Tigers blanked again for club record 21st time – Tuesday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Houston Astros 7, Detroit Tigers 0
Chicago Cubs 5, New York Mets 2
White Sox were off

Astros 7, Tigers 0 – Valdez pitches 1st shutout, Astros blank Tigers 7-0
Framber Valdez pitched his first career shutout and the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0. Valdez posted his 24th straight quality start, tying Jacob DeGrom in 2018 for the longest single-season streak. He gave up six hits and struck out eight with one walk. The Tigers were shut out for the second day in a row and club-record 21st time this season, tying them with the 1973 New York Yankees and 1976 Chicago White Sox for most by a team with a designated hitter. Jeremy Pena had three hits for the Astros and scored twice.

Cubs 5, Mets 2 – Cubs hound Bassitt, beat NL East-leading Mets 5-2
Chris Bassitt had his shortest start in three months, failing to get through the fourth inning as the NL East-leading New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-2. The Mets had won each of Bassitt’s last eight starts, a span in which he had a 2.24 ERA. But the right-hander gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings — his quickest exit since he lasted a season-low 3 1/3 innings against San Diego on July 8. Rafael Ortega and Zach McKinstry homered for the Cubs. The Mets stranded 10 runners — including seven over the first six innings against rookie Javier Assad, who allowed five hits in earning the first victory of his career.

Tonight
Houston (Brown 1-0) at Detroit (Hutchison 2-7), 6:40 p.m.        WSJM/WCSY 6:20
Chicago Cubs (Sampson 1-5) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 5-1), 7:10 p.m.
Colorado (Kuhl 6-8) at Chicago White Sox (Kopech 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 1
Yesterday
Seattle Seahawks 17, Denver Broncos 16

Seahawks 17, Broncos 16 – Seahawks survive Wilson’s return, edge Broncos on missed FG
Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdown passes, Denver fumbled twice at the 1-yard line in the second half, and the Seahawks beat the Broncos 17-16 in Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle. Brandon McManus missed a 64-yard field goal attempt with 20 seconds left and the Seahawks escaped with another wild victory involving Wilson at quarterback. Except this time Wilson was the opponent and there will be plenty of questions about Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett’s late-game clock management and decisions in his first game. Denver faced fourth-and-5 at the Seattle 46 and had three timeouts left, but the Broncos ran significant time off the clock before Hackett called timeout and decided to have McManus try the long field goal.

NCAAFB – Notre Dame QB Buchner expected to miss season with injury
Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder that will need surgery. Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman says Buchner has a severe AC joint sprain in his left shoulder. Buchner was injured in the fourth quarter of Notre Dame’s surprising loss to Marshall on Saturday. Drew Pyne, who came off the bench after Buchner was hurt, was listed as the starter on Notre Dame’s depth chart of Saturday’s home game against California.

NCAAFB – Narduzzi mum on status of injured Pitt QBs Slovis, Patti
No. 23 Pittsburgh is dealing with uncertainty at quarterback as the Panthers prepare for a road trip to Western Michigan. Starter Kedon Slovis left last week’s overtime loss to Tennessee with an undisclosed injury. Backup Nick Patti injured his left leg early in the fourth quarter but had limited mobility. Head coach Pat Narduzzi offered no update on the status of either quarterback. Dartmouth transfer Derek Kyler and redshirt freshman Nate Yarnell have been competing to be third on the depth chart behind Slovis and Patti.

WNBA – WNBA Playoffs – WNBA Finals (best of 5)
Tonight
Connecticut Sun at Las Vegas Aces, 9:00 p.m.                             (LV leads 1-0)

WNBA – Sun beaming with confidence despite loss to Aces in Game 1
The Connecticut Sun might be down one game in the WNBA Finals after losing their first series opener of the postseason, but they haven’t lost confidence thanks to a stringent defensive effort in Game 1. The Sun did what they hoped to do in by holding the league’s No. 1 offense well below their season average. The top-seeded Las Vegas Aces averaged a league-best 90.4 points per game during the regular season and were scoring a playoff-best 92.3 per contest heading into the finals. Sunday, the Sun held Las Vegas to its lowest point total of the postseason in the 67-64 loss.

Tennis – Carlos Alcaraz: 19, US Open champ, No. 1, unique
Carlos Alcaraz is the U.S. Open champion and the No. 1-ranked player in men’s tennis at age 19. And he is exhausted. He tells The Associated Press on Monday that he is not quite sure how he managed to play and win so many tough and long matches in a row to earn his first Grand Slam title. He also says he considers himself a unique player who can hit a lot of different shots and never gives up on a ball. He grew up admiring Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but is not interested in comparing himself to either.

NBA – Wolves reprimand Edwards for homophobic social media remark
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reprimanded star guard Anthony Edwards for homophobic comments he made on an Instagram video and later apologized for. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly says the team is “disappointed in the language and actions” Edwards displayed in an Instagram video. Edwards made a disparaging, profane comment about a group of men on a sidewalk he recorded from a vehicle he was inside. Edwards deleted the post and apologized for his remark. Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant are among players who’ve been disciplined by the NBA in the past for anti-gay language.

Soccer – US Soccer investigation into NWSL misconduct nearing end
U.S. Soccer says an investigation into alleged abuse and misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League is expected to be completed by early October. The investigation led by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates was initiated last fall after North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley was accused of sexual harassment and coercion by two former players. Riley was fired and league Commissioner Lisa Baird stepped down in the wake of the players’ claims. U.S. Soccer and the NWSL and its players union announced separate investigations.

Boston Marathon – Boston Marathon to welcome nonbinary athletes to 2023 race
Nonbinary athletes will be able to run in next year’s Boston Marathon without having to register as members of the men’s or women’s divisions. Race organizers announced the change on Monday as registration opened for the 127th running of the prestigious race next April 17. The Boston Athletic Association says it’s been working to expand opportunities for nonbinary people — not just for the marathon but for the BAA’s other events. It says nonbinary athletes can submit entry applications if they’ve completed a marathon as a nonbinary participant during the current qualifying window. Races around the U.S. increasingly are adding nonbinary divisions and offering equal prize money.

NASCAR – Hamlin chasing NASCAR driver’s title, owner’s championship
Denny Hamlin the driver finds himself in the most enviable of positions heading into Saturday night’s race at Bristol. His second-place run at Kansas Speedway over the weekend nearly ensured his spot in the next round of the playoffs. Denny Hamlin the owner? He’s feeling even better. The car he was chasing down in the waning laps of Sunday’s race happened to be the No. 45 driven by Bubba Wallace for 23XI Racing, which is owned by Hamlin and Hall of Fame basketball star Michael Jordan. The victory pushed the team into the next round in the race for the lesser-known owner’s championship.

MILB – 2022 Midwest League Playoffs – Best of 3
Tonight
Great Lakes Loons at Lake County Captains, 7:00 p.m.        Eastern Division Final Game 1
Cedar Rapids Kernels at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.          Western Division Final Game 1

MCCAA – Junior College Athletics
Today
Volleyball
Kellogg Community College at Southwestern Michigan College, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College at Lake Michigan College, 6:30 p.m.
Glen Oaks Community College at Lansing Community College, 6:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Michigan Lutheran 5, Our Lady of the Lake 0
Plainwell 1, Lakeshore 1 – TIE
Edwardsburg 9, Berrien Springs 1
Watervliet 2, Saugatuck 1
Delton-Kellogg 3, Bridgman 1
Howardsville Christian 5, Covert 0
Brandywine 2, New Buffalo 2 – TIE
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 9, Niles 2
Hartford 3, Otsego 0
Sturgis 3, Three Rivers 1
Parchment 6, Comstock 1
Allegan 1, Kalamazoo Hackett 0
Holland Black River 1, Fennville 1 – TIE
Kalamazoo Christian 7, Constantine 0

Volleyball
Our Lady of the Lake 3, Michigan Lutheran 0
Buchanan 3, Lakeshore 0
Eau Claire defeats Benton Harbor, score n/a

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 8, Battle Creek Central 0

Tonight
Boys Soccer
Mattawan at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Lakeshore, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Gull Lake, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Northern, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Central at Kalamazoo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Battle Creek Academy, 5:00 p.m.

Volleyball
Watervleit at South Haven, 6:30 p.m.
Paw Paw at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Fennville, 6:30 p.m.
oloma at Allegan, 6:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Fennville, 6:30 p.m.
Constantine at Kalamazoo Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Lawton, 6:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Martin, 6:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Parchment, 6:30 p.m.
Gobles at Saugatuck, 6:30 p.m.
Otsego at Hopkins, 7:00 p.m.
White Pigeon at Bangor, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Cassopolis, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Berrien Springs at Buchanan, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving
Mattawan at St. Joseph, 6:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Bridgman/Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Golf
SMAC West at Lake Michigan Hills, 4:00 p.m. (Lakeshore hosts)

MHSAA – High School Football AP Poll
Division 1
1. Belleville (5)                        (3-0)       50
2. Clinton Twp Chippewa Valley    (3-0)       38
3. West Bloomfield                    (3-0)       36
4. Rockford                              (3-0)       35
5. Caledonia                             (3-0)       32
6. Macomb Dakota                      (3-0)       27
7. Romeo                                  (3-0)       15
8. Brighton                              (3-0)       10
9. Grandville                            (3-0)       9
(tie) Saline                               (3-0)       9
Others receiving votes: Detroit Catholic Central 6. Lapeer 5. Clarkston 2. Rochester Adams 1.

Division 2
1. Warren De La Salle (5)            (3-0)       50
2. Dexter                                 (3-0)       42
3. Livonia Franklin                     (3-0)       34
4. East Lansing                         (3-0)       33
5. GR Forest Hills Central          (3-0)       27
6. Muskegon Mona Shores           (2-1)       26
(tie) Saginaw Heritage               (3-0)       26
8. South Lyon                           (2-1)       12
9. Birmingham Seaholm               (3-0)       11
10. Port Huron Northern            (3-0)       7
Others receiving votes: Roseville 4. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 2. Portage Northern 1.

Division 3
1. Detroit King (3)                    (1-1)       39
2. Mount Pleasant (1)                (3-0)       34
3. DeWitt                                (2-1)       30
4. Walled Lake Western              (3-0)       28
5. Zeeland West                        (3-0)       24
6. Muskegon                             (2-1)       18
(tie) Mason                               (3-0)       18
8. River Rouge                          (2-0)       15
9. Gibraltar Carlson                  (3-0)       10
10. Lowell                               (3-0)       3
Others receiving votes: Haslett 1.

Division 4
1. GR South Christian (4)           (3-0)       40
2. Whitehall                             (3-0)       35
3. Croswell-Lexington               (3-0)       29
3. Freeland                              (3-0)       29
5. Riverview                             (3-0)       25
6. Redford Union                       (3-0)       14
7. Ludington                            (3-0)       11
8. Charlotte                             (3-0)       9
9. Edwardsburg                      (2-1)      7
10. Carleton Airport                 (3-0)       6
Others receiving votes: GR Forest Hills Eastern 5. Chelsea 4. North Branch 2. Hastings 2. Three Rivers 1. Fremont 1.

Division 5
1. GR Catholic Central (3)          (3-0)       39
2. Frankenmuth                         (3-0)       34
3. Detroit Country Day (1)          (3-0)       31
4. Williamston                          (3-0)       23
5. Muskegon Oakridge                (3-0)       16
6. Portland                              (2-1)       15
7. Gladwin                               (3-0)       14
8. Belding                                (3-0)       12
9. Berrien Springs                  (3-0)      11
(tie) Kingsley                           (2-1)       11
Others receiving votes: Grosse Ile 6. Dundee 3. Armada 3. Olivet 1. Romulus Summit Academy 1.

Division 6
1. GR West Catholic (4)             (3-0)       40
2. Clinton                                (3-0)       36
3. Millington                            (3-0)       30
4. Standish-Sterling                 (3-0)       23
5. Gladstone                            (3-0)       14
6. Durand                                (3-0)       13
7. Negaunee                             (3-0)       11
7. Warren Michigan Collegiate    (2-1)       11
9. Boyne City                            (3-0)       9
10. Constantine                      (2-1)      8
10. Kent City                            (3-0)       8
Others receiving votes: Kent City 8. Almont 7. Madison Heights Bishop Foley 6. Ecorse 2. Montague 2.

Division 7
1. Traverse City St. Francis (3)    (3-0)       48
2. Hudson (1)                           (3-0)       43
3. New Lothrop (1)                     (3-0)       42
4. Detroit Central                     (3-0)       31
5. Pewamo-Westphalia                (2-1)       29
6. Ithaca                                  (2-1)       19
7. Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker  (3-0)       18
8. Schoolcraft                        (3-0)      11
9. Charlevoix                            (3-0)       10
10. Montrose                           (2-1)       7
Others receiving votes: Napoleon 6. Lake City 4. Lawton 2. Bad Axe 2. Ravenna 2. Erie-Mason 1.

Division 8
1. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (3)      (3-0)       45
2. Beal City (2)                         (3-0)       43
3. Fowler                                 (3-0)       37
4. Reading                                (3-0)       28
4. Ubly                                    (3-0)       28
6. Harbor Beach                        (3-0)       21
7. Saginaw MI. Lutheran Seminary (3-0)       18
8. Evart                                   (3-0)       15
9. Bark River-Harris                  (3-0)       12
10. St. Ignace LaSalle                (3-0)       8
(tie) Addison                            (2-1)       8
Others receiving votes: Ishpeming 5. Centreville 3. Frankfort 2. Iron Mountain 2.

8-Player Division 1
1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (5)   (3-0)       50
2. Martin                                (3-0)      37
3. Pickford                               (3-0)       35
4. GR NorthPointe Christian       (3-0)       33
5. Merrill                                 (3-0)       25
6. Munising                              (3-0)       16
6. Norway                                (3-0)       16
6. Rogers City                          (3-0)       16
9. Breckenridge                        (2-1)       11
10. Bridgman                          (3-0)      10
Others receiving votes: Kingston 8. Suttons Bay 7. Eau Claire 4. Fennville 3. Litchfield 3. Deckerville 1.

8-Player Division 2
1. Powers North Central (6)       (3-0)       60
2. Colon                                  (3-0)       43
3. Marion                                 (3-0)       42
4. Portland St Patrick               (3-0)       38
5. Morrice                                (3-0)       32
(tie) Crystal Falls Forest Park     (3-0)       32
7. Climax-Scotts                       (3-0)       28
8. Cedarville                            (3-0)       24
9. Gaylord St. Mary                   (2-1)       13
10. Stephenson                         (2-1)       4
(tie) Rapid River                        (2-1)       4
Others receiving votes: Peck 3. Posen 3. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian 1. Au Gres-Sims 1. Mendon 1. Mio 1.