HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

KOKOMO 8 RICHMOND 7 (9)

RICHMOND 12 MARION 2 (6)

McCUTCHEON 6 HARRISON 2

LOGANSPORT 9 LAFAYETTE JEFF 8

ANDERSON 6 MARION 2

WINCHESTER 17 MUNCIE CENTRAL 7

CENTERVILLE 15 LINCOLN 3….BULLDOGS: scored 11 runs in the first inning. LEADING HITTER: Zach Thompson 2-2 3R 5RBI….Bryce Robertson 2RBI….Collin Clark 2RBI….Jamari Pamplin 2RBI…Keegan Schlotterbeck 2-4PITCHING: Cameron Newman 5IP 3H 3R 2ER 8K 2BB…..GOLDEN EAGLES LEADING HITTER: Bryce Pennington 1-2 RBI…Landon Hicks 1-2….NOAH PAYNE RBI…CAMERON GUMM 1-3

HAGERSTOWN 9 NORTHEASTERN 2….TIGERS LEADING HITTER: Wyatt Leach 1-3 3RBI…..STARTING PITCHING: Reed Shaffer 5.2 3H 2R 0ER 3K……KNIGHTS LEADING HITTER: Treydon York 2-4….STARTING PITCHING: Payton Lumpkin 3IP 6H 8R 2ER 5K

CENTERVILLE 3 HAGESTOWN 2…BULLDOGS HITTING: Bryce Robertson 2-3 2RBI…KEEGAN SCHLOTTERBECK 2-4…PITCHING: Jacob Crowe 7IP 4H 2R 1ER 6K….FIRST BULLDOGS TITLE SINCE 2016

UNION COUNTY 8 WHITKO 4…PATRIOTS LEADING HITTER: Blake Richards 1-3 2RBI…         Alex VanWinkle 2-3….Mason Hornung 2-3 2R…Noah Taylor 2RBI…Eric Burdine 2-4 2RBI…PITCHING: John Ridenour 4IP 5H 3R 3ER 3K

KNIGHTSTOWN 12 LAPEL 4….PANTHERS LEADING HITTER: Brock Loveall 3-4 2RBI….Bryce Gorman 2-4 2RBI…STARTING PITCHING: Mason Muncy 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 7K

LAPEL 8 KNIGHTSTOWN 3…PANTHERS: Ben Newby 2RBI…PITCHING: Ben Newby 3IP 8H 5R 5ER 3K

ANSONIA 4 UNION CITY 0

BATESVILLE 10 GREENSBURG 0

SHENANDOAH 3 ALEXANDRIAN MONROE 2

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

RICHMOND 7 MARION 3

HARRISON 13 LAFAYETTE JEFF 1

JAY COUNTY 13 HAGERSTOWN 3

UNION COUNTY 10 SALEM 6…PATRIOTS HITTING: Annalea Adams 2-2 6RBI 2HR

EASTERN HANCOCK 11 UNION COUNTY 5

NEW CASTLE 8 NORTHEASTERN 4

TRI 11 CENTERVILLE 6….BULLDOGS: Drew Tubesing 3-4 RBI…Bri Shephard 1-3 2RBI…Jade Hill 2-4 RBI

TRI 14 CENTERVILLE 13…BULLDOGS: Morgan Clark 3-4 4RBI…Bri Shephard 4-5 3RBI 5R

SHELBYVILLE 12 LINCOLN 0….GOLDEN EAGLES: Allison Frost 2-2

UNION CITY 12 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 2…INDIANS: Emily Livingston 3-3 4RBI

WINCHESTER 5 KNIGHTSTOWN 3

GREENFIELD 8 COLUMBUS EAST 4

FRANKTON 9 GREENFIELD 8

LAPEL 8 SHENANDOAH 0

NOBLESVILLE 15 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 14

EAST CENTRAL 8 CATHEDRAL 6

SHELBYVILLE 3 FISHERS 2

MLB

Interleague
NY Mets5Final
Tampa Bay12
 
Chi Cubs8Final
10
Detroit9
 
Philadelphia0Final
Toronto4
American League
Oakland4Final
Minnesota5
 
LA Angels0Final
Boston9
 
NY Yankees8Final
Baltimore2
 
Kansas City5Final
Chi White Sox1
 
Texas5Final
Houston6
 
Cleveland3Final
Seattle7
National League
San Francisco6Final
Pittsburgh8
 
Atlanta5Final
Milwaukee1
 
Cincinnati6Final
12
Colorado5
 
Washington4Final
Arizona11
 
St. Louis3Final
San Diego13
 
Miami0Final
LA Dodgers7

NBA

LA Lakers122Final
Indiana115
 
Chicago91Final
Brooklyn105
 
Charlotte109Final
OT
New York118
 
Boston124Final
Minnesota108
 
Phoenix140Final
San Antonio103
 
Miami108Final
Milwaukee122

NHL

Vancouver4Final
Edmonton1
 
Boston2Final-OT
Washington3
 
Calgary Postponed
Vancouver

MLS

New York City FC1Final
Toronto FC1
 
Los Angeles2Final
Austin0
 
Atlanta1Final
CF Montreal0
 
Philadelphia1Final
New York0
 
Minnesota1Final
FC Dallas0
 
Colorado3Final
Houston1
 
Real Salt Lake0Final
Nashville SC0
 
San Jose0Final
Portland2

PGA

AT&T Byron Nelson
May 13-16, TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Sam Burns656269 -20 (196)F
2Kyoung-Hoon Lee656567 -19 (197)F
3tMatt Kuchar676666 -17 (199)F
3tAlex Noren656470 -17 (199)F
3tCharl Schwartzel656866 -17 (199)F
3tJordan Spieth637066 -17 (199)F
7tSeamus Power656867 -16 (200)F
7tDoc Redman646769 -16 (200)F
9tJoseph Bramlett647067 -15 (201)F
9tBronson Burgoon686667 -15 (201)F
9tRafa Cabrera Bello647166 -15 (201)F
9tHarris English706863 -15 (201)F
9tBen Martin656967 -15 (201)F
9tScott Stallings677163 -15 (201)F
15tRyan Palmer676966 -14 (202)F
15tAdam Schenk667066 -14 (202)F
15tBrandt Snedeker666868 -14 (202)F
18tDaniel Berger696767 -13 (203)F
18tScott Brown667166 -13 (203)F
18tWyndham Clark666869 -13 (203)F
18tMarc Leishman666968 -13 (203)F
18tCarlos Ortiz676670 -13 (203)F
18tRoger Sloan666869 -13 (203)F
18tJhonattan Vegas657266 -13 (203)F
25tRyan Armour706668 -12 (204)F
25tLuke Donald657366 -12 (204)F
25tMark Hubbard657168 -12 (204)F
25tPatton Kizzire696471 -12 (204)F
25tSatoshi Kodaira677166 -12 (204)F
25tHank Lebioda676770 -12 (204)F
25tTroy Merritt687066 -12 (204)F
25tJ.J. Spaun636972 -12 (204)F
25tSepp Straka686769 -12 (204)F
34tWesley Bryan677167 -11 (205)F
34tTalor Gooch696967 -11 (205)F
34tRob Oppenheim686968 -11 (205)F
34tJon Rahm686968 -11 (205)F
34tScottie Scheffler677068 -11 (205)F
34tBrian Stuard696967 -11 (205)F
34tJohnson Wagner677167 -11 (205)F
34tLee Westwood716470 -11 (205)F
34tVincent Whaley696571 -11 (205)F
34tWill Zalatoris706867 -11 (205)F
44tSi Woo Kim667070 -10 (206)F
44tRussell Knox696770 -10 (206)F
44tHideki Matsuyama687068 -10 (206)F
44tPat Perez706769 -10 (206)F
44tPatrick Rodgers716669 -10 (206)F
44tRory Sabbatini677168 -10 (206)F
50tCharles Howell III657072 -9 (207)F
50tMichael Kim696771 -9 (207)F
50tSebastian Munoz666873 -9 (207)F
50tSean O’Hair676971 -9 (207)F
50tTed Potter, Jr.666873 -9 (207)F
50tAaron Wise647271 -9 (207)F
56tMark Anderson686971 -8 (208)F
56tSung Kang676972 -8 (208)F
56tKeith Mitchell677170 -8 (208)F
59tCameron Champ726671 -7 (209)F
59tBryson DeChambeau696872 -7 (209)F
59tMichael Gligic657272 -7 (209)F
59tBo Hoag667172 -7 (209)F
59tMartin Laird726671 -7 (209)F
59tNelson Ledesma686873 -7 (209)F
59tLuke List686972 -7 (209)F
59tDylan Meyer667271 -7 (209)F
59tWes Roach687071 -7 (209)F
68Brice Garnett686973 -6 (210)F
69tAustin Cook686875 -5 (211)F
69tMichael Gellerman677173 -5 (211)F
69tD.J. Trahan696973 -5 (211)F
72Cameron Percy687076 -2 (214)F

NASCAR

Drydene 400
Qualifying
PosDriverCar #MakeQual. Speed
1Martin Truex Jr.19ToyotaExemption
2Denny Hamlin11ToyotaExemption
3William Byron24ChevroletExemption
4Kyle Larson5ChevroletExemption
5Kevin Harvick4FordExemption
6Kyle Busch18ToyotaExemption
7Ryan Blaney12FordExemption
8Chase Elliott9ChevroletExemption
9Joey Logano22FordExemption
10Chris Buescher17FordExemption
11Christopher Bell20ToyotaExemption
12Tyler Reddick8ChevroletExemption
13Ryan Newman6FordExemption
14Austin Dillon3ChevroletExemption
15Brad Keselowski2FordExemption
16Alex Bowman48ChevroletExemption
17Chase Briscoe14FordExemption
18Matt DiBenedetto21FordExemption
19Ross Chastain42ChevroletExemption
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47ChevroletExemption
21Michael McDowell34FordExemption
22Bubba Wallace23ToyotaExemption
23Erik Jones43ChevroletExemption
24Daniel Suarez99ChevroletExemption
25Ryan Preece37ChevroletExemption
26Corey LaJoie7ChevroletExemption
27Anthony Alfredo38FordExemption
28Kurt Busch1ChevroletExemption
29Josh Berry77ChevroletExemption
30Cole Custer41FordExemption
31B.J. McLeod78FordExemption
32Aric Almirola10FordExemption
33James Davison15ChevroletExemption
34Cody Ware51ChevroletExemption
35Quin Houff00ChevroletExemption
36Garrett Smithley53FordExemption
37Josh Bilicki52FordExemption

Rinus VeeKay becomes IndyCar’s latest first-time winner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rinus VeeKay continued IndyCar’s youth movement Saturday by scoring his first career victory with a win on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Dutchman became the third first-time winner through five races this season, the most at this point in the season since 2013.

“I have never cried before when I won a race, but I did today,” said VeeKay, who vowed to eat a cheesecake – perhaps the whole thing – in celebration.

The 20-year-old is the fourth winner 24 or younger to reach victory lane this season, joining Alex Palou, Colton Herta, and Pato O’Ward in what is quickly becoming a changing of the guard in IndyCar.

Only six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon has been to victory lane so far this year for the veterans as the series heads next week into preparations for the Indianapolis 500.

But it is VeeKay who now believes he can win the 500. He drives for local team Ed Carpenter Racing, a Chevy-powered organization that has put team owner Carpenter on the pole for the 500 three times.

“They were already like super motivated, but I’m pretty sure now for the 500 everyone is just going to be next-level motivated,” VeeKay said. “I know we have a good 500 car, good oval car, I think we can really, really do well. I feel super confident.”

VeeKay is so confident that he already knows should he win the 500 he’d like a bottle of whole milk. Not because it is his first choice – that would be buttermilk – but because he liked the way it looked in 2019 winner Simon Pagenaud’s photos.

“I saw the photo of Simon pouring milk on his face, and I think the whole milk gives the nice thick layer of milk, which I like,” he said.

His win Saturday was the first for ECR since Josef Newgarden won for the team in 2016. Newgarden has since moved to Team Penske and won two IndyCar championships.

VeeKay, meanwhile, has climbed through the IndyCar development system and is the first driver to win at all four levels of the Road to Indy program. He won six races in Indy Lights in 2019, seven races and the Indy Pro 2000 championship in 2018 and three races in USF2000 in 2017.

Mentored by two-time Indy 500 winner and fellow Dutchman Arie Luyendyk, VeeKay is the first Dutch winner in IndyCar since Robert Doornbos won a pair of CART races in 2007. He lives on Main Street in Speedway across the street from the track and rides his bike to work each day.

“I live like right next door, so every day I wake up, open the curtains and I see the grandstands of the racetrack,” he said. “It’s just the perfect day at the most perfect place on earth.”

Reds win again in extras, beat Rockies 6-5 in 12 innings

DENVER (AP) Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking double in the 12th and the Cincinnati Reds kept up their success in extra innings, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday night.

Castellanos also homered and singled to help Cincinnati improve to 7-2 in extra-inning games this season. Lucas Sims (3-1) pitched two innings for the win.

Jesse Winkler was at second base to start the 12th and Castellanos hit a pitch from Antonio Santos (0-1) to the wall to make it 5-4. Pinch-hitter Nick Senzel singled and Eugenio Suarez had an RBI groundout.

Colorado got a run on Raimel Tapia’s groundout in the bottom of the inning off Heath Hembree, who earned his first save.

The Reds have played the most extra-inning games in the majors.

“Extra innings, everybody’s up, everybody’s believing in the guy that they’re going to get it done,” Castellanos said of the team’s success.

Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer in the Reds 11th and Josh Fuentes tied it with a double to drive in a pair in the bottom half.

“It felt really good. It was great,” Farmer said of his third home run of the season. “I’ve come close a couple of times. I didn’t think I had any more power left in me.”

The teams combined for 36 runs in the first two games, and early it looked like another big scoring night.

Castro’s hit in 10th gives Tigers 9-8 win over Cubs

DETROIT (AP) A.J. Hinch’s first month as Detroit’s manager was rough. Now he has reason to hope the worst is behind him.

Harold Castro hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Craig Kimbrel to give the Tigers a 9-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Detroit rallied from deficits of 2-0, 4-3, 7-6 and 8-7 to win a back-and-forth game in which neither starting pitcher made it past the third. It was the fifth win in six games for the Tigers, who were 9-24 before this upswing.

“There’s no quit in this team, which I’ve appreciated. We have had a rough stretch,” Hinch said. “Our guys will stay in and compete. I applaud their effort, and quite honestly we expect it at this level.”

The final comeback by the Tigers on Saturday came when they scored twice off Kimbrel (0-2) in the 10th.

Nomar Mazara tied it with an RBI single that scored the automatic runner, and JaCoby Jones ran for Mazara and stole second. Then Castro – hitless in five previous at-bats Saturday with three strikeouts – slapped a two-out single to left. The throw home by Kris Bryant was a bit off line and Jones was easily safe.

“It was a tough day. … I’ve got be prepared, every at-bat,” Castro said. “I’ve got to be prepared for any situation in the game, and that’s what I did.”

Matt Duffy homered and drove in five runs for the Cubs. His RBI single off Michael Fulmer (3-2) gave the Cubs the lead in the top of the 10th.

The Cubs snapped a streak of seven straight one-run games when they beat Detroit 4-2 on Friday night. Then they played another close one Saturday.

Wendle hits 3 of Tampa Bay’s 8 doubles, Rays beat Mets 12-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Joey Wendle hit three doubles and a single, keying two big innings that sent the Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Mets 12-5 Saturday.

Yandy Diaz, who had two of Tampa Bay’s eight doubles, and Randy Arozarena each had three hits.

Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso and Jose Peraza each homered for the Mets, who have lost two in a row at Tropicana Field after a seven-game winning streak.

Wendle had an infield single that set up a run in the first and doubled to spark a five-run fourth that made it 6-4. He hit a two-run double in a six-run eighth that broke open the game.

“The law of averages,” explained Wendle, who has been slumping with the rest of the Rays. “We’ve talked about it being a long season, and these things happen . . . things will turn around at some point. We’re not going to hit .100 all season. I think it was something that was bound to happen eventually.”

Rays starter Shane McClanahan (1-0) got his first major league win. The 24-year-old lefty, who last October became the first pitcher in major league history to debut in the postseason, gave up four runs on six hits while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

Peraza’s three-run homer, his first of the season, put the Mets up 3-1 in the second. Alonso made it 4-1 in the third with his sixth homer of the season and first in 16 games.

Willy Adames hit a two-run double in the fourth off Joey Lucchesi (1-3). Pinch-hitter Austin Meadows drove in the final run of the inning with a double off Sean Reid-Foley.

Lucchesi (1-3) gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings following Drew Smith, who worked two innings in his first major league start. Smith gave up one unearned run on two hits while striking out three.

Phillies star Harper exits with sore shoulder, Jays win 4-0

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and five Toronto pitchers combined on a six-hitter to beat Philadelphia 4-0 Saturday night in a game when Phillies star Bryce Harper exited early with right shoulder soreness.

Harper was replaced defensively in right field by Scott Kingery to start the bottom of the fourth. Harper struck out in both of his at-bats.

The Phillies said Harper is day to day.

“It came on tonight,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “He came to us, smart. You don’t want to make it worse. Got him out. Hopefully it’s just day to day.”

Harper wasn’t the only Philadelphia player to depart early.

Andrew Knapp pinch-hit for Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto in the eighth. Girardi said Realmuto had a sore left wrist.

Realmuto left Tuesday’s game against Washington after taking a foul ball off his left knee and felt ill with a fever Wednesday night. After not playing Thursday, he was the DH in Friday night’s series opener with the Blue Jays.

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen had his left hip flexor lock up during a late at-bat but stayed in the game. Girardi said McCutchen told him postgame that he is fine.

Guerrero hit his 10th homer, a first-inning solo shot off Aaron Nola (3-3). The drive to right was Guerrero’s sixth to the opposite field.

Sano 3-run homer propels struggling Twins past A’s 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Miguel Sano snapped a 19-game homerless drought with a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Minnesota Twins came back to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Saturday.

Sano pounded his chest and gestured to his teammates as he rounded the bases after his homer off Oakland left-hander Jake Diekman just reached the overhang in right field. Sano was hitting just .114 this season before the homer, which was just his second of the year and first since the third game of the season.

Sano foreshadowed the moment a day before with Minnesota starter Jose Berrios.

“I told him, `Berry, if I’m in the lineup tomorrow, 100 percent, I’m going to do something special to win the game,'” Sano said. “That’s the mindset I have all the time. Try to go out there, compete. That’s a big-time, big moment.”

It was the big hit Minnesota needed to snap its five-game losing streak and finally offer some relief for its struggling offense. The Twins had been 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position on Saturday before Sano’s homer and entered the day hitting .229 with runners in scoring position.

“We got a moment there that’s a moment that I think can really energize everything happening right now,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It was a big thing for our team and a big thing for Miguel Sano. It was the kind of day that you remember, you build off of.”

Alex Colome (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Berrios. Hansel Robles secured his first save of the year despite a one-out double from Chad Pinder in the ninth.

Verdugo hits HR on 25th birthday as Red Sox beat Angels 9-0

BOSTON (AP) Alex Verdugo hit a solo homer in his first at-bat on his 25th birthday, Xander Bogaerts also went deep with a game-breaking, three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox beat the stumbling Los Angeles Angels 9-0 on Saturday.

Rafael Devers added a solo shot, Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run double and Franchy Cordero drove in two runs with two doubles for the Red Sox (25-16), who won their third straight and matched their season high by climbing nine games over .500.

“We needed a game like that to be able to rest some players,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It was a great game today.”

Angels star Shohei Ohtani had a rough day, getting cut down on a baserunning blunder after a single in his first at-bat, and striking out his next three.

Martin Perez (1-2) went six innings, holding the Angels to three singles, striking out five with four walks. Three relievers combined on the four-hitter.

Los Angeles (16-22) has lost four in a row, falling to a season-worst six games under .500.

“We’re going through a rough stretch right now. It’s a long season,” Angels star Mike Trout said. “We’ll turn it around. We’ll be alright.”

Verdugo snapped an 0-for-14 stretch by sending a fastball from Dylan Bundy (0-5) over Boston’s bullpen. After crossing home plate, he pointed up to the front row of seats on the Green Monster, where about a half-dozen fans, with most wearing his jersey, were cheering wildly and holding birthday signs.

Judge homers again as Yankees rout Orioles 8-2

BALTIMORE (AP) Aaron Judge homered for the third time in two games, Domingo German had another stellar outing at Camden Yards and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Saturday night.

After hitting two home runs Friday, Judge provided New York a 5-0 lead with a two-run shot in the second. Six of Judge’s 11 homers this season have come against Baltimore.

“We had some good at-bats there to kind of get us going,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We were able to throw a couple of crooked numbers up there and then able to add later was definitely nice.”

German (3-2) allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over six innings. He has won all four of his career starts in Baltimore.

“It feels great to have that kind of support behind you,” German said through an interpreter. “When that happens in the game, you want to stay aggressive. You don’t want to lower the intensity. You want to go out there and execute pitches.

Tyler Wade had three hits while batting ninth for New York, which improved to 4-1 on its 10-game road trip and has won 11 of its last 14 games overall.

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the first on a passed ball by catcher Chance Sisco and a two-run single by Gary Sanchez off Jorge Lopez (1-4).

Perez homers again as Royals beat Rodón, White Sox 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) A little familiarity went a long way for the Kansas City Royals with Carlos Rodon.

Same for Mike Minor taking on the Chicago White Sox.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer for the second straight day, and the Royals handed Rodon his first loss of the season with a 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night.

Rodon pitched six sparkling innings in a 3-0 victory at Kansas City in his previous start on May 7. But Royals manager Mike Matheny said before Saturday’s game that he was looking forward to the matchup, and his optimism ended up being well founded.

“I thought we had some pretty good at-bats last time we faced him, without a lot of results,” Matheny said after the win. “I don’t know. I believe in this team.”

Whit Merrifield doubled twice and scored twice as the Royals got to Rodon (5-1) for four runs in the first three innings. The left-hander allowed two earned runs in 31 innings while winning his first five starts of the year.

“He was fresh in our head from seeing him a week ago, and just did a better job of capitalizing on balls in the zone,” Merrifield said.

The big blow was Perez’s ninth homer, an opposite-field drive on a 96-mph fastball up and out of the zone in the third. The veteran catcher also hit a three-run shot during Kansas City’s 6-2 victory over Chicago in the opener of Friday’s doubleheader.

Perez departed in the eighth because of some left groin tightness, and he could rest during the series finale. But he seemed OK after the game, letting loose a good chuckle while acknowledging he wasn’t exactly looking for the pitch that he homered on.

Correa, Tucker lead Astros past Rangers 6-5

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker each homered to help Luis Garcia earn his first career win as the Houston Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Correa capped a four-run first with a two-run homer to right as the Astros got to Texas starter Dane Dunning (2-3). Alex Bregman also had a two-run single in the inning.

After starting the month of May 2 for 35, Correa is 6 for 13 in his last four games.

“He’s been hitting the ball well,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Everybody likes to see results because he’s been working hard in the cage with (hitting coach) Alex Cintron. You always want to see some fruits of your hard work, and tonight it paid off for him and us.”

Tucker upped the lead to 6-1 with a two-run shot to right in the seventh.

“When he’s hot, he’s going to get a bunch of RBIs,” Baker said. “You didn’t know that that was going to be the deciding run, his home run. You just never know in this game. You just got to keep it coming.”

Tucker extended his hitting streak to seven games and is 12 for 25 during that stretch with three home runs and seven RBIs.

“I’m getting started earlier and getting down earlier,” Tucker said. “Along with that, just not swinging at a bunch of pitches outside the strike zone and chasing it because when you’re swinging at pitches over the plate, you get better outcomes.”

Garcia (1-3) permitted one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings. Garcia has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his six starts this season.

Haniger, Moore homer, Mariners beat Indians 7-3

SEATTLE (AP) Mitch Haniger hit his 12th home run, Justus Sheffield picked up a win against the team that drafted him and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Saturday night.

Dylan Moore added a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Triston McKenzie to break open a close game and give Sheffield (3-3) the win in a showdown of former Indians first-round draft picks.

“There were a lot of familiar faces over there,” Sheffield said. “I still have a lot of good buddies over there. Triston and I go way back.”

Sheffield, a 25-year-old left-hander, was taken in the first round by the Indians in 2014, and McKenzie was drafted the next year. Cleveland traded Sheffield to the New York Yankees in 2016 in a deal for Andrew Miller.

Sheffield worked out of jams in the second, fourth and sixth innings – helping turn a double play in the second – and overcame three doubles by Jose Ramirez. He struck out two, walked two and scattered five hits in six innings.

“I think early on he made a couple of mistakes and we didn’t make him pay for it,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

The Mariners have won two straight after a string of five losses.

Haniger, a former All-Star who missed most of the last two years with injuries, hit a solo shot in the first inning to join Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. for the major league lead with his 12th homer. He added a single and a run in the fifth inning to make it 5-0, helping chase McKenzie (1-2).

Stallings hits game-ending, 2-run HR, Pirates top Giants 8-6

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Saturday night.

The catcher had a two-run double that capped four-run comeback with two out in the seventh that made it 6-all.

“It was a crazy game,” Stallings said. “I think that was more pumped up than I usually get, more emotional than I usually get. It was just that kind of game.”

Adam Frazier singled to lead off the Pittsburgh ninth and was thrown out at the plate when he tried to score on Bryan Reynolds’ one-out double. Reynolds took third on the play, and trotted home when Stallings sent a drive into the left-field bleachers off Jake McGee (1-1).

McGee gave up a game-tying single to Reynolds that sent a 3-2 loss into extras Friday.

“I have confidence in everybody in our ‘pen,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That doesn’t mean it’s not a real challenge. … In these situations, we’re trying to win baseball games. Sometimes you have to call on your best to try to win them.”

Stallings hit a walkoff solo shot in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Cubs in an empty PNC Park last Sept. 22. On Saturday, he did it in front of a season-high Pirates crowd of 7,833.

“I guess I didn’t think about that, but maybe that added to the emotion,” Stallings said. “Hard to say, but I was definitely more pumped up this time. So maybe that went into it.”

