It was simply a matter of getting crossed up. But when New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and catcher Chris Stewart weren't on the same page during Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of the strangest run-scoring plays you'll ever see ensued.
With runners on first and second and two outs and Toronto already up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Kuroda was ahead of Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia with a 1-2 count. That's when things went haywire. "I called a slider and he threw a fastball," Stewart said. "I was expecting it to break down and away and it just stayed right over the middle of the plate and went off my glove. I tried to force the issue after that, I probably should have just eaten the ball." The pitch got away from Stewart and following his errant throw to first baseman Lyle Overbay, both Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis scored. So yes, the Jays got a two-run strikeout. They went on to win 7-2.
Moving to tennis, James Blake's professional career came to an end at the U.S. Open. The 33-year-old American won the first two sets of his first-round match against Ivo Karlovic but lost the final three. He had previously stated he would retire following the Grand Slam event.
Finally, Texas A&M and the NCAA agreed to a first-half suspension against Rice as Johnny Manziel's punishment for being involved in an autograph-for-profit violation.