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On the 16th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the Yankees played in New York, albeit as the road team at Citi Field. Players from the Yankees and Rays, who were the hosts in their makeshift home in the wake of Hurricane Irma, held a moment of silence to honor the 2,978 victims who died in New York, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania on that terrible day.
The Indians might never lose again. OK, that’s probably not true, but it sure seems like it. Cleveland won its 19th in a row Monday, walloping Detroit 11-0. The 19-game win streak is the third-longest in the past 100 years, trailing just the 2002 Athletics, who won 20 straight, and the 1935 Cubs, who won 21 in a row. During the win streak, the Indians have outscored opponents by 100 runs, and their rotation has a 1.84 ERA in that time.
THIS ONE GOES TO ELEVEN
Hunter Pence gives the Giants the lead! 6 innings in the books. pic.twitter.com/vIazgtbaIX
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) September 12, 2017
On the other side of the ledger are the Dodgers. L.A. lost its 11th in a row—amid two rain delays that lasted 3:34—12 minutes longer than the actual game—falling 8-6 to the Giants in a game that ended at 5:10 a.m. ET. The losing streak is the longest since the franchise broke my mom’s heart by leaving Brooklyn following the 1957 season. The 1944 Dodgers lost 16 in a row.
L.A.’s lead for best record in the NL fell to 3 1/2 over the Nationals.
CRAWL BEFORE YOU RUN
Toronto’s Darwin Barney doubled in the second inning Monday against Baltimore, and then slowly made his way to third when Adam Jones misplayed his ball. Very slowly.
HAVE BAT, WILL TRAVEL
— June Calhoun (@11WillieCalhoun) September 12, 2017
Willie Calhoun, the No. 74 overall prospect at midseason, is getting the call to the majors. Calhoun, part of the package sent by the Dodgers to Texas for Yu Darvish, tweeted that he’s headed to Dallas, and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, among others, confirmed the news. Calhoun hit .300/.355/.572 with 31 home runs and 93 RBIs, including eight homers with Round Rock following the deal.
LAPORTE LEGEND DIES
Ken Schreiber, a three-time coach of the year and the only coach in Indiana baseball history with 1,000 wins, died Friday. He was 83. Schreiber coached at Laporte (Ind.) High for 39 years before retiring 11 games into the 1998 season with a record of 1,010-217. He won state titles in 1967, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1990, and 1992.
“Just a great man,” LaPorte head baseball coach Scott Upp told the South Bend Tribune. “He made a huge impact on many, many, many people’s lives—and I’m one of them—and not just in baseball.”