Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Saturday, June 22, 2019
Updated at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 UTC)
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^'An unstable roller coaster': 50 years later, the Seattle Pilots remain a fun fascination<
^BBO-SEATTLEPILOTS-SPORTSPLUS:SE—<The Seattle Pilots lasted just a single, solitary season — a blink of an eye in the 150-year history of major league baseball, a blur on the sports ledger of this region, a mere footnote in athletic annals.
And yet they made such an indelible mark in that turbulent year of 1969, were so zany and quirky, that they are remembered vividly, and ever so fondly, 50 years later. They built a dream, all right, and it still resonates to this day.
The Seattle players — 34 of whom are still alive of the 53 who stepped on the field, most now in their 70s and some having hit their 80s — learned long ago that once a Pilot, always a Pilot.
2650 by Larry Stone in Seattle. MOVED
^Devils acquire defenseman P.K. Subban from Predators<
HKN-DEVILS-SUBBAN-PREDATORS:HK — In the last 24 hours the New Jersey Devils have added a generational talent in top draft pick Jack Hughes and one of the most popular defensemen in the NHL. The Devils have acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators, sources told USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey and NorthJersey.com.
Just hours after general manager Ray Shero said he was in the market for a defenseman the Devils picked up the controversial blue-liner in exchange for two second-round picks, defensemen Jeremy Davies and Steven Santini, one second-round draft pick (No. 34 overall) in this year's draft and one in 2020.
550 by Abbey Mastracco in Vancouver, British Columbia. MOVED
^UConn on verge of joining the Big East, football likely in need of a landing spot outside AAC<
FBC-BKC-BKW-UCONN-BIGEAST:HC — UConn is on the verge of joining the Big East for all sports that the conference sponsors including basketball, sources confirmed Saturday. Though the university is awaiting and fully expecting an official invitation from the Big East, an announcement of the Huskies' move is forthcoming.
This move will return UConn to its storied basketball roots and trigger long-term security and better opportunity for its two programs in that sport. However, UConn must figure out what to do with its football program because the primary Big East schools do not play that sport. Dropping the program is not being considered.
1550 (with trims) by Mike Anthony in Hartford, Conn. MOVED
^USWNT, US Soccer agree to mediation in equal pay lawsuit<
SOC-USWOMEN-LAWSUIT:OS — The United States women's national team's lawsuit for equitable pay took a step forward Friday, when the United States Soccer Federation and players for the women's national team tentatively agreed to enter mediation after the 2019 Women's World Cup.
The USWNT is competing for its second consecutive World Cup title and just beat Sweden, 2-0, Thursday night to advance to the round of 16. The World Cup ends with a July 7 final in Lyon.
A representative for U.S. Soccer confirmed the mediation agreement.
400 by Alicia DelGallo in Reims, France. MOVED
^Remembering the trade that brought manager Gil Hodges to the Mets<
BBN-METS-HODGES:ND — The best trade in Mets history did not bring them a player, but it provided the architect of the 1969 world championship.
On Nov. 27, 1967, the Mets acquired Washington Senators manager Gil Hodges for $100,000 and Bill Denehy, a right-handed pitcher whose otherwise claim to fame is being pictured with Tom Seaver on Topps' "1967 Mets Rookie Stars" card. That card, in good condition, is valued well over $100,000. Hodges' value to the '69 Mets? Priceless.
Denehy, who had a brief, injury-riddled career, has spent the last half a century being the subject of his very own trivia question.
1500 by Steven Marcus in New York. MOVED
^Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay to make first major league start Tuesday against Braves<
BBN-CUBS-ALZOLAY:TB — Cubs fans will have to wait a few days for their next glimpse at Adbert Alzolay. But those attending Tuesday's game will get a big payoff.
Alzolay will make his first major league start that night, against the Braves.
The Cubs are switching to a six-man rotation for now, starting Jon Lester on Monday, Yu Darvish on Wednesday and Tyler Chatwood on Thursday.
Alzolay was dazzling Thursday in his Cubs debut.
200 by Teddy Greenstein in Chicago. MOVED
^Jose Quintana gets rocked as Cubs fall to Mets, 10-2<
BBN-METS-CUBS:TB — Joe Maddon summarized Friday's loss to the Mets in three words: "Too many mistakes."
The Cubs manager might as well hit the repeat button on that line. His team was even worse Saturday afternoon in a 10-2 loss to the Mets at Wrigley Field.
Boos rained down on Jose Quintana as he walked off the mound during the fifth inning. His ninth straight start without a victory made the 2017 Eloy Jimenez/Dylan Cease swap with the White Sox look even worse four days after Jimenez's game-winning homer against the Cubs.
600 by Teddy Greenstein in Chicago. MOVED
^Berrios leaves game with blister, Twins work extra innings to top Royals, 5-3<
BBA-TWINS-ROYALS:MS — Jose Berrios was a strike-throwing machine. Miguel Sano, Jake Cave and C. J. Cron belted 1,329 feet of home runs. The Twins looked to have things well in hand.
Until Berrios came down with a balky finger in the eighth inning. He left the game with two runners on and no one out for the normally reliable Taylor Rogers. Rogers got two outs before the Royals scored three runs to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
But the Twins pushed across two runs in the 10th to pull out a 5-3 win, their third extra-inning victory of the season.
450 by La Velle E. Neal III in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
^Homecoming homer: Pujols goes deep but Cardinals beat Angels, 4-2<
BBO-ANGELS-CARDINALS:SL — In one of the strangest, but most memorable, sights you'll see at a big league ballpark, the Angels' Albert Pujols got a standing ovation before his at-bat in the seventh inning, and then got an even bigger one a few minutes later when he hit a home run into the Angels' bullpen on Saturday at Busch Stadium.
The 408-foot blast, which cut the Cardinals' lead to 4-1, ended with his traditional look and point to the sky when he got to home plate, which got the crowd going even louder, and then a request for a curtain call, thought to be the first for an opposing player at Busch Stadium III. Pujols gave teammate Mike Trout a big hug when he entered the dugout, then came out and waved to the crowd. It was as though he never left.
1250 by Tom Timmermann in St. Louis. MOVED
Also moving as:
BBO-ANGELS-CARDINALS:LA — 450 by Maria Torres in St. Louis. MOVED
^Out of MLB for a decade, Wilkin Castillo comes up clutch in Marlins' win over Phillies<
BBN-MARLINS-PHILLIES:MI — The script probably could not have been written any better.
Catcher Wilkin Castillo, playing in his first MLB game in a decade, rebounded from striking out in his first two at-bats to hit a go-ahead, two-out, two-RBI double in the seventh inning Saturday to lift the Miami Marlins to a 5-3, series-clinching win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Welcome back to the big leagues, Castillo.
950 by Jordan McPherson in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Pirates tag Stammen, Padres with another loss<
BBN-PADRES-PIRATES:SD — The Pirates have put together enough offense to win the first two games of this series against their suddenly quiet visitors.
With four runs against Craig Stammen in the eighth inning Saturday, they beat the Padres, 6-3, at PNC Park.
That followed the Pirates' 2-1 victory on Friday.
Padres rookie Chris Paddack allowed two runs, both on Jose Osuna's pinch-hit homer in the fifth inning. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out one in five innings in his first start after a 10-day sojourn to Single-A for some rest and recalibration.
450 by Kevin Acee in Pittsburgh. MOVED
^Civale wins major league debut as Indians top Tigers, 2-0<
BBA-TIGERS-INDIANS:AK — Injuries to Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco being diagnosed with a blood disorder have forced the Indians to showcase the strength of their farm system.
Development of young starting pitchers has become their calling card, allowing them to continue to contend despite a small market payroll.
On Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field, right-hander Aaron Civale became the second Indians pitcher to make his major league debut this season, joining Zach Plesac. Civale's brother came from Hilo, Hawaii, his family from Connecticut for the important day and Civale did not disappoint.
700 by Marla Ridenour in Cleveland. MOVED
^Red Sox bullpen melts down in 8-7 defeat to Blue Jays<
BBA-BLUEJAYS-REDSOX:PJ — Even in the midst of a record-breaking campaign last season, the Red Sox bullpen was the subject of endless consternation.
Certainly the relief corps would eventually doom Boston in October. That was the popular narrative, anyway. Much of that frustration among the fan base still lingers to this day, and it bubbled to the surface at Fenway Park as a beautiful Saturday afternoon turned to evening.
Matt Barnes was booed to the dugout. Ryan Brasier was subjected to derisive applause after requiring five pitches to throw his first strike. The Red Sox melted down in the top of the eighth inning, issuing four consecutive two-out walks.
650 by Bill Koch in Boston. MOVED
^Orioles 'Turn Back the Clock' to beat Mariners, 8-4, and end season-long 10-game losing streak<
BBA-ORIOLES-MARINERS:BZ — It was "Turn Back the Clock Day" at T-Mobile Field and the Seattle Mariners were commemorating the arrival of Major League Baseball in the Pacific Northwest by donning replicas of the uniforms worn by the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.
Of course, the Orioles had to do their part by wearing replica uniforms from the same year, which meant they entered Saturday's game mired in a 10-game losing streak dressed like the team that won the most regular-season games in franchise history.
So, it was only fair that the Mariners played like the 98-loss Pilots and the Orioles played like the 109-win team that won the American League pennant, as Baltimore snapped its season-long losing streak with an 8-4 victory.
800 by Peter Schmuck in Seattle. MOVED
^Reliever Diego Castillo struggles again in Rays' 4-2 loss to Athletics<
BBA-RAYS-ATHLETICS:PT — Rays manager Kevin Cash has maintained he has faith in struggling reliever Diego Castillo, and he proved that point by placing Castillo into a tied game Saturday afternoon in Oakland.
The Rays were engaged in another low-scoring affair — the type in which each run is immensely valuable — and first baseman Ji-Man Choi had just homered to tie the game in the top of the seventh, getting starter Yonny Chirinos off the hook from a loss, when Cash turned to Castillo in a 2-2 game.
Castillo allowed two runs in the inning, and the Rays dropped a 4-2 decision for their 10th loss in their last 12 games.
450 by Eduardo A. Encina in Oakland, Calif. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
Atlanta at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
Colorado at LA Dodgers, 7:15 p.m.
Houston at NY Yankees, 7:15 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Texas, 9:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 10 p.m.
^Mike Preston: Ravens enter new era lacking star power, seeking new faces of the franchise<
FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ — The Ravens are a team in transition, and one of the toughest jobs this season belongs to the franchise's marketing department. That group has to sell this football team.
It doesn't sound difficult because the NFL is the No. 1 sport in America and several major networks broadcast games every weekend during the fall and winter. The Ravens also have tradition on their side, having won two Super Bowls since moving to Baltimore in 1996, while several longtime organizations, such as the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, have never won the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
850 by Mike Preston in Baltimore. MOVED
^Vahe Gregorian: Overheated Chiefs fans should chill and embrace Tony Gonzalez<
FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN:KC — When Tony Gonzalez went to Utah last month to sit and be measured and otherwise probed for his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust by artist Blair Buswell, he understood that Buswell sought to convey his essence instead of his mere appearance.
Part of that meant simply asking Gonzalez what expression he wanted to project on a representation that Gonzalez figures "could be there for 1,000 years." He considered the options presented by Buswell, who has molded some 100 of these for the Hall of Fame as its primary sculptor since 1983 and has been known to dissuade open-mouthed smiles for the bronzing.
1800 by Vahe Gregorian in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED
^Former NFL QB Trevone Boykin arrested on aggravated assault, witness tampering charges<
FBN-BOYKIN-ARREST:FT — Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was booked into jail in Tarrant County Friday on charges of aggravated assault against a family member and tampering with a witness, according to online county inmate records.
Boykin, who was signed by the Seattle Seahawks but later released, was arrested at his Mansfield home on March 21, 2018 on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. His girlfriend, Shabrika Bailey, accused him of breaking her jaw, which was swollen and wired shut following the alleged assault.
200 by Jack Howland in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED
^Mark Story: 'New-employee kits' for latest batch of NBA draft picks with Kentucky ties<
^BKN-STORY-COLUMN:LX—<Mark Story provides a new-employee kits for some recent state of Kentucky college students who entered the workforce Thursday night — by hearing their names called in the 2019 NBA draft.
1000 by Mark Story. MOVED
^Mark Bradley: The Hawks' goal now is to become buzz-worthy<
BKN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT — The Hawks' draft appears to have inspired a feeling rarely — heck, almost never — inspired by a Hawks' draft. The constituency seems almost giddy at the notion of De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in well, whatever colors the team decides suits the latest season. (Me, I'm still wondering whence the lime green came.)
And me being loath to rain on anyone's parade — that's a joke; I've spent 35 years raining on Hawks' parades, not that there have been many — but there's reason for tempered enthusiasm.
950 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED
^Rockets believe they have a chance at landing Sixers' Jimmy Butler, per report<
BKN-76ERS-BUTLER-ROCKETS:PH — A week doesn't go by without some report about 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler's possible free agency destinations.
The latest came Friday, when ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon reported on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast when MacMahon said "The Rockets think they have a chance" at signing Butler.
Butler is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract before the June 29 deadline. The Sixers could offer him a five-year, $189 million contract due to having his Bird rights. Another team can only give him $141 million over four years.
300 by Keith Pompey in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Steve Popper: Knicks, Kevin Durant have some big decisions to make<
BKN-POPPER-COLUMN:ND — When 6 p.m. arrives on June 30, officially opening the floodgates on free agency, the Knicks remain hopeful that the huge pile of salary-cap dollars they can wave will entice the top players to consider becoming part of their rebuilding plan.
And that's no small feat, convincing a star with his choice of suitors to head into the pressure cooker that is Madison Square Garden and join a team that hasn't won a championship since before he was born. Actually, before his parents were born.
After the Knicks shambled through a 17-65 season and traded their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, with this free-agent market as the prize at the end of it, reality has set in — on both sides.
800 by Steve Popper in New York. MOVED
^Hurricanes obtain 2020 first-round pick, Marleau from Maple Leafs<
HKN-HURRICANES-MAPLELEAFS-TRADE:RA — While not a blockbuster deal, the Carolina Hurricanes worked out a trade Saturday with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL draft in Vancouver.
The Canes received a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 draft, Toronto's seventh-round selection in 2020 and veteran forward Patrick Marleau in exchange for Carolina's sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL draft.
If Toronto's first-round selection in 2020 is a top-10 pick, the Hurricanes would receive Toronto's first-round selection in the 2021 NHL draft.
200 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED
^Chez Reavie makes seven birdies on back nine to overtake Zack Sucher for Travelers lead<
GLF-TRAVELERS-ROUND3:HC — As Zack Sucher's day began to take a turn for the worse on the back-nine, with a bogey and two double-bogeys to kick off his final nine holes Saturday, Chez Reavie pounced.
The 37-year-old, who had been paired with Sucher to start the day, and at one point trailed by five strokes, birdied 10, 11, 12 and 13 to overtake Sucher, build up enough of a safety net to stave off Keegan Bradley (10-under), and take a 6-shot lead into the clubhouse with a 7-under 63, highlighted by seven birdies on the back nine.
750 by Shawn McFarland in Cromwell, Conn. MOVED
^Bryce Miller: Big spotlight means 'everything changed' for boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.<
BOX-MILLER-COLUMN:SD — As the Rolls Royce transporting the heavyweight champion of the world crept along Saturday in relatively tame 95-degree heat, considered an odd form of relief in the oft-baked valley, the seven-block hug began.
First past Johnny's Burritos, a favorite fuel stop for Andy Ruiz Jr. — an unknown boxing grinder mere weeks ago who now calls the president of Mexico a friend, shared green room space with the cast of the Hollywood blockbuster "Dark Phoenix" and flirts with Snickers over an endorsement deal.
The procession inched past Donut Avenue, where the chubby kid religiously chugged sweet tea on the way home.
1850 by Bryce Miller in Imperial, Calif. MOVED
^Brendan Marks: With Darrell Waltrip retiring, here are 5 who could replace him in Fox's NASCAR booth<
^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Don't think of this weekend as saying goodbye to Darrell Waltrip. Rather, it's more of a "see you soon."
Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma will be Waltrip's final broadcast call for Fox. The Hall of Famer has been with Fox since the tragic 2001 Daytona 500, injecting race broadcasts with the same Southern twang and vibrant personality that made him a famous driver so many years ago.
But with Waltrip retiring, a question presents itself: Who replaces him in the booth?
1050 by Brendan Marks. MOVED
^After another horse death at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer Hollendorfer is banned<
RAC-SANTAANITA-HOLLENDORFER:LA — Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training.
American Currency on Saturday suffered a life-ending leg injury to his left-front fetlock (ankle) while running over the training track, according to Rick Arthur, chief equine veterinarian for the California Racing Board. It was the first fatality this meeting on the training track, which sits between the turf course and infield area and is not used for racing. It was the 30th horse fatality since the meeting opened on Dec. 26.
650 by John Cherwa in Los Angeles. MOVED
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