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Birthday boy LeMahieu scores in 10th, Yanks beat Reds 7-6

NEW YORK (AP) DJ LeMahieu capped his 34th birthday by sliding across the plate on Alexis Diaz’s second straight wild pitch in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Wednesday night and stop a three-game losing streak.

Luis Severino allowed three consecutive homers in a span of five pitches in the second inning as Cincinnati built a 4-0 lead, then left with right shoulder tightness.

“Today I woke up feeling not that great,” Severino said. “I felt a little tight shoulder going to warm up and do all my stuff in the bullpen. It stayed the same in the game.”

Cincinnati allowed five unearned runs, four after second baseman Jonathan India’s error on Anthony Rizzo’s potential inning-ending double-play grounder in the third. The Reds fell behind 5-4 and went ahead 6-5 before Giancarlo Stanton homered to the short porch in right field off Ian Gibaut in the eighth.

LeMahieu started the 10th inning on second base. Aaron Judge struck out against Diaz (2-1), Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked and Stanton fell behind 0-2 in the count.

Diaz threw a slider that went off the mitt of catcher Tyler Stephenson. Diaz paused to grab the rosin bag, then threw a slider that bounced off Stephenson toward the first base dugout as LeMahieu scampered home ahead of the catcher’s throw to Diaz covering the plate.

“It’s a good birthday, but to play in the big leagues on my birthday, that’s good enough,” LeMahieu said. “But a walk-off like this is pretty fun.”

New York got its big league-high 11th walk-off win and 27th come-from-behind victory, avoiding what would have been its first four-game losing streak this year.

Michael King (6-1), the seventh Yankees pitcher, escaped first-and-third, no-outs trouble in the 10th when Matt Reynolds struck out and Kyle Farmer grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

“Not perfect,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “This season’s not going to be that way. So, just glad we were able to kind of continue to grind and grind.”

Farmer hit a 431-foot drive to left on Severino’s slider, Mike Moustakas connected on a changeup and Stuart Fairchild on a 92 mph fastball.

After Boone and an athletic trainer came to the mound, Severino finished the inning. He went to the mound to start the third and threw a warmup pitch, then walked off and was replaced by rookie JP Sears.

Severino averaged 94.1 mph with 18 fastballs, down from his season average of 96.1 mph.

“I talked to him after the first inning, he was just a little leery of letting it go, but he kept saying, `I feel really good,'” Boone said. “Something was telling him to hold back a little bit. That was the biggest thing.”

This was the third time Severino allowed three homers in a game, the first since Aug. 28, 2017, against Cleveland.

Cincinnati hit three straight homers for the first time since May 5, 2019, against San Francisco’s Jeff Samardzija when Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich went deep.

“That was a great way to get off to a good start,” Reds manager David Bell said.

New York allowed three straight homers for the second time this year. Gerrit Cole did it June 9 in Minnesota when Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa took him deep.

Joey Votto drove in two runs and Stephenson hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth off Sears as the Reds saw their season-high five-game winning streak snapped.

Gleyber Torres hit an RBI single after India’s error, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa capped a five-run third with a three-run double.

Cincinnati starter Mike Minor allowed five runs – one earned – in four innings.


The Yankees released 1B Greg Bird from his minor league contract after he hit .218 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 59 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Reds: CF Nick Senzel was a late scratch with back tightness and was caught stealing as a pinch runner in the eighth.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks said he was feeling better after bruising his right shin when he fouled a pitch off his leg in the third inning Tuesday. Hicks underwent an MRI and CT scan that were both negative and hopes to return by this weekend’s series with Boston. . RHP Domingo German (right shoulder impingement, injured list since spring training) threw a bullpen and is tentatively scheduled to make another rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though that could change depending on New York’s pitching needs by Friday. . Sears was optioned to Triple-A after the game.


All-Star RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 2.92 ERA) makes his second career start at Yankee Stadium for Cincinnati. In the second inning of his previous one, Castillo got Todd Frazier to hit into a triple play on July 25, 2017. All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.74) starts for the Yankees.

Orioles beat Cubs 7-1, extend winning streak to 10 games
CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Santander hit a two-run double to spark Baltimore’s three-run first inning, Spenser Watkins and four relievers scattered six hits and the Orioles extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

It’s the Orioles’ longest winning streak in a single season since they won 13 in a row from Sept. 7-22, 1999.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only team with a longer current drought without a double-digit win streak in a season is Miami, which has never had one.

With the victory, the Orioles (45-44) also went over the .500 mark for the first time since April 8, 2021, when they were 4-3. Baltimore finished off the game to chants of “Let’s Go O’s!” at Wrigley Field, where the Orioles were playing their first series since 2014.

“We feel every bit of Birdland, especially here,” Watkins said. “You have `O’ chants going on in Wrigley Field. That’s pretty cool.”

The Cubs lost their sixth consecutive game, their longest skid since dropping 10 straight games June 4-16.

Watkins (3-1) limited the Cubs to four hits in five-plus innings. Watkins is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last four starts since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on June 25. He allowed a single to Ian Happ to start the sixth and was lifted in favor of Dillion Tate.

“Spenser was fantastic,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “He set the tone. He put zeroes up early.”

Tate, Cionel Perez, Joey Krehbiel and Bryan Baker combined to allow two hits the rest of the way.

“We’re pitching with confidence,” Hyde said. “We’re aggressive. We’re pitching with emotion. I think our pitching has really turned the corner.”

Meanwhile, Cubs starter Justin Steele (3-6) – pitching on eight days rest after his girlfriend gave birth Monday to the couple’s first child – retired the final 11 batters he faced over six innings.

“The best of my life,” Steele said of the last few days. “Becoming a dad was just so special. Bawled my eyes out as soon as it happened. We decided on the name, Beau. Literally so ready to get back home to him right now and just love on him.”

But the damage was done in the first two innings. Three of the first four batters reached base, prompting pitching coach Tommy Hottovy to make a mound visit after Santander’s double. But Austin Hays followed with a single, and Santander scored after left fielder Happ misplayed the hit.

The Orioles extended their lead in the second when Trey Mancini hit a double to score Rougned Odor and Cedric Mullins, who was initially ruled to have beaten the relay throw from shortstop Nico Hoerner to catcher Willson Contreras. But a replay overturned the safe call on Mullins, and Steele got Ryan Mountcastle to ground to short to end the inning.

The Cubs scored their lone run off Watkins in the fifth when Christopher Morel tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rafael Ortega.

The Orioles added three runs with two outs in the eighth on a double by Adley Rutschman, a single by Odor and a balk by reliever Daniel Norris.


Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks will need at least two or three weeks before he can consider playing catch, manager David Ross said. Hendricks hasn’t pitched since July 5, when he threw only three innings at Milwaukee because of a right shoulder strain.

Hendricks, 32, missed a start in early June because of shoulder fatigue but still leads the team with 84 1/3 innings pitched.


Happ was moved by a congratulatory text message on his All-Star selection from Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ former president of baseball operations who oversaw his selection as the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft.

“And I thanked him for giving me the chance here and to be able to do it in front of these fans and this city,” Happ said of Epstein, now a consultant with Major League Baseball.

Happ rebounded from a miserable 2021 season, when he had a slash line of .175/.284/.318 on Aug. 11.

“He’s becoming an all-around player, and I don’t know I could have said that last year,” Ross said.


Jorge Mateo (22) and Mullins (18) have accounted for 40 of the Orioles’ 55 stolen bases, and Hyde will continue to give them the green light.

“Those two guys are such elite base stealers, it’s weapon for us, and a weapon for them,” Hyde said. “I still think it’s an important part of the game.”


Cubs: Norris was activated from the 15-day injured list. RHP Matt Swarmer was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.


Cubs: INF Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) will spend the rest of the week building strength and volume with the training staff in Chicago. … RHP Ethan Roberts underwent Tommy John surgery in Arlington, Texas.


The Orioles haven’t named a starter for Friday’s series opener against the Rays.

The Cubs will start RHP Keegan Thompson in Thursday’s series opener against the Mets. Thompson allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

White Sox beat Guardians 2-1, gain split in 4-game series

CLEVELAND (AP) Lucas Giolito pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland 2-1 on Wednesday night after Guardians’ starter Aaron Civale exited after one inning because of a sore right wrist.

Giolito (6-5) yielded an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and extended his dominance of Cleveland hitters. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 0.83 ERA in 10 starts against Cleveland since May 17, 2019.

Giolito’s strong outing, along with RBIs by Jose Abreu and Andrew Vaughn, helped the White Sox earn a split of the four-game series between the teams battling for second place in the AL Central Division.

Giolito can’t pinpoint a particular reason why he pitches so well against Cleveland, but was pleased his latest effort helped with the series result after Cleveland won the first two games.

“These games against teams in our division considering where we are, it’s important we can take as many wins as we can,” he said. “I feel like splitting the series is big considering how it started for us.”

Civale allowed two hits and threw 20 pitches in the scoreless first inning. Civale’s injury forced manager Terry Francona to use five relievers, one day after the teams played a doubleheader. Francona said Civale will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

“I think he has felt it for a little bit,” Francona said. “It was happening quick so I just told (the training staff) to take him and got another pitcher in there.”

Eli Morgan and Enyel De Los Santos each pitched two scoreless innings, but the White Sox got on the board in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off Sam Hentges (2-2) in the sixth. A double by Abreu scored Yoan Moncada, who had drawn a leadoff walk. Vaughn followed with an RBI groundout.

Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth and earned his 18th save in 21 chances.

Giolito retired the first batter in the seventh and was lifted after Franmil Reyes singled and rookie Nolan Jones walked. Owen Miller hit into a fielder’s choice. Miller was ruled out at first, but the call was reversed after a replay review.

“I’d like to go seven, eight, nine, we’d all like to as starters, but I got into a little trouble in the seventh and handed it off and (the relievers) did their thing,” Giolito said.

Second baseman Josh Harrison’s fielding error on a ground ball by pinch-hitter Andres Gimenez allowed Reyes to score.

Civale missed a month earlier this season because of a left glute injury. The right-hander returned June 21 and was making his fifth start since coming off the injured list. Civale is 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 starts this season. He sprained the middle finger on his pitching hand last season and was out from June 21 to Sept 7.

Chicago’s All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson remained in the game after being hit in the lower back by Luis Robert’s sharply hit grounder while running the bases in the seventh.

Left fielder Eloy Jimenez came up limping after catching Jose Ramirez’s liner to end the sixth and was removed from the game with tightness in his right leg.

Guardians catcher Luke Maile was hit in the mask by a foul tip in the ninth and needed several moments to gather himself before staying in. Maile had just entered the game after Austin Hedges was removed for a pinch-hitter.

“We’re a little worried about him,” Francona said.


Chicago begins a four-game series Thursday night against first-place Minnesota at Target Field. The White Sox haven’t been over .500 since they were 22-21 on May 25, which has led to a stretch that manager Tony La Russa admitted hasn’t been fun.

“We’ve got expectations for a reason,” he said. “We’ve got talent.”

La Russa believes his self-evaluation process as a manager never stops.

“If you’re preaching accountability for the players, you better start with yourself,” he said. “I think our record should be better, so I should manage better.”


White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) was 2 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter for Triple-A Charlotte on his rehab assignment Tuesday night. He was placed on the injured list June 13.

Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose (strained triceps) is expected to begin a throwing program early next week. He was placed on the IL on July 3. . OF Oscar Gonzalez (right intercostal strain) is taking swings in the batting cage. He hasn’t played since June 29.


White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (3-4, 2.91 ERA) looks to go 4-0 lifetime against the Twins on Thursday. Chicago is 1-5 versus Minnesota this season.

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (6-6, 3.47 ERA) is scheduled to start against the Tigers on Thursday night. Cleveland was swept in a four-game series at Detroit last week.

Dodgers erase late 6-run deficit, rally past Cardinals 7-6

ST. LOUIS (AP) Hanser Alberto hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers climbed out of a huge hole in a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine, charged back from a 6-0 deficit with seven runs over the final three innings. The late rally took unbeaten All-Star Tony Gonsolin off the hook for his first loss of the season after an ineffective start.

Mookie Betts had an RBI double in the eighth and Trea Turner’s two-run single cut it to 6-5. Max Muncy tied it in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

“We don’t feel like we’re ever out of it, doesn’t matter what the score is,” Muncy said. “We know who we are. We know what we’ve been doing. You’ve just got to find a way to stay in the game even when it seems like it’s really bad. We’re really good at doing that.”

The Dodgers were shut out on four hits over the first six innings.

“Doesn’t matter how it looks, we just keep on going,” Turner said. “The way you win is always fun, too. (This) was a little bit more enjoyable in the clubhouse. I just feel like the vibes are up.”

Los Angeles got its NL-leading 26th come-from-behind win. This marked its largest comeback of the year.

“I kind of sound redundant when I say it’s the biggest win of the year,” manager Dave Roberts said. “But it was a big one.”

Will Smith started the rally with a two-run homer in the seventh. Freddie Freeman went 3 for 3 for the Dodgers and has 12 hits in his last 14 at-bats.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run single early for St. Louis, which had won three straight.

Alberto, who entered in the eighth, singled to left field off reliever Giovanny Gallegos (2-4) to score Cody Bellinger from third base.

Justin Turner doubled and Bellinger singled to start the ninth.

Craig Kimbrel (3-4) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Evan Phillips earned his second major league save and first this season.

The Cardinals got to Gonsolin quickly.

The right-hander, who carried an 11-0 record and a major league-best 1.62 ERA into the game, gave up five earned runs and seven hits over five innings. He had not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his previous 16 starts this season.

“I thought my slider was really bad,” Gonsolin said. “I didn’t do a good job executing pitches with two strikes. They jumped on some mistakes early.”

Arenado capped a four-run uprising in the third with his 18th homer. Goldschmidt, the previous hitter, broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright allowed four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked four in a 114-pitch stint. The 40-year-old right-hander, the fourth-oldest player in the majors, has worked five innings or more in 16 of 18 starts this season. He left with a 5-0 lead.

Lars Nootbaar and Andrew Knizner had run-scoring hits for St. Louis.

“To put five on (Gonsolin) was great,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “You just can’t give up seven from the seventh inning on.”


St. Louis DH/1B Albert Pujols will appear in his fifth All-Star Home Run Derby next Monday in Los Angeles. At age 42, the slugger will become the oldest participant, surpassing Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro, who both competed in 2004 at age 39.


Cardinals: INF Brendan Donovan missed his fifth successive start with a non-COVID-19 illness. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. … OF Tyler O’Neill is likely to return in the next few days. He has been out since June 20 with a knee strain and sore wrist.


The Cardinals activated RHP Drew VerHagen from the 15-day injured list. LHP Matthew Liberatore was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Liberatore allowed three runs and four hits over 2 1/3 innings of a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.


Los Angeles LHP Tyler Anderson (9-1, 3.15 ERA) will face RHP Dakota Hudson (6-5, 4.00) in the finale of the three-game series Thursday. Anderson, who has already set a career high for wins, is 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA against St. Louis. Hudson tossed six scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Winker homers, Mariners sweep Nats for 10th straight win

WASHINGTON (AP) Jesse Winker hit his second solo homer of the day and the Seattle Mariners won their 10th straight game, edging the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday night to sweep a doubleheader.

The Mariners have 10 consecutive wins for the first time since April 8-17, 2002. Their only longer winning streak was a 15-game run from May 23-June 8, 2001 – the last year they made the playoffs. Seattle is second in the AL West, well behind Houston but squarely in wild-card contention.

“It’s hard to win 10 games in a row. It really is,” manager Scott Servais said. “I give a ton of credit to our guys. They have a very singular mission right now. Show up every day, compete your tail off. We’ve got a lot of talent in that room and it’s starting to come together.”

The Mariners won the opener 6-4, getting a three-run homer from Eugenio Suarez and six solid innings from Chris Flexen, who won his fourth straight start.

Winker also homered in the afternoon game, his first after serving a six-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Los Angeles Angels on June 26. He used the unwanted break to work on his swing and saw immediate dividends.

“I feel like baseball’s a game of constant adjustments and you always have to adjust with it,” Winker said. “I took the time, noticed some things, and right now I’m just trying to implement them.”

Tommy Milone (1-1) pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to win the nightcap.

All-Star Juan Soto extended his hitting streak to 15 games when he hit his second ninth-inning homer of the day, a solo blast into the upper deck in right off Paul Sewald. Lane Thomas singled with two outs before Sewald struck out Ehire Adrianza for his second save of the day and 12th this year.

Thomas had two hits and a walk for the Nationals, who have lost six straight and 12 of 13 and fell to 30-60, the worst record in the majors.

Washington starter Erick Fedde (5-7) allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Fedde took a shutout into the sixth, but Winker homered with one out. Adam Frazier hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning against reliever Steve Cishek.

The Nationals loaded the bases on a single and two walks against Matt Brash with two outs in the seventh, but Diego Castillo came on to strike out Keibert Ruiz, who was pinch-hitting for Tres Barerra.

“We’re not scoring runs so we gotta try to create something, we gotta try to mix things up,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I thought Keibert in that situation, he’s pinch-hit before, he’s done well. Maybe he could put us on the board right there.”

Adam Frazier and Cal Raleigh also hit solo home runs for Seattle in the opener.

Flexen (6-8) had a 3-0 lead before he threw a pitch and proceeded to give up one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out one. He has a 2.88 ERA over his past seven starts.

Soto, who was caught in a rundown between third and home on Nelson Cruz’s double to end the seventh, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Penn Murfee to make it 6-4. But Sewald retired Cruz to end it.

“At the end of the day, it feels more terrible when I hit the ball,” Soto said. “Because the things that happened on the bases and everything, you can see how close the game (would) be.”

Washington starter Josiah Gray (7-6) allowed five runs on six hits, three of them home runs, in five innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Gray struggled with his control early, walking two of the first three batters in the first inning before Suarez homered to left.


Seattle temporarily moved ahead of Baltimore for the longest current streak in the majors. The Orioles matched it later Wednesday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 for their 10th straight win.


Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez announced Wednesday he will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby.

“Since I can remember I’ve been watching Home Run Derbies,” said Rodriguez, who has 15 homers. “Since I was a kid I have that dream to play in one and now that I’ve got a chance to be in one, it’s very surreal that it’s happening. I’m just very excited to participate in it.”


Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey was placed on the 60-day injured list with a right UCL sprain, and veteran RHP Tyler Clippard was called up from Triple-A Rochester. Rainey was 1-3 with 12 saves and a 3.30 ERA in 29 games. Martinez said Rainey “felt something” the day after pitching on Sunday against the Braves, had an MRI, and will see a doctor in the coming days.


Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-9, 3.24 ERA) pitches the opener of a four-game series at Texas. He is 8-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 19 starts against the Rangers.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez makes his first major league appearance since 2020 when the Nationals open a four-game series against the Braves. Sanchez, who sat out last year, was on the 60-day injured list with a cervical nerve impingement.

Ohtani wins 6th straight start, triples in Angels’ 7-1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani won his sixth straight start by striking out 12 in six innings and also hit a two-run triple in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

The two-way Japanese phenom – who improved to 9-4 – also became the fifth pitcher to have at least 50 strikeouts and allow one or fewer earned runs over a five-game span since earned runs became an official statistic in 1913. The others were Chris Sale (2018), Clayton Kershaw (2014-15), R.A. Dickey (2012) and Randy Johnson (1997).

During his six-game winning streak, Ohtani has allowed only three runs (two earned) in 39 2/3 innings and 20 hits with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Luis Rengifo had three hits and drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth for the Angels, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Mike Trout sat out with back spasms.

Houston’s Cristian Javier, who struck out 14 Angels on July 1, went only 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs but had 10 strikeouts. The last time a major league starter went less than four innings and recorded double-digit Ks was Cleveland’s Danny Salazar in 2014.

It was Ohtani’s final start on the mound before next Tuesday’s All-Star Game just up at the road at Dodger Stadium. The reigning AL MVP was selected to his second straight All-Star Game as a hitter and a pitcher.

Houston manager Dusty Baker, who is managing the AL squad, said it’s a possibility Ohtani could start on the mound for the second straight year.

Yuli Gurriel’s RBI single in the fourth inning drove in Kyle Tucker and was the first earned run Ohtani allowed in 31 2/3 innings It was the longest run by a Halos starter since John Lackey went 30 2/3 innings in 2006.

Ohtani equaled Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in two areas Wednesday. He’s the first Angels hurler since Ryan to post double-digit strikeouts in four straight games. Ohtani’s two-run triple into the right-field corner in the second inning, which extended the lead to 3-0, made him the first Angels starter since Ryan in 1972 to hit a three-bagger.

It’s the third time this season Ohtani has had double-digit strikeouts and multiple RBIs in a game. The only other pitchers to accomplish that are Atlanta’s Kevin Millwood in 1999 and Hal Newhouser with Detroit in 1946.


There were a combined 32 strikeouts by both teams, the most in an MLB game this season and an American League record for a nine-inning game. The Angels struck out 17 times and the Astros 15.


Two of the Angels’ 12 hits came on bunt singles, including Brandon Marsh’s down the third-base line to bring home Jonathan Villar in the third inning for the game’s first run.


Angels: RHP Jimmy Herget (right shoulder impingement) threw a bullpen session Tuesday with another planned at the end of the week.


With Trout sitting out, outfielder Jo Adell was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake. This is Adell’s third stint at the major-league level this season. Monte Harrison was designated for assignment. Adell had two hits, including an RBI single during a four-run sixth inning that put the game away.


The teams conclude their series Thursday. Astros’ LHP Framber Valdez (8-4, 2.64 ERA) has a 7-4 career record against the Angels. Los Angeles has not named a starter.

Blue Jays fire Montoyo, promote Schneider for rest of season

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday and promoted bench coach John Schneider to interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Triple-A manager Casey Candaele was named interim bench coach.

The 13th manager in Blue Jays history, and the first from Puerto Rico, Montoyo went 236-236 in parts of four seasons. Toronto beat Philadelphia on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 46-42 this season, which would put them in a playoffs as a wild-card team if the season ended Wednesday despite being in fourth place in the AL East.

The Blue Jays are 3-9 in July. They went 1-6 on a road trip against Oakland, which has the worst record in the majors, and Seattle that ended Sunday with a four-game sweep against the Mariners.

Toronto’s skid started July 2, when it was swept in a doubleheader against Tampa Bay. Montoyo and first base coach Mark Budzinksi left the dugout during Game 2 after learning of the death of Budzinski’s teenage daughter, Julia.

Several members of the Blue Jays organization flew together to Virginia on Monday’s off day to attend Julia Budzinski’s funeral.

Montoyo, 57, replaced John Gibbons as Blue Jays manager after the end of the 2018 season. Montoryo’s contract was extended through 2023 on April 1.

Montoyo oversaw a tumultuous period in Blue Jays history, with the team playing home games in three cities last season, including two minor league parks, because of border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto also played its 2020 home schedule at its Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Montoyo led Toronto to a 32-28 record and a wild-card playoff berth in the expanded playoffs that followed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but the Blue Jays were swept by eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the opening round. Toronto went 91-71 in 2021 and missed tying for the AL wild card by one game.

Before joining the Blue Jays, Montoyo spent six seasons on Tampa Bay’s major league coaching staff, including his final three as bench coach. Prior to that, he spent 18 seasons as a minor league manager in the Rays system and also worked with the Puerto Rican team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

New commish: Big 12 open for business amid realignment talk

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) New Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark declared the league “open for business,” saying that while nothing is imminent all options will be considered as he takes over with conference realignment again shaking college sports.

Yormark made his introductory remarks Wednesday at the start of the conference’s football media days at AT&T Stadium. He was named Bob Bowlsby’s successor two weeks ago. The next day it was announced Southern California and UCLA would be leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in 2024, setting off all kinds of speculation about what moves might follow.

“We are exploring all options and we are open for business,” Yormark said, when immediately asked if the Big 12 was actively engaged in talks with any Pac-12 schools.

“Optionality is good, and we’re vetting through all of them,” he said, without being specific about schools. “I think it’s fair to say I’ve received a lot of phone calls, a lot of interest. People understand the direction of the Big 12, and we’re exploring those levels of interest.”

With the Pac-12 down to 10 teams, any further significant loss of members could deal a fatal blow to a conference that was officially founded in 1959.

The former Roc Nation executive and CEO of the Brooklyn Nets officially begins work Aug. 1, but he has already been plenty busy with Big 12 business.

“What excites me most about joining the Big 12 is the transformative moment in front of all of us today,” he said. “We have an opportunity to grow and then build the Big 12 brand and business. … Moments like these do not happen often, and we must seize them and make the most of them.”

Along with realignment, Yormark emphasized adding revenue streams and the opportunity to nationalize the Big 12 brand, be more aspirational and appeal to youth culture “to get younger and hipper.”

He also mentioned “seeing the true professionalization of college sports” at a time when name, image and likeness compensation for athletes is going into its second year.

The Big Ten’s move West was another seismic shift in conference realignment, much like when it was revealed a week after Big 12 media days last summer that Texas and Oklahoma were moving to the Southeastern Conference no later than the 2025 season.

“I’m certain that Brett is just deeply appreciative of the way he was welcomed into the Big 12 Conference with, once again, conference realignment at the top of the list of things to deal with,” said Baylor president Linda Livingstone, part of the Big 12 board’s three-person executive committee that headed the search.

Livingstone spoke to Yormark by phone a couple of days after he was named, which was after the news about UCLA and USC.

“Well, welcome to college athletics, and you thought working for Jay-Z was really exciting,” she told him.

Yormark described himself as actively engaged in realignment, with input from throughout the conference.

The Big 12 is going into its 12th and final season as a 10-school league. BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF all join next summer after being approved for membership last September.

The pending departures of two of the Pac-12’s biggest brands came as a huge surprise, just like a year ago with the Big 12’s only national champions in football deciding to bail on the conference.

Yormark said the possible addition of more teams to the Big 12 wouldn’t necessarily have an impact on any decision involving the Longhorns or Sooners leaving before the expiration of the league’s media rights deal that has three more football seasons.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a moment in time where we’re going to sit down, discuss the future,” Yormark said about Texas and Oklahoma. “But any situation like this, I always look for a win-win scenario. That being said, it’s important that whatever happens is in the best interest of this conference.”

Yormark plans in August and September to visit the current Big 12 schools and the four coming on board next summer.

Livingstone said Yormark rose to the top of a strong pool of candidates during the search process.

“We could tell that with his experience in professional sports and sponsorships, and in media, in entertainment, given where college athletics is going, and all the changes taking place, with our media rights negotiation coming up, that Brett, in combination with the really strong athletic directors we have across the conference, would be a great combination to position us really well for the future,” she said.

This is will be Yormark’s first job in college athletics, though he said it is a career path he often thought about taking.

The 55-year-old was an executive on the commercial side of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation after previously working with the Nets and running Barclay Center, their home arena, for more than a decade. He was NASCAR’s vice president for corporate sponsorships before that.

“I always had a vision to be in college sports. Candidly, I thought it might have been an AD, I wasn’t sure,” Yormark said. “But I was enamored with the space. It was fueled during my time at Barclays Center. When this opportunity presented itself, I said, let’s give it a great shot, and thankfully it all worked out.”

Report: Browns among teams interested in Suh

The Cleveland Browns are interested in signing free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a source told USA Today’s Tyler Dragon.

The Las Vegas Raiders and Minnesota Vikings are other known teams that reportedly have had conversations with Suh. The veteran defender said in June he likes the idea of potentially joining the Raiders.

The 35-year-old is expected to make a final decision closer to the start of training camps, Dragon adds.

Suh spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who opted not to re-sign him this offseason. The five-time Pro Bowler, who played all 49 regular-season games with Tampa Bay since 2019, racked up 27 tackles and six sacks in 2021.

Bolstering the defensive line became a priority for Cleveland after the club let two of its top linemen – Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell – walk away in free agency. The Browns added depth to the position this offseason, signing former first-rounder Taven Bryan and drafting Perrion Winfrey in the fourth round. Cleveland also rosters defensive lineman Jordan Elliott, who started three games last year.

Silver hopeful to lower draft age eligibility: ‘Would be the right thing’

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is open to lowering the age of eligibility for draft prospects, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

“When I balance all of these various considerations, I think that would be the right thing to do, and I am hopeful that that’s a change we make in this next collective bargaining cycle,” Silver said.

Players currently must be 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft to be eligible to be selected.

Early discussions about the collective bargaining agreement have already begun between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, according to Silver.

The NBA and NBPA can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement later this year, as the CBA is set to expire next summer. Both parties have expressed interest in completing the deal before the opt-out deadline.

Silver previously floated the idea of increasing the age of eligibility to 20 years old, but the rise of NIL deals and recommendations of the NCAA committee led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice changed his mind on the subject.

“It may be the case that it’s in all of our interests that we start impacting with these young players, especially because in our sport, they are identified at such a young age,” Silver said. “And begin working with them on their development then, not just basketball skills, but increasingly there’s a focus on their mental health, their diets, just helping them build character and all of the important values around the sport.”

Report: Rangers add Trocheck on 7-year deal worth $5.625M per season

The New York Rangers signed free-agent center Vincent Trocheck to a seven-year contract worth $5.625 million per season, reports The Athletic’s Arthur Staple.

Trocheck heads to Broadway after spending the past two-plus seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he put up 96 points in 135 games.

The Rangers were known to be in the market for a No. 2 center this summer as its expected Ryan Strome – whose held the role the past few seasons – will test free agency. New York, fresh off a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Final this spring, has approximately $4.5 million to continue adding to its roster after the Trocheck signing, according to Cap Friendly.

Trocheck adds some scoring depth and playmaking to the Rangers’ top six behind top pivot Mika Zibanejad.

The 29-year-old started his career with the Florida Panthers, where he spent seven seasons. Trocheck’s notched 378 points in 555 career games since being drafted in the third round in 2011.

Blues, Thomas agree to 8-year extension worth $65M

The St. Louis Blues and forward Robert Thomas have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $8.125 million.

Thomas was already signed through 2022-23 at a cap hit of $2.8 million. He was due to become a pending restricted free agent if the Blues didn’t sign him by next summer.

The 23-year-old had a major breakout season in 2021-22, posting 77 points – including 60 at even strength – in 72 games in a larger role in St. Louis’ top six. Thomas settled into the Blues’ No. 2 center role behind captain Ryan O’Reilly this past season, logging almost 19 minutes per contest.

When Thomas’ new deal kicks in for the 2023-24 campaign, he’ll be the Blues’ highest-paid player. O’Reilly and longtime St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko each make $7.5 million but are entering the final years of their respective contracts come October.

The Blues drafted Thomas 20th overall in 2017.

Avalanche re-sign defenseman Manson to $18M, 4-year deal

(AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche have re-signed defenseman Josh Manson to an $18 million, four-year contract.

The team announced the deal Wednesday before Manson could hit free agency.

Acquiring Manson at the trade deadline was one of several moves that helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001. The 2023 second-round draft pick and defense prospect Drew Helleson was a small price to pay for the big defender who provided some toughness for the high-scoring, skilled Avalanche.

Manson, who turns 31 before opening night, dished out several big hits during the Avalanche’s championship run that culminated with beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final. He had eight points in 20 games.

This move comes after Colorado re-signed Valeri Nichushkin to a $49 million, eight-year deal and likely spells the end of Nazem Kadri’s time in Denver. Kadri is expected to cash in as an unrestricted free agent.


With San Jose shifting into full rebuilding mode, new general manager Mike Grier has prepared himself to trade longtime defenseman Brent Burns.

“For sure it’d be difficult because he’s a part of how well this team has done and he’s one of the faces of the franchise,” Grier said earlier this week. “But as a former player myself, as you get older, you want to keep that competitive fire burning and what keeps that burning is the chase for the Cup and winning.”

The 37-year-old who was part of San Jose’s run to the final in 2016 has three seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $8 million.


New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has given coach Lindy Ruff a vote of confidence but may be bringing in his successor behind the bench. The team reportedly is adding former Florida Panthers coach Andrew Brunette as an assistant on Ruff’s staff.

Senators land Giroux; Oilers reach deal with goalie Campbell

(AP) — Claude Giroux is set to enjoy a homecoming in Ottawa, while the Edmonton Oilers began addressing their goaltending needs by agreeing to sign Jack Campbell as the NHL’s free agency period opened Wednesday.

Giroux, who’s from northern Ontario and played his junior hockey across the river from Ottawa in Gatineau, Quebec, signed a $19.5 million, three-year contract with the Senators, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The Oilers announced that Campbell has signed a five-year, $25 million contract with Edmonton.

And another high-profile goalie has a new home as the Stanley Cup-winning Darcy Kuemper has signed with the Washington Capitals, a $26.25 million, five-year contract.

The 34-year-old Giroux brings a veteran and leadership presence to Ottawa’s mix of youngsters. He spent his first 14-plus seasons in Philadelphia, where he served as the Flyers captain, before being traded to Florida in March.

“I wouldn’t sign here if I didn’t think we had a chance to win the Cup,” Giroux told Canada’s TSN. “I’m not saying we’re going to win the Cup this year, but the plan is to build on it and have baby steps for that.”

Giroux has topped 20 goals nine times, and finished second in the NHL scoring race with 102 points in 2017-18.

Campbell leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs for Edmonton, where he is projected to compete for the Oilers starting job after veteran Mike Smith’s playoff inconsistencies led to the Oilers being outscored 22-13 in being swept by Colorado in the Western Conference finals. Campbell cashes in on a season in which he had career highs in wins with a 31-9-6 record, five shutouts and 47 starts.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are losing Ondrej Palat, but brought back a familiar face. They’ve signed winger Vladislav Namestnikov to a one-year contract. Namestnikov was with the Lightning when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.

A person with knowledge of the move tells The AP the Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Frank Vatrano to a $10.95 million, three-year deal with a $3.65 million cap hit. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The Chicago Blackhawks followed what’s been an offseason purge by finally began adding players in signing forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Max Domi to one-year, $3 million contracts, a person with direct knowledge of the signings told The AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals haven’t been announced.

The signings come at a time the Blackhawks went into rebuilding mode by trading center Kirby Dach to Montreal and forward Alex DeBrincat to Ottawa in separate deals last week. Chicago is also buying out the final year of Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom’s respective contracts after they cleared waivers.

The Buffalo Sabres added experienced goaltending depth at what was a patchwork and injury-depleted position last season by signing Eric Comrie to a two-year deal. The former Winnipeg Jets backup will be in the mix to compete for playing time with veteran Craig Anderson and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who spent last year developing in the minors.

Buffalo also locked up one of its top offensive players by agreeing to re-sign Victor Olofsson to a two-year contract worth $9.5 million. Olofsson, who turns 26 next week, was a restricted free agent and scored 20 goals and a career-best 49 points last season.

The Vancouver Canucks signed former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev to a four-year, $19 million contract.

Teams were busy before the free agency period opened with the New Jersey Devils trading forward Pavel Zacha to the Boston Bruins for center Erik Haula. The move balances out the Devils’ lineup with New Jersey in the mix to land forward Johnny Gaudreau, one of free agency’s top prizes after he turned down an offer to re-sign with the Calgary Flames.

Haula has nine seasons of NHL experience and joins his fifth team since opening the 2019-20 season with Carolina.

The 31-year-old had 18 goals and 44 points in 78 games with the Bruins last season and adds a veteran presence to a young Devils lineup.

The trade also provides New Jersey more cost certainty under the salary cap to go after Gaudreau, who finished tied for second in the NHL scoring race with 115 points and is from Salem, New Jersey. Zacha is a restricted free agent and eligible for salary arbitration this offseason.

The re-tooling Bruins get younger in adding the 25-year-old Zacha, who was selected with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft. Zacha has seven seasons of NHL experience and is coming off a season in which he scored 15 goals and finished with a career-best 36 points.

In addition to Gaudreau, Colorado Stanley Cup champions Nazem Kadri and Darcy Kuemper and Dallas defenseman John Klingberg headline one of the deepest groups of free agents in recent history. And that’s after Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Edmonton’s Evander Kane took their names off the market by re-signing with their respective teams.

The St. Louis Blues kept defenseman Nick Leddy around after acquiring him from Detroit at the trade deadline, signing him to a $16 million, four-year deal.

Red Wings pick up Copp on 5-year contract

Andrew Copp is going home, as the Michigan-born forward is signing with the Detroit Red Wings for five years, the team announced. Copp will earn $5.625 million per season, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

Copp finished this past campaign with the New York Rangers, who acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets before the trade deadline.

The 28-year-old became an unrestricted free agent after playing out a one-year deal with a $3.64-million cap hit. Copp earned himself a solid raise after logging 21 goals and 32 assists in 72 contests this past season.

Copp went on to dazzle during the Rangers’ run to the Eastern Conference Final and ranked fifth on the team with 14 points in 20 games while averaging almost 20 minutes per contest.

Lauded for his strong two-way play, New York controlled 57.9% of the shot attempts and 56.4% of the expected goals with Copp on the ice at five-on-five during the regular season, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Copp has 202 points in 483 career contests.

2021 NCAA wrestling champ Ferrari no longer with Oklahoma St

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A.J. Ferrari, an NCAA champion with Oklahoma State who suffered season-ending head and leg injuries in a vehicle collision this past season, is no longer with the program.

The school announced his departure Wednesday, but did not provide details. But court records in Payne County, Oklahoma, where Oklahoma State is located, show that a judge granted a woman a protective order against Ferrari last week.

Ferrari was the 2021 NCAA champion in the 197-pound weight class.

In January, Ferrari and Oklahoma State runner Isai Rodriguez were returning to Stillwater following an appearance at a youth wrestling practice in nearby Cushing. Ferrari tried to pass three cars while cresting a hill in a no-passing zone, according to the state patrol, and his 2019 Dodge Durango collided with another vehicle, left the road, rolled and landed in a ditch.

Ferrari has signed a name, image and likeness deal with World Wrestling Entertainment as part of its “Next In Line” program.

He won the 2018 Junior Folkstyle National Championship and earned a bronze medal representing the United States at the 2018 Cadet Freestyle World Championships. He was U.S. Junior National Champion in 2020.

Univ. of Michigan names experienced leader Ono as president

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan on Wednesday named Santa Ono, president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia, to lead the university after its former president was fired in disgrace and it resolved a sexual assault scandal with a near half-a billion-dollar settlement.

Ono has led the Canadian school since 2016. Before that, he served as president of the University of Cincinnati and senior vice provost and deputy to the provost at Emory University in Georgia.

Ono takes over from Mary Sue Coleman, who is the Ann Arbor school’s interim president. His appointment was approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the eight-member board of regents. He is the university’s 15th president and was met with a standing ovation by the regents and those in attendance.

Regent Denise Ilitch said during the meeting it was “a happy damn day.”

Regent Mark Bernstein said it was important to the regents that the new appointment appreciates the school’s sporting prowess.

“Athletics is the front porch of our university. Any successful Michigan president needs to appreciate this fact,” Bernstein told The Associated Press. “Santa Ono has a sober enthusiasm for big-time athletics. He fully understands challenges and opportunities of college athletics.”

Former President Mark Schlissel was removed earlier this year after emails were discovered detailing an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between him and a subordinate.

The board of regents then appointed Coleman, whom Schlissel succeeded as president in 2014.

The university has been rocked by allegations that surfaced in 2020 by hundreds of men who said they were sexually assaulted by the late Robert Anderson, a campus doctor who spent nearly 40 years at Michigan. He died in 2008. In January, the school announced a $490 million settlement with Anderson’s accusers.

Separately, Michigan reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit brought by students who sought to force changes in how the school protects the campus from sexual misconduct.

And the university paid $9.25 million to eight women who reported emotional or sexual abuse by Martin Philbert, who over 25 years rose from professor to provost, Michigan’s senior academic official. He was removed in 2020.

Ono is a prolific tweeter and an enthusiastic cheerleader for his schools.

At Cincinnati, he tossed out T-shirts at football games and surprised freshmen by helping them move into their dorms. And he used Twitter to provide updates on everything from how the school fared in a ranking of U.S. colleges to the score of a rugby match.

Ono, who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, holds a biology degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in experimental medicine from McGill University. His research focus is the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration. Ono was a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Ono is an accomplished cellist. He is married to Wendy Yip, who trained as an immunologist at McGill and as a lawyer at Boston University. They have two daughters.


Castro Homers but Clippers Cruise by Indy

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rodolfo Castro hit a tape-measure solo home run in the opening frame, but the Columbus Clippers used a five-run bottom of the first to earn a series-leveling 8-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night at Huntington Park.

Castro’s ninth blast of the season sailed to deep right and out of the ballpark, but it was quickly overshadowed by Columbus’ (48-38) first-inning burst against Miguel Yajure. Richie Palacios tied the game with a run-scoring triple and touched home on a Will Brennan single that put the Clippers on top, 2-1. Yajure (L, 2-2) then issued his second walk of the inning ahead of a deep flyout that put runners at second and third base with two down, and Trenton Brooks clubbed an 0-2 pitch off the scoreboard in right for a three-run homer.

Columbus’ success against Yajure continued in the third inning. With one away, the Clippers strung together two singles and a walk to knock the right-hander out of the game, and Brooks greeted Travis MacGregor from the bullpen with a ground-rule double to plate two runs. Yajure was charged with seven earned runs in just 2.1 innings pitched.

After Indianapolis (41-43) went quietly in its half of the fourth inning, the game entered a rain delay that lasted 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Bligh Madris finished with two hits and drove in the Indians’ second run with a fourth-inning single. Indy’s third run came in the seventh thanks to consecutive singles by Hoy Park and Mason Martin that preceded a passed ball.

Enright (W, 2-0) recorded five strikeouts in 2.0 shutout innings after the rain delay. Will Benson belted his 15th home run of the season for the Clippers in the sixth off Matt Eckelman.

The Indians and Clippers continue their six-game series on Thursday at 12:05 PM ET at Huntington Park. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-3, 4.33) gets the nod for Indianapolis against RHP Peyton Battenfield (5-5, 3.14).

Connecticut beats Indiana, Bonner moves into 12th in scoring

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jonquel Jones had 20 points and 14 rebounds, DeWanna Bonner added 19 points to move into 12th on the WNBA’s career scoring list, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Indiana Fever 89-81 on Wednesday.

Bonner passed Seattle star Lauren Jackson (6,007) on the career scoring list, becoming the 14th player in WNBA history to reach 6,000 points. Lisa Leslie is 11th in career scoring with 6,263 points.

Brionna Jones added 17 points, Natisha Hiedeman had 11 and Courtney Williams scored all 10 of her points in the first half for Connecticut (15-8), which has won all four meetings with the Fever this season.

Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the first half to help Connecticut build a 41-28 lead. Indiana was just 8-for-30 shooting (26.7%) in the first half. The Fever scored 35 points in the fourth quarter.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 21 points and Victoria Vivians added 17 for Indiana (5-20), which has lost seven straight. Rookie NaLyssa Smith had 12 and 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double.

IU Athletics Moves to Cashless Transactions to Speed Up Lines at IU Events and Stores

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Athletics announced today that it has completed its transition to cashless payments for all ticketing, concessions and merchandise purchases at all IU athletic venues and shops, effective immediately.

The move to cashless is designed to improve the pre-game and gameday experiences for all Hoosier fans by reducing the amount of time that fans are waiting in lines, be it at a ticket window, concessions area, or merchandise store/stand. In addition to expediting the checkout process, the move to cashless will also enable concessions areas at IU Athletics venues to increase the number of point-of-sale locations in its existing space.

Among the venues that are now cashless are Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (including the Ticket Office), Memorial Stadium, Armstrong Stadium, Wilkinson Hall, Bart Kaufman Field, and Andy Mohr Field. In addition to accepting all major credit cards, both Apple Pay and Google Pay will be accepted on gamedays at concessions locations and the IU Team Store for gameday apparel sales.

The Indiana Hoosiers Team Store locations at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and the Carmichael Center, meanwhile, will also be exclusively cashless when they re-open later this summer.

Elliott Adds Craig to Coaching Staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field and cross country coach Norbert Elliott has named Raffael Craig as the program’s newest assistant coach.

Craig will coach the jumpers and combined event athletes at Purdue. He comes to the Boilermakers after one year as an assistant at Louisiana Tech and a season at Texas Tech. Craig also has 15 years of experience as a high school coach in New Jersey.

“I am happy to add Coach Raffael Craig to our staff,” Elliott said. “He brings energy and enthusiasm to the jumps and combined events program, and his contact base on the East Coast will help to give us a stronger foothold in that region.”

“It is an absolute honor and privilege to join the Boilermaker community,” Craig said. “To be able to work with Coach Elliott and his staff is truly a blessing. I look forward to the upcoming season and the success that is coming.”

In 2021-22 at Louisiana Tech, Craig coached the Conference USA heptathlon champion, along with three additional top-six finishers outdoors, two in the long jump and one in the triple jump. Indoors, the school-record heptathlon and pentathlon marks fell, and Craig’s jumpers and combined event athletes totaled six top-seven marks at the C-USA Championships.

At Texas Tech in 2020-21, six Red Raiders earned All-America accolades including the NCAA triple jump champion both indoors and outdoors, Ruth Usoro. As a volunteer assistant at TTU, Craig also assisted Coach James Thomas as Usoro won a Big 12 title and broke the conference record in the triple jump and long jump, along with setting top-three marks all-time at the NCAA Championships in both events. Craig helped oversee 14 All-Big 12 honors and 12 top-10 marks in school history in his year in Lubbock.

Prior to his time as a collegiate coach, Craig spent 15 seasons at Millville High in Millville, New Jersey. His tenure was highlighted by a New Balance National Champion in 2019 by Bryanna Craig in the heptathlon. The 2019 New Jersey indoor and outdoor coach of the year, Craig coached his team to the state title that year. His squad won nine conference champions and 21 county champions, while 31 of his athletes earned All-America honors and nine won AAU or USATF national titles in his tenure.

A Big East pentathlon champion at UConn in 2000, Craig was a four-time All-Big East honoree as an athlete. He was inducted into the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and was an eight-time USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field national champion, in 2018 and 2019.

Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Edison State College in 2005 and his master’s degree in coaching and exercise science from Concordia University Irvine in 2020.

Craig comes to West Lafayette with his wife, Sheila, and they have five children, Bryanna, Autumn, Raffael Jr., Austin and Colette. Craig’s daughter, Bryanna, will be competing on the United States U-20 national team this summer and will be a freshman with the Boilermakers this season.

Baker to Play in 2022 Frontier League All-Star Game

SAUGETT, Ill. – The Frontier League announced the rosters for the 2022 All-Star Game earlier this week. Former Ball State powerhouse pitcher John Baker was selected to the East division’s team as a member of the Sussex County Miners.

Baker finished his career for the Cardinals with a program-record 404 strikeouts. He was a four-time All-American, three-time All-MAC selection, and an all-region honoree.

This season with the Miners, Baker has made 16 appearances with five starts. He bolsters a 4-1 record along with three saves in 45 1/3 innings of work. Baker currently has an ERA of 2.98 with 53 strikeouts.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, at 7:05 p.m. from Wild Things Park in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Myles Tyler Joins Purdue Fort Wayne as Track & Field Assistant Coach

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Myles Tyler has joined the Purdue Fort Wayne Track & Field program as an assistant coach. He will work with the Mastodon sprints, hurdles and relay squads.

“We are excited to have Myles join our staff at Purdue Fort Wayne,” Cross Country/Track & Field Director Alex Carradine said. “His student-first model has proven itself throughout the years as he’s coached numerous Horizon League Champions and All-League athletes. A student of the sport, Myles’ emphasis on personal growth and relationship development make him uniquely suited to lead our sprints and hurdles athletes. Those event areas have been critical to our recent success and Myles will continue to foster that supportive and competitive environment.”

Tyler brings Horizon League coaching experience at Oakland and Cleveland State to Fort Wayne. Most recently he served as an assistant coach at Oakland since November 2019. He was the sprints/relay coach in addition to his role as the recruiting and academic coordinator for the Golden Grizzlies.

His Oakland student-athletes earned 64 berths to the finals of sprint and relay events at the Horizon League Championships during his three seasons. All told, the Golden Grizzlies won 12 Horizon League event titles. This total includes six relay titles. In 2021, the Golden Grizzlies swept both the indoor and outdoor men’s 400 meters at the league meet.

Highlighting Oakland’s 2022 season was the women’s 4×100 relay squad. The team of Marthea Vann Scott, Makiya Worthy, Shaneese LaMons and Azsah Bradley won the program’s first ever outdoor 4×100 Horizon League title.

In 2021, Tyler helped Jimmie Williams qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals in the 400 meters, the first in the event in program history. Williams finished as one of the best in program history. He won the 2021 Horizon League Afreeda Goff Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Athlete of the Year Award and the 2020 Men’s Horizon League Indoor Championship Outstanding Performer honor.

Chanel Gardner also excelled under Tyler. She won the Horizon League title in the 400 at the 2020 Indoor Championships and helped the Golden Grizzlies win the 4×400 relay.

Tyler started his coaching career at Cleveland State as a volunteer coach in 2016 and joined full-time in 2018. He worked as the sprints, hurdles and relays coach for the Vikings and their recruiting coordinator. His student-athletes reset program records in the 60 meters, 60 meter hurdles, 200 meters (indoor), 400 meters (indoor), 100 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 200 meters and 4×400 meter relay (indoor). He helped nine student-athletes to podium finishes at the Horizon League Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Combined with his time at Cleveland State, in his six seasons in the league, he has coached 77 student-athletes to All-Horizon League honors. 

“Myles also has years of experience recruiting in the Midwest and to the Horizon League specifically which will be another key to our team success moving forward,” Carradine continued. “Driven, determined, and highly recommended, Myles is a standout coach and we’re happy he has joined us in Fort Wayne.”

A native of Elyria, Ohio, Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Management from Cleveland State in 2016.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bass Honored as TU’s Male Athlete of the Year

UPLAND, Ind. – On the heels of a record-setting junior campaign that led to NAIA First-Team All-American honors, TJ Bass was named the Taylor Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

The award is designed to recognize TU’s top male student-athlete among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.

“TJ put together, arguably, the greatest offensive season in Taylor baseball history,” said TU head baseball coach Kyle Gould. “It is a testament to his hard work over the course of his career and his competitiveness to deliver time and time again over the course of a 59-game season. He is very deserving of this award, a great representative of Taylor baseball and someone our department can be proud of representing us with this prestigious award.”

Bass anchored the Trojan lineup all season, batting .366 with a .473 on-base percentage and a .761 slugging percentage. The junior set Taylor’s single-season records with 23 home runs and 94 runs batted in, while adding 15 doubles and walking 41 times compared to just 33 strikeouts.

Bass ranked second in the NAIA in RBI and seventh in home runs during his historic 2022 season, becoming the first-ever First-Team All-American in the history of the Taylor baseball program and earning Crossroads League Player-of-the-Year honors.

Those efforts helped Taylor end the year ranked No. 25 in the NAIA with a 41-18 record, a Crossroads League Tournament Championship and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Jung Named TU’s Female Athlete of the Year

UPLAND, Ind. – Fifth-year senior, Nicole Jung, added another honor to her already lengthy resume on Wednesday, being named the Taylor Female Athlete of the Year.

The award is designed to recognize TU’s top female student-athlete among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.

“Nicole is the most decorated player in Taylor women’s golf history and her exploits on the course are incredible, but what we all love about Nicole is the spirit with which she has competed,” said head women’s golf coach Cameron Andry. “Nicole exudes a quiet confidence combined with true humility. She has always desired to honor the Lord with her play and she is an amazing teammate. We are all proud of her and excited for her to be honored as the TU Female Athlete of the Year!”

Jung earned a third-straight NAIA First-Team All-American honor following the 2021-2022 season and was named the Crossroads League Player of the Year for a third-straight time, after winning four tournaments and finishing inside the top-four in 11-of-12 events during her final collegiate campaign.

Jung was remarkably consistent throughout the season, posting a 75.1 scoring average over 29 rounds and finishing third overall at the NAIA National Championships. Jung set TU’s record for the best three-round score during her run at Nationals, carding rounds of 72-67-69 at the event for a score of 208, which was eight-under par.

Jung closed her career at Taylor as the only four-time NAIA All-American in the history of the TU women’s golf program and with 17 career tournament victories.

Alyssa Campbell named RSC Female Athlete of the Year from Point Park T&F/XC

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University track and field and cross country senior Alyssa Campbell has been named the 2021-22 River States Conference Female Athlete of the Year. The New Brighton, Pa., native was selected after a vote from the athletic directors in the conference. The award recognizes the top overall female athlete in the conference across the nine women’s championship sports in the RSC.

Campbell claimed the award for the second time in her career. She also earned the honor as a sophomore in 2019-20. This past year was another banner year for Campbell in 2021-22. She was the 2021 RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year, the 2021-22 RSC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, and she led all women’s point scorers at the 2022 RSC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Campbell started off the year taking first place at the RSC Women’s Cross Country Championship held at IU East. She won the 5,000-meter race for the second conference individual title of her career (2019). She was an NAIA National Championship qualifier for the fourth time. Point Park was second in the conference.

During the indoor season, Campbell earned all-conference honors in all five races she entered at the RSC Indoor Championship. That effort earned her top honors on the track and led Point Park to its fifth team title in a row. Campbell won first-place gold in the 800, mile, 3,000 and 4×800. She was also a part of the DMR that placed second. Campbell’s indoor season included NAIA National Championship qualification in the mile and 3,000.

The outdoor season was more of the same with Campbell earning another five all-conference medals at the RSC Outdoor Championship. She was first in the 5,000 and 10,000, second in the 1,500 and 4×800 and third in the 800. That earned 42 points for the Pioneers, the most by an individual at the meet. Point Park won the team title for the second year in a row and the third time overall (2018).


2009-10 — Valerie Kamuf, Brescia (Ky.) — Women’s Soccer

2010-11 — Brittany Bird, Brescia (Ky.) — Women’s Basketball

2011-12 — Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) — Women’s Basketball

2012-13 — Lauren Crump, IU East — Volleyball

2013-14 — Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.) — Women’s Basketball

2014-15 — Brianna Thomas, Rio Grande (Ohio) — Women’s Basketball

2015-16 — Julie Whitfill, Brescia (Ky.) — Women’s Basketball

2016-17 — Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

2017-18 — Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

2018-19 — Anna Shields, Point Park (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

2019-20 — Alyssa Campbell, Point Park (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

2020-21 — Olivia Miller, Carlow (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

2021-22 — Alyssa Campbell, Point Park (Pa.) — Track & Field/Cross Country

Trevor Campbell named RSC Male Athlete of the Year from IU Southeast baseball

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast baseball senior Trevor Campbell has been voted as the 2021-22 River States Conference Male Athlete of the Year. The Louisville, Ky., native was selected after a vote of the athletic directors in the conference. The award recognizes the top overall male athlete in the conference across the eight men’s championship sports in the RSC. 

Campbell finished up an outstanding baseball career in the conference as the 2022 RSC Baseball Player of the Year. He led the Grenadiers to the RSC Baseball Championship title and the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Campbell was later named NAIA Baseball Second Team All-American at third base, one of only two players named nationally at the position. 

Campbell’s 2022 season had him carry at .421 batting average into the national tournament. He was ninth in the NAIA with 93 hits in 55 games, and he was third in the country with 27 doubles. Campbell also posted 10 home runs, 53 RBIs and was 25 for 28 in stolen bases. 

Campbell was the selection at third base on the All-RSC Baseball First Team. It was the third time he earned first-team honors in his career. Campbell was all-conference first team at shortstop in 2021 and 2019 as a member of the Asbury (Ky.) team. Campbell was RSC Baseball Freshman of the Year in 2019 as well. 

2009-10 — Kyle Lenn, IU Southeast — Baseball
2010-11 — Jazzmarr Ferguson, IU Southeast — Men’s Basketball
2011-12 — Marcus Isaac, IU Southeast — Men’s Basketball
2012-13 — Matt Lowe, Brescia (Ky.) — Cross Country/Track & Field
2013-14 — Hank Stewart, Brescia (Ky.) — Baseball
2014-15 — Lucas Silva, Point Park (Pa.) — Men’s Soccer
2015-16 — Willian Paulino, Rio Grande (Ohio) — Men’s Soccer
2016-17 — Jorge Guinovart, Rio Grande (Ohio) — Men’s Soccer
2017-18 — Trenton Thompson, Asbury (Ky.) — Men’s Basketball
2018-19 — Joshua Turnquest, Asbury (Ky.) — Men’s Tennis
2019-20 — Bishop Smith, IU East — Men’s Basketball
2020-21 — Matt Monahan, IU Southeast — Baseball
2021-22 — Trevor Campbell, IU Southeast, Baseball


1916       Browns’ hurler Ernie Koob pitches a complete game, going all 17 innings of the scoreless tie. Carl Mays pitches the first 15 innings for the Red Sox, with Dutch Leonard finishing the 0-0 game.

1934       At Detroit’s Navin Field, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig bat leadoff, listing him as the team’s shortstop. After singling in the first inning, the ‘Iron Horse’ leaves the game without fielding as the Tigers bang out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees, 12-11.

1934       In the opener of a twin bill, the Phillies score 11 runs in the second inning, coasting to an 18-0 rout of the Reds at the Baker Bowl. Philadelphia will sweep the doubleheader with a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.

1938       In Toledo, the American Association All-Star squad becomes the first team to experiment with uniforms designed for wear during night games. The design of red, white, and blue shiny satin uniforms may reflect the light during the evening contests.

1946       Despite a home run and a quartet of doubles by Lou Boudreau, the Indians still lose to the Red Sox 11-10 thanks to Ted Williams’ three round-trippers and eight RBIs. In the nightcap of the twin bill, player-manager Boudreau will become the first skipper to employ the ‘Williams’ Shift,’ which puts all of the infielders and two outfielders on the right side of the field. The ‘Splendid Splinter,’ amused by the unusual alignment, doubles in his first at-bat against the new defense.

1948       The Indians host the Brooklyn Dodgers in the second half of a home-and-home exhibition series to raise funds for the Cleveland Baseball Federation. The 64,877 fans attending the Tribe’s 4-3 victory in 11 innings over Brooklyn are delighted when 43-year-old Satchel Paige tosses the three-hitless frames, including striking out the side on 12 pitches in the seventh.

1952       Walt Dropo, acquired from the Red Sox in June, collects five singles in the Tigers’ 8-2 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The 29-year-old first baseman’s 5-for-5 performance begins a string of a dozen consecutive hits.

1956       Mel Parnell, in the final year of his career, throws the first no-hit game in the American League in three seasons when he defeats the White Sox at Fenway Park, 4-0. The 34-year-old southpaw becomes the first Red Sox hurler to throw a no-hitter since Howard Ehmke accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1923.

1964       The Cubs overcome making five errors in the top of the third inning and beat the Mets, 4-2. The Chicago miscues, including shortstop Andre Rodgers and catcher Dick Bertell each committing two and first baseman Ernie Banks contributing to the total by dropping a pop fly, account for all of New York’s scoring at Wrigley Field.

1967       Against Giants’ right-hander Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park, Eddie Mathews hits home run #500 as an Astro. The former Brave third baseman, who hit 493 homers playing for the franchise in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, becomes the seventh major leaguer to reach this plateau.

1968       Hank Aaron hits home run #500 off Mike McCormick, becoming the eighth major leaguer to reach this milestone. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’s three-run homer over the left-center field fence proves to be the difference as the Braves beat the Giants at Atlanta Stadium, 4-2.

1968       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Don Wilson strikes out eighteen batters in a nine-inning game to tie a major league record, shared by Bob Feller (Indians, 1938) and Sandy Koufax (Dodgers, 1959 and 1962). The Astros right-hander fans future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the last out of his 6-1 victory over the Reds on a wind-swept night at Crosley Field.

1968       In a 6-1 Astros victory over the Reds at Crosley Field, backstop John Bateman ties the major league record with nine consecutive putouts from the start of a game. The Houston catcher equals the mark established by Art Wilson, playing for the Giants in 1911.

1969       At Wrigley Field, Bill Hands and the Cubs edge Tom Seaver and the Mets, 1-0. After the game’s last out, Ron Santo jumps up and clicks his heels for the first time, a move the third baseman will repeat each time Chicago wins for the rest of his career.

1970       In the twelfth inning of the All-Star Game, Pete Rose bowls over Ray Fosse at the plate to score the deciding run in an exciting 5-4 National League victory at Riverfront Stadium. The injured Indian catcher, whose career ends prematurely due to the collision, entertained ‘Charlie Hustle’ as a dinner guest the previous night.

1970       Gaylord and Jim Perry become the first brothers to appear in the same All‐Star Game, representing the Giants and Twins respectively in the Midsummer Classic. The siblings each hurl two innings for their team, collectively allowing three runs on five hits in the National League’s 5-4 victory over the Junior Circuit at Riverfront Stadium.

1972       Detroit catcher Tom Haller looks over his shoulder and sees his brother Bill, the home plate ump – a major league first. The arbitrator plays no favorites when his younger brother’s team loses 1-0 to Kansas City in the Tiger Stadium contest.

1995       Ramon Martinez throws the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history when he beats the Marlins at Dodger Stadium, 7-0. The Dodger right-hander, booed by the home crowd in his last outing, walks Tommy Gregg on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the seventh inning, spoiling his bid for a perfect game.

2000       John Olerud has a game-tying double disallowed in the top of the sixth inning when first base umpire Jim Wolf had called time before the pitch because a baseball had come out into fair territory from the visitors’ bullpen. The Mariner first baseman’s disappointment is short-lived after he hits Brian Meadow’s 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 4-2 lead in their eventual victory over the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.

2000       Major League owners decide to return to playing an unbalanced schedule (teams play more games against teams in their division) than the presently used scheme of playing approximately the same number of games against all clubs within the league. The American League has used a balanced slate since 1977, and the National League started in 1993.

2000       A report presented to owners, The Commissioner’s Initiative: Women and Baseball, finds women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a big-league game and urges teams to market more to women patrons. According to the same study, forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team’s roster.

2001       Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as a manager when Glendon Rusch and closer Armando Benitez combine to throw a one-hitter in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Trot Nixon’s first-inning bunt single, a result of the New York starter’s inability to cover first base, is Boston’s only hit in the Shea Stadium contest.

2002       Nelson Barrera, Mexico’s career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44-year-old ‘Admiral,’ who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing to be the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.

2004       Houston fires Jimy Williams and names Phil Garner, a former Astro, as the interim manager through the rest of the season. The 60-year-old former skipper, who had a .515 (215-197) winning percentage in his three years at the helm, including this season’s 44-44 record, was roundly booed by the hometown Minute Maid Park crowd at yesterday’s All-Star Game.

2005       Defeating their historical arch-rivals, the Giants become the first team to win 10,000 games as a franchise by edging the Dodgers in LA, 4-3. The Giants, who started as the New York Gothams in 1899, has posted a 10,000-8,511 record during the club’s 123 seasons in the National League.

2005       The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children’s educational game, illustrating several boys playing together in a field as one tosses a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historical card, discovered in a Maine attic, dates back to the early 19th century, predating other known cards by several decades.

2008       Josh Hamilton, including going deep 13 consecutive times, hits a record-setting 28 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby but falls short in the finals, losing to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, 5-3. With 71-year-old former coach Clay Council pitching, the Rangers outfielder breaks Bobby Abreu’s mark of 24 set in 2005.

2009       The American League extends its unbeaten streak to 13 games (12-0-1) with a 4-3 victory over the NL at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Rays’ outfielder Carl Crawford, who robs Brad Hawpe of a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, is named the MVP of the Midsummer Classic.

2009       In his White Sox jacket, Barack Obama becomes the first Commander-in-Chief to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Midsummer Classic since Gerald Ford tossed the ball at the beginning of the 1976 contest. After warming up in the White House Rose Garden before arriving at Busch Stadium, the 44th president’s pitch barely reaches the plate without bouncing, thanks to Cardinals’ hometown hero Albert Pujols, who moves up from home and reaches out to scoop the low throw.

2010       The Blue Jays trade shortstop Alex Gonzalez and minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky to the Braves for infielder Yunel Escobar and southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes. The Braves’ new infielder is probably best known for his role in Florida’s improbable World Series win over New York, which includes a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game Four, giving the Marlins a 4-3 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Fall Classic.

2011       Reggie Walton, the presiding judge in the Roger Clemens perjury case, declares a mistrial due to evidence revealed to the jury he believed would be prejudicial against the former major league right-hander. During the brief two days of the proceedings, the U.S. District Judge had scolded prosecutors twice during the trial for violating his orders not to reveal specific evidence to the jury, saying their non-compliance could put the whole case in jeopardy.

2011       At the Rogers Centre, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees’ 16-7 loss to Toronto, appear together in their 1,660th regular-season game, the most for two players in franchise history. Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri had set the previous team mark in 1937.

2012       Antonio Mendez’s bronze statue of Jim Palmer becomes the third sculpture in a series of six unveiled at Camden Yards this season, joining the likenesses of Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver at the ballpark’s Legends Park. The three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched for 19 seasons for the Orioles, winning 268 regular-season games.

2013       Chris Davis ties Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break when he hits his 37th round-tripper, the best in the majors, in the Orioles’ 7-4 victory against Toronto at Camden Yards. The Baltimore first baseman ends the first half with home runs in his last four games, the same way he started the season.

2015       Before the 86th All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park, MLB announces the selection of Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays as the sport’s greatest living players. The pregame program also unveils the fans’ choices of the “Franchise Four,” naming impactful players who best represent each franchise, including the hometown Reds with Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, who receives a loud ovation from the Cincinnati fans.

2018       Following a lackluster 8-2 home loss to the Reds at Busch Stadium, the third-place Cardinals fire Mike Matheny 93 games into his seventh season as the team’s manager. The unexpected departure of the Redbird’s skipper, who replaced future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in 2011, marks the franchise’s first in-season managerial change in two decades.


New York Yankees (4) vs New York Giants (2)

The term home field advantage took on a whole new meaning in 1923 as baseball’s grand cathedral, Yankees Stadium, opened much to the dismay of the Giants. Although the two-time defending champions would finally reclaim the Polo Grounds for themselves, The House That Ruth Built towered over their yard and featured an enormous seating capacity with an architectural beauty that was second to none. With the addition of a third ballpark, New York had established itself as THE premier city for professional sports entertainment.

A sports columnist from Philadelphia had written that thousands of years in the future archeologists would uncover ruins in the lower Bronx that would resemble that of ancient Rome’s coliseums. The Giants had generously shared their field with the Yankees (and Highlanders) since 1913 but now found themselves standing in the shadow of their cross-town rivals.

Although the Yankees had lost two consecutive World Series to the Giants, they were quickly becoming the more popular of the two. The soon to be penned Bronx Bombers boasted the game’s top player, the largest arena, and the best record in baseball after winning their third American League pennant by a sixteen game margin.

Once again, the Subway Series was on as the Yankees and the Giants met for the third consecutive year. In a strange twist, Giants’ outfielder, Casey Stengel, who would later become one of the most successful and beloved Yankee managers, beat his future team in Game 1 with an inside-the-park home run off of Joe Bush to break a 4-4 tie in the ninth. The Yankees were now winless (eight losses and one tie) in Series games against the Giants, but New York had Babe Ruth and he would have something to say about that.

After a disappointing season plagued with suspensions and poor play in 1922, the Babe was back in action, hitting .394 and sharing the home run title with the Phillies’ Cy Williams (with forty-one). He was in top form for Game 2, hitting home runs in the fourth and fifth innings on the way to a 4-2 victory at the Polo Grounds.

Game 1 hero Casey Stengel once again stole the spotlight in Game 3. Through six innings, the Yankees’ Sam Jones and the Giants’ Art Nehf were locked in a scoreless battle. Then, with one out in the seventh, Stengel homered into the right field stands at Yankee Stadium for the win.

Not to be outdone, the Yankees dominated the next two outings while totaling sixteen runs with twenty-seven hits resulting in 8-4 and 8-1 victories. New York coasted through Games 4 and 5 on the arm of Joe Bush and the bat of Joe Dugan.

Finally, the Yankees had beaten the Giants for their first world championship in their brand new stadium (which featured crowds in excess of 62,000 and over $1 million dollars in ticket sales). In addition, Babe Ruth had finally beaten his post-season demons, hitting three home runs, a triple, a double and two singles while batting .368.


On September 28, 1938, It was around 5:30 p.m. Sunset, according to the Chicago Tribune, was 5:37 p.m. The umpires met between innings and Gabby Hartnett the Chicago Cubs player manager pleaded with them to allow the Cub’s to bat in the bottom of the 9th. The Cub’s had stormed back from 9 game on August 20th to within a half game of the lead against these Pittsburgh Pirates. Although it was becoming very difficult to see, decided to squeeze in one more half-inning. “Just 60 seconds and it might have been different,” Pie Traynor the Pittsburgh Pirates Manger said wistfully. “Dolly Stark told me they were going to call it.”

Mace Brown, the Pirates pitcher quickly retired the first two hitters and then jumped out in front of Gabby Hartnett 0-and 2, “He made Hartnett look bad on a couple of curves that went down. Then he came back with one more,” recalled Pittsburgh backup catcher Ray Berres. “He was really going to snap one off. And as so often happens when you try too hard, he hung it.”

Hartnett, the Cubs’ player-manager, was looking for another curve and guessed right. “I felt it was gone the second I hit it,” he recalled. At the crack of the bat, Brown buried his head in his arms. He knew it too. In the semi-darkness, the fans couldn’t track the ball very well, but they could see Rizzo edge back toward the wall, and then look up helplessly as the ball landed in the left field bleachers for a game-winning home run. Chicago had prevailed, 6-5. The crowd erupted, a beaming Hartnett was mobbed at home plate by teammates and dozens of the 34,000+ fans at Wrigley that day, and the Cubs had taken over first place on what would be forever known (thanks, apparently, to Associated Press writer Earl Hilligan) as “The Homer in the Gloamin’”, and the Cubs 9th straight win.

Heading into a September 27-29 series against the Pirates in Wrigley Field, they had won 18 of 23 games and had charged to within 1 ½ games of the lead. A gutsy 2-1 victory by sore-armed Dizzy Dean in the series opener put Chicago right on the Bucs’ heels. The Cubs would eventually win the division and go onto the World Series to play the Yankees.


The second All-Star game was held on July 10 at the New York Polo Grounds. Once again, the batting line-up featured some of the best hitters in baseball. This game however, belonged to a pitcher, Carl Hubbell. Although he started off poorly, he turned in perhaps one of the most spellbinding performances ever seen in baseball.

First, Charlie Gehringer led off with a single and moved to second on an outfield error. Then, Heinie Manush drew a walk bringing up Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx with two on, none out. It was a pitcher’s worst nightmare. Hubbell accepted the challenge and began turning over his screwball with pinpoint precision. It was a delivery that was designed to break the backs of free swingers. Ruth was the first to fall after taking a called third strike and looking “decidedly puzzled,” according to one account. Gehrig followed and went down swinging. Visibly frustrated, he apparently warned Foxx on his way back to the dugout, “You might as well cut. It won’t get any higher.” The advice didn’t help; Foxx went down on strikes. In the second inning, Hubbell made it five in a row when he struck out Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.

If the first All-Star Game had showcased the game’s best bats, than the second showcased one of the game’s best arms proving that both offense and defense had a place in the Midsummer Classic.


5 – 9 – 17 – 2 – 44 – 40

July 14, 1916 – St Louis Browns ace Ernie Koob pitched every single frame of a 17 inning game. Koob gave up 14 hits in a 0-0 tie versus the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was a no-decision after all of that work, but Koob in essence cost himself and his team the victory by a boo-boo he made on the basepaths. A article tells of Ernie’s baserunning blunder in the 15th and how it cost him the victory. Koob tried to advance from second base to home on Ward Miller’s hit and ran over pitcher Carl Mays at the plate. Mays ended up injured in the collision and left the game. The initial call was that Koob was declared safe by home-plate umpire Brick Owens. The ump reversed his call when Red Sox players protested and made him aware that Koob had failed to touch third base in his trip home. Perhaps Koob’s gaffe was not that all that unexpected as he had little experience on the basepaths. A notoriously poor hitter, Koob went 0-for-41 in 1916; however, he did draw 15 walks and scored four times.

July 14, 1946 – Cleveland’s Lou Boudreau, wearing Number 5 hit 4 doubles and a Homerun, but still the Red Sox overcame and prevailed in an 11-10 win powered by Sox player Number 9, Ted Williams 3 homeruns and 8 total RBIs in the contest.

July 14, 1956 – Boston Red Sox pitcher Mel Parnell, Number 17 tosssed a gem of a no-hit game against the Chicago White Sox, for a 4-0 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park.

July 14, 1964 – I am not sure if I would ever want to be in the starting line up if I was Bob Johnson, Number 2 of the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson’s ripped hi 6th straight hit as a pinch hitter for Baltimore.

July 14, 1968 – Atlanta Braves legendary hitter, Hank Aaron, Number 44 reached a milestone in his career swatted his 500th HR off the San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike McCormick, Number 40.


McGinnis Joins with Indians: One Professional Football Team will be put in field in Akron

The article states that 6 cities were represented at a meeting of professional footballers in Canton, Ohio. Cleveland, Youngstown, Massillon, Columbus, Akron and Canton were all represented and intentions of participation were sent by teams from Toledo and Dayton who were unable to attend the Monday evening meeting. A second meeting scheduled for Wednesday July 16 in Akron would be for scheduling games in the Ohio League. The article says this would be the first time that teams would play under scheduled games and that the winner of the Ohio League would be crowned World Champions.

Author Chris Willis in his book The Man Who Built the National Football League: Joe F. Carr contends that the second meeting scheduled for Wednesday July 16 never occurred as after football had been interrupted due to World War I for a couple of seasons the teams were just happy to be playing again. The teams that were represented at this football meeting in Canton at the Courtland Hotel were the new owner of the Canton Bulldogs, auto dealer Ralph Hay, Mac Maginnis of the Akron Pros, Jack Donahue and Jack Whalen of the Massillon Tigers, Joe Dunn of the Minneapolis Marines, Walter H. Flanigan of the Rock Island Independents, Curly Lambeau of Green Bay, Hammond All-Stars and of course Joe Carr as the envoy of the Columbus Panhandles among others according to Chris Willis. The meeting was originally intended to garner interest in starting an official pro circuit league but when teams could not even agree on the principles of salary restrictions the meeting adjourned and they all went their separate ways scheduling teams that they could, independent from each other. Though on the surface this meeting appeared to be a flop in organizing a formal league, it set the stage for the beginnings of the American Professional Football Association that would organize one year later. Yes, part of that being the September 17, 1920 meeting in Hay’s Hupmobile Showroom. For more on how to get a copy of Chris Willis’ great book on Joe Carr click here.

July 14, 1951 – A horse race, the Hollywood Gold Cup, on CBS became the very first color television transmission of a sporting event. It wouldn’t be long before the wonderful technicolors of the gridiron would light up the boxes in living rooms around the country.

July 14, 1985 – The last game for the start up USFL was played in exciting fashion as the Balltimore Stars defeated the Oakland Invaders by the score of 28-24 in the League’s Championship game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey according to the News in Patterson, New Jersey. Quarterback Bobby Hebert had a solid game for the Invaders and the thought was that many NFL suitors would be clamoring for his services.

July 14, 2020 – The Cleveland Browns ink Miles Garrett to a 5 year $125 million contract extension that will keep the prolific pass rusher in Cleveland until he reaches 30 years old.


1815 1st flat horse race held at English race track Cheltenham on Nottingham Hill

1876 Baseball’s first official no-hitter: George Bradley of the St Louis Brown Stockings no-hits the Hartford Dark Blues, 2-0

1879 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John Hartley beats Vere St. Leger Goold 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

1880 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Reigning champion John Hartley beats Herbert Lawford 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

1884 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 4 consecutive Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; beats Herbert Lawford 6-0, 6-4, 9-7

1895 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats Helen Jackson 7-5, 8-6 for her first of 5 Wimbledon singles titles

1901 NY Giant Christy Mathewson no-hits St Louis, 5-0

1902 Indian born England Test batsman K S Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch for Sussex v Surrey in a county cricket match at Hastings; finishes unbeaten on 234

1909 Detroit’s future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb smashes 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe is placed in top 4 in all 10 events, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

1922 US Open Men’s Golf, Skokie CC: Gene Sarazen wins the first of his 7 major titles, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up John Black and 20-year-old amateur Bobby Jones

1923 US Open Men’s Golf, Inwood CC: Amateur legend Bobby Jones captures his first career major championship, defeating Bobby Cruickshank by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Sunday playoff

1927 British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: American Bobby Jones retains title; wins wire-to-wire by 6 shots from Fred Robson & Aubrey Boomer

1928 22nd Tour de France: Defending champion Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg holds yellow jersey from start to finish; his Alcyon team has all 3 podium positions

1932 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf’s only major title

1938 Arthur Fagg becomes first batsman in first-class cricket history to score double centuries in both innings of a match; 244 and 202 for Kent v Essex at Colchester

1945 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Morraine CC: Byron Nelson wins 5th and final major title and 2nd PGA title; beats ex-MLB player Sam Byrd 4 & 3

1960 Baltimore’s future Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox

1961 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of 2 consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Welshman Dai Rees

1967 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: 44 year old Argentine Robert De Vicenzo wins his only major championship, 2 strokes clear of defending champion Jack Nicklaus

1969 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

1970 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship

1972 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Lee Trevino claims his second straight Claret Jug; first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962; wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan’s 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0

1973 MLB San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey becomes 15th to hit 400 HRs, this one at Candlestick Park against Pittsburgh Pirate’s Bob Moose

1975 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee

1975 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)

1978 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd

1979 US Open Women’s Golf, Brooklawn CC: Jerilyn Britz wins her first LPGA Tour event (and only major), 2 shots ahead of runners-up Debbie Massey and Sandra Palmer

1980 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra’s record

1984 US Open Women’s Golf, Salem CC: Hollis Stacy wins her 3rd US title by 1 stroke from Rosie Jones

1986 57th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at Astrodome, Houston

1986 All star MVP: Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox)

1990 US Open Women’s Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Defending champion Betsy King wins consecutive titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan, the leader after each of first 3 rounds

1991 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men’s pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit

1994 NJ Nets Derrek Coleman accused of rape in Detroit

1996 After 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin goes to 3rd

1999 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field held in Seattle, Washington

2000 World record Rugby attendance of 108,874 see New Zealand beat Australia, 39-35 in Tri Nations match at Stadium Australia, Sydney; 5 tries each with Andrew Mehrtens’ goal kicking (6) the difference

2001 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Allen Doyle wins his 2nd Champions Tour major with par on first extra hole of a playoff with Doug Tewell

2003 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

2005 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

2012 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Indianwood G &CC: Englishman Roger Chapman wins by 2 strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin & Tom Lehman

2014 85th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Target Field, Minnesota

2017 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain beats Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 for her 2nd Grand Slam title

2018 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

2018 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 4th Wimbledon title beating South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6

2018 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Exmoor CC: Fijian Vijay Singh wins in a playoff with Jeff Maggert on 2nd extra hole

2019 Tampa Bay catcher Travis d’Arnaud becomes first player in MLB history to hit 3 homers while catching and batting leadoff in the Rays’ 5-4 win over the NY Yankees


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Memphis vs Boston3:30pmNBATV
Chicago vs Charlotte5:00pmESPN2
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Dallas vs Milwaukee7:00pmESPNU
New York vs Orlando7:30pmNBATV
Brooklyn vs Minnesota9:00pmESPNU
Portland vs Houston9:30pmNBATV
UEFA Women’s Euro: Italy vs Iceland12:00pmESPN2
UEFA Women’s Euro: France vs Belgium3:00pmESPN+
Copa América Femenina: Paraguay vs Bolivia5:00pmFS1
CONCACAF W Championship: Semifinals7:00pmParamount+
Copa América Femenina: Chile vs Ecuador8:00pmFS1
CONCACAF W Championship: Semifinals10:00pmParamount+
Las Vegas at New York11:00amNBATV


NY YANKEES6226.70535 – 1027 – 1628 – 1419 – 610 – 45 – 5W 1
TAMPA BAY4840.5451428 – 1720 – 2320 – 166 – 912 – 96 – 4W 3
BOSTON4742.52815.523 – 2024 – 2211 – 2312 – 719 – 73 – 7L 3
TORONTO4742.52815.527 – 1820 – 2416 – 1810 – 915 – 113 – 7W 2
BALTIMORE4544.50617.525 – 1720 – 2715 – 1911 – 1312 – 810 – 0W 10
MINNESOTA4941.54426 – 1923 – 2213 – 1022 – 1610 – 95 – 5W 1
CLEVELAND4344.4944.522 – 1921 – 256 – 1020 – 199 – 83 – 7L 2
CHI WHITE SOX4345.489519 – 2524 – 2014 – 1515 – 187 – 95 – 5W 2
DETROIT3752.41611.523 – 2414 – 287 – 1419 – 213 – 105 – 5L 1
KANSAS CITY3553.3981319 – 2716 – 264 – 918 – 209 – 166 – 4W 1
HOUSTON5730.65527 – 1230 – 186 – 816 – 427 – 147 – 3L 1
SEATTLE4742.5281124 – 2023 – 2212 – 157 – 620 – 1610 – 0W 10
TEXAS4145.47715.521 – 2220 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 194 – 6W 1
LA ANGELS3950.4381922 – 2417 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 182 – 8W 1
OAKLAND3060.33328.511 – 3119 – 2910 – 169 – 159 – 244 – 6L 1
NY METS5534.61828 – 1527 – 1928 – 129 – 413 – 106 – 4W 1
ATLANTA5337.5892.531 – 2022 – 1719 – 1317 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
PHILADELPHIA4643.517924 – 2122 – 2215 – 198 – 516 – 115 – 5L 4
MIAMI4245.4831221 – 1921 – 2624 – 164 – 89 – 145 – 5W 1
WASHINGTON3060.33325.514 – 3316 – 277 – 339 – 89 – 111 – 9L 6
MILWAUKEE4940.55121 – 1928 – 2111 – 1328 – 193 – 54 – 6L 1
ST. LOUIS4843.527227 – 1921 – 2410 – 1422 – 1410 – 64 – 6L 1
PITTSBURGH3851.4271120 – 2318 – 286 – 818 – 2712 – 96 – 4L 1
CHI CUBS3454.38614.517 – 2917 – 253 – 320 – 217 – 182 – 8L 6
CINCINNATI3355.37515.518 – 2815 – 275 – 912 – 198 – 216 – 4L 1
LA DODGERS5730.65530 – 1327 – 1711 – 916 – 621 – 118 – 2W 1
SAN DIEGO5040.5568.523 – 2027 – 2012 – 919 – 1018 – 184 – 6L 2
SAN FRANCISCO4542.5171223 – 2122 – 2114 – 138 – 916 – 145 – 5W 2
COLORADO4049.4491825 – 2215 – 278 – 196 – 420 – 185 – 5W 2
ARIZONA3950.4381922 – 2617 – 2412 – 1010 – 1111 – 254 – 6L 2