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WASHINGTON 3 BALTIMORE 0

TEXAS 7 PHILADELPHIA 0

HOUSTON 8 NY METS 2

BOSTON 5 DETROIT 4

TAMPA BAY 5 NY YANKEES 4

CLEVELAND 6 MINNESOTA 5 (11)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7 TORONTO 6 (12)

KANSAS CITY 12 LA ANGELS 11 (11)

SEATTLE 8 OAKLAND 2

LA DODGERS 8 CINCINNATI 2

MIAMI 9. COLORADO 8

PITTSBURGH 7 CHICAGO CUBS 1

SAN FRANCISCO 12 ATLANTA 10

ST. LOUIS 6 MILWAUKEE 2

SAN DIEGO 3 ARIZONA 2 (11)

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Rob Gronkowski retires, won’t join Tom Brady for 3rd season

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Rob Gronkowski won’t be joining Tom Brady for a third season with the Buccaneers.

The four-time All-Pro tight end announced his retirement for the second time in three years on Tuesday. In an Instagram post, Gronkowski thanked his teammates and coaches over the years and said he’s going back to “chilling out.”

Gronkowski won four Super Bowls with Brady, including three in New England.

“I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team,” Gronkowski wrote on Instagram. “I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well.”

The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots, but returned in 2020 when Brady went to the Buccaneers. The close friends teamed up to help Tampa beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl in February 2021. Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes in that game.

“Love you as a man, teammate and friend,” Brady wrote on Gronkowski’s post. “One of a kind in every way.”

The Buccaneers and Brady were hoping Gronkowski would play another season. But Tampa prepared for his departure in the draft by selecting tight ends Cade Otton in the fourth round and Ko Kieft in the sixth round. Veteran tight end Cameron Brate also remains with the Buccaneers.

“Rob is a true professional who left it all on the field for us the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game when he is still enjoying that kind of success, but the overwhelming emotions I feel today are gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends who ever played the game.”

The fun-loving Gronkowski will be tough to replace. He was not only one of the league’s best pass-catching tight ends but also among the best blockers at his position. Gronk was known for his toughness, playing physical and through injuries.

His jovial personality made him one of the league’s most popular players and a natural for a broadcasting job.

Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN it wouldn’t surprise him if Brady called and talked him out of retirement at some point during the season. Brady himself ended a 40-day retirement in March to play his 23rd season.

But for now, Gronk has spiked his last football in an NFL game.

He ends his career – again – with 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season. He had 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.

Deshaun Watson settles 20 civil suits, faces NFL suspension

HOUSTON (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s decision to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct may not dissuade the NFL from giving him a lengthy suspension, a person familiar with the league’s investigation told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing, assaulting or touching them during appointments when he played for the Houston Texans.

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents all 24 women, said Tuesday in a statement that once the paperwork is finished on the 20 settlements, “those particular cases will be dismissed.” He added that the terms of the settlements are “confidential” and that his legal team “won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”

Watson still faces discipline from the league, which conducted its own investigation into the 26-year-old’s behavior and is expected to make a decision before the Browns open training camp on July 27.

Following Buzbee’s announcement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the agreements have “no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process.”

Another league official told the AP “settling doesn’t give someone a pass” and indicated a lengthy suspension remains in order. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn’t concluded.

NFL investigators interviewed Watson in Houston over several days last month. They’ve spoken with 11 of Watson’s accusers, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who said Buzbee declined to make more women available for interviews.

The league will present their findings to disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge who will decide Watson’s punishment. This is the first case for Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and NFL Players Association.

The Browns, who signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract in March, had no immediate comment on the settlements.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name. Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lead attorney, did not immediately return an email or a text seeking comment.

In March, two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict him on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations. After that, the Browns and several other teams pursued Watson, with Cleveland convincing him to waive his no-trade clause and join a team with a solid roster.

The first 22 lawsuits against Watson were filed in March and April 2021. The last two lawsuits were filed after HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” aired an interview last month with two of the women who detailed their encounters with Watson.

The settlements also come after The New York Times reported earlier this month that Watson had booked massage appointments with at least 66 different women over 17 months while he played for the Texans. The report said that a Texans representative had provided Watson with a nondisclosure agreement that he gave to some of the women to sign.

Last week, Watson reiterated his innocence and sidestepped any questions about whether he would settle with any of the women.

“I never assaulted anyone,” Watson said June 14 in his first public comments since being introduced by the Browns in March. “I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything.”

Buzbee said he plans on taking the four unsettled lawsuits to trial, including the first one that was filed by Ashley Solis, who has previously made her name public. In an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Solis said she felt threatened by Watson after their massage session when he told her that she had a career to protect and “I know you don’t want anyone messing with it just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”

Buzbee said that without Solis, “the conduct experienced by these women would likely have continued unfettered.”

“The truth is, without her courage and willingness to come forward, the NFL wouldn’t currently be contemplating discipline; there would be no examination of how teams might knowingly or unknowingly enable certain behavior,” Buzbee said.

Cleveland, which has spent nearly two decades searching for a franchise quarterback, pursued and signed Watson despite his complex legal situation.

Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam knew the Browns would face heavy criticism for the move, but they were comfortable with the decision after conducting their own investigation and meeting privately with Watson.

Now, the team is eager to know how long they might be without Watson. The Browns signed veteran backup Jacoby Brissett, who will move into the starting job if Watson is suspended.

Report: Woman accused Commanders’ Snyder of 2009 sex assault

WASHINGTON (AP) A woman accused Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder of sexually harassing and assaulting her on a team plane in 2009, and the woman was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle her claims, according to a document obtained by the Washington Post.

The Post reported Tuesday that it had obtained a letter by an attorney working for the team that detailed the woman’s allegations while arguing that her claims were not credible. The $1.6 million settlement had been previously revealed in legal filings related to more recent investigations of the team, but details of the woman’s allegations were not disclosed. The woman agreed not to sue the team or publicly disclose her allegations as part of the settlement.

Snyder denied the woman’s allegations, according to the letter, and a team investigation accused her of making up the claims in an attempt to extort him.

The contents of the letter were disclosed a day before a scheduled hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is investigating the Washington team’s workplace culture. Snyder has declined an invitation by the committee to testify, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was scheduled to testify remotely.

The NFL fined the team $10 million and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations after an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson revealed a workplace culture that was abusive to women. But the league declined to release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings.

The committee has since uncovered an allegation of sexual harassment by Snyder. Former team employee Tiffani Johnston told the committee that Snyder groped her at a team dinner and tried to force her into his limousine, claims that Snyder denied.

That triggered a new investigation of the team ordered by the NFL and led by Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney and chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. White is also looking into claims of financial improprieties by a former vice president of sales for the team. The NFL has said White’s findings will be made public.

The letter obtained by the Post was written by Howard Shapiro, an attorney at WilmerHale law firm, which had helped the team investigate the woman’s allegations. Shapiro wrote that the woman’s claims were “knowingly false.” He declined to comment to the Post.

According to the letter, the woman accused Snyder of asking her for sex, groping her and trying to take off her clothes in a private, partitioned area at the back of a team plane during a return flight from a trip to Las Vegas.

The letter stated that none of the other passengers on the flight supported the woman’s account. Others said the door to the back area of the plane was open for most of the flight and that other passengers and flight attendants were frequently present in that section, according to the letter.

Steelers add veteran DL Ogunjobi with 1-year contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran defensive end Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year deal on Tuesday, shoring up a position of need following Stephon Tuitt’s retirement earlier this month.

The 28-year-old Ogunjobi spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals and had planned to sign a three-year contract with Chicago in March before he failed a physical, nullifying the deal.

Ogunjobi injured his right foot during the Bengals’ wild-card victory over the Las Vegas Raiders and was lost for the remainder of the playoffs. The injury required surgery, and the lack of progress during his rehab led to the failed physical.

The Steelers are banking on Ogunjobi being good to go as they try to shore up a defensive line that finished dead last in the NFL against the run in 2022. Ogunjobi was productive last year for Cincinnati, posting career highs in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (12).

Pittsburgh was hoping Tuitt would return after he sat out all of 2021 following the death of his younger brother last June, combined with a knee injury. The Steelers did little during the offseason to address the defensive line, re-signing tackle Montravius Adams and taking Demarvin Leal in the third round of the draft.

Ogunjobi gives Pittsburgh veteran depth even if he has a spotty history with the Steelers. Playing for Cleveland in 2019, Ogunjobi blindsided Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph during a scuffle that included Browns defensive end Myles Garrett tearing off Rudolph’s helmet and then swinging it at him. Ogunjobi was suspended for one game for his role in the melee, though a fine was later rescinded.

Gonsolin wins 9th, Freeman drives in 5 as Dodgers down Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Tony Gonsolin said he hasn’t done anything extraordinary on the way to becoming the first nine-game winner in the majors this season.

“It’s just throwing a lot more strikes,” the 28-year-old righty said of his success in 2022, which includes a 9-0 record and sparkling 1.58 ERA.

He hasn’t gone more than 6 1/3 innings in a start and exited after five in the Dodgers’ 8-2 cruise over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. He allowed three hits, two of them solo homers that accounted for the Reds’ only runs of the sweltering evening.

He leaned on his four-seam fastball, and his slider and splitter got even better as the game progressed. He struck out four.

“I feel like I’m throwing a lot more competitive pitches this year and able to get some early contact, which allows me to be more efficient and go deeper into games,” he said.

Gonsolin said he still felt great when he came out after 87 pitches.

“Weathered some traffic, gave up a couple homers. But man, I thought he was fine,” Dodger manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, wasn’t as efficient as he has been recently. Tony just managed the outing, which is really good to see.”

Getting offensive support helps, too.

Freddie Freeman drove in five runs, breaking the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning.

Meanwhile, Reds starter Tyler Mahle (2-6) was lucky to give up only four runs through six innings. He allowed 12 hits but manage to strand eight runners.

“I had to battle through six,” Mahle said. “It was just the way it was today. It wasn’t easy. I had to grind against a good team. “

Jonathan India homered leading off the Reds first, and Albert Almora Jr. had one in the second, but those were the highlights. Four Dodgers relievers threw scoreless innings to wrap it up.

Joey Votto had two hits for the Reds, including his 1,000th at Great American Ball Park.

Will Smith homered into the left-field seats in the first inning for the Dodgers, his ninth the season.

Freeman put the Dodgers ahead in the third after back-to-back singles by Gavin Lux and Trea Turner, hitting a two-run double into the right-field corner.

Freeman then delivered the bases-loaded triple off the center-field wall off in the eighth.

TURNER STREAKING

Turner had a season-high four hits, extending his current streak to 13 games, and scored twice. He’s already logged a 26-game hit streak this season, and leads the team with 49 RBIs. He leads NL shortstops in All Star voting.

SPEAKING OF STREAKS

The Reds have lost four straight, including a weekend sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve had losing streaks of 11 and nine game this season and are in last place in the NL Central.

MOVES

The Dodgers added OF Trayce Thompson to the active roster on Tuesday after acquiring him from the Detroit Tigers for cash. The injury-plagued Dodgers needed another outfielder after star Mookie Betts cracked a rib in a collision with Cody Bellinger last week. Thompson pinch-hit in the eighth inning and struck out. He is the brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Put LHP Caleb Ferguson on the injured list with left forearm tendinitis. … Transferred RHP Walker Buehler to the 60-day injured list.

Reds: Activated INF Donovan Solano from the injury list following a rehab stint. Solano was one of the team’s few winter signings but was injured in spring training. … Transferred LHP Nick Lodolo (lower back strain) to the 60-day injury list. … OF Tyler Naquin (quad strain) is close to starting a rehab assignment, manager David Bell said.

UP NEXT

Dodgers LHP Tyler Anderson (8-0, 2.82 ERA) is scheduled to face Reds RHP Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.33) on Wednesday night. Anderson threw a season-high 8 1/3 innings, allowing one run and one hit and striking out eight, in beating the Angels last Wednesday. Castillo allowed three runs and four hits through seven innings in the Reds loss Wednesday to Arizona.

Guardians beat Twins 6-5 in 11 innings, take AL Central lead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andres Gimenez had an RBI single in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Guardians beat Minnesota 6-5 Tuesday night to move percentage points ahead of the Twins atop the AL Central Division.

Bryan Shaw, Sam Hentges and Trevor Stephan each tossed a scoreless inning of relief before Emmanuel Clase earned his 16th save in 18 chances for the Guardians, whose 35-28 (.556) record is narrowly ahead of Minnesota’s 38-31 (.551). The teams will square off seven more times by the end of June.

“It means something to all of us, but it’s June. I don’t want those guys to have to apologize for where we are in the standings. They’re playing their (rear) off right now,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

With Oscar Gonzalez on second, Gimenez singled to center field with one out and the Guardians improved to 10-2 in their last 12 games and 16-4 since May 30.

Griffin Jax (4-1) took the loss.

Stephan (3-2) struck out Carlos Correa, Max Kepler and Gary Sanchez, Minnesota’s 3-4-5 hitters, with two-on and nobody out in the 10th.

The Cleveland bullpen has a 1.80 ERA since May 23.

“I feel like Tito’s probably got a nice, easy choice whoever he calls up right now. They’re all hot and it’s fun to watch and just cheer on,” Stephan said.

Luis Arraez hit a three-run home run in the seventh to give Minnesota a 5-3 lead, but Franmil Reyes, in his first game in nearly a month, lined a two-run homer off Emilio Pagan with two outs in the eighth to tie it.

A right hamstring injury had sidelined Reyes since May 24. He struck out in his other four at bats.

Down 3-2, Arraez, who leads the majors with a .362 batting average, drilled an offering from Eli Morgan to the seats in right-center for his fourth home run. A few “MVP, MVP!” chants were heard as he rounded the bases.

“I’d say he loves big moments because he does, but I also think he loves all the moments and he’s good whether it’s a higher-pressure spot or not,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Morgan had not allowed an earned run in 19 1/3 innings since May 8.

Josh Naylor lofted a home run to the first row of seats in right field for a 3-0 lead in the third, a much better Target Field experience than 51 weeks earlier. Naylor’s 2021 season ended June 27 when the right fielder sustained multiple leg fractures and torn ligaments in a gruesome collision with second baseman Ernie Clement on a fly ball in short right field. He was on the COVID-19 list when the teams met in Minneapolis last month.

“I’m sure that was extra meaningful to him, but it helped us, too,” Francona said.

Steven Kwan had four hits for Cleveland and Jose Ramirez was 1 for 5 with a bloop double in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a right thumb injury. He leads the American League with 62 RBI.

STARTER STATS

Activated from the 15-day disabled list (strained left glute muscle), Cleveland’s Aaron Civale allowed five hits, two earned runs and stuck out seven in first start since May 20.

Minnesota’s Joe Ryan allowed three earned runs in his first three innings, but bounced back to post three straight scoreless frames. In total, he allowed seven hits and struck out seven, including his final three batters.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: OF Oscar Mercado was designated for assignment to make room for Reyes. . RHP Nick Sandlin was optioned to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move to Civale’s return.

Twins: RHP Josh Winder, out since May 18 with a right shoulder impingement, is scheduled to throw 70 pitches Wednesday in a rehab assignment for Triple-A St. Paul. . SS Royce Lewis had surgery Tuesday in Dallas to repair his torn right ACL. “Everything seems to have gone well,” Baldelli said. . Out since June 13 with lower back tightness, 2B Jorge Polanco has yet to start full baseball activity, but Baldelli said it won’t be too long until he does.

UP NEXT

The scheduled starters for Wednesday’s second game of this three-game set are RHP Triston McKenzie (4-5, 2.96) for Cleveland and RHP Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09) for Minnesota.

Harrison lifts White Sox over Blue Jays 7-6 in 12 innings

CHICAGO (AP) After all the twists and turns on a hot, muggy night in Chicago, Josh Harrison wore a big smile on his face as he looked back on his winning hit.

“Those are fun games to be a part of, especially when you win,” he said.

Harrison hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 12th inning, and the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays for a wild 7-6 victory on Tuesday.

Luis Robert matched a career high with four RBIs and made a sliding grab in center field in the top of the 12th, helping the White Sox (33-33) win for the sixth time in eight games. The reigning AL Central champions returned to .500 for the first time since beating the crosstown Cubs on May 29.

“Those are the type of ballgames that will get you into the playoffs at the end of the year,” said Dylan Cease, who struck out 11 in six dominant innings.

Vince Velasquez (3-3) worked two innings for his first win since May 6. He committed a balk before his first pitch, setting up Raimel Tapia’s tiebreaking single in the 11th, but retired the Blue Jays in order in the 12th.

With runners on first and second in the bottom half, Harrison drove in Jose Abreu with a liner to center off rookie Matt Gage (0-1). Harrison also faced Gage on Monday night, fouling out to the catcher on the second pitch of the at-bat.

“Baseball’s a game where the more you see somebody, the more familiar you can be,” Harrison said, “even if it’s just a couple pitches the night before.”

Alejandro Kirk homered and drove in two runs for Toronto, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Bradley Zimmer made a memorable catch in center field, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI double in the 10th.

Blue Jays slugger George Springer was removed in the eighth inning because of right elbow discomfort. Manager Charlie Montoyo said he thinks Springer will have some tests done.

“(When) he swings and misses, that’s when he feels it,” Montoyo said.

Chicago nearly wasted a stellar start by Cease, who matched his career high for strikeouts. The White Sox went 6 for 21 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.

“A very special win,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Starting with Cease and then coming back like we did.”

Chicago trailed 4-2 before Robert hit a two-run single off Jordan Romano with two outs in the ninth, delighting the crowd of 20,529 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

After Abreu singled, putting runners on the corners, AJ Pollock hit a liner to center. But Zimmer, who entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth, made a diving grab, sending the game to extra innings.

“That kept us in the game,” Montoyo said. “Great play.”

Cease was working on a no-hitter before Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led off the sixth with an infield single to shortstop. The right-hander retired his next three batters, striking out Bo Bichette looking on his 101st pitch.

Toronto then went to work against Chicago’s bullpen.

Kirk hit his seventh homer in the seventh against Jimmy Lambert. The Blue Jays grabbed a 4-2 lead with three runs in the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate.

Toronto’s rally got Kevin Gausman off the hook for what would have been a hard-luck loss. The right-hander struck out seven while working six innings of two-run ball.

“Just filling up the zone,” Gausman said. “I thought we did a good job of mixing pitches and making adjustments when we needed to.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip discomfort) made a rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo. Saucedo allowed a single and then walked two batters before he was ejected by plate umpire Lew Williams.

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (strained right hamstring) plans to start hitting on the field in the next couple of days. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. “I don’t think it’s anything serious or anything that’s going to take a long time,” Moncada said through a translator. “The muscle just kind of strained. It isn’t a bad one. I think I’ll be OK after the IL stint.” … RHP Liam Hendriks (right forearm strain) threw Monday and planned to have another session Tuesday. “Everything is exactly where we are expecting it to be,” he said. … OF Eloy Jimenez (torn hamstring tendon) restarted his rehab at Triple-A Charlotte. Serving as the designated hitter, he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Right-handers Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.28 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (4-3, 4.78) pitch in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Stripling is 3-1 with a sparkling 1.04 ERA in four June appearances for Toronto. Giolito was tagged for eight runs and seven hits in five-plus innings during Chicago’s 13-3 loss at Houston on Friday night.

Rookies Madris, Contreras lead Pirates to 7-1 win over Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bligh Madris hit his first major league home run and fellow rookie Roansy Contreras pitched five solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Madris connected in the sixth for a solo shot to right-center field off Mark Leiter Jr. to close the scoring. It came a day after Madris had three hits in his big league debut.

“It’s been really special,” Madris said. “I don’t think anyone can imagine exactly what it’s going to be like when you come to the big leagues. So, I think it’s pretty unexpected to think it’s going to be like this. I’m just going out there and trying to help the team win, but it’s been a pretty special two days. You really couldn’t draw it up like this.”

Contreras (2-1) allowed one run and four hits while striking out three and walking two. He had given up four runs in each of his previous two starts.

He got through a 32-pitch first inning without allowing a run.

“For young pitchers, they can let that unravel when they don’t have their best stuff, and he still was able to go out and execute pitches, get us through five, was able to spot his fastball,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “For a 22-year-old, it’s only going to move upward from there.”

Anthony Banda, Chris Stratton and rookie Yerry De Los Santos combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

Michael Perez also homered for the Pirates, and Daniel Vogelbach went 2 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs. Pittsburgh won its third straight game after losing 11 of 12.

“When I feel I’m at my best is when I’m walking and I’m hitting at the same time because I’m a believer that walking is hitting,” Vogelbach said. “Sometimes, you can’t control whether they throw you strikes. All you can control is when they throw it over the plate, you’ve got to hit it hard.”

Cubs rookie Matt Swarmer (1-3) permitted five runs – four earned – and five hits in four innings while losing his third straight start. He had five strikeouts and two walks.

“It looked like they were all over his stuff,” Chicago manager David Ross said.

Jason Heyward had two hits for the Cubs, who lost for the 13th time in 15 games. Patrick Wisdom accounted for their lone run with a 461-foot leadoff homer into the bullpens in center field leading off the fourth inning.

Wisdom’s drive came after the Pirates scored in each of the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead.

Ke’Bryan Hayes led off the first with a triple and scored on Bryan Reynolds’ sacrifice fly. Perez homered in the second, then Vogelbach and Oneil Cruz hit RBI singles in the third. Another run scored in the inning on catcher Willson Contreras’ throwing error.

A run-scoring double by Vogelbach in the fifth made it 6-1.

ROSTER MOVES

The Cubs optioned rookie right-hander Caleb Kilian to Triple-A Iowa and recalled Leiter from the same club. Kilian was 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA in his first three career starts.

Left-hander Sean Newcomb was sent outright to Iowa after clearing waivers. He has until Wednesday to accept or decline the assignment.

The Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Eric Stout from the Cubs for cash and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh opened a spot on the 40-man roster by transferring OF Jake Marisnick from the injured list to the COVID-19 IL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) threw his first bullpen since going on the injured list June 9.

Pirates: LF Ben Gamel (strained left hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Indianapolis on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.27 ERA) will start Wednesday night. He pitched six scoreless innings against Atlanta in a no-decision last outing after getting tagged for 12 runs over 3 2/3 innings in his two previous starts combined.

Pirates: RHP Jerad Eickhoff will be called up from Indianapolis, where he is 4-3 with 4.84 ERA in 13 games, including six starts. The 31-year-old has pitched in the major leagues with Texas, Philadelphia and the New York Mets.

Story’s 3-run HR out of Fenway helps Red Sox beat Tigers 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Trevor Story hit a three-run homer out of Fenway Park, Christian Vazquez added a solo shot for a key run in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Boston, wearing unusual yellow jerseys with blue trim, went ahead 4-2 in the fourth when Story put a hanging a slider from rookie Beau Brieske (1-6) on Lansdowne Street for his 11th homer this season.

“Just got a pitch kind of in the middle part of the plate and tried not to do too much with it and it worked out,” said Story, who has 48 RBIs in his first season with the Red Sox.

Vazquez lined Andrew Chafin’s first pitch into the Green Monster seats for a 5-3 lead in the seventh.

Rich Hill (3-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings with six strikeouts.

Matt Strahm allowed Jonathan Schoop’s leadoff homer in the ninth – Schoop’s team-high sixth home run this year. John Schreiber got his second save this season when Miguel Cabrera hit a game-ending groundout with a man on.

Schreiber pitched for the third straight day and fourth time in five games.

“We needed one out, and he got it,” manager Alex Cora said.

Boston was outhit 11-8 but won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 15-4 in June. The Red Sox are a season-high seven games above .500 at 38-31.

Detroit has lost eight of 10.

Javier Baez tripled and scored in the first and added a solo homer in the third. Cabrera singled in each of his first three at-bats and needs three hits to tie Rod Carew for 28th at 3,053.

Riley Greene had a pair of singles for the Tigers.

Brieske allowed four runs and six hits over five innings. In his 11th big league start, Brieske struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

REST UP

Cora said Schreiber, who hasn’t allowed a run in 10 appearances this month, will be one of several Red Sox players to get a day off Wednesday. The Red Sox have already clinched their sixth straight series and have a break in the schedule coming Thursday, followed by a weekend series at Cleveland.

Cora said Rafael Devers will also get Wednesday off at third base and so will shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who went 2-for-4 Tuesday and scored a run, clearing a spot for prospect Jeter Downs to make his big-league debut. Downs, who was part of the package the Dodgers sent over in return for Mookie Betts, was called up from Triple-A Worcester on Monday and will start at shortstop on Wednesday, Cora said.

NOT QUITE

Baez singled with two out in the ninth and finished a double short of the cycle. He was robbed of another hit in the seventh when Story made a leaping grab at second on a line drive headed for right-center field.

“I knew I might have a shot. You just kind of track it,” Story said. “I had to get up in the air a little bit and put my glove up.”

HEADS UP

Hill wasn’t looking for a new ball after a foul by Cabrera and the toss from umpire Dan Bellino hit him in the chest. Hill said he was OK when Vazquez and Bellino came out to check on him.

“Bellino’s got a good fastball,” Hill said with a laugh. “I wasn’t paying attention. You’ve got to keep your head on a swivel out there.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Pitching coach Chris Fetter has removed his name from consideration for the vacant coaching position at the University of Michigan, manager A.J. Hinch said. Fetters was an assistant to coach Erik Bakich for the Wolverines for three years before joining Hinch’s staff when he was hired as manager in 2020. Bakich left Michigan last week to take over at Clemson.

Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip inflammation) could return as early as next week after throwing a simulated game on Tuesday, manager Alex Cora said. Cora said Whitlock felt good, but his return status will depend on how he feels on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

LHP Tarik Skubal (5-4, 3.13 ERA) of the Tigers faces Boston RHP Michael Wacha (5-1) on Wednesday night in the finale of the three-game series.

Gorman hits 2 HRs, Cards beat Brewers 6-2 to tie for 1st

MILWAUKEE (AP) St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol believes the Cardinals’ fortunes this season depend on the progress of their rookies.

“Their ability to not rely on their talent but develop it is going to be the key for our success,” Marmol said.

Consider rookie infielder Nolan Gorman’s two-homer performance in a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night a giant step forward.

Gorman went 4 for 4 with a pair of solo shots and four RBIs as the Cardinals snapped Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak and regained a share of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals and Brewers are both 39-31 after splitting the first two matchups of this four-game series.

Gorman broke a 2-all tie and put the Cardinals ahead for good with a homer to center field off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1) in the fourth inning. The rookie extended the lead to 4-2 with a drive over the right-field wall against Miguel Sanchez in the seventh.

“It was just his night,” Gonzalez said.

The 22-year-old Gorman could have plenty more ahead of him.

Since making his major league debut May 20, Gorman has six homers in 29 games. His first five all traveled at least 400 feet, including his 428-foot shot in the fourth. The streak ended when his seventh-inning homer went 396 feet.

Gorman also has 33 strikeouts in 93 at-bats, but the Cardinals like the way he’s adapted. He arrived in the majors with a high leg kick that he later stopped using so much, though Gorman believed he employed it again Tuesday night.

“Just kind of the small adjustments here and there (are) needed throughout my career,” Gorman said. “Kind of having the ability to do it, whether it’s overnight or that day when I get to the field, has been huge for me.”

Marmol says experience will help Gorman reduce his strikeout rate.

“That swing he has and overall approach, you make a couple of adjustments, and I think the swing-and-miss goes down and you still see the power we’re seeing right now,” Marmol said.

The Cardinals also got great work from their bullpen.

Zack Thompson (1-0), Drew VerHagen, Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley combined to allow just one hit and one walk in six innings of scoreless relief. The Brewers had only four hits.

Gorman’s big night started with a two-out RBI single in the first as the Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead. Willy Adames tied it in the bottom half with a two-run homer off Jack Flaherty.

But the Brewers failed to capitalize on Flaherty’s control issues.

Flaherty retired just one of his first five batters – allowing Adames’ homer and three walks – but avoided further damage in his three-inning stint by continually pitching out of trouble. Flaherty matched a career high with five walks.

“We felt like we had Flaherty on the ropes a little bit in every inning, but the next hit just never happened,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

It was Flaherty’s second appearance after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in March while recovering from shoulder inflammation. The right-hander made his season debut last Wednesday.

“I’ve been pitching pretty regularly for the last couple months, maybe not at the big league level, but I’ve been pitching pretty regularly,” Flaherty said. “For things to have been as in sync as they were, and then to come here and have them kind of be out of sync is very frustrating, but it’s things you go through. Guys go through stuff like this all the time. I’ll figure it out.”

Gonzalez allowed three runs and four hits over four innings with two strikeouts and one walk in his Brewers debut after getting claimed off waivers from Minnesota. He started in place of Aaron Ashby, who went on the injured list Monday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: 1B Paul Goldschmidt wasn’t in the lineup due to back tightness. “He’ll experience it from time to time,” Marmol said. “Usually he takes a day, it loosens up, he’ll get treatment and be back at it. That’s our hope.” . RHP Jordan Hicks pitched one scoreless inning in a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis as he recovers from a forearm strain. He threw 14 pitches, walked one batter and allowed no hits.

Brewers: Counsell said Kolten Wong had a setback in his recovery from a strained right calf and isn’t doing any on-field activities right now, though the second baseman is swinging a bat. Wong hasn’t played since June 7. . INF Mike Brosseau (ankle) and RHP Trevor Gott (right groin) began rehab assignments with the club’s Class A affiliate in Appleton, Wisconsin.

UP NEXT

RHP Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.06 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and LHP Eric Lauer (6-2, 3.57) gets the call for the Brewers when the four-game series continues Wednesday night.

Paredes’ 3 homers lift Rays 5-4, Yanks’ 3rd loss in 20 games

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Isaac Paredes homered in his first three at-bats and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday night, handing New York only its third loss in 20 games.

Paredes combined with Harold Ramirez for back-to-back homers in the first off Nestor Cortes, then put the Rays ahead 3-2 in the third and added a two-run drive in the fifth on the first pitch after Clarke Schmidt relieved.

It was just the second multihomer game for Paredes, who hit two against Detroit on May 18. He was hit by a pitch from Ron Marinaccio in the seventh.

“The adrenaline was definitely saying that I should hit another homer,” Paredes said through a translator.

Tampa Bay had lost eight of its previous 10 games.

The Rays acquired the 23-year-old from Detroit on April 4 for outfielder Austin Meadows. Paredes is hitting .209 with eight homers and 16 RBIs, and 10 of his last 13 hits have been for extra bases.

This was the seventh time a Tampa Bay player hit three homers after Jonny Gomes, B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria (twice), Travis d’Arnaud and Brandon Lowe. – the latter two against the Yankees.

“That’s what made it very special,” Paredes said. “It’s always a tough series against the Yankees and so it’s very important to win against them. With the series that we’ve been having up to this, I’m just glad we were able to get a victory out of this.”.

The Rays led 5-2 before Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Colin Poche, who got his fifth save when pinch-hitter Aaron Judge flied out to the left-field warning track.

“Got off a great swing and just missed tying it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Shawn Armstrong (1-1), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, got his first win for the Rays despite giving up DJ LeMahieu’s tying, two-run single in the second.

Cortes (6-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, giving up three homers for the first time in his major league career. His ERA has risen from 1.50 to 2.31 in his last three starts.

“Obviously I gave up a lot of hard contact. Maybe I didn’t execute to where I wanted to execute. That was the biggest reason why you saw what happened today,” Cortes said. “If I would have excuted better it would have been a different story.”

Tampa Bay was 3 for 8 with three homers on Cortes’ cutters, 0 for 11 on sliders, 3 for 9 on fastballs and 0 for 2 on sinkers. Cortes had been 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Rays this year coming in.

Paredes homered in the first and, three pitches later, Ramirez pulled a pitch down the left-field line. Ramirez’s home run had an 85.4 mph exit velocity, the lowest for a home run over a wall since MLB Statcast began tracking in 2015. The 323-foot drive was the third-shortest home run in the major leagues this season and would not have been out of any other big league ballpark, according to Statcast.

Paredes homered in the third and Boone, not wanting Cortes to face him a third time, brought in Schmidt with a man on in the fifth. Paredes homered on a fastball.

“That’s a day he will not forget,” manager Kevin Cash said of Paredes, who became the first player in Rays history to hit three homers through the first five innings.

SCORING CHANGE

A change after Monday’s game gave the win to Wandy Peralta (2-1) rather than Clay Holmes, who reverted to 4-0.

GLEYBER WATCH

Gleyber Torres started at shortstop for the first time since Sept. 12, the day before he was moved back to second base by the Yankees following a lengthy period of poor defensive play on the left side. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the Yankees regular shortstop this year, missed his third straight game because of a injured left hamstring.

HE’S BACK

Relief pitcher Albert Abreu is back with the Yankees, two months after he was traded to Texas as part of the deal that brought catcher Jose Trevino to New York. The 26-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from Kansas City.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (last pitched May 22 due to left Achilles tendinitis) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session at the Yankees minor league complex and could make a minor league injury rehabilitation appearances this weekend, likely at Double-A Somerset. He told reporters he does not expect to rejoin the Yankees as closer, given Clay Holmes’ success. “(Holmes) is doing an excellent job right now and I think he deserves the role that he has,” Chapman said through an interpreter. … RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, sidelined since May 22 by right shoulder inflammation, threw on flat ground at Tropicana Field and could throw a bullpen on Friday or Saturday. … LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery last Sept. 9) also threw a bullpen session at the minor league complex.

Rays: OFs Kevin Keirmaier (left hip inflammation) and Manuel Margot (right knee sprain) were placed on 10-day IL after injuries sustained Monday night. Margot is still being evaluated. Keirmaier took a cortisone shot (his second this year) and expects to be back around the time he is eligible. INF Jonathan Aranda and OF Luke Raley were recalled from Triple-A Durham. …SS Wander Franco (right quadtices strain) will play rehab games for Triple-A Durham from Wednesday to Friday, then will be reassessed.

UP NEXT

LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.72) starts Wednesday’s series final for the Yankees and RHP Shane Baz (0-1, 5.40) for the Rays. Montgomery has allowed three runs or fewer in all 13 starts.

Matthews wins Hart Trophy as NHL’s most valuable player

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Toronto’s Auston Matthews won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player on Tuesday night, becoming only the third Maple Leaf to win the award and the first since Ted Kennedy in 1954-55.

The 24-year-old forward received 119 first-place votes in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and finished well ahead of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers for the honor presented during the NHL Awards Show.

“I can’t lie, it feels really good. … It’s pretty special,” Matthews said, though he conceded there were some bittersweet feelings about accepting the award in Tampa, where the two-time defending champion Lightning and Colorado Avalanche will meet in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

“There is some angst, wishing you were still playing,” Matthews said.

Shesterkin claimed the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender. Colorado’s Cale Maker took the Norris Trophy, presented to the league’s best defenseman, and Detroit’s Moritz Seider claimed the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.

Matthews became the first player to score 60 goals since Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos did it 10 years ago, helping the Maple Leafs (54-21-7, 115 points) set franchise records for wins and points. Toronto lost to the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.

The Maple Leafs star, who posted career bests with 46 assists and 106 points, also took home the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player in the regular season, an honor determined by voting by members of the NHL Players Association.

Shesterkin became the third Rangers goalie in the past 40 years to win the Vezina, joining Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86). He went 36-13-4 with an NHL-best 2.07 goal-against-average and .935 save percentage before leading a playoff run that ended against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference final.

Seider is the first Red Wings player to win the Calder Trophy since goalie Roger Crozier during the 1964-65 season. He led all first-year defensemen with 50 points and finished ahead of Toronto’s Michael Bunting and Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras in balloting for the award.

Maker is the fifth defenseman to win Norris within his first three regular seasons, joining Adam Fox, Erik Karlsson, Denis Potvin and Bobby Orr (twice). He led all defensemen with 28 goals while helping the Avalanche finish with a Western Conference-best 119 points (56-19-7).

The 2019-20 Calder Trophy winner beat out Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Nashville’s Roman Josi.

“They are such incredible players,” Maker said of the other Norris finalists. “They pushed me hard all season.”

Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom and Nashville’s Juuse Saros were finalists for the Vezina.

Dallas Stars hire veteran coach Peter DeBoer

(AP) — Peter DeBoer has twice gone to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with a new team. Now he is the new coach of the Dallas Stars, who were there two summers ago.

“Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “His resume displays the high standards he sets and his ability to get his team to play up to that level consistently.”

The Stars announced DeBoer’s hiring on Tuesday, a month after he was fired by the Vegas Golden Knights. An introductory news conference was scheduled Wednesday.

DeBoer, who previously led New Jersey and San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with those clubs, was let go by the Knights after they missed the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s five-season history. He had been their coach for 2+ seasons after replacing Gerard Gallant, who took Vegas to the final in its inaugural 2017-18 season and back to the playoffs in 2019.

Dallas made it to the 2020 final with Rick Bowness as their interim head coach before he got a two-year contract that went through this season. Bowness was 89-62-26 with two playoff appearances in his nearly three seasons.

This will be the fifth head coaching job for DeBoer, who has a 513-379-123 record in 1,015 regular-season games over the past 14 seasons with Florida (2008-11), New Jersey (2011-15), San Jose (2015-20) and Vegas. His 68-55 playoff record includes those two final appearances, with the Devils in 2012 and four years later with the Sharks.

Joe Pavelski was the Sharks captain for their Western Conference title, and for the three seasons after that before going to Dallas in free agency in the summer of 2019. Pavelski, who turns 38 next month, signed a one-year extension in March that keeps him with the Stars through next season after joining two young skaters on one of the highest-scoring top lines in team history.

“Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders,” DeBoer said. “The chance to become this team’s next head coach was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

DeBoer is the fifth Stars coach since Nill became their GM manager in April 2013, and the 10th for the franchise since moving from Minnesota 29 summers ago. Nill initially went with veteran coaches Lindy Ruff (2013-17) and Ken Hitchcock (2017-18) before hiring Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver for his first NHL head coaching job.

Bowness, then an assistant, became the interim head coach in December 2019 after Montgomery was fired early in his second season because of off-ice issues. The Stars made the Stanley Cup Final that season in the pandemic bubble in Canada and they beat the DeBoer-coached Knights in a five-game Western Conference final.

With his contract up, the 67-year-old Bowness said days after this season ended that he was stepping away. His 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant over nearly four decades are an NHL record.

The Stars are coming off a 98-point season that ended with an overtime loss at Calgary in Game 7 of the first round. But they were the only of the 16 playoff teams this season outscored during the regular season, even with their high-scoring top line.

Pavelski, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson combined for 232 points, the second-most in franchise history for a trio. Robertson became only the fourth 40-goal scorer in Stars history.

Stars captain Jamie Benn had only 18 goals (46 points), and a minus-13 rating that was the worst in his 13 NHL seasons. Six-time All-Star forward Tyler Seguin, who missed all but three games in 2020-21 because of a torn hip labrum and knee surgery, was minus-21 with 24 goals (49 points), but played the end of this season and against Calgary with a fractured bone in his left foot.

Jake Oettinger, their 23-year-old goalie, had 64 saves in the final game. He had 272 saves overall in the seven playoff games against Calgary before Johnny Gaudreau’s series-ending goal in overtime.

Woodcroft gets 3-year deal after Oilers reach West final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have given coach Jay Woodcroft a three-year contract extension for taking over the team in February and leading them to the NHL Western Conference final.

The Oilers announced the deal Tuesday in removing Woodcroft’s interim tag.

Woodcroft was named the interim coach on Feb. 10 after Dave Tippett was fired following a 7-13-3 run that had the Oilers sitting fifth in the Pacific Division.

The Oilers underwent a rapid turnaround under the 45-year-old Toronto native, winning their next five games by a combined score of 22-8.

Edmonton went 26-9-3 with Woodcroft at the helm for the final 38 games of the regular season to finish second in the division. It was the second-best record in the NHL over that span.

The Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in seven games to open the playoffs, then dispatched the archrival Calgary Flames in five contests to reach the conference final for the first time since advancing to the Stanley Cup final in the 2005-06 season.

Edmonton was swept by Colorado in the conference final.

Woodcroft had been head coach of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, since 2018 before being promoted to Oilers head coach.

Prior to joining the Condors, Woodcroft served as an assistant coach with the Oilers for three seasons and the San Jose Sharks for seven seasons.

He also spent three seasons as a member of the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff (2005-08), including their 2008 Stanley Cup championship season.

Woodcroft and Oilers general manager Ken Holland were scheduled to discuss the extension in a teleconference on Wednesday.

AP source: Koepka the latest to join Saudi-backed LIV series

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Brooks Koepka, one of the first players to denounce a rival league for only 48 players, is the latest PGA Tour player to sign on with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, The Associated Press has learned.

A person briefed on Koepka’s decision told The AP he still would be able to compete on the PGA Tour until he hits a shot on the LIV Golf circuit. The person spoke on condition of anonymity without authorization to speak on behalf of the tour.

The Daily Telegraph first reported Koepka’s decision.

It was another step – and a big name with his four major championships – that added to the roster of the LIV Golf series and invariably will lead to no space for some of the lesser-known players who competed in the inaugural event outside London two weeks ago.

Koepka withdrew late Tuesday night from the Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour said. He was not at a player meeting Tuesday morning at the TPC River Highlands. The next LIV Golf event starts June 30 outside Portland, Oregon.

Koepka was the second player, behind Rory McIlroy, to speak out against a rival league in March 2020 when he told The AP, “I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.”

“Money isn’t going to change my life,” Koepka said at the time.

The proposed rival league was different from LIV Golf, presented as the “Premier Golf League” though still relying on Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Greg Norman and LIV Golf took the idea of 48-man fields, no cuts with a team component.

LIV Golf has not announced Koepka’s signing amid speculation that a few others were soon to join. One was Abraham Ancer of Mexico, the 20th-ranked player in the world who won a World Golf Championship last year in a playoff, along with the Australian Open in 2018.

Ancer said his decision was not taken lightly and that joining LIV would allow him to give back to the game by helping it grow in Mexico.

“I never could have imagined being in this position today,” he said on Twitter.

The news was surprising to most players, similar to Dustin Johnson on the initial LIV list, because Koepka had been so outspoken about it.

Jordan Spieth said he was at a corporate outing last week with several top players, Koepka included, all of them supportive of the PGA Tour in this turf war.

“He was one of them,” Spieth said. “I’m staying with J.T. (Justin Thomas) and we woke up today and were like, `Wait – what?’ I wouldn’t have been surprised if he was like DJ from the get-go. I’m just surprised because of where we were last week.”

The development came as the PGA Tour held a player meeting at the Travelers Championship, during which Commissioner Jay Monahan spoke of the tour’s position and plans to reshape the season and its tournaments.

According to two players in the meeting, the PGA Tour plans to return to a calendar season that would start in January, and only the top 70 players would be eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was for players.

Currently, the top 125 make the postseason, with the top 70 advancing to the second playoff event and the top 30 to the Tour Championship. The new plan is for the top 70 at the start, then top 50 and top 30.

The fall would be used for players beyond 70th to secure cards for the following year, although research showed most inside the top 100 would be safe.

The tour was still looking at three fall events for limited fields, along with eight tournaments during the regular season that would offer spiked purses in the range of $20 million. Some of those under consideration already have the biggest purses.

LIV Golf was expected to announce as many as four new players this week. There was endless speculation during the U.S. Open involving more than a dozen names, some of whom have expressed no interest in going.

That led two-time major champion Collin Morikawa to post on Twitter, “To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I’ve said it since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the PGA Tour and nothing has changed.”

Koepka’s younger brother, Chase, who is No. 1,607 in the world ranking, played in the inaugural LIV event outside London.

Brooks Koepka chastised the media at The Country Club last week for questions about the Saudi-funded league.

“I’m here at the U.S. Open. I’m ready to play U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open,” he said. “I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”

Koepka won back-to-back in the U.S. Open (2017-18) and PGA Championship (2018-19), though his game has been in decline since then because of a series of injuries.

His last victory was the Phoenix Open in February 2021 and he has fallen to No. 19 in the world. In the majors this year, he missed the cut at the Masters and finished out of the top 50 in the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Coroner: Former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan dies at 25

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Former Purdue basketball star Caleb Swanigan has died at 25.

The Allen County Coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that Swanigan died Monday of natural causes at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A private doctor will be handling his death certificate, according to Rebecca Maze, a senior investigator at the coroner’s office.

Purdue Men’s basketball tweeted Tuesday: “Devastated,” and “Our thoughts and prayers to Caleb Swanigan’s family and friends. The world lost a gentle soul last night. Love you Biggie.”

The 6-foot-9 center was from Fort Wayne and attended Homestead High School before playing for the Boilermakers from 2015-2017. He averaged more than 14 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue.

Swanigan was selected as The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference in 2017 when he averaged more than 18 points. He was a unanimous pick for both Big Ten Player of the Year and the AP All-Big Ten team.

Swanigan was a first-round draft pick in 2017 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He also played for the Sacramento Kings.

Wilson Dominates in Indy’s 7-4 Victory Over Memphis

INDIANAPOLIS – Bryse Wilson dazzled over 7.1 innings and fanned a season-high 10 batters en route to a dominant series-opening win for the Indianapolis Indians over the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday night, 7-4.

Wilson held Memphis (38-29) to one run in 7.1 innings of work and was charged with another after he exited the ballgame. His 10 strikeouts marked the third time in his career that he has fanned double-digit batters in an outing, the last coming when he notched a career-high 13 strikeouts on Aug. 15, 2018 with Gwinnett vs. Louisville. The righty’s performance marked the first 10-plus strikeout game by an Indians (33-32) pitcher since Chase De Jong fanned 10 batters last season on May 5.

After a Luken Baker solo homer in the second to give the Redbirds the first lead of the contest, major league rehabbers Josh VanMeter and Kevin Newman teamed-up to even the score at one in the third. VanMeter drew a lead-off walk before Newman drove him in with a deep flyball to left field.

Ji-Hwan Bae ended the tie in the sixth when he sent home Mason Martin on a double to opposite field. In the following frame, the Indians would break open the game with a five-run seventh. Carter Bins sparked the offense with a leadoff double and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Delay that forced a throwing error by pitcher Angel Rondon (L, 3-1). VanMeter singled in a run before back-to-back walks loaded the bases. A Rodolfo Castro sacrifice fly and RBI single by Travis Swaggerty added two more insurance runs before the inning concluded to extend the lead to 7-1.

A two-run homer by Paul DeJong in the eighth would inch the Redbirds within four runs of the Indians. The rally would fall short in the ninth after putting across a run off an RBI triple by Ben DeLuzio.

The Indians and Redbirds will meet again on Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-4, 5.28) will take the mound for the Indians and the Redbirds will counter with RHP Jake Woodford (0-1, 5.14).

Irish end run at college world series

OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team’s run at the College World Series came to a close on Tuesday afternoon after a 5-1 loss to Texas A&M in the Bracket 1 elimination game.

“The future for Notre Dame baseball is bright,” said outfielder Brooks Coetzee III. “We’re one of the best teams in the history, our group. The stuff we were able to do, the group of guys we had, everything was special.”

The Fighting Irish finished the season with a 41-17 overall record after making the program’s third trip to Omaha for the College World Series. The Irish reached the Super Regional round in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. They eclipsed the 40-win plateau for the first time since 2006 and knocked off the No. 1 overall seed Tennessee in the Super Regionals.

“I wish we could run that same group of guys back on the field again and give it another shot,” said infielder Jared Miller. “But we’ve come a long way and it’s been a fun ride. I’m sure I’ll reflect back on it once I process this. But I wouldn’t rather be on the field with anyone else.”

Two Irish standouts on Tuesday were seniors Jared Miller and Will Mercer. Miller went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. Mercer came in late in relief and went 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame starting pitcher Liam Simon struck out the side to kickstart the game. The Irish then worked out of trouble in the second with Aggie runners on first and second and no outs. Simon recorded all three outs once more, this time with two big strikeouts and a putout to third to catch a runner stealing. 

Due to two walks and an unfortunate well-placed fly to shallow center field, the Aggies had the bases juiced with no outs in the third. Enter lefty reliever Jack Findlay who had to take on Texas A&M’s 2-3-4 hitters. The freshman recorded a four-pitch strikeout to start and got the next batter to ground to third; however, a throwing error resulted in two runs scoring. Texas A&M got one more run via a sacrifice fly as Findlay limited the damage. 

Notre Dame got its first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth via a David LaManna rip up the middle with one out. Later in the bottom of the fifth, Jared Miller hit a one-out double off the left field wall that was just a few feet shy of a home-run, but the Irish couldn’t capitalize on either.  

Earlier in the top of the fifth, Texas A&M’s leadoff hitter Trevor Werner blasted a 395-foot solo shot to make it 4-0. The Aggies tacked on one more run in the inning to extend the lead to five. 

After the Aggies scored twice in the fifth, they only recorded two more hits for the rest of the game, mainly thanks to Notre Dame reliever Will Mercer. 

In the bottom of the eighth when Aggie pitcher Nathan Dettmer (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K) exited the game the Irish tried to rally against the bullpen. It started with a Brooks Coetzee 403-foot blast to the left-center bleachers which got the Irish on the board, marking his 12th homer of the season. 

Next, the Irish received back-to-back walks to get runners on first and second with no outs, but Texas A&M got out of the jam with a strikeout and double-play. Notre Dame once again got a runner in scoring position in the ninth but the Aggies closed it out to advance

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       Umpire Hank O’Day forfeits the game to the Superbas when the Phillies stall the action in the bottom of the 11th inning, hoping the delay postpones the Baker Bowl contest due to darkness. Brooklyn had scored seven runs in the top of the frame to pull ahead in the slugfest, 20-13.

1913       The White Sox post their 1,000th victory in the 13-year history of the franchise when the team beats the Browns, 2-0. Big Ed Walsh tosses a complete-game shutout with Shano Collins driving in both runs in the Comiskey Park contest in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep.

1925       Max Carey gets two hits in both the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 24-6. The feat will not be accomplished again until Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.

1926       The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of ‘Old Pete’ will prove pivotal to the Redbirds’ World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39-year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

1932       After refusing to follow suit, probably due to opposing players and fans harassing the Cardinals when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923, the National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Some American League teams regularly implemented digits on their jerseys a few seasons ago.

1936       At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, Ival Goodman hits an unusual home run when his fifth-inning fly ball lands and stays on top of the scoreboard in right field. Then, with the perched ball considered in play, the three Dodger outfielders watch the Reds’ right fielder round the bases for an easy inside-the-park round-tripper in their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati.

1941       In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio’s sixth-inning blast breaks the major league mark previously held by the Tigers and continues his own consecutive game, hitting streak to 35 games.

1944       Boston right-hander Jim Tobin holds the Phillies hitless in the shortened five-inning nightcap, blanking Philadelphia at Braves Field, 7-0. In April, ‘Abba Dabba’ threw a full-game no-hitter against Brooklyn.

1944       Charley Schantz wins when the Phillies blank Boston for 15 innings in the first game of a twin bill, matching the longest shutout in franchise history. Philadelphia right-fielder Ron Northey’s homer in the top of the frame scores the game’s only run in the 1-0 victory at Braves Field.

1947       After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Braves, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter when Dodgers’ second baseman Eddie Stanky singles with one out the ninth inning at Crosley Field.

1959       At LA’s Memorial Coliseum, Sandy Koufax, facing 39 batters, goes the distance to beat the Phillies, 6-2. The Dodger southpaw fans 16 Philadelphia batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game.

1962       Stan Musial surpasses Ty Cobb as MLB’s all-time total base leader, collecting seven more with four hits in a doubleheader split against the Phillies. Stan the Man ties the Georgia Peach’s mark of 5,863 with a home run in the opener, and he then breaks the record in the same frame with a single when the Cardinals send 11 batters to the plate, en route to scoring six runs in their 7-3 victory at Connie Mack Stadium.

1962       Al Jackson throws the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45’s, the National League’s other expansion team, at the Polo Grounds, 2-0. Joey Amalfitano’s line-drive single to left field in the first inning is the lone hit given up by the southpaw.

1962       Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center-field hedge in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium with a 469-foot blast off Don Schwall in the Birds’ 4-3 victory over Boston. In 1957, Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle became the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

1966       At the Astrodome, Houston sets a home attendance mark, which will last for 22 years. Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who tosses a complete game to improve his record to 13-2, beats the hometown team, 5-2, in front of the 50,908 fans attending the Wednesday contest.

1976       In the seventh inning of a 4-2 Padres win over hometown San Francisco, Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson’s NL mark by going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. However, the southpaw’s streak will end when he walks Marc Hill leading off the next frame, keeping the 63-year-old record intact.

1977       In a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox collect their 100th round-tripper of the season, the earliest the club has ever reached the milestone. Today’s homers, hit by George Scott, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk (2), and Butch Hobson, all off Jim Palmer, contribute to a major league record of 29 home runs launched by one club in a span of eight consecutive games.

1979       With the Orioles trailing 5-3, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Doug DeCinces hits a two-out walk-off home run off reliever Dave Tobik to give the team a 6-5 win over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. Some believe the victory triggered the start of “Oriole Magic,” igniting an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm in the Charm City for the franchise.

1982       The Phillies’ Pete Rose moves past Hank Aaron into second place for career hits when he doubles off Redbird right-hander John Stuper for his 3,772nd hit. ‘Charlie Hustle,’ 419 hits shy of Ty Cobb’s record, will surpass the Georgia Peach’s total in 1985 with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium off San Diego’s Eric Show.

1984       In an emotional home plate ceremony before the Twins contest at the Metrodome, Calvin Griffith and his sister Thelma Hayes signed a letter of intent, ending the most extended family ownership of a team in baseball history. The franchise, initially based in Washington, D.C. and owned by the Griffiths since 1920, is sold to Carl Pohlad, a Minnesota banker.

1987       “If I can’t pitch well, I’m not going to hurt myself and the Mets. Why would I do that? I’ve had doubts from the start that it could be done right. The doubts are still very evident. I’m too proud to do this badly.” – TOM SEAVER, commenting privately about his attempted comeback. After spending over two weeks of training trying to make a comeback to help the Mets’ starting rotation, sidelined by injuries to four pitchers, Tom Seaver announces his retirement after being enticed by GM Frank Cashen to join the club for the rest of the season for $500,000. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, of which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.

1990       During the Double-A Eastern League contest between the Harrisburg Senators and Hagerstown Suns at Maryland’s Municipal Stadium, the home of the Orioles affiliate, George H.W. Bush’s motorcade enters the ballpark, marking the first time a US president has attended a minor league game. The 41st Commander-in-Chief and his guests, including NFL legend Walter Payton, initially planned to watch the Carolina League Single-A Keys play until a sudden storm washed out the nearby Frederick contest, making the alternative site for the previously unannounced visitor.

1993       On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45 year-old White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. ‘Pudge’ played the first 11 seasons in his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.

1994       In the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, southpaw closer John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left-hander. The first two Braves batters in the lineup, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, both hit home runs off New York starter Pete Smith, but the back-to-back first inning round-trippers will prove to be the only scoring done by the team for the rest of the game.

1994       Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners’ 70th game of the season.

1997       Four Braves players homer in the third inning of the team’s 12-5 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The round-trippers by Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker, and Jeff Blauser account for six of the nine runs scored in the frame.

1998       At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an interleague contest, 3-2. The Citrus Series contest marks the first time the two major league teams from Florida have faced one another in the regular season.

1999       Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner’s office revises the total after baseball’s historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.

2001       The Braves trade John Rocker and minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for Steve Karsay, Steve Reed, and cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, gays, unwed moms, and immigrants in Sports Illustrated.

2002       Luis Castillo, going 0-for-4, sees his 35-game hitting streak comes to an end when he is left on deck as the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat Detroit 5-4. The feat is the longest ever accomplished by a second baseman, a mark that Phillies’ second-sacker Chase Utley will equal in 2006.

2002       Joe Girardi, the Cubs’ player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd of the postponement of the game with St. Louis due to the death of Cardinal right-hander Darryl Kile. The 33-year-old starter, a victim of coronary disease found in his hotel room, becomes the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979 when Yankee captain Thurman Munson died practicing landing his plane.

2006       While being intentionally walked, Miguel Cabrera, noticing Baltimore’s catcher Ramon Hernandez’s proximity to the plate, pokes Todd Williams’ soft toss into center field for an RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez from second base. The tenth-inning tally proves to be the go-ahead run in the Marlins’ eventual 8-5 overtime victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

2006       In just his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter but is beaten by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome’s seventh-inning solo home run.

2006       Roger Clemens, opposing a pitcher born the year before he began his major league career, makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The ‘Rocket,’ starting his 23rd major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22-year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, when Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.

2007       🇦🇺 Australian-born Ryan Rowland-Smith becomes the first player to wear a hyphenated last name on a major-league uniform. The 24-year-old Mariner reliever pitches 1.1 scoreless innings when the Reds rout the team at Safeco Field, 16-1.

2007       The fifth-longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Miguel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, who was struck by San Diego’s Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak with an attempted sac bunt leaves the game for a pinch-runner in the first inning.

2008       Mark Teixeira’s three home runs account for half of the Braves’ runs in their 8-3 interleague victory over Seattle. Atlanta’s switch-hitting first baseman smacks solo shots from the left side in the second and fourth innings and then adds a two-run round-tripper batting right-handed in the seventh frame of the Turner Field contest.

2010       Before calling his 5000th major league game, Rays announcer Dewayne Staats throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the hometown team’s 2-1 loss to San Diego at Tropicana Field. In his 25th season, the veteran broadcaster has also done play-by-play for the Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and ESPN.

2011       The Marlins tie the franchise record for most losses in a month when the Angels beat them in 10 innings, 6-5. The defeat is the team’s 20th out of 22 decisions in June.

2011       In the nightcap of a twin bill split with New York, Chris Heisey blasts three homers and drives in half of the Reds’ runs in the team’s 10-2 interleague rout of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter goes deep off Brian Gordon in the first and fifth, and in the eighth frame connects off Hector Noesi in the Great American Ball Park contest.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1906 WORLD SERIES

Chicago White Sox (4) vs Chicago Cubs (2)

The 1906 World Series was the first to feature two teams from the same city, “the windy city” that is. Chicago was split in two as the American League’s (South Side) White Sox prepared to battle the National League (West Side) Cubs.

The Sox, despite having a meager offense, managed to win the Series opener 2-1. In fact they would play true to form in the first four games of the Series collecting only six runs and eleven hits. The Cubs rebounded with a 7-1 victory in Game 2 that featured the one hit pitching of Ed Reulbach and the timely hitting of Harry Steinfeldt and Joe Tinker. Third baseman Steinfeldt, a .327 hitter after his off-season acquisition from Cincinnati, went three-for-three and Tinker had two hits and scored three runs.

In Game 3, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh allowed one single off of Solly Hofman and a double to Frank Schulte in the first inning He then went on to hold the Cubs hitless for the rest of the way. The South Side’s franchise emerged as 3-0 winners, with Walsh striking out twelve batters and George Rohe tagging Jack Pfiester for a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning. Mordecai Brown drew the Cubs even the next day, denying the White Sox a hit for the first 5 2/3 innings on the way to a two-hit, 1-0 victory. The trend would not last as the White Sox bats came alive in Games 5 and 6. Nicknamed the “Hitless Wonders” by the local press, they came out swinging and drove Reulbach from the mound in the third inning. Continuing their momentum, they added four runs in the fourth and held on for an 8-6 victory. Frank Isbell paced the Sox’s twelve hit attack with a Series-record four doubles and George Davis knocked in three runs as well.

The Cubs were stunned by their cross-town rival’s renewed zeal and were unable to stop them in Game 6 despite their best efforts. The “born-again” bats from the South Side defeated Mordecai Brown (the Cubs’ Game 4 winner) and cruised to a stunning Series-deciding 8-3 victory that was fueled by fourteen hits.

The Sox had pulled off an upset of gigantic proportions despite hitting only .198 in the Series. Their top threesome, Patsy Dougherty, Billy Sullivan and Fielder Jones, the team’s playing manager, combined for only four hits in sixty-two at-bats. Nevertheless they had out-hit the Cubs, who batted only .196. Their top hitter, center fielder Solly Hofman, had appeared in only sixty-four games during the regular season, yet he played every inning of the Series and batted .304.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY June 22, 2022

1889 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss

1918 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt beats Eleanor Goss 6-4, 6-3 for her 4th consecutive US singles title

1921 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)

1926 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs

1929 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader

1930 New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig smashes 3 HRs in 20-13 win over Philadelphia A’s at Shibe Park

1937 Challenger Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in the 8th round at Chicago’s Comiskey Park for the world heavyweight boxing title

1938 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

1944 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn

1946 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket

1946 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians

1949 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

1958 Game in KC between A’s & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado

1958 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Kahkwa CC: Patty Berg wins back-to-back WO titles; beats runner-up Beverly Hanson by 4 strokes

1959 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)

1961 MLB Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak

1976 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1980 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1

1980 American golfer Don January beats Mike Souchak by 2 strokes to win the Atlantic City Senior International in Northfield, New Jersey; inaugural tournament of the Senior PGA Tour

1981 John McEnroe’s famous ‘You cannot be serious’ rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

1982 Pete Rose gets his 3,772nd hit, moves past Aaron into 2nd place

1983 NHL institutes a 5 minute sudden death overtime period

1984 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins

1986 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men’s Golf, Canterbury GC: Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first career major title by 2 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia

1987 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

1990 MLB Atlanta Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox

1990 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns

1994 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3

1994 Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Ruth’s record for most HRs by end of June (31)

1996 Michael Moorer beats Axel Shultz in 11 for IBF heavyweight boxing title

1996 Saurav Ganguly scores 131 at Lord’s on Test cricket debut

1996 NHL Draft: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) defenceman Chris Phillips first pick by Ottawa Senators

1997 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24

2002 WLAF World Bowl 10, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf: Berlin Thunder beats Rhein Fire, 26-20

2009 US Open Men’s Golf, Bethpage State Park: Lucas Glover wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ricky Barnes, David Duval and Phil Mickelson

2012 NHL Draft: Sarnia Sting (OHL) right wing Nail Yakupov first pick by Edmonton Oilers

2014 US Open Women’s Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Michelle Wie wins by 2 shots from Stacy Lewis for her first major title

2016 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.

2017 NBA Draft: Washington point guard Markelle Fultz first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

2018 NHL Draft: Frolunda HC (SHL) defenceman Rasmus Dahlin first pick by Buffalo Sabres

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MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5018.73529 – 721 – 1125 – 1217 – 55 – 18 – 2L 1
Toronto3830.5591221 – 1417 – 1612 – 149 – 914 – 54 – 6L 2
Boston3831.55112.519 – 1619 – 157 – 148 – 719 – 77 – 3W 3
Tampa Bay3731.5441322 – 1415 – 1712 – 126 – 912 – 93 – 7W 1
Baltimore3039.43520.517 – 1713 – 2215 – 197 – 104 – 66 – 4L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland3528.55616 – 1019 – 185 – 513 – 89 – 88 – 2W 2
Minnesota3831.55120 – 1518 – 1611 – 917 – 119 – 75 – 5L 2
Chi White Sox3333.5003.515 – 1718 – 1613 – 1110 – 126 – 76 – 4W 2
Detroit2642.38211.518 – 228 – 207 – 1311 – 143 – 102 – 8L 2
Kansas City2542.3731212 – 2113 – 214 – 911 – 176 – 85 – 5W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4225.62719 – 1123 – 143 – 613 – 321 – 126 – 4W 2
Texas3235.4781015 – 1817 – 175 – 87 – 615 – 186 – 4W 1
LA Angels3338.4651117 – 2016 – 186 – 146 – 416 – 124 – 6L 2
Seattle3039.4351315 – 1815 – 216 – 147 – 613 – 143 – 7W 1
Oakland2346.333208 – 2615 – 208 – 127 – 146 – 153 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4525.64324 – 1021 – 1522 – 87 – 313 – 106 – 4L 1
Atlanta3930.5655.521 – 1518 – 1513 – 1012 – 810 – 97 – 3L 1
Philadelphia3633.5228.519 – 1717 – 1612 – 164 – 213 – 106 – 4L 2
Miami3036.4551316 – 1414 – 2217 – 122 – 47 – 144 – 6W 1
Washington2546.35220.512 – 2613 – 206 – 247 – 79 – 112 – 8W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee3931.55716 – 1323 – 1811 – 1323 – 123 – 56 – 4L 1
St. Louis3931.55721 – 1318 – 184 – 620 – 119 – 55 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh2839.4189.516 – 1912 – 203 – 512 – 2212 – 94 – 6W 3
Chi Cubs2543.3681313 – 2512 – 183 – 313 – 177 – 142 – 8L 3
Cincinnati2344.34314.512 – 2111 – 233 – 510 – 166 – 183 – 7L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers4125.62120 – 1221 – 139 – 89 – 514 – 85 – 5W 1
San Diego4327.61419 – 1324 – 1411 – 619 – 1012 – 106 – 4W 2
San Francisco3829.5673.519 – 1419 – 1514 – 117 – 711 – 97 – 3W 1
Arizona3238.4571117 – 1915 – 1912 – 1010 – 115 – 154 – 6L 2
Colorado3038.4411219 – 1911 – 198 – 176 – 411 – 115 – 5L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot