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Indians Sweep Tigers, Make History

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Indians etched their names in the Baseball history books, accomplishing what no other American League team before had done: win 21 straight games.

With the win over Detroit, the Tribe surpassed the record of 20 straight “W”s set by the 2002 Oakland A’s and tied the modern day Major League set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the hill; he was opposed by Tigers’ righty Buck Farmer. Detroit would draw first blood, as in the first inning, a 2 out RBI double off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, staked Detroit to a 1-0 lead. However, in the bottom half of the inning, a leadoff double and one out walk brought up Jay Bruce. On a 1-1 pitch, Bruce launched an opposite field 3-run home run, to put the Indians up 3-1. The Indians would not look back as they would tack on a run in the third and another in the 7th to tame the Tigers 5-3.

During this unprecedented streak, Cleveland has recorded a +104 run differential. In these 21 games, the Indians have led at the end of 185 of 189 innings.

The Indians now set their sights on the overall Major League record, of 26 consecutive games, set by the 1916 New York Giants.

The Cleveland Indians will attempt to make it 22 in a row when they send Josh Tomlin to the mound to match up against the Royals’ Jakob Junis. First pitch is set for 4:10PM PT.

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Giants keep pace while Kaepernick goes after Hillary and Trump

 

(AP) — Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford tripled twice for San Francisco, which remained a half-game behind the Mets for the top NL wild card and one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot.

Matt Moore (12-12) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start this season.

Posey and Pence hit consecutive solo shots, the fifth time the Giants have had back-to-back homers this year. Each player drove in two runs on the night. Conor Gillaspie added a two-run homer in the eighth.

(AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.

The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.

The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.”

By Luke Reid

@http://www.chicowildcats.com

It’s taken a total of five days for the Chico State men’s golf team to put to rest any talk that this might be a “down” year for the program. The Wildcats wrapped up their second
tournament of the season with a second-place showing at the Western Washington Invitational Tuesday. Saturday, they won the Saint Martin’s Invitational just down the road in Olympia.

They may have lost their head coach and four key components to last season’s run to the NCAA Championship medal/match play final, but the Wildcats have not lost their mojo.

Tuesday it was Serge Kiriluk leading the way with a 4-under par 68, including an eagle on his final hole of the day. That briefly pulled the Wildcats into a tie with the University of British Columbia. But UBC – last year’s NAIA Championship runner-up and the No. 3 team in the NAIA national rankings – responded with an eagle of its own and won by two shots at 6-under par.

Chico State, the 5th-ranked team in Division II, finished at 4-under par, four shots clear of third-place Concordia (OR). Tenth-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay finished tied for fourth with Victoria (BC) at 5-over par.

The Wildcats have now finished first or second in 14 consecutive tournaments.

Kelley Sullivan shot a 73 Tuesday and nabbed his second consecutive top-10 finish by tying for sixth among 96 individuals. It marked the sophomore’s best finish in seven career starts.
Kelley Sullivan snagged his second straight
top-10 finish Tuesday.
Cole Chavez carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for ninth and notch his first career top-10 finish. Kirluk climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard during his round of 68 to finish in a tie for 14th. That is the sophomore’s top collegiate finish.

Colby Dean (73-71-74) tied for 23rd and TJ Kathrineberg (78-77-76) tied for 69th.

 

The Wildcats will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday for their lone home tournament of the season – The InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic – at Butte Creek Country Club.
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Heat lose nail-biter; Durant inks deal with Dubs

 

The Chico Heat were on the brink, but in the end fell one hit short of catching the Marysville Gold Sox on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to their rivals down the Highway 70 corridor.

Ryan McCarthy pitching 6 innings of 5-hit ball retiring 15 of 16 Heat hitters at one point to pick up his 5th win of the season.

Chico’s defense kept the game tight early as outfielders Jerome Hill and Josh Falco cut down Gold Sox base runners at third base to end the Marysville 1st and 4th innings.

The Heat could only score one run after putting their first two runners on base in the first inning. Chico’s best opportunity for a big inning came in the 7th when they had whittled the deficit to 4-2 and had runners on first and third with no one out, but Marysville reliever Tyler Waldrop escaped the jam, leaving the tying runs in scoring position.

The Marysville win moves them to 19-10 in the Great West League one game clear of Medford who lost to Portland 4-3. With the loss Chico is now 14-15 sitting 5 games back.

Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05pm. You can hear the the game on the Kpay Sports app and right here on KpaySports dot-com with our Loerke Insulation Pre-game show at 6:45

(AP) — Splash: Kevin Durant’s big move to the Golden State Warriors is done.

The Warriors formally announced the signing of the six-time All-Star on Thursday and were set to introduce him with fanfare at a news conference at the team’s downtown Oakland practice facility, where screens read, “WELCOME KD TO DUB NATION.”

Durant announced his decision Monday in a story on “The Players’ Tribune,” then Thursday marked the first day free agents could sign their deals. He joins the NBA runner-up Warriors — who rallied from 3-1 down to beat Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling seven-game Western Conference Finals before losing the finals in seven games to Cleveland — on a two-year contract worth more than $54 million. There is a player option after the first year.

(AP) — Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”

Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.

(AP) — Yonder Alonso doubled and drove in two runs and Rich Hill tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts in six solid innings to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Hill (9-3) allowed three hits and one run to extend his winning streak to six games in his second start since coming off the disabled list on Saturday. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.

The Athletics trailed by one in the second when Danny Valencia and Khris Davis singled before Stephen Vogt drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. The Athletics tied it when Marcus Semien grounded into a double play that allowed Valencia to score.

Alonso followed with his double to put Oakland up 2-1. He gave the Athletics an insurance run with an infield RBI single with two outs in the ninth.

Dubs reach 70; Giants win home opener

(AP)— The Golden State Warriors will have the home court advantage in any Game 7 they might play in the NBA playoffs.

In a huge victory, Stephen (STEH’-fihn) Curry scored 27 and the Warriors became the second team to win 70 games in a season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 112-101. That secured Golden State’s home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 70-9 Warriors joined the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to win 70 games. Golden State can break Chicago’s single-season record of 72 wins by sweeping the final three games, including a rematch in San Antonio on Sunday.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Draymond Green added 18 to help the Warriors avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season.

 (AP) — Gorgui Dieng had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica also scored 18 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 105-97 on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves led for most of the game in following up their victory at Golden State by sweeping the four-game series against the Kings.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points for the Timberwolves. Bjelica made four 3-pointers and his point total was a career high.

Darren Collison had 19 points and six assists in the Kings’ third straight loss. Quincy Acy scored 17 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 and Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Kings coach George Karl rested DeMarcus Cousins, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and Rajon Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists. This was Sacramento’s 32nd different starting lineup.

 (AP) — Mat Latos gave up one hit over six innings for his first win since last July, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Thursday to give manager Robin Ventura his 300th career win.

A free agent who struggled this spring after signing with Chicago in the offseason, Latos (1-0) was stellar in his White Sox debut while striking out two and walking one.

He retired 13 of the first 14 batters and didn’t allow a baserunner until Chris Coghlan’s one-out single in the fifth — one pitch after left fielder J.B. Shuck dropped Coghlan’s foul ball.

Abreu homered on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Kendall Graveman in the sixth. The White Sox slugger added a sacrifice fly during Chicago’s four-run ninth.

 (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the eighth, Joe Panik drove in three runs and keyed San Francisco’s comeback, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-6 in their home opener Thursday.

The Dodgers pitchers’ 31-inning scoreless streak to start the season ended in the fifth, one inning shy of the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals’ record to begin a year.

Chris Heston (1-0) worked the sixth in relief of Jake Peavy for the victory as San Francisco erased a 4-0 deficit to the delight of a sellout crowd announced at 41,940.

Bruce Bochy bested his former outfielder and now-Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in their first matchup.

In the fifth, Los Angeles finally gave up its first runs of 2016 and got to Alex Wood (0-1).

A’s target five possible relocation sites

(AP) — Oakland is pitching five sites as potential homes for a new stadium for the A’s.

The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday  that it had obtained a city report submitted to team officials in November that identified the five sites. They include two on a college campus and one at a U.S. Postal Service facility.

The newspaper said A’s co-owner Lew Wolff declined to discuss the sites. But he said the team was continuing to take a second look at possible stadium locations in its territory.

The A’s attempts to move to San Jose were blocked because the San Francisco Giants have rights to that territory.