The Chicago Cubs wasted a fine pitching performance by Mike Montgomery, stranding 11 runners and allowing three unearned runs to lose Sunday to the Miami Marlins, 4-2. Edinson Volquez (4-8) gave up five hits and five walks in five innings, but he stranded eight runners and departed with a 3-2 lead. Miami's Ichiro Suzuki, 43, became the oldest player to start in center field since at least 1900, surpassing Rickey Henderson. Suzuki batted leadoff for the first time this year and went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .200. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 20th homer for Miami, a solo shot off reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh. More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
One Nationals fan grew so frustrated with the team’s relievers that he made sure to take shots at them in his obituary. A 68-year-old Nationals fan named Patrick Killebrew died peacefully June 20 “after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.” Yeah, that’s how his obituary reads in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. There’s another shot taken at the team’s bullpen, so we’ll just post the entire obituary that ran in the Times-Dispatch.
Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court. ''I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now,'' Johnson said to Lonzo Ball. Somebody not wearing Big Baller Brand sneakers might be a bit intimidated by Magic's bold pronouncements.