MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CLEVELAND 6 ARIZONA 5 (11)
NY YANKEES 7 SEATTLE 2
MINNESOTA 5 DETROIT 3 (10)
BALTIMORE 7 TEXAS 2
KANSAS CITY 2 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1
BOSTON 3 HOUSTON 2
CINCINNATI 3 MIAMI 1
NY METS 7 WASHINGTON 3
SAN DIEGO 4 COLORADO 1
LA DODGERS 8 SAN FRANCISCO 2
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
BIG 10 FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 6-6
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 3-6
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 10-2
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 7-2
MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 8-4
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 5-4
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 11-1
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 7-1
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 8-4
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 6-3
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 4-8
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 2-7
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 5-7
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 2-7
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 9-3
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 6-3
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 8-4
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 5-4
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 7-5
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 5-4
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 5-7
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 2-7
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 7-5
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 4-5
PRESEASON PREDICTION: 9-3
BIG TEN PREDICTION: 6-3
2022 BIG 10 QB RATINGS
- C.J. STROUD, OHIO STATE
- AIDAN O’CONNELL, PURDUE
- TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, MARYLAND
- CADE MCNAMARA/J.J. MCCARTHY, MICHIGAN
- PAYTON THORNE, MICHIGAN STATE
- SEAN CLIFFORD, PENN STATE
- TANNER MORGAN, MINNESOTA
- CASEY THOMPSON, NEBRASKA
- GRAHAM MERTZ, WISCONSIN
- CONNOR BAZELAK, INDIANA
- SPENCER PETRAS, IOWA
- TOMMY DEVITO, ILLINOIS
- GAVIN WIMSATT, RUTGERS
- RYAN HILINSKI, NORTHWESTERN
2022 CFN ALL-BIG 10 FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON TEAMS
QB CJ STROUD, SOPH. OHIO STATE
RB BRAELON ALLEN, SOPH. WISCONSIN
RB TREVEYON HENDERSON, SOPH. OHIO STATE
WR JAYDEN REED, SR. MICHIGAN STATE
WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, JR. OHIO STATE
TE SAM LAPORTA, SR. IOWA
OT RYAN HAYES, SR. MICHIGAN
OG TYLER BEACH, SR. WISCONSIN
C OLUSEGUN OLUWATIMI, SR. MICHIGAN
OG ZAK ZINTER, JR. MICHIGAN
OT PETER SKORONSKI, JR. NORTHWESTERN
DE ZACH HARRISON, SR. OHIO STATE
DT KEEANU BENTON, SR. WISCONSIN
DT PJ MUSTIPHER, SR. PENN STATE
DE ISAIAH MULLENS, SR. WISCONSIN
LB JACK CAMPBELL, SR. IOWA
LB NICK HERBIG, JR. WISCONSIN
LB LUKE REIMER, JR. NEBRASKA
CB DENZEL BURKE, SOPH. OHIO STATE
S CAM ALLEN, SR. PURDUE
S SYDNEY BROWN, SR. ILLINOIS
CB RILEY MOSS, SR. IOWA
PK NOAH RUGGLES, SR. OHIO STATE
P TORY TAYLOR, JR. IOWA
KR EMEKA EGBUGA, RFR. OHIO STATE
PR AJ HENNING, JR. MICHIGAN
2022 CFN TOP 30
30. TIAWAN MULLEN, CB JR. INDIANA
29. TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, QB SR. MARYLAND
28. AIDAN O’CONNELL, QB SR. PURDUE
27. JAELYN DUNCAN, OT SR. MARYLAND
26. JOHN MICHAEL SCHMITZ, C SR. MINNESOTA
25. CHRISTIAN IZIEN, S SR. RUTGERS
24. SETH BENSON, LB SR. IOWA
23. LUKE REIMER, LB JR. NEBRASKA
22. ZAK ZINTER, OG JR. MICHIGAN
21. CAM ALLEN, S SR. PURDUE
20. OLUSEGUN OLUWATIMI, C SR. MICHIGAN
19. ZACH HARRISON, DE SR. OHIO STATE
18. SYDNEY BROWN, S SR. ILLINOIS
17. DONTAY DEMUS, WR SR. MARYLAND
16. KEEANU BENTON, DT SR. WISCONSIN
15. JAYDEN REED, WR SR. MICHIGAN STATE
14. PARIS JOHNSON, OT JR. OHIO STATE
13. JOEY PORTER, CB JR. PENN STATE
12. JACK NELSON, OT SOPH. WISCONSIN
11. RYAN HAYES, OT SR. MICHIGAN
10. DENZEL BURKE, CB SOPH. OHIO STATE
9. RILEY MOSS, CB SR. IOWA
8. PETER SKORONSKI, OT JR. NORTHWESTERN
7. MOHAMED IBRAHIM, RB SR. MINNESOTA
6. NICK HERBIG, LB JR. WISCONSIN
5. BRAELON ALLEN, RB SOPH. WISCONSIN
4. JACK CAMPBELL, LB SR. IOWA
3. TREVEYON HENDERSON, RB SOPH. OHIO STATE
2. JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, WR JR. OHIO STATE
1. CJ STROUD, QB SOPH. OHIO STATE
CFN TOP 25
2 OHIO STATE
8 NC STATE
10 NOTRE DAME
12 OKLAHOMA STATE
16 MICHIGAN STATE
17 PENN STATE
18 OLE MISS
19 TEXAS A&M
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 4||NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NBC (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
WATSON SUSPENDED 6 GAMES AFTER PROBE INTO SEXUAL ASSAULT, MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS
NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson imposed a six-game suspension Monday on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson following numerous allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, the league announced Monday.
The NFL and NFLPA have three days to appeal the decision, though the union said Sunday it would accept Robinson’s ruling. The league stated Monday it will review Robinson’s imposition and determine the next steps. Robinson, the jointly appointed officer who previously served as a Delaware district court judge, presided over Watson’s disciplinary hearing from June 28-30. She ruled that Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy, allowing the league to enforce a suspension.
Watson’s ruling included no additional fine for the quarterback. Robinson also stated in her conclusion that she believes it’s appropriate that Watson limit his massage therapy to team-directed sessions and team-approved massage therapists for the remainder of his career. He’s also to have no “adverse involvement with law enforcement” and must not violate the league’s personal conduct policy again in the future, Robinson adds.
The NFL spent over a year probing 24 lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints that accused Watson of lewd and coercive behavior while receiving massages from women.
Watson agreed to settle 20 of the 24 lawsuits in June. He settled three of the remaining four lawsuits shortly before Robinson announced her disciplinary decision, according to ESPN’s John Barr.
Grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges in March. The incidents cited in the lawsuits took place between March 2020 and March 2021. The first lawsuit was filed March 16, 2021.
The Browns acquired Watson from the Houston Texans in March knowing he could face significant NFL discipline. Cleveland traded six draft picks, including three first-round selections, to get him, and immediately signed him to a new five-year contract worth a record $230 million fully guaranteed.
Many of the women who filed lawsuits or criminal complaints said Watson inappropriately touched them with his penis during massage sessions and coercively attempted to get them to touch him in a sexual manner. Two women said Watson forced them to perform oral sex, and one of the two said Watson grabbed her buttocks and vagina.
Watson maintained his innocence as the allegations mounted. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Watson engaged in sexual activity with some of the complainants but that it was consensual.
Watson, 26, requested a trade from the Texans in January 2021 before any of the allegations surfaced. He was eligible to play last season while the NFL monitored developments in the civil and criminal complaints, but was a healthy scratch for all 17 games.
49ERS SIGN DEEBO SAMUEL TO 3-YEAR EXTENSION REPORTEDLY WORTH UP TO $73.5M
The San Francisco 49ers signed star wide receiver Deebo Samuel to a three-year extension, the team announced Monday.
Samuel’s new deal is worth up to $73.5 million, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It also reportedly includes $58.1 million guaranteed.
The 2021 first-team All-Pro wideout was sitting out training camp while negotiations were ongoing.
Samuel recorded career-best marks in several statistical categories last season. He made 77 receptions for 1,405 yards, six touchdowns, with a league-leading 18.2 yards per catch average. The rising star recorded 1,770 scrimmage yards along with 14 total touchdowns.
The 26-year-old requested a trade from the Niners during the offseason amid a standoff with the organization over an extension; San Francisco shut down multiple offers from teams interested in acquiring the star pass-catcher.
Samuel was set to earn $3.9 million in the final year of his rookie pact with the Niners.
The South Carolina product has tallied 167 receptions, 2,598 receiving yards, and 10 receiving scores since San Francisco drafted him in the second round in 2019.
Samuel’s extension arrives just days after DK Metcalf agreed to terms on a $72-million deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The pair joined Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and A.J. Brown in resetting the market at the position.
BROWNS ACTIVATE RIGHT TACKLE JACK CONKLIN FROM PUP LIST
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting offensive tackle Jack Conklin was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, another major step in his return from a season-ending knee injury.
A two-time All-Pro, Conklin played in just seven games last season before tearing his patellar tendon on Nov. 28 at Baltimore and undergoing surgery. The 27-year-old has been dedicated to his recovery and is on track to be ready for the start of the season.
Conklin, who is in his final season under contract, is expected to be limited in practice before returning to the first-team offense.
Versatile veteran Chris Hubbard has been filling in for Conklin. He missed last season after tearing his triceps in the opener.
The Browns also waived undrafted rookie receiver Isaiah Weston with an injury designation. He was carted off the field Saturday after injuring his knee.
Cleveland is thin at receiver with Anthony Schwartz (knee) and rookie David Bell (foot) out with injuries. The team signed receiver Derrick Dillon.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AND PUNTER JAKE BAILEY AGREE TO FOUR-YEAR, $13.5 MILLION CONTRACT, SOURCE
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Punter Jake Bailey, a 2020 first-team All-Pro, agreed to a four-year contract with the New England Patriots worth $13.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal runs through the 2025 season and includes $6.5 million fully guaranteed, per Schefter.
Bailey, 25, was entering the final year of his rookie contract, and carried a salary-cap charge of $4.05 million — the second highest of any punter in the NFL.
“I’m just so happy and blessed I get a few more years here,” Bailey said after Monday’s practice, adding that it is a “huge milestone” in his life.
“Any time there is uncertainty, it’s always something in the back of your head. But at our position, you have to be able to compartmentalize and execute, and if you’re not able to do that with whatever is distracting you, you’re not going to play very long.”
The extension is expected to lower his cap charge by about $1.85 million, increasing the Patriots’ overall cap space to about $4.75 million.
While the team gains cap relief, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Bailey — who entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice out of Stanford — earns some long-term security.
He punted 49 times last season and posted a 47.3-yard average (eighth in the NFL) and 39.6 net (21st in the NFL). He also handles kickoff and holding duties.
Bailey’s powerful leg is especially helpful to the Patriots when weather conditions turn colder and windier later in the season in New England. Coach Bill Belichick places a notable emphasis on winning the field-position battle, and Bailey has often been effective in helping the team do so.
In 2020, when he was named first-team All-Pro, Bailey punted for a 48.7 average and 45.6 net, with just five touchbacks.
SOURCES: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS LT ORLANDO BROWN JR. TO REPORT TO CAMP, SIGN FRANCHISE TENDER
Kansas City Chiefs left offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. will report to camp Monday and sign his franchise tender, sources told ESPN’s Robert Griffin III.
The blindside protector for quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be playing on the franchise tag this season after the sides failed to reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.
The Chiefs’ final offer to Brown was a six-year, $139 million deal that included a $30.25 million signing bonus and $95 million in the first five years of the contract, a source familiar with the offer told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A lack of security with no guaranteed money after the first two years derailed any agreement, sources told Griffin.
Brown will earn $16,662,000 on the franchise tag, which represents the average of the top five salaries at his position.
Because Brown had not signed his franchise tender, he was not subject to fines for not reporting to camp. He also skipped the team’s voluntary workouts and the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp without risk of any sort of fine.
The Chiefs rebuilt their offensive line following a dismal performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl two years ago, and Brown was expected to be the cornerstone of it. The Chiefs shipped a package of four draft picks to the Baltimore Ravens that included a first-round selection to get him, and the expectation all along has been that he would sign a long-term deal.
Brown started every game for the Chiefs last season, when he was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, and he helped to tutor a front five that included rookies in center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith.
DALLAS COWBOYS NAMED MOST VALUABLE SPORTS FRANCHISE AT $7.64 BILLION
Jerry Jones has said he would never sell the Dallas Cowboys. If he ever changed his mind, Sportico has it valued at $7.64 billion, making it the most valuable franchise across all sports.
According to Sportico, the Cowboys have a $630 million advantage on the second-place New York Yankees.
Sportico’s calculations are derived from interviews with more than 30 bankers, lawyers, team executives, owners and consultants as well as public documents involved in the sport. The average NFL franchise is worth $4.1 billion, up 18% over last year.
The Denver Broncos were sold to the Walton-Penner family ownership group for $4.65 billion, according to sources. The sale is expected to be approved at the next meeting of owners. The price is a record paid for a North American sports franchise.
Sixteen NFL franchises have been valued at least $4 billion, compared to seven in the other U.S. sports leagues, including four in the NBA and three in MLB.
CARDINALS QB KYLER MURRAY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has tested positive for COVID-19.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection tested positive on Sunday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Monday that Murray was experiencing “minor” symptoms. The coach added that Murray will miss a minimum of five days unless he tests negative before that time.
“I haven’t talked to him since he tested positive, just texting back and forth, but I know it’s nothing major,” Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury said no other players had tested positive during camp.
The positive test continues an eventful few weeks for Murray, who signed a $230.5 million, five-year deal in July. He then dealt with the fallout from a unique “independent study” addendum in that contract mandating film study, and had an impromptu media availability where he passionately defended his work ethic.
The team eventually dropped the addendum from the contract.
Murray also sat out Saturday’s practice with a sore right wrist. Kingsbury said that injury was “getting better.” Arizona’s backup quarterback is veteran Colt McCoy, who had a 2-1 record in three starts last season.
SEAHAWKS COACH PETE CARROLL TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Monday.
The Seahawks issued a statement about an hour before their fifth training camp practice started. The team said Carroll – who is fully vaccinated – tested positive on Sunday and is experiencing mild symptoms and is remaining at home. Carroll intends on participating in team meetings virtually until he is cleared to rejoin the team.
Carroll is the oldest coach in the league and will turn 71 in mid-September. He was a major proponent of COVID-19 vaccinations and took pride in the Seahawks making it through the 2020 season without a player testing positive during the season.
The team did not say who would run practices while Carroll is away. The Seahawks are scheduled to hold a mock game at Lumen Field on Saturday and that would be the earliest Carroll could rejoin the team.
JAMES REMAINS ON CHARGERS SIDELINE WITHOUT EXTENSION
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) With his contract extension unresolved, Derwin James remained on the sideline Monday as the Los Angeles Chargers held their first padded practice of training camp.
James did do some conditioning work on a side field where special teams and injured players do their workouts, but he is not taking part in team or individual drills. He is participating in off-field meetings and pre-practice walkthroughs as the Chargers and his agent continue to work on an extension that is expected to make him one of the highest-paid safeties in the league.
Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick signed a four year extension in June with a $18.25 million average per year that made him the highest-paid player at the position. The $72.98 million extension also included $36 million in guaranteed salary.
James is in the final year of his rookie contract after being the 17th overall selection in the 2018 draft. He is scheduled to earn $9.05 million this year. After missing 2020 because of a knee injury, James had 118 tackles last season along with two interceptions, two sacks and three forced fumbles.
Coach Brandon Staley said James not participating in practices hasn’t made things difficult.
“As you guys see, he hasn’t changed a bit, we haven’t changed a bit,” Staley said. “For us, and for the players, it’s normal. He’s himself, and that makes it really special for me, not making it a tough situation.”
James’ on-field absence is unlikely to be an issue unless it drags out to Aug. 17, when the Chargers begin practices with the Dallas Cowboys. With Staley not playing most of his starters during the preseason, the two days of joint workouts are the closest to facing opposing competition before the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Staley said the timeframe on when he would like to see James’ return is “probably the least of our concerns.”
The only thing it is affecting at this point, is James getting familiar with what is a revamped defense that could feature six new starters, including cornerback J.C. Jackson, after ranking 23rd in total defense last year.
Mark Webb, who is going into his second season, and third-round pick JT Woods have been getting extra snaps in James’ place.
“We know that he is a very important piece to this. We know that there is other business that’s happening. Hopefully, that gets taken care of soon, but in the meantime, I know that there are other guys out here working hard, and it’s allowing them to get reps,” defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill said of James. “He’s staying mentally locked in when he’s not in there. He’s been a coach on the sideline. He’s been upbeat and positive with all of the guys, so we like how that’s going as well, too.”
NOTES: LB Drue Tranquill is dealing with a groin injury that isn’t expected to keep him out for a significant period of time. … The Chargers signed TE Sage Surratt, who played for the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions during the spring.
PITT’S NARDUZZI: NIL RULES “PROBABLY” VIOLATED BY OTHERS
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi thinks name, image and likeness rules were “probably” violated over the spring, not so subtly hinting those violations led to star wide receiver Jordan Addison’s decision to transfer to USC.
Without naming the Trojans and Addison specifically, Narduzzi said Monday he doesn’t think “there’s any question” his players were “tempted with (NIL inducements) one way or the other.”
Addison, who won the Biletnikoff Award last December given annually to the nation’s best receiver, entered the transfer portal just before the May 1 deadline and officially transferred to USC later in the month.
Narduzzi said he’d like to see some sort of guardrails on NIL rules and called the current set-up essentially a pathway for backroom deals that are difficult for schools to regulate.
“I want our kids to make as much money as they can, but I want them to work for it and do it the right way and not just black market it,” he said.
Narduzzi, who is entering his eighth season at Pitt and led the Panthers to their first ACC championship last fall, suggested the NCAA “remove the boosters from the game.”
When it was pointed out that the head coaching position at Pitt’s official title is “Chris Bickell ’97 Head Football Coach” after Bickell – a Panther alum – donated $20 million to the program for a series of capital improvements last fall, Narduzzi clarified he’d like to see the banning of the kind of third-party “collectives” that have popped up in the last few years as NIL rules have been relaxed.
“What you’ll see throughout the country now is a booster, OK, saying `Do I give my money to the athletic department or do I give it to the collective?'” he said. “I’m saying we should be giving our money to the athletic department and kind of eliminating that.”
Narduzzi added he would like to see some control over what boosters can do.
“It has to be pretty equal throughout the country,” he said. “(There) can’t be wide gaps or we are going to ruin college football.”
The Panthers open the season on Sept. 1 against West Virginia in the renewal of the “Backyard Brawl.” The series, which dates to 1895, hasn’t been played since 2011 after the longtime rivals left the Big East.
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS
Louisville might not have been cranking up ACC championships, but it went on a strong run of solid winning seasons from 2010 to 2017 and got the basketball-mad school even more into football.
Three losing seasons in four years just won’t get it done.
Scott Satterfield was able to pull the program up out of the nosedive when he took over in 2019, he deserved more of a break than he got in 2020 for a 4-7 season – it was 2020 – but last year was a problem.
2021 was when the ACC was terrible. Clemson was down, Florida State was still struggling, and there weren’t any superpower players in a year when Pitt and Wake Forest became the stars.
That was the opening. That was the shot Louisville had to rise up and rock, and the 6-7 season was just … meh. To be fair, the Cardinals lost four games by six points or fewer – win just two of those, and it’s a different narrative going into 2022.
NC STATE WOLFPACK PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS
NC State was the overlooked really, really good team of 2021 – two of its three losses were on the road by a total of four points.
Devin Leary was the overlooked really, really good quarterback of last year – Kenny Pickett and other ACC stars got all the attention.
NC State overall has become an overlooked really, really good program under Dave Doeren.
It hasn’t been able to bust through and get to an ACC Championship game, much less win one, but outside of a 4-8 clunker in 2019, the Wolfpack have been consistently solid with three nine-win seasons in five years and an 8-4 2020 that might have been nine with a regular schedule.
SYRACUSE ORANGE PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS
It’s possible to win college football games at Syracuse.
It’s been done before, and head coach Dino Babers is adaptive enough and innovative enough to make it happen, but …
It would be nice if there was finally some positive consistency.
Syracuse was a productive program at a fairly high level from 1987 to 2001, it got stuck in a dry spell without a winning season from 2002 to 2009, and it’s been a fight to find a good groove ever since.
Head coach Dino Babers was able to come up with one magical season in 2018 with a 10-3 run and a nice bowl victory, but again with the consistency – there isn’t any, and it’s made it hard to build over his run with a 29-43 record.
As Wake Forest and Pitt proved, it’s possible to win in the ACC if there’s a set style to rely on.
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS PREVIEW 2022: SEASON PREDICTION, BREAKDOWN, KEY GAMES, PLAYERS
Wake Forest shouldn’t be winning a lot of football games.
Everyone gushed a few years ago when Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern managed to get to the Big Ten Championship two times in three seasons. Northwestern is a brilliant school with an enrollment of 21,000 students.
Wake Forest checks in with an enrollment at around 7,600, and it just got to the ACC Championship.
It’s a very small, very good, very beautiful school nestled in among the seemingly gajillion other colleges, and it managed to create a nice niche for itself to be good enough to push past the North Carolinas, NC States, and the other ACC teams to play for the conference title.
The talent is nowhere near the level of several other ACC schools, but Wake Forest has managed to go bowling in each of the last seven years, has put together a slew of offensive powerhouse teams, and it all keeps on rolling.
YANKEES GET MONTAS, TRIVINO FROM A’S FOR 4 PROSPECTS
NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees bolstered their pitching for the stretch run and playoffs, obtaining starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday for four prospects.
Montas, a 29-year-old right-hander, is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts, including a 2.76 ERA since the start of May. He has 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings.
“His level of talent, especially with how he’s pitched the last couple years, just excited to get him in the mix,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s got the full arsenal and stuff you look for top of the rotation guy. Gone out and proved last couple years he is that kind of caliber pitcher.
New York sent Oakland 26-year-old rookie left-hander J.P. Sears along with three minor leaguers: 24-year-old left-hander Ken Waldichuk, 23-year-old right-hander Luis Medina and 22-year-old infielder Cooper Bowman. Waldichuk was rated the Yankees’ No. 5 prospect, Medina 10th, Sears 20th and Bowman 21st.
“I think we got three pitchers who are very close to if not already major league ready,” Oakland general manager David Forst said.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees got Scott Effross, a 22-year-old rookie reliever, from the Chicago Cubs for Hayden Wesneski, a 24-year-old minor league right-hander.
While the Yankees ended July an AL-best 69-34, they were 8-11 since July 8. Montas joins a rotation headed by All-Stars Gerrit Cole (9-3, 3.30 ERA) and Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) that has faltered of late.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery is 0-2 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts and right-hander James Taillon is 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA in his last five. Luis Severino has not pitched since July 13 because of a lat strain and was moved to the 60-day injured list Monday along with right-handed reliever Miguel Castro, out since July 10 with a strained right shoulder. Going into Monday night’s series opener against Seattle, Domingo German had an 8.22 ERA in his first two starts after recovering from a right shoulder impingement.
Montas left a July 3 start at Seattle after 13 pitches with shoulder tightness – his velocity was down about 3 mph. He returned July 21 and has a 2.25 ERA in starts against Detroit and Houston.
“I think we’re comfortable with where he’s at shoulder-wise,” Boone said.
Montas was the second significant starting pitcher dealt ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline after Cincinnati sent Luis Castillo to Seattle.
New York also acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Kansas City last week, a move that has the Yankees looking to trade strikeout-prone Joey Gallo.
Montas has a $5,025,000 salary this year, is eligible for arbitration this winter and can become a free agent after the 2023 season. His fastball averages 96 mph.
Trivino, a 30-year-old right-hander, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA – double his 2021 figure – and 10 saves in 13 chances. Right-handed batters are hitting .289 against him this year while lefties are hitting .392 with nine walks in 60 plate appearances.
“Little bit down year statistically but we don’t think it lines up with what we’re seeing on some underlying things and who we think he is,” Boone said. “He’s been a very good reliever for them on some playoff-caliber teams.”
Houston’s Jose Altuve is 3 for 16 against Trivino and Alex Bregman is 2 for 10.
Trivino has a $3 million salary, is eligible for arbitration ahead of the 2023 and 2024 seasons, then can become a free agent.
Following the end of the lockout this March, Oakland traded first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta, third baseman Matt Chapman to Toronto and right-hander Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets. The A’s opened the season with the lowest payroll in the major leagues at $48 million and cut about $3 million more over the rest of the season by trading Montas and Trivino.
Oakland is an AL-worst 39-65. Trying to get government approvals for a new ballpark in downtown Oakland, the A’s last made the playoffs in 2020, beating the Chicago White Sox in the wild-card round before losing to Houston in the Division Series.
Oakland’s average home attendance of 8,475 is last in the major leagues.
“This is another obstacle we’re throwing at that group, but I’ve been very pleased with the effort and how these guys have responded to the opportunity that’s been put in front of them.” Forst said.
Sears is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in two starts and five relief appearances with the Yankees. He is 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine starts and two relief appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Bowman, a fourth-round draft pick last year who signed for a $353,000 bonus, hit .217 this year for Class-A Hudson Valley with 15 doubles, eight homers, 35 steals and 35 RBIs.
Medina is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 72 innings this season at Double-A Somerset.
Waldichuk, a fifth-round selection in 2019, is 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 116 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings for Triple-A Scranton and Double-A Somerset this year.
`It’s been clear now for a while obviously with the moves that we made in spring training that this is the direction we were heading come this deadline,” Forst said. “I expect to look back on all of that and hopefully see where a lot of the next group of Oakland A’s major leaguers came from.”
The Yankees also optioned right-hander Clarke Schmidt to Scranton and promoted right-hander Carlos Espinal from the RailRiders.
REPORT: BREWERS TRADE HADER TO PADRES IN 5-PLAYER BLOCKBUSTER
The San Diego Padres are acquiring four-time All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-hander Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, outfielder Esteury Ruiz, and left-handed prospect Robert Gasser, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Hader has been one of MLB’s most dominating bullpen arms in recent years, authoring a 2.48 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.88 WHIP, and 15.4 K/9 with 125 saves in 316 1/3 innings since debuting in 2017.
The 28-year-old will be eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.
The lefty sensation provides the Padres with stability in the ninth inning, without them having to trade any of their top prospects, such as C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, or Jackson Merrill.
San Diego also kept Mackenzie Gore, whose name has been floated in trade rumors, which should allow Padres general manager A.J. Preller to make additional moves if needed. The Padres have been linked to several players, including Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, in recent days.
Devin Williams, who hasn’t allowed an earned run since May 10, is now expected to take over closing duties for the first-place Brewers. Rogers also has closing experience, saving 78 games for the Minnesota Twins and Padres throughout his career.
Rogers is the most notable player headed to the Brewers. The left-hander has pitched seven seasons in the bigs, authoring a 3.29 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 361 career appearances. He’s earning the remainder of his $7.3-million salary and will be a free agent at the end of this season.
Lamet has struggled to stay healthy since finishing fourth in NL Cy Young voting in 2020 when he completed the campaign with a 2.09 ERA, 2.48 FIP, and 12.1 K/9 in 69 innings. The Dominican has pitched out of the bullpen for the Padres this season, posting a 9.49 ERA in 13 outings while maintaining an 11.7 K/9.
Ruiz made his major-league debut for the Padres on July 12. The 23-year-old owns a .556 OPS in 27 plate appearances after impressing in the minors, where he slashed .333/.467/.560 with 13 homers, 46 RBIs, and 60 steals in 77 games.
The 23-year-old Gasser was ranked as the Padres’ No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline after they chose him in the second round of the 2021 draft. The California native owns a 4-9 record with a 4.18 ERA and 11.5 K/9 in 18 starts for High-A Fort Wayne.
Milwaukee holds a three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead.
CUBS TRADE EFFROSS TO YANKEES
The New York Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Hayden Wesneski on Monday, the teams announced.
Effross has been terrific for the Cubs in his two major-league seasons, authoring a 2.91 ERA and 10.4 K/9 in 62 games, with 61 of those outings coming from the bullpen.
Opposing hitters are batting just .157 and have a 30.1% whiff rate against Effross’ slider, which he throws 40% of the time.
The sidearmer joins a Yankees bullpen composed of Clay Holmes, Aroldis Chapman, and Jonathan Loaisiga, among others, but New York is missing Michael King, Zack Britton, Miguel Castro, and Chad Green.
Effross is under club control for five years and hasn’t hit arbitration as of yet.
Wesneski, 24, was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 draft by the Yankees. He rose through their farm system after a stellar college career at Sam Houston State, pitching his 2022 campaign in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He owns a 3.51 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 89 2/3 innings across 19 starts this season.
MLB Pipeline ranked him as New York’s No. 7 prospect.
BRAVES ACQUIRE ADRIANZA FROM NATIONALS, DFA CANO
The Washington Nationals traded infielder Ehire Adrianza to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder Trey Harris on Monday, the teams announced.
Adrianza won the World Series with the Braves in 2021, hitting .247/.327/.401 with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 109 games. He slashed .179/.255/.202 in 31 games for the Nationals this season.
The 32-year-old offers Atlanta plenty of defensive versatility, having appeared at every position except for catcher throughout his 10-year career.
Harris was a 32nd-round draft choice by the Braves in 2018. The 26-year-old hit .238/.338/.323 with 16 RBIs for Double-A Mississippi this season.
The Braves designated infielder Robinson Cano for assignment to make room for Adrianza on the active roster.
ROYALS ACQUIRE LHP ANTHONY MISIEWICZ FROM SEATTLE FOR CASH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals acquired left-hander Anthony Misiewicz from the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations Monday.
The 27-year-old Misiewicz, who will be added to the Royals’ 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Omaha, appeared in 17 games for Seattle this season with a 4.61 ERA. He was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on June 10, where he had a 3.65 ERA in 13 appearances.
Misiewicz made his big league debut in 2020 and led Seattle in appearances in each of his first two seasons, including a career-best 66 last season, when his 19 holds ranked eighth in the American League.
Misiewicz was teammates in Seattle with Wyatt Mills, whom the Royals acquired from the Mariners on June 27.
ASTROS ACQUIRE 1B MANCINI FROM ORIOLES IN 3-TEAM TRADE
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros acquired first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in a three-team trade Monday that also moved speedy outfielder Jose Siri to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The AL West-leading Astros were in the market for a first baseman with Yuli Gurriel struggling this season. The 38-year-old Gurriel hit .319 to win the American League batting title in 2021, but has hit just .243 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this year.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Mancini would be tough to replace on and off the field and that the conversation about the trade was difficult.
“Trey has been such an important part of our lives here the last, since I’ve been here, and a big part of Baltimore and a big part of this community,” Hyde said. “And you know it’s hard to see someone like him go, just a close friend to so many people.’
“It wasn’t fun, but happy for him and the opportunity he’s going to have, but it’s hard to say goodbye.’
Mancini, who has been in the lineup at designated hitter 51 times this season, also could fill that role for the AL West leaders with Michael Brantley out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
The 30-year-old Mancini is hitting .268 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 92 games this season. He broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016 and batted .270 with 117 homers and 350 RBIs in 701 games with the Orioles.
“I always said I wanted to see the rebuild through and I feel like, in a lot of ways, I have,” Mancini told reporters in Arlington, Texas where the Orioles were playing the Rangers on Monday night. “I think things are only going to get better here, and besides when I’m playing against them, I’m always gonna be rooting for these guys in here.”
Houston also received minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from Tampa Bay. The Astros sent Siri to the Rays and minor league right-hander Chayce McDermott to the Orioles.
The 27-year-old Siri made his big league debut last year. He hit .178 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games with Houston this season.
Mancini has a $7.5 million salary this season as part of a contract that includes a $10 million mutual option for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.
RAYS ACQUIRE LEFTY RELIEVER GARRETT CLEAVINGER FROM DODGERS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league outfielder German Tapia.
The Rays said Monday that Cleavinger, who spent parts of the past three seasons in the majors with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, will report to Triple-A Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Luke Bard was designated for assignment.
Cleavinger, obtained by Los Angeles from Philadelphia in a three-way trade that also involved the Rays in December 2020, made four appearances for the Dodgers this season. He was 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA over 4 1/3 innings.
The 28-year-old lefty is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 27 career games with the Phillies and Dodgers.
REPORT: ANGELS WON’T TRADE OHTANI; YANKEES MADE SERIOUS OFFER
Shohei Ohtani isn’t going anywhere.
The Los Angeles Angels aren’t going to trade the two-way phenom before the Aug. 2 deadline, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.
The New York Yankees made a serious offer for Ohtani before the Angels decided to move on, while the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres were among the teams who tried to trade for the 28-year-old, Heyman adds.
Ohtani was among the biggest names mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline. The Angels continue to struggle with stars Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon sidelined with injuries.
The 28-year-old previously said he was unsure “what’s going to happen in the future” but was staying focused amid lingering trade chatter.
The Japanese sensation has continued to produce as a talented two-way player in 2022. He holds a slash line of .255/.352/.495 while also adding 22 home runs and 62 RBIs. As a pitcher, Ohtani owns a 2.81 ERA, 2.37 FIP, and is averaging 13.1 strikeouts over nine innings.
Ohtani, who has one year of arbitration left, could test free agency as soon as 2023.
AUSTIN RILEY SIGNS $212 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE ATLANTA BRAVES
Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley is in the midst of yet another brilliant season with the team. He enters this week’s action hitting .301 with 29 homers, 68 RBI and a .964 OPS.
Still only 25 years old, the first-time All-Star will now get paid like it. Atlanta announced on Monday that Riley has agreed to a 10-year contract worth $212 million. Said deal keeps him in a Braves uniform through at least the 2032 season with a team option for 2033.
The defending champs now keep one of their core young pieces together as Atlanta looks to remain relevant on the broader MLB stage for the long run.
On the other hand, Riley takes that $212 million in his first season of arbitration
GREENE WINS 1ST SINCE JUNE, REDS BEAT REELING MARLINS 3-1
MIAMI (AP) Rookie Hunter Greene won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the reeling Miami Marlins 3-1 on Monday night.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles, in his first game off the injured list. Joey Votto walked twice and singled for the Reds, who won their third in a row as they began a four-city, 10-game trip.
Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham was in the original lineup, then removed and traded to Boston for a player to be named or cash.
“Tommy Pham, just a great guy on this team,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He handled everything great from Day 1 that he got here. I do believe he’s going to finish strong. I’m very happy for him from that standpoint.”
Miami has lost eight straight home games and 11 of 15 overall.
Greene (4-12) struck out eight and walked none. He had been 0-5 in eight starts since beating Arizona on June 6.
“I felt all my pitches were on. They all felt great,” Greene said. “When all those things come together, I’m not going to say easy, but it helps a lot.”
For Greene, facing the same opponent in consecutive starts is another step in his learning curve. Greene allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against Miami on July 26.
“Knowing how to approach a team when you just saw them or having to face two or three more times, that’s just the reality in the game,” Greene said.
Reiver Sanmartin, Ian Gibaut and Hunter Strickland finished the five-hitter. Strickland allowed pinch-hitter Nick Fortes’ two-out run-scoring single, then retired Jacob Stallings on a flyout for his seventh save in 10 chances.
Three batters reached against Greene, who topped 100 mph with six pitches and averaged 98.6 mph with his fastball. Charles Leblanc singled off the 22-year-old right-hander with one out in the third, and Green hit a pair of batters with pitchers, Jesus Sanchez in the fifth and Stallings in the sixth.
Jesus Luzardo (2-4) gave up two runs and three hits in five innings and struck out five. It was the first big league outing since May 10 for the 24-year-old lefty, who had been sidelined by a left forearm strain.
“It was amazing to be back on the mound,” Luzardo said. “A couple of months ago, I didn’t know where I would be in terms of health. The first week (after the injury) was extremely frustrating, and then I stopped feeling sorry for myself.”
Almora played his first big league game since July 10 following a stint on the COVID-10 injured list and broke an 0 for 17 slide with a two-run double in the second that landed on the right-field warning track.
Jonathan India’ added a two-out RBI single in the seventh against Steven Okert.
PHAM’S IMMEDIATE REPLACEMENT
Matt Reynolds learned that he would replace Pham in the lineup 15 minutes before the game. And when he took left-field, Reynolds was quickly tested as he caught Joey Wendle’s flyball to leadoff the first.
“That’s the way baseball works,” Reynolds said. “I swear. once you get thrown into the game, the ball finds you.”
MOVING UP THE LIST
Votto tied Eddie Murray with 1,333 walks for 38th.
Reds: Reinstated Hunter Strickland from the bereavement list. OF Stuart Fairchild and RHP Ryan Hendrix were optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Marlins: Selected the contract of RHP Aneurys Zabala from Triple-A Jacksonville and optioned RHP Nick Neidert to the same club. LHP Jake Fishman was designated for assignment.
Reds: C Tyler Stephenson (broken right clavicle) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. … INF Max Schrock was expected to join the club on its taxi squad for the series in Miami before he fractured his right kneecap in a game Saturday at Louisville.
Marlins: RHP Max Meyer (right elbow ligament tear) will undergo Tommy John surgery Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. … RHP Cole Sulser (right lat strain) threw one inning in a rehab game Sunday at Class A Jupiter and is scheduled to join Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday. … RHP Jordan Holloway (right elbow impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.64) will pitch the second game of the series Tuesday while the Marlins will go with LHP Braxton Garrett (2-4, 3.96).
ROSARIO’S HIT IN 11TH GIVE GUARDIANS 6-5 WIN OVER ARIZONA
CLEVELAND (AP) Amed Rosario homered early and singled in the winning run in the 11th inning for his third hit of the game as the Cleveland Guardians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Monday night.
Rosario hit a line drive past a diving Christian Walker at first base and into right field to score rookie Will Benson from third, setting off a celebration behind the mound.
The Guardians trail first-place Minnesota by just a game in the AL Central despite being the youngest team in baseball.
“I’m not sure they check your age when you’re in the batter’s box in the 10th inning,” manager Terry Francona said.
Rosario, who launched a two-run homer in the third, lined a 1-0 pitch from Mark Melancon (3-10), the Diamondbacks’ 10th pitcher. Benson began the inning as the automatic runner at second and moved to third on Austin Hedges’ bunt.
Steven Kwan walked and stole second, but Myles Straw grounded out before Rosario gave Cleveland its fifth walk-off win of the season.
Rosario said there’s a sense of excitement in Cleveland’s dugout late in close games.
“You’re always going to have that vibe with that energy,” he said through a translator. “It’s easier to play with that energy.”
Arizona advanced a runner to third with one out in the 11th, but Sam Hentges (3-2) retired Jake McCarthy on a lineout, and pinch-hitter Buddy Kennedy struck out.
The Diamondbacks pushed across the go-ahead run in the 10th when Ketel Marte hit into a double play, but Andres Gimenez tied it with an RBI single – his fourth hit to go along with a career-high three stolen bases.
The ball was flying out of Progressive Field early on an 84-degree night. Daulton Varsho’s solo home run put Arizona ahead in the second, but Owen Miller’s two-run shot gave Cleveland the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Rosario hit a two-run homer in the third, but Walker’s three-run drive in the fourth off Cal Quantrill erased a 4-1 deficit.
Zach Davies allowed both Cleveland home runs in his first start since June 25. The right-hander was on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and was activated before the game. Davies was pulled after Rosario’s homer in the third and charged with four runs.
Quantrill allowed four runs in six innings.
Kwan had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games in his rookie season.
Arizona reliever Kevin Ginkel, selected from Triple-A Reno on Monday, struck out the side in the fourth and missed an immaculate inning by one pitch. Nolan Jones and Hedges each struck out on three pitches. Straw fouled off an 0-2 pitch before taking a called strike three.
ON THE MOVE?
Guardians designated hitter Franmil Reyes, mired in a season-long slump, cleaned out his locker following the game. Reyes has two minor league options remaining and has been mentioned in trade talks.
Reyes began the season as the cleanup hitter but is batting .213 with nine homers and 28 RBIs. Cleveland outfielder Oscar Gonzalez has been out since June 30 with a right intercostal strain and is expected to return soon.
Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor returned after missing two games because of numbness in his surgically repaired right ankle. He tested his ankle and was cleared by the team’s medical staff to play Monday. Naylor has also been dealing with a sore back.
“He went out and ran and did everything,” Francona said. “I told him, `I want you to play, you’ve got to be OK’d.’ So, they did OK it.”
Benson was in line at a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday when he got a phone call informing him he was being promoted to Cleveland from Triple-A Columbus.
“I was in Taco Bell because my girl wanted Taco Bell,” Benson said. “But it all worked out perfect because the Taco Bell was pretty close to the Omni hotel where my parents were staying so I was able to drive back and tell my parents. It was crazy. We literally went crazy in valet, just jumping around, screaming.”
Benson made his major league debut in right field in the ninth inning.
Diamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith was placed on the 15-day injured list with a fracture of his non-pitching hand. The injury occurred after he was removed from Saturday’s game against Atlanta. “Caleb broke his hand by punching something that he shouldn’t have been punching,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
Guardians: Miller was removed from Saturday’s game after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch and didn’t play Sunday.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zac Gallen (5-2, 3.24 ERA) will make his first career start against Cleveland in the second game of the series Tuesday night. He’s allowed three earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (7-7, 3.24 ERA) gave up a three-run homer to Xander Bogaerts and lost to the Red Sox on Thursday.
PEREZ, MERRIFIELD HOMER, ROYALS EDGE WHITE SOX 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield hit solo home runs, Daniel Lynch took a shutout into the sixth inning in his return from the injured list and the Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Monday night for their second straight win.
Perez launched a monster blast for the second straight game and his third homer in four contests after missing 31 games with a left thumb injury and surgery. The seven-time All Star catcher has eight RBIs in the span.
“This guy just continues to amaze us,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Any injury, especially one that causes a surgery, usually it’s not just the strength, it’s the timing. That’s probably the most amazing thing after he’s able to take off five weeks.
“For him to jump right in … just not many people do that.”
Merrifield’s drive into the left-field bullpen off Michael Kopech (4-7) in the sixth might have been his last with Kansas City. A two-time All Star in seven seasons with the Royals, the second baseman has been the subject of trade rumors heading into Tuesday’s deadline.
It didn’t distract Merrifield on Monday.
“Once the game starts, the game and what happens off the field are two separate parts of my life,” Merrifield said. “I feel like I do a pretty good job of disconnecting.”
Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn each had two hits off Lynch, but the White Sox slipped back to .500 (51-51). Pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets drove in a run with sac fly in the seventh.
Chicago, 23-29 at home, failed in a bid to win three consecutive games at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time this season.
Lynch (4-7) allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked none in 5 1/3 innings as he returned from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha and started in place of Brad Keller. The 6-foot-6 left-hander went on the injured list on July 18 with a blister on his pitching hand, the second time in a month the injury sidelined him.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to go out and just have a normal game,” Lynch said. “So it was just a lot of fun to be back out there with these guys and get to throw to Salvy (Perez.)”
Scott Barlow got the last six outs for his 17th save in 20 chances. He worked around a single in each of the last two innings.
Kopech allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked one while throwing a career-high 100 pitches.
“He gets us into the seventh inning,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “He did his part. The ball was coming out his hand good.
“The problem was we just got shut down. We didn’t create enough opportunities.”
The White Sox had 10 hits, but nine were singles and Royals pitchers issued only one walk.
Perez’s 14th homer, off Kopech’s 2-1 slider in the fourth, was measured at 452 feet and put Kansas City ahead 1-0. The blast sailed over the multi-tiered center-field batter’s eye and bounced high off the concourse pavement in front of the scoreboard.
“That had to be more than that, c’mon,” joked Perez about the distance of his drive, the 23rd of his career against the White Sox.
“No 450, that’s a glitch,” Merrifield said. “That’s as close to 500 as you’re gonna’ see. That was crazy. He’s strong.”
It came a day after Perez launched a three-run, 441-foot shot off Yankees All-Star closer Clay Holmes in the ninth inning in New York to lift the Royals to an 8-6 win. It was the first home run allowed this year by Holmes
Merrifield went deep in the sixth to make it 2-0.
After Leury Garcia and Seby Zavala greeted reliever Wyatt Mills with singles in the seventh, Sheets’ deep fly scored Garcia to cut it to 2-1.
ALL OR NOTHING
Perez has just three hits since coming back, but all have been homers.
WHITE SOX ADD LEFTY
The White Sox filled a gap in their bullpen by acquiring LHP Jake Diekman from Boston for catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named or cash.
Diekman is 5-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season. The 6-foot-4, 35-year-old is particularly tough on left-handed batters, holding them to a .188 batting average this year.
The Royals, who could be prominent sellers ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, made two minor deals to add organizational pitching depth.
Kansas City swapped 3B Emmanuel Rivera to the Arizona for RHP Luke Weaver, who was 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA for the Diamondbacks. The Royals sent cash to the Seattle Mariners for LHP Anthony Misiewicz, who was assigned to Triple-A Omaha
White Sox: CF Luis Robert was in the team’s clubhouse after a rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte, but not reactivated from the IL. Manager Tony La Russa said it was unlikely the speedy outfielder would play in the three-game series against Kansas City. Robert exited a game at Minnesota on July 15 with blurred vision and lightheadedness and was placed on the retroactive to July 19. Last weekend, the White Sox said the 2020 Gold Glove winner was suffering from cold symptoms.
Royals: RHP Carlos Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Lynch on the roster.
Kansas City RHP Brad Keller (5-11, 4.18) will start on Tuesday and face struggling Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (6-6, 5.14). Giolito was 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in his first nine starts this season, but is 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his last nine outings.
TURNER, MUNCY POWER DODGERS TO 8-2 WIN OVER GIANTS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Trea Turner homered to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, Max Muncy also went deep, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 8-2 Monday night.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs as the Dodgers won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 23-5 since June 30.
Wilmer Flores hit his team-leading 16th homer for the Giants, who are 3-9 since the All-Star break after winning five of their previous six.
Turner had a sacrifice fly, Freeman hit an RBI single and Will Smith added a run-scoring double off Giants starter Logan Webb (9-5) in a three-run third in which Los Angeles broke open a 2-1 game. Smith had another RBI double in the sixth to push Los Angeles’ lead to 6-1.
Andrew Heaney gave up one run and four hits in four innings in his second start since coming of the injured list (left shoulder inflammation). He struck out seven and walked two.
Caleb Ferguson (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win.
Webb gave up six earned runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one. The Giants have lost eight of their staff ace’s last 12 starts.
Flores homered off Chris Martin for the only run the newly acquired right-hander allowed in his Dodgers debut.
TOUGH OUT, MAN
Dodgers rookie James Outman was 2 for 2 with double. He’s 5 for 6 through his first two career games after going 3 for 4 with a homer Sunday in his major league debut in Colorado.
WORST OF WEBB’S WORST
Webb’s six runs allowed was the most he’s ever given up in a home game. He hadn’t given up six earned runs since May 5, 2021, at Colorado. He also gave up six earned runs in Oakland, Sept. 18, 2020. Webb allowed a career-worst seven earned runs in his fourth career start at St. Louis on Sept. 5, 2019.
The Dodgers acquired OF German Tapia in a trade with the Tampa Bay Ray in exchange for LHP Garrett Cleavinger.
The Giants dealt RHP Jeremy Walker to Tampa Bay in exchange for C/IF Ford Proctor. The Giants designated RHP Kervin Castro for assignement.
Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) has joined the team and is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts said.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment in Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday, manager Gabe Kapler said. Crawford could join the team as soon as Thursday.
Joc Pederson and Thairo Estrada (concussion protocol) are both progressing. SS Brandon Crawford
Dodgers LHP Tyler Anderson (11-1, 2.61 ERA) is 1-3 with a. 3.91 ERA in games against the Giants. LHP Alex Wood (7-8, 4.11) is 2-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) against the Dodgers.
JARREN DURAN’S HR, 3 RBIS POWER RED SOX PAST ASTROS 3-2
HOUSTON (AP) Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi was minutes away from a pregame meeting with catcher Christian Vazquez to go over the Houston scouting report when he learned that Vazquez wouldn’t be competing with the Red Sox on Monday night because he had become a member of the Astros.
Eovaldi was able to shake off the surprise and disappointment that Vazquez had been traded and turn in a solid start for the Red Sox in a 3-2 win over the Astros.
“He means a lot to us,” Eovaldi said of Vazquez, who was the longest-tenured player on the team. “It’s one of those friendships that’s never going to be gone, even though he’s not with us now. But it’s definitely difficult having to say bye to him.”
Jarren Duran homered and drove in a career-high three RBIs, as the Red Sox overcame sloppy fielding early to get the victory on a day the Astros made a pair of important trades.
Along with Vazquez, Houston acquired first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in a three-team trade on the eve of the deadline.
“We’re bringing in a couple quality guys, one guy that’s been in the playoffs and one guy wanting to get to the playoffs,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Both of them are good players, both of them I heard are excellent teammates and veterans that can help our ball club … both of them picked up quite a few games in the standings and I’m hoping that they’re happy about the trade.”
Vazquez was in the Red Sox lineup before being scratched just minutes before the game. Now, with a move to the other clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, he’ll try to help the Astros make another deep playoff push.
“When the news broke and it was true, it was sad,” Eovaldi said. “But, at the same time, you get prepared to go out there and get to do your job.”
Vazquez spoke briefly to reporters before being whisked away by a Red Sox public relations staffer before the trade was announced, but did not speak to the media after the game.
Asked how he felt about being traded to the Astros, he said: “It’s a business.”
Eovaldi (5-3) allowed four hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to get his first win since June 8.
Houston led 2-1 after scoring twice, thanks to errors in the third inning.
The Red Sox still trailed by a run when Bobby Dalbec walked to start the fifth. There were two outs in the inning when Duran smacked his second homer of the season into the seats in right field to make it 3-2.
The 25-year-old Duran got the Red Sox on the board in the third inning when he drove in a run with a ground-rule double.
Houston starter Luis Garcia (8-7) yielded six hits and three runs in seven innings for his second straight loss.
“He was good, except for Duran,” Baker said. “Similar to us last week in Oakland where Tony Kemp killed us. He drove in all the runs tonight. That was the difference in the game.”
Martin Maldonado singled with one out in the seventh to chase Eovaldi. He was replaced by John Schreiber, and Jose Altuve grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Tanner Houck pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
The Astros went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position while playing without third baseman Alex Bregman, who went on the paternity list Monday after his wife Reagan went into labor with their first child.
Dalbec doubled to open the third and scored on the ground-rule by Duran to put the Red Sox up 1-0.
Altuve reached on an error by third baseman Christian Arroyo with no outs in the bottom of the inning. Yuli Gurriel then reached on a fielder’s choice by shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Gurriel took second and Altuve went to third on an error by Bogaerts on the play.
The Astros tied it when Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly by Yordan Alvarez. A double by Aledmys Diaz came next to send Gurriel home and put Houston up 2-1.
Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (sprained left knee) was activated from the 15-day injured list Monday, but the team hasn’t said when he’ll make his next start.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers will make his third rehabilitation start for Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday night. McCullers, who has been out all season with a forearm strain, threw 52 pitches in three innings in his last start and is expected to pitch longer Tuesday. … INF Taylor Jones was recalled from Sugar Land to take Bregman’s spot on the roster.
Houston’s Cristian Javier (6-6, 3.26 ERA) opposes Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.15) when the series continues Tuesday night.
METS WIN 7TH IN A ROW; SOTO HOMERS IN POSSIBLE NATS SWANSONG
WASHINGTON (AP) Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor homered, Max Scherzer defeated his former team, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Monday night for their seventh consecutive victory on the eve of ace Jacob deGrom’s season debut.
Washington slugger Juan Soto homered off Scherzer in what could be his final game with the Nationals. Soto, who walked in his other three plate appearances, is perhaps the biggest star who could be dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
“I feel good where I’m at,” Soto said. “I understand it’s a business and they need to do whatever they need to do. I’m just another player, another employee here like (former teammate Ryan Zimmerman) used to say.”
Several current teammates could also leave Washington as the Nationals, who own the majors’ worst record at 35-69 and have lost four of five, look to sell for the second consecutive year.
The first-place Mets could acquire some more pieces at the deadline, but their biggest addition will likely be deGrom. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, shut down in spring training with a stress reaction in his right scapula, has not pitched in the majors since July 2021 and will come off the injured list Tuesday. He missed the second half of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow.
Regardless of any potential moves, New York had more than enough Monday to handle Patrick Corbin (4-15) and the Nationals. Jeff McNeil, Tomas Nido and Starling Marte all had RBI singles in the second, and Alonso lined his 27th homer into the visitors’ bullpen in left field an inning later.
Alonso’s homer was the fifth of his career against Corbin, his most against any pitcher. He is a .382 lifetime hitter (13 for 34) against the left-hander.
Lindor added a three-run drive in the sixth off reliever Steve Cishek as New York improved to 9-2 this season against Washington.
Cishek hit Lindor in the face with a pitch April 8, leading to a bench-clearing scuffle – an experience that weighed on Lindor.
“It hasn’t been comfortable since I got hit,” Lindor said. “The last at-bat against him, I struck out. Today, he hit Marte and all I was saying was, `Please don’t hit me.’ The first pitch was inside and it made me very, very uncomfortable. I was scared, but thank God I was able to put a good swing and it went out. I was very happy – No. 1 because I made it through the at-bat, and No. 2 because I helped the team.”
Scherzer (7-2) won two Cy Young Awards with Washington, made six All-Star appearances in seven seasons and helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series before getting dealt to the Dodgers at last year’s trade deadline. He allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings and struck out five while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.
“Command-wise, he wasn’t normally where he’s spoiled us at,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “To be able to compete through that was something to watch. I kind of enjoy those in a way. They kind of remind me of why guys like him are different.”
Scherzer is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts since returning from the injured list July 5.
Soto, a two-time All-Star and one of the few pivotal pieces remaining from Washington’s 2019 title team, was applauded loudly throughout the night. He walked in the first, moved to third on Josh Bell’s double and scored on Marte’s throwing error from right field. Soto also belted Scherzer’s pitch in the fourth to center field for his 21st homer of the season and 119th – and perhaps last – with the Nationals.
“It means a lot,” Soto said of the fan reaction. “It kind of feels weird, too, because nothing’s happened yet. We’re still waiting. It’s kind of cool at the same time, but it’s kind of weird, too.”
Corbin, who leads the majors in losses, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four. He has lost five consecutive starts, posting a 10.29 ERA in that span.
New York leadoff man Brandon Nimmo had four hits, his most since collecting a career-high five against Baltimore on Aug. 15, 2018.
Mets: RHP Trevor May (triceps inflammation) pitched Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Syracuse. Showalter said May could be activated as early as Wednesday. . C James McCann (left oblique strain) homered for Double-A Binghamton during a rehab assignment Sunday and could be activated as soon as Thursday. . Showalter said 1B/DH Dominic Smith (right ankle sprain) could begin a rehab assignment later this week. . New York sent RHP R.J. Alvarez outright to Syracuse.
Nationals: OF Victor Robles, who missed Sunday’s game with leg cramps, returned to the lineup. . Washington selected the contract of INF Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.
NATS DEAL ADRIANZA
Washington sent utility man Ehire Adrianza to Atlanta for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. Adrianza hit .179 with no homers and seven RBIs in 31 games for the Nationals. The 26-year-old Harris hit .238 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 59 games for Double-A Mississippi.
Mets: DeGrom makes his first major league start since July 7, 2021. He is 9-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 21 career starts against Washington.
Nationals: RHP Cory Abbott (0-0, 2.25) also makes his first start of the season Tuesday night.
PROFAR HOMERS, CLEVINGER DEALS IN PADRES’ 4-1 WIN VS ROCKIES
SAN DIEGO (AP) Mike Clevinger is starting to pitch like the guy who excited the Padres’ brass enough to trade for him during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Clevinger tossed seven impressive innings and Jurickson Profar homered for the third straight game to help San Diego beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Monday night in the opener of a five-game series.
Trent Grisham also connected for the Padres, who won for just the fourth time in 12 games against the pesky Rockies this season.
The Padres acquired Clevinger from Cleveland late in the 2020 season, hoping he’d help them make a deep playoff run. Instead, he injured his elbow during his final regular-season start, missed the first-round series against St. Louis and was forced out of the Division Series opener against the Dodgers in the second inning. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2021.
Back healthy now, Clevinger (3-3) won for the first time in five starts, holding the Rockies to one run and five hits while striking out six and walking none. Two of those hits came in the sixth, when Jose Iglesias hit a leadoff double, advanced on C.J. Cron’s single and scored on Brendan Rodgers’ sacrifice fly.
“They got him here for a reason. He had to go through a tough time and rehab and all that stuff, which is kind of a lonely space,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “But he’s back pitching like he has before. Velo really doesn’t matter, sometimes it’s a little more when he needs it. His cutter, slider, bigger slider – he didn’t walk anybody. Fantastic.”
Luis Garcia got two outs with two runners on for his second save.
“With a doubleheader tomorrow, we needed seven innings out of the starter,” Melvin said.
Profar homered on the second pitch from Antonio Senzatela (3-6), his third career leadoff shot and the first time he’s ever gone deep in three consecutive games. His shot to right field was his 12th.
Profar also made a diving catch of Randal Grichuk’s sinking liner in left field for the second out of the fourth.
“Just feeling good and swinging at good pitches,” Profar said.
Wil Myers returned from a two-month stay on the injured list with right knee inflammation and promptly got his 500th career RBI on a groundout to give San Diego a 3-0 lead in the first.
Senzatela allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked three.
The Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for recently demoted closer Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet, OF Esteury Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser.
Rockies: Placed OF Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and recalled INF Alan Trejo from Triple-A Albuquerque. It’s the third trip to the IL for Bryant this season.
Padres: Reinstated Myers from the 10-day IL and RHP Nick Martinez from the paternity list. … SS Fernando Tatis Jr. took six at-bats against live pitching as he works to return from surgery on his broken left wrist in March. “After the second one I was penciling him in my lineup here tonight, and I know that’s not the case,” Melvin joked. He said Tatis had a hit in his first at-bat and a homer in his second. “It gets you thinking a little bit,” said Melvin, who added Tatis probably will have one more live BP session before the team decides the next step.
The teams play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday. Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.59 ERA) and Padres RHP Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.24) are scheduled to start the first game. Colorado RHP Jose Urena (1-3, 4.67) and San Diego RHP Reiss Knehr (0-0, 0.00) square off in the second game.
URSHELA HITS 2-RUN HR IN 10TH, TWINS RALLY PAST TIGERS 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Gio Urshela went right back to work after his wife delivered their new daughter and gave the Minnesota Twins a critical comeback victory with the first game-ending home run of his career.
The injury-depleted Twins badly needed the jolt.
Urshela’s two-run homer in the 10th inning drove in Jose Miranda, who had three RBIs as Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Monday night and maintained its one-game lead in the AL Central.
“We’ve got a good lineup. We all trust each other, so I kind of knew something was going to happen soon,” said Miranda, who hit a tying, two-run single in the eighth and drove in the automatic runner with his single in the 10th.
Urshela finished it with his high drive onto the grass berm beyond center field off Alex Lange (4-2). That kept the Twins alone in first place, just ahead of Cleveland after the Guardians beat Arizona in 11 innings.
“A lot of emotions,” said Urshela, who was on the paternity list for three days while his wife, Danna, gave birth to a healthy girl, Gianna. “Baby and walk-off and winning. It’s good for the team.”
The home-plate jump greetings and water dousing of Urshela came long after Tigers ace Tarik Skubal was pulled following five scoreless innings after complaining of left arm fatigue. He gave up three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 77 pitches, his third-fewest of the season, in what could have been his final start with the out-of-contention team with the trade deadline looming on Tuesday.
“I didn’t want to put myself at risk of something serious happening,” Skubal said.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch was happy Skubal spoke up.
“We want guys to communicate openly. This is not a question of his resolve or his toughness,” Hinch said. “This is one of the toughest kids on our team.”
Akil Baddoo delivered a go-ahead single for Detroit in the top of the 10th off winner Griffin Jax (5-2). Tucker Barnhart drove in the first two runs for the Tigers, who fell to 16-36 on the road.
The Twins played their first of 20 home games in August, their most in a month since they played 22 times at Metropolitan Stadium in June 1977.
The turn of the calendar and the promise of home-field comfort couldn’t have come soon enough, after a 10-12 record in July that saw their slim division lead become even more precarious beneath the weight of a sputtering pitching staff.
Aaron Sanchez, who made seven starts for Washington with an 8.33 ERA earlier this season before being released, was called up from Triple-A St. Paul to fill in for Minnesota’s reeling rotation and provided five solid innings. Sanchez gave up four hits, including a two-out RBI single by Barnhart in the fourth, and one walk with eight strikeouts.
“Call it a trade-deadline acquisition for sure,” Sanchez said. “Hopefully I can be this sharp for the remainder time I’m here, and hopefully we can win as many games as we can down the stretch.”
Miranda has tied the game or given the Twins the lead with 14 of his 42 RBIs in his rookie season, a much-needed contribution for a team with five position players on the injured list. That doesn’t include All-Star center fielder Byron Buxton, who has been playing all season with a bad knee and was unavailable Monday.
“Big moments, I just like them,” Miranda said.
The injured list also doesn’t include, for now, outfielders Kyle Garlick or Alex Kirilloff. Kirilloff, who is unable to swing without pain in his wrist, entered for two innings on defense after Garlick exited with right rib inflammation. Tim Beckham then batted for Kirilloff once his spot in the order came up and remained in the game.
Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta, out for the last month with a strained left hamstring, has rejoined the team with a target reinstatement on Wednesday, Hinch said.
Twins: C Ryan Jeffers, expected to miss another four to six weeks recovering from a broken right thumb, had surgery during the All-Star break to insert screws designed to accelerate the healing. His wife also happens to be 39 weeks pregnant with their first child, so the upside is he’s been able to spend extra time at home. The downside is the bulky cast. “She’s like, `I’m not having this baby until you get this thing off your hand. It smells too bad,'” Jeffers said.
Tigers: RHP Matt Manning is slated for reinstatement from the 60-day injured list so he can start Tuesday night, the first appearance for the 2016 first-round draft pick since developing shoulder inflammation on April 16 that forced him off the mound.
Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-5, 4.04 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the middle game of the series, after a season-worst outing when he allowed six runs in three innings at Milwaukee last week. Archer’s turn in the rotation was pushed back one day, prompting Sanchez to be promoted.
GREG NORMAN: TIGER TURNED DOWN $700M-$800M SAUDI OFFER
Tiger Woods turned down an offer that Greg Norman says was “somewhere in that neighborhood” of $700 million to $800 million to take part in the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.
During an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson that aired Monday night, Norman confirmed what he told the Washington Post in a story two months ago. Norman told the Post in June the offer was “mind-blowingly enormous; we’re talking about high nine digits.”
Woods has been opposed to LIV Golf since late last year, and he delivered his strongest comments at the British Open when he said players who took the money funded by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund had “turned their back” on the PGA Tour that made them famous.
When an offer was made to Woods was not clear.
“That number was out there before I became CEO. So that number has been out there, yes,” Norman said in the Fox News interview, which took place Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the third LIV Golf Invitational was held.
“And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and of course you have to look at the best of the best,” Norman said. “So they had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was somewhere in that neighborhood.”
Various reports out of the United Kingdom have said Phil Mickelson received a $200 million signing bonus, while Dustin Johnson received $150 million. The 48-man fields, which play 54 holes with no cut, offer $25 million in prize money at each event. Norman announced a 14-tournament schedule for next year.
LIV Golf currently has only one player — Johnson at No. 18 — from the top 20 in the world.
The source of the funding has led to sharp criticism of the series and the players who have enlisted because it is viewed as an attempt to distract attention from its human rights record and links to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Asked why his rival tour has caused such an uproar among American golf fans, Norman responded plainly, “I don’t know.”
“I really don’t care,” Norman said. “I just love the game so much and I want to grow the game of golf and we at LIV see that opportunity not just for the men but for the women.”
The LIV Golf Invitational is off for a month during the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, returning over Labor Day weekend about an hour west of Boston, and then two weeks later plays in the Chicago suburbs.
PGA TOUR NEARING $500 MILLION IN PRIZE MONEY NEXT SEASON
The PGA Tour is closing in on $500 million in prize money for next season, with eight tournaments offering $15 million or more and limited spots available for the postseason.
It will be the final time for a wraparound season that has nine tournaments starting on Sept. 15, has a six-week break around the holidays and resumes in Hawaii in January before the season ends in August.
Only the top 70 players — down from 125 — will qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, with players whittled down to 50 players for the second postseason event and 30 reaching the Tour Championship and competing for the FedEx Cup.
Starting in the fall of 2023, players outside the top 70 will have six tournaments to try to earn full status for a calendar-year schedule that will start the following January.
The prize money for the 43 tournaments run by the PGA Tour is $428.6 million, which includes four opposite-field events. The four majors had combined prize money of $61.5 million last year. Still to be determined is whether purses will be increased for 2023.
The PGA Championship returns to Oak Hill outside Rochester, New York, in May — it already was scheduled for upstate New York when the PGA moved from August to May in 2019. The U.S. Open goes to Los Angeles Country Club for the first time, while the British Open returns to Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2014.
DONALD TAKES OVER FOR STENSON AS EUROPE’S RYDER CUP CAPTAIN
Luke Donald has been selected Ryder Cup captain for Europe, taking over for Henrik Stenson after the Swede was stripped of the job for signing on with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.
Donald has played in four Ryder Cups, all of them European wins, and compiled a 10-4-1 record. His last appearance as a player was in 2012 at Medinah, when he took down Bubba Watson in the lead singles match as Europe rallied to win.
Donald was a vice captain at the last two Ryder Cups and was a finalist as captain this year until Europe’s committee settled on Stenson.
Stenson, however, went back on his pledge in March to give Europe full support as captain for the 2023 matches in Italy. He signed last week with LIV Golf for what The Daily Telegraph reported to be around $50 million. And then Stenson won in his LIV Golf debut at Trump National Bedminster, earning $4 million and an additional $375,000 for being on the team that finished second.
The 44-year-old Donald spent 56 weeks at No. 1 in the world in 2011 and 2012 while vying for the top spot in the ranking with Rory McIlroy. He also was the first player to capture the money title on the PGA Tour and European tour in the same year.
And now he gets a job that he feared had passed him by when Europe first picked Stenson.
SOURCES: NBA INVESTIGATING NEW YORK KNICKS FOR POSSIBLE TAMPERING IN SIGNING OF JALEN BRUNSON
The NBA is investigating possible tampering charges involving the New York Knicks’ free agent pursuit and signing of former Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Teams weren’t allowed to make contact with an agent or a player to discuss a deal prior to 6 p.m. ET on June 30, the opening of free agency. Brunson agreed to a four-year, $104 million deal with the Knicks that night.
Brunson has several ties to the Knicks organization. Team president Leon Rose, who made a series of trades following draft night to create enough cap space to sign Brunson, is a prominent former player agent whose first client was Brunson’s father, Rick. Rose also represented Jalen Brunson at the beginning of his career. Rick Brunson was recently hired as a Knicks assistant, reuniting him with coach Tom Thibodeau, for whom he also served as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jalen Brunson, 25, is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. He established himself as Dallas’ No. 2 option behind All-NBA guard Luka Doncic, his 2018 draft classmate, after joining the starting lineup on a full-time basis in December. Brunson helped lead the Mavericks to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 11 years, averaging 21.6 points per game during the playoffs.
Yahoo Sports first reported news of the NBA’s investigation.
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WRACHER CANDIDATE FOR MANNELLY AWARD
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Awarded to the unsung hero of many games, the Patrick Mannelly Award has named Indiana long snapper Sean Wracher to its preseason watch list for the 2022 season.
The Patrick Mannelly Award is presented to the overall best long snapper at the Division I FBS level. The winner must be of senior standing, have started 75% of games in his senior year, snap on punts and placements, and demonstrate a strong mentality, notable athleticism, as well as speed, accuracy and consistency in their snaps.
A two-time Phil Steele third-team All-Big Ten selections (2021, 2022), Wracher has handled the long snapping duty in all 33 career games. His efforts have helped three of his teammates earn all-conference honors, as both punter Haydon Whitehead (honorable mention) and place kicker Logan Justus (second team) earned All-Big Ten honors in 2019 and place kicker Charles Campbell (second team) garnered All-B1G in 2020.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Wracher’s work helped Whitehead to a spot as a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award after he averaged 43.4 yards per punt to sit No. 4 on IU’s single-season list.
Named after Patrick Mannelly, widely known as the best long snapper in the modern NFL era, he was a four-year starter at long snapper and two-year starter at offensive line at Duke University before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly is the Bears career leader in games played at 245, the longest tenured Chicago Bear after playing 16 seasons, and a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award..
From the 25-preson preseason watch list, ten semi-finalists will be announced on November 14. Those names will be narrowed to three finalists on November 28 and the winner will be selected at the ceremony in Lake Bluff, Illinois on December 10.
MULLEN PRESEASON CANDIDATE FOR BEDNARIK AWARD
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One of the top defensive backs in college football, Indiana football senior Tiawan Mullen has been named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Mullen appears on the Bednarik watch list for the third straight season, even after an injury-riddled 2021 season that saw him start the first four games and then seeing just 23 snaps the rest of the year. He totaled 19 tackles and three pass breakups in 2021, which included a career-high nine tackles against Idaho. All three pass breakups came at Western Kentucky, where he was the highest-graded Big Ten defensive back per PFF and led the FBS in forced incompletions (5).
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native earned All-America accolades in each of his first two seasons on campus and is a two-time All-Big Ten performer. In 2021, Mullen was the first cornerback in program history to earn first-team All-America honors (FWAA, Phil Steele) and just the second cornerback (Tim Wilbur, 1980; second team) in school history to achieve All-America status. His first-team selection made him the first Hoosier since offensive lineman Dan Feeney (2015, 2016) to claim first-team recognition.
Mullen was also the program’s first cornerback to card first-team All-Big Ten honors since Tracy Porter (2007) after he made 38 tackles, 27 solo, with 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, one forced fumble, four pass breakups, and one quarterback hurry in eight games. He led all Big Ten defensive backs in sacks (T-12th overall) and TFLs, and shared No. 6 overall in interceptions.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1994 and is named in honor of Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik who was an All-American player at the University of Pennsylvania and later a multiple year All-Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and was the last NFL player to be a full-time player on both offense and defense.
The Bednarik Award watch list will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast, led by Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama) who is the lone returning finalist from 2021, as the majority of this year’s candidate group features fresh faces. The full list consists of 90 players with Alabama, Clemson and Georgia having 3 candidates each and an additional 9 schools having two players represented.
Last year’s Chuck Bednarik Award winner was Jordan Davis (Georgia) who went on to be the 1st round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2022 NFL Draft. Davis joins Georgia great David Pollack (2004) as the Dawgs second Bednarik Award recipient.
The Maxwell Football Club has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF), XOS and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff, and several senior PFF analysts are members of our selection committee. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is generally recognized as the most complete preseason magazine. XOS provides the Maxwell Club selection committee with access to game footage from all FBS colleges.
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced November 1, 2022, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 22, 2022. The winners will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 8, 2022. The formal presentations of the award will be made at the 86th Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 10, 2023, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MORTON, NEWMAN HEAD TO SPAIN WITH USA EAST COAST BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ethan Morton and Brandon Newman will be two of 14 players heading to Barcelona, Spain, as part of USA East Coast All-Stars.
The duo will participate in two days of training camp at Columbia University in New York City, on Monday and Tuesday, before leaving for Barcelona for seven days on Tuesday night. While there, the group will play three games against some of the best teams in Spain’s Liga ACB league, while also spending time training, practicing, sightseeing and participating in a series of commemorative games and activities. The group is heading to Barcelona to honor the 30-year anniversary of the 1992 Dream Team’s performance in the Olympic Games.
Morton and Newman are the only Big Ten representatives on the team, but will be joined by players from Duke, Providence, Colorado, California, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Pittsburgh among others.
Morton appeared in all 37 games last year for the Boilermakers, averaging 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 14.8 minutes per contest. He shot 47.7 percent from the field and make 15-of-34 (.441) of his 3-point attempts. He scored a career-best eight points in the win over Texas in the NCAA Tournament.
Newman played in 25 games last season, averaging 4.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists. He made 25 3-pointers, one year after making 39 as a freshman.
Both players are expected to have significant roles this coming season.
DAVIDSON TOPS 2022 PFL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
ST. LOUIS – The Davidson Wildcats are the preseason favorites to win the Pioneer Football League for the upcoming 2022 season. Davidson received eight of the 11 first-place votes to earn 98 points in the poll. The Bulldogs came in at 10th with 30 points.
Davidson has won a share of the last two PFL titles, which led to them appearing on top of the coaches’ poll heading into the new season. Each head coach voted on the poll with 10 points going towards a first-place vote and one point less going to each succeeding place.
San Diego received three first-place votes to place second in the poll with 91 points. St. Thomas rounded out the top three with 78 points.
Dayton landed in fourth place in the poll with 72 points. They finished ahead of Morehead State, a program that finished in a tie for third last season, yet were picked fifth in the 2022 preseason poll with 58 points. Marist was just behind Morehead State with 52 points and Drake followed in seventh with 42.
Valparaiso (34 points) was picked to finish eighth. The Beacons were narrowly favored ahead of Stetson (33) and Butler (30), which were picked ninth and 10th, respectively. Presbyterian rounded out the 11-team preseason poll.
The upcoming 2022 season marks the 30th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship.
The 2022 schedule gets underway Saturday, August 27 when Morehead State travels to Mercer. Butler will host St. Thomas (Fla.) in the season opener at the Sellick Bowl. Action on Sept. 3 begins with a 1 PM kick-off. The 2022 PFL race starts in Week 4 (Sept. 24) with a four-game slate which includes Butler traveling to Davidson for a 1 PM kick.
The PFL will present its 2022 Preseason All-PFL Teams on Tuesday, August 2.
Pioneer Football League 2022 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1) Davidson (8) – 98
2) San Diego (3) – 91
3) St. Thomas – 78
4) Dayton – 72
5) Morehead State – 58
6) Marist – 52
7) Drake – 42
8) Valparaiso – 34
9) Stetson – 33
10) Butler – 30
11) Presbyterian – 17
– First place votes in parentheses
– 10 Pts awarded for first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place
– Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG EAST-BIG 12 BATTLE EXTENDED TWO YEARS
NEW YORK – (August 1, 2022) The BIG EAST and Big 12 Conferences have announced a two-year extension to the BIG EAST-Big 12-Battle, their men’s basketball non-conference scheduling alliance which has been in effect since 2019-20. The extension will include competition in November and December during each of the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons.
With each conference adding member schools since the start of the original agreement, The Battle will increase from 10 to 11 matchups between the conferences during the two extension years. The Big 12 will host six games in 2023-24, and the BIG EAST will host six contests in 2024-2025.
The Battle matchups will continue to be jointly determined by the two conferences, with the home team choosing the venue of its game. Broadcast arrangements for the contests will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is FOX Sports for the BIG EAST and ESPN for the Big 12.
BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF
ANNOUNCE 2022-23 SCHEDULE
Butler women’s golf coach Christie Cates has announced the team’s 2022-23 schedule.
The slate will feature 10 tournaments leading into the 2023 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship. The dates and location of the BIG EAST event will be finalized later this fall.
The Bulldogs will open the season Sept. 11-12 in Normal, Ill., for the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State. The fall portion of the schedule also includes events at Penn State (Sept. 17-18), Bradley (Oct. 8-9), and Dayton (Oct. 17-18).
Butler will host its Fall Invitational on the Bulldogs’ home course – Highland Golf Club – Oct. 3-4.
The Bulldogs had successful performances in several of those fall events a season ago, placing second at Dayton, third in the team’s home invitational, and fourth at Illinois State.
The spring schedule begins in Lake Oconee, Ga., Feb. 17-19 with the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational, hosted by Mercer. The Bulldogs will head west to the Phoenix area for the Rio Verde Invitational hosted by Western Michigan Feb. 24-26, followed by events at Florida Gulf Coast (March 13-14) and Eastern Kentucky (April 4-5).
The Bulldogs final tune-up for the BIG EAST Championship will be held locally as the team will participate in the IUPUI Lady Jaguar Invitational.
Cates and the Bulldogs return Alaina Bowie, Madalin Small and Katie Steinman, who were consistently part of the Butler line-up a season ago. Butler will supplement that group with several returners and five newcomers.
RHIT BREAKING NEWS: NICK SALES NAMED HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named nationally regarded Nick Sales as its next head men’s basketball coach. Sales comes to Rose-Hulman after serving as associate head coach during a run of unprecedented success at NCAA Division III Marietta College in Ohio for the past nine years.
Sales served as a key part of a coaching staff that won seven of the last nine Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championships; reached seven NCAA Division III Tournaments; won three OAC Tournament championships; and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2022.
Marietta also made a total of three NCAA Elite Eight appearances and four NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances over the past nine seasons. The team’s combined record stands at 204-45 since Sales joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 2013. Marietta players have earned 31 all-conference honorees; 5 NCAA Division III All-American honorees; and 4 OAC Players of the Year since 2013.
“I would like to thank President Rob Coons, Athletic Director Ayanna Tweedy and the search committee for this phenomenal opportunity. From the very moment I experienced all that the institution has to offer, I knew that Rose-Hulman is determined to provide an exceptional academic and athletic experience to all student-athletes. I am truly looking forward to recruiting and developing high character young men that will excel in representing not only themselves, but Rose-Hulman on and off the court. My family and I are ecstatic about being a part of the Terre Haute community for years to come,” said Sales.
Sales becomes just the 6th men’s basketball head coach at Rose-Hulman since 1963 (Rusty Loyd, Jim Shaw, Bill Perkins, Bill Fenlon, John Mutchner); only the 8th Fightin’ Engineer men’s basketball head coach since 1929 (Phil Brown, Jim Carr); and just the 15th coach in the nearly 120-season history of Rose-Hulman basketball.
“We are so thrilled to have Coach Nick Sales join the Rose-Hulman community. His visionary leadership style and contagious personality fits right into the mold of our department. I am so excited to see the program excel academically and competitively under his tenure,” said Rose-Hulman Athletic Director Ayanna Tweedy.
At Marietta, Sales organized all aspects of campus visits for prospective student-athletes; created weekly schedules for recruiting trips; designed the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program; created individual skill player workout plans; planned and executed practices; created scouting reports and clips for opponents; determined defensive game strategies based on the opponent; served as the team’s academic advisor with student-athletes; and co-directed the program’s basketball camps.
Prior to his time at Marietta, Sales served as an assistant coach at Albion from 2010-11 and as graduate assistant coach at Defiance from 2011-13. His efforts have also included serving on the Retention and Strategic Plan committees at Defiance, and the Anti-Defamation League as facilitator at Marietta.
Sales returns to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by coming to Rose-Hulman. He was named HCAC Player of the Year, HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and Honorable Mention NCAA Division III All-American as a standout player at Defiance College in 2010. Sales earned both a bachelor’s degree in sport management with a minor in recreation (2010) and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in sport coaching (2013) from Defiance.
Sales inherits a Rose-Hulman men’s basketball program that finished 15-10 last season and has reached the HCAC Tournament Championship Game 6 times since 2012 with 3 league tournament titles. The Fightin’ Engineers have won 12 men’s basketball regular season conference championships and made 11 appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history.
INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL RANKED 9/14 IN PRESEASON POLLS
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan football will open up the 2022 season ranked No. 9 in the 2022 College Football America NAIA Preseason Top-30 poll, and No. 14 in the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top-25 Preseason Poll.
“We are honored to be recognized by our peers and very excited to get the 2022 season going and compete in the best conference in NAIA football,” said head football coach Jordan Langs.
IWU is coming off a 7-3 season and will open their 2022 slate on the road at Valparaiso University on September 3, 2022. After playing their first two games on the road, IWU returns home on September 24 hosting Trinity International at 12 p.m. EST.
2022 College Football America NAIA Preseason Top 30
2. Lindsey Wilson
3. Grand View
4. Northwestern (IA)
6. Concordia-Ann Arbor
9. INDIANA WESLEYAN
10. Southwestern (KS)
11. Dickinson State
12. Saint Francis (IN)
14. Saint Xavier
15. Kansas Wesleyan
16. Ottawa (AZ)
17. Georgetown (KY)
18. Central Methodist
19. Bethel (KS)
20. Montana Western
21. Arizona Christian
22. Rocky Mountain
26. College of Idaho
27. Benedictine (KS)
28. Peru State
29. St. Francis (IL)
30. Carroll (MT)
NAIA FOOTBALL FIRSTDOWN PLAYBOOK TOP 25 POLL – PRESEASON (AUGUST 1)
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||CONFERENCE||RECORD||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Morningside (Iowa) ||Great Plains||14-0||418|
|2||2||Grand View (Iowa)||Heart – North||14-1||402|
|3||4||Northwestern (Iowa)||Great Plains||12-2||377|
|4||3||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||Mid South||12-1||373|
|5||5||MARIAN (IND.)||MID-STATES EAST||9-3||356|
|6||6||Concordia (Mich.)||Mid-States East||9-2||327|
|7||7||Keiser (Fla.)||The Sun||9-3||312|
|8||8||Southwestern (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate||9-2||307|
|11||12||Saint Xavier (Ill.)||Mid-States West||7-4||239|
|13||13||Baker (Kan.)||Heart – South||9-2||225|
|14||17||INDIANA WESLEYAN||MID-STATES EAST||7-3||222|
|15||16||Georgetown (Ky.)||Mid South||8-2||199|
|16||15||Dickinson State (N.D.)||North Star||8-3||178|
|18||14||Central Methodist (Mo.)||Heart – South||9-3||116|
|19||21||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||Frontier||7-3||98|
|21||23||Dordt (Iowa)||Great Plains||7-3||73|
|22||22||Culver-Stockton (Mo.)||Heart – North||8-3||68|
|23||19||Bethel (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate||9-2||50|
|24||24||Faulkner (Ala.)||Mid South||8-2||46|
|25||RV||St. Francis (Ill.)||Mid-States West||6-3||30|
Receiving Votes: Carroll (Mont.) 29; Benedictine (Kan.) 23; Valley City State (N.D.) 21; Southeastern (Fla.) 20; College of Idaho 16; Texas Wesleyan 13; St. Thomas (Fla.) 6; Bethel (Tenn.) 3; Concordia (Neb.) 3
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1881 With his team already ahead in the eighth inning, 5-0, White Stockings (Cubs) outfielder Abner Dalrymple becomes the first player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. Buffalo Bisons’ right-hander Jack Lynch gives up the run-producing free pass in an eventual 11-2 Chicago victory.
The White Sox, with their 3-0 victory over Boston at Chicago’s South Side Park, begin an American League record 19-game winning streak. In this century, the ‘Hitless Wonders’ streak will be equaled only by the 1947 Yankees.
1907 The Senators’ 19-year-old rookie right-hander Walter Johnson makes his major league debut, losing to the Tigers, 3-2. Ty Cobb gets the first hit off of the future Hall of Famer with a bunt single, who will finish with a 417-279 (.599) record while compiling an ERA of 2.17 during his 21-year big-league tenure, all with Washington.
1919 Fred Luderus, playing in his 479th straight contest since June 2nd, 1916, breaks Eddie Collins’s consecutive-game record. The Phillies’ first baseman will extend his major league mark to 533 before the streak ends in the 1920 season opener.
1921 With the jurors lifting the men onto their shoulders, the jury acquits the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. The next day, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis will banish all the ‘innocent’ defendants from playing professional baseball again, stating the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the Black Sox fixed the games with gamblers.
1922 Ken Williams homers in his sixth straight game, setting an American League record. The left fielder’s round-tripper isn’t enough to prevent the Browns from bowing to the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 8-4.
1931 In a contest played at a National League ballpark, the Red Sox shuts out the Yankees at Braves Field, 1-0. The next time the Bronx Bombers fail to score in a game will be another two years and a day, spanning a major league record of 308 contests.
1932 Cubs GM Bill Veeck, Sr. announces Charlie Grimm will take over for Rogers Hornsby, who was fired today as the skipper of the second-place club. The popular ‘Jolly Cholly,’ who inherits the job partly due to his predecessor’s indebtedness to his players to cover gambling debts, starts by winning 20 of 25 games as the team’s player-manager and will lead the team to the National League pennant this season.
1933 In a 16-3 win over the Yankees in New York, A’s catcher Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The Philadelphia backstop also accomplished the rare feat last season.
1936 At Comiskey Park, the White Sox overcome deficits of 9-1 in the fifth and 11-3 in the seventh inning to defeat the Red Sox in extra innings, 12-11. With two outs in the 12th inning, Jack Hayes’s single plates Larry Rosenthal, who had doubled earlier in the frame, giving the Pale Hose an incredible come-from-behind victory in the second game of their twin bill sweep over Boston.
1938 Bright yellow baseballs designed by Frederick Rah, who believes the visibility of the dandelion-hue sphere will help players avoid getting hit by a pitch, are used in the first game of a doubleheader. The one-game experiment draws mixed reactions, and the Dodgers complete their sweep of the twin bill from the Cardinals, 6-2 and 9-3, using the traditional white ball in the nightcap.
1939 In the ninth inning of New York’s 7-2 loss to Detroit, Joe DiMaggio makes one of the most memorable catches in Yankee Stadium history when he grabs a Hank Greenberg drive 455 feet from home plate. The 24-year-old center fielder, who seldom displays emotion, is so thrilled with the amazing catch he enthusiastically heads toward the dugout, forgetting there is still a man on base with only two outs, a rare mental error by the ‘Yankee Clipper.’
1959 In the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to Boston at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium, Jim Bunning, tossing a frame in relief, strikes out three batters on nine pitches, sending Sammy White, Jim Mahoney, and Ike Delock back to the dugout with bats in their hands. The Tiger right-hander becomes only the tenth pitcher in major league history to accomplish the feat.
1959 Bill Bruton, in both the first and the sixth inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at County Stadium, hits a three-run triple. The Braves center fielder’s pair of three-baggers with the bases loaded contributes to the team’s 11-5 victory over St. Louis.
1970 At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles score five times in the first inning and hold on to beat the Royals, 10-8. The win marks Baltimore’s 23rd consecutive victory against Kansas City over two years, setting a major league mark.
1970 Trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Phillies score four times in the bottom of the frame without recording an out in their unlikely 7-6 victory over the Giants. Tony Taylor ends the Connie Mack Stadium contest with a walk-off grand slam off of Mike Davison.
1970 The Royals sign Frank White as an amateur free agent after he attends a team tryout camp. The 19-year-old infielder, one of the few successful graduates from the Baseball Academy the team operated in the early 1970s, will play his entire 18-year career in Kansas City, having his number retired by the franchise in 1995.
1972 Woody Fryman is selected off waivers by the Tigers from the Phillies. The 32-year-old southpaw, who posted a 4-10 record before being released by Philadelphia, will post ten victories in 13 decisions for Detroit, helping his new team win a division title.
1973 Mets outfielder Cleon Jones becomes the first player in franchise history to collect 1,000 hits when he doubles off Jim Rooker in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Pirates at Shea Stadium. The Mobile (AL) native will add another 196 hits before being traded in 1975 to the White Sox.
1979 At the age of 32, Thurman Munson dies when the Cessna Citation I/SP jet he is learning to fly clips a tree and crashes 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Regional Airport. The Yankee catcher took lessons for over two years to get home more easily on off-days to be with his family in Ohio.
1981 The Hall of Fame inducts Cardinal ace right-hander Bob Gibson, ten-time All-Star first baseman Johnny Mize (Cardinals/Giants, Yankees), and Negro League pioneer Rube Foster. The BBWAA selected the right-hander in the first year of his eligibility, with Mize and Foster getting the Veterans Committee’s nod.
1981 As a recipient of the Ford C. Frick award for his “major contributions” to baseball” as a broadcaster, Ernie Harwell becomes the fifth honoree to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Tigers’ play-by-play announcer, who describes himself as a ‘tongue-tied kid from Georgia,’ is overcome with joy as he shares his heartfelt appreciation for the game with the Cooperstown crowd.
1982 During a ceremony held in Cooperstown, NY, the United States Postal Service unveils a 20-cent stamp commemorating baseball great Jackie Robinson as part of its annual Black Heritage series. The Dodger infielder becomes the first individual baseball player depicted on a U.S postage stamp.
1985 With the score knotted at 3-3 at Yankee Stadium, White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk tags two Yankees out at home plate during the same play. The unusual 8-6-2-2 double play results when the runners on first and second attempt to score on Rickey Henderson’s double, but outfielder Luis Salazar’s perfect throw to shortstop Ozzie Guillen, who in turn throws a strike to the plate, and the Chicago catcher tags out both Bobby Meacham and a sliding Larry Berra.
1987 On a day the temperature exceeds 102 degrees, Kevin Seitzer has a sizzling day at the plate, going 6-for-6 and driving in seven runs. The Kansas City rookie third baseman’s offensive output, which includes a pair of homers, paces the team to a 13-5 victory over the Red Sox at Royals Stadium.
1987 Eric Davis becomes the seventh and earliest player to join the 30-30 club when he hits a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the eleventh off Jeff Robinson in the Reds’ 5-4 victory over the Giants at Riverfront Stadium. No one had ever accomplished the feat with still nearly two months left to play in the season.
1993 A crowd, with many fans chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” during the team’s batting practice, becomes obnoxious and unruly at the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays in New York. After rudely booing the Canadian national anthem at the beginning of the game, the bad behavior continues when some fans throw bottles from the right-field bleachers onto the field in the direction of Toronto outfielder Joe Carter.
1995 Longtime coach Jimmie Reese, whose 23 years in an Angels uniform equal the longest in club history, is inducted into the Angels’ Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels in 1917.
1998 The Cuban national team extends its winning streak at the World Baseball Championships, which began in 1986, to 41 games. The team’s latest victory, a 7-1 defeat of South Korea in the final round, brings the island nation its twenty-second gold medal.
2002 Commissioner Bud Selig fines Jim Bowden for the comments the Reds general manager made to reporters before yesterday’s contest against the Dodgers when compared a baseball strike to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing such an analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.
2007 After giving up eight runs in the top of the second inning, the Yankees storm back in the bottom of the frame to tie the score with eight tallies of their own in an eventual 13-9 loss to the White Sox in New York. The combined offensive onslaught marks only the second time in major league history that eight or more runs are scored in the same inning by each team.
2008 In the first game after the Manny Ramirez trade to the Dodgers, the Fenway Faithful enthusiastically welcome Jason Bay, the player replacing the Boston icon. The former Pirates outfielder doesn’t disappoint, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning of the Red Sox’s 2-1 victory over the A’s.
2009 Melky Cabrera completes a cycle with a ninth-inning triple during an 8-5 victory in Chicago to become the first Yankee in 14 years to accomplish the feat. Tony Fernandez had been the last Bronx Bomber to collect a single, double, triple, and a home run in the same game with his four hits against Oakland on September 3rd, 1995.
2010 The Brewers and Corey Hart agree to a $26.5 million, three-year contract extension keeping the All-Star outfielder in Milwaukee through the 2013 season. The 28-year-old fly chaser, who had an unproductive 2009 season and a poor spring training, had been the subject of recent trade rumors.
2010 Washington backstop Ivan Rodriguez becomes the fifth player to collect 300 home runs while catching when he goes deep off Rodrigo Lopez, leading off the second inning of the Nationals’ 3-1 victory in Arizona. Pudge joins Hall of Famers Mike Piazza, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Yogi Berra as the only catchers in baseball history to reach the plateau while playing behind the dish.
2011 Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate for the 12th time to set a new major league record during the Yankees’ rain-shortened 6-0 victory in Chicago. The New York slugging first-baseman surpasses switch-hitters Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who went yard from both sides of the dish 11 times during their careers.
2011 After intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila two days ago, Jered Weaver, who will appeal the ruling, is suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount of money. The Angels right-hander threw the seventh-inning pitch over the Tigers catcher’s head after being annoyed by Carlos Guillen, the previous Detroit batter, who stayed at home plate to admire his home run before starting to trot around the bases.
2013 Two days after his 21st birthday, Jose Fernandez establishes a franchise rookie record, striking out 14 batters in the Miami 10-0 victory over Cleveland in Marlins Park. The Miami right-hander becomes the first pitcher with at least 13 strikeouts in consecutive games since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2004.
2014 The Tigers scored in each of the eight innings they come to bat in their 11-5 victory over Colorado at Comerica Park. Detroit, which also accomplished the feat in 1912, becomes the first team not to have a zero in their line score since the Yankees tallied a run in every frame against Toronto in 2006.
2014 “Jim Thome’s journey to become a member of the elite six hundred home run club is a story built on consistency, dependability, professionalism, power and character.” – Inscription on Jim Thome’s statue at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Indians unveil a statue near Heritage Park at Progressive Field honoring Jim Thome, the team’s all-time career home run leader (337), who spent 13 seasons with Cleveland. The eight-foot bronze sculpture location marks the spot where the longest homer ever hit in Progressive Field landed, a 511-foot blast launched in 1999 by the Tribe’s first baseman/DH.
2016 Astros rookie Joe Musgrove makes his first major league appearance, coming in relief of injured starter Lance McCullers. The 23-year-old right-hander has an impressive debut when he completes the game, striking out eight and yielding just a single in his 4.1 innings of work in Houston’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.
2020 For the first time in major league history, teams play a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games when the Reds sweep the Tigers at Comerica Park, 4-3 and 4-0. The shorten twin bills, enabling teams to put less strain on their rosters and reducing contact between players in the clubhouse, resulted from the recent disruptions in the schedule due to the pandemic.
2020 Entering the game in the top of the third inning, Tigers’ southpaw Tyler Alexander fans the first nine Reds he faces in the team’s 4-3 loss at Comerica Park. The 26-year-old reliever’s feat ties the American League record for consecutive strikeouts established in 2012 by Doug Fister, starting for Detroit against the Royals.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1942
St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs New York Yankees (1)
In 1942, it was business as usual for the perennial champion New York Yankees. “Joe D” and the rest of the second generation “Bronx Bombers” lit up the American League on their way to their thirteenth pennant. On the National League side it was the up-and-coming St. Louis Cardinals who were making a name for themselves as a worthy opponent. Manager Billy Southworth’s Redbirds had proved conclusively during the 1942 season that they had what it took to win championships. Trailing the National League-leading Dodgers by ten games on August 5, they rallied down the stretch (winning forty-three of their last fifty-one games) to finish with a two-game margin over New York.
Yankee veteran Red Ruffing stole the show in the Series opener while not allowing a single hit until he had two down in the eighth. Centerfielder, Terry Moore managed a weak single, but it mattered little as the Cardinals problems were just as bad on both sides of the ball. The Yankees were holding down a 7-0 lead with no errors while St. Louis was desperately trying to send a man home and had four. Then it happened… just as they had to win the National League pennant late in the season, the Redbirds rallied again. First, Stan Musial, the Cardinals’ left fielder, fouled out to open the ninth. Catcher Walker Cooper followed with a single, but first baseman Johnny Hopp flied out. The next batter, pinch-hitter Ray Sanders, walked. Then, the Cardinals lashed five consecutive hits that produced four runs. That brought Musial back to the plate with the bases loaded. Lucky for St. Louis, Spud Chandler was on the mound and the closer forced Musial into a game-ending grounder to first base. Despite falling one run short of another miraculous comeback, the Cardinals had clearly shaken their World Series jitters, and showed the Yankees that they were indeed, a worthy contender.
Game 2 featured Cardinal Newcomer Beazley, who posted a 2.13 ERA on his way to 21 victories during the regular season. Beazley held onto a 3-0 lead going into the eighth inning, but gave up a run-scoring single to Joe DiMaggio and a two-run homer to Charlie Keller. Now with the game tied, it was the Yankees turn. Fortunately for St. Louis, their rally would fall short thanks to Enos Slaughter’s double and Musial’s single in the bottom of the eighth. Slaughter ended the game with a clutch throw from right-field that nailed pinch-runner Tuck Stainback at third base in the ninth. In the end, the Cards had evened the Series with a 4-3 triumph and they were just getting started.
Things continued to go St. Louis’ way as Ernie White dominated Game 3 by shutting out the Yankees on six-hits for the 2-0 victory. It was total team effort though as the lefthander was supported by the great fielding skills that had won one-hundred six regular-season games for the Cards: Moore made a great catch in the 6th and Musial and Slaughter both made clutch “homer-saving” catches in the seventh.
Mort Cooper, who won twenty-two games, threw ten shutouts and posted an ERA of 1.78, returned against Hank Borowy the next day. Unfortunately nothing had changed for the Game 1 loser and he lasted only 5 1/3 innings as he was victimized by St. Louis’s five-run sixth. His rival, Borowy only lasted into the fourth, an inning in which St. Louis got two-run singles from Whitey Kurowski and their struggling pitcher and tallied six runs in all. In the seventh, Walker Cooper (Mort’s brother) knocked a timely RBI single and snapped the 6-6 tie. Marty Marion added a run-scoring fly and reliever Max Lanier not only proceeded to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way, he also singled home an insurance run in the ninth. Once again the Cardinals had found the resolve and held on for the 9-6 victory.
Game 1 winner, Red Ruffing, returned for Game 5 against the youngster Beazley. Phil Rizzuto, (who had hit a total of seven home runs in his first two big-league seasons with the Yankees), launched a Beazley fastball into the left-field stands in the first inning. St. Louis tied it in the fourth when Slaughter matched Rizzuto with his own homer to right, but St. Louis slipped back into the lead in the bottom of the inning on DiMaggio’s run-scoring single. The resilient Redbirds forged another deadlock in the sixth when Walker Cooper’s fly ball scored another and the teams went to the ninth tied 2-2. Then, like Rizzuto, another unlikely hero, Kurowski (who had gone three-for-fourteen at that point in the Series after batting .254 with nine home runs during the regular season in his first extended big-league play) stepped up to the plate and delivered with a game (and-Series) winning homer into the left-field stands.
The surprise Cardinals had dethroned the mighty Yankees and taken the World title back for the National League. The devastating loss was the first since 1926 for the Yankees, who had won in all eight of their appearances in the Fall Classic.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1953
By now the American League was suffering from a bruised ego as the All-Star scales had been visibly tipped toward the National League. They had won three consecutive games in a row and for the first time in a long time, the American League was considered an “underdog.”
Even managing genius Casey Stengel could not believe what had happened. After all, he had taken the Yankees to World Series victories in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952, but lost the All-Star Game in 1950, 1951 and 1952. Nothing improved in 1953 as the National League continued to dominate as the American League had from 1946 through 1949.
Robin Roberts of the National League and Billy Pierce of the American League each delivered three, uneventful, one-hit innings. Then Allie Reynolds took over for the American League and gave up two runs in the fifth. Warren Spahn took the mound for the National League and then was replaced in the sixth by Curt Simmons.
In what was hailed as one of the greatest defensive plays in All-Star history, Enos Slaughter ran down a line-drive by Harvey Kuenn, making a diving, tumbling grab along the right-field line. In the eighth Stengel brought in forty-seven year-old Satchel Paige to pitch. Denied the chance to play until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, Paige had not reached the majors until ’48. The National League, however, showed him no respect as he gave up three hits and two earned runs in a single inning. The American League escaped the embarrassment of a shutout in the ninth, putting together three singles for a run, but the effort went unnoticed, as the National League continued their winning-streak for the fourth year in a row.
FOOTBALL HISTORY AUGUST 2
Big Red Defense Shines in 36-7 Victory: Argos held to minus 22 yards on the ground
Is our Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the day from the St. Louis Dispatch August 3, 1961 edition. The August 2, 1961 tilt of a rare NFL versus CFL pre-season exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Argonauts took place in Toronto, Ontario. The game was played under Canadian Rules so you might think that the visitors from the NFL may have been at a disadvantage not being used to strategies of having but three downs, more than one in pre-snap motion and twelve players on the filed but it didn’t seem to hamper them. The CFL season was in full swing so the Boatmen took a break from League action to play a mid-season exhibition against some competition from the States. The Cardinals in just their first pre-season contest of the year looked like a well oiled machine especially on the defensive side. With a mere 12 days of practice and one scrimmage St. Louis held Argos runners to negative 22 yards and the passing game to a modest 184 yards on 35 attempts. The Cardinals opened up the scoring when DB Larry Wilson picked off an errant pass and ran it into the endzone. Even with a sore arm, Big Red QB Sam “the Rifle” Etcheverry came in to relieve starter George Izo, and guided two quick touchdown drives, one on a 74 a yard draw play run by RB Prentice Gautt. Izo threw a TD pass himself before taking a sideline post.
Other Historic Gridiron News from August 2
August 2, 1963 – The 30th Chicago Charities College All Star Game had the college stars defeating the Green Bay Packers 20-17. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Ron Vander Kelen the former quarterback of the Wisconsin Badgers.
August 2, 1967 – The New Orleans Saints play their first ever preseason game against the LA Rams at Anaheim Stadium. The exhibition was a competitive contest too with the final score of Rams 16, Saint 7.
August 2, 1968 – The 35th Chicago Charities College All Star Game had Green Bay topping the College All Stars 34-17 at Soldier Field with 69,917 in attendance. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be former Syracuse running back Larry Csonka.
BIRTHDAYS OF HALL OF FAME PLAYERS FOR AUGUST 2
August 2, 1932 – Lamar Hunt Pro Football Hall of Fame owner of the Kansas City Chiefs who helped the AFL merge into the NFL. Mr. Hunt was the principal founder of the AFL, MLS (Major League Soccer) and the NASL (North American Soccer League) as well as World Championship Tennis. Lamar Hunt owned other teams in multiple sports besides the Chiefs. In honor of his great accomplishments the Lamar Hunt Trophy is awarded each year the winner of the AFC Championship game.
August 2, 1933 – Matt Hazeltine from the University of California was a linebacker that entered the prestigious College Football Hall of Fame in the induction ceremonies of 1989. He extended his football prowess in the NFL by playing in the League for a combined 15 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and the NY Giants. With the Niners Hazeltine made 2 Pro Bowls and served as a team captain for 5 seasons.
August 2, 1937 – LSU former star halfback and 1959 Heisman winner, Billy Cannon was also born on this day. Mr. Cannon was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. His punt return on October 31, 1959 haunted the number 3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels and is considered by many to be one of the greatest play in LSU football history. Billy Cannon also had a nice AFL and NFL career the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders and KC Chiefs. He was also drafted by the LA Rams but the AFL Oiler’s owner Bud Adams won a court ruling and outbid the NFL’s Rams for his rights.
NUMBERS IN HISTORY-AUGUST 1
38 – 44 – 6 – 4 – 25 – 35 – 1 – 18 – 21
August 2, 1907 – Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 began his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit
August 2, 1921 – After 3 hours deliberation a Chicago jury acquits 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal. However the very next day the players suffered a sentence as they were all banned from organized baseball for life.
August 2, 1924 – Philadelphia A’s first baseman Joe Hauser set an AL record of 14 total bases in a game. Hauser crushed 3 home runs and a double as Philadelphia beats Cleveland Indians, 12-4 at Dunn Field
August 2, 1929 – Philadelphia 1st baseman Don Hurst set an NL record of 6 consecutive games with a home run in the Phillies’ 2-0 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates
August 2, 1959 – Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton, Number 38 hit 3 triples in 11-5 win v St. Louis Cardinals; 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Century
August 2, 1959 – San Francisco Giants Future Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey, Number 44 hit the first of his 521 MLB home runs in SF Giants 5-3 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
August 2, 1968 – Yes there are trade backs! Ron Hansen (Washington Senators Number 6) and Tim Cullen (Chicago White Sox Number 4) became the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season. The pair had been swapped for each other earlier that year in February in opposite directions. They even took on the uniform number of the other when they switched teams. Both were number 4 with the Chisox and number 6 with the Sens in 1968.
August 2, 1973 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett, wearing Number 25 that season smacked his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win over Chicago White Sox
August 2, 1979 – Some convenient shopping, when you see it you buy it. The New York Mets purchased contract of outfielder José Cardenal, Number 1 from Philadelphia Phillies between games of a double-header between the two teams and then wore Number 6 with the Mets.
August 2, 1982 – Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson, Number 35 stole his 100th MLB base of the season in 6-5 win v Seattle. With this he became the first to swipe 100 bases in a season twice in modern era of baseball
August 2, 1987 – Cincinnati Reds outfielder Number 44, Eric Davis was the 7th to hit 30home runs and steal 30 bases in one season as he homers in Reds 5-4 win versus the Giants
August 2, 1987 – Michael Andretti in the Number 18 Blue and gold Kraco sponsored Indy car ran the fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
August 2, 1990 – He did it in just 77 at bats for a MLB record. New York Yankees rookie first baseman Kevin Maas, Number 21 belted his 10th MLB homer in 6-5 loss v Detroit, fastest to reach that mark, just 77 visits to the plate.
August 2, 1992 – Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser and Bill McGowan are welcomed and inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
BASEBALL PLAYERS BORN IN INDIANA
Babe Adams was born on Thursday, May 18, 1882, in Tipton, Indiana. Adams was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1906, with the St. Louis Cardinals.
FOOTBALL HISTORY AUGUST 2
NFL PLAYERS BORN IN INDIANA
NUMBERS IN HISTORY-AUGUST 1
|Colorado at San Diego||4:10pm||ESPN+|
|Cincinnati at Miami||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Milwaukee at Pittsburgh||7:05pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Mets at Washington||7:05pm||SNY|
|Seattle at NY Yankees||7:05pm||MLBN|
|Arizona at Cleveland||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Toronto at Tampa Bay||7:10pm||MLBN|
|Philadelphia at Atlanta||7:40pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Detroit at Minnesota||7:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. Cubs at St. Louis||7:45pm||MARQ|
|Baltimore at Texas||8:05pm||MASN/2|
|Boston at Houston||8:10pm||NESN|
|Kansas City at Chi. White Sox||8:10pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Oakland at LA Angels||9:38pm||NBCS-CA|
|LA Dodgers at San Francisco||9:45pm||TBS|
|Colorado at San Diego||10:10pm||ATTSN-RM|
|MLS: New York RB vs Colorado Rapids||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX: Toluca vs Puebla||8:00pm||TUDN|
|NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs OL Reign||8:00pm||Paramount+|
|Copa Libertadores: Corinthians vs Flamengo||8:30pm||beIN Sports|
|MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Dallas||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|Dallas at Chicago||9:00pm||CBSSN|
|Toronto at Tampa Bay||12:10pm||Sportsnet|
|Philadelphia at Atlanta||12:20pm||NBCS-PHI|
|Seattle at NY Yankees||1:05pm||MLBN|
|Detroit at Minnesota||1:10pm||MLBN|
|Arizona at Cleveland||1:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Baltimore at Texas||2:05pm||MASN/2|
|Boston at Houston||2:10pm||MLBN|
|Kansas City at Chi. White Sox||2:10pm||NBCS-CHI|
|NY Mets at Washington||4:05pm||MLBN|
|Cincinnati at Miami||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Milwaukee at Pittsburgh||7:05pm||ATTSN-PIT|
|Chi. Cubs at St. Louis||7:45pm||MARQ|
|Oakland at LA Angels||9:38pm||Bally Sports|
|Colorado at San Diego||9:40pm||MLBN|
|LA Dodgers at San Francisco||9:45pm||MLBN|
|MLS: Charlotte vs DC United||7:00pm||ESPN+|
|MLS: Columbus Crew vs CF Montréal||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX: Juárez vs Atlético San Luis||8:00pm||FS1|
|Leagues Cup: Guadalajara vs LA Galaxy||8:30pm||ESPN|
|Copa Libertadores: Atlético Mineiro vs Palmeiras||8:30pm||beIN Sports|
|Copa Libertadores: Vélez Sarsfield vs Talleres Córdoba||8:30pm||beIN Sports|
|MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs Inter Miami||10:30pm||ESPN+|
|MLS: Portland Timbers vs Nashville SC||10:30pm||ESPN+|
|Leagues Cup: Los Angeles FC vs América||11:15pm||ESPN|
|NY YANKEES||70||34||.673||–||41 – 13||29 – 21||32 – 16||22 – 7||11 – 6||6 – 4||W 1|
|TORONTO||57||45||.559||12||34 – 21||23 – 24||19 – 18||16 – 11||15 – 11||8 – 2||W 2|
|TAMPA BAY||54||48||.529||15||32 – 20||22 – 28||24 – 20||8 – 13||12 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|BALTIMORE||52||51||.505||17.5||29 – 20||23 – 31||20 – 24||11 – 13||13 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|BOSTON||52||52||.500||18||26 – 27||26 – 25||12 – 29||14 – 9||20 – 7||4 – 6||W 2|
|MINNESOTA||54||48||.529||–||28 – 22||26 – 26||13 – 10||26 – 19||10 – 9||5 – 5||W 1|
|CLEVELAND||53||49||.520||1||26 – 19||27 – 30||10 – 13||25 – 21||9 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|CHI WHITE SOX||51||51||.500||3||23 – 29||28 – 22||14 – 15||20 – 22||9 – 10||5 – 5||L 1|
|KANSAS CITY||41||62||.398||13.5||22 – 30||19 – 32||8 – 16||19 – 20||10 – 18||5 – 5||W 2|
|DETROIT||41||63||.394||14||25 – 27||16 – 36||8 – 17||19 – 27||4 – 11||3 – 7||L 3|
|HOUSTON||67||37||.644||–||33 – 16||34 – 21||8 – 9||16 – 4||35 – 20||5 – 5||L 1|
|SEATTLE||55||49||.529||12||27 – 23||28 – 26||12 – 16||7 – 6||28 – 22||4 – 6||L 2|
|TEXAS||46||56||.451||20||21 – 27||25 – 29||5 – 12||11 – 8||21 – 29||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA ANGELS||43||59||.422||23||23 – 30||20 – 29||6 – 18||11 – 6||19 – 22||4 – 6||L 1|
|OAKLAND||39||65||.375||28||17 – 33||22 – 32||10 – 16||11 – 18||16 – 26||7 – 3||L 2|
|NY METS||65||37||.637||–||31 – 17||34 – 20||32 – 12||12 – 5||14 – 12||7 – 3||W 7|
|ATLANTA||62||41||.602||3.5||36 – 21||26 – 20||23 – 16||17 – 10||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 3|
|PHILADELPHIA||55||47||.539||10||26 – 25||29 – 22||20 – 20||12 – 8||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 5|
|MIAMI||47||56||.456||18.5||22 – 27||25 – 29||24 – 22||9 – 12||9 – 14||3 – 7||L 4|
|WASHINGTON||35||69||.337||31||16 – 39||19 – 30||8 – 37||10 – 10||12 – 14||4 – 6||L 2|
|MILWAUKEE||57||45||.559||–||26 – 20||31 – 25||11 – 13||28 – 19||7 – 9||7 – 3||L 1|
|ST. LOUIS||54||48||.529||3||29 – 20||25 – 28||12 – 15||25 – 16||10 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||41||60||.406||15.5||20 – 32||21 – 28||7 – 6||22 – 21||8 – 21||7 – 3||L 2|
|CINCINNATI||41||61||.402||16||24 – 32||17 – 29||8 – 11||14 – 22||8 – 21||6 – 4||W 3|
|PITTSBURGH||40||62||.392||17||21 – 29||19 – 33||7 – 15||18 – 29||13 – 11||2 – 8||L 7|
|LA DODGERS||69||33||.676||–||35 – 15||34 – 18||12 – 11||17 – 6||29 – 12||7 – 3||W 2|
|SAN DIEGO||58||46||.558||12||28 – 22||30 – 24||14 – 10||19 – 10||21 – 20||6 – 4||W 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||51||52||.495||18.5||29 – 24||22 – 28||14 – 13||14 – 11||16 – 22||3 – 7||L 1|
|COLORADO||46||58||.442||24||30 – 27||16 – 31||8 – 19||9 – 8||22 – 22||3 – 7||L 2|
|ARIZONA||45||57||.441||24||27 – 27||18 – 30||14 – 14||10 – 11||15 – 27||5 – 5||L 4|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT