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Lightning win Game 5, deny Avs chance to take Stanley Cup

DENVER (AP) The Stanley Cup was in the building and just waiting to be paraded around the ice.

Pack it up. It’s heading back to Florida.

The resilient Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5.

Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years.

“That’s what good teams do – you find a way,” Lightning forward Corey Perry said. “Keep plugging along. This is fun. This is what hockey’s all about, different guys stepping up at different times.”

Game 6 is Sunday night in Tampa. The Lightning trail the best-of-seven series 3-2.

“Listen, this is a huge challenge for us,” Lightning forward Pat Maroon said. “An exciting challenge, too. You’ve got to be excited for this challenge and embrace it.”

The Cup was all shined up and ready for the moment – almost beckoning to the Avalanche from the side. It’s back on the road for the Avalanche, where they’re 8-1 so far in their playoff run.

“We have belief in our room that we can win every game we go out and play,” defenseman Devon Toews said. “We feel like we had a decent game tonight, pretty good game. Obviously it wasn’t enough tonight.”

Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado. Makar’s third-period tally bounced off the skate of Erik Cernak and through the pads of Vasilevskiy to tie it at 2.

That set the stage for Palat, whose shot slipped through the pads of Darcy Kuemper. It was Palat’s 16th career go-ahead playoff goal, which trails only Brayden Point (18) in franchise history.

“I thought I played it well, slid over,” Kuemper said. “It just found a little hole.”

Tampa Bay regrouped after an emotional Game 4 loss at home on a overtime goal from Colorado forward Nazem Kadri. The Lightning felt the Avalanche might have had too many players on the ice on the winner.

A similar too-many-players-on-the-ice scenario unfolded Friday – and this time it was called. With 2:43 remaining, the Lightning went on the power play and made it so that Colorado couldn’t pull Kuemper until the final moments. They weathered the Avalanche’s late barrage.

Just the Lightning showing their championship mettle. They’ve already rallied back from a 3-2 deficit to Toronto in the first round, and climbed out of a 2-0 hole against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.

Completing this comeback series win would put them in an entirely different category. Only one team has rallied to capture a Game 7 in the final after trailing 3-1 in a series – the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

This is a gritty Lightning squad that’s showing no signs of slowing down against a speedy Avalanche team and even after all the contests they’ve logged. Tampa Bay has played in 67 postseason games since the start of the first round in 2020, nearly an entire extra season.

Their resolve has impressed Lightning coach Jon Cooper. His team improved to 3-0 this season when facing potential elimination games.

“The mental fortitude you have to have to play in the environment they just played in, there’s a reason these guys have a couple rings on their fingers,” Cooper said.

The Avalanche are trying to capture their first title since 2001. The Avalanche fans were out in full force – both inside the building (an upper-level ticket on game day was going for around $1,500) and outside at a nearby watch party.

“It’s not supposed to be easy and it’s not going to be easy,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “We knew that coming into this. We knew that coming into tonight. … Short memory in the playoffs and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Avalanche are 2 for 2 in their visits to the Stanley Cup Final. They also won in 1996, which was their inaugural season in Denver after relocating from Quebec.

Soon after Nichushkin tied it at 1-apiece in the second, Kucherov knocked in a goal off the post. The power-play goal was with Alex Killorn in the box for holding, along with J.T. Compher (holding the stick) and Makar (tripping), making for a 4-on-3 situation.

Bednar wasn’t exactly thrilled with the call on Makar.

“There was no intent there. I don’t even think he was checking that guy,” Bednar said. “Look to me like he kind of tripped over a stick. It’s a tough one.”

Kuemper finished with 26 saves.

“He was OK,” Bednar said. “I’d like to see him get the first one, obviously.”

That first one would be Rutta’s score less than five minutes into the game that zapped some of the energy from the crowd. It was his first goal of these playoffs.

“We’ve been here. Have we been down 3-1? No,” Cooper said. “But we’ve been in these situations where we know the feeling of being in an elimination game.”

AP source: Chicago aims for Canadiens assistant Richardson

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks are nearing a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defenseman to help lead their already painful rebuilding process.

Richardson and the Blackhawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with the talks, and the move could be finalized as soon as next week. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed.

Richardson, 53, played for six teams during 21 years in the league, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games. He was selected by Toronto with the No. 7 overall pick in the 1987 draft.

Richardson retired during the 2008-09 season and joined Ottawa’s coaching staff. He was the head coach for the Senators’ AHL affiliate from 2012 to 2016.

Richardson, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was an assistant on Montreal’s coaching staff for the previous four seasons. When Dominique Ducharme was diagnosed with COVID-19 during the 2021 playoffs, Richardson took over as coach for six games and helped lead the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993.

“He’s a tremendous person. He did a heck of a job coming in when Dom went out with COVID,” said Tampa Bay forward Corey Perry, who played for Montreal last season. “Guys are going to respect him. He’s been around the game a long time. He knows the game really well.”

Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015, but it has fallen on hard times in recent years. It began this past season with playoff aspirations, but stumbled to a 1-9-2 start on its way to a 28-42-12 record and a seventh-place finish in the Central Division.

Longtime general manager Stan Bowman resigned in October in the wake of a report by an outside law firm that found the organization mishandled allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010.

Kyle Davidson was elevated to the interim job before officially taking over on March 1. Norm Maciver joined the front office as an associate GM in March, and Jeff Greenberg was hired for the same role in April.

Richardson would replace Derek King, who finished the season as the interim coach after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6. King was in the mix for the job after leading the Blackhawks to a 27-33-10 record.

There are major questions at goaltender and along the lines, which could have a dramatically different look next season if the team decides to trade stars Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews for more long-term assets.

Take two: Steve Clifford returns to Hornets as head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte.

Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA’s Hornets four years after being fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night.

Charlotte previously agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson to become head coach, but Atkinson later informed the team he was not taking the job citing family reasons.

“I’m happy to be returning to Charlotte, and I want to thank Michael Jordan, Mitch Kupchak and Buzz Peterson for this opportunity,” Clifford said in a release. “This is an exciting young team with a lot of talented pieces. Charlotte is a great city and I know first-hand the passion that Hornets fans have for this franchise. I can’t wait to get back to town and start working with our players.”

The 60-year-old Clifford spent five seasons coaching the Hornets from 2013-18, compiling a 196-214 record with a team that included Kemba Walker.

He led the Hornets to two playoff appearances prior to being dismissed in 2018 when Kupchak arrived as general manager. Clifford coached the Orlando Magic from 2018-21, reaching the playoffs twice. He spent last season as a coaching consultant for the Brooklyn Nets.

Clifford is 292-345 in eight seasons as an NBA coach.

His best season in Charlotte came in 2015-16 when the Hornets went 48-34 and lost in seven games to the Miami Heat in the first round the playoffs.

Team owner Michael Jordan met Wednesday with Clifford, who left the team on good terms in 2018.

Clifford, known as a defensive-minded coach, inherits a team that eighth on offense last season but 22nd on defense. The Hornets gave up 132 points in a 29-point loss to the Hawks in the play-in elimination game last season, which didn’t sit well with Jordan.

The Hornets finished sixth, 10th, ninth, 17th and 17th in defensive rating during Clifford’s five seasons.

During his eight seasons as an NBA head coach, Clifford’s teams have never finished outside the top five in the league in fewest turnovers committed, and in seven of his eight campaigns his team finished in the top two in offensive rebounds allowed and the top five in defensive rebound percentage.

Kupchak said he expects the Hornets to continue to play at a high pace.

“Steve is committed to playing with the same offensive pace that our fans are accustomed to seeing the last few years,” Kupchak said. “We are confident that he will be able to help our young players continue to grow as we look to take the next step as a team.”

Clifford inherits a team that is arguably more talented than any of his previous Charlotte teams with All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges anchoring the squad.

Atkinson’s decision to the renege on his contract on Saturday shocked the Hornets and sent them scrambling for a replacement.

Kupchak said that it was “disappointing,” but that in some ways he’s grateful it happened when it did.

“I think he would have been a good pick, but if he’s not comfortable here I would rather find out now than a year from now,” Kupchak said Thursday night during the NBA draft.

Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts were also in consideration for the job.

Kupchak orchestrated the team’s draft this year without a head coach in place, but said it was not a big deal and that in the pas years he’s worked with coaches who aren’t even in the draft room.

Charlotte team traded its 13th overall pick to the New York Knicks for a future first round pick and four second round picks and then took Duke center Mark Williams at No. 15. Charlotte added Nebraska guard Bryce McGowens in the second round after Kupchak made another trade.

“The roster is really what wins games,” Kupchak said. “A good coach is going to help with the roster, but the most important thing is to get the roster together.”

The general manager said Atkinson’s decision reminded him of when Steve Kerr turned down the Knicks coaching job, only to go to Golden State where he’s won four NBA titles.

“It looks like (Kerr) make a good decision to take the job at Golden State,” Kupchak said with a laugh. “So maybe Kenny spoke to Steve, and Steve said, `Hey, maybe things will work out this way for you.’ I don’t know.”

Kupchak also pointed out NFL coach Bill Belichick abruptly resigning before his introductory news conference with the New York Jets in 2000. Belichick went on to coach the New England Patriots and win six Super bowls.

“That was a good decision, too. So maybe Kenny is on to something,” Kupchak quipped.

Atkinson has not responded to interview requests from the AP seeking comment about his decision to back out of the agreement. However, Kerr told NBC Sports that Atkinson turned down the job because he didn’t want to uproot his family again.

Bears LB Adams arrested, charged with firearm possession

CHICAGO (AP) Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested and charged with misdemeanor firearm possession, Chicago police said Friday.

Police said they recovered a weapon during a search of his vehicle in downtown Chicago on Thursday evening. He was also cited for possessing a high-capacity magazine within the city limits and metal-piercing bullets, a municipal code violation. Adams has a court date scheduled for Aug. 24.

The Bears said they were made aware of the arrest Friday morning and are “gathering more information.”

“We will refrain from making any further comment at this time,” the team added.

Adams signed with Chicago in April after spending his first four seasons in Indianapolis and followed new coach Matt Eberflus to the Bears. Eberflus replaced the fired Matt Nagy after spending the past four seasons as the Colts’ defensive coordinator.

Chicago also has a new general manager, with Ryan Poles taking over after Ryan Pace was fired. The Bears went 6-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years.

Ashcraft goes 8, Reds beat Giants 4-2 to halt 7-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft bounced back from two poor starts, pitching a career-high eight innings to help the Cincinnati Reds stop their seven-game losing streak Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Nick Senzel drove in two runs and Mike Moustakas scored twice to pace the Cincinnati offense.

Ashcraft (4-1) gave up only a two-out homer to Evan Longoria in the fourth inning and an RBI single to Mike Yastrzemski in the eighth. The latter followed a double-play comebacker Ashcraft induced from Tommy La Stella to dampen a potential Giants rally.

“That changed the inning,” Ashcraft said.

He appreciated the decision by manager David Bell to leave him in for the eighth.

“That shows he’s starting to get trust in me,” Ashcraft said.

Hunter Strickland worked the ninth against his former team for his third save.

“Like I told some of the guys: Strickland and I were hanging out last night, and he said, `You’re going to go eight, and I’m gonna come in for the ninth and shut them out,'” Ashcraft said.

Ashcraft permitted six hits and walked none while striking out eight. He gave up 10 runs and 17 hits over 9 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

“I was able to locate my fastball and I was beating them with it,” Ashcraft said. “I was mixing in sliders, and that was throwing them off and keeping them on their toes.”

San Francisco’s last 10 games, six of them defeats, have been decided by two runs or fewer. These were the type of games the Giants won routinely last season on the way to a franchise-best 107-55 record.

“I think it’s fairly straightforward – making one more play. We probably made that one more play last year,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Getting that one more hit. We probably got that one more hit last year. Making one more pitch. We probably did that more last year. That’s still in there. That talent level and those big moments haven’t gone away. We just have to keep working to find them.”

Cincinnati opened the scoring with two runs in the second off starter Alex Cobb (3-3). Kyle Farmer reached on an infield single and scored on Moustakas’ double. Senzel also doubled to knock in Moustakas.

Senzel and Jonathan India executed a double steal to set up a run-scoring groundout by Donovan Solano in the fifth. That was the final run charged to Cobb, who went 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits while walking one and striking out four.

Moustakas doubled again in the sixth off left-hander Jake McGee and came home on Senzel’s single.


San Francisco recalled RHP Yunior Marte from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned RHP Zack Littell to the same club.

Littell yielded three runs in four innings spanning his last two appearances, including a 40-pitch stint in the second one.

“Zack has pitched a lot for us, and this last outing was relatively taxing,” Kapler said before the game. “I don’t think it’s any secret we want to be in a position to protect our bullpen, and today we felt we needed to get an arm on the roster that could give us two, two-plus innings if necessary.”


Reds: Placed RHP Jeff Hoffman on the injured list and recalled RHP Jared Solomon to fill his spot. … LHP Nick Lodolo (low back strain) is scheduled to make his fourth rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville at Toledo. “He’s going to make one more start and then be back the first week of July as a starter with us,” Bell said. “Around the 4th or 5th if everything goes well next time out.”

Giants: SS Brandon Crawford returned to the lineup. He exited Tuesday’s game at Atlanta with a bruised left knee following a collision with catcher Travis d’Arnaud. … OF LaMonte Wade Jr. went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and two RBIs as the DH with Triple-A Sacramento in a rehab game Thursday. He was expected to play the outfield for seven innings Friday. “We’ve seen with LaMonte that we want him to feel confident in his performance and his health,” Kapler said. “And when we bring him back to the major league level, we want him to feel like he can do everything he needs to do on the baseball field without any restrictions. And so we’re going to be patient with that.”


Reds LHP Mike Minor (1-3, 6.97 ERA) faces Giants RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.26) on Saturday.

Hendricks carries shutout into 8th, Cubs blank Cardinals 3-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Kyle Hendricks carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Nico Hoerner homered to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Ian Happ also drove in a run for Chicago, which has won two of three.

Hendricks (3-6) continued his mastery over the Cardinals, who had won 12 of the previous 17 against the Cubs. He gave up five hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out six and walked one. Hendricks improved to 13-3 in 25 lifetime starts against his NL Central rivals, his most victories against any team.

He says there is no logical reason for his success against St. Louis.

“I’ve just got to keep getting lucky against them,” Hendricks said. “Use what I did today and build on it.”

Chicago manager David Ross believes Hendricks simply knows the Cardinals inside and out.

“Some teams have your number, and some that you feel like you pitch pretty good against,” Ross said. “In game, in season, in division, maybe that has a lot to do with it. Just facing the team a lot, you kind of know how you want to work them, how you have worked them and you know where their holes are.”

Hendricks had given up six or more earned runs in four of 13 starts entering the contest. His last win came in a 6-0 triumph over San Diego on May 9.

Hendricks is 6-1 all-time in St. Louis.

“I did a better job of establishing the fastball and throwing strikes with it,” Hendricks said.

St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has seen enough of Hendricks, who has recorded 18 quality starts in 25 starts against the Cardinals.

“I’m ready for him to retire,” Marmol said.

Chris Martin worked out of a one-out jam with runners on second and third after replacing Hendricks in the eighth. David Robertson finished for his ninth save in 12 opportunities.

Hoerner drilled a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Andre Pallante (2-3) in the second inning. Hoerner has reached safely in 17 of his last 20 games.

Happ pushed the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth.

Pallante gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked three.

St. Louis has still won 10 of its last 14 home games.

Chicago, which recorded its eighth shutout of the season, improved to 4-4 following a 1-11 skid that ended on June 16.


St. Louis LHP Steven Matz threw a lengthy bullpen session Friday. He’s expected to start at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. He has been out since May 23 with left shoulder impingement.


Cubs: INF David Bote was activated before the game. He started at second base and went 0 for 4. Bote had missed the first 70 games after undergoing left shoulder surgery.

Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen was placed on the 15-day injured list list with right shoulder impingement. LHP Packy Naughton (0-2, 5.40) was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.


St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.64) will face RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 0.00) in the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. Mikolas is 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 12 appearances against the Cubs. Sampson, who will be making his first start of the season, has not allowed a run in two relief appearances covering 5 2/3 innings.

Voth, bullpen combine on 1-hitter as Orioles beat White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Austin Voth and four relievers combined on a one-hitter, Jorge Mateo had a heated exchange with White Sox starter Michael Kopech after getting nailed by a pitch and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago 4-1 on Friday night.

Voth, normally a reliever, went three innings in his second start. He gave up an RBI double to Jake Burger in the second for Chicago’s lone hit and issued the only two walks Baltimore allowed. The Orioles struck out eight.

Joey Krehbiel (3-3) worked 2 1/3 perfect innings before Bryan Baker and Cionel Perez each got four outs. Jorge Lopez pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helping the Orioles win their third straight and fourth in five games.

“They’re pitching with emotion,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “They’re pitching with energy. They’re pitching with a chip on their shoulder. It’s fun to watch them. They have great stuff, but they’re made right, too.”


After outscoring Washington and the White Sox by a combined 11-0 over the previous two games, the Orioles cruised in this one, too.

The only real drama occurred in the second inning, after Kopech (2-4) retired the first two batters. He had a 1-2 count when he nailed Mateo near the left shoulder and upper back with a similar pitch to the one that got Chicago’s Josh Harrison on Thursday.

Mateo had some words for Kopech, though he didn’t think he was hit on purpose. The benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Hyde argued with crew chief Marvin Hudson, and both teams were issued warnings.

Mateo stole second and came around on a single by Richie Martin to make it 2-0.

“I don’t know what happened there, what were they thinking. But I really don’t think it was intentional,” Mateo said through a translator.

Why was he angry?

“In the heat of the moment, it’s normal,” he said. “People start talking, saying stuff. You feel something. You feel uncomfortable. But it’s normal in the heat of the moment.”

Kopech insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Mateo, particularly with with two outs and two strikes on a hitter who came into the game with a .198 average.

“Some guys hopped the rail and started talking,” he said. “That’s why things escalated.”


Cedric Mullins led off the game with a bunt single and scored on a wild pitch in the first.

Prized rookie Adley Rutschman doubled in the fourth and scored on a balk. Austin Hays added an RBI double in the eighth to extend the lead to 4-1.


The White Sox dropped their third in a row, and Kopech lost his second straight start. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and three hits.


Orioles: Placed struggling rookie RHP Kyle Bradish (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day injured list and recalled right-hander Marcos Diplan from Triple-A Norfolk. Hyde said Bradish, who is 1-4 with a 7.38 ERA in 10 starts, felt some soreness following a side session a few days ago. Hyde wasn’t sure what caused the injury, saying “tough to speculate.”

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (right hamstring strain) might be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when he is eligible on Tuesday, manager Tony La Russa said. … CF Luis Robert was back in the lineup after being held out Thursday because of an unspecified injury.


RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 5.79 ERA) tries to find his rhythm for Chicago in his third start after being sidelined by a knee injury in spring training. RHP Spenser Watkins (0-1, 6.00) gets ball for Baltimore with Bradish sidelined, Hyde said.

Verlander pitches Astros to 3-1 win, ends Yanks’ home streak

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Verlander was amped up, throwing nine of his 20 fastest pitches this season.

“Maybe it was the adrenaline,” he said.

Looking as strong as ever in his return season from Tommy John surgery, Verlander pitched four-hit ball over seven innings against the major league-leading Yankees. Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, powering the Houston Astros’ 3-1 victory Friday night that stopped New York’s 15-game home winning streak.

Exactly what the Astros needed, given their worn-down bullpen after Thursday’s late meltdown in the series-opening 7-6 loss. Asked during batting practice how he would navigate through his relievers, Astros manager Dusty Baker quipped: “My navigation system is Verlander.”

Verlander positioned Houston well.

With wife Kate Upton watching from a first-row seat behind the plate in the Yankees’ season-high crowd of 47,528, Verlander (9-3) averaged 95.5 mph with his fastball, up from 94.8 mph coming in. The 39-year-old right-hander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out three and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.22.

“That’s why he’s going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said after going 0 for 3 against Verlander. “He continues to bring it every single start.”

Verlander mixed 64 fastballs, 24 sliders, 11 curveballs and three changeups.

“I thought the fastball was really good,” he said. “I thought the slider was kind of hit and miss, and the curveball got me some big outs when I needed it.”

New York (52-19), which lost for just the fourth time in its last 23 games overall, got its run on a fastball in the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite-field drive into the right field second deck for the second night in a row, his 16th home run this season.

Phil Maton pitched out of trouble in the eighth, striking out Judge on a curveball with one on, and Stanton and Josh Donaldson, both on sliders, to strand two runners.

Rafael Montero, pitching for a third straight day for the first time this season, walked Aaron Hicks with one out and pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter with two outs. Montero retired DJ LeMahieu on a groundout for his fifth save.

Luis Severino (4-2) escaped two-on jams in the fourth and fifth – shouting demonstrably both times – then allowed Alex Bregman’s one-out double in the sixth. Pitching carefully, Severino walked Yordan Alvarez and threw a first-pitch fastball that Tucker drove into the right-field seats.

“Against a team like this and against a pitcher like Verlander,” Severino said, “you have to minimize those mistakes.”

Tucker’s home run was his 14th.

“He threw it down and in,” Tucker said, “but I was able to get to it.”


Judge agreed to a $19 million, one-year contract with the Yankees that avoided an arbitration hearing.


Donaldson got into a verbal confrontation with another opponent after he didn’t run hard out of the box on his second-inning double that hopped the right-center wall and flipped his bat into catcher Jason Castro. At the end of the inning, Donaldson cupped a hand to an ear while looking at the Astros dugout, then shrugged shoulders.

Donaldson referred to White Sox star Tim Anderson as “Jackie” on May 21 – a reference to Jackie Robinson – earning the third baseman a one-game suspension.


Hicks, moved to left field from center for much of this season, sprinted 66 feet to make a leaping, sprawling backhand catch in the left-field corner to rob Jose Altuve of an extra-base hit leading off the fourth. In the middle of the infield, Severino raised both arms and screamed.


Jake Meyers started in center and went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts from the No. 9 slot in his first major league action since Game 4 of last year’s AL Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, when he injured his left shoulder Meyers hit .250 with three homers and four RBIs during a 14-game injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Sugar Land.


Astros: To make room for Meyers, outfielder Jose Siri was optioned to Sugar Land and outfielder Dillon Thomas was designated for assignment. … RHP Jake Ordorizzi to Sugar Land (PCL) on a rehab assignment. … SS Jeremy Pena, sidelined since June 13 by an injured left thumb, could be actvated Saturday.

Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) struck out one in an eight-pitch seventh inning for Double-A Somerset, his first game action since May 22.


RHP Gerritt Cole (6-1, 3.14) starts for the Yankees on Saturday after taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning at Tampa Bay. RHP Cristian Javier (4-3, 3.07) starts for the Astros.

Turner homers, Dodgers stop Braves 4-1 in Freeman’s return

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman was smiling after his long, emotional day.

At the end of a night that included a lot of tears, Freeman was happy because he felt good about showing his appreciation to Atlanta fans – and playing well for his new Los Angeles team.

Trea Turner had three hits, including a home run, Freeman reached base three times in his return to Atlanta and the Dodgers beat the Braves 4-1 on Friday in a rematch of the past two NL Championship Series.

“I’m exhausted, emotionally exhausted, but what a wonderful evening for my family,” Freeman said.

Dodgers reliever Daniel Hudson exited in the eighth with what manager Dave Roberts said is a season-ending left knee injury. Roberts said Hudson tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

The loss of Hudson takes away a top setup man. Hudson, who has five saves and a 2.22 ERA, fell to the ground while attempting to react to a dribbler hit by Ronald Acuna Jr., who reached on the infield hit.

The Dodgers got more bad news before the game when left-hander Andrew Heaney was placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

Freeman received standing ovations from the sellout crowd of 42,105 before the game and before his first at-bat. The longtime Braves star had one hit, a sixth-inning single. He walked twice and scored two runs.

“It’s hard to describe how I felt in that moment,” Freeman said of receiving his first ovation. “Just a lot of love.”

Freeman was presented his 2021 World Series ring by Braves manager Brian Snitker in a pregame ceremony. The slugger tipped his cap and raised his arms to the crowd and said he was also careful to spend as much time as possible signing autographs before the game.

Julio Urias (5-6) handed the Braves just their fourth loss in June, allowing one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.

“We know how good they are,” Urias said through a translator. “We know how potent their offense can be. We went out with a plan and executed it.”

Snitker said he was impressed Urias “never quit pitching” even when he began to tire in the sixth.

The Braves, who remained four games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East, fell to 18-4 this month.

Turner led off the game with a single and scored on Will Smith’s single. Freeman walked and scored on Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly.

Trea Turner hit his 10th homer in the fifth, giving him three hits for the second consecutive game.

Freeman, the 2020 NL MVP, was overcome with emotion in a pregame news conference as he said, “I love the Braves organization with all my heart. That will never change.”

The first baseman signed a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers in the offseason after he was unable to reach an agreement with the Braves.

The Braves loaded the bases against Urias in the sixth. Acuna reached on an infield hit, moved to third on Dansby Swanson’s bloop single and scored on Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly. Urias struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the inning.

Right-hander Brusdar Graterol, who replaced Hudson in the eighth, stranded Acuna on third base when Austin Riley hit into a double play.


Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (6-4) struggled with his control as he allowed four runs in four-plus innings and was handed his first loss since May 22. Anderson had six strikeouts with four walks, and 40 of his 88 pitches were balls.

Snitker said Anderson was “just a little scattered” while giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in the first. “I was just hoping to get another inning out of him,” Snitker said.


Olson, Atlanta’s replacement for Freeman, led off the ninth with his second hit, a single. Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel recovered with three quick outs to earn his 13th save in 14 chances.


Dodgers: RHP Reyes Moronta was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City after Heaney was placed on the injured list. RHP Mitch White will be recalled to start Saturday night’s game. Roberts said Heaney felt soreness in his shoulder while throwing in the bullpen Thursday and will be shut down for a few days. “I don’t foresee it being long,” Roberts said.


Braves LHP Max Fried (7-2, 2.77 ERA) will start against White (1-1, 3.86). White has appeared in nine games, including four starts, for Los Angeles. Fried is 2-2 with a 3.30 ERA in six career regular-season starts against the Dodgers.

Voth, bullpen combine on 1-hitter as Orioles beat White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Austin Voth and four relievers combined on a one-hitter, Jorge Mateo had a heated exchange with White Sox starter Michael Kopech after getting nailed by a pitch and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago 4-1 on Friday night.

Voth, normally a reliever, went three innings in his second start. He gave up an RBI double to Jake Burger in the second for Chicago’s lone hit and issued the only two walks Baltimore allowed. The Orioles struck out eight.

Joey Krehbiel (3-3) worked 2 1/3 perfect innings before Bryan Baker and Cionel Perez each got four outs. Jorge Lopez pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, helping the Orioles win their third straight and fourth in five games.

“They’re pitching with emotion,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “They’re pitching with energy. They’re pitching with a chip on their shoulder. It’s fun to watch them. They have great stuff, but they’re made right, too.”


After outscoring Washington and the White Sox by a combined 11-0 over the previous two games, the Orioles cruised in this one, too.

The only real drama occurred in the second inning, after Kopech (2-4) retired the first two batters. He had a 1-2 count when he nailed Mateo near the left shoulder and upper back with a similar pitch to the one that got Chicago’s Josh Harrison on Thursday.

Mateo had some words for Kopech, though he didn’t think he was hit on purpose. The benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Hyde argued with crew chief Marvin Hudson, and both teams were issued warnings.

Mateo stole second and came around on a single by Richie Martin to make it 2-0.

“I don’t know what happened there, what were they thinking. But I really don’t think it was intentional,” Mateo said through a translator.

Why was he angry?

“In the heat of the moment, it’s normal,” he said. “People start talking, saying stuff. You feel something. You feel uncomfortable. But it’s normal in the heat of the moment.”

Kopech insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Mateo, particularly with with two outs and two strikes on a hitter who came into the game with a .198 average.

“Some guys hopped the rail and started talking,” he said. “That’s why things escalated.”


Cedric Mullins led off the game with a bunt single and scored on a wild pitch in the first.

Prized rookie Adley Rutschman doubled in the fourth and scored on a balk. Austin Hays added an RBI double in the eighth to extend the lead to 4-1.


The White Sox dropped their third in a row, and Kopech lost his second straight start. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and three hits.


Orioles: Placed struggling rookie RHP Kyle Bradish (right shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day injured list and recalled right-hander Marcos Diplan from Triple-A Norfolk. Hyde said Bradish, who is 1-4 with a 7.38 ERA in 10 starts, felt some soreness following a side session a few days ago. Hyde wasn’t sure what caused the injury, saying “tough to speculate.”

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (right hamstring strain) might be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when he is eligible on Tuesday, manager Tony La Russa said. … CF Luis Robert was back in the lineup after being held out Thursday because of an unspecified injury.


RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 5.79 ERA) tries to find his rhythm for Chicago in his third start after being sidelined by a knee injury in spring training. RHP Spenser Watkins (0-1, 6.00) gets ball for Baltimore with Bradish sidelined, Hyde said.

Arroyo has three RBIs in return, Red Sox beat Guardians 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Christian Arroyo hit a two-run homer in the seventh and had three RBIs in his return from the COVID-19 injured list, powering the surging Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night.

Arroyo’s go-ahead homer to left-center off Bryan Shaw (3-1) gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead, paving the way for their fifth straight win and moving them a season-high nine games over .500. Boston is 17-4 in June and 30-12 since May 10.

“We’re going to find a way to win because we’re a good ballclub,” said Arroyo, who had been sidelined for eight games. “With the powerful lineup we have, it’s all about taking your place and keeping the line going. That’s what I did.”

Nick Pivetta (8-5) allowed two runs in seven innings, scattering nine hits, in his first career outing against Cleveland. The right-hander struck out four without a walk and is 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Boston carried a 6-2 advantage into the ninth, but closer Tanner Houck gave up an RBI single to rookie Steven Kwan before retiring Amed Rosario and Jose Ramirez back-to-back with the bases loaded.

“With Cleveland, every game is like that,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We were fortunate that Ramirez swung at a pitch that probably was a ball and grounded out.”

Andres Gimenez hit a solo homer and scored two runs for the Guardians, who have won 17 of 23 and remain atop the AL Central. Rosario and Franmil Reyes had two hits apiece, and Myles Straw added an RBI single.

Ramirez, who leads the AL with 62 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 13 games while playing through right thumb soreness. The three-time All-Star initially jammed the thumb in early June.

“I’ll take my chances with Josey up there a lot of times,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “We just couldn’t get a big hit when we needed it.”

Arroyo went 3 for 4 and drove in the first run when he was hit by Cal Quantrill’s pitch with the bases loaded in the second. The shortstop later made a heady play, catching Rosario off the bag at second and tagging him out when they unintentionally collided.

“It kind of was like self-defense, so he didn’t truck me,” Arroyo said, laughing. “I didn’t see where his foot was, but I saw him do a little hop-step and that’s when I tagged him.”

Rafael Devers led off the third with a homer, his 17th of the season, and Rob Refsnyder doubled home a run for Boston. Alex Verdugo added a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Quantrill pitched five innings, giving up two runs, and exited after rookie right fielder Oscar Gonzalez threw out J.D. Martinez at the plate to complete a double play.

Quantrill (Port Hope, Ontario) and Pivetta (Victoria, British Columbia) comprised the third matchup of Canadian-born starters since 2014.

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who ranks second in baseball with a .335 average, was given the day off.


Cora took note when Ramirez signed a team-friendly, seven-year, $141 million contract in April. “You’ve got to respect that,” Cora said. “He wanted to stay in Cleveland — and he did.” Ramirez is on pace to become the first player with 100 extra-base hits in a season since 2001. “I enjoy watching him play and I love the way he goes about it,” Cora said.


Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip inflammation) will not be activated off the injured list when eligible Saturday and won’t start in Boston’s next series in Toronto. “Whit isn’t feeling well, so it didn’t make sense to push him out there,” Cora said.

Guardians: RHP James Karinchak (right back strain) pitched on back-to-back days for the first time on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. The former Cleveland closer failed to retire any of the three hitters he faced in his second straight appearance.


Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski (2-1, 3.68 ERA) makes his first road appearance in the majors after three outings at Fenway Park. The Toledo, Ohio native made his big league debut on May 28 against Baltimore.

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (3-3, 3.00 ERA) has not lost since May 22, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.23 ERA in his last five starts. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner has 38 strikeouts and four walks during the span.

Judge, Yankees agree to $19 million deal, avoid hearing

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge arrived at the players’ association office in Manhattan for his salary arbitration hearing, set for noon Friday.

“I don’t know who picked that, but kind of bad timing,” he said. “We were logged in, ready to go. All dressed up.”

His hearing never started.

By 12:45 p.m., the star outfielder and the New York Yankees agreed to a $19 million, one-year contract, a deal that leaves the slugger on track to become a free agent after the World Series.

Judge’s deal was struck exactly between the $21 million he asked for and the $17 million the Yankees offered when figures were exchanged on March 22. Judge can make an additional $500,000 in award bonuses: $250,000 for MVP and $250,000 for World Series MVP.

“I was happy we were able to agree on a number and settle this thing and not have to go into court there,” Judge said after Friday night’s 3-1 loss to Houston. “If I would have went in that room, I probably would have missed the game tonight, and that didn’t really sit too well with me. I valued playing this game tonight with my teammates, trying to battle it out.”

Talks on a long-term deal broke off on opening day. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team offered an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, the difference the gap in this year’s proposed salary.

Judge’s representatives wanted a nine-year deal in excess of the average annual value of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s contract, which came out to $319.6 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said at the time.

A long-term deal wasn’t discussed this week.

“That’s for when the season’s done,” Judge said.

Teammates were happy Judge avoided a hearing.

“It’s not good to go in that room,” pitcher Luis Severino said, explaining the session would have forced Judge to hear the Yankees say “why you’re not worth it, why you’re not worth $20-something million.”

Judge is in the midst of perhaps his best season, batting .299 with a major league-leading 27 homers and 53 RBIs in 68 games. On track for his fourth All-Star selection in seven big league seasons, he hit a game-winning single during Thursday night’s 7-6 come-from-behind victory over defending AL champion Houston.

Judge has helped power the Yankees to a major league-best 52-19 record. He also has shifted from right field to become the Yankees’ primary center fielder.

No statistics or evidence from after March 1 were admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, timing set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout.

Judge batted .287 with 39 homers and 98 RBIs last season,.

Now teammates are looking forward to his next deal.

“At least we have him for this year,” Severino said, “and hopefully next year we can sign him back.”

European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open

MUNICH (AP) The European tour banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, on Friday and fined them $120,000.

The tour said any players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. All three of those events are co-sanctioned by the European tour and the PGA, which has suspended players who competed in LIV. They were also fined 100,000 pounds ($123,000).

There could be “further sanctions” if the players continue to compete in LIV without authorization, the European tour said. The next of eight LIV events is in Portland, Oregon, on June 30-July 2.

The fine levied by the European tour is barely more than the minimum prize money in LIV. Placing last of the 48 players paid out $120,000 in the inaugural event at the Centurion course near London – the richest golf tournament in history. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who resigned his PGA Tour membership, raked in $4 million for winning the event and another $750,000 for being on the winning team.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years,” European tour chief executive Keith Pelley said.

“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

Money from the fines will be split between charitable causes and topping-up prize money, the tour said.

The Scottish Open starts July 7 and has a total prize fund of $8 million. The Barbasol Championship the same week in Kentucky and the Barracuda Championship the following week in California each offer a total $3.7 million.

Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka was announced on the entry list for the Scottish Open earlier this month before he opted to join the LIV series, though he has yet to compete in the Saudi-funded events.

The European tour’s announcement came while some players signed to LIV were playing in one of its own events. Some of the European tour’s best-known players were on course Friday at the BMW International Open, including major winners Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. They all played the inaugural LIV event in England.

Xander Schauffele shoots 63 to take 5-shot lead at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Xander Schauffele shot his second straight 7-under 63 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.

The Olympic champion shot a 31 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands with four birdies, then had a 32 on the back, making birdies on 11, 14 and 17.

He has hit 33 of 36 greens in regulation and is the only player in the tournament without a bogey. His closest call came close at the par-3 16th, where he hit his tee shot found the rough behind a greenside bunker.

“It plays really interesting with the wind swirling through there,” Schauffele said. “It was my least committed swing of the week and just really happy to get up and down there and save par.”

Kevin Kisner (64), Nick Hardy (64), defending champion Harris English (65), Cam Davis (66) and Patrick Cantlay (67) were tied for second at 9 under. First-round leaders Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston followed opening 62s with 70s to drop six strokes back.

Cantlay, who shot a 60 at TPC River Highlands as an amateur in 2011, played in the same morning group as English.

“(I’m) still right here in this tournament, and looking forward to the weekend,” Cantlay said. “I enjoy the challenge, and that’s all you can do in golf, is give yourself as many chances as you possibly can.”

English, who won on the eighth hole of a playoff last year, is playing in his third tournament since returning in May from Valentine’s Day surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

“The toughest thing is walking and playing,” English said. “I mean, I feel like back home I can go hit a bunch of balls on the range, but up and down these hills and being on your feet for five or six hours is the toughest part. It’s getting better and better, and I feel like the more I play competitive rounds out here, it’s just going to get stronger.”

Hardy, starting on the back nine had four consecutive birdies on 16, 17, 18 and 1. He also is coming back from injury after damaging the tendon is his left wrist in April.

“I just was in great rhythm,” Hardy said. “That’s kind of been the name of the game for me since I came back. Just being in good rhythm. I think I’m swinging the club well and my mind is in a good spot.”

Kisner had some good luck on 15 when his tee shot went left and rolled toward the course’s signature lake before getting hung up on a microphone cable, inches from the water. He ended up saving par.

“Five shots is not insurmountable but I’m a going to need (Schauffele) to slow down a little bit,” Kisner said.

Schauffele, played one group ahead of McIlroy, who was still leading by a stroke at 13 under before getting into trouble on the 12th hole.

McIlory hit his tee shot left and out of bounds into the woods, then found the deep rough to the right on his next shot. He put the ball into a green-side bunker from there, then chipped out short of the green and into the rough again, before finishing with a quadruple bogey.

He left the hole trailing by three strokes and then found more trouble on the 15th. He went right on his tee shot, finding the high grass, then ran his third shot over the green, down the hill and into the water. He finished that hole with a 6.

But he made birdie on 16, finishing with an even-par 70 when his birdie putt lipped out on 18.

“I should be closer to the lead,” he said. “Feel like I let a lot of guys into the golf tournament because of it.”

The last player to make a quadruple bogey and go on to win a PGA Tour event was Adam Scott at the 2016 Honda Classic. Scott put two shots in the water on the par-3 15th hole.

The cut was at 2 under, with 2017 winner Jordan Spieth ( 1 over) dropping out with Sam Burns (even par), Zach Johnson (4 over) and Jason Day (6 over). —

Chun shoots 69 to lead by 6 at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) After another sparkling start, In Gee Chun finally hit a wayward tee shot – into the thick rough on the eighth hole at Congressional Country Club.

It was the closest she’s come to a shaky stretch through the first two days of the Women’s PGA Championship.

Chun recovered from a couple bogeys on the front nine and shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to increase her lead to six strokes at the tournament’s halfway point. Chun led by five after the first round, equaling the biggest 18-hole advantage in the history of women’s major championships.

Bogeys at Nos. 7 and 8 in the second round prevented her from pulling even further ahead, but she was still impressive in following up Thursday’s stellar performance.

“I really don’t want to think about yesterday. It was almost a perfect game I had,” said Chun, who is 11 under par through two rounds. “If I can think about yesterday, then I feel like I couldn’t make good focus on my game today.”

Lydia Ko (67) and Jennifer Kupcho (68) were second. Kupcho took the first major of the season in early April at the Chevron Championship and won a playoff Sunday in Michigan for her second LPGA Tour title.

Kupcho sounds comfortable having to chase down Chun.

“I think being behind and trying to catch up is better,” she said. “I mean, I had the lead at Chevron by a few strokes, so I know how it feels to be in her position. Being behind is at least my preferred way.”

Caroline Inglis (68) was another stroke back at 4 under, along with Brooke Henderson (69), Hannah Green (69), Sei Young Kim (69) and Jennifer Chang (70).

After wet conditions for the first round brought the course’s length into focus, it was a clear, warm day Friday, and Congressional was a bit more forgiving. Ko’s impressive performance set the tone early on. Like Chun, Ko is trying for her third major title and first since 2016.

Chun began with three birdies in the first five holes. Then she missed the green on the par-3 seventh and took a bogey. On No. 8, a 245-yard par 4, her tee shot went into the rough on the edge of a greenside bunker – the first fairway she’d missed all tournament.

Chun punched out of it backwards, then failed to get up and down for par.

Still, those were her only two bogeys of the round, and she’s kept the field at arm’s length. She finished with a birdie on the 433-yard 18th, hitting a 7-iron at a pin positioned toward the back of the green, just in front of the water.

She made the 10-foot putt for her fifth birdie of the day.

“I really want to make the finish with birdie, so I try and make really good focus. I did everything on that putt,” she said. “That’s why I say I’m so happy I made it.”

Hye-Jin Choi and Pornanong Phatlum both shot 72 after first-round 69s. They now trail by eight.

Lexi Thompson matched Ko with a 67, highlighted by an eagle when she holed out a wedge from 102 yards on the par-4 17th.

“I took one more club extra to control the spin,” Thompson said. “I had spun back a good amount of shots. So I tried to take one more and chip it, and I ended up spinning it back. It was still really going fast with the spin, but ended up going in. I just went off the crowd because we can’t see anything from down there.”

U.S. Women’s Open champ Minjee Lee (68) was with Thompson at 3 under. Defending Women’s PGA champ Nelly Korda (74) was at 1 over.

NOTES: Gerina Mendoza, who shot 79 in the first round, rebounded with a bogey-free 68 to make the cut. … On the wrong side of the cut were Angela Stanford (73), Christina Kim (73), Cristie Kerr (71), Brittany Lincicome (74) and Lizette Salas (72).

Ryan Preece makes it 2 for 2 at Nashville in NASCAR Trucks

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) Ryan Preece won for the second straight year at Nashville Superspeedway and gave David Gilliland Racing its second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night.

Preece moved ahead on the final restart with nine laps left and held off fellow Ford driver Zane Smith.

“It was a little closer than I wanted it to be,” Preece said. “Just old tires, the heat cycles. They were chattering. I had clean air, and I put as much dirty air on him (Smith) as possible. I wasn’t going to give it up.”

Cup driver Todd Gilliland won for his father’s team last week in Iowa on the dirt at Knoxville Raceway.

The 31-year-old Preece, from Berlin, Connecticut, is a reserve driver for Stewart-Haas Racing. He’s racing a limited schedule in NASCAR’s top three series.

“I trophy hunt,” Preece said. “That’s all I show up for. But in my position I think we all know it takes a lot of partners to make opportunities like this possible.”

He has made only eight career Truck starts, winning both of the series’ events – and the guitar trophies – on the 1.33-mile oval. He also has won twice on the Xfinity Series.

“We’ve got a second guitar,” Preece said. “I may have to start a band.”

Carson Hocevar was third, followed by Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen, Christian Eckes, Tyler Ankrum, Max Gutierrez, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton. Gutierrez, from Mexico, made his his second career start.

Smith leads the series standings, 21 points ahead of Nemechek.

Preece earned a $50,000 bonus as part of the Triple Truck Challenge. Nashville marked the second of three races with the Camping World-backed incentive. The program continues at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 9.


Redbirds Score Early and Often to Top Indy, 11-8

INDIANAPOLIS – In a high-scoring affair on Friday night, the Memphis Redbirds used nine unanswered runs over the first four innings to hold off the Indianapolis Indians, 11-8.

Memphis (40-30) built a 9-0 cushion thanks to three consecutive three-run innings in the second, third and fourth. Indianapolis starter Zach Matson (L, 0-1) surrendered two singles in the second before exiting the ballgame, and reliever Travis MacGregor – making his Triple-A debut – served up a three-run homer to Devlin Perez moments later. Memphis’ Clint Coulter added a three-run homer off John O’Reilly in the fourth to bury Indy in a seemingly insurmountable hole.

The Indians (34-34) fought back with a six-run burst in the fifth to cut the deficit to 9-6 courtesy of five hits and two walks. A Josh Bissonette bases-clearing double highlighted the frame in which Indy scored five of its six runs with no outs. Kyle Ryan (W, 5-1) came in relief to put the rally to a halt.

After the Redbirds tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, Ji-Hwan Bae got one back for the Indians – his second of three hits on the night – with an RBI single to bring them within three runs again. Each team plated one run in the eighth before Memphis closed out its series-tying victory.

The announced attendance of 12,412 was Indy’s largest at Victory Field since Aug. 31, 2019.

The Indians and Redbirds will be in action at Victory Field on Saturday at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Mike Burrows (0-0, 6.00) will toe the rubber for Indy against Memphis LHP Matthew Liberatore (4-3, 3.71).

Indy Eleven Secures Downtown Location for Eleven Park Development

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, June 24, 2022) – In collaboration with Keystone Group, Indy Eleven today announced the acquisition of over 20 acres of land in downtown Indianapolis that will serve as the future home of Eleven Park, the transformative neighborhood village development that will forever impact the skyline of the Circle City.

Keystone Group is a construction, development, management, and investments company headquartered in downtown Indianapolis that specializes and invests in complicated transformational mixed-use developments that are located in premier locations. Ersal Ozdemir  is the Founder and Chairman of Keystone Group as well as Indy Eleven, which has provided a professional club for Indiana’s thriving soccer community to rally behind since its successful launch in 2013.

As per the conceptualization of the development project outlined in 2019, today’s news confirmed the Eleven Park development will include hotel, office, apartments, retail and public spaces – all anchored by a 20,000-seat multipurpose stadium built with soccer at its core. Eleven Park will be constructed on the plot of land previously owned by The Diamond Chain Company, bordered by West Street, Kentucky Avenue, and the White River – an area that was recently acquired and is now 100% owned by Keystone Group.

“We have been working diligently for the last several years to secure a large area of land downtown for Eleven Park, and with our prime location now secured we are eager to take the next steps for this groundbreaking development,” said Ozdemir. “This village will be a 365-day-a-year live, work, and play community that will transform this section of Indianapolis, providing jobs and significant economic development to downtown Indianapolis and surrounding areas.”

The Eleven Park stadium will host Indy Eleven games for both its men’s and women’s professional soccer teams. The facility will also be designed to host field sports (soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby, and field hockey) events for partners such as the NCAA and IHSAA; international matches; concerts; and various community events.

“This announcement is the culmination of years of hard work and partnership between countless individuals and entities who believed in our vision, and we are beyond excited to share the results of that effort today with our community,” said Indy Eleven President & CEO Greg Stremlaw. “While there is still more work to do, today the Indy Eleven family is thrilled to put a pin in the map and celebrate what Eleven Park will provide the country’s premier city for sports and all Hoosiers who will experience and benefit from this world-class destination.”

Keystone and Indy Eleven are continuing their ongoing discussions with the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana to finalize project terms this year, which would allow for tear down of existing buildings and additional site work to begin in Spring 2023. After approximately two years of construction, Indy Eleven expects to begin play at its new Eleven Park stadium home in Spring 2025.

Due to a myriad of factors, including the rise in construction costs, inflation, and an increase in the scale and scope of the project, Eleven Park is expected to exceed a $1 billion investment in the largest piece of property in an under-developed area of downtown Indianapolis. All facets outside the stadium project – retail, restaurants, hotel, apartments, and office space – will be developed by Keystone Group. As per the State legislation that was passed and signed into law in 2019 , the City of Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board (CIB) would own the Eleven Park stadium, while Indy Eleven would lease and operate the venue.

“We believe this site is the best place to invest knowing it will have a transformational impact to the southside of Indianapolis, serving as a new neighborhood village within the Stadium Village Neighborhood that bridges the central business district, Victory Field, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center, the White River, and the Elanco campus,” continued Ozdemir. “This location, along with the new Henry Street bridge and extension of the Cultural Trail, will serve as an important gateway to the city and bring connectivity and a pedestrian connection to the heart of downtown.”

Indy Eleven and Keystone also announced three key additional partners for the Eleven Park project as part of today’s announcement. Populous, the global industry leader in soccer/multipurpose stadium design, will serve as the stadium project’s lead architecture and design firm, partnering with Indianapolis-based Browning Day Architects. In addition, D3i, a Baltimore-based international design firm with award-winning mixed-use projects that span five continents, has been hired as the master planner for the project.

While the initial design process is already underway, Indy Eleven will meet with fans, community members, and other constituents regarding specific design elements to make Eleven Park a special place to create a vibrant village . Indy Eleven expects to share updated renderings of the Eleven Park stadium with the public in the coming months.


Indy Eleven at San Diego Loyal SC  

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 10:00 p.m. ET   

Torrero Stadium  – San Diego, Calif. 


Local TV: N/A 

Streaming Video: ESPN+ 


Indy Eleven: 6W-5L-3D (+2 GD), 21 pts.; 7th in Eastern Conference   

San Diego Loyal SC: 7W-4L-4D (+6 GD), 25 pts.; 3rd in Western Conference   



OUT: none  

QUESTIONABLE: FW Aris Briggs (shin) 



IND: none   

SD: none      

Indy Eleven closes out a four-match, month-long road trip this Saturday in Southern California, where Indiana’s Team will face off for the first time with San Diego Loyal SC.  The Boys in Blue, still sitting in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, are coming off of a 4-3 loss at West-leading Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, while San Diego fell 2-1 to Las Vegas Lights last Sunday. 

After a late-night kickoff last week in Colorado and a near-midnight finish due to a lightning delay in Miami the week prior, it will be another week of “USL After Dark” action for fans in the Hoosier State, with a 10:00 p.m. Eastern time kickoff slated for the match on the West Coast. The Eleven will return home and settle into the swanky new turf surface at Carroll Stadium next Saturday, July 2 against The Miami FC (and even that will bring with it a slightly later 7:30 p.m. kickoff just to continue the theme). 

The biggest question for Head Coach Mark Lowry’s squad may just be who will get the gloves in goal after the last four outings have seen rotation at the position. After Tim Trilk took over goalkeeping duties in Miami, Bryan Meredith returned between the posts against Colorado Springs, his second start in an Indy Eleven shirt. Neither Trilk nor Meredith have made consecutive starts for Indy since Elliot Panicco was recalled on loan by Nashville SC late last month. 

Despite the loss last weekend, the team extended its club-record scoring streak to 12 games despite not having the services of leading scorer Stefano Pinho. After scoring multiple goals in only 8 of 32 games in 2021, Indy has already done so in six of its 14 games so far this season, including a pair of three-goal efforts across the first three games of its current away swing. 

Loyal SC sit 3rd in the Western Conference but have won just one of their six previous matches. Former Boy in Blue Nick Moon joined San Diego this season after spending the last two with Indy Eleven, and is second in assists for Loyal SC with three so far this season.  

Currently sitting on 25 points along with three other squads, Head Coach Landon Donovan’s squad will be looking for a three-point result that could separate it a bit from the pack and also help keep pace with breakaway leaders Colorado Springs and San Antonio FC, both sitting six points ahead and with at least a game in hand. The squad’s 5-2-0 mark at Torero Stadium could bolster Loyal SC’s confidence, but Indy’s sturdy 2-2-2 away ledger since dropping its first two matches of the campaign ensures the Boys in Blue will be no pushovers when they hit the left coast. 

Hoosiers to Host North Carolina in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s basketball team, currently ranked 14th in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top 25, will host 2022 national runner up North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Tar Heels are rated No. 1 in the same poll. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30. ESPN presents the event. Dates, times and network designations will be announced at a later date.

“I’m really excited for our program and fans to have a matchup like this next season at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall,” said second year IU Coach Mike Woodson. “It doesn’t get any better than two iconic programs playing on the biggest stage.”

IU returns four starters from last year’s 21-14 NCAA Tournament squad including All-Big Ten seniors Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson and Xavier Johnson. UNC also returns four starters from a team which finished 29-10 and advanced to the national title game where it fell to Kansas. Incidentally, the Hoosiers will face the Jayhawks Dec. 17 in Lawrence.

This will be the fifth meeting in the Challenge between the two teams and the 16th overall. IU is 3-1 in the Challenge against UNC with wins in Bloomington in 2012 and 2016 and in Chapel Hill in 2001. UNC won in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in 2004. The teams also have met three times in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers won the NCAA Championship game in Philadelphia in 1981, knocked off the No. 1 Tar Heels in the 1984 Sweet Sixteen in Atlanta and saw UNC do the same to IU in the 2016 Sweet Sixteen in Philadelphia.

IU Athletics Announces Women’s Basketball Team Center Renovation

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Athletics is excited to announce that a renovation of the women’s basketball’s team center in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is well underway. This project has been made possible by Women’s Excellence, an initiative dedicated to elevating IU’s 13 women’s varsity programs.

The much-needed renovation of the game day locker room, located in the northwest corner of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, is critical in keeping the Hoosiers at the top of the Big Ten standings. The successful completion of this project will assist with our recruiting efforts while also providing our student-athletes with a gameday space that is in line with other Top 25 caliber programs. This space will include:

Locker room

Team lounge

Training room

Coaches meeting room

“This is an exciting time for our program with the commitment to the renovation of our game day team center,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “I would like to thank athletic director Scott Dolson along with the Women’s Excellence Initiative for giving us a space to help our players prepare for games and compete at the highest level. This project supports our dedication to defending our home court at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.”

The program has elevated itself into the national spotlight over the last three seasons and has seven-straight 20-win seasons, led by ninth year head coach Teri Moren. Under Moren’s direction, Indiana has made four NCAA Tournaments including an Elite Eight appearance in 2021 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2022. During her tenure in Bloomington, the Hoosiers hold an 81.4 winning percentage on its home court. They’ve spent the last 46 weeks, dating back to the 2019-20 season, in the Associated Press Top 25. Highlighting the roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season are a pair of All-Americans in Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes.

“We have had a tremendous early response to our Women’s Excellence Initiative, which is already creating new opportunities and making an enormous impact on our female student-athletes and our women’s programs,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson. “But what we’ve already done is just the beginning. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, there is no better time for the Hoosiers to step forward and support our efforts to take women’s intercollegiate athletics at Indiana University to a new level.”

Indiana Athletics is committed to women’s basketball’s future success and this project being completed by the start of the 2022-23 season. A variety of naming opportunities are still available, along with the chance to name individual lockers. Thanks to a generous donation from the Courtney Cox Cole family, the locker room will be renamed in her honor. A two-sport athlete at Indiana from 1990-93, Cox was a part of the 1991 NWIT runner-up team and played in 53 games over her career, making 22 starts. She was the team’s second leading scorer as a freshman where she averaged 9.1 points (254 points) and was a 1991 Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Following the team’s NWIT run, she ended her basketball career to focus on golf. A standout on the course, the Noblesville, Ind. native made the NCAA Tournament twice with the program in 1992 and 1993. Cole was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time All-Big Ten honoree and two-time NGCA Scholar Athlete. In addition, she played in 103 career rounds for the Hoosiers, finishing with a stroke average of 78.94.

Boilermakers Draw Florida State in ACC / Big Ten Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – ESPN, the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that Purdue will face Florida State in the 2022 ACC / Big Ten Challenge.

The game will be played in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

It marks the fourth time in the last five seasons the two teams will have played. The teams were pitted against each other in this event in 2018, 2021 and now 2022, as well as a contest in the Emerald Coast Classic in 2019.

Purdue won last year’s meeting in the Big Ten ACC / Challenge 93-65 in Mackey Arena. It was Purdue’s first win against the Seminoles in five tries. Purdue’s last two losses to the Seminoles have come by one and three points in overtime.

Purdue owns a Big Ten-best 12-9 overall record in the event, having won 10 of its last 13 games in the Challenge. The Boilermakers have alternated wins and losses in their last seven Challenge contests.


1888       Kansas City third baseman Jumbo Davis makes five errors in the team’s 10-3 loss to St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. The 26-year-old Cowboys infielder will commit 100 errors in 628 chances, finishing the season with a .841 fielding percentage for the American Association club.

1903       At Boston’s South End Grounds, Beaneater hurler Wiley Piatt loses both ends of a doubleheader to the Cardinals, 1-0 and 5-3. The 28-year-old southpaw, known as Ironman to his teammates, goes the distance in each game.

1904       George Diggins, the New England League Concord (NH) Marines’ nine-year-old mascot, participates in their Class B game in Lowell after the ejection of the team’s centerfielder and their second baseman becomes ill. The youngest professional player in the history of the game doesn’t have an opportunity to field any balls playing right field and strikes out in his only at-bat in the contest played at Alumni Field, also known as Spalding Park.

1924       The Pirates, trailing 7-2, scoring five ninth-inning runs, tie the game when left-hander Emil Yde’s two-out bases-loaded double off Pete Alexander plates three runs. The Pittsburgh reliever, thrown out at home for the final out of the frame, redeems himself in the 14th inning, tripling in the winning run in the Bucs’ 8-7 walk-off win over the Cubs at Forbes Field.

1934       New York’s first baseman Lou Gehrig triples in the seventh inning to complete the first of his two career cycles, the other occurring in 1937. Rookie right-hander John Broaca, who ties a major league record when he strikes out five consecutive times, goes the distance to beat the Pale Hose at Yankee Stadium, 13-2.

1937       Augie Galan becomes the first National Leaguer to hit a homer from each side of the plate. The switch-hitter’s pair of round-trippers, a homer from the left side off Freddie Fitzsimmons in the fourth frame and from the right side in the eighth against Ralph Birkofer, helps the Cubs beat Brooklyn at Wrigley Field, 11-2.

1937       Right fielder Ben Chapman makes a third of the putouts in the Red Sox’ 4-2 victory over the Browns. In the Fenway outfield, the 28-year-old Birmingham (AL) native makes seven of the nine catches consecutively, ending the seventh handling Bill Knickerbocker’s fly ball and then accounting for all of the outs defensively in the final two frames.

1943       With the first pitch thrown at 6 p.m., the Cubs right-hander Hi Bithorn shuts out the Cardinals, 6-0, in a twilight game at Wrigley Field. Under current baseball interpretations, the two-hour, 17-minute contest, played on one of the longest daylight days of the year, would be considered a night game, but no lights are needed (good thing because there aren’t any).

1950       Hank Sauer enjoys a 4-for-4 day at the plate, stroking two home runs and two doubles. The 33-year-old All-Star outfielder’s 12 total bases help the Cubs defeat Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 11-8.

1961       The Orioles and the Angels set a major league record using 16 pitchers, eight by each side. Ron Hansen’s 14th-inning homer off Halo right-hander Ron Kline gives Baltimore the eventual 9-8 victory at L.A.’s Wrigley Field.

1968       Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in the third at-bat of his first major league game, going deep off Dodger right-hander John Purdin in the Giants’ 9-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The 22-year-old San Francisco outfielder joins Philadelphia National pitcher Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) as the only other player to hit a bases-loaded home run in his major league debut.

1971       Pirates left fielder Willie Stargell hits the longest home run in the history of Veterans Stadium in the second inning off starter Jim Bunning during a 14-4 Pirates rout of Philadelphia. The Phillies eventually commemorate the spot in Section 601 to where the ball landed black “S” inscribed within a yellow star inside a white circle, later painted black when the Hall of Famer dies in 2001.

1972       After a five-year legal battle, Bernice Gera finally becomes the first woman professional umpire when she works a minor league game in Geneva, New York. When Auburn manager Nolan Campbell vehemently argues a play where she first signals Terry Ford safe at second on a double play and then reverses her decision, the new arbitrator is brought to tears and will resign between games of the twin bill.

1976       After striking out leading off the game, his 21st consecutive hitless at-bat dating back to June 6, Mike Phillips hits for the cycle in the Mets’ 7–4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The New York third baseman doubles in the third, triples in the fifth, homers in the seventh, completing the feat with a single in the eighth inning.

1976       Toby Harrah becomes the first shortstop in major league history to play in both ends of a twin bill without taking a single fielding chance. The Ranger infielder’s inactivity at Arlington Stadium isn’t due to a lack of hitting, as Texas splits the doubleheader, winning the opener 8-4 before dropping the nightcap to the White Sox, 14-9.

1984       Dodger infielder Bill Russell plays his 1,953rd game to become the team’s leader in games played. The shortstop, who will extend the mark to 2181 during his 18-year tenure with the club, is hitless in three trips to the plate but will walk twice in LA’s 9-4 loss to San Diego at Chavez Ravine.

1985       After a line-drive foul ball drills Yankee batboy off the bat of Bronx Bomber catcher Butch Wynegar, the team mandates batboys near the on-deck circle must wear batting helmets. All major league teams will soon adopt the new rule of having batboys wearing a protective helmet while on the field.

1988       Cal Ripken, going 2-for-4 in the Oriole 10-3 loss to Boston at Fenway Park, reaches a significant milestone, playing in his 1,000th consecutive game. In 1995, the Baltimore infielder will break Lou Gehrig’s record when playing in his 2,131st straight game.

1989       The Mets, with fly ball pitcher Sid Fernandez on the mound, play a nine-inning game without recording an infield assist, beating the Phillies at Shea Stadium 5-1. The Amazins set a National League record and tie the major league mark, joining the 1945 Indians as the only teams to accomplish the unusual fielding feat.

1995       The Astros rout the Cubs, 19-6, to set a club record for runs in one game. After scoring a lone tally in the fourth, Houston puts up crooked numbers for the rest of the game, including a nine-run eighth inning.

1995       Andres Galarraga becomes the fourth player in big-league history to hit a home run in three consecutive innings. The Rockies’ first baseman’s accomplishments in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings help Colorado beat the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium, 11-3.

1996       Mark McGwire hits his 300th career home run off Tiger hurler pitcher Omar Olivares in the A’s 10-8 loss to Detroit at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 32-year-old first baseman will finish his 16-year career with 583 round-trippers, a total tainted by his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

1998       Sammy Sosa breaks the major league record for homers in a single month when he hits his 19th dinger in June, a seventh-inning solo shot off Brian Moehler in the Cubs’ 6-4 loss to Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The Chicago slugger surpasses the mark set by Rudy York, the Tigers’ rookie catcher who finished with 18 after homering twice on the last day in August in 1937 at the same ballpark when it was known as Navin Field.

1999       Entering the game in the top of the eighth inning in an eventual 9-8 Oriole loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards, Jesse Orosco sets the major league record for the most relief appearances. The Baltimore reliever surpasses the mark previously set by Kent Tekulve, who had been summoned out of the bullpen 1,050 times.

1999       At Bank One Ballpark, Jose Jimenez, facing only 28 batters, outduels Randy Johnson, throws a no-hitter, blanking the Cardinals 1-0, with the contest’s only run scoring on Thomas Howard’s ninth-inning single plating Darren Bragg. The 25-year-old right-hander, retiring the side in order in the bottom of the frame, becomes the 20th major league and the first since 1973 rookie to throw a no-hitter.

2000       After leading off in the bottom of the first with a round-tripper, Darin Erstad ends the game in the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off home run, giving the Angels a 7-6 victory over Minnesota at Edison Field. The Anaheim DH joins Billy Hamilton (1893 Phillies) and Vic Power (1957 A’s) as the third major leaguer to have hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game.

2001       In the first professional baseball game in Brooklyn after a 44-year absence, the short-season Class A minor league Cyclones win their home opener at Keyspan Park, defeating the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Scrappers 3-2 in 10 innings. The name of the New York-Penn Mets farm team refers to the famous roller coaster located at the nearby amusement park on Coney Island.

2002       In a game broadcasted throughout Latin America, skippers Luis Pujols of the Tigers and Tony Pena of the Royals become the first major league managers born in the Dominican Republic to oppose each other in a game. Hipolito Mejia, the president of the Dominican Republic, is on hand to watch Raul Ibanez’s double, triple, and homer, and four RBIs lead the hometown Royals to an 8-6 comeback victory over Detroit.

2003       Todd McFarlane, who also owns Mark McGwire’s No. 70 home run ball, pays $450,000 plus fees at the Lelands.com Auction for Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 73rd home run baseball. The Valley comic book icon and toymaker’s bid for the historical sphere is aired live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

2004       Larry Walker’s tenth-inning home run, his third of the game, proves to be the difference in the Rockies’ 10-8 victory over Cleveland at Jacobs Field. The Colorado right fielder also hit homers off Jason Davis in the second and sixth frames.

2006       With his White Sox trailing 9-2, second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hits a three-run bomb in the eighth and then delivers a game-tying grand slam in the ninth during an eventual 13 inning loss to the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. Teammates Scott Podsednik (6/23) and Joe Crede (6/24) also hit home runs with the bases full in the two previous games of the series, making it the first time the team hits a grand slam in three consecutive games.

2007       In his second Pacific Coast League start, Manny Parra of the Nashville Sounds throws the eighth perfect game in PCL history.
The 24-year-old Brewers’ farmhand mows down 27 consecutive Express (Astros) batters en route to a 3-0 victory at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.

2007       A distraught spectator jumps onto the field and charges the mound toward Bob Howry after the Cub reliever blows an 8-3 ninth-inning lead to Colorado at Wrigley Field, making it within a few feet from his intended target before security guards tackled him. The right-hander gets the win when Alfonso Soriano hits a game-ending two-run single in the bottom of the frame to give Chicago an improbable 10-9 victory.

2010       At Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies serve as the away team when their scheduled visit to Canada to play Toronto moves Philadelphia due to security concerns raised due to the G20 Summit. The Blue Jays, batting last and employing a designated hitter in the National League ballpark, loses to Roy Halladay and ‘the visitors’ 9-0.

2010       Needing 149 pitches to accomplish the feat, Edwin Jackson no-hit the Rays at Tropicana Field, 1-0. The Diamondbacks’ right-hander walks eight batters and hits another en route to joining Randy Johnson as the second pitcher in franchise history to throw a no-hitter.

2011       In front of a sold-out crowd of 42,130 fans at AT&T Park, the Giants beat the Indians, 1-0, with the game’s lone run scoring on a bases-loaded seventh-inning balk. In an inning that features a stand-up triple by Nate Schierholtz and two errors by Tribe second baseman Cord Phelps, southpaw Tony Sipp allows the run when he flinches before delivering a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, balking home Miguel Tejada.

2013       In a matchup of Japanese starters, Ranger All-Star Yu Darvish and Yankee right-hander Hiroki Kuroda both get a no-decision, with each hurler failing to make it into the seventh inning. New York wins the Bronx ballpark contest with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki hits a walk-off home run.

2014       Tim Lincecum throws a no-hitter against the Padres for the second time in less than a year, allowing only one runner in the Giants’ 4-0 victory at AT&T Park. The 30-year-old two-time Cy Young Award winner is the second hurler to have kept the same club hitless twice, joining Indians’ Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who threw a pair of no-no’s against the White Sox in 1908 and 1910.

2014       David Price, with his 11-strikeout performance in the Rays’ 5-1 victory over the Pirates, has whiffed at least ten batters in five straight games, marking the 22nd time a pitcher has accomplished the feat in major league history. The 28-year-old southpaw joins an impressive group of hurlers that includes Pedro Martinez (6), Randy Johnson (8), Nolan Ryan (3), Curt Schilling (1), J.R. Richard (1), Dwight Gooden (1), and Johan Santana, who, in 2004, was the last to accomplished the deed.

2021       Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver’s record when he whiffs Michael Conforto in the bottom of the fourth for his 10th consecutive strikeout, equaling the mark set by the Hall of Famer in 1970. Mets’ Pete Alonso doubles into the right-field corner to preserve the Franchise’s place in the record book in the team’s 2-1 walk-off victory over the Phillies at Citi Field.



Chicago Cubs (4) vs Detroit Tigers (0)

The 1907 World Series once again, featured the National’s Chicago Cubs going up against the American’s Detroit Tigers, who had just edged out the previous year’s champion Philadelphia Athletics in a fierce pennant race.

The opening contest rewarded fans on both sides of the field with neither team backing down. After twelve innings, the game was called because of darkness. Tigers 3, Cubs 3. Although Detroit had clearly started Game 1 with more momentum, Chicago showed it’s resolve and snatched the victory from the Tiger’s grasp. The Cubs seemed inspired by their stunning loss to the underdog White Sox in the last years Series and had obviously learned from their mistakes. It was only the beginning as Manager Hugh Jennings’ Tigers would fail to recapture the initial fire and fail to score more than one run in any of the remaining Series games. Chicago’s Jack Pfiester dominated Detroit, 3-1, in Game 2 and Ed Reulbach continued the streak beating American League champs, 5-1, the next day.

The Tigers showed some signs of life in Game 4 when they seized a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as an up-and-coming twenty year-old named Ty Cobb, having just won his first batting championship, slammed a triple and scored on a Claude Rossman single. Unfortunately that was all they could muster and went down to a 6-1 defeat against Orval Overall. Game 5 was Detroit’s last chance at turning the series, but Mordecai Brown threw a seven-hitter clinching the 2-0 triumph and a Cubs sweep of the Series. Chicago’s boys from the West Side had dominated the entire contest and made amends for the Series loss to their cross town rivals the previous year.

Most fans were not surprised by Chicago’s supremacy. The Cubs were quickly becoming baseball’s first “dynasty” making their second (soon to be third) post-season championship appearance, getting there by winning one-hundred seven games and finishing seventeen games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Detroit never had a chance as the Cubs aggressive play on both sides of the plate stole the show. They had outstanding offense from Steinfeldt and Evers, who batted .471 and .350, respectively (with Steinfeldt getting seven hits in the last three games of the Series and Evers getting seven in the first three games). They ran with reckless abandon against the Tigers, stealing seven bases in Game 1 and finishing the Series with eighteen. Most importantly, Chicago’s pitching staff held a potentially threatening Tigers line-up to forty-three scoreless innings out of forty-eight and shut down the American League’s top hitters of 1907, Cobb and Sam Crawford. Cobb managed only a .200 average in the Series after batting .350 in the regular season; Crawford hit .238 after a .323 season.


1892 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Defending champion Mabel Cahill beats Elisabeth Moore 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

1903 NY Yanks & Chicago White Sox end deadlocked game at 6-6 in 18

1903 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3

1904 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: May Sutton beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 3 major titles

1909 US Open Men’s Golf, Englewood GC: Englishman George Sargent sets a new Open scoring record to win his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara

1912 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Ted Ray wins wire-to-wire by 4 shots from defending champion Harry Vardon

1926 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American amateur Bobby Jones wins the first of his 3 Claret Jugs, 2 strokes clear of runner-up Al Watrous; 5th victory by an American in 6 years

1932 US Open Men’s Golf, Fresh Meadow CC: Reigning British Open champion Gene Sarazen shoots tournament record final round 66 to beat Bobby Cruikshank and Philip Perkins by 3 strokes

1934 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle beating White Sox 11-2

1934 NY Yank pitcher John Broaca ties record by striking out 5 times

1935 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis moves to 20-0 with 6th round KO of former champion Primo Carnera of Italy at Yankee Stadium, NYC

1947 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello

1948 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1952 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Big Spring CC: Jim Turnesa wins 1-up over Chick Harbert in the Wednesday final

1957 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21

1960 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg

1961 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns

1963 Famous cricket draw at Lord’s as England hang on against the Windies

1968 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (San Francisco Giants)

1969 American Pancho González (41) beats Puerto Rican Charlie Pasarell (25) in 5 hour and 12 minute, 112-game marathon at Wimbledon

1976 Texas Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader

1977 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12

1978 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time

1983 Cricket World Cup, Lord’s, London: India upsets West Indies by 43 runs to win first title; Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 off 7 overs, Player of the Match

1983 Udo Beyer of East Germany sets record for shot put, 22.22 m

1988 MLB player Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

1991 Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the 1st round

1993 NY Islander goalie Billy Smith elected to NHL Hall of Fame

1994 FIFA World Cup: 1,500th goal in Cup’d history scored by Caceres of Argentina

1994 Cleveland Indians 18 game home win streak ends to Yanks 11-6

1997 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul

1997 NBA Draft: Wake Forest power forward Tim Duncan first pick by San Antonio Spurs

1999 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 78-77 in Game 5 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Tim Duncan

2000 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, DuPont CC: Juli Inkster goes back-to-back; beats Stefania Croce of Italy on second hole of a sudden-death playoff

2000 WLAF World Bowl 8, Waldstadion, Frankfurt: Rhein Fire beats Scottish Claymores, 13-10

2009 NBA Draft: Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin first pick by Los Angeles Clippers

2010 NHL Draft: Windsor Spitfires (OHL) left wing Taylor Hall first pick by Edmonton Oilers

2015 NBA Draft: Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns first pick by Minnesota Timberwolves

2018 Oakland pitcher Edwin Jackson takes the mound in a 5-4 win at Detroit; A’s are his 13th MLB club, tying Octavio Dotel’s record

2019 NHL Draft: Barrie Colts (OHL) defenceman Aaron Ekblad first pick by Florida Panthers

2020 Liverpool FC clinches first EPL soccer title in 30 years with 7 games to spare as Chelsea beats second-placed Manchester City, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge

2021 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver’s 51-year old MLB league record of 10 consecutive strike outs, in 2-1 loss to the Mets in New York


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5219.73230 – 822 – 1126 – 1217 – 56 – 27 – 3L 1
Toronto4030.57111.521 – 1419 – 1612 – 1410 – 914 – 54 – 6W 2
Boston4031.5631220 – 1620 – 157 – 1410 – 719 – 78 – 2W 5
Tampa Bay3832.54313.523 – 1515 – 1712 – 136 – 912 – 93 – 7W 1
Baltimore3339.45819.518 – 1715 – 2215 – 199 – 104 – 67 – 3W 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland3630.54516 – 1120 – 195 – 614 – 99 – 87 – 3L 2
Minnesota3933.54221 – 1718 – 1611 – 918 – 129 – 74 – 6L 1
Chi White Sox3336.4784.515 – 2018 – 1613 – 1410 – 126 – 75 – 5L 3
Detroit2743.3861118 – 229 – 217 – 1411 – 143 – 103 – 7W 1
Kansas City2643.37711.513 – 2113 – 224 – 911 – 177 – 96 – 4W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4426.62920 – 1124 – 154 – 713 – 321 – 127 – 3W 1
Texas3336.47810.516 – 1917 – 175 – 87 – 615 – 185 – 5L 1
LA Angels3439.46611.518 – 2116 – 186 – 147 – 416 – 135 – 5L 1
Seattle3339.4581215 – 1818 – 216 – 147 – 616 – 145 – 5W 4
Oakland2349.319228 – 2815 – 218 – 127 – 156 – 172 – 8L 4
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4626.63924 – 1022 – 1623 – 87 – 313 – 106 – 4W 1
Atlanta4131.569523 – 1618 – 1513 – 1012 – 812 – 106 – 4L 1
Philadelphia3735.514919 – 1718 – 1812 – 164 – 214 – 116 – 4L 1
Miami3237.46412.518 – 1514 – 2217 – 132 – 49 – 145 – 5L 1
Washington2647.35620.512 – 2614 – 216 – 247 – 79 – 113 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4033.54817 – 1523 – 1811 – 1324 – 133 – 56 – 4L 1
St. Louis4033.54821 – 1419 – 194 – 621 – 139 – 54 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh2941.4149.517 – 2012 – 213 – 513 – 2312 – 95 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs2744.3801213 – 2514 – 193 – 315 – 187 – 144 – 6W 1
Cincinnati2446.34314.512 – 2312 – 233 – 510 – 167 – 203 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4425.63820 – 1224 – 1310 – 811 – 514 – 87 – 3W 4
San Diego4528.616121 – 1424 – 1412 – 719 – 1013 – 106 – 4W 1
San Francisco3832.5436.519 – 1519 – 1714 – 137 – 811 – 94 – 6L 3
Arizona3240.44413.517 – 2015 – 2012 – 1010 – 115 – 163 – 7L 4
Colorado3140.4371419 – 1912 – 218 – 196 – 411 – 114 – 6W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot