Another shutout loss for the Tigers-Thursday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Oakland A’s 9, Detroit Tigers 0
Cleveland Guardians at Chicago White Sox, PPD – Covid
Chicago Cubs 7, San Diego Padres 5

A’s 9, Tigers 0 – Logue pitches gem in 2nd start, A’s pound Tigers 9-0
Zach Logue pitched seven scoreless innings in his second major league start and the Oakland Athletics spoiled the debut of Joey Wentz by thumping the floundering Detroit Tigers 9-0. Sean Murphy and Kevin Smith each drove in two runs and Christian Bethancourt supplied three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the A’s. Oakland, which entered Detroit on a nine-game losing streak, is 3-1 in the five-game series. The Tigers have lost eight of their last nine, scoring two runs or less in each of those defeats.

Guardians at White Sox, PPD/Covid – COVID outbreak postpones Guardians-White Sox game
Major League Baseball has its first coronavirus-related postponement of the season. Today’s series finale in Chicago between the White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians has been called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Cleveland’s clubhouse. Manager Terry Francona was among those testing positive. MLB said there were “multiple positive COVID-19 tests” within Cleveland’s organization and the game was postponed to allow for more testing and contact tracing. Francona tested positive a few hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team said the 63-year-old wasn’t showing any symptoms.

Cubs 7, Padres 5 – Rivas’ key hit vs hometown Padres lifts Cubs to 7-5 win
Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single against his hometown team in the eighth inning, and the banged-up Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-5. Rivas came up with the bases loaded and singled to center off Luis García. The Padres announced during the game that manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Melvin said Tuesday that he hoped to miss only the first six games of the Padres’ forthcoming nine-game road trip. Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs, who took two of three in the series.

Oakland (Kaprielian 0-2) at Detroit (Brieske 0-2), 1:10 p.m.                 WSJM/WCSY 12:50
N.Y. Yankees (Gil 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Cease 3-1), 8:10 p.m.
Cubs are off

MLB – Cubs SS Hoerner leaves game after colliding with umpire
Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner has exited a game against the San Diego Padres with a sore right ankle an inning after colliding with second base umpire Dan Iassogna in center field. Hoerner was on the ground in pain after the collision in the first inning and was tended to by a trainer. He stayed in the game and batted in the second, striking out. He was replaced in the bottom half of the inning by Ildemaro Vargas. Hoerner was running out to take the throw from Jason Heyward after Jurickson Profar hit a flyball over the center fielder’s head for a triple when the collision occurred.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Playoffs – 2nd Round
Last Night
Milwaukee Bucks 110, Boston Celtics 107                        (MIL Leads 3-2)
Memphis Grizzlies 134, Golden State Warriors 95            (GSW Leads 3-2)

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:00 p.m.                       (MIA Leads 3-2)
Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m.                     (PHX Leads 3-2)

NBA – Jokic takes MVP honors again
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for a second consecutive season, making four straight MVPs for foreign-born players.  The Serbian big man beat out two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and 76ers center Joel Embiid in the first all-international list of finalists.  Jokic averaged 27.1 points on 58% shooting while providing 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – 1st Round
Last Night
New York Rangers 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 3                      (PIT Leads 3-2)
Florida Panthers 5, Washington Capitals 3                       (FLA Leads 3-2)
Calgary Flames 3, Dallas Stars 1                                      (CGY Leads 3-2)

Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.              (CAR Leads 3-2)
Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.      (TOR Leads 3-2)
Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues, 9:30 p.m.                    (STL Leads 3-2)
Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings, 10:00 p.m.            (LAK Leads 3-2)

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 83, New York Liberty 50

Sky 83, Liberty 50 – Sky hold Liberty to 17 first-half points in 83-50 win
Dana Evans scored 15 points, Rebekah Gardner added 14 and the Chicago Sky cruised past the New York Liberty 83-50. Chicago led 36-17 at halftime after holding New York to 20% shooting, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range. The Sky opened the third quarter on a 13-4 run to take a 28-point lead at 49-21, and New York reached 50 points on Jocelyn Willoughby’s layup with 20.2 seconds left in the fourth. Candace Parker added 11 points for Chicago.

NFL – Bears add depth at wide receiver by signing Dante Pettis
The Chicago Bears added depth at wide receiver, agreeing to a deal with free agent Dante Pettis. The 26-year-old Pettis announced the move on Twitter, posting a photo of himself signing a contract. Drafted by San Francisco in the second round in 2018, he has 52 receptions for 739 yards and nine touchdowns over four seasons with the 49ers and New York Giants. Pettis was limited to three games with the Giants last year because of a shoulder injury on a punt return. The Bears also claimed tight end Rysen John off waivers from the Giants and signed quarterback Nathan Peterman. They waived tight end Jesper Horsted following a failed physical and quarterback Ryan Willis.

NCAAFB – ACC mulling division-free football scheduling model by 2023
The Atlantic Coast Conference is mulling a change to its football scheduling model that could include the elimination of divisions by 2023. Discussions are taking place during the league’s annual spring meetings. The focus is a 3-5-5 model that would have teams playing three opponents as permanent scheduling partners annually then rotating through the other 10 teams over two seasons in that eight-game schedule. Currently teams can go years without meeting and have one permanent cross-division opponent. The discussions come after the ACC’s 2020 season nixed divisions and added Notre Dame for one year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Horse Racing – Derby-winning rider Leon serving suspension by Ohio stewards
The jockey of Kentucky Derby upset winner Rich Strike is currently serving a four-day suspension that was handed down by Ohio racing stewards. His agent says it won’t prevent him from riding the horse in next week’s Preakness. Stewards last week suspended Sonny Leon for careless riding in the third race on April 27 at Thistledown Racecourse, during which he “deliberately and aggressively” steered One Glamorous Gal toward the rail to block other horses in the stretch.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Great Lakes Loons 5, Lake County Captains 2
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Dayton Dragons 1
Beloit Snappers 14, West Michigan Whitecaps 3
South Bend Cubs 6, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5

Beloit Snappers at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Lake County Captains, 6:35 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton Dragons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Buchanan 10, Bridgman 3 – Game 1
Buchanan 3, Bridgman 1 – Game 2
Portage Central 6, Coldwater 4 – Game 1
Portage Central 10, Coldwater 4 – Game 2

Mattawan 4, St. Joseph 3 – Game 1
St. Joseph 5, Mattawan 4 – Game 2
Coloma 8, Hartford 3 – Game 1
Coloma 7, Hartford 0 – Game 2
Marcellus 11, Gobles 1 – Game 1
Marcellus 12, Gobles 8 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 11, Three Rivers 2 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 8, Three Rivers 0 – Game 2
Centreville 11, Paw Paw 3 – Game 1
Centreville 10, Paw Paw 2 – Game 2

Boys Golf
SMAC Conference at Bedford Valley

  1. Portage Central                   633
  2. Gull Lake                            637
  3. Mattawan                            664
  4. Lakeshore                            690
  5. Loy Norrix                           715
  6. St. Joseph                            716
  7. Portage Northern                742
  8. Kalamazoo Central               777

Girls Soccer
Lakeshore 6, Kalamazoo Central 1
Portage Central 2, St. Joseph 0
Michigan Lutheran 14, Covert 0
Our Lady of the Lake 8, Brandywine 1
Bridgman 4, Berrien Springs 0
South Haven 8, Buchanan 0
Kalamazoo Christian 8, Coloma 0
Saugatuck 7, Watervliet 0
Mattawan 1, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 1 – TIE
Three Rivers 8, Niles 0
Otsego 1, Allegan 0
Paw Paw 3, Vicksburg 0
Plainwell 6, Edwardsburg 0
Dowagiac 4, Sturgis 1
Constantine 2, Lawton 0
Kalamazoo Hackett 1, Parchment 0
Fennville 4, Delton-Kellogg 0
Gull Lake 6, Portage Northern 0
B.C. Lakeview 4, Battle Creek Central 1

Girls Tennis
Battle Creek Lakeview 7, Lakeshore 1

St. Joseph at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Battle Creek Central at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
BC Lakeview at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Edwardsburg at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Harper Creek at Vicksburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Parchment at Brandywine, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Bridgman at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at South Haven, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Marcellus at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Comstock at Cassopolis, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Mendon at Decatur, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Centreville at Hartford, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Bangor at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Hackett at Delton-Kellogg, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Lawton at Fennville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Galesburg-Augusta at Kal. Christian, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Gobles at Martin, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Coloma at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Constantine at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

St. Joseph at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Battle Creek Central at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
BC Lakeview at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Vicksburg at Coldwater, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Christian at Buchanan, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Parchment at Brandywine, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Bridgman at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at South Haven, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Marcellus at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Comstock at Cassopolis, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Mendon at Decatur, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Centreville at Hartford, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Bangor at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Lawton at Fennville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Constantine at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Delton-Kellogg at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

Girls Soccer
Niles at Kalamazoo Central, 5:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:30 p.m.
Comstock at Bangor, 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Marcellus, 5:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Bronson, 5:30 p.m.
Wyoming Lee at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis
Lakeshore at Otsego, 4:00 p.m.