Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech, and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre, and La Russa were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.
To the field where in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays rallied after wasting three leads to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 yesterday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years. Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning. The Tampa Bay Rays' nine-game win streak is over. David Ortiz's three-run home run, his 25th of the season, helped the Boston Red Sox end their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays.
Elsewhere Minnesota edged the White Sox 4-3, Cleveland won against Kansas City 10-3, the Angels slid past Detroit 2-1, Baltimore trumped Seattle 3-2 in 10, and Oakland tripled up Texas 9-3.
In the National League, the Mets blanked Milwaukee 2-0, St. Louis shut out the Cubs 1-0, Washington doubled up Cincinnati 4-2, Philadelphia beat Arizona 4-2, Pittsburgh defeated Colorado 7-5, Atlanta bested San Diego 8-3, and it was the Dodgers over San Francisco 4-3.
In interleague play, Miami doubled up Houston 4-2.
At Saratoga Race Course, Jockey Irad Oritz Jr. rode Antipathy to victory yesterday in the $200,000 Grade III Shuvee for fillies and mares.
Tour de France:
Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Tour de France title Sunday to become the first Sicilian to win cycling's greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998. Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 in a sprint with overall winner Nibali finishing 24 seconds later.
It was Jeff Gordon Day at Indianapolis for a record fifth time. Gordon won his fifth victory at the Brickyard 400 exactly 20 years after he won his first Brickyard race. The win moved Gordon into a tie with Michael Schumacher, whose five Formula One victories at Indy had been the gold standard at the famed Brickyard.
In the WNBA, Minnesota defeated Connecticut 76-65, Washington beat Atlanta 77-67, and it was Tulsa over Chicago 79-69.
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