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July 23rd, 2019

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1. On this day in sports.

  • 1931 France announces it can’t afford to send a team to 1932 LA Olympics
  • 1956 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • 1984 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • 1994 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits
  • 2000 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
  • 2017 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Jordan Spieth wins by 3 strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar

2. Major League Baseball

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Mitch Garver hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs, and the Twins held on for an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees after a tone-setting triple play in the first inning of a series opener between AL division leaders Monday night. (READ) by Dave Campbell

Eugenio Suarez hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run, go-ahead shot in the ninth inning off Jeremy Jeffress as the Reds rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Brewers on Monday night. (READ) by Associated Press

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney urged those at a private memorial service to remember a gift fallen teammate Tyler Skaggs gave to them.

“Take a moment, close your eyes and think of a story or even an image that reminds you of all the good times you had with Ty,” Heaney said. “Take that memory and hold it in your hearts and in your minds. That is his lasting gift to everyone here.” (READ) by Associated Press

Ivan Nova stumped Miami again and improved to 5-0 against the Marlins. Nova pitched a four-hitter that led the Chicago White Sox over Miami 9-1 on Monday night. (READ) by Associated Press

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay’s curious decision to put a position player on the mound, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 9-4 Monday night. (READ) by Fred Goodall

Paul Goldschmidt hit his fifth career grand slam in the top of the 10th and right fielder Jose Martinez threw out the tying run at the plate to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. (READ) by Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.

The extra netting at Guaranteed Rate Field was in place for Chicago’s first home game since the All-Star break. The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding. (READ) by Associated Press

Houston Astros rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez homered and knocked in a pair of runs Monday night in an 11-1 win over the Oakland A’s, making him the first player to have 35 RBIs in his first 30 career games since runs batted in became an official statistic in 1920. Alvarez, 22, passed Albert Pujols, who had 34 in his first 30 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. (READ) by ESPN

Mike Clevinger dodged a scare on his first batter of the game to turn in another strong start for the surging Cleveland Indians. Clevinger pitched seven innings to win his third straight decision, Oscar Mercado homered and tripled, and Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Monday night to improve to 13-3 in July. (READ) by Associated Press

The Oakland Athletics are set to offer a special broadcast to fans who appreciate the game’s analytics side.

On Thursday, the A’s will feature simultaneous audio broadcasts for a game against Texas: their traditional broadcast as well as a “data-driven” version on A’s Cast. The team announced the plan Monday, saying that A’s general manager David Forst and scouting assistant Ben Lowry would be special guests on the streaming broadcast.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer is nearing a return after being sidelined by inflammation under his right shoulder.

Scherzer completed a bullpen session before Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies was postponed. The rainout will be made up Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The four-game series, which runs through Thursday, marks the Rockies’ only trip to Washington this season.

The Texas Rangers have placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm, but manager Chris Woodward said the injury appears far less severe than first believed.

Ryan Zimmerman was put on the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the second time this season the injury has sidelined the 34-year-old first baseman.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified violation of his contract.

The team made the announcement on Monday shortly before opening a four-game series with St. Louis. The suspension came after the team activated Kela from the 60-day injured list. Kela went on the injured list on May 6 with right shoulder discomfort. He completed a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis over the weekend, allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings across four appearances with the Indians.

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