Go get 'em, Gramps! Pettitte debuts at Yanks Old-Timers' Day

Go get 'em, Gramps! Pettitte debuts at Yanks Old-Timers' Day

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New York Yankees’ Nick Swisher reacts when he is introduced at the Yankees Old Timer’s Day baseball game Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time in five years, Andy Pettitte looked completely in control as he warmed up, throwing fastballs, curves and sliders. Then he grooved a pitch down the middle, resulting in a grounder that was misplayed by at first base by Jason Giambi.

Welcome to Old-Timers’ Day, Gramps!

Now a grandfather at age 46 – matching his number retired by the Yankees – Pettitte was joined by Giambi, Nick Swisher, Dion James and current New York manager Aaron Boone in their debuts at the annual event.

”I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Pettitte said Sunday, two days after celebratig his birthday with his family in New York.

Sunday was the 72nd edition of the festive day, featuring Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, plus the always popular Mickey Rivers, Ron Guidry, Johnny Damon and Paul O’Neill.

Swisher was a big hit, too, connecting for a home run during a playful game between the participants.

Also on hand was 93-year-old Bobby Brown, the third baseman who hit .439 in helping the Yankees win four World Series championships. He was a rookie when the Yankees held this event for the first time in 1947, when Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were in attendance.

”It’s a changing of the guard,” remarked 1960s pitcher Al Downing about the ”younger” Old-Timers.

Pettitte is a high school coach back home in Texas. He posted 219 wins for the Yankees and was a key part of five World Series championship teams, but is still uncomfortable with his place in the team’s history, even when he walks into the today’s New York clubhouse.

”You never look at yourself like that,” he said.

But Pettitte got the proof of what he means this weekend, when he was visiting with current Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. As they were speaking, pitcher Jonanthan Loaisiga wandered in – on Friday, the 23-year-old made his major league debut and pitched five shutout innings for a win.

”I turned around and introduced myself and he was just staring at me going Andy Pettitte,”’ he said.

Giambi and Boone homered in batting practice, and James attempted a diving play in center field to the delight of the crowd.

Rivers went into the stands to share a few moments with some fans before the fun-filled exhibition and 88-year-old Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series, received a standing ovation when he made his way onto the field in a walker.

Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres, who started a couple hours later in the real game against Tampa Bay, was among several active players who watched from the dugout and mingled with the past stars.

”Just to be able to able to be a part of this crop of guys, some of my ex-teammates and all the Yankee greats is unbelievable,” the excitable Swisher said. ”There are so many amazing men that are here and it’s just an honor to be able to be here and put the uniform on one more time.”

Swisher joked after the game that he wanted to play in a doubleheader. The right fielder saluted New York’s famed Bleacher Creatures in the second inning after initially beginning the day at third base.

Giambi noted game was the first that his young children had ever seen him play in person, except on YouTube.

Pettitte, who had 27 hits during his time in the majors, took three turns at the plate. Guidry gave way to David Cone so the former teammates could face one another.

”I wasn’t expecting to get an at-bat and I got three. It was a fun experience,” he said.

'The Sandlot' cast was awesomely honored at Dodger Stadium

'The Sandlot' cast was awesomely honored at Dodger Stadium

It’s the 25th anniversary of The Sandlot and the Dodgers held an awesome “Sandlot Night” on Saturday to celebrate.

The actors who played Ham, Timmy, Repeat, Smalls, Bertram, Squints, Yeah-Yeah and DeNunez were there, along with director/writer David Mickey Evans. They snapped this epic photo:

Fans who bought the ticket package were able to get this shirt:

The cast enjoyed soaking in the experience and saying, “You’re killin’ me smalls”:

The Dodgers are also going to play the movie after the game is over.

Various cast members have been making their rounds at baseball stadiums this year. The next Sandlot Night will be in Miami for the Marlins-Phillies game on Sunday, July 15. According to MLB.com, that celebration will include the following: They’re going to give away a limited number of Ham bobbleheads to fans at the gates, those who purchase the ticket package will get a Squints bobblehead and they’re going show the movie after the game.

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A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a right thumb contusion, the club announced Saturday.  The A’s also recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramirez to Nashville.

Chapman was batting .250 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI and had played in all 69 of the A’s games prior to yesterday.  This is his second career stint on the DL as he missed time last year from June 19 to July 2 with left knee cellulitis.  Chapman played in 149 consecutive games in between the two DL stints.  He is batting .368 in June after hitting .186 in May and leads all Major League third basemen in total chances (247), putouts (54) and assists (182).

Barreto joins the A’s for the third time this year and is 0-for-6 with a walk in five games over his previous two stints.  He was recalled for the first time April 7 and played in one game without an at bat before he was optioned back to Nashville April 16.  Barreto went 0-for-6 in four games, including three starts, during his second stay with Oakland from May 23 to 31.  The 22-year-old right-handed hitter batted .238 with a home run and four RBI in 11 games with the Sounds following his most recent option and is hitting .236 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 43 games overall at Triple-A. Barreto has appeared in 31 games at second base and nine at shortstop.

Lucas is 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA and .250 opponents batting average in four games, including one start, with Oakland and begins his fourth stint with the club today.  He was recalled most recently on May 30, pitched 0.2 scoreless innings the next day against Tampa Bay, and was optioned to Nashville June 5.  The 27-year-old right-hander pitched four times for the Sounds following his most recent option and did not allow a run in 5.1 innings.  Overall, he has three saves, a 1.50 ERA and .167 opponents batting average in 14 games at Triple-A.

Ramirez was recalled from Nashville Thursday and appeared in each of the A’s two games since then (4.0 ip, 1 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 2 so).  He has a 3.00 ERA in three games over two stints with Oakland and a 3.24 ERA in five games overall in the majors.

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Desmond homers twice as Rockies rally for 9-5 win at Rangers

Desmond homers twice as Rockies rally for 9-5 win at Rangers

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Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond connects for a home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Moore during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 15, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ian Desmond homered twice and Trevor Story had a pair of RBI hits in his first game near home as the Colorado Rockies overcame a quick five-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 in the opener of an interleague series Friday night.

It was Desmond’s first game in Texas since the converted shortstop was an All-Star center fielder in his only season with the Rangers in 2016.

Story grew up about 15 minutes away from the Rangers’ ballpark before he was the 45th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Rockies out of Irving High School. The shortstop, who still lives in the area in the offseason, had an RBI single in a six-run sixth and added a run-scoring double in the seventh to push his NL-best total to 52 RBIs.

Texas has a seven-game losing streak, its longest of the season. The Rockies had lost five of their previous six games.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each hit two-run homers in the first when the Rangers jumped out to 5-0 lead against Chad Bettis (5-1), another Texas native.

Bettis, who is from Lubbock and played at Texas Tech, pitched into the sixth without giving up another run. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.

Desmond homered to lead off a six-run second against Yohander Mendez (0-1), the lefty making his first big league start. D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon had consecutive RBI singles before Nolan Arenado snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with a two-run double.

Arenado led off the ninth with his 13th homer.

Desmond’s second homer, in the fifth, was his 14th of the season for Colorado’s primary first baseman. It is his fifth career multihomer game, and the first by a Rockies player at an American League park since Blackmon at Yankee Stadium in 2016

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Carlos Estevez, who has been out all season with a left oblique and elbow strain, threw a bullpen session. Manager Bud Black said he threw all of his pitched at a high-level intensity and is ”really gaining momentum.”

Rangers: Carlos Perez, starting in place of Chirinos, rolled his right ankle extending to catch a ball in the top of the second inning. Jose Trevino, recalled from Double-A Frisco, made his big league when he batted for Perez in the bottom of the inning and then stayed in the game as the catcher. … RF Nomar Mazara was a late scratch from the lineup because of left wrist soreness. … Right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Chris Martin (right calf strain) were put on the 10-day DL.

UP NEXT

Lefty Kyle Feeland (6-6), the Denver native who was 4-0 in interleague starts as a rookie last season, takes the mound for the Rockies in the first of consecutive day games to close out the interleague series. Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (4-4) is working on extended six days of rest after Texas had two off days during the week.

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Thursday's Sports In Brief

Thursday's Sports In Brief

GOLF

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The return to a classic U.S. Open course brought back the kind of scoring that gave this major its reputation.

Dustin Johnson played some of his best golf and yet the world’s No. 1 player barely beat par in the treacherous wind at Shinnecock Hills. Johnson holed a bunker shot for birdie, kept his mistakes to a minimum and joined Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy and Russell Henley at 1-under 69 for a share of the lead.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and a long list of golf’s bests had their hopes crushed in gusts that approached 25 mph that made fairways look more narrow and the shin-high rough difficult to avoid.

In his return to the U.S. Open after a two-year absence, Woods opened a major with a triple bogey for the first time in 15 years. He added back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine and staggered to a 78.

Spieth shot 80, his highest first-round score in a major.

Jason Dufner opened with a 70, and even those at 1-over 71 felt as though they put in a hard day’s work, a group that included Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Kelly Shon played her last six holes in 6 under for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Shon had a 7-under 29 on her final nine, the front nine at Blythefield Country Club. The former Princeton star played the five par-5 holes in 5 under with an eagle on No. 8.

The sixth-ranked Ryu birdied four of the par 5s in a bogey-free round.

Anna Nordqvist, Su Oh and Celine Herbin shot 66. Sophia Popov, Caroline Masson and Lee-Anne Pace were at 67, and Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, had a 68. Ariya Jutanugarn, making her first start since winning the U.S. Women’s Open, matched defending champion Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko at 69. Annie Park, the ShopRite LPGA Classic winner last week in New Jersey, had a 76.

SPORTS BETTING

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state.

The action took place at Monmouth Park, a racetrack in Oceanport near the Jersey shore, and at the Borgata, Atlantic City’s first casino to jump into the sports betting market since New Jersey won a Supreme Court case a month ago clearing the way for all 50 states to offer it should they choose.

New Jersey fought for eight years against a federal law that had limited sports betting to four states – Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

BASEBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3.

Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit.

The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.

NEW YORK (AP) – Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win as the New York Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series.

Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak.

German gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance.

Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts.

NFL

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) – Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas.

The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $50,000 bail.

Winslow was due to appear in court after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday.

HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) – Andreas Johnsson had two goals and an assist to help the Toronto Marlies win the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup, 6-1 over the Texas Stars in Game 7.

Mason Marchment also scored twice, Carl Grundstrom and Ben Smith added goals, and Garret Sparks made 29 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ top farm club.

The Marlies led the AHL with 112 points during the regular season and won 10 straight playoff games before being pushed to the distance by the Stars, Dallas’ top development team.

The last Toronto AHL affiliate to win the Calder Cup was the New Brunswick Hawks in 1982.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on another Boston University product by acquiring defenseman Brandon Hickey in a trade that sent forward Hudson Fasching to the Arizona Coyotes.

Buffalo also acquired minor-league forward Mike Sislo in the deal.

Hickey joins three former Boston University teammates on Buffalo’s roster, including star center Jack Eichel. Hickey was the Terriers’ captain in completing his senior season, and finished his career with 21 goals and 54 points in 147 games.

Arizona later acquired forward Adam Helewka from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Kyle Wood.

The Sabres also signed prospect goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to a three-year, entry level contract. Luukkonen is from Finland and was Buffalo’s second-round pick in last year’s draft.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – Simone Westbrook is going to be able to play college basketball again after the NCAA granted her a rare seventh year of eligibility.

The former Florida player is believed to be one of the first in women’s basketball to get a seventh year, according to the NCAA.

It’s been a long, drawn-out process for Westbrook, who hasn’t played since 2016 after tearing a knee ligament in August that year. She was finally healthy enough to play this past season, but the NCAA originally didn’t grant her a sixth year of eligibility. Florida appealed in January, and the NCAA reconsidered its decision and allowed her to play.

The Florida graduate discussed with the new Gators coaching staff, which came in before the 2017-18 season, that she was going to transfer if granted another year of eligibility. By the time the appeal came through, it was too late for her to transfer and play immediately.

After the season ended, the Gators put together another appeal to get the 5-foot-8 guard a seventh year and it was finally approved.

Rich Hill strikes out 10 in minor league rehab start

Rich Hill strikes out 10 in minor league rehab start

Dodgers starter Rich Hill made a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday night, striking out 10 in his first game action in nearly four weeks.

Hill allowed two unearned runs in 4⅔ innings against Lake Elsinore, walking none with his 10 strikeouts. He threw 75 pitches, 58 for strikes. It was Hill’s first game since May 19, when he left after just two pitches with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. The left-hander also missed three weeks earlier in the season with issues surrounding a cracked nail on that same finger.

Manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday that if Hill’s finger withstands through four or five innings in his rehab start, Hill could potentially start next week against the Cubs in Chicago. As long as Hill’s blister holds up, that sounds extremely plausible.

As for the postgame spread:

Player of the day

Edwin Rios was 0-for-4 on Thursday for Oklahoma City, but is still hitting .302/.362/.524 in 16 games. Rios started at first base on Thursday, his ninth game at the position. He has also started twice at third base and once in left field.

Rios’ role with Oklahoma City and in the clubhouse was profiled by Jacob Unruh at The Oklahoman:

“I see both sides. That’s why I’m the big DJ. I have my Spanish music and I have my English music. I have guys in there from the Dominican and stuff like that where sometimes they can’t get their point across or can’t communicate, but I’m here. I can help them with that, so it’s awesome just to be able to help others and translate. It’s all of that hard work my parents put in for us.”

Triple-A Oklahoma City

Four different players had two hits and an RBI in OKC’s 4-1 win over the Salt Lake Bees (Angels). Both of Henry Ramos’s hits were doubles, and Andrew Toles and Jake Peter both doubled and singled, with Peter also stealing a base. Alex Verdugo was the fourth member of the two-hit club in the win.

Also relevant, in another article from Unruh, Kyle Farmer said, “Toles is an interesting cat, but he’s a man of the people.”

Tyler Pill pitched five scoreless innings in the win. A pair of 40-man relievers pitched in relief, with J.T. Chargois throwing a scoreless inning with a strikeout and a walk, and Pat Venditte allowing a run in his two innings, striking out four.

Double-A Tulsa

Andrew Sopko won his second straight start since joining the Drillers, pitching into the seventh while striking out six in a 5-2 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals).

The Tulsa middle infield was super productive at the plate, with second baseman and leadoff man Errol Robinson scoring twice after a double, single, two walks and a stolen base. Shortstop Drew Jackson doubled twice and singled in four at-bats, also stealing a base and driving in two.

Also, Kristin Chenoweth threw out a ceremonial first pitch that not even Will Smith could frame.

Advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Offense was hard to come by in the Quakes 2-0 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), in a game that was chock full of major league rehabbers. In addition to Hill starting for Rancho Cucamonga, the Storm saw Joey Lucchesi start on the mound and Austin Hedges behind the plate.

Rancho Cucamonga only managed one baserunner in the first six innings, when catcher Steve Berman was hit by a pitch in the third inning. Rylan Bannon got the Quakes’ first hit in the seventh inning. Logan Landon got the other hit for Rancho, loading the bases after a pair of walks with two outs in the ninth. But Omar Estevez flew out to end the game.

Hill allowed three singles single and a double, and both of his runs were unearned thanks to two Quakes’ errors.

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons led 6-0 after six innings but allowed three runs each in the final three innings to lose 9-6 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). Andre Jackson, the Dodgers’ 12th-round pick in 2017, struck out nine in five scoreless innings before things went south against the Great Lakes bullpen.

Center fielder Brayan Morales doubled twice, singled and stole his 30th base of the season in the loss. Third baseman Jared Walker was 3-for-5 with a triple and a double.

Transactions

Triple-A: Alex Burg was activated from the disabled list.

Class-A: Hill joined the Quakes for his rehab start; infielder Zach McKinstry was placed on the temporarily inactive list, and Steve Berman joined Rancho Cucamonga from extended spring training. In Great Lakes, pitcher Sven Schuller joined the Loons from extended spring training, and pitcher Max Gamboa was placed on the disabled list.

Thursday scores

Friday schedule

  • 4:05 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Edwin Uceta) at Fort Wayne (TBD)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Manny Banuelos) vs. Salt Lake (Dylan Unsworth)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Devin Smeltzer) vs. Northwest Arkansas (TBD)
  • 6:15 p.m.: Ogden (TBD) at Idaho Falls (TBD)
  • 7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Dustin May) at Inland Empire [Angels] (Nate Bertness)

Rookie-level Ogden starts its Pioneer League season on Friday night.