MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston 11 Philadelphia 5

Chicago White Sox 12 Baltimore 1

Cleveland 2 Kansas City 1

Tampa Bay 7 Toronto 1

Texas 3 Oakland 2

Minnesota 4 Detroit 2

NY Yankees 4 Houston 0

Seattle 7 LA Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 10 St. Louis 5

NY Mets 13 Pittsburgh 4

Atlanta 5 Miami 0

Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 0

San Francisco 5 Washington 3

Arizona 5 LA Dodgers 2

San Diego 4 Colorado 2

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Columbus 9 Indianapolis 4

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-clippers/2021/07/09/650148#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=650148

Beloit 2 South Bend 0

Lake County 3. Fort Wayne 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Columbus 2 FC Cincinnati 2

WNBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 82 New York 69…Kelsey Mitchell 20

SATURDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20210709/NYLIND/#/box-score

Connecticut 84 Atlanta 72

Phoenix 85 Seattle 77

Minnesota 77 Las Vegas 67

PGA LEADERBOARD

John Deere Classic
Jul. 8-11, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Luke List6663  -13 (129)F
2Sebastian Munoz6367  -12 (130)F
3tLucas Glover6863  -11 (131)F
3tChesson Hadley6368  -11 (131)F
3tBrandon Hagy6764  -11 (131)F
3tRyan Moore6566  -11 (131)F
3tChez Reavie6467  -11 (131)F
3tAdam Schenk6764  -11 (131)F
3tChase Seiffert6863  -11 (131)F
10tPatrick Rodgers6765  -10 (132)F
10tNick Taylor6765  -10 (132)F
12tJason Dufner6865  -9 (133)F
12tDoug Ghim6667  -9 (133)F
12tRussell Henley6766  -9 (133)F
12tHank Lebioda6469  -9 (133)F
12tKevin Na6766  -9 (133)F
12tJhonattan Vegas6766  -9 (133)F
18tGreg Chalmers6965  -8 (134)F
18tCameron Champ6668  -8 (134)F
18tJim Herman6866  -8 (134)F
18tRoger Sloan7064  -8 (134)F
18tAlex Smalley6767  -8 (134)F
18tHarold Varner III6767  -8 (134)F
24tScott Harrington6867  -7 (135)F
24tDavid Hearn7065  -7 (135)F
24tSungjae Im6867  -7 (135)F
24tAdam Long7065  -7 (135)F
24tMaverick McNealy7164  -7 (135)F
24tRob Oppenheim6966  -7 (135)F
24tSeamus Power6867  -7 (135)F
24tVaughn Taylor6966  -7 (135)F
24tKevin Tway6669  -7 (135)F
24tCamilo Villegas6471  -7 (135)F
34tScott Brown6967  -6 (136)F
34tRafa Cabrera Bello7066  -6 (136)F
34tCameron Davis6769  -6 (136)F
34tRhein Gibson6967  -6 (136)F
34tWill Gordon6868  -6 (136)F
34tMark Hubbard6868  -6 (136)F
34tZach Johnson6868  -6 (136)F
34tPatton Kizzire6967  -6 (136)F
34tMartin Laird6868  -6 (136)F
34tWillie Mack III7066  -6 (136)F
34tHenrik Norlander6769  -6 (136)F
34tWes Roach6868  -6 (136)F
34tKyle Stanley6868  -6 (136)F
34tSteve Stricker7066  -6 (136)F
34tBrian Stuard6967  -6 (136)F
34tMichael Thompson6868  -6 (136)F
34tD.J. Trahan6868  -6 (136)F
34tNick Watney7066  -6 (136)F
34tAaron Wise7264  -6 (136)F
53tDaniel Berger6968  -5 (137)F
53tBrian Gay6968  -5 (137)F
53tMichael Gellerman6671  -5 (137)F
53tBo Hoag7067  -5 (137)F
53tAndrew Landry7067  -5 (137)F
53tTom Lewis6968  -5 (137)F
53tSean O’Hair6968  -5 (137)F
53tScott Piercy7067  -5 (137)F
53tSam Ryder6770  -5 (137)F
53tJohn Senden7463  -5 (137)F
53tScott Stallings6869  -5 (137)F
64tCharles Howell III7167  -4 (138)F
64tJohn Huh6870  -4 (138)F
64tPeter Malnati7266  -4 (138)F
64tMatthew NeSmith6969  -4 (138)F
64tCameron Percy7068  -4 (138)F
64tMito Pereira7068  -4 (138)F
64tTed Potter, Jr.7068  -4 (138)F
64tJ.J. Spaun6771  -4 (138)F
64tShawn Stefani7464  -4 (138)F

LPGA LEADERBOARD

Marathon Classic presented by Dana
Jul. 8-11, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Nasa Hataoka6169  -12 (130)F
2Mina Harigae6666  -10 (132)F
3tElizabeth Szokol6766  -9 (133)F
3tAlison Lee6766  -9 (133)F
5tGerina Piller6965  -8 (134)F
5tJennifer Kupcho6965  -8 (134)F
5tEsther Henseleit7064  -8 (134)F
5tChella Choi6866  -8 (134)F
5tLauren Stephenson6569  -8 (134)F
10tMatilda Castren6669  -7 (135)F
10tJasmine Suwannapura6867  -7 (135)F
10tMegan Khang6867  -7 (135)F
10tChristina Kim6867  -7 (135)F
10tDanielle Kang7065  -7 (135)F
10tAriya Jutanugarn6669  -7 (135)F
16tAlana Uriell7066  -6 (136)F
16tAustin Ernst6967  -6 (136)F
16tSsu-Chia Cheng6670  -6 (136)F
16tCaroline Masson6868  -6 (136)F
16tSu-Hyun Oh6967  -6 (136)F
16tBrittany Lincicome6769  -6 (136)F
22tAmy Yang6770  -5 (137)F
22tA Lim Kim6869  -5 (137)F
22tMuni He7067  -5 (137)F
22tLinnea Strom6869  -5 (137)F
22tBrittany Altomare6968  -5 (137)F
22tLeona Maguire6968  -5 (137)F
28tYuka Saso7167  -4 (138)F
28tStacy Lewis6870  -4 (138)F
28tPajaree Anannarukarn6969  -4 (138)F
28tPaula Reto7365  -4 (138)F
28tAndrea Lee7167  -4 (138)F
28tCeline Herbin7266  -4 (138)F
28tInbee Park7167  -4 (138)F
28tLee Lopez7068  -4 (138)F
28tPerrine Delacour6969  -4 (138)F
37tPornanong Phatlum6970  -3 (139)F
37tJessica Korda7069  -3 (139)F
37tPavarisa Yoktuan7366  -3 (139)F
37tAna Belac6970  -3 (139)F
37tKris Tamulis7267  -3 (139)F
37tAzahara Munoz6970  -3 (139)F
37tYealimi Noh6673  -3 (139)F
37tSo Yeon Ryu7267  -3 (139)F
37tBronte Law7366  -3 (139)F
37tJennifer Song6772  -3 (139)F
37tGemma Dryburgh7069  -3 (139)F
48tSarah Burnham7070  -2 (140)F
48tLauren Coughlin6872  -2 (140)F
48tCheyenne Knight6971  -2 (140)F
48tBrooke Henderson7070  -2 (140)F
48tMo Martin7070  -2 (140)F
48tCristie Kerr6872  -2 (140)F
48tJenny Coleman7169  -2 (140)F
48tEsther Lee7664  -2 (140)F
56tMi Hyang Lee7269  -1 (141)F
56tLindy Duncan7071  -1 (141)F
56tAlbane Valenzuela7170  -1 (141)F
56tSarah Schmelzel7170  -1 (141)F
56tCarlota Ciganda7071  -1 (141)F
56tCaroline Inglis7071  -1 (141)F
56tJeong Eun Lee7170  -1 (141)F
56tMel Reid6972  -1 (141)F
56tIn-Kyung Kim7269  -1 (141)F
56tMin Lee6873  -1 (141)F
56tPannarat Thanapolboonyaras7368  -1 (141)F
67tJaye Marie Green7171  E (142)F
67tJing Yan7270  E (142)F
67tElizabeth Nagel6973  E (142)F
67tMirim Lee6775  E (142)F
67tBianca Pagdanganan7171  E (142)F
67tJennifer Chang7270  E (142)F
67tHaeji Kang7171  E (142)F
67tYujeong Son7270  E (142)F
67tVicky Hurst7072  E (142)F
67tSarah Kemp7072  E (142)F
67tCeline Boutier7171  E (142)F
67tKatherine Kirk7171  E (142)F
67tNuria Iturrioz7567  E (142)F

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TOP HEADLINES

Back in Wimbledon final, Djokovic to face Italy’s Berrettini

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) The victories keep adding up for Novak Djokovic: 20 in a row at Wimbledon since the start of the 2018 tournament, 20 in a row in all Grand Slam matches since the start of this season.

Get both streaks up to 21 on Sunday by beating Matteo Berrettini in the final at the All England Club, and Djokovic will tie rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with a 20th major championship, the most for a man in tennis history.

“It would mean everything,” the No. 1-ranked Djokovic said. “That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m playing.”

He worked his way in and out of trouble against a much younger, much-less-experienced opponent Friday until eliminating No. 10 Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals at Centre Court.

Each set was tight and intense. Each appeared to be within Shapovalov’s grasp – until it was in Djokovic’s.

“He was serving for first set. He was better for most of the second set; had a lot of opportunities and just didn’t manage to close it out when he needed to,” said Djokovic, who at 34 is 12 years older than Shapovalov. “In important moments, I think I probably held my nerves better than he did and just (made) him play an extra shot, (made) him do an unforced error.”

Djokovic made just 15 unforced errors, Shapovalov 36. The other key stats: Djokovic saved 5 of 5 break points in the second set, then 3 of 3 in the third.

“What hurt so much this time was just that I felt like the game is there and it’s possible to go and play for the trophy,” said Shapovalov, who walked off in tears after falling to 0-7 against Djokovic. “It’s a feeling I’ve never had before, so that’s why it just hurt so much. I felt like I was outplaying Novak in parts of the match. If you’re outplaying Novak, you can beat anyone.”

So true. Now another new-to-these-stages foe, No. 7 seed Berrettini, will give it a shot.

Cries of “Vai!” (Go!), “Forza!” (Let’s go!) and even “Andiamo, amore mio!” (Let’s go, my love!) rang through the All England Club’s main stadium earlier, supporting Berrettini in his native tongue on his way to becoming Italy’s first Grand Slam male finalist in 45 years.

With booming serves delivering 22 aces, and powerful forehands helping compile a total of 60 winners, Berrettini used an 11-game run to grab a big lead and held on to beat No. 14 Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

Djokovic is trying to collect a sixth championship at Wimbledon – and third straight – to go along with nine from the Australian Open, three from the U.S. Open and two from the French Open.

And then there’s this: After collecting trophies on the hard courts of Melbourne Park in February, and the red clay of Roland Garros in June – defeating Berrettini in the quarterfinals there – Djokovic seeks a triumph on the grass of the All England Club to get three-quarters of the way to a calendar-year Grand Slam, with only the U.S. Open remaining.

No man has pulled off that three-title stretch within one year – let alone all four – since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969.

This will be Djokovic’s 30th major final, Berrettini’s first. Much as it was Djokovic’s 41st major semifinal, Shapovalov’s first.

“Obviously, the job is not done yet,” said the 25-year-old Berrettini, who lost his only previous Slam semifinal, at the 2019 U.S. Open. “I want to get the trophy now that I’m here.”

Astros star Correa out for health and safety protocols

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been placed on the injured list due to health and safety protocols.

Friday’s move came a day after Correa announced that he would not play in next week’s All-Star game so he could spend time with wife Daniella, who is expecting the couple’s first child.

Manager Dusty Baker spoke of Correa being out of the lineup before the move was announced, but didn’t provide many details aside from saying he was not at the ballpark for the game against the New York Yankees.

“If he says he’s out sick, for this guy not to play, especially against the Yankees and (not) be in the starting lineup, then you know he’s sick,” Baker said.

Correa is the second Houston player to recently be put on the injured list because of health and safety protocols. Reliever Brooks Raley landed on the list on Thursday.

Correa is batting .288 with 16 homers, 20 doubles and 52 RBIs in 82 games this season.

The Astros recalled infielder Taylor Jones from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his spot on the roster.

Miley delivers on mound and at plate as Reds top Brewers 2-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Wade Miley did a little bit of everything to make sure the Cincinnati Reds crept a little closer to the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central standings.

He threw eight shutout innings. He made a great defensive play to preserve the lead. He doubled and scored an insurance run.

His all-around effort enabled Cincinnati’s 2-0 win at Milwaukee on Friday to snap the Brewers’ seven-game home winning streak. The Reds reduced Milwaukee’s NL Central lead to six games.

“That’s a huge win for us,” Miley said. “That’s a big baseball game right there.”

This is the second of seven consecutive matchups between the Brewers and Reds. They’re playing a four-game series in Milwaukee this week and will meet again for a three-game set in Cincinnati immediately after the All-Star break.

The Brewers won the opener of this series 5-3 on Thursday. The Reds got a measure of revenge Friday thanks to Miley.

“It was fun for everybody to be a part of that game with the way Wade did everything tonight,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Obviously it starts with the way he pitched. Good cutter. Good changeup. Just his energy. Guys love playing behind him.”

Miley (7-4) struck out four and allowed seven hits and three walks. But he made it clear that his favorite part of the night didn’t involve his pitching.

“The triple,” Miley said. “I call it a triple. The triple was fun.”

Technically, it wasn’t a triple.

Cincinnati already led 1-0 when Miley led off the seventh with a double to right off reliever Miguel Sanchez and advanced to third on a throwing error by Avisail Garcia. Miley scored when Jesse Winker capped an 11-pitch at bat with his own double to right.

The only other run came in the fourth when Tucker Barnhart lined an 0-2 pitch from Brewers starter Eric Lauer (3-4) into the left-field corner for a two-out double that scored Eugenio Suarez from second.

Miley’s fielding helped preserve Cincinnati’s lead.

The Brewers had runners on first and second with one out in the fifth when Miley went to his knees to field Lauer’s bunt and throw him out at first, preventing Milwaukee from loading the bases. Miley then got out of the jam by retiring Luis Urias on a fly to right.

“I overran it, and then it was just full panic to try to get an out,” Miley said. “I was able to kind of slide and get a glove on it, and (second baseman Jonathan) India picked me up big-time over there. I gave it everything I had to get it over there, but it bounced and India made a great play.”

Miley left after allowing a leadoff double to Avisail Garcia in the ninth on his 104th pitch. Heath Hembree took over from there and struck out Rowdy Tellez, Jace Peterson and Omar Narvaez to earn his fifth save.

Lauer struck out three, walked four and allowed four hits and one run in six innings. Over his last three starts, Lauer has worked 18 1/3 innings while allowing only two runs.

“It’s been impressive,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s been big for us.”

The Brewers hurt themselves on the bases.

Peterson led off the seventh with a single but got thrown out trying to advance to second. An interference call on a slide to second by Willy Adames resulted in an inning-ending double play in the eighth.

Hendricks wins 9th straight, Wisdom HR, Cubs beat Cards 10-5

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Hendricks won his ninth straight decision, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer and Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Friday afternoon.

Kris Bryant drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double to start Chicago’s five-run burst in the seventh inning before Wisdom went deep against his former team.

Joc Pederson doubled twice, including a three-run hit in the first. Chicago won for the second time in three games following an 11-game losing streak.

Bryant didn’t start for a second straight game because of a strained right hamstring, but hit the first pitch he saw from Junior Fernandez to the wall in left filed with the bases loaded. The All-Star came home when Wisdom connected for his 12th homer to make it 9-2.

“KB staying ready, we talked about using him in the right situation and it doesn’t get much better than that,” manager David Ross said. “Facing Kris Bryant with the bases loaded in Wrigley Field is usually going to play out in our favor.”

Hendricks (11-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while walking one and hitting a batter.

Hendricks, one of the Cubs’ few bright spots as they’ve tumbled below .500, had won eight straight starts before no-decisions in his previous two outings.

“I felt good overall, maybe not my best, but I’ve still got to stick with the process,” said the workman-like righty. “I was really good mentally and I did execute some pitches.”

Hendricks attributes his consistency to fine-tuning his command.

“There definitely were some adjustments that had to be made,” he said. “I finally got my fastball at the bottom of the zone, and that’s changed a lot, and I’ve been pitching inside better.”

The 31-year-old right-hander helped out in the field, too. Hendricks snared Dylan Carlson’s comeback liner to start the fifth, then jumped high off the mound rob Tyler O’Neill of a single to end the inning.

Carlson had three hits and Paul DeJong had a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth for the Cardinals, who have lost four of six. Starter Wade LeBlanc (0-2) allowed three runs on five hits in three innings before manager Mike Shildt turned to seven relievers

“We staved them off and played in traffic, got out of traffic … all the way to the seventh,” Shildt said. “Do that after a while and sometimes you get burned.”

“We just weren’t able to get close to get the back-end guys in the game,” he said.

Javier Baez started at shortstop for the Cubs after missing two games with a right thumb sprain. O’Neill was in left field for the Cardinals after a right pinkie injury and a food allergy reaction limited him to two plate appearances over the past week.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the first and Pederson cleared them with two outs when Carlson slid and couldn’t hang onto a sinking liner in right field.

The Cardinals cut it to 3-2 in the third on singles by O’Neill and Yadier Molina with two outs.

Ian Happ’s pinch-hit single in the Chicago fourth made it 4-2. Jason Heyward added an RBI in the eighth.

Bradley HR in 9th, Indians overcome bad baserunning, beat KC

CLEVELAND (AP) Exiled to the clubhouse after being ejected, Indians manager Terry Francona heard a loud rumble.

Bobby Bradley made Progressive Field rock.

Bradley homered leading off the ninth inning as Cleveland overcame some brutal baserunning that led a crazy play at third base and Francona getting tossed in a wild 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Bradley drove a 1-2 pitch from Jake Brentz (2-2) over the wall in right-center for his 10th homer as the Indians got their second straight walk-off win at home, touching off a celebration in the stands and at home plate.

Francona didn’t get to see it live.

“Because when you come in here, everything is delayed by about eight or 10 seconds,” he said. “I ran to the TV and Bobby is standing there in the batter’s box. Then about two seconds later, I saw why.

“That was a very nice little surprise.”

It was quite a moment for Bradley, who has given Cleveland’s lineup some pop since he was brought up from the minors. His heroics came a day after Franmil Reyes’ three-run homer in the ninth ended the Indians’ nine-game losing streak.

“It’s just baseball at the end of the day and sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Bradley, who also homered Thursday. “And unfortunately during the nine-game streak, things weren’t going our way, but we never gave up. That’s where we’re at now, just staying in that mindset that we’ve got to fight.”

James Karinchak (6-2) got his second win in two nights, steering around a leadoff double in the ninth.

Jorge Soler homered for the Royals, who have dropped 14 of 17 to fall a season-worst 16 games under .500.

Cleveland got a terrific start from Triston McKenzie, who struck out nine in a career-high seven innings.

Before Bradley’s big swing, the Indians were positioned to break a 1-1 tie in eighth – but literally ran themselves out of the inning.

Daniel Johnson led off with a soft liner off Royals starter Brad Keller that fell between outfielders Andrew Benetendi and Michael A. Taylor and went to second on a throwing error.

Cesar Hernandez followed with a single to get Johnson to third, and that’s where the fun started.

Amed Rosario hit a grounder to Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez, who trapped Johnson in a rundown between home and third. Johnson stayed alive long enough for Hernandez to get to third.

But as both were being tagged by Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, Johnson, who was entitled to the base, stepped off and third base umpire James Hoye called both runners out.

Francona asked for an explanation on the odd double play. And when he didn’t like what he heard, Francona profanely laid into Hoye before being ejected for the first time this season.

“There’s a couple ways to go there and I don’t think they got it right,” Francona said.

“I probably said some things that I didn’t mean, but it’s a tough play especially in that situation in the game,” he said.

As the play unfolded, Keller, who allowed just one run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings, wasn’t sure what he was seeing.

“I think my jaw was on the ground the whole time,” the right-hander said. “I’ve been playing baseball my whole life and I still don’t know the rule. I’ve never seen it happen before and I’m thankful it happened.”

McKenzie blanked the Royals on just one hit. The 23-year-old, who has spent the season yo-yoing back and forth from the minors, was at 85 pitches when Francona turned things over to his bullpen in the eighth.

Emmanuel Clase couldn’t protect the lead or McKenzie’s win, however, as Soler mashed an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left to tie it 1-1.

McKenzie’s solid outing was the just the second time in 26 games that Cleveland, whose rotation has been shredded by injuries all season, had a starter go six innings.

“That was so exciting,” Francona said. “In fact, when he came out of the game, I might’ve hurt him I hit him so hard.”

Kepler 2-run triple, Maeda sharp, Twins top Tigers 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Max Kepler hit a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins waited out another young Detroit starter, beating the Tigers 4-2 Friday night.

Like left-hander Tarik Skubal a night earlier, Detroit rookie Matt Manning didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings.

Minnesota finally broke through with an RBI single by Trevor Larnach to start the scoring in the sixth. Left fielder Robbie Grossman tried for Kepler’s sinking liner, but it hit the ground and skipped past him.

“Our guys stayed at it,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Eventually, kind of unlocked the starter a little bit, had some decent at-bats and made some things happen.”

Jorge Alcala (2-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of a standout Kenta Maeda.

Manning (1-3) was vying for his best career outing in his fifth major league start. Like Skubal the previous night, Manning’s no-hit bid ended with one out in the fifth. He allowed two hits and three walks.

Manning was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game. The plan is for Manning to make a start there during the All-Star break and he could return to Detroit after the break.

“It was a step forward,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Everything’s new to him, everything’s a first for him, everything is putting one step in front of the other. . I think his heartbeat is settling in. I think his head is in a good place. I think he knows what he has to do in order to stay in games, and also win these games.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Skubal and Manning are the first rookie starters to have back-to-back games with 4 1/3 no-hit innings since St. Louis’ Daniel Ponce de Leon and Austin Gomber in 2018.

Manning allowed a single to Luis Arraez and walked Josh Donaldson to start the sixth. Ian Krol, making his first appearance in the majors since one outing with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, came on in relief. He allowed both inherited runners to score and surrendered two more runs before Buck Farmer ended the inning.

Grossman hit a two-run homer, his career-high 12th of the season, in the eighth.

“It was one of those plays where I thought I could catch it,” Grossman said of Kepler’s liner. “I felt like I was right there. I came up short and I’m going to put that on myself.”

Ohtani hits 33rd, but Haniger’s slam lifts M’s past Angels

SEATTLE (AP) Shohei Ohtani became the sixth player to reach the upper deck of T-Mobile Park with a majestic blast for his 33rd homer, but Mitch Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.

Ohtani had the most memorable shot of the night. Haniger hit the most important.

Haniger drove a 2-0 pitch from Jose Quintana (0-4) into the left-field bullpen to cap Seattle’s rally from a 3-0 deficit. Seattle kept the inning alive thanks to Jake Bauers hit and J.P. Crawford’s nine-pitch walk.

The Angels had a 3-0 lead thanks to Ohtani’s homer off starter Marco Gonzales that soared into the top deck of right field. MLB’s Statcast projected the homer at 463 feet.

The estimate seemed conservative based on the ball landing above the fifth row of seats before hitting a concrete wall and ricocheting back down into the lower levels. It left the ballpark buzzing and his teammates – particularly Justin Upton – in disbelief in the Angels dugout.

A few fans sitting alone in the 300 level who said they wanted a peaceful place to watch the game while looking at the Seattle skyline suddenly had to duck out of the way as Ohtani’s blast reached a rarified section of the ballpark.

Ohtani leads the majors in homers, and this drive came three days before he’s set to appear in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field.

Unfortunately for Ohtani, the blast was somewhat muted by Seattle’s comeback.

Shed Long Jr. barely missed a home run and settled for a two-run double off the top of the wall in the fourth inning off Angels’ starter Alex Cobb. Seattle finally pulled even on France’s two-out RBI single in the seventh off Steve Cishek.

Aside from the two homers, Gonzales rebounded well from an ugly outing in his last start. Gonzales allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and threw a season-high 103 pitches.

Drew Steckenrider (3-2) pitched the eighth for the victory.

Morton sharp, Acuña restrained after HBP, Braves top Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Ronald Acuna Jr. was restrained after being plunked by another Marlins pitcher and the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 5-0 Friday night.

Freddie Freeman homered and Austin Riley doubled and tripled for the Braves. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson each had two hits and an RBI.

The 37-year-old Morton (8-3) struck out seven and walked two. Morton allowed one Miami runner to reach third base, but Joe Panik was stranded after Jazz Chisholm Jr. flew out to center field and ended the third inning.

“That was awesome, that was really, really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Morton’s outing. “He could have kept going. His stuff was really good, too. Everything was really crisp tonight.”

In his previous start Sunday, Morton allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings against Miami.

“Getting through the sixth and seventh pretty efficiently was a pretty big deal,” Morton said. “I really seemed to see the difference between this outing and the last one.”

Miami reliever Anthony Bender hit Acuna with a slider in the seventh. A frustrated Acuna stared and walked toward Bender before he was held back by Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro and home plate umpire Jordan Baker. Acuna headed to first base, slamming his protective elbow gear to the ground.

“Not a big deal,” Snitker said. “He hit him with a breaking ball. Everybody handled themselves fine.”

Marlins pitchers have hit Acuna seven times since the three-time All-Star’s rookie season in 2018, including with the first pitch of Atlanta’s first at-bat of their game July 2. That hit-by-pitch resulted in the ejection of Miami starter Pablo Lopez.

“I’ve really grown tired of the drama, honestly,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I’m sure anybody that’s ever played the game talked about it saw that wasn’t intentional. I’m tired about it, tired of talking about it.”

The Braves capitalized as Acuna advanced on Freeman’s grounder and raced home on Albies’ double. Riley’s triple scored Albies.

Pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia extended the Braves’ advantage with his RBI double in the eighth and Swanson singled Riley home in the ninth.

Braves reliever Luke Jackson pitched a scoreless eighth and Jesse Chavez closed it with a perfect ninth.

Freeman gave Atlanta a quick lead with his solo homer against Miami starter Anthony Bass in the first. The Marlins were forced into a bullpen game after scheduled starter Zach Thompson fell ill and became a late scratch.

One of Miami’s late-inning relievers, Bass (1-5) had not started a game since Oct. 2, 2012. Bass was lifted after the first, allowing the home run to Freeman and striking out two.

Shawn Morimando relieved Bass and held Atlanta scoreless the next five innings. Recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday, Morimando had one previous relief appearance with Miami this season, when he entered the ninth to close a 9-2 lead against Philadelphia May 24 but allowed four runs and four hits and lasted 2/3 of an inning.

“I was super excited to get another opportunity, to get back here, to compete,” Morimando said. “I’ve been working hard in Jacksonville to be stay more consistent with all my pitches.”

Hernández leads off with homer, Red Sox beat Phillies 11-5

BOSTON (AP) When Red Sox manager Alex Cora made Kike Hernandez his leadoff hitter, he had one goal in mind: “Instant offense.”

“That’s what we’re looking for: For him to hunt fastballs and do damage,” Cora said on Friday night after Hernandez led off Boston’s first with a home run and sparked the Red Sox to an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. “That’s what he’s been doing the last two homestands.”

Hernandez’ homer was his fifth from the leadoff spot this season; only Kyle Schwarber (7) and Jose Altuve (6) have more. It was also his fifth homer in his last 12 games – four of them in the first inning.

“He’s a tone-setter at the top of the lineup,” Red Sox starter Garrett Richards said. “And the rest of the lineup isn’t any easier. The boys are rolling right now.”

J.D. Martinez added a three-run shot in the second inning, his 18th of the season, and Rafael Devers hit his 22nd in the four-run fourth as the Red Sox bounced back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits to pull away.

Richards (5-5) pitched five innings for his first victory in nine starts since May 19, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Returning home from a six-game California swing, Boston won its ninth straight at Fenway Park – its longest home winning streak in 10 years.

“For us to get to where we want to go, we have to make this place a home-field advantage again,” said Cora, whose team improved to 28-17 at home. “We have to play good here. We’ve been doing that.”

Vince Velasquez (3-4) lasted just 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies, his shortest start of the year. He allowed eight runs on six hits and four walks, striking out two but allowing three home runs.

“When he did throw strikes, he threw a lot of them over the middle,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “And that’s a dangerous spot to a team that swings the bat extremely well.”

Mets crush Pirates 13-4 on Lindor grand slam, 10-run sixth

NEW YORK (AP) Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer and Francisco Lindor clubbed New York’s first grand slam this season during a 10-run sixth inning, and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-4 Friday night.

A night after being postponed because of weather for the second time in a week, New York won for the fifth time in seven games. Friday’s matchup was delayed 41 minutes as lightning, thunder and heavy rain blanketed Citi Field with one out in the bottom of the eighth.

Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over five innings and was told after the game by manager Luis Rojas that he’d been added to the National League All-Star team. The Mets are undefeated in his eight home starts.

“It’s finally starting to come and hit me now,” Walker said. “Everybody’s texting me. My family’s texting me, so it’s really cool.”

The NL East leaders broke through against Pirates starter JT Brubaker (4-9) in the sixth, leading off the frame with a single by Brandon Nimmo and a full-count walk by Lindor. Dominic Smith singled, scoring Nimmo and breaking a 2-all tie.

After a brief mound visit by the pitching coach, Alonso crushed one in close vicinity of the Pittsburgh bullpen, chasing Brubaker.

“The slider to Alonso just decided to go straight down instead of my typical down and away from him,” Brubaker said. “Execution-wise, pitches were doing a little bit of opposite I guess.”

Most of the 20,350 in attendance rose to their feet as Alonso pumped his fist emphatically between first and second base, celebrating his 16th home run of the season but only his second at home.

“He was ready for that pitch,” Rojas said. “I pray that he stays this way because if he finds traffic like that and he gets a pitch to hit, that’s what we need.”

The Mets continued to pile on against the Pirates’ bullpen. Sam Howard loaded the bases on two walks and a single. The wild lefty plunked pinch-hitter Jose Peraza, scoring Jeff McNeil. He then walked Nimmo, plating Michael Conforto before being lifted for Kyle Keller.

“I feel that the guys are going to swing the bats like this,” Rojas said. “Because it hasn’t been that way to this point in this season doesn’t mean it’s not going to be like that.”

Lindor lined Keller’s 1-0 fastball just over the left-center field wall, extending the lead to 12-2 with his 10th homer and third career grand slam.

“It felt great to be able to hit a ball, stay through the baseball the other way, and see it go out,” Lindor said.

Aaron Loup (3-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win.

After an easy 10-pitch first inning, Walker started the next frame by loading the bases. The tall right-hander then hit light-hitting Michael Perez in the thigh to score Ben Gamel, giving Pittsburgh an early lead.

Batting left-handed, Jonathan Villar lined Brubaker’s first pitch of the third inning for a solo homer. James McCann followed with a soft single onto the outfield grass and later scored from first when Nimmo lined a double in the gap.

Villar added another solo shot in the seventh hitting righty, his eighth of the season and 300th career RBI. He became the tenth player in franchise history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

“We go through ups and downs,” Lindor said. “The pitching staff carried us through pretty much the first half, so now it’s our turn to kind of help them out and give them some runs.”

Pirates All-Star Adam Frazier had a game-tying RBI single in the fifth.

Pinch-hitting rookie Rodolfo Castro connected for his first career hit, a solo homer in the seventh against Mets’ reliever Nick Tropeano.

“Even though we weren’t able to come out with a victory, there’s this overwhelming internal joy inside of me that my first hit in the big leagues was a home run,” Castro said through a translator.

Pittsburgh’s John Nogowski had three hits and has 10 through his first four games with the Pirates. That’s tied for the most by a Bucco in his first four games since at least 1901 with Billy Southworth in 1918 and Fred Kommers in 1913.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: New Bats Lead Indy’s Offense in Loss

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Fabricio Macias went 3-for-4 and Dee Strange-Gordon launched a two-run home run in the Indianapolis Indians 9-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Friday night.

Macias and Strange-Gordon both joined the Indians roster this week, Macias up from High-A Greensboro and Strange-Gordon signed as a minor league free agent. For the 23-year-old Macias, it was his second consecutive multi-hit game with an RBI at Columbus.

Down 1-0 following the first inning, the Indians (28-29) put up three runs in the second inning to take a lead. Chris Sharpe led off the inning with a double and was driven home on Macias’ first hit of the game, a single up the middle. With one on and two outs, Strange-Gordon homered out to right-center field for the 3-1 lead.

The Clippers (27-30) matched the Indians with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the second inning to retake the lead. Nolan Jones then led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to take a 5-3 lead and score the eventual winning run.

The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, the Indians scoring on an RBI single by Ethan Paul to drive in Macias, who led off the inning with a double. After starter Zack Godley exited the game through four innings, Kevin Herget (W, 3-3) tossed five scoreless innings as the Clippers tacked on three more runs.

Luis Oviedo (L, 0-2) made his second rehab start for Indianapolis and allowed four runs in 1.2 innings for the loss. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, walked one, and struck out two. Matt Eckelman, Shelby Miller and Cody Ponce each allowed just one run in relief.

Columbus now holds a 3-1 lead in the series and the Indians can only end the series with a tie. The two will face off again tomorrow night with RHP Beau Sulser (3-2, 3.44) and LHP Logan Allen (0-2, 11.72) taking the mound.

McIlroy misses cut after spectator swings his 6-iron on tee

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy was waiting to get his second round underway on the 10th hole at the Scottish Open when a spectator wandered on to the tee, had a dig into the four-time major winner’s golf bag, and started taking swings with his 6-iron.

It wasn’t long before the interloper, who smelled of alcohol according to McIlroy’s playing partner, Jon Rahm, was ejected from the tournament.

McIlroy didn’t last much longer.

After an even-par round of 71, McIlroy missed the cut at the European Tour event on Friday and will be making an earlier-than-planned journey to the south of England for next week’s British Open.

He was 1 under for the tournament, 10 shots off the lead held by the top-ranked Rahm and Belgium’s Thomas Detry – after their rounds of 6-under 65 – and first-round leader Jack Senior (67). They were all on 11-under 131 overall.

McIlroy was reluctant to speak in detail about the incident on his first hole, which took place about 8 a.m. local time.

“I was surprised,” he said

“It was handled efficiently and everything was OK. I had no idea who it was.”

Rahm said alcohol could be smelled on the spectator’s breath.

“He came in so confident and we thought he was going to take a picture or something,” the U.S. Open champion said. “We thought he was maybe part of the camera crew or a photographer.

“After a little bit, when he walked back and they were taking him out, you could smell the reason why it happened. Me and Rory didn’t say anything. He was holding a 6-iron and I didn’t want to get hurt.”

Rahm didn’t think the incident unnerved McIlroy.

“It didn’t put anyone off,” the Spanish player said. “If anything, it put a smile on our faces. It will be a pretty good story to tell in the future.”

Footage of the incident was spread widely on social media. The man was eventually escorted off the tee by a security guard after handing the club to McIlroy’s caddie, Harry Diamond.

David Wilson, a member of nearby club Kilspindie who posted the footage, said in The Scotsman newspaper: “The players laughed it off, saying they knew he wasn’t a golfer when they saw his grip.”

The European Tour said the matter was being dealt with by Police Scotland, which told Britain’s Press Association that the man had been taken to the hospital in Edinburgh and that “enquiries are ongoing.”

This week marks the first time that spectators have been allowed in to watch a British golf event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Around 4,000 were being permitted entry per day.

They didn’t help McIlroy, who was seventh in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines last month but was tied for only 59th in the Irish Open last week.

Rahm has retained the form that led him to his first major title, adding a 65 to his opening 66.

He reached the turn in 29 shots – and was 6 under for his round at that stage – and added a seventh birdie of the day at No. 1.

Rahm could cover the front nine only in even par.

“The elements changed and I was playing some holes in a wind I had never played before. I got a little hesitant,” Rahm said.

“I made some aggressive swings without thinking about it as much as I could have because I was playing so well and maybe could have taken a step back. Swing-wise, it’s good. If I just clean up some little mistakes, it could be better.”

George Coetzee (66), Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick (66) were a stroke behind Rahm, Detry and Senior.

No.3-ranked Justin Thomas was a further shot back after a 69.

INDY ELEVEN GAME PREVIEW

(INDY ELEVEN RELEASE)

Indy Eleven at Oklahoma Energy FC

Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 8:30 P.M. ET  

Taft Stadium | Oklahoma City, Okla.


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2021 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS

Indy Eleven 4W-5L-3D, 15 pts. (-2 GD); 4th in Central Division

OKC Energy FC 3W-4L-5D, 14 pts. (-2GD); 6th in Central Division

The Boys in Blue continue this week’s road show Saturday at OKC Energy FC on short rest after their 1-1 draw at Atlanta United 2 three days prior. The Eleven snatched the lead when Jordan Hamilton netted his team-leading fourth goal in the 64th minute after a wonderful ball in from Nick Moon. Ultimately, Atlanta would level the game late when Manchester United loanee Connor Stanley made a swift turn inside the box to fire home a well-placed goal in the 73rd minute. This leaves Indy undefeated in their last three road contests (1W-0L-2D), but also winless their last three times out overall (0W-1L-2D), leaving the squad eager to take three points away from an OKC team that has been energized as of late.

Through the highs and lows of Indy’s play throughout the season a consistent bright spot has been the performances of their wide players. Six of the Eleven’s ten assists have come from players who were gracing the wings, with five of those coming from the combination of Moon and forward Gordon Wild. It’s perhaps unfair to classify Wild as a “wide player” as he is naturally more of a traditional attacking midfielder or center forward, but the German has found a sort of second home manning Indy’s right forward position at times, swinging in crosses or dribbling through the defense. The Boys in Blue also rely on these wide players to be disruptive in defense and force opposing offenses inside where they let the likes of Indy’s center backs and holding midfielders knock balls away.

The Boys in Blue have looked their best when they use the creativity of the wide players to draw out defenses, allowing for central attacking players to become unmarked and deliver balls into the box. Moon was an immediate disruptor upon entering Wednesday night’s match at the half, and the attention he demanded resulted in space for others like was seen on the Hamilton goal.  Movements and chances like that are going to be what boost Indy’s goal conversion rate and garner the team increased attacking success. Indy’s offense has looked far more creative in recent weeks, now familiarity and consistency are the keys to putting it all together, and the boys on the wings will have a lot to do with that success.

Someone who will not be featuring for the Boys in Blue for some time is Indy’s favorite Trinidad and Tobago international, Neveal Hackshaw. The Soca Warriors defeated French Guinea in thrilling fashion, defeating them in penalties 8-7 (following a 1-1 draw), with Hackshaw converting the second penalty for the island nation. This means the Eleven will be without Hackshaw for at least the next two matches – Saturday at OKC and July 17 vs. Memphis 901 FC – and potentially longer should T&T pull an upset and advance from Group A in CONCACAF Gold Cup play.

His absence makes it even more of a challenge to incorporate fresh legs in defense on Saturday, but there are still options. With Jared Timmer, A. J. Cochran and Rece Buckmaster all starting both Saturday and Wednesday, look for some more possible rotation to keep things fresh and funky against the Energy, with Ayoze, Karl Ouimette and Nedeljko Malic being the freshest options, and Moon and Patrick Seagrist also working on less than the full 180 minutes across the last two outings.

OKC Energy FC are coming into this match with the energy of a toddler who just woke up from a nap. The Greens are on a four-match unbeaten streak, winning three of those, in a run of play that has birthed new life into their season. The Energy’s former manager, John Pascarella and OKC parted ways just two days after OKC’s 1-1 draw with Indy on June 2, and since then interim manager Leigh Veidman has his side feeling inspired, defeating Memphis 901 FC, Sporting Kansas City II, and ATL 2, all before a scoreless draw with FC Tulsa last Friday.

OKC has been getting it done defensively, only allowing two goals over this stretch and keeping two clean sheets. The Energy’s backline is being led by Connor Donavon and former Eleven center back Mitch Osmond, with that pair combining for an audacious 82 clearances, 29 blocks and 55 interceptions so far this season. The Greens haven’t been incredibly active offensively, only finding the back of the net ten times, but with a defense playing as well as OKC’s it may only take one goal for the Energy to find themselves in a spot to take points from any matchup.

SERIES HISTORY:

Overall: 0W-0L-1D (1 GF/1 GA)

Away: FIRST MEETING
 

June 2 | IND 1:1 OKC

IND: Moon 42’

OKC: Lopez 69’

Saturday at OKC (8:30 p.m. ET)

Sat., Aug. 14 vs. OKC (7:00 p.m. ET)

Sun., Sept. 26 at OKC (6:00 p.m. ET)

Indy Eleven is no stranger to away days to the Sooner State, but it’s been five years since the team’s last trip to Oklahoma as it plans for its first USL Championship-era stop at Taft Stadium. The last time Indy made its way to the Electric City (no, not Scranton, Pa.) was to battle the now defunct Rayo OKC in the 2016 NASL Fall Season, in which Indy fell 2-1.

When the OKC Energy came to visit on June 2, the points were shared. Moon was able to open the scoring in the 42nd minute, but three points weren’t in the cards for the Boys in Blue as Frank López equalized for the Greens a little past the hour mark. Both Indy and OKC will look to tilt the nascent series in their favor as the schedule creeps towards the halfway point of the season.

IND PLAYER TO WATCH: MF NICK MOON

Moon’s versatility has been on full display through the 2021 campaign, the second-year attacker having featured in several different roles for the Boys in Blue, mostly on the right side. Last year, Moon mostly played in a forward position for Indy, often playing second fiddle to former Eleven target man Tyler Pasher. Moon has experienced playing in both offensive and defensive positions through his colligate career and into his rookie season with former USL League One side Lansing Ignite, where he earned a spot on the inaugural All-League Second Team for his efforts. Though he’s spent a considerable amount of minutes in the attacking third during his time in Indy, Moon has since dropped back along the right flank while teammate Carl Haworth continues to rehab from a preseason injury. That hasn’t stopped his offensive production, as the 25-year-old is currently second on the team with two assists on nine chances created, also netting once in the previous meeting against OKC.

The Moon man has done well for himself defensively on the wing too, having won 66 duels so far this season (only trailing Manuel Arteaga’s 80) as well as adding 15 clearances and nine interceptions. Obviously, Moon is a strong contributor up and down the flank for the Eleven, and they’ll need him Saturday as the team concludes another grueling three-game week.

OKC PLAYER TO WATCH: FW VILLYAN BIJEV

With his induction to Energy FC’s roster during the offseason, Bijev could very well be the missing attacking piece OKC having been searching for.. The Liverpool FC academy product is well traveled at the age of 28, having made stops in England, Germany, and his native Bulgaria before coming stateside in 2016 with Portland Timbers 2. Following a standout year with Timbers 2 that saw the striker named to the All-League First Team, Bijev was picked up by Western Conference giants Sacramento Republic FC and became one of the most recognizable names across the league during his tenure in the Golden State (2017-2020).

The Bulgarian has slammed home three goals in the past five games for the Greens, helping them find points in four out of those five. Bijev has slotted home four of OKC’s ten goals so far this season while also accumulating two assists over his 11 appearances. He’s creating chances at a high rate as well with 12 so far, which is good for third best on OKC. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find an offensive statistical category for the Energy where Bijev isn’t near the top or at the top, showing just how integral he is to OKC’s offense. The Greens leading scorer stands at six feet tall and is good in the air and his physicality makes him a target man, something the Boys in Blue will have to keep a continual eye on throughout Saturday’s match.

2021 NBA DRAFT: INDIANA PACERS

There are questions whether the Indiana Pacers will trade their pick in the upcoming NBA draft. The Pacers have the #13 overall selection in what is considered a weak draft.

One name that keeps coming up is 6-6 shooting guard Chris Duarte from Oregon.

Durate, who has worked out for Charlotte (11th pick) and Washington (15th), and is expected to be in Indy soon. Kory Kispert from Gonzaga is another possibility. He could be a replacement for Doug McDermott who is an unrestricted free agent and isn’t expected to return to Indiana.

Other names that have surfaced are Davion Mitchell from Baylor, Keon Johnson from Tennessee, Franz Wagner from Michigan and Cam Thomas from LSU.

(NBA DRAFT PROFILES)

About Chris Duarte

• Chris Duarte is an athletic, talented perimeter scorer who ranked among the most efficient offensive players in college basketball as a senior at Oregon. A consensus top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2017 out of Redemption Christian Academy (NY), Duarte spent his first two seasons at the Junior College level at Northwest Florida State where he was named NJCAA Player of the Year in 2019. Emerging as an x—factor for Head Coach Dana Altman’s Ducks, he averaged 12.9 points per game two years ago as a junior—his first year at the Division I level.  As well as he played for stretches that year, the 23-year-old showed major growth as a senior averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game to lead the Ducks to the Sweet Sixteen.

• Possessing solid size for a guard listed at 6’6 with a lean 190-pound frame, Duarte is a very good athlete with a toughness to his game.

• Spending time playing on and off the ball in a featured role for the Ducks, Duarte showed intriguing versatility as a perimeter shot-maker. Creating his own shot effectively out of ball screens and one-on-one, proving very reliable spacing the floor, and taking the ball strong to the rim as a finisher, Duarte showed significant growth as a scorer last season and did a better job making decisions with the ball than he did as an underclassman.

• An active defender with good instincts in the passing lanes and decent lateral quickness, Duarte emerged as a playmaker for an Oregon team that played a mixture of man and zone defense. He was a second late closing out in spots, but made an effort to get in a stance and move his feet on the perimeter.


Advanced Stats

• A terrific all-around shot-maker, Duarte did much of his damage off the dribble last season making shots at a strong rate out of ball screens and isolations, but also knocked down catch and shoot jumpers spotting up and running off screens with great consistency. Picking and choosing his spots well, his maturity was apparent last season.

• Shooting the ball at an exceptionally high level last season overall, Duarte averaged a stellar 39 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [95th percentile] on somewhat limited attempts and an equally impressive 1.12 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [94th percentile]. Showing the ability to stop and pop with range, step back into deep jumpers, and even take what defenders gave him in the midrange, Duarte ranked among the most efficient jump shooters in college basketball least season despite how many of his attempts came off the dribble or on the move.

• Using the threat of his jumper to attack the rim with long strides and solid footwork, Duarte scored 28 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [75th percentile] as he was very opportunistic as a slasher. Finishing emphatically with a head of steam, and doing a better job finding the open man when cut off inside, Duarte’s maturation as a decision-maker played a role in his efficiency as well.


Defensive Analysis

• Coming up with a lot of steals this season, Duarte was aggressive in the passing lanes. He did a better job coming up with deflections than he did effecting shooters when closing out, but played with a solid activity level overall.

• Possessing nice length and quickness for a guard, Duarte allowed 81 points per Isolation possession [39th percentile] doing a pretty good job containing the ball despite giving up quickness in some matchups.

About Corey Kispert

• Corey Kispert is a mature swingman with a reliable shooting stroke who improved steadily over his four year career at Gonzaga which culminated with one of the most efficient individual offensive seasons in college basketball history and a National Championship appearance.  Widely regarded as a top-100 prospect in the high school class of 2017 following his senior season at King’s High School (WA), Kispert emerged as a contributor for the Bulldogs as a true freshman.  Averaging 8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore in his first season as a full-time starter under Head Coach Mark Few, he solidified as a valuable two-way contributor alongside Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke.  Making massive strides over his last two seasons in Spokane, Kispert averaged 18.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 44% from beyond the arc as a senior to earn WCC Player of the Year and Consensus All-American 1st Team honors.

• Listed at 6’7 with a solid 223-pound frame and average length, Kispert is a capable athlete who can catch lobs pretty impressively but is more strong than quick defensively.

• Establishing himself as one of the best shooters and most polished all-around players in college basketball last season, Kispert filled a prominent role for a talented Bulldogs team.  Showing a tremendous feel for relocating off the ball, sprinting to the arc in transition, and running off screens, Kispert did much of his damage in catch and shoot situations, but also showed the ability to finish strong inside, put the ball on the floor a bit looking to create, drain pull-ups, and keep opposing defenses in rotation.  His maturity was apparent and a key part of Gonzaga’s early season dominance.

• A competitive defender with no shortage of big-game experience and the physicality to put a body on bigger forwards, Kispert held his own at both forward spots last season even if he was not always able to effect shooters rotating off the ball.


Advanced Stats

• Ranking among the top shooters in college basketball, over half of Kispert’s shot attempts were catch and shoot jump shots last season.  Proving to be a very reliable perimeter threat overall while running especially hot on several notable occasions, Kispert scored 1.21 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [81st percentile].  He was tremendously consistent spotting up in space as his compact shooting motion seldom waivered when he did not have a hand in his face.

• Shooting the ball at a high-level in limited attempts off the dribble, Kispert found shots in a variety of ways on the perimeter displaying a strong feel for moving off the ball and the ability to stop and pop with range against sagging defenders in limited opportunities handling the ball.

• While he forced little off the dribble and is not an especially dynamic ball handler, Kispert’s timing as a cutter and ability to take the ball strong to the rim when he could get downhill helped him average 1.32 points per shot around the rim in the half court [80th percentile].  Bouncier than one might expect with a head of steam and adept at picking and choosing his spots, Kispert proved to be more than just a shooter.

• His opportunistic style translated particularly well in the open floor as he averaged a historically efficient 1.55 points per transition possession [97th percentile].

• Checking some other boxes keeping the ball moving consistently and even making some reads out of ball screens , Kispert has obvious roleplayer potential.

• Ranked 1st in the NCAA and 1st in the WCC in offensive efficiency (1.24 points per possession)

• Ranked 1st in the WCC in transition scoring (5.4 points per game)

• Ranked 1st in the WCC in spot up scoring (5.5 points per game)

• Ranked 3rd in the WCC in off screen scoring (1.5 points per game)


Defensive Analysis

• Kispert is a steady, experienced defender with a good motor and whose physicality outweighed his lack of length at the collegiate level.  Allowing 0.72 points per isolation possession [51st percentile], he held his own on the ball in many matchups but gave up quickness to more dynamic shot creators and could not always effect shooters when looking to contest on the perimeter.

• Making an effort to use verticality contesting inside and box out bigger forwards, Kispert did some little things and was seldom out of place on the defensive end as a senior.

About Davion Mitchell

• Davion Mitchell is a dynamic, relentless guard who made huge strides as a shooter and shot creator as a junior to lead Baylor to the program’s first National Championship last season. Widely regarded as a top-60 prospect in the high school class of 2017 after his senior year at Liberty County High School (GA), Mitchell spent one season filling a reserve role at Auburn before transferring to Baylor. Sitting out a year before emerging as a starter as a sophomore, Mitchell helped key Baylor’s rise as one of the best defensive teams in the country. Averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game last season under coach Scott Drew, he took his game to an entirely different level to earn All-Big XII 1st Team and Defensive Player of the Year honors as the Bears dominated the Final Four.

• Listed at 6-foot-1 with a strong 201-pound frame to go along with an even wingspan, Mitchell may not be especially long, but has a tremendous combination of quickness and physicality for a guard.

• Flashing the ability to get to spots with the ball as an underclassman, Mitchell stepped into a more prominent offensive role as a junior as his improvement as a jump shooter opened up his offensive game. Able to slide off the ball in multi-guard lineups but playing primarily point guard, he shredded opposing defenses with his ability to change speeds and get downhill with or without a ball screen. Shooting the three at a high level all year and doing a much better job using his quickness to make plays for others than he did as a sophomore, Mitchell turned a corner last season to emerge as one of the more dynamic guards in college basketball.

• Mitchell proved to be a stifling defender as well.  With the quickness to pressure opposing ball handlers into mistakes, the toughness to defend bigger guards, an urgency closing out shooters, and a knack for getting a hand on the ball, Mitchell took over several big games for the Bears with his ability to make an impact on both ends.


Advanced Stats 

• After playing off the ball quite a bit as a sophomore, Mitchell took on a more substantial shot creating burden as a junior with over half of his possessions coming in isolation or ball screen situations. A shifty ball handler whose ability to stop and start with the ball and sharp footwork allowed him to create separation at will, he averaged a massively improved 1.14 points per pull-up jump shot in the half court [95th percentile] as he showed the ability to stop and pop with a consistency he lacked early in his career.

• Using the threat of his jumper to get downhill, Mitchell drove and moved the ball with purpose last season scoring 1.26 points per shot around the rim in the half court [72nd percentile] and emerging as a prolific drive and kick threat. Able to play above the rim in space, Mitchell’s size still worked against him in spots and he has room to improve his floater, but his ability to attack the rim and make quick reads was crucial to Baylor’s strong play on the offensive end.

• Doing an excellent job sparking the break, Mitchell’s unselfishness and ability to use his speed to simplify the game for others stood out in the open floor as he ranked among the most efficient transition threats in the country while generating as many assists as he attempted shots pushing the break.

• Making an effort to run the wings in transition and scoring 1.31 points per catch and shoot jump shot [91st percentile], Mitchell did not need the ball in his hands to contribute last season and showed the versatility to score efficiently alongside a ball-dominant guard.

• He still has some room to improve as a free throw shooter despite his otherwise impressive consistency away from the rim.


Defensive Analysis

• Mitchell is a mature defensive player with an impressive combination of quickness, intensity, and toughness.  He allowed 0.77 points per isolation possession [45th percentile] last season while often guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer regardless of position. Doing a terrific job beating opposing ball handlers to spots, he proved adept at drawing charges or getting a hand on the ball .

• An attentive off-ball defender with a nose for the ball and a competitive streak, Mitchell may not be overly long, but has more versatility than most players his size and figures to have a chance to hold his own on the defensive end early in his career.

About Keon Johnson

• Keon Johnson is an explosive, competitive guard with an evolving skill level whose athleticism made him a difference maker on the defensive end during his freshman year at Tennessee.  Widely regarded as one of the top-25 prospects in the high school class of 2020, Johnson was a bit of a late-bloomer who came on strong late in his career to earn back-to-back Mr. Tennessee Basketball honors at The Webb School (TN) despite losing much of his senior year to a meniscus injury. Carving out a significant role as a true freshman on a Volunteers team that ranked among the nation’s top defensive units for much of the season, the Tennessee native emerged as an X-factor for coach Rick Barnes. Averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, Johnson filled a complementary role in a balanced offense, but had some spectacular moments for the Volunteers in route to SEC All-Freshman Team honors.

• Listed at 6-foot-4 with an improving 184-pound frame to go along with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, Johnson may not be especially long, but he is an exceptional athlete with an impressive combination of speed and explosiveness.

• Playing an important offensive role for a Tennessee team that did not lean heavily on any one scorer and lacked a degree of spacing, Johnson did his best work attacking closeouts, but also got some opportunities to operate out of the pick and roll, run off screens, and go one-on-one in the post within the Volunteers’ sets. Finishing some plays emphatically in the open floor and attacking the rim, Johnson had some terrific moments as a slasher and showed promising vision as a passer, but has significant room to improve his shooting mechanics and grow as a decision-maker as well.

• Playing with great energy on the defensive end, Johnson emerged as a ball hawk early in the year doing a terrific job pressuring opposing guards, making plays in the passing lanes, and even rotating to block shots.  He has room to get stronger, but already offers some versatility as a stopper.


Advanced Stats 

• Spending time both on and off the ball in a system that relied heavily on ball and player movement, Johnson did some of his best work making reads away from the play. Scoring a tremendous 1.38 points per cut possession [80th percentile], Johnson’s recognition off the ball and explosiveness made him a target for designed lobs and drop passes alike.

• Attacking closeouts aggressively as well, Johnson scored 1.16 points per shot around the rim in the half court [55th percentile] overall as he has a tremendous first step, embraces contact, and can finish acrobatically around defenders or emphatically above the rim. Making an effort to find the open man on the move, Johnson has significant room to tighten up his handle and cut back on his turnovers in the open floor, but he nonetheless had some positive moments making things happen for himself and others off the dribble.

• While Johnson flashed some ability as a playmaker out of the pick and roll, he has significant room to evolve jump shooter. Scoring 0.63 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [27 th percentile], his consistency left something to be desired as a freshman. Attempting all but a few of his pull-ups inside the arc, he showed the ability to use his quickness to get to spots and elevated over defenders, but his range and mechanics remain a work in progress. While he scored 1.05 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [59th percentile] he appeared reluctant at times to step into shots on the perimeter and remains still early in his development as a floor spacer.


Defensive Analysis

• Johnson proved to be a tremendous fit for the Volunteers defensively as their early success was predicated on their ability to string together stops.  Possessing the quickness to guard multiple positions, staying active in the passing lanes, and making several remarkable plays protecting the rim over the course of the year, Johnson’s competitiveness and tools shined for stretches last season .

• Not immune to an occasional freshman mistake while giving up strength to opposing wings in some matchups, Johnson has some things to work on, but possesses the ingredients to grow into a versatile stopper.

About Franz Wagner 

• Franz Wagner is a big wing with a versatile game whose improvement as a sophomores helped lift Michigan to an Elite Eight appearance.  Born in Germany, Wagner emerged from the shadow  of his older brother, NBA veteran Moritz Wagner, early in his career as he solidified himself as one of the best prospects in Germany in his own right in his mid-teens.  Playing primarily at the junior for ALBA Berlin early in his career, Wagner broke through at the senior level during 2018-19 season when he carved out a steady role in the EuroCup and German BBL.  Gaining valuable experience and earning BBL Best German Young Player honors, Wagner rode that momentum into a strong showing at the 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship before following in his brother’s footsteps at Michigan.  Emerging as a valuable piece on a veteran team as an 18-year-old freshman, Wagner showed significant growth under Head Coach Juwan Howard averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game to earn All-Big Ten 2nd Team honors in a more demanding role as a sophomore.

•  Listed at 6’9 with a noticeably improved 220-pound frame and solid length, Wagner is a fluid athlete with very good size and instincts for a wing who is younger than many of this draft’s one-and-done prospects.

• Playing almost exclusively off the ball as a freshman, Wagner was able to show his versatility as a sophomore still serving as a key floor spacer, but also getting some opportunities to handle the ball in the pick and roll, push the break, and take smaller wings in the post. A competitive player with a solid feel for the game, he flashed intriguing roleplayer potential while seeing minutes at both forward spots.  Showing the ability to make sound decisions off the bounce and a good activity level playing off the ball, Wagner contributed in a variety of ways offensively and proved especially productive when he could find his range early in games.

• An active defender with significant experience at the professional level already, Wagner did a lot of little things on that end of the floor for the Wolverines last season getting in the passing lanes with good timing and making an effort to help protect the rim and rebound.  He made major strides with his frame as a sophomore that helped him play a more physical brand of defense and still looks like he has room to get stronger which could afford him some opportunity to slide between the forward spots.


Advanced Stats

• A capable all-around offensive player, Wagner did much of his damage spacing the floor at the college level with a third of his possessions coming in spot up situations.  Making some strides as a set shooter as a sophomore averaging 1.02 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [54th percentile], doing a terrific job attacking closeouts with long strides, and able to make reads as a passer on the move, Wagner had some very strong stretches for the Wolverines.  He was somewhat streaky from beyond the arc, but looked more fluid with his release both off the catch and off the dribble than he did as a freshman and shows a consistency at the foul line that leaves room for optimism about his potential as a shooter.

• An instinctive player off the ball who likes to attack the rim, Wagner scored 1.18 points per possession in transition [76th percentile] and 1.11 points per shot around the rim in the half court [47th percentile].  He is not overwhelmingly quick or physical off the bounce to turn the corner at will, but is comfortable attacking gaps, takes care of the ball, and can play above the rim with a head of steam.

• Making the easy play passing on the move and relocating well off the ball, Wagner’s ability to do a little bit of everything helped him earn minutes as a teenager with ALBA and made him a cog for what looked like one of the best teams in the country for long stretches of last season.


Defensive Analysis

• Wagner is a diligent defender with a strong grasp of the fundamentals both on and off the ball.  Making an effort to rotate, box out, fight around screens, and get a hand up on shooters, he was very solid last season.

• Though Wagner gave up quickness and strength in some high-end matchups, he showed good instincts getting in the passing lanes and using verticality around the rim as a team defender.

About Cameron Thomas

• Cameron Thomas is a natural scorer coming off one of the most productive offensive seasons by a freshman in recent NCAA history at LSU.  Widely regarded as one of the top-25 prospects in the high school class of 2020 following his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (VA), the Virginia native headed to Baton Rouge with a reputation for scoring in bunches. Stepping into a massive role with the Tigers, Thomas lived up to that billing averaging 23 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game on solid efficiency numbers to earn All-SEC 1st Team Honors and propel LSU to an NCAA Tournament berth.

• Listed at 6’4 with a strong 210-pound frame to go along with solid length, Thomas has nice size for a shooting guard and is a capable all-around athlete.

• Hunting shots as aggressively as any player in the country as LSU’s first-option, Thomas is an instinctive three-level scorer with great footwork, versatility as a difficult shot maker, and tremendous one-on-one scoring ability. A crafty finisher, he thrived in transition as a freshman, but scored well operating on and off the ball for the Tigers as he was the target of many of their quick-hitters and the green light to try to find his rhythm creating his own shot.

• Possessing the physical tools to hold his own defensively, Thomas was more consistent some games than others last season—particularly off the ball.


Advanced Stats 

• With three-quarters of his shots in the half court coming from the perimeter split evenly between catch and shoot and dribble jumpers, Thomas proved to be a prolific, versatile shot-maker from the first game of his freshman year. Averaging 93 points per jump shot in the half court [54th percentile], he often leaned heavily on his ability to make contested shots from all over the floor as he needed little daylight to rise and fire. Scoring under 18 points just twice this season, he showed the ability to create separation one-on-one, but routinely drained high degree of difficulty jumpers under duress all season.

• As aggressive as Thomas was from the perimeter, he was extremely opportunistic around the rim as well—particularly in transition. With a quarter of his possession coming in the open floor, he averaged 11 points per Transition possession [67th percentile]. While he is not the most emphatic finisher, he did a very good job weaving around defenders with crafty footwork and finishing with good body control.

• Scoring 11 points per shot around the rim in the half court [46th percentile], Thomas is more aggressive as a shot creator and a finisher than he is overly dynamic and he did a better job drawing fouls as a slasher than he did converting over length. An excellent free throw shooter, his ability to pick and choose his spots around the rim could give his efficiency a boost at the next level.

• Adding little as a passer, Thomas nonetheless scored with impressive efficiency for a volume scorer in a power conference, let alone a 19-year-old freshman. Some of that can be traced to his strikingly low turnover rate. He was far more likely to get up a difficult shot last season than commit an aimless turnover.


Defensive Analysis

• Thomas is an inconsistent defender with the tools to hold his own but had some ups and downs on and off the ball as a freshman. Showing some fight as an individual defender in spots in LSU’s switch-heavy system, he allowed 76 points per Isolation possession [45th percentile].

Adjustment Made to Pre-Pitch Sequence in High School Baseball

(NFHS RELEASE)

High school baseball pitchers who do not receive signals from the catcher must now simulate taking a sign with one foot on the pitcher’s plate before proceeding with a pitch.

This addendum to Rule 6-1-1 was the lone rule change forwarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee and was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The baseball committee’s annual rules meeting was held June 6-8 in a virtual format.

A pitcher leaning forward to receive a sign from the catcher is fundamental to the pre-pitch phase of the game as it indicates to both the batter and the players in the field that the ball is about to be put in play and is the typical signal for any runners on base to begin taking their leadoffs.

Further, most high school baseball coaches deliver their defensive play calls – including pitch selections – from the dugout, which allows a pitcher to throw toward the plate abruptly (“quick-pitch”) and catch opposing batters by surprise. This new mandate within Rule 6-1-1 forces the pitcher to pause, providing ample time for all participants to prepare for the pitch.

“While this rule change might appear to be a small change, the significance of what it represents is huge!” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “We have been extremely fortunate that our Baseball Rules Committee recognizes that the high school game is in wonderful shape and that is because our coaches and umpires around the country teach the necessary skills and arbitrate the appropriate rules to make the game fun, exciting and educational.”

The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee also spent part of its rules meeting compiling its Points of Emphasis (POEs) for next season. The five POEs, which prioritized healthy and safety and sportsmanship during the 2022 season, are as follows:

  1. Monitoring Excessive Celebration
  2. Wearing Equipment as Intended by Manufacturers
  3. Safety of Coaches Sitting on Buckets Outside Bench/Dugout Area
  4. Umpiring Procedure for Lodged Ball
  5. Sportsmanship

“Points of Emphasis are used in an educational setting and fashion,” Hopkins said. “The rules committee is telling the baseball community that these topics – elaborately choreographed celebrations, wearing of equipment inappropriately, sitting on buckets, understanding the lodged ball and a call for increased positive sportsmanship – are paramount in education-based athletics. This is a wonderful game that allows an abundant number of participants to find a role on the team, and we want students to want to play for their school and be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: 2021 MLB DRAFT

Buckeyes and the MLB Draft
The MLB Draft starts this Sunday in Denver, Colorado

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The goal of many collegiate baseball players is to hear their name called on draft night and have an opportunity to chase the dream of one day playing in the big leagues. This weekend, that dream will become a reality for over 600 prospects and a handful of Buckeyes are among those waiting to hear their name.

Buckeye Hopefuls

Below are a number draft hopefuls who have heard their names banted about by MLB scouts.

Seth Lonsway / LHP / Celina, Ohio
Lonsway has one of the best curveballs of any collegiate prospect in the draft … Was fourth in the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.97 and led the team with 98 total punchouts this season

Jack Neely / RHP / San Antonio, Texas
The 6-8 righthander has a fastball in the upper 90s and hit triple digits in numerous outings this season … He was also one of the top pitchers in the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings … Rocks a legit big-league mustache

Garrett Burhenn / RHP / Indianapolis, Ind.
Was considered the ace of the Buckeye staff this season … Was extremely steady and consistent … Between that, his work ethic and his ability to command four pitches, his draft stock is high … Led the team this season with seven wins and had a 3.81 ERA in 80.1 innings

TJ Brock / RHP / Cincinnati, Ohio
An electric bullpen arm with a fastball in the mid to upper 90s and a nasty slider … Was one of the top closers in the Big Ten, tying for the league lead with nine saves this season … Led the team with a 2.08 ERA and had 33 strikeouts in 21.2 innings

Zach Dezenzo / INF / Alliance, Ohio
Tall, athletic infielder that really found his groove at the plate over the final two months of the season and has carried that into the summer … Hit .302 on the season and led the team with 93 total bases and was second with 51 hits … Currently leads the MLB Draft League in home runs and is hitting .339

Gavin Bruni / LHP/1B / Alliance, Ohio
A signee from Alliance High School, who will be a freshman for the Buckeyes this upcoming season … Left-hander pitcher who was overpowering at the high school level … Yielded just one earned run in seven starts this season at Alliance while fanning 68 batters in just 37 innings … Had five games of 10 or more strikeouts.

Noting the Buckeyes in the MLB Draft

  • Ohio State has had 107 players drafted since 1966
  • Six Buckeyes have been drafted in the first round, most recently Alex Wimmers by the Minnesota Twins in 2010
  • A total of 24 Buckeyes have been drafted over the first five rounds of the draft
  • 23 Buckeyes have been drafted since head coach Greg Beals took over in 2011
  • The year with the most Buckeyes drafted was 1992 when seven Buckeyes heard their name called, led by Scott Klingenbeck and Jamie Taylor who were both fifth round picks
  • Dillion Dingler is the most recent Buckeye drafted as he was taken with the first pick in the second round of last year’s draft by the Detroit Tigers. Dingler is currently at AA Erie and has hit .280 with nine home runs this season

How to watch

July 11: Round 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
July 12: Rounds 2-10 – 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
July 13: Rounds 11-20 – Noon (MLB Network)

The draft will be held at the Bellco Theatre in Denver, Colo. There will be a total of 612 picks over the 20 rounds. Pittsburgh has the first selection in round one. Day three of the draft will lead into the All-Star Game festivities later that night at Coors Field in Denver.

VALPO: MBB – Peter Funk Named Valpo Director of Basketball Operations

(VALPO RELEASE)

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced the promotion of Peter Funk to a full-time role as Funk will serve as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations.

Funk spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant on Valpo’s staff and was one of 22 individuals nationally who were named to the TopConnect Graduate Assistant Leadership Academy in December 2020.

Funk began his time with the program as an undergraduate manager from August 2016 to May 2019, when he was elevated to graduate assistant. He served as the head manager from May 2018 to May 2019.

“I feel very blessed and thankful for the opportunity,” Funk said. “Valpo is my home; I love everything about this place. I can’t even put into words how much it means to be able to stay, have an expanded role and give back more to the program.”

Funk will handle scouting, including facilitation and development of opponent scouting reports. He will organize team travel, create and develop defensive game plans, oversee student-athletes’ academic development, organize daily scheduling of team and staff, oversee student managers and serve as a liaison to other departments within Valpo Athletics including compliance and academic services. He began many of those duties during his time as a graduate assistant and has also created multimedia recruiting content and helped facilitate and organize recruiting materials, visits and presentations. 

“Peter is a young man who has taken a lot of pride in the program since the day he stepped foot on campus as a manager his freshman year,” Valpo head coach Matt Lottich said. “He’s very talented and gets a lot of jobs done. He doesn’t need to talk about it, he just does it. As he transitioned into more of a coaching role as a graduate assistant, it became evident that he could be a superstar in this business. Our players like him, and our coaches appreciate how much he takes off their plates. We’re thankful and excited to have him on staff.”

Funk graduated with a master’s degree in sports administration in May 2021 with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The Cleveland, Ohio native completed his undergraduate degree in Spanish with a minor in communication in just three years while participating in Christ College, Valpo’s honors college. His academic success came while serving as the head manager of the basketball team, the president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and as a member of Student Senate.

“I’ve made so many meaningful relationships at Valpo,” Funk said. “My faith is a big part of my life and faith is a big part of our University. Being a Christian at Valpo makes this a really good fit. I have developed a strong relationship with Coach Lottich and I love working for him. He’s done a lot for me and our entire coaching staff has done a lot for me. I’m excited to keep working with them as we try to do something really special here at Valpo.” 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911       After being ejected for disputing a called third strike, Sherry Magee knocks out home plate umpire Bill Finneran with just one punch. The National League suspends the star Phillies flychaser for the rest of the season, but he misses only 36 games due to an appeal.

1911       When umpire Bill Klem stops the Phillies-Cardinals contest to have an unruly fan banned from the Baker Bowl, the removal marks the first expulsion of a patron from a game. At the time, the standard practice was to use bodyguards after the contest to protect the arbitrators, rather than risk the crowd’s ire by ousting one of their own.

1914       Although limited to one hit, the Yankees beat the Indians at the Polo Grounds, 1-0, when darkness postpones the second game of a twin bill after five and a half innings. The next time the team wins a game while being one-hit will occur again in 102 years with a 1-0 nine-inning victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

1917       Thanks to Ray Caldwell’s nine and two-thirds innings of five-hit relief, the Yankees beat the Browns in St. Louis, 7-5 in a 17-inning game. Later in the day, the St. Louis police arrest the hard-living right-hander, charging him with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a diamond ring from a woman.

1920       Tris Speaker, who has collected 11 consecutive hits, is finally thwarted by Washington hurler Tom Zachary. The “Grey Eagle’s” effort establishes a record that will not be broken until 1938 when Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins hits 12 knocks in a row.

1928       Although the Indians bang-out 14 hits, the team fails to score a run in a 9-0 nightcap loss to the Senators in a Griffith Stadium twin bill. The Tribe becomes only the second club shutout after collecting that many hits.

1932       Indians’ flychaser Johnny Burnett in 11 at-bats collects a record nine hits in an 18-inning game in which the A’s outscore the Tribe, 18-17. After replacing A’s starter Lew Krausse in the second inning, Ed Rommel, who gives up a record 29 hits, is forced to hurl 17 innings in relief to get the victory, his 171st and final major league win, when manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, brings only two pitchers.

1934       At the All-Star Game played in New York’s Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. After giving a single and a walk to the first two batters he faces,’King Carl’ consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.

1935       Babe Herman, in the fourth evening contest ever played in major league history, becomes the first player to hit a home run during a night game. The Reds’ cleanup hitter’s seventh-inning round-tripper off Dutch Leonard contributes to the 15-2 rout over the Brooklyn at Crosley Field.

1935       Galveston Buccaneers right-hander Ed Cole throws the first perfect game in Texas League history, beating the Tulsa Oilers at Moody Park, 1-0. Bill McGhee’s inside-the-park home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning accounts for the contest’s only run.

1936       At Forbes Field, Chuck Klein becomes the first National League player to hit four home runs in one game this century. The Phillies’ 36 year-old outfielder’s offensive outburst, which includes his final round-tripper on the first pitch in the tenth inning, powers Philadelphia’s 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

1943       Some of the Dodgers, led by infielder Arky Vaughan, threaten not to play to protest the suspension of Bobo Newsome by manager Leo Durocher resulting in the Ebbets Field contest, an eventual 23-6 rout of the Pirates, to begins ten minutes late. In a few days, Newsome, who had argued with his skipper over a pitch selection in a previous game, is traded to the Browns for Archie McKain and Fritz Ostermueller.

1947       During the first game of a twin bill in front of 47,871 Tribe fans, Don Black retires the final ten A’s batters he faces to record the first no-hitter in the history of Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The crowd, the largest ever to witness a no-hitter, endures the rain and six walks as the Indians right-hander completes the 3-0 victory, the eighth no-no in franchise history.

1951       In the second All-Star Game played in Detroit, the National League beat their AL rivals at Briggs Stadium, 8-3. Although their team’s circuit loses, the 52,075 Motor City fans witness home runs hit by hometown favorites George Kell and Vic Wertz.

1953       With Roy Campanella’s second-inning home run off Giants hurler Sal Maglie, the Dodgers establish a National League record, homering in their 24th consecutive game, one shy of the major league mark set by the 1941 Yankees. Campy’s homer, his 22nd of the season, is the only run Brooklyn scores as the Giants extend their winning streak to seven with the 6-1 victory at Ebbets Field.

1962       John F. Kennedy returns to D.C. Stadium and becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game, a 3-1 National League victory. In April, JFK, who will stay for the entire contest, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Senators’ home opener, the first game in Washington’s new $24-million ballpark.

1968       The American League and National League agree on next year’s expansion and playoff format. Each league will divide its twelve teams into two six-team divisions, playing a best-of-five game league championship series to determine the pennant winner.

1972       Phillies owner Bob Carpenter announces Paul Owens, named the GM five weeks ago, will become the team’s manager, replacing a visibly upset Frank Lucchesi, who guided the team this season to the worst record in baseball, winning only 26 of 76 contests. The new skipper, known as the Pope, will use the opportunity to better evaluate his last-place team before returning to the front office next year, before building Philadelphia into pennant contenders within three seasons.

1979       With his team trailing the Padres 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Veterans Stadium, Phillies pinch-hitter Del Unser hits a three-run walk-off home run, giving the team a 6-5 comeback victory. The dramatic dinger makes Del Unser only the second player in major league history to hit a homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch-hitter, a feat also accomplished by Lee Lacy of the Dodgers last season.

1984       At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden combine to strike out six consecutive American League All-Stars on the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s memorable 1934 Midsummer Classic performance of setting down five future Hall of Famers on strikes. At the age of 19, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player to participate in an All-Star Game.

1984       The National League beats the Junior Circuit at Candlestick Park, 3-1. Expos’ catcher Gary Carter, the game’s MVP, and Braves outfielder Dale Murphy’s home runs prove to be the difference in the 55th Midsummer Classic.

1986       A very disappointed Oil Can Boyd (11-6, 3.71) begins shouting and throwing clothes in the clubhouse after learning KC manager Dick Howser had not selected him to be one of the eight pitchers to make the American League All-Star team. The inconsolable Red Sox right-hander, who will storm out of Fenway Park before the team’s scheduled game against California, will be suspended without pay for three days for his tirade.

1986       After allowing three runs in the top of the twelfth, the Red Sox score four times in the bottom of the inning, with the final tally coming on a walk-off bases-loaded balk. The winning run in Boston’s 8-7 improbable victory over the Angels when home plate ump Joe Brinkman rules Todd Fischer moved his hands after coming to a set position before delivering the first pitch of his outing, ending the Fenway contest without throwing a ball.

1999       At Leland’s ‘Hero’s Auction’ of sports memorabilia held in New York, Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning Game 6 home run ball, to end one of the most dramatic games in World Series history, is sold for $113,273. Reds’ left fielder George Foster retrieved the historic horsehide after it hit the Fenway foul pole, decided to sell the 1975 souvenir, realizing the ball’s potential value after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for almost $3 million.

2001       In his final All-Star appearance, Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. The Orioles shortstop’s home run, along with consecutive dingers from Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez, power the AL to its fifth victory in a row, beating the National League at Seattle’s Safeco Field, 4-1.

2001       Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee to homer in an All-Star Game in 42 years when he goes deep, leading off the sixth inning off Jon Lieber at Safeco Field. Yogi Berra was the last Bronx Bomber to accomplish the feat, homering off Don Drysdale in 1959.

2009       Beating the Padres 8-0 at AT&T Park, Giants’ southpaw Jonathan Sanchez throws the first no-hitter in franchise history since John “The Count” Montefusco accomplished the feat in 1976. The 22 year-old, a replacement for an injured Randy Johnson, sees his bid for a perfect game end when third baseman Juan Uribe makes an error in the eighth inning.

2010       In his 19th season, Arthur Rhodes becomes the longest-tenured major leaguer to go to an All-Star Game for the first time. The 40-year-old Reds southpaw reliever, who does not play in the Midsummer Classic, surpasses the 1988 selection of 18-year veteran Doyle Alexander for the dubious distinction.

2013       David Ortiz establishes a new record for career hits by a designated hitter when he doubles in the second inning of the Red Sox’ 11-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. ‘Big Papi’ surpasses Harold Baines with his 1,689th hit as a DH.

2017       Aaron Judge, overcoming 22 first-round round-trippers from Justin Bour and a dozen blasts from Cody Bellinger in the second, slams 11 homers in the finals to defeat Miguel Sano, becoming the first rookie to win the All-Star Home Run Derby outright. The Yankees outfielder hit 47 long balls that traveled a combined 3.9 miles, including back-to-back dingers of 507 and 513 feet.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5534.61828 – 1727 – 1721 – 1012 – 611 – 167 – 3W 1
Tampa Bay5236.5912.527 – 1625 – 2023 – 138 – 413 – 155 – 5W 5
Toronto4441.518919 – 2025 – 2120 – 214 – 67 – 125 – 5L 1
NY Yankees4542.517923 – 2222 – 2017 – 2413 – 611 – 65 – 5W 1
Baltimore2859.3222613 – 2815 – 3111 – 244 – 1411 – 144 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5235.59831 – 1421 – 2111 – 730 – 157 – 107 – 3W 3
Cleveland4442.5127.523 – 1921 – 237 – 1025 – 165 – 92 – 8W 2
Detroit4049.4491321 – 2219 – 274 – 518 – 2813 – 116 – 4L 2
Minnesota3750.4251520 – 2517 – 256 – 718 – 239 – 164 – 6W 2
Kansas City3652.40916.521 – 2215 – 308 – 1217 – 265 – 113 – 7L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5435.60728 – 1826 – 1715 – 1112 – 625 – 136 – 4L 2
Oakland5040.5564.527 – 2223 – 1813 – 1312 – 217 – 203 – 7L 1
Seattle4742.528728 – 1919 – 2313 – 812 – 1318 – 136 – 4W 2
LA Angels4443.506926 – 2018 – 2311 – 1113 – 714 – 217 – 3L 1
Texas3553.39818.522 – 2313 – 3011 – 108 – 1114 – 215 – 5W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4638.54827 – 1219 – 2619 – 188 – 714 – 66 – 4W 1
Atlanta4344.4944.524 – 2219 – 2222 – 2216 – 93 – 36 – 4W 2
Philadelphia4244.488524 – 1618 – 2820 – 2212 – 66 – 96 – 4L 1
Washington4245.4835.524 – 2218 – 2317 – 169 – 108 – 153 – 7L 2
Miami3849.4379.521 – 2017 – 2916 – 166 – 1314 – 105 – 5L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5337.58927 – 1926 – 188 – 1124 – 1519 – 66 – 4L 1
Cincinnati4642.523623 – 2023 – 226 – 423 – 1310 – 207 – 3W 1
Chi Cubs4445.4948.528 – 1616 – 2911 – 1420 – 2010 – 72 – 8W 1
St. Louis4346.4839.523 – 1820 – 2814 – 1314 – 1813 – 105 – 5L 2
Pittsburgh3255.36819.519 – 2513 – 306 – 911 – 267 – 133 – 7L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5532.63228 – 1327 – 1911 – 712 – 623 – 145 – 5W 2
LA Dodgers5435.607228 – 1426 – 2113 – 710 – 1022 – 126 – 4L 1
San Diego5338.582433 – 1720 – 216 – 816 – 1423 – 155 – 5W 2
Colorado3851.4271831 – 177 – 345 – 811 – 1615 – 246 – 4L 1
Arizona2664.28930.515 – 2811 – 368 – 157 – 1311 – 294 – 6W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England13733221845-0-12-3-224
Orlando City SC12633201283-2-13-1-221
Philadelphia13553161243-1-22-4-120
CF Montreal12543141133-2-12-2-219
Nashville SC12471161334-5-00-2-119
New York City FC11524191363-1-22-1-217
New York12525171524-1-11-1-417
Columbus12453131123-2-01-3-317
D.C.12516171434-0-21-1-416
Atlanta122731315-22-3-00-4-313
FC Cincinnati113351220-80-1-33-2-212
Chicago123271318-53-2-30-0-411
Inter Miami CF11227917-80-1-42-1-38
Toronto FC122281629-131-1-21-1-68
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle13850238155-3-03-2-029
Sporting KC13823241595-2-03-0-326
Los Angeles12804201825-0-23-0-224
Colorado11623181264-1-12-1-220
Los Angeles FC12534151233-2-12-1-318
Real Salt Lake11443181262-3-22-1-116
Minnesota124351216-43-1-21-2-315
Houston133641619-33-3-00-3-415
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Austin133461014-41-2-12-2-513
San Jose123271422-82-0-41-2-311
FC Dallas122551420-62-5-00-0-511
Vancouver122371222-102-0-30-3-49

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun136.6848-15-58-36-41 W
Chicago Sky109.5263.03-57-48-38-21 L
New York Liberty1010.5003.55-45-65-74-61 L
Washington Mystics710.4125.05-42-64-65-54 L
Atlanta Dream612.3336.53-63-65-52-83 L
Indiana Fever316.15810.03-80-83-92-82 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm155.7507-38-27-47-31 L
Las Vegas Aces146.7001.08-36-37-47-32 L
Minnesota Lynx117.6113.06-35-47-48-26 W
Phoenix Mercury99.5005.03-76-26-64-62 W
Dallas Wings911.4506.04-45-76-64-62 L
Los Angeles Sparks612.3338.04-62-61-102-85 L