Sports Digest (Aug. 5): Former Terp Brandon Lowe makes major league debut with Rays

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe warms up for his first major league at-bat during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, August 5, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe warms up for his first major league at-bat during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, August 5, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jason Behnken / AP)

Former Maryland baseball player Brandon Lowe made his major league debut Sunday afternoon, starting in left field for the Tampa Bay Rays in an 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox . Lowe went 0-for-4 at the plate but reached base on a walk in the ninth inning. Normally a second baseman, Lowe was called up to the majors after hitting .297 with 22 home runs and 31 doubles between Triple-A Durham and Double-A Montgomery. "It's indescribable. It's been a dream since I was a little kid," Lowe told reporters after the game. "To have so much of my family there to witness it was just amazing." Said Rays manager Kevin Cash: "I thought he had good swings and good at bats. There were a couple just misses in there. You can tell he has a quick bat just from the fly balls that he hit. He's going to get to play. You are going to see more of him." A 2015 D1Baseball.com second-team All-American, Lowe was a career .338 hitter with 10 home runs and 30 doubles as a Terp. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2015 and helped Maryland to consecutive Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2015. Lowe and fellow Ray Adam Kolarek are the first pair of Terps to be teammates in the majors since 1950, when Hal Keller and Sherry Robertson played for the Washington Senators.



Toliver's late jumper lifts Mystics over Wings, 76-74

Kristi Toliver hit a fade-away jumper with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Washington Mystics to a 76-74 win over the Dallas Wings. Toliver, a former Terp, led Washington (16-11) with 16 points, including eight in the final two minutes. LaToya Sanders added 15 points and Natasha Cloud scored 13. Elena Delle Donne, who entered the game fourth in the WNBA in scoring at 20.9 per game, finished with five points on 2-for-9 shooting. Liz Cambage made a layup to give Dallas (14-14) a six-point lead with two minutes to play. Toliver answered with a 3-pointer 13 seconds later and then hit another 3 to make it 74-all with 37.3 seconds left. Ariel Atkins stole a pass on the other end, setting up Toliver's winner. All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith missed her second straight game after suffering a facial injury July 31.

More: The Las Vegas Aces are still waiting to hear what the WNBA will do about the game the team decided not to play after a long travel day. The Aces' contest in Washington was canceled Friday night about 11/2 hours before the expected tipoff. It took the team nearly 26 hours to travel to Washington from Las Vegas after flight delays and cancellations. By the time the Aces reached their hotel in D.C. it was 3:45 p.m. — roughly 4 hours before the scheduled tip. "We had a discussion about what was going on and how we were feeling when we got to the hotel," Aces union representative Carolyn Swords told the Associated Press on the phone Saturday. "We had hopes of rescheduling. Every game is critically important with the new playoff format, but we couldn't put our health and safety on the line." Playing Saturday wasn't an option as Washington was flying to Dallas that morning for a game Sunday. Las Vegas flew to Connecticut on Saturday for its game Sunday. The teams play virtually every other day over the next two weeks, making rescheduling it before the season ends Aug. 19 nearly impossible. All fans who had a ticket to the game will receive a complimentary ticket to a future Mystics game.

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Bayhawks fall to N.Y., will host Denver in playoffs

Attackman Josh Byrne and midfielder Myles Jones recorded five points apiece for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in an 18-11 loss to the New York Lizards in the Major League Lacrosse regular-season finale for both teams Saturday night at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. Thompson scored three goals and had two assists while Jones served in a mostly playmaking role, using his dodging ability to total four assists while also scoring a goal. Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield) contributed two goal and two assists as the Bayhawks closed the regular season with a 9-5 record. Chesapeake had already clinched the second seed for the playoffs and will host the Denver Outlaws on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Denver Outlaws (8-6) earned the No. 3 seed for the playoffs by beating the Atlanta Blaze on Saturday night in a game delayed several times by thunderstorms. The top-seeded Dallas Rattlers (11-3) will host New York in the other semifinal with the winners meeting for the MLL championship Aug. 18 in Charleston, S.C.

Local golf: Charlie Winegardner, playing on his home course at Old South Country Club in Lothian, won two of the first three holes and finished with six birdies in beating Chris Navarro of Davidsonville, 4 and 3, in the championship match of the 100th Washington Metropolitan Golf Association's Amateur championship. In the semifinals, Winegardner (eagle, five birdies) defeated Justin Feldman of Rockville (six birdies), 1 up, and Navarro stopped Teddy Zinsner of Alexandria, Va., 4 and 2.

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