Sports LEADING OFF: Clemente Day in majors; Urías tries for 18
What Roberto Clemente Day means for Blue Jays with Puerto Rican roots
TORONTO — Charlie Montoyo hopes to one day see Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 hanging from all MLB rafters, just like Jackie Robinson’s No. 42. Montoyo, along with several other Toronto Blue Jays players, wore his Puerto Rican idol’s number on Wednesday as the league celebrated Roberto Clemente Day, 48 years after his death. Roberto Clemente is remembered not only for his excellence on the field, but for his kind, selfless and tireless approach to helping others. This legacy reverberates not only among Puerto Ricans like the Blue Jays manager, but the entire baseball community.
A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:
ROBERTO CLEMENTE DAY
Pittsburgh Pirates players and coaches will wear No. 21 to mark Roberto Clemente Day, celebrated by Major League Baseball on the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Players from Puerto Rico, annual Clemente Award winners and this year’s Clemente Award nominees also have the option to wear the number of the Hall of Famer, who died in a plane crash on a humanitarian mission on Dec. 31, 1972. Additional players may be allowed to wear 21 based on team ability to have them in time.
LEADING THE WAY
Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías tries to become the major leagues’ first 18-game winner when Los Angeles hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks. Urías has won four straight starts and is 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 16 walks in 13 starts since a June 21 loss at San Diego.
Urías wins MLB-leading 18th, Dodgers beat D-backs 5-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when the Los Angeles Dodgers honored a past Mexican-born pitching legend, an up-and-coming one was busy adding his name to history. Julio Urías earned his major league-leading 18th victory, becoming the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to record at least that many wins in a season as the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday night. “It was a really beautiful night,” Urías said through a translator. “When I started getting warmed up you could hear the mariachi playing and see the excitement around the crowd. It was very nice for me to pitch tonight.
TRYING TO GET EVEN
Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel (8-9) starts against the visiting Los Angeles Angels and Janson Junk (0-1). Keuchel, a 33-year-old left-hander, is trying to avoid finishing with a losing record for the first time since he was 9-12 for Houston in 2016, a year after he went 20-8 and won the AL Cy Young Award.
Jon Lester (5-6, 4.75 ERA) pitches for the St. Louis Cardinals against Pete Alonso and the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game series between NL wild-card contenders at Citi Field.
The 37-year-old lefty has won six straight decisions versus the Mets and is 8-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 career regular-season starts against them. The five-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion went six innings for Washington in a 6-2 win over New York in June before getting traded to St. Louis at the July 30 deadline. He is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in eight starts for the Cardinals, helping to stabilize an injury-depleted rotation.
SOLHEIM CUP '21: Capsules of the American team
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A capsule look at the U.S. team for the Solheim Cup that starts Saturday at Inverness Club: BRITTANY ALTOMARE Age: 30. World ranking: 54. Victories: None. Majors: None. Solheim Cup record: 2-1-1. Notable: She went 13 years between playing in the Junior Ryder Cup and her first Solheim Cup. AUSTIN ERNST Age: 29. World ranking: 27. Victories: 3. Majors: None. Solheim Cup record: 2-2-0. Notable: Made her Solheim Cup debut in 2017, didn’t qualify in 2019, and then won each of the next two years to qualify on her own. ALLY EWING Age: 28. World ranking: 22. Victories: 2. Majors: None. Solheim Cup record: 1-3-0.
Last time out, Lester allowed just three hits over seven innings in a no-decision against Cincinnati.
Rookie right-hander Tylor Megill (3-4, 4.06) is on the mound for the Mets.
With a decade left on their lease at Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals are evaluating their options and owner John Sherman said one of those could be a new downtown ballpark.
The Royals are tied to the 53-year-old stadium, named after founder Ewing Kauffman, until 2031 under terms of a public-private partnership 15 years ago that helped to fund $250 million in renovations to the quaint but aging ballpark on the outskirts of town.
But the club must make a decision in the next couple of years to press on with more renovations at Truman Sports Complex, which is also home to Arrowhead Stadium and the Kansas City Chiefs, or look elsewhere. The design and construction for a new stadium typically takes up to five years, and securing the necessary funding can sometimes take just as long.
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Dodgers beat Giants 6-1, move into tie for first in NL West .
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trea Turner and Corey Seager homered, Julio Urías won his seventh straight decision, and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved into a tie for first place with San Francisco atop the NL West Division with a 6-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday night. A day after his throwing error from second allowed the winning run to score in Friday’s 3-2, 11-inning loss to San Francisco, Turner homered leading off the game to set the tone for the Dodgers’ fourth win in five contests. “It’s over, it don’t matter,” Turner said. “It doesn’t matter if I made five errors yesterday, I had five strikeouts or if I hit five home runs. It doesn’t matter.