team last year.”

Fortson, who is listed as the fourth-string tight end on the depth chart, tied for the team lead on the Chiefs with four receptions, most coming in the first half. The Chiefs use multiple tight-end sets, and Fortson could earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

“I think you’ve seen what Jody is,” Mahomes said. “When he’s one on one and he has a guy behind him, you can give him that chance. I have that trust with him now. He wasn’t necessarily open, but when you have a big guy who can make those physical, tough catches, you give him a chance.”

Fortson is glad to be part of the mix after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last October.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I’m just honored to be here. The support system of the athletic trainers and the coaches have never let me get down. It feels awesome to get out here and play in front of these fans.”

He has five career regular-season receptions, including two touchdowns, all coming last season. But with his 6-4, 226-pound frame, he looks like he may be a short-yardage option for Mahomes.

Washington starter Carson Wentz played three series and finished 6 of 9 for 64 yards.

The Chiefs starting defense has not allowed a point in the first two exhibition games.

“The guys are playing fast,” Reid said. “We’re short a couple of guys (defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark), so we had some younger guys in. They got some good experience.

“I like what I’m seeing. We’ve got to keep getting better, but I do like the speed.”

Backups Taylor Heinicke and Sam Howell led touchdown drives. Heinicke led an 11-play, 84-yard drive, capped by a 9-yard touchdown to Cam Sims just before halftime. Howell led a 93-yard drive in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 17-14.


Harrison Butker missed on his only long-range attempt (from 53 yards), but he showed the strength in his right leg during warmups. He hit one from 63 yards with plenty of room to spare. He then hit comfortably from 69 yards and from 74 yards on his next two tries.

Butker has said during training camp that he felt he could be successful from 70 yards in a game. He has a career long of 58 yards and is 20 of 28 from beyond 50 yards.


Chiefs: Cornerback Rashad Fenton left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury.

Commanders: Defensive end Bunmi Rotimi left in the third quarter with a leg injury. … Cornerback Corn Elder went into the concussion protocol in the third quarter and didn’t return.


Commanders: Face the Ravens in Baltimore on Saturday.

Chiefs: Host Green Bay on Thursday.

Allen throws TD in Bills’ 42-15 preseason rout over Broncos

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Six plays, covering 70 yards and capped with a touchdown, was all it took for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in his preseason debut to show he’s ready for the regular season.

Eluding the pass rush, Allen spun around while stepping back in the pocket and found Gabe Davis for a game-opening 28-yard touchdown in an eventual 42-15 rout of the Denver Broncos backups on Saturday.

“It did feel weird only to play six, you know, once you get into that little rhythm,” said Allen, who had been anticipating going back out for one more drive before being told to take a seat.

“But shout-out to our guys coming out and playing today. Playing hard. Making plays. Came out with intensity from the get-go,” Allen added. “I’m proud of how we handled ourselves today. It was good to see.”

It was just like old times again, Davis said, referring to an Allen-led offense which has been one of the NFL’s most dynamic over the past two seasons.

“Yeah, 100% just picking up where we left off,” Davis said. “Just having that same chemistry and kind of thinking alike, I’m glad we were on the same page.”

Just as important, the offensive output – the Bills totaled 510 yards and scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions – showed the team being on the same page as newly promoted offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. Buffalo’s former quarterbacks coach replaces Brian Daboll, who was hired by the New York Giants this offseason.

Allen completed all three attempts for 45 yards, while backup Case Keenum closed out the first half overseeing three touchdown drives and finishing 16 of 18 for 192 yards and a perfectly placed 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end O.J. Howard.

It was a bounce-back outing for Keenum, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in a 27-24 win over Indianapolis last week.

“I thought Dorsey was dialing them up with some great play calls,” said Keenum, who also got a chance to play with the starters during his first series. “I think those were priceless reps that you don’t get very often, so I wanted to make the most of them.”

Zach Moss rounded out the first-half scoring with a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, while Duke Johnson scored on 2- and 8-yard runs in the second half.

Buffalo extended its preseason winning streak to 10 games. The run is the NFL’s second-longest active streak behind the Baltimore Ravens, who have won a league-record 21 straight, and play at Arizona on Sunday.

The Broncos took a step back after a 17-7 preseason-opening win over Dallas, while resting Russell Wilson and many of their starters for a second straight week.

First-year coach Nathaniel Hackett was left disappointed, especially after entering the game intrigued to see how his young defenders and backups on defense would hold up against Allen and Co.

“You get six touchdowns on six drives, obviously nobody did good. So we have to evaluate the group as a whole. We have to tackle better. We have to hold the point better. Everything,” Hackett said. “Obviously, our defense didn’t play good enough. The offense didn’t play good enough, especially in the beginning. But that’s why we do this.”

Journeyman Josh Johnson finished 8 of 16 for just 70 yards in the first half in his bid to lock up the backup job.

After overseeing a 12-play, 64-yard opening drive that ended with Brandon McManus hitting a 33-yard field goal, Johnson’s final three drives of the half combined for 52 yards and three first downs.

Denver’s Brett Rypien finished 22 of 26 for 191 yards and a 1-yard touchdown to Eric Saubert with 10:55 remaining.


BRONCOS: P Sam Martin was ruled out after hurting his ankle in pregame warmups. … CB Michael Ojemudia dislocated his right elbow in the second quarter. … OT Casey Tucker wore a protective boot on his right foot after being hurt in the third quarter.

BILLS: S Nick McCloud returned after requiring six stitches to close a gash on his face in the first quarter.


The Bills held a moment of silence before the game to honor Florida International linebacker Luke Knox, who died on Wednesday. Knox is the younger brother of Bills tight end Dawson Knox, who has been excused from the team to be with his family. Bills fans have rallied to Knox’s support by donating more than $100,000 to the P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative, a charity supported by the tight end.

Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney was spotted entering the stadium wearing a T-shirt, with “Long Live Luke” printed on the front.


Broncos: Close preseason hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 27.

Bills: Close preseason at the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Tagovailoa makes preseason debut; Raiders top Dolphins 15-13

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa was on the field four hours before the game against the Raiders, visualizing how the Dolphins offense would operate Saturday night.

Tagovailoa, the Dolphins’ starting quarterback, made his preseason debut and played in the first two series of Miami’s 15-13 loss to Las Vegas.

Playing with most of his starters – although receiver Tyreek Hill did not play – Tagovailoa completed 6 of 8 passes for 58 yards.

“I was really happy with Tua because he’s been having such a good camp, just in his development and ownership of the offense,” Dolphins first-year coach Mike McDaniel said.

He was then asked about Tagovailoa’s pregame preparation earlier in the afternoon.

“That says everything,” McDaniel said. “That’s why his teammates are confident in him. That’s why I’m confident in him. That’s why his coaching staff is.”

Jarrett Stidham, who started for the Raiders at quarterback, completed 7 of 10 passes for 80 yards and was sacked once. He threw the Raiders’ only touchdown pass on the team’s opening drive.

The touchdown came from a 12-play, 75-yard drive, which included passes of 14, 15 and 18 yards, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Zamir White, who could be the Raiders’ No. 1 option to back up starter Josh Jacobs. Jacobs did not play.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are nicked up, bumps and bruises,” coach Josh McDaniels said after the game, referring to the Raiders not playing most of their starters. “That’s this time of the year. Every team’s dealing with it. We’re not unique.”

Tagovailoa did not lead a touchdown drive, but he connected with tight end Durham Smythe for a 10-yard gain on his first throw of the game and found running back Chase Edmonds for a 17-yard gain on the next play. The Dolphins’ offense looked unsettled on the drive, however, and was forced to punt.

“As an offense, you always want to go down and accomplish every drive ending in a score. Obviously that wasn’t the case within the two drives that we had,” Tagovailoa said. “We had a field goal, but our job as an offense is to go down and try to put points up on the board.”

Edmonds, acquired in the offseason, showed how important he could be in the Dolphins’ offense this season. He caught two passes on two targets for 21 yards and had just 3 rushing yards on three carries, but in his most impressive play, he caught a short pass from Tagovailoa and shed a Raiders defender to convert on third down.

Tagovailoa looked comfortable and had the time he needed to make his throws, but Miami got little production in the run game with its starters on the field. The Dolphins’ most productive runner was backup Salvon Ahmed, who finished with 20 yards and five carries.

Veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa. On his first drive, he was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Bridgewater also made some impressive throws, including a 26-yard completion to rookie receiver Erik Ezukanma.

Dolphins rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, who impressed in his NFL debut last week, had another solid outing, throwing for more than 100 yards, including Miami’s only touchdown – a 19-yard connection with rookie running back ZaQuandre White in the fourth quarter.

Nick Mullens replaced Stidham and was 6 of 9 for 39 yards. With the win, the Raiders moved to 3-0 in the preseason.


Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham left the game in the first half after appearing to injure his left hand making a tackle. In last week’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay, backup cornerback Trill Williams suffered a season-ending ACL injury, and the Dolphins to signed Mackensie Alexander earlier this week.


Dolphins: Receiver Jaylen Waddle did not play, as he is nursing a minor undisclosed injury. Waddle was held out of practice this week out of precaution, though McDaniel said he expects Waddle to return during training camp. Also inactive were safety Eric Rowe, cornerback Xavien Howard, tight end Tanner Conner and offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Greg Little.

Raiders: A handful of the Raiders’ starters did not play, including quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, running back Josh Jacobs and defensive ends Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby.


Raiders: Close out the preseason at home next Friday against the New England Patriots.

Dolphins: Face the Philadelphia Eagles next Saturday in their preseason finale.

Sudfeld, 49ers beat Vikings 17-7 in battle of backups

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A week of joint practices in Minnesota allowed the Vikings and San Francisco 49ers to evaluate their starters in a controlled environment.

Their preseason game Saturday night was all about the backups.

Nate Sudfeld led a 14-play, 79-yard drive for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and San Francisco beat the Vikings 17-7.

Sudfeld started and went 13 of 17 for 102 yards in the competition with rookie Brock Purdy to back up starting quarterback Trey Lance. JaMychal Hasty caught the touchdown toss from Sudfeld and rookie Danny Gray hauled in a 2-point conversion after a busted coverage by Minnesota.

“Brock’s done a good job every time he’s gotten his opportunity,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of his backup quarterbacks. “I thought Nate did some real good things tonight and last week, too. But I like both of those guys and we’ll see how it finishes up.”

Robbie Gould converted each of his three field-goal attempts for San Francisco.

In the second preseason game for both teams, it was largely a sloppy performance after nearly all the projected first-team players were held out.

There were four combined turnovers, three by Minnesota, with three fumbles – with each team losing one. The 49ers averaged 4.6 yards per play and the Vikings were held to 3.9 yards per play in their first home game with Kevin O’Connell as head coach.

“Our game reps took place at our facility this week in that competitive environment that we’re able to bring in,” O’Connell said. “I feel like our team improved. Those starters got a lot of work and a lot of great competitive work. I felt we had a really good week of practice against a really good defense, really good front that can consistently get pressure.”

Second-year quarterback Kellen Mond started for Minnesota, but was intercepted on the first drive of the game. Mond finished 10 of 20 for 82 yards and was also picked off on his final throw of the night.

Sean Mannion was 10 of 15 for 65 yards as he and Mond battle for the backup job to Kirk Cousins. Rookie Ty Chandler had 19 yards rushing, including a 3-yard TD on an eight-play, 60-yard drive engineered by Mannion.

“You would have loved to come out of tonight feeling like, `Shoot, they both moved the team and scored a lot of points and we’ve got a heck of a hard discussion and conversation ahead as a staff and as an organization,'” O’Connell said of Mond and Mannion. “Although we didn’t do that, I still think there’s some real teachable moments and then some real moments where we’ll be able to evaluate and kind of really look at where we are at that position as we kind of restack everything to go into this week.”

Purdy finished 14 of 23 for 128 yards for San Francisco and had some strong moments, but he dropped an exchange with running back Tyrion Davis-Price with the 49ers at the goal line.

Lance, a Minnesota native, didn’t play, nor did Jimmy Garoppolo.


In total, the teams declared 54 players out before the game, 27 for each.

For San Francisco, only three players listed with the first-team offense and defense played. Guards Aaron Banks and Spencer Burford started on offense. Tackle Javon Kinlaw was the lone defensive starter, though nickelback Samuel Womack III also played.

Kinlaw had a sack and Womack had a fumble recovery.

The lone projected starter for the Vikings to play was defensive end Armon Watts.


49ers: DT Arik Armstead (knee) and CB Emmanuel Moseley (hamstring) started to work back into practice this week, but were held out. S Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and RT Mike McGlinchey (knee) are starters who are further away from a return. … RB Elijah Mitchell (hamstring) was held out. … RB Trey Sermon (ankle) started and had five carries for 8 yards.

Vikings: CB Andrew Booth Jr., a second-round rookie, left in the first half with an ankle injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game. … TE Irv Smith Jr. (thumb surgery) remains on track to be ready for the regular-season opener. He’ll be eased back into practice soon, O’Connell said this week. … OL Chris Reed, who’s been in the mix at center and right guard, has an elbow injury. He didn’t play Saturday after not practicing this week. … RG Jesse Davis was held out of practice Thursday, wearing a sleeve on his right knee. He didn’t play.


Alfredo Gutierrez, a backup offensive tackle who spent last season on the 49ers’ practice squad, got into the game late for his first game action in the NFL and was awarded a game ball by Shanahan.

Gutierrez, who was born in Tijuana, Mexico, was signed by San Francisco last year as part of the league’s International Player Pathway Program.

“Yeah, I was a lot nervous,” Gutierrez said. “I know the cadence, but I was still asking my friends, like, `This is the cadence, right?’ They were like, `Yeah, calm down.’ First time in an NFL stadium, that was awesome. That was a really good feeling.”


49ers: Wrap up the preseason on Aug. 25 at Houston.

Vikings: Play at Denver on Aug. 27 in the preseason finale.

Malik Willis throws 1st NFL TD pass, Titans beat Bucs 13-3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Malik Willis promises he’s harder on himself than coaches ever can be. Luckily, the Tennessee Titans are seeing the rookie quarterback improve.

The big question for the Titans remains whether Willis grows fast enough to back up veteran Ryan Tannehill and keep them from keeping a third quarterback on the roster this season.

Willis threw the first touchdown of his NFL career and the Titans beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-3 Saturday night in their exhibition home opener.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Willis got the ball out quicker than in their opening loss to Baltimore and improved in some areas.

“It’s hard to run out of the back of the pocket in this league. It’s hard,” Vrabel said. “So we’re just going to continue to coach him to try to step up and find guys that can help him. And then when there are opportunities to create plays, try to do that as well.”

The Titans (1-1) gave Willis a second straight start, and he showed more patience by staying in and moving around the pocket. Willis still was sacked three times while playing a series into the third quarter. Willis said he felt more comfortable, though the key is making sure he stays in the pocket when he can rather than use his legs to run.

“It’s understanding when and when not to, and that’s the biggest thing,” Willis said. “That’s why I’m a little disappointed myself for tonight, and I think I got a little bit too much. But it’s a growing process, and it’s my second preseason game, I’m not going to be too hard on myself in that regard.”

Willis also had nearly as many runs as completed passes yet again. He ran five times for 42 yards with a long of 24 yards to set up the first field goal and was 7 of 17 for 80 yards passing with a 75.6 passer rating. He capped Tennessee’s final drive of the first half by finding fellow rookie Chig Okonkwo with a 6-yard pass for the first TD of both their pro careers.

Veteran Ryan Succop, trying to hold off Jose Borregales, sneaked a 52-yard field goal over the crossbar late in the third quarter for the Bucs (0-2).

Tannehill, Derrick Henry, All-Pro safety Kevin Byard and Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons all wore ballcaps instead of helmets among 10 Titans’ starters sitting out. Rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere started at right tackle trying to beat out Dillon Radunz for the job, then moved to the left side after veteran Taylor Lewan left.

Tampa Bay had 15 starters out led by Tom Brady out for a second straight preseason game in his personal break from the Bucs. Julio Jones, who took part in both joint practices against the Titans, watched from the sideline along with fellow receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

“We got a great look at a lot of young guys, so we can make educated decisions going forward,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said.

With so many starters out, the teams failed to convert their first nine third downs combined. The Titans outgained the Bucs 255-174 in total offense with Tennessee scoring 10 points off turnovers by halftime. Blaine Gabbert started and played the first two series going 3 of 5 passing for 13 yards.

Kyle Trask finished the game and threw for 105 yards. But he was intercepted just before halftime for a second straight week.

“Nobody played efficient on offense,” Bowles said. “We only had three points. So, you can’t just put it on the quarterback. There’s a lot of factors involved in that.”


The Titans have their punt returner in Kyle Philips. The fifth-round pick out of UCLA looked to make a rookie mistake by stepping back into the end zone to field his first punt, then slipped through for a 26-yard return. Vrabel said, “It’s easier to say, `Whoa’ than `Sic ’em.'”

Philips went 15 yards on his next opportunity. On his third chance, Philips made the first defender miss on his way to a 35-yard return.


Rookie punter Ryan Stonehouse is pushing three-time Pro Bowler Brett Kern thanks to his impressive hangtime on his punts. The Titans stepped up the competition by having Stonehouse hold on field goal attempts, and the rookie held for the two field goals and one extra point by Bullock. Kern handled the first two punts. Stonehouse also had a 68-yard punt and averaged 47 yards on four punts.

When Stonehouse bobbled a snap in the fourth quarter, the rookie picked up the ball and ran 24 yards for a first down.


Tampa Bay guard Aaron Stinnie, a former Tennessee player, was carted off the field late in the third quarter after hurting his left leg. Bowles did not have an update on Stinnie’s status after the game. … Titans safety Joshua Kalu hurt a groin muscle earlier in the third and didn’t return.


Bucs: visit Indianapolis on Aug. 27.

Titans: wrap up the preseason hosting Arizona on Aug. 27.

Turpin has kickoff, punt return TDs; Cowboys beat Chargers

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) KaVontae Turpin became the first player in nine seasons to have kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same game, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Chargers 32-18 Saturday night.

Turpin signed with the Cowboys on July 28 after garnering MVP honors in the United States Football League this past spring. Before Turpin, the last player to run back a punt and kickoff in the same game – preseason, regular season or playoffs – was Detroit’s Jeremy Ross on Dec. 8, 2013, against Philadelphia.

“He’s so dynamic. You go back to his college days and clearly, in my opinion, he was the best player I saw in the USFL coming out,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Turpin at halftime. “I’ve been so impressed with him since day one.”

After a 22-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins gave the Chargers a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, Turpin returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Turpin got a nice wall of blockers in the middle of the field before getting into open space near the 40 and going untouched up the right sideline.

Dallas had a 29-10 lead at halftime after a pair of touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter. That included Turpin’s 86-yard punt return, where he eluded a tackle attempt from punt gunner Deane Leonard after fielding the ball, did a couple juke moves and then broke free for the score.

“I’m an exciting player, and every time I get the ball, there’s a big play waiting to happen. I’m happy to be here and take advantage of this opportunity,” said Turpin, who led the USFL in receiving yards and had the league’s lone punt return for a TD.

Victor Bolden of the San Francisco 49ers was the last player to have a kickoff and punt return during the same preseason in 2017.

After two days of joint practices earlier in the week, both teams rested most of their starters. Dallas improved to 1-1 while the Chargers are 0-2.

Cooper Rush and Will Grier each directed first-half TD drives for the Cowboys, while Rico Dowdle and Malik Davis each had rushing scores. Dowdle finished as the game’s leading rusher with 44 yards on 13 carries.

Easton Stick played the first half for the Chargers and connected with Joshua Palmer on a wide receiver screen for an 18-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Chargers a short-lived 10-7 advantage.


Chargers: RB Isaiah Spiller suffered an ankle injury during the second half and did not return.


Cowboys: Finish the preseason at home against Seattle on Friday.

Chargers: Travel to New Orleans for their preseason finale on Friday.

Panthers rookie QB Corral suffers torn ligament in left foot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers rookie quarterback Matt Corral has a torn ligament in his left foot and is expected to miss significant time, according to coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule said Corral tore his Lisfranc ligament in Carolina’s 20-10 preseason loss to the New England Patriots on Friday night after his foot got stepped on.

Rhule would not say if the injury is season-ending, but did say the team is viewing it as a long-term injury. Corral is expected to need surgery to fix the tear.

The Panthers traded up in the third round of the NFL draft this year to get Corral.

With Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold battling for the starting spot at quarterback this year, the Panthers viewed this as a developmental year for Corral. Now he will have to develop by studying the playbook and watching others as they go though plays in practice and in games.

“We will do the best we can to help him make the gains that he needs to make,” Rhule said.

Rhule had said the Panthers had intended to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, but said the Corral injury could mean the team keeps only two if the rookie is placed on injured reserve.

“I hate it for him,” Rhule said. “I thought he was playing well too. … I thought I saw a lot of really nice signs early in the game where he found some guys that were open and did some really nice things.”

Rhule said the Panthers plan to play most, if not all, of their starters in the third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.

Roquan Smith to play out contract with Bears: ‘I’m just going to bet on myself’

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith plans to play out his contract after previously requesting a trade amid extension negotiations.

“Negotiations are over right now,” Smith said, according to team reporter Larry Mayer. “I’m just going to bet on myself like I’ve always done.”

Smith returned to practice Saturday for the first time since the start of training camp, joining his teammates in a non-contact workout. He previously took part in the team’s offseason program but was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp. The Bears activated him from the PUP list on Aug. 10.

Earlier in August, Smith released a statement indicating his desire for the franchise to trade him. In the letter, the star defender shared that he believed the Bears’ new leadership “doesn’t value me” since extension conversations began in April.

New general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus reportedly offered Smith a backloaded contract that wouldn’t have made him the highest-paid player at the position. Poles also revealed his intentions were “to sign Roquan to this team.”

The 2018 first-round selection is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, and he’s set to earn $9.7 million this season before possibly becoming a free agent in 2023.

Smith tallied a career-high 163 tackles along with 12 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2021.

Jets’ Williams fined $10.6K for late hit on Eagles’ Hurts

New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams was fined $10,609 for a late hit out of bounds on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts in last week’s preseason game, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The incident drew an animated outburst from Eagles coach Nick Sirianni, who was seen shouting in the direction of the Jets sideline. Sirianni said after the 24-21 preseason loss that his anger was directed at the play itself and not toward opposing head coach Robert Saleh.

“I wasn’t mad at coach Saleh,” Sirianni said Friday, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “I was mad at the situation. I was more mad at the player than coach Saleh. Coach Saleh is a great guy. I have so much respect for him. It was just emotions of the game. I was just sticking up for Jalen.”

Saleh called the hit “egregiously awful,” adding he discussed the play with Williams following the game.

A third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, Williams joined the Jets prior to the 2021 campaign. He recorded two sacks over 13 starts last season.


Cantlay has 1-shot lead into final round at BMW Championship

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Patrick Cantlay was part of an All-Star chasing pack until he holed out from 106 yards for eagle and carried that to a 6-under 65 on Saturday, giving him a one-shot lead and a chance to become the first back-to-back winner of the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup era.

Next up is another round with a familiar face. Xander Schauffele, his closest friend on the PGA Tour, had a bogey-free 66 and was a shot back, along with Scott Stallings (66).

Cantlay and Schauffele play practice rounds together just about every week when they’re at the same tournament, just never with this much on the line.

More than just $2.7 million for the winner, Cantlay or Schauffele could go to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup – that also depends on how Masters champion Scottie Scheffler fares – with a win and start the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead.

Cantlay knows the value of that from experience. After his dynamic playoff win in the BMW Championship last year at Caves Valley, he had the No. 1 seed and a two-shot lead at the start and wound up winning by one shot to claim the $18 million prize.

“My head is not even there right now,” said Cantlay, who was at 12-under 201. “I think the best way to handle this playoff system is to just focus on doing your best in the tournament that you’re in and not worry too much about the points. So that’s what I’m going to do.”

And there’s another reason. This is far from a two-man show on the South course at Wilmington Country Club that is sun-baked and fast on the greens.

Adam Scott, trying to work his way into the top 30 who reach the Tour Championship, held his own with a 69 and was only two shots behind. He started the postseason at No. 77 and is coming off a tie for fifth last week just to make it to the BMW.

Also two back was Scheffler, the world No. 1 who answered consecutive bogeys late in his round with a 4-foot birdie for a 68.

Collin Morikawa (65) and Aaron Wise (67) made it seven players separated by three shots.

Rory McIlroy started slowly and could only manage a 70, leaving him five shots. Jordan Spieth, who began the weekend just one shot behind, missed par putts of 3 feet and 2 feet and didn’t have much else go right in his round of 74 that took him out of contention.

Cantlay and Schauffele became fast friends at the Presidents Cup in 2019 at Royal Melbourne and now take holidays together, along with countless practice rounds. It’s different with a scorecard in hand, though the comfort level is obvious.

“I know how he hits the ball, he knows how I hit the ball. If I flush one or he flushes one, it sort of is extra information that we can use. I like to use that as an advantage, and we’re good friends, so it’s a very sort of easygoing pairing even though we’re trying to beat each other,” Schauffele said.

Give this round to Cantlay, just barely.

Schauffele was leading when Cantlay missed a 3-foot par putt – he also missed one from a little closer on the 17th – and after they matched two-putt birdies on the 12th, Cantlay holed a birdie putt from 8 feet on the 13th and then spun back a lob wedge for eagle at the 14th.

That put him in the lead, and after the shocker of a short miss for par, he finished with another lob ledge that expertly used a backstop and rolled down to 8 feet for birdie.

Delaware has never hosted a PGA Tour event, so this is new for everyone. That explains why Cantlay with a wedge in hand was walking to the front of every green to see the slopes and find the best play. It worked on the 14th for his eagle, and on the 18th for his birdie.

Stallings has plenty at stake on Sunday, too. He came into the BMW Championship at No. 46 in the standings and now is clearly within range of playing one more week.

“That was my No. 1 goal to start the year,” Stallings said.

This is his 12th year on the PGA Tour and the closest he has ever been to the Tour Championship.



Nelly Korda makes up 7 shots to beat her sister in Spain

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) American Nelly Korda shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to make up seven strokes on her sister Jessica Korda and win the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour.

Nelly Korda had bogeys on her second and final holes but it was still enough for a three-shot victory over her older sister, Spaniard Ana Pelaez Trivino and France’s Pauline Roussin.

Nelly Korda finished with a 13-under total at the La Reserva Club de Sotogrande.

“I haven’t won this year, so it feels nice to get a win under my belt but I’m also very sad as it wasn’t the day Jess was expecting,” Nelly Korda said. “I guess we were hoping for a bit more of a battle going down the stretch, but it’s golf and that sometimes happens.”

Jessica Korda shot a 5-over 77 to relinquish her six-shot lead over Roussin entering the final round. She had a 4-under 68 in the second round after opening with an 11-under 61 that broke the course record and equaled the lowest round in relation to par ever made on the Ladies European Tour.

Jessica Korda opened with consecutive birdies on Saturday but then made seven bogeys and a double bogey in addition to two other birdies.

Third-ranked Nelly Korda made three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 and Nos. 12-14 before picking up another birdie on the 16th.

It was the second Ladies European Tour victory for Nelly Korda.



Keyontae Johnson resuming college hoops career at K-State

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed during a game in December 2020 and hasn’t played since, is headed to Kansas State to resume his college career.

Johnson made the announcement on social media Saturday, committing to the Wildcats over fellow finalists Memphis, Nebraska and Western Kentucky. The 23-year-old Norfolk, Virginia, native will have one year of eligibility remaining, although he could petition the NCAA for another.

Johnson graduated from Florida in late April and announced plans to transfer days later. K-State and new coach Jerome Tang hosted Johnson on a recruiting visit in July.

Johnson has indicated he has received medical clearance to play again, something Florida officials said wasn’t going to happen in Gainesville. Now, he will get a chance to face his former team next season; K-State hosts the Gators on Jan. 28 in the annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Johnson could be a potential difference-maker for the Wildcats, who are rebuilding under Tang after finishing 14-17 in coach Bruce Weber’s final year in Manhattan. Johnson averaged 14 points and 7.1 rebounds during his last full season (2019-20) at Florida. He was a first-team, all-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore.

He still has a $5 million insurance policy that would pay out if he never plays again. The policy allows him to take part in a handful of games to test his health. If he proceeds beyond the set number of games, any potential payout would be nullified.

Johnson’s insurance policy went into effect five months before he crashed face-first onto the court at Florida State. The Southeastern Conference’s preseason player of the year in 2020 became a trauma patient as he crumpled to the floor seconds after breaking a team huddle in the fourth game of the COVID-19-delayed season.

Johnson received emergency medical attention in front of teammates, opponents and fans before getting rushed to a Tallahassee hospital. He spent 10 nights in hospitals before returning home. But he was never allowed to return to practice with the Gators.

His parents said last year their son’s collapse was not related to a previous positive COVID-19 test, citing a consultation team that included experts from four highly respected schools of medicine. The family has not said what doctors believe caused the episode or whether Johnson has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Johnson spent most of the last two seasons cheering on teammates from the bench as he remained enrolled in school and on scholarship.

He did take the court for a ceremonial few dribbles and a farewell on senior night against Kentucky in early March.


Edwards stops Usman late in 5th, wins UFC welterweight title

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Leon Edwards dropped Kamaru Usman with a kick to the head and neck in the final minute of the fifth round to win the welterweight championship at UFC 278 on Saturday night.

Usman appeared to be seconds away from a 16th consecutive victory, which would have tied an all-time UFC record, before Edwards came up with the stunning finish just in time.

Edwards (20-3) is undefeated dating back to his previous bout with Usman in 2015. The British fighter rose to No. 2 in the welterweight division while accumulating nine wins in that stretch ahead of the title bout.

Usman (20-2) lived up to his reputation as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world for much of the bout. The Nigerian weathered a late first-round takedown and turned the tables with a late second-round takedown. Usman controlled position throughout the third round, earning two more takedowns. Usman appeared on his way to a win by unanimous decision before Edwards rallied in the final round.

Paulo Costa prevailed over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a unanimous decision in the middleweight bout. Costa (14-2) had lost two straight bouts coming into Salt Lake City.

Rockhold (16-5) returned to the octagon for the first time in three years and his rust showed as the bout progressed. Costa more than doubled Rockhold in total strikes through the first two rounds and eventually left him with a bloodied mouth in the third round. Rockhold wiped his own blood over Costa’s face in the round’s final seconds while both fighters were locked in a stalemate on the ground.

Merab Dvalishvili prevailed over former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a unanimous decision in the men’s bantamweight bout, earning his eighth straight win. Aldo (31-8) had vocal support from the crowd but wore down under relentless pressure from Dvalishvili (15-4) over three rounds.

Lucie Pudilova beat Wu Yanan in the main card women’s bantamweight bout for her third straight win. Yanan suffered her fourth straight loss. Pudilova earned a TKO at the 4:04 mark in the second round after dragging Yanan to the canvas and repeatedly smashing elbows into her from a back mount.

Tyson Pedro earned a TKO over Harry Hunsucker 1:05 into the first round in the light heavyweight bout to round out the main card bouts.

Marcin Tybura handed Alexandr Romanov his first career UFC loss in the heavyweight bout, winning by majority decision. Romanov (18-1) slammed Tybura (23-7) to the canvas multiple times in the first round but ran out of steam in the remaining two rounds.

Sean Woodson and Luis Saldana fought to a rare spilt draw in a featherweight preliminary bout earlier in the evening. It was the first career draw for both fighters.


Elliott wins Cup pole at Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup pole on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, edging Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson for the top spot.

Elliott, a two-time winner at The Glen, turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 10.477 seconds around the 2.45-mile natural terrain road course. Larson, who won last year’s race at The Glen, finished in 1:10.516, just ahead of Michael McDowell.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Elliott said. “We’ll try to give them a good run tomorrow.”

William Byron was fourth and Tyler Reddick, winner of the past two road races on the Cup schedule, will start fifth as Chevrolet took four of the top five spots.

AJ Allmendinger was sixth, followed by Chris Buescher, Austin Cindric, Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch.

Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr., battling for the final playoff spot with just two races left in the regular season, will start side-by-side in Row 13.

“Definitely not the day we wanted, for sure,” Truex said. “We’ll just keep working on it, battle and fight through it and get all we can like we always do.”

Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen, who came out of retirement for the chance to enter NASCAR’S top series, qualified 27th in his Cup debut. Raikkonen is driving for TrackHouse Racing and its Project91 program designed to raise NASCAR’s international exposure.

“I wish there were more laps to put everything together,” Raikkonen said. “I thought I was pretty OK. It’s good.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell blew the engine during practice in the No. 20 Toyota and will start at the back of the 39-car field.



Newgarden rockets into title contention with 5th IndyCar win

MADISON, Ill. (AP) Josef Newgarden considers teammate Scott McLaughlin one of his closest friends, his “Bus Bro” at the racetrack, and the driver he knows who will race him clean with a win on the line.

That made it a lot easier for Newgarden to chase down McLaughlin on a restart following a rain delay to reclaim the lead at World Wide Technology Raceway, take his IndyCar-best fifth win of the season, and tighten the championship race.

“With Scott, it’s a little bittersweet because we just have a great friendship,” Newgarden said. “He’s a tremendous competitor. I rank Scott one of the elite drivers in the world, not just here, but in the world. He’s top class, very difficult to beat. We get along really great, he’s a tremendous teammate, a hard worker and it’s not the easiest friendship to have because at the end of the day, we are competing.

“He wanted to win the race and I wanted to win the race. But ultimately we have a tremendous working relationship and nights like this are good. If we’re battling together, things are going well and we want to see that pretty often.”

Mired in the middle of the championship picture despite having more than twice the wins of any rival, Newgarden is now in the heart of the title hunt.

He started the race on the short oval outside St. Louis ranked fourth in the standings, 22 points behind leader Will Power, his Penske teammate. Newgarden is now second in the standings and just three points behind Power with two races remaining. Newgarden won for the third consecutive year at WWTR and fourth time in his career.

The rain delay saved the race for Newgarden.

McLaughlin had taken the lead from him on pit strategy shortly before the race was stopped for rain and lightning with 43 laps remaining. After a delay of just over 2 hours, the race resumed with 36 laps to go and Newgarden needed only one to get past his buddy for the race-winning pass.

“Great effort, great team,” Newgarden radioed his team. “Great, great effort. Perfect car.”

David Malukas, the rookie for Dale Coyne Racing, put on a stunning display of picking his way through traffic after the final restart. He passed McLaughlin on the final lap to disrupt the potential Penske 1-2 finish, and had the race gone one more lap, Malukas might have had a shot at catching Newgarden for the win.

Newgarden in a Chevrolet beat Malukas in a Honda by 0.4708-seconds.

“They said `Do you see them up front?’ and I just see two Penskes and think `Oh my God, they’re Penskes,'” the 20-year-old said. “They were tough. They were tough to even get any kind of suck to get close to them.”

With two laps to go, Malukas at last ventured into the top line of the track and found it racy enough to catch McLaughlin. He instantly lamented not trying the lane earlier.

“If I would have done that a bit sooner, maybe we could have done something for Newgarden,” Malukas said. “That is a win for me, a win for the team. We started off this season a bit rough and ever since May we’ve been getting better and better. We knew a podium was in sight.”

McLaughlin finished third for Penske and was followed by Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP in fourth. The race began with seven drivers separated by 59 points in the standings; it ended with seven drivers separated by 58 points – O’Ward gained a point.

Takuma Sato finished fifth for Coyne and was followed by Power, who had a near perfect first half of the race and was routing the field until a split Penske strategy pushed him back into traffic.

It was a disappointing race for the title contenders from Chip Ganassi Racing; all three lost ground in the standings. Marcus Ericsson finished seventh, Scott Dixon was eighth and reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou was ninth. Dixon dropped from second in the standings, six points out, to third in points and 14 out.

Even so, only 17 points separate the top four in the standings from Power to Ericsson in one of the most gripping title races in years. At Gateway, the 520 total passes were the most since 2017 when IndyCar returned to the track, and a record 179 of those passes were for position.


Matthew Brabham briefly stopped Linus Lundqvist’s rout in Indy Lights by winning the junior series race earlier Saturday. It was the second win of the season for the Andretti Autosport driver, who is the grandson of three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham.

Lundqvist, who has won five of 10 races this season, finished second and Brabham conceded the title to him. Brabham’s win moved him to second in the standings, more than 100 points behind Lundqvist with three races remaining.

“I’m just focusing on race wins personally. Anything can happen, but I seriously doubt it,” said Brabham.

Lundqvist, meanwhile, has had slow going in talks on a promotion to IndyCar next season. He drive for an affiliate team of Dale Coyne Racing, which is in contract talks on bringing Takuma Sato back another year.

“I’m calling people. Not the other way around, unfortunately,” said Lundqvist, adding his success rate was “about 50% ratio” on getting a team on the phone.

“I just call them 10 times. They’re bound to pick up sometimes,” he said.

Meanwhile, reigning NASCAR Mexico champion Salvador de Alba won the Indy Pro 2000 race from the pole. It was de Alba’s second career victory, but he inherited his first win last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his teammate failed post-race inspection.


IndyCar races Sept. 24 on the road course at Portland. Palou won from the pole last year to reclaim the IndyCar points lead and ultimately win his first championship.


COLTS FOOTBALL: Igwebuike’s late TD, 2-point stop lead Lions past Indy 27-26

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Detroit Lions couldn’t quibble with much Saturday.

David Blough started fast and Tim Boyle finished strong as the backup quarterback competition continued. Detroit had 174 yards rushing and allowed 30. Even the defense delivered.

It was the ending everyone wanted to cap a busy, challenging week in Indianapolis.

Four days after coach Dan Campbell brought his team to Indy for two joint practices, Godwin Igwebuike scored on a 2-yard, tiebreaking run with 4:03 to play and the Lions defense stopped a 2-point conversion attempt with 38 seconds left to preserve a 27-26 preseason victory over the Colts.

“When you earn a win, it feels good. And when we needed a play, we really complemented each other,” Campbell said. “I thought we got better today. This was a good week for us.”

Igwebuike had a solid game, carrying seven times for 32 yards, including his strong final run.

But Blough wanted to show everyone he could rebound from last week’s late turnover, which turned an almost sure win into another frustrating defeat. And with Campbell and Colts coach Frank Reich holding out most of their starters, Blough took advantage of a rare chance to start.

He led the Lions to field goals on their first two possessions and recovered from a batted ball that was intercepted with a 5-yard TD pass as time expired in the first half to make it 13-13. Blough finished 16 of 22 with 76 yards while rushing three times for 18 yards.

Boyle took over in the second half and led the Lions to two touchdowns. The first came on their opening series of the third quarter when he connected with Tom Kennedy on a 10-yard TD pass to make it 20-13. Boyle was 12 of 15 with 99 yards.

“I thought they both did a great job – David driving us down the field at the end of the half and coming away with that touchdown was big,” Campbell said without declaring a winner. “I thought Tim Boyle had a good half, too. He moved the ball and when he was called upon, he stepped up and made some plays.”

Indy quarterback Sam Ehlinger answered with a 50-yard pass to a wide-open Dezmon Patmon, who stumbled to the ground, rolled over backward and stretched the ball across to tie the score again.

Ehlinger also threw a 15-yard TD pass to Michael Strachan in the first half as Indy’s young, unproven receiving group took a significant step forward from a week ago.

“It seems like he’s gone from zero to 60 in a second,” Reich said of Strachan, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list this week. “There was a a couple weeks back, I wasn’t even sure if he was going to practice until the season opener and then all of a sudden he made a speedy recovery and the next thing you know, he’s out there catching a big-time touchdown.”

Midway through the fourth quarter, though, the game looked as if it could be this year’s first tie – until Igwebuike’s powerful final run.

And then it nearly happened again when Jack Coan, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, found Samson Nacua for a 26-yard score with 38 seconds left. But Reich called timeout, decided to play for the win and when Coan couldn’t connect with Nacua again, Detroit sealed it by recovering an onside kick.

“Where we’ve been and where we’re coming from (winning) has to be part of our DNA,” Campbell said. “We’re moving in the right direction.”


Lions: Kennedy had five receptions for 24 yards and the two scores. … Craig Reynolds started at running back and had seven carries for 37 yards including back-to-back 11-yard runs in the first half. … Maurice Alexander had successive kickoff returns of 61 and 45 yards.

Colts: Nick Foles started in place of Matt Ryan and was 5 of 6 with 56 yards in one quarter. … Patmon had five receptions for 103 yards. … Strachan had three catches for 45 yards. … Indy allowed 99 yards rushing in the first half.


Lions: Devin Funchess did not play after suffering a stinger in his right shoulder during practice this week and defensive lineman Eric Banks limped off the field with what appeared to be a right leg injury.

Colts: Linebacker Brandon King left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return. Defensive end Kameron Cline left late with a concussion.


Lions: Close out the preseason Aug. 28 at Pittsburgh.

Colts: Host Tampa Bay in next Saturday’s preseason finale.

INDIANA PACERS: Pacers GM: We see Haliburton as hopefully ‘the next Reggie Miller’

Tyrese Haliburton hasn’t been with the Indiana Pacers for long, but the club’s front office is optimistic he’ll be the franchise’s next cornerstone player.

“We’re gonna build our team around him,” Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan told Alex Kennedy of Basketball News. “We see him as hopefully being the next Reggie Miller. We had a Reggie Miller mural painted on a building in downtown Indianapolis, and I think our dream is that one day Tyrese will have (his own) up somewhere in downtown Indianapolis.”

Haliburton excelled down the stretch after being acquired from the Sacramento Kings, averaging 17.5 points, 9.6 assists, 4.3 boards, and 1.8 steals over 26 appearances with the Pacers last season.

The Iowa State product’s strong sophomore year came on the heels of a solid debut campaign during which he earned NBA All-Rookie first-team honors.

While Haliburton is still processing the Kings’ shocking decision to trade him, he’s thankful for the opportunity at hand with Indiana.

“If I’m being completely honest, that (trade) is such a blessing for me,” Haliburton said. “It’s so easy now to look at it that way, but it’s a complete blessing for me to be in the situation that I’m in, to have the ability to showcase what I can do and play my natural position. It’s helping me a ton.

“So, you know, it’s love at the end of the day. It is what it is. Just taking a step back and self-reflecting on a lot of different things in life, I think it made me a bigger person and just have more self-awareness.”

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Yajure Strikes Out a Season-High Seven in Indians’ 6-2 Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Ji-Hwan Bae smacked a two-run triple, Miguel Yajure struck out a season-high seven, and the Indianapolis Indians captured the series lead against the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night, 6-2.

Following back-to-back singles by Jose Godoy and Hoy Park to begin the third, Ji-Hwan Bae tripled on a 3-1 pitch off Matt Swarmer (L, 3-2) to give Indy an early advantage. Jack Suwinski would tack on an additional run with a sacrifice-fly to left field that plated Bae to make it 3-0 after three.

Iowa (52-64) and Indianapolis (57-57) each sent home a pair of runs in the fifth frame. David Bote grounded into a force out to send home Iowa’s first run, and an RBI single by Alfonso Rivas brought in another. The Indians would regain their three-run lead, after Cal Mitchell was beaned, he scored on a Suwinski hit a fielder’s choice that induced a throwing error by Bryan Hudson. Mason Martin singled home Diego Castillo to cap the fifth inning.

Bae led off the sixth with a single and would advance into scoring position after a wild pitch Danis Correa. Mitchell would then send him home on an RBI single to extend the lead to 6-2.

RHP Miguel Yajure (W, 3-4) recorded seven punchouts 5.0 two-run innings, his most since July 23, 2019 when he struck out seven for High-A Tampa vs. Daytona.

Bae’s third-inning triple was his fifth of the season. He joins Travis Swaggerty (7) and Martin (5) as Indians with five or more triples, the first time Indy has had three players with five-plus triples in a single season since 2014.

The Indians will be back-in-action tomorrow afternoon at Victory Field with a 1:35 first pitch. RHP Johan Oviedo (1-3, 4.93) will toe the rubber for the Indians and the I-Cubs have yet to name a starter.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hoosiers, Hokies Scheduled for Sunday Clash

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (0-0-1) will continue the program’s 30th season with a matchup against Virginia Tech (1-0-0) on Aug. 21 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. First kick between the Hoosiers and Hokies is slated for noon ET.

The match will be streamed on ACCNX with Bailey Angle (PxP) and Josh Braun (Analyst) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on


• The Virginia Tech Hokies, led by head coach Charles “Chugger” Adair, came from behind for a thrilling 4-3 result on the road against William and Mary in the season opener on Thursday evening. Va Tech trailed 3-2 with seven minutes remaining in the match before scoring back-to-back goals in the 83rd and 84th minutes to secure the win.

• Junior forward Tori Powell netted a brace for the Hokies in the win on a team-high seven shots, including three on goal. In total, Va Tech attempted 24 shots with 12 coming on frame. Powell added an assist in the season-opening win.

• Freshman midfielder Taylor Price and sophomore midfielder Emma Pelkowski each secured a tally, while freshman midfielder Natalie Mitchell paced the team with a pair of assists. Pelkowski’s goal proved to be the winner on Thursday night.

• Junior goalkeeper Alia Skinner made the start but was lifted 35 minutes into the match after conceding all three William and Mary goals. Sophomore Lauren Hargrove came in and made two saves in 55 minutes of clean work in net. The appearance from Hargrove was the third of her career. She has not allowed a goal in 84 career minutes in frame.


• Virginia Tech holds a 2-1-0 series advantage over Indiana in the brief three-game history between the two sides. The Hokies have won each of the last two matches after the Hoosiers took game one of the series. IU’s victory (2-1) came on Sept. 30, 1994, while Va. Tech emerged with wins in Bloomington (2-1) on Aug. 21, 2015 and in Blacksburg (3-0) on Sept. 9, 2016.

• Indiana has secured four victories against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) programs with wins coming against Louisville (2), Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.

• IU last pulled off a road triumph against a team currently in the ACC with a 2-1 result at Louisville on Oct. 31, 1997. Indiana earned a result at Notre Dame in a 0-0 draw during the 2021 season.


• Indiana played to a scoreless draw at West Virginia in the first ever meeting between the two sides at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Aug. 19.

• Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg compiled four saves across the 90-minute shutout of the Mountaineers. The cleansheet was the 10th of her career, ranking seventh on the all-time program career list. Indiana has surrendered one or fewer goals in 16-of-17 starts made by Gerstenberg.

• The match marked the first career starts for freshman Jaelyn Pallas, freshman Arianna Rose, freshman Izzy Smith and sophomore Zoe Tiger.

• Along with Pallas, Rose and Smith, freshman Natasha Kim, freshman Olivia Rush, freshman Sarah Sirdah and freshman Abbey Iler made their collegiate debuts in the match. Indiana played seven true freshmen in the match.


• Indiana is slated to play seven teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-10 Big Ten opponents in No. 6 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan.

• Penn State (No. 14), Purdue (RV) and Wisconsin (RV) round out the five conference opponents the Hoosiers will face on the pitch that are receiving votes in the season-opening poll.

• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will host No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 22 Memphis at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.

• The Hoosiers last toppled a ranked opponent on Sept. 8, 2017 with a 1-0 triumph over No. 23 SMU in Dallas, but did earn a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Opening Weekend Concludes Sunday at Home vs. Vanderbilt

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Fresh off a memorable season-opening win, the Purdue soccer team hosts Vanderbilt on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m. ET, at Folk Field in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022. Sunday is Kids Take Over and Camper Reunion Day, and there will be a cooling towel giveaway for the first 200 fans. As part of Kids Take Over, there will be activities on and off the pitch for younger Boilermaker fans on Sunday. There will be a bounce house, kids will have the chance to participate in on-field games during halftime and more.

The match will be broadcast live on B1G+, and live stats are available at Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at

Both the Boilermakers and Commodores are 1-0-0 on the season after 3-0 victories on Thursday. Purdue downed No. 15 USC in front of the largest home crowd in program history, while Vanderbilt was victorious at Evansville.


Thursday night’s win over No. 15 USC was the Boilermakers’ highest-ranked home win since 2006, and it came in front of 3,296 fans, the largest home crowd in program history by more than 1,000.

In a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a year ago, Purdue took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by freshman forward Naomi Splittorff. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway added two goals in the second half to seal the top-15 victory while freshman forward Kayla Budish registered two assists. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile, making her first collegiate start, had six saves to earn her first career shutout.

The second Boiler Gold Rush season-opening kickoff game shattered the team attendance record, as 3,296 fans streamed through the Folk Field gates and were encircling the pitch more than 30 minutes before kickoff. The crowd easily topped the previous record of 2,125, set last season, and almost doubles what is now No. 3 on the list, 1,712 set in 2016.


Purdue is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll for the first time since 2010. It is the sixth season in program history the Boilermakers are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason, along with 2003 (No. 25), 2006 (No. 21), 2007 (No. 15), 2008 (No. 24) and 2010 (RV).

The preseason votes come after Purdue concluded the 2021 season ranked No. 24 nationally, the third time ever the Boilermakers were ranked in the final poll and the first since 2007. The 2021 squad appeared in the national rankings for the first time since 2009, and peaked at No. 18.


Thursday’s season-opening victory was just the second time the Boilermakers played a top-25 opponent to open the year. Purdue also posted a top-25 win to begin the 2002 season, 1-0 against No. 16 St. Mary’s at a neutral site.

In eighth-year head coach Drew Roff’s tenure, the Boilermakers’ are 8-3-2 in opening-weekend games. Following Thursday night, the Boilermakers are 6-1-1 in season-openers and 7-0-1 in home-opening contests.


Sunday will be the second meeting between Purdue and Vanderbilt, following a 1-1 draw last season. In Nashville against the No. 18-ranked Commodores, the Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead on a goal by midfielder Ally Mussallem in the 34th minute, but VU tied the match in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.

The Boilermakers are 3-4-3 all-time against SEC opponents, including 0-0-2 in 2021.


Vanderbilt opened the 2022 season with a 3-0 win at Evansville on Thursday night. The Commodores took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute and made it 2-0 just four minutes into the second half. VU’s final goal came in the 63rd minute. Vanderbilt out-shot Evansville 27-1 with nine shots on goal.

The Commodores were 8-8-3 a year ago and 5-4-1 in the SEC to finish seventh. VU had its four-year NCAA Tournament streak snapped in 2021.


Purdue takes to the road for the first time in the regular season on Thursday, August 25 at Kentucky. The Boilermakers and Wildcats square off for the second consecutive season, this time in Lexington, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. ET.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Taylor’s Big Day Highlights Exhibition Against Bradley

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team’s young talent showed promise, but the Bulldogs fell 3-2 in a five-set heartbreaker to Bradley in their only exhibition of the fall slate on Saturday afternoon in the Efroymson Family Gym at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Freshman setter Cora Taylor led Butler with both 34 assists and 16 digs while adding three aces, three kills and two blocks. The Lawrenceburg, Ind., native played in all but the second set, as fellow setter Jenna Splitt took the reins of the offense during that frame.

The Bulldogs dropped the first two sets before storming back to force a fifth, where Bradley would narrowly prevail.

Sophomore outside hitter Mariah Grunze led the Butler offense with 15 kills while adding four digs and three assists. Megan Sheridan (11 kills, 10 digs) and Amina Shackelford (eight kills, five blocks) both were consistent contributors on offense and defense.

Liberos Jaymeson Kinley (14 digs, three assists) and Maddie Renn (13 digs, two assist, one ace) traded off playing time at libero and defensive specialist.

Butler’s first regular season game is Friday at noon against Eastern Illinois at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs will also play Akron and Oakland as part of the season-opening Top Dawg Challenge that weekend.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Travels to Face No. 9 Michigan

Matchday Information – Butler at No. 9 Michigan

DATE:                         Sunday, August 21 / 12 PM

LOCATION:                Ann Arbor, Mich. / U-M Soccer Stadium

LIVE VIDEO:               BTN+


SERIES RECORD:     Michigan leads, 6-3-0

LAST MEETING:        August 21, 2022 – Indianapolis – Michigan 5, Butler 0

The Butler women’s soccer team heads to Michigan for its first road match of the season on Sunday, August 21, at 12 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a season-opening, 5-0, win over Western Michigan. The Wolverines most recently defeated No. 20 Washington State by the score of 2-1.

Bulldog Bits

Fifth Year Katie Soderstrom was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Joining her on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team is senior defender Aliya Diagne.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes four teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#9 Michigan, #19 Georgetown, #24 Xavier, and RV Wisconsin).

Five Bulldogs scored a goal in Butler’s opening-season victory over Western Michigan. Sara Trandji and Arianna Jalics each scored the first goal of their careers.

Talia Sommer and Amelie Darey each produced an assist against Western Michigan to notch their first points in a Bulldog uniform.

Anna Pierce (1-0) earned her first victory in goal as a Bulldog and shared the shutout over Western Michigan with Emma Martin.

Eleven Bulldogs participated in the USL W pre-professional women’s soccer league over the past summer. (Indy Eleven: Katie Soderstrom, Becky Dean, Abby Isger, Julia Leonard—Chicago Dutch Lions: Lauren Doerr—Flint City: Alli Leonard, Alana Wood, Ari Jalics, Anna Schroeder, Caitlin O’Malley, Emily O’Malley)

Freshman Talia Sommer notched seven caps, including three starts, with the Israel women’s national football team during qualification matches for the 2023 World Cup.

Butler’s 15 wins in 2021 tied for the second most in program history (also 2002). The Bulldogs won 16 matches in 2015.

Butler made its third appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2021. The Bulldogs’ first appearance came in 2015, followed by a second trip in 2017.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 6-3-0

LAST MEETING: 8/19/2021 – Indianapolis – Michigan 5, Butler 0

The Bulldogs and Wolverines split a home/away series in 2012-2013.

The programs played each year from 1995-2000, as Michigan won four of the six contests.

Scouting Michigan

Michigan was ranked No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

The Wolverines were picked to finish third (Penn St. and Rutgers) in the Big Ten Preseason Poll

Hannah Blake, Sr., M, Lily Farkas, Sr., M, and Avery Kalitta, So., M, were selected as Players to Watch by the Big Ten.

In Michigan’s win over #20 Washington State, offensive points came from:

#15 Sarah Bridenstine (1g, 1a)

#3 Sammi Woods (1g)

#7 Meredith Haakenson (1a)

#6 Kacey Lawrence (1a)

Izzy Nino (1-0) played all 90 minutes in goal, making seven saves and yielding only one goal.

The Wolverines were outshot by Washington State, 17-5


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After falling behind two sets to one, the IUPUI volleyball team rallied in the fourth and fifth set to come from behind and win the match over Southern Indiana, 3-2.

The Screaming Eagles took set one, 25-17. Maddie Ohm led the charge in the first set with four kills and opened the match with a kill with an assist from Addie Evans. The Jags were ultimately out hit in the first set 19-to-4.

IUPUI tied it up at one set each after winning the second set, 25-22. Sophomore Briana Brown collected six kills in the second set leading the Jags to out hit the Eagles 13-to-10. IUPUI’s block game came into play in the second set with five blocks.

USI took the third set 25-16, giving them the 2-1 lead but IUPUI rallied late in the fourth set winning eight of the last 10 points to force a fifth set, 25-23. The Jags fought hard in the fifth set to earn the 16-14 set victory and take the match 3-2. IUPUI out hit the Eagles by one, 7-to-6, in the deciding set.

Brown led the Jags on the attack with 12 kills, followed by Allie Pogue with 11. Emily Alan and Ohm collected six kills each. Sidney Veatch earned 17 assists and eight digs while Brooke Phillips added 12 assists and nine digs. Addie Evans totaled 16 digs and Emma Ashcraft collected 14 digs. Both Evans and Ashcraft earned a service ace.

The Jags will begin the regular season next weekend on August 26 when they travel to Richmond, Kentucky for the Eastern Kentucky Tournament to face EKU, UT-Martin and Radford.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Sycamores to Host Northern Illinois for Home Opener

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will welcome Northern Illinois to Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET for the Sycamores home regular season opener.

The Sycamores are looking to bounce back after dropping the season opener on August 18 in the final minutes of the match to SIUE.

Northern Illinois enters Sunday’s contest at 1-0 after opening their season with a 2-1 road victory at Eastern Kentucky. The Huskies are coached by Michael O’Neill who took the reigns of the program in the summer after spending eight seasons as the head coach at Saginaw Valley State.

The Huskies went 5-12-2 in 2021 with a 2-7-2 record in Mid-American Conference action.

This will be the second ever matchup between Indiana State and Northern Illinois as the schools faced off last season in Dekalb with the Huskies winning 2-1 in overtime.

Tara Hoffman made a career-high eight saves in Thursday’s match with Mackenzie Kent scoring the lone goal for the Sycamores on a penalty kick.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Purdue Fort Wayne Takes 1-0 Start to Eastern Illinois

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will put its 1-0 start to 2022 on the line when the Mastodons visit Eastern Illinois on Sunday for a game at 4 p.m. ET at Lakeside Field.

Game Day Information

Who: Eastern Illinois Panthers

When: Sunday, August 21 | 4 PM ET

Where: Charleston, Ill. | Lakeside Field

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

Eastern Illinois is coming off a 4-11-2 season in 2021 and comes into this game with a 0-0-1 record. The Panthers picked up a 0-0 draw against Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Valparaiso at home to open their season. Eastern Illinois keeper Daniela Bermeo earned the shutout with four saves.

Series History

The Mastodons have had some success against the Panthers in recent history, picking up results in each of the last two meetings. The Panthers lead the series 3-2-1, but the ‘Dons won and tied the games in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

Mack to the Max!

Mackenzie Evans had two goals and an assist in the Mastodons’ regular season opener against Chicago State. Her five points ties the ninth-most in a single game in program history.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 64 games as a Mastodon, with 61 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.30 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. Her mark of 1.35 GAA in 2021 was the second-best for a season-long average to Sam Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

Roster Reset

Purdue Fort Wayne’s roster consists of 17 players who have played at least two full seasons of college soccer. There are 10 seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Last season, the Mastodons were led by three All-Horizon League selections: Morgan Reitano (First Team), Gabrielle Fanning (Second Team) and Bella Reitano (All-Freshman Team). The Mastodons return 10 players who started in at least half of last season’s games.

Meet The Freshmen

Purdue Fort Wayne has three freshmen on its roster this season: Lauren Klusek, Chloe Mariotti and Lauryn Brucchieri. Klusek was a top-10 goal-scorer in the U.S. Development Academy in the 2018-19 season, Mariotti was a two-time All-Conference pick at Yorktown High School, and Brucchieri was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 4-1 win over Chicago State to start the year. Mackenzie Evans had two goals and an assist, and Rylee Vruggink had two assists in that game.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will visit Toledo on August 25 for a 7 p.m. game against the Rockets. The two teams tied 0-0 last season.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: USI makes history Saturday with first win

WINONA, Minn. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer made history Saturday, capturing a 1-0 win over the Winona State Warriors for the Screaming Eagles’ first victory as an NCAA Division I program.

Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) has been an impact player early in her USI career, and she continued her strong start to the season by scoring the first goal for USI at the NCAA Division I status on Saturday.

Once again, Southern Indiana had a couple looks at goal within the first handful of minutes of the contest. Junior midfielder Paige Vanek (St. Charles, Missouri) took the first shot of the match before junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) let one fly a couple minutes later but was saved by Winona State sophomore goalkeeper Chloe Swanson. Vanek took another two shots by the 12th minute.

After some early possessions and corner kicks by Winona State in USI’s defensive third, the Eagles put the Warriors on their heels a little bit in the first half, getting some counter opportunities and multiple looks at goal. In a 0-0 match by halftime, the Screaming Eagles outshot the Warriors 10-4 and 5-2 in shots on goal.

Three minutes into the second half, Murphy forced Swanson to make another save to keep the match scoreless, but Murphy eventually prevailed with her goal in the 54th minute. Off a USI defensive free kick and a 50-50 ball brought down near midfield, Murphy connected with junior midfielder Alexis Schone (Galena, Ohio) out right on a nice give-and-go play that led to Murphy putting the ball in the high left corner of the net.

After the goal, Winona State subbed in sophomore goalkeeper Alyson Jumper, saving two more shots by Murphy in the next five minutes of play. Thereafter, USI kept the momentum and most of the possessions in the attacking half the rest of the way.

Overall, the Screaming Eagles finished with 20 shots – 12 on goal – compared to the Warriors’ six shots – three on goal.

Individually, Murphy led USI with four shots – four on goal. Sophomore midfielder Adriana Berruti (Berwyn, Illinois) put two out of three shots on target, while Avery Schone, Paige Vanek, and senior forward Taylor Hall (Grayson, Kentucky) also finished with multiple shots in the match. In net, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made three saves on six shots faced.

The Screaming Eagles will head back to campus and make their home debut Thursday at 6 p.m. against the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers from Strassweg Field. Admission for Thursday’s match is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Eagles show promise in preseason loss

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball impressed the USI faithful after keeping up with IUPUI in the 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 14-16 exhibition loss Saturday afternoon at Screaming Eagles Arena. The Screaming Eagles led two sets to one until the Jaguars tallied back-to-back set wins in frames four and five.

USI put up promising numbers in the opening set after tallying 14 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) led the Eagles with four kills and three digs in the 25-17 first set win for USI.

The Jaguars, however, tallied a 22-25 second set win to tie the match at one apiece. Down 21-18, freshman middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) rocketed back-to-back kills to kick off a 4-0 run to take a 22-21 lead. IUPUI would answer with four straight of its own to capture the set two win.

Consistent rallies from USI in set three led to an easy 25-16 victory. With kills from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and key errors from the Jaguars, USI started an 8-1 run that would lead to an 18-10 gap that IUPUI could not recover from.

After a game-high nine ties and five lead changes, IUPUI stole set four away from USI, 23-25. The Jaguars used three late USI errors to gain momentum and go on an 8-2 run to send the match to the fifth set. The Eagles struggled in set four after putting up a negative hitting percentage and game-high 12 attacking errors.

IUPUI took a quick lead to kick off set five before USI took a 10-9 lead after kills by Weber and sophomore outside/right side hitter Evie Duncan (Evansville, Indiana) along with back-to-back service aces from junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois). After excellent back-and-forth action from both sides, the Jaguars took advantage of two late attack errors to give IUPUI the 14-16 set win and match victory.

Leading the offensive charge for USI was Weber who had 12 kills and L. Anderson who finished with four aces. Dishing out the assists for the Eagles was sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) who finished with 24 assists. Freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) tallied a team high 15 digs. Handling the front lines was B. Anderson who finished with four blocks.

As a team, USI had a 12-2 ace advantage over IUPUI and finished with four more kills and three more digs. The Jaguars did have a 12-8 block advantage over the Eagles and limited its attaching errors to just 21, compared to USI’s 35.


USI will kick off the regular season with a battle against Murray State University August 26 and 27 at Screaming Eagles Arena to begin NCAA Division I play. This will be the first DI match for the Eagles since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in early 2022.


Owensboro, Ky. – Fueled by a goal from freshman Evan Dawdy in the 52 minute mark of the season opener, the Marian men’s soccer team began their 2022 campaign with a 1-0 win over the Brescia Bearcats. Marian’s fifth win all-time in the series provides the Knights with their first victory in a season-opener in the Mark Castro era.

The first half featured aggressive offensive approaches from both the Knights and the Bearcats, as both sides ripped nine shots in the opening 45 minutes of play. Marian took the first look on goal as Romaric Berneron recorded the team’s opening shot of the game on a header, but was denied on the play. Sebastian Gonzalez rifled the next wave of attempts for Marian, but came up empty in his search for a goal. Brendan Weiger made a pair of saves in the opening 20 minutes, while the team made a group save off a free kick play. The physical first half ended in a 0-0 draw, with the Knights holding an advantage in looks on goal.

The Knights kept their aggressive approach in the second half, firing a pair of shots in the opening minute. Marian continued to attack on the offensive end earning a pair of corner kicks in the ensuing minutes, and off a corner piece in the 52nd minute Marian put away their first goal of the season. Evan Dawdy received a pass off a corner boot from Berneron, and notched his first collegiate goal to give Marian a 1-0 advantage.

Marian continued to attack with Gonzalez leading the charge, as he ripped an additional five shots in the second half as Marian aimed to double their lead. The offense ended with 12 shots in the second half alone, but after not coming away with an insurance goal, the Knights increased their defensive pressure, limiting the Bearcats to just four total shots in the second half, with Weiger making two saves.

Gonzalez led the Knights in the match with eight shots and four on goal, while Dawdy was second on the team with three, netting the only goal of the afternoon. In goal, Weiger earned the win, while making four saves as he played the full 90 minutes in net.

Marian will take on IUPUI in their second contest of the season, making the short trip across Indianapolis on August 25 for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Jaguars.

BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER: Audrey Lerch scores 3 to tie season opener with Holy Cross

Notre Dame, Ind. — The Lady Pilots tie the first game of the season against the Holy Cross Saints 3-3 after a big Saints comeback. Audrey Lerch netted each of the three goals for Bethel in her Senior season. The Lady Pilots had a 2-0 lead going into the half before Lerch netted one more in the 48th minute followed three unanswered goals by Holy Cross.


’30 | Audrey Lerch (BU)

’44 | Audrey Lerch (BU)

’48 | Audrey Lerch (BU) assisted by Marah Franke

’53 | Nicole Cook (HC) assisted by Lauren Cernak

’65 | Lauren Cernak (HC)

’75 | Nicole Cook (HC)


The Lady Pilots outshot Holy Cross 12-10 and 8-5 in the first

Audrey Lerch scored every goal with only one of them assisted

Bethel had a 2-0 lead going into half-time


The Lady Pilots will continue their road schedule at IU East in Centerville, Ind. on August 24 at 6 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Czerniak Surpasses 1,000 Career-Kills as Trojans Sweep Opening Day

ELGIN, IL. – Saturday marked the opening day of the 2022 volleyball season, a day on which the No. 22 Taylor Trojans (2-0) won two matches while being led by fifth-year senior, Ryan Czerniak, who surpassed the 1,000 career-kill mark in TU’s first win of the day.

After an impressive 2021 campaign in which she struck 368 kills en route to a Second-Team All-Crossroads League selection, Czerniak took the court on Saturday just four ticks shy of 1,000 career-kills. Though she would soon hit that milestone against Judson in Taylor’s first match of the day, Taylor’s lefty right-side hitter cruised well beyond it by day’s end.

Czerniak was especially impressive in Taylor’s afternoon win against William Penn (0-1), boasting 17 kills in tandem with just two errors for a kill-percentage of .536, though Czerniak was not the only Trojan to pound the ball with precision.

North Carolina Central transfer, Arlanda Faulkner, contributed 10 kills herself alongside a single error, posting a .450 kill percentage. After a rough first set in which Taylor executed just two kills and a clumsy 12 errors, the Trojans rained down 46 kills over the next three sets while maintaining a sharp kill-percentage of .481.

Meanwhile, last season’s Crossroads League Setter of the Year, Kacy Bragg, picked up right where she left off in 2021 as it concerns assists, recording 41 en route to Taylor’s four-set win over William Penn.

In Saturday’s first game, Taylor swept its host, Judson, three-sets-to-none. Along the way, the Trojans spread the love on the offensive end, as five different Trojans recorded four-or-more kills. Grace College transfer, Anna Frey, joined Czerniak with a team-leading eight kills alongside 10 digs, while junior, Chelsea Hurt, added seven kills in tandem with five total blocks.

No. 22 Taylor (2-0) is set to return to Upland, where it will host the Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament beginning on Friday, August 26. The Trojans are set to play two matches apiece on Friday and Saturday, with their first matchup scheduled on Friday at 12:00 pm against Clarke.


MARION, IND. – No. 13 Women’s Soccer opened up their 2022 season at home Saturday, seeing seven different individuals netting goals in an 8-0 victory over Lawrence Tech.


Location: Wildcat Field | Marion, Ind.

Records: IWU – 1-0, 0-0 CRL | Lawrence Tech (Mich.) – 0-1, 0-0 WHAC

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – #13 | Lawrence Tech (Mich.) – Unranked


It took just 90 seconds for IWU to net their first goal, with Jackie Norris teaming up with Sarah Foulk, for Foulk’s sixteenth career game. It’s the seventh time the duo has been a part of a goal/assist combo for IWU.

Foulk wouldn’t stop there, netting her second goal of the game just two minutes later, giving the red and gray a quick 2-0 lead.

Freshman duo Abby Drahnak and Mackenzie Minney teamed up for some career firsts in the 76th minute, with Minney assisting Drahnak for IWU’s eighth goal of the match.

Eight goals are the second most netted in a match in the Seiffert era. IWU netted 12 goals in 2019 in a 12-0 win over IU South Bend (Ind.) on September 11, 2019.

Indiana Wesleyan landed 20 shots on frame while Lawrence Tech mustered four.


15 – how many fouls were committed

3 – how many IWU offside calls

28 – how many IWU players saw action



American League
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NY Yankees7348.60342 – 2031 – 2834 – 2322 – 712 – 102 – 8L 3
Toronto6554.546736 – 2529 – 2924 – 2319 – 1515 – 115 – 5W 4
Tampa Bay6455.538837 – 2327 – 3229 – 2313 – 1512 – 96 – 4W 1
Baltimore6258.51710.534 – 2328 – 3526 – 2911 – 1315 – 84 – 6L 1
Boston6061.4961329 – 3031 – 3116 – 3115 – 1221 – 86 – 4W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6456.53332 – 2532 – 3112 – 1431 – 2411 – 106 – 4L 1
Minnesota6256.525135 – 2627 – 3015 – 1230 – 2012 – 125 – 5L 1
Chi White Sox6259.5122.530 – 3132 – 2814 – 1527 – 2613 – 146 – 4W 1
Kansas City4973.4021629 – 3420 – 3912 – 1922 – 2610 – 183 – 7L 1
Detroit4676.3771927 – 3419 – 429 – 2022 – 365 – 123 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7745.63139 – 1838 – 279 – 1020 – 840 – 216 – 4L 2
Seattle6655.54510.531 – 2635 – 2916 – 177 – 635 – 277 – 3L 1
Texas5466.4502227 – 3427 – 325 – 1414 – 1126 – 345 – 5W 1
LA Angels5268.4332426 – 3626 – 326 – 1814 – 825 – 295 – 5L 1
Oakland4477.36432.518 – 3926 – 3810 – 1611 – 1821 – 363 – 7W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7844.63940 – 1938 – 2542 – 1915 – 514 – 125 – 5L 1
Atlanta7547.615342 – 2333 – 2432 – 2217 – 1016 – 119 – 1W 3
Philadelphia6654.5501133 – 2833 – 2629 – 2614 – 916 – 114 – 6W 1
Miami5268.4332525 – 3327 – 3525 – 2811 – 1511 – 173 – 7L 3
Washington4181.3363719 – 4422 – 379 – 4212 – 1415 – 174 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6851.57140 – 2128 – 3012 – 1530 – 1716 – 98 – 2W 6
Milwaukee6356.529531 – 2432 – 3211 – 1330 – 289 – 114 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs5267.4371626 – 3426 – 3313 – 926 – 258 – 218 – 2W 5
Cincinnati4771.39820.526 – 3621 – 3510 – 1718 – 268 – 213 – 7W 1
Pittsburgh4773.39221.526 – 3221 – 417 – 1522 – 3014 – 173 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8336.69742 – 1541 – 2114 – 1119 – 835 – 127 – 3W 2
San Diego6756.5451834 – 2633 – 3018 – 1519 – 1026 – 255 – 5W 1
San Francisco5961.49224.534 – 2925 – 3214 – 1317 – 1119 – 315 – 5L 4
Arizona5565.45828.532 – 3123 – 3414 – 1413 – 1421 – 315 – 5L 2
Colorado5369.43431.535 – 3018 – 398 – 1911 – 1227 – 294 – 6W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1902       The National League throws right-handed pitcher Joe McGinnity of the Baltimore Orioles out of the circuit after punching and spitting at an umpire. Due to his popularity, ‘Iron Man Mike’ will be quickly reinstated.

1908       After more than a dozen attempts, Senator backstop Gabby Street catches a baseball dropped by journalist Preston Gibson from atop of the 555-foot Washington Monument. Scientists estimate the ball traveled with a force of between 200-to-300 pounds.

1919       Phillies catcher Bert Adams has a stellar day behind the plate, recording ten putouts and five assists. The weak-hitting backstop’s outstanding defense doesn’t prevent Philadelphia from dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago at the Baker Bowl.

1926       At Fenway Park, White Sox right-hander Ted Lyons throws a no-hitter against the hometown Red Sox, 6-0. The future Hall of Famer’s gem takes only 67 minutes to complete.

1931       Babe Ruth becomes the first major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs when the Yankees defeat the Browns, 11-7. The 36-year-old slugger hit the milestone round-tripper off right-hander George Blaeholder.

1932       Defeating the Senators, 11-5, at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Indians’ hurler Wes Ferrell becomes the first pitcher in this century to win 20 or more games in each of his first four seasons. The Greensboro, NC native, who will post a 23-12 record this season, won 21, 25, and 22 games for Cleveland during the past three years.

1935       At Braves Field, Cardinals’ first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the team’s 13-3 nine-inning loss in Boston. The St. Louis infielder, who will also not make a putout playing first for the Cubs in a game against Brooklyn in 1937, is the only player who accomplished the very rare feat twice in the major leagues.

1947       The first Little League World Series tourney takes place at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. With a .625 team batting average, the hometown Maynard Midgets easily win the tournament, 16-7.

1948       Cleveland’s streak of victories (8), shutouts (4), and scoreless innings (47) ends in the ninth inning when Bob Lemon walks Pat Seerey and yields home runs to Aaron Robinson and Dave Philley in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

1949       With the home team trailing 4-2 with one out in the top of the ninth inning, the visiting Giants are awarded a 9-0 forfeit by umpire Al Barlick when the Phillies fans launch a pop bottle and paper barrage at Shibe Park. The Philadelphia patrons displayed their displeasure after first base ump George Barr rules center fielder Richie Ashburn had trapped the ball hit by Joe Lafata, a call vehemently protested by the outfielder and his teammates.

1951       President Harry Truman nixes the selection of Major General Emmett O’Donnell as Commissioner of baseball, stating the officer is needs to remain in his post as commander of bombers in Korea. The owners, who had unanimously elected the military man to succeed Happy Chandler, choose National League president Ford Frick to fill the position.

1963       At Wrigley Field, Jerry Lynch leads off the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run off Lindy McDaniel, which proves to be the difference in the Pirates’ 7-6 victory over Chicago. The historic homer is the southpaw slugger’s 15th career homer coming off the bench, establishing a new major league record previously shared with former Cincinnati teammate George Crowe.

1971       The Connie Mack statue, a fixture in front of the North Philadelphia ballpark since 1957, is rededicated at the corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in front of the Phillies’ new home, Veterans Stadium. The team added a plaque to the monument’s pedestal, listing the A’s players chosen between 1978 and 2003 for the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.

1972       In a complete-game effort at Veterans Stadium, Steve Carlton’s consecutive-victory streak ends at 15 when the Phillies drop a 2-1 decision to Atlanta and Phil Niekro, who also goes the distance. Dusty Baker, who started the 11th inning rally with a two-out double, scores the eventual winning run on Mike Lum’s broken-bat flare over the shortstop’s head.

1975       The Reuschel brothers of the Cubs join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6.1 innings, and Paul finishes the game for the first shutout thrown by siblings.

1977       In his first appearance at Shea Stadium since being traded, Tom Seaver throws a six-hitter against his former teammates and strikes out 11, helping the Reds defeat the Mets, 5-1. In addition to his work on the mound, ‘Tom Terrific’ hits a double and scores two runs.

1977       Orioles’ third baseman Brooks Robinson, retaining his coaching duties with the team, announces his retirement as an active player before the game against the Twins to make room on the roster for catcher Rick Dempsey, returning from the disabled list. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer, nicknamed the Human Vacuum Cleaner due to his outstanding defensive prowess, won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, playing his entire 23- year career with Baltimore.

1980       At a news conference, owner Charlie Finley announces he has sold his A’s to Walter A. Haas, Jr., the chairman of the Levi Strauss clothing empire board, Hass’s son Walter J., and son-in-law Roy Eisenhardt for $12.7 million. The sale to the San Francisco executives, effective in November, keeps the team in Oakland, thwarting oilman Marvin Davis’s plan to move the team to Denver.

1982       Rollie Fingers becomes the first player in major league history to record 300 career saves. The Brewers’ right-handed reliever reaches the milestone, pitching the final two innings of the team’s 3-2 victory over the Mariners at the Kingdome.

1983       On the same day, two minor leaguers, Vince Coleman and Donnell Nixon, break Rickey Henderson’s single-season record by stealing their 131st base of the season.

1986       In the Red Sox’s 24-5 rout the Indians, Spike Owen ties a major league mark, becoming the first major leaguer to score six runs in a game since Johnny Pesky, also playing for Boston, accomplished the feat in 1946. The light-hitting shortstop was obtained three days ago, along with center fielder Dave Henderson, from the Mariners in exchange for Rey Quinones and cash.

1989       Orioles southpaw Jeff Ballard, throwing 112 pitches while scattering seven hits, hurls a shutout without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout when he whitewashes Milwaukee at Memorial Stadium, 5-0. The unusual feat of a no walk/no strikeout complete-game shutout will not occur again until Rick Porcello, an eight-month-old infant when Ballard throws his gem, blanks Oakland in 2014.

1990       The Phillies overcome an eight-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers, 12-11. John Kruk’s pinch-hit three-run homer ties the game, and two batters later, Carmelo Martinez’s double plates Rod Booker with the eventual winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.

1999       At Camden Yards, Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson becomes only the third player in major league history to lead off each game of a doubleheader with a home run. The pair of round-trippers doesn’t help when Baltimore drops both ends of the twin bill to the White Sox, 4-3 and 8-5.

1999       Joining Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr., and Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth player to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. The Cubs’ right fielder, who hit 66 dingers last season, blasts his major league-leading 50th and 51st home runs in an 8-6 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

2001       The International League’s Triple-A game between the Rochester Red Wings (Orioles) and Ottawa Lynx (Expos) features Tim Raines and his son Tim Jr. as opponents. The contest marks the first time a dad and his son oppose each other during the regular season on the professional level.

2002       The Expos’ first selection, fifth overall, in the amateur draft, Clint Everts, signs a deal with Montreal, which gives him a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Houston Cypress Falls High School’s right-hander and teammate left-hander Scott Kazmir (Mets) are only the fourth pair of high school players selected in the round of the same draft.

2002       In the longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, Kentucky beats Fort Worth, Texas in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2-1. A record-setting 49 batters strike out when Fort Worth’s Walker Kelly whiffs 21 in nine two-hit innings, and Louisville’s Aaron Alvey fans 19 opponents over nine no-hit innings.

2003       Miguel Tejeda starts his 559th consecutive game to establish a team record. The A’s shortstop, who has the longest active streak in the majors, last missed a game on May 1, 2000.

2003       Much to the delight of the Fenway Faithful and the embarrassment of their first baseman, a video of Kevin Millar (aka ‘Rally Karaoke Guy’), as an LA City College freshman doing an impersonation of Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the USA,” appears on the scoreboard. The tape first played at a clubhouse meeting in Texas as a prank by a college friend, who is now an FBI agent, appears to be Boston’s answer to the Rally Monkey of Anaheim when the Red Sox win their first game in seven days, beating the A’s, 14-5. 

2005       Mike Jacobs hits a three-run home run in his first major league at-bat pinch-hitting in the fifth inning using teammate Cliff Floyd’s bat. The left-handed-hitting backstop becomes the fourth Mets rookie to go deep in his big league debut, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald, and Kaz Matsui.

2005       Florida suspends their batboy for six games after the 11-year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The sixth-grader, who drinks the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, will be offered by the Milk Processor Education Program a promise to pay off the dare and cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if he agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

2006       Cory Lidle, recently obtained from the Phillies along with Bobby Abreu in a trade-deadline deal, throws six scoreless innings to get the 2-1 win as the Yankees complete a five-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Dubbed the “Boston Massacre II,” the lopsided series reminds fans of the rivalry of a similar meltdown in Boston in 1978.

2006       For the first time since 1943, the Yankees sweep a five-game series at Fenway. The latest Boston massacre leaves the Red Sox six and a half games behind front-running New York and four games off the wild-card pace.

2006       After seeing his starting pitcher give back seven runs of an 8-0 lead, John Gibbons goes to the mound in the third inning to remove Ted Lilly, who argues with the Blue Jay manager and refuses to give up the ball. The incident escalates in the clubhouse tunnel, resulting in a bloody nose for the Toronto skipper.

2007       With a grand slam and a three-run homer, a two-run and a pair of one-run doubles during an 18-9 rout of the Yankees, Garret Anderson drives in a franchise-record ten runs with his four hits. The Angels’ left fielder, who is one RBI shy of setting the American League mark, becomes the 12th player to collect 10 RBIs in one contest in big-league history.

2007       Mark Reynolds ties a major league record, held by five other non-pitchers, including Bo Jackson of the Royals in 1988, by striking out in nine consecutive plate appearances. The dubious streak ends when Dave Bush hits the Diamondbacks’ third baseman with a pitch in the sixth inning in a 7-4 Brewer victory at Chase Field.

2007       Matt Murphy, 21, reluctantly decides to sell the ball Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record, citing he would be heavily taxed on the historically significant souvenir if he were to hold onto it. The August 7th AT&T Park home run ball, valued at an estimated $500,000, will be available from August 28 through September 15 through a Sotheby’s/SCP online auction.

2010       After being heckled by Philadelphia fans between innings, Nyjer Morgan throws a ball into the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats, hitting a fan in the head. The Nationals outfielder will receive a seven-game suspension for his serious lapse of judgment, with his victim, a 37-year-old male, surprised by the punishment, wishing his assailant good luck with the appeal of the penalty.

2010       Matt Stairs sets the career record for pinch-hit home runs when he goes deep off Ernesto Frieri in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss in Milwaukee. The two-run shot over the Miller Park right-field fence, his twenty-first round-tripper coming off the bench, moves the premier pinch-hitter ahead of Cliff Johnson.

2011       The Padres retire Trevor Hoffman’s No. 51 in a post-game ceremony to honor baseball’s all-time saves leader, who retired in the off-season after playing 18 big league seasons, 16 with San Diego. After the team acquired him in a five-player deal in 1993, the right-handed reliever compiled 552 of his 601 saves for the Friars

2013       Ichiro Suzuki collects his 4,000th career hit to join Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the third professional baseball player to accomplish the feat. The Yankee right fielder, who has compiled more hits during his 13 seasons in the major leagues than any other player within the same amount of playing time, started his career with the Orix BlueWave in Japan, where he had a total of 1,278 hits before joining the Mariners in 2001.


New York Yankees (4) vs San Francisco Giants (3)

Over the last few decades, the defending champion New York Yankees had made an art out of dominating the American League on the way to their twenty-fifth Fall Classic. It was becoming all-too-predictable and the early 1960’s were looking a lot like the 50’s when the “Pinstripes” played in eight out of the ten world championships.

On the other side of the ball, the National League’s representatives were a familiar opponent to the Yanks as well as former “roommates”. The Giants had finally recaptured the National League pennant for the first time since moving across the country to San Francisco (after the 1957 season) and it seemed fitting that the prelude to this “Subway Series” revival was a playoff between the Los Angeles Dodgers who used to call Brooklyn their home.

Series veteran Whitey Ford was given his usual Game 1 start by the Yanks sophomore manager Ralph Houk and extended his World Series consecutive-innings scoreless streak to thirty-three before San Francisco got on the scoreboard in the second inning. The Giants Billy O’Dell kept pace with “The Chairman” through six innings, but finally surrendered to Clete Boyer and his fellow “Bombers” in the closing innings for a 6-2 loss.

Jack Sanford got revenge the following day though with a three hit, 2-0 shutout that evened the contest at a game apiece. Billy Pierce continued the cycle in Game 3, blanking the Yankees through six innings until the newly crowned single-season homerun leader, Roger Maris, broke through the deadlock with a two run single in the seventh and eventually scored on a force-out grounder. Yankees closer Bill Stafford almost blew it in the ninth after giving up a two run blast of his own to Ed Bailey, but managed to pull it together for the 3-2 victory.

Game 4 featured a rare break-out performance at the plate by the Giants’ Chuck Hiller. An unlikely threat to the Yankees power pitching, the second baseman had hit only twenty home runs in his eight year Major League career. Those numbers didn’t matter though as he nailed a bases-loaded homer off of Yankees reliever Marshall Bridges in the seventh. It was the first grand-slam ever in a World Series outing by a National Leaguer and snapped the two all tie that resulted in a San Francisco victory at Yankees Stadium. In a strange twist the winning Giants reliever was none other than Don Larsen who (exactly six years earlier to the day) pitched his record-setting perfect game for the home team against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Ralph Terry, who had gone 0-4 in Series outings finally managed to cross over in Game 5. As with the rest of the outings, both teams were locked in a tie late in the game. This time, it was Tom Tresh’s turn to take the lead. The New York rookie hammered a three run, eighth-inning homer off Sanford who lost the game despite putting up ten K’s in 7 1/3 innings. After a five day absence (due to travel and three rain delays) the Series returned with the Giants well rested and ready to even the score. Billy Pierce’s three hitter and Cepeda’s three hits and two RBIs netted San Francisco’s the crucial 5-2 triumph that held the Fall Classic at a 3-3 standoff.

Terry, who had given up the deciding blast to Bill Mazeroski in the 1960 heart-breaker, returned for the start in Game 7 and responded by holding the Giants to just two hits (and a 1-0 lead) going into the ninth. The Yankees pitcher had found some redemption winning twenty-three games during the regular season in ’62 and was on his way to a complete-game victory. Pinch-hitter Matty Alou led off the inning with a perfect bunt for base one, but Terry answered back by striking out both Felipe Alou and Hiller. Willie Mays, who had just completed a phenomenal forty-nine homer, one-hundred forty-one RBI season, rose to the occasion and blasted a double to right field. Maris made a sprinting grab and managed to reach cutoff man Bobby Richardson to hold Alou at third. Despite the great defensive stand by the Yankees, clean-up man, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda were due up next. During the regular season, McCovey had tallied twenty home runs and fifty-four RBIs while Cepeda added thirty-five homers and one-hundred forty-four runs batted in. Houk elected to keep Terry in, believing the right-hander would handle the Giants lefty. With a one ball, one strike count on McCovey, Terry brought the heat, but the Giants slugger sent the offering toward right field. Second baseman Richardson moved slightly to his left and desperately reached up with his glove snagging the ball and another World Series title.

Once again, the mighty Yanks had been able to hold off a worthy opponent despite failing to win consecutive games at any point in the Series and getting .174 and .120 batting marks from two of their biggest threats, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Their less-than stellar stats were certainly a compliment to the Giants pitching staff as the “The M&M Boys” had posted one-hundred seventy-eight home runs combined in the last two seasons. It mattered little though as the American League’s dynasty had proven that they were back and ready for more.


After nine consecutive losing appearances, the American League appeared to be on their way to yet another disappointing loss. The National League jumped out 3-0, but the American League came back in the bottom of the third and, for the first time since 1964, actually took the lead.

Luis Aparicio led off with a single and Earl Weaver sent up Reggie Jackson, who was in only his fourth full season. Jackson made his at-bat debut with a homerun that struck a light tower on Tiger Stadium’s roof some 520 feet from home plate. It was just a preview of what was to come from the future hall of famer.

Two batters later, Frank Robinson (who, incidentally, became the first to home for both sides in the All-Star Game) stepped up to the plate and fired a rocket into the lower right-field seats putting the American League up, 4-3. Then they added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Roberto Clemente’s homer in the eighth was the only action the National League could muster and it would not be enough.

What made this game so exceptional was not only that the American League had finally won their first Midsummer Classic since 1962, but that all six home runs were shots from future hall of fame players! The sports headlines in newspapers across the country read: “Stop the presses! The American League wins one!” The All-Star curse was finally broken, but would the American League be able to maintain the momentum into the next season?


August 21, 1929 – The Chicago Cardinals become the very first professional American Football team to train outside the confines of their hometown. The team decided to have camp in Waterworks Park in Coldwater, Michigan. For the details we will summon the words of our great SHN historian Joe Ziemba from his book, When Football was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL. Joe tells us that after a debacle of a season in 1928 where the team had only a 1-5 League record,

former owner Chris O’Brien sold the franchise to Chicago physician, Dr, David Jones in July 1929. Jones had some grand ideas on how to make the club better, profitable even so he signed some of the now dormant Duluth Eskimos including owner Ole Hausgrud, Coach Dewey Scanlon and star player and attraction Ernie Nevers on to the Cardinals payroll. These changes also centered on an a promotion of “the Fighting Cards from Back of the Yards” campaign and sent the team out of state to Coldwater for an intense training camp. To learn more of the Chicago Cardinals football team listen to Joe Ziemba on his When Football Was Football Podcast on the Sports History Network.

August 21, 2019 – Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson for the 2nd consecutive year is the world’s highest paid actor as his earnings reached $89.4 million. Johnson was a former University of Miami Hurricane that played on the 1991 National Championship team as a defensive tackle.


August 21, 1928 – Rankin, Texas – Bud McFadin was an offensive lineman from the University of Texas who entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in the induction class of 1983. According to the National Football Foundation as a freshman this talented youngster almost left school to return home because he missed his horse. The attachment to the animal was so great that Texas officials saved the day by having the equine shipped to a nearby farm close to the University to keep the bond healthy between their player and his ride. It turned out to be a great move too because a happy Bud McFadin played both offense and defense and was the Texas boxing and wrestling champion. In 1949, the 6-3, 225-pound lineman won All-America honors from the International News Service for his defensive skills. In 1950, the All-America Board, the Associated Press, United Press, INS and Look named him first team All-America, with emphasis on his offensive skillset. In the Chicago Tribune All-Star game, Bud was voted Most Valuable Player of the game for the All-Stars.

August 21, 1945 – Clover, Virginia – Willie Lanier the a linebacker from Morgan State University from 1963 to 1966 was born. Lanier earned first team All-America honors after his junior season under the instruction and training of Hall of Fame coach Earl Banks. Willie was a member of some great Morgan State squads that went to bowl games in 1965 and 1966, winning both and holding opponents to 0 total yards offense in the 1965 game. Yes ZERO yardage in a bowl game! That same 1965 season, Lanier led a stubborn defense that held opponents to 129 yards rushing all season and 732 yards in total offense. In 1966, as an offensive guard, he used his strength to open holes for the offense, which rushed for 2,220 yards in eight games per the Lanier still holds the school record for tackles in a game with 26. Willie Lanier is remembered in the College Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding play. After college “Honey Bear” played pro ball for the Kansas City Chiefs where he was a five-time all-pro middle linebacker. Years later, in 1986, Willie Lanier was elected into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. To learn more about the great Willie Lanier make sure to get a copy of our friend Joe Zagorski’s book on the player titled, America’s Trailblazing Middle Linebacker: The Story of NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier .

August 21, 1954 – Archie Griffin was the two time Heisman Trophy Winner from Ohio State University. He is forever enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame since 2000.

August 21, 1959 – Jim McMahon the former BYU quarterback was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. McMahon was a two time All-American QB for the Cougars. In the NFL he famously guided the 1985 Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. Later he played for San Diego, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Arizona, Cleveland and Green Bay. Some of his most interesting plays were off the field as he squabbled with the NFL commissioner over branding on apparel worn in games. This culminated humorously when he wore a sweatband on his forehead with the name of the Commish inked on it. For more on Jim McMahon please check out this podcast from our friend Arnie Chapman, the Football History Dude, Jim McMahon Interview Podcast.


3 – 14 – 21 – 18 – 6 – 34 – 5 – 10 – 7

August 21, 1901 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is suspended from NL for punching & spitting on umpire Tom Connolly in previous day’s 5-2 loss to Detroit Tigers; lifetime suspension reduced to 12 days

August 21, 1926 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons no hits Boston Red Sox, 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway Park

August 21, 1931 – New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth, Number 3 became the first MLB player to hit 600 career home runs as NY defeats St. Louis Browns, 11-7 at Sportsman’s Park

August 21, 1932 – Wes Ferrell, Number 14 of the Cleveland Indians became the first MLB pitcher to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons

August 21, 1948 – Cleveland Indians 47-inning scoreless streak is broken as future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon wearing Number 21 gave up a home run to Number 18, Aaron Robinson in a 3-2 loss to Chicago White Sox

August 21, 1967 – Kansas City utility player Number 6, Ken Harrelson became baseball’s first free agent when he is abruptly released by the Athletics. He took his parting shots too as he called team owner Charlie Finley “a menace to baseball.” Harrelson would end up signing on with the Washington Senators soon after this release and later play for the Cleveland Indians.

August 21, 1982 – American League MLB Milwaukee Brewers’ relief pitcher Rollie Fingers in his familiar Number 34 jersey became the first MLB pitcher to get save number 300. Fingers was aptly named as he had some wicked pitches that confounded many batters, and oh he sported probably the most famous moustaches in all of baseball history.

August 21, 1986 – Red Sox Spike Owen, Number 5 scored 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians

August 21, 2008 – US Olympic Women’s Soccer Striker Carli Lloyd, Number 10 scored in extra time as the United States beat Brazil 1-0 to take the women’s Football Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics

August 21, 2016 – Hoops great Kevin Durant , wearing Number 7 scored 30 points as the US retained the Olympic men’s basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games


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