Montréal 3 Tampa Bay 2 OT
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Cincinnati 6 Kansas City 2
Minnesota 8 Chicago White Sox 5
Tampa Bay 9 Cleveland 8
Detroit 7 Texas 3
Boston 5 LA Angels 4
St. Louis 5 San Francisco 3
Miami 5 LA Dodgers 4
Pittsburgh 11 Atlanta 1
NY Mets 4 Milwaukee 2
Philadelphia 13 Chicago Cubs 3
Washington 7 San Diego 5
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Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident
(AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July.
Police in Novi, Michigan, said the firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, police Lt. Jason Meier said. Authorities earlier said the Lativan had died of an apparent head injury during a fall, but an autopsy clarified the cause of death.
The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took Kivlenieks to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office reported preliminary autopsy results Monday afternoon.
Prior to the autopsy, police said Kivlenieks was believed to have slipped and hit his head on concrete while running from a malfunctioning firework.
“At the moment, we’re pretty certain this was a tragic accident,” Meier said.
The Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation announced Kivlenieks’ death, with the NHL club initially saying it resulted from an apparent head injury in a fall. The team’s statement made no mention of fireworks.
Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted: “Life is so precious and can be so fragile. Hug your loved ones today. RIP Matiss, you will be dearly missed.” Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson called it a “devastating time” for the team.
“Kivi was an outstanding young man who greeted every day and everyone with a smile and the impact he had during his four years with our organization will not be forgotten,” he said.
“What a tragic loss for all of us who knew him and I am thinking and praying for his family,” former Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno tweeted. “Heaven gained a darn good goalie and better person. Just, way too soon.”
Former Columbus defenseman David Savard learned of it from Foligno.
“That was a brutal wakeup this morning,” Savard said in French. “That was a good kid with a lot of talent who was going to be a part of the team next year or in the future. That’s extremely sad.”
Kivlenieks’ death came on the eve of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in Montreal, where the Tampa Bay Lightning had a chance to clinch the championship against the Canadiens on Monday night.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Kivlenieks’ “love for life and passion for the game will be deeply missed by all those who have been fortunate to have him as a teammate and a friend.”
The Latvian Hockey Federation called Kivlenieks’ death “a great loss not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation.”
Kivlenieks most recently represented Latvia this spring at the world hockey championship in which he played four games. He played two games for the Blue Jackets and eight for the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters this past season.
A native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent in May 2017 and played eight games for the club overall. He was seen as a possible No. 2 goaltender next season if Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins is traded.
Kivlenieks was at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington last Tuesday as a guest of IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi.
Rossi announced that day he was going to race the Baja 1000 in Mexico in November, and Kivlenieks took a ride around Mid-Ohio in a Honda Ridgeline to help promote both Rossi and Sunday’s IndyCar race.
“This hits hard,” Rossi tweeted. “Prayers to the family and the team.”
How the events of Sunday night unfolded came into focus Monday, as Meier said the autopsy findings prompted officers to re-interview some witnesses. He said police will continue trying to interview as many people as they can who were present at the time.
“We’re starting to put together a pretty good picture of what occurred,” he said.
Meier said police who responded to the emergency calls said there was a “large gathering” at the home but he didn’t have an estimate of how many people were there or how many people police want to speak with.
Meier would not provide the address of the property in Novi, a northern suburb of Detroit. A police report hasn’t yet been completed.
Canadiens beat Lightning 3-2 in OT, avoid Stanley Cup sweep
MONTREAL (AP) Josh Anderson delivered in overtime, and Montreal killed Tampa Bay’s chance for a Stanley Cup sweep.
Anderson said the Canadiens weren’t done, and he was right – at least for one night.
The speedy winger scored his second goal 3:57 into overtime, and the Canadiens avoided elimination by defeating the defending champion Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 on Monday.
“We didn’t want to end it tonight in front of our fans. We expected to go to Tampa tomorrow,” Anderson said. “I think everybody in that locker room did, you know, packed our bags this afternoon.”
The series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Montreal, and rookie defenseman Alexander Romanov also scored. The Canadiens also went 5 for 5 on the penalty kill, including a four-minute high-sticking penalty issued to captain Shea Weber with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
“Webby is our leader,” forward Brendan Gallagher said. “I think we would have killed it for anyone, but he’s been a rock for us since he’s come to our team.”
Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots.
The Lightning are attempting to become the NHL’s second team to win consecutive championships in the salary-cap era, which began in 2005. The Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished the feat with titles in 2016 and 2017.
Tampa Bay, which won the Cup last year by defeating Dallas in six games, is one resilient bunch, too. It is 13-0 over the past two playoffs when coming off a loss.
“Sometimes you play pretty good and it’s a break here, a break there that just doesn’t go your way. You just go to keep working through it,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “No hanging our heads but I liked a lot of things we did tonight.”
Montreal became the first team to score in OT to avoid a sweep in the Stanley Cup Final since the Bruins did it in 1946 against the Canadiens, according to STATS.
The Canadiens also avoided becoming the first team to get swept in the final round since Detroit won four straight over Washington to win the championship in 1998.
They drew some inspiration from Anderson, who provided his teammates with a rallying cry a day earlier when he said: “We’re not finished yet.”
“We understood the hole that we were in, but we just kind of talked about it: Find a way to win one game here,” Gallagher said. “(Anderson) stepped up and scored a couple of big goals for us. It’s going to be the same thing next game.”
Interim coach Dominique Ducharme’s lineup changes paid off, with Romanov stepping up in just his third career playoff game. Anderson was shifted to a new line, playing alongside Nick Suzuki and rookie Cole Caufield in Ducharme’s bid to add more speed.
Anderson got his second career playoff overtime goal after he forced a turnover at the blue line and outraced Jan Rutta and Yanni Gourde to a loose puck along the left boards. He then directed the puck toward the net, where Caufield got a piece of it but pushed it wide.
Anderson jumped back in front and knocked the puck past Vasilevskiy inside the left post. His follow-through put him on the ice, where he celebrated the goal while on his back.
Montreal was outscored 14-5 in the first three games, including a sloppy 6-3 loss in Game 3 on Friday.
They got off to a better start Monday, thanks to Price stopping 12 shots in the opening period and Anderson converting Suzuki’s centering pass at 15:39 for Montreal’s first lead of the series.
Though Tampa Bay rallied twice to tie, the Canadiens never relinquished the lead.
