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Almora’s bases-loaded walk-off single lifts Reds over Braves

CINCINNATI (AP) Albert Almora Jr. slapped a bases-loaded single past a drawn-in infield in the ninth to give the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

“I didn’t try to do too much,” Almora said. “It was the most excited I’ve seen the bench when we went ahead in the eighth. We needed that.”

A day earlier, Almora would have been the go-ahead run, but flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded. “I hit the ball better yesterday but this one worked out,” he said.

Not only did the Reds avoid a series sweep, but they also snapped a 10-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park – the longest home losing streak for the team since losing 11 straight at Riverfront Stadium in April-May 1986.

Braves reliever A.J. Minter allowed a single to Tommy Pham before walking Joey Votto and hitting pinch-hitter Jonathan India to load the bases with no outs in the ninth. Almora delivered his base hit past a diving third baseman Austin Riley.

There were great at-bats leading up to (Almora’s) hit,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Joey’s done it so many times. The focus that it took to take those pitches really shows his greatness. They are trying to make a perfect pitch and not swing at them is what makes him great.”

It was the first walk-off hit of the season for the Reds, who had been held to just one hit through seven innings by Braves starter Charlie Morton. The 38-year-old struck out 10 and issued a walk in his third seven-inning appearance of the season.

“It was nice to go out there and throw strikes,” Morton said. “I was working ahead of guys but nothing really different from what I’ve been doing.”

The Reds went up 3-1 in the eighth in part with a two-run double to right field from Brandon Drury.

“When I faced Minter before. he threw me a curve ball,” Drury said. “This time he threw me a cutter and I stayed on it.”

The Braves tied it in the ninth on homers from Marcell Ozuna – his second of the afternoon – and Michael Harris II. Hunter Strickland (1-2) got the win despite allowing those home runs.

Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed six hits through seven innings, struck out six and walked one.

“We’ve gotten used to games like that from Luis but we can’t take them for granted,” Bell said.


Braves: OF Adam Duvall was sent back to Atlanta for an MRI after being hit by a pitch on his left hand Saturday. The Braves wanted confirmation that there were no broken bones.

Reds: Max Schrock started at second base instead of India, who had a rest day before pinch hitting. … SS Kyle Farmer is expected to miss a few days after being hit on the left hand with a 100 mph pitch Saturday, but nothing is broken. … Catcher Tyler Stephenson (broken thumb) is expected to begin a rehab stint soon, but there is no timetable for his return.


Braves: Begin a 10-game home stand Monday, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals. Right-hander Kyle Wright 6-4, 3.83 ERA) is scheduled to start for Atlanta against right-hander Dakota Hudson (9-4, 3.03).

Reds: The Mets come to town for a three-game set. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (6-2, 2.72 ERA) is the probable starter for the Mets against Reds rookie righty Hunter Greene (3-9, 5.72 ERA).

Wick’s 2-run error in 11th gifts Red Sox 4-2 win over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Pitcher Rowan Wick threw Trevor Story’s comebacker down the right-field line for a two-run error with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

With automatic runner Bobby Dalbec on second, Wick (1-3) walked Christian Arroyo leading off the 11th. Jarren Duran struck out and Rafael Devers popped out before Story hit a soft hopper that Wick threw well over first baseman David Bote.

In a game that took 4 hours and 25 minutes, Boston won for the second time after a seven-game winning streak. The Red Sox finished a 5-4 road trip and headed home for the start of 17 straight games against AL East rivals.

“We got lucky,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Tonight was a grind.”

Red Sox shortstop Xanger Bogaerts left in the second inning with a left thigh laceration after Willson Contreras slid into him while caught stealing second. Cora said Bogaerts needed seven stitches.

“We’ll hop on the plane and see how he feels tomorrow,” Cora said.

Bogaerts said he didn’t think Contreras meant to harm him, and he didn’t mean to block the base as Contreras was arriving.

“I didn’t know where the plate was,” Bogaerts said. “I know he probably didn’t do it on purpose. My foot being in that position, it shouldn’t be there either.”

Boston stopped Chicago’s four-game winning streak, which had tied the Cubs’ season high.

“They put up a fight, man,” Bogaerts said. “I’ve been on teams like that before where you have young guys that want to go out there, play, prove a point and prove that they belong and want to stay here and impress everyone.”

Contreras hit an RBI single in the first.

Boston tied the score in the fourth when with runners at the corners, Franchy Cordero’s infield popup fell for an RBI single. Second baseman Christopher Morel appeared to settle under the ball, but lost it in the sun. Wind blew the ball to the right side, and it fell off the glove of first baseman Alfonso Rivas, who tried for a basket catch.

Keegan Thompson forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk to Duran later in the inning after getting ahead in the count 0-2.

Patrick Wisdom tied the score in the eighth against Matt Strahm with his 16th homer, a 450-foot drive to center.

Jake Diekman (3-0) struck out four in two hitless innings.

Red Sox starter Connor Seabold, recalled from Triple-A Worcester, allowed one run and six hits in four innings. The 26-year-old was determined to make the most of his third big-league start after Toronto burned him for seven earned runs on nine hits on June 27.

Thompson gave up two runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.

“I wasn’t really hitting spots much,” Thompson said. “Usually, if I’m hitting my spots, then those two-strike pitches are put-away pitches instead of the weak contact, infield hits.”


Boston: RHP Matt Barnes, sidelined since May 30 with right shoulder inflammation, is to face batters Monday. . DH J.D. Martinez, in a 1-for-21 slide, had Sunday off. … RHP Phillips Valdez was optioned back to Worcester a day after being recalled due to LHP Rich Hill’s knee injury.

Chicago: RHP Alec Mills (lower back strain) was placed on the 15-day IL on Sunday after exiting Saturday’s start after just seven pitches. … Chicago recalled RHP Michael Rucker from Triple-A Iowa. … OF Seiya Suzuki (finger sprain) was scheduled to return from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday and is expected to be activated from the 10-day IL on Monday. … RHP Marcus Stroman allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk over 2 2/3 ininings during a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa against Columbus on Sunday as he returns from right shoulder inflammation that has sidelined him since June 3. … Ross said OF Jayson Heyward has not undergone an MRI as he remains on the 10-day IL due to right knee inflammation. … Cubs manager David Ross said 1B Frank Schwindel (lower back strain) and 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) will face LHP Daniel Norris (left index finger strain) in batting practice on Tuesday. … RHP Drew Smyly (oblique strain) is scheduled for a rehab start with High-A South Bend on Monday.


Boston: RHP Michael Wacha (6-1, 2.69 ERA) is slated to start Monday against Tampa Bay.

Chicago: LHP Justin Steele (3-5, 4.39 ERA) will start Monday to open a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Giolito sharp as White Sox complete sweep of Giants 13-4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Lucas Giolito gave up just three hits in six innings to help the Chicago White Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 13-4 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

The White Sox had a game of threes of sorts: Selby Zavala had three hits and three RBIs, Gavin Sheets drove in three and Leury Garcia added three hits. Chicago is now 7-1 all-time at Oracle Park.

“To come out today after we won the series and put that kind of effort into it shows you how special these guys are,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “It starts with Gio. He was mowing them down at the beginning. He had periods where he showed how special he was.”

Joc Pederson had two hits, including an RBI double, for San Francisco, which began the day a season-high 8 1/2 games out of first place. The Giants have lost 10 of 13.

Giolito’s best start in more than a month enabled La Russa to rest his weary bullpen that has been without closer Liam Hendriks since June 14. The right-hander fanned the Giants’ first four batters (three swinging), walked Wilmer Flores with one out in the second, then struck out the next three.

Giolito (5-4) pitched out of a two-out, two-on jam in the fourth, then set down the final three batters in the sixth after Pederson’s RBI double.

“I felt this was probably the best my changeup’s been in a little while,” Giolito said. “We were able to work relatively efficiently. A little bit too many deep counts but overall got a really nice lead, offense was doing their thing and the defense behind me was outstanding.”

Chicago took a 2-0 lead when Luis Robert blooped a broken-bat single to right off Sean Hjelle (0-1) in the third.

Zavala’s RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0, and the White Sox loaded the bases to open the fifth. Sheets then lined a 2-2 pitch to left-center to clear the bases.

Hjelle, the Giants’ 6-foot-11 reliever who joins Jon Rauch as the tallest players in major league history, allowed eight hits and six runs – four of them earned – in two innings.


Giants backup catcher Austin Wynns started the game behind the plate and ended it on the mound as a pitcher. Wynns threw 16 pitches and allowed two hits and two runs. . The White Sox also swept the Giants at Oracle Park in 2008. . San Francisco has scored nine runs in the last 39 innings.


Third baseman Yoan Moncada made a twisting, falling grab of Brandon Belt’s high pop-up in the fourth inning. Second baseman Josh Harrison followed with an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Evan Longoria of a hit in the sixth.

La Russa said the plays were critical because of their timing. Harrison grinned when asked about Moncada’s play.

“It happened to be one of the random times during the game that the sun kind of poked out,” Harrison said. “I know it was tough to see because (Andrew) Vaughn caught a ball in the seventh inning that I ran from like the second base side that I didn’t see. You have to fight the sun and that’s what (Moncada) did.”


The Giants fell to 40-37, a 10-game difference from 2021 when San Francisco bolted to a 50-27 start on its way to a franchise-record 107 wins.


The Giants optioned infielder Jason Vosler to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled Hjelle and C Yermin Mercedes.


White Sox: OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) and C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) ran the bases before the game.

Giants: RHP Anthony DeSclafani will have right ankle surgery next week, likely ending his season. Manager Gabe Kapler is hopeful DeSclafani will return for the start of 2023. . IF Thairo Estrada was placed on the COVID-19 list with symptoms but has not tested positive.


White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (2-4, 3.33 ERA) faces the Twins and RHP Dylan Bundy (4-4, 4.71) in the opener of a three-game series Monday in Chicago. Cueto is 3-0 lifetime against Minnesota with 21 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Giants: RHP Carlos Rodon (7-4, 2.62) goes against the Diamondbacks and former San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner (3-8, 3.63) on Monday in Arizona.

Wheeler, Hoskins, Realmuto lift Phillies over Cardinals 4-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zack Wheeler threw seven shutout innings of four-hit ball and Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto slugged home runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Sunday night.

The Phillies won two of three games in the series against a team they are chasing for a National League wild-card spot.

“A series win is always a plus,” Wheeler said. “Hopefully, we can continue this and keep it up.”

Since Rob Thomson took over as interim manager following the firing of Joe Girardi on June 3, Philadelphia has gone 20-9 and moved within 1 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the NL’s third wild card. The teams will meet next weekend in St. Louis for a four-game series.

“We haven’t played a lot of the Central, but to come away with a series win now and a series win over the Brewers (in early June in Milwaukee) is a good measuring stick of where we are against the National League.,” Hoskins said. “It’s big. We see them again in a week and it will be another big test for us. So we’ll see where it goes.”

Wheeler didn’t allow more than one Cardinals baserunner to reach in an inning, scattered four singles through seven innings while striking out five and walking one in improving to 7-4 with a 2.66 ERA. It is the third time this season that Wheeler has been a part of a combined shutout, which was finished off by relievers Nick Nelson and Corey Knebel.

“They worked him over a little bit early and the pitch count got a little bit high, but I thought he was really good,” Thomson said. “He had really good velocity and his stuff was really good.”

Wheele’s effort followed back-to-back nights in which the Phillies were forced to use three key arms at the back end of the bullpen – Siranthony Dominiquez, Brad Hand and Andrew Bellatti. None of them were available for the Phillies on Sunday, forcing Wheeler to go more economic after racking up 60 pitches in the first three innings.

“I knew as the pitch count went up that I was going to have to get contact,” Wheeler said. “I thought that after those early innings, we did that and the defense behind me played well.”

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said: “He was just overpowering with his stuff.”

Hoskins continued his torrid stretch since June 8. In the last 25 games, the first baseman has a .341 average with nine homers, 17 RBIs, and 18 runs scored. That includes four homers in his last five games after breaking the scoring ice in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer on a cutter by Adam Wainwright that hung over the middle of the plate.

In his career against Wainwright, Hoskins is now 6 for 10 (.600) with three homers and three RBIs.

“Everybody has those guys who they see well,” Hoskins said. “He does a great job of mixing pitches. But yeah, I see him well.”

In the sixth, Hoskins doubled off the center-field wall to start the inning and scored on a Nick Castellanos single up the middle. Two hitters later, Realmuto plated Castellanos with his sixth homer of the season.

Both Hoskins and Realmuto went 2 for 4 – the only hitters for either team with multiple hits. Both are seen as critical offensive pieces if Philadelphia is going to weather the storm caused by Bryce Harper’s broken thumb for the next six-plus week.

“We’ve talked about how you can’t replace a player of his caliber,” Hoskins said. “You shouldn’t really try, there’s a few of them in the whole world. But you have to be focused on being the best that you can and we have some good players in here. We’re better when he’s in the lineup, but we have a lot of good hitters around here.”

Wainwright (6-6) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one.

“I didn’t think he was wearing down,” Marmol said. “His cutter didn’t play today, so he was pitching off the sinker. He used his fastball accordingly with a couple change-ups. Usually, the cutter makes an effective weapon. But he battled through that.”


The Phillies placed LHP Ranger Suarez on the 15-day injured list on Sunday because of lower back spasms. Suarez, who had a 6-5 record with a 4.33 ERA in 15 starts this year for the Phillies, was scheduled to make the start on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.

It is the second Phillies starting pitcher within a week to head to the injured list. RHP Zach Eflin was placed on the injured list on June 26 with a right knee bruise that could keep him out until after the All-Star break. Bailey Falter is replacing Eflin’s turn in the rotation.

After Sunday’s game, Thomson confirmed that Cristopher Sanchez, who has started two games in the past two years for the Phillies, will get the ball on Tuesday night. Sanchez was scratched Sunday night for Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make the start for Philadelphia.


Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader, who is on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, is expected to begin throwing and hitting on Monday. OF Tyler O’Neill, who has been out for 12 games with a left hamstring strain, is expected at Triple-A Memphis as part of his rehab assignment.

Phillies: SS Didi Gregorius had an injection in his left knee and sat for his second straight game on Sunday night. Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said that the club would have a better indication of Gregorius’ availability on Tuesday, when the club returns from its day off. Gregorius missed a month because of a left knee sprain in May.


Cardinals: St. Louis travels to Atlanta to begin a four-game set Monday. RHP Dakota Hudson (6-4, 3.83) is scheduled to get the start against Braves’ RHP Kyle Wright (9-4, 3.03)

Phillies: In a scheduling quirk, the Phillies will have a scheduled off day on the 4th of July for the first time since 1916. The only previous times the club has not played on the holiday since were 1981 during the two-month players strike and the 2020 pandemic-shortened season, which didn’t begin until July 24. They will host Washington on Tuesday.

Trout’s slump worsens, Astros strike out 20 to sweep Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Mike Trout watched as a low sinker grazed the outside corner of the strike zone in the third inning Sunday, rung up once again in a weekend filled with strikeouts.

Before trudging back to the dugout he made a face that seemed to scream: Yikes!

The Angels star went 0 for 11 with nine strikeouts in a three-game series and Los Angeles hitters fanned 20 times overall Sunday as the Houston Astros won 4-2 for a sweep.

“Mike Trout is an he is a future Hall of Famer. He’s going to come around,” Angels acting interim manager Bill Haselman said. “It’s too long of a season never to have struggles. And everybody goes through it, even the best in the game. And he’s going through it right now and we’re confident he’ll get out of it.”

Rookie Jeremy Pena homered twice, capped by a two-run drive with two outs in the ninth inning off Ryan Tepera (1-2) to win it.

Trout struck out seven straight times in the first two games. In the finale, the three-time AL MVP reached base in his first at-bat on an error by Pena at shortstop before striking out looking in his next two plate appearances.

Trout popped out in his last at-bat to extend his skid to 0 for 14.

“This guy, when he’s on he’s like a one-man wrecking crew,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “We did pitch him tough and I’m sure that he’s going to make the adjustment when we go out there very soon.”

Trout is having another strong season, batting .272 with 23 homers and 47 RBIs, despite his second long slump of the year – he was a career-worst 0 for 26 before ending that drought on June 6.

Trout was far from the only Angel to struggle at the plate as Houston starter Framber Valdez and three relievers tied the major league record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Twelve different Angels batters came to the plate and all of them struck out at least once.

“Guys are working on it, but it’s really it’s really tough when you see so many of them going through it at once,” hitting coach Jeremy Reed said. “Usually it’s a guy here, a guy there and the next guy picks him up. But there’s just a lot of guys struggling at the same time.”

Valdez struck out a career-high 13 in six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks. Relievers Hector Neris and Rafael Montero each struck two in a scoreless inning and Ryan Pressly (2-2) fanned three in the ninth.

There had been several occasions where teams struck out 20, including performances by Max Scherzer, Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood. The Astros’ previous record was 18 in 1964 against Cincinnati.

Houston pitchers fanned 47 in the series against the Angels.

Pena had four hits. In the ninth, Jose Altuve singled with two outs and Pena followed with his 11th home run.

Pena hit a solo home run in the fourth off Jose Suarez.

Luis Rengifo homered in the Angels second. Shohei Ohtani hit an RBI single in the third.

Altuve had an RBI single in the fifth that made it 2-all.

Haselman, the team’s catching coach, was the Angels’ acting interim manager Sunday while Ray Montgomery, who has been the acting interim manager, and interim manager Phil Nevin served their suspensions for last week’s bench-clearing brawl with the Mariners. Haselman will also manage Tuesday’s game while Montgomery serves the second game of his suspension.

Sunday was the sixth game of Nevin’s 10-game suspension.


Astros: LHP Parker Mushinski (elbow discomfort) threw live batting practice Sunday. Manager Dusty Baker said he felt good after throwing 24 pitches, but they haven’t yet determined what the next step is for him.


The Angels selected the contract of 2B Michael Stefanic from Triple-A Salt Lake and designated INF/OF Tyler Wade for assignment. Stefanic went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in his major league debut before being replaced by Andrew Velazquez in the bottom of the sixth inning.


Astros: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.13 ERA) will come off the injured list to start for Houston in the opener of a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals Monday.

Angels: Los Angeles is off Monday before Noah Syndergaard (5-6, 3.86) opposes Sandy Alcantara (8-3, 1.96) in the opener of a three-game series at Miami.

McKenzie superb for 7 innings as Guardians edge Yankees 2-0

CLEVELAND (AP) About the same time New York Yankees star Aaron Judge grabbed a helmet and bat to pinch-hit, the Guardians committed a ninth-inning error that threatened to sabotage a great win.

In the moment, manager Terry Francona’s emotions nearly got the best of him.

“When the ball came out of his glove, I almost started crying,” Francona said.

Cleveland pulled it together.

Triston McKenzie shut down New York’s big-bashing lineup over seven superb innings in a combined one-hitter and closer Emmanuel Clase survived a harrowing ninth, giving the Guardians a 2-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Franmil Reyes drove in both Cleveland runs – homering in the fourth and hitting a clutch RBI single in the eighth – as the Guardians salvaged the series finale and handed the Yankees just their seventh loss in 32 games.

McKenzie (5-6) allowed only a broken-bat single to Josh Donaldson in the fourth. The right-hander, who has been hurt by giving up home runs this season, kept the ball in the park and the Yankees off balance.

“I don’t think any of us came into this game looking at the Yankees as the No. 1 team in baseball,” McKenzie said. “We came out here looking at them as a team we have to beat.”

Eli Morgan worked a 1-2-3 in the eighth before giving way to Clase, the AL’s top reliever in June, for a ninth that had a little of everything.

Clase walked Anthony Rizzo leading off and got Giancarlo Stanton to hit a slow grounder that should have been an out, but first baseman Owen Miller dropped the throw. The right-hander retired the next two before the Yankees summoned Judge, who leads the majors with 29 homers but wasn’t in the starting lineup.

“He looked like he was swinging four bats over there in the dugout,” Francona cracked.

With the crowd at Progressive Field hanging on every pitch, Clase went to a full count before walking Judge to load the bases. He then retired Aaron Hicks on a grounder to second for the final out and his 19th save in 21 chances.

“You don’t expect him to throw three sliders in a row,” said Hicks, who dropped to .138 (8 for 58) in his career with the bases loaded. “I just got jammed trying to hit the ball up the middle and got out.”

The Yankees reached the 80-game mark at 58-22, the third-best start through that many games since 1930.

New York won the first two games of the series, sweeping a doubleheader Saturday by a combined 19-5. Baseball’s best team seemed poised to take the entire three-game set and six-game season series against Cleveland.

But McKenzie, who had given up multiple homers in six of his previous eight outings, came through with a stellar start.

“I think the difference between this outing and the last couple outings was making them feel a little more uncomfortable at the plate and using all my pitches to both sides,” McKenzie said. “I used my curveball well to kind of slow them down and I think that just helped keep guys off balance and helped keep my heater kind of useful from the first inning to the last inning.”

Reyes homered leading off the fourth inning against Jordan Montgomery (3-2), who pitched well but didn’t get the run support, an unusual occurrence for a Yankees team winning at a record pace.

Reyes, who recently returned after missing 23 games with a strained hamstring, put the Guardians up 1-0 in the fourth with his sixth homer. Reyes turned on a 1-1 curveball, sending it over the wall in left field.


Judge didn’t connect during the series in Cleveland. Earlier this week, he joined Babe Ruth (32), Roger Maris (30) and Mickey Mantle (29) as the only players to homer 29 times in the team’s first 76 games.


Guardians star third baseman Jose Ramirez also got the day off. He’s been dealing with a sore thumb ligament and went 1 for 7 with four strikeouts Saturday.

“I just thought he was tired,” Francona said. “I know as hard as it is to not have him in the lineup, if you go too far and find out the hard way like you lose the guy for a week or two. I just thought he really could use a break.”


The Guardians re-claimed outfielder Oscar Mercado off waivers from Philadelphia during the game. Mercado was designated for assignment by Cleveland on June 21 and claimed by the Phillies six days later. He had one at-bat before being designated on July 1.


Yankees: RHP Domingo German (shoulder impingement) allowed one run and two hits over four innings in his his third rehab start, for Double-A Somerset at Reading on Sunday, as he works toward an expected return later this month. He threw 39 of 49 pitches for strikes. … Boone received good reports on RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder inflammation) after he threw batting practice in Tampa, Florida. Loaisiga is scheduled to have another session Tuesday.

Guardians: C Austin Hedges (concussion) remains sidelined. He took batting practice between games on Saturday, but has not yet been cleared to return.


Yankees: A holiday off in Pittsburgh before opening a three-game series Tuesday with RHP James Taillon (9-1, 3.32 ERA) facing LHP Jose Quintana.

Guardians: Play yet another doubleheader, their seventh and third in six days, at Detroit on Monday. Zach Plesac (2-5, 3.86) will start the opener against rookie Garret Hill, making his major league debut. LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.31) starts the second game against RHP Alex Faedo (1-4, 4.84).

Padres rally for 4 in 9th, beat Dodgers 4-2 to avoid sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even in the monotony of a long season, Padres manager Bob Melvin knows some results are more important than others when it comes to sustaining a team’s confidence.

That’s why Sunday’s 4-2 comeback by San Diego over the Los Angeles Dodgers might resonate for a while.

“This would have been a really tough game to lose. There’s some games in the middle of the season that are bigger than others. This was a huge swing for us,” Melvin said.

Besides a mental boost, the Padres made it a physical win. Jake Cronenworth lined a single off closer Craig Kimbrel’s back to spark a four-run rally in the ninth inning.

The victory helped the Padres avoid a four-game sweep by their Southern California NL West rivals and puts them 3 1/2 games back at the midway point. San Diego improved to 47-34.

It also snapped a nine-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium and marked only their second win in the last 16 games over the Dodgers.

“It keeps us within shouting distance. We’re still not fully whole. They went after us this series pretty hard and took advantage,” Melvin said.

The Padres had only one runner get beyond second base in the first eight innings before breaking through for all their runs in the ninth.

Down 1-0, Cronenworth began the comeback with his infield hit that struck Kimbrel (1-4). Luke Voit then followed with a deep flyball that bounced off the top of the Dodgers’ bullpen gate in left center – Cronenworth scored the tying run while Voit wound up with a double.

Eric Hosmer, who had two hits, singled home the go-ahead run to chase Kimbrel.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said scans on Kimbrel’s back were negative. By going three of the past four days, Kimbrel is expected to be down a couple days after blowing his third save opportunity in 17 chances.

“There was thought (of taking him out after getting hit by Cronenworth) but a guy like that when he says he’s good to go and throw some pitches, we liked what we saw,” Roberts said. “We let him go and he got behind to Voit.”

With two outs, Ha-Seong Kim homered off Yency Almonte for a 4-1 lead.

“We felt like we were putting good pressure on and kept fighting to the end. This series didn’t go our win but to get this one against (Clayton) Kershaw and Kimbrel is big,” Hosmer said.

Mookie Betts returned from the injured list with two doubles and scored both Dodger runs. Kershaw threw four-hit ball over seven innings.

Taylor Rogers worked the ninth for his 23rd save, giving up a double by Betts and a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman in the ninth.

Nick Martinez (3-3) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings to get the win.

Kershaw had gone 1-2 and allowed 10 runs in 19 innings in four starts since returning from the IL, but the Dodgers ace had one of his best starts of the season. The lefty struck out eight and walked only one as he went seven innings for the first time since May 7 against the Chicago Cubs.

“It was better for sure. Better command of my fastball and slider made for a better day,” Kershaw said.

Betts was activated before the game after being sidelined two weeks due to a cracked right rib. He was back in his familiar leadoff spot and playing right field and he reached base four times.

Betts led off the Dodgers first with a double into the left-field corner and scored when Trea Turner lined a fastball from MacKenzie Gore down the left-field line for a double.

In the fourth, Betts tried to score from second on a base hit to left by Freeman, but Jurickson Profar quickly made a play on the ball and threw home, where catcher Jorge Alfaro applied the tag. Betts, who is still feeling some effects from the injuries, did not try to slide.

Gore allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings on five hits and struck out four.


The Dodgers and Padres have 12 more meetings, with nine in September. They won’t face each other until a three-game weekend series in San Diego beginning Aug. 5.


Dodgers: IF Hanser Alberto is likely to miss three games after he received an injection for knee pain. … OF Chris Taylor was available off the bench after leaving Saturday’s game in the sixth inning due to a left foot contusion.


The Padres called up RHP Tayler Scott from Triple-A El Paso to help shore up the bullpen. LHP Ray Kerr was optioned and RHP Kyle Tucker designated for assignment.


Padres: Return home for a two-game series against Seattle starting Monday. LHP Sean Manaea (3-3, 3.92 ERA) went 1-0 in five June starts.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (5-2, 2.94 ERA) gets the start on Monday as Los Angeles opens a three-game set against Colorado.

Marlins beat Nationals, who lose Soto to left calf injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Down to their final strike Sunday, the Miami Marlins got another big home run to keep alive a winning streak that started with one.

Jesus Sanchez hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to avoid a loss and provide enough cushion when the Washington Nationals tied it, and the Marlins got to reliever Carl Edwards Jr. in the 10th to win 7-4 and extend their streak to four in a row.

Four days after Avisail Garcia’s homer beat St. Louis, the Marlins moved three games shy of .500 thanks to Sanchez’s 11th of the season coming at the most opportune time.

“Huge,” manager Don Mattingly said. “The game don’t move on without that.”

The Marlins have won 11 of 12 against the Nationals and can start dreaming about taking a shot at an NL wild-card spot despite being 26-39 against everyone else.

“Winning games is a lot of fun, and we know right now in July it’s kind of crunch time,” reliever Anthony Bass said. “We want to put the pressure on the front office to let them know that we want to make a run here (to) the postseason, and July’s kind of the month to do it.”

The loss came at potentially a high cost for the Nationals, who lost star outfielder Juan Soto to a left calf injury. Soto flexed and pointed to his left leg after making a throw in right field in the third and was taken out after being involved in a rundown in the fourth.

“We’ll re-evaluate him and see what’s going on,” manager Dave Martinez said.

Soto, the face of the franchise the organization is attempting to sign to a long-term contract, Soto had his hitting streak snapped at eight games after getting walked twice. He left the ballpark Sunday evening to get an MRI.

“Oh yeah, it’s terrifying, obviously,” said Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, who ended Pablo Lopez’s no-hit bid in the seventh and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth. “Fingers crossed that it’s not anything too, too time-consuming. We’ll see. I know he’s probably going to get the results back here soon. I know we’re all holding our breath for him. I guess time will tell.”

Garcia also played a role in this comeback, drawing a two-out walk in the ninth to bring Sanchez to the plate for his home run off Washington closer Tanner Rainey on a 2-2 pitch. Brian Anderson, Jon Berti and Joey Wendle all singled off Edwards (2-3) in the 10th inning.

“Edwards has been really good,” Martinez said. “Just really couldn’t find the strike zone and got behind and he got hit pretty good.”

It almost didn’t take heroics with Lopez throwing six no-hit innings before allowing three in a row in the seventh and getting pulled for Bass, who allowed a sacrifice fly before locking things down. Lopez left with a no-decision after allowing two runs on just those three hits and striking out five.

“It was good to see him back and kind of see him feeling better,” Mattingly said. “Obviously his stuff ticked way up. I know him and (pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre) had been doing some stuff this past week — just mechanical, a little small thing — and kind of got him back on track.”

Tanner Scott (4-2) got the win, and Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless 10th for his first save this season.


Berti was thrown out by Keibert Ruiz in the third, keeping him from adding to his major league-leading total of 25 steals this season.


Marlins: Wendle was back in the lineup at shortstop as part of the team’s day on, day off plan to ease him back from a right hamstring strain. Wendle was activated off the injured list and returned Friday after missing the previous month.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the 60-day injured list with a pinched nerve in his neck since April, was set to throw roughly 60 pitches over four innings or so Sunday night for Triple-A Rochester. … Manager Dave Martinez said RHP Victor Arano (inflamed left knee) is close to returning after throwing a bullpen session and going through some agility drills, with a trip to the team’s minor league facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, up next before a rehab assignment.


LHP Braxton Garrett (1-3, 5.24 ERA) starts for the Marlins against LHP Patrick Corbin (4-10, 6.06) in the annual 11 a.m. Fourth of July game in Washington.

Mets ace deGrom whiffs 5 of 6 batters in 1st rehab start

NEW YORK (AP) Back in a game at last, Jacob deGrom was sharp.

The New York Mets ace struck out five of the six batters he faced and threw 18 of 24 pitches for strikes Sunday night in his first minor league rehabilitation start for Class A St. Lucie.

The only hiccup for deGrom against the Jupiter Hammerheads in Port St. Lucie, Florida, came when he hit a batter with a pitch.

As deGrom warmed up in the bullpen before the game, more than a dozen of the young St. Lucie players gathered behind him to watch his regimen.

It was the first competitive outing since spring training for deGrom, sidelined all season because of a stress reaction in his right scapula that caused inflammation. The two-time Cy Young Award winner also missed the second half of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow – he hasn’t pitched in the majors since July 7, 2021.

As he builds up arm strength and stamina, the 34-year-old right-hander will need several minor league rehab outings before he’s ready to rejoin New York’s rotation.

General manager Billy Eppler likened the process to a typical spring training progression, and manager Buck Showalter said deGrom won’t return until he’s stretched out enough that he could pitch five innings or more.

So the likelihood is deGrom won’t be back in the big leagues until at least late July, after the All-Star break.

Fellow ace Max Scherzer (5-1, 2.54 ERA) is scheduled to return from a strained left oblique muscle and start for the Mets on Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, got hurt May 18 against St. Louis and recently made two rehab starts for Double-A Binghamton.

New York leads the NL East by 3 1/2 games over defending World Series champion Atlanta.

Wimbledon wild-card entry steals set, not win, from Djokovic

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Even knowing what an unusual Wimbledon this has been, what with so many unexpected results and new faces popping up, and so few top seeds – and major champions – remaining, surely Novak Djokovic would not lose to a wild-card entry making his Grand Slam debut, would he?

If it did not quite seem plausible, it did at least become vaguely possible a tad past 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night under the closed roof at Centre Court, when 25-year-old Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven – ranking: 104th; lifetime tour-level victories: eight, all in the past month – had the temerity to smack a 133 mph ace past Djokovic and tie their fourth-round match at a set apiece.

All of nine minutes later, the time it took Djokovic to grab 12 of the next 15 points, and the next three games, both plausibility and possibility took a hike. Soon enough, the third set was his, and not much later, so was the fourth, and the match, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 result that gave the tournament’s No. 1 seed a 25th consecutive grass-court victory at the All England Club and a place in his 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal.

“Novak did his Novak thing,” van Rijthoven said, “and played very, very well. He had all the answers.”

Beforehand, van Rijthoven had said: “I’ll go into that match thinking I can win.” Might have still had that sense Sunday evening. If only briefly.

Eventually, the only true question was whether Djokovic would wrap this one up in time, because there is an 11 p.m. curfew. Running up against that would have required them to resume Monday.

“Whew. I am lucky,” Djokovic said after closing the deal with 20 minutes to spare. “It’s never really pleasant if you can’t finish the match in the same day. Glad I did.”

They did not begin playing until 8 p.m., in part due to a delay of roughly an hour at the start of this special afternoon – the first time in history the tournament’s middle Sunday held scheduled play – while a ceremony was held to honor the 100 years of Centre Court.

Djokovic, who questioned after his victory why matches generally begin so late in the main stadium, was among the many past champions who took part, joking to the crowd when it was his turn to speak, “Gosh, I feel more nervous than when I’m playing.”

If he was, indeed, jittery at all at a set apiece many hours later against van Rijthoven, it certainly did not show. Didn’t matter that van Rijthoven kept cranking out huge serves, to the tune of 20 aces, including a pair on second serves. Didn’t matter just how big the cuts were that van Rijthoven took with his forehands. Didn’t matter that the spectators, who love an underdog, were getting louder and louder as the second set came to a close. Didn’t matter that Djokovic stumbled behind what he called a “slippery” baseline twice, landing first on his backside, later on his left knee and stomach.

“He was on a streak on this surface, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. With that serve and a lot of talent, great touch, powerful forehand, he can do a lot of damage,” Djokovic said. “It took me a little bit of time to get used to his pace.”

Djokovic, a 35-year-old from Serbia, calibrated his best-in-the-game returns, got his groundstrokes in fine form – finishing with just 19 unforced errors, compared to 29 winners – and was in complete control, a step closer to all manner of important numbers. His pursuit of a fourth consecutive, and seventh overall, title at Wimbledon, not to mention a 21st major championship, will continue Tuesday against No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy.

Sinner reached his first quarterfinal at the All England Club by eliminating No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3 earlier.

The other quarterfinal on their half of the bracket will be No. 9 Cam Norrie of Britain against unseeded David Goffin of Belgium. They each advanced by beating Americans: Norrie beat No. 30 Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to get to his first major quarterfinal, and Goffin edged No. 23 Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (3), 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 over more than 4 1/2 hours.

The rest of the fourth round is Monday, and the only men left in the field who ever have participated in a Grand Slam final are Djokovic and 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal. They are also the only men still around ranked in the top 10.

It’s a similarly unfamiliar collection of players chasing the women’s championship, with just one who has appeared in a Grand Slam final (two-time major title winner Simona Halep, who plays Monday) and just two who were among the top 15 seeds at Wimbledon (No. 3 Ons Jabeur and No. 4 Paula Badosa, who plays Monday).

Jabeur made it to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the second year in a row with a 7-6 (9), 6-4 victory against No. 24 Elise Mertens of Belgium. The other women moving on Sunday are unseeded and in unfamiliar territory, never having been in any major quarterfinal.

Jabeur next plays Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, while Tatjana Maria, 34, and Jule Niemeier, 22, will meet in an all-German quarterfinal.

Bouzkova topped Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2, Maria defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 after erasing two match points, and Niemeier beat Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4.

“There’s no reason … not to keep this going,” said Bouzkova, who pulled out of the French Open in May after testing positive for COVID-19 before her second-round match. “Kind of believing in myself right now.”

There’s been a lot of that going around at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic put an end to such thoughts for van Rijthoven

Zhou involved in frightening 1st-lap crash at British GP

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Zhou Guanyu said he was “all clear” Sunday after a frightening first-lap crash that brought the British Grand Prix to an immediate halt as safety crews attended to the only Chinese driver in Formula One.

Zhou’s car slid upside-down across the gravel and his Alfa Romeo seemed to be wedged between fencing and a tire barrier at the first corner. The race was red flagged and George Russell, one of the drivers involved in the crash, sprinted from his car to the tire barrier to check on Zhou.

Zhou was taken to the track’s medical center for observation and credited the head-protecting “halo” device on the cars for protecting him.

“I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!” he wrote on Twitter.

Alex Albon of Williams was also taken to the medical center and then his team said he’d been transferred by helicopter to Coventry Hospital for a precautionary check. Albon had spun into the pit wall after being struck by Sebastian Vettel from behind as drivers tried to avoid the incident involving Zhou. Williams said Sunday evening Albon had been “given the all clear” and discharged from hospital.

Russell appeared to be hit from behind at the start and was knocked into Zhou, whose car went flying across a gravel trap and over a tire wall into the retaining fence. The car was skidding on the halo, then went airborne. It was stuck between the tire wall and the fence, delaying efforts to extricate Zhou.

Russell, who ran from his car to help Zhou, called it “one of the scariest crashes I’ve ever seen.”

Russell was declared out of the race by the FIA because his Mercedes was loaded onto a truck to be taken back to pit lane while he was checking on Zhou. Mercedes protested the call, but the FIA did not budge.

The drivers returned to the pits to await a restart.

After the crash, but while cars were still on the track, protesters from an environmental group called Just Stop Oil ran onto the track and sat down. The group said that five of its activists reached the track. Local police said seven arrests were made and that the actions had put lives at risk.

The Just Stop Oil group also tried to disrupt some Premier League soccer games in England in recent months.

The halo device around the cockpit played a prominent role earlier Sunday in a Formula Two race at Silverstone when Dennis Hauger’s car landed on top of rival Roy Nissany’s car. The incident was reminiscent of a crash in F1 involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix last year.

“You see the crash in F2 this morning and what happened with the halo, today they saved probably two lives,” race winner Carlos Sainz Jr. said.

AP source: Goran Dragic, Bulls agree on 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls and guard Goran Dragic have agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because free-agent deals can’t be announced until Wednesday. The Athletic first reported the agreement.

The 36-year-old Dragic has averaged 13.7 points and shot 36.2% on 3-pointers over 14 seasons with Phoenix, Houston, Miami, Toronto and Brooklyn. From Slovenia, he made an All-Star team with the Heat during the 2017-18 season and helped them advance to the 2020 NBA finals.

Dragic averaged 7.5 points while shooting 25.4% from beyond the arc last season for Toronto and Brooklyn. Though the Bulls ranked fourth in the NBA in 3-point accuracy, they were last in attempts.

The Bulls took a big step by winning 46 games with DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine leading the way and posting their best record in seven years. They settled their biggest offseason issue when they agreed to a five-year max contract with LaVine last week.

JT Poston goes wire-to-wire in John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill, (AP) J.T. Poston completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the John Deere Classic for his second PGA Tour title and a spot in the British Open.

Three strokes ahead entering the day at TPC Deere Run, Poston closed with a 2-under 69 for a three-stroke margin over fellow British Open qualifiers Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo.

Poston is the third wire-to-wire winner in tournament history, following Scott Hoch in 1980 and David Frost in 1992. The 29-year-old player from Hickory, North Carolina, finished at 21-under 263. He opened 62-65-67.

“It’s just tough to play with the lead,” Poston said. “There is just a little bit of added pressure. Wire-to-wire, pretty much having the lead from Thursday on, I told all the media after every round that I was just trying to stick to my game plan and I wasn’t going to think about it.

“The truth is it’s hard not to think about the finish line and what comes with it, all that comes with getting win out here. As much as you try and put that aside and not think about it, it’s tough not to.”

Poston birdied the first three holes Sunday, bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6 and parred the next 10. He made a 4-footer for birdie on the par-5 17th and parred the 18th.

“I was just trying to breathe,” Poston said. “I was really. I think there were a lot of nerves, a lot more than the first few days. I was just battling through them. I think after today, after this week, I feel like knowing I can play with those nerves and I can still win, still shoot a solid score considering the pressure and trying to win out here.”

Poston won a week after tying for second in Connecticut in the Travelers Championship. He also won the 2019 Wyndham Championship.

“They don’t come easy out here and I really wanted to get that second win to sort of validate Wyndham,” Poston said. “So, it feels good to get it out of the way.”

The British Open is July 14-17 at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

“I can’t wait,” Poston said. “I’ve always wanted to play in one of those at any venue, but first one to be in St. Andrews and the 150th, I can’t wait to get there and see what it’s like.”

Bezuidenhout shot a 66, and Grillo had a 69.

“I just knew I needed a solid week,” Grillo said. “I just needed to play well and go up the rankings and have a job for next year. That was more important for me than going to the Open. Now I get both, so that’s pretty special.”

Christopher Gotterup, the former Rutgers player in the field on a sponsor exemption, had a 66 to tie for fourth at 17 under with Scott Stallings (70).

“Just more validation that I do belong out here,” Gotterup said. “And honestly, I didn’t have my greatest stuff this week. Hit it amazing, but just putted pretty poorly until coming down the stretch.”

Reddick wins at Road America for 1st NASCAR Cup victory

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Tyler Reddick needed a little longer than expected to win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The circumstances of his triumph made it worth the wait.

Reddick won Sunday at Road America by outdueling Chase Elliott, the defending champion on the course and the current points leader. The victory came in the 92nd start of his Cup career, which has included five second-place finishes.

“It was just a huge sense of relief,” Reddick said.

The Richard Childress Racing driver won by 3.304 seconds over Elliott, who had the pole position and led for 36 of the 62 laps. Elliott was seeking his eighth career Cup road-course win to tie Tony Stewart for second place – one behind Jeff Gordon’s record.

“He’s been the guy that’s won more road courses the last couple of years than anybody,” Reddick said.

Kyle Larson was third, followed by Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez.

Elliott and Reddick were both well ahead of the field before making pit stops with about 20 laps remaining. Elliott had a narrow lead over Reddick as they came out of the pits, but Reddick eventually pulled ahead of him as they headed back toward the front of the pack.

Reddick took over the lead for good on the 47th lap once all the cars that had been ahead of him made their pit stops.

“I just let him stay close enough to pressure me there while we had decent tires and never could get enough of a gap,” Elliott said. “Made a couple mistakes. I was gaining a gap there a couple times and made a couple mistakes and let him get back close enough to get me out of sync, and then after that just started struggling.”

Elliott had the pole position and led for much of the day as he attempted to follow his victory last week at Nashville with another. He was chasing his third win of the season.

Nobody has won more than two races through the first 18 events, the first time there hasn’t been at least a three-time winner this late in the season.

Instead, Reddick became the fifth first-time winner this year.

Each of the first three road-course races this year has had a first-time winner, with Reddick breaking through at Road America after Chastain won at the Circuit of the Americas and Suarez at Sonoma.

The other first-time winners were Austin Cindric at Daytona and Chase Briscoe at Phoenix.

Reddick, who won the Xfinity Series in 2018 and 2019, seemed on the verge of getting his elusive first victory a number of times before Sunday.

Perhaps the most notable example came at Bristol in April. Reddick and Chase Briscoe were dueling for the lead that night when the two cars spun out of control, enabling Kyle Busch to slip past them for the victory. Reddick also led for 90 laps at Fontana earlier this year but ended up 24th after William Byron ran him into wall.

“This year’s been one mistake away from greatness all year long,” Reddick said. “We finally did it today.”

Team owner Richard Childress sensed the breakthrough was coming and made that clear during a Sunday morning pep talk with the driver.

“I told him this morning, `You’re going to win this race. We just can’t beat ourselves and (have to) be solid,’ ” Childress said.

Reddick made sure his boss’ prediction came true.


The Cup Series heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday. Kurt Busch won last year.


Big Innings Sting Indy in Sunday Night’s 7-4 Defeat to Sounds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yoshi Tsutsugo continued his hot streak by knocking in three of four runs for the Indianapolis Indians, but the Nashville Sounds scored in bunches with three runs in the first and four in the third to secure a series victory on Sunday night, 7-4.

Nashville (47-30) faced an early 2-0 deficit when Tsutsugo doubled down the right-field line in the top of the first to bring in a pair. The Sounds were quick to respond with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. After a willd pitch by Hunter Stratton (L, 1-5) that scored Abraham Almonte to tie the game, Jon Singleton lined a ball into center field to score David Dahl and take a 3-2 lead. The Sounds would later create an insurmountable lead with four insurance runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 advantage.

The Indians (37-39) offense showed life after bringing home a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Singles by Taylor Davis, Ben Gamel and Ji-Hwan Bae loaded the bases for a hot-hitting Tsutsugo, who brought in his third run of the contest with a deep sacrifice fly to left field. A liner to opposite field by Cal Mitchell scored another run to cut the defcicit to 7-4.

After the Sounds put seven runs on the board through three innings, Cam Alldred and Travis MacGregor combined to hold them scoreless for the final six frames. Alldred came in relief in the fourth for Indy to settle down the Nashville offense. He tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. MacGregor would keep the game within reach with a scoreless seventh and eighth inning.

Nashville’s Alec Bettinger (W, 1-4) threw 5.0 innings and surrendered four runs on eight hits with one walk and a strikeout. Tyler Herb (S, 1) came in relief of Bettinger in the sixth and held the Indians offense scoreless in his 4.0 innings of work to close out the ballgame.

Bae and Mitchell each deposited three-hit performances in Sunday’s series finale. Mitchell’s base knock in the fifth extended his hitting streak to match Kevin Newman’s active 10-game hitting streak. Their respective hitting streaks are the longest by an Indians batter this season.

The Indians are at Victory Field on Monday for a Fourth of July matchup with the Iowa Cubs to begin a six-game set. First pitch is slated for 6:15 PM ET. RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-4, 4.92) will toe the rubber for Indy and Iowa has yet to name a starter.


Decatur Central LB Aycen Stevens has committed to Virginia Tech. The 6-4, 230 pound Stevens choose the Virginia Tech over Purdue, Iowa State and Nebraska. Stevens is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 9 in-state commit by 247Sports. Stevens said Virginia Tech sees him fitting in at weakside linebacker, though he could potentially move to defensive end depending on his growth.

Three Notre Dame Pitchers Enter The Transfer Portal

Less than a week after Link Jarrett left Notre Dame to become Florida State’s head baseball coach, three Notre Dame pitchers entered the transfer portal before Friday’s deadline to do so. Fighting Irish relievers Alex Rao and Roman Kimball, and starter Austin Temple all entered the portal before the July 1 deadline.

Rao was one of the key cogs out of the Irish bullpen in 2022. The senior was 3-1 with three saves and a 3.83 ERA for Notre Dame’s College World Series team this season. His 25 relief appearances were the second-most for the Fighting Irish. Rao registered 57 strikeouts with 28 walks in 47.0 innings pitched.

The righthander appeared in six NCAA Tournament games for the Irish, including two games in the College World Series. He totaled 11.2 total innings in the NCAA run through Omaha with 14 strikeouts, six walks and eight hits allowed.

The Hobe Sound, Fla. native’s top NCAA game was a 3.0 inning relief outing in Notre Dame’s NCAA Regional-opening win over Texas Tech. He was forced into action when John Michael Bertrand exited the game after just one inning of work due to a six-hour rain delay.

Rao also totaled 6.0 innings of relief in Notre Dame’s game one and three wins over No. 1 ranked Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional. He still has his “Super Senior” season of eligibility remaining, due to the extra Covid-19 season granted by the NCAA to all student-athletes who were on rosters in 2020.

Temple’s 15 starts this season were the second-most for the Irish behind Bertrand’s 18. The righthander was 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA. He had 87 strikeouts and 37 walks in 69.1 innings.

He made two NCAA Tournament starts, including a 5.2 inning stint vs Georgia Southern in which he struck out 8 batters. The Palm City, Fla. native was a graduate student this season after transferring from Jacksonville. He will still have one year of grad student eligibility, due to an injury he suffered in 2021 when he was still at Jacksonville.

Kimball was a freshman this season who made 17 relief appearances. He was 4-0 with a 5.76 ERA. The New Hartford, NY native was rated as the No. 55 overall freshman in the 2022 class according to Perfect Game.

His only NCAA Tournament appearance came in Notre Dame’s 6-2 loss to Oklahoma in their second game of the College World Series.


1881       On his birthday, Mickey Welch throws two complete-game victories when Troy sweeps a doubleheader from the Bisons at Buffalo’s Riverside Grounds, 8-3 and 12-0. The 22-year-old future Hall of Famer, who finishes the season with a 21-18 record, will complete 525 games of the 549 he starts for the Haymakers (NA) and Giants (NL) during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.

1884       In American Association action, Louisville right-hander Guy Hecker pitches complete games to win both ends of a doubleheader. The Youngsville, Pennsylvania native does not walk a single batter when he beats the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers at Eclipse Park, 5-4 and 8-2.

1899       John McGraw becomes the first major leaguer to achieve a stolen base cycle when he swipes second base, third base, and home plate during the same inning of the same game. The 26-year-old Orioles’ (NL) third baseman accomplishes the feat in the fourth frame of the team’s 5-4 victory over the Boston Beaneaters at Baltimore’s Union Park.

1900       Approximately one thousand people in the crowd of 10,000 fans attending the game at Chicago’s West Side Grounds celebrate Independence Day by firing pistols into the air. The Orphans shoot down the visiting Philadelphia team in 12 innings, 5-4.

1905       Rube Waddell beats Cy Young and the Americans, 4-2, when the A’s score two runs in the 20th inning. Both of the future Hall of Fame hurlers go the distance in the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds marathon.

1908       With two outs and an 0-2 count in the ninth inning, Giant pitcher George Wiltse loses his perfect game when he hits the opposing pitcher, George McQuillan, with a pitch. ‘Hooks’ keeps his no-hitter intact when New York wins the 1-0 Polo Grounds contest in the tenth, scoring the winning run on a Philadelphia error.

1911       Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida become the first Cuban natives to appear in a major league game as they debut for the Reds. Almeida strikes out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and Marsans singles in the 8-3 loss to the Cubs at Chicago’s West Side Grounds.

1912       Tiger pitcher George Mullin celebrates the nation’s birthday and his own by throwing a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns. In addition to his excellent pitching, the 32-year-old also collected three hits and drove in two runs during the 7-0 victory.

1925       In a battle of southpaws at Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock and Lefty Grove of the A’s hook up in a 15-inning pitchers’ duel, which the Bronx Bombers win, 1-0. Pennock retires the first 18 batters and the last 21 batters he faces.

1932       Bill Dickey punches and breaks Carl Reynolds’s jaw after the Senator outfielder collides with him on a close play at home plate. The American League suspends the Yankee catcher for 30 days and fines him $1,000 for his one-punch fight.

1935       Due to his ‘wandering’ ball, Iola hurler Harold Liell, a 5′ 6 1/2″, 155-pounder with pigeon-toed feet, is called up for a tryout with the Kansas City Blues. The K.C. manager Dutch Zwilling is impressed with the young southpaw’s performance but advises the Greeley, Kansas lad to get more experience, suggesting he play in the Ban Johnson League.

1938       The Phillies move into Shibe Park, located only five blocks away from the team’s former home, splitting a twin bill with the Boston Bees, losing the first game, 10-5, and winning the nightcap, 10-2. The National League franchise decided to abandon the Baker Bowl in the middle of the season for the newer and more spacious home of the A’s, hoping to cut expenses with the clubs sharing the upkeep of the stadium.

1939       “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.” – LOU GEHRIG, speaking to a sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium. During Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, the Iron Horse’s uniform number 4 will be the first-ever to be retired. Initially too moved to speak, the emotional man of the hour changes his mind when Skipper Joe McCarthy encourages him, setting the stage for baseball’s most iconic speech when he describes himself as “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

1939       In a slugfest at Shibe Park, Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor hits two grand slams in the same game and a third home run in Boston’s 18-12 victory over the A’s. The pair of bases-loaded round-trippers marks only the second time a player has accomplished the feat, both coming in a game against the Philadelphia A’s.

1945       Augie Bergamo bangs out eight hits, helping the Cardinals sweep a twin bill from the Giants, 8-4 and 19-2. The 28-year-old Redbird right fielder collects 11 total bases and drives in eight runs in the Polo Grounds nightcap when he hits three singles, a two-run home run, and a grand slam.

1948       At Fenway Park, the Red Sox snap a 5-5 tie, scoring a record 14 runs in one inning en route to a 19-5 victory over the A’s. During Boston’s seventh-inning barrage, Ted Williams, who makes the last out, faces three different hurlers, an American League first.

1955       In Three-I League action, Keokuk Kernels’ hurler Mudcat Grant hits three home runs in consecutive innings. During his 14-year major league career with seven teams, the right-hander from Lacoochee (FL) will go yard six times.

1961       Appearing as a pinch-hitter, Julio Becquer blasts a two-out ninth-inning grand slam, giving the Twins a dramatic 6-4 walk-off win over the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium. Minnesota sweeps the twin bill when Harmon Killebrew’s only career inside-the-park homer is the difference in the team’s 4-2 victory in the nightcap.

1964       A’s left fielder Manny Jimenez, who didn’t homer in 1963, connects for three accounting for five of the team’s runs in a 6-6 tie with the Orioles. A special Baltimore curfew to permit the fireworks to take place suspends the game after nine innings.

1966       In his first game after being sidelined a week with a fractured cheekbone, Ron Santo sets a franchise record, hitting in his 28th consecutive game. The streak will end when the Cubs’ third baseman is held hitless in the nightcap of the twin bill against Pittsburgh.

1967       Opposing his younger brother, Joe, Phil Niekro goes the distance, getting the victory when the Braves beat the Cubs at Atlanta Stadium, 8-3. Joining Jesse and Virgil Barnes, who opposed one another five times as starters in the 1920s, the Niekros become the second pair of siblings to start in the same major league game.

1969       At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, Bob Oliver becomes the first player in Royals’ history to hit a grand slam. The center fielder’s eighth-inning blast comes off Jim Bouton of the Pilots in an eventual 13-2 KC victory.

1970       Brothers Billy and Tony Conigliaro hit home runs in the Red Sox’s 5-1 victory over the Tribe at Fenway Park. The Boston outfielders become the eighth different set of siblings to have homered in the same game, a feat that has occurred only 13 times in major league history.

1972       In front of a large holiday crowd gathered at Shea Stadium for a doubleheader against San Diego, Tom Seaver takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning for the second time in his career. After getting Dave Roberts to ground out to second base, Leron Lee singles up the middle to spoil the no-hit bid of the 27-year-old Mets right-hander, who has to settle for his fourth one-hitter when he induces the next batter to hit into a game-ending double play.

1976       After hitting an apparent grand slam in the top of the second inning, Tim McCarver is credited with only a three-run single when he passes teammate Garry Maddox on the basepaths in the Phillies’ 10-5 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The other baserunners are allowed to score on the Philadelphia catcher’s ‘grand slam single’ because only the player passing his teammate is out, and there were less than two outs.

1977       In the bottom of the sixth at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 22-year-old Tiger phenom Mark Fidrych, last year’s Rookie of the Year, gets two quick ground ball outs before giving up six runs on six consecutive hits and an intentional walk after throwing a pitch with an unusual motion. The ‘Bird,’ the winner of 6 of 8 decisions this season, will get only four more victories before retiring in 1980 after compiling a 25-11 record before this start.

1977       The Red Sox snap a nine-game losing streak by blasting a record-tying eight home runs in their 9-6 victory over Toronto at Fenway Park. The octet of round-trippers, hit by George Scott (2), Fred Lynn (2), Bernie Carbo, Butch Hobson, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice, matches the major league mark shared by the 1939 Yankees, 1953 Braves, 1956 Reds, 1961 Giants, and 1963 Twins.

1980       Nolan Ryan, the losing pitcher in the Astros’ 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium, fans Cesar Geronimo in the second inning to record his 3000th career strikeout. The Reds’ outfielder was also Bob Gibson’s 3000th victim in 1974.

1982       Celebrating Independence Day at Mile High Stadium in Denver, 65,666 fans watch an American Association contest and enjoy a giant fireworks display after the game. The gathering is the largest crowd in minor league history.

1983       At Yankee Stadium, southpaw Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox to become the first Bronx Bomber left-hander to throw a no-no since George Mogridge accomplished the feat in 1917. The 24-year-old southpaw’s 4-0 gem is the first no-hitter for New York since Don Larsen tossed his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

1984       At Arlington Stadium, Yankee hurler Phil Niekro strikes out Texas right fielder Larry Parrish to become the ninth major league player to reach the 3,000 strikeout milestone. The 45-year-old knuckleballer, best known for seasons with the Braves, will end his 24-year Hall of Fame career, striking out 3,342 batters.

1985       Keith Hernandez completes the cycle with a single in the twelfth frame of a 19-inning contest with the Braves. The first baseman’s four hits, including a double in the first, a triple in the fourth, and a homer in the eighth inning, contribute to the Mets’ 16-13 early morning victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

1985       “If he hits a home run to tie this game, this game will be certified as absolutely the nuttiest in the history of baseball.” – JOHN STERLING, broadcaster for TBS, commenting to his partner Ernie Johnson about Rick Camp’s at-bat. The Mets outlast the Braves, finally winning the game 16-13 in 19 innings, after Rick Camp, a weak-hitting hurler with a .060 average and 83 strikeouts in 167 at-bats, hit an improbable two-strike, two-out homer off Tom Gordon to tie the game in the bottom of the last frame. Shortly after the game ends at 3:55 in the morning, the approximately thousand fans remaining at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium stay to see the pre-dawn fireworks, which awaken and frighten many of the ballpark’s neighbors.

1989       Tom Browning barely misses becoming the first hurler in big-league history to throw two perfect games when Dickie Thon’s leadoff double in the ninth breaks up the Cincinnati southpaw’s bid for perfection. After the Philadelphia shortstop scores on a Steve Jeltz single, John Franco replaces the disappointed pitcher, inducing Lenny Dykstra to hit into a game-ending double play, giving the Reds a 2-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.

1993       Ed Rapuano calls a balk against Marlins’ Matt Turner, resulting in a 4-3 walk-off victory for the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The home-plate umpire ruled the right-hander started his motion then stopped after being distracted by Deion Sanders faking a break from third base.

1998       The National Baseball Facility of Ireland, considered the primary home of the Irish National baseball team, officially opens in Corkagh Demesne Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin, when US Ambassador Jean Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Dodger owner Peter O’Malley played an instrumental role in constructing the diamonds now known as the Fields of Dreams, which includes a regulation-sized adult field and an international standard Little League field.

1999       Jose Canseco becomes the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs with four teams. The Devil Rays’ DH reached the mark previously with the A’s (1986), Rangers (1994), and the Blue Jays (1998).

2000       Keith McDonald, going deep three times in only nine plate appearances this season, becomes the third player in Cardinal history to homer in his first career at-bat when he pinch-hits a home run in the team’s 14-3 victory over the Reds at Busch Stadium. Eddie Morgan [1936] and Wally Moon [1954] are the other Redbirds to accomplish the feat.

2001       The Brewers’ new home, Miller Park, continues to be jinxed as a parachutist breaks his ankle when he misses the opening in the retractable roof and lands on a beam several hundred feet off the ground. Another member of the Sky Knights Sports Parachute Club missed the stadium entirely.

2001       The fifty people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Kansas City-Detroit game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The inconvenienced fans will receive tickets to another contest, free dinner, and team autographs from the Tigers.

2003       In a 10-3 victory over New York, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball, hitting a record seven home runs off the Yankees. Before today’s Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up six homers in a game four times, including twice to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).

2004       The selection of Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., and Sammy Sosa as starters in the NL All-Stars lineup marks the first time in baseball history in which three players with 500 career home runs have appeared on the same team. The trio will appear in the starting outfield in the 75th All-Star Game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

2006       Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s 76th birthday is less than festive when the Indians provide the fireworks in a 19-1 Independence Day rout over the Bronx Bombers. The win is the Tribe’s most lopsided victory at home since the 1950 team, scoring 14 first-inning runs, beat the Philadelphia A’s at Cleveland Stadium, 21-2.

2006       Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record for being hit by a pitch in a game as he is plunked three times by three different Diamondback pitchers in a 10-4 Dodger victory. The LA first baseman is the first National Leaguer to equal the mark, literally and figuratively, since April of the 2000 season when Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo thwacked thrice in a game.

2006       Billy Wagner becomes the 20th pitcher in baseball history to record 300 career saves. The milestone save for the Mets’ southpaw, a former Astros and Phillies, is his sixteenth of the season.

2008       Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki needs 16 stitches to close up a gash in his right palm caused by a maple bat after he pounds it into the ground out of frustration. These bats are under the scrutiny of a major league investigation because they tend to shatter when the hardwood breaks instead of just cracking like the bats made from softer ash.

2009       In his 4,145th big-league at-bat, Adam Dunn hits his 300th career home run in Washington’s 5-3 win over Atlanta at Nationals Park. The 29-year-old left fielder is the fifth quickest player to reach the milestone, behind only Babe Ruth (3,830), Mark McGwire (3,837), Ralph Kiner (3,883), and Harmon Killebrew (3,928).

2011       Shaun Marcum becomes the first Brewer pitcher to hit a grand slam for the franchise since 1969, when Fred Talbot accomplished the feat in the inaugural season of the Seattle Pilots, a year before the team moved to Milwaukee. The 29-year-old right-hander’s first career round-tripper isn’t enough to get a victory when he earns a no-decision in the team’s 8-6 loss to Arizona.

2015       Cincinnati rookie hurler Josh Smith ties a 108-year-old Reds record when he plunks Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gomez in the team’s 7-4 loss against Milwaukee at the Great American Ball Park. The last pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Nationals’ right-hander Livan Hernandez, who accomplished the dubious feat in 2005 against Colorado.

2021       With the selection by his peers to be a hurler in the Midsummer Classic and being the fans’ pick to be the designated hitter in the contest, Angels’ right-hander Shohei Ohtani becomes the first to be an All-Star as both a position player and a pitcher. The 27-year-old will start the Coors Field contest throwing a perfect first inning for the win, going 0-for-2 batting leadoff as the DH in the American League’s 5-2 victory over the Senior Circuit.


Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs New York Giants (1)

In a classic rematch, the New York Giants (who had just won their third consecutive pennant and were making their third consecutive World Series appearance) squared off against their post-season rival Philadelphia Athletics. Giants manager John McGraw was still trying to escape the recurring questions surrounding his selected pitching rotations in the previous Fall Classic that had resulted in a Red Sox victory. Once again, he had taken his team through another magnificent season while winning the National League pennant by 12½ games, but many fans had lost faith in his post-season coaching capabilities. Pitching aces Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson and Jeff Tesreau had been given a second chance and were determined not to make the same mistakes that had cost them game-winning leads in the 1912 championship. Connie Mack’s A’s were a worthy opponent and many felt that this series would go down to the wire like the last one.

Marquard was given the Giants’ start in the opener and was shelled for five runs and eight hits in five innings. The last Series’ hero “Home Run Baker” validated his handle by driving in one run in the fourth and knocking a two run home run in the fifth. The Athletics’ Chief Bender, fared the same and gave up an unlikely eleven hits while managing a slim 6-4 victory. The Giants’ veteran journeyman, Christy Mathewson was given the ball for Game 2. “Matty” as he was called by teammates, was coming off of his next-to-last 20+ victory season in the majors as he posted a 25-11 record. The Bucknell star was matched up against his former collegiate rival, Eddie Plank from Gettysburg University. Both aces were at the top of their game, matching each other pitch-for-pitch through nine scoreless innings. Surprisingly, it was Mathewson himself, who managed to turn his adversary with a tenth inning single setting up a 3-0 triumph.

For Game 3, Mack decided to take a page from the last Series and start a bright twenty year-old rookie named “Bullet” Joe Bush who had won fourteen games for him during the regular season. McGraw answered the challenge with his own young gun, Jeff Tesreau, who had successfully debuted as a rookie in the previous Fall Classic. Philadelphia proved to be the better team that day and whopped the Giants’ 8-2. The A’s maintained their Series leading momentum well into Game 4 and were leading 6-0 after five innings. That was until Fred Merkle stepped up to the plate and fueled a Giants’ comeback bid with a three run homer in the seventh. Bender was able to recover and the A’s managed to hold on for a 6-5 victory. The win was Bender’s fourth straight in Series competition.

Trailing three games to one, New York’s Christy Mathewson once again, found himself sharing the mound with Game 1 rival Eddie Plank. However, this time Plank was in control, allowing only two hits in a shocking 3-1 decision and Series deciding victory. For the third consecutive year, the New York Giants had played magnificent during the regular season, only to fall short of a championship. It was a heartbreaking defeat to the players and their fans. McGraw and his Giants vowed to shake their “curse” and restore the club to it’s former post-season glory. Little did they know that it would be four years before they would get another chance.

Home Run Baker had led the A’s with a .450 batting average and seven runs batted in. Eddie Collins hit .421, while Wally Schang contributed six RBIs and a .357 average. Chief Bender’s performances in Games 1 and 4 boosted his Series victories to six. Mathewson, pitching in what would be his final Series, wound up with a 5-5 lifetime mark in the Fall Classic. At one point, he was 4-0 after splitting two decisions in 1913.


1890 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lena Rice becomes the only Irish female to win at Wimbledon beating May Jacks 6-4, 6-1

1891 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley wins first of 3 Wimbledon singles championships; beats Joshua Pim 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

1892 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

1904 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)

1905 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A’s) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

1907 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

1910 “Fight of the Century”: Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

1911 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh halts Ty Cobb’s 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4 in a 7-3 win over Detroit Tigers at Bennett Park

1912 Jack Johnson beats “Fireman” Jim Flynn by disqualification in 9 in Las Vegas to retain world heavyweight boxing title

1913 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In an all-British final Dorothea Chambers beats Winifred McNair 6-0, 6-4

1914 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers wins her 7th and last Wimbledon singles title beating Ethel Larcombe 7-5, 6-4

1914 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes beats 4-time defending champion Anthony Wilding of New Zealand 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

1919 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

1923 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbons on points over 15 hard fought rounds in Shelby, Montana to retain world heavyweight boxing title

1924 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Kitty McKane of England beats American Helen Wills 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 for her 1st of 2 Wimbledon singles titles

1925 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats Jean Borotra 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6

1925 A’s Lefty Grove beats Yanks Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings

1930 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Helen Moody wins 4th straight Wimbledon singles beating fellow American Elizabeth Ryan 6-2, 6-2

1936 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Helen Jacobs wins her only Wimbledon title beating Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

1938 Phillies complete move to Shribe Park in Philadelphia, lose 10-5 to Boston Bees

1939 Red Sox 3rd baseman Jim Tabor hits record-tying 2 grand slams in one MLB game, 18-12 win v Phillies

1939 Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his “Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic “luckiest man” speech

1947 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Jack Kramer wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Tom Brown 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

1947 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke clear of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan

1950 Boston Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties MLB season grand slam record (4) with a bases loaded hit vs Phillies

1952 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

1953 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins 3rd leg of her Grand Slam beating fellow American Doris Hart 8-6, 7-5

1958 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11

1959 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3

1960 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Sheraton Hotel CC: Mickey Wright wins by 3 from Louise Suggs

1960 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs

1964 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Brazilian Maria Bueno earns a 3rd Wimbledon singles title with a 6-4, 7-9, 6-3 win over Margaret Smith of Australia

1965 US Open Women’s Golf, Atlantic City CC: Carol Mann wins by 2 shots from fellow American Kathy Cornelius

1969 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

1970 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

1974 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days

1975 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

1977 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park

1980 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds’ Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts

1980 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles crown

1981 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg’s streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a famous 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory

1982 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St George’s CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Daniel

1982 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-American classic final, Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for his second and final Wimbledon title

1983 NY Yankee pitcher Dave Righetti no-hits the Boston Red Sox, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

1984 New York Yankees pitcher Phil Niekro strikes out Larry Parish (Texas Rangers) to become the 9th player to reach the 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone

1987 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

1988 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-affected final

1992 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles outclassing Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1

1993 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Pete Sampras beats fellow American Jim Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 for his first of 7 Wimbledon titles

1998 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

1999 South Korean defending champion Se Ri Pak wins the most crowded playoff in LPGA history (6) in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

2000 Canadian jockey Russell Baze scores his 7,000th career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California

2001 In a world record fee for a soccer goalkeeper, Juventus signed Parma’s Gianluigi Buffon in a £32.5m deal including midfielder Jonathan Bachini

2003 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

2004 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer wins the second of 5 straight Wimbledon singles titles beating American Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

2004 US Open Women’s Golf, Orchards GC: Meg Mallon shoots final round 65 (−6) to win her second US title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Annika Sörenstam of Sweden

2009 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-2 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles title

2010 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his second Wimbledon title

2015 Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium, Wellington: Otago Highlanders beat Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 for their first title

2015 Copa América Final, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago: Chile defeats Argentina, 4-1 penalties to win their first title; 0-0 after extra time


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5822.72534 – 924 – 1326 – 1219 – 610 – 46 – 4L 1
Boston4435.55713.520 – 1624 – 198 – 1612 – 719 – 76 – 4W 1
Toronto4436.5501425 – 1819 – 1816 – 1810 – 914 – 54 – 6L 3
Tampa Bay4336.54414.525 – 1718 – 1915 – 156 – 912 – 96 – 4W 3
Baltimore3644.4502218 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 135 – 85 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4537.54925 – 1820 – 1913 – 1020 – 159 – 76 – 4L 1
Cleveland4036.526220 – 1720 – 196 – 1017 – 119 – 84 – 6W 1
Chi White Sox3839.4944.516 – 2122 – 1814 – 1510 – 127 – 95 – 5W 3
Detroit3047.39012.519 – 2411 – 237 – 1412 – 163 – 104 – 6L 1
Kansas City2948.37713.514 – 2515 – 234 – 913 – 188 – 134 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5127.65424 – 1127 – 166 – 813 – 324 – 128 – 2W 6
Seattle3942.48113.520 – 2019 – 228 – 157 – 620 – 167 – 3W 2
Texas3740.48113.517 – 2020 – 205 – 89 – 715 – 185 – 5L 1
LA Angels3744.45715.521 – 2316 – 216 – 149 – 517 – 174 – 6L 3
Oakland2655.32126.58 – 2818 – 278 – 159 – 157 – 203 – 7L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4930.62026 – 1323 – 1724 – 97 – 313 – 104 – 6W 1
Atlanta4634.5753.524 – 1722 – 1715 – 1114 – 913 – 116 – 4L 1
Philadelphia4238.5257.522 – 2020 – 1813 – 186 – 316 – 116 – 4W 1
Miami3740.4811119 – 1618 – 2421 – 143 – 69 – 146 – 4W 4
Washington2952.3582114 – 3015 – 226 – 279 – 89 – 114 – 6L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4635.56819 – 1527 – 2011 – 1326 – 153 – 57 – 3W 1
St. Louis4437.543224 – 1620 – 217 – 922 – 149 – 54 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs3247.4051317 – 2715 – 203 – 318 – 207 – 146 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh3247.4051319 – 2213 – 254 – 715 – 2512 – 93 – 7L 1
Cincinnati2751.34617.513 – 2514 – 264 – 711 – 188 – 214 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4929.62823 – 1326 – 1611 – 911 – 518 – 116 – 4L 1
San Diego4734.5803.521 – 1626 – 1812 – 919 – 1015 – 143 – 7W 1
San Francisco4037.5198.521 – 2019 – 1714 – 138 – 911 – 92 – 8L 4
Arizona3544.44314.519 – 2216 – 2212 – 1010 – 117 – 193 – 7L 2
Colorado3544.44314.523 – 2112 – 238 – 196 – 415 – 135 – 5W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot