(INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL)

CARMEL 2 COLUMBUS NORTH 1

SOUTH BEND RILEY 15 ELKHART CHRISTIAN 4

NORTHFIELD 9 WABASH 3

FRANKTON 4 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 1

SHAWE MEMORIAL 7 S. RIPLEY 1

MOUNT VERNON 10 NEW HAVEN 0

LEO 6 HOMESTEAD 3

BLUFFTON 17 SOUTHWOOD 7

CARROLL 11 SHERIDAN 4

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 10 BELLMONT 1

CENTERVILLE 8 UNION CITY 1

BLACKFORD 12 EASTERN HANCOCK 1

RUSHVILLE 9 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 8

WHITKO 6 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 5

SOUTHWESTERN 5 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 0

HUNTINGTON NORTH 11 ANDERSON 2

ORLEANS 18 CROTHERSVILLE 1

SHORTRIDGE 12 MUNCIE BURRIS 3

BEN DAVIS 7 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 6

FRANKFORT 19 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2

ELWOOD 24 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 11

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 9 MOUNT VERNON 3

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 10 WINCHESTER 8

NORTHEASTERN 7 S. ADAMS 3

JAC CEN DEL 9 NEW WASHINGTON 0

HERITAGE 8 ADAMS CENTRAL 4

BROTHERS RICE 11 ANDREAN 3

KOKOMO 10 MUNCIE CENTRAL 1

LAWRENCE NORTH 10 SCECINA 6

BLOOMINGTON NORTH 6 EDGEWOOD 2

NORTHFIELD 9 WABASH 0

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 1

LAFAYETTE JEFF 4 NOBLESVILLE 3

JENNINGS COUNTY 12 SHELBYVILLE 2

NORTHWESTERN 20 EASTERN 3

MISHAWAKA 8 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 6

FORT WAYNE LUERS 11 FREMONT 4

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 4 SOUTHRIDGE 2

SHOALS 9 ORLEANS 9

CARROLL 12 SHERIDAN 0

BLUE RIVER VALLEY 5 KNIGHTSTOWN 4

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6 LOGANSPORT 2

SOUTH BEND RILEY 15 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4

FRANKFORT 11 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 4

WESTFIELD 12 JEFFERSONVILLE 1

UNION CITY 5 DALEVILLE 4

CONNERSVILLE 15 SETON CATHOLIC 0

HOMESTEAD 9 LEO 1

SEYMOUR 2 RICHMOND 0

PARKE HERITAGE 4 SHAKAMAK 1

SOUTHWESTERN 12 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 5

WHITKO 6 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 3

BLACKFORD 5 EASTERN HANCOCK 4

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 5 COLUMBIA CITY 4

BLUFFTON 15 SOUTHWOOD 3

LAFAYETTE JEFF 4 NOBLESVILLE 3

GLENN 13 BERRIEN SPRINGS 0

KOKOMO 6 MUNCIE CENTRAL 0

SILVER CREEK 6 UNIVERSITY 1

FREMONT 6 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

GUERIN CATHOLIC 11 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 1

JAC CEN DEL 6 NEW WASHINGTON 1

WESTERN BOONE 10 SHAKAMAK 8

UNION COUNTY 6 SETON CATHOLIC 0

WESTFIELD 6 JEFFERSONVILLE 2

(INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL)

WINCHESTER 19 MONROE CENTRAL 1

TRITON CENTRAL 12 MORRISTOWN 2

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 7 BREBEUF 4

ELWOOD 6 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 4

SOUTHWESTERN 20 MILAN 6

NORTHRIDGE 5 CARROLL 3

HUNTINGTON NORTH 12 HOMESTEAD 8

MADISON GRANT 22 BEECH GROVE 4

EASTBROOK 12 MACONAQUAH 6

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 15 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0

NORTH MIAMI 6 LEWIS 2

MOUNT VERNON 4 RISING SUN 2

ADAMS CENTRAL 14 SOUTHWOOD 0

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 15 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 2

SOUTH ADAMS 5 CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN 2

CLAY CITY 11 W. VIGO 1

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 13 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 3

SOUTH BEND RILEY 14 W. NOBLE 4

UNION CITY 11 DALEVILLE 0

TRITON CENTRAL 11 WALDRON 1

CASCADE 8 CLINTON CENTRAL 2

WEST WASHINGTON 17 SALEM 5

CARROLL 13 NORTHRIDGE 0

MOUNT VERNON 5 ELWOOD 3

EASTBROOK 2 MACONAQUAH 0

LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 7 MONROVIA 5

GUERIN CATHOLIC 2 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 1

SOUTH BEND RILEY 12 W. NOBLE 10

ADAMS CENTRAL 11 SOUTHWOOD 1

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 11 CHRUBUSCO 7

MADISON GRANT 4 S. VERMILLION 2

WEST WASHINGTON 6 EASTERN 3

DUGGER UNION 4 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 3

(INDIANA BOYS TRACK REGIONAL PERFORMANCE LISTS)

VALPARAISO: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20VALPARAISO%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

GOSHEN: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20GOSHEN%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

LAFAYETTE JEFF: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20LAFAYETTE%20JEFFERSON%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

MARION: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20MARION%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

LAWRENCE CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20LAWRENCE%20CENTRAL%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

GREENFIELD CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20GREENFIELD%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

BLOOMINGTON NORTH: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20BLOOMINGTON%20NORTH%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20EVANSVILLE%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

(INDIANA GIRLS TRACK REGIONAL PERFORMANCE LISTS)

PORTAGE: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20PORTAGE%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

KOKOMO: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20KOKOMO%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

LAFAYETTE JEFF:HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20LAFAYETTE%20JEFFERSON%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

MARION: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20MARION%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

BEN DAVIS:HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20BEN%20DAVIS%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

FRANKLIN:HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20FRANKLIN%20COMMUNITY%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

BLOOMINGTON NORTH:HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20BLOOMINGTON%20NORTH%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL:HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20EVANSVILLE%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

(NBA PLAYOFFS)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. BOSTON CELTICS (2)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 118, BOSTON 107

• GAME 2: BOSTON 127, MIAMI 102

• GAME 3: MIAMI 109, BOSTON 103

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. BOSTON | MONDAY, MAY 23 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 5: BOSTON VS. MIAMI | WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 | 8:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. BOSTON | FRIDAY, MAY 27 | 8:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 7*: BOSTON VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 29 | 8:30 ET | ESPN

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1

* IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 112, DALLAS 87

• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DALLAS 117

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 22 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | TUESDAY, MAY 24 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: DALLAS VS. GOLDEN STATE | THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, MAY 28 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 30 | 8 ET | TNT

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 2-0

* IF NECESSARY

SATURDAY’S BOX: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022052102&home=2&vis=14&final=true

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

(WNBA SCOREBOARD)

LAS VEGAS 100 PHOENIX 80

DALLAS 94 MINNESOTA 78

SATURDAY’S BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/wnba/scoreboard.asp?day=20220521

(NHL PLAYOFFS)

EASTERN CONFERENCE 

FLORIDA PANTHERS (A1) VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (A3)

LIGHTNING LEAD SERIES, 2-0

GAME 1: LIGHTNING 4, PANTHERS 1

GAME 2: LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1

SUNDAY, MAY 22: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, 1:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS)

MONDAY, MAY 23: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, 7 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 25: LIGHTNING AT PANTHERS, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 27: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 29: LIGHTNING AT PANTHERS, TBD

CAROLINA HURRICANES (M1) VS. NEW YORK RANGERS (M2)

HURRICANES LEAD SERIES, 2-0

GAME 1: HURRICANES 2, RANGERS 1 (OT)

GAME 2: HURRICANES 2, RANGERS 0

SUNDAY, MAY 22: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, 3:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, SN360, TVAS)

TUESDAY, MAY 24: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, 7 P.M. ET (ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS)

*THURSDAY, MAY 26: RANGERS AT HURRICANES, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 28: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, TBD

*MONDAY, MAY 30: RANGERS AT HURRICANES, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE 

COLORADO AVALANCHE (C1) VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES (C3)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: AVALANCHE 3, BLUES 2 (OT)

GAME 2: BLUES 4, AVALANCHE 1

SATURDAY, MAY 21: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, 8 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

MONDAY, MAY 23: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, 9:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25: BLUES AT AVALANCHE, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 27: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 29: BLUES AT AVALANCHE, TBD

CALGARY FLAMES (P1) VS. EDMONTON OILERS (P2)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: FLAMES 9, OILERS 6

GAME 2: OILERS 5, FLAMES 3

SUNDAY, MAY 22: FLAMES AT OILERS, 8 P.M. ET (ESPN2, SN, CBC, TVAS)

TUESDAY, MAY 24: FLAMES AT OILERS, 9:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*THURSDAY, MAY 26: OILERS AT FLAMES, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 28: FLAMES AT OILERS, TBD

*MONDAY, MAY 30: OILERS AT FLAMES, TBD

* IF NECESSARY 

SATURDAY’S BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022052119&home=19&vis=17&final=true

NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp

(MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)

TORONTO 3 CINCINNATI 1

NY YANKEES 7 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5

DETROIT AT CLEVELAND PPD.

BOSTON 6 SEATTLE 5

TAMPA BAY 6 BALTIMORE 1

MINNESOTA 9 KANSAS CITY 2

HOUSTON 2 TEXAS 1

LA ANGELS 5 OAKLAND 3

ARIZONA 7 CHICAGO CUBS 6 (10)

NY METS 5 COLORADO 1

SAN DIEGO 2 SAN FRANCISCO 1

LA DODGERS 7 PHILADELPHIA 4

ATLANTA 4 MIAMI 3

ST. LOUIS 5 PITTSBURGH 4

MILWAUKEE 5 WASHINGTON 1

COLORADO 11 NY METS 3

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

(MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)

TOLEDO 12 INDIANAPOLIS 2

WISCONSIN 9 SOUTH BEND 2

WEST MICHIGAN 1 FORT WAYNE 0

(USFL)

PHILADELPHIA 35 TAMPA BAY 28

BIRMINGHAM 33 MICHIGAN 17

(COLLEGE BASEBALL)

MIAMI 16 NOTRE DAME 7

MARYLAND AT PURDUE CANCELED

BUTLER 6 SETON HALL 4

IOWA 2 INDIANA 1

AKRON 11 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 0

BALL STATE 13 MIAMI OHIO 2

DALLAS BAPTIST 2 INDIANA STATE 2 (10)

VALPARAISO AT EVANSVILLE CANCELED

(DIVISION 3 REGIONAL)

SALVE REGINA 7 EARLHAM 6

(COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGIONAL SCOREBOARD)

TENNESSEE 3 OREGON STATE 0

CENTRAL FLORIDA 3 MICHIGAN 2 (11)

CLEMSON 1 AUBURN 0

DUKE 5 LIBERTY 0

NORTHWESTERN 17 MCNEESE 3

FLORIDA STATE 8 S. FLORIDA 0

ARKANSAS 6 OREGON 2

OKLAHOMA 3 TEXAS A&M 2

ARIZONA 2 MISSOURI 0

OKLAHOMA STATE 7 NEBRASKA 4

STANFORD 6 ALABAMA 0

OHIO STATE 10 CAMPBELL 0

FLORIDA 7 GEORGIA TECH 1

KENTUCKY 5 VIRGINIA TECH 4

LOUISIANA 3 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 1 (11)

MISSISSIPPI STATE 6 HOWARD 3

NOTRE DAME 16 OAKLAND 1

GEORGIA 6 MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 3

MINNESOTA 3 PRAIRIE VIEW 1

NORTH TEXAS 5 FORDHAM 3

WICHITA STATE 5 PRINCETON 4

UCLA 7 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 1

MISSOURI STATE 2 ILLINOIS 0

OREGON STATE 5 OHIO STATE 1

TEXAS 8 WASHINGTON 2

ARIZONA STATE 11 SAN DIEGO STATE 8

CHATTANOOGA 1 MURRAY STATE 0 (8)

WISCONSIN 3 CANISIUS 0

LOUISIANA 4 AUBURN 3

MCNEESE 3 NOTRE DAME 1

MISSISSIPPI STATE 6 S. FLORIDA 0

TEXAS A&M 10 MINNESOTA 7

NORTH TEXAS 3 NEBRASKA 0

OREGON 8 WICHITA STATE 1

CAL STATE FULLERTON 3 LSU 2

OLE MISS 9 GRAND CANYON 5

LEHIGH 5 WEBER STATE 4

MISSOURI 2 MISSOURI STATE 0

ALABAMA 6 CHATTANOOGA 2

VIRGINIA TECH 5 MIAMI OHIO 4

WASHINGTON 6 LEHIGH 1

SAN DIEGO STATE 8 CAL STATE FULLERTON 5

(PGA LEADERBOARD)

http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=PGA

(TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES)

****Pereira leads PGA Championship; Woods withdraws after 79

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Mito Pereira spent four hours soaring and sliding at Southern Hills in the cold and wind, calling it the biggest round of his life Saturday in the PGA Championship and one that gave him an idea of what to expect Sunday.

Pereira soared to a five-shot lead. He nearly lost it all in six holes. And when a third round as fickle as the wind finally ended, the 27-year-old from Chile stood on the cusp of fame.

He made three birdies over his last six holes, the final hole from just outside 25 feet that he called a bonus, giving him a 1-under 69 and a three-shot lead over Matt Fitzpatrick of England and Will Zalatoris.

“It’s by far the biggest tournament I play, the biggest round of golf. And tomorrow is going to be even bigger,” Pereira said. “Just try and keep it simple. Try to do the things I’ve been doing. Try to not even look at the people that’s around me.”

His inspiration for moments like this is Tiger Woods, who won’t be around. Woods, limping badly on his battered right leg from his car crash 15 months ago, withdrew from the final round after posting a 79, his highest score ever in a PGA Championship.

It was his first withdrawal from a major in his pro career, and it was not a big surprise. The pain was more noticeable than it was on the weekend at the Masters, and he was 21 shots behind.

Pereira was at 9-under 201 as he tries to become Chile’s first major champion and the third player from South America.

If he lacks experience – this is his first PGA and only second major – so do the players closest to him. None of the top six have ever won a major. The leading four players have yet to win on the PGA Tour, the toughest circuit in golf.

Fitzpatrick birdied his last two holes for a 67 and is the most tested of the bunch with his seven European tour victories and two Ryder Cup teams.

Zalatoris also had a late recovery, though his early damage was significant. Leading by one at the start of the round, confident as ever that his game is suited for the toughest tests, Zalatoris dropped four shots in seven holes to fall five behind.

He was helped by Pereira running into trouble, too – it seemed everyone did – by making four bogeys in a five-hole stretch around the turn. Zalatoris had a pair of birdies on the back nine for a 73 and was still very much in the mix.

“I was pretty frustrated with the start but I would rather have a frustrating start and good finish. It’s good momentum heading into tomorrow,” Zalatoris said.

Pereira, a PGA Tour rookie, was the Korn Ferry Tour player of the year in 2021. No tour rookie has won a major since Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship.

“I was playing really good and suddenly I made four bogeys in five holes. It was a tough place to be at that moment,” he said. “But just found myself from 13 on. Those holes are pretty tough. So really happy how I ended up playing. The birdie on 18 was a bonus.

“Just happy to be in this position.”

There were missed opportunities for so many others on a rough day featuring a wind out of the north that made Southern Hills play entirely different.

Former PGA champion Justin Thomas went 12 holes without a birdie, and then he gave it back with a bogey on the closing hole for a 74. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson looked shaky as ever on the greens, making three bogeys over his last four holes for a 73. They went from the cusp of contention to seven shots behind.

Rory McIlroy had a six-hole stretch around the turn that he played in 6 over – and that even included a birdie – for a 74 to fall nine shots back.

Zalatoris will be in the penultimate group with Cameron Young, the son of a PGA professional, who charged into the mix by driving the 296-yard 17th hole and making a 25-foot eagle. He wound up with a 67 and was four shots behind.

Pereira wasn’t immune from a slide. He became the first player to reach 10 under for the championship with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 sixth, and he stretched the lead to five shots when Zalatoris made another bogey.

But then the Chilean took bogey on the par-3 eighth, chunked an approach from the fairway on the ninth and made bogey, had a wedge spin off the front of the green at No. 10 and into the bunker for bogey, and went over the 12th green for a fourth bogey in five holes.

Zalatoris briefly caught him with a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th. That only lasted as long as it took Pereira who match birdies from 18 feet, and the Chilean answered with a daring shot over the edge of a bunker to 6 feet for birdie on the par-3 14th.

Only 16 players remained under par at Southern Hills, a list that included Webb Simpson. On Friday, he had to save par from a bunker on his final hole to make the cut on the number. In a tie for 64th at the start of the third round, Simpson shot a 65 and moved into a tie for 10th.

He was eight shots back, seemingly too far to catch Pereira, but so little is known about how he will be react to the Sunday pressure of trying to win a major.

“If you play really good golf during the week, you’re going to win. Doesn’t matter your first time or your 10th time,” Pereira said. “If you play really, really well you’re, going to have chances.”

This is a big one.

****Heat Alert: Miami beats Boston 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

BOSTON (AP) Still angry over a blowout loss in Miami that cost them home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat jumped to a 25-point, first-half lead over the Boston Celtics in Game 3.

Then Bam Adebayo made sure it was enough – just barely – to give Miami a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Heat center scored 31 points with 10 rebounds, filling a void left by injured All-Star Jimmy Butler and leading Miami to a 109-103 victory Saturday night. Adebayo also had six assists and four of the Heat’s franchise postseason record 19 steals.

“He did his version of what Jimmy does: `Do what’s necessary for the game,'” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Tonight we needed the scoring and we needed that offensive punch early on.

“Then, when Jimmy was out in the second half, he just stabilized us,” Spoelstra added. “It got a little gnarly out there and when it did, we were able to get the ball to Bam and just get something coherent.”

The Celtics never led, but they cut a 62-37 deficit to one point, 93-92, with 2:40 to play on a 3-pointer from Jaylen Brown, who finished with 40 points. Max Strus answered with a 3 and then Adebayo bounced off defender Al Horford and made a basket at the shot clock buzzer to give Miami a six-point cushion.

The Celtics never came any closer.

Game 4 is Monday night in Boston.

“In the previous game, as everybody noticed, they beat us like we stole something,” Adebayo said. “That should wake everybody up. Getting beat at home like that, that says it all.”

In a bruising game that saw Butler and Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart leave with injuries – though both Celtics returned – Kyle Lowry came back from a four-game absence and scored 11 with six assists for the Heat. P.J. Tucker – like Lowry, a game-time decision – scored 17 for Miami.

Horford scored 20 points with 14 rebounds, and Smart scored 16. Tatum had 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting; he also had six turnovers, and Brown committed seven of Boston’s 2022 playoff-high 24 turnovers.

“Six turnovers, and no field goals in the second half – that is unacceptable,” Tatum said. “Honestly, I’ve got to play better. I feel like I left the guys hanging tonight. That’s on me.”

After losing Game 2 at home by 25 points, the Heat opened a 62-37 lead with under three minutes left in the second quarter. Then Boston scored the last 10 points of the half to claw its way back into the game.

Things got worse for the Heat when they announced at halftime that Butler, who scored 41 in the series opener, would not return with right knee inflammation.

Miami still led by 15, 87-72, after three, and made it a 17-point game on Adebayo’s basket to start the fourth. But the Celtics ran off the next nine points to get within single digits for the first time since the first three minutes of the game. Trailing 93-80, the Celtics scored 12 straight points – 10 by Brown – to make it a one-point game with 2:40 left.

Miami scored the next seven points.

“We didn’t think that it was all of a sudden going to be an easy series and they were going to roll over,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “We bounced back from Game 1 to Game 2, and they were going to do the same that and we had to match that and came out flat for whatever reason.”

IN AND OUT

Boston opened the second with a basket to make it a 13-point game, but the building went silent when Smart, the Defensive Player of the Year, went down in a collision with Lowry while going for a loose ball and needed to be helped to the locker room.

Smart returned just five minutes later, drawing a huge cheer when the scoreboard showed him walking down the tunnel back toward the court. He checked back in with seven minutes left in the third and hit a 3-pointer that made it a 10-point game, 72-62, and forced the Heat to call timeout.

The situation was repeated when Tatum went down in obvious pain with five minutes left in the fourth. He went straight to the locker room, clutching his right side, but also returned to the cheers of the crowd.

“My neck got caught in a weird position,” Tatum said. “Obviously, I went down and felt some pain and discomfort in my neck and down my arm. I went to the back, got it checked on, and started to gain some feeling back and got it checked by the doctors and ran some tests and decided to give it a go.”

Lowry missed eight of the Heat’s previous 10 games with a right hamstring strain, last playing in Game 4 of Miami’s second-round series with Philadelphia. Tucker had a sore left knee but was also in the starting lineup.

“I do not have any updates on anybody,” Spoelstra said. “We’re just going to go back to our cave and just regroup and maybe I’ll have some information for you tomorrow.”

The Celtics played without center Robert Williams III, who missed three games in the second round against Milwaukee with soreness and a bone bruise in his surgically repaired left knee. Daniel Theis started in his place. Derrick White returned after missing Game 2 to be at the birth of his first child.

TIP-INS

The Heat forced 24 turnovers in all to lead to 33 Miami points. The Heat also had nine turnovers that led to nine Celtics points. … Miami’s bench outscored Boston’s 26-16. … The Heat shot 64% in the first quarter, but finished at 46.7%. … Penn State coach and former Celtics assistant Micah Shrewsberry and Providence College coach Ed Cooley were both in attendance.

****Lehkonen scores twice to help Avalanche beat Blues 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Despite regaining the edge in their second-round series, the Colorado Avalanche aren’t satisfied.

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Logan O’Connor, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog also scored as the Avalanche bounced back from a 4-1 loss at home two nights earlier, and improved to 3-0 on the road in the postseason.

“Of course it was a good answer from the last game,” Lehkonen said. “We still know that we can clean up some stuff in our game and we’ve got to move on to the next one.”

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, and Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues, who might’ve lost starting goalie Jordan Binnington.

Binnington made three saves before leaving the game 6:45 into the first period after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen collided into him after getting their skates tangled up in the crease. No penalty was called on the play.

“Look at Kadri’s reputation,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

The coach added that Binnington was being evaluated for a lower body injury.

“I just see a loose puck, really” Kadri said. “I was just kind of sitting behind him and just tried to poke it with my stick. I think their defenseman kind of collided with me and pushed me into him. Had that not been the case, I don’t think I would have hit him at all.”

After the game, while Kadri was being interviewed on television, he said a Blues player threw a water bottle at him and believed it was Binnington.

Ville Husso stopped 19 of 23 shots in relief to fall to 1-3 in the playoffs.

“I think there was a little bit of a momentum swing there,” O’Connor said about the Blues changing goaltenders. “I think even before that we felt our game coming a little more. We weathered it early. They were hard on us to begin with, really closing down in the defensive zone. Then we started rolling things over a little more, getting a little more confidence with the puck.”

Game 4 is Monday night in St. Louis.

Parayko scored his second goal of the postseason on a slap shot from the point 3:55 into the game to put St. Louis ahead 1-0.

O’Connor got his first at 11:54 to tie it, and Kadri followed with his second of the postseason when he deflected Cale Makar’s slap shot past Husso right after Pavel Buchnevich finished serving an interference penalty.

Lehkonen scored his third of the playoffs to put Colorado up 3-1 with 2:45 remaining in the second period. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on the goal to give him points in seven straight postseason games.

O’Reilly tapped in a rebound from Nick Leddy for his seventh goal of the postseason to pull St. Louis within one with 29 seconds remaining in the middle period.

“I think we were kind of a little more hoping for a play,” O’Reilly said about the third period. “We kind of lost our structure a bit and kind of having our numbers where we need them in order to generate some offense. It wasn’t the best push by us.”

Landeskog iced the game when he scored his fifth of the postseason with 2:08 remaining after Husso had started to skate off the ice for an extra attacker.

Lehkonen scored his second of the night with Husso pulled to put Colorado up 5-2 in the final minute.

GIRARD INJURED

Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard had to be helped off the ice after his head crashed into the boards on a check from Ivan Barbashev 1:40 into the first period. After the game, Bednar said Girard has a broken sternum and will be out for the remainder of the postseason.

“I thought it was a legal check to be honest with you,” Bednar said. “It kind of goes in on his head side, but he got a lot of body there. He just turned the right way and went in awkward. It was a heavy check. Unfortunate.”

STREAKING

O’Reilly has at least one point in seven consecutive games. He has scored seven goals and four assists during his streak

BENCH BOSS

Berube coached his 48th playoff game with the franchise moving him past Ken Hitchcock into third place in team history.

HALL OF FAME POWER

Former Blues defenseman and hockey hall of famer Chris Pronger was shown on the video board at Enterprise Center. Pronger, whose number 44 was retired by the club earlier this season, chugged a beer to the crowd’s delight, reenacting a scene from his jersey retirement ceremony.

****Penguins sign F Bryan Rust to 6-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bryan Rust is staying in Pittsburgh.

The veteran forward, who was scheduled to become a free agent this summer, agreed to a six-year contract with the Penguins that will keep him with the club through 2028.

The deal, announced on Saturday, carries an average annual value of $5.125 million.

Rust, 30, scored 24 goals to go with a career-best 34 assists this season. Rust said earlier this week he would prefer to remain in Pittsburgh but added “I’ve played at a higher level than what my contract has said the last few years.”

Rust was finishing up a contract that paid him $3.5 million a season. Now he’ll get a raise and stay in a place where he’s been a fixture for the better part of a decade.

A third-round pick in the 2010 draft, Rust made his NHL debut on Dec. 13, 2014. Since his arrival, only Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel have scored more for the Penguins than the 124 goals he’s piled up in 424 games.

Rust also served as a vital part of Pittsburgh’s run to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Rust has 21 goals in 79 career playoff games and he is one of four players in NHL history to have each of their first three game-winning goals in the playoffs clinch series.

“Bryan exemplifies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin,” Pittsburgh general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. “His leadership qualities and experience as a two-time Stanley Cup champion is an important piece of our team.”

Rust’s signing is the first domino to fall on what could be a very busy summer for the Penguins. Pittsburgh reached the playoffs for the 16th straight season – the longest active streak in major North American sports – but fell in seven games to the New York Rangers in the first round.

Malkin and Kris Letang are among several high-profile players who are scheduled to hit the open market this summer. Like Rust, they have expressed a desire to stay in Pittsburgh but unlike Rust, they are in the latter portions of their career. Malkin turns 36 in July while Letang turned 35 in April.

****Bichette HRs twice, Manoah goes 8 as Jays beat Reds 3-1

TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette hit two home runs, pitcher Alek Manoah matched his career-high with eight innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday.

Bichette’s first was solo home run off Reds right-hander Hunter Greene in the fourth, No. 50 of Bichette’s career, and added a two-run blast off Luis Cessa (2-1) in the seventh. Both came on the first pitch in his sixth career multi-homer game. All six home runs this season have tied the game or given the Blue Jays the lead.

Greene allowed one run and four hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six in his first start since tossing 7 1/3 hitless innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday,

Manoah (5-1) allowed one run and seven hits to snap a three-start winless streak and getting his first W since April 28 against Boston. He walked none and struck out four.

Jordan Romano struck out the side in the ninth for his AL-leading 14th save in 16 chances, fanning fellow Canadian Joey Votto for the second out.

After retiring Tyler Naquin on a bunt attempt to end the eighth, Manoah held one finger aloft as he returned to the dugout, seemingly indicating that he wanted one more inning. Pitching coach Pete Walker spent time chatting with an animated Manoah while the Blue Jays batted, explaining manager Charlie Montoyo’s decision to sit him after 83 pitches.

The Reds opened the scoring on Votto’s RBI double in the fourth, which came after a unique double play that nearly stopped Cincinnati’s rally before it started.

TJ Friedl singled to open the inning and advanced to third on Tyler Naquin’s double. Tommy Pham broke his bat on the first pitch he saw from Manoah, sending a liner back to the mound. Manoah evaded a jagged piece of broken bat and made the catch, then quickly threw to third to double up Friedl.

After getting 22 outs without giving up a hit against the Pirates, Greene retired the first batters he faced Saturday before issuing a two-out walk to Alejandro Kirk in the second. Matt Chapman stuck out to end the inning.

Greene retired the side on four pitches in the third, but his no-hit streak ended when Bichette connected on the first pitch of the fourth.

Cincinnati’s Tyler Stephenson doubled to begin the seventh and moved to third on Mike Moustakas’ grounder, but Manoah fanned Colin Moran before second baseman Santiago Espinal made a diving stop on Alejo Lopez’s grounder to end the inning.

GREENE ON THE GUN

Greene threw 24 of his 84 pitches at 100 mph or faster. Another 13 were at least 99 mph. His fastest was a 101.4 mph pitch that Chapman fouled off in the second.

WEB GEM

Friedl crashed into the center field wall after making a running catch on George Springer’s deep liner in the bottom of the first.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: SS Kyle Farmer was held out of the starting lineup (rest). . Votto started at DH.

Blue Jays: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup at 1B. Gurriel left Wednesday’s game against Seattle because of a sore left hamstring. . Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started at DH.

UP NEXT

RHP Connor Overton (1-0, 1.82) starts Sunday’s series finale against Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-1, 3.38). Overton made four relief appearances for Toronto in 2021. Kikuchi is 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his past three starts.

****Varsho’s double scores 3 in 10th in Dbacks’ 7-6 win vs Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) With the game tied at 4 in the top of the 10th inning, the Cubs’ Rowan Wick zipped a couple of fastballs past Arizona’s Daulton Varsho before Varsho settled into a high-pressure at-bat.

“All I told myself was, `Can’t get beat again,'” Varsho said.

He didn’t.

Varsho drilled a two-out, three-RBI double off Wick (1-1), then scored himself on Andrelton Simmons’ throwing error to lift the Diamondbacks to a 7-6 comeback win over Chicago.

“I just knew I had an opportunity (on the throw) to get to third and still give us a chance to score another run there,” Varsho said. “When it got by (Yan Gomes) and hit the brick (behind home plate), I was like I’m just going to keep going. It’s kind of a pinball machine back there with all the bricks.”

Varsho couldn’t recall the last time he’d made it all the way home without actually knocking a ball out of the park.

“Might’ve been since little league, but it’s been a long time,” said Varsho, who finished 3 of 5 with three RBIs and is second on the Diamondbacks with eight doubles this season.

Arizona only got one hit off Cubs starter Justin Steele, but came to life against Chicago’s bullpen, riding a three-run eighth inning into extras after falling behind 4-0.

“Our guys didn’t shut down,” Diamondbacks manager Terry Lovullo said. “They had every right to. It’s a team that has a great heartbeat. I’ve been talking about that this whole road trip, it’s a common denominator for us.”

Arizona has won three straight games after ending a six-game losing streak in Thursday’s series opener.

Diamondbacks relievers Joe Mantiply, J.B. Wendelken, Ian Kennedy (3-2) combined for a pair of scoreless innings before Mark Melancon entered in the 10th for his ninth save of the season.

Against Melancon, Simmons singled to shortstop to score Christopher Morel from second. Simmons moved into scoring position by stealing second with Ian Happ representing the tying run at the plate. Melancon fanned Happ before Jonathan Villar hit his fifth double of the year to score Simmons. But Seiya Suzuki struck out.

Steele threw five scoreless innings and fanned nine, coming up one strikeout short of matching his career high. He allowed one hit and walked two. When Cubs manager David Ross pulled Steele, Lovullo figured his group had a chance to claw back against Chicago’s relievers.

“We drove up (Steele’s) pitch count, I think it was high 80s . It was what we believe in,” Lovullo said. “Just grind down your at-bats, see what you can get into in the bullpen and that’s what happened.”

Alek Thomas brought Arizona’s bats to life in the seventh with a two-out single to center to score Jake McCarthy. Then Pavin Smith smacked the first pinch-hit homer of his career to center to lead off the eighth, cut the deficit to two runs and end Chicago reliever Scott Effross’ streak of 14 appearances without an earned run.

“That was kind of an electric moment for us,” Varsho said. “Gained some confidence back, and just good for our whole lineup.”

McCarthy doubled off David Robertson with two outs, scoring Ketel Marte to close the gap further before Varsho’s single to center brought McCarthy home to tie it at four.

Chicago has lost four straight after winning six of eight before Arizona came to town.

BACK TO BACK

Frank Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, coming a day after Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas recorded the club’s first consecutive home runs since Wisdom and Alfonso Rivas did it against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sept. 14, 2021.

CONTRERAS CONCERNS

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras left his second straight game early, this time with an apparent hamstring injury after he started running to third base on a fouled grounder in the third.

The 30-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .258 with 14 RBIs and five homers so far this year.

“The doctors are checking him out,” Ross said. “There’s definitely something going on. We’ll find out how extensive.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 3B Josh Rojas left the game with a left hand contusion he sustained while striking out in the first inning, one day after a three-home run outing. … Varsho moved back to catcher from designated hitter as Arizona continues to rotate catchers with Carson Kelly (toe fracture) and Jose Herrera (undisclosed) on the 10-Day-IL. … Jordan Luplow moved to designated hitter and Ketel Marte started at second base after off days on Friday.

Cubs: IF Nico Hoerner (ankle) looked to be “about 80%, 85%” while running the bases on Saturday for the first time since his injury, manager David Ross said. . LHP Sean Newcomb (ankle) threw a bullpen session and is eligible to return from the 15-day IL on Monday. … IF David Bote (shoulder surgery) is 1 of 6 at the plate two games into a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. Bote and Clint Frazier (appendicitis) are both “working their way back in,” Ross said, and he won’t rush either player back.

UP NEXT

Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (3-2, 3.27 ERA) is set to face Chicago LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 2.70 ERA) in Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Kelly will look to bounce back after a May 17 start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he gave up eight earned runs on five hits in two innings. Miley allowed one hit and struck out six in seven scoreless innings in a May 16 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

****Anderson says Donaldson made racist remark, MLB investigates

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago White Sox star shortstop Tim Anderson accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson of making a racist remark by calling him Jackie Robinson during Saturday’s game against New York.

“He just made a, you know, disrespectful comment,” said Anderson, who is Black, “Basically, it was trying to call me Jackie Robinson. Like, `What’s up, Jackie?'”

“I don’t think it was called for,” Anderson added after New York’s 7-5 win at Yankee Stadium.

Major League Baseball is investigating the incident and speaking to those involved.

Anderson, an All-Star who is among the leading Black voices in baseball, told Sports Illustrated in 2019: “I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson … because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.”

Donaldson said that in the first inning, “I called him Jackie.” The white ballplayer also said he has “joked around” with Anderson in the past using the same reference and mentioned the 2019 Sports Illustrated interview.

Robinson broke the MLB color barrier in 1947. Every team in the big leagues has retired his No. 42 to honor the struggle, sacrifice and social impact he had on the game and beyond.

“My meaning of that is not any term trying to be racist by any fact of the matter,” Donaldson said. “Obviously, he deemed it disrespectful,” he said. “And look, if he did, I apologize. That’s not what I was trying to do by any manner and that’s what happened.”

Donaldson scrapped with Anderson on May 13 in Chicago after making a hard tag, and Anderson responded with a shove, resulting in the benches and bullpens clearing. Donaldson said Saturday that he was “trying to defuse” any lingering tension when the players crossed paths early in the game.

Anderson said Donaldson made a “Jackie” in the first couple of innings: “I spared him that time, and then it happened again.”

White Sox manager Tony La Russa also called Donaldson’s comment “racist,” adding, “That’s as strong as it gets.”

In the third inning, Donaldson rounded second base after the final out and began jawing with Anderson as the teams came off the field. Donaldson was escorted off the field by Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Anderson was led off by third base coach Joe McEwing.

In the fifth, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal stood up from his crouch and confronted Donaldson as he approached the plate.

“Believe me, you don’t want me to tell you guys what I told him,” Grandal said to reporters.

The barking continued as relievers ran in from the bullpens and the benches emptied, with La Russa – a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame – also yelling at Donaldson.

Anderson also continued to shout at Donaldson while being restrained by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and infielder Gavin Sheets. After a few minutes, umpires issued warnings to both sides and Donaldson struck out.

“This game went through a period in time where a lot of those comments were meant, and I think we’re way past that,” Grandal said after the game. “And it’s just unacceptable. I just thought it was a low blow and I want to make sure I’ve got my team’s back. There’s no way that you’re allowed to say something like that.”

Boone said of the incident: “I know … some talk of that. I’ve got to get to the bottom of it.”

Last season with Minnesota, Donaldson got into a spat with the White Sox when he appeared to yell “not sticky anymore” – a reference to substances pitchers use to control the ball – after hitting a homer against Chicago ace Lucas Giolito.

Earlier in the game, the Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu capped a five-run second inning off Dallas Keuchel (2-4) by hitting his second career grand slam.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled home a run, Donaldson had an RBI groundout and Anthony Rizzo lifted a sacrifice fly as the Yankees improved to 29-10. It is their best 39-game start since the 1998 team opened 30-9 and matched the third-best start in team history.

Abreu hit a three-run homer off Nestor Cortes. The White Sox lost to the Yankees for the 10th time in 12 games. Anderson singled twice and reached three times.

Cortes, who entered with an MLB-best 1.35 ERA among qualified pitchers, allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. It was the 17th straight start he permitted three runs or fewer – the second-longest streak in team history.

Clay Holmes got four outs for his fourth save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (right leg soreness) was scratched from the lineup and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. . Abreu (upper respiratory infection) made his eight start this year at DH. . RHP Lance Lynn (right knee) threw a simulated game Friday and is expected to throw another one next week. . RHP Aaron Bummer (right knee) threw a simulated game Friday and could be activated for Sunday’s doubleheader.

Yankees: RHP Chad Green (strained right elbow) was placed on the injured list and could be headed towards surgery. . RHP Luis Gil (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday. . OF Tim LoCastro (left lat strain) took swings in the cage for the second straight day.

UP NEXT

The teams play a single-admission doubleheader Sunday. RHP Johnny Cueto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start the opener for Chicago and RHP Michael Kopech (0-1, 1.54) starts the nightcap. RHP Jameson Taillon (4-1, 3.28) and RHP Luis Severino (3-0, 3.63) will pitch for the Yankees.

****Betts falls triple shy of cycle, leads Dodgers past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Mookie Betts stumbled rounding second base – a rare misstep for one of baseball’s most all-around All-Stars – and braced his fall with his left hand. Betts popped up clutching his left arm as he bounced back to second.

His stinger temporarily gave the Dodgers quite a scare.

His right arm was at full strength and with one throw, he helped keep Los Angeles’ wining streak alive.

Betts homered, doubled and singled, knocked in three runs, threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate and sparked the Los Angeles Dodgers to their seventh straight win, 7-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

“That’s why he’s one of the best players in baseball,” manager Dave Roberts said. “What he did in the box, what he did in right field, he’s just playing elite baseball right now. We need every bit of it.”

Betts, the five-time All-Star and 2018 AL MVP, about did it all with his arm and at the plate to help the Dodgers rally from a 4-1 hole. He also drew a walk.

Betts has reached base in 20 of 21 games, batting .333 (29 for 87) with seven doubles, seven homers, 18 RBIs, 22 runs and a 1.041 OPS in that stretch.

“Once I kind of changed my mind just to enjoy the process in working each and every day, let the game be the game, it’s kind of come out being pretty good,” Betts said.

Gavin Lux lined the go-ahead single to right over a drawn-in infield in the eighth inning for a 5-4 lead. Cody Bellinger scored on Searanthony Dominguez’s wild pitch to make it 6-4.

Jose Alvarado (0-1) allowed two hits to open the eighth and took the loss. Daniel Hudson (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless inning of relief and earned the win. Craig Kimbrel, the last of eight Dodgers pitchers, worked a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

Austin Barnes hit his fourth homer of the year in the ninth for a 7-4 lead.

Betts preserved a tie game for the Dodgers in the seventh after the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. Hudson retired Alec Bohm on a low liner to right and Betts’ one-hop throw easily beat a sliding Odubel Herrera at the plate for the double play. What made the inning-ending out more painful for the Phillies, had Herrera stayed at third, Bryce Harper would have hit with the bases loaded.

“I figured he was going to take a chance,” Betts said. “I was just ready for it.”

Phillies manager Joe Girardi said he was “OK” with third base coach Dusty Wathan sending Herrera home.

“That’s a good outfielder. He made a really good throw,” Girardi said.

Betts has three outfield assists in 37 games this season after totaling only two from 2020-2021 in 168 outfield games.

Harper went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter in his first game in a week. The 2021 NL MVP was one of the hottest hitters in baseball before he was forced out of the lineup. He won NL player of the week honors for batting .609 (14 for 23) with three homers, six doubles, eight RBIs and a 1.904 OPS in six games, three of them at Dodger Stadium.

Harper had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow and the lingering soreness kept him out of five straight games.

The Phillies bats had been slumbering, with just four runs scored and three losses over the first four games of the homestand without Harper. Perhaps buoyed by Harper’s return, the Phillies scored four runs through four innings in a bullpen game for the Dodgers.

Leading 1-0 in the second, Bohm hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, off Mitch White for a 3-1 lead.

Kyle Schwarber, batting only .199 entering the game, hit a solo shot in the fourth for a 4-1 lead. Schwarber’s homer tied him for first in the National League with 10. It was only his second at home and first since opening day.

Aaron Nola couldn’t hold the lead and still has not won since opening day.

Betts was Nola’s nemesis in this one. Betts crushed his ninth homer of the season into the left field seats in the third and tied the game 1-all. One Phillies fan unimpressed by the souvenir chucked the ball back onto the field.

Betts added a two-run double in the fifth that pulled the Dodgers to 4-3 but he took a hard stumble as he rounded second base trying for a triple. Betts made it back to the bag and a trainer and Roberts checked on their star slugger. Betts said he was fine and stayed in the game.

“Yeah, that was scary,” Roberts said.

Betts said his shoulder went numb for a moment until it came back to life.

Good news for the Dodgers.

“That’s a great player having a great night. The thing about Mookie is, there’s nothing he can’t do,” Girardi said.

Nola, who struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings, gave up the lead in the sixth on Will Smith’s fourth homer of the year that made it 4-4.

UP NEXT

The Phillies send RHP Zach Eflin (1-3, 3.90 ERA) to the mound against Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-0, 1.64).

****Goldschmidt’s 4-hit game lifts Cardinals over Pirates 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Saturday night.

Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 28. His two-run double capped a four-run second inning.

“Just tried to have some good at-bats,” Goldschmidt said. “I found a few holes. I didn’t really crush any of those balls. Some at-bats are good, and others aren’t as good. Whether I’m going good or bad, I just try to focus on every day and trying to have the best at-bats I can.”

Bryan Reynolds hit an inside-the-park home run for the Pirates, and Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run double. Both finished with two hits – Reynolds also doubled.

Highly touted St. Louis prospect Matthew Liberatore came within one out of winning his major league debut. The left-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking two.

Liberatore was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game.

“Command wasn’t great, but the nerves were alright,” Liberatore said. “I felt pretty comfortable out there. At the end of the day, it’s still the same game and that’s how I tried to approach it. I just didn’t get ahead on guys and that hurt me.”

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said Liberatore’s command will improve as he continues to pitch.

“He’s going to be just fine,” Marmol said.

Drew VerHagen (1-0) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless inning in relief of Liberatore for his first major league win since 2019 with Detroit. VerHagen spent the past two seasons playing in Japan.

“It was just fun to pitch in a close game and get some important outs,” VerHagen said.

Ryan Helsley worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

Tommy Edman added two hits as the Cardinals had a total of 10.

Jose Quintana (1-2) was tagged for five runs – two earned – and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

In his previous four starts, Quintana gave up a total of three runs in 23 innings.

The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with the four-run second. A fielding error by third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes let in the first run and Edmundo Sosa hit an RBI single before Goldschmidt lined his two-run double to right.

Tsutsugo’s double to deep center in the bottom of the inning drew the Pirates to 4-2.

Edman singled in a run for the Cardinals in the fourth for the first of his two hits, but Liberatore was unable to make it through the fifth when Reynolds’ inside-the-parker made it 5-4.

Reynolds hit a drive that hit off the fence in left field and then rolled into left-center as he scored standing up. It was Pirates’ first inside-the-park homer since Starling Marte had one in 2018 at Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh’s first at home since Pedro Alvarez in 2013.

“I might pitch a long time and never give up another inside-the-park home run,” Liberatore said. “I wonder how many pitchers have done that in their debut?”

Pittsburgh lost for the fourth time in five games.

FACING THE BUCCOS

Liberatore was the first Cardinals pitcher to make his major league debut as a starter against the Pirates since Alan Benes in 1995 and the first lefty since Ray Sadecki in 1960.

Liberatore also became the seventh Cardinals player to make his big league debut this season.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

St. Louis designated hitter Albert Pujols played in his 2,992nd career game. That tied Willie Mays for ninth-most in major league history.

ROSTER MOVES

The Cardinals optioned RHP Jake Walsh to Memphis to open space on the 26-man roster for Liberatore. RHP T.J. Zeuch was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man spot.

BRIGHT AND EARLY

Sunday’s finale of the three-game series will start at 11:35 a.m. to accommodate Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. It will be the earliest game played in Pittsburgh since the Pirates hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:05 a.m. on July 4, 1987, at Three Rivers Stadium.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: CF Harrison Bader was a late scratch because of lightheadedness but entered in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement. . OF Dylan Carlson, originally slated to play right field until moving to center, exited with left hamstring tightness after flying out to end the top of the third inning. He will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (left groin strain) has gone 2 for 8 with a double in the first three games of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (3-3, 6.03 ERA) will start Sunday as St. Louis tries to sweep the three-game series. Matz allowed two runs in five innings of a no-decision against the New York Mets on Tuesday.

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (0-2, 5.67) makes his fifth start of the season and eighth appearance.

****Verlander shines to lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

HOUSTON (AP) After another splendid start gave Justin Verlander the most wins and lowest ERA in the majors, Houston manager Dusty Baker was asked just how impressive the veteran right-hander has been this season in his return from Tommy John surgery.

“What impresses me that has probably gone unnoticed is how hard he had to work to get back to this point,” Baker said. “I’ve seen some guys don’t work and they never get back, but this guy is almost unlike any other player that I’ve ever had.”

Verlander (6-1) scattered six singles across six scoreless innings without a walk Saturday night to lead the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers. The 39-year-old ace tied a season high with eight strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.22.

“It means a lot,” said Verlander, who missed almost two full seasons with the elbow injury. “I worked extremely hard ever since the surgery. And it’s way too early to say I’m pleased with the results. But it’s better to start off good than bad.”

Yordan Alvarez had two hits, including his second career triple, and drove in a run to help the Astros take a 2-1 lead in this four-game series. Veteran catcher Jason Castro made two strong defensive plays and doubled and scored in the fifth to aid in the victory.

Houston led by two in the eighth when Corey Seager doubled off Hector Neris with one out. The Rangers cut the lead to one when Seager scored on a single by Adolis Garcia.

A balk sent Garcia to second, but he was thrown by Castro trying to steal third.

“I love his aggressive style,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Just a couple of little details we need to talk through.”

Neris then struck out Kole Calhoun to end the threat.

Ryan Pressly allowed a single to Nathaniel Lowe with two outs in the ninth, but struck out pinch-hitter Sam Huff for his fifth save.

Texas starter Jon Gray (1-2) gave up six hits and two runs in six innings.

The first inning didn’t start out well for the Astros when Brad Miller reached on a fielding error by Castro before Marcus Semien singled. There was one out in the inning when Garcia singled and Miller scored. But the Astros challenged the call and a replay showed Castro tagged the runner before he touched home plate.

There was a second review of the play when the Rangers challenged the home plate collision rule, but that challenge was not successful.

“It was tough because we put some pressure on them there in the first and we couldn’t cash in,” Woodward said.

Jose Siri, batting leadoff with Jose Altuve getting a day off, singled to start the Houston first and stole second base. Michael Brantley walked before Alvarez singled with one out to score Siri and put Houston up 1-0.

Castro doubled with no outs in the fifth and advanced to third on a groundout by Siri for the second out. Gray then bounced one off the backstop for a wild pitch and Castro slid in just before the tag to make it 2-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi, who left his start Monday on a stretcher, played catch for a second straight day. Odorizzi, on the 15-day injured list, said he has strained ligaments around his ankle and foot. “We’re enthused of what we see,” Baker said. “I don’t just go out there and spy on him or anything like that, but from a distance I’ve got my eyes on him and our trainers are out there with them, and he’s doing good.”

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Jose Urquidy (3-1, 4.81 ERA) opposes Taylor Hearn (2-2, 5.46) when the series wraps up Sunday.

****IndyCar’s aeroscreen gets mixed reviews in 1st rain test

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar officials will spend the next few days collecting information and gathering advice about improving aeroscreen visibility for races held in the rain.

Many of the series drivers complained Saturday that they struggled to see other cars late in the IndyCar Grand Prix – even though each has flashing red lights. It was the most intense rainfall the series has competed in since 2018 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, two years prior to the installation of the shields designed to protect drivers’ heads from debris.

IndyCar president Jay Frye acknowledged Sunday previous testing indicated water retention on the screens would be more severe when running at slower speeds. But those tests were not held with 27 cars on the track as was the case on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course this weekend.

“When you got it up to speed, the water would just blow off, it would just go away. Now with a group of cars, there are different things involved,” Frye told The Associated Press. “We need to find out where we’re at, who had the biggest issue and come up with best practices.”

One possible solution – making better use of the tear-offs that cover the clear screens.

Race winner Colton Herta said he also struggled with visibility – until his team pulled a used tear-off screen. Frye said he spoke with an unidentified driver whose team never removed it.

Whether that may have made a difference Saturday remains unclear.

But it didn’t change the results.

After finishing a season-best fifth, Conor Daly of Ed Carpenter Racing told reporters he finished the race by peaking around the side of the cockpit because water was pooling in the center of the shield. He wasn’t the only competitor struggling.

The changing weather conditions and a track that was dry in some parts and wet in others, created other obstacles. And when heavy rain covered the front stretch with less than five laps to go, Daly said he relied on his spotter, instincts and muscle memory to navigate braking zones and traffic.

“It was definitely hard to race like that,” he said. “Even under yellow, I couldn’t see the cars, so that’s very concerning. Hopefully, we can figure it out. Hopefully, we can keep it shiny the rest of the year, too.”

Complaints about the aeroscreens are hardly new. When initially introduced, drivers complained about a range of issues including sightlines, cockpit temperatures and warm drinking bottles. Series officials found solutions, some with relatively simple adjustments such as moving the placement of drinking bottles.

Indy GP runner-up Simon Pagenaud offered one idea – adding a windshield wiper like sports cars.

“It was very difficult to see without the wiper. That was the first wet race with the aeroscreen, but in these conditions you really need the wiper,” the three-time race winner from France said. “It’s possible and probably necessary to have a wiper in these conditions.”

Frye said the series would consider Pagenaud’s suggestion, but the curve of the aeroscreen could present a challenge.

Regardless, the historic speedway could now be harkening back to its traditional roots as a test track where everything from seat belts to rearview mirrors to the SAFER barrier were introduced.

Rain is commonplace in May and has caused many Indianapolis 500 practices and qualifying rounds to be delayed or canceled. In 1915, 1986 and 1997, bad weather forced postponements of the marquee race. In 1967 and 1973, it took multiple days to complete and seven 500s ended prematurely because of rain, most recently in 2007 when Dario Franchitti won for the first time.

But because IndyCars don’t compete on wet ovals, the rooster tails created by the spray of the cars was a surprising sight for the estimated 65,000 fans and caused real consternation for some of the series’ most hardened drivers.

“The biggest problem for me was the spray from the other cars,” pole-winner and third-place finisher Will Power said. “There’s really nothing you can do with the wheels of the cars. We were really right on the edge of whether we should be running there at the end.”

Series officials monitored radio calls and team messages about visibility throughout the race, especially when the heavier rains began, Frye said, but that nobody thought the conditions were “unmanageable.”

The series also is trying to find out if visibility could have played a role in the late crash between between rookies Christian Lundgaard and Callum Ilott.

Either way, it wasn’t easy for anyone.

“I’m glad to say I’ve raced in the rain now although that was a frightening experience, especially there for the last however many laps,” seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said on Twitter. “I hope I don’t need to do that again anytime soon.”

****Column: Herta’s profile elevated as he rolls into Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The stage now belongs to Colton Herta, the young American driver who through both patience and persistence has forced his way into international conversations.

Herta effortlessly navigated his way through three days embedded with McLaren at Formula One’s Miami Grand Prix, where he got an invitation-only closeup of his upcoming opportunities. He will test for McLaren at some point this season, and Herta just might be the one to end the seven-year drought of an American driver on the F1 grid.

He still has his current job, of course, and on Saturday picked up his first win of the IndyCar season with an entertaining drive through the rain on the road course inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now it’s time for the main event, the Indianapolis 500, a race that really could fast-track Herta’s hopes of landing an F1 seat. Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens Tuesday for practice and the buildup to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on May 29.

“It’s nice for momentum,” Herta said after his seventh career victory. “For the team and for me to be on a high note going into the month of May, it feels great. Hopefully we can reap some of the benefits of that, turn that into some speed and everyone is going to be working that much harder to be back (in victory lane) in two week’s time.”

Herta chased his F1 dreams early in his career when he moved to England alone as a teenager and tried to work his way through the ladder system. His path stalled and he returned to the United States ahead of the 2017 season.

Now he’s the star driver at Andretti Autosport seeking a career-changing Indy 500 victory. F1 has gained massive traction in North America and American companies have been lining up to join the action. As Herta tries to leapfrog Dalton Sargeant (a Floridian competing in F2) and Jak Crawford (a Charlotte native competing in F3) as F1’s next American, he can use the Indy 500 to attract the sponsorship that could get him into the global series sooner rather than later.

Alexander Rossi, Herta’s current teammate at Andretti, was the last American driver to start an F1 race in 2015.

Herta was spectacular at Indy in the rain on Saturday and the in-car camera angles of the 22-year-old Californian manhandling his steering wheel – and saving a slide on the wet track from a disastrous spin – were breathtaking.

But the 500 is an entirely different beast, which Herta learned firsthand last year with a strong leadup to race day. He qualified second, started on the front row and led 13 laps before strategy backfired and he faded to a disappointing 16th-place finish.

The field this year is as competitive as ever and headlined by defending Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who will seek a record fifth victory. Will Power has quietly put together one of the best season starts of his career, and although he’s the only Team Penske driver without a win through five races this season, he’s yet to finish lower than fourth and moved into the IndyCar points lead over the weekend.

Reigning champion Alex Palou finished runner-up to Castroneves in the 500 a year ago and was fixated on what he did wrong to lose the race. Juan Pablo Montoya returns for a second-consecutive season as he tries to win for the Indy 500 for a third time and he’s again teamed with Arrow McLaren SP and Pato O’Ward, the popular young Mexican driver Herta is trying to beat to F1.

O’Ward tested for McLaren in December in Abu Dhabi. But when McLaren offered Herta and O’Ward identical testing contracts for 2022, only Herta signed immediately. O’Ward has since agreed on principle to a contract extension with McLaren; it is not clear if he will test in F1 this year.

Herta, O’Ward, Palou and Rinus VeeKay were the four fresh IndyCar faces last May as all four had won races ahead of the 500 in a rapidly changing youth movement in the series. The series has since added rookies Kyle Kirkwood, the Indy Lights champion, and Callum Illot and Christian Lundgaard have moved to IndyCar from F1 feeder series. Illot was also in Miami a week ago as the Alfa Romeo test driver.

And then there are the two big stars, both making their Indy 500 debuts.

Romain Grosjean will run the 500 for the first time now that he’s added ovals to his schedule. As a teammate to Herta and Rossi at Andretti, he should have a fast car.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson skipped the ovals last season but now looks forward, at age 46, to his Indy 500 debut. He won the Brickyard 400 four times on Indy’s oval in a stock car and was sixth in March at Texas in his first race on that oval in an Indy car.

None other than Mario Andretti has declared Johnson a legitimate contender. Andretti and A.J. Foyt are the only two drivers in history to win both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500; Johnson is a two-time winner at Daytona.

“Come the 500, he’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with,” Andretti said. “He knows enough about the car. He’s definitely a dark horse.”

TOP 5 INDY 500 QUALIFIERS

Indy 500 Row 5 

13. (18) David Malukas (R), Honda, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD, 231.607  

14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, Team Penske, 231.580 

15. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, 231.508

Indy 500 Row 6 

16. (60) Simon Pagenaud (W), Honda, Meyer Shank Racing, 231.275

17. (11) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, A.J. Foyt Racing, 231.112 

18. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter Racing, 230.999

Indy 500 Row 7 

19. (77) Callum Ilott (R), Chevrolet, Juncos Hollinger Racing, 230.916 

20. (27) Alexander Rossi (W), Honda, Andretti Autosport, 230.812

21. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 230.766 

Indy 500 Row 8 

22. (24) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, Dreyer & Reinbold, 230.464

23. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Curb, 230.345  

24. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco (R), Honda, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport, 230.326

Indy 500 Row 9 

25. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, Andretti Autosport, 230.235 

26. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, Team Penske, 230.154

27. (06) Helio Castroneves (W), Honda, Meyer Shank Racing, 229.630 

Indy 500 Row 10 

28. (14) Kyle Kirkwood (R), Chevrolet, A.J. Foyt Racing, 229.406 

29. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, A.J. Foyt Racing, 228.916

30. (6) Juan Pablo Montoya (W), Chevrolet, Arrow McLaren SP, 228.622

Indy 500 Row 11  

31. (30) Christian Lungaard (R), Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 227.053

32. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 226.851 

33. (25) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, DragonSpeed/Cusick Racing, no speed 

****Kyle Busch’s pit crew All-Stars for qualifying in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The NASCAR All-Stars during qualifying Saturday night were the pit crew members for Kyle Busch, who earned the pole for the annual $1 million non-points exhibition race.

Busch won the final round of an unusual elimination bracket involving the pit crews doing a four-tire pit stop when he beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line.

“Any time you’re able to showcase the pit crew’s ability and have them and their athleticism in this competition and in this qualifying format, I enjoy that,” Busch said. “Having those guys go over the wall certainly means a lot, especially the No. 18 bunch that I’ve had a lot of success with over the years.”

All 20 drivers locked into Sunday night’s 24-car All-Star race field went through a normal one-lap qualifying. The top eight then went into an elimination bracket, when two cars at a time were staged in temporary side-by-side stalls at the end of pit road. The drivers had to wait for a signal before charging forward for a four-tire pit stop, then raced a lap around the 1 1/2-mile track.

Busch had an easy lap in the semifinal round when head-to-head against reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson, who won his last two All-Star starts.

Larson, who followed his All-Star win by also winning the fall Cup playoff race there, stalled his car before getting to his crew. That allowed 2017 All-Star winner Busch to easily advance to the final, even after his rear tire changer fell down.

“When you’re sitting there, you’re not like fully compressed into the clutch, you’re trying to find that sweet spot. … I just got a little too greedy obviously and stalled it,” Larson said. “It’s embarrassing. I mean, I’m the only guy who stalled.”

William Byron, who was beat by Blaney in the other semifinal, starts third and Larson fourth. Kurt Busch, Ross Chastain, Martin Truex Jr. and Aric Almirola rounded out the top eight.

The remaining four spots for the All-Star race will be determined in a three-segment race earlier Sunday. The winner of each segment (20, 20 and 10 laps) will advance to the main event, with the final spot determined by fan vote.

FIRST-TIME ALL-STARS

It has been 20 years since the All-Star race was won by a driver in the event for the first time. That was Ryan Newman in 2002.

Rookie driver Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe are first-timers locked into the field based on their wins this year. Cindric won the season-opening Daytona 500 for Team Penske, and Briscoe took his Stewart Haas Racing car to Victory Lane at Phoenix.

“To be able to say you’re one of those guys is a big deal. It’s definitely a who’s who of guys that are in that race. You know it’s all the bigger names in the sport,” Briscoe said. “So to be a part of that is is definitely special and humbling.”

Briscoe qualified 11th and Cindric 12th.

Aside from the inaugural All-Star race won by Darrell Waltrip in 1985, the only driver other than Newman to win in his first chance was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2000.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Ross Chastain knows he should have drank more water during the week, and figures eating some more watermelon probably would have helped too.

Chastain, whose family owns a watermelon farm in Florida, said Saturday that he was feeing fine – and good for the All-Star race – after suffering from dehydration at the end of the NASCAR Trucks Series race at Texas on Friday night.

“It’s not fun, so I’m not going to let it happen again,” Chastain said.

Chastain, who has gotten his first two career Cup victories this season, tweeted a shirtless picture from the infield media center while getting IVs, and wrote, “Feeling like a million bucks.”

MICRO SPRINTS

Cup driver Christopher Bell used to attend races at Texas Motor Speedway as a kid growing up in Oklahoma. When watching legends racing on the 1/5-mile asphalt track outside the main event he always thought about how cool it would be to be racing micro sprints there on a NASCAR weekend.

Bell will get to do that in September as part of “C Bell’s Micro Mania” at the Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway, which will be converted from asphalt to dirt before then. He had first presented the idea a few months ago to TMS officals.

Bell will drive in the event, and hopes to have other Cup regulars as well, along with the kids of some of the Cup guys for the junior division for ages 6-12.

“From the first time I saw Lil’ Texas I couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it would be to have a micro sprint race there,” Bell said.

****Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) Maybe extra rest isn’t such a bad thing for a racehorse after all.

In the Preakness Stakes that was run without the Kentucky Derby winner because Rich Strike’s owner felt he needed more time off after his 80-1 upset, Early Voting validated a gutsy decision to skip the Derby and aim for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Early Voting held off hard-charging favorite Epicenter to win the Preakness on Saturday, rewarding trainer Chad Brown and owner Seth Klarman for their patience. Early Voting stalked the leaders for much of the race before moving into first around the final turn and finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Epicenter, who was second just like in the Derby.

“We thought he needed a little more seasoning, the extra rest would help him,” Klarman said. “He was pretty lightly raced – only three races before today. And as it turned out, that was the right call. We wanted to do right by the horse, and we’re so glad we waited.”

The initial plan in the Preakness was for Early Voting not to wait and for jockey Jose Ortiz to take him to the lead. That looked especially important on a day when the dirt track at Pimlico Race Course was favoring speed and making it hard for horses to come from behind down the stretch.

But when Armagnac jumped out to the lead, Ortiz settled Early Voting, who had plenty left in the tank before the finish line with Epicenter threatening inside at the rail.

“I was never worried,” Brown said. “Once we had a good target, I actually preferred that. We were fine to go to the lead, but I thought down the back side it was going to take a good horse to beat us. And a good horse did run up on us near the wire and it was about the only one that could run with us.”

After just two Triple Crown winners in the past four-plus decades, Rich Strike owner Rick Dawson took plenty of criticism for skipping the Preakness because he felt the horse needed more rest to prepare for the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

Some of that might be muted in the aftermath of Early Voting’s impressive performance.

“That’s very hard to get an owner to pass on the Derby, and they did the right choice,” said Ortiz, who won the Preakness for the first time. “The horse, I don’t think he was seasoned enough to run in a 20-horse field and they proved that they were right today. I’ve been on him since he was a baby. We always knew he was very talented, but we knew he was going to be a late developer.”

Klarman and Brown cast doubt on the possibility of Early Voting taking on Rich Strike in the Belmont to make it a showdown between the Derby and Preakness winners. They said Early Voting might not be suited for the mile-and-a-half Belmont.

But Early Voting had no problem with 1 3/16 miles in the Preakness, which did not have a blazing fast pace like the Derby.

“It’s just beautiful when a plan comes together,” Brown said.

Early Voting, who went off at 5-1, gave Brown his second Preakness victory. Cloud Computing, the 2017 winner, is also owned by Klarman’s Klaravich Stables.

“Cloud Computing was a once in a lifetime and now I have a twice in a lifetime,” said Klarman, who grew up three blocks from Pimlico and was celebrating his 65th birthday. “Really hard to believe it could’ve happened.”

Early Voting won the race in 1:54.54 and paid $13.40, $4.60 and $3.60. Epicenter paid $2.80 and $2.40 for place and show, and Creative Minister was third and paid $4.20 to show.

Although Epicenter was passed by Rich Strike in the Derby and couldn’t make a similar move in the Preakness, it was a familiar feeling for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Joel Rosario. A disappointed Asmussen said his horse “just had too much to overcome” after a rough start.

“I couldn’t get my position,” Rosario said. “I had nowhere to go. You just have to stay there and hopefully at some point it opens up. It was really tight the whole way.”

Early Voting finished first in a field of nine horses, which included D. Wayne Lukas-trained filly Secret Oath and three who came back after running in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Secret Oath finished fourth 15 days after winning the Kentucky Oaks.

“She made a big, sweeping run,” Lukas said. “It just wasn’t her day.”

Early Voting, a son of Gun Runner, won for the third time in four career races to take the $990,000 winner’s share of the $1.65 million purse. Asmussen said, “Early Voting is the winner of the Preakness and deserves all the credit for doing so – and nothing but.”

The 147th edition of the Preakness took place in near-record heat with the temperature soaring to 90 when the horses left the starting gate.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

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****USL Championship Recap: Indy Eleven  2 : 0  New York Red Bulls II

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, May 21, 2022) – Indy Eleven pushed its home winning streak to four games and its undefeated streak at Carroll Stadium to eight courtesy of a 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls II at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. A Red Bulls II own goal and forward Jonas Fjeldberg’s second goal in as many games, both in the first half, were more than enough for Indy Eleven (5W-3L-2D, 17 pts., 7th in Eastern Conf.) to return to the win column, the result giving Indy a fifth win from its last six outings.

A frantic start saw quality looks for both teams inside the first quarter-hour, starting with Red Bulls II striker Jordan Adebayo-Smith getting off a shot that forced Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco into his first save just three minutes in. On the other end Indy forward Manuel Arteaga saw a 6th minute effort saved, and while Fjeldberg swept home rebound the finish was nullified by the offside flag. New York midfielder Jeremy Rafanello nearly made his former side pay in the 14th minute by picking off a pass at the top of the area and firing a shot that clanged off the right post and out of harm’s way.

The match settled down as the half hour mark neared, which is when Indiana’s Team took the lead. Captain Neveal Hackshaw’s long throw-in to the six was nodded backwards by O’Vante Mullings, forcing Juan Castillo into another header that found its way past New York netminder Derrek Chan. In the 42nd minute Fjeldberg indeed found paydirt and doubled Indy’s lead on a breakaway chance set up by Noah Powder’s perfect 50-yard through ball from the edge of the defensive third.

The second half saw Panicco pressed into action within the opening minute, and he did well to race to the top of his area and stop a breakaway opportunity before seeing Adebayo-Smith fortunately miss wide on the follow-up attempt. The chances were much more sporadic to follow, but Fjeldberg had a great look at a brace in the 57th minute off Arteaga’s back post cross, only to see his forceful header blocked out for a corner. While New York retained more possession in the stanza, the Boys in Blue professionally saw out the final half hour without much danger, although a Rafanello blast from distance in the 81st minute that whistled wide did serve notice.

As substitutions for both sides cycled through, Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry took the opportunity to give two-time USL Championship MVP Solomon Asante his debut in blue, the Ghanian entering in the 79th minute. It took only eight minutes for Asante to provide some of the exceptional set-piece service he’s known for with a corner to the penalty spot, but Arteaga steered his crashing header just over the bar. Panicco and company held firm through stoppage time to give Indy a comfortable return to the win column and a second clean sheet in its last three contests.

Indy Eleven returns to action next Saturday, May 28, with the renewal of its annual Racing Indy Game at Carroll Stadium. Fans are encouraged to make it a full day in downtown Indy, as the special 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff will allow patrons to experience both the 500 Festival Parade (starting at noon) and the Eleven’s contest against New Mexico United to follow. Full details surrounding the Racing Indy Game – including a limited-edition Indy Eleven/IMS jersey and scarf for purchase – and future promotional dates at Carroll Stadium can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions.

Tickets for next Saturday’s matinee match – and all Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 10

Indy Eleven  2 : 0  New York Red Bulls II

Saturday, May 21, 2022

IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Indy Eleven: 5W-3L-2D, 17 pts., 7th in Eastern Conf.

New York Red Bulls II: 1W-9L-1D, 4 pts., 13th in Eastern Conf.

Scoring Summary:

IND – own goal (Juan Castillo) 30’

IND – Jonas Fjeldberg (Noah Powder) 42’

Disciplinary Summary:

NY – Sam Williams (yellow card) 37’

IND – Noah Powder (yellow card) 45’

NY – Jeremy Rafanello (yellow card) 73’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-2-3-1): Elliot Panicco; Neveal Hackshaw (captain), Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer, Alex McQueen; Sam Brown, Justin Ingram; Jonas Fjeldberg (Stefano Pinho 79’), Raul Aguilera (Rodney Michael 85’), Noah Powder (Solomon Asante 79’); Manuel Arteaga (A.J. Cochran 93+’)

IND substitutes: Tim Trilk (GK), Nicky Law, Palmer Ault

New York Red Bulls II (3-4-2-1): Derrek Chan; Juan Castillo, Daniel De Leon (Michael Knapp 45’), Lamine Conte (Jack Casey 82’); Steven Sserwadda, Sam Williams (Adam Najem 45’), Curtis Ofori, O’Vonte Mullings; Jeremy Rafanello (John Murphy 90’), Jonathan Smith; Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Illia Tyrkus 62’)

NY Substitutes: none unused

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****Toledo Bests Indians on Saturday Night, 12-2

INDIANAPOLIS – Canaan Smith-Njigba and Ji-Hwan Bae each extended their respective on-base streaks, but the Toledo Mud Hens offense exploded for double-digit runs in a 12-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday night at Victory Field.

Both Smith-Njigba and Bae walked in the sixth inning to extend their streaks. Smith-Njigba is currently working an International League-leading 23-game on-base streak, while Bae follows closely behind with a 20-gamer.

The Indians (20-19) committed six errors in the contest, their highest in a single game dating back to 2005. Half of their runs allowed were unearned due to the defensive miscues.

The Mud Hens (21-18) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning off Blake Weiman (L, 0-1) before erupting for six runs in the sixth and four in the seventh. Kody Clemens continued his hot streak at Victory Field this week, going 3-for-4 with a pair of triples.

Indianapolis also scored both of its runs with the aid of defensive miscues. Ji-Hwan Bae reached base safely on dropped fly ball in left field and scored on a double play off the bat of Mason Martin two batters later. In the sixth, Jason Delay led off with a single off Markus Solbach (W, 1-0) and scored on a Cal Mitchell sacrifice fly after a fielding error at second base extended the inning.

Travis Swaggerty led Indy’s offense with three hits, marking his second consecutive multi-hit game. Cal Mitchell followed with two hits for his team-leading 11th multi-hit game of the season.

The Indians will look to clinch a series victory in the series finale vs. Toledo tomorrow at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Cody Bolton (1-1, 3.86) will take the mound vs. Game 1 starter LHP Joey Wentz (0-2, 4.38)

****(INDIANA)

Baseball Falls in Finale at Iowa

IOWA CITY – It was a one-run game in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, but the Indiana baseball team could not scratch across the game-tying run in its 2-1 loss at Iowa on Saturday (May 21) evening at Duane Banks Field.

It was single runs in three different innings, as Iowa (33-17, 16-7 B1G) tallied one in the first and one in the fifth to take the 2-0 lead. Indiana (25-30, 10-14 B1G) got a run back in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

The trio of senior Bradley Brehmer, redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell and redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp struck out 13 batters and allowed just two runs – one earned – on three hits and five walks. Brehmer (4-4) took the loss with one run allowed over four innings of work. He struck out five and walked two.

The 13 strikeouts moved the season total to 561 and into the top spot on the IU single season charts. The previous mark of 558 was set in 2019. The 2022 staff is just the second to reach the 500-strikeout mark in program history.

With his 18th home run of the season, redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis moved into a tie for No. 7 on the single-season home run chart at Indiana. He is tied with Kyle Schwarber (18; 2013) and Alex Smith (18; 1986) and one shy of reaching the top five in program history.

Freshman Josh Pyne moved his hitting streak to 12 games and his reached base streak to 13 games – both his second-longest of the season – with a 1-for-2 night at the plate and a pair of walks. Freshman Carter Mathison moved his reached base streak to 22 games with a 1-for-4 night at the plate.

Junior Hunter Jessee produced his 16th multi-hit game of the season with a 3-for-5 night at the plate and moved his reached base streak to 16 games in the process. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen walked to push his reached base streak to 15 games.

The Hawkeyes managed just three hits, with one a first-inning home run from Keaton Anthony and Izaya Fullard chipped in a pair of singles. Kyle Huckstrof walked and came around to score the eventual game-winning run. Ty Langenberg (5-2) picked up the win with five scoreless innings and Ben Beutel (4) earned the save with two scoreless frames.

Scoring Recap – Game One

Bottom First

Keaton Anthony hit a solo home run with two outs.

at Iowa 1, Indiana 0

Bottom Fifth

A pair of walks and an error loaded the bases in no outs against reliever Ty Bothwell. After a strikeout, Iowa scored a run on a wild pitch.

at Iowa 2, Indiana 0

Top Sixth

Matthew Ellis hit his 18th home run of the season to right-center field.

at Iowa 2, Indiana 1

Up Next

Indiana will play Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska. First pitch will be 6 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

(PURDUE)

****Home Finale at Alexander Rained Out

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Heavy rain showers Saturday morning coupled with afternoon storms and a travel curfew related to visiting Maryland’s flight home from Chicago’s Midway Airport led to the cancellation of Purdue baseball’s home finale at Alexander Field.

Field preparation on Alexander’s all-natural surface was delayed by morning rain Saturday. After the tarp was pulled, the field was ready for play about an hour after the originally scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch. But the forecast called for a significant line of thunderstorms and it prevented the teams from starting. Rain arrived during the three o’clock hour.

Due to Maryland’s travel arrangements for its trip home on a flight from Midway during the 8 p.m. hour CT, the teams were not going to begin a fresh inning after 5 p.m. ET. The Terrapins had to be on the road by 5:30 p.m. ET for their flight. Alexander Field is 120 miles southeast of Midway.

Both coaching staffs were in agreement that starting a game that would be delayed by storms less than hour later was not the preferred approach on the final day of a series when pitching was at a premium. Purdue did not want its season to potentially end with a game that did not go the full nine innings.

Big Ten Conference rules dictate that a series must be finished within 48 hours of it beginning. A series that starts on a Thursday must be finished by Saturday. Saturday, May 21 was the final day of the regular season on the Big Ten schedule.

The Boilermakers’ 9-12 Big Ten record and .428 winning percentage is good for a bid to the eight-team Big Ten Tournament next week in Omaha. Purdue’s seeding will be determined by the Iowa-Indiana game Saturday night (9 p.m. ET on ESPNU) in Iowa City. If Iowa wins, the Boilermakers will be the 7-seed. Illinois, Rutgers and Iowa are all in contention for the 2-seed. If Indiana wins, the Boilermakers will be the 8-seed and play Maryland again Wednesday.

Purdue has had eight games canceled this season due to inclement weather.

(BUTLER)

****ButlerUBaseball Wins 6-4 over Seton Hall in Season Finale

INDIANAPOLIS – Head Coach Dave Schrage capped off a brilliant coaching career with a victory at Bulldog Park on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs defeated the Seton Hall Pirates by the final score of 6-4. Travis Holt and Robbie McCargar highlighted the game with home runs for Butler.

The Pirates scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but momentum would shift back to the home team in the bottom of one after a two-run home run from Travis Holt to left field. Holt would come back to the plate to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the second inning with a single to center that scored Kyle Van Liere.

The Bulldogs used a sacrifice fly from Kollyn All to take a slim 4-3 lead into the third inning. That advantage would stick until the seventh when the Pirates scored to even the game at 4-4.

The difference on Saturday came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Robbie McCargar dialed in on a two-two pitch and hit a huge home run over the scoreboard in right field to help Butler win the game 6-4.

Alex Voss earned the win on the mound and John MacCauley came in for the save.

Coach Schrage ended his six-year stay at Butler with 133 wins, the fourth most in program history. A head coach for seven universities over the course of 34 seasons, Schrage retires with 865 career wins!

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE)

****Mastodon Baseball Drops Final Game of Regular Season

AKRON, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team fell 11-0 at Akron on Saturday (May 21) in the regular season finale for the Mastodons.

The Mastodons now turn their attention to the 2022 Horizon League Championship, hosted by Wright State. The ‘Dons will be the No. 4 seed and play No. 5 seed Youngstown State at noon on May 25th. A win and the ‘Dons will advance to the double-elimination round. A loss would end the Mastodons’ season.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mastodons were led by Ben Higgins. He had a pair of hits for the ‘Dons. Dylan Stewart added another.

Akron scored two runs in the first, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and then four in the seventh to end the game via run-rule. Nick Arrivo hit a grand slam in the seventh for Akron.

Mitchell Spencer took the loss for the ‘Dons. He surrendered four runs in 4.0 innings with five strikeouts.

Cameron Benson had two hits including a home run for Akron. Akron concludes their season 15-41. The ‘Dons are now 18-35.

(BALL STATE)

****Cardinals Win MAC Regular Season Title with Victory Over RedHawks

OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team closed out the regular season at McKie Field at Hayden Park on Saturday. The Cardinals came out of the gates soaring as BSU put eight runs on the board in the first two innings.

For the fifth time in program history, the Cardinals are the Mid-American Conference Champions. Ball State was the regular season champions in 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2014.

Nate Dohm threw the best game of his young career in one of the most important games. Dohm was unfazed and was poised on the mound for the Cardinals. He recorded his first complete game of his career and notched a career-high 13 strikeouts. Dohm recorded the win and improved to 4-2 on the season.

Zach Cole and Ryan Peltier launched home runs for Ball State. Trenton Quartermaine, Adam Tellier, and Cole all produced multiple hits. Amir Wright, Nick Powell, Cole, and Quartermaine all scored two runs each.

Wright led off the game with a five-pitch walk. Quartermaine singled to right field. Powell followed with a six-pitch walk after being behind in the count 0-2 and loaded the bases. Hunter Dobbins recorded a sac fly on a line out to right field as Wright scored easily from third. Cole reached on a fielder’s choice and Powell was safe at second on an error by the second baseman. Quartermaine scored on the error. Adam Tellier doubled to left center and drove in Powell. After taking the first pitch of the at bat, Peltier got a pitch he liked and demolished it for a three-run homer to deep left field. The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

Wright led off the top of the second with an eight-pitch walk. Quartermaine drove in Wright with a double to right center. Quartermaine advanced to third on a ground out by Powell. Quartermaine later scored on a wild pitch and gave Ball State an 8-0 lead after two innings.

The RedHawks got two runs in the bottom of the third on two hits and cut the Cardinals’ lead to 8-2.

In the top of the fifth, Cole belted a solo homer to right center and gave BSU a 9-2 lead after five innings.

Matthew Rivera led off the top of the sixth with a single to left field. Justin Conant drew a five-pitch walk. A sac bunt by Wright moved the Cardinal runners to second and third. Quartermaine notched a sac fly to right field as Rivera scored. Powell singled to left field and scored Conant. Dobbins produced a single to right field and moved Powell to third. Cole doubled off the right field wall to score Powell and Dobbins. Ball State held a 13-2 lead as the game went to the bottom of the sixth. The Cardinals went on to win 13-2 as the run rule was enforced.

Brady McLean got the start for the RedHawks and went 1 1/3 innings. He gave up eight runs, six of them earned. Michael Spinozzi went 4 1/3 innings in relief and gave up five earned runs with one strikeout. Patrick Mastrain IV went the final 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.

The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday, May 25, for the first round of the MAC Tournament. Ball State will host the tournament at the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“It was a special moment for our young men and our program. We have had to deal with heartbreak the last few years of being awfully good but falling a hair short. It has been painful, but these young men have been highly motivated to get over the top and today they became MAC Champions. So proud of our boys and my staff. It truly has been a team effort. The team, the team, the team!”

(NOTRE DAME)

****#8 IRISH DROP SERIES FINALE TO #9 MIAMI, 16-7

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (33-13, 16-11) fell in the series finale to ninth-ranked Miami (39-16, 20-10), 16-7, Saturday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park. The Irish fell in an early hole and were unable to come back and the Canes clinched the series with the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Miami jumped out to an early lead in the first. The Hurricanes hit three home runs in the inning and took a 7-0 lead after one.

The Hurricanes added two more runs in the third with a two-run home run.

The Irish got on the board in the fourth with a three-run home run from Jack Brannigan. It was his second home run of the weekend and cut the deficit to 9-3.

Miami added on in the bottom of the fourth. The Hurricanes hit two home runs and extended the lead to 11-3.

The Irish added two runs in the fifth. Spencer Myers scored on a wild pitch and Carter Putz scored on an RBI single from Brooks Coetzee III.

Miami scored five in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Jack Penney hit his second home run of the weekend in the eighth and Nick DeMarco tallied his first career home run in the ninth as the final runs of the game.

UP NEXT

The Irish are off to Charlotte for the 2022 ACC Championships. The seeding will be finalized after all of Saturday’s games are complete. Pool play begins on Tuesday, May 24 from Truist Field and the Irish will play two games between Tuesday and Friday.

#19 IRISH FALL TO MCNEESE IN ELIMINATION GAME AT NCAA EVANSTON REGIONAL

****EVANSTON, Ill. –  The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped a 3-1 contest to the McNeese Cowgirls Saturday night at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. The Irish survived its first elimination game of the night earlier after defeating Oakland, but couldn’t carry the momentum into the matchup with the 2022 Southland Conference Champions. The Fighting Irish finish the season with a  40-12 record, marking the 18th time in program history and the first since 2016 that the Irish have reached the 40-win plateau.

Freshman Shannon Becker got the start in the circle. The Third Team All-ACC honoree threw 5.1 innings, scattering seven hits, three runs, two earned and struck out a pair. Alexis Holloway came on with the bases loaded and an out in the sixth, getting a lineout and taking care of a ground ball herself in her final appearance at Notre Dame.

At the plate, Notre Dame was led by a 2-for-3 effort from sophomore Joley Mitchell. Mitchell brought in the only Irish run of the night with her fourth home run of the season. Karina Gaskins, Carlli Kloss and Brooke Marquez each had a hit in the loss.

After four scoreless innings, McNeese broke the tie with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fifth. After a single and an error put another runner in scoring position, a ground ball moved her up before the Irish misplayed a chopper as McNeese added an insurance run in the frame.

The Cowgirls added a run in the sixth as a stolen base of third and an errant throw allowed a run to score to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Irish got on the board in the top of the seventh as Mitchell led off the inning with a solo home run. Notre Dame had the winning run at the plate, but the Irish’s season ended on a hard hit ground ball to the second baseman.

(INDIANA STATE)

****Senior Day ends in a tie as Sycamores and Patriots close out regular season series

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The regular season finale between Indiana State and Dallas Baptist will go into the scorebooks as a 2-2 tie as lighting and inclement weather forced the teams to clear Bob Warn Field on Saturday afternoon in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Dallas Baptist (33-20-1, 11-9-1 MVC) had connected on the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning on George Specht’s solo home run to give the Patriots their first lead of the ballgame. The Sycamores (25-20-1, 10-10-1 MVC) were rallying back with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the 10th when lightning struck close enough to the facility to send the teams to the dugout and the fans to their vehicles.

After brief discussion on the field, the game was called due to the expected continual lighting strikes and inclement weather expected in the Wabash Valley and all scores and stats reverted back to the final completed inning leaving the teams in a 2-2 tie.

Randall Diaz and Seth Gergely both doubled for the Sycamores, while Josue Urdaneta added an RBI single to highlight a nine-hit game from Indiana State at the plate. Jordan Schaffer, Urdaneta, and Gergely all finished with multi-hit efforts in the tie.

Luke Patzner provided the ISU bullpen some much-needed rest with a 7.1-inning quality start on Saturday afternoon. The redshirts sophomore allowed just four hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out six in the no-decision. Jack Parisi added three strikeouts over 1.2 innings of no-hit relief work.

George Specht connected on DBU’s lone extra base hit among the four-hit outing from the Patriots on Saturday. Cole Moore and Luke Heefner provided the RBI for DBU in the tie game.

Ryan Johnson went 6.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Patriots and limited the Sycamores at the plate throughout the game. The freshman right-hander scattered five hits while striking out two in relief of Luke Eldred. Zane Russell went the final two innings in scoreless relief in the final completed innings of the game.

How They Scored

The first four Indiana State batters recorded hits with Randall Diaz’s RBI double and Josue Urdaneta’s run-scoring single putting the Sycamores ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

DBU rallied back with two runs in the top of the fourth as Cole Moore and Luke Heefner both connected on sacrifice flies scoring Jace Grady and Ryan Wrobleski to tie the game up at 2-2.

News & Notes

Indiana State’s last tie came back on March 9, 2000, when the Sycamores tied the contest with Temple at the Pepsi Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, Calif. The game between ISU and Temple was called with the score tied 4-4.

Saturday’s contest also marked the Sycamores’ 15th tie game in program history.

Jordan Schaffer recorded his 18th multi-hit game of the season and 43rd of his collegiate career following his two-hit game on Saturday.

Josue Urdaneta added his third multi-hit game of the weekend and team-leading 22nd of the 2022 season with his two-hit afternoon.

Seth Gergely added his 12th multi-hit game of the season after collecting hits in his second and third at-bats of the day.

Luke Patzner recorded his second quality start of the season after going the first 7.1-innings allowing just four hits and two runs (one earned) on Saturday.

Jack Parisi finished the regular season with a team-high 72 strikeouts after his three-strikeout day on Saturday.

Indiana State recognized its 2022 senior class on Saturday prior to the first pitch of the game as Jordan Schaffer, Aaron Beck, Jack Parisi, Jake Ridgway, Raine Richter, and Sean Ross all suited up at home for the Sycamores for the final time in their collegiate careers.

Up Next

Indiana State is expected to draw the No. 5 seed and play in Tuesday night’s elimination game against No. 8 Valparaiso when the conference releases the official bracket later this afternoon. All MVC Baseball Championship games will be held at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. running from May 24-28. Game time between the Sycamores and the Beacons is projected for 6:30 p.m. ET. All tournament games will be carried live on ESPN+.

(VALPO)

****Regular-Season Finale Canceled Due to Inclement Weather with Valpo Leading Evansville Early

The Valparaiso University baseball team took an early 3-0 lead over Evansville on Saturday at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind., but Mother Nature took away a chance for a Beacons series win as the contest went on a lightning delay in the second inning. After an hour of waiting, the weather remained unplayable and the game was canceled and declared a no contest.

How It Happened

  • For the second straight day, Valpo enjoyed a prosperous top of the first inning. This time the crooked number came courtesy of a two-out rally as an inning that started with two outs and nobody on ended with three runs in the bank. After a hit batter and a walk set up the chance, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) started the scoring with an RBI double before Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) followed with a two-run two-bagger.
  • Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) worked a scoreless bottom of the first, and the Beacons led 3-0 at the time the game was halted.
  • The game then entered a lightning delay, but after waiting it out for an hour, it was determined that the game was canceled.

Up Next

Valpo (16-31, 5-15 MVC) will open the MVC Tournament on Tuesday vs. Indiana State at 5:30 p.m. in Springfield, Mo. The game will air on ESPN+ with Art Hains and Connor Onion on the call. If Valpo wins that game, the Beacons will advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and play regular-season champion Southern Illinois at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. 

(EVANSVILLE)

****Aces hold Senior Day festivities; earn No. 2 seed in MVC Tournament

EVANSVILLE – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Evansville baseball team honored five seniors with a pregame ceremony at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

For the final time in their careers, Evan Berkey, Tanner Craig, Drew Dominik,  and Caleb Reinhardt took the field at The Braun. This group has combined to play in 353 games with over 1,000 at bats and 190 innings pitched, hitting 55 home runs for 213 RBI, while recording 12 wins on the mound and 143 strikeouts. The five were recognized in a preame ceremony and were joined by their families on the field.

Following the ceremony, the scheduled contest against Valparaiso lasted just one inning before thunderstorms ended the game, which was not resumed. The Aces secured the No. 2 seed in the MVC Tournament and will begin their postseason journey on Wednesday with a 3 PM pitch against an opponent to be determined in Springfield, Mo.

(INDIANAPOLIS)

****Rivas Collects NCBWA Midwest Region First Team Honors

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The awards continue to pour in for Xavier Rivas of the University of Indianapolis baseball team, who has been named as a 2022 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) First Team Midwest Region selection.

Rivas adds another impressive nod to his season award tally. As of today, he has already claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Pitcher of the Year honor along with a spot on the First Team All-GLVC list. He also added the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year award and D2CCA All-Midwest Region First Team honors.

Rivas produced one of the best statistical seasons for a UIndy pitcher in school history. Most notably, he tallied 128 strikeouts in 80-1/3 innings pitched with an earned run average (ERA) of just 2.24. His strikeout total this season landed him second all-time on the UIndy baseball single season strikeout leaderboard, trailing only behind Greyhound legend Bill Bright.

The star left-handed pitcher dealt at a high level all season, finishing the year with a 14.34 strikeouts per nine innings average which ranked towards the top in the NCAA Division II. Rivas managed double-digit Ks in 10 of his 12 appearances this year which at one point included an eight game streak of sitting down 10 or more batters in a game. His final WHIP sat at 0.98, which was the lowest by a Greyhound hurler that has tossed 10 or more innings in a season since 2016 (does not include shortened 2020 season).

(EARLHAM)

****Baseball eliminated from NCAA regional

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Earlham College baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Regional Tournament at Lynchburg after falling to Salve Regina 7-6 on Saturday.

The Quakers conclude their 2022 season with a record of 26-13, while the Seahawks advance in the bracket.

After leading 6-0 in the middle of the fifth frame, the Quakers were shut out for the remainder of the contest.

Devin Basley led the Quaker bats with three hits on the day, including a triple and a double, and brought in two RBI. Zach Swearingen went two-for-two at the plate with two hits and one RBI.

Aidan Talarek started the game on the mound and threw 5.1 innings with six strikeouts. He surrendered one earned run in the fifth inning, and two in the sixth.

Neither side got much offense going in the first two innings. Andrew Bradley brought home the first run of the game in the top of the third frame with a single to left field. The Quakers were stranded with three runners on base at the end of the inning.

Basley brought in the next run in the top of the fourth from his triple to deep center field.

“The first at bat didn’t go very well, so the second time up I was looking for offspeed since that’s what I saw the first at bat.” Said Basley after the game.

He was brought home by a sac fly from Jeordon Kuderer later in the inning to put Earlham up 3-0.

With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, Salve Regina threw a wild pitch that brought Nathan Lancianese in for the score. Up next, Basley hit a two-run double down the right field line and EC held a 6-0 lead over the Seahawks.

Salve scored its first run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning, and added three in the bottom of the sixth. As the Quakers went to the bullpen, the Seahawks added two more runs in the eighth inning before a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth.

Earlham concludes its season with a second trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament within five years. The Quakers have 11 graduating seniors on the roster, but a few could suit up again next year thanks to the blanket waiver by the NCAA during the pandemic.

(VINCENNES)

****VU sophomore Bryce Kirchner represents Trailblazer golf well at Nationals

JOPLIN, Mo. – Vincennes University sophomore golfer Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Ind.) earned a trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships for the second straight year and held his own well against some of the best in the country.

Kirchner began the four-day 72-hole tournament out with a tough first round Tuesday at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.

The All-Region 24 honoree’s first round ended with a nine-over 81, which left him in a tie for 79th place on the leaderboard.

Kirchner battled back and improved in his second round Wednesday with a seven-over 79 which helped him move up three spots on the leaderboard.

Kirchner’s best round of the tournament came Thursday when he shot a four-over 76 and jumped up 16 spots to a tie for 60th.

The third round of the tournament was suspended due to lightning, with many in the field set to resume their third round on Friday.

To make up for the additional time, the field was cut to the top 12 teams and the top 15 individuals for the fourth and final round.

Kirchner, unfortunately, missed the cut, ending his Championship tournament after three rounds.

The tournament was won by South Mountain Community College from Phoenix, Ariz. With SMCC sophomore Cecil Belisle claiming his second-straight Individual National Championship, shooting an even par over the four round tournament.

Kirchner’s Trailblazer golf career ended one round short, but Bryce does plan to continue his collegiate career next season at the University of Southern Indiana.

“Bryce got better as the week went along,” VU Hall of Fame Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “I thought Bryce played better on Thursday than his score suggested, but that’s just golf sometimes.”

“A weather delay Thursday meant the final group had to finish about 13 holes on Friday, so the field got cut for the fourth round Friday,” Chattin added. “It’s disappointing that Bryce didn’t get to play all four rounds because he played better each day.”

“Bryce has had a great career at VU,” Chattin said. “Not many people get to go to Nationals twice and win the number of tournaments he has here. The upside is he gets to continue his career at USI next year. Bryce finished his final four holes of his VU career under par, so he finished strong.”

****Trailblazer Track and Field shines at NJCAA Outdoor Nationals

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Track team had several athletes compete at the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Nationals hosted by Hutchinson Community College.

The three-day event began on Thursday, with many Trailblazers active, led by the Women’s 4×800 meter relay team of freshmen Brittany Page (Bicknell, Ind.) and Hope Laughlin (Olney, Ill.) and sophomores Chloe Knepp (Montgomery, Ind.) and Kyra Young (South Bend, Ind.) finished 12th with a finishing time of 10:46.54.

Kyra Young then competed in the 1500 meter on her own, finishing 13th place, one spot short of running in the finals, with a final time of 5:15.01.

The Men’s 4×800 team of sophomores Trenton Faulkner (Vincennes, Ind.) and Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshmen Ernest Momodu (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mathew Keitany (Kenya) placed 13th, crossing the line at 7:54.22.

Sophomore Kyle Stewart (Evansville, Ind.) got the opening day started in the long jump pit, ending with a jump of 7.14 meters, good for 14th place.

The 4×100 meter relay team of freshmen Jalen Bowman (Evansville, Ind.) and Collin Sutton (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomores Damien Ross (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Kyle Stewart placed 19th with a run of 42.17 seconds.

The day was capped off with the first half of the Decathlon events with VU freshman Nicholas Stanislaus (Grenada) having an impressive first day, ending with 3242 points and holding the 10th spot on the leaderboard after the first five events.

“Kyle got things started with a 14th place finish in the long jump,” VU Track and Field Coach Marty Rogier said. “He again jumped over seven meters, hitting 7.14. It took 7.32 to place, but it was a very deep and talented field of jumpers.”

“Nicholas had a good first day in the Decathlon, sitting in 10th place with some of his better events set for day two,” Rogier added. “He finished with 11.69 seconds in the 100 meter, 6.65 meters in the long jump, 11.05 meters in the shot put, 1.7 meters in the high jump and 52.48 seconds in the 400 meters.”

“The Men’s 4×800 team improved on their season best and ran the third fastest time in program history to place 13th,” VU Assistant Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “Manny did a great job of anchoring the relay with a 1:56.1 split in one of his last races at VU. This group have been real work horses all year and have really been the backbone of this team.”

“Kyra did well in a very slow, tactical race and ran down two girls in her heat,” Steigenga added. “But she didn’t have enough to get past one more, which would have qualified her for the final. She finished 13th and it was frustrating to be so close, but I am proud of the way she fought in her last race in a VU singlet.”

“The women also ran the 4×800 Thursday but might have been a little affected by the heat and ran off their normal times,” Rogier added. “But these girls, Kyra, Brittany, Hope and Chloe, worked hard all year and I am very proud of them.”

“The men’s 4×100 relay also ran Thursday but failed to make the finals,” Rogier said. “The team of Jalen, Collin, Damien and Kyle ran very well but just missed on an exchange and ran just off their season best time.”

The number of events slowed for the Trailblazers on the second day on Friday, with Stanislaus finishing the final five events of the Decathlon with 5771 points and an 11th place finish.

Freshman Mathew Keitany was the highest VU finisher of the weekend, placing fourth in the men’s 3000 meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:23.14.

The Men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Yamar Lyons (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Collin Sutton, Manamanya Opiew and Jalen Bowman placed 17th with a final time of 3:19.47.

Brittany Page also got her chance to run on the second day of competition, placing 21st in the 800 meter race with a final time of 2:32.46.

“Day two was another overall good day,” Rogier added. “Nicholas completed the Decathlon in 11th place. He had a good start with a PR in the 110 hurdles and a big PR in the pole vault with a jump of 4.30 meters. But the throws did not go as planned and he lost ground in the scoring. I am very excited for where he could be next season. We only decided to move to the multi-events after the Indoor Season, so he had very little time to prepare for such a demanding event.”

“Mathew executed his race very well,” Steigenga added. “He came into Nationals ranked seventh, but the goal was to finish fourth and he did that. Mathew held his position most of the race and had a great kick in the final straightaway to hold off two charging runners to solidify his position. It was a fantastic way to cap off the season.”

“The Men’s 4×400 team ran their best time of the season,” Rogier said. “I knew they were up against a very fast field but I was hoping we could put down a good time so I was very happy for the guys. Collin and Jalen both split 48 seconds, which is very fast and a great way to end the season.”

The VU Track and Field teams closed out the third and final day of the National Championship meet with a pair of field events.

Sophomore thrower Mason Harmes (Borden, Ind.) placed 12th in the men’s discus with a longest throw of 44.99 meters.

Freshman Giorgia Fino (Italy) finished out Saturday with the women’s Javelin throw. Fino’s throw of 35.08 meters was good for a 13th place finish.

“We did not have a lot on the third day,” Rogier said. “Giorgia finished 13th after being seeded fifth, which was a little disappointing. I believe her warmup throws would have got her in the top three but she just didn’t get it when she needed it.”

“Mason had a big PR, throwing 44.99 in the discus to finish 12th which was a great effort,” Rogier added. “I am really looking forward to what he might do next season.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1914       Ben Tincup becomes the first person from the Cherokee tribe to play in the major leagues. The 21-year-old Phillies right-hander makes his debut at Forbes Field in an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.

1922       The Yankees, the Giants’ tenants in the Polo Grounds since 1913, begin construction on their ballpark in the Bronx. The stadium will become known as the ‘House that Ruth Built,’ acknowledging the Babe’s popularity and influence.

1925       Pete Donohue goes 5-for-5 with four singles and a home run when the Reds beat Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl, 11-2. The 24-year-old right-hander also gets the win, giving up seven hits, only two more than his production at the plate, in the complete-game victory.

1930       Babe Ruth ties a major league record, hitting five homers in two games and six in three games when he had a trio of round-trippers in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader, two more in the opener of today’s twin bill, adding one more in the nightcap. Teammate Lou Gehrig also goes deep three times in the second game of the doubleheader, a 20-13 Yankee victory over the A’s at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park.

1933       Yankee third baseman Joe Sewell is struck out for the first time this season, a victim of Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The 34 year-old infielder, playing in his final season, will strike out only three more times in 524 at-bats.

1938       Ted Lyons records his 200th career win when Chicago beats Washington at Griffith Stadium, 9-2. The future Hall of Famer, nicknamed Sunday Teddy for his success on the Sabbath, winning 52 of 82 decisions on that day of the week from 1939 until 1942, will compile a 260-230 record during a 21-year major league career, all with the White Sox.

1942       Ted Williams is sworn into the U.S. Navy but will remain with the Red Sox until called for active duty. Earlier in the year, a public outcry occurred when the Boston outfielder asked to be reclassified from Class 1-A to 3-A due to being the sole support of his mother, causing the Quaker Oats Company to drop him from their ads.

1952       The Celler congressional committee concludes the need to regulate baseball is unnecessary. The report states that the major leagues can solve their issues and opposes legislation exempting the sport’s reserve clause from existing antitrust laws.

1954       The box score for the contest shows left-handed thrower Nino Escalera coming into the game as a shortstop when Reds’ manager Birdie Tebbetts implements a four-man outfield against Stan Musial. Escalera actually replaced infielder Roy McMillian when the rookie skipper stationed him in right-center between Cincinnati outfielders Wally Post and Gus Bell.

1957       At Fenway Park, the Red Sox go deep four times in the sixth inning in an 11-0 rout over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone all homer on the first 16 pitches thrown by Cal McLish.

1959       Hoyt Wilhelm one-hits the Yankees in the Orioles’ 5-0 victory at Memorial Stadium. Jerry Lumpe’s single in the eighth spoils the knuckleballer’s bid for a no-hitter.

1962       Los Angeles intentionally walks Roger Maris four times to establish a major league record. Four different Halo hurlers issue the quartet of free passes in New York’s 2-1 victory over the Angels in 12 innings at Yankee Stadium.

1963       Once again, Mickey Mantle barely misses becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The monstrous walk-off blast off A’s hurler Bill Fischer, giving the Yankees an 8-7 victory, lands just a few feet below the decorative facade down the right-field line.

1968       At Wrigley Field, Pirates’ slugger Willie Stargell hits three home runs and barely misses a fourth in a 13-6 rout over the Cubs. ‘Pops’ also hit a single and a double, which bounced off the railing of the left-field fence back onto the playing field.

1969       With the team routing the Mets 12-0, Braves skipper Lum Harris elects to rest Hank Aaron, making Mike Lum the only major leaguer to pinch-hit for Hammerin’ Hank. Coming off the bench, the 23-year-old Hawaiian-born outfielder delivers a two-run double to right field in his seventh-inning plate appearance at Atlanta Stadium.

1976       Reggie Smith drives in five runs in the Cardinals’ 7-6 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The St. Louis switch-hitter’s third homer of the game, a two-out solo shot in the ninth, proves to be the difference.

1977       The Red Sox (6) and Brewers (5) collectively hit 11 home runs, tying a major league record in Boston’s 14-10 victory at Fenway Park. The round-tripper riot equals the total collected by the Yankees/Tigers in 1950 and matched by the Cubs/Mets in 1967.

1981       After an 11-25 (.306) start, the Twins make a managerial change, replacing Johnny Goryl. Billy Gardner, a very successful minor league skipper, winning six championships in 13 seasons, gets his first opportunity to manage a big-league club.

1982       In his last major league at-bat, Mario Mendoza, who will become a minor league hitting instructor, reaches first on a fielder’s choice, ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder’s name will become infamous, as players struggling at the plate will become known as performing below the ‘Mendoza Line.’

1983       Cliff Johnson ties Jerry Lynch’s major league mark when he hits the 18th pinch home run of his career. The eighth inning solo shot comes off Tippy Martinez in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Exhibition Stadium.

1985       Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in the National League for runs scored when he crosses the plate for the 2,108th time in his career. The Reds’ player-manager surpasses Hank Aaron when he tallies a run in the sixth inning of a 7-4 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field.

1990       During the Cubs’ 2-1 victory against the Reds in a 16-inning contest at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson is walked five times intentionally to set a major league record. Yankees outfielder Roger Maris established the previous mark of four free passes in a game on this date in 1962 and then equaled by Padres shortstop Gerry Templeton in 1985.

1992       Felipe Alou becomes the Expos manager, replacing Tom Runnels, who compiled 68-81 (.456) records during his one-plus seasons at the helm. The new 57-year-old skipper, who will manage the team for a decade, leads the 17-20 Montreal club to an eventual second-place finish in the National League East.

1995       After a brawl between the Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs, which takes more than 30 minutes to sort out, ten players are ejected during ‘Strike Out Domestic Violence Night’ at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The president of the Carolina League will hand down 124 days of suspensions, including every player in uniform, for a specified amount of time.

1998       Brian Cox enjoys a 6-for-6 performance, including a grand slam in the team’s ten-run third inning when Florida State demolishes Delaware 27-6 in the NCAA Atlantic II Regionals. Matt Diaz, a freshman for the Seminoles, contributes three home runs to the routing of the Fightin’ Blue Hens.

1998       The Mets send Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz, and Ed Yarnell to the Marlins for Mike Piazza. Florida had acquired the All-Star catcher last week from the Dodgers, along with Todd Zeile in exchange for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios.

1998       At Busch Stadium, Mark McGwire becomes the first player to launch a ball into Big Mac Land, a section of the ballpark in left field named after him due to the frequency of his home runs landing there. Thanks to the Cardinal slugger’s sixth-inning two-run poke off Giants’ right-hander Mark Gardner, the 47,579 ticket holders attending the game receive a coupon for a free Big Mac at McDonald’s restaurants.

1999       Mark McGwire becomes the third player to launch a ball out of Dodger Stadium when one of his two home runs travels 483 feet in the Cardinals’ 10-7 victory at Chavez Ravine. The slugging first baseman joins Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice in 1969 and 1973, and Mike Piazza, whose Ruthian blast cleared the ballpark two seasons ago.

1999       After a stint on the disabled list and a rainout, Yankees’ right-hander Roger Clemens finally breaks the American League record for consecutive victories with 18, previously shared by Johnny Allen (Indians, 1936-37) and Dave McNally (Orioles, 1968-69). The somewhat anticlimactic accomplishment includes ten no-decisions.

2000       Scoring seven times in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers make their biggest comeback in franchise history, knotting the score at nine before only 3,913 fans at County Stadium. In the next inning, Jose Hernandez’s solo homer completes the come-from-behind victory when Milwaukee beats the Astros, 10-9.

2001       For the second time this season, Barry Bonds homers in six consecutive games. His nine homers during this span establish a National League mark. Senators’ slugger Frank Howard’s 1968 feat of hitting ten homers in six games is the major league record.

2002       The A’s deal a stunned Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies in exchange for pinch-hitter John Mabry. The former Oakland outfielder is four years younger than the Phillies’ utility man, but he doesn’t meet the ‘Moneyball’ approach preached by GM Billy Beane.

2002       Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura approves a $120 million financing framework for a $330 million open-air stadium. The bill has only lukewarm support because they are unsure if they’ll find the required down payment and get a guarantee from major league baseball that a team will play in Minnesota for at least 30 years.

2003       Arturo Moreno purchases the World Champion Angels from Walt Disney for $184 million to become the third owner in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 56 year-old outdoor advertising tycoon, a fourth-generation Mexican-American, is the first Hispanic to have a controlling interest in a major league club.

2004       Oakland retires Reggie Jackson jersey number 9, honoring the slugger who played his first nine Hall of Fame seasons with the A’s, helping the team capture three consecutive World Series (1972-74). The former Athletics’ right fielder, who had his #44 retired by the Yankees in 1993, becomes the eighth player to have his digits retired by two or more teams.

2006       In a 3-1 loss to the Braves at Petco Park, Jake Peavy fans 16 batters to set a Padres regular-season record for strikeouts and helps the team reach a franchise mark for a nine-inning game with 18 Ks. The 24 -year-old right-hander, striking out every batter in the starting lineup at least once, loses the game when the only fly ball he allows is Ryan Langerhans’ second frame two-run homer.

2008       J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell both hit grand slams when the Red Sox beat Kansas City, 11-8. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gives up three runs in 5.1 innings, remains unbeaten, improving his record to 8-0 with the Fenway Park victory.

2008       Blue Jays southpaw Jesse Carlson, entering the game at the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, whiffs Sean Rodriguez, Maicer Izturis, and Gary Matthews in the eventual 4-3 victory over the Angels at the Rogers Centre. The 27-year-old Berlin (CT) native becomes the first pitcher since Jack Sanford in 1960 to come into a game with the bases full, then strike out the side.

2009       With a broken-bat triple in the sixth inning, Michael Cuddyer completes the cycle in the Twins’ 11-3 victory over Milwaukee at the Metrodome. In his first three turns at-bat, the Minnesota right-fielder hit a three-run home run in the first inning, doubled to the gap for a ground-rule two-bagger in the third, and singled in the fourth frame.

2010       After setting the mark in his previous game, Mike Redmond’s major league record errorless-streak behind the plate comes to an end when his throw to second base, trying to thwart a would-be base stealer, skips past Mark Grudzielanek. The Indians catcher’s streak started on July 22, 2004, and covered a span of 253 games.

2010       Matt Stairs ties a major league mark when he homers for his eleventh team in San Diego’s 2-1 interleague victory in Seattle. The Padres designated hitter’s fourth-inning homer off Ian Snell ties Todd Zeile’s record, who accomplished the feat by going deep in an Expo uniform in 2003.

2012       Ricky Nolasco becomes the franchise leader in career wins when Miami beats Colorado at Marlins Park, 7-6. The 29-year-old right-hander, who hit a double to put his team ahead, surpasses Dontrelle Willis for the most team victories, improving his record to 69-53 for the South Florida squad.

2014       Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. During his visit, the Commander in Chief, a White Sox fan, holds FDR’s green-light letter and a pair of spikes worn by Chicago’s “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, who was one of the eight players banned from the game for their alleged role in fixing the 1919 World Series.

2019       Josh Bell, for the second time in two weeks, reaches the Allegheny River on the fly, hitting PNC Park’s fifth ‘splash’ home run since the ballpark opened in 2001. The Pirates’ first baseman accomplishes the feat when he blasts a second-inning Jon Gray changeup 454 feet over the Clemente Wall in right field in the team’s 9-3 loss to the Rockies.

2021       In his major league debut, Taylor Walls collects a pair of two-baggers, doubling as a righty in the fifth, and then as a lefty in the ninth in the Rays’ 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. The 24-year-old switch-hitting shortstop joins Rich Becker (1993 Twins, two doubles) and George Wright (1982 Rangers, double/home run) as the third player to break in with an extra-base hit from both sides of the plate.

TV SUNDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Championship10:00amESPN
PGA Championship2:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
St. Louis at Pittsburgh11:35amBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Seattle at Boston1:35pmMLBN
NESN
Root Sports
LA Dodgers at Philadelphia1:35pmMLBN
Sportsnet
NBCS-PHI
Tampa Bay at Baltimore1:35pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Toronto1:37pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Atlanta at Miami1:40pmBally Sports
Detroit at Cleveland1:40pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Houston2:10pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Washington at Milwaukee2:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Arizona at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
NY Mets at Colorado3:10pmATTSN-RM
SNY
San Diego at San Francisco4:05pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Oakland at LA Angels4:07pmMLBN
NBCS-CA
Bally Sports
Chi. White Sox at NY Yankees7:00pmESPN
NBCS-CHI
YES
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Formula 1: Spain Grand Prix8:55amESPN2
NASCAR Cup Series: NASCAR All-Star Open6:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup Series: NASCAR All-Star Race8:00pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
West Finals Game 3: Golden State at Dallas9:00pmTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Semifinals Game 3: Florida at Tampa Bay1:30pmTNT
East Semifinals Game 3: Carolina at NY Rangers3:30pmESPN
West Semifinals Game 3: Calgary at Edmonton8:00pmESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Spezia vs Napoli6:30amParamount+
English Premier League: Brentford vs Leeds United11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Burnley vs Newcastle United11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Chelsea vs Watford11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Leicester City vs Southampton11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur11:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Manchester City vs Aston Villa11:00amPeacock
La Liga: Elche vs Getafe11:30amESPN+
Serie A: Internazionale vs Sampdoria12:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Sassuolo vs Milan12:00pmParamount+
La Liga: Granada vs Espanyol2:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Osasuna vs Mallorca2:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Deportivo Alavés vs Cádiz2:00pmESPN+
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs San Diego Wave2:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Venezia vs Cagliari3:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Salernitana vs Udinese3:00pmParamount+
MLS: Columbus Crew vs Los Angeles FC3:30pmUniMas
La Liga: Barcelona vs Villarreal4:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Real Sociedad vs Atlético Madrid4:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Sevilla vs Athletic Club4:00pmESPN+
MLS: CF Montréal vs Real Salt Lake4:00pmESPN+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs Racing Louisville FC5:00pmParamount+
MLS: New York City vs Chicago Fire5:00pmESPN+
MLS: Charlotte vs Vancouver Whitecaps5:00pmESPN+
NWSL: OL Reign vs Washington Spirit6:00pmParamount+
MLS: Inter Miami vs New York RB6:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Orlando Pride vs Chicago Red Stars7:00pmParamount+
MLS: Dallas vs Minnesota United7:00pmESPN+
MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs Sporting KC7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Austin vs Orlando City SC8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders FC8:00pmESPN+
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo8:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Pachuca vs América9:06pmUnivision
MLS: Portland Timbers vs Philadelphia Union10:00pmFS1
WNBATIME ETTV
Chicago vs Washington3:00pmABC

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES2910.74415 – 414 – 615 – 712 – 22 – 18 – 2W 1
TAMPA BAY2416.6005.513 – 911 – 78 – 34 – 510 – 76 – 4W 1
TORONTO2218.5507.514 – 78 – 119 – 101 – 310 – 55 – 5W 2
BOSTON1822.45011.59 – 109 – 125 – 114 – 68 – 47 – 3W 4
BALTIMORE1625.3901411 – 115 – 146 – 124 – 63 – 43 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2416.60013 – 811 – 86 – 511 – 37 – 66 – 4W 3
CHI WHITE SOX1920.4874.59 – 1010 – 106 – 57 – 124 – 34 – 6L 1
CLEVELAND1719.47258 – 79 – 123 – 48 – 53 – 45 – 5W 1
KANSAS CITY1425.3599.58 – 146 – 111 – 59 – 111 – 54 – 6L 3
DETROIT1326.33310.59 – 134 – 136 – 63 – 71 – 84 – 6L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2615.63411 – 515 – 103 – 67 – 013 – 76 – 4W 1
LA ANGELS2517.5951.513 – 812 – 95 – 46 – 210 – 104 – 6W 1
TEXAS1821.462710 – 128 – 93 – 62 – 19 – 116 – 4L 1
SEATTLE1724.41599 – 78 – 173 – 106 – 44 – 53 – 7L 3
OAKLAND1725.4059.56 – 1411 – 117 – 75 – 93 – 64 – 6L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2715.64313 – 814 – 713 – 75 – 28 – 46 – 4L 1
ATLANTA1921.475710 – 119 – 106 – 67 – 64 – 65 – 5W 2
PHILADELPHIA1822.450810 – 138 – 94 – 91 – 29 – 75 – 5L 3
MIAMI1722.4368.59 – 128 – 1010 – 52 – 43 – 104 – 6L 3
WASHINGTON1328.31713.55 – 158 – 135 – 111 – 55 – 83 – 7L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2614.65014 – 512 – 99 – 515 – 70 – 17 – 3W 3
ST. LOUIS2218.550410 – 812 – 104 – 68 – 46 – 55 – 5W 2
PITTSBURGH1623.4109.59 – 127 – 113 – 19 – 183 – 34 – 6L 2
CHI CUBS1524.38510.56 – 159 – 91 – 27 – 86 – 105 – 5L 4
CINCINNATI1128.28214.55 – 96 – 192 – 27 – 90 – 135 – 5L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2712.69215 – 512 – 75 – 48 – 210 – 57 – 3W 7
SAN DIEGO2614.6501.510 – 716 – 79 – 59 – 37 – 57 – 3W 3
SAN FRANCISCO2217.564511 – 911 – 87 – 64 – 47 – 65 – 5L 3
ARIZONA2121.5007.510 – 1111 – 109 – 76 – 45 – 94 – 6W 3
COLORADO1920.487814 – 105 – 105 – 75 – 24 – 83 – 7W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT