“THE FINAL SCORE”

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

COLORADO 3 TAMPA BAY 2 OT (COLORADO LEADS SERIES 3 – 1)

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

HOUSTON 5 NY METS 3

TEXAS 4 PHILADELPHIA 2

BALTIMORE 7 WASHINGTON 0

TORONTO 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5

BOSTON 6 DETROIT 2

NY YANKEES 5 TAMPA BAY 4

CLEVELAND 11 MINNESOTA 10

SEATTLE 9 OAKLAND 0

LA ANGELS 5 KANSAS CITY 0

SAN DIEGO 10 ARIZONA 4

LA DODGERS 8 CINCINNATI 4

MIAMI 7 COLORADO 4

CHICAGO CUBS 14 PITTSBURGH 5

ATLANTA 4 SAN FRANCISCO 3

ST. LOUIS 5 MILWAUKEE 4

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCORES

INDIANAPOLIS 2 MEMPHIS 0

SOUTH BEND 1 PEORIA 0

GREAT LAKES 4 FORT WAYNE 2

COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA 5 TEXAS A&M 1

ARKANSAS 3 OLE MISS 2

WNBA SCORES

NEW YORK 81 CONNECTICUT 77

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KADRI SCORES IN OT IN RETURN, AVS MOVE TO BRINK OF TITLE

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Colorado Avalanche are on the brink of their first Stanley Cup title since 2001, thanks to Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal.

Even if the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning don’t believe it should have counted.

Kadri scored at 12:02 of the extra period to give Colorado a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and move the Avalanche within a win of their first championship in over two decades.

Without specifically saying Tampa Bay felt Colorado had too many men on the ice for the winning goal, Lightning coach Jon Cooper suggested the goal should not have been allowed.

“We’re all in this together. Players, coaches, refs, everybody. But this one is going to sting much more than others,” Cooper said.

“It’s going to be hard for me to speak. … I’ll speak with you (Thursday). You’re going to see what I mean when you see the winning goal,” Cooper added. “And my heart breaks for the players. Because we probably still should be playing.”

The NHL released a statement saying the penalty is a judgement call that can be made by the on-ice officials. Each of the four officials said they did not see a too many men on the ice situation on the winning play. The call is not subject to video review.

Back in the lineup after being sidelined since June 4 with a thumb injury, Kadri skated in on Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a shot under the goaltender’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 series lead.

“That was a huge win. A resilient win,” said Kadri, who had been sidelined since being injured during Game 3 of the Western Conference final against Edmonton.

“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” the Colorado center added. “I figured it was time to join the party.”

The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 in the extra period. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O’Connor on a breakaway, and Colorado had a shot clang off the post and another hit the crossbar before Kadri ended it.

Game 5 is Friday night in Denver, where Colorado won the first two games of the series and are 7-2 this postseason.

Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the game and Victor Hedman also scored in regulation for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 lead into the third period.

Nathan MacKinnon scored on a second-period power play for Colorado, and Andrew Cogliano tied it early in the third.

Darcy Kuemper, pulled from Game 3 after giving up five goals in a 6-2 loss, stopped 37 shots and had an assist of the winning goal for the Avalanche.

Vasilevskiy finished with 35 saves. He has rebounded from allowing 11 goals in Games 1 and 2 to limit the high-scoring Avalanche to five the past two games.

The Lightning are trying to become the first team to win at least three straight Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980-83. The Avalanche last hoisted the Cup in 2001.

The Lightning have rebounded from playing poorly in Games 1 and 2 to make it interesting by neutralizing Colorado’s speed, limiting the Avalanche’s scoring opportunities and turning up the pressure on Kuemper, who was barely tested when he faced just 16 shots in a 7-0 blowout in Game 2.

Cirelli’s goal was the fastest in a Stanley Cup Final since 2006, and the Lightning set the tone for another busy night for Kuemper by outshooting the Avalanche 17-4 in the opening period. Two of Colorado’s shots came while skating short-handed, killing off Tampa Bay’s first power play of the night.

MacKinnon’s first goal of the series – 12th of the playoffs – erased Colorado’s early deficit at 5:17 of the second period. The Avalanche pulled even again when Cogliano, assisted by Nico Sturm and Darren Helm, scored on a deflection less than three minutes into the third.

INJURIES

Kadri returned to the lineup after missing four games. He had been out since injuring his thumb when he was boarded by Evander Kane in Game 3 of Colorado’s sweep of Edmonton in the Western Conference final.

Kane received a major penalty and was suspended a game.

HELPING HANDS

Mikko Rantanen and Cale Maker assisted on MacKinnon’s goal, giving both of them 20 this postseason – a franchise record for a single playoff year. Peter Stastny had 19 with Quebec in 1985.

CHAMP SERIES BOUND: OU BEATS A&M

OMAHA, Neb. – Given his previous appearance against Texas A&M at the NCAA Men’s College World Series, Oklahoma righthander David Sandlin turned in a phenomenal performance Wednesday afternoon.

What a difference five days made for the redshirt sophomore who helped the Sooners advance to the best-of-3 championship series with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Aggies on Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb.

OU (45-22) will face the winner of the Arkansas-Mississippi semifinal, which was set to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Arkansas must win twice to advance while unbeaten Ole Miss needs one victory.

The championship series will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday, at 2 p.m. Sunday and at 6 p.m. Monday (if necessary). The Sooners will be seeking their third national crown, having previously won in 1951 and 1994.

Coming on the heels of its softball team winning a sixth NCAA title earlier this month, OU becomes the third program to put teams in the championship series of both the MCWS and WCWS in the same year, joining Florida (twice) and UCLA.

While facing Texas A&M (44-20) last Friday afternoon in the MWCS opener, Sandlin relieved starter Jake Bennett with the Sooners holding a comfortable 12-4 lead.

The Aggies pulled to within 12-8 after Sandlin allowed two hits, four runs (all earned) and one walk in his first relief appearance of the season. He recorded one out (a strikeout) before giving way to closer Trevin Michael, who finished out the 13-8 victory.

Afterward, OU head coach Skip Johnson explained sending Sandlin to the mound in relief. “I wanted to get David out there for an inning, just to get him out there,” Johnson explained. “No better time to get him out there – he’s probably going to start the third game – to get him comfortable. Whatever happened, it didn’t matter.”

In Wednesday’s semifinal against Texas A&M, a composed and authoritative Sandlin (9-4) scattered five hits and struck out a career-high 12 – the most for any Big 12 Conference pitcher in MCWS history – while surrendering just one walk and one run over 7.0 innings. He threw 100 pitches (69 strikes).

Coincidentally, OU starter Cade Horton had a career-high 11 strikeouts in Sunday night’s 6-2 victory over Notre Dame, also on 100 pitches (69 strikes).

Asked if Friday’s difficult outing helped prepare him for Wednesday’s start, Sandlin said, “Absolutely. Just got me ready for the atmosphere I was going to be in and mentally prepare almost more for this game and trust everything I had. I think I tried a little too hard, and as Coach Johnson says, you can’t do that. You don’t want to get geared up when I don’t need to be.”

Meanwhile, OU redshirt sophomore catcher Jimmy Crooks fed off the confidence he built in the previous contest against the Aggies.

In the top of the second inning last Friday, Crooks hit a 3-run home run to right field on a breaking ball off the second pitch he saw from reliever Joseph Menefee.

In the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday, Crooks again hit a 3-run homer, again to right field, again on a breaking ball, but this was off the first pitch he saw from starter Ryan Prager (1-4).

“It’s really important for us to score first,” Crooks said. “That’s the whole game. You just have to score more than the other team. Our approach is just to be aggressive and just do our thing.”

On the mound, Sandlin was in command from the start, joining Bennett as the only starter to strike out the side in the first inning of a game this season.

“I thought Sandlin set the tone early executing one pitch at a time,” Johnson said. “That’s what we talked about. We practiced it, actually, the other day in the shadowing. And Jimmy getting a big hit, separating the game. When you get to separate in the game early, your breaking ball gets better, your fastball command gets better, getting a lead early.”

OU is 3-0 in the MCWS and has yet to trail at any point.

The Sooners, who have won 12 of their last 14 and 18 of their last 23 games, have been dominant on the mound and at the plate. They now rank second in the NCAA postseason in runs scored (80) and their pitching staff has thrown double-digits strikeouts in six of their 10 games played.

“They’ve proven over the last six, seven days they’re the best team in our bracket – at least playing the best baseball,” Aggies coach Jim Schlossnagle said afterward. “Very, very consistent starting pitching, defense, timely hits.”

OU freshman rightfielder John Spikerman and Crooks each finished with two hits while centerfielder Tanner Tredaway extended his hitting streak to 17 games while adding an RBI. Redshirt sophomore shortstop Peyton Graham also extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Texas A&M’s lone run came on a solo home run from leftfielder Dylan Rock, which barely flew over the outstretched glove of Tredaway.

After Michael struck out the final batter, the Sooners were smiling, but subdued, in their post-game reaction to reaching the championship series. There was nothing resembling a dog-pile, just a row of high-fives.

“I think those kids are focused,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if it’s dog-piling or whatever it is. I mean, it’s kind of weird sometimes. I don’t tell them not to dog-pile, I can tell you that. I’m real emotional. It might not seem like I am.”

HOGS SURVIVE, PLAY REBELS IN DECISIVE GAME AT 3 P.M. THURSDAY

OMAHA, Neb. – It took 12 games at the College World Series, but there was finally drama.

Arkansas survived with a 3-2 win over Ole Miss on Wednesday night at Charles Schwab Field to set up a decisive third and final game against the Rebels at 3 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN2. The winner advances to the national championship series to take on Oklahoma, who advanced earlier on Wednesday after eliminating Texas A&M.

The Razorbacks cruised into the bottom of the ninth with a 3-1 lead after tacking on an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning via an RBI single from Michael Turner. Back out to start his fourth inning of relief in the ninth, Evan Taylor gave up a leadoff single to Kemp Alderman before being replaced by Brady Tygart.

The freshman struggled with command, hitting the only two batters he faced to load the bases. Zack Morris was summoned from the bullpen on short rest after starting against the Rebels on Monday and failing to get out of the first inning.

Wednesday night, however, was a different story.

The lefty was smooth in navigating his way out of a bases-loaded jam, starting with a strikeout of Hayden Leatherwood for the first out. Jace Bohrofen held onto a pop out in the outfield for the second out, avoiding disaster as he and shortstop Jalen Battles collided in shallow left.

An infield single deep in the hole at shortstop from Ole Miss’ Justin Bench brought the Rebs within a run before Morris slammed the door shut with a game-ending fly out to left field.

The game was tight from first pitch, but the Hogs struck first in the top of the second on Chris Lanzilli’s third home run of the College World Series. The Stoneham, Mass., native’s solo shot just cleared the left field wall.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Alderman answered with his own solo homer to lead off the bottom of the second.

Arkansas’ next run came in a loud, long way on Brady Slavens’ monster 436-foot solo homer to straightaway center field. The home run is the longest recorded home run in CWS history at Charles Schwab Field and just the third home run to straightaway center field at the ballpark.

Hagen Smith earned the win on Tuesday night, allowing one run on just two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Taylor was solid out of the pen over his three-plus innings, giving up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Connor Noland will start on the mound for the Razorbacks in tomorrow’s winner-take-all game against the Rebels, who will throw Dylan DeLucia. First pitch is 3 p.m. on ESPN2.

FREEMAN’S HOMER, 2 RBIS POWER DODGERS TO 6TH WIN OVER REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) Freddie Freeman homered and drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak against Cincinnati this season to six games, beating the Reds 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Freeman, who tied a season high with five RBIs in an 8-2 win in series opener on Tuesday, has seven RBI in the series.

“We backed up a really good offensive output performance with another one,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really good at-bats throughout the lineup. We have a superstar player out of the lineup. Up and down the lineup, guys are starting to pick up that void of Mookie.”

Dodgers star Mookie Betts is sidelined after cracking a rib in a collision with Cody Bellinger last week.

Freeman said he is fully focused on the task at hand, and not ahead to the Dodgers’ three-game series in Atlanta this weekend. He was part of the Braves’ World Series title run last season.

“I’ve been around for a long time and concentrate on each game,” Freeman said. “I know what’s going on this weekend, but it doesn’t really affect me.”

Albert Almora Jr. hit his fifth homer of the season for Cincinnati, which has lost eight straight over two seasons to the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.

The Dodgers’ .619 winning percentage at Great American Ball Park (39-24) is the second-best of any NL team, behind the Mets’ 36-21 (.632).

Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson, who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last start, allowed three earned runs on five hits in five innings.

“Today was one of those outings where it’s just scrap everything and go into compete mode,” Anderson said. “I felt fine physically. Just didn’t feel real crisp.”

Consecutive doubles by Kyle Farmer and Donovan Solano, who made his season and Reds debuts, put Cincinnati ahead 1-0 in the second inning. The Reds scored three runs in the second, one more than Anderson had allowed in 10 of 12 starts this season.

Freeman extended his hitting streak to five games with an RBI single in the fifth. The Dodgers grabbed a 4-3 lead in the inning on Chris Taylor’s hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly. It was Turner’s 21st RBI in 53 games against Cincinnati.

Reds starter Luis Castillo, who was 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers, allowed four earned runs in five innings and hit two batters.

“Luis didn’t have his best command but he gave us a chance to win against one of the best lineups in the league, If not the best,” said Reds manager David Bell.

Taylor threw out Jonathan India at home trying to score the go-ahead run the fifth.

“CT made a heck of a throw,” Roberts said. “He’s been building up his arm all year.”

Freeman’s seventh homer of the season off Ross Detwiler (0-2) leading off the seventh put the Dodgers in front.

“I’ve faced Ross a lot in my career,” Freeman said. “He’s sinker-slider, and I was able to get to a sinker inside right there and get it over the fence.”

Trayce Thompson’ who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Tigers, snapped an 0-for-13 streak with a two-run double in the eighth to make the score 7-4.

Alex Vesia (1-0) got the win. Ross Detwiler (0-2) took the loss.

MOVES

The Dodgers selected the contract of OF Stefen Romero and placed INF Hanser Alberto on the paternity list. In order to make room for Romero on the 40-man roster, INF Edwin Rios was transferred to the 60-day injured list. The 33-year-old Romero returned to the major leagues for the first time since 2016.

TRAINERS ROOM

Reds: Tyler Naquin (left quad strain) ran the bases on Wednesday. … C Tyler Stephenson (broken right thumb) had his cast removed and has started throwing.

UP NEXT

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08) owns a 5-2 record and 2.30 ERA against the Reds in 13 career starts. He’ll be opposed by 22-year-old rookie right-hander Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26), who threw 39 pitches at more than 100 mph when he faced the Dodgers in April.

RIVAS SLAM, HAPP AND WISDOM HOMER, CUBS ROUT PIRATES 14-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 Wednesday night.

Held to a total of two runs in the first two games of the series, Chicago broke out for seven runs in the second inning.

The Cubs loaded the bases and Jared Eickhoff (0-1) then hit Rivas with a pitch. Rafael Ortega doubled to score two and Patrick Wisdom singled home two more and brought up Happ.

Happ sent a first-pitch fastball to the shrubbery atop the center field wall. The Pittsburgh native continued his torrid June and is now hitting .380 with eight RBIs and three home runs this month. He said being decisive and aggressive has helped fuel his strong month.

“Just trying to see something up in the zone,” Happ said. “I got a good pitch to hit there and was able to capitalize. … You need some of those little confidence boosts and then try to ride that out.”

Wisdom homered to nearly the same spot in the ballpark in the fourth.

Eickhoff made his 2022 debut and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He became the first Pirates pitcher to give up 10 runs in his first outing with the team. He also gave up 10 runs in his first start with the New York Mets in 2021.

Chicago starter Keegan Thompson (7-2) worked six innings and allowed four hits. He struck out seven and gave up one run, a solo homer by Diego Castillo in the second.

FUN FINISH

With the game out of hand late, Castillo moved from second base to the mound to pitch the ninth inning for Pittsburgh. He loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter before Rivas hit a 65-mph offering to the right field seats for his first career grand slam.

Later in the inning, Chicago manager David Ross let relief pitcher David Robertson go to the plate instead of using his designated hitter. The infielder struck out the pitcher to end the inning.

The light moment was appreciated by the 25-43 Cubs, who have been on the other side of a few lopsided scores this season.

“His teammates were definitely enjoying that,” Ross said. “It was fun. It’s the first time I’ve laughed in the dugout in a while.”

ENCORE

After seemingly giving up on the game by pitching Castillo, the Pirates didn’t go away quietly in the ninth. Oneil Cruz drove in Castillo with a grounder and now has an RBI in all five games to start his career, including three games this season.

“It was the Diego Castillo Show,” Pirates manger Derek Shelton said. “You’re trying to save arms playing at 12:30 tomorrow, you end throwing a position player – and sometimes position players throw it and it becomes a game within itself.”

Fellow rookie Bligh Madris hit a three-run double later in the inning after two Chicago errors.

ROSTER MOVE

Pirates: Designated RHP Heath Hembree for assignment to make room for Eickhoff.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (oblique) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Pirates: OF Jake Marisnick (left thumb surgery) was moved from the COVID-19 IL to the 60-day IL. He starts a rehab assignment next week, but can’t be activated until July 12. . OF Ben Gamel (left hamstring strain) will go on a rehab assignment this week. . OF Greg Allen (left hamstring strain) will be out until at least the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Cubs LHP Justin Steele (2-5, 4.27 ERA) will face Pirates LHP Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.66) in the conclusion of the four-game series Thursday afternoon.

CARDINALS BEAT BREWERS 5-4, MOVE INTO FIRST IN NL CENTRAL

MILWAUKEE (AP) Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado don’t go deep in the same game very often.

But when they do, it virtually guarantees victory for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Goldschmidt and Arenado hit two-run homers as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night and moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Since Goldschmidt and Arenado became teammates in 2021, the Cardinals have gone 5-0 when they’ve homered in the same game.

“It was pretty cool that we both finally hit homers in the same game,” Arenado said. “I feel like it never happens.”

The Cardinals have taken two straight from the Brewers after falling 2-0 in the opener of the four-game series.

St. Louis trailed 4-3 before Arenado’s sixth-inning drive to left-center – his 14th homer of the season – put the Cardinals ahead for good. Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first inning for his 17th homer.

The Cardinals’ bullpen once again took over from there.

Over the last two games, Cardinals relievers have allowed just three walks and one hit while pitching 10 1/3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals’ bullpen was dominant Wednesday at less than full strength after both Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley had pitched two innings a night earlier.

“There’s some incredible arms down there,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said. “We like our spot when we get to them.”

Genesis Cabrera pitched the final two innings to earn his third career save, and first since 2020. Johan Oviedo (1-1) got his first career win with 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief and said he was in tears after the game.

Oviedo came in with runners on third and second with two outs in the fifth after Andrew McCutchen’s ground-rule double had given the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Oviedo got out of the jam and then retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

“I can’t really say what I feel right now,” said Oviedo, who has made 25 career appearances and 19 starts. “It’s just a dream come true. I just feel blessed to be here.”

Milwaukee threatened with two outs in the ninth as Victor Caratini walked and Tyrone Taylor was hit by a pitch, but Cabrera ended the game by retiring Christian Yelich on a grounder to second.

“Not a whole lot fazes that kid,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s scared of nobody. He’s not going to get sped up. He likes those moments.”

The Cardinals’ bullpen picked up the slack after Wainwright allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, the second-shortest of his 14 appearances this season. Wainwright gave up solo homers to Rowdy Tellez and McCutchen.

St. Louis’ two main sluggers bailed him out.

The homers by Arenado and Goldschmidt came against Eric Lauer (6-3), who worked six innings and gave up five runs while striking out five and walking one. Lauer has allowed eight homers over his last three starts.

“It just seems to me, for me right now like one to three pitches a game that are really sticking it to me,” Lauer said. “I feel like I’m pitching much better than what my outings are showing. It’s one of those things that baseball will do to you. It will kick you in the teeth, it’ll beat you down and make sure you keep working.”

Goldschmidt was back in the Cardinals’ lineup after sitting out a 6-2 victory Tuesday due to back tightness. The Cardinals used Goldschmidt as a designated hitter rather than putting him at first base because they wanted to keep him off his feet as much as possible.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP T.J. McFarland went on the injured list. Marmol said McFarland tested positive for COVID-19 and had minor symptoms. RHP Junior Fernandez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Brewers: Kolten Wong said he was feeling better Wednesday, one day after manager Craig Counsell said the second baseman had a setback in his recovery from a calf strain. Wong is on the injured list and hasn’t played since June 7. Wong said he started improving Tuesday when he woke up without feeling any tenderness in the calf. Wong is hoping he will be able to return without needing a rehabilitation assignment.

UP NEXT

Dakota Henderson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and Jason Alexander (1-0, 2.42) pitches for the Brewers as this four-game series concludes with a Thursday afternoon matchup of right-handers.

REFSNYDER HITS 2-RUN HOMER AS RED SOX SWEEP TIGERS, 6-2

BOSTON (AP) Rob Refsnyder has learned just how fleeting opportunities are in the major leagues, bouncing around to five different teams in seven seasons.

The 31-year-old is already feeling like his sixth stop in Boston is the one he’s been waiting for.

Refsnyder hit a two-run homer in the third inning to help the Red Sox post their third series sweep of the season, powering past the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

In just 10 games, Refsnyder has 11 hits in 27 at-bats with five RBIs.

“So many parts of my career early on I wasn’t excited or happy with how I was playing,” he said. “I think the Red Sox really believe you get to the big leagues, you’re not a finished product, you can keep getting better. … They have really been helping me develop still at 31. Lucky to have that.”

Jarren Duran and Alex Verdugo each added a two-run double as Boston won for the eighth time in 10 games. Michael Wacha (6-1) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts to help the Red Sox improve to a season-high eight games above .500.

“He gave us what we needed,” manager Alex Cora said of Wacha, who has held opponents to a .125 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have lost nine of 11.

Tarik Skubal (5-5) lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He has lost his last three starts.

“You want to salvage a win. We jumped out ahead today and couldn’t finish the game in the positive,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Baez put the Tigers in front in the first, driving Wacha’s first-pitch fastball into the seats above the Green Monster for his sixth home run of the season. It extended his hitting streak to seven games, one night after he finished a double shy of the cycle.

Baez has three homers in his last five games after hitting just one in the previous 45 games.

The lead lasted until the third when Duran tied the game, ripping a line drive into the left-field corner that scored Christian Vazquez and Bobby Dalbec.

Refsnyder was next and recovered from an 0-2 count to lift a fly ball to left-center that hit off the lip of the Monster. It was originally ruled a double, but then deemed a homer after a quick review by umpires.

The drive was Refsnyder’s first homer for Boston since signing as a free agent in December.

Detroit had runners at the corners with no outs in the sixth, but Wacha escaped by striking out Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman before Spencer Torkelson lined out to center.

Cora said the way the Red Sox have been able to combine timely hitting with good baserunning and solid defense is encouraging.

“To be able to put pressure in different ways, not only in the batter’s box, is good to see,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Cora said Duran won’t travel with the team for its three-game series next week in Toronto because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19 and under Canadian rules is not permitted to enter the country.

WHAT A NIGHT

Red Sox rookie Jeter Downs didn’t exactly have the major league debut he wanted at the plate (0 for 4), but it didn’t make the night any less memorable.

“That was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I still can’t believe it happened. I still can’t believe the game’s over. It felt so fast,” Downs said. “It didn’t turn out the way I wanted to, but oh well. The team got the win.”

Along with having several family members in attendance, the 25-year-old also got a pregame congratulatory tweet from Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, who met his namesake a few years ago.

“Congratulations and good luck. unless you are playing the Yankees,” he wrote in the message.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Rony Garcia (1-2, 4.97 ERA) will be looking for his second straight victory when he takes the mound to open Detroit’s three-game series at Arizona on Friday.

Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (7-5, 3.31) is on the mound as Boston begins a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday.

GUARDIANS SCORE 4 IN 9TH TO RALLY PAST TWINS 11-10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Oscar Gonzalez tied the game with a two-run single and scored on Owen Miller’s go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Cleveland Guardians rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to stun the Minnesota Twins 11-10 on Wednesday night.

Gonzalez homered earlier and finished with four RBIs for the surging Guardians, who have won the first two in a three-game series to take a one-game lead over Minnesota atop the AL Central. The teams also meet five times in four days next week in Cleveland.

“Crazy, crazy game,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said.

Carlos Correa hit two home runs for the Twins, who have lost four of five and are 8-11 in June. Max Kepler and Gio Urshela also went deep for Minnesota.

Sam Hentges (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth and Emmanuel Clase earned his 17th save with a 1-2-3 ninth for Cleveland, which has won 11 of 13 and is 17-4 since May 30. The young Guardians also won their seventh straight series.

Clase has six saves as the Guardians have started 7-1 on their nine-game road trip.

“I feel we’re a special team,” shortstop Amed Rosario said through a translator.

With the Guardians down by three, Rosario and Jose Ramirez singled to start the ninth before an RBI double by Josh Naylor off Emilio Pagan made it 10-8.

Francona said had it been Byron Buxton in center field, not Gilberto Celestino, the ball probably would have been caught.

“(Buxton) was wanting to play, but he couldn’t move around well enough to play today,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, referencing a sore knee.

Gonzalez came through with a two-run single off Griffin Jax and reached second on the throw. Gonzalez moved to third on Andres Gimenez’s sacrifice before Miller lofted a fly ball to left-center with plenty of distance as Cleveland completed its latest thrilling comeback.

Miller leads the American League with eight sacrifice flies.

Jax (4-2) took the loss for the second straight night.

Rosario tied a season high with four hits. Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to give the Guardians a 7-6 lead in the seventh.

Urshela, who was a double shy of the cycle, hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run seventh for a 10-7 Minnesota lead. All the runs scored with two outs.

“There’s no one in our clubhouse that’s not (ticked) off right now,” Baldelli said. “We should be a little (ticked) off based on the way we’ve played over the last couple of days and just the inability to get the job done.”

Spotted a 5-1 lead, Twins starter Sonny Gray gave up a home run to Austin Hedges to start the fifth. Three straight singles – with Gray late to cover first base on the last one – coupled with an error by Nick Gordon in center ended Gray’s outing. A balk by Caleb Thielbar plated a run to get the Guardians within 5-4.

Making his second start after missing 16 games with a right pectoral strain, Gray allowed season highs with four earned runs on eight hits in four innings. He had given up nine hits and one earned run over 18 innings in his previous three starts.

Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie entered with an opponents’ batting average of .185, tied with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan for second-best in the majors behind the .150 of the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin.

Correa didn’t seem to care.

His first-inning home run landed in the second deck in left field, and his third-inning shot was to straightaway center for a 3-1 lead.

Matching his shortest start of the season, McKenzie allowed nine hits and six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: DH Franmil Reyes, who returned Tuesday after missing 23 games with right hamstring tightness, did not play. He is expected to be in Thursday’s lineup.

Twins: RHP Bailey Ober (right groin strain) said his past four or five catch days have gone well and he hopes to throw off a mound later this week. . 1B Miguel Sano, out since surgery in early May to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, has moved along in his running progression, started hitting and should take live batting practice next week. . RHP Randy Dobnak (right middle finger strain) recently threw a 15-pitch, fastball-only bullpen at about 75% and has played catch at 120 feet.

UP NEXT

The starters for Thursday afternoon’s series finale are scheduled to be RHP Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41 ERA) for Cleveland and LHP Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52) for Minnesota.

BICHETTE SLAM, KIRK HR AS BLUE JAYS BEAT CHISOX, AVOID SWEEP

CHICAGO (AP) Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5 Wednesday.

Bichette’s second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep.

“Bo and everyone else, it was great to see the mindset this morning,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “I wish you guys could have seen it. Like everyone said, `let’s go. Let’s turn the page.’ It’s not easy for young guys, but they did a good job of that.”

Kirk hit an RBI single in the first and a homer to center in the third. He tops All-Star fan voting for AL catchers and leads all qualified major league catchers in batting average (.307) and OPS (.857).

Kirk batted .364 (8 for 22) with four home runs and eight RBIs in five games against the White Sox this season.

Lucas Giolito (4-4) allowed seven runs on a season-high 11 hits in five innings. He has a 9.47 ERA in his last five starts.

“There’s no excuse for how I’ve been performing,’ Giolito said. “It’s pretty god-awful.”

Kirk is 4 for 9 with three home runs and six RBIs lifetime against Giolito.

Stripling (4-2) gave up one run in six innings. He scattered five hits and didn’t allow a runner past second until Josh Harrison scored from first on a single by Luis Robert in the sixth.

Stripling has allowed 12 hits over his last 20 2/3 innings, posting a 1.31 ERA in his last four starts.

“If you don’t have overpowering stuff, you can command your pitches,” said Montoyo, who said reliever Yimi Garcia was unavailable because of left side discomfort. “He’s been doing it and is really good. His (pitch counts) have been down because people make contact.”

The White Sox collected seven hits in the final three innings after Stripling departed. They scored three times in the eighth and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Leury Garcia grounded out.

Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He moved slowly running to first and stayed there even after his hit skipped past left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and eventually left the game in the eighth.

The White Sox were stretched at shortstop. Tim Anderson, who returned Monday after missing 18 games because of a right groin strain, didn’t play under doctor’s orders, manager Tony La Russa said before the game.

White Sox shortstop Danny Mendick left after colliding with left fielder Adam Haseley on a foul pop in the second and left due to right knee discomfort. Garcia, who had been sidelined for the last four games because of side discomfort, replaced him.

Right fielder Adam Engel left after three innings because of right hamstring soreness.

La Russa said Robert, Mendick and Engel underwent MRIs after the game.

“It was a good time to get (Robert) out of there,” La Russa said.

“When he doesn’t go (after) balls to the wall, he doesn’t go to second, you know he’s feeling some ouchies there.”

EARLY EXIT

Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez was ejected during the pregame lineup exchange. A night earlier, Toronto pitching coach Pete Walker was tossed during a 7-6 loss in 12 innings, and the argument about balls and strikes seemed to carry over.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox: RHP Matt Foster was reinstated from the bereavement list. RHP Davis Martin was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF George Springer didn’t play because of right elbow discomfort.

White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu (hip) was relegated to designated hitter duties. … OF Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring tendon tear), on a rehab assignment at Charlotte, sent La Russa a text message indicating he was feeling better. “So better means it’s different than `I’m ready to come back,'” La Russa said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Alex Manoah (8-2, 2.00) will face the Brewers on Friday in Milwaukee. Manoah allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-2 loss Saturday to the Yankees.

White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-3, 2.95) will face the Orioles in Thursday’s series opener. Cueto pitched seven innings of two-hit ball Saturday in a 7-0 victory over the Astros.

CONGRESS ALLEGES ‘SHADOW’ PROBE BY COMMANDERS OWNER SNYDER

(AP) — Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment, hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses, and used an overseas lawsuit as a pretext to obtain phone records and emails, according to a document released by a House committee Wednesday.

The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Commanders’ workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. It released the memo ahead of a hearing Wednesday in Washington that featured testimony from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, appearing remotely from New York.

Snyder was invited to testify but declined, citing overseas business commitments and concerns about due process. The committee chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., announced during the hearing that she plans to issue a subpoena to compel a deposition from Snyder next week.

The 29-page memo alleges Snyder tried to discredit the people accusing him and other team executives of misconduct and also tried to influence an investigation of the team conducted for the NFL by attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm.

Snyder’s attorneys presented the NFL with a 100-slide PowerPoint presentation including “private text messages, emails, phone logs and call transcripts, and social media posts from nearly 50 individuals who Mr. Snyder apparently believed were involved in a conspiracy to disparage him,” the committee said.

In a statement, a spokesman for Snyder characterized the report and the hearing as “a politically charged show trial” and said Congress should not be investigating “an issue a football team addressed years ago.”

Goodell told the committee that the team’s culture has transformed as a result of the Wilkinson probe and that “Dan Snyder has been held accountable.” Asked by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., whether he would remove Snyder as owner, Goodell said, “I don’t have the authority to remove him.”

An NFL owner can only be removed by a three-quarters majority vote of fellow owners.

The NFL fined the team $10 million last year and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations after Wilkinson presented her findings to Goodell. However, the league did not release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings, a decision Goodell said was intended to protect the privacy of former employees who spoke to investigators.

Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former team employees, again called on Goodell to release a report from the Wilkinson probe, calling it “stunning and disheartening” to hear him say Snyder has been held accountable.

“Today, the committee released a damning report demonstrating that Snyder and his lawyers also surveilled and investigated complainants, their lawyers, witnesses and journalists, which Goodell knew about and did nothing to address,” Banks and Katz said in a statement.

When announcing the discipline against Snyder, the NFL said none of the people accused of sexual harassment still worked for the Washington franchise. But two separate accusations of sexual harassment by Snyder himself have since surfaced.

Former employee Tiffani Johnston told the committee that Snyder groped her at a team dinner and tried to force her into his limousine, which Snyder denies. And The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a woman accused Snyder of sexually assaulting her on a team plane in 2009, resulting in a $1.6 million settlement.

Goodell acknowledged Wednesday that he was aware of the 2009 allegation and that Snyder did not inform the league at the time, which is a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Johnston’s allegation prompted the NFL to hire former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White to conduct a new investigation of Snyder and the team, and the league plans to release her findings to the public.

Maloney has introduced legislation to curb the use of workplace nondisclosure agreements and to offer protections for employees whose professional images are used inappropriately. Among the accusations against the Commanders are that team employees produced a video of lewd outtakes from a photo shoot involving the cheerleading squad.

According to the memo, Snyder used a defamation lawsuit against an obscure online media company based in India as a pretext to subpoena emails, phone records and text messages from former employees who spoke to The Washington Post about workplace harassment. The subpoenas were unusually broad, and many of the people targeted “had no plausible connection” to the Indian media company, the committee said.

The committee also alleged that Snyder sought to blame former team president Bruce Allen for the problems with Washington’s workplace culture and that Snyder’s lawyers provided Wilkinson and the NFL with 400,000 emails from Allen’s account, highlighting specific ones they deemed “inappropriate.” Some email exchanges with Allen included homophobic and misogynistic comments by Jon Gruden, which were leaked to reporters last fall and prompted Gruden’s resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Witnesses also told the committee that Snyder sent private investigators to their homes and offered them hush money. The NFL was aware of Snyder’s use of private investigators, according to documents obtained by the committee, but the practice continued, witnesses said.

Another new allegation came from David Pauken, the team’s former chief operating officer, who told the committee in a deposition released Wednesday that Snyder directly ordered the firings of a female front-office employee for having a sexual relationship with a coach and two cheerleaders for having sex with a player. He also said the men involved were not disciplined.

Republicans on the committee accused Democrats of going after an NFL team to distract from more pressing issues and exceeding the scope of the committee’s mission.

“A core responsibility of this committee is to conduct oversight of the executive branch, but this entire Congress, Democrats have turned a blind eye to the Biden administration,” said Kentucky GOP Rep. James Comer, the committee’s ranking member. “Instead, the Oversight committee is investigating a single private organization for workplace misconduct that occurred years ago.”

Asked by Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., what authority the committee had to investigate an NFL team, Maloney responded, “We have authority to investigate anything and everything.”

“Anything and everything,” Norman said. “That’s a total embarrassment.”

Maloney tried to clarify that comment in her closing remarks, saying the committee was authorized “to investigate anything within Congress’ legislative power.”

Commanders coach Ron Rivera issued a statement late Wednesday night, distancing himself from the team’s past.

“These investigations into inappropriate workplace issues pre-dates my employment,” said Rivera, who was hired in 2020. “I cannot change the past, but I would hope that our fans, the NFL and Congress can see that we are doing everything in our power to never repeat those workplace issues. And know that our employees are respected, valued and can be heard.”

TONY SIRAGUSA, WHO HELPED RAVENS WIN SUPER BOWL, DIES AT 55

(AP) — Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most celebrated defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55.

Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death. The cause of death was not immediately available.

“This is a really sad day,” he said. “Tony was way more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”

Siragusa, known as “Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a stout defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.

Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving attitude, which also helped him transition quickly to broadcasting after his playing career.

“There was no one like Goose – a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know,” said Brian Billick, the coach of that 2000 team. “We would not have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such stunning, sad news.”

Siragusa came to Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form an imposing defensive tackle tandem. He finished his career with 22 sacks.

“I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever,” Lewis said. “He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.”

The news of Siragusa’s death came on what was already a tragic day for the Ravens. The death of Jaylon Ferguson, a linebacker for Baltimore, at age 26 was announced earlier in the day.

“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” owner Steve Bisciotti said. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”

Siragusa was a star football player and wrestler at David Brearley High School in New Jersey. He then played collegiately at Pittsburgh, where he had a reputation for wisecracks well before his NFL career.

“If I wanted to learn a school song, I would’ve gone to Notre Dame or Penn State,” he once said. “I want to kill people on the football field. That’s why I came to Pitt.”

Siragusa went undrafted before signing with Indianapolis, but he turned out to be a championship-winning force in the NFL. Then he took his personality to the airwaves, working for Fox’s NFL coverage.

“His incomparable passion for football established him as one of the most charismatic personalities ever to set foot on the gridiron or in front of a camera,” Fox Sports said in a statement. “Goose was a natural in his ability to relate the sport and its players to fans everywhere.”

Siragusa also had a role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and hosted shows on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network.

“Tony truly was bigger than life, on and off the field,” said Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s current football coach. “He played the game passionately and relentlessly. Despite not being drafted, he thrived in the NFL for 12 years. His post-football life took him so many places but he never forgot Pitt. We could always count on him to send the best recorded pep talks to our guys before our biggest games.”

RAVENS LINEBACKER JAYLON FERGUSON DIES AT AGE 26

(AP) — Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for career sacks while at Louisiana Tech and then played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 26.

Police said Wednesday the cause of death was still to be determined.

“On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Northern District patrol officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue for a report of a questionable death,” Baltimore police said. “Once there, officers located 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, unresponsive, being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics. No signs of trauma was found or foul play suspected at this time.”

Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and played his whole pro career with them. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 1/2 sacks.

“Jaylon was a good-hearted, gentle person who loved his family and his team. He was a joy to talk with and be around every day,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “You always wanted to see and talk to `Ferg.’ Our prayers and our help go to his family.”

Born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Ferguson played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana. At Louisiana Tech, his 45 sacks were one better than another Ravens linebacker, Terrell Suggs, achieved at Arizona State.

Ferguson was a third-team AP All-American in 2018.

“The LA Tech Family mourns this morning’s tragic news of the sudden death of former Bulldog great, Jaylon Ferguson,” the Louisiana Tech football program tweeted. “We will remember his God-given talents on the field and his infectious personality off of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Ferguson made nine starts as a rookie for the Ravens in 2019, and he also started the team’s only playoff game that season. The linebacker spent time on the COVID-19 list early last season but ended up appearing in 10 games.

“Me and `Ferg’ went through some of the same struggles when it came to making a name for ourselves in the league,” linebacker Tyus Bowser said. “From that, we were able to gain an understanding and help each other build and grow as players. From the playbook, to the field – and even outside of work – we created a strong bond amongst ourselves. Whether I was having a bad day or vice versa, we encouraged each other, and that’s what I appreciated most and what I’ll miss about him.”

The Ravens finished minicamp last week and are off until training camp. Wednesday was a tragic day for the franchise, with news breaking that both Ferguson and former defensive tackle Tony Siragusa had died.

“`J Ferg’ had the most genuine energy I’ve ever been around,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “Before I left after minicamp in the locker room, he expressed how he was ready to have a big year, and I believed it was going to be his best season as a Raven. He will be watching over us, I know it, and he will bring the team closer just from his mark he left.”

AP SOURCE: JERAMI GRANT TO BE TRADED TO PORTLAND BY DETROIT

(AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the biggest part of the return being a first-round pick in 2025.

Detroit gets the No. 36 pick in the draft Thursday and what would have been Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the agreement publicly.

ESPN first reported the trade agreement, along with the detail that the 2025 first-round pick is top-four protected.

Grant’s salary – nearly $21 million for next season – is virtually the exact amount as the trade exception that Portland created in February when it traded C.J. McCollum to New Orleans.

It also gives Portland a big boost after a disappointing season, one where perennial All-Star Damian Lillard missed much of the year while injured. He and Grant were teammates on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The most significant payoff for Detroit by making the move is cap space. The Pistons now have somewhere around $44 million in space available this summer, with free agency set to start in about a week.

Grant – who played his college basketball at Syracuse – averaged 19.2 points in 47 games with the Pistons this past season and has seen his numbers greatly improve over the last two years. In his first six seasons, he averaged 9.3 points while playing for Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver.

But in his two seasons with the Pistons, Grant averaged 20.9 points.

And the trade serves as a homecoming of sorts. Grant was born in 1994 when his father, Harvey Grant, was in the first of his three seasons as a member of the Trail Blazers.

PGA TOUR IN ‘ARMS RACE’ OF DOLLARS AND LEANING ON LOYALTY

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Commissioner Jay Monahan says the PGA Tour can’t win an “arms race” against Saudi-funded LIV Golf when the weapon is money. His response Wednesday was to boost prize money in eight elite events and rely on loyalty and legacy among his players.

Monahan delivered another round of stinging criticism against Greg Norman and his rival league. LIV Golf has snagged players who have combined to win nine majors in the last five years, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

The latest to sign was Koepka, whose deal with LIV Golf was announced just as Monahan began his first press conference in three months at the Travelers Championship.

“I am not naive,” Monahan said. “If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can’t compete. The PGA Tour, an American institution, can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in attempt to buy the game of golf.

“We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi golf league is not that,” he said. “It’s an irrational threat, one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”

The tour, however, appears to be trying to keep up. Monahan said an increase in prize money was in the works from its latest media rights deal it signed in 2020, noting the threat of LIV Golf accelerated some of those plans.

He announced a streamlined schedule – January to August starting in 2024 – with seven tournaments worth $20 million or more and fewer spots available for its postseason. The top 125 qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Next year, only the top 70 will be eligible.

The fall would be for the players who finished outside the top 70 to secure cards for the following year, and to give them a chance to move into the top 50 – or try to stay there – to secure spots in some of the elite $20 million tournaments.

Also planned are three international events in the fall for only the top 50 in FedEx Cup points from the previous season.

Monahan cited Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who earlier Wednesday was unusually vocal in his support of the PGA Tour. Scheffler had not won on the PGA Tour until February, and then he won four times in two months to reach No. 1 in the world.

He already has set a PGA Tour record for season earnings at nearly $12.9 million.

“If you’re good enough, you will rise to the top,” Monahan said. “And if you don’t continue to earn that top spot, someone else as hungry and as talented is right there to take your place. Again, that’s the unique beauty of what the tour has and always will offer to fans.

“It’s damn good and it’s worth fighting for.”

Koepka was among the LIV newcomers announced for the field in Oregon next week, and he was as big of a surprise as Johnson was for the inaugural London event.

Monahan was at Koepka’s wedding June 5 in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Koepka was part of a group of a Rolex outing a week ago in which he joined top players – Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas among them – in discussing in strong terms support for the tour.

A week later, he was signed and headed to LIV Golf.

“That was definitely a surprise for me,” said Scheffler, who has the same manager as Koepka. “I was at a function with him last week and definitely wasn’t what he had in mind. We were focused on building the PGA Tour and getting the guys that are staying here together and kind of just having talks and figuring out what how we can help benefit the Tour. So to see Brooks leave was definitely a surprise for us.”

The tour will nearly double the prize money for the winner-only Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to $15 million. The invitation events at Riviera, Bay Hill and Muirfield Village increase by $8 million to $20 million. The two FedEx Cup playoff events increase by $5 million to $20 million. And The Players Championship goes up $5 million to $25 million.

That’s an increase of just over $50 million in prize money, or roughly what Johnson reportedly received annually as a signing fee for the LIV Golf series, and that’s before he and others compete for $25 million prize funds at each event.

That’s the arms race Monahan and the PGA Tour is facing, though it still has the top 15 players in the world ranking on its side, a core group who are speaking out more forcefully.

Still, some may have a price.

Koepka apparently did, and McIlroy cited him as another player who went back on his word. Two years ago, Koepka was second to McIlroy in denouncing the concept of a 48-man league.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously,” McIlroy said. “I think that’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another. I don’t know if that’s for legal reasons or if they can’t … I have no idea. But it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANS PITCHING BEATS THE HEAT WITH SHUTOUT GEM

INDIANAPOLIS – On a blistering summer afternoon at Victory Field, a key two-run double by Josh Bissonette and a gem by the Indianapolis Indians pitching staff quickly defeated the Memphis Redbirds on Wednesday, 2-0.

The 2:06 game time is tied for the Indians’ second-shortest nine-inning game and is tied with April 23 vs. Columbus for the shortest nine-inning contest at Victory Field this season.

The pace of play was led, in large part, by the efficiency of the Indians (34-32) pitching staff. Osvaldo Bido led the shutout charge and surrendered just one hit over 4.0 scoreless innings. With back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the fifth inning, Joe Jacques (W, 1-1) induced two groundouts, one turned from third to second by Josh Bissonette to retire a pair, and escape a jam.

Following the dazzling double play at the hands of the Indians third baseman, Bissonette tallied the only two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Following a Jared Oliva leadoff single and one-out walk, Bissonette roped a double between the 3-4 hole on the right-side of the infield and into the corner to plate a pair against Memphis starter Jake Woodford (L, 0-2).

Zach Matson, Hunter Stratton and Austin Brice (S, 5) then combined to hold the shutout through the final four innings, with just three baserunners allowed between the three.

Indians pitching also held the Redbirds (38-30) to 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded the leadoff runner at third base with no outs in each of the first two innings.

It was Indianapolis’ fourth shutout of the season and the first since May 17 vs. Toledo. Two of those four shutouts have come at Victory Field.

The Indians will look to build on their early 2-0 lead in the series vs. Memphis tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Cody Bolton (1-1, 3.05) will take the mound for Indy vs. RHP Thomas Parsons (4-1, 4.08).

FORMER COLTS LINEBACKER GARY BRACKETT TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH ON FRIDAY, JUNE 24

Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Indianapolis Indians’ game against the Memphis Redbirds on Friday, June 24 at Victory Field. Brackett, who played for the Colts from 2003-11 and was part of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship team, will be available to media on the Victory Field Suite Level in the Third Base Suite Lounge from 7:10-7:30 PM.

PRALL WINS 123RD INDIANA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Purdue rising sophomore Luke Prall rallied in dramatic fashion to win the 123rd edition of the Indiana Amateur, held at the French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course.

Prall fired a final-round score of 2-under par 70 to post a three-day total of 2-under par 214 (68-76-70). Prall defeated Drew Wrightson by two shots and was five shots clear of five players at 3-over par 219. Prall entered the final round four shots behind Noah Gillard and in third place.

After a slow start playing the front nine in 3-over par, Prall surged on the back nine playing in the second-to-last group. He recorded birdies on holes 11, 12, 14, 15 and 18 to take home the title by two shots. He took the lead for good with the birdie on 15. Prall was three shots behind Wrightson through 11 holes played today, but played the last seven holes in 4-under par, compared to Wrightson at 1-over par.

Nick Dentino finished eighth at 4-over par 220 (68-78-74) while Peyton Snoeberger was 11th at 5-over par 221 (73-75-73).

Prall becomes the first Boilermaker to win the event since 2019 (Joe Weiler) and the fifth Boilermaker in the last 12 years to win the Indiana Amateur (2011 – Tyler Duncan; 2013 – Adam Schenk; 2018 – Cole Bradley; 2019 – Joe Weiler).

2022 SOCCER SCHEDULE UNVEILED

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Featuring 10 home games at Folk Field, the Purdue soccer team’s 2022 schedule has been announced.

Coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and one of their best seasons in program history in 2021, the Boilermakers’ 18-game 2022 regular-season schedule includes 10 Big Ten Conference contests and eight non-conference matches. Two preseason exhibitions also are on the schedule to begin the campaign.

Four of Purdue’s 10 home games are against teams that made the 2021 NCAA Tournament and advanced to at least the second round. Nine 2022 foes finished with a winning record and six placed in the top-five in their conference a year ago, including a conference champion and a runner-up, both who come to Folk Field.

Several annual marquee events highlight the schedule, including the Boiler Gold Rush season-opener on Thursday, August 18 against USC, and the Hammer Down Cancer game on Thursday, September 29 vs. Nebraska. Additionally, the Reunion Weekend culminates with a contest against Long Beach State on Sunday, September 11.

The 2022 home schedule features games against 2021 NCAA Tournament teams USC, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Rutgers. The road slate includes a rivalry matchup at Indiana along with Big Ten trips to Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota.

First up on the schedule is a pair of exhibition games, at Marquette on August 10 and at home against Illinois State on August 13.

The regular season commences with the Boiler Gold Rush game against USC on August 18. It will be a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a season ago, as both the Boilermakers and Trojans advanced to the NCAA Second Round, finished the year nationally ranked and placed second in the Big Ten and Pac 12, respectively.

The 2022 BGR game comes a year after the inaugural Boiler Gold Rush contest broke the Purdue attendance record as 2,125 fans encircled Folk Field.

Three days later, the 2022 opening weekend concludes at Folk Field against Vanderbilt on August 21.

Purdue travels to Kentucky on August 25 before returning home to host Miami (Ohio) on August 28. A two-game roadtrip follows the next weekend, at Kansas on September 1 and at Kansas State on September 4.

In-state foe Notre Dame visits Folk Field under the lights on September 8 in a 2021 NCAA Tournament rematch. Last fall, the two teams squared off in the NCAA Second Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw.

The annual Reunion Weekend game is set for Sunday, September 11, against Long Beach State to conclude the non-conference slate. More information about the weekend’s festivities, including how alumnae can register, will be announced on PurdueSports.com/Soccer as details are finalized. The weekend will include the Purdue football team’s home game against Indiana State on September 10.

Big Ten play begins on September 18 at Northwestern, and Wisconsin comes to West Lafayette on September 22. The second weekend of Big Ten action concludes on September 25 at Michigan State. The Badgers are coming off an NCAA Third Round appearance last season, while UW and MSU both won 10 games a year ago.

A three-game homestand commences with the annual Hammer Down Cancer game on Thursday, September 29 vs. Nebraska. Rutgers, the reigning Big Ten champions, then visit Folk Field on October 2. The Scarlet Knights won 19 games, went 10-0 in the Big Ten and made the NCAA College Cup in 2021. Senior Day is set for October 9 when Purdue hosts Illinois.

The three home matches are followed by a three-game roadtrip, which kicks off at Iowa on October 13. The Hawkeyes will be the Boilermakers’ fourth opponent in six games that won at least 10 games last season.

The Golden Boot is on the line on October 16 in Bloomington, Indiana. The Boilermakers will look to keep the rivalry trophy for an eighth consecutive year and extend a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Hoosiers, the second-longest stretch in the all-time series.

The final weekend of the regular season begins at Minnesota on October 20 and concludes at Folk Field against Maryland on October 23.

Additional promotions and events throughout the 2022 season will be unveiled as the season approaches. Admission to each regular-season contest at Folk Field will be free for all fans.

2022 Purdue Soccer Schedule

Wednesday, August 10 – at Marquette (exhibition), 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 – vs. Illinois State (exhibition), 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 18 – vs. USC, 7 p.m. – Boiler Gold Rush

Sunday, August 21 – vs. Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 25 – at Kentucky, 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 28 – vs. Miami (Ohio), 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 1 – at Kansas, 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 4 – at Kansas State, 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 8 – vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 11 – vs. Long Beach State, 1 p.m. – Reunion Weekend

Sunday, September 18 – at Northwestern, TBD

Thursday, September 22 – vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 25 – at Michigan State, 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 29 – vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m. – Hammer Down Cancer

Sunday, October 2 – vs. Rutgers, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 9 – vs. Illinois, 1 p.m. – Senior Day

Thursday, October 13 – at Iowa, 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 16 – at Indiana, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 20 – at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 23 – vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.

The Boilermakers are coming off one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2021. Purdue went 15-4-3, its second-best record and second-most wins in team history behind only 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The Boilermakers went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.

Purdue finished the year ranked No. 24 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 national poll, appearing in the postseason poll for the third time ever and the first since 2007. Individual accolades included an All-America honor, two All-Region accolades, five All-Big Ten Team awards, the Big Ten Forward of the Year and the first two NWSL draft picks in team history.

The 2022 roster features 21 returners and 11 newcomers that are a top-20-ranked signing class.

IVEY, WILLIAMS, STEFANOVIC HOPE TO HEAR NAME CALLED AT NBA DRAFT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Purdue stars Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams and Sasha Stefanovic hope to hear their names called at the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

The draft will be televised by ESPN, with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

PRE-DRAFT NOTES

Purdue has had 50 players previously selected in the NBA Draft.

There have been eight Boilermakers drafted under head coach Matt Painter as Carl Landry (2007; 31), JaJuan Johnson 2011; 27), E’Twaun Moore (2011; 55), Robbie Hummel (2012; 58), A.J. Hammons (2016; 46), Caleb Swanigan (2017; 26), Vince Edwards (2018; 52) and Carsen Edwards (2019; 33) have all been selected.

After having a player selected in four straight NBA Drafts from 2016-19, Purdue will have a player selected for the first time since the 2019 Draft (Carsen Edwards).

Jaden Ivey is projected to be selected in the top five, making him Purdue’s highest NBA Draft pick since Glenn Robinson went No. 1 in 1994. Should Ivey go in the top 10, he would become the seventh top-10 pick in Purdue history (1 – Glenn Robinson, 1994; 6 – Russell Cross, 1983; 10 – Keith Edmonson, 1982; 1 – Joe Barry Carroll, 1980; 8 – Herm Gilliam, 1969; 8 – Terry Dischinger, 1962).

Purdue has had two players selected in 12 previous drafts (2011, 1988, 1982, 1980, 1977, 1972, 1969, 1966, 1959, 1952, 1950, 1947). It has never had three players selected in one draft.

Since 1977, Purdue is the only Big Ten team and one of eight schools nationally with multiple No. 1 NBA Draft picks (Purdue, LSU, Kentucky – 3, North Carolina, Georgetown, Kansas, UNLV, Duke – 3).

Since the 2016 NBA Draft, Purdue has had three players drafted that ranked No. 75 or lower in the 247Sports high school recruit rankings (A.J. Hammons, Vince Edwards, Carsen Edwards). The total is sixth in the country in that span, but all three players eligible to be drafted were ranked lower than 75th in their final high school recruit rankings (Jaden Ivey – 89th; Trevion Williams – 154th; Sasha Stefanovic – 374th).

With Jaden Ivey expected to go in the top 5, there have been 16 “2-and-done” players selected in the top five in the NBA Draft since 2000. Nine of the players were selected in the top 3, most recently Ja Morant in 2019 (2nd).

Jaden Ivey is the son of Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey, who spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies. Niele was an All-America selection at Notre Dame and played five seasons in the WNBA. Niele was drafted No. 19 by the Indiana Fever in the 2001 WNBA Draft.

Jaden and Niele Ivey will be the second mother-son combo to be selected in the NBA and WNBA Draft, joining Javale (18th – 2008) and Pamela McGee (2nd – 1997).

Sasha Stefanovic is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Lou, who was drafted No. 97 by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1985 NBA Draft.

BUTLER VB ADDS FOUR TO 2022 CLASS

Head coach Sharon Clark has added four recruits to the roster for the 2022 season, including two transfers and two high school signees.

Maddie Renn transfers to Butler after a standout career as a libero at Kansas City (UMKC) that culminated with a Summit League Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2021. The native of Lincoln, Neb., arrives as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility.

“Maddie is a force to be reckoned with. She reads well and is lightning quick,” said Clark. “We can’t wait to have her on the court.”

Another transfer libero, Daniella Russo-Lolas comes to Indianapolis from Eckerd College in Miami, Fla., where she posted 245 digs, 56 assists and 42 service aces as a starting freshman in 2021.

“Dani’s passion is undeniable,” assistant coach Jocelyn Garcia exclaimed. “She is a competitor who brings an immense amount of energy and excitement to everything she does, and we cannot wait to have that in our gym.”

Brooklyne Darby is a defensive specialist / outside hitter from Mason, Ohio, who was a four-year starter and named the Conference Player of the Year in 2021 to conclude her career at William Mason High School.

“Brooklyne is an aggressive player with such a calm demeanor,” said Garcia. “Her effort on the court and the respect she has for her coaches and teammates really caught my eye.”

Outside hitter Rylie Tam arrives at Butler after four seasons as a starter at Santa Fe High School in High Springs, Fla. As a two-time All-State selection, she set the school record for career kills with 1,355 and won a state championship as a senior in 2021.

“Rylie is the type of player that fits well in our program,” said Clark. “Her offensive game is aggressive and terminal. She has a high volleyball IQ that is noticeable instantly, and her work ethic is through the roof.”

Butler had previously announced the signings of setters Jenna Splitt (transfer from Iowa) and Cora Taylor (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) to the roster.

The Bulldogs begin the 2022 season with the Top Dawg Challenge at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which includes games against Eastern Illinois and Oakland on Aug. 26 and Akron on Aug. 27.

New Bulldogs for 2022

#2 Maddie Renn, Libero, UMKC

#3 Cora Taylor, Setter, Lawrenceburg, Ind.

#7 Brooklyne Darby, DS/OH, Mason, Ohio

#12 Rylie Tam, Outside Hitter, High Springs, Fla.

#15 Jenna Splitt, Setter, Iowa

#16 Daniella Russo-Lolas, Libero, Eckerd College

BLAKE BEEMER HIRED TO LEAD @BUTLERUBASEBALL PROGRAM AS HEAD COACH

Blake Beemer has been named head coach of the Butler Baseball Program. Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Tuesday, June 21. Beemer replaces Dave Schrage, who announced his retirement last month.

As an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Ball State over the past four seasons (2019-22), Beemer has helped the Cardinals to a 123-65 record.

“Throughout his college coaching and playing career, Blake has built meaningful relationships and impacted on-field success at a high level,” said Collier. “There was strong interest in our position and throughout our process, Blake was able to stand out with both his vision and his plan for a successful baseball program at Butler. We are excited to add Blake as a Bulldog and have him lead our program.”

“I am extremely excited and fortunate to have been chosen by Barry Collier, Lee Dicklitch, and Butler University to lead the Bulldog Baseball Program to new heights,” said Beemer. “The opportunity to build on Coach Schrage’s successes while recruiting high level student-athletes to such a great university is not one that I take lightly. I know with the talent in the Midwest, the strength of the BIG EAST Conference, and the national brand of our great university, Butler is in position to be a premier baseball school for our current and future student-athletes.”

Beemer helped the Cardinals to the 2022 Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular season championship and an appearance in the MAC Tournament championship game. Ball State won 40 games in 2022, just the third time in program history to reach that plateau. The Cardinals won 38 games in both the 2021 and 2019 seasons, while the 2020 slate was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 team finished with the best RPI (48) in program history and was one of the “First Four Out” for an at-large berth in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The 2019 team also reached the MAC Tournament championship game.

Beemer has coached a total of 10 All-MAC selections over the last two seasons, including 2022 MAC Pitcher of the Year Tyler Schweitzer and MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year Ryan Brown. Recent Ball State MLB Draft picks include Drey Jameson (first round), Kyle Nicolas (second round), Chayce McDermott (fourth round), and John Baker (29th round).

Beemer spent the 2016-18 seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois. Overseeing the team’s hitting, he had four hitters belt 10 or more home runs during the 2017 season. That season saw the Panthers finish fourth nationally in home runs with 83 and ranked in the Top 50 nationally in runs scored. Beemer recruited both Trey Sweeney and Will Klein to EIU. Sweeney (first round) and Klein (fifth round) became the first duo from the same Ohio Valley Conference team to be selected in the first five rounds of consecutive MLB Drafts (2021, 2020). 

As an assistant coach, Beemer helped Eastern Illinois earn a berth in the 2018 OVC Tournament after five seasons of not qualifying for the postseason event.

Beemer began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Penn State during the 2014 and 2015 season, coaching outfielders and serving as the first base coach.

Beemer was a four-time letterwinner (2010-13) at Ball State, selected by his peers as team captain in each of his final three seasons. As a Cardinal, he had a .286 batting average, registering 108 runs scored and 94 RBI. Beemer served two years on the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Committee and was one of 30 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

Beemer earned two degrees from Ball State: a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and an MBA in 2014.

PELTIER WINS ABCA/RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE AT THIRD BASE

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The American Baseball Coaches Association along with Rawlings announced its annual ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Wednesday. Ryan Peltier earned Ball State baseball’s first ever Gold Glove Award. 

After being named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons, Peltier was awarded the first Gold Glove in BSU history. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove is voted on by all the coaches in the NCAA.

He has been a highlight machine for the Cardinals at third base. He has made numerous difficult plays look routine throughout the season. He posted a team-high 99 assists and added 42 putouts. He was a pivotal cog in Ball State’s regular season MAC Championship with his defensive prowess at the hot corner. Offensively, he led the team with 20 doubles. He added 50 runs scored, 44 RBIs, eight home runs, and two triples.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“I am so happy for Ryan in winning such a prestigious award. Ryan solidifies himself in our great tradition to be the first Ball State Cardinal to be recognized as the best defensive player at his position in the entire country. Ryan’s hard work and determination has set him apart.”

JANICKE AND SLAGGERT NAMED TO TEAM USA EVALUATION CAMP ROSTER

SOUTH BENDInd.  – Justin Janicke and Landon Slaggert have been invited to participate in USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, set for July 24-August 3 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

The camp will include 60 players as USA Hockey evaluates rosters for both the upcoming August and December World Junior Championships. 

The 2022 U.S. National Junior Team will now play in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta, and the final 23-player roster is expected to be announced by August 3. The tournament was originally scheduled for Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, but was canceled due to COVID.

The roster for the 2023 U.S. National Junior Team, which will play in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, is expected to be announced in mid-December.

Slaggert was on Team USA each of the past two tournaments, scoring for Team USA in the only game it was able to play in 2022 before the COVID postponement last winter and winning gold with Team USA in 2021. 

Notre Dame At The World Junior Championship 

  • In 2021, Landon Slaggert became the first Fighting Irish player to medal at the event since 2018 when current Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke helped the U.S. secure the bronze in Buffalo. 
  • Slaggert’s gold marked the eighth medal by a Notre Dame player at the event as he also joined Anders Bjork (bronze in 2016), Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997). 
  • Slaggert was Notre Dame’s 23rd player to take part in the World Junior Championship.
  • Previous two-time Fighting Irish participants included Palmieri (2010/11), Ian Cole (2008/09), Rob Globke (2001/02), Connor Dunlop (2000/01), Simon (1997/98) and Jack Brownschidle (1977/79). 

Justin Janicke | Sophomore | Forward | Maple Grove, Minnesota

  • Janicke joined the Irish from the USNTDP last season and as one of college hockey’s youngest players, scored a pair of goals and added eight assists for 10 points in 33 games.
  • Made collegiate debut in home opener against Long Island (Oct. 9). 
  • Recorded first career point with an assist to his brother, Trevor, in 5-2 win over Northern Michigan (Oct. 16). 
  • Tallied an assist on Jack Adams’ goal on the way to a 5-4 overtime victory at Penn State (Jan. 8).
  • Janicke notched both his goals and five assists in the stretch run of the season, scoring his first goal against Penn State (Feb. 4) and adding a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 4-2 win over Michigan State (Feb. 19).
  • Assisted on the game’s opening goal in the senior night 2-1 win over No. 2 Michigan (Feb. 26).
  • Selected in the seventh round, 195th overall, by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Draft.
  • His older brother, Trevor, will be a Fighting Irish senior in 2022-23. 

Landon Slaggert | Junior | Forward | South Bend, Indiana

  • In two seasons, Slaggert has skated in 65 career games while scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists for 48 points. 
  • Last season as a sophomore, he finished fifth on the team in scoring with 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists. 
  • He had three game winners and two power-play goals in 2021-22.
  • Tallied first multipoint game of the season with a goal and an assist in 5-1 victory over Wisconsin (Nov. 12). 
  • Finished the weekend series against the Badgers with three points after adding an assist in the game two win (Nov. 12-13).
  • Notched the game-winning goal in the road victory over Penn State (Jan. 7).
  • Notched a goal and two assists, including one assist on the overtime game winner at Ohio State (Jan. 14).
  • Tallied an assist and the overtime game winner in 3-2 overtime victory over Minnesota (Jan. 29).
  • Recorded a goal and an assist in the 7-2 win over Penn State for his third multipoint game in a four-game span (Jan. 14-Feb. 4; 2-5-7).
  • A 2022 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, he notched the game-tying goal against North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also assisted on Graham Slaggert’s overtime game winner as the Irish downed the Fighting Hawks 2-1 (March 24).
  • Selected in the third round, 79th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2020 NHL Draft. 
  • Played his first two seasons at Notre Dame with his older brother, Graham Slaggert, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization following his senior season in 2021-22. 

BIGLER, THOMAS EARN ALL-REGION TRACK AND FIELD HONORS

Recent Wabash College graduate Max Bigler and junior Reis Thomas earned 2022 NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their individual performances during the outdoor track and field season. Bigler received all-region recognition for his efforts in the high jump and decathlon. Thomas was honored for his performance in the discus throw.

The USTFCCCA honors the top-five individuals in each track and field event from each region as well as the members of the top-three relay teams from each region.

Bigler ranked fifth overall in the high jump for the 2022 season after clearing a top height of 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6.75 inches). He scored a total of 5,611 points in the decathlon as part of the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships to rank fourth in the Great Lakes Region in that event. Both marks were career-best efforts for Bigler.

Thomas produced the fifth-best mark in the region in the discus throw with a toss of 49.45 meters (162 feet, 3 inches) at the Mount Union Last Chance Meet in May. His throw set a personal-best effort in that event.

SYCAMORE TRIO TO COMPETE AT USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three current and former Indiana State track and field athletes will compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships Thursday through Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

Luigi Rivas will compete Friday in the 110m hurdles at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships Championships, while Ryann Porter will take the runway in the triple jump Saturday at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Former Sycamore Erin Reese will also compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships, taking part in the hammer throw Thursday.

RHIT MEN’S T&F – 3 ATHLETES EARN ALL-REGION HONORS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology standouts Kyle Brownell, Jailen Hobbs and Tim Youndt earned 2022 USTFCCA Men’s NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Outdoor Team honors, in results released on Wednesday by the national coaches association.

Brownell set a school record with his season-best mark of 6′ 9″ at the Indiana State University Pacesetter Invitational.  He later finished as an NCAA Division III All-American, placing 7th in the high jump at the national meet.

Hobbs set a school record with his 100-meter dash time of 10.56 seconds at Augustana College.  He was named HCAC Men’s Sprint Athlete of the Year after winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the conference outdoor championships.

Youndt recorded a career-best triple jump mark of 45′ 9 1/4″ at Indiana University to earn the third all-region spot.  He was the HCAC runner-up in the outdoor triple jump at the conference championship meet.

The all-region team is made up of the top five performances in various events over the season as achieved by the over 40 colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region.

RHIT WOMEN’S T&F – TWO EARN ALL-REGION HONORS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology standouts Rofiat Adeyemi and Aaliyah Briggs earned 2022 USTFCCA Women’s NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Outdoor Team honors, in results released on Wednesday by the national coaches association.

Adeyemi set two Rose-Hulman school records to earn all-region honors in both the long jump and triple jump.  Her long jump mark of 18′ 9 3/4″ was set at Augustana College, and her season-best triple jump mark of 38′ 3 1/2″ was set at Indiana University.  Adeyemi was named HCAC Most Valuable Jumps Athlete for the 2022 season.

Briggs recorded the No. 2 ranked javelin mark in school history with her season-best toss of 126′ 1″ at Millikin University.  She placed 4th at the HCAC championship meet in the event to help the Fightin’ Engineers team scoring.

The all-region team is made up of the top five performances in various events over the season as achieved by the over 40 colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915       In his major league debut, Bruno Hass tosses a complete game but loses to the Yankees at Shibe Park, 15-7. The 24-year-old southpaw, known as Boon, issues 16 walks during the nine-inning contest, establishing a post-1900 major league record.

1917       Babe Ruth, after walking leadoff man Ray Morgan, the only batter he faces, is ejected by home plate umpire Brick Owens when their shouting match concerning called ball and strikes digresses into a physical confrontation. Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore comes into the Fenway Park contest, retiring 26 consecutive batters, with Morgan thrown out trying to steal second on his first pitch in the team’s 4-0 victory over the Senators, a game considered baseball’s first combined no-hitter.

1930       The Dodgers get twelve consecutive hits in a 19-6 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Two of the dozen hits in the eight-run sixth inning include a pair of homers hit by Brooklyn outfielder Babe Herman.

1933       With his 2-for-5 performance at the plate in Washington’s 7-3 victory over Chicago, Joe Cronin sets a major league record by collecting 15 hits in four consecutive games. The Senators’ player-manager’s recent offensive output includes two four-hit games and another with five.

1943       Due to the civil unrest in Detroit, government officials deploy 350 armed troops at Briggs Stadium during a twin bill between the Indians and hometown Tigers. The recent race riots in the Motor City have claimed 29 lives, prompting an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee, looking for evidence of subversive and racial propaganda spread by the Axis nations.

1946       At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in the fourth inning. The Cubs, however, still lose to the Giants, 15-10.

1950       Luke Easter, obtained by Indians’ owner Bill Veeck from the Kansas City Monarchs last season, blasts the longest home run ever hit in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The 34-year-old first baseman’s 477-foot shot into the upper right deck will be one of two round-trippers he hits in the team’s 13-4 rout of Washington.

1950       The game’s eleventh round-tripper, a ninth-inning home run by Hoot Evers, gives the Tigers an eventual 10-9 victory over the Yankees. The decisive four-bagger in the Bronx sets the major league record for the most homers ever hit in a single game.

1961       During the Twins’ first season in Minnesota, Sam Mele replace Cookie Lavagetto as the manager of the ninth-place team. As a coach, the Astoria (NY) native filled in as the club’s skipper while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence earlier in the month.

1962       Larry Doby becomes one of the first players with major league experience to sign with a Japanese team. The future Hall of Famer will play with Chunichi in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, but the former Indians’ outfielder will hit only .225 for the Dragons.

1963       The Colt .45s’ forty consecutive innings without scoring a run end with Howie Goss’s second-inning RBI-single in an 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. Houston will immediately begin another scoreless streak of 30 innings before scoring again.

1963       After taking Phillies right-hander Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets’ outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider’s 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.

1971       In addition to hitting two home runs and driving in three runs, Rick Wise throws only 95 pitches to 28 batters to no-hit the Reds, 4-0. The Phillies’ hurler will hit two home runs in the same game again this season against San Francisco in August.

1973       Jesse Jefferson loses his shutout in his major league debut when Red Sox’s third baseman Rico Petrocelli’s two-out, ninth-inning solo home run ties the Fenway Park contest. However, the 24-year-old rookie right-hander will hang on to get the complete-game victory after the Orioles score a run in the tenth to beat Boston, 2-1.

1973       In a complete-game 7-2 victory over Montreal at Parc Jarry, Phillies’ hurler Ken Brett hits a home run in the fourth consecutive game that he pitches during June. The right-hander will end his 14-year career with ten round-trippers, 307 less than his brother George.

1977       Eddie Stanky, Frank Lucchesi’s replacement when the former Ranger skipper got off to a 31-31 start, quits after being at the helm for only one game, a 10-8 victory in Minnesota. The 60-year-old ‘Brat’ cites homesickness for his short tenure with Texas, returning to Mobile (AL) to rejoin his family and resume his baseball coaching duties for the University of South Alabama Jaguars.

1984       In a game best remembered for Ryne Sandberg’s two late-inning game-tying home runs, Willie McGee hits for the cycle in St. Louis’ 12-11 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs. With his triple in the second inning, a fourth-frame single, a sixth-inning home run, and an RBI double in the tenth, the Cardinals center fielder drives in six runs in the Wrigley Field contest.

1984       The Roger Maris Museum opens in the West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo (ND). Nearly 2,000 visitors are attracted to the 72-foot showcase, which features memorabilia from the slugger’s 12-year big league career, including a ticket stub from the 162nd game of the 1961 season, the contest he hit his historic 61st home run.

1984       In a nationally televised game, Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg hits a leadoff solo home run in the ninth off Cardinal reliever Bruce Sutter to tie the score 9-9, then hits a two-run, two-out homer in the tenth, knotting the game at 11. Chicago wins the Wrigley Field contest, 12-11, in the next frame on an RBI single by Dave Owen.

1986       Including leaving the bases full in four of the nine innings, the Braves establish a National League record, stranding 18 runners. However, enough Atlanta players cross the plate to give the team a 6-5 victory over L.A. at Dodger Stadium.

1993       At the Kingdome, Jay Buhner becomes the first player in Mariners’ history to hit for the cycle. The right fielder triples in the 14th inning to complete the task, scoring the winning run in the team’s 8-7 victory over the A’s.

1994       Former major league first baseman Marv Throneberry, best known for appearing in Miller Lite beer commercials in the 1970s and 1980s, dies from cancer at his home in Fisherville (TN) at 60. ‘Marvelous’ Marv’s blunders on the field, including missing both first and second base while legging out a triple, became symbolic of the 1962 Mets, the hapless new National League franchise.

1996       The Yankees score nine sixth-inning runs en route to an 11-9 victory over the Tribe at Jacobs Field. The win marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have completed a four-game sweep of the Indians since 1964.

1996       In a 5-4 Cubs loss in San Diego, Brant Brown continues his torrid pace at the plate, collecting two hits in three at-bats at Jack Murphy Stadium. The rookie first baseman has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in his first 34 career major league at-bats.

2000       Bret Boone drives in six runs when he hits three home runs in the Padres’ 10-7 victory over Cincinnati. Ruben Rivera’s three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning off Scott Williamson proves to be the difference in the Cinergy Field contest.

2003       Stealing second base at Pacific Bell Park in the 11th inning, Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases. Many people believe, including Giants’ left fielder, he may not only be the charter member of the 500-500 club but most likely be the only member, as no one else may ever reach this plateau.

2005       Making his professional debut, Yakima Bears hurler Ryan Doherty pitches a perfect sixth and seventh, striking out three of the six batters he faces during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canadians. At 7’1″, the right-hander from Toms River (NJ), who signed a free-agent contract with the Diamondbacks after pitching for Notre Dame, becomes the tallest pitcher in professional baseball history, surpassing six feet-11 inches Jon Rauch.

2006       White Sox starter Jose Contreras establishes a franchise mark, surpassing LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez, by winning his 16th consecutive decision when Chicago beats the Astros 7-4 in a matchup of last year’s World Series rivals. The Cuban right-hander, whose previous defeat occurred on August 15th last season against the Twins, hasn’t been beaten in his past 21 starts.

2006       The Mets, defeating the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 6-1, set a club record, winning their ninth straight decision on the road. The team had won their eight decisions on a ten-game road trip, including stops in Los Angeles, Arizona, and Philadelphia.

2007       During a Class AA Southern League contest against the Montgomery Biscuits, Mobile BayBears right-hander Matt Elliott cannot return to the mound to pitch the ninth inning when he locks himself inside a Riverwalk Stadium bathroom. The relief pitcher, who broke the lock after he angrily slammed the door, upset about giving up the tying run on a sac fly in the previous inning, will be stuck in the restroom for 47 minutes, missing the rest of the game.

2008       In an interleague contest against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in the 31-year history of the franchise to hit a home run. The round-tripper, which comes off fellow Venezuela ace Johan Santana, is also the first grand slam hit by an American League pitcher since Steve Dunning of the Indians homered off A’s moundsman Diego Segui in 1971.

2010       In a move that surprises its players, the fourth-place Marlins (34-36) fire their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, bench coach Carlos Tosca, and hitting coach Jim Presley. Edwin Rodriguez, the skipper of the team’s Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, is named to fill the position on an interim basis.

2011       Upset by the management’s lack of commitment about his future with the team, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns abruptly after the team beats Seattle, 1-0. Having won 11 of their last 12 games, the club is 38-37 at the time of their skipper’s departure.

2012       Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today’s historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41-year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

2014       Devin Mesoraco becomes the first major leaguer to hit a solo, two-run, three-run, and grand slam homer sequentially in consecutive games when he blasts a ninth-inning four-bagger in the Reds’ 6-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The backstop extends his streak to five straight games, hitting a solo shot tomorrow to accomplish the unusual feat of homering at PNC Park (solo HR), Great American Ball Park (two and three-run HRS), and Wrigley Field (grand slam).

2017       The Red Sox retire David Ortiz’s uniform number 34, making Big Papi the 11th player to be honored along with Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14), Wade Boggs (26), Carlton Fisk (27), Pedro Martinez (45) and Jackie Robinson (42). The MVP of the 2004 ALCS and the 2013 Fall Classic played a pivotal role in the three World Series championship teams during his 14-year tenure in Boston.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1893 US National Championship Women’s Tennis: Aline Terry wins her lone major title; beats Augusta Schultz 6-1, 6-3

1894 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin

1900 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Myrtle McAteer beats Edith Parker 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 for her lone major singles title

1906 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Helen Homans beats Maud Barger-Wallach 6-4, 6-3 for her lone major singles title

1915 Yanks get record 16 walks & 3 wild pitches beat A’s Bruno Hass, 15-0

1917 Ernie Shore enters game after Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth is ejected for throwing punch at umpire; retires all 26 batters he faces to win 4-0 vs Washington Senators; ruled combined no-hitter

1917 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Two-time defending champion Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

1922 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: Walter Hagen becomes first American-born winner of the Open Championship, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Jim Barnes and George Duncan

1927 New York future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in Yankees’ 11-4 victory over Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

1932 St Louis Browns beat NY Yankees, 14-10; Lou Gehrig’s 1,103rd consecutive game in a Yankees uniform, equaling Joe Sewell’s record with one team (Cleveland Indians)

1939 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

1950 New York Yankees (6) & Detroit Tigers (5) hit record 11 HRs at Briggs Stadium; Tigers win, 10-9

1961 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

1961 Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9 run deficit; trailing 11-2 after 7 innings, score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th to beat Pirates, 12-11 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

1963 US Open Men’s Golf, The Country Club: Julius Boros wins his second Open title in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit

1963 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Mickey Wright defends title by 9 shots from Kathy Whitworth for her 10th major championship

1963 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards

1968 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium

1969 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1971 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Reds, and hits 2 HR’s and 3 RBI in 4-0 win at Cincinnati

1972 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports

1972 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York

1973 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched

1974 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1965 champion Sandra Haynie wins by 2 shots from JoAnn Carner

1975 US Open Men’s Golf, Medinah CC: Lou Graham defeats John Mahaffey by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win his only major championship

1979 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup

1979 Cricket World Cup, Lord’s, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38

1980 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)

1981 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)

1985 Laffit Pincay Jr.becomes 2nd jockey to win $100 million

1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men’s Golf, Canterbury GC: Defending champion Arnold Palmer wins his final major by 11 shots from Miller Barber, Lee Elder, Gene Littler & Charles Owens

1986 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)

1988 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft

1988 Yanks manager Billy Martin’s 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager

1991 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race

1994 Replay shows Oakland Athletics’s Bobby Witt beat Kansas City’s Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt’s perfect game

1996 WLAF World Bowl 4, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh: Scottish Claymores beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27

2003 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

2005 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74 in Game 7 for club’s 3rd title; MVP: Tim Duncan, his 3rd MVP award

2013 India defeats England to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in cricket

2016 NBA Draft: LSU point guard Ben Simmons first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

2017 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nico Hischier first pick by New Jersey Devils

2018 Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the second-youngest grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months, 13 days

2019 Ashleigh Barty becomes first Australian female in 42 years (since Evonne Goolagong Cawley) to attain world #1 tennis ranking when she beats Julia Görges 6-3, 7-5 at the Birmingham Classic

2019 Women’s PGA Championship, Hazeltine National GC: Australian Hannah Green leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event by 1 stroke ahead of Park Sung-hyun

2021 1st ICC World Test Championship final, Southampton: New Zealand dismisses India for meagre 170; completes tricky chase of 139 on 6th day to win inaugural cricket title

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1907 WORLD SERIES

Chicago Cubs (4) vs Detroit Tigers (0)

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

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

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

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

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5118.73929 – 722 – 1126 – 1217 – 55 – 18 – 2W 1
Toronto3930.5651221 – 1418 – 1612 – 1410 – 914 – 54 – 6W 1
Boston3931.55712.520 – 1619 – 157 – 149 – 719 – 78 – 2W 4
Tampa Bay3732.5361422 – 1515 – 1712 – 136 – 912 – 93 – 7L 1
Baltimore3139.44320.518 – 1713 – 2215 – 197 – 104 – 66 – 4W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland3628.56316 – 1020 – 185 – 514 – 89 – 88 – 2W 3
Minnesota3832.543120 – 1618 – 1611 – 917 – 129 – 74 – 6L 3
Chi White Sox3334.4934.515 – 1818 – 1613 – 1210 – 126 – 76 – 4L 1
Detroit2643.37712.518 – 228 – 217 – 1411 – 143 – 102 – 8L 3
Kansas City2543.3681312 – 2113 – 224 – 911 – 176 – 95 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4325.63220 – 1123 – 143 – 613 – 321 – 127 – 3W 3
Texas3335.4851016 – 1817 – 175 – 87 – 615 – 186 – 4W 2
LA Angels3438.4721118 – 2016 – 186 – 147 – 416 – 125 – 5W 1
Seattle3139.4431315 – 1816 – 216 – 147 – 614 – 144 – 6W 2
Oakland2347.329218 – 2715 – 208 – 127 – 146 – 163 – 7L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4526.63424 – 1021 – 1622 – 87 – 313 – 106 – 4L 2
Atlanta4030.5714.522 – 1518 – 1513 – 1012 – 811 – 97 – 3W 1
Philadelphia3634.5148.519 – 1717 – 1712 – 164 – 213 – 106 – 4L 3
Miami3136.4631217 – 1414 – 2217 – 122 – 48 – 144 – 6W 2
Washington2547.34720.512 – 2613 – 216 – 247 – 79 – 112 – 8L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis4031.56321 – 1319 – 184 – 621 – 119 – 56 – 4W 2
Milwaukee3932.549116 – 1423 – 1811 – 1323 – 133 – 56 – 4L 2
Pittsburgh2840.41210.516 – 2012 – 203 – 512 – 2312 – 94 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs2643.3771313 – 2513 – 183 – 314 – 177 – 143 – 7W 1
Cincinnati2345.33815.512 – 2211 – 233 – 510 – 166 – 193 – 7L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4225.62720 – 1222 – 139 – 810 – 514 – 85 – 5W 2
San Diego4427.62020 – 1324 – 1411 – 619 – 1013 – 107 – 3W 3
San Francisco3830.5594.519 – 1419 – 1614 – 127 – 711 – 96 – 4L 1
Arizona3239.4511217 – 1915 – 2012 – 1010 – 115 – 164 – 6L 3
Colorado3039.4351319 – 1911 – 208 – 186 – 411 – 115 – 5L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot