INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE

NORTH

  1. LAPORTE (SCHREIBER FIELD)
    CLASS 1A | LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (25-6) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (21-9) | 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT
    CLASS 4A | ZIONSVILLE (22-12) VS. PENN (24-6) | TO FOLLOW
  2. KOKOMO (MUNICIPAL STADIUM)
    CLASS 2A | WAPAHANI (24-4) VS. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (20-7) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
    CLASS 3A | NEW CASTLE (18-5-1) VS. ANDREAN (29-4) | TO FOLLOW

SOUTH

  1. MOORESVILLE (PIONEER FIELD)
    CLASS 2A | LINTON-STOCKTON (15-9-1) VS. CENTERVILLE (20-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
    CLASS 4A | COLUMBUS EAST (15-16-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (17-10-2) | TO FOLLOW
  2. JASPER (RUXER FIELD)
    CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (18-12) VS. SHAKAMAK (16-13) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
    CLASS 3A | SILVER CREEK (29-6) VS. BREBEUF JESUIT (25-4) | TO FOLLOW

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STATE FINALS

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
CLASS 1A | TECUMSEH (28-5) VS. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (23-6) | 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A | TRI-WEST HENDRICKS (29-2) VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (27-3) | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT  

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
CLASS 2A | NORTH POSEY (24-1) VS. EASTSIDE (28-1) | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
CLASS 4A | RONCALLI (32-0) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (28-1) | 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT

INDIANA BOYS GOLF REGIONAL SITES

1. LAKE CENTRAL | SANDY PINES GC | THURS, 8 AM CT 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 1-6)

2. PLYMOUTH | SWAN LAKE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 7-12)

3. MUNCIE CENTRAL | THE PLAYERS CLUB | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 13-18)

4. WASHINGTON | COUNTRY OAKS GC | THURS, 8:30 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 19-24)

5. PROVIDENCE | CHAMPIONS POINTE GC | THURS, 8 AM ET 
FEEDER SECTIONALS: (SECTIONALS 25-30)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL @ MT. VERNON

GIRLS: INDIANA ALL-STARS 89 JUNIOR ALL-STARS 86

BOYS: INDIANA ALL-STARS 90 JUNIOR ALL-STARS 75

NBA FINALS

BOSTON 116 GOLDEN STATE 100 (CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2 – 1)

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022060802&home=2&vis=9&final=true

WNBA

CONNECTICUT 88 INDIANA 69

WASHINGTON 84 CHICAGO 82

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

DETROIT 3 PITTSBURGH 1

CHICAGO CUBS AT BALTIMORE POSTPONED

TAMPA BAY 11 ST. LOUIS 3

ATLANTA 13 OAKLAND 2

LA DODGERS 4 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

KANSAS CITY 8 TORONTO 4

SEATTLE 6 HOUSTON 3

CLEVELAND 4 TEXAS 0

MINNESOTA 8 NY YANKEES 1

BOSTON 1 LA ANGELS 0

ARIZONA 7 CINCINNATI 0

MIAMI 2 WASHINGTON 1 (10)

PHILADELPHIA 10 MILWAUKEE 0

SAN DIEGO 13 NY METS 2

SAN FRANCISCO 2 COLORADO 1 (10)

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

COLUMBUS 11 INDIANAPOLIS 3

CEDAR RAPIDS 12 SOUTH BEND 5

LAKE COUNTY 5 FORT WAYNE 2

GREAT LAKES AT DAYTON POSTPONED

COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES – GAME ONE

OKLAHOMA 16 TEXAS 1 (OKLAHOMA LEADS SERIES 1 – 0)

COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS MATCHUPS

ALL TIMES LISTED BELOW ARE IN CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. SUPER REGIONALS ARE A BEST-OF-THREE SERIES. SERIES WINNERS ADVANCE TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES IN OMAHA, NEB., WHICH BEGINS JUNE 17.

#1 TENNESSEE VS. NOTRE DAME (KNOXVILLE, TN)

GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 5:00 P.M., ESPN2

GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1:00 P.M., ESPN

GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)

#8 EAST CAROLINA VS. #9 TEXAS (GREENVILLE, NC)

GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 11:00 A.M., ESPN2

GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 11:00 A.M., ESPN2

GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)

#5 TEXAS A&M VS. #12 LOUISVILLE (COLLEGE STATION, TX)

GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 7:30 P.M., ESPNU

GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2:00 P.M., ESPN2

GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)

#4 VIRGINIA TECH VS. OKLAHOMA (BLACKSBURG, VA)

GAME 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2:00 P.M., ESPN2

GAME 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 11:00 A.M., ESPNU

GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (IF NECESSARY)

#2 STANFORD VS. UCONN (STANFORD, CA)

GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9:30 P.M., ESPNU

GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 6:00 P.M., ESPN2/ESPNU

GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)

#10 NORTH CAROLINA VS. ARKANSAS (CHAPEL HILL, NC)

GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10:00 A.M., ESPN

GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 12:00 P.M., ESPN/ESPN2

GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)

#11 SOUTHERN MISS VS. OLE MISS (HATTIESBURG, MS)

GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 3:00 P.M., ESPNU

GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 3:00 P.M., ESPN2/ESPNU

GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)

#3 OREGON STATE VS. #14 AUBURN (CORVALLIS, OR)

GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9:30 P.M., ESPN2

GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 9:00 P.M., ESPN2

GAME 3: MONDAY, JUNE 13 (IF NECESSARY)

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

WHERE: CHARLES SCHWAB FIELD, OMAHA, NEB.

WHEN: JUNE 17–JUNE 27

TV: ESPN/ESPN2

DEFENDING CHAMPION: MISSISSIPPI STATE

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

CELTICS BEAT WARRIORS 116-100, TAKE 2-1 LEAD IN NBA FINALS

BOSTON (AP) Throughout the postseason, the Boston Celtics had played their best basketball away from home.

Not anymore.

Jaylen Brown scored 27 points, Jayson Tatum added 26 and the Celtics rode the energy of a raucous TD Garden crowd to beat back another third-quarter onslaught by Golden State in a 116-100 victory Wednesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Marcus Smart added 24 points and helped fuel a defensive effort that held the Warriors to 11 points in the fourth quarter – third-fewest in a finals game in the shot clock era.

“Game 2, they brought the heat to us,” Smart said. “For us, that left a bad taste in our mouth because what we hang our hat on is effort on the defensive end and being a physical team. It definitely woke us up a little bit.”

Tatum said the fact the Celtics didn’t hang their heads after the Warriors’ third-quarter flourish is something they didn’t always do in the regular season.

“I think that’s when we are at our best when we respond to tough situations. We respond to teams going on runs and things like that,” he said. “I think we did that several times tonight.”

Boston improved to 6-4 at home, compared to 8-3 on the road this postseason. The Celtics haven’t lost two straight games since the end of March.

Stephen Curry led Golden State with 31 points and six 3-pointers. He had 15 points in a 33-25 third quarter by the Warriors but was hurt late in the fourth after Al Horford rolled into his leg on a loose ball. Curry said it was similar to a play during the regular season in which Smart dove into Curry’s legs while chasing a loose ball but “not as bad.”

“I got caught — obviously in some pain, but I’ll be all right,” Curry said. “See how it feels tomorrow and get ready for Friday.”

Klay Thompson broke out of a finals slump and finished with 25 points and five 3s. But the Warriors’ shooting couldn’t save them on a night the more athletic Celtics outmuscled them for a 47-31 rebounding advantage.

“When you allow a team to get comfortable, especially in their home — in front the home crowd, then it’s tough,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said.

Robert Williams III, who has been working his way back from knee surgery, finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

“We talked about it quite a bit, our group being resilient and being able to fight through a lot of things and at times when it’s most needed being able to lock down on defense,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We did in the fourth quarter,”

Game 4 is Friday in Boston.

Despite Curry’s noticeable limp after the play with Horford, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was not why he pulled him from the game in the closing minutes.

“The injury didn’t force him out of the game, but I took him out down 14 with two minutes left because we weren’t going to catch up,” Kerr said.

The previous 39 times teams have split the first two games of the finals, the winner of Game 3 went on to win the series 82% of the time.

Feeding off the energy of a Garden crowd that jeered Green throughout his miserable night in the first NBA Finals game in Boston since 2010, the Celtics started fast and led by as many as 18 points in the first half.

Coming off a Game 2 loss in which Boston turned the ball over 19 times, the Celtics’ ball movement was much crisper in the half court, which led to open perimeter shots, favorable 1-on-1 matchups and driving lanes..

It left the Warriors scrambling at times, which contributed to three foul calls on Curry in the opening 24 minutes.

But as well as Boston played, it had its early lead erased in the third quarter by a Warriors seven-point possession that included a four-point play by Curry when he drew a flagrant 1 foul on Horford and 3-pointer by Otto Porter Jr to put Golden State in front 83-82.

Boston recovered to take a 93-89 edge into the fourth, then outscored Golden State 23-11 in the quarter.

The Celtics led 56-39 before an 8-0 spurt in just 37 seconds by the Warriors trimmed the lead to 56-49 on a layup by Curry with 3:32 left in half. Boston flurried at the end of the half to take a 68-56 lead into halftime.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Shot 8 of 23 in the first period. . Were outscored 52-26 in the paint.

Celtics: Shot 57% in the first half (27 of 47. Including 8 of 18 from 3. . With two 3-pointers by Brown in the first quarter, he and Tatum became the first pair of teammates in Celtics history to each make 50 3-pointers in a single postseason.

SHOVING MATCH

Green was involved in tussles with Brown and Grant Williams in Game 2 – one that ended in a technical foul call on Green.

He had another brief run-in with Williams in the second quarter Wednesday when Williams knocked Green to the ground at midcourt.

A foul was called on Williams, but he and Green had a short face-off before being quickly separated by officials.

In third quarter, Green wound up on the ground fighting for a loose ball with Brown. This time Green was called for the foul.

FAST START

The Celtics hit three of their first four shots and scored 10 straight points to jump out to 10-2 lead.

Boston’s lead grew to 18-9 when a fast break ended with Curry picking up his second foul trying to contest Smart’s layup with 5:44 left in the quarter.

Curry stayed in the game and Golden State switched to zone, but it did little to slow Boston, which widened its advantage as high as 15 points. The Celtics took a 33-22 lead into the second period.

D-BACKS SNAP SKID, BACK KELLY WITH THREE HOMERS IN 7-0 WIN

CINCINNATI (AP) Merrill Kelly allowed one hit over six innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks hit three homers to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game skid.

Christian Walker hit a two-run homer and Josh Rojas and Jordan Luplow added solo shots for the Diamondbacks, who stopped a 26-inning scoreless streak with a five-run eighth inning in Tuesday’s 14-8 loss to the Reds.

The game’s first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 40 minutes by rain.

One night after launching five home runs and piling up 16 hits, Cincinnati managed just a double and four singles against Kelly (5-3) and three relievers. Kelly walked three and struck out five while lasting longer than five innings for the first time in his last six starts.

“I felt the best I’ve felt in the last month,” Kelly said. “My command was a lot better than it has been. My mentality was to be aggressive. Knowing that I had more life in my fastball put that thought into my head.”

“Their pitcher did a nice job,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We weren’t able to get anything going. We weren’t able to square to ball up.”

Kelly got a boost from Alek Thomas, who leaped at the left-center field fence and robbed Joey Votto of a two-run homer to end the first inning. Cincinnati had scored in the first inning in the previous six games.

“Off the bat, I thought it was long gone,” Kelly said. “I thought there was no chance it was coming back. I was walking to the plate to get a new ball from (plate umpire) Angel (Hernandez) and I saw he was still watching the play, and I didn’t hear any cheering from the crowd. When I looked, he was just coming down. I wasn’t sure if he’d caught it or not. With a play like that, the momentum swings in your favor. It could’ve been a different ballgame.”

“That’s a situation where, if they get a two-run homer, you’re looking at the same type of game as (Tuesday) night,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

Thomas also robbed Votto of a hit with a diving catch of a sinking liner in the fourth.

Walker snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with his 15th homer, a rocket 10 rows deep into the left field seats with Ketel Marte on base. The lead was Arizona’s first since the ninth inning of an eventual 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Rojas’s knocked Mike Minor out of his second start of the season with a one-out solo homer in the fifth. Minor (0-2), who spent the first two months of the season on the Injured List with a left shoulder strain that developed in spring training, allowed three hits and three runs with three walks and four strikeouts.

MOWING ‘EM DOWN

RHP Hunter Greene and RHP Graham Ashcraft combined on Monday and Tuesday to retire 30 consecutive batters, the most by Reds duo since Tom Seaver and Paul Moskau teamed up to retire 35 straight batters on June 9-10, 1979.

WATERLOGGED

Wednesday’s rain delay pushed to four the number of stoppages in the first three games of the four-game series, totaling 4 hours, 1 minute.

FORGETTABLE

Kelly was charged with a balk when he lost his footing and fell while delivering a pitch with Alejo Lopez on first in the first inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (right elbow inflammation) threw 60 pitches over four innings in rehab start for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. He’ll throw a bullpen session on Friday, manager Torey Lovullo said. . C Carson Kelly (left oblique strain) caught seven innings and hit a home run in the same game. He was expected to DH on Wednesday, Lovullo said. . SS Nick Ahmed (right shoulder inflammation) was shifted to the 60-day Injured List on Wednesday.

Reds: CF Nick Senzel was scratched from the starting lineup with a lower back strain. . 2B Jonathan India (right hamstring strain), the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year, went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in on Tuesday in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. . IF Donovan Solano (left hamstring strain) went 1-for-3 while playing third base in the same game. Both players had scheduled days off on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies (2-3) threw 7 2-3 shutout innings in his last start on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (2-5) left his last start on Saturday against the Nationals in the seventh inning with a 7-3 lead but was victimized by a blown save for the third time in 12 starts this season.

RED SOX SEND ANGELS TO TEAM-RECORD 14TH STRAIGHT DEFEAT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When the Los Angeles Angels set a new franchise record for futility, Nickelback provided the soundtrack.

In a bid to break the tension of their epic losing streak Wednesday night, the Halos sent all nine batters up to the plate to songs by the much-maligned Canadian rock band.

These Angels can only wish they had as many big hits as Nickelback, however.

Los Angeles’ losing streak reached a team-record 14 games when Bobby Dalbec drove in the only run with a double in the sixth inning for the Boston Red Sox in a 1-0 victory.

“It’s a broken record,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “We keep saying it. The effort is good. These guys really want to win a game right now, and we know what it will mean for us when we do.”

Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) pitched five innings of six-hit ball with five strikeouts in Boston’s season-high seventh consecutive victory. With their second 1-0 win in three days at the Big A, the Red Sox remained perfect in June and on their 10-game West Coast trip (6-0).

With another lifeless offensive performance and pitching that was just good enough to lose, the Angels dropped to 0-2 under Nevin, who replaced Joe Maddon on Tuesday. The Halos’ baffling skid is now longer than the previous team record set across the final 12 games of 1988 and the 1989 season opener.

“Every loss is the same,” said rookie Reid Detmers, who pitched three-hit ball into the fifth inning. “Obviously closer losses, they can be a little bit tougher, but they all hurt. We’re moving in the right direction. Clubhouse is good.”

Los Angeles was 24-13 and in first place in the AL West on May 15, but the Angels have gone 3-18 since with a simultaneous collapse of their injury-plagued lineup and their perpetually poor pitching staff.

The Halos got seven singles but were shut out for the third time in six games despite their imaginative accompaniment to the plate. The mild night was no surprise with a lineup featuring six backups, largely due to injuries. Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts as Los Angeles’ leadoff hitter.

“Had some great pitching performances,” Nevin said. “Offensively, we just didn’t get enough guys on early.”

Matt Strahm got the final two outs for his third save, completing a stellar performance by five pitchers who didn’t walk a batter in Boston’s third shutout victory in five games.

“Another good one for them,” Boston manager Alex Cora said of his bullpen. “They’ve been throwing the ball well for a while.”

Boston didn’t have to face Mike Trout, who didn’t play after straining his groin Tuesday night. The Angels aren’t concerned about a long-term absence for their three-time AL MVP, who worked out extensively before the game.

But the Halos’ lineup is depleted with the simultaneous absences of Trout, Taylor Ward, Anthony Rendon and David Fletcher due to injuries. Luis Rengifo also went on the paternity list before the game.

Detmers had his second straight start without allowing a run. The rookie exited after Christian Arroyo’s one-out double in the fifth sent Jackie Bradley Jr. to third, but reliever Archie Bradley escaped the jam.

Boston rallied in the sixth when Alex Verdugo drew a two-out walk from Jimmy Herget (1-1) and promptly scored on a double into the right field corner by Dalbec, who also drove in two runs Tuesday night.

ALL THE RIGHT REASONS

Nevin said the Nickelback serenade wasn’t his idea, but he wasn’t mad.

“I like it,” Nevin said. “I like Nickelback. The entire game, I’ve got songs in my head I can’t stop singing.”

Detmers said the scheme “definitely threw us off a little bit, but that’s just to keep us loose, have some fun.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Leadoff hitter and center fielder Kike Hernandez went on the 10-day injured list with a right hip flexor strain. … SS Xander Bogaerts started and batted cleanup after after leaving Tuesday’s game late with left shoulder tightness.

Angels: Rendon (right wrist inflammation) has “made some good progress lately,” according to athletic trainer Mike Frostad. Rendon took ground balls and hit in the cage. The $245 million third baseman hasn’t played since May 26. … Ward’s strained hamstring is “healing up pretty nicely for us,” Frostad said. The Angels hope their starting right fielder will play Tuesday against the Dodgers when he’s eligible to come off the injured list.

UP NEXT

Ohtani (3-4, 3.99 ERA) makes his 10th mound start of the season in the series finale, facing Boston’s Nick Pivetta (5-4, 3.50). Ohtani threw seven scoreless innings at Fenway Park on May 5, allowing six hits and striking out 11.

HARRIS HITS 2-RUN TRIPLE, STREAKING BRAVES PUMMEL A’S 13-2

ATLANTA (AP) Ian Anderson says the Atlanta Braves’ sudden turnaround is “hard to describe.”

One obvious factor in the team’s season-best, seven-game winning streak is rookie Michael Harris.

Harris gave Atlanta the lead with a two-run triple in the fifth inning that spoiled Jared Koenig’s major league debut, and the surging Braves beat the skidding Oakland Athletics 13-2 on Wednesday night.

A sellout crowd of 42,075 gave Harris an ovation, and his clutch swing triggered an outburst of extra-base hits that included four homers.

“It’s a really good feeling,” Harris said. “It got our bats rolling.”

Anderson pitched six solid innings and the Braves rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight night to sweep the two-game series.

The A’s have lost eight straight and 11 of 13.

The defending World Series champion Braves struggled through most of the first two months, never winning more than two consecutive games before breaking out with their first true winning streak. It’s no coincidence the Braves found the path to consistent winning almost immediately after Harris, the team’s top prospect, was recalled from Double-A Mississippi on May 28.

Harris has impressed with his big defensive plays in center field, and he showed his offensive potential with a triple and double on Wednesday night.

“He has been really impressive, as we’ve talked, defensively, and his at-bats have been really, really good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Harris, hitting .268, said: “I feel like I belong.”

The 28-year-old Koenig led 2-1 through four innings after completing his long path to the majors that included spending the 2017-19 seasons in independent leagues. The 6-foot-5 left-hander didn’t get an out in the fifth.

After walking Marcell Ozuna, who moved to third on Adam Duvall’s double off the left-field wall, Koenig faced Harris in a matchup of rookies. The left-handed-hitting Harris pulled a liner past first baseman Seth Brown into the right-field corner, driving in Ozuna and Duvall to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.

Harris was safe on a headfirst slide into third base. With two outs, Austin Riley’s two-run homer off Domingo Acevedo extended the lead to 5-2. William Contreras, Ozzie Albies and Duvall also homered in Atlanta’s 13-hit outburst.

Albies’ three-run shot, which barely cleared the left-field wall over the glove of a leaping Chad Pinder, and Duvall’s two-run drive were the big hits in a seven-run seventh.

Harris added a seventh-inning double, complete with another headfirst slide into second base. He scored on Riley’s single for a 7-2 lead.

Anderson (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits.

Koenig (0-1) permitted four runs on five hits and two walks in four-plus innings.

Ramon Laureano doubled and scored on a wild pitch and Sean Murphy had a run-scoring single in Oakland’s two-run fourth.

The winning streak has pushed the Braves (30-27) three games over .500.

“We’re kind of doing the right things now and it’s kind of leading to wins,” Anderson said, adding “you’ve got to hold onto it as long as you can.”

ROOKIE NEWS

Koenig became the 20th rookie to play for Oakland this season, one shy of the team record set in 2008. He is the 13th rookie pitcher for the A’s, which sets a team record.

The A’s optioned right-hander Domingo Tapia to Triple-A Las Vegas when Koenig was recalled from Las Vegas. Right-hander Gabe Klobosits was designated for assignment.

MOP-UP DUTY

A’s catcher Christian Bethancourt, who popped out in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, remained in the game to pitch mop-up duty in the bottom of the inning. The right-hander got three consecutive outs. He previously pitched a combined six games with San Diego in the 2016-17 seasons.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves C Travis d’Arnaud (left forearm) was held out another day after being hit by a pitch Sunday. He could return to the lineup Thursday night. … OF Eddie Rosario, placed on the 10-day injured list April 25 with blurred vision and a swollen right retina, is increasing his hitting and fielding practice. … Snitker said RHP Collin McHugh, placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, was “still not feeling great.”

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (0-3, 6.06), who has a 7.98 ERA in his last three starts, will try for his first win when Oakland continues its nine-game road trip with the first of four games at Cleveland against LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 2.65) on Thursday night

Braves: LHP Max Fried (5-2, 2.74) will face Pittsburgh RHP JT Brubaker (0-5, 4.70) when Atlanta opens a four-game home series against the Pirates on Thursday night. Fried is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts against Pittsburgh, but he allowed only one run in seven innings of a 7-1 home win on May 23, 2021.

TWINS TEE OFF ON CORTES, TOP YANKS 8-1 TO END NY STREAK AT 7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ryan Jeffers unleashed a long swing on a cutter from New York’s Nestor Cortes low in the strike zone, then stood at the plate for a second to admire its flight into the third deck.

Two batters later, Byron Buxton sent a down-the-middle slider sailing over the wall and celebrated it by fiercely pounding his chest as he sprinted around first base.

The Minnesota Twins can’t help but enjoy beating the Yankees, especially when it comes against one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Jeffers and Buxton each hit home runs in the fifth inning to force an early exit for Cortes, and the Twins cruised to an 8-1 victory Wednesday that stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.

The Twins scored one more run than the Yankees allowed combined over the last seven games, handing their longtime nemesis their most lopsided of 16 losses this season.

“We needed a lot of things to go right to score runs like that against Nestor Cortes. He’s a good pitcher. You could see it early in the game, some really odd-looking swings,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He has different stuff, but we made great adjustments tonight.”

Cortes (5-2) allowed season highs in hits (seven) and runs (four) in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest appearance of the year that knocked him out of the major league ERA lead with a still-stellar 1.96 mark. This was the first time in 20 starts since Aug. 10, 2021, that he failed to keep the opposition to three runs or fewer. That left him one short of the longest such streak in team history.

“I was commanding all my pitches, throwing them to the right areas. There was a few that got away from me in the fourth and fifth inning I wish I could get back,” Cortes said, “but they’re a good hitting team and they made me battle all night.”

After the Twins went nine up and nine down, they had seven hits in 10 at-bats until Buxton’s 13th homer of the season brought Yankees manager Aaron Boone out of the dugout to pull Cortes.

“He’s having a really good year,” said Twins third baseman Gio Urshela. “Just trying to hit the ball in the zone.”

Chris Archer (1-2) picked up his first victory for the Twins in his team-leading 11th start, completing five innings with only two hits allowed. Archer allowed four walks, but DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the fifth was the only damage done by a Yankees lineup that totaled 14 hits the night before.

“They’re tough,” Baldelli said, “but so is he.”

Carlos Correa returned from COVID-19 to give the Twins a big lift, scoring twice, and Buxton reached base three times. Rookie Jose Miranda had a career-high three hits and matched his previous best with three RBIs, contributing one of the five singles in the fourth inning the Twins used to get Cortes off track. Miranda is 8 for 16 with seven RBIs in his last four starts.

“We’re asking a lot out of everyone, and for the most part, we’ve been stepping up,” Archer said.

STANTON’S ADVENTURE

Giancarlo Stanton, who recently returned to the Yankees from a nine-game absence due to inflammation in his ankle, played right field for the first time in 17 days. Stanton had a tough time with two tricky-but-catchable fly balls by Urshela going over his head and hitting the wall.

The first one went for an RBI single in the fourth. The second one was a leadoff double in the sixth that preceded a double by Miranda, when a blooper just inside the line eluded him after first baseman Anthony Rizzo peeled off to yield to Stanton.

Boone, whose versatile outfielders have allowed him extra lineup flexibility, expressed his confidence before the game in Stanton’s ability with the glove. Afterward, Stanton was angry at himself.

“I haven’t had a day like that in a long time, if ever,” he said.

STILL SHORT-HANDED

The return of Correa put another regular back on the active roster for the Twins, but leading hitter Luis Arraez was on the bench with tightness in his throwing shoulder that forced him out in the seventh inning of the game Tuesday.

Arraez was on track to play Thursday, Baldelli said. The Twins have 13 players on the injured list. Starting pitcher Joe Ryan remains on the COVID-19 list.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (5-1, 2.78 ERA) pitches Thursday night. He gave up only two hits over seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in his last start to beat Detroit.

Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-3, 5.57 ERA) takes the mound in the final game as the Twins try to win their first series against the Yankees since Sept. 10-12, 2018, at Target Field.

ANOTHER STRONG START BY FAEDO PROPELS TIGERS BY PIRATES 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Alex Faedo is trying not to get ahead of himself.

Having two years basically taken away from him – first by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second by Tommy John surgery on his right elbow – has taught the Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher a thing or two about patience.

So even as he breezed through five innings on 82 pitches in what eventually became a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, the 26-year-old didn’t try to talk manager A.J. Hinch into letting him take the mound in the sixth.

The Tigers have a plan for their 2017 first-round pick. It includes meticulously making sure he doesn’t overdo it, no matter how simple he’s made it look during his first seven starts. That meant Faedo’s day was long over before Miguel Cabrera’s go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.

Given the results – both in the game and in his progress – it’s a tradeoff Faedo will take.

“Whatever (the Tigers) think is best for me, I trust them,” Faedo said. “I can only control what I can control, so whenever I’m on the mound, I’m going to try to compete as hard as I can and try to execute as much as I can. Anything besides that is out of my control.”

Faedo surrendered just one run – Jack Suwinski’s leadoff home run in the fourth – on three hits before exiting. It’s become a pattern. He has gone at least five innings and given up two runs or less in each of his first seven major league starts. Only two other pitchers have begun their career with those types of numbers per the Elias Sports Bureau.

While Faedo admitted his family has been blowing up his phone with each promising start, he’s trying to keep things in perspective.

“I think for me it just lets me know that I’ve been consistent and giving these guys a chance to win,” he said.

Faedo and four relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Tigers took a quick two-game interleague set from the Pirates.

Harold Castro led off the eighth with a single off Wil Crowe (2-3) and Jonathan Schoop followed with a bloop single to shallow center that Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds appeared to track down. Replays showed that Reynolds trapped the ball. Cabrera stepped in and delivered a sharp single up the middle for his 3,038th career hit to score Castro from second.

Schoop and Austin Meadows had two hits apiece for Detroit. Daz Cameron drove in two runs, the first with an RBI triple in the second and the second with an RBI double in the ninth to provide a little insurance for the Tigers, who bounced back after getting swept by the New York Yankees by taking two taut games from the Pirates in less than 16 hours.

Detroit weathered a rain delay of over two hours to pull out a 5-3 victory on Tuesday. The Tigers kept it going in Wednesday’s matinee to win for the seventh time in 11 games.

Will Vest (1-1) earned the win with a perfect seventh inning. Gregory Soto worked out of a two-out, two-on jam in the ninth to collect his 12th save.

Suwinski’s home run gave him seven on the season, tops among National League rookies, but the Pirates’ offense mustered little else.

“(Faedo) has some good pitches,” Suwinski said. “With his over-the-top delivery, it’s kind of deceiving for some of those breaking balls that are down. That changeup can run away. The heater can play up as well with that over-the-top. He’s got some pretty good stuff.”

The rebuilding Tigers are banking on it.

ANOTHER STEP FOR KELLER

Pirates starter Mitch Keller put together his second straight solid start after returning to the rotation following a brief stint working out of the bullpen.

The 26-year-old gave up Cameron’s triple off the Clemente Wall in the second but otherwise kept Detroit in check, limiting the Tigers to four hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts to trim his ERA to 5.26.

Keller called his time in the bullpen a chance to hit the reset button.

“It’s a lot more of just throwing your nasty stuff more and trying to get guys out whatever way possible,” Keller said. “I think just shifting that mindset … has helped me a lot.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Robbie Grossman (strained neck) homered in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday night. … LHP Tyler Alexander (left elbow strain) threw two scoreless innings in the same game.

Pirates: RHP Heath Hembree (right calf strain) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Are off Thursday before beginning a 10-game homestand on Friday when Toronto visits for a three-game series.

Pirates: Begin an eight-game road trip on Thursday when they visit Atlanta. J.T. Brubaker (0-5, 4.70 ERA) faces Max Fried (5-2, 2.74) in the opener.

RAMÍREZ TIES FOR MLB LEAD WITH 54TH RBI, GUARDIANS TOP TEXAS

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a run-scoring double to tie for the major league lead in RBIs, Shane Bieber pitched neatly into the fifth inning before a long rain delay and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Wednesday night.

Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and his 54th RBI of the season, matching Mets star Pete Alonso.

Andres Gimenez had two doubles and an RBI, and Josh Naylor and Steven Kwan each singled twice as the Guardians moved back to .500 for the second time this week.

“I still don’t know what exactly happened with the delay, but even after all that happened, we made the most of it,” Bieber said. “You just try to take it in stride and realize you’re not the only person being bothered by it. A win is a win.”

Bieber recorded his 700th career strikeout by whiffing Mitch Garver in the fourth. The right-hander reached the milestone in his 93rd game, matching the second-fewest appearances to do so all-time behind Yu Darvish’s 87.

The Guardians led 4-0 in the fifth when crew chief Alfonso Marquez called for the tarp after Nathaniel Lowe’s one-out single. Bieber repeatedly cursed while walking off the field when play was halted – two outs shy of an official game – for 1 hour, 52 minutes.

“Everyone knew the implication of that inning, so I wasn’t the happiest,” said Bieber, who allowed three hits, struck out six and walked none in 4 1/3 innings. “I was obviously frustrated.”

The nine-inning game, which was delayed 15 minutes at the start, was completed in just 2:07, matching the total time of the two delays. Five Cleveland pitchers needed only 100 pitches to retire the Rangers.

“I thought Bieber was terrific,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep going, which was frustrating because he was really good. Really good.”

Eli Morgan (2-1) worked 1 2/3 perfect innings when play resumed for Cleveland, including a pickoff of Adolis Garcia at second base before he threw a pitch. It was the franchise’s first pickoff at second by a pitcher since Bert Blyleven on July 9, 1985.

“Getting picked off didn’t help there, but the damage was already done,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Today is a little different than most days and we were facing their best pitchers.”

Rangers starter Dane Dunning (1-4) gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings, extending his winless streak to seven starts. He is 1-10 in his career on the road.

Garcia and Lowe had two hits apiece for Texas, which only advanced one runner past second base in losing for the sixth time in eight games.

“We just didn’t hit anything, which is more of a credit to them than anything we didn’t do,” Woodward said.

The Guardians have had seven games postponed due to weather at Progressive Field this year. Cleveland has played four home doubleheaders and has five twinbills remaining.

The teams’ Monday game was rained out, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader Tuesday. Texas won the nightcap 6-3 after losing the opener by the same score.

“The two words I’m tired of are `Lake effect (rain)’, but we haven’t figured out a way to beat it,” Francona said. “It seems like everybody likes to throw that in there when the weather doesn’t go according to plan.”

THE NEXT STEP

Guardians RHP Aaron Civale (left gluteal soreness) will work three innings Thursday for Triple-A Columbus at Indianapolis, marking his return to the mound after nearly three weeks. Francona said Civale will be limited to 50-55 pitches. Civale has not pitched since May 20 when he fell twice while mishandling a grounder against Detroit.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Jonathan Hernandez (right elbow surgery) has made three appearances during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, allowing one run in two innings. Hernandez is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on April 12, 2021.

Guardians: DH Franmil Reyes (right hamstring tightness), on the 10-day injured list since May 25, took batting practice late in the afternoon. Reyes hit several pitches from assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez deep into the bleachers.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Glenn Otto (4-2, 4.24 ERA) starts Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Otto has won a career-high three consecutive starts.

Guardians: LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 2.65 ERA) starts Thursday as Cleveland continues its homestand with four games against Oakland. Pilkington made his big league debut on April 15.

SUPER BOWL MVP COOPER KUPP GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION FROM RAMS

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday after a spectacular season in which he led the NFL in every major receiving category.

The Rams announced the deal just two days after signing Aaron Donald to a massive extension. Kupp’s new extension is worth $75 million guaranteed, and it brings his total deal to $110 million through 2026 when adding the two years remaining on his first extension, which was signed in September 2020.

Kupp had one of the greatest seasons in football history last year in his first pairing with new Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Kupp led the NFL with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns for Los Angeles, earning The Associated Press’ Offensive Player of the Year award as only the fourth player since the merger to lead the league in all three categories.

Kupp’s catches and yards were both the second-highest totals in NFL history, albeit accomplished in a 17-game season. The first-time All-Pro racked up another 33 catches for 478 yards and four touchdowns in the postseason, capping the season with two TDs in the Super Bowl – including the eventual game-winning 1-yard TD catch with 1:25 to play.

The receiver’s extension caps an impressive offseason of deal-making for the Rams and general manager Les Snead, whose front office’s maneuvering around the salary cap inspires envy throughout the league. Los Angeles lost a few key players to free agency after winning the franchise’s championship in 22 years, but managed to add linebacker Bobby Wagner and receiver Allen Robinson as free agents.

Snead also reached long-term commitments with Donald, Kupp and Stafford, who agreed to a four-year extension through the 2026 season that could be worth $160 million. All three stars expressed their eagerness to do deals with a minimum of fuss and no public negotiations because they value the opportunity to contend for another title with the Rams.

Donald’s deal, which was announced Monday, contained a $40 million raise that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Kupp and Snead both acknowledged their desire for a contract extension several months ago, but Kupp said he didn’t care about becoming the NFL’s highest-paid receiver despite his peerless statistical achievements last season. He also participated in the Rams’ entire offseason program instead of staying home to spur negotiations.

The 2017 third-round draft pick from Eastern Washington said Tuesday he wanted a deal that would allow the Rams to stay competitive.

“I really want this to be a collaboration that we work on,” Kupp said. “That’s my goal. Something that’s great for the team, something that’s great for me and my family as well. That place exists, and it’s just getting there.”

BROWNS EXCUSE MAYFIELD FROM CAMP, WATSON SITUATION EXPANDS

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Deshaun Watson’s complex legal situation has the Cleveland Browns in limbo and unclear about the quarterback’s immediate future.

They have a better handle on Baker Mayfield’s.

The team said Wednesday that Mayfield, who lost his job when the Browns traded for and signed Watson in March to a $230 million contract, has been excused from next week’s mandatory minicamp.

“Obviously that was a decision made between our organization, Baker and Baker’s team,” coach Kevin Stefanski said following an organized team activities practice. “Felt like that was the best decision for both sides.”

Mayfield remains on the Browns’ roster while the team tries to trade the No. 1 overall pick from 2018. Mayfield, who started 59 games over the past four seasons and led Cleveland to a playoff win in 2021, has been estranged from the team since the Browns publicly pursued Watson.

While Mayfield’s situation is headed toward a resolution, Watson’s continues to change.

Now facing 24 civil lawsuits – and potential NFL discipline – from massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct during sessions while he played for Houston, Watson practiced amid the release of new details contained in a report by The New York Times.

In an article published Tuesday, the Times reported Watson booked appointments for massages with 66 women over a 17-month period. The list of women includes the 24 who have filed lawsuits, with two of those being added in the past week.

Watson has denied all wrongdoing and two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him on criminal complaints.

After signing autographs for school kids and fans on the field following practice Wednesday, Watson, who has not spoken to the media since March 25, declined to comment to the AP about the latest report.

Watson said he preferred that any statements come from his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, or agent, David Mulugheta.

Hardin’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stefanski was asked direct questions about the latest Watson allegations. As he has done for weeks, the third-year coach provided little insight and stuck to comments about “respecting the legal process” and “letting the investigation play out.”

Since acquiring Watson, the Browns have said they were comfortable with what they learned about the 26-year-old during their own investigation.

Stefanski wouldn’t say if the new allegations changed the team’s stance with Watson or his standing.

This is third straight week Cleveland’s media availability has come a day after a major development in Watson’s case.

Two weeks ago, a pair of massage therapists gave graphic details of encounters with him during an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” and last week the 23rd lawsuit was filed as the Browns held OTAs.

Stefanski was asked if he was frustrated with handling questions while general manager Andrew Berry and owner Jimmy Haslam have been silent.

“I wouldn’t characterize it that way and I do understand that you have a job to do,” he said. “So just going to provide as much information as I can, when I can.”

The Browns are anxious to hear from the league whether Watson will be suspended. Investigators from the league office met with the three-time Pro Bowler over three days in Houston last month.

It’s not known if lawsuits Nos. 23 and 24 or the Times’ revelations have had any bearing on the league’s decision or any timeline. Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson, a disciplinary officer appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association, will decide whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

While Robinson will handle any discipline, Commissioner Roger Goodell will have jurisdiction over any appeal.

As he awaits the league’s decision, Watson has been shuttling between Houston and Cleveland in recent weeks. While his off-field situation is muddled, he’s been working out with his new teammates.

NOTES: Rookie K Cade York put on an impressive display of distance and accuracy. The fourth-round pick from LSU made six of seven kicks from long range, ending with a 59-yarder that had room to spare. It’s the first time the media had seen York kick. He’s been working out at FirstEnergy Stadium. “The ball just flies off of his foot,” safety John Johnson III said. “It could be a 30-yard kick, he’s going to hit it for 60. It flies through the uprights, accurate.”

DEL RIO DEFENDS COMPARING FLOYD PROTESTS TO CAPITOL RIOTS

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) An assistant coach for the NFL’s Washington Commanders issued an apology for his word choice after doubling down on a comparison he made on social media between the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

Jack Del Rio, a former linebacker who now runs Washington’s defense, downplayed the deadly insurrection and questioned why the summer of 2020 protests were not receiving the same scrutiny. His comments Wednesday after an offseason practice came a day before a House committee investigating the pro-Donald Trump disruption of Congress 17 months ago begins public hearings on the matter.

“People’s livelihoods are being destroyed, businesses are being burned down, no problem,” Del Rio said. “And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol, nothing burned down, and we’re going to make that a major deal. I just think it’s kind of two standards.”

Amid backlash for his comments, Del Rio released a statement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon apologizing his word choice. Del Rio said it was “irresponsible and negligent” to call the riot a “dust-up.” But he said he stood by comments “condemning violence in communities across the country.”

His comments followed a Twitter post Monday night in which he said, “Would love to understand `the whole story’ about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is ???” He was responding to a tweet about the Congressional hearings into Jan. 6.

Del Rio and coach Ron Rivera say they aren’t concerned if the opinion will upset Black players who make up the majority of their team, some of whom spoke out about police brutality and racism in the wake of Floyd’s killing two years ago.

“If they are (concerned) and they want to talk about it, I’d talk about it with anybody,” Del Rio said. “No problem. At any time. But they’re not. I’m just expressing myself and I think we all as Americans have a right to express ourselves, especially if you’re being respectful. I’m being respectful.”

Washington defensive back Kendall Fuller, a Black player, said he was not aware of Del Rio’s tweet. After a reporter read it to him, Fuller said: “I don’t have a reaction right now. If I have a reaction, a feeling, towards something, I’ll express that with him.”

Del Rio, 59, has posted conservative opinions to his verified Twitter account numerous times since joining Rivera’s staff in Washington in 2020.

“Anything that I ever say or write, I’d be comfortable saying or writing in front of everybody that I work with, players and coaches,” Del Rio said. “I express myself as an American. We have that ability. I love this country and I believe what I believe and I’ve said what I want to say. Every now and then, there’s some people that get offended by it.”

The remarks generated a prompt backlash from some Virginia lawmakers, who for months have been considering whether to pass legislation intended to incentivize the team to build a new stadium in the commonwealth by offering generous tax incentives. Two northern Virginia Democratic senators who had previously been enthusiastic supporters of the measure expressed concerns about Del Rio’s comments.

Jeremy McPike tweeted a clip of Del Rio speaking with the message: “Yup. Just sealed the deal to cast my vote as a NO. I think what’s burning down today is the stadium bill.” Scott Surovell predicted there would be no more “votes on stadium bills this year.”

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, a sponsor of the bill, said the comments were “not helpful” but talks over the legislation would continue. The measure initially cleared the state with broad Senate support, but other defectors had raised concerns even before Del Rio’s remarks.

With five years left until their current lease at FedEx Field is set to expire, the Commanders have no stadium deal in place with Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia.

Rivera, who hired Del Rio to run Washington’s defense without any prior relationship, said he would not discuss anything he talks with his staff about.

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, though,” Rivera said. “If it ever becomes an issue or a situation, we’ll have that discussion. Right now, it’s something that I will deal with when it comes up.”

Del Rio played 11 NFL seasons from 1985-95. He has coached in the league since 1997, including stints as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11 and Oakland Raiders from 2015-17.

Washington’s defense ranked 22nd out of 32 teams last season after being the league’s second-best in 2020. Del Rio said he likes his players and welcomes any dialogue with them.

“Let’s have a discussion. We’re Americans,” he said. “Let’s talk it through. I’m for us having a great opportunity having a fulfilled life every which way I can. When I’m here it’s about love and respect. I love my guys, I respect my guys but I also love the fact that I’m an American and that means I’m free to express myself. I’m not afraid to do that.”

SIMONE BILES, OTHER WOMEN SEEK $1B-PLUS FROM FBI OVER NASSAR

DETROIT (AP) Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and dozens of other women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop the sports doctor when the agency first received allegations against him, lawyers said Wednesday.

There’s no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of assaulting gymnasts, but they failed to act, leaving him free to continue to target young women and girls for more than a year. He pleaded guilty in 2017 and is serving decades in prison.

“It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,” said Maggie Nichols, a national champion gymnast at Oklahoma in 2017-19.

Under federal law, a government agency has six months to respond to the tort claims filed Wednesday. Lawsuits could follow, depending on the FBI’s response.

The approximately 90 claimants include Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, all Olympic gold medalists, according to Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, a California law firm. Separately, 13 claims were filed by others in April.

“If the FBI had simply done its job, Nassar would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me,” said former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy.

Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics told local agents in 2015 that three gymnasts said they were assaulted by Nassar, a team doctor. But the FBI did not open a formal investigation or inform federal or state authorities in Michigan, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general, an internal watchdog.

Los Angeles agents in 2016 began a sexual tourism investigation against Nassar and interviewed several victims but also didn’t alert Michigan authorities, the inspector general said.

Nassar wasn’t arrested until the fall of 2016 during an investigation by police at Michigan State University, where he was a doctor.

The Michigan attorney general’s office ultimately handled the assault charges against Nassar, while federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, filed a child pornography case.

The FBI declined to comment Wednesday on the former gymnasts’ financial claims, referring instead to remarks last year by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who acknowledged major mistakes.

“I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in 2015 and failed. And that’s inexcusable,” Wray told victims at a Senate hearing.

At that same hearing, Biles, widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, said an “entire system” enabled the abuse. Maroney recalled “dead silence” when she talked to FBI agents about Nassar.

The Justice Department in May said that it would not pursue criminal charges against former agents who were accused of giving inaccurate or incomplete responses during the inspector general’s investigation.

Failures by federal law enforcers have led to major settlements, including $127.5 million for families of those killed or injured in 2018 at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The FBI received a tip about five weeks before 17 people were killed, but the tip was never forwarded to the South Florida office.

Matthew Schneider, a former U.S. attorney in Detroit, believes “it’s practically a certainty” that the government will settle the claims by Nassar victims.

“When FBI Director Wray admitted the FBI completely failed in their duties to protect these survivors, he essentially closed the door to a court fight,” Schneider said. “A settlement makes legal sense, but it also makes good moral sense.”

Paul Figley, a professor at American University’s law school and a former Justice Department litigator, said the government would have defenses.

“The Tort Claims Act has worked very well for what it was intended to do: Help people hurt by run-of-the-mill accidents” involving federal employees, Figley said. “The bad act here is what the doctor did.”

Michigan State University, which was also accused of missing chances over many years to stop Nassar, agreed to pay $500 million to more than 300 women and girls who were assaulted by him. USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee made a $380 million settlement.

SAUDI-FUNDED GOLF SERIES PUTS NEW SCRUTINY ON MICKELSON

ST. ALBANS, England (AP) Out of public view for four months, Phil Mickelson returns to golf under severe scrutiny because of where he’s playing and who is paying him.

Mickelson is a six-time major champion, the most popular golfer this side of Tiger Woods. And now he is being referred to as a “stooge” by a human rights group for being among 48 players who have signed up for a rebel golf league backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

“I don’t condone human rights violations,” Mickelson responded hesitatingly, choosing his words carefully at a terse news conference Wednesday.

Mickelson, who last year made history as the oldest major champion in golf’s 161-year history, and Dustin Johnson are the leading faces of the LIV Golf Invitational series, the greatest threat to the PGA Tour since it was formed in 1969.

Along with disrupting the royal and ancient game, it has forced Mickelson and others to weigh the value of taking more money than they have earned in their careers against the kingdom’s notorious record on human rights.

The cash being offered by LIV Golf is irresistible, especially for players like the 51-year-old Mickelson in the twilight of their careers. Signing bonus have been reported as high as $150 million for Johnson, even higher for Mickelson.

The Washington Post quoted Greg Norman, who oversees the circuit, as saying that Woods turned down an offer described as “high nine digits.”

There is $25 million in prize money at each event – more than the $20 million for the PGA Tour’s flagship event – with the winner banking $4 million and the last-place player earning $120,000. The circuit’s first event begins Thursday at the Centurion Golf Club near London.

It just requires players to potentially jeopardize their future participation in majors like the Masters, and in the Ryder Cup, while overlooking the riches flow from the Public Investment Fund and facing a torrent of questions about accepting cash from Saudi Arabia, which has faced a global outcry over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and other human rights violations. The kingdom has denied involvement in Khashoggi’s death.

It was Mickelson who called the Saudis “scary mother-(expletives)” in comments reported in February, citing Khashoggi’s murder in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

“I’ve made, said and done a lot of things that I regret, and I’m sorry for that and for the hurt that it’s caused a lot of people,” he said. “I’m certainly aware of what has happened with Jamal Khashoggi, and I think it’s terrible. I’ve also seen the good that the game of golf has done throughout history.”

What is not clear is how LIV Golf can help to improve Saudi Arabia beyond burnishing its image, although there is little evidence of the country’s backing for the series around the Centurion Club in St. Albans.

“I understand people have very strong opinions and may disagree with my decision,” Mickelson said when asked to expand on his apology, “and I can empathize with that.”

Human rights activists see the players as engaging in the process they call “sportswashing” – helping a country improve its image through staging events with renowned athletes.

“Saudi Arabia has become more repressive in recent years, not less,” said Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Amnesty International UK. “Human rights defenders and peaceful critics have been locked up, torture in jails is rife, and mass executions have shocked the world. Rather than acting as the willing stooges of Saudi sportswashing, we’d like to see golfers at the LIV Golf Invitational speaking out about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.”

The 16 golfers to face the media outside London — shepherded by news conference co-host and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer — have faced few questions about the competition itself. The 54-hole tournament has no cut and a shotgun start, meaning everyone starts at the same time on a different hole. No other tournament in the world does that.

The series name LIV – which rhymes with “give” – takes its name from the Roman numerals for 54.

Former top-ranked Lee Westwood had no qualms about acknowledging the cash incentives to join the series.

“This is my 29th season,” the 49-year-old Englishman said. “If there’s a pay increase, then at my age, I’d have to be stupid not to take it, or certainly have a good look at it and then not take it.”

It was also taken by 46-year-old compatriot, Ian Poulter, who stands to improve rapidly on the $28 million earned in career prize money.

“It is a vast sum of money,” Poulter said of LIV, “but it’s a great platform to be able to build the game of golf and give back at the same time.”

Only one of the eight events is in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah in October. Five tournaments are scheduled for the United States, starting July 1-3 near Portland, Oregon. Two are on courses owned by former President Donald Trump. It poses a direct challenge to the PGA Tour because its regulations do not allow for any releases for tournaments held in North America.

Mickelson has resisted quitting the PGA Tour, unlike two-time major winner Dustin Johnson who has resigned his membership.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion who sunk the winning putt in the Ryder Cup in the same year, is aware of the potential disciplinary consequences by going off to compete on the LIV circuit while not severing ties with the PGA.

“Why as a player, would I want to get involved in some sort of legal situation with one of the greatest tours in the world?” McDowell said.

The PGA Tour has said a member who plays in the LIV series would face discipline because it did not grant releases. It has not said what that would be, though Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a player meeting earlier this year they would be disbarred.

The players joining LIV hope the PGA Tour, along with the European tour, allows players to compete where they want and that LIV becomes just another circuit that counts for ranking points feeding into the majors.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

MOCKLER EARNS ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM HONORS

EUGENE, Ore.  – Indiana Track & Field opened their time at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday with the men’s hammer throw.

Sean Mockler represented the Hoosiers in the men’s hammer throw where he placed 16th overall. Mockler threw a mark of 67.20m (220′ 6″) to earn All-American Second Team accolades.

The Indiana women will get their turn on Thursday, June 9. Paola Fernandez-Sola will compete in the long jump while Maddy Pollard and Jayden Ulrich are set for the shot put.

LUKE SHERIDAN WINS WRESTLE-OFF, QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL TEAM

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. ­­­–––– Indiana Wrestling alum Luke Sheridan earned a spot on USA Wrestling’s National Team Wednesday afternoon.

Sheridan, who competes for the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), defeated Hadyn Maley (Beaver Dam RTC) in a True Third National Team Wrestle-off at the 97 kg weight class in the Greco-Roman division.

By winning the match, Sheridan clinched a spot on the national team.

The match was held prior to Final X New York at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.

True Third:

Luke Sheridan (Army WCAP) def. Hadyn Maley (Beaver Dam RTC) 13-4

Sheridan’s Results from USA World Team Trials (May 21-22):

Quarterfinals:

Luke Sheridan (Army WCAP) def. Brady Vogel (Dubuque Wrestling Club) 9-0, 1:28

Semi-Finals:

Braxton Amos (Wisconsin RTC) def. Luke Sheridan (Army WCAP) 7-4

Sheridan is currently a soldier-athlete with the United States Army’s WCAP and All Army Wrestling. He graduated from IU in 2015 and was a two-time NCAA qualifier at 184 lbs.

PROGRAM-RECORD THREE HOOSIERS EARN FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA HONORS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A program-record three student-athletes earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The trio of outfielder Carter Mathison, third baseman Josh Pyne and first baseman Brock Tibbitts each earned the honor the publication.

Indiana was one of four programs with three-or-more student-athletes on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America team, joining Oregon State, Tennessee and UCLA. The Hoosiers were the only program in the nation with three position players named to the list by the publication.

Previously, Indiana had two Freshman All-America selections in back-to-back seasons during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. Dustin DeMuth and Joey DeNato earned the recognition in 2011, while Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis garnered honors in 2012.

This trio became the first freshman trio in the history of Indiana baseball to each drive in 40 RBIs in the same season, while Mathison set or tied two IU freshman records and Pyne joined an exclusive freshman group. The trio each earned All-Big Ten Freshman Team honors from the conference coaches.

The freshman single-season home runs leader at Indiana, Mathison became the first freshman since Travis in 2012 to lead the team in home runs. His 19 long balls rank No. 2 all-time in Big Ten history among freshmen (21 – Brad Carlson, Iowa; 1999), passed Alex Dickerson’s freshman mark of 14 (2009) at Indiana and finished tied for No. 5 on Indiana’s single-season charts.

The 19 home runs helped the left-handed hitter produce 58 RBIs on the season, which tied the freshman record set by Phil Dauphin in 1988. The 58 RBIs ranked No. 2 among Power 5 freshmen nationally and led all Big Ten rookies. Along with his team-leading 19 home runs, he also paced the team with 55 runs scored and was second on the team in RBIs.

Pyne was among the top hitters in the Big Ten with a .327 batting average, which was second among B1G rookies, while his 57 RBIs ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 7 nationally among rookies – No. 3 among Power 5 freshmen. That RBI total is also tied for No. 3 on Indiana freshman-only charts with Dickerson (2009) and Mike Sabo (1985)

On the year, the right-handed hitter piled up 74 hits to become the sixth Hoosier freshman to reach the 70-hit mark and the first freshman to lead the team in hits since 2012 (Travis). That total led all Big Ten freshmen. The hit total included 20 doubles, which rank tied for No. 8 on the single season charts, one triple and six home runs.

Moving from catcher to first base in his first collegiate season, Tibbitts finished his freshman season ranked No. 5 on IU’s freshman-only home runs charts with nine and No. 12 on the freshman-only RBI list with 43. He was third on the team with 38 walks and his .382 on-base percentage was sixth on the squad.

2022 Collegiate Baseball Magazine Freshman All-America Team

Catcher

Canyon Brown                                                            North Carolina A&T

Owen Carapellotti                                                     Georgetown

Ryan Stafford                                                               Cal Poly

Andrew Sundean                                                       UCF

Hudson White                                                             Texas Tech

First Base

Blake Burke                                                                  Tennessee

Donovan Cash                                                             Kennesaw State

Nick Kurtz                                                                      Wake Forest

Breck Nowik                                                                 UIC

Brock Tibbitts                                                             Indiana

Jacob Walsh                                                                 Oregon

Second Base

Travis Bazzana                                                             Oregon State

Logan Beard                                                                 Louisville

Ethan Gourson                                                            UCLA

Nolan Tucker                                                               Valparaiso

Third Base

Carson DeMartini                                                      Virginia Tech

Anthony DePino                                                         Rhode Island

Randall Diaz                                                                 Indiana State

Payton Green                                                              NC State

Luke Heefner                                                               Dallas Baptist

Cade McGee                                                                Gonzaga

Josh Pyne                                                                      Indiana

Nick Wang                                                                    Holy Cross

Shortstop

Caleb Ketchup                                                             Lipscomb

Nick Rodriguez                                                            Charleston Southern

Cody Schrier                                                                 UCLA

Austin St. Laurent                                                      Appalachian State

Outfield

Keaton Anthony                                                         Iowa

Enzo Apodaca                                                              Gonzaga

Tommy Barth                                                              East Tennessee State

Jaime Ferrer                                                                 Florida State

Cam Fisher                                                                    Charlotte

Hunter Hines                                                               Mississippi State

Vance Honeycutt                                                       North Carolina

Kennedy Jones                                                            UNC Greensboro

Carter Mathison                                                        Indiana

Dylan Nevar                                                                 Western Michigan

Spencer Nivens                                                           Missouri State

Carson Paetow                                                            Southern Miss

Casey Saucke                                                               Virginia

Tyler Sorrentino                                                         College of Charleston

Mark Wolbert                                                             UC Davis

Designated Hitter

Jeremiah Jenkins                                                        Maine

Caleb Lomavita                                                           California

Evin Sullivan                                                                 Binghamton

Jacob Tobias                                                                Arizona State

Tommy White                                                             NC State

Utility

Braden Montgomery                                                Stanford

Noah Sullivan                                                              USC Upstate

Starting Pitchers

Daniel Avita                                                                  Grand Canyon

Drew Beam                                                                  Tennessee

Chase Burns                                                                 Tennessee

Ian Cooke                                                                      UConn

Ryan Feczko                                                                 Davidson

Jack Findlay                                                                  Notre Dame

Devin Futrell                                                                Vanderbilt

Ryan Gallagher                                                           UC Santa Barbara

Zach Garcia                                                                   Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Landon Gartman                                                        Memphis

Drue Hackenberg                                                       Virginia Tech

Carter Holton                                                              Vanderbilt

Garrett Horn                                                                Liberty

Jacob Kmatz                                                                 Oregon State

Blake Morgan                                                              Old Dominion

RJ Sales                                                                          UNC Wilmington

Hagen Smith                                                                Arkansas

Vincent Spizzoucco                                                   Central Connecticut State

Shea Sprague                                                               Elon

Relief Pitchers/Closers

Matt Ager                                                                     UC Santa Barbara

Cade Austin                                                                  South Carolina

Brody Brecht                                                                Iowa

Ryan Brown                                                                  Ball State

Ryan Brown                                                                  Oregon State

Peyton Consigli                                                           Canisius

Ethan Flanagan                                                           UCLA

Ryan Harland                                                               Louisiana Tech

Landon Kruer                                                               Navy

Carter Lovasz                                                               William & Mary

Matt McShane                                                            Saint Joseph’s

Blake Purnell                                                                Florida

Dylan Ray                                                                      Alabama

Andrew Ronne                                                            East Tennessee State

Dominic Stagliano                                                      Stetson

Alonzo Tredwell                                                         UCLA

Brady Tygart                                                                Arkansas

Jay Wollfolk                                                                  Virginia

RELIEVERS MEARS AND HEMBREE TO REHAB IN INDY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that right-handed relief pitchers Nick Mears and Heath Hembree will join Indianapolis on rehab assignments for today’s afternoon affair against Columbus. They will be the sixth and seventh major league rehabbers to appear with the Indians this season, following outfielder Anthony Alford, infielder Kevin Newman, and pitchers Sam Howard, Max Kranick and Duane Underwood Jr.

Mears, 25, began the 2022 season on the 60-day injured list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in February. His rehab assignment began on May 25 with Single-A Bradenton where he made four relief appearances with the Marauders, going 1-0 with just one walk and one hit surrendered with six strikeouts in 4.0 shutout innings.

After making his major league debut on Aug. 8, 2020 vs. Detroit, Mears split the 2021 season between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. In 17 Triple-A appearances, he went 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA (11er/18.2ip) and 25 strikeouts. With the Pirates, he owns a career 5.08 ERA (16er/28.1ip) and 30 strikeouts in 34 appearances.

Mears was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent out of Sacramento (Calif.) Community College.

Hembree, 33, was placed on the 15-day injured list on May 24 (retroactive to May 21) with a right calf strain and begins his major league rehab assignment today. He appeared in 17 games with the Pirates prior to his injury and went 2-0 with an 8.10 ERA (12er/13.1ip) and 10 strikeouts. In 348 career major league appearances across six organizations, he is 20-12 with a 4.34 ERA (167er/346.0ip) and 11 saves.

The former Boston farmhand has made one career appearance at Victory Field on May 18, 2015 with Pawtucket. He fanned a pair of Indians batters in 1.0 perfect frame.

Hembree was signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on March 15, 2022. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and made his major league debut with the Giants on Sept. 3, 2013 at San Diego.

GAME RECAP: NALYSSA SMITH FINISHES WITH CAREER-HIGH 19 POINTS AS FEVER LOSE TO SUN

UNCASVILLE, CONN. – The Indiana Fever fell short against the Connecticut Sun for the third time this season in an 88-69 loss at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night. Connecticut becomes the first eastern conference team to reach 10 wins this season, while Indiana sits at 3-11 heading into Friday.

Fever rookie forward NaLyssa Smith led all scorers with a career-high 19 points on a career-high eight made field goals. Smith has now scored at least 10 points in eight out of the 10 games she has played this season.

Fever guard Danielle Robinson and center Queen Egbo also reached double digits in points with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, but Connecticut was still able to shoot 53 percent on two-point field goals. In a battle of two of the three top offensive rebounding teams entering Wednesday night, the Fever struggled to keep the Sun off the glass as Indiana was outrebounded 41-29 in the third of four meetings between the two teams.

Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, who entered the game third in the WNBA in points per game, finished with nine points and five assists. This is only the third game this season Mitchell has not reached 10 points. Wednesday also marked Mitchell’s 136th consecutive game played, putting her two games shy of tying the franchise record held by Tamika Catchings at 138.

Connecticut had five players in double figures, led by an 18-point, nine-rebound performance by forward Brionna Jones. Forward Jonquel Jones added 16 points and nine rebounds, while forward Alyssa Thomas finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

UP NEXT

The Fever return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday to take on the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET.

Friday’s game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Indiana and will not be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

USL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: THE MIAMI FC  1 : 1  INDY ELEVEN

MIAMI (Wednesday, June 8, 2022) – Indy Eleven needed nearly four-and-a-half hours to win a hard-earned point on the road from a 1-1 draw at The Miami FC at a rain-soaked Riccardo Silva Stadium on the campus of Florida International University. Indy forward Stefano Pinho’s goal in the 55th minute countered Christian Sorto’s 15th minute goal that came mere seconds after the game restarted following a two-and-a-half hour delay for thunderstorms in the Miami metro area.

The result from the first meeting of the former NASL rivals since 2017 kept Indy Eleven (6W-4L-3D) and Miami (5W-4L-6D) even on the Eastern Conference table now on 21 points and in a tie for seventh place. Pinho’s team-high seventh goal pushed his scoring streak to three games and also improved Indy Eleven’s scoring streak to a club-record 11 games.

Miami FC came out firing, seeing an effort off the foot of Kyle Murphy fall just wide and Christian Sorto’s header test Indy goalkeeper Tim Trilk both inside the third minute. While Miami continued to carry the bulk of the attacking action, Mother Nature intervened to help take some of the pressure off the Indy backline, as a delay for thunderstorms paused play in the 14th minute.

After the 150-minute stoppage Miami picked right back up where it left off, scoring less than 30 seconds after the restart when Sorto redirected Sean McFarlane’s cross to the six. A spate of four yellow cards – two for each side – marked the most notable action until the 42nd minute, when Eleven striker Manuel Arteaga saw what looked to be a 1-v-1 break on Miami goalkeeper Conner Sparrow carved out by Ben Ofeimu’s recovery run and shoulder barge just outside the area.

Miami had a quality look to double its advantage in the 52nd minute when Lamar Walker pulled a shot just wide of the left post, allowing Indy to drew first blood in the second stanza only three minutes later. The equalizing play started when midfielder Raul Aguilera darted up the middle of the field to the top of the area before slipping a pass through two defenders and into the path of Pinho, who slotted a low shot inside the far right post. The finish moved the veteran Brazilian forward into a third place tie on the USL Championship scoring chart with seven goals, continuing his red hot start in his debut season with Indiana’s Team.

Trilk and Sparrow traded saves in the 65th minute, and two more good looks from Miami’s Romeo Parks and Murphy around the 75th minute just missed Trilk’s frame. The 82nd minute saw a nifty backheel by Eleven makeshift right back Justin Ingram put Nicky Law into space at the top of the area, but Sparrow was on the spot with a leaping parried save. It was Trilk’s turn in the 86th minute, as he got a touch to a looping cross from the left flank that forced a waiting Murphy to misjudge his look at a potential sitter. Fittingly the four planned minutes of stoppage time stretched into a sixth, but it wasn’t enough to find a decisive goal, leaving the two squads still tied on the Eastern Conference table – albeit with Indy having two games in hand.

After taking the upcoming weekend off, Indy Eleven will start the western half of its four-game, monthlong road trip next Saturday, June 18, with its first ever trip to the Rocky Mountain State to take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Kickoff at the Switchbacks’ new home of Weidner Field is set for 9:00 p.m. ET for a match fans can watch on MyINDY-TV 23 in Central Indiana and nationwide via streaming video on ESPN+.

Indy Eleven’s next home match will take place during the July 4th weekend, when Indiana’s Team will host Miami for their return match during its “Indy-pendence” Celebration game on Saturday, July 2. The special 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Carroll Stadium will be followed by a post-game fireworks display; more details on the evening’s festivities including “Bike Night at The Mike” are available at indyeleven.com/promotions.

Tickets for that holiday weekend affair – and all remaining Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 13

The Miami FC  1 : 1  Indy Eleven

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Riccardo Silva Stadium – Miami, Fla.

Scoring Summary:

MIA – Christian Sorto (Sean McFarlane) 15’

IND – Stefano Pinho (Raul Aguilera) 55’

Disciplinary Summary:

IND – Manuel Arteaga (yellow card) 22’

MIA – Lamar Walker (yellow card) 36’

IND – Raul Aguilera (yellow card) 38’

MIA – Callum Chapman-Page (yellow card) 40’

MIA – Florian Valot (yellow card) 60’

MIA – Romeo Parkes (yellow card) 92+’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk; Jared Timmer, A.J. Cochran, Mechack Jerome, Justin Ingram; Nicky Law (Rodney Michael 94+’); Sam Brown, Raul Aguilera (Bryam Rebellon 87’), Solomon Asante; Stefano Pinho, Manuel Arteaga

IND substitutes: Bryan Meredith (GK), Ayoze, Ecris Revolorio, Bryce Warhaft, Jonas Fjeldberg

The Miami FC (3-4-3): Conner Sparrow; Aedan Stanley, Callum Chapman-Page (Junior Palacios 63’), Benjamin Ofeimu, Sean McFarlane (Mark Segbers 63’); Florian Valot (captain), Boluwatife Akinyode, Lamar Walker (Adonijah Reid 81’); Christian Sorto (Romeo Parkes 58’), Kyle Murphy, Josh Perez (Othello Bah 45’)

MIA Substitutes: Noah Abrams (GK), Dennis Dowouna

4 EVENTS OPEN NCAAS, 6 BOILERMAKERS HONORED

EUGENE, Ore. – The Purdue track & field team began the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with four events and six Honorable Mention All-America accolades on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Senior Kelly Cook was 18th in the hammer throw, sophomore Safin Wills placed 20th in the long jump and the men’s 4×100 relay finished 21st overall. Meanwhile, junior Isaiah Martin is in 14th place through five events in the decathlon.

In the decathlon at his third NCAA Outdoor Championships in three seasons, Martin amassed 3,981 points in the first five events to sit in 14th place overall. He is 39 points behind the 13th-place competitor and 153 outside of the top eight with five events remaining on Thursday.

Martin opened the meet in the 100 meters, where he was 16th in 11.15 seconds. He followed it up with a wind-legal season-best long jump mark of 7.09 meters to finish 12th. The third event was the shot put, where Martin posted the third-best mark of his career and second-best in 2022 with a 13.44m to place 12th. In the high jump he was 14th with a clearance of 1.92m, his second-best this year. The day concluded with the 400m and Martin was 11th in a season-best 49.37.

Cook Jr. earned the first All-America honor of the weekend for Purdue in the hammer throw. At his second NCAA Championships and first as a Boilermaker, he was 18th with a throw of 66.64m. The third-furthest throw of his career came on his final attempt. Cook Jr. earned Honorable Mention All-America distinction for the second time in his career, and the 18th-place showing is his best NCAA finish.

The opening event on the track was the 4×100 relay semifinal, and Purdue finished 21st overall in 39.65. Seniors Amir Harris and Antonio Mitchell II, junior Justin Becker and freshman Tyneilus Morrow collected Honorable Mention All-America accolades as Harris, Mitchell II and Morrow are recognized for the first time at their inaugural NCAA meet and Becker is honored on an All-America team for the third time.

Wills qualified for the NCAA Championships in two events, the long jump and triple, jump, and opened competition in the long jump on Wednesday. He finished 20th overall with a jump of 7.35m on his third and final attempt. At his second national championships in as many years and his first as a Boilermaker, Wills was bestowed with Honorable Mention All-America honors on Wednesday and will look to add to it on Friday in the triple jump.

Fifteen Boilermakers are competing in nine events at the four-day national championships. The meet continues on Thursday with three women’s events and the conclusion of the decathlon. Action for Purdue on Thursday is set for 2:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT. On Friday, June 10, the team’s events are from 9:20-10:20 p.m. ET / 6:20-7:20 p.m. PT, while the weekend wraps up on Saturday, June 11, from 5:05-8 p.m. ET / 2:05-5 p.m. PT.

Fans can follow all the action with live results and by watching on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, while more details, including the event schedule, is at NCAA.com. Direct links can be found on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField. Additional updates are available by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The men qualified in five events, their most since 2019, and the women have four entries, their most since 2018. The team’s nine total entries are Purdue’s most since 2018.

KEANE FINISHES 9TH IN 10,000M RUN AT NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Eugene, Ore. – Butler’s Barry Keane finished ninth in the 10,000m run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday night at Hayward Field.

Keane’s time of 28:19.94 was within a second of the 8th-place finisher for a First Team All-American spot. Notre Dame’s Dylan Jacobs won the race in a time of 28:12.32.

“It was a strong run for Barry tonight,” Butler head coach Matt Roe said. “He navigated the race smart against a supremely talented, elite group. To finish inside the Top 10 in one of the best fields in NCAA history is an incredible feat. He’s continuing to gain momentum, and we are excited for his future as a Bulldog.”

Campbell’s Athanas Kioko got off to a blistering start to pace the field of 24 by roughly 100 meters for much of the first half of the race before eventually finishing in fifth.

Keane capped off a successful year on the track that also included an 11th-place finish in the 5000m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. The graduate student from Waterford, Ireland, has another season of eligibility for the Butler cross country and track and field programs.

BROWN NAMED COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN

TUCSON, Ariz. – Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced its annual NCAA Division I Freshmen All-Americans on Wednesday. Ball State baseball was represented by Ryan Brown who earned the honor after an outstanding year on the mound for the Cardinals.

After being named the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and an All-MAC Second Team selection, Brown received another postseason accolade as a member of the Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American Team. He was phenomenal in his first season in Muncie and finished the season with 65 strikeouts. He finished the season with a 4-2 record in 46 1/3 innings. He held opposing hitters to a .157 batting average and had an ERA of 2.14. In MAC only contests, he had an ERA of 1.71 and held opponents to a .160 average.

Brown is the 11th Cardinal to earn a Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American honor and the first since Drey Jameson in 2018.

JACK FINDLAY NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame left-handed pitcher Jack Findlay was named a Freshman All-American, Collegiate Baseball announced Wednesday morning. He is the first freshman All-American for the Irish since Jack Brannigan in 2020.

“Findlay has been so unselfish as he performed in virtually every role possible as a pitcher,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “To handle that as a freshman is really exceptional. I was just named coach at Notre Dame and Jack was in the camp that was going on. I will always remember thinking as I watched him pitch that this will be the first player I end up landing at Notre Dame. He is a poised competitor with a tremendous future and we are proud of his well-deserved award.”

Findlay has burst onto the scene in his first collegiate season and been one of the most reliable arms for the Irish. He has a 5-2 record with two saves and a 2.11 ERA over 38.1 innings. He has made 16 appearances and eight starts with 44 strikeouts and just 12 walks.

Two of his most important appearances this season have come in the postseason during the Statesboro Regional.

Against #21 Georgia Southern holding a two-run lead, Findlay came on from the pen with runners at the corners and no outs. He struck out two in the eighth and forced a ground out to end the inning and keep the Irish in the lead. He set the Eagles down in order to collect his first career save and send the Irish to the Regional Final.

In the Regional Final against #24 Texas Tech, Findlay came out with the bases loaded and two outs in a one-run game. He did not waste any time and got a three-pitch strikeout to end the inning. In the ninth, the Red Raiders had the bases loaded again and Findlay got a ground out to close out the game and send the Irish back to the Super Regionals.

Findlay and the Irish will be back in action this weekend as they take on #1 Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional. The first game of the regional is set for 6 p.m. ET on Friday and will be aired on ESPN2.

DIAZ NAMED COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State freshman third baseman Randal Diaz earned Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American as announced by the organization on Wednesday morning.

Diaz becomes the 13th Sycamore to receive Freshman All-American honors dating back to 1984 and the first since right-handed pitcher Tyler Ward received the recognition back in 2015. He also becomes the first Sycamore to garner postseason All-American recognition this season with the award.

The Toa Alta, Puerto Rico native finished among the Indiana State offensive leaders in his first season in the Sycamore Blue & White. He posted a .304 batting average finishing third on the team with 55 hits, while leading the Sycamores in doubles (17), home runs (7) and tied for the team lead with 37 RBI. He added 33 runs scored and finished second on the team with 95 total bases.

He finished the 2022 season with 17 multi-hit games and added nine multi-RBI contests. He finished his freshman campaign hitting safely in nine of the last 10 games, while reaching base safely in all 10 contests. He added a career-high three hits with a double, triple, and home run on May 19 against Dallas Baptist.

Diaz was one of three Missouri Valley players to receive recognition on the list joining Valparaiso’s Nolan Tucker, Dallas Baptist’s Luke Heefner, and Missouri State’s Spencer Nivens in the recognition.

Sycamores Postseason Accolades

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Randal Diaz, 3B – Freshman All-American

MVC Baseball All-Tournament Team

Matt Jachec, P

MVC Baseball All-Conference Team

Matt Jachec, SP – First Team

Jordan Schaffer, SS – First Team

Josue Urdaneta, 2B – Second Team

Seth Gergely, OF – Second Team

Sean Ross, OF – Honorable Mention

MVC Baseball All-Defensive Team

Matt Jachec, P

Seth Gergely, OF

Grant Magill, C

MVC Baseball Scholar-Athlete Team

Jack Parisi, P – First Team

Matt Jachec, P – Honorable Mention

IUPUI ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES 2022 WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department announced its 2022 women’s soccer schedule on Wednesday (June 8), highlighted by nine home matches at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Head coach Chris Johnson’s team will take on three teams from the 2021 Women’s Soccer College Cup with an exhibition contest with Butler and regular season tilts with Milwaukee and SIUE.

The Jaguars’ non-conference schedule will include road games at Tennessee Tech (Aug. 18), SIUE (Aug. 21), Belmont (Sept. 2) and Southern Indiana (Sept. 5).

The home non-conference games include meetings with Bellarmine (Aug. 25), Western Illinois (Aug. 28), Murray State (Sept. 8) and Evansville (Sept. 11). Horizon League play will begin against Cleveland State on Sept. 15 and the Jags will face reigning champion Milwaukee on Oct. 6. IUPUI’s final home game of the season will be against Robert Morris on Oct. 16 and the regular season will conclude at Youngstown State on Oct. 22.

The Horizon League Tournament will open at campus sites on Oct. 30, followed by the semifinals (Nov. 5) and championship (Nov. 7) at the site of the tournament’s top seed.

Johnson’s team returns eight starters from last season in Makenna Collins (15 starts), Maya Lacognato (3 goals, 3 assists), Grace Moore (14 starts), Abbie Schad (14 starts), Leah Shumate (1 goal, 2 assists), Alex Stocker (8 starts), Maya Turner (1 assist) and Paige Waskom (1 assist). Lacognato was second on the team in scoring last season with nine points and led the squad with 17 starts and two game-winners. In goal, sophomore Ashton Kudlo takes over as the starter, having made two starts last season with a 1-1 record and a 0.49 goals against average.

The team returns 40 percent of its goals and 73 percent of the team’s assists from last season.

Broadcast and promotion details will be announced at a later date.

TUCKER EARNS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN STATUS

Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) continued to haul in postseason accolades on Wednesday, as he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Tucker, in his third season on campus, qualified for the honor based on receiving a medical redshirt in 2021 and the 2020 campaign not counting toward eligibility due COVID-19. The second baseman also earned All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team recognition.

Tucker finished his season second in the conference in batting average, both overall (.365) and in league play (.384). He also ranked ninth in the league in on-base percentage (.440) and had four hits on three different occasions, accounting for three of the team’s five four-hit games.

Tucker, who finished with the highest batting average by a Valpo player since Ryan O’Gara hit .388 in 2010, made a significant jump after entering the season with a .188 batting average over two injury-riddled seasons. He finished a home run shy of the natural cycle on April 30 at Southern Illinois as his single, double and triple came in that order as part of a four-hit game. That helped him earn MVC Player of the Week recognition on May 2.

This marks the second consecutive season that Valpo has earned a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American, as Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) received that distinction in 2021. Tucker becomes the fourth Valpo player to earn Freshman All-American status in the last decade, joining Hannahs, Jon Tieman (2017) and Spencer Mahoney (2012).

PURDUE FORT WAYNE MEN’S GOLF ANNOUNCES FALL 2022 SCHEDULE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf head coach Billy King has announced his squad’s schedule for the fall of 2022.

The men’s golf season for the Mastodons begins on September 2 at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational hosted by Ball State. Kasey Lilly was the runner-up at the event in 2021. Ten days later, the ‘Dons will head to the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, in Huntington, West Virginia. To round out September, the ‘Dons will head to the Valpo Fall Invitational, which will be their first time in the tournament since the 2019-20 season.


There will be two tournaments for the Mastodons in October: Cleveland State’s Tom Tontimonia Invitational (Oct. 3-4) and North Alabama’s TVA Community Credit Union (Oct. 17-18). Lilly won the Tom Tontimonia Invitational in 2021. This is the first time the Mastodons have played in North Alabama’s event.

The Horizon League Championship for the golf program is in the spring. The spring season begins in February.

In 2021-22, the Mastodons fired their best season scoring average in program history with a four-player average of 294.2.

SHELBIE STOTTS NAMED NAIA FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2022 Softball All-America teams as selected by the NAIA-Softball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee.

One day after being named to the NFCA NAIA All-American First Team, Marian softball senior Shelbie Stotts has been named to the NAIA All-American First Team, an honor she has earned for the third time in her career.

Shelbie Stotts makes program history with her 2022 NAIA First Team All-American honor, as she is one of two players in program history to earn three NAIA All-American awards. Stotts joins pitching coach and former Knight great Breena Smith ’19 as the lone pair of softball players to earn the honor, and joins Erin Oleksak and Skyler Van Note as the only other three-time First Team All-American honorees in Marian Athletics history.

Stotts’ third career NAIA All-American award comes one day after she was named to the NFCA NAIA All-American team, a list she has been named to for the second time as a First Team and third overall in her four-year career. Stotts had a dominant senior year, being named the Crossroads League Player of the Year while earning CL First Team and NFCA Region VI First Team status. The Knights’ outfielder led Marian in batting average with a .469 rate, carrying an on-base percentage of .487 and a slugging percentage of .910. Stotts set multiple records for the Knights on the year, crushing a single-season record 19 home runs while driving in a record 77 RBI. Stotts also had 15 doubles and three triples, helping her extend her career triples record. The senior finished the final chapter of her career ranked highly in the NAIA offensive categories, including 13th in batting average, second in RBI, third in home runs, and second in slugging percentage.

MIRANDA WEHRLE COLLECTS THIRD NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONOR

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Indiana Wesleyan softball player Miranda Wehrle collected her third NAIA All-American honor.  Wehrle has been a staple for the Wildcats since she stepped foot on campus, stepping into the role of catcher.  This season Wehrle broke the record for individual’s career home runs at Indiana Wesleyan University.

A dominate hitter, Wehrle led the nation in home runs this season finishing with 21.  In the individual national rankings, Wehrle made a statement finishing second with total bases, third in the nation with runs batted in, and fifth with hits this season.

“I am so thrilled for Miranda! We all knew she has All-American skills and it’s wonderful the nation knows that too” said Head Coach Steve Babinski. “She’s more than her statistics though. She is an All-American person! She is a great Christ follower, an amazing friend, and an incredible sister! Wildcats National REJOICES! Mandy, we are so happy for you!”

Wehrle was a catalyst for Wildcat’s post season run to the NAIA World Series this season.  Wildcats finished 54-10 and claimed both the Crossroads League regular season and tournament titles.

2019 NATIONAL CHAMPION MICHAEL ROGERS JOINS TRAILBLAZER COACHING STAFF

VINCENNES, Ind. – 2019 NJCAA Division I National Champion Michael Rogers is returning to Vincennes University this upcoming season after being hired as an Assistant Coach for the VU men’s basketball team.

“It means everything to me to be hired as an Assistant Coach at VU,” Coach Rogers said. “It feels almost like I’m coming back home after playing here under the tutelage of Coach Franklin and Coach Davis. It feels good to be back at VU and to be able to pass on my knowledge as a player to the team.”

“I missed Vincennes University and my former teammates a lot these last few years,” Rogers said. “It’s only right that I come back and help the current players and have the coaches help me as well. I want to be a head coach one day and I feel like this is the right place to start, working with Coach Franklin and Coach Davis.”

Rogers is a graduate of Evansville Harrison High School and joined the Trailblazers basketball team before the 2018-19 season.

Rogers was a member of the 2019 Vincennes University National Championship team and averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game as a freshman at VU.

Rogers would return for his sophomore season, where he again battled for minutes off the bench and averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Rogers’ best game as a Trailblazer came in his freshman season when she scored 14 points against Lincoln Land.

Rogers helped the Trailblazers to a two-year combined record of 62-7, with a staggering 35-2 record inside the Physical Education Complex.

Rogers would then sign to play his final two seasons for his hometown University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.

Rogers played in 20 games in his two seasons at USI and scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Screaming Eagles.

“We like to keep is in the family as best as we can,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said of hiring Coach Rogers. “We’ve done that over the years when the opportunities arise. That position for us has been a few different things over the years, but it’s usually going to be a younger guy just getting started in the business and that’s Michael.”

“Michael does know the way things are around here and hopefully he will be a good conduit to the team,” Franklin added. “The flow of information is typically better when you have someone who has been through it and truly understands. He can take what I’m saying and add the player’s perspective of what he did when he was here and how that affected his life and his game.”

“He has that perspective and obviously it was good for the guys that were here with him,” Franklin said. “I think he can help with that and I think if a player really wants to know, certainly when you get that perspective from a former player, it should help you buy in.”

“The trust factor is always important for us,” Franklin added. “My circle is not very big and I don’t trust many people. But the one’s I do, we are pretty tight. So there is a trust factor there and I think as we try to get this thing kickstarted back to where it was and where we’ve been for 24 years of getting it right. We want to make sure we’ve got this thing back on the tracks like it has always been and I think we are on the way to that. We’ve made strides and gains toward that and I think Michael can help with that.”

“On a day-to-day basis he is going to be watching our study tables and making sure the guys are in the gym, things that a young guy does,” Franklin said. “I trust he will do a good job of it and we need him to do a job of it. It’s a great starter for someone like Michael who wants to get into the business. I think it gives him valuable experience and gets him better connected. Obviously, the better we do, the better it is for him. That is how it works for all these guys, players and coaches. You can see all of our former assistant coaches where they have gone with head coaching opportunities or Division I assistant jobs. That’s a byproduct of how things work and how successful you are. Hopefully we will be back to that and I think Michael can be a part of helping us.”

“I’m just trying to show the players we have here now what it means to work hard and what it takes to win,” Rogers added. “I hope to help bring the winning culture back to VU that I know Coach Franklin and Coach Davis have built. I’m here to give guidance from a player’s perspective and just looking for any way to help.”

“I feel like I can help the players here stay strong mentally,” Rogers said. “It’s a long season, especially being here during the summer during preseason workouts, on top of maintaining grades and staying on top of things in the classroom. I feel like I can help the players be stronger on the court and academically.”

Rogers is joining one of the best coaching staffs in all of Junior College basketball, with NJCAA Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin entering his 13th season on the VU sidelines and lead Assistant Coach Brian Davis who was named one of the 50 most impactful coaches in JuCo basketball and will be returning for his 18th season at Vincennes University.

The Trailblazers are coming off of a 12-19 season in 2022 and will be looking to get back on track and reclaim their spot as one of the top Junior College basketball programs in the country.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department welcomes back Assistant Coach Michael Rogers and are excited to have him join the VU coaching staff this coming season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       The Giants establish a major league record banging out 31 hits in a 25-13 rout of the Reds at Cincinnati’s League Park. New York’s left fielder Kip Selbach leads the attack, going 6-for-7 with two doubles, four singles, and scoring four times.

1914       At the Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner becomes the second player in the history of the game to collect 3000 hits when he doubles off Philadelphia’s Erskine Mayer. Cap Anson is the only other major leaguer to amass as many hits.

1919       Dodger standout pitcher Rube Marquard breaks his leg running the bases, ending his season with a 3-3 mark. The hard-throwing southpaw will finish his 18-year Hall of Fame career in 1925, after compiling a 201-177 record, along with an ERA of 3.08.

1929       Brothers and teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner hit a home run in the same game in the Pirates’ 9-6 loss to the Robins at Ebbets Field. The homers mark the second of three times Big Poison and Little Poison will accomplish the feat.

1934       In the eighth inning of the Senators’ 8-1 victory over the Red Sox, Boston hurler Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher in major league history to yield six doubles in one frame. The future Hall of Famer, ailing from a sore arm, gives up five consecutive two-baggers during Washington’s barrage.

1946       At Forbes Field, umpires Tom Dunn and George Magerkurth, respectively, eject Giants manager Mel Ott from each end of a doubleheader. The usually mild-mannered skipper’s protests are to little avail when his team drops both games to the Pirates, 2-1 and 5-1.

1946       Ted Williams clouts the farthest home run ever hit at Fenway Park, a shot estimated to have traveled 502 feet before striking the straw hat of a fan sitting in seat 21 in the 37th row of section 42 in right field. The Red Sox paint the seat red to commemorate the location of the Splendid Splinter’s Ruthian blast, although the area consisted of bleachers, not individual seats at the time of the homer.

1946       En route to becoming the first team to draw two million fans at home, the Yankees reach the one million mark at the earliest date in major league history. The Bronx Bombers, the first team to attract one million patrons when 1,289,422 go through the Polo Grounds turnstiles in 1920, will average 29,422 fans this season, 14,000 more a game than for any previous season at Yankee Stadium.

1949       In an eighteen-inning contest at Shibe Park, the Phillies walk off the Pirates, 4-3, when Jackie Mayo’s one-out sacrifice fly plates Del Ennis, who had singled and moved to third on Andy Seminick’s double. The intrastate rivals each have sixteen hits in sixty-eight at-bats, commit three errors, and make twenty-one assists.

1961       En route to fanning 11 Red Sox batters, Ryne Duren breaks an American League mark when he records seven consecutive strikeouts in the Angels’ 5-1 victory over Boston. In the second game of a twilight-night doubleheader at Fenway Park, the bespectacled fireballing right-hander whiffs Frank Malzone to end the first inning, and then proceeds to strike out the side in the second and third frame, sending Pete Runnels, Jim Pagliaroni, Don Buddin, Mike Fornieles, Chuck Schilling, and Gary Geiger back to the bench with their bats.

1963       In the first major league game ever played on a Sunday night, the Colt .45’s extend the Giants’ losing streak to seven games, blanking the visiting team, 3-0. Due to the extreme heat during the Texas summer months, baseball grants permission to play games in the evening at Colt Stadium.

1966       Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins erupt for the first five-home run inning in American League history. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew all go deep to give the Twins a 9-4 victory over the A’s.

1968       Unlike its decision in April to delay the start of the season after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Major League Baseball lets the teams decide if they will postpone games when an assassin’s bullet kills Robert F. Kennedy. Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte, both traded at the end of the season, bench themselves in protest when Houston decides to continue playing their scheduled home contests.

1973       Rusty Staub becomes the pivot man in a very unusual double play during the Mets’ 4-2 victory against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Racing in from the outfield, ‘Le Grand Orange’ gets a throw near second base from first baseman John Milner and tags Davey Lopes, picked off first, and then the right fielder throws the ball home to nail Tom Paciorek trying to score from second during the P-1B-SS-1B-2B-1B-2B-RF-C rundown.

1973       The Mets retire Gil Hodges’ number 14 in tribute to their late manager, who died of a heart attack just before the start of the season. In addition to leading his underdog club to a World Championship in 1969, the quiet leader also hit the first home run in franchise history, a 1962 solo shot at Busch Stadium off St. Louis right-hander Larry Jackson.

1984       With the score tied 3-3 and the bases loaded in the 12th inning, Garry Hancock decides to drop Pete O’Brien’s long foul flyball to prevent the out from becoming a game-ending sacrifice fly. When the umpires rule the left fielder had caught the ball, Wayne Tolleson tags up and scores the winning run for Texas.

1986       Don Sutton (298) throws a two-hit shutout, beating Tom Seaver (306) and the White Sox 3-0. The starters have the highest combined win total (604) for opposing pitchers since 1926 when Washington’s Walter Johnson (406) faced Chicago’s right-hander Red Faber (197) in a Griffith Stadium contest.

1988       The first printing of the sheet music to Take Me Out to the Ball Game sells at an auction in New York City with a bid of $2,750. The signatures of Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics, and Albert Von Tilzer, who set the words to music, appear on their creative work.

1989       Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his 200th career home run in a ten-inning, 4-3, loss to the Pirates. The six-foot, six-inch slugger will finish his 18-year major league career with 335 round-trippers.

1990       Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle’s major league mark, hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the tenth time in his career. The switch-hitting first baseman’s second home run of the game, batting left-handed against Eric Show, is the eventual winning run in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory over San Diego in 11th innings at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1991      The A’s retire their first number in franchise history, setting aside #27 in tribute to an emotional Catfish Hunter, who won 163 of his 224 (72.7%) career victories with the team, including a stretch of four consecutive 20-win seasons from 1972 through 1975. During his ten-year tenure with the club, the right-hander won the American League Cy Young Award in 1974 and tossed a perfect game against the Twins in 1968.

1994       Oakland signs first-round pick Ben Grieve, giving the recent Arlington HS (TX) graduate a $1.2 million bonus. The 18-year-old’s incentive to sign with the A’s is more money than his father, Tom, also a first-round selection, earned during his dozen seasons in the majors with the Senators, Rangers, Mets, and the Cardinals.

1998       In the third inning of the Angels’ 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks, Anaheim’s Cecil Fielder and Arizona’s Yamil Benitez hit grand slams in the Bank One Ballpark contest. The pair of bases-loaded home runs mark the first time both teams hit bases-full home runs in the same inning since 1992, when Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg and Pirates slugger Jeff King also accomplished the feat, playing at Three Rivers Stadium.

1999       After being ejected in the 12th inning by plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing a catcher’s interference call, Bobby Valentine returns to the dugout with a fake mustache and glasses. The National League will suspend the Mets’ manager for two games and fine him for using the disguise.

2007       At Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Samsung Lions’ outfielder Yang Jun-hyuk becomes the first player in the 26-year history of the Korean baseball league to collect 2,000 hits. The 14-year veteran singled on a 2-1 pitch in the ninth inning, much to the delight of the 23,000 Doosan Bears fans watching the visiting outfielder reach the unprecedented milestone.

2008       Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the sixth player in major league history to hit 600 career home runs. Junior goes deep, with a runner on third base, in the first inning on a 3-1 pitch thrown by Marlins’ moundsman Mark Hendrickson in the Reds’ 9-4 victory at Dolphin Stadium.

2008       For the first time in franchise history, the Rays hit three consecutive home runs when Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar, and Dioner Navarro all connect off Angels’ southpaw Joe Saunders in the second inning of Tampa Bay’s 13-4 rout in Anaheim. The feat will not occur again for the team until James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld homer back-to-back-to-back at Tropicana Field in 2013.

2009       Twenty-one teams miss an opportunity to draft the 17-year-old high school standout Mike Trout, who, in three years, will become an impact player in the American League during his rookie season. The ‘Millville Meteor,’ selected in the first round of the Amateur Draft (25th overall) by the Angels, is most notably passed over by the Nationals and the Diamondbacks, teams that would both pick twice before Los Angeles made its first selection.

2010       The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta, 2-1, thanks to a bizarre two-run inside-the-park homer hit by Gerardo Parra in the eighth inning of the Chase Field contest. The decisive runs score when Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward violently collide after sprinting into the gap in left-center field trying to make the play.

2011       During a nine-game losing streak, the A’s fire manager Bob Geren, replacing him with Bob Melvin, who will serve as interim manager for the rest of the season. During his four-plus seasons at the helm, the 47 year-old former Oakland skipper compiled a 361-412 record with the team.

2014       Indian third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall drives in nine runs, tying a franchise record first established in 1991 by Chris James. The Cleveland infielder collects five hits, including three home runs, in the team’s 17-7 rout of Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

2015       In front of a dwindling crowd, made up of mostly remaining Giants fans, Chris Heston, making his 13th career start, strikes out the side in the ninth inning to finish the season’s first no-hitter, a 5-0 Giants’ victory over the Mets at Citi Field. The 27-year-old rookie right-hander’s no-no, the 17th in franchise history, marks the fourth straight season the feat has been accomplished by a San Francisco hurler, with Matt Cain (2012) and Tim Lincecum (2013 and 2014) throwing complete games without yielding a hit during the past three years.

2019       At Miller Park, Mark Gruber wins a 2019 RAV4 when Mike Moustakas’ game-winning two-run homer strikes a promotional vehicle perched above the right-center-field fence parked in Toyota Territory. The Brewers’ season-ticket holder, who will get the keys to his new SUV in a pregame presentation on June 20th, becomes the first fan to take home the SUV during the six years of the car giveaway promotion.

2019       In a span of seven pitches off Padres right-hander Craig Stammen, the Nationals become the ninth team in baseball history to hit four consecutive home runs in one inning en route to a 5-2 victory at Petco Park.  Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon provide the eighth-inning back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers for Washington, who also accomplished the feat in 2017.

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MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES4016.71423 – 717 – 919 – 1016 – 55 – 17 – 3L 1
TAMPA BAY3323.589720 – 1313 – 1010 – 65 – 712 – 96 – 4W 2
TORONTO3323.589718 – 1015 – 139 – 107 – 614 – 57 – 3L 1
BOSTON3027.52610.513 – 1417 – 137 – 146 – 715 – 48 – 2W 7
BALTIMORE2433.42116.515 – 159 – 1811 – 165 – 84 – 65 – 5W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA3325.56918 – 1215 – 139 – 717 – 107 – 64 – 6W 1
CLEVELAND2626.500413 – 913 – 175 – 512 – 86 – 77 – 3W 1
CHI WHITE SOX2628.481512 – 1414 – 1411 – 117 – 124 – 34 – 6L 1
DETROIT2333.411915 – 158 – 186 – 911 – 111 – 86 – 4W 2
KANSAS CITY1837.32713.510 – 198 – 182 – 711 – 172 – 72 – 8W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON3621.63215 – 821 – 133 – 611 – 219 – 117 – 3L 1
LA ANGELS2731.4669.515 – 1612 – 155 – 146 – 212 – 110 – 10L 14
TEXAS2630.4649.513 – 1613 – 145 – 83 – 314 – 164 – 6L 1
SEATTLE2631.4561012 – 1014 – 215 – 126 – 411 – 106 – 4W 1
OAKLAND2038.34516.57 – 2313 – 157 – 105 – 96 – 141 – 9L 8
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS3821.64419 – 819 – 1319 – 75 – 213 – 106 – 4L 2
ATLANTA3027.526716 – 1414 – 1310 – 107 – 69 – 88 – 2W 7
PHILADELPHIA2729.4829.515 – 1512 – 146 – 143 – 211 – 96 – 4W 6
MIAMI2430.44411.514 – 1410 – 1614 – 72 – 46 – 145 – 5W 2
WASHINGTON2137.36216.59 – 1812 – 195 – 165 – 69 – 114 – 6L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE3325.56915 – 1118 – 149 – 819 – 113 – 53 – 7L 5
ST. LOUIS3225.5610.516 – 1116 – 144 – 614 – 89 – 56 – 4L 2
PITTSBURGH2430.444713 – 1711 – 133 – 19 – 1911 – 76 – 4L 2
CHI CUBS2333.411911 – 2012 – 131 – 213 – 157 – 104 – 6L 3
CINCINNATI2036.3571212 – 168 – 203 – 59 – 114 – 154 – 6L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS3620.64317 – 1019 – 109 – 88 – 514 – 54 – 6W 1
SAN DIEGO3522.6141.515 – 1120 – 1111 – 615 – 108 – 55 – 5W 2
SAN FRANCISCO3025.5455.514 – 1216 – 1313 – 105 – 68 – 86 – 4W 1
ARIZONA2731.4661014 – 1613 – 1511 – 88 – 95 – 134 – 6W 1
COLORADO2432.4291216 – 168 – 168 – 166 – 45 – 93 – 7L 1