Greene, Reyes, as Haase lead Detroit over Guardians – Wednesday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 11, Cleveland Guardians 4
Minnesota Twins 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee Brewers 3

Tigers 11, Guardians 4 – Greene, Reyes lead Tigers to 3rd straight win over Guardians
Riley Greene and Victor Reyes drove in three runs apiece, Eric Haase blasted a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Cleveland Guardians 11-4. Miguel Cabrera added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Tigers, who have won the first three games of the four-game series. Greene had a pair of doubles, while Reyes supplied three hits and scored twice. Drew Hutchison got his first victory since last Sept. 25, allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits in five innings. Guardians starter Cal Quantrill surrendered six runs — three earned — in four innings.

Twins 8, White Sox 2 – Kirilloff hits 2 homers as Twins pound White Sox 8-2
Alex Kirilloff hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs, Jorge Polanco went deep on his birthday for the second time and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2. Kirilloff had his second career multi-homer game. He went back to back with Polanco against slumping White Sox starter Michael Kopech in a three-run fifth and added a two-run drive against Vince Velasquez in the seventh. Max Kepler and Jose Miranda also connected, and the AL Central-leading Twins finished one homer shy of their season high. Josh Winder pitched five solid innings on short notice, and Minnesota improved to 5-0 against the reigning division champions.

Cubs 8, Brewers 3 – Suzuki homers again, Hendricks hurt as Cubs top Brewers 8-3
Seiya Suzuki homered for the second straight night as the Chicago Cubs overcame Kyle Hendricks’ early exit and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3. Hendricks left after three innings with a sore right shoulder. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, with his velocity slightly lower than usual. Chicago’s bullpen stepped up in Hendricks’ absence. Matt Swarmer, Rowan Wick and Michael Rucker combined to allow just one run over the last six innings. Suzuki’s two-run homer broke a 2-all tie in the fifth. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run shot for the Brewers.

Today
Cleveland (Bieber 3-4) at Detroit (Pineda 1-3), 1:10 p.m.          WSJM/WCSY 12:50
Minnesota (Ryan 6-3) at Chicago White Sox (Lynn 1-1), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Sampson 0-0) at Milwaukee (Burnes 7-4), 2:10 p.m.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Seattle Storm 95, Indiana Fever 83

Storm 95, Fever 83 – Loyd scores 25 points, Storm beat Fever 95-73
Jewell Loyd scored 25 points, Tina Charles had 13 points and eight rebounds, and the Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 95-73. Seattle got its 400th regular-season win. Gabby Williams added 14 points, Ezi Magbegor had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Breanna Stewart also scored 12 for Seattle. Sue Bird had two points, on 1-of-7 shooting and five assists. Briann January, who is retiring after the season, also scored two points in her final trip to Indiana, where her 14-year career began. Kelsey Mitchell scored 21 points for Indiana. NaLyssa Smith added 14 points and Danielle Robinson had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Today
Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 1:00 p.m.

WNBA – White House: Biden has read Griner letter pleading for help
Brittney Griner’s appeal to President Joe Biden in a handwritten letter continued to garner reaction Tuesday after the WNBA All-Star acknowledged she feared never returning home and asked Biden not “forget about me and the other American Detainees.” Griner’s letter was delivered through her representatives to the White House on Monday and officials say the president has read it. However Griner’s wife, Cherelle, said Tuesday on a morning talk show that she hadn’t heard from Biden. The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time Olympic gold medalist is in the midst of a trial in Russia that began last week after she was arrested on Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for her Russian team. The trial will resume Thursday.

NCAA – Pac-12 accelerates negotiations for media rights deals
The Pac-12 is pushing up negotiations for its next media rights agreements in the wake of the decision by UCLA and USC to leave for the Big Ten. The Pac-12 announced that its board of directors has authorized negotiations. The conference’s current media rights deal expires in 2024, but the Pac-12 accelerated the timeline for negotiations for the next one with two of its marquee programs headed out the door. UCLA and USC leaving for the Big Ten in 2024 will knock the Pac-12 out of the nation’s second-largest media market.

NHL – NHL Draft: Teams weigh risks of selecting Russian prospects
The war in Ukraine has added an increasing level of uncertainty for teams looking at Russia-born prospects in this week’s NHL draft. There are fresh questions regarding their availability to play in North America. There is the potential of Russia being shut out in the first round for the first time since 2005. The concerns include when and whether Russian players will be able to travel to play in North America. The draft will be held Thursday and Friday in Montreal.

NHL – Agent: Top NHL goalie prospect sent to Russian military base
The North American agent for Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov says he is at a remote military base in northern Russia. Fedotov vanished last week ahead of a planned move to the U.S. The disappearance of one of the NHL’s top prospects prompted concern for his wellbeing and worry over whether Russians will be willing or able to join teams who draft them this weekend. Russian men can be conscripted between the ages of 18 and 27. Fedotov is 25 and considered one of the top goalies in the world not already playing in the NHL.

NHL – Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL’s first Black GM
The San Jose Sharks have hired longtime NHL forward Mike Grier to become the first Black general manager in NHL history. Grier fills the spot that opened when Doug Wilson stepped away for health reasons earlier this year. Grier spent three of his 14 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks from 2006 to 2009 and he has spent the past decade filling various roles as a coach and scout around the league. He was most recently the hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers.

NHL/AHL – Jessica Campbell hired as 1st female assistant coach in AHL
The Coachella Valley Firebirds have hired the American Hockey League’s first female assistant coach. Jessica Campbell spent the past year working with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL development program and she was an assistant coach with Germany at the IIHF men’s world championships. Coachella Valley is set to begin its first season this fall as the AHL affiliate for the Seattle Kraken. Campbell was part of the Canadian national team program and played three seasons for the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She also played collegiately at Cornell.

Tennis – Wimbledon – 2 sets down, Djokovic wins 26th consecutive Wimbledon match
Novak Djokovic erased a two-set deficit against 10th-seeded Jannik Sinner to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 11th time. Djokovic came back to win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court. It is his 26th consecutive victory at the All England Club. Djokovic is pursuing a fourth straight title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament and seventh overall. He will face Cam Norrie of Britain in the semifinals. Norrie won a five-setter against David Goffin to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. Third-seeded Ons Jabeur and Tatjana Maria also reached their first Grand Slam semifinals with victories on Tuesday.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
No games last night

Last Night
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.