MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
CLEVELAND 7 ARIZONA 4
TAMPA BAY 3 TORONTO 2
SEATTLE 7 NY YANKEES 3
MINNESOTA 4 DETROIT 1
BALTIMORE 6 TEXAS 3
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 KANSAS CITY 1
HOUSTON 6 BOSTON 1
OAKLAND 3 LA ANGELS 1
PHILADELPHIA 3 ATLANTA 1
CHICAGO CUBS ST. LOUIS POSTPONED
NY METS 9 WASHINGTON 5
MIAMI 3 CINCINNATI 0
PITTSBURGH 8 MILWAUKEE 7
SAN DIEGO 9. COLORADO 1
LA DODGERS 3 SAN FRANCISCO 0
BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
INDIANAPOLIS 4 LOUISVILLE 3
LOUISVILLE 9 INDIANAPOLIS 6
ATLANTA 91 INDIANA 81
NEW YORK 64 LOS ANGELES 61
SEATTLE 89 MINNESOTA 77
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCOREBOARD
CHARLOTTE 3 DC 0
MONTRÉAL 2 COLUMBUS 1
LOS ANGELES 2 CHIVAS 0
PORTLAND 1 NASHVILLE 1
MIAMI 1 SAN JOSE 0
LOS ANGELES FC 0 AMERICA 0
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 4||NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NBC (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.
2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON WATCH LIST DEFENSE
DE WILL ANDERSON, EDGE/OLB JR. ALABAMA
DE ANDRE CARTER, EDGE/OLB JR. ARMY
DE WILL MCDONALD, DE SR. IOWA STATE
DE MYLES MURPHY, JR. CLEMSON
DE BJ OJULARI, SR. LSU
DE ZION TUPUOLA-FETUI, JR. WASHINGTON
DE ISAIAH FOSKEY, DE JR. NOTRE DAME
DE ZACH HARRISON, DE SR. OHIO STATE
DE HABAKKUK BALDONADO, SR. PITT
DE JOSAIAH STEWART, SOPH. COASTAL CAROLINA
DE COLLIN OLIVER, SOPH. OKLAHOMA STATE
DE DERICK HALL, SR. AUBURN
DT BRYAN BRESEE, JR. CLEMSON
DT JALEN CARTER, JR. GEORGIA
DT TYLER DAVIS, SR. CLEMSON
DT SIAKI IKA, JR. BAYLOR
DT TULI TUIPULOTU, JR. USC
DT KEEANU BENTON, SR. WISCONSIN
DT JONAH TAVAI, SR. SAN DIEGO STATE
DT DANTE STILLS, SR. WEST VIRGINIA
DT CALIJAH KANCEY, JR. PITT
DT PJ MUSTIPHER, SR. PENN STATE
DT ZACCH PICKENS, SR. SOUTH CAROLINA
DT SCOTT MATLOCK, SR. BOISE STATE
LB JACK CAMPBELL, SR. IOWA
LB NOAH SEWELL, SOPH. OREGON
LB PAYTON WILSON, JR. NC STATE
LB JUSTIN FLOWE, RFR. OREGON
LB BUMPER POOL, SR. ARKANSAS
LB NOLAN SMITH, SR. GEORGIA
LB JACKSON SIRMON, JR. CAL
LB HENRY TO’O TO’O, SR. ALABAMA
LB NICK HERBIG, JR. WISCONSIN
LB DARIUS MUASAU, SR. UCLA
LB BRENTON COX, SR. FLORIDA
LB VINCE SANFORD, SR. AIR FORCE
DB KELEE RINGO, SOPH. GEORGIA
DB ELI RICKS, JR. ALABAMA
DB KYU BLU KELLY, SR. STANFORD
DB CLARK PHILLIPS, SOPH. UTAH
DB CAM SMITH, JR. SOUTH CAROLINA
DB RILEY MOSS, SR. IOWA
DB DENZEL BURKE, SOPH. OHIO STATE
DB EMMANUEL FORBES, JR. MISSISSIPPI STATE
DB JOEY PORTER, JR. PENN STATE
DB DARRELL LUTER, SR. SOUTH ALABAMA
DB STEVEN GILMORE, SR. MARSHALL
DB CAM HART, SR. NOTRE DAME
DB JORDAN BATTLE, SR. ALABAMA
DB BRANDON JOSEPH, SR. NOTRE DAME
DB ANTONIO JOHNSON, JR. TEXAS A&M
DB RASHAD WISDOM, SR. UTSA
DB KENNY LOGAN, SR. KANSAS
DB TEJA YOUNG, JR. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
DB ANTAVIOUS LANE, JR. GEORGIA STATE
DB SYDNEY BROWN, SR. ILLINOIS
DB JAMMIE ROBINSON, JR. FLORIDA STATE
DB KELEE RINGO, SR. GEORGIA
DB CAM ALLEN, SR. PURDUE
DB CHRISTIAN IZIEN, SR. RUTGERS
2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON WATCH LIST OFFENSE
QB BRYCE YOUNG, JR. ALABAMA
QB J STROUD, SOPH. OHIO STATE
QB CALEB WILLIAMS, SOPH. USC
QB HENDON HOOKER, SR. TENNESSEE
QB TYLER VAN DYKE, QB SOPH. MIAMI
QB KJ JEFFERSON, JR. ARKANSAS
QB DEVIN LEARY, QB JR. NC STATE
QB GRAYSON MCCALL, JR. COASTAL CAROLINA
QB CAMERON WARD, SOPH. WASHINGTON STATE
QB ANTHONY RICHARDSON, SOPH. FLORIDA
QB JAKE HAENER, SR. FRESNO STATE
QB WILL LEVIS, SR. KENTUCKY
RB BIJAN ROBINSON, JR. TEXAS
RB TREVEYON HENDERSON, SOPH. OHIO STATE
RB BRAELON ALLEN, SOPH. WISCONSIN
RB SEAN TUCKER, SOPH. SYRACUSE
RB DEUCE VAUGHN, JR. KANSAS STATE
RB MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SR. MINNESOTA
RB CHRIS RODRIGUEZ, SR. KENTUCKY
RB LEW NICHOLS, SOPH. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
RB ZACH CHARBONNET, SR. UCLA
RB RASHEEN ALI, SOPH. MARSHALL
RB TRAVIS DYE, SR. USC
RB JAHMYR GIBBS, SOPH. ALABAMA
WR ORDAN ADDISON, WR JR. USC
WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, JR. OHIO STATE
WR KAYSHON BOUTTE, JR. LSU
WR XAVIER WORTHY, JR. TEXAS
WR JOSH DOWNS, JR. NORTH CAROLINA
WR MARVIN MIMS, JR. OKLAHOMA
WR ZAY FLOWERS, SR. BOSTON COLLEGE
WR CEDRIC TILLMAN, SR. TENNESSEE
WR NATHANIEL DELL, JR. HOUSTON
WR AT PERRY, JR. WAKE FOREST
WR JACOB COWING, JR. ARIZONA
WR JAYDEN REED, WR SR. MICHIGAN STATE
TE BROCK BOWERS, SOPH. GEORGIA
TE MICHAEL MAYER, JR. NOTRE DAME
TE BRANT KUITHE, JR. UTAH
TE CAMERON LATU, SR. ALABAMA
TE ARIK GILBERT, SOPH. GEORGIA
TE ZACK KUNTZ, JR. OLD DOMINION
TE BEN SIMS, SR, BAYLOR
TE WILL MALLORY, SR. MIAMI
TE SAM LAPORTA, SR. IOWA
TE PAYNE DURHAM, JR. PURDUE
TE JOSH WHYLE, JR. CINCINNATI
TE BENJAMIN YUROSEK, JR. STANFORD
OT JAXSON KIRKLAND, SR. WASHINGTON
OT PETER SKORONSKI, JR. NORTHWESTERN
OT RYAN HAYES, SR. MICHIGAN
OT ZION NELSON, JR. MIAMI
OT PARIS JOHNSON, JR. OHIO STATE
OT TYLER STEEN, SR. ALABAMA
OT DARNELL WRIGHT, SR. TENNESSEE
OT COOPER BEEBE, JR. KANSAS STATE
OT JACK NELSON, SOPH. WISCONSIN
OT JAELYN DUNCAN, SR. MARYLAND
OT ANTON HARRISON, JR. OKLAHOMA
OT BLAKE FREELAND, JR. BYU
OG TJ BASS, SR. OREGON
OG JARRETT PATTERSON, SR. NOTRE DAME
OG EMIL EKIYOR, SR. ALABAMA
OG SATAOA LAUMEA, SOPH. UTAH
OG ZAK ZINTER, JR. MICHIGAN
OG TYLER BEACH, SR. WISCONSIN
OG NICK BROEKER, SR. OLE MISS
OG LORENZ METZ, SR. CINCINNATI
OG CHRISTIAN MAHOGANY, JR. BOSTON COLLEGE
OG SIDY SOW, SR. EASTERN MICHIGAN
OG WILLIE LAMPKIN, JR. COASTAL CAROLINA
OG HUNTER WOODARD, SR. OKLAHOMA STATE
C OLUSEGUN OLUWATIMI, SR. MICHIGAN
C RICKY STROMBERG, SR. ARKANSAS
C BRETT NEILON, SR. USC
C JACOB GALL, SR. BAYLOR
C ALEX FORSYTH, SR. OREGON
C SEDRICK VAN PRAN, SOPH. GEORGIA
C JOHN MICHAEL SCHMITZ, SR. MINNESOTA
C GRANT GIBSON, SR. NC STATE
C JAKE RENFRO, JR. CINCINNATI
C JOE TIPPMANN, JR. WISCONSIN
C ALAMA ULUAVE, SR. SAN DIEGO STATE
C TREVOR DOWNING, (OG) SR. IOWA STATE
2022 CFN ALL-BIG 10 FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON TEAMS
QB CJ STROUD, SOPH. OHIO STATE
RB BRAELON ALLEN, SOPH. WISCONSIN
RB TREVEYON HENDERSON, SOPH. OHIO STATE
WR JAYDEN REED, SR. MICHIGAN STATE
WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, JR. OHIO STATE
TE SAM LAPORTA, SR. IOWA
OT RYAN HAYES, SR. MICHIGAN
OG TYLER BEACH, SR. WISCONSIN
C OLUSEGUN OLUWATIMI, SR. MICHIGAN
OG ZAK ZINTER, JR. MICHIGAN
OT PETER SKORONSKI, JR. NORTHWESTERN
DE ZACH HARRISON, SR. OHIO STATE
DT KEEANU BENTON, SR. WISCONSIN
DT PJ MUSTIPHER, SR. PENN STATE
DE ISAIAH MULLENS, SR. WISCONSIN
LB JACK CAMPBELL, SR. IOWA
LB NICK HERBIG, JR. WISCONSIN
LB LUKE REIMER, JR. NEBRASKA
CB DENZEL BURKE, SOPH. OHIO STATE
S CAM ALLEN, SR. PURDUE
S SYDNEY BROWN, SR. ILLINOIS
CB RILEY MOSS, SR. IOWA
PK NOAH RUGGLES, SR. OHIO STATE
P TORY TAYLOR, JR. IOWA
KR EMEKA EGBUGA, RFR. OHIO STATE
PR AJ HENNING, JR. MICHIGAN
CFN TOP 25
2 OHIO STATE
8 NC STATE
10 NOTRE DAME
12 OKLAHOMA STATE
16 MICHIGAN STATE
17 PENN STATE
18 OLE MISS
19 TEXAS A&M
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: PREVIEWS-ACC
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2022 MAC QUARTERBACK RANKINGS
The MAC isn’t as deep as it normally is in terms of starpower at the quarterback position, but the league still returns its share of standouts in 2022. Miami’s Brett Gabbert leads the quarterback rankings, followed by Toledo’s Dequan Finn and Northern Illinois’ Rocky Lombardi in the second tier. Kent State’s Collin Schlee is a breakout candidate to watch this year. Quarterback battles at Western Michigan and Buffalo will unfold in fall practice.
Ranking the quarterbacks by conference or nationally is no easy task. To help compile the rankings, there was some projection involved for 2022. This was not a ranking of quarterbacks only based on accomplishments so far or pro potential. All factors — pure talent, supporting cast, having a clear hold on the No. 1 position, previous production, 2022 projection, and scheme changes (just to name a few) — were considered and projected to rank the quarterbacks in the MAC for 2022.
2022 INDIANA GIRLS GOLF WATCH LIST
LILLIE CONE, DEKALB, SR.
BELLA DEAN, FRANKTON, SR.
KARISA DYER, NORTHRIDGE, JR.
ADDISON ECHEVERRIA, ZIONSVILLE, SR.
MARISSA GERUE, CARROLL, JR.
PAIGE GIOVENCO, FLOYD CENTRAL, SO.
MICHAELA HEADLEE, CARMEL, JR.
ASHLEY KIRKLAND, CASTLE, SO.
HAILEY KIRKLAND, CASTLE, SR.
TRINITY DUBBS, SOUTH KNOX, SR.
ADDI KOOI, WESTFIELD, SO.
HANNAH MATTHEWS, SOUTHPORT, SR
MACY BEESON, LAPEL, SR.
BELLE BROWN, DELTA, JR.
SAMANTHA BROWN, WESTFIELD, JR.
HANNAH CAIN, FRANKTON, JR.
ADDISON MEADOWS, SOUTHMONT, SO.
YILING ZHANG, CULVER ACADEMIES, JR.
KARILYN TEGLIA, CULVER ACADEMIES, JR.
DELANEY WADE, PENN, JR.
ADDYSON WEILER, BATESVILLE, SO
EMMA WEILER, BATESVILLE, SR.
CAROLINE WHALLON, NOBLESVILLE, SR.
ELIZABETH MERCER, WESTERN, JR.
SOPHIE MOCK, CARMEL, SO.
AVA NGUYEN, CARMEL, SR.
SAGE PARSETICH, CENTER GROVE, SR.
EMMA ROWLAND, CORYDON CENTRAL, SO.
ELIZA SAAL, HOMESTEAD, JR.
SCARLETT SENK, HOMESTEAD, JR.
CAMILLE SHORT, CENTER GROVE, JR.
LEXI STUART, CENTER GROVE, JR.
AVA SOUTH, BATESVILLE, FR.
ELEANOR TEGLIA, CULVER ACADEMIES, SR.
CASSIDY AYRES, HOMESTEAD, JR.
LYDIA BAUERSFELD, CASTLE, SR.
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara throws MLB-most 3rd complete game
MIAMI (AP) Sandy Alcantara threw his major league-leading third complete game and the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Wednesday night.
The All-Star right-hander allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three on 105 pitches for his third career shutout. Alcantara (10-4) is the first Marlins pitcher to reach double-digit victories in a season since Caleb Smith won 10 in 2019.
“I am very happy about that, hopefully it won’t be just 10 but 15 or 20,” Alcantara said.
Alcantara snapped a tie with Houston’s Framber Valdez for the league lead in complete games.
Luke Williams had three hits and stole a career-high three bases while Jesus Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who snapped a nine-game home losing skid.
The Reds loaded the bases and with two out in the first, but Alcantara retired Donovan Solano on a force at home and Aristides Aquino on a fly to left field.
After Cincinnati forced him to throw 22 pitches in the inning, Alcantara needed 83 the remainder of his outing.
“To get out of that was big,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I felt at that point, he was going to settle in and they were in for a full dose of Sandy.”
In the lead-up to the All-Star break, Alcantara had completed at least seven innings in 13 consecutive outings. But he lasted 11 innings total in his first two starts following the break.
“Pitching only one inning in the All-Star got me out of rhythm,” Alcantara said. “That one inning held me back a bit. But we are fine now.”
Aguilar put Miami ahead 1-0 with his solo shot in the fourth. He drove a slider from Reds starter Mike Minor into the seats in left for his 13th homer and the Marlins’ first lead in the series.
Garrett Cooper’s two-run double in the fifth made it 3-0. Williams hit a one-out single, stole second and was in the front end of a double steal after Billy Hamilton walked.
“That’s a part of the game I think is going to start coming back,” Williams said of his base stealing. “It’s obviously part of my game and it’s very exciting.”
Minor (1-8) was lifted after 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six.
“I just knew it was tough to get a win with a guy like that who’s going to go deep,” Minor said. “In the first inning, he kind of gave us some hope and then he got out of it. The guy’s pretty good.”
The Marlins activated Cooper from the injured list while the Reds recalled SS Jose Barrero from Triple-A Louisville. With his call-up Wednesday, Barrero became the 31st Cuban player to appear for a major league team this season, surpassing the previous high in the history of the Caribbean nation.
“I’m extremely honored to become the 31st and also very fortunate to represent our country in the major leagues,” Barrero said in Spanish.
FOND MEMORIES OF SCULLY
Mattingly warmly remembered the years he became close to Vin Scully. The Hall of Fame broadcaster, who called Los Angeles Dodgers’ games 67 years, died Tuesday. Before joining the Marlins in 2016, Mattingly managed the Dodgers for five seasons.
“Vin was, in a sense, an artist with the way he painted the game and sculpted your view of watching a game or hearing a game,” Mattingly said. “I was very fortunate to get a few little moments with him where we could talk about anything when you have that 20-minute bus ride.”
Reds: The return of C Aramis Garcia will be delayed after an MRI revealed a fracture of his bruised left middle finger.
Marlins: OF Avisail Garcia (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Garcia exited in the third inning Tuesday.
Neither club has announced the starter for the opener of its next series. The Reds will continue their 10-game road trip Friday at Milwaukee, while the Marlins begin a three-game set Friday at the Chicago Cubs.
Rosario hits 450-foot homer, Guardians top Diamondbacks 7-4
CLEVELAND (AP) Amed Rosario hit a mammoth three-run homer and rookie Oscar Gonzalez added a solo shot, sending the Cleveland Guardians to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Rosario’s career-long, 450-foot drive to dead center was the longest of the season at Progressive Field, topping the 447-footer by Boston’s Alex Verdugo on June 25. His sixth homer of the year lifted Cleveland to a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
“Where he hit the ball, that was big boy territory there,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “Amed is so steady at a high level.”
Shane Bieber (6-6) struck out eight over six innings in his 100th career start, extending his winning streak in interleague games to eight. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner permitted two runs and four hits without issuing a walk.
Gonzalez homered off Kevin Ginkel in the sixth and doubled home a run in the seventh to push the Guardians’ advantage to 7-2. Jose Ramirez and Myles Straw also drove in a run as Cleveland remained one game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.
“I get to see Amed every day in practice and I know he has that power, so really, it doesn’t surprise me,” Gonzalez said. “I know he has the talent and the power to be able to put up these type of at-bats.”
Arizona left-hander Tommy Henry (0-1) pitched five innings in his major league debut, surrendering four runs and four hits. The native of Portage, Michigan – a four-hour drive from Cleveland – had a 150-person cheering section behind home plate.
Henry described Rosario’s long homer as “a slider that didn’t slide, and that’s kind of what happens when you do that.”
“This is the dream you have since you first picked up a baseball, so to have so many people share it with me was really special,” Henry said. “I went through probably every emotion on the spectrum, but I was making an effort to control them.”
Alek Thomas hit a two-run homer off Bieber in the sixth and Geraldo Perdomo connected for a two-run shot against Eli Morgan in the ninth.
Thomas, Daulton Varsho and Jose Herrera each had two hits for the Diamondbacks, who ended their six-game road trip with five losses.
“We struck out 15 times today, and we’ve got to be better than that,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Rosario went 2 for 4 and scored twice, taking over the AL lead with 118 hits. Steven Kwan singled to push his hitting streak to 17 games for Cleveland, the longest by a rookie since Pittsburgh’s Ke’Bryan Hayes had a 19-gamer in 2020-2021.
The Guardians won twice in the three-game set, denying Arizona its first series victory in Cleveland in 20 years. The teams have split 22 all-time meetings.
NEXT MAN UP
Guardians third baseman Tyler Freeman, one of the top-rated prospects in the organization, was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and singled in his big league debut. He went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Freeman batted .279 for the Clippers while making 35 starts at shortstop, 33 at second base and three at third.
“We’re going to move Tyler around a bit because we will have some flexibility there,” Francona said. “He has a little presence about him already.”
Diamondbacks: LHP Tyler Gilbert (left elbow sprain) was transferred to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Henry. Gilbert threw a no-hitter in his first start in the majors on Aug. 14, 2021, against San Diego.
Guardians: RHP Cody Morris (right shoulder strain), who has been on the IL since April 7, reported to Triple-A Columbus on a rehab assignment. Morris made three starts in the Arizona Complex League in July, tossing six scoreless innings.
Diamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.83 ERA) opens a three-game series Friday against Colorado at Chase Field.
Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-9, 4.33 ERA) takes the hill Thursday as Cleveland continues its homestand against Houston.
Jorge López gets 1st save with Twins in 4-1 win over Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Trade acquisition Jorge Lopez earned his first save with his new team, newcomer Sandy Leon drove in two runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Wednesday.
Carlos Correa and Gio Urshela added RBIs for the Twins, whose lead in the American League Central remains one game over Cleveland.
Entering to a nice ovation, Lopez, an All-Star acquired Tuesday from Baltimore, earned his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
“It’s a time where to just even think about being here, being in that spot, to be in first, it’s just fun. Really fun to watch these guys daily. I love it,” Lopez said.
He needed just seven pitches, including a three-pitch strikeout of Eric Haase.
“I love to go out there, be quick. If it’s not, we battle,” Lopez said.
Lopez’s outing came after Minnesota starter Joe Ryan bounced back from a career-worst outing with five mostly solid innings. Michael Fulmer then pitched a scoreless inning in his Twins debut against the team from which he was traded Tuesday, before Caleb Thielbar and Jhoan Duran each tossed a scoreless frame.
“We saw some guys with some electric stuff. They made good pitches. They threw the ball the way they wanted to,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We saw some elite sliders from Fulmer. We saw Lopez go out and have as dominant and clean of an inning as you want to see. It’s exciting to turn the ball over to those guys, let them do their thing out there. But that’s really good looking stuff from our bullpen and Joe Ryan.”
Rocked on Saturday in San Diego, allowing 10 earned runs and five home runs in 4 2/3 innings, Ryan (8-4) tied a season high with nine strikeouts – also April 27 vs. Detroit – and allowed three hits as he again dominated the Tigers. In three 2022 starts against Detroit, Ryan is 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
He hit two batters in the fifth before Riley Greene’s RBI single.
“Didn’t really have a good feel for my changeup, which was working last time, so I think they were probably sitting on that a little more because it worked so well last time. Just getting after it, attacking hitters,” Ryan said.
Acquired Tuesday from Cleveland, Leon had two hits, including a two-run double in the second for Minnesota. He had two hits in 15 at-bats for the Guardians this season, spending much of the year in the minors.
A Correa line drive in the sixth nearly hit Byron Buxton near second base but got through as the speedy Buxton raced home.
Harold Castro had three of Detroit’s four hits.
Detroit struck out 14 times Wednesday, 41 times in the three-game series, and has whiffed 148 times in 17 games against Minnesota this season.
“He beat us, Joe Ryan did today, with fastballs in the zone. It’s one thing when you chase, it’s another when you get beat in the zone,” said manager A.J. Hinch. “… When you swing and miss like that, it’s hard to produce offensively. “
Making his second straight start after two months in the bullpen, Tyler Alexander (2-5) was the hard-luck loser, allowing two hits and striking out five in five innings. He retired the Twins in order in four of those frames.
UNDER THE SUN
Detroit has played 53-day games, the most in baseball, and 52 night games. This was Minnesota’s 48th day game, tied with the White Sox for fourth most in the majors. Cleveland has played 51 and Oakland 50.
Both teams made a quartet of moves before the game. Minnesota made another after.
Detroit placed LHP Tarik Skubal (left arm fatigue) on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Tuesday, and reinstated RHP Wily Peralta (strained left hamstring) from the IL. The Tigers also optioned IF Zack Short to Triple-A Toledo and recalled OF Daz Cameron from the Mud Hens.
For Minnesota, Thielbar (left hamstring strain) was reinstated from the 15-day IL. The contract of Leon was selected from Triple-A St. Paul. RHP Joe Smith was designated for assignment and C Caleb Hamilton was optioned to St. Paul.
LHP Jovani Moran will be optioned to St. Paul to make room for starter Tyler Mahle, acquired Tuesday from Cincinnati. Mahle is to be activated tomorrow.
Tigers: In a 0-for-19 skid, DH Miguel Cabrera did not play. Hinch said Cabrera’s right knee is bothersome, and he plans to give the 39-year-old a few more scheduled days off the rest of the season.
Twins: Buxton went 1 for 3 as the team’s DH after sitting the past two days with a sore right knee that was thoroughly evaluated Tuesday by trainers.
Tigers: Welcome Tampa Bay on Thursday for the first of four games. Detroit’s Drew Hutchison (1-4, 4.53) is scheduled to oppose Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-3, 2.70).
Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.41) is to pitch Thursday when Minnesota starts a four-game home series with Toronto. Alek Manoah (11-5, 2.43) is the Blue Jays scheduled starter.
Lance Lynn, Jose Abreu lift White Sox over Royals 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) Lance Lynn threw four-hit ball over six innings, Jose Abreu homered for the second consecutive game and Eloy Jimenez hit three singles as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Wednesday.
Lynn (2-4) struck out eight for the third time this season while not walking a batter for the third time in his last four starts. Rookie Bobby Witt Jr. snapped Lynn’s shutout bid by hitting a home run with one out in the sixth.
The White Sox (53-51) won for the third time in four games while remaining two games behind the Twins (55-49) and one behind the Guardians (54-50) in the AL Central. The Royals fell for the seventh time in nine games.
“It just looks like we’re benefitting from staying the course and the confidence that we’re good enough,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We have to prove it from here to the end.”
Lynn improved to 5-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings covering his last five starts against the Royals. Witt’s homer ended Lynn’s 19-inning scoreless streak against the Royals dating to April 8, 2021.
“He mixed it up with hard sink, hard cut and just didn’t give you the same look much two times in a row,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said.
Michael Massey, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha before the game, collected two hits off Lynn. Matheny said Massey, who attended Brother Rice High School – 25 minutes from Guaranteed Rate Field – would be given an extended look at second base.
“He takes great at-bats,” Matheny said. “What we see are professional at-bats every time. I thought he did a nice job defensively.”
Abreu provided ample run support for Lynn by hitting a three-run homer, his 14th, off Brady Singer (4-4) in the third. Abreu has driven in six runs in his last two games.
Jimenez’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games and set up an RBI single by Yoan Moncada. Jimenez is batting .471 (16 for 34) during his streak.
Singer, who pitched seven innings of one-hit ball against the Yankees in his last start July 28, allowed a season-high 11 hits.
The Royals were held hitless in the final three innings by Jake Diekman, Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendriks, who earned his 21st save.
This marked the first time the White Sox won consecutive home series since April 12-14 against the Mariners and April 15-17 against the Rays.
The game was delayed because of rain for 1 hour, 5 minutes with two outs in the bottom of the second.
“I threw twice, had hot packs on the whole time, and rode the bike,” Lynn said. “It was an hour and 10 minutes of staying hot. I’m too old to sit down.”
A moment of silence was held before the game in memory of Hall of Fame Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who died Tuesday night.
“In all his greatness, he was so kind to everybody,” La Russa said. “He’s one of those guys, even though he was really sick, you don’t want him to die.”
Royals: In addition to Massey, C Sebastian Rivero was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. They filled the roster spots vacated by the trades of INF-OF Whit Merrifield and C Cam Gallagher, who were dealt to the Blue Jays and Padres, respectively, before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
LHP Angel Zerpa (right knee discomfort) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
White Sox: OF Luis Robert (blurred vision, cold) will return Thursday at Texas. Robert will handle the designated hitter duties Thursday, play center field Friday, rest Saturday and return to center Sunday, La Russa said. Robert hasn’t played since July 15. … OF Gavin Sheets (ankle soreness) was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup.
The Royals will start LHP Kris Bubic (2-6, 5.45) when they open a four-game home series Thursday against the Red Sox. Bubic allowed three runs in six innings of an 11-5 loss Friday to the Yankees.
The Sox will start RHP Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.86) Thursday at Texas. Cueto allowed two runs in seven innings Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Athletics.
Castillo, early power send Mariners past Cole, Yankees 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) Luis Castillo pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners used a fast start to beat Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday.
Eugenio Suarez, Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic homered against Cole (9-4) during Seattle’s six-run first. Jesse Winker connected against Wandy Peralta in the seventh, helping the Mariners match their season high for homers.
“It was just another Luis Castillo start,” said Winker, who played with the pitcher in Cincinnati. “He did great. First start here, I’m sure he was fired up and excited and he did his thing.”
Castillo (5-4) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings in his second start in the Bronx in less than a month. The right-hander allowed three runs and walked three.
“It was a little emotional … but that did not distract me from my routine,” Castillo said through a translator.
Castillo threw 109 pitches, 66 for strikes. He has struck out eight batters in each of his last four starts.
“Thought he was awesome,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Couldn’t be any more excited about what he’s going to bring to our ballclub, the stability, taking the ball every fifth day and the confidence and the stuff.”
The 29-year-old Castillo pitched seven sparkling innings for Cincinnati at New York on July 14. The Reds traded the ace to the Mariners on Friday night for four prospects.
The Yankees were reportedly in the mix for Castillo, but they acquired right-hander Frankie Montas in a trade with Oakland on Monday.
“They were one of the teams that was very interested in me, but I’m here with the Mariners now and just got to keep moving forward and now I’m here to take this team as far as I can,” Castillo said.
Castillo got some help from shortstop J.P. Crawford, who made a pair of impressive defensive plays.
Crawford cut down Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a strong relay throw when he tried to score from first on a double by Kyle Higashioka. Crawford also speared a 106.5 mph liner by Aaron Hicks to open the fifth while shifted to the right of second base.
Castillo retired 10 straight before issuing consecutive walks to DJ LeMahieu and Josh Donaldson in the sixth. But he got out of the jam by striking out Josh Donaldson on a slider and retiring Andrew Benintendi on a liner to second.
Castillo cruised into the seventh at 95 pitches and easily got the first two outs. He allowed a single to Kiner-Falefa and exited after Higashioka hit a two-run homer.
Cole was booed at various points of the first when Ronald Marinaccio began warming up. He allowed seven hits, struck out eight and walked one in six innings.
“Just a tough inning where he was struggling to I think to just find his command and his rhythm and getting all his pitches,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Unfortunately we’re behind the eight ball there and then pitched really well from there.”
It was the second time he allowed three homers in the first inning this season. Cole allowed three straight homers in the first and five total for his outing during the Yankees’ 10-7 win at Minnesota on June 9.
“There were bad pitch selections,” Cole said. “There were some bad pitches and we got punished for it again.”
The Mariners took a 3-0 lead when Suarez hit a first-pitch slider into the seats in left for his second straight homer in the opening inning. Santana followed with his 10th homer, driving a 3-1 fastball deep to right-center field.
After Seattle hit back-to-back homers for the second time this season, Crawford singled before Kyle Lewis struck out. Kelenic then made it 6-0 by reaching the short porch in right for his first homer since returning from spending over two months in the minors.
“It was a great day for us,” Winker said.
Mariners: 1B Ty France missed a fourth straight game with a sore left wrist. … RHP Ken Giles (right shoulder tightness) struck out two and threw 12 pitches in a rehab appearance for Single-A Everett on Tuesday. … Newly acquired INF Jake Lamb will join the team Friday.
Yankees: Montas was placed on the bereavement list and will make his Yankees debut Sunday in St. Louis. … LHP Zack Britton (left elbow) faced batters at the team’s spring training complex in Florida for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery last September.
Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (8-8, 4.11 ERA) opens a three-game series against the Angels on Friday in Seattle.
Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) opens a three-game series Friday in St. Louis.
Urias wins his 8th straight decision, Dodgers top Giants 3-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Julio Urias won his eighth consecutive decision and Miguel Vargas drove in two runs in his major league debut as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Urias (11-6) threw six scoreless innings, struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. The Dodgers — who wore patches on their gray jerseys to honor Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, who died Tuesday — won their fourth in a row and for the seventh time in eight games.
Urias is 8-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his past nine starts, and he lowered his overall ERA to 2.57, fourth in the National League.
San Francisco threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with one out against Craig Kimbrel. But Kimbrel got Mike Yastrzemski to pop out and struck out Austin Slater looking to notch his 19th save.
The Giants dropped their seventh in a row to the Dodgers, their longest losing streak against Los Angeles in a season since also losing seven straight in 1980.
Vargas, ranked the No. 28 prospect in the game by Baseball America, served as designated hitter and made his presence felt in his first career plate appearance.
He lined an opposite-field, ground-rule double off Alex Cobb (3-6) in the second that scored Trayce Thompson and broke a scoreless tie. Vargas then stole third base on the next pitch. but was stranded.
In the fourth, he drove in the Dodgers’ second run with an infield single to third base, a play originally ruled a fielder’s choice when Max Muncy narrowly scored ahead of J.D. Davis’ throw home.
A sacrifice fly from Mookie Betts in the seventh made it 3-0.
Cobb gave up three runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t won since May 17 at Colorado.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list and OF Joey Gallo, acquired Tuesday from the New York Yankees, joined the 26-man roster. Gallo was not in Wednesday’s lineup, but manager Dave Roberts said he anticipates playing him in left field against right-handers.
Giants: INF J.D. Davis, acquired from the New York Mets on Tuesday, was added to the active roster and OF Bryce Johnson was selected from Triple-A Sacramento. To make room, LHP Sam Long and INF Jason Vosler were optioned to Sacramento. Johnson, 26, started in center field Wednesday in his major league debut, and manager Gabe Kapler said he anticipated Johnson helping to shore up an outfield defense that has given the Giants problems. Davis started at third base is likely see time at first base and possibly the outfield.
Dodgers: INF/OF Chris Taylor (left foot fracture) homered twice and drove in three runs while seeing time at second base and third base in a rehab game for Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) started the same game, going four innings and allowing one run on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. . RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder inflammation) hit 100 mph in his bullpen session Wednesday and Roberts said he was “very close” to coming off the injured list. . RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder discomfort) pitched in a simulated game and he could begin a rehab assignment next.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) played in rehab games Tuesday and Wednesday for Sacramento, and Kapler mentioned Saturday as a potential day for Crawford to be activated.
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.66 ERA) takes the hill in Thursday’s series finale. He’s 0-1 in two starts against San Francisco this season and hasn’t made it through five innings in either one. Giants RHP Jakob Junis (4-2, 2.78) will make his fourth appearance (third start) since returning from a left hamstring strain.
Vogelbach’s slam, Alonso’s HR send Mets past Nationals 9-5
WASHINGTON (AP) Daniel Vogelbach hit a grand slam and Pete Alonso connected for his 28th homer, helping the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 9-5 on Wednesday.
New York won for the eighth time in nine games and opened a 3 1/2-game lead over second-place Atlanta in the NL East. The teams begin a four-day, five-game series Thursday in New York.
“They’re a really good team and they’re playing good baseball, but we’re a really good team and we’re playing good baseball,” Vogelbach said. “I just think you take it as you’re playing another game and you’re playing another series.”
Chris Bassitt (8-7) pitched seven shutout innings for New York, which finished with 14 hits.
Mychal Givens, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, entered in the ninth and surrendered solo homers to Keibert Ruiz and Lane Thomas in his Mets debut. Givens was charged with five runs, and Seth Lugo recorded the final out.
“We made it exciting at the end, but obviously it wasn’t enough,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.
Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games a day after it traded star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego. The Nationals dropped to a major league-worst 36-70, including a 9-38 record against the NL East.
New York went ahead in the third when Francisco Lindor worked a nine-pitch walk against Anibal Sanchez (0-4) and Alonso sent the next pitch over the wall in center. Alonso is 6 for 11 (.545) with three homers lifetime against Sanchez.
The Mets broke it open in the fifth after they loaded the bases on a walk, an error and an intentional pass to Alonso. Martinez then replaced Sanchez with Jordan Weems.
Vogelbach drove Weems’ fifth pitch into the Nationals’ bullpen in right for his third career grand slam. It was Vogelbach’s first homer since he was acquired in a July 22 trade with Pittsburgh.
“It’s easy to feel comfortable when you come into a team like this,” said Vogelbach, who is hitting .308 in nine games with the Mets. “Not just the players on the field, but the players off the field. It’s an easy clubhouse to come into.”
Bassitt didn’t allow a runner past second base. He permitted six hits, struck out four and walked one.
“He had everything going today,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.
Bassitt has pitched 13 shutout innings against Washington this season.
The Nationals hit it into three double plays against the right-hander, bringing their majors-leading total to 103 this season.
Sanchez surrendered five runs – four earned – in 4 1/3 innings. He has dropped each of his four starts since returning from the injured list July 14, and his ERA rose to 7.65.
Mets: Showalter said he anticipates C James McCann (left oblique strain) will return from the injured list Thursday. … RHP Trevor May (triceps inflammation) was activated from the injured list. May pitched a scoreless eighth. … The Mets also added 1B/DH Darin Ruf, who was acquired Tuesday from San Francisco, and Givens to the active roster. … New York optioned RHPs Yoan Lopez and Stephen Nogosek to Triple-A Syracuse and designated INF Kramer Robertson for assignment.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey underwent Tommy John surgery. Rainey went on the injured list July 13. … 1B Luke Voit, who was acquired in the deal that sent Bell and Soto to San Diego, will join the team Thursday in Philadelphia. … DH Nelson Cruz (stiff neck) was out of the lineup.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-4, 3.79 ERA), who has thrown 18 2/3 scoreless innings over his last three outings, starts as New York returns home to face Atlanta.
Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (0-3, 3.78 ERA) gets the nod as Washington begins a four-game series at Philadelphia. Espino is 0-3 with a 4.95 ERA since entering the rotation June 12.
Castellanos HR after overturned call, Phils beat Braves 3-1
ATLANTA (AP) Talk about taking advantage of an overturned call.
Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth after an inning-ending double play was reversed, sending the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
“That’s an example that all the little things are just as important as the big things,” Castellanos said.
After getting blown out 13-1 in the opener of the two-game series between NL East rivals, the Phillies looked to be down to their final three outs when J.T. Realmuto grounded into what was ruled a double play with the Braves nursing a 1-0 lead.
But Philadelphia challenged the call, and the replay showed Realmuto – hustling all the way down the line – getting a foot to the bag just ahead of the relay throw while Rhys Hoskins trotted home from third.
With the game now tied at 1, Collin McHugh (2-2) fell behind 2-0 in the count before grooving one to Castellanos, who launched a 420-foot drive over the center-field wall for his ninth homer of the season.
“J.T. running down the like that gave me an opportunity to get a hit like that,” Castellanos said.
Zack Wheeler (10-5) claimed the win over his hometown team with five-hit ball over seven innings, snapping Atlanta’s four-game winning streak. His only big mistake came in the fifth, when he served up a homer to Orlando Arcia.
“It was one of those games were you just keep grinding away and hope the hitters come around,” Wheeler said. “I have faith in those guys.”
Phillies newcomer David Robertson, acquired in a series of deals ahead of the trade deadline, worked a scoreless ninth for his first Philadelphia save after locking down 14 wins for the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves wasted 6 2/3 scoreless innings by Charlie Morton, who turned in another strong performance by Atlanta’s rotation.
“We’re going against a tough guy over on their side,” Morton said. “Zack threw the ball really well. Going into a game like that, you need to limit them as much as possible.”
Over the last five games, the Braves starters have surrendered just 16 hits and three runs in 33 innings, with seven walks and 40 strikeouts.
But the bullpen let this one get away.
Still, the Braves are leading the NL wild-card race and have their sights set higher as they hit the road for a rare five-game series against the first-place Mets.
New York came into the day 2 1/2 games ahead of the World Series champion Braves, who have won four straight NL East titles.
The Phillies are also in the playoff mix. Before the win, they were tied with St. Louis for the final wild card.
While Robertson got the save in his first appearance since the trade, manager Rob Thomson stressed that he’s not the full-time closer.
The Phillies have used a committee approach since Corey Knebel was stripped of the job in mid-June.
That will continue, according to Thomson.
“Robby closed the game, but he’s not labeled the closer,” the manager said. “Everyone will get a feel for pitching in different innings, which is good because you’re not going to have everyone available every night.”
Robertson said he’s fine with the arrangement.
“It is a little different” than his role with the Cubs, he said. “I’ll just have to adjust like I’ve done over the years.”
Braves C Travis d’Arnaud was set to start behind the plate, but a stomach bug forced a change of plans. William Contreras got the nod on short rest after playing the night before.
Phillies: Return home to begin a four-game series Thursday against the Nationals. Newly acquired Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels) will get the nod against a Washington team that no longer has star slugger Juan Soto. OF Brandon Marsh, acquired from the Angels in a separate trade, is also expected to join the Phillies on Thursday.
Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (13-4, 2.93 ERA) will get the nod in Thursday’s series opener against the Mets, while newcomer Jake Odorizzi – acquired in a flurry of trades ahead of the deadline – is scheduled to make his Braves debut with a start in Saturday’s doubleheader. Another deadline addition, RHP Raisel Iglesias, will join the bullpen in New York. RHP Jay Jackson was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the open spot on the pitching staff Wednesday.
Trey Mancini homers in first start with Astros since trade
HOUSTON (AP) After a stressful week dealing with trade rumors, Jose Urquidy was relieved to remain with the Houston Astros as the deadline passed Tuesday.
With that worry off his mind, Urquidy turned in his best start of the season Wednesday to help the Astros to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
“I’m more calm right now,” Urquidy said. “I was like, `What’s going to happen with me? Where am I going to be?’ And now I feel more comfortable and I’m very grateful to stay on this team.”
Urquidy (10-4) allowed two hits and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
Trey Mancini homered in his first start for Houston to back Urquidy’s sterling performance. Mancini, who was traded from Baltimore on Monday to bolster the offense with first baseman Yuli Gurriel struggling, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his Astros debut Tuesday night.
Things went much better in his first at-bat Wednesday, when he knocked a pitch from Rich Hill (4-5) into the seats in left field for a two-run shot that made it 4-0 with no outs in the second inning.
“Wherever they want to put me, whatever my role is, I just want to help in whatever way I can,” Mancini said. “I’m all in. I know they’ve got a really good thing going and wherever I fit that certain day, I’m going to do my best to do the job and just help contribute to wins as best I can.”
Urquidy retired the first 13 batters before plunking Alex Verdugo with one out in the fifth. He sat down the next two batters in that inning before Reese McGuire got Boston’s first hit on a single to open the sixth.
Tommy Pham doubled with two outs in the inning, but Urquidy struck out Rafael Devers to end the threat.
“He was sharp, and especially sharp with his changeup and spotted his fastball very effectively and he had them off balance,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He was outstanding.”
Jose Altuve tied a career high with four hits to allow Houston to avoid a sweep after losing the first two games of the series. It was the 34th four-hit game of Altuve’s career, tying him with Craig Biggio for most in team history.
“Every time my name is mentioned next to Craig Biggio, I feel honored because I have a lot of respect for him,” Altuve said of the Hall of Famer.
Hill struggled in his return from the injured list, with the Astros jumping on him for six hits and four runs in three innings. He had been out since July 1 with a sprained left knee.
“Just poor execution,” he said. “Poor execution on the breaking balls, poor execution on the fastballs. That’s what it came down to. I pitched like crap.”
Brayan Bello took over for Hill but got just two outs before leaving with a strained left groin.
The Astros took an early lead when Altuve scored on a groundout by Yordan Alvarez in the first. Houston made it 2-0 when Alex Bregman drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
Kyle Tucker extended the lead to 6-0 with a two-run double in the fifth inning.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr., who has been out all season with a strained right forearm, will make a fourth rehabilitation start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday. McCullers allowed three hits and three runs – two earned – in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night for Sugar Land.
Christian Vazquez also got his first start at catcher for the Astros after a trade from Boston on Monday. He didn’t fare well against his former team, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout, although he did navigate Urquidy through his gem.
Will Smith, traded from Atlanta on Tuesday, made his Houston debut in the ninth. He allowed a solo home run to Devers.
Red Sox: First baseman Eric Hosmer, acquired in a trade with San Diego on Tuesday, is expected to join the team in the opener of a four-game set at Kansas City on Thursday night. RHP Nick Pivetta (8-8, 4.47 ERA) will oppose Kansas City LHP Kris Bubic (2-6, 5.45).
Astros: Justin Verlander, who leads the majors with 14 wins and a 1.81 ERA, opposes Cleveland’s Zach Plesac (2-9, 4.33) when the Astros open a four-game series against the Guardians.
NFL appeals 6-game suspension for Browns’ Deshaun Watson
(AP) — The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing a disciplinary officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, a person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter isn’t public knowledge, also said Watson would be required to undergo treatment before he could be reinstated. The league initially recommended an $8 million fine and asked during settlement negotiations for at least a $5 million fine plus a 12-game suspension that never materialized, another person involved in the talks told the AP.
The NFL’s appeal gives Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he designates authority to impose a stiffer penalty. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said it’s still to be determined whether Goodell or someone else will hear the appeal.
Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling Monday after Watson was accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments while he played for the Houston Texans.
In her 16-page report, Robinson described Watson’s behavior as “more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL.”
But her punishment fell far short of the NFL’s request. So, the league on Wednesday exercised its right to appeal, per the collective bargaining agreement.
The players’ union has until the end of business Friday to respond in writing. The union could challenge the appeal ruling in federal court, setting the stage for a prolonged fight. Both sides could still reach a settlement to avoid a lengthy battle. The NFLPA didn’t immediately comment on the appeal.
McCarthy said there’s no timeline for Goodell or his designee to make a ruling.
According to the league’s personal conduct policy, the appeal will be processed on an expedited basis. Also, it will be “limited to consideration of the terms of discipline imposed” and “based upon a review of the existing record without reference to evidence or testimony not previously considered.”
The policy also states the “decision of the Commissioner or his designee, which may overturn, reduce, modify or increase the discipline previously issued, will be final and binding on all parties.”
This is the first time since the new CBA was signed in 2020 that the league and the NFLPA turned to a jointly appointed disciplinary officer to determine violations of the personal conduct policy. In the past, Goodell has served as judge and jury to impose penalties on players.
By appealing, the NFL is giving that power back to Goodell, who can chose another person to levy any punishment.
A league official told the AP before Watson’s three-day disciplinary hearing concluded in June that the NFL wanted to avoid an appeal.
But the league proceeded with one amid a backlash from some fans and intense public pressure in the media. Beyond that, there were other factors.
A person familiar with the league’s thinking cited Watson’s lack of expressed remorse, which Robinson noted in her report, the fact he didn’t report the first incident when it happened and he wasn’t truthful with the league’s investigators.
Robinson questioned Watson’s testimony in her report, saying: “It is difficult to give weight to a complete denial when weighed against the credible testimony of the investigators who interviewed the therapists and other third parties.”
Watson, who played four seasons with the Texans before sitting out last season and then being traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by the women who alleged sexual harassment or assault during massage treatments in 2020 and 2021. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints brought by 10 of the women.
Robinson concluded that Watson violated three provisions of the personal conduct policy: sexual assault; conduct posing a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person; and conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL.
She declined to suspend Watson for a full year based on precedents and the league’s current policy. But Robinson concluded a longer suspension could be justified if it was already outlined in the personal conduct policy.
“While it may be entirely appropriate to more severely discipline players for non-violent sexual conduct, I do not believe it is appropriate to do so without notice of the extraordinary change this position portends for the NFL and its players,” Robinson wrote in her report.
Watson has continued to practice with the Browns while awaiting resolution to his case, which has raised questions about the league’s handling of off-field player behavior, inconsistencies in its personal conduct policy and its overall support of women.
The Browns have been in a state of limbo as well, not knowing when or if Watson will be able to play this season.
Cleveland traded three first-round picks to Houston for the three-time Pro Bowl QB and signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract.
Watson will lose only $345,000 if the suspension is unchanged because his base salary this season is $1.035 million.
Watson didn’t comment to the AP when asked for a reaction to the league’s decision to appeal. He was then escorted inside the Browns’ facility by a member of the team’s security staff.
The three-time Pro Bowler had just wrapped up Cleveland’s seventh practice of training camp and was still on the field when the league’s appeal announcement was posted.
Watson had a conversation with Peter Jean-Baptiste, the team’s vice president of communications, before spending a few minutes signing autographs for military members and their families.
He was embraced by one woman who said she told Watson to “stay strong.”
Arizona WR Marquise Brown charged with criminal speeding
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with criminal speeding on Wednesday morning.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves confirmed that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in Phoenix and booked in the Maricopa County Jail.
No other details were immediately available.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “We will comment further as appropriate.”
Brown was acquired in a draft-day deal with the Baltimore Ravens and is expected to play a big role in Arizona’s offense, especially during the first six weeks when three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins is out because of a suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers.
In Arizona, criminal speeding is defined as anything 20 mph over the posted speed limit. It is a misdemeanor.
Brown caught 91 passes for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns for the Ravens last season. The receiver hasn’t practiced much during training camp because of a hamstring injury he suffered while working out on his own in July.
Brown was not seen at Wednesday’s practice. It was unclear if coach Kliff Kingsbury knew about Brown’s arrest during his media availability earlier Wednesday morning, which was shortly before the receiver’s arrest became public.
He did address Brown’s health, saying he hoped the 25-year-old would be ready to practice without limitations sometime in the next week.
“We’ll see,” Kingsbury said. “We had hoped maybe this weekend, but we’re going to be smart. When he’s back, I want him full speed and confident. Playing in a new system, you don’t want him thinking too much about anything physically. He’s going to have enough thinking going on, so I would guess maybe this weekend.”
LB Anthony Barr, Cowboys agree to 1-year deal
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys and four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Barr was a first-round pick by Minnesota in 2014 and has played his entire eight-year career with the Vikings. He was a Pro Bowler every year from 2015-18 and had a career-high three interceptions along with 2 1/2 sacks and 72 tackles last season.
Barr will join a linebacker group led by AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons and 2018 Pro Bowler Leighton Vander Esch.
Dallas opened a roster spot by waiving rookie linebacker Aaron Hansford.
Saints safety Mathieu rejoins team after 1-week absence
METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu reported for training camp and participated in practice drills in his No. 32 jersey on Wednesday after initially being excused for what the team described as a personal matter.
Mathieu returned after missing the first six practices of camp.
“I love having him back. It was great to see him,” coach Dennis Allen said. “I had a chance to visit with him at the (team’s training camp) hotel. He seems to be in really good spirits. He’s anxious to kind of get back here and get started.”
The offseason addition of Mathieu to the Saints’ secondary was met with much fanfare in New Orleans, where Mathieu grew up and played in high school before starring in college at LSU. The 30-year-old, nine-year NFL veteran agreed to a three-year, $33 million free-agent contract with the Saints in early May.
But just before players were due to report for camp, the Saints announced that Mathieu would be excused and there was no timetable for his return. No details were disclosed about the nature of the issues keeping Mathieu away, and he was not available for interviews after practice.
Mathieu appeared upbeat while on the field. He participated in a range of individual drills before sitting out the higher-intensity work in which receivers and defensive backs were matched up at full speed in seven-on-seven or 11-on-11 snaps.
“We’ll go through a little bit of a ramp-up period with him,” Allen said. “But, man, to have a player of his decorated ability back in the building is a positive.”
Allen said the number of practices Mathieu missed was not a major concern.
“He’s a veteran player,” Allen said. “When you really want to talk about what we’re doing defensively from a schematic standpoint, it’s not a lot different than what you’re going to see on a lot of the other teams. It really gets more down to terminology and some of the minor, little adjustments that we might make.
“It’s more about just getting him ready for football conditioning,” Allen added.
Mathieu was raised by his grandparents in New Orleans, then became a star football player and track athlete for St. Augustine High School. He has maintained deep ties to the city, enhanced through his charitable endeavors and football camps in the area.
He also still has strong ties to LSU, where a players’ lounge in the football operations building is named for him.
Mathieu’s tenacious play at LSU earned him the nickname “Honey Badger.” He played two seasons for the Tigers. As a sophomore in 2011, he was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won the Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player. But his college career was cut short when then-Tigers coach Les Miles dismissed Mathieu in the summer of 2012 for repeated drug test failures.
Mathieu spent time in a Houston rehabilitation program, but it wasn’t until he was drafted by Arizona in the third round in 2013 that he put his life together. Mathieu became a dependable defensive standout for coach Bruce Arians and has since added two All-Pro nods with Kansas City to go with one earned in Arizona. He also has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons.
Mathieu wound up playing five seasons for Arizona before a year with the Texans. He then signed with Kansas City and immediately became the quarterback of the Chiefs’ defense, often relaying signals and directing the pre-snap alignment of defensive teammates.
NOTES: Rookie left tackle Trevor Penning, one of the Saints’ two first-round draft choices this spring, was involved in a post-whistle scuffle for a third straight day. This time Penning was sent off of the field, along with defensive lineman Malcolm Roach. “We’ve got to learn as a team how to compete and how to play and how to practice, and push ourselves to the limit, and yet not take it over the edge,” Allen said. … Allen said undrafted rookie defensive back Smoke Monday has “a significant knee injury” but did not offer further details or updates on his condition.
Big 12 title game staying at home of Cowboys through 2025
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Big 12 championship game will remain at the home of the Dallas Cowboys through at least 2025, the season after Texas and Oklahoma are set to leave for the Southeastern Conference.
The contract extension announced Wednesday means the first nine games since the return of the Big 12 title game in 2017 will be at 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium. The announcement came during Commissioner Brett Yormark’s first official week on the job.
The Big 12 didn’t have a championship game from 2011-16 after realignment reduced the league to 10 teams. The conference brought the title game back despite its round-robin regular-season schedule, believing the extra game would help get the league champion into the College Football Playoff.
If Texas and Oklahoma don’t leave early for the SEC, the Big 12 is set to include 14 teams for two seasons in 2023-24 with the additions of Cincinnati, Houston, BYU and UCF.
The Big 12 could expand again before then with uncertainty surrounding the Pac-12 following the defections of Southern California and UCLA to the Big Ten. Those schools are set to make the switch in 2024.
After the Big 12 launched in 1996, the first 13 championship games rotated among the home stadiums of the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams along with the former home of the Cowboys in the Dallas suburb of Irving.
AT&T Stadium has been the only site for the title game since 2009, an arrangement similar to the Big 12 basketball tournament and its Kansas City, Missouri, home. The men’s and women’s tournaments have been in Kansas City since 2010 and will stay at least through 2027.
Proposed NCAA transfer rule changes kicked back to committee
A recommendation to change transfer rules for Division I college athletes that included unlimited opportunities to switch schools with immediate eligibility was bounced back to a committee for more research by the NCAA’s D-I Board of Directors on Wednesday.
The transfer rule proposals were among several that came out of the NCAA’s Transformation Committee and were moved along by the Division I Council two weeks ago.
“We have some questions about the proposed transfer package, and we will take up this topic again on Aug. 31 at our next meeting. Many of us have concerns about the impact name, image and likeness is having on the transfer process, and we want further analysis on that issue and its potential impact on graduation rates before taking action,” University of Georgia President and board chairman Jere Morehead said in a statement.
The board did adopt Transformation Committee recommendations that would allow schools to provide more financial benefits to athletes.
“Schools can now pay for more to support a student’s academic pursuits, purchase insurance such as critical injury or illness and loss-of-value, and fund participation in elite-level training, tryouts and competition,” Transformation Committee co-chairs Greg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, and Julie Cromer, athletic director of Ohio University, said in a statement.
The proposed changes to transfer rules also included implementing sport-specific windows during an academic year when athletes would be required to enter their names in the transfer portal to be immediately eligible the following year.
Athletes in winter and spring sports would be required to provide written notification of transfer for 60 days following the NCAA championship selections in their sport.
In fall sports, including football, there were two entry windows proposed. The first would begin the day following championship selection and last 45 days. The second would be from May 1-15.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee raised concerns about the transfer windows.
“SAAC fully supports several aspects of the transfer concept, but we believe that transfer windows unnecessarily restrict student-athletes’ freedom of movement,” Missouri volleyball player Brynn Carlson said.
The proposal that raised a red flag among coaches and administrators was changing the rule to allow athletes to transfer as often as they wanted and play immediately, as along as they are academically eligible and progressing toward a degree.
Currently, all athletes are given a one-time exception that allows them to transfer and be immediately eligible at their new school.
For athletes in high-profile sports such as football and basketball, that one-time exception was granted only last year. It had been in place in other sports for years.
“Based on that dialogue, we will work to refine our proposal to address how transfer policies align with ongoing academic eligibility and degree progress requirements and deal with current and emerging issues facing college athletics,” Cromer and Sankey said. “Additionally, we will have the chance to learn more about the latest input from student-athletes around transfer windows.”
Clemson starting safety Zanders giving up football
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) One-time Clemson starting safety Lannden Zanders is giving up football because of continuing problems with his injured right shoulder.
Zanders has had three surgeries to repair and rehab a torn labrum. He was cleared to compete at the Tigers’ fall camp, which opens Friday. However, Zanders said on social media Wednesday he felt he was not “physically able” to be the player he had been and made the choice to step away from the game.
Zanders started nine games for Clemson in 2020, then sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in the Tigers’ 10-3 loss to eventual national champion Georgia in last year’s opening game.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound fourth-year junior from Shelby, North Carolina, has had three surgeries to try and fix the injury. He leaves the program with 57 tackles, three sacks and four pass breakups in 25 games, 10 of them as a starter.
While Zanders is disappointed, he said he leaves the game with no regrets. “Even as I enter my next chapter, I am proud that my journey and my life story include the opportunity to have played football at Clemson,” he wrote in his post.
Zanders was expected to compete for a backup position and provide depth in the secondary. Co-defensive coordinator Mickey Conn said last month Zanders, who missed spring practice, had been cleared to return to the field.
Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel builds connections with new team
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) New Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel has taken significant steps to help create bonds on a team with many new pieces.
Gabriel, a transfer from Central Florida who took part in spring practice, was busy showing his teammates around the state last month. He got his offensive playmakers together at a ranch in Lawton and took his offensive linemen to Lake Thunderbird, among other things.
The efforts were needed because the Sooners have a new coaching staff, and new coach Brent Venables said 40% of the roster has never taken a snap for the team. Some of the most experienced players have come via the transfer portal.
Gabriel simply saw a need and filled it.
“I have been around a lot of different quarterbacks and no quarterback has ever done that before,” Oklahoma running back Eric Gray said Thursday at the team’s media day. “No quarterback has ever tried to organize and get all the guys together … That’s definitely good camaraderie for the team.”
Gabriel’s goal was to create stability as the Sooners prepare for their opener on Sept. 3, at home against Texas-El Paso. That will be Oklahoma’s first game since coach Lincoln Riley left for Southern California and several players, including quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler, later transferred.
“I think people here have gone through a whirlwind,” Gabriel said. “The school. The fans. I’ve gone through a whirlwind personally. But we kind of have that calm storm. Normality. Everyone is back to normal. New coaches. New team like every year. But now it’s just going to grind and now we’re finally here.”
Gabriel already was familiar with new Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. Gabriel played for Lebby — then the Central Florida offensive coordinator – in 2019, and the Knights’ offense ranked second nationally in yards per game (540.5) and fifth in points per game (43.4).
Lebby said Gabriel has fit in nicely since transferring.
“I think the thing that he’s done is he’s been exactly who he is,” Lebby said. “He’s been very intentional on creating relationships and making sure everybody in the locker room knows who he is as a person. He’s done a great job of that.”
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who followed Venables from Clemson, said the next step – creating trust on the field – should be easier after Gabriel’s efforts.
“I think getting to know one another – that is so critical for any organization, but especially a football team,” Roof said. “Because when you get to know one another and watch each other specifically work, then you can respect a guy. You can fight for that man.”
Still, Roof expects there to be challenges the first year.
“Yeah, there is a newness,” he said. “Every day gets a little bit better. But certainly as you go through Year 1 of most staffs, but you know what, you’re always learning. If you’re not learning, you’re falling behind, whether it’s Year 36 or Year 2. So that part of it, we’re trying to learn every day.”
Mickelson, others sue PGA Tour over LIV Golf suspensions
(AP) — Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and nine other players who defected to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against the PGA Tour, the first step in a legal fight that could define the boundaries of where players can compete.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the PGA Tour has used monopoly power to try to squash competition and has unfairly suspended players.
A separate motion was filed asking for a temporary restraining order to allow Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs, the PGA Tour’s postseason, which begins next week.
The lawsuit also revealed that PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan suspended Mickelson for two months in March for his role in recruiting players to LIV Golf. It said Mickelson’s request in June to be reinstated was denied because he played in a LIV Golf event and that he was suspended until March 2024 for playing in another one.
Monahan responded to the lawsuit with a terse memo to his players in which he referred to “11 of your former colleagues” suing the tour and continued to refer to LIV Golf as the “Saudi Golf League.”
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is the primary source of the money paying exorbitant signing bonuses and providing $25 million purses for 48-man fields. Several players are in their 40s and no longer ranked among the top 50 in the world.
Monahan said players knew the consequences of signing up for the rival league.
“We have been preparing to protect our membership and contest this latest attempt to disrupt our tour, and you should be confident in the legal merits of our position,” Monahan wrote.
“Fundamentally, these suspended players – who are now Saudi Golf League employees – have walked away from the tour and now want back in,” he wrote. “It’s an attempt to use the tour platform to promote themselves and to freeride on your benefits and efforts.”
LIV Golf said in a statement: “The players are right to have brought this action to challenge the PGA’s anti-competitive rules and to vindicate their rights as independent contractors to play where and when they choose. Despite the PGA Tour’s effort to stifle competition, we think golfers should be allowed to play golf.”
Its CEO, Greg Norman, has said LIV Golf would be willing to financially support any legal matters. Last month, four European tour players won a temporary stay from a U.K. judge that allowed them to play in the Scottish Open.
Mickelson reportedly signed a deal worth $200 million to join the Saudi-funded venture, with DeChambeau in the $150 million range. And those are just signing bonuses. Seventeen players already have made more than $1 million in three tournaments or fewer.
The PGA Tour denied releases for players to compete in LIV events and suspended them as soon as they put a ball in play. Some players, like Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia, chose to resign their PGA Tour membership.
At the heart of the lawsuit are allegations the PGA Tour is using its might as the strongest tour in golf to bully players and anyone else that could get involved with LIV Golf. It accused the tour of intimidating a tent vendor and a technology company, among others, with whom LIV Golf was trying to do business to launch its series.
It also claims the tour’s threats to ban players ultimately forced LIV Golf to pay more in signing bonuses to get the players it wanted, and forced the rival league to change its startup plans to only eight events this year. LIV Golf announced a 14-tournament schedule for next year.
“The Tour’s conduct has substantially diminished and impaired the entry of the promoters that could meaningfully threaten the PGA Tour’s monopoly, which has stood unchallenged for decades,” the lawsuit contends.
The tour has stood by its belief that it is a membership organization with regulations that players choose to accept. That includes a code of conduct and a requirement to play at least 15 tournaments a year to keep full membership.
Players typically are allowed three releases a year to play overseas events held the same week as a PGA Tour tournament. The tour does not allow releases for conflicting events in North America.
Two LIV Golf events were held in the U.S., first in Oregon last month and then last week at Trump National in New Jersey. Three more this year are scheduled for courses near Boston, Chicago and Miami.
Monahan has been forceful in his comments about LIV Golf, referring in June to the tour being unable to compete with “a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in attempt to buy the game of golf.”
“We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi golf league is not that,” he said. “It’s an irrational threat, one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”
UConn’s Bueckers suffers torn ACL, will miss upcoming season
STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers tore the ACL in her left knee during a pickup game and will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the school announced Wednesday.
UConn said in a statement that Bueckers suffered the injury Monday and underwent an MRI that evening. It did not say where the junior guard from Hopkins, Minnesota, was playing when the injury occurred. It was the same knee she injured last year, causing her to miss significant time.
In a statement posted on her Instagram account, Bueckers said she is leaning on her faith to move forward.
“It’s so so crazy because you work so hard to get back healthy, you feel stronger than ever, and you are playing your best basketball and with one sudden movement it all shifts,” she wrote. “It’s hard trying to make sense of it all now but I can’t help but think that God is using me as a testimony as to how much you can overcome with Him by your side.”
Bueckers was named the 2020-21 AP national player of the year, becoming the first freshman to earn that honor. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game that season.
She missed 19 games last season after suffering a left knee tibia plateau fracture and torn meniscus in early December. But Bueckers returned to lead the Huskies to the Final Four, where the Huskies lost to South Carolina in the championship game at Target Center in Minneapolis, which is 10 miles from her hometown.
She finished the season averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
“We’re all devastated for Paige,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She’s worked really hard to get stronger and healthier this offseason, and this is an unfortunate setback. Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player, but she’s a better person and teammate and it’s really unfortunate that this has happened to her. We’ll miss her presence on the court, but she’ll do everything she can to still lead and help her teammates this season. Our program will support Paige through her healing process to help her come back better and stronger.”
UConn said Bueckers will undergo surgery on Friday at UConn Health in Farmington.
“There is going to be good days and there is going to be bad days but my absolute love for the game and Godly strength will get me back to where I need to be,” Bueckers wrote. “I’ve worked too hard for the little kid in these pictures to keep going for the dreams I’ve had since I first picked up the ball, so why would I stop now? The prayers and love means so much to me and the doubts that I won’t get back to where I was might mean even more. God put a dream in my heart and even if I have to walk through a nightmare to get it I’m going to keep believing.”
Emphasis on Sportsmanship in High School Activities Now Extends to Online Behavior
With the changes that have occurred in college sports the past couple of years, high school sports is truly the last level of pure amateur competition in our country – and the NFHS and its member state associations want it to remain that way.
As football, volleyball, soccer, field hockey and other sports begin this fall, high school coaches and athletic/activity directors will be involved in preseason meetings to emphasize the expected outcomes of education-based sports, as well as speech, debate, music, theatre and other programs.
Among those fundamental values of education-based activities that must be discussed is sportsmanship, or good sporting behavior. More than winning, more than learning the skills of a sport, a focus on sportsmanship has been one of the defining elements of high school sports and other activities for more than 100 years.
Along with maintaining the sound traditions of sports and minimizing the risk of injury, NFHS playing rules encourage sportsmanship, and the first page in all NFHS rules publications includes a statement noting that “each athlete is responsible for exercising caution and good sportsmanship.”
In the past, with an emphasis on conduct on the playing field or court – or in the auditorium or rehearsal hall – sportsmanship has been defined as those qualities of behavior that are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. More so than preparing students to play sports or another activity at the next level, one of the significant goals of education-based high school sports and activities is helping the 12 million-plus individuals in these programs to become responsible citizens.
And in today’s online world dominated by hand-held devices, that goal has become more challenging. Now, messages to students in high school sports and other activities about sportsmanship must be communicated before they hit the practice field or court because one inappropriate post, tweet or message could alter their lives forever.
At the recent virtual National Student Leadership Summit hosted by the NFHS, Christina Jontra of Neptune Navigate, one of the newest NFHS corporate partners, discussed the need for good sportsmanship online as much or more so than on the court or field.
In the digital age in which we live, participants in high school activity programs need to be aware that their character and respect for others should be the same, whether in the sport or activity itself, or online.
As the popularity and influence of social media continues to surge, it is imperative that student-athletes, as well as coaches, administrators, parents and everyone involved in education-based athletics, are aware of the ways they can endanger themselves with their online behavior and understand the techniques they can employ to prevent that from happening.
In her recent presentation, Jontra noted five characteristics of good sportsmanship online – honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility and courage. Just as a student would respect an opponent on the field or in the debate room, the same must occur online.
At preseason meetings this fall, coaches and athletic/activity directors should encourage students in their programs to be mindful of online contact with individuals on opposing teams – particularly any bantering that could be perceived as cyberbullying. As Jontra mentioned in her message during the NSLS, hurtful words can ruin a person’s life forever.
Fortunately, during the season, the millions of high school students involved in sports and performing arts have less free time to spend online on a daily basis, but the time spent must be done in a positive manner. Not only could damaging words on social media affect a student’s chances for an athletic scholarship, inappropriate messages could also negatively impact future job possibilities as employers are more actively auditing social media.
Whether the setting is before hundreds of people at an actual game or event, or a private experience alone online, positive and respectful behavior should be the choice every time.
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Former North Central and Georgia star, NFL RB Lars Tate dies of cancer at 56
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Lars Tate, part of a long line of Georgia running back greats who went on to play three seasons in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Chicago and was a star at North Central High School in the early 80’s, has died, the school announced Tuesday. He was 56.
Tate died late Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida, about a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer, his son, Donavan Tate, told the Athens Benner-Herald.
Tate led the Bulldogs in rushing in 1986 and ’87, finishing his college career with 3,107 yards – the sixth-most in school history. Herschel Walker and Nick Chubb were the only Georgia backs with more carries than Tate’s 615 from 1984-87.
He was a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 1988 and led the team in rushing his first two seasons, totaling 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns with 19 starts.
But Tate was cut by the Bucs ahead of the 1990 season, finishing out his career by playing sparingly in three games for the Bears.
Donavan Tate said his father was set to begin chemotherapy this week.
“It was kind of sudden,” Tate told the Banner-Herald. “You just thought cancer was the next thing that he was going to overcome. Even in conversations with him, he was in good spirits.”
A native of Indianapolis, Tate headed south to sign with Georgia after also considering an offer from Big Ten powerhouse Michigan.
When he arrived in Athens, the shadow of Walker’s brilliant career – which include a national championship in 1980 and the Heisman Trophy in 1982 – still loomed over the program.
But Tate proved to be a worthy successor to the school’s running back legacy, which has since grown to include Rodney Hampton, Terrell Davis, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno and D’Andre Swift.
His son was the third overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres. But Donavan was plagued by injuries and never reached the big leagues, briefly giving college football a try when he joined Arizona as a quarterback.
In addition to Donavan, Lars Tate is survived by son Stephan, daughter Lauren and four grandchildren.
Colts Sign WR D.J. Montgomery
Westfield, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receiver D.J. Montgomery.
Montgomery, 6-1, 201 pounds, spent time on the New York Jets’ active roster and practice squad last season. He played in three games in 2021 and caught three passes for 36 yards (12.0 avg.). In 2020, Montgomery spent time on the Jets’ practice squad. As a rookie in 2019, he spent the entire season on the Cleveland Browns’ Injured Reserve list. Montgomery was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019.
Martin Walks Off, Suwinski and Castillo Homer in Doubleheader Split
INDIANAPOLIS – Mason Martin roped his second walk-off single of the season to lead the Indianapolis Indians in a doubleheader-opening victory on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3. The Louisville Bats then bounced back to take the nightcap, 9-6
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the game knotted at 3-3, back-to-back singles by Brendt Citta – playing in his first Triple-A game since May – and Jamie Ritchie extended the game to Martin. On a 2-2 offering from Matt Pidich (L, 4-3), Martin launched a fly ball that carried over the left-fielder’s head to plate the game-winning run.
The Indians (48-51) bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit with a solo home run by Diego Castillo and go-ahead RBI single off the bat of Jack Suwinski in the third inning. Following a leadoff walk to Martin and the power-hitter’s 11th stolen base this season, Rodolfo Castro lined a single into right field for an insurance run.
Miguel Yajure kept Louisville quiet following first-inning traffic, allowing just one baserunner with five strikeouts over his next four frames. All three of his hits allowed came in the first inning.
In the top of the sixth, a pair of homers in a three-batter span by TJ Friedl and Colin Moran tied the game at 3-3 to set up Martin’s walk-off hit. Eric Hanhold (W, 3-2) entered the game and stranded the go-ahead run at first base in the top of the ninth.
Facing a 2-0 deficit early, Indianapolis climbed back to tie Game 2 with Suwinski’s fifth Triple-A homer of the season in the second inning and back-to-back singles by Jared Oliva and Hoy Park in the third. Trailing by two again in the fourth, an RBI single by Taylor Davis and a two-run triple by Oliva – his third three-bagger of the season – against Jared Solomon (W, 2-1) gave Indy it’s first lead of the contest.
Louisville (42-59) then plated four runs, three of which were charged to Noe Toribio (L, 1-1) in the fifth inning to take a lead it would not relinquish. After Citta drove in one more in the fifth, the Indians stranded the game-tying run at the plate in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Indianapolis and Louisville will continue their seven-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 ET at Victory Field. RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-6, 5.45) will take the mound for the Indians against RHP Randy Wynne (4-10, 4.82).
Game Recap: NaLyssa Smith Scores Game-High 21 in Loss at Atlanta
ATLANTA – The Indiana Fever came up short of a historic comeback in a 91-81 road loss to the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night. Down by as much as 30 points in the game, the Fever cut the deficit down to five points with under five minutes remaining in the game. Fever rookie forward NaLyssa Smith finished with 21 points, her fifth 20-point game of the season, as Indiana moves to 5-28 this season and Atlanta is now 13-18.
The game started off with the Dream shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from three and a 17-5 run to end the quarter. Atlanta missed four missed shots and put 36 points on the board — the most in the first quarter this season for the Dream.
In the second quarter, Indiana struggled to get shots to fall or push the ball on the fastbreak. At the end of the first half, Atlanta hit a season-high 8-of-13 from the three-point line and scored a season-high 62 points in the first half. Dream rookie guard Rhyne Howard had 14 points in the half. For Indiana, they entered the break with 10 first-half turnovers and were led by Smith’s nine first-half points and rookie guard Lexie Hull’s eight points in the quarter.
It was the third quarter that sparked the Fever’s run. Indiana began the second half on an 11-2 run, and began to slow down the once red-hot Atlanta offense. Three quick fouls in the third quarter from Howard resulted in her only scoring two points in the quarter. Behind Fever forward Emma Cannon’s eight points in the quarter, the score was 75-62 going into the fourth.
Once again, the Fever began the quarter on a run — this time 14-7 — and with 5:02 remaining in the game, Indiana had roared back to cut the Dream lead to five points. Atlanta stole the momentum just long enough to go on a 7-0 run and push the lead back up to 11 with 2:56 left to play. From there, Atlanta would hang on for the win.
In addition to Smith’s 21 points, Cannon posted a season-high 16 points off the bench. Hull finished the game with a career-high 14 points, a career-high seven rebounds and also tied her career-high with four steals. Guard Danielle Robinson also scored 14 points.
On the Atlanta side, Howard finished the game with 20 points. Forward Cheyenne Parker added 17 points and guard Aari McDonald scored 13 points. Guard Maya Caldwell and Kristy Wallace scored 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Despite the win, Atlanta was outscored 47-29 in the second half and shot only 12-of-33 from the field and 0-of-11 from three.
Indiana will take on the Wings in Dallas on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Trio Named to USL W League Teams of the Year
The USL W League today announced the members of its First and Second Teams of the Year following the league’s inaugural 2022 season, a group that includes three members of Indy Eleven’s Great Lakes Division title-winning squad. Defender Robyn McCarthy and forward Katie Soderstrom were two of the 11 players named to the league’s First Team, while forward Maddy Williams claimed a spot on the Second Team.
McCarthy was a mainstay on the Indy Eleven backline this summer, starting 12 of the squad’s 13 games and finishing second on the squad with 1,022 minutes played while also contributing a pair of assists. McCarthy switched seamlessly between the right back and center back positions, helping to spearhead a defensive united that posted six shutouts and allowed only nine goals all season, including only two games with multiple concessions. The native of Brentwood, Calif., finished her collegiate career at Fresno State last fall by earning the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Soderstrom was a menace for opposing defenses from start to finish across the 2022 campaign, as she capped the scoring in the Eleven’s historic 3-1 win in the W League’s Inaugural Match on May 6 and finished the regular season with a brace in a 3-0 win over Detroit City FC on July 9. The latter performance gave Soderstrom a team-leading 11 goals on the season (to go along with 1 assist), which when spread across her 902 minutes of action in 11 appearances gave her a 1.10 goals per game average. The Carmel native will return to Butler University this fall for her fifth and final year of eligibility, looking to build on an already impressive resume that include 28 goals and 24 assists, which rank her sixth and fourth, respectively, on the Bulldogs’ career charts.
After injuries derailed her professional career in Europe in recent years, the launch of the W League allowed Williams a successful return to the sport with Indiana’s Team in 2022. The 26-year-old striker appeared in all 13 matches and provided a veteran presence and ample leadership for the young and hungry Eleven squad, while her 10 goals and assist in 885 minutes of play provided an attacking 1-2 punch alongside Soderstrom that proved a handful for the opposition all season long. Williams made club history on June 10, as her three goal outburst during the middle of the first half earned her the first hat trick in the Eleven’s burgeoning W League history. After finishing her collegiate playing days in 2017 as Purdue University’s all-time leader in goals (38) and assists (26), Williams continued her career in Europe with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven (2018-19) and Spain’s Real Zaragoza (2019-20) before injuries and the COVID pandemic brought her back stateside.
Bradley Named Purdue’s Director of Golf
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following nine successful years as the head coach of the Purdue men’s golf program, Rob Bradley has been elevated to the Director of Golf position following Devon Brouse’s retirement, announced by the Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski.
Bradley will remain as the head coach of the men’s golf team, but will now have oversight of both men’s and women’s golf programs moving forward. Zack Byrd (women’s golf head coach), Andrew Sapp (men’s golf assistant coach), Lauren Guiao (women’s golf assistant coach) and Andrew Merrill (director of ops / strength coach) have all joined the staff in the last two months.
“I am honored to move into the new role as Director of Golf at Purdue. It’s exciting to be able to work alongside coach Byrd and the rest of the staff,” Bradley said. “We are creating an atmosphere that will give both of our teams the resources to take their games to the next level.”
Entering his 10th year with Purdue, Bradley has transformed Purdue golf into a force in the Big Ten and nationally. The Boilermakers enjoyed their finest season under Bradley a year ago, finishing the year ranked in the nation’s top 25 most of the season and boasting their highest final national ranking in 20 years. Three different players were named all-Big Ten for the first time since 1981 and Purdue reached NCAA Regionals for the 7th time in eight possible seasons under Bradley.
Meanwhile, the women’s team finished 12th at the NCAA Championships last May and welcomes in head coach Zack Byrd to lead the team. Byrd has already made an impact on the recruiting trail, signing the nation’s top transfer in Momo Sugiyama, who was a first-team All-Big West honoree as a freshman at Hawaii, leading the Rainbow Wahine to their first conference title in school history. Byrd also welcomes back several key members from last year’s squad.
Slapak Qualifies for 3000m Finals at World Athletics U20 Championships
Cali, Colombia – Incoming freshman David Slapak ran a time of 8:11.55 in the 3000m on Wednesday morning at the World Athletics U20 Championships to qualify for the final race.
Slapak, a Liberek, Czech Republic native, finished eighth in the second of two heats to qualify for the final, which is scheduled for Friday at 5:04 p.m. local time (6:04 p.m. ET).
Full results can be found at the link above.
The fastest six times in each heat plus the next three fastest times advanced to the next round. Slapak was more than four seconds clear of the fastest time to not advance. Kenya’s Edwin Kimosong Kisalsak led the field, clocking in at 7:55.60 in the second heat.
Slapak has a personal best time of 8:05.09 at the 3000m distance.
RYAN COLE SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT WITH THE GLACIER RANGE RIDERS
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Ryan Cole signed a professional baseball contract with the Glacier Range Riders of the Pioneer Baseball League. Cole, a 2022 graduate, made his professional debut in Billings, Montana last night.
The Glacier Range Riders are a member of the Pioneer Baseball League, an MLB Partner League with teams in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. These eight teams compete in a 96-game split schedule between the North Division and the South Division. Playoffs are determined by first-half division winners against second-half division winners in a best-of-three series.
The Pioneer baseball League is intended to serve as a developmental league, with no player on the active list having more than three years of prior professional baseball service. Each team is limited to a roster of 25 active players.
Cole finished his Irish career hitting for a .284 average, and a .889 OPS. He twice earned Regional All-Tournament Team and All-ACC Academic honors and earned Third Team All-ACC honors this past season. In 2022, he hit for a .295 average with nine home runs, drove in 33 and scored 47 runs on the year. He swiped 22 bases in 23 attempts, ranking eighth best in program history at a .956 success rate.
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1884 At Detroit’s Recreation Park, Bison hurler Pud Galvin throws the most lopsided no-hitter in baseball history when the team beats the Wolverines, 18-0. The victory is the second career no-hitter for the 27-year-old Buffalo right-hander, who also held the Worcester Worcesters hitless in 1880.
1908 In Brooklyn, the last-place Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas, 3-0. The entire Washington Park contest is played with just one ball.
1910 In one of baseball’s all-time classic pitching duels, A’s Jack Coombs and White Sox hurler Ed Walsh both go the distance in a 16-inning scoreless tie before the Chicago contest is called at 7:00 pm due to darkness. In the final frame, ‘Big Ed’ pitches out of a second-and-third jam with no outs, and Colby Jack strikes out the side, with Walsh making the final out of the game.
1929 In front of 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, the Indians tally nine runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rout the Bronx Bombers in the nightcap, 14-6. Two New York errors assist the Tribe’s comeback, including a miscue by Mark Koenig on a ground ball to short that would have ended the game.
1932 After being fined $1,000 and suspended until Carl Reynolds, the player whose jaw he broke in two places a month ago, was ready to play again for the Senators, Bill Dickey returns to the Yankees lineup. The future Hall of Fame catcher bangs out four hits, including a grand slam, despite missing 31 games.
1935 Walter Johnson (46-48) resigns as manager of the Indians and will be replaced by Steve O’Neill (36-23). The Tribe has dropped 23 of its last 32 decisions.
1941 Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one frame. The Brooklyn backstop’s third inning defense contributes to the Dodgers’ 11-6 victory over New York at Ebbets Field.
1942 In a military relief game at the Polo Grounds, which will be the last war-time twilight game played, Pee Wee Reese’s grand slam in the top of the ninth, which puts the Dodgers up 5-1, doesn’t count, because of the 9:10 pm government curfew. The game ends up as a 1-1 tie with the Giants.
1945 Pirates rookie catcher Bill Salkeld hits his only triple of the year to complete the 13th cycle in franchise history, and becomes the second Buc to accomplished the feat this season. The 28-year-old southpaw-swinging backstop, with his five-for-five performance, drives in all of his team’s runs, but Pittsburgh loses, 6 – 5, to the Cardinals in the Forbes Field contest.
1945 Two remarkable debut pitching performances by Senators’ rookies make the 15-4 loss to Boston a most memorable contest. The game, which features Tom McBride tying a major league record by driving in six runs with a bases-loaded double and triple during the Red Sox’ 12-run fourth inning, sees Joe Cleary, the last major leaguer to be born in Ireland, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks in his only big league appearance to finish with a career ERA of 189.00, and in mop-up work, veteran Bert Shepard, with an amputated leg as a result of being wounded in WW ll, hurls five 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on just three hits in his only major league appearance.
1948 Ernie Harwell, filling in for Red Barber, recovering from a bleeding ulcer, calls his first major league game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 5-4. To obtain the future Hall of Fame broadcaster, Brooklyn general manager Branch Rickey trades minor league catcher Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers.
1955 Ernie Banks hits three home runs in a game for the first of four times in his career when the Cubs outslug the Pirates, 11-10 at Wrigley Field. The Chicago first baseman accomplishes the feat off three different Buc hurlers, going deep off Lino Donoso in the first, connecting in the fourth off Max Surkont, and adding a two-run blast in the eighth off Dick Littlefield to give the team the lead for good.
1963 At County Stadium, Roger Craig suffers his 20th loss of the season when the Mets lose to Milwaukee, 2-1. The defeat is the right-hander’s 18th consecutive setback, tying Cliff Curtis’ National League mark set in 1910 with the Braves, and one loss shy of A’s Jack Nabors’ 1916 major league record.
1963 With the Yankees trailing Baltimore, 10-9, in the nightcap of a twin bill, Mickey Mantle, after missing two months of the season with a broken foot, makes a dramatic return to the lineup as a pinch-hitter when he homers to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh inning off George Brunet to tie the score. The crowd of nearly 40,000 fans goes wild as the ‘Mick’ hobbles around the bases in the Bronx Bombers’ eventual 11-10 walk-off win, a victory made possible by Yogi Berra’s two-out walk-off round-tripper in the bottom of the 10th
1965 Roy Hofheinz takes control of the Astros when he buys R.E. “Bob” Smith’s remaining shares of the Houston Sports Association. Due to a rift between them, the former co-owner had made the offer thinking the ‘Judge’ couldn’t put the funds together.
1968 The Yankees, once again, honor their aging superstar when the team hosts the second of three Mickey Mantle Days at the ballpark in the Bronx. Prior to the game, over 2000 young fans paid tribute to the future Hall of Fame outfielder by parading across the field with homemade banners expressing their admiration for the living legend.
1968 “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” – Ford Frick, inscription on Stan Musial’s statue from a quote attributed to former baseball commissioner. After the Cardinals’ 6-5 extra-inning loss to Chicago in front of a capacity crowd, the team unveils a ten-foot bronze statue of Stan Musial at Busch Stadium. In a pregame ceremony honoring ‘Stan the Man,’ the seven-time NL batting champ is joined by his 1941 teammates.
1971 In a Texas League contest, Tommy Walker hurls a 15-inning no-hitter, beating the Albuquerque Dukes, 1-0. The Dallas-Fort Worth Spur right-hander faces only 47 batters during the minor league game, two over the minimum.
1973 At Cleveland Stadium, Brewer left fielder John Briggs enjoys a 6-for-6 day at the plate in the team’s 9-4 triumph over the Tribe. The Milwaukee leadoff batter strokes two doubles and four singles, scoring two runs, but doesn’t record any RBIs.
1974 In Chicago’s 13–10 victory over the Rangers, Bill Melton breaks Minnie Minoso’s franchise mark of 135 home runs when he hits a sixth-inning two-run round-tripper off Steve Foucault in the nightcap of a twin bill at White Sox Park. Beltin’ Melton finishes his eight-year tenure on the Southside with 154 homers, establishing a team record that lasts until 1987 when Harold Baines overtakes the third baseman’s total.
1980 In the first managerial change in franchise history, Maury Wills replaces Darrell Johnson in the Mariners dugout. The M’s will fare no better under their skipper (20-38, .345), finishing the season 44 games under .500.
1982 After driving in the winning run in the Mets’ 7-4 victory over the Cubs, Joel Youngblood, who is traded to the Expos during the game, flies to Philadelphia and singles for Montreal to become the first player to have a hit for two different teams on the same day in different cities. The 30-year-old All-Star collects his two historic hits off two future Hall of Famers, a single off Ferguson Jenkins in Chicago, and gets his other knock off Steve Carlton in the City of Brotherly Love.
1983 Dave Winfield kills a seagull at Exhibition Stadium with a warmup throw before the home fifth inning. After the 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, the Yankees outfielder is arrested by the Ontario police and charged with animal cruelty.
1984 In a 9-2 Giants rout of the Astros, Jeffrey Leonard collects five hits. The cleanup slugger gets all singles and, therefore, is unable to demonstrate his one-flap-down home run trot in front of the Houston fans at the Astrodome.
1985 Prior to the loss that results in Tom Seaver winning his 300th game, the Yankees honor Phil Rizzuto by retiring their former player and current broadcaster’s uniform #10. The ‘Scooter’, known for the expression ‘Holy Cow’, is knocked over in a pregame ceremony by a fitting gift from the team, a cow wearing a halo.
1985 On the same day Tom Seaver wins 300th game, Mets’ phenom Doc Gooden records his 11th consecutive game, breaking Tom Terrific’s franchise mark established in 1969. The 20-year-old right-hander, going the distance, beats the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 4-1, to improve his record to 17-3 this season.
1985 In a 4-1 complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium, White Sox right-hander Tom Seaver becomes the 17th player in major league history to record his 300th victory, limiting the Bronx Bombers to six hits, all singles. Owner George Steinbrenner becomes irate when the fans start chanting ‘Let’s Go Mets,’ as an homage to the beloved right-hander, who spent the 12 years with his team’s crosstown rivals.
1985 At Anaheim Stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 41,630, Angel first baseman Rod Carew singles off of Minnesota southpaw Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits. After the historic hit, Halos’ manager Gene Mauch brings the first-base sack into the dugout, replacing it with another a new bag.
1987 In the fourth matchup of 300-game winners since 1900, Angels’ hurler Don Sutton (317) allows four hits in six innings to beat Steve Carlton (328) and the Twins, 12-3. The 645 combined victories is the largest number of wins ever accumulated by pitchers starting the same major league game.
1989 Dave Stieb retires the first 26 batters he faces before giving up two hits in a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Last September, the Blue Jays’ hard-luck hurler lost back-to-back no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning.
1990 The Braves trade Dale Murphy to the Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher, and Victor Rosario. The move enables the youngster David Justice to return to right field and win the Rookie-of-the-Year Award.
1992 At an auction, actor Charlie Sheen pays $93,500 for the ‘Mookie Wilson Ball’ which went through Bill Buckner’s legs, capping the miraculous Met comeback in the sixth game of the Fall Classic in 1986. Arthur Richman, the team’s traveling secretary, who was given the ball that night by right field umpire Ed Montague, gives all the proceeds to charity.
1993 Tony Gwynn enjoys a career-high, six-hit game in the Padres’ 11–10 win over the Giants in 12 innings at Jack Murphy Stadium. The outfielder’s 6-for-7 performance, which includes two doubles, ties a major league record with four games of five or more hits in a single season shared by Stan Musial (Cardinals, 1948), Ty Cobb (Tigers, 1922), and Willie Keeler (NL Orioles, 1897).
1993 After being hit by a Ryan Express fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the 46-year-old pitcher. Nolan Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him six times, much to the pleasure of the Rangers fans at Arlington Stadium.
1994 In Anaheim, Goose Gossage makes his 1000th major league appearance, retiring Tim Salmon on a pop-up in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-2 Angels loss to the Mariners. The future Hall of Fame reliever will end his 22-year career playing in 1002 games with seven different teams.
1994 Fan favorite Kent Hrbek announces his retirement effective at the end of the season. The Twins first baseman, who played his entire 14-year career in Minnesota, ranks near the top in virtually every team offensive category.
1996 The Hall of inducts Baltimore managers Earl Weaver and Ned Hanlon. Kentucky congressman Jim Bunning and Negro League star Bill Foster also enter the Cooperstown shrine.
1998 Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam, highlighting a nine-run ninth inning in the Yankees’ 10-5 come-from-behind victory over Oakland. The ‘Straw’ is the first player in the American League to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season.
1999 In an effort to break out of a team slump which has resulted in 15 losses in 19 decisions, all nine Angel batters use Jim Edmonds’ bat the first time through the order. The center fielder’s lumber yields dramatic results when the Halos go 4-for-8 with one walk in the first inning, including Bengie Molina’s first career hit, an RBI double, in LA’s 4-3 win over Kansas City at Edison Field.
2000 Joining Dave Kingman, Frank Huelsman, Willis Hudlin, Paul Lehner, Wes Covington, Ted Gray, and Mike Kilkenny, Dave Martinez ties a major league record as he appears for his fourth team in a season. In the past four months, the veteran outfielder/first baseman has played for the Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers, and now the Blue Jays.
2000 With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record by already hitting 83 homers at home this season.
2003 Major League Baseball announces a five-year deal, which will generate more than $500 million in revenue, for apparel and headwear global licensing rights. The seven companies involved in the deal include Majestic Athletic, New Era Cap, Twins Enterprises, Nike USA, Dynasty Apparel Industries, Drew Pearson International, and VF Imagewear.
2004 Mike Matheny’s major league errorless streak behind the plate ends when his errant throw allows the runners to advance to second and third base on an infield single. The Cardinals’ catcher hadn’t committed an error since August 2, 2002, a span of 252 games.
2004 Continuing a tradition over a half a century old, the Cardinals announce their new ballpark, scheduled to open in 2006, will also be known as Busch Stadium. In 1953, a month after Anheuser-Busch purchased the Cardinals, the brewery bought Sportsman’s Park, renaming it Busch Stadium, and then kept the name in its new downtown stadium, which opened in 1966, calling the facility Busch Memorial Stadium.
2005 After the team goes into a free fall from first place, the Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli (129-140) and replace him with bench coach Sam Perlozzo on an interim basis. Currently suffering an eight-game losing streak, the Birds have dropped 16 of their last 18 games.
2006 In the Phillies’ 5-3 victory over the Mets, Chase Utley’s hitting streak ends at 35 consecutive games. Philadelphia’s second baseman, who goes 0-for-5, has the fourth-longest stretch in National League history.
2006 At age 95, Elden Auker, the last living pitcher to face Babe Ruth, dies of congestive heart failure. The author of Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms, which he wrote when he was ninety, started his major league career in 1931 by striking out Babe Ruth and getting Lou Gehrig to pop out.
2007 Needing only 14 seasons to accomplish the feat, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 22nd and youngest player (32 years and 8 days) to hit 500 career home runs. The historic three-run homer, off Royals’ starter Kyle Davies, who was recently acquired from the Braves, is hit into the left-field seats at Yankee Stadium, making A-Rod and Mickey Mantle the only two players to reach the milestone in the Bronx.
2007 In the second inning at Petco Park in front of a sellout crowd of 42,497 fans, Barry Bonds drives a Clay Hensley fastball over the left-field wall for his 755th home run, tying Hank Aaron’s 33-year-old career home run record. The opposite-field drive, ironically off a pitcher who failed a steroid test as a minor leaguer in 2005, is met with mixed reactions as a few patrons hold up asterisk signs and the crowd responds to the feat with a mixture of cheers and jeers.
2008 At the start of the rain delay during the Astros and Cubs game at Wrigley Field, fans are advised to take cover in the concourse due to a tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service for downtown Chicago. The game resumes in 2 hours, 45 minutes, but approximately an hour later more thunder and lightning and another 39-minute stoppage cause the contest to be called in the bottom of the eighth, with Houston credited with a 2-0 rain-shortened victory.
2008 During a Brewers’ 6-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, first baseman Prince Fielder confronts starting pitcher Manny Parra in the dugout, shoving the hurler twice after an angry exchange of words. The Milwaukee hurler had taken a no-hitter into the fifth, but gave up six runs on four hits and four walks before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
2008 The Mariners stun the Twins with a 10-run seventh inning, coming back from a 6-0 deficit in an eventual 11-6 victory at Safeco Field. With six runs driven in, Raul Ibanez, who hits a grand slam and a two-run single in the frame, establishes a club record for RBIs in one inning, one more than Ken Griffey Jr.’s mark set in 1999.
2010 Three years to the day he hit his 500th round-tripper, Alex Rodriguez eclipses Babe Ruth in becoming the youngest player to hit 600 career home runs when he blasts a two-run first-inning shot into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The 35-year-old Bronx Bomber third baseman is the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone.
2010 The Phillies obtain Mike Sweeney from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The deal is necessitated for Philadelphia when their All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard is put on the disabled list with a severely sprained ankle.
2012 Mike Baxter sets a team record and ties a National League mark when he walks five times in a nine-inning game in the Mets’ 6-4 victory over San Diego at Petco Park. Only five of the 25 pitches thrown to the New York right fielder were strikes, with thirteen of the final 14 being out of the strike zone.
2016 Bartolo Colon becomes the first pitcher in the history of the Subway Series to record a victory as a member of both New York clubs when the visiting Mets beats the Bronx Bombers, 4-1. In 2011, Big Bart, in his only season with the Yankees, pitched six strong innings of shutout ball to earn a 5-2 victory over the Big Apple rivals at Citi Field.
2016 The Angels play their fourth and final extra-inning contest this season, setting the mark for the fewest in a 162-game campaign. The Halos’ ten-inning 4-3 loss to the visiting A’s keeps the team winless in overtime this year.
2017 Jaime Garcia becomes the first pitcher to make three straight appearances as a starter for three different teams since 1895 when Gus Weyhing started consecutive games for the Phillies, Pirates, and Louisville Colonels. The 31-year-old southpaw has been traded twice July 24, taking the mound for the Braves, Twins, and Yankees in a span of 15 days.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1944
The ongoing war between the Allies and Axis powers certainly had an impact on Major League Baseball, but never like it did in 1944. Many of the games’ best players were called away for tours of duty and the result was a seriously depleted pool of talent. The top team in the American League was the St. Louis Browns who collectively batted .252 in route to their only pennant. They only had one .300 hitter in outfielder Mike Kreevich (who barely made it at .301), one man with twenty home runs, shortstop Vern Stephens (who hit exactly twenty); and one player over the eighty-five runs batted in mark, Stephens, who knocked in one-hundred nine runs. On the mound, the Browns boasted Nelson Potter and Jack Kramer who combined for a mediocre thirty-six victories. With outfielder Chet Laabs drilling two final-day homers, the Browns beat the defending champion New York Yankees. The victory, combined with Detroit’s loss to Washington, enabled St. Louis to finish one game ahead of the Tigers in the American League. Across town, the other Major League team from St. Louis was doing business as usual. In making off with their third straight National League pennant (leading by 14½ games over Pittsburgh), manager Billy Southworth’s Cardinals had won one-hundred five games and ran their three-year victory total to three-hundred sixteen.
Like Chicago, New York and St. Louis before them, the “Gateway City” was electrified with the excitement of what was billed as the “St. Louis Showdown”. Surprisingly, it was the eight-time National League champion Cardinals who were tenants of the American League’s downtrodden Browns in Sportsman’s Park which would be the venue for the entire contest. Perhaps as an answer to the lack of pre-game respect they had received in the papers, Luke Sewell’s American League titleists came out swinging against their heavily favored rivals for the 2-1 opening victory. Denny Galehouse out-pitched Series vet, Mort Cooper and George McQuinn hit a clutch, fourth-inning, two-run homer that decided Game 1. Unfortunately, the blast would prove to be the Browns’ only homer in World Series history.
The Cards answered back in Game 2 with Blix Donnelly’s stellar relief pitching that tallied no runs, two hits and seven strikeouts in four innings. Ken O’Dea came up big as well with a run-scoring pinch single in the eleventh for the 3-2 victory. The underdogs prevailed again in Game 3 as Jack Kramer pitched a seven-hitter and struck out ten batters on the way to a 6-2 Brown’s triumph. With the Americans ahead two games to one, the more experienced Nationals proceeded to show what it takes to play in the big show.
Sig Jakucki, the thirty-five-year-old who had won thirteen games for the ’44 Browns after being away from baseball for five years, lasted only three innings in Game 4, a contest in which Cards lefthander Harry Brecheen, (16-5 in the regular season) kept the American Leaguers off stride. Stan Musial finished the job with a two-run homer for the 5-1 win. The following day, Cooper, who was coming off of a twenty-two-win season, beat Galehouse with a seven-hit, 2-0 shutout. In the Cardinals’ 1942-1943-1944 stranglehold on the National League championship, Cooper had won sixty-five games and thrown twenty-three shutouts. For Game 6, it was Max Lanier and Ted Wilks (who both had seventeen wins and shared a 2.65 ERA), that wrote the final chapter to the Brown’s “Cinderella season” with a 3-1 victory that wrapped up the Cardinals’ second Series title in three years. It was the eighth appearance in nineteen seasons for the World Champions, while it was the first (and last) Fall Classic in the Browns’ 52-year history.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1955
The scorecards at this game must of read like a directory at the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Willie Mays and Stan Musial hit two home runs for the National League. Mickey Mantle (during his infamous Triple Crown season) and Ted Williams hit two home runs for the American League.
Another stand out player was third baseman Ken Boyer who had three hits and three dazzling plays in the field. Once again, the National League won (for the sixth time in seven games) and closed the gap in the series to 13-10. Yankee Manager Casey Stengel continued to suffer at the hands of the senior circuit. He was 1-5 in All-Star games and finding it impossible to match his opponents momentum.
NFL HISTORY-AUGUST 4
August 4, 1961 – At the 28th edition of the Chicago All Star game the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the college players 28-14 before 66,000 screaming fans at Soldier Field. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Billy Kilmer UCLA’s fine quarterback. In 1999 Kilmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After college Kilmer had a productive 18 year career in the NFL at both halfback and quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins. Read more about Billy Kilmer on our September 5 post honoring him on his birthday.
August 4, 1967 – At the 34th annual Chicago College All Star Game, the Green Bay Packers blanked the College All Stars 27-0 before 70,934 in attendance at Soldier Field. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be “Bubba” Smith the defensive end from Michigan State. The NFF website says that Smith was a two time All-American end that learned much of his craft from his father Willie Ray Smith who was a high school football coach back in Texas. Bubba Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Smith was the Baltimore Colts first draft choice and made all-pro. Bubba also played for the Raiders and the Oilers organizations during his NFL tenure. Read more about Bubba Smith on his February 28 birthday post.
August 4, 1986 – USFL owners suspend operations for the upcoming season after a court ruling awards them a very small amount of damages in their antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Less than a week earlier, See our July 29 Football History Headlines, the United States Football League won their antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League after forty-two days in court. The Jury declared that the NFL was a “duly adjudicated illegal monopoly” however, it was a shallow victory as the USFL was awarded a settlement of $1. The USFL’s owners voted to suspend operations with the goal of returning in 1987 however, many of the League’s teams were in no shape financially to operate. The USFL appealed the decision but it was rejected by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That decision effectively shut the USFL down for good. The NFL also appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court but the verdict stood. The check received by the USFL in 1990 was in the amount of $3.76, triple the amount of the verdict with $0.76 interest.
BIRTHDAYS OF HALL OF FAME PLAYERS FOR AUGUST 4
August 4, 1908 – Former Notre Dame quarterback, Frank Carideo was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. He was a two time All American selection for the Irish in 1929 & 1930 seasons where they went 19-0. Fighting Irish legendary head coach, Knute Rockne once exclaimed that Carideo was the best quarterback ever. Mr. Carideo became the head coach of the University of Missouri’s football team in 1932 and served in that position until 1934. He then moved on to coach basketball at Mississippi State from 1935 until 1939.
August 4, 1949 – John Riggins “Diesel” was a running back that played in the NFL for the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. “Riggo” was a standout at the University of Kansas prior to being drafted by the Jets in 1971. As a collegian he ended up breaking Gale Sayers rushing record at Kansas as he won the Big 8 Conference rushing title.. He was a Pro Bowl player as his raw power and tenacity made him hard to tackle and he was the type of back that got better the more he carried the ball in a game. After spending 5 seasons in New York he went to Washington and played another 9 seasons interrupted only when he voluntarily sat out the 1980 season. He came back strong as he helped the Redskins go to to consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1980’s winning Super Bowl XVII and earning the game’s MVP award. He is enshrined in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1971 DALLAS COWBOYS
After losing the Super Bowl eight months earlier on a last-second field goal, the Cowboys started the 1971 season with a not-so-impressive win. The Cowboys’ pass defense struggled in a 49–37 victory over the Buffalo Bills, allowing 353 yards in passing yardage. The game’s big play for Dallas was a Craig Morton to Bob Hayes 76 yd touchdown pass.
Doomsday Defense Done?
The defense rebounded in Week 2, allowing the Eagles just 170 yards in total offense and forcing eight turnovers en route to a 42–7 win. Herb Adderly had three interceptions, and Bob Lilly returned a fumble recovery for a TD.
But in a Week 3 20–16 loss to Washington, the Cowboys’ run defense struggled, giving up 200 yards on the ground. In a Week 4 Monday Night 20–13 win over the Giants, Craig Morton connected with Bob Hayes for a 48yd touchdown, and the Cowboys ran for 222 yards. But there was still cause for concern on the defensive side of the ball as they allowed 294 yards passing.
Roger Staubach Leads the Cowboys
Roger Staubach connected with Gloster Richardson on a 41-yard touchdown strike in Week 5. The Cowboys outgained the Saints 300 to 157 yards but still managed to lose the game 24–14 as they turned the ball over six times. Dallas bounced back the next week with a 44–21 win over the Patriots in their new Texas Stadium. Duane Thomas had a 56 yd touchdown run, and Bob Hayes had two touchdowns while gaining 83 yards.
Things reached a boiling point in a Week 7 loss to the Bears. The Doomsday Defense held the Bears to just seven first downs and 194 total yards. The Cowboys’ offense gained 481 yards and had 26 first downs, but seven turnovers did them in as the Bears took the win 23–19.
A big part of the Cowboys’ struggles was the indecisiveness of Coach Tom Landry in choosing a starting quarterback. He finally settled on Roger Staubach, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown in a 16–13 win over the Cardinals. Duane Thomas ran for 101 yards while Lance Alworth caught eight passes for 89 yards.
Heading Towards the Super Bowl
A lackluster 20–7 win over the Eagles was followed by a 13–0 win over Washington. The Redskins, who had gained 200 yards rushing in their Week 3 win over Dallas, were held to just 65 yards this time. The Cowboys D, which had struggled earlier in the season, was now clicking on all cylinders. Then, in a 28–21 victory over the Rams on Thanksgiving Day, Ike Thomas returned a kickoff 89 yards for a TD, and Staubach connected with Bob Hayes on a 51-yard touchdown.
In a 52–10 shellacking of the Jets, Ike Thomas returned a kickoff for a TD for the second week in a row, this time for 101 yards. The Cowboys’ offense gained 439 yards as Duane Thomas ran for 112 yards and scored a touchdown. Calvin Hill also had a big day gaining 62 yards on the ground and 80 yards receiving while scoring two touchdowns. The Doomsday Defense held the Jets to 149 total yards and forced six turnovers.
Dallas kept their winning streak alive with an easy 42–14 win over the Giants in Week 13. Bob Hayes had a big game catching four passes for 154 yards, including two touchdown receptions of 46 and 85 yards, respectively. The Cowboys D had five sacks, forced five turnovers, and held the Giants to just 64 yards rushing. In the final game of the regular season, Duane Thomas scored four touchdowns, one for 34 yards and another for 53 yards, as the Cowboys cruised to a 31–12 win over the Cardinals.
Dallas would now travel to Minnesota for the divisional playoff game. The 11–3 Vikings had the best defense in the NFL and held the Cowboys to just 183 total yards, but the Dallas D forced five turnovers and won the game 20–12. Then, for the second year in a row, the Cowboys would face the 49ers for a trip to the Super Bowl.
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Victory Is So Close
The 49ers had perhaps the most potent passing game in the NFL, but Doomsday held them to 184 yards through the air and intercepted three passes. The Cowboys gained 172 yards rushing while holding the 49ers to just 61 yards on the ground. Dallas won 14–3, and now it was on to the Super Bowl to face the Miami Dolphins.
Although a very young team, the Dolphins were no slouch. Miami came into the game with a 12–3–1 record and had defeated the 1969 Super Bowl Champion KC Chiefs and the 1970 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Colts in the playoffs. But Super Bowl Vl was never close.
On the final play of the first quarter, Bob Lilly and Larry Cole chased down quarterback Bob Griese for a 29-yard sack. The Cowboys running game churned out 252 yards while the Dolphins’ RBs gained only 80 yards. Dallas coasted to an easy 24–3 victory. It took six years of post-season play, but the Dallas Cowboys were finally the World Champions!
On a personal note, it was a memorable season for this 9-year-old Cowboys fan. After watching my team struggle in the first half of the season, the Cowboys reeled off ten wins in a row, capping it off with a Vince Lombardi trophy. In my opinion, the 1971 team may have been the Cowboys’ best team ever.
Even with that statement, it’s possible the 1975 Cowboys draft class was the best in NFL history.
SPORTS NUMBERS-AUGUST 4
4 – 45 – 10 – 25 – 17 – 43 – 18 – 25 – 29 – 16 – 41 – 19 – 14 – 25 – 34 – 44 – 13
August 4, 1910 – MLB pitching duel; Philadelphia A’s Jack Coombs and White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 0-0 tie in 16 innings
August 4, 1934 – Giants outfielder Mel Ott, Number 4 becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4
August 4, 1941 – Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen wearing Number 10 became the first MLB player to take 3 foul pop-ups in one inning (3rd) in 11-6 win v NY Giants
August 4, 1945 – Boston Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride, Number 25 drove in an MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
August 4, 1953 – New York Yankees Vic Raschi, Number 17 set an MLB record for a pitcher by driving in 7 runs in a 15-0 win v Detroit
August 4, 1973 – New York Yankees pitcher Number 43, Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
August 4, 1982 – Outfielder Joel Youngblood becomes only MLB player to get hits for 2 different teams in 2 different cities on the same day; singles for Mets in Chicago day game; traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia night game. He donned Number 18 with the Mets and for the Expos he wore Number 25
August 4, 1985 – New York Yankees retire Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto’s Number 10
August 4, 1985 – Future Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew, Number 29 of the California Angels singles off Minnesota’s Frank Viola, Number 16 to collect his MLB 3,000th career hit; Angels win, 6–5
August 4, 1985 – Tom Seaver, Number 41 of Chicago White Sox becomes 17th pitcher to win 300 MLB career games, beating New York, 4-1; 54,032 at Yankee Stadium
August 4, 1993 – Tony Gwynn, Number 19 gets 6 hits in 11-10 win v Giants, 4th time this season the Padre has 5 or more hits; ties MLB record
August 4, 1996 – Jim Bunning (Number 14), Earl Weaver (Number 4), Bill Foster , and Ned Hanlon were all inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
August 4, 2007 – San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds, Number 25 homers off Clay Hensley, Number 34 in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Number 44, Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755
August 4, 2007 – 32-year-old Alex Rodriguez, Number 13 becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs, connecting on the 1st pitch he sees as New York Yankees beat Kansas City, 16-8
August 4, 2010 – On 3rd anniversary of his 500th MLB career home run, Number 13 Alex Rodriguez reaches the 600 HR mark in the NY Yankees 5-1 win v Toronto; 7th and youngest to reach milestone.
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