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.
Doug Fister took advantage of facing the slumping Cincinnati Reds to extend the best season-opening start by any Washington pitcher in a 4-0 Nationals' win Sunday. Fister allowed just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in seven shutout innings to reach 10 wins in 14 starts.
Manny Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Zach Britton struck out the side in the 10th for his 20th save to make the one-run difference stand up.
Valley League: Waynesboro beat Staunton 8-4. Charles Town knocked off Strasburg 6-1 and Woodstock fell to Front Royal 5-2. Harrisonburg's game with Covington was cancelled and the Turks are regular season champs. The playoffs start tomorrow.
RCBL: Stuarts Draft clinched the regular season title with a 14-11 win over Elkton. The other games on the slate were rained out.
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.
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