Short and Rodriguez lead Tigers over Pirates 6-3 – Thursday Morning Sports Update


MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Texas Rangers 11, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 16, Cincinnati Reds 6

Tigers 6, Pirates 3 – Short ties career-high with 3 RBIs, helping Tigers to 6-3 win over Pirates
Zack Short tied a career-high with three RBIs, powering the Detroit Tigers to a split of a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-3 victory. Pinch-hitting for Akil Baddoo, Short capped a three-run fourth inning with a two-run single off Ryan Borucki to left that extended the Tigers’ lead Wednesday to 4-1. His two-out RBI double, down the left-field line past a diving Ke’Bryan Hayes at third base, made it 5-2 in the sixth. Eduardo Rodriguez (7-7) gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in six innings for Detroit, which had lost six of seven. Jake Rogers led off the eighth with a pinch-hit homer off Yerry De Los Santos.

Rangers 11, White Sox 1 – Seager homers in return, Dunning Ks 11 as Rangers beat White Sox 11-1
Dane Dunning had a career-high 11 strikeouts, All-Star shortstop Corey Seager hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat coming off the injured list and the Texas Rangers maintained their slim lead in the AL West with a 11-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Dunning had retired 20 batters in a row before No. 9 hitter Seby Zavala’s two-out homer in the eighth inning for Chicago’s first run in three games. The Rangers went ahead to stay on Seager’s 16th homer in the first inning. They were 3-6 while he was on the IL with a sprained right thumb. Marcus Semien and Josh Jung also hit two-run homers for Texas.

Cubs 16, Reds 6 – Ian Happ homers twice to help Cubs rout Reds 16-6
Ian Happ homered twice and the Chicago Cubs easily overcame an early deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-6 on Wednesday night. Cristopher Morel, Dansby Swanson and Seiya Suzuki also went deep to help push the Cubs within three games of the NL Central lead and two games back in the wild-card race. Morel and Gomes each extended their hitting streaks to 10 games, and Michael Fulmer (2-5) pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief of Drew Smyly. Joey Votto hit two homers off Smyly, who allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Spencer Steer and TJ Friedl also homered for Cincinnati.

Chicago White Sox (Toussaint 1-3) at Texas (Scherzer 9-4), 2:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Weaver 2-3) at Chicago Cubs (Taillon 5-6), 8:05 p.m.
Tigers are off

MLB – Marlins selling $5 hamburgers to celebrate trade acquisition Jake Burger
The Miami Marlins put together a whopper of a promotion to welcome trade deadline acquisition Jake Burger. The Marlins celebrated the slugger and his appetizing last name by offering $5 hamburgers for their game Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Burger, a power-hitting infielder, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox shortly before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Miami hopes he can provide a jolt to the lineup after he slugged 25 homers for the White Sox, tied for ninth in the majors entering Wednesday.

MLB – After comeback from cancer, Sox closer Liam Hendriks has Tommy John surgery
Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks has had season-ending elbow surgery after coming back from cancer earlier this year. He had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The typical recovery time after Tommy John surgery is 12-14 months. The 34-year-old Hendriks began the season on the injured list to continue his treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He publicly revealed his cancer diagnosis on January 8, completed treatment on April 3 and announced he was cancer free on April 20. He made his season debut a month after that. He went 2-0 with a save in five appearances, the last on June 9.

MLB – Cubs place Marcus Stroman on 15-day IL because of inflammation in his right hip
The Chicago Cubs placed All-Star right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 15-day injured list because of inflammation in his right hip and added newly acquired right-handed reliever José Cuas to the active roster. Stroman isn’t expected to miss much action, manager David Ross said. The move is retroactive to Tuesday. Stroman (10-8, 3.85 ERA) allowed a combined 13 runs in his past two starts. Cuas came over from Kansas City in a deal for outfielder Nelson Velázquez.

NFL – Lions receiver Jameson Williams getting plenty of snaps in camp before suspension
Detroit Lions receiver Jameson Williams is making the most of an opportunity to get much-needed snaps in training camp after an injury-shortened rookie season and before a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Williams missed training camp while coming off ACL surgery in 2022. He played in the final six games with one catch for 41 yards and a touchdown. He could see plenty of action in the three preseason games, starting Aug. 11 at home against the Giants.

NCAA – Big Ten having preliminary talks about more expansion if Pac-12 crumbles
A group of Big Ten presidents has begun discussing the possibility of adding more West Coast schools to the conference if the Pac-12 continues to crumble, according to two people familiar with the conversations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conversations were preliminary and the Big Ten was not going public with its internal discussions. Oregon and Washington would be the primary targets if the conference decided to make a move. The Pac-12 is down to nine schools seemingly committed beyond this year, with Southern California and UCLA heading to the Big Ten in 2024 and Colorado to the Big 12.

NCAA – FSU says they would leave ACC unless there is a radical change to revenue
Florida State President Rick McCullough believes the Seminoles will have to consider leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference unless there is a "radical change to the revenue distribution.” McCullough made his remarks Wednesday at a board of trustees meeting, stoking more speculation that FSU is poised to break a grant of rights deal with the ACC and join another league. The ACC makes roughly $30 million less than the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference annually in TV revenue. There’s no foreseeable way to close a gap that will see ACC schools fall more than $400 million behind some of their counterparts.

NCAA – A Latino player says his Northwestern teammates hazed him
Ten athletes are now suing over alleged hazing incidents at Northwestern University. The latest lawsuit involves a former player who accuses the athletic department of allowing racism and sexual abuse to thrive. Ramon Diaz says it caused psychological and emotional damage to athletes of color. Diaz says he was 17 when upperclassmen shaved “Cinco de Mayo” onto the back of his head as the entire Wildcats football team watched. Former football head coach Patrick Fitzgerald said he had no knowledge of the hazing before he was fired last month. Northwestern has hired former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate.

NCAA Gambling sting at Iowa and Iowa St. results in charges against seven
Gambling investigations at Iowa and Iowa State have resulted in criminal charges filed against seven current or former athletes. Ex-Hawkeyes basketball player Ahron Ulis and Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers are the ones with the highest profiles. All are accused in the complaints of tampering with records related to an Iowa Criminal Division investigation into sports gambling. Charges in Johnson County have been filed against Ulis, Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen and Iowa kicker Aaron Blom. Dekkers was charged in Story County, as were ISU football player Dodge Saucer, ISU wrestler Paniro Johnson and former ISU football player Eyioma Uwazurike.

FIFA – 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Sweden 2, Argentina 0
South Africa 3, Italy 2
Jamaica 0, Brazil 0 – Draw
France 6, Panama 3

Morocco vs. Colombia, 6:00 a.m.
South Korea vs. Germany, 6:00 a.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 7, Lake County 0
Wisconsin 4, South Bend 2
Great Lakes 5, Fort Wayne 2
Cedar Rapids 5, Lansing 3

Lake County Captains at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Wizards, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7:35 p.m.