Anderson hitless for 6, Freeman 250th HR, Braves top Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ian Anderson flirted with a no-hit bid, and he knew it.

Anderson took his try into the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman hit his 250th career home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night.

“I was thinking about it,” Anderson said. “Nowadays, there’s scoreboards everywhere. It’s hard not to see it.”

Anderson (3-1) cruised through the first six innings, mixing a 96 mph fastball, an effective changeup and an even slower curveball that kept the Brewers guessing.

The 23-year-old right-hander walked four and struck out four before the Brewers ended Anderson’s bid in the seventh. Daniel Vogelbach blooped a leadoff single to center and Pablo Reyes followed with a double that chased Anderson.

“I feel good,” Anderson said after throwing a career-high 110 pitches. “I feel good. I like pitching deep into games like that. It was a little frustrating not to be able to get the outs that last inning.”

The Braves’ bullpen had a rough go against the Toronto Blue Jays and got swept in a three-game series. Not against the Brewers, though.

A. J. Minter, Chris Martin and Will Smith each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Escobar has 2 HRs, 7 RBIs as D-backs rout Nationals 11-4

PHOENIX (AP) Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, a two-run homer and tied a career high with seven RBIs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Washington Nationals 11-4 on Saturday night.

Escobar broke the game open in the fourth when he launched a full-count, two-out pitch from Joe Ross deep into the right field seats that made it 6-2. He added a two-run shot off Austin Voth in the eighth and started the D-backs’ scoring with a two-run single in the first.

“That’s a great week for some people,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “Eduardo’s been working his butt off to make days like this happen.”

It was a much-needed win for the D-backs, who had lost nine of 11 coming into Saturday and got crushed 17-2 by the Nationals on Friday night. Arizona got a little payback and now is 18-22 this season while the Nationals dropped to 15-20.

The Diamondbacks have been dealing with an avalanche of injuries over the past few weeks, putting three more players on the injured list Saturday. Escobar’s one of the few established big leaguers in the team’s lineup and he certainly looked the part against the Nationals.

“I know it’s really hard right now. A lot of injuries, losing a lot of the best players on the team,” Escobar said. “But we’re still playing hard and there’s a lot of talented young people here.”

The homers were Escobar’s eighth and ninth of the season. Escobar had seven RBIs one other time in his career, also against the Nationals in 2019.

Nola drives in six runs, Padres embarrass Cardinals 13-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) Austin Nola homered, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs, and Tommy Pham and rookie Kim Ha-seong also connected off Adam Wainwright to lead the San Diego Padres to a 13-3 laugher against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

The Padres beat the Cardinals for the second straight night in their first matchup since San Diego eliminated St. Louis from the playoffs last season.

The Padres are 4-1 since star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and right fielder Wil Myers went on the injured list due to COVID-19, and first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder-outfielder Jurickson Profar and utilityman Jorge Mateo were sidelined due to contact tracing.

“You just have to deal with the circumstances and we’ve definitely taken hold of that as a team,” said Nola, a catcher who has been pressed into duty in the infield. “We know we have to do our job as a team. Nothing really changed as far as the game plan, we really had to stick to what we do best and that’s grind out at-bats and play good defense behind our pitchers.”

Manager Jayce Tingler said that “in kind of a weird way, there’s some unique things about it. It’s not ideal. The positives are, the five guys that are out, they’re feeling well. We’re having other guys step up. We’ve got pitchers coming up offering to play the outfield, to pinch-hit, anything like that. That room just continues to be tighter and tighter every day. That’s special when you’re trying to build chemistry and things like that.

“We’re a pretty tough group and we’re going to continue to be tough, be resilient and keep moving forward,” Tingler said.

Nola hit a three-run homer off Wainwright in the third, an RBI double off Tyler Webb in the sixth and a two-run single off infielder Matt Carpenter, who was summoned to pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh.

Carpenter also pitched the scoreless eighth, allowing a single and hitting a batter.

Bauer K’s 10, Muncy has 3 hits as Dodgers blank Marlins 7-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a lot better spirits compared to six days ago.

Bauer – who expressed his frustration after the defending World Series champions dropped their fifth straight series last weekend – threw seven shutout innings and struck out 10 on Saturday night as the Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-0 to extend their winning streak to four.

Max Muncy had three hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-0 Saturday night to extend their winning streak to four after going through a 5-15 stretch.

“We should be winning and that’s what we are doing as of late,” catcher Will Smith said.

The win capped a busy day for the Dodgers – who also received bad news after the game. Shortstop Corey Seager is headed to the injured list after he broke his right hand in the fifth inning when he was hit in the right hand by Ross Detwiler.

Earlier Saturday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press the Dodgers are signing veteran first baseman Albert Pujols to a major league deal. Los Angeles also made a trade during the game when they acquired infielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bauer (4-2) allowed only two hits and three baserunners. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired the last 11 Marlins hitters he faced as only one runner reached second base.

It was the third time in nine starts this season that the right-hander has gone at least seven innings. He threw 113 pitches, including 71 for strikes, marking the fourth time in the last five starts he has thrown at least 103 pitches.

“I knew before the game I was going to have real good stuff,” Bauer said. “My velocity was good, the game plan was good. That’s a pretty good combination when everything is going well.”

James returns as he and Davis send Lakers by Pacers 122-115

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Los Angles Lakers coach Frank Vogel liked what he saw of LeBron James’ return

“It is going to take time to get his timing back to 100%, but for most of the game he looked good,” Vogel said. “He looked like his old self again.”

James, back after a six-game absence, scored 24 points, including seven key points late, to lead the Lakers to a 122-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers Saturday. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points.

The Lakers can notch the No. 6 seed if they win at New Orleans on Sunday and Portland loses to Denver that day. If the Lakers finish No. 7, they will be in the play-in tournament against the No. 8 seed.

Davis, who missed the previous game because of a tight left thigh, sank 9 of 18 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds. James played 28 minutes, hitting 11 of 22 shots. James had eight assists and seven rebounds.

James was out for the last six games while recovering from high ankle sprain. He missed six weeks and then returned to play two games.

“It felt a lot better than the last time I came back,” James said. “I felt good coming into the game. I think each game I’ll get better and better. It will take a few games to get it all back. It’s up to coach and training staff if I play (Sunday).”

Davis had missed Wednesday’s game with Houston.

“I felt great the entire time,” Davis said. “It’s nice to get the whole team back out there.”

Andre Drummond had 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who held a 45-37 rebounding edge.

Nets finally get Big 3 back together, beat Bulls 105-91

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden were on the floor together for the first time in three months.

Barely two minutes later, they were back on the bench for a timeout, looking up a 12-0 deficit on the scoreboard.

The Brooklyn Nets shook off that slow start Saturday, beat the Chicago Bulls 105-91 and remained confident there’s enough time to turn into the team they expect.

“It’s been a long season, full of ups and downs when it comes to lineups and having all our guys on the same page,” Durant said, “but it was good to get everybody healthy, get some minutes with everybody and we’re going to keep building from here.”

The eighth appearance of the season for Brooklyn’s Big Three wasn’t particularly pretty. But the Nets had some sharp stretches and won their fourth straight, improving to 6-2 with their three All-Stars in the same game.

Irving scored 22 points, but Durant shot just 4 for 17 and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Harden had seven assists, five points and five rebounds while playing 25 minutes in his second game back from a hamstring injury.

But Brooklyn got 19 points and five 3-pointers from Jeff Green, while Bruce Brown had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Nets ensured they would remain second in the Eastern Conference heading into the final day of the regular season.

“Wasn’t a great game, we weren’t very sharp but we got the job done and move on to tomorrow,” coach Steve Nash said. “One last game.”

Patrick Williams scored 24 points for the Bulls, the highest total of his rookie season. Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Randle leads Knicks past Hornets in OT, tie Atlanta for 4th

NEW YORK (AP) Julius Randle had 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and led an overtime surge that sent the New York Knicks past the Charlotte Hornets 118-109 on Saturday.

Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Knicks, who improved to 40-31 and moved into a tie with the idle Atlanta Hawks for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Miami Heat, at 39-31, are scheduled to play at Milwaukee on Saturday night, and could create a logjam with a victory heading into the Sunday, the last day of regular season play.

If the Milwaukee beats Miami, the Knicks could clinch the fourth spot by beating the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Knick coach Tom Thibodeau, along with his players, will be keeping an eye on how the Heat-Bucks game unfolds.

“For us the big thing is take care of home court, take care of the game that we have at hand. If we take care of the little things, the big thing will take care of itself,” Thibodeau said. “But I think it is important for everyone to understand the business, who’s in it, how every game impacts something. So I want them studying the league as well.”

The Knicks have won 15 of 19.

“Can’t speak for other teams, but whatever challenge or opponent there is for us, we’ll be ready for,” Randle said. “We’ll be excited. We’ll accept the challenge.”

Miles Bridges had 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter and Devonte Graham added 25 for the Hornets, who have lost four straight games.

“A spectacular performance by him. It was just special,” Hornets coach James Borrego said of Bridges’ outburst. “What a lift – just his energy and spirit of him. Then the production is much more than I could have expected or imagined.”

New York led by 17 points with 7:45 left in the third quarter before the Bridges rallied the Hornets back on his own, at one point outscoring the Knicks 10-1 and finishing the period with a windmill dunk to cut the deficit to 89-86.

Tatum, Celtics cruise to 124-108 win over Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Boston Celtics cruised to a 124-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Evan Fournier added 18 points and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Six Celtics scored in double-figures as Boston snapped its four-game losing streak.

The Celtics can’t improve their playoff positioning in their final two games but want to head into the postseason on a high note.

“It’s always important to play well, always,” Fournier said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, what the circumstances are.”

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 27th game of the year with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 23 points in the loss.

The Wolves have lost two straight games by double digits heading into Sunday’s season finale.

“I thought we wasted a day,” Towns said.

Minnesota trailed by as many as 23. The Wolves cut the Celtics lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter on an Edwards three-point play but never got closer.

Boston coach Brad Stevens put Tatum and Fournier back into the game in the fourth when Minnesota trimmed the lead to 11.

“We needed to feel good,” Stevens said. “I thought it was really important when we step on this plane today to feel a little bit better about the win with the right mentality.”

Boston’s Kemba Walker (neck), Tristan Thompson (pectoral), Marcus Smart (calf) and Robert Williams (toe) were all sidelined against Minnesota.

Suns rout short-handed Spurs 140-103, keep hope for top seed

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Devin Booker had 27 points and the Phoenix Suns maintained their hope of earning the top spot in the NBA and Western Conference with a 140-103 victory over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

“It was important for us,” Phoenix forward Dario Saric said. “Even the game tomorrow is more important. We need to finish the regular season the right way.”

Phoenix moved within a game of Utah. The Jazz conclude their season Sunday in Sacramento while the Suns close a two-game series in San Antonio. Phoenix swept the season series with Utah.

The Suns were without starting center Deandre Ayton due to an injury but did not rest anyone Saturday as they fight for the top seed after missing the playoffs last season.

“I think we’ve done everything we can to this point,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “And it’s hard asking our guys to rest. They all want to play. I’m just going to do what’s best for the team.”

Keldon Johnson had 18 points to lead San Antonio, which previously clinched 10th in the West and will face either Memphis or Golden State on the road Wednesday.

The Suns never trailed against the Spurs and led by as many as 42 points before San Antonio’s largest crowd of the season. The Spurs honored Tim Duncan’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with a series of video tributes and the unveiling of his Hall of Fame jersey in the rafters of the AT&T Center.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich missed the game to attend Duncan’s induction ceremony. It was the first time Popovich has not served as head coach since a personal matter led to his absence March 3, 2020. Duncan, who was an assistant coach at the time, was head coach in Popovich’s absence that day. Spurs first-year assistant Mitch Johnson filled in as head coach Saturday.

Bucks beat Heat 122-108, maintain bid for East’s No. 2 seed

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes each scored 21 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 122-108 on Saturday night in a potential first-round playoff series preview.

Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine.

“It’s more about being consistent going into the playoffs, no matter the opponent or who we’re playing,” Holiday said. “It’s about being consistent and being in a good groove. I think at this point in the season we’ve done a pretty good job of really just coming out every game and trying to prepare like every game’s a playoff game.”

Kendrick Nunn had a season-high 31 points for the Heat. They lost despite shooting 22 of 49 from 3-point range and tying a franchise record for 3-point baskets in a game.

Miami didn’t have leading scorer Jimmy Butler due to lower back tightness.

The Bucks are third and the Heat sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, which would have them meeting in the first round of the playoffs. But neither team is locked into that position heading into the final day of the regular season.

Milwaukee still could earn the No. 2 seed if it wins at Chicago and the Brooklyn Nets lose at home to Cleveland on Sunday. Miami could move into the No. 5 spot if it beats Houston and the New York Knicks lose at home to Boston.

AP source: Albert Pujols signing with Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are signing veteran first baseman Albert Pujols to a major league deal.

The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal isn’t expected to be finalized until Monday. The Los Angeles Times first reported the agreement.

The 41-year-old Pujols left the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month after nearly 10 seasons with the Dodgers’ Orange County rivals. The oldest player in the majors batted .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs for the Angels.

Pujols was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels, who didn’t win a playoff game during his tenure.

“I’m happy for him. I knew he would get an opportunity somewhere. I’m good friends with him. I’m happy for him,” longtime Angels teammate Mike Trout said after a 9-0 loss in Boston.

Pujols is making $30 million this season, and the Dodgers will pay him only the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum salary for the rest of the season, roughly $420,000. The rest will be paid by the Angels.

Pujols is fifth in major league history with 667 career homers and 13th with 3,253 hits, but he has been a low-impact contributor to the Angels for the past half-decade. The Angels said Pujols requested his departure from Anaheim because he didn’t want to be a backup, instead intending to play every day for another team.

Burns keeps Nelson lead after more Spieth magic, rain looms

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Sam Burns is the 54-hole leader – again. Local favorite Jordan Spieth saved the magic for the 18th green – again.

And the AT&T Byron Nelson is in a race to beat the notorious spring weather in Texas – again, this time with plenty of players having at least one eye on next week’s PGA Championship.

Burns shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke lead over K.H. Lee, who had a 67 and briefly pulled even before Burns missed by inches matching Spieth’s eagle on 18 and tapped in for birdie.

Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel each shot 66 and were three strokes back along with 38-year-old Swedish journeyman Alex Noren, who shot 70 and is looking for his first PGA Tour win in his 104th start.

The players will switch from twosomes back to threesomes going off the first and 10th tees soon after daybreak Sunday with heavy rain in the forecast.

Without delays, the tournament famous for interruptions from spring storms – including severe weather that even changed the course’s par total in the middle of the event six years ago – will finish about four hours earlier than normal.

The players, of course, will be expecting delays.

“If there are delays, you get pretty used to having to deal with delays,” said Kuchar, among the roughly two dozen PGA qualifiers who made the Nelson cut. “Kind of expecting that tomorrow will be an on-again, off-again day.”

Spieth rolled in another eagle at the par-5 18th, this time a shorter, bending putt from the fringe behind the hole. It just trimmed his deficit after Spieth’s 55-footer up a hill that splits the green gave him a share of the first-round lead.

The roar was the same, though, from the biggest gallery on the new course of his hometown event, the TCP Craig Ranch in McKinney, about 30 miles north of Dallas. It’s the third venue in the past four Nelsons.

“Once it got on the green, it looked good,” Spieth said. “Started the putter raise and I wasn’t positive it was going in because the angle it was coming in at. I wanted to do the no look to the crowd, but, I mean, it was a really cool moment.”

Seamus Power holed out on a 35-foot bunker shot on the par-4 15th for a 67 and was tied with 2017 U.S. Amateur winner Doc Redman at 16 under. Redman shot 69.

Scott Stallings and Harris English were among six at 15-under 201, shooting matching 63s after making the cut on the number at 6 under. It was a record low for the Nelson on a course that hosted Korn Ferry Tour Championships but looks overmatched against some of the game’s best.

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert’s Medina Spirit 3rd

BALTIMORE (AP) Rombauer left Medina Spirit behind – and put horse racing’s latest controversy on the back burner.

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.

Medina Spirit finished third and will not go on to the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line and a potential Derby disqualification hanging over the sport.

Baffert was not present at Pimlico Race Course, opting to stay away because of the controversy surrounding Medina Spirit, who tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing. He said in a spotlight-stealing statement hours before the race: “Today is not about Bob Baffert. Instead it is about Medina Spirit and all of the other equine athletes in our tremendous sport.”

All the focus nonetheless was on 2-1 favorite Medina Spirit, Baffert and his other Preakness runner, Concert Tour, who went off at 4-1. Medina Spirit was passed for the first time in his career by Rombauer, who won by 3 1/2 lengths over second-place Midnight Bourbon.

“I had to come out running to get my position,” said Medina Spirit jockey John Velazquez, who fell to 0 for 11 in the Preakness. “I knew that he was going to be pressed today. I was hoping that he wouldn’t overdo it, and we did.”

Concert Tour was a disappointing ninth in a 10-horse field.

Maryland racing officials required Concert Tour and Medina Spirit to undergo additional testing and monitoring as conditions to run in the Preakness. Those three rounds of tests came back Friday, clearing them to race. None of the other horses were subject to that level of scrutiny, which came out of the situation at Churchill Downs and Baffert’s four other medication violations over the past 13 months with other horses.

‘It’s an honor’: The Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 enshrined

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Vanessa Bryant took Michael Jordan’s hand and walked down from the stage, a familiar chant breaking out throughout the arena as she made her way back to her seat.

“Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” the crowd shouted.

With that, he was – officially, finally – a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kobe Bryant is in the Hall now, along with contemporaries Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, headliners of a group of nine who got their delayed and long-awaited enshrinement on Saturday night, more than a year after being announced as the Hall’s Class of 2020.

“Right now, I’m sure he’s laughing in heaven, because I’m about to praise him in public,” Vanessa Bryant said.

And she did, her purple dress matching the traditional Los Angeles Lakers color, capping the night by giving the speech that her husband was not here to deliver.

“There will never be anyone like Kobe,” Vanessa Bryant said. “Kobe was one of a kind. He was special. He was humble – off the court – but bigger than life.”

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett were joined in the class by three-time NCAA champion coach Kim Mulkey, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens and longtime FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

“I appreciate you,” Garnett said to Duncan from the stage. “It’s an honor to go into the hall with you, bro. You and Kob.”

Duncan stayed true to who he is: modest and humble, on a day where his Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, missed a game to see his enshrinement.

“This is the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life,” Duncan said as he began his speech. “Been through finals, Game 7’s, this is officially the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve been pacing in my room all day, so let’s see what we get.”

As usual, he delivered in the clutch.

And the other speeches didn’t disappoint.

The Hall of Fame has a 10-minute countdown clock on the prompter that speakers used to assist with their remarks. Catchings blew past that with ease, going several minutes past in an emotional address that covered her many challenges.

“Basketball chose me, an awkward, lanky, introverted tomboy, born with a hearing disability, a speech impediment, and a will to overcome obstacles, dream big and to change the world,” Catchings said.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball clinches berth in HCAC Championship Weekend with walk-off win over Spartans

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SCORES: Earlham 9, Manchester 8 (10 inn.)

LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Sadler Stadium

RECORDS: Earlham 23-18 / Manchester 19-22

RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College Baseball punched its ticket to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament’s championship weekend with a 9-8, 10-inning, walk-off win over Manchester University, Saturday afternoon at Sadler Stadium.

The Quakers (23-18) will be one of five teams battling for the HCAC title at next weekend’s championship round, which will be hosted by Transylvania University starting Thursday, May 20. Game times and matchups will be announced by the HCAC once all five participants have been determined.

Cameron McCabe’s 10th-inning grounder back to Manchester pitcher CJ Williams pushed the game-winning run across for the Quakers. With Devin Basley on second and Marc Gendreau on first, Williams caught McCabe’s ground ball, then spun and threw to second in an attempt to get Gendreau. However his throw was well over the head of Spartan second baseman Zach White and sailed into center field, allowing Basley to cross and lift Earlham to the victory.

Earlham had trailed by as much as 7-2 at the midway point of the sixth inning, after Manchester scored twice in the top of the frame.

The Quakers narrowed the gap to 7-3 on Cameron Wissel’s solo home run to right field in the home half of the sixth, but after a scoreless seventh inning the Spartans widened their lead to 8-3 in the top of the eighth on Joe Henschel’s RBI double to right center.

Earlham erased the deficit completely in the bottom of the eighth with five runs, including a double from Gendreau and a single by McCabe that each plated a run. Danny Dopp, a day removed from setting the Earlham career runs batted in record, added to the tally with a two-run home run to center field, also scoring McCabe to knot the game at 8-8.

Neither team was able to score an additional run in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings. The Spartans stranded a runner at second in the top of the 10th, and one-out singles by Basley and Gendreau in the bottom of the frame set the table for McCabe.

The contest opened with Manchester plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, with Earlham responding in the second with Isaiah Shake’s two-run blast to left field. The Spartans took a 5-2 lead in the fourth with three runs scored on four hits, with back-to-back RBI singles from Brett Kron and Paul Barrow accounting for two of the runs.

Earlham reliever Jacob Renner came on with two outs in the top of the 10th and struck out Henschel to get the Quakers out of the inning, and he was credited with the win. Williams was charged with the loss for his one-and-a-third innings of work on the mound for the Spartans.

McCabe finished the day 4-for-6 with a run and an RBI, while Wissel was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Dopp, Shake, and Gendreau each had two hits, with Dopp and Shake each recording a pair of runs batted in as well.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND! No. 2 Indiana Upends No. 3 Pittsburgh

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CARY, N.C. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team (12-1-2) defeated No. 3 Pittsburgh (16-4-0) by a score of 1-0 in the 2020 NCAA College Cup semifinal match at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday night.

KEY MOMENTS

• A misplayed ball deep in the Pitt backline led to the first chance of the match for Indiana in the sixth minute. Senior forward Thomas Warr collected the error and rifled a shot off the Panther defender and out for a Hoosier corner. The in-swinging corner was properly cleared by Pittsburgh.

• Pittsburgh sent in a dangerous cross in the 26th minute that was cleared by junior defender Nyk Sessock right in front of the goal mouth. The clearance nearly trickled into the Hoosier goal.

• The Panthers doubled down on chances in the final five minutes of the first frame. Sophomore midfielder Veljko Petkovic found space on a counterattack and raced down the middle of the pitch. His shot attempt from right at the 18-yard line sailed high of frame in the 41st minute. Petkovic also smashed a header on frame in the 44th minute that was saved by IU sophomore keeper Roman Celentano.

• Indiana provided the first real chance of the first half on a shot from 20 yards out by sophomore forward Victor Bezerra. The shot stayed on frame and was easily saved by graduate keeper Nico Campuzano.

• Bezerra again ripped a shot, this time in the 57th minute that narrowly missed goal.

• Video replay favored the Hoosiers in 58th minute when a potential Pitt goal was reviewed after the shot hammered off the crossbar. The center official confirmed the call on the field and no goal was rewarded.

• Pitt created a dangerous header attempt from sophomore defender Raphael Crivello in the 73rd minute. The attempt carried wide right of frame.

• Sophomore forward Herbert Endeley broke the scoreless tie in 79th minute with a laser from just inside the 18-yard line off the right wing. He took a pass from Sessock, added a couple touches and scorched the ball past the keeper in the upper right corner of goal.

NOTABLES

• With the result, Indiana will play in the 16th national title match in program history and third under head coach Todd Yeagley. Only one other program (Saint Louis; 13) has played in more than nine NCAA Championship games. Indiana has eight stars with the last championship trophy coming in 2012.

• Friday evening’s victory means IU leads the series record 2-0-0 all-time against Pittsburgh with both meetings coming in the last two seasons.

• This was Celentano’s 10th clean sheet of the season.

• The goal from Endeley was the second of this tournament run and fourth of the season for All-Big Ten second teamer.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Herbert Endeley

ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT

With the win, Indiana advances to the 2020 NCAA College Cup National Championship Match against No. 10 Marshall. The match will be contested at 8 ET on May 17 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The match will be broadcasted to a national audience on ESPN2.

INDIANA BASEBALL: No. 21 Hoosiers Take Down Michigan in Ann Arbor, 13-8

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 21-ranked Indiana University baseball team took down Michigan on the road in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday afternoon, 13-8.

With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 24-11 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Wolverines fall to 24-13 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana took a 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning. After a one-out triple from INF Drew Ashley, he scored one pitch later on an RBI grounder to third base off the bat of INF Paul Toetz.

• Two batters later with a runner at second base, INF Cole Barr lined a run-scoring single to center field to make the score 2-0. After a OF Morgan Colopy single, INF Kip Fougerousse blasted a two-run triple off the wall in center field to push the Hoosier advantage to 4-0.

• In the top of the seventh inning, OF Grant Richardson hit a towering, three-run home run off the scoreboard in right field. Richardson’s fifth homer of the year pushed the IU lead to 7-0.

• RHP McCade Brown (5-2) recorded his fourth quality start of the year to earn the win, pitching six innings while allowing three runs. Brown allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

• Michigan clawed back in the game, scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to 7-5.

• The Hoosiers answered right back, however, plating six runs in the top of the eighth. Ashley, Toetz (HBP) and Richardson all had an RBI in the frame, while both Barr and Fougerousse had run-scoring singles for IU to make the lead 13-5.

• The Wolverines plated three in the bottom of the inning to cut the advantage to 13-8, but that’s as far as their rally would come.

NOTABLES

• Fougerousse’s four RBI on the day were a career-high, while Richardson’s four RBI game was his second of the season. He also had a career-best three hits on the day.

• Barr batted 3-for-3 for the Hoosiers with two RBI and a run scored.

• Richardson finished 1-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and three runs scored, while Ashley had a pair of hits and also scored three times.

• RHP Braydon Tucker pitched a perfect ninth inning out of the bullpen.

• Ashley and Toetz both extended their respective reached-base streaks to 19 games each.

UP NEXT

• The No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers will conclude the team’s three-game series at Michigan on Sunday, May 16 in Ann Arbor. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Boilermakers Unable to Keep Pace with UMD’s Solo Homers

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Purdue baseball scored in the first inning for the first time since April 19, but Maryland’s three solo home runs helped power the Terrapins to a 6-1 victory in game 2 of the series Saturday.

Maryland (23-14) led 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Chris Alleyne, Ben Cowles and Bobby Zmarzlak all hit solo home runs over the span of five batters on the third time through the lineup. Those were the only earned runs Trent Johnson allowed over six innings, accounting for his fourth quality start of the season. The senior did not walk a batter for the second time this year and the fourth time as a Boilermaker in which he pitched at least four innings.

Skyler Hunter and Tyler Powers both had a pair of hits, but Purdue was held without an extra-base hit for the seventh time this season. Hunter scored the Boilermakers’ lone run on a two-out RBI single from Ben Nisle in the first inning. Nisle and Hunter both have four hits in the series. After he singled in his first at-bat, Nisle was 10-for-20 during his six-game hit streak.

Big Ten wins leader Jason Savacool (7-1) scattered seven singles over six innings, striking out three. Purdue (11-23) had at least one hit against him in five of the six frames.

The Boilermakers loaded the bases with two outs but Ryan Howe was robbed of a potential go-ahead single on a diving catch by right fielder Troy Schreffler. Savacool retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced beginning with that out.

Purdue hitters struck out only three times, one shy of the team’s season low and the fewest since April 12. The Boilermakers hit into a pair of inning-ending double plays against UMD’s lone reliever of the day, Ryan Ramsey.

Howe enjoyed a strong day defensively at third base, making a pair of solid picks on tough hops in the first and third innings. He handled a pair of ground balls to help Johnson (2-5) complete a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the third. The following frame, Johnson pitched over a leadoff double, stranding the runner at third by inducing a one-out ground ball to Howe at third. Catcher Zac Fascia also threw out a base stealer at third in the first inning.

The Boilermakers have scored just two runs in their last 27 innings since the 16-run outburst in the May 2 win at Ohio State.

Sunday’s series finale is set for 1 p.m. ET.

BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader vs. St. John’s

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INDIANAPOLIS – Nick Eaton guided Butler to a 4-1 victory in game one, but the Red Storm would answer with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap to signal the end of the line for Butler baseball home games in 2021.

Game 1

Dan Harwood doubled to left centerfield in the bottom of the first inning to break open the scoring for the Bulldogs in game three. James Gargano scored from second base on the at-bat with a nice slide that narrowly beat the throw.

Freddie Matos picked up an RBI on his first trip to the box on Saturday with a ground out that advanced each runner and made the game 2-0. Andy Bennett followed in the order with a hard hit ball to the Red Storm shortstop. His at-bat would end with an RBI as well with Harwood sprinting home and giving BU a 3-0 advantage.

The Johnnies struck back in the second with a two-out double to left that scored a run. David Glancy made the most of his first appearance of the weekend and would score David Williams on the extra-base hit.

The Bulldogs would regain their three-run lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jonah Wichman got a ball by the third baseman to score Brody McGrath.

Eaton pitched a complete game (7 IP) to earn his second win of the season. The southpaw struck out three, didn’t issue a walk and limited the Johnnies to just one run off two hits.

Game 2

Tyler Roche had trouble finding the strike zone in the first inning for St. John’s which resulted in a quick 1-0 lead for BU. Roche hit Gargano and walked three other batters to begin his sixth start of 2021. Butler’s lone run came off a sacrifice fly from Matos. Roche dodged further trouble by getting a ground ball that resulted in an inning-ending double play.

Steinhart doubled the lead for Butler in the bottom of the third with a solo shot that hit the scoreboard in right field. It was his fifth home run of the season.

The 2-0 lead would evaporate in the top half of the fourth. John MacCauley walked two batters to load the bases and Colin Wetterau would make him pay with a two-RBI single to center that tied the game. The Johnnies would own a 4-2 lead moments later after a two-RBI single. Chris Conniff hit a ball right back up the middle of the field to score Wetterau and Higgins.

MacCauley would exit the ballgame in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded. Head Coach Dave Schrage would go with Scott Wright out of the bullpen to face Marty Higgins with two gone. The decision worked as Wright sat Higgins down on strikes to keep the game at 4-2.

The fifth inning was jam packed with action and the script stayed the same in the bottom half of the frame. Butler loaded the bases after a pair of walks from relief pitcher Brandyn Cruz, but Tim Cunningham would get the Red Storm out of trouble with a strikeout to end the threat.

Higgins got revenge on Wright in the seventh inning. He recorded an infield single with the bases loaded to add on to the St. John’s lead. Wright remained on the mound with Wetterau at the dish. The St. John’s catcher struck out swinging on a 2-2 count.

St. John’s added another run to their scoring total in the eighth. Derek Drees entered the game for the Bulldogs and quickly struck out two batters. He then would walk Bartels and Hogan would hit an RBI double to center to move the score to 6-2.

Butler added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andy Bennett grounded into a double play, but Dan Harwood would score for the ‘Dawgs. Any chance of a comeback would come crashing down in the top of the ninth. The Red Storm scored three more runs to earn a 9-4 victory.

John MacCauley was hit with the loss as each starter exited the game after 4.2 innings of action. Scott Wright and Derek Drees were solid in relief along with senior Jack Pilcher.

Tim Cunningham would take his first win of the season on the mound. St. John’s also threw Joe Joe Rodriguez and Ethan Routzahn on Saturday.

Butler will end the 2021 regular season next weekend with a four-game series at Georgetown. Game one will open on Thursday night at 6 PM. Friday will feature a doubleheader with a 2 PM start and the finale is set for Saturday at 1 PM.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cards Giveth, Taketh Away In Doubleheader Split

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MUNCIE – Leading 4-1 in the 6th of Saturday’s first game, the Ball State baseball team gave up a crooked number late and lost 9-4. In the second game, the Cards trailed 7-6 late but rallied in the 6th inning to win 8-7. Comeback wins, giveback losses. At the end of the day, Ball State aims for a series win on Sunday and remains tied for 1st place in the MAC standings.

On the day, Noah Navarro went 4-for-7 with two home runs while five different Cards had two hits each.

GAME 1 – Kent State 9, Ball State 4 (BOX SCORE (PDF))

Noah Navarro hit two home runs and had three of Ball State’s five hits but Kent State rallied late to beat Ball State. BSU led 4-1 when Kent got three runs in the top of the 6th and then went off for five runs in the 7th.

The production came from the back half of Kent State’s batting order. Kent’s Nos. 1-5 hitters went 2-for-19 but the Nos. 6-9 hitters had eight hits and scored six runs. Sam Thompson and Justin Kirby each had three RBIs.

Navarro, who is hitting .403 in MAC play, pulled a towering shot out to left field in the 1st inning as BSU went up 3-0 early. Kent State’s Luke Albright settled in after that and put up zeroes until Navarro hit a ball out to right-center in the 5th inning.

Scouts were spread throughout the stands to see the showdown of BSU’s Chayce McDermott and Albright, a battle of two top arms. McDermott pitched into the 6th and struck out nine, throwing a shutout until Kent’s late rally. Albright recovered from BSU’s early offense to pitching 6.0 innings with six strikeouts.

GAME 2 – Ball State 8, Kent State 7 (BOX SCORE (PDF))

Saturday’s second game had everything, but in true 2021 Ball State fashion, the Cardinals survived and battled until Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” played over Ball Diamond. The Cardinals put up a 5-spot in the 1st inning and led until the top of the 5th. The Cardinals then tied the game in the bottom of the 5th.

In the 6th, Kent State took a 7-6 lead on a wacky error where the ball was thrown into the dugout by Ball State without calling time. A live ball thrown into the dugout is a two-base error at the time of the play, and a Kent State runner on 2nd base was awarded home. Staring at a deficit on a controversial play set the stage for another comeback, similar to pivotal wins earlier this season at Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

A Kent State error, a walk and a hit batter opened up the inning. Trenton Quartermaine smacked the game-winning, two-run single. The Cardinals then loaded the bases again and threatened to pad the lead but didn’t score. In the 7th, BSU went to Lukas Jaksich. The lefty came out of the pen earlier in the day and struggled. Three hours later, he slammed the door with a 1-2-3 inning and earned his first save of the year.

Central Michigan also split on Saturday, so BSU and CMU are tied atop the standings at 23-8.

The Cards finish their series vs. Kent State Sunday at 1 p.m. Series at Ohio and vs. Miami are left on the schedule following this weekend.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LACROSSE: #6 IRISH ADVANCE TO NCAA QUARTERS WITH 10-8 WIN OVER DREXEL

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ENVER – No. 6 seed Notre Dame fought off a second-half rally from Drexel to come away with a 10-8 win in the opening round of the NCAA Championships. The win gives the Irish a quarterfinal matchup against the winner of Maryland and Vermont at Arlotta Stadium on Sunday, May 23.

The Irish attack was led by Wheaton Jackoboice, who notched a hat trick with three goals, none bigger than his third of the day to put the Irish on top 9-8 with 1:19 to play in the game. Tewaaraton finalist Pat Kavanagh and Morrison Mirer each added two goals to propel Notre Dame to the win.

Sophomore goalie Liam Entenmann was brilliant in the cage, stopping 17 shots in the winning effort for a save percentage of .680.

The Irish also got a boost at the dot, as Charlie Leonard (8-of-10) and Kyle Gallagher (7-of-12) combined to win 15-of-22 faceoffs.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish built a 4-2 lead after the opening 15 minutes of play. Jackoboice got the Irish on the board in the first minute and then Drexel responded with two goals of its own to go up 2-1. The Irish managed to score the final three goals of the quarter off goals from Jackoboice, Mirer and Yorke.

Kavanagh scored the first two goals of the second quarter, including a highlight-reel behind-the-back effort, to push the advantage to four at 6-2. Both the Dragons and Irish each added a goal in the final three minutes of the half to make the score 7-3 at the break.

The Dragons came out of the intermission and scored four of the five goals in the third period to cut the Irish lead to just one at 8-7.

Drexel managed to level the score early in the fourth quarter at 8-8, setting up a dramatic finish. After the Drexel goalie made a number of stunning saves in the fourth the Irish finally found the back of the net. Jackoboice made a run down the alley and finished high and inside the far pipe to give Notre Dame the 9-8 lead.

The Irish won the ensuing faceoff and added a goal late when Mirer fired into an empty net for his second of the day, sending Notre Dame to the semifinals.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Entenmann made a number of highlight reel saves, coming up with 17 in the game. His 17 saves are just one shy of tying his career high, which he notched earlier this season in a win over Marquette.

STAT OF THE GAME

The Irish held Drexel to just eight goals, marking just the second time the Dragons have finished in single digits in the scoring column during the 2021 season.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

The Irish advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.

Notre Dame’s midfielders finished with seven of the team’s 10 goals. Each member of the second midfield unit (Mirer, David Lipka and Sean Leahey) each scored at least once.

Jackoboice’s hat trick was the second of his season and third of his career.

Mirer has now combined to score six goals over his last two NCAA Championships openers, as he scored a career-high four goals in the 2019 win over Johns Hopkins.

Saturday’s contest was Notre Dame’s seventh straight game against an opponent ranked in the top-10 of the USILA Poll.

Up Next

The Irish will face the winner of No. 3 seed Maryland and Vermont in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships on Sunday, May 23 at Arlotta Stadium. Start times will be announced following the first round games and the game will air on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: IRISH CLINCH ACC ATLANTIC DIVISION

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following losses by Louisville and Florida State, the fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title Saturday evening.

It is the first time since joining the ACC in 2014 that the Irish won a division championship and it is the first regular season conference title since the 2006 season when the Irish were in the BIG EAST.

Heading into the weekend the Irish led the league with 22 conference wins this season and have won nine ACC series, the most by any team this season. The 22 conference wins are the most in a single season since they had 22 back in 2001 in the BIG EAST.

With the division championship clinched, the Irish secured a top-two seed in the upcoming ACC Championship in Charlotte. Notre Dame will finish the regular season conference slate on Thursday, May 20 when it travels to Blacksburg for a three-game series against Virginia Tech.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Drop Doubleheader After Salukis Score in the Eleventh, 8-7

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball played its fourth extra-inning affair of the season Saturday night at Bob Warn Field, falling to Southern Illinois, 8-7, in eleven innings. With the victory, Southern swept the doubleheader and leads the series 2-1 heading into Sunday’s finale.

Indiana State (25-14, 12-7 MVC) rallied from a three-run deficit entering the ninth to tie the game. Senior Max Wright kickstarted the rally with a one-out double to the gap in right before Seth Gergely bounced a ball off first base for a single. SIU closer Trey McDaniel loaded the bases with two outs after Josue Urdaneta earned a walk to bring pinch-hitter Ellison Hanna II to the plate.

Hanna would bring in the first run of the inning after working a six-pitch walk, scoring Wright from third and closing the gap to two runs. The Sycamores went to the bench once again for Mike Sears and SIU looked to be out of the game as he chopped a ball back to the mound, but McDaniel’s throw was wide of first and two runs came in on the error.

Both squads were able to move the lead runner to third in the 10th but did not plate a run. The Salukis (35-16, 12-11 MVC) opened the 11th with a ground ball to second to move Evan Martin 90-feet from home. The outfielder would make a dirt ball read and come home on a wild pitch to give Southern the advantage.

In the bottom half of the inning, Indiana State bunted over Gergely to third before Urdaneta was hit-by-pitch to put runners on the corners. ISU looked to bring in the tying run when the Salukis were unable to turn a double play as initially the throw from second was wide and pulled Philip Archer off the bag at first. After a replay challenge, the umpires reversed the call on the field which ended the game.

Jordan Schaffer led the Trees with a three-hit day, including a home run in the eighth. Wright added a pair of hits while driving in two and scoring two runs.

ISU struggled with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 runners on base compared to just five by the Salukis.

Tristan Weaver allowed seven runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. Jake Ridgway tossed 4.2 scoreless innings in relief, striking out three and allowing four hits. Connor Cline entered in the 11th and took the loss, falling to 4-2.

Cody Cleveland led SIU once again with a 3-for-4 day to go with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Ian Walters also had three hits, including a home run.

McDaniel (5-4) was unable to pick up the save after entering in the ninth but did work his way to his fifth win of the season after pitching the final 2.2 innings and striking out four. Brad Harrison was hit with the no-decision after a 4.2 inning outing. He allowed two earned runs and four hits while striking out two.

Bubba Hall pitched 3.2 innings, including the fifth inning when he entered with the bases loaded before getting a strikeout to end the threat.

UP NEXT

The Sycamores and Salukis will wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Aces drive in 12 runs to earn split in doubleheader

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – Recording double-digit runs for the second time this series, the University of Evansville baseball team captured a 12-9 victory in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, grabbing a split of the twin bill with Valparaiso at Emory G. Bauer Stadium in Valparaiso, Ind.

“Taking the first two of three games in the series puts us in great position tomorrow with Caleb Reinhardt on the mound,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. ” In game one, pitchers for Valpo did a great job keeping our hitters off balance. Really proud of our offensive adjustment in game two against a very talented arm. Simon Scherry had a big game and three home runs provided us enough to hold on.”

Game One: Valparaiso 5, Evansville 1

After an impressive first two innings from starting pitcher Donovan Schultz, Evansville ran into trouble in the third inning. Following a pair of walks, Valpo recorded two base hits that scored three runs and handed the home side a 3-0 advantage.

It was Jonathan Temple who added two more runs in the fifth and sixth, recording a solo home run to left center in the fifth, followed by an RBI double down the left field line as Valpo saw its lead bolstered to 5-0.

The Aces attempted to fuel a late comeback as Evansville got on the board in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Troy Beilsmith scored Danny Borgstrom, trimming Valpo’s lead to four at 5-1. Evansville would not be able to draw any closer in the seventh as Valpo captured the 5-1 win in the day’s doubleheader opener.

Game Two: Evansville 12, Valparaiso 9

Evansville’s offense got going early in game two. The Aces scored first on an RBI base hit by Eric Roberts that scored Simon Scherry. Later in the inning with the bases loaded. Kenton Crews took a walk, scoring Widder as Evansville led 2-0 after the first.

Two solo home runs in the bottom half of the second helped Valpo tie the game at two as the home side held the game at a tie until the fifth.

The fifth inning was the beginning of Evansville’s offensive explosion. The Aces went back in front with an RBI single by Troy Beilsmith, scoring Widder for the second time on the day. Mark Shallenberger followed the redshirt senior with a two-run shot down the left-field line, followed by a solo home run by Tanner Craig to close the inning with a 6-2 Evansville lead.

Evansville starter Jake McMahill turned in another strong effort on the mound for the Aces in the second game of the doubleheader, pitching six innings, allowing just two earned runs.

Four more runs came across for Evansville in the sixth with Scherry, Beilsmith, and Roberts each driving in runs as the Aces saw their lead blossom to eight runs at 10-2. One inning later, Evansville gained a nine-run advantage as Danny Borgstrom belted a solo shot to center.

Valpo began to battle back in the bottom of the eighth, scoring five runs to chip the Aces lead down to 11-7. After Scherry ripped a double down the line to give Evansville 12 runs on the afternoon, Valpo found itself down to its last three outs.

After the bases were loaded, Valpo walked in a run to get back within four runs. A key moment unfolded in the next at bat as Valpo had the bases loaded with no outs. Evansville closer Jakob Meyer got Temple to ground into a double play and kept the momentum rolling with a fly out to end the threat and secure a 12-9 win for the Aces.

Evansville and Valpo will close-out their series with a final game at 1 PM on Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Stadium in Valparaiso.

VALPO BASEBALL: Seniors Shine on the Mound in Game 1 as Valpo Splits Senior Day Doubleheader

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Seniors Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) and Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) were a winning combination on the hill for the second straight weekend, pitching the Valparaiso University baseball team to a 5-1 Senior Day victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Visiting Evansville bounced back to earn the split with a 12-9 triumph in Game 2.

Another senior was one of the offensive stars of the day as Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) launched a home run in each game and three of his four hits went for extra bases. The seven-member senior class was recognized during an on-field ceremony between games of the double dip.

How It Happened – Game 1

Neither team scored over the first two innings, and Rhodehouse posted another zero in the top of the third. The righty opened the game with three innings of two-hit ball, working around two walks while keeping the Purple Aces off the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the third, the Brown & Gold struck first as Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) ripped a single to left and Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) followed with a two-run base knock to right.

Tieman spelled his five-year teammate on the mound for the top of the fourth, and the righty went on to twirl four strong innings while yielding one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Temple played a key role as Valpo added on in both the fifth and sixth innings. He drilled a home run to left center in the fifth to make it 4-0, then clubbed a double down the left-field line that expanded the edge to five in the sixth.

Evansville’s only run came on a seventh-inning sacrifice fly.

How It Happened – Game 2

Evansville scored twice in the first, but Valpo evened the game in the second as Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) both launched solo shots.

The 2-2 deadlock lasted until the fifth inning, when Evansville scored four. The Aces added four more in the sixth and one in the seventh to take an 11-2 lead.

Valpo battled back in the game’s late stages, putting together a five-run eighth inning to claw back into the game. Parker Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins), Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven), Temple, Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) and Hannahs all drove in runs in that inning.

Evansville picked up an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but Valpo made it interesting in the bottom of the frame none the less. The Brown & Gold brought the tying run to the plate in a game they had trailed by nine runs as late as the eighth inning, and it was the hot-hitting Temple who represented the tying tally with the bags full and Valpo down 12-8. However, Evansville induced a double play before recording the third and final out of the inning to hold on for the 12-9 win.

Inside the Games

On a day where the seniors played a key role, Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]) contributed to the ninth-inning uprising by lashing a single and scoring a run. The pinch-hit appearance held added significance as it marked his first action since April 23 due to an injury.

Speaking of senior contributions, the only Valpo pitcher who did not yield a run in the second game was left-hander Josh Currier (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central), who tossed a scoreless eighth.

With his two long balls on Saturday, Temple joined Dent as the only Valpo players with five or more this season.

Thurston collected a team-high three hits in Game 2 and was one of four Valpo players with multi-hit efforts as the club outhit Evansville 15-12. In the opener, Hannahs and Temple led the way with two hits apiece.

Rhodehouse was awarded his 11th career win in Game 1 to up his season record to 4-3, while Tieman nailed down his third save of the year and the 10th of his collegiate career. He is now tied with Dallas Cawiezell for sixth in program history in career saves with 10.

The Game 1 win allowed Brian Schmack to reach a significant milestone as he became just the fourth head coach in program history to garner his 150th career win. He joins Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013).

With the triumph in the opener, Valpo clinched a winning record at home. This marks the fifth time in the last six seasons and the 12th time in the last 14 campaigns that the program has finished with a winning mark at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Up Next

Valpo (14-28, 9-14) and Evansville (25-24, 8-14) will close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field, the final home game for the Brown & Gold this season. A link to live stats can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.  

MIAMI BASEBALL: RedHawks Fall 6-3 at West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Despite late scoring threats, the Miami University baseball team fell to the West Virginia University Mountaineers by a score of 6-3 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second to kick things off and never looked back to get the win. Miami rallied in the ninth inning after redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond got on base with a bunt single followed by a walk to fifth-year Will Vogelgesang. However, WVU escaped the final inning to hand the RedHawks the loss. The RedHawks fall to 21-24 on the season, while the Mountaineers improve to 20-23.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the top of the second inning, senior catcher Nate Stolze singled to center field, allowing junior Cole Andrews to score, cutting the Mountaineer lead in half.

In the top of the fifth inning, Vogelgesang would ground out, allowing sophomore Brian Zapp to score, making it a 4-2 ballgame.

While trailing 6-2, a rally started in the top of the eighth inning. Stolze flew out to the left-field, allowing redshirt freshman Nate Stone to score, making it a 6-3 game.

MIAMI GAME NOTES:

Senior Parker Massman went 3-for-4 with a double.

Stolze went 1-for-3 with two RBI

Zapp went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, reaching base twice.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will pick up a season series with Bowling Green State University on Tuesday, May 18. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Warren E. Steller Field in Bowling Green, Ohio.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raiders walkoff game one Saturday on the way to four-game sweep

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The Wright State baseball team wrapped up its regular season and Horizon League schedule with a doubleheader sweep over Oakland on Saturday afternoon, taking game one 8-7 in walkoff fashion before a 14-6 victory in the finale. 

The Raiders (29-11, 28-4 HL) are now currently scheduled to be off next weekend as the rest of the Horizon League wraps up regular season and League play. Wright State had already clinched the regular season title prior to this weekend’s action and will host the 2021 Horizon League Baseball Championships from May 27-29 at Nischwitz Stadium.

In the opener on Saturday, the Raiders fell behind 6-0 after the top of the first, but held Oakland to one run and two hits over the final six innings while chipping away at the deficit. Wright State got on the board with a pair of runs in the second inning, first via Zane Harris’ double down the left field line to plate Alec Sayre before Harris scored later in the inning on Damon Dues’ sacrifice fly.

After an Oakland ruin in the top of the third, the Raiders pulled within one run with a four-run fourth inning. Justin McConnell doubled down the right field line to plate a run before scoring on Quincy Hamilton’s RBI groundout. Moments later, Sammy Sass connected on a no doubt, two-run homer down the left field line to pull the Raiders to within one at 7-6. In the fifth, Alex Alders opened the inning with a single before an error and a sacrifice bunt moved him over to third base with one out, where he scored on a Dues groundout to tie the game.

Konner Piotto doubled to deep center field to begin the bottom of the seventh before pinch runner Cameron Rountree was moved over to third on a McConnell fly out. Dues ended the game and gave the Raiders their first walkoff win since March 17, 2019 when he sent a 1-0 pitch into center field for the win.

Zane Harris and Piotto each finished with three hits as both had a double, while Dues and Alders had two hits apiece, with Dues driving in three RBI. Reliever Jay Luikart earned the win with two perfect innings out of the bullpen with a pair of strikeouts. Starter Austin Cline didn’t factor into the decision after allowing seven runs on eight hits, but allowed just the two hits after the first inning, along with tallying five of his six strikeouts over his final four innings of work.

Hayden Nierman was saddled with the loss for Oakland after allowing the go-ahead run in just 0.2 inning of work. Lorenzo Elion and Luke Malmanger each had two RBI in the loss, while no Oakland player had more than one hit.

Oakland once again jumped ahead early in game two, plating five runs in the top of the first, before Wright State took the lead with four runs in the third and five runs in the fourth frame.

The third inning saw Hamilton drive in a run with an RBI single before he and Dues executed a double steal as Dues crossed the plate. Alders’ two-run double later in the inning gave the Raiders the lead for good. In the fourth, Tyler Black drew a based loaded walk to plate a run and Sayre brought in another run with a sacrifice fly before Harris connected for a three-run homer to right field.

After Oakland added one run in the fifth, Wright State tacked on to the lead with a McConnell RBI single in the sixth, a Hamilton no doubt solo homer down the right field line in the seventh, and three runs in the eighth on another RBI single from McConnell and a two-run single from Sass.

McConnell finished with four hits and a pair of RBI, while Hamilton had three hits and two RBI of his own, with Sass and Alders both driving in two runs as well. Mitch Gremling tossed four innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts, to earn his first win of the season for the Raiders.

Oakland starter Brandon Deans allowed eight runs on six hits and five walks over three-plus innings to get saddled with the loss, while Elion, Malmanger and Michael Stygles all had two hits in the losing effort.

DAYTON SOFTBALL: George Washington Claims 2021 A-10 Softball Title With Two Wins Over #UDSB

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PHILADELPHIA – George Washington claimed the 2021 Atlantic 10 Softball title with two wins over Dayton on Championship Saturday at SJU Softball Field. The Colonials outlasted the Flyers 3-2 in nine innings in the day’s first game followed by a 7-2 in the nightcap to claim the postseason tournament title.

Dayton closes out its 2021 season with a 21-26 overall record as runner-up in the conference championship while George Washington (37-9) claims its first out-right A-10 Championship title and automatic berth into the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

GAME ONE

George Washington 3, Dayton 2 (9 inn.)

• 2 – senior Abby Ehrenborg and freshman Megan Ward each tallied two hits in the seven-hit game for the Flyers

• 2 – Ehrenborg collected two RBI on her game-tying, two-run single in the seventh

Winning Pitcher: Sierra Lange (20-8) – 9.0 IP, two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to one walk

Losing Pitcher: Sarah Bailitz (4-8) – 5.0 IP, one earned run on five hits with one strikeout to six walks

GAME TWO

George Washington 7, Dayton 2

• 4 – Ehrenborg was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored

• 2 – two of Ehrenborg hits were home runs. She finished the season with 18 home runs equaling the single-season program record

Winning Pitcher: Lange (21-8) – 5.0 IP, one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts to two walks

Losing Pitcher: Addy Bullis (13-7) – 1.2 IP, three earned runs on five hits with zero strikeouts to two walks

ALL-CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Five Flyers were honored on the All-Championship team: Sarah Bailitz, Addy Bullis, Alyssa Cacini, Abby Ehrenborg, Megan Ward

THANK YOU SENIORS!

The University of Dayton and Division of Athletics would like to extend a huge thank you to the senior team members on the 2021 softball team: Briley Sidor, Morgan Mateja, Abby Ehrenborg and Olivia Lessmann along with senior manager Ally Dudek. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the program and best wishes to you in your future endeavors.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball’s Late Comeback Falls Short Against No. 11 ECU

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team’s late rally came up short in a 7-6 loss to No. 11 East Carolina on Saturday in American Athletic Conference action at UC Baseball Stadium.

The Pirates (35-11, 17-6 AAC) scored for runs in the seventh and held off the Bearcats (25-23, 14-13 AAC) who left the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame after reliever C.J. Mayhue, ECU’s sixth pitcher of the day, induced a strikeout to end the threat. Mayhue later worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Down 7-5 headed to the bottom of the eighth, UC got a leadoff single from Eric Santiago, a one-out single from Ryan Nicholson and an RBI single up the middle by Tanner Holen which scored a husting Santiago from second. The Bearcats looked like they had the makings of a big inning and Wyatt Stapp belted a deep fly ball to left but Pirates left fielder Alec Makarewicz made a full-extension stretch to rob Stapp and put the second out on the board. ECU went to the bullpen for Mayhue who promptly hit Griffin Merritt with a pitch to load the bases before striking out Cole Harting to end the inning.

The Bearcats best chance in the ninth came off the bat of Joey Bellini who hit a rocket to right but it hung up in the breeze and was caught against the fence on the warning track.

Harting finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, leading the third off with a triple off the batter’s eye and coming home on Bellini’s fielder’s choice, which gave UC a 2-1 edge.

UC later took a 5-3 lead in the fifth after Bellini belted a three-run double into the left-field corner, scoring Jace Mercer, Harting and Merritt. ECU lead 7-5 after the seventh, scoring four runs on four hits in the frame off relievers Nathan Moore and Jackson Murphy. Murphy entered the game with the bases loaded and later induced a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Moore (2-3) took the loss, charged with four runs on three hits. Murphy went three innings, surrendering one hit. Evan Shawver went 6.0 innings and struck out three, giving up three runs on six hits. Garrett Saylor (4-1) picked up with the win for ECU.

SENIOR SALUTE

UC honored its senior class prior to Saturday’s matchup with the Pirates, including: Joey Bellini, Dondrae Bremner, Jake Hansen, Tanner Holen, Dean McCarthy, Jace Mercer, Jacob Meyer, Nathan Moore, Jake Murray, Eric Santiago, Garrett Schoenle, Wyatt Stapp, Jalen Wade and student managers Michael DeLong and Jake Swearingen.

UP NEXT

UC and ECU conclude their four-game set with an 11 a.m. first pitch at UC Baseball Stadium on Sunday. UC RHP Jalen Wade toes the rubber with ECU yet to name a starter. The game will air on ESPN+ with live stats on BearcatStats.com.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: TODYS & POHL KEEP HITTING STREAKS ALIVE IN 2-0 SETBACK TO MSU

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State seniors Brent Todys & Conner Pohl kept their hitting streaks alive and fellow senior Griffan Smith made his first start at home since 2019 but the Buckeyes couldn’t back up either of the performances with a win, falling 2-0 to Michigan State on Saturday afternoon.

The Buckeyes (18-16) will look to salvage the series finale at 1:05 on Sunday.

Smith made his first start of the season and looked very sharp. He went 3.1 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two and walking one.

Todys clubbed a one-out single to center in the second inning to push his career-long hitting streak to 14 games. Pohl waited until the bottom of the ninth but dropped a single in down the left field line to extend his streak to a career-high 16 games. Colton Bauer and Marcus Ernst had the other two hits on the day for the Buckeyes.

Will Pfennig came on in the sixth inning and he gave the Buckeyes a chance as he worked four scoreless frames, allowing just one hit.

Michigan State put runners at second and third with one-out in the fifth and failed on a suicide squeeze for the second time in as many games this series. Momentum in the inning seemed to have swung the Buckeyes way but Adam Proctor slugged a two-run home run to right center to steal momentum right back.

Those turned out to be the only runs of the game. Ohio State had two runners with two-outs in the seventh but a strikeout ended that threat.

Sunday’s series finale should be a good one as Ohio State is starting junior right-hander Garrett Burhenn and MSU is starting its own junior right-hander in Sam Benschoter. Burhenn has won each of his last three starts and Benschoter is eighth in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.80.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Baseball Falls to Georgetown in Game Three of Five

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CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball fell 5-1 to the Georgetown Hoyas in game three of the series at Hayden Field on Saturday afternoon. Xavier leads the series 2-1 with two games remaining.

They Hoyas took the lead in the second inning, then built it to a 5-0 lead with runs in each of the next three innings. After getting runners aboard without bringing them around in each of the previous five innings, the Musketeers broke through for a run in the seventh, but were unable to bring in another, setting the final score at 5-1.

Xavier celebrated its nine seniors and graduate students, Ryan Altenberger, Sam Czabala, Griffin Lanoue, Natale Monastra, Sam Olson, Trevor Olson, Trey Schramm, Andrew Sexton and Nick Zwack prior to the game.

The Musketeers moved to 21-22 on the year and 12-9 in BIG EAST play while Georgetown moved to 5-19 overall and 5-14 in BIG EAST play. The series wraps up on Sunday with a doubleheader set to begin at noon. Game two of Sunday’s doubleheader will be a non-conference match-up.

INDIANA FEVER: Fever Look to Rebound in Their Rematch with New York

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After spending the entire 2020 regular season in the ‘Wubble’ in Bradenton, Fla., the Indiana Fever return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first regular season home game of the 2021 season. This will be the second of three games matching the Fever against the Liberty this season after falling on Friday night after a final-second heave from Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu fell to give New York the 90-87 win. The two teams will not meet again until the Liberty return to Indy on July 9 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Sunday will be the first of eight occurrences this season the Fever play the same team on consecutively. Indiana was paced by a team-high 23 points from Kelsey Mitchell and a 22-point, 16-rebound double-double effort from Teaira McCowan. Indiana controlled the glass on Friday night winning the rebound advantage 45-28. McCowan and Jantel Lavender were the first pair of Fever teammates to grab at least seven rebounds in the same game in franchise history. Lavender also notched a milestone of her own surpassing the 2,500 career point plateau with her first basket of the season. While, McCowan’s 16 rebounds tied the most by a Fever player in a game against the Liberty.

New York was paced by a game-high 30 points from Betnijah Laney on 11-of-18 shooting, while rookie Michaela Onyenwere contributed 18 points and five rebounds in her first regular season game.

Sunday’s game will also be the second game of the season for both teams in the newly announced Commissioner’s Cup.

INDIANS BASEBALL: Bashlor Strands Bases Loaded to Clinch Series Win

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INDIANAPOLIS – With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor fanned back-to-back batters to clinch the Indianapolis Indians 5-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night. With their fourth victory of the series, the Indians have earned their first series win of the season.

Toledo (3-7) led early in the game after beginning the scoring in the third. With a four-run fifth inning led by a three-run shot off the bat of Dustin Fowler, the Indians won their second consecutive game in comeback fashion. Fowler’s home run extended the Indians home run streak to five games.

Down 4-1 at the end of six, the Mud Hens took advantage of a throwing error by second baseman Ethan Paul to score two runs in the seventh to cut the Indians lead to 4-3.

Following Fowler’s second extra-base hit of the day, a two-out triple off Toledo reliever Beau Burrows, the Indians (6-4) right fielder Chris Sharpe doubled him home to score the eventual winning Indianapolis run.

The Mud Hens fought back in the ninth inning and scored one run in reliever Nick Mears’ second inning of work. With two on and one out, Bashlor (S, 1) entered and loaded the bases with a walk. He clinched the win with back-to-back strikeouts of Aderlin Rodríguez and Renato Núñez.

Steven Wright (W, 1-0) toed the rubber for the Indians to begin the game and picked up his first win of the season. He fanned four batters over five one-run innings.

Toledo starter Rony García (L, 0-1) surrendered four runs in five innings of work. Burrows and Wladimir Pinto combined for three innings in relief.

The Indians and Mud Hens face off for the finale of the six-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM ET in Indianapolis. RHP Chase De Jong (1-0, 1.64) is set to start for the Indians, while Toledo has yet to name a starter.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912  The National Commission suspends Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb, barring him from playing this season due to his attack on Claude Lucker, a handicapped fan, two days ago. In support of their not-so-popular teammate, the Tigers go on strike to protest the decision, which will end after one game with the reinstatement of the Georgia Peach.

1913  🇪🇸 Alfredo Cabrera, born in the Canary Islands, becomes the first person from Spain to appear in the majors. The 32 year-old Cardinal shortstop plays in only one big-league game, going 0-for-2 in a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

1917  Thanks to a scoring change made after the game by a panel of sportswriters reversing the first-inning hit into an error, Bob Groom of the Browns no-hits the White Sox, 4-0. Ernie Koob, his St. Louis teammate, also threw a no-hitter yesterday against the Pale Hose.

1932  Lefty Gomez throws a five-hitter en route to an 8-0 victory over Cleveland, giving the Yankees their fourth consecutive shutout. The southpaw’s performance joins Johnny Allen, George Pipgras, and Red Ruffing, who also held their opponents scoreless.

1933  Senators’ third baseman Cecil Travis becomes the second rookie to collect five hits in his major league debut, joining Hall of Fame left fielder Fred Clarke, who accomplished the feat in 1894 for the Louisville Colonels. In the 12-inning Griffith Stadium contest, the 19-year-old freshman strokes five singles in the team’s 12-11 victory over Cleveland.

1939  Four years after the Senior Circuit began playing evening tilts, the American League plays their first night game when Cleveland defeats the hometown A’s at Shibe Park, 8-3. The small crowd of 15,109 fans, about half of the expected attendance, results from unseasonably cold temperatures in Philadelphia.

1953  After loading the bases against the Yankees in the top of the ninth inning, the White Sox pinch-hit southpaw pitcher Tommy Byrne for the right-handed hitting third baseman Vern Stephens, who has ten career grand slams. The unusual move pays off when the lefty pinch-hitter homers off Ewell Blackwell to give Chicago a 5-3 victory.

1954  The Orioles draw a record 46,796 fans at Memorial Stadium for a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Birds split the twin bill with the Bronx Bombers, losing the first game 2-0 and taking the nightcap, 6-2.

1959  In Pittsfield (MA), Amherst and Williams reenact their original contest, celebrating the centennial of the first intercollegiate baseball game. Massachusetts. Commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and National League president Warren Giles are on hand to enjoy the festivities, including a chess match that also occurred between the schools a century ago.

1965  Future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, pitching 3.2 innings in relief, wins his first major league game when the Orioles defeat the Yankees at Memorial Stadium, 7-5. The 19 year-old Orioles’ rookie right-hander makes the day more memorable when he hits a two-run homer off Jim Bouton in the fourth inning.

1966  Bob Swift is named Detroit’s acting manager when Chuck Dressen suffers a heart attack, his second in two years. In August, the 67-year-old recovering Tiger skipper will die due to being stricken with a kidney infection.

1967  Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The ‘Vulture’ gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros’ third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in the tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.

1969  Jim Bouton records his first victory as a knuckleball pitcher when the Pilots hold on to defeat Boston, 10-9, in an extra-inning contest played at Fenway Park. The 30-year-old right-hander throws three scoreless innings and gets the win when Seattle scores six runs in the 11th inning, and the Red Sox’s five-run rally falls a run short in the bottom of the frame.

1970  During a game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Alan Fish, sitting with friends from the Poinsettia Playground in the second-row seats along the first-base line, is struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Manny Mota. The 14-year-old boy will die four days later to become the first fatality resulting from a batted ball in major league history.

1972  First baseman Greg Luzinski rings the replica of the Liberty Bell hanging in dead center field on the fourth level with a Ruthian blast at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium off Burt Hooton. The 500-foot clanger, overshadowed by Rick Monday’s three routine round-trippers, will account for the Phillies’ only run when they lose to the Cubs, 8-1.

1978  Pete Rose surpasses Mickey Mantle for the most runs scored by a switch-hitter when he crosses the plate for 1677th time in his career, tallying on Del Unser’s single in the third inning of the Phillies 13-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘Charlie Hustle’ will extend the mark to 2,165 before ending his 24-year tenure in the major leagues in 1986.

1978  Indians southpaw David Clyde, who pitched straight out of high school for the Rangers five years ago, earns his first major league victory since May 15, 1974, when he throws a complete game to beat the A’s, 3-2, at Cleveland Stadium. The 23-year-old left-hander, acquired from Texas in an offseason trade, will start the season with four consecutive wins, en route to posting an 8-11 (.421) record along with an ERA of 4.28 for the Tribe.

1981  Astros’ shortstop Craig Reynolds hits three triples in one game, helping Houston beat the Cubs, 6-1. The Texas native, who is only the 29th player since 1920 to have accomplished this feat, scores only one run but drives in four with his three-baggers in the Astrodome contest.

1983  In an 11-4 rout of the Pirates, rookie right fielder Darryl Strawberry hit his first major league home run, a two-run round-tripper off Pittsburgh’s Lee Tunnell at Three Rivers Stadium. The troubled Mets outfielder, the eventual franchise leader with 252 homers, will hit a total of 335 during his turbulent 17-year career with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees.

1984  Although the Twins sell 51,863 tickets for their Family Day promotion, only 6,346 fans are on hand to see the team’s 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays. The inflated attendance results from a massive ticket buyout plan conceived by businessman Harvey Mackay, who paid $218,718 for 44,166 discounted ducats to keep the team in Minnesota, knowing if the club does not sell 2.41 million tickets, it can void its lease with the Metrodome.

1988  Mets catcher Gary Carter hits his 299th career home run, connecting for a three-run round-tripper off Greg Booker in the seventh inning of the team’s 7-4 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The future Hall of Fame backstop will go 230 at-bats and three months before hitting #300 on August 11th.

1995  The first printed reference to ‘Manny Being Manny’ is attributed to Mike Hargrove by Newsday’s Jon Heyman. In a feature titled Baseball Homecoming, the Indian skipper reportedly uses the phrase to describe his young outfielder, Manny Ramirez.

1996  In a 13-1 rout over the Astros, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The slugger accomplishes the feat leading off the seventh with a solo shot off Jeff Tabaka and then hits a two-run round-tripper off Jim Dougherty later in the frame.

1997  Trailing 11-2 after three innings, the Expos come back to beat the Giants at Olympic Stadium, 14-13. David Segui’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning plates Mike Lansing to break the 13-13 deadlock.

2000  After a fan steals Los Angeles’ catcher Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. The melee, which delays the game for nearly ten minutes, ends with the arrest of several fans and litter all over the field.

2001  Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa becomes the thirty-third major leaguer to reach 400 career homers when he goes deep off Houston’s Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The popular Dominican outfielder has hit 371 homers as a Cub, putting him third on the all-time franchise list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).

2002  The New York Times reports October 1, the first scheduled day of the postseason, is among the possible strike dates in consideration by the Players Association. In yesterday’s edition, the newspaper indicated an early August date was another possibility for a labor action by the major leaguers without a new CBA in place.

2004  Ben Sheets, en route to a complete-game three-hitter, becomes the 14th pitcher in baseball history to strike out 18 batters in a nine-inning game when the Brewers beat the Braves at Miller Park, 4-1. The 25 year-old right-hander whiffs eight of the final 11 hitters he faces to break the team record of 14 established by Moose Haas in 1978.

2006  In a game that features the Molina brothers as the respective catchers for their teams, Jose’s theft in the fourth proves to be the key to an Angel four-run inning. Blue Jays backstop Bengie takes second base without drawing a throw from his older brother, advancing on defensive indifference in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Los Angeles victory in Anaheim.

2006  For the fourth time in Yankee history, the team overcomes a nine-run deficit, defeating the Rangers at the Stadium, 14-13. Trailing 9-0 after an inning and a half, the Bronx Bombers battle back and win the game when Jorge Posada hits a two-out, two-run walk-off home run.

2006  After drawing a warning from home plate umpire Joe West for throwing a ball behind Barry Bonds, Astros’ hurler Russ Springer strikes the Giants slugger on the shoulder with the fifth pitch of the at-bat. This incident will cost the 37 year-old right-handed reliever four games when baseball suspends him for his action against the San Francisco superstar, who needs just one home run to equal Babe Ruth’s career home run mark.

2008  Jayson Werth ties the Phillies’ single-game RBI record when he drives in eight runs in Philadelphia’s 10-3 win over Toronto. The 28 year-old center fielder, who equals the franchise mark shared by Kitty Bransfeld (1910), Gavvy Cravath (1915), Willie Jones (1958), and Mike Schmidt (1976), accomplishes the feat with three home runs in the team’s 10-3 victory over Toronto in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.

2008  Before starting the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium, the visiting Mets conduct a closed-door clubhouse meeting to clear the air concerning comments made yesterday by closer Billy Wagner about his teammates’ availability after games. Although the reliever addresses the issue, his remarks focus on the team’s lackluster start to the season and the need to get it done on the field.

2011  Astros owner Drayton McLane sells the team for approximately $685 million to a group led by Jim Crane, who failed in his attempts to buy this team in 2008, the Cubs in 2009, and the Rangers with Mark Cuban in 2010. During McLane’s tenure with Houston, which started in 1992, the club appeared six times in the postseason, including a losing trip to the World Series in 2005.

2011  Vin Mazzaro, demoted the minors after the game with an ERA of 22.74, established a franchise record by allowing 14 runs in the 19-1 Indians’ rout of the Royals. The 25 year-old right-handed reliever recorded just seven outs while giving up ten runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth frame before being removed.

2012  At Tropicana Field, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, now located inside the Rays’ ballpark, unveil the statue of Casey at the Bat, a seven-foot-tall sculpture that weighs over 600 pounds. The work, created by renowned sculptor Mark Lundeen, is on loan from Mike Elwell, an artist from St. Petersburg, Florida.

2017  At Comerica Park, Chris Davis hits a pair of extra-inning home runs, a solo shot in the 12th and two-run round-tripper an inning later, in the Orioles’ 13-11 victory over the Tigers in 13 innings. Each team scored three times in the 12th, with Baltimore taking the lead for good in the 13th on the O’s first baseman’s second overtime homer.

MLB

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston2516.61013 – 1112 – 510 – 57 – 46 – 77 – 3W 3
NY Yankees2217.564211 – 911 – 811 – 136 – 12 – 17 – 3W 2
Toronto2117.5532.58 – 513 – 127 – 41 – 35 – 87 – 3W 1
Tampa Bay2219.537310 – 1212 – 77 – 82 – 19 – 96 – 4W 3
Baltimore1623.41085 – 1511 – 87 – 120 – 08 – 82 – 8L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2315.60513 – 810 – 72 – 214 – 86 – 47 – 3L 1
Cleveland2116.5681.510 – 711 – 91 – 315 – 81 – 27 – 3L 2
Kansas City1821.4625.58 – 1210 – 94 – 39 – 154 – 22 – 8W 1
Detroit1425.3599.59 – 115 – 141 – 58 – 133 – 46 – 4W 1
Minnesota1324.3519.57 – 126 – 121 – 36 – 83 – 102 – 8W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland2417.58513 – 1111 – 611 – 98 – 12 – 55 – 5L 1
Houston2317.5750.514 – 99 – 85 – 40 – 318 – 88 – 2W 5
Seattle2020.5003.511 – 99 – 116 – 55 – 46 – 74 – 6W 2
Texas1823.43969 – 109 – 139 – 54 – 65 – 74 – 6L 5
LA Angels1622.4216.58 – 98 – 132 – 75 – 37 – 113 – 7L 4
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets1815.54511 – 47 – 119 – 52 – 55 – 17 – 3L 2
Philadelphia2119.5250.513 – 68 – 1310 – 118 – 32 – 46 – 4L 1
Atlanta1920.48729 – 1110 – 910 – 97 – 21 – 26 – 4W 2
Miami1722.43648 – 99 – 134 – 53 – 68 – 84 – 6L 2
Washington1520.42949 – 106 – 106 – 94 – 23 – 63 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2317.57512 – 811 – 910 – 1010 – 53 – 25 – 5L 2
Milwaukee2020.50039 – 1211 – 83 – 910 – 86 – 13 – 7L 3
Cincinnati1819.4863.510 – 78 – 120 – 09 – 65 – 105 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs1820.474413 – 85 – 125 – 59 – 123 – 06 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh1722.4365.58 – 109 – 120 – 07 – 145 – 54 – 6W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco2316.59014 – 49 – 126 – 43 – 311 – 75 – 5L 2
San Diego2317.5750.511 – 1012 – 70 – 06 – 614 – 116 – 4W 2
LA Dodgers2217.564112 – 510 – 125 – 02 – 89 – 55 – 5W 4
Arizona1822.4505.59 – 89 – 147 – 125 – 16 – 73 – 7W 1
Colorado1525.3758.513 – 112 – 143 – 32 – 48 – 184 – 6L 1

NBA

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 xyz-Philadelphia4823.67628-720-1610-230-118-21 W
2 x-Brooklyn4724.6621.027-820-168-425-166-44 W
3 xy-Milwaukee4625.6482.026-1020-1511-030-118-23 W
4 x-New York4031.5638.024-1116-203-824-176-42 W
5 x-Atlanta4031.5638.024-1116-209-324-186-43 W
6 x-Miami3932.5499.021-1518-176-623-187-31 L
Boston3635.50712.021-1515-204-720-214-61 W
Charlotte3338.46515.018-1815-208-320-213-74 L
Washington3338.46515.018-1715-212-915-266-41 W
10 Indiana3338.46515.013-2320-157-519-224-62 L
11 Chicago3041.42318.014-2116-206-520-214-61 L
12 Toronto2744.38021.016-1911-254-817-241-96 L
13 Cleveland2249.31026.013-239-264-816-251-91 L
14 Orlando2150.29627.011-2510-254-813-283-76 L
15 Detroit2051.28228.013-227-291-1112-292-84 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 xy-Utah5120.71831-520-157-527-147-31 W
2 xy-Phoenix5021.7041.027-923-127-529-127-32 W
3 x-Denver4724.6624.025-1122-139-226-157-33 W
4 x-LA Clippers4724.6624.026-1021-149-327-145-51 L
5 xy-Dallas4229.5929.021-1521-147-521-208-22 W
Portland4130.57710.019-1622-145-622-198-21 L
LA Lakers4130.57710.021-1520-154-824-175-54 W
Golden State3833.53513.024-1114-225-724-177-35 W
Memphis3833.53513.018-1820-156-619-227-35 W
10 San Antonio3338.46518.014-2119-176-617-242-83 L
11 New Orleans3140.43720.018-1713-236-618-234-63 L
12 Sacramento3140.43720.016-1915-215-718-236-42 L
13 Minnesota2249.31029.012-2310-265-714-275-52 L
14 Oklahoma City2150.29630.09-2612-243-911-301-99 L
15 Houston1754.23934.09-278-275-711-312-81 W
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference

NHL

East
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xy-Pittsburgh Penguins5637163773419615622-4-215-12-18-2-0
x-Washington Capitals5636155773319116317-8-319-7-27-2-1
x-Boston Bruins5633167732916813618-7-315-9-46-3-1
x-New York Islanders5632177712815612821-4-311-13-43-4-3
New York Rangers5627236602617715714-11-313-12-34-6-0
Philadelphia Flyers5625238582216320112-12-413-11-44-5-1
New Jersey Devils561930745191451947-18-312-12-45-4-1
Buffalo Sabres561534737111381998-16-47-18-33-7-0
 
West
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xyz-Colorado Avalanche5639134823919713322-4-217-9-28-2-0
x-Vegas Golden Knights5640142823919112421-5-219-9-07-3-0
x-Minnesota Wild5635165753418116021-5-214-11-35-3-2
x-St. Louis Blues5627209632516917012-11-515-9-46-1-3
Arizona Coyotes5624266542115317612-12-412-14-24-5-1
Los Angeles Kings562128749201431709-14-512-14-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks5621287491615119911-13-410-15-33-5-2
Anaheim Ducks561730943151261796-18-411-12-53-5-2
 
North
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xy-Toronto Maple Leafs5635147773418714818-7-317-7-47-1-2
x-Edmonton Oilers5635192723518315416-12-019-7-27-3-0
x-Winnipeg Jets5630233633017015413-13-217-10-13-7-0
x-Montreal Canadiens56242111592315916813-11-411-10-74-4-2
Calgary Flames5324263512314215014-12-110-14-25-5-0
Ottawa Senators5623285512115719014-10-49-18-17-2-1
Vancouver Canucks5322283471914017412-12-210-16-13-7-0
 
Central
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xy-Carolina Hurricanes5636128803217913620-3-516-9-35-2-3
x-Florida Panthers5637145793618915320-5-317-9-28-2-0
x-Tampa Bay Lightning5636173753518114721-7-015-10-36-3-1
x-Nashville Predators5631232642615615418-10-013-13-27-2-1
Dallas Stars56231914602115815413-7-810-12-64-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks5624257552216118613-11-411-14-33-5-2
Detroit Red Wings56192710481712717112-11-57-16-53-3-4
Columbus Blue Jackets56182612481513718711-9-87-17-43-4-3