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Omaha 2 Indianapolis 1
Omaha 4 Indianapolis 3
Ft. Wayne 3 West Michigan 1
South Bend 7 Cedar Rapids 3
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|Foxwoods Resort Casino 301|
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|2||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Toyota||Exemption|
|29||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||Chevrolet||Exemption|
|Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200|
|Jul 17, 2021 | New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, New Hampshire | 211.6 mi|
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|1||Christopher Bell||54||Toyota||14||200||151||0 / 0||running|
|2||Justin Allgaier||7||Chevrolet||5||200||0||46 / 11||running|
|3||Daniel Hemric||18||Toyota||13||200||0||48 / 14||running|
|4||Austin Cindric||22||Ford||4||200||0||49 / 16||running|
|5||Harrison Burton||20||Toyota||10||200||0||43 / 11||running|
|6||Justin Haley||11||Chevrolet||2||200||0||40 / 9||running|
|7||Myatt Snider||2||Chevrolet||16||200||0||30 / 0||running|
|8||Josh Berry||1||Chevrolet||21||200||0||35 / 6||running|
|9||Brett Moffitt||02||Chevrolet||7||200||0||28 / 0||running|
|10||Riley Herbst||98||Ford||12||200||0||27 / 0||running|
|11||Jeb Burton||10||Chevrolet||1||200||16||30 / 4||running|
|12||AJ Allmendinger||16||Chevrolet||6||200||29||41 / 16||running|
|13||Ryan Sieg||39||Ford||11||200||0||24 / 0||running|
|14||Noah Gragson||9||Chevrolet||3||200||0||25 / 2||running|
|15||Jeremy Clements||51||Chevrolet||8||200||0||23 / 1||running|
|16||Brandon Gdovic||26||Toyota||32||200||0||21 / 0||running|
|17||Brandon Brown||68||Chevrolet||22||200||4||20 / 0||running|
|18||Jade Buford||48||Chevrolet||18||198||0||19 / 0||running|
|19||Kyle Weatherman||47||Chevrolet||34||198||0||18 / 0||running|
|20||David Starr||66||Toyota||38||198||0||17 / 0||running|
|21||Tommy Joe Martins||44||Chevrolet||17||197||0||16 / 0||running|
|22||Josh Williams||92||Chevrolet||20||197||0||15 / 0||running|
|23||J.J. Yeley||17||Ford||36||197||0||14 / 0||running|
|24||Joe Graf Jr.||07||Chevrolet||30||197||0||13 / 0||running|
|25||Landon Cassill||4||Chevrolet||31||197||0||12 / 0||running|
|26||Jeffrey Earnhardt||0||Chevrolet||26||197||0||11 / 0||running|
|27||Dexter Bean||90||Chevrolet||37||197||0||10 / 0||running|
|28||Jesse Little||178||Chevrolet||28||197||0||9 / 0||running|
|29||Ryan Vargas||6||Chevrolet||19||196||0||8 / 0||running|
|30||Colby Howard||15||Chevrolet||25||196||0||7 / 0||running|
|31||Patrick Emerling||23||Chevrolet||24||196||0||6 / 0||running|
|32||Matt Mills||105||Chevrolet||27||195||0||5 / 0||running|
|33||Spencer Boyd||52||Chevrolet||40||194||0||0 / 0||running|
|34||Jordan Anderson||31||Chevrolet||33||194||0||0 / 0||running|
|35||Dawson Cram||74||Chevrolet||35||184||0||0 / 0||running|
|36||Alex Labbe||36||Chevrolet||15||174||0||1 / 0||running|
|37||C.J. McLaughlin||61||Toyota||39||164||0||0 / 0||electrical|
|38||Brandon Jones||19||Toyota||23||102||0||1 / 0||radiator|
|39||Sam Mayer||8||Chevrolet||9||28||0||1 / 0||accident|
|40||Mason Massey||199||Toyota||29||26||0||1 / 0||accident|
|2021 Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 Stats|
|Scheduled Laps: 200|
|Total Laps: 200|
|Distance: 211.600 miles|
|Average Speed: 102.031|
|Cautions: 5 ( 28 Laps )|
|Margin of Victory: 6.241|
|Lead Changess: 5 among 4 Drivers|
|Time of Race: 2:04:26|
BASEBALL PLAYERS BORN IN INDIANA: TODAY, BABE ADAMS
Charles Benjamin “Babe” Adams (May 18, 1882 – July 27, 1968) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1906 to 1926 who spent nearly his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Noted for his outstanding control, his career average of 1.29 walks per 9 innings pitched was the second lowest of the 20th century; his 1920 mark of 1 walk per 14.6 innings was a modern record until 2005. He shares the Pirates’ franchise record for career victories by a right-hander (194), and holds the team mark for career shutouts (47); from 1926 to 1962, he held the team record for career games pitched (481).
He made his MLB debut on April 18, 1906, with the St. Louis Cardinals, taking the loss in a 4-inning start, but did not pitch again for them. In September 1907, his contract was sold to the Pirates. After going 12–3 with a 1.11 earned run average (ERA) in the 1909 regular season, his first full year, Adams became the star of the 1909 World Series after being named the surprise starter of Game 1 following a tip by National League president John Heydler that Adams’ style was similar to that of an AL pitcher whom the Detroit Tigers had difficulty playing against. He won three complete game victories – each of them a six-hitter. With a shutout in Game 7, Adams became the first rookie in World Series history to start and win Game 7, which has only been repeated by John Lackey in 2002. He was also the only member of that team who would be on the Pirates’ World Series champions in 1925. He later won 20 games in both 1911 and 1913. An off-year in 1916 that saw his ERA rise to 5.72 got him farmed out to the Western Association, but late in 1918 he found his stride again and rejoined the Pirates, where he stayed until 1926.
On May 4, 1913, Adams’ third inning triple drove in Billy Kelly for the Pirates only hit and run, Adams held the Cincinnati Reds to only 2 hits and a walk for a 1–0 victory at Redland Field.
Adams was known as an excellent control pitcher. On July 17, 1914, he pitched a 21-inning game against the New York Giants without allowing a single walk, surrendering only 12 hits, but losing 3–1 on Larry Doyle’s home run in the top of the 21st; it is the longest game without a walk in major league history.  Rube Marquard also went the distance for New York to gain the victory, allowing two walks. In 1920, Adams allowed only 18 walks in 263 innings.
In his career, Adams had a 194–140 win-loss record and a 2.76 ERA. His last game was on August 11, 1926; he was released days later after joining a group of players who requested that former manager and team vice president Fred Clarke, who had been openly criticizing manager Bill McKechnie, not be permitted to sit on the bench. He never played another major league game.
Adams was a better than average hitting pitcher in his major league career, compiling a .212 batting average (216-for-1,019) with 79 runs, 3 home runs, 75 RBI and drawing 53 bases on balls. Defensively, he was a better-than-average fielding pitcher, recording a .976 fielding percentage which was 24 points higher than the league average at that position.
Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals
PHOENIX (AP) Jrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA Finals.
Took it right out of Devin Booker’s hands, actually.
Holiday’s steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo for a dunk sealed a wild Game 5 and gave the Bucks a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
“It’s who he is,” teammate Pat Connaughton said. “He’s a winner.”
And for the first time in 50 years, the Bucks have a chance to be.
Antetokounmpo had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton added 29 points, and Holiday had 27 points and 13 assists.
The Bucks fought their way out of an early 16-point hole by flirting with the best-shooting night in NBA Finals history, but then won it by making a huge defensive play for the second straight game.
They can win their first title since 1971 on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
“Obviously we know what the deal is. It’s one game away from being the NBA champ,” said Antetokounmpo, whose postgame press conference was delayed because he was dehydrated.
Booker had 40 points, his second straight 40-point game. But with the Suns rallying and down one with 16 seconds left, he drove into the middle and Holiday wrestled the ball out of his hands.
“I was just trying to score the ball, he was behind me,” Booker said. “I turned and he was right there.”
Antetokounmpo sprinted down the court to his right and Holiday – rather than pulling the ball out to run the clock down – fired a perfect lob pass that the Greek Freak slammed down while Chris Paul fouled him to make it 122-119.
“Giannis took off and he was calling for the ball,” Holiday said. “At that point, I just threw it as high as I could and only where Giannis could go get it,”
Antetokounmpo missed the free throw, but the Bucks grabbed the rebound and Middleton made one free throw for the final point of the night.
Before the defensive stand, Milwaukee’s offense was the story. The Bucks made 32 of 45 shots in the middle two quarters, outscoring the Suns 79-53 during that stretch.
Milwaukee became the first road team to win in the series and with one more victory will complete its second 2-0 comeback in this postseason – along with the fifth in NBA Finals history.
Game 5 winners of a tied series have won the series 21 of 29 times in the NBA Finals.
“We’ve got to win one game to put them back on the plane. That’s it,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “And you have to have that determination that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to put them back on the plane.”
Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, and Deandre Ayton finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. But the Suns missed a chance to move within a victory of their first championship and will need a victory at Fiserv Forum to bring the series back to the desert for Game 7 on Thursday night.
“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy. We didn’t expect it to be. It’s hard,” Paul said. “Coach said it all year long, everything we want is on the other side of hard and it don’t get no harder than this.”
Milwaukee was at 62.1% shooting after three quarters, threatening to challenge Orlando’s 62.5% mark against the Lakers in Game 3 of the 2009 finals. Holiday’s basket had the Bucks in good shape at 108-94 with about 9 minutes remaining, but the Suns put together a push in the final minutes.
Down 10 with just under 3 1/2 minutes remaining, the Suns got a 3 from Booker and a basket by Paul to cut it to 120-119 with 56 seconds to play. Holiday missed a jumper, but that didn’t matter once the defensive ace of the Bucks backcourt took it back from Booker.
It wasn’t as spectacular a defensive play as Antetokounmpo’s block of Ayton’s dunk attempt that preserved a two-point lead in Game 4, but it was every bit as important to a Bucks team making its first finals appearance since 1974.
It good off to a bad start when the Suns won the first two games, but things changed when the series moved – even the name of the arena. The Suns announced a naming rights deal Friday that changed Phoenix Suns Arena into the Footprint Center.
Whatever the name, the arena was so loud during the Suns’ sensational start to the first quarter that nobody could hear a foul on P.J. Tucker after a turnover to prevent a breakaway. The Suns passed it ahead to Booker, who threw down a dunk as Antetokounmpo sprinted back and grabbed his arm in what otherwise may have drawn a flagrant foul.
Not getting that basket didn’t slow the Suns, who scored the next seven points to open a 32-16 lead on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer. The Suns made 14 of 19 shots (73.7%) in the first quarter and led 37-21.
But Booker started the second on the bench and the Bucks opened with a 21-5 spurt to quickly tie it at 42 on Pat Connaughton’s 3-pointer with 7:48 remaining in the half.
Milwaukee took a 64-61 advantage to the break, becoming the second team in finals history to lead at halftime after trailing by at least 15 after one, according to Elias.
Oosthuizen leads after 3 rounds at the Open, Morikawa 1 back
SANDWICH, England (AP) So flawless for so long, Louis Oosthuizen started making his worst swings of the week as his two-shot lead evaporated in the British Open on Saturday.
With an hour left in a third round as undulating as the fairways at Royal St. George’s, Oosthuizen found himself tied for the lead with Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth and facing a 10-foot par putt to avoid falling behind.
“I was a bit upset there,” the South African said, “but got myself quickly together.”
Oosthuizen delivered a key par save on the 15th and an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 16th. He finished with a 1-under 69, leaving him with a one-stroke lead and another good shot at ending his 11-year wait for a second major title.
“I will play my heart out tomorrow,” the 2010 Open champion said, “and see if I can lift the claret jug again.”
Saturday ended pretty much as it had started, with Oosthuizen, Morikawa and Spieth occupying the top three spots, three shots separating them.
Plenty happened in between.
Especially on the back nine and – most tellingly – on the 18th green, where Spieth missed a par putt from 2 feet for his second straight bogey to drop three shots back again.
Barely 45 minutes earlier, he was just off the green in two at the par-5 14th hole and seemingly on the brink of taking the lead.
After making only par there and then bogeying Nos. 17 and 18, Spieth ran off for some putting practice after a round of 69. The R&A said he declined all media requests.
It wasn’t long before Morikawa and Oosthuizen, both one-time major winners some 10 years apart, were walking onto the green at the last. Oosthuizen’s long putt over a hump from the right of the green settled close to the hole for his par, then Morikawa slid a 12-foot birdie putt just past the hole.
Morikawa, the PGA champion last year and in his first links test, settled for a 68 and trimmed Oosthuizen’s lead to one shot. He had been four shots behind after 10 holes and made a strong push at about the time Oosthuizen showed signs of fading.
“I don’t have much experience on links golf, and pretty much all the highlights in my head are from this week,” he said. “Thankfully there is quite a few. Hopefully we can just use that momentum from the first three days and just bring it into the last 18.”
Oosthuizen, a runner-up in the last two majors, was at 12-under 198 and on course to be the first wire-to-wire winner at golf’s oldest championship since Rory McIlroy in 2014.
The pin positions – rather than the weather – proved to be the greatest defense at Royal St. George’s on a day when the wind didn’t get above 10 mph and a cloudless sky with bright sunshine looked sure to bring more low scoring.
However, pins were tucked away, sometimes near slopes, while the firmer fairways brought the deep rough and pot bunkers into play.
“Those are some of hardest pin locations collectively I’ve ever seen,” said No. 2-ranked Jon Rahm, who shot 68 and is in contention, five shots off the lead.
A number of other big names were unable to launch a challenge.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson started four shots off the lead but plunged out of contention by making five bogeys in his opening 11 holes. Two late birdies could give him only a 73, leaving him eight shots behind.
Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion, was a shot further back after managing a round of only 72.
McIlroy started much further back but reached the turn at 4 under for the championship after making five birdies. The back nine was another story and McIlroy threw an iron to the ground – he called it a “little toss” – during a run of three bogeys in five holes on his way to shooting 69, his first round in the 60s at Royal St. George’s.
It left him on only 1 under and with no chance of a second claret jug.
Instead, Corey Conners (66) and Scottie Scheffler (69) moved into contention at 8 under while Rahm – looking to add the British Open to his U.S. Open from last month – was 7 under alongside MacKenzie Hughes and Dylan Frittelli.
Marcel Siem, who qualified from the second-tier Challenge Tour in Europe only last week, rebounded from an 8 after going out-of-bounds at the par-5 14th with two birdies in his final three holes. He was in a three-way tie for ninth place, six off the lead.
All of them are chasing Oosthuizen, who won the Open in 2010 and has rung up a career Grand Slam of runner-up finishes since then. That includes the U.S. Open last month, when he was leading with two holes to play until Rahm’s birdie-birdie finish. He also was runner-up in the PGA Championship to Phil Mickelson.
Wizards draw on storied name, hire Wes Unseld Jr as coach
WASHINGTON (AP) Wes Unseld Jr. was hired as coach of the Washington Wizards on Saturday, bringing the former Denver Nuggets assistant full circle with the franchise his father led to its only NBA title.
Unseld carries a strong resume apart from his name. He spent the past six years with the Nuggets and was promoted to associate coach under Michael Malone last season.
He began his career with Washington as a scout in 1997 before working his way up to assistant coach, a job he held from 2005-2011.
“Becoming a head coach in the NBA is a goal that I have pursued my entire adult life,” Unseld said. “To have that dream realized by coming full circle back to Washington is truly special.”
Unseld spent one season with Golden State and two with Orlando between his stints in Washington and Denver. With the Nuggets, he helped the developments of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
“Wes is one of the most highly regarded assistant coaches in the NBA and clearly separated himself from the large and diverse group of candidates we considered,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said.
“His strong record as an in-game tactician along with his attention to detail on both sides of the ball combined with his reputation for player development and outstanding character during his 20-plus years of coaching left no doubt that he was the best choice to guide our team to the next level.”
Unseld, a Maryland native who went to Johns Hopkins, replaces Scott Brooks, who was fired after three playoff appearances in five seasons.
His name carries value in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas for Wes Unseld’s role in the Washington Bullets winning the NBA championship in 1978. Unseld was the Finals MVP, and his No. 41 hangs in the rafters at the Wizards’ arena.
“Tommy was very thorough during our search and the intelligence, information and recommendations he had gathered on Wes were exceeded by how impressive his preparation and planning were during the interview process,” owner Ted Leonsis said. “We are excited to bring him on board and see those attributes in action with our players and in the community with our fans.”
Report: Barton declines $14.7M option, wants new deal with Nuggets
Denver Nuggets wing Will Barton declined his $14.7-million player option for the 2021-22 season, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
However, both sides are strongly interested in negotiating a new deal when free agency begins next month, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Denver acquired Barton in a multi-player deal with the Portland Trail Blazers six years ago. The 2012 second-round pick has developed into an important piece during his time in the Mile High City, averaging 13.9 points, 5.1 boards, and 3.2 assists over 408 appearances.
Barton averaged 12.7 points per contest and shot a career-high 38.1% from deep during the 2020-21 campaign. However, injuries have limited his time on the court in each of the past three seasons; the 30-year-old played in only three of the Nuggets’ last 29 postseason games.
Padres-Nats game suspended after shooting outside DC stadium
WASHINGTON (AP) The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after a shooting outside Nationals Park that caused echoes of gunfire inside the stadium and prompted fans to scramble for safety in the dugout.
The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief. One of the people who was shot was a woman who was attending the game and who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said. Her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
Two people who were in one of the cars later walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds and were being questioned by investigators, Benedict said, and the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear. Investigators were still trying to locate the second vehicle involved in the shooting.
The gunshots caused panic among fans inside the stadium, some of whom ducked for cover, hiding underneath tables and behind seats as announcers warned people to stay inside the park.
“It was just a chaotic scene,” umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press. “We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn’t know where it was coming from.”
The Padres had just taken the field for the bottom of the sixth when several loud pops were heard from the left field side of the ballpark.
Fans sitting in left field quickly began leaving through the center field gate. A short time later, fans along the first base side began briskly leaving their seats.
Some fans crowded into the Padres’ dugout on the third base side for cover, while sirens could be heard from outside the park.
Ted Borenstein, 26, was at the game with his girlfriend and his best friend, celebrating her birthday and “having a great time” when he heard two pops. He said the group thought it was practice for a fireworks show.
Borenstein said he quickly realized it was far more serious when he saw people in the stands start filing out and watched Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. “bolt from the field.”
In the stadium’s Diamond Club, where he and his friends were, people were hiding under tables and chairs, thinking there was a shooter inside the stadium.
“People were down on the ground, kind of petrified, trying to calm down the younger kids,” he said.
“I was taken aback, I was scared,” he said.
The Nationals initially announced there had been an incident outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard telling fans to remain inside the stadium.
About 10 minutes later, the team tweeted: “A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time.”
More than two dozen police cars, ambulances and fire engines were on the street outside the third base side of the stadium and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
The shooting comes as Washington, like many other cities in the U.S., is facing a rising number of violent crimes and homicides. A 6-year-old girl was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting Friday night about three miles from Nationals Park.
Just hours before Saturday night’s shooting, Washington’s mayor and police chief, flanked by federal law enforcement officials to announce a $60,000 reward for information in that case.
By nightfall, they had another incident to investigate.
Arman Ramnath, 27, from nearby Arlington, Virginia, and a recent law school graduate, said he and a friend were sitting in the third base side of the Nationals Park when they heard what sounded like fireworks.
“We weren’t sure what it was. Then everyone started ducking,” Ramnath said.
Ramnath said he and his friend ended hiding behind the seats for five or more minutes. After a while people started getting up and leaving, he said, but stadium announcements told fans to wait. Eventually they were allowed to leave.
“It felt very surreal. I wasn’t really sure how to react,” Ramnath said. “I mean, you hear about it … but you never expect it to be something that could affect you.”
Police had initially said they believed one of the victims worked at the stadium, but that was not the case.
The Padres led 8-4 when the game was halted. It will be resumed Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled game. Officials said fans should expect to see an increased police presence at Sunday’s game.
Tatis had four hits for San Diego. Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington.
“Hope everyone is safe!” Tatis posted on Twitter.
Yelich hits RBI double in 11th, Brewers top Reds, widen lead
CINCINNATI (AP) Christian Yelich doubled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Saturday night to widen their lead in the NL Central.
The Reds loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th, but with an empty bench, manager David Bell sent pitcher Wade Miley up to pinch hit for reliever Ryan Hendrix. He grounded out to second to end the game.
After losing three of four to the Reds at home before the All-Star break, Milwaukee has opened this series with two straight wins to take a six-game lead.
“We fought back,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something we’ve done all year. I think we’ve been really good late in games, and the fight has been there all year.”
Both teams scored in the 10th. Yelich then began the 11th with a liner into the left-field corner off left-hander Sean Doolittle (3-1) to drive in automatic runner Kolten Wong.
An infield single by Avisail Garcia and a sacrifice fly by Jace Peterson drove in two more runs.
Jonathan India hit a leadoff homer in the Reds eighth to make it 3-all.
Yelich had an RBI grounder during a three-run rally in the seventh for a 3-2 Milwaukee lead.
The Reds scored on an error and Kyle Farmer had an RBI double off All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who gave up just two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four.
Jandel Gustave (1-0), the sixth Milwaukee reliever, pitched the last two innings for the win.
“There no question there’s a lot on the line,” Bell said. “It is tough to take loses, but we have no choice but to approach this the way we do – with toughness.”
Contreras, Cubs rally for 4-2 victory over Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) A little rest did a lot of good for Willson Contreras.
The durable catcher capped Chicago’s three-run ninth inning with a two-run homer, sending the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Contreras had three hits and scored twice. He has played in 82 of Chicago’s 92 games this season, and manager David Ross said he benefitted from the All-Star break.
“He’s carrying a heavy load for us this year,” Ross said. “For him to get his legs under him at the All-Star break and come through like he did tonight. That’s the right-handed hitter he’s capable of being. He’s pretty good in the box.”
Chicago was down 2-1 before it rallied with two out in the ninth. Rafael Ortega doubled and scored on Robinson Chirinos’ pinch-hit single off Joakim Soria (1-4). Contreras then hit a drive to left for his 14th homer.
Contreras said he took four days off during the break, and it “was really refreshing on my body. Of course I want to play every single day, but I also understand the body needs at least one off day.”
Rex Brothers (3-2) got three outs for the win, and All-Star Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 21st save. It was career save No. 369 for Kimbrel, snapping a tie with Jonathan Papelbon for ninth on baseball’s all-time list.
It was the Cubs’ first win when trailing entering the ninth inning since Sept. 12, 2020, at Milwaukee.
Arizona wasted a strong performance by Zac Gallen, who threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his return from the injured list. Gallen had been sidelined by a strained hamstring.
“He was fantastic,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Gave up one run. He was in control of every inning. … Typical Zac stuff, a ton of swing and miss.”
Gallen said he wasn’t surprised by his sharpness because he missed just one start.
“I felt pretty crisp once I got out there and was able to make some pitches,” he said. “I was able to shape pitches the way I wanted to. Overall I was happy with it.”
Gallen was visibly displeased when Lovullo pulled him in the sixth, and the two had a private conversation in the tunnel leading to Arizona’s dugout.
“I felt like I still had more in the tank,” Gallen said. “In that sense we butted heads.”
Nick Ahmed and Josh Rojas each drove in a run for the last-place Diamondbacks, who have dropped five of six.
“It’s like biting on an onion,” Lovullo said. “It’s painful. It hurts.”
The Diamondbacks jumped in front on Ahmed’s run-scoring groundout in the second, and Rojas made it 2-0 when he singled in Ahmed in the fifth.
Cubs right-hander Adbert Alzolay allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two in five innings.
The Cubs rallied in the sixth. Contreras singled with one out, advanced on a walk by Anthony Rizzo and scored on Javier Baez’s double off the wall in center.
Chicago had a chance for more, but Kris Bryant to hit a ground ball to third baseman Eduardo Escobar, who threw Rizzo out at home. Gallen then was replaced by left-hander Joe Mantiply, who retired Jason Heyward on a line drive to center.
Giolito tosses 3-hitter as White Sox pound Astros 10-1
CHICAGO (AP) Lucas Giolito said he wanted to “come out with a vengeance” in his first start after the All-Star break.
The Houston Astros felt the wrath of the Chicago White Sox ace right hander.
Giolito pitched a three-hitter, Jose Abreu launched a three-run homer and the White Sox beat the Astros 10-1 on Saturday night.
Tim Anderson, Zack Collins and rookies Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger also went deep as the White Sox broke out against the Astros after dropping the first five games in the season series by a combined 34-9 score.
“I didn’t really like my first half,” Giolito said. “Today was really a good launching point for flipping the switch.
“I thought I was convicted behind each and every pitch tonight, even the ones that didn’t go my way.”
Giolito (8-6) struck out eight and walked none while throwing 107 pitches in his fifth career complete game. After Michael Brantley doubled with one out in the first, Giolito retired 22 in a row before Abraham Toro homered with two outs in the eighth.
None of Houston’s first 16 outs against Giolito came on grounders. All were on fly balls, popups or strikeouts until Jose Altuve chopped the ball to third baseman Yoan Moncada for the final out of the Houston sixth.
“Lucas, he was nasty, man,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I think from the first pitch his stuff was electric.”
Anderson had three hits in the matchup of AL division leaders, and Burger’s seventh-inning solo shot was his first career homer.
And the White Sox wanted to make a statement after the Astros had manhandled them through their first five meetings.
“We definitely needed that one,” Anderson said. “For us to go out and put up 10, hopefully we started something up.”
Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-5) permitted four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He entered with a 1.04 ERA is his previous five outings, but was out of kilter in one.
“I just couldn’t find a consistent slot today,” Odorizzi said. “Not establishing fastball command was really the reason today. Just one of those days.”
Collins and Anderson went deep on consecutive pitches from Odorizzi with one out in the third. Both homers may have been boosted from a steady breeze that was blowing out, but Odorizzi made mistakes on both pitches.
“He really got hurt on the first couple of homers,” manager Dusty Baker said. “They were up over the plate and they didn’t miss them.
“I guess it was their night. We had beaten them five in a row.”
Sheets made it 6-0 with a two-run drive off Brandon Bielak in the fifth, and Abreu’s 16th homer was a three-run shot to left against Joe Smith in the sixth.
Kim extends shutout streak, leads Cardinals past Giants 3-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) Kwang Hyun Kim didn’t necessarily need a translator. His smile said it all.
The St. Louis left-hander tossed six shutout innings, Tyler O’Neill and Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Cardinals beat San Francisco 3-1 on Saturday night, snapping the Giants’ five-game winning streak.
The South Korean-born Kim (5-5) has not allowed a run over his last 21 innings, covering three-plus starts. He was pitching in front of his wife and two children for the first time in the United States, which made the performance extra special
“I tried to be calm, not to get too excited,” Kim said through an interpreter.
St. Louis has won eight of its last 10 games at home against the Giants.
Kim allowed three hits in an 85-pitch outing. He struck out one, walked two and left with a 3-0 lead. Kim has allowed one run or less in six of his last seven starts. His wife, Lee Sang-Hee, and two children, Minjoo and Minjae, arrived in St. Louis earlier this week.
“I can’t imagine how good a feeling that has to be,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s wonderful to have his family here, his kids here. It’s clearly good to see him pitch so well.”
Kim tossed seven shutout innings against the Giants on July 5. He was in total command again on Saturday.
“He’s been huge for us,” Goldschmidt said. “He gives us a good chance to win any time he’s on the mound.”
Kim planed on celebrating with some of his mother’s home cooking, which includes his favorite dish of Kimchi Chigae, a fermented chili pepper cabbage soup.
“My mother and I use the same oven,” Kim said. “But somehow she makes it better than I do.”
Kim said his recent success stems from his ability to keep the ball down.
“I just pitch low and my control is getting better,” Kim said. “Even though (it might be) a mistake pitch, the pitch is low and they get singles, not extra base hits.”
Kim’s family will return to South Korea late next week, but will not likely get to see him pitch in his next start. He said it was important for his children to see him perform in front of a large crowd.
Anthony DeSclafani (10-4) gave up three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Alex Reyes recorded his 21st save in as many opportunities this season. He has 23 successive saves, dating to last season.
O’Neill hit his 16th homer of the season leading off second inning. It was his first since a two-homer game on June 9 against Cleveland.
Goldschmidt, who had three hits and extended his hitting streak to a 12-games, hit a two-run blast in the fifth. Dylan Carlson led off the inning with a double.
“It was a fastball kind of middle away and down,” Goldschmidt said. “I was just trying to hit something hard there. Worst case get Dylan to third and I was able to get it out of there.’
The Giants, who scored an unearned run in the seventh, sport the best record in the majors at 58-33 despite the loss.
Muncy hits 2 HRs, Buehler wins 10th as Dodgers beat Rockies
DENVER (AP) Max Muncy had two home runs and four hits, Mookie Betts had a homer among his four extra-base hits before leaving with a hip problem, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their fourth straight, beating the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Saturday night.
Muncy homered is his last two at-bats and finished with five RBIs.
Walker Buehler (10-1) pitched seven strong innings to reach double digits in wins. He set down the last 13 batters he faced after yielding a two-out double to Ryan McMahon in the bottom of the third. He recorded six of his eight strikeouts in that span.
A.J. Pollock also homered, and Justin Turner hit a two-run double in the ninth ahead of Muncy’s second homer of the night, off reliever Zac Rosscup. It was the Dodgers’ eighth straight win over the Rockies since dropping the season opener at Colorado.
McMahon had a run-scoring double and starter Kyle Freeland had a sacrifice fly for Colorado.
Betts was running out his third double of the game in the top of the seventh when he slowed his gait and gingerly ran to second base. A team trainer hustled onto the field to tend to him and then walked him off the field and into the clubhouse. The Dodgers later announced that Betts was removed from the game with a right hip irritation. “It’s kind of been nagging him all year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think a lot of the running on the bases kind of caught up to him and irritated him a little bit. But I’ll have him down (Sunday) and he’ll be ready for that (San Francisco) series on Monday.”
Betts also figured he would be able to play through it.
“I’m good,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with it. I think I just made it a little more bad today than normal. But I’m fine.”
Muncy hit his second run-scoring single in the top of the sixth to put the Dodgers up 3-2. He connected for his 20th homer of the season in the eighth off Carlos Estevez. Muncy said he has been able to zero in on an array of pitches beyond fastballs this season, making his overall swing much more effective.
“I’ve always been a really good fastball hitter, but this year I feel like I’ve been able to react to a lot of different pitches and it’s not just selling out to the fastball anymore,” Muncy said. “I think it’s making me more of a complete hitter.”
Pollock hit his 13th homer of the season in the seventh off Mychal Givens, extending the Dodgers lead to 4-2.
Betts, who doubled and scored on Muncy’s first RBI single in the first, put the Dodgers up 2-1 in the top of the third when he drove Freeland’s 0-1 offering over the right-center field fence, into the Rockies’ bullpen, for his 14th home run of the season. Betts accounted for three of the hits off Freeland, including his home run.
“That’s how baseball goes sometimes,” Freeland said. “You’ve got some guy’s number for a little bit, then they turn around and got your number. . I think I really made one mistake to him – and that was the homer. Other than that, the other two pitches were quality pitches that he put swings on.”
Colorado evened the score at 2-all in its half of the third, getting a run-scoring double from McMahon.
Freeland (1-4) went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out four.
Cole, Yankees withstand rain to beat Red Sox 3-1
NEW YORK (AP) After a long night and a shortened game that was interrupted several times, the New York Yankees finally have a win over Boston this season.
Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-1 in a contest called after six innings because of heavy rain Saturday.
Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1) as the Yankees topped their longtime rivals for the first time in eight meetings this year. It was their first victory over Boston in nine tries since Sept. 19.
“I thought it was a big win,” Cole said. “I thought out of the seven losses to this point, there were a few games that we were in, maybe even could have finished off with a W.”
Cole (10-4) followed up last Saturday’s 129-pitch shutout in Houston by allowing one run and five hits in a six-inning complete game. His seventh double-digit strikeout game this season came nearly three weeks after he allowed three homers to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“He leaned on a little bit of everything,” Boone said. “I thought his fastball got really, really strong as the outing went on.”
The game began 52 minutes late due to a weather delay even though it wasn’t raining and the tarp was not placed on the field.
“We started the game knowing that there was rain in the area,” plate umpire Jeff Nelson told a pool reporter. “There was not a 100% forecast either way of what was going to happen.”
Play also was halted before the Yankees took a 3-1 lead when a fan threw a ball at Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo and hit him in the back.
“It felt like it was targeted towards me and it don’t sit well with me,” Verdugo said.
Verdugo began yelling at fans and was restrained by first base coach Tom Goodwin. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his players off the field, and the game resumed after a discussion with umpires near Boston’s dugout.
“This is just a game,” Cora said. “It’s a game. It’s not life and death and it’s not this drama, and the fact that people come to the ballpark and they decided to throw a baseball (at) one of the players, I was in shock that that happened.”
Verdugo said he threw the ball into the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back onto the field and hit Verdugo.
“It’s awful, embarrassing, unacceptable,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
There also were four delays for replay reviews and another stoppage when Nelson took a 96 mph fastball from Cole off his mask in the sixth. Nelson was attended to by a Yankees trainer and stayed in the game after a few minutes.
As Nelson was getting checked, the rain significantly intensified and Cole paced the mound.
The game was delayed by rain for a second time moments after Cole took the mound for the seventh, and called following a 54-minute delay that included lightning and heavy showers.
“It got pretty bad there at the end,” Boone said. “I actually ended up walking out with Gerrit and just looked at the umpires like, what are we doing? And actually being out there, it was not good.”
Sanchez snapped a 1-all tie with his 16th homer, and the call was upheld via replay review after a fan in the right field seats appeared to reach over the wall. Torres made it 3-1 with his first homer since June 5.
DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single for the Yankees, who were blanked in the first 13 innings of the series.
The rain began as Rougned Odor batted in the first inning and was hit by a pitch when Nathan Eovaldi appeared to struggle gripping the ball.
Eovaldi allowed one run and two hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid on his 80th pitch when Greg Allen roped an elevated 98 mph fastball into the right-center gap for a double in the fifth. Allen scored when LeMahieu singled to left, but Eovaldi escaped by retiring Giancarlo Stanton for a third time.
Christian Arroyo hit an RBI single in the second for the Red Sox.
Reyes’ long homer highlights Indians’ 3-2 win over A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Franmil Reyes hit his 15th home run into a luxury suite in center field, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Saturday.
Cal Quantrill threw five effective innings to win his second consecutive start. Cesar Hernandez had an RBI double and Austin Hedges added two hits as the Indians won their fourth in five games.
James Karinchak retired Elvis Andrus with two on to save it.
Reyes crushed an 0-1 pitch from J.B. Wendelken high over the center field fence for a solo shot that gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead in the eighth. The ball traveled a projected 437 feet into an open window of a luxury suite where a handful of fans were sitting.
“I feel like I hit balls harder than that. That one just carried more than the other ones,” said Reyes, who had struck out twice and grounded out in his first three at-bats. “But it felt great running around the bases, getting the homer (at) a great time. One more run to add to the lead.”
It was the fourth home run by the Indians’ cleanup hitter since coming off the injured list July 2.
Quantrill (2-2) struck out five and allowed one run while pitching around traffic much of the game.
The right-hander, who began the season in Cleveland’s bullpen, worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth after giving up an infield single to Tony Kemp and hitting the next two batters on consecutive pitches. Quantrill got Andrus to ground into a 5-2-3 double play, walked Matt Olson, and then retired Mitch Moreland on a flyout.
“He had a couple of tough innings but gets that double play and then pitches out of it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It wasn’t easy all the time but he did it. Obviously that was huge.”
Nick Sandlin, Bryan Shaw and Emmanuel Clase retired three batters apiece. Karinchak pitched the ninth for his 10th save, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. After he got Andrus on a grounder for the final out, the play was reviewed and the call confirmed.
Hernandez hit a run-scoring double that set up Amed Rosario’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Olson doubled and scored on Moreland’s first-inning double for the A’s, who had won three straight. Pinch-hitter Sean Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
“We have a lot more offensively,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Our potential’s more than we’re doing and have done right before the (All-Star) break. We got some runners on and had a chance to win. We just didn’t get a big hit there at the end.”
Oakland starter Frankie Montas (8-8) struck out seven in six innings. He gave up two runs and six hits.
Fletcher’s hit streak reaches 26 games, Angels pound M’s 9-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) David Fletcher is a soft-spoken middle infielder and a sixth-round draft choice who has sneaked up on stardom during four increasingly impressive seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.
Fletcher is sitting on the second-longest hitting streak in Angels history after yet another monster offensive game. His talents are unlikely to surprise anyone again after this incredible five-week stretch, and that’s how his manager and teammates think it should be.
“No doubt, he is a confident young man,” Angels skipper Joe Maddon said. “I think there’s Joe Namath, and then there’s David Fletcher. Two tremendous lore-like heroes. He’s got that thing. There’s nothing on that baseball field that he doesn’t think he can do. The lore of David Fletcher is beginning.”
Fletcher extended his streak to 26 games with three doubles and five RBIs, and Taylor Ward homered and drove in three runs in Los Angeles’ 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Fletcher wasted zero time extending the Angels’ longest hitting streak in 23 years, doubling to left field on Yusei Kikuchi’s first pitch.
The hit broke Fletcher’s tie with Rod Carew’s 25-game streak in 1982. Only Garret Anderson’s 28-game string in 1998 is ahead of him in Angels history. Fletcher matched the longest streak in the majors since Wilson Ramos’ 26-gamer in 2019, and that was the longest since Freddie Freeman’s 30-game streak in 2016.
Fletcher then cleared the bases in the second inning with a powerful double to center. He added a two-run double off the left field wall in the eighth, boosting his average to .454 (49 for 108) during the streak with 13 doubles and 21 RBIs.
“There’s nobody I’ve played with that’s more confident than he is, and he backs it up,” Angels starter Alex Cobb said. “He’s just fun to be around. He’s got this energy about him that he’s just going to get the job done, and that’s what he looks like when he’s playing. It’s not always going to be pretty, but he’s going to get the job done. You can’t play defense on him. He hits everything.”
Cobb (7-3) yielded five hits over 6 2/3 innings in another strong start for the Angels, who have won seven of 11. Los Angeles compensated for a four-strikeout night by major league home run leader Shohei Ohtani with homers by Jack Mayfield and Taylor Ward, who also doubled and singled.
Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer off Alex Claudio in the ninth for Seattle, matching his career high with four RBIs while reaching base in his 17th consecutive game.
Kikuchi (6-5) struggled against almost everyone but Ohtani in his first start back from the break, yielding nine hits and seven runs with seven strikeouts over five innings. Kikuchi also gave up five runs in a loss to the Yankees right before the break.
“These past two games, the main thing is that my fastball velocity was just not there in both those games,” Kikuchi said through his translator. “I think that’s the only problem, honestly. I’m just looking forward to making the proper adjustment.”
Cobb walked four and struck out six in a resilient effort, maintaining his position as a bright spot in the Angels’ dim rotation.
He has won six of his last nine starts, and his ERA dropped below 4.00 for the first time since May during this victory. Cobb is the first Angels pitcher to win five consecutive home starts since Jered Weaver in 2013.
Los Angeles had a 5-0 lead before Seattle finally scored in the fifth on Haniger’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly, but Cobb limited the damage to a run.
Ward then slugged his eighth homer in the bottom half, a two-run shot.
“In those spots in many games this year, we’ve got the big hit to get us back in the game or extend the lead,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They made some really good plays tonight, and it just wasn’t our time.”
Tigers rally for doubleheader sweep against Twins
DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera’s bloop single scored Jonathan Schoop from first base, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Saturday for a doubleheader sweep.
The second game was tied at 3 after seven innings, and the Twins went in front when pinch-runner Nick Gordon scored on a wild pitch by Joe Jimenez (3-1) in the eighth.
But the Tigers rallied in the bottom half. Schoop hit a tying RBI single off Taylor Rogers (2-4). After Robbie Grossman struck out, Cabrera dropped a hit into shallow center as Schoop raced around the bases.
Detroit kicked off the doubleheader with a 1-0 victory. Grossman hit a leadoff homer, and four pitchers combined on a two-hitter.
Jose Urena started for the Tigers and pitched three innings of two-hit ball before departing due right groin tightness. Daniel Norris (1-3) then got six outs, Kyle Funkhouser struck out the side in the sixth, and Gregory Soto worked the seventh for his eighth save.
“Obviously, we needed our bullpen to pitch well and I think they wanted to prove something,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “All three guys came in and were great.”
The Twins were shut out for the fourth time this season. They swept a four-game home series from Detroit prior to the All-Star break.
“If you look at what both teams did offensively today through seven innings of play, they’re probably not the types of at-bats we’re used to seeing from some of these guys lately,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I’ll bet some of that is from five days off.”
Akil Baddoo hit a three-run triple for Detroit in the second game. Tyler Alexander gave up two runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs for Minnesota. Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in a run.
Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with three runs and three hits.
Minnesota scored a two-out run in the first on Donaldson’s RBI single. The Tigers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second on Baddoo’s two-out triple to right-center.
Donaldson led off the fourth with his 14th homer, and Cruz’s bases-loaded infield single tied it at 3 in the fifth.
Mets: Lindor out indefinitely, deGrom has forearm tightness
PITTSBURGH (AP) New York Mets star shortstop Francisco Lindor is out indefinitely with a strained oblique and ace Jacob deGrom is sidelined with forearm tightness, the NL East leaders announced Saturday in their latest round of health setbacks.
The Mets didn’t put a timetable on Lindor’s return, but such injuries can often take a month or more to heal.
“I’d love to say I’m day-to-day, but I’m not,” Lindor said.
DeGrom felt discomfort Friday while throwing a bullpen season at Pittsburgh. An MRI hours later showed there was forearm tightness but no structural damage.
The right-hander hasn’t yet been slotted back into the rotation and there is no projection on when deGrom might pitch again.
“Right now, we’re treating the player for what he feels,” manager Luis Rojas said. “That’s how we’re approaching day to day until he feels good and can throw.”
DeGrom is 7-2 with a major league-leading 1.08 ERA in 15 starts this season despite being hampered by multiple ailments. He last pitched July 7 against Milwaukee.
Lindor was put on the 10-day injured list with a strain on his right side.
Lindor got hurt during Friday night’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh, wincing after he grounded out in the fifth inning. The four-time All-Star took a few steps out of the batter’s box but then peeled off toward the Mets’ dugout on the first base side.
The Mets have not said when they they think he might play again. New York began the day with a three-game division lead over Philadelphia.
“What’s I’ve learned, especially this year, is it’s a whole different situation for each injury,” Rojas said. “As much as you hear of similar injury grades, it’s just that each person heals differently. That’s why a timeline is tricky.”
“Francisco is in great shape, and we think he will approach his rehab the right way. We’ll take it week to week,” he said.
In his first season with New York after he was acquired in a January trade with Cleveland, Lindor is hitting .228 with 11 homers and eight steals in 88 games. He agreed to a $341 million, 10-year contract just before opening day.
“I’ll be glad to do whatever I can do to help the boys, to encourage them to work as hard as you can, celebrate each day,” Lindor said.
The Mets recalled infielder Travis Blankenhorn from Triple-A Syracuse to take Lindor’s roster spot.
Luis Guillorme was slated to start at shortstop Saturday night. Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza could also see action at the position.
“I refer to our depth,” Rojas said. “The front office has done a good job preparing for situations like this. We’re going to miss Francisco, but we’re covered.”
Beset by a long list of injuries, Mets just got third baseman J.D. Davis back from the 60-day IL on Friday. His return meant each of New York’s projected regulars were available for the first time in months.
“I have a lot of faith in the boys. We’re a resilient team,” Lindor said. “I’m not the first person to go down this year. I know the guys will continue to work as hard as they can and are going to win a lot more games with or without me.”
Blankenhorn hit .270 with four homers in 13 games for Syracuse. He appeared in 11 games for the Mets earlier this season, going 1 for 11.
The Mets are Blankenhorn’s fourth organization this season. He also has spent time in the farm systems of Minnesota, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle.
White Sox, RHP Lance Lynn agree to 2-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) For Lance Lynn, it was pretty simple.
“There’s no point in going into free agency if you know where you want to be,” he said.
Lynn is enjoying his first season on the South Side of Chicago, and the White Sox feel the same way. So they solidified their relationship on Saturday, announcing a $38 million, two-year contract extension for the All-Star right-hander.
The 34-year-old Lynn is 9-3 with an AL-best 1.99 ERA in 16 starts. He was acquired in a December trade with Texas for right-hander Dane Dunning and lefty Avery Weems.
With Lynn helping anchor the rotation, the White Sox had an eight-game lead in the AL Central heading into Saturday’s game against Houston.
“They’ve put together a winner here,” Lynn said. “That’s what I want to be part of and help to kind of push it over the top to get a championship.”
Lynn will make $18.5 million in each of the next two seasons. The White Sox have an $18 million option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout.
The White Sox like Lynn’s competitiveness on the mound and what manager Tony La Russa called his “vocal” leadership on a team loaded with young talent.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep Lance in a White Sox uniform for the next several seasons,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a release. “He very quickly proved himself to be not only an All-Star-caliber addition to the front of our rotation but also the positive clubhouse presence that we envisioned at the time of the acquisition.”
Lynn said the team’s desire to get a deal done was “an awesome feeling.”
“I really look forward to pitching here the next couple of years and help this organization achieve what they set out to do – and that’s win another championship,” he said.
The White Sox last won the World Series in 2005.
Lynn was selected by St. Louis in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft. La Russa also was his manager when he broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2011, helping the team win the World Series.
Lynn is 113-74 with a 3.48 ERA in 276 career games, including 252 starts.
La Russa said signing Lynn sends a strong message to his players that the White Sox are “getting closer and closer to being an October club.”
La Russa added Lynn is just as competitive as when he was a rookie. The righty just has much more in a repertoire that features various versions of fastballs.
“Now years later he’s got a wealth of experience and more pitches,” La Russa said. “He’s as good as anyone out there taking the ball as a starter.”
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: One Run Decides Two On Saturday Night
INDIANAPOLIS – The Omaha Storm Chasers took a series lead with a sweep of the Indianapolis Indians in Saturday night’s doubleheader, 2-1 and 4-3. All five contests played so far in the six-game series have been decided by one run.
The pair of losses marked Omaha’s fifth sweep of Indianapolis in a doubleheader dating back to 1988. In twin bills against Omaha, the Indians are now 9-17 with three Omaha sweeps coming in the Circle City. They were last swept in a doubleheader at Victory Field on Aug. 16, 2019 against Lehigh Valley.
The Indians (31-32) were narrowly edged by the Storm Chasers in Game 1, 2-1. Each team tallied four hits, with Omaha’s pair of home runs by Ryan McBroom and Anderson Miller being the difference.
Southpaw Steven Brault (L, 0-1) made his first rehab start with the Indians and gave up one run – McBroom’s solo homer in the second inning – on two hits. He also struck out two batters with no walks in his three innings. Meanwhile, Jackson Kowar (W, 6-2) fanned eight Indy hitters in five two-hit innings.
In the nightcap, Omaha (40-23) put up four runs in the fourth inning and held off an Indians seventh-inning comeback effort for the win.
Bligh Madris plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly off Eddie Butler (W, 4-1) to score Dee Strange-Gordon in the bottom of the first inning. The Indians had multiple runners on base with no outs to open the first two innings, but only walked away with a single run.
The Storm Chasers, after stranding six runners of their own against Beau Sulser (L, 4-3) in the first three innings, came up big in the fourth. Miller launched his second home run of the night, this time with a pair of runners on base, to take a 3-0 lead. Edward Olivares then scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch.
A leadoff walk to T.J. Rivera in the bottom of the seventh inning began the Indians rally. With two outs, Dee-Strange Gordon singled and Anthony Alford doubled to put the tying runners in scoring position. Strange-Gordon scored on a wild pitch, but Alford was stranded 90 feet away in the narrow loss.
The Indians will go for the series tie against the Triple-A East Midwest Division leaders on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET. In a rematch of the series opener, RHP Mitch Keller (1-0, 1.80) will face off against LHP Marcelo Martinez (1-3, 5.40).
INDY ELEVEN RE-CAP:
INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 17, 2021) – Indy Eleven snapped a three-game home losing streak but was still left wanting for more after a 1-1 draw against Memphis 901 FC at Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening, Indy midfielder Nick Moon and Memphis striker Michael Salazar chiseling their names into the scoreboard with nearly back-to-back tallies early in the second half.
Both sides took the time to find their footing in a relatively quiet opening, but Memphis fullback Niall Logue was the first to cause a ruckus in the 11th minute, sending a pass 40 yards down the field to connect with teammate Kadeem Dacres. Eleven goalkeeper Bobby Edwards was the only obstacle in Dacres’ path, but he was left untested as the shot beamed over his crossbar. The Boys in Blue responded with a chance of their own a minute later when Jordan Hamilton jumped on a poor 901 FC pass and saw open field ahead of him. Hamilton was chased down, but not before he could play a ball into Peter-Lee Vassell for a clear shot at goal, but the effort from the top of the box was batted wide by Memphis loanee goalkeeper Kyle Morton.
Fast forward to the 28th minute and Indy would threaten yet again, this time via a nice bit of buildup play from Nicky Law and Vassell that eventually found its way to Hamilton, whose blasted a low shot as the last Bluff City defender jockeyed him. However, Morton stuck an arm out and once again came up with an important save for the visitors. Indy found themselves attacking the Memphis defense 10 minutes later when Rece Buckmaster whipped in a curving cross from the right of the penalty box that pinged off the head of Hamilton, but the nodded effort bounced wide before being cleared out of play. The choppy first half featuring 19 combined fouls ended minutes later with the Eleven unable to capitalize on their 60% of possession held.
After asking a plethora of questions in the first half, Indy Eleven’s persistent attack eventually found an answer in the opening moments of the second stanza. In the 47th minute, Hamilton laid off Law’s diagonal ball for Vassell, who dribbled it over to Moon. After darting through the heart of the visitor’s defense, Moon drove the ball into the far post and out of Morton’s reach to notch his second goal of the season. Unfortunately, Indy’s lead was short lived as Memphis hit back just four minutes later to level the match. Dacres danced around in the outskirts of Indy box before taking a shot that deflected off the leg of an Indy defender and, unluckily, right to the feet of Salazar. The 28-year-old settled the ball and fired it into the back off the net from close range for his second goal of the season, both of which have come at Carroll Stadium.
A slew of substitutions in the 63rd minute saw the attack-minded trio of Cammy Smith, Manuel Arteaga and Gordon Wild enter the match for the Boys in Blue. Their impact was felt nearly instantly as Indy’s next chance came four minutes later when Wild chased a long ball down and crossed to Arteaga inside Memphis’ box. Though the Venezuelan appeared to be shoved while trying to size up the ball, but play continued as the ball rolled out to Moon for a curling shot, forcing Morton into tough save for an Eleven corner. Wild swung the ensuing dead ball to Jared Timmer in the heart of the area, but the Butler University alumnus nodded the chance wide.
After a lot of back and forth and no anxiety-inducing chances for either side, Memphis quite nearly found a winner in the 88th minute. A 901 FC cross found the feet of Logue, but the center back wound up and blasted a shot that went over the bar and into the Brickyard Battalion. Time dribbled away after that chance and the final whistled sounded, with Indy feeling sightly hard done not to get all three points and settling for a second consecutive 1-1 result – not counting its abandoned game last weekend in Oklahoma City that ended on a similar scoreline after 46 minutes of action.
Indy Eleven returns to Carroll Stadium one week from tonight on Saturday, July 24, when it hosts Birmingham Legion FC (7W-4L-1D, 22 pts., 2nd in Central Division) for the Alabama side’s second visit to “The Mike” in three weeks’ time. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on “Keep Indy Live” Night are limited but still available and can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Fans who can’t make it can follow the action on WISH-TV 8, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
2021 USL Championship Regular Season
Indy Eleven 1 : 1 Memphis 901 FC
Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. ET
IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium
USL Championship Records
Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-4D, 16 pts. (5th in Central Division)
Memphis 901 FC: 3W-4L-4D, 13 pts. (7th in Central Division)
IND – Nick Moon (Peter-Lee Vassell) 47’
MEM – Michael Salazar (unassisted) 51’
MEM – Rashawn Dally (yellow card) 85’
Indy Eleven lineup (4-3-3, L–>R): Bobby Edwards; Patrick Seagrist, A.J. Cochran, Karl Ouimette, Rece Buckmaster; Nicky Law, Jared Timmer, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Cammy Smith 63’); Peter-Lee Vassell (Gordon Wild 63’), Jordan Hamilton (Manuel Arteaga 63’), Nick Moon (Ayoze 89’)
IND substitutes: Eric Dick (GK), Aiden Liu, Aboubacar Sissoko
Memphis 901 FC line-up (4-2-3-1, L–>R): Kyle Morton; Marc Segbers, Niall Logue, Zach Carroll, Raul Gonzalez; Leston Paul (captain), Dominic Oduro; Laurent Kissiedou, Kadeem Dacres, Michael Salazar (Rashawn Dally 75’); Kyle Murphy (Francis Atuahene 84’)
MEM substitutes: Brady Scott (GK), Andre Reynolds, Tycho Collins, Skylar Thomas, Brecc Evans
Michigan athletics official retail store partners with players to sell jerseys with names on back
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In what is believed to be the first deal of its kind, Michigan athletics official retail store, The M Den, announced on Saturday it is partnering with Wolverines football players to create custom jerseys to sell with the player’s name and number on the back.
In the past, retailers were prohibited from selling university jerseys with current player names on them. But with the recent passing of name, image and likeness (NIL) laws and rules, The M Den is now allowed to sell the jerseys as a customized product.
“Right this minute, the only permission we have is to do this through our custom jersey program,” The M Den president and co-owner Scott Hirth said. “We could print any of the other 10 billion people on the planet with their name and number on the planet, except for the current players two weeks ago. So, the only thing that changed is now we can add to the 10 billion people on the planet, the 130 players on the team. We don’t have the ability to make 1,000 of those for player X and make that a stock program. That doesn’t mean next Tuesday we can’t do that, but right now, that’s what we can do.”
At this time, the university does not allow officially licensed products to be sold directly with the player’s name and number on it. However, the custom jersey option is a loophole around that rule that the university was happy to accommodate. Customers are able to go to the website, click a drop-down menu that lists positions and player names to choose from, and create a custom jersey for a Michigan football player.
The M Den worked with former Michigan football player Jared Wangler, who started Valiant Management group, an NIL agency, to help secure contracts with the players. Wangler was on the team from 2014 to 2018, and he still knows most of the players on the roster. He says at this point, there are roughly 60 Michigan football players signed up, with more on the way.
“We have a relationship with Scott Hirth at The M Den, and I’ve been putting this on his radar for four or five months now,” Wangler said. “This was the first deal we wanted to do for the guys. I was up there last week, met with all the players and had a contract for them to look through and helped get everyone signed up. We’re trying to maximize this for Michigan and make it the premier school for NIL.”
The deal will pay each player the same amount per jersey sold and will pay each player quarterly. If one player is more popular than another and sells more jerseys, he will make more money, but each player will have the opportunity to make the same amount per jersey.
“The rules on this are two weeks old and are changing daily. I said as long as your eligibility exists at the University of Michigan, we will pay you for the rights to put your name and number on a jersey,” Hirth said. “Right now, our contract with each player is for the length of their eligibility at Michigan.”
As of now, this is an exclusive partnership between The M Den and the Michigan student-athletes. They are not able to profit from any other jersey sales that aren’t part of the Nike custom football jersey offering.
The rules are changing, and they’re also different from state to state and school to school. For instance, Georgia released rules for its players that will not allow student-athletes to use any school trademarks or the Power G logo. The University of Michigan still technically has a similar rule, but it is loosening up those rules by allowing The M Den to create the custom jerseys.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay buys Elton John’s touring piano for $915,000
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INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay continued to add to his already vast music collection when the Colts owner tweeted Saturday that he purchased the piano used on tour for decades by music legend Sir Elton John.
Irsay reportedly purchased the Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano for $915,000 during an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions on Saturday in Dallas.
“Just added to the collection,” Irsay tweeted.
The piano, which was used on tour from 1974 to 1993, was signed by Elton, with the inscription, “Enjoy this as much as I have, Elton John” on the frame.
One of Irsay’s biggest passion — outside of owning the Colts — is collecting memorabilia.
Some of the most memorable things Irsay owns are guitars previously used by Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Prince.
Irsay also has handwritten lyrics to “With God on Our Side” from Bob Dylan, a drum head used and signed by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the piano used by Lennon to compose songs for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band,” a drum kit from the Beatles’ Ringo Starr, a tomato soup wrapper signed by Andy Warhol and the script from the movie “Jerry Maguire.”
Texas A&M fan site secures deal to pay two Aggies football players $10,000 for exclusive interviews
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In the brave new world of name, image and likeness sponsorships, a Texas A&M fan site has struck a deal to pay two Aggies football players $10,000 each for “exclusive feature interviews” ahead of SEC media days.
Running back Isaiah Spiller and safety Demani Richardson each will be featured on TexAgs.com as part of a deal with a local company, GreenPrint Real Estate Group.
The deal is one of the first announced that will pay players for media access, which is allowed since new NIL rules were instituted on July 1.
“We’re excited about the ways the NIL changes will allow us to feature Texas A&M athletes, continue to push into new areas of content creation for our subscribers and expand our work with sponsors,” said Billy Liucci, co-owner and executive editor of TexAgs.
A Texas A&M spokesperson did not have an immediate response to the announcement when contacted by ESPN.
TexAgs is an independent company that is not affiliated with Texas A&M. According to its media kit, it draws 400,000 unique visitors and over 32 million page views each month.
News organizations typically do not pay for interviews with players. Generally, access is arranged by each school’s sports information department and players are often made available for a certain time period each week.
Oklahoma launches 2023 football recruiting class with commitment from RB Treyaun Webb
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Oklahoma started its 2023 football recruiting class with a top-ranked offensive player when ESPN Junior 300 running back Treyaun Webb committed to the Sooners on Saturday.
Webb, a 6-foot, 190-pound athlete from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, is the No. 68-ranked recruit overall and No. 8 running back in the 2023 class. Webb chose the Sooners over Georgia and Ohio State.
“I took my visits in June and was able to narrow it down to those three,” Webb told ESPN. “Then I did the pros and cons of each school, and I knew since COVID started last year that Oklahoma was in the lead, but I just needed to be sure.”
Webb said his visit to Ohio State put the Buckeyes in good standing, but his following visit to Oklahoma pushed the Sooners over the top.
“It was a relief, because when we call the coaches on the phone, they’re all going to say the same thing,” Webb said. “When you go visit these schools, you can really see the difference, and that’s what happened for me was I saw the differences in each school.”
The No. 13 recruit in the state of Florida for his class, Webb had 837 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season and also played on defense. The Sooners primarily recruited him as a running back, and the history of successful, explosive offenses under coach Lincoln Riley was part of the equation for Webb.
“Norman is a football town,” Webb said. “It’s a nice distance from home where I can just focus on football and school. [The coaches] have been checking in with me, doing Zoom calls, the whole nine. We wanted to see how the campus was and everything that’s close by. It was basically everything we needed.
“The coaches, family, tradition and the people — Oklahoma, when I went up there, they accepted me with open arms, and it felt like home.”
Texas Longhorns add to offseason haul with No. 1 college basketball transfer Marcus Carr
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Minnesota transfer Marcus Carr, the No. 1 transfer this offseason, announced his commitment to Texas on Saturday, giving Chris Beard’s Longhorns a legitimate case to be the preseason No. 1 entering next season.
Carr opted for Texas instead of pursuing a professional basketball option in Australia. Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas were also on his final list of transfer options.
Carr originally entered the transfer portal in March before turning pro. After it appeared it was unlikely he would be picked in the NBA draft, Carr withdrew his name from the draft and decided to return to college in late June.
A 6-foot-2 guard from Toronto, Carr earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He was one of the most explosive guards in college basketball, scoring 30 or more points on four occasions, including a 41-point performance in a February loss to Nebraska.
Carr started his career at Pittsburgh before transferring to Minnesota for the past two seasons.
Beard has now landed three of the top five transfers in ESPN’s top 100 transfer rankings, as well as six of the top 31.
Carr joins a transfer class that includes Timmy Allen (17.2 PPG at Utah), Tre Mitchell (18.8 PPG at UMass), Christian Bishop (11.0 PPG at Creighton), Dylan Disu (15.0 PPG at Vanderbilt) and former five-star recruit Devin Askew (6.5 PPG at Kentucky). Avery Benson, who played under Beard at Texas Tech, followed him to Austin.
Texas also returns two starters — Andrew Jones (14.6 PPG) and Courtney Ramey (12.2 PPG) — from a team that earned a 3-seed to the NCAA tournament before falling in the first round to Abilene Christian.
Beard also signed Jaylon Tyson (No. 29 in the ESPN 100), who had originally signed with Texas Tech last fall.
If that wasn’t enough, Beard has already started making progress with his 2022 recruiting class. Shortly after Carr announced his commitment to Texas, ESPN 100 guard Arterio Morris pledged to the Longhorns.
Beard made Morris a priority this summer and was the only head coach at his final game of the weekend at an Under Armour event last Sunday.
Texas is also considered the favorite for elite guard Keyonte George and hosted top-30 prospects Kijani Wright and Anthony Black — among a dozen others — for official visits in June.
Predators’ revamp goes on with trade of Ryan Ellis to Flyers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers finally landed a premier defenseman Saturday, acquiring Ryan Ellis in a trade with Nashville for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick.
The 30-year-old Ellis is coming back from shoulder surgery, but the Flyers think he can regain the form that made him one of the NHL’s best defenseman – a position of need for the team for a while.
Ellis is the second member of the Predators’ 2017 Stanley Cup Final roster traded away this month. F orward Viktor Arvidsson was shipped off to the Los Angeles Kings on July 1.
Nashville didn’t keep Patrick for very long, trading him to Vegas for forward Cody Glass.
“We felt it was time for a change to our core this offseason, and we are really excited to add an influx of youth, size and skill into the lineup with these additions,” Nashville general manager David Poile said in a statement.
Poile noted Glass is a former sixth-overall pick that the Predators believe has a high ceiling as a center prospect, while the 6-foot-5 Myers gives Nashville much needed size on defense. But Poile said they will miss Ellis’ leadership and work ethic.
“Over the last decade-plus, he helped lead our franchise through its most competitive era, spending the last four seasons as associate captain,” Poile said. “We wish Ryan and his family all the best in Philadelphia and thank him for all he did during his time with the Predators.”
Ellis was selected by Nashville with the No. 11 pick in the 2009 draft, and he is going into the third year of an eight-year contract worth $6.25 million a year through the 2026-27 season. Ellis has 270 points in 562 career games.
Ellis, listed at 5-10 and 180 pounds, missed 20 games after shoulder surgery this season. He had 18 points in 35 regular-season games, but was second on the team in average ice time at 23 minutes, 46 seconds.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher called Ellis an excellent all-around defenseman and one of the best passers in the game.
“We believe he has good hockey ahead of him,” Fletcher said. “There’s no reason to think that he can’t. We like him a lot as a player. We like the cap hit. We think it’s a fair number. We like the fact he’s already signed. He brings some cost certainty. we can plug that number in over the next few years.”
Ellis had one goal and four assists in six playoff games in Nashville’s first-round loss to Carolina.
During Nashville’s run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Ellis was third with 13 points in 22 games. He led the Predators with 51 blocked shots that postseason.
“We weren’t good enough last year,” Fletcher said. “Adding Ryan is an upgrade and a step in the right direction. We’re not going to get complacent and we’ll do what we can to upgrade where we can.”
The trade left Ellis “pretty shocked” when he heard the news. He had spent his entire career with Nashville in the Western Conference, leaving him unfamiliar with the Eastern Conference and the Flyers.
“Overall just surprised, shocked,” Ellis said. “At the same time excited. New challenge and a new chapter.”
Myers, 24, has 29 points in 115 regular-season games over parts of three seasons with Philadelphia. Patrick, the second-overall pick in 2017, played in 197 games over three seasons for the Flyers. He missed the 2019-20 season with a migraine disorder, but played in 52 of 56 games this season.
The 22-year-old Glass had four goals and six assists in 27 games with Vegas this season. The 6-2 center has nine goals and 13 assists in 66 career regular-season games.
Stars sign Heiskanen for 8 years, trade Dickinson to Canucks
FRISCO, Texas (AP) Miro Heiskanen signed a $67.6 million, eight-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Saturday, a monster deal that puts him among the highest-paid defensemen in the NHL.
The Stars also traded forward Jason Dickinson to Vancouver for a 2021 third-round pick before rosters had to be set for the Seattle expansion draft. The move was designed to keep the club from losing the 26-year-old to the Kraken for nothing.
Heiskanen will count $8.45 million against the salary cap through 2028-29. Only five defensemen currently count more against the cap than that next season. The deal came a day before Heiskanen’s 22nd birthday.
The native of Finland had 27 points last season and ranked ninth in the league in ice time at just under 25 minutes a game. Heiskanen has 28 goals and 67 assists for 95 points in 205 regular-season games. He also has 30 points in 40 playoff games with Dallas, including a trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final in the bubble.
“Since joining us, it has been clear that Miro is part of a collection of young, rising stars that are now playing in the National Hockey League,” general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “As an organization, we truly feel that Miro has just scratched the surface of his ability and will be in the Norris Trophy discussion for years to come.”
Heiskanen, the third pick in the 2017 draft, was fourth in Calder Trophy voting as rookie of the year his first season and 12th in Norris voting in 2019-20. He became a restricted free agent this summer.
“It feels great to get this done,” Heiskanen said. “Of course there is a lot of work to be done, and we’re very motivated to get back on the ice. It is very exciting to be a part of what Jim and his staff are building, and it’s important to reward them for the trust they’ve shown with this long-term commitment.”
The Stars are betting Heiskanen is worth that commitment.
“We all look forward to watching him as he continues to evolve into one of the elite players of the game,” Nill said.
Heiskanen’s deal could set the bar for other restricted free agent defensemen like Colorado’s Cale Makar and Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes this year, and Boston’s Charlie McAvoy next year.
Dickinson was a first-round pick by the Stars in 2013 and played 221 regular-season games and 40 more in the playoffs over six seasons. He had 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) last season and led Dallas forwards with 49 blocked shots.
Leafs get McCann from Penguins for prospect, draft pick
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Jared McCann from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday for prospect Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL entry draft.
The trade came shortly before the NHL froze rosters for Wednesday’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.
McCann, 25, had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 regular-season games for Pittsburgh last season. He also played six playoff games and had one assist.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound left wing from Stratford, Ontario, was originally drafted 24th overall by the Canucks in 201. He has played for Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Florida, totaling 155 points (66 goals, 89 assists) in 353 career NHL games.
2021 HOOSIER CROSSROADS CONFERENCE FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
*ALL BY THE NUMBERS ACCORDING TO MAXPREPS.COM
2020 Final Power Rating 41.8
2020 National Rank #437
2020 State Rank #15
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -11*
2021 Starting Power Rating 19.1*
2021 National Rank #1190*
2021 State Rank #26*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 47.1
Dynasty National Rank #159
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 28*
Dynasty Record 145-63 (100-39 in league)
2020 Overall Record 5-5
2020 League Record/Finish 4-3 (4th)
2020 Points For Average 35.6
2020 Points Against Average 30.8
2020 Differential +4.8
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 25.6*
2020 Rating 36 (42.9 overall)
Rating Difference -10.4*\
|Aug. 21||Lawrence North||Loss 34-62|
|Aug. 28||Ben Davis||Win 54-13|
|Sep. 4||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 28-39|
|Sep. 11||Brownsburg @||Loss 29-47|
|Sep. 18||Franklin Central @||Win 35-7|
|Sep. 25||Fishers @||Win 49-14|
|Oct. 2||Westfield @||Loss 33-59|
|Oct. 9||Zionsville @||Win 28-19|
|Oct. 16||Noblesville @||Win 35-14|
|Oct. 30||Brownsburg||Loss 31-34|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
2020 Final Power Rating 23
2020 National Rank #1863
2020 State Rank #45
Off-Season Rating Adjustment 4.6*
2021 Starting Power Rating 16.1*
2021 National Rank #1479*
2021 State Rank #33*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 27.6
Dynasty National Rank #1688
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 11.5*
Dynasty Record 59-125 (47-92 in league)
2020 Overall Record 2-8
2020 League Record/Finish 1-6 (7th)
2020 Points For Average 15.3
2020 Points Against Average 25
2020 Differential -9.7
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 19.1*
2020 Rating 32.8 (39.8 overall)
Rating Difference -13.7*
|Aug. 21||Mount Vernon (Fortville)||Loss 17-42|
|Aug. 28||Terre Haute South||Win 50-0|
|Sep. 4||Fishers @||Loss 0-21|
|Sep. 11||Westfield @||Loss 10-24|
|Sep. 18||Zionsville @||Loss 17-24|
|Sep. 25||Franklin Central @||Win 20-13|
|Oct. 2||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 17-27|
|Oct. 9||Brownsburg @||Loss 8-29|
|Oct. 16||Avon @||Loss 14-35|
|Oct. 30||Westfield||Loss 0-35|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
FRANKLIN CENTRAL FLASHES
2020 Final Power Rating 14.5
2020 National Rank #3040
2020 State Rank #84
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -1.5*
2021 Starting Power Rating 1.8*
2021 National Rank #3352*
2021 State Rank #71*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 29.5
Dynasty National Rank #1408
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 27.7*
Dynasty Record 80-108 (55-71 in league)
2020 Overall Record 1-9
2020 League Record/Finish 0-7 (8th)
2020 Points For Average 10.8
2020 Points Against Average 29
2020 Differential -18.2
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 21.3*
2020 Rating 33 (37.5 overall)
Rating Difference -11.7*
|Aug. 21||Perry Meridian||Win 40-14|
|Aug. 28||Roncalli||Loss 6-36|
|Sep. 4||Brownsburg @||Loss 7-35|
|Sep. 11||Zionsville @||Loss 0-27|
|Sep. 18||Avon @||Loss 7-35|
|Sep. 25||Noblesville @||Loss 13-20|
|Oct. 2||Fishers @||Loss 14-33|
|Oct. 9||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 7-14|
|Oct. 16||Westfield @||Loss 0-35|
|Oct. 30||Columbus East||Loss 14-41|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN ROYALS
2020 Final Power Rating 35.6
2020 National Rank #763
2020 State Rank #26
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -4.1*
2021 Starting Power Rating 19.7*
2021 National Rank #1133*
2021 State Rank #24*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 43.7
Dynasty National Rank #271
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 24*
Dynasty Record 136-63 (104-34 in league)
2020 Overall Record 6-3
2020 League Record/Finish 5-1 (tied for 2nd)
2020 Points For Average 22.9
2020 Points Against Average 17.6
2020 Differential +5.3
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 19.3*
2020 Rating 29.4 (32.7 overall)
Rating Difference -10.1*
|Aug. 21||Perry Meridian||Win 40-14|
|Aug. 28||Roncalli||Loss 6-36|
|Sep. 4||Brownsburg @||Loss 7-35|
|Sep. 11||Zionsville @||Loss 0-27|
|Sep. 18||Avon @||Loss 7-35|
|Sep. 25||Noblesville @||Loss 13-20|
|Oct. 2||Fishers @||Loss 14-33|
|Oct. 9||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 7-14|
|Oct. 16||Westfield @||Loss 0-35|
|Oct. 30||Columbus East||Loss 14-41|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
2020 Final Power Rating 59.2
2020 National Rank #62
2020 State Rank #3
Off-Season Rating Adjustment 10*
2021 Starting Power Rating 56*
2021 National Rank #50*
2021 State Rank #3*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 34.5
Dynasty National Rank #847
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating better by 21.5*
Dynasty Record 102-101 (62-77 in league)
2020 Overall Record 12-2
2020 League Record/Finish 7-0 (1st)
2020 Points For Average 34.7
2020 Points Against Average 17.6
2020 Differential +17.1
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 21.9*
2020 Rating 34.4 (40.2 overall)
Rating Difference -12.5*
|Aug. 21||Indianapolis Cathedral||Loss 20-56|
|Aug. 28||Harrison (West Lafayette)||Win 34-10|
|Sep. 4||Zionsville @||Win 49-16|
|Sep. 11||Noblesville @||Win 24-10|
|Sep. 18||Hamilton Southeastern @||Win 14-3|
|Sep. 25||Brownsburg @||Win 43-42|
|Oct. 2||Avon @||Win 59-33|
|Oct. 9||Fishers @||Win 45-6|
|Oct. 16||Franklin Central @||Win 35-0|
|Oct. 30||Noblesville||Win 35-0|
|Nov. 6||Fishers||Win 31-0|
|Nov. 13||Homestead||Win 42-9|
|Nov. 20||Merrillville||Win 41-23|
|Nov. 27||Center Grove||Loss 14-38|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
2020 Final Power Rating 29.4
2020 National Rank #1253
2020 State Rank #34
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -6.4*
2021 Starting Power Rating 6.1*
2021 National Rank #2683*
2021 State Rank #59*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 41.2
Dynasty National Rank #375
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 35.1*
Dynasty Record 102-69 (70-47 in league)
2020 Overall Record 3-8
2020 League Record/Finish 2-5 (6th)
2020 Points For Average 14.9
2020 Points Against Average 30.6
2020 Differential -15.7
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 22.8*
2020 Rating 36.3 (41.9 overall)
Rating Difference -13.5*
|Aug. 21||North Central (Indianapolis)||Loss 20-40|
|Aug. 28||Pike||Loss 14-28|
|Sep. 4||Noblesville @||Win 21-0|
|Sep. 11||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 9-21|
|Sep. 18||Brownsburg @||Loss 6-42|
|Sep. 25||Avon @||Loss 14-49|
|Oct. 2||Franklin Central @||Win 33-14|
|Oct. 9||Westfield @||Loss 6-45|
|Oct. 16||Zionsville @||Loss 7-38|
|Oct. 30||Hamilton Southeastern||Win 34-29|
|Nov. 6||Westfield||Loss 0-31|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
2020 Final Power Rating 56.3
2020 National Rank #90
2020 State Rank #5
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -7.5*
2021 Starting Power Rating 38*
2021 National Rank #247*
2021 State Rank #8*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 38.7
Dynasty National Rank #517
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 0.7*
Dynasty Record 113-77 (85-53 in league)
2020 Overall Record 8-2
2020 League Record/Finish 5-1 (tied for 2nd)
2020 Points For Average 34.5
2020 Points Against Average 18.9
2020 Differential +15.6
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 26.4*
2020 Rating 35 (43.8 overall)
Rating Difference -8.6*
|Aug. 21||Ben Davis||Win 38-7|
|Aug. 29||Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio)||Win 30-24|
|Sep. 4||Franklin Central @||Win 35-7|
|Sep. 11||Avon @||Win 47-29|
|Sep. 18||Fishers @||Win 42-6|
|Sep. 25||Westfield @||Loss 42-43|
|Oct. 2||Zionsville @||Win 41-13|
|Oct. 9||Noblesville @||Win 29-8|
|Oct. 30||Avon||Win 34-31|
|Nov. 6||Carmel||Loss 7-21|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
2020 Final Power Rating 40.9
2020 National Rank #480
2020 State Rank #17
Off-Season Rating Adjustment -5*
2021 Starting Power Rating 21.1*
2021 National Rank #1023*
2021 State Rank #22*
Dynasty Rating (avg. rating 2003-20) 38.8
Dynasty National Rank #506
2021 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating worse by 17.7*
Dynasty Record 119-84 (78-61 in league)
2020 Overall Record 7-6
2020 League Record/Finish 3-4 (5th)
2020 Points For Average 25.7
2020 Points Against Average 21.8
2020 Differential +3.9
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
2021 Rating 17.9*
2020 Rating 30.3 (37.1 overall)
Rating Difference -12.4*
|Aug. 21||Pike||Loss 24-26|
|Aug. 28||Lebanon||Win 42-19|
|Sep. 4||Westfield @||Loss 16-49|
|Sep. 11||Franklin Central @||Win 27-0|
|Sep. 18||Noblesville @||Win 24-17|
|Sep. 25||Hamilton Southeastern @||Loss 13-14|
|Oct. 2||Brownsburg @||Loss 13-41|
|Oct. 9||Avon @||Loss 19-28|
|Oct. 16||Fishers @||Win 38-7|
|Oct. 30||Harrison (West Lafayette)||Win 33-21|
|Nov. 13||Fort Wayne Dwenger||Win 30-21|
|Nov. 20||Valparaiso||Win 27-9|
|Nov. 28||Indianapolis Cathedral||Loss 28-46|
@ – Hoosier Crossroads conference game
Year Champion (Record)
2000 Noblesville (4-0)
2001 McCutcheon (7-0)
2002 McCutcheon (6-1)
2003 Zionsville (6-1)
2004 Avon (6-1) & Zionsville (6-1)
2005 Avon (7-1) & Zionsville (7-1)
2006 Hamilton Southeastern (9-0)
2007 Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)
2008 Hamilton Southeastern (9-0)
2009 Fishers (8-1) & Hamilton Southeastern (8-1)
2010 Fishers (8-1) & Hamilton Southeastern (8-1)
2011 Avon (8-1), Brownsburg (8-1) & Hamilton Southeastern (8-1)
2012 Brownsburg (9-0)
2013 Fishers (8-1) & Westfield (8-1)
2014 Avon (5-1)
2015 Hamilton Southeastern (6-0)
2016 Brownsburg (5-1)
2017 Avon (5-1), Brownsburg (5-1) & Fishers (5-1)
2018 Brownsburg (7-0)
2019 Avon (7-0)
2020 Westfield (7-0)
HOOSIER CROSSROADS COMPOSITE SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 20
Ben Davis at Brownsburg, 7 pm
Franklin Central at Perry Meridian, 7 pm
Cathedral at Westfield, 7 pm
Lawrence Central at Hamilton SE, 7 pm
Lawrence North at Avon, 7 pm
Noblesville at Mount Vernon, 7 pm
North Central at Fishers, 7 pm
Pike at Zionsville, 7 pm
Friday, Aug. 27
Avon at Ben Davis, 7 pm
Fishers at Pike, 7 pm
Hamilton SE at North Central, 7 pm
Cathedral at Brownsburg, 7 pm
Roncalli at Franklin Central, 7 pm
Terre Haute South at Noblesville, 7 pm
Westfield at Harrison, 7 pm
Zionsville at Lebanon, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 3
Avon at Hamilton SE ©, 7 pm
Fishers at Noblesville ©, 7 pm
Franklin Central at Brownsburg ©, 7 pm
Westfield at Zionsville ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 10
Brownsburg at Avon ©, 7 pm
Hamilton SE at Fishers ©, 7 pm
Noblesville at Westfield ©, 7 pm
Zionsville at Franklin Central ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 17
Fishers at Brownsburg ©, 7 pm
Franklin Central at Avon ©, 7 pm
Westfield at Hamilton SE ©, 7 pm
Zionsville at Noblesville ©, 7:30 pm
Friday, Sep. 24
Avon at Fishers ©, 7 pm
Brownsburg at Westfield ©, 7 pm
Hamilton SE at Zionsville ©, 7 pm
Noblesville at Franklin Central ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 1
Franklin Central at Fishers ©, 7 pm
Noblesville at Hamilton SE ©, 7 pm
Westfield at Avon ©, 7 pm
Zionsville at Brownsburg ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 8
Avon at Zionsville ©, 7 pm
Brownsburg at Noblesville ©, 7 pm
Fishers at Westfield ©, 7 pm
Franklin Central at Hamilton SE ©, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 15
Hamilton SE at Brownsburg ©, 7 pm
Noblesville at Avon ©, 7 pm
Westfield at Franklin Central ©, 7 pm
Zionsville at Fishers ©, 7 pm
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1882 Without wearing a fielder’s glove, Louisville hurler Tony Mullane, pitches with both arms in an American Association game against the Orioles. The natural right-hander’s ambidextrous efforts are to little avail when the home team defeats the Eclipse at Baltimore’s Newington Park.
1891 In a North Dakota Red River Valley League contest, the Fargo Red Stockings and Grand Forks Black Stockings each use one pitcher when they play to a 25-inning, 0-0 tie at the State Militia Training Grounds in Devils Lake, a neutral site selected to attract more fans. The umpire abruptly ends the longest scoreless game in history, a four-hour and ten-minute nightcap of a twin bill, after the bottom of the 25th to allow the players to catch a train.
1907 At South Side Park, Al Orth becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games in both the American and National League, tossing a two-hitter, beating future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who also throws a complete game in the Highlanders’ 4-0 victory over the White Sox. The 34 year-old New York right-hander, known as the Curveless Wonder, broke in with Philadelphia, winning precisely 100 games during his seven seasons the club, before jumping to the Junior Circuit in 1902, signing with the Washington Senators, along with many of his Phillies teammates.
1921 At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankee slugger’s 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National League.
1927 Ty Cobb becomes the first major leaguer to collect 4,000 career hits. The 40 year-old A’s outfielder reaches the milestone with a first-inning double off Sam Gibson in Philadelphia’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Shibe Park.
1935 The Cardinals extend their winning streak to 14 games, beating Boston, 13-3, behind the five-hitter tossed by Paul Dean, and the offensive output of Burgess Whitehead and Ripper Collins, both collecting four hits in the Redbirds’ 18-hit barrage at Sportsman’s Park. The fourteen victories mark the longest stretch of games without a loss in franchise history.
1939 The Red Sox send 21 year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000, a player to be named later (Red Evans), and three minor leaguers due to Joe Cronin’s less-than-enthusiastic scouting report, the team’s current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
1947 The Yankees’ American League record-tying nineteen-game winning streak, which began on June 29th, comes to an end at Briggs Stadium when Detroit right-hander Fred Hutchinson blanks New York, 8-0. The Bronx Bombers will run away with the Junior Circuit flag, after compiling 31 victories during 34 games.
1948 Pat Seerey hits four home runs in the White Sox’s 12-11 extra-inning victory over the A’s. The Chicago outfielder’s homer in the top of the eleventh inning proves to be the difference in the Shibe Park contest.
1948 After the first two Cubs get on base in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Phillies 21 year-old rookie right-hander Robin Roberts appears to pitch out of trouble by getting the next two batters out. However, the future Hall of Famer plunks the next two batters, Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko, with a pitch, giving Chicago a 3-2 walk-off victory.
1949 Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman’s statement clarifies he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson’s belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country’s racial discrimination toward blacks.
1954 In the fifth inning at Sportsman’s Park, Babe Pinelli forfeits the second game of the twin bill to the visiting Phillies. The umpire makes the rare call when the Cardinals, trailing 8-1 in the not-yet-official contest and darkness approaching, delay the game by bringing in three new pitchers during the inning.
1961 In consecutive doubleheaders played at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Bill White ties Ty Cobb’s 49 year-old record by collecting 14 hits in four games when he goes 3-for-4 in both ends in today’s sweep over the Cubs. The future NL president started the streak, ironically, on the day the Georgia Peach died, going 8-for-10 in yesterday’s twin bill, also against Chicago. (Ed. Note: Entry inspired by a question asked by J. Stevens. LP)
1962 For the first time in major league history, teammates hit grand slams in the same inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew both go deep with the bases full in the first frame at Metropolitan Stadium. The Twins sluggers’ four-baggers contribute to the 11-run inning, a team record, in the 14-3 rout of the Indians.
1964 At Crosley Field, Pete Rose blasts a grand slam, a fifth-inning shot off Dallas Green in the Reds’ 14-3 rout of Philadelphia. The round-tripper will be ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ only bases-loaded home run among his major league record 4,256 hits.
1970 Giants outfielder Willie Mays, in his 2,639th major league game, singles off of Expos right-hander Mike Wegener for his 3000th hit. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ reaches the milestone in the second inning of San Francisco’s 10-1 rout of Montreal at Candlestick Park.
1972 Denny Doyle’s RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning spoils San Diego 26 year-old starter Steve Arlin’s bid for a no-hitter. The Philadelphia second baseman advances to second on a balk by the right-hander, scoring on Tim Hutton’s single, but gets Greg Luzinski to fly out to center, preserving the Padres’ 5-1 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1976 After the Red Sox dropped eight of its last 11 games, the fifth-place team (41-45) fire Darrell Johnson, naming third-base coach Don Zimmer to replace their manager, who led the team the American League pennant last season. Although last year’s AL’s champs, posting a mediocre 41-45 record and trailing the division-leading Yankees by 13 games, climbed above the .500 mark earlier in the month, they couldn’t overcome their poor start, when they lost 15 of their first 21 decisions.
1980 The Mets play their 3,000th game in franchise history, dropping an 8-3 decision in the nightcap of a twin bill sweep by Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. The Amazins have compiled a 1300-1694 (.434) record and six ties since playing their first game in 1962.
1983 The first-place Phillies, with an unimpressive 43-42 record, fire manager Pat Corrales and replace him with the team’s general manager, Paul Owens. The ‘Pope’ will lead the ‘Wheeze Kids’ to the National League pennant.
1986 The Royals announce manager Dick Howser, who led the team to the World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the campaign to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. After attempting a comeback during spring training, the Kansas City skipper will lose his courageous battle against cancer in June.
1986 Jack Morris throws his third consecutive complete-game shutout, limiting Texas to two hits in Detroit’s 5-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. The 31 year-old right-hander’s scoreless streak, which spans 31 innings, will end in the first frame of his next start.
1987 With his home run leading off the top of the fourth inning off Jose Guzman in the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium, Don Mattingly ties Dale Long’s 1956 major-league record by homering in eight consecutive games. Ken Griffey Jr. will equal the mark in 1993 with the Mariners.
1988 Mariners hurler Gene Walter balks four times in 2.1 innings during the team’s 12-3 loss to Detroit at the Kingdome. The southpaw becomes the third AL pitcher this season to tie the major league record due to a new balk rule requiring a pitcher to come to a “single complete and discernible stop, with both feet on the ground,” replacing the former edit of coming to a “complete stop.”
1990 The Red Sox and Twins establish an American League record when the teams turn ten double plays at Fenway Park. After completing two triple plays in yesterday’s contest, Minnesota completes six of the double killings in their 5-4 loss to Boston
1993 The Braves trade Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliott to the Padres to acquire Fred McGriff, who will help spark the team to a 51-19 record en route to the NL East Division title. None of the prospects sent to San Diego will prove to have a significant impact on their new organization.
1994 Trailing 11-0 after the first three innings, the Astros pull off a major comeback to defeat the Cardinals. Houston’s 11-run frame in the sixth inning puts the team ahead for good in the 15-12 victory at the Astrodome.
1994 In Seattle, officials close the Kingdome after four ceiling tiles drop nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate. Due to the mishap, the Mariners embark on a 22-day road trip, cut short by the players’ strike.
1995 Lee Smith becomes the third hurler in major league history to give up two game-ending grand slams in the same season when Albert Belle goes yard, giving the Indians a dramatic 7-5 victory over the Angels at Jacobs Field. At the end of last month, the 37 year-old closer yielded a walk-off four-run round-tripper to A’s slugger Mark McGwire.
1998 With two outs, the Red Sox hit four homers in the fourth inning to become the first American League team to accomplish this feat with two down. Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra, and Mo Vaughn all go deep for Boston in the 9-4 victory over the Tigers.
1998 The late Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Reds Hall of Fame since 1962, has his #18 retired posthumously by the club and his widow, Elenor Guckel, throws out the ceremonial first pitch in a pregame ceremony at Cinergy Field. Unlike the others on the Cinergy Field wall, the left-handed slugger’s depicted nine-foot replica jersey is sleeveless because the first baseman needed to cut off the sleeves to make his massive upper arms fit into the tight flannel shirts the team wore.
1998 The Mariners’ promotion “Turn Ahead the Clock Night,” features the team wearing futuristic uniforms with an oversized compass rose logo, caps worn backward untucked jerseys, cut sleeves, and spray-painted metallic cleats. Before Seattle beats the visiting Royals, clad in yellow gold-vests with royal blue sleeves, and white pants trimmed in blue and gold, the ceremonial first pitch is thrown out by Star Trek actor James Doohan, who arrives the pitcher’s mound in a DeLorean.
1999 On Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, 36-year-old David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history and the third Yankee to toss a perfect game when he beats the Expos, 6-0. In pregame ceremonies, Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Yogi, commemorating his 1956 World Series perfect game.
2000 Johnny Damon collects a career-high five hits in Kansas City’s 12-4 rout of the Cubs. The Royals outfielder’s Kauffman Stadium performance includes four doubles, tying a major league mark.
2000 Hitting four doubles in a game, which has occurred only 37 times in the last century, is accomplished twice today. In a 12-4 drubbing of the Cubs, Royals leadoff hitter Johnny Damon accomplishes the rare feat, as does Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays in an 11-7 loss to the Mets at the Skydome.
2001 The commissioner’s office announces pitch counts, and pitch-count averages will not be used ”as measures of umpire performance”. The baseball’s reversal is in response to the World Umpires Association’s grievance, who believed the proposed criteria for evaluation was an attempt to get the umps to reduce the number of pitches in a game by inducing them to call strikes on pitches that weren’t strikes.
2001 The game between the Diamondbacks and Padres is halted at the end of the second inning after a Qualcomm Stadium transformer catches fire, causing a whole section of spotlights above centerfield to explode. The suspended game will resume tomorrow.
2001 Detroit’s Roger Cedeno collects four extra-base hits, including a double, triple, and two home runs. The outfielder’s offensive output enables the Tigers to defeat the Yankees, 12-4, in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.
2006 After signing a one-day contract with the KC T-Bones and being ‘traded’ during the Northern League All-Star Game game to Fargo-Moorhead, 94 year-old Buck O’Neil walks twice, once for each team. The Negro League star becomes the oldest player to make a plate appearance, surpassing Jim Eriotes, 83, who struck out for the Sioux Falls Canaries but didn’t break the mark of Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who threw one pitch for the Schaumburg Flyers in 1999 at the age of 96.
2006 With a 14-5 victory over the Cardinals, the Braves become the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score ten or more runs in five consecutive games. During the streak, which includes two 15-run victories, Atlanta has tallied 65 runs.
2006 Jason Varitek, calling a 1-0 pitching gem thrown by rookie southpaw Jon Lester, establishes a new team record, catching his 991st game with the Red Sox. The Boston captain surpasses the record previously held by Hall of Fame backstop Carlton Fisk (1969-80).
2008 Recently released Richie Sexson signs with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are hoping the former Mariners’ first baseman, who has the lowest batting average in the major leagues, hitting just .218 overall but .344 against lefties, can add a potent bat when the club faces southpaws.
2008 In the last concert hosted at Shea Stadium, Billy Joel gets a little help from his friends as Paul McCartney joins him on stage and sings “I Saw Her Standing There,” to a tremendous ovation from the sold-out crowd of 55,000 stunned fans. ‘Sir Paul’ tells the crowd the Beatles had a ‘blast’ playing at Shea that night in 1965, the year after the Mets home ballpark opened.
2009 In the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, the Marlins break ground for their long-awaited retractable-roof ballpark, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day 2012. The ceremony, attended by about 5,000 fans, includes Charlie Hough throwing a ceremonial pitch to Benito Santiago, the battery who threw and caught the first pitch in franchise history in 1993.
|Boston||56||37||.602||–||28 – 19||28 – 18||22 – 11||12 – 6||11 – 16||4 – 6||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||54||38||.587||1.5||28 – 17||26 – 21||24 – 14||8 – 4||13 – 15||7 – 3||L 1|
|Toronto||46||42||.523||7.5||20 – 20||26 – 22||21 – 22||4 – 6||8 – 12||5 – 5||W 2|
|NY Yankees||47||44||.516||8||24 – 23||23 – 21||18 – 25||13 – 6||12 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|Baltimore||29||62||.319||26||13 – 30||16 – 32||11 – 24||5 – 17||11 – 14||2 – 8||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||55||36||.604||–||32 – 15||23 – 21||13 – 7||30 – 15||8 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cleveland||46||43||.517||8||24 – 19||22 – 24||7 – 10||26 – 16||6 – 10||4 – 6||W 1|
|Detroit||42||51||.452||14||23 – 22||19 – 29||4 – 5||20 – 30||13 – 11||5 – 5||W 2|
|Minnesota||39||52||.429||16||22 – 25||17 – 27||6 – 7||20 – 25||9 – 16||6 – 4||L 2|
|Kansas City||37||54||.407||18||22 – 23||15 – 31||9 – 13||17 – 27||5 – 11||3 – 7||L 1|
|Houston||56||37||.602||–||29 – 19||27 – 18||16 – 12||13 – 7||25 – 13||6 – 4||L 1|
|Oakland||53||41||.564||3.5||28 – 23||25 – 18||13 – 13||13 – 3||19 – 20||5 – 5||L 1|
|Seattle||49||44||.527||7||29 – 20||20 – 24||13 – 8||12 – 13||20 – 15||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Angels||46||45||.505||9||27 – 21||19 – 24||11 – 11||13 – 7||16 – 23||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||35||56||.385||20||22 – 25||13 – 31||11 – 11||8 – 11||14 – 23||3 – 7||L 3|
|NY Mets||47||42||.528||–||28 – 14||19 – 28||19 – 18||9 – 11||14 – 6||4 – 6||L 3|
|Philadelphia||45||45||.500||2.5||25 – 17||20 – 28||21 – 23||12 – 6||6 – 9||6 – 4||L 1|
|Atlanta||45||46||.495||3||25 – 23||20 – 23||23 – 23||16 – 9||3 – 3||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||42||48||.467||5.5||24 – 23||18 – 25||17 – 16||9 – 10||8 – 18||2 – 8||L 5|
|Miami||40||51||.440||8||22 – 21||18 – 30||18 – 18||6 – 13||14 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Milwaukee||55||39||.585||–||27 – 21||28 – 18||8 – 11||26 – 17||19 – 6||4 – 6||W 2|
|Cincinnati||48||44||.522||6||23 – 22||25 – 22||6 – 4||25 – 15||10 – 20||6 – 4||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||46||46||.500||8||28 – 17||18 – 29||11 – 14||20 – 21||12 – 7||4 – 6||W 2|
|St. Louis||45||47||.489||9||24 – 19||21 – 28||14 – 13||15 – 18||14 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||36||56||.391||18||21 – 25||15 – 31||10 – 10||11 – 26||7 – 13||7 – 3||W 3|
|San Francisco||58||33||.637||–||30 – 13||28 – 20||13 – 7||13 – 7||23 – 14||7 – 3||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||58||35||.624||1||30 – 14||28 – 21||13 – 7||10 – 10||26 – 12||6 – 4||W 4|
|San Diego||54||40||.574||5.5||33 – 19||21 – 21||7 – 8||16 – 14||23 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Colorado||40||53||.430||19||31 – 19||9 – 34||5 – 8||11 – 16||17 – 26||5 – 5||L 2|
|Arizona||26||68||.277||33.5||15 – 30||11 – 38||8 – 15||7 – 15||11 – 31||3 – 7||L 4|
|Orlando City SC||13||6||4||3||21||13||8||3-2-1||3-2-2||22|
|New York City FC||12||5||2||5||20||15||5||3-1-2||2-1-3||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||13||6||3||4||17||13||4||4-2-1||2-1-3||21|
|Real Salt Lake||12||4||4||4||19||14||5||2-3-2||2-1-2||16|
|Connecticut Sun||14||6||.700||—||8-1||6-5||9-3||6-4||2 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||10||.500||4.0||3-6||7-4||8-4||7-3||2 L|
|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|