Baltimore 6 Pittsburgh 3

San Francisco 7 Oakland 3

St. Louis 1 NY Yankees 0

Seattle 2 LA Angels 1

LA Angels 7 Seattle 1

Cleveland 4 Houston 1

Detroit 9 Tampa Bay 1

Texas 8 Chicago White Sox 0

Kansas City 5 Boston 4

Minnesota 7 Toronto 3

NY Mets 8 Atlanta 5

NY Mets 6 Atlanta 2

Colorado 3 Arizona 2

Chicago Cubs 4 Miami 0

Philadelphia 11 Washington 5

LA Dodgers 8 San Diego 3



Louisville 8 Indianapolis 3


Atlanta 2 Seattle 1

Chicago 3 Charlotte 2

Cincinnati 3 Philadelphia 1

Columbus 3 New York City 2

DC 0 New York 0

Montréal 2 Miami 2

New England 3 Orlando 0

Toronto 4 Nashville 3

Kansas City 4 Los Angeles 2

Austin 3 San Jose 3

Colorado 4 Minnesota 3

Los Angeles FC 4 Salt Lake 1

Portland 1 Dallas 1


Dallas 95 Indiana 91 OT

Phoenix 76 New York 62











































































































Barrero hits first 2 HRs, Reds drop Brewers into 2nd place

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jose Barrero hit his first two major league home runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 7-5 on Saturday night, dropping the Brewers into second place in the NL Central.

Joey Votto and Donovan Solano each had a solo homer for the Reds, who hadn’t scored more than three runs since an 8-2 win July 30 over Baltimore.

Milwaukee fell a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who blanked the New York Yankees 1-0 for their sixth consecutive victory.

With the Reds leading 2-0 in the fourth inning, Barrero launched a two-run homer into the Brewers’ bullpen off starter Aaron Ashby (2-10).

The third-year shortstop added a solo shot into the same bullpen in the sixth off reliever Hoby Milner, extending Cincinnati’s lead to 5-3.

“When you’re right and you feel comfortable, it really doesn’t matter who the pitcher is sometimes, and I felt like he was that locked in tonight,” Reds manager David Bell said.

The homers came in the 125th and 126th at-bats of Barrero’s career. They were the first two hits this season for Barrero, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

“It’s incredible. To have this come up today just feels amazing,” Barrero said through a translator.

Barrero, a Havana native, said he dedicated the home runs to his late mother, Tonia Barrero, who died in Cuba from symptoms related to COVID-19. He changed his name last year from Jose Garcia to honor her.

Milwaukee scored twice off reliever Hunter Strickland in the ninth to make it 7-5, but squandered two good chances when the game was closer.

Trailing 4-3 in the fifth, the Brewers loaded the bases with one out against rookie starter Nick Lodolo. The left-hander struck out Mike Brosseau before righty Buck Farmer (1-1) retired Hunter Renfroe to end the inning.

Down 5-3 in the sixth, Milwaukee had two runners on with two outs when right fielder Aristides Aquino threw out Victor Caratini at the plate on Christian Yelich’s single.

Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer and Keston Hiura had a two-run shot for Milwaukee in the fourth.

McCutchen also had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.


Reds: Rookie RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder strain) had an MRI but won’t need surgery, Bell said.

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (right flexor strain), on the 15-day injured list since July 1, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville.


Prince Fielder joined the Brewers Walk of Fame, and Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy joined the club’s Wall of Honor.

Bell played for the Brewers late in 2006, his final season in the majors and Fielder’s second.

“He was like a leader of the team already. He just had that personality,” Bell said. “He had like all the wisdom and experience, everything that you would expect in a much older player.”

Bell’s father, Buddy, managed Fielder’s father, Cecil, on the 1996 Tigers.


Barrero became the second batter in Reds history to hit his first two major league home runs in the same game. The first was Harry Steinfeldt on July 31, 1900, at Boston, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … Fourteen rookies, including nine pitchers, have appeared in at least one game for the Reds this season. Six times, most recently July 31 to Aug. 2, the Reds started rookie pitchers in three straight games.


Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 4.12 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (8-5, 2.49) on Sunday to complete the three-game series. Ashcraft did not permit an earned run over 8 1/3 innings in his last start, a win at Miami. Burnes, an All-Star and the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up four runs and walked five over 5 1/3 innings in his last start, a loss at Pittsburgh.

Smyly finally wins at home as Cubs beat Marlins 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) Drew Smyly tossed shutout ball into the seventh inning for his first win at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, leading Chicago past the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday.

P.J. Higgins homered and singled, and Nico Hoerner added three hits and an RBI to help the Cubs defeat Miami for a second straight day after losing five straight.

Ian Happ had two hits and scored a run and Willson Contreras had an RBI single. Both All-Stars, Happ and Contreras were the subject of trade rumors before Tuesday’s deadline, but remained with Chicago.

The Marlins have lost six of seven and were shut out for the 12th time this season.

“That was a really nice pitching performance,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It looked like (Smyly) was pitching different today, a lot of stuff away. I thought he used both sides of the plate real well and did a real nice job.”

Smyly (4-6) finally prevailed at home in his sixth start this season at Wrigley after signing a one-year, $5.25 million contract in March that includes incentive pay and an option for 2023.

“We’re in August and its the first win at home, so I realized that and it’s awesome to get a win here,” Smyly said. “Obviously we’re not having the best season, pretty behind in the standings, but you go out there every game and every fan is cheering for you. It’s a packed house and the energy is better than anywhere.”

The 33-year-old lefty allowed five hits, struck out four and walked none before being replaced by Mark Leiter Jr. with two outs in the seventh.

Leiter retired the next seven Miami hitters.

Smyly was 11-4 last season for World Series champion Atlanta, but missed six weeks this year with an oblique strain. He returned on July 10 but had struggled since, with a 6.06 ERA in four starts heading into Saturday.

Miami’s Pablo Lopez (7-7) allowed four runs on nine hits in five-plus innings.

Smyly got some help when the Cubs kept Miami from taking a 1-0 lead in the third with a successful challenge.

Miguel Rojas was called safe by plate umpire Larry Vanover when he tried to score from second on Bryan De La Cruz’s single to right. The call was overturned after video showed catcher Higgins tagged De La Cruz’s foot inches from the place after taking Seiya Suzuki’s strong throw.

“I thought I stuck my glove in there and I couldn’t tell. I knew I got him, but I don’t know if I got him right before the plate,” Higgins said.

Chicago jumped ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Happ doubled and Hoerner singled him home. The Cubs added two more in the fifth.

Higgins led off the sixth with a solo shot just inside the left-field foul pole to chase Lopez.

“We had something decent early, but it seemly like once they scored, it got away from us,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Happ made a leaping catch off the side wall in left on Joey Wendle’s fly to retire Miami in the eighth.


Smyly first signed with the Cubs as a free agent in December 2017, but never pitched for them as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He was traded to Texas in November 2018.


Chicago reinstated 11-year veteran shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the injured list on Saturday, then designated the four-time Gold Glove winner for assignment before the game

Simmons signed a $4 million deal with the Cubs in March and appeared to be slotted for a regular role. But the 32-year-old appeared in just 34 games because of two right shoulder injuries, batting .173 with seven RBIs.

Simmons hadn’t appeared in a game with Chicago since July 10 against the Dodgers but had just completed a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.


Marlins LF Peyton Burdick singled in the third for his first hit in the majors. He made his major league debut on Friday and fanned three times.


Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez was activated from the COVID-19 injured list. RHP Aneurys Zabala was designated for assignment.

Cubs: Rookie Christopher Morel left the game with right hamstring tightness after breaking an 0-for-25 slump with a single in the fifth and scoring. He’s day-to-day.


Miami LHP Jesus Luzardo (2-4, 3.97 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 3.74) on Sunday. Luzardo allowed two runs and struck out five in five innings against Cincinnati last Monday, in his first big league outing since May 10. The 24-year-old lefty had been sidelined by a left forearm strain.

Dunning blanks old team, García 5 RBIs as Texas routs ChiSox

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dane Dunning allowed one hit in seven dominant innings against his former team for his first win since April, and Adolis Garcia drove in five runs as the Texas Rangers shut out the Chicago White Sox 8-0 on Saturday night.

Chicago’s lone hit against Dunning was an infield single up the middle by Yoan Moncada with two outs in the second. Yasmani Grandal doubled off Taylor Hearn with two outs in the ninth for the only other White Sox hit.

Dunning (2-6) struck out six and walked one, winning for the first time in 16 starts since a 3-1 victory April 30 over Atlanta. Chicago traded the right-hander to Texas in a December 2020 deal for pitcher Lance Lynn.

Dunning had something to prove against his old club.

“It was just emotional for me. I felt just as nervous as much as I was at my debut,” he said. “It went away as soon as I stepped on the mound. I tried to slow myself down a little bit.”

The game was scoreless until Ezequiel Duran hit Michael Kopech’s first pitch of the third into the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center for a home run. With two outs, two walks and a single by Corey Seager loaded the bases for Garcia. He lined a 3-1 pitch for a two-run single and a 3-0 lead.

Kopech (4-8) got out of the third with a groundout by Leody Taveras on the 38th pitch of the inning.

Garcia added a three-run double in the seventh, equaling a career high with his fifth five-RBI game – all at home.

“I feel comfortable here,” he said. “The fans love me, they cheer for me. That makes me feel comfortable here and allows me to perform at my very best.”

The bespectacled Dunning is 2-1 at home this season. His win over Chicago was the seventh of his career at Globe Life Field, tied for the most by any pitcher with Jordan Lyles, whose seventh win at the stadium came four days earlier when the Orioles beat the Rangers 8-2.

Texas had won only one of Dunning’s previous 12 starts, but he was the losing pitcher in just four of those.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward pointed to how Dunning prepared himself mentally while on the 15-day injured list with a right ankle impingement in July.

“He’s a competitor. It him him hard,” Woodward said.

Dunning came back with two no-decisions, allowing four runs in 11 innings.

“When I was on the IL, I used that time to reflect and be able to see mechanically what I was doing wrong. I’d had a loss of power and location as well,” he said. “I wanted to be stronger with my front half and to ride down the mound better.”

On this night, Dunning got 12 outs on the ground and only three in the air. He threw a career-high 103 pitches.

Texas had given Dunning just 3.45 runs of support per nine innings over the last two seasons, second-lowest in the majors to Miami ace Sandy Alcantara (3.24).

Kopech was removed with two runners on and one out in the fourth. One scored on a wild pitch by reliever Jose Ruiz.

In his last six road starts, Kopech is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings.


White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (lower back strain) threw a simulated game. “He was in command of it,” manager Tony La Russa said. Lopez is expected to come off the 15-day injured list on the first day he’s eligible for Tuesday’s doubleheader at Kansas City.

Rangers: RHP Joe Barlow (blister on index finger) made his second rehab appearance at Double-A Frisco. He matched his first game Wednesday, allowing only one walk in 1 2/3 innings.


To end the bottom of the eighth, Rangers left fielder Josh Smith had words with Grandal, the White Sox catcher, after Smith struck out.

“Hit his glove with a swing, and maybe he did it before that,” Woodward said.


White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (7-6, 5.06 ERA) pitches the finale of the four-game series Sunday. He is 2-0 in four career starts against the Rangers.

Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (2-3, 6.82) will complete a seven-game home stand in which Texas is 2-4.

Montgomery beats former team as Cardinals blank Yankees 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Montgomery blanked his old teammates over five innings and Nolan Arenado drove in the lone run as the St. Louis Cardinals handed the New York Yankees their season-high fourth straight loss, 1-0 Saturday night.

Making his first start for St. Louis since being acquired at the trade deadline earlier in the week, Montgomery (4-3) was taken out after five innings for precautionary reasons due to cramping.

“It’s tough to throw against a team you just left. For him to do what he did was pretty special,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “He had nine groundball outs. A really good job by Jordan.”

St. Louis has won a season-high six straight games, and eight of nine. The Cardinals are 10-2 over their last 12 games at Busch Stadium, including seven straight wins.

Montgomery gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

“I was pretty nervous especially with how hot it was,” Montgomery said. “The humidity is definitely different from New York. My body started cramping up. I gave the team five innings.”

Four St. Louis pitchers held the Yankees to just two hits – singles in the first and third.

“Seeing him in red was a little different,” said Aaron Judge, who singled in the first off Montgomery. “It was a little funky.”

Only two runners reached second base.

“We played good baseball and we got rewarded for it,” Montgomery said. “It definitely feels good. This team is playing good. I’m glad I could come in and keep it going.”

Giovanny Gallegos pitched 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 11th save, striking out the final two hitters.

The only run came in the first inning as Paul Goldschmidt doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Arenado.

Domingo German (1-2) took the loss, giving up the run and four hits in five innings.

“For me, I mixed my pitches and I was attacking,” German said through a translator. “I wanted to keep it close. It was exciting and I was enjoying the challenge of pitching against (Montgomery).”

It was the seventh shutout loss for the Yankees this season. It was their first 1-0 loss since Sept. 11, 2020.

“We weren’t able to get much going,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “They made some great plays against us. They’ve done a good job of keeping us in the ballpark and flashing some leather against us.”


The official attendance was 48,581. That is the largest crowd ever in Busch Stadium history, including regular season and postseason games along with the 2009 All-Star game. “This place was absolutely electric tonight,” Marmol said.


Nine-time All Star Joe Torre, who was a NL MVP and twice named an AL Manager of the Year, was honored before the game and a bobblehead of him was given away to fans. Torre played for and managed the Cardinals and also managed the Yankees to four World Series titles. A video of his highlights as a Cardinal player and manager and as a Yankee manager was shown on the videoboard. He went into the Hall as a manager.


Goldschmidt hit his second double in the third. The ball hit at the base of the wall and went to center fielder Tim Locastro, who threw to second baseman Gleyber Torres. Torres’ relay to catcher Kyle Higashioka beat a sliding Nolan Gorman to prevent a run. … In the fourth, Josh Donaldson hit a hard grounder to Arenado at third base. Arenado dropped down to one knee to catch it and then threw to first to rob Donaldson of a hit. … In the eighth, right fielder Lars Nootbaar laid out flat to make a diving catch with his glove on the grass to prevent Higashioka from getting a hit with a runner on first and just one out.


Goldschmidt has committed to play for Team USA along with Arenado when the World Baseball Classic is played in March. Goldschmidt was on the 2017 team and appeared in five games and recorded one hit before being replaced by Eric Hosmer for the semifinal and final games. The Americans went on to capture the gold.


Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) remained out action Saturday. He was scratched from the starting lineup just before the game began. He missed four games last month with the same issue. Rizzo has 27 homers this year. … After the game, RHP Ron Marinaccio was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) said he threw a simulated inning and that he “feels good and is glad to be here” after rehabbing in California. Flaherty, 26, has been limited in availability and effectiveness in 2022. He’s thrown a total of eight innings in three starts. He will throw another bullpen session Sunday and then evaluate where he stands.


Yankees: Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.18) will be making his first start for the Yankees. He was acquired from Oakland on Monday. He has never pitched against St. Louis before.

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (8-8, 3.11) will be making his second career start and appearance against the Yankees. It is his first since April 16, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in a 9-3 loss. He has 192 career wins.

Quantrill throws 6 shutout innings, Guardians top Astros 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Cal Quantrill tossed six scoreless innings and Amed Rosario had a two-run single, lifting the Cleveland Guardians to a 4-1 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Saturday night.

All-Star Jose Ramirez added two hits and an RBI, and Andres Gimenez and Myles Straw had two hits apiece. The Guardians pulled within 1 1/2 games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central with the combined six-hitter.

Quantrill (8-5) struck out four with a lone walk, extending his winning streak to four and remaining undefeated at Progressive Field. The right-hander is 11-0 in 36 career games at the ballpark, including 26 starts for Cleveland.

“Quantrill was right at the top of his game,” Houston bench coach Joe Espada said. “He did a really good job keeping us off-balance. He got the cutter going, the changeup, the sinker. We just ran into a pitcher executing his pitches.”

The Guardians snapped a seven-game home losing streak to the Astros, beating them for the first time in Cleveland since July 31, 2019. Houston had won the first two games of the series by a combined 15-3 score.

“Regardless of the last couple days, we needed to remind ourselves that we’re a good team and we want to make the playoffs,” Quantrill said. “Today, I made better decisions and decided if I’m going to get beat, I was going to get beat on my best pitches.”

Houston only advanced one runner past second base in the first eight innings against Quantrill, Trevor Stephan and James Karinchak. Aledmys Diaz’s second double of the game drove in Alex Bregman in the ninth against Emmanuel Clase.

The Astros have the second-best record in the AL – one game behind the Yankees – and are off to a franchise-best 70-39 start. Houston owns the top road record in the AL at 36-22 and leads the West by 11 1/2 games.

Cleveland took a 4-0 lead with three runs in the second off Luis Garcia (8-8), highlighted by Rosario’s liner to center that drove in Straw and Gimenez. Ramirez doubled home Rosario in the first for his 87th RBI.

“I try to pay attention to all the small things because you have to prepare for everything,” said Rosario, who also made three stellar plays at shortstop. “The energy of both (hits and defense) can do so much to help the team.”

Espada continued to fill in for Astros manager Dusty Baker, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Friday night’s game. No other member of their traveling party has been affected by the virus.

Right-hander Garcia worked six innings, giving up four runs and nine hits in losing his third consecutive start.

“We strung some hits together against a really good pitcher tonight,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said.

Jake Meyers and Diaz each had two hits, and Bregman and Christian Vazquez had one apiece for Houston.


Guardians DH Franmil Reyes, who began the season as their cleanup hitter, was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster.

The 27-year-old had been optioned to Triple-A Columbus after batting .213 with nine homers and 104 strikeouts in 263 at-bats. He went 1 for 11 in three games with the Clippers.

A second opening day starter for Cleveland, 1B Bobby Bradley, was released from Columbus in a concurrent move.


Astros: OF Kyle Tucker (illness) was sidelined for his third straight game after becoming sick Thursday upon arrival at the ballpark. Tucker was in the original lineup before being scratched two hours before the first pitch.

Guardians: OF Steven Kwan (left foot bruise) did not play after fouling a ball off his foot in the first inning Friday. The rookie exited the game in the fourth, ending the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 18 games.


Astros: RHP Christian Javier (6-7, 3.24 ERA) is on a five-start winless streak, posting an 0-4 record with a 5.11 ERA since beating the Los Angeles Angels on July 1.

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (7-8, 3.38 ERA) has lost his last two starts, allowing four earned runs against both Boston on July 28 and Arizona on Aug. 2.

Tigers beat McClanahan, Rays 9-1 on Lou Whitaker Night

DETROIT (AP) Harold Castro drove in two runs and scored twice as the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid with a 9-1 win Saturday over All-Star Shane McClanahan and the Tampa Bay Rays on Lou Whitaker Night.

Playing in front of their first sellout crowd since opening day, the Tigers won for the fifth time in 16 games on the night they retired Whitaker’s No. 1. Garrett Hill (2-3) picked up the win, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings.

“Lou spent some time in our clubhouse, talking to our players, and it was awesome to meet him,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It was cool to come out of honoring him with that ceremony and follow it up with one of our best games of the season in front of one of our best crowds.”

McClanahan (10-5) gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings.

“It’s very frustrating, because I felt like I threw the ball a lot better than my numbers show,” he said. “All our guys are out there busting their butts and I can’t keep them in the game.”

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Jose Siri flew out to shallow center before Hill struck out Luke Raley.

Yu Chang gave the Rays a 1-0 lead with a second-inning homer, but the Rays missed another opportunity in the fifth. Tampa Bay, which stranded 13 runners in Friday’s 5-3 win, had runners on second and third with one out, but David Peralta grounded to Javier Baez, who threw out Brandon Lowe at the plate. Hill struck out Siri to end the inning.

Detroit went ahead 2-1 in their half of the fifth. Willi Castro doubled, took third on a flyball to center and scored the tying run on Harold Castro’s base hit. Harold Castro scored from first on Victor Reyes’ double when catcher Christian Bethancourt couldn’t handle the relay from shortstop Taylor Walls.

Hill left to loud cheers in the sixth with two out and a runner on second.

“I told him on the mound that it was the best we’ve seen him up here, both in demeanor and stuff,” Hinch said. “When you put those two things together with some good execution, that’s going to be pretty good.”

The Tigers put the game away with a five-run seventh. Jonathan Schoop made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly, ending McClanahan’s night, and Harold Castro added an RBI single off Jimmy Yacabonis. With two out, Yacabonis hit Riley Greene and Baez hit a two-run double to left.

Yacobonis, who was claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins on Aug. 4, was making his first major league appearance since July 11.

“They put together some very good at-bats against Shane, and Jimmy looked like a guy who hadn’t pitched in a game for a while,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Miguel Cabrera then lined an RBI single to right – his 3,075th hit – before receiving a standing ovation as he was replaced by pinch-runner Akil Baddoo.

Chang moved from third base to the mound in the eighth, making his major league pitching debut. He retired Willi Castro on what the scoreboard called a 40-mph curveball, but Schoop hit the next pitch for a two-run homer.

“I asked him if he had ever pitched and he said he had,” Cash said. “I always appreciate it when one of our position players is willing to go out there and do that.”


Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder injured himself while trying to visit the mound in the seventh, forcing Cash to deliver his own message to McClanahan.

“He pulled a calf muscle – pulled it, strained it, popped it – we haven’t gotten the final injury report yet,” Cash said. “I had to step up.”


The game started about 20 minutes late because of the ceremony to honor Whitaker, whose name and number are now displayed in left-center field, just to the right of long-time double-play partner Alan Trammell’s No. 3.

“For four years, I’ve felt uncomfortable,” Trammell said during the ceremony. “It has been an honor to have my number retired, but there’s no No. 3 on the wall without No. 1.”


The Tigers pulled off an ultra-rare 3-9 putout in the fourth inning. Siri lifted a foul pop-up down the right-field line, and first baseman Harold Castro juggled the ball while attempting an over-the-shoulder catch. Castro couldn’t hold on, but right fielder Willi Castro snared the ball before it hit the ground.

“We don’t practice that,” Hinch said.


The teams finish their four-game series on Sunday, with Matt Manning (0-0, 3.46) pitching for Detroit against an unannounced Rays starter.

Twins top Blue Jays 7-3 behind clutch Polanco, strong ‘pen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota’s bullpen – and prospect of staying in first place – took a badly needed turn this week for the better.

The trade deadline produced some true relief for them.

Jorge Polanco had a pair of two-out RBIs and Jose Miranda homered for the Twins, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 behind a stellar bullpen performance on Saturday night.

“It’s a really good feeling going to the ‘pen right now and knowing what we’re sending out there to attack the opposition with,” manager Rocco Baldelli said after six relievers teamed to allow two hits and one run over five innings. “Our guys are excited coming into these games in these spots to help us win a game right now. Their confidence gives me confidence and gives, I think, the rest of the group confidence, too.”

All-Star Luis Arraez went 3 for 5 with an RBI for the Twins, who kept their two-game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central. They have been in first for 103 of the last 104 days.

Arraez doubled twice and scored on both of Polanco’s clutch hits – a single in the third inning off Blue Jays starter Mitch White (1-3) and a double in the fifth after White was replaced by Tim Mayza.

“We’ve got a bullpen. We’ve got starting. We’ve got everything,” Arraez said. “We just need to play hard and stay healthy.”

Mayza had a painful night, ending with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder. Three batters after surrendering Miranda’s 11th home run to start the sixth, Mayza charged a squeeze bunt that Sandy Leon dropped down in front of the mound for a single to score the speedy Nick Gordon.

His only chance was to try to scoop the ball in his glove and in the same motion make the tag, but he whiffed and whacked Gordon with his fully extended right arm. It bent awkwardly in the collision, causing Mayza to writhe around in the dirt for a bit before walking off slowly while clutching his shoulder. Mayza, who has a 2.88 ERA in 41 appearances, is Toronto’s only current left-handed reliever. He left the ballpark wearing a sling, after the joint relocated.

“He’s been a big part of it the whole year,” interim manager John Schneider said. “Other guys will have to step up obviously in his spot for a little bit, but we’re confident and we know we have capable guys to do that.”

Bo Bichette hit a tying two-run homer off Twins starter Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the eighth, but Jhoan Duran locked down that rally.

After inheriting runners at the corners with one out in the eighth and giving up Bichette’s bouncer up the middle, the right-hander who leads the major leagues in 100 mph pitches handed Matt Chapman his fourth strikeout of the game on a 101 mph heater and retired Whit Merrifield on a fielder’s choice grounder to end the inning with a 5-3 lead.

The wild card-leading Blue Jays, who are three games ahead of Baltimore, the first club below the three-team cut, didn’t threaten after that.

Trevor Megill (3-1) led off the relief parade with a perfect fifth, and newly acquired closer Jorge Lopez finished up with a hitless ninth after blowing his save chance on Friday night in the 6-5 win by the Twins in 10 innings.

With Canada’s team well-supported at Target Field by their blue-clad fans, many of whom can make the day trip from Manitoba, this weekend has felt for both sides a bit like a playoff preview.

“These are the games you want to be playing in, not just now, but later in the year as well,” Schneider said.


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2 for 5 with a run scored to extend his career-high hitting streak to 17 straight games. The two-time All-Star is batting .420 (29 for 69) with eight doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs during his streak.


Gordon, who jammed his hip during the collision with Mayza but stayed in, is batting .519 (14 for 27) with six doubles and a homer in his last nine games. Miranda is batting .354 (28 for 79) with six homers and 24 RBIs in his last 22 games.

“They’re coming up in spots where we need certain things. They’re giving it to us, and that’s great to see,” Baldelli said.


Blue Jays: CF George Springer landed on the 10-day injured list with lingering inflammation in his right elbow that kept him out of four of the previous five games.

Twins: RF Max Kepler was reinstated from the 10-day injured list, recovered from a broken pinky toe on his right foot. He was hit there by a pitch on July 24.


Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman (8-8, 3.06 ERA) pitches the finale of the four-game series. He threw eight shutout innings with just one hit and one walk allowed in his last start against Tampa Bay.

Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-5, 4.05 ERA) takes the mound on Sunday afternoon. He had a season-high eight strikeouts in his last turn, but he has failed to finish five innings in four straight outings.

Will Smith, Max Muncy drive Dodgers past Padres again, 8-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Although the San Diego Padres made plenty of noise at the trade deadline, it’s already been drowned out by the relentless drumbeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ march toward October.

Will Smith homered and drove in three runs, and the Dodgers continued to pull away from the rest of the NL West with their seventh consecutive victory, 8-3 over the second-place Padres on Saturday night.

Max Muncy hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning for the Dodgers, who boosted their division lead to a season-high 14 1/2 games with their 16th win in the last 18 meetings with San Diego. A few days after the Padres signaled their World Series intentions by adding Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury to the lineup, Los Angeles has calmly outscored San Diego 16-4 in back-to-back big victories at Chavez Ravine.

“Tonight was a clinic, (a) team offensive clinic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Using the entire field, situationally, it’s as good as you can draw it up. … Just a good, professional way to approach a game in every facet.”

The Dodgers have won six consecutive series against the Padres, whose bold trade deadline moves haven’t yet overcome their powerhouse rivals’ everyday excellence. Los Angeles improved the majors’ best record to 74-33 with its 14th win in 17 games since hosting the All-Star Game last month.

“We’re a really, really good lineup,” said Muncy, who is on an upward surge after a largely dismal season. “Kind of seems like our lineup has been forgotten with some of the things that have been happening, and it feels good to go out and prove we have a really good lineup.”

Drury had an RBI double during a three-run fourth inning for the Padres, who have lost three straight. San Diego is 1-3 since adding three shiny new bats, and manager Bob Melvin is eager to see a return on his team’s big investments.

“We’ll play better than this, (but) unfortunately we didn’t get off to a good start,” said Melvin, whose club has 19 hits and no homers in its three straight defeats. “The first day was great, and we haven’t followed it up yet. These guys, we’ve got to solve (the Dodgers) at some point.”

Soto has a hit in every game with San Diego, but he managed only a soft single Saturday night. Bell went 0 for 4, while Drury’s double was his only hit.

“We brought (the new hitters) in here late in the season to do it now,” Melvin said. “After the first game, we haven’t been as good as we should be.”

Mike Clevinger (3-4) yielded seven hits and five runs while pitching into the fifth inning for San Diego. The Padres took a 3-2 lead into the fifth, but Muncy chased Clevinger by driving his 11th homer into the visitors’ bullpen.

“They’re good at capitalizing on mistakes, and I feel like two pitches cost us the ballgame,” Clevinger said.

Andrew Heaney lowered his ERA to 0.66 while pitching 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his sixth start of the season for the Dodgers, his third since returning from three injury-plagued months. San Diego went ahead with three unearned runs in a rally abetted by second baseman Gavin Lux’s error on Bell’s easy one-out grounder.

Chris Martin (3-0) ended the fifth by striking out Manny Machado, earning his second victory in four games with his new club.

Smith led off the second with his 16th homer, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The slugging catcher, who had three hits in Friday’s series opener, then drove in Mookie Betts with a two-out single in the third.

Freddie Freeman and Smith had sacrifice flies in the seventh. Betts started the rally with a single before Machado made a key error – to the delight of the Dodgers fans who boo their former infielder relentlessly.

Cody Bellinger added an RBI double off the wall in the eighth.


Clayton Kershaw had an epidural injection for his lower back pain, and an MRI exam revealed nothing new, Roberts said. The team hasn’t decided when Kershaw will pick up a baseball again, but Roberts thinks “it’s going to be shorter-term, rather than longer-term.”


Dodger Stadium was packed for the second straight night, with 52,124 fans watching the Southern California rivals. One night earlier, the Dodgers’ celebration of Vin Scully was one of the hottest tickets in recent LA history.


Padres: RHP Robert Suarez returned from the 60-day injured list and yielded two hits and a run in the eighth. He had been out since June 5 after knee surgery.

Dodgers: Dodgers relievers Blake Treinen (shoulder) and Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) both threw an inning in a simulated game, and both came out “really good,” Roberts said. Graterol is still about 10 days from returning, and Treinen isn’t expected back until September.


Dodgers All-Star Tyler Anderson (12-1, 2.89 ERA) looks to remain unbeaten since June in the series finale. Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.30) takes the mound against his old team for San Diego after going 6-1 in his last 10 starts.

Max Scherzer Ks 11, pitches Mets past Braves for DH sweep

NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer tied a season high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings and the New York Mets beat the sloppy Atlanta Braves 6-2 Saturday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Francisco Lindor had three hits and three RBIs as New York took the opener 8-5, and the Mets stretched their NL East lead to 5 1/2 games.

Mets fans taunted the second-place Braves in the ninth inning of Game 2 by performing the tomahawk chop, a tradition at games in Atlanta despite complaints from some Native American groups that the action is degrading.

Pete Alonso had three singles, including a bases-loaded hit to match Yankees star Aaron Judge for the major legue lead with 93 RBIs. The Mets swept their second doubleheader against Atlanta this season and opened their biggest division lead since June 21.

Lindor reached twice in the late game and scored on shortstop Dansby Swanson’s throwing error while Max Fried (10-4) nearly was injured on the play.

Scherzer (8-2) allowed two doubles to Travis d’Arnaud among four hits. He produced his fourth scoreless outing this season and third since returning from an oblique injury July 5.

Scherzer retired his final nine hitters and impressively ended the seventh. He struck out the side on 15 pitches, getting Eddie Rosario to whiff at a cutter before pinch-hitter William Contreras and Ozuna swung through sliders.

The strikeout to Ozuna pulled Scherzer into a tie for 14th on the career list with former Detroit teammate Justin Verlander at 3,140.

Scherzer recorded his 109th career double-digit strikeout game and fifth this year. He also did not issue a walk for the fourth time this year.

Ronald Acuna Jr hit an RBI single off Mychal Givens in the eighth and Contreras homered in the ninth as Atlanta dropped to 4-7 in the season series against the Mets and committed three errors.

Swanson committed two errors and Riley had a throwing error in the sixth on a soft grounder by Darin Ruf.

Fried allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits in six innings. He also withstood a scary scene on a play at first during New York’s three-run third.

After Alonso hit a bloop single, Ruf hit a grounder to first baseman Matt Olson, who got the force at second. Swanson’s return throw caromed off Fried’s chest at first and went into foul territory.

Fried slipped and fell down face-first, and his knees hit the ground hard as attempted to get Lindor at home.

New York scored three in the third and then capitalized on Riley’s throwing error in the sixth. Riley’s throw went past Olson on Ruf’s soft infield single and moved Alonso to third.

Alonso broke for home when Mark Canha hit a high chopper to Riley. Riley made a strong throw and Alonso was initially called out by plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. Replays showed Alonso’s foot grazed the plate before d’Arnaud could apply the tag, and the call was overturned.

After Givens allowed Acuna’s single, pinch hitter Tyler Naquin hit an RBI single and scored on a squeeze bunt by Tomas Nido.


Braves: d’Arnaud was lifted in the seventh after a trainer checked him during the replay challenge following his collision with Alonso in the sixth.


Atlanta RHP Spencer Strider (5-3, 2.91 ERA) opposes New York RHP Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.80) in Sunday’s series finale. deGrom is making 200th career start and first home start since July 7, 2021.


Tony Boselli becomes 1st Jaguars player in Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Tony Boselli looked out at all the teal-colored jerseys in the crowd and screamed: “Duuuuval!”

Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Boselli, the first pick in Jaguars history, was among eight members of the Class of 2022 enshrined Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

“I thank God for football and I thank God for the people of Jacksonville,” Boselli said before shouting the fans’ rallying cry, the name of their county.

The Jaguars played the Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL preseason opener Thursday night, so No. 71 Boselli jerseys filled the seats.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro left tackle in seven seasons in Jacksonville, Boselli saw his career cut short by injuries. But his dominant performance earned him a gold jacket.

“It’s a profound honor,” Boselli said.

Linebacker Sam Mills, defensive back LeRoy Butler, defensive linemen Bryant Young and Richard Seymour, wide receiver Cliff Branch, coach Dick Vermeil and longtime head of officiating Art McNally joined Boselli in a class of guys who waited several years – some decades – to get the call.

Young delivered the most emotional speech when he broke down honoring his son, Colby, who died of pediatric cancer at age 15 in 2016.

“We assured Colby we would keep his memory alive and we would continue speaking his name,” Young said. “Colby, you live long in our hearts.”

Young, who excelled at defensive tackle in an era filled with talented players at the position, had 89 1/2 sacks and earned four Pro Bowl selections in a 14-year career spent entirely with the San Francisco 49ers.

Vermeil gave the longest speech, blowing past the 8-minute limit by 15. The former Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs coach seemed to thank everyone who helped him reach the stage.

He credited players for his success and specifically pointed out fellow Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Isaac Bruce, who were on Vermeil’s “Greatest Show on Turf” Super Bowl championship team in St. Louis.

“Gosh darn, I just wish I had time to go through everyone,” Vermeil said.

And then he did, anyway.

Vermeil wrapped up the ceremonies. Butler kicked everything off.

The four-time All-Pro safety leaped in with the same enthusiasm he celebrated big plays at Lambeau Field.

“DJ Khaled said it best: `God did,`” Butler began, referencing the song. “When you play for the Green Bay Packers, a lot of doors open up. When you win a Super Bowl, more doors open up. When you’re picked for the Hall of Fame, football heaven opens up. It’s rare company.”

Butler drew cheers from Jaguars fans in attendance to see Boselli’s induction when he mentioned growing up in Jacksonville.

“Thank you, Duval,” Butler said. “My mom, growing up in poverty, she made us think rich every day because it’s not about what you have on or what you have, it’s how you act.”

Butler helped restore Green Bay’s glory days during a 12-year career. His versatility as a safety set the standard for a new wave at the position and earned him a spot on the league’s All-Decade team of the 1990s.

Butler originated the “Lambeau Leap” and had a key sack in Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory over New England. He fell just short of becoming the first player in league history to finish his career with 40 interceptions and 20 sacks.

Mills, the 5-foot-9 linebacker nicknamed “Field Mouse” during his 12-year career with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, and Branch were inducted posthumously. An inspirational figure, Mills overcame tremendous odds to even reach the NFL.

Mills played Division III college football and was not drafted. He was cut by the Cleveland Browns and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and began his professional career with the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars. Jim Mora, who coached the Stars, brought him to New Orleans in 1986 and Mills never looked back.

“He was told he wasn’t good enough to play college football or big enough to play professional football and at the age of 27, he wasn’t young enough to play in the NFL and yet here we are today celebrating,” said Melanie Mills, Sam’s widow.

Mills became an assistant coach with the Panthers after his retirement. He was diagnosed with intestinal cancer before the 2003 season but kept coaching during his treatment and made what is known as his “Keep pounding” speech on the eve of the club’s Super Bowl matchup with New England at the end of that season.

Mills died in April 2005 at age 45. His “Keep pounding” remains the Panthers’ tag line.

Branch, who died just over three years at age 71 of natural causes, was one of the best deep threats of his era with some of his biggest performances coming on the game’s biggest stages, helping the Raiders win three Super Bowls.

Branch made the first of his three straight All-Pro teams in his first season as a starter in 1974 and scored 67 touchdowns through the air.

“Clifford was delayed. He was not denied,” said his sister and presenter, Elaine Anderson.

In a year with no first-ballot candidates, the inductees endured long waits to make the Hall.

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour didn’t wait too long to taste success in the NFL. He was part of three Super Bowl championship teams in his first four seasons with the New England Patriots.

Seymour pointed out the defensive stalwarts on those teams but didn’t mention Tom Brady by name.

“We had a young quarterback, but we made it work,” Seymour said, drawing chuckles from the crowd.

Seymour had 57 1/2 career sacks in 12 seasons, the first eight in New England before finishing his career with the Oakland Raiders.

“I’m overwhelmed with humility because it’s not about what this says about me but what it says about we and what we can do together,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude because I didn’t get here alone. None of us did. None of us could have.”

The 42-year-old Seymour choked up thanking his wife, Tanya.

“Football is what I do, but family is who I am,” he said. “Thank you for everything you added to my life. This day belongs to my family. Scripture teaches your riches are in your family.”

Seymour called his three children his “greatest joy.”

“Of everything I accomplished, there’s no greater honor than being your dad,” he said.

Seymour praised Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former Raiders owner Al Davis and his son, Mark Davis.

He credited his success to the lessons he learned from Patriots coach Bill Belichick: work hard, be meticulous in your preparation, support your teammates and respect your opponents.

“This wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Coach Belichick,” Seymour said.

McNally gave a video speech after he was inducted as a contributor.

Stafford downplays elbow injury, throws in Rams practice

Matthew Stafford downplayed the significance of his elbow injury after demonstrating just how little it’s holding him back in practice with the Los Angeles Rams.

Stafford participated extensively in the Rams’ latest workout at UC Irvine on Saturday, making deep throws and building chemistry with his teammates in what was likely his most extensive work of training camp.

Afterward, Stafford said his right elbow condition is merely “irritating,” and not a threat to his ability to lead the Super Bowl champions’ title defense.

“I just have a little soreness,” Stafford said. “We’re working through it. I felt pretty good today. I thought it looked pretty good. Just trying to be smart with it, and make me feel as good as I can feel going into Week 1 while still getting as many reps as I can, too.”

Stafford had elbow pain last season while leading the Rams to a championship in his first season with the team, and he had an unspecified injection in his elbow during the offseason. He didn’t throw to receivers in practice during the offseason program, but he has been participating regularly in drills during camp despite a limited overall schedule.

Still, coach Sean McVay raised eyebrows Thursday when he said Stafford’s injury was “abnormal” for a quarterback, likening it to injuries more often seen in baseball pitchers. Stafford again declined to go into specifics about his injury Saturday, but he says it’s nothing he can’t handle.

“I’m just going through something that is irritating at the moment, but I’m working through it,” Stafford said. “We’ve got a great plan. I’m feeling stronger every time I come out here and throw. I felt like I could make any throw I wanted to today. I’m just trying to be smart when I get those opportunities to make sure I can come out here, cut it loose, turn it loose like I did today and go from there.”

McVay pointed out that Stafford was making every throw during the Rams’ workout Saturday. The coach doesn’t use any of his key players in the preseason, so Stafford’s first chance to demonstrate his arm in a game won’t occur until Los Angeles’ season opener on Sept. 8 against Buffalo at SoFi Stadium.

“The way that he looked today, I don’t think you would know that anything was going on,” McVay said. “He felt good, so I know that I’m going to sleep better tonight.”

The 34-year-old Stafford has 49,995 yards passing as he heads into his 14th season this fall, ranking him 12th in NFL history and fourth among active quarterbacks. He agreed to a contract extension through 2026 during the offseason, and he has no public doubt he’ll be able to sling it for the duration of his commitment to the Rams and perhaps beyond.

“Anytime you put an arm through as much stress as I have over the years, it’s not going to look like (a regular person’s) elbow, I’m sure,” Stafford said. “It’s not one of those things that … the more I throw, the worse it’s going to get. It’s kind of just a balancing act at this point.”

Lions move training camp to Ford Field; Chark competes

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions held training camp at Ford Field on Saturday, hoping it is a step toward gaining home-field advantage this season.

Last year, the Lions went 3-13-1 and had the lowest home attendance numbers of any team in the NFL. In the past four years, they’ve won a total of nine home games.

The Lions usually hold camp in Allen Park but instead held their annual scrimmage at Ford Field, where 18,000 fans packed into their stadium, the most at the event since 2015.

“This is unbelievable,” coach Dan Campbell said to the crowd before practice. “I can’t believe you guys.”

The optimism doesn’t come out of nowhere. After starting last season 0-10-1, the Lions finished by winning three of their final six games, including three consecutive wins at home.

“The last three home games we had, there was a good vibe,” Campbell said. “We could feel it as players and coaches. I would say they’ve picked up right where they left off, you know? That isn’t easy to do. Sitting there at the end of the year, we got no wins, then we get a win, you get two. Listen, that’s a credit to our fans. They got hope.”

Detroit spent the offseason trying to build off that finish, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Lions drafted Alabama wideout Jameson Williams with the 12th overall pick and signed former Pro Bowl receiver DJ Chark in free agency.

While Williams remains sidelined with a torn ACL suffered in the College Football Playoff, Chark showcased his talents to the Ford Field crowd on Saturday. During the scrimmage, Chark caught four passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard score that ended practice.

“I really have big expectations for this team, definitely for this offense,” Chark said after practice. “And I want to do my best to live up to those.”

Since making the Pro Bowl in 2019, Chark has struggled to stay healthy. He missed three games for the Jacksonville Jaguars the following season, and a broken ankle caused him to miss the final game 13 games in 2021. Saturday marked his first time competing on a pro football field since that injury.

“It felt great,” Chark said. “This is my first time really being in here. Just looking around, getting the atmosphere, the fans are excited. I’m excited. It’s my first time being back on a game field since Sept. 30 or something like that, so I’m just taking it all in and enjoying it.”

Despite the optimism, Campbell knows those feelings won’t last long if the team doesn’t deliver. The Lions haven’t made the playoffs since 2016 and haven’t won a playoff game since 1992. Campbell regularly gets recognized in the Detroit area in his second year leading the Lions, but he knows the tone of those encounters will change if his team doesn’t start winning.

“It’s a lot better when you’re winning,” Campbell said. “When you’re losing, it’s, `Hey Coach, take this.’ We’re in a good place right now. We just got to get a little bit better. That’s what we got to do.”

NOTES: CB Jeff Okudah did not participate in Saturday’s scrimmage, marking the second straight practice he has missed. . Second-round pick DE Josh Paschal remains sidelined after undergoing sports hernia surgery in the spring, but Campbell said Paschal is ahead of schedule in his recovery. . S C.J. Moore was removed from the non-football injury list on Friday.

Rhule: Panthers won’t make QB decision before 2nd preseason game

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said the team won’t make a “major decision” on any position – especially Carolina’s quarterback competition – until after its Aug. 19 preseason game against the New England Patriots.

“The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us,” Rhule said, according to ESPN’s David Newton. “That will really show us where guys are.”

Additionally, Rhule hasn’t ruled out delaying a decision between signal-callers Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield if neither passer has separated himself following the New England contest.

Mayfield began the team’s scrimmage Saturday with the first-team offense. However, both Mayfield and Darnold received equal reps with the first- and second-team units throughout practice. Those snaps included an interception from each passer, which displeased Rhule.

“We’ve got to protect the football,” the Panthers coach said.

Despite the turnovers, Rhule said both veteran quarterbacks did well overall in making explosive plays and orchestrating long drives.

Darnold began last season as Carolina’s starter after the team acquired him in a trade with the New York Jets. He posted a 4-7 record in 2021 across 11 starts.

The Panthers acquired Mayfield in July from the Cleveland Browns. He was inconsistent during his first four seasons in the league, although he threw for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns, and 56 interceptions.

Matt Corral and P.J. Walker also round out Carolina’s quarterback position.

Cowboys’ Elliott sees high stakes amid questions over future

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott lingers a little longer after practice at training camp with family, friends and even fans these days, seemingly more comfortable with everything that accompanies being the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys.

His time in that role could be running short and might end next offseason if Elliott can’t regain the form that led to NFL rushing titles in two of his first three seasons.

Elliott is comfortable with that reality, too.

“I think it is a big season. But I think you can’t look too far down the road,” Elliott said. “I don’t think there’s really a reason to look that far down the road. I think if I handle my business every day, then I will be in a pretty good situation at the end of the season.”

The $90 million, six-year extension Elliott signed to end a long holdout in 2019 will have four years remaining after this season. But this is the last year of guaranteed money, which increases the chance of a cost-cutting move under the salary cap.

Elliott had the lowest per-carry average of his career (4.0 yards) in 2020, followed by his worst per-game average (59 yards) last season, including just 31 yards in a wild-card loss to San Francisco for the NFC East champions.

The criticism started growing before that, when he actually had a productive 2019 season with 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns but the Cowboys missed the playoffs.

Ever since, Elliott has faced questions of whether the wear and tear of his first three years, when he twice surpassed 300 carries, had robbed him of the explosiveness that marked his rookie year — his only All-Pro season.

Suffice it to say there were plenty of people questioning the $90 million contract, and plenty will say “I told you so” if Elliott doesn’t get past the $50 million in guarantees.

From Elliott’s point of view, last season was plagued by a partially torn ligament in his right knee, which he chose to play through. But it’s not like he’s expecting the way he feels in training camp in California to last very long into the season.

“Definitely frustrating certain parts of the year, but it’s football,” Elliott said. “Today might be the only day everyone is going to be 100% from here on out. Just trying to do everything I can off the field to make sure that I’m preserving my health and ready for Sundays.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones took aim at two former Cowboys, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Randy Gregory, when saying that availability played a role in which big-money players were still around and which weren’t.

Cooper was unvaccinated and missed two games because of COVID-19 last season, while Gregory dealt with injuries in addition to four suspensions that kept him out for all of two seasons and most of a third. Cooper was traded to Cleveland to save money under the cap, and Gregory signed with Denver after initially agreeing to a deal with Dallas.

Numbers aside, Elliott has been the model of availability since his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations in 2017, his second year. The former Ohio State standout has missed one game because of injury in six seasons.

“Zeke Elliott is one of our rocks on this team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s a keystone player. You see all the extra work that he puts in pre-practice, post-practice. He overcame a lot to play (last year), and I think that speaks volumes about him and you need those type of individuals to win championships.”

Elliott said his offseason focus was strengthening the muscles around the injured knee, and he acknowledged concern with tightness before the knee improved in time for offseason practices. He decided against surgery.

The injury affected his explosiveness, and Elliott believes he can get it back.

“It definitely helped kind of getting that confidence back because it’s tough being injured and kind of feeling yourself lose a step,” Elliott said. “It definitely helped kind of get back to moving the speed that I was used to and just bringing that confidence back to myself, back in my body, back in my mind that I could make those cuts.”

A healthy Elliott won’t stop questions about getting backup running back Tony Pollard more touches. That chorus has grown for three years. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore hears it and agrees with it — to a point.

“I don’t think the Tony thing has anything to do with the Zeke component,” Moore said. “I think we’re really excited about Zeke getting what he needs and what we take advantage of with Zeke, and then Tony is going to be an awesome piece.”

NOTES: RB Aaron Shampklin returned to practice after a COVID-19 absence, and LB Leighton Vander Esch also was back after missing a couple of days for personal reasons. … TEs Jeremy Sprinkle (Achilles) and rookie Jake Ferguson (hamstring) are close to a return, McCarthy said.

Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC South

The 2022 NFL season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to make some bold predictions. While everybody is focusing on team win totals, I want to be a little more specific with some bold predictions and go out on a limb for each team, giving some takes that will be specific to PFF grades — and some that are more general.

Given the nature of bold predictions, the strike rate here is unlikely to be incredibly high, but these takes will be rooted in data — things that I think have a realistic shot of happening, not just craziness plucked from the ether.


Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC North

The 2022 NFL season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to make some bold predictions. While everybody is focusing on team win totals, let’s be a little more specific here with some bold predictions and go out on a limb for each team, giving some takes that will be specific to PFF grades and some that are more general.

Given the nature of bold predictions, the strike rate here is unlikely to be incredibly high, but these takes will be rooted in data and be things that I think have a realistic shot of happening, not just craziness plucked from the ether.


Bold predictions for every NFL team in 2022 — AFC East

The 2022 NFL season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to make some bold predictions. While everybody is focusing on team win totals, let’s be a little more specific here with some bold predictions and go out on a limb for each team, giving some takes that will be specific to PFF grades and some that are more general.

Given the nature of bold predictions, the strike rate here is unlikely to be incredibly high, but these takes will be rooted in data and be things that I think have a realistic shot of happening, not just craziness plucked from the ether.


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McLaughlin wins Nashville pole; Grosjean, Lundgaard follow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Scott McLaughlin won the second pole of his IndyCar career and Romain Grosjean and Christian Lundgaard earned their highest starting spots of the season in rain-delayed qualifying for the Music City Grand Prix.

McLaughlin won the pole on a flying final run around the 11-turn, 2.1-mile course in Saturday’s session, which started 90 minutes late because of weather delays, and a sloppy, shortened first qualifying group left some drivers steaming with anger in the hot, humid Nashville post-rain conditions.

The Team Penske driver was also fastest in Saturday morning practice.

Grosjean qualified second for Andretti Autosport, which had three drivers eliminated in the first round of qualifying. Lundgaard was a career-best third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, which advanced all three of its drivers to the top 12.

Lundgaard overcame a penalty in the second round and locked a tire in the final round and still managed to qualify third.

The championship contenders had a mixed day with reigning champion Alex Palou, who is ranked sixth in the six-driver fight, the highest qualifier at fourth. Pato O’Ward, who is fifth in the standings, only advanced because IndyCar points leader Will Power was knocked from the final fast six round for impeding O’Ward’s lap when he went off course in the top 12.

The penalty stripped Power of his fastest lap and O’Ward took his spot. Power holds a nine-point lead over defending race winner Marcus Ericsson, and only 52 points separate Power from Palou with Sunday’s race the first of the final four this season.

“We can have a great day tomorrow,” Power said of starting eighth. “Get good strategy, good pit stops and see what we’ve got.”

Josef Newgarden of Penske, who is third in the standings, qualified sixth.

Ericsson and Scott Dixon, fourth in the standings, failed to advance out of the first round. Dixon will start 14th and Ericsson 18th, where he started from in last year’s victory.


Colton Herta crashed in the first group of the first round to bring out a session-ending red flag that ruined multiple drivers’ runs, including teammate Alexander Rossi.

“Little bit too ambitious for what the conditions were. After it rained a lot of that grip kind of fell away, just trying to find the right braking point, and I just overdid it,” Herta said. “I apologize to my team, especially to Andretti, because I think I probably screwed over Rossi there pretty good, too. And probably a few other guys.

“I don’t try to do that on purpose, and was really an honest mistake, so I feel bad for everybody involved.”

Drivers were seething after the first group because it was so short. Prior to Herta’s spin, Andretti Autosport rookie Devlin DeFrancesco also spun to bring out a yellow that chewed up three of the 10 scheduled minutes in the qualifying group.

It meant most of the drivers eliminated in the round barely had a chance to make a qualifying run.

“Man, I’m so frustrated. That is not the sport, man,” said Simon Pagenaud, who will start 13th. “We can wait all the day for storm to pass, but they don’t give us enough time to put our lap down. It’s just unbelievable. I’m speechless.

“It’s such a shame because you just don’t get to perform at your level. We’re going to start again where we don’t belong. A lot of guys don’t belong up there up front.”

Felix Rosenqvist, who crashed in practice earlier Saturday, felt his lap would have advanced him before it was halted by the Herta crash.

“Just annoying,” Rosenqvist said. “I didn’t even have a lap. We had a kind of warmup lap. That’s something we have to look at, maybe we should have gone straight out and tried to do a lap, but it’s annoying when it’s always red flags and can’t even get the session going.”

The abbreviated session meant that Dalton Kellett advanced out of the first group for the first time in 37 career IndyCar starts. He’ll start a career-high 12th and was embraced by team and family members when he finished the top-12 session.


Motorsports Gone Mad: Silly season spins out of control

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fernando Alonso created this mess, right?

Or was it IndyCar champion Alex Palou?

Maybe the blame should be aimed at McLaren Racing head Zak Brown? After all, he’s the one stockpiling just about anyone who can drive a race car in a motorsports silly season in which the domino effects stretch three series, across the globe and into at least one courtroom.

Palou perhaps kicked it all off a month ago. Chip Ganassi said he’d picked up the team option on the Spaniard’s contract for next season, but the driver denounced the team-issued news release and said he would not be returning in 2023. Minutes later McLaren said it had signed Palou.

Ganassi is now suing Palou, who says emphatically he’ll be with McLaren next season, and the entire IndyCar paddock has watched wide-eyed as each race weekend brings a new twist to the legal drama.

But then Alonso upped the stakes when Aston Martin blindsided the Formula One world with its announcement Monday that it had signed the two-time world champion. Alonso had not felt it necessary to inform his current team, which assumed he was returning to Alpine for one more year.

Alpine then had to scramble and said late the next day it was promoting its reserve driver into Alonso’s seat. Oscar Piastri then pulled a Palou — his tweet declining Alpine’s F1 seat was worded closely to Palou’s — and said he would not be driving for the team.

McLaren has not yet confirmed that it has signed the 21-year-old Australian, but all the contractual paperwork appears to have been filed on the deal even before Alonso ditched Alpine. Now McLaren is working on a buyout with current F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, Palou is in legal limbo and Felix Rosenqvist has no idea if he’s keeping his IndyCar seat with Arrow McLaren SP or being shipped to Formula E and replaced by Palou.

With only four races remaining in the most watched IndyCar season in decades and a six-driver championship fight, the entire paddock is fixated on this contractual drama and who drives where next season.

“I hope all the drivers are OK and they get to drive for who they want. But we’ll see,” said Colton Herta, who already has tested the McLaren F1 car this year and is supposed to drive a first practice session during a race weekend this year.

Of course, the Herta plans were made before Brown snapped up every young talent he could get his hands on, and now even McLaren’s packed roster is dizzying. Here’s what we know:

ALONSO: Held the option on his contract with Alpine, left for Aston Martin when he wasn’t offered a multiyear deal.

PIASTRI: Became available for McLaren to sign before Alonso’s decision because Alpine apparently failed to file contractual paperwork on him for 2023.

PALOU: Jumped at a shot to join McLaren for an opportunity in F1. If able to get out of his Ganassi ride for 2023, would bump Rosenqvist from the McLaren IndyCar lineup and also become McLaren’s F1 reserve driver.

PATO O’WARD: Under contract to McLaren in IndyCar, expected to test in F1 next season.

HERTA: Expected to continue testing for McLaren in F1, could still do FP1s in F1 this season depending on how Palou situation is settled and/or if McLaren has access to Piastri before the end of 2022.

ALEXANDER ROSSI: Signed to leave Andretti Autosport and join McLaren IndyCar lineup next season.

ROSENQVIST: Announced with McLaren in early June an agreement to continue with the team, in either IndyCar or with the Formula E team it will start next season. Sits in limbo awaiting a Palou resolution, but desperately wants to keep his IndyCar seat.

If there’s any sympathy to show in this saga it should go to Rosenqvist, who has gotten caught in Brown’s attempt to stockpile a deep bench of drivers. While he might have initially agreed to the Formula E move, a fourth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 ignited a performance pickup and desire to hang on to his seat.

Ahead of Sunday’s race in Nashville came indicators that the Swede was shopping himself to other teams should Brown move forward on the Formula E plan. But McLaren holds the 2023 option on Rosenqvist’s contract and will likely hold it until the Palou case is settled; by that time, all the IndyCar seats might be full and Rosenqvist would be left with nothing.

The situation has been exhausting for Rosenqvist, who like just about everyone else, is tired of talking about contracts.

“That’s between me and Zak to be honest,” he said in Nashville about his future. “I prefer not to talk about contracts. That’s why they’re contracts, because they’re made for you and the other signing party. It’s not for the public to know.”

But will he drive for another IndyCar team if Palou takes his spot at McLaren?

“That we will see,” he replied.

As for Brown, well, he’s remained uncharacteristically quiet since the Palou and Piastri situations exploded but very much wants every driver he’s signed in the McLaren family. All are moveable pieces in his master plan of returning McLaren to prominence in multiple motorsports series across the globe.

While Brown collects his stash of drivers, everyone else remains transfixed on how it will all play out and how much money it will cost in the end.

Wu, Im tied at storm-delayed Wyndham and face long Sunday

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The largest cut since the PGA Tour went to top 65 and ties, followed by two delays for storms in the area, kept the Wyndham Championship from finishing the third round Saturday and set up a long final day of the regular season.

Brandon Wu holed out from 147 yards on the par-4 11th hole for an eagle, giving him a share of the lead with Sungjae Im at 12-under par. They were through 11 holes. John Huh and Joohyung “Tom” Kim were one shot behind.

Only 12 players finished the round.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a 7-under 63 and was at 10-under 200.

The eagle was Wu’s final shot before the second delay of the third round, and players never returned to the course. The third round was to resume Sunday at 7:30 a.m., and players again will go off both tees – and hope for good weather – to get the tournament in.

At stake Sunday in the final event of the regular season is a shot at some bonus money for Im and Will Zalatoris (who had a 66 and was at 7 under) if they can move into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup.

It’s far more important for players to finish in the top 125 and qualify for the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs that start next week. Finishing in the top 125 also assures a full card for the next season, which starts in September.

Most of the drama was Saturday morning, and it involved plenty of heartache for one player. Austin Smotherman was at 1 under and faced a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 8, his 17th hole of the second round. A birdie would have moved the cut to 2-under 138.

But he missed, and then he missed the green on the ninth and wound up with a double bogey. Smotherman, the equivalent of No. 125 in the FedEx Cup, missed the cut and was virtually certain to fall out of the top 125.

The cut stayed at 1-under 139 and featured 87 players for the weekend. The last time that many players made the cut was in 2018 at the Wells Fargo Championship, before the tour instituted a new policy of top 65 and ties.

Having that many players – Hayden Buckley withdrew Saturday morning after making the cut because of a wrist injury – will make it tougher to finish the final round if any weather arrives.

Brian Stuard was at 10 under with one hole to play, keeping himself in the mix to climb into the top 125 and retain a full card.

Kim, meanwhile, was hoping to extend his season. The 20-year-old from South Korea, already up to No. 34 in the world, is assured a PGA Tour card for next season. But he can only qualify for the postseason if he wins the Wyndham Championship, which would make him an instant member.


Ashleigh Buhai takes 5-shot lead at Women’s British Open

MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) Ashleigh Buhai surged into a five-shot lead at the Women’s British Open after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round on Saturday.

Now she just has to find a way to finish off for her first major victory.

The South African also led this tournament in 2019 at Woburn after the second round but finished fifth, her best result at a major.

Buhai is in a much stronger position at Muirfield after a round that included eight birdies before a lone bogey on the last hole, giving her a 14-under total of 199.

Five of those birdies came on the first seven holes but perhaps the most impressive was on the par-5 17th, when she chipped in from off the green after hitting her tee shot into the rough.

It was the best round of the week despite the wind picking up to blow stronger gusts than during the first two days.

“To be able to shoot that score in those conditions, you have to be able to pat yourself on the back, so much so that I thought I was 6 under, not 7,” Buhai said. “So, I was 8 under playing the last, which I think I have to look back, is probably one of the best rounds of golf I’ve ever played.”

Hinako Shibuno of Japan (66) and second-round leader In Gee Chun of South Korea (70) were tied for second. Seven-time major winner Inbee Park and Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden were another two shots back.

Buhai has three victories on the European Tour but has never won an LPGA Tour event. But she’s never had a five-shot lead going into the final round, either.

She’s doing her best not to look too far ahead, though.

“I’m most proud of the way I just stayed focused and calm (today). That’s all I try to control. I wasn’t thinking of the outcome,” Buhai said. “I only saw a leaderboard for the first time I think when I was on 12, no, 13. And then I just said to myself, `OK, that’s fine, you’re in a good spot. Check back in with yourself now and concentrate on what you’re trying to do.'”


Ty Gibbs, grandson of Joe Gibbs, gets 5th Xfinity win of ’22

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) Ty Gibbs won his Xfinity Series-high fifth race this year and ninth of his two-year career Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The 19-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, in the No. 54 Toyota, led 54 of the 125 laps on the 2-mile oval.

“I’ve had an awesome time on this series,” Gibbs said. “I work as hard as I can to be the best I can. I don’t really have any other hobbies.”

Justin Allgaier finished second followed by Noah Gragson, who won the pole and the first two stages at the New Holland 250.

Gibbs will start sixth on Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series race in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing, filling in for Kurt Busch, who is missing his third straight race with concussion-like symptoms.

A.J. Allmendinger was aiming for his second straight Xfinity Series win this season and second in a row at Michigan. He led seven laps before finishing seventh. Allmendinger has a 19-point lead over Allgaier in the standings.

Gragson led 39 laps, including the last one in the second stage when he passed Allmendinger on the last turn. Allmendinger was unhappy about that and voiced his displeasure with his team on the radio.

During the second stage under caution, Gragson chose to stay on the track instead of pitting and that might have hurt his chances of winning.

“We just needed a caution at the end,” he said. “The strategy put us too far back even with how fast we were all day.”

Allgaier was angry about cars that were a lap or more down getting in his way.

“They held us up and that’s annoying, especially when you see the leader pulling away,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s my job to pass them, though.”

In the end, Gibbs was as good as he’s been all season. No one else in the series has more than three wins.


Colts already seeing impact of Bradley’s defensive scheme

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) DeForest Buckner always appreciated watching Gus Bradley’s defenses.

It was the scheme Buckner thrived in with San Francisco, the scheme that created Seattle’s “Legion of Boom,” and the scheme that finally led the Raiders back to the playoffs last season.

So when Indianapolis hired Bradley as its new defensive coordinator, the Colts’ top defensive tackle was thrilled to start working with the defensive mastermind. Buckner believes Bradley can turn a budding Colts defense into a championship-caliber unit.

“We’re attacking up front. We’re blowing things up, everyone else is pretty much cleaning things up behind us,” Buckner said, explaining the new philosophy. “I like that. It’s controlled chaos.”

For Buckner and the other defensive linemen, it’s been a slight but welcome adjustment.

Former defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus expected his unit to play fast, gang up around the ball and hold each player accountable. The result: He took one of the league’s worst defenses in 2017 and steadily led it to a top-10 ranking in 2020.

After Indy finished second in the league with 33 takeaways last season, the Chicago Bears hired Eberflus as head coach.

When general manager Chris Ballard and coach Frank Reich started searching for a replacement, they wanted someone with a similar approach who could make the defense even more productive.

The 56-year-old Bradley looked like the perfect fit with his preference for turning defensive linemen loose, rather than asking them to read and react.

But Reich had one more move – hiring the affable John Fox as senior defensive consultant. Fox lost two Super Bowls as a head coach, including to Bradley’s Seahawks defense in February 2014.

“Here’s what I appreciate about the way he’s approached it, he’s just there to serve,” Reich said, referring to Fox. “I think that’s working well. Gus is doing a phenomenal job of leading the defensive staff and getting that defense going, and I think he and Fox are developing a great relationship”

They certainly have most of the pieces.

Buckner is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the league’s premier interior lineman. Bradley and Fox also inherited perennial All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard and cornerback Kenny Moore II, who made his first Pro Bowl last season

Indy then acquired one of Bradley’s prized pupils, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, in a March trade and also added free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the NFL’s 2019 Defensive Player of the Year.

Suddenly, the Colts had five defensive players with Pro Bowl resumes, two coaches with Super Bowl pedigrees and oodles of confidence.

“We can be something really special,” Leonard said as Indy opened training camp last week. “Nothing is going to be handed to us, we have to go out and prove it each and every week and that’s the ultimate goal.”

Leonard, Indy’s defensive energizer, remains on the physically unable to perform list because of back surgery in June. While he might not play in the preseason, his absence hasn’t held back Indy’s defense.

While quarterback Matt Ryan gets in sync with a new offense, new teammates plus a new and largely unproven group of receivers, the defense has won many practice-field battles at Grand Park.

Ngakoue routinely has shown his speed off the edge while Gilmore has blanketed receivers and broken up passes. Bradley likes the early impressions, especially in the secondary.

“It’s a group that’s kind of building that cohesiveness,” Bradley said. “As you know, Gilmore is not only covering, but you’ve got to be able to tackle him and play physically. To play at the level he’s done, that’s how he plays. I think that’s a good message to all of them.”

The most visible difference has come on the defensive line, where the Colts have struggled to generate a consistent pass rush recently.

Ngakoue is one of three active players with six straight seasons of at least eight sacks. Only Buffalo linebacker Von Miller (seven) and three-time NFL defensive player of the year Aaron Donald (eight) have longer streaks.

Plus, Ngakoue already knows Bradley’s system, having studied it in Jacksonville and Las Vegas.

“Got to flip the switch. It’s every man for themselves out there,” Ngakoue said.

Indy is hoping with Ngakoue operating on the outside and Buckner manning the inside, both players will be more productive and their approach to game will rub off on younger players such as defensive ends Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo.

Paye and Odeyingbo made some crucial plays as rookie last season. A full and healthy offseason, more intense workouts and some new talent could help them become more consistent playmakers in 2022 while allowing the Colts to take another big step.

Buckner believes Bradley’s system can make it happen.

“It will be more kind of like we’re on a track, so we’re getting vertical, penetrating a lot more,” he said. “Guys are really embracing the scheme. You’ll see us in the backfield a lot more. I’m excited.”

Park Parks Another as Indians Fall to Bats

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoy Park homered for the second consecutive game to bring the Indianapolis Indians within one run, but the Louisville Bats broke open the contest in the top of the ninth and never trailed en route to an 8-3 win at Victory Field on Saturday night.

Following a three-run spot in the top of the third inning, Drew Maggi led off the bottom half of the frame with a double in his Indians (50-52) debut. Park then followed up with a rocket into the right-field corner, marking the first time since July 24-25, 2021 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that he has homered in back-to-back games.

A two-out, solo home run by Michael De Leon in the top of the fourth inning extended the Bats (43-61) lead back to two runs.

After a run-scoring groundout following a leadoff single by Rodolfo Castro in the bottom of the eighth inning brought Indianapolis back within one, Louisville broke open the game with four runs in the top of the ninth. All four of the runs came on three consecutive two-out hits.

Mike Burrows (L, 0-3) surrendered four runs (three earned) over 5.0 innings in his eighth outing with the Indians this season. Opposing the Indians was Justin Nicolino (W, 3-4), who fanned eight over 6.0 two-run innings.

With two singles, Rodolfo Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is tied for the third-longest hitting streak among Indians batters this season.

The Indians will look for their 999th win at Victory Field (regular season and postseason games combined) tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM ET against the Bats. In a rematch of Tuesday’s series opener, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-4, 4.18) will take the mound against RHP T.J. Zeuch (0-5, 7.34).

Ayoze Ties Club Record with 115 Appearances for the Boys in Blue

Indy Eleven continued to see hard luck at home, dropping a 2-0 result to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in front of an announced crowd of 9,039 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium.

Indy Eleven captain Ayoze made a bit of history at the opening whistle for Indiana’s Team, as he tied “Eleven Original” midfielder Brad Ring for the club’s all-time lead in appearances at 115 “caps” since his debut with the squad in 2018.

A guarded start to the match broke in the 13th minute when the Riverhounds struck first. Daniel Rovira began the play with a lengthy run through the final third before his cross to the six was finished with a diving header by Russell Cicerone to move the scoreboard early for the visitors. Manuel Arteaga almost equalized just five minutes later when his own run to the six was picked out by Juan Tejada’s low cross, but the Venezuelan couldn’t get his feet right and sent the chance over frame.

It took another 20 minutes for another serious threat on goal, but Cicerone’s smack from 20 yards was parried over with two strong hands by Indy goalkeeper Sean Lewis. The last big look of the half came in the 41st minute when Ayoze’s ball over the top found Tejada in the left side of the area, but his shot was pushed wide of the far post, keeping the Riverhounds up heading into the halftime break.

It was Cicerone again doing the damage for Pittsburgh seven minutes into the second half, as his run through the center of the area was rewarded by Albert Dikwa’s cross to the six. The visitors’ excitement for Cicerone’s 52nd minute tap-in finish was tempered two minutes later, as Riverhounds midfielder Marc Ybarra dragged down Eleven forward Solomon Asante by his shirt to earn a second caution, resulting in the first red card issued to an Indy opponent in 2022.

Indy pushed to take advantage of the 11-v-10 situation, but it was Lewis having to come up big first at the hour mark, coming right across his frame to get a paw on Rivira’s heavy shot from 10 yards to send it off the woodwork. Indy found its best chance in the short term through midfielder Neveal Hackshaw’s 25-yards blast that sailed just over the bar in the 65th minute.

A slew of set pieces were the most the Boys in Blue could muster across the next 20 minutes, but nothing tested Riverhounds ‘keeper Jahmali Waite, who patrolled his area well on the series of crosses. A pair of Eleven substitutes looked to get one back in the 86th minute when Stefano Pinho nodded Wilfredo Rivera’s cross off the underside of the crossbar, but the ball was deemed to bounce off part of the goalline rather than over it despite the vehement arguments of the Boys in Blue. Asante’s free kick in the 96th minute was stopped by Waite, giving Indy Eleven its lone counted shot on frame of the evening at the game’s death, the result sending Indiana’s Team to a tenth consecutive game without a victory.

After closing its three-game homestand this evening, Indy Eleven will take to the road for its next two, beginning next Saturday, Aug. 13, with a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff at Hartford Athletic (live on ESPN+). Following a pivotal meeting for postseason hopes at FC Tulsa on Aug. 20 (8:30 p.m., live on ESPN+), Indiana’s Team will return home with two games against top of the table sides in four days’ time on Aug. 27 against Louisville City FC (7:00 p.m.) and Aug. 31 versus San Antonio FC. Tickets for those matches – and all future contests at Carroll Stadium – can be purchased online at, and fans can learn more about promotional themes for the evenings at

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 22
Indy Eleven  0 : 2  Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Saturday, August 6, 2022
IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Scoring Summary:
PIT – Russell Cicerone (Daniel Rovira) 13’
PIT – Russell Cicerone (Albert Dikwa) 52’

Disciplinary Summary:
IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 43’
PIT – Marc Ybarra (yellow card) 44’
PIT – Marc Ybarra (second yellow, red card) 54
IND – Ayoze (yellow card) 77’
PIT – Dane Kelly (yellow card) 87’
IND – Jesus Vazquez (yellow card) 90’
IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 91+’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Sean Lewis; Ayoze (captain) (Robby Dambrot 83’), Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer (Alex McQueen 72’); Justin Ingram (Wilfredo Rivera 83’), Neveal Hackshaw, Manuel Arteaga, Bryam Rebellon (Stefano Pinho 64’); Juan Tejada, Solomon Asante

IND substitutes: Tim Trilk (GK), A.J. Cochran, Sam Brown

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (3-4-1-2): Jahmali Waite; Shane Wiedt, Arturo Osuna, Jelani Peters; Toby Sims (Nathan Dos Santos 70’), Daniel Griffin (captain), Marc Ybarra, Daniel Rovira (Mekeil Williams 70’); Russell Cicerone (Dane Kelly 59’), Robbie Mertz (Kenardo Forbes 60’), Albert Dikwa (Alex Dixon 92+’)

PIT Substitutes: Chase Vosvick (GK), Edward Kizza

Game Recap: Lexie Hull Scores Career-High 17 Points in Overtime Loss Against Wings

DALLAS – In the final regular season game against the Dallas Wings this season, the Indiana Fever were defeated 95-91 in its second overtime game of the season. The 91 points were the third most points the Fever have scored this season. Rookie guard Lexie Hull scored a career-high for the second time in the last two games, leading the team in scoring with 17 points to go along with three rebounds.

The first quarter started well for the Fever on both ends of the floor. Indiana held Dallas without a field goal for the first 5:06 of the game and ultimately allowed only three field goals in the quarter. Offensively, Indiana ended the quarter on a 14-3 run and scored 30 points — the most scored in a first quarter this season. Dallas remained close after the opening quarter shooting 13-of-15 from the free throw line in the first quarter alone.

The second quarter began with a 6-1 run by Indiana to increase the lead to 15 after the first 2:08. Indiana would lead by as much as 20 points in the quarter and led 50-38 at halftime. Wings forward Kayla Thornton kept Dallas competitive, hitting all three of her shot attempts in the first half while the rest of the team shot 5-of-22. Thornton ended the game leading all scorers and tying her career-high with 21 points. Hull and rookie forward NaLyssa Smith led the Fever in scoring at the half with 11 points each.

Returning from halftime, the Wings began to chip away at the Fever lead. Dallas outscored Indiana 25-18 in the quarter and trailed by only five points heading into the fourth quarter. Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale, who only had four points in the first half, scored eight in the quarter.

In the fourth, injuries on both teams interrupted what was a back-and-forth quarter. At the 7:16 mark, Ogunbowale had to be helped off the court and the after sustaining a hip injury and finished the game with 12 points. It wouldn’t take long before Dallas tied the game and took its first lead of the game at the 5:53 mark. Then with 1:45 left, Fever guard Danielle Robinson left the game and did not return with a left shoulder injury. She finished the game with 15 points and eight assists — her 10th game this season scoring in double figures.

The game continued to go back and forth after Robinson’s injury, which resulted in the game going into overtime after a game-tying bucket from rookie guard Destanni Henderson with 24.8 seconds left.

Tied at 83, Indiana struck first with three free throws by Hull after getting fouled on a three-point shot attempt. From there, Dallas guard Marina Mabrey and center Teaira McCowan led the Wings on a 12-5 run to end the game.

Six Fever players in total scored in double figures for the first time since August 20 last season in a win at the Dallas Wings. Behind Hull’s 17 points, Henderson finished with 16 points and a career-high six assists. Next to Robinson’s 15 points was guard Victoria Vivians with 12 points, and both Smith and forward Emma Cannon ending with 11 points. Indiana outscored Dallas in the paint 24-4 in the first half, but allowed Dallas to score 28 points in the paint in the second half and overtime.

Dallas also had six players reach double-digit scoring. In addition to Thornton and Ogunbowale, Mabrey finished the game with 18 points and McCowan had her ninth double-double this season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Allisha Gray added 13 points and forward Isabelle Harrison pitched in 10 points off the bench. Dallas attempted a franchise record 45 free throws — 16 more than Indiana and outscored the Fever 34-23 from the charity stripe.

The Fever will host the Washington Mystics on Friday at 7 p.m. ET for the final home regular season game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Friday’s game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Indiana and will not be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page.



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7038.64841 – 1529 – 2332 – 1622 – 711 – 84 – 6L 4
Toronto5948.55110.534 – 2125 – 2720 – 1917 – 1315 – 115 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5750.53312.533 – 2124 – 2925 – 2110 – 1412 – 95 – 5L 1
Baltimore5651.52313.531 – 2025 – 3120 – 2411 – 1315 – 87 – 3W 5
Boston5455.49516.526 – 2728 – 2812 – 2915 – 1121 – 85 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5750.53331 – 2426 – 2615 – 1127 – 2010 – 95 – 5W 2
Cleveland5552.514228 – 2227 – 3010 – 1325 – 2110 – 105 – 5W 1
Chi White Sox5453.505325 – 2929 – 2414 – 1522 – 2210 – 125 – 5L 1
Kansas City4365.39814.524 – 3119 – 3410 – 1719 – 2210 – 184 – 6W 1
Detroit4366.3941526 – 2917 – 379 – 1920 – 284 – 113 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7039.64234 – 1736 – 229 – 1018 – 535 – 206 – 4L 1
Seattle5851.5321228 – 2530 – 2614 – 167 – 629 – 244 – 6L 1
Texas4859.4492123 – 3025 – 295 – 1413 – 921 – 295 – 5W 1
LA Angels4662.42623.524 – 3222 – 306 – 1811 – 622 – 254 – 6W 1
Oakland4167.38028.517 – 3424 – 3310 – 1611 – 1818 – 276 – 4L 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets6939.63934 – 1835 – 2136 – 1412 – 514 – 128 – 2W 2
Atlanta6445.5875.537 – 2227 – 2325 – 2017 – 1016 – 115 – 5L 2
Philadelphia5948.5519.529 – 2530 – 2324 – 2112 – 816 – 119 – 1W 4
Miami4859.44920.523 – 2825 – 3124 – 2210 – 159 – 142 – 8L 2
Washington3673.33033.517 – 4019 – 339 – 4110 – 1012 – 142 – 8L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis5948.55134 – 2025 – 2812 – 1528 – 1610 – 78 – 2W 6
Milwaukee5849.542127 – 2131 – 2811 – 1329 – 237 – 95 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs4363.40615.522 – 3221 – 319 – 622 – 248 – 214 – 6W 2
Cincinnati4363.40615.524 – 3219 – 319 – 1215 – 238 – 216 – 4W 1
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Colorado4862.43627.530 – 2718 – 358 – 199 – 824 – 263 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1907       Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson wins his first major league game, beating the Indians, 7-2. The 19-year-old right-hander will compile a 417-279 (.599) record, along with an ERA of 2.17, during his 21-year career.

1923       Indian first baseman Frank Brower goes 6-for-6, collecting a double and five singles. The 30-year-old infielder’s offensive output helps Cleveland rout the Senators at Griffith Stadium, 22-2.

1943       The Giants tie a National League record when they leave eighteen players on base.The team strands exactly two baserunners in each inning in their 9-6 loss to the Phillies at the Polo Grounds.

1950       At Rickwood Field, the Birmingham police bar three white players of the Chicago American Giants from playing in a Negro American League doubleheader against the Birmingham Black Barons. The local officers met Ted Radcliffe at the gate, informing the visiting manager that his ‘non-black’ players will have to watch the game from the ‘whites only’ grandstand due to the city’s segregation laws.

1951       A crowd of 57,000 at the Orange Bowl, the largest ever to attend a minor league game, watches an ageless 51-year-old Satchel Paige hit a double and get the win when the Miami Marlins beat the Columbus Jets in International League action, 6-2.

1962       The 29-81 Mets are mathematically eliminated from finishing in first place with their 7-5 loss to Los Angeles in Chavez Ravine. After the game, New York manager Casey Stengel calls a meeting and jokes with his players that they can loosen up and relax now that they are out of the pennant race, which they promptly do, winning just eleven more games during the last two months of the season.

1963       At the Polo Grounds, Jim Hickman becomes the first Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat in the rare natural order. The New York leadoff batter’s single in the first inning, double in the second, fourth-frame triple, and a sixth-inning solo shot contributes to the Amazins’ 7-3 victory over St. Louis.

1968       In his major league debut, A’s Joe Keough hits a home run in his first at-bat. The rookie goes deep off Lindy McDaniel as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, tying the score at 3-to-3 in Oakland’s eventual 4-3 extra-inning victory at Yankee Stadium.

1969       At a hastily called news conference, Phillies’ manager Bob Skinner resigns, citing a lack of support from the front office in his efforts to discipline Dick Allen, the team’s temperamental superstar. Third-base coach George Myatt replaces the 37-year-old skipper, inheriting the fifth-place club with a 44-64 record.

1971       A’s southpaw Vida Blue, en route to a 24-8 record in his first full year in the major leagues, becomes a 20-game winner when he goes the distance, blanking the White Sox, 1-0. The only run of the game scores on a balk committed by Joe Horlen in the sixth inning of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum contest.

1973       An ambulance rushes Oakland owner Charlie Finley to Chicago’s Northwestern University Hospital after collapsing due to a heart attack. During the meddlesome owner’s absence, the A’s flourish, winning 13 of 14 games, including nine consecutive victories, to go into first place, a position they will not relinquish.

1976       One strike away from throwing a no-hitter, Steve Luebber gives up a single to Roy Howell, who advances to third base on an error in center field by Lyman Bostock. The 27-year-old right-hander will yield another hit and a run before being replaced on the mound by reliever Bill Campbell in the Twins’ 3-1 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1978       Mel Allen and Red Barber become the first recipients of the Ford C. Frick Broadcasting Award. The Hall of Fame voters, unable to choose between the two legendary voices, select each Yankee announcer to receive the honor, recognizing excellence among baseball broadcasters.

1982       Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four-year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance possibly saved the child’s life.

1983       The team honors Bobby Murcer by giving him a day at Yankee Stadium. The popular Oklahoman, who will become a long-time team broadcaster, played 13 seasons for the Bronx Bombers, compiling a .278 batting average while in pinstripes.

1985       A five-year agreement between the union and owners, which includes salary arbitration eligibility increasing from two to three years, ends the two-day midseason players’ strike. The season will resume tomorrow, with the 25 games scheduled for yesterday and today made up later.

1987       Bill Mazeroski’s uniform jersey #9 is officially retired from active service by the Pirates. The 1960 World Series hero joins Billy Meyer (1), Willie Stargell (8), Pie Traynor (20), Roberto Clemente (21), Honus Wagner (33), and Danny Murtaugh (40) to be honored by Pittsburgh in this manner.

1988       The Mariners establish a major league record with five sacrifice flies in their 12-7 victory over Oakland. Alvin Davis, Rey Quinones, Jay Buhner, Darnell Coles, and Jim Presley drive in a run with a long fly ball out in the Oakland Coliseum contest.

1993       In his first major league appearance since being involved in a tragic accident during spring training, Indian pitcher Bobby Ojeda receives a very warm reception from the Orioles fans attending the Camden Yards contest. In March, the veteran southpaw sustained severe injuries at Little Lake Nellie in Clermont (FL) in a motorboat accident that claimed the lives of two teammates, relievers Tim Crews and Steve Olin.

1999       A major leaguer gets his 3000th hit for the second consecutive day when Wade Boggs homers in the sixth off Indian Chris Haney. The Devil Rays’ third baseman, the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward and blowing a kiss in memory of his mom and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate.

1999       The Royals honor George Brett’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame with an on-field ceremony before the game against Minnesota. The former third baseman played his entire 21-year career in Kansas City, compiling a .305 lifetime batting average.

2000       The Yankees claim Jose Canseco off waivers from the Devil Rays. The 35-year-old slugger will appear in just 37 games for the Bronx Bombers, primarily as a designated hitter, hitting .247 in 111 at-bats.

2001       Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ejects Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael from Wrigley Field when the former Chicago Bear football player is about to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch. McMichael, presently a pro wrestler, tells the crowd over the P.A. system, “he’ll have a talk with the ump” concerning a close call made by Hernandez earlier in the game bows and blows a kiss toward the ump.

2001       Black Betsy, Shoeless Joe Jackson’s 40-ounce warped hickory bat, becomes available in a ten-day eBay auction. Rob Mitchell, a 30-year-old businessman, places the winning bid of $577,610, believed to be the largest amount ever paid for a baseball bat.

2001       Passing the mark of 68 established by Christy Mathewson (Giants – 1913) and Randy Jones (Padres – 1976), Braves right-hander Greg Maddux sets the NL record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk, pitching six innings without a giving up a base on balls to extend the record to 70.1 innings. The major league record is 84.1 innings without a free pass, established in 1962 by A’s sinker-slider hurler Bill Fischer.

2002       Major leaguers agree to be checked randomly for illegal steroids starting next year. The proposal, which addresses, The agreement ends the players’ decades-old opposition to mandatory drug testing, a major issue in the current contract talks.

2002       The Rockies give Clint Hurdle a two-year contract extension after he pilots the team to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper. The club’s former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who Colorado fired near the end of April.

2003       Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons. The Cardinals left fielder accomplished the feat with a run-scoring double in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Florida at Busch Stadium.

2003       Fireballer Eric Gagne ties the single-season record for consecutive saves to start a season, established in 1995 by Jose Mesa of the Indians. The Dodger closer strikes out the Reds’ side in the ninth inning for his 38th save this season and 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.

2004       In less than a masterful performance, Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38-year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau, and many believe he may be the last to reach this coveted milestone.

2005       In the battle of the Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor is victorious when he defeats Carlos and the Cubs at Shea Stadium, 6-1. In addition to sharing the same last name, the two unrelated Venezuelan pitchers wear the same number (38), enter the game with the same amount of career wins (41), play for teams that started the series with the same record (54-54), and both switch hit and throw right-handed.

2005       On the main concourse in left field at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of Carlton Fisk. The Hall of Fame catcher, who played for the ChiSox from 1981 to the end of his career in 1993, joins team founder Charles A. Comiskey and Cuban legend Minnie Minoso, also honored with statues in the Chicago ballpark.

2006       The Diamondbacks trade a pair of pitching prospects, Matt Chico and Garrett Mock, to the Nationals for veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez (9-8, 5.34). Washington had put the 31-year-old Cuban on waivers with the hopes of making a deal with any team, but Arizona blocked that option, trying to stay in the NL West hunt.

2007       In front of a very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader when he connects on a 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message on the scoreboard shows Hammerin’ Hank congratulating the Giants’ left fielder for breaking the 31-year-old record.

2010       Chris Young becomes the sixth major leaguer to lead off and end a game with a round-tripper, hitting a pair of solo home runs in the Diamondbacks’ 6-5 victory over the Padres at Chase Field. In the first frame, the Arizona center fielder connected off Clayton Richard and hits his walk-off blast to deep left field off Luke Gregerson leading off the ninth inning.

2010       James Shields ties a major league record for dingers allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers in the Rays’ 17-11 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. ‘Big Fly James’, in his four innings of work, yields homers to Aaron Hill (2), Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and J.P. Arencibia.

2010       In a 17-11 slugfest against Tampa Bay at the Rogers Centre, J.P. Arencibia becomes the 28th player to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer. The Blue Jays’ rookie catcher will also hit a double, a single, and another home run, finishing the contest just a triple shy of completing the cycle.

2014       The Mets freshman Jacob deGrom establishes a franchise mark for rookies when he throws 67.1 innings, a span of 10 games, without allowing a home run. The 26-year-old right-hander’s streak ends when Ian Desmond takes him deep in the second inning of the team’s 5-3 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

2016       The first triple play in Petco Park history takes place in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jabari Blash, with runners on first and second, hits a grounder to Phillies’ third baseman Maikel Franco, who steps on the bag to begin 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple killing. The last triple play Philadelphia pulled off was accomplished single-handedly by Eric Bruntlett, who retired three Mets in a 2009 contest at Citi Field.

2016       Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 30th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits when he legs out a seventh-inning triple in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 42-year-old center fielder joins Paul Molitor as the only other player to reach the milestone with a three-bagger.

2016       “Of course I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more hit in you. That wasn’t in the cards. That was the Yankees’ decision and I’m at peace with it.” – ALEX RODRIGUEZ, announcing his retirement.At a crowded news conference, Yankee 3B/DH Alex Rodriguez announces he will play his final major league game against the Rays in the Bronx on August 12th before becoming a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41-year-old A-Rod, currently hitting .204, will end his career with 696 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).

2017       On his 26th birthday, Mike Trout collects his 1,000th career hit, a line-drive double into the left-field corner off Dylan Bundy in the Halos’ 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Millville Meteor becomes the tenth American Leaguer to reach the milestone before his age-26 season.


The 1947 season is remembered not for the performance of any particular team, but that of an individual named Jackie Robinson. The Brooklyn Dodger’s newest prospect became the first black player to break baseball’s color barrier and the rookie infielder brought the Negro leagues’ electrifying style of play to the majors. Although he was still subject to resistance among the ignorant, Robinson quickly became baseball’s top drawing card and a symbol of hope to millions of Americans. Jackie made quite a first impression with a .297 batting average, twelve home runs and a league-leading twenty-nine stolen bases in his first season.

The defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals gave the Dodgers the best challenge in the National League pennant race, but ended up five games behind Brooklyn. Number 42 wasn’t the only standout in Dodger blue as the “Bums from Brooklyn” also got solid production from its outfield. Pete Reiser totaled a .309 avg. in one-hundred ten games, Carl Furillo hit .295 with eighty-eight runs batted in and Dixie Walker tallied .306 and added ninety-four runs batted in. On the mound, Ralph Branca finished with a 21-12 record, Joe Hatten went 17-8 and Hugh Casey nailed down ten victories in relief.

The ’47 Yankees, rallied down the stretch with a nineteen-game winning streak that began in late June and went on to win the American League pennant by a twelve-game margin. Despite lacking the usual “Bronx Bombers” mystique (with no player attaining one hundred runs batted in) and only one, Joe DiMaggio, reaching the twenty-homer level, the Yanks managed to counter the missing offense with great pitching. Allie Reynolds won nineteen games in his first season with the club (after being obtained from Cleveland), Spud Chandler led the league with a 2.46 ERA, rookie Spec Shea and ace reliever Joe Page both had fourteen wins and two new acquisitions and Bobo Newsom and Vic Raschi each won seven games.

Shea drew the start for Game 1 and got the Yankees off to a strong start with a 5-3 opening victory despite a great four-inning effort by the Dodger’s Ralph Branca that imploded in the fifth. Reynolds maintained the Yanks momentum in Game 2 with a 10-3 triumph that featured a fifteen-hit rally by the Bronx Bombers. Leftfielder Johnny Lindell led the charge with two RBIs in each of the first two games. Back at Ebbet’s Field, the Dodgers struck back with a crucial 9-8 win thanks to a six-run, second inning in which Brooklyn got two-run doubles from Eddie Stanky and pinch-hitter Carl Furillo. The Yankees almost came back after “Joe D” hit a two-run blast in the fifth, Tommy Henrich doubled home a Yankee run in the sixth and Yogi Berra added his own homer in the seventh. Unfortunately, it was too little – too late and the Dodgers held on for the victory.

Manager Bucky Harris chose Bill Bevens (winner of only seven-of-twenty decisions in ’47) for Game 4 and the unlikely hero pitched one of the most amazing 9 2/3 innings in World Series history. Although he permitted a fifth inning run (on two walks, a sacrifice and a ground ball), he entered the ninth with a no-hitter and a 2-1 lead. Bruce Edwards started the Dodgers’ half of the inning by flying out, and Furillo drew a walk. Then Spider Jorgensen fouled out, bringing Bevens within one out of the first no-hitter in World Series history. Reserve outfielder Al Gionfriddo was sent in to run for Furillo and Pete Reiser came in as a pinch-hitter for reliever Hugh Casey. Gionfriddo proceeded to steal second and Reiser was walked intentionally, despite the fact he represented the potential winning run. To add yet another change, Eddie Miksis was sent in to run for Reiser, who was bothered by a recurring leg injury. Eddie Stanky was the next in the line-up, but Burt Shotton, (who had stepped in as Dodgers’ manager after Leo Durocher was suspended) replaced him with veteran Cookie Lavagetto. The “Chess like” strategy of Shotton’s multiple player moves proved brilliant as Lavagetto walloped Bevens’ second pitch and Gionfriddo and Miksis sped home ending the potential no-hitter and evening the Series at two games apiece.

Down, but far from out, the perennial American League Champions responded in true Yankees fashion by “shaking it off ” and answering the call with a 2-1 tie-breaker on a Spec Shea four-hitter. Surprisingly, Brooklyn jumped to a 4-0 lead in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, but fell behind 5-4, and then regained the lead with a four-run, sixth capped off by Pee Wee Reese’s two-run single. Then, with two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Joe DiMaggio made a valiant effort to tie the game with a rocket launched toward the leftfield bullpen. Just as it appeared the ball might drop over the fence, Gionfriddo (inserted into the game as the Yankees came to bat) made a phenomenal glove-hand catch near the 415-foot mark sealing the victory.

Once again, Brooklyn had come from behind to tie the Series forcing a Game 7. Things appeared to go their way at the start of the Series finale when Brooklyn seized a 2-0 lead and drove Shea from the mound in the second. The rally was short lived though as the Yankees scored a run in the second, two in the fourth and had tremendous relief pitching from Joe Page. The Yankees ace went on to throw five scoreless innings while allowing only one hit in the 5-2, Series ending triumph. For several standouts including Lavagetto, Gionfriddo and Bevens, it would be not only their last World Series, but also their last Major League games.


After several years of exciting, down to the wire, nine and extra-inning baseball, the 1958 game wasn’t exactly the same caliber as its predecessors. It wasn’t even close.

This was the first All-Star Game to pass without an extra-base hit. In fact, there were only thirteen hits: nine by the American League and four by the National. The National League went down in order in five of the last six innings with the only man reaching base, doing so on an error.

Starter Bob Turley allowed three runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. The American League had scored in the second on a RBI single by Nelson Fox, cutting the National League lead to 3-2. Then the American League managed single runs off of pitcher Bob Friend in the fifth and scored the winning run in the sixth on Frank Malzone’s single, an error by Pirates third baseman Frank Thomas and a single by Gil McDougald. The American League had won two in a row and three out of the last four, but the taste of victory remained bittersweet after a game that was so mediocre and uneventful.


August 7, 1964 – The Chicago College All-Star Game 31st annual is played before 65,000 in paid attendance at Soldier Field as the Chicago Bears defeated the All-Stars 28-17. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be the wide receiver from Arizona State, Charley Taylor. Taylor we of course know would go on to a brilliant NFL career that would earn him Pro Football Hall of Fame honors!

August 7, 2010 – John Randle the legendary Vikings D- lineman, Russ Grimm the leader of the famed Washington Redskins offensive line called the Hogs, Rickey Jackson the fantastic linebacker for the Saints and 49ers, Floyd Little the former star halfback of the Denver Broncos, Dick LeBeau the famed former cornerback of the Detroit Lions and later defensive minded coach who created the zone-blitz defense, Jerry Rice, 49ers and Raiders, who is probably the most prolific wide receiver of all time and Emmitt Smith the NFL’s leading rusher of all time from the Cowboys were ceremoniously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

August 7, 2021 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the Class of 2020 in grand fashion at their Canton, Ohio Museum. The festivity was delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the legends were able to enjoy the honor of enshrinement all the same as they patiently waited a year. The 2020 Class included Coach Jimmy Johnson, Coach Bill Cowher, Safety Troy Polamalu, Safety Steve Atwater, Receiver Isaac Bruce, Safety Donnie Shell, Guard Steve Hutchinson, Back Edgerrin James, Receiver Harold Carmichael, Tackle Jim Covert, Safety Bobby Dillon, Safety Cliff Harris, Tackle Winston Hill, Defensive Lineman Alex Karras, Tackle Duke Slater, Receiver Mac Speedie, Defender Ed Sprinkle, NFL Films Steve Sabol, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and Colts legendary GM George Young.

Hall of Fame Birthday for August 7

August 7, 1945 – Alan Page was a defensive end from Notre Dame that was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a member of that famed 1966 Fighting Irish National Championship team. Mr. Page went on to have a tremendous 15 year pro career as part of the famed Purple People Eaters of the Minnesota Vikings and later 3 seasons with the Chicago Bears. In 1967 he won the NFL Rookie of the Year honors. As a Viking, Alan played in four Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, XI), but unfortunately never got a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Page was named to the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team, inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor the great defender also has his bronze bust placed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Page was the first player on the defensive side of the ball to win the NFL MVP honors, and only Lawrence Taylor has done it since! What does a super intelligent football player do after a brilliant career? Well according to, Page attended the University of Minnesota Law School while still playing for the Vikings and earned his law degree in 1978. The man then served as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1992-2015. Incredible!

Not yet in the Hall of Fame Birthday

August 7, 1976 – East Bernard, Texas – Shane Lechler a great punter who played college ball at Texas A&M from 1996-99 was born. Shane was selected 142nd overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2000 NFL Draft. Besides being a Raiders from 2000-12, Lechler also was a member of the Houston Texans from 2013-present. According to a post, Lechler is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection , a six-time First-team All-Pro, and a three-time Second-team All-Pro. Shane holds the record for highest average yards per punt in NFL history. Lechler won the Golden Toe Award in 2009 and was a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.


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August 7, 1907 – MLB Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland

August 7, 1929 – New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, the eventual Number 3 tied an MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A’s

August 7, 1972 – Yogi Berra (Number 8), Sandy Koufax (Number 32), Lefty Gomez (Number 11), Early Wynn (Number 24), Josh Gibson (Number 11), Will Harridge, Buck Leonard (Number 32) and Ross Youngs were all inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

August 7, 1978 – Eddie Mathews (Number 41), Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

August 7, 1992 – The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O’Neal who wore Number 32 that season

August 7, 1999 – Tampa Bay 3rd baseman Wade Boggs, Number 12 became the first MLB player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in Devil Rays’ 15-10 loss v Cleveland

August 7, 2004 – Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux, Number 31 entered his name in the history record books with his 300th career win in the Chicago’s 8-4 triumph v San Francisco at SBC Park

August 7, 2007 – San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, Number 25 hit his 756th career home run, it was a monumental one too as it broke Hank Aaron’s long-standing MLB record

August 7, 2010 – Jerry Rice (Number 80), Emmitt Smith (Number 22), John Randle (Number 93), Russ Grimm (Number 68), Rickey Jackson (Number 57), Floyd Little (Number 44) and Dick LeBeau (Number 44) were enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

August 7, 2016 – Miami Marlins veteran Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki wearing Number 51 becomes the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club in a 10 – 7 win v Rockies


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