#SportsReport: Scooter Gennett Homers Four Times In One Game
Scooter Gennett has tied a major league record by homering four times for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Gennett, who drove in 10 runs, connected for his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, then had a solo homer and two two-run shots as he became the 17th major leaguer with four in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012. No player has ever hit more than four in a game. Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at bats as Cincinnati hammered the Cards 13-1. His 10 RBIs matched the club record.
Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, powering the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 5-4. The Red Sox made their first visit of the season to Yankee Stadium. Boston began the day next-to-last in the majors with just 53 homers, but manager John Farrell said before the game that he thought his team would soon pick up the power pace.
Joey Gallo hit a towering go-ahead two-run homer and the Texas Rangers ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-8 win over the New York Mets. Nomar Mazara had four hits and also homered for the Rangers. The Mets, who have lost five of their last six games, hit five homers.
Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy says pitchers such as Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka shouldn't be allowed translators on the mound and should instead "learn baseball language." Remy's comments during the NESN telecast of the Boston-New York game quickly drew harsh criticism on social media, with some saying there isn't one universal language for baseball.
Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt says Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera can be a team leader as he "becomes more comfortable with the language." Schmidt drew criticism Tuesday for saying in an interview on 94 WIP-FM that Herrera's language barrier prevented him from being a player the Phillies can build their team around. He later clarified his remarks in a statement.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league stands behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in their lawsuit claiming that Maricopa County is responsible for $187 million in repairs that team ownership feels are needed at Chase Field. Manfred was at the ballpark Tuesday and reaffirmed statements supporting the club that he made during spring training. He says for Chase Field to remain a major league-quality stadium, substantial capital expenditures must be made. He says if they aren't, there may come a point when the franchise seeks an alternative home.
Tonight, Golden State takes on Cleveland in Game 3 at 9 p.m. The Warriors lead the series 2-0 and have yet to lose a single game during the playoffs.
Tomorrow, Nashville will take on Penguins in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The series is tied 2-2.
On a dreary day that will be remembered by New York Jets fans for fond farewells to two of their favorites, linebacker David Harris was released and wide receiver Eric Decker was told he will be traded or cut. The two moves will save the Jets $13.75 million in salary cap space. Harris and Decker join what has become a lengthy list of veterans sent packing as the Jets rebuild their roster. General manager Mike Maccagnan says that if the Jets can't deal Decker, they will move forward without him. Decker's departure will save the Jets $7.25 million on the salary cap.
Harris, who practiced with the team and was in the locker room afterward, will save the Jets $6.5 million on the salary cap by being cut. Coach Todd Bowles called it "an organizational decision," and said discussions about redoing Harris' contract "broke down."
The NFL says it is looking into an incident last weekend involving New York Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams at a concert. Lee and Williams were attending the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island on Saturday night when Williams was seen on a video, posted on Twitter by an eyewitness, lifting a man who appears to be Lee and forcibly removing him from a possible altercation.
The Buffalo Bills have exchanged one speedy receiver for another by signing Rashad Ross and cutting Kolby Listenbee. Nicknamed "The Rocket," Ross was a track standout at Arizona State and has appeared in 22 NFL games split between Chicago and Washington over the past three seasons. The Bills designated Listenbee waived/non-football injury.
With prompting from running back LeSean McCoy, free-agent receiver Jeremy Maclin is making the Buffalo Bills the first stop in his bid to land a new job. The Bills announced they were hosting Maclin for a visit yesterday, four days after the seven-year veteran was released by the Kansas City Chiefs for salary-cap reasons. McCoy revealed during his charitable softball tournament last weekend that he began lobbying for the Bills to sign his former Eagles' teammate.
The New England Patriots have signed 2017 third-round pick Tony Garcia. An offensive lineman from Troy, the Patriots gave up two draft picks to move up and select him with the 85th overall selection in April's draft.
The problem for Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots has been his ability to stay on the field. He appeared in eight games last season before undergoing December back surgery _ the third in his career _ missing the Patriots' stunning comeback win in the Super Bowl. The last time he appeared in all 16 regular-season games was 2011. Since his rookie year, he has appeared in 88 of 112 regular-season games. Gronkowski is confident he's fully ready for the 2017 season.
The Tennessee Titans have signed wide receiver MeKale McKay and have waived injured cornerback John Green. McKay had been waived by the Denver Broncos last month. He spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad last season after signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati.
Louisville and Memphis, former conference opponents, headline the field of the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The former Conference USA foes will meet December 16th. The game at The Garden will mark the 90th time the Cardinals and Tigers will meet with Louisville holding a 53-36 advantage. Joining the Cardinals and Tigers in the Gotham Classic are Albany, Bryant and Siena.
After three Michigan State football players were charged with criminal sexual conduct, coach Mark Dantonio's program has a lot of work to do to repair its reputation. Josh King, Demetric Vance and Donnie Corley Jr. were the players charged, and all three were immediately dismissed from the team.
Junior guard Federico Mussini has decided to leave St. John's to pursue a professional basketball career in Europe. Mussini, who averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists, over the past two seasons, made the announcement Tuesday. The native of Reggio Emilia, Italy, played in 62 games, starting 25. He made 112 3-pointers and shot 85.9 per cent at the free throw line.
UAlbany football has been ranked No. 20 in a national preseason poll by athlonsports.org for the 2017-18 season which puts them at No. 5 overall in the bid for the FCS national championship.
Al Pacino will star as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic directed by Barry Levinson. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky's Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85.
A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky. The three administrators were sentenced to jail terms Friday. One of them, former university President Graham Spanier, plans to appeal his conviction.
David Beckham is a step closer to finally being able to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami. Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham's group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium. Beckham's group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the city's Overtown neighborhood. Beckham's group says the planned stadium would be privately funded, and the stadium would also be subject to county property tax. Beckham has aimed to bring MLS back to Miami since 2013. South Florida had an MLS team from 1998 through 2001. The Miami Fusion actually played about a half-hour's drive north in Fort Lauderdale, and folded because of poor attendance.
Minnesota is running through the league again and holds the top spot in The Associated Press WNBA power poll. The undefeated Lynx will make a trip to Washington to face the No. 4 Mystics this week. Washington has found ways to win this season while incorporating Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova will continue her comeback from a knife attack by playing at the Connecticut Open in August. It's the final WTA tune-up before the U.S. Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion returned to tennis at the French Open, less than six months after an intruder stabbed her left hand in her home in the Czech Republic.
Teenager Jelena Ostapenko advanced to the semifinals of the French Open by rallying past former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Ostapenko is the first woman from Latvia to make it to a Grand Slam semifinal in the professional era. At age 19, the 47th-ranked Ostapenko is also the youngest player in the tournament. Timea Bacsinszky will celebrate her 28th birthday by playing in the semifinals of the French Open after a straight-set victory over home favorite Kristina Mladenovic. Bacsinszky beat 13th-seeded Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in a match which was twice delayed by rain.
The French Open men's quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are now set for Wednesday after a rain postponement. Because of showers and heavy wind much of the afternoon in Paris Tuesday, the two men's singles matches were moved forward a day: No. 4 Nadal vs. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and No. 2 Djokovic vs. No. 6 Dominic Thiem. Nadal is a nine-time champion at Roland Garros. Djokovic is the defending champion. If they both win their quarterfinals, they would meet in a semifinal showdown.
A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is generating strong opinions on both sides. The push comes after Tewksbury rebuffed efforts to change the name of their Redmen mascot. Some residents appealed to state lawmakers on Tuesday, arguing the mascots perpetuate stereotypes and harm Native Americans.
Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in July. Timothy Shriver, one of Shriver's sons and chairman of the Special Olympics, will accept the award on July 12. Eunice Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968 to help individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports as a result of her sister Rosemary, who had such disabilities. Shriver died in August 2009. The Special Olympics will mark its 50th anniversary next year. The Ashe award is given to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.
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