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LIGHTNING BOUNCE BACK, BEAT AVALANCHE 6-2 IN GAME 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning’s bid for a three-peat is alive and well.

With Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy leading the way, the star-laden, two-time defending champions beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The victory two nights after suffering the most lopsisded loss in the team’s playoff history trimmed Tampa Bay’s series deficit to 2-1 and breathed hope in the team’s quest to become the first franchise in nearly 40 years to win three consecutive NHL titles.

“There’s a reason why we’re here and there’s a reason why we won tonight. There’s a reason why this has gone on for the last couple of years,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

“The guys you need to lead you have been doing that, and then everybody falls in line,” Cooper added. “You watch Stammer’s growth and Hedman’s growth through the years, and it’s probably not a coincidence that winning has followed us.”

Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Lightning scored four times in the second period to bounce back from an embarrassing 7-0 loss in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup.

Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help Tampa Bay storm back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road. Kucherov and Hedman had two assists, and Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots.

“I don’t know why we started the series the way we did. … But any way you slice it, it’s 2-1 now,” Stamkos said.

“A big part, too, is our goaltender,” Cooper added. “For him to go through what he went through two nights ago and then perform like he did tonight . not only that, but to have them score first and then have the team to respond and back him up, I guess that’s how you get to the places that we’ve been.”

Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper while pulling away.

Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Mikko Rantanen and Cale Maker each had two assists for the Avalanche. Kuemper gave up five goals on 22 shots before he was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who finished with nine saves.

Game 4 is Wednesday night at Amalie Arena, where the Lightning have won a franchise-record eight straight playoff games and Colorado lost on the road for the first time this postseason.

“Right now I feel like we’re still in the driver’s seat up 2-1,” Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon said. “We’ve got to really show up for Game 4, regroup, be better and stay even-keeled.”

Two nights after being limited to just 16 shots in the seven-goal loss in Denver, the Lightning found a way to neutralize Colorado’s speed and solve Kuemper to avoid falling to the brink of elimination.

The defending champs became the first team since 1919 to win a Stanley Cup Final game after losing by seven-plus goals the previous game.

“We knew they were too proud to go away,” MacKinnon said. “It’s the Stanley Cup Final, we’re not expecting to sweep. They obviously didn’t hang their head on losing to us in Game 2, and we’re not going to tonight.”

The Avalanche lifted Kuemper after Maroon scored a soft goal that put the Lightning up 5-2 with 8:45 remaining in the second. Perry reached behind Francouz to tap in a rebound that came off the right post to make 6-2 with 5:02 left in the period.

The back-to-back champions overcame a 2-0 series deficit in the Eastern Conference final to eliminate the New York Rangers in six games. They’re looking to do it again against Colorado to complete their quest for the NHL’s first three-peat in nearly 40 years.

Cirelli and Palat scored in the opening period for the Lightning, who played with a lot more energy than in Games 1 and 2, when they appeared to be a step or two slower the speedy, high-scoring Avalanche.

The seven-goal loss in Game 2 raised the question of whether a team that’s played 68 postseason games – most by a single club over a span of three playoffs – since 2020 is running out of gas as it tries to become the first franchise to win at least three consecutive Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980-83.

And while, Cooper discounts the toll playing so much playoff hockey has taken on his players, Colorado clearly looked like the fresher team in Games 1 and 2 after going 12-2 against Nashville, St. Louis and Edmonton in breezing through the first three rounds.

Spurred on by a sellout crowd of more than 19,000, and playing with a sense of urgency absent for much of the first two games, the Lightning scored twice in a span of 1:51 to wipe out a 1-0 lead the Avalanche took on the first of Landeskog’s two power-play goals.

Cirelli crossed in front of Kuemper to make it 1-1 at 13:03 of the opening period. Palat delivered his 10th goal of the playoffs off a pass from Stamkos to give Tampa Bay a lead for the first time in the series.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Kuemper didn’t have a good night, but noted: “Neither did our team.”

“I felt like the goals we gave up, we didn’t make them earn them,” the coach added.

Vasilevskiy yielded a second power-play goal to Landeskog, who briefly trimmed a two-goal deficit to 3-2 before Tampa Bay pulled away for good.

The Lightning became the third team in NHL history score six goals in a Stanley Cup Final after yielding at least seven the previous game.

AUBURN’S BATS WAKE UP AS IT BOUNCES STANFORD FROM CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cole Foster’s three-run double in the sixth inning gave Auburn the lead, and the Tigers beat No. 2 national seed Stanford 6-2 in a College World Series elimination game for their first win in Omaha in 25 years.

The Tigers (44-21) will play Tuesday against the loser of Monday night’s game between Arkansas and Mississippi.

Stanford (47-18) concluded a short, disappointing stay in Omaha. The Cardinal lost their opener against Arkansas 17-2 — the most lopsided game here in 34 years — and then did next to nothing after taking an early lead against Auburn.

Stanford, which staved off elimination five times in its regional and super regional, went 0-2 in a CWS for the first time in 18 appearances.

Trace Bright (5-4) went five innings for the win and Blake Burkhalter, the Tigers’ star closer, struck out six of the eight batters he faced for his 16th save.

Auburn had been 0-3 in the CWS since beating Rice 10-1 in 1997.

“It’s important for us as we continue to try to build our program and build a brand of respectability, sincere respectability,” Tigers coach Butch Thompson said. “So it is a big deal and it gives us a chance to compete again.”

The Tigers, who lost 5-1 to Mississippi on Saturday, had managed one run and seven hits in 14 innings before breaking out in the sixth against the Cardinal.

Foster, who doubled twice, was back in the lineup after leaving in the middle of Saturday’s game because of illness and dehydration. Thompson said seven or eight of his players have had a stomach virus and that Foster was getting intravenous fluids after the game.

“He’s doing all he can,” Thompson said. “He barely pulled into second and dropped his head — one of the biggest hits of his life and he’s trying to keep his head up. He’s just done an amazing job.”

Stanford starter Drew Dowd, who struggled with his fastball command his last few appearances, was dialed in through the first four innings. But he gave up Brooks Carlson’s double leading off the fifth and walked Foster on four pitches to bring on Quinn Mathews (9-2).

Mathews got Stanford out of the inning but ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up two singles, hitting a batter and issuing a walk before Foster’s bases-clearing double off the wall in left center put the Tigers up 4-2. Auburn added two more in the seventh.

“When Cole hit the ball,” Thompson said, “that was a big exhale for our offense.”

Stanford had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the seventh when it loaded the bases with two outs against Tommy Sheehan. That’s when Auburn called on Burkhalter, and he went to a full count against Brett Barrera before blowing a fastball past him for an inning-ending strikeout.

“When time passes, no one is going to remember what the score was of any of our games or what our record here at Omaha was,” Cardinal coach David Esquer said. “I think what I will remember is I had a chance to go to the College World Series with a team I love and spend about a week trying to play for the national championship.”

REBELS TROUNCE RAZORBACKS, 13-5, TO REMAIN IN WINNER’S BRACKET

OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss scored two runs in each of the first three innings, and that proved to ultimately be enough as the Rebels beat Arkansas 13-5 Monday night to move to a perfect 2-0 in the College World Series.

The Rebels (39-22) move on to a game Wednesday night against the winner of an Arkansas-Auburn matchup to be played on Tuesday. Oklahoma, at 2-0, is the only other unbeaten team remaining in the field.

In addition to scoring double-digit runs, it was once again Freshman All-American Hunter Elliott who was a difference maker for the Rebels. Elliott started and pitched six and a third innings, finishing with only one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. He threw 100 pitches.

After Elliott left the game with the Rebels up 10-3, Mason Nichols went an inning and two-thirds and allowed no baserunners, facing five batters. Brandon Johnson closed the game in the final inning and gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts. It was his first appearance since the Coral Gables Regional.

Back in the first, the Rebels got two runs as they chased Razorbacks starter Zack Morris before the inning was over. Justin Bench led off with a two-strike single. After Jacob Gonzalez and Tim Elko ground outs moved him to third, Bench scored on a Kevin Graham base hit to right center.

After the bases were loaded, Hayden Dunhurst walked which allowed Graham to score to make it 2-0.

After Arkansas (44-20) got a run in the bottom of the first, Bench, with a one-out double in the second, put Ole Miss in position to add to its lead. Elko strolled to the plate with two outs, and moments later sent a 2-2 pitch out of the park to deep left, 416 feet from home plate. The Rebels led 4-1.

The Razorbacks picked up two runs in the bottom of the second. A rare error on Jacob Gonzalez opened the door as Robert Moore reached. That was followed by a double from Jalen Battles, and the Razorbacks were in business. Peyton Stovall grounded out to get a run home, and Zack Gregory bunted to get another run in. The score was 4-3 with the Rebels still ahead.

In the third, a one-out walk for Dunhurst, his second of the game, was followed by a single to center for Garrett Wood. Calvin Harris doubled into the left field corner to score both runs, but that would be all the Rebels would get that inning. However, once again they had scored two runs, and it was 6-3 heading to the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, after a walk by Cayden Wallace, Elliott threw to first where Elko tagged Wallace out as he tried to get back to the base. It was a clear momentum shift as the Razorbacks were poised to potentially get back in it. But after that, Elliott got a ground out and a strikeout to move on.

In the top of the fifth, the Rebels broke the game wide open with four runs. After Wood walked with one out, Harris launched one over the fence in right field and into the Rebels’ bullpen. Then a Gonzalez single up the middle scored Bench from second. Elko walked and an RBI single by Graham got Gonzalez home from second. It was 10-3 Rebels, and the Razorbacks faced an enormous uphill climb.

In the eighth, after Woods walked and Harris doubled, Bench singled to score both runners. Elko followed that with a fielder’s choice to send Bench home.

The score after the top of the eighth was a remarkable 13-3 advantage for the Rebels. Arkansas tacked on two runs in the ninth, but this one had long been over.

Ole Miss outhit Arkansas 13-8. Bench had four hits in the contest, while Harris had three. Harris with four RBI and Elko with three, as well as two RBI each from Bench and Graham, took care of much of the scoring for the Rebels.

Ole Miss’ Elliott (5-3) got the win. The Razorbacks’ Morris, with six wins on the season, suffered his first loss. He was one of seven pitchers Arkansas used in the game.

The Rebels now await the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between Arkansas and Auburn. Ole Miss will then have two opportunities to win one game to advance to the championship series.

NEWLY PROMOTED CRUZ, MADRIS SPARK PIRATES, ROUT CUBS 12-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Newly promoted Oneil Cruz drove in four runs and Bligh Madris got three hits in his major league debut, sparking the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Both rookies were called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day and they delivered right away.

Cruz, considered Pittsburgh’s top prospect, hit a three-run double to deep center field that capped a four-run third inning to push the Pirates’ lead to 7-0. He was playing in the third big league game of his career.

The 6-foot-7 Cruz also hit an RBI single in a five-run seventh as the Pirates set a season high for runs. He started the final two games of last season when he became the tallest shortstop in major league history.

Cruz’s double had an exit velocity of 112.9 mph, his throw to first base on a groundout was clocked at 96.7 mph and his sprint speed registered as high as 31.5 feet/second while running the bases. All are among the highest marks by a Pirates player since the MLB Statcast era began in 2015.

“He can affect the game in a lot of ways, and we saw it tonight,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said.

Madris hit a two-run single in the second inning in his first at-bat in the majors. The outfielder keyed a three-run inning that included the first of Hoy Park’s two sacrifice flies.

Madris became the first Pirates player to have a three-hit game in his debut since Jason Kendall in 1996.

“That was a lot of fun and everything I could ask for,” Madris said with a big smile. “With (batting practice) getting canceled today, when I stepped in the box, it was really my first at-bat in the big leagues. The game threw a little bit of everything at me today. Thankful for the opportunity. It was awesome.”

JT Brubaker (1-7) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win since last Aug. 24, a span of 14 starts.

Brubaker scattered five hits while striking out five and walking three. He has a 2.65 ERA in his last six starts.

“I go out there to compete and to put the team in the best (position) to win the game,” Brubaker said. “Whether I get one under the W column or not, it doesn’t matter to me. I just want team Ws.”

The Pirates took advantage of five walks by rookie Caleb Kilian (0-2), who was tagged for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kilian was making his third career start.

“He didn’t repeat throwing balls in the zone consistently,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “Just a lot of noncompetitive pitches and he got behind in the count. It was just a hard 2 2/3 innings for him.”

Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run double in the Pirates’ big seventh inning and Tyler Heineman’s RBI double made it 12-1.

The Cubs scored their run in the seventh on Ian Happ’s single. Happ, Rafael Ortega and Nico Hoerner had two hits apiece.

Both teams came into Monday having lost 11 of their last 13 games.

HERE COME THE KIDS

Cruz was hitting .232 with nine home runs and 11 stolen bases in 55 games at Indianapolis. Madris became the 12th Pirates player to make his major league debut this year.

Cruz is the third shortstop in big league history to have seven RBIs in his first three career games along with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and Trevor Story.

Madris became the first Pirates player to have a hit, RBI and stolen base in his first big league game since Andrew McCutchen in 2009.

The Cubs recalled outfielder Nelson Velazquez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-hander Adrian Sampson to the same club.

Velazquez, the Arizona Fall League MVP last year, is one of 15 rookies to see action for the Cubs this season. He debuted May 30.

SQUIRREL DELAY

The game was delayed for a few minutes in the bottom of the second inning when a squirrel ran on to the field.

The squirrel appeared to enter from along the stands on the third base side. He then scampered into the left field corner.

Three members of the grounds crew were able to coax the critter into exiting the field through the bullpen gate.

“The squirrel, what was his sprint speed?” Shelton cracked. “We had to get that in the Statcast era. Definitely one of the worst rundowns I’ve seen. And I’ve seen a couple bad ones.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to throw a bullpen in the next few days, his first since going on the injured list June 7.

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (right forearm nerve inflammation) was placed on the 15-day IL and said he believes the injury isn’t serious. The Pirates have not decided who will take Thompson’s spot in the rotation. . 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle strain), SS Kevin Newman (left groin/left hamstring strains) and INF/OF Josh VanMeter (fractured right ring finger) are scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Indianapolis on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Rookie RHP Matt Swarmer (1-2, 5.23 ERA) will make his fifth career start Tuesday night.

Pirates: Rookie RHP Roansy Contreras (1-1, 3.06) has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts.

COLE NO-HIT BID INTO 8TH, YANKS BEAT RAYS 4-2 FOR 50TH WIN

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Gerrit Cole took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, Aaron Hicks hit a tiebreaking triple in the ninth as Manuel Margot slammed into the right-field wall and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Monday night for their 50th win.

New York has won 17 of its last 19 games, and its 50-17 start is the best in the major leagues since the 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Yankees opened a 12-game lead over second-place Toronto and Tampa Bay dropped into fourth, 14 games back in the AL East.

“For us to answer back like that just shows what this team’s about,” said Aaron Judge, who went 0 for 3 with a walk. “We don’t just live or die by the long ball. We’re just a good all-around team.”

Margot sprained a knee, and Rays manager Kevin Cash expects him to miss significant time.

Cole struck out 12 and walked three, allowing one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings. Cole struck out six in a row at one point and led 2-0 when Isaac Paredes led off the eighth by grounding a slider on Cole’s 105th pitch off the mound and into center field. On June 3, Cole pitched 6 2/3 perfect innings at Detroit.

“Any time you get to the eighth inning, you’re starting to smell it and it gets close. But once (the no-hitter) goes by the wayside and it’a tie game, it’s right back to: `Let’s go find a way to get this thing done,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone made. “Just a good resilient victory and a lot of good things that helped us get there.”

Judge didn’t realize Cole was flirting with a no-hitter until the sixth inning.

“He was just cruising. I guess it was just a normal Cole day,” Judge said. “He had all his pitches working tonight. Just to be able to use all those pitches in any count, in any situation, is pretty impressive.”

Clay Holmes (5-0) blew a 2-0 lead and allowed his first run since opening day, ending a 31 1/3 inning scoreless streak.

Anthony Rizzo hit a first-inning home run off Shane McClanahan, and the Yankees got a run in the seventh on an error by first baseman Ji-Man Choi, the major league-high 45th unearned run allowed by the Rays.

With the score 2-2, Josh Donaldson singled off Jason Adam (0-2) with one out in the ninth and Hicks, batting .321 in June, drove a hanging changeup high off the right-field wall. Margot fell to the field as center fielder Brett Phillips retrieved the ball and Donaldson scored. Cash and an athletic trainer went out to Margot, who had a sprained knee and left the field on a cart.

Jose Trevino followed with a sacrifice fly.

Wandy Peralta pitched the ninth for his second save, and the Yankees improved to 6-2 against the Rays this season, striking out Josh Lowe with two on and retiring Francisco Mejia on a flyout.

After Paredes singled off a clearly deflated Cole, Lowe flied out to Judge against the center field wall, and Holmes relieved.

“I thought I had good stuff,” Cole said. “I’ve never thrown a no-hitter, so I can’t tell you what no-hit stuff looks like.”

“His numbers are pretty crazy. I think he’ll get it one day,” Holmes said.

(backslash)Mejia doubled down the right-field line and Yandy Diaz hit a soft bouncer to Holmes, who threw to first for the out as only the second of 13 runners he inherited this season scored.

Margot hit a bouncer to the third-base side, and Holmes’ throw to first was off line and not in time as Margot reached with a single and Mejia scored to tie it 2-2.

Rizzo hit his 19th home run this season and became just the second left-handed batter to homer off McClanahan this year after Seattle’s Jesse Winker.

STREAKING

Jack Acker holds the Yankees record of a 33-inning scoreless streak in 1969.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa missed his second straight game because of a injured left hamstring. … RHP Domingo German (sidelined since spring training with right shoulder impingement) is to make his first rehab appearance on Wednesday with Class A Tampa … LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery last Sept. 9) is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa along and LHP Aroldis Chapman (last pitched May 22 due to left Achilles tendinitis) is to throw batting practice. … Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) threw on flat ground at Tropicana Field.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier left after two innings with left hip inflammation and is expected to go on the IL. … SS Wander Franco (right quadriceps strain) played shortstop Monday night in his second rehab start for Class A Port Charlotte. He struck out against rehabbing Chris Sale of Boston, then doubled. … RHP Andrew Kittredge is scheduled for Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

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LHP Nestor Cortes (6-2, 1.94) will make his third start of the season against the Rays on Tuesday night against an unnamed starter. Cortes gave up one run on four hits in eight innings in a 7-2 win at Tropicana Field on May 26.

BURNES, BREWERS BLANK CARDS 2-0, MOVE ALONE ATOP NL CENTRAL

MILWAUKEE (AP) Corbin Burnes continued his recent mastery of the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing the Milwaukee Brewers to overtake their division rivals for first place in the NL Central.

Burnes pitched seven dominant innings and Tyrone Taylor hit a two-run homer in the Brewers’ 2-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night. The Brewers and Cardinals were tied for the division lead as they began this four-game series.

“I try not to make any game bigger than it is,” Burnes said. “It’s still mid-to-end of June, playing baseball. We’ve still got a lot of games left. If you start making one game bigger than the other, you start putting extra pressure on yourself and start trying to do too much.”

The Brewers have followed an eight-game skid by winning six of eight.

Burnes (5-4) struck out 10 and allowed just two hits and two walks as he delivered an ace-caliber performance to help a staff that’s at far less than full strength with Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby on the injured list.

“I thought Corbin was as good as we’ve seen him this year,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

The NL Cy Young Award winner’s performance was remarkably similar to his May 29 outing in an 8-0 victory at St. Louis.

In two starts against the Cardinals this season, Burnes has struck out 21 in 14 scoreless innings while allowing four hits and three walks. He posted a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings against the Cardinals last season.

The only two hits he allowed Monday came from Juan Yepez, who had a two-out double in the second inning and a two-out single in the seventh.

“His stuff’s electric,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “We know it is.”

Devin Williams retired the side in order in the eighth and Josh Hader worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities. Hader had been reinstated earlier in the day after being with his family last week while his wife gave birth to their son, Lucas Alexander.

The Cardinals finished with three hits.

Brendan Donovan beat out an infield single to start the ninth but was thrown out attempting to reach second on a pitch that got away. Donovan was tagged on the heel by Brewers second baseman Luis Urias before sliding into the base.

“That (tag) saved the game right there,” Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez said.

Hader then retired Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.

“It’s just a matter of knowing who you have behind you – Goldy and Nolan,” Marmol said of Donovan’s decision. “If you’re hitting seventh there and it’s a one-run ballgame, be aggressive. That’s something he’ll learn from. He’ll be fine.”

Burnes needed to be on top of his game to outduel St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas, who had come one strike away from a no-hitter last Tuesday before allowing a double to Cal Mitchell with two outs in the ninth inning of a 9-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The game was scoreless with each team having only one hit before the Brewers broke through in the bottom of the fifth.

After Keston Hiura singled with one out, Taylor hit a 2-2 sinker from Mikolas over the center-field wall. Taylor’s seventh homer of the season traveled an estimated 416 feet.

Mikolas (5-5) lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed those two runs plus four hits while striking out three and walking two.

“It’s kind of whoever blinks first or (you) kind of know going out that it might be a one-swing ballgame,” Mikolas said. “They put a good swing on the ball, and that was it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill went on the injured list after straining his left hamstring while running the bases on a ninth-inning double Sunday in a 6-4 loss at Boston. “Something kind of grabbed on me a little bit rounding first base,” O’Neill said. The Cardinals recalled OF Lars Nootbaar from Triple-A Memphis. … General manager Michael Girsch indicated that Jordan Hicks will be preparing for a relief role during the right-hander’s rehabilitation assignment. Hicks entered the season with 112 career appearances – all in relief – but has started in seven of his nine outings this season and is 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA.

Brewers: Ashby went on the injured list retroactive to Friday with left forearm inflammation. Ashby had been scheduled to start Tuesday’s game. Ashby said before Monday’s game that he was struggling to throw his slider during his bullpen session Sunday. … Woodruff is scheduled to make a rehabilitation appearance Thursday for the Brewers’ Single-A affiliate in Appleton, Wisconsin. Woodruff went on the injured list three weeks ago with an ankle injury but has since been dealing with Raynaud’s syndrome, which causes decreased blood flow to the fingers.

UP NEXT

The series continues Tuesday as RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-0, 7.71) makes his Brewers debut.

ANDREW VAUGHN GETS 4 HITS AS WHITE SOX BEAT BLUE JAYS 8-7

CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn needed a triple for the cycle when he came to the plate in the sixth inning.

He settled for another single – and a perfect night at the plate.

Vaughn matched a career high with four hits, including a solo homer, and the Chicago White Sox celebrated Tim Anderson’s return with an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

“One through nine, we can all hit. Even the guys on the bench can all hit,” Vaughn said. “If we start stringing that together, then good things will happen.”

Luis Robert and Josh Harrison also homered as Chicago opened a seven-game homestand with its fifth win in seven games.

Anderson had two hits in his first big league game since May 29. He was activated from the 10-day injured list after being sidelined by a strained right groin.

“I was seeing the ball real well, so if I just stay right there where I’m at, just continue to keep pushing, I’ll be in a good spot,” Anderson said.

Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games. Raimel Tapia and Cavan Biggio each hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, but Jose Berrios (5-3) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in four innings.

“He was missing arm-side, so all his breaking pitches were on the heart of the zone,” manager Charlie Montoyo said, “and he paid the price for it.”

Biggio’s first homer of the season trimmed Chicago’s lead to one run in the ninth. But Joe Kelly then retired George Springer and Bo Bichette to close out his first save this season.

Toronto’s rally fell just short after it erased an 8-3 deficit on its way to a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

“It happened again. Our offense came back, but it’s tough to do that every night when the other team’s scoring that many runs,” Montoyo said.

Harrison put Chicago ahead to stay with a two-run shot in the second for his first homer with the White Sox. Robert added another two-run shot on a 436-foot drive to left in the third, and Vaughn made it 6-2 with his seventh homer moments after Anderson was picked off first in the fourth.

“It was a rough night for me,” Berrios said.

Vaughn also doubled home Anderson in the first, singled and scored in the third and singled in the sixth. He is batting .415 (27 for 65) in his last 15 games.

“I mean his stroke today was as pure as it could be,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Chicago right-hander Lance Lynn (1-0) was charged with five runs, three earned, and four hits in five-plus innings in his second start this year. He missed the season’s start because of right knee surgery.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: C Danny Jansen (broken bone in left hand) hit off a tee and played catch before the game. … LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip discomfort) is slated to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

White Sox: To make room for Anderson on the active roster, 3B Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring. Moncada left Friday night’s 13-3 loss at Houston in the third inning. … OF Eloy Jimenez is slated to restart his rehab with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The slugger had surgery April 26 to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. His first rehab period in the minors was shut down because of leg soreness.

UP NEXT

Right-handers Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.21 ERA) and Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.91 ERA) pitch on Tuesday night. Gausman is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in three June starts for Toronto. Cease led Chicago to a 5-1 victory at Detroit last week, striking out eight while working five innings of one-run ball.

CORDERO HAS 3 HITS, 2 RBIS TO HELP RED SOX BEAT TIGERS 5-2

BOSTON (AP) Jarren Duran and Josh Winckowski have been living out of temporary metal lockers in the middle of the home clubhouse at Fenway Park, a sign that the two Triple-A callups might not be in Boston long.

But for now it’s hard to picture the Red Sox winning without them.

Duran had two hits, two stolen bases and two runs, and Winckowski had the longest start of his short career on Monday night to help Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. In three major league appearances, Winckowski has pitched three innings, five innings and into the seventh.

“Last outing, I drove up here the day of the game,” said the 23-year-old right-hander, who earned himself another turn through the rotation. “Being able to be up here the last five days was huge.”

Franchy Cordero had three hits, including a two-run single, and Boston won for the sixth time in eight games to climb to a season-high six games above .500. Duran doubled and scored on Rafael Devers’ double to break a third-inning tie.

“He’s been like that all year,” said Winckowski, who was also with Duran in Triple-A Worcester. “All the guys in Triple-A are watching him and they’re like, `How do you keep this guy here.'”

Duran could be headed back to the minors when Christian Arroyo and Kike Hernandez return from the injured list.

“Kike’s a stud. Arroyo’s a stud,” Duran said. “They deserve to be here.”

Winckowski (2-1) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out two in 6 2/3 innings. Tanner Houck pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Alex Faedo (1-4) lasted just 4 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who had won two straight after losing six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed five runs – four earned – on eight hits and two walks, striking out two.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Duran drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on J.D. Martinez’s single. After the Tigers tied it in the top of the second, Duran and Devers hit back-to-back doubles to make it 2-1.

Boston added one in the fourth before Alex Verdugo singled with one out in the fifth and Trevor Story doubled him to third to chase Faedo. Cordero lined Tyler Alexander’s first pitch to center to make it 5-1.

GOING DOWNS

With the new limit of 13 pitchers, the Red Sox called up infield prospect Jeter Downs from Triple-A Worcester and designated right-hander James Norwood for assignment. The Red Sox acquired Norwood for cash from the Phillies on Saturday, but he didn’t get into a game.

Downs, who did not play, was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade. He was batting.180 in Triple-A.

OLD FRIENDS

Former Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez was at the game to receive the plaque for his admission to the team’s Hall of Fame. Teammate David Ortiz presented it to Ramirez on the field before the game. Ramirez also sat in on the TV broadcast, while Ortiz took a seat next to the Red Sox dugout and did his best to distract manager Alex Cora.

“At one point we’ve got to sit David somewhere else,” said Cora, who gave Ortiz bags of sunflower seeds to slow down the chatter. “It’s nonstop. It’s not Fort Myers, bruh.”

Ramirez played for the team from 2001-08 and was the World Series MVP in 2004, when the Red Sox won their first championship in 86 years. He wasn’t in town when the Red Sox inducted him into the franchise Hall of Fame, along with Ortiz, in May.

“He’s the only guy that misses his Hall of Fame induction and comes to throw out a first pitch on a Monday,” Cora said.

But while Ortiz earned enshrinement in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame on the first ballot, Ramirez has never gotten more than 28.9% of the vote, likely because of two suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale made a rehab start against the Rays in the instructional league in Port Charlotte, Florida. He went one inning, allowing one run on a hit and a walk and a wild pitch.

The strikeout was Rays star Wander Franco, who is also on a rehab assignment. Sale, who broke a rib working out during the lockout, hasn’t faced a batter in the majors since October.

UP NEXT

LHP Rich Hill (2-4) will start for Boston against Detroit RHP Beau Brieske (1-5) in the middle game of a three-game series.

ROYALS POUND 3 HRS TO BEAT ANGELS 6-2; BUBIC GETS 1ST WIN

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) All the small things are starting to add up to big results for the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals got some timely hits and another solid outing from their starting pitcher as they won for the fourth time in the last five games Monday night.

Andrew Benintendi, Salvador Perez and Hunter Dozier homered, Nicky Lopez drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Kris Bubic got his first victory of the season in the Royals’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

“The big hits, the pitching, just all the little components we’ve been wanting to see everything put together and we’ve had that in the last few games. It’s important for our guys to see it and know what to expect,” manager Mike Matheny said.

Kris Bubic, who came into the game as one of four pitchers in the majors to have at least eight starts and no wins this season, struck out a season-high seven in six innings to improve to 1-4.

“As a pitcher, if you did your job the results kind of take care of itself,” said Bubic, who gave up two runs on six hits and walked two in six innings. “The offense getting on the board early gives you a little more confidence especially early on to attack, trust your stuff and go from there.”

Taylor Ward had two hits – including a homer in the third inning – and drove in both runs for the Angels. Los Angeles had come in with some momentum after taking four of five in Seattle, but managed only seven hits.

“I thought we had some good at-bats. Were they consistent throughout? Probably not, but we did hit a lot of balls hard,” manager Phil Nevin said.

Noah Syndergaard worked into the eighth inning for only the second time in 11 starts, but struggled at the end. Syndergaard (4-6) allowed five runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked two.

“He pitched out of some trouble here and there. Truth be told, we needed to score more runs and we didn’t do that,” Nevin said.

The game was tied at 2 when Dozier singled to center to lead off the seventh. He stole second and came home when Lopez lined a double to right.

Benintendi and Perez both had two-run shots as the Royals won for the fourth time in five games.

Whit Merrifield led off the game with a base hit before Benintendi drove a 94.6 mph fastball from Syndergaard into the seats in right-center to give the Royals a 2-0 lead four pitches into the game. Benintendi finished with two hits after he went 5 for 23 during the first six games of the road trip.

Perez chased Syndergaard in the eighth inning with a blast to center to make it 5-2. Dozier added a solo homer later in the frame off Jaime Barria.

Perez is a career .326 hitter (56 for 172) in 43 games against the Angels. That’s third among active players with at least 150 career at-bats against the Halos.

The Angels got within 2-1 in the third inning when Ward connected on Bubic’s changeup and put it into the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Ward is third on the Angels with 11 home runs, but it was his first since May 29 against Toronto.

He then evened it at 2 in the fifth inning with a line drive to center to score Andrew Velazquez. Ward tried to extend it to a double but was thrown out by center fielder Michael A. Taylor, who made a quick throw to second baseman Whit Merrifield to easily get Ward.

BACK TO FORM

Trout, who had five homers in the Seattle series, went 1 for 4 and has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 12 games. Since his career-worse 0-for-26 slump, the three-time AL MVP is 15 for 42 (.357) with eight home runs and 15 RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: C Cam Gallagher was activated off the injured list after he missed the last 45 games due to a strained left hamstring. RHP Matt Peacock was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to open a spot for Gallagher and get down to the MLB limit of 13 pitchers on a roster.

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon had season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 3.72 ERA) has not allowed more than three earned runs in his seven previous starts.

Angels: LHP Reid Detmers (2-3, 4.25 ERA) is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in five starts since throwing a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10.

ARCIA’S TIEBREAKING SINGLE IN 9TH LIFTS BRAVES PAST GIANTS

ATLANTA (AP) Orlando Arcia could sense a big moment coming. All he had to do was look at the support he was getting from the Braves’ dugout to know he was about to deliver a walkoff hit.

“I took those first two fastballs for balls,” he said. “Honestly all I was trying to do was put the ball in play. Everybody in the dugout was giving me encouragement. I saw (Marcell) Ozuna at first base doing the same thing. All the other guys were rallying around me.”

Arcia drove in pinch-runner Phil Gosselin from second base with a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Camilo Doval began the ninth by walking Matt Olson on four pitches, the first free pass issued by the Giants in the game. After Gosselin replaced Olson, Doval retired Travis d’Arnaud on a popup before Ozuna singled to left. Doval (2-3) struck out Adam Duvall before Arcia drove the ball to left field.

It was Arcia’s fifth career walkoff RBI and his second this season. He hit a two-run homer against Boston on May 11.

“He has won a few games for us,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Just his at-bats are always under control. That was a big one tonight.”

In the top of the ninth, Braves closer Kenley Jansen (4-0) gave up a one-out single to pinch-hitter Joc Pederson, who advanced to third on Luis Gonzalez’s single. Gonzalez took second on the throw to third, but Jansen stranded both runners with strikeouts of Thairo Estrada and pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford.

The defending World Series champion Braves moved 10 games over .500 for the second time this season. They have won two straight and 16 of 18 to stay in second place in the NL East, 5 1/2 games behind the New York Mets.

San Francisco, at 37-29 and in third place in the NL West, has dropped two straight. The Giants loaded the bases with no out in the eighth and had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth. They finished 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

In a matchup of staff aces, Fried and Logan Webb locked up and didn’t budge in seven innings apiece. Webb allowed six hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Fried gave up five hits and one run with two walks and eight strikeouts.

“I think we were like one excellent at-bat away from winning this game,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I know we had a lot of opportunities to win it against a guy who is clearly one of the best pitchers in baseball. Webbie obviously matched him kind of pitch for pitch, in position to win a game on the road against an excellent team. We can take some good, positive signals away from that, but we have to finish.”

D’Arnaud made it 1-0 in the bottom of the second with his 10th homer and his fourth in his last five games. The ball sailed 414 feet into the left-field seats. The Braves lead the NL with 101 homers. It was the first long ball Webb has allowed in 27 career innings against Atlanta.

Michael Harris II tripled with two out in the fifth, but Webb got Ronald Acuna Jr. to ground out to end the threat.

Fried pitched out of trouble in the second, stranding a runner at third with a pickoff of Gonzalez at first and a strikeout of Estrada. He retired seven straight before giving up a single to Darin Ruf and striking out Evan Longoria to end the fourth.

Fried lowered his ERA to 1.89 in five career starts and one relief appearance against San Francisco.

Atlanta has won eight straight at home, the longest streak since winning 13 in a row from Aug. 17-Sept. 7, 2019. The Braves have outscored the opposition 46-18 over that stretch.

Webb has a 1.33 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta. He has given up all six of his homers on the road this season.

“They won the World Series,” Webb said. “They’re no joke and they might’ve gotten even better. Tonight kind of had the playoff feel to it, for sure. It’s always fun playing against a team like this.”

ROCKING THE PEARLS

Pederson wore his signature pearls for the first time this season as he received his 2021 World Series ring before the game. He was one of four outfielders the Braves acquired last year after Acuna went down with a season-ending knee injury and quickly became a fan favorite with key hits and the pearls he started wearing in September.

Pederson sent his original string of pearls to Cooperstown at the request of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and bought another string from the same jeweler. The Braves included a single pearl in their diamond-studded championship rings.

“It just felt right to wear them, and I think it goes with the whole story of why I started wearing them was because it felt right, and Atlanta took it to another level,” he said. “That’s why I didn’t want to wear them again until we came here.”

Pederson wasn’t in the lineup with the Giants facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

CHANGE OF FORTUNE

The Braves threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but Estrada made up for a fielding error earlier in the inning by spearing Dansby Swanson’s liner and doubling up Harris for the second out. Dominic Leone struck out Austin Riley to end the threat with a runner at second.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.45 ERA) will take the mound for the second game of a four-game series. Giants manager Gabe Kapler indicated that RHP Anthony DeSclafani will come off the 60-day disabled list to make his first start since April, but the team has yet to formally announce a starter.

EXPECTING NEW DAD PETERSON SHARP FOR METS; MCNEIL HURT

NEW YORK (AP) The bullpen phone was a secondary concern for Mets starter David Peterson on Monday compared to the one sitting in the trainer’s room.

His cell phone never buzzed, and that was OK by him. Peterson will worry about his wife’s delivery another day.

Peterson pitched into the sixth inning with wife Alex expected to go into labor soon, and New York beat the Miami Marlins 6-0 despite losing Jeff McNeil to injury.

Mets manager Buck Showalter joked Monday morning that New York was on “baby watch” with Peterson, McNeil and Seth Lugo all awaiting newborns. Lugo was placed on the paternity list before the game.

Peterson was prepared to leave the park if Alex went into labor with the couple’s first child, and the Mets had contingencies if he couldn’t make the start. Peterson had his phone stashed in the trainer’s room, hoping someone would hear if it rang, but he was reasonably confident he had time to pitch before his son arrived.

“Once I’m here, it’s all about the game,” he said. “If it rings, it rings.”

After being inconsistent with his mechanics this season, Peterson (4-1) was on top of his delivery and covered 5 1/3 innings with a season-high seven strikeouts on 100 pitches. He allowed six hits and two walks as the Mets won the four-game series by finishing their 11th shutout this season, tying the Yankees for the major league lead.

McNeil left in the fourth inning with right hamstring tightness after scoring on a wild pitch. He was sent for an MRI, but Showalter was hopeful it was only a day-to-day issue.

New York’s J.D. Davis was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the eighth, the major league-leading 50th Mets player plunked this season. Davis threw his bat in pain but remained in the game. Davis had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ligament in his left hand that bothered him throughout 2021.

Davis was sent for X-rays, which initially came back negative.

The Mets dinked and dunked their way to a 4-0 lead against Trevor Rogers (3-6) with two sacrifice flies, Mark Canha’s bases-loaded walk and McNeil’s scurry home.

“There were a lot of good baseball plays today,” Showalter said.

Rogers was charged with three earned runs over five innings with seven strikeouts.

Canha’s RBI free pass came in the first inning, when New York loaded the bases with the help of an error by third baseman Jon Berti.

The Mets manufactured two more runs in the fourth. Davis tagged up and aggressively took home on Eduardo Escobar’s shallow fly to left, then McNeil took home on a wild pitch that skipped about 10 feet away from catcher Jacob Stallings.

“I was really proud of the way we played baseball today,” Showalter said. “Cashed in on the opportunities we had.”

McNeil had reached with a hit against the shift – the left-handed hitter entered the game hitting .380 when teams stacked three infielders on the right side of second base.

McNeil walked off uneasily after scoring and went straight to the clubhouse. He was replaced at second base by Luis Guillorme.

Pete Alonso added a sac fly in the fifth that scored Brandon Nimmo, who had three hits.

Peterson allowed a single and a walk with one out in the sixth before being lifted, and he walked off to a standing ovation. Adam Ottavino replaced Peterson with two on in the sixth and got an inning-ending double play from Jerar Encarnacion.

Miami left 10 runners on base and was 0 for 10 with men in scoring position.

“I felt like a lot of times we had guys out there, we thought we had something going and it would either end with a double play or just not able to do anything with their guy,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Two of those 10 outs came from Encarnacion, who hit a grand slam in his major league debut Sunday.

Escobar tacked on a two-run single in the eighth.

PARTY POPPER

Marlins center fielder Bryan De La Cruz drew applause and laughs in the fifth inning after three balloons fell out of the seats and into the outfield. After fetching the third balloon, De La Cruz feigned throwing it back into the stands before popping it under his arm.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (oblique) will make a rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday and could rejoin New York to start Sunday. … 1B/OF Dominic Smith was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse, ending his three-week stint in the minor leagues.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Daniel Castano (0-1, 0.00 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game set against Colorado and RHP Ryan Feltner (1-2, 4.85) on Tuesday night.

Mets: RHP Trevor Williams (1-3, 3.53) is scheduled for the first of two games at Houston. He’ll face RHP Jose Urquidy (5-3, 4.99) on Tuesday night.

DARVISH DEALS, MACHADO-LESS PADRES BEAT DIAMONDBACKS 4-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Led by Yu Darvish, the San Diego Padres bounced back nicely from losing Manny Machado during a disheartening weekend sweep in Colorado.

Darvish flirted with trouble before righting himself and throwing seven strong innings, and Jake Cronenworth and Trent Grisham homered to lead the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Kim Ha-seong hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the second for the Padres, who lost Machado, their All-Star slugger, to a sprained ankle Sunday.

“It means a lot to the team. After losing Manny you obviously want to come out strong,” Darvish said through an interpreter. “I think we were able to do that,”

Darvish (7-3) struggled through a 33-pitch first inning but got out of a bases-loaded jam after allowing just one run and then settled down to win his third straight start. He held the Diamondbacks to one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two.

Darvish allowed the first two batters to reach and then gave up Christian Walker’s one-out sacrifice fly. He loaded the bases on a walk and a hit batter before striking out Buddy Kennedy to end the threat.

“That’s a true definition of an ace,” acting manager Ryan Flaherty said. “They had him on the ropes and it took him a little bit to find the release point and after that it was smooth sailing.”

Darvish had a little bit of trouble in the third when he allowed a leadoff double to Alek Thomas and then hit Walker with a pitch with one out. He then retired the next nine batters.

“I just think he’s at an age in his life he can find it mid-inning even with so much chaos going on on the base paths,” Flaherty said. “Like I said, that’s the definition of an ace.”

The 35-year-old Darvish said his body was “feeling a bit heavy” after being in Denver for three days.

“Obviously I couldn’t really find the zone in the first inning, but I really wanted to go long and I was trying to induce early contact after that,” he said. “Fortunately, that worked.”

Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Zach Davies (2-4), who pitched for the Padres in 2020, lost his third straight decision over seven starts after allowing four runs and four hits in six innings. He hasn’t won since May 13, against the Chicago Cubs.

Cronenworth continued his hot June by homering to right field with two outs in the first to tie the game at 1. It was his seventh and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Kim singled with two outs in the second to give the Padres a 3-1 lead, and Grisham homered to center leading off the fifth, his sixth of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: LF David Peralta was scratched with lower back tightness and replaced by Jordan Luplow.

Padres: Flaherty said the Padres are optimistic Machado won’t need to go on the injured list. … Bench coach Ryan Christenson was cleared from COVID protocols just before first pitch. Manager Bob Melvin remained in the protocols.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gellen (4-2, 2.91) and Padres LHP Sean Manaea (3-3, 3.95) are scheduled to start Tuesday night in the middle game of the series.

SERGIO ROMO CUT BY MARINERS AS KEN GILES JOINS BULLPEN

SEATTLE (AP) — Relievers Sergio Romo and and Roenis Elías were cut Monday by the struggling Seattle Mariners to make room for reliever Ken Giles and infielder Kevin Padlo.

Romo and Elías were designated for assignment, Giles was activated from the 60-day injured list and Padlo was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle has lost seven of its last nine games and is fourth in the AL West at 29-39, 13 games behind first-place Houston.

Romo, a 39-year-old right-hander known for his long beard, had an 8.16 ERA in 17 relief appearances and spent a month on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He allowed home runs to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout on Thursday and to the Angels’ Jared Walsh on Saturday.

An All-Star in 2013 and a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Romo has 137 saves in 15 major league seasons, going 42-35 with a 3.20 ERA in 810 relief appearances and five starts. He has pitched for San Francisco (2008-16), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2017), Tampa Bay (2017-18), Miami (2018), Minnesota (2019-20) and Oakland (2021).

Giles a 31-year-old right-hander, sprained his right middle finger during spring training and went 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA during eight games of a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Everett and Triple-A Tacoma.

He signed with the Mariners in February 2021, then had Tommy John surgery and missed the season. Giles’ last major league appearance was for Toronto at the New York Yankees on Sept. 15, 2020. He had 23 saves in 2019 and is 14-18 with a 2.74 ERA and 115 saves in seven seasons for Philadelphia (2014-15), Houston (2016-18) and Toronto (2018-20).

Elías has a 3.52 ERA in seven relief appearances and is 22-24 with a 3.96 ERA in 54 starts and 79 relief appearances with with Seattle (2014-15, 2018-19, 2022), Boston (2016-17) and Washington (2019).

Padlo, 25, was traded from Seattle to San Francisco for cash on April 27, then claimed off waivers fro the Giants on June 11. He has appeared in 14 major league games over the past two seasons for Tampa Bay, Seattle and San Francisco and was 2 for 12 in four games for the Giants this year.

METS RECALL DOM SMITH FROM TRIPLE-A AFTER 3-WEEK STINT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have promoted first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith from Triple-A Syracuse, ending the popular 26-year-old’s three-week stint in the minor leagues.

New York called up Smith and put right-hander Seth Lugo on the paternity list Monday prior to a game against the Miami Marlins. The move comes as Major League Baseball began enforcing a rule limiting teams to 13 pitchers that has been delayed several times.

Smith was optioned to Syracuse on May 31 after hitting .186 without a home run in 101 plate appearances this season. He hit .316 during a breakout season in 2020, but he hasn’t been the same player in the majors since.

The 2013 first-round pick batted .266 with two homers and a .785 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A.

Mets left-hander David Peterson is expected to join Lugo on the paternity list soon. Peterson started Monday’s game against Miami, but New York had contingency plans in place in case his wife, Alex, went into labor.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER KILLED IN NYC SHOOTING; 8 WOUNDED

NEW YORK (AP) A college basketball player was killed and eight other people were wounded Monday in an early-morning shooting at a gathering in Harlem, New York City police said.

Officers responded around 12:40 a.m. to reports of a shooting on a footpath along FDR Drive and found several people wounded. Other victims went to hospitals on their own, officials said.

Darius Lee, a 21-year-old senior at Houston Baptist University in Texas, was killed, the university said. He grew up in Harlem, attended St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx and was back home for summer break.

The wounded included six other males and two females, police said.

“This Father’s Day weekend is a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a news conference.

The investigation was ongoing Monday and police didn’t immediately have details about the gathering, possible suspects or what may have led to the shooting.

A gun was recovered from the scene, police said.

The New York Daily News reported that the gathering was a cookout organized by Harlem rapper Rich Rhymer, who posted invitations on his Instagram account. He noted that his two prior cookouts had been free of violence and wrote: “LETS GO FOR A 3PEAT.”

Lee, a guard and forward, played basketball at a community college in New York’s Sullivan County before enrolling at Houston Baptist University. He was scheduled to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, the university said.

Lee was recently named the university’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, and finished sixth in the nation in steals per game, earning a second team All-Southland Conference selection.

Houston Baptist Coach Ron Cottrell described Lee as a “remarkable young man” and a “joy to coach.”

“We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news,” Cottrell said in a statement posted on the university’s website. “My heart breaks for his mom, his sister and his entire family, and for our basketball team… As great of a basketball player as he was, he was an even better person.”

The shooting comes amid national concern over gun violence and as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to strike down a law that makes it difficult to legally carry a handgun in New York.

Shootings are down 11% so far this year in New York City, compared to last year. Murders are down 12% but are still at their second-highest level since 2012.

ORLANDO STILL EVALUATING ALL OPTIONS WITH NO. 1 DRAFT PICK

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) College basketball season ended almost three months ago, the NBA draft lottery was more than a month ago and the draft itself is later this week.

Seems like the process should be winding down.

Orlando Magic President Jeff Weltman sees it differently.

“I tell you, it’s still early in the process,” Weltman said Monday.

Translated: The Magic haven’t decided yet what they’ll do on Thursday night, when the draft rolls around and they have the No. 1 pick. Other teams have called to gauge what the asking price would be if they want to trade for that selection, and the Magic have evaluated all the top candidates.

But Weltman sees no reason to decide anything before it’s absolutely necessary, especially given the opportunity that Orlando has by holding this No. 1 pick.

“Dialogue is always ongoing,” Weltman said. “But, most importantly, we get to do what we want. That’s the real benefit of having the No. 1 pick.”

The top candidates for the pick are well-known: Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. worked out for Orlando earlier this month, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren met with the Magic for multiple days last week and Duke’s Paolo Banchero has been working out with former Magic guard Mike Miller.

Weltman wouldn’t say that those are the only three candidates Orlando would consider at No. 1.

“It’s confirmed that there are a lot of talented players at the top of this draft, that’s for sure,” Weltman said.

This is the fourth time that Orlando will be making the No. 1 pick. The Magic took Shaquille O’Neal with the top selection in 1992. Chris Webber was the No. 1 pick by Orlando in 1993, and he got traded that same night for Penny Hardaway and a package of future picks that were eventually turned into Vince Carter and, later, Miller. And in 2004, the Magic selected Dwight Howard with the first pick.

The No. 1 pick on Thursday will join a young core in Orlando that already includes 2017 top pick Markelle Fultz, a pair of top-eight picks from the 2021 draft in Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs, and Cole Anthony – the No. 15 pick in the 2020 draft.

Orlando also has the No. 6 picks from the 2017 and 2018 draft, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba. It’s possible that when next season starts Orlando could have as many as six lottery picks, nine top-16 selections and 12 first-rounders on its roster.

This is all part of the challenge for the Magic – who also have the No. 32 and No. 35 picks this year – going into Thursday: Finding more youth that fits with the current core, finding ways to be better next season and sustainably better for years to come.

“We do want to get better but not at the expense of rushing back to mediocrity,” Weltman said. “And we do want to have something sustainable. But you have to elevate the standard to do that. You can’t just stay at the basement level, you know, interminably. So those are conversations that we’re having, which players do that for us.”

FINAL NBA MOCK DRAFT

1. Jabari Smith Jr., Orlando Magic

School: Auburn

Height: 6’10”

Jabari Smith’s stellar upside on both ends of the floor as an efficient three-level scorer and versatile defender should make him the first-overall pick this year. Smith can offer the Orlando Magic much-needed shooting and strong defensive mechanics with massive room for growth at both forward positions. The 19-year-old would be a perfect fit within Orlando’s young core.

2. Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder

School: Gonzaga

Height: 7’0″

Chet Holmgren is one of the most unique prospects as a tall, lengthy, skinny-framed forward who projects to be an elite interior defender and crafty scorer with insane versatility. It will take time for Holmgren to develop physically, but his timeline is ideal for an Oklahoma City Thunder team that’s clearly prioritizing their long-term future. Holmgren could be a two-way star in a couple of years.

3. Paolo Banchero, Houston Rockets

School: Duke

Height: 6’10”

Paolo Banchero has the chance to become the best player to come out of this draft with his superior scoring ability at all three levels, superb strength and lateral quickness for his position on the defensive end, and a high motor with a winning mentality. Banchero would be the ideal forward to build around alongside promising guard Jalen Green for the Houston Rockets.

4. Jaden Ivey, Sacramento Kings

School: Purdue

Height: 6’4″

As an explosive guard with incredible athleticism, violent speed, scoring prowess, and attractive playmaking abilities, Jaden Ivey has superstar potential in this league. The fit with the Sacramento Kings could be a bit awkward since the Kings are already heavily invested in guards De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell, so it would not be a surprise if another team traded up to this spot to select the promising 20-year-old point guard. However, if the Kings keep the pick, the expectation would be for Sacramento to pick the best player available, which is Jaden Ivey.

Keegan Murray, Detroit Pistons

School: Iowa

Height: 6’8″

Keegan Murray is the ideal stretch four for the modern NBA as an efficient shooter with coveted versatility on the defensive end. The Detroit Pistons are reportedly expected to offload the expiring contract of forward Jerami Grant this offseason, so replacing him with a talented young stud like Murray would make complete sense. Detroit should feel optimistic about a young core of Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Keegan Murray, and more future assets moving forward.

6. Dyson Daniels, Indiana Pacers

Pre-Draft Team: G League Ignite

Height: 6’6″

Dyson Daniels is a rising jumbo-sized point guard prospect with outstanding defensive mechanics and facilitating abilities. His jump shot will be the main question at the next level, but the 19-year-old Australian impressed scouts in that department at the NBA Combine and at his pre-draft workout with the Indiana Pacers. Daniels would be an ideal fit in Indiana with his versatility, transition defense, smooth penetration, and off-ball movement. Pairing him with Tyrese Haliburton in the backcourt would be a promising duo for years to come.

Jalen Duren, Portland Trail Blazers

School: Memphis

Height: 6’10”

If the Portland Trail Blazers keep this pick, Jalen Duren would be a buzzing selection. As a defensive beast with elite athleticism and length, Duren could help strengthen Portland’s lackluster defense while complementing superstar Damian Lillard on the offensive end with his ability to soar above the rim and screen and roll to the basket. He’s an excellent rim protector and athlete that would immediately benefit the Blazers in the frontcourt.

8. Bennedict Mathurin, New Orleans Pelicans

School: Arizona

Height: 6’6″

Bennedict Mathurin projects to be an efficient shooter and solid defender on the wing at the NBA level. Mathurin’s upside will be higher on the offensive end as an explosive athlete with a nice touch and feel for the game. The Arizona product was a scoring machine and reliable perimeter defender in college and would excel in a similar but smaller role with the New Orleans Pelicans.

9. Ousmane Dieng, San Antonio Spurs

Pre-Draft Team: New Zealand Breakers

Height: 6’10”

Ousmane Dieng is a polarizing prospect as a “point forward” with tremendous upside. The 19-year-old uses his length and shiftiness to glide by defenders and break down the defense while possessing the tools to become an All-Star talent with proper development. Dieng is raw but can do it all, and the San Antonio Spurs have a history of developing international prospects.

10. Johnny Davis, Washington Wizards

School: Wisconsin

Height: 6’5″

Johnny Davis had a breakout season in his sophomore year at Wisconsin, scoring 19.7 points per game and earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors. He’s an attack-minded scorer with a quick first step and will be a terrific perimeter defender in the NBA as a relentless, high-motor hound. Given the Washington Wizards’ needs on the defensive side of the ball combined with superstar Bradley Beal’s uncertain future, Davis would be an admirable fit.

11. AJ Griffin, New York Knicks

School: Duke

Height: 6’6″

In the 2022 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks should be searching for an offensive-minded prospect with their lottery pick. As a lethal shooter and crafty scorer, 19-year-old wing A.J. Griffin is certainly that. Griffin will be an efficient 3&D contributor with a high floor to become much more than that, which the Knicks should value.

12. Shaedon Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder

School: Kentucky

Height: 6’6″

Shaedon Sharpe is one of the trickier prospects to evaluate after not playing a single game for Kentucky this past season. The 19-year-old is a gifted scorer and shifty athlete, but his lack of experience and low motor could have him falling down draft boards. Sharpe’s draft range is still as high as fifth, given his star potential, and going 12th to the Oklahoma City Thunder will likely be the lowest he’ll go. The Thunder could also trade up to select Sharpe as there seems to be mutual interest between OKC and Sharpe’s camp.

13. Jeremy Sochan, Charlotte Hornets

School: Baylor

Height: 6’10”

Since the Charlotte Hornets desperately need to bolster its defense this offseason, drafting a defensive-minded asset such as Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan would be an ideal selection. Sochan is one of the best defenders in this draft with his versatility, length, and awareness. The 19-year-old forward would immediately make an impact in Charlotte on the defensive end and his offense would gradually grow alongside rising superstar LaMelo Ball.

14. Ochai Agbaji, Cleveland Cavaliers

School: Kansas

Height: 6’6″

Ochai Agbaji is an NBA-ready wing that can score from all angles on the court and defend at a high level. He’s already 22 years old, but the NCAA champion with Kansas would make an immediate impact on a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers that could use a boost offensively. Agbaji would naturally slide into Cleveland’s rotation as they chase postseason competition for years to come.

15. Mark Williams, Charlotte Hornets

School: Duke

Height: 6’10”

As the Hornets continue to pursue upgrades to the defensive corps this offseason, selecting Duke center Mark Williams would offer a reliable defensive addition to the promising squad. Charlotte could attempt to trade this pick for an established starting center such as Indiana’s Myles Turner, but expect them to take the best center available with one of their two first-round picks if they keep both of them. Mark Williams would fill a position of weakness and bring valuable rim protection with nice touch around the paint offensively for the Hornets.

6. Jalen Williams, Atlanta Hawks

School: Santa Clara

Height: 6’6″

Jalen Williams is a silky-smooth scorer with intriguing upside on the wing. He faced weaker competition in college at Santa Clara and will need to improve more defensively, but the 21-year-old playmaker has all the tools to become an offensive weapon in the NBA. Whether the Atlanta Hawks maintain this pick or not, Williams could be viewed as the best player available at this point.

17. Tari Eason, Houston Rockets

School: LSU

Height: 6’8″

The Houston Rockets could go in a variety of directions with this pick, but it would be a great idea to target a more defensive-minded prospect such as LSU forward Tari Eason. The 21-year-old is a menace on the defensive end with sparking athleticism and versatility. Eason would be a fabulous addition to the frontcourt to complement Houston’s exciting young core.

18. EJ Liddell, Chicago Bulls

School: Ohio State

Height: 6’7″

E.J. Liddell will be a star in his role as a stretch four that can efficiently and consistently shoot, pass, rebound, protect the rim, and defend multiple positions. The Ohio State product will immediately make an impact in the NBA and seems to be exactly what the Chicago Bulls need at the power forward position. Liddell would be a much-wanted swiss army knife on both ends of the floor for the Bulls.

19. TyTy Washington Jr., Minnesota Timberwolves

School: Kentucky

Height: 6’4″

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly shopping starting point guard D’Angelo Russell and could be hunting for playmaking guards this offseason. TyTy Washington Jr. would be the proper fit here as a prolific scorer and playmaker with the ball in his hands. Minnesota could also use another frontcourt piece as well, but Washington should be the selection with this pick if the Kentucky star remains on the board.

20. Nikola Jovic, San Antonio Spurs

Pre-Draft Team: KK Mega Mozzart

Height: 6’10”

Following the trend with international prospects for the San Antonio Spurs, drafting Nikola Jovic would supply them with a flashy, supersized playmaker with a high ceiling. Similar to Ousmane Dieng, Jovic is another “point forward” that can produce in many different ways. He’s an intriguing prospect that’s worth taking a flyer on.

21. Blake Wesley, Denver Nuggets

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6’5″

Blake Wesley could attract the Denver Nuggets with his scoring prowess and high motor. The 19-year-old guard can handle the ball, direct an offense, and thrive in transition. Denver would be a favorable landing spot for Wesley with back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic, making it much easier for him offensively and he’d have a comfortable role in head coach Mike Malone’s system.

22. Marjon Beauchamp, Memphis Grizzlies

Pre-Draft Team: G League Ignite

Height: 6’6″

After an unbelievable season full of exceeding expectations, the Memphis Grizzlies should be looking to upgrade its perimeter defense as they aim to build a title contender moving forward. Shooting guard is also a position of need for the Grizzlies, so G League Ignite wing Marjon Beauchamp would be a thrilling addition. Beauchamp will excel on the defensive end for the most part throughout his NBA career with his versatility, lateral quickness, and an impressive wingspan, but there’s offensive upside to him, too, especially off the ball, which would suit Memphis well.

23. Malaki Branham, Philadelphia 76ers

School: Ohio State

Height: 6’5″

Malaki Branham is a three-level scoring wing that can punish you with his smooth craft and proper shooting mechanics. He’s an attack-minded guard that can thrive in the half-court offense and in transition. If the Philadelphia 76ers keep this pick, Branham would be a productive fit alongside Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey.

24. Dalen Terry, Milwaukee Bucks

School: Arizona

Height: 6’7″

Dalen Terry’s flashy athleticism, solid playmaking ability, and high upside defensively would immediately bring value to the Milwaukee Bucks. Terry mostly played point guard for Arizona, but also played on the wing due to his versatility and seven-foot wingspan. The Bucks lacked another playmaker and switchable wing during their second-round playoff loss to Boston, and Dalen Terry would kill two birds with one stone as a lengthy prospect with promising two-way abilities and high energy that could earn him a rotation spot right away for this title-contending team.

25. Walker Kessler, San Antonio Spurs

School: Auburn

Height: 7’0″

As a seven-foot shot-blocking machine, Auburn center Walker Kessler is an intelligent rim protector that will benefit any team in need of a defensive-minded center. Kessler is limited offensively, outside of being a lob threat, and must develop more physically. However, the Defensive Player of the Year in college basketball that averaged 4.5 blocks per game last season should have a clear role in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs should be interested in a rim protector with starting center Jakob Poeltl on an expiring contract.

26. Kennedy Chandler, Houston Rockets

School: Tennessee

Height: 6’1″

Kennedy Chandler is an explosive playmaker with excellent instincts and feel for the game. Despite his lack of size, the 19-year-old has impressive athleticism, a high motor, and a winning mentality that help make him a productive asset as a ball-handler and on-ball defender. The Rockets need depth at point guard and Chandler would be more than a worthy selection in the back end of the first round.

27. David Roddy, Miami Heat

School: Colorado State

Height: 6’5″

David Roddy could sneak into the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft due to his efficient scoring ability as an intense offensive weapon. He’s naturally a forward but plays like a guard. Roddy shot 45.5 percent from three last season while leading Colorado State to an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. His superior shooting at the forward position would uplift the Miami Heat offensively and his non-stop work ethic would fit seamlessly into the Heat culture.

28. Jake LaRavia, Golden State Warriors

School: Wake Forest

Height: 6’8″

Jake LaRavia is an efficient forward that possesses sharp playmaking skills, three-level scoring abilities, and productive guard traits. He’s also an underrated defender and cutter. LaRavia is rising up boards and could easily become a first-round pick on draft night. If the Golden State Warriors win the championship and keep this pick, LaRavia could be another glorious prize heading into next season.

29. Christian Braun, Memphis Grizzlies

School: Kansas

Height: 6’6″

Christian Braun is a reliable two-way wing who can space the floor, score from beyond the arc and at the basket, and defend at a consistent level. He’s a hard worker with a win-first mentality and does all the little things that coaches admire, all of which helped Kansas reach the NCAA title. His skill set and mindset would help the Grizzlies contend for an NBA championship.

30. Kendall Brown, Denver Nuggets

School: Baylor

Height: 6’8″

To conclude the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Kendall Brown could be the selection for the Denver Nuggets as a defensive specialist that can defend wings and forwards with his versatility and length. Brown doesn’t have much upside offensively, but his defensive presence alone could convince the Nuggets that he’s worth the investment. In a draft that could be full of surprises, Brown landing in Denver would not be a shock given his expertise and the team’s positional needs.

P.J. TUCKER TO BECOME UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT

Heat forward P.J. Tucker will decline his $7.35MM option for next season, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent and several contending teams are expected to compete for his services.

It’s still possible Miami could re-sign him on a longer deal and/or more money. Miami president Pat Riley declared in his postseason press conference that bringing back the defensive ace was a high priority.

“P.J. is a cornerstone,” Riley said. “I would love to have Tuck back next year. He’s part of our core. He’s special.”

Non-taxpayer teams could dangle their mid-level exception, a projected $10.349MM in the first year, at Tucker. He won a championship with the Bucks in 2021, starting 19 of Milwaukee’s 23 postseason games during its run.

Miami holds Tucker’s Non-Bird rights. It can re-sign Tucker for up to four years on a salary starting at 120% of the player’s previous salary ($7.175MM this past season).

Tucker had been planning to opt out and get more money but Miami is optimistic about retaining his services, Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw tweets.

Tucker averaged 7.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.1 APG while making 41.7% of his 3-point attempts with Miami this past season while starting in 70 of 71 regular season games. He averaged 7.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 1.8 APG in 18 playoff games with Miami.

Waynes proved to be a dependable corner with the Minnesota Vikings between 2015-19.

Cincinnati signed Waynes to a three-year, $42 million deal in 2020.

His transition to the Bengals felt like an apt fit to complement the budding secondary. Unfortunately, Waynes suffered a torn pectoral injury in his first offseason with the Bengals and missed the entire 2020 season; then landed on IR with the Bengals in 2021.

Waynes was active for the Bengals’ recent appearance on the Super Bowl stage against the Los Angeles Rams but played a limited role on special teams, seemingly not at 100 percent health.

“It didn’t feel like a Super Bowl to me because my time in Cincinnati has just been injuries,” Waynes noted. “That’s something that I never really experienced in Minnesota.”

He added, “I was supposed to play in the Super Bowl — well, I played a little bit — but I was supposed to go in, but I ended up getting hurt again. … I told my wife this after the game, I was like ‘there’s nothing more frustrating knowing you’re supposed to be out there but you physically can’t because your body is just failing.’”

Waynes stated that teams reached out since leaving Cincinnati. However, Waynes is looking to pivot to spending more time with family in his potential retirement.

“I actually almost went to Philly to go back with JG [Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon] and Ant [safety Anthony Harris]. But at that point I was like ‘I’m ready to be done,’” Waynes said. “Could I easily keep playing several more years? Yes. But I got a family, I want to be around with my kids more. …

“For me, I played, I lived the dream, I did it, I made enough money to where I can take care of my family. Being able to walk away on my own terms is always something I wanted to do. … There’s more to life than football. And I want to enjoy life outside of football without limping or walking in pain all the time and stuff like that. It’s bittersweet but I know at the end of the day it’s probably the right decision.”

After 79 games and 57 starts, Waynes amassed seven interceptions, 259 tackles, 43 passes defended, and a sack.

FIRST-ROUND CB TRAE WAYNES SAYS HE’S ‘DONE’ AFTER 7 SEVEN SEASONS

Former first-round NFL cornerback Trae Waynes doesn’t feel like he has another season in him.

According to a recent interview on the Geary and Stein Sports Show, Waynes — a free agent after getting cut by the Cincinnati Bengals in March — told the hosts that dealing with injuries for the past two years has deprived him of his drive to return to football.

While not making a retirement fully official, Waynes sounded ready to walk away from the NFL.

“It’s open, but I’m not really exploring anything, to be honest with you,” Waynes said. “Multiple teams have actually called. Honestly, in my head, I’m done. I’m not officially doing it just because I don’t give a (expletive). But I’m retired, but it’s not like I announced it or anything.”

CECCON SETS WORLD RECORD, LEDECKY CLAIMS YET ANOTHER TITLE

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Italy’s Thomas Ceccon set a world record in the men’s 100 backstroke and Katie Ledecky claimed yet another gold at the swimming world championships on Monday.

Ceccon stunned the competition in Budapest by clocking 51.60 seconds to shave 0.15 seconds off the previous best mark set by American Ryan Murphy at the 2016 Olympics.

“Yesterday I swam 52.1, very easy,” Ceccon said. “I am feeling good in water and just doing my race, staying calm and focusing on my race. And that’s it.”

Murphy finished second, 0.37 seconds behind, followed by compatriot Hunter Armstrong, 0.38 behind Ceccon.

“Hats off to Thomas,” Murphy said of seeing his record beaten. “That’s a really, really fast time and it’s going to be an exciting couple of years.”

While the young mustached Italian claimed his first world title, Ledecky extended her record title haul to 17 with her fourth in the 1,500 freestyle.

Ledecky never looked threatened and clocked 15:30.15 – just under 10 seconds more than her world record from 2018 – to finish 14.74 seconds ahead of fellow American Katie Grimes.

Ledecky punched the water in delight then embraced her teammate.

“To share this moment with her is really special,” Ledecky said.

The 16-year-old Grimes is the second youngest medalist in the 1,500 at a worlds since Ledecky won it for the first time in 2013.

“I was really nervous leading up to it because it’s my first world championships and Team USA has been doing a great job, so I wanted to keep that going,” Grimes said.

Ledecky also won in 2015 and 2017 and has at least four world titles in the each of the 1,500, 800 and 400 freestyle events. Only compatriot Michael Phelps also won at least four gold medals in three different swimming events at the worlds.

“I don’t think that anyone will be topping Katie for a little while, but I definitely think it’s a goal for everyone moving forward,” said Australia’s Lani Pallister, who finished third, 18.81 off Ledecky’s pace. “She’s definitely set the standard of distance swimming in the world.”

Pallister’s bronze was her country’s first medal in this race. The 1,500 freestyle was the only women’s event at a worlds in which an Australian swimmer had not reached the podium.

Italy’s Simona Quadarella, who was second fastest in qualifying, finished fifth, more than half a minute behind.

Regan Smith got another gold for the United States in the women’s 100 backstroke, clocking 58.22 to finish 0.18 ahead of Canadian rival Kylie Masse with another American, Claire Curzan, finishing third.

Then Italy’s show began with Ceccon.

He is the second Italian man to set a world record in long course swimming after Giorgio Lambert. Lambert held the record in the men’s 200 freestyle from 1989-99.

Italy’s Benedetta Pilato followed up by winning the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:05.93, 0.05 ahead of Germany’s Anna Elendt and 0.09 ahead of Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte.

The 17-year-old Pilato, who couldn’t contain her delight, is the youngest Italian swimmer to win gold at a worlds.

She brought her country’s tally of golds to three, already as many as Italy’s swimmers ever managed at a previous worlds.

Also, Romania’s David Popovici set a world junior record to win the men’s 200 meters in 1:43.21 – 1.26 seconds ahead of the competition.

SERENA WILLIAMS SKIPS PRACTICE AT EASTBOURNE AHEAD OF RETURN

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) Serena Williams skipped her scheduled practice session at Eastbourne at late notice on Monday as the 23-time Grand Slam champion prepares to make her return to competition after a year away.

Williams trained at a nearby club over the weekend and was expected to have an on-site session at Devonshire Park ahead of playing doubles with Ons Jabeur. Their first match is set for Tuesday against Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova.

The 40-year-old Williams, who hasn’t competed anywhere since she was injured in the first round of Wimbledon last year, was awarded a wild card for singles at the All England Club.

Jabeur said it was “unbelievable” to have been asked by Williams to be part of her journey back to competition at the Wimbledon warmup.

“I’m a good secret keeper — yes, I’ve known (since) before the French Open,” said the No. 3-ranked Jabeur, who arrived at Eastbourne after winning the title in Berlin on Sunday.

“Many players were jealous because I’m playing with her. Honestly, Serena is Serena. She is a legend and always will be.”

Jabeur said she is hoping to learn “even like 2% from it.”

“Now I’m joking with other doubles players,” she said. “I was like, `If you have minus 20 grand slams, don’t even ask me to play doubles with you anymore.'”

Jabeur has pulled out of the singles at Eastbourne following her run to the title in Germany and will play only the doubles. Still, she’ll likely be kept busy this week given who she is partnering.

“I cannot wait to see her, I haven’t seen her yet,” Jabeur said of Williams. “Hopefully we will get together and talk a little bit and see, because I’m really pumped. I want to win this doubles and why not win the title here, you know?”

Among those to advance from the first round of the singles on Monday were three qualifiers – Donna Vekic, Kirsten Flipkens and Lesia Tsurenko – and two British wild cards in Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart.

Sorana Cirstea, who lost in the semifinals of the Birmingham Classic over the weekend, was trailing Anhelina Kalinina 6-0, 2-1 before retiring.

In second-round matches, American player Alison Riske was beaten by Magda Linette of Poland 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) while fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza beat Magdalena Frech 6-1, 7-6 (7).

In the men’s event, sixth-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia began his title defense by beating Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.

Two Americans – fifth-seeded Reilly Opelka and seventh-seeded Frances Tiafoe – were beaten.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANS RETURN TO VICTORY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians are set to open a six-game series with the Memphis Redbirds

– Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals – starting Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 26 at

Victory Field. Colts At Bat and Friday Fireworks (June 24), MARVEL’s Defenders of the DiamondTM Night

(June 25) and Purdue Day (June 26) highlight the homestand.

Tuesday, June 21 – Tuesday Dollar Menu presented by Eisenberg

Enjoy your favorite ballpark snacks as hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn are all

available for just $1 each.

Gates open at 6 PM with first pitch at 7:05 PM.

Wednesday, June 22 – Wednesday Day Game presented by Elements Financial

Take the afternoon off from work and enjoy a Wednesday Day Game at Victory Field.

Gates open at 12:30 PM for the 1:35 PM start.

Thursday, June 23 – Thirsty ThursdayTM presented by Sun King Brewery, Circle City Night

The best drink specials happen on Thirsty ThursdayTM at Victory Field. Quench your thirst with $2 Pepsi

fountain drinks, $3 domestic drafts and $5 premium and craft drafts. DJ Ben Karazim will perform

pregame on the home dugout, and on the field, the Indians will represent the 317 for the third Circle City

Night of the season by wearing Circle City jerseys.

Miss Indiana USA 2022, Samantha Toney, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Gates open at 6 PM with first pitch at 7:05 PM.

Friday, June 24 – Colts at Bat, Friday Fireworks presented by FOX59

During Colts at Bat, the first 2,000 fans through the Victory Field gates will receive a Colts rally towel.

Arrive early for an autograph session from 6-6:40 PM with former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett, who will

throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Additional 30-minute autograph sessions with Colts cheerleaders and

their official mascot, Blue, will take place before and during the game.

Stick around after the final out and enjoy a spectacular postgame fireworks show.

Gates open at 6 PM ahead of the 7:05 PM first pitch.

Saturday, June 25 – MARVEL’s Defenders of the DiamondTM Night

Channel your superhuman strengths and head to The Vic to meet Avengers characters including Thor,

Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk. On the field, the Indians will wear

Avengers comic jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit Indianapolis Indians Charities. Fans must be

in-park to bid on the jerseys.

Gates open at 6 PM, and the game gets underway at 7:05 PM.

TERI MOREN WINS GOLD WITH USA AT FIBA U18 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

BUENOS AIRES – Indiana head coach Teri Moren helped USA Basketball’s U18 women’s team to a gold medal with a victory over Canada in the final at the FIBA U18 Women’s Championships on Sunday night.

USA defeated Canada, 82-77, as Moren served as an assistant for the team, who played in the event in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 13-19. It marked her first official stint with USA Basketball after serving as a court coach during trials in 2021. She joins her current student-athlete and support staff members to earn a gold medal as senior guard Grace Berger (2021 Pan American games) and team and recruitment coordinator Ali Patberg (2015 FIBA U19 World Championships) each have gold medals through USA Basketball.

Entering her ninth season with the Hoosiers in 2022-23, Moren has guided the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances and seven consecutive 20-win seasons. IU finished the 2021-22 season by tying a program-record 24 wins and advanced to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game in 20 years. In her eight seasons, Indiana is 172-89 as she is the program’s second all-time winningest coach as she has advanced to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens, an Elite Eight appearance in 2021 and a WNIT championship in 2018. All five starters garnered All-Big Ten honors in 2021-22 and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Berger hauled in a combined four All-American honorable mention honors. In addition, Indiana was ranked as high as No. 4 in the Associated Press and No. 5 in the WBCA/USA Today coaches poll in 2021-22.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       Citing the Superbas’ poor attendance at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, National League president Ned Young discusses the possibility of transferring the franchise to the District of Columbia. En route to their second consecutive title, the reigning NL champions are averaging only a thousand fans on non-holiday dates.

1916       Red Sox right-hander Rube Foster, throwing a perfect game until issuing a walk in the seventh inning, tosses a 2-0 no-hitter against the Highlanders. The no-no is the first one ever thrown in Fenway Park, the team’s home since 1912.

1921       At the Polo Grounds, Dave Bancroft hits for the cycle when he singles in the first, triples in the third, homers in the fifth, and doubles in the sixth in the Giants’ 8-3 victory over the Phillies. According to a news report of the contest, the 30-year old New York shortstop faints returning to the bench after running around the bases for his inside-the-park home run but returned to the field to complete the rare event in the next frame.

1941       In New York’s 7-2 loss to the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, Phil Rizzuto’s seventh-inning round-tripper extends the team’s consecutive-game home run streak to 17. The historic homer, which ties the major league record established by Detroit, is only the light-hitting shortstop’s second career home run.

1941       Lefty Grove’s Fenway consecutive win streak, which started on May 3, 1938, ends at 20 games with a 13-9 loss to the St. Louis Browns. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, facing just 13 batters, allows six runs, yielding five hits and walking 3 in 1.2 innings of work.

1947       Jack Chesbro’s induction into the Hall of Fame makes him the only player enshrined in Cooperstown who played professional baseball for a team located in the upstate New York village on the shores of Otsego Lake. The right-hander, who established the modern-era record (pre-1901) for most victories in a season with 41 while pitching for the 1904 Highlanders, played for the Cooperstown Athletics after the Roanoke Magicians of the Virginia State League disbanded during the 1896 season.

1951       Donald L. Barnes, at the request of Browns’ owners William and Charles Dewitt, announces the sale of the controlling interest of the club to Bill Veeck, former owner of the Indians. The transaction arrangement ensures the new owner will keep the team in St. Louis, debunking the rumors of the franchise’s shift to Milwaukee.

1952       National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues president George Trautman bans the signing of women, preventing 24-year-old softball shortstop standout Eleanor Engle from playing with the Harrisburg Senators. Commissioner Ford Frick will go one step further by formally prohibiting females from professional baseball, using the ruling to prevent teams from using women players as a publicity stunt.

1956       Orioles hurlers Connie Johnson and George Zuverink combine to one-hit the White Sox at Comiskey Park. Unfortunately, the one hit is a run-scoring double in the first frame of the team’s 1-0 loss to Chicago’s southpaw Jack Harshman, who also tosses a one-hitter gem in the two-hour and 12-minute contest.

1957       In his first major league start, bonus baby Von McDaniel, a recent graduate of Oklahoma’s Hollis High School, two-hits the Dodgers at Busch Stadium, 2-0. The 18-year-old keeps Brooklyn hitless until Jim Gilliam’s soft line drive spins out second baseman Don Blasingame’s glove, and Hal Smith’s failure handling sacrifice gives the visitors two tainted infield safeties in the sixth inning.

1957       Going the distance in the Senators’ 6-3 victory over Cleveland, Chuck Stobbs wins his first game since throwing a shutout against Baltimore last September. The 27-year-old right-hander snaps a personal 16-game losing streak, which includes dropping his first 11 decisions this year.

1959       Stan Musial, in the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over the Bucs at Busch Stadium, collects a pair of two-baggers, the first which breaks Honus Wagner’s National League record of 651 career doubles. The southpaw-swinging Stan the Man moves to third on the all-time major league list for two-base hits, trailing only American Leaguers Tris Speaker (793) and Ty Cobb (724).

1960       Richie Ashburn plays his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to the Cubs in the offseason. ‘Whitey,’ a fan favorite during his dozen years with the Phillies, strikes out looking to start his 1-for-6 day in an extra-inning loss at Shibe Park.

1964       Despite the four errors made by the Phillies, Rick Wise wins the first of his 188 major league victories when Philadelphia beats the Mets at Shea Stadium in the nightcap of a twin bill, 8-2. However, the 18-year-old rookie right-hander’s accomplishment receives little fanfare when his effort follows Jim Bunning’s perfect game in the opener.

1964       On an unseasonably warm Father’s Day, Phillies’ hurler Jim Bunning becomes the first modern pitcher to toss a no-hitter in both leagues when he throws a perfect game to beat the Mets, 6-0. Gus Triandos also becomes the first catcher to handle a no-hitter in each circuit.

1967       In retaliation for Joe Foy getting struck in the helmet in the top of the frame, Red Sox starter Jim Lonborg promptly plunks opposing pitcher Thad Tillotson in the back, igniting a bench-clearing brawl in the second inning of the Yankees’ 8-1 loss to Boston at the Stadium. The five-minute melee results in no ejections but doesn’t quite settle the matter when Reggie Smith is brushed back in the third, and Dick Howser leaves the game in the fifth after being hit the head with a pitch.

1970       At Cleveland Stadium, Cesar Gutierrez goes 7-for-7, including six singles and a double, in Detroit’s 9-8 victory over the Indians in 12 innings. The 27-year-old Venezuelan shortstop will finish his brief four-year major league career with a .235 lifetime batting average.

1976       Ranger right-hander Bert Blyleven one-hits the A’s, giving up only a fifth-inning single to Ken McMullen in his 1-0 gem at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 25-year-old starter, obtained from the Twins on June 1, will toss another one-hit 1-0 victory for Texas in five days when he beats the White Sox in ten innings.

1978       On the first pitch in his first at-bat, Dave Machemer hits his only major league home run. The rookie second baseman, batting leadoff for the visiting Angels, starts the Halos’ eventual 5-2 victory over Minnesota with a long fly over the left-field wall at Metropolitan Stadium.

1986       Bo Jackson, who the Royals had drafted in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 1986 amateur draft, signs a three-year contract worth just over $1 million to play baseball with the Royals, the defending World Series champions. The Auburn Tiger running back, the recipient of the 1985 Heisman Trophy, will also play in the NFL with the LA Raiders.

1987       On Father’s Day, for the second consecutive game, a bench-clearing brawl occurs between the Reds and Braves in Atlanta due to a batter hit by a pitch. Tracy Jones, struck by a ball thrown by Jim Acker, ignites the fight when he belatedly charges the toward the mound when the reliever comes within 25 feet of home plate.

1988       At Tiger Stadium, Detroit scores six times in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat a stunned Yankees team, 7-6. Allen Trammell ends the game dramatically, hitting a two-out walk-off grand slam off Cecilio Guante.

1989       Carlton Fisk surpasses Yogi Berra as the American League leader for career home runs by a catcher. The White Sox backstop’s 307th home run helps to beat the Yankees, 7-3.

1998       On Father’s Day, the New York Times publishes Michael Bouton’s open letter to the Yankees, asking the franchise to reconsider its long-time snub of his dad, Jim, the team’s former 21-game winner and controversial author of Ball Four. Thanks to his son’s efforts, Jim Bouton’s banishment from Yankee Stadium will end next month when the right-hander receives an invitation to return to the Bronx ballpark for the first time in nearly thirty years to participate in the team’s Old-Timers’ Day.

1998       The Dodgers, 12.5 games behind the division-leading Padres, release Bill Russell, replacing the 36-38 skipper with Glenn Hoffmann, manager of the organization’s Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes. In the front office, Tommy Lasorda assumes the general manager duties of the third-place club from Fred Claire.

1999       Blue Jay Tony Fernandez becomes the Dominican-born career hits leader with his 2,178th hit to move ahead of Julio Franco. The shortstop’s hit plated the winning run with two outs in the ninth in Toronto’s 2-1 victory over Kansas City.

2000       Eric Chavez becomes the 13th A’s player in the 100-year history of the franchise to hit for the cycle when he doubles (2nd), singles (4th), and triples (5th) off Mike Mussina, and completes the rare event with a home run (7th) off Jose Mercedes in the team’s 10-3 win over Baltimore. Oakland’s 22-year-old third baseman is the seventh-youngest major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

2001       Returning to the major leagues after a stint with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Jose Canseco starts as the designated hitter for the White Sox. The former All-Star, who has 446 career home runs (23rd all-time), didn’t get any offers after being released by the Angels in the spring.

2002       During the New York-Penn League game between the New Jersey Cardinals and the Staten Island Yankees, a fan hops a fence and goes onto the field to argue an umpire’s call at first base. The 38-year-old woman, who will face disorderly person charges, is at the game with her eight-year-old daughter’s Brownie troop.

2002       Luis Castillo hits safely in his 35th consecutive game, tying Fred Clarke (1895), Ty Cobb (1917), and George Sisler (1924-25) for the tenth longest streak in major league history. The Marlins’ infielder’s third-inning infield hit off knuckleballer Steve Sparks’ glove also surpasses Benito Santiago’s 1987 streak, the longest established by a Latin player.

2003       Tied 2-2 after nine innings at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, the Red Sox and Phillies exchange runs in the twelfth, and then when Boston tallies twice in the thirteenth, the hometown team scores three times in the bottom of the frame to win the interleague contest, 6-5. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra goes 6-for-6 for the day, all singles.

2005       General manager Dan O’Brien meets face to face with Reds skipper Dave Miley (125-164) to inform the third-year manager of his decision to fire him. As a result, former Ranger manager Jerry Narron becomes the 58th manager in Reds’ history.

2005       After building a 10-2 lead at Yankee Stadium, the Devil Rays lose to the Bronx Bombers 20-11, making it the second time in franchise history the team is ahead by eight or more runs and loses by nine or more tallies. With no other club in baseball history achieving this dubious distinction, the D-Rays now have accomplished the feat twice with their 1999 defeat to the Indians.

2005       Giving up 13 runs in the bottom of the second inning, the Devil Rays become the first team in history to yield that many tallies in one inning twice during the same season. New York was the benefactor each time, as the visiting Tampa Bay hurlers also had a 13-run meltdown in April at Yankee Stadium.

2006       Jose Reyes becomes the ninth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle. The 23-year-old shortstop hits a leadoff homer in the first, followed by a double in the third, then a triple in the fifth, and completes the feat with an eighth-inning single in the team’s 5-4 loss to the Reds at Shea Stadium.

2009       Tony La Russa gets his 2,500th victory as a manager when the Cardinals defeat Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, 12-5. Joining Connie Mack and John McGraw, the Redbird skipper, who also piloted the White Sox and A’s, becomes only the third major league manager to reach the milestone.

2011       At the Ballpark in Arlington, many of the 33,533 fans in attendance at the Rangers’ game against the Astros, including former President George W. Bush, wear red or blue sunglasses provided by Reliant Energy, easily shattering the previous Guinness World Record of 424 patrons wearing shades after dark. Mitch Moreland helps Texas see the light when he goes deep leading off the 11th inning to give the team a 5-4 walk-off victory.

2015       Melissa Mayeux becomes the first female to be placed on the Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams on July 2. The 16-year-old shortstop of the French U-18 junior national team campaigned successfully to abolish the country’s “no-girls-allowed” rule, so she could keep competing with the boys.

2016       🇮🇱 Dean Kremer becomes the first-ever Israeli to sign a contract with a Major League baseball team when he comes to terms with the Dodgers after being selected in the annual amateur draft earlier this month. The 20-year-old right-hander, who won Europe’s Most Valuable Pitcher award in 2014 and 2015, has hurled for Israel’s national baseball team for the past three seasons.

2016       Astro backstop Erik Kratz, who tossed an ineffective inning in an 11-1 rout by the Angels in April, becomes the first modern player to catch and pitch for two teams in the same season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning in relief in the Pirates’ 15-4 loss to the Giants at PNC Park. The 36-year-old journeyman backstop, obtained earlier in the month from the Halos, allows two hits, striking out Brandon Belt for the first out of the frame.

2019       On his first trip to Busch Stadium, Albert Pujols receives a warm welcome from the Cardinals fans, receiving standing ovations during warm-ups, a scoreboard tribute, and his first three at-bats before a getting curtain call upon leaving the game. During his 11-year tenure with the Redbirds before becoming a free agent seven seasons ago, the Angels’ first baseman won three MVPs, a Rookie of the Year award, six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, two World Series rings, and the 2004 NLCS MVP.

2021       Needing only 197 games, nine-year veteran Yu Darvish overwhelming becomes the fastest pitcher to record 1,500 career strikeouts, easily eclipsing Randy Johnson, who needed nine more starts to reach the milestone. The Padres’ right-hander establishes the mark with the 11th and final strikeout of his six innings of work against the Dodgers.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1905 WORLD SERIES: New York Giants (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (1)

After refusing an invitation to play the Boston Americans the 1904 World Series, the New York Giants agreed to participate in the 1905 Fall Classic in an effort to win back it’s fan approval. Many were upset by the Giants’ “no thanks” attitude of the previous year and it was clearly visible in their regular season attendance. This time, John T. Brush and company were eager to take on the American League champion Philadelphia Athletics after an National League race in which the Giants won one-hundred five games. The Series would be contested under guidelines drawn up by the Giants’ owner, seeking to stabilize an event he earlier had cancelled. Besides outlining a revenue formula, the John T. “Brush Rules” called for a best-of-seven format.

The Giants were extremely confident going into their first combined post-season championship for obvious reasons. Their pitching rotation read like an All-Star ballot and featured Christy Mathewson (thirty-one victories), Joe McGinnity (twenty-one) and Red Ames (twenty-two) and also included Dummy Taylor (fifteen) and Hooks Wiltse (fourteen). New York wound up using only two of its “big five” as starters in the Series, but that twosome proved more than enough. The Athletics were not as fortunate and were still reeling from the late-season loss of standout lefthander Rube Waddell.

In the opening game, lefthander Eddie Plank, a twenty-five game winner for the Athletics, was matched up against the Giants ace Mathewson. Recalling memories of the first World Series, it remained a pitcher’s duel until the fifth inning when the Giants offense finally broke through for two runs. Game 1 was all Mathewson – on both sides of the ball. At the plate, he contributed a single in the fifth that ignited New York’s scoring drive and a key sacrifice in the ninth. On the mound, he completed a four-hit, 3-0 victory and did no walk a single batter. For Game 2, Athletic’s manager Connie Mack called on righthander Chief Bender to even the score. He obliged the legendary skipper with support from Bris Lord’s run-scoring singles in the third and eighth innings. In the end, Bender out-dueled the Giants’ Joe McGinnity for a 3-0 victory. The Series was now tied and an interesting trend had developed with two shutouts in two games.

With two days rest, Game 1 winner Christy Mathewson was given the start for Game 3. Once again, the righthanded sensation dominated the contest and held Philadelphia to only four hits and one walk. First baseman Dan McGann was the Giants’ big gun in a 9-0 romp, collecting two singles and a double and driving in four runs. New York was now ahead, but the Athletics refused to roll over and entered the following contest with a renewed vigor. Game 4 represented the ultimate pitcher’s duel and to this day, is still considered one of the best match-ups ever on the mound during a World Series. This time McGinnity and Plank hooked up in a contest that allowed only nine hits and one run. Philadelphia matched the Giants play in every aspect of the game and only lost due to a crucial infield error. The 1-0 triumph increased New York’s Series lead to three games to one.

Once again, Mack decided to go with Chief Bender to halt the Giants in Game 5, while McGraw decided to stick with a winner and brought Mathewson back for a third performance. Pitching on only one day of rest, the Giant’s workhorse was again up to the challenge allowing only six hits with no walks. His counterpart was almost as good yielding only five hits, but allowing two runs. The 1905 New York Giants suddenly found themselves the champions of a contest that they had previously boycotted and had a newfound respect for their American League rivals who made them earn it.

Mathewson was clearly the most valuable player of the 1905 Fall Classic although the award had not yet been established. In the space of six days, he pitched three shutouts and permitted only fourteen hits. The Giants’ ace struck out eighteen and walked one in twenty-seven innings. Besides Mathewson and McGinnity, the only other Giants pitcher to see action was Ames, who worked all of one inning (as a reliever in Game 2). Pitching was the most noteworthy aspect of the Series with five shutouts in five games.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JUNE 21

1879 Infielder William White plays one game for the Providence Grays with conjecture was the first African-American to play MLB even though he appeared Caucasian

1900 Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers

1904 Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade “Dougherty as a Yankee,” 1st known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)

1907 US Open Men’s Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Alec Ross of Scotland posts 4 sub-80 rounds to win his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls

1907 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Frenchman Arnaud Massy wins by 2 strokes from J.H. Taylor; first non-Briton to win Open Championship

1916 Boston Red Sox pitcher Rube Foster no-hits New York Yankees, 2-0 at Fenway Park

1932 German champion Max Schmeling loses NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight boxing titles in controversial split points decision to American Jack Sharkey in NYC, New York

1938 Baseball’s Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit

1939 NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig’s retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

1946 Bill Veeck buys baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

1950 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit

1964 Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning hurls a perfect game as Philadelphia beats the New York Mets, 6-0 on Fathers Day at Shea Stadium

1965 US Open Men’s Golf, Bellerive CC: Gary Player of South Africa beats Australian Kel Nagle by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only US Open title; completes his career Grand Slam at age 29

1967 Yanks take 5-3 lead in 11th & lose 6-5, in 2nd game Red Sox lead 3-2 in 9th & Yanks beat them 6-3

1969 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)

1970 US Open Men’s Golf Hazeltine National GC: Englishman Tony Jacklin shoots sub-par in all 4 rounds on his way to a 7-stroke win ahead of Dave Hill

1970 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

1971 US Open Men’s Golf, Merion GC: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd Open by 3 strokes in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Jack Nicklaus

1971 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf

1975 Cricket World Cup, Lord’s, London: Player of the Match Clive Lloyd scores 102 as West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs; first major limited overs One Day International (ODI) tournament

1975 Ruffian leads all the way to win the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and clinch American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Tiara for fillies

1981 US Open Men’s Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers

1983 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery

1986 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, signs 3-year contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals

1987 US Open Men’s Golf, Olympic Club: Scott Simpson passes and holds off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by 1 stroke

1988 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3

1989 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium

1989 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A’s for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia

1991 NY Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

1992 US Open Men’s Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Perennial runner-up Tom Kite breaks through for his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jeff Sluman

1994 German tennis superstar Steffi Graf becomes first defending champion to lose in the 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to American Lorrie McNeal)

1998 US Open Men’s Golf, Olympic Club, SF: Lee Janzen recovers from 7 stroke deficit to win his second Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Payne Stewart

2002 Lennox Lewis retains boxing’s WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

2012 NBA Finals: Miami Heat win their second NBA title; beat Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in Game 5; MVP: LeBron James

2015 US Open Men’s Golf, Chambers Bay GC: Jordan Spieth (21) becomes youngest winner since 1923 by 1 shot from Dustin Johnson & Louis Oosthuizen

2018 NBA Draft: Arizona center Deandre Ayton first pick by Phoenix Suns

2019 NHL Draft: US NTDP center Jack Hughes first pick by New Jersey Devils

2021 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics

2021 Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame2:00pmESPN
College World Series7:00pmESPN2
MLBTIME ETTV
Colorado at Miami6:40pmATTSN-RM
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LA Dodgers at Cincinnati6:40pmSportsnet
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Chi. Cubs at Pittsburgh7:05pmMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
Washington at Baltimore7:05pmMASN/2
Detroit at Boston7:10pmNESN
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NY Yankees at Tampa Bay7:10pmYES
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San Francisco at Atlanta7:20pmTBS
NBCS-BAY
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Cleveland at Minnesota7:40pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Texas8:05pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
NY Mets at Houston8:10pmSNY
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St. Louis at Milwaukee8:10pmFS1
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Toronto at Chi. White Sox8:10pmSportsnet
NBCS-CHI
Kansas City at LA Angels9:38pmBally Sports
Arizona at San Diego9:40pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Seattle at Oakland9:40pmMLBN
Root Sports
NBCS-CA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Argentina Primera División: Aldosivi vs Platense6:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Central Córdoba SdE vs San Lorenzo8:30pmParamount+
US Open Cup: LA Galaxy vs Sacramento Republic10:30pmESPN+
WNBATIME ETTV
Dallas at Atlanta7:00pmNBATV
Chicago at Las Vegas10:00pmCBSSN
Minnesota at Phoenix10:00pmNBATV

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5017.74629 – 721 – 1025 – 1117 – 55 – 19 – 1W 1
Toronto3829.5671221 – 1417 – 1512 – 149 – 814 – 54 – 6L 1
Boston3731.54413.518 – 1619 – 157 – 147 – 719 – 77 – 3W 2
Tampa Bay3631.5371421 – 1415 – 1711 – 126 – 912 – 92 – 8L 2
Baltimore3038.44120.517 – 1613 – 2215 – 197 – 104 – 66 – 4W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota3830.55920 – 1418 – 1611 – 917 – 109 – 75 – 5L 1
Cleveland3428.548116 – 1018 – 185 – 512 – 89 – 88 – 2W 1
Chi White Sox3233.4924.514 – 1718 – 1612 – 1110 – 126 – 76 – 4W 1
Detroit2641.38811.518 – 228 – 197 – 1211 – 143 – 103 – 7L 1
Kansas City2442.3641312 – 2112 – 214 – 911 – 175 – 85 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4125.62118 – 1123 – 143 – 613 – 321 – 125 – 5W 1
LA Angels3337.4711017 – 1916 – 186 – 146 – 316 – 125 – 5L 1
Texas3135.4701014 – 1817 – 175 – 87 – 615 – 185 – 5L 2
Seattle2939.4261315 – 1814 – 216 – 147 – 612 – 143 – 7L 3
Oakland2345.338198 – 2515 – 208 – 127 – 146 – 143 – 7W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4524.65224 – 1021 – 1422 – 87 – 313 – 107 – 3W 1
Atlanta3929.5745.521 – 1418 – 1513 – 1012 – 810 – 88 – 2W 2
Philadelphia3632.5298.519 – 1717 – 1512 – 164 – 213 – 107 – 3L 1
Miami2936.4461415 – 1414 – 2217 – 122 – 46 – 144 – 6L 1
Washington2446.34321.512 – 2612 – 206 – 247 – 79 – 112 – 8W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee3930.56516 – 1223 – 1811 – 1323 – 113 – 56 – 4W 4
St. Louis3831.551121 – 1317 – 184 – 619 – 119 – 55 – 5L 2
Pittsburgh2739.40910.515 – 1912 – 203 – 511 – 2212 – 93 – 7W 2
Chi Cubs2542.3731313 – 2512 – 173 – 313 – 167 – 142 – 8L 2
Cincinnati2343.34814.512 – 2011 – 233 – 510 – 166 – 173 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4025.61520 – 1220 – 139 – 88 – 514 – 85 – 5L 1
San Diego4227.60918 – 1324 – 1411 – 619 – 1011 – 105 – 5W 1
San Francisco3729.5613.519 – 1418 – 1513 – 117 – 711 – 97 – 3L 2
Arizona3237.4641017 – 1915 – 1812 – 1010 – 115 – 144 – 6L 1
Colorado3037.4481119 – 1911 – 188 – 166 – 411 – 115 – 5W 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot