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CENTERVILLE 3 SHANANDOAH 0… Cameron Newman 6 innings 0 runs 3 hits 8K’S.   Zach Thompson 2-3

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KNIGHTSTOWN 7 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 4

NEW PALESTINE 2 WARREN CENTRAL 0

MOUNT VERNON 8 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 0

NEW CASLE 2 YORKTOWN 0

WAPAHANI 4 MONROE CENTRAL 2

BATESVILLE 9 CONNERSVILLE 3

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TOP HEADLINES

Embiid leaves with sore knee, 76ers lose to Wizards 122-114

WASHINGTON (AP) After the Philadelphia 76ers lost NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid to what the team called a sore right knee late in the first quarter Monday night, they lost their lead – and their chance at the franchise’s first playoff sweep in 36 years.

With Embiid gone for most of Game 4, Bradley Beal’s 27 points, Russell Westbrook’s 12th career playoff triple-double and Washington’s strategy of fouling Ben Simmons whenever possible down the stretch all helped the Wizards beat the 76ers 122-114 to cut Philadelphia’s series edge to 3-1.

“Each guy thought they had to win the game for us,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said about what happened to his team’s offense after Embiid departed. “You’ve still got to play right. … Tonight we didn’t play right, on either end.”

Asked for more information about Embiid’s knee, Rivers said, “I really don’t know,” and added that some “precautionary” tests will be done Tuesday.

Tobias Harris, who led the Sixers with 21 points and 13 rebounds, summed up his club’s situation this way: “It’s not the end of the world.”

Simmons’ take?

“Obviously,” Simmons said, “we need Joel to win. He’s a big part of this team.”

Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series is Wednesday at Philadelphia.

Mitchell scores 30, Jazz beat Memphis 120-113 to go up 3-1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Utah Jazz have put themselves in position to help erase a very bad memory from last year’s Florida bubble.

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, and the top-seeded Jazz grabbed a 3-1 lead Monday night by holding off the Memphis Grizzlies 120-113.

That’s the same lead the Jazz blew in losing their first-round series in seven games to Denver in the bubble. This time around, the team with the NBA’s best record in the regular season is going home trying to close out this first round, best-of-seven series on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

“We obviously remember that feeling that we had last season, and it’s not something we want to experience again,” Jazz guard Mike Conley said.

This is a different Utah team with Bojan Bogdanovic available and Derrick Favors back on the bench. Conley also is more comfortable in his second season.

“We’ll hopefully be able to get our minds focused on business and not let this one slip away like we did last year,” Conley said.

Mitchell said another difference is the Jazz aren’t satisfied being up 3-1.

“We have to go there and take care of homecourt back in Utah, and I think that’s where our head is at,” Mitchell said.

All-Star Rudy Gobert scored 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter. Jordan Clarkson, the NBA’s 6th man of the year winner, scored 24. Bogdanovic added 13, Conley had 11.

Price has 30 saves, Canadiens top Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) The Montreal Canadiens faced elimination three times against the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they brushed off the pressure each time.

Carey Price made 30 saves and the Canadiens advanced to the second round by beating the Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 7 on Monday night.

Brendan Gallagher, Corey Perry and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Canadiens, who stormed back from a 3-1 deficit for the third time in franchise history to win a series. Eric Staal had two assists for Montreal, which advanced to the second round for the first time since 2015.

“We played Game 5, Game 6 the same way – we had our backs to the wall,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said. “So for us tonight, it was just the same mindset, the same way to prepare, and I felt our guys were in the right place and even more confident than before because we just won those last two games.

“So (Monday) was not that different of a day. I thought our guys handled it really well and I think it showed on the ice.”

The Canadiens will take on Winnipeg after the Jets swept Edmonton in the Canadian-based North Division’s other series. Game 1 is Wednesday at Winnipeg.

“We won a series, we’re happy about that,” Ducharme said. “But we want more, so after tonight you need to turn the page. We’ll take all the goods that made us have success and bring that to the next one.”

William Nylander had a late goal and Jack Campbell stopped 20 shots for Toronto, which hasn’t advanced in the postseason since 2004. The Maple Leafs appeared in control of this series while taking a 3-1 lead, but Montreal forced a deciding Game 7 by winning two in a row in overtime.

“It’s as hard as it gets,” Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said. “The goals are higher than what we achieved. It makes the disappointment much worse.”

Lakers’ depth in doubt for Game 5 in Phoenix

Anthony Davis recorded consecutive 34-point performances to give the Los Angeles Lakers a brief advantage in their Western Conference first-round series against the Phoenix Suns.

A knee injury, however, put his availability in doubt for Sunday’s Game 4. He played, but now a strained left groin has him very much in question for Tuesday’s Game 5 in Phoenix.

Davis collapsed to the floor following a drive to the basket late in the second quarter of Los Angeles’ 100-92 loss to the Suns on Sunday. The defeat evened the series at two wins apiece.

“You know, he’s one of the best players in the world, so you have to adjust,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of the loss of the eight-time All-Star. “And I thought we gave great effort trying to overcome that loss, but it certainly wasn’t enough.”

LeBron James recorded 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a losing effort. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player likely will be asked to shoulder more of the load should Davis be unable to play.

“For me, it’s putting our team in position to be successful,” James said. “It starts with my approach, my accountability, trickles down to everybody else. So, you know, these shoulders are built for a reason. If it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw, I’m ready for the challenge.”

Kyle Kuzma likely would receive more playing time should Davis be unable to play. The 25-year-old started the second half in place of Davis and finished with 11 points on Sunday.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could draw back into the lineup on Tuesday after sitting out Game 4 with a left quad contusion.

Los Angeles also has struggled mightily from 3-point range, shooting 32.5 percent (13 of 40) on Sunday and just 29.1 percent (37 of 127) for the series.

While the defending champions were clearly hobbled on Sunday, the second-seeded Suns received a boost from Chris Paul. The veteran played his best game since injuring his shoulder in the opener and recorded 18 points, nine assists and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

That’s quite a performance considering coach Monty Williams initially planned to sit Paul for the game.

“I’m just glad that me and Coach got the relationship where we can have that kind of conversation. We talked about it,” Paul said. “I told the guys, I said, ‘I don’t know if it’ll be two minutes. I don’t know if it’ll be 32 minutes, but I feel like I’ve got to try to give you what I’ve got.'”

Jae Crowder stepped up by scoring 17 points, however his three 3-pointers were a talking point after the contest. After all, he was 2 for 20 from beyond the arc in the previous three games.

“I’ve been here before,” Crowder said. “I’ve been in slumps before and I just stay even keel.”

Deandre Ayton recorded his fourth straight double-double of the series on Sunday after collecting 14 points and 17 rebounds. The former No. 1 overall pick is averaging 19.8 and 13.5, respectively, in the series.

Cizikas’ OT goal lifts Islanders past Bruins 4-3 in Game 2

BOSTON (AP) Casey Cizikas saw the open ice ahead. And he knew the Boston defense would be coming on quickly.

“I knew that D-man was going to be tracking me hard,” Cizikas said Monday night after his breakaway goal with 14:48 gone in overtime gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory over the Bruins and sent the second-round playoff series back to New York tied at one game apiece.

“I just wanted to get a shot off,” Cizikas added, “and I was able to beat him.”

Cizikas picked up a loose puck that bounced off Boston forward Charlie Coyle’s skate and he raced in all alone on Tuukka Rask before beating him high on the stick side. A fourth-line center, Cizikas hadn’t scored since April 1 and hadn’t netted a playoff goal since 2015.

“It’s been a real long time. You’re just trying to do the right things in overtime. Be in the right spot,” he said. “I was lucky for that puck to pop off in the middle there, and give me an opportunity to get that one.”

Semyon Varlamov returned to the net to make 39 saves for the Islanders, who head back to the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, for Game 3 on Thursday night. The Islanders said they will be increasing capacity to 12,000 for the second round after hosting 9,000 for Game 6 of the first-round series against the Penguins.

“We know how that barn rocks,” Cizikas said. “We’re going to build off that crowd. We’re looking forward to it.”

Josh Bailey, Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau all scored in the second period – with a little help from the Bruins – as the Islanders rallied from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead.

4-time Slam champ Osaka out of French Open, cites anxiety

(AP) — Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open on Monday and wrote on Twitter that she would be taking a break from competition, a dramatic turn of events for a four-time Grand Slam champion who said she experiences “huge waves of anxiety” before speaking to the media and revealed she has “suffered long bouts of depression.”

Osaka’s agent, Stuart Duguid, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the world’s No. 2-ranked tennis player was pulling out before her second-round match at the clay-court tournament in Paris.

The stunning move came a day after Osaka, a 23-year-old who was born in Japan and moved with her family to the U.S. at age 3, was fined $15,000 for skipping the postmatch news conference after her first-round victory at the French Open. She also was threatened by all four Grand Slam tournaments with possible additional punishment, including disqualification or suspension, if she continued with her intention – which Osaka revealed last week on Twitter – to not “do any press during Roland Garros.”

She framed the matter as a mental health issue, saying that it can create self-doubt to have to answer questions after a loss.

“First and foremost we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The outcome of Naomi withdrawing from Roland Garros is unfortunate,” French tennis federation president Gilles Moretton said Monday. “We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery. And we look forward to having Naomi in our tournament next year.”

Moretton said the four major tournaments, and the professional tennis tours, “remain very committed to all athletes’ well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players’ experience in our tournament, including with the media, like we always have.”

In Monday’s post, Osaka spoke about dealing with depression since the 2018 U.S. Open, which she won by beating Serena Williams in a final filled with controversy.

“I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly,” Osaka wrote, explaining that speaking with the media makes her anxious.

Le grand retour: Federer wins return to Paris, Slam action

PARIS (AP) They feted Roger Federer with as loud as applause gets from a crowd capped at 1,000 people in Court Philippe Chatrier – when he walked out with a wave, when he hit one of his 48 winners, even when he attempted a back-to-the-net ‘tweener and hit the ball out.

This match bathed in sunshine Monday meant Federer finally was back at the French Open and back in Grand Slam action and he gave the excited fans what they wanted perhaps as much as he did: a victory.

Federer’s first competition at any major tournament in 16 months ended with him on the right side of a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 score against qualifier Denis Istomin at the French Open as fans chanted “Ro-ger! Ro-ger!”

It was a case of many happy returns – and serves, forehands, backhands, volleys and drop shots, too.

“What a pleasure to be back,” Federer said.

Making a stunning departure was Naomi Osaka, who announced her withdrawal from the tournament. The four-time major champion said on Twitter she has suffered long bouts of depression since winning the 2018 U.S. Open.

Osaka had earlier declared she would not speak to the media during Roland Garros and was fined $15,000 after she skipped the post-match news conference following her first-round victory Sunday.

Serena Williams won in the first scheduled night session in French Open history, erasing two set points to beat Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (6), 6-2 under the lights.

Federer showed no signs of rust or trouble with the right knee that needed two operations last year. He produced more than twice as many winners as his 20 unforced errors and never faced a break point while improving to 8-0 against Istomin over their careers.

“Always great to be on court with this legend. To play against him is always a big (deal),” Istomin said. “I was expecting all the spectators to cheer for him.”

Schrock 3 extra-base hits, leads Miley, Reds over Phils 11-1

CINCINNATI (AP) Max Schrock homered, tripled and doubled before leaving with a leg injury, Wade Miley pitched six solid innings and the Cincinnati Reds cruised past the Philadelphia Phillies 11-1 on Monday.

Kyle Farmer homered and drove in five runs as Cincinnati sent the Phillies to their third straight loss.

Miley (5-4) came off the 10-day injured list and showed no ill effects from a sore foot. He gave up a run and six hits while striking out six. Three Reds relievers allowed just two hits the rest of the way.

“The offense did a great job, first and foremost,” Miley said. “We came out early and tacked on some runs and kept adding and kept adding. It makes it a lot easier, a lot less stressful in those innings where (the Phillies) had a couple guys on.”

Schrock, pushed into service lately because of injuries in the Reds infield, drove in three runs. He hit a two-run homer in a four-run second and an RBI triple in the fifth.

The 26-year-old rookie doubled in the seventh, but then had to leave for a pinch-runner. Manager David Bell said Schrock likely strained his calf running out the hit and might end up on the injured list.

Farmer’s fourth homer of the season was a two-run drive in the third. He added an RBI single in fifth and a bases-loaded double in the seventh.

“I think I was like 0-for-the century coming into today, so it takes a little weight off my shoulders,” Farmer joked. “It feels great to get three hits. It especially feels good (because) it’s not like you’re getting hits and no runs are coming in — you’re helping the team put up some runs. That’s the biggest thing.”

Nick Castellanos’ single leading off the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to 17 games, and his .356 batting average batting average leads the majors. The Reds right fielder also made a spectacular defensive play, going back to the wall and leaping to snag a deep drive off the bat of Andrew McCutchen in the second.

Tyler Naquin drove in two more for Cincinnati with a bases-loaded single in the second.

Vince Velasquez (2-1) was tagged for six runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.

Odubel Herrera had three hits for the Phillies, who have lost nine of 12.

Báez goes deep twice as Stewart, Cubs beat Padres 7-2

CHICAGO (AP) Javier Baez popped out of the dugout for a curtain call, acknowledging the continued chants of “Ja-vy! Ja-vy!” from the crowd at Wrigley Field.

For the dynamic shortstop, it was just like old times.

Baez and Patrick Wisdom each homered twice, helping Kohl Stewart and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Monday.

The 28-year-old Baez talked openly last year about how much he missed playing in front of fans during the pandemic-shortened season. With Wrigley allowed to host 60% of its capacity at the moment, producing a charged crowd of 24,824 for the series opener against Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres, Baez soaked in the atmosphere once again.

“Oh yeah. It feels great. It feels like a playoff game,” Baez said, “especially playing against these guys.”

Pressed into action after Trevor Williams had an appendectomy Sunday morning, Stewart pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first major league win since July 21, 2019, for Minnesota against Oakland. Stewart (1-0) opted out of last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thought Kohl did a really nice job (of) mixing his pitches, attacking them,” manager David Ross said. “I love the rhythm he had, the aggressiveness, the pace of his delivery.”

Kris Bryant also went deep as Chicago capped a 19-8 May with its seventh win in eight games. Bryant went 2 for 4 while extending his hitting streak to 13 games, one shy of his career high.

San Diego dropped to 4-4 on its 10-game road trip. Tatis hit his 16th homer and Wil Myers drove in a run, but that was it for the Padres.

“It felt like a good day to hit, and you’ve got to give them credit, they made pitches,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said.

Chris Paddack was tagged for five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first loss since April 27. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.

Joe Musgrove was slated to start the series opener at Chicago, but he saved San Diego’s weary bullpen by working five hitless innings Sunday in relief of Blake Snell. That led to Tingler turning to Paddack (2-4) on regular rest.

“Some of the pitches that I made with two strikes I thought could have been better,” Paddack said.

Baez committed a throwing error in the second that set up Myers’ RBI single. But he atoned for the miscue in the third, crushing a massive drive that traveled an estimated 455 feet.

Baez took a good long look as his 12th homer soared over the wall in center. He added a solo shot in the seventh, leading to the curtain call.

Eaton’s HR in 8th sends Chisox past Indians 8-6 in DH opener

CLEVELAND (AP) Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer and Jose Abreu had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give the Chicago White Sox their fourth straight win, 8-6 over the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a holiday doubleheader Monday.

Indians starter Triston McKenzie struck out a club record eight straight hitters, two short of the major league record set by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in 1970.

Eaton, who returned to the lineup after missing several games with a tight hamstring, followed Abreu’s fly with his fifth homer, a shot to right-center off James Karinchak (2-2).

“I just want to be able to do anything I can to help the team win,” Eaton said.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have won seven of eight and opened their lead to 4 1/2 games over the second-place Indians.

Chicago starter Carlos Rodon recovered after allowing back-to-back homers in the first inning and hung around for six. He pitched a no-hitter – one of six in the majors this season – against the Indians on April 14.

Codi Heuer (4-1) pitched the seventh and Aaron Bummer gave up one run in the eighth before getting his first save.

The Indians played their second consecutive seven-inning doubleheader after splitting two with Toronto on Sunday.

McKenzie set a club record for consecutive strikeouts and Cesar Hernandez homered twice but also had two errors for the Indians.

After giving up four runs in the second, McKenzie was almost unhittable.

The right-hander, recently sent down to the minors to work on his control, struck out Abreu to end the third and then fanned the side in the fourth and fifth to tie the team’s previous consecutive strikeout record held by Corey Kluber (2014).

McKenzie broke it by striking out Jake Lamb to open the sixth before giving up a single to Yoan Moncada and being pulled. The 23-year-old was given a roaring ovation as he walked to the Indians’ dugout after his strong outing.

“All but the one inning, I thought he was really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He missed some bats. He threw a good curveball. He attacked with a fastball and got it by their barrel for the most part.”

Braves star Ozuna granted $20,000 bond on assault charge

ATLANTA (AP) Braves star Marcell Ozuna was released from jail on $20,000 bond Monday after being charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and battery against his wife.

Ozuna had been jailed since Saturday after police officers in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs said they witnessed him attacking his wife, Genesis, while responding to a 911 call.

During his initial appearance in Fulton County Magistrate Court, Ozuna was ordered to avoid contact with his wife. He had no comment as he walked out of jail.

In court, attorneys said the couple was in the process of divorce. Genesis Ozuna was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Miami a year ago.

A statement from the Sandy Springs Police Department said officers entered a home where the front door was open and heard screaming from inside. Officers said they saw Ozuna grab his wife by the neck and throw her against a wall, in addition to striking her with a cast on his injured left hand.

Police said the victim had visible injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

Ozuna could face a long suspension by Major League Baseball, which plans to review the matter under the joint domestic violence policy in place between MLB and the players’ union.

He was already on the injured list and expected to be out for more than a month after dislocating two fingers on his left hand while sliding during a game at Boston last week. He was seen wearing a bright yellow cast in video of his court appearance.

Ozuna re-signed with Atlanta after a stellar first season with the Braves in 2020, agreeing to a $65 million, four-year deal. He batted .338, led the National League with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, and finished sixth in NL MVP balloting.

Ozuna also became a fan favorite with his colorful celebrations, including mimed selfies after home runs and a pot-stirring hand gesture to highlight big hits.

He was off to a slow start this season, hitting just .213 with seven homers and 26 RBIs at the time of his injury.

Refsnyder, Twins hand Orioles 14th straight loss, 3-2 in 10

BALTIMORE (AP) Rob Refsnyder bounced back from a run-in with the center-field fence to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and the Minnesota Twins handed the Baltimore Orioles their 14th straight loss, 3-2 on Monday.

The Orioles’ skid ties for second-longest in team history – they also dropped 14 in a row in 1954, the season the club moved from St. Louis to Baltimore. The Orioles’ worst losing streak came in 1988 when they lost their first 21 games of the year.

It’s the longest losing drought in the majors since the Astros lost 15 in a row in 2013.

“It’s been tough last couple weeks, but we’re trying to keep our head up and trying to keep playing hard,” said Ryan Mountcastle, who homered for Baltimore’s first run. “We’ve been in a lot of close games and we’ve just got to try to turn the page and move on to the next one and hopefully win tomorrow.”

The Twins have beaten Baltimore 16 consecutive times, one away from Minnesota’s franchise record against one opponent. The Twins topped Boston 17 straight times in 1965-66.

Refsnyder smacked into the padded wall chasing Mountcastle’s home run in the fifth that flew well over the fence. Refsnyder went down hard on the warning track but stayed in the game.

“They should take a look at that fence, to be honest,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “(Refsnyder) came out OK. He might have shaken himself up a little bit, but he flat-out ran into the wall. Everyone was checking on him. He’s not going to be deterred very easily from getting back out on the field.”

It was 1-all when Refsnyder began the 10th as the automatic runner at second base. He moved to third on Kyle Garlick’s grounder and scored easily with a headfirst slide when Adam Plutko (1-2) threw a pitch in the dirt.

Jorge Polanco followed with a homer over the right-field scoreboard.

Rays win for 16th time in 17 games, Hill beats Yankees 3-1

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Kiermaier’s voice was raspy, the toll of 16 celebrations over 17 games.

“We’re all huddled around,” the Rays center fielder said, describing the large circle that had just gathered in the clubhouse. “I just give all the pitchers shout-outs, nice defensive plays, homers, stuff like that, and then kind of finish it with my own little rap, jingle thing.”

Kiermaier has had much to sing about. He sparked the offense behind Rich Hill, who threw five scoreless innings to finish May with the lowest monthly ERA in 75 years of a pitcher in his 40s, and Tampa Bay kept up its domination of the reeling Yankees with a 3-1 victory Monday.

Tampa Bay’s 16-1 spurt opened a 5 1/2-game AL East lead over third-place New York – and led to postgame frivolity.

“Every and every year, I said, `Fellas, I don’t have to do it if you don’t want it.’ And everyone wants me to do it,” Kiermaier went on. “I’m glad my teammates don’t judge me for it, because when guys come over to get traded and see it for the first time, they’re just kind of bashful at times. But it’s all good fun.”

Kiermaier singled leading off the third against Jameson Tallion (1-4) and scored on Manuel Margot’s double as right fielder Aaron Judge overthrew the cutoff man, and the Rays never trailed for the fifth straight game.

Austin Meadows homered into the right-field short porch in the fourth, a 334-foot drive would not have been out of any other big league ballpark, and Kiermaier doubled leading off the fifth and scored on Randy Arozarena’s single.

“He’s the leader in the clubhouse and he’s the heart and soul of this club,” Hill said.

A left-hander who at 41 is the oldest player in Rays’ history, he did not throw a single pitch that broke 90 mph yet improved to 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA against the Yankees this season. Hill need just 56 pitches and allowed three hits, helping by a diving stop on AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu that third baseman Yandy Diaz turned into an inning-ending double play from his knees. Five of New York’s first 16 batters hit his first pitch and six more hit his second.

Tucker, Astros down former bench coach Cora, Red Sox 11-2

HOUSTON (AP) Back in Houston as Boston’s manager, Alex Cora and the Red Sox were handed their most lopsided loss of the season by his former team.

Kyle Tucker had a season-best three hits and tied a career high with four RBIs as the Astros beat their ex-bench coach and his Red Sox 11-2 on Monday.

This was the first time Cora, now managing the Red Sox again, had faced the Astros since being suspended last year for his role in Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scheme in 2017.

Cora helped Houston win the 2017 World Series as bench coach, then managed Boston to the 2018 championship. He was let go by the Red Sox following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Astros, then suspended by MLB through the 2020 postseason before getting rehired in Boston last November.

“I got suspended,” Cora said, reflecting on the scandal before the game. “That’s something that will always be on my resume and I think at the end, we all made a mistake. We all messed up, and we all are paying the price.”

Cora remains close with Houston players Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve and said before the game that Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron was his “best friend.” Cora and Cintron talked and joked around before the game.

“Cora, that’s my boy,” Correa said. “That’s my brother for life. His time here, I will always appreciate it because I learned so much from him when he was here.”

Cora was asked about Houston’s approach at the plate on Monday.

“They did a good job of just making contact,” he said. “It’s not about hitting hard all the time. You make contact and good things happen and today they did that.”

Jose Urquidy (4-2) did his part in ending Boston’s three-game winning streak. He yielded three hits and one run, striking out nine over six innings in his return from the injured list.

Urquidy, who had been out since May 12 with shoulder inflammation, won his career-best fourth straight decision.

NOTRE DAME TO HOST 2021 NCAA BASEBALL REGIONAL

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The NCAA has announced that the University of Notre Dame has been named one of 16 Regional sites for the 2021 NCAA Baseball Championship. This will be the fifth time in school history that the Irish will host an NCAA Baseball Regional.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

No. 1 Notre Dame – ACC (10th National Seed)

No. 2 Connecticut – BIG EAST

No. 3 Michigan – B1G

No. 4 Central Michigan – MAC

GAME TIMES

Friday, June 4

1pm ET – Central Michigan vs. Notre Dame (Game 1)

7pm ET – Michigan vs. Connecticut (Game 2)

Saturday, June 5

Noon ET – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (Game 3)

6pm ET – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (Game 4)

Sunday, June 6

Noon ET – Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 (Game 5)

6pm ET – Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 4 (Game 6)

Monday, June 7

1pm ET – Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 4 (If necessary)

Indiana State Selected as No. 3 Seed in Nashville Regional

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State baseball team earned an at-large berth to the 2021 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Nashville Regional hosted by the No. 4 overall seed Vanderbilt Commodores. The Sycamores open postseason play on Friday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET against No. 2 seed Georgia Tech.

Indiana State earned its 11th NCAA postseason appearance in program history and the third under head coach Mitch Hannahs. The Sycamores head to Nashville with an overall record of 30-19 reaching Championship Sunday at the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

The Commodores (40-15) are hosting the for the eighth time in program history and will have the opportunity to host the super regional round should they advance. The NCAA Nashville Regional is paired with the Greenville Regional, hosted by East Carolina.

Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 4 to Monday, June 7 (if necessary).

A small number of outfield tickets remain available for Regionals. Outfield all-session tickets are $70 and individual game tickets are $10.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased via vucommodores.com or by calling the Vanderbilt Athletics ticket office at 615-322-4653 during business hours beginning Tuesday, June 1.

Indiana State will have an allotment of tickets available via the Hulman Center Ticket Office as well. Details will become available as soon as possible.

Fan Fest activities for the Regional games are planned for outside of Hawkins Field on Jess Neely Drive. A game ticket is not required to participate in Fan Fest.

Each game of the regional will be streamed via the WatchESPN app. The Sycamore Radio Network will also carry each Indiana State game locally in the Wabash Valley on 97.9 FM and 1230 AM WIBQ and worldwide free-of-charge on GoSycamores.com.

Regional Schedule

Friday, June 4

G1: #3 Indiana State (30-19) vs. #2 Georgia Tech (29-23) – Noon, ESPN3

G2: #1 Vanderbilt (40-15) vs. #4 Presbyterian (22-21) – 6 p.m., SEC Network

Saturday, June 5

G3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – Noon

G4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 6

G5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 2 p.m.

G6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 8 p.m.

Monday, June 7 (if necessary)

G7: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 6 p.m.

INDY FUEL: FUEL DOMINATE KOMETS IN SEASON FINALE

(FUEL RELEASE)

NDIANAPOLIS – Playing their final game of a 21-game season series, the Indy Fuel hosted their I-69 rival Fort Wayne Komets on Monday night. The Fuel would see five goals scored by five different players in route to a 5-2 win over the Komets. 

The Komets would control the majority of play throughout the first half of the opening period, outshooting the Fuel 6-3. After an Indy turnover in their defensive zone, Zach Pochiro got alone in front of Billy Christopoulos and tucked the puck around his pad to give the Komets a 1-0 lead. Earning a long 5-on-3 power play, Indy’s Terry Broadhurst buried a rebound past Komets goaltender Dylan Ferguson. 

Immediately after scoring on the power play, Spencer Watson fired a puck from the point that was deflected by Michael Pelech, giving Indy their first lead of the game. Indy would hold on to the 2-1 lead for the remainder of the period, sending them into the locker room leading. 

Five minutes into the second period, Nick Hutchison hopped on a rebound in front of the net and beat Ferguson with a wraparound, putting Indy up 3-1. Earning back-to-back 5-on-3 power plays, Fort Wayne was only able to put a handful of shots on Christopoulos. Indy’s Alex Rauter would give Indy the 4-1 lead when he crashed the net and chipped the puck over Ferguson. 

The Fuel would be outshot by the Komets 10-5 through the first 10 minutes of the third period but Christopoulos would weather the storm. Keeping control late in the third period, Marco Roy jumped on a rebound and put the puck past Christopoulos to cut Indy’s lead to 4-2. Streaking down the sideboards, Dmitry Osipov jumped on a puck that squeaked through the arm of Ferguson and tucked in the puck to put the 5-2 win away for Indy. 

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1920       Babe Ruth, an accomplished hurler, acquired from Boston in the offseason for his hitting prowess, bats cleanup in the Yankees’ lineup, and gets the win when he tosses four innings as the starter in the team’s 14-7 victory over Washington at the Polo Grounds. During his 15 seasons with New York, the ‘Sultan of Swat’ will take the mound just five times for the club, including a complete-game victory in 1933.

1923       The Giants pound the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, 22-8. The Philadelphia contest marks the first time this century a team has scored in every inning of a game.

1925       Lou Gehrig, making the only appearance as a pinch-hitter in his 17-year career, begins his streak of playing in 2,130 straight games when he comes off the Yankee bench to hit for rookie infielder Pee-Wee Wanninger. Ironically, Wanninger is the player who ended a consecutive-game streak of 1,307 consecutive games when he started the May 5th contest in place of Everett Scott, the team’s regular shortstop.

1937       At Comiskey Park, 27 year-old White Sox right-hander Bill Dietrich no-hits the Browns, 8-0. ‘Bullfrog,’ who will pitch 16 seasons for three American League teams, compiling a 108-128 record, is the tenth Pale Hose hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history.

1939       Four years after participating in the first major league night game as the visiting team in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, the Phillies host their first evening tilt, bowing to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park, 5-2. The team’s loss to the Bucs is not the first MLB contest played at night in Philadelphia, or at Shibe Park, because the A’s, who share the ballpark with the NL team, lost to Cleveland playing under the lights two weeks ago in the first night game in American League history.

1939       Speaking to the Knights of Columbus in Cleveland, Yankee coach Johnny Schulte shares a team secret, telling the group of Lou Gehrig’s scheduled examination at the Mayo Clinic. At first, the ailing first baseman denies the statement as a rumor, but, in a few days, confirms the impending visit to Rochester, Minnesota.

1941       In front of the largest crowd in the American League this season, Johnny Sturm hits his first major league homer, an eighth-inning two-run blast into the right-field stands at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The round-tripper, which breaks a 1-1 deadlock, begins a streak in which one or more Yankees will hit a home run in 24 consecutive games, a record that lasts for 53 years.

1941       New York right fielder Mel Ott’s 400th home run and his 1500th career run help to beat Cincinnati at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. ‘Master Melvin’ will finish his 22-year career, all with the Giants, with 511 home runs, the third-most in major league history at the time of his retirement.

1954       The Indians obtain Vic Wertz from the Orioles for Bob Chakales, a right-handed hurler who had compiled a 6-8 record during his four years with Cleveland. Tribe skipper Al Lopez plans to move the 29 year-old outfielder to first base to fill in for an ailing Al Rosen.

1955       Duke Snider blasts three home runs in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over Milwaukee. Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella also go deep in the Ebbets Field’s contest, helping Brooklyn set a franchise record with six home runs.

1961       After playing just six games with the Braves, the team trades Billy Martin to the Twins for Billy Consolo. The fiery infielder will finish his 11-year career in the Twin Cities, spending the next eight years with the organization in various capacities, including managing the club to a first-place finish in 1969.

1962       In the nightcap of a twin bill at Shibe Park, Don Drysdale beats the Phillies for the 13th consecutive time, continuing a streak which started in 1958. The Dodger right-hander, however, will drop his next seven decisions against Philadelphia after today’s victory.

1964       The exhibition game with their Williamsport farm club is rained out, much to the delight of the Mets. Yesterday, the team finished a ten-hour marathon at 11:25 p.m., dropping a twin bill to the Giants, 5-3 and 8-6, which included a 23-inning nightcap.

1966       Ron Santo, who will go on to establish a modern-day Cubs mark by hitting in 28 consecutive games, goes hitless the day after the streak begins, but his run at the record stays intact. The Cubs’ infielder receives four walks and is hit by a pitch in his five plate appearances, keeping his one-game streak alive in the team’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia at Connie Mack Stadium.

1975       California right-hander Nolan Ryan’s 100th career victory is a memorable one when he no-hits the Orioles at Anaheim Stadium, 1-0. The Angels’ fireballer ties Sandy Koufax’s big-league mark, notching his fourth career no-hitter.

1976       The Twins send Bert Blyleven along with Danny Thompson to the Rangers for Mike Cubbage, Jim Gideon, Bill Singer, Roy Smalley, and $250,000. The unpopular right-hander, who was serenaded by the fans with a “Bye, Bye, Blyleven” chant in his last start yesterday, will return to Minnesota in 1985, becoming a beloved figure in his second stint in the Twin Cities as a player and broadcaster.

1977       Dennis Eckersley’s no-hit string of 22.1 innings ends when Ruppert Jones homers in the sixth frame, accounting for the Mariners only run in a 7-1 loss to the Indians 7-1 at the Kingdome. The 22 year-old right-hander’s hitless streak falls just two outs short of the major league mark established in 1904 by Cy Young while playing for Boston Americans.

1987       Thanks to Indian hurler Phil Niekro’s 9-6 win over the Tigers, the Niekro brothers pass the Perrys (Gaylord and Jim) with 530 combined victories. Phil and Joe will end their careers with a total of 539 wins, making them the most successful sibling combination in major league history.

1992       The Astros use their top pick, the No. 1 overall selection, to draft Cal State Fullerton infielder Phil Nevin over Derek Jeter, a shortstop from Kalamazoo Central High who will be drafted sixth overall by the Yankees. Houston, aware of the huge bonuses given to the previous top draft picks, possibly did not select the future Hall of Famer because the team believed the high school standout was seeking a bonus of at least $1 million to forego playing baseball at the University of Michigan.

1995       The Diamondbacks named Joe Garagiola Jr. as the team’s first general manager. The son of the former major league catcher and TV personality will stay in the post until 2005 when he leaves Arizona to become MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations.

1997       Billy the Marlin’s head, missing since Navy SEAL Lou Langlais, dressed as the mascot, lost the costume’s five-pound head to a gust of wind when parachuting during the team’s Opening Day ceremonies two months ago, resurfaces at Pro Player Stadium. Victor Rowe and Mike Zinniger, rewarded by the team for with season tickets for returning the noggin, spotted the five-pound appendage, unscathed, aside from a scratch on the neck, on a retaining wall yesterday while traveling on the Florida Turnpike a few miles from the stadium.

1997       When Wilton Guerrero scurries to pick up pieces of his shattered bat after grounding out to start the game, home plate ump Steve Ripley becomes suspicious and discovers that the rookie used an altered bat. Crew chief Bruce Froemming immediately ejects the Dodgers second baseman is from the contest, and the 21 year-old infielder will also receive an eight-day suspension and a $1,000 fine for his use of a corked bat.

2000       As owners struggle over realignment, the players’ association suggests a more straightforward plan which only moves the Astros from the NL Central to the AL West, thus creating two 15-team leagues. The owners’ ideas would have the newest franchises, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, switching leagues, the elimination of the NL wild-card, and the AL Central consisting of six teams to go along with six divisions with only four teams.

2001       Tomo Ohka, throwing just 77 pitches, 59 of which are strikes, becomes the first Pawtucket Red Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game, and the third in the 118-year history of the International League when he beats the Charlotte Knights, 2-0. In 2003, at the same Rhode Island ballpark, Bronson Arroyo will duplicate the feat when he retires all 27 batters he faces in a 7-0 victory over the Buffalo Bisons at McCoy Stadium.

2001       Hurling less than five innings as the starting pitcher, CC Sabathia is awarded the win in the Tribe’s 7-4 triumph over New York. Since the Indians did not record an out in the sixth, the rookie right-hander is credited with the victory because rules allow a starter to be eligible for a win in a rain-shortened game even if he only pitches four innings.

2003       After being taunted by Twinkie-waving fans in the left-field bleachers, the not-so-svelte Lance Berkman, during a pitching change in the seventh inning, gestures to his Wrigley Field tormentors to throw him one of the sponge cake snacks, which he promptly chows down, much to the delight of the crowd. In the next inning, the Astro outfielder goes deep, hitting a sugar-fueled two-run home run in the team’s 9-3 win over the Cubs.

2003       In the Blue Jays’ 11-8 victory over Boston at the SkyDome, Roy Halladay gives up seven doubles, five of them in the third inning. Red Sox players hitting two-baggers in the third frame include Bill Mueller, Todd Walker, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Trot Nixon.

2005       After the team finishes the first two months of the season with a 19-32 won-loss record, the Houston Chronicle prints an obituary for the last-place Astros. After winning the National League pennant as the wild card team, the club, which is 14 games out, will make it to the World Series.

2007       After being ejected from the game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, Mississippi Braves manager Phillip Wellman kicks dirt on home plate and then proceeds to draw the umpire’s strike zone in the soil before tossing third base into the outfield. Crawling to the mound, the minor-league skipper continues his tirade, throwing the rosin bag like a hand grenade at the ump, and then takes second base with him when he exits AT&T Field.

2008       Mike Lieberthal, signing a one-day contract for a mere four dollars, can retire happily as a member of the Phillies. The team’s popular former backstop, who spent the first 13 of his 14 major league seasons with Philadelphia, throws out the ceremonial first pitch, receiving a loud cheer from the large crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

2009       In a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field, the Yankees set a major league record by playing 18 straight games without committing an error. The new mark, which surpasses a string put together by the 2006 Red Sox, will end tomorrow when Bronx Bomber backstop Jorge Posada throws the ball into center field trying to gun down a would-be base stealer.

2011       Francisco Cordero becomes the twenty-second reliever in major league history to record 300 saves when he tosses a perfect ninth inning to nail down the Reds’ 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Milwaukee. The 36 year-old closer notched 60 of his saves while playing two seasons with the Brewers, before signing as a free agent with Cincinnati in 2008.

2011       Stunning the crowd, Teddy, it appears, has finally won a President’s Race at Nationals Park, bringing an end to his winless streak. Unfortunately, because TR sped into first place riding a Segway, he is quickly and emphatically disqualified by Screech, the team’s mascot.

2012       Johan Santana, who did not pitch last year because of shoulder surgery performed at the end of the 2010 season, no-hits the Cardinals at Citi Field, 8-0, with the help of third base ump’s blown call on a fair ball and an outstanding defensive play by outfielder Mike Baxter. The 33 year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner’s 134-pitch effort ends the Mets’ streak of over fifty seasons, spanning 8,020 games, without a no-hitter.

2020       New York Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Kalish dismisses Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former Mets teammate and author Ron Darling, ruling the player’s reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more. The dispute follows the publication of 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game, where the former pitcher alleged the plaintiff shouted racist remarks toward Red Sox starter Oil Can Boyd before Game 3 the 1986 World Series.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3520.63615 – 1320 – 715 – 84 – 29 – 99 – 1W 5
Boston3221.604216 – 1316 – 812 – 67 – 46 – 97 – 3L 1
NY Yankees2925.5375.515 – 1214 – 1312 – 179 – 45 – 24 – 6L 4
Toronto2725.5196.510 – 1117 – 1410 – 113 – 45 – 84 – 6L 1
Baltimore1737.31517.56 – 1911 – 188 – 150 – 88 – 80 – 10L 14
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox3321.61120 – 913 – 126 – 518 – 106 – 47 – 3L 1
Cleveland2924.5473.513 – 1216 – 122 – 520 – 123 – 45 – 5W 1
Kansas City2626.500613 – 1313 – 135 – 513 – 184 – 26 – 4W 2
Minnesota2231.41510.512 – 1710 – 145 – 310 – 134 – 127 – 3W 1
Detroit2232.4071113 – 159 – 174 – 510 – 186 – 44 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland3125.55417 – 1714 – 811 – 99 – 18 – 134 – 6L 3
Houston2924.5470.518 – 1211 – 126 – 40 – 321 – 124 – 6W 2
Seattle2827.5092.517 – 1211 – 156 – 56 – 713 – 87 – 3W 5
LA Angels2430.444613 – 1411 – 163 – 77 – 612 – 155 – 5L 1
Texas2233.4008.513 – 139 – 2010 – 84 – 68 – 143 – 7L 6
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2620.56515 – 511 – 1513 – 82 – 59 – 26 – 4W 5
Atlanta2526.4903.514 – 1411 – 1212 – 1210 – 41 – 26 – 4W 1
Philadelphia2529.463515 – 1010 – 1913 – 158 – 42 – 43 – 7L 3
Miami2428.462512 – 1212 – 1610 – 93 – 69 – 85 – 5L 3
Washington2129.420713 – 158 – 146 – 106 – 104 – 64 – 6L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs3023.56619 – 1011 – 138 – 616 – 144 – 08 – 2W 1
St. Louis3024.5560.515 – 1015 – 1410 – 1013 – 76 – 55 – 5L 2
Milwaukee2925.5371.513 – 1416 – 117 – 912 – 98 – 38 – 2W 5
Cincinnati2428.4625.512 – 1312 – 153 – 111 – 106 – 145 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh2033.3771010 – 1510 – 181 – 37 – 197 – 72 – 8L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco3420.63015 – 719 – 136 – 48 – 316 – 116 – 4W 4
San Diego3421.6180.518 – 1016 – 110 – 09 – 917 – 116 – 4L 2
LA Dodgers3222.593218 – 914 – 135 – 13 – 817 – 86 – 4W 1
Colorado2034.3701416 – 124 – 224 – 63 – 711 – 215 – 5W 1
Arizona1936.34515.510 – 159 – 217 – 146 – 46 – 161 – 9L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
Sporting KC311145-10-1-01-0-14
Colorado311123-10-0-11-1-04
Portland310236-31-0-00-0-23
Minnesota300317-60-0-20-0-10