MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
|Wells Fargo Championship|
|May 6-9, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Rory McIlroy||72||66||68||68||-10 (274)||F|
|2||Abraham Ancer||69||70||70||66||-9 (275)||F|
|3t||Viktor Hovland||69||72||68||67||-8 (276)||F|
|3t||Keith Mitchell||67||71||66||72||-8 (276)||F|
|5||Gary Woodland||67||69||70||71||-7 (277)||F|
|6t||Matt Wallace||69||67||73||70||-5 (279)||F|
|6t||Patrick Reed||71||69||69||70||-5 (279)||F|
|6t||Luke List||67||72||68||72||-5 (279)||F|
|9t||Bryson DeChambeau||70||74||68||68||-4 (280)||F|
|9t||Aaron Wise||72||71||68||69||-4 (280)||F|
|11t||Ben Martin||69||71||72||69||-3 (281)||F|
|11t||Scott Piercy||70||68||73||70||-3 (281)||F|
|11t||Satoshi Kodaira||68||72||68||73||-3 (281)||F|
|14t||Emiliano Grillo||74||66||72||70||-2 (282)||F|
|14t||Tommy Fleetwood||67||75||70||70||-2 (282)||F|
|14t||Charl Schwartzel||71||71||70||70||-2 (282)||F|
|14t||Xander Schauffele||72||71||68||71||-2 (282)||F|
|18t||C.T. Pan||74||69||72||68||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Brian Harman||68||72||73||70||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||J.J. Spaun||69||75||69||70||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Keegan Bradley||66||75||71||71||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Joaquin Niemann||71||71||70||71||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Joel Dahmen||68||72||71||72||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Russell Knox||70||71||70||72||-1 (283)||F|
|18t||Bubba Watson||70||69||71||73||-1 (283)||F|
|26t||Nick Taylor||74||67||74||69||E (284)||F|
|26t||Pat Perez||69||72||72||71||E (284)||F|
|26t||J.T. Poston||72||70||71||71||E (284)||F|
|26t||Justin Thomas||69||73||71||71||E (284)||F|
|26t||Talor Gooch||70||71||71||72||E (284)||F|
|26t||Kevin Streelman||69||72||71||72||E (284)||F|
|26t||Brandon Hagy||73||69||70||72||E (284)||F|
|26t||Lanto Griffin||75||68||69||72||E (284)||F|
|26t||Vincent Whaley||72||68||71||73||E (284)||F|
|26t||Cameron Davis||70||71||69||74||E (284)||F|
|26t||Kyle Stanley||67||74||68||75||E (284)||F|
|37t||Brian Stuard||68||73||76||68||+1 (285)||F|
|37t||Patrick Rodgers||68||68||79||70||+1 (285)||F|
|37t||Stewart Cink||71||69||75||70||+1 (285)||F|
|37t||Sean O’Hair||70||73||72||70||+1 (285)||F|
|37t||Matt Jones||69||71||73||72||+1 (285)||F|
|37t||Richy Werenski||70||73||67||75||+1 (285)||F|
|43t||Wyndham Clark||71||72||73||70||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Andrew Putnam||70||72||74||70||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Corey Conners||69||72||73||72||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Jhonattan Vegas||70||71||73||72||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Peter Malnati||67||74||72||73||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Harris English||72||69||71||74||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Jason Dufner||71||71||67||77||+2 (286)||F|
|43t||Scott Stallings||69||69||70||78||+2 (286)||F|
|51t||Hank Lebioda||72||71||77||67||+3 (287)||F|
|51t||Zach Johnson||69||75||72||71||+3 (287)||F|
|51t||Kramer Hickok||68||69||76||74||+3 (287)||F|
|54t||Seamus Power||71||72||75||70||+4 (288)||F|
|54t||Ryan Moore||69||72||73||74||+4 (288)||F|
|54t||Sepp Straka||69||74||70||75||+4 (288)||F|
|54t||Hunter Mahan||68||75||69||76||+4 (288)||F|
|58t||Tim Wilkinson||68||78||69||+5 (215)||F|
|58t||Matthew NeSmith||75||68||74||72||+5 (289)||F|
|58t||Michael Gligic||77||67||73||72||+5 (289)||F|
|58t||Johnson Wagner||73||68||72||76||+5 (289)||F|
|58t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||66||77||70||76||+5 (289)||F|
|58t||Roger Sloan||76||64||72||77||+5 (289)||F|
|58t||Patton Kizzire||69||72||71||77||+5 (289)||F|
|65t||Shane Lowry||71||73||75||71||+6 (290)||F|
|65t||Bo Van Pelt||72||72||73||73||+6 (290)||F|
|65t||Jonas Blixt||71||73||70||76||+6 (290)||F|
|65t||Carlos Ortiz||70||68||73||79||+6 (290)||F|
|69||Phil Mickelson||64||75||76||76||+7 (291)||F|
|70t||K.J. Choi||70||74||73||75||+8 (292)||F|
|70t||Brendan Steele||72||72||70||78||+8 (292)||F|
|72t||Kevin Tway||73||71||76||73||+9 (293)||F|
|72t||Jimmy Walker||72||72||76||73||+9 (293)||F|
|72t||Ted Potter, Jr.||71||71||76||75||+9 (293)||F|
|72t||Russell Henley||74||70||74||75||+9 (293)||F|
|76||D.J. Trahan||74||70||77||75||+12 (296)||F|
|77||Beau Hossler||73||71||75||79||+14 (298)||F|
|Honda LPGA Thailand|
|May 6-9, Siam Country Club, Chonburi, Thailand|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Ariya Jutanugarn||65||69||69||63||-22 (266)||F|
|2||Atthaya Thitikul||64||67||68||68||-21 (267)||F|
|3t||So Yeon Ryu||69||70||65||64||-20 (268)||F|
|3t||Patty Tavatanakit||64||64||70||70||-20 (268)||F|
|3t||Amy Yang||69||65||70||64||-20 (268)||F|
|3t||Angel Yin||72||65||65||66||-20 (268)||F|
|7t||Chella Choi||69||68||65||67||-19 (269)||F|
|7t||Hannah Green||66||71||64||68||-19 (269)||F|
|9t||Gaby Lopez||69||64||67||70||-18 (270)||F|
|9t||Caroline Masson||66||66||67||71||-18 (270)||F|
|11||Lydia Ko||66||67||67||71||-17 (271)||F|
|12||In Gee Chun||72||68||65||67||-16 (272)||F|
|13t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||68||72||70||63||-15 (273)||F|
|13t||Carlota Ciganda||67||71||67||68||-15 (273)||F|
|13t||Danielle Kang||69||67||71||66||-15 (273)||F|
|13t||Xiyu Lin||67||72||65||69||-15 (273)||F|
|17t||Celine Boutier||68||70||71||66||-13 (275)||F|
|17t||Ashleigh Buhai||67||69||68||71||-13 (275)||F|
|17t||Moriya Jutanugarn||70||70||66||69||-13 (275)||F|
|17t||Nanna Koerstz Madsen||65||68||73||69||-13 (275)||F|
|17t||Emily Pedersen||72||68||67||68||-13 (275)||F|
|17t||Gerina Piller||68||72||67||68||-13 (275)||F|
|23t||Yui Kawamoto||69||72||67||68||-12 (276)||F|
|23t||Yealimi Noh||69||71||69||67||-12 (276)||F|
|23t||Sophia Popov||72||67||65||72||-12 (276)||F|
|23t||Ayako Uehara||69||71||66||70||-12 (276)||F|
|27t||Shanshan Feng||71||71||67||68||-11 (277)||F|
|27t||Eun-Hee Ji||68||69||71||69||-11 (277)||F|
|27t||Amy Olson||69||72||67||69||-11 (277)||F|
|27t||Hee Young Park||68||66||74||69||-11 (277)||F|
|31t||Nasa Hataoka||69||67||69||73||-10 (278)||F|
|31t||Katherine Kirk||73||64||68||73||-10 (278)||F|
|31t||Mirim Lee||71||68||71||68||-10 (278)||F|
|34t||Nicole Broch Larsen||67||69||71||72||-9 (279)||F|
|34t||Charley Hull||71||71||69||68||-9 (279)||F|
|34t||Bronte Law||72||71||69||67||-9 (279)||F|
|34t||Jeongeun Lee||73||66||68||72||-9 (279)||F|
|34t||Hinako Shibuno||68||72||70||69||-9 (279)||F|
|39t||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||71||70||72||67||-8 (280)||F|
|39t||Wei-Ling Hsu||71||70||74||65||-8 (280)||F|
|41t||Megan Khang||73||73||65||70||-7 (281)||F|
|41t||Madelene Sagstrom||69||71||70||71||-7 (281)||F|
|43t||Jaye Marie Green||71||70||70||71||-6 (282)||F|
|43t||Muni He||75||71||67||69||-6 (282)||F|
|43t||Wichanee Meechai||72||71||69||70||-6 (282)||F|
|43t||Azahara Munoz||71||73||70||68||-6 (282)||F|
|43t||Annie Park||73||71||69||69||-6 (282)||F|
|43t||Pornanong Phatlum||70||69||70||73||-6 (282)||F|
|49t||Cydney Clanton||74||65||69||75||-5 (283)||F|
|49t||Kristen Gillman||73||69||68||73||-5 (283)||F|
|49t||Caroline Inglis||74||68||70||71||-5 (283)||F|
|49t||Hyo Joo Kim||73||67||72||71||-5 (283)||F|
|49t||Brittany Lincicome||67||74||72||70||-5 (283)||F|
|54t||Georgia Hall||72||75||66||71||-4 (284)||F|
|54t||Minjee Lee||71||70||73||70||-4 (284)||F|
|54t||Jasmine Suwannapura||76||69||70||69||-4 (284)||F|
|57t||Tiffany Joh||72||73||72||68||-3 (285)||F|
|57t||Anna Nordqvist||75||71||71||68||-3 (285)||F|
|57t||Sung Hyun Park||73||73||67||72||-3 (285)||F|
|57t||Sarah Schmelzel||72||71||74||68||-3 (285)||F|
|57t||Chanettee Wannasaen||71||78||68||68||-3 (285)||F|
|62||Alena Sharp||71||72||71||72||-2 (286)||F|
|63t||In-Kyung Kim||72||73||70||72||-1 (287)||F|
|63t||Yu Liu||75||69||70||73||-1 (287)||F|
|63t||Su-Hyun Oh||72||68||74||73||-1 (287)||F|
|66||Brittany Altomare||67||76||71||75||+1 (289)||F|
|67||Cheyenne Knight||77||72||68||73||+2 (290)||F|
|68||Jing Yan||76||71||74||70||+3 (291)||F|
|69t||Mind Muangkhumsakul||73||72||76||71||+4 (292)||F|
|69t||Jenny Shin||74||74||74||70||+4 (292)||F|
|71t||Mi Hyang Lee||73||73||74||73||+5 (293)||F|
|71t||Maria Torres||78||73||70||72||+5 (293)||F|
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Stanton lifts Yanks to 2nd straight walk-off over Nats, 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton lined a slider into left field, sending the New York Yankees streaming of the dugout for the second straight day, this time sporting pink socks, sweatshirts and wristbands to mark Mother’s Day.
After consecutive walk-off wins over the Washington Nationals, the Yankees felt ready for a trip to Tampa Bay, their biggest nemesis in recent years.
“It hasn’t been in our favor against them lately,” Stanton said after his ninth-inning single off Brad Hand gave New York a 3-2 win Sunday. “We need to change that.”
New York (18-16) completed its longest homestand this season with a 7-2 record. The AL champion Rays have won 18 of the last 23 meetings going into Tuesday’s series opener, including a five-game victory in last year’s Division Series.
A three-game sweep by the Rays in the Bronx from April 16-18 dropped the Yankees to a season-worst 5-10 record.
“Last year during the regular season, they beat us up,” New York manager Aaron Boone acknowledged. “They’re obviously very good at preventing runs. They’ve got versatility in their lineup. So they’re a challenge, and you’ve got to play well if you’re going to beat them.”
Hand (2-1) relieved in the ninth with the score 2-2, a day after he wasted ninth- and 10th-inning leads in the Yankees’ 4-3, 11-inning victory, a game Gleyber Torres won with a 50-foot, bases-loaded single.
Hand walked his first batter for the second straight day, Tyler Wade, on four pitches and then walked pinch-hitter Aaron Judge on a full count.
DJ LeMahieu, who wore pink-tinted sunglasses before rain started, grounded to Starlin Castro. Rather than step on third to force the lead runner, Castro threw to second for a possible double play and LeMahieu beat second baseman Josh Harrison’s throw for first, leaving runners at the corners.
Stanton fell behind 1-2, took a slider in the dirt, then lined a high slider for the Yankees’ fifth hit of the game and his 24th RBI this season. Stanton has seven walk-off hits, including two for the Yankees.
“When you win those games that are down to the wire, it’s big,” Stanton said. “The way you find wins and the way you scrape them out, it pays off and it helps the flow of getting these wins in series.”
Hand threw 29 pitches Saturday, then 17 more Sunday.
“These past two days, I’ve really just kind of beat myself, giving up the free baserunners there to begin the inning,” Hand said. “You just can’t keep falling behind hitters like that.”
New York built a 2-0 lead on Aaron Hicks’ RBI single in the third and Torres’ solo homer in the sixth, a 411-foot drive into the left-field bleachers. Torres pumped a fist leaving the plate.
“You know how bad he wanted it,” Stanton said. “You could tell in his reaction.”
Torre had not homered in 136 plate appearances this season, and had not gone deep since last Sept. 17 against Toronto.
“I’m just so happy to hit one for my mom,” said Torres, who recalled hitting three minor league homers on Mother’s Day. “Before I left the house, I told her, `I’ll do something for you.'”
Torres said his mom, Ibelise Castro, planned to meet him in Tampa, Florida, this week.
Walsh’s 2-run double propels Angels to 2-1 win over Dodgers
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jared Walsh hit a two-run double in the third inning and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the Dodgers struck first in the third on Chris Taylor’s two-out RBI single, the Angels responded in the home half when Walsh lined a bases-loaded, ground-rule double down the right-field line off Trevor Bauer (3-2).
The Dodgers were held to three hits but had plenty of baserunners after drawing nine walks from six Angels pitchers. The defending World Series champions left 12 on base and were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth after Mookie Betts walked and Corey Seager singled. Raisel Iglesias retired Justin Turner on a line drive to right field and Will Smith on a grounder for his fifth save.
Aaron Slegers (2-0) followed starter Jose Quintana and worked 1 1/3 hitless innings.
The Freeway Series finale featured less offense than the previous night, when the Dodgers won 14-11. The 25 runs were the most in a major league game this season.
Sunday’s win allowed the Angels to take two of three and cap an eventful, up-and-down homestand. Los Angeles was swept in four games by Tampa Bay, and cut superstar first baseman Albert Pujols on Thursday.
The Dodgers have dropped five straight series and split one after taking two of three from San Diego from April 16-18. They started the season 13-3 but find themselves just 18-17 after dropping 14 of 19.
Cronenworth, Tatis homer off Cueto, Padres rout Giants 11-1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jake Cronenworth hit a splash shot, Fernando Tatis Jr. also connected off Johnny Cueto and the San Diego Padres roughed up the San Francisco Giants 11-1 Sunday.
Padres starter Chris Paddack pitched three scoreless innings and left with a 5-0 lead. Ryan Weathers (2-1) followed with three more shutout innings.
“I think going into the game, if we could get five or six innings out of both of those guys — both of them were really efficient and they did a great job navigating the lineup and attacking,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “For them to give us a chance to win today, it was huge.”
Cueto (2-1) hadn’t pitched since April 14, when he strained his left lat. His problems began in the second inning with Wil Myers’ leadoff single – a dribbler up the third-base line that nudged the bag.
Cronenworth followed with his third homer. He became the fourth Padres player to hit a drive in San Francisco Bay, joining Ryan Klesko (2003), Brian Giles (2008) and Yasmani Grandal (2014).
Tatis hit his ninth homer later in the inning, a two-run shot.
“It was nice to get quite a few barrels to the baseball,” Tingler said. “Hopefully we do it again tomorrow and build on that. That’s how you start to heat up. That’s how you get on a roll.”
Cueto yielded five runs and eight hits in three innings. The Padres proceed to make the score even more lopsided by adding four runs in the eighth, then added two more in the ninth after Cronenworth led off with a double against first baseman-outfielder Darin Ruf.
Ruf pitched for the first time in the majors.
“You never want to have to do that, but at the same time … you get some life experience for Darin Ruf, a story for him to tell,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.
“I do think it can kind of lighten the mood in the dugout a little bit after a tough stretch of innings, to say the least. That’s not the reason you do it. You do it to save innings for your bullpen. But there is some peripheral benefit,” he said.
Five San Diego pitchers combined to scatter eight hits.
Tucker has 4 RBIs to lead Astros over Blue Jays 7-4
HOUSTON (AP) Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with four RBIs as the Houston Astros built a big lead early and held on for a 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Jose Altuve added a solo homer for the Astros to help them win the series 2-1.
Tucker’s homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning that extended the lead to 7-0. In a tough season where he’s hitting just .188, Tucker hopes his big game can help turn things around.
“I’ve just got to keep working and grinding,” he said. “I’m just going to try to build off today.”
Rowdy Tellez sent a 69-mph curveball from Zack Greinke into the second deck in right field with no outs in the fifth for the first of five straight hits for the Blue Jays. Reese McGuire and Marcus Semien followed with singles before a double to center field by Bo Bichette scored them both to cut the lead to 7-3.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single to get the Blue Jays within 3 and chase Greinke.
Bryan Abreu (2-1) took over and retired the next three batters for the win as Houston’s bullpen allowed just two singles the rest of the way to secure the victory. Ryan Pressly struck out two in the ninth for his sixth save.
Manager Dusty Baker raved about the work of his relievers.
“They did a great job,” he said. “They were throwing strikes. If they’re throwing quality strikes then you’ve got a chance… when your bullpen’s dealing you feel comfortable, confident and the whole team feels good.”
Blue Jays starter rookie Nate Pearson (0-1) allowed four hits and was done in by a career-high five walks in his first start this season and the fifth of his MLB career. The organization’s top prospect, Pearson gave up three runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
“I just felt like I couldn’t get into a groove,” he said. “I had a solid first inning but the walks in the second and third innings are what got me. I’ll figure it out.”
Pearson walked Tucker and Robel Garcia with no outs in the second before Altuve singled to load the bases with two outs. Michael Brantley drew a walk to put Houston up 1-0.
There was one out in the third when Pearson walked Yuli Gurriel. Tucker followed with a triple to the corner of right field that made it 2-0. Garcia then singled on a grounder to right field to send another run home and chase Pearson.
Altuve opened Houston’s fourth with an opposite field shot off Joel Payamps to the seats in right field to make it 4-0. There were two on and two out in the inning when Tucker homered to the second deck in right field.
Greinke yielded nine hits and four runs without a walk in four-plus innings. He said his biggest problem right now is fastball control.
“I was never cruising,” he said. “I wasn’t making my pitches good and it just continued in the fifth inning. I just couldn’t throw pitches where I wanted to when I needed to and I gave up some hits that last inning.”
Anderson solid, Pirates hold on, end Cubs’ 5-game win string
CHICAGO (AP) Tyler Anderson pitched eight solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on in the ninth, beating the Cubs 6-5 Sunday and ending Chicago’s five-game winning streak.
Wilmer Difo had three hits and drove in three runs as the Pirates won for just the third time in their last 20 games at Wrigley Field.
“It was nice to see our lineup up and down contribute,” manager Derek Shelton said.
Held to two runs and four hits by Anderson (3-3), the Cubs made it close in the ninth.
Reliever Kyle Crick hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch and walked Kris Bryant before getting David Bote on a flyout. Richard Rodriguez took over and gave up an RBI single to Joc Pederson singled with two outs that made it 6-3.
Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run double, but Rodriguez retired pinch-hitter Javier Baez on a grounder to end it for his sixth save.
Kyle Hendricks (2-4) allowed six runs – four earned – and nine hits in five innings.
Todd Frazier and Kevin Newman had two hits apiece for the Pirates, who scored their highest run total in nine games.
Anderson struck out six and walked one to beat the Cubs for the first time in three starts this season. He retired his final 13 batters.
“You have to be really disciplined against him,” Rizzo said. “He had his good stuff.”
Pederson had three hits for the Cubs, who were trying for their first undefeated homestand of at least six games since August 2015, when they beat San Francisco in four games and Milwaukee in three.
The Pirates scored four times in the first. Jacob Stallings had an RBI grounder with the bases loaded, Difo hit a two-run single off Hendricks and Vargas made a throwing error from shortstop.
Difo added an RBI triple and another run scored on third baseman Matt Duffy’s error for a 6-1 lead in the third. Hendricks threw a seven-inning complete game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in his last start.
“I thought Kyle actually did a really nice job,” manager David Ross said. “A ton of soft contact falling in. It felt like the groundballs were where we weren’t. Didn’t play our cleanest defense behind him. Wind blowing in, it’s a tricky positioning thing.”
Arenado homers, Wainwright pitches Cards past Rockies 2-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado homered against his former team, Adam Wainwright pitched three-hit ball into the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.
Yadier Molina hit an RBI double and Ryan Helsley got Josh Fuentes to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded. St. Louis completed a three-game sweep and has won nine of 11 overall.
Colorado dropped to a major league-worst 2-14 on the road.
Arenado was acquired from the Rockies in a blockbuster trade in early February after the star third baseman spent the first eight years of his career with Colorado.
He said it felt strange playing against his old teammates during the weekend series.
“It was definitely weird,” Arenado said. “Obviously, I know a lot of those guys. At the end of the day, it was a great series to win.”
Arenado has reached safely in 18 of the last 20 games. His mom, Millie, was in attendance on Mother’s Day, which made the home run even more enjoyable.
He planned on taking Millie to dinner at a place of her choice later in the evening.
“It’s just great to have moments like that with your family,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “That’s what life is all about. These are magic moments that people will cherish for a long time.”
Wainwright (2-3) struck out five and walked three over 8 1/3 innings, improving to 11-1 against the Rockies. He retired nine batters in a row at one point and eight straight during another stretch.
The 39-year-old right-hander fell two outs short of his 11th career shutout. His last one came in 2016. The veteran simply keeps plugging along.
“I can’t even tell you how much younger I feel than when I was 36, 37. It’s just not even close,” Wainwright said. “I have a great time outperforming expectations.”
Molina and Wainwright have made 279 starts together as a battery, which ranks them sixth all-time.
“This guy amazes me every time he takes the mound,” Molina said.
Helsley earned his second major league save and first this season.
Arenado homered leading off the second against German Marquez (1-4), who allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings. Marquez struck out six and walked three.
Molina added a run-scoring double in the fourth.
St. Louis improved to 14-4 since April 23, the best record in the majors during that span.
The Rockies have lost 22 games – 13 by two runs or fewer.
“There were a couple situational at-bats where we didn’t get it done early in the game,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “And then again we didn’t get the big hit there in the ninth. We just couldn’t cash in.”
Devers, Renfroe HR, lead Pivetta, Red Sox past Orioles 4-3
BALTIMORE (AP) Rafael Devers and Hunter Renfroe homered, Nick Pivetta won his third consecutive start and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Sunday.
Boston has won five of six, improved to 12-4 on the road and at 22-13 owns the best record in baseball. The Red Sox are within two victories of their entire total from last year’s truncated season, when they went 24-36.
“We believe in each other as a team,” Devers said on a Zoom call with reporters. “It’s you guys that don’t believe in us, but we believe in this clubhouse in this team and we believe in each other. We knew we were a good team.”
The Orioles fell to a majors-worst 4-13 at home, including 0-6 against the Red Sox.
Devers has played a significant role in Boston’s six outings at Camden Yards, hitting .391 (9 of 23) with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Devers, who homered off Baltimore starter Dean Kremer in the second inning, hit a two-run double off reliever Adam Plutko in the sixth to give Boston a 3-2 lead.
“He’s been doing a great job with men in scoring position, and he’s been very patient lately, which is good,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “When he does that, he becomes very dangerous.”
Renfroe added a solo shot off Cole Sulser in the eighth.
Pivetta (5-0) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 since being traded from Philadelphia to Boston last August. He is only the fourth starting pitcher in franchise history to win at least his first seven decisions with the team, joining George Winter (7-0 in 1901), Dave Ferriss (8-0 in 1945) and John Burkett (7-0 in 2002).
“Just mixing pitches, getting ahead of guys, a lot of weak contact today,” Pivetta said.
Matt Barnes earned his eighth save in as many tries with a perfect ninth.
Pivetta ran into his only serious trouble right away. After retiring his first two batters of the day, he issued consecutive walks and then gave up Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI single.
Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins belted a two-out solo homer in the fifth. The Orioles had just one hit in the last four innings, Mountcastle’s RBI double in the eighth.
“When you get four hits, you don’t expect to win the game,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.
Kremer (0-3) surrendered three runs and five hits in five-plus innings and has not won in nine starts since beating the New York Yankees in his major league debut on Sept. 6.
Baltimore shortstop Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to 10 with a single in the fourth.
DeGrom to get MRI for side issue after Mets win 5th straight
NEW YORK (AP) Winners of five straight, the New York Mets have a big test brewing:
Jacob deGrom is getting an MRI.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was pulled after five innings with right side tightness in his return from an injury to a similar area, but the bullpen closed out a four-hitter as New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Sunday.
DeGrom (3-2) was perfect through four innings but labored in the fifth, then called for trainer Brian Chicklo after throwing two warm-up pitches ahead of the sixth. DeGrom exited and went straight to the clubhouse.
“No pain whatsoever, just tightness,” manager Luis Rojas said. “That’s what he told our trainer.”
The right-hander was coming off a 10-day layoff, skipping his previous turn in the rotation because of a right lat issue. Rojas said the side tightness – centered around the lower-right side of his back – seems to be a different issue.
Prior to Sunday, deGrom had a 0.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 35 overpowering innings.
New York expected to have results of the MRI by Sunday night.
“I want to sit and wait and see what it is, and then we can plan as a group what’s next,” Rojas said.
The 32-year-old deGrom threw 68 pitches over five innings, allowing a run with six strikeouts, a hit and three walks.
DeGrom walked three during a 29-pitch fifth inning, just the second time in his career he’s done that. His previous three-walk inning was May 13, 2018, at Philadelphia. He was pulled after one inning in that game, his first back from the injured list.
Right-hander Miguel Castro relieved deGrom with New York ahead 2-1. He hit a batter and walked another before completing a scoreless inning.
Jacob Barnes worked a perfect seventh before allowing Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo homer in the eighth, and Edwin Diaz got five outs for his fifth save.
It was Diaz’s second career five-out save and first with the Mets of more than three. He stranded Nick Ahmed in the ninth after catcher James McCann, third baseman Jonathan Villar and Diaz let Ahmed’s popup fall between them for a single.
Michael Conforto had two hits, an RBI and a superb catch against the right-field wall, and New York improved to 16-13 – again achieving its season best at three games over .500.
The Mets matched their longest winning streak since August 2019. They also beat the Diamondbacks for the 10th straight time at Citi Field.
Arizona has lost six in a row overall and totaled just eight runs during this three-game sweep in Queens. Rookie right-hander Riley Smith (1-2) allowed two runs, four hits and a walk in four innings, striking out one.
“We are at a very critical point right now where we have to find a way, and we will,” said frustrated manager Torey Lovullo, who was ejected in the seventh inning. “We put ourselves in a very good position when we do the little things the right way. Those will be my messages to the players over the coming days.”
NBA fines Pelicans’ Griffin $50,000 for Zion comments
NEW YORK (AP) The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin $50,000 on Sunday for publicly criticizing officiating over how star Zion Williamson is handled and making comments the league considered detrimental.
The decision came two days after Griffin, the Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations, spoke out strongly about his concerns on the amount of contact NBA referees allow Williamson to endure.
Williamson is currently out indefinitely with a broken left index finger, an injury that occurred on a play where he did not appear to be fouled. Griffin said the Pelicans have told league officials many times that they feared Williamson was being exposed to injury because of the way defenders are allowed to play against the 6-foot-7, 284-pound forward.
“He’s injured now because of the open season there’s been on Zion Williamson in the paint,” Griffin said Friday. “He’s been absolutely mauled in the paint on a regular basis.”
Williamson is averaging 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. The Pelicans began Sunday two games behind San Antonio for 10th place and the final play-in tournament berth in the Western Conference.
Butler strong down stretch, Heat hold off Celtics 130-124
BOSTON (AP) Jimmy Butler had 26 points and 11 assists to help the Miami Heat hold off the Boston Celtics 130-124 Sunday as the teams fight for position in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
Duncan Robinson added 22 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 20 for Miami, which increased its lead over Boston to two games for sixth place in the standings. The Heat (37-31) now have the same record as fifth-place Atlanta, but the Hawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
It is the first of two straight games between Miami and Boston, which meet for the final time during the regular season on Tuesday.
“It always feels great win,” Butler said. “But I don’t think that we closed the game like we’re supposed to or capable of either. So at the same time we’ve got to be better.”
Evan Fournier scored 30 points to lead the Celtics (35-33), who have lost three out of four as they try to avoid the play-in round of the playoffs. Jayson Tatum added 29 points and Kemba Walker finished with 18.
Boston struggled offensively without All-Star Jaylen Brown, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. Big man Robert Williams III tried to play through turf toe in his left foot, scoring four points in 11 minutes in the first half. But he labored on it at times and was scratched for the second half.
“When we’re not completely engaged for whatever reason, we’re just not good,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “When we’re completely engaged, we’re a good basketball team. When we’re not, we’re not even close to being able to compete with anybody, let alone a team like Miami.”
Miami led by as many as 26 in the first half before Boston stormed back, opening the third quarter on a 22-8 run to get within 12 points.
The Celtics kept chipping away and cut it all the way to 113-107 with 4:51 to play on a layup by Walker.
It was 118-109 when Fournier got free in the corner for a 3. But Robinson answered with his own 3 on Miami’s ensuing possession to push the lead back to 121-112.
Walker turned it over on Boston’s next trip and Adebayo scored on a put back to get the lead back to double digits.
Miami was able to close things out at the free-throw line.
Knicks beat Clippers 106-100 behind Rose and Bullock
LOS ANGELES (AP) Derrick Rose scored 25 points off the bench, Reggie Bullock added 24 and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-100 on Sunday to snap an eight-game skid at Staples Center.
Bullock made five 3-pointers against his former team and RJ Barrett had four on his way to 18 points. The Clippers are the NBA’s best 3-point shooting squad, but they were just 12 of 35.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points. Paul George added 18 and Nicolas Batum had 13 as the playoff-bound team’s two-game winning streak ended in its home finale of the regular season.
The Knicks led by 10 early in the fourth, when they made three 3-pointers, and the Clippers dissolved in miscues and misses.
Leonard returned to the game with 5 1/2 minutes left, scoring five in a row to pull the Clippers to 96-90. He and George combined to score all of the Clippers’ final 15 points. Leonard’s 3-pointer cut the Knicks’ lead to 104-100, but Taj Gibson made a pair of free throws to seal it.
Julius Randle finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had plenty of supporters cheering despite the limited attendance.
Trailing 62-61, the Knicks outscored the Clippers 18-12 to close the third leading 79-74. New York’s run was fueled by four 3-pointers, including three by Bullock, to give the Knicks their largest lead to that point.
The Knicks missed their first seven shots of the game while the Clippers raced to a 10-point lead. But the Knicks recovered to tie it up before falling behind by nine in the second quarter.
Doncic ejected in Mavericks’ 124-97 victory over Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) Luka Doncic’s below-the-belt swipe to Collin Sexton earned him an ejection. It didn’t slow down the Dallas Mavericks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and Josh Richardson had 20, allowing playoff-bound Dallas to overcome the loss of Doncic early in the third quarter and roll to a 124-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Doncic received a flagrant-two foul – an automatic ejection – just 1:55 into the second half for hitting Sexton with “an aggressive strike to the groin area,” according to lead official David Guthrie. It occurred while jostling for position under the Cleveland basket.
“I knew I hit him, but I didn’t know where until I saw the replay,” Doncic said. “It wasn’t nothing on purpose. That stuff happens a lot in the game. It was just two guys fighting for a rebound, I guess.”
Sexton, who initiated the original contact, said there were no hard feelings because it was “just a basketball play at the end of the day.”
“Whenever somebody hand-checks, you usually punch down (like Doncic did), so it was all good,” Sexton said. “It was just a box-out play.”
Dallas extended its lead to a game over Portland in the battle for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Lakers entered the night two games behind the Mavericks in seventh, which would make them the top seed in the play-in tournament.
Doncic finished with 15 points in 22 minutes and Jalen Brunson added 13 points and seven assists for Dallas, which never trailed in its fourth win in a row. Dwight Powell had 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.
“I’m not really going to comment on Luka’s ejection because I didn’t see it closely enough,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s unfortunate, but it sparked our guys.”
Doncic has 15 technical fouls this season, one shy of a mandatory one-game suspension from the NBA.
Sexton scored 24 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their 10th straight game – matching their longest skid of the season – and have not won since April 21 against Chicago. Kevin Love added eight points and 11 rebounds, and Mfiondu Kabengele had 14 points.
Towns, Russell each score 27 points, T-Wolves throttle Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell each scored 27 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves built a 30-point halftime lead, led by 43 in the third quarter and cruised to a 128-96 rout of the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
Rookie guard Anthony Edwards added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season to help the Timberwolves end a three-game losing streak. Ricky Rubio added 18 points for Minnesota, which made 16 3s and shot 48.5%.
“Winning is a lot more fun and when you’re having fun it’s a lot easier to reinforce what you’ve been trying to sell,” said Minnesota coach Chris Finch, whose team improved to 11-13 in its past 24 games. “The guys can see it working, they’re buying in and doing things to make themselves and their teammates better.”
Russell also had eight assists, six rebounds and five made 3s. The point guard said as the chemistry between himself, Towns and Edwards continues to grow, the Timberwolves could blossom into a playoff contender by next season.
“As a team, we know what (rebuilding) felt like, so now any time we get a lead we’re trying to learn how to step on people’s throats and give our fans a taste of what next season is going to look like,” Russell said.
Orlando dressed 10 players, but only after signing former G League player Donta Hall. R.J. Hampton scored a career-high 19 points off the bench for the Magic. They finished the home schedule 11-25 and won just once at Amway Center after trading away Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and others on March 25.
“We’re in a rebuilding situation, so when we made those trades this is what we’re committed to,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “What our fans should expect is that we play hard every night. I don’t think it’s any secret where we’re at, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play hard and with purpose every night.”
Towns, Russell and Edwards combined for 51 points and seven 3-pointers in the first half as the Timberwolves smashed the Magic to the tune of a 74-44 lead at intermission. Towns had 20 points by halftime, while Russell poured in four 3s and 19 points.
The Timberwolves pushed its lead to 89-49 on a Rubio 3 with 7:54 left in the third period. Thirty seconds later it was at 43 when Minnesota capped an 18-5 burst.
“The NBA will bring you to your knees,” Clifford remarked.
Pelicans beat Hornets 112-110 to keep play-in hopes alive
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans aren’t ready to concede a spot in the play-in tournament just yet.
Eric Bledsoe had 24 points and 11 assists, Jaxson Hayes added 18 points and six blocks and the short-handed Pelicans kept their postseason hopes alive with a 112-110 come-from-behind victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.
James Johnson added 17 points and Willy Hernangomez had 16 rebounds for the Pelicans, who pulled within 1 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the 10th spot in the Western Conference. The Spurs have five games left; the Pelicans four.
It was the Pelicans’ fourth win in the last six games.
“The one thing I have said about this team is we are giving ourselves a chance to win each and every game,” Bledsoe said. “We are trying to play every game and learn from it.”
Terry Rozier scored a career-high 43 points on 16-of-26 shooting, including seven 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as Charlotte failed to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
The Pelicans won despite playing without Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Steven Adams due to injuries. The Hornets were without Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward.
In the second matchup this season between the Ball brothers, LaMelo Ball had 22 points and five assists for Charlotte but missed two key free throws late in the game and had five turnovers. Lonzo Ball had 12 points and six assists.
At one point, LaMelo tried to steal the ball from his older brother near midcourt and then dived after it in the backcourt, only to be charged with a foul.
With the Hornets trailing by two with two minutes left, LaMelo Ball made a 15-foot floater to the tie it at 107. But Hayes responded with a layup to put the Pelicans back in front. Ball was fouled on the other end, but missed two free throws with 1:29 left.
New Orleans built a 111-107 lead when Hayes scored on a feed from Nickeil Alexander-Walker drive through the lane with 12.7 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.
Rozier said the Pelicans defense in the second half was the difference in the game.
“They just ramped up their pressure, they were keying in on me, every time I was coming off a down screen or a ball screen they were up on me,” Rozier said. “That personnel is what I’m going to see the rest of this season and the play-in.”
New Orleans was able to erase a 14-point deficit by keeping the Hornets off the offensive boards in the second half. Charlotte had 13 second-chance points in the first half, but none in the second.
“We persevered – we persevered,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Vucevic’s double-double, LaVine’s 30 lead Bulls over Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 16 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls kept their play-in chances alive with an 108-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Zach LaVine scored 30 points as the Bulls (29-39) moved within 2 1/2 games of the Indiana Pacers (31-36) for the last Eastern Conference play-in spot.
“We know the challenge right now, and we came in with a lot of energy,” LaVine said. “We’ve got to keep playing like this if we want a chance to keep our season alive.”
Chicago, which also got 21 points from Coby White, had lost five of six.
“Those three really work well together, especially the way Coby and (Vucevic) have learned how to play off each other,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “I’d still rather have games where we have seven guys in double figures than relying just on those three, but they got it done tonight.”
Detroit, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games, played without leading scorer Jerami Grant (knee) and point guard Cory Joseph (ankle). Rookies Killian Hayes (21 points), Saddiq Bey (20) and Isaiah Stewart (19) combined for 60 points and 21 rebounds.
“This is a step forward in the development of this team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s still a loss, and we need to get to a point where we are turning these games into wins, but we had a lot of young players do nice things tonight.”
Hayes and fellow rookie point guard Saben Lee both played more than 30 minutes, with Hayes spending time at shooting guard.
“I love being out there with Saben and being off the ball,” said Hayes, who finished with a career high in points along with eight assists, seven rebounds and seven turnovers. “It’s a different way to let me attack defenses and we work well together.”
Chicago outshot the Pistons 54.5% to 37.5% while building a comfortable 57-39 halftime lead. LaVine had 16 points while Vucevic added 14 points and nine rebounds.
“I thought our defense was really good in the first half,” Donovan said. “We are definitely a better team than we were at the start of the year. I wish it hadn’t taken this long.”
The Pistons were within 15 at 83-68 at the end of the third quarter, but never seriously threatened in the final 12 minutes.
Davis takes charge in Lakers’ emphatic 123-110 win over Suns
LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso each had 17 points and the short-handed Lakers won for just the third time in their past 11 games.
LeBron James missed his fourth straight game for Los Angeles because of a sprained right ankle, and Kyle Kuzma was held out because of tightness in his back.
Cameron Payne had 24 points for the Suns, who have lost two of three following a five-game winning streak. Devin Booker added 21 points and Mikal Bridges 15.
An energized Davis led the way for the defending NBA champions as they try to avoid the play-in tournament, with his one-handed alley-oop from Andre Drummond setting the tone as Los Angeles scored the first seven points. The Lakers led 30-19 after the first quarter.
Los Angeles built its biggest advantage early in the fourth to go ahead by 23 points en route to avoid being swept in the three-game season series.
Phoenix could never find enough outside shooting to make a charge until the final quarter. They were 5 for 10 from 3-point range in the fourth.
Deandre Ayton made a reverse layup to get the Suns within 115-108 with 3:57 to play, but the Lakers were able to maintain a cushion until Davis closed it out with an emphatic reverse dunk and hit the subsequent free throw for the final margin.
Kings spread the scoring, crush Thunder 126-98
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Maurice Harkless and Terence Davis each scored 18 points to lead eight Sacramento players in double figures, and the Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-98 on Sunday night.
Delon Wright had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Richaun Holmes also had 15 points, Buddy Hield scored 14 and Chimezie Metu added 13 points and eight rebounds as Sacramento won for the fifth time in its last six games.
“We did a great job tonight of playing our game and closing them out,” Harkless said. “We took a lead early and never took our foot off the gas. That’s a good sign. That’s something to build on.”
Darius Bazley scored 18 points and Jaylen Hoard 16 for Oklahoma City.
The Kings (30-38) moved within 2 1/2 games of San Antonio (32-35) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Ending the NBA’s longest playoff drought – 14 years – won’t be easy for coach Luke Walton’s team. After playing the Thunder again on Tuesday, Sacramento travels to Memphis for two games against the Grizzlies then return home to face the Jazz on Sunday.
“We’re just going to focus on ourselves and handle our business,” Harkless said. “Whatever happens around the league happens. In four games, if we’re in a play-in game, we’re in.”
Missing two key starters along with first-round draft pick Tyrese Haliburton, the Kings got off to a quick start and rolled past the flailing Thunder.
Sacramento led by 24 in the first half, outscored Oklahoma City 35-20 in the third, then cruised to its most lopsided win this season.
“Good, disciplined win,” Walton said. “We did a nice job moving the ball, sharing the ball. We got a little selfish at times, but overall a nice game from start to finish. The team did a really nice job of getting themselves going early and playing to a certain standard and a certain level.”
Justin James and Damian Jones hit consecutive 3s late in the third quarter, and Hield made one beyond the arc to put the Kings up 104-69.
The Thunder continued their disappointing slide that began in April. Oklahoma City has lost seven straight and 21 of 22.
“The biggest issues was our first-half defense,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We did a lot of damage defensively there and dug ourselves a hole. (The Kings) gained some confidence because the game was coming so easy to them. We didn’t have the competitive grit we needed on that end of the floor.”
McIlroy ends 18 months without winning at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy finally won when he least expected it, and it was as sweet as he could have imagined.
Only after he hung on for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship, his first title in 18 months, did he reveal his neck locked up during his final practice session and if not for a late tee time Thursday, he would have had to withdraw.
And when he seized control Sunday afternoon with back-to-back birdies from the bunker down the stretch, he started to get ahead of himself thinking how cool it would be to see his wife and 8-month-old daughter waiting to celebrate with him on their first Mother’s Day.
The finishing stretch at Quail Hollow snapped him back to reality. He hit a 7-iron safely over the water on the 17th, and caddie Harry Diamond wisely talked him into taking a penalty drop from a dangerous lie in a hazard on the closing hole. He two-putted from 45 feet for bogey, a 3-under 68 and a one-shot victory.
The moment with Erica and little Poppy was what he imagined. So was that trophy.
“It’s tough to get over the line, especially if you haven’t done it in a while,” McIlroy said, a winner at Quail Hollow for the third time. “It’s such a funny week, knowing my game was pretty good and then having my neck lock up on the range and sitting here Sunday night with the trophy.
“Just glad I got through it.”
Abraham Ancer finished runner-up for the fourth time in his career as he seeks his first title. Ancer wasn’t part of the picture until he ran off three straight birdies late that briefly gave him a share of the lead, and nearly closed with a fourth birdie when his 35-foot putt on No. 18 grazed the lip. He shot 66.
But this was about McIlroy and the second-longest winless drought of his career, who until this week had not played on the weekend in two months.
It was like he never was gone. McIlroy was bogey-free until the final hole, and even when he brought more pressure on himself with a poor tee shot, he delivered an 8-iron from just inside 200 yards to the fat of the green for his two-putt bogey to finish on 10-under 274.
His last victory was the HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Nov. 3, 2019. His next start is in two weeks at Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship, where he set the record in 2012 with an eight-shot victory.
How’s that for timing?
“I’m excited going forward now,” McIlroy said. His game is not perfect – he hit only three of 14 fairways in the final round – but he was quick to say a victory brought validation.
Locked in a tight race among Keith Mitchell, Gary Woodland and then Ancer, McIlroy delivered the goods on the back nine. He holed a 10-foot par putt on the par-3 13th. He got up-and-down for birdie with splendid bunker shots on the reachable par-4 14th and the par-5 15th.
He won for the 19th time on the PGA Tour, and 27th time worldwide.
“This is one of my favorite places in the world,” said McIlroy, who picked up his first PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in 2010. “To break the drought and win here, it’s awesome.”
It was a tough finish for Mitchell, who started the final round with a two-shot lead and quickly stretched it to three shots with a 6-iron out of a fairway bunker into a stiffening breeze to 12 feet for birdie.
But his short game let him down all day, leading to bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes that cost him the lead, and on the 14th hole and 15th holes when he had to settle for pars after being in position for birdies.
Mitchell needed to finish alone in second to qualify for the PGA Championship through the money list. But he dropped a shot on the 17th and closed with a 72 to tie for third with Viktor Hovland, who had a 67.
“Shows you how awesome he is as a player because he didn’t have his best today and he still won and that’s why he’s got majors and a bunch of wins,” Mitchell said.
Woodland had a share of the lead early on the back nine until he went through a bad patch of back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13, and settling for pars on the next two scoring holes. He shot 71 and finished fifth.
McIlroy could have done without the drama on the 18th. With a two-shot lead, his drive went left of the winding stream into a deep hole of shaggy grass near the water. He started to try to gouge it out toward the fairway when Diamond stepped in to offer a few alternatives.
They picked the right one – a penalty drop that limited any chaos, and McIlroy delivered a winner. His 2-foot par putt brought out one of the loudest cheers of a day filled with them. The Wells Fargo Championship had more energy than any tournament since golf returned from the pandemic.
Just what McIlroy needed.
Metcalf turns in respectable 100 time, finishes last in heat
WALNUT, Calif. (AP) Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf couldn’t catch the field in his heat of a 100-meter race at the USA Track and Field Golden Games on Sunday, finishing ninth out of nine but in a respectable time of 10.37 seconds.
Although Metcalf didn’t earn a spot in the final, he did pick up the respect of sprinters who were out to prove that track speed was far different from football fast.
Wearing earrings and a gold necklace, Metcalf burst out of the blocks in fine fashion. He wasn’t left behind either and pretty much kept in the mix until the finish line. The winner of his heat was Cravon Gillespie, who finished in 10.11 seconds to barely edge Mike Rodgers and went on to win the race.
Metcalf left the track with a new level of respect.
“These are world-class athletes,” Metcalf said during the broadcast on NBC streaming service Peacock. “It’s very different from football speed, from what I just realized.”
The 6-foot-4 Metcalf ran 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine before the 2019 draft.
But what really got people buzzing about Metcalf’s speed was when he chased down Arizona defensive back Budda Baker from behind after an interception to prevent what seemed to be a sure touchdown last season. Metcalf made up nearly 10 yards on Baker and reached a top speed of 22.64 mph in pads and cleats. He ran around 108.8 yards on the play to tackle Baker short of the end zone.
Metcalf’s decision to race had track standouts such as Rodgers, a 2016 Olympian, eager to see him show up. They’re frequently challenged by speedy athletes in other sports. Metcalf actually put his fast feet to the test.
“I just applaud him just from coming out to even attempt to do what he’s doing,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers had said he would be impressed if Metcalf ran under 10.2 seconds. Metcalf’s time was originally listed at 10.36 before being changed to 10.37.
He earned praise from broadcaster Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medal winner as a sprinter for Trinidad and Tobago.
Devon Allen, a 2016 Olympian in the 110-meter hurdles, posted on social media: “Yo that was SOLID for sure! RESPECT.”
Martin Truex Jr. dominates at Darlington for 3rd win of year
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Martin Truex Jr. got nervous in a hurry near the end of his dominating drive at Darlington Raceway.
Barely pushed much of the race, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver suddenly saw Kyle Larson catching up in the closing laps.
Truex, though, called on his steady demeanor and track focus to pull away for his third NASCAR Cup Series victory this season.
Not that it was easy.
When Truex noticed Larson right behind him inside of 30 laps left, he thought, “Oh, man, he’s right behind me.
“You’re heart rate goes up,” he continued, “You’re anxiety goes up.”
Very quickly, Truex was back to his steady, powerhouse driving at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”
“Hopefully, we can keep this rolling,” Truex said.
Truex’s owner, Joe Gibbs, told him after that Larson gave the three-time Super Bowl winning coach a scare. “Yeah, he scared me, too,” Truex told him.
The victory gave Truex some payback at Darlington from the last time here last September, when he led 196 laps, yet finished 22nd after tangling for the lead late with Chase Elliott.
This time, Truex made sure he had no issues by running out front – often holding a 10-second lead on the field – to win for the second time at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”
Truex led 248 of the 293 laps for his 30th career victory in NASCAR’s top series. He’s the only driver with multiple wins over the year’s first 12 races.
“It’s fun when you’re out front,” Truex said. “You’re always just mindful on staying focused on what you’re doing.”
No one was more focused at Darlington than Truex.
He took control midway through the first of three stages, moving in front on a restart and settling in for a long ride up front. Truex led the final 21 laps to take the first stage, then the last 36 as he collected the second stage win by some 14 seconds over his JGR teammate Kyle Busch.
Truex broke out when racing resumed for the final stage and easily managed a couple of rounds of green-flag pits stops to stay ahead.
Larson was second with Truex’s teammate, Kyle Busch, third. William Byron was fourth and Denny Hamlin, who came in as the NASCAR points’ leader, was fifth.
Larson charged hard to catch up, even using a dramatic sliding pass between Ryan Newman and Tyler Reddick to keep chasing the lead.
“Glad I didn’t wreck there,” Larson said with a smile.
Tortorella out after 6 years as Columbus Blue Jackets coach
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) John Tortorella is out as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after six seasons.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement Sunday that parting ways with the winningest coach in franchise history was a mutual decision.
The 62-year-old Tortorella was in the last year of his contract, and the separation wasn’t a surprise after a tumultuous season that saw the Blue Jackets plunge to last place in their division amid the coach’s admitted failure to influence the team culture.
“Torts and I have had numerous conversations throughout the season, and we have agreed that the time is right for both he and the club to go our separate ways,” Kekalainen said a day after the Blue Jackets concluded the season with a 5-4 overtime win against Detroit. “He is a great coach and his accomplishments with our club over the past six seasons speak for themselves.”
The Blue Jackets went 227-166-54 under Tortorella, including a franchise-best 50-24-8 finish in 2016-17. But the wheels fell off during a terrible 2020-21 season (18-26-12).
The late-starting 56-game season began with the refusal of Pierre-Luc Dubois, one of the team’s brightest stars who often clashed with Tortorella, to sign a long-term contract. He was promptly traded to Winnipeg for forward Patrik Laine, who didn’t perform to expectations.
The Blue Jackets were unable to win consistently but managed to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot in the Central Division until late March when the losses began piling up.
Stars Zach Werenski and Boone Jenner were lost to season-ending injuries. The trade deadline brought the sell-off of beloved captain Nick Foligno and defenseman David Savard, two of the foundations of the team during Tortorella’s tenure, as well as stalwart center Riley Nash. There was a nine-game winless streak.
Tortorella, known for his fiery temper and demanding, no-nonsense coaching style, acknowledged at times that he didn’t like the effort and culture of the team and was trying to reshape it during the season.
“We’ve gone through this a lot in the past few years and we were able to get the room straightened out,” Tortorella said after Saturday night’s game. “I did not do a good enough job in getting that to happen with the new personnel coming in, some distractions early on. We just never felt comfortable with the room as far as being cohesive. That’s my responsibility. Great learning experience.”
Tocchet won’t return as coach of Coyotes after 4 seasons
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rick Tocchet turned the Arizona Coyotes into playoff contenders, even led them to the postseason during the pandemic season.
The Coyotes were unable to consistently cross the bridge into the playoffs in four seasons under Tocchet, so new Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong opted for a change.
Arizona announced Sunday that Tocchet is out as coach, a day after the team missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.
“After meeting with Rick, we have agreed that a coaching change is in the best interest of the club,” said Armstrong, who was hired last September. “This was a very difficult decision, but we believe that it is time for a new direction and new leadership. Rick is a very good coach and an incredible person, and we sincerely appreciate all his hard work and dedication to the Coyotes the past four years.”
The Coyotes reached the postseason last year when the format was rejiggered due to the coronavirus pandemic and beat Nashville in four games before losing to Colorado in five.
Arizona was in playoff position heading into the final month of the 2020-21 season, holding the fourth spot in the West Division before losing 12 of 15 games to get eliminated. The Coyotes closed a 24-26-6 season with a pair of wins over San Jose to finish three points behind St. Louis for the West’s final playoff spot.
“It’s been an honor to coach the Coyotes the past four seasons,” Tocchet said. “I have great respect and admiration for all the players I coached in Arizona, along with my coaching staff, the medical staff, the equipment managers, the PR staff and the team services staff. They are the best in the NHL, and I appreciate all their help and hard work.”
Tocchet was a tough-nosed player during 18 NHL seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992. Tocchet spent two seasons as Tampa Bay’s head coach and won two Stanley Cups as an assistant at Pittsburgh before being hired by Arizona in 2017.
The 57-year-old was hired in 2017 to guide a middling team that hadn’t been to the playoffs since the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
Arizona was hit hard by injuries during Tocchet’s tenure, particularly by goalies Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, and repeatedly came up just short of the playoffs.
Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test, one that led Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport.
Baffert denied all wrongdoing and promised to be fully transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during its investigation. Baffert’s barn received word Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone, which is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses.
Medina Spirit’s win over Mandaloun in the Derby stands – for now.
“To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner,” Churchill Downs officials said in a statement shortly after Baffert held a hastily planned morning news conference outside his barn to announce and respond to the allegations.
The track said failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport’s integrity and the Derby’s reputation.
“Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,” the statement read. “Given the seriousness of the alleged offense, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack.”
Medina Spirit is expected to run in the Preakness on Saturday, barring some abrupt change in plans or a decision from officials at Pimlico or Maryland’s racing commission that would prevent him from entering the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Officials from 1/ST Racing, a branding arm of the Stronach Group that owns and operates Pimlico, and the Maryland Jockey Club said Sunday they would consult with state authorities and that “any decision regarding the entry of Medina Spirit in the 146th Preakness Stakes will be made after review of the facts.” Officials rescheduled the post position draw for Tuesday afternoon, moving it back a day in light of the uncertainty.
“I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” Baffert said of the failed drug test. “And it’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse. … I don’t know what’s going on in racing right now, but there’s something not right. I don’t feel embarrassed. I feel like I was wronged. We’re going to do our own investigation. We’re going to be transparent with the racing commission, like we’ve always been.
“He’s a great horse. He doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race,” Baffert added.
The only horse to be disqualified for medication after winning the Derby is Dancer’s Image in 1968.
Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year. Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of betamethasone – slightly more than double what the trainer said was the allowable amount – in a postrace sample.
Betamethasone is the same drug that was found in the system of Gamine, another Baffert-trained horse who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last September. Gamine was eventually disqualified from that finish because of that test and Baffert was fined $1,500. Betamethasone is legal under Kentucky racing rules, though it must be cleared 14 days before a horse races.
“I’m not a conspiracy theorist,” Baffert said. “I know everybody is not out to get me, but there’s definitely something wrong. Why is it happening to me? You know, there’s problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert.”
INDIANA BASEBALL: Bierman’s Complete-Game Gem Leads No. 23 Hoosiers Past Nebraska, 4-2
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 23-ranked Indiana University baseball team took down Nebraska, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J.
With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 23-10 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Cornhuskers fall to 21-11 on the year and in league action. IU will remain atop the Big Ten standings after the weekend.
• The Hoosiers brought 10 men to the plate in the first inning, taking a 4-0 lead on six singles and a walk. INF Cole Barr had a two-run single, while both DH Ethan Vecrumba and C Collin Hopkins each had run-scoring singles for IU.
• RHP Gabe Bierman (5-2) had one of the best performances of his career, posting his first career complete game.
• The Jeffersonville, Ind. native allowed just two runs, one earned, on the day. He scattered four hits while matching his career-high with 11 strikeouts.
• Bierman lowered his Big Ten-leading ERA to just 2.09 for the season.
• Bierman’s nine-inning, complete game was the first for a Hoosier since Pauly Milto posted a shutout against Texas Southern, 6-0, on June 2, 2018 in the NCAA Regional.
• INF Jeremy Houston drew a career-high four walks against the Huskers, going 0-for-0 for the day.
• OF Grant Richardson went 2-for-3 on the day with a run scored.
• The No. 23 Hoosiers will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face the Michigan Wolverines in a three-game, Big Ten series starting on Friday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Thrilling Comeback Win Gives Ball State A Series Split
MT. PLEASANT, Michigan – Down two runs in the 9th inning. The veteran heart of the order up to bat. The scene was set for a thrilling comeback and the Ball State baseball team delivered, scoring three runs in the final at bat to beat league leader Central Michigan 8-7 on Sunday. The victory earned BSU a series split and allowed it to keep pace with CMU atop the MAC standings with 12 games to play.
“The atmosphere between the teams was electric. After the win, our huddle was special,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “I’m happy for our boys to experience this when their backs were against the wall do or die. Long way to go, but a moment they will never forget.”
Aaron Simpson went 3-for-4 and added a sac fly and Adam Tellier and Noah Navarro each had three hits at the top of the batting order.
SEASON-CHANGING INNING: Ball State led 5-4 after five innings when Central Michigan struck for three in the 6th to take a 7-5 lead. The home team was destined for a win and series win, which would’ve moved Ball State to three games back in the standings. In the 9th, Navarro led off the inning by hitting an 0-2 pitch to left for a single. An error put runners on 1st and 2nd when Nick Powell, the team leader with a .338 batting average, blasted a double to score Navarro and Ross Messina to tie the game. Powell would score on Simpson’s sac fly to give Ball State the lead. Maloney then went to ace John Baker for the save. Baker grabbed his fourth save with a 1-2-3 inning and the celebration was on.
BIG PICTURE: The win keeps Ball State (30-14, 21-7 MAC) just a game behind 22-6 Central Michigan for 1st place. The regular season champion goes to the NCAA this year.
WHAT’S LEFT: Ball State, one game back, and CMU each have 12 games remaining. Ball State, in order, has Kent State (14-13) at home, goes to Ohio (15-13) and closes the regular season at home vs. Miami (14-15). Central Michigan is at Western Michigan (16-12), hosts Eastern Michigan (11-14) and closes at Toledo (13-12).
TEAM EFFORT: Eight different Cardinals had multiple RBIs over the weekend and five different players scored three runs or more. Nine pitchers saw action, with four different pitchers appearing in two games.
UP NEXT: Ball State welcomes Kent State to Muncie for four games next weekend. The first game is Friday, May 14 at 3 p.m. with a noon doubleheader the next day.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Take Finale with Missouri State; Win First Road Series Over MSU since 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State baseball clinched its first series win against Missouri State on the road since 2007 with a 5-2 win over the Bears Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field.
Right-hander Javin Drake (2-2) faced the minimum and retired 13-straight MSU batters before issuing a walk in the fifth inning. Drake, a Wilton, Iowa native, tossed a season high 8.1 innings and struck out five before exiting in the ninth.
Aaron Beck continued his hot streak, putting Indiana State (24-12, 11-5 MVC) ahead in the top of the first with a liner to left field scoring Josue Urdaneta and Max Wright who drew walks from MSU’s Jared Viertel.
The Sycamores added to their lead in the seventh with two more runs on two hits. Dominic Cusumano led off the frame with a walk before Joe Kido entered as a pinch runner. Kido would use his speed to go all the way from first to home as Ellison Hanna II doubled to the gap in right.
Wabash Valley native Jordan Schaffer tallied an RBI single to center to bring home Hanna a batter later. Schaffer added an insurance run in the ninth when he brought home Brian Fuentes who singled to open the inning.
MSU’s Ben Whetstone hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Bears to within three runs. Missouri State would go on to load the bases with two outs before Connor Fenlong was able to get the final out on a ground ball to second.
ISU outhit the Bears 8-5 led by two-hits from both Beck and Schaffer.
Viertel took the loss for the Bears, falling to 0-5 on the year. The right-hander went six innings and struck out six while allowing three earned runs.
Indiana State returns to Bob Warn Field for a weekend series with Southern Illinois beginning on Friday.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Relentless bats earn Aces a share of series with SIU
EVANSVILLE – Notching a season-high 15 hits, Evansville’s offense helped deliver a 6-5 win on Sunday in the series finale as the Aces split a four-game set with Southern Illinois at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
“Found a way to finish the weekend with a win. Clearly we needed a deep pitching performance from our starter Donovan Schultz and he delivered.,” said Evansville head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “We also got an outstanding performance from Shane Harris and Jakob Meyer. Tanner Craig had a big day and we overcame leaving 10 runners on base to get the win. “
After a tough start, Evansville showed its resiliency, battling back. The Salukis scored three runs off Aces starter Donovan Schultz in the top of the first inning to take an early advantage. Evansville got a run back in the bottom half of the first as Simon Scherry drove a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Kenton Crews.
Following the first inning, Schultz locked in and was impressive on the mound, recording three-straight innings sitting SIU down in order in the second, third, and fourth innings. Evansville continued to get steady production from its offense, tying the game in the third. Tanner Craig added to his monster weekend with a solo home run in the third to trim SIU’s lead to one at 3-2. with the bases loaded, Robbie Wilkes reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Scherry, tying the game at three.
Evansville took its first lead of the afternoon in the fourth, as Scherry again was involved, ripping a double to right that scored Ben Komonosky.
SIU would retake the lead in the fifth with a two-run base hit that put the Salukis back up, 5-4. As was true in the first, Evansville answered each of the Salukis attacks, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth. Wilkes tallied his second RBI of the day as Danny Borgstrom scored to tie the game on a groundout. The Aces would go in front for good later in the inning with an RBI single to center from Brent Widder that plated Eric Roberts, handing UE a 6-5 lead.
On in relief of Donovan Schultz, Shane Harris looked dominant. The redshirt freshman turned-in three innings of work, allowing just one hit and sitting down three Salukis via strikeouts to preserve the Evansville lead.
In the ninth with SIU down to its final three outs, Jakob Meyer tallied his team-high sixth save of the season, pitching a perfect inning, including a strikeout as the Aces earned the 6-5 win.
Evansville returns to Missouri Valley Conference competition on Friday with the series-opening game of a four-game set with Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Ind.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Completes Series Sweep Of Richmond On Sunday
RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Richmond with a 20-10 victory on the road on Sunday afternoon.
The Flyers now sport an Atlantic 10 record of 8-4 and a seven-game winning streak putting UD at 18-23 overall. Sunday’s offensive outpour included six home runs and nine total extra-base hits. Junior Marcos Pujols hit two home runs and drove in a career-high seven RBI in the nine inning contest. Senior Mitchell Garrity also hit two home runs in his two plate appearances on the afternoon, driving in four runs himself and giving him three home runs in the series.
Junior Jay Curtis homered for the second-straight day and graduate student Eddie Pursinger also went deep for the ninth time this season in the win. Senior Mariano Ricciardi doubled in the contest, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. Ricciardi also drew three walks, giving him a team-leading 32 and tying him for ninth in the single-season record book with Brandon Smith in 2017 and Takahiro Yamada in 2019.
ON THE MOUND
Freshman Ben Petschke got the ball on Sunday for his first career collegiate start, going 2.2 innings allowing two runs on just two hits Petschke struck out one in the outing. He was relieved by senior Jonathan Brus, who would go the next inning in relief, also allowing two runs on two hits.
Sophomore Anthony Hattrup would enter in the fourth and would earn the win, improving his season record to 1-1 and going the next 2.1 innings. Hattrup gave up one earned run on two hits and picked up a strikeout in his time on the mound.
Junior Bryce Hellgeth would be up next, allowing three runs in the seventh inning and picking up two strikeouts for UD in the process. Hellgeth sits third on the team with 43 strikeouts in just 26.1 innings on the mound this season.
Graduate student Justin Longbrake would pitch the scoreless eighth inning, allowing just one hit and the game was finished by freshman Austin Brush, who retired all three batters he faced in the final frame to secure the victory for Dayton.
Bottom 1: (1-0 Spiders)
Richmond led off the game with a double down the left field line and would advance the runner on a groundout to junior Benjamin Blackwell. After a hit by pitch, Petschke got a ground ball but the Flyers could only get one out, allowing the first run of the game to cross the plate.
Top 2: (1-1 Tie)
Graduate student Chris Cabrera drew a one-out walk and would advance to second on a groundout by Pursinger. Graduate student Alex Brickman tied the game with a base hit up the middle, making it a 1-1 game.
Bottom 2: (2-1 Spiders)
A leadoff walk would advance to third on two groundouts to senior Riley Tirotta, and an infield single brought home the run making it 2-1.
Top 3: (6-2 Flyers)
Ricciardi led off the inning with one of his three walks and Blackwell was hit by a pitch to put two on for Pujols, who unloaded on a pitch for a three-run home run and a 4-2 Dayton lead. Two batters later Cabrera singled up the middle and Pursinger followed with an opposite-field home run of his own to extend the lead to four runs.
Top 4: (9-2 Flyers)
Senior Michael Cleary was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and would advance to second on a single by Blackwell. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and Pujols would hit his second home run in as many innings to give the Flyers a 9-2 lead.
Bottom 4: (9-4 Flyers)
Brus would retire the first two Richmond hitters before allowing a double to center field. A wild pitch moved the runner to third and a walk put two on and two out before a two-RBI double cut Dayton’s lead to five.
Top 5: (10-4 Flyers)
Curtis hit his second home run of the season out to left field with two outs, giving the Flyers a double-digit run total for the twelfth time this season.
Top 6: (13-4 Flyers)
Tirotta led off the inning with a hit by pitch and proceeded to steal second and advance to third on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks to Pursinger and Brickman loaded the bases. Tirotta proceeded to go for a straight steal of home, which he did putting UD up 11-4. After Cleary was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, Ricciardi doubled over the left fielder’s head making it a nine-run lead for Dayton.
Bottom 6: (13-5 Flyers)
Richmond got a one-out single to center field and advanced with another single to right field. With one out a ground ball to Blackwell got the force out at second base but an error on the throw to first allowed the run to score for the Spiders, making it a 13-5 Dayton lead.
Top 7: (15-5 Flyers)
Tirotta doubled to right center field before Garrity hit his first home run of the day in his first at bat of the day, extending the lead to double-digits.
Bottom 7: (15-10 Flyers)
A leadoff walk was followed by a single and two doubles, bringing home three runs and cutting the lead to seven runs. After a strikeout, and infield single advanced the runner to third and another base hit to center field brought home a run and moved another runner to third. Hellgeth would strike out the next Richmond hitter, but the ball got passed Curtis behind the plate allowing the run to score and making it 15-10.
Top 8: (17-10 Flyers)
Cleary and Ricciardi worked back-to-back one-out walks and Pujols would drive in his seventh run of the game on an RBI single to right field, putting runners on the corners with two outs. A delayed steal where Pujols intentionally got into a rundown ensued and Ricciardi scored from third giving UD a seven-run lead.
Top 9: (20-10 Flyers)
Tirotta led off the inning with a hit by pitch and Garrity followed with his second two-run home run of the day, making it a nine-run lead for the Flyers. Pursinger would follow with a walk and would score on an RBI double from Curtis, making it 20-10 and giving the game its final score.
The Flyers will return to Richmond next weekend to take on VCU. All four games will be broadcast with a paid subscription to ESPN+.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Takes Series With 10-3 Sunday Win At Houston
HOUSTON – A three-run fourth inning broke open a tie game and propelled the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 10-3 win over Houston for the American Athletic Conference series win on Sunday at Schroeder Park.
Cincinnati (24-21, 13-11 AAC) finished its eight-game road swing at 5-3 ahead of the final eight regular season games at UC Baseball Stadium, starting next weekend against East Carolina.
With things knotted up at 2-2 in the fourth, Cole Harting tagged an RBI triple to right field to score Griffin Merritt and Joe Powell. Jace Mercer was up next and hit a sac fly which allowed Harting to tag from third.
The Bearcats added a run in the sixth on Joey Bellini’s RBI single and blew the game open with four runs in the eighth. Mercer hit his third double of the game with one out and scored on another RBI single from Bellini. Ryan Nicholson’s sac fly scored Bellinin and Wyatt Stapp cleared the bases with a double which scored Tanner Holen and Eric Santiago making the score 10-3.
UC had a taken a 2-0 lead in the first on a home run by Santiago which scored Bellini. Houston added runs on a solo homer in the first and sacrifice fly in the second.
Mercer and Santiago both had three hits and two runs scored. Santiago also had a pair of hits with a walk.
UC starter Jalen Wade picked up the win, moving to 3-0 on the year. He went 6.0 solid innings, giving up three runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Dean McCarthy got the three-inning save, his third of the year. He struck out six and crossed the 150 career strikeouts plateau.
• Mercer hit .556, slugged .833 and racked up 10 hits, including five doubles along with four runs scored and two walks.
• Bellini hit .429 with nine hits, including a double, four runs scored and home run, with six RBIs.
• Merritt had two round trippers, a double, four runs scored and six hits along with six RBs.
• UC got 27.1 innings pitched out of its starters with three of four – Garrett Schoenle, Zach Segal and Jalen Wade – picking up wins.
Cincinnati welcomes ECU for a four-game series at UC Baseball Stadium starting with a Friday doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET. The teams are also slated to meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
All four games will air on ESPN+ with live stats on BearcatStats.com.
Single-game tickets are available. Fans should visit the baseball ticket page for more information or to make their purchase now! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 fans will be allowed in UC Baseball Stadium for game days.
PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Boilers Off to NCAA Regional
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The women’s golf team will play in its 24th NCAA Regional this Monday through Wednesday at the par-72, 6,247-yard University Club on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The top six teams and top three individuals after the 54-hole regional will move on to compete in the NCAA Championship at The Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning May 21.
Purdue last appeared in the NCAA Championship in 2019, finishing tied for ninth out of 24 teams. The Boilermakers won the team title in 2010.
The Boilermakers are coming off a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championship which was played May 10-12 at the TPC River River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.
THE FIELD (Listed by seed order)
2. Ole Miss
7. Oregon State
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. North Texas
12. Mississippi State
14. Sam Houston State
15. Kennesaw State
16. East Tennessee State
17. Jacksonville State
1. Teresa Toscano – South Dakota State
2. Courtney Dow – Texas A&M
3. Justine Fournand – Florida Atlantic
4. Julie Hovland – South Alabama
5. Malak Bouraeda – Colorado
6. Dorthea Forbrigd – East Carolina
Kan Bunnabodee, Sophomore
Appearing in her eighth event of the 2021 season.
Averaging 74.0 strokes per round this year.
Has shot par of better six times this year and 10 times in 10 career tournaments.
Low round of 2021 is a 5-under 67 in the final 18 at the ICON Invitational in February.
Best 54-hole score is an even-par 216 at ICON.
Has scored the lowest round a team-best eight times and posted the be team’s best 54-hole score at Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate in February.
Leads the team with 239 pars and a pair of eagles in 2021.
Is second on the team with 54 birdies.
Danielle du Toit, Junior
Appearing in her sixth event of the year and the 25th of her career.
One of only two Purdue players in Baton Rouge with NCAA Regional experience.
Shot a 4-over 220 at the 2019 Norman Regional to finish in a tie for 36th in the individual standings.
Is averaging 74.2 strokes per round in 2021.
Has shot par or better three times in 2021 and 26 times in three seasons with the Boilermakers.
Low round of the year is a 1-under 71 in the second round of the Valspar Invitational and at the Big Ten Championship.
Low 54-hole score in 2021 is a 2-over 218 at Valspar in which she played as a an individual.
Has 160 pars on the year, 40 birdies and an eagle.
Ashley Kozlowski, Freshman
Making her fifth appearance for the Boilermakers this season.
Is averaging 76.0 strokes per round.
Has shot par or better twice in 2021.
Low round of the year is a 1-under 71 at the ICON Invitational in February.
Low 54-hole score in 2021 is 10-over 226 at the Valspar Invitational in March.
Has posted 119 pars and 32 birdies in 12 rounds this season.
Sifat Sagoo, Sophomore
Appearing in her eighth event of 2021 and the 13th of her collegiate career with Purdue.
Is averaging a team-best 73.6 strokes per round this season.
Has shot par of better five times in 2021 and 11 times in her collegiate career.
Low round of the year is a 2-under 70 at the Indiana Invitational in April.
Best 54-hole score this season is an even-par 216 at the Indiana Invitational in which she placed in a tie for sixth.
Is second on the team with 238 pars and third with 44 birdies in 2021.
Inez Wanamarta, Senior
Appearing in her sixth event this season and the 36th in her collegiate career.
Has the most NCAA Regional experience on the team, having played in the 2019 Norman regional and the 2018 Madison Regional.
Shot a three-round 4-over 220 in Norman in 2019 to finish in a tie for 36th and a 12-over 228 as a freshman in Madison in 2018.
Is averaging 73.8 strokes per round in 2021.
Has shot par or better five time in 15 rounds this season.
Low round of 2021 is a 2-under 70 at the ICON Invitational in February.
Low 54-hole score of the year is 2-over 218 at the Valspar Invitational in March.
Is third on the team with 191 pars in 2021 and has recorded 28 birdies this season.
The University Club is an impressive 7,700 yard par 72 golf course created under the watchful eye of PGA Champion David Toms and LSU Alumni Jim Lipe. They have taken their years of golf experience and have created a course that will test the best in the country and still have the capability to provide an enjoyable experience for members to enjoy. The home course of LSU winds through beautiful Louisiana wetlands while providing stunning views and exciting golf.
Monday, May 10 – High of 85, thunderstorms likely in the morning followed by a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, winds SW 5-10 MPH, chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday, May 11 – High of 81, scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon, winds ESE 7 MPH, chance of rain 80 percent.
Wednesday, May 12 – High of 73, thunderstorms likely in the morning then scattered throughout the rest of the day, winds NE 9 MPH, chance of rain 70 percent.
NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Boilermakers have advanced as a team to the last six regional championships, and 23 of the last 24 overall, dating to 1997. During this run Purdue has moved on to the NCAA Championships 18 times, including 14 in a row from 2000-to-2013, and the NCAA West Regional title in 2006. The Boilermakers have shot under par as a team twice in the regional tournament, shooting 4-under, 860 over 54 holes in 2006, and 2-under 862 in 2007, and posted a top single-round score of 5-under 283 in South Bend, Indiana in 2015. Purdue’s 54-hole individual record was set at an NCAA Regional as Paula Reto shot a 10-under 206 in 2013, and her final-round, six-under 66 is the Boilermakers’ best-ever for 18 holes.
Monday, May 10 – 8:50 to 9:30 on Hole #10 (with North Texas and Mississippi State)
Tuesday, May 11 – TBA
Wednesday, May 12 – TBA
BUTLER SOFTBALL: Bracket Set For BIG EAST Softball Championship Presented By JEEP
NEW YORK – The bracket for the 2021 BIG EAST Softball Championship presented by JEEP was solidified on Saturday afternoon. Butler benefited from Providence beating Seton Hall on Saturday as the Bulldogs clinched the final spot in the field as the No. 4 seed. The Pirates’ loss mathematically eliminated them from contention as The Hall needed to sweep PC in three games to jump Butler in the standings. Butler joins No. 1 seed and regular-season champion DePaul, No. 2 seed Villanova and No. 3 seed and host UConn in the postseason field. The four-team, double-elimination tournament is set for May 13-15 at Burrill Family Field at the Connecticut Softball Complex.
All three of Thursday’s games will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network presented by SoFi. FS2 will take over the remaining coverage starting with Game 4, set for noon ET on Friday. For the full schedule, see below.
DePaul wrapped up BIG EAST regular-season play May 2 with a three-game sweep of next week’s First Round opponent Butler. That also proved to be the final regular-season series for the Bulldogs, after their Creighton series scheduled for this weekend was canceled due to COVID-19 related issues within the Bluejays’ program. DePaul-Butler kick off BIG EAST Championship play on May 13 at noon ET. The Blue Demons defeated the Bulldogs in Indianapolis this season, 2-0, 5-1 and 3-1.
DePaul went 13-1 (.929) in BIG EAST play to clinch its seventh regular-season crown. The Blue Demons have won three-straight BIG EAST Championships (2017-19) and five overall to include the 2014 and 2008 trophies. They are making their 15th trip to the conference tournament. Butler went 6-11-1 (.361) in BIG EAST action to finish fifth, but with fourth-place Creighton unable to compete, the Bulldogs will make their third BIG EAST Championship appearance, which includes their 2016 tournament championship.
Currently in the midst of a three-game series, Villanova and UConn will meet again in Thursday’s BIG EAST Championship First Round. They will follow Butler-DePaul and are slated for a 3 p.m. ET start. The Wildcats beat the Huskies in Game 1 of this weekend’s set to clinch the No. 2 seed, and continued on for the win in Game 2 on Saturday as well. VU-UConn wrap up regular-season play tomorrow in the Keystone State. After today’s results, Villanova is 14-2 while the Huskies are 12-8.
Villanova is making its 18th BIG EAST Championship appearance and eyes its first conference title. Back in the BIG EAST for the first time since 2013, UConn heads to the postseason for the 17th time. The Huskies have a league-best seven titles to their credit, including six of the first seven awarded in conference history. UConn won the conference tournament in 1990-93, 1995-96 and 2001.
Each competing team will be provided a limited number of complimentary tickets. Additional general admission seating will be available on the hill outside of the stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. For more on the BIG EAST Softball Championship, visit Championship Central by clicking HERE.
BIG EAST Softball Championship Presented by JEEP
Burrill Family Field at the Connecticut Softball Complex
DAY 1 – THURSDAY, MAY 13:
Game 1: No. 1 DePaul vs. No. 4 Butler, Noon – BEDN
Game 2: No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 3 UConn, 3 p.m. – BEDN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 6 p.m. – BEDN
DAY 2 – FRIDAY, MAY 14:
Game 4: Winners of Game 1 and Game 2, Noon – FS2
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 3 p.m. – FS2
Day 3 – SATURDAY, May 15:
Game 6: Winners of Game 4 and Game 5, Noon – FS2
Game 7 (if necessary): If Winner of Game 5 wins Game 6, 2:30 p.m. – FS2
All times Eastern
INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Greyhounds Hoist GLVC Championship Trophy
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The No. 7-ranked UIndy softball team (43-6) completed a memorable run at the GLVC Tournament on Sunday, culminating in the program’s third conference championship. The Greyhounds battled back through the losers’ bracket, winning five elimination games, including twice defeating second-seeded McKendree Sunday to hoist the league trophy.
With their backs against the wall most of the week, the top-seeded Greyhounds outscored their opponents by a combined score 59-8 after moving down to the losers’ bracket. The exclamation point came in Sunday evening’s winner-take-all final versus McKendree, as the Hounds hung 11 runs on the board in the first inning alone on the way to a dominating 16-2 victory.
The Hounds now await the release of the 2021 NCAA DII Midwest Region field and seeding. The announcement will be made on NCAA.com on Monday, May 17 at 10 a.m. ET. Regardless of seeding, the regional will take place May 19-21 in Allendale, Mich.
GAME 1 | UIndy 5, McK 3
The Hounds connected on a pair of timely home runs to earn the victory. Brooke Montgomery erased an early 2-0 deficit with a single swing in the third innings, tying the score with a two-run shot to left center.
The Bearcats managed an unearned run an inning later to retake the lead, but in the sixth inning, freshman Sydnee Perry delivered the biggest hit of her young career to lift the Hounds to a second-and-deciding game. With the Hounds down one in the sixth with one on and two out, the McCordsville, Ind., product sent a drive to right center to put the Hound up for good.
Fellow-freshman Kenzee Smith got the win in the circle, coming on in relief and allowing just one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings to move to 21-2 on the year.
GAME 2 | UIndy 16, McK 2 (5innings)
The night cap was all but over before it started, as the Greyhounds exploded for a massive 11-run rally in the top of the first, sending 14 batters to the plate in the inning. Both Montgomery and Gianni Iannantone earned two hits in the frame, including a three-run bomb from the latter to cap the outburst.
Smith (22-2) got the pitching win in game two as well, tossing a three-hit complete game. Meanwhile, six Greyhound hitters scored at least twice, with Haylie Foster crossing home three times. She and Montgomery each had three RBIs while Iannantone had four ribbies.
DAYTON SOFTBALL: Softball Earns Four Seed In 2021 A-10 Championship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The University of Dayton softball team will be making the program’s eighth-consecutive appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2021 after earning the four seed. The tournament will be hosted by Saint Joseph’s at the Hawks’ SJU Softball Field in Philadelphia May 13-15.
Dayton will play in the championship’s opening game Thursday, May 13, against top-seeded George Washington at 11 a.m. Despite finishing the regular season with the best winning percentage in league standings (23-1, .958), the Colonials were unable to accept hosting duties due to COVID-19 protocols currently in place in the Washington, D.C., area. The Flyers and Colonials squared off earlier this season in D.C. with George Washington claiming four wins in the series.
The Flyers finished the season at 14-8 in league play and were 19-24 overall. Freshman Megan Ward led the Dayton offense with a .422 batting average and 62 hits, and senior Abby Ehrenborg, who batted .345 with a team-high 16 homers. Freshman Addy Bullis was the Flyer leader in the circle, with a 1.97 ERA, and 11-6 record and 107 strikeouts.
Saint Joseph’s earned the No. 2 seed after finishing the conference season with a 19-3 mark. SJU will face off against third-seeded Fordham (17-3) in game two on May 13.
The winners of the two first round games will advance to meet in the semifinals, which will be played Friday, May 14 at noon. The two losing teams from the first round will play in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The winner of that game will face the loser of the winner’s bracket semifinal. The championship game will be played at noon on Saturday, May 15.
Limited fan attendance will be permitted, based on family and friends of the official travel party. All games of the A-10 Softball Championship will be aired on ESPN+. For watch links, result, photos and more visit Softball Championship Central at atlantic10.com.
Championship Game Schedule
(Thursday, May 13 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
11:00 AM ET #1 George Washington vs. #4 Dayton
1:30 PM ET #2 Saint Joseph’s vs. #3 Fordham
4:00 PM ET Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
(Friday, May 14 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
12:00 PM ET Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
2:30 PM ET Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
(Saturday, May 15 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
12:00 PM ET Championship Game
*If necessary game to follow approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 6
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians No-Hit in Nine for First Time Since ‘02
DES MOINES, IOWA – The Indianapolis Indians were no-hit by the Iowa Cubs for the second time in their all-time series history on Sunday afternoon as the Cubs shut out Indy, 2-0, to take the 3-2 series win.
The Indians (2-3) were last no-hit by the Iowa Oaks in a gem by pitcher Homer Stinson on Aug. 25, 1974 for the only no-no between the two teams. Indianapolis was last held hitless on April 18, 2018 (1) at Syracuse (7.0 innings), with the last 9.0-inning no-hitter coming on June 10, 2002 against Columbus.
Iowa (3-2) pitchers Shelby Miller, Tommy Nance (W, 1-0), Brad Wieck and Ryan Meisinger (S, 1) combined in the effort with 15 strikeouts after Miller made the start on a major league rehab. The three Indians baserunners on the day came via walks in the second, sixth and ninth innings. Chris Sharpe, Cole Tucker and Kevin Kramer were the only three Indians batters to hit a ball to the outfield.
The game was scoreless through four innings before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nance drove in the winning Iowa run. Abiatal Avelino singled to drive home an insurance run for the Cubs in the eighth.
Miguel Yajure (L, 0-1) made his first Triple-A start for Indianapolis and tossed the team’s second quality start of the year, allowing one run on four hits in 6.0 innings. Yajure and Steven Wright combined for 10 strikeouts, marking the fifth consecutive game the team has fanned double-digit batters
The Indians return to Victory Field for their home opener on Tuesday, May 11 to kick off a six-game series vs. Toledo. RHP Chase De Jong (1-0, 0.00) is set to take the mound after fanning a career-high tying 10 batters in his first start of the season, while Toledo’s starter is yet to be announced. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1909 Church bells ring when Fred Toney completes the longest no-hitter in organized baseball history, a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Colts of the Blue Grass League. As word spread around town about the Class D Winchester Hustlers right-hander’s performance on the mound, fans continued to stream into the ballpark before the lone run of the contest scored on a squeeze play in the bottom of the 17th.
1910 Bill Purtell gets the dubious distinction of becoming the first player in major league history to strike out two times in the same frame. During the sixth inning of the White Sox’ 10-3 victory over Washington, the Chicago third baseman is victimized twice by future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
1934 Ben Chapman, who will lead the protest against Jackie Robinson in 1947, harasses a Jewish fan during a Yankees’ 13-3 victory of the White Sox at the Bronx ballpark. The New York left fielder shouts disparaging epithets and taunts the team’s supporter with Nazi salutes.
1934 In an 11-3 rout over the White Sox at Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig ties a big-league record, stroking four extra-base hits, which includes two doubles and two home runs. The Yankee first baseman accumulates the 12 total bases and seven RBIs in just five innings when he benches himself due to a severe cold.
1939 Phillies’ backstop Dave Coble catches a ball thrown from the top of Philadelphia’s City Hall. The rookie catcher handles the 521-foot dropped ball cleanly but likens the experience of a man jumping into his arms.
1953 With a double and home run, Roy Campanella drives in all the runs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Ebbets Field. Campy’s total of 40+ RBIs in the first 30 games stays unmatched until Tino Martinez accomplishes the feat in 1997 with the Yankees.
1955 Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe faces only 27 batters when he one-hits Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-0. Gene Baker, who ruins Newk’s bid for perfection with a fourth-inning single, is thrown out trying to steal second base.
1958 The Tigers name Bill Norman, the field boss of their Triple-A American Association Charleston Senators affiliate, as the team’s manager. The second-division club will finish in fifth place, posting a 56-49 record for the rest of the season, under the tutelage of their new skipper.
1967 Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park homer off future Hall of Fame right-hander Jim Bunning in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The eighth-inning round-tripper will be Hammerin’ Hank’s only homer, which doesn’t clear the fence out of his record-setting 755 round-trippers.
1968 Denny McLain wins his fifth consecutive start, all complete games, going the distance in the Tigers’ 12-1 rout of the Senators at D.C. Stadium. With the victory, Detroit takes possession of first place, a position the eventual world champs will maintain for the remainder of the season.
1969 In the bottom of the ninth inning, Orioles hurler Jim Hardin goes deep off Royals’ reliever Moe Drabowsky, giving the Birds a 6-5 walk-off win at Memorial Stadium. Besides earning a victory with his one-out solo blast, the right-hander becomes the last hurler to end a game with a home run for 25 years until weak-hitting Padres southpaw Craig Lefferts accomplishes the feat in 1986 against the Giants.
1970 Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first major league pitcher to appear in 1000 games. The 47 year-old Braves’ knuckleballer will end his 21-year career in 1972 with 1070 appearances.
1981 Expos’ hurler Charlie Lea no-hits the Giants, 4-0, becoming the first French-born pitcher to accomplish the feat. The 24 year-old right-hander was born in Orleans, France.
1993 Marlins right-hander Ryan Bowen hurls the first complete game in franchise history. The 25 year-old gives a lone run on three hits but loses the Shea Stadium contest, 1-0, to the Mets’ Bret Saberhagen, who also goes the distance.
1999 Pete Rose, banned from all aspects of the game by Commissioner Giamatti in 1989, appears as a special instructor for the newly created Sacramento Steelheads. The team plays in the Western Baseball League, which is independent, and therefore not governed by major league baseball.
1999 Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams in the same game and adds a two-run homer as well in a 12-4 rout of the Mariners at Fenway Park. The Red Sox shortstop becomes the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since Fred Lynn, also playing for Boston, accomplished the feat 1975.
2001 A MRI reveals White Sox’s first baseman and two-time Most Valuable Player Frank Thomas has a right tricep tear, which will require surgery. The injury, caused by diving for a ground ball, will keep the ‘Big Hurt’ out of action for the rest of the season.
2002 The Devil Rays lose a franchise-record 15 games in a row, dropping a 6-5 decision to the Orioles at Tropicana Field. The 9-and-25 last-place team started their season with a three-game sweep of the Tigers at Tropicana Field, marking the best start in the team’s five-year history.
2005 Tony Pena, the 2003 American League Manager of the Year, resigns when the Royals get off to a slow start. Bob Schaeffer, the team’s bench coach, will try to improve the worst record in the big leagues (8-25) when he becomes Kansas City’s skipper on an interim basis.
2006 At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays beat the Mariners, 1-0, with the lone run crossing the plate as the result of a fifth-inning balk committed by Jamie Moyer. The Seattle southpaw’s body sways when he tries to adjust his grip on the ball without removing his foot from the rubber, allowing Toby Hall to cross the plate on the miscue.
2008 With the Padres’ 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park, Greg Maddux, on his fifth attempt, wins the 350th game of his career. The 42 year-old right-hander gives up three hits in six innings to become the ninth pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone, and only the third hurler, along with Warren Spahn and Roger Clemens, to accomplish the feat since 1928.
2010 The Tigers, to honor the request of the late Ernie Harwell, ask Jose Feliciano to return to Detroit to perform the national anthem, 42 years after many fans were upset by his original rendition at Tiger Stadium. The Puerto Rico-born guitarist, who had been asked by the legendary broadcaster to perform during the pregame ceremony in 1968 before Game 5 of the Fall Classic, delivered a guitar-based, bluesy interpretation of the national anthem that became very controversial.
2011 Bill Gallo, the creator of colorful characters such as General Von Steingraber, a caricature of the late George Steinbrenner, and Basement Bertha, who radiated good-humored optimism for the fans of the fledgling Mets, dies from complications of pneumonia at the age of 88. The cartoonist’s final published drawing, which appeared last month in the Daily News, his employer for seven decades, featured Bertha window shopping with the hope of being invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine.
2012 At Camden Yards, the Orioles start the game with back-to-back-to-back home runs when Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis give the team a 3-0 lead on the first eight pitches thrown by Rangers starter Colby Lewis. The Birds’ first-inning trio of round-trippers is the fourth occurrence in major league history but marks the first time in the American League.
2013 In front of their home crowds, Cardinal rookie Shelby Miller and Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester each throw a one-hitter against the Rockies and Blue Jays, respectively. Each hurler faces only 28 batters, allowing no walks or hit batsmen in their errorless complete-game shutout performances.
2013 Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb strikes out 13 San Diego hitters but doesn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Rays’ 6-3 victory at the Trop. The right-hander records 12 of his 14 outs with K’s, including four in the third frame, when a wild pitch on strike three allows the batter to reach first.
2015 On Mother’s Day, 29 year-old Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth-youngest player to strike out 2,000 batters when he whiffs A’s outfielder Sam Fuld in the Mariners’ 4-3 victory at Safeco Field. Only Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, and Sam McDowell have accomplished the feat at a younger age than the Seattle right-hander, known as King Felix.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|Boston||22||13||.629||–||10 – 9||12 – 4||10 – 4||7 – 4||3 – 5||6 – 4||W 4|
|NY Yankees||18||16||.529||3.5||11 – 9||7 – 7||7 – 12||6 – 1||2 – 1||7 – 3||W 2|
|Tampa Bay||19||17||.528||3.5||7 – 10||12 – 7||6 – 6||2 – 1||9 – 9||6 – 4||W 1|
|Toronto||17||16||.515||4||7 – 4||10 – 12||7 – 4||1 – 3||5 – 8||6 – 4||L 1|
|Baltimore||15||19||.441||6.5||4 – 13||11 – 6||6 – 10||0 – 0||8 – 8||5 – 5||L 3|
|Chi White Sox||19||13||.594||–||9 – 6||10 – 7||2 – 2||10 – 6||6 – 4||7 – 3||W 3|
|Cleveland||18||14||.563||1||8 – 7||10 – 7||1 – 3||15 – 8||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 1|
|Kansas City||16||17||.485||3.5||8 – 12||8 – 5||4 – 3||7 – 11||4 – 2||1 – 9||L 8|
|Minnesota||12||20||.375||7||6 – 11||6 – 9||1 – 3||6 – 5||2 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||10||24||.294||10||5 – 10||5 – 14||1 – 5||5 – 13||3 – 4||2 – 8||W 1|
|Oakland||21||15||.583||–||13 – 11||8 – 4||9 – 8||7 – 0||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Houston||18||16||.529||2||9 – 8||9 – 8||5 – 4||0 – 3||13 – 7||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||18||17||.514||2.5||9 – 8||9 – 9||6 – 5||3 – 3||6 – 7||5 – 5||L 2|
|Texas||18||18||.500||3||9 – 10||9 – 8||9 – 5||4 – 6||5 – 4||7 – 3||W 2|
|LA Angels||15||18||.455||4.5||8 – 9||7 – 9||2 – 5||5 – 3||6 – 9||3 – 7||W 1|
|NY Mets||16||13||.552||–||9 – 4||7 – 9||9 – 5||2 – 5||5 – 1||7 – 3||W 5|
|Philadelphia||18||17||.514||1||13 – 6||5 – 11||8 – 10||8 – 3||2 – 4||6 – 4||L 2|
|Atlanta||17||17||.500||1.5||9 – 8||8 – 9||10 – 9||5 – 2||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 2|
|Miami||15||18||.455||3||8 – 9||7 – 9||4 – 5||3 – 6||6 – 4||5 – 5||L 2|
|Washington||13||17||.433||3.5||8 – 8||5 – 9||5 – 7||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 2|
|St. Louis||21||14||.600||–||12 – 8||9 – 6||10 – 10||8 – 4||3 – 0||8 – 2||W 3|
|Milwaukee||19||16||.543||2||8 – 8||11 – 8||3 – 7||9 – 6||6 – 1||4 – 6||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||17||17||.500||3.5||13 – 8||4 – 9||5 – 5||9 – 12||3 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Cincinnati||15||16||.484||4||10 – 7||5 – 9||0 – 0||7 – 5||4 – 8||6 – 4||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||14||19||.424||6||5 – 7||9 – 12||0 – 0||6 – 12||3 – 4||2 – 8||W 1|
|San Francisco||20||14||.588||–||12 – 4||8 – 10||6 – 4||2 – 1||11 – 7||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Diego||19||16||.543||1.5||9 – 10||10 – 6||0 – 0||4 – 6||12 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||18||17||.514||2.5||8 – 5||10 – 12||3 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||2 – 8||L 1|
|Arizona||15||19||.441||5||6 – 5||9 – 14||4 – 9||5 – 1||6 – 7||3 – 7||L 6|
|Colorado||12||22||.353||8||10 – 8||2 – 14||3 – 3||0 – 3||7 – 16||3 – 7||L 3|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Philadelphia||47||21||.691||—||27-7||20-14||10-2||29-9||8-2||8 W|
|2 x-Brooklyn||44||24||.647||3.0||25-8||19-16||8-4||23-16||5-5||1 W|
|3 x-Milwaukee||43||24||.642||3.5||24-10||19-14||10-0||27-11||8-2||5 W|
|4 New York||38||30||.559||9.0||22-11||16-19||3-8||23-17||7-3||1 W|
|5 Atlanta||37||31||.544||10.0||21-11||16-20||6-3||21-18||5-5||1 L|
|6 Miami||37||31||.544||10.0||20-15||17-16||6-6||21-17||7-3||2 W|
|7 Boston||35||33||.515||12.0||21-14||14-19||4-7||20-19||4-6||2 L|
|8 Charlotte||33||35||.485||14.0||18-16||15-19||8-3||20-20||5-5||1 L|
|9 Washington||32||36||.471||15.0||17-17||15-19||2-7||14-24||7-3||2 W|
|10 Indiana||31||36||.463||15.5||12-21||19-15||6-4||17-21||5-5||1 L|
|11 Chicago||29||39||.426||18.0||13-20||16-19||6-5||19-19||5-5||3 W|
|12 Toronto||27||41||.397||20.0||16-18||11-23||4-8||17-23||3-7||3 L|
|13 Orlando||21||47||.309||26.0||11-25||10-22||4-7||13-25||3-7||3 L|
|14 Cleveland||21||47||.309||26.0||12-22||9-25||4-7||15-23||0-10||10 L|
|15 Detroit||20||49||.290||27.5||13-20||7-29||1-11||12-29||2-8||2 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Utah||50||18||.735||—||31-4||19-14||6-4||26-12||7-3||5 W|
|2 x-Phoenix||48||20||.706||2.0||26-9||22-11||7-4||27-11||6-4||1 L|
|3 x-LA Clippers||45||23||.662||5.0||26-10||19-13||9-3||27-13||6-4||1 L|
|4 x-Denver||44||24||.647||6.0||25-11||19-13||8-2||25-15||6-4||2 L|
|5 Dallas||40||28||.588||10.0||19-15||21-13||6-4||20-19||8-2||4 W|
|6 Portland||39||29||.574||11.0||18-16||21-13||4-6||20-18||7-3||3 W|
|7 LA Lakers||38||30||.559||12.0||19-15||19-15||4-8||23-17||3-7||1 W|
|8 Golden State||35||33||.515||15.0||21-11||14-22||4-7||21-17||6-4||2 W|
|9 Memphis||34||33||.507||15.5||14-18||20-15||4-6||15-22||5-5||1 W|
|10 San Antonio||32||35||.478||17.5||13-20||19-15||6-6||17-23||4-6||1 L|
|11 New Orleans||31||37||.456||19.0||18-17||13-20||6-4||18-20||6-4||1 W|
|12 Sacramento||30||38||.441||20.0||15-19||15-19||5-7||17-21||7-3||1 W|
|13 Minnesota||21||47||.309||29.0||12-21||9-26||5-6||14-26||6-4||1 W|
|14 Oklahoma City||21||48||.304||29.5||9-25||12-23||3-8||11-28||1-9||7 L|
|15 Houston||16||52||.235||34.0||8-27||8-25||5-7||10-29||1-9||5 L|
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|x-New York Islanders||55||32||17||6||70||28||154||125||21-4-3||11-13-3||4-4-2|
|New York Rangers||56||27||23||6||60||26||177||157||14-11-3||13-12-3||4-6-0|
|New Jersey Devils||55||19||29||7||45||19||143||190||7-18-3||12-11-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||54||39||13||2||80||38||184||122||21-4-2||18-9-0||8-2-0|
|x-St. Louis Blues||53||24||20||9||57||22||156||166||10-11-5||14-9-4||5-2-3|
|San Jose Sharks||55||21||27||7||49||16||151||193||11-12-4||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|Los Angeles Kings||53||21||26||6||48||20||141||157||9-14-4||12-12-2||4-6-0|
|xy-Toronto Maple Leafs||54||35||13||6||76||34||182||140||18-7-3||17-6-3||7-1-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||55||36||16||3||75||35||181||143||21-7-0||15-9-3||6-3-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||56||19||27||10||48||17||127||171||12-11-5||7-16-5||3-3-4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||56||18||26||12||48||15||137||187||11-9-8||7-17-4||3-4-3|
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|