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Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for 3rd time
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Nathan MacKinnon could not find the words. Gabriel Landeskog cracked a smile and a joke.
After years of playoff disappointments, the Colorado Avalanche are back atop hockey’s mountain after dethroning the two-time defending champions.
Behind a goal and an assist from MacKinnon, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history and first in more than two decades by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the final Sunday night.
“It’s just been building over time,” playoff MVP-winning defenseman Cale Makar said about the Avalanche’s journey. “I’ve been here only three years. A couple of tough exits in the playoffs. It was just all leading up to this.”
It’s the first title for the Avs’ core group led by MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Makar, and it follows several early postseason exits – in the second round each of the past three seasons and the first round in 2018. The 2016-17 team was the worst in hockey, finishing with just 48 points.
“It’s hard to describe,” said MacKinnon, who led the way in the clincher by blocking shots and taking big hits in addition to his offensive production. “Some tough years mixed in there, but it’s all over now. We never stopped believing.”
With a mix of speed, high-end talent and the experience gained from those defeats, Colorado broke through this time – earning every bit of the championship by knocking off a deep and gritty team that hoisted the Cup the past two years.
“To beat them is probably a little more satisfying, to be honest, because they are champions,” said veteran forward Andrew Cogliano, who hoisted the Cup for the first time at age 35. “They know how to win. And, ultimately, when you can beat the champions, you know you really earned it.”
Like the Avalanche fully expected, it wasn’t easy.
An early turnover by Makar led to an easy goal by Steven Stamkos, putting Colorado in a hole and several more bumps and bruises followed. The Avalanche tied it when MacKinnon beat 2021 playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy with a near-perfect shot and went ahead on another big goal by trade deadline acquisition Artturi Lehkonen. They locked things down by holding on to the puck and held Tampa Bay without a shot on Darcy Kuemper until midway through the third period.
When the Lightning finally did, he was there. Brought in from Arizona in a trade last summer to shore up the sport’s most important position, Kuemper was solid again and made his most important save with under seven minutes left when he slid over to deny star Nikita Kucherov.
His teammates finished the job and Colorado improved to 9-1 on the road this postseason.
Much like the Lightning went all in multiple times by trading high draft picks and prospects to load up for the best chance to win the Cup, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic was not afraid to ante up in March to acquire Lehkonen, defenseman Josh Manson and Cogliano. They became the perfect complement to Colorado’s core that had showed plenty of playoff promise but until now hadn’t produced a championship.
Sakic, who captained Colorado’s first two title-winning teams in 1996 and 2001, used a familiar recipe to get his team over the hump. Much like Pierre Lacroix, the architect of those Avalanche teams that had so much success after the organization moved to Denver, Sakic prioritized skill, speed and versatility.
That speed overwhelmed every opponent on the way to the final, from an opening sweep of Nashville through a hard-fought, six-game series against St. Louis and another sweep of Edmonton. It was a different challenge against Tampa Bay, when the Avalanche needed to absorb counter-punches from the back-to-back champs to close it out.
Tampa Bay ended up two victories short of becoming the NHL’s first three-peat champion since the early 1980s New York Islanders dynasty.
“It stings just as much as the firs time,” Stamkos said, referring to the Lightning’s loss to Chicago in the 2015 final.
Before the series, Makar said he and his teammates were trying to end a dynasty and begin a legacy. That legacy finally involves a championship, thanks in large part to steady coach Jared Bednar, who in his sixth season f ound a way to focus his team on the mission at hand from the start of training camp. Bednar became the first coach to win the Stanley Cup, American Hockey League’s Calder Cup and ECHL’s Kelly Cup – all after that miserable 48-point showing in his first season behind the Colorado bench.
“He stuck with it, also,” Rantanen said. “He had a tough first year in the league, and I did, too. I can’t believe we’re here six years after.”
Bednar won the chess match with Jon Cooper, also a Stanley and Calder Cup champion who is considered one of the best tacticians in the NHL. The Lightning fell into an 0-2 hole facing their stiffest competition since their run of success began in 2020 and then went down 3-1 before forcing Game 6.
Asked how other teams might be able to copy the Avalanche’s success, Landeskog quipped, “Get a Cale Makar somewhere.” Indeed, Makar won the Conn Smythe after leading Colorado in scoring with 29 points in 20 games.
Injuries that sidelined top center Brayden Point and limited other key contributors proved too much against a stacked opponent. Depth allowed the Avalanche to overcome losing defenseman Samuel Girard to a broken sternum and finish off the Lightning even with standout forward Andre Burakovsky sidelined by injury and with Valeri Nichushkin hobbling around on an injured right foot and center Nazem Kadri playing through a broken right thumb.
The Avalanche beat the Lightning before attrition could take too much of a toll and before the scary possibility of facing elimination in Game 7 against Vasilevskiy. Instead, they’ll return to Denver to celebrate with the Stanley Cup. A parade is expected on Thursday.
While not as emotional as the past two years when Stamkos got the trophy, Colorado’s series-ending victory marks another completion of an NHL season during a pandemic – the first back to 82 games with a normal playoff format since 2019. It was not without its stumbles, including postponing dozens of games and pulling out of the Olympics. Commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t even able to hand the Cup to Landeskog because he tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving deputy Bill Daly to do the honors.
The Avalanche and Lightning dealt with occasional rough ice playing late into June, something that should not happen again as the league gets back to its regular schedule. When that happens, Colorado will get the chance to defend its crown and attempt to follow Tampa Bay in becoming a perennial Cup contender.
Mississippi wins first CWS title, sweeping Oklahoma
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Mississippi scored twice on wild pitches in a three-run eighth inning and the Rebels won their first national baseball title, sweeping Oklahoma in the College World Series finals with a 4-2 victory Sunday.
The Rebels (42-23) became the eighth national champion since 2009 to come out of the Southeastern Conference, and the trophy will stay in the Magnolia State for a second straight year. Mississippi State won last year.
Ole Miss benefited from a runner-interference call that took a run away from Oklahoma (45-24) in the sixth inning. The Rebels also overcame a spectacular pitching performance by Cade Horton, who set a CWS finals record with 13 strikeouts.
Brandon Johnson struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, with catcher Hayden Dunhurst running to the mound to embrace and then tackle Johnson after Sebastian Orduno swung and missed on the final pitch.
The Rebels, the last team to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, went into the eighth inning down 2-1. Trevin Michael relieved Horton with one out, and Jacob Gonzalez singled through the right side to drive in the tying run.
Michael (4-2) melted down after that, uncorking wild pitches that brought in Justin Bench for the go-ahead run and another to bring in Gonzalez.
Hunter Elliott scattered three hits while allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mason Nichols and John Gaddis (4-2) got the game to Johnson in the ninth.
Horton allowed four hits and walked none during a sterling 107-pitch performance.
Oklahoma appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth but had the run taken down when John Spikerman, who put down a squeeze bunt, was called for runner’s interference for impeding first baseman Tim Elko as he tried to catch Elliott’s throw.
Jackson Nicklaus had been hit by Elliott leading off the inning and was on third after a sacrifice and wild pitch. He came home on Spikerman’s bunt, but Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco asked for a video review when Spikerman was called safe at first.
Spikerman knocked off Elko’s glove as he ran through first, with the ball ending up in foul territory. The call was overturned, with Spikerman ruled to have been inside the base line as he ran through the bag, requiring Nicklaus to return to third base.
Mahle ends long drought, Reds thump Giants 10-3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Tyler Mahle pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory in more than a month, and the Cincinnati Reds routed the San Francisco Giants 10-3 on Sunday.
Nick Senzel singled three times to pace Cincinnati on a day when every Reds starter had at least one hit and seven drove in one run or more.
“When everyone in the lineup’s contributing like that it’s dangerous,” Senzel said. “It’s a recipe for scoring a lot of runs and being productive. It puts a lot of pressure on (the other team) and it’s good to see.”
Joey Votto hit an RBI double as part of the Reds’ seven-run third inning, helping Cincinnati take two of three from San Francisco after dropping seven in a row.
Mahle (3-6) had seven strikeouts and allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. It came two starts after Mahle pitched nine hitless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks – one of five games the Reds have lost this season when Mahle pitched and left with the lead.
“We put together some runs and it’s our job to hold them there where they’re at,” Mahle said. “I made some good pitches, made some bad pitches. The bad ones, execution-wise, they weren’t great and maybe not the right pitch at that time. But a good day.”
Mike Yastrzemski hit his eighth homer for the Giants.
The Reds batted around in the third against Anthony DeSclafani and did all of their scoring in the frame with two outs – five of the runs coming after Votto appeared to ground out to first on a close play. First base umpire Gabe Morales called a foul ball and Giants manager Gabe Kapler came out of the dugout to argue. Votto doubled in Tommy Pham on the next pitch.
“Great inning, maybe of the best innings of the year if not the best inning,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s tough to do all that with two outs. At that point DeSclafani was definitely rolling, getting a lot of groundball outs. Sometimes one little thing that shifts everything around.”
Morales was also the umpire who ruled that Wilmer Flores struck out on a check swing against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Division Series last year, ending the Giants’ season.
Votto scored on Matt Reynolds’ ground-rule double. Albert Almora added a two-run single and Aramis Garcia – batting for the second time in the frame – had an RBI single.
Nick Senzel and Garcia each had RBI singles in the fifth.
Mahle retired nine of the first 10 batters, gave up Yastrzemski’s home run on a fastball leading off the fourth, then set down the next 10 in a row.
DeSclafani (0-2), who played for the Reds from 2015-20, retired eight batters and allowed seven runs and seven hits.
Bell was ejected for the first time this season for arguing balls and strikes after Reynolds went down looking in the ninth inning. Bell was irate and yelled at home plate umpire Nestor Ceja for several minutes before walking off the field.
Reds: 2B Jonathan India was held out as precaution a day after getting hit in the wrist by a pitch. … IF Kyle Farmer was rested. … RHP Alexis Diaz (biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session before the game and will throw another Wednesday. … LHP Nick Lodolo (lower back strain) will make a fourth rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford was placed on the 10-day injured list because of left knee inflammation. Yermin Mercedes was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Crawford.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.71 ERA) faces the Cubs on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Castillo has eight wins in 15 career starts against Chicago, including a 4-3 victory on May 25.
Giants: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-4, 2.70) goes against the Tigers on Tuesday. Rodon has allowed one run over his past 21 innings.
Cubs overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cards 6-5, Flaherty hurt
ST. LOUIS (AP) Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to drive in his third run of the game, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.
St. Louis led 5-0 but starter Jack Flaherty left after two innings because of right shoulder tightness, and the Cubs tied the score with a five-run fourth. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four games and seven of their last 10.
Contreras hit a tying two-run single in the fourth and led off the 10th with a single off Zack Thompson (1-1) that scored automatic runner Nelson Velazquez.
“I was just trying to hit a ground ball to second base,” Contreras said. “I finally got a fastball up, and I was trying to get on top it.”
Contreras, who struck out in his first two trips to the plate, found a hole in the shift for his 31st RBI.
“He didn’t get frustrated,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “He locked it back in.”
David Robertson (2-0) retired three straight batters in the bottom half, and the Cubs took two of three from their rival. Chicago has won four of its last five series in St. Louis.
“This is an intense rivalry, an intense place to come and play,” Chicago outfielder Rafael Ortega said. “I’m excited that we were able to take care of this series.”
Ross agreed, “We play these guys really tough. Our pitching showed up, we made pitches. Our guys fought really hard, I’m super proud of them.”
Flaherty was making his third start this season after missing the first 64 games while recovering from shoulder surgery. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked two, throwing 49 pitches.
Flaherty was not available after game. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said Flaherty had a, “dead arm sensation.” Marmol also said the ailment was not connected to Flaherty’s previous injury.
Nick Wittgren allowed four straight singles starting the fourth, including Alex Rivas’ RBI hit. Johan Oviedo gave up a one-out double to Rafael Ortega, and Contreras followed with the tying hit.
Nolan Arenado had a run-scoring single in the first, Tommy Edman grounded into a run-scoring forceout in the second and Brendan Donovan, Paul Goldschmidt and Juan Yepez homered in a 12-pitch span in the third off Alec Mills. Donovan and Goldschmidt hit back-to-back drives, with Goldschmidt’s his team-leading 18th.
The Cardinals play 10 of their next 11 games at night. They have played 33 day games this season.
Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz, sidelined since May 23 with shoulder impingement, is to pitch two innings at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. He is still at least two weeks away from returning to the Cardinals starting rotation.
Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (7-2, 3.10 will face Cincinnati RHP Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.71) on Tuesday in the first of a three-game set in Chicago. Thompson has allowed just one run over his last 12 innings,
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.32) takes on Miami RHP Pablo Lopez (5-3, 2.61) in the first of a three-game set on Monday in St. Louis. Wainwright is 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 appearances against the Marlins.
Stanton HR ends Yanks’ 16 1/3-inning hitless slump vs Astros
NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton homered against Houston’s Jose Urquidy with one out in the seventh inning, ending the New York Yankees’ hitless drought at 16 1/3 innings and spoiling the Astros’ efforts to throw a second consecutive no-hitter in the Bronx.
A day after Cristian Javier and two relievers no-hit baseball’s best team, Urquidy was nearing history Sunday. No team has been no-hit in consecutive games, although the 1917 Chicago White Sox were no-hit on consecutive days by the St. Louis Browns. The second gem came in the second game of a doubleheader.
Stanton pounded on a first-pitch fastball, crushing it into the netting protecting Monument Park behind the center field fence. It was Stanton’s third homer in the four-game series and 17th this season.
The Yankees hadn’t had a hit since the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss Friday night. The 16 1/3-inning drought was the longest by any team since at least 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Urquidy worked through the rest of the seventh unscathed. He’s walked three and struck out three on 98 pitches. The right-hander set a career high with 104 pitches in his previous start.
DJ LeMahieu came the closest to a hit before Stanton, but he was robbed by shortstop Jeremy Pena, who returned from injured list after missing time with a left thumb issue. Pena went deep in the hole for LeMahieu’s grounder and skipped a long throw to first base for the first out of the fourth inning.
Urquidy allowed his first baserunner when Anthony Rizzo walked with two outs in the fourth. Stanton followed with a sharp lineout to right field.
Josh Donaldson walked leading off the fifth, but Gleyber Torres flied out and Aaron Hicks grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Aaron Judge ripped a line drive toward the right-center field gap with two outs in the sixth inning, but right fielder Kyle Tucker ran it down.
Houston is trying to win a four-game series against the major league-leading Yankees. New York hitters were overwhelmed during the first three games, save for a four-run, ninth-inning rally in Thursday’s 7-6 win. Take away that inning, and New York entered Sunday 7 for 87 (.080) against Astros pitching.
New York has lost consecutive games for the first time since May 28-29. The Yankees entered Sunday with 361 runs, second in the majors behind the Mets. Their 52-20 record matches the fifth-best 72-game start in the majors since 1930.
Astros manager Dusty Baker credited Houston’s pitching dominance this series to consistent strike-throwing. Of course, that’s Urquidy’s specialty. He entered Sunday with 1.74 walks per nine innings.
Veteran catcher Martin Maldonado caught Saturday’s no-hitter and was back behind the plate Sunday with temperatures nearing 90 degrees.
Before Saturday, New York hadn’t been no-hit since six Astros teamed up for one at the old Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2003.
The only previous teams with hitless skids of 16 innings since 1961 are the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers and 1973 Oakland Athletics. Baker was a player on those ’81 Dodgers.
There have been two other no-hitters this season, with five New York Mets pitchers combining against Philadelphia on April 29 and Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels accomplishing the feat against the Rays on May 10.
Spurred by a leadoff homer from Jose Altuve off Nestor Cortes, the Astros lead 3-1.
M’s, Angels get in big brawl after inside pitches, 8 ejected
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels engaged in a lengthy full-team brawl in the second inning Sunday after tensions over two days of inside pitches boiled over.
Both managers and six players were ejected after the brouhaha, which stopped and started twice before Angels closer Raisel Iglesias came back out to the empty field to throw a tub of sunflower seeds and another bucket of gum onto the infield.
Three of the first four hitters in Seattle’s lineup were ejected, while three Angels pitchers were tossed.
Seattle’s Jesse Winker was hit by the first pitch of the second inning by Angels opener Andrew Wantz, who had also thrown a pitch behind the head of the Mariners’ No. 2 hitter, Julio Rodriguez, in the first inning.
The first pitch to Rodriguez certainly appeared to be a response to Erik Swanson’s 95 mph fastball near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth inning Saturday night, a throw that infuriated the three-time AL MVP. The umpires gathered together after the pitch, but only issued warnings to both dugouts.
Winker reacted to getting hit by angrily yelling and gesturing at the Angels’ dugout, and the sides charged each other moments later, with both benches and bullpens emptying. The brawl lasted about four minutes, with people from both teams appearing to throw multiple punches.
When Winker finally left the field, he appeared to make an obscene gesture at the jeering Angels fans behind Seattle’s dugout.
After the teams returned to their dugouts, Iglesias returned a few moments later to throw the sunflower seeds and gum while furiously screaming at the umpires.
Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin and Seattle’s Scott Servais were ejected. The Angels lost Wantz, Iglesias and reliever Ryan Tepera, while Winker, Rodriguez and J.P. Crawford were tossed for the Mariners.
The scoreless game was delayed about 18 minutes, and it resumed with pinch-runner Adam Frazier on first for Seattle and Jose Suarez on the mound for Los Angeles.
The AL West rivals were meeting for the eighth time in 11 days, with the Mariners going for a sweep in Anaheim after the Angels won four of five in Seattle last week.
Red Sox beat Guardians 8-3 for sweep, winning streak at 7
CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Story drove in two runs to reach 500 career RBIs, Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez each had three hits and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Guardians 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep that extended their winning streak to seven.
Boston had 15 hits and drew 11 walks, its highest total since May 2019. The Red Sox have won 11 of 13 and are 19-4 in June, improving to a season-high 11 games over .500 at 42-31.
Cleveland last lost four straight since a 7-2 trip and hosts AL Central-leading Minnesota in a five-game series starting Monday. The Twins arrive with a two-game division lead.
Rich Hill (4-4) allowed one run, five hits and four walks in six innings, getting double plays in the first, third and fourth.
Story, signed to a $140 million, six-year contract before the season, hit a two-run single in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.
Christian Vazquez had an RBI double in the fourth and Rafael Devers added a run-scoring double in the seventh.
A throwing error by second baseman Andres Gimenez scored a run in the third and a low throw by Gimenez on a potential inning-ending double play in the fourth led to another run.
Aaron Civale (2-4) allowed three runs, eight hits and three walks over four innings in his second start since missing a month with left glute tightness.
Gonzalez and Miller drove in runs for Cleveland. which has eight runs in the last four games.
Duran and closer Tanner Houck, who pitched the ninth in a non-save situation, will not accompany the team to Toronto for its series against the Blue Jays because they aren’t vaccinated for COVID-19. Houck will throw batting practice to Duran at Fenway Park this week.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (broken right rib) will make a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday. He struck out six over 2 2/3 innings for the Florida Complex League Red Sox in his second rehab outing Saturday.
Red Sox: RHP Connor Seabold will start Monday’s series opener in his second major league appearance.
Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (4-5, 3.51 ERA) will start Monday after giving up three homers in 4 1/3 innings at Target Field last week.
Cease strikes out 13, White Sox hold off Orioles 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) Dylan Cease struck out a career-high 13 over seven innings, Gavin Sheets homered and the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep, hanging on to beat Baltimore 4-3 Sunday after the Orioles scored twice in the ninth inning.
The Orioles, aided by two errors by first baseman Jose Abreu, loaded the bases against Kendall Graveman with none out before Jonathan Arauz lined an RBI single.
After pinch hitter Rougned Odor struck out, Cedric Mullins cut it to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly. Graveman struck out Trey Mancini for his third save as the White Sox ended a four-game skid, eluding their first four-game sweep at home since Sept. 4-7, 2017 against Cleveland.
The Orioles’ season-high four-game winning streak ended.
Cease (6-3), fifth in the majors in strikeouts coming into the game, kept the Orioles off balance with a high-90s fastball and nasty off-speed pitches. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked one and surpassed his previous high of 11 strikeouts, which he matched in Chicago’s win over Toronto on Tuesday. The only run he allowed came on a homer by Arauz.
Sheets hit a two-run drive against Jordan Lyles in the second. Jose Abreu singled twice and scored two runs.
Highly touted rookie Lenyn Sosa picked up his first major league hit when he doubled in the third and scored. Seby Zavala added an RBI single in the fourth.
Joe Kelly worked around back-to-back singles by Mullins and Mancini in the eighth. Graveman subbed for Liam Hendriks, who is sidelined with a strained right forearm.
Lyles (4-7) went seven innings, allowing four runs and six hits.
Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (right shoulder inflammation) should be ready to return from the 15-day injured list around the time he is eligible, manager Brandon Hyde said. He was placed on the IL on Thursday after experiencing soreness following a side session a few days earlier.
White Sox: OF Adam Haseley, who was going to be in the lineup, was ill, manager Tony La Russa said.
Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (5-4, 3.34 ERA) looks to win his fourth straight start as the Orioles open a three-game series at Seattle. Wells, who tossed five scoreless innings against Washington on Wednesday, is 4-0 in his past five outings. RHP George Kirby (2-2, 3.12) gets the ball for the Mariners.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.40) looks to steady himself after posting a 9.47 ERA in his past five starts as the White Sox visit the Los Angeles Angels. RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-6, 3.86) pitches for the Angels.
McClanahan strikes out 10, Rays beat Pirates 4-2 for sweep
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shane McClanahan struck out 10 over seven innings, Tampa Bay had a three-run seventh keyed by an overturend call and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Sunday.
McClanahan (8-3) allowed one run and four hits, and had 10 strikoeouts, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.77 ERA and grabbing the big league lead in strikeouts with 123.
“I would be hard pressed to find a better left-hander pitcher in the American League or in the National League than the guy we saw today,” Pirates maanger Derek Shelton said. “The slider is elite, and then the thing he does really well is when he goes and gets a fastball he goes fastball inside to right-hander’s 97-99 (mph).”
The Rays took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on Ji-Man Choi’s run-scoring double and RBI singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes off Anthony Banda, who replaced Tyler Beede (0-1) with one on and two outs.
It appeared the inning was over with the score still 1-1 when Randy Arozarena was called out attempting to steal second. The call by second base umpire Dan Merzel was overtuned when a video review shortstop Diego Castillo missed the tag.
“I didn’t get the greatest job initally, so when I stealing the base I saw the ball got there before I did,” Arozarena said through a translator. “I knew that I’m going to have to change what my hands were doing in order to try and be safe.”
Rays manage Kevin Cash called it a pretty athletic move.
“The swim move where he tucked the left arm and reached around with the right,” Cash said. “That was a pretty pivotial part of the game.”
Paredes went 3 for 3 with a walk and is 10 for 15 over his last four games.
Brooks Raley worked the ninth for his fourth save as the Rays won their team-record 12th straight game decided by two runs or fewer.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the eighth for the Pirates, who dropped to 8-16 in June.
Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after missing 23 games with a right quadriceps strain and had an infield hit in five at-bats.
Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes went 1 for 4 after missing two games due to shoulder soreness. He was hurt on a collision at the plate while scoring the winning run in the 10th inning Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs.
Vidal Brujan put the Rays up 1-0 in the second when he drew the fourth walk of the inning off Roansy Contreras.
Contreras gave up one run, four hits and five walks along with four strikeouts in five innings.
Bryan Reynolds tied it at 1 with a third-inning RBI single.
“We played well enough to win all three games, and we didn’t win any of the games,” Shelton said. “We have to figure out a way to close those games out. That’s one of the development things for young players.”
Pirates: 2B Tucupita Marcano (Covid-19 ) started a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Bradenton. . RHP Duane Underwood (Covid-19) is expected to start a rehab assignment soon . INFs Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle strain), Kevin Newman (left groin strain) and Josh VanMeter (fractured left ring finger), and OF Ben Gamel (strained left hamstring) all continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Pirates: Have not announced their starting pitcher for Monday night’s game at Washington. The Nationals will start RHP Erick Fedde (5-5).
Rays: RHP Shane Baz (0-1) and Milwaukee RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-3) are Tuesday night’s starters.
Tellez hits 2 HRs against former team, Brewers top Jays 10-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of two-run homers against his former team, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-3 Sunday.
Milwaukee took two of three in the series between teams meeting for the first time since 2017.
Tellez, traded from Toronto to the Brewers last July, homered in the first inning. He then connected in the second for his 13th home run.
Milwaukee scored five times in the second. Tyrone Taylor led off with a double, Jace Peterson then reached on a perfectly executed drag bunt and Jonathan Davis had an infield single that brought in a run.
After Christian Yelich had an RBI grounder, Tellez homered again off Jose Berrios (5-4), driving a pitch over the right-field wall. The drive gave the Brewers an 8-3 lead as a crowd of more than 35,000 stood and chanted Tellez’s name.
Tellez has two multi-homer games this season and seven in his career.
Jandel Gustave (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Chi Chi Gonzalez to get the win. Gonzalez and four Milwaukee relievers held Toronto scoreless after the first inning.
Alejandro Kirk hit a three-run homer in the Toronto first. After Tellez homered in the bottom half, a run-scoring double by Omar Narvaez later in the inning pulled Milwaukee even.
Gonzalez, making his second start for the Brewers, gave up four hits and three runs in four innings.
Berrios allowed eight hits and a season-high eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered six runs over four innings in his previous start on June 20 against the Chicago White Sox.
Blue Jays: OF George Springer returned to the starting lineup after missing three consecutive games with right elbow discomfort. . Kirk started behind the plate after serving as DH on Saturday. Kirk got his hand got clipped by the backswing of Davis, forcing him to leave Friday night’s game.
Brewers: Placed OF Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain and recalled INF/OF Pablo Reyes from Triple-A Nashville. . 2B Kolten Wong, who has been on the IL with a calf injury, played the second game of rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin on Sunday and homered in his first at-bat.
Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.19 ERA) will start as Toronto returns to Canada to host the Red Sox on Monday to begin an eight-game homestand. Gausman is 5-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 career appearances (17 starts) against Boston.
Brewers: After a day off on Monday, Milwaukee is on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-3, 4.74) will start on Tuesday for the first time since May 27 at St. Louis. Woodruff has been on the 15-day injured list with a right ankle sprain and Raynaud’s syndrome, which affected the fingers on this throwing hand.
Buxton’s RBI triple sparks Twins in 6-3 win vs. Rockies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Byron Buxton had three hits, including an RBI triple for the second straight game, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Sunday to stretch their division lead ahead of a pivotal series against Cleveland.
Max Kepler added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have a two-game lead in the AL Central race. They hit the road for five games in four days against the Guardians, who overtook the Twins this week only to lose four straight – including a sweep at home by Boston.
Joe Ryan (6-3) grinded through 102 pitches over five innings to record his first win in more than a month. The Twins gave him some help with a three-run first inning against Rockies starter Ryan Feltner (1-3). Kepler, Alex Kirilloff and Gio Urshela hit consecutive RBI singles.
The triple by Buxton, who also doubled, singled and scored three times, keyed a two-run second inning. He hit the ball into the gap in left center and did a head-first lunge into third base.
Buxton had been held out of the starting lineup for three straight games to rest his persistently sore and swollen right knee, but Saturday and Sunday showed why the team still counts on him to be a catalyst.
One of the fastest players in baseball, Buxton went almost three years without a triple until his pair of three-baggers this weekend. He also scored from first base on Kepler’s two-out double in the seventh down the left-field line to give the Twins some insurance.
WORKING HIS WAY BACK
Ryan, who leads all major league rookies in wins, has not yet rediscovered his form since contracting COVID-19. In three starts since returning from the virus, Ryan has logged 15 2/3 innings with 20 hits, 10 runs and four home runs allowed with only 11 strikeouts.
Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon took Ryan deep in the third inning for his 12th homer of the season, cutting the lead to 5-2.
BETTER, BUT …
The Rockies brought their lagging offense to life a bit with 12 hits, including RBI doubles by C.J. Cron and Yonathan Daza, but they left the bases loaded with no outs against reliever Caleb Thielbar in the sixth inning. Overall, Colorado stranded 11 runners, bringing the season total to 531; the Rockies were tied for third-most in the majors entering the game.
Rockies: 3B Kris Bryant, who has missed 50 games over the last two months with two separate injured list stints, has been cleared to return from his rehab assignment and can rejoin the team in Denver on Monday. He could be activated prior to the game.
Twins: RHP Joe Smith was placed on the 15-day injured list with tightness in his upper trapezoid muscle, which is around the neck. LHP Jovani Moran was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to take Smith’s place in the bullpen, his third stint in the majors this season. The Twins have 14 players on the injured list, including 10 who have missed more than 20 games each.
Rockies: RHP Chad Kuhl (4-5, 3.95 ERA) pitches Monday night to begin a three-game series against Los Angeles. It’s the first of 17 straight games against division foes, including 10 matchups with the NL West’s top two teams. LHP Tyler Anderson (8-0, 3.00 ERA) starts for the Dodgers.
Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.53 ERA) will open the five-game series Monday night in Cleveland, with RHP Triston McKenzie (4-5, 3.51 ERA) taking the mound for the home team. Gray and McKenzie were the starting pitchers here on Wednesday night when the Guardians won 11-10.
Bell, Cruz lead Tetreault, Nationals over Rangers 6-4
Jackson Tetreault allowed one run in six-plus innings in his third major league start, Josh Bell had his second three-hit game of the weekend and Nelson Cruz drove in three runs as the Washington Nationals beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday.
The Nationals scored three runs in each of the first two innings. They’ve won four of their last six games and took their first road series since sweeping three at Cincinnati on June 3-5.
Tetreault (2-1) took a shutout into the seventh and left with runners at second and third and none out. A run scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonah Heim off reliever Erasmo Ramirez.
The Rangers scored three in the ninth inning against Francisco Perez on Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single and Heim’s two-run homer. Tanner Rainey came on and earned his 10th save in 13 opportunities.
Tetreault allowed four hits, two after the second inning, while striking out four and walking two on 99 pitches.
Washington’s seventh-round draftee in 2017 made his first road start. Last time out, he limited Philadelphia to three unearned runs in seven innings to snap the Nationals’ eight-game losing streak. That followed his bigvleague debut on June 14, when he gave up seven runs in four innings against Atlanta.
Bell, from nearby Irving, had an RBI double and two singles. He’s hitting .429 in his last 10 games and has driven in eight runs.
Cruz, a two-time All-Star during eight seasons with Texas, singled home one run in the first inning and two in the second.
Texas went 3-2 in a homestand against NL East competition.
It was essentially Texas’ second consecutive bullpen game though not intended to be. Starter Glenn Otto (4-3), activated from the COVID-19 list before the game, allowed the six runs in two innings in making his first appearance since June 4. He gave up six hits and walked three.
ON THE MOVE
The Rangers added OF Steven Duggar to the active roster after acquiring him from San Francisco on Thursday. He entered the game in the eighth inning and popped out. They also recalled RHP Josh Sborz from Triple-A Round Rock, placed RHP Matt Bush (forearm soreness) on the injured list retroactive to Saturday and designated RHP Demarcus Evans for assignment.
Nats RF Juan Soto reached base all five times, with four walks and a single. . Texas DH Kole Calhoun doubled twice, missing a ninth-inning home run by inches. … Rangers rookie 3B Josh Smith walked in the first inning and has reached base in all 10 of his major league games.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (5-5, 4.46 ERA) will open a seven-game homestand on Monday night against Pittsburgh. Fedde shut out Baltimore on two hits in six innings last Tuesday.
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (5-2, 1.96), second in the AL in ERA, will seek his sixth straight win against Royals LHP Kris Bubic (1-4, 7.41) on Monday night to begin a nine-game road trip.
Brown, Allen boost A’s in 5-3 win over Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Seth Brown hit his 10th home run of the season, Nick Allen had two RBIs and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Sunday.
Brown leads the team in HRs, and belted a solo shot to right in the sixth inning to make it 2-0.
“I’ve faced (Royals starter Brady Singer) quite a few times now and I felt confident going in,” Brown said. “I knew what I wanted to do with my approach and I worked out well today.”
Kansas City responded in the bottom of the sixth with three runs, including Carlos Santana’s two-run single and a pinch-hit RBI bloop single by Edward Olivares.
Allen then hit his two-RBI single in the seventh, and Cristian Pache added an insurance run in the ninth with an RBI single.
“It was a two-out rally in the seventh,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “… We had some momentum and for Nick to drop one into centerfield like that, we haven’t been getting many of those types of hits. It was good to see a ball fall in for us and give us a lead there.”
The win clinched the series, snapping an eight-series losing streak for the A’s. It was also the first time Oakland won back-to-back since May 24 and 25 at Seattle; the A’s had lost 30 of their last 39 games.
Oakland starter James Kaprielian gave up three runs on two hits in 5 1/3 innings of work with two strikeouts and four walks. He was chased after giving up a leadoff triple to Nicky Lopez and two walks, and Sam Moll allowed all those runners to score.
“Overall, I would say the performance (from Kaprielian) was really good,” Kotsay said. “He almost ended up on the wrong side of it with a fluke hit that falls in thankfully we were able to get him off the hook and get him a win.”
Oakland relievers Moll, Domingo Acevedo (1-1) and Zach Jackson held the Royals scoreless, and Lou Trivino recorded his fourth save of the year.
Brady Singer (3-3) gave up five runs on seven hits in a career-high 8 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and a walk. All runs came with two outs. Singer became the first Royal to lose a start of at least 8 1/3 innings since Danny Duffy in July 2017.
“Brady was terrific. Couldn’t ask for anything more,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “So close to that being at least seven with just two runs. He did everything we needed him to do and he was efficient and so close.”
Kansas City dropped its sixth consecutive rubber game at home, dating back to September.
Royals: Kansas City placed RHP Josh Staumont (neck strain) on the 15-day injured list and recalled Matt Peacock.
Athletics: Jonah Bride exited the game after colliding with Chad Pinder on Olivares’ hit in the sixth.
Athletics: Recalled LHP Sam Selman from Triple-A Las Vegas and LHP Jared Koenig was optioned back to Las Vegas.
Royals: RHP Jackson Kowar was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and LHP Foster Griffin was optioned to Omaha.
Athletics: Oakland’s Paul Blackburn (6-3, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound Monday to open a three-game series against the American League-leading Yankees as part of a 10-game road trip. LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.97) will pitch for New York.
Royals: Continue a 12-game stretch against AL West opponents, taking on the Texas Rangers. Kris Bubic (1-4, 7.41) will get the start against Texas LHP Martin Perez (5-2, 1.96).
Fortes solo HR with 2 outs in bottom of 9th, Miami tops Mets
MIAMI (AP) Rookie Nick Fortes hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifiting the Miami Marlins over the New York Mets 3-2 Sunday.
Fortes drove an 0-1 pitch from Adam Ottavino (2-2) into the left-field seats as Miami avoided a three-game sweep by the NL East leaders.
“Going up to bat I was looking for a sinker and he threw a really good slider first pitch that I did not see well,” Fortes said. “I figured that he’d throw it again so I was sitting on it and thankfully, he threw it there.”
Fortes homered for the third time since being called up from the minors May 27. He hit four home runs in another call-up the final two weeks of last season.
“Running around the bases, I felt I was on cloud nine,” Fortes said. “My parents were here to see it as well, so it was pretty awesome. A moment I’ll never forget it.”
Tanner Scott (3-2) walked J.D. Davis leading off the ninth. Davis advanced on a wild pitch and reached third on Luis Guillorme’s one-out groundout. Scott struck out James McCann to end the threat.
New York finished 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Marlins starter Daniel Castano threw a career-high seven innings, giving up two runs. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four.
“Really, just trying to slow the game down,” said Castano, who allowed leadoff doubles the first two innings but prevented New York from scoring. “Today, that was my goal. I know I got into a little bit of trouble, so what. On to the next pitch.”
Mets starter David Peterson also threw seven innings of two-run ball. He gave up four hits and struck out a season-high eight, eclipsing the seven strikeouts he had against Miami in his previous start June 20.
“Their guy pitched well, we knew that with the good cutter-slider mix,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “I think early on we had a chance to get something on, not let him get his feet on the ground. The good part is how well (Peterson) pitched.”
Brandon Nimmo homered to lead off the third and Pete Alonso hit an RBI double later in the inning to put New York ahead 2-1. Nimmo drove Castano’s first pitch over the wall in center, while Alonso’s blooper to short right rolled toward the foul area and scored Starling Marte from second.
The Marlins responded with Miguel Rojas’ solo shot in the bottom half. His drive landed in the left-field seats for his sixth homer.
After Alonso’s double, Castano retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
“He has to continue to make pitches and you can’t give in,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “All of a sudden, he started throwing the ball over the middle of the plate.
Garrett Cooper gave Miami its first lead of the series with his sacrifice fly in the first. Jon Berti hit a leadoff single and advanced on Rojas’ grounder to short.
For the first time this season, the Mets had the same batting order and defensive positions in consecutive games. Meanwhile, the Marlins did not start outfielders Jorge Soler and Avisail Garcia, their notable free agent additions.
The upper deck section at loanDepot Park was opened for the Marlins’ second “Bark in the Park” promotion of the season. In addition to Sunday’s attendance of 19,343 there were 516 dogs.
The Marlins selected the contract of INF Erik Gonzalez from Triple-A Jacksonville and designated INF Willians Astudillo for assignment. Gonzalez started at third base and doubled in three at-bats.
Mets: INF-OF Jeff McNeil (right hamstring tightness) continues to improve but missed his fifth consecutive game.
Marlins: Garcia (hamstring tightness) missed the last two games of the series. .RHP Anthony Bender (back stiffness) is on a throwing progression program at the club’s spring training complex in Jupiter, Fla.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 4.42) is scheduled to start the opener of a two-game home series against Houston on Tuesday. Carrasco experienced lower back tightness in his previous outing against the Astros Wednesday and lasted 2 1/3 innings.
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (5-3, 2.61) will start the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis on Monday.
Phils’ Harper on IL with broken thumb, no date for return
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a broken left thumb and the Philadelphia Phillies haven’t yet announced a timeline for his return.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak was recalled from Triple-A to take Harper’s roster spot.
Harper’s thumb was broken when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell on Saturday night.
Harper will see a specialist after the team returns to Philadelphia. Beyond that there is no timetable for his return, manager Rob Thomson said before the Phillies and Padres played the finale of a four-game series.
The 29-year-old Harper is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS, and has helped the Phillies recently surge back into playoff contention.
Harper was not available Sunday but said after Saturday night’s game that it’s “just a bummer. I am really bummed out.”
Harper checked his swing as the pitch rode inside and high toward his shoulder before hitting him on the outside of the left hand in the fourth inning. He fell to the ground and was in pain as he held his hand while on his knees for several minutes.
Moniak was due in San Diego right around game time, Thomson said. The outfielder was the No. 1 pick overall in the 2016 draft out of La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego. He played in nine games with the Phillies earlier this year, hitting .160 with one RBI. Overall he’s hitting .139 with one homer and four RBIs in 72 at-bats over three seasons.
Thomson said Moniak, a left-handed batter, will play in lot in the near future.
Chase Elliott needs nearly 7 hours to win at Nashville
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) Chase Elliott salvaged a crummy day for Hendrick Motorsports and interrupted a potential Toyota rout by winning the rain-drenched race at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday night.
Elliott recovered from an early issue that dropped him deep into the field to take the lead with 38 laps remaining and hold off three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers for his second Cup victory of the season.
It took NASCAR’s most popular driver nearly seven hours and a late four-lap shootout to get to victory lane. NASCAR moved the start up by 12 minutes because of looming bad weather, then sat through an hour-long stoppage for lightning in the area, followed by a later rain delay that stretched a tick past two hours.
“So proud of our team,” Elliott said. “We had kind of a setback there about halfway and was able to get the Chevy dialed back in and get back in the mix. It was a long day, fun day.”
The race resumed right at the halfway point with teams unsure if the full 300 laps would be completed or if the race would be stopped early because of more rain. Toyota controlled almost the entire event – four of its drivers combined to lead 253 laps – but the No. 5 Hendrick crew brought Elliott’s Chevrolet to life in the closing stretch.
“We were `(The) Bad News Bears’ to start, and then at the end we got it right and were really good,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said.
He had the race in hand when a caution came out with nine laps remaining and Elliott didn’t pit from the lead for fresh tires. Nine other drivers stayed on track with him to create a pack of traffic that prevented the Toyotas from catching Elliott after they stopped for fresh tires.
“I figured it was coming. I was hoping not,” Elliott said about the caution. He led two times for 42 laps. But he pulled away on the restart and beat Kurt Busch – in a Toyota for 23XI Racing – by 0.551 seconds.
“Getting a win is always huge. To do it in a really cool city like Nashville is even better. Looking forward to that guitar,” Elliott said about Nashville’s traditional winner’s trophy.
“These things are hard to come by and you have to enjoy them. You never know when or if ever you will get another one. So, super thankful and looking forward to next week.”
Elliott’s other win this season was at Dover, which like Nashville is a concrete track.
Busch, who led three laps for Toyota, said he should have been harder on Elliott on the final restart.
“I got soft on him. I should have been throwing some fenders and moving some momentum around,” said Busch. “I just needed to stick with our strength and I messed up. The way that we’re running, a second is cool, but we’re here for wins.”
Ryan Blaney was third in a Ford and followed by Elliott’s teammate Kyle Larson, the defending race winner. The JGR trio of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. fell to sixth, 21st and 22nd after the late decision to stop for tires ahead of the final restart.
MIXED HENDRICK DAY
The race went bad for Hendrick Motorsports in a two-lap sequence shortly after it resumed following the early lightning delay.
William Byron headed to the garage with a broken steering rack on his Chevrolet minutes after the race resumed, and one lap later, Alex Bowman suffered severe damage when contact with Corey LaJoie caused him to spin.
Bowman derided LaJoie’s talent on his team radio, while LaJoie asked his team to apologize to Bowman on his behalf. During a lengthy rain delay hours later, LaJoie posted to Twitter a T-shirt design that said “Really Good Race Car Driver” to mimic Bowman’s insult.
But the damage was done for Bowman, who is sponsored by Ally, which has heavily invested in NASCAR’s return to the Nashville market. The company is the entitlement sponsor for the Cup race and heavily activated at several downtown Nashville tourist spots.
Bowman had returned to the the event hoping to improve on last year’s 14th-place finish – which he found unacceptable because of Ally’s significant presence at the speedway. He finished last in the 36-car field.
BAD MOOD BUBBA
Bubba Wallace lost his temper with his 23XI Racing crew when he had to pit from sixth-place because of a loose wheel. He cursed his crew, then said he didn’t want to talk to them the rest of the race.
“Leave me the (expletive) alone,” he radioed the No. 23 team. “Don’t talk to me the rest of race.”
Crew chief Bootie Barker tried to calm his driver, who has been all over the map at Nashville. He was fastest in Friday practice but then qualified 30th with team co-owner Michael Jordan watching from pit road.
“We’re not out of it,” Barker replied. “I know you are (angry) and you deserve to be.”
Wallace restarted 31st, the last car on the lead lap. He rallied to finish 12th.
NASCAR’s Cup Series races on the Road America road course in Wisconsin for just the third time. Elliott is the defending champion.
Schauffele wins at Travelers after Theegala’s double bogey
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Xander Schauffele celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary Sunday with a dramatic victory in the Travelers Championship.
The Olympic champion won with a three-stroke swing on the final hole, hitting to 3 feet for birdie after rookie Sahith Theegala took two shots to get out of a bunker and made a double bogey in the group ahead.
A stroke in front entering the day, Schauffele finished with a 2-under 68 at TPC River Highlands to beat Theegala and J.T. Poston by two strokes. Schauffele had a 19-under 261 total.
“My mind was telling me to hit a good drive and then use your sand wedge or lob wedge in there and make birdie,” Schauffele said. “To sit there and watch what happened was a bit of a shock, obviously. I really had to try and focus on the task at hand.”
Theegala shot a 67, and Poston had a 64.
Schauffele won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour and the second this season after teaming with Patrick Cantlay to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April. It was his first ever win after having a 54 hole lead.
Theegala was lurking near the top of the leaderboard all day and grabbed a share of the lead on 15, driving the green on the par-4 hole and making a 4-foot birdie putt. He overtook Schauffele with an 11-footer for birdie on 17, pumping his fist.
But the former Pepperdine star had a bogey-free round going until his tee shot on 18 left and into the front of a fairway bunker. He needed two tries to get out of the sand.
“Somehow my body just, I just straight bladed it,” he said. “I had room there. I don’t know how it looked, but I had room there. Just didn’t think I would let myself blade it. But I guess the moment was – and then from there it’s, like, got to try and make 5 now.”
His 12-foot bogey putt lipped out, and he fell to his knees in agony.
“I did everything I thought I had to do and it just happened to be everything bad culminated on one hole,” he said. “I did so much good.”
In February in the Phoenix Open, Theegala – after leading after each of the first three days – drove into the water on 17 for a bogey and finished a shot out of a playoff that Scottie Scheffler won over Cantlay.
Theegala was trying to become just the second rookie to win this season, joining Chad Ramey, who won in the Dominican Republic. The 2020 Travelers was his first professional start, but he missed the cut.
Schauffele was consistent Sunday with two birdies and a bogey on the front before mirroring that score on the back.
He takes home just under $1.5 million, not a bad gift for a celebration he plans with his wife, Maya.
“It’s actually happy anniversary,” he said. “It’s my one-year anniversary with my wife. So I’m going to go try and get home and see my wife.”
Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, from nearby Wellesley, Massachusetts, was fourth at 15 under after a 66.
The Stanford star was looking to become the first amateur to win on the tour since Phil Mickelson it in 1991. He shot a 31 on the front nine, including an eagle on No. 6 after putting a 261-yard approach a foot from the hole. He finished with a 66.
“I felt really good and comfortable out there, then near the end had a couple of hiccups, which happens sometimes,” said Thorbjornsen, who added that he plans to return to college in the fall. “I don’t think I was too nervous, just a couple of miss-executions.”
The previous best finish by an amateur at the Connecticut tournament came in 1966, when Tim Grant finished tied for sixth place at the nearby Wethersfield Country Club in what was then known as the Insurance City Open.
Poston, who was the co-leader after shooting a first-round 62, started the day tied for seventh place, nine strokes back. He put up a bogey-free 64, finishing with his sixth birdie of the day.
“I putted well, drove it well, hit my irons good,” he said
Cantlay began the day just a stroke behind his good friend Schauffele. But last year’s FedEx Cup champion, who had a combined four bogeys in the first three rounds, shot five of them on the front nine on Sunday.
He finished with a 76 and in a tie for 13th at 10 under.
Luke List, who shot a 65 on Sunday to finish at 9-under had the shot of the day, opening his round with 119-yard approach on No. 1 that took a short bounce into the hole for an eagle.
Rory McIlroy, who shot an opening-round 62, also finished at 9 under with a 67 on Sunday. This was his fourth straight tournament for the No. 2-ranked player in the world, who said he won’t play again before the Open Championship at St. Andrews next month.
Morgan Hoffmann, who is fighting facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, finished at 2 over in his third and final tournament of the year on a three-event medical exemption. The 32-year-old, who took several years off from the Tour to focus on his health, shot a 71 Sunday, ending his morning with a birdie after hitting his approach at 18 less than 2-feet from the pin.
Hoffman, a New Jersey native now living in Costa Rica, said he’s hoping to get a few sponsor’s exemptions this summer and is cherishing the golf while trying to inspire others by staying healthy.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, cleansing monthly, eating nourishing food and working out hard and keep gaining muscle and in the meantime I’m building a wellness center (in Costa Rica) to help other people do the same,” he said.
Chun perseveres, holds off Thompson to win Women’s PGA
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) In Gee Chun rallied after losing the rest of her once-sizeable lead, overcoming a bogey-filled front nine to win the Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday when Lexi Thompson faltered with her putter.
Chun shot a 3-over 75 for the second consecutive day at Congressional, but that was enough to win her third major title by a stroke over Thompson and Minjee Lee. Chun, after leading by six at the tournament’s midway point, lost a three-shot advantage in the first three holes of the final round. Thompson was two strokes ahead of her after the front nine, but Thompson’s putting problems were just beginning.
The 27-year-old Floridian botched a par putt from a couple feet on No. 14, but a birdie on 15 restored her lead to two. Then she bogeyed the par-5 16th while Chun made birdie, leaving the two players tied with two holes remaining.
Thompson three-putted for bogey on 17, and after an impressive approach from the rough on 18, her birdie putt wasn’t hit firmly enough.
Chun’s approach on the par-4 18th bounced past the hole and just off the back of the green, but she putted to within about 5 feet and sank her par attempt for the win.
Chun, a 27-year-old from South Korea, led by seven strokes after finishing her 8-under 64 in wet conditions Thursday. The lead was down to five at the end of that day – still equaling the largest 18-hole advantage in the history of women’s majors.
She was six strokes ahead at the halfway point and had a three-shot advantage coming into Sunday. She finished at 5-under 283.
Chun won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2015 and added the Evian Championship in France the following year.
Thompson hasn’t won an LPGA Tour event since 2019, and her lone major victory came as a teenager at Mission Hills in the California desert in 2014. She’s certainly had chances. She lost a five-stroke lead during the final round of last year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club.
This year she was 10 strokes back after the first round before steadily chasing down Chun. Thompson made birdies on Nos. 1 and 3 on Sunday. Chun bogeyed Nos. 2 and 4 to fall out of the lead.
Thompson missed short birdie putts on the eighth and ninth – foreshadowing her problems later in the round – but Chun’s 40 on the front nine left her two back at the turn. Sei Young Kim, who had made it to 6 under at one point, bogeyed 8, 10, 11 and 12 and wasn’t a factor after that.
When Chun made her first birdie of the day at the par-5 11th, Thompson answered with a birdie of her own to remain two shots ahead at 7 under. When Thompson bogeyed 12, so did Chun.
The 16th hole, where Chun had to take an unplayable lie and made double bogey Saturday, was the turning point in her favor in the final round. Thompson was just short and right of the green in two shots but took four from there to make bogey, while Chun rolled in her birdie putt after a long wait.
Lee, who trailed by six at the start of the day, just missed an eagle putt on 16 that could have tied her for the lead. When Thompson birdied 15 and Lee bogeyed 17, the Australian was three behind.
A terrific approach on the final hole gave Lee a short birdie putt, but after making that for a final-round 70, she still needed Thompson to drop two more strokes.
That actually happened, but Lee’s birdie and two pars on the final three holes were enough to win.
LIV Golf heads to Oregon, where local officials aren’t happy
(AP) — Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf is getting a chilly reception in Oregon, its first stop in the United States.
This coming week, the series, which is paying enormous signing fees for players like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, descends on Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in tiny North Plains, nestled in the rolling hills west of Portland.
But the North Plains mayor, as well as officials from surrounding cities, have written the club’s owner, Escalante Golf, with concerns. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is speaking out against the tournament, and some members of the pricy club also are uncomfortable with the situation.
Opponents point to Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, including the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But in Oregon, there also is anger over the hit-and-run death of 15-year-old Fallon Smart in 2016.
Saudi student Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was facing a trial on first-degree murder charges when he removed a tracking device and vanished. U.S. authorities believe the Saudi government helped arrange for a fake passport and provided a private jet for travel back to Saudi Arabia. The case was featured on “60 Minutes.”
“It’s wrong to be silent when Saudi Arabia tries to cleanse blood-stained hands, in the fight for Oregonians to get justice – Fallon Smart was killed very close to our house in Southeast Portland, and the person charged with the crime, a hit-and-run death, was, based on all the evidence, whisked out of the country by the Saudis before he stood for trial,” Wyden said in an interview with The Associated Press.
There is also concern the event could bring protests to North Plains, a town of just 3,400 people. Tickets to the event prohibit fans from displaying any political signs.
“We oppose this event because it is being sponsored by a repressive government whose human rights abuses are documented. We refuse to support these abuses by complicitly allowing the Saudi-backed organization to play in our backyard,” said a letter signed by North Plains Mayor Teri Lenahan and 10 other mayors from surrounding cities.
Wyden accuses the Saudi government of sportswashing.
“It’s just a page out of the autocrats’ playbook covering up injustices by misusing athletics in hopes of normalizing their abuses,” he said.
The event also has put Pumpkin Ridge members in a difficult spot. Some decided to leave the club over the tournament, but it’s unclear how many departed.
“A lot of members are like stuck between a rock and a hard place right now where politically they don’t agree with it at all,” said member Kevin Palmer of Beaverton. “But I also joined last year and put down like $12,000, and if I leave I don’t get any of that money back.”
Greg Norman is CEO of LIV Golf Investments and the face of a circuit that aims to rival the PGA Tour. The 48-man field in Portland will compete for $20 million in prize money for individual play, and $5 million in team play, with 12 teams. Teams will be announced Tuesday after a draft.
Johnson, who had been No. 1 in the world longer than any player since Tiger Woods, and six-time major champion Mickelson were among the first big names to join. The Portland field since has added Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed, all major champions, though none among the current top 20 players in the world ranking.
The PGA Tour has suspended every member who competed in the first LIV event because they did not have conflicting event releases. Those in Portland also will be suspended when they tee it up.
The tour typically awards three such releases a year, only for tournaments overseas. It does not allow its members to compete in tournaments held in North America.
The Portland event is held the same week as the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
“The PGA Tour, an American institution, can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in attempt to buy the game of golf,” Commissioner Jay Monahan said last week. “We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi golf league is not that. It’s an irrational threat, one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”
The LIV tour consists of eight events this year, five in the United States. Following the stop in Portland, the tour moves to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.
Texas-based Escalante Golf, owner of Pumpkin Ridge and another course on the LIV series, did not respond to a request for comment.
“We believe that we have a moral obligation to take a stand and speak out against this event in order to protect the people we serve,” the mayors wrote in their letter to the company. “While our local jurisdictions may not be able to prevent this event, we stand together to voice our concerns about the unwelcomed potential risks, visitors and harm this event could have on our communities.”
Lyles edges Knighton for the national title in the 200
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Noah Lyles pulled in front of teenage sensation Erriyon Knighton at the finish to win the 200 meters at the U.S. track and field championships Sunday.
“I do what it takes to win,” proclaimed Lyles, who cheekily pointed to Knighton as he hit the tape in 19.67 seconds.
Lyles won the 200 at the 2019 world championships in Doha and the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. He’ll be challenged again by Knighton in the worlds next month in Eugene.
“Job not finished,” said Knighton, just 18.
Temperatures in the mid-90s greeted athletes for the final day of the competition at Hayward Field. Events moved to earlier in the day because of the heat.
The top three finishers in each event will be on the U.S. team for the world championships, given they have met the required performance standard.
Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu was challenged the last 100 meters by Ajee Wilson, but pushed to finish first in the 800 in 1:57.16.
“It was a fast field, we were all together kind of throughout the whole race. I felt like we’d still be together the last 100, I just wanted to try my best to finish strong,” Mu said. “Ajee was right on me, I had to push a little harder to get to the line.”
Sha’Carri Richardson did not qualify for Sunday’s 200 final, her only remaining chance to make the U.S. team for the worlds. Her time in the semifinal, 22.47 seconds, put her out of contention. She did not comment to reporters afterward.
Richardson also failed to make the field for Friday’s 100 meter final, which was won by Melissa Jefferson of Coastal Carolina. Richardson’s failure to qualify for the finals in either race was something of a surprise, given her form at recent meets.
With her ever-changing hair color and long nails, Richardson grabbed attention at last year’s Olympic trails with a statement-making win in the 100. But she was suspended because of a positive test for marijuana, which kept her off the team sent to the Tokyo Games.
Abby Steiner of Kentucky, who set a college record in the 200 at this year’s NCAA championships, won the event in 21.77, the leading time in the world this season and a personal best.
Daniel Roberts won the 110 hurdles in 13:03. Two-time Olympian Devon Allen, the fan favorite who ran track and played football at Oregon, finished third to make the team for worlds.
Allen is trying to balance track life and football after recently signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as a wide receiver. At worlds, the 110 hurdles are set for July 17. Eagles players are slated to report for training camp nine days later.
Bryce Hoppel made his second straight U.S. team for worlds in the 800, finishing in 1:44.60. He was followed by Jonah Kowech, who achieved the standard with his finish, and Brandon Miller, who threw himself over the line to secure third.
“I just wanted it so much,” Miller said.
Rai Benjamin won the 400 hurdles in 1:44.60, best in the world this season. Benjamin was coming off a bout with COVID-19 that drained his energy.
“This weekend was a lot on me, I’m kind of banged up, obviously, but I’m just happy to come out and get the win today. Going to worlds,” Benjamin said.
Wayne Taylor Racing takes points lead with Watkins Glen win
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Filipe Albuquerque gave Wayne Taylor Racing its third consecutive IMSA sports car victory by holding off rival Acura team Meyer Shank Racing in the six-hour endurance race Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
The race was red-flagged for an hour because of a lightning strike near the track and IMSA returned under a yellow flag with 35 minutes remaining. The green waved with 20 minutes to go and Albuquerque used an aggressive restart to snatch the lead from Tom Blomqvist of Shank.
The two were in a spirited battle until the final five minutes, when Sebastien Bourdais in a Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing made a run on Blomqvist. The two were battling for second on the final lap but Bourdais had to bail out on an attempted pass because of lapped traffic clogging the track ahead.
That race for position gave Albuquerque breathing room. Albuquerque had been trying to save fuel in the No. 10 Acura to get to the checkered flag, so the challenge Bourdais put on Blomqvist helped.
The Wayne Taylor team is in a tight championship battle with Shank in the DPi class and consecutive wins at Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio and now Watkins Glen has given Albuquerque and co-driver Ricky Taylor a 17-point lead in the standings.
Bourdais and Renger van der Zande completed the podium in their Cadillac, and were followed by the sister Ganassi car driven by Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber.
The Ally-backed Cadillac of Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Kamui Kobayashi finished sixth. The car only runs the four endurance races on the IMSA schedule, and Johnson missed the Twelve Hours of Sebring because of an IndyCar conflict.
Defending class champion PR1 Mathiasen won the LMP2 class in part because of a late penalty on DragonSpeed, which was on its way to its third victory in five races this season. IMSA said Juan Pablo Montoya left the pit stall with equipment on a stop prior to the weather delay; he had turned the car over to his 17-year-old son, Sebastian, when the race resumed and Sebastian had to pit from the lead to serve the penalty.
His father was incensed and seen yelling at an IMSA official on pit road as Sebastian surrendered the lead. DragonSpeed, which won the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a different lineup and then at Mid-Ohio last month when Montoya drove the day after racing the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fell to fifth.
The elder Montoya had recovered from a penalty in the final hour at Mid-Ohio to win the race, but his son didn’t have the same amount of time to make up the lost ground.
Scott Huffaker closed the LMP2 win for PR1 Mathiasen and teammate Ben Keating, who won the GTE Am at Le Mans two weeks ago.
The LMP3 class win went to Riley Motorsports with drivers Felipe Fraga, Gar Robinson and Kay van Berl.
BMW M Team RLL and Winward Racing were both stripped of their class victories in a post-race audit that found drive-time infractions. The disqualifications promoted The Heart of Racing to a double win in both GTD Pro and GTD class.
The penalties shuffled the finishing orders and put a GTD car ahead of the class-winning GTD Pro entry for the first time since the category was introduced this season.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANS EARN SERIES SPLIT WITH REDBIRDS
INDIANAPOLIS – Behind standout performances from Ji-Hwan Bae and Travis Swaggerty, the Indianapolis Indians earned a series split with a 6-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds on Sunday afternoon.
Facing a 2-1 deficit in the third, the Indians (35-35) scored two runs to capture a lead they would not relinquish. After back-to-back line-drive singles by major league rehabbers Kevin Newman and Ben Gamel, a wild pitch by Jacob Bosiokovic (L, 0-1) put both runners into scoring position. Yoshi Tsutsugo – playing in the fourth game of his respective rehab assignment – sent home the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly. Bae then lined a two-out, run-scoring single into right field to give Indy a 3-2 advantage.
Memphis (41-31) grabbed an early 2-0 lead after Alec Burleson homered off starting pitcher Bryse Wilson (W, 4-0) in the first inning. Wilson settled in after the first and threw four consecutive scoreless innings before handing over to the bullpen. Cristofer Melendez, Aaron Fletcher and Eric Stout combined to throw 4.0 scoreless innings to shut down the Redbirds.
Mason Martin added an insurance run with a home run in the seventh, his first since May 29 and 12th on the year. Swaggerty followed suit with a two-run shot to center field in the eighth to extend the lead to 6-2.
Bae went 3-for-4 in his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and finished the series hitting .458 (11-for-24) with six RBI and three stolen bases. For a second consecutive game, Swaggerty made a spectacular catch at the wall to take away an extra-base hit from Memphis. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate, and his eighth-inning homer was his sixth of the season.
The Indians will travel to First Horizon Park for a six-game series with the first-place Nashville Sounds on Tuesday at 8:05 PM ET. Both clubs have yet to name starters.
BREBEUF’S DUTKANYCH WILL ATTEND VANDY
Brebeuf right handed pitcher Andrew Dutkanych withdrew his name from draft consideration on Sunday.
Dutkanych is a projected first-round pick in July’s MLB draft.
Dutkanych is Baseball America’s 35th-ranked draft prospect. MLB.com ranked him 30th. Dutkanych joins Vandy with other Hoosiers such as RHP Michael Doolin (Andrean) and OF JD Rogers (Carmel) and Franklin OF Max Clark at Vanderbilt.
Dutkanych set a Brebeuf record with 320 strikeouts over three years. He finished his career with a 20-7 record and 1.38 ERA.
PACERS SIGN ZENG
G League Ignite’s Fanbo Zeng inked an Exhibit 10 deal with Indiana. The 6-11 forward, who did a pre-draft workout for the Pacers on June 8.
Zeng is the fourth undrafted rookie to join the Pacers on an Exhibit 10 contract, following Murray State’s Tevin Brown, Villanova’s Jermain Samuels Jr. and Michigan’s Eli Brooks.
Zeng averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 36.4% overall and 40.0% on 3’s in nine games for G League Ignite.
RONCALLI’S LAUCK COMMITS TO IOWA
Roncalli OL Trevor Lauck made official his commitment Sunday to play at Iowa. 247sports composite ranks Lauck as a four-star prospect and the No. 5 in-state player in the class.
Lauck posted on his Twitter page: “I’d like to thank God for putting me in the position I’m in and for the blessings he’s gifted me with. I want to thank my mom, dad, family and friends for everything they do for me and their endless support. Thank you coach Otley, Rodenberg, Quintana, and all the Roncalli staff. I want to thank each coach that has recruited me and built a relationship with me throughout the process. With that being said, I am committed to the University of Iowa! Go Hawkeyes!!!”
Lauck joins Brownsburg offensive lineman Leighton Jones in Iowa’s recruiting class.
NEW PAL’S BURGESS HEADED TO LOUISVILLE
New Palestine OL Luke Burgess announced his commitment Sunday to Louisville. Burgess is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 6 in-state recruit on the 247sports composite.
Burgess posted: “First off, I want to thank God for blessing me beyond anything I could imagine. I also want to thank my Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Sisters, and all my loved ones for being right by my side every step of the way. Thank you to all the coaches and staff that extended a scholarship to give me the opportunity to play football at their respected University, and make all my dreams come true. I am so thankful for all of the relationships and connections that I’ve made through this process and that will last me a life time. With that being said, I am excited to announce I am committed to the University of Louisville. L’s Up!!”
NORTH CENTRAL’S MCWILLIAMS HEADED TO PURDUE
North Central WR T.J. McWilliams announced his commitment to Purdue Sunday. McWilliams is a three-star and is rated as the No. 15 in-state prospect on the 247sports.
McWilliams caught 36 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1911 At the start of the seventh inning at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds, Stuffy McInnis hits Ed Karger’s warm-up pitch into short center field, leading to an inside-the-park home run against the out-of-position Red Sox outfielders. American League president Ban Johnson upholds the play on appeal, but the event causes a change in the no-warm-up rule implemented due to his concern that some games were taking over two hours to play.
1930 At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in major league history. The A’s relief pitcher is nine days shy of his 47th birthday when he connects off Chad Kimsey for a solo shot, leading off the sixth inning in the team’s 8-3 victory over the Browns.
1939 In front of 2,457 fans at Braves Field, the Dodgers, with Whit Wyatt pitching the first 16 frames, and Boston plays 23 innings in a game that ends in a 2-2 tie when plate umpire Babe Pinelli called the five-hour and 15-minute contest at 8:15 pm due to darkness. The same teams at the same field played 26 innings to a 1-1 tie in 1920.
1940 To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, the Dodgers celebrate Jack Norworth Day at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. The songwriter and his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had never seen a game when they created the song in 1908.
1958 At Comiskey Park, White Sox hurler Billy Pierce retires 26 consecutive batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald doubles weakly inside the right-field line for the Senators’ only hit. The 31-year-old southpaw goes on to strike out Albie Pearson on three pitches to one-hit Washington, 3-0, en route to completing his third consecutive shutout.
1962 Monroe High School standout Ed Kranepool, an Opening Day guest seated in the owners’ box with Mrs. Joan Payson and M. Donald Grant, signs a contract that includes an $85,000 bonus as an amateur free agent with the Mets. The 17-year-old Bronx teenager will spend his entire 18-year career with the expansion team, establishing franchise records for hits, plate appearances, and games played.
Amazon 1964 Ed Kranepool Autographed Baseball Card (Topps #566)
1963 Tigers’ first baseman Norm Cash plays an entire game without recording a put out in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Twins at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium. Six strikeouts, sixteen balls caught in the air, and two fielder choices account for the 24 outs made by the home team.
1964 Max Alvis is stricken with a bout of spinal meningitis, which will sideline the Indians’ everyday third baseman for six weeks. The Jasper, Texas native will rebound nicely, making the American League All-Star team next season and 1967.
1967 At Tiger Stadium, 32-year-old Al Kaline breaks his hand as he slams his bat into the bat rack after being struck out by Sam McDowell in the sixth inning of Detroit’s 8-1 loss to the Indians. The future Hall of Famer (1980) will miss 28 games for the second-place team.
1972 Making his last career start, Wade Blasingame’s American League debut for the Yankees is an inauspicious one when the Tigers go deep three consecutive times in the bottom of the first inning. The first frame fireworks by Aurelio Rodriguez, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton power Detroit over New York, 5-2.
1973 In the Cardinals’ 15-4 rout of the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, Joe Torre hits for the cycle. The St. Louis first baseman accomplishes the feat with a first-inning double, a home run in the third, a triple in the fourth, and a single with two outs in the ninth.
1973 In the opener of a twin bill at Shea Stadium, Buzz Capra pitches four innings of no-hit relief against the Phillies to get the save for starter George Stone as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-6. A few hours earlier, the 25-year-old right-handed reliever had attended his dad’s funeral in Illinois.
1973 Twenty days after pitching his high school team to a state championship, Rangers’ rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight, and allows just one hit in his first major league start as Texas defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, sees the debut of the 18-year-old phenom, $125,000 bonus baby.
1977 Willie McCovey becomes the first major leaguer to hit two homers in the same frame twice in his career when he smashes a solo shot and a grand slam in the Giants’ ten-run sixth inning at Riverfront Park. The San Francisco first baseman, who also accomplished the feat in the first week of the 1973 season, home run heroics contributes to the team’s 14-9 victory over Cincinnati.
1977 After offering the job to Twins legend Harmon Killebrew, the Rangers hire Billy Hunter as the team’s manager, making him the club’s fourth skipper this week. Texas had replaced the fired Frank Lucchesi with Eddie Stanky, who left after one game due to homesickness, resulting in third base coach Connie Ryan, who refused to assume the position full-time, becoming the interim manager for six games.
1980 Dodger southpaw Jerry Reuss, facing only 28 batters, no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 8-0. Shortstop Bill Russell’s errant throw on Jack Clark’s grounder with two outs in the first inning deprives the 31-year-old left-hander of tossing a perfect game.
1982 The Braves tie a major league mark with seven double plays in the team’s 2-0 victory over Cincinnati. Atlanta turns four twin killings in the first four frames of the 14 inning Riverfront Stadium contest.
1984 After swiping second and third base, Dusty Baker, who had pilfered only one bag this season, completes his stolen base cycle when he steals home in the Giants’ 14-9 victory over Cincinnati at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco right fielder’s third-inning thievery comes off three different hurlers pitching to Reds’ catcher Brad Gulden.
1986 The Reds catch Robby Thompson four times trying to steal a base, setting a major league record for nailing the same player in one game. The second baseman’s futile attempts don’t matter when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 7-6, in the 12-inning contest played at Riverfront Stadium.
1987 Freshman first baseman Mark McGwire hits three homers and drives in five runs, helping the A’s defeat the Indians, 13-3. ‘Big Mac’ will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, far surpassing the rookie record of 38, once shared by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.
1993 Anthony Young sets a major league record when he drops his 24th straight decision, a 5-3 Mets loss to St. Louis at Shea Stadium. The hard-luck New York right-hander, who surpasses the mark established by Boston Dove hurler Cliff Curtis in 1911, will extend the dubious streak to 27 consecutive defeats before winning a game.
1999 The Mariners beat the Rangers, 5-2, in the 1,765th and last major league game at the Kingdome. The final contest, attended by 56,530 fans in ‘the Accident on the Occidental,’ features a three-run home run at the bottom of the first inning by Ken Griffey, Jr., who also makes a great over-the-fence catch to rob Juan Gonzalez of a three-run round-tripper.
2002 In the hunt for a playoff spot, the Expos acquire the Indians’ #1 starter, right-hander Bartolo Colon, and Tim Drew as part of a six-player deal, which sends first baseman Lee Stevens and three minor league prospects, and cash to Cleveland. Montreal’s farmhands, infielder Brandon Phillips, southpaw Cliff Lee, and outfielder Grady Sizemore will all become major league All-Stars.
2003 In the 50-minute bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park against the Marlins, the Red Sox establish a major league record by scoring ten runs before making an out. With a single, double, and triple, leadoff hitter Johnny Damon ties a major league mark with three hits in an inning as the home team equals an American League record for most runs in the first frame with 14.
2007 In his 325th game, Ryan Howard becomes the fastest player to hit 100 home runs, accomplishing the feat 60 contests quicker than the previous mark set by Ralph Kiner in 1948. The Phillies slugger’s milestone round-tripper is memorable when he launches a 505-foot shot, the longest blast ever hit at Citizens Bank Park.
2008 In a 15-6 Mets victory over the Yankees at the Stadium, Carlos Delgado, with a double, three-run homer, and a grand slam, establishes a new team record with 9 RBIs in one game. The first baseman, who breaks Dave Kingman’s 1976 club mark, also surpasses Sky King on the all-time home run list with the first of his two homers, moving into 34th place with his 443rd career round-tripper.
2010 Josh Hamilton hammers the longest home run to date at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when he sends a pitch 485 feet over the right-center field wall. The Texas outfielder’s second-inning two-run round-tripper off Roy Oswald contributes to the team’s 10-1 rout of the Astros.
2010 In a surprising swap between last-place teams, the Indians send Russell Branyan back to the Mariners in exchange for Class AAA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and shortstop Juan Diaz. The trade allows the Tribe to put Matt LaPorta, a highly touted rookie acquired from Milwaukee in the trade for CC Sabathia two years ago, at first base, and for Seattle, the move signals that GM Jack Zduriencik wants his players to know that winning is still a priority for the under-achieving M’s.
2010 Phillies southpaw Jamie Moyer surpasses Hall of Famer Robin Roberts for allowing the most home runs in a career. In his 11-2 victory over Toronto, the 47 year-old starter gives up a two-run homer to Vernon Wells in the third inning, yielding his record-breaking 506th gopher ball.
2010 In the fifth inning of an eventual 2-1 Rays’ loss to Arizona, Evan Longoria confronts B.J. Upton in the dugout after the outfielder doesn’t appear to hustle after Rusty Ryal’s deep drive to left-center field, allowing the hit to become a triple. The nose-to-nose exchange becomes heated, and Upton, who takes exception to his third baseman’s criticism, needs to be restrained by teammates.
2011 The Dodgers seek bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court, citing MLB’s refusal to sign off on a transaction that would provide the team with $385 million. Although there will be no disruptions for the team, the filing of Chapter 11 permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations, giving owner Frank McCourt time to seek a media deal that will ensure the club’s long-term financial stability.
2016 At Great American Ball Park, Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant becomes the third major leaguer to collect five extra-base hits in one contest and first with three home runs and two doubles. The 24-year-old Chicago infielder’s offensive output joins the ranks of Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton (Camden Yards, 2012) and Braves first baseman Joe Adcock (Ebbets Field, 1954), who both hit four homers and a double to accomplish the feat.
2016 With approximately 100 fans in attendance, the Rangers rally after a 3 1/2 hours rain delay to beat the Yankees 9-6. Kirby Yates, replacing Aroldis Chapman in the ninth with a runner on first and no outs and the team ahead 6-5, plunks three batters and yields two-run singles to Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, giving Texas an eventual 9-6 victory at 2:44 am in the Bronx ballpark..
2021 Pirates’ starter Max Kranick retires all 15 batters he faces, throwing five perfect innings before torrential rain delays the Busch Stadium contest for 64 minutes. The 23-year-old right-hander, removed from the game after play resumes, gets the victory when the team beats the Cardinals, 7-2, becoming the first hurler since 1893 with a perfect start of at least five innings in his major-league debut.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1909
The Pittsburgh Pirates, a regular Series contender, won their seventh National League championship in 1909, behind the brilliant play of veteran superstar Honus Wagner. (He would add his eighth and final title two years later) Wagner had hit .339 for the Buccos and Pittsburgh’s pitching staff was just as dangerous. Howie Camnitz and Vic Willis won twenty-five and twenty-two games, respectively, for the Pirates and Lefty Leifield posted nineteen victories. Detroit returned for their third consecutive Fall Classic determined to erase the memories of their previous efforts. The Tigers were also backed up by the heavy bat of Ty Cobb (who had just won his third consecutive American League batting title) and a formidable pitching staff featuring Mullin, Willett and Summers who had a combined seventy victories. None of this mattered though as the Pirates big three were unable to win a single game in the Series and only one Detroit standout, Mullin, performed as predicted by chalking up two victories.
The Tigers managed to outplay the Pirates veteran starters, but they couldn’t handle newcomer Babe Adams, who had compiled a 12-3 record for the Pirates in 1909. Adams drew the start for Game 1 and responded with a six-hitter, 4-1 victory that was sparked by playing Manager Fred Clarke’s game-tying homer in the fourth inning. Once again, Detroit had lost the lead… and lost the game.
Game 2 was tipped in Detroit’s favor with a three run outburst in the third inning that was ignited by the spectacular home plate stealing of Ty Cobb. The Tigers had managed to square the Series at one game apiece and were looking for more. Pittsburgh regained the lead in Game 3 when they jumped on the back of Honus Wagner, who had three hits, three runs batted in and three stolen bases and rallied to an 8-6 victory. The win-swapping continued when Tiger ace George Mullin actually lived up to his reputation and threw a five-hit, shutout while striking out ten Pirates in a Game 4 victory.
Once again, Detroit had tied it up, but were unable to repeat as the Babe Adams threw another six-hitter, resulting in an 8-4, Game 5 triumph. The resilient Tigers found themselves back in business the next afternoon when Mullin, after being roughed up for three first-inning runs, surrendered only one more and wound up with a seven-hit, Game 6 winner. With the Series going down to a climactic seventh game (the first to go the distance) Pittsburgh’s Fred Clarke went with two game winner, Babe Adams as his pitcher, while Detroit Manager Hugh Jennings decided on Bill Donovan, a complete-game winner in Game 2.
Donovan was off to a miserable start as he hit the first Pirate batter and went on to walk six of them in the first two innings. He was pulled after three with Adams confidently holding a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh never looked back as the Bucco’s Babe nailed his third six-hitter of the Series and an 8-0 championship victory. It was the Pirates third post-season appearance, second official Series and first World Championship. Honus Wagner continued to prove his Cooperstown worthiness by hitting .333, with seven RBIs and six stolen bases. Playing manager Fred Clarke set a record with four walks in Game 4. On the other side, future Hall of Famer Ty Cobb did not fare as well. Appearing in what would be his last Series (although he would be an active player through 1928), Cobb batted only .231 but led Detroit with six RBIs.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JUNE 27
1864 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia: Colonel Sherman makes unsuccessful frontal attack on Confederate defensive lin
1890 Canadian boxer George Dixon becomes first black world champion when he stops English bantamweight champion Edwin “Nunc” Wallace in 18 rounds in London, England
1891 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Mabel Cahill beats defending champion Ellen Roosevelt 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
1894 American Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] sets out from Boston to become first woman to bicycle around the world (completes journey September 1895)
1898 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats Louisa Martin 6-4, 6-4 for her 3rd Wimbledon singles championship
1898 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion R.F. Doherty beats younger brother Laurence Doherty 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1
1899 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Charlotte Cooper 6-2, 6-3
1902 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Newport, RI: Marion Jones wins her second US singles title; beats Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 1-0 when the defending champion is forced to retire
1903 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats Marion Jones 7-5, 8-6 for her third of 4 US singles titles
1904 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles crown; beats Frank Riseley for 2nd straight year 6-1, 7-5, 8-6
1908 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Maud Barger-Wallach beats defending champion Evelyn Sears 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 for her lone major title
1909 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman outclasses defending champion Maud Barger-Wallach 6-0, 6-1 for first of 3 straight US singles titles
1914 Defending champion Jack Johnson beats fellow American Frank Moran on points in 20 rounds in Paris, France to retain his lineal heavyweight boxing title
1924 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: American Walter Hagen wins his 2nd Open Championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe
1931 Ryder Cup Golf, Scioto CC: Walter Hagen captains his 2nd victorious American team; US wins, 9-3
1933 Ryder Cup Golf, Southport & Ainsdale GC: Great Britain wins, 6½-5½; GB’s last Cup victory until 1957
1936 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman Alf Padgham wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Jimmy Adams of Scotland
1939 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Bees, 2-2 in 23 innings; called on account of darkness after 5 hours 15 minutes
1939 Brilliant West Indies batsman George Headley scores 107 to follow his 106 in the 1st innings in 1st cricket Test v England at Lord’s; England still wins by 8 wickets
1950 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Scioto CC: American Chandler Harper wins his only major title; beats Harry Williams Jr., 4 & 3 in the final
1954 Hungary beats Brazil, 4-2 in the “Battle of Berne” as FIFA World Cup quarter-final descends into an all-out brawl with 3 players sent-off; fighting continues in dressing rooms after final whistle
1956 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
1959 US Open Women’s Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs
1962 Dutch soccer clubs Rapid JC and Roda Sports merge to form Roda JC Kerkrade; KNVB Cup winners 1996–97, 1999–2000
1963 Phillies Johnny Callison hits for cycle, but Phillie centerfielder Tony Gonzalez’s error ends his record 205 consecutive errorless games
1969 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
1971 US Open Women’s Golf, Kahwa GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 7 strokes from Kathy Whitworth
1977 Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)
1979 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn’t)
1980 Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss no-hits SF Giants 8-0
1983 Mariners bat out of order against White Sox in 2nd inning
1984 Supreme Court ends NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts
1986 American tennis player Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit in 1st round match against Pam Shriver; wears regular outfit after rain break
1986 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game
1988 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
1988 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
1990 Jose Canseco signs record $4,700,000 per year Oak A’s contract
1990 NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets
1992 193rd ranked Andrei Olhovskiy of Russia defeats #1 seed Jim Courier 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the 3rd round at Wimbledon
1992 Dan O’Brien fails on pole vault & eliminated from Olympics decathlon
1993 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Colbert wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Raymond Floyd
1993 NY Met pitcher Anthony Young loses record 24th straight game
1998 NHL Draft: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) center Vincent Lecavalier first pick by Tampa Bay Lightning
1999 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, DuPont CC: Juli Inkster shoots final round 65 to win by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Liselotte Neumann; completes career grand slam
1999 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Hale Irwin wins his 5th of 7 Champions Tour major titles by 7 strokes from Australian Graham Marsh
1999 WLAF World Bowl 7, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf: Frankfurt Galaxy beats Barcelona Dragons, 38-24
2001 NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards
2010 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Locust Hill CC: American Christie Kerr takes her second major title with a 12 stroke win over Song-Hee Kim of South Korea
2013 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett first pick Cleveland Cavaliers
2014 NHL Coyotes franchise changes geographic name from “Phoenix” to “Arizona” after change of ownership
2017 Tennis star Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude for the cover of “Vanity Fair”
2021 Women’s PGA Championship, Atlanta AC: Nelly Korda beats fellow American Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win her first major title
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|Boston||42||31||.575||11||20 – 16||22 – 15||7 – 14||12 – 7||19 – 7||8 – 2||W 7|
|Tampa Bay||40||32||.556||12.5||25 – 15||15 – 17||12 – 13||6 – 9||12 – 9||5 – 5||W 3|
|Toronto||40||32||.556||12.5||21 – 14||19 – 18||12 – 14||10 – 9||14 – 5||3 – 7||L 2|
|Baltimore||34||40||.459||19.5||18 – 17||16 – 23||15 – 19||10 – 11||4 – 6||7 – 3||L 1|
|Minnesota||41||33||.554||–||23 – 17||18 – 16||11 – 9||18 – 12||9 – 7||5 – 5||W 2|
|Cleveland||36||32||.529||2||16 – 13||20 – 19||5 – 8||14 – 9||9 – 8||5 – 5||L 4|
|Chi White Sox||34||37||.479||5.5||16 – 21||18 – 16||14 – 15||10 – 12||6 – 7||4 – 6||W 1|
|Detroit||28||44||.389||12||18 – 22||10 – 22||7 – 14||11 – 14||3 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|
|Kansas City||26||45||.366||13.5||13 – 23||13 – 22||4 – 9||11 – 17||7 – 11||6 – 4||L 2|
|Houston||45||27||.625||–||20 – 11||25 – 16||5 – 8||13 – 3||21 – 12||7 – 3||L 1|
|Texas||34||37||.479||10.5||17 – 20||17 – 17||5 – 8||7 – 6||15 – 18||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Angels||35||40||.467||11.5||19 – 22||16 – 18||6 – 14||7 – 4||17 – 14||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||34||40||.459||12||15 – 18||19 – 22||6 – 14||7 – 6||17 – 15||6 – 4||L 1|
|Oakland||25||49||.338||21||8 – 28||17 – 21||8 – 12||9 – 15||6 – 17||4 – 6||W 2|
|NY Mets||47||27||.635||–||24 – 10||23 – 17||24 – 9||7 – 3||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|Atlanta||42||32||.568||5||24 – 17||18 – 15||13 – 10||12 – 8||13 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|Philadelphia||39||35||.527||8||19 – 17||20 – 18||12 – 16||4 – 2||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 2|
|Miami||33||38||.465||12.5||19 – 16||14 – 22||18 – 14||2 – 4||9 – 14||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||27||48||.360||20.5||12 – 26||15 – 22||6 – 24||7 – 7||9 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Milwaukee||42||33||.560||–||19 – 15||23 – 18||11 – 13||24 – 13||3 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|St. Louis||41||34||.547||1||22 – 15||19 – 19||4 – 6||22 – 14||9 – 5||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||29||43||.403||11.5||17 – 20||12 – 23||3 – 5||13 – 23||12 – 9||4 – 6||L 3|
|Chi Cubs||28||45||.384||13||13 – 25||15 – 20||3 – 3||16 – 19||7 – 14||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cincinnati||25||47||.347||15.5||12 – 23||13 – 24||3 – 5||10 – 16||8 – 21||2 – 8||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||45||26||.634||–||20 – 12||25 – 14||11 – 9||11 – 5||14 – 8||7 – 3||W 1|
|San Diego||45||30||.600||2||21 – 16||24 – 14||12 – 9||19 – 10||13 – 10||4 – 6||L 2|
|San Francisco||39||33||.542||6.5||20 – 16||19 – 17||14 – 13||8 – 9||11 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Arizona||33||41||.446||13.5||18 – 21||15 – 20||12 – 10||10 – 11||5 – 16||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||31||42||.425||15||19 – 19||12 – 23||8 – 19||6 – 4||11 – 11||4 – 6||L 2|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot