Baltimore 7 Toronto 4

LA Angels 1 Oakland 0

NY Yankees 9 Seattle 4

NY Mets 5 Cincinnati 1

Chicago Cubs 6 Washington 3

San Francisco 1 San Diego 0

Arizona 3 Pittsburgh 0



Dallas 86 New York 77


  7. TEXAS A&M
  8. UTAH
  10. BAYLOR
  12. OREGON
  15. USC
  17. MIAMI
  18. TEXAS
  24. OLE MISS

Also Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; BYU 152; LSU 143; Auburn 98; UCF 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; Louisiana 2; SMU 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; UTSA 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.
















Bassitt hounds Reds, Marte homers early, Mets win again 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Bassitt scattered eight hits over eight innings and Starling Marte hit a two-run homer in the first, leading the New York Mets to a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

With their 13th victory in 15 games, the Mets extended their NL East lead to seven games over idle Atlanta. New York just took four of five from the defending World Series champions at Citi Field last weekend.

Bassitt (9-7) allowed an unearned run and walked one while striking out eight in his second eight-inning outing this season and fifth in 114 career starts. He threw 114 pitches before getting pulled by manager Buck Showalter, most by a Mets starter this year and two shy of his career high set in August 2019.

“I want to go 115 or 120 pitches every start,” Bassitt said before grinning. “But Buck don’t let me.”

Bassitt has thrown at least 100 pitches in a start 25 times since the beginning of 2019.

“I’ve done that for years. BoMel (ex-Athletics manager Bob Melvin) did that with me in Oakland and I think genuinely that’s why they brought me over here, for just that reason,” Bassitt said. “I’m not afraid to go over 100 pitches and it really doesn’t affect me.”

Bassitt’s five-pitch assortment included a mid-90s (mph) fastball and a low-70s curveball. He faced the minimum through three innings before wriggling out of trouble the rest of the night. The Reds scored in the fourth, when he induced three fielder’s choice groundouts – all from second baseman Jeff McNeil to shortstop Francisco Lindor.

The right-hander began a 1-6-3 double play to end the fifth and left the bases loaded in the sixth, when he got Aristides Aquino to line out.

“Give him a lot of credit. It’s like you get something going and because of all that, he knows how to get out of it,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Cincinnati stranded two more in the seventh before Jake Fraley was left at first in the eighth, when Bassitt struck out Aquino on three pitches following a visit from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.

“Just moxie – he’s such a competitive guy,” Showalter said. “Just a guy that likes to compete and do what is expected of him.”

The Mets struck quickly against Reds starter and former New York prospect Justin Dunn (0-1), who was pitching in the majors for the first time since June 17, 2021. Leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo was hit by Dunn’s fourth pitch and Marte homered well into the left-field seats two pitches later.

Six of Marte’s 12 homers this season have come in the first inning. He is batting .315 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs since May 1.

“Once I found out Starling’s a guy you just kind of left in a spot in the lineup and a spot on the field and let him have that peace of mind, he kind of took off for us,” Showalter said.

Daniel Vogelbach had an RBI single in the fourth and ex-Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin added a two-run triple in the eighth. Naquin was acquired from Cincinnati in a July 28 trade.

Joey Votto had the fourth-inning RBI for the Reds. Fraley and Jose Barrero got two hits apiece.

Dunn allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings. It was the first time he pitched against the Mets, who selected him out of Boston College in the first round of the 2016 draft and traded him to Seattle along with touted prospect Jarred Kelenic in the blockbuster deal that sent Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to New York in December 2018.


Naquin, who spent 1 1/2 seasons with the Reds, exchanged hugs with former teammates and Cincinnati staff members a few hours before first pitch.


McNeil singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Lindor has scored in 11 consecutive games – the longest streak of his career and best ever by a Mets shortstop.


Reds: 2B Jonathan India (right hamstring) and 3B Mike Moustakas (left calf) both exited after the top of the fourth. Bell said the Reds would have more information on the two players Tuesday. . Moustakas was originally penciled in as the DH but made his first start at the hot corner since June 13 when INF Kyle Farmer was scratched about 90 minutes before first pitch due to a stiff neck. Donovan Solano was slotted in at DH. Bell said Farmer is day-to-day. . To make room for Dunn, the Reds placed RHP Robert Dugger (right shoulder) on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Saturday.

Mets: 1B Dominic Smith (right ankle) remains with Triple-A Syracuse, which was off Monday night. Showalter said Smith is a couple of games away from potentially being activated.


The Mets promoted highly rated 3B prospect Brett Baty from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Syracuse.


Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-8, 6.19 ERA) is 0-6 with a 5.79 ERA in his last eight starts dating to June 19.

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (12-4) is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his past six starts, lowering his ERA from 4.85 to 3.82.

Thompson, Velázquez, Morel power Cubs past Nationals 6-3

CHICAGO (AP) Keegan Thompson pitched six effective innings, rookies Nelson Velazquez and Christopher Morel homered in the third inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Monday night.

Thompson (9-5) didn’t walk a batter for the second time in three starts while scattering five hits over six innings. Luke Voit hit a homer with one out in the sixth to end Thompson’s shutout bid.

Thompson has posted a 6-2 record and 2.40 ERA in eight starts at Wrigley Field. Cubs starting pitchers have posted a 2.87 ERA and nine quality starts in 19 games since July 16.

“I think the conditions tonight with the wind blowing in, I think I got lucky with that a few times here,” Thompson said. “That always helps when the wind is blowing in. You just keep pounding the zone and let the defense work because the ball usually doesn’t fly when the wind is blowing in. I think that’s been advantageous for me here.”

Velazquez’s homer highlighted the first three-hit game of his career.

“It feels amazing,” Velazquez said. “A dream come true, my first home run at Wrigley Field. First at-bat, get the lead for the team, feels incredible.

“I did hit the ball pretty hard. I didn’t know it was going to be a homer, that’s why I started running hard.”

The Cubs (44-64) won for the third time in four games. The Nationals (36-75) dropped their sixth straight game and have been outscored 51-20 during that span.

Anibal Sanchez (0-5) pitched five-plus innings, the longest outing by a Nationals starter during their losing streak. But Sanchez was pulled after surrendering singles to Seiya Suzuki and Patrick Wisdom to start the sixth. Nico Hoerner then hit reliever Steve Cishek’s first pitch for a single to center field to score Suzuki.

Sanchez retired the first six batters before Velazquez homered to left against a stiff wind. Following the first of two walks to Nick Madrigal, Morel smacked a two-run shot into the left field bleachers. It was his 10th of the season and his first since July 7 at Dodger Stadium.

“A lot of it has to do with getting behind hitters, and having to throw strikes,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said of Sanchez’s penchant for allowing homers. “We’ve got to start working ahead of hitters. We’ve been doing that really well. And put guys ahead in counts. When Anibal does that, he’s really good. He can mix things up and get guys off-balance. When he’s behind, he’s got to get more in the strike zone.”

Morel, nursing a tight right hamstring, made his second start at third base. He committed a throwing error that placed runners at second and third with two out in the seventh, but reliever Michael Rucker struck out Victor Robles to end the threat.

The Cubs capitalized in the bottom of the inning as Willson Contreras hit an RBI single, and Suzuki hit a sacrifice fly.

That loomed larger as pinch-hitter Joey Meneses hit a two-run homer off Cubs left-handed reliever Brandon Hughes with two out in the eighth. Hughes had allowed one earned run in his 13 previous innings prior to Meneses’ homer.

Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save in seven chances.


The Cubs claimed OF Franmil Reyes off waivers from the Guardians with the hope he can regain his power stroke and help a feeble offense. Reyes, 27, hit a career-high 37 home runs with the Padres and Guardians in 2019 and produced 30 homers and 85 RBIs with the Guardians last season. Reyes, however, batted only .213 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 70 games before he was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 2 and designated for assignment Saturday. “We have him under control for a couple years, and we’re lacking in the power department,” said Jed Hoyer, Cubs President of Baseball Operations. “For the whole year we’ve done a good job getting on base, but we’ve done a poor job of converting that into runs. Some of that is hitting the ball on the ground, some of that is the lack of power.” The Cubs rank 10th in the NL with 106 homers. First baseman Frank Schwindel was optioned after Monday’s game to make room for Reyes.


Cubs: The Cubs are awaiting results of an MRI on RHP Kyle Hendricks (right shoulder strain) that could dictate whether he pitches again this season. “The most important thing for us is he gets healthy for next year,” Hoyer said. “I’d love it if he pitches again this year, but I wouldn’t want to push anything to do so.” Hendricks hasn’t pitched since July 5. . LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment later this week, manager David Ross said.


The Nationals will send RHP Paolo Espino (0-4, 4.20) to the mound Tuesday night against the Cubs. Espino allowed five runs in four innings in a 5-4 loss Thursday to the Phillies. The Cubs will counter with RHP Marcus Stroman (3-5, 4.00), who allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Orioles hit 4 homers in 7-4 victory over Blue Jays

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will be seeing a lot of each other in the coming weeks.

On Monday night, Ramon Urias and the upstart Orioles measured up fine.

Urias hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays also went deep to lift Baltimore to a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

The Orioles, who entered the day two games behind Seattle and Tampa Bay for the final two wild cards in the American League, pulled within three of Toronto for the first wild card. This was the first of 15 meetings down the stretch between the Blue Jays and Orioles.

“I don’t know if it’s a statement. I think that we swung the bats really well,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “Nice to see us hit some homers. I feel like it’s been a little bit since we’ve had a game like that offensively.”

Baltimore starter Jordan Lyles (9-8) allowed a third-inning homer by Cavan Biggio, but the Orioles responded in their half of that inning with back-to-back solo shots by Santander and Mountcastle to make it 5-1.

Matt Chapman hit a solo homer for Toronto in the sixth, but Hays answered with one of his own in the bottom half.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the eighth, but Felix Bautista came on and retired Whit Merrifield on a two-out grounder with two on. Mountcastle’s RBI single made it 7-4.

The first two Toronto batters of the ninth reached on an error and a single against Bautista. Then the big right-hander struck out Teoscar Hernandez and got Bo Bichette to bounce into a double play to secure his fifth save.

Yusei Kikuchi (4-6) allowed five runs and six hits in five-plus innings for the Blue Jays.

“Just a tough way to start today, I think, in the first inning,” manager John Schneider said. “With the three-run homer, kind of putting yourself in a hole a little bit.”

Lyles yielded two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“We obviously know how good and talented they are – one of the better offenses in baseball,” Lyles said. “We know we’re getting into a good stretch of quality opponents. We’ve been playing ball well. Just another series, another Monday night.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest in the AL this year.

Baltimore has won six of seven.


In addition to their double play in the ninth, the Orioles also turned one in the fifth with men on first and third and one out.

“That’s not talked about enough, honestly, is how well we’re playing defense,” Hyde said. “Those double plays did not get turned the last few years. Those are big moments, get some guys out of a jam.”


Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (hip) threw a bullpen session Sunday, and Schneider said his next step is either live batting practice or a rehab start. … Schneider said LHP Tim Mayza (shoulder) could be back with the team in three weeks.

Orioles: Hays (side) returned to the lineup after missing four games. … Baltimore recalled RHP Louis Head from Triple-A Norfolk, and INF Rylan Bannon was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


All-Star Alek Manoah (12-5) takes the mound for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night against Baltimore’s Kyle Bradish (1-4).

Suarez strikes out 8, outduels Irvin as Angels edge A’s 1-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jose Suarez added a second changeup to his pitching repertoire this season and it has given him “100% confidence” to offer batters different looks.

He certainly kept the Oakland Athletics off balance all night.

Suarez struck out eight over seven superb innings to outpitch fellow lefty Cole Irvin, and the Los Angeles Angels edged the A’s 1-0 on Monday.

Luis Rengifo homered in the first and it held up to provide dear friend Suarez with just enough support.

“He’s like my brother. We grew up together,” Suarez said of his Venezuelan countryman from the same city, Naguanagua. “It’s great when he hits well and I pitch well and we win.”

Suarez (4-4) gave up two hits while earning his second straight win against the A’s. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 18 innings.

“Gifo’s ball was a bomb off a tough pitcher,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “I really like Irvin. He’s pitched well against us both times. We were able to get one across and that’s what we needed.”

Aaron Loup worked the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his second save to close out the two-hit shutout in just 2 hours, 14 minutes.

Irvin (6-9) faced the Angels for a second consecutive start after losing to Los Angeles last Tuesday despite allowing just two runs in six innings. He took another tough defeat Monday night.

Irvin struck out six, didn’t walk a batter and permitted five hits over eight innings. He’s still striving for his first career complete game, and he’s getting closer.

“I don’t start a game with the thought that I’m coming out early. I start a game to finish it,” Irvin said. “Haven’t done that yet at this level, but that’s how I pitch. That’s how I’ve always been.”

Steven Duggar, claimed off waivers Sunday from Texas, made his Angels debut when he entered to play left field in the eighth.


Shohei Ohtani had the night off a day before he pitches for the Angels. Nevin gave the two-way star an option to rest Monday or Wednesday but Ohtani prefers to get out and move after a start on the mound so he is slated to play Wednesday’s series finale.

On Sunday in Seattle, Ohtani was visited by trainers before his second at-bat after having his left foot stepped on by Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales in a collision near the on-deck circle.

“Nothing to do with his foot. He’ll be fine,” Nevin said.


Angels: OF Mickey Moniak broke his left middle finger on a bunt during Sunday’s 7-1 win at Seattle. He could play again this season. “I think we got the best news possible when you’re dealing with a fracture,” Nevin said. … RHP Archie Bradley is expected to soon begin a throwing program as he works back from a broken right elbow.

Athletics: RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. is slated to throw a simulated game Friday in Arizona as he recovers from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow that has sidelined him all year. The A’s remain optimistic he will return this season in a role to be determined.


The A’s recalled RHP Domingo Tapia from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RHP Adrian Martinez to Las Vegas.


In the dugout pregame, Nevin wished bench coach Ray Montgomery a happy 53rd birthday and confirmed he got him a gift. Details, please? Nevin hesitated, then said: “It’s a nice bottle of something. Really nice.”


Ohtani (9-7, 2.83 ERA) makes his ninth 2022 road start having lost to the A’s at home his last time out Wednesday. He looks to reach double-digit wins for the first time in his four major league seasons after finishing with nine last year.

RHP James Kaprielian (3-5, 4.32) pitches for Oakland having gone 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA over six starts spanning July and August following an 0-5 showing in May and June.

Judge hits No. 44, Yankees beat Mariners 9-4 to stop skid

SEATTLE (AP) Aaron Judge hit his 44th homer, Josh Donaldson also went deep and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Monday night.

Donaldson doubled twice and Andrew Benintendi also had two doubles and three RBIs as the Yankees hammered Seattle pitching. But it wasn’t a perfect night – Matt Carpenter broke his left foot when he fouled off a pitch in the first inning.

Donaldson and Benintendi got it started as New York knocked around starter Logan Gilbert for seven earned runs and 10 hits – six for extra bases. That was plenty for Jameson Taillon (11-2), who scattered three hits over seven innings.

New York manager Aaron Boone held a team meeting ahead of the series opener in Seattle after the Yankees were swept in St. Louis last weekend. His message was mostly a reminder the Bronx Bombers are arguably the most talented team in the American League and following the trade deadline have the pieces to make this a special season.

Message received.

Donaldson had a two-run single in his first at-bat, launched his 11th home run with two outs in the third and hit the first of three consecutive doubles in the fifth that ended Gilbert’s night.

Benintendi’s two-out double in the third inning scored Gleyber Torres, and his double over the head of left fielder Jesse Winker in the fifth scored two and was the final batter for Gilbert.

Seattle’s young right-hander gave up a season high in runs and hits. It was the first time in 23 starts this season that Gilbert (10-5) failed to pitch at least five innings.

Taillon gave up solo home runs to Mitch Haniger in the first and Cal Raleigh in the seventh, but otherwise avoided major damage. J.P. Crawford worked an 11-pitch, bases-loaded walk in the fourth to plate a run, and Raleigh followed with a long fly ball that had home run distance but was pulled slightly foul.

Otherwise, Taillon cruised. He walked three and struck out six in winning his first start since beating Boston on July 16.

Judge connected in the ninth.


Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game due to an ongoing back issue. Boone said the hope is Rizzo will have improved enough to return to the lineup Tuesday. Rizzo missed time in July with the same lower-back issue.

Mariners: Winker left in the fifth due to back spasms. He was replaced by Jake Lamb. … LHP Ryan Borucki exited in the ninth in the middle of an at-bat with an apparent injury after throwing a pitch to Benintendi. … Manager Scott Servais said CF Julio Rodriguez was going to take additional swings before Monday’s game to get a gauge on where he’s at with his wrist injury. Rodriguez could get activated Wednesday or Seattle could use Thursday’s off day and bring him back Friday. … INF/OF Dylan Moore (back spasms) is expected to come off the injured list Wednesday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow) threw live batting practice as he continues his recovery from elbow surgery last September. Boyd’s next step is expected to be a rehab assignment.


Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-4, 3.56 ERA) looks to rebound from his last start in which he allowed six runs in the first inning against Seattle. Cole is 6-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mariners.

Mariners: RHP Luis Castillo (5-4, 2.95) makes his first start at home since being acquired from Cincinnati. Castillo allowed three runs and struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings last week at Yankee Stadium in his first start for Seattle.

Wood, Giants beat slumping Padres 1-0 after overturned call

SAN DIEGO (AP) Alex Wood held San Diego to three singles in 6 1/3 innings and the San Francisco Giants benefited from an overturned call at the plate to beat the sputtering Padres 1-0 Monday night.

San Francisco reliever Camino Doval retired the heart of San Diego’s order in the ninth – Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Josh Bell – to earn his 15th save.

It was the fifth straight loss and second consecutive shutout for the Padres, who fell to 1-5 since obtaining Soto and Bell in a blockbuster trade last Tuesday. They were coming off a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in which they were outscored 20-4. Their streak of scoreless innings reached 23 dating to Saturday.

San Diego’s lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s third wild card is down to one game.

The Padres appeared to have tied it at 1 when Brandon Drury was called safe at home as catcher Joey Bart applied the tag on a headfirst slide after Kim Ha-seong’s double into the left field corner with one out in the seventh. But the Giants challenged and the call was overturned, to thunderous boos from the sellout crowd of 40,686.

There was a slight delay as a few fans threw trash onto the field, prompting a warning from the PA announcer.

Wood (8-9) struck out five and walked none.

After wasting a great scoring opportunity in the first inning, the Giants broke through against Blake Snell in the fourth. They opened the inning with consecutive singles by Evan Longoria, J.D. Davis and Brandon Crawford to load the bases, and Thairo Estrada hit a sacrifice fly. Snell walked Bart to load the bases again before retiring the final two batters of the inning.

Snell (4-6) got into trouble right away when the Giants had runners on first and third just two batters into the game but he got out of it by striking out the heart of the order.

Snell allowed one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out eight and walked two.


Giants: Reinstated Longoria from the 10-day injured list and optioned OF Bryce Johnson to Triple-A Sacramento.

Padres: Manager Bob Melvin said reports from Fernando Tatis Jr.’s minor league rehab assignment indicate the star shortstop feels good after playing Saturday and Sunday with the Double-A San Antonio Missions, who were off Monday. Tatis broke his left wrist in the offseason, reportedly in a motorcycle crash, and had surgery in mid-March. Melvin said the Padres are still on the timeline of Tatis playing seven to 10 days in the minors. “He needs some at-bats. He needs some games,” Melvin said. … C Jorge Alfaro left the game after the seventh with an undisclosed injury.


Giants RHP Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.08 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (8-5, 3.00) are scheduled to start Tuesday night.

Gallen’s pitching, Marte’s hit lift D-backs over Pirates 3-0

PHOENIX (AP) The Diamondbacks did a little throwback to the 1980s on Monday night, swiping bags, bunting for singles and leaning on small ball to generate their offense.

Couple that approach with a dominant pitching performance by Zac Gallen and Arizona is pretty tough.

Gallen threw seven excellent innings, Ketel Marte had a crucial two-out, two-RBI single in the eighth and the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in the opener of a four-game series.

“That’s our style,” Diamondbacks third baseman Josh Rojas. “That’s the way we have to play to win games. I don’t think we’re going to outslug people, that’s not our game.

“We have a few select hitters in the lineup who can hit the two-run homer or three-run homer, but I think for the most part, the way we’re going to win games is small ball, run the bases hard, take extra bases and chip away.”

Gallen (7-2) gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out eight. The seven innings matched a career high he’s reached 13 times in the big leagues. He threw just 89 pitches but manager Torey Lovullo opted to bring in All-Star lefty Joe Mantiply for the eighth.

The decision worked. Mantiply retired the Pirates in order in the eighth and Ian Kennedy handled the ninth for his seventh save.

Gallen said he had his full four-pitch arsenal working, which was a nice advantage.

“The goal of a pitcher is to try and make the strike zone as big as possible,” Gallen said. “It allows me to go to certain spots in different spots and be unpredictable.”

The D-backs scratched out a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Geraldo Perdomo reached on an error by Pittsburgh third baseman Michael Chavis before stealing second base. Rojas followed with a bunt single, putting runners at first and third with no outs.

Rookie Alek Thomas then grounded into a double play, but it still scored Perdomo.

The D-backs held that lead with some stellar defense. Rojas made a long throw from third base across the diamond to get the first out of the seventh, then right fielder Daulton Varsho got the second out by throwing out Bryan Reynolds, who was trying to go from first to third on a base hit.

Arizona earned a three-run lead in the eighth, loaded the bases with no outs. The next two batters couldn’t extend the lead, grounding out weakly for force outs at home, but Marte came through, hitting a hard grounder through the right side to push the advantage to 3-0.

PIttsburgh’s Tyler Beede delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his second start of the season. The right-hander gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Manny Banuelos (0-1) took the loss, giving up one unearned run over two innings of relief.

Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said the team had a couple rough moments on defense, but the real problem was a lineup that simply couldn’t figure out a way to get to Gallen.

“Ultimately, we didn’t score,” Shelton said. “Even if we lose that game 1-0, we still didn’t score. And we didn’t create a ton of opportunites to score.”


D-backs: Placed LHP Kyle Nelson (low back spasms) on the 15 day IL retroactive to Aug. 5. Called up RHP Edwin Uceta from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.


The two teams play again on Tuesday night. D-backs LHP Tommy Henry (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will make his second big-league start. The Pirates will counter with RHP Zach Thompson (3-8, 5.15).

Heyward won’t return to Cubs in 2023

Jason Heyward’s time with the Chicago Cubs is nearing an end.

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Monday that Heyward – who has one year remaining on his deal – won’t return to the club in 2023, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

He added that Heyward – who’s been on the injured list since the end of June with right knee inflammation – also won’t play for the remainder of this season, according to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney.

The decision was made after lengthy discussions between Hoyer and Heyward, per Rogers. Chicago, which wants to give younger players more playing time, will allow the outfielder to search for a new team this offseason.

Heyward has struggled mightily in 2022. He owns a .204/.278/.277 slash line with one home run and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

Heyward, 32, helped the Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought in 2016 after signing an eight-year, $184-million contract in 2015. The five-time Gold Glove winner was credited with giving a rousing speech in the clubhouse during a rain delay in Game 7 against Cleveland, which helped spur Chicago to an 8-7 victory in extra innings.

Hall of Famer Eckersley to leave Red Sox booth after season

BOSTON (AP) Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley said Monday that he will be leaving the Boston Red Sox broadcasts at the end of the season, his 50th in Major League Baseball.

Eckersley, who was drafted by Cleveland as a California high schooler in 1972, went on to pitch 24 seasons as both a 20-win starter and a 50-save reliever for Cleveland, Boston, the Cubs, Oakland and the Cardinals. He won the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1992 while playing for the Athletics.

He joined NESN in 2003 and stood out for his outspoken and colorful analysis on the Red Sox broadcasts.

“After 50 years in Major League Baseball, I am excited about this next chapter of my life,” Eckersley said. “I will continue to be an ambassador for the club and a proud member of Red Sox Nation, while transitioning to life after baseball alongside my wife Jennifer, my children and my grandchildren.”

Eckersley, 67, was a six-time All-Star who went 197-171 with a 3.50 ERA in a career in which he pitched 100 complete games as a starter before pioneering the role of the one-inning closer and earning 390 saves.

Report: Big Ten finalizing deal with Fox Sports, CBS, NBC

The Big Ten is finalizing media rights deals with Fox Sports, CBS, and NBC, sources told Brett McMurphy of Action Network.

Once finalized, this will mark the first time in 40 years that ESPN won’t have the rights to Big Ten football and basketball games. ESPN is still in negotiations, but CBS and NBC have emerged as front-runners to land the conference’s media rights with Fox, reports John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.

Fox locked up Big Ten rights months ago, and the conference is now prioritizing exclusive windows during negotiations, which could result in a Saturday slate with a noon ET game on Fox, a 3:30 p.m. contest on CBS, and a prime-time tilt on NBC, reports The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach.

CBS is expected to pay around $350 million per year to the Big Ten as part of the agreement, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

The Big Ten is also expected to launch a streaming package, which will go to Amazon or Apple, reports Auerbach.

On June 30, Pac-12 powerhouses USC and UCLA announced their agreement to join the Big Ten as early as 2024.

The Big Ten is expected to be the first conference to top $1 billion annually in rights fees as part of its next media rights deals, according to Ourand.

Alabama No. 1 in preseason coaches’ poll; Ohio St. 2, UGA 3

Alabama was voted No. 1 in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll released Monday, with Ohio State second and defending national champion Georgia third.

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Aug. 15.

The Crimson Tide received 54 first-place votes from a panel of 66 major college football coaches. Alabama is coming off a loss in the College Football Playoff title game to Georgia.

The Buckeyes received five first-place votes and the Bulldogs got six. No. 18 Texas also received a first-place vote.

Clemson was No. 4 and Notre Dame was No. 5. Michigan, coming off its first CFP appearance, was sixth, followed by Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Oklahoma’s Gundy resigns after using offensive language

Oklahoma assistant head football coach Cale Gundy announced his resignation Sunday after using offensive language during a film session last week.

Gundy, who had been with the program as an assistant since 1999, made the announcement in a social media post on Sunday, and the school confirmed it with a statement shortly thereafter.

Gundy apologized in his post and explained why he resigned. He said he noticed a player was distracted while he was supposed to be taking notes, so he picked up the athlete’s iPad and read the words on the screen aloud. He acknowledged that he said a word that he “should never — under any circumstance — have uttered,” and said he was “horrified” when he realized what he had done.

“What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional,” Gundy said. “Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter what my intentions.”

Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said in a statement that those associated with the program are “all accountable for our actions and the resulting outcomes.”

“It’s with sadness that I accept coach Gundy’s resignation,” Venables said. “He’s dedicated more than half his life to Oklahoma football and has served our program and university well. We’re thankful for that commitment.”

Gundy was on staff for all 14 of the Sooners’ Big 12 titles and the national championship season in 2000. He spent the last seven seasons coaching wide receivers after spending the previous 16 seasons coaching running backs. He was one of the holdovers when Venables took over as head coach in December 2021.

Venables said L’Damian Washington, who had been an offensive analyst, will coach receivers on an interim basis.

NFL: Rodgers’ use of ayahuasca didn’t violate drug policy

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ use of the hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca during an offseason retreat isn’t considered a violation of the NFL’s drug policy.

Rodgers discussed on “The Aubrey Marcus Podcast” last week how he went on an ayahuasca retreat to Peru in 2020, before the third of his four MVP seasons. Ayahuasca is defined as a psychoactive beverage native to South America and is often used for religious, ritualistic or medicinal purposes.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday that it wouldn’t have triggered a positive test result on either the substance abuse or performance-enhancing substance policies collectively bargained by the NFL and its players’ association.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported McCarthy’s comment.

Rodgers said on the podcast that the retreat gave him “a deep and meaningful appreciation for life” and added that “I came back and knew I was never going to be the same.” Rodgers said he believed the experience helped pave the way for his success that year.

Giants practice disrupted by a string of fights

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With the New York Giants ramping up practices in the middle of a heat advisory days before their first preseason game, it was only a matter of time before tempers erupted.

In a span a four plays Monday, running back Saquon Barkley plowed over cornerback Aaron Robinson and linebacker Tae Crowder got into it with free agent running back Antonio Williams.

The main attraction was starting center Jon Feliciano seemingly kneeing Crowder on an ensuing play, an incident which emptied both sidelines onto the field.

Linebacker Cam Brown eventually grabbed the back of Feliciano’s jersey and dragged him out of a scrum of 50 players. The center then got on his feet and threw a haymaker at Brown that seemed to connect with his helmet. Brown tried to swing back but didn’t seem to connect.

Shortly after teammates separated the two, offensive line coach Bobby Johnson pushed Brown.

The incidents caused coach Brian Daboll to call the team together and he spoke for five minutes before practice resumed without incident.

Daboll did not speak to reporters on Monday. The team refused to take requests from reporters to speak with Feliciano, Brown, Barkley and Crowder.

“In practice, it’s tough not to be offensive versus defense against each other,” veteran safety Julian Love said. “And so you get some physicality. You got some younger coaches with guys who play the game, you know, the testosterone is high at times. And so it is what it is.”

Veteran linebacker Jihad Ward smiled and said he didn’t see much of what was happening, sarcastically saying he was looking at his playbook. He said most of the players were in the locker room giggling, laughing, playing music and chilling after practice.

“This ain’t nothing compared to just jawing small, man,” Ward said. “People outside are going to look at and say ‘Oh, it’s crazy. But you know, this ain’t nothing going on, we are going to laugh at it in the locker room.”

While some felt Barkley showed a little too much aggressiveness running over Robinson, Love had no problem with it.

“He’s you know, he’s Saquon Barkley, what, the No. 2 pick,” Love said. “He’s a guy who’s big, strong, we call them ‘Quads.’ And that’s the type of running we want.”

Love also had no problem with Crowder answering for the defense on the next play, when he went after the ball with Williams down. He said defensive coordinator Wink Martindale wants his players to stand up for each other.

“The intensity was raising as you guys saw,” Love said. “Something was bound to happen. And as long as we have each other’s back, we’re going to ride for each other, that all are the makings of a great defense.”

Having Feliciano throw a punch at a helmeted Brown was not the wisest move. The center could have broken his hand and New York, which plays the Patriots in New England on Thursday night, does not have depth at the position.

Johnson pushing Brown also was unexpected. It’s rare that a coach gets involved with a player during a team scrum.

Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger said it was just hot.

“When it’s 95 degrees outside, stuff is going to happen, but it just showed a good physicality for us today,” the fourth-round draft pick from San Diego State said. “I think it was a good sign for us just going out there and being physical.”

Bellinger said Daboll didn’t mind the physicality of practice, telling the players losing teams are the ones that fight.

The Giants have done that for five straight seasons.

NOTES: Co-owner John Mara had a long conversation with inside linebacker Blake Martinez after practice. Martinez is coming off an ACL injury. … Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said new punter Jamie Gillan has been trying to improve his hang time. The standard is 4.0 seconds for a 40-yard punt, 4.5 for 45 and 5.0 for 50.

Lions lose 4th player to retirement this summer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions rookie offensive tackle Zein Obeid has retired, the fourth player to end his career with the team in two months.

Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Kendall Lamm was signed to fill Obeid’s roster spot. The 30-year-old Lamm has started 28 of 86 NFL games with Houston, Cleveland and Tennessee.

Obeid, who played at Ferris State, was an undrafted rookie as were recent retirees Jermaine Waller, a defensive back from Virginia Tech, and Corey Sutton, a former Appalachian State receiver.

Defensive tackle John Penisini retired in late July after starting 12 games as a sixth-round pick in 2020 and playing in 16 games as a reserve last year.

Detroit will play the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night at home in a preseason game. The Lions open the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against Philadelphia.

Ravens reach 4-year extension with All-Pro K Justin Tucker

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a four-year contract extension with star kicker Justin Tucker.

The team announced the move Monday. Tucker’s previous deal was through 2023.

A five-time All-Pro, Tucker has been a game changer for the Ravens in his 10 years with the team. He’s made a record 91.1% of his field goal attempts, and his 1,360 points are the most ever by a player through his first 10 seasons.

He set another record last year with a 66-yard kick at Detroit that won the game. He is 16 of 16 on field goal attempts in the final minute of regulation and has converted 58 straight in the fourth quarter and overtime, the longest active streak in the league.

Chubb wants Browns to keep Hunt long term: ‘He’s my best friend’

Cleveland Browns star running back Nick Chubb can’t imagine playing without teammate Kareem Hunt.

“I think it’s really important (to have Hunt on the team),” Chubb said Monday on NFL Network. “He’s my best friend, on and off the field. He’s a great person to be around. I couldn’t imagine playing without him. I want him to be here, whatever they got to do to keep him here. I want to play with Kareem.”

Chubb’s comments come a day after Hunt reportedly requested a trade. Hunt, who’s entering the last season of a two-year, $12-million extension he signed in 2020, is looking for a new contract with Cleveland. He didn’t participate in team drills for consecutive days last week but rejoined activities Sunday. Cleveland apparently has no intention of moving Hunt.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Sunday the reported trade request isn’t distracting the team.

Chubb and Hunt form arguably the NFL’s best duo of running backs. Chubb, the team’s leading back, has taken the league by storm since being drafted in the second round in 2018, averaging at least five yards per carry in four straight campaigns. The 26-year-old, who inked a three-year, $36-million extension in 2021, rushed for 1,259 yards and eight touchdowns last year despite missing three games.

Meanwhile, injuries limited Hunt to only 78 carries for 386 yards and five touchdowns in eight appearances last season. The 27-year-old previously racked up 1,145 scrimmage yards and 11 scores while playing all 16 games for the Browns in 2020.

Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards as a rookie in 2017 for the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him in the third round. He signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2019.

Saints’ Winston leaves practice with foot ‘tweak’

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Jameis Winston left practice on Monday with what coach Dennis Allen described as an apparent foot injury.

“He tweaked his foot a little bit,” Allen said after practice.

Winston did not receive treatment on the field and continued to practice for a period after he’d first felt discomfort before deciding to walk to the training room.

Allen said Winston was rolling out during a seven-on-seven drill when the quarterback “kind of felt it tweaked a little bit, so he wanted to go in and get it evaluated.”

Winston is New Orleans’ projected starter despite tearing ligaments in his left knee in a game against Tampa Bay last Oct. 31.

He spent the second half of last season and much of this past offseason rehabilitating from reconstructive surgery and in March signed a two-year extension worth up to $28 million. Winston was limited during on-field work during the offseason, but has participated more fully in full-team drills since training camp practices began on July 27. His highlights have included long, accurate touchdown passes to Deonte Harty and rookie Chris Olave when the speedy receivers got behind the secondary.

Winston, a 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 top overall draft choice by Tampa Bay, arrived in New Orleans as a free agent in 2020 with a mercurial reputation.

In 2019, Winston passed for more than 5,000 yards and a league-high 33 touchdowns, but also led the NFL with 30 interceptions.

He said he initially chose to sign with New Orleans to study under then-coach Sean Payton and star QB Drew Brees, and Winston won the starting job in 2021, the first season after Brees’ retirement.

The Saints went 5-2 in games Winston started, and the quarterback made strides in his TD-to-interception differential, passing for 14 scores while throwing just three picks. But the Saints did not rely heavily on the passing game last season, ranking last in the NFL in yards passing per game. Winston averaged 167 yards passing, but his seventh start was cut short by his season-ending injury early in the second quarter.

Jets’ Becton having MRI on right knee after leaving practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton left practice early Monday after appearing to injure his surgically repaired right knee early.

Becton, entering his third NFL season, was being evaluated and the team was awaiting MRI results.

The 6-foot-7 lineman was run-blocking at right tackle on the second play of team drills when he went down on the grass and immediately grabbed at his knee. The 2020 first-round draft pick was down for a few moments before trying to get up, and needed assistance from trainers to walk off the field.

He took off his pads and eventually walked very gingerly on his own to the locker room with a noticeable limp.

“The only thing I got is that it’s stable and it seems fine,” coach Robert Saleh said. “That’s preliminary, obviously. We’re just going to get it checked for precautionary reasons. But as of now, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal, but knock on wood, hopefully that stays the case.”

If Becton is forced to miss any significant time, it would be a major setback for a player in the middle of adjusting to a position change. Becton entered his first two NFL seasons as the starter on the left side, but suffered a dislocated right kneecap and cartilage damage in the opening game last year at Carolina. He missed the rest of the season and was replaced by George Fant, who slid over from right tackle and played well in Becton’s place.

Entering training camp, Saleh announced Fant would retain the starting spot at left tackle and Becton would move to the right side. Becton appeared to be making strides at right tackle in recent practices, but began wearing a brace on his right knee late last week. He was also on what Saleh called a “pitch count” during the team’s scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, and was taken out before practice was over.

During positional drills Monday, Becton was seen limping a bit and adjusting the brace on his knee before participating in team drills.

Becton, whose weight has also been a hot topic during his brief NFL career, has played in just 15 games for the Jets. ESPN reported he ballooned to around 400 pounds last season, but Becton reported for camp noticeably slimmer than he was in minicamp in June.

The Jets’ depth at offensive tackle was already a question mark before Becton’s latest injury, especially after backup Conor McDermott went down with a lower ankle injury in the scrimmage. Saleh said McDermott should be sidelined a week or two, but the Jets have shown interest in free agent offensive tackle Duane Brown.

The former Seahawks and Texans veteran, a five-time Pro Bowl pick who turns 37 on Aug. 30, met with the Jets over the weekend and attended the team’s scrimmage. Still, Saleh insisted the Jets still like their depth chart at tackle and aren’t necessarily desperate to add a veteran as a backup.

Chuma Edoga has filled in at times at left tackle this summer for Fant, and the Jets also have Derrick Kelly, Grant Hermanns and Max Mitchell, a fourth-rounder in April, at the offensive tackle spots.

“Getting a guy like Duane Brown is kind of like getting spoiled, in a sense,” Saleh said. “Just having such great talent, I guess, at one position. But we do have faith in our backup offensive linemen. Any time you get hurt and you’ve got to test your depth, it does become scary waters. But at the same time, that’s why we put in all this work and do our best to try to prepare these guys to take those spots.

“So, it doesn’t create panic at all, in my mind.”

NOTES: CB D.J. Reed, RB Ty Johnson and DE Vinny Curry all were held out of practice with hamstring ailments. … Saleh said he expects the starters on offense and defense to play about one quarter in New York’s preseason opener Friday night at Philadelphia.

NFL asks on-field officials to focus on illegal contact fouls during 2022 season

The NFL has asked its on-field officials to pay particular attention to illegal contact fouls during the 2022 season, a league spokesperson confirmed Monday. The request could lead to an increase in such flags following a big drop during the 2021 season.

Illegal contact refers to prohibited contact by a defender when the quarterback still has the ball and remains in the pocket. It is a 5-yard penalty and results in an automatic first down.

Officials flagged illegal contact an average of 97 times per season between 2002 and 2020, but that number dropped to 36 last season. The decrease prompted the NFL’s competition committee to include illegal contact among its “points of clarification,” formerly known as “points of emphasis,” for the 2022 season.

In administering illegal contact, officials must first identify the prohibited contact and then confirm the position of the ball and quarterback. The committee encouraged officials to move more quickly from the contact to the quarterback, in order to better enforce the foul.

League sources surveyed by ESPN were split on whether the wording of this year’s illegal contact instructions will lead to a spike in flags, as occurred after the two previous points of emphasis for the foul. In 2014, flags illegal for illegal contact rose to 148 from 52 in 2013. In 2004, they rose to 191 from 79 in 2003.

Another significant point of clarification for 2022 will revolve around roughing the passer fouls. The competition committee has clarified that contact to the helmet and below the knee area must be forcible, in recognition that some officials have thrown flags for minor contact in recent seasons.

As they do every summer, officiating crews are visiting training camps to update players and coaches on all new rules and clarifications.

Report: Durant tells Nets owner to trade him or fire Nash, Marks

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant told team owner Joe Tsai that he will continue to request a trade from the franchise unless head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks are fired, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Durant’s ultimatum is reportedly a result of his lack of faith in the team’s direction, and he is firm in his stance.

The former MVP requested a trade at the end of June following a disappointing season that ended in a first-round exit. Little was known at the time about his reasons for the decision.

The Nets have reportedly had discussions with nearly every team in the league in hopes of getting a historic package of players and draft picks in return for Durant. Brooklyn reportedly proposed a trade with the Toronto Raptors involving Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and talked about a deal with the Boston Celtics that would include star Jaylen Brown.

The Raptors, Celtics, and Miami Heat are seen as the most likely trade destinations for Durant, sources told Charania.

The Nets aim to take “every last asset” from their trade partner in any deal for Durant, according to Charania.

Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard, has been at the helm of the Nets for two seasons. It is his first job in professional coaching. Meanwhile, Marks has held the position of general manager since 2016 after being an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.

PGA Tour says players knew consequences of joining LIV Golf

The PGA Tour asked a federal judge in San Francisco to deny the appeal of three suspended players who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf and now want to compete in the tour’s lucrative postseason, arguing the players knew the consequences two months ago.

Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford filed a temporary restraining order last week, separate from 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday in San Jose, California, two days before the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events in the chase for the $18 million prize.

The FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, has a $15 million purse, and the top 70 players advance to the second postseason event in Wilmington, Delaware.

Gooch (No. 20), Jones (No. 65) and Swafford (No. 67) are among nine players who have joined LIV Golf and finished the regular season among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings. The other six who joined LIV Golf are not asking to play in the tour’s postseason.

In a court filing Monday to oppose the temporary restraining order, the tour argued antitrust laws do not allow the three players “to have their cake and eat it, too.”

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach TOUR Regulations and be suspended for doing so, Plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund,” the tour said in its opposing motion.

The three players were not among the highest-sought players for Greg Norman’s rival league, though they were among the initial group of players who signed with LIV Golf. Gooch was the only one among the top 50 in the world, mainly from his only PGA Tour win last November.

“Plaintiffs have waited nearly two months to seek relief from the Court, fabricating an ‘emergency’ they now maintain requires immediate action,” the filing said. “It doesn’t.”

The tour contends player knew they would be ineligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs “when they accepted millions from LIV to breach their agreements” with the tour.

Players were not suspended until they actually teed off in a LIV Golf event.

The LIV Golf events, with a 48-man field, consist of 54 holes and offer $25 million in total prize money for each event. Seventeen players already have earned $1 million or more in three or fewer events. Five more events remain on this year’s schedule, and LIV Golf already has announced a 14-tournament schedule for 2023.

The next LIV event does not start until after the PGA Tour’s season ends at East Lake in Atlanta with the FedEx Cup, which pays $18 million to the champion.

Even though LIV Golf players have been suspended, they remain eligible for the FedEx Cup bonus package. Anyone finishing in the top 125 gets $120,000. Those who finish inside the top 150, such as Pat Perez and Paul Casey, would get $85,000.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia are among LIV Golf players who chose to resign their PGA Tour membership. Reed is playing two Asian Tour-International Series tournaments this month.

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 by 11 players. The manager for Carlos Ortiz told The Associated Press that Ortiz is no longer part of the lawsuit, though it has not been reflected in court documents yet.

“Carlos does not want to be involved in any legal battles,” his manager, Carlos Rodriguez, said in a text message. “He is thankful for the opportunity he had to play on the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour the last few years.”

Ortiz in two LIV events has made nearly $3.5 million, about 44% of his career PGA Tour earnings from 160 tournaments.

The field for Memphis currently is at 122 players from the 125 who are eligible and in good standing. Three players chose not to compete because of injury or scheduling.



LOGAN BELL                                                       RONCALLI            5’11

MALLORY ADELLE WEBER                            WESTFIELD         5’4         

DELANEY SILVEUS                                            WARSAW            5’5         

RAEGAN ANN BURNS                                     MCCUTCHEON  5’5         

MACY HATKEVICH                                           PENN                    5’8         

LAUREN ROSS                                                    BELLMONT          5’9         

ADAYNA KEY                                                      FRANKTON         5’10       

KAYLEE WEEKS                                                  WARSAW            5’10       

CHLOE CHICONE                                              MCCUTCHEON  5’10       

LORETTA PELKINGTON                                  DWENGER          5’11       

HALEY ROBINSON                                            NEW PRAIRIE     5’11       

MARGO HERNANDEZ                                     FISHERS               5’11       

CAMRYN WISE                                                  WAPAHANI        5’11       

REAGAN KLEIMAN                                           NEW PALESTINE 6’0

AVERY HOBSON                                               HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 6’0

LAUREN HARDEN                                             HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 6’3

MACY HINSHAW                                             HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 5’9

GABBIE STORES                                                DWENGER          6’0         

KENNEDY RAY WAGNER                               VALPARAISO      6’0         

EMILY WADDLE                                                CARMEL               6’1         

AVERY HALES                                                    WARSAW            5’11       

MOLLY URBAN                                                  MARTINSVILLE  5’3         

GRACE PURICHIA                                             PROVIDENCE     5’7         

SYDNEY ROBINSON                                        BREBEUF              5’8         

NAIJA GADIS                                                      BREBEUF              5’8         

GABBY GILBERT                                                PIKE                       5’10       

CAROLINE HILBRICH                                       FLOYD CENTRAL 5’10     

EMILEE HILL                                                       YORKTOWN       5’10       

DELANEY SEAMAN                                          BREBEUF              5’11       

LOLA SCHUMACHER                                      BREBEUF             5’4

MYA AYRO                                                         GREENWOOD    6’0         

ELLE PATTERSON                                              TRI‐WEST            6’0         

ELLA SCOTT                                                        PLAINFIELD         6’1

AVA UTTERBACK                                              PLAINFIELD         6’0         

BELLA WYNJA                                                   HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 6’1            

AVA SMITH                                                        PARK TUDOR     6’1         

QUINCI THOMAS                                             BROWNSBURG 6’2         

OLIVIA FISH                                                        SEYMOUR           6’2         

GABRIELLE DEAN                                             COLUMBUS EAST 6’4     

MCKENNA LAYDEN                                         NORTHWESTERN 6’0”

ELLA BOERSEMA                                              CHURUBUSCO 6’2”

TAYLOR CRIPE                                                   SOUTH NEWTON 5’9”

HANNAH TEICH                                                ELKHART 6’1”

GABBY DEAN                                                     COLUMBUS EAST 6’4”

LILLY MERK                                                         TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 6’0”

BREA GARBER                                                   FAIRFIELD 6’0”

AVA VICKERS                                                     FISHERS 6’0”

BAILEY TABELING                                             TRINITY LUTHERAN 5’10”

DANI NEWPORT                                               COVENANT CHRISTIAN 5’10

MARIN SANCHEZ                                             ANDREAN 5’10”

REANNA LEE                                                      MCCUTCHEON 5’11”

RAMSEY GARY                                                  PENDLETON HEIGHTS 5’5

LIBBY DIPPOLD                                                 COLUMBUS EAST 6’0”

REESE DUNKLE                                                  CENTER GROVE 6’2

ALEXIS MAESCH                                               AVON 5’11

IU Athletics Adds Beer Sales To IU Home Men’s And Women’s Soccer Matches In 2022

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Fans over 21 attending Hoosier men’s and women’s soccer matches at Indiana University’s Bill Armstrong Stadium can now enjoy beer to enhance their experience.

The addition of beer sales at Bill Armstrong Stadium is in line with past decisions to introduce beer sales at IU Football, Baseball and Softball games. Beer was first offered at Memorial Stadium for IU Football games in 2019, and it was added to the concession options at IU Baseball and Softball last spring.

The IU men’s program will open its preseason slate Aug. 12 when it hosts DePaul for an exhibition match at 8 p.m., while the Hoosier women’s program will host Northwestern in an exhibition match on Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.

“The response to our addition of beer to our concessions options at various venues has been overwhelmingly positive, which makes this decision a logical next step as we continue to improve the game experience for our fans,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson.

Encouraging responsible fan behavior and promoting alcohol safety continues to be a top priority for IU Athletics.  Every purchaser (who appears to be younger than 50) is required to present a valid, government-issued photographic identification documenting that he or she is 21 for every purchase of beer. Purchasers are limited to two drinks per transaction, and beer sales end with 20 minutes remaining in regulation play. No beer will be sold to a visibly intoxicated person. All servers have a current alcohol servers permit issued by the state of Indiana and have gone through and passed TEAM responsible alcohol service training.

Butler Football Opens Training Camp

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler football team will continue to practice at the Sellick Bowl this week to prepare for the upcoming 2022 season. First-year head coach Mike Uremovich will install his system for the season opener set for Sept. 3 against St. Thomas (Fla.).

“We are excited to get to work,” Uremovich stated. “We had a great turn out this summer in regards to our strength program and now it is time to play football. I’m looking forward continuing to build on what we were able to accomplish in the spring. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see the guys improve.”

Uremovich will look to establish a run game and get the ball out to playmakers when the Bulldogs break the huddle. Quarterback Bret Bushka returns to the program after playing in 10 games for BU last season. Bushka passed for 1,663 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for four more scores. His top returning target on the outside is upperclassmen Johnny O’Shea. This duo shined Halloween weekend last year at Dayton. Bushka became just the fourth player in program history to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game. O’Shea helped him get there with 13 receptions for 164 yards.

On the ground, AJ Deinhart will return to the running back room for the ‘Dawgs. Deinhart rushed the ball 101 times last year to gain 496 yards. He averaged 4.9 yards per rush. Opening holes for Deinhart this season will be Skyler Spetter, an all-league player that saw action in all 11 games in 2021.

On the other side of the football, Jeff Knowles will direct the defense for Butler in 2021. Knowles will have Connor Reid back in fold as a leader in the huddle. Reid led all Bulldogs with 78 tackles last season. He was also responsible for three interceptions and a sack. In the trenches, Austin Korba and Carson Gulgin will look to get a push for BU up front.

“The guys worked hard all summer with Coach Greenstone, so now we have to continue to improve on that momentum heading into fall camp,” Knowles explained. “We have a lot of newcomers that need to get here and compete with our returners. I can’t wait to put the ball down and get going.”

The Bulldogs have 19 linebackers on the roster to patrol the second level of the defense. The top returners from the 2021 club include Jack Belskis, Michael Wellman, Gabe Hicks and Jacob Cain. Depth at this position will also help Special Teams Coordinator Joe Cheshire fill out his units.

 “We are excited to begin fall camp and get back to football. As a staff, we feel we have a good mixture of experienced players and some really athletic incoming players that can help us on special teams. I am anxious to find out who wants to compete and help us win games in the third phase of the game.”

Luka Zurak, Ben Packer and Ryan Short are in line to handle the kicking game for BU. Zurak averaged 39.8 yards per punt in 2021 and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 12 times. Packer brings experience to this group as an upperclassman. He is can punt or kick of the ‘Dawgs in 2022. Short is a true freshman from Hinsdale, Ill. He helped Nazareth Academy win a State Championship while handing kick-off and field goal duties.

Butler opens the season with two home games before challenging road trips to South Dakota State and Preseason PFL favorite Davidson. Opening weekend’s kick-off against St. Thomas is set for 1 PM on Sept. 3 and the ‘Dawgs will play under the lights the following Saturday against Taylor at 6 PM. Tickets are now available for all games.

Maggie Zentgraf Hired to Lead @ButlerWLacrosse Program

Maggie Zentgraf, a former Notre Dame standout who led Lake Forest to a conference title in the program’s inaugural season, has been hired to lead the Butler women’s lacrosse program. The announcement was made by Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier Monday, Aug. 8. She becomes the second head coach in program history.

Zentgraf was hired at Lake Forest in Illinois in 2020 and built the NCAA Division III program from day one, recruiting the inaugural roster and then guiding the Foresters to an 11-4 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) play during the program’s first season in 2022. She was named MWLC Coach of the Year for her efforts, while also mentoring the conference’s Attacker, Defender and Rookie of the Year Award winners among the seven all-conference honorees.

“Maggie’s immediate coaching success with a young program and her playing experience at the BIG EAST level stood out during our search,” said Collier. “Our student-athletes will feed off her energy and leadership. Maggie prioritizes academic accomplishment, success on the field and a strong student-athlete experience, all of which are highly important at Butler. (Associate Athletic Director of Administration/SWA) Molly Sullivan did an excellent job leading this search, one that has ended with an exciting addition at Butler.”   

Zentgraf played at Notre Dame, serving as team captain in 2010. During her time with the Fighting Irish, the team captured a BIG EAST title and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Zentgraf was named the athletic department’s recipient of the prestigious Christopher Zurich Service Award. Her playing career also included a tryout with the U.S. Lacrosse National Team. At Charlottesville (Va.) High School, Zentgraf was named first-team All-America prior to joining the Notre Dame program. Zentgraf’s uncle is Kevin Corrigan, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Notre Dame, and both are part of a Corrigan family that is heavily involved throughout college athletics.

Her additional collegiate coaching experience came at Beloit College during the 2014 and 2015 seasons where she served as an assistant coach and eventually the interim head coach. Over those two seasons, the team posted a record of 19-15 with six players earning all-conference honors and 13 being recognized as academic all-conference.

At the club level, Zentgraf coached with Lakeshore Lacrosse (2015-21), working with the Class of 2023 for three of those seasons. In 2019, U.S. Club Lacrosse ranked the team No. 1 in Illinois. Players she coached currently play for or are committed to programs such as Notre Dame and Butler’s BIG EAST rivals UConn and Marquette. As a member of the Hinsdale Central High School staff (2016-20), she helped the team to a 2018 state championship and four consecutive appearances in the state semifinals. Eight of her players were named first-team All-America. Zentgraf began her coaching career at Western Albemarle High School in Virginia.

Zentgraf is a 2010 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in sociology, earning BIG EAST Honor Roll distinction. While coaching lacrosse over the past decade, she has also worked as a youth counselor and a physical education teacher.


University of Notre Dame Dame junior forward Landon Slaggert has been named to USA Hockey’s final 23-player National Junior Team and will serve as an alternate captain at the upcoming 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

After being postponed last winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place at Rogers Place on August 9-20 in Edmonton, Alberta. Team USA will compete in Group B alongside Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada, Czechia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia make up Group A.

Team USA will open play against Germany on Tuesday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET (NHL Network).

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

Notre Dame At The World Junior Championship

In 2021, Landon Slaggert became the first Fighting Irish player to medal at the event since 2018 when current Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke helped the U.S. secure the bronze in Buffalo.

Slaggert’s gold marked the eighth medal by a Notre Dame player at the event as he also joined Anders Bjork (bronze in 2016), Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997).

Slaggert is Notre Dame’s 23rd player to take part in the World Junior Championship and the seventh to appear in two tournaments.

Previous two-time Fighting Irish participants included Palmieri (2010/11), Ian Cole (2008/09), Rob Globke (2001/02), Connor Dunlop (2000/01), Simon (1997/98) and Jack Brownschidle (1977/79).

Landon Slaggert | Junior | Forward | South Bend, Indiana

In two seasons, Slaggert has skated in 65 career games while scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists for 48 points.

Last season as a sophomore, he finished fifth on the team in scoring with 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists.

He had three game winners and two power-play goals in 2021-22.

Tallied first multipoint game of the season with a goal and an assist in 5-1 victory over Wisconsin (Nov. 12).

Finished the weekend series against the Badgers with three points after adding an assist in the game two win (Nov. 12-13).

Notched the game-winning goal in the road victory over Penn State (Jan. 7).

Notched a goal and two assists, including one assist on the overtime game winner at Ohio State (Jan. 14).

Tallied an assist and the overtime game winner in 3-2 overtime victory over Minnesota (Jan. 29).

Recorded a goal and an assist in the 7-2 win over Penn State for his third multipoint game in a four-game span (Jan. 14-Feb. 4; 2-5-7).

A 2022 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, he notched the game-tying goal against North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also assisted on Graham Slaggert’s overtime game winner as the Irish downed the Fighting Hawks 2-1 (March 24).

Selected in the third round, 79th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Played his first two seasons at Notre Dame with his older brother, Graham Slaggert, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization following his senior season in 2021-22.

He is the son of Fighting Irish Associate Head Coach Andy Slaggert.

Ball State Adds Owens-White to 2022 Class

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball team announced the addition of Darian Owens-White to the 2022 recruiting class on Monday. Adams is a graduate transfer from Wayne State and will be immediately eligible.

Owens-White, a native to Detroit, Michigan, will add experience and depth at the guard position. In 84 games for WSU, he compiled 49 games in double-digit scoring, including 16 games of 20 or more, and one game of 32 points. He was selected to the NABC All-District First Team as well as All-GLIAC on two separate occasions. He currently has 985 points and posted a career free-throw percentage of .867. He shot .382 percent from the field and .381 percent from behind the arc in four seasons with the Warriors.

During his sophomore season, Owens-White averaged 16.7 points per game, while shooting .466 percent from behind the 3-point line and .424 percent from the field. He recorded a season-high 25 points and shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a win over Grand Valley. He produced nine games with 20 or more points during the 2018-29 campaign. As a junior, he finished the season averaging 17.8 points per contest as he shot .385 percent from the field and .366 percent from long range. He added a free-throw percentage of .931, which was No. 11 in NCAA Division II.

From Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis

“We’re excited about Darian and his playmaking ability. Along with many of our other guys that we’ve signed, he adds athleticism to our roster. He has the ability to play in the paint and also knock down shots on the perimeter. He’s a good addition to our roster.”

Jarnigan Promoted to Executive Associate Athletic Director

The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced the promotion of Liz Jarnigan to Executive Associate Athletic Director.

Jarnigan owns a wealth of experience in intercollegiate athletics including a stint as the Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University from 2019-2021. She joined the Valpo Athletics staff in December 2021 as the Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Support and Student Services.

“We are excited to have Liz take on an expanded role while continuing to be a tremendous resource and advocate for our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small said. “Liz is a proven leader who will continue to utilize stewardship to promote an extraordinary student-athlete experience, be a tremendous resource for our coaches and help to continue to develop a culture of comprehensive excellence at Valpo.”  

Jarnigan’s new responsibilities include sport oversight as the sport administrator for football, volleyball, women’s golf and men’s golf. In addition, she oversees facilities, internal operations, academic services and student services.

“Having great respect for Valparaiso’s athletic tradition, academic rigor and spiritual foundation, I am honored to be a part of the leadership team working in support of Beacon student-athletes,” Jarnigan said.

During her time in Carbondale, she helped the Salukis earn the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award for the highest overall student-athlete grade point average. SIU also thrived in competition during her tenure, reaching the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national quarterfinals, making an NCAA appearance in softball and boasting five track & field All-Americans.

Prior to her promotion to the top spot at SIU, Jarnigan served as the school’s Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Woman Administrator from 2018–2019, leading the department’s overall internal operations and hiring six new head coaches. She also has experience in athletics administration at the following institutions — Air Force (Associate AD/SWA, 2016–2018), San Jose State (Senior Associate AD for Academics & Student Services / SWA, 2008–2016), Tulsa (Associate AD for Student Services, 2007–2008; Coordinator of Student Services, 2001–2006) and Briar Cliff College (Assistant AD, 1994–1996).

Jarnigan owns high school and college teaching and coaching experience in Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas. She was the head women’s volleyball coach at Bethel College (1989–1994), Briar Cliff College (1994–1996) and Carleton College (1996–1999). The 1987 St. Olaf College alum was a four-year letter winner in volleyball. She received her master’s in athletic administration from Fort Hays State University in 1988.

Jarnigan’s husband Jeff is an assistant general manager and coach for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. They have three children – Mary, Emily and Jack. Currently a member of the football coaching staff at New Mexico State University, Jack is a 2019 Valparaiso University graduate and was a four-year starting center for the Valpo football team.

NAIA Announces Indiana Wesleyan as Host for Outdoor Track & Field Championships

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan University, in cooperation with the Grant County Visitors Bureau (GCVB), is excited to announce the Wildcats have been selected to host 2023, 2024, and 2025 NAIA Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track & Field National Championships on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. This three-year partnership with the NAIA will bring over $1 million in economic impact annually to Grant and surrounding counties. This will be the second time IWU has hosted this event. The Wildcats hosted from 2010-2013.

“We are both honored and excited to host this national event at IWU over the next three years,” said Tod Dalberg, Indiana Wesleyan University Vice President for External Affairs. The university has a long history of partnering with local and county governments to bring events and conferences to the region. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this event will bring to the community over the next three years.”

The event will run May 24-26 in 2023 and is expected to attract over 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, sponsors, administrators, and fans to the IWU Marion campus. The National Championship is considered the largest NAIA National Championship event based on the number of participants.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for IWU and Grant County,” said Deane Webb, Indiana Wesleyan Director of Athletics. ” We are looking forward to creating a memorable experience for student-athletes, coaches, and fans.. I am thankful for Caleb Snyder and John Foss and their work in the early planning stages of this championship. It takes contributions from many people, including a great number of volunteers from the area, to move this from an event to an experience. We are blessed that so many people volunteered their time when we last hosted, and I am thankful in advance for those that choose to assist us in the future.”

The Wildcats will look forward to their tradition of the “Olympic-style Village,” with coaches and athletes staying on campus in the IWU dorms, which were voted #1 Best Dorms in Indiana and #8 in America by

“We are pleased to support Indiana Wesleyan as they host the NAIA Track and Field Nationals,” said John Lightle, Director of the Grant County Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to see the impact this event has on the community and the surrounding area.”

More information on the 2023 NAIA Track Championships will be available in the coming weeks at


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics is excited to announce Wildcat Tennis Alum James Gleghorn as IWU’s next Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach and Associate Athletic Director for Development. Gleghorn dawned the black and red from 1992-94 playing for the Wildcats, and was coached by IWU Hall of Honor member Terry Porter.

“Our tennis teams have achieved a great deal of success for decades, culminating with incredible success at the national level over the last two years,” said Deane Webb, Director of Athletics. “I am confident that James will understand the history of our tennis program, having played here himself.  He will also be able to use his own gifts to build on the foundation that is in place, and I am looking forward to seeing our programs grow under his leadership.”

“In addition, James will have the opportunity to positively affect all of our programs in the department from a financial perspective with the creation of this new Associate Athletic Director for Development role.  His years of experience in fundraising will accelerate work already being done in our department in this area, and he will allow us to begin new initiatives that rely on his unique abilities.”

Gleghorn comes to IWU having served in a variety of Development roles for the past 20 years, most recently as Chief Development Officer with HOI, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia for the past two years, and as Vice President of Mission Advancement for the Tim Tebow Foundation before that.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director, Deane Webb, and the members of the search committee for the opportunity to come back home to IWU,” said Gleghorn. “It is an honor to be back as a coach at IWU. Grateful for the opportunity to continue the national success that started with my coach at IWU, Coach Porter, and continued today with Coach Shigley. Our goal is to always finish in the top 10 of NAIA, but more importantly it is to help foster an environment that graduates men and women who will be world-changers for Christ. IWU is home for me and my family, and I can’t wait to get started this season.  Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!”

Gleghorn’s accolades as a tennis player were highlighted by All-Conference and NAIA All-District honors. He brings a wealth of tennis coaching experience as the former Head Coach at Huntington University and Agnes Scott College, and was named the K-Swiss National Pro-of-the-Year.

Gleghorn returns to Marion with his wife, Tricia, a ’94 IWU alum and former IWU tennis player.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7139.64541 – 1530 – 2432 – 1622 – 712 – 84 – 6W 1
Toronto6049.55010.534 – 2126 – 2820 – 2018 – 1315 – 115 – 5L 1
Tampa Bay5850.5371233 – 2125 – 2925 – 2111 – 1412 – 95 – 5W 1
Baltimore5752.52313.532 – 2125 – 3121 – 2411 – 1315 – 87 – 3W 1
Boston5456.4911726 – 2728 – 2912 – 2915 – 1221 – 84 – 6L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5751.52831 – 2526 – 2615 – 1227 – 2010 – 95 – 5L 1
Cleveland5652.519129 – 2227 – 3010 – 1325 – 2111 – 106 – 4W 2
Chi White Sox5553.509225 – 2930 – 2414 – 1522 – 2211 – 126 – 4W 1
Kansas City4465.40413.525 – 3119 – 3411 – 1719 – 2210 – 185 – 5W 2
Detroit4367.3911526 – 3017 – 379 – 2020 – 284 – 113 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7040.63634 – 1736 – 239 – 1018 – 635 – 205 – 5L 2
Seattle5952.53211.529 – 2630 – 2614 – 177 – 630 – 245 – 5L 1
Texas4860.4442123 – 3125 – 295 – 1413 – 1021 – 294 – 6L 1
LA Angels4763.4272324 – 3223 – 316 – 1811 – 623 – 265 – 5W 1
Oakland4169.3732917 – 3624 – 3310 – 1611 – 1818 – 284 – 6L 3
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7139.64536 – 1835 – 2137 – 1413 – 514 – 128 – 2W 4
Atlanta6446.582737 – 2227 – 2425 – 2117 – 1016 – 115 – 5L 3
Philadelphia6048.5561030 – 2530 – 2325 – 2112 – 816 – 119 – 1W 5
Miami4959.4542123 – 2826 – 3124 – 2211 – 159 – 143 – 7W 1
Washington3675.32435.517 – 4019 – 359 – 4210 – 1112 – 142 – 8L 6
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6048.55635 – 2025 – 2812 – 1528 – 1610 – 79 – 1W 7
Milwaukee5850.537227 – 2231 – 2811 – 1329 – 247 – 94 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs4464.4071623 – 3321 – 3110 – 722 – 248 – 214 – 6W 1
Cincinnati4464.4071624 – 3220 – 329 – 1316 – 238 – 216 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh4465.40416.524 – 2920 – 367 – 1521 – 2913 – 124 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers7533.69438 – 1537 – 1812 – 1117 – 635 – 129 – 1W 8
San Diego6151.5451631 – 2430 – 2714 – 1019 – 1024 – 255 – 5L 5
San Francisco5455.49521.529 – 2725 – 2814 – 1314 – 1117 – 255 – 5W 3
Arizona4959.4542630 – 2819 – 3114 – 1411 – 1117 – 284 – 6W 2
Colorado4863.43228.530 – 2718 – 368 – 199 – 824 – 273 – 7L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1905       “COME AT ONCE STOP VERY SORRY STOP YOUR FATHER DEAD IN SHOOTING ACCIDENT STOP HURRY.” – telegram sent to Ty Cobb by Joe Cunningham, a long-time hometown Royston friend. Ty Cobb receives a telegram sent by his long-time hometown Royston friend Joe Cunningham informing him that his father, Professor W. H. Cobb, has been killed in a shooting accident the previous night. The incident will have a profound effect on the life of the 18-year-old Augusta Tourist (South Atlantic League) outfielder, becoming a sordid affair after the police reveal his mother pulled the trigger.

1906       Cubs right-hander Jack Taylor, who will amass a lifetime record of 152-139 and an ERA of 2.66, goes the distance, beating Brooklyn at Washington Park, 5-3. The victory will be the last of his 187 consecutive complete games, an amazing streak which began on June 20, 1901, with a 2-0 loss in Boston.

1916       The Philadelphia A’s twenty-game losing streak ends when Joe Bush beats the Tigers, 7-1. The 20-80 club has won only three of their prior 43 contests, with lone victories during the stretch snapping skids of twelve and nine consecutive defeats.

1939       Yankee third baseman Red Rolfe begins an eighteen-game scoring streak. The Penacook (NH) native will score thirty runs during this span.

1946       In MLB’s version of Friday Night Lights, all eight games, scheduled in eight different cities, will be played under the lights. It will be the first time in the major league history that every team will participate in an evening tilt on the same night.

1949       Dom DiMaggio, hitless in his first four at-bats against Yankee hurler Vic Raschi, sees his 34-game hitting streak come to an end. The Red Sox outfielder’s older brother Joe makes a shoestring catch in the eighth inning, taking his sibling’s last chance to extend the streak.

1961       The Reds continue their domination of the hapless Phillies by winning their 16th straight game against the inept squad, who have won just one contest in their last 19 tries. Joey Jay’s 5-0 whitewash is the 13th loss in a row for Philadelphia, the club’s longest losing streak in 25 years.

1963       One loss shy of tying the major league record of 19 consecutive defeats, Roger Craig switches his uniform number to 13 to change his luck. The change of works when Jim Hickman lofts a short fly ball in the ninth inning with two outs and the bases-full in a tie game, that barely ticks the upper-deck overhang in left field at the Polo Grounds for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Mets an improbable 7-3 victory over the Cubs.

1963       Lindy McDaniel becomes the second pitcher in major league history to give up a pair of game-ending grand slams in the same season when Mets pinch-hitter Jim Hickman goes deep to give the Mets a dramatic 7-3 victory over the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Chicago right-hander, who also allowed Houston’s Bob Aspromonte to end a game with a bases full walk-off round-tripper in June, joins Satchel Paige (1952) accomplishing the infamous deed.

1964       After throwing a perfect game on Father’s Day against the Mets, Phillies right-hander Jim Bunning continues his mastery over New York, retiring a total of 44 New York batters in a row. Joe Christopher beats out a two-out bunt in the fifth inning to finally end the right-hander’s perfection over the Amazins’.

1969       Philadelphia infielder Dick Allen starts scratching messages for the fans in the dirt around the first base bag, beginning today with “Oct. 2”, indicating the last day of the season when he would be “free” from the team. During the next week, a span the slugger hits five home runs in six days, some of his other missives include “Coke,” “Why,” “No,” “Mom,” and “Boo,” a word the Phillies fans fully embrace.

1975       At Shea Stadium, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. Vince Coleman will break the Dodger second baseman’s mark in 1989.

1976       Cal Hubbard, with his induction to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as an umpire, becomes the first professional athlete elected into two Halls of Fame. In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the Missouri native due to his outstanding performance on the gridiron with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

1976       John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the ‘Candyman’ beat the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)

1981       Major league baseball returns in a big way from its in-season strike when 72,086 fans attend the belated All-Star Game, a 5-4 National League victory over the Junior Circuit at Cleveland Stadium. Giants southpaw Vida Blue becomes the first pitcher to win the Midsummer Classic for both leagues, and Expo backstop Gary Carter, who hits two home runs, is named the MVP of the contest.

1988       After 5,687 consecutive contests occur during the day at the Chicago Northside ballpark dating back to 1914, the first official major league night game takes place at Wrigley Field, with the hometown Cubs taking a 6-4 decision from the Mets. Originally, last night’s contest against the Phillies would have been the ballpark’s first evening tilt, but rain washed out the scheduled historic event after the third inning.

1992       The Brewers retire #34 in tribute to Rollie Fingers, who won the 1981 AL Cy Young Award and AL Most Valuable Player Award in the first of his four seasons with the club. The handlebar-mustached All-Star closer, recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, will also be honored by the Oakland A’s next season when he joins Catfish Hunter as the franchise’s second player to have his jersey number retired.

1996       Cal Ripken records his 2,500th career hit with a single off White Sox right-hander Bill Simas in the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to Chicago in 10-innings. The Baltimore infielder will end his 21-year career with a total of 3,184 hits.

1998       The Expos draw a total of 757 dogs during the team’s Dog Day promotion. Montreal’s 8-2 victory over Arizona featured a pregame parade of the dogs and their owners on the field.

1998       Dennis Eckersley, throwing a perfect eighth inning in the Red Sox’ 14-8 victory over Texas, ties Kent Tekulve for second on the all-time list with 1,050 appearances by a pitcher. Hoyt Wilhelm is the over-all leader with 1,070, a record the ‘Eck’ will surpass in his final major league game on September 26.

1998       Dennis Martinez, with his 244th victory, surpasses Juan Marichal to become the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league baseball history. The Nicaraguan right-hander, known as ‘El Presidente,’ pitches a perfect eighth inning in the Braves’ 7-5 victory over the San Francisco.

1999       A total of five grand slams occur on the same day for the first time in major league history. Cardinal Fernando Tatis, Expo Jose Vidro, Marlin Mike Lowell, Yankee Bernie Williams, and Mariner Jay Buhner connect to set the record. (Ed. note – Lowell, Williams, and Buhner all played for the Columbus Clippers – thanks to Steve Basford for this interesting aside. -LP)

1999       The Blue Jays bang-out 25 hits in a 19-4 rout of the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington. The total, which includes six doubles and four home runs, establishes a new franchise mark for hits.

2001       Mike Hampton ties the National League record for pitchers with his seventh homer when he goes deep off Felix Heredia in the Rockies’ 14-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Colorado southpaw equals the mark established by Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955), and is two shy of the major league standard set by Wes Ferrell, playing for the Indians in 1931.

2002       Barry Bonds joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron as the only players to hit 600 career home runs. The 38-year-old Giant left fielder hit the milestone homer in the sixth inning by lining a 2-1 pitch thrown by Pirates starter Kip Wells over the center-field wall at Pacific Bell Park.

2002       At the age of 26 years and 182 days, Vladimir Guerrero hits his 200th career home run, tying the Expos right fielder with Ken Griffey, Jr. as the second-youngest player to reach the 200 homer plateau. Alex Rodriguez is the youngest major leaguer to reach the 200 homer mark, reaching the milestone in 25 years 290 days.

2005       An arbitrator rules Kenny Rogers, who has missed 13 games, should be reinstated. The decision states the punishment for shoving two cameramen handed down by Bud Selig went too far in suspending the Ranger pitcher for 20 games and levying an excessive $50,000 fine.

2006       Mike Piazza belts two home runs off Mets ace Pedro Martinez and nearly hits a third in the eighth inning during a 4-3 Padres loss in New York. The Big Apple fans give their former hometown hero an uncommon road curtain call after the round-tripper, but the second time the backstop goes deep, he hears boos and catcalls from the crowd.

2008       Micah Hoffpauir ties a modern Pacific Coast League record by homering in his first four at-bats in the Iowa Cubs’ 15-3 rout over the Round Rock Express. The 28-year-old slugging first baseman becomes the third player in the history of the storied PCL to go deep in four consecutive at-bats and the fifth to accomplish the feat in one game.

2008       As part of the 50th-anniversary celebration commemorating the Giants’ move to San Francisco, the team honors their greatest outfielders. Barry Bonds, thought not to be there, receives a standing ovation from the surprised fans when he is announced and takes part in the ceremony telling the crowd, “It feels awful to me not to be in uniform, and the Dodgers are right here.”

2009       In the eighth inning of a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox in the Bronx, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit consecutive homers for the sixth time this season, the most ever for a pair of Yankees in one season. The teammates’ accomplishment is remarkable, considering the franchise featured the dynamic duos of Ruth and Gehrig as well as Mantle and Maris in its storied past.

2010       Citing he has lost confidence in his manager, Mariner GM Jack Zduriencik fires Don Wakamatsu and three coaches. Triple-A Tacoma manager Daren Brown is named the interim pilot of the last-place club (42-70), becoming the team’s fifth skipper in a little more than three years.

2010       The front-running Reds obtain 40-year-old veteran Jim Edmonds from the Brewers in exchange for Chris Dickerson, a light-hitting defensively talented outfielder. Dusty Baker will use his newest player, who hit .286 and eight homers in 73 games for Milwaukee in a part-time role during the playoff chase.

2011       With the tying runs at the corners and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Curtis Granderson is picked off at first, ending the game as Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ leading home run hitter, stands at the plate. The last out of New York’s 6-4 loss to the Angels is the result of the seldom effective fake to third, throw to first move perpetrated by closer Jordan Walden, which easily catches the Bronx Bomber outfielder off the base when he attempts to steal second base on a 1-6-3 play.

2013       Dan Haren becomes the thirteenth pitcher in history to record a victory over all 30 major league franchises when he hurls seven solid innings in the Nationals’ 9-2 win over Philadelphia. The 32-year-old right-hander joins Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, and Derek Lowe in accomplishing the feat.

2013       The Dodgers rally for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, overcoming a six-run, seventh-inning deficit, for their fifth walk-off victory of the season. The team’s 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay is their 11th consecutive win in one-run games, a span in which they have defeated ten different clubs.

2014       Bill Lee, who threw a complete-game victory two seasons ago for the San Rafael Pacifics, breaks his record as the oldest player ever to win a professional baseball game when he hurls 5.2 innings in the Sonoma Stompers’ 6-3 victory at Arnold Field. The 67-year-old former major league hurler, a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, gives up six hits and three runs to the visiting Pittsburg Mettle of the independent Pacific Association.


After nine unsuccessful seasons with both Boston and Brooklyn (in which he never finished higher than fifth), manager Casey Stengel finally had success in the minors while coaching Oakland to the Pacific Coast League pennant in 1948. Shortly after, he was called up to replace Bucky Harris as the Yankees skipper in what would become the start of a long-standing… and winning relationship. New York, who had fallen from first to third under Harris, responded to Stengel’s appointment by winning their sixteenth American League pennant and doing so in dramatic fashion. Stengel’s team trailed Boston by one game as manager Joe McCarthy’s Red Sox arrived at Yankee Stadium for a season-closing two-game set, but the Yankees swept them in classic “Curse of the Bambino” fashion. Across-town the Brooklyn Dodgers were “cutting it close” as well while managing to beat the St. Louis Cardinals (by one game) in the National League pennant race.

Don Newcombe, who had a 17-8 record as a Dodgers rookie in 1949, drew the start and did all he could to spoil Stengel’s debut. Through eight innings of Game 1, Newcombe struck out eleven Yankees, walked no one, surrendered only four hits and had not permitted a run. Pitching rival Allie Reynolds wasn’t far behind with nine strikeouts, four walks, two hits and no runs. Reynolds managed to retire the order in the ninth on a grounder, popup and fly ball, but Newcombe was not as lucky as the Yankees’ Tommy Henrich put one in the right field stands for the win. The Dodgers answered the close Yankees’ triumph the next day with a Game 2 nailbiter of their own. Preacher Roe outpitched Vic Raschi for the 1-0 win and Gil Hodges singling home Jackie Robinson, who had doubled, in the second inning.

The tensions continued in the third game as both teams remained locked in a 1-1 stalemate through the eighth. Former National League slugger Johnny Mize, (purchased in August from the New York Giants), knocked a bases-loaded single off Dodger starter Ralph Branca in the top of the ninth for the 3-1 Yankee lead and Jerry Coleman followed with a run-scoring single off reliever Jack Banta. New York’s Joe Page, having pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief since taking over for Tommy Byrne in the fourth, shouldered that lead into the Dodgers’ half of the inning. Page was rocked for two home runs, the first a one-out shot by Luis Olmo, who hit one homer for Brooklyn in the regular season, and the second a two-out smash by Roy Campanella. But no one was on base either time, and Page and the Yankees hung on for a 4-3 victory.

In Game 4, the Yankees drove Newcombe from the mound with a three-run, fourth (Cliff Mapes supplied the key hit with a two-run double) and then got three more in the fifth when Bobby Brown drilled a bases-loaded triple off Joe Hatten. Brooklyn answered back with four runs in the sixth off Eddie Lopat. Reynolds came to the rescue by retiring Brooklyn’s final ten batters and New York, a 6-4 winner, was one victory from their twelfth World Series title.

Determined to finish the job, the Bronx Bombers ended all the trends and came out swinging in Game 5. The Yankee sluggers scored in five of the first six innings and promptly built a 10-2 lead. Gil Hodges’ three-run homer in the Dodgers’ four-run, seventh cut into the deficit, but Page’s relief work in place of Vic Raschi shut down Brooklyn’s batters. In the end, the Yankees prevailed 10-6 with Coleman driving in three runs and Brown and DiMaggio both collecting two RBIs each. “Joe D”, (who missed half of the season because of an injury, but still batted .346 with sixty-seven RBIs in seventy-six regular-season games), struggled overall in the Series, but added a bases-empty homer in the fourth. Although it was the Yankees twelfth World Series title, it was Casey Stengel’s first and there were many more to come.


GAME 1: When the Midsummer Classic came to the Steel City in 1959, the fans were expecting a game worthy of the title “All-Star”. After all, the previous year’s thirteen-hit sleeper had left the fans with a lot to be desired.

In an attempt to rejuvenate their interest, the league administration had decided on a doubleheader (over a two day period) which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Game 1 featured spectacular pitching by the National League’s Don Drysdale who was making the first of eight All-Star appearances. He worked three hitless innings while striking out four. Unexpectedly, the National League took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, only to have the American League score three runs. However the National League came back to win it against Whitey Ford in the ninth. First, Ken Boyer singled and moved up on a sacrifice. Then, Hank Aaron tied it with a single, scoring Boyer. Finally, Willie Mays stepped up who was 3-for-3 against Ford in three other All-Star Games. He made it four-for-four with a triple that scored Aaron. Don Elston came in for the National League in the ninth and retired the side.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was played on August 3. For this game, the managers were not bound to a voted-in starting lineup. They could start whomever they pleased from the All-Star rosters.

Unlike the first game, the American League took a lead into the top of the seventh and scored another run as Tony Kubek walked and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Kubek reached third and Pete Runnels reached first on an Ernie Banks fielding error. Next, Nelson Fox singled Kubek in for a 4-2 lead. The National League tightened it on Jim Gilliam’s homer in the bottom of the seventh, however the American League quickly got it back on Rocky Colavito’s homer in the top of the eighth.

Both fans and press shared mixed emotions about the new “doubleheader” format, but they were happy that both games had exceeded the pace of the year before. Some felt it was a meaningless series as both teams walked away with a victory.

GAME 2: When the Midsummer Classic came to the Steel City in 1959, the fans were expecting a game worthy of the title “All-Star”. After all, the previous year’s thirteen-hit sleeper had left the fans with a lot to be desired.

In an attempt to rejuvenate their interest, the league administration had decided on a doubleheader (over a two day period) which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Game 1 featured spectacular pitching by the National League’s Don Drysdale who was making the first of eight All-Star appearances. He worked three hitless innings while striking out four. Unexpectedly, the National League took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, only to have the American League score three runs. However the National League came back to win it against Whitey Ford in the ninth. First, Ken Boyer singled and moved up on a sacrifice. Then, Hank Aaron tied it with a single, scoring Boyer. Finally, Willie Mays stepped up who was 3-for-3 against Ford in three other All-Star Games. He made it four-for-four with a triple that scored Aaron. Don Elston came in for the National League in the ninth and retired the side.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was played on August 3. For this game, the managers were not bound to a voted-in starting lineup. They could start whomever they pleased from the All-Star rosters.

Unlike the first game, the American League took a lead into the top of the seventh and scored another run as Tony Kubek walked and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. Kubek reached third and Pete Runnels reached first on an Ernie Banks fielding error. Next, Nelson Fox singled Kubek in for a 4-2 lead. The National League tightened it on Jim Gilliam’s homer in the bottom of the seventh, however the American League quickly got it back on Rocky Colavito’s homer in the top of the eighth.

Both fans and press shared mixed emotions about the new “doubleheader” format, but they were happy that both games had exceeded the pace of the year before. Some felt it was a meaningless series as both teams walked away with a victory.


August 9, 1957 – At Soldier Field in front of 75,000 fans the champion NY Giants defeated the College All-Star squad by the odd score of 22-12 in the 24th annual Chicago Charities College All-Star Game. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be John Brodie a quarteback from Stanford.

August 9, 1975 – The very first game is played at the new Louisiana Super Dome as the Houston Oilers topple the New Orleans Saints 13-7 in an NFL preseason game.

August 9, 1987 – In an exciting NFL exhibition game the LA Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 at London’s Wembley Stadium.


August 9, 1899 – Ed McGinley was a tackle from the University of Pennsylvania who is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in the ceremony of 1979. Legendary Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg once said, “Ed McGinley is the most effective lineman I’ve seen in a long while.” According to the NFF bio on Ed, he had uncanny speed and was unmatched by any other tackle of comparable size in the college game of that era. McGinley was particularly effective in downing punts within the opponents’ 20-yard line. The 1924 Penn-Cornell Thanksgiving Day Classic went down in history as a punting duel, and McGinley was largely responsible for that duel. McGinley set the Big Red back twice in the opening minutes by downing punts within the Cornell 20-yard line. In the final quarter, McGinley downed a Penn punt on the Cornell 10-yard line and another Quaker boot on the Big Red’s 11-yard line. He played almost the entire game, as Penn romped to a 20-0 victory. He went on to play professionally for the NFL’s NY Giants.

August 9, 1952 – John Cappelletti was a runningback from Penn State University who entered into the Hall of Fame of College Football in the class of 1993. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1973 and then went on to play in the NFL for the LA Rams and the SanDiego Chargers. Cappalletti’s football career and his relationship with his ill younger brother was famously protrayed in the touching movie “Something for Joey”.

August 9, 1955 – Zachary, Louisiana – Doug Williams was a quarterback from Grambling State who is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Williams went on to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and the Washington Redskins. He helped guide his Washington team to victory in Super Bowl XXII with 340 yards passing and 4 TD’s against the Denver Broncos. The performance earned him the MVP award for the game. This SB win made Williams the very first African-American quarterback to win the big game. Williams was selected as the 17th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1978 NFL Draft. He played with the Buccaneers 1978 from to 1982, the USFL Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws 1984 and 1985 and then most famously returned to the NFL with the Washington Redskins from 1986 to 1989 per During his NFL career Doug threw 1,240 completions for 16,998 yards and 100 touchdowns.

August 9, 1967 – Deion Sanders was defensive back from Florida that is enshrined in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the NFL he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons then later played for the Cowboys, 49ers and Washington. Sanders flair and athleticism put him in the spotlight right out of the gate on his career and earned him the nickname “Primetime.” He was not only a great coverage and ball hawking corner but his kick return skills made for an exciting play every time he touched the ball. He was so electric with his hands on the ball that the Cowboys often played him on the offensive side of the ball as well. Sanders combined on 513 tackles, 493 solo, one sack, 53 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, 13 fumbles recovered, nine defensive touchdowns as well as 60 receptions for 784 yards and three touchdowns, 212 punt returns for 2,199 yards and six touchdowns, 155 kick returns for 3,523 yards and three touchdowns. After football he went on to work for the NFL Network as a commentator on many of their shows.

Not Yet in the Hall of Fame birthdays:

August 9, 1931 – Gene Big Daddy Lipscomb was a giant defensive end that played for the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. He came out of the Camp Pendelton Marine Corp Base Blue Brigade and took the league by storm with his powerful athletic play. He was also an accomplished professional wrestler. The football world lost him much too soon in 1963.

August 9, 1946 – Lincoln Park, New Jersey – Wyoming running back Jim Kiick arrived into life. Kiick was the 118th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 1968 AFL Draft. He joined the Dolphins in 1968 and stayed with them through the 1974 season when the World Football League Memphis Southmen signed him in 1975. After the WFL’s demise Kiick joined the Broncos for the seasons of 1976-77 and then the Redskins in 1978 according to Jim’s career numbers include 1,029 carries for 3,759 yards and 29 touchdowns and 233 receptions for 2,302 yards and 4 TDs. Kiick was a two-time AFL All-Star and won two Super Bowls VII and VIII with the Dolphins. He was an integral part of Don Shula’s ball-control offense in the early 1970s along with Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka .

August 9, 1977 – Brooklyn, New York – Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye from the University of Indiana was born. Ogunleye signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and later played with the Bears and the Texans.

August 9, 1985 – Mobile, Alabama – Quarterback JaMarcus Russell from LSU arrived into this life. Russell was number one overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 NFL Draft.


14 – 23 – 29 – 45 – 99

August 9, 1925 – We had the only time the the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth was pinch-hit for. In this occurence Bobby Veach flied out as the Bambino and everyone in the stands asked ,”Why?”

August 9, 1946 – 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night

August 9, 1964 – Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jim Bunning, Number 14 had been pitching a perfect game to New York Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Number 23, Joe Christopher laid down and then beat out a bunt. Bunning lasted a total of 15 innings on the mound.

August 9, 1971 – Negro League and MLB legend Satchel Paige, most famously with wore the Number 29 was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame

August 9, 1976 – Pittsburgh Pirates hurler John Candelaria, Number 45 no-hit the LA Dodgers in a 2-0 Bucco victory.

August 9, 1977 – NHL votes down the merger of 6 WHA clubs

August 9, 1988 – The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets 6-4 in their 1st official game under the lights at Wrigley Field

August 9, 1988 – The cash strapped Edmonton Oilers traded the Great One, Number 99, Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 million


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