Thursday Morning Sports Update-04/15/21

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Chicago White Sox 8, Cleveland Indians 0
Detroit Tigers 6, Houston Astros 4
Milwaukee Brewers 7, Chicago Cubs 0

White Sox 8, Indians 0 – Almost perfect: Rodón settles for no-hitter after HBP in 9th
Carlos Rodón has thrown the second no-hitter of the young baseball season, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander retired his first 25 batters before he plunked Roberto Pérez on the back foot with an 0-2 slider. Rodón regained his composure in time to strike out Yu Chang looking and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp grounder to third, starting a joyous celebration. The crowd of 7,148 cheered as Rodón jumped around with teammates near the mound and then started handing out hugs.

Tigers 6, Astros 4 – Fulmer 1st win since 2018, Tigers sweep shorthanded Astros
Michael Fulmer earned his first win since 2018 and the Detroit Tigers built a big lead before holding off the short-handed Houston Astros 6-4 for a three-game sweep. The Astros put five players, including stars José Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez, on the COVID-19 injured list before the game. Fulmer ended a nine-game skid dating to before he had Tommy John surgery. Detroit manager A.J. Hinch wrapped up a triumphant return to Houston, where he led the Astros to the 2017 title before being suspended and fired for their sign-stealing scandal.

Brewers 7, Cubs 0 – Burnes delivers with arm, bat as Brewers trounce Cubs 7-0
Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six dominant innings and also delivered a two-run single for his first career RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-0. Burnes allowed just two hits to continue his sizzling start to the season. His bases-loaded single up the middle capped the Brewers’ four-run outburst in the sixth. The 26-year-old right-hander has driven in two runs this year while allowing just one through his first three outings. Burnes’ performance helped the Brewers take two of three in the series and gain a measure of revenge one day after an emotionally charged 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

Today
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Detroit Tigers at Oakland A’s, 9:40 p.m.  94.9 WSJM/103.7 Cosy-FM 9:20
Cubs are off

MLB – White Sox place RHP Cease on IL, recall RHP Burdi
The Chicago White Sox have placed right-hander Dylan Cease on the injured list in a precautionary move after he exhibited some symptoms associated with COVID-19. General manager Rick Hahn says Cease has not tested positive for COVID-19. Cease’s next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Friday at Boston. The team is hoping he can go, and coming up with a plan in case he isn’t cleared to pitch against the Red Sox. Right-hander Zack Burdi was recalled from the team’s alternate site before its matchup with Cleveland.

MLB – MLB will have minor league experiment with moving back mound
Major League Baseball wants to see if moving back the pitcher’s mound will increase offense. MLB will experiment with a 12-inch greater distance between the mound and home plate during a portion of the Atlantic League season in an effort to decrease strikeouts and increase offense. The pitching rubber will be moved back to 61 feet, 6 inches starting Aug. 3 during the second half of the independent minor league’s season. In addition, the MLB partner league will have an experimental “double-hook DH” rule in which a team would lose its designated hitter when its starting pitcher leaves.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Los Angeles Clippers 100, Detroit Pistons 98
Orlando Magic 115, Chicago Bulls 106
Indiana Pacers 132, Houston Rockets 124

Clippers 100, Pistons 98 – Jackson’s jumper gives Clippers 100-98 win over Pistons
Reggie Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team, giving the Los Angeles Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over the Detroit Pistons. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without several key players. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris were all out for Los Angeles. The Clippers trailed by five in the final minute. Jackson also tied the game with a 3-pointer with 19.0 seconds left.

Magic 115, Bulls 106 – Ennis, Carter Jr. come up big as Magic beat Bulls 115-106
James Ennis scored 22 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Bulls 115-106 despite big performances by Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. The Magic outscored Chicago by 20 in the third quarter to turn a one-point lead into a 93-72 advantage and hung on after Chicago cut it to 104-98. LaVine scored 30. Vucevic had 29 points and 11 rebounds in his first game against the Magic since they dealt the two-time All-Star to Chicago at the deadline.

Pacers 132, Rockets 124 – Indiana sends Houston to 4th straight loss, 132-124
Caris LeVert scored 27 points, Domantas Sabonis added 22 and Malcolm Brogdon fell just short of a triple-double as the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets 132-124. Brogdon fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double and his first since his rookie season in 2016-2017. He had 23 points, nine assists and 13 rebounds, two shy of his career high. John Wall had 31 points and nine assists to lead Houston. Christian Wood had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk added 25 points, including 14 in the third quarter.

NCAAMBB – Michigan’s Brooks set to return for extra season
Michigan guard Eli Brooks is returning for a fifth season with the Wolverines. The team announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Brooks has accepted the chance to play an additional year, which the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brooks started 27 games this season and was one of the key players on a team that won the Big Ten title. Michigan reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA. Brooks averaged 9.5 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range.

NCAA – AP sources: NCAA dumps requirement that transfers sit a year
Major college football and basketball players will be permitted to transfer one time before graduating without being required to sit out a year of competition starting next season. The NCAA Division I Council voted to changed the long-standing rule which has helped deter players in high-profile sports from switch schools, a two people with knowledge of the council’s decision told The Associated Press.

NFL – NFL’s revised offseason program includes mandatory minicamp
The NFL’s revised offseason program still includes a post-draft rookie minicamp, voluntary workouts and a mandatory minicamp next month despite the union’s objection to in-person activities due to COVID-19 concerns. A memo obtained by The Associated Press that was sent to teams on Wednesday outlined several changes to the offseason schedule that was agreed upon under the collective bargaining agreement last year. The league says its altered offseason program complies with its rights under the CBA and follows the COVID-19 protocols agreed upon last season. A person familiar with the numbers, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said 400 players have been using their teams’ facilities this offseason.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Yesterday
Women’s Soccer
Muskegon Community College 4, Lake Michigan College 0

Softball
Kalamazoo Valley Community College 16, Lake Michigan College 5 – Game 1
Lake Michigan College 9, Kalamazoo Valley Community College 1 – Game 2

Today
Baseball
Ancilla College at Lake Michigan College, 2:00 p.m./4:30 p.m.     (Doubleheader)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph 8, Kalamazoo Central 0
Lakeshore 0, Portage Northern 0 – TIE
Coloma 7, Watervliet 0
Comstock 9, Berrien Springs 1
Bridgman 7, Covert 0
Gull Lake 2, Mattawan 1
Dowagiac 4, Hartford 0
Fennville 0, Kal. Hackett 0 – TIE
Kalamazoo Christian 10, Lawton 0
B.C. Lakeview 2, Kal. Loy Norrix 1
Sturgis 2, Harper Creek 1
G.R Covenant Christian 4, Allegan 0

Baseball
Vicksburg 16, Kalamazoo Central 9
Coloma 9, Kal. Home School 3 – Game 1
Kal. Home School 2, Coloma 1 – Game 2
Kal. Loy Norrix 6, Kal. Hackett 5 – Game 1
Kal. Hackett 14, Kal. Loy Norrix 13 – Game 2

Softball
Kalamazoo Central 15, Plainwell 0 – Game 1
Kalamazoo Central 16, Plainwell 4 – Game 2

Boys Golf
SMAC West at Lake Cora (Mattawan Host)

  1. Portage Northern          164
  2. Portage Central            168
  3. Mattawan                    184
  4. Lakeshore                    186
  5. St. Joseph                    189

Girls Tennis
St. Joseph 7, Portage Northern 1
Lakeshore 8, Kalamazoo Central 0
Three Rivers 8, Dowagiac 0
Allegan 8, Paw Paw 0
Niles 8, South Haven 0
Niles 6, New Buffalo 2
Buchanan 8, South Haven 0
Portage Central 7, BC Lakeview 1

Today
Baseball
Lakeshore at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Battle Creek Central at St. Joseph, CCD
Portage Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Central at Kal. Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
BC Lakeview at Portage Northern, CCD
Edwardsburg at Niles, 4:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 4:15 p.m.
Parchment at Constantine, 4:30 p.m.
Kal. Christian at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.
BC Pennfield at Schoolcraft, 4:00 p.m.

Softball
Lakeshore at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
St. Joseph at Sturgis, 4:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Central at Kal. Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
BC Lakeview at Portage Northern, CCD
Marcellus at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Coloma at Martin, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m.
Kal. Christian at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Gull Lake at Plainwell, 6:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Bronson, 5:00 p.m.
Allegan at Wayland, 5:30 p.m.
Parchment at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Calhoun Christian at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.

Track and Field
Lakeshore at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m.

Boys Golf
BCS Jamboree at Lake Michigan Hills (Lake Michigan Catholic host), 4:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic, Bridgman, New Buffalo, River Valley, Howardsville Christian