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11
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            2: Tori Allen, 5-9, Andrean, 2023

            2: Nataley Armstrong, 5-7, Garrett, 2022

            1: Lauren Bates, 5-8, Frankton, 2022

            1: Asiah Baxter, 5-10, Warren Central, 2023

            2: Megan Bolen, 6-0, Knox, 2022

            2: Taylor Bowen, 6-0, Culver Academy, 2022

            2: Alsaysha Brandenberger, 5-6, Boonville, 2022

            1: Kathrine Bremer, 5-11, Cathedral, 2022

            2: Ashlyn Brooke, 5-6, Pioneer, 2023

            1: London Brooks, 5-7, Ben Davis, 2022

            1: Olivia Brown, 5-6, Hamilton Southeastern, 2023

            1: Kuryn Brunson, 5-10, Franklin, 2022

            2: Diana Burgher, 6-0, North Harrison, 2022

            1: Allie Caldwell, 5-10, Zionsville, 2024

            2: Jessica Carrothers, 5-7, Crown Point, 2022

            1: Cristen Carter, 6-2, Ben Davis, 2023

            1: Leah Carter, 6-1, Northwestern, 2022

            2: Alexis Castator, 6-0, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2024

            2: Maci Chamberlin, 5-7, Blue River Valley, 2024

            1: Kirsten Clark, 5-9, Ben Davis, 2023

            1: Kate Clarke, 6-1, Carmel, 2022

            2: Mariah Claywell, 5-9, Union City, 2022

            1: Ava Couch, 5-10, North Central, 2023

            1: Alyssa Crockett, 6-2, Westfield, 2022

            2: Asia Donald, 5-9, Hobart, 2024

            2: Taylor Double, 5-10, Huntington North, 2023

            1: Samara Douglas, 5-10, Covenant Christian, 2022

            1: Kelsey DuBois, 6-2, University, 2023

            1: Laniya Early, 5-9, Lawrence North, 2023

            2: Lily Ernstes, 5-9, Jennings County, 2022

            2: Taylor Farris, 5-9, Northeastern, 2023

            2: Eva Fisher, 5-8, Northridge, 2023

            2: Taylor Fordyce, 5-10, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2023

            2: Ellia Foster, 5-8, Bremen, 2022

            2: Hope Fox, 5-8, East Central, 2022

            2: Kenzie Fuelling, 5-8, Bellmont, 2022

            2: Taylor Gerke, 5-9, Garrett, 2022

            2: Isabella Gizzi, 5-7, New Palestine, 2023

            1: Novalee Glass, 5-11, Brownsburg, 2022

            2: Chloey Graham, 5-8, Gibson Southern, 2024

            1: Lizzie Graham, 5-8, Triton Central, 2023

            2: Koryn Greiwe, 5-7, Columbus East, 2022

            1: Taylor Guess, 6-0, Ben Davis, 2023

            2: Maddy Hackman, 5-9, Brownstown Central, 2023

            1: Alli Harness, 5-8, Carroll (Flora), 2024

            1: Ariel Helm, 6-0, Lawrence North, 2022

            1: Makayla Hinshaw, 5-9, Hamilton Southeastern, 2022

            1: Destinee Hooks, 5-10, North Central, 2023

            1: Laila Hull, 6-1, Zionsville, 2023

            2: Nevaeh Jackson, 5-11, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2023

            2: Rashunda Jones, 5-8, South Bend Washington, 2023

            2: Keegan Kaiser, 5-8, Floyd Central, 2022

            2: Bailey Kelham, 5-9, Garrett, 2023

            1: Scarlett Kimbrell, 5-11, Franklin, 2024

            1: Rayah Kincer, 5-10, Franklin Central, 2022

            1: Kenna Kirby, 5-8, Tri-West, 2022

            2: Kacilyn Krebs, 6-9, Warsaw, 2022

            1: Kylah Lawson, 5-10, Columbus North 2022

            1: McKenna Layden, 6-2, Northwestern, 2023

            2: Lauren Leach, 5-10, Angola, 2022

            2: Ally Madden, 6-2, Blue River Valley, 2022

            1: Teresa Maggio, 5-5, McCutcheon, 2022

            1: Riley Makalusky, 6-2, Hamilton Southeastern, 2023

            2: Julia Mantyla, 5-11, Northridge, 2022

            1: Annika Marlow, 5-5, Rushville, 2022

            1: Ellery Minch, 6-2, Mt. Vernon, 2024

            1: MyKayla Moran, 6-3, Hamilton Heights, 2022

            1: Jaelynne Murray, 6-0, Pike, 2022

            1: Tynlie Neal, 5-6, Clinton Prairie, 2022

            2: Olivia Nickerson, 5-6, Twin Lakes, 2024

            2: Natalie Noel, 5-10, Salem, 2022

            2: Karsyn Norman, 5-7, Bedford North Lawrence, 2023

            2: Morgan Ostrowski, 6-1, Garrett, 2022

            2: Jada Patton, 5-11, Penn, 2022

            2: MaKaya Porter, 5-11, Mishawaka Marian, 2023

            2: Abigail Ratts, 5-10, Salem, 2022

            2: Amiyah Reynolds, 6-0, South Bend Washington, 2023

            2: Mila Reynolds, 6-3, South Bend Washington, 2022

            1: Jozee Rhodes, 6-0, Plainfield, 2022

            1: Camryn Runner, 5-7, Hamilton Heights, 2024

            1: Tressa Senesac, 5-7, Benton Central, 2022

            1: Ashlee Schram, 6-3, Tipton, 2023

            2: Renna Schwieterman, 6-0, Jay County, 2023

            1: Ashlynn Shade, 5-10, Noblesville, 2023

            2: Delainey Shorter, 5-7, Sullivan, 2022

            2: Gracie Shorter, 5-5, Sullivan, 2022

            1: Hailey Smith, 5-9, Fishers, 2023

            1: Olivia Smith, 5-9, Fishers, 2023

            2: Olivia Smith, 5-5, Fort Wayne South, 2022

            2: Chloe Spreen, 5-10, Bedford North Lawrence, 2024

            2: Alison Stephens, 5-11, Homestead, 2023

            1: Zoe Stewart, 5-9, Terre Haute North 2022

            2: Molly Stock, 5-7, Homestead, 2023

            2: Lilly Stoddard, 6-4, Crown Point, 2022

            2: Kynidi Striverson, 5-8, Silver Creek, 2022

            2: Bailey Tabeling, 5-10, Trinity Lutheran, 2023

            1: Haley Thomas, 6-1, Harrison (West Lafayette), 2022

            1: Sanaa Thomas, 5-4, Warren Central, 2023

            1: Tori Thompson, 5-8, Lafayette Central Catholic, 2023

            2: Alaina Thorne, 6-0, Washington, 2022

            1: Kennedy Tolen, 5-11, Benton Central, 2022

            1: Kaleah Toomer, 5-9, Ben Davis, 2024

            2: Josie Trabel, 6-0, East Central, 2023

            1: Ashlyn Traylor, 5-9, Martinsville, 2022

            2: Amber Tretter, 6-1, Forest Park, 2023

            2: Azmae Turner, 5-11, Madison-Grant, 2022

            1: Ryan Viele, 5-8, Hamilton Southeastern, 2022

            1: Madison Wagner, 5-10, Carroll (Flora), 2024

            2: De’Mour Watson, 5-10, Elkhart, 2022

            2: Meredith Weiss, 6-0, Vincennes Rivet, 2022

            1: Tanyuel Welch, 5-9, North Central, 2022

            2: Linzie Wernert, 5-9, Lanesville, 2023

            1: Ellie Wilkerson, 5-10, Plainfield, 2022

            1: Monica Williams, 5-9, Lawrence North, 2023

            1: Reagan Wilson, 5-7, Noblesville, 2024

            1: Alexis Wines, 5-6, Lebanon, 2022

            1: Faith Wiseman, 6-3, Indian Creek, 2024

            2: Juliann Woodard, 6-0, Jennings County, 2024

            1: Isabelle Wooten, 5-10, Danville, 2023

            1: Olivia Yager, 5-7, Rushville, 2022

BOYS

            1: Isaac Andrews, 6-1, Wapahani, 2024

            2: Ladaion Barnes, 6-3, Hammond Morton, 2022

            2: Clark Barrett, 6-5, Lafayette Central Catholic, 2022 

            1: Jack Benter, 6-3, Brownstown Central, 2024

            2: Landon Biegel, 6-4, Oak Hill, 2023

            2: Peyton Bledsoe, 6-4, Loogootee, 2023 

            2: Jackson Bobo, 6-7, Lawrenceburg, 2022

            1: Xavier Booker, 6-11, Cathedral, 2023

            1: Steele Brasfield, 6-5, New Palestine, 2022

            2: Cade Brenner, 6-2, NorthWood, 2023

            1: Clayton Bridwell, 5-11, Twin Lakes, 2022

            2: Richard Brooks, 6-2, Mishawaka Marian, 2022

            1: Brock Buckley, 6-4, Covenant Christian, 2022 

            2: Markus Burton, 5-11, Penn, 2023

            1: Clay Butler III, 6-0, Ben Davis, 2023

            2: Ryan Caddell, 6-2, Evansville North, 2022

            2: Luke Carroll, 6-5, Hamilton Heights, 2022

            2: Jake Chapman, 6-3, Tri-Central, 2022

            1: Myles Colvin, 6-5, Heritage Christian, 2023

            1: Colin Comer, 6-3, Greensburg, 2022

            1: Tayshawn Comer, 6-1, Cathedral, 2022

            1: Ryan Conwell, 6-3, Pike, 2022

            1: Drew Cook, 6-0, Northview, 2023

            1: Alex Covey, 6-5, Tri-West, 2022

            1: Chad Cox, 6-5, Franklin County, 2022

            1: Hayden Cutter, 6-5, Scottsburg, 2022

            1: A.J. Dancler, 6-2, Southport, 2023

            1: Isaiah Davis, 6-9, Zionsville, 2022

            1: Jake Davis, 6-6, Cathedral, 2023

            1: Caleb Dewey, 6-3, Edinburgh, 2023

            2: Ajanen Dixon, 6-5, Merrillville, 2022

            1: Tyler Dostin, 6-3, Danville, 2022

            1: Zane Doughty, 6-9, Ben Davis, 2023

            1: Owen Duff, 6-2, Carroll (Flora), 2023

            1: Jamison Dunham, 5-11, Pendleton Heights, 2022

            2: Josiah Dunham, 6-0, Evansville Christian, 2024

            2: Brady Dunn, 6-2, Christian Academy of Indiana, 2022

            1: Elijah Edwards, 6-6, Northwestern, 2022

            1: Jaxon Edwards, 6-6, Cathedral, 2022

            2: Connor Essegian, 6-4, Central Noble, 2022

            2: Cooper Farrall, 6-6, Culver Academy, 2023

            1: Aidan Franks, 6-1, Wapahani, 2023

            2: Jaxson Gould, 6-2, Warsaw, 2023

            2: Baylin Graf, 6-2, Bloomfield, 2022

            2: Travis Grayson, 5-10, Chesterton, 2022

            1: C.J. Gunn, 6-5, Lawrence North, 2022

            1: Brevin Hallatt, 6-5, Blue River Valley, 2022

            1: Joey Hart, 6-5, Linton-Stockton, 2023

            1: Ben Henderson, 6-4, Harrison (West Lafayette), 2023

            2: Tyson Henry, 6-0, South Bend Career Academy, 2023

            2: Jackson Hills, 6-6, Sullivan, 2022

            2: Jamie Hodges Jr., 5-9, Michigan City, 2023

            2: Eli Hoffman, 6-1, South Dearborn, 2022

            1: Jalen Hooks, 6-7, Indianapolis Attucks, 2023

            1: Cooper Horn, 6-2, Columbus North, 2023

            1: Zach Hubartt, 6-0, Huntington North, 2022

            1: Aaron Humphrey, 6-7, Indianapolis Tindley, 2022

            1: Logan Imes, 6-4, Zionsville, 2023

            1: Chandler Jackson, 6-6, Warren Central, 2022

            2: Jalen Jackson, 6-2, Carroll (Fort Wayne), 2022

            1: Amhad Jarrard, 6-4, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 2022

            1: Armon Jarrard, 6-3, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), 2022

            2: Ashton Johnson, 6-2, Fort Wayne South, 2022

            2: Christian Johnson, 6-0, Parke Heritage, 2023

            1: Hunter Johnson, 6-2, South Decatur, 2022

            2: Mason Jones, 6-7, Valparaiso, 2023

            2: Randy Kelley, 5-11, Sullivan, 2022

            1: Nick Klaiber, 6-1, Bloomington North, 2022

            2: Hagen Knepp, 6-4, Barr-Reeve, 2022

            2: Aidan Lambert, 6-3, Fort Wayne Snider, 2022

            2: Andrew Leeper, 6-6, Homestead, 2022

            1: Nickens Lemba, 6-6, Southport, 2023

            1: J.J. Louden, 6-5, Pike, 2022

            2: Will Lovings-Watts, 6-4, Jeffersonville, 2022

            2: Fletcher Loyer, 6-4, Homestead, 2022

            1: Jonah Lucas, 6-0, Harrison (West Lafayette), 2022

            2: A.J. Lux, 6-4, Crown Point, 2023

            2: Elijah Mattingly, 6-6, Central Christian, 2022

            2: Luke McBride, 6-1, Norwell, 2023

            1: Chrishon McCray, 5-11, Avon, 2022

            2: Logan McIntire, 6-4, North Harrison, 2022

            2: David Meriwether, 6-10, Indianapolis Metropolitan, 2023

            2: Joshua Mickens, 6-5, Lawrence Central, 2023

            1: Keyon Miller, 6-0, Southport, 2023

            2: Willie Miller, 6-2, Lake Station Edison, 2023

            2: Jaylen Mullen, 6-0, North Daviess, 2023

            2: Tyler Myers, 5-10, Evansville Day, 2023

            2: Branden Northern, 6-0, Silver Creek, 2022

            2: Marcus Northern, 6-2, South Bend Washington, 2023

            2: Christian Nunn, 6-4, Liberty Christian, 2022

            1: Sam Orme, 6-8, Carmel, 2023

            1: Ashton Oviedo, 5-10, Triton, 2022

            2: Connor Penrod, 6-5, DeKalb, 2022

            1: Larry Pierce, 6-4, University, 2022

            2: Jayden Pinkston, 6-4, Tindley, 2023

            2: Ian Raasch, 6-5, NorthWood, 2023

            1: Nick Richart, 6-10, Zionsville, 2023

            2: JaQualon Roberts, 6-8, Bloomington North, 2023

            2: Gavin Schippert, 6-7, Evansville Reitz, 2022

            2: Nick Schwarte, 6-5, South Ripley, 2022

            1: Braeden Shrewsberry, 6-2, West Lafayette, 2023

            1: Jeffrey Simmons, 6-6, Fishers, 2022

            2: Billy Smith, 6-6, Brebeuf Jesuit, 2022

            1: Braden Smith, 6-1, Westfield, 2022

            1: Charlie Smith, 6-1, Fishers, 2022

            2: Deaglan Sullivan, 6-1, Mishawaka Marian, 2023

            2: Jahni Summers, 6-5, Evansville Harrison, 2022

            2: Kyle Thomas, 6-4, Cloverdale, 2022

            2: Nick Thompson, 6-2, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 2023

            1: Jaron Tibbs, 6-4, Cathedral, 2023

            2: Gabe Trevino, 5-11, Eastside, 2022

            1: Dayveon Turner, 6-0, Tech, 2022

            1: Jackson Ullom, 5-10, Monroe Central, 2022

            1: Cael Vanderbush, 6-6, Plainfield, 2022

            1: Leland Walker, 6-0, North Central, 2022

            2: Breece Walls, 6-0, Valparaiso, 2022

            2: Braden Walters, 6-5, Linton-Stockton, 2024

            2: Caleb Washington, 6-5, Floyd Central, 2023

            2: Jalen Washington, 6-10, Gary West, 2022

            1: Joshua Whack, 6-2, Carmel, 2022

            1: Charlie Williams, 6-10, Carmel, 2022

            2: Ashton Williamson, 6-4, Gary 21st Century, 2023

TOP HEADLINES

Nuggets beat Blazers 147-140 in 2OT, Lillard scores 55

DENVER (AP) On Damian Lillard’s record-breaking night when he was hitting one shot after another from behind the arc and almost beyond belief, it was Michael Porter Jr. who quietly sank the biggest basket of all.

MPJ’s 3-pointer from the left corner barely fluttered the net with 1:33 left in the second overtime and proved the game-winner as the Denver Nuggets squelched an epic comeback by the Portland Trail Blazers with a 147-140 win Tuesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven playoff series.

“That’s what playoff basketball is,” Porter said after the thriller that included a dozen lead changes and 11 ties, including long 3s by Lillard that forced overtime and the second OT.

Lillard’s night included a franchise playoff record 55 points and NBA playoff record 12 3-pointers. He eclipsed the mark of 11 set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson at Oklahoma City on May 28, 2016.

“It was the best playoff performance I’ve ever seen,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

“At this point, all that matters is we can’t lose another game in the series,” Lillard shrugged.

And he, for one, isn’t going to dwell on his big night and even bigger letdown.

“If I don’t put it behind me, and hold onto it, it’s going to get in the way of what we need to do in the next one,” Lillard said.

Lillard scored 17 of Portland’s 19 points in the two overtimes, but he didn’t score again after his 12th 3-pointer in 17 attempts put the Blazers ahead 140-138 with 3:47 left.

And his teammates didn’t score again, either.

Nikola Jokic, who scored 38 points and came one assist shy of a triple-double, tied it at 140 with a layup and Porter broke the tie with a 3 from the left corner with 1:33 left off a sweet pass from Jokic.

The Blazers still were within three points – and Lillard’s range – until a pair of costly mistakes sent them back to Portland for Game 6 on Thursday night trailing the Nuggets 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

First, Robert Covington missed a dunk with 41 seconds left and then CJ McCollum stepped out of bounds with 9.1 seconds left and Lillard setting up for another 3.

“It’s a shame we wasted one of the all-time best performances by not being more supportive of him,” McCollum said.

Monte Morris, who scored 28 points off the bench, hit a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds to seal it, and Shaq Harrison added two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining.

Lillard’s 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation tied it at 121, capping a 22-point comeback. His 3 with 6.4 seconds left in the first overtime tied it at 135 and that capped Portland’s comeback from a quick nine-point deficit in the extra period after Denver hit a trio of 3s.

“We won and lost that game so many times before ultimately winning it,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “… We never got down. Every time they threw a haymaker and got us down on the canvas, we got up and were able to pull it out in the end.”

Porter, who finished with 26 points, said it wasn’t hard to keep composed when Lillard kept hitting daggers to extend the game.

“It was 0-0. We knew there was only 5 minutes. We knew we couldn’t hang our heads,” Porter said. “It was a big game and we needed it.”

When Jokic’s precision pass found Porter in the left corner in the second overtime, “I said I’ve got to make up for that buzzer beater than Dame hit. I got to make up for it,” Porter recounted.

He sure did, and by holding on, Denver improved to 187-1 in games since April 2, 2008, in which they led at any point by 22 or more, including the postseason.

Jokic, who added 11 rebounds and nine assists, was amazed by Lillard’s performance.

“It was a pleasure to be on the court,” he said, “just to witness that.”

Suns dismantle Lakers 115-85 to take 3-2 series lead

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns made LeBron James look away.

Riding an orange wave of support in the desert, the Suns sent the four-time league MVP to the locker room early and took control of their first-round playoff series with a 115-85 dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

The Suns lead 3-2, one win shy of becoming the first team in 15 tries to send James packing in the first round of the playoffs.

“There’s nobody that’s scared of the moment,” Suns guard Devin Booker said. “We’re a confident team.”

The Suns won in Los Angeles on Sunday to tie the series and went right at the Anthony Davis-less Lakers in front of a revved-up crowd in Game 5.

Davis was out after suffering a groin injury in Game 4 and the Suns took advantage by attacking every chance they had. The Lakers put up little resistance, allowing Phoenix to score nearly at will while building a 30-point halftime lead – Los Angeles’ largest halftime deficit in 25 years.

Booker scored 30 points after two quiet games, the Suns made 14 3-pointers and had just four turnovers against the NBA’s regular-season defensive efficiency leader.

The only bad news: point guard Chris Paul took a shot to his injured right shoulder in the third quarter and did not return.

“It scared me,” said Paul, who added he should be all right. “It was just a very uncomfortable feeling, kind of helpless.”

James scored 17 of his 24 points in the third quarter, but couldn’t rally the listless Lakers. He sat at the end of the bench by himself in the fourth quarter before heading to the locker room with about five minutes left.

Game 6 is Thursday in Los Angeles and the Lakers need to find some answers, quick.

“We got our ass kicked. It is that simple,” James said after losing consecutive first-round games for the first time in his 15-year career. “They did whatever they wanted to win this game.”

The series between one-time rivals has been shaped by injuries.

The Suns won the first game in the desert despite Paul injuring his shoulder. Los Angeles won the next two with Paul ailing, then Phoenix took Game 4 102-94 in Los Angeles after Davis went down with a groin injury.

The Suns took advantage of Davis’ absence early in Game 5, repeatedly getting into the lane for shots or kickouts for open looks.

Booker was the biggest beneficiary.

He had been relatively quiet the previous two games – at least for one of the league’s top scorers – scoring a combined 36 points on 11-of-24 shooting. Phoenix’s young All-Star came out firing in the pivotal game of the series, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and hitting a corner jumper to put the Suns up 18 early in the second.

“I just wanted to be aggressive,” Booker said. “In studying film, I think I passed up a lot of quick ones.”

Booker wasn’t the only one dropping shots.

The Suns had their way against Los Angeles’ reach-and-swipe defense, leaving the Lakers flat footed with their quickness and rapid ball movement.

Phoenix made eight 3-pointers, 26 of 48 shots and had one turnover to lead 66-36 at halftime. It was the Lakers’ largest halftime deficit since trailing Utah by 26 in 1998, according to SportRadar.

The Suns kept on the gas even as James became more aggressive in the third quarter, maintaining a 29-point lead heading before both teams emptied their benches in the fourth.

“We didn’t play well on either side of the ball,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We’ll find out what we are made of and how bad we want this.”

Nets head to second round, beat Celtics 123-109 in Game 5

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden had just eight games together in the regular season, few enough to wonder how good they could really be.

Five games against Boston provided some answers – and a chance to keep making up for all their lost time.

“We just don’t want to take any of this time for granted,” Irving said. “This doesn’t happen too often kind of in our culture, in our history, where three of the best scorers to ever play the game are on one team.”

Harden had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first postseason triple-double with Brooklyn, leading the Nets into the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 123-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in Game 5.

Irving scored 25 points and Durant had 24 for the Nets, who will face the Milwaukee Bucks in their first appearance in the second round since 2014. The No. 2-seeded Nets will host Game 1 against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Saturday.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Durant said. “I mean, he’s a two-time MVP, Defensive Player of the Year for a reason, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Despite their limited time together during the regular season, the Nets’ three superstars showed how potent they can be in this series, particularly when they combined for 104 points in Game 4.

“We weren’t even worried about the playoff run yet, we were just happy to be on the court together,” Harden said. “So it’s great to get one series out of the way and like I said, we’ll take tomorrow off and we’ll recoup and get ready for a tough Milwaukee team.”

Brooklyn was nowhere near as potent as Game 4, when it rang up 141 points. But a little explosive stretch here and there was good enough to wrap it up.

The finishing one came with the Celtics trailing by just eight with under eight minutes to play. Durant then made a 3-pointer, Jayson Tatum turned it over and Irving nailed another 3 on the break, pushing it to 103-89 with 7:19 to play.

Evan Fournier scored but Harden answered with another 3 and Bruce Brown scored inside, an 11-2 burst in less than 90 seconds that broke it open at 108-91 midway through the fourth.

Tatum had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who made the Eastern Conference finals last year but went quickly with Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker unavailable.

“Jayson continued to make plays. We didn’t do enough as a team. But he showed a lot of mettle this year,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Fournier added 18 points and Romeo Langford had 17 starting in place of Walker, who missed his second straight game with a knee injury.

“It’s been a lot. Injuries on top of injuries. Guys not being able to play together. A lot of personal stuff. It’s life, things more important than basketball, but you’ve got to be professional,” guard Marcus Smart said.

The Nets were eager to avoid a return to Boston after a fan threw a water bottle at Irving after Game 4, but the clincher didn’t come easily.

The Celtics hung in the game, not letting the Nets build a double-digit lead until a 7-0 burst early in the second half made it 66-54. Boston recovered and trailed just 86-79 after Tatum made a jumper at the buzzer to end the third.

Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay top Carolina 2-1 for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy has spent two games turning nearly every shot away for the Tampa Bay Lightning. A couple more, and the reigning Stanley Cup champions could be headed to the next round.

Alex Killorn and Anthony Cirelli scored while Vasilevskiy carried a shutout into the final minutes, helping the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

As in the first round against Florida, the Lightning have opened a best-of-seven series with a pair of road wins. This time, it comes against the Central Division champion and a team that was in the Presidents’ Trophy hunt until the final week of the regular season.

“We’ve been through (road playoff games) before,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “And we’ve got a group that believes in how to play and what you need to do to shut a game down. … I think when you just have that overall mentality and everybody puts the team first, good things and magical things can happen. And that’s what these guys are doing.”

Now Tampa Bay heads home for two games, with Game 3 on Thursday, and a chance to sweep.

“It was rocking these last two games,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said of PNC Arena with more than 16,000 rowdy fans. “To come in here and get both wins was huge. We know how hard it is to win this time of the year, period.”

Vasilevskiy finished with 31 saves after being named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy presented annually to the league’s top goaltender. That came two days after he made 37 stops in Game 1, including 15 saves in the opening period.

Both games ended the same way, with Carolina down 2-1 and spending the final minute with the empty net and extra attacker in a desperate tying attempt.

“It does make you sit an inch taller on the bench when you’ve got him back there,” Cooper said of Vasilevskiy.

Andrei Svechnikov got Carolina on the board with 1:30 left, taking a feed from Jordan Staal and finishing from the top of the crease.

Carolina had a 32-15 edge in shots on goal, but it also had more than double the giveaways (23-11) while Tampa Bay blocked 16 shots.

“It was a pretty good game, played pretty hard,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “You’re playing the best team in the world and we’re going toe-to-toe, that’s how it feels like, that’s for sure. Certainly not getting overwhelmed. We just didn’t get a break.

“Two games, we’re just fighting and trying to find that one and we haven’t been able to get it.”

Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka’s concerns

(AP) — The leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments reacted Tuesday to tennis star Naomi Osaka’s stunning withdrawal from the French Open by promising to address players’ concerns about mental health.

The pledge came in a statement signed by the same four tennis administrators who threatened the possibility of disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.

The four-time major champion and No. 2-ranked player was fined $15,000 when she didn’t speak to reporters after her first-round victory at Roland Garros on Sunday. The next day, Osaka pulled out of the tournament entirely, saying she experiences “huge waves of anxiety” before meeting with the media and revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression.”

Osaka, a 23-year-old who was born in Japan and moved with her family to the U.S. at age 3, said she would “take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”

Tennis players are required to attend news conferences if requested to do so; Grand Slam rules allow for fines up to $20,000 if they don’t show up.

“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate,” Tuesday’s statement from those in charge of the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open said. “Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another. We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face.”

French tennis federation President Gilles Moretton, All England Club Chairman Ian Hewitt, U.S. Tennis Association President Mike McNulty and Tennis Australia President Jayne Hrdlicka pledged to work with players, the tours and media “to improve the player experience at our tournaments” while making sure the athletes all are on a “fair playing field, regardless of ranking or status.”

In a separate statement issued Tuesday to the AP via email, International Tennis Federation official Heather Bowler said the sport will “review what needs to evolve” after Osaka “shone a light on mental health issues.”

“It’s in all our interests to ensure that we continue to provide a respectful and qualitative environment that enables all stakeholders to do their job to their best ability, without impacting their health, and for the good of the sport,” Bowler wrote.

Various tennis players, including sisters Serena and Venus Williams, offered support for Osaka.

Venus Williams, a 40-year-old who has won seven Grand Slam singles titles and another 14 in doubles with her younger sibling, said at a news conference after her first-round loss Tuesday at Roland Garros that she finds it “definitely not easy to do press, I think, for any person.”

Asked how she handled that over her professional career, Williams responded: “For me, personally, how I deal with it was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will, so no matter what you say or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. So that’s how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently.”

Others praised Osaka for being forthcoming about her personal story in her statement Monday on social media.

“It’s hard. Nobody really knows what anyone is going through, no matter how much they choose to show on the outside. I had no idea about her. But I respect her openness,” 20-year-old American pro Ann Li said after her victory. “Our generation is becoming more open and open, which can be a good thing and also a bad thing sometimes. I hope she’s doing OK.”

Gael Monfils, a 34-year-old from France who also won Tuesday, offered a sentiment surely shared by many around tennis, from tournament and tour officials to athletes to the sport’s fans.

“We need Naomi. We need her definitely to be 100%,” Monfils said. “We need her back on the court, back (at) the press conference – and back happy.”

Herrera, McCutchen each hit 2 of Phils’ 7 HRs, bop Reds 17-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Odubel Herrera and Andrew McCutchen each hit two of Philadelphia’s seven home runs and the Phillies pummeled the Cincinnati Reds 17-3 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Matt Joyce capped the rout with a grand slam in the ninth off Reds infielder Alex Blandino, who was on the mound to help spare the bullpen.

After the slam, Cincinnati infielder Mike Freeman – just promoted from Triple-A Louisville – got the call to relieve and the next batter, pitcher Archie Bradley, mercifully stood with the bat on his shoulder until Freeman could get three called strikes.

“I think today was one of those days where everybody could kind of take a deep breath, sit back, enjoy it, have fun,” said Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm, who had three hits.

Herrera, McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins all connected as the Phillies broke it open with a six-run sixth inning. McCutchen’s second homer, a three-run shot, came in the eighth as the Phillies avenged an 11-1 pounding by Cincinnati on Monday.

Hoskins also had an RBI double in the fifth inning that extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Ronald Torreyes homered for the first time since 2017 and had an RBI double for Philadelphia.

“We got behind 2-0 and we get a couple home runs to get back in the game, and the guys never stopped,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

Nick Castellanos singled and doubled for the Reds to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, the best in the big leagues this season. His .361 average also leads the majors.

Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer in the Reds second.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola (4-4) allowed three runs through five innings and induced double-play grounders to end the second, third and fourth. His fifth-inning strikeout of Jesse Winker was the 1,000th of his career.

Sonny Gray (1-4) gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Reds. The Phillies hammered relievers Heath Hembree and Amir Garrett in the sixth.

“A night to forget,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That’s all we can do. In fact, we’ve already done that.”

Wisdom, Contreras HR as surging Cubs top Padres; Tatis hurt

CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras launched a high fastball deep into the center-field bleachers. And just like that, the Chicago Cubs were back on their way to yet another win.

Contreras hit a go-ahead homer, Patrick Wisdom went deep for the third time in two games and the surging Cubs beat San Diego 4-3 on Tuesday night after Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. left with an injury.

Tatis exited because of right oblique tightness. He hit a fly to left field in the sixth inning and was replaced at shortstop in the bottom half by Ha-Seong Kim.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler was encouraged by Tatis’ strength and range of motion, and optimistic the slugger will avoid the injured list.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Tingler said. “Just seeing Fernando and the trainers, I am pretty optimistic, for sure, seeing their reaction postgame and seeing the range of motion and talk about the strength, the tests they did. I am optimistic maybe we caught something early before it got bad. But sometimes you wake up, things are different.”

The NL Central-leading Cubs are feeling good about themselves after winning for the eighth time in nine games. They secured a series victory against one of baseball’s top teams and put themselves in position to complete a three-game sweep.

Not a bad way to start June, after going 19-8 in May. For a team that struggled in April, things sure have turned around.

“We’re developing into a really good team, and that’s a good feeling,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said.

GOING DEEP

Wisdom, who homered twice in Monday’s win, and Contreras each hit a long two-run drive against Ryan Weathers (2-2).

Wisdom sent one to the back of the left-field bleachers in the second inning. Contreras put Chicago back on top 4-3 with a 445-foot shot to center in the fifth after former Cub Victor Caratini and Tommy Pham homered against Kyle Hendricks (6-4) in the top half.

Rizzo singled twice for Chicago after missing the previous six games because of back tightness. Kris Bryant went 0 for 4, snapping his 13-game hitting streak.

Hendricks won his fourth straight start. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

Ryan Tepera and Andrew Chafin each pitched a scoreless inning. Craig Kimbrel struck out all three batters in the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances, delighting the crowd of 24,824.

“We know the talent that we have in this room,” Hendricks said. “It’s been like that from the onset. We knew we just weren’t playing our best baseball from Day 1. But yeah, this last month-plus, it’s really come to form. Yeah, we’ve got a lot of really good players in there, that’s all I can say.”

Weathers allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. The rookie also singled twice, but the Padres fell to 4-5 on a 10-game trip.

Orioles end 14-game skid, Mullins keys 7-4 win over Twins

BALTIMORE (AP) Cedric Mullins hustled over to right-center field and made a sliding, backhanded catch at the base of the wall.

It was still early, but by then, this night felt different for the Baltimore Orioles.

“I think that was the turning point in the game,” Orioles starter Bruce Zimmermann said. “Everybody saw that, we were ready to roll. You could see kind of a mental shift in our favor after that catch.”

Mullins got two hits and scored two runs to go along with his sensational catch, helping Baltimore snap its 14-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Pedro Severino and Maikel Franco both homered for the Orioles, who also ended a 16-game head-to-head skid against Minnesota. Zimmermann (3-3) allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high seven.

The Orioles used four relievers. Cole Sulser pitched the ninth for his first save of the season. He allowed the tying run to come to the plate with one out before striking out Alex Kirilloff and retiring Jorge Polanco on a flyout – Polanco hit a drive to right earlier in his at-bat that hooked just a bit foul.

It was tied at 1 in the third when, with a runner on first and two outs, Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz hit a drive to right-center. Mullins, the center fielder, had to make a long run before sliding along the warning track for a backhanded catch in front of the wall.

“Probably one of the best catches I’ve ever seen in pro baseball,” Zimmermann said.

The Twins never did take the lead. The Orioles scored four runs in their half of the third, immediately after the catch by Mullins. They won for the first time since May 16 – when Zimmermann was also the winning pitcher against the New York Yankees.

“Tonight we let it all go,” Baltimore’s Trey Mancini said. “It was June 1st, kind of a natural reset for us, and we all decided to forget about May and come out strong in June.”

Kyle Garlick and Willians Astudillo hit solo homers for Minnesota. Michael Pineda (3-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings.

Twins catcher Mitch Garver went to the hospital after leaving the game with a groin contusion following a first-inning foul tip. Manager Rocco Baldelli said he probably won’t be catching again for a while.

Baldelli also said Pineda was bothered by a bit of forearm tightness.

“I think he’s going to be perfectly fine,” Baldelli said.

Sosa’s bat, O’Neill’s glove lift Cardinals over Dodgers 3-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Edmundo Sosa hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, Tyler O’Neill made a running catch for the final out and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night.

It was a rewarding victory for the Cardinals, who found out before the game that Jack Flaherty, their ace right-hander, will be sidelined for a while due to what manager Mike Shildt termed a “significant” oblique injury.

“Nobody hung their heads. We found a way to get it done. Grit is a high compliment for this team,” Shildt said.

O’Neill led off the ninth with a single against Blake Treinen (1-2) and stole second base. He scored when Sosa hit a sharp grounder into left field. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was playing in near the infield grass and was unable to get a glove on the ball.

The Dodgers had a chance in the ninth after pinch-hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on Cody Bellinger’s single. Mookie Betts then lined a ball to the warning track in left, but O’Neill made a leaping grab to give Alex Reyes his 16th save.

“Those are just go get ’em plays, just full throttle,” O’Neill said. “I got a good first step on it. I knew I had to go get it. It was either going to be at the track, at the wall or over the wall. That’s where I was going. I was timing my jump and it all kind of lined up.”

John Gant threw six shutout innings, but the right-hander did not factor in the decision after Matt Beaty’s two-run homer in the seventh off Giovanny Gallegos (3-1) tied it.

Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson each had two hits and made great defensive plays in the sixth. Edman made a leaping catch at second base to snag Max Muncy’s line drive that had a hit probability of 91% according to MLB Statcast.

With runners on second and third, Carlson prevented Gavin Lux from tying the game when he made a sliding catch in center to end the inning.

“Seeing those guys work is a beautiful thing. What they do kind of allows us to go out there and throw with a little more confidence,” Gant said of the St. Louis defense. “Not maybe make plays. They’re gonna make plays.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who saw his team drop to 7-13 in one-run games, said the Cardinals’ defense definitely was the difference maker.

“It was remarkable. The line score doesn’t tell the story of the at-bats we took. Across the board those guys made a lot of good plays,” he said.

St. Louis began the game with three straight hits off starter David Price. Edman led off with a double, advanced to third on a single by Carlson and scored when Paul Goldschmidt lined a ball into the corner in left field for a ground-rule double.

The Cardinals tacked on another run in the second when Carlson ended Price’s night with a two-out single to drive in Jose Rondon.

The Dodgers finally broke through in the seventh to tie it. Albert Pujols drew a one-out walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Beaty then drove Gallegos’ slider over the wall in right for his second home run of the homestand.

Abreu grounds out with bases loaded, Indians hold off Chisox

CLEVELAND (AP) AL MVP Jose Abreu grounded out with the bases loaded to blunt a ninth-inning rally against Cleveland closer James Karinchak, giving Shane Bieber and the Indians a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Bieber (6-3) allowed two earned runs in seven innings, striking out seven to beat the AL Central-leading White Sox for the fifth straight time. The reigning Cy Young winner is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three starts against Chicago this season.

“All in all, I was pretty happy with the way I pitched,” Bieber said. “I had to settle in and not let them get the best of me. So did James at the end, and down the road, these kind of outings can be beneficial for a young pitcher.”

Down 6-3 in the ninth, Chicago scored twice as Zack Collins and Nick Madrigal hit RBI singles off Karinchak. A walk to Yoan Moncada loaded the bases for Abreu, who grounded out to shortstop to give Karinchak his seventh save.

“Abreu is probably the last guy you want up there in that situation,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It’s like I told (pitching coach Carl Willis) when he came up to bat, `I think I like baseball, but I’m not sure right now.'”

Austin Hedges’ two-run homer off Dylan Cease (3-2) landed on the porch in left field and gave the Indians a 5-3 lead in the fourth, scoring Bradley Zimmer.

Jose Ramirez’s second double of the evening drove in Amed Rosario later in the frame, charging Cease with all six runs in 3 1/3 innings. Ramirez was removed from the game in the eighth as a precaution due to dehydration.

Harold Ramirez had two hits with two RBIs and a stolen base for Cleveland, which has won two in a row to pull within 2 1/2 games of Chicago.

The White Sox went up 3-2 on an unusual play in the second when Billy Hamilton scored after doubling home Jake Lamb and Zack Collins. Hamilton never stopped running, taking third on a throw and scoring on Hedges’ fielding error at the plate.

“The ball came out of my glove and the fastest guy in the world was on third base in Hamilton,” Hedges said, shaking his head. “You can’t lose the ball like that or else he transports to the next base.”

Josh Naylor and Harold Ramirez gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first with back-to-back RBI singles.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa remained two wins behind John McGraw’s 2,763 for second place on the career list. The White Sox are 7-3 since May 24.

“We never quit and if we keep playing nine innings, good things will happen,” La Russa said. “We’ve got that part covered and we’re not going to lose it.”

The Indians played their final home game under 40% crowd restrictions set by the Ohio Department of Health. Progressive Field will now be open to its full capacity of 34,830.

Haase, Schoop each homer twice as Tigers beat Brewers 10-7

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eric Haase and Jonathan Schoop each hit two home runs, Miguel Cabrera had three RBI and the previously light-hitting Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-7 on Tuesday night, ending Milwaukee’s five-game winning streak.

Milwaukee’s Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor also hit two homers apiece in a game that saw nine home runs.

Detroit batters, who entered Tuesday with the fewest runs in the AL, scored six times in the second inning off left-hander Eric Lauer (1-2).

Haase led off the second with a home run on an 0-2 pitch that tied the game at 1. After Jeimer Canedelario came to bat with two outs and two runners on base, he worked the count to 3-1 and something seemed to bother Lauer physically. Manager Craig Counsell and a trainer visited the mound and had Lauer throw a practice pitch. Then Lauer walked Candelario to load the bases.

After pitching coach Chris Hook visited the mound, Cabrera, who was 0-for-18 entering the game, hit a three-run double to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Schoop followed with a home run to push the lead to 6-1.

Haase also led off the third inning with a home run off Lauer, who was pulled after the next batter after giving up seven runs.

“I think we’ve been having good at-bats and it started paying off for us,” Haase said.

Lauer said he felt back stiffness. “I didn’t feel like I could really finish pitches, get through pitches. Everything started to kind of stay up in the zone. I kind of lost a little bit of control with that, too. It definitely didn’t help,” he said.

The performance by Lauer, who held the Padres to one run in six innings in his previous start, might have reminded Tigers starter Matthew Boyd of his only prior appearance against Milwaukee. In that 19-0 loss on Sept. 9, the Tigers’ left-hander allowed seven runs in two-plus innings.

On Tuesday, Boyd, who lost his three previous starts and hadn’t won a game since April 13, gave up five runs in 4? innings. Boyd gave up the most home runs in the AL in 2019 and 2020, and four of the runs he surrendered Tuesday were on homers.

Two were by Wong and one was by Taylor, who was recalled Tuesday. Taylor also hit a 430-foot homer off Tyler Alexander. Luis Urias also homered.

The game time temperature was 72 degrees.

“Temperature is definitely playing into it,” Wong said. “Just getting some good pitches to hit. There really weren’t any cheap home runs tonight.”

Derek Holland (1-1) got the win, pitching two perfect innings.

The Tigers entered Tuesday in last place in the AL Central but, prior to the Brewers series, took three from the Yankees in their first home sweep of New York since 2000. With the win, Detroit split of a two-game series with Milwaukee. The Brewers won 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday.

“I think our approach has been pretty good for a month now,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “There’s obviously some struggles here and there, but I think the at-bats as a whole have been pretty competitive.”

Frazier’s 11th-inning HR lifts slumping Yankees over Rays

NEW YORK (AP) Clint Frazier casually dropped his bat and stepped slowly across home plate, his eyes fixed to left field. This drive was leaving in a hurry, and he was determined to savor every bit of it.

“I wanted to really let that one sink in,” he said.

Frazier hit a game-ending, two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning after making a game-saving catch in the eighth, lifting the slumping New York Yankees over the rival Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Tuesday night.

New York ended a four-game slide and beat Tampa Bay in the Bronx for the second time in 11 tries since the start of last season. The AL East-leading Rays had won 16 of 17 and are 4 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Yankees with two games left in this four-game series.

The righty-hitting Frazier turned on a slider from right-hander Andrew Kittredge (5-1) and took his time out of the box, admiring the low, screaming liner that capped a night in which both teams came up short on several potential rallies.

One of those stalled efforts came in the eighth, when Frazier dove and needed every inch of his mitt to catch Joey Wendle’s soft-hit liner to strand two – a clutch play for a right fielder who was essentially booed out of the Bronx in 2019 for his defensive shortcomings.

“I’ve worked really hard at my defense and tried to make it something that people can’t talk about for the wrong reasons anymore,” he said.

The Yankees offense has struggled so mightily, hitting coach Marcus Thames joked before the game he has bags under his eyes from a series of sleepless nights. With just six hits as a team, this was hardly a clean breakthrough, but New York also drew seven walks to eke out a tight win.

“Yeah, we needed that,” manager Aaron Boone said.

After slowly jogging around the bases on his homer, Frazier tossed his helmet like a pull-up jumper as he neared teammates waiting at home plate, then joined the mob after his second career walk-off homer. His other was in 2017 in his sixth major league game.

Frazier’s game-ending homer lifted his batting average to .185, and it was only his fifth homer.

“It’s been a tough year for me, and to be able to do that meant a lot,” he said. “It’s a really cool feeling coming around third base and seeing all those guys jumping up and down ready to embrace you.”

Luis Cessa (1-0) quickly worked through a perfect top of the 11th, the last of seven Yankees pitchers to combine on a three-hitter. The bullpen accounted for six hitless innings.

Both teams had chances in the late innings.

After Yankees reliever Lucas Luetge quickly blanked Tampa Bay in the top of the 10th, Kittredge left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning by striking out Gary Sanchez.

Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks also stranded two runners in the ninth when slumping DJ LeMahieu stung a line drive right at second baseman Brandon Lowe, and teammate J.P. Feyereisen left two Yankees aboard in the eighth when pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton grounded out.

“Our relievers were tremendous,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Our pitching all night was really good.”

Tampa Bay had held New York to three or fewer runs in seven straight matchups and won nine straight against division foes. The Rays drew six walks but couldn’t finish off any rallies in the late innings.

“We did a good job of getting guys on base and taking our walks, but the big hit just really eluded us for whatever reason,” Cash said.

Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow covered seven innings and was pulled from a 3-all game after throwing 100 pitches. He struck out eight and allowed four hits and two walks – including a bases-loaded free pass to Aaron Judge in the third. Glasnow also threw a wild pitch that allowed LeMahieu to score from third base.

Austin Meadows and Kevin Kiermaier homered off Yankees starter Domingo German during a back-and-forth first half of the game. Miguel Andujar connected for New York, one day after hitting his first homer of the season.

Meadows improved to 5 for 9 with four homers against German with his two-run homer in the first inning.

Cards place Flaherty on IL with ‘significant’ oblique injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Jack Flaherty on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with what manager Mike Shildt termed a “significant” oblique injury.

Flaherty, who leads the majors with eight wins, left during the sixth inning of Monday’s 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers with tightness in his left side. The right-hander had allowed two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts.

Shildt said the team was still trying to find out the grade of Flaherty’s injury, but added that it was going to take a while to heal.

“It is not a minimal situation. It is a real strain or tear,” Shildt said before Tuesday’s game.

Flaherty was 8-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 starts this season. The Cardinals had a 9-2 record in games he started. It is the first time in Flaherty’s five big league seasons that he will be on the injured list.

Shildt said he is still evaluating how to adjust his rotation. Flaherty’s next start was slated for Saturday against Cincinnati.

St. Louis has called up Johan Oviedo from Triple-A Memphis to take Flaherty’s roster spot.

Roethlisberger says it was his idea to take pay cut

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said it was his idea to take a voluntary pay cut and help ensure his return for an 18th season.

Roethlisberger spoke for the first time on Tuesday since he agreed to a new contract in March that assured the 39-year-old would be back with the Steelers in 2021, the only NFL team he’s ever known.

“I told (the front office) I want to help the team out however I can,” Roethlisberger said. “I told them I would do whatever I could to help the team sign guys that are going to help us win football games.

“I knew we had a great defense and some amazing weapons on offense, so I wanted to come back and be part of what I think is a special football team. In order to do that, I felt it was necessary to (take a pay cut).”

The Steelers made no secret of the need for Roethlisberger to take a pay cut to ease some of the burden of a $41 million salary cap hit that was scheduled for 2021.

Steelers president Art Rooney II, coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert all expressed the desire to bring back Roethlisberger, but they stressed the need to do it in a way that gave the team some financial flexibility.

Roethlisberger was happy to oblige.

“I’ll always bleed black and gold,” Roethlisberger said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere. I told the Rooneys and Coach Tomlin that I wanted to be here. I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is home to me. Almost half of my life has been here playing football for the Steelers. That’s why I took a pay cut to stay here and help this team because I believe in this group.”

The Steelers won their first 11 games in 2020, en route to a 12-4 record and the AFC North title. But they stumbled down the stretch, dropping five of their final six, including a home blowout loss against Cleveland in the wild-card round of the playoffs as Roethlisberger threw four interceptions in the 48-37 loss.

“I didn’t play well enough at the end of the season,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s no secret, and I’ll be the first to point the finger at myself. When the ball is in your hand every play, you have to make plays and play better football.

“I just felt like I had more in the tank and felt disappointed about the way the season ended. I wanted to let (the Steelers) know that if they wanted me back, I felt like I could give them everything I’ve got.”

The Steelers’ run game finished last in the NFL in 2020, allowing defenses to tee off on Pittsburgh’s short passing game. The Steelers addressed the offense with their first four picks of this year’s draft, including Alabama standout running back Najee Harris in the first round.

“He’s a really hard worker,” Roethlisberger said of Harris. “He doesn’t seem lost, and it’s not like this is too big for him. Once he gets it, and it clicks, and he goes full speed, it’s going to be something to see.”

Pittsburgh is in the midst of an offensive overhaul.

Roethlisberger’s restructure helped the Steelers free up enough money to persuade wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to return on a one-year deal.

But nine-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey retired, as did tight end Vance McDonald, while offensive linemen Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler and running back James Conner all left in free agency.

Additionally, Roethlisberger is working under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada after Randy Fichtner’s contract wasn’t renewed.

“When you’ve had the same offense, or a similar offense, for 17 years, and all of the sudden, something looks exactly the same, but it’s called completely different, it’s a big challenge,” Roethlisberger said. “But it’s a fun new challenge.”

Roethlisberger is the franchise leader in just about every major statistical passing category. He threw for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games last season after missing almost all of 2019 with a right elbow injury.

Roethlisberger, who said his arm feels “great,” is back to a normal offseason throwing program and he has participated in the first four days of the team’s voluntary organized team activities.

Roethlisberger, whose restructured contract includes voidable years, said he isn’t focused on his future as much as he remains motivated to win another Super Bowl this season.

“I’m going to approach this like I do every season, like it’s my last,” Roethlisberger said. “Every single play in the game of football could be your last … every game could be your last. I’ve never looked toward the future. I’ve always looked toward the right here and now. I’m going to give it everything I have to win a Super Bowl this year because it’s the most important year for any of us.”

Arians chides players who aren’t at OTAs, says jobs are in jeopardy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians publicly warned players skipping voluntary workouts Tuesday that they could be pushed off the roster.

“These guys out here are working their asses off, but I’d like to see about 10 more of them out there fighting for jobs that they don’t know they’re fighting for,” he told reporters.

The Buccaneers resumed organized team activities with Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror. They held practices May 25-27 and will work out again Wednesday and Thursday.

The defending Super Bowl champions are slated to host mandatory minicamp June 7-9 before their final three voluntary sessions of the offseason June 15-17.

The NFL Players Association has been encouraging players to exercise their right not to participate in offseason activities that aren’t mandatory. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was at the forefront of the movement, and he’s one of several Bucs veterans working out away from the rest of the team.

“(Brady) is not in town right now so I would hope some of those guys that have been with him will come here tomorrow,” Arians said. “We’ll see.”

Tampa Bay practiced Tuesday without its usual depth in the backfield. C.J. Prosise is with his wife, who recently gave birth, while second-year running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is working out with Brady and other veterans.

“Ke’Shawn decided to work out with those guys,” said Arians. “That’s their choice, but hopefully he’ll make a better decision tomorrow.”

The 68-year-old expressed a similar sentiment about second-year wide receiver Tyler Johnson.

“Yeah, I would wish that he would be over here,” he said. “He’s not (dumb). Tom is throwing him the ball over there, so I might be with Tom too.”

The Buccaneers are preparing to enter their third season under Arians, who owns an 18-14 record in the regular season but guided Tampa Bay to a championship in Super Bowl LV.

Report: Georgia lands All-ACC CB Kendrick, former 5-star TE Gilbert

Georgia is welcoming new weapons on both sides of the ball.

Former Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick is transferring to the Bulldogs, reports Rusty Mansell of 247Sports.

Georgia has also landed former five-star tight end Arik Gilbert, he announced Tuesday, according to Mansell.

Kendrick spent the last three seasons with the Tigers, who announced in February that the first-team All-ACC corner was no longer with the team due to undisclosed reasons.

Kendrick, who missed parts of the 2020 campaign due to disciplinary issues, amassed 61 tackles, three interceptions, and six pass breakups through 22 appearances over the last two seasons. He’ll join a Bulldogs secondary that lost two top cornerbacks to this year’s NFL draft in Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell.

Gilbert initially committed to LSU in 2019. He transferred to Florida last January after opting out of the 2020 campaign but decommitted just weeks later.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder was the top tight end of the 2020 class and the No. 12 overall recruit on the ESPN 300.

“Coming home, I believe it was a smart decision to come home. I wanted to be with and near my family,” Gilbert said. “I have been missing all of (my) family, and now both of my grandmothers will be able to see me play in person too.”

The native of Marietta, Georgia, is the second former five-star tight end at Georgia, joining Darnell Washington.

INDIANA WBB: Paige Price Selected To Basketball Australia U-19 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Selection Camp

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore forward Paige Price has been selected to compete in the Basketball Australia 2021 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup selection camp.

Basketball Australia has named 19 athletes in the Australian Under-19 squad for a 2021 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup selection camp to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra from 25 – 28 June 2021.

Selectors have named an exciting Gems squad for these final preparations ahead of 2021 FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup to be held in Hungary from August 7 –15 in early May, Australia was drawn into Group A for the preliminary round stages of the global event alongside Egypt, Italy and the USA.

Price signed with the Hoosiers in November 2020 before joining the program a month later in December 2020. She appeared in eight games for Indiana in her initial season, where she scored her first career bucket against Belmont in the NCAA Second Round. The Dromana, Victoria, Australia native played with Basketball Australia at the 2019 Oceanic Championships where she averaged 13.0 points, 7.6 rebounds 4.8 assists and shot 51 percent from the floor.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Leon Burtnett Passes Away at 78

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Former Purdue head and assistant football coach Leon Burtnett passed away today, Tuesday, June 1. He was 78 years old.

Burtnett coached 10 seasons in West Lafayette, five as the Boilermakers’ head coach (1982-86), three as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1979-81) and two as defensive coordinator (1977-78).

Burtnett, who got his start in the profession as the head coach of Mount Hope High School in Kansas in 1965, made his biggest mark at Purdue as the architect of the Boilermakers’ “Junk Defense” from 1977-81. His defenses finished among the nation’s top 25 in four of his five seasons, including fourth overall in 1978. In five seasons under head coach Jim Young and Burtnett’s guide, the Boilermakers went a combined 38-19-1 and won three consecutive bowl games (1978 Peach, 1979 Bluebonnet and 1980 Liberty). The 1979 squad still holds the school record for most victories in a season, finishing the year 10-2 overall.

Under his leadership as the defensive coordinator, Burtnett would coach five different players to eight different first-team All-Big Ten recognitions, including three two-time honorees in Ken Loushin, Kenna Turner and Calvin Clark.

Burtnett, the 1984 Big Ten and American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, went a combined 21-34-1 as the Boilermakers’ top man on the gridiron. He led the 1984 Purdue squad (7-5, 6-3 Big Ten) to a tie for second in the conference standings and a berth in the Peach Bowl. The Boilermakers defeated Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan during the 1984 regular season.

Burtnett recruited and coached 1986 consensus All-American Rod Woodson to Purdue in 1984. Woodson, a member of the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame, was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten recipient (1984-86). He would go on to be tabbed with the 10th overall selection in the 1987 National Football League Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and would play 17 years in the NFL for four different teams. Woodson played in the Super Bowl with three different teams, including the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV title in 2001.

Along with the Woodson, Burtnett brought a whole host of future NFL players to Purdue as the head coach, including Jim Everett, Mark Jackson, Fred Strickland, Chris Dishman and Calvin Williams.

Burtnett’s 1984 bowl appearance was the last by a Purdue team until Joe Tiller arrived in 1997.

PURDUE BASKETBALL: Boilermakers to Face NC State in BHOF Invitational

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue and North Carolina State will face each other in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational on Dec. 12, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The premier college basketball showcase will boast a quadruple-header featuring Florida vs. Maryland, Purdue vs. North Carolina State, Iona vs. Yale and Fordham vs. Miami.

The contest is the third announced game for the Boilermakers after it was revealed the Boilermakers will play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 20-21, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Purdue will take on North Carolina and either Tennessee or Villanova in that event.

Purdue was scheduled to play West Virginia in the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational, but that event was canceled due to the CoVid-19 pandemic.

Times and television assignments will be announced at a later date.

North Carolina State leads the all-time series by a 4-1 margin, but Purdue won the last meeting, a 66-61 decision in the 2014 Big Ten / ACC Challenge. This will mark just the second meeting between the two teams during the Painter era.

Purdue has never played in Brooklyn, but owns a 14-11 all-time record in New York City. Purdue last played in New York City in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament (runners-up) and the 2016 Jimmy V Classic (def. Arizona State 97-64). All of those games were in Madison Square Garden.

PURDUE WRESTLING: Penola, Lyon Climb Podium at U23 Nationals

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Purdue wrestling saw two individuals earn All-America honors at the USA Wrestling U23 National Freestyle Championships this weekend as senior Max Lyon and sophomore Thomas Penola both finished in the top-eight of their respective weights at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nebraska’s campus. Penola was the Boilermakers’ top finisher, placing fourth at 92 kg, while Lyon took eighth at 86 kg.

Penola posted a 5-2 record for the tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals on the championship side and then battling all the way to the consolation finals before his second loss. He opened with back-to-back technical falls, posting a 10-0 win over Damien Rodriguez of Indiana Tech and a 12-1 win over Antonio Andrade, who upset Cornell’s Ben Darmstadt in the opening round. Penola fell 7-0 in the quarterfinals to NCAA runner-up and eventual U23 champion Nino Bonacoorsi but bounced back in the consolation bracket with a 10-0 win over Drexel’s Sean O’Malley to secure a top-eight finish. Penola followed with a 13-4 win over Penn’s Cole Urbas, and moved to the consolation finals with a forfeit from Oklahoma’s Jake Woodley. Unfortunately, the third-place match was a quick one for the Boilermaker sophomore as he was caught early in a leg lace and fell 10-0 to Oklahoma State’s Luke Surber.

Lyon had a similar trip to the podium, winning his first two matches and advancing to the quarterfinals before battling in the consolation bracket. He topped Penn’s Neil Antrassian 10-0 in his first match of the day and needed only 1:35 for a 10-0 win over West Virginia’s Anthony D’Alesio. Lyon fell 9-2 in the quarterfinals to Rutgers All-American John Poznanski but locked up his top-eight finish with a 12-2 victory over Matthew Waddell of Chattanooga. The blood-round win would be Lyon’s final match of the tournament as he medically withdrew from his last two bouts to take eighth place.

Sophomore Ethan Smiley and freshmen Cooper Noehre and Gerrit Nijenhuis all went 2-2 at the tournament, earning some solid wins, while fellow rookie Macartney Parkinson was 1-2 on the weekend.

The event was the Boilermakers’ final freestyle competition of the summer and the squad will turn its attention to summer training and preparation for the 2021-22 season. Purdue’s non-conference schedule was released last week, and awaits the Big Ten Conference dual schedule, which will be released in the fall.

CINCINNATI MEN’S BASKETBALL: Two More Players Join the 2021 MBB Signing Class

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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller signed transfers Odinakachim “Ody” Oguama and Abdul Ado for the 2021-2022 season.

Oguama (Wake Forest) and Ado (Mississippi State) join fellow transfers Jarrett Hensley (UNCG), Hayden Koval (UNCG), John Newman III (Clemson), and A.J. McGinnis (UNCG).

ODINAKACHIM “ODY” OGUAMA

6-9 • 225 • Jr.

Raleigh, N.C./Woodstock Academy/Wake Forest

Oguama, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound transfer from Wake Forest, comes to Cincinnati after two seasons for the Demon Decons.

As a sophomore, he started 18 out of the 20 games he played and averaged 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Boston College.

In his freshman season, he saw action in all 31 games and started in 24 of them. He averaged 2.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 24 rebounds.

Oguama was a three-star recruit from Woodstock Academy who Coach Miller recruited originally for UNCG.

ABDUL ADO

6-11 • 255 • RS Sr.

Lagos, Nigeria/Hamilton Heights HS/Mississippi State

Ado, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound forward from Lagos, comes to Cincinnati for a fifth year of eligibility after playing four seasons at Mississippi State.

As a senior, he averaged 5.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game and earned All-SEC Defensive Team accolades. Over his four seasons as s Bulldog he totaled 800 points, 806 rebounds and 249 blocks. He started in 130 of 131 career games.

He came out of high school as a No. 76 National Recruit in the ESPN.com Class of 2016.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Take Series Opener Over Clippers, 5-3

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single from Bligh Madris in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Columbus Clippers and take the series opener on Tuesday, 5-3.

With the win, the Indians ended a seven-game losing streak, their longest since the 2014 season. Columbus has now lost eight consecutive games of their own.

After four scoreless innings, the Clippers (8-16) scored one run in the top of the fifth inning and another in the sixth with home runs by Oscar Mercado and Bobby Bradley.

The lead did not hold long as the Indians tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Indy took advantage of back-to-back Clipper errors to cut the the deficit to one run, and Christian Bethancourt knocked in the tying run with a single to center field.

The Indians (12-12) took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with back-to-back walks to Stokes Jr. and Bethancourt before Madris singled to score Stokes Jr. Indy loaded the bases with a walk to Andrew Susac and relief pitcher Robert Broom walked Anthony Alford and hit T.J. Rivera to extend the Indians lead to 5-2.

Ryan Lavarnway hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to bring the Clippers within two but relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor (S, 2) ended the inning with a strikeout to earn the team’s first save since May 15 vs. Toledo.

Max Kranick made his Triple-A debut for the Indians and tossed five one-run innings with four hits allowed on six strikeouts. Kyle Keller (W, 1-0) earned his first win of the season throwing two scoreless innings with five strikeouts.

Major league rehabbers Phillip Evans and Colin Moran both made their first rehab starts with the Indians in the win. Evans contributed a single to right field in the first inning.

Indianapolis and Columbus continue the six-game series on Wednesday at Victory Field with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (0-0, 3.72) is set to take the mound for Indianapolis vs. LHP Kirk McCarty (3-0, 4.40).

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1891       Reds’ right-hander Charley Radbourn earns his 300th victory, beating the Beaneaters at Boston’s South End Grounds, 10-8. ‘Old Hoss,’ who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.

1921       Reds’ outfielder Pat Duncan hits the first over-the-fence home run at Cincinnati’s Redland Field. The spacious ballpark, which will become known as Crosley Field, made its debut nine seasons ago in 1912.

1928       Les Bell collects 15 total bases, blasting three home runs and a triple at Braves Field. The Cincinnati third baseman’s offensive output isn’t enough when Boston bows to the Reds, 20-12.

1935       Braves outfielder Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball. The 40 year-old former Yankees slugger wanted to retire three weeks sooner but stayed when team owner Emil Fuchs persuaded him to continue to play because Boston hadn’t played in every National League park.

1941       Upon their arrival in Detroit, the Yankees learned the sad news that their captain, Lou Gehrig, seventeen days before his 38th birthday, had died in his sleep due to ALS in his Riverdale home. On this day exactly 16 years ago, the ‘Iron Horse’ broke into the starting lineup of the Bronx Bombers.

1949       In the 12-3 rout of the Reds at Shibe Park, the Phillies hit five home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andy Seminick [2], Del Ennis, Willie Jones, and Schoolboy Rowe all go deep for Philadelphia.

1950       George Kell hits for the cycle when he doubles in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 16-5 rout of Philadelphia. The Detroit third baseman had collected a home run, triple, and a single, respectively, in the first three frames in the Shibe Park contest.

1951       Due to the poor lighting during an Alabama-Florida League contest at Peanut Stadium in Headland, Alabama, Ottis Johnson of the Dothan Browns fails to get out of the way of a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton. The 24 year-old Class D minor league outfielder undergoes surgery and spends eight days in the hospital before dying on June 10th due to being hit by the Dixie Runners hurler’s pitch.

1951       During a contest against the Durham Bulls, Mike Romello hits umpire Emil Davidzuk after being called out for leaving third base early. A judge at the game arrests the visiting Danville’s shortstop on the spot, and the infielder will later be fined $25 for his assault on the arbitrator.

1955       Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis, in his last game with the club, goes 2-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to Chicago at Comiskey Park. The Golden Greek, hospitalized after the game with pneumonia, will die of a pulmonary embolism on June 27, having fallen ill again in Kansas City two weeks after rejoining the team.

1957       Moe Drabowsky sets a National League record for the most hit batsmen in a single game when he plunks four Reds in the Cubs’ 4-3 loss at Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s right fielder Frank Robinson is drilled in consecutive innings by the right-hander, who was born in Ozanna, Poland.

1958       In the sixth inning, with Orioles on first and second, in an eventual 2-1 loss, Brooks Robinson lines into a triple play when Senator shortstop Rocky Bridges snares his hard-hit drive, steps on second, and then relays the ball to first baseman Julio Becquer. The triple killing is the first of four the future Hall of Fame third baseman will hit into, a major league record.

1959       The White Sox ground crew rids the playing field of gnats using a smoke bomb attached to a postgame fireworks display. The Comiskey Park contest, delayed for half an hour because of the insects, will end with a 3-2 Oriole victory when the smoke clears.

1962       The Colt .45s capture their first doubleheader sweep in franchise history when they beat the Pirates twice at Forbes Field, 10-6 and 10-3. Carl Warwick, an outfielder recently acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Opening Day starter Bobby Shantz, contributes six hits in the twin bill victories.

1987       Using their number one pick overall in the draft, the Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey, Jr. The signing of ‘Junior,’ son of major leaguer Ken Griffey, will play a significant role in Seattle’s success in the mid-1990s.

1989       The Orioles, known as the Browns when the club played in St. Louis, become the fifth franchise in baseball history to record their 3,000th victory. The other clubs which have reached the milestone include the Cubs, Giants, Pirates, and Yankees.

1990       Randy Johnson, blanking the Tigers, 2-0, becomes the first Mariner in franchise history to pitch a no-hitter. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first hitless game thrown in the 14-year existence of the Kingdome.

1994       Tom and Ben Grieve, both outfielders, become the first father-son combination to both be chosen in the first round of the amateur draft when the A’s select Ben as the team’s first-round pick (2nd overall). Tom, presently the general manager of the Rangers, was chosen sixth overall by the Senators in 1966.

1995       Hideo Nomo, limiting the Mets to one run on two hits in 8+ innings of work, picks up his first major league win, a 2-1 decision at Dodger Stadium. L.A. signed the 26 year-old former Japanese All-Star in the off-season.

1995       The Expos pick Serra High School (San Mateo, CA) standout Tom Brady in the 18th round, the 507th player selected overall, in baseball’s amateur draft. The tall, athletic 17 year-old catcher with a powerful left-handed swing and a rocket arm elects to play football at the University of Michigan, before making his record-setting eight Super Bowl appearances as the quarterback for the NFL Patriots.

1995       Todd Helton, who will spend his entire 17-year career with the Rockies, is selected in the first round, eighth overall, by Colorado in the amateur draft. The University of Tennessee first baseman was the Vols’ backup quarterback, playing behind Peyton Manning, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

1996       In St. Louis, Darryl Kile ties a major league record by hitting four batters. The Astros right-hander becomes the first National League player to do it since Moe Drabowsky accomplished the feat on the same date while toiling for the Cubs in 1957.

1999       In the first-year player’s draft, the Devil Rays select Raleigh (NC) prep star Josh Hamilton as the team’s top pick. Tampa Bay’s selection marks the first time since 1993 when Alex Rodriguez was chosen by the Mariners, that a high school player becomes the first overall pick.

2000       Cubs’ reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down Chicago’s 2-0 victory over the Tigers. The game marks Detroit’s first visit Wrigley Field for the first time since winning the Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.

2000       Fred McGriff becomes the thirty-first player to hit 400 career homers. The Devil Rays first baseman’s milestone round-tripper comes off Glendon Rusch, a two-run drive in a 5-3 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium.

2000       The Expos will wear Maurice Richard’s uniform number (9) on their right sleeves this season to pay tribute to the late Montreal Canadiens star, who played 18 years in the National Hockey League. The uniform patch marks the first time a major league team has chosen to honor a hero from a different sport.

2003       In one of the minor league’s strangest giveaways, the first 500 fans attending Ted Williams Night at the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings game receive popsicles. Many are critical of the event, believing the promotion mocks the recently cryogenically frozen Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder.

2005       In celebration of Rotary International’s Centennial Year, The Player, a 13-foot tall bronze sculpture donated by the Denver Rotarians, is dedicated in front of Coors Field on the corner of 20th and Blake. A 24-inch version of the work of art, created by internationally prominent sculptor George Lundeen, is given annually to the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, an honor given to a major leaguer in recognition of exceptional community service.

2008       With his major-league-leading 21st homer in a 5-4 victory over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, Chase Utley goes yard for the fifth straight game. The Phillies’ second baseman, who previously homered in five consecutive games earlier in the season, ties his club record, which he shares with Bobby Abreu, Dick Allen, and Mike Schmidt.

2009       Ichiro Suzuki, with a first-inning leadoff infield hit off David Hernandez in the Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Safeco Field, sets a new team record by hitting safely in his 26th consecutive game. The 35 year-old outfielder extends the mark to 27 tomorrow, surpassing the franchise mark he established in 2007.

2010       “I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates, and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be.” – Ken Griffey, Jr., on his retirement. After 22 seasons of compiling can’t miss Hall of Fame statistics, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. unexpectedly issues a statement through the team announcing that he has decided to retire. The now 40 year-old Junior, once known as the Kid, leaves the game fifth on the all-time career home run list with 630 round-trippers.

2010       Jim Joyce emphatically calls Jason Donald safe at first base after Tigers starter Armando Galarraga has retired 26 consecutive Cleveland batters, although the baserunner is clearly out. After seeing the replay, the first-base arbitrator tearfully admits his error, apologizing to the 28 year-old Venezuelan for his blown call that robbed the right-hander of pitching a perfect game.

2013       At PNC Park, Garrett Jones became only the second player and the first Pirate to hit a ball into Davy Jones’ Locker on the fly when his two-run eighth inning round-tripper ties the score in the Bucs’ eventual 5-4 win over Cincinnati. In 2002, Houston’s Daryle Ward launched a shot that also splashed into the waters of the Allegheny River.

2016       Trailing by ten runs after five frames, the Mariners stage the biggest comeback in franchise history when the team beats the Padres 16-13. Seattle, tally five times in the sixth, scoring nine more times in the seventh inning to take the lead for good in the Petco Park contest.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3521.62515 – 1320 – 815 – 94 – 29 – 98 – 2L 1
Boston3222.593216 – 1316 – 912 – 67 – 46 – 106 – 4L 2
NY Yankees3025.5454.516 – 1214 – 1313 – 179 – 45 – 24 – 6W 1
Toronto2825.5285.511 – 1117 – 1410 – 113 – 45 – 85 – 5W 1
Baltimore1837.32716.57 – 1911 – 188 – 151 – 88 – 81 – 9W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox3322.60020 – 913 – 136 – 518 – 116 – 47 – 3L 2
Cleveland3024.5562.514 – 1216 – 122 – 521 – 123 – 46 – 4W 2
Kansas City2726.509514 – 1313 – 135 – 513 – 184 – 27 – 3W 3
Detroit2332.4181013 – 1510 – 174 – 510 – 186 – 45 – 5W 1
Minnesota2232.40710.512 – 1710 – 155 – 410 – 134 – 126 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland3225.56117 – 1715 – 811 – 99 – 19 – 134 – 6W 1
Houston3024.5560.519 – 1211 – 127 – 40 – 321 – 124 – 6W 3
Seattle2828.5003.517 – 1311 – 156 – 56 – 713 – 97 – 3L 1
LA Angels2530.455613 – 1412 – 163 – 77 – 612 – 156 – 4W 1
Texas2234.3939.513 – 139 – 2110 – 84 – 68 – 143 – 7L 7
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2621.55315 – 511 – 1613 – 82 – 59 – 36 – 4L 1
Atlanta2527.4813.514 – 1511 – 1212 – 1310 – 41 – 26 – 4L 1
Philadelphia2629.473415 – 1011 – 1913 – 159 – 42 – 44 – 6W 1
Miami2429.453512 – 1212 – 1710 – 93 – 69 – 84 – 6L 4
Washington2229.431613 – 159 – 147 – 106 – 104 – 64 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs3123.57420 – 1011 – 138 – 616 – 145 – 08 – 2W 2
St. Louis3124.5640.515 – 1016 – 1410 – 1013 – 77 – 55 – 5W 1
Milwaukee2926.5272.513 – 1516 – 117 – 912 – 98 – 37 – 3L 1
Cincinnati2429.4536.512 – 1412 – 153 – 211 – 106 – 144 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh2034.3701110 – 1510 – 191 – 37 – 197 – 72 – 8L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco3421.61815 – 819 – 136 – 48 – 316 – 116 – 4L 1
San Diego3422.6070.518 – 1016 – 120 – 09 – 1017 – 115 – 5L 3
LA Dodgers3223.582218 – 1014 – 135 – 13 – 917 – 85 – 5L 1
Colorado2134.3821317 – 124 – 224 – 63 – 711 – 215 – 5W 2
Arizona2036.35714.511 – 159 – 218 – 146 – 46 – 162 – 8W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
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