Torkelson’s two home runs lead Tigers over Twins; Morel’s leads Cubs over Sox – Thursday Morning Sports Update


MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 8, Minnesota Twins 7
Chicago Cubs 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Tigers 8, Twins 7 – Torkelson homers twice against the Twins again, leading the Tigers to an 8-7 victory
Spencer Torkelson homered twice against Minnesota for the second time in a week, and the Detroit Tigers survived a late scare for an 8-7 victory over the Twins. Torkelson lifted Griffin Jax’s 1-1 sweeper into the left-field seats at Target Field to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh, giving the second-year first baseman his fourth career multi-homer game. His home run highlighted a four-run seventh inning for Detroit. Torkelson, leads the Tigers with 20 home runs. He’s the seventh player in club history with that many during his age-23 season.

Cubs 4, White Sox 3 – Christopher Morel hits game-ending homer as Chicago Cubs rally past White Sox 4-3
Christopher Morel hit a dramatic three-run homer off Gregory Santos in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3. Cody Bellinger sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double. Dansby Swanson then walked before Morel drove a 1-2 pitch from Santos over the wall in right-center for his 19th homer. The Wrigley Field crowd of 40,869 cheered wildly as Morel sprinted around the bases with his arms out. He ripped off his jersey as he rounded third before he was surrounded by his teammates in a delirious mob at home plate.

Detroit (Skubal 2-2) at Cleveland (Curry 3-1), 7:15 p.m.  News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:50
Cubs and White Sox are off

MLB – Cubs RHP Stroman has a rib cartilage fracture, no timetable for his return
Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman has a right rib cartilage fracture, and there is no timetable for his return. The new injury for Stroman, who was placed on the 15-day injured list Aug. 2 because of inflammation in his right hip, is a blow for the Cubs as they try for the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2020. Stroman was slated to come off the IL and start Wednesday against the White Sox, but he experienced some discomfort in the rib area after throwing a bullpen session Sunday in Toronto. He visited a doctor Monday and had an MRI that showed the cartilage fracture.

NFL – National Football League – Preseason Week 2
Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m.

NFL – Lions WR’s St. Brown, Williams leave joint practice with Jaguars with injuries
Lions wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams went down with injuries on the first day of joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday. St. Brown injured his right ankle after a catch during a 7-on-7 drill. He needed a hand to get up and off the turf. The third-year receiver stayed on the sideline and attempted to walk it off, but never got back into practice. Williams was going for a deep ball when he pulled up and grabbed his right hamstring. He went for treatment and never returned to the practice field.

NFL – House Oversight Committee member asks chairman to refer Dan Snyder to the DOJ
The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform is asking the Republican chair in charge to refer former Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to the Department of Justice for lying under oath. Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin wrote a letter Wednesday to Kentucky Rep. James Comer urging him to send Snyder’s case to the DOJ to determine if Snyder should be prosecuted for making false statements in his deposition and obstructing a congressional investigation. Raskin pointed to the results of the NFL’s independent review that contradicted Snyder’s testimony.

NFL – Former Lions coach Buddy Parker picked as Hall of Fame finalist
Former Detroit Lions coach Buddy Parker has been picked as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2024. Parker was chosen as the candidate from a group of 12 coaches and contributors. He will get into the Hall if he is supported by at least 80% of the full Hall of Fame panel of voters next January. Parker had a 107-76-9 record as a head coach for the Cardinals, Lions and Steelers but his greatest success came during his six years at the helm in Detroit where he won back-to-back titles in 1952 and 1953.

NCAAFB – ND coach Marcus Freeman enters 2nd season with revised blueprint for success
Coach Marcus Freeman begins his second season at Notre Dame trying to avoid the early-season miscues that plagued the Fighting Irish last season. Inexplicable losses to Marshall and Stanford left Notre Dame under the 10-win mark for the first time since 2016. This year, they return experienced defenders at all three levels — headlined by linebacker JD Bertrand and preseason All-American cornerback Ben Morrison. Offensively, Freeman promoted tight ends coach Gerad Parker to coordinator and they have a new quarterback in Sam Hartman, the trasfer from Wake Forest.

NCAAFB – Michigan State University plans to sell alcohol at four home football games
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday authorized the school to request liquor licenses to sell alcohol at four football games beginning with a Sept. 16 game against the University of Washington. Alcohol sales had previously been banned at public university sporting venues until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new law last month. Whitmer said she believes that lifting the ban will help “reduce the likelihood of binge drinking before games." If the liquor licenses are approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the university also plans to sell alcohol at three other home games. The university hopes to sell alcohol at venues for other sports.

FIFA – 2023 Women’s World Cup
Semifinal #2
England 3, Australia 1

Women’s World Cup Final
England vs. Spain, 6:00 a.m.

FIFA – US women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski resigns
U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski has resigned, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The move comes less than two weeks after the Americans were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup earlier than ever before. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the move has not been officially announced. The four-time tournament champions struggled throughout this World Cup. The Americans played well in the Round of 16 against Sweden, but ultimately fell on penalties after a scoreless tie. The U.S. scored just four goals over the course of the tournament. The United States had never finished worse that third in the tournament.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 4, South Bend 3 – 10 Inn.
Lansing 4, Great Lakes 3

South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph 1, Plainwell 1 – TIE
Gull Lake 1, Edwardsburg 0
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3, Marshall 1
Kalamazoo Central 2, Coldwater 1
Portage Central 3, East Kentwood 3 – TIE
Battle Creek Lakeview 9, Jackson 1
BC Calhoun Christian 3, Battle Creek Central 2
Hartford 2, Paw Paw 1
Holland West Ottawa 2, Otsego 1
Niles 4, Three Rivers 3
South Haven 3, Allegan 2
Watervliet 5, Parchment 4
Fennville 6, Lawton 0
Holland Black River 2, Bloomingdale 0
Buchanan 4, Cassopolis 1
Saugatuck 3, Constantine 3 – TIE

Brandywine 3, Cassopolis 0

Boys Soccer
Kalamazoo Phoenix at Our Lady of the Lake, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Hillsdale Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Bridgman at Niles, 9:00 a.m.

Girls Volleyball
Michigan Lutheran, Sturgis, at White Pigeon, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Heritage at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.