Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata stands in the dugout before a game in May.
Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata stands in the dugout before a game in May. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)


Pirates' Tabata 'wasn't looking to get hit' in at-bat vs. Scherzer


When he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates' last chance against Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Saturday afternoon, pinch hitter Jose Tabata said he wasn't trying to get hit by a pitch. Scherzer was one out away from the 24th perfect game in major league history, and Tabata wanted to spoil it, but not the way that it actually happened: He dropped his elbow on a 2-2 slider from Scherzer and got hit by the pitch. Three pitches later, Scherzer secured the no-hitter, but many still hold a grudge against Tabata. "I wanted to get a hit," Tabata said in Spanish on Sunday morning. "People don't understand that those were the instincts people have. I wasn't looking to get hit. I wanted to get a hit. I wanted to get on base." He added: "It was a slider inside. I wanted [to keep his front shoulder] closed because I thought the slider was going to break. But it kinda stayed floating. You'll understand if you're in the moment and batting. But really, it wasn't my intention to get hit in that moment." According to Major League Baseball rules, a batter hit by a pitch is awarded first base if he attempts to avoid a pitch or doesn't have an opportunity to avoid it.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

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United's Rolfe scores twice in 2-1 win over Revolution

Chris Rolfe scored two second-half goals within 11 minutes, and D.C. United came from behind to beat the visiting New England Revolution, 2-1. Rolfe smashed a volley into the top of the net for the tying goal in the 70th minute. Fabian Espindola's service from the right flank floated just over the head of Teal Bunbury and found Rolfe's right foot. Rolfe put United ahead from the penalty spot in the 81st minute with a blast into the right corner. Miguel Aguilar drew the penalty on Steve Neumann's challenge near the top left corner of the 18-yard box. United (9-5-4) ended its two-game losing streak in Major League Soccer play and stretched its Eastern Conference lead to seven points over the second-place Revolution (6-5-6).

National Women's Soccer League: Severe weather caused two delays during the Washington Spirit's game Saturday night against the Chicago Red Stars, and the game was called off in the 38th minute. The full match will be replayed at a date to be determined.

Boxing: Baltimore Boxing will host "Road to the Worlds" on July 16 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The event will help raise funds for local boxers to pay for the expenses of attending the Ringside World Championships in August in Missouri. Tickets are available at baltimoreboxing.com or by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the fights begins at 8. Sam Crossed, Joey Veazey, Donald Wallace, Ernie Hall, Rick Foxwell and Sean Veazey are scheduled to compete.

Baseball: Sports Legends Museum at 301 W. Camden St. today will display the bat Ryan Flaherty used to hit the Orioles' franchise-record-setting eighth home run of the game Tuesday in a 19-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards. Also on display will be the ball Flaherty hit and manager Buck Showalter's lineup card from the game. For museum information, go to baberuthmuseum.org or call 410-727-1539.

Varsity: Bowie rising senior sprinter Maxwell Willis was named Gatorade Maryland Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

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