Tigers offense sputters again in loss at Boston – Wednesday Moring Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Boston Red Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 4
Chicago White Sox 7, Toronto Blue Jays 6 – 12 Innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Chicago Cubs 1

Red Sox 5, Tigers 4 – Story’s 3-run HR out of Fenway helps Red Sox beat Tigers 5-4
Trevor Story hit a three-run homer out of Fenway Park, Christian Vázquez added a solo shot for a key run in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4. Story put Boston ahead 4-3 in the fourth when he put a hanging a slider from rookie Beau Brieske on Lansdowne Street for his 11th homer this season. Vázquez lined Andrew Chafin’s first pitch into the Green Monster seats for a 5-3 lead.

White Sox 8, Blue Jays 6 – F/12 – Harrison lifts White Sox over Blue Jays 7-6 in 12 innings
Josh Harrison hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Chicago White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays for a wild 7-6 victory. Luis Robert matched a career high with four RBIs and made a sliding grab in center field in the top of the 12th, helping the White Sox win for the sixth time in eight games. The reigning AL Central champions returned to .500 for the first time since a 5-4 victory over the crosstown Cubs on May 29.

Pirates 7, Cubs 1 – Rookies Madris, Contreras lead Pirates to 7-1 win over Cubs
Bligh Madris hit his first major league home run and fellow rookie Roansy Contreras pitched five solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Madris connected in the sixth for a solo shot to right-center field off Mark Leiter Jr. to close the scoring. It came a day after Madris had three hits in his big league debut. Contreras allowed one run and four hits while striking out three and walking two. The Pirates won their third straight game and the Cubs lost for the 13th time in 15 games.

Today
Toronto (Stripling 3-2) at Chicago White Sox (Giolito 4-3), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Thompson 6-2) at Pittsburgh (Eickhoff 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Skubal 5-4) at Boston (Wacha 5-1), 7:10 p.m.               WSJM/WCSY 6:50

MLB – MLB standardizes how baseballs are prepped to be put in play
Major League Baseball is standardizing procedures for rubbing baseballs and their removal from humidors in an effort to establish more consistency amid complaints about slickness that followed the crackdown on sticky substances. MLB has been working on standards over the course of the season in response to feedback from players and sent a memorandum outlining the changes. MLB is mandating a ball be stored in a humidor for at least 14 days before game use, and ball storage must be recorded in a signed form by the clubhouse manager.

MLB – Dodgers acquire OF Trayce Thompson, NBA star Klay’s brother
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added outfielder Trayce Thompson to the active roster after acquiring him from the Detroit Tigers for cash. Thompson is the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson. Trayce Thompson returns to the Dodgers after spending parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with them. He had been at Triple-A Toledo, where he was batting .299 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 25 games. Thompson figures to help fill the void left by right fielder Mookie Betts, who is on the injured list with a cracked rib.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
Tonight
Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning, 8:00 p.m.       (COL Leads 2-1)

NHL – Matthews wins Hart Trophy as NHL’s MVP; Red Wings Seider named top rookie
Toronto’s Auston Matthews won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, beating out Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers to win the award for the first time. Shesterkin claimed the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender. Colorado’s Cale Maker took the Norris Trophy, presented to the league’s best defenseman, and Detroit’s Moritz Seider was the lanslide winner of the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.  Seider gained 170 of 195 first place votes.  The awards were handed out during the NHL Awards Show in Tampa, Florida.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 104, Las Vegas Aces 95

Sky 104, Aces 95 – Sky complete 28-point comeback to set WNBA record
Courtney Vandersloot scored 25 points and the Chicago Sky completed the biggest comeback in WNBA history, rallying from 28-down to beat the Las Vegas Aces 104-95 on Tuesday night. The previous record was a 25-point rally most recently done in 2013 by the Sky. Las Vegas shot 63% from the field in the first quarter, and scored 41 points to set a franchise record for points in a quarter. But Chicago outscored Las Vegas 59-25, after falling behind by 28 points, to enter the fourth quarter with a lead. The Sky went on an 18-0 run in the third quarter to take its first lead, 67-66, since it was 4-2. Candace Parker added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago (11-5).

WNBA – Phone call between WNBA’s Griner and wife being rescheduled
The White House says a phone call between jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner and her wife has been rescheduled after an earlier attempt to connect on the couple’s anniversary failed because of an “unfortunate mistake." White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that the State Department was working to arrange a new call but did not say when that would be. Griner has been jailed in Russia since February. She was supposed to speak by phone on Saturday with her wife, Cherelle, but that did not happen. She told The Associated Press on Monday that Brittney Griner tried to reach her 11 times through the American embassy, but no one picked up at the number she was given to call.

NCAABSB – Dettmer’s 7 shutout innings send Texas A&M past Irish at CWS
Texas A&M will play Oklahoma in its bracket final at the College World Series after beating Notre Dame 5-1 in an elimination game. Nathan Dettmer pitched three-hit ball over seven shutout innings and Texas A&M capitalized on Notre Dame’s mistakes. The Aggies will play Oklahoma on Wednesday. They must beat the Sooners twice to reach the CWS finals this weekend. Dettmer struck out six and walked none in his longest outing since April 28. The Aggies converted two walks, a balk, two singles and a throwing error into three runs in the third.

NCAA – Michigan State sued over failure to release big donor deals
A newspaper is suing to try to force Michigan State University to release agreements with two donors who are helping pay the salary of football coach Mel Tucker. The Detroit Free Press says Michigan State won’t give up the documents, citing privacy. Attorney Herschel Fink says the deals clearly fall under the state’s public records law. Michigan State has acknowledged that Matt Ishbia and Steve St. Andre have donated money to help meet a 10-year, $95 million contract for Tucker. The Free Press lawyer says the public has a right to know what promises were made to get the donations. Michigan State declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Golf – LIV – Koepka the latest to join Saudi-backed LIV series
The Associated Press has learned Brooks Koepka is the latest PGA Tour player to sign on with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour is looking to reshape its fall series and limit who makes the postseason. Koepka gives LIV another big name because of his four majors. He’s also the first player who originally denounced the idea of guaranteed money and limited fields. Koepka told The AP in March 2020 that he has a hard time thinking golf should be about 48 players. Koepka withdrew late Tuesday night from the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Golf – LPGA – Women’s PGA Championship doubles prize money to $9 million
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is doubling the size of its purse to $9 million. It’s another boost to the women’s game that brings prize money for the five majors to nearly triple the amount from a decade ago. It’s also a 300% increase from the 2014 Women’s PGA Championship. That was the year before KPMG and the PGA of America partnered with the LPGA Tour. The idea was to increase the prize money and the profile of the 2nd oldest LPGA major by taking it to fabled courses.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Peoria 7, South Bend 4
Lansing 10, Beloit 0
Great Lakes 4, Fort Wayne 3
Cedar Rapids 2, West Michigan 1

Today
Beloit Sky Carp at Lansing Lugnuts, 1:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 1:05 p.m.
Peoria Chiefs at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.