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Luis Castillo strikes out 11 as Reds beat Cubs 5-3

CHICAGO (AP) Luis Castillo hears all the trade rumors. He just doesn’t pay much attention to them.

“I’m still trying to go out there and give it all, my best, as well,” Castillo said through a translator.

Castillo’s best was quite good Tuesday night.

The right-hander struck out 11 over six shutout innings in his first win in a month, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over Keegan Thompson and the Chicago Cubs.

Castillo (3-4) allowed five hits and walked three while throwing a career-high 123 pitches. One of the top players on the market ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline, Castillo had gone 0-2 with a 4.07 ERA in four starts since his last win May 31 at Boston.

“This sport is a business, obviously, and there’s only so much that I can control,” he said. “So I try to keep a clear mind and focus on the job at hand.

“Whatever happens, happens. If something happens, OK, then we’ll just roll with it, we’ll go with it.”

Jonathan India hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati in the opener of a three-game series between the worst teams in the not-very-good NL Central. India returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s 10-3 win at San Francisco in a precautionary move after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch.

The Cubs scored three runs in the seventh, helped by a misplay by center fielder Nick Senzel and right fielder Albert Almora Jr. that handed an RBI double to Christopher Morel. Art Warren worked the eighth and Hunter Strickland got three outs for his fourth save.

Thompson (7-3) matched Castillo all the way to the sixth, when the last-place Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead on consecutive RBI doubles by Brandon Drury and Donovan Solano.

The Cubs (28-46) loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Castillo escaped the jam when he retired Yan Gomes on a fly ball to left on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Castillo clapped into his glove as he left the mound after the final out.

“He just stayed after it,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It just says so much about Luis.”

The Reds (26-47) chased Thompson in the seventh, and India hit a 421-foot drive to center against Rowan Wick with two out. It was the second homer of the season for the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year.

Thompson was charged with four runs and eight hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.

“I felt good tonight,” he said. “But late, I got maybe a little tired there. But I got to find a way to dig down and make those pitches there at the end and get through that inning.”


Nico Hoerner went 3 for 4 for the Cubs in his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He became the first player with such a streak for Chicago since Jon Jay in September 2017.


The Reds recalled catcher Michael Papierski from Triple-A Louisville and optioned catcher Chris Okey to their top farm club. They also traded catcher Sandy Leon to Cleveland for cash.

Papierski was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Saturday.

The Reds also said infielder Colin Moran cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville. He could decline the assignment and become a free agent.


Reds: OF Tommy Pham was scratched because of low back stiffness. Max Schrock replaced Pham in left field.

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder inflammation) and LHP Drew Smyly (right oblique strain) each threw two innings of live BP. OF Seiya Suzuki (finger sprain) and 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) were the hitters for the sessions. Stroman threw 36 pitches, and Smyly finished with 32. Manager David Ross said Suzuki could go out on a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday if he feels good after the workout. … LHP Wade Miley (shoulder strain) played catch. … OF Jason Heyward is being treated for right knee soreness. He will be reevaluated in the next couple days.


Reds right-hander Hunter Greene (3-8, 5.66 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (2-5, 4.59) pitch on Wednesday night. The hard-throwing Greene has allowed a major league-high 20 homers in 14 starts in his first big league season. Steele is 1-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four June starts.

Guardians end skid, rally past Twins in day-night DH opener

CLEVELAND (AP) The Guardians were about to slide further back in the AL Central. Amed Rosario jammed on the brakes.

Rosario’s clutch two-run single in the eighth inning rallied Cleveland to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, snapping the Guardians’ five-game losing streak.

“We hung on,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “There were some things that didn’t go right, but we won.”

Down 2-1 and in danger of dropping four games behind the first-place Twins, the Guardians came back against reliever Emilio Pagan (1-3), who walked Myles Straw and rookie Steven Kwan before facing Rosario.

Cleveland’s shortstop then slapped a 3-2 pitch through the middle to give the Guardians a major lift. When he rounded first, Rosario, who went 3 for 4 and has five three-hit games in June, skipped in the air.

“It’s just part of the emotion of the moment,” he said through a translator. “I know we’ve had a couple of rough games, but because of that, we didn’t put our heads down, we just kept going.”

The division rivals are playing five times in four days during a stretch in which they’ll meet eight times in 10 days.

And while there’s three-plus months to go, every game matters.

“It’s like the playoffs, we already know how that is,” said Guardians starter Zach Plesac, who blanked the Twins on three hits over six innings. “These games are like a playoff-type atmosphere. Its definitely going to be a close game. We’re not looking ahead, but these games are important.

“In the end when we look back, these are the games that count in the standings, so it’s definitely important.”

Carlos Correa’s homer leading off the eighth had given the Twins a 2-1 lead. Correa connected on a 1-0 pitch from reliever Sam Hentges (2-0), driving his ninth homer – and fourth in five games against Cleveland this season – just over the railing in left field.

Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20 tries.

Minnesota starter Devin Smeltzer was as effective as Plesac, holding the Guardians to just one run and striking out nine in six innings.

Cleveland’s run off Smeltzer was a gift. With Rosario on first with a single, Franmil Reyes’ high pop dropped inside the line in front of right fielder Max Kepler, who either lost it in the sun or never saw it off the bat.

Smeltzer shook off the misplay and had his second straight strong outing against the Guardians. He threw six shutout inning on June 23 to beat them.

“I felt physically pretty good today,” he said. “But I was in a really good head space. When I’m in a good head space, it’s very easy to brush off the little things and just keep moving on. It’s super early in that game and if you let things snowball it’s going to be a disaster. So you got to brush it off and execute.”


Between games, the Twins reinstated infielder Jorge Polanco from the 10-day injured list. He had been out with lower back tightness, an ailment that landed him in the IL for the first time in the majors.

To make roster room, Minnesota optioned outfielder Mark Contreras to Triple-A St. Paul.


Plesac threw to catcher Sandy Leon, who was reacquired in a trade from Cincinnati before the game. The Guardians were in a bind with catcher Austin Hedges going on the injured list with a concussion sustained last weekend.

Leon was with Cleveland for 25 games in 2020.

“It was awesome,” Plesac said. “He’s great how he plays.”


Looking to save his bullpen for the doubleheader, Francona used utilityman Ernie Clement to pitch the ninth in Monday’s 11-1 blowout loss. Clement gave up two runs but got an inning-ending double play.

Francona had a similar experience, pitching as a position player for Milwaukee against Oakland in 1989.

“If you look, we had one strikeout as a staff that day,” he said with a smile. “It was me. Struck out Stan Javier. Then it kind of got me going. Went up to Seattle the next day and hit a home run. For about the next month kind of swung the bat a little better. It was kind of fun.”


Twins: OF Trevor Larnach (core muscle strain) had successful surgery in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old had been bothered by increasing pain and opted for the operation. He’s expected to resume baseball activities in six weeks.


Twins rookie Josh Winder (2-2) will start against Guardians rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-0), who will be making his sixth start.

Polanco, Twins win 6-0, split doubleheader with Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) Jorge Polanco didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things.

Returning from his first stint on the injured list as a major leaguer, Polanco drove in three runs and rookie Josh Winder pitched six stellar innings as the Minnesota Twins earned a day-night doubleheader split with a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.

Amed Rosario’s clutch two-run single in the eighth inning rallied Cleveland to a 3-2 win in the opener, snapping the Guardians’ five-game losing streak.

Polanco, who missed 14 games with lower back tightness, was reinstated from the IL and quickly made a difference by cracking a two-run homer in the third inning off rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-1) as the Twins restored their lead in the AL Central to three games over the Guardians.

“We talk about a lot of the things that Polo brings to the table,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the steady second baseman. “One, he’s just a really good player. He’s a good hitter and he’s a good hitter from both sides of the plate. That brings a lot to the table all by itself.”

Byron Buxton hit his 20th homer and Jose Miranda connected in the second game for the Twins, who have taken two of three in this five-game set between division rivals.

Winder (3-2) was brought up as the club’s 27th man for the doubleheader and excelled in just his fourth major league start – and first since May 27. The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk – to start the first.

It’s been an up-and-down few months for Winder. He’s started, pitched in relief, been on the injured list (shoulder impingement) and down in the minors. But he’s healthy now and giving the Twins another weapon.

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, but I’ve been able to focus on getting back and I was able to do that tonight,” said Winder, who knows he’ll soon be back in the minors. “I’m not going to let that affect my preparation. I’m going to go out there and be ready whenever my name is called.”

Tyler Duffy (one inning) and Jovani Moran (two) completed the combined five-hit shutout- the second time Minnesota has blanked Cleveland in a week.

Polanco’s eighth homer gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the third, and helped them shake off a tough loss in the opener.

“Our guys are good at being forgetful,” Baldelli said. “It’s the nature of our game. No matter what happens in a given game, one of the greatest assets our guys have is they are able to wipe it away pretty easily.

“Do you always do it like that? Maybe not. But they do it like that a lot.”

Carols Correa walked with two down and Luis Arraez, who entered the day leading the AL with a .342 average, ripped a triple into the right-field corner to make it 1-0. Polanco followed by lifting a 1-1 pitch over the 19-foot-high wall in left.

Cleveland’s defense prevented the Twins from tacking on more runs in the fourth, when Ryan Jeffers was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single and Miranda got caught off third after a failed safety squeeze.

Polanco, though, made it 4-0 in the fifth when he avoided a double play by legged out a grounder.

“He busted his tail down the line,” Baldelli said. “That’s winning baseball and he’s a winning player.”

Miranda’s fifth homer made it 5-0 in the sixth.

Down 2-1 in the opener, the Guardians came back against reliever Emilio Pagan (1-3), who walked Myles Straw and rookie Steven Kwan before facing Rosario.

Cleveland’s shortstop then slapped a 3-2 pitch through the middle to give the Guardians a major lift. When he rounded first, Rosario, who went 3 for 4 and has five three-hit games in June, skipped in the air.


Buxton’s 427-foot homer gave him a new career-high for a season, surpassing his 19 last season.

Baldelli has been resting his best all-around player to keep him heathy, and the plan seems to be working.

“I’d like to think it’s working,” Baldelli said. “I think Buck would think it’s working. Whatever we bring to the table, we bring more to the table when Byron Buxton is playing. Even when he’s not 100% he’s a star.”


Looking to save his bullpen for the doubleheader, Guardians manager Terry Francona used utilityman Ernie Clement to pitch the ninth in Monday’s 11-1 blowout loss. Clement gave up two runs but got an inning-ending double play.

Francona had a similar experience, pitching as a position player for Milwaukee against Oakland in 1989.

“If you look, we had one strikeout as a staff that day,” he said with a smile. “It was me. Struck out Stan Javier. Then it kind of got me going. Went up to Seattle the next day and hit a home run. For about the next month kind of swung the bat a little better. It was kind of fun.”


Twins: OF Trevor Larnach (core muscle strain) had successful surgery in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old had been bothered by increasing pain and opted for the operation. He’s expected to resume baseball activities in six weeks.


Twins RHP Dylan Bundy (4-4, 4.80 ERA) starts Thursday against Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.76).

Robert leads 17-hit White Sox attack in 11-4 win over Halos

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Josh Harrison and Luis Robert hit two-run homers during Chicago’s five-run fifth inning, and the White Sox pounded out 17 hits in an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada had RBI doubles during a five-run seventh for the White Sox, who rallied from an early three-run deficit with multi-hit games from seven batters to win for only the second time in seven games.

“You’re down three, and I think everybody was collectively saying, `We’re not doing this to (starter) Johnny (Cueto) again,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Our guys were relentless. Shows what we can do.”

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for Los Angeles, which has lost five of eight on its brawl-marred homestand. Ohtani went 3 for 3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBIs on the night before his next mound start.

Cueto (2-4) recovered from yielding three homers in a shaky third to pitch six innings of seven-hit ball.

“I told them, `Let’s hit homers,'” Cueto said of his dugout conversations with his teammates. “Let’s put the ball in the air, because it’s carrying today. Those homers got me going, and then I was able to execute.”

Robert’s majestic 448-foot shot off Oliver Ortega (1-3) highlighted Chicago’s dismantling of the Halos’ perpetually poor pitching staff. Robert, Tim Anderson and Abreu all had three hits, and Harrison drove in three runs.

“To have a day like today is good for everybody,” Robert said through a translator. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to have this day tomorrow, but we’re going to try.”

Angels rookie Chase Silseth largely cruised through the first four innings of his fifth big league start, but Chicago abruptly chased him in the fifth. Seby Zavala had an RBI double before Harrison tied it with just his second homer of the season.

Between injuries for a handful of relievers, two underperforming starters being sent to the minors and top relievers Ryan Tepera and Raisel Iglesias currently appealing suspensions, the Angels will be scrambling for any competent pitching outside their top four starters in the next few weeks.

“When you’re playing down a man at any position, it makes it more challenging, but I still felt good about where we were,” Angels bench coach Ray Montgomery said. “It got (away) quick there, as the rallies tend to do. A couple different pitches, some different bounces and execution, and it goes another way.”

Chicago sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh, which could have been even bigger if Jaime Barria hadn’t struck out Anderson and Robert with the bases loaded to end it.

Trout was visibly frustrated in center field while Angels reliever Elvis Peguero was on the mound in the seventh. The three-time MVP appeared to signal to the Angels’ dugout that Peguero was tipping his pitches while he allowed four runs on two hits and two walks.

Peguero confirmed that Trout alerted him about the pitch-tipping during the game.


Andrew Velazquez homered in the second before Trout and Ohtani connected, giving the Angels three homers in nine pitches by Cueto. Two pitches after Trout put his 23rd homer down the left field line, Ohtani blasted his 17th – and fourth of the Angels’ homestand – with a 115.2-mph exit velocity.

The Angels’ former MVPs homered in consecutive at-bats for the fifth time in their careers and the second time this season.


The Angels played their second game after their massive brawl with the Seattle Mariners and the subsequent suspensions, some of which are being appealed. Montgomery again served as interim manager Phil Nevin’s replacement.


White Sox: Moncada went 2 for 5 with two RBIs after coming off the injured list earlier Tuesday. He had been out since June 18 with a strained right hamstring.

Angels: LF Brandon Marsh left with a bruised right knee in the sixth. … Reliever Archie Bradley will be out likely for two months after breaking a bone in his elbow while falling off the dugout railing during the brawl last Sunday. … RHP Jimmy Herget has been shut down again while recovering from a right shoulder impingement. He went on the injured list a week ago.


Ohtani (6-4, 2.90 ERA) returns to the mound for the Halos’ homestand finale after throwing eight innings of scoreless two-hit ball with a career-high 13 strikeouts last week against Kansas City. He’ll face Chicago’s Michael Kopech (2-4, 2.59), who is coming off back-to-back losses.

Carlson drives in 2, Cardinals rally to top Marlins 5-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Dylan Carlson drove in a pair of runs and the St. Louis bullpen combined for four scoreless innings as the Cardinals came back to beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Carlson went 2 for 4 and has hit in five straight games. Teammate Tommy Edman scored a pair of runs and stole his 19th base of the season.

“Guys around me are taking good at-bats, putting me in a position where pitchers have to come into the zone,” Carlson said. “Just trying to be consistent, take advantage of it.”

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (6-4) went five-plus innings, allowing three runs. He was lifted after issuing a leadoff walk to Jorge Soler in the sixth. Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, and Giovanny Gallegos did the same in the eighth. Ryan Helsley struck out the side to earn his sixth save in eighth opportunities.

“Guys are gonna get opportunities in those middle innings and some will embrace the competition and the pressure that comes with it,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Today we saw a guy (Fernandez) embrace it and really run with it. That was fun to watch.”

Fernandez has not given up a run in 6 1/3 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on June 22.

“I went down there to Triple-A to work on my sinker, it’s another pitch in my arsenal,” Fernandez said. “So, it gives me the confidence to throw it at any hitter and any count.”

The Marlins struck first with a three-run third. Miguel Rojas had an RBI double and Nick Fortes and Soler added run-scoring singles. Soler’s hit was the 40,000th in Marlins franchise history.

But the Cardinals knocked out Marlins starter Braxton Garrett while batting around in a four-run fifth. Edmundo Sosa got it started with an RBI triple. Edman, Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt followed with RBI hits to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead.

“When they scored, we’re down two, it felt like we were down 10,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “And that’s just not where you should feel as a club, a club like ours that is capable of scoring and it just seems like we got down a couple runs and it was like a mountain to climb.”

Garrett (1-3) allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed the first three to reach in the fourth, including an RBI single by Carlson, but got out of the frame without any additional damage by getting Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play and a deep fly-out by Juan Yepez.

Jon Berti went 0 for 4, snapping his 24-game on base streak and 11-game hitting streak.

The Cardinals won for the third time in their last four games, while the Marlins have lost seven of their last eight games at Busch Stadium.


Former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens was at the game. Clemens is the godfather of Cardinals rookie outfielder Conner Capel, who made his major league debut Monday.

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith was also at the game and got a loud ovation when shown on the video board in the sixth inning.


Berti made a diving stop that turned into an inning-ending double play in the second. Playing on the third base side of second in a shift, he stopped a smash off the bat of Albert Pujols and from his knees flipped the ball to Rojas to start the 4-6-3 double play.


Marlins: 2B Jazz Chisholm (back spasms) was back in the lineup after missing the last two games, but was removed in the middle of the second with right lower back discomfort. He popped out to right in his only at-bat. Chisholm will undergo tests tomorrow. Erik Gonzalez entered the game at third and Berti moved to second.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill (left knee strain) took part in running drills. The next step will be running the bases before being cleared for a rehab assignment that is expected to begin next week.


RHP Andre Pallante (2-3, 2.03 ERA) will start for the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday against Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara (7-3, 1.95 ERA). Pallante recorded a career high in innings (6), hits (7), runs (3) and pitches thrown (90) in his last outing Friday. Alcantara has not posted a win in three career starts against St. Louis, but has a 0.81 ERA with two earned runs in 22 1/3 innings and 23 strikeouts.

Sears pitches major league-best Yankees past lowly A’s 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) Last week, JP Sears was pitching before 4,209 fans at Toledo. Now he was getting a standing ovation from a screaming crowd of 38,051 at Yankee Stadium.

“That was awesome. That’s something that I really appreciate,” the 26-year-old left-hander said Tuesday night after stretching his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings and pitching the big league-leading Yankees over the worst-in-majors Oakland Athletics 2-1. “Watching a lot of baseball growing up, it was fun to watch from that side of the TV, so it was fun to be on that side of it tonight.”

Wearing No. 92, the highest jersey number in Yankees history for a starting pitcher, Sears (3-0) made his second spot start and limited the A’s to three hits in 5 2/3 innings, getting nine groundball outs. Throwing at up to 95.7 mph, Sears mixed fastballs, sliders and changeups among 78 pitches.

Jose Trevino backed him with an RBI single in the first off trade candidate Frankie Montas (3-8), Marwin Gonzalez homered in the second and the Yankees won for the 15th time in 19 games.

Sears then was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“The thing we really pride ourselves on is making this a seamless transition between the major leagues and minor leagues,” pitching coach Matt Blake said. “This room does a good job of accepting guys when they come up here and embrace them and get them to just be themselves and it allows them to go out there and be aggressive in the zone.”

An 11th-round draft pick by Seattle in 2017, Sears was obtained after that season in a trade for right-hander Nick Rumbelow. When the 2020 minor league season was canceled because of the pandemic, Sears tried to refine his motion with Daniel Moskos, then the pitching coach at the Yankees’ Class A affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina, and former teammates James Reeves and Asher Wojciechowski.

“I just worked on my mechanics a lot, shortening my arm action, just trying to clean up my movement on the mound,” Sears said.

He made it to Triple-A last season and has a 1.83 ERA this year at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sears earned a spot on the Yankees’ expanded opening day roster and made two one-inning appearances before he was sent down on April 18. He got his first major league start against Baltimore on May 25 after a rainout caused New York to reset its rotation. Before him, the highest number for a Yankees starting pitcher was Alfredo Aceves’ No. 91.

New York brought Sears back to give Luis Severino, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Nestor Cortes and Jordan Montgomery extra rest. The Yankees had been the only team in the majors not to have a sixth pitcher make multiple starts this season.

Sears joined Clarke Schmidt and Ron Marinaccio as rookie pitchers contributing to the Yankees’ 55-20 record, the best 75-game start since the 2001 Seattle Mariners.

“There’s kind of an expectation that they have within themselves that you can’t manufacture,” manager Aaron Boone said. “JP’s a really nice kid, an understated smart kid, but he’s tough. He’s got an edge to him and he expects to do that when he goes out there.”

Clay Holmes pitched the ninth to finish a six-hitter for his 13th save in 14 chances. After two catcher’s interference calls against Sean Murphy on Monday, Murphy reached on an interference call on Trevino with two outs in the ninth on a grounder to second that caused the public-address system to play the game-ending “New York, New York.”

Pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt and Elvis Andrus singled, driving in a run, and Tony Kemp grounded out to strand two runners.

Sears had soaked in the scene hours earlier.

“I let myself take that in the first couple minutes I step on the field to warm up and just enjoy that part of it,” he said. “After that, it’s the plate, the catcher and the umpire and the hitter out there.”


Oakland dropped to 25-51 with its 31st loss in 41 games. The A’s are hitting .210, on track to break the major league low of .211 set by the dead-ball era 1910 Chicago White Sox. Oakland has been shut out three times and scored one run six times in Montas’ 16 starts.


Boone was ejected in the eighth for arguing with plate umpire Stu Scheurwater in what the manager said was the accumulation of called strikes on 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge he thought were below the zone. “Hopefully, everyone’s paying attention,” Boone said.


Sheldon Neuse was picked off by Trevino in the third and Christian Bethancourt was throwing out by Trevino trying to steal second base in the fourth.


Stephen Piscotty was 0 for 3 as Oakland’s designated hitter in his return from a strained left calf that had sidelined him since May 6.


LHP Manny Banuelos was designated for assignment by the Yankees to open a spot for Sears.


Athletics: OF Jonah Bride was put on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday, a day after hurting his right shoulder and cutting his nose during a collision with Chad Pinder. Manager Mark Kotsay said Bride had an MRI on Tuesday.

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres said his right wrist, which he hurt on a hard swing, was feeling better after a cortisone injection Monday. Torres hopes to play Wednesday, though Thursday might be more realistic. He said his sprained right ankle was good enough to play on. … LHP Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during his third rehab appearance and likely will be activated Thursday. On the IL because of left Achilles tendinitis, Chapman last pitched for the Yankees on May 22. … RHP Domingo German, sidelined since spring training with right shoulder impingement, allowed two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks for Double-A Somerset in his second rehab start.


Taillon (8-1, 3.19 ERA) starts Wednesday’s series finale for New York after going 4-0 in his past seven starts. Oakland LHP Cole Irvin (2-5, 3.29) is 0-4 in seven starts since an IL stint caused by left shoulder soreness.

Braves’ Jansen sidelined with irregular heartbeat

Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to an irregular heartbeat, the team announced Tuesday.

Right-hander Jesus Cruz was recalled in a corresponding move.

Jansen has dealt with an irregular heartbeat throughout his career. The three-time All-Star experienced cardiac arrhythmia as far back as 2011 and underwent a catheter ablation in the left atrium of his heart following the 2012 season. He underwent a second catheter ablation procedure after the 2018 campaign.

For this reason, Jansen has needed additional care when playing against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field due to the high altitude.

“In Colorado, (I have to) stay hydrated,” Jansen said in 2018. “The team has to provide me with IVs every day.”

The 34-year-old last pitched Sunday against his old team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen is in his first season away from the Dodgers after signing a one-year, $16-million contract with the Braves this past winter.

The two-time NL Reliever of the Year has authored a 3.58 ERA and 2.18 FIP in 32 2/3 innings for Atlanta, leading the Senior Circuit with 27 games finished and ranking third with 20 saves.

Vlad Jr. turns down Home Run Derby invite to protect wrist

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vlad Guerrero Jr. rejected an opportunity to participate in the 2022 Home Run Derby in order to avoid reinjuring his wrist.

“My wrist is fine right now but I’ve got to be careful,” The 2021 AL MVP runner-up said Monday through his interpreter, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “There are too many swings in a home run derby. I don’t want to take a chance that my wrist gets hurt again and it gets bad and I won’t be able to help my team win, which is what we’re trying to do here. I don’t want to risk it.”

Guerrero was never placed on the injured list but missed a couple games in May due to left wrist soreness. He was held to a below-average .217/.333/.348 slash line with three homers for that month.

The 23-year-old participated in the 2019 Home Run Derby, finishing as the runner-up to New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. Guerrero didn’t participate when the derby returned from a one-year hiatus in 2021 but did win All-Star MVP honors.

The 2022 All-Star Game gets underway July 19 at Dodger Stadium, with the derby taking place the day prior. Guerrero leads all first basemen in fan voting with 1.6 million votes. He has the fourth-most votes among AL players, behind only Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, and Alejandro Kirk.

Despite struggling in May, Guerrero is having another strong season at the plate, hitting .268/.360/.506 with 18 homers and 45 RBIs.

No one has officially committed to participating in the Home Run Derby yet.

Report: Harper to undergo thumb surgery with roughly 6-week recovery

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper met with hand specialists Monday and surgery for his broken left thumb seems to be his best and sole option, a source told Todd Zolecki of

“There is optimism” that Harper will return this season after a post-surgery recovery period of approximately six weeks, reports Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, citing sources.

A 97-mph fastball from San Diego Padres lefty Blake Snell hit the two-time MVP on the hand Saturday. Harper has also nursed a torn ulnar collateral ligament throughout the year, which has mostly relegated him to the designated hitter role. He’d made eight appearances in right field, most recently in mid-April.

Exclusively focusing on hitting had paid dividends for Harper and the Phillies, as the 29-year-old owned a .318/.385/.599 slash line with 15 homers and nine stolen bases.

A six-week timeframe would put Harper in line to return in the second week of August.

At 39-35, the Phillies find themselves third in the NL East and eight games back of the New York Mets. They are two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals, who occupy the third and final wild-card spot in the first year of the expanded postseason format.

Baker Mayfield ‘ready to move on’ from Browns

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Baker Mayfield said the Cleveland Browns have work ahead if they want him to help them through their situation with Deshaun Watson.

Mayfield, speaking at his football camp near the University of Oklahoma’s campus on Tuesday, didn’t entirely close the door on stepping in if needed.

“No, I think for that to happen, there would have to be some reaching out,” Mayfield said. “But we’re ready to move on, I think, on both sides.”

The Browns made a major trade for Watson in March and then signed him to a record-setting $230 million contract.

Now, Watson faces a possible suspension from the league stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists in Texas.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association, will hold a hearing to determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

Mayfield said he expected to be traded before the NFL draft, but he’s still on the team roughly a month before the opening of training camps.

“I think I got frustrated with it not happening before minicamp and all those things, but it’s just the stuff that’s out of my control,” he said. “And so, you know, let those things happen and fall in place.”

Mayfield said he’s been working out with veteran receivers Danny Amendola and Cole Beasley and some others from the area near Lake Travis in Texas. He said that work gets his mind off the situation.

“You know, obviously if I was focused on not having a team and not being able to (prepare with a team), it’d be pretty miserable,” he said. “But I’m just working on getting better for myself. And then whenever this all happens, then learn a playbook and get the guys down as soon as possible.”

In the 2020 season, Mayfield led the Browns to a wild-card win at Pittsburgh for the franchise’s first playoff win in a quarter century. Cleveland then lost a close game at Kansas City in the divisional playoffs, fueling hopes that Mayfield could take them further in the coming seasons.

Instead, Mayfield tore the labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. He played through it, but struggled, and the Browns missed the playoffs with a 8-9 record.

He said the shoulder is better.

“Can swing a golf club too hard, so it’s going pretty good,” he joked.

Even while still on the roster, he spoke as though his days with the Browns were coming to an end.

“I’m thankful for my four years in Cleveland, and had a lot of ups and downs and a ton of learning experiences that I will forever keep with me,” he said.

Deshaun Watson’s legal team set to face off versus NFL

(AP) — Deshaun Watson’s legal team takes on the NFL on Tuesday in front of a retired judge to determine his immediate future with the Cleveland Browns.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, will hold a hearing to determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct, but he’s still facing a significant penalty. A person familiar with the NFL’s position told The Associated Press last week the league is seeking a lengthy suspension for Watson based on the number of sexual assault allegations and conversations with the 11 women who were made available for interviews. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been disclosed publicly.

Watson’s side, led by renowned attorney Jeffrey Kessler, will try to argue there’s no basis for a long suspension. Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations. Watson has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name.

The NFL has punished several players for violating the league’s personal conduct policy without criminal charges. In 2010, Ben Roethlisberger received a six-game suspension after being accused of sexual assault by two women. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell later reduced the suspension to four games. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott got six games in 2017 for domestic violence incidents.

On Monday, a woman who previously sued Watson filed a lawsuit against the Houston Texans, alleging his former team provided him with resources to enable his actions and “turned a blind eye” to his behavior.

This will be the first hearing for Robinson, who was the first woman Chief Judge for the District of Delaware. Previously, Goodell had the authority to impose discipline for violations of the personal conduct policy. Still, Goodell holds considerable power. If either the union or league appeals Robinson’s decision, Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision that will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute,” per terms of Article 46 in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That means Goodell could ultimately overrule Robinson’s decision and give Watson one year or even an indefinite suspension due to the potential for more cases.

In April, Major League Baseball suspended pitcher Trevor Bauer two full seasons following the league’s investigation of domestic violence and sexual assault allegations made against him. That suspension didn’t include the 99 regular-season games the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander missed after being placed on administrative leave on July 2, 2021.

Asked whether MLB’s handling of Bauer’s case has been discussed, a league official told the AP it’s difficult to compare the two but stressed the accusations against Watson are serious enough to warrant an “unprecedented punishment.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Robinson hasn’t heard the case.

It’s unknown how long it will take Robinson to make a decision, but the Browns should know Watson’s availability before training camp. NFL discipline typically begins the week leading into the first regular-season game, so Watson would be eligible for camp unless a potential punishment stipulates otherwise.

The Browns traded a slew of draft picks to acquire Watson and gave him a five-year, $230 million guaranteed contract in March.

Report: Commanders’ McLaurin signing 3-year extension worth up to $71M

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is signing a three-year extension that’s worth up to $71 million, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The new deal will place McLaurin among the league’s top-five highest-paid wideouts. It also contains a $28-million signing bonus, the largest figure given to a receiver, per Schefter. Additionally, over 76% of the wideout’s extension is guaranteed.

McLaurin, who had one more year remaining on his rookie pact, will now be under contract with the Commanders through the 2025 season.

Signing McLaurin to a new contract has been one of Washington’s biggest offseason priorities. Head coach Ron Rivera spoke positively of talks with McLaurin earlier in June after the receiver skipped mandatory minicamp and OTAs.

The 26-year-old wideout has been an integral part of Washington’s offense since being selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s put up at least 900 receiving yards in each of his three seasons and is coming off a 1,053-yard campaign in 2021.

McLaurin is the second big-name receiver from the talented 2019 draft to receive a lucrative extension. A.J. Brown struck a four-year, $100-million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles in April.

Baker Mayfield ‘ready to move on’ from Browns

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Baker Mayfield said the Cleveland Browns have work ahead if they want him to help them through their situation with Deshaun Watson.

Mayfield, speaking at his football camp near the University of Oklahoma’s campus on Tuesday, didn’t entirely close the door on stepping in if needed.

“No, I think for that to happen, there would have to be some reaching out,” Mayfield said. “But we’re ready to move on, I think, on both sides.”

The Browns made a major trade for Watson in March and then signed him to a record-setting $230 million contract.

Now, Watson faces a possible suspension from the league stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists in Texas.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association, will hold a hearing to determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

Mayfield said he expected to be traded before the NFL draft, but he’s still on the team roughly a month before the opening of training camps.

“I think I got frustrated with it not happening before minicamp and all those things, but it’s just the stuff that’s out of my control,” he said. “And so, you know, let those things happen and fall in place.”

Mayfield said he’s been working out with veteran receivers Danny Amendola and Cole Beasley and some others from the area near Lake Travis in Texas. He said that work gets his mind off the situation.

“You know, obviously if I was focused on not having a team and not being able to (prepare with a team), it’d be pretty miserable,” he said. “But I’m just working on getting better for myself. And then whenever this all happens, then learn a playbook and get the guys down as soon as possible.”

In the 2020 season, Mayfield led the Browns to a wild-card win at Pittsburgh for the franchise’s first playoff win in a quarter century. Cleveland then lost a close game at Kansas City in the divisional playoffs, fueling hopes that Mayfield could take them further in the coming seasons.

Instead, Mayfield tore the labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. He played through it, but struggled, and the Browns missed the playoffs with a 8-9 record.

He said the shoulder is better.

“Can swing a golf club too hard, so it’s going pretty good,” he joked.

Even while still on the roster, he spoke as though his days with the Browns were coming to an end.

“I’m thankful for my four years in Cleveland, and had a lot of ups and downs and a ton of learning experiences that I will forever keep with me,” he said.

ACC changing scheduling model for football in ’23 and beyond

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The Atlantic Coast Conference is going forward with a plan to change its football scheduling model, with the biggest change being the elimination of divisions.

The new plan, adopted by the league’s athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives on Tuesday, will be what the league calls a 3-5-5 model and goes into effect with the 2023 season.

All 14 of the ACC’s football members will have three permanent scheduling partners and play those schools each year. They’ll face the other 10 schools once every two years; five one year, five the next. It means that every ACC team will play all conference opponents home and away at least once every four years.

“The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said.

The scheduling change ends the quirk that some ACC schools can go years without facing another school from the league. For example, Miami hasn’t played Wake Forest since 2013 even though both have been ACC members that entire time.

The ACC is keeping its championship game. Instead of pitting division champions, the top two teams based on conference winning percentage will make the title game.


The ACC announced the three other schools that teams will face each year starting in 2023.

Boston College: Miami, Pitt, Syracuse.

Clemson: Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State.

Duke: North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest.

Florida State: Clemson, Miami, Syracuse.

Georgia Tech: Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest.

Louisville: Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia.

Miami: Boston College, Florida State, Louisville.

North Carolina: Duke, N.C. State, Virginia.

N.C. State: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina.

Pitt: Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech.

Syracuse: Boston College, Florida State, Pitt.

Virginia: Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech: Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest.

Wake Forest: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech.

Sarkisian pleased with Texas’ recruiting: It’s ‘been a great run’

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian is ecstatic with his program’s recruiting success, headlined by the commitment of top 2023 recruit Arch Manning.

“This has been a great run,” Sarkisian said Monday to ESPN’s Pete Thamel. “Hopefully, it’s not over. I don’t think it is. We may have a few more to go here this week. Hopefully, we can continue to capture some of the momentum that has been created.”

Manning, who’s the nephew of NFL greats Peyton and Eli, sent shockwaves through the recruiting community with his commitment to the Longhorns. Following his pledge, four-star wide receiver Jonah Wilson and four-star defensive back Derek Williams, among others, also joined Texas.

Though Sarkisian isn’t allowed to specifically discuss Manning’s verbal pledge yet due to NCAA rules, he signaled the importance of picking up a top quarterback by pointing to Quinn Ewers’ decision to transfer to Texas last year.

“A lot (of) those kids knew who Quinn Ewers was,” Sarkisian added. “It’s always helpful when it’s the quarterback that is the big fish. I think this (2023) class is very similar, it’s just different timing.”

In addition to Manning, the Longhorns’ 2023 recruiting class also features eight four-star commits. Sarkisian identified the current class as a crucial one to re-establishing the program’s dominance in college football.

“We are going to become a great program because we’re going to sign a great class in 2023,” Sarkisian explained. “That’s what great programs do. They stack recruiting classes on top of one another.”

AP source: Westbrook exercises $47M option with Lakers

(AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook is exercising his option to play for $47.1 million next season, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Westbrook – a past NBA MVP and one of the league’s top 75 all-time players – nor the Lakers revealed the decision publicly. ESPN first reported Westbrook’s decision.

It certainly was not a surprise, considering Westbrook would not have commanded anywhere near $47.1 million for this coming season had he chosen to become a free agent. He’ll turn 34 next season, his 15th in the NBA.

Westbrook had until Wednesday to make up his mind on the option, which will make this the fifth and final season of a $207 million contract he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The nine-time All-Star has been well-traveled since – he was traded to Houston in 2019, traded to Washington in 2020 and was moved to the Lakers in 2021.

That created what was supposed to be a great trio: Westbrook alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

It didn’t work out anywhere near as planned. The Lakers were dogged by injuries all season, missed the playoffs, fired coach Frank Vogel after the season and Westbrook has taken much of the blame for what happened.

He averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 78 games with the Lakers. Only four other players – two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, James Harden of Philadelphia, Luka Doncic of Dallas and Dejounte Murray of San Antonio – finished the season with higher averages than Westbrook had in those three stat categories.

But his scoring average was his lowest since 2009-10, and his 3-point percentage – 29.8% – ranked 251st out of 278 NBA players who attempted at least 100 shots from beyond the arc this season.

Cavaliers extend qualifying offer to guard Collin Sexton

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers made the expected move and Tuesday extended a qualifying offer to guard Collin Sexton, who missed most of last season with a knee injury.

Sexton is now a restricted free agent and the high-energy scorer could draw interest from other teams. If Sexton receives an offer sheet, the Cavs can match it.

Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on Thursday.

A first-round pick in 2018, Sexton played in just 11 games last season before tearing meniscus in his right knee and undergoing surgery. The 23-year-old had been playing well and seemed to accept a lesser scoring role alongside All-Star Darius Garland.

Sexton averaged a career-best 24.3 points the previous season.

The Cavs value his productivity and were thrilled with his attitude last season, when he stayed around the team while rehabbing his injury. Sexton’s enthusiasm played a role in the Cavs’ 22-win improvement.

Sexton’s role isn’t as clear as it once was on a team with solid young talent in Garland, second-year forward Evan Mobley and All-Star center Jarrett Allen. However, Koby Altman, the team’s president of basketball operations, last week called Sexton “super important” and a “big part of our culture.”

Sexton and the Cavs were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before last season.

The Cavs also made a two-way qualifying offer to guard R.J. Nembhard, He signed a two-way contract in October and appeared in 14 games for the Cavs.

Report: Jazz finalizing deal to name Celtics assistant Hardy as head coach

The Utah Jazz are finalizing a five-year contract with Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy to be their new head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hardy, 34, will become the youngest active head coach in the league, Wojnarowski adds.

The position was left vacant when Quin Snyder departed this spring following a successful eight-year run with the franchise.

Utah chose Hardy over a handful of finalists, including fellow Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla, Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, and Jazz assistant Alex Jensen.

Hardy got his start in the NBA as a video coordinator with the San Antonio Spurs before moving up to assistant under Gregg Popovich.

The Virginia native joined former Spurs coach Ime Udoka last season with the Boston Celtics, playing an integral role in the team’s surge to the NBA Finals. Hardy will now work under former Celtics executive Danny Ainge in Utah.

In addition to hiring Hardy, Utah is also adding former Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale as an associate general manager, sources told Wojnarowski.

Ivica Zubac, Clippers agree on contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a contract extension with center Ivica Zubac on Tuesday.

The team had declined its $7.5 million option on the 25-year-old from Croatia, setting up the new deal that keeps the 7-footer as the club’s longest-tenured player.

“For four seasons, Zu has been a pillar of our team, durable and dependable,” director of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said. “He is a reliable teammate and a consistent pro, just entering the prime of his career. We are excited to continue growing with him.”

Zubac started 76 games last season, averaging career highs in points (10.3), rebounds (8.5), assists (1.6) and blocked shots (1.0). His 25 double-doubles were a career-best and the most for a Clippers player since 2017-18.

He spent his first two seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Forward Robert Covington had already signed an extension with the Clippers.

Storm sign former MVP Tina Charles for the rest of season

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Storm signed five-time first-team all-WNBA center Tina Charles for the rest of the season on Tuesday, three days after she was let go by Phoenix.

“We are excited to add one of the premier players in our league to our roster,” Storm head coach Noelle Quinn said. “Tina is a prolific scorer who brings veteran experience and adds depth to our front court. We look forward to seeing the immediate impact she can make for our team.”

Charles, 33, was averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 16 games this season with the Mercury before the sides settled on a contract divorce last weekend. She’s expected to make her debut with Seattle on Wednesday night against Las Vegas.

The WNBA’s leading scorer last season with Washington, Charles signed with Phoenix in February, a day after the Mercury added Diamond DeShields in a three-team trade with Chicago and New York. The additions were expected to give the Mercury a huge boost to a roster that already had Diana Taurasi, Britney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after authorities at an airport outside of Moscow said she had vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her bag. And even with the addition of Charles, the Mercury struggled badly.

Charles will become the fourth overall No. 1 pick on the Storm roster along with Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. The four also played together on the U.S. team that won gold at last year’s Olympics.

Charles averaged a career-high 23.4 points last season with the Mystics. She was the WNBA MVP in 2012.

Trio of Chicago Sky players headline WNBA All-Star reserves

NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Vandersloot, Kahleah Copper and Emma Meesseman will get a chance to play before their home fans, as the trio was selected Tuesday as reserves for the WNBA All-Star Game on July 10 in Chicago.

The Sky stars will join Candace Parker, who was voted as a starter to the game last week.

But Diana Taurasi won’t be in Chicago, left off the All-Star list for the first time in her career when healthy. Instead, the 10-time All-Star told The Associated Press she’ll be vacationing in Mexico.

“I’m really happy,” Taurasi said, laughing. “I always hated All-Star.”

Sue Bird, who will be a co-captain for one squad, said her longtime U.S. national team teammate should be there.

“She should have been chosen. It’s ridiculous,” Bird said. “I feel like Dee should be there. If she’s happy going to Cabo, I have to support that.”

Other reserve guards picked Tuesday included Washington’s Ariel Atkins, Phoenix’s Skylar Diggins-Smith, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd and Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale. Atlanta rookie Rhyne Howard was also picked by the league’s 12 coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position, regardless of conference.

The coaches were not able to vote for their own players.

Las Vegas’ Dearica Hamby, New York’s Natasha Howard and Connecticut’s Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas also were chosen in the frontcourt. Jones is the only player to make the All-Star Game this season while coming off the bench.

Chicago’s James Wade will coach one team, while Las Vegas’ Becky Hammon will lead the other. The league announced last week that Breanna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles will co-captain one squad, while Bird and A’ja Wilson will draft for the other. All four were chosen starters. Fowles and Bird announced earlier this year that they would retire after the season ended.

The teams will be drafted on Saturday.

Howard, who played with Bird and Stewart in Seattle before coming over to the Liberty, put in a pitch to play with her former guard.

“I would love to play with Sue one more time,” she said after New York’s practice Tuesday. “It’s her last All-Star Game.”

The other starters announced last week included Nneka Ogwumike of Los Angeles, Sabrina Ionescu of New York, Jonquel Jones of Connecticut and Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of Las Vegas.

Indiana is the only team in the 12-team league without an All-Star.

Mystics make 15 3-pointers in 92-74 victory over Dream

WASHINGTON (AP) Natasha Cloud scored 18 points, Ariel Atkins added 15 and the Washington Mystics made 15 3-pointers in a 92-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night.

Washington was 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half to help build a 52-32 lead. Atkins and Cloud each made three 3-pointers in the first half, while Atlanta was just 3 of 11.

Cloud, who did not play in the fourth quarter, finished 4 of 5 from distance. Atkins was 4 of 6 as Washington shot 60% (15 of 25).

Elena Delle Donne and Myisha Hines-Allen each had 11 points for Washington (13-9). Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added nine points on three 3-pointers.

AD Durr scored 13 points and rookie Naz Hillmon added a season-high 11 for Atlanta (8-11). Rookie Rhyne Howard, who was selected as a reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game, was held to five points on 2-of-14 shooting.

Jefferson has Lynx’s first triple-double in win over Wings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Moriah Jefferson had the first triple-double in franchise history with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, leading the Minnesota Lynx to a 92-64 victory over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night.

Aerial Powers scored 13 of her 20 points in the first quarter for the Lynx, whose 26-point halftime lead was their largest in the last three seasons.

Jefferson, who was waived by Dallas in May, grabbed her 10th rebound with five seconds left and was surrounded by teammates after the buzzer, having become the 10th player in WNBA history with a triple-double. It was the 15th triple-double overall in the league, with four coming this season.

The Lynx scored 33 points in the first quarter and led 50-24 at halftime after going 8 of 16 behind the arc, while Dallas was just 8 for 30 overall.

Rachel Banham made Minnesota’s 12th 3-pointer with 4:47 remaining, setting a season high for the Lynx.

Damiris Dantas added 11 points and Sylvia Fowles had 10 for Minnesota (6-14), which has won three of its last four games. Fowles passed Cappie Pondexter for sixth in WNBA history with 2,447 made field goals.

Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 points for Dallas (9-11). Marina Mabrey missed her first seven shots and finished 1 of 11 for three points.

Swiatek wins 36th in a row, Nadal also advances at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) From the red clay of the French Open to the green grass of Wimbledon, the wins keep coming for Iga Swiatek.

The top-seeded Pole won her opening match on Centre Court on Tuesday, beating Croatian qualifier Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3.

The victory was Swiatek’s 36th in row and includes all seven matches she played at this year’s French Open in winning her second title at Roland Garros. It’s the longest winning streak on the women’s tour since 1997, when Martina Hingis won 37.

“It’s my first match on grass this season, so I knew it’s going to be tricky,” Swiatek said on court. “I’m just figuring out how to play here and trying to implement all the stuff that we were practicing on.”

The men’s champion at Roland Garros also won at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Rafael Nadal defeated Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round a few hours after Swiatek finished her match.

Even with seven-time champion Serena Williams in the draw at the All England Club, Swiatek is the woman to beat. She won five tournaments before heading to Paris in May, earning consecutive titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome.

Swiatek, again wearing a pin with the colors of Ukraine on her hat, started out like she left off in her last match at the French Open. But she went down 3-1 in the second set before recovering.

“The second set, at the beginning I lost my focus a little bit and she used that pretty well,” Swiatek said.

Coco Gauff, who lost to Swiatek in this year’s French Open final, also won her opening match. The 11th-seeded American beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Gauff got the go-ahead break in the third set at 5-5 on her sixth break point of the game when Ruse double-faulted.

In her two previous appearances at the All England Club, Gauff reached the fourth round.

Barbora Krejcikova, who won the French Open in 2021 to split Swiatek’s two titles there, also advanced to the second round. The 13th-seeded Czech defeated Maryna Zanevska of Belgium 7-6 (4), 6-3.

No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 Maria Sakkari, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko, No. 16 Simona Halep of Romania and No. 25 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic also advanced. Both Halep and Kvitova are former champions at the All England Club.

Among the seeded player to lose was Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. The 14th-seeded Swiss player lost to Qiang Wang of China 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

No. 18 Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, No. 20 Amanda Anisimova of the United States and No. 27 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also lost.

Like Swiatek, Nadal was also playing for the first time since Paris, where he won his men’s record 22nd Grand Slam singles title. And because of the pandemic and his left-foot injury, he said he hadn’t played on grass since 2019, when he reached the semifinals at the All England Club.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is attempting to win his third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, but his foot is a question mark.

“Every day is a test and today has been one of these important tests,” Nadal said on court. “I know at the beginning of the tournament especially, and the difficult circumstances that I arrived here, the victory is the most important thing because that gives me the chance to practice tomorrow again and to have another match in two days.”

Also in the men’s draw, No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria retired from his match with an apparent injury. He was leading Steve Johnson of the United States 6-4, 2-5 when he stopped.

No. 12 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, No. 15 Reilly Opelka of the United States, No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and unseeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia also won.

Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon in 1st match in a year

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Serena Williams began – and ended – her comeback at Wimbledon after 364 days out of singles competition looking very much like someone who hadn’t competed in just that long. She missed shots, shook her head, rolled her eyes.

In between, there were moments where Williams played very much like someone whose strokes and will have carried her to 23 Grand Slam titles. She hit blistering serves and strokes, celebrated with arms aloft.

Returning to the site of her last singles match, which she had to stop after less than a set because of an injury on June 29, 2021, and seven of her major championships, the 40-year-old Williams came within two points of victory. But she could not finish the job against an opponent making her Wimbledon debut and bowed out with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) loss to 115th-ranked Harmony Tan of France.

“It’s definitely better than last year,” Williams said. “That’s a start.”

Asked whether this might have been her last match, Williams replied: “That’s a question I can’t answer. I don’t know. … Who knows? Who knows where I’ll pop up?”

With her older sister, Venus, jumping out of a guest box seat at Centre Court to celebrate the best points, Serena Williams was oh-so-close to pulling out a topsy-turvy match that lasted 3 hours, 11 minutes and was contested with the retractable roof shut for the last two sets.

“For my first Wimbledon, it’s: Wow. Just wow,” said the 24-year-old Tan, who recalled watching Williams on TV as a youngster.

“When I saw the draw, I was really scared,” Tan said with a laugh, “because it’s Serena Williams. She’s a legend. I was like, `Oh, my God, how can I play?'”

This is one indication of how things were at the get-go: Of Tan’s first 11 points, only one came via a winner she produced. Others came via errors by Williams, either forced or unforced.

While Williams – who wore two pieces of black tape on her right cheek; the reason was not immediately clear – recovered from dropping the opening two games to lead 4-2, she reversed course again and allowed Tan to quickly climb back into that set with her mix of spins and slices.

When Tan pulled even at 4-all by striking a down-the-line backhand winner, she celebrated with a yell; that shot was so good that even Williams felt compelled to applaud.

Tan came into the day with a 2-6 career record at all Grand Slam tournaments. Clearly enjoying herself – and the setting, the moment, the way it all was going – she broke to lead 6-5 with the help of a cross-court forehand winner, looked at her guest box, raised a fist and waved her arms to ask for more noise from a crowd that was loudly backing Williams.

Soon enough, a forehand passing winner gave Tan that set. At that point, it seemed reasonable to ask: Could Tan pull off by far the biggest victory of her career? Might Williams exit a major in the first round for only the third time in 80 appearances (the previous were a loss at the 2012 French Open and that mid-match retirement at Wimbledon last year)?

The latter is what happened, of course, although Williams certainly played spectacularly in the second set. She won a monumental game to lead 2-0, breaking after 30 points and 12 deuces across almost 20 minutes when Tan shanked a forehand into the chair umpire’s stand.

In a blink, then, it was 5-0 and sure seemed as if Williams was on her way.

Her serves picked up pace and became more accurate, too: After winning just 57% of her first-serve points in the first set, she claimed 80% in the second. Her other strokes were better-calibrated: After making 22 unforced errors in the first set, she made 13 in the second.

In the third set, Williams was two points from advancing while serving for the match at 5-4 but couldn’t get closer.

Williams has spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1 but currently is 1,204th on account off all of that time off and thus needed a wild-card invitation from the All England Club to enter the bracket.

“If you’re playing week in, week out, or even every three weeks, every four weeks, there’s a little bit more match toughness,” she said. “But with that being said, I felt like I played pretty OK on some of `em. Not all of ’em. Maybe some key ones I definitely could have played better. You’ve got to think if I were playing matches, I wouldn’t miss some of those points.”

Still, Tan was a point from victory at 6-5, and Williams erased that with a forehand winner – beginning a seven-point run that not only sent the match to a tiebreaker but put her ahead 4-0 in it.

Yet Tan would not go gently. She grabbed five points in a row for a 5-4 lead in the new final-set tiebreaker format adopted this year by all four tennis majors: first to 10 points, win by two.

At crunch time, when Williams has excelled so often on so many big stages, she faltered. Tan came through.

Next for Tan is a second-round match Thursday against No. 32 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. Sorribes Tormo advanced by defeating American qualifier Christina McHale 6-2, 6-1.

Earlier Tuesday, No. 1 Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 36 matches by beating Croatian qualifier Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3, while others advancing in the women’s bracket included No. 11 Coco Gauff, 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

In the men’s field, the most significant matter Tuesday was the withdrawal of Matteo Berrettini, last year’s runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the All England Club, because of a positive COVID-19 test. Another past finalist, Marin Cilic, pulled out Monday for the same reason.

Both Berrettini, who went 9-0 on grass courts elsewhere this month, and Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, got themselves checked for COVID-19 after developing symptoms; players are not required to get tested in order to compete.

Men’s winners included 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 11 Taylor Fritz and unseeded Nick Kyrgios. No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime bowed out against serve-and-volleying American Maxime Cressy 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5).

The men’s bracket already is missing six of the top 11 in the ATP rankings: No. 1 Daniil Medvedev (ban on Russians), No. 2 Alexander Zverev (ankle surgery), Auger-Alissiame, No. 8 Andrey Rublev (ban on Russians), No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz (lost Monday) and No. 11 Berrettini.

“I feel very sorry for him,” Nadal said about Berrettini, “because he was playing fantastic.”

2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini out with COVID-19

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Matteo Berrettini, last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon, dropped out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament hours before he was scheduled to play his first-round match Tuesday, saying that he tested positive for COVID-19.

The All England Club announced Berrettini’s withdrawal, and he posted about it on Instagram, saying that he was “heartbroken” and has been isolating “the last few days” after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

He’s the second high-profile player to pull out of the draw within the first two days because of the illness caused by the coronavirus, joining 2014 U.S. Open champion and 2017 Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic, who was seeded 14th. The bracket already is without five of the top 11 in the ATP rankings: No. 1 Daniil Medvedev ( ban on Russians ), No. 2 Alexander Zverev (ankle surgery), No. 8 Andrey Rublev (ban on Russians), No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz (lost Monday) and No. 11 Berrettini.

An All England Club spokesperson did not respond to a question about what the level of concern is about COVID-19 at the event, but did say in an email that organizers have been working with the British public health agency and local authorities.

“We have maintained enhanced cleaning and hand sanitizing operations, and offer full medical support for anyone feeling unwell. We are following U.K. guidance around assessment and isolation of any potential infectious disease,” the statement said. “Our player medical team also continue to wear face masks for any consultation.”

After being canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, then setting up a bubble-type environment and restricting attendance in 2021 to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Wimbledon has returned to normal in every way, with no mask-wearing requirement, full crowds and the famous Queue back in action.

“Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament,” Berrettini wrote in his post, which included a black-and-white photo of him hitting a serve at Wimbledon.

“I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel,” he said. “The dream is over for this year, but I will be back stronger.”

The eighth-seeded Italian spent time practicing with Rafael Nadal on Centre Court last week and also crossed paths with Novak Djokovic there.

Berrettini was supposed to play 44th-ranked Cristian Garin in the first round on Tuesday. Berrettini was replaced in the field by Elias Ymer, who lost in qualifying but now will take on Garin.

Berrettini was considered a title contender for Wimbledon, both because of last year’s run to his first Grand Slam final at the All England Club before losing to Djokovic – and because of his recent form on grass.

“I mean, he is definitely (one of the) top two, three players in the world on grass in the last three years. I mean, his results are testament to that,” Djokovic said on Monday about Berrettini. “Probably, this is his favorite surface. For his game, it’s the most suitable surface. So there is a lot of expectations on his side that he should go far in this tournament.”

The 26-year-old Berrettini, who relies on big serves and big forehands, won two tuneup tournaments on the surface this month, going 9-0 at Stuttgart, Germany, and Queen’s Club in London.

That was how he returned to action after being sidelined since March because of an operation on his right hand.

In all, since the start of 2019, he is 32-3 on grass. Two of those three losses came against six-time Wimbledon winner Djokovic and eight-time champion Roger Federer.

Two other singles players left the tournament Tuesday because of injuries: Danka Kovinic (lower back) and Wang Xiyu (left thigh).


Indians Take First Game in Series over Sounds, 6-3

NASHVILLE, TENN. – The Indians’ bats came alive early en route to victory in the series opener against the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday night, 6-3. With the win, the Indians are above .500 on the season.

Coming off a first inning in which Rodolfo Castro connected on the first pitch of his at-bat to plate a two-out RBI single, the Indians (36-35) came out swinging in the second frame, tallying three runs. With one out, Alec Bettinger beaned Carter Bins and Jared Oliva reached second on a misplayed ball down the third base line by Mark Mathias. Kevin Newman added a run with a sac fly to center, and Ben Gamel smacked a two RBI long ball to right field, giving Indianapolis a 4-0 lead early in the contest.

Nashville (43-29) cut the deficit in half in the second inning. A lead-off hit-by-pitch to Mathias and a two-run homer off the bat of Jon Singleton made it a 4-2 game.

Back at it offensively in the top of the third inning, Castro was walked and stole second. With two outs, Carter Bins doubled on a fly ball to center to bring in another run for the Indians.

After a scoreless fourth, Nashville notched a solo run in the fifth. Cody Bolton walked David Dahl on four pitches, and two consecutive singles from Mathias and Singleton brought Dahl home to make it a 5-3 ballgame, but the threat ended there.

The Indians added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Newman led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Brice Turang, and Yoshi Tsutsugo was walked to put runners on first and second. Josh Bissonette drove in the game’s final run with an RBI single to left, giving the Indians a 6-3 victory.

In his thirteenth start this season, Osvaldo Bido tossed 3.0 innings, yielding two runs on four hits and five punchouts. Bolton (W, 2-1) threw 3.0 innings in relief, surrendering one run on three hits and four strikeouts.

Nashville RHP Alec Bettinger (L, 0-4) allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.

The Indians and Sounds will meet for the second game of the six game set tomorrow at 8:05 PM ET. Nashville will send RHP Caleb Boushley (8-2, 2.97) to the mound. Indianapolis has yet to name a starter.

Indiana to Face UMass in 2027

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts football programs announced on Tuesday (June 28) afternoon that the teams will play in Bloomington on Sept. 18, 2027.

IU defeated UMass, 45-6, at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 8, 2012, in the only meeting between the two programs.

Below are the Hoosiers future non-conference opponents:


9.10 – Idaho

9.17 – Western Kentucky 

9.24 – at Cincinnati


9.9 – Indiana State

9.16 – vs. Louisville @ Lucas Oil Stadium

9.23 – Akron


8.31 – Florida International

9.7 – at Louisville

9.21 – Charlotte


8.30 – Old Dominion

9.6 – Louisville

9.13 – Indiana State


9.5 – Colorado State

9.12 – Ball State

9.26 – at Connecticut


9.4 – at Virginia

9.11 – Indiana State

9.18 – UMass


9.16 – Virginia


9.15 – Western Kentucky


8.31 – at Notre Dame


9.27 – Notre Dame

Purdue Returns to ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge in 2023

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—In conjunction with the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences, the league offices announced the return of the ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge in 2023, which will see the Purdue softball team take on Syracuse and NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina, February 19-21.

The Boilermakers are slated to play Syracuse on Friday, February 19, in addition to a doubleheader on Saturday, February 20. Then, Purdue will round out the weekend vs. host NC State on Sunday, February 21. Game times and TV selections will be announced at a later date.

The challenge will mark the first time the Boilermakers have participated in the dual-league showdown since 2018. Purdue’s head-to-head results will count towards the final ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge standings and will be joined in Raleigh, North Carolina, by Iowa.

Purdue’s meeting vs. Syracuse will mark the first between the two programs since 2016. Meanwhile, Purdue will face NC State just twice, with the last contest in 2012, and the first time the Boilermakers have played in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Butler Football Bolsters 2022 Roster with 46 Newcomers

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler’s first recruiting class under the direction of head coach Mike Uremovich is loaded with talented student-athletes heading to campus from 14 different states. This group includes nine defensive linemen, nine offensive linemen, seven defensive backs, five linebackers, four wide receivers, four running backs, four quarterbacks, three tight ends and one kicker.

“Our staff is excited to welcome all of our new student-athletes to the Butler family,” Uremovich stated. “They are a very talented group and we are excited to get to watch them develop in the classroom and on the field. August can’t some soon enough.”

The 2022 recruiting class will report to training camp with their teammates in early August. The 2022 season opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 3 when the Bulldogs host St. Thomas (Fla.) at 1 PM inside the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl. Tickets are on sale now for all six home contests, including the homecoming game against Marist on Oct. 22.

2022 Butler Football Recruiting Class


Watson Allan (Lake Forest – Lake Forest, Ill.)

Maddox Altamirano (Chippewa Valley – Clinton Township, Mich.)

Reagan Andrew (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day – St. Louis, Mo.)

Ian Baron (IMG Academy – Los Angeles, Calif.)

Collin Bell (Christian Brothers – St. Louis, Mo.)

Owen Butler (Lafayette – Chesterfield, Mo.)

Griffin Caldwell (IMG Academy – Johns Creek, Ga.)

Liam Cashin (Lyons Township – LaGrange Park, Ill.)

Archie Cox (Fremd – Palatine, Ill.)

Eric Csala (IMG Academy – Aldie, Va.)

Kirk Doskocil (Brecksville Broadview Heights – Brecksville, Ohio)

Deklan Dougherty (The Bolles School – Starke, Fla.)

Kadin Featherstone (De La Salle – Saint Clair Shores, Mich.)

Tyson Garrett (Roncalli – Greenwood, Ind.)

Nick Grace (Naperville North – Naperville, Ill.)

Jacob Halfacre (Christ School – Arden, N.C.)

Jason Hicks (Adlai E. Stevenson – Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

Byron Hubbard II (Westfield – Westfield, Ind.)

Dawson Hubbard (Hamilton – Chandler, Ariz.)

Trevor Ings (Milford – Milford, Ohio)

Jeremiah Jackson (Brebeuf Jesuit Prep – Indianapolis, Ind.)

Ershod Jasey II (Episcopal – Jacksonville, Fla.)

Parker Konrath (St. Thomas Aquinas – Marathon, Fla.)

Ethan Loss (Mahtomedi – Mahtomedi, Minn.)

Frenchi Mack II (IMG Academy – Bowie, Md.)

Ethan Malafa (Mariemont – Cincinnati, Ohio)

Will Mason (Cardinal Gibbons – Wake Forest, N.C.)

James McCabe (Loyola Academy – Northfield, Ill.)

Connor McCoy (IC Catholic Prep – Elmhurst, Ill.

Dominic McKevitt (Saint Viator – Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Mason McLaughlin (Concord Academy – Taylorsville, N.C.)

Seth Mencer (Cathedral – Indianapolis, Ind.)

Jack Mitchell (Ladue Horton Watkins – St. Louis, Mo.)

Jack Molloy (Saint Ignatius – Evergreen Park, Ill.)

Matthew Oudeman (Saint Edward – Euclid, Ohio)

Brady Preston (Lafayette Jefferson – Lafayette, Ind.)

Alec Rowan (Metrolina Christian – Indian Trail, N.C.)

Owen Sacks (Fred J. Page – Franklin, Tenn.)

Carter Scearce (Cardinal Gibbons – Raleigh, N.C.)

Sam Scullion (Glenbard South – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

Ryan Short (Nazareth Academy – Hinsdale, Ill.)

Shane Siffrard (Franklin – Franklin, Tenn.)

Steven Stephany (Lafayette Jefferson – Lafayette, Ind.)

Brennan Stolarek (Lincoln-Way East – Frankfort, Ill.)

Quinn Warweg (Whiteland Community – Whiteland, Ind.)

Steven Williams II (Wake Forest – Wake Forest, N.C.)

Bulldog Newcomers By Position


Watson Allan (6-1, 290)

Liam Cashin (6-2, 300)

Kirk Doskocil (6-3, 290)

Kadin Featherstone (6-1, 265)

Nick Grace (6-5, 280)

Jason Hicks (6-4, 270)

Frenchi Mack II (6-3, 275)

Jack Mitchell (6-3, 265)

Owen Sacks (6-2, 300)


Reagan Andrew (5-8, 185)

Mason McLaughlin (6-2, 180)

Brady Preston (6-2, 200)

Brennan Stolarek (6-2, 195)


Ian Baron (5-10, 210)

Griffin Caldwell (5-10, 195)

Ershod Jasey II (5-11, 190)

Seth Mencer (6-0, 180)


Maddox Altamirano (6-0, 180)

Archie Cox (6-1, 180)

Ethan Loss (6-1, 185)

Jack Molloy (6-0, 185)


Owen Butler (6-4, 225)

Ethan Malafa (6-6, 235)

Alec Rowan (6-3, 230)


Collin Bell (6-0, 270)

Jacob Halfacre (6-3, 270)

Byron Hubbard II (6-2, 255)

Dawson Hubbard (6-0, 255)

Trevor Ings (6-1, 285)

Parker Konrath (6-3, 235)

Matthew Oudeman (6-1, 260)

Shane Siffrard (6-4, 235)

Steven Williams II (5-10, 220)


Deklan Dougherty (6-2, 225)

Tyson Garrett (6-0, 215)

James McCabe (6-2, 215)

Carter Scearce (5-11, 205)

Sam Scullion (6-0, 200)


Eric Csala (6-1, 190)

Jeremiah Jackson (5-10, 187)

Will Mason (5-9, 180)

Connor McCoy (6-2, 190)

Dominic McKevitt (6-2, 185)

Steven Stephany (5-10, 185)

Quinn Warweg (6-0, 180)


Ryan Short (6-0, 165)

Bulldog Newcomers by State

Illinois (12)

Indiana (7)

North Carolina (6)

Missouri (4)

Ohio (4)

Florida (3)

Michigan (2)

Tennessee (2)

Arizona (1)

California (1)

Georgia (1)

Maryland (1)

Minnesota (1)

Virginia (1)


1897       The Chicago Colts (Cubs) of the National League establish the record for most runs scored in a game by one team when they clobber the Louisville Colonels, 36-7. The Cardinals will beat the Phillies 28-6 at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl in 1929 to set the modern NL mark.

1905       With the Giants leading the Superbas, 11-1, Archibald ‘Moonlight’ Graham makes his major league debut in the bottom of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The career minor leaguer, who will not have a major league at-bat in his only appearance in the big leagues, will become immortalized by W.P. Kinsella’s book Shoeless Joe and the movie based on the author’s work, Field of Dreams.

1909       The Pirates host their last game at Exposition Park, defeating the Cubs, 8-1, in front of 5,545 fans at the small and cramped ballpark on the north side of the Allegheny River. The team will begin to play at Forbes Field tomorrow, a spacious venue constructed of concrete and steel in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

1916       Only one baseball is used during the Reds’ 9-6 win over the Cubs at Redland Field. There are no home runs or foul balls which land in the stands during the contest.

1923       Dodger first baseman Jacques Fournier goes 6-for 6, collecting a home run, two doubles, and three singles. The southpaw-swinging slugger’s 11 total bases contribute to Brooklyn’s 14-5 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl.

1933       In the second inning of St. Louis’ 7-3 victory over New York, Ethan Allen races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run at the Polo Grounds but is called out for batting out of turn, costing Joe Medwick his turn at the plate. Then the Cardinal outfielder bats for himself in the correct order but grounds out.

1935       Cardinal left fielder Joe Medwick hits for the cycle, but Cincinnati thwarts a ninth-inning rally to beat the ‘Gashouse Gang’ and Daffy Dean, 8-6. ‘Ducky,’ who will be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1968, scores three runs in the Redbirds’ losing effort at Crosley Field.

Amazon The Gashouse Gang

1937       In a 10-2 loss to Brooklyn, Chicago’s first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the nine-inning game. Although this is just the third occurrence of the rare feat, it is the second time for the Cubs infielder, who also didn’t make a putout playing first for the Cardinals in a game played against the Braves two seasons ago.

1941       In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League’s consecutive game-hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler. In the opener, he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap, ‘the Yankee Clipper’ tops the mark with a seventh-inning single against Walt Masterson.

1948       The Braves sign Johnny Antonelli as an amateur free agent, giving the 18-year-old Jefferson High School (Rochester, NY) senior a $52,000 bonus, the largest amount ever offered to a player. The teenage southpaw will make his major league debut in five days but will become a regular in 1953, after serving in Korea.

1950       At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, the Red Sox outslug the A’s, 22-14. The two-hour and fifty-minute contest establishes a new American League record with a combined total of 36 runs scored in one game.

1952       Trailing 8-2 with two outs and none on in the top of the ninth inning, the Cubs stage an incredible comeback, beating the Reds at Crosley Field, 9-8. Chicago puts nine consecutive runners on base thanks to five hits, two walks, an HBP, and an error to take the lead by scoring seven runs in the final frame.

1960       The Phillies strike out a dozen times in each end of a doubleheader when the Dodgers sweep them at Connie Mack Stadium, 6-3 and 5-2. The 24 K’s tie a major league record for strikeouts in a twin bill.

1969       Billy Williams plays in his 896th consecutive game to surpass Stan Musial’s mark established in 1957, when the Cubs sweep a doubleheader from the Cardinals 3-1 and 12-1, with the Chicago outfielder going 4-5 with a single, a double, and two triples in the nightcap. The team honors the accomplishment with an emotional ceremony between games of the twin bill on ‘Billy Williams Day’ before a crowd of 41,060 at Wrigley Field that visibly moves Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler, Alabama.

1969       Tom Seaver becomes the Mets’ all-time leader in victories, going the distance in the team’s 7-3 win over Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. The 24-year-old right-hander surpasses the mark set by lefty Al Jackson, an original Met who won 43 games for the new New York franchise between 1962 and 1965.

1972       The A’s send Denny McLain to the Braves for future Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, making it the first time teams have swapped former MVPs. Due to knee problems, ‘Cha Cha’ will come to bat only three times with Oakland, and the former 31-game winner will post a 3-5 record with Atlanta.

1975       During a twin bill with the Padres, the Reds add two more errorless games to establish a major league record of playing 14 consecutive contests (en route to 15) without committing an error. The Tigers established the previous mark of 12 straight games in 1963.

1984       Andre David hits his only big-league home run in his first major league at-bat, a two-run home run off Jack Morris to propel the Twins to a 5-3 victory over Detroit in the first game of a twin bill at Tiger Stadium. The 26-year-old rookie’s second-inning shot helps put an end to the right-hander’s 11-game win streak over Minnesota.

1986       The White Sox trade veteran right-hander Tom Seaver to the Red Sox for Steve Lyons. ‘Tom Terrific’ will finish his Hall of Fame career this season in Boston, but he will not pitch in the World Series against the Mets, his first major league team that still refers to him as ‘The Franchise.’

1989       The Boise Hawks suspends manager Mal Finchman for one game for returning to the field after being ejected in the sixth inning disguised as the team’s mascot Humphrey the Hawk. The feathery impostor gives instructions to his team for the remainder of the Northwest League contest against Salem.

1990       For the first time since 1917 (Hippo Vaughan and Fred Toney), two no-hitters are thrown on the same day when the A’s Dave Stewart shuts out the Jays, 5-0 and the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela blanks the Cardinals, 6-0.

2000       With more than 700 police officers on hand at the ballpark instead of the usual 60, John Rocker makes his much-awaited return to Shea Stadium. Before the game, the Braves reliever, who pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans, had apologized to Mets fans for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers, which appeared in the offseason in Sports Illustrated

2000       After trying to get Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa to bolster their failing offense, the Yankees acquire David Justice from the Indians for Ricky Ledee and two right-handers to be named later (Zach Day and Jake Westbrook). The move appears to work when the Bronx Bombers post a 50-39 (.562) record after acquiring the outfielder, en route to capturing their third consecutive championship and 26th overall.

2004       At Bank One Ballpark, Randy Johnson records his 4000th career strikeout, whiffing Padres’ third baseman Jeff Cirillo, a fellow USC Trojan, to become the fourth player in major league baseball history to reach the plateau. The 40-year-old Diamondbacks fireballer known as the Big Unit needs fewer innings (3,237 1/3) than Nolan Ryan (3,844 2/3), Roger Clemens (4,151), and Steve Carlton (4,991 1/3) to accomplish the feat.

2005       After being plunked for the 268th time in his career, Craig Biggio breaks Don Baylor’s record for being hit by a pitch. At Coors Field, Rockies starter Byung-Hyun Kim nails the Astros’ second baseman on the left elbow in the fourth inning to establish a new mark, both literally and figuratively.

2007       With a triple in the second inning, a double in the fourth, a three-run home run in the next frame, and a bloop single in the seventh, Aubrey Huff becomes the third player to hit for the cycle since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954. The southpaw-swinging first baseman joins Cal Ripken (1984) and Brooks Robinson (1960) as the only other Orioles to accomplish the feat, and the first to do it in front of the home crowd.

2010       🇵🇷 Minutes before the game against the Mets in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria tells his players at an impromptu team meeting that the club has decided to retain interim manager Edwin Rodriguez to the end of the season. Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues, ironically is told of the decision when Florida is playing a series in Puerto Rico, five minutes away from his home.

2010       In the Twins’ 11-4 victory over Detroit at Target Field, Denard Span ties a major league record when he hits three triples in one game. Although many major leaguers share the mark, Ken Landreaux becomes only the second Minnesota player to have accomplished the feat, hitting a trio of three-baggers in a 1980 contest.

2010       South Carolina wins the College World Series when Whit Merrifield’s 11th-inning RBI single beats UCLA, 2-1, giving the school its first NCAA team national championship in any men’s sport. The Gamecocks set a CWS record with six consecutive wins after losing their first game, becoming only the third club ever to record that many victories in the collegiate tourney.

2012       In the Diamondbacks’ 9-3 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park, Aaron Hill becomes the first modern-era player to hit for the cycle twice in one season since Babe Herman accomplished the feat with the Brooklyn Robins in 1931. Eleven days ago in Seattle, the Arizona second baseman also collected a single, double, triple, and home run in the game.

2015       Joc Pederson becomes the third rookie in major league history to hit 20 home runs before July when he goes deep off Allen Webster in the Dodgers’ 10-6 loss to Arizona at Chase Field. The 23-year-old center fielder joins Wally Berger (Braves, 1930) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) in accomplishing the feat as a freshman.

2016       The Orioles tie the 1996 A’s major league mark for homers in June with 55 with Mark Trumbo’s two-run round-tripper in the fourth inning of the team’s 12-6 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Baltimore will establish a new record for the month tomorrow when Hyun Soo Kim hits a seventh-inning solo shot off Mariner right-hander Taijuan Walker at Safeco Field.


The first decade of World Series baseball came to a close as two regulars, the Chicago Cubs (making their fourth appearance) and Philadelphia Athletics (making their second) went head-to-head for the championship title. Both teams were powerhouses with the A’s chalking one-hundred two victories and winning their pennant by fourteen games. The A’s boasted three .300 hitters with Eddie Collins, Rube Oldring and Danny Murphy and a thirty-one game winner in Jack Coombs, a twenty-seven year-old righthander who was 12-12 the previous season. Both teams suffered devastating injures and would not be at full strength for the Series. The Cubs had lost second baseman Johnny Evers to a broken ankle and Philadelphia was missing Oldring with a broken leg and pitcher Eddie Plank who was suffering from an arm ailment.

Although A’s manager Connie Mack was handicapped with the loss of one of his starting pitchers, he remained confident in his other aces Jack Coombs and Chief Bender. Bender, coming off his first twenty victory season in the Major Leagues (he was 23-5), opposed the Cubs’ Orval Overall in Game 1 of the Series. The matchup proved a mismatch, with Bender pitching a one-hitter into the ninth inning and Overall departing after allowing three runs and six hits in the first three innings. The A’s, getting three hits and two RBIs from Frank Baker, scored a 4-1 victory as Bender completed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.

In Game 2, Coombs maintained his team’s momentum with a solid, but unspectacular Series leading performance. Although he lasted a complete game, he surrendered eight hits and nine walks while managing a 9-3 victory. Philadelphia had consecutively beaten two of Chicago’s top aces and prepared to tee off on a third against Series veteran, Ed Reulbach. The A’s came out swinging in Game 3 and drove Reulbach off of the mound in the second inning after tallying three runs. Harry McIntire took over in the third with a 3-3 tie, but was shelled for four runs in the 1/3 inning. The Cubs continued to collapse and before the inning was over, the A’s had tacked or a fifth run en route to a 12-5 romp. Coombs remained unbeatable while pitching with only one day of rest. Playing well on both sides of the plate, he only gave up six hits and had three hits and three runs batted in.

Suddenly, the mighty Chicago Cubs, considered sports first official dynasty, found themselves on the brink of elimination. Realizing that Philadelphia’s advantage was the direct result of poor pitching, the Cubs put their faith into the right arm of rookie Leonard (King) Cole, who had just completed a 20-4 season. The twenty-four year-old newcomer handled the pressure well, but was pulled in the eighth inning, while trailing 3-2. Hanging on by a thread, Chicago managed to get something started in the ninth when playing Manager Frank Chance tripled home Frank Schulte. Then, in the tenth, Chicago’s Jimmy Sheckard came through with a two-out, game-winning single against Bender, who had gone the distance, but paid for it with a 4-3 loss.

Still alive by their “last stand” victory in Game 4, the Cubs decided to go with their winning reliever, Mordecai Brown against the undefeated Coombs for Game 5. Both pitchers rose to the occasion and went neck and neck for seven innings. Philadelphia pulled ahead by one before adding five more in the eighth on the way to a 7-2, Series winning victory. Not only had the A’s defeated baseball’s biggest dynasty, they did it with only two starting pitchers (Bender and three-time winner Coombs).


1895 US National Championship Women’s Tennis: Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Helen Hellwig 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

1897 Chicago Colts establish MLB record for most runs scored in a game by one team as they maul Louisville Colonels, 36 – 7 at the West Side Grounds, Chicago

1901 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 for her second of 4 US singles titles

1903 US Open Men’s Golf, Baltusrol GC: Willie Anderson of Scotland first to win the Open twice; beats countryman David Brown by 2 strokes in an 18-hole playoff

1906 US Open Men’s Golf, Onwentsia GC: Scotsman Alex Smith wins first of his 2 Open titles, 7 strokes ahead of runner-up and younger brother Willie Smith

1910 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In an all-British final, Dorothea Chambers beats Dora Boothby 6-2, 6-2 for her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles

1933 Italian boxer Primo Carnera KOs American defending champion Jack Sharkey in round 6 at Madison Square Garden, NYC to become third European to win the lineal world heavyweight title

1934 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St. George’s GC: Henry Cotton of England wins wire-to-wire by 5 shots from South African Sid Brews

1935 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Sunset Ridge CC: Opal Hill scores an easy, 9 & 7 win over Mrs. S.L. Reinhart to claim her first of 2 consecutive major titles

1947 US Open Women’s Golf, Starmount Forest CC: American Betty Jameson wins her only US crown, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Polly Riley and Sally Sessions, both amateurs

1947 Yanks beat Senators 3-1 starting a 19 game winning streak

1950 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994

1950 West Indies dismiss England for 274 to win 2nd cricket Test at Lord’s by 326 runs thanks to rookie spinners Sonny Ramadhin (6/86) & Alf Valentine (3/79)

1952 US Open Women’s Golf, Bala GC: 1949 champion Louise Suggs wins, 7 strokes ahead of runners-up Marlene Bauer and Betty Jameson

1956 American Charles Dumas records first high jump over 7′ (2.13m) during US Olympic Trials at Los Angeles, California

1957 US Open Women’s Golf, Winged Foot GC: Betsy Rawls wins when apparent champion, Jackie Pung at 298 (+6) is disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard kept by playing partner Betty Jameson

1961 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia

1969 US Open Women’s Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

1969 On ‘Billy Williams Day’ at Wrigley Field, Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial’s NL record for consecutive MLB games played (896) as Chicago sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1

1977 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR as his Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St Louis Cardinals, 9-1 at Busch Stadium

1983 40 year old Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 5,000th race with a victory in the last race at Belmont; 4th jockey to achieve milestone

1984 Orel Hershiser begins string of making every sched start until 1990

1984 Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski

1986 Boston Red Sox trade for Tom Seaver

1986 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues

1986 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Scioto CC: Dale Douglass wins by 1 stroke ahead of Gary Player for his lone Champions Tour major title

1987 Yanks blow 11-4 lead but trailing 14-11 Dave Winfield’s 8th inning grand slammer beats Toronto 15-14; Mattingly also grand slams

1990 A’s Dave Stewart no-hits Blue Jays & Dodger’s Fernando Valenzuela no-hits St Louis 6-0, 1st time no-hitters in both leagues

1991 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon

1992 A’s Dennis Eckersley sets record of 26th straight save of season

1992 NHL decides Eric Lindross goes to Flyers instead of Rangers

1994 NBA Draft: Purdue small forward Glenn Robinson first pick by Milwaukee Bucks

1995 George Foreman loses IBF boxing title for refusing to re-fight Axel Schulz

1995 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL game (vs Calgary Stampeders)

1997 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Graham Marsh of Australia wins by 1 stroke ahead of South African John Bland

2003 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Inverness Club: Bruce Lietzke wins by 2 strokes from Tom Watson

2008 UEFA European Championship Final, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria: Fernando Torres scores as Spain beats Germany, 1-0

2008 US Open Women’s Golf, Interlachen CC: 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park wins the first of her 7 major titles by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson2014 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany beats Jeff Sluman with birdie on 2nd playoff hole; first of Langer’s 3 straight Players’ titles


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