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WASHINGTON 83 LAS VEGAS 73
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Vin Scully, Dodgers broadcaster for 67 years, dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, whose dulcet tones provided the soundtrack of summer while entertaining and informing Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Tuesday night. He was 94.
Scully died at his home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to the team after being informed by family members. No cause of death was provided.
“He was the best there ever was,” pitcher Clayton Kershaw said after the Dodgers game in San Francisco. “Just such a special man. I’m grateful and thankful I got to know him as well as I did.”
As the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history, Scully saw it all and called it all. He began in the 1950s era of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, on to the 1960s with Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, into the 1970s with Steve Garvey and Don Sutton, and through the 1980s with Orel Hershiser and Fernando Valenzuela. In the 1990s, it was Mike Piazza and Hideo Nomo, followed by Kershaw, Manny Ramirez and Yasiel Puig in the 21st century.
“You gave me my Wild Horse name. You gave me love. You hugged me like a father,” tweeted Puig, the talented Cuban-born outfielder who burned brightly upon his Dodgers debut in 2013. “I will never forget you, my heart is broken.”
The Dodgers changed players, managers, executives, owners – and even coasts – but Scully and his soothing, insightful style remained a constant for the fans.
He opened broadcasts with the familiar greeting, “Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you wherever you may be.”
Ever gracious both in person and on the air, Scully considered himself merely a conduit between the game and the fans.
After the Dodgers’ 9-5 win, the Giants posted a Scully tribute on the videoboard.
“There’s not a better storyteller and I think everyone considers him family,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He was in our living rooms for many generations. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.”
Although he was paid by the Dodgers, Scully was unafraid to criticize a bad play or a manager’s decision, or praise an opponent while spinning stories against a backdrop of routine plays and noteworthy achievements. He always said he wanted to see things with his eyes, not his heart.
“We have lost an icon,” team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “His voice will always be heard and etched in all of our minds forever.”
Vincent Edward Scully was born Nov. 29, 1927, in the Bronx. He was the son of a silk salesman who died of pneumonia when Scully was 7. His mother moved the family to Brooklyn, where the red-haired, blue-eyed Scully grew up playing stickball in the streets.
As a child, Scully would grab a pillow, put it under the family’s four-legged radio and lay his head directly under the speaker to hear whatever college football game was on the air. With a snack of saltine crackers and a glass of milk nearby, the boy was transfixed by the crowd’s roar that raised goosebumps. He thought he’d like to call the action himself.
Scully, who played outfield for two years on the Fordham University baseball team, began his career by working baseball, football and basketball games for the university’s radio station.
At age 22, he was hired by a CBS radio affiliate in Washington, D.C.
He soon joined Hall of Famer Red Barber and Connie Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio and television booths. In 1953, at age 25, Scully became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game, a mark that still stands.
He moved west with the Dodgers in 1958. Scully called three perfect games – Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Dennis Martinez in 1991 – and 18 no-hitters.
He also was on the air when Don Drysdale set his scoreless innings streak of 58 2/3 innings in 1968 and again when Hershiser broke the record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings 20 years later.
When Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s record in 1974, it was against the Dodgers and, of course, Scully called it.
“A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol,” Scully told listeners. “What a marvelous moment for baseball.”
Scully credited the birth of the transistor radio as “the greatest single break” of his career. Fans had trouble recognizing the lesser players during the Dodgers’ first four years in the vast Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“They were 70 or so odd rows away from the action,” he said in 2016. “They brought the radio to find out about all the other players and to see what they were trying to see down on the field.”
That habit carried over when the team moved to Dodger Stadium in 1962. Fans held radios to their ears, and those not present listened from home or the car, allowing Scully to connect generations of families with his words.
He often said it was best to describe a big play quickly and then be quiet so fans could listen to the pandemonium. After Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, Scully went silent for 38 seconds before talking again. He was similarly silent for a time after Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that year, and also had the stadium’s press box named for him in 2001. The street leading to Dodger Stadium’s main gate was named in his honor in 2016.
That same year he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
“God has been so good to me to allow me to do what I’m doing,” Scully, a devout Catholic who attended mass on Sundays before heading to the ballpark, said before retiring. “A childhood dream that came to pass and then giving me 67 years to enjoy every minute of it. That’s a pretty large thanksgiving day for me.”
In addition to being the voice of the Dodgers, Scully called play-by-play for NFL games and PGA Tour events as well as calling 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. He was NBC’s lead baseball announcer from 1983-89.
While being one of the most widely heard broadcasters in the nation, Scully was an intensely private man. Once the baseball season ended, he would disappear. He rarely did personal appearances or sports talk shows. He preferred spending time with his family.
In 1972, his first wife, Joan, died of an accidental overdose of medicine. He was left with three young children. Two years later, he met the woman who would become his second wife, Sandra, a secretary for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. She had two young children from a previous marriage, and they combined their families into what Scully once called “my own Brady Bunch.”
He said he realized time was the most precious thing in the world and that he wanted to use his time to spend with his loved ones. In the early 1960s, Scully quit smoking with the help of his family. In the shirt pocket where he kept a pack of cigarettes, Scully stuck a family photo. Whenever he felt like he needed a smoke, he pulled out the photo to remind him why he quit. Eight months later, Scully never smoked again.
After retiring in 2016, Scully made just a handful of appearances at Dodger Stadium and his sweet voice was heard narrating an occasional video played during games. Mostly, he was content to stay close to home.
“I just want to be remembered as a good man, an honest man, and one who lived up to his own beliefs,” he said in 2016.
In 2020, Scully auctioned off years of his personal memorabilia, which raised over $2 million. A portion of it was donated to UCLA for ALS research.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Sandra. She died of complications of ALS at age 76 in 2021. The couple, who were married 47 years, had daughter Catherine together.
Scully’s other children are Kelly, Erin, Todd and Kevin. A son, Michael, died in a helicopter crash in 1994.
Padres obtain Juan Soto from Nationals in blockbuster deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres acquired superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in one of baseball’s biggest deals at the trade deadline, vaulting their postseason chances by adding one of the game’s best young hitters.
The Padres also obtained first baseman Josh Bell while sending a haul of players to Washington that included rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voit and prospects James Wood, C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Jarlin Susana.
Voit was a late addition to the deal after San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer declined to waive a no-trade provision, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing at the time.
After reeling in Soto, a generational talent who turns 24 in late October, San Diego general manager A.J. Preller also acquired infielder Brandon Drury from Cincinnati. The Padres sent minor league shortstop Victor Acosta to the Reds for the 29-year-old Drury, who has a career-high 20 homers this year.
After contributing to the Nationals’ first championship in franchise history in 2019, Soto hit .351 in 2020 to win the NL batting title. He has been walked more than any other player in major league baseball over the past two seasons.
“The atmosphere here is they want to win, and not just go to the playoffs but win a World Series,” said All-Star closer Josh Hader, who was obtained by San Diego on Monday in another big deal with Milwaukee. “That’s a contagious atmosphere to be a part of.”
San Diego began the season with a luxury tax payroll of $229.3 million, just below the first threshold, and the trades push the Padres into tax territory for the second straight season. Soto is owed $5,978,022 for the rest of this season and Bell $3,516,844.
The package of prospects going to Washington is one of the most touted groups ever involved in one deal. Gore and Abrams debuted in San Diego this season after ranking among the sport’s elite minor leaguers, Hassell and Wood are both top 100 prospects according to MLB.com, and Susana was considered the best pitcher available in the 2021-22 international free agent class.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo set a lofty asking price last month after reports emerged that Soto rejected the team’s latest contract offer of $440 million over 15 years.
“We set the bar very, very high, and one team exceeded it and that’s the deal we made,” Rizzo said. “Props to the San Diego Padres. They’re not afraid, and ownership’s not afraid and A.J. Preller’s not afraid and they were aggressive and we made a deal that you call historical.”
Soto remains under team control for two more seasons after this one, which made it no sure thing the Nationals would trade him now. The Padres getting him for potentially three playoff runs even absent a new deal made this the peak of Soto’s value.
That uncertainty began weighing on Soto, who said after Sunday’s game against St. Louis: “I just want to get it over with and see what’s going to happen. Start over here or wherever I’m at.”
He gets to start over in San Diego in the midst of his second All-Star season, part of a loaded lineup that also includes All-Star Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. when the shortstop returns from a broken left wrist.
“It’s pretty impressive to have those three types of guys on one team in the same lineup,” said Wil Myers, the Padres’ longest-tenured player. “Excited to see that trio, hopefully in the next week or two.”
Tatis could be 10 days to two weeks away from being added to the active roster.
With little protection around him in Washington’s lineup, Soto hit .246 with 20 home runs and 45 RBIs and 91 walks in 101 games.
In 2,435 plate appearances since making his Nationals debut in 2018, Soto is batting .291 with 118 home runs and 357 RBIs. He’s only a couple of years removed from slugging .695 with a 1.185 OPS and .490 on-base percentage – all NL bests.
Soto becomes the latest Nationals player to be traded as part of the organization’s long-term rebuild and with ownership looking to sell the team. Rizzo traded shortstop Trea Turner, ace Max Scherzer, power hitter Kyle Schwarber and five others at the deadline last year, and Washington has let Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and others move on in free agency.
The quintet of young players coming from San Diego could join the ones acquired last year – including pitcher Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz – as the core of Washington’s next contender.
Gore, a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher, had a 1.50 ERA through his first nine starts this year but is now on the injured list with elbow inflammation. Abrams struggled as a fill-in for injured Tatis at shortstop to begin the season, but he’s only 21 and has hit .314 at Triple-A.
The 20-year-old Hassell, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft, hit an RBI single in last month’s All-Star Futures Game. Wood, a 19-year-old outfielder and second-round selection in last year’s draft, is batting .321 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs for Class-A Lake Elsinore. Susana, an 18-year-old right-hander, has a 2.45 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings with San Diego’s complex league team.
“We were fortunate that it was a well-rounded trade,” Rizzo said. “We’ve got two pitchers, two outfielders and a shortstop, which fit our needs perfectly.”
Braves send postseason star Smith to Astros for RHP Odorizzi
ATLANTA (AP) The World Series champion Atlanta Braves bolstered their starting staff ahead of the trade deadline Tuesday by giving up a reliever who played a big part in their 2021 title.
Poised for another postseason run, the Braves dealt former closer Will Smith to the Houston Astros for right-hander Jake Odorizzi, giving Atlanta a sixth starting pitcher for the final two months of the regular season.
The move was the biggest of three deadline deals pulled off by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who on Monday gave up minor leaguers for corner outfielder Robbie Grossman from Detroit and infielder Ehire Adrianza from Washington.
Atlanta, with the third-best record in the NL and going into Tuesday’s games trailing the East-leading New York Mets by 3 1/2 games, was seeking additional depth for the rotation.
Ian Anderson has struggled and former All-Star Mike Soroka appears unlikely to make a major contribution this season after two major Achilles’ injuries. Also, there are concerns that 13-game winner Kyle Wright, in his first full big league season, and rookie sensation Spencer Strider could tire down the stretch.
Smith played a huge role in the Braves’ first World Series championship since 1995. He had 37 saves during the 2021 regular season and was even more dominant in the postseason, throwing 11 scoreless innings with six saves over 11 appearances.
But Smith willingly gave up the ninth-inning slot when the Braves signed longtime Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen during the offseason, and the lefty faltered in a less-prominent role.
In 41 appearances, Smith was 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA and five saves, giving up 35 hits – including seven homers – and 21 walks over 37 innings for a WHIP of 1.514.
In his last four appearances with the Braves, Smith surrendered six runs in three innings.
He was especially expendable with three other lefties – A.J. Minter, Tyler Matzek and Dylan Lee – proving more effective out of the bullpen. Also, former Padres closer Kirby Yates appears close to returning to the big leagues with the Braves after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The AL West-leading Astros acquired the pitcher who was on the mound for the decisive game of the Braves’ World Series victory over Houston last season.
The Astros have a glut of starting pitching and could afford to give up Odorizzi, especially to acquire a much-needed lefty for their bullpen. Smith is making $13 million in what is likely the final year of his contract. He has a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.
The 32-year-old Odorizzi was an All-Star with Minnesota in 2019, when he had a career-best 15 wins. He went 4-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Astros this season.
Odorizzi missed 42 games with a lower left leg injury and is 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five stars since returning to the Houston rotation. In his latest outing, he surrendered two hits in seven scoreless innings against Seattle.
The Braves could use six starters on an upcoming three-city road trip that includes a pair of doubleheaders. After that, they could go with Odorizzi as a spot starter to give everyone additional rest ahead of the postseason, or make a change if someone falters.
The 24-year-old Anderson has been a big disappointment, going 9-6 with a 4.99 ERA, though he did bolster his chances of staying in the rotation by giving up only one hit over six scoreless innings against the Nationals in his last start.
Wright has blossomed this season, leading the NL in wins to go along with a 2.93 ERA. But he has thrown 122 2/3 innings, closing in on his professional high of 143 1/3 set last season while mostly pitching at Triple-A Gwinnett.
The hard-throwing Strider has made a hugely successful transition to the Braves rotation, going 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 appearances that include 11 starts.
But Strider has logged 80 1/3 innings, not far from the 96 1/3 he pitched a year ago while making a meteoric rise from Low-A to the big leagues in his first professional season.
The trade for Odorizzi, who has a $6.5 million player option for 2023 and minimum buyout of $3.25 million that could grow based on innings pitcher over 2021-22, would seemingly complete the Braves’ wish list before the deadline.
Grossman, a switch hitter who has been much more effective against left-handers, gives the Braves an outfielder who can platoon with lefty-hitting Eddie Rosario and serve as a replacement for Adam Duvall, who recently underwent season-ending wrist surgery.
Adrianza returns to the team he played for in 2021, providing additional infield depth until Ozzie Albies returns from a broken foot, likely in early September.
The Astros also were busy at the deadline, acquiring catcher Christian Vazquez from Boston and slugger Trey Mancini from the Orioles.
Gallo sent to Dodgers by Yankees after strikeout-filled year
NEW YORK (AP) Joey Gallo’s unproductive tenure with the New York Yankees ended when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for minor league right-hander Clayton Beeter.
The 28-year-old outfielder was acquired from Texas on July 29 last year and hit .159 for the Yankees with 25 homers, 46 RBIs and 194 strikeouts in 421 at-bats. He was booed repeatedly by fans at Yankee Stadium, lost playing time in recent weeks to Matt Carpenter and became superfluous when New York acquired Andrew Benintendi from Kansas City last week.
“I have a lot of respect for how he worked, how he carried himself,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A lot of us really feel for the situation he was in and the burden he felt and carried. I think a lot of us, myself included, very much hope he goes and kind of recaptures what we know he’s capable of doing. I’ll truly be rooting for him from afar.”
A two-time All-Star, Gallo has a $10,275,000 salary and is owed $3,613,187 for the remainder of the season. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Beeter, 23, was 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA this season at Double-A Tulsa, striking out 88 and walking 35 in 51 2/3 innings. He was drafted by the Dodgers with the 66th pick in the 2020 amateur draft and signed for a $1,196,500 bonus.
Twins stock staff with O’s closer López, Reds starter Mahle
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins stocked up their sputtering pitching staff ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline by acquiring All-Star closer Jorge Lopez in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles and starter Tyler Mahle in a swap with the Cincinnati Reds, giving up a total of seven prospects.
The 29-year-old Lopez is in the middle of a breakout season for the Orioles, with a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 19 of his 20 career saves. The 27-year-old Mahle is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts with 114 strikeouts over 104 1/3 innings for the Reds.
The Twins, who took a one-game lead in the AL Central into their game on Tuesday night, have a 5.30 team ERA since the All-Star break.
Lopez joins a Twins team that has been desperate to find reliable late-inning options beyond Jhoan Duran. Griffin Jax has been a find after his conversion from a starting role in 2021, but Emilio Pagan was recently moved into lower-leverage situations and Tyler Duffey has an ERA (4.57) almost two runs higher than his cumulative total of the previous three seasons.
Mahle will help shore up a rotation that has been ravaged by injuries, with Bailey Ober, Josh Winder, Chris Paddack, Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak all sidelined. The Twins acquired Mahle’s former teammate, Sonny Gray, in a March trade with the Reds.
Baltimore received minor league pitchers Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez and Juan Rojas from Minnesota for Lopez. Only Cano has major league experience, but Povich was a third-round draft pick last year.
Cincinnati got the bigger haul of minor leaguers – infielders Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Spencer Steer, and left-handed pitcher Steve Hajjar.
Including 2021 first-rounder Chase Petty, who went to the Reds for Gray, the Twins have now traded four of their first five picks from last year’s draft. Hajjar, Povich and Encarnacion-Strand went in the second, third and fourth rounds, respectively.
The surprising Orioles are in the mix for an AL wild card, just 2 1/2 games out of the final spot entering play on Tuesday. But they traded slugger Trey Mancini to Houston as part of a three-team deal on Monday before shipping Lopez to the AL Central leaders.
“This team, it was a little different than the last two, and I mean it a lot. These guys really take care of business, and that really taught me a lot,” Lopez said. “I feel emotional, and I hope for success for everyone to just keep going.”
The Twins under President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey have preferred to avoid short-term rentals, typically prioritizing in trades players they can contractually control for more than a year, and Lopez satisfies that goal.
“Just completely life-changing. I’m just really thankful for the Orioles and what they’ve been doing, and I’m glad it’s coming to a new chapter with the Minnesota Twins,” Lopez said on a conference call with reporters before a scheduled flight to Minnesota. “They’ve got a really good group, and I’m going to do anything I can to keep competing.”
Making $1.5 million this season, Lopez is arbitration-eligible in each of the next two winters and can’t become a free agent until after the World Series in 2024.
With 17 walks, 54 strikeouts and a .174 opponent batting average in 48 1/3 innings, Lopez has produced quite the turnaround after taking a 6.04 career ERA into this season. He previously split his time between starter and reliever, but full-time focus on a late-game role has served him well.
“When you get a new opportunity, you keep learning at your uncomfortable things,” Lopez said. “Just put yourself in the position where you can just stay positive and you can do this, so I’m really thankful for all the hard work we did. Just can’t wait to get to this team and do the same thing.”
Lopez previously pitched for Milwaukee and Kansas City. The native of Puerto Rico was a second-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2011 and made his major league debut in 2015.
Cano, a 28-year-old right-hander from Cuba, made his major league debut in May and was sent back to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday. He had a 9.22 ERA in 10 appearances for the Twins and will report to Triple-A Norfolk.
The 22-year-old Povich is 6-8 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts at High-A Cedar Rapids this season. The left-hander is the most touted player going to the Orioles, currently ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the Twins’ organization by MLB.com. He’s going to High-A Aberdeen.
The 18-year-old Rojas and the 21-year-old Nunez have been assigned to the Orioles’ team in the Florida Complex League.
Phillies get reliever Robertson, OF Marsh in pair of trades
CHICAGO (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies acquired veteran reliever David Robertson and center fielder Brandon Marsh in a pair of trades on Tuesday.
Philadelphia sent minor league pitcher Ben Brown to the Chicago Cubs for the 37-year-old Robertson, one of the top relievers on the market ahead of the trade deadline. The Phillies got Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe.
Philadelphia is fighting for one of three NL wild cards. It hasn’t made the postseason since 2011.
The well-traveled Robertson also played for the Phillies in 2019, making seven appearances before he was sidelined by an elbow injury that required surgery. He didn’t make it back to the majors until he pitched in 12 games with Tampa Bay in 2021.
Robertson is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves in 36 appearances this year. The right-hander finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs on March 16.
Robertson made his big league debut in 2008 and spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees, winning the World Series in 2009. He has 151 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 709 career appearances.
The 22-year-old Brown was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2017 amateur draft. The right-hander was 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 16 appearances with High-A Jersey Shore this year, including 15 starts.
Marsh is a lefty-hitting, righty-throwing 24-year-old with speed and power projection. He ranked among Los Angeles’ top prospects before debuting in the majors last season, but he has struggled in the big leagues. He’s a .239 hitter in 163 games with 10 homers, 14 stolen bases and a .653 OPS.
His defense is well regarded, and that’s an area Philadelphia sorely needed to upgrade. Marsh trails only Brett Phillips and Minnesota’s Max Kepler among major league outfielders in Outs Above Average, according to Statcast.
The Phillies have stayed in the playoff race despite losing 2021 NL MVP Bryce Harper because of a broken thumb on June 25. He’s expected to begin swinging a bat soon and should return before the end of the season.
Philadelphia also designated veteran outfielder Odubel Herrera and reliever Jeurys Familia for assignment. The move could end Herrera’s eight-year tenure with the team that included a lengthy ban under Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence policy.
The 22-year-old O’Hoppe has developed into one of the majors’ top catching prospects. He was batting .275 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 75 games with Double-A Reading.
Blue Jays obtain relievers Bass and Pop from Marlins
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The AL wild-card contending Toronto Blue Jays added depth to their bullpen by acquiring relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from the Miami Marlins for shortstop prospect Jordan Groshans on Tuesday.
Bass is 2-3 with 1.41 ERA in 45 games, while Pop has a 2-0 record and a 3.60 ERA over 18 outings. Bass appeared in 26 games with Toronto during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
“Two guys that throw hard,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “Yeah, it was great. Anything to kind of compliment what we have is awesome.”
Toronto was without star outfielder George Springer in the lineup for the third time in the last four games Tuesday night against wild-card contender Tampa Bay due to a right elbow injury.
Schneider said Springer will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
“I think we’ll know more tomorrow,” Schneider said. “He’s going to do some stuff on the field today and then kind of revisit it, but it’s not anything concrete right now. You definitely want to put him in a spot to be good, have success and help us, so we’re hopeful that everything goes good. We hope it’s not anything crazy where it’s going to hinder him and his performance and us.”
Groshans, taken 12th overall in the 2018 draft by Toronto, is hitting .250 with one homer and 24 RBIs over 67 games with Triple-A Buffalo.
The Blue Jays also received a player to be named later.
Toronto left-hander Andrew Vasquez was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays also designated left-hander Anthony Banda for assignment.
Report: Angels trading Syndergaard to Phillies for Moniak, prospect
The Los Angeles Angels are trading right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for former first overall pick Mickey Moniak and outfield prospect Jadiel Sanchez, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
The Toronto Blue Jays were considered the other finalist to land Syndergaard ahead of the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
In his first action back from Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard is authoring a 3.83 ERA and 3.96 FIP though with a steep dip in velocity and strikeout numbers. The former All-Star agreed to a one-year, $21-million contract with the Angels this past winter after signing a qualifying offer with the Mets.
Syndergaard joins the best starting rotation in the National League, according to FanGraphs WAR, currently led by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler.
The Phillies, sitting third in the NL East, currently occupy the final NL wild-card spot at 55-47. They are 10 games back from the first-place New York Mets and six and a half back from the Atlanta Braves.
Moniak, 24, was surprisingly taken with the Phillies’ top selection at the 2016 MLB Draft. The outfielder has struggled with his development, making his major-league debut in 2020 and hitting 129/.214/.172 with one homer in 47 games over parts of three seasons.
Sanchez, 21, is currently on the seven-day minor-league injured list. The outfielder has hit .239/.289/.437 with six homers and two stolen bases over two minor-league levels this year.
Ashcraft shuts down Marlins, Reds extend win streak to 4
MIAMI (AP) Graham Ashcraft allowed one unearned run in a career high 8 1/3 innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to four games.
The 24-year-old Ashcraft (5-2) scattered five hits and struck out three. He was lifted after Jesus Aguilar’s one-out double in the ninth. Alexis Diaz relieved and retired the next two batters for his fourth save.
“The thing that was working was the cutter and the sinker,” Ashcraft said. “I was able to locate it. Got soft contact. It was a good night.”
Ashcraft felt he could have completed the outing, but understood why manager David Bell relieved him with Diaz.
“It would have taken a lot to take me off that field,” Ashcraft said. “I didn’t want to come out when I came out. But Diaz came in behind me and did a great shutting down the door.”
The Reds had only three hits against four Marlins pitchers, but Aristides Aquino’s two-run single in the first was enough.
Despite trading five core players the past week, punctuated by the departures of pitcher Tyler Mahle and infielder Brandon Drury on Tuesday, the Reds won their fourth straight.
“I just think about the guys in there, they deserve a lot of credit for creating a really good atmosphere,” Bell said. “There was some disappointment today losing some teammates. There’s no question about that and that’s the way it should be. But it definitely helps to go out and get a win.”
The Marlins (47-57) lost their ninth straight home game and dropped 10 games under .500 for the first time this season.
“We just need to regroup,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “There’s noise in our locker room as the deadline ends. But now, let’s regroup. We know who our team is.”
Cincinnati struck quickly against Miami starter Braxton Garrett. Activated from the injured list earlier in the day, Aquino hit a hard grounder over an open second base area.
For Aquino, it was his first game since June 12. He had been sidelined because of a left ankle sprain.
“Nothing feels better than being here in the major leagues and helping the club win,” Aquino said in Spanish.
Miami cut the early deficit on Miguel Rojas’ sacrifice fly in the sixth. Charles Leblanc hit a one-out single and advanced to third after Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer’s fielding error of Joey Wendle’s grounder.
Garrett (2-5) settled down after the first, and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits, walked two and hit a batter.
In addition to his two RBIs, Aquino contributed defensively, throwing out Nick Fortes at the plate on Jesus Sanchez’s single to right field in the second. Fortes attempted to score from second and Aquino’s throw beat him by several steps.
“When I saw the runner break for home, I made the best throw I could,” Aquino said. “Anything you can do to contribute is very gratifying.”
The Reds activated RHP Luis Cessa from the injured list, while the Marlins reinstated RHP Nick Neidert from Triple-A Jacksonville and Anthony Bender from the 60-day injured list.
Marlins: OF Avisail Garcia exited after the second inning because of left hamstring tightness. … LHP Trevor Rogers (low back spasms) is expected to throw a bullpen before the club departs on its six-game road trip Thursday.
LHP Mike Minor (1-7, 6.31 ERA) will start the series finale for the Reds on Wednesday, and the Marlins will start RHP Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.99).
Wainwright, reunited with Molina, hurls Cards past Cubs 6-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright pitched seven spotless innings with longtime catcher Yadier Molina back behind the plate, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis offense. Dylan Carlson, the subject of trade speculation before Tuesday’s deadline, hit a two-run shot and made a nice catch in center field. Nolan Arenado also went deep.
“Anytime you can block out the noise, you can focus on the goal,” said Carlson, now the team’s regular center fielder after injured Harrison Bader was traded to the Yankees. “To be able to come to the park the same way is a good thing for me. I want to produce, contribute and help this team win.”
Molina returned from knee inflammation that had sidelined him since June 16. Paired once again with Wainwright, the two 40-year-olds teamed up to shut down Chicago.
“It’s really good to see those two together and see Yadi back behind the plate,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s meaningful. Definitely a plus.”
Wainwright (8-8) allowed six hits and struck out four in his 192nd career win.
“I had terrible stuff,” Wainwright said. “Didn’t have a fastball. Slider was kind of sloppy. Curveball was OK, thankfully. Changeup stinks. But we made it work.”
Molina flashed his Gold Glove form by throwing out Rafael Ortega attempting to steal second in the first inning.
“It was a good throw. I set him up perfectly for that,” Wainwright quipped. “I’m just kidding. I’m glad to have him back. He’s the greatest catcher of our lifetime.”
Wainwright and Molina made their 317th career start as batterymates, passing the Boston/Milwaukee Braves duo of Warren Spahn and Del Crandall for sole possession of second place in major league history since 1901. The only pair in front is Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324) of the Detroit Tigers (1963-75).
Molina last caught Wainwright on June 11 against Cincinnati. Wainwright made eight starts without Molina behind the plate from June 17 to July 27, going 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA.
“I knew everything I missed about him,” Wainwright said.
Molina caught his 153rd career shutout. That’s second only to Yogi Berra (173) in MLB history.
Goldschmidt drove in two runs in the third with a single.
A three-run fifth put St. Louis up 5-0. Carlson’s homer came after Tommy Edman led off with a walk. With one out, Goldschmidt hit his 25th homer.
Arenado added his 20th home run with two outs in the seventh.
Cubs starter Keegan Thompson (8-5) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
“Probably just not his best outing,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “His stuff wasn’t as sharp as it has been. He wasn’t as crisp and they took advantage of it.”
After finishing the first, Wainwright reached 2,500 innings for his career. He is the fifth active MLB pitcher and fourth Cardinal all-time to reach that threshold.
TRADE DEADLINE MOVES
Cubs: Acquired minor league RHP Ben Brown from the Philadelphia Phillies for RHP David Robertson. … Claimed RHP Kervin Castro off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Castro was designated for assignment Monday by the Giants. … Acquired minor league RHP Saul Gonzalez from the New York Mets for RHP Mychal Givens. … Acquired RHP Hayden Wesneski from the New York Yankees for RHP Scott Effross.
Cardinals: Acquired LHP Jordan Montgomery from the New York Yankees for Bader. … Got veteran LHP Jose Quintana and RHP Chris Stratton from Pittsburgh for RHP Johan Oviedo and minor league INF Malcom Nunez.
COME FLY WITH ME
The Cardinals have homered in 11 straight games. The streak started July 15. It’s the second-longest active streak in the majors behind the Yankees (17). The Cardinals have multiple home runs in five straight games.
Cubs: Reinstated 2B Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Michael Rucker and RHP Anderson Espinoza from Triple-A Iowa.
Cardinals: Activated Molina from the 10-day injured list. … Optioned RHP Junior Fernandez to Triple-A Memphis. … Designated C Austin Romine for assignment.
WELCOME BACK, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Cardinals SS Paul DeJong turned 29 and celebrated by returning to the lineup at Busch Stadium. DeJong, an All-Star in 2019, was sent to Triple-A Memphis on May 10. He was recalled Saturday when the Cardinals played in Washington.
Cubs: Placed LHP Steven Brault on the COVID-19 injured list. … LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.
Cardinals: INF/OF Juan Yepez (right forearm strain) can hit but can’t throw yet. Yepez went on the injured list July 15, a day after making an 84.5 mph throw from right field to nab Dodgers slugger Freddie Freeman at the plate.
Cubs: LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA) lasted only 3 2/3 innings last time out in San Francisco. He will be making his third career start against the Cardinals. He took a no-decision in his first start against them this season, tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.86) went seven innings last Friday, allowing two runs and six hits in the Cardinals’ 6-2 win over the Nationals.
Walker hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Guardians 6-3
CLEVELAND (AP) Christian Walker hit a three-run homer, Alek Thomas had a two-run double and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-3 on Tuesday night to stop a four-game losing streak.
Carson Kelly hit a solo homer, had three hits and scored two runs for Arizona, which never trailed in winning at Progressive Field for the first time since Aug. 13, 2014.
Zac Gallen (6-2) allowed three runs. six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. The right-hander is 20 in nine starts since June 15.
Kyle Nelson, Joe Mantiply and Ian Kennedy retired Cleveland’s last 10 batters. Kennedy struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save, all on the road.
The Guardians, who entered trailing AL Central leader Minnesota by one game, received two hits and two RBIs from Luke Maile and a run-scoring single from All-Star Jose Ramirez.
Right-hander Triston McKenzie (7-8) surrendered Walker’s three-run drive in the first and lost his second straight start. He struck out seven over six innings and gave up five runs, four earned.
The trade deadline passed without a significant move by Cleveland, which has the youngest team in the majors and unexpectedly finds itself in playoff contention.
“The guys in there deserve the right not to lose their jobs,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona, whose team has won 10 of its last 16. “I like our direction.”
Thomas’ two-run double in the fifth extended Arizona’s lead to 5-2, plating Kelly and Sergio Alcantara. Kelly hit a solo shot off Enyel De Los Santos in the seventh.
Diamondbacks third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, acquired Monday from Kansas City for pitcher Luke Weaver, joined the team and was added to the roster.
“We’re happy to have another right-handed hitting infielder,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Steven Kwan doubled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, longest by a Cleveland rookie since Michael Brantley in 2010.
Guardians DH Franmil Reyes, who had 30 homers and 85 RBIs last season, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. The 27-year-old slugger is batting .213 with nine home runs and 104 strikeouts in 263 at-bats.
“At this point, he’s going to have to work through it at Triple-A,” president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “Hopefully, Franmil can get back on track and find his way back here.”
Reyes was replaced on the roster by rookie OF Oscar Gonzalez, who had been on the injured list since June 30 with a right abdominal strain.
“I don’t know how it happened, it just started to hurt,” said Gonzalez, who has a .285 average in 32 games. “I’m happy to be back because I’m able to help the team.”
Diamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith (right hand fracture), who got hurt Saturday after being removed from a game in Atlanta, underwent surgery to repair his right pinky finger.
Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (right wrist sprain) threw a 40-pitch bullpen at Progressive Field and will make a rehab appearance this weekend, either for Columbus or Double-A Akron.
Diamondbacks: LHP Tommy Henry will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to make his big league debut in the three-game series finale. Henry, who is on the taxi squad, went 4-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 20 starts for the Aces.
Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (5-6, 3.41 ERA) makes his 100th career start, all with Cleveland. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner has a 46-24 record with a 3.32 ERA through 99 starts, striking out 751 over 621 2/3 innings.
Jiménez drives in 4, Abreu homers, White Sox beat Royals 9-2
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox would have liked to complete a few more trades prior to the deadline to give themselves the jolt they need to make a jump in the AL Central.
It didn’t work out that way. They’ll have to pick themselves up and deliver more performances like this.
Eloy Jimenez set season highs with three hits and four RBIs, Jose Abreu homered and Chicago pounded the Kansas City Royals 9-2 on Tuesday night.
The White Sox made no major moves before the trade deadline and will bank on improvement from within as they try to overtake Minnesota and Cleveland to win their second straight AL Central championship. This one wasn’t exactly pristine, but they’ll take the lopsided win.
“We come out playing like we did today, then we’re gonna be in a good spot,” starter Lucas Giolito said.
The White Sox have been getting a big boost lately from Jimenez following a slow start and a right knee injury that caused him to miss six weeks. He has been on a tear since the All-Star break, going 14 for 33 with three homers in 10 games. That’s sent his batting average soaring from .197 to .273.
Jimenez singled and scored in a three-run first inning and smacked a two-run double in the fourth to bump Chicago’s lead to 5-2. He added a long sacrifice fly in the sixth before Abreu chased Royals starter Brad Keller (5-12) with a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, making it 8-2.
Gavin Sheets hit a solo homer in the seventh. Andrew Vaughn added three hits and scored twice, helping Chicago move back above .500 at 52-51. The White Sox are 24-29 at home.
“We are one of the teams that can do that,” Jimenez said. “It’s been up and down. But this is not over.”
Giolito (7-6) went five innings, allowing two runs and five hits in his first win at home since beating Boston on May 25. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three after posting a 6.75 ERA in his previous nine outings.
Keller got tagged for eight runs and 13 hits – both career highs – in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander lost his third straight start.
The Royals were busy prior to the deadline, sending utility player Whit Merrifield to the Blue Jays with just minutes to spare. The two-time All-Star will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if he’s going to play in Toronto, after missing Kansas City’s trip there last month.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn hoped to be more active at the deadline. Chicago’s lone move was acquiring left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from Boston on Monday.
“At no point do I feel through this process that we were prospect clutching, being unreasonable,” Hahn said. “We were asked for many of our premium prospects in exchange for rentals. That didn’t exactly line up from our perspective about what made sense for not only this team, but also the future.”
Diekman struck out two in a scoreless sixth.
Royals: Bobby Witt Jr. started at shortstop for the first time since July 24. He missed five games because of hamstring tightness and did not play Monday after starting as the DH the previous two games.
White Sox: CF Luis Robert was activated from the 10-day injured list after the slugger and Gold Glove winner was sidelined because of blurred vision and lightheadedness. Robert exited Chicago’s win at Minnesota on July 15. He was having trouble seeing from a distance and getting jumps on balls. Hahn said the symptoms have subsided and were likely brought on by a virus that led to vitamin deficiencies. He said “it’s possible” the symptoms crop up again, though the White Sox have “far more confidence that this will be behind him.” … Chicago reinstated 3B Jake Burger (right hand) from the 10-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte. … The White Sox sent RHP Vince Velasquez (right index finger blister) on an injury rehabilitation assignment to Charlotte.
The three-game series wraps up with the White Sox sending RHP Lance Lynn (1-4, 6.42 ERA) to the mound and the Royals going with RHP Brady Singer (4-3, 3.51). Lynn is coming off a loss to Oakland. Singer went seven innings, striking out 10, in Kansas City’s 1-0 loss Thursday at Yankee Stadium that ended with Aaron Judge’s homer off Scott Barlow.
As Vin Scully’s death announced, Dodgers beat Giants 9-5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In a game played as Vin Scully’s death was announced by the Dodgers, Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5 on Tuesday night behind Mookie Betts’ 24th home run and three RBIs.
The Giants played a tribute on their video board after the final out at Oracle Park, the stadium where in October 2016 Scully broadcast the final game of his 67 seasons with the Dodgers. He died Tuesday at age 94.
“It was first-class by the Giants,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “After a big win, you feel good about it, but then you get presented with that. So it’s sort of an emotional roller coaster and it was kind of a little subdued.”
The Dodgers paused their usual post-win celebration to gaze at the video board.
“He was the best there ever was,” three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw said. “When you think about the Dodgers, there’s a lot of history here, and there are a lot of people who have come through. It’s just a storied franchise all the way around. But it almost starts with Vin, honestly.”
Fans of both the Dodgers and Giants stopped and applauded Scully before exiting Oracle Park.
“He was just a very unique, special human that the game of baseball was very lucky to have,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said.
Added Betts: “It’s just a tremendous loss, not just for the Dodgers but baseball in general.”
Los Angeles has won six straight over the Giants and improved the major leagues’ best record to 70-33.
Tyler Anderson (12-1) won his fourth straight decision, Betts finished a triple shy of the cycle and Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger drove in two runs apiece. Trea Turner and Austin Barnes added RBIs for Los Angeles, which has won six of its last seven games.
Turner extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
Anderson allowed five runs and six hits in five innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
Joey Bart homered for San Francisco, which fell to 3-10 since the All-Star break. David Villar and Luis Gonzalez also drove in runs for the Giants.
“I thought (Bart) did a great job leading from behind the plate today,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “And obviously a big home run off Anderson and a nearly perfectly-executed drag bunt when we needed it in a major way. So it’s a good step forward for Joey.”
The Dodgers jumped to a 6-0 lead against Alex Wood (7-9), who had stints with the Dodgers from 2015-18 and in 2020. He gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
San Francisco closed with a five-run fourth.
Los Angeles extended its lead in the eighth inning, scoring three runs on four consecutive extra-base hits from Lux, Barnes, Bellinger and Betts.
“It was great,” Roberts said. “All that damage was done with two outs. It’s big because our guys understand that when you can add on late, it changes how you use your pen. So not only winning tonight’s game, but it gives us a chance to win tomorrow’s game too.”
Dodgers relievers Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Chris Martin and David Price combined to pitch the final four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
DODGERS ACQUIRE GALLO
Ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired OF Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees for minor league RHP Clayton Beeter.
Los Angeles also traded IF/OF Jake Lamb to the Seattle Mariners for cash and sent RHP Mitch White and minor league IF Alex De Jesus to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito.
RUF ON THE MOVE
The Giants traded IF/OF Darin Ruf to the New York Mets for INF/OF J.D. Davis and minor league pitchers Carson Seymour, Nick Zwack and Thomas Szapucki.
San Francisco also traded RHP Trevor Rosenthal to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league OF Tristan Peters and C Curt Casali and LHP Matthew Boyd to the Mariners for minor league RHP Michael Stryffeler and C Andy Thomas.
The Giants assigned RHP Angel Rondon outright to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled LHP Alex Young, while RHP Tobias Myers was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox and RHP Kervin Castro was claimed by the Cubs.
Dodgers: Turner (abdominal strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list, backdated to July 30. Los Angeles selected the contract of IF/OF Miguel Vargas from Triple-A Oklahoma City. … IF/OF Chris Taylor (left foot fracture) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Taylor started in left field and went 0 for 3.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento, going 0 for 1 with a walk. … OF Joc Pederson and SS Thairo Estrada are both recovering well from concussions and expected to return when first eligible to come off the 7-day concussion injured list on Saturday and Monday, respectively.
Dodgers LHP Julio Urias (10-6, 2.71 ERA) looks for his eighth straight win Wednesday night. Urias has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts.
Giants RHP Alex Cobb (3-5, 4.06) tries to snap a four-game losing streak. Cobb’s last win came May 17 at Colorado.
Haggerty hits pinch homer and M’s hang on to beat Yanks 8-6
NEW YORK (AP) Pinch-hitter Sam Haggerty opened the seventh inning with a go-ahead homer, Andres Munoz escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and the Seattle Mariners hung on for a 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night after blowing a four-run lead.
The switch-hitting Haggerty batted for left-handed hitting Jarred Kelenic against left-hander Lucas Luetge (3-4) and broke a 6-6 tie by lifting a 1-0 cutter into the left-field seats.
Haggerty homered two days after getting stiches above an eye, an injury sustained when he was hit by his helmet, thrown after he failed on a bunt.
“The stiches didn’t play too much of a in it,” Haggerty said. “Hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium is pretty cool, probably something every kid dreams of. I was fortunate enough to get a good pitch and put a barrel on it.”
Haggerty, who had been 0 for 10 as a pinch hitter in his big league career. connected after Josh Donaldson hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth off Logan Gilbert, Donaldson’s first homer since July 8.
“We gave him a couple of days off but Hags has a way of impacting the game in a number of different ways when he gets in there,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Munoz, throwing at up to 102.6 mph, loaded the bases with two outs after DJ LeMahieu singled, and Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo walked. Munoz, struck out pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres on a slider for his second save.
“Tonight was a big learning experience for me,” Munoz said through a translator.
Seattle is 5-8 since entering the All-Star break with 14 straight wins.
“That was the epitome of a team win if we’ve had one,” Servais said. “Everybody chipping in.”
Eugenio Suarez and Cal Raleigh hit early homers off Jameson Taillon, who allowed four walks – all of whom scored. Taillon gave up six runs – five earned – in 4 2/3 innings, pitching after New York traded fellow starter Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis for Gold Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader.
“I think we’re significantly better,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone remarked, “but as I said all along, we’re better in name and paper only now. It’s on us to go prove it.”
Seattle also made moves before the game, acquiring two injured players from San Francisco in left-hander Matthew Boyd and catcher Curt Casali. The Mariners also picked up infielder Jake Lamb from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Suarez hit a two-run drive three batters in, and Raleigh reached Monument Park in the second.
Carlos Santana drove in three runs, a night after getting his 1,500th hit. He hit a sacrifice fly to give Seattle a 4-0 lead in the third and added two-run double in the fifth.
Adam Frazier hit an RBI single in the ninth off Albert Abreu. Lou Trivino then made his Yankees debut, pitching to catcher Jose Trevino.
Scott Effross, another reliever obtained by New York this week, entered in the seventh in his Yankees debut.
Donaldson, who entered in a 3-for-32 slide, hit an RBI double to start a three-run fourth. Trevino hit a two-run homer and raised his season total to 10 – one more than his career total entering the year.
Rizzo started the sixth by homering in a fourth straight game. After a single by Matt Carpenter, Donaldson tied it by hitting a first-pitch fastball into the New York bullpen.
Gilbert allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Penn Murfee (2-0) allowed a double to Trevino and an infield single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa before getting Aaron Hicks on a double play to the end the sixth.
Mariners: 1B Ty France took swings off a tee in the batting cage and missed a third straight game with a sore left wrist.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat) played catch from 90 feet and said he was surprised to be transferred to the 60-day IL on Monday. “I was not happy. I was not expecting that,” Severino said. “If that’s the plan they have for me to come back healthy, I have to just follow the plan.”. RHP Frankie Montas will be activated during this weekend’s three-game series in St. Louis. . The Yankees optioned RHP Carlos Espinal to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and recalled OF Tim Locastro from Triple-A. . C Ben Rortvedt, who injured his oblique in spring training, was activated from the 60-day IL and optioned to Triple-A.
RHP Luis Castillo (4-4, 2.86 ERA) makes his debut for the Mariners on Wednesday against New York ace Gerrit Cole (9-3, 3.30). Castillo is pitching in the Bronx for the second time in nearly three weeks. He took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of his start for the Reds on July 14.
Tigers top Twins 5-3 after Minnesota’s flurry of trade deals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Riley Greene had two hits and two RBIs as the Detroit Tigers spoiled Minnesota’s big trade deadline day, beating the Twins 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Minnesota made big moves to bolster its hopes for a division title by acquiring starter Tyler Mahle and right-handed relievers Jorge Lopez and Michael Fulmer before the deadline. Fulmer made the short walk from one clubhouse to the other after the trade from Detroit was announced.
But it was the last-place Tigers, who were sellers, who earned a win on a sweltering night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
“You know you’re going to go out there, but you don’t exactly know who’s going to be on the field with you,” Detroit catcher Eric Haase said. “It’s always like that this time of year. Just kind of do what you can, but obviously letting go of two guys is huge.”
Jason Foley (1-0) earned his first career win with a scoreless inning in relief of starter Matt Manning, who was activated off the 60-day injured list before the game after missing three months with right shoulder inflammation. Gregory Soto earned his 20th save.
Greene, Akil Baddoo and Javier Baez had RBI singles in a three-run seventh inning.
“I liked the at-bats,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “The bottom of the order did a nice job of moving the ball forward. When we did make contact, they were important swings; couple good at-bats, some walks. Good to see Akil get a base hit and Riley back-to-back. Both guys have been scuffling a little bit, so it’s good to see some guys get a little hot.”
Griffin Jax (5-3) retired just one batter and allowed three runs on three hits in the seventh for Minnesota. Mark Contreras hit his first career homer for the Twins, who have lost five of seven.
Minnesota’s lead in the American League Central remained one game over Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox closed within two games.
It wasn’t the celebration the Twins were hoping for after seemingly filling their biggest needs before the deadline.
Mahle was added from the Cincinnati Reds for three highly regarded prospects. Lopez, an All-Star closer for Baltimore this year, was acquired earlier in the day for four minor-league pitchers. Lopez and Fulmer were in uniform but didn’t see action.
“It was the coolest trade deadline I’ve ever been a part of because we identified our needs,” said Chris Archer, who started and pitched 4 1/3 innings for Minnesota. “We’ve had the needs for a while and we got pretty much every guy we wanted.”
Detroit parted ways with two players before the trade deadline. Outfielder Robbie Grossman was traded to Atlanta on Monday night and Fulmer switched clubhouses on Tuesday, going to Minnesota.
“As I told both these guys, they both deserve the opportunity to go play in an environment of winning and a playoff chase,” Hinch said. “I just regret that it’s not here. I wanted it to be here for both those guys, especially Michael who has paid his dues in this organization.”
In exchange for Grossman, the Tigers got left-hander Kris Anglin, who was in Single A. The Twins sent right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long to Detroit. Gipson-Long has reached Double-A this season.
Manning took Fulmer’s spot on the roster, and infielder Zack Short was recalled from Triple-A to take Grossman’s roster spot.
Tigers: Hinch said LHP Tarik Skubal has forearm inflammation and will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury. Hinch said Skubal, who left Monday’s game after five innings, is hopeful to make his next start, but Hinch cautioned it’s unlikely. . Hinch said it’s possible RHP Wily Peralta (left hamstring strain) will be activated from the injured list in the next few days.
Twins: Alex Kirilloff was placed on the 10-day injured list with right wrist inflammation. President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said Kirilloff could opt for another surgery or try further treatment. . Miguel Sano was transferred to the 60-day injured list and the team said an MRI showed a progressive cartilage injury that was there before Sano had knee surgery. . Byron Buxton was out of the lineup for the second straight day as he deals with lingering knee problems.
RHP Joe Ryan (7-4, 3.78 ERA) will start the series finale on Wednesday afternoon for Minnesota. Detroit will have LHP Tyler Alexander (2-4, 4.10) start. Ryan is coming off his worst start of the season, giving up 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings against San Diego. Alexander will make his second straight start after two months in the bullpen.
Strider, Rosario power Braves to 13-1 rout of Phillies
ATLANTA (AP) Spencer Strider doesn’t relish striking out as many batters as possible. His goal is simply to pitch six or seven innings and give the Atlanta Braves a chance to win.
“That’s been my focus, my actual narrowed-down goal – the only thing I’m trying to do is deep into the game,” Strider said. “Just get quick outs.”
Strider struck out a career-high 13 in six-plus innings, Eddie Rosario tied a career high with five RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-1 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
The defending World Series champions are 40-14 since June 1, the best record in the majors over that span. They moved within 2 1/2 games of the NL East-leading New York Mets.
Philadelphia. which dropped to 10-32 when scoring three runs or fewer, entered 34-18 since June 1, the fourth-best record in the majors over that span, and on a five-game winning streak. The Phillies were coming off an 18-hit performance in Sunday’s 8-2 win at Pittsburgh but were held to four hits by the Braves.
Strider (6-3) allowed one run and three hits. He won consecutive starts against Phillies after beating them 6-3 last Tuesday at Philadelphia. It was the rookie’s fourth double-digit strikeout game.
Only two of his last 18 batters reached, on a walk to Kyle Schwarber in the third and a single by Darick Hall that ended Strider’s night.
For a pitcher known for his high velocity, Strider was pleased to rely on more than a fastball that averaged 98.6 mph. The Phillies swung at 19 sliders and whiffed on 11 of them.
“I think a lot of what makes the slider good, and I’ve worked a lot metrically on it – that was sort of my focus last season – isn’t necessarily movement, even though it is moving very well, but guys are on my fastball,” Strider said. “They saw me last week and I think I threw like 80% fastballs. There was some purpose to that.”
Schwarber credited Strider with keeping the Phillies off balance.
“He’s a guy that the metrics and everything on the fastball, it’s legit, it’s true,” Schwarber said. “Those are the things when he get away with a mistake with a foul ball and it works in his favor.
“He’s a good pitcher, but I feel like the more we can see him, the more we’ll get used to it and go from there. You tip your cap. He’s pitched his butt off both times he’s pitched against us.”
The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the third when Rosario singled off the glove of first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The ball bounced past second baseman Bryson Stott and into shallow right field, allowing two runs to score. Ronald Acuna Jr.’s RBI single made it 3-1 in the fourth.
Atlanta scored six runs in the fifth, five off Corey Knebel. Rosario drove in Matt Olson on a double into right-center. William Contreras beat out an infield single, and Rosario scored on a wild pitch. Contreras advanced on the wild pitch and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s single.
Orlando Arcia followed with his sixth homer, a two-run shot, for an 8-1 lead. The Braves batted around as Dansby Swanson singled to drive in another run.
“It was a good night for the whole team,” Rosario said. “Everyone contributed, and it was a good team win.”
The Phillies went up 1-0 in the second on Hall’s RBI double that glanced off Olson’s glove at first and bounced down the right-field line.
Philadelphia used a bullpen game that featured six pitchers. Opener Nick Nelson (3-2) gave up two runs and two hits in two-plus innings.
Ozuna hit his 19th homer to make it 10-1 in the seventh. Rosario drove in a pair of runs in the eighth with a single.
Rosario has faced a long road back after missing 62 games with blurred vision and a swollen right retina.
“I feel great,” Rosario said. “I felt good at home plate and did the things to help us win.”
In two deals with the Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia traded for RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Brandon Marsh. The Phillies swapped OFs Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez for Syndergaard and C Logan O’Hoppe for Marsh. … RHP David Robertson was acquired from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ben Brown. … RHP Zach Eflin (right knee bruise) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. … LHP Andrew Vasquez was claimed off waivers from Toronto and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … RHP Jeurys Familia and OF Odubel Herrera were designated for assignment. … RHP Francisco Morales was recalled from Lehigh Valley.
Atlanta bulked up its bullpen by trading for RHP Raisel Iglesias in a deal that sent RHP Jesse Chavez and LHP Tucker Davidson to the Angels. … It acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from Houston for former closer Will Smith. … OF Robbie Grossman and INF Ehire Adrianza were acquired Monday from Detroit and Washington, respectively. Grossman and Adrianza were in uniform Tuesday.
Phillies 2B Jean Segura (right index finger fracture) will rejoin the team on Thursday. Interim manager Rob Thomson said he will serve as designated hitter on Wednesday for Lehigh Valley.
Phillies RHP Zack Wheeler (9-5, 2.77 ERA) will face RHP Charlie Morton (5-5, 4.34) as the teams wrap up a two-game series. Wheeler is 9-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 23 career starts against Atlanta. Morton is 5-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 15 career starts against Philadelphia.
NFL suspends Dolphins owner for tampering with Brady, Payton
The NFL has suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigation stemming from Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.
The league’s investigation found the Dolphins did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season but the team had impermissible communication with Brady and his and Payton’s agent, Don Yee. The league announced the findings of the investigation on Tuesday.
The Dolphins will forfeit a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft. Ross is suspended through Oct. 17.
“The investigators found tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “I know of no prior instance of a team violating the prohibition on tampering with both a head coach and star player, to the potential detriment of multiple other clubs, over a period of several years. Similarly, I know of no prior instance in which ownership was so directly involved in the violations.”
The investigation concluded the Dolphins violated the league’s anti-tampering policy on three separate occasions. The Dolphins had impermissible communications with Brady as early as August 2019 through the 2020 postseason, while he was under contract to the New England Patriots.
Dolphins vice chairman/limited partner Bruce Beal conducted “these numerous and detailed discussions” and kept Ross and other team executives informed of his conversations with Brady.
The Dolphins again had impermissible communications with both Brady and his agent, Yee, no later than early December 2021 and after the season, while he was under contract to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Those discussions focused on Brady becoming a limited partner in the Dolphins and possibly serving as a football executive, although at times they also included the possibility he would play for the Dolphins. The league says Ross and Beal participated in these discussions.
Brady briefly retired in February before the seven-time Super Bowl champion chose to return for another season with the Buccaneers.
The third tampering violation involved Payton. In January, the Dolphins had impermissible communications with Yee about having Payton serve as Miami’s head coach. The Dolphins did not seek consent from New Orleans to have these discussions, which occurred before Payton announced his decision to retire from the Saints. Miami requested permission to speak to Payton for the first time after that announcement but New Orleans declined to grant it.
Ross’ suspension ends the same day Deshaun Watson is eligible to return from his six-game suspension. A disciplinary officer handed out Watson’s punishment on Monday after the Cleveland Browns quarterback was accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments. The NFL is mulling whether to appeal that decision.
Ross may not be present at the team’s facility and may not represent the club at any team or NFL event during his suspension. He also may not attend any league meeting before the annual meeting in 2023, and he is removed from all league committees indefinitely.
Beal was fined $500,000 and may not attend any league meeting for the remainder of the year.
Regarding Flores’ allegations the Dolphins wanted him to “tank” games to secure the top draft pick, investigators said the team didn’t intentionally lose and neither Ross nor anyone from the team instructed Flores to lose on purpose.
However, investigators found Ross expressed several times during the season his belief that draft position should take priority over won-loss record. Flores considered the comments a suggestion that he lose games and expressed his concerns in writing to senior club executives. Ross no longer made any such comments to Flores.
Investigators said there are differing recollections about the wording, timing, and context of Flores’ claim of a $100,000-a-game offer from the club to tank, but it “was not intended or taken to be a serious offer, nor was the subject pursued in any respect” by Ross or anyone else at the club.
“I am thankful that the NFL’s investigator found my factual allegations against Stephen Ross are true,” Flores said in a statement. “At the same time, I am disappointed to learn that the investigator minimized Mr. Ross’s offers and pressure to tank games especially when I wrote and submitted a letter at the time to Dolphins executives documenting my serious concerns regarding this subject at the time which the investigator has in her possession.
“While the investigator found that the Dolphins had engaged in impermissible tampering of `unprecedented scope and severity,’ Mr. Ross will avoid any meaningful consequence. There is nothing more important when it comes to the game of football itself than the integrity of the game. When the integrity of the game is called into question, fans suffer, and football suffers.”
Goodell chastised Ross for making the comments.
“An owner or senior executive must understand the weight that his or her words carry, and the risk that a comment will be taken seriously and acted upon, even if that is not the intent or expectation,” Goodell said. “Even if made in jest and not intended to be taken seriously, comments suggesting that draft position is more important than winning can be misunderstood and carry with them an unnecessary potential risk to the integrity of the game. The comments made by Mr. Ross did not affect Coach Flores’ commitment to win and the Dolphins competed to win every game. Coach Flores is to be commended for not allowing any comment about the relative importance of draft position to affect his commitment to win throughout the season.”
Ross issued a statement, claiming the league cleared the team of tanking and calling Flores’ allegations “false, malicious and defamatory.”
“I strongly disagree with the conclusions and the punishment,” Ross said of the tampering conclusion. “However, I will accept the outcome because the most important thing is that there be no distractions for our team as we begin an exciting and winning season.”
Former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a team of lawyers from the Debevoise law firm led the NFL’s investigation.
AP source: Denver receiver Tim Patrick suffers torn ACL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have lost a top receiver to a torn ACL for a third consecutive season.
Wide receiver Tim Patrick was carted off after catching a pass from Russell Wilson at the Denver Broncos’ training camp practice Tuesday, and a person with knowledge of the diagnosis told The Associated Press that Patrick sustained a season-ending torn ACL.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Patrick nor the Broncos provided an update following his MRI.
Patrick’s injury continues a run of misfortune for Denver’s wide receivers. Last year, KJ Hamler blew out a knee in Week 3 and the year before that Courtland Sutton was lost for the season with a torn ACL in Week 2.
Patrick made a leaping grab over cornerback Essang Bassey but his right knee buckled as he made his first move after the catch.
Patrick was taken for an MRI, as was second-year running back Damarea Crockett, who hobbled off with a knee injury earlier in practice. Crockett tweeted that he sustained a torn ACL, ending his season.
Although Tuesday marked the Broncos’ first day in full pads, both were noncontact injuries.
Patrick’s teammates gathered around him when he fell to the grass, offering him encouragement as he was carted off the field.
“Tim is such an impactful person for this team, a leader, a vet,” Sutton said somberly. “He’s the vet that you want to mold your young guys after.”
Patrick signed a three-year, $34 million contract last year in the midst of his best NFL season when he caught 53 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns.
He and Sutton together would have given Wilson a pair of 6-foot-4 targets. Patrick’s loss hovers as a big blow to the team’s new quarterback and its first-year head coach, Nathaniel Hackett, as they build their offense.
“We can’t replace a guy like that,” safety Kareem Jackson said.
Patrick’s injury is the latest setback to the team’s nicked-up offense.
Tyrie Cleveland left Monday’s practice after getting hit in the throat, Jerry Jeudy has dealt with a string of injuries over the last year, Hamler is making his way back from hip and knee operations and rookie tight end Greg Dulcich has missed all of camp with a pulled hamstring.
Aside from Sutton, there’s not a lot of experience in Denver’s remaining wide receiving corps.
“All of those guys are going to have to rally together,” Hackett said. “It’s part of this game and it’s the worst part of this game is when things like that happen. But it also has to bring your team together. We’ve got to find a way to fill that void.”
AP source: Bills safety Poyer hyperextends left elbow
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting safety Jordan Poyer hyperextended his left elbow and is expected to miss several weeks, a person with direct knowledge of the injury confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The person added Poyer should return before the start of the season, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed the nature or severity of the injury.
Poyer was hurt in one of the final team drills of practice earlier in the day, and experienced such pain that he had to be carted away. Poyer grimaced as he laid down on the sideline while being tended to by medical staff. As he was being escorted to the training facility, Poyer bent down and knelt in pain before getting up to sit in a chair to wait for a cart to arrive.
The injury occurred with Poyer seeking a contract extension. The 10th-year player is entering the final season of his current deal and declined to attend the team’s voluntary spring practices.
Though no deal has been completed, Poyer expressed hope an extension could be negotiated after his newly hired agent, Drew Rosenhaus, arrived for the start of training camp to meet with general manager Brandon Beane.
The Bills are suddenly banged up at safety. Fellow starter Micah Hyde has been limited at practice since hurting his left hip on Friday. Poyer and Hyde have spent the past five seasons serving as Buffalo’s starting tandem.
Backup receiver Marquez Stevenson also left practice after hurting his foot.
Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton joins Broncos ownership group
Rob Walton is adding seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain to the Denver Broncos’ new ownership group.
Hamilton, 37, who drives for the Mercedes team and whose 103 career victories are the most in F1 history, is the third limited partner brought aboard by the Walton-Penner ownership group headed by Walmart heir Rob Walton, his daughter, Carrie Walton Penner, and her husband, Greg Penner.
“Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the Broncos story!!” Hamilton tweeted. “Honored to work with a world class team and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell has made minority ownership a point of emphasis in the league. Hamilton is Black, as are the new ownership group’s two other limited partners, Starbucks board chair Mellody Hobson and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The Walton-Penner group won the bidding for the Broncos with a $4.65 billion offer. the highest price paid for any sports franchise in the world. NFL owners are meeting in Minneapolis next week to approve the sale. Once that happens, Walton, who has an estimated net worth of $60 billion, will become the league’s richest owner.
“We’re delighted to welcome seven-time Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group,” Walton said in a statement. “He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport.
“With over 100 race wins, Lewis is considered the most successful F1 driver of all time,” Walton added. “His resilient spirit and standard of excellence will be an asset to the ownership group and the Broncos organization.”
Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson saluted his friend Hamilton on Twitter before Tuesday’s practice. Wilson and his wife, Ciara, were guests of Hamilton’s race team at the Monaco Grand Prix this year.
The Pat Bowlen Trust has run the franchise for several years and the trustees put the club up for sale after the children of late owner Pat Bowlen couldn’t agree on which one of them would succeed their father.
The trustees wanted Brittany Bowlen, 32, to take over. She stepped down from her job as the team’s vice president of strategy following the Walton-Penner ownership group’s winning bid.
Falcons lose veteran Taylor to season-ending Achilles injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have lost defensive tackle Vincent Taylor to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon.
Coach Arthur Smith announced Taylor’s injury following Tuesday’s practice.
Following the retirement of Eddie Goldman before training camp, Taylor’s injury leaves the Falcons without two veterans who had been projected to play prominent roles on the defensive line.
Taylor, 28, spent most of the 2021 season on the Houston Texans’ injured reserve list following an ankle injury while starting the season opener.
Taylor signed a one-year deal with Atlanta as a free agent. He was a sixth-round selection in the 2017 draft by the Miami Dolphins and also has played for Buffalo and Cleveland.
Grady Jarrett is the established leader of the three-man defensive line. Taylor was pushing Ta’Quon Graham and Anthony Rush for a starting job.
Steelers re-sign kicker Chris Boswell to 5-year deal
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history.
The team re-signed veteran Chris Boswell to a five-year deal on Tuesday that carries a total value of just over $23 million. Boswell was entering the final season of a four-year extension he signed before the 2018 season.
The signing gives Boswell some stability and the Steelers one of the most reliable kickers in the league. The 31-year-old has made more than 88% (182 of 206) of his field-goal attempts since making the team through an open tryout during the 2015 season, the second-best percentage in league history among kickers with at least 200 attempts.
“I still have to perform every day I come out here and kick,” Boswell said. “Every game I have, I’m competing for my job. Because if I’m not getting the job done, they’ll find somebody to do it.”
Boswell initially struggled after signing his previous extension, making just 13 of 20 field goals in 2018. He responded by converting 84 of 91 field goals over the last three seasons, including 36 of 40 in 2021. He has thrived at notoriously tricky Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field), drilling 102 of 112 field goals (91%) at Steelers’ home games.
“He’s been an important part of this team for a few years now and we’re excited to continue for another five years,” general manager Omar Khan said Tuesday shortly after the deal was announced.
Cardinals WR Marquise Brown activated, will start slowly
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have activated receiver Marquise Brown from the non-football injury list.
Brown was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Baltimore Ravens, giving the Cardinals a receiver who caught 91 passes for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Brown suffered a minor hamstring injury before camp started while working out on his own. The 25-year-old is expected to have a big role in Arizona’s offense, particularly early in the season when three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins is out for the first six games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.
Brown didn’t do much at practice on Tuesday, which was the team’s first day in full pads. Kingsbury said he’s “easing him back in,” starting with walkthroughs. He said he hopes the receiver will be “full go” by Monday.
NOTE: Kingsbury said QB Kyler Murray (COVID-19) is starting to feel better and has been attending meetings virtually. The team hopes he can return to practice by the end of the week.
Jaguars to start 3rd-string QB Luton in Hall of Fame game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Third-string quarterback Jake Luton will start Jacksonville’s preseason opener Thursday night in Canton, Ohio.
Coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday he gave Luton the nod over second-year pro Trevor Lawrence and backup C.J. Beathard. Pederson said Lawrence “has been getting a lot of great looks here in practice and we feel like he’s in a good spot.”
Beathard has been dealing with a groin injury since organized team activities in early June. He has been held out of all team drills through eight days of training camp.
“He can’t run,” Pederson said. “He wouldn’t be able to run. You can’t put (him) in a situation where he has to move, and we just want to make sure he’s 100%. I don’t want to have any setbacks now that we’re in camp.”
So Luton will get the bulk of the work in the Hall of Fame game against Las Vegas, with journeyman Kyle Sloter expected to play some off the bench. A sixth-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2020, Luton started three games as a rookie and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass on his third NFL snap. He completed 60 of 110 passes for 624 yards for Jacksonville, with two TDs and six interceptions.
The Jaguars had hoped to get him on their practice squad to start last season, but Luton signed with his hometown Seahawks days after final roster cuts. Luton was born and raised in Marysville, Washington. He played collegiately at Idaho and Oregon State, with a stop at Ventura College in between.
“Just excited to be back in a Jaguars uniform and get to go out and play with the guys,” Luton said. “I couldn’t be more fired up.”
Luton lauded Lawrence and Beathard, two guys he bonded with last year before landing back home in Washington.
“I love this quarterback room,” Luton said. “Trev and C.J. are my guys. When I left, I missed them. It was just a cool room to be around. We’re really good friends, so that helps. We’re all rooting for each other. We’re all pushing each other to be the best we can be.
“At the end of the day, we’re buddies. It’s a lot fun to be with them. In camp, we’re together all day long. It helps to be around guys you really like. They’re awesome.”
Pederson also ruled out second-year running back Travis Etienne, who missed his rookie season with a foot injury. Etienne has been one of the bright spots in camp.
“Right now, he’s done some great things in practice, and I just want to protect him a little bit,” Pederson said. “Just making sure that he’s 100% healthy as we get ready for the regular season. He’s going to be a big asset to the young running backs in this game and help those guys out.”
Rookie Snoop Conner and fellow running backs Ryquell Armstead and Nathan Cottrell are expected to get most of the work.
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor (hamstring), defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi (calf), running back James Robinson (foot) and kick returner Jamal Agnew (hip) also won’t suit up against the Raiders. But Pederson said some first-teamers will play.
Chiefs’ Brown makes practice debut; Dunlap due to arrive
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. practiced with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday for the first time since they blew a big halftime lead to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game.
Brown signed his franchise tender on Monday after skipping the entire offseason program in the hopes of agreeing with the Chiefs on a long-term deal. When that didn’t materialize by the mid-July deadline, Brown declined to sign a deal worth about $16.7 million for this season until the Chiefs had concluded the first week of training camp.
“There’s no hard feelings, period. I appreciate everyone in this building. They gave me an opportunity to play football at the highest level, and play left tackle,” Brown said. “I pride myself in being a team guy. I want to be there for these guys.”
Brown is the first of two crucial pieces due in Chiefs camp this week. Veteran pass rusher Carlos Dunlap, who agreed last week to a deal worth up to $8 million for this season, reports Wednesday and should be on the field soon afterward.
The Chiefs offered to make Brown the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league with a final offer of six years and nearly $140 million. But after getting advice from a new agent, Michael Portner, and Jammal Brown, a former NFL lineman who has served as his mentor, the 26-year-old Brown decided there were not enough guarantees in the deal.
Now he’s left with no guarantees beyond this season, making it a crucial year if Brown wants a big deal next offseason.
“I always feel like I got something to prove,” said Brown, a Pro Bowl selection each of the past three seasons. “I was a third-round pick. I had the worst combine in history. The chip has always been really big. What does this mean? I don’t know if this is that much different from the past.”
Brown said he’s not sure when the Chiefs will have him going full speed in practice; the pads came on for the first time on Monday and they had another padded workout Tuesday. But he insisted an offseason spent playing tennis and swimming helped his cardio and his trainers in Miami have him in football shape.
The Chiefs play their preseason opener Aug. 13 in Chicago.
“I missed a lot of ball up to this point. I missed the locker room, the coaches, everyone here in the building,” Brown said. “I know how important this five-day stretch is to Coach Reid and everybody here in Kansas City. It didn’t feel right sitting at home. I was brought here to help win Super Bowls and this week is important to our progression.”
Brown acknowledged that some might view his decision to turn down the Chiefs’ offer – and skip summer workouts and the first week of camp – as selfish. But he reiterated his desire to play his entire career in Kansas City, and while his focus is on the upcoming season, he is hopeful that a long-term contract can be worked out next offseason.
“I’m sure there are questions out there but with the contract situation. There just weren’t enough guarantees,” he said. “I want to be here for the rest of my career in Kansas City. That’s really important to me.”
Notes: Rookie WR Skyy Moore, who is being counted upon to help cover the loss of Tyreek Hill, left practice early after getting hit on the hip. He later tweeted that he was OK. … QB Patrick Mahomes appeared to have more tape on his foot and ankle after tweaking it late in Monday’s workout. … TE Jody Fortson (quad) worked with trainers for the second straight practice after getting hurt Saturday.
Mac Jones working through growing pains in new Pats’ offense
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Mac Jones has never hidden the fact that he’s a perfectionist.
His manic thirst to get everything right fits snugly within a New England Patriots culture built on its attention to detail.
So, after two days of padded practices in which the offense has struggled as it continues to install its new, streamlined offense, seeing more outward frustration by Jones isn’t surprising.
He acknowledged that remaining patient through these early growing pains hasn’t been easy.
“I care a lot about football, we all do. It’s very competitive. When we lose a day, to me it’s like a shot in the heart. It’s like we lost a game,” Jones said Tuesday. “There’s a lot more to practice, you’re here to learn. But at the end of the day we’re out here competing, and the goal is to have more good plays than the other team. In that case, that’s the defense right now.”
Following a rough day for the offense on Saturday, Jones marched immediately off the field and into the locker room.
Things haven’t been much better since the pads came on this week, with the receivers having difficulty getting open, running backs struggling to find running lanes and the offensive line often losing protection and forcing Jones to scramble.
“I feel like we can compete even more and even better. A lot of it is just execution and X’s and O’s and figuring out how to communicate,” Jones said. “There are better days ahead, but we’re just at the start of this thing and we’ve gotta get it going. But just take it day by day.”
It hasn’t all been bad.
During the scrimmage period Tuesday, Jones successfully dropped a deep ball over two defenders and into the hands of receiver Nelson Agholor for a touchdown. It was the latest highlight in what’s been a productive camp so far for Agholor, who struggled during his first year in New England last season. He’s been one of the strongest performers in the receiving group overall thus far.
“Mac just did a good job of giving me an opportunity,” Agholor said of his catch. “He put it over two defenders’ heads, Great throw by him, great vision by him. It’s my job to make plays when the opportunity is given.”
Jones has been leaning on the up-and-down experiences of his rookie season to help him as the offense continues to make adjustments.
“I was fortunate to play in a lot of games last year and not every year is gonna be perfect,” he said. “That’s what I learned. And not every practice is gonna be perfect. … I know what I’m supposed to do and know what I’m looking for.”
Last season Jones said he had a lot of freedom to change plays based on what he saw at the line of scrimmage.
He’s still working through when to take those liberties following the offseason changes.
“Sometimes I try different things in practice that I want to try in the game and that’s the whole point of practice,” he said. “Just getting my feet wet in the new offense and try different things and be on the same page with the coaches. It’s always good just to see it on film.”
In the meantime, he’s relying on the personal routine that was successful for him as a rookie.
“Obviously, when the games come, they come,” Jones said. “But for now it’s just focusing on each day and figuring out what we can do better and talking through it and coming up with a plan.”
No. 2 prospect in 2023 class Kwame Evans commits to Oregon
Kwame Evans Jr., the No. 2 recruit in ESPN’s 2023 class rankings, has committed to Oregon, he announced on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
The 6-foot-9 forward chose the Ducks over Arizona, Kentucky, and Auburn.
“I feel like it fits me the best and gives me the best chance to go to the NBA. It felt like family since day one,” Evans said.
Evans currently plays at powerhouse Montverde Academy, where he’s preparing to enter his senior season. Known as a versatile player with solid perimeter skills for his size, the Baltimore, Maryland, native is working on adding strength to his long switchable frame.
Oregon has now landed a 5-star prospect for the third-straight season after picking up big man Kel’el Ware in the 2022 class and forward Nate Bittle in 2021.
This also marks the second top-100 signee for Oregon for 2023 after gaining a commitment from guard Jackson Shelstad.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
Go Diego Go! Walk-Off Single Clinches Indians Victory in 10th
INDIANAPOLIS – With the Indianapolis Indians down to their last strike in the bottom of the 10th inning, Rodolfo Castro and Diego Castillo went back-to-back with hard-hit line drives to defeat the Louisville Bats in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night, 5-4.
Following a two-out, towering home run off the bat of Jose Barrero in the top of the 10th to give Louisville (41-58) a lead, Indianapolis was quickly down to its last out following two punchouts by Pedro Payano (L, 1-2) to open the final offensive half. On an 0-2 count, Castro continued a hot stretch at the plate with a game-tying double into the right-field corner to plate Mason Martin. Castillo, also with two strikes on him, then roped a line drive up the middle to notch the Indians’ seventh walk-off victory this season.
Castro and Castillo were central in both beginning and ending the game for the Indians (47-50). Castro ignitied the offense with a triple on T.J. Zeuch’s first pitch of the game, and Castillo followed with a run-scoring ground-out.
Zeuch dominated Indians batters over 7.0 innings, surrendering only three hits with a staggering 12 strikeouts – half of which came consecutively over the first three innings. Back-to-back singles followed by throwing errors by Barrero in the seventh led to Zeuch exiting the game in line for the loss.
Four singles in the top of the eighth inning shifted the game into the Bats’ favor, their first lead of the game. It didn’t last long, however, and with two outs following a Travis Swaggerty double, Carter Bins roped a game-tying line drive to send the game to extras.
Cam Vieaux (W, 5-0) surrendered the long homer to Barrero as the only blemish over 2.0 innings pitched.
The Indians and Bats will face off in a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-2, 7.34) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Justin Dunn (0-3, 7.29) to open the day. In Game 2, Indy has yet to name a starter while RHP Deck McGuire (2-2, 6.95) will go for Louisville.
Indiana Wrestling Completes 2022 Signing Class
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo has announced the completion of the 2022 signing class.
In addition to the four previously signed incoming freshmen and transfer Clayton Fielden, Indiana Wrestling has added seven more freshmen to finalize the 2022 recruiting class.
The most recent signings include Mason Alley, Magnus Kuokkanen, Liam McDermott, Ben Phillips, Cole Rhemrev, Daniel Sheen and Isaac Thornton.
The class features freshmen from eight different states, including two in-state recruits from Indiana and three grapplers from Illinois.
Of the newcomers, there are wrestlers at seven different weight classes, as well.
The incoming crop of wrestlers includes multiple high school state champions and state-placers. Nine of the incoming freshmen were state champions or state-placers, while Alley and Sheen attended preparatory schools and earned national prep finalist honors.
The full 2022 Indiana wrestling recruiting class is listed below:
Mason Alley | 157 lbs. | Albuquerque, N.M.
Blaine Frazier | 133 lbs. | Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Magnus Kuokkanen | 174 lbs. | Waukesha, Wis.
Tyler Lillard | 157 lbs. | Aurora, Ohio
Liam McDermott | HWT | New Lenox, Ill.
Ben Phillips | 165 lbs. | Jeffersonville, Ind.
Henry Porter | 133 lbs. | Gilroy, Calif.
Cole Rhemrev | 141 lbs. | Lincolnshire, Ill.
Daniel Sheen | 141 lbs. | Saint Charles, Ill.
Gabe Sollars | 197 lbs. | Evansville, Ind.
Isaac Thornton | 133 lbs. | Dry Ridge, Ky.
Three Boilermakers to Compete at U-20 World Championships
CALI, Columbia – Three Purdue track & field student-athletes have qualified to compete at the 2022 U20 World Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia, from August 1-6.
Incoming sophomore Praise Aniamaka (Canada, triple jump) and incoming freshmen Bryanna Craig (United States, heptathlon) and Zachary Evans (Bahamas, 100 meters) will represent their countries and Purdue. The six-day meet at Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero will feature more than 1,500 athletes from 141 countries.
Evans will open the event for the Boilermakers as he races in the 100m heats on Monday, August 1, at 12:55 p.m. ET. The semifinal and final are both on Tuesday, at 4:40 and 6:55 p.m. ET, respectively.
Craig begins the heptathlon on Wednesday, August 3, with the 100m hurdles at 9:30 a.m. ET, and the day continues with the high jump, shot put and 200m. The heptathlon continues with the final three events on Thursday. The long jump commences the day at 10:23 a.m. ET, followed by the javelin and 800m.
Aniamaka also is competing on Thursday, August 4, in the triple jump, as the qualification round is slated for noon ET. The final is the following day, at 5:55 p.m. ET.
JAYSON ADEMILOLA, FOSKEY, MAYER AND PATTERSON LAND ON LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST
The Rotary Lombardi Award®, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Houston, is pleased to announce the 77 players who will compete for this year’s coveted award. The Rotary Lombardi Award® goes annually to the college football offensive or defensive lineman, who in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi. Irish graduate student defensive lineman Jayson Ademilola, senior defensive end Isaiah Foskey, junior tight end Michael Mayer and graduate student offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson were all named to the list.
Jayson Ademilola Information:
As a senior in 2021, started all 13 games for the Irish posting 49 tackles (29 solo) and 8.0 tackles for loss.
Among the most consistent and dependable defensive lineman out of the talented Irish frontline.
Third on the team with 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble against Wisconsin.
Boasts 104 career tackles, 15 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Has appeared in 44 games during his career with the Irish.
2021 Phil Steele First Team All-Independent
2022 Lombardi Award Watch List
Isaiah Foskey Information:
As a junior in 2021, led the Irish with 11 sacks – the third-most in a single season at Notre Dame.
Recorded a sack in nine of 13 contests, including two multi-sack performances.
Started all 13 games for the Irish in 2021.
Finished the year tied at 11th in the nation with 0.85 sacks per game.
Led the defense with 12.5 tackles for loss and finished fourth overall on the team with 52 tackles.
A ballhawk in the trenches, as he posted six of Notre Dame’s 13 forced fumbles on the season while collecting two fumble recoveries.
Has appeared in 29 games for the Irish with 77 career tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.
2021 Phil Steele Third Team All-American
2022 Nagurski, Bednarik and Lombardi Award Watch List
Michael Mayer Information:
As a sophomore in 2021, led the Irish with 71 catches, a school record for tight end receptions in a season.
Also set school single-season records for tight end receiving yards (840) and touchdown receptions (seven) in 2021.
His 840 receiving yards were the fourth-highest for any FBS tight end in 2021.
Averaged a team-high 70.0 receiving yards per game in 2021.
Matched the Notre Dame record for tight end receptions in a game with nine (for 120 yards) in the 2021 season opener at Florida State.
Notre Dame career ranks – 18th in total receptions (113), third in tight end receptions (113, record is 140), 10th in receiving yards per game (53.8), third in tight end receiving yards (1,290, record is 1,840), third in tight end touchdown receptions (nine, record is 15)
2022 Walter Camp and The Sporting News Preseason All-American
2022 Maxwell, Biletnikoff, Walter Camp, Mackey and Lombardi Award Watch Lists
2021 Associated Press Third Team All-American
2021 Mackey Award Semifinalist
2021, 2022 Biletnikoff a preseason Watch List
2020 The Athletic Freshman First Team All-American
2020 All-ACC Third Team
Jarrett Patterson Information:
Started all 13 games for the Irish in 2021 as a senior, helping Notre Dame average over 426 yards of offense per game and 4.1 yards per carry.
Has not allowed a sack throughout his entire career with the Irish.
2022 Walter Camp and The Sporting News Preseason All-American
2022 Rimington and Lombardi Award Watch List
2021 Phil Steele Third Team All-American
2021 Rimington, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch List selection
MICHAEL VINSON NAMED TO PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCH LIST
The Patrick Mannelly Award, which honors the best long snapper in college football, has released its 2022 preseason watch list and Irish graduate student Michael Vinson was among those student-athletes mentioned.
Vinson will enter his third consecutive season as the top Notre Dame snapper on special teams in 2022.
CROSS COUNTRY ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE
On Tuesday the Notre Dame cross country team announced their 2022 fall competition schedule.
The Irish will kick off their season at the Winrow-Valparaiso Invite hosted by Valparaiso on Friday September 2, 2022. The race is currently scheduled to start at 5:45 pm. At last year’s race, the Notre Dame men took home first place, and the women took second.
Notre Dame will move to its home course to host two consecutive meets on September 16 and September 30. The National Catholic Invitational will be on September 16 and kick off at 3:30 pm.
The Joe Piane Invitational will start at 10:00 am on September 30. As of now, 34 institutions from across the country will converge on campus, with several different races going off between 10:30 am and 2:15 pm.
After hosting for two weeks in a row, the Irish will travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invite.
Postseason competition will include the ACC Championships at Charlottesville, VA on October 28, 2022. Last season, the men’s team claimed the ACC Championship crown, while the women took fifth place.
Notre Dame will go from the ACC Championships to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on November 11, 2022. The Great Lakes Regional will be hosted on the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course at Terre Haute, Indiana.
Just a week later, the Irish will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 19, 2022. The NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Hendrix named MVFC Preseason Second Team; Sycamores picked 10th in MVFC Preseason Poll
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State wide receiver Dante Hendrix was recognized on the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Preseason All-Conference Second Team, while the Sycamores were selected 10th in the MVFC Coaches poll as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. The League’s preseason poll and honors are voted on by head coaches, sports information personnel and members of the media.
Hendrix is back on the preseason team for the third time in his career with the Second Team nod. The redshirt senior previously received First Team recognition (2020) and Honorable Mention (2021) honors over his Sycamore career.
The Florence, Ky. native was on the 2021 MVFC Postseason Honorable Mention squad after bouncing back from an early season injury that saw the wideout miss five games in the regular season.
He made an immediate impact in the lineup upon his returning posting 37 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns over the final five games of the season with a pair of 10-catch contests coming against Missouri State and Southern Illinois. Hendrix added his first 100-yard game of the season in the contest against the Bears with 10 catches for 121 yards and a score.
Hendrix is already garnering recognition on the next level as the wide receiver clocked in at 97 overall on the list by one of the industry’s top small school prospect evaluators on Draftscout.com.
Defending national champion North Dakota State earned 39 first-place votes and was voted as the MVFC favorite. South Dakota State picked up two first-place votes to finish second in the preseason poll, while Missouri State, Southern Illinois, and Northern Iowa round out the top five.
2022 Indiana State Football Season Tickets On Sale
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Mastodon Men’s Basketball Prepares for Portugal and Spain Tour
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team will be heading to Portugal and Spain for a foreign tour and study abroad program August 8-16.
The Mastodons will play three games on the trip while learning and taking part in local culture.
Fans can visit GoMastodons.com for a blog documenting the team’s activities. The @MastodonMBB Instagram and Twitter accounts will also feature updates along the way. The ‘Dons will spend the majority of their time in Lisbon and Barcelona. Activities of the trip include a tuk tuk tour of Lisbon, attending an FC Barcelona soccer contest and a bike tour of Barcelona. The ‘Dons will play Portugal Elite on August 11, Mataro Select on August 13 and Barcelona Select on August 15.
“Our team is enrolled in a three-credit class teaching them about Spain and Portugal so that they can truly appreciate this special study abroad opportunity,” head coach Jon Coffman said.
Throughout the summer, the ‘Dons have been learning about Spanish and Portuguese culture, language, history, architecture, art, business, law and more.
The NCAA permits teams to take a foreign tour once every four years to allow student-athletes the opportunity to experience cultures abroad. The Mastodons traveled to Italy in 2018 and Canada in 2014.
Multiple former Mastodons have played professionally in Portugal and Spain. In 2022, former Mastodon Frank Gaines played for Beneficia (Lisbon) and defeated another former Mastodon Max Landis’ FC Porto (Porto) for the Portuguese 1st Division Championship. DeAngelo Stewart played in Portugal for Vitoria SC this year and Brent Calhoun played in 2018 for Marin in Spain.
The tour also allows 10 extra practices to prepare for the event.
Valpo Trio Earns Preseason All-PFL Recognition
Three members of the Valparaiso University football program were named to the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Aaron Byrd (Bradley, Ill. / Bourbonnais) was tabbed a Preseason All-PFL pick, while a pair of Beacons earned Preseason All-PFL honors in the special teams category, with fifth-year senior kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) and junior return specialist Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) both earning the recognition.
Bartholomew was an All-PFL First Team selection last season while also earning Phil Steele All-PFL First Team honors. He was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 6. Last season marked Bartholomew’s second straight All-PFL First Team nod, as he also earned that recognition in Spring 2021, when he was named the team’s Most-Improved Player as well.
Bartholomew finished the Fall 2021 season tied for second in single-season program history with 12 made field goals and fifth in the program record book with 32 made PATs. He led the PFL in both field-goal percentage and made field goals per game. He had a streak of 40 consecutive made PATs that ended on Nov. 13 at Butler, when his lone miss of the season came from added distance after a 15-yard penalty.
Byrd was named All-PFL Honorable Mention each of the last two seasons while also earning All-PFL Second Team in each of those years. Furthermore, Byrd was named the Sever Award Winner in both Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 as that award is bestowed upon the team’s top offensive lineman. The leader of Valpo’s offensive line, Byrd was also named to the Phil Steele All-PFL Fourth Team in Fall 2021.
Maxwell was tabbed All-PFL Second Team each of the last two seasons and was Phil Steele All-PFL First Team last fall. He was named a Freshman All-American by HERO Sports following the Spring 2021 campaign. In Spring 2021, Maxwell finished as the national leader in kickoff return average at 29.8 yards per return. In Fall 2021, he ranked 13th nationally in total kick return yards and 22nd in kickoff return average while leading the league in both total kickoff return yards (599) and kickoff return average (24.96).
The PFL also released its annual preseason coaches’ poll earlier this week. Valpo is projected eighth of 11, picked ahead of Stetson, Butler and Presbyterian. Davidson is picked to win the league, edging out San Diego atop the preseason predictions.
2022 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
WR Sam Bubonics (H) Dayton 5-11 177 RSo. Solon, Ohio
WR Nazeviah Burris (2) Stetson 6-0 180 So. Union, S.C.
WR Vance Jefferson (2) San Diego 6-0 185 So. Poway, Calif.
QB Alexander Piccirilli (H) Stetson 6-4 225 Gr. Jupiter, Fla.
TE Dominic Carlucci (H) Stetson 6-2 230 RSo. Raleigh, N.C.
RB Jake Chisholm (1) Dayton 5-9 191 Sr. Union, Ky.
RB Dylan Sparks (1) Davidson 6-0 209 Sr. Centreville, Va.
FB Coy Williams (1) Davidson 5-11 213 Gr. Lumberton, Texas
A-P Jake Chisholm (1) Dayton 5-9 191 Sr. Union, Ky.
OL Aaron Byrd (H) Valparaiso 6-4 305 RSr. Bradley, Ill.
OL Beck Kipperman (2) Davidson 6-2 259 Jr. Round Rock, Texas
OL Finley Lecky (H) San Diego 6-1 270 Jr. Chandler, Ariz.
OL Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State 6-3 300 Jr. Redlands, Calif.
OL Brian Stevens (H) Dayton 6-2 290 RSo. Milford, Ohio
DL William Buck (1) San Diego 6-0 285 RJr. Sacramento, Calif.
DL Jonathan Hammond (1) Davidson 6-2 208 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
DL Muhindo Kapapa (2) San Diego 6-2 275 Gr. Fairfield, Calif.
DL Fermon Reid (1) Stetson 6-0 254 Gr. Naples, Fla.
LB David Ambagtsheer (H) San Diego 6-0 220 RSr. San Diego, Calif.
LB Mike Arrington (2) Marist 5-11 212 RSr. Ashburn, Va.
LB Majeste Hansberry (H) Stetson 6-2 215 RSr. Atlanta, Ga.
LB Ben Schmiesing (2) Dayton 6-1 232 Gr. Piqua, Ohio
DB Clay Fields (2) Marist 5-11 190 RSr. Franklin, N.J.
DB Cooper Krezek (2) Morehead State 6-0 200 RSo. Kansas City, Mo.
DB Amir Wallace (H) San Diego 6-1 180 Sr. Fairfield, Calif.
DB Teddy Wright (1) Marist 6-0 212 Gr. Sharon Hill, Pa.
PK Brian Bartholomew (1) Valparaiso 5-11 160 RSr. Sugar Grove, Ill.
P Shane Dunning (H) Drake 6-0 175 Jr. Muskego, Wis.
RS Chuck Maxwell (2) Valparaiso 5-5 140 Jr. Elkhart, Ind.
LS Brady McKnight (1) Morehead State 6-1 200 So. Stephens City, Va.
Notes in parentheses: 1-was a first-team selection; 2-was a second-team selection; H-was an honorable mention selection in previous year of
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2022 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
|2.||San Diego (3)||91|
|· First-place votes in parentheses. · 10 points awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. (Maximum score = 100) · Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.|
KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE 2022-2023 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s basketball team has released their schedule for the 2022-2023 season, as announced by head coach Steve Brooks. The Knights enter the upcoming season after claiming Crossroads League Regular Season Champions and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament with a 30-5 overall record.
Marian’s season will kick off on October 29, as the Knights will make the trip to Michigan to face Rochester University before hosting Concordia (Mich.) in their home opener for a 7 p.m. tip-off. After a quick two-day break, the Knights will travel to Milwaukee for the Catholic Classic where they will take on St. Francis (Ill.) and Cardinal Stritch.
The following week, Marian will play Carroll College (MT) and Reinhardt University in the IWU Leah Whittaker Memorial Tournament, Nov. 11 and 12. The Knights will close out the month of November with the start of Crossroads League play, traveling to Taylor, hosting Spring Arbor and making the trip to Bethel.
After the Thanksgiving break, the Knights pick up conference play again, as they host Indiana Wesleyan for a rematch of the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament Championship. Marian will pause Crossroads League play as they make the trip to UM-Dearborn before rounding out conference play for the month against Huntington December 10. To finish off December, Steve Brooks’ squad will make the trip to IU-East before traveling south to Babson Park, Florida, for the Webber International Shootout. Over the course of the trip, the Knights will play Keiser University following with Webber International for a New Year’s Eve matchup.
To kick off the new year, Marian will host Grace College on January 4 and Goshen College January 7. The Knights will be on the road the following week to wrap up the first half of league play with St. Francis (Ind.) and Mt. Vernon Nazarene, while the second half of league play will begin by hosting the same two.
Marian’s second half of league play will continue by traveling to Grace College and Goshen College to finish the month of January. The month of February starts with two home contests against Bethel and Huntington on February 1 and 4. Finishing Crossroads League play, the Knights will travel to Spring Arbor before making the trip to Indiana Wesleyan that Saturday, and will welcome Taylor to Indianapolis February 15 to wrap up the regular season on Senior Day.
The postseason starts on February 21 with the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, and the Semifinal round will be played on February 24. The Championship game will take place on February 27. The NAIA Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 7 and 8, with the NAIA Opening Round to be played at campus sites. The NAIA Round of 16 will be played over March 13 and 14, kicking off the final stage of the NAIA Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. The NAIA Championship Game is set to be played on March 18.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1906 Senator right-hander Tom Hughes becomes the first pitcher to post a 1-0 victory in an extra-inning game with his own home run. Long Tom’s solo shot off Fred Glade in the top of the tenth frame proves to be the difference in the team’s victory over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park.
1914 In the seventh inning of the 4-1 loss to Detroit at the Polo Grounds, Yankees’ catcher Les Nunamaker has three assists to become the first catcher to accomplish the feat since 1887. The 25-year-old guns down Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach trying to steal and picks off Hugh High leading off second base in the frame, marking the only time a backstop has three assists in the same inning this century.
1933 A’s southpaw Lefty Grove limits New York to five hits, going the distance in Philadelphia’s 7-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander’s shutout marks the first time that the Bronx Bombers have not scored a run a game since August 2, 1931, a span of 309 games.
1940 During the Reds’ road trip in Boston, backup catcher Willard Hershberger is found dead in his room after taking his own life at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Having talked with his fragile player for hours after the game, Cincinnati skipper Bill McKechnie thought he had consoled the worn-out backstop, who was distraught about leaving runners on base in every at-bat with his 0-for-5 performance at the plate.
1948 Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his first major league start, hurling seven innings, leading the Indians over the Senators, 5-3. Before today’s game, the future Hall of Famer made eight appearances in relief, compiling a 1-1 record for the Tribe.
1957 Pirates manager Bobby Bragan hears he has been fired on the radio and replaced by Philadelphia third-base coach Danny Murtaugh. Pittsburgh general manager Joe L. Brown leaked news of the hiring before informing his disposed skipper.
1959 For the first time in major league history, a second All-Star Game occurs in the same season. The American League post a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum when White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox singles in Tony Kubek with the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.
1959 In the third inning of the second All-Star Game this summer, Yogi Berra’s two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Midsummer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.
1961 In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 19-0. Harvey Haddix throws a four-hit complete game for the Bucs in a game that takes only two hours and thirty-six minutes to play.
1962 With his sixth home run in three consecutive games, Frank Thomas ties a National League record when he goes deep off Cincinnati’s Joey Jay in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Mets 8-6 loss at the Polo Grounds. The right-handed slugger, who equaled the mark with a pair of round-trippers in each game, will add another homer to his club leading total in tomorrow’s contest.
1967 Charlie Finley fires his manager Alvin Dark after the two disagree over the owner’s handling player discipline. ‘Charlie O’ had fined and suspended Lew Krausse, Jr. for the pitcher’s reported rowdy behavior on a team flight, prompting the team’s first baseman Ken Harrelson, who will also be released, to call the A’s owner a menace to the sport.
1967 The Red Sox obtain catcher Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and two players to be named later, with pitchers Peter Magrini and Ron Klimkowski being sent to New York to complete the trade. The 38-year-old backstop will hit only .147 for his new team, but his veteran presence will contribute to Boston capturing the American League pennant.
1967 The Braves set a club mark by hitting seven home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Cubs, thanks to Tito Francona, Joe Torre (2), Clete Boyer (2), Denis Menke, and Hank Aaron all contributing to the record. Atlanta’s round-trippers come during the first five frames of the Wrigley Field contest, and all are solo shots, except for Boyer’s two-run blast in the third inning.
1967 “The pennant should be decided in the traditional manner.” – Warren Giles, National League President. A joint meeting held in Chicago, foreseen as a formality, turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners unanimously agree to the plan, but the Senior Circuit brass makes it clear they will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the change by itself, citing the possibility an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club could play a first-place team in the World Series.
1969 Rich Reese’s pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning helps the Twins beat the Orioles and Dave McNally at Metropolitan Stadium, 5-2. The defeat is the southpaw’s first loss of the season, ending his fifteen-game winning streak.
1975 Denny Doyle, acquired from California in June for a player to be named (Chuck Ross) later and cash, extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning home run in the Red Sox’s 6-4 victory over Detroit at Fenway Park. The usually light-hitting infielder will bat .310 for Boston after playing a pivotal role in Boston’s successful pennant drive.
1978 In a 5-4 victory against the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, Giants’ first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 504th home run off Don Sutton, establishing him as the National League all-time left-handed home run leader. Southpaw swinger Eddie Mathews had previously led the NL, collecting 503 round-trippers playing for the Braves and Astros, adding another nine for Detroit in the American League at the end of his 17-year career.
1979 At Yankee Stadium, over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurman Munson. The Bronx Bombers’ captain died yesterday, piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport.
1979 The Yankees purchase Lenny Randle from Pittsburgh to fill the roster spot of Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash yesterday. The 31-year-old former Pirates utility outfielder and designated hitter will appear in only 20 games for the Bronx Bombers, with Jerry Narron replacing the Captain as the team’s backstop.
1982 Frank White hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The second baseman completes the feat with a two-out triple in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at Royals Stadium.
1982 At the request of the players, the Angels retire their first number in franchise history, honoring Gene Autry with the #26 to commemorate the team’s first owner as the 26th man on the club’s roster. The ‘Singing Cowboy,’ well-known for his roles in Hollywood westerns, acquired the American League expansion club in 1960, owning it for 38 years until he died in 1998.
1986 First ballot inductee Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, the BBWAA’s only choice, is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, along with the Veterans Committee’s selections of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr and the late Ernie Lombardi, a catcher best known for his playing days with the Reds and Giants. Pirates announcer Bob Prince and Cincinnati beat writer Earl Lawson, respectively, accept the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
1987 Home plate umpire Tim Tschida throws out Joe Niekro after discovering an emery board on the Twins’ starting pitcher. The 42-year-old knuckleballer will receive an automatic ten-day suspension from the American League for defacing the ball.
1987 After his ejection in the bottom of the 12th inning for arguing a close call at first, the Columbia Mets manager Butch Hobson yanks the base out of the ground and brings it into the clubhouse in protest. The bounced skipper is convinced to return the stolen property to the field because the team has only one set of bases, but not before he sprays the bag orange to make it easier to see for the umpire.
1989 The Reds set a major league record for the most hits in the first inning with 16 as they score 14 runs at Riverfront Stadium off woeful Astro pitching. The half of an inning lasts 38 minutes, with the Reds eventually winning the contest, 18-2.
1995 Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Brett Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters but gets the win in the team’s 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs with one out in the seventh inning.
1997 Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch-hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy
1998 In the eighth inning of the Astros’ 11-3 loss to Florida, C.J. Nitkowski hits three consecutive batters, becoming only the third hurler to accomplish the rare feat in major league history since 1900. The Houston southpaw shares the dubious distinction with two other hurlers who also spent time in Columbus (OH) as minor leaguers, Dock Ellis (1974 Pirates) and Wilbur Wood (1977 White Sox).
1998 In the team’s 14-1 loss to the Yankees at Network Associates Coliseum, A’s starter Mike Oquist gives up fourteen earned runs, becoming the first pitcher to give up that many runs in an appearance since 1977 when Bill Travers accomplished the dubious feat hurling for the Brewers. The 30-year-old right-hander, giving up 16 hits to the 32 batters he faces in five innings, sets a franchise record for runs allowed, staying in the game to save the bullpen for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers.
2000 After looking at the artists’ renderings of the new proposed enlarged Fenway Park that includes a monstrous 3,000-car garage, Diane White suggests the Red Sox, New England’s team, relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. The Boston Globe columnist believes the gigantic ballpark complex will dominate the quaint neighborhood, riling against the “bunch of rich and powerful guys” who will ask for taxpayer assistance to fund their “multi-million-dollar playground.”
2000 The independent Western Baseball League expells Kevin Mitchell of the Sonoma County Crushers for the rest of the season for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl caused by a pitch thrown behind Mitchell had ended.
2002 Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels’ center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.
2002 In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners’ designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat, doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle’s 12-4 victory over the Indians.
2004 In a game that Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player in history to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first four big-league seasons, Tony Batista goes deep twice, knotting the score with a two-run blast in the ninth and hitting a grand slam in the 12th. The Expos’ third baseman’s 199th and 200th career blasts help Montreal beat St. Louis in extra innings, 10-6.
2006 The home run ball hit by Barry Bonds to pass Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time career list fetches $220,100 during a ten-day eBay auction. The money, which will go to Andrew Morbitzer, the fan who caught #715, is much less than the $800,000 dished out in 2004 for the ball the Giants’ left fielder hit for his 700th career homer.
2008 Francisco Liriano, sent down to the minors after an 0-3 start in April attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, blanks the Indians for six innings in his return to the Twins’ rotation. The right-hander’s performance propels Minnesota into first place in the American League Central with the eventual 6-2 victory over the Tribe along with a White Sox loss.
2010 Alex Herrnberger bats for two different teams in two other cities on the same day, when he first pinch-hits a double for the Reno Aces in the ninth inning against the Rainiers. Then, after the team’s loss in Tacoma, the Diamondbacks’ minor leaguer take a 30-minute plane flight to Yakima (WA) to play in the Bears game, where he pinch-hits again, popping out in the short-season affiliate’s 8-0 win over the Eugene Emeralds.
2011 The Jamestown (New York) Jammers wear special game jerseys during their NY-Penn League game against Tri-City to commemorate Lucy Ball’s 100th birthday and in conjunction with the Festival of Comedy being held in her honor in Jamestown this week. The uniforms, featuring Lucy and Desi on the front and the event logo on the back, will be autographed by the players and auctioned to benefit the Lucy-Desi Center.
2011 After driving in the winning run yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury, who never had a walk-off hit, does it in consecutive contests when he blasts a two-out ninth-inning homer, giving the Red Sox another dramatic victory over Cleveland. The center fielder becomes the first Red Sox player with game-ending hits on consecutive days in the regular season since Butch Hobson accomplished the feat in 1978.
2012 The Upton brothers go deep each record their 100th career homer hours apart in different ballparks when Diamondback outfielder Justin goes yard at Citizens Bank Park, and his older sibling B.J. hits a Tropicana Field round-tripper for the Rays. On July 20, the boys from Norfolk (VA) also hit their 99th homers on the same day.
2013 Max Scherzer becomes only the third pitcher in the last 44 years to begin the season with a 16-1 record when the Tigers beat the White Sox, 3-0, at Comerica Park. Detroit’s 29-year-old right-hander joins Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees) and Dave McNally (1966 Orioles) in getting off to a historically fast start.
2013 The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.
2015 Mike Hessman breaks the minor league home run record with the 433rd round-tripper of his nearly 19-year career, a grand slam against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Mudhens’ 10-8 extra-inning International League (AAA) loss at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field. The 37-year-old first baseman, who played parts of five seasons with the Braves, Tigers, and Mets, surpasses Buzz Arlett, who established the mark in 1936 while playing for the Minneapolis Millers.
2015 Adrian Beltre becomes only the fourth player in baseball history to hit for the cycle three times and the first to accomplish the feat since 1933 when Babe Herman collected four different hits for the Cubs. The Rangers’ third baseman, who also joins Bob Meusel (1928) and John Reilly (1890), completed the task with a fifth-inning home run in the team’s 12-9 victory over Houston.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1943
New York Yankees (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (1)
In a classic-rematch of the previous year’s contest, the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees once again found themselves competing for the World Championship title. The underdog Redbirds had dethroned the mighty Bombers in 1942 and the devastating loss was the first since 1926 for the Yankees, who had won in all eight of their appearances in the Fall Classic.
Both teams had maintained their dominance throughout the 1943 season, despite losing several key players to military service. The Cardinals were without Howie Pollet (who left in August) and the Yankees lost Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and Red Ruffing to tours of duty. On the home front, the Card’s Stan Musial had a tremendous season, winning the National League batting title with an incredible .357 average. He was also backed up by the finest pitching in the National League as Pollet, Max Lanier and Mort Cooper ranked 1-2-3 in the league in ERA at 1.75, 1.90 and 2.30, respectively. The Yanks still boasted Charlie Keller and Joe Gordon who provided power at the plate with thirty-one and seventeen home runs, respectively. First baseman Nick Etten, (acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies) proved a significant addition as well and drove in a team-high one-hundred seven runs and Spud Chandler led the pitching staff with twenty wins. Even without “Joe D” and the gang, Joe McCarthy’s team still won the American League pennant with a 13½-game difference over second-place Washington.
In a repeat of the previous opener, the Cardinals fell behind, thanks to the pitching of Spud Chandler, who threw a seven-hit, 4-2 winner that featured a key 2-2 tie breaker in the sixth on singles by Frankie Crosetti and rookie third baseman Billy Johnson, a wild pitch by Lanier and another single by Bill Dickey.
The big story in Game 2 was the bittersweet play of the Cardinal’s Cooper brothers, who were mourning the death of their father who had passed away the day before. Mort pitched a one-run ballgame for eight innings and Walker singled in three at-bats and laid down a sacrifice bunt. Both brothers were backed up by Marty Marion, who belted a third-inning homer with the bases empty, and Ray Sanders, who powered a two-run shot in the fourth. Despite the Nationals best efforts, the Yankees rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth and wound up the 4-3 winners.
Al Brazle, a twenty-nine-year-old rookie who won eight-of-ten decisions in the regular season and boasted a 1.53 ERA, kept the Cards’ hopes alive for a repeat of ’42 (in which St. Louis won four straight to take the title) by pitching masterfully through seven innings of Game 3. Unfortunately, the lefthander was unable to maintain his momentum in the eighth as the Yankees scored five times. Joe DiMaggio’s replacement in centerfield, converted pitcher Johnny Lindell, started the rally with a double on the error of Harry Walker who misplayed the ball. Pinch-hitter George Stirnweiss bunted, and first baseman Sanders threw to third baseman Whitey Kurowski in an effort to cut down Lindell. The throw was in time, but Lindell crashed into Kurowski and knocked the ball loose. After a fly-ball moved Stirnweiss to second, Crosetti was walked intentionally to load the bases. Johnson, a .280 hitter in his first season with the Yankees, proceeded to foil the strategy by clearing the bases with a triple. Gordon and Etten added run-scoring singles later in the inning, pushing the score to 6-2. Johnny Murphy finished the job by working a 1-2-3 ninth in relief of winning pitcher Hank Borowy.
Nothing changed in Game 4 as Marius Russo put on a one-man show. A 5-10 pitcher for the Yankees in ’43, Russo held St. Louis to seven hits, doubled and scored the winning run in the eighth as New York won 2-1. As the Series headed to Game 5, the Yankees were thinking revenge and were one win away from having it. The Cardinals on the other hand, were only thinking about survival and selected Mort Cooper to go against Chandler the next day. The Redbirds put up a great offensive effort, knocking the Yankee pitcher for ten hits, but were unable to score on any of them. The Bombers only needed one, a two-run homer from Bill Dickey in the sixth that sealed their fate with a 2-0 triumph.
The American’s had their revenge and manager Joe McCarthy had his seventh (and final) World Series Championship.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1954
The 1954 All-Star Game featured some of the most exciting and evenly paced baseball to date as both divisions went at each other in nine-inning fight to the finish.
The National League was still riding a four game winning streak and the American League was determined to end it. This game also rewrote the books as it tied or set records for home runs by both teams (six), homers by one team (four, American League), runs by both teams (twenty), hits by both teams (thirty-one) and hits by one team (seventeen, American League).
In the eighth inning, the National League was leading 9-8 and on their way to another victory. Not to be outdone again, the American League scored three runs. Then, Larry Doby sent the Cleveland crowd into a hometown frenzy with a pinch-hit, game-tying home run with one out. Yankees Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra both followed with base hits. The National League was back on its heels as Gene Conley walked Al Rosen, loading the bases. One out later, the stage was set and Nelson Fox knocked one into short center scoring the final and winning runs. Closer Virgil Trucks, who was pitching in place of Dean Stone, sealed the victory. After walking Duke Snider, he forced a ground out by Stan Musial and retired the last two batters. Finally, the American League had won after four years of defeat.
FOOTBALL HISTORY-AUGUST 3
Steelers Use “Air-Laynes” for 43-16 Win
That is our Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the day from the Pittsburgh Press from August 4, 1960 about an exhibition game played the day prior. August 3, 1960 – The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL 43-16 in an exhibition game between the NFL and CFL at CNE Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. The Steelers used the wider Canadian field to showcase their big armed quarterback Bobby Layne and his quartet of talented wide outs in Buddy Dial, Preston Carpenter, Jimmy Orr and Jack McClairen to put on an ariel attack. In just one half of play Layne was 10 of 13 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. The Steel City team raced out to a 36-3 halftime lead playing under the Canadian rules and never looked back. The article goes on to say that Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney stated that he was particulary delighted with the CFL rule on punt coverage where defenders had to give the returner a 5 yard cushion to make a play on the ball thus eliminating a need for the fair catch in Canadian football. Rooney stated that this might be something the NFL may want to explore.
Champs and the All-Stars
August 3, 1962- The 29th Annual Chicago Charities College All Stars game sees the Green Bay Packers routing the All Stars 42-20 before 65,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be John Hadl the Kansas quarterback.
August 3, 1970 – The NFL work stoppage ends as the Players Association and the NFL agree on a $19.1 Million deal.
August 3, 1986 – The first ever NFL’s American Bowl exhibition game takes place at London’s Wembley Stadium as the Chicago Bears defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-6.
August 3, 2020- Duane “The Rock” Johnson with partners Dany Garcia and private investment firm RedBird Capital purchased the bankrupt XFL for the sum of $15 million from Alpha Entertainment LLC. The Johnson and Garcia entertainment multi-platform company Seven Bucks Companies plan on working hard to make the XFL entertaining for the fans. The creator of the restart XFL happened to be The Rock’s former boss, Vince McMahon nad prior to that Duane J. played college football on the 1991 National Champion Miami Hurricanes. The ironic Hollywood twist to this tale is thatJohnson portrayed the acting role on the HBO show “Ballers” where his character was a retired NFL player that bought the KC Chiefs. Life truly does imitate art!
NUMBERS IN HISTORY-AUGUST 3
5 – 31 – 47 – 24 – 25 – 44 – 1
August 3, 1914 – New York Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker threw out three Detroit Tigers’ runners to 2nd base during the 1st innings, only time in 20th Century
August 3, 1921 – MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury
August 3, 1930 – Lightning strikes twice! For the 2nd time in the year, Phillies outfielder Chuck Klein hits safely in 26 straight games, run halted in 2nd game of doubleheader v Boston Braves
August 3, 1933 – Philadelphia A’s defeated the New York Yankees, 7-0. Why is that special? Well it was the first time in 308 games the Yankees team was shut out
August 3, 1941 – Joe DiMaggio, Number 5 goes 0-4 in Yankees 6-2 loss v St. Louis Browns, ending his on-base streak of 74 games, 2nd in MLB history
August 3, 1948 – Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, Number 31 at the age 42, debuts in Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
August 3, 1949 – Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
August 3, 1960 – For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland’s Joe Gordon (49-46)
August 3, 1962 – New York Met Frank Thomas, Number 25 hit his 6th home run in 3 games
August 3, 1986 – Willie McCovey (Number 44), Bobby Doerr (Number 1) and Ernie Lombardi (So many numbers) were all inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
August 3, 1987 – Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris wearing Number 47 had a bad day of control when he tied the American League record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss to the Kansas City Royals
August 3, 1989 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson, Number 24 set an AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB
August 3, 1999 – Arsenal FC completed a huge signing coup snapping up ace French striker Thierry Henry, who wore Number 14 that season, for a bargain £10 million from Italian club Juventus.
August 3, 2017 – Brazilian soccer forward jersey Number 10, Neymar transfered from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot