Tigers split with Pirates, Sox beat Cubs – Thursday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2 – Game 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Detroit Tigers 2 – Game 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers 3, Pirates 2 – Pirates 7, Tigers 2 – Pirates beat up Tigers’ bullpen to split doubleheader
Bryan Reynolds doubled in Pittsburgh’s two-run seventh inning, and the Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 to split a doubleheader. The Tigers won the first game 3-2 with the help of two key errors by the Pirates. After pitching 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the first game, the Tigers’ bullpen struggled in the nightcap. Gemel had five hits in across the two games. Tigers reliever Drew Hutchinson (0-2) got the loss in the second game, while Alex Lange got the win in the first. Pirates reliever Zach Thompson got the win in the first game, and Bryse Wilson was charged with the loss.

White Sox 4, Cubs 3 – Giolito gets help in pitching White Sox past Cubs 4-3
Lucas Giolito struck out 10, Luis Robert made a game-saving catch and Matt Foster worked out of a major jam as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 at Wrigley Field. José Abreu and Leury García homered for the White Sox, who overcame an early 3-1 deficit. Giolito reached double digits in strikeouts for the 14th time since joining the White Sox in 2017. He allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings, including home runs by Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom in the second.

Tonight
Detroit (Skubal 1-2) at Houston (Urquidy 2-1), 8:10 p.m.           WSJM/WCSY 7:50
Cubs and White Sox are off

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – 1st Round
Last Night
Carolina Hurricanes 5, Boston Bruins 2                           (CAR Leads 2-0)
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2                   (Series Tied 1-1)
Minnesota Wild 6, St. Louis Blues 2                                  (Series Tied 1-1)
Edmonton Oilers 6, Los Angeles Kings 0                           (Series Tied 1-1)

Tonight
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.         (PIT Leads 1-0)
Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m.           (WAS Leads 1-0)
Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche, 9:30 p.m.      (COL Leads 1-0)
Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames, 10:00 p.m.                        (CGY Leads 1-0)

NHL – Turner Sports prepared for their first Stanley Cup Playoffs
Turner Sports and ESPN are carrying the NHL playoffs after they aired for 16 years on NBC and NBCSN. TNT and TBS get their first games on Thursday after ESPN and ESPN2 carried the first three nights. TNT and TBS will televise up to 49 games during the playoffs. Turner Sports and ESPN will split the first and second rounds. Each will have a conference final. The Stanley Cup Final will be on ABC this year. The biggest change from NBC is the studio show. ESPN and Turner each have a more irreverent tone. Early ratings are positive.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Playoffs – 2nd Round
Last Night
Miami Heat 119, Philadelphia 76ers 103                            (MIA Leads 2-0)
Phoenix Suns 129, Dallas Mavericks 109                          (PHX Leads 2-0)

Tonight
No games tonight

NFL – Tampa Bay, Seattle to meet in 1st NFL game in Germany
The first regular-season NFL game in Germany will be between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks at the home of soccer club Bayern Munich. The NFL says the game will take place at the Allianz Arena on Nov. 13. Frankfurt will also be staging a regular-season game in Germany during the next four years. The schedule for the three NFL games in London next season has also been announced. The Green Bay Packers will become the final team to play in Europe when they take on the New York Giants on Oct. 9 at the home of Premier League soccer team Tottenham.  

Olympics – Biden says Olympians brought a bit of unity to weary nation
President Joe Biden praised Team USA for bringing a bit of unity to a pandemic weary nation as he hosted a White House celebration Wednesday with about 600 athletes from this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing and the coronavirus-delayed Summer Games held in 2021 in Tokyo. Among the athletes at the South Lawn ceremony were swimmer and seven-time gold medalist Katie Ledecky, celebrated bobsledder Elena Meyers Taylor and ice dancer Zachary Donahue, as well as competitors from the past two Paralympic Games. Biden suggested that as equally impressive as the athletes’ performances was their ability to unite Americans during a period marked by the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic and deepening partisanship after the 2020 election.

NASCAR – Kenseth, McGriff, Shelmerdine elected to Hall
Drivers Matt Kenseth and Hershel McGriff and crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine have been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Kenseth was a first-ballot selection, Shelmerdine was voted in on his third try and McGriff his seventh.  Mike Helton was named the Landmark Award winner for outstanding contributions to the sport Wednesday during a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. They will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 20.

NCAA – dAP source: SEC, Pac-12 leaders to push for NIL law in DC
The commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12 are scheduled to meet with lawmakers in Washington They will lobby for federal legislation to regulate name, image and likeness compensation to athletes. A person who has been briefed on the commissioners’ trip to Capitol Hill confirmed the te visit to the AP. Greg Sankey of the SEC and George Kliavkoff of the Pac-12 plan to meet with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and other lawmakers.

Tennis – French Open prizes up nearly 7% from 2019 pre-pandemic level
Total French Open prize money will be about 7% higher this year than it was for the last pre-pandemic edition in 2019. That includes an increase of 35% for players who lose in the first round of singles. But the women’s and men’s singles champions will each receive slightly less than they did three years ago. The French Tennis Federation announced Wednesday that it will hand out a total of 43.6 million euros in 2022. That is about $46 million. The clay-court Grand Slam tournament begins on May 22, with Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova as the reigning champions.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend Cubs 6, Peoria Chiefs 3
Lansing Lugnuts 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 – Game 1
Lansing Lugnuts 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 – Game 2
Beloit Sky Carp 1, Great Lakes Loons 0

Tonight
Beloit Sky Carp at Great Lakes Loons, 5:05 p.m. (DH)
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Peoria Chiefs at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Athletics
Today
Baseball
Kalamazoo Valley Community College at Lake Michigan College, 2:00 p.m./4:30 p.m. (DH)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph 7, Battle Creek Central 0
Mattawan 1, Lakeshore 0
Our Lady of the Lake 4, Bridgman 0
Brandywine 2, Berrien Springs 2 – TIE
Buchanan 7, Comstock 6
Saugatuck 8, Hartford 0
Fennville 1, Coloma 1 – TIE
Kalamazoo Christian 9, Watervliet 0
Plainwell 1, Allegan 0
Otsego 5, Three Rivers 0
Paw Paw 8, Niles 0
Vicksburg 8, Sturgis 0
Schoolcraft 6, Kalamazoo Hackett 3
Delton-Kellogg 2, Constantine 0
Gull Lake 3, Battle Creek Lakeview 1
Portage Central 6, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Portage Northern 2, Kalamazoo Central 1

Baseball
Michigan Lutheran 13, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Michigan Lutheran 20, Eau Claire 0 – Game 2
Brandywine 1, Bridgman 0 – Game 1
Bridgman 9, Brandywine 1 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 7, Three Rivers 1 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 4, Three Rivers 0 – Game 2
Portage Northern 12, Kalamazoo Hackett 0
Parchment 18, Constantine 0

Softball
Michigan Lutheran 18, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Michigan Lutheran 18, Eau Claire 3 – Game 2
Buchanan 10, South haven 6 – Game 1
Buchanan 16, South Haven 2 – Game 2
Parchment 5, Constantine 0 – Game 1
Parchment 10, Constantine 5 – Game 2

Boys Golf
SMAC West at Point O’ Woods

  • Portage Central       167
  • Portage Northern    174
  • Mattawan                176
  • St. Joseph                184
  • Lakeshore                192

Lakeshore

  • Jack Carlisle                        45
  • Jacob Marohn                       46
  • Adam Collins                        50
  • Jack Velenziano                    51

St. Joseph

  • Charles Uzelac                    44
  • Nathan Brooks                     46
  • Seth Walters                       46
  • Dylan Walters                     48

Girls Tennis
Mattawan 6, Lakeshore 2

Track and Field
Lakeshore, Portage Northern at Mattawan

Boys Scores:
Portage Northern, 91.5, Lakeshore 71.5
Lakeshore 82.5, Mattawan 79.5
Portage Northern 106.5, Mattawan 55.5

Girls Scores:
Portage Northern 85.5, Lakeshore 70.5
Mattawan 87, Lakeshore 73
Portage Northern 82, Mattawan 80

Today
Baseball
Kal. Loy Norrix at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Central at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
New Buffalo at River Valley, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Mattawan at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Plainwell at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Vicksburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Cassopolis at Bangor, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
White Pigeon at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Comstock at Centreville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Decatur at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Hartford at Mendon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Gull Lake at B.C. Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Portage Central at B.C. Lakeview, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Hackett at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m.  (DH)
Lawton at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.  (DH)
Fennville at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.  (DH)

Soccer
Constantine at Berrien Springs, 6:00 pm.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton at Marcellus, 5:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Bronson, 5:00 p.m.

Softball
Kal. Loy Norrix at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Central at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Michigan Lutheran at Berrien Springs, 4:30 p.m.
Fennville at Bridgman, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
New Buffalo at River Valley, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Cassopolis at Bangor, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
White Pigeon at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Comstock at Centreville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Decatur at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Hartford at Mendon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Lawton at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.  (DH)
Coloma at Hamilton, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Hackett at Kal. Christian, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Delton-Kellogg at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Saugatuck at Spring Lake, 4:15 p.m.
Mattawan at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Gull Lake at B.C. Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Portage Central at B.C. Lakeview, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Plainwell at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Vicksburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Niles at Sturgis, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Dowagiac at Brandywine, 4:15 p.m. (DH)