MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CHICAGO CUBS 4 PITTSBURGH 2

MIAMI 2 CINCINNATI 1

ATLANTA 6 PHILADELPHIA 3

BALTIMORE 5 TAMPA BAY 3

TORONTO 10 ST. LOUIS 3

NY METS 6 NY YANKEES 3

CLEVELAND 8 BOSTON 3

SAN DIEGO 6 DETROIT 4 (10)

LA ANGELS 6 KANSAS CITY 0

MILWAUKEE 7 MINNESOTA 6

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2 COLORADO 1

OAKLAND 5 HOUSTON 3

SEATTLE 5 TEXAS 4

ARIZONA 7 SAN FRANCISCO 3

WASHINGTON 8 LA DODGERS 3

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCORES

INDIANAPOLIS 5 TOLEDO 4

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SOUTH BEND 8 LAKE COUNTY 4

FORT WAYNE 11 PEORIA 4

WNBA SCORES

LAS VEGAS 93 CHICAGO 83

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SCORES

VANCOUVER 1 TORONTO 1

RACING SCHEDULE AT INDY THIS WEEK

INDYCAR

Race: Gallagher Grand Prix 

Format: 85 laps (207.32 miles) 

When: Green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022 

TV: NBC; Leigh Diffey, anchor; James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, analysts. 

Radio: IndyCar Radio, with Mark Jaynes as anchor; Channel 160 on SiriusXM 

NASCAR XFINITY

Race: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard 

Format: 62 laps (151.2 miles) 

When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022 

TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts. 

Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM 

NASCAR

Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard 

Format: 82 laps (200 miles) 

When: 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, 2022 

TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts. 

Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

Friday, July 29 

8:30 a.m. ET: Gates open 

9:30-11 a.m.: IndyCar practice 

1-2:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying 

3:05-3:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity practice 

3:35 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity qualifying 

5 p.m.: Gates close 

Saturday, July 30 

7:30 a.m.: Gates open 

8:15-8:45 a.m.: IndyCar warm-up 

9:35-10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Cup practice 

10:35-11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Cup qualifying 

12:30 p.m.: IndyCar race 

3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity race 

Sunday, July 31 

11 a.m.: Gates open 

2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Cup race 

THE INDIANA SRN WEEK ONE FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE

AUGUST 19

SPEEDWAY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V TRADERS POINT

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V JASPER

PERRY MERIDIAN V FRANKLIN CENTRAL

THE INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON POLLS

6A

  1. WESTFIELD
  2. BROWNSBURG
  3. CENTER GROVE
  4. WHITELAND
  5. CASTLE

5A

  1. CATHEDRAL
  2. HARRISON (LAFAYETTE)
  3. VALPARAISO
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  5. FISHERS

4A

  1. MT. VERNON
  2. RONCALLI
  3. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
  4. MOORESVILLE
  5. TRI-WEST

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. DANVILLE
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. OWEN VALLEY
  5. JASPER

2A

  1. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  4. SCECINA
  5. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

1A

  1. MONROE CENTRAL
  2. INDY LUTHERAN
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. COVENANT CHRISTIAN
  5. PARKE HERITAGE

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.

AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET 

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

DATEGAMENETWORK (TIME)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERSNBC (8:00 PM)
PRESEASON WEEK 1
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONSNFLN (6:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSNFLN (8:30 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLSNFLN (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOSNFLN (9:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERSNFLN (4:25 PM)
PRESEASON WEEK 2
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKSESPN (8:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMSNFLN (10:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFSNFLN (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERSNFLN (10:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALSFOX (8:00 PM)
MONDAY, AUGUST 22ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETSESPN (8:00 PM)
PRESEASON WEEK 3
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFSNFLN (8:00 PM)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANSPRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYSNFLN (8:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONSNFLN (3:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALSNFLN (6:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOSNFLN (9:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERSCBS (4:30 PM)

*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

BOLD, AGGRESSIVE BIG TEN LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR MORE EXPANSION

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren talked Tuesday about the conference being bold and aggressive as college sports goes through a period of sweeping change, and he left the door open for more expansion after adding Southern California and UCLA in the offseason’s biggest move.

Warren’s opening remarks to begin Big Ten football media days went nearly 15 minutes before he directly mentioned the two Los Angeles schools that they will be joining the conference in 2024.

“Regarding expansion, I get asked every single day what’s next? It may include future expansion,” Warren said. “We will not expand just to expand. It will be strategic. It will add additional value to our conference.”

He added: “We are in a perpetual state of evaluating what’s next for college athletics.”

Warren also said the Big Ten is finalizing a new media rights deal that will go into effect next year, with an announcement expected “sooner rather than later.”

He dodged questions about what it could be worth to the conference but some projections have the Big Ten in position to pay out about $100 million in revenue annually to its schools in the coming years.

He did say USC and UCLA will enter the conference as full members with regards to revenue sharing. In previous expansions with Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland, the incoming members received partial shares at first.

The West Coast additions will make the Big Ten a 16-member, coast-to-coast conference stretching from Maryland to Southern California.

“You’re going to wake up watching Big Ten football and go to bed watching Big Ten football,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

For coaches, the prospect of making long road trips was not much of a concern compared to the benefits USC and UCLA bring.

“We recruit worldwide,” said Fitzgerald, whose team opens the season in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 27 against Nebraska. “We have a huge alumni base in Southern California.”

Just a year ago at the first in-person Big Ten media days hosted by Warren as commissioner, the SEC dominated headlines with news that Texas and Oklahoma would be leaving the Big 12 for the Southern superconference.

The Big Ten’s counterpunch came 11 months later.

“A lot of work we’ve done on any potential expansion, we’ve done multiple years ago,” Warren said. “We’re always in a perpetual state of analyzing the goodness of fit for any institutions that were coming to the Big Ten Conference.”

Warren said Los Angeles had the largest section of Big Ten alumni outside the Midwest.

“I thought it was a very smart move for our league to get out in front of any changes that might be happening around the country,” Nebraska coach Scott Frost said.

Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck summed it up succinctly: “L.A.! Are you kidding me? That’s perfect.”

Those road trips will be a lot more complicated for the athletes in other sports that compete more frequently and not exclusively on the weekends. Especially for the West Coast schools that will have to hop at least two time zones to face any other conference member.

“We have built a Big Ten kind of readiness committee that we’ll activate here to start working with USC and UCLA to get ideas as far as what we can do,” Warren said.

“And what we’ll do is we’ll work through these next two years from a scheduling component to make sure that we create the environment that’s most healthy and holistic for our student-athletes, which is one of the reasons I’ve started the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to be able to listen to them to say what’s important,” Warren said.

Warren reminisced about the days when his family would shop from a Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog and about the company’s long history in and around Chicago. The third-year commissioner, who received plenty of criticism of the Big Ten’s handling of the 2020 pandemic season, said he would not let the conference become an outdated business like Sears.

“Where expansion goes, I don’t know,” he said. “It is important for all of us in business to recognize that were in a time of change. I’m embracing change. I’m going to be very aggressive.”

LÓPEZ FANS 11 IN 7 DOMINANT INNINGS, MARLINS EDGE REDS 2-1

CINCINNATI (AP) Pablo Lopez allowed two hits and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven dominant innings and the Miami Marlins edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Tuesday night.

Joey Wendle hit a two-run single off Hunter Greene as Miami for the third time in nine games.

A day after Cincinnati piled up 11 runs in a romp, Lopez turned in a stopper-like performance for the Marlins. He overcame Mike Moustakas’s solo homer to finish with a flourish, retiring his final nine batters and striking out the side in the sixth. He didn’t walk anybody while retiring 21 of his last 22 Cincinnati batters.

“That was really fun,” Lopez said. “It has been a while since I felt that good. That’s one of those starts I really needed. It’s a good start to build on.”

The Reds had won nine of their previous 13 games.

“Lopez had as good a stuff as we’ve seen all year,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He had a good fastball. You didn’t know which way he was going to cut it. He had a good sinker and great changeup.”

Lopez (7-5), the National League April Pitcher of the Month after going 3-0, allowed a single to the first batter he faced, Jonathan India, before retiring the next 12. Moustakas snapped that run, leading off the fifth with his sixth homer of the season.

Lopez was happy to be able to shake off the homer.

“Giving up a homer is not ideal, but solo shots aren’t going to hurt you that much,” he said. “I was able to turn the page.”

He was even prouder about issuing no walks.

“I wasn’t shying away from the strike zone,” he pointed out.

Lopez admitted to a bit of lobbying one more inning.

“You never want the ball taken out of your hand,” he said. “Those are decisions that are out of my hands. I’ll just be proud of the start.”

“He did a good job,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re going to need him in the second half. We’re going to take care of him. We want him to stay on a good track.”

Anthony Bass kept the streak alive with a perfect eighth. Tanner Scott closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.

Greene almost matched Lopez out-for-out, allowing three hits through the first four scoreless innings before the Marlins broke through in the fifth when Jesus Sanchez singled with one out and went to third on Luke Williams’ single. Williams stole second while Jacob Stallings was striking out, but Wendle drove in both runners with a single to right – the first of his three straight hits.

The Marlins collected nine hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings against Greene (3-12), who struck out six and walked one. The rookie right-hander is 0-5 over his last eight starts since his last win on June 6 against Arizona.

“I just simply challenged them and kept going after them,” Greene said. “If they got a little hit here or hit there, I kept going after them. I kept competing. That’s my biggest takeaway.”

HOT CORNERS

Marlins third baseman Luke Williams lunged to snare Brandon Drury’s sharp one-hopper and made a leaping throw that first baseman Lewin Diaz stretched to haul in on one hop for the first out of the first inning.

TOO GREEDY

Reds LF Tommy Pham hustled over to the line to scoop up Stallings’ leadoff single and threw the Marlins catcher out trying to stretch the hit into a double in the third.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: INF Garrett Cooper (right wrist contusion) was placed on the 10-day on Tuesday, retroactive to Sunday. Cooper was hit by a pitch on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Reds: CF Nick Senzel seemed to jar his right shoulder making a diving catch of Bryan De La Cruz’s sinking liner leading off the fifth. After a visit from a trainer, Senzel stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 2.77), the focus of trade rumors, may be making his last start for the Reds on Wednesday. He is due to be opposed by LHP Braxton Garrett (2-3, 3.42).

CONTRERAS SALUTES FANS, HELPS CUBS WIN 6TH IN ROW, TOP BUCS

CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras drew a standing ovation in perhaps his last home game at Wrigley Field, then keyed an early burst as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Tuesday for their season-high sixth straight win.

Contreras, one of three members left from the 2016 World Series title team, tipped his cap after being cheered at the plate his first time up. He hit a soft single to center field in a three-run first inning off Bryse Wilson (1-6).

“When I started hearing it the first at-bat, it was amazing,” said Contreras, who hugged his teammates and coaches on the field after the game. “I tried to enjoy it as much as I could and took it all in.”

Contreras, an All-Star catcher who can become a free agent after this season, has acknowledged this might be his last homestand as a member of the Cubs before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. He saluted the fans with a fist in his last at-bat in the seventh but struck out against reliever Tyler Beede.

“Getting traded to a team that’s going to compete is very good,” Contreras said. “If the Cubs get a good package for me to make this team better, they’re going to do it.

“I’d be more than happy to help a different team to get to the World Series. If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be more than happy to stay here with my teammates and try to find a way to make everyone better and keep being a nice leader on and off the field,” he said.

Representatives from the Blue Jays and White Sox were in attendance.

Seiya Suzuki, Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner hit consecutive doubles in the first to give Keegan Thompson (8-4) ample run support. Suzuki provided insurance with a homer in the eighth off reliever Will Crowe.

Thompson went a career-high seven innings.

“That was as good as we’ve seen Keegan,” manager David Ross said. “He continues to build.”

Mychal Givens pitched the ninth to earn his second save. Closer David Robertson wasn’t used for the second consecutive game after earning a win and save Saturday and Sunday at Philadelphia.

“He wasn’t an option,” said Ross, who informed Robertson of his intentions before the game.

The Cubs have (40-57) have their best winning streak since taking seven in a row last Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

The Pirates have lost four of five.

Thompson retired 16 of 18 batters before Hoerner committed a fielding error at shortstop with one out in the seventh, and 6-foot-7 rookie Oneil Cruz followed later with a two-run homer to center field.

Thompson completed the inning without further damage to top his previous high of 6 1/3 innings against the Reds on June 28.

Since the All-Star break, Cubs starters are 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA. Thompson has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts.

After Hoerner’s double, Wilson retired 14 of the next 17 hitters.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES?

Ross acknowledged that Contreras looked distracted during Monday’s game, in which he shed tears later after being asked to reflect on his seven seasons with the team.

“When he came up, he was a happy young man, lot of smiling, fitting in very easily, showing off the absolute cannon he had all the time,” Ross said of Contreras, who made his debut midway through the 2016 title season.

That was Ross’ final season as a player, and he recalled Contreras taking over his specific duties of catching veteran left-hander Jon Lester.

“It was a big deal when he caught Jon,” Ross said. “I know that was something he took pride in and probably learned a ton. I think you learn in the moment as much as I’ve noticed a growth in him in being able to read the game.”

UP NEXT

The Pirates will send RHP Zach Thompson (3-7, 4.64 ERA) when they open a four-game series Thursday against the Phillies.

The Cubs will start LHP Justin Steele (4-6, 4.02) in the first game of a four-game series Thursday against the Giants. Steele allowed one run in five innings in a 15-2 win Friday over the Phillies.

JONES HOMERS FOR GUARDIANS TO SPOIL PAPI’S RETURN TO FENWAY

BOSTON (AP) Guardians rookie Nolan Jones politely asked reporters to wait so he could text his father a picture of the souvenir baseball he is bringing home from Fenway Park.

Not the one from his home run – a three-run shot that was just the second homer of Jones’ major league career. The one that David Ortiz autographed for him on the night the Red Sox slugger returned from Cooperstown as a newly minted Hall of Famer.

“David Ortiz is my hero, actually,” Jones said, stopping to show off the ball to his teammate Owen Miller after Cleveland beat Boston 8-3 on Tuesday night.

“Did you get two?” Miller asked.

Minutes after Ortiz took the field in a pregame ceremony and proclaimed himself a good luck charm for his slumping former team, the Red Sox fell behind 5-0 on their way to a sixth loss in seven games. They have lost 14 of their last 18 to fall into last place in the AL East.

Austin Hedges also homered, and Steven Kwan had three hits to help Guardians snap a three-game losing streak. Bryan Shaw made his first start after a record 732 relief appearances, and Kirk McCarty (1-2) earned his first career victory, pitching four scoreless innings and striking out four.

“He went right through the middle of that game and quieted it down,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “I think he had some adrenaline because it was coming out hot.”

Xander Bogaerts had three hits for Boston. Josh Winckowski (3-5) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk, striking out two in three innings.

The Guardians scored solo runs in the first two innings before Jones hit a three-run homer to make it 5-0 in the third. Boston scored two in the bottom half to chase Shaw, and had the bases loaded with one out.

But Nick Sandlin got Kevin Plawecki on a shallow popup, and Jones, in right field, threw out Bogaerts trying to tag from third to end the inning. The Guardians lead the majors with 27 outfield assists.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Ortiz was inducted in Cooperstown on Sunday, and both managers in Tuesday’s game took part in the pregame ceremony. Francona led the Boston teams that won the 2004 and ’07 World Series; Red Sox skipper Alex Cora was a player on the ’07 championship team.

Ortiz took the field to chants of “Papi!” and told the crowd: “The good luck charm just arrived.”

Francona said honoring Ortiz and coming away with a win combined to make it a great night.

“These are our guys over here,” he said. “That was a long time ago, and I’m really proud of all that. But this is where I’m at and I just want to make sure our guys know that I couldn’t wait to get back to our dugout.”

STARTING ANEW

Shaw made the first start of his 12-year career and was already campaigning for another.

“I’m trying to start again Sunday,” he said.

Told that would probably put him up against the Rays and former Cleveland Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, he said: “That would be awesome.”

Shaw’s last professional start was in 2010 in Double-A. On Tuesday, he allowed two runs on three hits a hit batter and a walk while striking out two. He left with the Guardians leading 5-1 and runners on first and second with one out in the third.

The previous major league record for appearances before a debut start was David Robertson, who pitched 680 games in relief from 2008-21 before starting for the Rays against Miami.

“I’ll take any records I can get,” Shaw said.

BUMBLING BOSTON

The Red Sox committed their 10th error in eight games.

Yolmer Sanchez was flagged for an errant throw with the bases loaded in the fourth on Josh Naylor’s grounder up the middle. Sanchez tried to flip it to the shortstop for the force at second but threw it away, allowing a second run to score.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: OF Oscar Gonzalez (strained rib cage muscles) went 0-for-2 with a pair of popups and a walk in a rehab assignment with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks. … LHP Anthony Gose is still feeling discomfort in his strained triceps and will need another two weeks of rest.

Red Sox: Winckowski was hit on the rear end on Owen Miller’s sharp grounder in the third. The ball ricocheted to shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who made the throw to first for the out. After a visit from the trainer, Winckowski remained in the game.

UP NEXT:

Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) faces Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill (7-5) in the third game of the four-game series.

KOPECH STARS AS CHICAGO WHITE SOX TOP COLORADO ROCKIES 2-1

DENVER (AP) Michael Kopech pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, and the Chicago White Sox topped the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Yasmani Grandal had three hits in Chicago’s third straight win. Yoan Moncada doubled home Adam Engel in the seventh.

All-Star closer Liam Hendriks worked a rocky ninth for his 19th save, surrendering Ryan McMahon’s leadoff homer. Pinch-hitter Elias Diaz walked with two out, but Hendriks got Charlie Blackmon to bounce to shortstop.

Hendriks has allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings.

Colorado wasted a stellar performance by German Marquez (6-8), who permitted one run and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander has allowed five earned runs over his last 19 2/3 innings.

Kopech (4-6) worked out of jams in the second and fifth and departed after allowing six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jimmy Lambert got two outs, and Joe Kelly worked the seventh. Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth before Hendriks came in.

Chicago jumped in front in the fourth. With runners on first and third, Eloy Jimenez scored on an error by shortstop Garrett Hampson on a potential double-play ball by AJ Pollock.

DOUBLE BONUS

Chicago turned inning-ending double plays in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Luis Robert (lightheadedness and blurred vision) has begun some baseball activities, manager Tony La Russa said. “He seems like he’s improving every day except he’s still getting tested,” La Russa said.

Rockies: SS Jose Iglesias was out of the lineup a day after fouling a ball off of his left foot. Manager Bud Black said Iglesias should return Wednesday. … RHP Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 15-day injured list with toe sesamoiditis. RHP Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

UP NEXT

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (6-6, 5.12 ERA) faces Colorado right-hander Antonio Senzatela (3-5, 4.98 ERA) on Wednesday to wrap up the two-game series.

METS TOP YANKS 6-3 IN SUBWAY SERIES MATCHUP OF LEADERS

NEW YORK (AP) Eduardo Escobar crossed the plate and skipped joyfully back to the Mets dugout after his tiebreaking, two-run homer capped a four-run, first-inning rally – a drive a fan behind the left field fence caught one-handed with a leap.

Most of Citi Field was dancing by the time Edwin Diaz struck out Gleyber Torres with two on, ending the Mets’ 6-3 win over the Yankees in Tuesday night’s rare Subway Series matchup of first-place teams.

“It was honestly like a World Series home run,” Escobar said through a translator. “I’ve never played in an environment like that.”

Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo quieted many of the 42,364 fans with opposite-field home runs on consecutive first-inning pitches from Taijuan Walker (8-2).

But the Mets stormed right back in the bottom half when Starling Marte homered with one out against Jordan Montgomery (3-3). Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso followed with back-to-back doubles, and Escobar’s two-run, two-out homer put the Mets ahead 4-2. The ball was caught barehanded by a fan in a Mets jersey and Yankees hat.

The Mets held on for a victory before just their third home sellout this year, what they hoped is a World Series rehearsal. Both teams had been in first place when they met in only one previous season, a three-game series from April 24-26, 2015, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“If we’re playing against each other in November, that would be awesome,” Alonso said before the game. “If that happens, the city will just be on fire.”

Two of baseball’s big boppers went head to head. Judge’s major league-high 38th home run gave him 82 RBIs, tying for the big league lead. Alonso surged back ahead with his 83rd in the bottom half and went 3 for 3 with a walk.

The Yankees arrived a big league-best 66-31 with a 12 1/2-game AL East lead. The Mets had the second-best National League mark at 59-37 and a two-game NL East edge over Atlanta.

Walker improved to 5-0 in his last eight starts, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings.

“It was electric,” Walker said.

Montgomery, 0-2 in his last seven starts, allowed five runs – four earned – and five hits. He needed 71 pitches for seven outs, and when Boone came to the mound to remove him, he stared at his manager and said: “Why?”

“I wanted to be out there,” Montgomery said. “Obviously, I needed to be pulled.”

The Yankees went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and hurt themselves when Isiah Kiner-Falefa was picked off in the third and Rizzo was caught at second on an attempted double steal in the seventh.

After former Met and Yankee Darryl Strawberry threw out a ceremonial first pitch, Judge and Rizzo combined for the Yankees’ 14th back-to-back homers. They tied the team record set in 2009, and Rizzo ended a 14-game homerless streak with his 23rd this season.

Walker had not previously allowed a home run at Citi Field this year

The Mets opened a 5-2 lead in the third when third baseman Josh Donaldson hit Lindor with a throw near first base, and the ball caromed into right field as Marte scored from second.

DJ LeMahieu had an RBI grounder in the fourth, when Rizzo stranded the bases loaded with a flyout to to Brandon Nimmo a step in front of the center-field wall.

Jeff McNeil ended an 0-for-19 rut with a run-scoring single off Albert Abreu in the eighth.

After Adam Ottavino got five outs, Diaz set off the crowd with his entrance music of Blasterjaxx & Timmy Trumpet’s “Narco” – Mr. Met played a trumpet and many fans mimicked a horn with their water bottles.

Diaz struck out out pinch-hitter Joey Gallo to strand a runner in the eighth, then fanned LeMahieu, Rizzo and Torres around a hit and an error in the ninth, getting his 22nd save in 25 chances.

“I’ve never played in a major league playoff game before, but if I had to guess, that’s what it would be like,” Alonso said. “Looking to change that this year.”

BUCK’S QUIPS

Mets manager Buck Showalter on the 3-hour, 27-minute game: “That’s pretty good for us – 4 is the old 3.” … When asked whether he would have let Ottavino face Kiner-Falefa if Gallo had not pitch hit, Showalter wondered whether he had to answer and was reminded that reporters don’t have subpoena power. “In today’s world, that doesn’t mean you tell the truth, anymore – sometimes.” Showalter said.

CANHA – LIKE BANANA

Wearing an ESPN microphone during Sunday night’s game, Mets outfielder Mark Canha said his last name probably should be pronounced “Khan-ya” since it is of Portuguese origin. Not so, said his wife, Marci.

“Don’t get me wrong, if we moved to Lisbon tomorrow, then yes, we would pronounce it the way ‘NH’ is properly pronounced in Portuguese,” she tweeted. “Until then, it rhymes with banana.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton was put on the 10-day IL because of left Achilles tendinitis, a move retroactive to Sunday.

UP NEXT

RHP Domingo German (0-1, 15.00 ERA) starts for the Yankees after allowing five runs over three innings at Houston in his season debut. RHP Max Scherzer (6-2, 2.28) is 1-1 with a 1.78 ERA since returning from a strained oblique muscle in his left side.

SPRINGER HITS SLAM, JAYS WIN 7TH IN ROW, TOP DEPLETED CARDS

TORONTO (AP) George Springer hit his seventh career grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven by beating the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 Tuesday night.

Alejandro Kirk added his 12th homer and Matt Chapman had two hits, including the tiebreaking single in a five-run sixth as Toronto improved to 8-1 under manager John Schneider.

Springer had three hits, scored twice, and made a fine catch at the wall in deep right to end the game, leaving the bases loaded.

“He’s a stud,” Schneider said of Springer. “He’s continuously made big plays in big moments his whole career.”

Dylan Carlson hit a solo home run as St. Louis played the first of two games in Canada without unvaccinated sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The two biggest bats in the Cardinals lineup were placed on the restricted list before the game, along with catcher Austin Romine.

Foreign nationals who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, save for limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time.

A seven-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner at first base, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416) and hits (116). He was named NL player of the week Monday after homering in five straight games.

Arenado is a seven-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove winner at third base. The former Colorado star has led the NL in home runs three times.

Veteran slugger Albert Pujols started at first base in place of Goldschmidt, while Brendan Donovan was at third base. The crowd of 39,756 gave Pujols a loud ovation before his first at-bat.

Carlson connected off Jose Berrios in the first, his sixth. Guerrero answered in the bottom half with his 21st home run and Chapman added an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Carlson and Pujols tied it with RBI hits in the third, but Chapman restored the lead with a hit off Jordan Hicks (2-5) in the sixth. Hicks walked the next two batters to load the bases before Junior Fernandez came on and served up Springer’s slam, his 18th home run this season.

“It’s a big spot right there, to put us up by some more runs,” Springer said. “That’s the stuff that you enjoy playing the game for. It’s a huge moment.”

HIcks and Fernandez combined for eight outs, four walks, and seven earned runs.

“When you allow free bases, that’s where you get yourself in trouble,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said.

Berrios allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Tim Mayza (5-0) got one out for the win.

Making his second career interleague start, Cardinals rookie right-hander Andre Pallante allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings.

“There’s going to be days where if you’re relying on balls in play, it’s going to find a hole, Marmol said. “Today they squared them up.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: It will be about a week before St. Louis knows whether LHP Steven Matz will require season-ending surgery, Marmol said. Matz left Saturday’s start against Cincinnati in the sixth inning after straining his left knee while trying to field Joey Votto’s dribbler up the first-base line.

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (strained neck) threw a side session Tuesday and is a candidate to come off the IL and start Thursday against Detroit, Schneider said.

WELCOME BACK, BUCK!

Before the second inning, the Blue Jays came out of their dugout and tipped their caps to former TV broadcaster Buck Martinez, who returned to the booth Tuesday after undergoing treatment for cancer. Fans stood and cheered and even Pallante stopped warming up to salute Martinez, who stepped away from his role in mid-April.

Martinez, 73, is a former Blue Jays catcher and manager who also played for Kansas City and Milwaukee in a 17-year big league career that ended in 1986. He managed Team USA at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.

SNAPPY

After falling behind 0-2 in his third-inning at bat against Berrios, Pujols removed a broken chain from around his neck, handed it to home plate umpire Laz Diaz for safekeeping, then grounded a game-tying single on the next pitch.

SIMPLY GRAND

Toronto has five grand slams this season, tied for most in the majors.

ROSTER MOVES

Cardinals: St. Louis recalled OF Conor Capel and C Ivan Herrera, and selected INF Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A Memphis as substitute players.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (6-8, 3.40) starts Wednesday against Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.00). Wainwright’s only prior start in Toronto was a 5-0 loss on June 24, 2010.

SPRINGER HITS SLAM, JAYS WIN 7TH IN ROW, TOP DEPLETED CARDS

TORONTO (AP) George Springer hit his seventh career grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven by beating the short-handed St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 Tuesday night.

Alejandro Kirk added his 12th homer and Matt Chapman had two hits, including the tiebreaking single in a five-run sixth as Toronto improved to 8-1 under manager John Schneider.

Springer had three hits, scored twice, and made a fine catch at the wall in deep right to end the game, leaving the bases loaded.

“He’s a stud,” Schneider said of Springer. “He’s continuously made big plays in big moments his whole career.”

Dylan Carlson hit a solo home run as St. Louis played the first of two games in Canada without unvaccinated sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The two biggest bats in the Cardinals lineup were placed on the restricted list before the game, along with catcher Austin Romine.

Foreign nationals who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, save for limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time.

A seven-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner at first base, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416) and hits (116). He was named NL player of the week Monday after homering in five straight games.

Arenado is a seven-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove winner at third base. The former Colorado star has led the NL in home runs three times.

Veteran slugger Albert Pujols started at first base in place of Goldschmidt, while Brendan Donovan was at third base. The crowd of 39,756 gave Pujols a loud ovation before his first at-bat.

Carlson connected off Jose Berrios in the first, his sixth. Guerrero answered in the bottom half with his 21st home run and Chapman added an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Carlson and Pujols tied it with RBI hits in the third, but Chapman restored the lead with a hit off Jordan Hicks (2-5) in the sixth. Hicks walked the next two batters to load the bases before Junior Fernandez came on and served up Springer’s slam, his 18th home run this season.

“It’s a big spot right there, to put us up by some more runs,” Springer said. “That’s the stuff that you enjoy playing the game for. It’s a huge moment.”

HIcks and Fernandez combined for eight outs, four walks, and seven earned runs.

“When you allow free bases, that’s where you get yourself in trouble,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said.

Berrios allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Tim Mayza (5-0) got one out for the win.

Making his second career interleague start, Cardinals rookie right-hander Andre Pallante allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings.

“There’s going to be days where if you’re relying on balls in play, it’s going to find a hole, Marmol said. “Today they squared them up.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: It will be about a week before St. Louis knows whether LHP Steven Matz will require season-ending surgery, Marmol said. Matz left Saturday’s start against Cincinnati in the sixth inning after straining his left knee while trying to field Joey Votto’s dribbler up the first-base line.

Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (strained neck) threw a side session Tuesday and is a candidate to come off the IL and start Thursday against Detroit, Schneider said.

WELCOME BACK, BUCK!

Before the second inning, the Blue Jays came out of their dugout and tipped their caps to former TV broadcaster Buck Martinez, who returned to the booth Tuesday after undergoing treatment for cancer. Fans stood and cheered and even Pallante stopped warming up to salute Martinez, who stepped away from his role in mid-April.

Martinez, 73, is a former Blue Jays catcher and manager who also played for Kansas City and Milwaukee in a 17-year big league career that ended in 1986. He managed Team USA at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.

SNAPPY

After falling behind 0-2 in his third-inning at bat against Berrios, Pujols removed a broken chain from around his neck, handed it to home plate umpire Laz Diaz for safekeeping, then grounded a game-tying single on the next pitch.

SIMPLY GRAND

Toronto has five grand slams this season, tied for most in the majors.

ROSTER MOVES

Cardinals: St. Louis recalled OF Conor Capel and C Ivan Herrera, and selected INF Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A Memphis as substitute players.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (6-8, 3.40) starts Wednesday against Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.00). Wainwright’s only prior start in Toronto was a 5-0 loss on June 24, 2010.

YANKS’ STANTON GOES ON 10-DAY IL WITH ACHILLES TENDINITIS

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton could miss a few weeks because of tendinitis in his left Achilles.

Limited to one at-bat during the final two games of last weekend’s series at Baltimore, the four-time All-Star was put on the 10-day injured list before Tuesday night’s Subway Series opener at the New York Mets.

Asked whether Stanton will miss two or three weeks, Yankees manager Aaron Boone responded: “Ish – it could be shorter. We’ll see.”

Stanton woke up sore Monday and asked the Yankees’ training staff to schedule him for an MRI.

“It was right on the point he had talked about, where they found the tendinitis,” Boone said. “Hoping that it’s a minor thing.”

New York made the roster move was retroactive to Sunday, which means Stanton could be activated starting Aug. 3. Outfielder Tim Locastro was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Stanton homered for the American League in last week’s All-Star Game at his hometown Dodger Stadium and was selected Most Valuable Player in the AL’s 3-2 victory. He was 0 for 10 with seven strikeouts since then against Houston and Baltimore and went 10 for 69 (.156) with five homers in July, dropping his season average to .228 with 24 homers and 61 RBIs for the AL East-leading Yankees.

Boone said if Stanton had felt this way during the postseason, he likely would have played through the injury.

“In the communication that he and I had, he was just kind of a little tired, a little beat up kind of the last couple of weeks,” Boone said. “I’ve kind of sensed that, but I don’t think there was anything to my knowledge that was specific to this. It was just kind of beat up. And then after not playing the last couple of days and then waking up the way he did, it kind of set off the alarm in his head.”

Stanton has played 38 games in the outfield, his most since 2018. Matt Carpenter was in right field against the Mets, entering with a .323 average, 14 homers and 35 RBIs in 93 at-bats since he joined the Yankees in late May. Before July 3, Carpenter had not played the outfield since 2014.

“He’s more than held his own out there,” Boone said. “I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far. Obviously at times, middle, later part of the game when we’ve had some leads, we’ve been able to substitute in there. But I would say in my head at this point it’s gone better than I would have expected.”

PADRES’ FERNANDO TATIS JR. TAKES BP, MACKENZIE GORE TO IL

DETROIT (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. is back in the batter’s box, and the San Diego Padres’ $340 million star could face live pitching later this week.

Tatis took batting practice with teammates before Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, his first rounds with the club since breaking his left wrist in spring training.

The Padres also announced Tuesday that young left-hander MacKenzie Gore had been placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.

The 23-year-old Tatis is expected to begin facing live pitching later this week, then begin a minor league rehab assignment before eventually making his season debut with the big league team.

Tatis looked well Tuesday and hit several balls into the left-field stands.

“It felt normal,” he said.

Tatis hit .282 with 42 homers last season, finishing third in NL MVP voting despite missing time with left shoulder injuries. He signed a $340 million, 14-year deal with San Diego prior to the 2021 season.

Gore was pulled from a relief outing Monday at Detroit, when his fastball velocity was down more than 2 mph from his season average.

A first-round draft pick in 2017, Gore (4-4, 4.50 ERA) had ranked among the game’s top pitching prospects but didn’t debut in the majors until this season. He was exceptional early in the year, going 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his first nine games, including eight starts.

Monday was his second straight outing out of the bullpen after San Diego transitioned from a six-man rotation to a five-man staff. Gore’s 70 innings pitched this season are already 19 2/3 more than he threw in 2021, and he was on pace to far exceed his career high in the minors of 101 innings.

Gore’s name had been mentioned in trade speculation ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline, in particular if the Padres took a run at Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto.

Relief pitcher Dinelson Lamet was recalled from Triple-A El Paso to take Gore’s place.

D-BACKS’ NO. 2 PICK JONES INJURES SHOULDER DURING 1ST BATTING PRACTICE

Druw Jones, who was taken No. 2 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2022 MLB Draft in mid-July, could be out for the rest of the year after sustaining a shoulder injury during his first batting practice with the organization Monday, the team announced, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic.

“It seems like he will be out for a little while,” Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield said.

He added that “it’s too early to say” whether Jones will be ready for the start of spring training next year, and it hasn’t been determined if the 18-year-old outfielder needs surgery.

Jones, the son of former MLB star Andruw Jones, will meet with an orthopedic surgeon Wednesday to figure out the next steps. The injury isn’t expected to hinder his long-term development.

SHANAHAN CLEARS UP 49ERS QB SITUATION: ‘THIS IS TREY’S TEAM’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo reported to training camp for the San Francisco 49ers after spending the offseason away rehabilitating his injured shoulder.

But the message from coach Kyle Shanahan about Garoppolo’s future and the future of the 49ers was clear: “This is Trey’s team.”

Shanahan started camp Tuesday by removing any pretense of a quarterback competition in San Francisco by unequivocally stating what had seemed obvious all offseason, that Trey Lance will take over as starter a year after being drafted third overall.

“That’s nothing against Jimmy,” Shanahan said. “We made that decision a year ago and we’re not going to mess around with that anymore. … Jimmy understands that fully. He’s a big guy and it’s nothing against him. It’s a business decision.”

The process of transitioning from Garoppolo to Lance as starter in San Francisco started last offseason when the Niners traded three first-round picks to move up to take Lance third overall.

But after having only limited college experience at lower-level North Dakota State, the 49ers were in no rush to turn the team over to Lance, believing that a healthy Garoppolo gave them the best chance to compete.

That mostly proved correct as San Francisco made it to the NFC title game with Garoppolo at quarterback before losing to the eventual champion Rams.

Lance played only sparingly, making two starts when Garoppolo got injured, but showed enough in practice and the offseason for Shanahan to be confident in his ability to run a team that has championship aspirations.

“When you deal with a guy that has ability and stuff and all eyes are on him and the pressure is on him, not just with you guys but teammates, that’s what you want to see, him getting better as he gets opportunities,” Shanahan said. “If he gets better as he gets opportunities, then you’re a lot more encouraged to give him a lot more opportunities.”

The Niners would have already moved on from Garoppolo if he had been healthy this offseason. But he needed shoulder surgery, complicating efforts to trade him.

Garoppolo stayed in Southern California for the offseason program but has been cleared to practice, eliminating a $7.5 million injury guarantee on his $24.2 million contract for 2022.

Whether the Niners can find a trade partner remains to be seen and they might end up releasing him to save that money on the cap. Shanahan said Garoppolo won’t take part in team drills and will work on the side building up strength in his shoulder.

That will put the focus on Lance, who completed 41 of 71 passes for 603 yards, five TDs and two interceptions, while also running for 168 yards and a score as a rookie last season.

Lance’s teammates believe in his ability and are happy any controversy over the starter has been put to rest before the first practice on Wednesday.

“It’s nice that Kyle came out and finally said it publicly, but I felt like we all kind of felt that and saw that in OTAs,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “It’s not too much of a shocker or anything, but definitely excited for Trey and excited for us.”

NOTES: GM John Lynch was optimistic a contract extension can be reached with WR Deebo Samuel but expects to wait another year to extend DE Nick Bosa’s deal. Samuel is in the final year of his contract, while Bosa is locked up through 2023. … Lynch said the team will sign DT Robert Nkemdiche. … DE Dee Ford didn’t report to camp and will likely either be released or retire in the next few days. … TE Charlie Woerner (core surgery) and CB Jason Verrett (knee) will start camp on the physically unable to perform list. Rookie DT Khalia Davis (knee) will start out on the non-football injury list. … T Mike McGlinchey (quadriceps), DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) and LB Azeez Al-Shaair (shoulder) all passed their physicals but will be brought along slowly in camp.

SEAHAWKS RELEASE CARSON AFTER RUNNING BACK FAILED PHYSICAL

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks released running back Chris Carson with a failed physical designation on Tuesday, potentially signaling an end to his career because of a neck injury.

Carson’s future was in doubt the entire offseason after he was injured in Week 4 last year and eventually underwent neck surgery. Seattle coach Pete Carroll cautioned that Carson may not be able to return and Tuesday’s move finalized the situation.

Tuesday was reporting day for the Seahawks, with their first on-field practice scheduled for Wednesday.

“Ever since the first time I saw Chris on film, I loved his style, and I was thrilled when we were able to get him when we did,” Carroll told the Seahawks website on Tuesday. “To see him grow and become such an impacting part of our program with such a great style and all of that, it was a thrill to watch. We’ll miss him and everything he brought to our program.”

Carson was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017 that quickly developed into one of Carroll’s favorite players. Carson’s reckless, punishing running style was notably similar to former Seattle star Marshawn Lynch and yielded great success while also taking a physical toll.

Carson played more than 12 games only twice in his five seasons. Carson’s best season was 2019 when he rushed for 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.

During minicamp in June, Carroll said Carson had yet to regain complete range of motion in his neck following the surgery. Seattle was prepared for the chance Carson wouldn’t be able to return after drafting running back Ken Walker III and re-signing Rashaad Penny in the offseason.

“He’s been an incredible pro, a guy who brings an amazing energy about him. His running style is what we’ve always wanted here in Seattle. He’s the type of runner that the whole team feeds off of. The type of player defensive players get off the bench to watch him run – they can feel his energy. He’s the type of runner whose style affects the whole team, not just the offense,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said. “It’s a big disappointment. We took it as long as we possibly could with him, he saw a number of specialists, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to pass our physical.”

Carson’s situation mirrored two previous Seahawks standouts that had their careers cut short because of neck injuries. Both defensive end Cliff Avril and safety Kam Chancellor suffered neck injuries in the 2017 season that caused both to step away from the game.

Seattle also released reserve linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven with a failed physical designation. Burr-Kirven would revert to injured reserve for Seattle if he clears waivers. The Seahawks also placed four player on the physically unable to perform list: CB Tre Brown, LB Jon Rhattigan, OL Liam Ryan and LB Tyreke Smith.

Brown and Rhattigan are still recovering from knee injuries suffered last season.

AP SOURCE: PACKERS’ LAFLEUR, GUTEKUNST, BALL GET EXTENSIONS

(AP) — The Green Bay Packers have agreed to contract extensions with coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the extensions haven’t been announced. ESPN first reported the extensions. Details haven’t been revealed.

When asked after the Packers’ annual shareholder meeting Monday whether the team had agreed to extensions with LaFleur and Gutekunst, team president/CEO Mark Murphy said he’d prefer to keep those matters “internal.”

“I’ll just say I’m confident not only Matt and Brian but Russ Ball will continue to be Packers employees for years to come,” Murphy said.

The Packers have posted a 39-10 regular-season record and 41-13 overall mark in LaFleur’s three seasons as coach while winning the NFC North in each of those years. They lost 13-10 to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC divisional playoff game last season after falling in the NFC championship game each of LaFleur’s first two seasons.

Gutekunst took over as the Packers’ GM in January 2018 after working as their director of college scouting (2012-15) and director of player personnel (2016-17).

Green Bay’s first-round draft picks during Gutekunst’s stint as general manager have included cornerback Jaire Alexander, outside linebacker Rashan Gary, safety Darnell Savage Jr., quarterback Jordan Love, cornerback Eric Stokes, linebacker Quay Walker and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt. Gutekunst boosted the Packers’ defense last season with the offseason addition of All-Pro linebacker DeVondre Campbell and the midseason signing of cornerback Rasul Douglas.

Gutekunst worked over the last year to smooth things over with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had skipped the Packers’ organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in a standoff with team management. Rodgers produced a second straight MVP season and discussed his improved relationship with team officials before signing a contract extension that keeps him in Green Bay.

Ball joined the Packers as a vice president of football administration/player finance in February 2008. He was promoted to his current position in January 2018.

REPORT: BUCS SIGNING JULIO JONES TO 1-YEAR DEAL

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones is signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jones generated interest from multiple teams this offseason after being released by the Tennessee Titans in March, including the Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, according to Schefter.

The 33-year-old is already familiar with the NFC South, having played his first 10 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. The Alabama product, whom Atlanta drafted sixth overall in 2011, led the league in receiving twice from 2011-20 en route to becoming the Falcons’ all-time leader in catches (848) and receiving yards (12,896). He also caught 60 touchdowns with Atlanta.

Jones’ average of 91.9 receiving yards per game is the best in NFL history. He’s also posted 59 100-yard games throughout his career, the third-most of all time behind Jerry Rice (76) and Randy Moss (64).

The Falcons traded Jones to the Titans last year for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-rounder. He appeared in only 10 games with Tennessee, missing time with hamstring injuries for a second consecutive season. Jones finished the 2021 campaign with 31 catches, 434 yards, and one touchdown.

The Bucs already have one of the NFL’s best offenses with Tom Brady under center. Jones adds to a deep group of wide receivers that features Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, Tyler Johnson, and Scotty Miller, among others.

Godwin has been cleared to begin training camp after suffering a torn ACL in December, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. However, Tampa Bay won’t rush his return, ESPN’s Jenna Laine reports.

The Buccaneers, who lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement this year, also roster tight ends Cameron Brate, Kyle Rudolph, and rookie Cade Otton.

REPORT: BURROW UNDERGOING SURGERY TO REMOVE APPENDIX

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is undergoing surgery to remove his appendix, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Burrow is slated to miss some practice time due to the procedure, Rapoport added.

The star quarterback led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years last season. He threw for 34 touchdowns to 14 interceptions while completing 70.4% of his passes for 4,611 yards.

Drafted first overall in 2020, Burrow is entering the third year of his rookie contract and will be eligible for an extension in 2023. Team president Mike Brown said Monday that his “whole focus” will be on keeping Burrow long term.

SHARKS HIRE DAVID QUINN AS NEW HEAD COACH

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have hired former New York Rangers coach David Quinn as their new head coach.

The Sharks announced Tuesday that Quinn would replace the fired Bob Boughner as the Sharks overhaul their management and coaching team.

“His previous NHL head coaching experience is valuable to us and he implements a system that will fit with our philosophy of being a hard team to play against,” general manager Mike Grier said in a statement. “We are extremely happy to have him a part of this organization.”

The 55-year-old Quinn coached the Rangers for three seasons from 2018-21, posting a 96-87-25 record. New York never made it as far as the conference quarterfinals in Quinn’s three seasons, missing the playoffs in 2019 and ’21 and losing in the qualifying round in the COVID bubble in 2020.

Quinn had previously been head coach for five seasons in college at Boston University. He also coached the U.S. Olympic team to a fifth-place finish in Beijing last February.

The Sharks have undergone an organizational overhaul after missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time in franchise history.

Long-time general manager Doug Wilson stepped down for medical reasons in April and Boughner was fired along with three assistants in late June after posting a 67-85-23 record in two-plus seasons at the helm.

San Jose hired Grier as general manager earlier in July and Grier has already made significant changes in the front office and now has hired a new coach in hopes of turning the Sharks’ fortunes around.

The Sharks traded away star defenseman Brent Burns earlier this month and have added several veterans like forwards Oskar Lindblom, Luke Kunin, Nico Sturm and Steven Lorentz, and defensemen Markus Nutivaara and Matt Benning in hopes of adding more depth to the roster.

Quinn takes over a roster that struggled to score last season but does have a few key pieces in place, including forwards Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture and Timo Meier, and defenseman Erik Karlsson.

TOEWS: BLACKHAWKS’ 5-YEAR PLAN ‘DOESN’T SOUND APPEALING TO ME AT ALL’

Jonathan Toews isn’t thrilled with the idea of waiting out a lengthy rebuild now that Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson has fully embraced that strategy.

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about a five-plus-year process, according to Kyle,” Toews told The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus. “So that part of it doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. I can’t speak for (Patrick Kane), but I definitely feel that the amount of turnover our team has gone through every single year these last three or four years, that’s where it gets really, really draining. And exhausting.”

Toews cited the recent trades Davidson pulled off at the draft, in which he dealt a bona fide star forward to the Ottawa Senators and sent 21-year-old Kirby Dach – who Chicago drafted third overall just three years ago – to the Montreal Canadiens.

“You have a guy like Alex DeBrincat who was under Kaner’s wing. And I like to think that Kirby and I had that bond in some ways, too. And out they go, out the door,” the 34-year-old Toews said. “Over and over, we’ve seen that turnover. I’m learning to be more patient, but there’s no doubt that timeline is pretty daunting. … I’m not going to sit here and say what I’m going to do or what the future holds for me, because I really don’t know.”

Davidson’s roster purge started well before the offseason. After underachieving despite adding Marc-Andre Fleury and Seth Jones over a four-day span last July, the Blackhawks traded forward Brandon Hagel to the Tampa Bay Lightning before the deadline in March. Hagel, a promising winger in his own right, was under contract through 2023-24.

“When we traded Hags, and then Cat and Kirby, reality really set in that, OK, this is where we’re at, and they’ve got to really focus on the future,” Toews said. “And it’s just unfortunate that it’s come to that. But it is what it is. So much of that stuff has been out of my control for quite some time, and it’s a weird place to be in as a captain.”

Toews also noted that seeing Evgeni Malkin – who’ll turn 36 on Sunday – re-sign with the perennially competitive Pittsburgh Penguins “definitely puts things in perspective” in terms of the Blackhawks captain’s own situation.

The accomplished Canadian center can become an unrestricted free agent after next season. He and Kane – who’s in the same boat contractually – have full no-movement clauses, so they’d have to approve any trades that would send them elsewhere.

IOWA STATE LANDS 2023 5-STAR FORWARD OMAHA BILIEW

Omaha Biliew, a five-star forward in the class of 2023, will play college basketball at Iowa State, he told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello on Tuesday.

Ranked as the No. 9 prospect in ESPN’s recruiting database, Biliew is the highest-ranked player to join the Cyclones in the modern recruiting era, Borzello adds.

The 6-foot-8 forward chose Iowa State over Kansas, Oregon, and the G League Ignite program.

Biliew is from Waukee, Iowa, less than an hour outside Iowa State’s campus in Ames.

“Playing for the state that raised me for the majority of my lifetime is priceless to me. I feel like it was destined for me to be at (Iowa State) and cement my legacy here,” Biliew told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, according to Borzello.

With Tuesday’s commitment, joined by four-star prospects Milan Momcilovic and Jelani Hamilton, the Cyclones’ 2023 recruiting class ranks third nationally, behind only Duke and Kentucky, according to 247 Sports.

ACES TAKE DOWN SKY TO WIN COMMISSIONER’S CUP IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter as the Las Vegas Aces raced to an early 23-point lead, then held on for a 93-83 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night to win the second WNBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

Plum, who won the All-Star MVP in Chicago a few weeks ago, hit six of her nine 3-point attempts.

Chelsea Gray had 19 points — including nine pivotal ones in the third quarter — and earned MVP of the game.

“My team balled out today. We hooped,” Gray said. “I know I’m the MVP right now, this should go to them right there. Super proud of this team and everything we accomplished.”

A’ja Wilson had 17 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks as the Aces dominated early, then repelled several Sky runs in the second half. Jackie Young had 18 points.

Candace Parker led Chicago with 20 points and Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman each added 18. Defending WNBA champion Chicago closed to within seven points at the end of the third quarter, but lost a second straight game for the first time this season.

Chicago and Las Vegas finished as the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences with 9-1 records in the Commissioner’s Cup in-season tournament. The Sky (21-7) and Aces (20-8) also are 1-2 in the WNBA regular season standings and have secured playoff spots.

Seattle won the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup last year. The championship game doesn’t count towards regular season standings, but coaches and players of both teams said it’s a springboard for their stretch runs and a “measuring stick” against another top team with plenty on the line.

Members of the Aces earned in excess of $30,000 per player, while those on the Sky earned $10,000 per player. Gray won an extra $5,000 as MVP of the championship game

A new wrinkle this season, the WNBA is making $165,000 in donations to charitable and civic organizations during this year’s series. Teams selected one organization in their area, with each group getting $2,000 for a win and $500 for a loss in tournament play.

The Commissioner Cup winner’s organization will get a total of $28,500 and the championships game loser’s group will get $23,500.

The Aces selected ACLU of Nevada and are one of three WNBA teams to partner with a local ACLU chapter. The Sky chose My Block, My Hood. My City, a grassroots Chicago non-profit that mentors underprivileged youth through educational programs and “empowers communities,” primarily on the city’s South and West Sides.

The Aces blitzed the Sky early, racing ahead 13-0 just 1:55 in and building a 33-14 lead after one quarter and stretching the advantage to 23 points early in the second.

The Sky mounted a run late in the second quarter to close to within 12 points – and a crowd of 8,922 at Wintrust Arena crowd on its feet. Still Las Vegas lead 48-34 at the half on 52.6 % shooting largely dominant play.

“Our defensive tone was set from the beginning,” Gray said. “Coach was on us that defensively we play the right way.”

The Sky tightened its coverage in the third quarter a closed the gap to 7 points before Plum hit a 3 in the final seconds to make it 70-60.

NOT THIS TIME

The Sky and Aces entered 1-1 against each other in regular league place. Chicago’s win, 104-95, came on June 21 at Las Vegas when it rallied from 28 points down for the biggest comeback in WNBA history.

MORE THAN THE MONEY

Both teams’ civic/community groups say they’re grateful for the donations — and partnerships — they’re getting from the Commission’s Cup program.

“The Chicago Sky has been a great partner and I consider that more valuable than the money,” said Ernesto Gonzalez marketing manager of My Block, My Hood, My City. “They have reached out and been nothing but kind, inviting us to game and working with our staff and our youth.”

Athar Haseebullah, executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, saluted the Aces players, especially star A’Ja Wilson, for taking public stand on social issues the ACLU is aligned with.

“Members of the Aces are prominent figures in Las Vegas, “Haseebullah said. “When they make statements, people listed. Having their support only bolsters our work.”

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

SUWINSKI AND MARTIN MILESTONE HOMERS LIFT INDY IN VICTORY

TOLEDO, Ohio – Jack Suwinski launched his first career grand slam and Mason Martin belted his 100th career home run as the Indianapolis Indians earned a series-opening win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday night, 5-4.

Following back-to-back walks and a single to put the first three batters of the game on base, Suwinski parked a grand slam over the right-field wall to put the Indians (44-47) up early, 4-0. It was his first professional grand slam and his third home run in five games with the Indians. Toledo starter Nivaldo Rodriguez (L, 3-8) exited the game after recording just two outs through 33 pitches.

A home run by Kerry Carpenter in the second, RBI double by Brendon Davis in the fourth and RBI single by Daz Cameron in the bottom of the fifth brought Toledo (46-46) back within one run, 4-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Martin then countered with his 15th home run of the season and the 100th home run of his professional career since being selected by the Pirates in the 17th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. Martin’s homer marked the game-winning run as the Mud Hens then came back with an RBI double off the bat of Josh Lester in the seventh.

Following the fifth inning, the Indians pitching staff surrendered just two hits with six strikeouts through the final four frames. Cam Vieaux (W, 4-0) fanned one over one perfect inning and Eric Hanhold (S, 3) surrendered a two-out single to clinch the victory in the ninth.

The Indians and Mud Hens will meet again tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET for the second game of the six-game set. RHP Cody Bolton (2-1, 2.89) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Matt Manning (0-1, 3.68).

INDIANS TO HOST NICKELODEON WEEKEND FEATURING PAW PATROL, BABY SHARK AND BLUE’S CLUES & YOU!

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians today announced that the organization will host Nickelodeon

Weekend featuring PAW Patrol, Baby Shark and Blue’s Clues & You! on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday,

Aug. 21 at Victory Field.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet characters on both dates, including Chase & Skye from PAW

Patrol, Baby Shark, Mommy Shark & Daddy Shark from Baby Shark, and Blue from Blue’s Clues & You!

Ten lucky fans will also win a Youth Large Nickelodeon Weekend jersey during each game.

“Our organization is excited to offer fans and families another great game day experience of meeting their favorite TV characters at Victory Field,” said Randy Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager. “Nickelodeon Weekend adds to an already exciting lineup of character appearances at The Vic this season.”

COLTS SIGN WRS ISAIAH FORD, JOHN HURST; WAIVE WR KEKOA CRAWFORD, DT CAEVEON PATTON

Westfield, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receivers Isaiah Ford and John Hurst and waived wide receiver Kekoa Crawford and defensive tackle Caeveon Patton.

Ford, 6-1, 201 pounds, played in 32 career games (three starts) in five seasons (2017-21) with the Miami Dolphins and compiled 63 receptions for 681 yards (10.8 avg.) and two touchdowns. He also registered one carry for 11 yards and one kickoff return for six yards. Ford was originally selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round (237th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2021, he saw action in 13 games (two starts) and finished with 12 receptions for 161 yards (13.4 avg.) and two touchdowns. Ford also spent time on the team’s practice squad.

Hurst, 6-1, 190 pounds, has spent time on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2020-21) and Los Angeles Chargers (2020). He was originally signed by the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2020. Collegiately, Hurst played in 35 career games at West Georgia (2015-19) and totaled 77 receptions for 1,242 yards (16.1 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He was named to West Georgia’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s and earned First Team All-Gulf South Conference recognition as a senior in 2019.

Crawford, 6-0, 192 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022. Collegiately, he played in 45 games (18 starts) at California (2019-21) and Michigan (2016-17) and registered 96 receptions for 1,307 yards (13.6 avg.) and six touchdowns.

Patton, 6-1, 291 pounds, was signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on June 9, 2022. He participated in the Colts’ 2021 veteran mini-camp and rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. Collegiately, Patton played in 44 games at Texas State (2017-21) and compiled 179 tackles (70 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

FISCHER TO BE HONORED WITH 2022 NFF CHRIS SCHENKEL AWARD

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Entering his 50th season with the Indiana football program, the legendary “Voice of the Hoosiers” Don Fischer has been named the 2022 recipient of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Chris Schenkel Award, which recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university.

“For the last 50 years, Hoosier fans like myself have had the privilege of enjoying the absolute best in the business in Don Fischer, and I am thrilled to see him honored with one of his industry’s most prestigious honors,” IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson said. “This honor, though, isn’t so much about Don’s longevity as it is about his excellence at his craft. His ability to paint a picture with his words and bring the action into everyone’s living room is second to none. When Hoosier fans re-live some of the great moments in IU sports history, we do so by remembering how Don called those magical moments. I know this award is a magical moment for Don, and I am honored to congratulate him on behalf of Hoosier fans all around our state, the country, and the world.”

First presented in 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient Chris Schenkel, the longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who emceed the NFF Annual Awards Dinner for 28 consecutive years from 1968 to 1995. Schenkel was a native of Indiana and graduated from Purdue.

“On behalf of the entire Indiana football program, I would like to congratulate Don Fischer on this incredible honor,” IU head football coach Tom Allen said. “Don has meant so much to IU and entertained Hoosier Nation during his five decades behind the mic. He is synonymous with Indiana Athletics and we look forward to his many more years in the broadcast booth.”

Fischer will be honored during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6 alongside the recipients of the other NFF Major Awards.

“For half a century, Don Fischer has been the iconic ‘Voice of the Hoosiers,'” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “His voice is absolutely synonymous with Indiana athletics, and he is well-known for making radio listeners feel like they are actually at the games. His memorable calls of ‘Touchdown Indiana!’ have a become an emotional touchstone for Hoosier fans wherever they may be listening. We are pleased to honor him with the 2022 NFF Chris Schenkel Award in recognition of his distinguished career.”

In 2020, Fischer was named the Indiana Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) for the 27th time in his career. That marked the 31st time, between two organizations, that Fischer has been recognized as the state’s top sportscaster.

In Fischer’s 49-year tenure as Indiana University’s football and men’s basketball radio play-by-play man, he has won numerous awards for best play-by-play performance. He received the inaugural Woody Durham College Voice Award from the NSMA, the University of North Carolina and Learfield Sports in June of 2018.

IU has honored Fischer with the J.W. Bill Orwig Medal, that goes to non-alumni for distinguished service to the University, and the Bicentennial Medal, that is awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic, or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation, and world. He also is an honorary “I” Man.

In October of 2010, Fischer was one of eight inductees into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame. The Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association inducted Fischer into its Hall of Fame in 2004.

Fischer has broadcast over 2,000 games, including four NCAA basketball championship games and 12 bowl games. He hosts the weekly Coaches show for both football and basketball and a daily radio show, “IU Sports Today,” which is syndicated throughout the state. Fischer also anchored the Indianapolis Colts preseason telecasts from 1995-2017.

HILDEBRAND, WENDELL SIGN AS MILB FREE AGENTS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eric Hildebrand and Wyatt Wendell are moving on to professional baseball as the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks signed the Purdue pitchers to minor league free agent deals.

Hildebrand and Wendell join Jackson Smeltz and Curtis Washington Jr. as Boilermakers moving on to affiliated professional baseball from the 2022 team. Smeltz and Washington were drafted by the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners last week.

After being 40 rounds for more than 50 years, the MLB Draft was limited to 20 rounds again this year. That has led to more free-agent signings following the draft. A year ago, it was Purdue’s Zac Fascia (Cleveland Guardians) and Calvin Starnes (New York Yankees) that signed as minor league free agents after the draft.

Wendell pitched for the West Virginia Black Bears of the MLD Draft League this summer. He was recognized for having an elite spin rate (2,922 RPM) on his curveball in data released by the MLB Draft League in June. By signing a pro deal, he opted to forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility at Purdue. However, Hildebrand, Smeltz, Washington and Wendell all graduated high school in 2018.

Hildebrand was recognized as part of Purdue’s 2022 senior class and is in line to earn his bachelor’s degree in supply chain and sales engineering technology in December.

Smeltz and Washington are also officially moving on to pro ball, signing with the organizations that drafted them. After graduating in May, Smeltz was expected to sign. Washington opted to pursue his professional opportunity in the Mariners organization, forgoing a final season of college eligibility at Purdue.

Minor League Baseball’s new-look rookie leagues debuted last year and feature teams playing games at the organization’s spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida. Wendell and Hildebrand are likely to begin their pro careers there. The Diamondbacks and White Sox both have affiliates in the Arizona Complex League.

With the new quartet becoming professionals, Purdue has 15 alumni playing pro ball this summer. Alum Nick Dalesandro (2016-18) is at the Double-A level in the Diamondbacks system.

Wendell was Purdue’s opening day starter and also started the Big Ten Tournament opener vs. Rutgers. He became the first newcomer since Josh Lindblom in 2007 to start a season opener. Lindblom has pitched professionally since being drafted in the second round in 2008. Wendell finished third on the team with 56 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings to help the Boilermakers set team records for strikeouts (479) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.57). Along with a 10-strikeout performance vs. Illinois State in his first start at Alexander Field, he returned from a midseason injury to give the Boilermakers consecutive quality outings in big wins vs. Michigan and at Iowa. He also pitched in the NJCAA World Series with Indian Hills College before transferring to Purdue.

Hildebrand was a three-year letterwinner in the bullpen, joining the program as a sophomore transfer during the 2019-20 school year. He pitched in 42 games during his career, leading the team in appearances in 2021 and being one of three Boilermakers to make 20-plus appearances as a senior. The durable righthander made multiple appearances in four different series this season and worked two-plus innings five times.

BOILERMAKERS SET TO RACE AT SUMMER NATIONALS IN SOCAL

IRVINE, Calif. – Eight Purdue swimmers are set to the represent the Boilermakers at USA Swimming’s annual summer showcase as the Phillips 66 National Championships return to Southern California.

The action begins Tuesday morning and continues through Saturday. The schedule features daily prelims at noon ET and finals at 8 p.m. Purdue has an entry on all five days of the meet. All events are long course meters and relays were not offered this year.

Andrew Alders, Masy Folcik, Coleman Modglin, Brady Samuels, Nick Sherman, Andrew Witty and Skyler Younkin join alumna and USA Swimming National Team member Kaersten Meitz at the championship meet. The full meet is being held at Irvine’s William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center, an outdoor venue, for the first time since the summer of 2018.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s USA Swimming Speedo Summer Championships were split into East and West divisions. Purdue had five swimmers race in the East Division meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, while Irvine hosted the West Division. Alders was also among that quintet, helping the Boilermakers finish on the podium in both the 4×100 freestyle and medley relays. He teamed up with Blake Ratliff, Liam Walker, Michael Juengel and Brett Riley – with Ratliff, Walker and Juengel all back for their senior seasons this coming year.

Meitz, Modglin and Sherman were among the six Boilermakers that raced at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last summer. Meitz finished top eight in the 400m and 800m free at the Wave II portion of the qualifying showcase. Modglin placed third in the 200m breast at Wave I, narrowly missing out on an automatic bid to Wave II.

Meitz finished fourth in the 400m free at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships. Most recently, she raced for the Toronto Titans of the International Swimming League in the fall of 2021. Tuesday in Irvine, she’s in heat 8, lane 3 of the 800m free, racing next to Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in lane 4.

In July 2013, Purdue’s Danny Tucker won the 100m free at USA Swimming’s U.S. Open at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center. The 2014 Purdue graduate and former record holder in the 100-yard freestyle was still swimming competitively as recently as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last summer.

PURDUE AT 2022 PHILLIPS 66 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center // Irvine, California

Prelims at Noon, Finals at 8 p.m. ET

Results Added Below Throughout the Week

TUESDAY, JULY 26

• 200 Fly – Skyler Younkin (2:01.84, Won Heat 1, 32nd Overall)

• 100 Free – Brady Samuels (50.18, 39th Overall)

• Women’s 800 Free – Kaersten Meitz

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

• 200 Free – Kaersten Meitz, Nick Sherman

• 200 Breast – Coleman Modglin

THURSDAY, JULY 28

• 100 Fly – Brady Samuels

FRIDAY, JULY 29

• 100 Breast – Masy Folcik, Coleman Modglin, Andrew Witty, Andrew Alders

SATURDAY, JULY 30

• 200 IM – Nick Sherman

• 50 Free – Nick Sherman, Brady Samuels

PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD HIGHLIGHTS DOORN’S TRIO OF SUMMER BALL HONORS

LIMA, Ohio – Carter Doorn’s league-leading ERA helped earn Purdue baseball’s rising sophomore righthander a trio of notable individual honors in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, highlighted by Lou Laslo Pitcher of the Year honors in the North Division.

Doorn helped led the Lima Locos qualify for the playoffs, posting a 0.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .141 batting average against over 41 innings. He racked up 47 strikeouts vs. 20 hits allowed. Including his scoreless inning in the July 12 GLSCL All-Star Game, the Schererville, Indiana, native worked 38 scoreless innings this summer while not giving up more than one run in any outing. He struck out a season-high 11 over six innings in his July 15 victory.

Doorn was also recognized as the North Division’s Tony Lucadello Top Pitcher Prospect and as a first-team all-league performer.

Fellow Boilermaker and Lima Locos teammate Ty Gill was a second-team all-league performer at shortstop. Gill finished the regular season riding a 15-game hit streak, reaching base safely at least twice in all 15 games. The rising sophomore led the league with a .374 batting average and .519 on-base percentage while ranking third with 25 stolen bases.

Along with league-leading ERA, Doorn was second in batting average against and third in strikeouts.

The Locos take on the Michigan Monarchs in a best-of-three North Division championship series as the GLSCL playoffs begin Tuesday in Adrian, Michigan. Lima is coached by Matthew Furuto, the brother of Purdue assistant coach Daniel Furuto.

The individual honors won by Doorn are named after longtime MLB scout and co-founder of the GLSCL Lou Laslo. Tony Lucadello was also a longtime MLB scout based primarily in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

FRANCO GOES YARD NINE TIMES

• Sam Franco connected for nine home runs in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Home Run Derby on July 24, posting a first-division finish among the field of eight sluggers. Franco has been playing for the Valley Blue Sox this summer.

MORE SUMMER BALL PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS (So Far…)

• Cal Ripken League – Weston Gingerich (Olney Cropdusters)

• Valley League – Jake Stadler (Harrisonburg Turks) & Jonathan Blackwell (Incoming, Waynesboro Generals)

SIX ADDITIONS TO BUTLER MSOCCER 2022 ROSTER

Head Coach Paul Snape and his staff have announced the anticipated arrival of six newcomers who will join the men’s soccer program for the upcoming fall season. Two of the talented freshmen are high school graduates from the United States, while the other four are products of football clubs in Europe.

Incoming Bulldogs

Palmer Ault, Noblesville, Indiana

Lou-Kent Bosc, Nogent-sur-Marne, France

Jacob Jansen, Cologne, Germany

Joost de Schutter, Geldrop, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

Peter Tolkin, Chatham, N.J.

Vygo Verkooijen, Dongen, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

“We are all very excited about the incoming freshmen class!” expressed Snape. “We have carefully identified the positions within the team that needed strengthening, as well the need to create depth and balance. These six new players possess an abundance of talent, energy, experience, ambition and drive. We look forward to seeing them integrate with our returning players!”

The newcomers join a Butler side that posted three wins over ranked opponents in 2021, eventually finishing 5-4-1 in the BIG EAST Conference and advancing to the semifinal round of the postseason conference tournament.

JOSH LUGG & JARRETT PATTERSON NAMED TO OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST

The Football Writers Association of America has announced the preseason watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, recognizing 89 returning standout interior linemen representing all 10 Division I FBS conferences and independents. The 2022 season will close with the award’s 77th anniversary and the watch list offers a talented field of players which includes Notre Dame graduate students Josh Lugg and Jarrett Patterson.

Josh Lugg Information:

Has appeared in 48 games with 20 starts across the Irish offensive line during his career.

Played and started all 12 games for the Irish in 2021, helping the offense average over 426 yards of total offense per game, including 143 yards rushing.

Ranked 15th on Pro Football Focus’ preseason interior lineman ranking for 2022.

2022 Outland Trophy Watch List

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 Award , Outland Trophy Watch Lists

2021 Phil Steele Third Team All-American

2021 Rimington, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch List selection

The recipient of the 2022 Outland Trophy will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards, live on ESPN on Thurs., Dec. 8. The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises and produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 11, 2023.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

HOCKEY ANNOUNCES NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – Notre Dame hockey has announced its non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

The Fighting Irish will begin the regular-season at the 2022 Ice Breaker Tournament, which will be hosted by Air Force and Denver. This season will mark the 26th edition of the annual event, with Notre Dame opening at defending NCAA Champion Denver (Oct. 7) and then playing at Air Force the following night (Oct. 8). The Irish previously took part in the Ice Breaker in 1999 (Denver), 2010 (St. Louis), 2012 (Kansas City), 2014 (Notre Dame) and 2018 (Erie), winning Ice Breaker Championships in 2012 and 2018.

Notre Dame will then open its regular-season home slate on Friday, October 14 against Northern Michigan at the Compton Family Ice Arena before closing out that series on Sunday, October 16 (on Saturday, October 15 between the games, the Fighting Irish football team takes on Stanford at 7:30 p.m. ET at Notre Dame Stadium). 

All told, the Fighting Irish non-conference schedule includes games against the NCHC (Denver and Western Michigan),  Atlantic Hockey (Air Force), the CCHA (Northern Michigan), Hockey East (Boston University and Boston College) and Independent Alaska Fairbanks. 

2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule

Oct. 2 USNTDP (Exhibition)

Oct. 7 at Denver (Icebreaker Tournament)

Oct. 8 at Air Force (Icebreaker Tournament)

Oct. 14 Northern Michigan

Oct. 16 Northern Michigan

Oct. 21 Western Michigan

Oct. 22 at Western Michigan

Nov. 23 at Boston University

Nov. 25 at Boston College

Dec. 31 Alaska Fairbanks

Jan. 1 Alaska Fairbanks

The Big Ten schedule, which will include home series against Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, as well as specific game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

Last season, Notre Dame went 28-12-0, advancing to the NCAA Albany Regional Final with a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against North Dakota in the first round. It marked the 13th NCAA tournament appearance in program history and the 12th under Head Coach Jeff Jackson. The Irish will return three of their top five scorers from a year ago including Ryder Rolston (10-17-27), Nick Leivermann (6-21-27) and Landon Slaggert (12-14-26).

HANNAHS SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH 2027-28

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University baseball coach Mitch Hannahs has received a six-year contract extension through the 2028 season, the university announced.

In nine years coaching the Sycamores, Hannahs has 266 victories, second-most in program history. He has guided the team to the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons.

“Coach Hannahs was an All-American as a student-athlete for the Sycamores and has compiled an excellent record as our head baseball coach,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “We have great confidence in him and are pleased that he will continue leading our baseball program on to even greater accomplishments in the future.”

Said Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales: “Coach Hannahs is one of the top baseball coaches and evaluators of talent in the country. He is an exceptional leader who has continued to build on the tradition of Sycamore baseball. His teams compete at a high level on the field and I look forward to seeing his leadership continue within the program in the future.”

Hannahs is a 1989 ISU graduate and 2010 ISU Hall of Fame inductee.

The Sycamores’ skipper has posted at least 30 wins in five seasons. He has had 10 or more wins in Missouri Valley Conference play in six of the last nine years.

“I continue to be very thankful to serve as the head coach at Indiana State University,” Hannahs said. “Thank you to my coaching staff and to my past and current players for their effort and support over the years. This is a special place for me and my family and I’m grateful to President Curtis and Sherard (Clinkscales), who continue to put their trust in me to lead this great program.”

Hannahs has coached 38 All-MVC players, including 14 first-team selections. The Sycamores have had 17 players named as All-MVC Scholar-Athletes.

ISU has had 13 players drafted under Hannahs, and multiple players are currently active in the professional ranks.

In 2022, six Sycamores earned postseason honors, including Matt Jachec and Jordan Schaffer, both first-team All-MVC. Jachec was an ABCA/Rawlings Midwest All-Region selection, while freshman Randal Diaz earned Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American status.

JOSH ROUTTE AND ANNA HAUB JOIN MASTODON WOMEN’S SOCCER COACHING STAFF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer head coach Jason Burr has announced that Josh Routte and Anna Haub have joined his staff. Routte will assume an assistant coach position and Haub will be a volunteer assistant.

Routte spent the 2021 season working with the Mastodon men’s soccer team, which he will continue to do in 2022. He coached the Mastodon defense to its best goals against average since the ‘Dons moved Division I in 2001.

“We are excited to add the caliber of Josh’s coaching to our staff for the upcoming season,” Burr said. “With his high-level playing background, in addition to the work he has done with goalkeepers at the collegiate and club levels, it was a natural fit for him to begin working with our program and he will add tremendous value to our team.”

Prior to joining the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer staff, Routte spent two seasons as the assistant coach for NCAA Division III Manchester’s women’s soccer team. With the Spartans, Routte helped develop two-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Adelle Stanko. Routte was the interim head coach for five matches in 2020-21.

Routte has been the Director of Goalkeeping at the Fort Wayne Sport Social Club since March of 2019, and has served as the head coach for multiple teams in the organization. He has also been an assistant coach and keepers’ coach for Fort Wayne FC. In the same position at Canterbury High School, he led his team to 11 shutouts and a state runner-up finish.

Before his time in the Summit City area, Routte was the goalkeeper coach for the Zanesville Arsenal Soccer Club in Ohio and was a managing member for 614 Ultimate Goalkeeper, LLC.

Routte was the starting goalkeeper and captain for Muskingum University, where he started in 41 games and racked up 203 saves in his career. He graduated in 2018 with a degree in sports administration.

Haub comes to Purdue Fort Wayne after a decorated career at Division II Concordia St. Paul from 2016-19.

“I have known Anna since she was a youth player back in Illinois,” Burr said. “She is one of the most genuine and caring people I know and I am certain she will be able to help our players as they navigate their journey as student-athletes. Anna had a highly decorated career as a player and her passion about the game of soccer, and giving back to others, is going to be a huge addition to our team going into this fall.”

Haub played nearly 6,000 minutes of collegiate soccer, which was capped off with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. She was a D2CCA All-Region First Team and a two-time All-Academic Team pick. She helped lead the Golden Bears to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a PK to beat Northeastern State in a shootout. Anna is the older sister of current Mastodon rising junior Lizzie Haub.

The Mastodon women’s soccer team will open the season with an exhibition at Indiana State on August 7.

ELI GALBRAITH-KNAPP JOINS MEN’S SOCCER STAFF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Eli Galbraith-Knapp has joined the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer program as volunteer assistant coach.

“We are excited to add Eli to our staff,” Mastodon head coach Stephen Gorton said. “After meeting with him several times, I knew he would be a massive addition to our program. His background as a player and coach will be excellent for our student-athletes.”

He serves as the Youth Technical Director for the Fort Wayne United Soccer Club.

He brings collegiate experience with San Diego Mesa College from 2017-19 as an assistant coach. He has also served as a head coach for Professional Soccer Consulting, Rancho Santa Fe Attack, Riptide Soccer and Cathedral Catholic High School. 

Galbraith-Knapp played collegiately at San Diego where he started 76-of-78 games with nine goals and eight assists as a defender. He earned three All-West Coast Conference honors in his career.

He owns professional playing experience with Atletico Baja in Tijuana, Mexico as well as with the Tulsa Roughnecks. He also played indoors with the Baltimore Blast and San Diego Sockers.

JORDAN JENKINS RETURNS TO INDY TO JOIN THE JAGS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team signed transfer Jordan Jenkins. Jenkins, an Indianapolis native, spent the last four seasons with Horizon League foe, Northern Kentucky.

“We are excited to have Jordan join the IUPUI softball family,” says head coach Elisabeth Beirne. “Jordan has proven success within the Horizon League and we look forward to her strengthening our team both offensively and defensively. We are excited for Jordan to continue her success while wearing a Jag uniform!”

In her last season with the Norse, Jenkins played in 56 games, starting all 56 games. She batted .273 (44-for-161) with 20 RBI, five doubles and one home run. She recorded 11 multi-hit games and posted a 14-game on-base streak. Jenkins was named to the Horizon All-League First Team.

As a junior, Jenkins played in 35 games, making 23 starts at first base and nine as the designated player. She batted .209 (18-for-85) with seven RBI and three doubles. She was second on the team in putouts with 122 and recorded a .970 fielding percentage. The junior had two multi-hit games.

She holds a career batting average of .243 (95-for-391) with 35 RBI, 10 doubles and one home run.

Before NKU she attended Roncalli High School where she was named team MVP during her freshman, junior and senior campaigns. She recorded a .422 batting average with 42 doubles and five home runs during her high school career.

RHIT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER NAMED TO USA BASEBALL WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athlete Jamie Baum has been selected to the 20-player USA Baseball 2022 Women’s National Team, released by the national organization this week.

Baum, a standout student-athlete for the women’s basketball team and a student manager for the baseball team at Rose-Hulman, makes a first appearance on the USA Baseball National Team this spring.  The team will compete with Canada in a five-game friendship series at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario from July 28-August 1.

“I’m incredibly proud to be able to represent my country as well as women in baseball. There are so many people who have made this journey possible for me, and I’m only here because of their support,” said Baum.

The Women’s National Team will train at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 25, at Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 26, and at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on July 27, before opening the friendship series with Canada on July 28.

Baum earned a roster spot as a pitcher and utility player after participating in the Women’s National Development Program during previous years.  The civil engineering major earned 2nd-team all-HCAC and HCAC all-freshman team honors this season after leading the Fightin’ Engineers in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) for a team that compiled a 12-9 record.

VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL SIGNS SECOND TURKISH MIDDLE BLOCKER OF 2022 RECRUITING CLASS

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Volleyball team made another big addition with the signing of middle blocker Nisa Salis from Ankara, Turkey.

Salis is the second Trailblazer signee from Ankara in this year’s recruiting class, following Tuana Turhan who signed with Vincennes in May.

Salis is a six-foot-one inch middle blocker who played at Kecioren Private Etlik Anatolian High School and Turkey, while also playing on the Karayollari Sports Ankara Club Team.

“Nisa is an athlete who loves the game of volleyball and communicates with her teammates well,” Nisa’s Club Coach Burak Comert said. “As a middle blocker, she is a successful and disciplined athlete who has high offensive power, tries to perform the task given to her in the game in the best way possible and makes a positive contribution to the team and her friends in matches and training with her energy and ambition in the game. I wish her success in both her academic and volleyball career in this new path she has drawn for herself.”

Nisa is the daughter of Kemal and Namik Salis and plans to major in Psychology while at Vincennes University.

“Volleyball wise I really wanted to tap into the country of Turkey because volleyball is becoming really big there,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “Over the past 10 years Turkey has been one of the rising powers in the sport internationally and much like everywhere else, it doesn’t happen by accident, these athletes have to be brought up and Nisa and Tuana are both products of that system.”

“That has been something that I have been keeping my eye on since I’ve been at VU, is looking at international students and where internationally to find the best players,” Sien added. “We happened to have an open position still available and we were looking for the best player still available and Nisa was still available.”

“Nisa has had some NCAA Division I schools looking at her, so that should give an idea of the level of play that she has,” Sien said. “She is also coming in at a position that we only have one returner coming back, so it is nice that we are able to bring in an experienced middle. International players typically can play most anywhere on the floor, because of the level of training and having fewer substitutions. It’s nice to bring those types of players in. Not just players who can play more than one position, but can play multiple positions well.”

“We expect Nisa to be trained extremely well coming in and we saw on her videos her blocking ability,” Sien added. “In those countries and in that part of the world players have such high understanding of blocking because they are used to trying to stop high-level Division I hitters. Her technique looks very good but it’s also the philosophy of going to get the ball at the net and to score on a block that really stands out. As well as being able to take away part of the court and help funnel the ball to our defenders.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Nisa Salis to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1918       After giving up hits to four consecutive batters in the Robins’ 22-7 loss to the Cardinals in his major league debut, Brooklyn starter Harry Heitman, is pulled from the Ebbets Field contest. The 21-year-old Brooklyn rookie right-hander will never hurl again in the big leagues, ending his career with an ERA of infinity.

1919       With a hit in his 50th straight Western League contest, Wichita Jobbers’ outfielder Joe Wilhoit, en route to a 69-game streak, surpasses Jack Ness for the longest consecutive-game hitting streak in the history of professional baseball. Ness’s mark, established four years earlier playing first base for the Oakland Oaks, will remain the Pacific Coast League record until Joe DiMaggio hits in 61 straight for the San Francisco Seals in 1933.

1930       Ken Ash, throwing just one pitch in relief of Larry Benton, is credited with a full inning of work when he induces Charlie Grimm to hit into a triple play in the Reds’ 6-5 victory over the Cubs at Redland Field. The 28-year-old West Virginian right-hander, pinched-hit for in the bottom of the frame, gets the win due to Cincinnati taking the lead for good in that frame.

1938       Hank Greenberg hits a pair of home runs, a feat the Tiger first baseman will accomplish a record-setting eleven times during the season. The Detroit slugger’s first and second inning round-trippers drive in 5 runs, contributing to the team’s 9-4 victory over the Senators at Briggs Stadium.

1943       Without informing his current skipper, Philadelphia owner William D. Cox announces at a New York press conference that Freddie Fitzsimmons will be taking over the managerial reigns of the team, never mentioning Bucky Harris, the man he is replacing. The Phillies players threatened to go on strike in protest but, at the urging of their former field boss, decide to drop the plan after the owner threatens legal action.

1946       In a 13-6 beating of the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Rudy York becomes the third major leaguer and the second Red Sox player to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Boston first baseman joins Tony Lazzeri (1936, Yankees) and Jim Tabor (1939, Red Sox) in accomplishing the feat.

1947       Jake Jones hits a 60-foot triple in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the Browns at Fenway Park. Umpire Cal Hubbard awards the Red Sox first baseman three bases when St. Louis hurler Fred Sanford, fearing the grounder might roll fair, throws his glove at the ball to keep it foul.

1948       Al Rosen clouts his fifth consecutive homer over two days for the Kansas City Blues, the Tigers’ Triple-A team in the American Association. The 24-year-old freshman, the American League MVP in 1953, will finish the minor league season batting .327, earning the circuit’s Rookie of the Year honors.

1959       The Continental League is formally announced, with franchises located in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Toronto. The new major league is the brainchild of William Shea, an attorney who proposed the idea a year after the Giants and Dodgers left New York City to move to the West Coast.

1963       John Bateman’s eighth-inning homer at Colt Stadium scores the only run in the Mets’ 21st consecutive defeat on the road. The 1-0 complete-game decision to Houston is Roger Craig’s 16th straight loss, tying Craig Anderson’s dubious club record established in the franchise’s inaugural season last year.

1964       In the first clash of tenth-place teams in major league history, the Senators prevail, beating the Mets in the Hall of Fame exhibition game, 6-4. The Cooperstown combatants will collectively lose 209 games this season, but Washington will climb out of the cellar to finish ahead of Kansas City.

1964       The Hall of Fame inducts seven new members, swelling the ranks of the 25-year-old institution to 101. The recent inductees include Luke Appling, voted in by the BBWAA, and spitballers Burleigh Grimes and Urban Faber, pre-1900 era players Tim Keefe and John Montgomery, lifetime .330 hitter Heinie Manush, and skipper Miller Huggins, all selected by the 12-man Veterans’ Committee in February.

1965       League officials increase the number of foreigners allowed on each Japanese professional team from 2 to 3. However, the Yomiuri Giants announce their team will not have any foreigners on their roster, a policy which lasts ten years until the signing of Davey Johnson.

1966       Six weeks after the team plays their first game in the Peach State, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision of Wisconsin v. The Milwaukee Braves by a narrow vote of 4-3, declaring that the state doesn’t have the jurisdiction to keep the team from moving to Atlanta. Due to the close vote, the state of Wisconsin decides to appeal the majority’s decision to the United States Supreme Court.

1966       Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 Phillies, and Jim Bunning whiffs 12 Dodgers in the first 11 innings of a pitching duel between future Hall of Famers at Chavez Ravine. With both starters out of the game, Los Angeles beats Philadelphia, 2-1, thanks to an unearned run scored in the bottom of the twelfth inning.

1968       Denny McLain, en route to posting a 31-6 record, earns his 20th victory of the season when he blanks Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 9-0. The Tiger right-hander is the third pitcher in history to reach the milestone this quickly, with only Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) and Lefty Grove (A’s, July 25, 1931) accomplishing the feat earlier in a season.

1972       In his managerial debut, Cubs skipper Whitey Lockman watches Fergie Jenkins throw a one-hitter to blank the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 4-0. Willie Montanez’s fourth-inning double spoils the Canadian right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter.

1975       The Mets release Cleon Jones after suspending him nine days ago for insubordination following an altercation with manager Yogi Berra. The outfielder from Mobile (AL) will not play again this year but will briefly join the White Sox next season, playing thirteen games with the club before ending his 13-year career with a .281 batting average.

1978       Light-hitting Indians’ second baseman Duane Kuiper becomes one of only three modern major leaguers to hit two bases-loaded triples in one game. The pair of three-baggers helps the Tribe beat the Yankees, 17-5.

1978       Mike Cubbage completes the cycle when he connects for a two-run seventh-inning triple in the Twins’ 6-3 win over the Blue Jays at Metropolitan Stadium. The rare event becomes possible when the Minnesota third baseman is thrown out (9-4-5) at third base, trying to stretch a double into a triple in his first at-bat.

1979       On his first day back in a home uniform, eight years after leaving the Expos, Rusty Staub receives the most prolonged standing ovation in franchise history when he pinch-hits for Elias Sosa in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. The first-place Montreal club re-acquired ‘Le Grand Orange’ from the Tigers to come off the bench as an experienced pinch-hitter and to fill in at first base.

1984       Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb as the all-time single leader when he collects his 3,053rd off Steve Carlton in a 6-1 Expo victory over the Phillies. The Montreal switch-hitter, who will also pass the ‘Georgia Peach’ to become the all-time hit leader, ends his 24-year career with 3,215 one-base hits.

1988       Tommy John becomes the first pitcher to commit three errors on one play when he (1) bobbles Jeffrey Leonard’s grounder, and then, to recover, (2) throws the ball down the right-field line that Dave Winfield retrieves and fires home, where the Yankee left-hander cuts it off, (3) relaying the throw wildly to the plate, allowing two runs to score. The 45 year-old southpaw’s fourth-inning miscues don’t stop him from getting the victory in the Bombers’ 16-3 rout of the Brewers in the Bronx.

1989       In the team’s 10-1 rout of San Francisco, Dale Murphy becomes the 10th major leaguer to collect six RBIs in the same inning when he connects for two three-run round-trippers in the Braves’ ten-run sixth at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 33-year-old right fielder also becomes the second player in franchise history to go deep twice in the same frame, joining Robert Lowe, who accomplished the unusual feat in 1884.

1998       Wade Boggs’ eighth-inning single in the Devil Rays’ 11-5 win over Oakland moves him past Babe Ruth and into 33rd place on the career hits list with 2,874. The future Hall of Fame third baseman will end his 18-year career with 3,010 hits, finishing with a .328 lifetime batting average.

1998       Pirates’ second baseman Tony Womack of the Pirates establishes a new major league mark by not grounding out into a double play in 888 consecutive at-bats. Dodger outfielder Pete Reiser previously set the record in 1946.

1998       Sammy Sosa hits his first grand slam, establishing the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam (246). Tomorrow, ‘Slamming Sammy’ will hit another, becoming the 18th major leaguer to hit a grand slam on consecutive days.

1998       With a three-run blast in the sixth inning, Arkansas Travelers’ outfielder Tyrone Horne completes the first and only home run cycle in a professional baseball game. The minor leaguer also slugged a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, and a solo shot in the fifth during the 13-4 victory over San Antonio.

2000       Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big-league skipper when the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2. The former major league infielder, who has also managed the Angels, White Sox, and Phillies, finishes his 15-year managerial tenure with a 1028-1094 (.484) record, with one postseason appearance.

2000       The Rockies and Red Sox complete a seven-player trade. The Red Sox receive pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, infielder Mike Lansing, and an undisclosed amount of cash for second baseman Jeff Frye and pitchers Brian Rose and John Wasdin, as well as minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti.

2005       Ryan Freel becomes the first player in the Reds’ 136-year history to steal five bases in a game, including two in the ninth that moves him to third base, where he scores the eventual winning run on Felipe Lopez’s sacrifice fly. The Cincinnati second baseman’s thievery contributes to the team’s 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

2008       Brad Ziegler sets a major league record by pitching 27 innings without allowing a run from the start of his career. The A’s 28-year-old rookie right-hander hurls a scoreless seventh and eighth in Oakland’s 6-5 victory over the Rangers to surpass the previous mark of 25 frames established in 1907 by Phillies’ moundsman George McQuillan.

2009       Josh Willingham becomes just the 13th major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The 30-year-old outfielder’s fifth and sixth-inning bases-loaded home runs set the pace in the Nationals’ 14-6 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

2011       With a 9-2 victory at Yankee Stadium thanks to Felix Hernandez’s seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball, the Mariners post their first win since July 5 to end their 17-game losing streak, a franchise record. Seattle’s recent futility surpassed the team’s previous longest winless drought, which consisted of 14 consecutive defeats in 1992.

2011       For the second straight season, the Cardinals trade a starting outfielder for more pitching when they deal Colby Rasmus, along with relievers Trever Miller and Brian Tallet, to the Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson (acquired from the White Sox a few hours earlier) and relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski. Last year, the Redbirds dealt right fielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego in a three-team deal that brought Indian starter Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.

2011       Ervin Santana, facing only two hitters over the minimum, no-hits against the hometown Indians at Progressive Field, 3-1. The Tribe’s only run against the Angels’ right-hander results from a first-inning wild pitch run following an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.

2011       “While we cannot begin to understand how umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals’ intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.” – FRANK COONELLY, president of the Pirates. Pirates file a formal complaint with the Commissioner’s Office expressing their extreme disappointment by how its 19-inning game against the Braves ended earlier this morning. The statement shares the organization’s dismay of umpire Jerry Meals not seeing the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate that resulted in Atlanta’s 4-3 victory at Turner Field.

2014       In front of an enthusiastic Cooperstown crowd of nearly 50,000, the Hall of Fame inducts White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, left-hander Tom Glavine, right-hander Greg Maddux, managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa. Thomas becomes the first player to be enshrined, having spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter, and Torre is the only Hall of Famer to collect more than 2,000 hits as a player and win more than 2,000 games as a skipper.

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2017       The top of the Nationals lineup hit four consecutive home runs in one inning when Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman go deep in the bottom of the third inning in the team’s 15-2 rout of the Brewers. Milwaukee right-hander Michael Blazek becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to allow five home runs in an inning when Anthony Rendon adds another round-tripper later in the frame.

2019       In the Angels’ 8-7 victory over the Orioles, Albert Pujols hits his 100th home run at Angel Stadium, becoming the 12th major leaguer to accomplish the feat at two ballparks, having passed the century mark at Busch Stadium. Also, the Anaheim slugger joins Mark McGwire (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Busch Stadium) and Frank Robinson (Crosley Field, Memorial Stadium) as only the third player to do the deed in an American and National League park.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1936

In 1936, the New York Yankees were not only without their best player, but also perhaps the greatest player in the history of the game. Prior to 1935, the Yankees had released the legendary Babe Ruth, who went on to play briefly for the Boston Braves, and shortly thereafter retired from baseball. Many felt that “The Babe” was directly responsible for the Yankees’ dominance of the late 20’s and 30’s and the prospect of returning to post-season glory without him was grim. If New York would be able to prosper without Ruth in the line-up; it would be a tremendous boost for the future of the franchise. Ruth’s “replacement” was an up-and-coming rookie outfielder named Joe DiMaggio who hit twenty-nine homers and one-hundred twenty-nine RBIs in his debut season. Third only to Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey, “Joe ‘D” as he would later be called, was a perfect fit for the old “Bronx Bombers”. Gehrig was coming off of a MVP season in which he hit forty-nine homeruns and drove in one-hundred fifty-two with a .354 batting average. Dickey hit twenty-two homers with one-hundred seven RBIs and led the team with a .362.

Pitching was also a major player in the Yankees 1936 season as six hurlers finished the regular season with double-digit wins. Their records include: Red Ruffing (20-12, 3.85 ERA); Monte Pearson (19-7, 3.71); Bump Hadley (14-4, 4.34); Lefty Gomez (13-7, 4.38); Pat Malone (12-4, 3.80); and Johnny Broaca (12-7, 4.24). Not only had New York proved themselves to be worthy without Ruth during the regular season, they were on the verge of a World Series streak that would last for the next four years. The Yankees return to the Series also coincided with the comeback of the National League champion New York Giants who were returning to the big show after a three year hiatus. Although the Giants did not share the dominant pennant run that the Yanks had (winning by only five games), they did have the most dangerous pitcher in all of baseball. Carl Hubbell, a thirty-three year-old lefty, had just won his last sixteen games and finished the season 26-6 with a 2.31 ERA.

Hubbell had more than earned the start for Game 1 and went up against twenty-game winner Red Ruffing. Mid-season acquisition, Jake Powell (who came over from Washington) was obviously not intimidated by the Giants’ “giant” and managed three base hits in his first three attempts. It mattered little as Ruth’s replacement in rightfield, George Selkirk, scored the Yankees’ only run with a homer in the third inning. Hubbell struck out eight and only allowed seven hits (none of which flew past the infield) on his way to a 6-1 opening lead. Despite the miserable debut, the Yankees went on to win four of the next five games while paying back the Giants’ pitching staff for Hubbell’s performance. In Game 2, they took Hal Schumacher and four relievers for seventeen hits including the second grand slam in World Series history by Tony Lazzeri. The entire line-up (all nine) had at least one hit and scored one run in the 18-4 massacre (Bill Dickey and Lazzeri each had five runs batted in apiece). The following day, newly acquired Bump Hadley delivered a 2-1 victory with a tie-breaking run knocked in by Frankie Crosetti in the eighth and solid relief from Pat Malone in the ninth.

Hubbell returned to seek revenge for his counterparts in Game 4, but suffered their same fate, allowing four Yankee runs (two off Gehrig’s second homer in as many days) in the first three innings. Despite his best efforts, the Giants’ ace was bested 5-2 by Monte Pearson, a recent trade-acquisition from Cleveland. On the brink of elimination, the Giants managed to stay alive with a crucial 5-4; ten-inning victory in Game 5, but it only postponed the obvious. Once again, the Yankee sluggers stepped up to the plate and blasted their cross-town rival’s pitching staff in an embarrassing 13-5, Game 6 romp. Powell, Lazzeri, DiMaggio and Rolfe each had three hits (with Powell adding a homer and four RBIs) as the Yankees wrapped up the Giants and another World Series title. In the end, the Yankees had finished the contest with an amazing sixty-five hits. Powell batted .455, Rolfe hit .400, DiMaggio batted .346 and Gehrig knocked in seven runs while boosting his RBI total in Series play to 31 in 25 games. The only highlight for their opponents came on opening day as Hubbell’s Game 1 masterpiece ended the newly crowned champion’s twelve-game winning streak. However, it would be of little consolation to the fallen Giants (and the rest of the National League) as the Yankees were about to start a new winning-streak of a different kind.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1947

Unlike the ’46 game, this one was a stark contrast to its predecessor. This day would not belong to the hitters as winds in Wrigley stirred and the pitchers were at the top of their game. Ewell Blackwell and Hal Newhouser matched one-hit, three-inning performances. In the fourth inning, Frank Shea gave up a home run to the National League’s Johnny Mize. Then the American League tied it in the sixth inning and got the winning run off of Johnny Sain in the seventh. Bobby Doerr singled, stole second, took third on Sain’s errant pickoff attempt and scored on a pinch single by Stan Spence. It was an anti-climactic ending to a great pitching duel.

The American League’s 2-1 victory gave it a 10-4 lead in the series. These lopsided totals were beginning to upset National League president Ford Frick who was concerned that the fans may lose interest. As most could have predicted, it was going to get worse.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1913 11th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium

1913 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon, England: Maurice McLoughlin beats Charles Dixon 8-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give US an unassailable 3-1 lead over the British Isles; US wins, 3-2

1914 Roda JC soccer team forms in Kerkrade

1919 13th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium

1920 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America’s Cup

1920 14th Tour de France: Belgian rider Philippe Thys becomes first to win the race 3 times

1924 VIII Summer Olympic Games close in Paris, France

1927 Mel Ott, 18, hits his 1st league home run (inside the park)

1928 Kent cricket leg-spinner Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July

1930 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 4th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American George Lott 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 8-6 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

1930 24th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq scores first of 2 Tour victories (1932)

1937 32nd Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Wimbledon (4-1)

1945 Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees

1946 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs

1946 French Championships Men’s Tennis: Marcel Bernard beats Jaroslav Drobný 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3

1946 45th Women’s French Championships: Margaret Osborne beats Pauline Betz (1-6, 8-6, 7-5)

1947 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra starts a record 148 game errorless streak

1952 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson makes it back-to-back gold medals in the 10k event at the Helsinki Olympics, having won the corresponding race in London in 1948

1953 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons “Chief” Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

1954 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Keller GC: Chick Herbert scores a 4 & 3 win over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final

1956 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia’s 1st innings in 4th Test at Manchester; best return ever in Test cricket; bettered in 2nd innings 10-53

1959 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961

1967 Helmond Sport soccer team forms

1969 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Concord GC: Betsy Rawls wins her second LPGA C’ship, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Carol Mann and Susie Maxwell Berning

1970 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame

1973 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103)

1973 Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners

1978 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks)

1983 Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, also winning his 1st game as a Kansas City Royal

1984 Reds’ Pete Rose collects record 3,503rd career single (vs Philadelphia)

1986 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), Board of Trade CC: Pat Bradley wins in a playoff with Ayako Okamoto of Japan

1988 Baseball star Tommy John commits record 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3

1990 Tom Moody scores 100 in 26 mins in county cricket, world record

1992 Astros begins 26-game road trip to make room for Republican National Convention

1992 Japanese swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki wins the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona to become the youngest to win an Olympic gold medal at 14 years-6 days

1993 Detroit Tiger Fryman hits for cycle but loses 12-7 to Yankees

1993 NBC TV awarded 1996 Olympic coverage for $456 million

1993 NY Met Anthony Young wins ending his losing streak at 27 games

1996 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured

1996 David Sales makes 210 on 1st class cricket debut for Northants v Worcs

1996 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women’s beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

1997 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser’s #16

1997 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

1997 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins with birdie on 2nd playoff hole against countryman John Bland

2003 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: American Tom Watson wins in a playoff with Carl Mason of England

2014 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Porthcawl: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second Open Senior title by 13 strokes from Colin Montgomerie of Scotland

2019 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 3 gold medals in one day at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4×100m freestyle relay (WR 3:19.40)

2021 American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles withdraws from the women’s team final at the Tokyo Games citing need to focus on her mental health; also misses individual finals

2021 Triathlete Flora Duffy claims historic first ever Olympic gold medal for Bermuda in the women’s event at the Tokyo Games

2021 Fiji retains Olympic Rugby Sevens title with 27-12 win over New Zealand in Tokyo; only second gold in the country’s Olympic history

2021 Ítalo Ferreira of Brazil and American Carissa Moore claim inaugural men’s and women’s surfing gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY-JULY 27

July 27, 1929 – According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame , Chris O’Brien sold the Chicago Cardinals to David Jones on this day. Our friend Joe Ziemba in his book When Football was Football; The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL says that the 1928 season had been a debacle for the Cardinals as they finished the season with a 1-5 League record, being outscored 107-7! O’Brien had been secretly trying to find a buyer for his team for about three years. The first announcement of sale according to Joe took place on July 18, 1929 and Bears owner George Halas was involved in it. You can learn more about this and other great events in Cardinals history by getting a copy of Joe Ziemba’s book and also by listening to the author speak about his beloved Cardinals bi-weekly on his Sports History Network podcast which is also named When Football was Football!

July 27, 1929 – Orange/Newark Tornadoes franchise joins the NFL and is a League member from 1929 through the 1930 season. The team was the remnants of the Duluth Eskimos franchise which was sold and transferred to Orange and then one year later to Newark. According to the American Football Fandom the franchise existed in some form or fashion from 1887 to 1971. Their history besides being in the National Football League from 1929 to 1930 was that they were members of the American Association from 1936 to 1941, the Atlantic Coast Football League from 1963 to 1964, the Continental Football League from 1965 to 1969 and back to the ACFL for the 1970 to 1971 seasons before disbanding.

July 27, 1929 – The Staten Island Stapleton’s/Stapes franchise forms as the Brooklyn franchise and then was transferred to Staten Island. According to an article in the Professional Football Researchers Association publication the Coffin Corner in a 1985 article by Joe Horrigan, The Stapleton’s started their gridiron existence in 1915, a full five years before the NFL was created as the APFA. A talented halfback and a native of the working-class neighborhood known as Stapleton, Dan Blaine, along with three other players formed the team to play other semi-pro squads from New York and New Jersey. It wasn’t a career by any means for the players as the Stapes played more for fun than money. The crowds were small according to Horrigan as salaries averaged $10 per game. The team acquired better and better players through a variety of means and eventually in 1929 as an independent team achieved a record of 10-1-1. The next year they were permitting to join the National Football League. The Stapleton’s would never have a winning season in the NFL and would eventually fade into obscurity. I encourage you to read more on the Stapleton’s in the 1985 Coffin Corner article including how Tim Marra, owner and founder of the New York Giants helped the Stapes co-exist with his team in the Big Apple.

July 27, 1964 – Running back Willie “The Wisp” Galimore along with teammate Bo Farrington tragically died at age 29 in a car accident near Rensselear, Indiana. Galimore played for Florida A&M from 1952 through 1955. He was selected 58th overall by Chicago Bears in 1956 NFL Draft and played with Chicago right up until the season prior to his passing. Yahoo.com lists his NFL career Stats as 670 carries for 2,985 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Wisp was a Pro Bowl selection in 1958 and helped Bears win the NFL Championship in 1963. Experts claimed that he was able run side-to-side as fast as most players could run in a straight line. Hall of Famers Chuck Bednarik and Doug Atkins said Galimore was one of the best rushers they ever faced. The Bears franchise eventually retired Willie Gallimore’s is number 28 jersey as tribute to the fallen star.

July 27, 1973 – The Chicago College All-Star game was played in Chi-town’s Soldier Field and 54,103 fans watched as the Champion Miami Dolphins knocked off the All-Stars 14-3. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Ray Guy the punter from Southern Miss.

July 27, 2018 – NFL Veterans of the following teams reported to training camp: Denver Broncos, LA Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 27

July 27, 1910 – Waynesville, North Carolina – Fred Crawford was the fine tackle from Duke University. Mr. Crawford entered into the place of legends, the confines of the College Football Hall of Fame in the 1973 induction class. He was a consensus All American selection in 1933 and was the main contributor for the Blue Devil’s upset over the great Tennessee Volunteers squad that season, which happened to be the Vols only loss in 2-1/2 years. Duke’s head coach Wade Wallace described Crawford as the best lineman he had ever seen play.

July 27, 1950 – Detroit, Michigan – Reggie McKenzie was a guard out of the University of Michigan that entered the College Football Hall of Fame in the 2002 class. Mr. McKenzie followed up his stellar play in college with an 11 year career with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. He was a mainstay force in the Bills O-line dubbed “the Electric Company”. The big man played an additional two season in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 1984. Reggie McKenzie started 169 of his total 171 NFL games, that is quite an accomplishment!

July 27, 1959 – Natchez, Mississippi – Hugh Green was a defensive end from the University of Pittsburgh. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the entry group of 1996. Mr. Green was an outside linebacker in the NFL playing for the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Miami Dolphins. After his senior year season Green was awarded the Walter Camp Trophy, the Maxwell Award, Sporting News Player of the Year Award, the Lombardi Award and the UPI Player of the Year. The Pitt Panthers appreciated his great play so much that before his final game played for the University, they retired his number 99 jersey.

July 27 Important Football Birthdays

July 27, 1939 – Hammond, Indiana – Cornerback Irv Cross of the Northwestern team’s from 1958 through 1960 was born. According to a post on Yahoo.com, Irv was selected as the 98th overall pick in the 1961 NFL Draft by the by Philadelphia Eagles. During his NFL career he played not only with the Eagles, but with the LA Rams as well. His career numbers include 22 interceptions and many passes defended. Cross was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in both 1964 and 1965. He is best known for his role as analyst/commentator on CBS’ The NFL Today from 1975 till 1990. Irv Cross was the first African-American to work full-time as an analyst on national television.

July 27, 1988 – Big Spring, Texas – Former Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill arrived into this life. Ryan was selected eighth overall by Miami Dolphins in 2012 NFL Draft. He has had his vest seasons though as a Tennessee Titan though leading them to the playoffs.

THE BIG GAME 1900

When Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley play a contest on the gridiron it is a big game. In fact the rivalry has been fondly named that, “The Big Game.” One of these meetings had one of the most tragic in game situations ever in the history of the game.

The rivalry started in 1892, just one year after Stanford started admitting students. The first 13 of these contests were played at the same venue at the Haight Street Grounds in San Francisco. The contest in 1900 would take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 29.

This rivalry was entering its tenth meeting on the gridiron according to Stanford Magazine from December 2015 by Sam Scott.

The story of this 1900 edition of the Big Game starts with spectators showed up at the gates at 10:30AM, pouring out of train cars and local neighborhood after rain departed earlier in the morning. The ticket prices of $1 each were too steep for many, especially local youngsters. Near one of the endzones of the stadium there was an adjacent Pacific Glass Works building that sat just across Fifteenth Street from the football grounds. And its roof with over 40 foot elevation provided a spectacular free view for those that could not obtain or afford a ticket to get into the game.

The Glass Works was thriving with work, so much so that they had workers on staff firing up the large glass furnaces to over 3000 degrees inside them and the outside temps were well above 500 degrees. The furnaces were situated in the large factory in the center of the bay where the peaked roof, designed for ventilation, was raised about 45 feet above the brick factory floor.

There had been issues in the past where fans, refusing to pay ticket prices, would clamor up the glass works roof to watch the game for free. The plant’s superintendent, James Davis, had been warned of this and was solicited for assistance by Henry Taylor, the treasurer of the Associated Students of Stanford University. Taylor told reporters that the organizers had provided Davis and company six complimentary tickets to the game in exchange for keeping people off the roof. It was probably more from a gate receipt angle than for a safety concern.

Reports had gone out afterwards that suggested that Davis hired security men, sanctioned with keeping the roof clear, may have used this new found authority for some ill-gotten gains. Allegedly to make additional pocket change, they were charging people to gain a vantage point of climbing up on the roof. The very thing they were hired to prevent.

The Stanford Magazine story had information from an eye witness. The article reads, “Herman Guehring, an 11-year-old student at Mission Grammar School, tried scrambling under a fence into the grounds but was chased away. Then he climbed a water tower at 14th and Folsom, but the view was obstructed. And so finally he joined the swarm pushing into the most obvious vantage point, the glassworks building.”

Guehring who survived to recant the story to journalist William Briggs (who was Guehring’s great nephew), in 1968 said there was in fact a watchman there at the glass works, “But it was like trying to turn back the waves at the beach. The kids kept pouring through the fence anxious to see the kickoff.”

There were accounts that the roof ended up having some 400 people on it by the start of the game. Many of them went to the roof’s ventilator, positioned at the highest point of the peak. It was constructed of thin corrugated iron roofing material and was about 8 foot wide and 72 foot long. It was engineered to support nothing else but its own weight and nothing more. Some noting the flimsiness of the vent wisely got off of it to a more stable portion of the factory roof.

Over across the stadium the air was electric. The year prior Cal had handed Stanford a deflating 30-0 shallacking and the Golden Bears fans in 1900 were reminding their rivals of the previous game by wearing hats that said “30-0” on them. Stanford supporters wore Cardinal tam-o’-shanters: “the rich red color of life gleamed from top to bottom of the high bleachers,’ ‘ according to an account in the local school newspaper, “The Call.” Each school’s marching band was trying to drown out the opposition’s musical ensemble and fans from both sides cheered even louder than usual to try and get their voices heard over all of the musical battles. This was indeed a fierce rivalry and needless to say the stadium was loud and filled with an enthusiastic crowd.

Some twenty minutes into the game Cal’s offense had penetrated deep into Cardinal territory. The intensity was thick with anticipation when above the noise of the game a huge crash was heard just outside the stadium’s North side. Spectators strained their neck to look towards the commotion but could not gain recognition of what caused it. Someone in the crowd decried it was just a normal noise from the industrial complex across the street and the fans inside the stadium resumed their focus to the playing field.

The noise as you may have guessed was the ventilator portion of the roof collapsing. Piece of the steel roof panels along with roof trusses and horrifically people started raining down inside the factory to land on the estimated 500 degree Fahrenheit furnace or to the hard brick floor. Glass works employees at once tried pulling people off the highly heated furnace top as others raced to turn off the oil supply that was fueling it.

Across the street the unknowing spectators witnessed a game that was settled in the final minutes by the first successful field goal in the history of the Big Game. At game’s end hundreds of Stanford fans surged onto the field, and grabbed member of the victors and paraded them up and down the nearby streets as ambulances were carrying away the wounded and dead from the tragedy of the Glass Works.

It is hard to imagine that people so close in location could be so euphoric and naive to the situation at hand while others in utter mourning and states of shock at the horrors that unfolded.

More than 100 years later this Pacific Glass Works catastrophe on Thanksgiving Day 1900 is still the deadliest sporting disaster in American History. A total of 23 died from injuries suffered in the disaster, the last of them some 3 years later. Of that total at least 15 of them would never see their 18th birthday. The first five pages of the San Francisco Examiner morning edition on the next day were devoted to this tragedy and its aftermath.

About a week after the event a jury found no fault with the Glass Works and placed the blame with those that sat on the ventilated roof and that either perished or suffered grave injury from the ensuing collapse.

DAILY NUMBERS-JULY 27

1 – 47 – 25 – 22

July 12, 1945 – Boston Brave outfielder Tommy Holmes, in his Number 1 Uniform was on a mission during this 1945 MLB season. Going into the game against the Chicago Cubs on this day he had hit safely in a National League record of 37 games. The Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 and put a stop to Holmes’ streak. The record of Tommy H. from 1945 stood all the way to 1978 when Pete Rose (Number 14) sailed past it with 44 games, even though a couple of players reached 31 including Willie Davis (Number 3)in 1969, and Rico Carty (Number 25) in 1970.

July 12, 1946 – Vance Dinges, Number 47 hit the only Philadelphia Phillies pinch hit inside-the-park Home Run in franchise history.

July 12, 1949 – The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams signed Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract. The Dutchman played for the Rams through the 1957 season. In his last three seasons of 1958 through 1960 he played with the Philadelphia Eagles even winning an NFL Championship with each team, the Rams in 1951 and the Eagles in 1960. He wore Number 25 for his first few years on the Rams and then switched to the number he would wear the remainder of his career, Number 11.

July 12, 1951 – The New York Yankees pitcher known as Allie Reynolds, Number 22 threw a no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 Yanks win.

July 12, 1954 – The MLBPA was founded to help players have their rights protected in an organized union.

July 12, 1979 – In one of the most bizzare forfeits of all time, “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park was the promotion in between the games of a double header between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The promotion was a success in the fact that fans actively participated , however when the crowd went wild and stormed the field destroying the disco records it caused game officials to declare that the White Sox had to forfeit second game of the twin-bill. For the promotion local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up disco records in between games. It did not go to plan as midway through the first game records started to fly out of the stands frisbee style on to the playing field causing delays while attendants had to remove them so that players would not get hurt. Police arrested 39 people after the mob stormed the field setting fires that destroyed a batting cage, pulling up bases and other vandalism.

TV WEDNESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Atlanta at Philadelphia12:35pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NBCS-PHI
San Diego at Detroit1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
LA Angels at Kansas City2:10pmBally Sports
Minnesota at Milwaukee2:10pmBally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Colorado3:10pmNBCS-CHI
ATTSN-RM
Washington at LA Dodgers3:10pmMASN/2
Sportsnet
Houston at Oakland3:37pmNBCS-CA
ATTSN-SW
Texas at Seattle3:40pmMLBN
Root Sports
Bally Sports
San Francisco at Arizona3:40pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Miami at Cincinnati6:40pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at NY Mets7:00pmESPN
YES
SNY
Tampa Bay at Baltimore7:05pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
St. Louis at Toronto7:05pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Cleveland at Boston7:10pmBally Sports
NESN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Champions League: Fenerbahçe vs Dynamo Kyiv1:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Slovan Bratislava vs Ferencváros2:30pmParamount+
UEFA Women’s Euro Semifinals3:00pmESPN2
US Open Cup: Orlando City SC vs New York RB7:30pmESPN+
Liga MX: Necaxa vs Pachuca8:00pmTUDN
Canadian Premier League: Cavalry vs Forge9:00pmFS2
US Open Cup: Sacramento Republic vs Sporting KC10:30pmESPN+

TV THURSDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World Tour: Hero Open7:00amGOLF
LPGA Tour: Women’s Scottish Open10:00amGOLF
PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic3:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Miami at Cincinnati12:35pmBally Sports
Tampa Bay at Baltimore12:35pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Kansas City at NY Yankees7:05pmBally Sports
YES
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh7:05pmNBCS-PHI
ATTSN-PIT
Detroit at Toronto7:07pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Cleveland at Boston7:10pmBally Sports
NESN
Seattle at Houston8:10pmRoot Sports
ATTSN-SW
LA Dodgers at Colorado8:40pmSportsnet
ATTSN-RM
Texas at LA Angels9:38pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Chi. Cubs at San Francisco9:45pmMLBN
MARQ
NBCS-BAY
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Europa Conference League: APOEL vs Botev Plovdiv1:00pmParamount+
UEFA Europa Conference League: Viborg vs Sūduva1:00pmParamount+
UEFA Europa Conference League: Puskás vs Vitória Guimarães2:00pmParamount+
UEFA Europa Conference League: Brøndby vs Pogoń Szczecin2:00pmParamount+
Liga MX Femenil: Tijuana vs Monterrey10:00pmESPN+
WNBATIME ETTV
Seattle at Connecticut7:00pmNBATV
Washington at Dallas8:00pmCBSSN
Los Angeles at Phoenix10:00pmCBSSN

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6632.67337 – 1229 – 2032 – 1619 – 610 – 64 – 6L 1
Toronto5443.55711.531 – 1923 – 2419 – 1813 – 1015 – 119 – 1W 7
Tampa Bay5245.53613.531 – 1821 – 2723 – 197 – 1112 – 95 – 5L 4
Baltimore4948.50516.528 – 1921 – 2919 – 2311 – 1312 – 86 – 4W 2
Boston4949.5001724 – 2425 – 2512 – 2913 – 819 – 72 – 8L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5245.53627 – 2225 – 2313 – 1025 – 1910 – 95 – 5L 1
Cleveland4947.5102.525 – 1924 – 287 – 1125 – 219 – 86 – 4W 1
Chi White Sox4948.505321 – 2728 – 2114 – 1520 – 217 – 97 – 3W 3
Kansas City3958.4021322 – 2917 – 297 – 1318 – 2010 – 175 – 5L 1
Detroit3959.39813.524 – 2715 – 327 – 1419 – 264 – 112 – 8L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6434.65330 – 1434 – 208 – 816 – 432 – 186 – 4L 2
Seattle5345.5411126 – 2327 – 2212 – 157 – 626 – 197 – 3W 2
Texas4353.4482021 – 2622 – 275 – 1111 – 818 – 272 – 8L 2
LA Angels4156.42322.522 – 2719 – 296 – 1810 – 618 – 193 – 7W 1
Oakland3763.3702816 – 3321 – 3010 – 1610 – 1615 – 267 – 3W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets6037.61930 – 1730 – 2028 – 1212 – 514 – 126 – 4W 2
Atlanta5940.596233 – 2126 – 1923 – 1517 – 1013 – 116 – 4W 1
Philadelphia5047.5151025 – 2525 – 2219 – 208 – 816 – 114 – 6L 1
Miami4651.4741422 – 2324 – 2824 – 198 – 109 – 144 – 6W 1
Washington3465.3432715 – 3619 – 298 – 369 – 812 – 134 – 6W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5444.55125 – 2029 – 2411 – 1328 – 197 – 95 – 5W 1
St. Louis5147.520329 – 2022 – 2710 – 1425 – 1610 – 75 – 5L 2
Chi Cubs4057.41213.520 – 3220 – 257 – 622 – 217 – 186 – 4W 6
Pittsburgh4058.4081421 – 2519 – 337 – 1118 – 2913 – 112 – 8L 3
Cincinnati3759.3851621 – 3016 – 296 – 1014 – 228 – 215 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6432.66734 – 1530 – 1711 – 1117 – 625 – 118 – 2L 2
San Diego5544.55610.525 – 2130 – 2314 – 1019 – 1020 – 205 – 5W 1
San Francisco4849.49516.526 – 2222 – 2714 – 1311 – 1016 – 203 – 7L 6
Arizona4453.45420.526 – 2718 – 2614 – 1110 – 1114 – 275 – 5W 2
Colorado4454.4492128 – 2416 – 308 – 199 – 821 – 185 – 5L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot