MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Chicago White Sox 4 Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis 5 Kansas City 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Los Angeles Angels 3
New York Yankees 5 Seattle 4
Toronto 1 Boston 6
Oakland 12 Texas 3
Tampa Bay 12 Baltimore 3
Boston 2 Toronto 1
Houston 4 Minnesota 0
Philadelphia 5 New York Mets 3
San Francisco 9 Milwaukee 6 (11)
Cincinnati 11 Pittsburgh 3
Washington 3 Atlanta 2
Colorado 7 Miami 4
San Diego 6 Arizona 2
SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MLB LEADERS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/index.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 13 Iowa 1
South Bend 10 Peoria 6
Fort Wayne 2 Great Lakes 0
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 3 Columbus 2
FC Cincinnati 1 Orlando City SC 1
Toronto FC 2 New York City FC 2
Minnesota 2 Houston 0
FC Dallas 2 Austin 0
Sporting KC 0 Colorado 0
Portland 3 Real Salt Lake 2
SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp
INDIANA GIRLS GOLF
Heritage Christian girls golf finished 2nd out of 13 teams at the Greensburg Invite held at Greensburg Country Club. Team shot 364. Ellie McDonald was 3rd overall w/ 79. Reagan Bell 92; Bella Deaton 94; Madi Bell 99; Isabella Rutherford 113.
|World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational|
|Aug. 5-8, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Harris English||62||65||65||-18 (192)||F|
|2t||Bryson DeChambeau||65||66||63||-16 (194)||F|
|2t||Cameron Smith||67||62||65||-16 (194)||F|
|4||Abraham Ancer||67||62||67||-14 (196)||F|
|5t||Ian Poulter||64||66||67||-13 (197)||F|
|5t||Scottie Scheffler||65||65||67||-13 (197)||F|
|7t||Paul Casey||68||66||65||-11 (199)||F|
|7t||Dustin Johnson||69||65||65||-11 (199)||F|
|7t||Will Zalatoris||66||66||67||-11 (199)||F|
|7t||Louis Oosthuizen||67||64||68||-11 (199)||F|
|11t||Tyrrell Hatton||67||68||65||-10 (200)||F|
|11t||Daniel Berger||66||67||67||-10 (200)||F|
|11t||Sam Burns||66||64||70||-10 (200)||F|
|14t||Hideki Matsuyama||68||69||64||-9 (201)||F|
|14t||Billy Horschel||68||67||66||-9 (201)||F|
|16||Ryan Palmer||70||64||68||-8 (202)||F|
|17t||Jordan Spieth||71||69||63||-7 (203)||F|
|17t||Sergio Garcia||70||68||65||-7 (203)||F|
|17t||Jason Kokrak||67||68||68||-7 (203)||F|
|17t||Tony Finau||69||65||69||-7 (203)||F|
|17t||Justin Thomas||67||67||69||-7 (203)||F|
|22t||Rory McIlroy||72||66||66||-6 (204)||F|
|22t||Shane Lowry||68||69||67||-6 (204)||F|
|22t||Robert MacIntyre||69||67||68||-6 (204)||F|
|25t||Garrick Higgo||68||70||67||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Kevin Na||67||71||67||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Corey Conners||67||69||69||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Marc Leishman||65||71||69||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Lee Westwood||67||69||69||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Phil Mickelson||69||66||70||-5 (205)||F|
|25t||Jim Herman||64||68||73||-5 (205)||F|
|32t||Brooks Koepka||70||69||67||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Collin Morikawa||67||71||68||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Joaquin Niemann||70||68||68||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Martin Laird||68||69||69||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Patrick Reed||68||69||69||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Matthew Wolff||64||70||72||-4 (206)||F|
|32t||Carlos Ortiz||64||69||73||-4 (206)||F|
|39t||Sungjae Im||70||70||67||-3 (207)||F|
|39t||Patrick Cantlay||71||67||69||-3 (207)||F|
|39t||Viktor Hovland||73||65||69||-3 (207)||F|
|39t||Justin Rose||69||69||69||-3 (207)||F|
|39t||Brad Kennedy||67||70||70||-3 (207)||F|
|44t||Cameron Champ||71||72||65||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Wade Ormsby||69||71||68||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Tommy Fleetwood||69||70||69||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Brian Harman||70||69||69||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Aaron Rai||70||67||71||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Robert Streb||71||66||71||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Webb Simpson||71||65||72||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Stewart Cink||68||66||74||-2 (208)||F|
|44t||Max Homa||66||68||74||-2 (208)||F|
|53t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||70||72||67||-1 (209)||F|
|53t||Lucas Herbert||69||70||70||-1 (209)||F|
|55t||Lucas Glover||71||73||66||E (210)||F|
|55t||Ryosuke Kinoshita||74||66||70||E (210)||F|
|55t||Adam Scott||74||66||70||E (210)||F|
|55t||Kevin Kisner||67||72||71||E (210)||F|
|59t||Victor Perez||71||69||71||+1 (211)||F|
|59t||Matt Jones||69||68||74||+1 (211)||F|
|61t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||68||74||70||+2 (212)||F|
|61t||Xander Schauffele||69||73||70||+2 (212)||F|
|63||Cameron Davis||68||72||73||+3 (213)||F|
|64||Si Woo Kim||70||70||75||+5 (215)||F|
|65||Min Woo Lee||67||75||74||+6 (216)||F|
|66||Wilco Nienaber||76||72||72||+10 (220)||F|
INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1 (homestead.com)
|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|Madison||at||Mercer County (Ky.)||5:00 pm|
|Southside HomeSchool||at||Dugger Union||2:00 pm|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK ONE
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern/PM)
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
Winker’s big night powers Reds past Pirates 11-3
CINCINNATI (AP) Jesse Winker went 3 for 5 with a homer, double and tied a career high with six RBIs to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Saturday night.
Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto also homered, helping the Reds pull within two games of the San Diego Padres for the second NL Wild Card.
“Hitting can be contagious for sure,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s nice because everybody feels like they contribute. We’ve had a lot of injuries like a lot of teams but everyone has stepped up.”
Rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (7-3) allowed a run over six innings to earn the victory. He retired the final seven batters he faced.
“Gutierrez had four or five pitches working tonight,” Bell said. “He seemed to have an extra gear on his fastball at the end. It had a lot of life on it.”
Cincinnati continued its dominance of the Pirates, improving to 8-1 this season, including 6-0 at home. Dating to last season, the Reds have won 14 of their past 15 games against Pittsburgh.
The Reds have won 9 of 11 and are averaging more than seven runs per game.
Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and an RBI triple for Pittsburgh.
Pirates starter Mitch Keller (3-9), who owned a 9.37 ERA in four previous starts against the Reds, allowed four earned runs in five innings to take the loss.
Pittsburgh handed Keller a lead when Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled and scored on Reynolds’ triple in the third.
The Reds answered with three runs in the bottom half, including Winker’s RBI double. Winker last had six RBIs on June 6 in an 8-7 win over the Cardinals.
“You know what, I was just trying to hit the ball hard,” Winker said. “It was just that guys were on base all night. This has been a lot of fun. We’ve had good at bat after good at bat. Hope we can keep it going.”
Castellanos took Keller deep to the opposite field leading off the fifth. It was his 19th home run of the season.
“He didn’t get ahead as much as we’d like,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Keller’s night. “He maintained his stuff. Still need to get on the plate more with the fastball.”
Votto hit a solo homer, his 23rd of the season, off Nick Mears to cap a five-run eighth.
“Our lineup can be very dangerous,” Castellanos said. “Our goal now is to stay healthy. We’re having fun.”
Rodón strikes out 11, White Sox blank Cubs 4-0
CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon struck out 11 in five stellar innings, Cesar Hernandez and Jose Abreu hit back-to-back home runs and the Chicago White Sox blanked the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Saturday.
Yoan Moncada added a two-run double for the White Sox in their second straight win in the crosstown series at Wrigley Field. The AL Central leaders improved to 9-9 since the All-Star break.
Rodon and the White Sox bullpen combined for 17 strikeouts. David Bote got two of the five hits for the Cubs, who have dropped three straight and five of six.
Rodon (9-5) allowed just two hits to bounce back after losing consecutive starts for the first time this season. He was lifted after walking Rafael Ortega to lead off the sixth.
“If you watched the first hitter, it was time to go get him,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of Rodon. “He gave us what he had. He was outstanding.”
The All-Star lefty’s velocity was down in his last start at Kansas City on July 29, but topped out at 98 mph on Saturday after receiving extra rest between starts.
“It was nice to get a few more days,” Rodon said. “The arm felt better today. It just worked out.”
Michael Kopech came on to strike out the first batter he faced in the sixth, but Bote followed with a hit-and-run single to left to put runners on the corners. Kopech, though, escaped further damage by getting Patrick Wisdom to pop up and Frank Schwindel to ground out.
Aaron Bummer, Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera each worked a scoreless inning. Kimbrel, acquired like Tepera recently from the Cubs, bounced back from a rare rough outing Friday.
Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay (4-12) dropped his eighth straight decision and hasn’t won since beating San Diego on June 2. He pitched well and allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking none. Alzolay entered with a 6.25 ERA in the nine starts during the winless streak.
“That’s something he can benefit from,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I know wins are important for starting pitchers, but that’s something he can build off of.”
The White Sox jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first when Moncada stroked a two-out double off the center-field wall to score Hernandez and Eloy Jimenez, who each reached on infield singles.
Hernandez and Abreu added insurance in the eighth with homers off reliever Trevor Megill to make it 4-0.
Semien walk-off HR in 7th, Jays edge Red Sox 1-0 in opener
TORONTO (AP) Marcus Semien hit a walk-off home run to begin the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 1-0 in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Each team managed only two hits, and Semien got the biggest of all. He connected on the first pitch from Matt Barnes (5-3) for his 26th home run of the season and the first game-ending homer of his career.
“It was amazing,” left-hander Robbie Ray said of the celebration that followed Semien’s drive. “Everybody was screaming and yelling. It was a fun little experience.”
Semien’s decisive shot was Toronto’s 166th. The Blue Jays began the day tied with San Francisco for the MLB lead.
The Blue Jays have hit at least one home run in 20 consecutive games, the third-longest such streak in team history. Toronto had 22- and 21-game streaks in 2000.
The Blue Jays improved to 8-1 since returning to Toronto July 30.
“It feels like right now that everything is kind of coming together,” Ray said. “We’re pitching really good, we’re hitting, guys are getting on base, we’re getting them over and getting them in. We’re doing the small things. It’s really fun, especially to be able to do it here in Toronto.”
The Red Sox have lost eight of nine and have scored five runs or fewer in 14 consecutive games. Before this game, they put slugger J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19-related injured list.
“Overall, we haven’t been able to do much,” manager Alex Cora said. “It’s tough to lose 1-0 but the positive is we pitched better.”
The shutout defeat was Boston’s fourth.
Starters Nick Pivetta of Boston and Ray dominated.
Kike Hernandez walked to lead off the game against Ray, but the Red Sox didn’t get their first hit until Kevin Plawecki’s grounded a one-out single through the left side in the fifth. Christian Vazquez followed by grounding into a double play.
Pivetta was perfect through the first four innings before Corey Dickerson lined a two-out single to left.
The Red Sox used a walk and a hit to put runners at the corners with two outs in the sixth, but Xander Bogaerts fouled out to end the threat.
Ray allowed two hits, both singles, in six scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.90. He walked two and struck out five.
Jordan Romano (5-1) pitched a perfect seventh to earn the win.
The Canadian-born Pivetta gave up one hit, walked one and struck out five in six shutout innings.
“Nick did an outstanding job,” Cora said. “Every pitch mattered. He stepped up to the challenge.”
Yanks smart on bases, take advantage of error to top M’s 5-4
NEW YORK (AP) DJ LeMahieu and Kyle Higashioka made savvy baserunning moves, turning a double-play grounder into the go-ahead run, and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Saturday for their fifth straight win.
Aaron Judge and Rougned Odor homered and the Yankees capitalized on a three-base error by right fielder Mitch Haniger to win for the 10th time in 12 games.
New York erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring four times in the sixth inning. The Yankees have won the first three in a four-game series against Seattle in a matchup of teams in the playoff chase.
Odor hit a two-run drive inside the right field foul pole to pull the Yankees within 4-3 in the sixth.
With one out, pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres hit a fly and Haniger raced back, appeared to overrun it and then slipped, allowing the ball to get to the warning track.
Higashioka delivered a tying, pinch-hit double with one out and took third on LeMahieu’s single off Casey Sadler (0-2).
Anthony Rizzo followed with a sharp grounder to first baseman Ty France, who stepped on the bag. Higashioka broke for home while France focused on LeMahieu, who alertly stopped first and second. LeMahieu forced a rundown and was tagged out after Higashioka had crossed the plate for the tiebreaking run.
“LeMahieu’s pretty shifty,” Judge said. “People may not know it, but he’s got some agility and he’s pretty quick. He stayed it in long enough for us to get that run and get the win. That was big time. It’s little plays like that kind of go unnoticed at times but make the big difference in the long haul.”
LeMahieu’s acumen on the bases helped the Yankees improve to 39-21 in games decided by two runs or fewer. New York has won its last eight games decided by two runs or fewer since blowing a four-run lead at Boston on July 25.
“It’s kind of a tough play for the first baseman there, so I was just kind of using instincts there,” the soft-spoken LeMahieu said.
The Mariners fell to 3-6 on a 10-game trip and each loss has been decided by no more than two runs.
“A couple of miscues today hurt us and when you’re playing a talented team like this in this ballpark, it can catch you and that’s what it did today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Andrew Heaney (7-8) settled down after a rocky beginning for his first win since being traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the Yankees. He allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.
After allowing four solo homers in his debut Monday against Baltimore, Heaney settled in nicely after the Mariners took a 4-1 lead in the second.
“The first two innings were terrible and I don’t want that to be any indication of what I can do here,” Heaney said.
Kyle Seager hit Heaney’s curveball into the right field seats over the short porch for a 2-0 lead four batters in. The Mariners scored twice in the second on a bases-loaded walk by Abraham Toro and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Haniger.
Haniger’s drive nearly allowed the Mariners to take a big lead but Giancarlo Stanton, in his second start in right field, made a leaping catch. After Stanton’s catch, Heaney retired 13 of the final 15 hitters and ended his outing by striking out the side in the sixth.
Clay Holmes followed Heaney by getting three of his four outs on strikeouts and Joely Rodriguez got the final two outs of the eighth.
Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in place of Aroldis Chapman, who was put on the injured list before the game with left elbow inflammation.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen allowed three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. Judge hit his 23rd homer in the first.
Olson, A’s romp 12-3, hand Rangers 13th straight road loss
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Matt Olson matched his career high with four hits, including a two-run double as part of Oakland’s seven-run third inning, and the Athletics beat Texas 12-3 Saturday, handing the Rangers their 13th consecutive road loss.
Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison also homered. Oakland’s sputtering offense batted around in consecutive innings for the first time since 2016.
A’s newcomer Starling Marte added a pair of hits to continue his surge at the plate. Oakland has won seven of nine.
“It seems like for the better part of a couple months now we’ve been playing games that have been tight all the way to the finish,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “To have one of those games where you’re not grinding all the way to the last inning, to the last pitch . kind of nice.”
Cole Irvin (8-10) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings.
Adolis Garcia homered and drove in three runs for Texas, which has lost five straight overall.
The Rangers used infielder Brock Holt to pitch the ninth. He lobbed the ball over the plate and allowed a one-out single to Matt Chapman, who was thrown out going for second.
“The situation stinks but it’s always fun for us to be able to go out and do that,” Holt said. “The plan was to see how slow I could throw it and still be able to throw strikes. I don’t throw hard enough to put very much stress on my arm. For me it’s about throwing strikes and get us to tomorrow without using any more pitchers.”
After winning their previous two games in walk-off fashion, the A’s erupted against the Rangers.
Oakland’s first six batters reached in the third. The A’s hit four doubles in the inning – Elvis Andrus and Mark Canha each singled and walked during the burst.
Gomes hit a three-run drive off former A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton in the fourth when Oakland batted around again to make it 10-2.
The A’s have had one of the lowest batting averages all season and were hitting .232 as a team before getting a season-high 16 hits off six Rangers pitchers.
Marte singled in the first and had an RBI double in the third. He is batting .421 (32 for 76) since the All-Star break, tops in the majors.
Harrison hit a two-run homer off Demarcus Evans in the fifth.
Oakland began the day three games behind Houston in the AL West.
“There’s still two months to go. While we may be somewhere within the top two spots of the wild card, the division is not out of hand for us,” said Harrison, another of the A’s trade deadline acquisitions. “We’re in a good spot and we control our fate.”
Irvin struck out four, walked two and allowed one hit over his final six innings. All eight of his wins have come when the A’s score three or more.
“That first inning, that was pretty bad. I was up in the zone, the changeup was hanging,” Irvin said. “I had to continue to think we were in a 1-0 ballgame and put up zeroes.”
Garcia hit a two-run homer run off Irvin in the first.
Drew Anderson (0-1) gave up four runs in two innings.
Miller hits 2 HRs, Phillies hold off Mets for 7th straight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brad Miller homered twice and the first-place Philadelphia Phillies withstood a ninth-inning rally for their seventh straight victory, 5-3 over the sinking New York Mets on Saturday.
Odubel Herrera hit a three-run homer and doubled for the Phillies, who increased their NL East lead over New York to 1 1/2 games. It is Philadelphia’s longest winning streak since September 2012.
The Mets have lost six of seven and eight of 10. They had just two hits before Michael Conforto, Jonathan Villar and James McCann started the ninth with three consecutive homers to match a club record.
Two more batters reached base before new closer Ian Kennedy struck out slumping Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis for his 18th save and second with the Phillies.
A double by pitcher Tylor Megill and an infield hit by Javier Baez that was scored a single but likely would’ve been an out if third baseman Alec Bohm could have cleanly transferred the ball from his glove to his hand were the only Mets hits through eight innings.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi had Kennedy ready to start the ninth, but he chose to bring in 25-year-old rookie lefty Mauricio Llovera after Miller’s solo homer in the eighth made it 5-0.
New York took advantage of Llovera, who was making his fifth career appearance, as Conforto, Villar and McCann lined shots in similar spots over the wall in right to pull the Mets to 5-3. Girardi then summoned Kennedy, acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Rangers on July 30.
Kevin Pillar greeted him with a hard single to left, but pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil fouled out before Brandon Nimmo walked. Kennedy then whiffed Alonso and Davis to end it.
Alonso is hitless in his last 17 at-bats and the Mets are 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series.
Belt homers twice as Giants outlast Brewers 9-6 in 11
MILWAUKEE (AP) The San Francisco Giants delivered another improbable come-from-behind victory by displaying the tenacity that has enabled them to produce the best record in baseball.
Brandon Belt hit his second homer of the night during a four-run outburst in the 11th inning to help the Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 in a wild Saturday night matchup between first-place teams.
Trailing 2-1 with two outs in the ninth, the Giants tied it with a bizarre RBI triple and ended up scoring eight runs over the final three innings. San Francisco had to use nine different pitchers.
“That was the toughest performance of the year for our club,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.
That’s a strong statement, considering how much grit the NL West leaders have shown all season. This latest victory came just two nights after the Giants erased a 4-0 ninth-inning deficit in a 5-4, 10-inning triumph at Arizona.
The Giants were playing their third straight extra-inning game. They tied the game with a two-out rally in the ninth, then bounced back after blowing a three-run lead in the 10th.
LaMonte Wade put the Giants ahead for good in the 11th with a one-out single that scored Austin Slater. Belt followed with a two-run shot over the right-field wall. Kris Bryant capped the rally with an RBI double.
“That’s a really good lineup,” Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff said. “Obviously a lot of those guys have multiple World Series rings. There’s not a moment too big for any of those guys. They’ve seen it all.”
All four of the Giants’ 11th-inning runs came off Sal Romano (0-1) in his Brewers debut.
Belt also hit a solo shot in the fourth and has three homers over the last two nights. Bryant and Buster Posey both had three hits.
Jake McGee (4-2) pitched the bottom of the 11th with a 9-5 lead and was credited with the win after allowing only one run on Lorenzo Cain’s two-out single. McGee wasn’t supposed to pitch Saturday but got pressed into duty when the game reached the 11th.
Cabrera remains at 498 homers, Tigers edge Indians 2-1
CLEVELAND (AP) Miguel Cabrera remained two home runs shy of 500, but Tyler Alexander tossed a season-high 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Detroit Tigers edged the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday night.
Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk, keeping his career total at 498 homers. The veteran Detroit slugger is trying to become the 28th player in major league history with 500. He also has 2,946 hits during his 19 seasons.
Alexander (2-1) allowed four hits without issuing a walk, striking out four in his seventh appearance since moving into the rotation. The left-hander had not gone longer than four innings in 30 previous outings this year.
“I moved my cutter well, in and out, and that helped my fastball,” Alexander said. “There have been some adjustments I’ve made since the start of the season that have really paid off in the last few starts.”
Former Tigers catcher Wilson Ramos spoiled the shutout with a leadoff homer in the ninth against Gregory Soto, who picked up his 13th save in 14 opportunities.
“Tyler earned it and he had plenty left in his gas tank, but I had a fully rested ‘pen to go with,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We escaped a lot of traffic tonight. All of our guys had to pitch their way and win some big at-bats.”
The Tigers opened the scoring in the second when Jeimer Candelario led off with a double and came home on a sacrifice fly by Zack Short. Detroit made it 2-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Akil Baddoo, plating Victor Reyes.
Indians rookie Eli Morgan (1-4) gave up two runs over seven innings, his longest start in the majors. The right-hander struck out three, retiring the final nine batters he faced and getting 15 of his 21 outs in the air.
“My confidence is growing, and it’s mainly growing from the work I’m putting in,” Morgan said. “This team does a great job preparing pitchers and I know that they’re dumping everything at me. I should be in a good spot come my next start.”
Cleveland loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh, but Michael Fulmer and Jose Cisnero entered to quell the threats.
Fulmer retired Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes in order to end the sixth, then Cisnero coaxed Myles Straw into a weak grounder to wrap up the seventh.
The Indians put two on to begin the eighth, only to have Cisnero get three straight outs. Cleveland had 10 hits but finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
Taylor’s 2-run double in 8th sends Dodgers past Angels 5-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Taylor broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
It was a big win for the Dodgers, who lost Friday to the Angels in extra innings and have struggled to come back when behind late. This was only the seventh time in 35 games they have rallied to win when trailing after six.
“I thought it was a good team win. We got down early and the bullpen did a good job of holding them there,” Taylor said.
The Dodgers trailed 3-2 in the seventh before Cody Bellinger homered off Angels starter Jaime Barria.
Corey Seager led off the eighth with an infield single and advanced to second on Will Smith’s one-out hit. That set the stage for Taylor, who lined a sinker from Junior Guerra (2-2) into left-center. Left fielder Justin Upton wasn’t able to get to it in time and slipped as the ball rolled to the wall before it was retrieved by Brandon Marsh.
“I was looking for a fastball. I was just trying to get something to push a little bit and stay to the middle of the field,” Taylor said.
Brusdar Graterol (2-0) worked out of a jam in the eighth to get the win. The Angels had runners on first and second but Graterol retired the next two hitters, including whiffing two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani – who came on as a pinch-hitter – on a 101.5 mph fastball to end the inning.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 23rd save. The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed only two hits and struck out seven in four innings.
The Dodgers scored twice in the first before the Angels rallied in the third. They tied it on three straight hits and then took the lead when first baseman Max Muncy dropped an infield popup.
Trea Turner drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored on Muncy’s double. Muncy advanced to third on Mookie Betts’ fly ball and came home on a base hit by Seager to make it 2-0.
David Fletcher’s one-out double in the third began the Angels’ outburst. Jose Iglesias followed with an RBI double and beat Bellinger’s throw to the plate from center on a single by Phil Gosselin.
Gosselin advanced to second on the throw. It appeared he would be stranded when Jo Adell hit a sky-high popup, but Muncy dropped it just in front of the mound. Gosselin had already crossed the plate by the time third baseman Justin Turner retrieved the ball.
Darvish Ks 12, Machado helps Padres beat Diamondbacks 6-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) Yu Darvish allowed a two-run homer to Christian Walker in the second inning, and that was all the Arizona Diamondbacks got off the San Diego Padres’ ace.
Unfortunately for Darvish, he didn’t get the win in a 6-2 victory despite striking out 12 because he was out of the game by the time the Padres scored four runs in the eighth, keyed by Manny Machado’s go-ahead single.
Darvish matched his season strikeout high and didn’t walk a batter in seven brilliant innings while holding Arizona to two runs and four hits. He left with the score tied at 2. San Diego had two on with one out in the seventh before Tommy Pham grounded into a double play.
Darvish’s only big mistake was Walker’s homer to left-center, his fifth, for a 2-1 lead. Kole Calhoun was aboard on a leadoff walk.
“He did what aces do, he shook it off and almost said like, `That’s all you get from here,’ and just continued to execute pitches,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “That’s exactly what you want to see from all your guys, but that’s what top-line pitchers do. If they do give up runs early, that’s all you get, and that’s what he did.”
Tingler said Darvish “was 0-2 all night, and it was a mixture of all the pitches. Not only was he pounding the zone, he was sharp, it was late moving, the fastballs had good life, he threw some split-fingered fastballs there, that those were some of the best ones I’ve seen him throw all this year. He had it all working. He was outstanding tonight, which was well-needed.”
Said Darvish: “I’m not too conscious about being the ace and all that. I think this goes for any pitcher – you want to stay in the game as long as possible and keep the team in the game and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
The Padres broke through in the eighth. Adam Frazier hit a leadoff single against Brett de Geus (2-1) and stole second without a throw. Machado then singled to bring in Frazier. Joe Mantiply walked Trent Grisham with the bases loaded, and pinch-hitter Austin Nola followed with a two-run single.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
Machado and Eric Hosmer homered for the Padres, who blew a 5-0 lead in the series opener Friday night and lost 8-5.
Hosmer tied the game in the second with a leadoff shot down the right-field line, his eighth. Machado homered to left with two outs in the first, his 21st.
The Padres loaded the bases against Taylor Widener with no outs in the fourth and failed to score. Victor Caratini popped up to shortstop and Darvish grounded into a double play.
Widener allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked two.
Adams’ first career HR in 9th lifts Nats past Braves, 3-2
ATLANTA (AP) Washington’s new young battery gave the Nationals hope for the future and helped sour the Atlanta Braves’ hopes for this season.
Riley Adams’ two-run homer in the ninth gave Washington the lead and the Nationals rallied with three runs off Atlanta closer Will Smith, beating the Braves 3-2 on Saturday night.
Smith blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth, wasting a strong start from Charlie Morton and costing Atlanta an opportunity to move past the New York Mets and into second place in the tight NL East.
Adams, a rookie catcher who took a .091 batting average into the game, crushed the first pitch he saw from Smith, a fastball, for a high homer, the first of his career. The shot traveled 412 feet into the second deck of seats in left field and drove in Ryan Zimmerman, who had a pinch-hit double.
Adams’ shot sailed so high, even he didn’t know where it landed.
“Honestly after I hit it, I pretty much knew off the bat it was gone, but as I started to run I was looking for it and couldn’t find it,” Adams said.
Adams was paired with rookie right-hander Josiah Gray, who also had a night to remember with his first 10-strikeout game.
Adams and Gray came to Washington in trade-deadline deals as the Nationals plot their path for the future. Gray was watching in the clubhouse when Adams’ homer gave Washington, which had lost five consecutive games, the lead.
“I started jumping for joy because we haven’t won in a while,” Gray said. “I was the first guy at the top step waiting to congratulate him.”
Morton allowed only three hits in six scoreless innings before Smith (3-6) suffered his third blown save in 25 chances. The left-hander walked Josh Bell before giving up Zimmerman’s double to open the ninth. Bell scored on Luis Garcia’s groundout as Zimmerman advanced to third.
“I wouldn’t take it back,” Smith said of the fastball to Adams. “He just got me. … It wasn’t my night tonight, obviously.”
Jorge Soler had two hits, including a homer for Atlanta.
Yanks closer Chapman on injured list with elbow inflammation
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees put closer Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day injured list Saturday because of inflammation in his left elbow.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Chapman experienced a little inflammation last weekend in Miami but an MRI came back clean. Boone said it will be a few days of no throwing for the hard-throwing lefty.
Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save to close out Saturday’s 5-4 win over Seattle.
Chapman didn’t get into the game Friday night when the Yankees used nine pitchers in a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Mariners. On Thursday, he threw 30 pitches and put two on before retiring Seattle’s Mitch Haniger on a warning track flyball for his 23rd save in 27 chances.
Chapman is 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 43 appearances this season. He lost his closer’s job after allowing three runs on July 4 in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets and had a 10.80 ERA in 15 appearances before returning to closing on July 20 against Philadelphia.
Since regaining his closer’s job, the 33-year-old Chapman has converted seven straight saves and has a 1.13 ERA in eight appearances.
To replace Chapman on the roster, Nick Nelson was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In four stints for the Yankees, Nelson is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in 10 appearances, including two starts.
Struggling Red Sox put slugger Martinez on COVID-19 list
TORONTO (AP) The Boston Red Sox put slugger J.D. Martinez on the COVID-19-related injured list before Saturday’s doubleheader in Toronto, further weakening a struggling offense that has scored five runs or fewer in 13 straight games.
Martinez hasn’t tested positive for the virus, manager Alex Cora said.
The team said bench coach Will Venable had tested positive. First base coach Tom Goodwin was in quarantine after close exposure to Venable, and quality control coach Ramon Vazquez was coaching first base.
Martinez is batting .284 with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 104 games.
“He felt sick last night, has been feeling sick the whole day,” Cora said.
Boston, which had lost seven of eight and fallen out of the AL East lead, put rookie outfielder Jarren Duran on the COVID-19-related injured list Friday. Duran hasn’t tested positive, Cora said.
To replace Martinez, the Red Sox recalled catcher Connor Wong from Triple-A Worcester.
Right-hander Tanner Houck will be the 27th man Saturday. Houck was expected to start Game 2 in place of left-hander Martin Perez, who was moved to the bullpen Friday.
Jonathan Schoop, Tigers reach $15M deal covering 2022, ’23
DETROIT (AP) Infielder Jonathan Schoop and the Detroit Tigers agreed Saturday to a $15 million, two-year contract covering 2022 and 2023.
Schoop is hitting .289 a team-best 64 RBIs. His 18 homers are tied with Eric Haase for the club lead.
Schoop gets $7.5 million annually under the new deal, and he has the right to opt out after the 2022 season to become a free agent.
The 29-year-old agreed in February to a $4.5 million, one-year deal with the Tigers, down from $6.1 million last year, which resulted in prorated pay of $2,259,259 for the 60-game season.
Schoop is a nine-year big league veteran with a .262 average, 159 homers and 479 RBIs for Baltimore (2013-18), Milwaukee (2018), Minnesota (2019) and Detroit (2020-21). He was an All-Star in 2017.
Omar Vizquel sued by former Birmingham Barons bat boy over alleged sexual harassment
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An autistic man accused longtime major league player Omar Vizquel of sexual harassment while he was managing a Chicago White Sox minor league affiliate, alleging in a civil lawsuit filed this week that Vizquel had exposed his penis multiple times and forced the man to clean his back while Vizquel showered.
The man, whose name ESPN is withholding because the allegations involve sexual misconduct, was a bat boy for the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox’s Double-A affiliate, when Vizquel managed the team in 2019. The lawsuit details alleged “sexually aggressive behavior” that included “at least five occasions” in which “Vizquel deliberately exposed his erect or partially erect penis” to the man.
On Aug. 22, 2019, according to the lawsuit, Vizquel emerged naked from a shower, handed the man a bar of soap and said: “Wash my damn back!” The man, “humiliated, intimidated, and frightened of what would happen if he disobeyed … complied with Vizquel’s demand,” according to the complaint. Afterward, the complaint continues that multiple Barons staff members — including a clubhouse manager who, upon the man’s hiring, allegedly told him: “Everything that happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse” — laughed when told he had washed Vizquel’s back.
The lawsuit, filed by the 25-year-old man in U.S. District Court in Alabama and first reported by Conduct Detrimental, accuses the White Sox and Barons of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act and seeks back pay and damages.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Season-High 13 Runs, Five Homers Clinch Third Straight Win
DES MOINES, IOWA – The Indianapolis Indians launched five home runs on a humid Saturday night at Principal Park to defeat the Iowa Cubs, 13-1. Indy’s 13 runs set a new season high, and its 18 hits tied a season high set on Aug. 1 at St. Paul.
The Indians parade of home runs was highlighted by a multi-homer performance by Cole Tucker, the team’s third such performance in its last two games. Indy’s offense has hit 11 home runs in the past two nights after hitting six on Friday. Seven different Indians batters have hit at least one home run in that stretch, with Anthony Alford and Hunter Owen joining Tucker with two-homer games.
Tucupita Marcano and Tucker set the tone early for the Indians (40-42), launching back-to-back leadoff home runs off Adrian Sampson (L, 4-5) en route to a four-run top of the first. After batting around in the first inning, the Indians sent eight batters to the plate in the second and extended their lead to 6-0 on a two-out, two-run homer by Bligh Madris.
After being hit by a pitch in his first two at-bats, Michael Chavis led off the fourth inning with his second home run in as many nights. Indianapolis then continued to pile on and extended their lead to 10-0 off a pinch-hit, two-run single by Chris Sharpe to cap a three-run sixth inning.
While the offense was launching baseballs out of the Principal Park confines, Indianapolis native Dillon Peters (W, 1-0) was working on a gem in his second start with the Indians. He held the I-Cubs hitless before exiting the game after the fifth inning. Abiatal Avelino broke up the no-no bid off Joe Jacques in the sixth inning with a sharp ground ball down the first-base line.
Iowa (35-46) took one run back in the bottom of the eighth inning off Steven Wright, but cutting the Indians lead to single digits didn’t last long. The Indians put up three runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by Tucker’s second long ball of the night.
With Saturday night’s win, the Indians have a chance to win the seven-game series tomorrow at 2:08 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (5-5, 4.16) will face off against RHP Joe Biagini (2-5, 5.40) in the rubber match.
Class of 2020, Centennial class enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame
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CANTON, Ohio — After some waited decades to get the call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, they waited an additional twelve months for the ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 and the Centennial class both got their moment Saturday night.
Fifteen were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020 as part of its Centennial Class. The group was selected to honor the NFL’s 100th anniversary. The Class of 2020 included former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, former Broncos safety Steve Atwater, former Vikings and Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson, former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce and former Colts running back Edgerrin James.
Jackson back at practice for Ravens after COVID-19 absence
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Lamar Jackson is back at practice, and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh expects the star quarterback to catch up pretty easily to where the rest of the team is in its preparation.
“He’s going to merge right in,” Harbaugh said, using cars on a highway as a metaphor.
Jackson was on the field Saturday, a day after the Ravens activated him from the COVID-19 list. He hadn’t practiced yet during training camp, but with the first preseason game still a week away, the team has plenty of time before the start of the season becomes imminent.
Jackson wasn’t available to reporters Saturday, but Harbaugh gave a positive evaluation of his practice.
“I thought he looked really good. I would say he looked even better than I expected him to,” Harbaugh said. “You’re coming off 10 days away, he hadn’t started yet. COVID is tough. He had symptoms. He had a lot of symptoms.”
The Ravens will hope this bout with COVID-19 was his last. Jackson also tested positive last season and missed a game. Harbaugh said he tried to use his time productively during this most recent absence.
“He was in meetings when he could be, when he was able to be. Conditioning to the degree that he was able to – not a lot, especially early. Toward the end a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He got hit pretty hard with the symptoms.”
The Ravens host New Orleans in their preseason opener next Saturday night. Harbaugh said Jackson’s absence hasn’t caused the team to change anything about its plans for reps and playing time.
“We’re just going to keep the train moving,” Harbaugh said. “We stuck with our install, guys have responded very well, and we’re staying right on schedule.”
The Ravens ranked last in the NFL in passing last season, and they added receiver Sammy Watkins to the fold this offseason. They also drafted receiver Rashod Bateman in the first round.
Pittsburgh Steelers DC suggests linebacker T.J. Watt won’t practice until contract extension finalized
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PITTSBURGH — More than two weeks into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp, star outside linebacker T.J. Watt hasn’t taken part in a single team period.
Coach Mike Tomlin has been vague when asked about Watt’s absence in those drills, saying Saturday that Watt has been “working hard with our trainers.”
Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler, though, says he doesn’t expect to have Watt truly on the field until he and the team come to terms on an extension — one that could reset the market for edge rushers.
“That’s none of my business,” Butler said when asked about the timeline for Watt’s return. “I hope he signs the contract and gets it done, and when he gets that done, we’ll talk about that.”
Watt, 26, has been at each of the Steelers’ 12 practices and traveled to Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday. He has participated in some individual drills and spends many of the team periods conditioning with defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt.
Bradley Chubb, Garett Bolles get into fight at Broncos camp
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) There was finally some excitement at the Denver Broncos’ training camp – and it had nothing to do with the drudging quarterback clash between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock.
Pass rusher Bradley Chubb and left tackle Garett Bolles got into a fight during a team drill midway through practice Saturday and kept chirping at each other afterward.
Keeping them apart to keep the confrontation from reigniting were teammates, assistants and even head coach Vic Fangio and general manager George Paton.
With tempers remaining high and both men threatening to beat the snot out of the other, Bolles retreated to the locker room to cool off before returning to the field and eventually shaking Chubb’s hand during a water break.
Chubb is coming off a Pro Bowl season and Bolles is coming off a breakout year that led to a $68 million extension. They are two of the foundational players for a franchise aiming to end a five-year playoff drought.
“I don’t think it’s a big thing that it was those two,” Fangio said. “Any fight, we don’t need and we don’t want.”
The Broncos, who are heading to Minneapolis next week for joint practices with the Vikings ahead of their exhibition opener, turned on the crowd noise midway through practice, which didn’t feature full pads but shells and shorts.
Lock was under center, and after a nondescript first play, Chubb and Bolles ended up on the ground fighting. Teammates rushed to break things up and the officials blew their whistles.
When they were pulled apart, a heated Chubb circled back and threw a punch that hit center Lloyd Cushenberry III.
Chubb and Bolles continued jawing at each other as others held them back as they tried to go back at each other.
After about 10 minutes, Bolles was sent to the locker room to cool down while Chubb remained on the field. Bolles chucked his helmet into a bin on the way into the building.
“He needed to go in there and gather himself,” Fangio said.
Paton and a couple of coaches, including assistant offensive line coach Chris Kuper went into the locker room to check on Bolles, who eventually returned to the practice field alongside Paton.
When Bolles went back in, he was facing outside linebacker Malik Reed while Chubb stayed on the opposite sideline. But at the next water break, Bolles walked across the field to shake Chubb’s hand.
Fangio said he didn’t know what precipitated the fight. Neither player was made available after practice and several players who did talk declined to address the fracas.
Newly signed Baltimore Ravens LB Justin Houston says he passed on Pittsburgh Steelers offer
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It took only Justin Houston’s second practice with the Baltimore Ravens to put himself in the middle of one of the most heated NFL rivalries.
On Saturday, Houston said he chose to sign a one-year deal worth up to $4 million with the Ravens, even though the Pittsburgh Steelers offered him more money.
“I was so close to signing with the Steelers,” Houston said. “It just worked out better [in Baltimore].”
When Houston struck a deal with Baltimore, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker turned down significantly more money from other teams in order to pursue a championship with the Ravens. The Steelers addressed their pass rush by signing Melvin Ingram to a one-year, $4 million contract.
Houston said the Ravens’ defense played a major factor in his decision. When he visited Baltimore in April, Ravens officials walked through their scheme and how they saw him in it.
“I fell in love with it,” Houston said. “I kind of knew I wanted to be here when I saw that.”
The Ravens are hoping Houston can shore up their pass rush after losing Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency.
Houston, 32, is one of five players with eight-plus sacks in each of the past four seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The others are Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ngakoue.
US rolls to women’s hoops gold medal in Bird’s last Olympics
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) Sue Bird capped off her unblemished 17-year Olympics run with a record fifth gold medal.
All she and longtime U.S. teammate Diana Taurasi have done on the international stage is win and now stand alone with five gold medals – the first basketball players ever to accomplish that feat – after a 90-75 win over Japan on Sunday at the Tokyo Games.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better ending. There’s really not much else to say,” Bird said. “I feel so proud I’ve been able to wear this uniform for as long as I have, to play along side this one as long as I have, We’ve won, and that’s obviously the story, but I don’t think there’s anyone else I’d rather do it with because we just have so much fun and I love you homie.”
The U.S. has now won the last seven Olympic gold medals matching the country’s men’s program for the most ever in a row. The men did it from 1936-68.
With Bird orchestrating the flow of games and Taurasi’s scoring, they have been a constant force for the U.S., providing stability for the women’s program since the 2004 Athens Games. They have won all 38 of the games at the Olympics they’ve competed in.
The pair walked off the court Sunday arm-in-arm for the last time, knowing their work was done. While Bird is finished, Taurasi said that she’ll be back for a sixth Olympics.
“See you in Paris!,” Taurasi said.
The names have changed around the pair, including greats Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, Tamika Catchings and Sylvia Fowles, but the results haven’t.
The Americans are on a 55-game Olympic winning streak dating back to the bronze medal game of the 1992 Barcelona Games.
The U.S. let Japan know that wasn’t going to change on Sunday.
The Americans jumped out to a 18-5 lead behind a dominant first quarter by Brittney Griner. The team lead 23-14 after one as Griner had 10 points, taking advantage of the undersized Japanese team. Japan was able to get within six in the second quarter before the Americans went up 11 at the half and never looked back.
As the final buzzer sounded, Bird and Taurasi embraced and then proceeded to hug all of their teammates and the coaching staff.
Griner finished with 30 points, making 14 of her 18 shots.
While Bird has said she is moving on, the future is bright for the U.S. behind Griner, Breanna Stewart and the six newcomers on this year’s team. That included A’ja Wilson, who will be counted on to keep the streak going three years from now at the 2024 Paris Games. Wilson, who celebrated her 25th birthday on Sunday, made her presence felt in her Olympic debut, scoring 19 points in the gold medal game.
But there were other milestones of note Sunday besides Bird’s farewell.
The victory also made Dawn Staley, the first Black women’s basketball coach for the U.S., the second woman to win a gold medal as a player, assistant and head coach joining Anne Donovan.
The game also marked the end of Carol Callan’s run as the national team director. She started right before the Americans won the first gold of this streak in 1996 and has been the architect for this unprecedented run.
Japan, which was the only one of the 11 other teams to ever have beaten the U.S. in an Olympics, won a medal for the first time in the country’s history. The team’s best finish before Sunday was fifth.
The host nation has been on the rise since it hired coach Tom Hovasse. He said when he got the job 4 1/2 years ago that his team would be playing against the U.S. for the gold at the Tokyo Games – and would beat them.
He was half right.
The two teams met in preliminary pool play and the U.S. won by 17 points after trailing by two after the first quarter. Just like that game, the Americans used their dominant post advantage to control the title game. Japan’s biggest player was 6-foot-1 – no match for the imposing front line led by Griner, who is 6-9.
While the general public and family members couldn’t attend the games because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bird did have fiancee Megan Rapinoe in the stands cheering her on. Bird came over and embraced Rapinoe after the game. She helped the U.S. women’s soccer team win a bronze medal earlier this week, scoring two goals in that game.
A large contingent of Japanese volunteers, who had been in the Saitama Super Arena for the entire tournament sat and applauded their team. No actual cheering was allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kings acquire Thompson in 3-team trade with Celtics, Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) The Sacramento Kings acquired 10-year veteran center Tristan Thompson from the Boston Celtics on Saturday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Atlanta Hawks.
The Kings traded guard Delon Wright to Atlanta. The Hawks sent guard Kris Dunn, forward-center Bruno Fernando and a 2023 second-round draft pick to Boston.
Thompson averaged 7.6 points and 81 rebounds with Boston in 54 games, including 43 starts, last season.
Wright gives Atlanta more backcourt depth, including behind starting point guard Trae Young.
“One of our priorities entering the offseason was to solidify the backup point guard spot,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said. “Delon is a consistent two-way guard who has been a part of several successful teams. We think he’s a great fit here.”
Wright averaged 10 points and 3.6 assists in 26 games with the Kings.
The Hawks re-signed veteran guard Lou Williams on Friday.
By trading Wright, the Kings clear playing time in their backcourt for first-round draft pick Davion Mitchell.
Thompson, 30, has averaged 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his career, including nine seasons with Cleveland.
NBA opens investigations into Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade deals, sources say
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The NBA has opened investigations into possible tampering violations involving two sign-and-trade deals completed in free agency, Chicago’s acquisition of New Orleans’s Lonzo Ball and Miami’s acquisition of Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, sources told ESPN on Saturday.
The NBA’s probe will examine illegal contact among teams and players ahead of the opening of free agency on Monday at 6 p.m. ET, sources told ESPN. Team executives, players agents and players have been notified of the opening of the league office’s investigations, sources said.
The NBA instituted more stringent penalties in these cases in 2019, including raising the maximum fine for teams to $10 million and the possibility of suspending team executives, forfeiting draft picks and even the voiding of contracts. Team executives can also have their communications — such as telephone records, texts and emails — randomly audited.
Sign-and-trade arrangements are more complicated and time-consuming than typical free-agent player signings, often needing a greater level of discussion and negotiation to complete.
New Orleans agreed to trade Ball, a restricted free agent, to Chicago on a four-year, $85 million contract for Garrett Temple on a new three-year, $15.5 million contract and guard Tomas Satoransky. That deal has yet to be finalized with the league office and could look different in its final form, sources said.
Miami Heat sign Jimmy Butler to 4-year, $184 million extension
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Miami Heat All-Star guard Jimmy Butler has signed a four-year, $184 million contract extension with the team, his agent, Bernie Lee, told ESPN.
Butler is extending off of his $36 million salary for the 2021-22 season and holds a player option for $37.6 million in the 2022-23 season.
The deal will keep him under contract through the 2025-26 season.
“Jimmy is the anchor and face of our franchise along with Bam [Adebayo] and Kyle [Lowry],” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “With Jimmy, we get an All-NBA player, an All-NBA Defensive player, tough as nails and a complete player across the board. He’s very deserving of this contract as he continually puts himself at the top of the league at his position. Having him in the HEAT organization has been a great, great coup for us.”
Butler, 31, is a centerpiece of Miami’s reshaped roster that will try to return to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years next season.
U.S. dominates women’s 4×400 relay as Allyson Felix becomes most decorated American track star
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Allyson Felix knows the way to the Olympic medals stand better than any runner alive.
She made her record-setting 11th trip there Saturday, after starring as the headliner on a 4×400 relay win that featured a who’s-who of American running.
With the gold medal dangling from her neck and “The Star-Spangled Banner” playing in the near-empty stadium, “I took a moment just to close my eyes and take it in one last time,” Felix said.
Felix ran the second leg along with Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu to finish in 3 minutes, 16.85 seconds and win by nearly 4 seconds over Poland (3:20.53). Jamaica (3:21.24) took bronze.
Felix, who a day earlier took bronze in the 400 meters to become the most-decorated woman in Olympic track, has no plans to go any further. In her mind, as a sprinter at least, she has nothing left to prove.
“I feel at peace,” Felix said. “I went out, had all the confidence in these amazing women. I wanted to take it all in one last time around, and it was special.”
Minutes after the women’s relay win, the U.S. men also claimed their first gold in a track race at these Games in the final event on the Olympic oval with a victory in the 4×400-meter relay.
There were no bad exchanges this time. The U.S. men didn’t reach the final of the 4×100-meter relay, but the 4×400 team of Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin was never really in trouble while completing four laps of the Olympic oval in 2:55.70. It was a fifth gold for the U.S. men in the 4×400 since 1996.
Olympic Latest: Kenya’s Kipchoge wins repeat marathon gold
Eliud Kipchoge pulled away late and no one could come close to catching him as the 36-year-old from Kenya defended his Olympic marathon title.
Kipchoge finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds on a breezy and humid Sunday along the streets of Sapporo. It was more than 80 seconds ahead of runner-up Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands. Bashir Abdi of Belgium earned bronze to close out the track and field portion of the Tokyo Games.
On a day with plenty of cloud cover, Kipchoge cruised. The temperature was around 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius) at the start and climbed to 84 (29). The men’s race kept with its original start time a day after the women’s race was moved up an hour to avoid the heat.
Humidity was at 81% as the runners wound their way through Sapporo, which is located about 500 miles (about 830 kilometers) north of Tokyo. The race was moved to escape the extreme heat, but it was about the same temperature Sunday in Tokyo — and rainy.
Kipchoge smiled along the way and even fist-bumped a fellow racer. Kipchoge becomes the third athlete to win multiple gold medals in the men’s marathon, joining Abebe Bikila (1960, ’64) and Waldemar Cierpinski (’76, ’80).
DeChambeau lets clubs do most of talking at TOC Southwind
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Bryson DeChambeau let his clubs do most of the talking Saturday at TPC Southwind.
DeChambeau shot a 7-under 63 to pull within two strokes of leader Harris English in the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, then declined to comment to most of the media following the round.
DeChambeau was apparently upset with several stories written about his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine after he missed the Tokyo Olympics last week because of a positive test. He did agree to interviews with rights-holders CBS Sports, Sky Sports and SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.
“It was beautiful to be able to score really well,” DeChambeau said. “I didn’t feel like my ball-striking was perfect, but I got it around really well and I was very pleased with it.”
English has led after each of the first three rounds in the World Golf Championships event, opening with a 62 and shooting two 65s to get to 18-under 192. He’s in position for his fifth PGA Tour victory and third of the season. He tied Tiger Woods for the lowest 54-hole mark in tournament history.
“I love playing with pressure,” English said. “I think it helps me focus. It’s a privilege to be in this spot. You have to take (challenges) on.”
The 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January in Hawaii and the Travelers Championship in June in Connecticut. He finished third at the U.S. Open.
Cameron Smith had a 65 to join DeChambeau at 16 under.
Abraham Ancer (67) was 14 under. Scottie Scheffler (67) and Ian Poulter (67) were 13 under.
The long-hitting DeChambeau birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine. The third came at the par-4 13th after nearly holing out his approach. DeChambeau’s tap-in birdie took him to 14 under, one shot behind the leaders. He tied English and Ancer for the lead on the following hole, making a 10-footer to reach 15 under.
DeChambeau got to 16 under – to remain tied with English – with a short birdie putt on No. 16 after narrowly missing an eagle attempt from 11 feet. Ancer rejoined them with a 4-foot birdie, also at the 16th.
English created separation atop the leaderboard by birdieing two of the last three holes.
DeChambeau’s five birdie putts on the back nine all were inside 10 feet, two of them tap-ins.
“It was awesome being able to strike it that close to the hole all day,” DeChambeau said. “I didn’t feel as comfortable as I would have liked with the swing, but the results were there. If I can do that again (Sunday), I give myself a great chance to win.”
DeChambeau said he lost “eight to 10” pounds after contracting COVID-19 last month. He said his game hasn’t suffered significantly as a result.
“Not much, just a little lower ball speed, but I’ll get that back real quickly,” he said. “Honestly, it’s kind of helped me this week hit (drives) in the fairway. I don’t know why.”
DeChambeau hit 10 of 14 fairways Saturday.
Second-ranked Dustin Johnson had a 65 to get to 11 under.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama shot a 64 to reach at 9 under He eagled Nos. 3 and 16, the two par 5s at TPC Southwind. Jordan Spieth was 7 under after a 63.
Ty Gibbs wins Xfinity race at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Ty Gibbs is only 18 and drives like a seasoned veteran — and it doesn’t get much better than this.
Beaten by road race ace AJ Allmendinger on a restart with four laps to go, Gibbs regrouped and passed him back to win the Xfinity race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.
It was the third win in 10 Xfinity races this season for the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, and he prevailed over the top two drivers in the standings.
“It builds a fire in me and burns week after week when I don’t win,” Gibbs said. “But that’s what keeps me working hard during the week. Trying to compose yourself in front of the whole world at 17, 18, it’s hard for other kids my age to do it, Hopefully, I’m an example and a role model to kids that are younger than me that are coming up through the ranks and learn from me.”
Points leader Austin Cindric was third, Pole-sitter Justin Allgaier fourth, and Harrison Burton fifth.
Valpo Football Kicks off Preseason Camp
As Valparaiso University football student-athletes reported to campus for fall camp on Friday ahead of Saturday’s first official practice, the excitement was palpable.
The start of a new season is always reason for enthusiasm, but the energy around the program is enhanced by the team’s Spring 2021 accomplishments and the opportunity to hold fall camp on a traditional timeline this season after the fall 2020 camp was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“First and foremost, it’s exciting to have a normal camp once again,” head coach Landon Fox said. “For the first time ever, we have two classes going through camp for the first time since our freshmen and sophomores have never experienced fall camp. This is where you build your team in terms of X’s and O’s, but more importantly in terms of relationships. Fall camp is an opportunity for our players and coaches to forge meaningful relationships that will help us become a better team.”
Valpo posted a 4-2 record during the Spring 2021 slate, achieving the team’s highest winning percentage since 2003 while finishing tied for second in the Pioneer Football League standings. The team boasted five first-team all-conference selections, the program’s most since 2005. That group was led by PFL Offensive Player of the Year Robert Washington and PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Year Ben Niesner.
“We’re not going to shy away from the fact that we were able to accomplish things that we hadn’t done in a while,” Fox said. “We feel good about those accomplishments, but this is a completely new season. We learned from some of the things we did well last year, and we learned from some of the things that we didn’t do well. We always talk about a ‘next-play mentality,’ and this is a ‘next-season mentality.’ Why wouldn’t we be excited about this season?”
Linebacker Jaxon Peifer, kicker Brian Bartholomew and defensive back Keyon Turner joined Niesner and Washington on the Spring All-PFL First Team and this fall’s Preseason All-PFL squad. Despite having the season shortened due to the pandemic, Valpo won four PFL games in a single season for the second time ever during the spring. The group beat Butler twice in the same season for the first time, picked up its first-ever victory over Drake in Des Moines and knocked off perennial PFL powerhouse San Diego for the first time since 2003.
“I think the excitement level is through the roof,” linebacker Evan Annis said. “I’m beyond excited to get back with my teammates. Getting the whole group back together is going to be a blast. We’re pumped to build on a historic spring season. Playing 18+ games in one calendar year is going to be challenging, but there’s no group of teammates I would rather do it with.”
Perhaps the best news of all for Valpo fans is that the bulk of the team has returned and will join forces with a talented group of newcomers.
“The success from last spring was great, but we know that was just one step in the right direction,” defensive lineman Nathan Orlandini said. “Last spring was a victory, but that is behind us and we know that the standard continues to be raised. I think a true fall camp will be great for the team. One of the most important things we do during camp is take the time to make sure that there is a lot of team bonding and everyone gets to know each other. We’re excited to have that back this season.”
The players and coaches are well aware that there is work to be done between now and the time the season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Indiana Wesleyan. However, the motivation level around the program is as high as ever.
“This season is about proving ourselves,” offensive lineman Aaron Byrd said. “We want to show that we can carry over our success from a shortened season to a full fall season. We’re ready to prove ourselves as a program and represent Valpo well. I’m ready to show our freshmen and sophomores what it’s like to have a full fall camp. It’s going to be a grind, but it’s always a good time. We’re thrilled for the opportunity.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In the third inning of the 4-3 nightcap loss to New York at the Polo Grounds, Dodger starter Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game after he throws the baseball out of the park. The Brooklyn hurler became very angry when opposing pitcher Joe McGinnity dashed home from third base while his infielders were arguing the close call at the bag.
1913 On April 25, the American Association minor league contest was stopped with the score tied 1-1 due to rain, and replayed on June 15, resulting in a 6-6 tie after nine innings when the game ends because of darkness. The game is started again on August 7, and after the 13th, the 2-2 contest is halted once more due to darkness, but after four attempts, Minneapolis finally beats Indianapolis today, 11-2.
1915 Gavvy Cravath ties a major league mark when he hits four doubles in the Phillies’ 14-7 victory over Cincinnati. The Philadelphia outfielder also establishes a franchise record when he drives in eight runs in the Redland Field’s contest.
1921 Appearing as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning, Browns’ second baseman Luke Stuart hits a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 29 year-old rookie infielder, who is the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat, strokes his only career round-tripper in a 16-5 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium off future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
1922 Pittsburgh bangs out another 19 hits in their 7-3 win, after collecting 27 safeties in their 19-8 rout in the first game of the twin bill at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The Pirates’ barrage establishes a major league record with a total 46 hits in a doubleheader.
1933 William Veeck, president of the Cubs, proposes a series of Midsummer Classic games. Although the idea receives some support, it will be 64 years before a team from the American League plays a club from the National League during the regular season.
1941 In New York, Les Brown and his Orchestra record “Joltin’ Joe” for Columbia Records. The song about Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak plays incessantly on radio stations across the country, eventually reaching number 12 on the charts.
1947 Schoolboy Rowe of the Phillies pinch hits for Johnny Sain to become the first major leaguer to appear in different All-Star Games representing teams from the National League and American League. In the 1936 Midsummer classic, the former Philadelphia A’s ace threw three innings of relief against the NL stars.
1953 Southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava both blank the White Sox, 1-0 and 3-0 respectively, for a Yankee doubleheader sweep. Kuzava gives up his only hit in the ninth inning, a one-out double to Bob Boyd.
1954 Gil Hodges comes to bat three times in the eighth inning when the Dodgers score 13 runs en route to a 20-7 rout of the Reds at Ebbets Field. The first baseman will go 1-for-3 in the frame with a leadoff triple but will be responsible for all three outs when he hits into a double play and flies out to centerfield to end the Brooklyn barrage.
1956 Robin Roberts gets his fourth victory in the past ten days when the Phillies beat New York at the Polo Grounds, 8-3. Philadelphia’s shortstop Ted Kazanski becomes just the fourth player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam.
1970 Five years after the Mets bestow the honor to their first skipper, the Yankees retire Casey Stengel’s uniform #37, during Old Timers Day at the Stadium. The ‘Old Perfessor,’ who won seven World Series during his twelve-year tenure with the team, managed the Bronx Bombers from 1949 to 1960.
1972 After much speculation about the team’s future, the Yankees sign a thirty-year lease to play in the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium beginning in 1976. After completing the Stadium’s 50th-Anniversary next season, the Bronx Bombers will play their home games for the next two years at Shea Stadium while during the remodeling the ‘House that Ruth Built.’
1973 At Royals Stadium, Red Sox DH Orlando Cepeda collects four doubles in the team’s 9-4 win over the Royals. ‘Cha Cha,’ who signed with Boston in January, was the first player since the inception of the new position to be added to a roster specifically as its designated hitter.
1976 In the first game of a doubleheader against Kansas City at Comiskey Park, the White Sox take the field wearing shorts. Chicago, after a 5-2 comfortable win in the opener, dons long pants for the nightcap, coming out on the short end to the Royals, 7-1.
1982 The Yankees trade 1978 playoff hero Bucky Dent to the Rangers for outfielder/first baseman Lee Mazzilli. Although the popular Yankee infielder was batting only .191, he’s nearly elected to the All-Star Game by the fans.
1982 In the 9-5 Angels’ victory over the Mariners at the Kingdome, Doug DeCinces hits three home runs in a game for the second time in less than a week. The California third baseman also poked a trio of round-trippers against Minnesota six days ago.
1988 In the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field, the Cubs play host to the Phillies. The game does not become official when the contest ends in the third inning because of a fierce thunderstorm.
1989 In his major league debut, former Met farmhand Mauro Gozzo blanks the Rangers for eight innings, helping the Blue Jays go over .500 for the first time since Opening Day. Toronto will eventually win the American League East.
1990 Throwing just three pitches to one batter in relief at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Jeff Ballard records three outs when he snags A’s second baseman Willie Randolph’s line drive, starting 1-6-3 triple play. The Orioles’ left-handed reliever throws the ball to Cal Ripken to catch Terry Steinbeck off second base, with the shortstop relaying the ball to Sam Horn to triple up Walt Weiss at first base.
1997 At Busch Stadium, recently acquired Mark McGwire hits his 364th career home run on a pitch thrown by Phillies’ right-hander Mark Leiter for his first National League round-tripper. The Cardinals slugging first baseman will hit a total of 220 homers in the Senior Circuit, all for the Redbirds.
1998 The Twins’ Paul Molitor becomes the fifth player in major league history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 steals. With his 5-for-5 performance and the theft of his 500th base, the 41 year-old joins Ty Cobb (4,191 hits, 892 steals), Honus Wagner (3,415, 722), Eddie Collins (3,315, 744), and Lou Brock (3,023, 938) as the only players to reach this milestone.
2000 In the bottom of the ninth, A’s closer Jason Isringhausen throws just two pitches, and the Yankees go from losing 3-2 to winning 4-3. Bernie Williams and David Justice both hit home runs on the first pitch they see from the Oakland reliever.
2000 Cubs hurler Phil Norton becomes the 18th pitcher in major league history to give up four homers in one inning in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory at Chavez Ravine. Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green all take the 24 year-old southpaw deep in the bottom of the fourth inning.
2000 After kissing one another in the seventh inning, the Dodgers asks a female couple is to leave Dodger Stadium immediately, being told never to “set foot back on the premises” for “lewd behavior.” The pair had planned to sue the organization, but end up not doing so after the team apologized, promising to contribute 5,000 tickets to GLBT organizations and continue sensitivity training for all its employees.
2000 Darren Dreifort hits two home runs and gets the win in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The starting pitcher, who hurls 6.2 innings, goes deep in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.
2002 Closer John Smoltz records his 40th save in the 114th game of the Braves’ schedule, making it the earliest point in a season a relief pitcher has reached that mark. Lee Smith of the Cardinals accomplished the feat in his 117th game in 1993, and White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen turned the trick in 118 games en route to setting the major league record with 57 saves in 1990.
2004 At Yankee Stadium, less than an hour after the Blue Jays lose to New York for their fifth consecutive defeat, Toronto fires their manager, Carlos Tosca. First-base coach John Gibbons will be the interim skipper for the remainder of the season.
2006 Mark DeRosa makes two outs in one at-bat, ending the McAfee Coliseum contest in a most unlikely manner in the Rangers’ 7-6 loss to the A’s. The right fielder swings and misses, making the second out of the inning, but when his momentum causes contact with Jason Kendall, who is trying to prevent Jerry Hairston Jr., from stealing second, plate umpire Jim Joyce calls interference on the batter for the third and final out.
2009 In the Cardinals’ 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park, Albert Pujols drives in three runs, surpassing the 100 RBI mark for the ninth straight season to start his career. The only major leaguer with a longer streak was Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons, who accomplished the feat for 11 consecutive seasons beginning with his rookie year with the A’s in 1924.
2010 At Chase Field, a sellout crowd is on hand to see the Diamondbacks retire Luis Gonzalez’s uniform #20. The five-time All-Star, best remembered for his ninth-inning walk-off single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, play eight years in Arizona, leaving the team in 2006 as the franchise’s all-time home run leader with 224.
2014 Bartolo Colon joins Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez in becoming the third hurler from the Dominican Republic to win 200 major league games. The 40 year-old portly right-hander accomplishes the feat when he goes eight innings, giving up six hits and one run, in the Mets’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, 5-4.
2014 Justin and B.J. Upton, in the Braves’ 7-6 victory over Washington at Turner Field, both homer in the same game for the fifth time, setting the major-league record for brothers. The Atlanta teammates, who each go deep off Stephen Strasburg, surpass the mark they previously shared with Jeremy and Jason Giambi as well as Vladimir, and Wilton Guerrero.
2015 At Safeco Field, Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in Mariners’ history, becomes the ninth member of the team’s Hall of Fame. During his 11 seasons with Seattle, the left-hander compiled a record of 145-87 (.625), leading the franchise in wins, innings pitched (2,093), and starts (323).
2019 Bo Bichette, playing in Toronto for the first time, extends his doubles streak to nine games, setting a new record he previously shared with Yadier Molina (Cardinals, 2016) and Derrek Lee (Cubs, 2008). The 21 year-old Blue Jays shortstop also establishes a new major league mark by collecting 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his career, becoming the first rookie with extra-base hits in nine straight games since Ted Williams’ debut in 1939.
2020 At PNC Park, Derek Holland begins his start against the Tigers by giving up four home runs before recording an out in the Pirates’ eventual 11-5 loss to the Tigers. After leadoff hitter Niko Goodrum goes deep and Jonathan Schoop follows with a single, the 33 year-old southpaw gives up consecutive round-trippers to Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron, and Jeimer Candelario.
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|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|