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Warriors beat Mavericks 120-110 to return to NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) As the clock ticked down the final seconds, Klay Thompson began dancing on the sideline before nearly being moved to tears during a celebration with his teammates.

After two major surgeries and two years of grueling rehabilitation, Thompson is rounding back into form and shot the Golden State Warriors back into the NBA Finals.

Thompson shimmied his way to 32 points and the Warriors advanced to their sixth finals in the past eight seasons by beating the Dallas Mavericks 120-110 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

“It’s hard to put into words really,” Thompson said. “This time last year, I was just starting to jog again and get up and down the court. Now to be feeling like myself, feeling explosive, feeling sure in my movements, I’m just grateful.”

Thompson tore his left ACL during a season-ending Game 6 loss in the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto and then tore his right Achilles’ tendon just before the start of the 2020-21 season. After Golden State missed the postseason in both seasons he was sidelined, Thompson finally returned to action in January.

The performance against the Mavericks showed he is getting close to returning to his old level of stardom.

Thompson scored 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that he punctuated with teammate Stephen Curry’s signature shake as the Warriors raced out to a 17-point halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way.

“You could see how much was missing the last couple of years,” Draymond Green said. “We’re lucky to have the Klay Thompson we know back because we know how good he is.”

Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Green scored 17 points and Curry had 15 points and nine assists. He was named the MVP of the series.

Luka Doncic overcame a slow start to score 28 points for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie added 26.

After missing the playoffs in 2020 and ’21 in back-to back injury-plagued seasons, the Warriors are returning to a familiar stage. They join the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the 1990s, Magic Johnson’s Lakers in the 1980s and Bill Russell’s Celtics in the 1950s and ’60s as the only franchises to make it to the NBA Finals at least six times in an eight-year span.

“For our team, our guys, especially the core group, to be part of that six times in eight years, I don’t even know what to say,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It just takes an enormous amount of skill and determination and work.”

Golden State will host the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between Boston and Miami on June 2 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics hold a 3-2 lead heading into Game 6 at home on Friday night.

The Warriors followed their pattern from the first two rounds by bouncing back after squandering a chance to end a series on the road by winning at home. Golden State is now 9-0 at the Chase Center this postseason, tying the 2017 team for the the most consecutive home wins in a single postseason in NBA history.

After making just seven 3-pointers in the first four games of the series, Thompson had eight this game for the record-setting fifth time in the playoffs.

The last two have come in clinchers the last two rounds against Memphis and Dallas, prompting the question on whether his nickname should switch from “Game 6 Klay” for his history in that game to “Clinching Klay.”

“I’m satisfied with `Game 6 Klay.’ I don’t need another nickname,” Thompson said with a smile. “It’s nice not having to bring him out yet.”

Thompson gave the Warriors a 13-point lead in the first half when he hit one from the corner before dancing and added two early in the third quarter for a 23-point lead.

Dallas cut a 25-point deficit down to eight in the final minute of the third quarter but couldn’t get over the hump in the fourth.

“I don’t like losing, especially not like this,” Doncic said. “I played terrible. But if we’re talking about our season, I’m really proud of this team. … Nobody had us here. But I promise we fought until the end.”

SLOW START

Doncic had a rough start, shooting 2 for 10 in the first quarter. His eight misses were tied for the most in the opening quarter of a playoff game since LeBron James missed all nine of his attempts in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta in 2015.

Doncic was held to six points in the first half, his lowest opening half of his postseason career, on 2-for-12 shooting before finding his stroke in the third quarter.

“We need Luka to go big a lot of nights just to give us a chance, and unfortunately the ball just didn’t go for him tonight,” coach Jason Kidd said. “I think he carries the load as well as anyone, and I think for us as an organization, we’ll help lighten that load as we go forward.”

MOODY MANIA

With Otto Porter (left foot) sidelined for a second straight game, the Warriors got a big boost in the first half from 19-year-old rookie Moses Moody.

Moody scored all of his seven points in the second quarter with his 3-pointer giving Golden State a 56-38 lead. Moody scored just six points the first three games of this series for the Warriors before scoring 17 the past two games with Porter sidelined.

McDavid, Oilers eliminate Flames in OT, on to West finals

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid scored at 5:03 of overtime and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Thursday to win the second-round playoff series in five games and advance to the Western Conference finals.

The Edmonton captain scored his seventh goal of the postseason, beating Jacob Markstrom off a pass from Leon Draisaitl to send the Oilers spilling over the bench in celebration.

Zach Hyman had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers. Mike Smith made 32 saves as Edmonton claimed the first postseason Battle of Alberta in 31 years.

Draisaitl added four assists – his fifth straight contest registering three-plus points to build on the NHL playoff record he set in Game 4.

McDavid and Draisaitl have both amassed 26 points to lead the playoffs so far.

The Oilers will face either the Colorado Avalanche or St. Louis Blues in their first conference final appearance since 2006. Colorado leads that series 3-2, with Game 6 set for Friday in St. Louis.

Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Johnny Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary. Blake Coleman added two assists and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves as the Flames dropped to 0-10 when trailing a playoff series 3-1.

Coleman, who won the Cup the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, appeared to snap a 4-4 tie with just under six minutes left in regulation after Backlund took the puck hard to Edmonton’s net. But the goal was waved off following a video review after it was ruled the winger kicked the puck over Smith’s goal line with his skate as he battled with Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci.

With his team trailing 1-0 after a tentative first period, Edmonton interim head coach Jay Woodcroft double-shifted Draisaitl and McDavid early in the second, and it nearly paid off on a couple of good opportunities.

But the Flames, who topped the Oilers by seven points in the regular season to claim the Pacific Division crown, went up 2-0 at 5:41 when Backlund scored his fifth on a slick deflection.

The Oilers got on the board at 7:40 after Draisaitl protected the puck against Backlund before finding Nurse in the slot for him to fire his second past a screened Markstrom.

Edmonton tied it up just 2:26 later on a 3-on-1 rush when Markstrom could only get a piece of Hyman’s shot before Puljujarvi swept home his second as the Oilers erased another multigoal deficit on the road.

Then, there was a wild stretch with four goals in a 71-second span.

Hyman scored his sixth goal of the series, and eighth of the postseason, on a power play at 14:57 before Gaudreau tied things again at 3-all at 15:12 with his third.

Jarnkrok then scored his first as a member of the Flames since coming over in a trade with the Seattle Kraken at 15:28 to make it 4-3.

But the Oilers responded again at 16:08 when Bouchard’s blast beat Markstrom for his second as the teams set an NHL record for the fastest four goals in playoff history – 22 seconds faster than the previous mark set by the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs in 1976.

Following a tepid start for both teams, the Flames nudged in front at 10:13 of the first when Mangiapane took a terrific pass from Coleman to score his third goal of the playoffs.

The winger’s first point of the series gave his team its first lead since late in the second period of Game 2 – a stretch of 155 minutes – that started a run of three straight losses to push Calgary to the brink of elimination.

One of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie in the regular season, Markstrom entered Thursday with an .850 save percentage in the series after posting a .943 mark in Calgary’s seven-game victory over the Dallas Stars in the opening round.

After the Oilers, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to set up the matchup with their provincial rival, killed off a McDavid high-sticking penalty, the Flames goaltender had to scramble to keep the Edmonton captain’s dash to the net at bay with the puck briefly lying free in Calgary’s crease.

Reds have highest-scoring day in 23 years, rout Cubs 20-5

CINCINNATI (AP) After getting a cortisone shot and a few days off, Kyle Farmer helped power the Cincinnati Reds to their highest-scoring game in 23 years.

Farmer homered twice, had four hits and tied his career high with five RBIs in a 20-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

“I was hurting pretty bad in Toronto, but I’m just glad it’s gone now,” said Farmer, who had missed four games. “Had to take some time off, get a shot and have some rest and recovery.”

Nick Senzel also had four hits, and Brandon Drury, Tommy Pham and Albert Almora Jr. had three apiece. Drury Pham, Almora and Matt Reynolds each had three RBIs.

The Reds entered with a .217 batting average, 28th among the 30 teams, and finished with 20 hits in all.

Cincinnati trailed 3-0 before scoring twice in the second and bursting ahead with eight runs in the third.

The Reds scored the most runs since a 22-3 win at Philadelphia on Sept. 4, 1999, while Chicago gave up its most since a 21-8 defeat at the Phillies on July 3, 1999.

Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons made his big league pitching debut, allowing five runs in the eighth.

Hunter Greene (2-6) won for the first time since his major league debut on April 10 despite giving up five runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings. He had been 0-6 with a 5.50 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Willson Contreras and Ian Happ hit back-to-back homers in the fifth. Nico Hoerner also homered for the Cubs.

Cubs starter Justin Steele (1-5) gave up seven runs, seven hits and two walks in two-plus innings.

“Steele was just behind in the count,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “There were a lot of three-ball counts in that one inning. They hit some pretty good pitches. He seems to have that one inning where he loses command a little bit. Sometimes he locks it back in. Sometimes he’s not able to.”

Farmer, who came in with just one home run this season, hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in fifth for his first career multihomer game, and then added a two-run single in the sixth.

His sacrifice bunt was the only out among the Reds’first 10 batters in the third, who combined for four singles, three walks, a double and a triple

“He wants to be out there every day,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That position is a real grind, and he’s so important to our team. He puts a lot on himself. So getting the break, getting a few days off, he came back out today and was definitely energized.”

Reynolds hit a two-run triple, and Tyler Stephenson and Almora had two-run singles in the third.

The game was delayed by rain for 59 minutes at the end of the fifth.

TENSION

Contreras flipped his bat and walked slowly to first following his no-doubt homer off Greene. When Contreras came to the plate to leading off the seventh, Joel Kuhnel plunked hit him on a shoulder with the first pitch, a 95.4 mph offering. Contreras grumbled and Ross came out to complain to umpires. The Cubs manager was ejected from Wednesday night’s game after some high and tight pitches caused tempers to flare on both sides. Joey Votto and Cubs reliever Rowan Wick — who had jawed at each other Wednesday night — had words again after Wick struck out Votto in the seventh.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cubs: RF Seiya Suzuki left after injuring his left ring finger during an awkward slide in the third inning. Ross said he should be OK … INF Nick Madrigal will start a rehab assignment on Saturday at Iowa. He has been out with back tightness. … LHP Alec Mills is scheduled to pitch three innings on a rehab assignment on Friday, about 55 pitches. Mills is on the 60-day IL and not eligible to come off until June 8

Reds: SS Jose Barrero (wrist surgery) is going to stay at Triple-A Louisville for the time being. “He could come back at any point but we’re not going to rush that,” manager David Bell said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Opens a two-game series at the Chicago White Sox following an off day Friday. Right-hander Johnny Cueto (0-0), who was signed to a minor league earlier this month, is slated to make his third start for the White Sox. The Cubs haven’t said who’ll start yet.

Reds: Open a three-game set at home with the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3) is the scheduled starter for the Giants against a Reds pitcher who’s still to be determined.

Cabrera’s hit in 9th lifts Tigers to 4-3 win over Guardians

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera remains a force at age 39.

Carera had a game-ending single in the ninth inning with his third hit, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday.

Cabrera, who became the seventh player to have 3,000 hits and 500 homers earlier this season, is hitting .300 this far into a season for the first time since 2015.

“Earlier in the game Ernie Clement, their third baseman, said, `That guy’s amazing, huh?’ I said, `Only for the last 20 years,'” Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman remarked. “He has swung the bat so well this year. Nothing surprises me at this point.”

Jonathan Schoop hit a one-out double in the final inning, advanced on a wild pitch from Trevor Stephan (2-2) and scored on Cabrera’s 3,029th career hit.

“The guy has been around doing that for a long time,” Cleveland catcher Luke Maile said. “He’s a really smart hitter. It wasn’t a bad pitcher, but he had a good idea of what he wanted to do with it.”

After Schoop scored, Cabrera was swarmed by teammates near first base and doused with a bucket of water.

“He’s putting up such good at-bats and contributing obviously,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s fun to see.”

Gregory Soto (2-2) gave up one hit and struck out one in the ninth, earning the win for the Tigers.

Detroit’s Javier Baez hit an RBI single in the first, and Schoop’s sacrifice fly and Cabrera’s single put the Tigers ahead 3-0 in the second.

“We’re a completely different team when we play from ahead,” Hinch said.

The Guardians ended Tarik Skubal’s 21-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a starter pitcher this year, and tied the score in third. Luke Maile hit an RBI double and Owen Miller had a two-run single.

FOR STARTERS

Skubal gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking only one.

Cleveland’s starting pitcher, Konnor Pilkington, lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks.

“It was a little bit like last game, it took him a little bit to get into the game,” manager Terry Francona said.

MAKING MOVES

The Guardians selected the contract of Oscar Gonzalez from Triple-A Columbus, and he hit a single up the middle off in the first at-bat of his major league debut Thursday.

The ball he hit was retrieved to give Gonzalez a keepsake, and he plans to give it to his parents.

“That’s what I dreamed of my whole life,” he said through an interpreter.

Cleveland also recalled left-hander Konnor Pilkington and outfielder Richie Palacios from Columbus before opening the four-game series in Detroit. On Wednesday, the Guardians traded outfielder Daniel Johnson to the New York Mets for $1. They also activated right-hander Ian Gibaut active off the IL and released lefty Jake Miednik.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: Slugger Franmil Reyes was put on the 10-day IL with a tight right hamstring. “He’s been battling it for quite a while,” Francona said. Reyes, who had 30 homers last season and 37 in 2019, hit .255 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 35 games. He was in a 4 for 36 (.111) slump since May 9 with two RBIs.

Tigers: RHP Matt Manning, who has been on the IL for a month with shoulder inflammation, will not throw for the “foreseeable future,” after letting the team know he’s still sore. … RHP Casey Mize (elbow) and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (ribs) are making progress in their returns from the IL, according to Hinch.

UP NEXT

Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber (1-3, 3.55) and Detroit RHP Alex Faedo (1-1, 3.00) are scheduled to pitch Friday night.

Story’s 7th HR in 7 games helps Red Sox top White Sox 16-7

CHICAGO (AP) Trevor Story kept up his hot hitting with a three-run homer and four RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the White Sox 16-7 Thursday night to take two of three from Chicago.

Story has seven homers and 21 RBIs in his last seven games, raising his season totals to nine homers and 32 RBIs.

“Controlling my zone has been huge and not missing my pitch when I get it – that’s been the key,” Story said. “When I get my pitch and take my swing at it, I want the-at-bat to end right there. I’ve done a better job at it lately.”

The 29-year-old remembered being this hot at the plate during a spurt when he first broke in with Colorado in 2016.

“I definitely feel like there are more runners on this time around, which is great,” he said. “Obviously you want to come up big in those situations and it’s happening at the right time, for sure.”

Alex Verdugo had pair of doubles among four hits for Boston, which outscored Chicago 33-13 in the series. The Red Sox opened with a 16-3 win and followed with a 3-1 loss.

“We hit the ball hard today, the whole night,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We feel really good where we’re at offensively and we did a great job against a good pitching staff.”

Kevin Plawecki pinch hit for Story in the ninth and hit a two-run homer off Josh Harrison, an infielder who made his second big league pitching appearance in a game that lasted 4 hours and 2 minutes. Harrison threw a changeup past Xander Bogaerts for a called third strike in his first mop-up assignment since he got Pittsburgh’s last out in a 10-1 loss at Colorado on Aug. 9, 2013.

Andrew Vaughn had a career-high five RBIs, driving in Chicago’s first five runs with a three-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth off Michael Wacha.

“He got us back in the game by himself,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Guys got on base, but that’s two big hits, five RBIs. We had chances.”

Vaughn’s homer closed it to 7-5, then the Red Sox pulled away.

“Good night or bad night, we didn’t come out on top,” Vaughn said “That’s always going to sting.”

J.D. Martinez went 3 for 5 with a walk to raise in major league-best batting average to .380 and help the Red Sox rebound after the White Sox ended their six-game winning streak. Martinez is batting .640 (16 for 25) with five walks in his last six games.

Kike Hernandez led off the game with a homer and and Rafael Devers doubled twice as Boston raced to a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Verdugo finished with three RBIs. Christian Vazquez had three hits and two RBIs.

Wacha allowed seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. John Schreiber (2-0) the first of five relievers, got five outs for the win.

Dallas Keuchel (2-5) gave up six runs for his second straight start, lasting just two innings and allowing seven hits – five for extra bases.

MARTINEZ MAGIC

Cora has never seen Martinez, a four-time All-Star, swing the bat better.

“This is the best I’ve seen him in four years,” Cora said before the game. “The quality of the at-bats, the two-strike hits, going the other way. He’s been impressive.”

Cora points to Martinez’s preparation as a key to his revival after his average plummeted to .213 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

“With J.D. on the plane, there’s no cards, no Netflix,” Cora said. “It’s just who do we play next and what I’m going to do to try and beat them.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day IL with a grade two left hamstring strain and recalled LHP Tanner Banks from Triple-A Charlotte. Banks entered in the seventh and was tagged with six runs, five earned. Kelly expects to be out three to four weeks after leaving Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Boston in the eighth and striking out two. Kelly started the season on the IL with a right biceps nerve injury after signing with Chicago as a free agent in November. He’s 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in seven appearances

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 3.58) takes the mound vs. Baltimore RHP Kyle Bradish (1-3, 5.74) on Friday night at Fenway.

White Sox: Are off on Friday, then RHP Johnny Cueto (0-0) starts on Saturday on the South Side in the first of a two-game set against the crosstown Cubs. The resurgent 36-year-old righty hasn’t allowed a run in his first two starts with Chicago, going six innings in each.

Hader 37th straight scoreless appearance, Brews beat Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Josh Hader escaped a ninth-inning jam in his 37th straight scoreless appearance and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win.

Tyrone Taylor drove in a run for the seventh game game in a row and Luis Urias homered as the NL Central leaders increased their edge over the second-place Cardinals to 4 1/2 games.

“They definitely made me work and I had to grind for some pitches,” Hader said. “Fastball wasn’t locating the way I like it to, but at the end of the day I made the pitches when I needed to.”

Milwaukee first baseman Rowdy Tellez helped with his glove, ranging to catch five foul balls for outs. Overall, Brewers fielders caught seven foulouts.

Paul Goldschmidt homered and extended his hitting streak to 17 games for the Cardinals.

Hader, activated from the family medical emergency list earlier in the day, earned his 16th save in 16 tries this season. He gave up a leadoff single to Tommy Edman in the ninth and a one-out walk to Nolan Arenado before retiring Albert Pujols on a foul popup and Juan Yepez on a popout.

It marked Hader’s 30th consecutive save conversion. He hasn’t allowed a run since last July.

“We only play eight innings,” starter Eric Lauer said. “When you’ve got a guy that’s that good at the back end, the end of the game doesn’t seem like the end of the game. It’s like it’s already over, almost.”

Lauer (5-1) gave up two runs on four hits in the first two innings. His only blemish in his final three frames was a walk. He struck out one and walked four, throwing 96 pitches over five innings.

“It was like two different games,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I think he was at 58 pitches through two and only gives up two runs. Then he was very, very good the next three innings.”

Urias hit his fourth homer of the season, connecting with one out in the first off Adam Wainwright (5-4).

One out later, Andrew McCutchen hit the first of three consecutive singles by the Brewers and scored on Taylor’s hit.

Christian Yelich drove in a run in the second and McCutchen had an RBI hit in the fourth.

Wainwright gave up 10 hits and four runs in five innings with three of the Brewers’ runs coming with two outs. He dropped a decision for the first time in four games.

“It bugs me a lot,” said Wainwright, who surrendered four two-out runs in a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on April 14. “I just got to do a better job with two outs. They’re doing a good job with their two-out approach on me too.”

Goldschmidt hit his eighth home run, a solo drive in the seventh off Trevor Gott that made it 4-3. He also singled and his hitting .457 with six homers during his streak.

The Cardinals scored twice in the first. Edman doubled for the first of his three hits, Pujols had an RBI single and Yepez had a sacrifice fly.

STREAKING

When Goldschmidt walked in the first, he extended his streak of reaching base to 31 consecutive games, the longest in the majors this year. It’s the longest streak for St. Louis since Matt Carpenter reached in 35 straight in 2018.

FOUL MOOD

Along with Tellez’s five grabs, catcher Omar Narvaez and third baseman Jace Peterson each caught one foul ball for an out.

MOVES

Brewers: Optioned RHP Miguel Sanchez to Triple-A Nashville.

Cardinals: Optioned RHP Junior Fernandez and C Ivan Herrera to Triple-A Memphis. Recalled RHP Jake Woodford and RHP Kodi Whitley from Memphis. Activated C Yadier Molina from the bereavement list.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Placed RHP Jordan Hicks (right forearm flexor) on the 15-day Injured List. … RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) threw 25 pitches to hitters in batting practice, manager Oliver Marmol said. On the 60-day IL, he’s eligible to return to the Cardinals in early June and could head soon to a minor league rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-2, 4.76) goes for his third consecutive win and his second against the Cardinals this year. He gave up three hits over five innings to get the win in a 5-1 win April 14 in Milwaukee.

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.60) seeks his second win in his fifth start of May, during which he’s only made it out of the fifth inning once. He took the loss at Milwaukee on April 17, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits in just three innings as the Brewers won 6-5.

Freeman’s 3-run HR, 5 RBIs, lift Dodgers over D-backs 14-1

PHOENIX (AP) Freddie Freeman’s swing looked good and the baseball jumped off his bat, carrying deep into right-center field. The veteran slugger had hit 274 homers in his career prior to that at-bat and this one certainly felt like No. 275.

Then again, it had been so long since he’d rounded the bases in a slow trot, he wasn’t quite sure.

“I haven’t hit one in a while, so I didn’t know,” Freeman said grinning. “Maybe that opens the floodgates.”

Freeman’s three-run blast for his first long ball in more than a month highlighted a five-RBI, four-hit performance as the Los Angeles Dodgers clobbered the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-1 on Thursday night.

The Dodgers got off to a quick start with back-to-back doubles in the first from leadoff hitter Mookie Betts and Freeman. Two batters later, Will Smith’s single up the middle scored Freeman for a 2-0 lead.

It was the start of a 24-hit barrage, the Dodgers’ most since getting 24 against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 13, 2014. Every player in the starting lineup had at least two hits.

Chris Taylor had a two-run homer in the eighth for the Dodgers’ 20th hit of the night.

“These are the kind of nights where you sit back and smile,” Freeman said. “These don’t happen very often.”

The big blow came in the second, when Freeman drove a slider from Humberto Castellanos over the right-center wall to push the Dodgers ahead 6-0. The first baseman’s had a good start with his new team after signing a $162 million, six-year deal during the offseason – with a batting average hovering around .300 – but it was his first homer since April 24.

Freeman also hit another double in the sixth to dead center that hit the wall and scored Betts.

By the end of the evening, both teams had position players on the mound. Infielder Jake Hager threw the ninth for the D-backs while the Dodgers countered with their own infielder in Hanser Alberto.

Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 12 games. The Dodgers also became the second team in the big leagues with 30 wins, joining the Yankees.

Arizona couldn’t climb out of the sizable early hole. Castellanos (3-2) was tagged for six runs over four innings, giving up 10 hits and a walk while striking out one.

“We just didn’t execute on a lot of different levels and in a lot of different key situations,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “On the mound, we weren’t attacking the zone, weren’t attacking the right spots, and when you make mistakes to big league hitters, they’re going to make you pay for it.”

The D-backs scored their only run in the sixth when Christian Walker hit his 12th homer of the year.

L.A.’s Mitch White started his second game of the season and threw four shutout innings. Justin Bruihl (1-1) got the win after a scoreless inning of relief.

HONORING HODGES

The Dodgers announced they will retire Gil Hodges’ No. 14 on June 4 when they host the New York Mets.

Hodges was a key member of the Dodgers when they won the World Series in both 1955 and 1959. He was recently elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee after an 18-year playing career that included eight All-Star selections and three Gold Gloves.

Hodges also has plenty of history with the Mets, most notably as manager for the “Miracle Mets” who won the 1969 World Series.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts said Max Muncy’s left elbow has been bothering him over the past several days and didn’t rule out a potential trip to the injured list. … Roberts also said LHP Clayton Kershaw (inflammation in a pelvic joint) played catch Wednesday and is scheduled for a bullpen next week.

Diamondbacks: Lovullo said RHP Zach Davies is still on track to make Sunday’s start despite leaving his previous start after getting hit by a line drive in the shin. … Rojas (left hand contusion) was back in the lineup for the first time since leaving Saturday’s game against the Cubs after getting hit by a pitch.

UP NEXT

The two teams meet again on Friday night. The D-backs send LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 2.76) to the mound. The Dodgers will counter with RHP Ryan Pepiot (0-0, 3.86), who will be making his third MLB start.

Cortes leads Yanks over Rays 7-2 in 1st game between rivals

ST. PETRSBURG, Fla. (AP) Nelson Cortes took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Matt Carpenter sparked a go-ahead, three-run rally in his Yankees debut and New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 Thursday night in the first meeting of the AL East rivals this season.

Cortes (4-1) won his third straight start, striking out five and walking one in eight-plus innings. The 27-year-old left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.70, retiring 14 in a row during one stretch. He threw a career-high 109 pitches.

Wandy Peralta relieved after Wander Franco’s leadoff single in the ninth and allowed Manuel Margot’s run-scoring infield hit and Isaac Paredes RBI grounder before finishing a six-hitter.

Cortes came within three outs of pitching the Yankees’ first complete game this season and only the fourth complete game by an American League pitcher.

“When I went out there for the ninth and all those guys were cheering, I had goosebumps,” Cortes said. “When he came out there, I told him I’ve got more in me. He told me `I know you do, but we’re not in a position to go that deep. We want you to keep pitching for the rest of the season.'”

Cortes has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 18 consecutive starts, two shy of the team record set by Russ Ford in 1910.

“Frankly, once we got the seven-run lead, I didn’t want him to go up to 120 pitches or something like that,” Boone said. “So after the first batter, I just didn’t want to mess around with it.”

New York, dealing with a string of injuries, signed Carpenter to a $1 million, one-year deal before the game and inserted him into the starting lineup when Aaron Hicks was scratched because of right hamstring tightness. The 36-year-old Carpenter, released last week from Texas’ minor league system, went 0 for 2 with a pair of groundouts and also walked.

Carpenter had to shave off his beard to comply with Yankees rules on facial hair but kept a mustache.

“My kids didn’t recognize me when I walked out of the bathroom,” he said. “I got a 6- and 5-year-old at home. They’ve never seen me without a beard.”

Carpenter left a mustache – Cortes also has one.

“First time on the on-deck circle, some of the people in the stands thought that he was taking the at-bat, thought I was him,” Carpenter said.

Aaron Judge had pair of RBIs to raise his total to 36.

The Yankees opened a 5 1/2-game lead over the Rays by winning the opener of a four-game series, the first of 10 games between the teams in a 28-day span. New York won its third straight following a season-worst three-game losing streak and improved the major leagues’ best record to 32-13, matching 1994 for the Yankees’ second-best 45-game start behind 35-10 in 1998.

Ryan Yarbrough (0-1) held the Yankees hitless through five innings before hitting Carpenter leading off the sixth.

“It’s not like we were banging it all over the yards, but we grinded and battled and did a lot of little things to put a pretty big number up there in the end,” Boone said.

Marwin Gonzalez singled, and Carpenter scored the go-ahead run on Judge’s single. After Anthony Rizzo flied out, Ryan Thompson relieved, Judge stole second and Gleyber Torres flied out.

Miguel Andujar hit a hard grounder off the glove of shortstop Tyler Walls, who recovered and made a one-hop throw to that bounced off the glove of first baseman Harold Ramirez. Andujar was credited with an RBI and another run scored on the error.

“That’s’ a team where you can’t make mistakes like that,” Walls said. “Any little thing they capitalize on, especially with the guy they had on he mound tonight, it’s going to be tough to battle back and get runs. So we’ve got to make those plays.”

Ralph Garza Jr. added a run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh. Judge hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Anthony Rizzo followed with an RBI double off Brooks Raley, with a second run scoring on an error by right fielder Vidal Brujan,

Yarbrough gave up three runs – two earned – and two hits in 5 2/3 innings

SLOPPY

Tampa Bay allowed two unearned runs; The Rays had 30 coming in, the second-highest total behind Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay also threw a pair of wild pitches, raising its total to 20.

HIGHS AND LOWS

Tampa Bay is 20-3 when scoring four or more runs and 6-15 when scoring three runs or fewer.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: INF D.J. LeMahieu missed his third straight game with left wrist discomfort and said a cortisone shot reduced pain as the day went on. … Hicks started feeling tightness Wednesday. He thinks he will be able to play Friday. … 3B Josh Donaldson tested negative for COVID-19 and could rejoin the team during the series.

Rays: RHP Shane Baz (March elbow surgery) allowed two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday night.

UP NEXT

RHP Jameson Taillon (4-1, 2.95) is to start Friday for the Yankees and LHP Jeffrey Springs (2-1, 1.32) for the Rays, Springs won for the first time as a major league starter Saturday at Baltimore. Taillon has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts.

Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson’s family

NEW YORK (AP) Josh Donaldson has apologized to the wife and family of Jackie Robinson for referencing the pioneering Black baseball player in remarks that led to a confrontation with Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson.

The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for one game and fined on Monday by Major League Baseball. The league said Donaldson’s comment on Saturday was “disrespectful and in poor judgment.” Donaldson has appealed the discipline.

“First and foremost, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson brings to the game of baseball,” Donaldson said in a statement Thursday issued through his agency, MVP Sports. “I stated over the weekend that I apologized for offending Tim and that it was a misunderstanding based on multiple exchanges between us over the years. My view of that exchange hasn’t changed and I absolutely meant no disrespect. In the past, it had never been an issue and now that it is, we have a mutual understanding.

“I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson family for any distress this incident may have caused. Jackie was a true American hero and I hold his name in the highest regard.”

Donaldson said after Saturday’s game that he twice called Anderson by “Jackie.” Robinson broke MLB’s barrier in 1947. Benches and bullpens emptied as tensions escalated.

Anderson has said Donaldson was “trying to provoke me” with the comment. White Sox manager Tony La Russa called Donaldson’s comment last weekend “racist,” adding, “That’s as strong as it gets.” Anderson agreed with La Russa: “Same, along that same line, yeah.”

Anderson, an All-Star and the 2019 AL batting champion who is among the leading Black voices in baseball, told Sports Illustrated in 2019: “I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson … because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.”

Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, said that early in Saturday’s game, “I called him Jackie.” The white ballplayer also said he has “joked around” with Anderson in the past using the same reference and mentioned that Sports Illustrated interview.

Anderson said after a brief conversation in 2019 in which Donaldson called him “Jackie,” he told Donaldson: “We don’t have to talk again. I won’t speak to you, you don’t speak to me if that’s how you’re going to refer to me.”

MLB criticizes teams over facilities for female employees

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball told its clubs that some are failing to provide acceptable work accommodations for female employees, calling them “embarrassingly below” standard.

The May 20 memorandum from Michael Hill, the MLB senior vice president for on-field operations, asks teams to provide documentation by June 3 of the facilities for home and visiting female coaches and staff. Hill told teams to comply with MLB regulations “as soon as possible.”

The memo was first reported by ESPN and was obtained by The Associated Press.

San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken this year became the first woman hired as an on-field coach of a major league teams.

Kim Ng became the first woman general manager ahead of the 2021 season when she was hired by the Miami Marlins. Several other women are part of high-level baseball operations staff and use areas in and around clubhouses.

“We have required that each club provide both home and visiting female staff that requires access to a locker room with a clean space that: (i) is in close proximity to the respective home or visiting clubhouse; (ii) is private; and (iii) includes appropriate restroom and shower facilities,” Hill wrote. “Over the first six weeks of the season, it has become clear that a number of clubs are not in compliance with these requirements, particularly with respect to hosting women on visiting teams.

“It is unacceptable that women who are traveling as part of the visiting team are not afforded accommodations that permit them to do their jobs at the same level as their male colleagues and counterparts. Many clubs’ female facilities fall embarrassingly below the high standards befitting a member of a visiting traveling party of a major league organization. They also create an untenable working environment for women, some of whom are now choosing to not travel to certain cities with their club on the road,” he wrote.

“Clubs that do not provide appropriate workplace accommodations for personnel regardless of gender violate MLB regulations, directly deprive women of equal access to participate in our great game, and discourage qualified women from participating in baseball roles traditionally held by men,” he said.

Hill asked teams to submit current facilities and future plans for improvement, telling them to include “detailed floor plans, descriptions, photographs.”

“We understand that space constraints in some ballparks may limit clubs’ ability to adhere to these requirements,” Hill wrote. “However, we expect all clubs to make the necessary sacrifices in order to provide satisfactory facilities to female staff.”

At surprise-filled French Open, tennis prodigy makes good

PARIS (AP) Grand Slam losses by high-ranked, well-known and accomplished players to, well, lower-ranked, lesser-known and less-accomplished opponents offer a rare opportunity for those unheralded winners to enjoy the spotlight.

And for the first time in nearly a half-century, just three of the top 10 seeds in the French Open women’s draw made it to the round of 32.

So meet Leolia Jeanjean: age 26; from Montpellier, France; ranked 227th; a wild-card entry after never before being a Slam participant; seemingly destined as a kid for great things in tennis, so much so that there were sponsorship deals before she was old enough to attend high school, until, that is, an injured knee derailed things. She left the sport for a couple of years, wound up moving to the U.S., where she played college tennis at Baylor, then Arkansas, then Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, while pursuing her studies in finance. At Lynn, she went unbeaten in singles and doubles, so it occurred to her maybe a professional career was worth a try.

Good choice for Jeanjean. Bad one for her foes so far at Roland Garros, including Karolina Pliskova, a two-time major finalist and the No. 8 seed, who was unable to offer much resistance Thursday and was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Jeanjean in the second round on Thursday.

“Even me, I don’t have an explanation. I don’t even realize what’s happening,” Jeanjean said. “It’s my first Grand Slam. I thought I would have lost in the first round in two sets – and I found myself beating a top-10 player. So, honestly, I have nothing else to say. I don’t really know how it’s possible.”

A year ago at this time, she was ranked outside the top 800 and winning hundreds of dollars at low-level International Tennis Federation events. No matter what happens in her next match, she’ll leave Paris with at least 125,000 euros ($135,000).

“When I stopped playing when I was young, I just wanted to give myself another chance,” Jeanjean said. “because in my head, since I was good when I was like 14, 15, I’m like, `Why can’t I be good 10 years later?’ So that’s why, yeah, I (took a) chance. And so far it’s working.”

Asked whether he also was stunned by it all, Jeanjean’s coach of three months, Thomas Delgado, quickly replied, straight-faced: “No.” And then he chuckled, before continuing: “Well, yes, I am. … On one side, I’m surprised she did it. But on the other, I knew she could.”

No. 9 Danielle Collins, the Australian Open runner-up in January, departed, too, eliminated by 50th-ranked Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-3 in a matchup between Americans.

According to the WTA, the previous time three or fewer top-10 women’s seeds got to the French Open’s round of 32 was in 1976; in those days, only eight players were seeded to begin with in a field of 64, half of the current tournament size.

Pliskova and Collins joined No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova – the 2021 champion who was beaten in the first round Monday, then pulled out of doubles, because she tested positive for COVID-19 – No. 4 Maria Sakkari, No. 5 Anett Kontaveit, No. 6 Ons Jabeur and No. 10 Garbine Muguruza, who all were gone by Wednesday.

The remaining trio, all in the top half of the bracket, won second-round matches Thursday: No. 1 Iga Swiatek ran her winning streak to 30 matches, the longest in women’s tennis since Serena Williams had a 34-match run in 2013, by overwhelming Alison Riske 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Paula Badosa recovered from a mid-match lapse to get past Kaja Juvan 7-5, 3-6, 6-2; No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka defeated Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3.

“I could feel like, `Wow, this is good, because they are losing.’ But in this case, I’m more like, `OK, pay attention, because anything can happen,'” said Badosa, a quarterfinalist in Paris a year ago. “You saw it today.”

The men’s draw certainly has seen some excitement – including five-set victories after being match point down for both No. 3 Alexander Zverev and No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz on Wednesday – but all 12 of the highest seeds advanced to the third round, the first time that’s happened at the French Open since 2009, according to the ATP.

No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros last year, saved four set points after falling behind 6-2 in the last tiebreaker before putting away 134th-ranked qualifier Zdenek Kolar 6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) in a 4-hour, 6-minute tussle Thursday night.

Kolar never had won a tour-level match until this week, but his relentless ball-tracking left Tsitsipas acknowledging at the end: “He drove me crazy. Yeah, it was really frustrating. … Not easy. Not easy.”

Pliskova has been ranked No. 1, was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and the U.S. Open in 2016 and reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2017.

“One thing is, of course, how I played,” Pliskova said, “and I think (the) other thing is how she played.”

Jeanjean trailed 2-1 before collecting nine consecutive games, displaying some of the strategic smarts that Delgado praised as one of her greatest attributes, saying: “She knows where to play, how to play, when to play.”

Always has. Caroline Garcia, a French player who used to be ranked No. 4, knew Jeanjean way back when. They were doubles teammates at a series of youth events in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Italy in 2010, when Garcia was 16 and Jeanjean was 14.

“She was like the best of the best when she was 10, 12, and everyone thought she was going to be unbelievable. And then she completely disappeared. … Now, she makes her way again,” Garcia said, “and she can prove to everyone, like, if you believe it, you can do it.”

Scheffler part of crowded Colonial leaderboard after PGA cut

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Scottie Scheffler did something last weekend that he rarely does, watching a golf tournament at home after missing the cut. The world’s No. 1 player is back on the course, and tied atop a crowded leaderboard at Colonial.

Scheffler was among eight players who shot 4-under 66 on Thursday in the Charles Schwab Classic. But he was the only in that group without a bogey, rebounding from his missed cut at the PGA Championship.

Cam Davis, Beau Hossler, Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Nick Taylor and Harold Varner III also shot 66s. Seven others were a shot back.

“The course is playing harder than it does in a typical year here. Yeah, I felt like I did a really good job of managing myself around the golf course,” Scheffler said. “Anytime you make no bogeys, it’s going to be a good round.”

Colonial, the longest-running PGA Tour event at the same venue since 1946, had never had more than five players share the first-round lead. The eight are the most on the PGA Tour since nine shared the 18-hole lead in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in 2011.

Scheffler, Reed, Simpson and Varner were part of the morning wave that started with virtually no wind and cooler conditions. The wind picked up later in their rounds, gusting to 22 mph throughout the afternoon.

Defending Colonial champion Jason Kokrak and Jordan Spieth, the 2016 winner who last year became a third-time runner-up, shot 69.

Many players wore ribbons pinned to their caps to show support for the community of Uvalde, Texas – about 350 miles south of the course – after 19 students and two teachers were killed in a shooting at an elementary school Tuesday.

Reed birdied all four par 3s at Colonial, including a 64-foot blast from the greenside bunker into the cup at the 237-yard fourth hole. His only bogey came on his last hole, after missing the fairway on the 400-yard dogleg right ninth hole.

In his previous 11 starts the past four months, Reed missed four cuts and finished no better than 26th. He has slipped to 38th in the World Golf Ranking – he was ninth when at Colonial last year.

“It feels good to get a number out of it,” Reed said about his 66. “Honestly, I feel like there’s been too many days that I’ve done a lot of things really well, just the number hasn’t really reflected it.”

Varner had four bogeys, countering those with six birdies and an eagle at the 634-yard 11th hole – a 330-yard drive and 305-yard approach to the green for a 5-foot putt. That was sandwiched by two birdies – a chip-in from 55-feet at No. 10, and a 10-foot putt at No. 12 – before bogeys on two of the next three holes.

Bolstered by his eagle from 95 yards out on the par-4 12th, Taylor was at 5 under and in the lead alone until he finished with bogey at No. 18. The world’s 244th-ranked player’s last drive of the day was way right.

Simpson followed his only bogeys, on both front-side par 3s, immediately with birdies. That included a closing 6 1/2-foot birdie putt at No. 9 after his tee shot at No. 8 put him in a deep greenside bunker with only his head and shoulders visible when blasting out of it.

“Other than those two holes, it was really solid,” Simpson said. “This is the type of Colonial that I love where the rough is up and the wind is blowing.”

Hossler took his share of the lead with two eagle 2s his last four holes. He finished with one from 135 yards at the ninth, after holing a shot from 65 yards at the par-4 sixth. Both eagles immediately followed bogeys.

Scheffler played Thursday with PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, the world’s No. 5 player who had a 71.

Thomas won the PGA in a three-hole aggregate playoff over Will Zalatoris, who had an opening 72 at Colonial. Zalatoris lives in the Dallas area like Scheffler and Spieth.

Mito Pereira shot even-par 70 at Colonial, four days after he lost the PGA lead and missed the playoff with Thomas and Zalatoris because of a double bogey on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills.

Scheffler didn’t officially commit to playing Colonial until after getting cut in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the four-time winner’s first cut since his season debut in October. He watched the rest of the PGA Championship roughly 300 miles away from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I typically don’t ever watch golf, but it was nice. I relaxed all day Saturday, and Sunday went out and practiced, just put the tournament up on my phone and kind of watched,” Scheffler said. “Will was really close and J.T. is a good buddy of mine, as well, and my old caddie was caddying for Mito. … I had a lot of different guys I wanted to watch, and it was fun.”

Altomare beats top-seeded Lee in LPGA Match-Play

LAS VEGAS (AP) Brittany Altomare rallied to beat top-seeded Minjee Lee 2 and 1 on Thursday in hot conditions at Shadow Creek in the second round of group play in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play.

Three down after five holes and again after seven in triple-digit heat, Altomare cut her deficit to one at the turn with a birdie on No. 8 and an eagle on the par-5 ninth. The American pulled even with a par on the par-4 12th and took a 2-up lead with birdies on 13 and 14. She halved the next three with pars to end the match.

“I didn’t start off the way that I wanted to but, if I’ve learned anything from Solheim the last couple years, it’s you just can’t give up because you never know what’s going to happen in match play,” Altomare said.

The winners of the 16 four-player groups will advance to single elimination at the conclusion of round-robin play Friday. Altomare (1-1) will face Youngin Chun (0-2) on Friday, and Lee (1-1) will play Caroline Masson (2-0). Masson beat Chun 2 and 1.

Lee is trying to win for the second straight event after taking the Founders Cup on May 15 in New Jersey. The Australian is ranked fourth in the world.

“I wouldn’t say intimidated, but I just knew I had to play well,” Altomare said. “Obviously, she’s playing great and she’s an amazing player. There is not enough words to describe her golf game.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff followed her opening 6-and-5 victory over defending champion Ally Ewing with a 3-and-2 decision over So Yeon Ryu (0-2). Ewing beat Jasmine Suwannapura (1-1) 3 and 2.

Madelene Sagstrom, Hye-Jin Choi, Eun-Hee Ji, Carlota Ciganda, Tiffany Chan, Jenny Shin, Lilia Vu, Gaby Lopez and Paula Reto also were 2-0.

Sagstrom edged Wei-Ling Hsu 1 up, Choi beat Aditi Ashok 3 and 2, Ji topped Las Vegas resident Danielle Kang 2 and 1, Ciganda beat Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 3 and 1, Reto topped Yealimi Noh 3 and 2, Chan defeated Alison Lee 4 and 3, Shin routed Hannah Green 5 and 3, Vu edged Ariya Jutanugarn 2 and 1, and Lopez topped Cheyenne Knight 3 and 2. Kang is 0-2.

Chevron Championship winner Jennifer Kupcho improved to 1-1, edging Lauren Stephenson 3 and 2.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians’ Offense Stalled in Loss to Saints, 8-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Canaan Smith-Njigba and Ji-Hwan Bae extended their impressive on-base streaks as the Indianapolis Indians fell to the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field on Thursday night, 8-1.

Smith-Njigba extended his on-base streak to a career-high and International League-leading 28 games as one of two Indians batters with multi-hit games in the contest. Bae’s on-base streak was extended to 23 games – the third-longest in the IL – as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Indians (23-21) scored first for the third consecutive game in the bottom of the first inning. Following a leadoff single, Oneil Cruz stole second base and came around to score on consecutive throwing errors by catcher Jose Godoy and center fielder Jake Cave.

The Saints (18-26) won in comeback fashion for the second time in as many games after being held scoreless in their first three offensive frames. In the bottom of the fourth, On back-to-back pitches, Minnesota Twins No. 1 prospect Royce Lewis singled to third and Alex Kirilloff launched a home run to right-center field to give St. Paul a 2-1 advantage.

The Saints then tallied four additional runs in the bottom of the fifth frame, capitalizing off a pair of two-out RBI singles from Lewis and Kirilloff to make it 4-1. Spencer Steer followed with his first Triple-A homer to give St. Paul a 6-1 lead.

St. Paul then added one run in each of the sixth and seventh frames, courtesy of Godoy and left fielder Mark Contreras, to seal the 8-1 victory.

In his eighth start this season, Osvaldo Bido (L, 0-3) surrendered six runs on six hits with five punchouts in 4.2 innings. In his first appearance with the Indians, Zach Matson tossed 1.2 innings in relief, yielding two runs on four hits and issuing two walks.

St. Paul’s starter Mario Sanchez (W, 3-1) tossed a quality start with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

The Indians and Saints will face off in the fifth game of the seven-game set tomorrow night at 8:07 PM ET. Indians RHP Cody Bolton (1-1, 3.33) will toe the rubber vs. Saints RHP Dereck Rodriguez (2-0, 1.74).

INDY ELEVEN: Indy Eleven Acquires Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith via Loan from Major League Soccer’s Nashville SC

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 26, 2022) – Indy Eleven completed what essentially amounted to a goalkeeper swap with Major League Soccer’s Nashville SC today by acquiring veteran netminder Bryan Meredith via a loan agreement for the remainder of the 2022 USL Championship season. Per club policy, financial details surrounding the agreement, which is pending federation approval, will not be released.

“I’m excited to get going here with Indy Eleven and to help the squad continue to push for three points every time out,” said Meredith, who joined the Boys in Blue for training at Grand Park on Thursday. “This is a big opportunity for me to get some games under my belt for a club that has been doing really well this season.”

Today’s transaction comes just two days after Nashville SC recalled goalkeeper Elliot Panicco from his loan stint with Indiana’s Team. Alongside Panicco and former Nashville SC goalkeeper Tor Saunders (currently on loan with USL League One’s Chattanooga Red Wolves SC), Meredith is the third goalkeeper with ties to the Music City squad in recent seasons to land on Indy Eleven’s 2022 roster.

“To have someone with Bryan’s experience joining our goalkeeping corps will provide immense value to our squad every single day,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “We welcome the competitive nature and leadership Bryan will add to our squad and thank Nashville SC for continuing to work with our club in a way that benefits both our organizations.”

Meredith joins Indiana’s Team after spending the last nine seasons on the rosters of Major League Soccer sides Nashville SC (2021-22), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2020), Seattle Sounders FC (2011-12, 2017-19), and the San Jose Earthquakes (2014-16), making 24 appearances in regular season and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition. During his second stint with Seattle, Meredith also logged 25 games with their USL Championship affiliate Tacoma Defiance FC across the 2017-19 seasons.

Following his first go around with Sounders FC, the Monmouth University product headed overseas to join Swedish side IK Brage for their 2013 campaign. Later that year Meredith jumped to the New York Cosmos, where he joined now current Eleven teammate Ayoze on the squad that captured the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl title.

Indy Eleven continues its USL Championship campaign this Saturday, May 28, with the renewal of its annual Racing Indy Game at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Fans are encouraged to make it a full day in downtown Indy, as the special 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff will allow patrons to experience both the 500 Festival Parade (starting at 11:45 a.m.) and the Eleven’s matinee contest against New Mexico United to follow. Full details surrounding the Racing Indy Game – including a limited-edition Indy Eleven/IMS jersey and scarf for purchase – and future promotional dates at Carroll Stadium can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions.

Tickets for Saturday afternoon’s match – and all Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Omaha Heartbreaker

OMAHA, Neb. – A 37-year-old record was broken, a four-run deficit erased and the seventh extra inning game in the Indiana baseball program’s Big Ten Tournament history ended in wild fashion as No. 10 Maryland eventually came away with the 6-5 decision in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at Charles Schwab Field.

Top-seeded Maryland (44-10) got on the board with a single run in the first inning and added three runs in the fourth inning. Eighth-seeded Indiana (25-30) got a single run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to knot the score. The Hoosiers struck with one run in the 10th, before the Terrapins tallied one in the 10th and one in the 11th to get the win.

In the game, Indiana pitching struck out a Big Ten-record 18 batters to break a record set in 1985 by Ohio State (17; vs. Illinois) and tied earlier in the day by Iowa (17; vs. Penn State). It is the most strikeouts in a game since a 21-strikeout effort against Ball State on April 18, 2018.

For the eighth time in program history, Indiana played extra innings at the Big Ten Tournament. IU is 3-5 in those contests, with the loss snapping a streak of two straight wins in extras at the conference tournament.

Freshman Carter Mathison hit his 18th home run of the season to lead off the seventh inning to move his reached base streak to 23 games and move into a tie for No. 7 on Indiana’s single season home run charts. He has tied teammate Matthew Ellis for the team lead, along with Kyle Schwarber (2013) and Alex Smith (1986).

Graduate student Tyler Doanes, redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis and senior Phillip Glasser each chipped in two hits, with Doanes scoring twice in the game. Glasser drove in a pair of RBIs and junior Hunter Jessee drove in one RBI and moved his reached base streak to a career-long 17 games.

Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (4-6) worked a career-high-tying 5 1/3 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters to allow IU to mount the comeback. He allowed four hits and did not walk a batter in the no decision. Starting pitcher Ty Bothwell did not factor into the decision either, with four runs allowed on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (3-3) took the loss with one run allowed in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Nigel Belgrave (2-0) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The trio of Luke Shliger, Chris Alleyne and Bobby Zmarzlak all had two doubles and two RBIs, while Troy Schreffler plated three runs in the game with one double. In all, Maryland totaled a Big Ten Tournament-record nine doubles.

Scoring Recap – Game One

Bottom First

Luke Shliger doubled to start the game and came in to score on a Nick Lorusso base hit.

Maryland 1, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Four doubles led to three Terrapin runs, as Troy Schreffler led off the inning with a two-bagger and Bobby Zmarzlak brought him home with a one-out double. Kevin Keister added a two-out double and Chris Alleyne plated the third run with the final double of the frame.

Maryland 4, Indiana 0

Top Sixth

Tyler Doanes started the inning with a single and moved to third on a base hit from Peter Serruto. Phillip Glasser plated the first run with a flyball to left field that was misplayed by the Maryland outfielder.

Maryland 4, Indiana 1

Top Seventh

Carter Mathison led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. Matthew Ellis followed with a base hit and Doanes walked with one out. Ellis scored on a balk and Glasser singled to plate Doanes as the game-tying run.

Indiana 4, Maryland 4

Top 10th

Evan Goforth walked to lead off the inning and Glasser singled to put two runners on base. After a Bobby Whalen sacrifice bunt, Goforth beat the tag at home to score on a Hunter Jessee fielder’s choice.

Indiana 5, Maryland 4

Bottom 10th

Zmarzlak started the inning with a double and came in to score on an RBI single from Ian Petrutz.

Indiana 5, Maryland 5

Bottom 11th

With the bases loaded and one out, Petrutz was hit by a pitch to push the game winner across.

Maryland 6, Indiana 5

Up Next

Indiana will take on Illinois in an elimination game at the Big Ten Tournament. First pitch from Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska, will be 6 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Season Opener Against Illinois to Kick at 8 P.M., Additional Times Announced

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football team will open the 2022 season with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff inside Memorial Stadium against Illinois on Friday, Sept. 2, it was announced on Thursday afternoon. FS1 will televise the game.
 
Five additional kick times were released and are listed below:
 
Saturday, Sept. 10: Idaho at Indiana, 8 p.m. ET, BTN
Saturday, Sept. 17: Western Kentucky at Indiana, Noon ET, BTN
Saturday, Oct. 1: Indiana at Nebraska, 7 p.m. ET or 7:30 p.m. ET, Network TBD
Saturday, Oct. 8: Michigan at Indiana (Homecoming), Noon ET, Network TBD
Saturday, Oct. 22: Indiana at Rutgers, Noon ET, Network TBD

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Announces 2022 Schedule, Season Tickets on Sale Now

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced the program’s 2022 schedule ahead of its 50th season on Thursday (May 26).

The slate will feature 10 regular season matches on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Season tickets are on sale now, with more information below.

The 17-match regular season will see the Hoosiers face eight teams that played in the 2021 NCAA Tournament including two that reached the NCAA College Cup. Eleven of IU’s opponents finished top-60 in the end-of-season RPI ranking.

“This is a special season for IU men’s soccer,” Yeagley said. “We are celebrating the 50th varsity season of Indiana men’s soccer, and we look forward to having our fans and alumni share in this historic season. We have once again put together a very challenging schedule, making each match an important building block to help this team compete for championships. Our loyal fans and electric student section, the Hoosier Army, help make Bill Armstrong Stadium a special college soccer venue.”

Indiana’s first five matches come against 2021 tournament teams. The new campaign kicks off Friday, August 26 in a road match again reigning national champion Clemson. More information about the matchup with the Tigers can be found here. Then, IU will host four consecutive home non-conference matches against Portland (Aug. 30), Notre Dame (Sept. 3) and St. John’s (Sept. 6) in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic and Akron (Sept. 9).

IU’s non-conference slate also includes contests at Butler (Sept. 14), versus Kentucky (Oct. 5), versus Trine (Oct. 21) and at Evansville (Oct. 25).

The Hoosiers open Big Ten play Sunday, September 18, at Ohio State before hosting Michigan State (Sept. 23) and Northwestern (Sept. 27) in back-to-back home conference matches. IU will bookend the Kentucky match with road Big Ten games at Michigan (Oct. 2) and Rutgers (Oct. 9) ahead of its meeting with reigning conference champion Penn State (Oct. 14) at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Indiana will travel to Wisconsin on October 18 before closing Big Ten and regular season play in Bloomington against Maryland (Oct. 30), which received an at-large bid to the tournament last season.

Indiana will try for its fourth Big Ten Tournament title in five seasons when the three-round tournament plays out from November 6-13. IU has earned a spot in the final match in five straight seasons. The NCAA men’s soccer season will conclude with the NCAA College Cup, scheduled for December 9-11 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

IU will play three exhibition matches in August before kicking off the regular season. First, the Hoosiers host DePaul on August 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Then, IU will meet 2021 NCAA Tournament opponent Bowling Green at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Indianapolis on August 16. Indiana’s final preseason tune-up will be an away friendly at Louisville on August 19.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Walks, Stranded Runners Burn Boilermakers in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – Rutgers blew open a game that was tied 3-3 through six innings by plating six runners that reached base via walks over its final two frames, defeating Purdue baseball 10-3 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers (29-20) will face No. 3 seed Iowa on Friday at 10 a.m. ET in the first elimination game of the eight-team event. Purdue has not played the Hawkeyes at the Big Ten Tournament since 2010. Rutgers (42-14) plays Penn State on Friday at 2 p.m. ET and the loser gets the winner of the Purdue-Iowa game in another elimination contest Saturday morning.

Cam Thompson hit his team-leading 13th home run of the season in his first career at-bat at the Big Ten Tournament, matching Jacson McGowan for the most long balls by a Boilermaker in the BBCOR bat era (2011-present). Thompson has moved into ninth place in team history with his 55 RBI, the most by a Boilermaker since McGowan (59) in 2018.

Purdue connected for four doubles over its first 12 at-bats of the game. Troy Viola, Evan Albrecht, Jake Jarvis and CJ Valdez all ripped doubles to left field over the second and third innings. Viola was aboard when Thompson went deep and Albrecht scored on an RBI ground out from Steve Ramirez.

But the Boilermakers left 12 men on base, stranding multiple runners in the third, fifth, sixth and ninth innings. They had two on with no outs in the third and sixth innings but were unable to break the 3-3 tie.

After not issuing a free pass over the first seven frames, Purdue walked four of the first five batters in Rutgers’ five-run seventh inning. Three consecutive batters walked on a full-count pitch. The Scarlet Knights did not hit the ball out of the infield until Josh Kuroda-Grauer delivered a two-out, two-run single as the eighth batter of the frame.

The go-ahead run scored on a bases-loaded walk to Evan Sleight as Khal Stephen, the Boilermakers’ third pitcher of the day, just missed the outside corner on the sixth pitch of the at-bat. An infield single followed and plated another run. Stephen induced a comebacker off the bat of Richie Schiekofer but he was unable to field it cleanly and had to settle for an out at first instead of a potential inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. Kuroda-Grauer followed with his two-run single to left field.

Purdue had the middle of the order up in the third inning after Curtis Washington Jr. singled and Valdez doubled to open the third inning. But the golden opportunity went by the board after a pair of strikeouts and a foul pop up. Rutgers went to the bullpen for a sidearmer with one out in the frame.

Jarvis and Ramirez connected for consecutive singles around a pitching change in the sixth inning, giving the Boilermakers two aboard with no outs for the top of the lineup. But RU again struck out the next two batters and squashed the threat.

The 12 men left on base were Purdue’s most in a loss since stranding a season-high 17 runners April 24 vs. Belmont.

Wyatt Wendell struck out Rutgers’ 3-4-5 hitters in order in the first inning after giving up a leadoff home run to Ryan Lasko. Nine-hole hitter Mike Nyisztor connected for a two-run double to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Wendell retired eight of 10 batters from the second through the fourth innings, but was lifted to begin the bottom of the fifth before a third trip through the lineup. He struck out five and did not issue a walk while throwing 60 pitches over four innings.

Viola connected for his sixth double in the last six games and now has a team-high 19 for the season. One more two-bagger would make Viola just the eighth Boilermaker, and first since 2012, with 20 doubles.

Washington singled twice to extend his hit streak to seven consecutive games. Mike Bolton Jr. singled to extend his on-base streak to nine straight games. Bolton also stole his 28th base to take over sole possession of fourth place on Purdue’s single-season list.

Purdue will be the designated home team Friday morning vs. Iowa.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Kickoff Times Announced for 6 Purdue Football Games

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Football found out kickoff times for six games of the upcoming 2022 season Thursday afternoon. The Big Ten Conference and its television partners released start times and network designations for select games, including the Boilermakers’ first four matchups and a pair of October contests.

The Boilermakers kick off the 2022 campaign at home, hosting Penn State in a Thursday night matchup (Sept. 1). The Big Ten battle is slated to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. For the season opener, FOX is also bringing its Big Noon Kickoff pregame show to West Lafayette for the primetime game.

Purdue’s first non-conference game of the season, at home against Indiana State, is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Big Ten Network (Sept. 10). The Boilermakers then head to Syracuse for their first road game of 2022, facing the Orange at noon on ESPN2 (Sept. 17). Closing out the month of September, Purdue hosts FAU for another primetime matchup at Ross-Ade (Sept. 24). Also serving as the Boilermakers’ Homecoming game, kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

Speaking of Homecoming, Purdue is the Homecoming opponent for two conference foes in October. Kicking off the month, the Boilermakers travel north to square off against Minnesota (Oct. 1). The Big Ten West contest begins at noon (11 a.m. CT) with the television network to be announced at a later date. Three weeks later, Purdue treks to Wisconsin to face the Badgers at 3:30 p.m. ET (Oct. 22).

Kickoff times for the rest of Purdue’s games will be selected during the in-season selection process, either six or 12 days prior to each contest.

The 2022 Purdue Football season, the sixth under head coach Jeff Brohm, begins in exactly 14 weeks. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

The Boilermakers are coming off a 9-4 season, their most wins in a season since 2003. Purdue tied for second in the Big Ten West, which included a pair of Top 5 victories over Iowa and Michigan State that handed both teams their first loss of their respective 2021 campaigns. The memorable season was capped off with a thrilling 48-45 overtime victory over Tennessee at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl in Nashville.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Dobbins Delivers Walk-Off Blast to Propel Cardinals Over Bobcats

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ball Park Complex for the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday. The Cardinals and the Ohio Bobcats started the game on Wednesday, but weather forced the game to be halted in the bottom of the first inning.

With a runner on second and two outs, Hunter Dobbins delivered the biggest hit of his young career. The count was 2-2 and Dobbins launched a two-run home run to give the Cardinals the 6-4 walk-off victory.

Amir Wright led off the bottom of the ninth with an eight-pitch walk. He advanced to second on a passed ball with two outs and set the stage for Dobbins.

Wright led off the game with a double off the left center wall for the Cardinals in the bottom of the first. Trenton Quartermaine followed with a single to center field that scored Wright from second. Nick Powell grounded out to third and moved Quartermaine to second. The game was halted due to weather.

When play resumed on Thursday, Quartermaine advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Zach Cole singled to the right side and drove in Quartermaine from third. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the second inning.

Ty Johnson started on the mound for Ball State on Thursday. In the top of the second inning, he saw three batters and got out of the inning with a double play to end the inning. The MAC Defensive Player of the Year, Ryan Peltier snagged a line drive and threw the runner out at first trying to get back to the bag.

Peltier led off the bottom of the second with a single to center field. Matthew Rivera drew a six-pitch walk to give the Cardinals runners on first and second. Justin Conant laid down the perfect sac bunt to move runners to second and third. Wright grounded out to second and allowed Peltier to score from third. Ball State held a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.

The Bobcats did not go down without a fight and tied the game in the top of the Spencer Harbert put Ohio on the board with a sac fly to left center. Will Sturek tied the game with a two-run homer down the right field line. Harbert gave the Bobcats a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth with a solo run down the left field line.

Cole led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to left center. Adam Tellier dropped down a sac bunt to move Cole to third. Cole was able to score on a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4 after eight innings.

With one out and a runner on second, Tellier made the biggest play in the game up to that point, as he made a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle and threw the runner out at first.

Tyler Schweitzer started the game and went one inning. He recorded one strikeout. Johnson went 4 1/3 innings in relief for the Cardinals and tallied six strikeouts. He surrendered four earned runs on five hits. Ryan Brown added 2 2/3 innings of relief and struck out two batters without giving up a hit. Sam Klein closed out the ninth with a strikeout and earned the win. He improved to 4-2 on the season.

Edward Kutt IV got the start for the Bobcats and went 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters and gave up three earned runs on six hits. Chace Harris went two innings in relief with a strikeout and one earned run. Brett Manis got the loss and fell to 4-3 on the year. He went one inning with a strikeout and surrendered two earned runs.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 39-17 overall and the Bobcats fell to 29-23.

Ball State will play Central Michigan in the winner’s bracket. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27, but is subject to change.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Kickoff times announced for 2022 football season

MUNCIE, Ind. – Just shy of 100 days until the opening of the 2022 football season, Ball State has received its kickoff times for a majority of its upcoming schedule, the Mid-American Conference announced Thursday.

As previously announced, the Cardinals begin the season at Tennessee Thursday, Sept. 1 for a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

The home opener the following week pits Ball State vs. Western Michigan for a 2 p.m. ET showdown in Scheumann Stadium, Sept. 10. The game will air on ESPN+.

Family weekend on Sept. 17 vs. Murray State and Homecoming vs. Eastern Michigan on Oct. 22 are also slated for a 2 p.m. ET kickoff. The Cardinals and Racers will play on ESPN+, while the contest against the Eagles is being labeled as a 12-day television selection.

Midweek #MACtion begins with Ball State traveling to Kent State (Nov. 1) and Toledo (Nov. 8). Both games are scheduled to begin at either 7 or 7:30 p.m. ET depending on the TV partner choice.

The Cardinals’ home finale vs. Ohio Nov. 15 is set for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff on either ESPN2 or ESPNU, while the Red Bird Rivalry at Miami (Nov. 22) starts at 7 p.m. ET on either ESPNU or ESPN+.

Ball State’s games at Georgia Southern (Sept. 24) and home against Northern Illinois (Oct. 1) and UConn (Oct. 15) will be announced within the 12-day TV selection window.

This year’s MAC title game is set Dec. 3 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. for a 12 p.m. ET kickoff.

Fans can request season ticket and group seating information by clicking here. Renewing season ticket holders can renew online at ballstatesports.com/myaccount.

Ball State is coming off back-to-back seasons with bowl appearances for the third time in program history and has won 13 games over the last two campaigns, the most of any MAC team.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 4 IRISH ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS WITH 5-3 WIN OVER NO. 9 SEMINOLES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The No. 4 seed Notre Dame baseball team (34-13) extended their time in Charlotte with a 5-3 win over No. 9 seed Florida State (33-23) Thursday afternoon at Truist Field. With the win, the Irish will win Pool D and advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history.

The Irish did their damage via the long ball against the Seminoles. They hit three on the afternoon and all off starter Parker Messick. It tied for the most home runs Messick had given up in a game in his career. Zack Prajzner hit a solo shot while Jack Zyska and Brooks Coetzee III both hit two-run shots.

John Michael Bertrand had another masterful outing on the mound against the Seminoles. He went 8.0 innings and allowed just one unearned run, one walk and struck out eight to pick up his eighth win of the year. Over his two starts against the Seminoles this season, he did not allow an earned run in 15.2 innings pitched and struck out 20.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both starters kept the offenses at bay through the first two innings but the Irish opened the scoring in the third. Prajzner stepped up with two outs in the frame and unloaded on a 1-0 fastball and took it over the wall in left. His fifth home run of the season put the Irish up 1-0.

The Seminoles responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning and the score was tied 1-1 after three.

The Irish took the lead right back in the fourth with another long ball. Zyska crushed his 10th home run of the season into the stands in left center to put the Irish back up. His two run blast gave the Irish a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Seminoles loaded the bases with no outs. Bertrand got two-straight strikeouts and forced a fly out to end the inning and keep the Seminoles from cutting into the Irish lead.

The very next inning, Notre Dame added on to its lead. A leadoff double by Prajzner and a sacrifice bunt got the Irish with a runner on third and just one out. Coetzee III took a 1-2 pitch off the picnic area in left for his team-leading 11th home run. His two-run blast doubled the Irish lead to 5-1 after five.

The Seminoles added two runs in the ninth and got the tying run to the plate but Alex Rao secured the final out for his third save of the season and clinched a trip to the semifinals.

UP NEXT

The Irish will have their final game of Pool Play Friday morning against No. 5 seed Virginia. The Irish and Cavaliers will start the action at 11 a.m. ET and it will be aired on RSN channels regionally along with ACC Network Extra. Check your local listings for your RSN/Bally Sports Channel in your area. Following Friday’s game, the Irish will be in the first semifinal matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET against the winner of Pool A.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX: CHOMA NAMED IWLCA ALL-AMERICAN

As announced by the IWLCA on Thursday May 26 at noon, Kasey Choma has been named an IWLCA All-American. Choma earns second team honors, and marks the second IWLCA All-American honors earned for Choma.

Kasey Choma, an All-ACC selection and IL Women All-American, finished the 2022 season leading the Irish with 59 goals.  Choma tallied 13 hat tricks on the season scoring at least two goals in 16 contests. She also had 12 games where she tallied at least three points, and ranks third on the team in points with 67. She was named to the IWLCA West/Midwest All Region team on May 12. Choma also earned All-American honors via USA Lacrosse Magazine earlier this month, and named to the 2022 Tewaaraton watchlist.

She was also named an Inside Lacrosse/IL Women Midseason All-American on March 31,2022, and an IL Women All-American on May 23, 2022.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores-Salukis moved to Friday afternoon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Due to expected continual rainfall in the Springfield area, Thursday’s scheduled elimination game between No. 5 Indiana State and No. 1 Southern Illinois has currently been moved to Friday afternoon. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Salukis is set for Noon ET at Hammons Field.

Keep up-to-date on the latest weather updates throughout the MVC Championships by following us on Twitter at @IndStBaseball

The Sycamores and Salukis’ game will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Sommers Soars to Runner-Up Status, Taylor Claims Three All-American Awards on Second Day of Nationals

GULF SHORES, Ala. – In a busy second day of competition at the NAIA National Championships, the Taylor track and field team had eight men represent the Trojans in six different events. The Purple and Gold claimed three All-American awards and scored 14 points on day-two.

Junior Sammy Sommers earned his first All-American award of his collegiate career. Sommers turned in an exhilarating performance in the long jump, ending as the NAIA runner-up. Sommers hung in fourth place during prelims, which qualified him for finals and added three more jumps. On his fifth attempt of the day, his technique connected with his talent as he soared 7.56-meters and moved into second place. The junior accumulated eight points for the Trojans, putting TU on the scoreboard for the first time this national meet.

Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen posted top-eight, All-American finishes in the 10,000-meters as they capped off their collegiate career against a talented field under the lights. Helmuth earned his second 10k All-American award, claiming fifth place overall. The senior ended sixth place last season. Van Prooyen turned in his first outdoor track and field All-American performance, finishing seventh place overall. Both men ran smart and clung to the front pack from the beginning. As the group thinned, the Trojans maintained position and held on to a top-eight spot. Helmuth clocked a time of 30:45.39, while Van Prooyen finished in 30:53.92.

Earlier in the day, Connor White and Zach Hoekstra ran in a soggy 3,000-meter steeplechase prelim. The race that got postponed from Wednesday night due to weather, took place Thursday afternoon in a downpour. A little rain did not stop White from cruising to a third-place finish in heat-two as he automatically advanced to finals on Friday. White hung in the lead pack from the start and clocked a comfortable time of 9:28.14. Hoekstra did not finish due to injury.

Matthew Sakeuh recorded a career-best time of 14.51 in the 110-meter hurdle semi-finals. Sakeuh finished fourth in his heat and did not qualify for finals. The senior ended 12th-of-29 overall.

In the discus throw, Liam Hesting collected a mark of 45.93-meters on his first throw. The junior fouled his next two attempts, ending in 21st place.

Nate Conkel ran to a 24th-place finish in the 800-meter prelims. Conkel clocked a time of 1:57.25.

The Trojans will return to the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium tomorrow for the third and final day of the NAIA National Championships. Damon Knowles will kick off the action for the Trojans in the pole vault slated for 2:00 pm ET, followed by Connor White in the steeplechase finals at 3:20 pm. Taylor fans can stay up to date by visiting https://www.taylortrojans.com/2022-outdoor-track-field-championships.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Steeplechasers and 4×8 Advance to Finals at NAIA Nationals

GULF SHORES, Ala. – TU’s 4×800-meter team took the track for prelims to kick off the second day of the NAIA National Championships. The relay prelims got moved from Wednesday night, to Thursday morning due to lightning in Gulf Shores. The Trojans did not let the adjusted schedule hinder them, however, as the group of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan finished first in their heat. The ladies clocked a time of 9:09.57 and automatically qualified for finals tomorrow. TU logged the second-best time of prelims, behind Dordt who ran a 9:04.83.

Next on the track was another postponed race from last night’s weather fiasco, the 3,000-meter steeplechase prelims. With less than 45-minutes from finishing the 4×8, Taylor’s Giovanna Domene stepped back on the track to race the steeplechase. In gritty fashion, Domene clocked the third-best time in prelims, recording a mark of 10:52.70 and advanced to finals tomorrow. Teammate Ahna VanderWall competed in the second heat and cruised to a time of 10:54.17. VanderWall finished second in her heat and automatically qualified for the finals. Mollie Gamble and Audrey Brinkruff ended their season, unable to advance to finals. Gamble clocked a time of 11:16.12, finishing 17th overall, while Brinkruff crossed the line at 11:47.96 in 24th place.

Two Trojan hurdlers toed the line in the 100-meter hurdle prelims. Audrey Altum finished third in her heat, bounding to a new career-best time of 14.24. Despite a successful run, Altum missed qualifying for finals. It took a time of 14.08 to advance with the top-8 tomorrow. Altum claimed 10th place overall. Patience Sakeuh also raced in the prelims, but did not finish due to injury.

Taylor’s final event of the night was the 800-meter semi-finals. Abbey Brennan and Brooke Studnicki competed in their second event of the day. Both TU women ran in heat one of three, striving to claim an automatic qualification to finals by finishing top-two in the heat. Crossing the line inches apart, Brennan finished third in 2:13.82 and Studnicki ended fourth with a career-best time of 2:13.87. The ladies waited out the next heats to see if they could claim the two at-large qualifications. Unfortunately, they did not advance and ended in ninth and 10th place overall.

The Trojans will be back on the track tomorrow for the third and final day of the NAIA National Championships. TU’s 4×8 will start the day with finals slated for 1:00pm ET. Taylor fans can stay up to date by visiting https://www.taylortrojans.com/2022-outdoor-track-field-championships.

RHIT Track & Field – Rogers Earns Academic All-District Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Christina Rogers has earned a spot on the NCAA Division III Academic All-District VII Women’s Track and Field / Cross Country Team, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.

Rogers earned conference Most Valuable Player honors in soccer during her career and is also a decorated member of the track and field team. She captured the 2021 HCAC indoor 200-meter championship and the 2022 HCAC indoor 400-meter individual championships.  Rogers was also a member 10 HCAC championship relay performances and 3 Rose-Hulman HCAC track and field conference championship teams.

On the soccer pitch, Rogers is a 2-time 1st-team all-HCAC award winner and a 2-time all-region selection.  The 2020-21 1st-team Scholar All-American was a member of the 2019 HCAC championship team and scored 13 career goals with 7 assists.

The computer engineering major carries a perfect 3.94 grade point average in the classroom.  She was also named the 2022 Rose-Hulman Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, awarded to the most outstanding and impactful female student-athlete to the athletic department over a 4-year period.

Rogers will advance to the CoSIDA NCAA Division III national ballot, with the Academic All-America Team scheduled for release on Tuesday June 21. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       In the team’s 3-1 victory over the Superbas at the Polo Grounds, Giants first baseman Dan McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32-year-old Kentucky native’s mark will be surpassed in 1912 by A’s second baseman Eddie Collins who will swipe six bags in a game twice during the seas

1923       In the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 12-4 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Cy Williams smacks a two-run home run to become the first major leaguer to hit 15 round-trippers in a single month. The 35 year-old center fielder will lead the National League this season with 41 long balls.

1928       After he clears waivers in the American League, the Braves purchase 35 year-old first baseman George Sisler from the Senators for $7,500. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 15-year career in Boston, hitting .326 during the three seasons he spends with the team.

1937       Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.

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1941       Play stops in the seventh inning of the Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds, so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address over the stadium’s PA system. After FDR announces the Unlimited National Emergency Proclamation, the tied 1-1 contest resumes after a 45-minute delay.

1951       A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, compiling a .477 batting average while hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York.

1955       In the first five innings of a 16-0 Red Sox rout of the Senators, Norm Zauchin drives in ten runs. Boston’s 26-year-old first baseman accomplishes the feat with home runs in the first, second, and fifth frames, along with a fourth-inning double.

1959       National League president Warren Giles rules the final score of Haddix’s ‘perfect game’ is 1-0. Hank Aaron (for leaving base path) and Joe Adcock (for passing Aaron) are declared out, with Adcock’s round-tripper scored as a double instead of a home run.

1960       Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt, which has a 45-inch circumference, helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn’t feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.

1968       Major league baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces Montreal’s addition to the circuit. The Senior Circuit also awards San Diego an expansion team.

1974       In a game that takes only one hour and thirty-eight minutes to complete, Pirates starter Ken Brett blanks the Padres 6-0, allowing just two hits in the Three Rivers Stadium contest. In the second game of a twin bill, the Bucs’ southpaw pinch-hits a seventh-inning two-run triple, which contributes to the Pirates’ 8-7 victory over the Friars.

1981       After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle’s explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals’ manager Jim Frey complains.

1984       Mario Soto, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who initially called Ron Cey’s foul ball down the left-field line a home run. The Reds’ right-hander also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, prompting NL president Chub Feeney to suspend the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he receives this season.

1984       “How do you fine a batboy?” – WILLIAM CUTLER, president of the Pacific League. Portland Beavers batboy Sam Morris is thrown out of a game by umpire Pam Postema for refusing to retrieve a folding chair that his ejected manager Lee Elia had hurled into right field during an animated tirade. The 14-year-old junior high school student, who declined to follow the arbitrator’s directive out of loyalty to his skipper, will not have to pay the $25 fine, which is usually automatic when tossed from a PCL game.

1986       “What do you expect when they build a ballpark on the ocean?” – Oil Can Boyd, after a game at Cleveland Stadium, located on the shore of Lake Erie, is postponed due to fog. The Red Sox are credited with a 2-0 victory when the delayed game cannot continue due to the dense fog that rolls into Cleveland Stadium. The contest, which ends with the Tribe having baserunners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompts Boston’s right-hander Oil Can Boyd to infamously blame the lack of visibility due to the ballpark’s proximity to the ocean, not nearby Lake Erie.

1987       At Fenway Park, Indian right-hander Phil Niekro goes the distance, losing to Roger Clemens and the Red Sox, 1-0, thanks to Bill Buckner’s fifth-inning sac fly scoring Jim Rice. Joining Cy Young and Don Sutton, the future Hall of Fame hurler becomes the third player in history to make 700 career starts.

1987       Davey Johnson surpasses Gil Hodges as the winningest manager in Mets history with his 340th win, a 4-3 triumph over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The New York skipper, who has averaged 98 victories during his first three seasons, will compile a 595-417 record (.588) during his six-plus years with the team.

1990       Giants’ hurler Rick Reuschel joins Frank Tanana, becoming one of two pitchers to give up round-trippers to the future all-time major league home run leaders Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, who takes him deep in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates. In 1973, while pitching for the Cubs in his sophomore season, the right-hander served up the 691st of 755 career round-trippers blasted by Bad Henry.

1992       The last-place Braves beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 9-3. The victory is the start of a 78-37 run, which will propel Atlanta to its second straight West Division title, finishing eight games in front of the Reds.

1993       After hitting just .143 in 26 games for the Rockies, former Brave superstar Dale Murphy retires from baseball. The two-time National League MVP leaves the game with a career average of .265, 398 home runs, and 1,266 RBIs.

1995       In a complete-game effort, Steve Ontiveros limits the Yankees to one hit in the A’s 3-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A two-out sixth-inning single spoils the 34 year-old right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter by Luis Polonia.

1997       At the Metrodome, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his major league mark for home runs hit through May when he goes deep for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota. The Mariners outfielder had established the record in 1994.

2000       The Cardinals pay tribute to Hall of Fame hurler Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue created by sculptor Harry Weber outside of Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to be honored in such a manner by the Redbirds.

2000       The recently elected Hall of Fame first baseman Tony Perez (24) joins manager Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18), and Frank Robinson (20) to become the sixth person to have his uniform number retired by the Reds. After being acquired by the Reds in the offseason, Ken Griffey Jr. agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father as a member of the Big Red Machine.

2003       In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black, and Richard W. Goldberg, a significant victory by the commissioner’s office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption.

2004       At Kauffman Stadium, the visiting Tigers tie a club record by collecting 27 hits, including Carlos Pena’s 6-for-6 performance, in a 17-7 rout of the Royals. The first time Detroit banged out that many safeties in a game occurred against the Yankees at the end of the 1928 season at Navin Field.

2004       After beating the Oakland A’s, Curt Schilling, on his way home from Fenway, calls the cops on his cell phone to report an erratic driver. The Westwood Police Department apprehended the driver and pulled him over.

2006       Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 6-4, making the right-handed hurler the 104th player to amass 200 victories. Pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon establishes a rookie record by recording his 18th save in 18 tries.

2008       After Jamie Carroll gets caught in run down off first base, the runner on third, David Dellucci, breaks for home, scoring on the first baseman’s throw in the dirt, which allows Carroll to get to second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, to move to third. Chuck Murr, the official scorer of the Indians’ 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases, making it the first triple steal to be accomplished since 1987 when Atlanta pulled it off against Houston.

2008       With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Connecticut’s Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.

2009       Gerry Rodriguez completes his cycle with a tenth inning walk-off home run. The minor leaguer’s four hits help pace the Rome Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League contest.

2009       Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combine to throw six wild pitches, marking only the fifth occurrence of the dubious feat since 1900. Dice K ties an 80-year club franchise with four errant throws to catcher George Kottaras, with relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each uncorking one.

2012       A sign showing Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning homer in the Mets’ 3-2 victory against the Braves in New York’s first professional sports event following the 9/11 terrorist attacks proves to be the winner in the revival of Banner Day, a tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of NYC’s former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza’s heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, “The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let’s Go Mets.”

2017       “We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of Homer at the Bat.The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992.” – Hall of Fame President JEFF IDELSON, commenting about the Cooperstown celebration of the animated series. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts fictional cartoon character Homer Simpson as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons episode ‘Homer at the Bat.’ As part of the ceremony, a roundtable discussion of the much-beloved episode includes comments by real Hall of-Famers Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, who played themselves on the animated show, as well as executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, and executive story editor Jeff Martin.

2019       In the eighth inning of the team’s 6-2 victory over the Rangers, Mallex Smith steals home, the first Mariner to accomplish the feat since Dustin Ackley in 2012, to complete the rare stolen base cycle. The center fielder swipes four bases in the T-Mobile Park contest, trying a franchise mark shared by seven Mariners.

TV FRIDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World Tour: Dutch Open7:30amGOLF
Senior PGA Championship1:00pmGOLF
PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge4:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
San Francisco at Cincinnati6:40pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Colorado at Washington7:05pmMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay7:10pmYES
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Boston7:10pmNESN
MASN/2
Cleveland at Detroit7:10pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at NY Mets7:10pmNBCS-PHI
SNY
Miami at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
Kansas City at Minnesota8:10pmMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
Milwaukee at St. Louis8:15pmBally Sports
Toronto at LA Angels9:38pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Houston at Seattle9:40pmATTSN-SW
Root Sports
LA Dodgers at Arizona9:40pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Pittsburg at San Diego9:40pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Texas at Oakland9:40pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Truck: North Carolina Education Lottery 2008:30pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Finals Game 6: Miami at Boston8:30pmESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
West Semifinals Game 6: Colorado at St. Louis8:00pmTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
NWSL: Orlando Pride vs Washington Spirit7:00pmCBSSN
USL Championship: New York RB II vs Birmingham Legion7:00pmESPN+
USL Championship: Atlanta United II vs Orange County SC7:30pmESPN+
USL Championship: Las Vegas Lights vs El Paso Locomotive10:00pmESPN+

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Big South Tournament12:00pmESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World Tour: Dutch Open7:30amGOLF
Senior PGA Championship1:00pmGOLF
Senior PGA Championship2:00pmNBC
PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge2:00pmGOLF
PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge5:30pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
Baltimore at Boston12:10pmMLBN
NESN
MASN/2
Kansas City at Minnesota2:10pmBally Sports
Milwaukee at St. Louis2:15pmBally Sports
Colorado at Washington4:05pmMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
Texas at Oakland4:07pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
Cleveland at Detroit4:10pmFS1
Bally Sports
Miami at Atlanta4:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay4:10pmYES
Bally Sports
San Francisco at Cincinnati4:10pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Boston6:10pmNESN
MASN/2
Chi. Cubs at Chi. White Sox7:15pmFOX
MARQ
NBCS-CHI
LA Dodgers at Arizona7:15pmFOX
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Philadelphia at NY Mets7:15pmFOX
NBCS-PHI
SNY
Toronto at LA Angels10:07pmMLBN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Houston at Seattle10:10pmMLBN
ATTSN-SW
Root Sports
Pittsburg at San Diego10:10pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 300 at Charlotte1:00pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
West Finals Game 6: Golden State at Dallas9:00pmTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Semifinals Game 6: Carolina at NY Rangers
West Semifinals Game 6: Calgary at Edmonton
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs Real Madrid3:00pmCBS
Paramount+
MLS: Los Angeles FC vs SJ Earthquakes6:00pmUniMas
MLS: New York RB vs DC United7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs Chicago Fire7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Dallas7:30pmESPN+
MLS: New England vs Philadelphia Union7:30pmESPN+
MLS: CF Montréal vs Cincinnati7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Minnesota United vs New York City8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Inter Miami vs Portland Timbers8:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Chicago Red Stars vs Portland Thorns8:00pmParamount+
Friendly: Mexico vs Nigeria8:08pmUniMas
MLS: Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Nashville SC9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo9:30pmESPN+
TENNISTIME ETTV
French Open11:00amNBC
WNBATIME ETTV
Las Vegas at Chicago3:00pmABC

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees3213.71117 – 715 – 618 – 812 – 42 – 16 – 4W 3
Tampa Bay2618.5915.515 – 1011 – 88 – 54 – 510 – 76 – 4L 1
Toronto2420.5457.514 – 810 – 129 – 101 – 311 – 56 – 4W 2
Boston2123.47710.510 – 1011 – 135 – 116 – 79 – 48 – 2W 1
Baltimore1827.4001412 – 116 – 168 – 144 – 63 – 44 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota2718.60015 – 1012 – 86 – 514 – 57 – 67 – 3L 2
Chi White Sox2222.5004.510 – 1212 – 109 – 77 – 124 – 35 – 5L 1
Cleveland1823.43978 – 810 – 153 – 48 – 74 – 63 – 7L 3
Detroit1628.36410.510 – 136 – 156 – 66 – 91 – 85 – 5W 2
Kansas City1528.349118 – 157 – 131 – 510 – 121 – 53 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston2916.64414 – 615 – 103 – 69 – 114 – 76 – 4W 2
LA Angels2719.5872.515 – 1012 – 95 – 56 – 212 – 114 – 6L 2
Texas2023.465810 – 1210 – 113 – 62 – 111 – 136 – 4W 2
Oakland1928.404116 – 1513 – 137 – 75 – 95 – 94 – 6L 1
Seattle1827.4001110 – 98 – 183 – 116 – 45 – 72 – 8L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2917.63013 – 816 – 913 – 75 – 210 – 66 – 4L 2
Atlanta2124.4677.512 – 139 – 118 – 97 – 64 – 65 – 5L 1
Philadelphia2124.4677.511 – 1310 – 116 – 111 – 210 – 74 – 6W 1
Miami1824.429910 – 128 – 1211 – 52 – 43 – 104 – 6L 2
Washington1630.348137 – 179 – 135 – 112 – 57 – 104 – 6W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2916.64414 – 615 – 109 – 616 – 72 – 27 – 3W 3
St. Louis2420.5454.511 – 1013 – 104 – 69 – 56 – 55 – 5L 2
Pittsburgh1825.4191011 – 147 – 113 – 19 – 195 – 44 – 6W 1
Chi Cubs1826.40910.57 – 1511 – 111 – 29 – 107 – 104 – 6L 2
Cincinnati1430.31814.57 – 117 – 192 – 29 – 110 – 135 – 5W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers3014.68215 – 515 – 97 – 68 – 211 – 58 – 2W 1
San Diego2816.636211 – 917 – 79 – 510 – 58 – 57 – 3L 2
San Francisco2419.5585.513 – 1111 – 89 – 74 – 47 – 74 – 6W 2
Arizona2323.500812 – 1211 – 119 – 76 – 55 – 105 – 5L 1
Colorado2024.4551014 – 116 – 135 – 96 – 44 – 83 – 7L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot