Tigers and White Sox win, Cubs fall to Reds-Thursday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 4, Minnesota Twins 2 – 10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3, Boston Red Sox 1
Cincinnati Reds 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers 4, Twins 2 – 10 Innings – Candelario’s homer in 10th lifts Tigers in 4-2 win vs. Twins
Jeimer Candelario hit the tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning for the Detroit Tigers to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2. Harold Castro went deep twice earlier as Tigers dodged another sweep and broke a six-game winning streak by the Twins. The Tigers have 25 homers in 43 games for the fewest in baseball. Trevor Larnach hit a two-run homer for the Twins in the fourth inning to spoil an otherwise-stellar start by Rony García pieced together by Tigers relievers.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1 – Burger’s homer off Hill lifts White Sox over Red Sox
Jake Burger hit a three-run homer off Rich Hill, Lucas Giolito overcame a shaky first inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Red Sox 3-1 to end Boston’s six-game winning streak. The White Sox won for the fourth time in six games. Burger, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte after Luis Robert was placed on the COVID-19 injured list, hit an 0-2 breaking pitch in the fifth inning that traveled an estimated 444 feet. Giolito threw 27 pitches in the first but still allowed fewer than two runs for the fourth time this season. Hill held the White Sox hitless through four innings but lost his lead quickly.

Reds 4, Cubs 3 – Votto homers, triples, shouts at reliever as Reds beat Cubs
Joey Votto homered and tripled, then shouted at Cubs reliver Rowan Wick during a tense ending to the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-3 win over Chicago. Votto had a solo homer in the second inning off Kyle Hendricks and a two-run triple in the third as Cincinnati ended a two-game skid. Wick brushed back the 16-year veteran in the eighth, then walked him. Votto barked at Wick as he made his way to first base, and he also had words for Chicago’s dugout. An inning later, Reds reliever Hunter Strickland plunked Patrick Wisdom. Cubs manager David Ross was ejected by plate umpire Dan Merzel after leaving the dugout to protest.

Today
Chicago Cubs (Steele 1-4) at Cincinnati (Greene 1-6), 12:35 p.m.
Cleveland (Pilkington 0-0) at Detroit (Skubal 3-2), 7:10 p.m.               WSJM/WCSY 6:50
Boston (Wacha 3-0) at Chicago White Sox (Keuchel 2-4), 8:10 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Playoffs – Conference Finals
Last Night
Boston Celtics 93, Miami Heat 80                                      (BOS Leads 3-2)

Tonight
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 9:00 p.m.      (GSW Leads 3-1)

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – 2nd Round
Last Night
St. Louis Blues 5, Colorado Avalanche 4 – OT                          (COL Leads 3-2)

Tonight
New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.         (Series Tied 2-2)
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.                   (EDM Leads 3-1)

Indy 500 – Penske ready for 300,000 guests in a full-capacity Indy 500
Roger Penske will at last be able to open the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a capacity crowd this Sunday for his first true Indianapolis 500 since buying the property in 2020. The pandemic forced his first 500 to be held without spectators and only 40% capacity last year. He’s spent more than $30 million in capital improvements to prepare the iconic speedway for Penske’s first true housewarming party. He expects more than 300,000 people on property Sunday and has been relentless in ensuring the speedway is in pristine condition for his guests.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Tonight
Los Angeles Sparks at Indiana Fever, 7:00 p.m.

WNBA – WNBA’s Fever fire Stanley, promote Knox as interim coach
The Indiana Fever have fired coach Marianne Stanley following a 2-7 start. The New York Liberty are the only WNBA team with fewer wins this season. The Fever announced that Carlos Knox is being promoted from assistant coach to interim coach. Interim general manager Lin Dunn says Indiana needed to go in a different direction with a young nucleus of players. Stanley was in the final year of her contract. Knox was a star college player at nearby IUPUI.

WNBA – Brittney Griner’s wife tells ABC she wants WNBA star home
Brittney Griner’s wife, Cherelle, wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner’s release, doing whatever is necessary to get the WNBA star home from Russia where she has been detained for more than three months. Cherelle Griner became emotional detailing what little she knows about Brittney’s detainment during an interview that aired Wednesday on Good Morning America. The Phoenix Mercury center has been detained since Feb. 17 after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage at an airport near Moscow. The 31-year-old Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. She faces drug smuggling charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration has determined Griner is being wrongfully detained.

Tennis – French Open – No. 1 Djokovic eases into 3rd round
Novak Djokovic has eased into the third round of his French Open title defense with a straight-set victory over Alex Molcan. The top-ranked Djokovic defeated the 24-year-old Slovakian 6-2, 6-3, 7-6.  Molcan was able to push Djokovic to a third-set tiebreaker but threw his racket down in frustration after his 34th unforced error to fall behind 6-3.  Other second-round winners on the men’s side were third seed Alexander Zverev and No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz, both in five sets.  Coco Gauff has reached the third round in the women’s bracket by winning a second-set tiebreak. The 18-year-old American is the youngest player remaining in the draw.  Two-time Grand Slam champ Victoria Azarenka also advanced, but U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu  and fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari were ousted in the second round.

NFL – NFL to appeal ruling in Gruden lawsuit over leaked emails
The NFL says it will appeal a ruling denying the league’s request to move former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit over leaked emails from a public courtroom into closed-door arbitration. In a statement, the NFL denied Gruden’s claims that league officials or Commissioner Roger Goodell leaked racist, sexist and homophobic emails by Gruden to force him to resign last October. Judge Nancy Allf in Las Vegas refused requests to dismiss Gruden’s claim outright or move it to out-of-court talks that could be overseen by Goodell. Gruden emerged from the courtroom declaring “Go Raiders” and saying he was going to let the process take care of itself.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Dayton Dragons at West Michigan Whitecaps, suspended
Great Lakes Loons 4, South Bend Cubs 3
Beloit Sky Carp 11, Lansing Lugnuts 4

Tonight
Dayton Dragons at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m. (doubleheader)
Great Lakes Loons at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Beloit Sky Carp, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Girls Soccer – District Quarterfinals
Division 2
St. Joseph 3, Paw Paw 0
Lakeshore 6, Edwardsburg 1
Vicksburg 7, Niles 0

Division 3
Watervliet 3, Berrien Springs 2 – OT
Three Rivers 3, Coloma 0
GR South Christian 7, Fennville 1
Parchment 8, Comstock 0
Portland 8, Delton-Kellogg 0

Division 4
Michigan Lutheran 8, Buchanan 2
Bridgman 8, Brandywine 0
Lawton 10, Covert 0
Hartford 1, Bangor 0

Division 1
Portage Central 5, Holt 0
BC Lakeview 6, Jackson 4
Portage Northern 2, Grand Ledge 1 – OT
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 1, Lansing Everett 0
Caledonia 6, Kalamazoo Central 1

Baseball
Lakeshore 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3 – Game 1
Lakeshore vs. Loy Norrix – Game 2 Postponed
Bridgman 6, Niles 4
Watervliet 1, Martin 0

Softball
Lakeshore 10, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 15, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0 – Game 2
South Haven 15, Hartford 5
Hartford at South Haven – Game 2 Postponed
Edwardsburg 15, Plainwell 0 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 15, Plainwell 0 – Game 2

Today
Baseball
Eau Claire at Michigan Lutheran, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
South Haven at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Niles at Sturgis, 4:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m.
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Central at Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m.

Softball
Coloma at Buchanan, 4:15 p.m.
Hartford at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
River Valley at White Pigeon, 4:30 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Lawrence, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Decatur at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Lawton, 4:30 p.m.
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Central at Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer – District Quarterfinals
Division 4 (Buchanan)
New Buffalo at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.

Division 4 (Kalamazoo Christian)
Kalamazoo Heritage at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Bloomingdale adding girls soccer
Bloomingdale high school announced this week that the school will be adding girls soccer to their list of available sports starting next season.  Bloomingdale currently has a boys soccer team, which plays in the fall.  The new girls soccer team will take to the field next spring.  The Cardinals athletic department says more information will be coming over the next few months as they build their girls soccer program.