INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 13 HOUSTON 6

NY METS 5 SEATTLE 4

COLORADO 10 KANSAS CITY 4

OAKLAND 4 LA ANGELS 3

DETROIT 3 BALTIMORE 0

TORONTO 5 TAMPA BAY 1

BOSTON 11 TEXAS 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 NY YANKEES 2

CLEVELAND 3 MINNESOTA 2 (10)

LA ANGELS 9 OAKLAND 1

ST. LOUIS 4 SAN FRANCISCO 0

ATLANTA 6 SAN DIEGO 5

MIAMI 9 MILWAUKEE 3

PITTSBURGH 3 CINCINNATI 1

CHICAGO CUBS 4 ARIZONA 2

PHILADELPHIA 8 LA DODGERS 3

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CHARLOTTE 12 INDIANAPOLIS 2

SOUTH BEND 11 FORT WAYNE 7

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami Heat (1) vs. BOS/MIL 

• Game 1: BOS/MIL vs. Miami | Tuesday, May 17 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 2: BOS/MIL vs. Miami | Thursday, May 19 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 3: Miami vs. BOS/MIL | Saturday, May 21 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 4: Miami vs. BOS/MIL | Monday, May 23 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 5*: BOS/MIL vs. Miami | Wednesday, May 25 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 6*: Miami vs. BOS/MIL | Friday, May 27 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 7*: BOS/MIL vs. Miami | Sunday, May 29 | 8:30 ET | ESPN

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PHX/DAL vs. Golden State Warriors (3)

• Game 1: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Wednesday, May 18 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 2: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Friday, May 20 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 3: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Sunday, May 22 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 4: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Tuesday, May 24 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Thursday, May 26 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 6*: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Saturday, May 28 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 7*: PHX/DAL vs. Golden State | Monday, May 30 | 8 ET | TNT

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NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS.

CAROLINA 3 BOSTON 2

TAMPA BAY 2 TORONTO 1

EDMONTON 2 LOS ANGELES 0

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WNBA SCORES

PHOENIX 69 SEATTLE 64

CONNECTICUT 77 LOS ANGELES 60

CHICAGO 82 MINNESOTA 78

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COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

HCAC TOURNAMENT

ROSE HULMAN 13 FRANKLIN 8

CHAMPIONSHIP: EARLHAM 10 ROSE HOLMAN 9

NOTRE DAME 8 PITTSBURGH 1

NORTHWESTERN 11 PURDUE 1

WRIGHT STATE 17 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 3

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 5 WRIGHT STATE 4

OHIO 5 BALL STATE 3

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 14 INDIANA STATE 3

VALPARAISO 8 BRADLEY 2

DALLAS BAPTIST 4 EVANSVILLE 3

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Paul scores 2, Lightning hold off Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) Nick Paul came through with the best playoff performance of his career when the Tampa Bay Lightning needed it most and the two-time defending champions are moving on again.

Paul scored twice, including an incredible individual effort on the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, and the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their first-round playoff series.

“The electricity in this building was nuts,” said Paul, a native of Mississauga, Ontario. “To come in and work as hard as we did, there was no doubt in our game. We stuck together.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots for the Lightning.

Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto, which hasn’t reached the second round since 2004 and is now 0-9 in elimination games over the last five postseasons after also losing 4-3 in Game 6 at Tampa, Florida, two nights earlier. Jack Campbell had 23 saves.

“A great hockey team,” Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos said of the Maple Leafs. “They’ve got all the pieces. It’s not easy this time of the year. We’ve had some failures in the past … you just move on and you just gotta get over that hump.”

The Maple Leafs were once again unable to push through and finally flip a long, ugly narrative of playoff failures for a franchise that has now lost its last seven series, including six straight dating back to 2017.

“It’s hard to explain,” Toronto captain John Tavares said. “It’s frustrating, hard to fathom. It stings, it hurts, it’s disappointing.”

Toronto is now 7-3 all-time at home in Game 7s, including a loss at Scotiabank Arena last season after blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

“A game of inches,” said Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews, who scored 60 goals during the regular season and four more in playoffs. “Unfortunately we’re on the bad side of things tonight. It’s really frustrating. Every guy in there competed and gave it their all. They made one more play than us.”

Down 1-0 after 20 minutes in this one, the Maple Leafs appeared to tie the score at 11:28 of the second when Tavares roofed a shot on Vasilevskiy, but the goal was waved off after Toronto defenseman Justin Holl was whistled for interference.

Campbell had to make a couple of desperation stops on the ensuing penalty kill to set the stage for Rielly’s equalizer off a setup from Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews to score his third of the playoffs at 6:35 to send the crowd of 19,316 into a chaotic frenzy.

The goal was the first surrendered by Vasilevskiy and the Lightning in their last six series-deciding games.

William Nylander then missed high on a breakaway and the Tampa goaltender robbed Matthews with the Maple Leafs buzzing.

But Paul scored his second of the night – and second ever in the playoffs – with 3:28 remaining in the period on a terrific play where he kicked the puck from his skate to his stick.

Tampa nearly made it 3-1 late in the period when Kucherov hit the goal post from the slot.

Vasilevskiy was under siege throughout Toronto power play just over six minutes into the third, but kept the home side at bay despite some furious pressure.

Toronto continued to press inside an anxious, tension-filled rink as the clock ticked down.

The Maple Leafs, however, just couldn’t find a way through with Campbell on the bench for an extra skater to complete another chapter of playoff disappointment.

“This one hurts more because this was a really good team that really played hard,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “You can debate the merits of any sort of credit that you might want to give our team. But I don’t know if you can debate anything that you give the Tampa Bay Lightning, and who they are and what they stand for and what they’ve accomplished.

“And we’re right there standing with them.”

Brayden Point, who scored the winner in Tampa’s Game 6 victory to extend the series, was injured late in the first period when his right leg got caught underneath him as he fell to the ice. The forward – in agony as he headed down the tunnel to the locker room – tried to return for the second period, but shut it down after a brief shift.

“When Pointer got hurt it seemed to lock the entire team in,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “I don’t think we looked back.”

The Lightning went up 1-0 moments after Point went down in the first when Paul, who had a number of chances in Game 5 with his team ahead before Toronto roared back, scored his first. Campbell made the initial stop on Ross Colton’s one-timer off the rush that nicked Rielly’s stick, but the rebound fell to Paul at 1:36 as Toronto surrendered the first goal for a fourth straight game.

The Lightning were playing in just their second Game 7 since the start of the 2020 playoffs after defeating the New York Islanders 1-0 on home in the semifinals last June.

This was Toronto’s first Game 7 at home with fans – the club’s 2021 loss against Montreal was played in front of 550 health-care workers because of COVID-19 restrictions – since 2004 when Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice to oust the Ottawa Senators.

McDavid, Smith lead Oilers to 2-0 win over Kings in Game 7

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers advanced through to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in Game 7 on Saturday night.

Cody Ceci also scored and Mike Smith made 28 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs for the Oilers, who last won a Game 7 in 1998 and celebrated their first playoff series win since 2017.

Jonathan Quick made 39 saves for the Kings, who have not won a playoff series since they won their second Stanley Cup in 2014 – also the last year they won a series in a Game 7.

There was no scoring in a tense opening period, with the Oilers putting 10 shots on Quick, while the Kings sent seven on Smith. Quick came into the game with a 4-0 career record in Game 7s.

Edmonton came close to scoring midway though the second when a puck was heading over the goal line in a scramble, but was fished to safety just in time by Kings forward Andreas Athanasiou.

The Oilers finally broke the deadlock with 6:45 remaining in the second period as McDavid fed a pass from behind the net to a pinching Ceci, who rifled a shot over Quick’s shoulder.

Edmonton came close to extending its lead a couple times early in the third as Josh Archibald narrowly missed putting a puck through Quick’s legs and Kailer Yamamoto hit a post with most of an open net to shoot at.

The Oilers finally got some insurance with 3:53 left in the third on a terrific individual effort from McDavid, who drove behind the net before sending his second backhand attempt into it for his fourth goal and league-leading 14th playoff point. McDavid had multiple-point efforts in six of the seven games in the series.

The Oilers will now advance to play either Calgary or Dallas, who are going to a Game 7 of their own on Sunday.

Notes: Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse returned after serving a one-game suspension in Game 6 for head-butting Phillip Danault in Game 5. … There was some concern after Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Brett Kulak missed the morning skate, but both were able to play, leaving the Oilers will a healthy roster to choose from. … The Kings remained without Viktor Arvidsson (lower body), Drew Doughty (wrist) and Sean Walker (knee). … There were no scoring changes in any of the games of the series, with the team that scored first winning each gamer.

Domi, Raanta help Hurricanes close out Bruins 3-2 in Game 7

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Twice before, the Carolina Hurricanes had reached the playoffs only to see their ascent to becoming a serious Stanley Cup contender blocked by the Boston Bruins.

Two newcomers helped the Hurricanes finally push past their playoff bully – and in a Game 7, at that.

Midseason acquisition Max Domi scored twice in the second period while Antti Raanta had 27 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday to win their first-round playoff series.

Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, who finally put away a team that swept them in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals then took a five-game first-round series in the Toronto bubble a year later.

“It’s such a different feeling coming into this one,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I think back in the other ones, if we would’ve won, you guys might have been a little surprised.

“This time around, I felt like it was our time. Our guys have matured. I think they felt that, too.”

Carolina moves on to the second round to face the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

One thing is certain: winning the Metropolitan Division title paved the way by securing home-ice advantage. This was a series in which neither team could manage a road win, with the Hurricanes eventually getting the final word backed by yet another rowdy home crowd.

“Obviously we needed one on the road, and we couldn’t do that,” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said.

Carolina hung on after squandering a 2-0 series lead and then a clunker performance in Thursday’s Game 6 loss with a chance to advance.

“Game 7, Game 4, 5, 6 – whatever it is, you’re advancing, which is the best thing,” defenseman Jaccob Slavin said.

Domi was an unlikely star in this one. Carolina acquired him ahead of the March trade deadline, and he rewarded them with his first career postseason goals. He also assisted on Teravainen’s goal with a perfect pass to the top of the crease for the first-period putaway.

“Obviously I was pretty lucky to come to a team like this,” Domi said.

Then there’s Raanta, who joined Frederik Andersen in the team’s overhaul of its goaltender position. But with Andersen injured late in the regular season, Raanta took the lead in the crease despite never starting a postseason game before.

He was again steady in net. His biggest stop came early with a full-split save to deny Taylor Hall near the left post on a 2-on-1 chance in the first period of a scoreless game.

David Pastrnak scored one with 21.7 seconds left with Boston having pulled Jeremy Swayman for the extra attacker. From there, the Hurricanes had to hang on through one tense clock-killing shift before they could celebrate.

“When they got the second one, it was probably the longest 20 seconds in my life for sure,” Raanta said.

Jake DeBrusk scored in the second period for the Bruins, while Swayman finished with 28 saves. But the Bruins found themselves playing catch-up after Domi’s first goal, which had him skating in on the left side to bury a redirect attempt from Jordan Staal at 3:14 of the second.

Later, after DeBrusk had beaten Raanta from the top of the crease, Teravainen whipped a pass to Domi for a one-timer. The puck zipped past Swayman at 10:33 of the second for the 3-1 lead and another goal coming within a few feet of the crease.

“We pride ourselves on D-zone coverage, stuff we’ve done very well all year,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Two breakdowns that, yeah, they made plays, but more on us not to get the job done defensively – be in the right spots, good sticks.”

SIX STRAIGHT

The Hurricanes improved to 6-0 in Game 7s since the former Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997. That includes the 2006 Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton, as well as a second-round overtime win at Boston in 2009 – which came 13 years earlier to the day.

EARLY EXIT

The Bruins were in their sixth straight playoffs. But this marks the first time Boston exited without winning a series since falling in a six-game series to Ottawa in 2017.

BERGERON’S FUTURE

Bergeron, the longtime No. 1 center, can become an unrestricted free agent after 18 seasons with the team. He has declined to talk about a new contract during the year, creating a possibility he could leave or retire.

He wasn’t ready afterward to think about what’s next.

“It’s too fresh right now,” Bergeron said. “It still stings obviously from a hard-fought series. Came up short, so obviously I’m going to have to think about it. But I’m not there right now.

PACKED HOUSE

The Hurricanes had their biggest home crowd in franchise history with an attendance of 19,513. That surpassed the previous mark of 19,495 during the final win in a second-round sweep of the New York Islanders in 2019.

Rangers attempt to conclude comeback in Game 7 vs. Penguins

(AP) — The New York Rangers exceeded expectations during a spectacular regular season and highlighted one of the best seasons in team history by earning 54 of their 110 points via 27 comeback wins.

The ability to rally also earned New York coveted home-ice advantage in the first round for Sunday’s Game 7 and following a pair of comebacks, the Rangers look to complete their rally in their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who may still be without Sidney Crosby.

The Rangers are attempting to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the third time in team history. They did it in second round series against Pittsburgh in 2014 when they won a Game 7 on the road and versus the Washington Capitals in 2015 in overtime on home ice.

New York has an opportunity to complete another comeback after evening the series with a 5-3 win on Friday. The Rangers led for a combined 4:20 by rallying from a two-goal deficit with three goals in the second period and snapping a 3-3 tie when Chris Kreider’s slap shot deflected off Pittsburgh goalie Louie Dominque and trickled into the net with 1:28 remaining.

Kreider also scored the tying goal on a power play after Mike Zibanejad scored his first two goals of the series in a span of 1:16 in the second period. Kreider’s first goal was answered by Evgeni Malkin’s third tally of the series.

“We’ve been able to come together as a team through hard times over the course of the year, over the course of the last couple years,” Kreider said. “I think it’s been a long time coming for us. Regardless of the situation, I’m proud of the way this team competes. Whether we’re down, whether we’re up, trying to get to our game, trying to play the same way.”

New York has stayed alive by rallying from a pair of 2-0 deficits and withstanding fast starts by the Penguins, who have scored nine times in the first period.

On Friday, The Penguins held a two-goal lead when Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust scored in a span of 96 seconds late in the first. Pittsburgh also held a two-goal lead in Game 5 when Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang scored in the opening 27:58 but those goals were scored before Crosby was injured on a high hit by New York defenseman Jacob Trouba with about seven minutes left in the second period.

Crosby has an upper-body injury and it is believed to be a concussion for the star forward, who has missed 108 regular-season games and one playoff game with previous concussions. Crosby had two goals and seven assists on Pittsburgh’s top line through the first four games.

Crosby did not skate ahead of Game 6 before being ruled out but took part in Saturday’s optional practice along with goalie Tristan Jarry, whose foot injury ultimately led to Dominque in net. Both players were declared day-to-day Saturday by coach Mike Sullivan, who is optimistic about his team regardless of what the lineup is.

“I believe in this group,” Sullivan said. “I think we have what it takes to win regardless of who’s in our lineup. I know we’re very capable.”

The Penguins are hoping to avoid blowing a 3-1 series lead for the fourth time in team history.

Besides the 2014 collapse against the Rangers, Pittsburgh blew a 3-1 lead in the 2011 first-round against the Tampa Bay Lightning when Crosby missed the entire series and the 1975 quarterfinals against the New York Islanders, when the Penguins lost the last four games.

They are also hoping to avoid some of the penalty issues that enabled the Rangers to pull off another comeback. The Penguins held the Rangers to 2-for-9 on the power play in the first four games but New York is 3-for-6 on the man advantage in the past two games and penalties by Evan Rodrigues and Mike Matheson led to Zibanejad’s first goal and Kreider’s tying goal.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” Letang said. “They’re a really good team. They have a lot of skilled players that can score goals. It’s a race to four and we have to regroup, stay positive and get the job done.”

Shootings near Milwaukee Bucks playoff game prompt curfew

(AP) — Downtown Milwaukee will be under a limited curfew for the rest of the weekend and a massive watch party scheduled for Sunday has been called off after 21 people were injured in three separate shootings near an entertainment district where thousands gathered for an NBA playoff game.

In one of the shootings Friday night, 17 people were hurt when two groups started firing at each other. Three people were hurt in another shooting, and one in the third. All of the gunfire happened blocks from the arena where the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. All of the victims are expected to survive.

“What makes people think they can just have a shootout on a public street or in an entertainment district, whether police are there or not?” Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner asked at a Saturday news conference.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson said the city imposed a curfew for the downtown area requiring everyone age 20 or younger to be off the street by 11 p.m. for Saturday as well as Sunday – when the Bucks play at Boston in the decisive Game 7.

Meanwhile, a Game 7 outdoor watch party that had been planned in the Deer District entertainment area just outside the arena was called off. Jeff Fleming, a spokesman for Johnson, said in a text that the team decided to cancel the event “after consultation with the city and public safety agencies.”

The watch party for the Sunday afternoon game likely would have drawn well over 10,000 people. The Bucks said 11,000 attended a Game 6 watch party, even as more than 19,000 others were inside the arena.

“The shootings that happened in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the Bucks said in a statement. It said the watch party was called off “to allow law enforcement to devote needed resources to the continued investigation of last night’s events,” but noted that Deer District businesses will remain open.

Johnson said those responsible for the shootings will be held accountable.

“We cannot have that in this city, nor anywhere else in this state, nor anywhere else in this country,” he said.

Waldner said three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were injured in the first shooting at 9:10 p.m., which was roughly five minutes before the game ended. One man was taken into custody.

The shooting happened just outside the boundaries of the Deer District, a 30-acre entertainment district that was developed after Fiserv Forum opened in 2018. It features numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often assemble to watch major sporting events or to attend festivals.

Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant at a lot adjacent to Deer District, said he heard gunshots, then saw scores of people running away.

“It sounded like six to eight gunshots,” he said. “It was close.”

At 10:30 p.m., a second shooting left one person injured. No arrest was made, Waldner said.

Dozens of shots rang out at 11:09 p.m. in the third shooting that left 17 people hurt. Five of the injured were armed and were among the 10 people taken into custody, Waldner said. Police haven’t yet determined what set it off.

“There were a couple groups exchanging gunfire despite the incredible amount of police presence that was downtown,” Waldner said. “District 1 officers reported bullets whizzing past their heads.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that broken glass, empty alcohol bottles, single shoes and two bloody shirts littered the streets in the chaotic aftermath.

Jake O’Kane, 25, of Appleton, Wisconsin, attended the playoff game with his girlfriend. Afterward, they saw the commotion from the first shooting, then went a few blocks away and spent a couple hours at bars before deciding to take a Lyft ride to a restaurant.

O’Kane said they were outside waiting for their ride “then all of a sudden you hear the `pop, pop, pop’ behind you.”

O’Kane said he heard about 20 shots before he was able to capture 22 more on video. He estimated the gunfire was a few hundred yards away from his group.

When the driver pulled up less than two minutes later, “I said, bro – drive!” O’Kane said.

Milwaukee was among several U.S. cities that saw record numbers of killings in 2021, most of them involving guns. The list also included Philadelphia, Indianapolis and others.

Experts believe stress and pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the violence. Johnson blamed easy access to guns.

“A central part of the problem is the fact that individuals easily get their hands on guns,” Johnson said. “This is not strictly a Milwaukee problem. Across the country we’ve seen a rise in shootings, both fatal and non-fatal.”

Of Milwaukee’s 193 killings in 2021, 180 were by firearms. Another 873 people were wounded in shootings, according to police data.

This year, the pace is even worse. Milwaukee has already recorded 77 killings, a 40% increase from the same time in 2021. The number of nonfatal shootings this year is 264, two less than from the same time a year ago.

O’Kane said he worries about the direction Milwaukee is going.

“Are we going to go to another game again, if we win? Yeah, I’m still going to end up going to Bucks games. But are we going to be partying out afterward outside? Hell no, not a chance.”

Thompson takes no-hitter into sixth as Pirates beat Reds 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Zach Thompson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Daniel Vogelbach homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Brandon Drury broke up the no-hit bid by lining a clean single to right field with two outs.

Despite having not allowed a hit that deep into the game, Thompson wasn’t thinking no-no.

“When it landed, everyone started cheering, and I was like, `Why are we cheering for someone else getting a hit?'” Thompson said. “And then I looked out and saw there was a 1 (in the hit column) and was like, `Huh?’

“I didn’t know I had one until the ball was hit,” Thompson added. “Everyone started cheering and that’s when I looked up and saw it was their first hit.”

That was the only hit allowed by Thompson (2-3) in six innings. He had three walks and three strikeouts while throwing 76 pitches. He combined with Wil Crowe, Chris Stratton and David Bednar on a four-hitter that ended the Reds’ three-game winning streak.

Thompson entered with a 7.08 ERA in six games, including five starts, but ran his scoreless innings streak to 12. Last Sunday, he pitched five shutout innings at Cincinnati but did not get a decision.

“He makes pitches and he has good movement on them,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “You’ve got to give him credit. It was an outstanding start.”

Acquired from the Marlins in an offseason trade that sent Gold Glove-winning catcher Jacob Stallings to Miami, Thompson is happy to be settling in with his new team. He made a mechanical adjustment before the start in Cincinnati and his body is now more in line with home plate when he throws.

“Obviously, the tough start is something you don’t want to have,” Thompson said. “To be able to come back and show everyone who I am and how I pitch has been important to me.”

Bednar retired the last four batters for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Vogelbach’s 433-foot leadoff home run to center off Luis Castillo in the fourth made it 3-0. It was Vogelbach’s team-leading sixth homer and the game’s lone extra-base hit.

“I was just trying to get something out over the plate,” Vogelbach said. “I never get many good pitches to hit from him. He’s got really good stuff. I don’t think I ever got a hit off him before.”

Rodolfo Castro had two of the Pirates’ five hits.

Castillo (0-1) lost in his second start of the year, allowing three runs and four hits in five innings. He missed all of spring training and the first month of the regular season with a strained shoulder.

“The slider and changeup weren’t working well as I wanted, but everything else felt fine,” Castillo said.

The Pirates opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning. Jack Suwinski scored on a balk and Diego Castillo hit an RBI single.

The Reds’ lone run came on Albert Almora Jr.’s single in the seventh. Trailing 3-1, Cincinnati put runners on second and third base, but Crowe struck out Matt Reynolds to end the inning.

ROSTER MOVES

Reds: LHP Ross Detwiler, who contemplated retirement in the offseason, was selected from Triple-A Louisville and pitched one scoreless inning. The Reds are the 36-year-old lefty’s 10th team of his 14-year career and Detwiler is the 43rd player used by Cincinnati in 34 games this season. RHP Robert Dugger was designated for assignment for the second time this week and third time this month.

Pirates: RHP Beau Sulser was claimed off waivers by Baltimore after being DFA’d. He made his major league debut April 26.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19) began a rehab assignment with Louisville on Saturday and had an RBI single and two walks in three plate appearances. The 2010 NL MVP has been out since May 2. The Reds haven’t determined how many games Votto will be play in the minor leagues. … C Tyler Stephenson was removed in the third inning after being hit in the mask by a foul tip. An exam showed he did not sustain a concussion, but he will be reevaluated Sunday. Stephenson was on the concussion injured list for nearly two weeks earlier this season. … SS Kyle Farmer (general soreness) got the day off. … CF Nick Senzel (COVID-19) has been working out in Cincinnati and is expected to go on a rehab assignment in the next few days. … 2B Jonathan India (right hamstring tightness) is taking part in defensive drills, but there is no timetable for the return of last season’s NL Rookie of the Year. . LHP Nick Lodolo (lower back strain) has progressed to playing catch.

Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (left groin strain) fielded groundballs during batting practice. He has been sidelined since April 27.

UP NEXT

Reds: Rookie RHP Hunter Greene (1-5, 7.62 ERA) pitches Sunday. He has lost five straight starts since beating Atlanta on April 10 in his major league debut.

Pirates: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.70) notched his first win since 2019 on Monday when he pitched six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gomes hits HR, go-ahead single to lift Cubs over D-backs 4-2

PHOENIX (AP) Yan Gomes’ cameo as a middle-of-the-order masher was a success for the Chicago Cubs.

The veteran catcher batted cleanup for just the 14th time in his 11-year career, responding with a solo homer in the fourth inning and a go-ahead single in the ninth to lift the Cubs over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Saturday night.

“I put him up there at the top of the order because he’s got such a quality at-bat,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re facing. It doesn’t matter – righty, lefty. It’s a really good approach.”

The Cubs have won three out of their past five, which is welcome good news for the franchise after dropping eight of nine.

The game was tied at 1 until the Cubs sent eight to the plate in the decisive ninth. Willson Contreras walked, Seiya Suzuki singled and Ian Happ walked to load the bases with no outs. That brought up Gomes, who lined a single to center to make it 2-1. Rafael Ortega added a bases-loaded walk and Jason Heyward had an RBI groundout to push the advantage to 4-1.

Rowan Wick worked the ninth and gave up one run before earning his third save. Mychal Givens (3-0) threw two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief.

The D-backs had the tying run on first base in the ninth, but Wick retired Cooper Hummel on a swinging strikeout for the final out.

Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out two.

“It was a little bit of a battle,” Hendricks said. “But having Yan, he stuck with me. Stuck with the fastball down and away, he kept telling me to get a good angle, stay on top. About the third or fourth inning, it started clicking and coming together.”

It was another tough outing for D-backs reliever Mark Melancon (0-5), who didn’t record an out and let the first four Cubs batters of the ninth reach base. Arizona signed the veteran to a $14 million, two-year during the offseason with the hope he’d add some stability to the back end of the bullpen, which was a huge problem last season.

Melancon has had a particularly tough time entering games that are not save situations.

“The bottom line is he’s got to execute at a higher level no matter what,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “If it’s a tie game or not, he’s got to command the cutter.”

The D-backs took a 1-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring single by Nick Ahmed that brought home Ketel Marte.

Gomes got the Cubs on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the fourth, driving a fastball 402 feet into the left-center seats to tie it at 1. It was the catcher’s second homer of the season.

It was the only blemish for D-backs right-hander Zac Gallen, who threw six stellar innings. He struck out nine, gave up two hits and walked one. It’s the latest in a string of good performances for Gallen, who has a 1.05 ERA through six starts.

Gallen’s looked much more like he did back in 2020, when he was one of the National League’s best pitchers in the abbreviated season and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young voting. Like many of the D-backs, he struggled in 2021, finishing with a 4-10 record and 4.30 ERA.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Suzuki (right ankle) was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Monday.

UP NEXT

The Cubs will start LHP Justin Steele (1-4, 5.32 ERA) against Diamondbacks RHP Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 4.32) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday.

Robert RBI hit in 9th, Chisox end Yanks’ 5-game win string

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Robert singled off Aroldis Chapman to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox edged the Yankees 3-2 Saturday night, stopping New York’s five-game winning streak.

The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, had slugged away for a total of 25 runs in taking the first two games of the series. They rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning, but a baserunning mistake cost them a chance to score more.

“The first two games, they were just better than us,” Robert said through an interpreter. “But today we came prepared and were able to execute and then we got on top.”

With one out in the Chicago ninth, Tim Anderson singled and Yoan Moncada walked against Chapman (0-1). Robert followed with his big hit to right, setting off a lively celebration on the field.

“Losing Moncada, that’s the one he didn’t want to do that, but he was aggressive with his stuff,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said about Chapman.

Moncada homered and Dallas Keuchel threw five shutout innings for the White Sox, who have won eight of 11.

New York had won 19 of 22.

Anderson finished with three hits and Moncada and Robert added two apiece for the White Sox, who improved to just 2-9 against the Yankees since June 15, 2019.

“We’ve still got a long season,” Anderson said. “Everybody just continue to keep working and keep trying to get healthy, and hopefully we’ll get to where we’re trying to go.

The Yankees scored a run in each of the last two innings.

New York ended the shutout on three consecutive singles off Joe Kelly in the eighth. Giancarlo Stanton’s one-out single cut the lead to 2-1 to chase Kelly. Liam Hendriks (1-2) struck out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to end the inning.

The Yankees put runners on second and third with no outs in the ninth. Kyle Higashioka lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 2-all, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was thrown out on the play as he tried to advance to third.

“I’ll learn from it, and it won’t happen again,” Kiner-Falefa said.

Keuchel gave up four hits, struck out three and walked three. The Yankees loaded the bases on a single and two walks against the left-hander in the fifth before Anthony Rizzo grounded out to end the inning.

“We’ve made our fair share of mistakes the first couple of nights and they’ve capitalized a lot on those,” Keuchel said. “I felt like if I could make some pitches and execute early, I had a good chance.”

Stanton had three hits for the Yankees. He had homered in each of his three previous games.

Aaron Judge went 1 for 3 after he homered in the last two games for the Yankees.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking a season-high three. The left-hander had allowed no more than two runs and no walks in each of his previous three starts.

“On a night where it wasn’t perfect for him, he gave us a chance,” Boone said.

Moncada homered on the first pitch in the third inning for his second drive in three games. He was activated from the injured list Monday.

The White Sox went ahead in the first inning when Anderson singled, advanced on a groundout and scored on Robert’s single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (torn hamstring tendon) continues to have good results, manager Tony La Russa said, but he didn’t have a timeline for Jimenez to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. “Everybody believes his progress is really impressive,” La Russa said. “But there is a certain buildup in the muscle that has to happen, and you just can’t fast forward that.” . RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) could start facing hitters after he throws at least one more bullpen, La Russa said. Lynn is expected to pitch in a game by early June.

UP NEXT

LHP Nestor Cortes (1-1, 1.41 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday. He held the Rangers hitless through seven innings Monday, striking out 11. RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.93) will take the mound for Chicago in the series finale.

Giménez delivers go-ahead RBI in 10th, Guardians beat Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andres Gimenez ripped a go-ahead double in the 10th inning and scored an insurance run after a collision on the bases, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Saturday night.

Gimenez scored the automatic runner but ran into Minnesota first baseman Jose Miranda as he turned the corner toward second. He was shaken up and met with an athletic trainer but remained in the game. Umpires awarded him second base, and he then scored on Myles Straw’s single.

“To have Gimenez lead off the inning, I feel like he’s come through every single time,” Straw said. “He’s been great for us. He’s the one that got that inning going. He needs to keep doing what he’s doing. He’s doing an amazing job and big part of that inning goes to him.”

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli argued the decision to award Gimenez second base and was ejected.

“As we’ve learned that rule over the years, and you don’t see it that often, but every time it’s played out, it’s been emphasized that the runner has to continue on, and he did not,” Baldelli said. “And I, still as I sit here, am convinced that it was an incorrect call.”

Nick Sandlin (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Cleveland. Emmanuel Clase allowed the automatic runner to score but still earned his seventh save.

Jharel Cotton (0-1) allowed two runs, one earned, for Minnesota. Gio Urshela hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and drove in the extra runner in the 10th on an infield single.

The Twins were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base.

Minnesota twice loaded the bases against starter Shane Bieber and wasn’t able to score.

Max Kepler struck out after two two-out hits and a walk in the third. The Twins had the bases full with no outs in the fifth but were retired after Urshela’s tapper in front of the mound was turned into a double play and Miranda grounded out.

Bieber allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in six innings, striking out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season when he surrendered seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against Toronto.

“Getting out of a couple jams was, I felt, big for me tonight,” Bieber said. “I think the line was better and kind of the direction I want to work towards. But more than anything, I feel like I’m happy with dealing some adversity and being able to work out of it.”

ANOTHER ONE

Twins reliever Jhoan Duran threw pitches of 103.3 mph and 103.1 mph, joining Aroldis Chapman, Jordan Hicks, Mauricio Cabrera, Tayron Guerrero and Ryan Helsley as the only pitchers to reach 103 mph since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

LONG WAY BACK

Devin Smeltzer was recalled from Triple-A and made the start for Minnesota, returning to the majors following an injury-filled 2021 where he lost the feeling in three fingers on his pitching hand before sustaining a herniated disc in his neck.

The left-hander gave up three hits and a run in five innings.

“It felt good to be back,” Smeltzer said. “I mean, it all paid off. I’m just looking to stick and keep rolling from here.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: Acting manager Carl Willis and an athletic trainer came out to check on Reyes after he singled in the second. Willis said Reyes, who stayed in the game, was dealing with a cramp. . Willis is filling in for Terry Francona, who is out with COVID-19 along with several coaches.

Twins: To add Smeltzer, Minnesota optioned 1B/OF Alex Kirilloff to Triple-A St. Paul. … 1B Miguel Sano, who underwent knee surgery last week, was transferred to the 60-day injured list. . RHP Bailey Ober (right groin strain) was scheduled for a rehab start in Triple-A on Saturday, but the game was rained out.

UP NEXT

RHP Triston McKenzie (2-2, 2.76) will start Sunday’s series finale for Cleveland, with RHP Joe Ryan (3-2, 2.56 ERA) scheduled for Minnesota.

Harper, Phillies continue to roll with 8-3 win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bryce Harper homered at Dodger Stadium for the third straight game and finished with three hits and the Philadelphia Phillies went deep four times in an 8-3 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night.

Jean Segura, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins also hit home runs off Dodgers starter Julio Urias (2-3). Philadelphia – which has has won four straight and five of its last six – looks for its first four-game sweep at Chavez Ravine since 1985 on Sunday.

Ranger Suarez (4-1) went a season-high seven innings and won for the third time in his last four starts.

Mookie Betts hit a solo shot for Los Angeles, who have dropped four straight for the first time since last June.

Harper hit a three-run shot to right field off Urias to extend the Phillies’ lead to 6-1 in the third inning. It is the eighth time in Harper’s career he has homered in at least three straight games and the first since August 2019.

He also had a double in the first inning for seven extra-base hits in the first three games. That tied him with Adrian Gonzalez for the most in a three-game span at Chavez Ravine. Gonzalez did his while playing for the Dodgers in 2015.

Harper is 14 for 23 with nine extra-base hits and nine RBIs during Philadelphia’s six-game road trip.

Segura extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the first inning with a three-run homer that barely got over the short fence in the left-field corner. Schwarber and Hoskins added solo shots in the fourth to extend the lead to 8-1.

The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double down the right-field line by Cody Bellinger with the bases loaded.

FOR STARTERS

Suarez threw 102 pitches, the second straight outing he has gone over the century mark. The left-hander – who retired the last 11 hitters he faced – allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six.

Urias gave up a career-high four home runs, surpassing the three he allowed in a start during his rookie season in 2016. Five of the eight runs allowed by the left-hander were earned on eight hits with three strikeouts.

LEADING OFF

Bellinger’s home run was the 31st he has had leading off in his career, including 11 with the Dodgers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Manager Joe Girardi said SS/2B Bryson Stott wasn’t in the lineup because left-handed hitters have struggled against Urias this season.

Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder inflammation) said he is still feeling discomfort and doesn’t have a timetable on when he will be able to pick up a baseball to resume throwing.

WEST PASSES AWAY

The Phillies announced before the game that former pitcher David West, who was part of their 1993 World Series team, died of brain cancer. He was 57.

West had a 10-year career in the majors with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. He pitched for the Phillies from 1993-96.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (1-4, 3.83 ERA) hasn’t had a win since his first start of the season. The Dodgers have not announced their starter for Sunday’s series finale.

Pineda exits after liner breaks finger, Tigers blank O’s 3-0

DETROIT (AP) Tigers starter Michael Pineda exited early after a line drive broke a finger on his pitching hand and the Detroit bullpen dominated the rest of the way, teaming on a four-hitter to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

Pineda retired all four hitters he faced, but had to leave after Ramon Urias’ liner broke the middle finger on his right hand in the second inning.

“We don’t know yet if he will need surgery, but he’s going to be out for a while,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t have everyone available in the bullpen today, but everyone got in line and did what we needed them to do.”

Wily Peralta replaced him, with the game delayed to give him time to warm up.

“I’ve never had to warm up on the mound in my career, and I didn’t really get a chance to figure out what was working,” he said. “I had a couple good fastballs at the end, so I started out throwing those and worked from there.”

Peralta (1-0) set down eight batters and four more relievers finished. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Eric Haase and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who clinched their first series win at home this season. The Detroit defense also contributed, turning four double plays.

“It’s nice to hit some balls out, because that’s something we haven’t done much early on,” Hinch said. “I think one difference is that it has been 80 (degrees) the last couple days, not 30 like it was in April.”

Bruce Zimmermann (2-2) allowed two earned runs in six-plus innings.

“Bruce threw the ball extremely well – we just didn’t score,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We struggled against what ended up being a bullpen game. Our starters are doing an amazing job, but we’ve got to score some more runs.”

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when left fielder Ryan McKenna misplayed Jonathan Schoop’s leadoff double, allowing him to reach third. Castro followed with a sacrifice fly.

Haase made it 2-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth and Castro ended Zimmermann’s day with a homer on his first pitch of the seventh.

Baltimore’s first hit was a single by Tyler Nevin in the fifth, and the Orioles didn’t get a runner into scoring position until Urias doubled off Joe Jimenez in the seventh.

“This was really frustrating,” Orioles star Trey Mancini said. “We experienced a lot of this in the first couple weeks of the season, and now in the last couple days we can’t find holes again. They got some double plays in big situations, which we need to get better at avoiding.”

Eduardo Rodriguez and Tarik Skubal are now the only healthy pitchers in Detroit’s first-choice starting rotation.

“It’s really tough to have four of our starters hurt, because we are so much better when we know all our guys will be out there every fifth day,” Peralta said after Pineda joined Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Tyler Alexander on the sidelines. “We’re all going to have to take on bigger roles.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Mize (elbow) was removed from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo after one start and will return to Detroit’s spring-training complex in Florida for further evaluation. Manning (shoulder) is scheduled for one more rehab start in Toledo. … OF Austin Meadows (inner-era infection) took batting practice and could return Sunday.

Orioles: OF Austin Hayes (hand) was able to pinch-run in Friday’s loss, one day after being spiked on the left hand, but won’t be able to swing a bat until Sunday.

ROSTER MOVES

The Orioles optioned reliever Denyi Reyes to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled McKenna.

CAN’T FOOL THE MASTER

With two out in the eighth and McKenna on first, Cedric Mullins hit a grounder to Tigers shortstop Javy Baez, who was shifted to the right side of second base. Baez moved to tag Mullins, who stopped and began backing toward first base — a move Baez uses to confuse infielders into chasing him. It didn’t work — Baez simply stepped on second base – but the pair shared a laugh after the play.

UP NEXT

The teams finish a three-game series on Sunday, with Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (1-2, 3.75) facing Tarik Skubal (2-2, 2.94).

Astros’ 11-game winning streak ends, Nationals romp 13-6

WASHINGTON (AP) Yadiel Hernandez and Maikel Franco homered and the Washington Nationals ended the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak, romping 13-6 on Saturday night.

Manager Dusty Baker and the Astros fell one game short of matching the franchise-record 12-game winning string achieved in 1999, 2004 and 2018.

“We weren’t gonna win every game,” Baker said. “I would love to, but it was their night. We just have to brush that one off and start a new streak tomorrow.”

The Houston staff fashioned a 0.91 ERA during this recent run, but Nelson Cruz and the Nationals collected 14 hits and five walks against five pitchers. Starter Cristian Javier (2-1) was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings – the Astros had allowed a total of four runs over their past five games.

“Yesterday it was a tough (6-1 loss) for us and they were able to get the better of us, but today all of us did a great job of making adjustments and going out there and being aggressive,” Hernandez said through an interpreter.

Jose Siri had a homer, triple and a single for Houston. Yuli Gurriel also had three hits

Cruz had a three-run double, two singles and a walk for the Nationals – who improved to 5-14 at home. Juan Soto doubled, walked twice and scored three runs.

“When you’ve got guys like Cruz and Hernandez, they’re a dangerous crew over there and they got the big hits when they needed them,” Baker said. “I think their first seven runs were with two outs and that usually gets it done.”

Josh Rogers (2-2) worked one inning for the win. Washington starter Erick Fedde was lifted after Siri’s leadoff homer in the fifth made it 7-3.

Hernandez hit an RBI single in the first and added a three-run homer into the Nationals bullpen in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Houston got two back in the fourth, but the Nationals loaded the bases in the bottom half with two bunt singles and a one-out walk to Soto. Josh Bell popped out, but the right-handed hitting Cruz lined a full-count fastball from Javier off the base of the wall in right center to clear the bases.

“I hit it pretty good,” Cruz said. “That pitch was a little bit off the plate also, so to be able to stay on it and hit it that hard is a good sign.”

The Washington slugger has hit safely in seven-of-his-past eight games to raise his average to .200.

Franco hit a two-runner homer in the fifth and added an RBI double as part of a four-run sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve, lifted for a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Friday for precautionary reasons after he slipped on the grass earlier in the game, was given a planned day off. . SS Jeremy Pena missed his second game since leaving a game Thursday at Minnesota with a knee injury. Baker said Altuve and Pena will play on Sunday.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (recovery from thoracic outlet surgery) and RHP Joe Ross (right elbow bone spur removal) each threw two-inning simulated games Friday in Florida. Manager Dave Martinez said Both will go on a five-day routine until they work up to 90 pitches.

BENCH BOOST

The Astros acquired infielder/outfielder Mauricio Dubon from the Giants on Saturday in exchange for minor league catcher Michael Papierski. Dubon, 27, hit .239 with two home runs in 21 games for the Giants. He’s expected to join the Astros on Sunday.

AND SOTO IT GOES

Soto has reached base safely in 12 straight games, going 15-for-48 (.313) with three doubles, four homers, seven walks, and 11 runs scored. His two walks Saturday gave him 401 in 499 career games.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (4-1. 1.55 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings and allowed one hit in his last start, Tuesday against the Twins. He’s 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-5, 6.06) faces the Astros for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series when he pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

Liverpool beats Chelsea to win FA Cup, keeps quad bid alive

LONDON (AP) Add the FA Cup to the collection. Jurgen Klopp has now won every major title for Liverpool.

A 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties in Saturday’s final produced Liverpool’s first FA Cup triumph since 2006 and kept it in contention for, potentially if unlikely, a quadruple of trophies.

Just like in the League Cup final in February, the FA Cup showpiece ended 0-0 through 120 minutes before Liverpool prevailed again. This time, the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason’s penalty being saved before Konstantinos Tsimikas clinched the shootout win with his first-ever goal for the club.

“The small margins are again the difference and I cannot be more proud of my boys,” said Klopp, who has emulated Alex Ferguson with Manchester United and become only the second manager to win the European Cup, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup with the same English club.

In two weeks, Liverpool will be hoping to win the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Before then, Klopp has to hope Manchester City slips up in the final two rounds of the Premier League and Liverpool takes advantage to regain that trophy.

“That is part of the `mentality monsters’ as well, going to extra time and keeping the high level, performing well,” Liverpool goalkeeper goalkeeper Alisson Becker said. “It gives us even more confidence to keep on going for the Premier League and also the Champions League final. This is a fantastic moment and now we just need to enjoy it.”

There was only more Wembley pain for Chelsea. Weeks of ownership turmoil for Chelsea are ending by becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup final appearances, having been beaten by Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last year.

The final of world football’s oldest competition had never gone to penalties before at Wembley. There hadn’t even been a goalless final after extra time since it started being played at the national stadium in 1923.

But Liverpool’s last FA Cup success in 2006 was in one of the two previous shootouts that settled the cup final that both happened in Cardiff while Wembley was being rebuilt.

Saturday’s final ended with one half of the stadium shrouded in a red haze of smoke after beginning under a cloud when Liverpool fans jeered the national anthem and the introduction of Prince William.

After the ceremony to mark 150 years of the FA Cup, the 141st final was more tense than turgid, just like in the League Cup final. There were 58 shots produced by the teams without finding the net over their two games at Wembley in 2022.

One chance did come early for Liverpool with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving from Luis Diaz. Then came Christian Pulisic’s shot that crept wide on a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea forward.

The first half was punctuated by injury delays for Liverpool players.

Alisson had to be treated after his shin took a knock while blocking Marcos Alonso’s shot. The goalkeeper recovered but it wasn’t long before Mohamed Salah went down. The forward couldn’t continue due to a sore groin but he was able to walk off unaided when being replaced by Diogo Jota in the 33rd minute.

Liverpool missed the threat of the Premier League’s top scorer. Chelsea missed their chances to exploit that.

A blistering start to the second half by Chelsea saw Marcos Alonso shoot wide and send a free kick onto the crossbar around Pulisic’s effort being repelled by Alisson’s diving save.

A late flurry of Liverpool attempts couldn’t prevent the game going into extra time with the post hit by Diaz from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.

And for only the second time – after Arsenal’s 2005 meeting with Manchester United in Cardiff – an FA Cup final ended 0-0 after extra time.

The shootout was going Liverpool’s way after captain Cesar Azpilicueta missed Chelsea’s second penalty until Sadio Mane missed a chance to win it when Senegal teammate Mendy saved his kick.

After the teams converted another round of penalties, Mount was thwarted and Tsimikas produced his biggest moment since joining Liverpool in 2020. Now Liverpool has the eighth FA Cup it has been waiting 16 years to win, and another two titles to aim for this season.

“We have to celebrate hard,” Tsimikas said. “Tomorrow is another day and we still have a lot to do.”

For Chelsea’s men, the season will end with no domestic titles but the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup and prospective new owners.

“We’re disappointed and sad of course,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said, “but at the same time proud because we left everything that you need.”

Since the League Cup final loss, Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale after being sanctioned by the British government over his links to Russia amid the war on Ukraine. The Russian oligarch has agreed to a buyout by a consortium fronted by American sports investor Todd Boehly.

Ex-Seattle safety Earl Thomas arrested over protective order

DALLAS (AP) Former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has been arrested in Texas more than two weeks after a warrant was issued over an alleged violation of a protective order.

Beaumont, Texas, television station KBMT reported Thomas was arrested Friday in Orange, where he played high school football. The station reported the three-time All-Pro was recognized at a restaurant.

The arrest warrant was issued last month in Austin, Texas, where Thomas played in college for the Texas Longhorns. Police said Thomas violated the court order by sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Orange is near the Texas-Louisiana state line, about 275 miles from Austin.

Thomas’ attorney, Trey Dolezal, told the Austin newspaper the warrant stems from Thomas reaching out to the woman to see their children.

The 33-year-old Thomas is a free agent and has said he wants to resume his career. He spent his first nine seasons with the Seahawks before a year with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a free agent.

Thomas hasn’t played since 2019. He was released by the Ravens in training camp in 2020 after punching teammate Chuck Clark during a practice.

Djokovic back in a big final at Italian Open, vs. Tsitsipas

ROME (AP) This is just what Novak Djokovic needed a week before the French Open.

The top-ranked Serb beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3 at the Italian Open on Saturday to reach his biggest final of the year.

Having missed a big portion of the season because he wasn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus, Djokovic will attempt to extend his five-match winning streak over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final.

“I can expect a big battle,” Djokovic said. “But I’m ready for it.”

Tsitsipas reached his first Rome final by rallying past Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic is seeking his sixth title in the Italian capital.

In the women’s semifinals, top-ranked Iga Swiatek routed Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-1 for her 27th straight win and will face another player on a run, Ons Jabeur, as she attempts to defend her Rome title.

Jabeur beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 for her 11th consecutive victory after lifting the Madrid Open trophy last week.

Djokovic recorded the 1,000th win of his career, making him only the fifth man to reach that mark after Jimmy Connors (1,274 wins), Roger Federer (1,251), Ivan Lendl (1,068) and Rafael Nadal (1,051).

After the match, Djokovic was presented with a cake with “1,000” written on it.

“I was seeing Roger and Rafa celebrating those milestones and I was looking forward to get to 1,000 myself,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic is playing only his fifth tournament of the year, with his best previous result the final of the smaller Serbia Open, his home tournament, last month. Last week, he was beaten by 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals of the Madrid Open.

Against Ruud, the first Norwegian to break into the top 10, Djokovic jumped out to 5-1 in the opening set with an array of shot-making that negated his opponent’s power.

On one point early on when Ruud pushed Djokovic wide of the doubles alley, the Serb practically did the splits as he responded with a backhand winner up the line with his racket just a few inches above the red clay court.

Djokovic’s most recent match against Tsitsipas came in last year’s French Open final, when he rallied from two sets down to take the trophy.

Djokovic also needed five sets to beat Tsitsipas in the Roland Garros semifinals two years ago, and they went the full three sets when Djokovic won in the Rome quarterfinals last year.

“I’ve looked back to those matches. I’ve analyzed them,” Tsitsipas said. “There are things that didn’t work for me after two sets to love up in Roland Garros. I guess I was always pretty stubborn, didn’t want to change (tactics). . There’s always one more match where I can perhaps maybe do something different.”

Tsitsipas has been pushed to three sets in three of his four matches this week, having also overcome local favorite Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

Tsitsipas has also played all of his matches in the midday heat.

“The heat hasn’t been easy. But that’s what I prefer,” the Greek player said.

Tsitsipas defended his title at the Monte Carlo Masters last month and is aiming for another big clay-court title.

The Italian Open has been played at the picturesque Foro Italico, which includes a court lined by neo-classical statues, since 1935.

“It’s one of the tournaments that has the most history in our sport,” Tsitsipas said. “You can see walking around the site, one of the most beautiful stadiums – the Pietrangeli. So there’s a lot of history playing in these courts and you feel very proud that you’ve made your way here and are able to participate in such a historically rich event.”

Swiatek’s streak is the longest by a woman since Serena Williams won 27 in a row over 2014 and 2015. The all-time longest streak belongs to Martina Navratilova, who put together 74 straight in 1984.

“I’m just constantly surprising myself that I can do better and better,” Swiatek said. “I feel like I actually can believe now that the sky’s the limit. That’s the fun part.”

Seeking to win her fifth straight tournament, Swiatek dominated the eighth-ranked Sabalenka with power, consistency and finesse.

“Today I felt like I really understood the clay,” Swiatek said.

The hard-hitting Sabalenka took a medical timeout late in the second set and had her back treated.

Swiatek, who was a surprise champion at the French Open in 2020 when she was ranked No. 54, will be the favorite to add a second title at Roland Garros when the year’s second Grand Slam starts next weekend.

Jabeur, who is also quickly developing into a French Open contender, saved a match point late in the third.

Herta makes all right moves to win wet, wild IndyCar GP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) As Colton Herta set up his winning pass Saturday, all he could see were red flashing lights.

He still charged forward.

The 22-year-old California driver quickly darted to the inside of Pato O’Ward on a late restart, took the lead for good with nine laps to go and beat Simon Pagenaud to the finish line by 3.0983 seconds to win a wild, wacky, wet IndyCar Grand Prix.

“Pure talent,” Herta joked when asked how he persevered for his first win of the season despite the incredibly challenging weather conditions. “The most interesting thing is you never have a car that handles great in the wet and great in the dry, but it happened today.”

Getting to victory lane certainly wasn’t easy for Herta, who earned his first Indy win in his 10th series start at the track. He also became the first Honda driver to reach victory lane this season.

But on Saturday, he made all the right calls.

After qualifying 14th on the 27-car grid, he made the gutsy choice to switch from rain tires to dry tires just three laps into the race. While he initially struggled to keep the cold tires on the track and nearly spun out on Lap 4 when he got sideways in the 10th turn on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course, Herta never flinched.

Somehow he hung on, quickly taking the lead and advantage of a move that allowed him to go from 15th to first. He stayed near the front of the pack the rest of the race, leading 50 of 75 laps in a two-hour race that had just 53 minutes, 22 seconds of green flag time.

It came on a day race strategists and drivers were constantly changing plans because of rain or the threat of rain. And even when it appeared Herta made the wrong choice – like running on dry tires after Alexander Rossi and made an early switch back to rain tires – things worked out.

“What I said is with the track conditions right now it’s probably wets, but it you think it’s going to be dry we’ll go with slicks,” Herta said referring to the first of two late pit stops. “Immediately when I got out there, I knew it was going to be tough so we came back in. Luckily, everybody followed our lead and did the wrong thing so we didn’t lose too many spots.”

Pagenaud and pole-winner Will Power struggled to navigate the spray coming off the other cars. Neither could see well enough for long enough in the first IndyCar rain race with the aeroscreens to catch Herta.

Still, the the two three-time race winners and former teammates felt as if they too had accomplished something. Pagenaud, the French driver, gave Meyer Shank Racing its best finish of the season.

“That was nuts. The racing was phenomenal and the strategy was the name of the game today,” he said. “Sometimes second feels like a win. I would have liked to win today, but we’ll probably celebrate tonight like it was a win.”

Power took the points lead away from defending series champ Alex Palou and posted Team Penske’s best finish.

“At the end, you couldn’t see. I can’t imagine being back in 10th or something,” the Australian said. “Pretty crazy day, one to keep you on your toes and when to pick the right tire and don’t overdo it. Just survival.”

Race organizers knew weather would be a factor.

They moved the start time up about 30 minutes with the hope of a wet track. Instead the start was delayed – first because of nearby lightning in the area and then because of a steady light rain.

The cooler, damper track changed everything. There were spins and crashes, even cars struggling to stay in line under caution. And nobody, not even the series’ top names, were immune.

Team Penske scrambled to get two-time series champ Josef Newgarden back on the course after his car was damaged in a Lap 17 crash. Power lost three spots on the first lap and never completely recovered and Scott McLaughlin, Penske’s third driver, lost the lead when he spun under caution.

Six-time series champ Scott Dixon, the New Zealander who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing, ran out of fuel on pit lane. Dixon’s teammate, Palou of Spain, fell out of contention when he, like Rossi, made the move back to rain tires too early.

O’Ward and Arrow McLaren SP teammate Felix Rosenqvist got tangled up in the first turn of Lap 42.

“I knew we could do it,” Herta said. “Did I think we were going to win today in a normal dry race? No probably not. But we kind of adapted pretty well. It was a lot of fun.”

GOOD BET?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials opened the first on-site betting lounge in track history Saturday.

The Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at Pagoda Plaza will remain throughout Indianapolis 500 practices, two days of qualifying and the May 29 race. Caesars Sportsbook also will sponsor the speedway’s remaining races this year.

UP NEXT

Teams and drivers aren’t going anywhere. Next up is the series marquee race, the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. Everyone gets a two-day break while the track is converted from a road course to the more traditional oval. Practice starts Tuesday and two days of qualifying are set for next weekend.

Muñoz keeps Byron Nelson lead with local star Spieth 1 back

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Sebastian Munoz will be the “other” local guy in the final pairing of the final round of the Byron Nelson.

It’s cool by the Colombian who now calls the Dallas area home and has at least shared the lead after all three rounds.

Munoz shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and was 21 under, a stroke ahead of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth, who is still seeking a breakthrough at the event in which he contended in the final round as a 16-year-old high schooler in 2010. Spieth shot a 64.

Joaquin Niemann will be the third player in the final group Sunday, alone in third another shot back after a 65. James Hahn almost matched Munoz’s opening-round 60 at TPC Craig Ranch, shooting 61 to jump 34 spots to a tie for fourth with Justin Thomas (64).

Spieth is a year younger than Munoz at 28 but has three majors among 13 career victories after starring at the University of Texas. Munoz, who played in college nearby at North Texas, is 2 1/2 years removed from his lone PGA Tour win.

“Besides winning in Bogota, Colombia, I’ve never been the favorite of any other place,” Munoz said. “So it’s a familiar spot. Jordan is, of course, the golden boy here, so everyone’s favorite. I’m good friends with him, so it’s going to be a lot of fun tomorrow.”

Spieth never went more than two holes without a birdie before a bogey at 15. He’s had lower rounds and been close to victory before in a tournament he wants to win badly after such a remarkable PGA Tour debut as an amateur 12 years ago.

Besides, he and others among the top 30 in the world playing this week are getting ready for the PGA Championship next week at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“So having a chance to win this event, this will be kind of the best chance I’ve maybe ever had going into Sunday,” Spieth said. “Done a good job not putting too much pressure on myself, I just wanted to get into contention and obviously see what needs to be sharpened for next week. But there’s no better prep for a major than winning the week before.”

Speith was ninth last season in the first year at TPC Craig Ranch, his best Nelson finish.

Munoz made a 39-foot birdie putt on the par-4 second hole and sank a long bunker shot on the short par-4 sixth.

Playing with another Texan in Ryan Palmer, Munoz ran into trouble along with Palmer on the par-4 16th.

After Palmer sprayed his approach way right into the stands, Munoz went left playing a shot from a bunker with the ball in the rough above his feet. He swiped the ground with his club after leaving a chip 30 feet away and ended up with his only bogey.

Palmer, two shots back at the time after a stretch of five consecutive birdies, had to drop in some deep rough, needed two shots to get out and three-putted for double-bogey.

A West Texas native and Dallas-area resident seeking his first individual victory since 2010, Palmer shot 70 and was 17 under with defending champion K.H. Lee (67) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel (68).

Spieth briefly pulled even with Munoz at 18 under with five birdies in six holes before the Colombian hit his approaches on 9 and 10 within 5 feet for birdies that put him back in front to stay.

Hahn missed the cut the past two times he played the Nelson after finishing third in 2017, the last year at the TPC Four Seasons in another Dallas suburb, Irving.

The move to McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown, came after the Nelson was played twice at Trinity Forest in southern Dallas, then canceled during the pandemic before another relocation.

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Hahn birdied five of the last six holes on the front nine and started a 5-under stretch over four holes by hitting his second shot to 7 feet on the par-5 12th.

“I feel like it just played easy out there for me, but everyone’s shooting, 9-, 10-under, someone is every day,” said Hahn, who has missed 10 cuts this season. “So I just felt like, `Why not me?'”

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who overcame a triple-bogey early in the second round for an outside shot to make a Sunday run, recorded birdies in bunches in a 65 that left him at 16 under.

The top-ranked player and Dallas resident birdied four of the last five holes on the front and three in a row on the back, but his bogey-free round ended with a disappointing par on the reachable par-5 18th.

“I haven’t really seen the ball go in very much, which is frustrating because you got to make putts out here to shoot low scores,” Scheffler said. “I fought my way kind of back into the tournament, but I need a hot putter tomorrow if I want to make some noise.”

Davis Riley shot 64 and was tied with Scheffler and Beau Hossler (67).

A pair of older tour rookies faded from contention with 2-over 74s. David Skinns, a 40-year-old from England started the day tied for the lead with Munoz and Palmer, and 33-year-old American Justin Lower, who was just a shot back.

Minjee Lee takes 1-shot lead into last round of Founders Cup

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) Minjee Lee seemed to be more worried about finishing her third round on a dreary, rainy day than keeping the lead at the Cognizant Founders Cup.

The 25-year-old LPGA Tour scoring leader did both Saturday moving within a round of posting her first win of the year and seventh of her career.

Lee had an eagle-birdie run on the back nine and shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden on a day Upper Montclair Country Club showed some teeth with the wind picking up early and rain falling on the leaders for the final 11 holes.

Lee, who had a three-shot lead at the halfway point, was at 17-under 199 after 54 holes.

“You know, I’ve been striking it really well pretty much this whole year,” said Lee, who has two top-three finishes this year. “I’ve been working hard on my putting and working hard on everything, so it would be really nice just to see the result of a win.”

Sagstrom, the Swede who had the first-round lead after a 63, had the best third-round with a 67. The 29-year-old is seeking her second win.

“I shot a good score today, and if I just keep playing my game, keep hitting good putts, giving myself good chances, you never know,” Sagstrom said. “But I’m just have to stay in the present. That’s really what I have to do.”

Sagstrom briefly moved into a tie for the lead with a birdie at the par-5 12th as Lee bogeyed No. 11 after an errant tee shot.

Lee re-took the lead with the eagle on No. 12 and the birdie on No. 13 on putts ranging from 15-to-18 feet.

“I think everybody can get there in two on that hole,” Lee said.

Lexi Thompson started the round tied with Sagstrom at 11 under, and was alone in third, three shots back after a 69. She might have been closer to her first win since 2019 but she just missed at least five or six putts.

“I’m not even thinking that far ahead,” Thompson said of winning. “Just going to come out tomorrow, take it one shot at a time. I know I put in the work, so coming out here, being relaxed, and committing to my golf shots; that’s all I can do.”

Angel Yin shot a 68 and moved into fourth place at 11 under. She had five birdies and a bogey.

“I actually left a lot out there,” said Yin. “I hit it pretty good so gave myself a lot of looks. That was really good. Actually I left like at least four out there that I felt like I could have made.”

Ally Ewing, who was tied for second after two rounds, never got anything going in posting a 74. She was tied for fifth at 9 under with Paula Reto of South Africa and Megan Khang.

Nasa Hataoka of Japan, who won in Los Angeles last month, was in a group nine shots off the lead. Jennifer Kupcho, the winner at Mission Hills in the first major of the season, also was 8 under.

Two-time defending champion and No. 1 ranked Jin Young Ko of South Korea was far back at 5 under.

Anna Davis, the 16-year-old lefty who won the recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur, remained at 4 under after shooting par.

INDIANA RELEASES

Indians Drop Saturday Night Contest in Charlotte, 12-2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Indianapolis Indians were held to just two hits as the Charlotte Knights slugged their way to a victory in the fifth game of the six-game set on Saturday night, 12-2.

With the game tied 2-2 after the Indians (16-17) plated a pair on a bases-loaded walk to Travis Swaggerty and run-scoring double play in the top of the second, Charlotte (15-20) scored 10 unanswered runs – seven in their next two offensive frames – to put the game out of reach.

The Knights launched four home runs in the contest: a solo shot by Blake Rutherford to begin the scoring in the first, a go-ahead homer by Jake Burger in the bottom of the second, and back-to-back home runs by Yermin Mercedes and Adam Haseley to begin a five-run third inning. Five of Charlotte’s 12 runs scored via the long ball, and two were driven in on bases-loaded walks.

Miguel Yajure got the start for Indianapolis and exited the ballgame with two outs in the first inning after surrendering four walks. Matt Eckelman (L, 0-3) entered in relief of Yajure and allowed six runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Indianapolis’ pitching staff gave up 17 hits, it’s most since allowing 19 on July 17, 2019 against Syracuse at Victory Field. The last time Indy allowed 17 hits at Charlotte was on June 21, 2015 in a 13-1 loss.

Zach Muckenhirn (W, 2-1) stranded runners at the corners in the top of the second inning to earn the win for Charlotte in relief of starter Will Carter. John Parke fanned nine batters over 5.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Indians will look to earn a series split Sunday afternoon with first pitch slated for 1:05 PM ET. Southpaw Trey McGough (1-0, 0.75) will take the mound for the Indians against Charlotte’s RHP Emilio Vargas (0-2, 6.31).

USL Championship Recap – Memphis 901 FC 2 : 1 Indy Eleven

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Saturday, May 14, 2022) – Indy Eleven looked to equal its biggest comeback in club history at the same site it accomplished the feat two seasons prior, but this time a two-goal deficit was too much to overcome in a 1-2 defeat to Memphis 901 FC at AutoZone Park. Forward Jonas Fjeldberg’s Indy Eleven account opener midway through the second half started a spirited comeback attempt by Indiana’s Team, but eventually the night finished with the squad’s four-game win streak and six-game undefeated run both coming to an end.

Indy Eleven (4W-3L-2D, 14 pts.) saw two quality looks in the first quarter hour from the same spot at the top left corner of the area, and both attempts by defender Neveal Hackshaw in the 2nd minute and midfielder Nicky Law in the 15th fell just wide of the near post. On the other end Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco came up with two sure-handed saves on blasts by Graham Smith and Laurent Kissiedou within the first 25 minutes, and he was pressed into action more on numerous crosses and a handful of corner kicks

Memphis 901 FC (6W-2L-1D, 19 pts.) moved the scoreboard indirectly off one of those corners in the 34th minute, as Indy’s attempts to clear never made it out of the penalty area. That allowed former Eleven defender Patrick Seagrist to nod the ball over traffic and into space for Zach Carroll, who finished 1-v-1 from 12 yards out. The deficit seemed to energize the Eleven attack as midfielder Justin Ingram immediately tested former Indiana University goalkeeper Trey Muse from distance a minute later, while Manuel Arteaga’s first true look in the 38th minute from just outside the area was pushed just wide of the right post, marking the final firm chance of the opening stanza.

An even start to the second half found Indy with a golden chance to equalize, but Arteaga just couldn’t rise high enough to meet Ingram’s back post cross in the 54th minute. Four minutes later Memphis doubled its lead off a counterattack that saw Jeremy Kelly play a ball over the drawn-up Indy backline for Kissiedou, who had ample time and space to slot past a stranded Panicco from 25 yards out.

Indy stayed in the fight, with Fjeldberg clawing one back in the 66th minute. A spell of possession on the left flank eventually saw Arteaga play to the Norwegian striker, who cut inside the area and put a near post blast from 10 yards right through the mitts of Muse, who could only watch as the ball trickled across his goalline to cut the 901 FC lead in half. Jared Timmer’s redirect off a long Eleven throw-in inside the six nearly saw Indy pull even in the 74th minute, but after Carroll’s touch to block only brought the ball closer to goal with Muse on his back, he atoned by clearing the ball off the goalline.

Despite a wave of five substitutions by Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry across the final 20 minutes, Memphis was able to sustain its lead down the stretch, not allowing Indy to record a shot in the final 15 minutes despite repeated forays into the attacking third. It was Kissiedou who had the best look of the stretch drive, but  his chance for a brace from distance in the 82nd minute whistled past a diving Panicco and his left post.

The Boys in Blue return to the Circle City for back-to-back home weekend affairs starting next Saturday, May 21, when New York Red Bulls II invades Carroll Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Tickets for that 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff – and all Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Details on next Saturday’s Gone to the Dogs Night and other future promotions at Carroll Stadium – including the return of the club’s Racing Indy match over Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 28 (4:00 p.m. ET)

Ulrich Wins Big Ten Championship on Second Day of Big Ten Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  – Indiana Track & Field competed on the second day of Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships where Jayden Ulrich saw a Big Ten Individual title in the women’s discus.

KEY MOMENTS

• On her final throw, Jayden Ulrich stepped into the ring and delivered the largest throw of the day and her career in the discus. Ulrich saw a mark of 59.01 to earn her first Big Ten Championship medal.

• After qualifying for the 200m final on Friday, Kenny Benton advanced to the final of the 400m with a time of 47.23. The men’s 400m final will run on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. ET.

• Rikkoi Brathwaite and Antonio Laidler will return in the men’s 100m. Brathwaite saw a time of 10.25 while Laidler went 10.35. The final is scheduled for 2:55 p.m. on Sunday.

• Hannah Stoffel will run two events on Sunday afternoon as she already qualified in the 1500m on Friday and advanced in the 800m on Saturday. Stoffel collected a time of 2:09.16.

• Camden Marshall is the lone Hoosier moving on to the men’s 800m final as he captured a time of 1:49.14 to advance. The race beings at 3:08 p.m. on Sunday.

• Jake Gebhardt ended the night for Indiana as he placed eighth overall in the steeplechase with a time of 9:06.97.

• In the field, Paola Fernandez-Sola scooped the bronze medal with a leap of 6.09m (19′ 11.75″).

NOTABLES

• Jayden Ulrich competed in her first outdoor Big Ten Championship of her career and captured gold in the discus. Her championship secured her All-Big Ten First Team honors.

• Camden Marshal made his first appearance at the Big Ten Outdoor meet where he advanced to the final of the 800m.

• Five more Hoosiers advanced to the final of their respective events, Rikkoi Brathwaite (100m), Antonio Laidler (100m), Kenny Benton (200m), Hannah Stoffel (800m), and Camden Marshall (800m). 

UP NEXT

Indiana will return to the Minnesota Track & Field Complex on Sunday afternoon to wrap the 2022 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

RESULTS

100m (Prelim)

Men

3. Rikkoi Brathwaite – 10.25

9. Antonio Laidler – 10.35

400m (Prelims)

Men

9. Kenny Benton – 47.23

Women

11. Morgan Snow – 55.29

800m (Prelims)

Men

1. Camden Marshall – 1:49.14

12. Parker Raymond – 1:51.22

13. Cooper Williams – 1:51.39

21. Nick Couyoumjian – 1:52.44

33. Reece Proctor – 1:55.51

Women

9. Hannah Stoffel – 2:09.16

10. Kelly Mindak – 2:09.77

20. Elizabeth Stanhope – 2:12.31

24. Maria Anderson – 2:14.31

Steeplechase (Final)

Men

8. Jake Gebhardt – 9:06.97

9. Austin Haskett – 9:12.42

11. Keelan Grant – 9:15.78

Women

15. Alyssa Skorge – 10:43.61

Long Jump

Men

11. Kynton Grays – 7.15m (23′ 5.5″)

13. JaiQuan Earls – 7.04m (23′ 1.25″)

15. Dom Day – 6.92m (22′ 8.5″)

Women

3. Paola Fernandez-Sola – 6.09m (19′ 11.75″)

High Jump

Women

9. Mahogany Jenkins – 1.73m (5′ 8″)

12. Hope Purcell – 1.70m (5′ 7″)

Discus

Women

1. Jayden Ulrich – 59.01m (193′ 7″)

Shot Put

Men

X. Adam Strouf – Foul

3 Place 4th Saturday at Big Tens

MINNEAPOLIS – Junior Isaiah Martin and sophomores Kaia Harris and Safin Wills all placed fourth for the Purdue track & field team on the second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Track & Field Stadium in Minneapolis.

Martin in the decathlon, Harris in the discus and Wills in the long jump all earned points for the Boilermakers on day two of the three-day conference championship. Additionally, five advanced to the finals and seven personal-best marks were set by the Old Gold and Black on Saturday.

The day began with the last five events of the decathlon. In the final standings in the 10-event competition, Martin was fourth with a season-best 7,590 points. In seven Big Ten Championships, three outdoors and four indoors, Martin has placed in the top six in six of them. He has finished fourth in the outdoor decathlon all three times, in 2022, 2021 and 2019.

Martin entered the day in sixth place but moved up to fourth with the help of two PRs and two season-bests. The day began with a first-place finish in the 110 hurdles in a wind-legal collegiate-best time of 14.44 seconds. A PR by more than 2.00 meters in the discus followed, as Martin was second with a throw of 43.76m. In the pole vault, he tied his season best with a clearance of 4.30m, just 0.01m shy of his PR, to finish ninth. Back-to-back season-bests closed the decathlon for Martin. He was third in the javelin with a throw of 59.22m and also finished third in the 1,500m in 4:40.75.

Later in the afternoon, Harris was fourth in the discus. She earned her first career Big Ten podium finish with a throw of 54.56m on her first attempt. The mark is just shy of her career-best, set three weeks ago.

Wills was fourth in the long jump to earn his third Big Ten podium finish in as many events this season to go along with a pair of indoor medals. A jump of 7.60m-w came on Wills’ third attempt to secure the top-four finish.

The first Boilermaker to reach the final on Saturday was sophomore Cierra Williams in the 400m. She was eighth in the prelims in 53.90 to pick up her first finals berth of the 2022 championships.

A day after they made the final in the 200m, senior Antonio Mitchell II, junior Camille Christopher and sophomore Kerris Roberts all made the 100m final. In Saturday’s 100m, Mitchell II finished in 10.31 as he earned the sixth-fastest time in the men’s prelim. For the women, Christopher ran the fourth-fastest prelim time and Roberts was seventh. Christopher finished in 11.41, a new PR and the fourth-fastest time in program history. Roberts’ time was 11.58-w, a personal-best in all conditions.

Sophomore K’Ja Talley also made her second final on Saturday, this time in the 100m hurdles. She posted a time of 13.47-w, which is a personal-best in all conditions, to go along with a 400m hurdle appearance that she solidified on Friday.

Additionally, freshman Ellie Tate ran a personal-best 800m time of 2:11.20 to finish 15th.

The Big Ten Championships conclude on Sunday, May 15, with field events at noon ET / 11 a.m. CT and running events at 1:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. CT. The meet is set to end at 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT.

Fans can follow along with live results at PTTiming.com, and the meet will be streamed live on B1G+ (Field | Track), with a subscription required. Additional championships information, including the complete schedule, is available at BigTen.org/OTFChamps. Updates from Minneapolis also can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

Top of the Lineup Production Helps NU Even Series

EVANSTON, Ill. – The first four hitters in the Northwestern lineup combined for a big day at the plate, producing seven runs on 11 hits as the Wildcats defeated Purdue baseball 11-1 to even the crucial series in the Big Ten Tournament chase.

While the top of the lineup was producing runs, Michael Farinelli pitched his third complete game of the season for Northwestern (22-24, 8-12 B1G). Farinelli (5-5) faced only 32 batters while throwing 107 pitches. He surrendered just six singles, striking out seven.

The Wildcats built an early lead by scoring in the first, third and fifth innings thanks to the hitting display put on by Patrick Herrera, Anthony Calarco, Jay Beshears and Ethan O’Donnell. They all had multiple hits while combining for 11 hits and seven RBI. Calcarco and Beshears hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. Calcarco connected for opposite-field, two-run shots to left in consecutive innings.

Batting in the 7-hole, Tommy D’Alise joined in on the power surge with another two-run blast in the seventh inning. All four home runs were hit to the opposite field.

Along with his 4-for-4 day at the plate, O’Donnell also made an impressive diving catch on the warning track in left center to rob Mike Bolton Jr. of an extra-base hit in the third inning.

Evan Albrecht’s stolen base in the second inning was Purdue’s 106th of the season, tying the team record set in 2000. Northwestern catcher JC Santini threw out Curtis Washington Jr. trying to steal second to end the top of the third and Albrecht trying to steal third to end the fifth. Washington was cut down trying to steal for the first time this season in 30 attempts.

Those caught stealings plus a double play helped NU starter Michael Farinelli face only nine batters across the third, fourth and fifth innings. Farinelli faced more than three batters in just two frames – the second and sixth. The Boilermakers did not send more than five batters to the plate in any frame.

Purdue (28-17, 8-10 B1G) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth and broke up the shutout but was unable to produce the big inning it needed. Troy Viola registered his 40th RBI of the season with a groundout. NU shortstop Tony Livermore made a nice play deep in the hole to retire Paul Toetz for the final out with Bolton and Washington at second and third.

Viola made an excellent catch in the eighth inning when he scaled the fence in foul territory down the third base line to snare a foul pop up.

Cam Thompson was kept off base for the first time this season, snapping his on-base streak at 44 consecutive games. It ranks as the third longest on-base streak by a Boilermaker in the last 20 years.

The rubber game of the series Sunday has been moved up to a noon ET first pitch. The winner of Sunday’s game will take the inside track on one of the final berths at the Big Ten Tournament entering the final week of the regular season.

Zumbro repeats as heptathlon champion at MAC Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Ball State track and field’s Karlie Zumbro was crowned the heptathlon champion for the second consecutive season Friday at the 2022 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. Zumbro set a program record by scoring 5,403 points in the competition.

Zumbro held the lead after the first day and never relinquished it after winning the long jump (5.74m) and placing second in the javelin throw (36.61m) and the 800-meter run (2:12.61). The 800-meter mark was an all-time personal best.

Jenelle Rogers had a strong showing in the heptathlon as well, taking fifth with a career-best 4,981 points. Rogers placed second in the long jump (5.62m) and used an all-time personal best 2:24.37 in the 800 to secure her place in the standings.

All three Cardinals in the 400-meter dash advanced from the prelims to the finals. Alexis Thigpen crossed the line in a time of 55.41, just .03 away a heat win. Payton Barlow (55.24) and Emma Potter (55.92) also secured their spots in Saturday’s final.

Jenna Oriani advanced to her second finals race, this time in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.03. Moriah Johnson also competed in the event and ran a collegiate-best 12.11.

In the 800-meter run, Kayla Jones won her heat and qualified for the finals with a time of 2:09.82. Karleigh Conner ran a lifetime-best 2:10.39 to join Jones in the finals.

As a team, Ball State sits in ninth in the team standings at 14 points with 13 of 21 events remaining to be scored.

The conference meet wraps up Saturday with the 4×100-meter relay kicking this off at 11:30 a.m. ET and concluding with the 4×400-meter relay at 3:20 p.m. ET.

Griffith, Jones capture gold on final day of MAC Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – On the final day of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championship, the Ball State track and field team was highlighted by event wins by Charity Griffith and Kayla Jones. Griffith won the high jump at 1.76m, while Jones took the 800-meter run title in a time of 2:07.61 Saturday.

Griffith and Jones’ titles were two of the three won by Cardinals over the week as Karlie Zumbro earned the heptathlon crown for the second consecutive year.

“The ladies competed, went out there and put forth a really good effort this week,” head coach Adrian Wheatley said. “We had three champions between Karlie, Charity and Kayla, and it was awesome to see how they continued to compete. We also had a lot of first-time finalists and people who were on the podium for the first time as contributors to the team.

“Overall, I was pleased. We want more. As a group, we need to continue to keep pushing the envelope and keep working hard. If we do that, we’re going to be in a position that we’re excited about in the next couple of years.”

As a team, Ball State picked up 40 of its 54 total points Saturday afternoon. The 54 team points was good for ninth overall.

Competing for the final time in a Cardinal uniform, Karleigh Conner joined Jones as point contributors in the 800-meter run. Conner placed eighth with a time of 2:15.22.

Jenna Oriani racked up points on her own in a pair of races after placing seventh in the 200-meter dash (24.47) and eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.95). Her 200-meter time was her first wind-legal sub-24.8 time of the season.

Zumbro contributed a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.45.

In the 400-meter dash, Alexis Thigpen and Payton Barlow placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Thigpen crossed the line in 55.44, while Barlow finished in 55.73. Emma Potter logged a ninth-place finish in her first career outdoor finals appearance with a time of 56.19.

The 4×100-meter relay team of Kennedy Batts, Oriani, Aaleiah Winford and Michelle Lehmann ran a season-best time of 45.94, good for fourth overall.

Wrapping up the competition, the 4×400-meter relay squad featuring Thigpen, Potter, Barlow and Jones crossed the line in 3:42.92, which was fifth best.

While final marks are being assembled across the country, individuals will receive notice if they have qualified for the NCAA Prelims next week. The NCAA East Prelims are set to take place in Bloomington, Ind., May 25-28.

Ball State Falls to Ohio in Weather-Shortened Day

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team took on Ohio in game two of a four-game series from the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Saturday. The Bobcats defeated the Cardinals 5-3. Game two of the doubleheader was halted due to weather and will resume on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m.

Amir Wright extended his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games and has reached safely in 48 of the 49 games. Trenton Quartermaine has reached safely in 25-straight games, while Nick Powell has reached safely in 12 consecutive.

Ryan Peltier led the Cardinals with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two doubles. Quartermaine finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Bobcats got on the scoreboard first as Colin Kasperbauer scored on a wild pitch. Ohio extended its lead in the top of the third inning as OU scored two runs on one hit. The Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth and took a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning.

Adam Tellier drew a four-pitch walk to start the bottom of the seventh with one out for the Cardinals. Peltier reached on a fielder’s choice and Tellier was safe at second on an error by the shortstop. Zach Lane came into the game to pinch hit and delivered a single to left field that scored Tellier. Wright singled to the shortstop with two outs to load the bases. Quartermaine singled up the middle and scored Peltier and Lane. Ball State cut the deficit to 5-3 but was unable to tie the game.

Ty Johnson got the loss for the Cardinals and fell to 7-3. He went six innings and surrendered five earned runs on seven hits. He added five strikeouts. Tyler Ruetschle threw a scoreless inning in relief and recorded one strikeout.

Eamon Horwedel got the win for the Bobcats and improved to 2-0 on the year. He picked up two strikeouts and held Ball State to two hits in 5 1/3 innings. Brett Manis went 1 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, two earned. He added a strikeout.

The Cardinals and Bobcats will finish game two that was halted due to weather in the area on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. The game will resume with the Cardinals leading 13-6 with a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the fifth.

#8 IRISH DEFEAT PITT 8-1 TO CLINCH SERIES

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (31-10, 15-8 ACC) clinched another ACC series after the 8-1 win over Pitt (26-22, 12-13 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 22nd time this season and improved to 22-0 in those games as they won their sixth ACC series.

Austin Temple was dealing early on the mound for the Irish. He set a career high with 10 strikeouts and they all came in the first four innings. He struck out two in the first and second and then struck out three in the third and fourth inning. Will Mercer got the win after 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just two hits and no walks during his outing.

At the plate, the Irish were balanced throughout the lineup as nine different players got a hit and the Irish scored in five of the eight innings at the plate. A trio of Irish led the way with two hits in Jack Penney, David LaManna and Zack Prajzner. Prajzner and LaManna both led the team with two runs scored each.

How It Happened

The Irish jumped out in front in the second inning after they started the inning with three straight hits. After LaManna singled, Jack Brannigan doubled into the gap into left center and LaManna scored from first for the first run of the game. Jared Miller doubled into the gap in right center to score Brannigan and the Irish led 2-0 after two.

The Panthers got a run back in the top of the third but the Irish struck back in the bottom of the fifth.

The Irish scored three in the inning and it all started with three straight hits. Penney doubled and Prajzner beat out an infield bunt single and the Irish had runners on the corner with nobody out. Spencer Myers beat out an infield single to first and Penney scored on the play. Prajzner scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Brooks Coetzee III. The final run came home on a two-out RBI single from Carter Putz that scored Myers. After five full innings, the Irish led 5-1.

Notre Dame added insurance runs in each of the final three innings at the plate. Prajzner doubled into the gap in left center in the sixth and LaManna scored. LaManna singled in the seventh and scored Zyska on the play. In the eighth, Prajzner scored on a sacrifice fly from TJ Williams.

Matt Bedford came on for his second appearance of the season to close the door in the ninth. He struck out three in the ninth to put the game to rest. The Irish struck out the Panthers 16 times in the game, the third time this season the pitching staff has had 16 or more strikeouts in a game.

Up Next

The Irish will look to sweep the series on Sunday in the regular season finale from Frank Eck Stadium. The third and final game of the series will start at Noon and will be aired nationally on the ACC Network. Admission is free for all fans during the regular season at Frank Eck Stadium.

Salukis power past Indiana State in Saturday afternoon contest

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois’s offense exploded for 14 runs as the Sycamores were unable to contain the Salukis on Saturday afternoon in the 14-3 loss.

Indiana State (23-19, 8-9 MVC) was unable to contain Southern Illinois (37-13, 13-4 MVC) at Itchy Jones Stadium in the second game of the series as the Sycamores pitching staff issued eight walks, while Nathan Bandy and Greg Epps both homered to guide SIU to the win.

The Sycamores fought to keep the game within reach behind Keegan Watson and Joe Kido RBI singles, while Isaiah Thompson added an RBI double in the top of the seventh to keep ISU within reach. However, the Salukis kept the pressure on late with Epps connecting on the game-ending three-run home run to close out the contest.

Seth Gergely (3-for-3) and Isaiah Thompson (2-for-2, walk) reached on all six of their plate appearances to lead the Sycamores offense on the day in the loss. Joe Kido added his second multi-hit of the season to highlight Indiana State’s nine hits in the game.

Brennyn Cutts (2-3) took the loss after allowing two runs after an inning of work on the mound. Connor Fenlong, Raine Richter, Cameron Holycross, Lane Miller, and Matt Gauer also saw time on the bump for the Sycamores in a staff effort on Saturday.

Bandy finished 3-for-4 from the plate and boasted four RBI to lead the Salukis offense on the day, while Kaeber Rog added a pair of RBI doubles as SIU powered its way to the series win.

Noah Farmer (6-1) went the distance allowing nine hits and three runs while striking out two in the complete game win.

How They Scored

Southern Illinois took the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as the Salukis took advantage of a bases-loaded, none out situation to score on Nathan Bandy’s RBI single to left center and Jack Rigoni’s groundout to second before Connor Fenlong shut the door on the SIU rally.

The Salukis added three more runs in the bottom of the third with Grey Epps starting the rally with a run-scoring bunt single, while Zack Jenson and Nick Hagedorn added RBI in the inning to take the 5-0 lead after three.

SIU added another run in the bottom of the fourth as Kaeber Rog connected on an RBI double scoring J.T. Weber to put the score at 6-0.

The Salukis scored two more in the bottom of the fifth inning with J.T. Weber singling home Nathan Bandy, while Kaeber Rog’s RBI double down the right field line scored Weber to make it an 8-0 ballgame.

Indiana State cracked the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning as the Sycamores strung together four hits with Keegan Watson and Joe Kido providing RBI singles in the inning to cut the lead down to 8-2.

Nathan Bandy connected on a three-run home run to left field highlighting the Salukis in the bottom of the sixth as SIU went up 11-2.

Seth Gergely and Isaiah Thompson both doubled in the top of the seventh inning with Thompson’s drive bringing Gergely home as ISU cut the lead down to 11-3.

Greg Epps closed out the contest with a game-ending three-run home run to left field to cap the 14-3 ballgame.

News & Notes

Seth Gergely posted his second multi-hit game of the weekend and 10th of the season as the redshirt junior singled in each of his first two plate appearances, while doubling in his third. He finished 3-for-3 from the plate in the game.

Josue Urdaneta ran his on-base streak to seven consecutive games after reaching on a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth inning.

Joe Kido recorded his second multi-hit game of the season and finished 2-for-3 from the plate on Saturday.

Isaiah Thompson reached base safely in all three plate appearances in posting his fourth multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-2 with a double.

Seth Gergely and Isaiah Thompson both doubled in the contest marking the 38th game this season the Sycamores have hit at least one double in a game.

Up Next

Indiana State and Southern Illinois close the weekend series in Carbondale tomorrow afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium with first pitch set for 2 p.m. ET. The contest will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Sycamore alum Geremy Guerrero signed by Houston Astros

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball alum Geremy Guerrero received a call this past week that many felt was a long time coming. The teammate and coach affectionately known as “G” signed a contract with the Houston Astros organization over the weekend and is headed down to their facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. to begin training for the remainder of the year.

For Guerrero, it was a whirlwind segment after he received the initial indication that this was a possibility from the Indiana State coaching staff. He had been working as the Sycamores’ baseball graduate assistant for the 2022 season helping with the day-to-day and assisting with the pitching staff

“It was earlier this past week when the coaches called me into the office,” Guerrero said. “They kind of gave me the heads-up that the Astros were interested. Coach (Brian) Smiley said it could be a week, could be a day when they call you and offer you.”

For Guerrero, it was the following day as the left-hander received the official call that set off a whirlwind week that led him to today.

“My first initial thought was that I was stunned and speechless,” Guerrero admitted. “A year out, I didn’t think it was going to be possible, but I’m excited, anxious, and just happy for the opportunity.”

Guerrero left the Sycamores after last weekend’s baseball trip to Bradley University due to wanting one more trip with the team.

“The Astros offered me a deal to come down to their facility in West Palm Beach to start working out and getting back into shape and definitely wanted me down there the earlier the better,” Guerrero said. “They were understanding about my wanting to get in one more trip with the guys and I’ll be down there later this week to get back after it.”

The 2021 Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Year and first five-time All-American in program history will look to recapture the form that saw him post a 10-1 record and 2.08 ERA in a standout senior campaign on the mound. Guerrero posted a 98:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio over a career-high 99.1 innings as the Metamora, Ill. native became a bona-fide ace and one of the top pitchers in the NCAA over his final season.

He went at least six innings in each of his last 12 starts in the 2022 season and added a pair of complete games against Valparaiso and Illinois State to highlight his senior campaign. His eight-inning, three-hitter with 15 strikeouts back on March 5 put him on the map and sparked a stretch of six consecutive quality starts that included his first collegiate shutout in a two-hitter at Valpo. He wrapped up his final collegiate season in the 2021 NCAA Regional going 6.0 innings and taking a no-decision against Georgia Tech in the first game in Nashville, Tenn.

Guerrero will find out his fit within the Astros organization after a brief training period before shipping out to where the team sees his best fit for the remainder of the minor league season.

However, for the ISU alum, it’s time to get head back to the mound.

“I’m extremely honored the Astros organization has given the opportunity to get back out there,” Guerrero said. “It still feels like a dream and for parts of last week – it definitely did not feel real. I’m excited to get back at it and get back to work.”

Guerrero finished out his Sycamore career with a 12-4 overall record with 26 starts over his five seasons with the Blue & White. He posted a 3.49 ERA over 173.0 innings with 166 strikeouts and just 39 walks allowed. Opponents hit just .224 overall against the lefty with the mark dropping down to .182 in his final season at Indiana State.

‘Dons Secure Horizon League Championship Berth With Split at Wright State

DAYTON, Ohio – Purdue Fort Wayne will be playing in the 2022 Horizon League Baseball Championship after earning a split on Saturday (May 14) at Wright State. The Mastodons took down the first-place Raiders 5-4 in the opener and fell in the nightcap 17-3.

The ‘Dons have a bye next week during the final week of league play. Purdue Fort Wayne finishes league play with a 13-15 record. It is the most league wins for the ‘Dons since 2016.

The 2022 Horizon League Championship will be held May 25-28 at the top seed. Currently Wright State is at the top of the league standings.

GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 5, Wright State 4 (scheduled seven-inning game)

The ‘Dons never trailed in the opener after Jarrett Bickel opened the game with a home run. Wright State knotted it up with a single run in the fourth. 

The big hit of the game came in the fifth. Ben Higgins came to the plate with the bases loaded. He took a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam. It put the ‘Dons up 5-1.

Wright State responded with two solo home runs in the fifth to make it 5-3. JD Deany bounced back to work a scoreless sixth to keep the score at 5-3. Deany walked the first batter he faced in the seventh. Brian Skelton came in from the pen and earned a double play from the first batter he saw. Wright State’s Andrew Patrick followed with the Raiders’ third solo home run of the game, but it wasn’t enough as Skelton finished off the game for his first career save.

Deany earned the win. He is 5-2. He gave up three runs on six hits.

Bickel added two walks to his performance in game one. Cade Nelis added a double.

GAME NOTES

» The win over Wright State gave the ‘Dons a victory over every team in the league this season.

» The Mastodons’ postseason berth is their first since 2016.

» Neither Deany nor Skelton recorded a strikeout. They combined to earn six ground balls and 12 fly balls.

» It is the first time the Mastodon pitching staff didn’t record a strikeout in a game since May 8, 2010 at Southern Utah.

» It is the first time the ‘Dons didn’t record a strikeout in a game they won since April 23, 2010 when the ‘Dons defeated North Dakota State 2-1.

» Jake Shirk is now 5-5 after taking the loss for Wright State.

GAME 2 | Wright State 17, Purdue Fort Wayne 3

Cade Fitzpatrick went 2-for-2 with a triple and a run batted in for the ‘Dons. Karter Hann knocked in a run with a double in the seventh.

Jacob Myer (2-6) started and took the loss after Wright State scored four times in the first inning.

Wright State scored multiple runs in the first, second, seventh and eighth innings. The ‘Dons cut it to a 9-3 deficit in the seventh, only to see Wright State score eight consecutive runs. Wright State recorded 19 hits.

GAME NOTES

» Bickel had a hit and a walk with a stolen base.

» Wright State’s Alec Sayre was 4-for-6 with two home runs and three knocked in.

» Sebastian Gongora led the Wright State pitching staff, throwing six innings of one-run ball. He is 4-1.

» The ‘Dons are now 16-33 (13-15 Horizon). Wright State is 24-23 (17-7 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons host Butler on Tuesday (May 17) in a 3 p.m. start in a non-league contest. It will be the final home game of the season for the ‘Dons.

Baseball Pulls Away From Bradley, Forces Sunday Rubber Match

The numerous Valparaiso University baseball alumni who gathered as part of an alumni event at Saturday’s game had plenty of reason to cheer, as the Beacons put up crooked numbers in three different innings to pull away late for an 8-2 victory over Bradley at Emory G. Bauer Field. Freshman Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) continued his all-out tear, launching his fourth home run of the series while finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

How It Happened

Valpo lashed out five hits – all singles – in the third inning to plate three runs as Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central), Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) each secured run-scoring knocks.

After that, neither team scored until the bottom of the sixth, when a two-out big fly to right off the bat of Maka plated two with Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) along for the ride to expand the gap to five.

That offense came in support of starting pitcher Jake Miller (Chesterton, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep), who dazzled over seven shutout innings to the tune of three hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.

The Beacons broke the game wide open in the bottom of the eighth when Maka drove in Tucker with a one-out double, then Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) added a two-base hit of his own that scored a pair.

Bradley’s only offense came on a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Inside the Game

Valpo pitching held Bradley to just four hits as the Beacons outhit the Braves 10-4. Valpo played error-free defense, while the Braves committed three miscues.

The four hits marked the fewest allowed by Valpo in league play this season and fewest since a three-hitter on April 1 at UIC.

Maka entered this weekend with one home run as a freshman this season and has launched four in the first two games of this series, including a three-homer game on Friday. He is 7-for-9 in the series with five extra-base hits, six RBIs and six runs scored.

Valpo pitchers racked up 11 strikeouts against just two bases on balls.

Miller achieved his team-leading fifth win, tied for the eighth-most in the MVC.

This was Miller’s fourth game this season with nine strikeouts or more. His career-high of 11 came on April 3 at UIC. Over his last two starts, the Valpo southpaw has combined for 16 strikeouts and one walk.

Ryan had two hits and two RBIs to join Maka as the two Beacons with multi-hit games. Ryan and Maka combined for all three of Valpo’s extra-base hits.

The start of the game was delayed by one hour due to rain.

Up Next

Valpo (15-29, 4-13 MVC) and Bradley will close out the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. The pregame Senior Day ceremony will begin at 12:40 p.m. A link to live stats is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Shallenberger goes deep twice as Aces fall to DBU, 4-3

DALLAS – Taking an early lead, the University of Evansville baseball team dropped a 4-3 Saturday matchup with Dallas Baptist in Dallas, Texas.

On the mound, starter Nick Smith went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs and striking-out six. Reliever Drew Dominik was strong for the Aces, finishing the final 3.1 innings scoreless with just two hits allowed.

Center fielder Mark Shallenberger was Evansville’s power at the plate on the day. Shallenberger launched a pair of home runs for a total of two RBI on the afternoon. The Aces other RBI on the day came on a single from Eric Roberts in the first.

Evansville led off the game with a solo home run off the bat of Mark Shallenberger that not only handed the Aces a 1-0 lead, but also set a new program record for team home runs in a season with 65.

Later in the first, Eric Roberts ripped a single  through the right side, scoring Tanner Craig to lift UE to a 2-0 lead.

Smith was sharp for Evansville for much of his outing, not allowing his first hit until the fourth inning when Blayne Jones tied the game on a homer to center.

An inning later, DBU took the lead, scoring twice with two outs to go in front, 4-2.

Evansville would get a run back in the top of the seventh on Shallenberger’s second home run of the day, this one to center, bringing the Aces back within a run.

In the ninth, Evansville got a runner on with one out, but a double play ended the game as DBU earned a 4-3 win.

The Aces close their series with the Patriots with a 1 PM first pitch on Sunday in Dallas.

Baseball wins 2022 HCAC Tournament

KOKOMO, Ind. — The Earlham College baseball team won the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 10-9 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the final round on Saturday. The Quakers will earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament and will learn their next destination in the selection show on Monday.

Christian Lancianese earned tournament MVP honors and he was joined by Justin Dillhoff, Cameron McCabe and Jacob Renner on the all-tournament team.

Dillon Fischer earned the win in the game with 4.1 innings pitched and four strikeouts while Dillhoff picked up a save after coming in during the ninth inning.

Zach Swearingen recorded three RBI on the evening with a home run in the top of the second inning. Easton Embry had two hits on four at-bats and two RBI. Andrew Bradley had two doubles and one RBI in the game.

The Quakers scored first in the top of the first inning from a sac fly by Bradley to bring Nathan Lancianese home. The runs continued in the second inning when Swearingen hit his second collegiate home run over the deep left field fence for a 3-run shot.

Trailing 4-0, the Engineers plated three runs in the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, Jeordon Kuderer earned an RBI walk to give another run for the Quakers.

McCabe brought both Lancianese brothers home with a two-run single to left field in the top of the fourth inning. The Quakers went on to load the bases again in the inning, but could not capitalize.

The Engineers scored one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to put EC up 7-5 going into the sixth.

Embry recorded a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning with a ball put in play deep in right field.

By the seventh inning, the Quakers were running out of arms in the bullpen and rotated frequently. Rose-Hulman scored on a two-RBI double in the bottom of the frame with two outs, but Ealrham managed to get the batter out on his stretch to third base.

After a triple to start the eighth inning, the Engineers pulled off a sac fly to score a run before the final inning.

The Quakers arrived at the top of their lineup at the start of the ninth inning in their last chance to add runs. Christian Lancianese survived a dropped foul ball to earn a lead-off walk for the inning. After a passed ball, Nathan Lancianese brought his brother home with an RBI single to left field. The Engineer defense stranded two Quaker runners on base end the half-inning.

Renner popped out his first batter faced in the ninth inning, but allowed two runners off of the next two batters. Dillhoff came in with one out and two runners on base to hold onto the two-run lead for Earlham to win the tournament. Dillhoff induced a pop-out on his first batter, then allowed an RBI single to cut the lead to just one run with a single out remaining. With a 2-2 count, the Engineers hit into a fielder’s choice to Swearingen at shortstop for the out at second base.

The Quakers will await the Division III Baseball selection show on Monday to find out where they will be traveling for next weekend’s regional tournament.

Trailblazers close out regular season with impressive sweep over John Wood CC

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team took the field at Jerry Blemker Field for one last time during the 2022 Spring regular season Saturday afternoon and did not disappoint on Sophomore Recognition Day.

Vincennes picked up two wins and completed the four-game weekend sweep over John Wood, winning game one of the day 6-2 and taking game two 12-0 in five innings.

VU got on the board first in game one of the day when sophomore Ryan Bartley (Tuscola, Ill.) led off the third inning with a single.

Bartley would later steal second and score on an RBI single by freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.).

Vincennes would add another run in the inning when sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) drove in sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) to give the Trailblazers an early 2-0 lead.

VU would add more to their lead in the fourth, scoring four runs in the inning on a two-RBI single by VanLannen and a sacrifice fly by Evans. Sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) also scored in the inning on a wild pitch as Vincennes held a 6-0 advantage.

John Wood would attempt to mount a late comeback, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth, but were unable to cut into the VU lead as the Trailblazers took game one of the day 6-2 and clinch the No. 6 seed in next week’s Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) tournament.

Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) got the start on the mound in game one of the day and had a really impressive outing on the mound, throwing six plus innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three.

Freshman Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) entered the game in the seventh to close out the game, throwing one inning of hitless baseball and striking out one batter.

VU looked to close out the regular season strong in game two of the day and wasted little time getting going at the plate as the first three batters of the game (Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.), Connor VanLannen and Peyton Lane) all reached on singles to start the bottom of the first.

All three Trailblazer batters would come around to score in the inning, one on a sacrifice fly by freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.) as VU opened up game two with a 3-0 lead.

Vincennes added more to their lead in the second, with Ryan Bartley leading off with a single and scoring on a wild pitch.

Ethan Burdette and Peyton Lane would each score their second runs of the game later in the inning on a two-RBI triple by Colton Evans that gave VU a 6-0 lead after two innings of play.

The Trailblazers continued to pile on in the third, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four runs in the inning, including Burdette’s third run in as many innings as VU held a commanding 10-0 lead.

VU would score again in the fourth, plating a pair of runs with back-to-back doubles by Bartley and freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.).

John Wood looked to avoid the run rule loss in the fifth, loading the bases with one out before Vincennes closed out the game on a 9-3-6 double play to come away with the 12-0 win to close out the regular season.

Freshman Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) took the mound in game two and threw a very efficient four and one-third innings, allowing only three hits and striking out three on just 44 pitches.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) closed out the game, getting the final two outs on the fly ball double play without allowing a hit.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our guys battled all weekend,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Especially our sophomores. These two games today were complete team victories.”

“Knowing that we had clinched our spot in the tournament yesterday, our goal as a team game-by-game was to just improve our seed,” VU sophomore shortstop and Northern Kentucky commit Peyton Lane said. “We were playing more loose out there today and I thought it was a much more fun way to play baseball when we are all having fun. No one was getting down, everybody was picking each other up in the dugout constantly, so it was a great way as a team to go into next week the way we are playing.”

“I thought we played great this weekend as a team,” VU sophomore two-way player Connor VanLannen said. “Everybody really stepped up and played their part this weekend. Hopefully we keep it going next week and string some things together in the tournament and have a good run.”

Sophomore everyday centerfield Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) did not play Saturday after exiting game one Friday after aggravating a knee injury.

Long closed out the regular season with an impressive .392 batting average, with nine doubles, four home runs and 24 runs batted in from his usually spot near the top of the VU batting order.

Long hopes to be back for next week’s conference tournament, but really liked how the guys behind him stepped up this weekend, “Our team is really, really good at stepping up, especially our younger guys. It’s tough that I went down yesterday, but we have guys that can fill the spots in the outfield well and they do a great job of stepping up when they are called upon. They all do a really good job of being good teammates, keeping others guys up and making sure everybody stays locked in to what’s going on on the field.”

The Vincennes baseball team closes out the 2022 Spring regular season with a record of 25-30, with a 15-17 record in MWAC Conference play, as the Trailblazers earn the No. 6 seed in next week’s Conference baseball tournament.

The tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, May 18, with VU’s opponent and game time still to be announced. The tournament will be held at Corn Crib Stadium, also known as ‘The Corn Crib’, in Normal, Ill.

“We all have each other’s backs, through thick and thin,” Lane added. “We’ve gone through a lot this year. We’ve played in a lot of games where we’ve had our backs against the wall and the biggest thing with this team is that we know we all have each other’s backs as we head into the tournament.”

“Hopefully I can just play for my teammates next week when it’s my turn on the mound or at the plate,” VanLannen added. “The team usually expects me to do well and hopefully I can carry what I’ve done this season into hopefully pitching well next week.”

“Whether I’m playing or not next week, I just hope we are playing as a team and try to make it as long as we can in the tournament,” Long added. “I hope we play every game to the very end, play every game with all of our heart and just compete day in and day out, all throughout the tournament and just try to make it as deep as we can.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1862       The Union Grounds, the new home of the Eckfords, opens in Brooklyn. The Williamsburg ballpark is the first baseball facility enclosed entirely by a fence, allowing paying customers only to view the games.

1901       Watty Lee throws the first shutout in American League history when the visiting Washington Senators blank the Americans at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-0. The 21-year-old southpaw, who will finish the season with a 16-16 record, will be the author of two of the eight shutouts thrown in the Junior Circuit’s inaugural season.

1912       After days of taking verbal abuse from Highlander fans at Hilltop Park, Ty Cobb jumps into the stands near the Tigers dugout and pummels Claude Lueker, who has no fingers on one hand and only two fingers on the other, due to an industrial accident. The ‘Georgia Peach’ lands at least a dozen punches to the head of the heckler, knocking his victim down before kicking the hapless fan in the lower body with his spikes.

1918       In a game that takes only 2 hours and 47 minutes to play, Senators’ legend Walter Johnson goes the distance in an 18-inning contest, defeating Larry Williams, who also tosses a complete game, and the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Eddie Ainsworth, who advances to third base on the Big Train’s single, scores the winning run on a wild pitch.

1919       After both teams play a dozen scoreless innings at Ebbets Field, the Reds break out in the top 13th inning, scoring ten runs off Robins starter Al Mamaux, charged with only one earned run in his complete-game 10-0 loss in the Brooklyn ballpark. Cincinnati’s right-hander Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his previous start, is the beneficiary of the blowout, also goes the distance to improve his record to 4-0.

1941       Joe DiMaggio begins his 56-game hitting streak with a hit against White Sox pitcher Edgar Smith. The Yankee outfielder will collect at least one hit in every game until July 17, when his unrivaled accomplishment, which captures the attention of a nation, is stopped in Cleveland with the help of outstanding defensive plays by third baseman Ken Keltner.

1944       In front of a paltry crowd of 1,014 fans at Crosley Field, Reds’ 32-year-old southpaw Clyde Shoun, in his first start of the season, no-hits the Braves, 1-0. Chuck Aleno’s fifth-inning round-tripper off Jim Tobin, the third baseman’s only homer of the season, accounts for the lone run in the 79-minute contest.

1952       Virgil Trucks throws the first of his two no-hitters this season, blanking the Senators, 1-0, thanks to a two-out, two-strike ninth-inning home run by Vic Wertz. Due to a parade honoring war hero General Douglas MacArthur in downtown Detroit, a sparse crowd of only 2,215 fans is in attendance at Briggs Stadium to witness the second no-no in franchise history, the first since George Mullin accomplished the feat in 1912.

1956       Sal Maglie, obtained on waivers by Cleveland last season from the Giants, is shipped to the Dodgers for a hundred dollars after impressing Brooklyn in an exhibition game. The ‘Barber’ will post a 13-5 record along with a 2.89 ERA for the eventual NL Champs, finishing second to teammate Don Newcombe in the balloting for both the Cy Young and MVP awards.

1960       After being traded from the Phillies, Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his Cub debut. Thanks to three outstanding defensive catches, including Walt Moryn’s game-ending grab, the Winston-Salem, NC native becomes the first pitcher to keep the opponents hitless in a first start after being traded.

1961       Teammates Felipe and Matty Alou both homer in the Giants’ 14-1 victory over Chicago at Candlestick Park. In the first inning, Felipe’s grand slam scores the first four runs of the game, and his younger brother puts on the finishing touch of the rout with an eighth-inning round-tripper.

1961       The American Basketball League’s Cleveland Pipers, owned by George Steinbrenner, hire John McLendon, Jr. as the franchise’s head coach, making him the first African American to be named to a top leadership position in any major professional sport. The well-respected college coach, leaving the post midway through the 1961-62 ABL season, will become the first of many of the future Yankee owner’s employees to resign over the years due to interference from the front office.

1968       Hoping to fill the void created when the Braves moved to Atlanta, the White Sox play the first of nine games in Milwaukee. A crowd of 23,403 fans watches the Pale Hose lose to the Angels, 4-2, in Milwaukee’s first American League contest since 1901.

1968       “If they think we’re stupid for playing this game, how stupid are they for coming out to watch us.” – DENNY McLAIN, commenting about the small crowds at Tiger Stadium at the start of the season.

At Tiger Stadium, the biggest crowd since Opening Day greets Denny McLain with a chorus of boos, showing their displeasure about comments he made on a local radio station where he called the fans “the biggest front-runners in the world.” The right-hander, who will label the same fans the best in the world when they howl their approval after his 30th victory, was critical of their support at the start of the season because of Detroit’s low attendance.

1970       After going 0-4 on Opening Day, Rico Carty proceeds to get a hit in 31 straight games. This season’s batting champ’s sixth-inning RBI single at Crosley Field sets the record for the longest hitting streak for the Braves since the franchise relocated to Atlanta.

1973       Nolan Ryan, who lasted just one-third of an inning in his previous start, throws the first of his seven career no-hitters, including another one in two months. The ‘Ryan Express’s 3-0 gem is the first no-hit game played in Kansas City’s Royals Stadium.

1976       In his first major league start, rookie right-hander Mark Fidrych throws a complete-game two-hitter in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over Cleveland. ‘The Bird’, who holds the Tribe hitless for the first six innings, amuses his teammates and delights the Detroit fans with his unorthodox antics, which includes talking to the ball.

1978       The Twins, after the team’s owner overcomes his misgiving about Mike Marshall’s demeanor, sign the All-Star retired right-handed reliever, who will lead the league in saves next season with 32. Minnesota wins seven of its next eight games, with their new closer picking up four saves and win during the span.

1981       At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, the Indians’ Len Barker pitches the 11th perfect game in major league history, defeating the Blue Jays, 3-0. Catfish Hunter was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat, hurling a perfecto for the A’s in 1968.

1989       The 12-24 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams, replacing him with hitting coach Cito Gaston, after several well-publicized run-ins with the team’s star. George Bell had made it widely known he did not want to be Toronto’s designated hitter, despite his skipper’s insistence he fill that role for the club.

1991       Joining Mike Hegan (1976), Charlie Moore (1980), and Robin Yount (1988), Paul Molitor becomes the fourth Brewer ever to hit for the cycle when he homers in the seventh inning of the team’s 4-2 victory. The future Hall of Famer also tripled in the first, singled in the third, and doubled in the fifth frame in the Metrodome contest, getting all four hits off Minnesota starter Kevin Tapani.

1991       England’s Queen Elizabeth is President George Bush’s guest at the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium. The O’s, who play in a city named after a British Lord, drop a 6-3 decision to Oakland.

1991       The Red Sox and White Sox play a contest that lasts four hours and 11 minutes, setting a new record for the slowest game ever played in nine innings. Boston’s 9-6 victory at Fenway Park features ten pitchers who throw a total of 352 pitches.

1997       In an 8-2 win over San Diego, the Cubs score half their runs when Brian McRae, Doug Glanville, and Sammy Sosa all triple in the bottom of the seventh inning off Friar right-hander Tim Scott. Chicago third baseman Jose Hernandez also chips in with a run-producing three-bagger during the fourth inning of the Wrigley Field contest.

1998       On the day the Marlins trade Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile, the team hangs on to beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 8-7. In the first inning, the Fish connect for nine consecutive hits, a franchise record, and score seven runs, all without the help of their recently departed teammates.

2002       Astros’ bench coach Tony Pena is named manager of the Royals, replacing interim skipper John Mizerock, who had taken over the reins when the team released Tony Muser on April 29. Houston also considered Buck Showalter and Bucky Dent for the position.

2005       The White Sox drop a 6-2 decision to the Orioles, marking the first time this season the team never had a lead in a game. The streak of being ahead in 37 straight games establishes a major league record from the beginning of a season and ties the 1934 Yankees and the 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest span in major league history.

2006       For the first time in baseball history, teams meet in a day-night, home and away interstate doubleheader. The Sioux Fall Canaries (SD) and Sioux City Explorers (IA) of the American Association (Independent) split the twin bill, with the I-29 rivals each losing its home game.

2008       Ryan Braun, National League’s Rookie of the Year last season, and the Brewers come to terms on a $45 million, eight-year deal, the richest and longest in franchise history. The generous contract for a “zero-plus” player (less than one year major league service) replaces the $455,000, one-year renewal the team gave him during spring training.

2010       Owasso High School junior Dylan Bundy, needing his team to win both ends of a doubleheader to stave off his team’s elimination from the state tournament, throws the final five innings of the opener and the first five innings of the nightcap. The future first-round pick (4th) of the Orioles, who will throw 181 pitches over the two games en route to striking out 20 batters in 10 innings, helps the Rams beat Jenks, 10-7 and 5-4, advancing his teammates to the Oklahoma state championship game. (Our thanks to Rick Heaton, sports editor/associate editor of the Owasso Reporter, for his help in providing details of this entry.)

2013       Royals TV honors longtime broadcaster Fred White, who died today due to complications from melanoma, with a half-inning of silence to start the game. The Homer (IL) native, an employee with the organization for the past 40 years, was the team’s play-by-play announcer for 24 years, from 1974 to 1998.

2014       En route to becoming the first Mets rookie to get a hit in his first three games, Jacob deGrom singles in the third inning, ending the team’s pitchers’ 0-for-64 record-setting streak to start the season. The 25-year-old right-hander, who will collect hits in his next two starts, goes seven innings, taking the 1-0 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

2015       At Target Field, Jose Bautista hits home runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, contributing to the Blue Jays’ 11-3 victory against Minnesota. The Toronto right-fielder, last season’s homer leader, has clouted four round-trippers in a span of five at-bats, including his last plate appearance in yesterday’s game.

2015       Mariner right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth-youngest hurler to record his 2,000th career strikeout when he whiffs Sam Fuld in the fifth inning of the team’s 4-3 victory against Oakland at Safeco Field. Bert Blyleven, Walter Johnson, and Sam McDowell are the only three pitchers to reach the milestone faster than King Felix.

2016       Danny Valencia’s third home run of the game, a ninth-inning two-run shot off Steve Geltz, gives the A’s an eventual 7-6 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The 31-year-old third baseman’s round-tripper is his fifth this season, all coming in the three-game weekend series in Tampa Bay.

2016       Reacting to a late slide by Jose Bautista at second base, Ranger infielder Rougned Odor delivers a devastating punch to the base runner, igniting an eighth-inning brawl in the team’s 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The injured outfielder has recent history with Toronto due to his infamous bat flip in last year’s ALDS when he hit a dramatic, three-run homer and stayed at home plate, staring down the pitcher.

2018       MLB suspends Mariner infielder Robinson Cano for 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. The All-Star second baseman tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic used for treating pulmonary edema, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and heart failure.

2019       Edwin Jackson becomes the first major leaguer to toil for 14 teams when he starts for the Blue Jays against the Giants. In his no-decision outing, the 35-year-old right-hander throws 77 pitches in five innings, allowing three runs and six hits in the team’s eventual 4-3 at San Francisco’s Oracle Park.

TV SUNDAY

BOWLINGTIME ETTV
PBA playoffs2:00pmFOX
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame12:00pmACCN
Miami at Florida St.12:00pmESPN2
Mississippi State at Texas A&M1:00pmSECN
Nebraska at Illinois3:00pmESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
European: Soudal Open7:30amGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson1:00pmGOLF
Champions: Tradition3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson3:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
San Diego at Atlanta11:35amPeacock
Bally Sports
Houston at Washington1:35pmATTSN-SW
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh1:35pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Detroit1:40pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Toronto at Tampa Bay1:40pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
Seattle at NY Mets1:40pmMLBN
Root Sports
SNY
Milwaukee at Miami1:40pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Minnesota2:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Chi. White Sox2:10pmYES
NBCS-CHI
Boston at Texas2:35pmNESN
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Colorado3:10pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
LA Angels at Oakland4:07pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
Chi. Cubs at Arizona4:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
Philadelphia at LA Dodgers4:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
NBCS-PHI
San Francisco at St. Louis7:00pmESPN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Cup: AdventHealth 4003:00pmFS1
NHRA: Virginia Nationals6:30pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Semifinals Game 7: Milwaukee at Boston3:30pmABC
West Semifinals Game 7: Dallas at Phoenix8:00pmTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Quarterfinals Game 7: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers7:00pmTBS
West Quarterfinals Game 7: Dallas at Calgary9:30pmESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Bologna vs Sassuolo6:30amCBSSN
English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley7:00amUSA
Serie A: Napoli vs Genoa9:00amCBSSN
English Premier League: West Ham United vs Manchester City9:00amUSA
English Premier League: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Watford vs Leicester City9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Norwich City9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Everton vs Brentford11:30amUSA
Serie A: Milan vs Atalanta12:00pmCBSSN
La Liga: Getafe vs Barcelona12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Cádiz vs Real Madrid12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Villarreal vs Real Sociedad12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Espanyol vs Valencia12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Sevilla12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Elche12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Levante vs Deportivo Alavés12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Rayo Vallecano12:30pmESPN+
MLS: Atlanta United vs New England1:30pmESPN
Serie A: Cagliari vs Internazionale2:45pmParamount+
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Minnesota United4:00pmESPN
Liga MX: Atlas vs Guadalajara7:00pmUnivision
USL Championship: Phoenix Rising vs Tampa Bay Rowdies9:00pmESPN2
Liga MX: Tigres UANL vs Cruz Azul9:05pmUnivision
SWIMMINGTIME ETTV
US Championships3:00pmNBC
USFLTIME ETTV
Birmingham vs. Philadelphia12:00pmNBC

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees249.72714 – 410 – 512 – 610 – 22 – 17 – 3L 1
Tampa Bay2014.5884.510 – 810 – 66 – 22 – 410 – 76 – 4L 1
Toronto1816.5296.510 – 68 – 109 – 91 – 38 – 43 – 7W 1
Baltimore1420.41210.59 – 75 – 134 – 84 – 53 – 46 – 4L 2
Boston1320.394114 – 99 – 115 – 114 – 63 – 24 – 6W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1915.55912 – 87 – 76 – 58 – 35 – 54 – 6L 1
Chi White Sox1616.50029 – 97 – 76 – 34 – 104 – 37 – 3W 1
Cleveland1616.50027 – 59 – 113 – 47 – 43 – 46 – 4W 1
Kansas City1120.3556.56 – 95 – 111 – 57 – 61 – 54 – 6L 1
Detroit1123.32488 – 133 – 104 – 43 – 61 – 83 – 7W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston2212.6479 – 413 – 82 – 47 – 011 – 69 – 1L 1
LA Angels2313.63912 – 711 – 65 – 46 – 28 – 67 – 3W 1
Seattle1519.44179 – 76 – 122 – 56 – 44 – 53 – 7L 1
Oakland1521.41785 – 1110 – 107 – 74 – 72 – 45 – 5L 1
Texas1319.40686 – 127 – 72 – 62 – 15 – 95 – 5L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2312.65710 – 613 – 613 – 72 – 17 – 36 – 4W 1
Philadelphia1717.5005.59 – 98 – 84 – 91 – 28 – 26 – 4W 4
Atlanta1618.4716.510 – 106 – 84 – 66 – 44 – 55 – 5W 1
Miami1518.45577 – 88 – 108 – 22 – 33 – 103 – 7W 1
Washington1223.343115 – 147 – 94 – 91 – 35 – 83 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2113.61810 – 411 – 94 – 415 – 70 – 15 – 5L 1
St. Louis1815.5452.59 – 89 – 73 – 36 – 45 – 55 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh1419.4246.58 – 106 – 93 – 17 – 143 – 35 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs1220.37584 – 118 – 91 – 25 – 75 – 73 – 7W 1
Cincinnati925.265125 – 94 – 162 – 27 – 80 – 136 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers2012.62510 – 510 – 72 – 48 – 26 – 55 – 5L 4
San Diego2113.61810 – 711 – 66 – 49 – 35 – 55 – 5L 1
San Francisco2013.6060.511 – 79 – 67 – 64 – 35 – 36 – 4L 1
Arizona1816.529310 – 108 – 69 – 73 – 35 – 57 – 3L 1
Colorado1716.5153.512 – 65 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 64 – 6W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot