Tigers and A’s split doubleheader – Wednesday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 6, Oakland A’s 0 – Game 1
Oakland A’s 4, Detroit Tigers 1 – Game 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland Guardians 1
San Diego Padres 5, Chicago Cubs 4

Tigers 6, A’s 0 / A’s 4, Tigers 1 – Road teams sweep unusual A’s-Tigers doubleheader
Tarik Skubal led the Tigers to a 6-0 win over Oakland as the visiting team in the opener of a unique doubleheader caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout. With the Athletics as the visiting team in the second game, 25-year-old Adrian Martinez (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut to help Oakland to a 4-1 victory. In a matchup of last-place teams, Detroit ended a 27-inning scoreless streak in the opener. Oakland (12-19) then won for the second time in 12 games and sent the Tigers (9-21) to their seventh loss in eight games.

White Sox 4, Guardians 1 – Sheets homers, Anderson 2 RBIs, White Sox top Guardians 4-1
Gavin Sheets homered in his second straight game, Tim Anderson had three hits and 2 RBIs and the Chicago White Sox shook off the previous night’s big collapse by beating the Cleveland Guardians 4-1. Starter Lucas Giolito went seven innings and gave up just the one run that came on a Josh Naylor homer to win his second straight start. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. The White Sox won their seventh of eight games. Naylor had two hits. Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits.

Padres 5, Cubs 4 – Machado, Padres beat Cubs 5-4 in Clevinger’s return
Manny Machado hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 hours after finding out manager Bob Melvin will have prostate surgery. Melvin announced before the game that he’ll have surgery Wednesday. He said he doesn’t think he has cancer, “but they won’t know until they get in there.” Mike Clevinger pitched well for 4 1/3 innings in his first start at Petco Park since late in the 2020 season. He missed last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. Chicago’s Wade Miley lasted three innings in his Cubs debut.

Cleveland (Civale 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Velasquez 2-2), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (TBD) at San Diego (Martinez 2-2), 4:10 p.m.
Oakland (Logue 1-1) at Detroit (Wentz 0-0), 7:10 p.m.                WSJM/WCSY 6:50

MLB – Cubs’ Rivas gets HR when ball bounces out of rookie’s glove
Alfonso Rivas of the Chicago Cubs got a two-run homer when his fly ball to deep center field bounced out of the glove of rookie Jose Azocar and went over the fence.Azocar was starting in place of Gold Glove center fielder Trent Grisham because the Padres were facing lefty Wade Miley. Azocar slumped to the ground in disappointment after the play. Rivas grew up in nearby Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day. His homer tied the game at 2 in the third inning. It was his second and came off Mike Clevinger, who made his first start in San Diego since Sept. 23, 2020..

MLB – White Sox’s Jiménez making quick strides from torn hamstring
Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez says he is making quick strides in his recovery from a torn hamstring. Jiménez says he is coming along sooner than expected. He is pain free and has been running and swinging. Jiménez was injured trying to beat out a grounder at Minnesota on April 23. The 25-year-old slugger felt it as he was running toward the base. He then stretched for the bag, stumbled and was taken from the field on a cart. Jiménez had surgery a few days later, and the White Sox said he would be out six to eight weeks.

MLB – Anderson suspension dropped in MLB settlement, fine remains
Major League Baseball dropped the one-game suspension of Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for giving fans the middle finger during a game on April 20 as part of a settlement with the players’ association. He agreed to a fine as part of the settlement, which avoided an appeal before MLB special adviser John McHale Jr. Anderson had three errors in the first two innings of Chicago’s 11-1 loss in the opener of a doubleheader and made the gesture toward a fan while out in the field. MLB senior vice president Michael Hill announced the suspension two days later.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Playoffs – 2nd Round
Last Night
Miami Heat 120, Philadelphia 76ers 85                              (MIA Leads 3-2)
Phoenix Suns 110, Dallas Mavericks 80                            (PHX Leads 3-2)

Boston Celtics 116, Milwaukee Bucks 108                        (Series Tied 2-2)
Golden State Warriors 101, Memphis Grizzlies 98            (GSW Leads 3-1)

NBA – Spurs owner insists NBA team will stay in San Antonio
San Antonio Spurs owner Peter J. Holt sent a message Tuesday to fans worried he may try to move the franchise: the team isn’t going anywhere. An announced desire to have the Spurs move a few games to Austin had raised some local worries that the owners may be considering moving the team. Holt’s message posted to social media insisted the Spurs would stay in San Antonio.

NBA – Bob Lanier, NBA force who left big shoes to fill, dies at 73
Basketball big man Bob Lanier has died after a short illness. He was 73. Lanier was one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, muscling up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks. The left-hander averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was the No. 1 draft pick in 1970 after leading St. Bonaventure to the Final Four. In 1992, he made the Hall of Fame, where a bronzed pair of his giant sneakers is displayed.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – 1st Round
Last Night
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Boston Bruins 1                           (CAR Leads 3-2)
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 3                   (TOR Leads 3-2)
St. Louis Blues 5, Minnesota Wild 2                                 (STL Leads 3-2)
Los Angeles Kings 5, Edmonton Oilers 4 – OT                    (LAK Leads 3-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.         (PIT Leads 3-1)
Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m.           (Series Tied 2-2)
Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.                         (Series Tied 2-2)

NHL – Canadiens win NHL draft lottery; Devils move up to No. 2
The Montreal Canadiens are hosting the NHL draft in July and will have the right to the No. 1 pick. Montreal won the draft lottery on Tuesday night. It follows a turbulent season in which they finished last in the overall standings. The New Jersey Devils shook up the draft order by winning the second of two lottery drawings and moving from the fifth to second slot in the draft order. Montreal will host this year’s event on July 7 and 8. It ends a long wait after the draft was held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic in each of the past two years.  The Red Wings will pick 8th, while the Blackhawks had the 6th pick, but it was traded last year in the deal for Seth Jones.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Fever 82, Minnesota Lynx 76

Fever 82, Lynx 76 – Indiana snaps 6-game losing streak against Minnesota
Kelsey Mitchell scored 26 points, Crystal Dangerfield had 10 points and six assists against her former team and the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 82-76 to snap a six-game losing streak in the series. Dangerfield, who was waived by Minnesota a week ago, made a jumper from the free throw line to extend Indiana’s lead to 76-72 with 2:26 left and added two free throws at 18.9 to seal it. Dangerfield, the 2020 rookie of the year, was 3 of 7 from the field in 21 minutes. Rookie NaLyssa Smith added nine points for Indiana. Sylvia Fowles had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

New York Liberty at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Tom Brady to join Fox Sports when playing career ends
Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as a football announcer when his playing career ends. That announcement was made Tuesday by Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch on an investor call. Brady had announced his retirement at the end of last season, but later renounced it and said he was going to play at least another season as the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback. Signing the seven-time Super Bowl champion was a coup for Fox after its top football announcing team, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, recently left for ESPN. Murdoch says it’s up to Brady when he decides to retire.

NFL – Slime Time: Nickelodeon to broadcast Christmas Day NFL game
The NFL game on Christmas Day between the Broncos and Rams will be broadcast by Nickelodeon. The network, which previously televised two playoff games, and CBS will handle TV duties on Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Super Bowl champion Rams will host the game, which also will be streamed by Paramount+. Nickelodeon has had success with its youth-oriented telecasts during wild-card weekend alongside the NFL broadcast on CBS. This season, that collaboration will shift to the regular season and Christmas Day. It’s expected to be part of a holiday tripleheader.

NCAA – NIL expert predicts $50,000 minimum pay for Power 5 players
College football and men’s basketball players on scholarship in one of the major conferences can expect to soon earn a minimum of $50,000 each year he plays because of the influx of cash from booster collectives brokering name, image and likeness deals. That prediction comes from Blake Lawrence. He’s co-founder and CEO of Opendorse, a company that helps athletes and schools navigate the NIL landscape.

Indy 500 – Sarah Fisher selected as Indy 500 celebrity pace car driver
IndyCar veteran Sarah Fisher has been selected as the celebrity pace car driver for this month’s Indianapolis 500. Fisher has been the regular pace-car driver for series events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for years. This time she won’t be taking the handoff from some high-profile non-racing veteran. Instead she’ll be in the car for the entire May 29 race. She will drive the 670-horsepower 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th- year anniversary edition, the automobile manufacturer announced. Fisher made nine 500 starts in her career and was the first female to win an IndyCar pole.

Boxing – No charges for Mike Tyson for punching airplane passenger
Authorities will not file criminal charges against former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson after he was recorded on video punching a fellow first-class passenger aboard a plane at San Francisco International Airport last month. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office says Tuesday that it closed the case. The victim and Tyson requested that charges not be filed. The video shows Tyson repeatedly striking the unidentified man in the head, drawing blood. The footage was first shared by TMZ, which said it was recorded on a JetBlue Airways plane bound for Florida. Tyson representatives have said the boxer was on a flight with an aggressive passenger.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Great Lakes Loons 4, Lake County Captains 1
Dayton Dragons 5, Lansing Lugnuts 4
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Beloit Sky Carp 3
South Bend Cubs 9, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 7

Beloit Snappers at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 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.

MILB – MLB wage settlements
Minor league players and Major League Baseball have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging teams violated minimum wage laws. Two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the sides in recent weeks had been discussing a possible settlement in the $200 million range. The suit had been scheduled for a trial starting June 1 in San Francisco.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Lakeshore 7, St. Joseph 4
Our Lady of the Lake 10, New Buffalo 4 – Game 1
Our Lady of the Lake 15, New Buffalo 12 – Game 2
River Valley 8, Michigan Lutheran 0 – Game 1
River Valley 4, Michigan Lutheran 2 – Game 2
South Haven 2, Berrien Springs 1 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 6, South Haven 1 – Game 2
Lawrence 12, Eau Claire 9 – Game 1
Eau Claire 14, Lawrence 13 – Game 2
Paw Paw 14, Allegan 7 – Game 1
Paw Paw 12, Allegan 2 – Game 2
Otsego 3, Niles 1 – Game 1
Otsego 10, Niles 9 – Game 2
Plainwell 4, Sturgis 3 – Game 1 – 11 Innings
Sturgis 8, Plainwell 7 – Game 2
Dowagiac 8, Three Rivers 5 – Game 1
Dowagiac 3, Three Rivers 2 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 4, Vicksburg 0 – Game 1
Vicksburg 10, Edwardsburg 5 – Game 2

New Prairie (IN) 3, Lakeshore 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 13, New Prairie (IN) 2 – Game 2
River Valley 2, Michigan Lutheran 1 – Game 1
River Valley 12, Michigan Lutheran 2 – Game 2
South Haven 5, Berrien Springs 1 – Game 1
South Haven 15, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 2
Buchanan 4, Bridgman 1 – Game 1
Buchanan 14, Bridgman 4 – Game 2
Niles 8, Otsego 3 – Game 1
Otsego 7, Niles 6 – Game 2
Plainwell 7, Sturgis 1 – Game 1
Plainwell 10, Sturgis 0 – Game 2
Dowagiac 13, Three Rivers 2 – Game 1
Dowagiac 5, Three Rivers 5 – Gm 2 Suspended 7th.
Edwardsburg 5, Vicksburg 4 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 3, Vicksburg 2 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Battle Creek Central 6, GR Ottawa Hills 2

Girls Tennis
Brandywine 8, Three Rivers 0
Niles 8, Dowagiac 0

Bridgman at Buchanan, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Parma Western at Battle Creek Lakeview, 4:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Coldwater, 4:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Delton-Kellogg, 4:30 p.m.

Mattawan at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Hartford at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Plainwell, 4:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Centreville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Battle Creek Lakeview at Harper Creek, 4:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Delton-Kellogg, 4:30 pm.
Galesburg-Augusta at Martin, 4:00 p.m.

Boys Golf
SMAC Conference at Bedford Valley, 10:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis
Lakeshore at Battle Creek Lakeview, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Covert, 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.
Coloma at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 6:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Niles, 6:30 p.m.
Allegan at Otsego, 6:30 p.m.
Vicksburg at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Plainwell, 6:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.
Comstock at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 6:30 p.m.
B.C. Lakeview at Battle Creek Central, 6:30 p.m.