Old-fashioned baseball brawl between Yanks and Tigers……

(AP) — The Yankees and Tigers were engaged in a real slugfest this afternoon, and in more ways than one.

Detroit’s 10-6 win over New York included three bench-clearing altercations that included the ejections of five players, both managers and a coach.

Tempers began to flare in the sixth inning after Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (KAHN’-lee) threw a brushback pitch to Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, leading to the ejections of Kahnle and Yanks manager Joe Girardi. Play was about to resume when Cabrera and Yankees catcher Austin Romine got into an argument that escalated into a wrestling match that caused both dugouts to empty. Cabrera and Romine were tossed from the game.

The next benches-clearing incident came after New York’s Dellin Betances (beh-TAN’-sehs) drilled Detroit catcher James McCann in the helmet with a pitch in the seventh inning. Betances and Yankees coach Rob Thompson were ejected.

One inning later, Tigers reliever Alex Wilson and manager Brad Ausmus were thrown out after Wilson hit Todd Frazier around the thigh with a pitch. The benches cleared for a third time, although the Cabrera-Romine fight was as nasty as things got.

Oh, and there also was some conventional baseball hitting. Jose Iglesias smacked a tiebreaking, a three-run double in the seventh, a half-inning after the Tigers blew a 6-3 lead. Iglesias was 3-for-3 with four RBIs to help Detroit salvage the series finale.

Justin Upton and James McCann homered for the Tigers, while Yankees slugger Gary Sanchez went deep for the fourth time in the series.

The loss leaves the Yankees five games behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox, who are taking on the Indians in Cleveland tonight.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Robbie Ray was a winner in his first game since being hit in the head by a line drive last month, fanning 10 and allowing a run and just two hits over five innings to lead Arizona past the Mets, 3-2. Ray suffered a concussion when hit by a 108-mph line drive against St. Louis last month. The Diamondbacks took three of four from New York, leaving them a half-game ahead of the Rockies for the first NL wild-card berth.

— Colorado kept pace by beating the Royals, 3-2 on Pat Valaika’s (vah-LAY’-kahz) two-run homer in the eighth inning. Greg Holland finished for his 36th save, one night after he served up a three-run, walk-off homer to former teammate Eric Hosmer. The Rockies ended a four-game skid and won for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.

— Alex Cobb combined with four relievers on a six-hitter in the Rays’ 2-0 shutout of the Blue Jays. Cobb started for the first time in 19 days and was taken out of the game in the fifth inning after throwing 94 pitches. Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a pair of spectacular catches for the Rays, who also caught a break when Josh Donaldson’s two-run double became a foul ball through a video challenge.

— Giancarlo Stanton slammed his major league-leading 47th home run and the Marlins overcame an 8-3 deficit in a 9-8 downing of the Phillies. J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) provided the tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the eighth, two innings after knotting the score with a two-run, inside-the-park home run. A.J. Ellis and Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) also homered for Miami.

MLB-NEWS

More bad news for Mets

UNDATED (AP) — The stumbling Mets will be spending some time without their best hitter after unloading four of their top regulars.

Outfield Michael Conforto dislocated his left shoulder while swinging at a pitch in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs this year.

In other major league news:

— Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno. Correa has been out since July 17 following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

— The Twins have put catcher Jason Castro on the seven-day concussion list and recalled outfielder Zack Granite. Castro took three foul balls off his face mask in Wednesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

NBA-SPURS-GINOBILI

Ginobili staying with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili (MAN’-oo zhih-NOH’-blee) still isn’t ready to quit.

The Spurs have re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine to a one-year package.

Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season

NFL-NEWS

Elliott expected to play Saturday

UNDATED (AP) — Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is likely to make his preseason debut Saturday against Oakland.

The game is expected to be his only action before the 2016 NFL rushing leader begins a suspension for a domestic violence incident.

Elliott has appealed the six-game suspension he received after the NFL concluded he used physical force against his girlfriend at the time last summer in Columbus, Ohio. The appeal is scheduled for next week.

Checking out other NFL news:

— Texans receiver Jaelen Strong has been suspended without pay for the team’s season opener for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The punishment comes after Strong was arrested for possession of marijuana in Arizona in February 2016.

— Bills running back LeSean McCoy has chimed in on Colin Kaepernick’s (KAP’-ur-nihks) inability to sign a contract with a new team. McCoy says he believes one reason teams haven’t signed the quarterback is because he represents too much of a distraction for a player who would likely be a backup. Kaepernick remains unsigned and received criticism for refusing to stand for the national anthem.

— Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said he’s considering reviving his take-a-knee protest during the national anthem. Marshall was prepared to focus solely on football this season after being was one of the first NFL players last year to follow the lead of Kaepernick. But in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Marshall indicated this week that several players are considering doing so prior to kickoff Saturday night against Green Bay.

— The Cardinals received a visit Thursday from Ariz. Sen. John McCain during the team’s final workout at University of Phoenix Stadium. McCain chatted with team officials and players just a week after he completed his first round of radiation and chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer.

— Former Packers running back Ahman Green has pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. The 40-year-old Green is accused of striking his teenage daughter in the head in a dispute over household chores in June at his Green Bay area home.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA-ARRESTS

Freshmen Gators cited for marijuana possession

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida freshman football players have been cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Receiver James Robinson and linebacker Ventrell Miller were cited for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana early Monday. Miller is one of seven players under indefinite suspension for misusing university funds.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

Mexico moves on

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mexico has advanced to the international championship game in the Little League World Series.

Mexico stayed alive in the tournament by beating British Columbia, 6-2. That sets up a Saturday matchup between Mexico and Tokyo.

Fairfield, Connecticut, takes on Lufkin, Texas, tonight, with the winner advancing to the U.S. title game against Greenville, N.C.

 

Chico and Lincoln will settle summer long rivalry tonight

Rarely does a rivalry take on a life of its own in one ten week summer baseball season. But, with tonight’s 15th installment of the Chico Heat and Lincoln Potters their summer long dispute will come to a decisive end.

Tuesday night the Potters beat Chico 10-7 forcing the third and final game in the series to determine who will play Medford or Portland on Friday in the best-of-three Championship Series.

Chico and Lincoln have been primary antagonists all season long. Both Chico and Lincoln have had thrilling wins against one another, snatching victories in dramatic fashion. The Heat captured Game One of the series on Monday in a 10-inning 4-3 thriller.

Rarely does a 10-week summer lend itself to the birth of rivalry but in the case of Chico and Lincoln it is clear. While the respect is clear, the joy and zest they get from beating one another is evident. Tonight’s winner will lay down the final gauntlet in what has been a tremendous 10-week ride. One team advances to try and capture a title, while the other is left to wonder what happened on a muggy Wednesday night in Chico.

Belt Placed On Concussion DL; Giants Add Panda

By Chandler Guadagnin

In the sixth inning of last night’s 2-1 loss to the D-Backs, Brandon Belt took a breaking ball to the helmet and was forced to exit the ballgame. Belt has allegedly experienced concussion symptoms. As a result, San Francisco has place Belt on the 7-day Concussion DL.

In a corresponding move, the Giants called Pablo Sandoval back up to the majors. Sandoval, who signed a minor league pact with the Giants on July 14, went 8 for 38 with 2 extra base hits, 8 RBIs and 3 strikeouts in 12 games with San Jose and Sacramento. Pablo will wear number 48 in his second stint with the Giants. It’s time to dust off those Panda hats.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

All Sports-All the Time

By Chandler Guadagnin

If you can’t get enough sports, there is no need to worry. KPAY Sports is proud to announce that in addition to broadcasting 2017 Chico Heat Baseball live, the station will air archived games from local sports teams. These games include High School Football, Butte College Football, Chico State Basketball and Baseball, as well as Chico Heat Baseball.

Listen now on the KPAY Sports App and www.kpaysports.com. Follow KPAY Sports on social media:

Twitter: @KPAYBacaSports

Facebook: @KPAYSports

Panda Comes Back to the Bay

By Chandler Guadagnin

After a 3 year detour in Boston, Pablo Sandoval is on his way back to the city by the bay. After being officially designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sandoval, affectionately known as the Panda, has reportedly inked a minor league deal with San Francisco. Pablo had an injury plagued tenure with the Red Sox. After signing a 5-year $95M deal in the winter of 2014 with Boston, Sandoval played just 161 games over the past two and a half years. The Sox still owe Sandoval the remainder of the contract which stands at about $50M.

Over 2 years and change with Boston, Pablo Sandoval hit .237 with 14 home runs and 101 strikeouts.

In 7 years with the Giants, Sandoval hit to the tune of a .294 batting average while collecting 106 hits and tallying 462 RBIs. However, Sandoval is best known for his postseason production. In 3 postseasons, all with San Francisco, Pablo has hit .344 with 6 home runs and 20 RBIs. The Panda’s accolades with San Francisco include three World Series rings,  the 2012 World Series MVP, and two All-Star appearances. The most impressive postseason performance of his career came in Detroit, when in Game 1, Sandoval homered three times.

The Giants made it official on Saturday; signing Sandoval to a minor league pact. He will report to Class-A San Jose.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Contract information courtesy of www.baseballprospectus.com

Bumgarner Begins Rehab Assignment in Sacramento

By Chandler Guadagnin

Giants left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner has officially begun his rehab assignment. On Friday night for Triple-A Sacramento, Bumgarner went 3 and 2/3 innings surrendering seven hits and allowing four runners to cross the plate. He through 62 pitches in his night of work; 41 of those for strikes.

Bumgarner sustained a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain after crashing his dirt bike during an off-day in Colorado. At the time that Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list, San Francisco was 6-11. In Bumgarner’s absence the Giants have tallied a record of 31-40.

In four starts prior to the injury, Bumgarner pitched to the tune of a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 4 walks in 27 innings pitched.

Bumgarner is expected to return sometime after the All-Star Break.

Bumgarner Rehab Statistics courtesy of http://wtop.com/mlb/2017/07/giants-bumgarner-has-uneven-outing-during-rehab-start/

Bumgarner Season Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Wild Pitches set stage extra inning loss for Heat

It wasn’t the Zach Hoffman double in the 10th inning that beat the Heat last night in Lincoln. When you dig deeper and see what ultimately led to Chico’s second extra-inning loss in less than a week the culprit were those free 90’s the Heat gave up in the 1st and 7th innings.

In the first inning a wild pitch with a runner at first and two outs moved Lincoln’s Will Law into scoring position. Two pitches later a double would bring home Law. He most likely would not have scored if he wasn’t at second base.

In the 7th with the Heat leading 3-1 the Potters put runners at 1st and 2nd with no one out. A wild pitch would move the runners to 2nd and 3rd and the Potters would again take advantage getting a SAC fly and an infield single to plate the tying runs.

The post-mortem of the Heat’s loss clearly points to self-inflicted wounds in their second straight loss to this season’s bitterest of rivals.

Chico still could have won Friday night’s game after loading the bases with no one out in the 9th inning but a ground out, strike out and ground out ended the threat and set the stage for Lincoln’s walk-off win.

Tonight will mark the half-way point for the 2017 season and after Saturday’s series finale the Heat will only have two games left against Lincoln. A win tonight moves Chico 1/2 game behind Lincoln, a loss and the Heat fall three back in the loss column.

Many feel these two are on a collision course for a playoff match-up, if that’s the case a win tonight would go a long way in determining home-field advantage should they meet in early August.

First pitch tonight is at 7:35pm with pre game at 7:15pm on the KpaySports app and right here on KpaySports dot-com

Heat sitting in good spot as halfway point approaches….

For the first time in 12 days the Chico Heat got a day off and they certainly looked like they needed the break.

The offensive prowess they showed agains the first place Medford Rogues at Nettleton Stadium did not accompany them to Marysville as the Heat were swept in a mini two-game set by the Gold Sox on Sunday and Monday. The day off gives the Heat a chance to decompress and recharge as they get ready for a four-game showdown versus the Lincoln Potters on Wednesday night.

The Heat lost a gut-wrencher on Monday night, a 13-inning 1-0 loss where the Gold Sox managed only four hits and stranded 17 runners but cashed in a walk, hit batsman, an error and SAC fly for the win. Chico wasted numerous opportunities in losing both games and Manager Fred Ludwig could sense his team was in need of a day off before Monday’s loss.

The Heat and Potters will lock horns on Wednesday at Nettleton Stadium with the Potters hosting the games Thursday-thru-Saturday at McBean Park. Even though the Potters are the new kid on the block they do not carry themselves like newbies. The Heat and Potters have taken turns beating each other on their home fields and the games have been unpredictable and spirited. The two squads figure to be going back and forth the rest of the season, but after Saturday’s game the two teams will only play one another twice in the final 30 games of the year.

Going into Wednesday’s series opener Hawaii-Pacific product Tanner Tokunaga leads the Great West League in four offensive categories, batting average (.385) hits (42) runs (29) and stolen bases (17) he also sits third in the league in walks with 18, trailing teammates Justin Watari (24) and Marcus Wilhite (23.)

The Heat also lead the league in stolen bases with a staggering 61 steals in 26 games. Chico is the third best hitting team in the league batting .292 and they have the second best on-base percentage at .401

Chico’s pitching is improving and they now have the second best team ERA in the league with an ERA of 4.64. They have the best WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched. Heat pitchers have surrendered the most hits in the league but they have issued the fewest walks.

GREAT WEST LEAGUE STANDINGS

Updated as of June 28

MEDFORD                    18-8             –

LINCOLN                        15-10       2.5

CHICO                             15-11          3

PORTLAND                  11-14       6.5

MARYSVILLE               9-16          8.5

YUBA CITY                    8-17          9.5

Wilhite’s blast gives Chico 7-6 win

The fourth lead change of the game was the charm for the Chico Heat on Tuesday night as the Heat’s Marcus Wilhite launched a two run 9th inning shot into the netting above the right field wall giving the Heat a come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Marysville Gold Sox.

Chico had coughed up an early 3-0 lead and had squandered a few opportunities before the Butte College and Oroville-native Wilhite turned the game around on one pitch. After falling behind 0-1 Wilhite launched the next pitch from Lamar University left-hander Noah Sills to deep right. It was the second home run of the year for Wilhite, who will be attending Cal State San Marcos next year to continue his college career.

Chico jumped on the Gold Sox early when Cole Lemmel hit a two-run home run in the 2nd. Chico starter Brian Coffey cruised for the first two innings but ran into command issues in the 3rd walking three straight hitters and then hitting a batter before being relieved. Zach Sherman came in to minimize the damage and two innings later Ryan Sanchez came in to retire all six batters he would face.

The Gold Sox grabbed the lead in the 7th after Tony Bolinger singled home two runs with two outs giving Marysville a 6-5 lead. Andrew Schantz would close the door in the 9th after a couple of walks picking up his second win of the a season. Schantz has yet to allow a run in 7.1 innings on the year.

The Heat go for the series sweep tonight in Marysville as they take on the Gold Sox at 7:05pm with our pre-game coming your way at 6:45

Durant Gets it Done with Dubs

By Chandler Guadagjnin

Monday night the Golden State Warriors exacted their revenge on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant played a big part in this quest for the title.

Kevin Durant took a lot of flack for joining the team that knocked him out of the playoffs a year ago. Some said that it was flat unfair that he joined an already stacked team. I submit to you that if the Warriors were as great as had been said, then the Warriors would have taken home the trophy last year. No matter how dominant the core of Curry, Green, and Thompson are, the Dubs couldn’t have gotten it done without one Kevin Durant.

In his 10-year career, Durant has accomplished so much: an 8 time All-Star, a 4 time scoring champ and the 2014 NBA MVP. In joining the Warriors, Durant sought that one thing that had alluded him all these years- an NBA Championship.

The Warriors Small Forward did his part, dropping 39 points in Golden State’s 129-120 Game 5 victory; making him only the sixth player in NBA history to score 30+ points in every game of a five-game Finals.

I have watched his celebration and elation on his face several times and it never gets old. He showed that underneath all of the  competition and stress, it is still just a child’s game. The joy that the game produces is what it’s all about.

Congratulations to the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors but especially Kevin Durant.

Durant statistics courtesy of https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Kevihttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Kevin_Durantn_Durant