Wednesday’s stories from the sporting world include two pitchers hitting their first career home run, a cycle hit at the ballpark, a legendary football coach passing away, the newest NHL franchise preparing for its first training camp and more.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer hit his first career home run last night against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. However, after one warmup pitch in the bottom of the second inning, Scherzer exited the game with a spasm in his neck. Scherzer took himself out of the game as a precaution, claiming he slept on it funny the night before. Scherzer is expected to be fine going forward.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester hit his first career home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks last night and received his first career curtain call as an offensive player. Lester also earned his 2,000th career strikeout in Chicago’s 16-4 victory over Arizona.
Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria became the second player in franchise history to hit for the cycle when he did so Tuesday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Rays would go on to win 6-4.
The Los Angeles Dodgers spoiled the MLB debuts of Lucas Sims and Ozzie Albies as starting pitcher Kenta Maeda pitched a scoreless outing, coupled with Cody Bellinger’s 29th home run of the season. The Dodgers would defeat the Braves 3-2 at SunTrust Park for their 9th consecutive victory.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered an injury to his leg at practice and was carted off the field. The Giants are hopeful that the injury is just a bad ankle roll/sprain.
Legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in South Bend. He was 94. Parseghian coached the Fighting Irish for 11 seasons and won national titles in 1966 and 1973.
After a two-year stint in Golden State, guard Ian Clark will be taking his talents to New Orleans, joining the Pelicans on a one-year contract.
Defenseman Calvin de Haan and the New York Islanders have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract reportedly worth $3.3 million.
Defenseman Brett Pesce has agreed to terms on a six-year, $24.15 million contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes. The contract will begin next season and will have an average annual value of $4.025 million.
The Vegas Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee are finalizing details for their first training camp, which begins on Sept. 14.