BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have looked elimination in the face four times this postseason and still haven’t blinked.

Derrick White had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Celtics dominated the Miami Heat 110-97 on Thursday night in Game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference finals.

Marcus Smart had 23 points and five steals. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished with 21 points apiece as the Celtics won their second straight and trimmed Miami’s series lead to 3-2. The Celtics are halfway to becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

“We’ve got to do whatever it takes to get a win,” White said.

Boston also survived two elimination games in the second round against the 76ers. Teams that fell behind 3-0 are 0-150 all-time in series.

“It just says that our backs are against the wall and we’re sticking together and we’re competing at a high level to give ourselves a chance,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said.

Game 6 is Saturday in Miami.

“We’re always going to stay positive, knowing that we can and we will win the series,” the Heat’s Jimmy Butler said. “We just have to close it out at home.”

A day after the Florida Panthers punched the franchise’s first ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1996, for the second straight game the Heat were denied a spot in the NBA Finals.

“One game doesn’t lead to the next game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It just doesn’t matter. It’s about collectively preparing and putting together a great game. We’ll play much better on Saturday. That’s all we just have to focus on right now.”

Duncan Robinson led the Heat with 18 points. Bam Adebayo added 16 points and eight rebounds. Butler had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, but sat out the final 9:47 of the game. Caleb Martin finished with 14 points.

It was Butler’s lowest-scoring game of the playoffs. He had 16 points in Game 3, a blowout win by Miami.

Miami never led and had 16 turnovers.

“I don’t want to say we’re surprised by it, but they raised their level,” Robinson said. “We’ve got to raise ours now as well.”

Boston entered the day just 4-5 at TD Garden this postseason. But with a raucous home crowd behind them, the Celtics thrived on their energy.

They dove for loose balls, outfought Miami for rebounds and found each other for layups and dunks in transition as they built as much as a 20-point lead in the first half.

The Heat cut into it, but Boston kept knocking down 3s and grew its edge as high as 96-72 in the fourth quarter.

Boston’s fans reignited a “Beat the Heat!” chant that hadn’t been prevalent since Game 1.

The Heat started Kyle Lowry at point guard after Gabe Vincent was ruled out with a sprained left ankle earlier in the day. It was Lowry’s first start since Feb. 2.

Vincent, the Heat’s third-leading scorer this postseason, got hurt late in Miami’s Game 4 loss when he landed awkwardly while trying to save a loose ball near the Heat bench.

His presence was missed as Miami struggled early on the offensive end, swarmed by a Celtics’ defense that forced the Heat into 10 first-half turnovers that led to 17 Boston points. Lowry played 31 minutes, scored five points and finished with four turnovers.


Heat: Were outscored 13-0 in second-half points in the opening 24 minutes.

Celtics: It was the first time this season that Boston had four 20-point scorers. … Al Horford added six points and 11 rebounds. … The Celtics took a 61-44 edge into halftime. … Boston’s first turnover of the game didn’t come until the 8:16 mark of the second quarter.


The Celtics got the fast start they had hoped for in front of their home crowd.

Smart stripped Adebayo on Miami’s opening possession, igniting a fast break and layup on the other end by Tatum.

Then, with the game tied at 4, Tatum got free in the lane for a monstrous two-handed dunk. He hung on the rim afterward and continued his celebration when he landed, leading to a technical foul.

It didn’t stop the Celtics’ momentum, as their first-quarter lead grew as high as 23-7. Boston ended the period with a 35-20 lead, punctuated by a 3-pointer by White at the buzzer.

Tatum had 12 points in the opening 12 minutes, with the Celtics outscoring the Heat 21-6 from beyond the arc. Boston hit 7 of its 12 attempts.


Celtics Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, NCAA president Charlie Baker and New England Patriots Matt Slater and Devin McCourty were among several celebrities in the Garden.



DALLAS (AP) Joe Pavelski admits that he probably appreciates the big playoff goals more the later he gets in his career. But they all still feel just as good, and his latest kept the season alive for the Dallas Stars.

“Just really living in the moment,” Pavelski said. “A tremendous feeling for sure, and glad we could play another game, and go from there and try to extend it.”

The 38-year-old Pavelski scored on a power play at 3:18 of overtime – a one-timer from the middle of the left circle to the far post – and the Stars avoided a sweep in the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Jason Robertson scored twice for his first career multigoal playoff game for Dallas, which played without suspended captain Jamie Benn.

“We’re looking for goals and that’s kind of my responsibility I put on myself,” Robertson said. “I know these playoffs have been tough. … I was able to get the bounces that we needed tonight.”

Jake Oettinger had 37 saves, two nights after the 24-year-old Stars goalie was pulled 7:10 into Game 3 after allowing three goals on five shots.

The Stars had the man advantage in overtime after Brayden McNabb’s high-sticking penalty on Ty Dellandrea. Fifty seconds into the power play, Pavelski scored on a pass from Miro Heiskanen. They won for the first time in their five OT games this postseason – Vegas won the first two games of this series past regulation.

It was only the second Vegas penalty of the game, both high-sticking calls against McNabb. His penalty on Pavelski late in the first period set up the power play when Robertson scored his first goal with some nifty stickwork.

Pavelski, in his 15th NHL season and still looking for his first Stanley Cup, scored his ninth goal in 12 games this postseason, but his first in five games. He has 73 career postseason goals – the most for U.S.-born players and the most among all active players.

“He’s ageless. … I’ve seen that movie over and over again. Never gets old,” Stars coach Pete DeBoer said. “He lives for those moments and he wants to be in those situations. Always has, and delivers almost every time.”

Benn was suspended two games by the NHL on Wednesday for his cross-check with his stick landing near the neck of Vegas captain Mark Stone in the first two minutes of Game 3 on Tuesday night. Benn also will miss Game 5 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Vegas. Adin Hill had his five-game winning streak snapped. He made 39 saves, including a game-saver with his extended left leg without about two minutes left in regulation on rookie Fredrik Olofsson’s swiping try in his first career playoff game.

“Our effort wasn’t good enough. Closing a series is probably the hardest game in a series, right, so it just wasn’t good enough from our group,” Marchessault said. “It was still a one-goal game in overtime. It was right there for us.”

Karlsson and Marchessault are among six of the original Vegas players still on the team from the inaugural 2017-18 season that ended with the Knights playing for the Stanley Cup, though they lost in five games to the Washington Capitals after winning the first game.

Vegas missed a chance to complete a sweep, a night after the Florida Panthers finished off a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final.

Vegas took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period when Marchessault, after whacking his stick on the back of Ryan Suter in front of the net, scored on a pass between the Stars defenseman’s legs from McNabb, another original Golden Knight.

Robertson’s tying goal late in that period came on a ricochet off the back board just seconds after he had another shot hit the post. That was the fourth goal of this series, and sixth in the playoffs, after this regular season becoming the first Dallas player with a 100-point season.

On his first goal late in the first that tied it 1-1, Robertson deflected Heiskanen’s shot from just inside the blue line up into the air. As Hill was trying to secure the puck into his glove, Robertson knocked it free and then reached around and swiped the puck into the net with his stick parallel to the ice.

With former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and wrestling great Ric Flair both in the building wearing Stars jerseys Dallas was avoided being swept in the playoffs for the first time since 2001 against St. Louis in the second round. This was the Stars’ 21st playoff series since then.

The Golden Knights scored first again – though not like those three quick goals in Game 3 that led to the earliest exit ever for Oettinger.

Karlsson pushed the puck up and skated to the front of the net after passing to Nicolas Roy, whose pass through traffic went off a Dallas stick before Reilly Smith got it just inside the right circle and took a shot. Karlsson’s deflection past Oettinger only 4:17 into the game was his eighth goal this postseason.

“There were a lot of rush chances,” said Smith, also with Vegas since the beginning. “I don’t think we did a good enough job of making it difficult on them. So we get another opportunity in two days.”



Austin Riley hit a pair of tape-measure home runs and Travis d’Arnaud drove in two runs with a pinch-hit go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 win over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series.

With the bases loaded, d’Arnaud lined a single to left field against reliever Gregory Soto (1-4) to drive in Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna and break a 5-5 tie. Matt Olson followed with a long sacrifice fly.

Riley went 2-for-5 and hit his eighth and ninth homers of the season. The first blast traveled 459 feet, the second one went 458. It was the fifth time he has hit multiple home runs — the first time since June 15, 2022, at Washington.

Nick Anderson (3-0) got the win and Raisel Iglesias worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Atlanta starter Dylan Dodd pitched five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.

Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola worked six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits – three of them home runs – and two walks. He struck out seven. It was the first time he allowed multiple home runs this season and matched his career high with three.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2

Ty France hit two home runs and Logan Gilbert pitched eight strong innings as Seattle completed a four-game sweep of visiting Oakland.

Eugenio Suarez walked with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth to bring home the tiebreaking run. Gilbert (3-2) allowed two runs on three hits. The right-hander didn’t issue a base on balls and fanned six batters. Paul Sewald pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, to earn his 11th save of the season in as many opportunities.

Seth Brown hit a two-run homer for the A’s, who took their eighth successive defeat.

Orioles 3, Yankees 1

Kyle Gibson allowed two singles and withstood four walks in seven scoreless innings as surging Baltimore defeated host New York.

Anthony Santander hit an RBI single and Austin Hays added a two-run double as the Orioles won the three-game series, evened the season series at three games apiece and won for the 11th time in 15 games since a three-game losing streak May 6-8.

Gibson (6-3) won his second start after allowing 12 runs in 17 2/3 innings during a three-game losing streak May 3-14. New York’s Clarke Schmidt (2-5) matched Gibson until the fifth and allowed one run on five hits in five innings. Schmidt struck out four and walked two.

Tigers 7, White Sox 2

Alex Faedo struck out a career-high 10 batters to record his second career victory as Detroit downed visiting Chicago.

Faedo (1-2) gave up two runs and three hits without a walk in six innings. Javier Baez and Zack Short drove in two runs apiece and Akil Baddoo hit a solo homer. Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson both reached base four times, scored a run and knocked in another for Detroit.

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (3-4) gave up four runs and six hits while tying a career high with seven walks in 3 2/3 innings. Gavin Sheets hit a solo homer and Tim Anderson had the other RBI for Chicago.

Padres 8, Nationals 6

Rougned Odor capped a five-RBI day with a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and visiting San Diego rallied to beat Washington, taking the rubber contest of the three-game series.

Washington scored five runs in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead but Jake Cronenworth and Juan Soto singled off Hunter Harvey (2-2) to start the ninth. Harvey bounced back, striking out Xander Bogaerts and Matt Carpenter, but Odor lined a 1-0 fastball to right for his second homer in as many days.

Drew Carlton pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Josh Hader worked the ninth for his 13th save for San Diego, which had lost five consecutive series. Padres starter Blake Snell allowed one run on four hits in five innings. Joey Meneses, Dominic Smith, Jeimer Candelario, Keibert Ruiz and Corey Dickerson each had an RBI for Washington.

Rockies 7, Marlins 6

Ezequiel Tovar hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Colorado recovered after blowing a four-run lead to beat Miami in Denver.

Tovar finished with two hits, Elias Diaz homered, Randal Grichuk had three hits and two runs and Ryan McMahon also had two hits for the Rockies. Marlins reliever Huascar Brazoban (0-1) walked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Tovar singled to left through a five-man infield to bring home Kris Bryant with the winning run.

Jorge Soler homered among his three hits and Garrett Cooper had a pinch-hit homer for the Marlins. Jonathan Davis also had three hits and Xavier Edwards and Yuli Gurriel had two hits each for Miami.

Rays 6, Blue Jays 3

Zach Eflin logged seven strong innings to lead Tampa Bay to a victory over Toronto in the finale of a four-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Eflin (7-1) allowed just one run on six hits to pick up his third consecutive win. He walked two and did not record a strikeout. Randy Arozarena had two hits and two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which won three games in the series to improve to 5-2 during its current 10-game homestand.

Alejandro Kirk recorded three hits and Brandon Belt went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks for Toronto, which has lost seven of its last eight games. Toronto starter Alek Manoah (1-5) was pulled at the start of the fourth after allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits in three innings. He walked five and struck out six.

Cardinals 2, Reds 1

Nolan Gorman drove in one run and scored another as visiting St. Louis edged Cincinnati to salvage a split in their four-game series.

Gorman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his go-ahead RBI double. Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas (3-1) blanked the Reds for seven innings on five hits. He struck out five and walked nobody. Giovanny Gallegos got the final four outs to earn his fifth save.

Reds starting pitcher Luke Weaver threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six, walked one and yielded three hits. Reliever Lucas Sims (1-1) allowed two runs and took the loss. In the ninth, the Reds’ Spencer Steer hit a one-out double and scored on Stuart Fairchild’s two-out single, but Gallegos struck out Luke Maile to end the game.

Mets 10, Cubs 1

Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, Pete Alonso belted his major-league-leading 19th homer and visiting New York beat Chicago to avert a three-game sweep.

Making his second start since missing more than a month with elbow inflammation, Carrasco (1-2) delivered the best of his five 2023 outings. The right-hander yielded Dansby Swanson’s first-inning solo homer, four other hits and struck out four while walking two. New York’s Jeff McNeil had three hits and scored for the third time on Alonso’s two-run, insurance homer in the seventh.

Back from a shoulder injury and on a major league mound for the first time since July 5, Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (0-1) had his moments of success Thursday, like retiring seven straight Mets at one point. However, he was charged with five runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.

Giants 5, Brewers 0

Six San Francisco pitchers combined on a four-hitter to pace the visiting Giants to a shutout victory over Milwaukee, spoiling Julio Teheran’s return to the major leagues.

Teheran (0-1), signed by the Brewers earlier in the day, allowed one run on four hits in five innings in his first start in the majors since April 2021, when he was with Detroit.

The Giants added four runs in the eighth inning off Tyson Miller to go in front 5-0. Jakob Junis (3-2), the third Giants pitcher, allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings for the victory.


MILWAUKEE (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says a vote on the Oakland Athletics’ prospective move to Las Vegas could take place when owners meet from June 13-15 in New York.

“It’s possible that a relocation vote could happen as early as June,” Manfred said Thursday at Milwaukee during his tour of major league stadiums to speak with players. “It’s very difficult to have a timeline for Oakland until there’s actually a deal to be considered. There is a relocation process internally they need to go through, and we haven’t even started that process.”

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said Wednesday that legislative leaders and the Athletics had reached a tentative agreement on a $1.5 billion stadium funding plan that would lure the franchise to Las Vegas. A funding bill still must be approved by the Legislature.

Manfred was asked whether he believes the door is completely closed on the possibility of the Athletics remaining in Oakland, where the team has played since 1968.

“I think you’d have to ask the mayor of Oakland that,” Manfred said. “She said she had cut off negotiations after an announcement was made in Las Vegas. I don’t have a crystal ball as to where anything’s going. There’s not a definitive deal done in Las Vegas. We’ll have to see how that plays out.”

The Athletics have agreed to use land on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the Tropicana Las Vegas casino resort sits. Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao had issued a statement after the Athletics’ land purchase in Nevada saying she was disappointed the team didn’t negotiate with the city as a “true partner.”

The Athletics have been seeking a new ballpark to replace Oakland Coliseum, which has served as their home park since they arrived from Kansas City and where the team’s lease runs through 2024. The A’s looked at a location near Oakland’s Howard Terminal before shifting their focus out of state.

With their future unsettled, the Athletics are struggling at an historic level on the field and in the stands.

They began Thursday 10-41 after matching matching the 1932 Boston Red Sox and 1897 St. Louis Browns for the fourth-worst 50-game start in major league history. Their average home attendance of 8,695 is nearly 3,600 fewer fans per game than that of any other team.

Manfred was in Milwaukee as Wisconsin legislators debate potential funding plans for American Family Field, the Brewers’ home stadium since 2001. Manfred expressed confidence the state would work something out.

The Brewers’ lease, which runs through 2030, calls for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District to cover repairs. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the team have said the district does not have enough money to pay for what is needed, and the state surplus provides a chance to fund it without implementing a new tax or borrowing money.

“This is a gem of a ballpark,” Manfred said. “It’s really important that the existing obligation under the lease be funded so that this great ballpark is maintained on a regular basis. It needs to be done in a timely way.”

Evers proposed spending nearly $300 million in taxpayer money to make improvements at the stadium, a plan that Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos declared to be dead on arrival. Republicans who control the Legislature have yet to unveil their own alternative, but talks have been ongoing in private.

Vos has said he wants to work a deal that would look for a commitment from the team to remain in Milwaukee longer and not rely as heavily on money from a one-time budget surplus that’s projected to be around $7 billion.

“The choices that are made between the various ways that public funds can be spent are choices that legislators have to make,” Manfred said. “What I can say is that this ballpark is an asset. The Brewers are interested in a long-term relationship, an extension of the lease that keeps them here.”

Manfred noted that Milwaukee’s situation is “really the antithesis of what happened in Oakland.”

“This is an A-plus facility when it’s built,” Manfred said. “It’s been well maintained. Ownership has made a commitment not only to put a competitive team on the field, but to do its share in terms of keeping this stadium. And most important, the fans here have supported the tam enthusiastically. I think the real decision that needs to be made here is what we can do to maintain that really great dynamic.

“Oakland, unfortunately, it’s a facility that was never as good as this one when it started. They made some unfortunate decisions not to maintain the ballpark in the way that it needed to be maintained. It resulted in a decline in the attendance, which had an impact on the quality of product the team could afford to put on the field.”



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Brandon McManus in hopes of upgrading their special teams Thursday, two days after Denver dropped the veteran kicker and former team captain.

The Jaguars initially waived kicker Riley Patterson to make room for McManus on their 90-man roster for McManus but eventually traded him to Detroit for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2026. Patterson was with the Lions in 2021 and during training camp in 2022.

Detroit made the trade likely because it wasn’t confident it would land Patterson through the league’s waiver process.

McManus had been scheduled to count nearly $5 million against Denver’s salary cap in 2023. The 31-year-old McManus, the last holdover from the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50, finished his nine-year career with Denver as the second-leading scorer in team history (946 points). He connected on a franchise-most 42 field goals of 50 yards or longer in the regular season and the playoffs.

McManus made 223 of 274 field goals in the regular season while hitting 96.9% of his extra points. His combined field-goal percentage (82%) in the regular season and postseason is the second-best mark in team history behind Matt Prater (82.9%).

McManus was perfect in the playoffs following the 2015 regular season, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts and three extra points. He had three field goals when Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, 2016, for the franchise’s third championship.

Patterson made 30 of 35 field goals and 36 of 37 extra points with Jacksonville last season. But he attempted just three from beyond 50 yards.

McManus has hit 42 of 74 attempts of 50 yards or longer, including 8 of 13 last season. Many of those came in Denver’s mile-high altitude.


DUBLIN (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have long-term plans to play a regular-season NFL game in Ireland, the team said Thursday during a visit to trumpet its long-standing ties with the Emerald Isle.

The Steelers touched down in Dublin days after the NFL gave the team marketing rights for Ireland and Northern Ireland, all part of the league’s aggressive push to expand its audience internationally.

“Our aspirations long term are to play a game in Ireland,” said Daniel Rooney, the team’s director of business development and strategy. “As we move through the process, we’ll be evaluating all options.”

Ireland has never hosted a regular-season NFL game, but the Steelers beat the Chicago Bears 30-17 in a preseason matchup at Croke Park in 1997.

Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, holds 82,300 and would almost certainly be the site of any future Steelers game.

GAA president Larry McCarthy joined Rooney at a news conference at Croke Park and said the organization is “delighted to be associated with (the Rooneys) and such a famous name and brand in the Steelers.”

Brett Gosper, NFL Head of UK and Europe, was also on hand and called the Steelers and Ireland a “perfect fit.”

“There are so many connections, obviously the family’s heritage (and) the Steelers organizing that first and only game – so far – in Ireland,” he said.

The late Daniel M. Rooney was U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who play in London every year, were also awarded marketing rights to Ireland.

The program was designed to help individual teams build their brands abroad through commercial activity and fan engagement similar to what they do in their home markets. Rights are granted by the league for at least a five-year term.


HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) New Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is not taking part in organized team activities as he continues to recover from a broken left foot.

Coach Josh McDaniels said Thursday that Garoppolo could be held out until July when training camp begins.

McDaniels said Garoppolo is one of a number of players being held out of OTAs.

“We’re always going to err at this time of the year on being smart,” McDaniels said. “We don’t play a football game for 3 1/2 months, so try to rush (players) out there in May, it’s a poor decision.”

Garoppolo sustained the injury late last season, but said after signing with the Raiders in March that he wasn’t concerned about being available.

“You hate being in that situation,” Garoppolo said. “But once I got past that initial part, especially once we started to make a little bit of a run in the playoffs last year, I was getting ready to ramp up again and be ready. But things didn’t work out, and I’m glad with how things ended up.”


(AP) — The New England Patriots have been docked two days of organized team activities for violating NFL rules about offseason practices, a person familiar with the league’s decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the penalty wasn’t announced.

The penalties were first reported by ESPN. NBCSports.com reported the violation was for holding a mandatory meeting that was required to be optional.

The Patriots had been scheduled to hold an OTA on Thursday, but the team told reporters on Wednesday that it was canceled. Another day was canceled next week.

The team declined to comment.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions receiver Jameson Williams, suspended for the first six games of the season, said he was unaware of the NFL gambling policy that he violated.

“It hit me out the blue,” Williams told reporters Thursday. “And, it hit a couple other players around the league and on my team out the blue.”

The league suspended former Lions players Quintez Cephus and C.J. Moore, along with Washington’s Shaka Toney, for the entire 2023 season in April for betting on NFL games last year, adding they may petition for reinstatement.

Williams, the No. 12 pick overall in 2022, and teammate Stanley Berryhill were benched for six games for betting on non-NFL games at a league facility.

“I wasn’t aware of this situation,” Williams said, insisting he didn’t recall what he bet on or where he gambled.

The former Alabama star, who missed much of his rookie season with a knee injury, said he was informed of the suspension a day before it was announced last month.

“I was sick,” he recalled. “I was hurt.”

Violations of the league’s gambling have been rare in recent years. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 season for gambling on NFL games and was later reinstated. In 2019, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended for gambling on an NFL game and he has not played in the league since.

“It’s an emphasis on the league right now,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “It’s a big thing. Our players know. We’ve tried to hammer it home. Certainly, we did after that point and a few more times and we’ll keep doing it.

Even though Williams said he was unaware of the NFL’s rules on gambling, he accepted responsibility for his costly actions.

“I broke a policy,” he said. “I pretty much looked past those things.”

NOTES: The Lions created a competition at kicker, acquiring Riley Patterson from Jacksonville for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2026 to push or perhaps replace Michael Badgley. … RB David Montgomery and LB Malcom Rodriguez left Thursday’s workout with injuries. Montgomery, signed in the offseason to an $18 million, three-year contract, appeared to hurt his lower left leg in a non-contact drill.




WALLER, Texas (AP) — A.J. Foyt was 15 when a boat that he and two friends were riding in capsized in a storm. The young Foyt clung tightly to a buoy until a fishing vessel found him, too late for one of the other boys that had already drowned.

Not long afterward, Foyt and some buddies were climbing towers and one of them grasped a power line and was electrocuted. Foyt will have you know that he never considered touching those lines.

So began a life spent cheating death, one that one of the greatest auto racing drivers in history has been forced to reflect upon in recent weeks during what usually is a time of joy. The month of May means the Indianapolis 500, the biggest race in the world, and it’s a crown jewel event that Foyt won a record-sharing four times.

Lucy, his beloved wife for nearly 68 years, died last month. For Foyt, now 88, the prospect of mortality has finally become inescapable. And few have had so many escapes.

Foyt was retired when he suffered two near-fatal attacks by killer bees, one sending him into shock. He once flipped a bulldozer into a pond on one of his Texas properties, emerging to shout: “I ain’t no Houdini! I needed some air!” He has had several staph infections, one leading to a concrete spacer in his leg that eventually led to an artificial knee.

When Foyt had triple bypass surgery a decade ago, he was left comatose; Lucy was told his organs were beginning to fail. Yet his high school sweetheart had seen him defy death so many times that she refused to turn off his respirator. Naturally, he recovered.

And then there are the wrecks, so many of those. Like his 1965 flip in a stock car at Riverside, when doctors on site pronounced him dead. Parnelli Jones stepped in, scooped dirt from Foyt’s mouth and that was all it took to revive him.

Or the crash in 1972, when Foyt had to leap from a burning dirt champ car. It ran over his ankle and broke it as Foyt, engulfed in flames, ran toward a pond. His father grabbed a fire extinguisher to save his son.

That brings his story to March 7 of this year, when Foyt went to a Houston hospital to have a pacemaker installed. He was deeply opposed to the procedure, mostly because he believes a pacemaker killed his mother in 1981. He asked the doctors what would happen if he didn’t get it.

“I think they were scared my heart was slowing down too much,” said Foyt, who has never slowed down a day in his life. “(The doctor) said the bad thing was you can pass out or have a stroke. Well, I didn’t want to be driving from Houston out here to the shop and pass out and kill somebody. So that’s the reason I did it, because I still like to drive my own car.”

He showed up on time for the procedure, Lucy by his side, and they waited — and waited and waited.

“They told us to be there at 5:30, so OK. It got to be about 10:30-11 and they said, ‘It might be another hour or two,’” Foyt recalled. “I said, ’You can forget it and stick it up your ass.’ I started to put my underwear and pants on and was walking out. They said, ‘No, no, no, we’re gonna get you right in.’ If it was an emergency, it would be one thing. But they want me to sit there another couple hours? They can go to hell.”

The Associated Press recently spent a day with Foyt at his race shop in Waller, reminiscing about a colorful career that made him famous far beyond the track. He was same ol’ A.J. that day, cracking jokes, talking about his ranches, career milestones and how, unlike longtime rival Mario Andretti, he had no issues with isolation or depression during the pandemic.

“That’s Mario Andretti. That ain’t A.J. Foyt,” he said with a snarl.

The tough-as-boot-leather Texan was irreverent about death that day, too. Foyt drove during one of the deadliest eras in motorsports, and far too many of his racing contemporaries pulled off pit lane never to pull back in. The number of those who survived is dwindling with time, of course; two good friends not only died on the same day earlier this year but had funerals on the same day, too.

“What do you do when your friends die? You get new friends,” Foyt said with a shrug.

It’s not so easy to replace Lucy, who died unexpectedly just seven days after AP visited Foyt.

“Super Tex” had just spent the first weekend in April at Texas Motor Speedway, attending his first IndyCar race of the season to watch his two drivers compete. He and Lucy have what he called “sugar diabetes,” and when Foyt called her over the weekend, she mentioned that she wasn’t feeling well.

By the time Foyt arrived home Sunday night, she was far worse. Foyt on Tuesday finally got her into an ambulance to the hospital, but Lucy suffered a massive heart attack. She died the following morning.

“The nurses, they knew who I was,” Foyt said, “and they came out and told me the treatments weren’t doing nothing, and they said, ‘Mr. Foyt, it’s bad.’”

The nurses promised to get him from the waiting room to her bedside at the end; in a blink-or-you’ll miss it moment, Foyt’s eyes briefly welled with tears and his voice choked as he discussed their final goodbye.

“Me and my oldest son sat there next to the bed with her,” Foyt said, taking a long pause, “and it was hard.”

Foyt said he once told Lucy she couldn’t die first, yet that’s what happened. And he was relieved by it.

“I’m kinda glad she died, and I hate to say it like that, but once your heart stops, your lungs, your kidneys, never recover,” Foyt said. “She couldn’t live like that. I wouldn’t want her to.”

The couple shared four children, eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. They owned several properties across Texas, many of them working cattle ranches that Foyt tends to to this day. He now has to handle her affairs, too, and when he talks about the challenges ahead it becomes clear that he remains every bit as ornery as he was his entire career. Heck, in 1997, at the age of 62, he wrestled Arie Luyendyk to the ground at Texas Motor Speedway when the Dutch driver showed up at a Foyt victory celebration claiming he had won.

Take Foyt’s trip to the funeral home, where a relative made an outfit suggestion for Lucy’s burial. Too many people suddenly had their own ideas about the memorial. Foyt sat silent — for a while.

“I said, ‘Let me tell you, you ain’t making one goddamn decision. I’m gonna bury her the way I want her buried, not what y’all think,’” Foyt said. “I probably shouldn’t have blowed up, but I got mad and said, ’Y’all shut your (expletive) mouths — excuse my language — I’m making the decisions so you all get the (expletive) out of here.

“The lady at the funeral home, she said, ‘You don’t put up with no nothing!’ And I said, “No ma’am, not when it’s my decision.’”

Foyt decided his wife would be buried in yellow — “Yellow is what she loved, and what she looked good in” — and he picked out a casket and draped it in yellow flowers, which he had given her each year. He refused to have the casket lowered into the ground while he was present.

Foyt didn’t want to go to Indianapolis this month, worrying about what could happen at home without Lucy to oversee things. But he figured Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that historic gray lady on Georgetown Road where he had spent many of his best days, was the right place to help process his grief.

“I said, ‘Well, I need to get away,’” he said, “so that’s the reason I’m here.”

From the garages of Gasoline Alley to the yard of bricks on the front stretch, Foyt is surrounded by old friends and foes, racers everywhere — his kind of people — along with adoring fans who believe Foyt is the best to walk the hallowed grounds.

“I still consider him the greatest driver to ever pull on a helmet,” three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford said.

Foyt won his first Indy 500 in 1961, then again in 1964 and 1967, while his 1977 victory made him the first four-time winner, a club that has grown to include Al Unser Sr., Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves. Foyt qualified for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for 35 consecutive years, and he is the only driver to win in both front- and rear-engined cars.

His legacy extends well beyond the Indy 500. In 1967, Foyt became the only driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Indy 500 in the same year, and he’s the only driver to have won Indy, the Daytona 500, Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. He has 12 major racing championships – his seven IndyCar titles are a record – and his 67 IndyCar victories are most in series history.

Foyt even holds the closed-course speed record, which he set in 1987 on a test track near Fort Stockton, Texas, where he drove an Oldsmobile Aerotech at an average speed of 257.123 mph. He was 52 at the time.

The track is where he belongs, and it is why he reluctantly left Texas to spend another May in Indianapolis.

His eponymous race team has gone through some lean years, split between shops in Waller and Indianapolis. The Waller facility has only eight full-time employees, but it is where Foyt said his flagship No. 14 will remain “until the day I die.”

Santino Ferrucci is driving it this year, and the chassis for Sunday’s race was on display in Waller the day the AP visited. His crew felt confident it had built a bullet, and the optimism wasn’t misguided: Ferrucci will start fourth — the same position Foyt started when he won his final two Indy 500s — while rookie teammate Benjamin Pedersen will roll off 11th.

Foyt, who has lost about 50 pounds this year but whose mobility is slowed by foot problems, watched some of the qualifying laps last weekend from a golf cart on pit road.

“It’s good to see him,” Ferrucci said, “and I know for a fact in the garage he was really, really happy to see the car and see the progress, to see something he hasn’t seen out of this team in a long time as far as build quality and all the work and development that has gone into this car. He’s super excited. It’s a huge confidence boost for the whole organization.”

The excitement of qualifying weekend was tempered a bit when Foyt turned toward Anne Fornoro, his publicist since 1985. Her husband, an accomplished racer and National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Famer Drew Fornoro, died May 1, and the Foyt and Fornoro families are tightly intertwined. Fornoro and her daughter were overcome by emotion, and Foyt looked at Fornoro and made a sobering realization: “I have no one to call now.”

It would have been Lucy awaiting the day’s results back home.

The thought brought Foyt’s son, Larry, to tears. He is the one that runs the day-to-day operations for the race team. Born to Foyt’s only daughter, Larry was adopted and raised by A.J. and Lucy and he recently named his newborn daughter Lucy.

Running an underfunded race team is hard enough. Doing it with Foyt over your shoulder is pressure that Larry Foyt has learned to accept.

“It gets better with time, for sure. I mean, just as A.J. has gotten older, right?” Larry Foyt said. “But anything big, I always run by him. We collaborate on pretty much everything. But lately, some health things came about.”

The elder Foyt was not present for the team’s last win — a victory by Takuma Sato at Long Beach a decade ago — but that win earned Larry Foyt some autonomy within the race team.

“I think when that happened, he realized, ‘Hey, OK, maybe things are OK when I’m not on top of it all the time,’” Larry Foyt said. “And that’s what we’re working on, just trying to get the team back to where he can enjoy it. Give him something to root for and be proud of the race team.”

Team morale is soaring headed into Sunday’s race, and fans each day at the track have shown their adoration for Foyt and his drivers. The qualifying crowd last Sunday roared for Ferrucci each time he took to the track, including his run for the pole. By that point, a superstitious Foyt was watching from one of the garages, the door pulled shut.

Ferrucci wound up fourth, and Foyt couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. But he was quick to mention that, despite his own four poles, he never won the Indy 500 starting from the front row.

In the afternoon sun, a crowd was building outside his garage, waiting for Super Tex to emerge so they could cheer his team’s encouraging start to the Indy 500. The lowest-ranked, full-time team in IndyCar had out-qualified mighty Team Penske, and most of the cars from heavyweights Chip Ganassi Racing and Arrow McLaren Racing.

The fans were bursting with pride for Foyt, who simply wanted to move on with his day.

“I don’t care how anyone else feels,” he said. “I only give a (expletive) how A.J. Foyt feels.”


As the Indianapolis 500 is entering its fourth year with Roger Penske as the owner, it’s starting to feel like the good old days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Penske told me in an exclusive interview on Sunday that the crowd for Sunday’s 107th Indianapolis 500 will be the largest since the sold-out crowd that attended the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles also confirmed that as of last week, ticket sales reached last year’s level and demand continues to rise heading into Race Day on Sunday.

For decades, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway never released attendance figures or the exact number of seats that the world’s largest stadium holds. But after this weekend’s dramatic qualifications, IMS officials said almost 85,000 fans visited IMS over two days to watch the stars of the NTT IndyCar Series qualify for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

According to IMS, it was the most attended PPG presents Armed Forces Qualifying weekend in over a decade. Tickets for the “500” continue to move at a rapid clip, up year-over-year and building toward the most attended Race Day since the 100th Running in 2016.

“In order for it to be on track, we had to be consistent with the sales day over day to what we had in 2022,” Boles explained to me. “Not only have we been consistent, we’ve been above 2022.

“If today goes the way the last few days have gone, we will be on target to reach the same attendance as we did on Race Day by today.

“It’s on target to be a bigger race than it has been since 2016.”

Boles said in 2016, there were 350,000 total spectators on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Although crowds were higher than that in other years for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the grandstand seating has been rearranged and there is much less infield space available than in the 1960s.

A road course was constructed for Formula One beginning with the first United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2000. That event ran through 2007.

Beginning in 2014, a modified road course has been used for the NTT IndyCar Series. Later this year, IMSA Sports Cars returns for the “Battle on the Bricks” on that road course.

That greatly reduced the space for infield patrons to turn the annual gather at the Indianapolis 500 into a high-speed “Woodstock” festival.

Today’s infield features spectator mounds that are family friendly. Younger fans can still let loose in the “Snake Pit” which features live musical entertainment before and during the race.

For the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016, tickets to all seats in the grandstand were sold and the infield tickets were purchased in advance. To maintain crowd control, IMS officials cutoff sales once it hit 350,000 total for grandstands and infield and lifted the television blackout in the Indianapolis area for the first time since 1951.

“In 2016, we were right at 350,000,” Boles confirmed. “We have 232,000 permanent seats and we added some chairs into the Tower Terrace and had 235,000 seats and over 100,000 people in the infield.

“This year, we have 232,000 seats and we will be within 5,000 to 10,000 of all those seats gone, plus with the crowd we get in the infield, we will be pushing the 325,000 range.”

In addition to the spectator count, there is the large number of race team members, officials, media, suite workers, etc. that can be as high as 12,000.

That will once again make the Indianapolis 500 the largest single-day sporting event in the world.

With scanned tickets instead of turnstile counts, sporting events can have a more accurate count of the number of people on the property.

“Some doesn’t get scanned, like the Bronze and Silver Badges that don’t get scanned,” Boles explained. “If you are an individual that buys a ticket, we know where you are for the most part. That has been helpful

“Every day except for May 16 when it rained, has been up since before and even stronger than 2016. It has really been a good lead-up to the Indianapolis 500.”

Boles said this year’s qualification crowd was slightly more on Sunday than on Saturday for the second-straight year. That is the day the Indianapolis 500 Pole and Last Chance Qualifying took place.

There was also an extra sense of excitement in the crowd.

“The excitement and the drama were definitely something that makes it a lot better,” Boles said. “Those days are when the true race fans that come out.”

Boles was also excited that a larger number of kids have been at the track, which is very important to create new fans for the event. Children 15 and under are allowed into the track for practice and qualifications for free.

Race Day, though, everyone needs a ticket.

Roger Penske, the winningest car owner in Indianapolis 500 history with 18 wins in the big race, is now the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar.

He purchased the massive facility that hosts the world’s largest sporting even on November 4, 2019, from Indiana’s Hulman-George Family.

Penske has invested heavily into upgrading and improving the facility, including another $11 million capital improvements since last year’s race.

“The big screens in the infield for the spectator mounds is pretty big,” Boles said. “We also moved the TV compound outside of Turn 4 and allowing the midway to be in the heart of the track makes things a lot better.

“There is a ton of new asphalt behind Turn 1 that was a significant spend.

“We put over $1 million into the public address system. It seems that everything you want to fix here starts at $100,000 and goes up. When you start adding that up, it’s over $10 million and almost $50 million in improvement since 2020, there is still so much more to go.”

Business is good at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as it prepares to host the greatest tradition in racing with one of the world’s greatest sporting events on Sunday, May 28.

It was first held on May 30, 1911, and that legacy continues today.

“Business is great,” Boles said. “The fans are what makes this place work and when the fans come like they come, it makes you feel good about all the hours you put in the rest of the year.

“Business is good because our fans see an owner that is invested and wants it to be better and every day, he is trying to make the customer experience better. That is his first thought.”

Boles revealed as he walks around the Speedway, fans stop him and say, ‘Tell Roger Penske, thank you.’

“It’s a pretty significant number that they see his passion and investment,” Boles said.

As for the television blackout, that will once again continue on Sunday as there remains tickets to be sold. It’s a point of contention for many Indy 500 fans, but the Penske and the staff at IMS continue to maintain there is a reason for the blackout, even in 2023.

They will not be able to view the race live on NBC or stream it on Peacock. It will air on the NBC affiliate, WTHR Channel 13, in Indianapolis on Sunday night.

“The most important race we have in the year is the Indianapolis 500 and what makes it electric are the fans that are here,” Boles said. “The minute you erode the fans that are here, then the electricity starts to decline and that transfers to TV.

“Just from a perception standpoint, it’s important for us to do.

“We’ve said all along, if we get to the point where we sell all of our reserved seats and get to a capacity in the infield, we think is fair, then we are happy to readdress it.

“But we are completely different from an NFL franchise that gets $300 million a year in television revenue per franchise. We don’t get anything close to that.

“It’s not about greed; it’s not about making more money. It’s about making sure the electricity inside of the venue is the electricity they expect when they are here and that transfers over to the TV broadcast.”


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aaron Shackelford blasted two mammoth home runs out of Huntington Park, but the Columbus Clippers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Indianapolis Indians in walk-off fashion on Thursday night, 5-4.

The Clippers (24-23) were down to their final out with the bases juiced, down 4-3. On the 0-1 pitch, Oscar Gonzalez roped a two-run single to into straight-away right field to walk it off against the Indians. The rally began with a Chris Roller leadoff single. Richie Palacios then reached on a fielder’s choice throwing error by Yerry De Los Santos (L, 0-4), and Bo Naylor walked to load the bases before Gonzalez’s game-ending knock.

Each team’s first run of the night came way of solo home runs. Designated hitter Zack Collins homered first, and Shackelford followed in the Indians (22-25) following at-bat. Both teams brought home a additional run in their next plate appearance following the homers to square the contest at two apiece after four.

Shackelford put the Indians in front in a big way in the fifth, crushing a two-run homer well over the right-field wall, his second home run of the game off major league rehabber Triston McKenzie. Shackelford finished his night 2-for-2 with a pair of homers, two runs scored, three RBI and a walk.

Columbus was able to cut its deficit in half in the sixth inning. With runners on second and third, Micah Pries hit a sacrifice fly to plate Gonzales and chip away before they completed the comeback in the ninth inning.

Clipper’s reliever Tim Herrin (W, 4-1) picked up his fourth win of the season with 1.2 no-hit innings.

Indianapolis will continue their six-game set at Huntington Park with the Clippers on Friday night at 7:05 PM ET. The Clippers will start right-hander Zach Plesac (1-1, 4.02), the Indians have yet to name a starter.


#LIPAFC Preview  

Indy Eleven vs Louisville City FC

Saturday, May 27, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

Michael A Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Follow Live:

Local TV: WNDY  

Streaming Video: ESPN+ (click to subscribe) 

Spanish Radio: Exitos Radio 94.3 FM & exitos943.com

In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed

Stats: #INDvCOS MatchCenter at USLChampionship.com

2023 USL Championship Records:

Indy Eleven: 3W-4L-3D (-4 GD), 12 pts; 7th in Eastern Conference 

Louisville City FC: 5W-3L-2D (-2 GD), 17 pts; 3rd in Eastern Conference 

Community Health Network Sports Medicine Indy Eleven Injury Report:

OUT: DF Robby Dambrot (L knee)


Discipline Report:

IND: none

COS: none

The Boys in Blue remain at home Saturday for a USL Championship match-up vs Louisville City FC. The Eleven sits at 3-4-3 on the season after a 1-0 win vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC last Saturday. The victory snapped a four-game home winless streak.


All official competitions: 5W-8L-6D (20 GF/30 GA)

All competitions at home: 4W-5L-1D (9GF/15 GA)

All competitions away: 1W-3L-5D (11 GF/15 GA)

USL Championship regular season: 4W-5L-6D (16 GF/20 GA)

USLC regular season at home: 3W-3L-1D (6 GF/9 GA)

USLC regular season away: 1W-2L-5D (10 GF/11 GA)


MAY 18, 2023

Indy Eleven announced the signing of forward Roberto Molina. Per club policy, details of the contract will not be released.

Molina spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with USL Championship side Las Vegas Lights. In 45 appearances, including 30 during his rookie campaign, Molina tallied three goals and seven assists.

The Salvadoran was selected as the 45th overall pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids and has registered five caps with El Salvador’s National Team in International Friendlies and CONCACAF Nations League action. In one season at UC Irvine (2019), Molina appeared in all 19 matches, making 17 starts, and was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team. He was third on the team with nine points, netting three goals and adding three assists.

Indy has also announced the addition of Academy signing Grayson Elmquist. As part of this season’s U19 USL Academy Championship team, Elmquist earned Golden Boot and Golden Ball honors. He will join the Eleven until he reports to Xavier for the 2023 season.


MAY 20, 2023


Bryan Rebellon’s early tally would be enough to give Indy Eleven their first home win of the season in USL Championship play. The win moved Indy to 3W-4L-3D on the season, while Colorado fell to 5W-5L-1D..

Rebellon scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute, on a late run into the box with a ball left from Sebastian Guenzatti. He was injured on the play and would end up being substituted for by Jesus Vaquez in the 19th minute.

Although Colorado would dominate possession for the first-half (61%-39%) they were not able to get a shot past Yannik Oettl, and only managed one shot in the half. Indy had a prime chance to extend their lead in the 2nd half, beginning with four consecutive corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net, twice being denied by Colorado goalkeeper Christian Herrera and also had a Guenzatti shot hit the frame and bounce wide.

Despite losing the possession battle 59%-41% and being outshot by Colorado 12-9, Indy was able to hold on for the win. Dambrot led the Eleven with three shots, while Yannik Oettl had seven saves in the net.


OMAHA, Neb. – Four Iowa runs in the seventh innings turned a three-run lead for the Indiana baseball program into a one-run deficit and an eventual loss in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. After the Hoosiers built a 4-1 lead, the Hawkeyes scored the final eight runs of the game to grab the 9-4 win.

The home team on the scoreboard, Indiana (41-17) opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, before both teams plated single runs in the second. After IU plated one in the bottom of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead, Iowa (41-13) took the lead with a four-run seventh. The Hawkeyes scored four more in the ninth inning.

Sophomore Luke Sinnard didn’t factor into the decision after he allowed one unearned run over six innings in the start. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. With the five strikeouts, Sinnard moved his single season total to 109, which ties the program’s single season record with Vernon Wilshere (1934) and Eric Arnett (2009).

Redshirt senior Craig Yoho allowed three of the four seventh inning runs on two hits and a walk over one-third of an inning of work. Freshman Connor Foley (3-2) took the loss with one run allowed on one hit with a pair of walks in an inning of work. Sophomore Luke Hayden worked the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

Sophomore Brock Tibbitts drove in a pair of RBIs with a double to move his season total to 66 runs batted in, a total that sits tied for No. 9 on the single season charts with Josh Phegley (2009). Senior Phillip Glasser reached base three times in the contest with a single and two walks. He added one RBI and one run scored. Senior Hunter Jessee scored two runs and was on-base twice thanks to a pair of hit-by-pitch.

Kyle Huckstorf continued to be a thorn in the Hoosiers side as he had two hits, one run scored and three RBIs in the game. Eight of nine starters collected hits in the game and all nine starters reached base at least once in the contest. Will Christophers (4-1) picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless work with six strikeouts.

Scoring Recap

Bottom First

Phillip Glasser walked and Bobby Whalen was hit-by-pitch to start the inning and a double steal with one out moved both into scoring position. Brock Tibbitts followed with a double to plate two RBIs.

Indiana 2, Iowa 0

Top Second

Kyle Huckstorf singled and stole second to start the inning and moved to third on a throwing error

Indiana 2, Iowa 1

Bottom Second

After Hunter Jessee was hit-by-pitch to start the inning and Tyler Cerny singled, Peter Serruto moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch allowed Jessee to cross the plate.

Indiana 3, Iowa 1

Bottom Sixth

Jessee was hit-by-pitch for the second time in the game and worked his way around to third with two outs. Glasser singled up the middle to plate the run.

Indiana 4, Iowa 1

Top Seventh

A ground out started the inning, but Iowa saw five straight batters reach base with Sam Hojnar’s base hit scoring the first run and Huckstorf’s bases clearing double giving them the lead.

Iowa 5, Indiana 4

Top Ninth

With a runner on first and two outs, Cade Moss singled and Ben Wilmes followed with an RBI base hit up the middle. Sam Petersen capped the scoring with a three-run home run.

Iowa 9, Indiana 4

Up Next

Indiana will face Michigan at 2 p.m. on Friday (May 26) at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner of that contest will need to beat Iowa twice on Saturday to reach the Big Ten Tournament championship game on Sunday. Each game of the Tournament will be carried on the Big Ten Network and Indiana Sports Radio Network


KENT, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team was back at Schoonover Stadium for day two of the Mid-American Conference Tournament against Kent State on Thursday. Trennor O’Donnell threw a complete game, the first of his career, as the Cardinals defeated the Golden Flashes 6-1.

With the win, Ball State improved to 35-21 overall, while Kent State fell to 41-15. The Cardinals became just the second team to knock off the Golden Flashes on their home field this season.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel as neither team could get a run across in the first four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Nick Gregory got things started with a one-out single to the second baseman. He stole second and moved into scoring position. Ryan Peltier drove in Gregory with an RBI single to center. On a hit and run, Decker Scheffler reached on a base hit to a diving shortstop to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with two outs. Adam Tellier added to the BSU lead with a single through the left side as Peltier scored from second. Dobbins plated Tellier and Scheffler on an error by the third baseman. Ball State took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

The Golden Flashes got two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth innings, O’Donnell got out of the inning unscathed.

Blake Bevis recorded a one-out single to left field to get the Cardinals started in the top of the ninth. Gregory reached on a bunt single and gave BSU runners on first and second with one out. Peltier came up with a big RBI single to center as Bevis scored from second. Scheffler followed with an RBI single up the middle as Gregory scored. BSU took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Kent State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth on a Cardinal error, but O’Donnell went the distance in a 6-1 victory.

O’Donnell started the game on the hill for Ball State. He tossed his first collegiate complete game. He finished with eight strikeouts and no walks. He surrendered one unearned run and scattered five hits. With his eighth strikeout, he recorded the 200th of his career.

Joe Whitnan got the start for the Golden Flashes and went seven innings. He struck out seven batters and gave up six runs, four earned, on six hits. Calvin Bickerstaff faced one batter and went a 1/3 of an inning in relief. Peyton Caraico added 1 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits. Jaden Varner got the final out in the top of the ninth after giving up two hits.

The Cardinals advanced to the Championship game on Saturday. Ball State will play the winner or the Kent State and Central Michigan game. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for noon.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 3 Notre Dame is heading to Championship Weekend for the sixth time in program history as they will take on No. 2 Virginia at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 27 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.


Location: Philadelphia | Lincoln Financial Field

Schedule: May 27 — 2:30 p.m. ET


Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame


• The Irish advanced to Championship Weekend for the sixth time in program history with Sunday’s win over Johns Hopkins in Annapolis, Maryland.

• Notre Dame also advanced to the NCAA Championship final weekend in 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and played in the title game in 2010 and 2014.

• The Irish have now made the NCAA Championship field in 16 of the last 17 tournaments.

• Notre Dame has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in the 11 of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments.

• Notre Dame is 18-11 over its last 12 NCAA Championship appearances.

• Notre Dame owns a 23-25 record in its 26 trips to the NCAA Championship.

• This is the 14th time overall and 13th time in the last 15 seasons that the Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship.

• The Irish are 9-3 in games played at Arlotta Stadium in NCAA Championships play.


• Saturday will be the 20th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Virginia. The Irish trail the Cavaliers in the series by a narrow margin of 8-11.

• Virginia won both regular season matchups this season.

• The Irish and Cavaliers have met once before in the NCAA Championships, as Notre Dame defeated Virginia by a score of 12-10 during the 2012 tournament in the quarterfinals in Chester, Pennsylvania.

• Max Pfeifer led the attack with three goals from the midfield and John Kemp made 14 saves in goal to help the Irish advance to Championship Weekend.


• Pat Kavanagh has been named a 2023 Tewaaraton Finalist, marking the second time in his career he has earned the distinction.

• The senior enters Championship Weekend third in the country in points per game (5.21) despite facing some of the best defenders in the country week in and week out.

• The senior has 73 points on the season off 23 goals and 50 assists.

• Kavanagh’s average of 3.57 assists per game ranks first in the country.

• The attackman also ranks second on the team in ground balls (36), trailing only Irish FOGO Will Lynch. He is also sixth on the team in caused turnovers with 10.

• Kavanagh has had a pair of monster performances against teams currently ranked in the national polls, tying his own ND record for points in a game with 10 (4G, 6A) against Michigan and posting eight (3G, 5A) in the win over then No. 1 Duke.

• The senior also has delivered in some of the biggest moments, scoring the game winner against No. 4 Maryland in triple OT to snap the Terrapins’ 22-game home win streak.


• The Irish have wasted no time jumping on opponents early in games this season, outscoring the opposition by a combined score of 66-31 in first quarters.

• Notre Dame has scored on its first possession in eight of its 14 games this season

• Eric Dobson has scored Notre Dame’s opening goal in five games this season.

• Chris Kavanagh and Eric Dobson have thrived in first quarters,  as Chris Kavanagh has a team-high 12 goals and Dobson has added 11 goals in the opening 15 minutes of play.


• The Irish enter the weekend allowing just 9.57 goals per game, leading the ACC and ranking fifth in the country, despite playing seven games against opponents that are in the top 10 in goals scored per game.

• Notre Dame leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the country in caused turnovers per game this season, averaging 10.0.

• The Irish have recorded at least 10 caused turnovers in nine of 14 games this season.

• Notre Dame hasn’t allowed 30 or more shots on goal in any game this season and has held opponents to 20 shots on target or less in five games, including limiting Johns Hopkins to a season-low 19 shots in the quarterfinal win.

• ND recorded a season-high 14 caused turnovers in the win over No. 10/9 Ohio State.


• Senior Liam Entenmann has cemented his status as the top goalies in the country with his play in 2023, being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Goalie of the Year and USA Lacrosse Magazine First Team All-American.

• Entenmann leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the country in goals against average, allowing just 9.41 goals per game.

• The senior has a save percentage of .567 (167 saves, 127 goals allowed), ranking fifth in the country.

• Entnemann has made double-digit saves in each of the last 12 games, including a season-high 16 in the win over No. 1 Duke.

• Entenmann currently ranks fourth on the ND all-time saves list with 519 in his career.

• He has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season following his performances in wins over No. 4 Maryland, No. 10/9 Ohio State and No. 15/14 UNC.


• For the second-straight season, Notre Dame has the top extra-man offense in the country.

• The Irish enter the weekend 21-for-34 (.618) on the EMO through this season, leading the ACC and ranking first in the country.

• Chris Kavanagh is seventh in the nation in EMO goals with seven.

• The Irish EMO unit cashed in on 21-of-31 chances (.677) during the 2022 season.


• Notre Dame’s ball movement has been dizzying at times this season, as the Irish have dished out 123 assists this season.

• ND ranks sixth in the country in assists per game, averaging 8.79.

• Pat Kavanagh leads the Irish in assists per game (3.57) and ranks first in the nation.

• Seventeen different players have recorded at least one assist this season.

• Pat Kavanagh is the program’s all-time career assist leader, tallying 133 in his career.


• Despite the Kavanagh brothers earning much of the national headlines, the Irish midfield units have been very productive in 2023.

• The starting midfield trio of Eric Dobson, Quinn McCahon and Reilly Gray have combined for 56 goals in 2023.

• Dobson leads the group with 28 goals, while Gray has 16 and McCahon has added 12.

• The second midfield has combined for 28 goals, as Jack Simmons and Brian Tevlin have scored 10 and Bryce Walker has chipped in six.

• In the victory over Johns Hopkins the Irish received big-time performances from Simmons, who posted a season-high four points off three goals and an assist, and Jalen Seymour, who scored a pair of goals.


• Notre Dame welcomed four transfers to the 2023 roster and each player made has made significant contributions.

• Chris Fake and Chris Conlin have each earned starts as defensemen in every game this season, combining for 27 caused turnovers and 57 ground balls.

• Brian Tevlin and Jack Simmons have played major minutes in the midfield, as Simmons has 13 goals and nine assists while Tevlin has 10 goals and four assists while adding 33 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.

• Tevlin has also traded his short stick in for a long stick on the Irish man-down unit at times this season.


In 12 wins on the season, the Irish have handed opponents their worst loss of the season in nine of them:

• Marquette – 21-10 (11 goals)

• Cleveland St. – 18-8 (10)

• Georgetown – 15-8 (7)

• Ohio St. – 16-3 (13)

• Michigan – 18-8 (10)

• Syracuse – 20-12 (8)

• Duke – 17-12 (5)

• UNC – 18-9 (9)

• Utah – 20-7 (13)


• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as an attackman.

• The two brothers have combined for 131 points this season, Pat totaling 73 (23G, 50A) and Chris recording 58 (43G, 15A).

• Chris and Pat became the first set of ND teammates to each record eight or more points in the same game in program history, each posting eight, in the win over Cleveland State.

• The brothers have linked up on 27 goals during their career, with one assisting the other’s goal.

• Pat led the team during the 2022 season in points (64) and assists (39). He was second in goals (24), caused turnovers (12) and ground balls (39) while Chris was second in points (33) and assists (11) while tied for third in goals (22).

• Pat broke his own single-season assist record for the second time, as he became the first player to reach 50 assists in a season in ND history.

• Pat owns the single-game points record at ND, recording 10 points in a game three times in his career, twice against Syracuse and this season again against Michigan.

• The brothers also excel in the ground ball aspect of the game, combining for 70 on the season.


• The Irish set or matched a number of postseason program records in the 20-7 opening round win over Utah.

• Notre Dame’s 20 goals were the most the team has ever scored in an NCAA Tournament game and the 13-goal win marked the largest margin of victory for NCAA action.

• Jake Taylor tied the program record for goals in an NCAA Tourney game with five.

•  Pat Kavanagh tied two NCAA postseason ND records, as he finished with seven points and four assists.


• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 340-174 in his 37 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 330-159 in his 35 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.


DURHAM, NC – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-23, 15-15 ACC) will face the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship and No. 1 team in the country, Wake Forest (46-9, 22-7 ACC). The Irish are set to play the Demon Deacons on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Notre Dame Takes on Top-Seeded Wake Forest

The Irish went 1-2 against Wake Forest in mid-March, as Notre Dame delivered the first home loss to the Demon Deacons this season.

After falling in the first two games in a doubleheader, the Irish held the Demon Deacons to just four hits in the final game as they won game three in a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest on their home turf.

The Irish head into the matchup with Vinny Martinez leading the way with a .307 batting average, followed by Zack Prajzner who is hitting at a clip of .304.

Prajzner has tallied a team best 62 hits and 43 runs and is leading the team with 15 doubles.

Carter Putz leads the Irish with 41 RBI this season. Putz has recorded 59 hits, 14 doubles, and eight home runs.

Jack Penney and Vinny Martinez are leading the team with 10 home runs a piece.

Irish Face Pitt in Game One of ACC Tournament

The No. 8 seed Irish (30-22, 15-15 ACC) are in Pool A where they’ll open up tournament play with No. 12 seed Pitt (23-30, 10-18). The Irish are set to play on Wednesday, May 24 at 11 AM.

Notre Dame fell 9-5 in game one of tournament to the Pitt Panthers on Wednesday, May 24.

The Fighting Irish finished game one with a strong offensive outing, recording 15 hits on the day. The Irish were led by TJ Williams and Carter Putz who each finished 3-5 at the plate. Zack Prajzner, Vinny Martinez, and Brooks Coetzee each recorded two hits a piece for the Irish.

The Irish won the regular-season series over the Panthers on the road in early April, taking game one 10-8 and game two 11-2 before falling to Pitt in the final game 9-5.

The Irish posted an early 6-0 lead in the first inning of game one as Danny Neri capped off the inning with a three-run bomb to right field.

Jack Penney, Zack Prajzner, and Danny Neri each recorded home runs in the game one win.

Blake Hely started on the mound for the Irish, recording five strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched, with Will Mercer also seeing action in game one where he recorded five strikeouts across just 2.0 innings pitched.

Notre Dame won game two 11-2, with doubles coming from Zack Prajzner, Nick Juiare, and TJ Williams. Danny Neri was also walked five times, scoring a team-high three runs in the second win over the Panthers. Jackson Dennies recorded six strikeouts through 4.2 innings pitched for the Irish.

While the Irish took the series, they were unable to complete the sweep as they fell to the Panthers 9-5 in the final game of the series.

Tyrell Earns All-ACC Honors

Notre Dame graduate student Aidan Tyrell was named to the All-ACC Second Team for his first all-conference honor of his career.

The lefty is third in the ACC with a 2.74 ERA through 15 appearances and 65.2 innings pitched.

He has given up just 20 earned runs this season, which is second only to the 2023 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Rhett Lowder from Wake Forest.

He is fourth in the conference with eight wins so far this season, securing an 8-2 record on the mound with five starts on the year.

Tyrell is holding opposing players to a .230 batting average, which is sixth best in the ACC.

Tyrell has given up one run or fewer in 8 of his 15 appearances. The graduate student has also recorded at least four strikeouts in eight of his appearances.

He has struck out 57 batters so far this season, tallying a career-high eight strikeouts across 6.0 innings in the win over No. 8 Virginia this year.

Final ACC Series of the Season is Set in Boston

What a week for the Irish – Wrigley Field on Tuesday and Fenway Park on Friday last week as Notre Dame played at both parks for the first time in program history.

The Irish were one of just three teams in the country to play at both parks this season, alongside only the Cardinals and Mariners.

The Irish took game one of the series on Thursday, May 18, as Notre Dame tallied five doubles in the 5-1 win.

Notre Dame finished game one with 10 hits on the day, with TJ Williams, Vinny Martinez, and Casey Kmet leading the way with two hits a piece for the Irish.

Aidan Tyrell took home his eighth win of the season as he pitched 6.0 innings, recorded six strikeouts, and gave up just one run on six hits.

Radek Birkholz closed for Notre Dame, pitching 3.0 innings with two strikeouts and allowing no runs on two hits.

The Irish fell in both games on the doubleheader on Friday, dropping their final ACC series to No. 22 Boston College.

The Irish fell 7-2 in the first game of the day at Boston College and fell 8-4 in the second game of the day at Fenway.

Irish Play Northwestern at Wrigley Field

For the first time in program history, the Fighting Irish took the field at the historic  Wrigley Field to take on Northwestern for the second time this season.

The Irish fell in their second 11 inning game of the season, falling 8-7 in extra innings as the Wildcats scored their final run on a groundball to third with bases loaded.

Brooks Coetzee recorded his third home run of the season as he crushed it to deep left center field at Wrigley field for a two-run home run for the Irish in the second inning.

Ryan Lynch would take the mound in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side. Lynch recorded six strikeouts across just 2.0 innings pitched.

Will Mercer would face four batters, striking out three of them to take the Irish into the eleventh. Mercer would finish the day with six strikeouts across just 2.2 innings pitched.

Notre Dame Hosted Akron in Final Home Series of the Season

The Fighting Irish close out their final home series of the year with sweep against the Akron Zips, taking home the final win of the year at Frank Eck Stadium on Degree Day.

The Irish took home game one 5-2 before taking the series with a 5-4 victory over the Zips in the second game.

RHP Blake Hely recorded a season-high nine strikeouts across just 5.0 innings pitched in the game two win.

Notre Dame closed the series with a 2-1 win, taking home the final game in abnormal fashion. Tied in the bottom of the ninth, Brady Gumpf singled, Nick DeMarco walked, and Estevan Moreno also singled. TJ Williams stepped up to the plate and was hit by a pitch to score the final run for the Irish’s second walk-off HBP of the season.

Irish Fall to NC State

Notre Dame took game one of the three game series against NC State, as they defeated the Wolfpack in the first game on Thursday, May 4.

Taking home the 9-7 win in game one, Vinny Martinez led the Irish with three hits and three RBI, followed by Williams, Prajzner, Putz, and Moreno, who tallied two hits a piece.

This was Martinez’s third game in a row where he recorded a home run as his 10th homer of the season gave the Irish the 9-7 lead and eventual game one victory.

The Irish fell in game two 5-1 and game three 6-1.

Florida State at Frank Eck Stadium

The Irish took home their fourth conference series win as they took down the Seminoles last weekend. After falling 3-2 to FSU in game one on Friday night, the Irish dominated game two 12-2 and completed the series win with a 12-8 win in game three.

The Irish tallied 27 hits between games two and three as they were led by Brooks Coetzee with five hits on the weekend, followed by Brady Gumpf, Vinny Martinez, Carter Putz, and Zack Prajzner, who finished with four hits a piece.

Coetzee finished the weekend with three doubles and his second home run of the year, as well as drove in eight runs for the Irish.

Brady Gumpf went 4-6 at the plate, batting .667 on the series.

Putz had a big day in the final game of the series as he finished the day 3-5, recording four RBI, scoring three runs, and homering twice in the 12-8 win.

Blake Hely started on the mound in game two, advancing to 3-1 on the year as he pitched 7.0 innings, striking out eight batters, and giving up just two runs on five hits.

Irish Take on MSU for the Second Time This Season

The Irish fell to the Spartans for the second time this season on Tuesday, April 25 in East Lansing.

Tied at 5-5 in the sixth, Michigan State recorded a six-run inning in the seventh to take the lead 11-5. The Spartans would tack on one more run in the bottom of the eighth to take the win 12-5.

Carter Putz and Brady Gumpf led the Irish with two hits a piece and DM Jefferson recorded his first triple of the season.

The Irish fell to Michigan State in their first extra-inning game of the season at Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday, April 11 in the first Irish-MSU matchup of the season.

TJ Williams went 3-4 on the day, recording four RBI and his third home run of the year. Zack Prajzner finished the day with two hits as he tallied homer number four of the season.

Falling 7-6 after a Spartan home run in the top of the 11th, the Irish were unable to get the offense rolling in the bottom frame and dropped their first midweek of the season.

Notre Dame Sweeps No. 8 Virginia

The Irish notched their first sweep of the season as they downed No. 8 Virginia at Frank Eck Stadium April 21-23, playing in their fifth doubleheader of the season.

The Irish recorded six home runs in the first win of the series on Friday night as Estevan Moreno led the way with three homers for the Irish. Jack Penney, DM Jefferson, and Brady Gumpf each recorded a home run as well in the 10-7 victory. Penney leads the Irish with nine home runs on the season.

Jefferson’s long ball was the first home run of his career as Gumpf tallied his first homer of the 2023 season.

The Irish finished with a season-high 17 hits in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday, April 23 as they took home the series with a 10-2 win.

Jack Penney led the Irish with four hits, followed by Zack Prajzner and DM Jefferson who recorded three hits a piece. Carter Putz and Vinny Martinez finished with two hits, while TJ Williams, Danny Neri, and Estevan Moreno each finished with one hit in the win.

The Irish capped off their weekend sweep with a 5-4 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.

Blake Hely finished with a season-high 7.1 innings pitched and season-high eight strikeouts as he took home his second win of the season in the final game.

Vinny Martinez batted .700 in the series against No. 8 Virginia, finishing the weekend with seven hits, six RBI, three runs, two doubles, and one home run.

Valparaiso and Western Michigan Come to Frank Eck

The Irish defeated Valparaiso and Western Michigan in their home midweeks to advance to 8-4 at home.

Winning 7-3 over Valpo, the Irish were led by Vinny Martinez who finished the day with two home runs. He also recorded three hits, three runs, and two RBI.

The Irish defeated Western Michigan 2-1 on Wednesday at home as they were led by TJ Williams, who finished with two hits, including a double to left center field.

Irish Travel to Clemson

Notre Dame took game one of the three-game series at Clemson as the Irish offense was hot to start the series, recording 11 hits while winning 10-4 on Friday.

The 10-4 victory was sparked by a big third inning as Notre Dame picked up their eighth ACC win of the year.

Jack Penney and Brooks Coetzee each recorded three hits a piece in the win with Coetzee also recording three RBI and Penney recording two runs.

TJ Williams also tallied his fourth home run of the year in the fifth inning for a two-run home run that extended the lead 8-2.

The Irish fell 5-1 in game two on Saturday and 6-4 in game three on Sunday.

The Irish are now 8-10 in the ACC after dropping the Clemson series on the road.

Michigan State Matchup at Frank Eck

The Irish fell to Michigan State in their first extra-inning game of the season at Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday, April 11.

TJ Williams went 3-4 on the day, recording four RBI and his third home run of the year. Zack Prajzner finished the day with two hits as he tallied homer number four of the season.

Falling 7-6 after a Spartan home run in the top of the 11th, the Irish were unable to get the offense rolling in the bottom frame and dropped their first midweek of the season.

Conference Play Resumes at Pitt

The Irish took the series at Pitt after winning games one and two on Thursday and Friday. After winning 10-8 in game one, the Irish took game two 11-2 after a big offensive frame in the ninth.

The Irish fell short of the sweep as they dropped Sunday’s game 9-5 against the Panthers.

A six-run first inning gave the Irish an early advantage in game one as Danny Neri capped off the scoring frenzy with his fourth home run of the year in the top of the first.

Jack Penney led off the second with his seventh home run of the season as he homered to right center to tack on another run for Notre Dame and make it a score of 7-2.

The Panthers were able to close the gap to 10-8 with just one out in the bottom of the ninth as Sammy Cooper would come in to close for the Irish.

Pitt chopped a ground ball to Penney at third who turned a double play to preserve the Irish lead. Cooper picked up his second save of the season as Notre Dame took home the 10-8 victory to open the series.

Jackson Dennies started on the mound in game two and finished the day pitching 4.2 innings, recording six strikeouts, and allowing no runs and just one hit.

Leading 4-1 heading into the top of the ninth, the Irish offense dominated in the final inning scoring seven runs off of six hits in the frame to go on and take the 11-2 win.

Irish Take on Northwestern

The Irish are now five-for-five in midweek matchups as they defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 12-0 on Tuesday, April 4 at Frank Eck.

Notre Dame is now 6-3 after their second shutout win of the season.

Jack Penney recorded his sixth homerun of the year in the bottom of the seventh and Joey Spence would record his first career home run in the bottom of the eight for a two-run homerun to extend the Irish lead 12-0 heading into the ninth.

The Irish will face the Wildcats again on the road on Tuesday, May 16.

UNC Heads to South Bend for Another ACC Series

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-11) dropped the three-game series at Frank Eck as they fell to No. 13 North Carolina (20-8) in games one and two of the series.

Looking for redemption after a tough loss to the Tar Heels on Friday night, the Irish fell 5-2 in the first game of day, but were able to take home the final game in a 9-1 victory on the home turf.

Jackson Dennies recorded a career-high seven strikeouts across 4.2 innings in the game three win. He also allowed just two hits, while giving up no runs and walking no batters.

Vinny Martinez had himself a weekend at the plate, recording five hits and five runs on the weekend, as well as three home runs and seven RBI.

Midweek Matchup at Frank Eck Against Butler

The Irish are 4-for-4 in their midweek matchups so far this season, with two neutral site wins over Saint Joseph’s in Holly Springs, a win over Valpo in the 2023 home opener, and a 4-0 win over Butler at Frank Eck.

Jackson Dennies started on the mound as he recorded a career-high six strikeouts across a career-high four innings pitched.

Irish Make History in Series Win Over No. 2 Louisville

The Notre Dame Fighting (12-9) Irish defeated the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals (19-4) in a historic fashion, taking the first game of the series on Friday, March 24 and the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday, March 26.

The 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon clinched the first-ever home series win over Louisville in program history. After falling 2-1 in the second game of the doubleheader, the Irish are now 4-5 in conference.

In game one, Notre Dame trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth.

The Irish held Louisville scoreless in the top of the inning, while the Irish offense really started to get hot in the bottom of the frame. The Irish led off with singles from DM Jefferson and TJ Williams, and a sac bunt from Jack Penney would put runners on second and third for Notre Dame.

Zack Prajzner scored both as he doubled down the left field line to add two Irish runs to the board and make it an even 2-2 ballgame. Zyska followed with a double of his own as he sent it to the wall in the left field gap to score Prajzner and take the lead 3-2.

The Cardinals would score another run in the top of the sixth to tie it up at 3-3.

The Irish immediately responded as Estevan Moreno ripped a home run to deep left, his second of the season, to put the Irish back on top at 4-3 and lead them to eventual 4-3 victory to take game one.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals would put their first run of the day on the board on the first pitch of the game as they opened up with a home run to right field to take an early 1-0 lead. And after leading off the top of the fifth with another home run, Louisville led 3-0.

Notre Dame wasn’t going anywhere, as the Irish bats started to get hot in the fifth. Notre Dame would score all five of their runs in the bottom of the inning. The Irish’s five runs would come off of just three three hits, all of which were home runs. Jack Penney would hit the first homer, followed by back-to-back home runs from Carter Putz and Brooks Coetzee.

The five-run inning lifted the Irish to a 5-4 win to clinch the series win over the Cardinals.

Notre Dame Opens up at Home Against Valparaiso

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took down the Beacons in the 106th matchup between Valpo and Notre Dame as the Irish lead the overall series 86-21 with the very first game taking place on May 14, 1918.

The Irish defeated Valpo in a 8-4 victory in their home opener on Tuesday, March 21 at Frank Eck.

Both graduate students, Zack Prajzner and Jack Zyska both recorded their first home runs of the season in Tuesday’s win. Prajzner’s homer to left field came in the bottom of the third and Zyska followed with his left field home run in the bottom of the fourth.

David Lally Jr. made his second career start on the mound, throwing 2.1 innings before he was relieved in the third inning by Carter Bosch.  Bosch recorded a season-high six strikeouts across 3.2 innings and gave up no runs while allowing only two hits. Sammy Cooper came in to close in the top of the seventh, taking home his second win of the season.

Irish Resume Conference Play at No. 4 Wake Forest

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished the series 2-1 at no. 4 Wake Forest last weekend after falling in both doubleheader games on Saturday, but taking home Sunday’s game in a 3-1 victory.

The Irish are now 9-8 on the year and 2-4 in the ACC after the road series.

Due to Friday’s game being postponed for inclement weather, the Irish and Demon Deacons played a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18.

Wake Forest took game one 4-1 and game two 12-3.

Jackson Dennies started on the mound for the Irish in game one, finishing the day with three strikeouts while allowing two runs and five hits across 3.2 innings pitched.

Aidan Tyrell came in relief with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, throwing 3.1 innings, recording four strikeouts, and giving up just one run and one hit.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third, Danny Neri led off for the Irish with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a sac bunt from TJ Williams. Estevan Moreno followed with his first hit of the day as he singled through the left side to score Neri for Notre Dame’s only run of the game

The Irish struggled to score in game two on Saturday. Trailing 12-1 heading into the top of the ninth, Connor Hincks singled to center field for his first career hit and was sent home on a two-run home run from Tony Lindwedel. Lindwedel’s first career home run would close the gap to 12-3 as Wake Forest took home the second game of the series.

Wake Forest was undefeated 14-0 at home so far this season until Notre Dame took game three with a score of 3-1.

The Irish offense sparked in the top of the second with a double to right center from Carter Putz, who scored after Jack Zyska hit a single to left field.

The Irish posted an early 1-0 lead, while Findlay continued to shut down the Demon Deacons from the mound as he closed the first two innings with three strikeouts.

DM Jefferson started the third with a lead-off single to center field and advanced to second on a passed ball with TJ Williams up to bat. Jefferson was able to score and tack on another run for the Irish as an RBI single from Brooks Coetzee brought Jefferson home for the 2-0 lead.

Coetzee led off the sixth with a double to right center field, which was followed by a walk from Putz. With runners on first and second and Jack Penney up to bat, Coetzee was able to steal third on a wild pitch. Penney reached on a fielder’s choice, recording an RBI as Coetzee ran home to give the Irish a 3-0 edge heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Findlay recorded his 10th strikeout of the day before he was relieved by Blake Hely with two outs in the sixth. Findlay absolutely dominated from the mound, throwing 10 strikes across 5.2 innings and allowing just two hits and no runs.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Connor Fenlong continued his recent stretch of domination with his fourth complete game shutout over his last six starts and the top-seeded Indiana State offense exploded for 10 runs over eight innings as the Sycamores topped No. 7 Belmont on Thursday afternoon at Bob Warn Field, 10-0.

Fenlong (10-2) has not allowed an earned run dating back to April 29 against Evansville, a span of 30.0 innings, and posted his third complete game shutout in May as the redshirt senior scattered five Belmont (27-33) singles in the win. The Gouverneur, N.Y. native allowed just one runner in scoring position while tying his career-high with eight strikeouts in his second win over the Bruins in 2023.

Fenlong became the first Indiana State (40-14) pitcher to post a complete game shutout in the MVC Tournament since May 22, 2013, when Devin Moore shut down Southern Illinois, 5-0, at Duffy Bass Field. He also became the first ISU pitcher to record at least four complete game shutouts in the same season since Jim Ridenour recorded five back in 1977.

The pitching brilliance on the mound was matched by the offensive attack at the plate. Four Sycamores posted multi-hit games paced by Miguel Rivera’s 3-for-5 day at the plate, while Parker Stinson homered in Indiana State’s second run-rule win of 2023. Luis Hernandez, Rivera, and Mike Sears all doubled in the win.

ISU took the lead on Sears’ second inning double to the left center wall scoring Rivera. The Sycamores seized control of the game with a four-run fifth inning capped by Rivera’s two-run single, while Stinson capped the game with a two-run blast over the right field wall in the top of the eighth.

Fenlong and the Sycamore defense were on point throughout the game limiting Belmont’s opportunities to come back in the game. The redshirt senior struck out the side in the third inning, picked off a runner in the fifth, and added two more strikeouts in the sixth to keep the Bruins at bay.

The defense was nearly Fenlong’s equal in the game with ISU turning a key double play in the bottom of the seventh. Rivera ended the game as the first baseman ran into the padded wall near the dugout in foul territory to corral the final pop-up of the game.

Brodey Heaton led Belmont’s offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Joe Ruzicka (1-4) took the loss allowing five hits and four runs over 4.1 innings. Caleb Guisewhite and Jake Timbes went the remaining 3.2 innings to close out the game.

How They Scored

Mike Sears connected on a one-out RBI double to the wall in left center scoring Miguel Rivera from first base as Indiana State took the early 1-0 lead over the Bruins in the top of the second.

The Sycamores sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth inning with Luis Hernandez (RBI double) and Miguel Rivera (two-run single) highlighting a four-run rally to give Indiana State the 5-0 lead.

The lead hit 8-0 as the Sycamores added three runs in the top of the seventh. Grant Magill drew a bases-loaded walk to open the scoring, while Randal Diaz (RBI single) and Josue Urdaneta (RBI groundout) capped the three-run inning.

Parker Stinson capped the scoring with a two-run home run into the wind and over the right field wall scoring Keegan Watson in the top of the eighth inning to give ISU the 10-0 lead.

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Indiana State has won at least two games in the MVC Tournament in five of the last six seasons following Thursday afternoon’s victory over Belmont.

2023 marks the 11th time Indiana State has started the conference tournament with back-to-back wins and first since the Sycamores won their first two games back in the 2021 season.

ISU’s 10-0 win over Belmont came in the two teams’ first postseason competition against each other.

Indiana State improved to 4-0 against Belmont in 2023 with the win. ISU swept the Bruins in the weekend series in Nashville back on April 14-16.

Indiana State’s 40 wins marked the 12th time in program history ISU has hit the 40-win mark and first since 2019.

Thursday’s win over Belmont marked ISU’s 17th win at Bob Warn Field in 2023. ISU last won at least 17 games in Terre Haute back in the 2015 season.

Connor Fenlong posted his fourth complete game shutout over his last six starts and has not allowed an earned run over his last 30.0 innings on the mound dating back to April 29 at Evansville.

Fenlong’s four complete game shutouts are the most by a pitcher in the NCAA Division I this season.

His four complete game shutouts put him in a three-way tie for the third-most in the MVC in a single season dating back to 1977. He currently is tied with Wichita State’s Erik Sonberg (1983) and Don Heinkel (1982) and two back of MVC record-holder Bryan Oelkers (Wichita State, 1982).

Fenlong sits one complete game shutout this season behind ISU’s all-time single season mark trailing just Jim Ridenour (5, 1977).

The 2023 MVC Pitcher of the Year lowered his season ERA to 3.24 over 100.0 innings pitched.

Fenlong’s eight strikeouts tied his previous career-high set back on March 12 at Memphis.

Fenlong’s postseason complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon marked ISU’s first CG shutout in the MVC Tournament since Devin Moore went the distance in a 5-0 shutout over Southern Illinois back on May 22, 2013.

Fenlong becomes the first Indiana State pitcher with 10 wins in a single season since Geremy Guerreo picked up 11 in 2021.

Miguel Rivera recorded his first three-hit game of 2023 and second of his collegiate career. It tied his previous career-high three-hit game set back at Elon on March 1, 2020.

Adam Pottinger reached base safely three times in Thursday afternoon’s game to run his on-base streak to 30 consecutive games. His on-base streak is the second-longest in the Mitch Hannahs coaching era trailing only Romero Harris (31, 2018).

Indiana State was hit by three more pitches in Thursday afternoon’s game giving the Sycamores 103 in the team statistic for the season. It marks the third-most by an ISU team since 2012 (104) and trails only the 105 times the Sycamores were hit back in 2018.

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No. 1 Indiana State will take on the winner of Thursday night’s game between No. 4 Evansville/No. 5 Murray State. The teams are scheduled to play on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on 105.5 The Legend and ESPN+.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville’s seventh-inning magic in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament continued on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off No. 5 Murray State, 3-2, at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“I’m just really proud of the fight and grit that we showed tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “It really started on the mound, as Donovan Schultz was outstanding tonight, and locked in from the start.  And, then our bats were able to come alive in the seventh inning, and Michael Parks shut it down from there.

“A great win tonight against a very good Murray State offense.  Let’s keep it going tomorrow against a very, very good team in Indiana State.”

Schultz (6-5) was sharp from the start, allowing just a single base-runner through the first three innings.  Murray State would score two runs off of Schultz in the sixth inning on an RBI single by shortstop Drew Vogel and an RBI ground-out by outfielder Carson Garner.  On the ground out by Garner, UE junior shortstop Simon Scherry robbed him of a base hit with a full-extension dive on a sharply hit ball up the middle, and then he recovered in time to throw out Garner by a half-step.  It proved to be a key moment in the game, as Murray State would take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, before Evansville would finally get to starter Bryce Valero.

Valero held UE to just two hits through the first six innings, but UE senior outfielder Mark Shallenberger opened the seventh inning with a single to center field.  Scherry would then rope an RBI triple to the wall in left-center field to score Shallenberger and cut the Murray State lead to 2-1.

Sophomore catcher Evan Waggoner greeted reliever Nathan Holler (2-2) with a walk.  Then, after a ground out put two runners in scoring position, UE senior third baseman Brent Widder came through with an RBI single through the left-side to tie the game at 2-2.  Then, with runners on the corners and one-out, Holler threw the ball away on an attempted pick-off to score Waggoner and give UE a 3-2 lead.

UE graduate reliever Michael Parks would come on out of the bullpen and workless a pair of scoreless innings to nail down his second save of the year and send UE to 2-0 in the MVC Tournament.  Combined, Schultz and Parks allowed just five hits – all singles – with nine strikeouts and only one walk.

Scherry led UE offensively by going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and an RBI.  Graduate outfielder Eric Roberts also went 1-for-3 with his 20th stolen base of the year to make history, as he became the first Purple Ace to ever record 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases in the same season.  He is also just the second MVC player to reach the 20-20 plateau since 1991.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 35-22 overall.  The Purple Aces will now face top-seeded and nationally-ranked Indiana State (40-14 overall) on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. central time.  Every game of the MVC Tournament can be seen live on ESPN+, with every UE game also being available in the Tri-State area on the radio on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.


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American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3715.71224 – 513 – 1013 – 89 – 14 – 26 – 4W 2
Baltimore3317.660315 – 818 – 911 – 710 – 37 – 47 – 3W 2
NY Yankees3022.577717 – 1213 – 1010 – 107 – 66 – 47 – 3L 2
Boston2624.5201015 – 1111 – 137 – 77 – 25 – 54 – 6L 4
Toronto2625.51010.513 – 913 – 166 – 158 – 25 – 42 – 8L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota2624.52015 – 1011 – 145 – 510 – 63 – 34 – 6W 1
Detroit2325.479211 – 1012 – 152 – 147 – 33 – 36 – 4W 2
Cleveland2128.4294.510 – 1411 – 143 – 66 – 98 – 53 – 7L 2
Chi White Sox2131.404612 – 139 – 182 – 1111 – 93 – 47 – 3L 1
Kansas City1536.29411.57 – 198 – 172 – 55 – 123 – 93 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas3118.63316 – 815 – 104 – 35 – 111 – 57 – 3W 2
Houston2821.571314 – 1114 – 104 – 26 – 77 – 58 – 2L 2
LA Angels2823.549415 – 1013 – 138 – 95 – 49 – 77 – 3W 4
Seattle2624.5205.514 – 1212 – 122 – 45 – 511 – 56 – 4W 4
Oakland1042.19222.55 – 205 – 221 – 93 – 34 – 201 – 9L 8
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta3119.62014 – 1217 – 711 – 36 – 04 – 66 – 4W 2
NY Mets2625.5105.512 – 914 – 169 – 82 – 77 – 66 – 4W 1
Miami2526.4906.514 – 1111 – 158 – 125 – 48 – 85 – 5L 1
Philadelphia2327.460814 – 109 – 171 – 36 – 46 – 103 – 7L 1
Washington2129.4201011 – 1710 – 125 – 84 – 36 – 74 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2723.54015 – 1012 – 133 – 05 – 46 – 114 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh2524.5101.512 – 1313 – 112 – 17 – 47 – 54 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs2227.4494.513 – 129 – 156 – 103 – 55 – 53 – 7L 1
St. Louis2329.442511 – 1512 – 140 – 39 – 87 – 106 – 4W 1
Cincinnati2129.420614 – 147 – 157 – 95 – 82 – 43 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers3120.60817 – 714 – 136 – 311 – 912 – 75 – 5L 1
Arizona2921.5801.514 – 1015 – 116 – 66 – 312 – 97 – 3L 1
San Francisco2525.5005.515 – 1110 – 149 – 76 – 22 – 78 – 2W 1
San Diego2327.4607.512 – 1511 – 127 – 64 – 69 – 94 – 6W 1
Colorado2229.431913 – 139 – 169 – 98 – 73 – 65 – 5W 1


1916      In Boston, Giants outfielder Benny Kauff is picked off first base three times by Lefty Tyler. The center fielder’s miscues don’t hurt the team when New York reels off its 14th consecutive road victory, beating the Braves, 12-1.

1925      In Chicago, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb becomes the first player to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit’s 8-1 win over the White Sox. The ‘Georgia Peach,’ who surpassed Honus Wagner’s record of 993 earlier in the season, will finish his 24-year major league career with 1,139.

1929      Coming off the bench, Giants’ Pat Crawford and Les Bell of the Braves blast grand slams in consecutive innings, marking the first time two pinch-hit four-run homers occur in the same game. Crawford goes yard off Socks Seibold in the sixth inning, and Bell takes Carl Hubbell long in the seventh in New York’s 15-8 victory over Boston in the Polo Grounds.

1930      During the nightcap of a twin bill, Joe Sewell strikes out twice against White Sox southpaw Pat Caraway in Cleveland’s 5-2 victory over Chicago. This season, the Indians’ infielder will be fanned only three times in his 353 at-bats.

1937      Cleveland’s Billy Sullivan and Bruce Campbell both homer as pinch-hitters, marking the first time two batters on the same team hit round-trippers coming off the bench in an American League game. Their home run heroics prove to be the difference when the Indians beat the A’s at Shibe Park, 8-6.

1947      The largest crowd ever to attend a single game in baseball history occurs when 74,747 fans watch the Yankees beat Boston, 9-3, in a Monday evening tilt at the Bronx ballpark. The previous mark was set in 1932 at Cleveland’s spacious Municipal Stadium with a Sunday afternoon game attracting 73,592 patrons to witness Philadelphia’s 1-0 victory over the hometown Indians, a contest that takes only an hour and fifty minutes to complete.

1953      Six years after Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut, the Cardinals sign their first black player when Fresno State College slugger Len Tucker agrees to a $3,000 professional contract. The 23-year-old speedy outfielder plays exceptionally well in the minors for Peoria, Saskatoon, and Modesto but never gets called up to St. Louis.

1956      Reds starter John Klippstein, Hershell Freeman, and Joe Black combine to hurl 9.2 innings of hitless ball in a losing effort to Milwaukee. Frank Torre’s 11th inning walk-off single scoring Hank Aaron is the difference in the 2-1 defeat at County Stadium.

1957      Cubs rookie Dick Drott establishes a franchise record when he strikes out 15 batters en route to a complete-game victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The 20-year-old right-hander’s mark, accomplished in his seventh major league start, will be matched by Burt Hooton (1971) and Rick Sutcliffe (1984) and will remain the standard for a nine-inning game until Kerry Wood’s 20-K performance in 1998.

1959      At Comiskey Park, another of Bill Veeck’s stunts features the return of 3-feet 7-inch Eddie Gaedel along with three other little people. Arriving by helicopter, the quartet, dressed as Martians, greets Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio near second base, giving the diminutive infielders toy ray guns, helping the keystone combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.

1959      Pirates’ hurler Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings but loses 1-0 to the Braves in the 13th inning. The heart-breaking winning run scores on a Don Hoak error, a sacrifice, a walk, and a two-bagger by Joe Adcock.

1959      The Yankees deal Jerry Lumpe, Tom Sturdivant, and right-hander Johnny Kucks to the A’s in exchange for Hector Lopez and Ralph Terry. In three years, Terry will become the second Bronx Bomber hurler to pitch a shutout in the seventh game of a World Series, with the departed Kucks being the first in franchise history to blank opponents in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

1964      In front of a meager crowd of 2,503 fans at Wrigley Field, the visiting Mets set a franchise record for runs scored when the team pummels the Cubs, 19-1. New York’s 25-year-old first baseman Dick Smith, batting leadoff, becomes the first player in franchise history to get five hits in a game, nearly twenty percent of his season total of 21 when he collects a double, a triple, and three singles.

1976      Ken Brett’s no-hit bid ends with two outs in the ninth when White Sox third baseman Jorge Orta hopes Jerry Remy’s slow roller will go foul. The ball stays fair, and the no-hitter is lost, but the southpaw, who tosses ten innings of two-hit ball, gets the victory when the Pale Hose beat California in the 11th, 1-0.

1984      Pitching two-thirds of an inning of relief to finish the seventh inning, Paul Splittorff gets credit for the win when the Royals come back to beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 11-7. The decision marks the southpaw’s 166th and last victory of his 15-year career, all with Kansas City, the most in franchise history.

1990      Don Baylor, who will be the only Angel to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award [1979] until Mike Trout cops the honor in 2014, is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. The seasoned veteran averaged 23 home runs and 87 RBI while batting .262 in six seasons for the California team.

1990      The Phillies retire Mike Schmidt’s uniform #20, honoring the third baseman who played his 18-year Hall of Fame career with Philadelphia. During his tenure with the team. At the time of his retirement in 1989, the 12-time All-Star was the Phillies’ all-time leader in games played, at-bats, plate appearances, runs scored, home runs, RBI, walks, and total bases.

1993      Carlos Martinez hits a fly ball to Jose Canseco that caroms off the Ranger outfielder’s head over the fence for a home run. The fourth inning solo homer proves to be the difference when the Indians edge Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 7-6.

1996      Bobby Chouinard becomes the first player from Manila to appear in a major league game. The A’s hurler pitches five innings, giving up eight hits and five earned runs in a 6-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards.

1997      Carlos Martinez hits a fly ball to Jose Canseco that caroms off the Ranger outfielder’s head over the fence for a home run. The fourth inning solo homer proves to be the difference when the Indians edge Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 7-6.

1997      For the first time in twenty years, two inside-the-park homers are hit in the same inning when Sammy Sosa of the Cubs and the Pirates infielder Tony Womack both circle the bases for round-trippers five minutes apart in the sixth frame of the Cubs’ 2-1 victory at Three Rivers Stadium. Ranger teammates Bump Wills and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches at Yankee Stadium in 1977.

2000      At Yankee Stadium, the game against Boston stops when a fan falls from the upper deck, remaining motionless for five minutes on the screen behind home plate. The 24-year-old man suddenly sits up, raises both arms high, and is promptly arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

2002      Royals reliever Cory Bailey becomes the first pitcher in a dozen years to win both ends of a doubleheader when the team sweeps the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium, 7-5 and 9-8. In 1989, David Wells accomplished the feat for the Blue Jays in a twin bill against the Angels.

2004      In the Pirates’ 11-8 win over St. Louis at Busch Stadium, Daryle Ward hits for the cycle, collecting a two-run double in the first, a run-scoring triple in the fourth, a three-run homer in the fifth, and a single in the ninth. The Pirates’ first baseman and his dad Gary become the first father-son combination in major league history to hit for the cycle. The elder Ward accomplished the feat 24 years ago with Minnesota.

2006      Brandon Webb becomes the first Diamondback to start the season 8-0. The 27-year-old right-hander, who signed a $19.5 million, four-year contract in the offseason, beats the Reds at Great American Ball Park, 3-0, for his second consecutive shutout.

2006      Derek Jeter, with a dribbler up the third-base line for an infield single off KC’s Scott Elarton, becomes the eighth player in Yankee history to collect 2,000 career hits. The 31-year-old shortstop joins Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Don Mattingly, Babe Ruth, and Bernie Williams in reaching the milestone.

2008      At Citizens Bank Park, Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley homers and drives in six runs in the 20-5 rout of the Rockies. Philadelphia bats around three times, including two six-run innings, during their 19-hit attack against Colorado.

2011      Tossing a scoreless 19th inning in the Phillies’ 5-4 win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park, Wilson Valdez becomes the first position player to record a major league victory since Brent Mayne accomplished the feat in 2000 with Colorado. The 33-year-old second baseman also became the first person to start as a fielder and then be credited with the win as a pitcher since Babe Ruth took the mound on October 1, 1921, after starting the game in left field.

2016      Hall of Famer Wade Boggs became the tenth Red Sox player to have his number retired. The third baseman’s #26 joins 1 (Bobby Doerr), 4 (Joe Cronin), 6 (Johnny Pesky), 8 (Carl Yastrzemski), 9 (Ted Williams), 14 (Jim Rice), 27 (Carlton Fisk), 45 (Pedro Martinez), and 42 (Jackie Robinson) on Fenway’s historic right-field facade.


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