LOCAL BASEBALL PLAYERS EARN POST SEASON HONORS
4A Western Slope 1st team All Conference
Glenwood Springs Demons
Sebastian “Chano” Gonzalez, SS /Pitcher Tyler Boyd, 2B
Takoda Cheney, Pitcher/INF Bryer Rew, INF Gabe Marbas, Catcher
Brandon Benzel, 1B
Derek Wagler, SS Drake Montgomery, OF
MLB / ROCKIES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tommy Joseph hit a tying home run in the seventh inning and a winning single in the 11th, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies over Colorado 2-1 Thursday and stopping the Rockies from a four-game sweep. Joseph homered off Tyler Anderson and lined the game-ending hit against Scott Oberg after Michael Saunders’ one-out double.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-1) pitched a hitless 11th is his return from a disabled list stint caused by an elbow injury. Philadelphia stopped a five-game losing streak, winning for the fifth time in 25 games. Colorado, which has the NL’s best record, had won four in a row. The Rockies are back home tonight to begin a holiday weekend homestand with the St. Louis Cardinals. Rookie sensation Antonio Senzatela takes the mound for the boys in purple while Redbirds counter with righthander Carlos Martinez.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – Celtics star Isaiah Thomas says it’s too early to tell if he needs surgery on his right hip. He says the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. He says surgery is “not the No. 1 option right now.” The injury knocked the Boston point guard out of the Eastern Conference finals in Game 2. The Celtics won the next game without him, but Cleveland went on to win the series in five games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda is recovering after surgery yesterday to replace his pacemaker. The Dodgers say the 89-year-old “is doing well.” He’ll undergo rehab for the next few days before being released from the hospital. Lasorda, who guided the team to two World Series, has spent nearly seven decades in the Dodgers organization, beginning as a minor league pitcher in 1949. He’s now a special adviser to the team’s chairman.
CHICAGO (AP) – The first game of a doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because rain is in the forecast. The second game of today’s twin bill in Chicago is still scheduled to be played. The rainout will be made up tomorrow afternoon as part of a doubleheader.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH’-vehz) has turned the fastest lap during the final practice for the Indy 500. The three-time champion posted a lap of 227.377 mph on Carb Day, giving hope to Chevrolet-powered teams that struggled during qualifying last weekend. He was followed on the speed chart by six Honda-powered cars, including two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso.
UNDATED (AP) – Japanese star Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH’-toh) is retiring from the LPGA Tour at the end of this season. The LPGA announced her decision today, saying the 31-year-old will hold a news conference Monday in Japan. The former world No. 1 doesn’t have a top-10 finish this season and had only one last year. She has nine LPGA victories and has earned more than $8 million in her career.