Tigers win streak ends, Cubs continues, Sox split DH – Wednesday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 3, Kansas City Royals 0 – Game 1
Kansas City Royals 2, Chicago White Sox 1 – Game 2
Chicago Cubs 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 0

Rays 8, Tigers 1 – Kiermaier, Phillips, Arozarena homer, Rays beat Tigers 8-1
Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips and Randy Arozarena each homered and drove in two runs, Shane McClanahan struck out seven in seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1. Ji-Man Choi also drove in two runs for the Rays, who broke Detroit’s four-game winning streak. Jeimer Candelario homered off McClanahan in the fifth for the Tigers, his third of the season. Kiermaier had three hits including a leadoff homer in the second off Detroit starter Beau Brieske. It was his fourth homer of the season.

White Sox 3, Royals 0 & Royals 2, White Sox 1 – White Sox and Royals split doubleheader
Brady Singer outdueled Davis Martin as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader. The White Sox won the first game 3-0. Singer (1-0) had his best outing since last September 5, when he threw seven shutout innings against the White Sox. He struck out a career high nine batters and didn’t walk anyone. He allowed just four hits in seven innings. Josh Staumont earned his third save in five chances. Davis Martin (0-1) made his debut and was equally impressive. He allowed just one run on five hits in five innings, walking one and striking out seven.

Cubs 7, Pirates 0 – Cubs shut out Pirates for 2nd straight night, 7-0
Keegan Thompson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago Cubs shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight game, a 7-0 win that extended their winning streak to a season-best four. Jonathan Villar hit a go-ahead, solo homer in the third and added an RBI single. Pittsburgh has not scored since the eighth inning Sunday, when the Pirates beat Cincinnati 1-0 despite not getting any hits. The Pirates had five hits Tuesday and have just nine in three games, dropping their batting average to .223. The shutout was the fifth against Pittsburgh this season.

Today
Detroit (Rodriguez 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Rasmussen 3-1), 1:10 p.m.           WSJM/WCSY 6:20
Pittsburgh (Keller 0-5) at Chicago Cubs (Smyly 1-4), 7:40 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 2-1) at Kansas City (Greinke 0-2), 8:10 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – 1st Round
Last Night
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Florida Panthers 1                        (TBL Leads 1-0)
Colorado Avalanche 3, St. Louis Blues 2 – OT                   (COL Leads 1-0)

Tonight
New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.         (Game 1)
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.                   (Game 1)

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Playoffs – Conference Finals
Last Night
Miami Heat 118, Boston Celtics 107                                 (MIA Leads 1-0)

Tonight
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 9:00 p.m.      (Game 1)

NBA – Magic Moment: Orlando wins lottery, lands No. 1 pick
The Orlando Magic won the NBA draft lottery and landed the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since they got Dwight Howard nearly two decades ago. Orlando finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. But they got a huge win in the lottery, with the top pick for the first time since taking Howard in 2004. Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are widely considered the most likely candidates to be taken first. Oklahoma City got the second pick, followed by Houston and Sacramento.  Detroit will pick fifth. 

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Atlanta Dreams 101, Indiana Fever 79

Dream 101, Fever 79 – Howard scores 19 as Dream beat Fever, again, 101-79
Rhyne Howard scored 19 points, Cheyenne Parker added 17 and the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 101-79. Erica Wheeler had a season-high 16 points and rookie Kristy Wallace added a career-best 15 for Atlanta. Wallace was a second-round pick out of Baylor in 2018 and made her WNBA debut in the season opener after playing professionally in her native Australia the last four seasons. Howard hit 3-pointers to open and close an 11-2 opening run and the Dream never trailed. Victoria Vivians led Indiana (2-4) with 16 points. Danielle Robinson and Kelsey Mitchell score 12 points apiece. NaLyssa Smith, the No. 2 overall selection in last month’s draft, did not play for the Fever due to an ankle injury.

Tonight
Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm, 10:00 p.m.

WNBA – State Dept pushing to see Griner; NBA Commissioner weighs in
The State Department said Tuesday that it still pushing to have regular contact with WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia for nearly three months. A consular official was able to meet with Griner last week, when her pre-trial detention in Russia was extended for one month. Griner has been detained since February, after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage at an airport in Moscow. The NBA also weighed in on the matter Tuesday. Commissioner Adam Silver says his league is also trying to bring Griner home.

NFL – Bears try to prove they can support QB Justin Fields
The Chicago Bears have brought in numerous new faces on offense, but none of the most expensive free agents and they used their second-round draft picks for defensive help, so at organized team activity workouts they face questions about how well they’ve supported quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears signed third-round receiver Velus Jones to a contract on Tuesday and added another offensive lineman in Shon Coleman, but they’re trying to prove competition and a thorough understanding of their new offense can compensate for the lack of top-level offensive help for Fields.

NFL – Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout
Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account.  The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during the workout. The incident was seen on Instagram Live, with Cohen falling to the floor after back-peddling.  Cohen played three full seasons with Chicago but made it to only three games in 2021 before tearing knee ligaments.

Horse Racing – Rich Strike skipping Preakness reignites Triple Crown debate
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike’s absence from the Preakness has reignited the debate over whether the spacing of the three Triple Crown races should be changed. The current schedule of two weeks from the Derby to Preakness and then three weeks to the Belmont has been in place since 1969, except for 2020 when the pandemic disrupted the order. Proponents of change argue it’s better for horses to get more rest and that the Preakness would become a better race. Those in favor of the status quo point to the sport’s tradition and say it should be difficult to win the Triple Crown.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Lansing Lugnuts 7, Great Lakes Loons 4
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 4
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3, South Bend Cubs 1

Today
South Bend Cubs at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 1:10 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 6:35 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Baseball
Michigan Lutheran 6, Our Lady of the Lake 5 – Game 1
Michigan Lutheran 10, Our Lady of the Lake 0 – Game 2
Buchanan 10, Brandywine 0 – Game 1
Buchanan 10, Brandywine 0 – Game 2
New Buffalo 16, Eau Claire 1 – Game 1
New Buffalo 18, Eau Claire 2 – Game 2
Coloma 19, Gobles 6
Watervliet 12, Lawton 2 – Game 1
Watervliet 10, Lawton 2 – Game 2
Lawrence 10, River Valley 9 – Game 1
River Valley 12, Lawrence 0 – Game 2
Vicksburg 16, Dowagiac 0 – Game 1
Vicksburg 15, Dowagiac 0 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 10, Sturgis 0 – Game 1
Sturgis 4, Edwardsburg 0 – Game 2
Niles 2, Allegan 1 – Game 1
Niles 5, Allegan 1 – Game 2
Otsego 7, Three Rivers 1 – Game 1
Otsego 6, Three Rivers 1 – Game 2
Plainwell 16, Paw Paw 8 – Game 1
Plainwell 16, Paw Paw 2 – Game 2
Saugatuck 13, Martin 2 – Game 1
Saugatuck 11, Martin 1 – Game 2
Kalamazoo Christian 6, Parchment 3 – Game 1
Parchment 4, Kalamazoo Christian 2 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
South Haven 9, Michigan Lutheran 1
Bridgman 4, Holland Black River 4 – TIE
Parchment 1, Sturgis 0

Softball
Michigan Lutheran 6, Howardsville Christian 5 – Game 1
Howardsville Christian 10, Michigan Lutheran 6 – Game 2
Lakeshore 14, Niles 1 – Game 1
Lakeshore 8, Niles 1 – Game 2
Bridgman 4, South Haven 1 – Game 1
Bridgman 4, South Haven 2 – Game 2
Buchanan 12, Brandywine 0 – Game 1
Brandywine 5, Buchanan 4 – Game 2
New Buffalo 11, Eau Claire 8 – Game 1
Eau Claire 18, New Buffalo 17 – Game 2
River Valley 13, Lawrence 0 – Game 1
River Valley 16, Lawrence 0 – Game 2
Watervliet 12, Lawton 2 – Game 1
Watervliet 12, Lawton 0 – Game 2
Vicksburg 14, Dowagiac 9 – Game 1
Vicksburg 22, Dowagiac 8 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 15, Sturgis 0 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 15, Sturgis 0 – Game 2
Otsego 6, Three Rivers 3 – Game 1
Otsego 4, Three Rivers 3 – Game 2
Plainwell 11, Paw Paw 4 – Game 1
Paw Paw 10, Plainwell 6 – Game 2
Kalamazoo Christian 3, Parchment 2 – Game 1
Parchment 10, Kalamazoo Christian 0 – Game 2
Schoolcraft 7, Kalamazoo Hackett 0 – Game 1
Schoolcraft 16, Kalamazoo Hackett 3 – Game 2

Girls Tennis
South Bend St. Joseph (IN) 4, Lakeshore 4 – TIE

Today
Girls Soccer
SMAC Tournament
Portage Central at Gull Lake, 6:30 p.m.                         Championship game
Kal. Loy Norrix at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.                         3rd place game
Portage Northern at Lakeshore, 6:30 p.m.                     5th place game
BC Lakeview at Mattawan, 6:30 p.m.                              7th place game
BC Central at Kal. Central, 6:30 p.m.                           9th place game

Other Games
Covert at Our Lady of the Lake, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Niles, 6:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Otsego, 6:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Fennville, 6:30 p.m.
Lawton at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.

Baseball
Wyoming Lee at Benton Harbor, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
South Bend St. Joseph (IN) at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Hopkins at Plainwell, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Fennville at Delton-Kellogg, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Portage Central at BC Lakeview, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)

Softball
Wyoming Lee at Benton Harbor, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Centreville at Buchanan, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
South Haven at Parchment, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Coloma at Delton-Kellogg, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Watervliet at Fennville, 3:00 p.m. (DH)
Gull Lake at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

Girls Tennis – Regionals
Division 3 at Three Rivers, 8:30 a.m.
Battle Creek Harper Creek, Battle Creek Pennfield, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Edwardsburg, Marshall, Niles, Parma Western, Three Rivers, Vicksburg

Division 4 at Berrien Springs, 9:00 a.m.
Berrien Springs, Buchanan, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo Christian, Kalamazoo Hackett, New Buffalo, Brandywine, Schoolcraft, South Haven, Our Lady of the Lake