The Chico Nuts made it happy day for their dads with an 8-2 over the Sacramento Stingers on the final day of the American Legion Father's Day Baseball Tournament.
As reported by the Chico-ER, Clayton Schuler drove in three runs and Andrew Shippelhoute tossed a complete game in the win.
GIANTS FINISH ROAD TRIP AT 4-5 WITH LOSS TO BRAVES
GIANTS OUTFIELDER ANDRES TORRES BOTCHED A COUPLE OF FLY BALLS THAT HURT IN A 3-0 LOSS
(AP) — Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in one run, Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday night.
Teheran (5-3) allowed seven hits and one walk. The 22-year-old struck out eight and benefited from stellar plays by outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth, and by Andrelton Simmons at shortstop in the sixth that kept a run from scoring with the Braves holding a two-run lead.
Lincecum (4-7) gave up six hits and five walks in six innings. Two of his three runs were earned, and he struck out three.
Giants left-fielder Andres Torres had some problems in left field mis-playing two balls that led to runs. This miscue gave the Braves a 2-0 lead....
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save in 22 chances. Kimbrel struck out Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias before retiring Nick Noonan on a flyout.
ATHLETICS AVERT THE SWEEP WITH 10-2 WIN OVER SEATTLE
BARTOLO COLON PITCHES ANOTHER GEM AS THE ATHLETICS EXTEND THEIR LEAD IN THE WEST TO THREE GAMES
(AP) — Bartolo Colon worked seven strong innings to win his sixth straight decision, Josh Reddick homered and matched a career high with four hits, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Sean Smith and Brandon Moss each homered and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who moved three games ahead of Texas in the AL West — their largest lead since ending the 2006 season four games up. Josh Donaldson also went deep. He says the A's are feeling good at the plate right now....
Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Jaso each drove in runs for Oakland.
Colon (9-2) allowed two runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three to extend his home win streak to seven.
Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) lost for the first time since April 23, giving up four runs on a season high-tying eight
SPURS PUT HEAT ON BRINK WITH GAME 5 WIN
(AP) — If the Miami Heat are to win a second straight NBA championship, they'll need to win the last two games of their season.
The San Antonio Spurs have grabbed a 3-2 lead in the Finals by downing the Heat 114-104. Tony Parker was outstanding while playing through a strained right hamstring, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo zhih-NOH'-blee) had his finest game of the series, shooting 8-for-14 and finishing with 24 points and 10 assists. And Danny Green continued his three-point assault by hitting six of 10 from beyond the arc to finish with 24 points.
Tim Duncan chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 60 percent from the floor while holding Miami to 43 percent.
Ray Allen tried to keep the Heat close, going 4-for-4 from three-point range and contributing 21 points. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and LeBron James each had a team-high 25 points for Miami but shot a combined 18-for-44.
Of the 27 previous times the series was tied at 2-2, the Game 5 winner went on to win 20 of them.
The Spurs can wrap up their fifth championship Tuesday in Miami.
JUSTIN SMELLS LIKE A ROSE WHILE PHIL COMES UP SHORT....AGAIN
MORE HEARTBREAK FOR FAN FAVORITE PHIL MICKELSON AS HE FINISHES SECOND AGAIN
(AP) — For the first time in 43 years the U.S. Open champion is an Englishman.
Justin Rose claimed his first major championship by winning at Merion Golf Club, holding off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. Rose closed with an even-par 70 for a 1-over total that made him the first Englishman to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
The tournament took a turn in Rose's favor on 15, where Mickelson and Hunter Mahan lost shots to fall out of a tie for first. Rose tapped in for par on 18 to maintain the lead, then waited until Mickelson missed a long birdie try on the final hole.
Mickelson bogeyed 18 for a 4-over 74 that left him tied for second with Day at plus-3. Mickelson carried a one-stroke lead into the final round before posting his sixth U.S. Open runner-up finish, extending his record.
Mickelson says he doesn't take solace in finishing second again....
Rose's final round consisted of five birdies and five bogeys. He missed a 5-footer for par at No. 3, but he sank long birdies on the 6th and 7th, then moved ahead of Mickelson with a 20-footer at No. 13.
Jason Dufner tied for the day's best round, carding a 67 to finish in a tie for fourth with Ernie Els, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan. Steve Stricker was in the hunt until his 76 left him five strokes back and tied with Luke Donald.
Tiger Woods completed a forgettable US Open with a 4-over 74 to finish 13-over par.
Shawn Stefani (STEH'-fan-ee) provided the shot of the day by acing the 299-yard 17th hole. He's the first golfer to make a hole-in-one in the five U.S. Opens held at Merion.
(AP) — Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Thursday night.
A year to the day after throwing a perfect game against Houston, Cain (5-3) was nearly flawless again. He struck out three and walked two, giving up a single to Garrett Jones in the fifth and a double to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer of the season, while Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias had three hits apiece for San Francisco, which avoided a sweep by spoiling Charlie Morton's return from Tommy John surgery.
Morton (0-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander also hit three batters while making his first major league start in more than a year.
(AP) — Nate Freiman singled home the winning run in the 18th inning against Mariano Rivera, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday for a three-game sweep.
John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne (0-1) to start the rally.
Freiman ended the 5-hour, 35-minute game on New York's getaway day to Anaheim for a weekend series with the Angels. A day game after a night game turned into a night game after a day game.
Moments before, Rivera issued just the 39th intentional walk of his 19-year career to Jed Lowrie.
Oakland became the first American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since the A's and Washington did so in 1971.
(AP) — The biggest adjustment for Dwyane Wade came hours before Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
It was when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra made the decision to start Mike Miller over Udonis Haslem, with the thinking that it would help thwart San Antonio's defensive schemes against LeBron James.
Instead, it served as a time machine of sorts for Wade — who found his form again, on a night when the Heat absolutely needed it most.
The Finals are now a best-of-three series that will be decided next week in Miami, thanks largely to Wade, who came up with his best game in months to carry the Heat in Game 4 on Thursday night. He had 32 points,six rebounds, six steals and four assists, and the Heat shook off an early 10-point deficit to beat the Spurs 109-93 on Thursday night.
The series is knotted at two games apiece, with Game 5 in San Antonio on Sunday.
(AP) — Spurs guard Tony Parker will play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after his availability was in doubt because of a mild right hamstring strain.
Parker wouldn't address his injury at practice Thursday other than saying he was "ready to go." The All-Star was hurt early in the second half of Game 3, which the Spurs won to take a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series.
Parker is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 assists in the Finals.
Spurs guard Gary Neal says it's a "huge brick off our shoulders" that Parker was cleared to play.
(AP) — Thunder, lightning and heavy downpours have settled in over the Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, suspending first-round play at the U.S. Open.
U.S. Golf Association officials called a halt to play at 8:36 Eastern, just short of two hours after the opening shot of the tournament was struck.
Thunderstorms with possible severe weather are forecast throughout the day, casting doubt on whether the first round will be completed.
The Merion Golf Club course was drenched by six and a half inches of rain over the weekend and into the early portion of this week.
Among those who got in some play before the skies opened is five-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson. He left earlier this week to fly to San Diego, where his daughter Amanda graduated from the eighth grade yesterday. Mickelson then took a late flight back last night and made it in time for his 7:11 tee time. Mickelson is even par through five holes.
The rain short-circuited a blazing start by Ian Poulter, who shot to the top of the leader board by making birdies on his first three holes.
No. 1-ranked Tiger Woods is set to play in a group with second-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott for the first two days. Woods enters the tournament with four wins this year. He's trying to snap a five-year winning drought at major championships.
BRANDON MOSS BELTS TWO HOME RUNS AS THE A'S BEAT THE YANKEES 5-2
AP) — Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Moss' power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third straight decision.
Moss hit his 10th homer in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected twice April 29 against the Angels. Of his five hits over 40 at-bats in his last 19 games, all are home runs.
John Jaso added an RBI double and a run-scoring single in Oakland's 10th consecutive home victory. The A's (40-27) won for the 20th time in 25 games and are off to their best start since 1990.
The A's go for the series sweep this afternoon in Oakland.
(AP) — Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 12-8 on Wednesday night.
Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for Pittsburgh. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three hits each as the Pirates set season highs for both runs and hits.
Francisco Liriano (5-2) survived six erratic innings to pick up the win.
Joaquin Arias knocked in three runs for the Giants and Hunter Pence doubled twice but San Francisco continued to struggle on the road. The defending World Series champions have lost 12 of 16 away from home.
Barry Zito (4-5) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings as his ERA on the road ballooned to 11.28.
The Giants try and avert the sweep today as they send Matt Cain to the mound against the Pirates. Game time is at 4:05pm
PITTSBURGH PIRATE FLAME-THROWER GERRIT COLE SHINES IN DEBUT VERSUS THE GIANTS
(AP) — Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory in front of a festive crowd.
The top pick in the 2011 draft, Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96-mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.
Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a home run to back Cole. Starling Marte also homered and Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits each.
The Giants got some bad news as Pablo Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his foot. Also, Marco Scutaro was hit on the pinkie with a pitch in Tuesday night's game. X-ray's were negative but training staff fears Scutaro may have ligament damage. He will not play in today's game.
(AP) — Derek Norris homered and drove in four runs and Bartolo Colon pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Coco Crisp led off the game for Oakland with a homer off CC Sabathia (6-5) before Norris and Colon (8-2) took over to lead the A's to their eighth win in 11 games.
Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his homecoming start in front of many fans that came from his hometown of nearby Vallejo to watch him pitch.
The A's did get some bad news when star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. He is day to day. Cespedes appeared to hurt himself running out a groundout in the first inning.
THE DODGERS AND DIAMONDBACKS BRAWL AFTER A SERIES OF BEANINGS ON TUESDAY NIGHT
DODGER HITTING COACH MARK MCGWIRE GRABS MATT WILLIAMS DURING AN INTENSE CONFRONTATION
DURING THE DODGER/DIAMONDBACK BEAN-BRAWL ON TUESDAY NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM
DODGER ACE CLAYTON KERSHAW SHOUTS AT DIAMONDBACK MANAGER KIRK GIBSON
DURING TUESDAY NIGHT'S DODGER/DIAMONDBACK SCUFFLE
(AP) — Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with high pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in six ejections in a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Tuesday night.
Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected in the seventh inning after the prolonged scuffle that nearly spilled into the stands.
In the top of the seventh, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back and both teams came charging onto the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown.
That was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig in bottom of the sixth — the ball deflected off Puig's shoulder clipped his nose.