South Jersey's mystery mud is the only foreign substance allowed by MLB to doctor baseballs
PHILADELPHIA — The mud is found during low tide, shoveled from the banks of the waterway and stuffed into buckets to be brought back to a garage at the Jersey Shore. It has been harvested — which is how Jim Bintliff describes the act of digging up mud — in South Jersey for more than 80 years ever since one of Connie Mack's assistant coaches discovered it could help grip baseballs. And as Major League Baseball clamps down this month on pitchers using foreign substances to doctor balls, this mysterious mud remains the only agent approved by the league to be applied to baseballs. But where exactl...
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Bears have called Soldier Field home since 1971 — but they have flirted with leaving the downtown stadium several times since
CHICAGO — While the Chicago Bears have called Soldier Field home since 1971, the team has discussed or proposed playing its games elsewhere throughout much of the last 50 years. Wrigley Field served as the original home venue for the team when it moved to Chicago in 1921 and remained there through 1970. The team won nearly 70% of its home games during that span. But the Bears were forced to find a new home after the American Football League merged with the National Football League and required stadiums to seat at least 50,000 fans. The team played its last game at Wrigley Field on Dec. 13, 197...
Heat’s coaching stability with Erik Spoelstra continues to be NBA exception. How unique is it?
MIAMI — As the NBA’s coaching carousel turns, the Miami Heat’s stability in this department continues to be the exception. With the start of the NBA Finals still a few weeks away, there are already seven head coaching vacancies around the league: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards. Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra just completed his 13th season as the Heat’s head coach. Spoelstra, 50, has second-longest active tenure as a head coach with one team — trailing only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. Rick Carlisl...
Good times roll again as Padres power past Reds
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres had been knocked down again and again throughout June. They finally punched back late Thursday night. It may have been just what they needed. Tommy Pham led off Friday’s game with a solo homer and a slumping Wil Myers added two solo shots, helping the Padres to an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night in front of a crowd of 33,456 at Petco Park. The blasts arrived less than 24 hours after Eric Hosmer’s game-tying homer and Victor Caratini’s walk-off shot nullified Mark Melancon’s blown save in the top of the ninth in front of San Diego’s first sellou...
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Mariners put together an impressive all-around effort to top high-riding Rays, 5-1
SEATTLE — For those who want to nitpick and find criticism in everything, including victories, the Seattle Mariners’ inability to add runs after the third inning and do more with their multitude of hits on the evening would be viable if not petty complaints. But given their opponent, who came into the series as one of the top teams in the American League and the overall execution with which the Mariners displayed over nine innings in the field, on the mound and at the plate, well, Seattle’s 5-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays felt like one of their better outcomes of the 2021 season. With...
The Seattle Times
SF Giants off to best 70-game start since 1993, extend win streak to five by beating Phillies
SAN FRANCISCO — Throughout a 2021 season in which their roster has been decimated by injuries, the San Francisco Giants have prided themselves on a cliche “next man up” mentality. During a week in which the Giants stayed healthy, they applied that same mentality in a different sense. Regardless of the number of outs in an inning or the score of a game, the next man up in the Giants lineup has been a dangerous hitter. After scoring 37 runs in a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants extended their win streak to five games with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Leado...
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Royals stop losing slide at six games with 5-3 victory over Red Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals snapped their losing streak at six games with a series-opening 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 29,870 at Kauffman Stadium, their largest home crowd of the season. The Royals (31-37) won at home for the first time since June 4 against the Minnesota Twins. Royals catcher Salvador Perez smashed a home run and moved into sole possession of fifth place on the franchise’s all-time home run list. His 170th homer in a Royals uniform moved him past Hal McRae. Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi homered in his third consecutive game, ...
The Kansas City Star
White Sox waste another strong start from Carlos Rodón, fall to Astros on walk-off double in 9th
HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel scored from first on Yordan Alvarez’s one-out double to right in the ninth inning, giving the Houston Astros a 2-1 win against the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Minute Maid Park. Gurriel singled with one out against reliever Garrett Crochet. Alvarez followed with his game-winning hit down the right-field line for the Astros’ second straight win in the four-game series. The Sox couldn’t take advantage of another great outing by starter Carlos Rodón, who allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in seven innings. The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fi...
Adam Duvall’s two home runs power Marlins to 10-2 win over Cubs
CHICAGO — The Miami Marlins had one of their best offensive nights of the season in their 10-2 series-opening win against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Two big swings from Adam Duvall did most of the heavy lifting. Duvall hit a pair of home runs — a third-inning grand slam and a two-run shot in the seventh — to lead the offensive onslaught. Duvall now leads the team with 14 home runs and is third in the National League with 48 RBIs, one behind teammate Jesus Aguilar and the San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. for the NL lead. Duvall capped a five-run third inning for the Marlin...
Sixers top Hawks, force Game 7 behind a balanced attack
ATLANTA — Who needs style points? The 76ers were able to get stops down the stretch while the offense was horrid. Added to that, their All-Star point guard, Ben Simmons, was either uninvolved or on the bench. Yet that didn’t matter to the Sixers, who were in a win-or-go fishing elimination game. A win is a win. Tobias Harris sank a pair of foul shots with 2.1 seconds left to secure a 104-99 over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The victory knotted the best-of-seven series at 3-3. The winner-take-all series finale will be Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Cent...
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