The Lightning are 0-4 in OT this postseason, and 0-5 when giving up the first goal.
“We have confidence in the power play. We had some good looks throughout the game, but at the end of the day you want to bear down and score one there, but it didn’t happen,” said Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who had a shot from the slot get a piece of Price’s blocker and go off the left post during a power-play chance late in the second period. “That was a close game overall.”
Wild re-sign Nick Bjugstad to 1-year, $900,000 contract
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild re-signed forward Nick Bjugstad to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Monday, bringing back some useful depth up front.
Bjugstad had six goals, 11 assists and a career-best plus-7 rating in 44 games this season, his first with his home-state team. The 28-year-old also had 48 hits and 22 blocked shots while playing both center and right wing. He had one goal in the playoff series against Vegas.
Bjugstad, who played at Blaine High School and the University of Minnesota, became the 27th native of Minnesota to play in a game for the Wild. He has 103 goals and 121 assists in 483 games over nine years in the NHL.
Last week, the Wild re-signed center Joel Eriksson Ek to an eight-year, $42 million contract.
Hawks reach agreement to make Nate McMillan full-time coach
ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk moved quickly to lock down Nate McMillan as the full-time coach, reaching an agreement to remove the interim tag only two days after team’s season ended.
The deal comes after McMillan, in his interim role, led the team to an improbable run to the Eastern Conference finals.
Schlenk said Monday that “an agreement in place in principal” was reached earlier in the day with McMillan. “We’re just drawing up the contract,” Schlenk said.
The team is expected to officially announce the deal on Tuesday. Details were not immediately available.
McMillan, 56, was named interim coach after Lloyd Pierce was fired when the team had a 14-20 record. The Hawks enjoyed an immediate turnaround under McMillan.
They played better late in games, protecting leads while posting a 27-11 mark that gave them the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was Atlanta’s first playoff berth since 2017.
The Hawks were underdogs in beating the New York Knicks in the first round and No. 1 seed Philadelphia in the conference semifinals before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in the conference final.
Schlenk said McMillan’s consistent message worked with a young team led by point guard Trae Young.
“I just believe he’s unbelievably consistent,” Schlenk said. “There’s no back and forth. Once he says this is what we’re going to do, he’s consistent with it, and because of that consistency, I believe the players believe in it. When somebody tells you something one day and the opposite the next day, it’s hard to have that trust. But with him, he’s unbelievably consistent with his views, and his guys bought into it.”
McMillan encouraged the Hawks to add toughness to their game. His leadership was the addition needed to make winners of a team built around such draft picks as Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.
Schlenk also added a defensive presence at center with Clint Capela before the key free-agent additions of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari.
“They’ve been a great group all season long,” McMillan said after Saturday’s 118-107 loss to the Bucks ended Atlanta’s season.
“It was a huge challenge for them once coach Pierce was let go. I challenged those guys to be better, to do better, to sacrifice, to commit to each other, and they did.”
With McMillan’s return in place, another offseason priority will be negotiations with Collins, a restricted free agent. The Hawks will be able to match offers from other teams but must consider needs elsewhere.
“We won’t be in a situation where we have a lot of cap space like we had last year,” Schlenk said.
Hunter was emerging as a defensive leader and scoring threat at small forward before persistent right knee soreness finally led to season-ending surgery. Schlenk said he has received “nothing but positive” reports on Young’s rehabilitation.
The Hawks suffered another key injury during the conference finals when Young missed two games with a bone bruise in his right foot after inadvertently stepping on an official’s foot and twisting his ankle in Game 3. Young finished with just 14 points on 4-of-17 shooting in the Game 6 loss.
McMillan said he believes Hawks owner Tony Ressler is committed to long-term success.
“This could be the start of something that is consistent,” McMillan said. “… Tony just talked about his commitment to this team and this organization to continue to win. They want to win here. He wants to build a winner. He’s willing to do whatever it takes. That was his message to the team.”
Schlenk said he knew McMillan was the right choice to be the full-time coach even before the playoffs.
“At some point during the regular season I went to Nate and told him the job was his if he wanted it, and we both agreed to wait until after the season to formalize it,” Schlenk said.
There was reason to question McMillan’s interest in the full-time position. He was reluctant to accept the interim job, agreeing only after being assured by Pierce that it was the right decision.
McMillan joined Pierce’s staff after he was fired as Indiana’s coach. He also is a former head coach in Portland and Seattle.
Dodgers’ Roberts not expecting Bauer back after 7-day leave
MIAMI (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expects pitcher Trevor Bauer to be out beyond the seven-day administrative leave imposed by Major League Baseball slated to end Friday.
Bauer was placed on leave last Friday, three days after an allegation of assault was made by a woman against him. MLB and police are investigating the incident.
The administrative leave – during which a player is paid but cannot play – has been extended for players under the policy in the past.
Roberts expressed doubts about Bauer returning as soon as Friday before the Dodgers opened a four-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday.
The leave was imposed under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015 and can be the initial step leading to a longer suspension.
A protection order against Bauer was obtained under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and was the result of an assault by him that left the woman who sought the order with “severe physical and emotional pain,” Marc Garelick, the woman’s attorney, said last week.
The protection order includes multiple graphic images from the woman who filed the request, according to The Athletic. The woman, in the 67-page ex-parte document, said Bauer assaulted her on two different occasions. Together, the woman said those two incidents included Bauer punching her in the face and body, sticking his fingers down her throat, and strangling her to the point where she lost consciousness multiple times, according to the document.
The alleged assaults described by the woman happened during what she said began as consensual sexual encounters between the two. According to the woman’s declaration attached to the request and obtained by The Athletic, she suffered injuries as a result of the second encounter, including two black eyes, a bloodied swollen lip, significant bruising and scratching to one side of her face.
Bauer’s agents John Fetterolf and Rachel Luba have denied the accuser’s allegations.
The 30-year-old Bauer joined his hometown Dodgers this year with a $102 million, three-year contract. He is 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA. Bauer made his last start on June 28, when he pitched six innings and defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2.
Suarez, Castellanos lift Reds over Royals 6-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eugenio Suarez clubbed a tiebreaking three-run home run shortly after Nick Castellanos hit a tying solo shot and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Monday night.
Suarez hit a 1-1 pitch off the Royals Hall of Fame in left field to give his team a three-run lead in the seventh inning. The homer was his 17th of the season and came off Kyle Zimmer against his first batter of the game.
“It’s never comfortable being down late, but there is growing confidence we can come back in games,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That was a big blow, but Castellanos’ homer was big, too.”
Vladimir Gutierrez (4-3) went six innings and gave up two runs, five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
“I felt really good out there and throughout the week have felt good,” Gutierrez said. “I’ve been looking at what went wrong in the last start and just focus on getting better.”
Mike Minor (6-7) pitched well until the seventh inning when Castellanos turned on the first pitch he saw and drove it over the left-center field fence to tie it at two. It was also Castellanos’ 17th homer.
“That’s probably the best start we’ve had all season,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “It was leading to be a special start, but some came out of nowhere.”
Minor pitched six innings, allowing three hits, three walks and four earned runs with six strikeouts.
The Reds added a run in the ninth after Aristides Aquino’s triple and an RBI single by Tyler Naquin.
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler hit an RBI double to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. It was his first RBI in 18 games.
In the second inning, the Reds got on the board first after a double by Tyler Stephenson and a single by Joey Votto. Suarez then grounded into a double play that scored a run.
Nicky Lopez doubled and scored after Carlos Santana’s RBI double in the third inning to tie it at 1.
The Reds have won five in a row while Kansas City has lost 11 of its last 13.
Phillies hand Cubs 10th straight loss with 13-3 romp
CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager David Ross came out of the dugout to argue after Bryce Harper drew a walk. Just about everything unraveled after that, and a once-promising season continued to slip away.
Odubel Herrera hit a three-run homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies went deep five times while handing the Cubs their 10th straight loss with a 13-3 romp on Monday night.
Andrew Knapp, Didi Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm also connected.
The Cubs remained winless since Zach Davies and three relievers combined to no-hit the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 24. They also extended their worst losing streak since a 12-game slide in May 2012.
The Cubs were tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead prior to their tailspin. Now, they are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Brewers and third in the division.
“We’re obviously trying,” Javier Baez said. “It’s not fun, let me tell you that. But we’re trying and everybody’s mad. I’m mad about it. The only thing I can do is come back tomorrow and try it again.”
Herrera’s drive against Kohl Stewart capped a six-run eighth that broke open a 4-2 game. Bohm also drew a bases-loaded walk and two more came in when third baseman Eric Sogard misplayed Ronald Torreyes’ grounder.
Knapp led off the third with his second homer, and Gregorius added a solo shot against Davies in the fourth. Hoskins and Bohm went back to back against Sogard in the ninth.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits and scored two runs. He delivered a tiebreaking double in the sixth, and the Phillies scored twice in the inning after Ross got ejected by plate umpire Nic Lentz following a heated argument.
“We’ve kinda been waiting for everybody to get healthy,” Hoskins said. “I think you can just kind of see the depth and the length of the lineup.”
Ober wins 1st, Kepler hits 2 homers, Twins top White Sox 8-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rookie Bailey Ober pitched five scoreless innings for his first major league victory, Max Kepler homered twice and the Minnesota Twins held off the Chicago White Sox 8-5 on Monday night.
Ober (1-1) hit the milestone in his seventh career start, with seven strikeouts and two hits and three walks allowed. In two previous turns against the White Sox, he gave up nine runs in 7 1/3 innings. This time, Ober was feted with a beer shower in the clubhouse afterward.
“He made some really good hitters look bad,” said manager Rocco Baldelli, whose trust in the rookie finishing the fifth with runners at the corners was rewarded. “That’s a great sign.”
Kepler hit a two-run home run in the second, and a two-run triple by Nick Gordon helped the Twins build a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning against Dylan Cease (7-4).
The White Sox were more worried afterward about catcher Yasmani Grandal, whose return from a two-game absence to tightness in his left calf went sour when he hurt the muscle again on a checked swing in the sixth. Grandal hopped out of the box and writhed around in the grass before being helped off, in too much pain to finish the at-bat, and he was on crutches afterward.
“He’s playing outstanding All-Star-type baseball, and it’s just really uncertain what the diagnosis is going to be. We’re trying to be patient and wait and see,” manager Tony LaRussa said.
The White Sox have been without Eloy Jimenez all season and Luis Robert for two months.
“It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re not sitting here feeling bad for ourselves,” Cease said.
The AL Central leaders surged back with a four-run seventh, getting a two-run single by Garcia against Caleb Thielbar and a two-run triple by Yoan Moncada off Tyler Duffey.
Moncada was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a chopper to third for the first out of the inning, and then the Twins turned to their best reliever to take back control. Taylor Rogers got five outs, four by strikeout, in a superb six-batter appearance.
“That is some kind of prime-time relief pitching right there,” said manager Rocco Baldelli, who met Rogers on the mound in the eighth before letting him finish by fanning Leury Garcia.
Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. Kepler recorded his 10th career multihomer game when he took Ryan Burr deep in a two-run eighth that gave the Twins some room for Robles to work.
“Maybe I was trying too hard and putting too much pressure on myself,” said Kepler, who was in a 6-for-38 slide with 16 strikeouts until he homered on Sunday.
Peralta 7 scoreless innings for Tigers in 7-3 win at Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Wily Peralta threw seven scoreless innings in his longest big league outing since 2016 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 on Monday night.
No. 9 batter Zack Short homered for the Tigers, who have won three in a row and five of six. Former Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara twice drove in a run without a hit.
Peralta (2-1), back in the majors only three weeks, struck out six without a walk while throwing 61 of 91 pitches for strikes. The right-hander allowed only three hits in his fourth start for Detroit.
“I know that if I’m healthy 100%, I’m going to be able to do my job, and that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m thankful to the team for this opportunity,” Peralta said. “I just need to get used to (starting) again, and right now I feel very comfortable.”
Kolby Allard (2-5) struck out a career-high nine in his 5 1/3 innings, and only two of the five runs scored against the Texas lefty were earned.
The Rangers avoided a shutout with back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth off reliever Bryan Garcia. All-Star right fielder Joey Gallo’s 21st homer was an opposite-field, two-run shot to left before Jonah Heim also went deep.
“Outside of Kolby and a couple of homers in the ninth, that was probably our worst game of the year,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We didn’t really stick to the plan we talked about with Peralta. He was good, don’t get me wrong. He mixed up his speeds and executed some pitches.”
The 32-year-old Peralta was released by Kansas City midseason two years ago and spent all of 2020 as a free agent before going to spring training this year with the Tigers on a minor league deal and starting the season at Triple-A Toledo.
“He was late to camp, and didn’t get an opportunity, but hung with us until we needed him, and it’s big for him and big for our team,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Hard to complain about anything that’s he’s doing right now.”
Peralta made 120 starts for Milwaukee from his debut in 2012 until the Brewers moved him to the bullpen midway through the 2017 season, and was a reliever for all 79 of his games for the Royals in 2018 and 2019. He hadn’t pitched at least seven innings since back-to-back starts in 2016 (Aug. 30 and Sept. 6).
Detroit went ahead to stay in the fourth when Miguel Cabrera had a leadoff single and later scored as Mazara reached on a fielder’s choice grounder.
The Tigers scored five times in the sixth, the first two runs coming when first baseman Nate Lowe was charged with two errors on a ball hit by Mazara with the bases loaded. Lowe misplayed the grounder, then tossed the ball toward an unoccupied first base, allowing another run to score and ending Allard’s night.
Willi Castro had a RBI sac bunt on the first pitch by reliever Brett Martin, and two pitches later Short’s second homer of the season was a two-run shot that made it 6-0. Short, who had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before going deep, added a sac fly in the eighth.
Devers homers, surging Red Sox hold off Ohtani’s Angels 5-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox retired Shohei Ohtani on a grounder to right field with two Angels on base for the final out in their 5-4 victory over Los Angeles on Monday night.
Christian Arroyo also homered for the AL-leading Red Sox, who held Ohtani to a single on his 27th birthday and improved the majors’ best road record to 27-15. Devers’ 21st homer of his first All-Star season punctuated his three-hit performance in Boston’s 10th win in 11 games while backed by a loud contingent of West Coast fans.
Jose Rojas homered and added an RBI single in the ninth for the Angels, who fell back to .500 with just their second loss in eight games.
Adam Ottavino secured his seventh save even though he walked leadoff hitter Jose Iglesias in the ninth and then gave up Rojas’ two-out RBI single. David Fletcher singled off Devers’ glove at third to bring up Ohtani, but the major league homers leader smacked a hard grounder to Arroyo – Boston’s second baseman – in shallow right field, denying the Angels their third walk-off win in four days.
Ohtani’s final grounder left his bat at 101.3 mph and had an expected batting average of .910, according to Statcast. He went 1 for 5 and didn’t add to his 31 homers after hitting 14 in his past 17 games. He was also denied an RBI in the fifth inning when Danny Santana threw out Rojas at the plate after Ohtani’s single.
Martin Perez (7-4) made it into the sixth inning for the Red Sox, giving up just one earned run on eight hits. Boston stayed in front thanks to superb defense all night at Angel Stadium, most notably when Kike Hernandez robbed Luis Rengifo of a two-run homer to center to end the second inning.
After Rojas was thrown out at the plate by Santana, who replaced Marwin Gonzalez in left field two innings earlier, Hernandez threw out Max Stassi trying to reach second on his drive to the wall in the sixth.
Boston added two outfield assists to its major league-leading total of 28 – and that didn’t count Arroyo’s game-ending play from well into right field.
Jose Suarez (3-2) threw 75 pitches, but made it through only three innings in his first start of the season for the Angels.
Arroyo, who had been sidelined since June 20 by a bruised right knee, connected for his fifth homer in the second inning of his first game back. Devers followed with an RBI single during Boston’s lengthy rally.
Devers connected off reliever Dylan Bundy in the fourth. Santana added an RBI single in the fifth.
Ohtani dropped a single into left in the fifth for his first hit that wasn’t a homer since June 27, but he was denied his 68th RBI when Rojas was called out on video review.
Alonso’s tiebreaking double sends Mets past Brewers 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) Pete Alonso pulled into second base and wind-milled his big arm – a little air guitar on center stage at Citi Field.
Halfway through an injury-riddled season, the New York Mets keep hitting the right notes.
Alonso broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double off All-Star Brandon Woodruff, and the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Monday night in a matchup of National League division leaders.
“I like the way we’ve played the entire season,” New York manager Luis Rojas said. “I think we’ve just been consistent.”
Edwin Diaz pitched out of trouble in the ninth, retiring three straight batters with two on after giving up an RBI single to Tyrone Taylor.
Michael Conforto added an RBI single and Dominic Smith had a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who managed only one hit through six innings against an efficient Woodruff (7-4).
Still, they improved to 25-11 at Citi Field with another stingy pitching performance – New York began the day with a major league-best 2.08 ERA at home.
The Mets reached the midpoint of the season with a 44-37 record that put them at least four games up in the NL East pending Monday’s late games.
“Where we are now is where we want to be at the end of 162,” Alonso said. “I think this team is extremely battle-tested and we’ve earned our spot.
“We’re going to have a target on our backs for the entire second half.”
Rookie right-hander Tylor Megill, with his parents in the stands for his third big league start, allowed just two hits and two walks in five impressive innings. He struck out seven.
“He’s fit right in and really filled a big hole,” Alonso said. “He’s been super clutch for us the way he’s carved guys up.”
Omar Narvaez homered for the Brewers, who won 11 straight before a 2-0 loss Sunday in Pittsburgh. Milwaukee entered with the best record in baseball (30-11) since May 22 and the largest cushion (seven games) of any first-place club.
Seth Lugo (2-1) struck out two in a perfect seventh, and Diaz earned his 18th save in 19 opportunities.
Diaz, idle since last Tuesday, put his first three batters on before a visit from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. Then the closer struck out Jace Peterson and Keston Hiura before Jackie Bradley Jr. flied out to end it.
“We gave ourselves a chance, but we’ve got to give ourselves a chance in more innings,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “I think that’s kind of the message from tonight.”
Hiura fanned all four times up.
Narvaez connected off Megill in the fourth, but the Mets responded immediately.
Woodruff had retired his first nine batters, striking out five, before Brandon Nimmo doubled leading off the Mets fourth. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt by $341 million shortstop Francisco Lindor and scored on Smith’s tying sac fly.
“I feel like right now we’re hitting on all cylinders,” Alonso said.
Alfaro homers in 8th, Marlins end Dodgers’ 9-game streak
MIAMI (AP) Jorge Alfaro hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins ended the Los Angeles Dodgers’ nine-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.
Alfaro, who was 2-for-31 in his previous nine games, drove a slider from Dodgers reliever Victor Gonzalez (3-1) to center field for his third homer of the season.
“Whenever I step in the box, I’m looking for a pitch I can drive to the middle,” Alfaro said. “That was it. I wasn’t looking for a specific pitch. I just tried to get on base for my teammates.”
All-Stars Mookie Betts and Max Muncy and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger were not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup, but all three pinch-hit in the eighth, when LA scored twice to tie it 4-4.
Miami reliever Zach Pop allowed Albert Pujols’ leadoff single and then walked Will Smith and Muncy. David Hess (1-0) walked Gavin Lux to force in a run and allowed Bellinger’s game-tying sacrifice fly. In his Marlins debut, Hess kept it tied, walking Betts before he retired Chris Taylor on a flyball to right and struck out A.J. Pollock.
Anthony Bender pitched a scoreless ninth for his first major league save.
“It feels good, it hasn’t really settled down yet but I feel good,” Bender said. “Really didn’t have any different mindset. I went up there and tried to get three outs.”
The Marlins erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run third. Garrett Cooper and Miguel Rojas hit RBI singles, and Cooper scored on second baseman Zach McGinstry’s throwing error.
Jazz Chisholm made it 4-2 with a single in the fourth.
Dodgers starter Walker Buehler led off the third with a double off Trevor Rogers and scored on Chris Taylor’s double. Justin Turner’s single drove in Taylor.
Los Angeles stranded 11 runners and made two errors.
“We definitely had a lot of opportunities to win that game,” Taylor said. “Not our best baseball tonight but hopefully tomorrow we can start fresh and start a new winning streak.”
Rogers was lifted after five innings. In his first start since being named an All-Star, he allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight.
“I thought we took good at bats against their ace, chased him and had a chance in the ‘pen,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Had opportunities late to take the lead and win a baseball game but they made pitches when they needed to.”
Buehler allowed four runs on five hits and struck out six in five innings. The right-hander walked two and hit a batter.
Marlins’ Sixto Sánchez needs surgery, will miss season
MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a small tear in the posterior capsule of his throwing shoulder.
He will undergo arthroscopic surgery.
Expected to be one of the mainstays in the club’s starting rotation, Sanchez has been sidelined all season because of shoulder soreness. Sanchez recently experienced a setback while increasing velocity in a throwing program.
The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic and top prospect in the Marlins’ system made seven starts last season and finished 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA.
“Obviously, awful news starting with him and for us as an organization,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I know we’d like to take the conservative route and hope we wouldn’t get to this but obviously we have.”
Arizona brings Chip Hale back to lead its baseball program
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chip Hale is returning to Arizona.
The school announced Monday that the Tigers third base coach is leaving Detroit for Tucson, where he won a national championship as a player in 1986.
Hale replaces Jay Johnson, who left last week to become the coach at LSU after leading the Wildcats to the 2021 College World Series.
“I am very honored and excited to be the new head baseball coach at the University of Arizona,” Hale said in a statement. “We will work tirelessly to build on the success that has been established here and continue to coach and develop our Wildcats to be champions on the field and in the classroom. With the help and support of the University of Arizona and the Wildcat Family, we plan on making many trips to Omaha!”
Hale was an infielder for four seasons at Arizona and is still the all-time leader in several categories, including games, hits and total bases. He went on to play seven big league seasons with Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers before becoming coach of the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders.
Hale spent 15 seasons in the majors as a coach with stints at Detroit, Washington, Oakland, Arizona and the New York Mets. He was the Diamondbacks’ manager from 2015-16 and won a World Series as Washington’s bench coach in 2019.
Not just another Manic Monday: Federer, Djokovic, Kerber win
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Excitement and adoration greeted every point claimed by Roger Federer – “aaahs” and applause for a sliced backhand return or a 94 mph sliding wide ace, an unreachable drop volley or a forehand flicked suddenly and ferociously.
It all got to be too much for his opponent at the All England Club, No. 23 seed Lorenzo Sonego. So in the latter stages of his 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 loss to the eight-time champion, Sonego would win a point and mark the occasion by waving his arms to ask the crowd for some love, as if to say, “Hey, I’m here, too, OK?”
The match was the last at Centre Court on what was Wimbledon’s last Manic Monday: As of next year, no longer will all 16 women’s and men’s fourth-round singles matches be scheduled on one day, a tradition vanishing along with that of a Middle Sunday without any play. And yet, amid all the chaos of a packed schedule, one could be forgiven for imagining Federer held the stage to himself.
He’s coming off a pair of knee operations last season and he’s participating in a Grand Slam tournament for the last time before turning 40. So who knows how many of these he has left? Even Federer himself didn’t really know what he would be able to muster this fortnight.
“Well, I mean, I guess to some extent it’s nice to see that the work I put in paid off, that I’m able to play at this level,” said Federer, who only had played eight matches in 2021 before last week.
“I can actually wake up in the morning and feel all right. … It’s very rewarding and it’s a good feeling,” he said. “Now we’ll see how much more I got left in the tank.”
The raucous support he received created a more vibrant atmosphere than at other contests spread around the grounds, whether involving victories for past title winners Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber – she ended 17-year-old American Coco Gauff’s run – or for one of the 11 players who earned a debut trip to the quarterfinals at the grass-court major.
“We’ll look back in 20 years, 50 years, from now and this is it,” Federer said. “This was the last Middle Sunday, the last Manic Monday.”
The main stadium’s retractable roof was shut when rain arrived late in the first set, a delay of more than 20 minutes that, not incidentally, was followed by an immediate double-fault by Sonego on break point to fall behind 6-5.
That was the only opening Federer really needed as he moved into his record-extending 18th quarterfinal at Wimbledon. At 39, with his milestone birthday arriving Aug. 8, Federer is the oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist in the Open era, which began in 1968.
Djokovic made it to his 12th quarterfinal at the All England Club while continuing his pursuit of a calendar-year Grand Slam, never troubled a bit while defeating No. 17 Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
“It’s not a secret that I am trying to win as many Slams as possible,” said the top-seeded Djokovic, who needs to win three more matches this week to equal the men’s record of 20 major singles titles currently shared by Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Next up for him is Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, one of five first-time men’s quarterfinalists who advanced Monday, alongside Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, and Russia’s Karen Khachanov, who emerged from a 13-break fifth set to edge American Sebastian Korda 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.
“Yeah, 13 breaks, it’s tough to explain,” the 25th-seeded Khachanov said. “On the other side, it’s easy to explain. When you are returning, let’s say, better, you start to read the serves better, and then in play, in the rallies, both of us were more stressed, more tight.”
Korda’s take? “I don’t know what was happening out there,” said the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr and brother of the No. 1 women’s golfer at the moment, Nelly.
Khachanov meets Shapovalov on Wednesday, while Berrettini faces Auger-Aliassime.
Federer doesn’t know his next opponent. That’s because the match between two-time major finalist Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz was suspended because of rain in the fourth set at No. 2 Court, which doesn’t have a roof.
“It’s not fair, but it’s how it goes. These guys are young, they can recover. It’s not a problem for them,” Federer said with a knowing smile about the two 20-somethings. “Unfortunately they’re very, very good, too.”
And then, joking some more, Federer added: “Hopefully it rains again tomorrow.”
The women’s quarterfinals are Tuesday: No. 1 Ash Barty vs. Alja Tomljanovic; Kerber vs. Karolina Muchova; Karolina Pliskova vs. Viktorija Golubic, and Aryna Sabalenka vs. Ons Jabeur.
Australia’s Barty and Tomljanovic, Belarus’ Sabalenka, Tunisia’s Jabeur, the Czech Republic’s Pliskova and Switzerland’s Golubic have never been to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Kerber, a three-time major champion who beat Serena Williams in the 2018 Wimbledon final, produced the steadier play after her match against Gauff began with five service breaks in a row in blustery conditions.
After dumping a forehand into the net to trail 3-2 after 15 minutes, Gauff whacked her calf with her racket. Later, she admonished herself for another miss by smacking her shoe.
“Disappointed. I know I can do better,” said Gauff, beaten by eventual champion Simona Halep in Wimbledon’s fourth round two years ago. “But it’s just going to give me more motivation to go back and practice and come back stronger.”
QB Trevor Lawrence signs $36.8M rookie contract with Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence signed his four-year rookie contract Monday, clearing the way for him to attend the start of training camp in three weeks.
Under the NFL’s rookie slotting system, Lawrence’s deal was projected to be worth $36.8 million and included a $24.1 million signing bonus. He will count $6.7 million against the salary cap in 2021.
With Lawrence under contract, Jacksonville has now signed six of its nine draft picks. Running back Travis Etienne (first round), cornerback Tyson Campbell (second) and offensive tackle Walker Little (second) remain unsigned.
Lawrence is expected to be an immediate starter in Year 1. He went 34-2 at Clemson, recording the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback (minimum 30 starts) in college football since 1978. He finished his college career undefeated in regular-season play and led the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman in 2018.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ‘thankful’ for opportunity to work on mental health
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Aaron Rodgers took a holistic approach to a very tumultuous offseason.
During a news conference Monday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback spoke at length about the steps taken to improve and preserve his mental health amid questions about his long-term future with the NFL franchise.
The comments came ahead of “The Match,” a charity golf exhibition Tuesday that will feature Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau competing against Phil Mickelson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Rodgers, who is approaching his 17th year with the Packers, said he has focused on how to take care of his spiritual and mental states.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t dealt with bouts of depression or anything, that I think for whatever reason, are OK to talk about if you’re talking about mental health. I’ve just really been trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind. What habits can I form that allow me to feel most in my body, most present, happiest? And that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Rodgers, 37, is in the midst of a very public rift between himself and the organization. The three-time MVP did not participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp and missed Green Bay’s offseason program. In his limited media comments this offseason, Rodgers has been cryptic regarding the reports that started when ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported on the situation minutes before the start of April’s NFL draft.
On Monday, Rodgers used a proverb.
“Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the smartest person,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes the loudest person in the room is not the person who has all the facts on their side or the truth on their side. Sometimes there’s a lot of wisdom is silence. Sometimes there’s a lot of wisdom in being selective on what you say.”
But in Rodgers’ extended response at the end of his media session, the quarterback spoke mostly on mental health and how it is discussed. He said there has often been a “weird stigma” on speaking about the subject if one isn’t referencing depression or self-harm. Rodgers said he has learned a lot about having a positive mental state this offseason and was thankful for Tuesday’s exhibition pairing him with DeChambeau, one of the most polarizing figures in golf.
“I think he’s often like myself sometimes,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a little misunderstood with his own career. I’m excited for him to get the opportunity for people to see him, because I think he’s a great dude.”
Rodgers said he has played a total of eight rounds since last August and realizes aspects of his game will be scrutinized on national television. But during Monday’s news conference, Rodgers said he was looking forward to playing with DeChambeau and having fun against Mickelson and Brady.
“The mental side of it is so important for all of us athletes,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think it’s talked about enough. But taking time to work on yourself is, I think, the best gift any of us can give ourselves.”
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: No. 4 overall prospect Tuimoloau commits to Ohio State
Five-star defensive tackle J.T. Tuimoloau announced his commitment to Ohio State on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren.
Tuimoloau chose the Buckeyes over offers from USC, Washington, and Oregon, among others.
The Bellevue, Washington, native is the top-rated recruit from the state and highest-ranked defensive tackle, according to ESPN. He’s the fourth overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class.
Tuimoloau led Eastside Catholic High School to two Washington 3A state championships.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder opted not to commit to a program on National Signing Day and instead waited until the extended dead period related to COVID-19 was lifted to make his official visits.
For Ryan Day, Tuimoloau’s addition bolsters Ohio State’s second-ranked class in the 2021 cycle. He’s the 18th top-300 recruit headed to Columbus, joining No. 1 overall prospect Jack Sawyer, running back TreVeyon Henderson, and quarterback Kyle McCord.
The Buckeyes’ newest weapon on defense will work alongside holdovers Haskell Garrett and Taron Vincent.
US women defeat Mexico 4-0 in final tune-up before Olympics
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tobin Heath scored her second goal in as many games and the United States defeated Mexico 4-0 on Monday in the American women’s final match before the Olympics.
The United States is now undefeated in 44 straight matches, the second-longest unbeaten streak in team history. The Americans also extended their winning streak against Mexico to 15 games and improved to 39-1-1 overall. The lone U.S. loss in the series was in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.
U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to finetune his lineups in advance of the Olympics later this month. The United States, a four-time gold medal winner, is aiming to become the first team to follow a World Cup title with an Olympic gold medal.
Heath started after coming off the bench and scoring in the United States’ first send-off game against Mexico on Thursday, when the Americans also won by a 4-0 score. She hadn’t played for some six months because of injury.
Carli Lloyd got the start Monday in place of Alex Morgan, and midfielder Rose Lavelle got the nod while Kristie Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were available off the bench.
Rapinoe, Mewis and Morgan all started the second half.
The United States scored all its goals in the first half. Horan scored on a volley in the sixth minute, followed by Lloyd’s diving header in the 11th.
After an own goal in the 37th minute, Heath scored in the 39th.
Next up for the United States are the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans play Sweden — the team that knocked them out of the 2016 Games in the quarterfinals — to open the tournament in Japan on July 21.
Mexico did not make the field of 12 teams for the Tokyo Games.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1929 The first two pitchers for Philadelphia never record an out, and before the home team comes to bat in the bottom of the first inning, they are trailing the Redbirds, 10-0. The Cardinals, who tally ten runs in the first and fifth frames, will pound the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, 28-6, to set the modern National League record for the most runs in one game by one team.
1930 Bill Veeck Sr’s popular Ladies’ Day promotion at Wrigley Field reaches new heights when more than 30,000 female fans attend the Cubs’ doubleheader against Cincinnati. An over-capacity crowd packs the small ballpark, with thousands of others, including late-arriving regular paying patrons, who are unable to gain admission into the North Side venue.
1933 At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the first-ever All-Star Game is played. Babe Ruth’s third-inning two-run home run off Bill Hallahan proves to be the difference when the American League defeats the Senior Circuit, 4-2.
1936 After the first batter makes an out trying to bunt, 17 year-old right-hander Bob Feller, a farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, strikes out eight consecutive batters in three innings during an All-Star break exhibition game against the Cardinals’ Gashouse Gang. The contest marks the Indian rookie’s first appearance in a big-league uniform.
1938 At Crosley Field, Yankees’ hurler Lefty Gomez loses for the first time in four All-Star starts when the National League beats the Junior Circuit, 4-1. Leo Durocher, the first Dodger to start in the Midsummer Classic, gets a ‘home run’ when Jimmie Foxx tosses his sacrifice bunt into right field, and Joe DiMaggio returns the ball with a throw over catcher Bill Dickey, scoring Frank McCormick and Durocher, who never stopped running until he reached home.
1941 The Yankees unveil a center field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig. The memorial, similar to the honor bestowed on the team’s late skipper Miller Huggins in 1932, is a tribute by his teammates to their beloved captain, who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
1942 Powered by first-inning home runs by Indians’ shortstop Lou Boudreau and Tigers’ first baseman Rudy York, the American League All-Stars defeat the NL at the Polo Grounds, 3-1. The game also features the first and only starting sibling battery in All-Star history as losing pitcher Mort Cooper throws to backstop Walker Cooper, his brother.
1945 Tommy Holmes hits safely in his 34th consecutive game, surpassing Rogers Hornsby’s modern National League record set in 1922. The Braves outfielder will extend the streak to 37, with the new mark lasting 33 years until broken by Pete Rose in 1978.
1949 Walker Cooper goes 6-for-7, helping the Reds rout the Cubs at Crosley Field, 23-4. The 34-year old Cincinnati catcher, who was acquired in a trade with the Giants last month, collects three home runs and three singles, scores five runs, and drives in ten runs.
1953 In his first major league start, 24 year-old right-hander Al Worthington throws a two-hitter, blanking the Phillies, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie, known as ‘Red’, will become the first National League freshman to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career when he repeats the feat in his next outing, blanking the Dodgers, 6-0.
1956 Jim Busby hits his second grand slam in consecutive days to beat the A’s, 4-2. In a 13-7 loss to Detroit yesterday, the Indians’ outfielder hit his bases-loaded home run off winner Frank Lary in the first inning.
1958 A day after he walks outfielder Willie Kirkland with the bases loaded to give the Giants a 5-4 victory, Cardinal reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with the bases full in the ninth inning to again force in the winning run.
1962 Rod Kanehl, appearing as a pinch-hitter, hits the first grand slam in Mets history, going deep off Bobby Shantz in the eighth inning of the team’s 10-3 victory over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. The bases-loaded round-tripper comes in the 79th game of the franchise’s existence.
1962 At the Polo Grounds, Gil Hodges homers off Cardinal hurler Ray Sadecki for the 370th and final home run of his career, finishing tenth on the all-time list and the most ever hit by a right-handed batter in the National League. In attendance at the contest are eight-year-old Howie Rose, the future Mets radio voice, at his first major league game, and team’s play-by-play announcer Ralph Kiner, who has the first baseman on his postgame show, Kiner Korner, reminding his guest he had established the right-handed NL home run mark in 1954.
1966 Boog Powell, tying an American League record, knocks in 11 runs in a doubleheader. In Game One, the Baltimore first baseman hits two homers, including a grand slam, two doubles, and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs in the Orioles’ 11-0 victory over the Kansas City A’s and adds four more RBIs in the nightcap.
1970 Ron Santo drives in ten runs, helping the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against Montreal at Wrigley Field. The third baseman’s two-run homer in the opener gives the team a 3-2 victory, and his eight RBIs that includes another two round-trippers contribute to the club’s 14-2 rout in the nightcap.
1970 Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 and collects four RBIs in a 12-4 victory over the Giants. The infielder is the first Braves’ player to collect six hits in one game.
1977 After 1,887 plate appearances without a home run from the start of his career, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross finally goes deep when he homers off Don Stanhouse, a three-run shot to left field with two outs in the sixth inning, in the team’s 8-6 victory over the Expos at Wrigley Field. The 24 year-old’s homerless drought establishes a new major league record, far surpassing runner-up Duane Kuiper, who recorded his first round-tripper needing 355 fewer trips to the plate to accomplish the feat.
1983 On the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic, Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star competition during a record seven-run third inning en route to the American League setting a record for runs scored by one team in a game in their 13-3 victory at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the site of the first All-Star Game in 1933. The Junior Circuit’s victory halts the National League’s 11-game winning streak.
1986 At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, first baseman Bob Horner becomes the eleventh major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game. However, three of the four homers are solo shots, allowing the Expos to beat the Braves, 11-8.
1989 Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired player to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The Phillies’ third baseman, who announced his retirement on May 29th, is hitting only .203 this season and decides not to play.
1991 In a 9-7 loss to Oakland, Danny Tartabull hits three home runs, one off Gene Nelson and two off Bob Welch. The right-fielder becomes the first Kansas City player to accomplish the feat at Royals Stadium.
1992 Commissioner Fay Vincent, using his ‘in the best interest of baseball’ power, mandates the National League’s realignment next season, forcing teams to be more geographically correct in their respective divisions. The plan, which was approved by 12 of the 14 NL owners in March, but blocked by Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago franchise, will send the Cubs and the Cardinals to the West Division, with the Braves and Reds moving to the East.
2000 Cardinal rookie Keith McDonald, who homered pinch-hitting in his first big league appearance, hits a round-tripper off Reds’ hurler Osvaldo Fernandez, becoming only the second player in history to homer in his first two major league at-bats. Bob Nieman is the other major leaguer to accomplish the feat, having gone deep twice in his 1951 debut with the Browns.
2000 Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and a dozen All-Star Games.
2001 The Cubs, playing in the 101st different park since 1876, beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15-8. The Cubs win for the first time in Detroit in 56 years, dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series when Claude Passeau threw a 3-0 shutout in Briggs Stadium.
2002 Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly, helping the Astros rout the Pirates, 10-2. PGA legend Arnold Palmer, also known for long drives, is on hand to watch the Houston left fielder’s fifth inning towering grand slam, estimated to have traveled 479 feet before making a splash.
2002 During Old Timers’ Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dedicate a plaque in Monument Park honoring Reggie Jackson. During his tenuous five-year tenure with the team, the slugging outfielder helped the club reach the postseason four times, including winning two consecutive world championships in 1977 and 1978.
2003 Keeping his promise to dye his hair if his last-place Devil Rays won three in a row at any point this season, Devil Rays’ skipper Lou Piniella becomes a blonde. Last night’s 3-2 victory over the White Sox gave Tampa Bay their first three-game winning streak since last September.
2004 Recently acquired outfielder Richard Hidalgo establishes a club record, homering in five straight games for the Mets. In 16 games with New York, the former Astro has eight home runs, compared to hitting just four with Houston in 56 games.
2005 Marlins’ hurlers, starting in the third inning, retire 28 consecutive Brewers en route to a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Dolphins Stadium. The club sets a franchise mark with 22 strikeouts, with A.J. Burnett contributing a career-high of 14, establishing a team record, in six innings of work.
2007 The Twins sweep a twin bill from the White Sox, beating the home team 20-14 and 12-0 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field. The 32 runs tallied by Minnesota are the most runs scored by one club in a twin bill since the Red Sox crossed the plate 35 times in their double victory over the Philadelphia A’s on July 4, 1939.
2008 In the ninth inning of a tied game at Yankee Stadium, Manny Ramirez, appearing as a pinch-hitter, upsets the citizens of Red Sox Nation when he strikes out on three consecutive fastballs thrown by Mariano Rivera, without swinging the bat. Citing knee pains, proven to be baseless by MRIs ordered by the team’s management, Boston’s disgruntled outfielder had asked to be left off the starting lineup for the critical series with New York.
2009 In the most lopsided loss in Reds history, the Phillies rout the team at Citizens Bank Park, 22-1. The previous dubious mark was a 20-run differential, established in 1892 when the Reds lost, 26-6, also to Philadelphia.
2009 The settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by a fan kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer for allegedly leaving his seat to use the men’s room during the playing of ‘God Bless America’ results in the resident of Queens receiving $10,001 from New York City. The Yankees, who do not have to pay any money, claim patrons have always had freedom of movement, with ushers blocking some exits with chains in previous years due to complaints that spectators showed a lack of respect not staying in their seats during the playing of the patriotic song.
2010 Down six runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies score nine runs in the final frame to beat the stunned Cardinals, 12-9. Seth Smith’s two-out, three-run homer off Ryan Franklin is the fatal blow in Colorado’s amazing come-from-behind walk-off victory at Coors Field.
2013 With a late surge of support from the Nationals fans, Bryce Harper is selected as an All-Star, making the 20 year-old outfielder the youngest National League starter in the history of the Midsummer Classic. Four days ago, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year trailed the Braves’ left fielder Justin Upton by 15,000 votes for the final spot in the outfield.
2016 In the Marlins’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Giancarlo Stanton’s home run in the sixth inning, his second of the game off Jacob deGrom, gives him four homers in four at-bats, with a base on balls between the second and third round-trippers. The Miami masher went deep twice in his last two at-bats in yesterday’s contest, contributing to his total of 17 dingers at Citi Field, the most by any visiting player at Citi Field.
2017 At Busch Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki becomes the all-time major league hits leader for foreign-born players when he collects an eighth-inning single in the Marlins 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. The Miami right fielder’s 3,054th hit surpasses Rod Carew, who hails from Panama.
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|Pittsburgh||31||53||.369||19||18 – 24||13 – 29||5 – 7||11 – 26||7 – 13||3 – 7||W 2|
|San Francisco||53||31||.631||–||26 – 12||27 – 19||10 – 7||11 – 5||23 – 14||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||53||32||.624||0.5||28 – 13||25 – 19||12 – 5||10 – 10||22 – 11||9 – 1||L 1|
|San Diego||50||37||.575||4.5||30 – 16||20 – 21||4 – 7||16 – 14||22 – 15||5 – 5||L 1|
|Colorado||37||48||.435||16.5||31 – 17||6 – 31||5 – 8||11 – 16||14 – 21||6 – 4||W 2|
|Arizona||23||63||.267||31||13 – 27||10 – 36||8 – 15||7 – 13||8 – 28||2 – 8||L 3|
|Orlando City SC||11||6||3||2||19||9||10||3-2-1||3-1-1||21|
|New York City FC||10||5||2||3||18||11||7||3-1-2||2-1-1||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||11||4||3||4||13||12||1||3-2-1||1-1-3||15|
|Real Salt Lake||10||3||4||3||14||12||2||2-3-2||1-1-1||13|
|Connecticut Sun||12||6||.667||—||7-1||5-5||7-3||6-4||1 L|
|Chicago Sky||10||9||.526||2.5||3-5||7-4||8-3||8-2||1 L|
|New York Liberty||10||9||.526||2.5||5-4||5-5||5-6||5-5||2 W|
|Washington Mystics||7||10||.412||4.5||5-4||2-6||4-6||5-5||4 L|
|Atlanta Dream||6||11||.353||5.5||3-6||3-5||5-4||2-8||2 L|
|Indiana Fever||2||16||.111||10.0||2-8||0-8||2-9||1-9||1 W|