Monday, July 25
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Big day for Piazza and Griffey Jr.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza (pee-AHT'-zuh) are the newest members of Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In his first year of eligibility, Griffey was named on 437 of 440 possible ballots. Piazza, who was in his fourth year of eligibility, was named on 365 ballots.
Griffey played 22 years in the big leagues and finished with 630 home runs. He began his career with the Mariners and finished it with the team he grew up watching, Cincinnati. He was selected to the All-Star game 13 times and won 10 Gold Gloves.
Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round, perhaps the finest 62nd round draft pick in history. A first baseman in college, he moved behind the plate with L.A. and finished his career as one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball. He also played for the Marlins before landing with the Mets, the team he is best known for having played for. He posted a career batting average of .308 and is fourth all-time in runs driven in by catchers. He was named to 12 All-Star games.
Diamondbacks hit 4 homers, hold off Reds 9-8
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's solo home run in the fifth inning gave Arizona the lead for good, and the Diamondbacks finished with four homers in holding off the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 Sunday.
Yasmany Tomas chipped in a with a pair of solo home runs and Wellington Castillo had a three-run shot as Arizona ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time since 2007.
It wasn't easy. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth to pull the Reds within a run before Tyler Clippard regrouped to get the final three outs.
Every Cincinnati starter except pitcher Brandon Finnegan had at least one hit off starter Zack Godley, helping the Reds come from behind twice.
Godley (3-1) became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach seven career wins as a starter in as few as 10 starts. He allowed 10 hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
Finnegan (5-8) failed for the fourth consecutive start to get past five innings. He allowed seven hits and six runs with two walk and three strikeouts.
Reimold's HR helps Orioles beat Indians 5-3 for 3-game sweep
BALTIMORE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold hit a game-winning, two-out homer in the ninth inning after Pedro Alvarez reached on a strikeout and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Cody Allen (2-4) began the ninth by striking out Alvarez, but the ball eluded catcher Roberto Perez. After fielding the bouncing ball off the backstop, Perez hit Alvarez in the helmet with the throw for an error.
A sacrifice bunt and a strikeout followed before Reimold lined a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats.
Jonathan Schoop also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles, who won the season series from Cleveland 5-1 and improved their home record to 36-14.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.
Cleveland gets Monday off before opening a two-game interleague series at home against the Washington Nationals.
White Sox not on Sale for 5 days
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has been suspended five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear Saturday.
The White Sox announced the punishment a day after the 14-game winner was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home.
The suspension comes to $250,000 of Sale's $9.15 million salary. He was also fined about $12,700, the cost of the destroyed jerseys, according to a person familiar with the penalty. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Sale is eligible to pitch Thursday when the White Sox are scheduled to play the crosstown Cubs at Wrigley Field.