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DENVER (AP) As five dozen All-Stars sat outside Coors Field ahead of the All-Star Game, they looked forward to the Greatest Sho on Earth.

Shohei Ohtani is the starriest of them all, the center of attention for players and fans like no one before at baseball’s midsummer classic.

Fans cheered when he was introduced Monday at a news conference located outdoors, across the street from Coors Field due to the pandemic. He was to compete in Monday night’s Home Derby, start on the mound for the American League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game and hit leadoff as the designated hitter.

Ohtani is doing just about everything other than mow the grass and solve the ballpark’s mile-high hitter-friendly air currents.

“People always say, `Oh no, he can’t do that,’ until the guy goes out and does it,” Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said. “And then, when he does do it, it’s like, `Oh, we knew it the whole time.'”

A 27-year-old in his fourth major league season with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani will be the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933. Not even Babe Ruth did it, having last pitched regularly in 1919.

Ohtani was separately voted to start at DH by fans and to be among five AL starting pitchers by fellow players.

“I was actually not expecting to be chosen as a pitcher at all,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m going to try my best.”

Washington’s Max Scherzer, who will become just the sixth pitcher to make four All-Star starts, is in the background because of Ohtani, who leads the majors with 33 home runs and is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 starts.

“It would be awesome if I can hit. Right now, I’m 0-for the first half this year,” said Scherzer, who is hitless in 30 at-bats.

Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman said he, like others, was pushed at a young age to choose between being a pitcher or position player.

Freeman was astounded back on April 4, when Ohtani pitched a hitless first inning against the Chicago White Sox, homered in the bottom half and went back out to the mound for the second.

“I don’t understand how the brain can flip flop from, ‘I’ve got to get three outs and then I’ve got to go and score a run for myself,'” Freeman said. “Any time he’s on the field, you’re just amazed that he has the energy – the mental energy – to handle all that, because I watch the guys when they pitch, the game-planning that goes on before the games, and he’s game-planning and then having to hit batting practice in the cage.”

“He’s got like literally a 12-hour day every day. And then when he pitches, then you have to do your arm care the next day, you got to get all the lactic acid out out of your body. And then you’ve still got to DH at night,” he said.

Major League Baseball altered the rules for Tuesday to allow Ohtani to essentially be two players. When he is replaced on the mound, he can remain as the DH.

“I think we would all respect what he’s done and meant to our game this year. This is what the fans want to see. It’s personally what I wanted to see,” said AL manager Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay. “And to have the opportunity to do something that’s a generational talent, is pretty special. I begged Major League Baseball to tweak the rule.”

Freeman was a two-way player in high school who threw in the mid-90 mph range, and most teams in 2007 wanted him as a pitcher, except the Braves and Chicago Cubs. He remembers the difficulty even at that level.

“My elbow was killing me,” he said.

San Diego third baseman Manny Machado cracked a smile when asked about his two-way talent: “I got rocked when I was 18 years old, and that’s the last time I ever pitched.”

Washington outfielder Juan Soto became a full-time position player at age 15 when told by coaches they were impressed with his hitting.

“I threw no-hitter and everything in Little League, but I don’t know if I can do it in the big leagues,” he said.

Signed at a relatively bargain price of $3 million this year and $5.5 million next season, Ohtani will be eligible for salary arbitration after 2022. If he keeps at this pace, he raises the prospect of commanding double the usual price heading into his final season before free agency, perhaps $30 million to $40 million or more.

Baltimore first baseman Trey Mancini was on the mound, too – once upon a time.

“Dylan Bundy hit a home run off of me my senior year of high school in my last pitching performance,” he said of his future Orioles teammate.

Alonso bests Mancini, Ohtani for 2nd straight HR Derby title

DENVER (AP) Pete Alonso’s words were as bold as his home runs.

“I’m the best power hitter on the planet,” the New York Mets first baseman proclaimed after winning his second straight Home Run Derby. “Being able to showcase that and put on a fun display on for the fans is truly a dream come true for me.”

Alonso danced to the title, besting Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini and Juan Soto on a night of record long balls in the thin Rocky Mountain air of Coors Field.

He hit 74 total home runs and beat Mancini 23-22 in the final round Monday, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles.

Alonso earned $1 million – more than his $676,775 salary. He’s made $2 million in Home Run Derby winnings compared to about $1.47 million in career salary from the Mets through the end of this season.

“My parents let me stay up past my bedtime to watch this,” the 26-year-old recalled. “That was one of the few nights of the year I got to stay up past of my bedtime and watch. Watch incredible feats you don’t see in a regular baseball game. To be able to do back to back is really special to me.”

He has a chance to match Griffey, who also won in 1994, as the only three-time champion.

Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 after the first two minutes of the final round, then hit six homers on six swings over the first 28 seconds of his final minute.

Mancini, who returned this season from cancer treatment, was the sentimental favorite, while Alonso was the most animated of the eight sluggers as the longball competition returned after a one-year absence caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With custom bats in the Mets’ royal blue and orange, and matching shoes and batting gloves, Alonso was a human bobblehead, nodding on beat in the batter’s box as he stepped out and danced. He motioned with his arms to whip up fans during a timeout.

Alonso hit a first-round record 35 dingers, seven more than Josh Hamilton in 2008 at the original Yankee Stadium, and topped Kansas City’s Salvador Perez with 27. Alonso, batting second, beat Soto 16-15 in the second round. Alonso’s longest drive of the night traveled 514 feet.

Mancini missed the 2020 season while undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer, treatment he finished last Sept. 21 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 29-year-old Baltimore Orioles first baseman hit .256 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs going into the All-Star break. His oncologist, Dr. Nilo Azad, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards before the Orioles’ hosted the Chicago White Sox last Friday night.

“It was incredible, especially after the last year-and-a-half,” Mancini said.

Mancini knocked out Colorado’s Trevor Story 13-12 in the second round, hitting second and advancing with a drive to center. Mancini knew topping Alonso would be difficult.

“He’s hitting balls over 500 feet with ease. It didn’t seem like he got too tired and I got pretty gassed in that last bonus round,” Mancini said. “He’s a beast out there.”

Soto thrilled the crowd of 49,048 with a 520-foot homer, the longest derby drive in the Statcast era, topping 513 feet the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge in 2017 at Miami. Before Statcast, the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa was said to have hit one 524 feet at Milwaukee in 2002, clearing Bernie Brewer’s slide.

Mark McGwire had the longest ball in the 1998 Derby at mile-high Coors, a 510-footer.

Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels sensation set to start on the mound and hit leadoff as designated hitter for the American League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, started slowly but forced two rounds of tiebreakers with Soto before losing 31-28 in the second round.

They were tied 22-all after regulation and 28 apiece following the first tiebreaker. Soto homered on all three swings of the next tiebreak, and Ohtani grounded out on his first swing.

“It was fun, but it was exhausting,” Ohtani said through a translator. “The last 30 seconds of both the first round and the tiebreaking round were really exhausting.”

Ohtani will become’s first two-way All-Star.

“I’m just going to get a lot of sleep, as much as I can,” he said.

Mancini won the first round 24-23 over Oakland’s Matt Olson, who hit a deep foul on his final swing.

“He’s a good dude,” Olson said. “To be able to battle the way he battled and come back and perform the way he has this year says a lot about him, his grit and his toughness.”

Story defeated Texas’ Joey Gallo 20-19 when Gallo popped out on his last swing.

“It is tiring, for sure, but it was a lot of fun for the first time,” Gallo said.

Stephen A. Smith ripped for comments about Shohei Ohtani

Stephen A. Smith expressed concern on Monday about Shohei Ohtani becoming the face of Major League Baseball, and the ESPN analyst has come under heavy fire for his take.

Ohtani has taken baseball by storm this year as a player who is doing things that have not been done in century. The Los Angeles Angels star is from Japan and speaks limited English, which Smith sees as a problem for MLB. During Monday’s edition of “First Take,” Smith said he views it as a negative that the face of American baseball is a player who uses an interpreter.

“I understand that baseball is an international sport in terms of participation. But when you talk about an audience gravitating to the (TV) or the ballpark to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he is saying, in this country,” Smith said.

The reaction was quite predictable. Smith was torn apart on Twitter, with many fellow members of the media demanding that he apologize and be suspended. ESPN’s Mina Kimes took a swipe at Smith after it was announced that Ohtani will be the starting pitcher for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and bat leadoff.

That was obviously a bad take from Smith. Calling Ohtani a once-in-a-generation talent would be an understatement, and most baseball fans care a lot more about what he does on the diamond than his interactions with the media. Heck, MLB even tweaked an All-Star Game rule to give fans more Ohtani.

Despite the backlash, Smith stood by his take as usual. He posted a video on Twitter elaborating on what he meant.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: THIS WEEK AT VICTORY FIELD

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians begin a six-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers

(Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) on Tuesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 18. The series

features a Bark in the Park ballgame on Wednesday, July 14 and concludes with Victory Field’s 25th

Anniversary Celebration presented by Meijer. To purchase tickets, visit IndyIndians.com or contact the

Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545 or Tickets@IndyIndians.com.

Indianapolis and Omaha have a rich head-to-head history; the two organizations played each other in the American Association finals four times (1978, ’82, ’88-89). The Indians won each of the last three

championship series over Omaha.

Tuesday, July 13 at 7:05 PM

Tuesday Dollar Menu presented by Eisenberg and MHS

• Hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn all available for $1 each.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Wednesday, July 14 at 7:05 PM

Bark in the Park presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and PetSuites

• Ticket packages include one (1) giveaway item; dog owners may select a leash, food scoop or

ball toss toy.

