MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
New York Yankees 3 Miami 1
St. Louis 5 Minnesota 1
Houston 9 San Francisco 6
Toronto 6 Kansas City 4
Baltimore 4 Detroit 3
Tampa Bay 7 Boston 3
Seattle 9 Texas 5
Chicago White Sox 6 Cleveland 4
Oakland 2 Los Angeles Angels 0
Washington 4 Chicago Cubs 3
Pittsburgh 7 Philadelphia 0
Cincinnati 6 New York Mets 2
Milwaukee 9 Atlanta 5
Arizona 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (10)
Colorado 9 San Diego 4
FRIDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MLB LEADERS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/index.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 8 St. Paul 4
Lansing 9 Fort Wayne 6
Quad cities 7 South Bend 6 (10)
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City FC 4 Columbus 1
Orlando City 3 Atlanta 2
Los Angeles 4 Portland 1
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TOP SPORTS HEADLINES: THE BIG 4
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 22:01:30 EST Report: Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham has successful back surgery
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:34:29 EST Troy Polamalu may miss HOF ceremony with COVID-19
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 18:42:08 EST Deluxe pass-catching RB Theo Riddick retires
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 15:29:57 EST Packers to limit Aaron Rodgers’ preseason throws
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 14:32:05 EST Bills WR Cole Beasley releases anti-vaccination rap
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:35:38 EST Dolphins CB Xavien Howard sits with ankle injury
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 11:36:46 EST Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (back, hips) sits out practice
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:41:41 EST Javier Baez likely to make Mets debut vs. Reds
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:12:01 EST MLB roundup: Joey Votto homers for 7th game in row
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:40:55 EST LHP Tyler Anderson ready for Mariners debut vs. Rangers
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:26:53 EST DeMarlo Hale, Indians aim to bounce back vs. White Sox
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 02:54:35 EST Tigers’ Matt Manning gets first look at Orioles
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 02:59:21 EST Domingo German looks to give Yankees another win over Marlins
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:15:44 EST Giants to debut Kris Bryant against Astros after trade
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:14:12 EST Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox will try to stay ahead of Rays
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 02:28:38 EST Cubs, Nationals pick up pieces after wild trade deadline
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 02:16:16 EST Pirates hope to feast on Phillies yet again
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 19:26:19 EST Reports: Kings get Tristan Thompson from Celtics in three-way trade
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 18:29:00 EST Reports: Jazz preparing offer in bid to retain Mike Conley
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 13:19:11 EST Jazz trade C Derrick Favors to Thunder to trim payroll
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 01:35:26 EST 2021 NBA Draft: first- and second-round picks
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 21:38:14 EST Maple Leafs sign F Ondrej Kase to one-year deal
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 15:58:13 EST Blue Jackets sign D Mikko Lehtonen after Zach Werenski extension
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 14:14:20 EST Avalanche re-sign F Tyson Jost through 2022-23
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 13:42:00 EST David Krejci to continue career in native Czech Republic
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY:
- 1910 – Chicago Cubs’ King Cole no-hits Saint Louis Browns 4-0 in a 7-inning game.
- 1930 – Lou Gehrig grand slams as New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox 14-13.
- 1932 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Philadelphia Athletics beat Cleveland Indians 1-0.
- 1934 – Saint Louis Cardinals defeat Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos go the distant
- 1938 – New York Yankees suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he’d “hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club”.
- 1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), New York.
- 1949 – Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, kills the shortstop and third baseman.
- 1954 – Milwaukee Braves’ Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hours, one double).
- 1961 – At Boston’s Fenway Park, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the ninth inning because of rain.
- 1963 – Cleveland Indians tie record of four consecutive home runs (Held, Ramos, Francona, Brown).
- 1972 – Chicago White Sox player Dick Allen hits two inside-the-park-homers in Minnesota.
- 1973 – ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to the New York Nets.
- 1981 – The fifty-day old baseball strike is settled as owners and players agreeing on a pooling systems for free-agents compensation. The All Star game will mark the end of baseball’s first ever mid-season work stoppage.
- 1982 – Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman Manny Trillo ends his errorless streak at 479 chances setting a major league record.
- 1983 – Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1984 – US men’s gymnastics team wins team gold medal at Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
- 1988 – Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers 27-21 in London.
- 1988 – Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
- 1990 – Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games.
- 2005 – Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also inducted are San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammon, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
Report: Giants land Bryant from Cubs just before deadline
The San Francisco Giants are acquiring third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs, a source told Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The Cubs will be receiving outfielder Alexander Canario and right-hander Caleb Killian to complete the deal, a source told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Bryant, 29, is set to hit free agency after the season.
The four-time All-Star is enjoying a bounce-back campaign while batting .267/.358/.503 with 18 home runs over 93 games, and that’s including his month-long slump in June when he hit just .114 in 23 contests.
The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year and 2016 MVP also offers the Giants positional versatility for their postseason push. He can slot in at third base while Evan Longoria recovers from a shoulder injury, and Bryant can also play in the outfield and at first base.
Bryant’s departure represents the end of an era in Chicago, as he joins Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez as key pieces from the Cubs’ 2016 championship squad to be dealt prior to this year’s trade deadline.
Mets get Báez, Williams from Cubs for outfield prospect
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets acquired flashy shortstop Javier Báez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.
Báez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives the NL East leaders an immediate fill-in for injured buddy Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn’t expected back until at least mid-to-late August.
Báez, who can become a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has a .775 OPS and 13 stolen bases in 16 tries, but also leads the National League with 131 strikeouts. He has made 18 errors in 88 games.
When Lindor returns, Báez could move to second base or third.
Williams also is a significant part of the deal for the Mets, who were eager to reinforce a thin starting rotation depleted by injuries. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) this season, his first with the Cubs after spending his first five years in Pittsburgh.
The 29-year-old Williams is eligible for arbitration after this season and can become a free agent following the 2022 season.
The Mets also received cash as part of the deal.
New York began the day with a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East over Philadelphia, and third-place Atlanta was four back. Both those teams also made moves before Friday’s trade deadline in an effort to upgrade and chase down the Mets.
The 19-year-old Armstrong, a first-round draft pick out of high school last year, is sidelined with a shoulder injury. He is considered an elite defender in center field.
The move was one of several by the Cubs in the days leading up to the deadline. Chicago also traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo and closer Craig Kimbrel.
Monster trade: Dodgers get Scherzer, Turner from Nationals
LOS ANGELES (AP) The World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a monster deal for ace Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, getting the dynamic duo from the Washington Nationals shortly before Friday’s trade deadline.
Washington acquired a pair of rookies, right-hander Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz, and two minor leaguers, righty Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.
Scherzer had been given permission to speak to the Dodgers to see if he would waive his right to veto any trade, a power he had as a 10-year veteran who has been with his team for at least five years.
“Today is heart wrenching as we say goodbye to two of the most accomplished players and two of the best people in our team’s history,” Nationals owner Mark Lerner said in a statement.
The deal came with the Dodgers three games behind NL West-leading San Francisco. Los Angeles owns the top spot in the wild-card race, 2 1/2 games ahead of San Diego.
With the Major League Baseball trade deadline at 4 p.m. EDT, there had been speculation on Thursday that the Padres would be the winners in the Scherzer sweepstakes.
Instead, the Dodgers got real busy. They made a trade early in the day for longtime Kansas City left-handed starter Danny Duffy, then closed in on Scherzer, the biggest prize in this deadline frenzy.
The Nationals, who have fallen out of playoff contention, were equally active, making several trades in 24 hours.
Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season, and also started the All-Star Game for the National League this month.
Scherzer posted a win for the Nationals on Thursday, when he pitched six innings of one-run ball at Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.
A three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, Scherzer joins a deep and talented pitching staff that includes Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, David Price and more.
Scherzer has a $35 million salary in the final season of a $210 million, seven-year contract and can become a free agent after the World Series. No doubt, the Dodgers are looking right now at far they can go this year with Mad Max on their side.
The 37-year-old righty is a fierce competitor, often stalking around the mound in-between pitches, firing up himself and his teammates.
Scherzer is 183-97 – including two no-hitters – in a 14-year career with Arizona, Detroit and Washington. He signed a the big contract with the Nationals with the goal of winning a World Series, and he helped bring the franchise its first championship in 2019,
Scherzer got a no-decision when he started Game 7 of the title-clincher in Houston. He is 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in postseason play.
Turner is a force all over the field, batting .322 with 18 home runs and 49 RBs, along with 21 stolen bases.
Turner is currently out of action after testing positive for COVID-19. He singled and scored in the first inning at Philadelphia on Tuesday night, then was pulled from the game.
The 28-year-old Turner was All-Star for the first time this season. He tied a major league record by hitting for the cycle for the third time in his career, doing it last month on his birthday.
Turner is a career .300 hitter in seven seasons who also has started in center field and second base in the majors. That would certainly appeal to the Dodgers, who employ a lot of versatile players.
He is earning $13 million this season, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2022 World Series.
Corey Seager was the Series MVP last year as the Dodgers shortstop. He suffered a broken right hand when he was hit by a pitch on May 15 and has been on the injured list since then.
Seager has been at the Dodgers’ spring complex getting back in game shape, and there was talk he could rejoin the club this weekend.
Scherzer could take the spot in the Los Angeles rotation that Trevor Bauer held. MLB and the players’ union put Bauer on administrative leave on July 2 under the sport’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
Police and MLB are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the pitcher, and his leave has been extended through Aug. 6.
White Sox get closer Kimbrel from Cubs for Madrigal, Heuer
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the crosstown Cubs on Friday, a move that should give the AL Central leaders a fearsome bullpen for their playoff push.
The White Sox already had one of baseball’s best closers in All-Star Liam Hendriks. Now the South Siders add Kimbrel, who has a 0.49 ERA and 23 saves in 25 opportunities for the Cubs this season and leads NL relievers in strikeout rate and opponents’ batting average. Kimbrel ranks ninth in history with 371 saves in his 12 years in the majors.
The White Sox paid quite a price to get him: They sent second baseman Nick Madrigal, a budding star who is out for the season with a torn right hamstring, to the Cubs along with right-handed reliever Codi Heuer.
“We viewed Craig as the premier relief pitcher available at this trade deadline, and so we knew the cost would be steep in terms of parting with young talent,” White sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “But we recognize the special opportunity that currently exists and our team, our clubhouse and our fans deserve to know we will do everything we can to reach the postseason and win meaningful games in October.”
The White Sox entered Friday with an eight-game lead over division rival Cleveland. The Cubs are fourth in the NL Central and entering a rebuild.
Madrigal, 24, and Heuer, 25, are both second-year players. Madrigal, the fourth overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft, batted .305 with a .354 on-base percentage in 54 games this season. Heuer is 4-1 with a 5.12 ERA in 40 appearances in 2021.
The White Sox had already addressed the loss of Madrigal by acquiring slugging second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Twins trade 2-time All-Star pitcher José Berríos to Toronto
(AP) — The playoff-chasing Toronto Blue Jays won the pursuit for All-Star pitcher Jose Berrios, acquiring the Minnesota right-hander for two minor leaguers on Friday.
The Twins got infielder/outfielder Austin Martin and righty Simeon Woods Richardson for their top pitcher. The deal was made shortly before the 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline.
Berrios was 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 starts for the Twins this season, and attracted interest from several contenders.
Toronto began the day at 51-48, in the fifth spot chasing two AL wild-card slots.
The 27-year-old Berrios was Minnesota’s unquestioned ace, a two-time All-Star who has been as durable as any pitcher in the game and remains under team control through the 2022 season.
Berrios struck out 126 in 121 2/3 innings this season and held opponents to a .213 batting average. He was 55-43 with a 4.08 ERA in six season with Minnesota.
Dealing Berrios will set a struggling rotation back even further, but the Twins had all the leverage with so many teams on the market seeking high-end starting pitching. Getting prospects back from deals they’re making this month ought to give them a jump start on resetting for 2022 and beyond after this disappointing season on the heels of two straight AL Central titles.
The 22-year-old Martin hit .281 with a .424 on-base percentage and scored 43 runs in 55 games for Double-A New Hampshire. This is his first pro season.
A key member of the 2019 Vanderbilt team that won the College World Series, Martin played for the American League in the All-Star Futures Games this month at Coors Field. That AL side was managed by Twins special assistant LaTroy Hawkins.
The 20-year-old Woods Richardson was 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA in 11 starts for Double-A New Hampshire. He is now playing for the United States in the Olympics – he’s on the pitching staff as Joe Ryan, acquired by the Twins last week in a trade that sent slugger Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay.
Braves bolster outfield by re-acquiring Duvall from Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves bolstered their depleted outfield on Friday by acquiring Adam Duvall from the Miami Marlins for catcher Alex Jackson.
The 32-year-old Duvall is returning to Atlanta, where he played the last three seasons. He hit .229 and ranks among the top 10 in the National League with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in 90 games for Miami this season.
The Braves also acquired outfielder Eddie Rosario and cash from Cleveland for infielder Pablo Sandoval on Friday. On July 15, Atlanta landed outfielder Joc Pederson in a trade that sent first baseman Bryce Ball to the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves needed to revamp their outfield as they attempt to remain in the hunt for a fourth consecutive NL East title. Atlanta suffered a severe blow to its playoff hopes when it lost Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury on July 10.
Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who was on the injured list, is facing domestic violence charges following an arrest at his home in May. He has not played since.
The Braves first acquired Duvall at the 2018 trade deadline. He was an All-Star with the Reds in 2016, when he set career highs with 33 homers and 103 RBIs.
Jackson, 25, has three hits in 43 at-bats (.070) in 19 games with Atlanta the last three seasons.
Cardinals get veteran lefty Jon Lester from rebuilding Nats
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Washington Nationals completed their final trade of a dizzying sell-off, sending veteran left-hander Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals at Friday’s deadline.
Lester becomes the second experienced lefty to join St. Louis, which also acquired J.A Happ from the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
The Nationals have entered a full rebuild less than two years after winning the World Series, also trading away Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, Brad Hand, Daniel Hudson, Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison in a 24-hour span.
The 37-year-old Lester was 3-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 16 starts during his first season with Washington. He has won three World Series titles in his 16-year career: two with Boston and one with the Chicago Cubs.
The Cardinals entered Friday at .500 and trailing first-place Milwaukee by 9 1/2 games in the NL Central. St. Louis was 7 1/2 games behind in the NL wild-card race.
Washington acquired speedy 25-year-old outfielder Lane Thomas from St. Louis. Thomas hit .104 in 32 games for the Cardinals this season.
Brewers add relievers Norris and Curtiss in trades
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers made two more moves Friday to boost their roster for a playoff push, acquiring relievers John Curtiss from the Miami Marlins and Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers.
Milwaukee sent minor league catcher Payton Henry to Miami and minor league pitcher Reese Olson to Detroit. Both moves were completed Friday, two days after the Brewers added All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Curtiss, 28, is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 35 games for Miami. The right-hander has made three starts and 35 relief appearances. He has struck out 40 and walked nine in 40 innings.
The 28-year-old Norris is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA in 38 relief appearances this season, but he’s pitched much better lately. He hasn’t allowed a run or a hit over his last five outings.
Norris has struck out 40 batters in 36 2/3 innings. Left-handed hitters are batting just .200 against him.
Olson, 22, was 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 starts this season for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Brewers’ Class A affiliate in Appleton. The 2008 13th-round draft pick has struck out 79 batters over 69 innings.
Henry, 24, has batted .297 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 49 games this season while splitting time between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers drafted him in the sixth round in 2016.
The Brewers head into a weekend series at Atlanta with a seven-game lead in their division.
Nationals trade Gomes, Harrison to A’s amid big overhaul
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Washington Nationals kept wheeling and dealing, trading catcher Yan Gomes and utilityman Josh Harrison to the Oakland Athletics for three minor leaguers on Friday.
Washington has dismantled its roster in a matter of 24 crazy hours. Ace pitcher Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner were traded to the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers for four prospects Friday.
Relief pitcher Daniel Hudson was sent to the San Diego Padres late Thursday in a busy day of moves for retooling Washington, which acquired right-hander Mason Thompson and shortstop Jordy Barley in that move.
A little earlier, the Nationals traded All-Star slugger Kyle Schwarber to Boston for a minor league pitcher. Before that, they shipped closer Brad Hand to Toronto.
The defending AL West champion A’s are in second place behind rival Houston. On Monday, Oakland acquired left-hander Andrew Chafin from the Chicago Cubs for two minor leaguers, then traded for outfielder Starling Marte on Wednesday in a swap with the Marlins.
Indians acquire OF Straw from Astros for RHP Maton
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians made another trade just before the deadline Friday, sending reliever Phil Maton to the AL West-leading Houston Astros for outfielder Myles Straw.
Cleveland, which dealt second baseman Cesar Hernandez and outfielder Eddie Rosario in separate trades, also sent catcher Yainer Diaz to Houston for the speedy Straw, who will fill an open outfield spot for the remainder of this season — and maybe beyond.
Maton has been used in a setup role this season, his third with the Indians. The 28-year-old right-hander was 2-0 with a 4.57 ERA in 38 appearances.
The 26-year-old Straw batted .262 with two homers and 34 RBIs in 98 games for the Astros. He has also scored 44 runs and is currently tied second in the AL with 17 steals in 22 attempts.
Straw has also played well defensively, and did not commit an error over 96 games in center field.
A right-handed hitter, Straw was drafted in the 12th round by Houston in 2015.
Struggling Twins starter Happ to Cardinals for reliever Gant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals acquired left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and cash from the Minnesota Twins for right-handed pitcher John Gant and a minor-leaguer on Friday, a deal finalized in the last hour before the trade deadline.
The 38-year-old Happ is in his 15th major league season, his first with the Twins after signing for $8 million this year.
Happ started strong, coming within five outs of a no-hitter on April 23 against Pittsburgh, but over his last 14 starts he has an 8.74 ERA with 109 hits and 19 homers allowed in 70 innings. For his career, Happ has a career record of 128-98 with a 4.13 ERA. The Cardinals will be his eighth major league team. He followed José Berríos out of Minnesota’s rotation, after the Twins traded the right-hander to Toronto earlier on Friday.
The 28-year-old Gant is 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 25 appearances this season for the Cardinals, including 14 starts. Since moving to the bullpen on June 28, he has a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings with a .167 opponent batting average. He started his major league career with Atlanta in 2016.
The Cardinals also sent minor league left-handed pitcher Evan Sisk to the Twins in the deal. Sisk had a 3.31 ERA with 20 walks and 46 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings over 26 relief appearances between Class A Peoria and Double-A Springfield.
The Twins were in St. Louis on Friday to start a three-game series.
Votto homers in 7th straight game, Reds beat Mets 6-2
NEW YORK (AP) Joey Votto homered for the seventh straight game, one shy of a major league record, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night.
Votto’s solo homer to center field in the sixth inning extended the Reds’ lead to 3-1. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, serenaded with chants of “Over-rated!” earlier in the evening, seemed to enjoy a leisurely trot around the bases before he flexed and pointed to the name on the back of his uniform while nearing the Cincinnati dugout.
He said afterward that was part of an inside joke with manager David Bell about their mutual favorite show, “Ted Lasso.”
“I’ve never been in a place like this before,” said the 37-year-old Votto, who has exceeded 30 homers twice in his 15-year career. “And we’ve been playing well lately, so being a part of that, it’s exciting.”
Votto has nine homers and 15 RBIs during his streak, which began last Saturday and includes just one hit that wasn’t a homer – an infield single against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are 5-2 during the surge.
Votto is the eighth player to homer in at least seven straight games and the first since Kendrys Morales did it for the Toronto Blue Jays in August 2018. Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) are the only players to go deep in eight consecutive games.
Griffey and Votto were teammates with the Reds from 2007-08.
“Right now, it’s insane,” said rookie Jonathan India, who hit two homers and finished with three RBIs. “It’s almost expected. That’s so cool. It’s Joey Votto. He can do those things.”
India’s first homer was a leadoff shot that came on Carlos Carrasco’s first pitch with the Mets. Acquired from Cleveland in January, the veteran right-hander finally made his New York debut after a long recovery from a hamstring injury.
It was an up-and-down day for the Mets, who made a big deal to get Javier Baez from the Chicago Cubs before baseball’s trade deadline – and then revealed injured ace Jacob deGrom will be shut down for two more weeks because of inflammation in his pitching elbow, making it unlikely he’ll rejoin the NL East leaders before September.
DeGrom, who has a 1.08 ERA but hasn’t pitched since July 7, underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage.
“It is concerning,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “We want Jake healthy, so this is the best thing. We’ve got to do it and he’s got to do it and nobody’s as frustrated as he is right now, because he’s a guy that loves pitching for his team.”
Baez was acquired from the Cubs along with right-hander Trevor Williams – who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse – for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2020 amateur draft. Baez is expected to join the Mets on Saturday and will play shortstop until injured buddy Francisco Lindor (oblique) returns.
India’s homer was the only run allowed over four innings by Carrasco, who gave up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
“It was a long time – finally I got to pitch today,” Carrasco said. “Feels really nice, feels really good. I was so excited to get there.”
Jeff McNeil laced an RBI double in the bottom of the first to extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. Jesse Winker put the Reds ahead with a run-scoring single in the fifth off Miguel Castro (2-3). Aristides Aquino lofted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth before India followed with his second homer, a two-run shot.
India finished with three hits – his fifth multi-hit effort in his last 11 games.
Brandon Drury had a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth for the Mets.
Sonny Gray (3-6) allowed the first four batters he faced to reach but gave up just one run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.
“There’s a chance he doesn’t get out of the first,” Bell said. “Next thing you know, you look up and it’s the sixth.”
Nationals defeat Cubs 4-3 after both sell off at deadline
WASHINGTON (AP) Josh Bell and Luis Garcia homered, and the Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Friday night, hours after both franchises completed trade deadline teardowns.
The cores of two recent World Series champions – Chicago in 2016, Washington in 2019 – were scattered to various contenders as both teams acknowledged the need to rebuild. Both did a thorough job, with Washington dealing eight veterans in six trades in a two-day span. Chicago also made a half-dozen trades in the 24 hours before the deadline.
By the time the weekend series began just hours after the deadline, Cubs mainstays Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had been dealt. So had Nationals stars Max Scherzer, Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner.
In their stead were revamped lineups, as well as opportunities, both Friday and for the rest of the season.
“I think the theme now is opportunity,” said Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. “You’re going to see different faces, new guys, guys pitching in different spots, hitting in different spots, guys getting starts and it’s exciting to see players seize those opportunities and see what they can do.”
Garcia, a 21-year-old second baseman likely to receive extensive playing time with Turner dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, promptly took advantage with a solo homer off Chicago’s Jake Arrieta (5-10) in the second inning.
So did Paolo Espino (3-2), who Washington did not name as the night’s starting pitcher until after it dealt Jon Lester to St. Louis in the afternoon. Espino pitched a career-high 5 1/3 innings, yielding his only run on Rafael Ortega’s double in the third. He allowed four hits while striking out six for his first victory since June 28.
“Whatever the role that’s given to me, I’m going to go out there and do my best and give my 100%, give the team a chance to win,” Espino said. “That’s my goal. Either starting, relieving, closing, anything.”
The Cubs closed within 4-3 on Patrick Wisdom’s two-run single in the eighth before Washington rookie Gabe Klobosits escaped the jam. Finnegan allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before inducing a double play grounder and a lineout to end it.
“It’s a little bit different out there not seeing the guys and names and big horses that we’re so accustomed to seeing, but I’m happy with the way the guys fought tonight,” Cubs manager David Ross said.
Arrieta, who was activated from the injured list Friday, allowed two runs in four innings in his first start since July 6.
Bell belted his 17th homer in the fifth, a solo shot off Adam Morgan to make it 3-1. Yadiel Hernandez added an RBI double in the sixth.
ChiSox rally for 6-4 win over Indians after getting Kimbrel
CHICAGO (AP) Tim Anderson delivered a tiebreaking single, Jose Abreu was hit in the head by a pitch with the bases loaded and the Chicago White Sox rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to top the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night after acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the crosstown Cubs.
Anderson’s hit to right field put Chicago ahead 5-4, then Indians reliever James Karinchak (7-3) plunked Abreu in the helmet with a 96 mph fastball to force in another run. Both benches and bullpens emptied briefly, but no punches were thrown and the reigning AL MVP stayed in the game.
“They were up and in all night brushing guys off the plate,” Anderson said. “That’s one of our big guys. But you know, he’s OK and we got the win and that’s the big thing.”
The brief brouhaha started when White Sox manager Tony La Russa rushed out of the dugout and toward Indians catcher Roberto Perez after Abreu was struck for the second time in the game. The 76-year-old La Russa pressed Perez on the chest protector and the two started jawing.
“The point was that the guy didn’t have command,” La Russa said. “When a guy lacks command, it’s very scary. I know it wasn’t intentional.”
Karinchak went over to Abreu along the first base line and the two greeted each other warmly, making it clear there were no hard feelings.
Perez acknowledged the Indians were trying to go high and tight on Abreu, but said Karinchak’s pitch just got away.
“That’s where we pitch him pretty much every time,” Perez said. “He’s a good hitter, but we don’t want to hit anyone there.”
Yoan Moncada had a bizarre and fortunate solo homer among his three hits as the AL Central leaders moved nine games ahead of second-place Cleveland despite winning for just the third time in nine tries.
Franmil Reyes had three RBIs on three hits for the Indians, including a solo homer off newly acquired reliever Ryan Tepera in the top of the eighth that tied it at 4.
Kimbrel, dealt to the South Side just before Friday’s trade deadline, should give the White Sox a fearsome bullpen for their playoff push. Chicago already had one of baseball’s best closers in All-Star Liam Hendriks and added Tepera from the Cubs on Thursday.
Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save.
Tepera failed to get an out in his White Sox debut. Reyes greeted the right-hander in the eighth with his 20th homer on a 1-1 slider. Harold Ramirez singled and Oscar Mercado walked before Jose Ruiz (1-1) entered and got three outs to end the threat.
Chicago starter Lance Lynn labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while throwing 104 pitches. He struck out seven and walked one.
Moncada homered on what should have been a deep flyout in the second. Center fielder Bradley Zimmer appeared to make the catch at the wall, but right fielder Daniel Johnson collided with him, forcing the ball to pop up and roll over the fence.
“I found out that D.J. didn’t hear Zimmer,” interim Indians manager DeMarlo Hale said. “I was surprised when the ball went over the wall. It was one of those freak things.”
Brian Goodwin, Leury Garcia and Andrew Vaughn also had RBIs for Chicago.
Cesar Hernandez started at second base in his White Sox debut after being acquired in a trade from Cleveland on Thursday and went 2 for 5. It was the first of four deals in about 24 hours by the injury-ravaged Indians.
Jose Ramirez had an RBI for Cleveland. J.C. Mejia allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Cleveland played its first game under Hale, the team’s bench coach. Terry Francona stepped down Thursday for the remainder of the season due to health reasons.
The 62-year-old Francona entered the hospital Friday and will undergo left hip replacement surgery next week. He had been wearing a boot on his right foot all season after undergoing toe surgery for a staph infection in February.
Edman drives in 3 runs, LeBlanc sharp as Cards beat Twins
ST. LOUIS (AP) Tommy Edman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double, Wade LeBlanc pitched 5 2/3 strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Friday night.
LeBlanc matched a season-high in innings pitched. He worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth, and stranded six baserunners in the first four innings.
“That was a big fourth when he was able to get out of the bases loaded, one out,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He did a really nice job, kept his composure and made pitches.”
Ryan Helsley (6-4) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes worked the eighth and ninth, respectively.
“I’d clearly like to get (LeBlanc) a win, but we want to get our team a win first and foremost,” Shildt said. “I wish we’d been able to stretch a little bit earlier for him.”
LeBlanc is still looking for his first win in 10 appearances for the Cardinals.
“It does not matter to me at all,” LeBlanc said. “For me, my job is to give us a chance to win the game, give the offense a chance to score runs. So, at the end of the day a `W’ in our column is what I’m going for.”
Edman’s bases-clearing double off Tyler Duffey (2-3) broke a 1-all tie in the sixth, hitting the right field foul line before going into the corner. It was Edman’s second three-RBI game this season, and first since May 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I wasn’t necessarily looking for it (the knuckle curve), but I think as soon as that pitch came in, I kind of saw it pop out of the hand, I was like, `OK, this is a better one to hit,” Edman said.
Nolan Arenado added an RBI single in the seventh. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
Griffin Jax, who was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul prior to the game, allowed just two hits in a season-high five innings. His only blemish was yielding a sacrifice fly to Harrison Bader that scored Tyler O’Neill in the fourth.
“Griffin came in and just did a great job,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He seemed very relaxed. He was focused. He wasn’t thrown off by us calling his name late and sending them out there to pitch.”
Andrelton Simmons snapped a 0-for-9 streak with an RBI single that gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the second.
Rizzo homers in his debut as Yankees beat Marlins 3-1
MIAMI (AP) Anthony Rizzo went deep in his debut for the New York Yankees, with an impressive drive that ended his new team’s scoring drought.
“Putting that jersey with New York across the chest, it’s different,” Rizzo said. “I’m very fortunate to wear the Cubs jersey. This one, obviously, is one of those different jerseys. I felt really good.”
A day after the slugging first baseman was acquired in a trade from Chicago, he hit a 449-foot homer, singled and walked as the Yankees beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Friday night.
When Rizzo pulled Zach Thompson’s 1-0 cutter into the upper deck in right-center in the sixth for the game’s first run, it was the first time the Yankees had scored in 15 innings. It was Rizzo’s 15th homer of the season.
All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo, another lefty slugger who joined New York in a trade from Texas on Thursday, went 0-for-4 with a walk. Rougned Odor had two RBI for the Yankees.
“Both of them had really good at-bats all night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s a physically draining, mentally draining, emotional time, exciting time. The more they can settle in right away, comfortable with their teammates, the better off we’re going to be.”
Gallo, a Gold Glove-winning right fielder who hit cleanup for the Rangers, batted second and played right in his Yankees debut. Aaron Judge, their regular right fielder was in center batting right behind him. Rizzo hit cleanup, ahead of Giancarlo Stanton, who played left in the interleague road game.
Jameson Tailon (7-4) won his sixth decision in a row with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two. Jonathan Loasiga then pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
“Tonight I didn’t really feel I had my best stuff,” Tailon said. “It’s hard to explain. Just in general, my pitch mixes have been a lot better.”
The Yankees increased their lead to 3-0 on Odor’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth against reliever Zach Pop.
Miami threatened in the eighth on Jazz Chisholm’s leadoff single and Jesus Aguilar’s single that advanced Chisholm to third against New York reliever Zack Britton. But Britton retired Brian Anderson on a double play grounder which scored Britton and struck out Jorge Alfaro to end the inning.
“We had a few chances to capitalize. I thought it was our kind of game, keeping it low scoring,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We just weren’t able to break through and get that big hit.”
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth around a hit by pitch for his 21st save in 25 chances.
Gallo nearly hit his first Yankee homer in the fifth, but center fielder Magneuris Sierra retreated and caught his drive at the warning track.
Thompson (2-4) allowed one run, three hits, struck out five and walked four in 5 2/3 innings.
Altuve hits grand slam on 2-homer night, Astros beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants both have 64 wins, tied for most in the majors.
For two teams planning to play deep into October, their series opener Friday night provided a summer measuring stick.
Jose Altuve hit a grand slam in the sixth one inning after putting Houston ahead on a solo homer, and the AL-leading Astros held off the Giants 9-6 in a matchup of baseball’s top two teams.
“We’re one of the toughest teams in the big leagues,” said Houston bench coach Joe Espada, filling in as manager Dusty Baker served a one-game suspension. “We know that it’s a very important series for us and the guys came in and they were ready to take the field.”
It marked Altuve’s sixth career slam and third this season. His third multi-homer game of 2021 was the seventh of his career.
“Crazy approach today. I was swinging at pitches out of the zone,” Altuve said. “I felt pretty good.”
Altuve cleared the fences as fans chanted, “You’re a cheater!” in reference to Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.
“He’s a special player. He lives for moments like those,” Espada said. “There’s no one that we’d rather have at the plate than Jose Altuve. He steps up to the plate and he embraces those moments. It’s just awesome to watch him do that over and over again.”
Aledmys Diaz went deep in the ninth for the Astros.
San Francisco will have a new face in the lineup but not until Sunday at the earliest after acquiring slugger Kris Bryant from the Cubs before the trade deadline Friday. He won’t arrive until after Saturday’s game.
Baker didn’t get to square off against his former club because of the suspension handed down a couple of hours before first pitch along with a three-game penalty for left-handed reliever Brooks Raley for throwing at a Seattle batter Monday. The 72-year-old Baker, who managed the Giants from 1993-2002, watched batting practice behind the cage in dress clothes.
Framber Valdez (7-2) struck out six and walked three over five innings for Houston. He pitched six no-hit innings in his last start against the Rangers on Saturday.
A’s blank Angels again, 2-0; Bassitt 1st in AL to 11 wins
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chris Bassitt thinks Oakland isn’t receiving enough attention for having one of the best starting rotations in the American League.
With another dominant outing Friday night, it might be time to start giving the Athletics their due.
Bassitt became the first AL pitcher to reach 11 wins as the A’s shut out the Los Angeles Angels for the second straight night with a 2-0 victory Friday.
“I feel like everyone still doubts us and that these numbers will disappear. I think we take a lot of pride in our job and helping each other and pushing each other,” Bassitt said.
The A’s, who have won 11 of 14 against the Angels this year, have shut them out in three straight meetings – the first time that’s happened since 1994. Los Angeles has scored only one run in its last 43 innings against Oakland.
It was also the Athletics’ 10th shutout of the season, tied with the Yankees for most in the AL. Oakland’s starting staff has a 3.01 ERA since the All-Star break, third-lowest in the majors.
“It’s important these guys can get deep in games and not overwork the bullpen,” manager Bob Melvin said. “They seem like they have got stronger as the season has gone along. It shows you the quality of the guys that we have.”
Bassitt (11-3) struck out seven and allowed six hits over seven innings as he won for the first time in three starts after the All-Star break. It is the 10th time in 23 starts the right-hander has gone at least seven innings.
Bassitt said he struggled with his off-speed pitches the past couple outings, but not this time.
“I felt like I had all my pitches working. It was a very hitter-based game plan as far as attacking, and everyone was different,” he said.
Matt Chapman, in a 7-for-56 slump when he came to the plate in the eighth, gave the A’s some insurance with his 14th homer, a solo shot to center field off Mike Mayers.
Lou Trivino gave up a leadoff double to Justin Upton in the ninth, but retired the next three Angels batters for his 17th save.
Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Mark Canha drew a bases-loaded walk from Patrick Sandoval (3-5) to score Jed Lowrie.
The Angels didn’t get a runner to third and went 0 for 4 with men in scoring position. Their best opportunity was in the fifth with runners on first and second, but Brandon Marsh struck out to end the inning.
“We’ve been staying with them toe-to-toe, we’ve just got to somehow break through offensively,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We failed against them offensively again and we have to figure that out.”
Rays hit 3 HRs, beat the Red Sox 7-3 to tighten AL East race
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yandy Diaz, Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena homered and the Tampa Bay Rays moved within a half-game of AL East-leading Boston with a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.
Boston has had at least a share of first-place in the division since June 28. The Red Sox or Rays have been in the top spot since April 10.
“I love our chances,” winning pitcher Josh Fleming said. “We have the best team in the East, I think. Just because we are not in first doesn’t mean we don’t have the best team.”
Diaz connected on a two-run drive in the first. After Wander Franco hit a two-run double in the third inning, Tampa Bay went up 6-2 in the fourth when Zunino and Arozarena had solo shots off Martin Perez (7-7).
“He wasn’t able to keep the ball in the ballpark,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “That’s what they do. They work counts, work a walk here and there, but hit the ball out of the ballpark.”
Christian Vazquez and Bobby Dalbec had RBI singles off Fleming (8-5) in the fourth. Vazquez was thrown out trying to advance to second on his one-out hit, which impacted the inning when the next three batters, including Dalbec, reached base safely.
“We felt we were in the ballgame,” Cora said. “I think offensively it was a weird night, right? A lot of hits, a lot of walks, a lot of deep counts. Felt like we were one swing away from getting back.”
Kike Hernandez slammed his bat to the ground when he popped out with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
“I thought I did a good job once they got the bases loaded,” Fleming said, “Really just settled down and made two good pitches that got me out of it.”
Fleming allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings. Four Rays relievers limited Boston to two hits in four scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay took a 7-3 lead in the fifth when Franco tripled and scored on a wild pitch by Yacksel Rios.
“It’s like playing in the World Series, you can never let up on them,” Diaz said through an interpreter. “You’ve got to be able go out there and focus right from the get-go.”
Perez gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings.
Castro banned 30 games under MLB policy; Nats to release him
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been suspended for 30 games without pay and fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Shortly after MLB announced the penalty Friday, the Nationals said they would release Castro when the ban concludes.
Castro will be ineligible for the postseason under the terms of the suspension and will be required to undergo evaluation and treatment, MLB said.
“Having reviewed all the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Castro violated our policy and that discipline is appropriate,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month, while MLB was investigating allegations against Castro, that he didn’t plan on having him back with the team this season.
Padres lose Tatis to shoulder injury, fall 9-4 to Rockies
SAN DIEGO (AP) Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. left Friday night’s game in the first inning with a partially dislocated left shoulder and his San Diego Padres lost 9-4 to the Colorado Rockies, who were led by Ryan McMahon’s grand slam and Jon Gray’s solid outing.
It was the third time the 22-year-old Tatis left a game this year due to a left shoulder injury. He was the NL’s starting shortstop in the All-Star Game.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said the injury is similar to the two times Tatis hurt his shoulder earlier this season and that the team will know more Saturday.
“I don’t know how to compare them. They’ve all been a little bit different,” Tingler said. “We’re of the understanding that this was a possibility, the shoulder coming out and then back in. The good thing is it slid back in. It’s so tough to predict, especially without a lot of information at this point. I will say, for whatever reason, he’s had a phenomenal ability of getting back in there, honestly sooner than we’ve expected. But again, it’s tough to say without having a lot of information.”
Tatis singled and advanced on Machado’s sharp grounder to third baseman McMahon, who came up with the ball but then had it pop out of his glove and roll behind him into short left-field. Tatis made a dash for third but shortstop Rodgers ran toward third, took the throw from McMahon and tagged out the sliding Tatis.
Tatis slid awkwardly over the bag and crumbled in pain a few feet away, bringing a hush over Petco Park. Padres Manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer helped Tatis off the field as he winced in pain, holding his left arm. The trainer was holding Tatis’ upper arm/shoulder.
“It looked painful … I’m sure the Padres are crossing their fingers that this isn’t a long-term thing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “That’s a blow to baseball. He is one of the best players in the game.”
Tatis suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder on a violent swing April 5 against San Francisco and went on the injured list. He reinjured the shoulder and left a game against Cincinnati on June 19, although he missed only one game. Tatis left a spring training game after hurting the shoulder while making a throw but was back two days later.
Tatis also missed eight games in mid-May after testing positive for COVID-19.
Tatis came into the game batting .290 with an NL-best 31 home runs, 23 stolen bases, 78 runs scored and a .650 slugging percentage. His 70 RBIs are third in the NL.
Tatis is known for making spectacular plays at shortstop although he currently leads the majors with 20 errors. He became the first Padres player voted to start an All-Star Game since Tony Gwynn in 1999.
Gray (7-6) earned the win with a strong performance, allowing only two runs on four hits in seven innings while striking out four.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Four-Run First Leads Indians To Victory
ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Indianapolis Indians snapped their five-game losing streak after T.J. Rivera hit a bases clearing double to seal the lead and take the win over St. Paul on Friday night, 8-4.
The Indians (35-39) started off hot with four runs in the top of the first frame. Tucupita Marcano lead off the inning with a single to center field and major league rehabber Colin Moran doubled to left-center field to score Marcano. With one out, Christian Bethancourt reached on an error by second baseman Jose Miranda followed by an RBI single from Cole Tucker. Indy capitalized on the error when Bligh Madris grounded out to second base which allowed Bethancourt to score. Hunter Owen continued the scoring with a RBI single up the middle to extend the early lead to 4-0.
The Saints (40-35) fought back in the bottom of the second inning to bring the score within one. St. Paul scored three runs on four hits but starting pitcher Cam Vieaux (W, 1-1) stopped the bleeding with a strikeout and a force out at second base to strand two runners.
With two outs in the top of the second inning, Dee Strange-Gordon singled to left field and Marcano reached on a fielding error by shortstop Drew Maggi. T.J. Rivera entered the game to pinch hit for Moran and doubled to right field, followed by a double from Anthony Alford to give Indy a 7-3 lead.
Both Indy and St. Paul scored one run in the fifth inning to set the score at 8-4. Owen hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Tucker.
Vieaux earned the win for the Indians with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Hunter Stratton and Joe Jacques combined to throw four scoreless innings. Andrew Albers (L, 4-4) took the loss on the mound for the Saints after giving up eight runs (five unearned) on eleven hits in six innings.
The Indians will face off against St. Paul again tomorrow night in another 8:05 PM ET start. RHP James Marvel (3-3, 5.43) will take the mound for Indy and face RHP Drew Strotman (0-0, 0.00).
Injuries keep Wentz, Kelly out of Colts’ 3rd practice
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) Injuries kept quarterback Carson Wentz and center Ryan Kelly out of the Indianapolis Colts practice Friday.
Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Wentz was injured during Thursday’s workout and missed the final practice period. Doctors were still evaluating the injury Friday and Brady said it was unclear when Wentz may return.
Kelly was diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow and is expected to miss a couple weeks.
The biggest concern was Wentz, who has an extensive injury history.
“He got hurt during a team period, he just felt a little twinge in the foot,” Brady said. “We should know something shortly.”
The Colts acquired Wentz in a March trade with Philadelphia, hoping the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft could regain his form and become their longtime franchise quarterback.
Wentz had the Eagles in Super Bowl contention in 2017 when he was one of the MVP front-runners. A torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee ended his season with three regular-season games remaining. He hasn’t been the same since and last season was the worst of his five-year career.
The injury list also includes a broken bone at the base of his right thumb in 2015; a hairline rib fracture in August 2016; a fractured vertebrae in his back during the 2018 season; and a concussion in January 2020.
Kelly, who has played at a Pro Bowl level as the offensive line’s signal-caller the past several seasons, also was injured Thursday in an inadvertent collision with running back Marlon Mack.
Wentz and Kelly were replaced in the lineup with two second-year players: quarterback Jacob Eason and center Danny Pinter, who will likely continue to plug those holes.
“We just want to continue to get him reps,” Brady said when asked about Eason. “He made some good plays, he made some bad plays, and we need to make sure that he’s learning from those mistakes.”
It’s been a challenging first week of practice for Indianapolis.
In addition to Friday’s absences, two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard has not practiced since having ankle surgery in June. Two-time Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher remains on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo is on the non-football injury list. Fisher and Odeyinbgo, Indy’s second-round draft pick, are both recovering from torn Achilles tendons they suffered in January.
Indy also has been without coach Frank Reich since he tested positive for COVID-19 late last week. Four players – cornerbacks T.J. Carrie and Xavier Rhodes, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and offensive tackle Julien Davenport – are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Davenport, vying with Sam Tevi and Will Holden, for left tackle as the Colts await Fisher’s return, was added Thursday night.
While general manager Chris Ballard has said Reich was fully vaccinated, the Colts have one of the league’s lowest vaccination rates among players. Ballard said Monday more than 60% of the roster have had at least one vaccination shot.
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard has undisclosed injury, does not practice
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who has requested a trade via Instagram, did not practice Friday because of an undisclosed injury.
Howard, an All-Pro selection in 2020 after leading the NFL in interceptions with 10, jogged off the field after the team’s warm-up Thursday before resurfacing some 40 minutes later and watching the end of practice from the sideline. The team provided no updates on Howard’s condition.
Howard took to Instagram on Tuesday night to request a trade over his displeasure about his contract.
“I don’t feel valued, or respected, by the Dolphins,” Howard said in his post Tuesday night. “Just like they can take a business-first approach, so can I.
“I’m one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and the tape backs up that claim. Yet, I’m the second highest paid cornerback on my own team, and it’s not even close. That’s why I want to make it clear I’m not happy, and have requested a trade. Until that trade happens I am just here so I don’t get fined, and will handle myself like professionals do.”
In 2019, Howard signed a five-year, $75 million deal that, at the time, made him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. But he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money this year while coming off a 10-interception season (the most in the NFL since 2007) that earned him an All-Pro nod.
Howard’s contract now ranks sixth in per-year average, and he switched agents recently to navigate his push for a stronger deal.
Howard, a second-round draft pick in 2016, skipped the entire offseason program, including the Dolphins’ mandatory June minicamp, subjecting himself to fines in excess of $90,000.
SEC welcomes Texas, Oklahoma after boards accept invitations
(AP) — Oklahoma and Texas accepted invitations to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2025 on Friday, worried that their storied athletic programs were in danger of losing ground if they stayed in the Big 12.
A whirlwind week of official moves — after who knows exactly how long the schools worked behind the scenes — came to a conclusion when regents at both Texas and Oklahoma unanimously jumped at the chance to join the SEC.
“After thorough consideration and study it became obvious that standing pat would be falling behind,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said.
The SEC, already the strongest football conference in the country, welcomed its newest members, who arrive with 10 national championships between them as determined by The Associated Press.
“The SEC has already established itself as the premier conference in collegiate athletics, and the addition of these two tradition-rich programs will make for an even more competitive league in all sports,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement.
New broke of discussions between Texas and Oklahoma and the SEC last week. The schools and conference remained silent on the matter until this week.
On Monday, Texas and Oklahoma informed the Big 12 they would not be extending a media rights agreement with the conference after it expires in 2025.
On Tuesday, the schools applied for SEC membership.
On Thursday, the SEC presidents voted to extend invitations, and Friday it was a done deal.
“This is a move for stability and preservation and propagation,” Oklahoma President Joe Harroz said. “We believe this move is not just best for OU, we believe this move is best for our state.”
For now, the arrival of the Longhorns and Sooners in the SEC is four years out. Texas and Oklahoma are bound to the Big 12 and its other eight members by a grant of media rights that runs through the 2024-25 school year, concurrent with the conference’s television contracts.
“I want to just reiterate that we will be in the Big 12 for the foreseeable future,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told his board.
The future of the Big 12 without its two strongest programs, in football and many other sports, is unknown. Earlier this week, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said “like many others, we will use the next four years to fully assess what the landscape will look like in 2025 and beyond.”
“The remaining eight institutions will work together in a collaborative manner to thoughtfully and strategically position the Big 12 Conference for continued success, both athletically and academically, long into the future,” he said.
None of that is likely to stop Texas and Oklahoma from trying to leave earlier than 2025 despite facing tens of millions of dollars in buyouts and potential legal headaches.
After all, a windfall awaits in their new conference.
Even before adding Texas and Oklahoma, the SEC was projected to distribute $67 million to each of its current 14 members starting in 2024 when a new deal with ESPN kicks in.
Del Conte and UT President Jay Hartzell met by teleconference with the board, which quickly signed off.
“Collegiate athletics is changing rapidly, whether any of us wants it to or not,” Hartzell said.
“We recognize that we must be willing to make changes with our eyes on the future. In a world of uncertainty and change, it is incumbent upon on us as leaders to protect and enhance our athletic program and university,” Hartzell said.
The last time the Big 12 was reconfigured by conference realignment, Texas and Oklahoma stayed put but Nebraska, Texas A&M, Colorado and Missouri moved and TCU and West Virginia were added in the early 2010s.
With Texas and Oklahoma driving the value, the Big 12 landed television contracts with ESPN and Fox worth billions and settled in as a Power Five conference.
“What has changed between 2012 and today?” Harroz said. “The answer is everything.”
Harroz said it became apparent the Big 12 would be “last in line” for television networks among the power conferences when it came to landing a new TV deal. That would mean, among other issues, more less-than-desirable 11 a.m. kickoffs for many games for the Sooners.
That issue has become a major one for Oklahoma in recent years, especially after its home game with Nebraska this season – designed by Castiglione as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the so-called “Game of the Century” in 1971 between the Huskers and Sooners – was designated for an 11 a.m. Central time local kickoff by Fox Sports. Castiglione saie he was “bitterly disappointed.”
“Being last in line has consequences,” Harroz said. “You’ve heard conversation from (Castiglione) talking about not enjoying 11 a.m. kickoffs. Our fans talk about that. It also matters to student-athletes. When those who go before you, in terms of negotiations for 2025 and beyond, if those premiere slots are already taken up, it impacts things in a material way. It translates into disadvantages in recruiting the top talent, disadvantages for our student-athletes and a detriment to the fan experience.”
Harroz and Castiglione both praised their counterparts in the Big 12, particularly those from Oklahoma State, whose new president, Kayse Shrum, has been particularly critical of Oklahoma during the past week.
Harroz said the Sooners would like for their Bedlam rivalry with the Cowboys and Cowgirls to continue.
“Even with this change, we want to play Oklahoma State in every sport in every year,” he said.
Earlier, Hartzell thanked Texas A&M for voting the Longhorns into the SEC and looked forward to renewing Texas’ rivalry with the Aggies and former Southwest Conference-mate Arkansas.
“A lot of work has gone into this,” Texas board chairman Kevin Eltife said, “and there’s no doubt in my mind it’s definitely the right thing for the future of athletics at our flagship.”
NCAA sets table for dramatic overhaul of how it operates
The NCAA Board of Governors on Friday called for a constitutional convention in November, the first step toward launching dramatic reform in the governance of college sports.
Stung for years by criticism that it is too heavy handed and out of touch, the NCAA said it wants to “reimagine” how to more effectively manage the needs of its more than 450,000 athletes at more than 1,100 schools.
“As the national landscape changes, college sports must also quickly adapt to become more responsive to the needs of college athletes and current member schools,” Jack DeGioia, chair of the Board of Governors and president of Georgetown, said in a statement. “This effort will position the NCAA to continue providing meaningful opportunities for current college athletes and those for generations to come.”
A 22-person Constitution Review Committee with university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors and students from Divisions I, II and III will be created to redraft the NCAA’s constitutional articles.
“This is not about tweaking the model we have now,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “This is about wholesale transformation so we can set a sustainable course for college sports for decades to come. We need to stay focused on the thing that matters most — helping students be as successful as they can be as both students and athletes.”
Two weeks ago, Emmert made headlines when he said it was time to consider a decentralized and deregulated version of college sports that shifted power to conferences and campuses and away from the NCAA. The idea is a sea change for an organization formed 115 years ago that is part of the bedrock of collegiate atletics.
Some conference commissioners, most notably Greg Sankey of the Southeastern Conference, followed with similar statements and said they were ready to begin the process of taking on those tasks.
The willingness to discuss an overhaul of the NCAA comes about a month after the Supreme Court ruled against the organization in what was seen as a bombshell unanimous decision, upholding a lower court ruling in an antitrust case related to caps on education-related compensation.
The Supreme Court also threw open the door for more legal challenges to the NCAA’s rules. Legal experts and college sports observers immediately wondered if the NCAA would look at other approaches to governing college sports.
Bucks GM: No knee procedure necessary for Antetokounmpo
MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t need any type of offseason procedure for the left knee that the two-time MVP hyperextended during the team’s NBA title run.
“He’s fine,” Horst said Friday. “I can’t explain it, but he’s fine.”
Antetokounmpo hurt his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals when he landed awkwardly after attempting to block a dunk attempt by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela. Antetokounmpo later said he worried that he’d be out for a year.
He sat out the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals – the Bucks won both contests to take the series 4-2 – but returned for the next series and ended up earning NBA Finals MVP honors. Antetokounmpo averaged an astounding 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5 assists to help the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 4-2 and earn their first championship in 50 years.
“I think when you start thinking about your knee or thinking about your toe or pinky or whatever the case might be, you’re just making excuses in your mind,” Antetokounmpo said after Game 2 of the NBA Finals. “You’re out there, just play the game. Do whatever you can. Leave it out there on the floor and no matter what the outcome is, you just leave it there.”
Horst didn’t speculate on a possible return date for guard Donte DiVincenzo, who tore a ligament in his left ankle in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series with the Miami Heat and missed the rest of the postseason.
“It’s too early to know,” Horst said. “He’s ahead of where he should be at this time and doing an incredible job right now, but it’s still hard to tell what the timeline would be.”
Horst was speaking the day after selecting 22-year-old forwards Sandro Mamukelashvili of Seton Hall and Georgios Kalaitzakis of Greece in the second round of the draft. The Bucks traded the 31st overall pick to land four second-round selections, including this year’s 54th pick and 60th pick. Mamukelashvili went 54th and Kalaitzakis went 60th.
Oklahoma City Thunder get future first-round NBA draft pick, Derrick Favors from Utah Jazz
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Oklahoma City added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz traded a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a 2027 second-round pick, it was announced Friday.
Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own — some of which they can swap — over the next five drafts.
Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders — in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun.
Favors, a 30-year-old center who has played nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the Jazz, averaged 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. He has also spent time with the Nets and Pelicans during his career.
The 2027 pick heading to the Jazz is the least favorable of Oklahoma City’s four second-round picks.
The trade gets Utah $13 million below the luxury tax, with the Jazz likely to be hit with a lesser financial penalty if they bring back Mike Conley.
‘I feel so terrible’: Djokovic’s Golden Slam bid is over
TOKYO (AP) With his Golden Slam bid over for at least another three years, Novak Djokovic rested his head on Alexander Zverev’s shoulder as his German opponent and friend consoled him.
“I told him that he’s the greatest of all time,” Zverev said. “I know that he was chasing history.”
Djokovic, the top-ranked Serb who had seemed invincible in all of the biggest tournaments this year, lost to Zverev 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Friday in the semifinals of the tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
Djokovic was attempting to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the same year. He won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year and needed the Olympic and U.S. Open titles to complete the Golden Slam collection.
“I feel so terrible right now,” Djokovic said. “I can’t be positive right now.”
Steffi Graf in 1988 remains the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam. But Djokovic can still go after the calendar-year Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Open – something no man has accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969.
“He won 20 Grand Slams,” Zverev said. “So you can’t have everything.
“At the end of the day he’s the greatest of all time, because he’s going to win the most Grand Slams, he’s going to win the most Master Series, he’s going to be the longest at the world No. 1, and I’m sure 99% that this is the case when it’s all said and done,” Zverev said.
Zverev’s opponent in the gold-medal match will be Karen Khachanov. The Russian beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic will play two bronze-medal matches on Saturday. He’ll face Carreno Busta in singles then will team with Serbian partner Nina Stojanovic in mixed doubles against Ash Barty and John Peers of Australia.
On a humid and muggy evening, Djokovic committed a series of uncharacteristic errors after a strong start as the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Zverev started to win free points with his big serve.
Djokovic was up a set and a break in the second before Zverev won 10 of the final 11 games.
“It’s just sport. He played better,” Djokovic said. “I got to give him credit for turning (the) match around. He served extremely well. I mean I was not getting too many looks on the second serve. My serve just drastically dropped. I didn’t get any free points from 3-2 up in the second. My game fell apart.”
Djokovic hadn’t lost since getting beaten by Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open final 2+ months ago.
“He’s gone these last few months without any losses and for him it’s a big loss … just collapsing in the end,” said Marin Cilic of Croatia, who won silver in doubles.
Cilic noted that the extreme heat and humidity at the Ariake Tennis Park throughout the tournament may have caught up with Djokovic.
“It’s very unfortunate for him but still he’s an unbelievable champion and he still has so many years ahead of him to achieve many great things,” Cilic said.
When Zverev hit a backhand winner down the line that Djokovic didn’t move for to close it out, Djokovic walked to the net where he received a warm hug from Zverev as the pair exchanged some words.
“Of course I’m happy that I’ve won, but in the end of the day I also know (how) he feels,” Zverev said.
Djokovic’s only Olympic medal was bronze in singles at the 2008 Beijing Games – his first.
Djokovic came back on the court little more than an hour later with Stojanovic in the mixed semifinals and lost that match, too, getting beaten by the Russian duo of Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (4), 7-5.
“I feel terrible right now in every sense but tomorrow hopefully fresh start I can recover and at least win one medal for my country,” Djokovic said.
It was the third consecutive day that Djokovic played two matches.
Viktor Troicki, Serbia’s Olympic team coach, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the entire team was against Djokovic playing mixed doubles because they didn’t want the event to tire him out with so much on the line in singles.
“I’m sure he’ll get stronger after this and hopefully learn a few things,” Troicki said Friday.
The 34-year-old Djokovic is the first man since Laver that year to win the first three major tournaments in a season.
He also matched his longtime rivals Roger Federer and Nadal by winning Wimbledon this month for his 20th Grand Slam title. He was the only member of the Big Three to travel to Tokyo and Djokovic has been soaking in the OIympic experience like few other athletes.
Without Djokovic, though, the gold-medal match in singles will be lacking star power. Zverev’s best career result was reaching the final of last year’s U.S. Open, while the 25th-ranked Khachanov is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon and is now in the biggest final of his career.
Zverev called it “maybe the proudest moment of my career so far.
“Because I’m not only playing for myself I’m not only playing for my parents, for my brother, for my family,” he added. “But I’m also playing for everybody, all the (German) athletes here back at the base and everybody back at home watching.”
In men’s doubles, the top-seeded pair of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in an all-Croatian final. It was Croatia’s first gold and first silver in Olympic tennis, previously having won three bronzes.
The New Zealand team of Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus took bronze by beating Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Daniell and Venus became the first New Zealand players to win a medal in tennis since 1912, when Anthony Wilding took bronze in singles while representing Australasia. Wilding, New Zealand’s only Grand Slam singles champion with six titles, was killed during World War I in 1915 at the age of 31.
Chaotic waters: US stars win, but Dressel won’t get 6 golds
TOKYO (AP) Caeleb Dressel is pretty much invincible when he has a lane to himself.
But give him a deficit of more than 8 seconds?
Well, that’s too much for even the world’s greatest swimmer to overcome with two laps of the pool.
On a morning of mixed emotions and chaotic racing at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Dressel set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly, but was basically doomed before he even dove into the pool on the new mixed relay Saturday.
So went his chances of joining a very exclusive club. His bid to win six gold medals fell apart with another U.S. relay debacle. The Americans were too far behind in the 4×100-meter mixed medley when their top swimmer took over, so the best Dressel could do was rally the U.S. to a fifth-place finish in an event that features two men and two women on each team. Britain set a world record to win the gold.
“Fifth place is unacceptable for USA Swimming,” Dressel said. “It stings.”
It was a disappointing capper to a golden morning for the Americans, whose biggest swimming stars both ascended to the top of the medal podium.
After Dressel won his third gold of the games, Katie Ledecky closed out her grueling Olympic program with a third straight victory in the 800 freestyle.
Ledecky was pushed hard by Australian rival Ariarne Titmus, but the American held on in a race she hasn’t lost since 2010.
Ledecky finished up with two golds, two silver and a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre – not as successful as she was five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, but not bad at all.
Ledecky became the first female swimmer to capture six individual gold medals in her career with another Olympic title in the 800 free, winning with a time of 8 minutes, 12.57 seconds .
Titmus closed strong to claim the silver in 8:13.83, while the bronze went to Italy’s Simona Quadarella in 8:18.35.
“I could see her the whole way,” Ledecky said of Titmus. “I was trying to keep tabs on her and trying to inch my way out a little bit each 50. I knew she was just going to be lurking there the whole time.
Ledecky lost her first two individual matchups with Titmus, but finally beat the Terminator in their final showdown.
“I knew I had to have a little gap,” Ledecky said, “because if we were neck and neck on the last 100, I know she she has that finish.”
Dressel led right from the start in the fly and held off Hungary’s Kristof Milak to touch in 49.45 seconds, breaking the mark of 49.50 that the American set at the 2019 world championships.
Milak, winner of the 200 fly, earned the silver with a blistering 49.68. The bronze went to Switzerland’s Noe Ponti.
When he saw the “WR” beside his name, Dressel smiled and joined hands with Milak in the lane next to him. They raised their arms together before Dressel flexed his left arm and pumped it in the air.
“He’s going to put me out of a job one day, so I’m just trying to hang on as long as I can,” Dressel said. “Kristof executed perfectly. We both swam exactly the race we needed to.”
The Australian women added another gold.
Kaylee McKeown completed a sweep of the backstroke events with a victory in the 200 butterfly. Her winning time was 2:04.68.
The silver went to Canada’s Kylie Masse in 2:05.42, with another Australian, Emily Seebohm, claiming the bronze in 2:06.17.
Americans Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon finished fourth and fifth.
It’s been a huge Olympics for the Aussie women. They have won six of their team’s seven gold medals at the pool.
In another bummer for the Americans, Simone Manuel failed to advance to the final of the 500 free, her only individual event in these games.
The first Black American woman to win an individual swimming gold posted the 11th-best time in the semifinals and was eliminated, capping a trying year in which she was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome.
Dressel advanced easily in the men’s freestyle semifinals with the top final time (21.42).
The mixed medley was another story.
For the second time at these Olympics, the U.S. failed to win a relay medal, joining a fourth-place finish in the men’s 4×200 freestyle. Before Tokyo, the Americans had never failed to finish in top three of an Olympic relay they entered.
The Americans tried a different strategy than everyone else, going with Dressel on the freestyle while the other seven teams all closed with a woman.
The Americans faltered when 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby – already the only woman swimming the breaststroke leg -had her goggles knocked off on her dive into the water.
The 17-year-old struggled to finish in 1:05.09, her goggles dangling from her mouth as the rest of the field pulled away.
“I’ve never really had that happen before,” said Jacoby, who one wears a single cap while most swimmers wear two largely to prevent such a problem. “I was definitely panicking a little. My turn was where it was most rough because I couldn’t see the wall.”
Her teammates praised her effort.
“Anyone that swam with their goggles in their mouth like she did (knows) she did fantastic,” said Ryan Murphy, who took the opening backstroke leg.
When 18-year-old Torri Huske passed off to Dressel after the butterfly leg, the Americans were 8.01 seconds behind the leaders in last place.
Dressel furiously tried to cut into the huge gap. His 46.99 leg was better than his winning time in the 100 free individual event, but it wasn’t nearly enough to chase down all the teams ahead of him.
“Everyone swam as well as they could in the moment,” Dressel said. “We got beat by a better team.”
Britain’s team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin claimed the gold with a world record of 3:37.58. The silver went to China in 3:38.86, while Australia took the bronze in 3:38.95.
Dressel touched in 3:40.58, also finishing behind Italy.
He was hoping to sweep his six events, which would have made him only the the fourth swimmer and fifth athlete overall to win six gold medals at a single Olympics.
Swimming icon Michael Phelps did it twice, capturing six golds at the 2004 Athens Games before setting the record with eight golds in Beijing four years later.
For Dressel, who has two more races on the final day of swimming, five golds is now the best he can do.
Biles out of vault and uneven bars; beam and floor possible
TOKYO (AP) Simone Biles is opting not to defend her Olympic vault title, pulling out of Sunday’s event finals for both vault and uneven bars while she focuses on her mental health.
The 24-year-old six-time Olympic medalist removed herself from competition during the team finals on Tuesday and sat out Thursday’s all-around final as well. Biles said on social media Friday that she is dealing with what is defined as “the twisties”: the sudden inability to feel comfortable while twisting in midair.
Biles said she’s battled the issue before, but typically only when it comes to vault and floor exercise. This time around, it’s a problem on all four apparatuses. She is scheduled to compete in both the balance beam and floor exercise finals next week.
Biles had been working on performing the Yurchenko Double Pike vault in Tokyo. She unveiled the vault – one never done by a woman in competition – in May. If she had been able to successfully land the vault, which requires the gymnast to do a roundoff and back handspring onto the table before two backward somersaults with her hands clasped behind her legs, the vault would then carry her name in the sport’s Code of Points.
USA Gymnastics said Biles will continue to be evaluated daily to determine her potential readiness for future competitions.
MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth-highest score in vault during qualifications, will compete in vault finals for the U.S. alongside Jade Carey, who finished with the second highest score. Skinner initially did not make the vault finals because International Gymnastics Federation rules allow each country a maximum of two athletes per event in the finals.
Skinner, 24, was an alternate on the 2016 Olympic team that won gold in Rio de Janeiro. She made the 2020 team as a “plus-one,” competing in all four events during qualifying last Sunday. She actually finished 11th in the all-around during qualifying but did not make the 24-woman final because both Biles and eventual all-around champion Sunisa Lee posted better scores among American competitors.
Skinner posted a picture on Instagram after being named as Biles’ replacement on vault expressing excitement over the chance to vie for a medal. She and Carey are both considered top contenders.
“Doing this for Simone Biles,” Skinner wrote. “It’s go time baby.”
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Penix Named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is one of 35 “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the WCFF announced on Friday morning. Penix is also on watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards, and he was one of 10 players to receive Big Ten preseason honors.
Penix was a 2020 team captain, a second-team All-Big Ten honoree (coaches, media), and IU’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player alongside linebacker Micah McFadden.
The Tampa native completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 274.2 yards per game (18th nationally) and recorded a 136.54 pass-efficiency rating.
Penix started all six games in which he appeared before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the Maryland win (Nov. 28). Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd), and 30-yarders (11, T-39th).
The southpaw owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs, and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs.
There are 25 offensive players (13 quarterbacks, 8 running backs, and 4 receivers/tight ends) on the preseason watch list along with 10 from the defensive side of the ball. In all, 29 schools and 11 conferences (including independents) are represented on the list.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president Mario Coppola said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”
The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2021 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 9. The winner will then receive his trophy at the Foundation’s 55th annual national awards banquet on Jan. 15, 2022 in New Haven, Conn.
Please note: Appearing on the preseason Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Walter Camp award or be named to the All-America team.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries, and the restriction of play to 11 men per side. The Walter Camp Football
Foundation (www.waltercamp.org; @WalterCampFF) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
The Walter Camp Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit www.ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.
Indiana Football 2021 Preseason Watch Lists
Dodd Trophy – Tom Allen
Maxwell Award – Ty Fryfogle, Michael Penix Jr.
Bednarik Award – Micah McFadden, Tiawan Mullen
Davey O’Brien Award – Michael Penix Jr.
Doak Walker Award – Stephen Carr
B1G Preseason Honors – Michael Penix Jr.
Biletnikoff Award – Ty Fryfogle
John Mackey Award – Peyton Hendershot
Jim Thorpe Award – Tiawan Mullen
Butkus Award – Micah McFadden
Outland Trophy – Matthew Bedford
Lou Groza Award – Charles Campbell
Wuerffel Trophy – Michael Ziemba
Paul Hornung Award – D.J. Matthews Jr.
Walter Camp Player of the Year Award – Michael Penix Jr.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: WILLIAMS, HAMILTON SELECTED TO WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore running back Kyren Williams and junior safety Kyle Hamilton have earned selection to the 2021 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, honoring the top college football player in the nation.
Williams has already been named to the 2021 Maxwell Award Watch List, honoring the nation’s top college player, to the 2021 Hornung Award Watch List, earned by the most versatile college football player, and a candidate for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, recognizing the top running back in college football. He comes off a redshirt freshman season being selected to the 2020 FWAA Freshman All-America Team, and was one of three finalists for the Shaun Alexander/FWAA Freshman Player of the Year Award.
The ACC Rookie and Offensive Rookie of the Year, Williams made a definitive mark on Notre Dame’s offense, and created a challenging matchup for defenses from across the FBS, in 2020. He was the only freshman to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the year, totaling 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, the most rushing TDs among any freshman player. Williams reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six games in 2020.
Williams also added 35 receptions (ranking third on the Irish offense) for 313 yards and a touchdown. His 14 total touchdowns led all FBS freshmen.
Among all FBS players, Williams was tied for 10th in rushing TDs, tied for 11th in total TDs and ranked ninth in rushing yards. In the ACC, Williams ranked fourth in rushing yards per game (93.8), fourth in scoring – TDs (7.0 points/game) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (119.83).
Williams earned an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible weeks in 2020, and was named All-ACC Second Team running back by the conference, also claiming honorable mention for the all-purpose slot. He was also selected to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team.
Tabbed to the 2021 Walter Camp Preseason All-America First Team, the Bednarik Award watch list, the Nagurski Trophy watch list and the Thorpe Award watch list, Hamilton was recognized as a FWAA first-team All-American in 2020, as well as a second-team Walter Camp, AFCA and Associated Press honoree in 2020.
Also named to the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Hamilton enters his true junior season known as one of the top safeties on the college gridiron. The 2020 Bednarik Award semifinalist and first-team All-ACC selection led the Irish in tackles last season with 63 in just 11 games, adding an interception, six pass breakups and 4.5 TFL.
IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: GOSS INKS PROFESSIONAL DEAL TO PLAY IN SWEDEN
INDIANAPOLIS – Former IUPUI basketball standout Elyjah Goss has inked a professional deal to play for Boras Basket in Sweden this fall. Goss, who finished as IUPUI’s all-time leader in rebounds, is represented by Trinity Best Sports and is excited to venture overseas.
“It’s a true blessing, honestly. Not a lot of people can say that they’ve played pro basketball outside of college basketball,” Goss said. “I’m just blessed for the opportunity and am ready to take it as far as I can.”
Goss has continued to work on his game since the conclusion of the college season and should continue his rebounding and defensive prowess at the professional level. He averaged 11.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a senior and finished with IUPUI’s single-game (21), single-season (369) and career (880) rebounding records, despite an abbreviated final campaign that was shortened to 18 contests due to COVID-19. In addition, he finished his IUPUI career with 25 double-doubles and was voted to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive Team as a junior in 2020.
“I feel like I’ll come in and can be that energy guy or that effort guy that can get you that tip dunk or that ally-oop play to get the momentum of the team going,” Goss said. “I’m trying to expand my game and that’s what I’ve been doing this summer and this offseason. I’m trying to expand my shot out and have been working on my ball-handling and things like that.”
“As a staff, we’re excited for Elyjah. He has the game and the mindset to be successful overseas,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “I was here when we recruited Elyjah and was able to coach him for a couple years and continued to keep tabs on him while I was at Ball State. He’s a big time energy guy and is a good defender, both on and off the ball. He’ll be able to impact games at both ends of the floor and continue to grow his game in a professional environment.
Goss joins an already impressive list of Jaguars in the professional ranks. Former IUPUI star George Hill recently concluded his 13th year in the NBA, finishing the season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Ahmed Ismail and Alex Young are both currently in the Egyptian Superleague while D.J. McCall recently inked a deal with Albacete in Spain. Robert Glenn plays for Sameji in the Dominican Republic’s Santiago League. Others, including John Hart and Kellon Thomas, are continuing their careers in the states as part of The Basketball League.
“Obviously, everyone wants to follow George’s lead and make it in the league but we’ve got quite a few guys that are making a pretty good living by playing basketball overseas,” Crenshaw said. “It’s exciting to see D.J. is in Spain after a year in the G-League and is continuing to work really hard and improve and impact games.
“Both Alex and Rob (Glenn) have made really nice playing careers overseas and continue to represent our program and the city of Indianapolis incredibly well. It’s fun to see those guys enjoy success.”
U OF INDY FOOTBALL: Football Tops GLVC Preseason Poll
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LEBANON, Ill. – The 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll was released Friday, with the UIndy football team tabbed as the favorite. The announcement was made in conjunction with the annual GLVC Football Kickoff event, held on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.
The poll featured the league’s eight football-playing schools, with UIndy receiving 47 points and five of the maximum seven first-place votes (coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team). The Greyhounds return 18 starters – nine offensive, nine defensive – from last year’s conference championship roster. UIndy swept through the abbreviated 2020-21 season, capped by a 46-29 win against Truman in the first-ever GLVC Championship Game to capture its seventh conference crown since the GLVC first began sponsoring football in 2012.
Meanwhile, Lindenwood (44 pts) garnered the three remaining first-place nods to claim the No. 2 spot, followed by Truman (37) in third and Missouri S&T (32) in fourth.
The 2021 UIndy football schedule gets underway Sep. 4 when the Hounds travel to the Windy City to take on NAIA-power Saint Xavier.
2021 GLVC PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. UIndy (5) 47
2. Lindenwood (3) 44
3. Truman 37
4. Missouri S&T 32
5. McKendree 24
6. Southwest Baptist 19
7. William Jewell 12
8. Quincy 9
VALPO SOCCER: Valpo Soccer Announces Fall 2021 Schedule
Fresh off a spring campaign which saw the program make a run to the MVC championship match, the Valpo soccer team unveiled its schedule for the fall 2021 season Friday afternoon — a slate which features nine regular season home matches on Brown Field and a pair of road matches at professional parks.
Valpo will face a pair of tough tests in exhibition play to tune up for the season, traveling to take on reigning MAC champion Bowling Green (Aug. 7) and hosting Western Michigan (Aug. 13), which went 6-2-2 in MAC play this spring. Opening weekend then presents two more challenges for the Brown and Gold, as Valpo opens the campaign Aug. 19 at Indiana — which went 6-4-1 in Big Ten play this spring — before hosting Ball State, which went 6-2-1 this spring and faced BGSU in the MAC title match, on Aug. 22.
The fixture against the Cardinals is the first of five non-conference home matches for Valpo. Three more prior to the start of conference play will come in an eight-day span in early September, as Valpo welcomes Northern Illinois (Sept. 3), St. Bonaventure (Sept. 5) and Western Illinois (Sept. 10) to Brown Field. Meanwhile, a lengthy break between conference matches in early October presented an opportunity for the Brown and Gold to host IU Northwest on Oct. 9.
The match at Indiana is one of four non-conference road matches. Valpo travels to Pittsburgh for an Aug. 27 match at Duquesne, and remains in the Steel City to face Robert Morris two days later at Highmark Stadium, the home ground for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the USL Championship. Valpo’s final non-conference fixture takes place Sept. 12 against Chicago State at SeatGeek Stadium — home of the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL and former home of the MLS’ Chicago Fire — in Bridgeview, Ill.
Valpo kicks off conference play at home against Illinois State Sept. 17. The Brown and Gold will also face Southern Illinois (Sept. 29), UNI (Oct. 17) and Evansville (Oct. 23) on Brown Field, while traveling to match up against Indiana State (Sept. 24), Missouri State (Oct. 3), Drake (Oct. 13) and Loyola (Oct. 28). The MVC Championship runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 7, with the tournament champion earning the conference’s automatic berth into the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Valpo returns 12 letterwinners for the fall 2021 season, including eight starters who helped the Brown and Gold to a third-place regular season finish and a berth in the MVC title match this spring. Included among the returning starters are reigning MVC Goalkeeper of the Year Nikki Coryell and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Region selection Kiley Dugan.
Anderson Announces Fall 2021 Women’s Soccer Schedule
The Anderson University women’s soccer program announced its schedule for the Fall 2021 season.
Homecoming is set for Oct. 9 as Anderson battles Mount St. Joseph University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at 12 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields. Anderson is also scheduled to celebrate Senior Day and the Anderson Soccer Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Oct. 9. At 2 p.m. following the contest, Anderson will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the completion of Stage 1 of the AU Soccer Stadium project.
Anderson kicks off the season by hosting Indiana Tech on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields. The Ravens welcome St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Family Day on Sept. 4 at 12 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields.
Anderson opens the HCAC season by taking on Transylvania University on Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields. The Ravens close out the season by clashing with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields. Anderson also hosts Bethel University (Ind.) (Sept. 15), St. Mary’s College (Sept. 18) and Olivet College (Sept. 22) in non-conference action as well as Franklin College (Oct. 2) and Defiance College (Oct. 13) in HCAC play.
The HCAC has moved to a six-team conference tournament with the postseason set to debut on Oct. 30.
Anderson finished sixth in the HCAC during the Spring 2021 season after compiling a 3-5-1 overall record and a 3-4-1 conference record.
Fall 2021 Varsity Schedule
|Wednesday, Sept. 1||vs. Indiana Tech||5:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 4||vs. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Family Day)||12:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Sept. 8||at Trine||4:00 p.m.||Angola, Ind.|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||at Wilmington (Ohio)||2:00 p.m.||Wilmington, Ohio|
|Wednesday, Sept. 15||vs. Bethel (Ind.)||4:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 18||vs. St. Mary’s||1:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Sept. 22||vs. Olivet||4:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 25||at Calvin||3:00 p.m.||Grand Rapids, Mich.|
|Wednesday, Sept. 29||vs. Transylvania*||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Oct. 2||vs. Franklin*||1:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 6||at Earlham*||3:30 p.m.||Richmond, Ind.|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||vs. Mount St. Joseph (Homecoming) (Senior Day) (Ribbon Cutting)*||12:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||vs. Defiance*||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Sunday, Oct. 17||at Bluffton*||1:00 p.m.||Bluffton, Ohio|
|Wednesday, Oct. 20||at Manchester*||3:30 p.m.||North Manchester, Ind.|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||at Hanover*||1:00 p.m.||Hanover, Ind.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 27||vs. Rose-Hulman*||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
*indicates HCAC contest
Fall 2021 Extra Games
|Thursday, Sept. 9||vs. Trine||7:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (Macholtz Stadium)|
|Thursday, Sept. 23||at Marian (Ind.)||TBA||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Thursday, Sept. 30||at Indiana Tech||7:00 p.m.||Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|Thursday, Oct. 7||vs. Marian (Ind.)||7:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (Macholtz Stadium)|
Anderson Releases Fall 2021 Men’s Soccer Schedule
The Anderson University men’s soccer program released its schedule for the Fall 2021 season.
Anderson is set to host 12 home matches at the AU Soccer Fields, which include two classics.
Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 9 as Anderson hosts Mount St. Joseph University at 3 p.m. in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action. At 2 p.m. prior to the contest, Anderson will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the completion of Stage 1 of the AU Soccer Stadium project.
Anderson kicks off the season by taking on DePauw University at home on Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. The Ravens begin the weekend by hosting the Raven/Quaker Classic. Anderson battles Emory & Henry College on Parents Day on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. The Ravens then close out the first of two classics by facing off with Heidelberg University on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.
Anderson hosts the Raven/Spartan Classic the following weekend. The Ravens go head-to-head with Greenville University on Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. Anderson then clashes with Webster University on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. to wrap up the classic.
The Ravens take on Berea College on Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. Anderson faces off with Transylvania University to open the HCAC season on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Lexington, Ky. The Ravens host Franklin College in the HCAC home opener on Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Anderson clashes with Manchester University on Senior Day on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. The Ravens take on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to close the regular season on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Terre Haute.
Anderson also hosts Olivet College (Sept. 7) and Trine University (Sept. 25) in non-conference action as well as Earlham College (Oct. 6) in HCAC play.
The HCAC has moved to a six-team conference tournament with the postseason set to debut on Oct. 30.
Anderson finished the Spring 2021 season with a 1-8-1 overall record and a 1-7-1 HCAC record.
Fall 2021 Varsity Schedule
|Wednesday, Sept. 1||vs. DePauw||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 4||vs. Emory & Henry (Raven/Quaker Classic) (Parents Day)||2:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Sunday, Sept. 5||vs. Heidelberg (Raven/Quaker Classic)||2:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Tuesday, Sept. 7||vs. Olivet||4:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Friday, Sept. 10||vs. Greenville (Raven/Spartan Classic)||5:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||vs. Webster (Raven/Spartan Classic)||3:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Tuesday, Sept. 14||at Wabash||5:00 p.m.||Crawfordsville, Ind.|
|Friday, Sept. 17||at Albion||7:00 p.m.||Albion, Mich.|
|Tuesday, Sept. 21||vs. Berea (Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day)||5:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Sept. 25||vs. Trine||4:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Sept. 29||at Transylvania*||4:00 p.m.||Lexington, Ky.|
|Saturday, Oct. 2||vs. Franklin*||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 6||vs. Earlham*||3:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||vs. Mount St. Joseph (Homecoming) (Ribbon Cutting)*||3:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||at Defiance*||3:30 p.m.||Defiance, Ohio|
|Sunday, Oct. 17||at Bluffton*||3:30 p.m.||Bluffton, Ohio|
|Wednesday, Oct. 20||vs. Manchester (Senior Day)*||3:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||at Hanover*||3:30 p.m.||Hanover, Ind.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 27||at Rose-Hulman*||7:30 p.m.||Terre Haute, Ind.|
*indicates HCAC contest
Fall 2021 Varsity Reserve Schedule
|Wednesday, Sept. 1||vs. DePauw||5:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (Women’s Soccer Practice Field)|
|Friday, Sept. 10||vs. Greenville||7:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Tuesday, Sept. 14||at Wabash||7:00 p.m.||Crawfordsville, Ind.|
|Saturday, Sept. 25||vs. Trine||6:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||at Defiance||5:30 p.m.||Defiance, Ohio|
|Sunday, Oct. 17||at Bluffton||5:30 p.m.||Bluffton, Ohio|
|Wednesday, Oct. 20||vs. Manchester||5:00 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (AU Soccer Fields)|
IU EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEE: BETHANY MACKIN FROM MARTINSVILLE
RICHMOND, Ind. – Bethany Mackin, a Martinsville, Ind., native who played the past two seasons at Shawnee State University, is one of the newcomers on the 2021-22 Indiana University East women’s basketball roster.
Mackin is a 5-9 guard who averaged 4.6 points per game in her first two college seasons to help Shawnee State reach the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship in each of the past two years.
According to the IU East coaching staff: “Bethany’s versatility and competitiveness will bring so much to our team this year. She has experience playing against the best and will bring that to us on a daily basis, both in practice and games.”
Mackin played prep basketball at Martinsville High School, where she was an all-conference and academic all-conference honoree.
Bethany is the daughter of Mindy Mackin and Brian Mackin. She plans to major in Human Life Science.
“I love the family atmosphere the coaches and the girls create,” Mackin wrote of her choice to continue her college career at IU East. “It truly feels like home.”
Mackin is one of five newcomers on the 2021-22 IU East women’s basketball roster.
IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolves have won more games in the league standings than any other River States Conference school since starting the women’s basketball program in 2014.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1897 John Grimes, who appeared in only three games during his one-year career with the St. Louis Brown Stockings, establishes a major league record by hitting six batters in a nine-inning game. The post-1900 record is four hit batsmen, a dubious mark shared by many pitchers.
1908 After successfully swiping second at the Polo Grounds, Fred Tenney decides to return to first base on the next pitch because Dummy Taylor had remained at third during their attempted double steal. This time, hoping to coax a throw from the catcher to give the runner on third another opportunity to score, he steals second base for the second time in the inning, but his teammate still stays put in the Giants’ 9-2 victory over the Cardinals.
1912 Ty Cobb goes 1-for-4 in Detroit’s 4-1 victory over Washington at Navin Field. The Tiger outfielder’s single is his 68th hit in 137 at-bats (.535) during July, the most ever collected in a single month by a major leaguer.
1930 Thanks to Lou Gehrig’s offensive output, the Yankees edge the Red Sox, 14-13. The ‘Iron Horse’ collects eight RBIs with a grand slam and two doubles in the Fenway Park contest.
1932 In front of a major league record crowd of 80,184, the Indians play their first game at Lakefront Stadium, losing to Philadelphia and Lefty Grove, 1-0. Except for the 1933 season, the Tribe, who prefers League Park, will not play a full schedule at their new colossal horseshoe home until 1947, when the ballpark is known as Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
1935 Avid Reds’ fan Kitty Burke, annoyed at Ducky Medwick’s retort to her heckling by telling her she couldn’t get a hit if she were swinging at an elephant, grabs Babe Herman’s bat as he comes to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning, comes on to the field demanding a turn at-bat. After some consternation, Cardinal pitcher Paul Dean complies by tossing the ball underhanded to the popular local nightclub blues singer, who grounds out to the pitcher, much to the delight of the cheering crowd.
1954 At Ebbets Field, using a borrowed bat, Joe Adcock hits four home runs in one game as well as a double which misses by inches being his fifth round-tripper, in the Braves’ 15-7 victory over the Dodgers. The Milwaukee first baseman’s 18 total bases, collected on just seven pitches, set a major league record, surpassing the mark established in 1950 by Brooklyn’s Gil Hodges.
1955 The Indians obtained Sal Maglie off waivers from the Giants, who release the 38 year-old right-hander because of his ailing back. The ‘Barber,’ who will be used sparingly in Cleveland, will become a major cog next season in the Dodgers’ National League championship after being acquired by the team in May for $100.
1959 Earl Wilson, the first black pitcher to play for the Red Sox, hurls 3.2 innings, walking nine, but leaves the game with a 4-0 lead in the team’s eventual 6-5 victory over Detroit at Briggs Stadium. The Louisiana native will post a 56-58 record along with an ERA of 4.10, primarily as a starter, during his seven seasons with Boston.
1961 Due to heavy rain, the second 1961 All-Star Game ends in a 1-1 tie at Fenway Park with Rocky Colavito’s home run accounting for the American League’s only run. Jim Bunning, the American League starter, pitches three perfect innings again (he also did it in 1957), making him the only All-Star hurler to accomplish the feat twice.
1963 At Cleveland Stadium, the Indians hit four consecutive homers in an inning when Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown go deep in the sixth with two outs off Paul Foytack, recently acquired by the Angels. In Cleveland’s 9-5 victory over the Halos, the former Tiger right-hander becomes the first major league pitcher to allow a team to go deep in four straight at-bats in a single frame.
1965 The Orioles release 38 year-old Robin Roberts after compiling a 5-7 record during the first four months of the season. Next week, the right-hander will be picked by the Astros as a free agent, and the future Hall of Famer will finish the season winning five of seven decisions, posting an ERA of 1.89 for his new team.
1971 Orioles’ right-hander Pat Dobson wins his eighth decision of the month, blanking the Royals, 4-0. The shutout is the 12th consecutive victory for the Depew, N.Y native since June 16th.
1971 In a game that sees at least one team score in every inning until the ninth, the Giants beat Pittsburgh at Candlestick Park, 15-11. San Francisco’s rookie first baseman Dave Kingman’s seventh-inning grand slam proves to be the difference.
1972 Chicago slugger Dick Allen becomes the seventh major leaguer, and the first since 1939, to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game. The round-trippers pace the White Sox over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-1.
1981 The fifty-day long baseball strike, wiping out a third of the regular season, is settled when the owners and players agree on a pooling system for the compensation of free agents. The All-Star Game will mark the end of baseball’s first-ever midseason work stoppage.
1982 Phillies’ second baseman Manny Trillo boots Bill Buckner’s grounder to end his errorless streak at 479 chances, setting a major league record.
1983 The Hall of Fame inducts Orioles Gold Glover Brooks Robinson, ten-time American League All-Star infielder George Kell, and long-time Dodger skipper Walter Alston. Dominican Dandy Juan Marichal, also an inductee, becomes the first Latin American player to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
1989 On the same day, the Blue Jays pick Lee Mazzilli off waivers from the Mets, Toronto trades reliever Jeff Musselman and pitching prospect Mike Brady for Mookie Wilson, made expendable when New York obtained Juan Samuel from Philadelphia. After a slow start, Toronto’s new outfielder will play a vital role in the team’s return to the postseason for the first time since 1985, batting .298 in 54 games.
1989 The Mets obtain Frank Viola, last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, from the Twins for Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani, Jack Savage, and David West. ‘Sweet Music’ hits a sour note in New York, posting a 38-32 record in 82 starts with a team failing to make the playoffs during his two-and-half-year tenure in the Big Apple.
1990 At County Stadium, Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan gets his 300th victory, defeating the Brewers, 11-3. The 43 year-old from Alvin, Texas will compile 324 victories during his 27-year big league career.
1995 The Mets trade former two-time Cy Young Award winner right-handed pitcher Bret Saberhagen and left-handed pitcher farmhand Dave Swanson (the player to be named later) to the Rockies for righties Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch.
1996 The Tigers deal first baseman Cecil Fielder to the Yankees for outfielder Ruben Sierra and minor league prospect Matt Drews. The swap marks the first time in major league history that a transaction involves players who both have more than 220 home runs.
1997 In a deal that will have a significant impact on the team’s future, the Red Sox obtain Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe when they trade Heathcliff Slocumb to the Mariners. Varitek, who will become Boston’s third captain in franchise history, will contribute to the club’s success in the next decade, including the world championships in 2004 and 2007.
1997 The A’s trade Mark McGwire to the Cardinals for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein, a trio of hurlers who will combine for just 30 victories with Oakland. The Redbirds’ new first baseman, whose accomplishments will be tainted by the speculation of his use of PEDs, hits an astounding 220 home runs in the 545 games he plays with St. Louis.
2001 The Red Sox acquire Expos’ reliever Ugueth Urbina for two minor league pitchers, Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles. The hard-throwing closer was nearly traded to the Yankees earlier in the season, but a failed physical nixed the deal for the Caracas, Venezuela native.
2002 A plan to sell beer outside Boston’s Fenway Park is approved on a trial basis by city officials. During the 14 games, brew will be available three hours before game time to one hour after games start to game ticket-holders who pass through a turnstile.
2002 The Rangers, in a 17-6 victory over the Yankees, hit six doubles in the second inning, all off Mike Mussina. New York’s starting pitcher joins Hall of Famer Lefty Grove (1934 Red Sox) as only the second pitcher in major league history to allow that many two-baggers in one frame.
2003 The Expos retire number 8 as a tribute to Gary Carter, their first and only player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame wearing a Montreal cap. During his 12-year tenure with the team, the ‘Kid’ was selected to the National League All-Star team seven times.
2003 Breaking a record he set a week later during last season, John Smoltz becomes the fastest pitcher to record 40 saves. The Braves’ closer throws a scoreless ninth in the team’s 7-4 victory over the Astros to establish the new mark.
2003 The first-place Giants make a significant move on the trading deadline, acquiring Sidney Ponson (14-6, 3.77) from the Orioles in exchange for their former first-round draft pick Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss, and southpaw prospect Ryan Hannaman. The 26 year-old right-hander, who will go 3-6 down the stretch for San Francisco, will join the rotation that includes Jason Schmidt, Kirk Rueter, Jesse Foppert, Jerome Williams, and Jim Brower.
2004 In front of thousands of fans outside Kauffman Stadium and those viewing the ceremony inside the ballpark on the JumboTron, the Royals unveil a bronze statue of Frank White, depicting the eight-time Gold Glove second baseman sailing over the bag to complete a double play. The detailed sculpture, created by Harry Weber of St. Louis, joins those of founders Ewing and Muriel Kauffman and Hall of Fame infielder George Brett as the third statue honoring the accomplishments of individuals within the franchise.
2004 With homers in his first two at-bats off Jorge Sosa, Carlos Delgado hits his fifth home run in five consecutive at-bats off the Devil Rays’ right-hander. The Blue Jay slugger’s streak started last season with a round-tripper on September 10th, being extended to three when the Tampa Bay hurler gave up the first two dingers in his four-homer day on September 25th.
2004 The Red Sox complete the long-anticipated trade of Nomar Garciaparra when the shortstop goes to the Cubs as part of a four-team deal which includes the Twins and Expos. Boston acquires Orlando Cabrera (Expos) and Doug Mientkiewicz (Twins) with Nomar and Matt Murton going to Chicago, which shipped Justin Jones to Minnesota for Mientkiewicz, who along with Cubs’ shortstop Alex Gonzalez, Francis Beltran, and prospect Brendan Harris goes Beantown, sending the trio of Gonzalez, Beltran, and Harris to Montreal for Cabrera. (Ed. Note: Got that? – LP :-] )
2004 Ten minutes before the trading deadline, Steve Finley gives the Diamondbacks permission to deal him to the Dodgers. The trade sends the four-time Gold Glove center fielder and backstop Brent Mayne to LA for minor league catching prospect Koyie Hill, flycatcher Reggie Abercrombie, and southpaw Bill Murphy, acquired in yesterday’s trade with the Marlins.
2004 A minute before the trading deadline, the Yankees deal the talented but underachieving Jose Contreras (8-5, 5.64) and $3 million to the White Sox for All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (9-5, 4.86). The former Yankees hurler will post a 55-56 record during his six seasons in the Windy City, while the newest Bronx Bomber moundsman will win one of only three decisions during his two-month stint in the Big Apple.
2004 After a close call which goes against the Katy Cowboys, Kacy Clemens’ dad is asked to leave the youth baseball game. According to the league officials, who will later apologize for ejecting Roger Clemens from his son’s championship game for arguing the call and spitting sunflower seeds at an umpire’s leg, calling it a case of mistaken identity.
2005 The almost-traded Manny Ramirez comes off the bench in the eighth inning and has the eventual game-winning hit against the Twins in the Red Sox’s 5-4 victory at Fenway Park. The embattled Boston outfielder has caused much consternation in the Red Sox nation this week due to his refusal to play and hustle for his short-handed team.
2005 Among thousands of high-spirited Red Sox and Cubs fans, the Baseball Hall of Fame, with 48 of its members sitting on the dais, enshrines Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg. Also inducted are Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, and sportswriter and broadcast analyst Peter Gammons, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
2005 Brothers Bengie and Jose Molina both homer in the Angels’ 8-7 loss at Yankee Stadium. The Anaheim teammates each go deep off southpaw Randy Johnson, a future Hall of Famer, to accomplish the feat.
2006 With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, Orlando Hudson hits a home run from both sides of home plate. Batting left-handed, the Diamondbacks’ second baseman goes deep off Mark Prior in the third inning for his first career grand slam, then hitting right-handed nails a Glendon Rusch pitch for a two-run homer in the seventh contributing to Arizona’s 15-4 victory over the Cubs.
2006 The Dodgers trade infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for 300-game winner Greg Maddux. The last-minute deadline deal, in which the future Hall of Famer waived his no-trade clause, allows the 40-year-old hurler to go to a contender.
2006 Carlos Beltran hits his third grand slam within a calendar month, becoming the ninth player to accomplish the feat. The New York center fielder’s bases-filled homer is the Mets’ sixth, tying the 1996 Expos and 1999 Indians for most by a team in a calendar month.
2007 The trading deadline prompts a busy day for the Braves when they deal eight players in three different transactions, including obtaining Mark Teixeira and southpaw reliever Ron Mahay from the Rangers for the highly touted rookie backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia and four minor leaguers. Atlanta also gets bullpen help from the Royals and Padres, with Octavio Dotel and Royce Ring joining the team for Kyle Davies, who will now pitch for Kansas City, and Wil Ledezma and Will Startup go to San Diego.
2007 Hitting eight home runs in a 16-3 rout of the White Sox, the Yankees tie a franchise record for round-trippers. The Bronx Bombers’ barrage, which includes two long balls by left fielder Hideki Matsui, equals the power surge of the game played in 1939 against the A’s in Philadelphia’s Shibe Park.
2007 Elvis Andrus and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, along with three minor league pitchers, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Beau Jones, are traded by the Braves to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. The trading deadline deal will help build the foundation for Texas’ success in the coming seasons, with Andrus and Feliz playing essential roles on the American League champions teams in 2010 and 2011.
2008 At Yankee Stadium, a trio of Angels hit three-run home runs as the team blasts the Bronx Bombers, 12-6. The homers, all hit by LA’s outfielders, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, and Juan Rivera, account for nine of the dozen runs as the club improves its record to 68-40, the best in baseball.
2008 In a surprise trading-deadline deal, the Reds send future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox in exchange for right-hander Nick Masset and minor league infield prospect Danny Richar. The All-Star outfielder, who had to approve the move to Chicago, is completing his final season of a nine-year contract and didn’t expect Cincinnati to pick up the $16.5 million club option for 2009.
2008 In a three-team swap, Boston finally accomplishes the much-anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez from Beantown, trading the unhappy outfielder to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute trading deadline deal.
2009 In a stunning last-minute deal, the White Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the Padres for four pitching prospects, Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, presently on the disabled list, had previously refused to waive his no-trade clause to join Chicago in a similar deal proposed in May.
2009 The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30 year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.
2010 Needing a home run to complete the sixth cycle in franchise history, Carlos Gonzalez, the leading hitter in the National League, belts a game-ending round-tripper against Cubs’ closer Sean Marshall that gives the Rockies a 6-5 comeback victory. ‘CarGo,’ who becomes the fifth player to complete the cycle with a walk-off home run, smashes the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the ninth 462 feet into the third deck, making the monstrous shot the 29th to land there in the 11-year history of Coors Field.
2011 In a five-player deal, the Braves, hoping to add offensive punch during their run for the NL Wild Card, obtain Michael Bourn from the last-place Astros. The speedy center fielder, who is currently hitting .303 and has a major league-leading 39 stolen bases, gives the team its first bonafide leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal left after the 2005 season.
2011 The Braves become only the second team in big-league history with 10,000 losses, along with the Phillies, who reached the milestone in 2007. The franchise recently collected its 10,000th victory, including the wins during their tenure in Boston and Milwaukee.
2011 Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.
2011 The Red Sox (66-40) continue their winning ways when they beat Chicago at Fenway Park, 5-3. The eventual World Champs end the month with a 20-6 record, the team’s best July since 1952.
2012 With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.
2013 The Rangers complete a three-game sweep of the Angels when Adrian Beltre leads off the ninth inning with a home run, giving the team a 2-1 walk-off victory. Texas won each of the Arlington contests of the series with a game-ending round-tripper, marking the first time the feat has been accomplished since 1999 when the Diamondbacks swept the Expos at the Bank One Ballpark.
2014 On Facebook, 29 year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become a catalyst that sparks a call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness of ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
2016 With the winning run on third with only one out and the team tied at 6 with the Mariners in the bottom of the 12th, Cubs skipper Jon Maddon goes to the bench, sending up poor-hitting pitcher Jon Lester to pinch-hit. The left-hander, a .051 hitter in 216 career at-bats, doesn’t disappoint when he lays down a perfect squeeze bunt, giving Chicago a dramatic 7-6 walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.
2016 The Brooklyn Cyclones honor Wilmer Flores with a bobblehead commemorating his emotional roller coaster at the end of July last season. The 23-year-old Venezuelan infielder, believing the Brewers had traded for him, cried on the field, but three days later, hit a walk-off homer to lift the team, beginning a sweep over the division-leading Nationals, that will put the jubilant Mets in first place for the rest of the season.
2019 At the trading deadline, the Diamondbacks send Zack Greinke and cash to the Houston Astros for minor leaguers Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas, Joshua Rojas, and Corbin Martin, a rookie right-handed starter. The 2009 Cy Young Award winner, who will post an 8-1 mark for the eventual AL champs, joins the top of a very talented rotation with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the winner and runner up for this season’s prestigious pitcher award in the American League.
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|Tampa Bay||62||42||.596||0.5||32 – 20||30 – 22||28 – 17||11 – 5||13 – 15||7 – 3||W 2|
|NY Yankees||54||48||.529||7.5||27 – 23||27 – 25||22 – 29||13 – 6||12 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|Toronto||52||48||.520||8.5||23 – 22||29 – 26||23 – 26||5 – 6||10 – 12||4 – 6||W 2|
|Baltimore||36||66||.353||25.5||17 – 31||19 – 35||12 – 26||7 – 18||11 – 14||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||61||43||.587||–||36 – 17||25 – 26||13 – 7||34 – 20||9 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Cleveland||50||50||.500||9||26 – 23||24 – 27||8 – 13||26 – 17||8 – 12||3 – 7||L 1|
|Detroit||50||56||.472||12||29 – 23||21 – 33||5 – 6||23 – 34||17 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|Kansas City||45||57||.441||15||28 – 25||17 – 32||9 – 15||23 – 28||5 – 11||8 – 2||L 1|
|Minnesota||43||61||.413||18||24 – 30||19 – 31||6 – 7||23 – 30||10 – 19||3 – 7||L 3|
|Houston||64||40||.615||–||34 – 20||30 – 20||16 – 12||15 – 9||30 – 14||8 – 2||W 3|
|Oakland||59||46||.562||5.5||30 – 24||29 – 22||13 – 13||13 – 4||24 – 23||6 – 4||W 3|
|Seattle||56||48||.538||8||33 – 23||23 – 25||13 – 8||12 – 13||26 – 18||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Angels||51||52||.495||12.5||29 – 25||22 – 27||11 – 11||16 – 8||16 – 28||5 – 5||L 2|
|Texas||36||67||.350||27.5||23 – 27||13 – 40||11 – 13||8 – 15||14 – 27||1 – 9||L 2|
|NY Mets||54||48||.529||–||32 – 19||22 – 29||21 – 21||12 – 13||14 – 6||5 – 5||L 2|
|Philadelphia||51||52||.495||3.5||31 – 21||20 – 31||27 – 27||12 – 7||6 – 9||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||51||53||.490||4||26 – 26||25 – 27||28 – 27||16 – 10||4 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Washington||48||55||.466||6.5||28 – 25||20 – 30||21 – 19||10 – 10||9 – 19||4 – 6||W 1|
|Miami||44||59||.427||10.5||24 – 24||20 – 35||19 – 22||6 – 13||16 – 12||4 – 6||L 2|
|Milwaukee||62||42||.596||–||29 – 24||33 – 18||9 – 11||30 – 17||19 – 6||7 – 3||W 4|
|Cincinnati||55||49||.529||7||26 – 26||29 – 23||8 – 6||30 – 18||10 – 20||7 – 3||W 4|
|St. Louis||52||51||.505||9.5||29 – 20||23 – 31||14 – 13||19 – 21||15 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||50||55||.476||12.5||31 – 21||19 – 34||11 – 15||22 – 27||14 – 9||3 – 7||L 4|
|Pittsburgh||39||64||.379||22.5||22 – 29||17 – 35||11 – 11||11 – 29||9 – 17||3 – 7||W 1|
|San Francisco||64||39||.621||–||33 – 17||31 – 22||13 – 7||14 – 10||28 – 16||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||62||43||.590||3||33 – 18||29 – 25||13 – 7||10 – 10||30 – 20||4 – 6||L 2|
|San Diego||60||46||.566||5.5||35 – 21||25 – 25||11 – 12||16 – 14||24 – 18||5 – 5||L 1|
|Colorado||45||59||.433||19.5||33 – 20||12 – 39||5 – 8||11 – 16||20 – 29||4 – 6||W 1|
|Arizona||33||71||.317||31.5||20 – 30||13 – 41||8 – 15||12 – 17||12 – 31||7 – 3||W 2|
|Orlando City SC||16||8||4||4||26||21||5||5-2-1||3-2-3||28|
|New York City FC||15||8||2||5||30||16||14||6-1-2||2-1-3||26|
|Inter Miami CF||13||2||3||8||10||23||-13||0-2-5||2-1-3||9|
|Los Angeles FC||16||6||5||5||22||19||3||4-4-1||2-1-4||23|
|Real Salt Lake||14||5||5||4||24||16||8||3-4-2||2-1-2||20|
|Connecticut Sun||14||6||.700||—||8-1||6-5||9-3||6-4||2 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||10||.500||4.0||3-6||7-4||8-4||7-3||2 L|
|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|