MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCORES
SEATTLE 8 SAN DIEGO 2
BALTIMORE 7 TEXAS 6 (10)
DETROIT 4 CLEVELAND 1
BOSTON 4 TAMPA BAY 0
HOUSTON 7 KANSAS CITY 6
DETROIT 5 CLEVELAND 3
MINNESOTA 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 (10)
OAKLAND 5 TORONTO 1
MIAMI 3 WASHINGTON 2 (10)
MILWAUKEE 5 CHICAGO CUBS 2 (10)
ARIZONA 8 SAN FRANCISCO 3
NY METS 7 CINCINNATI 4
ATLANTA 6 ST. LOUIS 3
LA DODGERS 5 COLORADO 3
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCORES
INDIANAPOLIS 5 IOWA 4 (10)
LAKE COUNTY 6 FORT WAYNE 0
WISCONSIN 9 SOUTH BEND 1
LOS ANGELES 78 PHOENIX 75
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCORES
DC 5 ORLANDO 3
AUSTIN 3 COLORADO 2
INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
JULY 8, FRIDAY: 6 P.M., VS. CHARLOTTE, ESPN2
JULY 10, SUNDAY: 3 P.M., VS. SACRAMENTO, ESPN
JULY 12, TUESDAY: 9 P.M., VS. DETROIT, NBA TV
JULY 15, FRIDAY: 9 P.M., VS. WASHINGTON, ESPN2
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
AUG. 27, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. TAMPA BAY, 7:30 P.M.
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Nimmo, Lindor homer as first-place Mets beat Reds 7-4
CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor homered, helping the New York Mets beat the lowly Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Monday night.
Taijuan Walker (7-2) struck out nine in six innings as NL East-leading New York earned its second straight win after a stretch of four losses in five games. The Mets improved to 50-30, and ace right-hander Max Scherzer returns Tuesday night after being sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle.
“With Max coming back right at the halfway point, that’s a good sign,” Nimmo said. “I’d say given what’s happened in the first half of the season, we’d be pretty happy if you told us at the beginning of the year we’d be at 50 wins at this point. We’ve had a good first half.”
Nick Senzel and Brandon Drury homered for last-place Cincinnati, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
The Mets got some good swings against hard-throwing rookie Hunter Greene.
Nimmo hit a towering three-run drive in the second. The Mets are 39-9 this season when scoring first.
“I was able to capitalize on a couple of sliders that he left in the middle of the plate,” Nimmo said. “Glad I was able to help with the win tonight.”
In the third, Drury drove an 0-1 pitch from Walker deep to right for a tying three-run shot. The opposite-field homer was Drury’s career-best 17th. He was with the Mets last season, but only had 84 at-bats.
It was a rare mistake for Walker, who is making a case for a spot on the NL All-Star team.
“It was hot, so definitely tired,” Walker said. “The offense picked me up after I gave up the three-run home run. I was able to settle in. My splitter wasn’t very good today, but I was able to get my slider going.”
Lindor put the Mets ahead with his 14th homer, a solo drive on a 99-mph pitch from Greene in the fifth. It was the major league-leading 22nd homer allowed by Greene (3-10) this season.
“We were trying to go outside on Lindor and it leaked back to the middle and he got it,” Greene said. “On the previous home run, I threw it right into his bat path. It was a poor slider.”
Dominic Smith’s two-run double off Reiver Sanmartin in the sixth handed the Mets a three-run cushion.
“It’s one thing to have Dom back, it’s another thing to have him be productive,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.
Walker was charged with three runs and four hits. Seth Lugo pitched the ninth for his third save.
The game-time temperature was 91 degrees.
It was win No. 1,601 for Showalter. He is one victory shy of Fred Clarke for 21st on the career list. Showalter ranks fourth among active managers.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction in right scapula) is slated to make his second minor league rehab start on Friday. He is not expected to return to the Mets’ rotation until after the All-Star break. … LHP David Peterson is expected to come off the paternity list to start Wednesday’s series finale in Cincinnati.
Reds: RHP Art Warren was placed on the IL with a right flexor pronator strain. C Mark Kolozsvary was recalled. … C Tyler Stephenson began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville and caught five innings while going 1 for 2 at the plate. Stephenson broke his right thumb June 9 on a foul tip.
Scherzer (5-1, 2.54 ERA) makes his first start for the Mets since leaving his outing on May 18 against St. Louis with a right oblique strain. Scherzer’s 1.84 ERA against the Reds is tied for the ninth-lowest mark among all pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched against an opponent. Reds rookie LHP Nick Lodolo (1-2, 5.52 ERA) starts for the first time since suffering a lower back strain in April.
Caratini’s HR in 10th gives Brewers 5-2 victory over Cubs
MILWAUKEE (AP) With one swing of the bat, Victor Caratini turned a forgettable performance into one of the most memorable moments of his career.
After striking out in each of his first four plate appearances, Caratini hit a three-run homer off Scott Effross with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.
“It’s a really hard sport,” Caratini said through a translator. “You know you’re going to fail. (It’s) just (a matter of) staying confident, going to next at-bat, knowing that you’ve got another at-bat and have got to be able to fight it, help the team win and move on from there.”
His big hit followed an eventful ninth inning that featured an inside-the-park homer from Chicago’s Seiya Suzuki and a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich.
Brewers officials said Caratini was the fifth major league player since 1900 to strike out in his first four plate appearances of a game before hitting a walk-off homer his fifth time up. The others were Mike Schmidt in 1983, Ray Knight in 1986, David Justice in 2001 and Derek Norris in 2015.
Chicago’s only other run came when rookie Nelson Velazquez hit his first career homer in the third inning. According to Stats Perform, this was the first time in major league history to feature one player hitting his first career homer, another hitting an inside-the-park homer and another producing a walk-off homer.
Caratini, who played with the Cubs from 2017-20, hit a 2-1 sinker from Effross (1-4) over the center-field wall for his second career walk-off homer. He also did it June 17, 2021, for San Diego against Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett.
“I called it,” Brewers catcher Pedro Severino said. “Because normally when you have a tough day, that big moment just comes to you.”
Milwaukee’s Brad Boxberger (3-1) worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th by striking out Willson Contreras and Ian Happ, who had been ahead 3-1 in the count.
“Whatever’s going on, nothing fazes him and he keeps making pitches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s always got his wits about him.”
A game that started out as a pitchers’ duel between Chicago’s Justin Steele and Milwaukee’s Eric Lauer went haywire in the ninth inning.
It was 1-all when Suzuki, activated from the injured list earlier in the day, hit a drive off Josh Hader that ricocheted off an angled portion of the center-field wall, bounced past center fielder Jonathan Davis and rolled along the warning track back toward right field.
Davis finally chased the ball down and threw to second baseman Luis Urias as Suzuki sprinted around the bases. After Urias threw to the plate, Suzuki slid around Caratini’s tag attempt at the plate.
“Just one of those plays you’ll see once every five years in this park,” Counsell said.
Suzuki was playing for the first time since May 26 due to a sprained left ring finger. He was activated from the injured list earlier in the day.
“Obviously my injury kind of prolonged my time out from this team,” Suzuki said through a translator. “I was very frustrated. So this game kind of meant a lot to me.”
Hader, who entered the game with a 1.05 ERA, was working for the second straight day after throwing 33 pitches in a 2-0 victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He also allowed a one-out double to Nico Hoerner but left him stranded at third.
Cubs closer David Robertson couldn’t protect the lead.
Urias led off with a single and with one out, Keston Hiura hit a ground-rule double that bounced over the wall in left-center field.
Robertson struck out Jace Peterson but hit Kolten Wong with a pitch to load the bases. After the Cubs held a conference on the mound, Robertson stayed in the game and walked Yelich on four pitches to bring home the tying run.
“I had a chance to get out of it and just couldn’t find the strike zone and just let a win slip away from us. . We had a chance to win that game and I just went there and blew it,” Robertson said.
Willy Adames had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth but struck out against Robertson.
Steele held Milwaukee hitless for the first four innings and helped the Cubs carry a 1-0 lead into the seventh, when Severino delivered a two-out, tying double.
Lauer struck out nine, walked two and allowed two hits and one run in six innings. Steele also struck out nine and threw a career-high 108 pitches while allowing four walks, two hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.
Cubs: Contreras left the game midway through the 10th inning with hamstring tightness. … The Cubs made room for Suzuki by optioning OF Narciso Crook to Triple-A Iowa.
Brewers: OF Hunter Renfroe ran Monday and was on the field for the first time since going on the injured list. Renfroe went on the injured list June 26, retroactive to June 23, with a strained left calf.
This three-game series continues Tuesday as Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 4.76) starts for the Cubs and Jason Alexander (2-0, 3.82) pitches for the Brewers in a matchup of right-handers.
Dodgers beat Rockies 5-3 as Thompson’s 3-run HR backs Urías
LOS ANGELES (AP) Feeling inconsistent at the plate, Trayce Thompson looks no farther than the next locker down for advice.
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw gives it to his friend straight.
“Swinging at too many balls,” Thompson said Kershaw told him. “I knew that, but it’s good to hear that, especially from him. If you want an honest assessment, ask 22.”
Thompson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning, when the Dodgers finally broke though against Kyle Freeland, and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Monday night.
“He’s come on immediately and made an impact,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Thompson, acquired two weeks ago from Detroit. “Trayce was here to hit left-handed pitching and play good defense and that’s what he’s done.”
Julio Urias (7-6) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one to beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium for the first time.
“Another case for him to be an All-Star,” Roberts said.
The Rockies scored twice in the ninth and had runners at the corners before falling short.
Reyes Moronta gave up a leadoff homer to C.J. Cron, who was hitless in his first three at-bats with two strikeouts. After two flyouts, Jose Iglesias singled off the glove of third baseman Hanser Alberto, and Elias Diaz walked. Yency Almonte came in to face pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon, who drove in Iglesias with a single. But then Almonte struck out Connor Joe swinging for his second career save. The other one came in 2020 with Colorado.
Los Angeles closer Craig Kimbrel is still sore after taking a line drive off his back. He’ll get the next couple of days off.
Mookie Betts had an RBI single with two outs in the fifth to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead on their way to an eighth straight victory on the Fourth of July.
Freeland (4-6) kept the Dodgers off the bases until the fifth. With one out, Justin Turner singled to get the offense going. He finished 3 for 4. Chris Taylor followed with a walk that set up Thompson, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.
“Those first four innings everything was working, entire arsenal was going,” Freeland said. “We did a really good job of moving the ball inside and out, making them uncomfortable in the box. That fifth inning, made one mistake.”
Thompson’s shot landed in the lower left-field seats, putting the Dodgers ahead 3-1. Cody Bellinger hit a ground-rule double to deep right and scored on Betts’ single.
It was Thompson’s first homer at Dodger Stadium in six years.
“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Thompson said. “A day game against the Rockies. Six years has gone by really fast.”
The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-1 in the seventh. Bellinger drew a leadoff walk from Jhoulys Chacin, who struck out the next two batters. Trea Turner doubled to score Bellinger.
Freeland gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked one six days after beating the Dodgers 7-4 in his previous start.
Colorado led 1-0 on Iglesias’ homer leading off the fifth. He hit his first homer of the season last week against the Dodgers, ending a streak of 262 homerless at-bats dating to last September.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (right shoulder tightness) threw from 110 feet.
Dodgers: After starting at second base, Betts returns to his usual spot in right field on Tuesday. … LF Chris Taylor came out of the game in the fifth with a swollen left ankle. He’ll have a CT scan on his foot, where the pain is originating, and be out a couple of days.
Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-6, 5.89 ERA) owns the second-highest ERA among qualified NL pitchers and has the second-highest batting average against (.288).
Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (1-1, 3.93) is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in three career games against the Rockies.
Arraez gets 3 hits as Twins beat White Sox 6-3 in 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) Luis Arraez had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run 10th inning, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Monday night.
Arraez’s leadoff grounder against Joe Kelly (0-2) drove in pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kirilloff made it 6-2 with a two-run single.
Kelly hurt himself with two consecutive walks ahead of Polanco’s fly ball to left. Manager Tony La Russa was thrown out by plate umpire David Rackley as the 10th fell apart for the White Sox.
“He’s a better umpire than today and in a close game like that, that’s a potential difference maker,” La Russa said. “But when you get beat, you get beat. You don’t blame the umpire. He made it tougher for us, but we still had a chance to win.”
Chicago also ran itself into a triple play with an embarrassing baserunning display in the seventh.
The AL Central contenders faced off hours after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. The White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing the game, but it went on as scheduled.
The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and a moment of silence was observed before the first pitch.
The division-leading Twins (46-37) won for the third time in four games. The White Sox (38-40), who played the first of 19 consecutive games against AL Central opponents, had won three in a row. They missed a chance to reach the .500 mark for the first time since June 21.
Emilio Pagan (3-3) got three outs for the win. Jhoan Duran allowed AJ Pollock’s RBI single in the 10th before closing it out, striking out Tim Anderson with runners on the corners on his final pitch.
Arraez hiked his major league-leading batting average to .348 and extended his hitting streak against the White Sox to 13 games. He is batting .429 (21 for 49) against the Sox since the streak started on June 5, 2021.
“I bet a lot of baseball people would pick Luis Arraez as the guy to come up with a guy on second and the game on the line,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Chicago trailed 2-1 before Yoan Moncada singled home Jose Abreu in the seventh. With pinch-runner Adam Engel on second and Moncada on first, Pollock hit a deep drive to center that Buxton tracked down with an over-the-shoulder catch.
Engel and Moncada were running as Buxton brought in the ball. The Gold Glove-winning center fielder then threw quickly to third baseman Gio Urshela, who tagged Moncada between second and third and stepped on second to complete the Twins’ first triple play since June 6, 2021, at Kansas City.
“This was the weirdest one,” Urshela said.
“I had no idea what was going on,” Baldelli said. “I thought we got one out. And (Buxton) turned and fired it in. And as soon as he fired it in, I saw there was some commotion on the bases. I wasn’t even sure who was where and who was trying to get back and what base they started.”
Buxton also went deep, hitting a two-run homer against Johnny Cueto in the fifth. Buxton extended his hitting streak against the Sox to 10 games, during which he’s batting ,488 (19 for 37) with eight homers and 15 RBIs.
The White Sox had grabbed a 1-0 lead on Abreu’s homer off Dylan Bundy in the second. It was Abreu’s team-high 10th on the season.
White Sox closer Liam Hendriks, who was activated from the 15-day injured list after being sidelined since June 11 due to a right forearm strain, struck out the side in the eighth. Hendricks’ fastball topped out at 97 mph.
Twins: RHP Trevor Megill (shoulder impingement) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list. RHP Juan Minaya was designated for assignment. RHP Tyler Thornburg cleared waivers and has 48 hours to accept a minor league assignment or refuse it and become a free agent.
White Sox: Engel was reinstated from the 10-day IL. OF Adam Haseley and RHP Jimmy Lambert were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Twins: First baseman Miguel Sano (left knee sprain) started a rehab assignment for Class-A Fort Myers.
White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (hamstring tear) could rejoin the team by the end of the week. “It’s closer,” La Russa said of Jimenez, who went 2 for 4 and played the entire game in left field for Charlotte in a 6-3 loss at Gwinnett. . C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) will resume running the bases Tuesday, but there is no time frame for his return, La Russa said.
The Twins send RHP Chris Archer (2-3, 3.08 ERA) to the mound Tuesday night. Archer allowed one run in four innings in a 5-3 loss to the Guardians on Thursday. The White Sox will start RHP Michael Kopech (2-5, 2.78 ERA). Kopech allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Angels on Wednesday.
Hill wins stellar MLB debut, Tigers beat Guardians in Game 1
DETROIT (AP) Garrett Hill won his major league debut by pitching six impressive innings, Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-1 Monday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
The Guardians played their third doubleheader in seven days and their seventh this season.
A 26th-round draft choice by the Tigers in 2018, Hill (1-0) allowed just two hits, including a home run by Josh Naylor. He struck out three and walked one.
“I’ve tried to get to this level and live out my dream,” Hill said. “I was pleased with all of it. I was able to stay super calm. I was happy with my preparation and everything.”
Hill drew attention last year after pitching in the Arizona League Fall Stars Game. The 26-year-old right-hander was a combined 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA in a combined 15 starts at Triple-A and Double-A this season.
Back in 2005, another Tigers rookie pitcher also made his big league debut on the Fourth of July against Cleveland – that day, Justin Verlander took the loss.
Hill is the first Tigers pitcher to have allowed two or fewer hits in his MLB debut in six innings or more.
“After the second inning, going into the third, I started feeling my way again,” he said. “From then on, I just wanted to keep throwing strikes.”
Changeups and sliders were especially effective, Hill said.
“Give the kid credit,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “He threw strikes. He got his fastball, I don’t want to say by us, but stayed off the barrel a lot. He mixed in all of his pitches and actually did a pretty good job.”
Tigers relievers Andrew Chafin, Michael Fulmer and Gregory Soto teamed for three hitless innings. Soto worked the ninth and picked up his 16th save, walking two before retiring Owen Miller on a groundout.
The two hits matched the fewest for Cleveland batters this season (June 18 at the Dodgers) and fewest allowed by Detroit pitchers (June 1 against Minnesota).
Jonathan Schoop, who entered the game hitting .191, had four singles in four at-bats and scored two runs.
“I just want to put it on play,” he said. “We need the win.”
Cabrera’s single in the first inning gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead and put him at 3,060 hits, tying Craig Biggio for 25th on the all-time list. His 1,831 RBIs tied him with Manny Ramirez. Cabrera has now hit safely in 10 games.
Cleveland starter Zach Plesac (2-6) went six innings and suffered the loss.
“It’s just going out there and brick by brick,” Plesac said. “I’ve been living by that phrase the past month and a half, just continue to get better every day, and look for ways to help keep us in games.”
The Guardians’ Myles Straw tried to score on Steve Kwan’s third-inning single but didn’t slide and was tagged out on by catcher Tucker Barnhart after a throw from left fielder Robbie Grossman. A replay overturned plate umpire Erich Bacchus’ original safe call.
Naylor hit his 11th homer, connecting in the fourth. Naylor walked in the seventh and exited because of back spasms. Miller pinch-ran for him.
Javier Baez hit an RBI single in the seventh and Barnhart singled home Schoop in the eighth.
Guardians: C Austin Hedges was eligible to come back off IL from concussion on Sunday but didn’t. Francona said Hedges wasn’t returning on Monday.
Tigers: RHP Rony Garcia (right shoulder soreness) is on the 15-day IL, retroactive to June 30.
Tigers RHP Alex Faedo (1-4, 4.84 ERA) starts the second game vs. Guardians LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.31). Faedo was the 27th man for the nightcap.
Red Sox win 8th straight on Fourth of July, beat Rays 4-0
BOSTON (AP) Trevor Story hit a solo homer, Kutter Crawford pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief and the Boston Red Sox won their eighth straight Fourth of July game, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Monday.
Franchy Cordero added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who won their second straight game and improved to just 9-16 against AL East rivals.
“Kutter gave us a lot, helped us out a lot in the pen there,” Story said. “He looked great.”
With a handful of its players wearing long sleeves with stars and stripes on a warm, sunny day, Boston matched its franchise record for consecutive July 4 wins, accomplished from 1901-04 and 1936-39, when teams played doubleheaders.
Tampa Bay had its three-game winning streak halted and lost a road series opener for the eighth straight time. The Rays had just two hits, both singles.
“Kutter Crawford, we’ve seen him twice now and he’s pitched really well against us,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Big fastball, threw the breaking ball and had the cutter as well. We just couldn’t get anything going. Just never felt like we had a rhythm at the plate at all.”
Story put the Red Sox ahead in the fourth, driving a changeup from Josh Fleming (2-4) into the back of Boston’s bullpen for his 13th homer.
Boston went with a bullpen game because scheduled starter Michael Wacha was scratched Sunday with what manager Alex Cora called a dead arm. The Red Sox started Austin Davis for two hitless innings before using two more relievers.
Crawford (2-2) struck out eight and walked one and John Schreiber got five outs for his third save.
“I had pretty good command of all five of my pitches,” Crawford said. “I was just going right at guys. When I fell behind on the count, I got right back into it with the cutter or curveball. … The last couple of outings I figured something out that’s helped me mechanically.”
The Red Sox added a run in the fifth when Christian Arroyo doubled leading off, advanced on a groundout and scored when Rafael Devers was credited with an infield hit after second baseman Isaac Paredes bobbled his grounder trying to make a backhand pickup. Fleming booted a comebacker with the bases loaded for a run before Cordero’s single.
Fleming gave up four runs in five innings of relief.
Boston opened a stretch of 27 games against teams with winning records.
“Just as important as the first 70 or whatever we played,” Cora said. “With our ups and downs and, obviously how we struggled early in the season, if you look at the standings, we are where we’re at.”
In addition to the Rays, Boston faces the Yankees, Houston, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Toronto during the run.
I’LL TAKE CARE OF IT
Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz got caught rounding first too wide on his bloop hit to right. Crawford, who came in to cover first, took the throw and sprinted after Diaz before making the tag himself.
“Yeah,” he said, breaking into a wide smile when asked if he was showing his 40-yard dash speed.
RAYS SHUFFLE ROSTER
In addition to Raley and Thompson returning, the Rays recalled LHP Josh Fleming from Triple-A Durham and returned RHP Phoenix Sanders and RHP Javy Guerra there. RHP Cristofer Ogando was optioned to Durham.
Rays: Reinstated LHP Brooks Raley and RHP Ryan Thompson from the restricted list.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (out since spring training, stress fracture in his ribcage) is set to make a rehab start for Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday. “Feels good,” Cora said. “One, maybe two more down there.” . Cora also said Wacha would be checked out. “We don’t believe there’s something structural there, just kind of like a dead arm,” the manager said. . Nathan Eovaldi (injured list, back) and Garrett Whitlock (IL, hip) are both slated to throw off the mound Tuesday.
LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to go for the Rays on Tuesday night. Boston RHP Nick Pivetta (8-5, 3.23) is 8-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his last 11 starts.
O’s beat Rangers 7-6 on a hit batter, 37-44 at midpoint
BALTIMORE (AP) Jorge Mateo limped to first base when Matt Moore hit him near the left knee with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles reached the season’s halfway point by coming from behind late to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 Monday.
Rookie Adley Rutschman, who began the day in an 0-for-18 skid, tied the score against Joe Barlow with a two-out RBI double in the ninth that hit off the right-field wall.
Rougned Odor led off the 10th with a bunt single off Moore that advanced automatic runner Austin Hays to third, and Moore intentionally walked Ramon Urias to load the bases. Moore (3-1) then hit Mateo with his next pitch, a 93.5 mph fastball.
“Total team play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “Great bunt. Makes the pitcher come off the mound. Tough play for him. That was huge.”
Mateo bent over in pain for about six seconds. After crossing the plate, Hays accompanied a hobbling Mateo to first along with Cedric Mullins, who was on deck, and Odor.
“We are the kind of group where we are all together,” Odor said. “We are like a family. When you have a team like that, a lot of good things can happen. That’s why we’ve been having those comeback games.”
In the third inning, Mateo had reached on a catcher’s interference call on Meibrys Viloria and scored on Cedric Mullins’ double.
Baltimore got its sixth walkoff win and reached the season’s midpoint at 37-44, a vast improvement from 27-54 at the halfway point last year. The Orioles are 23-20 following a 14-24 start.
Bryan Baker (3-3) struck out two in a hitless 10th for the Orioles, who won despite going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position
Orioles starter Dean Kremer allowed five runs and eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 4 2/3 innings – his shortest outing since his season debut on June 5.
“Huge props to the offense and the bullpen,” Kremer said. “They picked me up big time. To come back like that, pretty good.”
Adolis Garcia’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly pulled the Rangers to 2-1. Texas scored four more times in the inning on Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single and Mitch Garver’s three-run homer.
Mullins cut the gap to 5-3 in the fifth with his seventh homer. The Orioles tied the score in the sixth on an error by Lowe on Jonathan Arauz’s hard grounder that allowed two runs to score.
Marcus Semien’s ninth-inning homer off Jorge Lopez put the Rangers ahead 6-5. Trey Mancini singled leading off the bottom half and Rutschman, who had singled in the second, hit his 12th double in 35 games as Barlow blew a save for the third time in 13 chances.
Texas starter Dane Dunning gave up five runs – three earned – and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“You can’t take these guys lightly,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Their bullpen is very good and they have some good arms down there. If you take these guys lightly, they’ll whup. We kind of saw that a little bit last year.”
The Orioles hosted their first game on the Fourth of July since 2008 also against Texas. Baltimore won that game 10-4.
Urias was reinstated from the 10-day IL with an oblique injury. He lined out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. INF Richie Martin was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard will be put on the roster to start Tuesday. He is 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA in one start and two relief appearances this season.
Orioles: ??RHP Austin Voth (0-1, 7.34 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Rangers.
Poulter, 2 others win court stay to play in Scottish Open
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Ian Poulter and two other players who signed up for the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series won a stay Monday from a British court that allows them to play in the Scottish Open.
Poulter, Adrian Otaegui of Spain and Justin Harding of South Africa challenged their suspension from the Scottish Open and two other tournaments, the penalty for playing a LIV Golf event outside London without a release from the European tour.
They will be added to the field this week at The Renaissance Club for the Scottish Open, the first European tour event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.
The PGA Tour suspended its members who signed up for the Saudi-backed series run by Greg Norman. Poulter is also a PGA Tour member.
Poulter was among 16 players who hinted at legal action over European tour penalties, though the temporary stay after a hearing before Judge Phillip Sycamore, who was appointed by Sports Resolutions (UK), applied only to the three players.
“I will simply say we are disappointed by the outcome of today’s hearing, but will abide by the decision,” European tour CEO Keith Pelley said in a statement. “It is important to remember, however, this is only a stay of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal as to whether those sanctions were appropriate.”
Pelley was at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland and said he would withhold a more detailed response until the charity event was over, out of respect to the hosts. McManus has attracted a world-class field that includes Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler and a host of other major champions.
Poulter also is playing the two-day event in Ireland.
Earlier in the day, he told BBC Sports he was fighting for his right to play golf.
“My commitment to the European Tour has been there since day one,” he said. “And it’s still there today. I’m proud of playing so often, when it was to the detriment of world ranking points and FedEx Cup points I could have earned playing more in America.”
Along with the suspension, players who competed in LIV Golf without permission were fined 100,000 pounds ($121,000), roughly the amount of last-place money in the $20 million LIV events.
Quieter, calmer Kyrgios in Wimbledon quarters years later
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Nick Kyrgios stepped into a nearly full Centre Court to polite applause at precisely 1:30 p.m. on Monday, exited about 3 1/2 hours later to a louder ovation and, somehow, the 100-year-old stadium survived the experience.
In the warmup period, Kyrgios flicked a ball between his legs and closed with an underarm serve, hardly standard procedure. During the 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 victory at Wimbledon over unseeded American Brandon Nakashima that followed, putting Kyrgios in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 7 1/2 years, he tried those sorts of trick shots a few times. Afterward, he ditched his rule-conforming but backward, brim-bent white cap and white shoes in favor of red versions.
“Because,” he explained when pressed about the sartorial choices, “I do what I want.”
Yet, somehow, those seated in the Royal Box never turned their backs in protest. And, somehow, the grass-court tournament that dates to the 1880s did not grind to a halt.
Maybe that’s simply because, in addition to smacking 35 aces and “ripping the ball from the baseline” – to use Nakashima’s words – despite a shoulder that hurt so much he took painkilling pills and received repeated treatment from a trainer, Kyrgios displayed a much quieter, much calmer demeanor than the guy who earned fines of $10,000 for spitting in the direction of a heckling spectator at the end of his first-round match and $4,000 for an audible obscenity during his tempestuous win against No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.
“I was able to just say, `Wow, look how far I’ve come,’ to myself. I was bouncing the ball before I served; I really just smiled to myself,” said Kyrgios, owner of a tour-high 11 victories on grass this season. “I was like, ‘We’re here, we’re competing at Wimbledon, putting in a good performance mentally. It was rewarding.”
The unseeded Kyrgios, now 6-0 in five-setters at the All England Club, next faces unseeded Cristian Garin, a 26-year-old from Chile who saved a pair of match points and authored the fortnight’s first comeback from two sets down to defeat No. 19 seed Alex de Minaur 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (10-6) after more than 4 1/2 hours.
The other quarterfinal on their half of the draw will be 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal against No. 11 Taylor Fritz. Nadal got past No. 21 seed Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6), while Fritz, a 24-year-old American, earned his major quarterfinal debut with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over qualifier Jason Kubler.
“Doesn’t even seem real,” said Fritz, who hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament.
Kubler, who also is Australian, offered his take on Kyrgios.
“Every time I see him, he’s smiling. Every time I’m around him, it seems like I’m laughing,” Kubler said. “So it’s kind of weird when I read or see the comments about him, knowing him the way I do. He’s just one of those people if you were to hang around him or spend any sort of quality time with him, you’d fall in love with him.”
The women’s quarterfinals established Monday are 2019 champion Simona Halep vs. No. 20 Amanda Anisimova, and No. 17 Elena Rybakina vs. unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic.
The combined nine seeds who will participate in the women’s or men’s quarterfinals is the lowest total at Wimbledon since 2000.
“I didn’t really think I could do it,” said Tomljanovic, who lost to eventual champion Ash Barty in last year’s quarterfinals. “After some tough moments this year, I thought: Am I ever going to get a chance again? I can’t believe a year later, I’m in the same position.”
For Kyrgios, never one to follow a conventional path, it’s been a much longer road.
His two previous Slam quarterfinals came at age 19 – at Wimbledon in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015.
The Aussie spoke about feeling like a veteran at 27, and his self-description Monday included “composed” and “mature.”
Not terms generally associated with Kyrgios, but then again, as he told reporters at his news conference: “None of you really know me at all. Like, you don’t hang out with me at all. You only kind of see what you see on the court. It’s always been a bit of a roller coaster. So I understand how it’s mixed reviews. … People just love to just have an opinion.”
Making the case that he’s a changed man, Kyrgios thought back to a second-round loss to Nadal at Centre Court in 2019 and recalled: “My agent had to come get me out of a pub at 4 a.m. … I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure.”
Certainly since Saturday, at least, when he repeatedly argued with the chair umpire and a Grand Slam supervisor, and eliciting accusations from Tsitsipas of being a “bully” and having “a very evil side.” It’s the sort of ruckus Kyrgios has raised before, earning ejections and suspensions, and causing folks to wonder whether his enormous talent would ever carry him to the closing weekend of a major.
“Obviously,” the 20-year-old Nakashima said, “you never really know what’s going to happen with him out there.”
Nakashima evened things by taking the fourth set with a break, then went up 1-0 in the fifth. Kyrgios acknowledged handing over the fourth with an eye to disrupting his foe. Seemed to work: He earned five games in a row, before serving it out and closing this way from love-30: cross-court forehand passing winner; hanging on in an 11-stroke exchange until an admittedly fatigued Nakashima missed a backhand; 134 mph service winner; forehand volley winner.
When it was over, Kyrgios pounded his chest with his fist, shouted with a curse word mixed in and turned to his guest box – which included his girlfriend and his support team, whom he credits with helping him be a better person off the court, but not a full-time coach, because he doesn’t have one.
“I need a glass of wine, for sure, tonight,” Kyrgios told the crowd during his on-court interview. “For sure.”
Wimbledon appealing fine from women’s tour over Russia ban
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) The All England Club is appealing a fine levied by the WTA women’s professional tennis tour for banning Russian and Belarusian players from tournaments in Britain because of the war in Ukraine.
The Lawn Tennis Association – the British federation for the sport – also is expected to appeal a financial penalty imposed by the WTA after no players from Russia or Belarus were allowed to take part in grass-court tuneup events last month at Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.
The fines, totaling $1 million, were first reported by The Daily Mail. The newspaper said the LTA was docked $750,000, and the All England Club $250,000.
“It’s the subject of a legal process, so I can’t comment specifically on that,” All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said Monday. “We stand by the decision we made. We’re deeply disappointed at the reaction of the tours to that decision, and I probably can’t say any more than that at this point in time, I’m afraid.”
Bolton said the club appealed its WTA fine. As for whether the ATP men’s tour also assessed a penalty, she said: “We’re still waiting to hear from them.”
The club announced in April that, following guidance from the British government, athletes from Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year, which kept out such players as the No. 1-ranked man, reigning U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka.
In response, the WTA and ATP took the unprecedented step of saying they would not award rankings points to any players at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, which began last week and is scheduled to end on Sunday.
“It was an incredibly difficult and challenging decision to make. It was not one we took lightly. We thought carefully about the ramifications of taking it. But it was absolutely the right decision for us. It was the only viable option in the context of the government guidance in place. And we stand by that decision,” Bolton said. “We accept that others will take a different view, but we absolutely stand by the decision.”
Spokespersons for the two tours did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Miami adds 5-star OT Francis Mauigoa to 2023 class
Five-star offensive tackle and No. 5 overall recruit Francis Mauigoa has committed to Miami, he announced Monday.
Mauigoa selected the Hurricanes over Alabama, Tennessee, USC, and Florida.
Mauigoa, who’s the highest-ranked offensive tackle by ESPN, becomes the crown jewel of Miami’s 2023 class as the lone five-star prospect. The program also recently landed top dual-threat quarterback Jaden Rashada, four-star tight end Riley Williams, and four-star receiver/cornerback Robert Stafford.
A Florida native, Mauigoa explained that his connection to the Hurricanes’ staff pushed him to the program.
“I’m very close with the Miami staff because I was close with them when they were at Oregon,” Mauigoa told Greg Biggins of 247Sports. “I developed a great relationship with coach (Mario) Cristobal and (offensive line) coach (Alex) Mirabal and talked to them all the time.”
Miami now totals one five-star prospect and seven four-star recruits as part of its 2023 recruiting class.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
TOP RETURNING INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL RUNNINGBACKS
Clarksville High School
11G, 268C, 2,222 YARDS, 27TD
Oak Hill High School
11GP, 262C, 1,991 YARDS, 34TD
New Prairie High School
14GP, 253C, 1,735 YARDS, 17TD
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
12G, 1,671 YARDS, 13TD
Hobart High School
11G, 223C, 1,655 YARDS, 33TD
Gary West Side High School
9GP, 169C, 1,628 YARDS, 19TD
Tipton High School
12GP, 176C, 1,607 YARDS, 28TD
Rochester High School
8GP, 212C, 1,589 YARDS, 21TD
Owen Valley High School
12GP, 184C, 1,535 YARDS, 28TD
Lapel High School
10GP, 156C, 1,533 YARDS, 24TD
Tri High School
12GP, 176C, 1,533 YARDS, 23TD
North Decatur High School
11GP, 267C, 1,528 YARDS, 22TD
Paoli High School
10GP, 172C, 1,465 YARDS, 20TD
Roncalli High School
13GP, 189C, 1,458 YARDS, 17TD
Seeger High School
10GP, 241C, 1,420 YARDS, 14TD
Hanover Central High School
13GP, 211C, 1,380 YARDS, 24TD
Lafayette Central Catholic High School
13GP, 244C, 1,378 YARDS, 13TD
Covenant Christian High School
12GP, 192C, 1,335 YARDS, 19TD
North Posey High School
12GP, 166C, 1,328 YARDS, 18TD
Riverton Parke High School
10GP, 167C, 1,318 YARDS, 14TD
Indianapolis Lutheran High School
15GP, 191C, 1,298 YARDS, 11TD
New Palestine High School
12GP, 203C, 1,288 YARDS, 19TD
Evansville Mater Dei High School
15GP, 260C, 1,278 YARDS, 10TD
Triton Central High School
12GP, 183C, 1,273 YARDS, 11TD
Noblesville High School
10GP, 148C, 1,270 YARDS, 9TD
North Knox High School
12GP, 132C, 1,244 YARDS, 8TD
Mississinewa High School
12GP, 123C, 1,235 YARDS, 19TD
Triton High School
11GP, 198C, 1,189 YARDS, 11TD
Bloomington North High School
10GP, 160C, 1,137 YARDS, 16TD
Evansville Bosse High School
10GP, 199C, 1,136 YARDS, 9TD
Tri-Central High School
10GP, 190C, 1,119 YARDS, 13TD
North Judson-San Pierre High School
13GP, 157C, 1,112 YARDS, 15TD
Eastern High School
10GP, 122C, 1,103 YARDS, 12TD
Greenfield-Central High School
9GP, 166C, 1,090 YARDS, 10TD
Lawrence North High School
11GP, 246C, 1,088 YARDS, 17TD
North Harrison High School
10GP, 176C, 1,084 YARDS
Perry Central High School
9GP, 132C, 1,062 YARDS, 16TD
Tri-State Crusaders High School
9GP, 128C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Bremen High School
10GP, 179C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Columbia City High School
11GP, 192C, 1,067 YARDS, 9TD
North Newton High School
10GO, 218C, 1,047 YARDS, 7TD
Speedway High School
11GP, 188C, 1,042 YARDS, 12TD
Elkhart High School
10GP, 176C, 1,032 YARDS, 13TD
Osceola Grace Eagles High School
11GP, 177C, 1,007 YARDS, 9TD
Center Grove High School
14GP, 130C, 1,003 YARDS, 13TD
Indians Walk Off I-Cubs on Fourth of July
INDIANAPOLIS – With the Indianapolis Indians down by one run in the bottom of the 10th and the sellout crowd of 13,911 behind him, Kevin Newman smacked a two-run, seeing-eye single into center field to give the Indianapolis Indians a walk-off victory over the Iowa Cubs on the Fourth of July, 5-4.
After Iowa (34-44) took its first lead of the game without recording a hit in the top of the 10th against John O’Reilly (W, 3-2), the Indians were forced into a comeback scenario in the bottom half. With Mason Martin on second base as the automatic runner and Carter Bins on first following a hit-by-pitch, chaos insued to place the game-winning runs in scoring position. Jared Oliva missed a bunt attempt and Martin, caught in-between second and third on a subsequent throw to second base, raced to third and slid in safely around the tag.
Kevin Newman then worked a two-strike count against Aneuris Rosario (L, 3-3) and, on the fourth pitch of his at-bat, singled home Martin and Bins to kick off the fireworks show in style. Center fielder Greg Deichmann came up throwing, but the laser into home went wide and allowed Bins to slide in safely.
Indianapolis (38-39) took the lead early, outscoring Iowa 3-1 in the first inning. The first four batters of the game reached base safely with a one-out, two-RBI single by Cal Mitchell and subsequent throwing error putting the Indians on top.
A one-out, two-run homer off the bat of Narciso Crook then levelled the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning. The tie held until the fifth inning, with the Indians stranding 13 total batters in the contest.
The walk-off victory was the Indians’ first on the Fourth of July since Yurendell DeCaster launched a walk-off, two-run homer on the holiday in 2006 and their fourth in Victory Field history. It was also Indy’s first come-from-behind walk-off win this season, with the previous four walk-offs breaking tie games.
Newman led the Indians with the third consecutive three-hit game of his rehab assignment. Ji-Hwan Bae, Jake Marisnick, Mitchell and Martin followed with two hits apiece.
The Indians and I-Cubs continue their six-game series on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET following an off day tomorrow. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-3, 4.73) will take the mound for Indy while Iowa has yet to name a starter.
IRISH OFF FOR SUMMER BALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Coming off their third-ever trip to the College World Series, a number of Irish players are off for their summer ball assignments across the country.
A total of 14 different players are taking part in summer ball this year and are spread out across five different leagues. A full list of players and teams they are playing for are listed below. Stay up to date with the Notre Dame baseball social channels for updates on the guys throughout the summer.
Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
DM Jefferson – Bethesda Big Train
Florida Collegiate Summer League
Danny Neri – Sanford River Rats
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Gerry Peacock – North Adams SteepleCats
Jack Penney – North Shore Navigators
Nick DeMarco – Rockford Rivets
Connor Hincks – Kenosha Kingfish
Zach Kempe – Rockford Rivets
Tony Lindwedel – Rockford Rivets
Ricky Reeth -La Crosse Loggers
Joey Spence – Wausau Woodchucks
Valley Baseball League
TJ Williams – Harrisonburg Turks
Brady Gumpf – Harrisonburg Turks
Jackson Dennies – Harrisonburg Turks
Sammy Cooper -Harrisonburg Turks
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1898 Lizzie (Stroud) Arlington becomes the first woman to play organized baseball when she pitches for Reading in the Eastern League. Some believe she also hurled in Atlantic League exhibition games after being hired by Ed Barrow, the league’s president.
1904 The Phillies need an extra inning, but the team snaps the Giants’ winning streak at 18 games. Philadelphia beat New York, 6-5, in a ten-inning walk-off victory at the Baker Bowl, thanks to Bob Hall’s outfield bloop hit that plates Red Dooin.
1921 The Red Sox establish an American League record, losing four consecutive doubleheaders with no other contests between the eight defeats. The dubious streak started with four losses to the Yankees in New York and continues at Fenway Park with another four to the Senators.
1930 Twenty-thousand fans attend a twin bill at Yankee Stadium between the New York Lincoln Giants and the Baltimore Black Sox, marking the first time Negro Leagues clubs played in the Bronx ballpark. Bill Yancy becomes the first black player to appear at the venue, sprinting onto the field early, pretending to shag balls hit by Babe Ruth, who is at home plate pantomiming hitting drives to the very enthusiastic flycatcher imitating him in right field.
1935 The Cuccinellos become the third pair of brothers, following the Waners (2) and Ferrells, and the first on opposing teams to homer in the same game when Al goes deep in the bottom of the ninth in the Giants’ 14-4 loss to Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds. The New York’s third baseman’s sibling, Tony, played second base for the Dodgers and had homered in the previous inning.
1937 Hal Trosky hits three home runs, helping the Indians beat the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, 14-4. The 24-year-old first baseman from Norway, Iowa, will finish the season with 32 round-trippers.
1937 Frank Demaree goes 6-for-7 (three doubles and three singles) in the first game of a doubleheader, helping the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 13-12, in 14 innings. The Californian adds two more singles in Chicago’s 9-7 victory in the Wrigley Field nightcap.
1945 Whitey Lockman homers in his first major league at-bat in the Giants’ 7-5 loss to St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The 18-year-old southpaw-swinging center fielder goes deep off Redbird left-hander George Dockins.
1946 Responding to Red Barber’s remarks about the gentile Giants and their manager Mel Ott, Dodger skipper Leo Durocher tells the team’s announcer, “Nice guys finish last.” Master Mel’s club finishes the season in the cellar, completing the campaign 36 games behind the first-place Cardinals, but his team beat the Dodgers today with their 7-6 walk-off victory at the Polo Grounds.
1947 Larry Doby of the Indians becomes the first black to appear in the American League when he strikes out as a pinch-hitter against Chicago hurler Earl Harrist. The 23-year-old former Newark Eagle standout will play in the major leagues for 13 years, amassing 1,515 hits, just three less than Jackie Robinson.
1952 In their final season in Boston, the Braves play in front of the largest home crowd of the season when 13,405 fans watch Brooklyn beat the home team for the 12th consecutive time, a 5-3 complete-game victory by Carl Erskine. The contest’s most memorable moment occurs in the second inning when a small dog has to be escorted off the field by Dodger outfielders Carl Furillo and Duke Snider.
1953 Robin Roberts hurls his 28th consecutive complete game, blanking Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 2-0. The Phillies right-hander has finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals on August 28, 1952.
1961 Cardinals’ first baseman Bill White collects 14 total bases when he hits three home runs and a double. The 27-year-old infielder’s offensive output helps the Redbirds rout the Dodgers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 9-1.
1962 The Mets sign 19-year-old outfielder Cleon Jones for $1,000, but the football and baseball collegian standout returns to Alabama A&M due to the lateness of the signing in the season. The Mets Hall of Famer, who spent a dozen seasons in New York, including the World Champion team, retires after playing for the White Sox in 1976.
1965 Dave Boswell and Jim Perry are the winning pitchers as the Twins sweep a doubleheader from Boston, 6-2 and 2-0, at Metropolitan Stadium to move into first place for good. Sam Mele’s club will finish the season with a 102-60 (.630) record, seven games ahead of the second-place Pale Hose.
1966 Three seasons after trading future Hall of Famer Lou Brock to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, the Cubs send the beleaguered right-hander to their PCL farm team in Tacoma (WA), never returning to the major leagues. During his dismal tenure with Chicago, the former 20-game winner compiled a woeful 7-19 record and an ERA of 5.40.
1969 The Orioles break a three-game losing streak when Dave McNally (12-0) wins his 14th straight game, defeating Detroit, 9-3. Tigers’ outfielder Mickey Stanley plays his 220th consecutive errorless game.
1985 Garry Templeton is intentionally walked four times by the Pirates, tying a major league record set in 1962 by Yankee outfielder Roger Maris. The fourth free pass, issued in the 12th inning, leads to the Padres shortstop scoring a run, but Pittsburgh comes back with three tallies in the bottom of the frame to win the Three Rivers Stadium contest, 5-4.
1987 In a seven-player trade, the Giants swap southpaws Keith Comstock and Mark Davis, right-hander Mark Grant, and third baseman Chris Brown to the Padres for infielder/outfielder Kevin Mitchell and left-handers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts. Mitchell, obtained by San Diego in an off-season blockbuster trade with the Mets, will be the NL’s Most Valuable Player in 1989, helping the Giants to capture the circuit’s pennant.
1987 The A’s first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2. The Oakland infielder will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, establishing a new freshman mark previously shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson with 39.
1989 At the Oakland Coliseum, Mark McGwire hits his 100th career home run off of Royals’ hurler Charlie Liebrandt. Big Mac’s third-inning three-run home run ties the score at 5-5, but the A’s fall short, losing to Kansas City in extra innings, 12-9.
1989 Barry Bonds pinch-hit three-run round-tripper in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Pirates 6-4 loss to the Giants at Three Rivers Stadium puts the future career homer leader and his dad, Bobby, first on the all-time father and son list with 408 dingers. The Bells (Gus and Buddy) and the Berras (Yogi and Dale) had previously shared the mark.
1991 In a unanimous vote, final approval is given by baseball owners for the Rockies and the Marlins to join the National League in 1993. The addition of the new franchises brings the Senior Circuit total to 14with the placement of Colorado in the West Division and Florida joining the NL East.
1993 At Cleveland, A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the second player in major league history to open both games of a twin bill with a home run. In a 1913 doubleheader played in Washington, Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper was the first to accomplish the feat.
1997 Before their game with Atlanta at Olympic Stadium, the Expos retire Andre Dawson’s uniform number 10. During his 11-year tenure with Montreal, the future Hall of Fame outfielder once set the single-season club records for home runs (32), RBIs (113), extra-base hits (78), and sacrifice flies (18).
1998 Needing only 75 pitches, Andy Ashby throws a five-hit complete game, beating the Rockies at Qualcomm Stadium, 7-2. In the two-hour and one-minute contest, the 30-year-old Padres’ right-hander faces 30 batters, strikes out two, walks no one, and adds to his cause with an RBI double.
1998 Defeating the Orioles 1-0, the Yankees improve their record to 61-20, equaling the best 81-game start in major league history. The Bronx Bombers’ first-half results equal the campaigns of the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1907 Chicago Cubs.
1998 Blue Jay right-hander Roger Clemens strikes out Devil Rays’ outfielder Randy Winn to record his 3000th career strikeout. The ‘Rocket’ is the 11th pitcher in major league history to reach the coveted milestone.
1998 Juan Gonzalez becomes the second player in major league history to go over the 100 RBI mark before the All-Star Game. The Rangers designated hitter’s major league-leading total of 101 RBIs is second only to Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg, who had 103 in 1935 and finished the season with 170.
2000 Mets’ right-handed reliever Eric Cammack triples in his only major league at-bat, joining Charlie Lindstrom (1958), Eduardo Rodriguez (1973), and Scott Munninghoff (1980) as the only players to accomplish this unlikely feat. The 24-year-old Nederland (TX) native, who will appear in only eight big-league games, all with the Amazins’, legs out his three-bagger off Ron Mahay in the top of the ninth inning during the team’s 11-2 loss to the Marlins at Pro Player Stadium.
2000 Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondback to hit for the cycle, contributing to the team’s 12-9 comeback victory over Astros at Enron Field. The Arizona outfielder doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, tripled in the eighth, and completed the feat with a homer off Doug Henry with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.
2001 Pirates’ skipper Lloyd McClendon is fined $1,000 for walking off the field with first base in the June 26 Brewers game. The assessment marks the first time a manager pays the penalty for ‘stealing’ a bag.
2002 Baseball legend Ted Williams, considered by many the greatest hitter in the game’s history, dies of cardiac arrest at 83. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, a lifetime .344 hitter, won the MVP award and Triple Crown twice and led the American League in batting for six seasons, including hitting .406 in 1941, during his 19-year career with the Red Sox.
2004 To honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a GI Joe action figure to the first 5,000 children attending the game against Kansas City. To appease protesting peace groups, who see the promotion as glorifying war, the team asks Hasbro, the toy’s manufacturer, to remove the standard gun, with the soldier’s hand grenades still visible.
2004 At Dodger Stadium, Diamondback third baseman Chad Tracy’s ninth-inning run-scoring single on an 0-2 changeup ends Eric Gagne’s record streak of 84 consecutive saves. The new mark established by the Los Angeles closer is 30 more than the previous standard set by Tom Gordon for the Red Sox in 1999.
2005 Manny Ramirez hits his 20th career grand slam off Chris Young in the Red Sox’s 7-4 victory over the Rangers at Ameriquest Field. The Red Sox left fielder’s round-tripper puts him past Eddie Murray on the all-time list for the second-most four-run homers in major league history, trailing only Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, who holds the major league record with 23.
2007 At Dodger Stadium, Chipper Jones’ two solo home runs are the difference in the Braves’ 8-6 victory over Los Angeles. With his pair of round-trippers, the team’s third baseman surpasses Dale Murphy for the Atlanta team record of 372 homers.
2014 The Brooklyn Cyclones, attracting a sellout crowd of 8,241 fans at MCU Park in Coney Island, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of Seinfeld, an iconic sitcom about nothing that initially ran for nine seasons on NBC, from 1989 to 1998. The tribute to the iconic television series includes players taking batting practice in puffy pirate shirts, a low-talker announcer, a ‘Magic Loogie’ bobblehead of Keith Hernandez giveaway, and renaming the foul poles the Festivus poles.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1914
By 1914, the Philadelphia Athletics had become a World Series regular and had dethroned two of Major Leagues baseball’s first post-season dynasties by beating the mighty Chicago Cubs and New York Giants on more than one occasion. Most of their success had been built on a foundation of solid “big-game” pitching. Chief Bender, a Fall Classic favorite, entered Game 1 with a Major League leading .850 winning percentage and a 17-3 record. His opponent, Dick Rudolph had won twenty-seven games for his Boston Braves. Rudolph pitched a five-hitter and teammate Hank Gowdy made a valiant attempt at a True Cycle when he singled, doubled and tripled. Boston won 7-1 and surprised the presumably overconfident A’s who were heavy favorites.
The next day the “Miracle Braves” called on their other ace Bill James who had boasted an impressive twenty-six wins for his team during the regular season. The A’s Connie Mack countered with the 1913 Series winner Eddie Plank and both pitched to a 0-0 standstill after eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Boston’s Charlie Deal hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Les Mann. In the bottom of the ninth, James walked two batters but got out of the jam by inducing Eddie Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. James’ two-hit, 1-0 victory gave Boston a shocking Series lead of two games to none.
Although the Fall Classic had shifted to Boston, the Braves were still without home-field advantage. Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) was chosen over their own South End Grounds as a more attractive and inviting venue. Game 3 was anyone’s game as the Braves and A’s battled to another game extending tie at 2-2 through nine innings. Once again, “Home Run Baker” came up clutch, hitting a two run single off of the Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the tenth as Gowdy led off with a timely homer and Joe Connolly produced a run-scoring fly ball later in the inning. Bill James came in as relief for Tyler and shut the Athletics out for the next two innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Gowdy knocked a double off of “Bullet” Joe Bush (who had gone the distance) and gave way to a pinch-runner, Mann. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Larry Gilbert, Herbie Moran followed with a perfect bunt. Bush grabbed the ball and threw toward the third baseman in an attempt to force Mann, but his throw went wide resulting in much more than an error. Mann jumped at the opportunity and darted home for the 5-4 victory. Boston was now up three-games-to-none and the Philadelphia favorites were in serious trouble.
After failing to win with the “Big 3” – Bender, Plank and Bush, the Athletics turned to second year man, Bob Shawkey in an effort to get themselves back in the game. The Miracle Braves were on the verge of sweeping one of baseball’s original dynasties and the A’s were running out of options. Shawkey rose to the challenge and shutdown Boston for three scoreless innings before giving up one in the fourth. In the next inning, he helped his own cause with a game-tying double, but later surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Game 1 winner, Dick Rudolph held the A’s at one and the Braves went on to a 3-1 victory and World Series sweep. The Philadelphia Athletics became the first team in World Series history to be eliminated in four games (the 1907 Tigers also went winless, but managed a tie game against the Chicago Cubs, extending the contest to five games).
Hank Gowdy was a standout for the Braves with three doubles, one triple and a homer while batting a Series leading .545. Rudolph and James, after accounting for fifty-three of the Braves’ 94 regular-season victories, went undefeated while holding their opponents to a miserable .172 team mark. After their less-than stellar performance Connie Mack’s Athletics began rebuilding for the future. Unfortunately, Mack’s plan did not include many of the 1914 players. Eddie Collins was traded over the winter, Home Run Baker sat out the entire 1915 season in a dispute before being sold to the up-and-coming New York Yankees and both Plank and Bender went off to the Federal League. It didn’t stop there, by the middle of 1915, Jack Barry, Eddie Murphy and Bob Shawkey had all been traded or sold. The underdog Braves had not only swept the American League’s first real dynasty, they had destroyed it.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 5
1898 Lizzie Arlington becomes first woman to play professional men’s baseball when she pitches 9th inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts; allows 2 hits and walks a batter but preserves 5-0 win
1902 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane, England
1904 NY Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 innings at Huntington Park
1906 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats May Sutton 6-3, 9-7 for her 3rd of 7 Wimbledon singles titles
1907 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American May Sutton avenges previous year’s defeat, beating Dorothea Chambers 6-1, 6-4
1912 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: English badminton champion Ethel Larcombe wins her first and only major tennis title beating Charlotte Cooper 6-3, 6-1
1914 MLB Boston Braves (26-40) are 15 games back in NL, go on to win World Series 4-0 vs Philadelphia A’s
1919 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for the first of 6 Wimbledon singles titles
1924 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In the first all-French final Jean Borotra beats René Lacoste 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
1929 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In the first all-American final Helen Wills Moody beats Helen Jacobs 6-1, 6-2
1930 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bill Tilden beats fellow American Wilmer Allison 6-3, 9-7, 6-4 for his 3rd and final Wimbledon singles crown
1934 Lou Gehrig hits record 17th career grand slam in Yankees 8-3 win v Washington, passes Babe Ruth’s total
1935 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Fred Perry successfully defends his title against German Gottfried von Cramm 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
1935 Tony (Brooklyn Dodgers) and Al (NY Giants) Cuccinello become the first brothers to both hit a MLB homer in the same game, Dodgers win 14-4
1937 NY Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio hits 20th HR of the season but 1st career grand slam in 8-4 win vs Boston Red Sox
1946 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: In first post-WWII Championship, Sam Snead wins his only Open title, 4 strokes clear of runners-up Johnny Bulla & Bobby Locke
1947 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Margaret Osborne beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon singles title
1947 Cleveland Indians rookie Larry Doby becomes 1st black player in AL when he strikes out in 6-5 loss vs Chicago White Sox
1952 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
1953 Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts hurls his 28th consecutive MLB complete game in a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh
1957 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Lew Hoad successfully defends in crown beating fellow Australian Ashley Cooper 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
1958 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title
1958 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with Welshman Dave Thomas, for his 4th Open title
1961 St Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White smashes 3 HRs & a double in 9-1 rout of LA Dodgers
1963 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Chuck McKinley wins his only Grand Slam singles title beating Fred Stolle of Australia 9-7, 6-1, 6-4
1968 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon
1970 US Open Women’s Golf, Muskogee CC: Donna Caponi successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Haynie and Sandra Spuzich
1974 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Chris Evert wins her first Wimbledon title beating Russian Olga Morzova 6-0, 6-4
1975 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
1980 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Björn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his 5th straight Wimbledon crown with famous 22-minute, 34-point, fourth-set tiebreak
1981 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Summerlea GC: Jan Stephenson of Australia wins by 1 shot from Pat Bradley & Nancy Lopez
1986 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 6-3 for her 7th Wimbledon singles title
1987 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl
1987 A’s 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game as Oakland beats Red Sox, 6-2
1989 Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh’s 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408)
1990 Steffi Graf’s record run of 13 consecutive tennis Grand Slam singles finals ends, beaten in Wimbledon semi-finals 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 by American Zina Garrison
1991 MLB owners approve Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993
1991 American jockey Ray Sibille wins his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton, California
1992 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Andre Agassi wins his first of 8 Grand Slam singles titles beating Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
1993 As’ outfielder Rickey Henderson leads off both games of Oakland’s doubleheader vs Cleveland with homers (first time since 1913)
1996 Angels score 3 top 1st, Oakland A’s respond with 13 bottom 1st, highest-scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history, A’s win 16-8
1997 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years
1998 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Pete Sampras retains title; beats Goran Ivanišević 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 for his 5th of 7 Wimbledon singles crowns
1998 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens collects his 3,000th career strikeout in 2-1 win vs Tampa Bay (11th to achieve milestone)
1998 NY Yankees beat Baltimore Orioles 1-0 to improve record to 61-20, equalling best 81-game start in MLB history
2003 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2008 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends her title beating younger sister Serena 7-5, 6-4
2009 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick of the US 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 for a record 15th Grand Slam singles title
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Carli Lloyd scores a hat-trick as US beats Japan, 5-2
2017 Arsenal FC breaks club transfer record, paying about €53m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette
2019 Former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral says he paid a $2 million bribe to secure votes for his city to be granted 2016 Olympics
|NY Yankees||58||22||.725||–||34 – 9||24 – 13||26 – 12||19 – 6||10 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Boston||45||35||.563||13||21 – 16||24 – 19||9 – 16||12 – 7||19 – 7||6 – 4||W 2|
|Toronto||44||37||.543||14.5||25 – 18||19 – 19||16 – 18||10 – 9||14 – 6||4 – 6||L 4|
|Tampa Bay||43||37||.538||15||25 – 17||18 – 20||15 – 16||6 – 9||12 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||37||44||.457||21.5||19 – 17||18 – 27||15 – 19||11 – 13||6 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|Minnesota||46||37||.554||–||25 – 18||21 – 19||13 – 10||21 – 15||9 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cleveland||40||38||.513||3.5||20 – 17||20 – 21||6 – 10||17 – 13||9 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||38||40||.487||5.5||16 – 22||22 – 18||14 – 15||10 – 13||7 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||32||47||.405||12||21 – 24||11 – 23||7 – 14||14 – 16||3 – 10||6 – 4||W 2|
|Kansas City||29||49||.372||14.5||14 – 25||15 – 24||4 – 9||13 – 18||8 – 14||4 – 6||L 1|
|Houston||52||27||.658||–||25 – 11||27 – 16||6 – 8||14 – 3||24 – 12||9 – 1||W 7|
|Seattle||40||42||.488||13.5||20 – 20||20 – 22||8 – 15||7 – 6||20 – 16||7 – 3||W 3|
|Texas||37||41||.474||14.5||17 – 20||20 – 21||5 – 9||9 – 7||15 – 18||4 – 6||L 2|
|LA Angels||37||44||.457||16||21 – 23||16 – 21||6 – 14||9 – 5||17 – 17||4 – 6||L 3|
|Oakland||27||55||.329||26.5||9 – 28||18 – 27||9 – 15||9 – 15||7 – 20||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Mets||50||30||.625||–||26 – 13||24 – 17||24 – 9||8 – 3||13 – 10||5 – 5||W 2|
|Atlanta||47||34||.580||3.5||25 – 17||22 – 17||15 – 11||15 – 9||13 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|Philadelphia||42||38||.525||8||22 – 20||20 – 18||13 – 18||6 – 3||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|Miami||38||40||.487||11||19 – 16||19 – 24||22 – 14||3 – 6||9 – 14||6 – 4||W 5|
|Washington||29||53||.354||22||14 – 31||15 – 22||6 – 28||9 – 8||9 – 11||4 – 6||L 5|
|Milwaukee||47||35||.573||–||20 – 15||27 – 20||11 – 13||27 – 15||3 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|St. Louis||44||38||.537||3||24 – 16||20 – 22||7 – 10||22 – 14||9 – 5||4 – 6||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||32||47||.405||13.5||19 – 22||13 – 25||4 – 7||15 – 25||12 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||32||48||.400||14||17 – 27||15 – 21||3 – 3||18 – 21||7 – 14||6 – 4||L 2|
|Cincinnati||27||52||.342||18.5||13 – 26||14 – 26||4 – 8||11 – 18||8 – 21||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||50||29||.633||–||24 – 13||26 – 16||11 – 9||11 – 5||19 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|San Diego||47||35||.573||4.5||21 – 17||26 – 18||12 – 9||19 – 10||15 – 14||3 – 7||L 1|
|San Francisco||40||38||.513||9.5||21 – 20||19 – 18||14 – 13||8 – 9||11 – 10||2 – 8||L 5|
|Arizona||36||44||.450||14.5||20 – 22||16 – 22||12 – 10||10 – 11||8 – 19||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||35||45||.438||15.5||23 – 21||12 – 24||8 – 19||6 – 4||15 – 14||5 – 5||L 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot