Wednesday’s stories from the world of sports include a MLB team on pace to win a record number of games, a slugger going yard in six straight games, a trip down memory land for a star at MLB’s Players Weekend and more.
The Los Angeles Dodgers compiled a five-run 8th inning to beat the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, making them the first team since the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals to be 50 games over the .500 mark. LA currently owns a record of 84-34 and is on pace to win 117 games.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has reached base safely twice in 20 consecutive games. Hall of Famer Ted Williams holds the modern Major League record of reaching base twice or more in 21 consecutive games.
Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins uncorked home run No. 44 on the season and has now hit a home run in six consecutive games. The record for most consecutive games in which a home run has been hit by a player is eight, held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and current Marlins skipper Don Mattingly.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez homered for the fourth time in seven games Tuesday night, as the Yankees defeated the New York Mets 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez said that a recent power lunch in midtown Manhattan with power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez helped to clear his mind.
Players weekend will take place from Aug. 25-27 when all Major League players will have a chance to customize their jerseys in unique ways to showcase their personal side. Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will wear “Don’t You Know” on the back of his jersey, the name coined upon him following a home run by New York Yankees radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling. Coincidentally, the Mariners will be at Yankee Stadium during Players Weekend.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has filed his notice of appeal for his six-game suspension. The appeal hearing is set for Aug. 29, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
New York Jets receiver and kick returner Lucky Whitehead is feeling anything but lucky after a string of unlucky breaks. Whitehead is out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot sustained in practice earlier this week, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
LeBron James spoke on stage to students, parents and families connected to his foundation at the end of an all-day event at Cedar Point Amusement Park. James said he wanted to take a moment to address the weekend’s violent protest, where a woman was killed.
The Memphis Grizzlies will name retired forward Tayshaun Prince special assistant to general manager Chris Wallace, according to several NBA sources.
The Vegas Golden Knights won’t begin their inaugural season until Oct. 6 and won’t play their first home game until Oct. 10. However, the Golden Knights are going to great lengths to connect with fans in the region and create new ones. A bus with Golden Knights logos and a message on the side in all capital letters reading: PUCK DROPS OCT. 10 was found in a quiet resort town 1,100 miles from the strip. Goaltender Calvin Pickard held a microphone in front of a group of fans at Frontier Ice Arena before a public skate and an autograph session.