Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 10/2/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, October 02, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Kansas City Royals 6, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 5, Cincinnati Reds 3
Tigers were off

Royals 6, White Sox 4 – Gomes helps Royals beat White Sox 6-4
Jonny Gomes drove in three runs, and the banged-up Kansas City Royals moved into a tie with Toronto for the AL’s best record with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.  Kansas City played without outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Rios, and designated hitter Kendrys Morales (left quad tightness) and catcher Salvador Perez (swelling in right thumb) each departed during the game. Cain was sidelined by a sore right knee, and Rios was scratched because of a stiff back. All four players are day to day, and the AL Central champions held on for their second straight victory against the lowly White Sox. Kris Medlen (6-2) pitched six innings of two-run ball, and Ryan Madson tossed a perfect ninth for his third save. Kansas City (92-67) finishes the season with three games at Minnesota, while Toronto, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Royals, closes with a weekend series at Tampa Bay.

Cubs 5, Reds 3 – Jackson homer leads Cubs to 5-3 win over Reds
Austin Jackson hit a three-run homer, Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double and the Chicago Cubs kept alive their slim hopes for home-field advantage in the wild-card game with a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Chris Denorfia also drove in a run and the Cubs overcame two errors to move within two games of idle Pittsburgh in the race for home field in Wednesday’s NL wild-card playoff game. Both teams have three to play _ Chicago in Milwaukee and the Pirates against the Reds in Pittsburgh. Joey Votto’s seventh-inning RBI single extended to 47 his streak of consecutive games in which he’s reached base at least once, the longest since Kevin Millar’s 52-game stretch in 2007. The Reds finished 0-7 on their last home stand of the season. They have lost 12 straight overall, matching the 1993 team for the franchise’s longest losing streak in 70 years.

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 21-6) at Milwaukee (A.Pena 2-0), 8:10 p.m.
Detroit (Simon 13-11) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-11), 8:10 p.m.   98.3 The Coast 7:45

MLB – White Sox to install 3 new video boards for next season
The Chicago White Sox plan to change the look of U.S. Cellular Field next season. The team announced Thursday that it will put three new video boards in the ballpark. The main center-field scoreboard will be replaced, as will the auxiliary screens in left and right field. The changes will be paid for by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the stadium.

NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Last Night
St. Louis Blues 5, Chicago Blackhawks 2

Blues 5, Blackhawks 2 – Allen Backstops Blues
Jake Allen made 20 saves to help the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. Dmitrij Jaskin, Troy Brouwer, Jori Lehtera, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kyle Brodziak scored for St. Louis.  Dennis Rasmussen and Brandon Mashinter scored for Chicago, and Scott Darling made 19 saves. After regulation, the teams played a mandatory 3-on-3 overtime practice session. Neither team scored.

Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings: DeKeyser suffers injury to lower left leg
The Detroit Reds Wings have announced that defenseman Danny DeKeyser suffered an injury to his lower left leg. The team says DeKeyser was hurt in the third period of Wednesday night’s game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. DeKeyser was examined by doctors and returned Thursday with the team to Detroit where more tests were done.

NFL – National Football League – Week 4
Last Night
Baltimore Ravens 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – OT

Ravens 23, Steelers 20 – OT – Ravens rally for first win
The Baltimore Ravens rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Pittsburgh 23-20 in overtime at Heinz Field. Justin Tucker’s 52-yard field goal with 5:08 left in overtime gave the Ravens their first victory of the season in four games.


Oakland at Chicago, 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.
Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.


Detroit at Seattle, 8:25 p.m.
WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:00 p.m.


NFL – Lions WR Golden Tate passes on chance to clarify comments
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate passed on a chance Thursday to clarify comments that created a stir. He had said opposing players have told him they knew what the Lions were going to do on offense after each of their three games this year. Lions coach Jim Caldwell and at least a few players said reactions to Tate’s comments were overblown.

NFL – Bears hope to get Cutler back against Oakland
The Chicago Bears hope to get quarterback Jay Cutler back for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Cutler practiced Thursday on a limited basis for the second consecutive day after sitting out last week’s 26-0 loss at Seattle because of a pulled hamstring. Cutler was injured trying to tackle Arizona’s Tony Jefferson on a 26-yard interception return.

NCAA Football – Saturday Schedule
Last Night
(22) Michigan at Maryland, 12:00 p.m.                    WSJM-AM/FM 11:00 a.m.
Purdue at (2) Michigan State, 12:00 p.m.                 WCSY-FM 10:30 a.m.
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at (9) LSU, 7:00 p.m.
(6) Notre Dame at (12) Clemson, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Michigan St’s Cook can set school record with win vs Purdue
By the time Connor Cook solidified his hold on Michigan State’s quarterback job in 2013, the Spartans had spent 1 ½ seasons trying to replace Kirk Cousins. Now, Cook has won 27 games as the starting quarterback, matching Cousins’ mark at the top of the school’s career list. He’ll have a chance to move ahead this weekend. Cook will try to set the record Saturday when the second-ranked Spartans host Purdue in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Since Cook took over as the No. 1 quarterback early in the 2013 season, Michigan State has won a conference title, a Rose Bowl and a Cotton Bowl. He’s 27-3 as the starter. His win total reflects how successful the Spartans have been as a team, and how well Cook has directed the offense.

NCAA Football – Weather prompts Big Ten to change time for Michigan-Maryland
The Big Ten Conference has changed the time of Michigan’s game at Maryland to noon Eastern Saturday, moving up kickoff by eight hours amid concerns over drenching rain and the approach of Hurricane Joaquin. The hurricane was expected to hit the Bahamas and move toward the U.S., but a wide swath of the East Coast already had rain in the forecast this weekend. Maryland was among the states expected to see some of the heaviest rain. The game between No. 22 Michigan (3-1) and Maryland (2-2) will be the Big Ten opener for both. The league also pushed back the kickoff time for Nebraska at Illinois, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. ET, to accommodate any potential weather-related delays in earlier games The game is on the Big Ten Network.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Men’s Soccer
College of DuPage 7, Lake Michigan College 0
MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night


Boys Soccer
Lakeshore 2, Battle Creek Central 1
St. Joseph 4, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Niles 4, Battle Creek Lakeview 1
Michigan Lutheran 5, Watervliet Grace Chr. 1
Bridgman 2, South Haven 1
Plainwell 3, Allegan 1


Girls Volleyball
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, River Valley 0
Michigan Lutheran 3, Countryside Academy 0
Buchanan 3, Berrien Springs 0
Watervliet Grace 3, Howardsville Chr. 0
Bridgman 3, Comstock 1

Football – All Games start at 7:00
Benton Harbor (3-2) at St. Joseph (4-1)                  Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Lakeshore (3-2) at Portage Northern (3-2)             94.9 WSJM-FM
Portage Central (5-0) at Niles (1-4)
Battle Creek Central (2-3) at Gull Lake (2-3)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (1-4) at Mattawan (2-3)
Kalamazoo Central (1-4) at Battle Creek Lakeview (3-2)

Edwardsburg (5-0) at South Haven (2-3)                Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Dowagiac (3-2) at Plainwell (3-2)
Three Rivers (1-4) at Paw Paw (3-2)
Allegan (1-4) at Sturgis (4-1)
Vicksburg (3-2) at Otsego (1-4)

Lake Michigan Catholic (1-4) at Centreville (1-4)
River Valley (0-5) at Bridgman (4-1)
Berrien Springs (5-0) at Comstock (0-5)
Brandywine (3-2) at New Buffalo (2-3)
Buchanan (5-0) at Parchment (4-1)
Cassopolis (3-2) at White Pigeon (2-3)
Bronson (2-3) at Mendon (3-2)

Coloma (0-5) at Fennville (2-3)
Watervliet (4-1) at Constantine (3-2)
Eau Claire (0-5) at Saugatuck (5-0)
Hartford (2-3) at Galesburg-Augusta (1-4)
Bangor (2-3) at Gobles (3-2)
Martin (1-4) at Bloomingdale (1-4)
Decatur (3-2) at Marcellus (3-2)
Lawton (5-0) at Schoolcraft (5-0)
Delton Kellogg (4-1) at Kalamazoo United (1-4)

8 Player Football
Manistee Catholic Central (2-2) at Lawrence (5-0)

Burr Oak (1-4) at Michigan Lutheran (0-5), 6:00 p.m.        at River Valley
Marion (2-2) at Covert (0-3), 1:00 p.m.