• Limit of one (1) dog per person.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Thursday, July 15 at 7:05 PM

Thirsty Thursday presented by Sun King Brewery

• $2 Pepsi fountain drinks, $3 domestic drafts and $5 premium and craft drafts.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Circle City Night

• The best alternate jersey in professional baseball will be on display as the Indians wear Circle

City jerseys during every Thursday home game to rep the 317.

Special Guest

• Indianapolis native and current Barstool Sports personality Joey Mulinaro will sing the seventh-

inning stretch.

Friday, July 16 at 7:05 PM

Friday Fireworks presented by Indiana Union Construction Industry and Meijer

• Stick around and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show immediately following the game.

Saturday, July 17 at 7:05 PM

Victory Field’s 25th Anniversary Celebration presented by Meijer

• The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Victory Field commemorative photo frame

giveaway.

• Take photos with cardboard cutouts of Victory Field’s all-time greats in PNC Plaza, including Josh

Bell, Aaron Boone, Sean Casey, Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen.

• Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

• Gates open at 6 PM.

Sunday, July 18 at 1:35 PM

Kids Eat Free Sunday presented by Aquafina and Meijer

• All kids 14 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with

price of admission while Knot Hole Kids Club members may run the bases postgame.

• Take photos with cardboard cutouts of Victory Field’s all-time greats in PNC Plaza, including Josh

Bell, Aaron Boone, Sean Casey, Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen.

• Gates open at 12:30 PM.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Bierman Selected In Seventh Round By Miami

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DENVER – Sophomore RHP Gabe Bierman was selected in the seventh round as the 209th pick by the Miami Marlins.

An All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2021, Bierman held a 2.68 ERA, which ranked second in the Big Ten, with a 5-4 overall record. He recorded 74.0 total innings and held opponents to a .179 batting average. He ranked 24th in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.72) and recorded 80 strikeouts. In a shortened 2020 season, Bierman went 2-1 with a team-best 2.45 ERA in 22.0 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts. As a rookie in 2019, he went 4-0 with two saves while appearing in 20 games and making five starts. He posted a 3.56 ERA, allowed 37 hits over 48 innings and struck out 46.

ND BASEBALL: Tanner Kohlhepp Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame baseball team had one player selected on day two of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday afternoon. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tanner Kohlhepp was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round with the 135th overall pick, the second-straight year the Irish have had a pitcher selected in the top-five rounds of the draft.

Kohlhepp was Notre Dame’s best weapon out of the bullpen this season after transferring from Iowa Western CC. He led the Irish in appearances with 23 while finishing second in wins (7), innings pitched (61.1) and strikeouts (65). He earned third team All-American honors from D1Baseball following the season, the second year in a row an Irish pitcher earned All-American honors. Kohlhepp also earned first team All-Region recognition from ABCA and second team All-ACC honors.

“Tanner’s contribution and unselfishness in various pitching roles was remarkable,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “His development and Chuck’s work in honing his skills were integral pieces to our team and Tanner’s successes. He is an athletic pitcher and most importantly, a tremendous person.”

Kohlhepp is the highest Irish draft selection since 2016 when Peter Solomon was picked in the fourth round by the Houston Astros. Kohlhepp is the first Irish player to be drafted by the Tigers since Brad Bass back in 2017.

The third and final round of the draft will begin on Tuesday at Noon ET with Round 11. Rounds 11-20 will take place on day three and coverage can be found on MLB.com.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: McDermott Selected by Astros in 4th Round of the MLB Draft

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball program can add Chayce McDermott to its long list of Major League Baseball draftees after he was selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the MLB Draft Monday.

McDermott did not stray too far from home when he signed to play at Ball State under 17th-year head coach Rich Maloney. The 6-3 right-handed pitcher hails from Anderson, Indiana, and went to Pendleton Heights High School which is just over 20 miles from Ball State. 

“Chayce has worked extremely hard in climbing a mountain to become the best he can be,” Maloney said. “He has continued to get better each year and his development culminates with this year’s draft selection. He has added his name to the many high draft picks we have had at Ball State. We are excited for his future and proud of his success.”

The 2021 Second Team All-Mid-American Conference and ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) All-Region honoree found success this season on the mound, posting an 8-2 record with a 3.05 ERA. He finished the regular season fifth in the nation with 125 strikeouts while averaging 13.61 K’s per nine-inning game which ranked 12th nationally.  

In 15 starts, McDermott held opponents to a .204 batting average over 82.2 innings pitched and ranked eighth in the MAC with a 1.15 WHIP. 

McDermott’s strong arm earned him NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) Player of the Week on March 30 against Toledo after he sent 13 Rockets back to the dugout via the strikeout. 

The three-time MAC Pitcher of the Week, McDermott finished his Ball State career with a 12-4 record and a 3.43 ERA while making 28 total appearances. McDermott struck out 199 batters as a Cardinal and threw a total of 139 innings. 

With the help of McDermott, the Cardinals finished the 2021 season with a 38-18 overall record and finished 48th in the NCAA RPI ranking. 

McDermott becomes the 66th player who has been drafted under the guidance of Maloney and the 11th Cardinal taken in the top four rounds. He is the 63rd different player to be drafted for Ball State, and the program’s 69th overall draft pick as six Cardinals were selected twice during their careers.

Maloney has coached six first round picks over his distinguished career, all of whom were Ball State baseball players. The list includes Bryan Bullington who was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2002 MLB Draft for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2021 MLB DRAFT NEWS

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After a thrilling and historic opening night, the 2021 MLB Draft continued on Monday with rounds 2-10. The Draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday, starting at noon ET, with no delay between selections, all heard on MLB.com. Here’s a round-by-round look at the key names taken on Draft Day 2.

Round 2

No clear theme emerged from the first round of Day 2, with the Pirates taking a prep pitcher to kick off the day and five teams following with position players before a four-team run on pitchers. Some of the top players left undrafted after Sunday went quickly, like Anthony Solometo with the first pick of the second round and outfielder Jud Fabian three picks behind him. Players recovering from injury were also nabbed, such as LSU righty Jaden Hill, who is on the road back from Tommy John surgery.

Notable picks

Pick 1 (37th overall), Pirates: Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace Prep School (N.J.)

A day after nabbing catcher Henry Davis out of the University of Louisville with the first overall pick in the Draft, the Bucs took a potential future batterymate for him in Solometo. Regarded as one of the best southpaws in the Draft, Solometo was the 17th-ranked overall talent in this year’s crop, according to MLB Pipeline, and carries a low- to mid-90s fastball as well as terrific command into the Pittsburgh system.

Pick 4 (40th overall), Red Sox: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida

There was a time before the season when the Red Sox may have looked at selecting Fabian with their first-round pick at No. 4 overall. Instead, they got him on Monday in the second round. Fabian will swing and miss, but his power is tantalizing, and his speed, arm and defense in center field are all average tools or better.

Pick 7 (43rd overall), Royals: Ben Kudrna, RHP, Blue Valley Southwest HS (Kan.)

The Royals nabbed a local player from just 30 miles away from Kauffman Stadium with their second-round pick. Kudrna’s fastball is already well above average, touching 95 mph during the Area Code Games last year, and he pairs it with a slider that he’s utilized to good effect.

Pick 8 (44th overall), Rockies: Jaden Hill, RHP, LSU

Before the 2021 season, Hill was in the discussion as a potential No. 1 overall pick, even though he worked just 21 2/3 innings during his first two collegiate seasons due to elbow issues and the pandemic. Concerns over his elbow were justified, as Hill ended up needing Tommy John surgery this year, but if his recovery goes smoothly, the Rockies may have found a steal. The right-hander touched 99 mph as a starter and can utilize a plus slider when the pitch is on.

Pick 12 (48th overall), Mariners: Edwin Arroyo, SS, Arecibo Baseball Academy (P.R.)

Arroyo is one of the most interesting stories in the Draft, attending his senior year of high school at Central Pointe Christian Academy in Florida and working as a two-way player. Drafted as a right-handed-throwing shortstop, Arroyo has also pitched left-handed and hits from both sides of the plate.

Pick 23 (59th overall), Braves: Spencer Schwellenbach, RHP, Nebraska

“No player in this Draft creates more split opinions on whether he has a brighter future as a hitter or pitcher than Schwellenbach,” said MLB Pipeline’s evaluation of the 21-year-old. Schwellenbach was selected as a pitcher but was the heart of a Nebraska regional team this year as both the team’s shortstop and closer. An All-American for the Huskers, Schwellenbach was also the Big Ten Conference’s Player of the Year and captured the John Olerud Award as college baseball’s top two-way player in 2021. His pitching arsenal includes a 99 mph fastball along with a plus slider and plus changeup.

Competitive Balance Round B

Notable picks

Pick 2 (65th overall), Orioles: Reed Trimble, OF, Southern Mississippi

Trimble has tools for days and batted .345 during his Draft-eligible sophomore year for Southern Miss with 72 RBIs, tying for the Division-I lead in that category. The outfielder with future 20-20 potential hits from both sides of the plate.

Pick 5 (68th overall), Rockies: Joe Rock, LHP, Ohio

Setting aside the Rock-Rockies connection, the southpaw from Ohio becomes his program’s highest-ever Drafted player, surpassing former Major Leaguer Dave Tobik, who went in the third round in 1974. This is the continuation of a resurgence for Rock, who missed most of 2020 due to academic ineligibility before rebounding in a breakout 2021 for the Bobcats.

Pick 7 (70th overall), Cardinals: Ryan Holgate, OF, Arizona

Holgate chased baseball everywhere he could in 2020 after the cancellation of the college season. Originally slated to play in the Cape Cod League, he instead moved to a California collegiate summer league when the Cape season was canceled. Though his California season was also wiped out, his team managed to build a schedule against local opponents and then won the National Baseball Congress World Series. This year back at Arizona, Holgate continued to flash the power bat from the left side that has become his calling card.

Round 3

Of the 30 picks in the third round, 18 were pitchers, including 12 from the collegiate ranks. A Clemson football commit led off the selections, while one of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball checked in toward the end of Round 3.

Notable picks

Pick 1 (72nd overall), Pirates: Bubba Chandler, RHP, North Oconee HS (Ga.)

Chandler was offered a football scholarship to play quarterback at Clemson but may have a brighter future on the diamond. The right-hander can also play shortstop and starred at North Oconee HS, which also produced this year’s 10th overall pick, Kumar Rocker, before his collegiate days at Vanderbilt.

Pick 6 (77th overall), D-backs: Jacob Steinmetz, RHP, ELEV8 Baseball Academy (Fla.)

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Steinmetz has the projectable frame out of high school that franchises dream of, and the D-backs selected the Fordham commit at 77th overall. A Long Island, N.Y., native, Steinimetz is attempting to become the first Orthodox Jewish ballplayer to reach the Major Leagues.

Pick 9 (80th overall), Angels: Landon Marceaux, RHP, LSUMarceaux was a member of the loaded 2017 USA Baseball U18 Baseball World Cup championship team that featured six first-round picks the following year. He instead opted to attend LSU, where his plus curveball and low-90s fastball were solid in the SEC and pitched him into the third round.

Pick 13 (84th overall), Phillies: Jordan Viars, OF, Rick Reedy HS (Texas)

The Phillies became the first team to go off MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects board when they took Viars 84th overall. The outfielder is committed to play collegiate ball at Arkansas.

Pick 22 (93rd overall), Cubs: Drew Gray, LHP, IMG Academy (Fla.)

Gray played in the outfield and worked on the mound at IMG Academy, and his future is with the latter. While he’s a good contact hitter with some power projection in the lineup, he can already reach the mid-90s in fastball velocity on the mound and flashed a stellar slider and curveball last summer. Like Viars, Gray is committed to Arkansas, where his older brother Evan is on the Razorbacks roster.

Pick 26 (97th overall), Athletics: Mason Miller, RHP, Gardner-Webb

Miller struggled in his first two seasons as a reliever at Waynesburg, an NCAA Division-III program in Pennsylvania, posting a 7.10 ERA. The right-hander was then diagnosed with Type I diabetes and added 50 pounds after changing his diet. Now 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Miller struck out a school-record 97 batters in 67 2/3 innings in 2019, then pitched as a grad transfer for Gardner-Webb in 2021.

Pick 28 (99th overall), Padres: Kevin Kopps, RHP, Arkansas

One of the most dominant arms in college ball in 2021, Kopps dropped to the third round in part due to his age (24) coming out of Arkansas. Still, the right-hander went 12-1 with a 0.90 ERA in 33 appearances (one start) for the Razorbacks this year, striking out an eye-popping 131 batters against just 18 walks in 89 2/3 innings.

Round 4

A run on arms continued with 11 of the first 15 picks of the fourth round coming on the pitcher’s mound, and teams started to move outside of MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects list. Four of the first five picks in the fourth round were unranked, and nine total unranked picks came off the board in the round.

Notable picks

Pick 6 (107th overall), D-backs: Chad Patrick, RHP, Purdue University Northwest

Patrick becomes the first Purdue Northwest player to be drafted since the school’s baseball program started in 2014. The righty was brilliant in the Northwoods League in 2020, then kicked off his 2021 season with 24 1/3 scoreless innings and won Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pitcher of the year accolades.

Pick 9 (110th overall), Angels: Luke Murphy, RHP, Vanderbilt

It’s always news when a Vanderbilt pitcher gets selected, and while Murphy didn’t come with the same focus as starters Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker, he was still a crucial piece of the Commodores’ staff. The righty earned the win in a regional-deciding matchup with Georgia Tech this year, then notched a save against East Carolina in super regional play.

Pick 17 (118th overall), Marlins: Tanner Allen, 1B, Mississippi State

Allen, a 2021 college national champion, is also a three-time draftee. He was taken by the Cubs in the 36th round in 2017 out of high school and two years later by the Rockies in the 34th round as a Draft-eligible sophomore. In 2021, the first baseman upped his stock 30 rounds after batting .383/.456/.621 and posting 11 home runs and 66 RBIs in 67 games for the Bulldogs.

Pick 24 (125th overall), Indians: Ryan Webb, LHP, Georgia

Webb dealt with injuries and adversity in 2021, seeing his season come to an end in May due to an elbow injury after he recovered from COVID-19 earlier in the year. Still, the left-hander did nothing to diminish the Draft stock he built during his first three years with the Bulldogs and showed he could start in his final college season, doing so for all 11 of his outings after making just seven starts in 43 games during his first three campaigns.

Pick 26 (127th overall), Athletics: Denzel Clarke, OF, Cal State Northridge

Clarke was a member of Canada’s U18 national team for the 2017 World Cup in Ontario and is a cousin of Cleveland big league first baseman/outfielder Josh Naylor as well as Naylor’s brother Bo, a Cleveland prospect. The Ontario-born outfielder is the son of an Olympian. His mother, Donna, competed in the heptathlon during the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Round 5

The Draft’s fifth round was heavy on college players, with just four high school selections for the round. Nine of those picks came from the SEC, with another six coming from the ACC.

Notable picks

Pick 3 (135th overall), Tigers: Tanner Kohlhepp, RHP, Notre Dame

Kohlhepp is one of college baseball’s most fascinating resurgent prospects. The big right-hander went to Tennessee out of high school but couldn’t find the strike zone there and pitched only four innings before surfacing at Iowa Western Community College in 2020. Though he still struggled to nail down his command there, he landed with the Irish in 2021 and figured it all out. Kohlhepp pitched in 23 games for Notre Dame this year, making one start and going 7-2 with a 3.08 ERA and 65 strikeouts against 22 walks in 61 1/3 innings.

Pick 7 (139th overall), Royals: Eric Cerantola, RHP, Mississippi State

Being drafted is nothing new to Cerantola, in more ways than one. The righty was selected by the Rays in the 30th round in 2018 before going to Mississippi State for his college career. He was also selected in the eighth round of the Ontario Hockey League draft in 2016. While the 2021 season was a struggle — he posted a 5.71 ERA in 10 games (four starts) — and Cerantola wasn’t on Mississippi State’s College World Series team, his fastball still reaches 100 mph, and his curveball is a plus pitch.

Pick 16 (148th overall), Astros: Quincy Hamilton, OF, Wright State

The 2021 Horizon League Player of the Year, Hamilton was a collegiate teammate of Tyler Black, who went to the Brewers with the 33rd overall pick on Sunday. Hamilton batted .374/.535/.771 in 48 games for the Raiders this season. A center fielder in college, he’ll likely shift to a corner-outfield spot as a pro, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis.

Pick 21 (153rd overall), Yankees: Tyler Hardman, 1B, Oklahoma

After using the pandemic to get into better shape and drop 20 pounds, Hardman returned to Oklahoma and won a Big 12 batting championship by batting .397 with a .481 on-base percentage and .661 slugging percentage in 2021.

Pick 22 (154th overall), Cubs: Liam Spence, SS, Tennessee

The first Australian player taken in the Draft, Spence is the younger brother of former Arizona State standout and Padres pitcher Josh Spence. The younger Spence batted .336 with a .472 on-base percentage and .459 slugging in 65 games for the Volunteers in 2021, drawing 54 walks against 50 strikeouts.

Round 6

Notable picks

Pick 7 (169th overall), Royals: Dayton Dooney, 2B, Central Arizona College

After starting his career with a stellar freshman year at the University of Arizona in 2019, Dooney struggled during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and transferred to Central Arizona, where he helped lead the Vaqueros to the Junior College World Series championship game. Though limited on the basepaths and defensively by a hamstring issue in 2021, the switch-hitting Dooney has an advanced feel at the plate.

Pick 14 (176th overall), Giants: Seth Lonsway, LHP, Ohio State

Lonsway, 22, finished his fourth year of college with the Buckeyes in 2021 after redshirting and missing a season due to a transcript issue. Now, he’s ready for pro ball. The lefty led Division I baseball in strikeout rate with 21 K’s per nine innings in 2020, but he deals with command issues at times. His curveball is his signature pitch, with the offering drawing comparisons to that of former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito.

Pick 18 (180th overall), Reds: Justice Thompson, OF, North Carolina

Thompson’s baseball tools and physical ability could’ve put him in the conversation as a first- or second-round selection, but scouts are down on his spread-out stance and long swing from the right side, according to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report. Formerly at Northwest Florida State JC, the outfielder transferred to North Carolina and had a strong Division I season in 2021, batting .304/.386/.444 for the Tar Heels.

Pick 23 (185th overall), White Sox: Taylor Broadway, RHP, Ole Miss

Broadway returned to Ole Miss with his extra year of eligibility after the pandemic wiped out the 2020 college season. Back with the Rebels, he starred, making 30 appearances on the mound and leading the SEC with 16 saves to go along with his 4-3 record and 3.44 ERA. The right-hander, the son of former professional bowler Danny Broadway, was a two-way player at junior college before arriving in Oxford.

Round 7

Notable picks

Pick 3 (195th overall), Tigers: Brant Hurter, LHP, Georgia Tech

The Tigers have shown an affinity for college arms in recent years and got another one with a potential high ceiling in Hurter. After working with catcher Joey Bart for a season at Georgia Tech, Hurter looked ticketed for a high selection in the 2020 Draft. Then came Tommy John surgery toward the end of the 2019 season, wiping out his entire campaign the next year. After returning to the mound, Hurter looked much the same as he did before the injury, with a big league rotation spot as a very likely future role.

Pick 10 (202nd overall), Mets: Kevin Kendall, SS, UCLA

A three-year starter at UCLA, Kendall was his team’s primary shortstop in 2018 and ‘19 and missed the ‘20 season with an injury before moving to center field in 2021. His strikeout rate dropped in his final collegiate season, which enabled him to lead the Pac-12 in hits per game (1.6) during the 2021 campaign.

Pick 13 (205th overall), Phillies: Christian McGowan, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State JC

Ranked behind Eastern Oklahoma State teammate Andrew Walling, McGowan came off the board first, going to the Phils in the seventh round. The righty “has more athleticism and room to add polish,” according to MLB Pipeline’s evaluation, and he can reach 99 mph with his fastball to go along with a slider and changeup.

Pick 19 (211th overall), Cardinals: Alec Willis, RHP, Regis Jesuit HS (Colo.)

In the first MLB Draft to be held in his hometown, Willis went to the Cardinals in the seventh round. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, the big right-hander has projectability written all over him and can already sit in the low 90s with his fastball velocity. He’s committed to play collegiately at Minnesota if the Cardinals can’t bring him into the fold.

Pick 25 (217th overall), Braves: AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)

A prep teammate of top Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr., Smith-Shawver is currently committed to play college baseball at Texas Tech and could get a look at quarterback for the Red Raiders should he not sign. If he does, Atlanta will get a 6-foot-3 righty who touched 95 mph on the showcase circuit last summer and sat in the low 90s this year during his senior season.

Round 8

Notable picks

Pick 8 (230th overall), Rockies: Robby Martin, OF, Florida State

At 230th overall, the Rockies got MLB Pipeline’s 104th-ranked talent. A freshman All-American from his inaugural campaign with the Seminoles in 2019 after batting .315/.398/.449, the 6-foot-3 Martin bulked up and belted 11 home runs in 54 games this season for FSU.

Pick 10 (232nd overall), Mets: Mike Vasil, RHP, Virginia

Vasil could’ve been a high Draft pick in 2018 as the top prep player out of Massachusetts but told teams he’d rather honor his commitment to the University of Virginia, which he did. During the 2021 season, he was the Cavaliers’ Saturday starter and went 7-5 with a 4.52 ERA. Though his college career wasn’t dominant, his arsenal and feel still excite big league teams, and the Mets will get a righty with high upside.

Pick 24 (246th overall), Indians: Rodney Boone, LHP, UC Santa Barbara

Named Big West Co-Pitcher of the Year with Long Beach State’s Johnathan Lavallee, Boone finished his college career with his best season, going 11-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 16 starts. He doesn’t have the power arm of most pitchers in the modern game, generally sitting in the upper 80s with fastball velocity, but he commands his stuff well, racking up 128 strikeouts against 39 walks in 97 1/3 innings this season.

Pick 27 (249th overall), Twins: Noah Cardenas, C, UCLA

Out of high school, Cardenas went undrafted and was known more for his glove than his bat. He acquitted himself as a fine player at the plate during his three years in the Pac-12 and is still a terrific defensive backstop, throwing out more than half of attempted basestealers during his college career.

Pick 29 (251st overall), Rays: Patrick Wicklander, LHP, Arkansas

Wicklander went through ups and downs during his first two seasons with the Razorbacks, working as his team’s No. 3 starter in a run to the College World Series in 2019, then posting an unsightly 6.32 ERA in four starts in 2020. After being diagnosed with diabetes during the pandemic, Wicklander began 2021 in the bullpen and then made himself into a dominant starter for Arkansas, finishing the year with a 7-1 record and 2.09 ERA in 18 appearances (13 starts).

Round 9

Notable picks

Pick 5 (257th overall) Orioles: Ryan Higgins, 3B, Fresno State

Higgins becomes just the third Fresno State position player to be taken in the first 10 rounds since Taylor Ward was a first-rounder in 2015. The third baseman raked in his third season with the Bulldogs, batting .352/.453/.667 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs in 45 games. Drafted as a third baseman, he’s also played in the outfield.

Pick 11 (263rd overall) Nationals: Cole Quintanilla, RHP, Texas

Quintanilla was the seventh of eight consecutive collegiate players taken by the Nationals. An Austin native, Quintanilla worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the Longhorns in 2021 and was stingy, posting a 1.35 ERA to go with his 5-1 record in 26 outings.

Pick 12 (264th overall) Mariners: Spencer Packard, OF, Campbell

Packard had a strong debut season with the Camels in 2019 but struggled before the pandemic hit in 2020, batting just .164/.387/.236 in 16 games. He was back to form in 2021 with a .371/.488/.629 slash line, including 11 homers and 67 RBIs, and was named an NCBWA Second Team All-American.

Pick 25 (277th overall) Braves: Liam McGill, C, Bryant

As a graduate transfer from Columbia, where he was a three-time All-Ivy League selection, McGill was an ACBA second-team All-American and third-teamer on NCBWA and Baseball America’s All-American lists in 2021. He led all of Division I baseball in batting average (.471) and on-base percentage (.541) for the Bulldogs. McGill’s older brother Shawn played in the Atlanta system from 2010-13, reaching Triple-A Gwinnett. The younger McGill will do the same after being plucked out of Bryant in his home state of Rhode Island in the ninth round.

Pick 28 (280th overall) Padres: Garrett Hawkins, RHP, University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia has produced more than two dozen pro players, but only one has reached the Major Leagues: 2002 ninth overall pick Jeff Francis. Hawkins, listed at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, will try to be the second. The right-hander sits in the low 90s with his fastball velocity and utilizes a changeup and curveball as his best secondary offerings.

Round 10

Notable picks

Pick 11 (293rd overall), Nationals: Darren Baker, 2B, California

If not for J.T. Snow, this pick may never have happened. Yes, that Darren Baker goes to the Nationals in the 10th round. The son of longtime big league player and current Astros manager Dusty Baker was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection after posting career highs in batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.402), hits (73), runs (44), stolen bases (28) and walks (28) in 2021.

Pick 13 (295th overall) Phillies: Logan Cerny, OF, Troy University

Ranked as MLB Pipeline’s No. 173 Draft prospect this year, Cerny had a breakout season in 2021, batting .332/.424/.694 in 51 games for the Trojans.

Pick 30 (312th overall) Dodgers: Michael Hobbs, RHP, St. Mary’s

Hobbs was lethal out of the bullpen for the Gaels in 2021, appearing in 19 games and posting a 0.72 ERA. The right-hander led his staff with six saves and allowed just two earned runs in 25 innings, racking up 28 strikeouts against 10 walks.

USA Basketball falls again, this time 91-83 to Australia

LAS VEGAS (AP) These games don’t count. Right now, that is the only saving grace for USA Basketball.

And for quite probably the first time in 29 years of NBA players suiting up for the national team, there was a smattering of boos when a game ended – on home soil, no less.

Patty Mills scored 22 points and Australia held the U.S. without a field goal for the final 4:34 on the way to beating the Americans 91-83 on Monday night, dropping the three-time defending Olympic gold medalists to 0-2 in their five-game slate of exhibitions leading up to the Tokyo Games.

“I thought we got better tonight,” said U.S. coach Gregg Popovich, whose team lost to Nigeria on Saturday. “After a short time together, there’s a lot of things that have to be covered, but the first half and the second half were two different beasts.

“In the first half, we defended the way we wanted to defend. … We rebounded better. We moved the ball better at the offensive end and had more pace. In the second half, we tired out.”

Joe Ingles scored 17 points, Matisse Thybulle scored 12 and Chris Goulding had 11 for Australia.

“We walked into this game expecting to win,” Ingles said.

Damian Lillard led the U.S. with 22 points, while Kevin Durant scored 17 and Bradley Beal finished with 12. But the Americans wasted a 10-point second-half lead, and have dropped back-to-back games for just the third time since NBA players began wearing the red, white and blue in 1992.

The other instances: two straight in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and two straight in the 2019 Basketball World Cup. The U.S. finished sixth in the first tournament, seventh in the other. And while these are glorified scrimmages, this much is already certain – a medal seems far from a lock for the U.S.

“It’s not the first time that I’ve seen Team USA be tested,” Lillard said. “Maybe not beat two times in a row, but I’ve seen it before. These other teams and these other countries just continue to improve. These players, they get better, they get more confident and they also want to beat us badly. It’s definitely noticeable when you’re on the court.”

Jayson Tatum’s layup with 4:35 left put the Americans up 82-80. Australia scoured the U.S. 11-1 the rest of the way, and Mills – who plays for Popovich in San Antonio – did most of the damage for the Boomers down the stretch.

“I just expect him to do it,” Ingles said of Mills’ big finish. “It’s what he’s done for 12 years. It’s just what he does for our group.”

Favored by 16.5 points before the game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Americans looked the part for much of the first half. A 20-6 run – capped by five points from Select Team call-up Keldon Johnson – put the U.S. up by eight late in the opening quarter, and Lillard closed out his 16-point first half with a 3-pointer 31.7 seconds before intermission that gave the Americans a 46-35 lead.

The halftime lead was nine, the same lead that the U.S. had early in the third quarter against Nigeria before letting it slip away.

And the same thing happened in this one.

The third-quarter lead for the U.S. was as big as 10 and was 58-50 when Lillard made a 3-pointer midway through the period. But Australia closed the quarter on a 19-6 run, Goulding hit a 3-pointer as time expired and Australia took a 69-64 lead into the final 10 minutes.

“We’ll learn from it,” Popovich said.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: DEMON MOORE COMMITS TO INDIANA

Fort Wayne Snider’s Demon “D.J.” Moore committed to play college football at Indiana Monday. Moore is 6’5” and 315 pounds and is considered the #10 ranked player in Indiana. Moore becomes the 10th player to commit to the Indiana football program in the last month.

Moore received offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, and Texas A&M, among others.

IU currently has the No. 20 class in the country, as well as the No. 5 haul in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.

PURDUE LOSES COMMITMENT TO FLORIDA STATE

Marcus Cushnie has left the Boilermakers for Florida State. He made the announcement Sunday on Twitter.

Cushnie is one of the top defensive ends in the FCS at Alabama A&M.

Cushnie committed to Purdue on June 21 but when Florida State had an opening he pounced at the opportunity.

PURDUE SWIMMING: Jinq Becomes Record 9th Boilermaker to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue alumna and All-American Jinq En Phee has officially earned her second bid to the Olympic Games, providing the Southeast Asian Games champion an opportunity to represent Malaysia in the breaststroke events.

Phee is a seven-time medalist at the SEA Games and her winning time of 1:08.50 in the 100-meter breast in December 2019 remained an Olympic Selection Time (B Cut). As Malaysia’s top-ranked female swimmer in the FINA points system, her Olympic bid became official via the universality system. It allows nations to qualify at least one male swimmer and one female swimmer for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Phee will also have an opportunity to race in the 200-meter breast in Tokyo. Universality qualifiers must have at least a B Cut in their top event to be able to race in a second event.

Phee is the ninth Boilermaker to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, establishing a program record while eclipsing the benchmark of eight set five years ago in Rio de Janeiro. However, Phee joins track & field alumna Kara (Patterson) Winger as the only repeat Olympians this year. Winger earned her fourth bid in the javelin for the USA.

Phee is part of even more select company at the pool, joining Gyongyver Lakos (1996 & 2000 for Hungary) and Javier Diaz (2000 & 2004 for Mexico) as the only Purdue swimmers to be multi-year Olympic qualifiers. Nikola Aćin (4×100 free relay for Serbia), Tyler Downs (3-meter diving for USA) and Brandon Loschiavo (10-meter diving for USA) are the other members of Purdue swimming & diving to qualify this year. The four qualifiers is the Boilermakers’ most from the pool at any Olympic Games.

Like Downs this year, Phee first qualified for the Olympics as a teenager the summer before she enrolled at Purdue. As a member of the Malaysian National Team since 2014, her national record in the 100 breast (1:08.65) earned her the 2016 Olympic bid in Rio de Janeiro. She also represented Malaysia in the breaststroke events at the 2015 and 2019 FINA World Championships. Until the COVID-19 postponement of the Olympics, a swimmer had to have competed at the most recent World Championships to be eligible for a universality bid. FINA suspended that rule after the postponement, but it was a moot point in Phee’s case.

At Purdue, Phee became only the second Boilermaker to eclipse one minute in the 100-yard breaststroke, accomplishing the feat four times. Her career-best time of 59.32 helped her earn All-America accolades as a championship finalist in the event at the 2018 NCAA Championships. She also helped Purdue set multiple records in the medley relays. The two-time NCAA Championships qualifier was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and CSCAA Scholar All-American, graduating in May 2020 with a degree in management. She remained in West Lafayette and continued to train at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center after the Olympic postponement, returning to Malaysia in June 2021.

Phee won gold in the 100-meter breast at the SEA Games in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Including a gold in the 50-meter breast, she also won two more medals in 2019 and silver in the 50 breast in 2015 and 2017. She’s believed to be the only swimmer this century to win gold in three consecutive SEA Games in the same breaststroke event. During her international career, she’s also raced at the biennial Asian Games and FINA Swimming World Cup as well as the FINA World Championships.

PURDUE SWIM-DIVE AT THE TOKYO OLYMPICS

First Scheduled Event with Day/Time Converted to Eastern Time

• Jinq En Phee, 100m Breast Prelims – Sunday, July 25 at 7 a.m.

• Nikola Aćin, 4×100 Free Relay Prelims – Sunday, July 25 at 8:10 a.m.

• Tyler Downs, 3-Meter Prelims – Monday, Aug. 2 at 2 a.m.

• Brandon Loschiavo, 10-Meter Prelims – Friday, Aug. 6 at 2 a.m.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Gony Named to First South Sudan Roster

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Less than a week after South Sudan celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its independence, Purdue women’s basketball senior Nyagoa Gony was called up to play for the country for Women’s AfroBasket 2021, starting with Zone 5 Qualification this week. The tournament will mark the first time in history that South Sudan will field a competitive team.

“Never thought I would see the day where I should be able to play for my country,” Gony said in a statement on Instagram. “Thanks to South Sudan Women’s Basketball for the opportunity and amazing training camp. Grateful for the relationships I’ve created with the staff and the players. Sacramento was a success. Next stop Kigali.”

Gony will be the first to wear No. 1 in South Sudan’s history as one of 17 players on the original team. The squad recently spent a week at the Golden 1 Center, the practice facility for the Sacramento Kings, for training camp. Former Duke guard and Sacramento Kings player development coach Lindsay Hardin was tapped back in March to serve as the country’s first head coach.

Gony’s parents, John Wigual Ruach and Elizabeth Riek, escaped the war-torn Sudan and immigrated to the United States before she was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., eventually settling in Lincoln, Neb.

In three seasons at Purdue, Gony has appeared in 58 games with one start, averaging 6.4 minutes per game and shooting 39.5% from the field.

South Sudan’s AfroBasket journey will start in Zone 5 Qualifiers from July 12-17 in Kigali, Rwanda. Only one team out of South Sudan, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will advance to the group stage of Women’s AfroBasket 2021 in Yaounde, Cameroon, starting Sept. 17-26. 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2021 SCHEDULE

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 2021 women’s soccer season is right around the corner as the Notre Dame women’s soccer team announced the upcoming fall schedule Monday afternoon. The Irish have an 18-game regular season schedule on deck with two exhibitions before the season officially kicks off.

Of the 18 games, the Irish will host 11 games at Alumni Stadium with the first contest set for August 10 in a home exhibition against Ohio State. The Irish will have a road exhibition on August 14 against Illinois before the regular season begins.

The Irish open up a two-game homestand with the season opener against Bowling Green on August 19 and then close the weekend out with an inter-state battle against Indiana on August 22.

Notre Dame hits the road for a two-game swing up in Wisconsin the following weekend. They take on the Badgers on August 26 followed by a Sunday matinee against Marquette on August 29.

Four of the next five games are at home for the Irish as they take on Missouri (9/2), Detroit Mercy (9/9), Brown (9/16) and then the ACC opener against Syracuse (9/18). The lone road match during that stretch is against Missouri on September 5.

For the second season in a row, the Irish will travel to South Beach as they take on Miami in Coral Gables on September 23. They close the weekend out with a Sunday matinee against Boston College on September 26.

The Irish hit the road on October 1 to face off with NC State before returning home for two more home matchups. The Irish will host Louisville (10/7) and Clemson (10/10) at Alumni Stadium.

A three-game ACC road swing awaits the Irish with matchups against Virginia (10/17), Duke (10/21) and North Carolina (10/24). The regular season finale will be back at Alumni Stadium against Wake Forest on October 28.

Following the regular season, the top-8 teams will qualify for the ACC Tournament that begins on October 31 at campus sites. The semifinals and finals will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC on November 5 and 7.

2021 Irish Schedule

8/10      vs. Ohio State (Ex.)     1 p.m.

8/14     at. Illinois (Ex.)            4 p.m.

8/19     vs. Bowling Green        7 p.m.

8/22     vs. Indiana                    1 p.m.

8/26     at Wisconsin                 8:30 p.m.

8/29     at Marquette                1 p.m.

9/2        vs. Purdue                    7 p.m.

9/5        at Missouri                   1 p.m.

9/9        vs. Detroit                     7 p.m.

9/12      vs. Brown                      1 p.m.

9/18      vs. Syracuse                  7 p.m.

9/23      at Miami                       7 p.m.

9/26      vs. Boston College       1 p.m.

10/1       at NC State                   7 p.m.

10/7       vs. Louisville                7 p.m.

10/10     vs. Clemson                  1 p.m.

10/17     at Virginia                     1 p.m.

10/21     at Duke                          7 p.m.

10/24    at North Carolina         1 p.m.

10/28    vs. Wake Forest            7 p.m.

10/31    ACC Championships    TBD

Purdue Fort Wayne WBB Announces Signing Class

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball head coach Maria Marchesano has announced that SylareStarks (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead / Detroit Mercy), Arieonna Ware (Battle Creek, Mich. / Battle Creek Central) and Shianne Johnson (Killeen, Texas / Killeen / Weber State) will be joining the Mastodon program for the 2021-22 season.


Sylare Starks is a 5-foot-9 guard that started in 42 of her 44 games in her two seasons at Detroit Mercy. In her first season, she was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.1 points per game and grabbing 2.6 rebounds per game. She upped her boards to 3.0 per game as a sophomore. In 2020-21, she recorded double-digit points three times, including a season-high 18 at Michigan State.

A graduate of Homestead High School in 2019, Starks played two years at Concordia Lutheran and two at Homestead. She was a three-time First Team All-Conference player and a two-time Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association All-State Second Team honoree. Starks set Concordia Lutheran records as a sophomore by recording the most 3-pointers made and the highest 3-point shooting percentage. She led Homestead to a Summit Athletic Conference regular season title as a junior, then followed it up with a 25-5 campaign and a regional championship berth in her senior season. She was one of six players ever in Indiana to be named All-Area at two different schools.

“Sylare gives us some size and strength at the guard position with a natural ability to score the ball in a multitude of ways,” Marchesano said. “She clearly has had some success in the Horizon League and we are excited to watch her grow even more as a Mastodon.”

Arieonna Ware, a 5-foot-10 guard, comes to Purdue Fort Wayne after setting Battle Creek Central’s career, single-season and single-game scoring records. After leading the Bearcats to the district title in her junior season, she was named to the All-State First Team. Ware also picked up All-State Second Team honors as a sophomore and was All-Conference First Team as a freshman. In addition to her play at Battle Creek Central, she also played club ball for West Michigan Drive.

“I am very excited to add Arieonna to our family,” Marchesano said. “She brings a lot of versatility to both ends of the floor and clearly knows how to score both inside and out. She is one of the best players ever to come out of Battle Creek and will have a great opportunity to have an immediate impact here in Fort Wayne.”

Shianne Johnson, a 5-foot-8 guard, spent three years at Division I Big Sky member Weber State. She started her career in 2017-18, in which she was a key reserve for the Wildcat squad that went 21-11. The Wildcats earned a berth to the Women’s Basketball Invitational and defeated Texas Southern in the opening round. As a sophomore at Weber State, she moved into a starting role, with 24 starts in 27 games, and averaged 23 minutes and 6.3 points per game.

At Killeen High School, she averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She was named the Offensive MVP and picked up All-Region and All-District honors. She played club ball for the Austin Elite.

“Shianne brings a lot of experience to our young squad,” Marchesano said. “She is a versatile guard that is going to increase our athleticism on the perimeter. We are excited she is joining our family.”

Starks, Ware and Johnson will be joining the Purdue Fort Wayne program for the team’s first season under the direction of head coach Marchesano in 2021-22.

Bryce Walker Invited to USA Volleyball Men’s U21 National Training Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Purdue Fort Wayne middle blocker Bryce Walker was selected as one of the 21 members of the USA U21 National Training Team, USA Volleyball announced.

Walker, who was also selected for the 2020 U21 team, played in 14 matches in his freshman campaign at Purdue Fort Wayne. The 2020 U21 team did not compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 program will run from July 28 until August 5 in Anaheim, California. The 21 selected student-athletes will be coached by Kevin Burch (Ohio State), Jonah Carson (MVVC), Pat Shawaryn (Princeton), Virginia Pham (US) and Todd Faulds (NTDP).

The training session, which will take place at the National Teams Training Center, will coincide with the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and players will be encouraged to watch the matches.

Because these teams will not compete internationally in 2021, USA Volleyball has invited the U19 programs from Bulgaria, Canada, and Puerto Rico to attend and help create a strong international friendly experience.

Walker recorded 64 kills and 43 blocks as a freshman, including a season-high 11 kills at Lewis and six blocks against Quincy and at Lindenwood.

ANDERSON TRACK: Women’s Track & Field: Smatlak Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year by HCAC

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Smatlak Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year by HCAC

Anderson University women’s track and field standout Emily Smatlak was selected as one of two student-athletes to be nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

“This is a fantastic award for Emily Smatlak to receive,” Coach Sol Stephens said. “As I’ve said before, she is the epitome of what a teammate is and should be. For the entire HCAC to acknowledge her is beyond words. They’ve seen her fill whatever role needed for the program to the best of her ability week in and week out for three years. Also, this shows the grit behind the scenes and scoresheets of the type of spectacular kids we’ve been blessed to have in our program. This award makes us all proud.”

“I feel very honored to be selected to represent our conference among so many great student-athletes across our conference and NCAA Division III,” Smatlak added. “I am especially proud to have the opportunity to represent AU as I have been blessed with a supportive track team community and fantastic coaches, both of which have helped me grow in so many different ways. I am confident that the skills and mentality that I have developed through track will be very useful in the coming years.”

Smatlak boasts a decorated athletic career at Anderson to go with an outstanding academic career.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Anderson with a degree in National Security Studies and Psychology with a cumulative grade point average of 3.93. On the athletic side, Smatlak captured 18th in the javelin in two different NCAA Championships, once during the 2019 season and again in 2021, with a throw of 36.95 meters (121 feet, 2.75 inches). In the 2021 season she also fired the javelin a school-record distance of 42.10 meters (138 feet, 1.5 inches) to rank 14th in the nation. She secured the HCAC Field Athlete of the Week three times in 2021 and was also honored with the same award as a sophomore.

Smatlak earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors in two different seasons (2019, 2021) and was twice named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual (2019, 2021). She received six Academic All-HCAC honors, was a member of the Dean’s List every semester in attendance at Anderson and was named to the HCAC Sportsmanship Team four different seasons. Smatlak has also served her community in several different capacities, with over 1,450 hours of community service reported over her career at Anderson.

The NCAA is scheduled to announce its top 30 candidates for NCAA Woman of the Year in September, which will consist of the top 10 nominees in each division.

VALPO TENNIS: Valpo Tennis Continues Excellence in Classroom as ITA Announces Academic Awards

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The Valparaiso University tennis team continued to receive recognition for its outstanding performance in the classroom on Monday as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its Scholar-Athletes and All-Academic Teams.

Valpo was recognized as an All-Academic Team again this season by virtue of finishing with a team grade point average of 3.2 or above. In addition, all seven current members of the program received ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

The following individuals were recognized with ITA Scholar-Athlete Awards for posting GPAs of 3.5 or above during the 2020-2021 academic year: Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic), Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill), Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake), Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) and Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia).

Valpo finished with a 3.71 team GPA during the spring semester, the highest of any team in Valpo Athletics. The group owns a 3.61 cumulative grade point average and garnered a 3.72 GPA for the 2020-21 year (both semesters). All eight members of the 2020-21 team owned GPAs of 3.0 or above and all seven returning players had GPAs of 3.5 or better. Every member of the program was also named to the Missouri Valley Conference Academic Honor Roll, which was released last week. 

Zach Johnson tests positive, list of British Open WDs grows

SANDWICH, England (AP) Former champion Zach Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus before getting on a charter flight to the British Open, forcing him to join the growing list of withdrawals and ending his streak at playing 69 consecutive majors.

The R&A said Johnson, who played in the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday, and local qualifier Louis de Jager of South Africa had positive COVID-19 tests and withdrew.

Ryan Moore, runner-up at the John Deere Classic, chose not to accept the exemption as the highest finisher among the top five who wasn’t already in the British Open. Instead of the spot going to Luke List, who tied for third, it went to Adam Long as next available on the reserve list.

Johnson, who won the claret jug at St. Andrews in 2015 after a three-way playoff, missed the Masters in his rookie year on the PGA Tour in 2004. He played in every major since then until the British Open.

Players at the John Deere were tested before the charter flight to England.

That brings to 16 the number of players who have withdrawn or chosen not to take their spots in the field for the 149th edition of golf’s oldest championship.

The British Open was the only major to be canceled last year because of the pandemic. It returns under strict protocols by the UK government, and some instituted by the R&A, such as prohibiting players from staying with anyone except their own small core of people.

Johnson did not play the third or fourth round with any other player who is at the British Open.

The latest players to withdraw were replaced by Long, Sam Horsfield of England and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa.

The field already is missing seven players from the top 75 in the world, unusual for a major.

Some had no choice. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama at No. 18 was the highest-ranked player to withdraw. He had a positive COVID-19 test on July 2 during the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and while he has gone through 10 days of self-isolation without symptoms, his tests keep coming back positive.

The PGA Tour had this issue a year ago with positive tests. U.S. health officials said PCR tests can pick up remnants of the virus even though it is no longer active. But under UK guidelines, Matsuyama would need to produce a negative test.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson said he came in contact with a person who had a positive COVID-19 test and withdrew. Under the R&A requirements sent to players on June 22, anyone who is identified as a contact has to self-isolate and be withdrawn.

Other players cited international travel requirements (Kevin Na) or an emphasis on preparing instead for the Olympics (Sungjae Im, Siwoo Kim, Juvic Pagunsan). The men’s competition in the Tokyo Olympics starts 11 days after the British Open ends.

Prosecutor to review goalie Kivlenieks’ fireworks death

NOVI, Mich. (AP) Police in Michigan have turned over their investigation into the fireworks death of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to a prosecutor for review.

The Novi Police Department has not requested charges in Kivlenieks’ Fourth of July death, Lt. Jason Meier said Monday.

“Due to the high-profile nature, we wanted an extra set of eyes (on the case),” said Meier, adding that the police investigation was complete unless otherwise directed by the Oakland County prosecutor’s office.

Kivlenieks’ death still is considered accidental, Meier said.

The 24-year-old died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast. Police have said the firework at a private home northwest of Detroit tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and was trying to move out of the way of the firework when he was struck.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Kivlenieks most recently represented Latvia this spring at the world hockey championship in which he played four games. This past season, he played two games for the Blue Jackets and eight for the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.

A native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in May 2017 and played eight games for the club overall.

Blackhawks trade Keith to Oilers for Jones, 3rd-rounder

CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith is heading to the Edmonton Oilers in the latest departure of a cornerstone player from the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup core, a move that could help the club speed up a long-term rebuild.

Chicago traded Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, to Edmonton on Monday along with minor league forward Tim Soderlund for young defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional 2022 third-round draft pick.

Keith asked the Blackhawks for a trade to Western Canada to be closer to his 8-year-old son, Colton, after they spent long stretches apart last season.

“I knew I didn’t want to go those long periods of time without seeing him,” Keith said on a video conference call. “That was a huge thing for me, and I just felt like the Edmonton Oilers – right now it was a good fit, a great fit and I’m excited to start this new chapter of my career.”

No salary was retained in the first blockbuster trade of the NHL offseason since the Stanley Cup Final ended last week. Keith has two years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit just over $5.5 million. He turns 38 on Friday.

“You can retain up to 50%. If we were getting Duncan Keith at $2.75 (million), the price would’ve been a lot higher than it was today,” Oilers general manager Ken Holland said. “If we wanted to lower salary, we would have to put more assets with our offer.”

The 2022 pick becomes a second-rounder if Edmonton reaches next year’s Stanley Cup Final and Keith is among the top four Oilers defensemen in total ice time through three rounds. Asked what he had left in the tank, Keith said: “I feel like I have a lot. … We’ll see what happens when we get on the ice.”

Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said in a release announcing the deal that Keith “will go down as one of the best and most driven defensemen this game has ever seen.”

Keith is the latest member of Chicago’s three-time Cup-winning core to depart while the embattled Blackhawks attempt to rebuild their roster amid an investigation into sexual assault allegations from their 2010 championship run.

Longtime defense partner Brent Seabrook announced his retirement in March because of injuries. Blue-line staple Niklas Hjalmarsson was traded to Arizona in 2017. Captain Jonathan Toews said he expects to play in 2021-22 after missing this past season with an illness.

“Life rolls on,” Keith said. “It’s tough to leave Chicago. I’ve been there for 16 seasons, I was drafted there. It’s a great organization. We were always treated first class as players and were really part of kind of a transformation of that team and I just feel grateful to have been a part of it and play with so many great players.”

Jones just turned 24 and has 95 regular-season and playoff games of NHL experience. The brother of Columbus defenseman Seth Jones is under contract through next season at a salary of $850,000, slightly above the league minimum.

Judge questions treatment of suspended horse trainer Baffert

NEW YORK (AP) A New York judge was sympathetic Monday to horse trainer Bob Baffert’s claims that his May suspension by the New York Racing Association – after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a postrace drug test – was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon at a Brooklyn hearing repeatedly pressed a lawyer for the racing association to explain why the suspension was issued before Baffert was given a chance to defend himself.

Henry Greenberg, arguing on behalf of the racing association, said Baffert will get a hearing after the association announces the length of his suspension by Aug. 11.

“Isn’t that a little too late?” the judge asked, noting that the duration will be announced months after he was suspended. “The problem I have, counsel, is that he was suspended and it’s up in the air.”

She said the racing association attacked his credibility as it issued the suspension, but never gave him the chance to speak on his own behalf about what happened.

“How does that comply with due process?” the judge asked.

At another point, Amon said: “You just sent him a letter saying, ‘You’re out,’ with no due process whatsoever.”

Greenberg repeatedly said the NYRA, which operates Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga Race Course, took the action to protect the integrity of the sport.

He said the association had to act fast because the Belmont Stakes, the third prong of horse racing’s Triple Crown, was fast approaching in early June.

The lawyer noted that the Kentucky Derby test was the fifth time in the past year that a horse trained by Baffert tested positive for drugs.

“Rarely in the history of the sport has there been such a confluence of drug positives involving so prominent a trainer,” association lawyers wrote in court papers.

In Baffert’s lawsuit last month seeking to get the suspension lifted, the Hall of Famer contended he was suspended without “any prior notice” and was not told the duration or terms of the suspension or any New York state law or regulation he might have violated.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Amon did not immediately rule.

Arguing on Baffert’s behalf, attorney W. Craig Robertson III said it was unfair of the racing association to suspend his client without the completion of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding what he called the “alleged test” on Medina Spirit.

Robertson said it was possible that traces of betamethasone were found in the horse’s system as a result of an ointment applied to the horse to treat a skin rash three weeks before the race. The unregulated ointment, he said, contained betamethasone.

Churchill Downs suspended Baffert for two years after an additional drug test of Medina Spirit confirmed betamethasone in the horse’s system. Baffert cannot enter any horses in the Kentucky Derby or other races at the storied Louisville track through the spring of 2023.

Robertson contended that the New York suspension would be the “death knell” to Baffert’s training business because New York’s Saratoga Race Course, which reopens Thursday, is a pivotal stop for a young horse destined for greatness.

He said a top horse farm in Kentucky had already taken two prize horses from Baffert’s care and another producer of elite horses was considering finding another trainer if Baffert cannot enter horses in New York races.

Outside court, Baffert and his lawyers declined comment after the hearing.

Ex-NBC analyst Pierre McGuire joins Senators front office

(AP) — Pierre McGuire’s knowledge of where seemingly everyone in the NHL played pee-wee, junior or college hockey will now go to use in a setting far more private than national television.

The longtime NBC Sports analyst returned to his team front office roots Monday, joining the Ottawa Senators as senior vice president of player development.

The Senators hope he will be able to take more than a decade stationed between NHL benches and turn it into information that ends their playoff drought and makes them a contender again.

“With his TV experience, you go in there and you’re unbiased all the teams and he comes in here and he’s unbiased,” general manager Pierre Dorion said on a video call with reporters. “Him coming in here with his unbiased views, I think, is going to be really helpful for us making proper decisions, and he’ll be someone that obviously has a lot of input in a lot of the decisions that we’re going to make moving forward.”

McGuire was one of the faces of NBC Sports’ hockey coverage since 2006, often serving as the between-the-benches analyst. Before that, he worked for TSN in Canada and did color commentary for Montreal Canadiens radio broadcasts.

The 59-year-old will try to make the transition back to management as smoothly as possible, using his experience away to offer a different perspective.

“When you do the TV job that I had the privilege of doing for over 20 years, you get to see a lot behind the scenes of what works with each organization in the league and what doesn’t work, what players are trending up, what players are trending down,” McGuire said. “I’ve been around it so long and when you work inside the glass or between the benches, however you want to describe it, you’re in the game.”

McGuire’s experience is similar to when John Davidson left TV to take over as president of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues in 2006 or even Brian Burke returning from a brief broadcasting stint to run the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey operations department this year. He doesn’t think there will be a big adjustment period, and advice from Davidson, now back with Columbus, and Burke should help.

But McGuire also has his own experience to lean on. He was a Senators pro scout between 1994-96 before going into radio and TV. He won the Stanley Cup twice as a Pittsburgh scout and assistant in the early 1990s and went on to be assistant general manager and coach of the Hartford Whalers.

“His experience will be instrumental as we continue to build an elite team,” owner Eugene Melynk said in a statement. “Pierre’s knowledge of the game and its players is highly regarded, and I am confident that he will positively assist our team as it progresses to the next level.”

Dorion called it a “no-brainer” to bring in someone with McGuire’s knowledge and experience. But Dorion is also in the final year of his contract, McGuire said he has turned down other NHL job offers over the past decade and the question was posed if the current GM is worried if his replacement was just hired.

“Not at all,” Dorion said. “I think and I hope to be here for the long term, and I hope that Pierre McGuire is a part of my team for the long term.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1896       Phillies outfielder Ed Delahanty hits four home runs in one game in a 9-8 loss to the hometown Colts. All of the future Hall of Famer’s quartet of round-trippers at the West Side Grounds are the inside-the-park variety.

1922       Cardinal right-hander Bill Doak loses his no-hitter when he forgets to cover first base, turning Curt Walker’s seventh-inning grounder to first baseman Jack Fournier into an infield hit. The Redbirds’ star spitballer settles for a one-hitter, his second of the season, and a 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Sportsman’s Park.

1934       Babe Ruth, in the top of the third inning at Detroit’s Navin Field, wallops Tommy Bridges’ 3-2 pitch far over the right-field wall for his 700th career home run. The 4-2 victory over the Tigers puts the Yankees back into first place, but Lou Gehrig will be helped off the field in the first frame, suffering a severe bout of lumbago.

1940       In a twin bill against St. Louis, Joe DiMaggio hits three homers and drives in nine runs. The Yankee outfielder’s offensive outburst contributes to the Bronx Bombers’ sweep of the Browns in New York, 10-4 and 12-6.

1943       Thanks to a three-run home run by Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All-Star Game, 5-3. In a game broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio, Pirates’ outfielder Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit, hitting a single, triple, and home run.

1948       At Sportsman’s Park, the American League defeats the National League for the 11th time in 15 All-Star contests, 5-2. Vic Raschi pitches three scoreless innings to pick up the win and hits a two-run single as well.

1954       In front of 68,752 fans, the second-largest crowd in the history of Midsummer Classic, the NL and AL combine to hit an All-Star record six home runs in the Junior Circuit’s 11-9 victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Indians’ third baseman Al Rosen, hitting with a broken finger, accounts for two of the round-trippers, helping the American League to snap a four-game losing streak.

1954       At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Senators hurler Dean Stone does not deliver a pitch but gets the win in the American League’s 11-9 All-Star victory. The Senators’ southpaw throws out Red Schoendienst trying to steal home in the eighth inning for the third out before facing his first batter in relief.

1956       At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks plays in his 394th consecutive contest to tie Al Simmons’ mark for straight games played after breaking in as a rookie. Mr. Cub’s single drives in the decisive run in the Cubs’ 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

1960       The Yankee Stadium hosts the All-Star Game, the second played in three days. The contest marks the return of Willie Mays to New York as the San Francisco Giants superstar goes 3-for-4, including a homer and a single off American League starter Whitey Ford, pacing the National League to a 6-0 victory.

1962       Tying a major league mark, Orioles catcher Charlie Lau hits four doubles in Baltimore’s 10-3 victory over the Indians at Memorial Stadium. The future hitting guru’s quartet of two-baggers also establishes a new team record.

1962       Rookie right-hander Cal Koonce one-hits the Reds, yielding only a fourth-inning single to Don Blasingame in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The hit by the Cincinnati second baseman marks the first of four times, one shy of the major league record shared by Cesar Tovar and Eddie Milner, that he will collect his team’s only hit in a game.

1963       At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to record his 300th victory when the Indians down the Kansas City A’s, 7-4. The win will be the future Hall of Famer’s last in the major leagues, and he will finish his 23-year career with a 300-244 record.

1965       For the first time in All-Star history, the National League takes the lead in games won over the American League as the Senior Circuit edges the junior loop, 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.

1966       After being released by Houston earlier in the month, 39 year-old Robin Roberts signs as a free agent with the Cubs. The right-hander will finish the season 2-3 for his new team, ending his 19 year Hall of Fame career with 286 victories.

1971       Frank Robinson, who hit a two-run home run in the Midsummer Classic, is named the MVP of the contest won by the American League at Tiger Stadium, 6-4. The Orioles right fielder joins teammate Brooks Robinson as the second player to be named the Most Valuable Player of a league (1961-NL, 1966-AL), a World Series (1966), and an All-Star Game.

1971       In a game featuring six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the NL, 6-4, the Junior Circuit’s only win from 1963 to 1982. All the players who homer, J. Bench, H. Aaron, R. Clemente, F. Robinson, H. Killebrew, and Reggie will become members of the Hall of Fame.

1972       The Cardinals waste no time in blanking the Braves, 2-0, behind the two-hit pitching performance of Reggie Cleveland at Busch Stadium. The contest, which lasts only 93 minutes, is the quickest nine-inning game in Redbird history.

1973       At Atlanta Stadium, Hal Breeden of the Expos becomes only the second major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. In 1943, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin accomplished the feat in a twin bill against the Philadelphia A’s.

1973       Bobby Murcer hits three homers off Gene Garber that account for all RBIs in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Royals. The Friday the Thirteenth contest at Yankee Stadium takes only one hour and 51 minutes to play.

1976       The last segment of Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, is demolished when the corner tower and its domed cupola of the A’s and Phillies’ former home come down. In 1991, the Deliverance Evangelistic Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation, will construct a church building on the site.

1976       At Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Tiger right-hander Mark Fidrych becomes only the second rookie pitcher to start an All-Star Game, joining freshman Senator Dave Stenhouse, the starter of the second ASG in 1962. George Foster, one of seven Reds position players on the team, is named the MVP of the 7-1 National League victory over the Junior Circuit, who have dropped 13 of the last 14 of the Midsummer Classics.

1977       With New York third baseman Lenny Randle at the plate in the sixth inning, Shea Stadium goes dark when the Big Apple suddenly experiences a blackout. Before the suspension of the game against the Cubs, the Mets’ players drive their cars onto the field, amusing the crowd by performing various antics in front of the headlights..

1982       In the first All-Star Game played outside the United States, the National League cruises to its 11th straight win, beating the American League at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, 4-1. Dave Concepcion’s second-inning two-run homer off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley proves to be the turning point.

1984       The Yankees retire Roger Maris’s (#9) and Elston Howard’s (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers.

1988       After replacing John McNamara as the Red Sox manager, Joe Morgan makes an excellent first impression when the team wins nineteen of the first twenty games with him at the helm. Boston will finish the season with an 89-73 record, finishing first in the American League East before losing to Oakland in the ALCS.

1990       Dave Johnson retires 27 of the last 29 batters he faces but loses his complete-game effort to Minnesota, 3-1. The Oriole starter’s undoing is a two-run home run hit by John Moses in the first, an inning that takes the right-hander 33 pitches to complete, compared to the 83 tosses he will make during the rest of the Memorial Stadium contest.

1991       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, four Oriole hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter, blanking the A’s, 2-0. Starting pitcher Bob Milacki holds the home team hitless for the first six innings, followed by Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson, who all throw one inning of no-hit ball.

1993       In a game best remembered for John Kruk’s non-at-bat against fireballer Randy Johnson, the AL All-Stars beat the NL rivals at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, 9-3. As the Phillies’ first baseman flails at the Big Unit’s fastballs comically, Kirby Puckett’s double and home run earn the Twins outfielder the Midsummer Classic’s MVP Award.

1997       Casey Candaele flies out to left field in his last major league at-bat, ending his nine-year career with the Expos, Astros, and Indians with a .250 batting average. The utilityman’s mom, Helen Callaghan, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, finished her big league career with a .257 lifetime average playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Fort Wayne Daisies.

1999       At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez, with the two All-Star pitching squads combining for a record 22 strikeouts, whiffs five of the first six batters he faces in the 70th Midsummer Classic. Before the American League’s 4-1 victory over the Senior Circuit, the players pay an impromptu emotional on-field tribute to an aging Ted Williams.

2004       Having earned the All-Star MVP award as a 23 year-old for pitching three perfect innings at the Astrodome in 1986, the 41 year-old Roger Clemens gives up six runs during the first inning of the 75th Midsummer Classic. Before the start of the fifth inning of the American League’s eventual 9-4 victory at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, the much chagrined ‘Rocket’ receives the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in recognition of his outstanding 21-year career.

2006       In an eight-player deal, the Nationals send pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, and Daryl Thompson, along with infielders Brendan Harris and Royce Clayton to the Reds in exchange for outfielder Austin Kearns, shortstop Felipe Lopez, and right-hander Ryan Wagner. Washington’s GM Jim Bowden, formerly with Cincinnati, is familiar with all his new acquisitions, having played a role in their presence with the Reds.

2009       On the day before the All-Star Game, acting GM Mike Rizzo, citing the team has underachieved, announces the Nationals have fired Manny Acta. Washington names bench coach and former major league manager Jim Riggleman as the interim skipper of the 26-61 club.

2009       At Busch Stadium, Prince Fielder outslugs Rangers’ outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round, 6-5, to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. The Brewers’ first baseman’s power surge included a stunning shot estimated to have traveled over 500 feet.

2010       The National League wins its first All-Star Game since 1996, beating their AL rivals at Angel Stadium, 3-1. Braves catcher Brian McCann, the Midsummer Classic’s MVP, hits a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to break the Senior Circuit’s 14-year drought.

2012       Zack Greinke becomes the first pitcher to start three consecutive games in the same season since Red Faber turned the hat trick with the White Sox in 1917. The Brewer right-hander, the starting pitcher in the team’s final game before the All-Star break due to his ejection for arguing a call at first base after throwing just four pitches the day before, makes it three straight starts when he takes the mound to begin the second half of the season.

2013       Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum hurls the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, the seventh since the team shifted to San Francisco in 1958, when he blanks the Padres, 9-0, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd at Petco Park. The ‘Freak’ throws 148 pitches en route to his history-making performance, the second most ever needed to accomplish the task.

2014       Backstop Buster Posey and southpaw Madison Bumgarner become the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game, accounting for all the runs in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The left-hander’s grand salami marks only the second time that a hurler has hit two in a season, a feat also accomplished by Tony Cloninger, who hit both his four-baggers during the same game in 1966.

2017       The defending World Champion Cubs, presently 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central, acquire the White Sox No. 1 starter Jose Quintana for highly-rated prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease plus minor league infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose. The deal marks the first time the crosstown rivals had swapped players since 2006 when the White Sox sent Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5536.60428 – 1927 – 1721 – 1012 – 611 – 165 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5337.5891.528 – 1725 – 2024 – 148 – 413 – 156 – 4L 1
Toronto4542.517819 – 2026 – 2221 – 224 – 67 – 124 – 6W 1
NY Yankees4643.517823 – 2223 – 2117 – 2413 – 612 – 75 – 5L 1
Baltimore2861.3152613 – 3015 – 3111 – 244 – 1611 – 143 – 7L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5435.60731 – 1423 – 2113 – 730 – 157 – 107 – 3W 5
Cleveland4542.517824 – 1921 – 237 – 1026 – 165 – 93 – 7W 3
Detroit4051.4401521 – 2219 – 294 – 518 – 3013 – 114 – 6L 4
Minnesota3950.4381522 – 2517 – 256 – 720 – 239 – 166 – 4W 4
Kansas City3653.4041821 – 2215 – 318 – 1217 – 275 – 113 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5536.60429 – 1926 – 1716 – 1212 – 625 – 137 – 3W 1
Oakland5240.5653.527 – 2225 – 1813 – 1312 – 219 – 204 – 6W 2
Seattle4843.527729 – 2019 – 2313 – 812 – 1319 – 146 – 4L 1
LA Angels4544.506926 – 2019 – 2411 – 1113 – 715 – 227 – 3W 1
Texas3555.38919.522 – 2513 – 3011 – 108 – 1114 – 234 – 6L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4740.54028 – 1419 – 2619 – 189 – 914 – 66 – 4L 1
Philadelphia4444.5003.524 – 1620 – 2820 – 2212 – 66 – 97 – 3W 2
Atlanta4445.494424 – 2220 – 2323 – 2316 – 93 – 36 – 4L 1
Washington4247.472624 – 2218 – 2517 – 169 – 108 – 172 – 8L 4
Miami3950.438922 – 2117 – 2917 – 176 – 1314 – 105 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5339.57627 – 2126 – 188 – 1124 – 1719 – 64 – 6L 3
Cincinnati4842.533423 – 2025 – 226 – 425 – 1310 – 208 – 2W 3
Chi Cubs4446.489828 – 1716 – 2911 – 1420 – 2110 – 72 – 8L 1
St. Louis4446.489823 – 1821 – 2814 – 1315 – 1813 – 105 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh3456.3781819 – 2515 – 318 – 1011 – 267 – 135 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5732.64030 – 1327 – 1913 – 712 – 623 – 147 – 3W 4
LA Dodgers5635.615230 – 1426 – 2113 – 710 – 1024 – 126 – 4W 2
San Diego5340.570633 – 1920 – 216 – 816 – 1423 – 174 – 6L 2
Colorado4051.4401831 – 179 – 345 – 811 – 1617 – 246 – 4W 2
Arizona2666.28332.515 – 2811 – 388 – 157 – 1311 – 314 – 6L 2

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
Philadelphia13553161243-1-22-4-120
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
Columbus12453131123-2-01-3-317
D.C.12516171434-0-21-1-416
Atlanta122731315-22-3-00-4-313
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Chicago123271318-53-2-30-0-411
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle13850238155-3-03-2-029
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Colorado11623181264-1-12-1-220
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
Minnesota124351216-43-1-21-2-315
Houston133641619-33-3-00-3-415
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511
Vancouver122371222-102-0-30-3-49

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L