Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 5/1/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Kansas City Royals 8, Detroit Tigers 1
Minnesota Twins 12, Chicago White Sox 2
Cubs were off

Royals 8, Tigers 1 – Duffy throws gem, Hosmer homers, Royals beat Tigers 8-1
Danny Duffy pitched shutout ball into the eighth and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Thursday night. The Royals lost 13 of 19 to Detroit last year to finish a game behind the Tigers, who have won the past four AL Central titles.  Duffy gave up his first run when Rajai Davis’ single scored Jose Iglesias, who led off the inning with a triple. Duffy (2-0) struck out seven and walked two, while allowing seven hits before being replaced by Jason Frasor with no outs in the eighth. Hosmer, who also homered Wednesday at Cleveland, drove an Alfredo Simon pitch to center with Mike Moustakas aboard in the Royals’ three-run third. Moustakas doubled home Alex Gordon with the first run.

Twins 12, White Sox 2 – Twins rough up Sale in 12-2 victory
Brian Dozier had a homer and four RBIs and the Minnesota Twins roughed up Chicago ace Chris Sale in a 12-2 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night. Trevor May (2-1) gave up two runs on 10 hits and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings and the Twins knocked Sale out of the game with a seven-run third inning. Joe Mauer added three hits and two RBIs for Minnesota (10-12). Sale (2-1) gave up a career-high nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in just three innings. Melky Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox, who were coming off an unsettling three days in Baltimore that saw two games postponed and one played in an empty stadium because of rioting in the city.

Tonight
Milwaukee (W.Peralta 0-3) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 0-2), 2:20 p.m.
Detroit (Lobstein 2-1) at Kansas City (C.Young 1-0), 8:10 p.m.    WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 1-2), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Tigers closer Nathan undergoes elbow surgery
Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan underwent season-ending Tommy John and flexor repair surgery Wednesday. Nathan, who is in the final season of a two-year $20 million contract with the Tigers, confirmed the surgery Thursday. He logged 35 saves in 2014 for the Tigers. Nathan, 40, logged one save this year in the season opener at Minnesota, but went on the disabled list the next day with elbow pain. He exited after 10 pitches with a sharp pain in his right arm on a minor league rehab assignment on April 22 with Toledo. He was diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear and a flexor pronator tear. Dr. Keith Meister, the Texas Rangers team physician, performed the surgery. With Nathan out, Joakim Soria has an American League-leading nine saves in as many opportunities. The nine saves is a Tigers’ record for April.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Washington Capitals 2, New York Rangers 1                               (WSH Leads 1-0)
Anaheim Ducks 6, Calgary Flames 1                                            (ANA Leads 1-0)

Tonight
Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m.                 (Game 1)
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m.                       (Game 1)

NHL – Wild look for playoff breakthrough against Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild are in the second round for the second straight postseason, and standing in the way are the Chicago Blackhawks, their usual playoff roadblock. The two played five games in 2013, a speed bump in Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup title. They played six games in 2014, a more difficult challenge for the Blackhawks but a series Minnesota eventually lost. Game 1 this time is Friday night in Chicago. With a deep group of forwards and goalie Devan Dubnyk on the best run of his career, the Wild are looking forward to measuring their progress against one of the league’s traditional powers.

NFL – Draft – Winston, Mariota taken 1-2
Quarterbacks and Heisman Trophy winners Jameis Winston of Florida State and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota were the first two players selected in Thursday’s NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Winston with the No. 1 choice, and Mariota went to Tennessee with the second pick. Jacksonville landed Florida linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. with the third choice, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper was taken fourth by the Oakland Raiders and Washington used the fifth selection to fill a need on the offensive line, taking Outland Trophy Winner Brandon Scherff of Iowa.

NFL – Draft – Lions trade down, pick OL Tomlinson of Duke at No. 28
The Detroit Lions have drafted guard Laken Tomlinson of Duke in the first round Thursday night after trading down from the No. 23 pick to No. 28 in a deal with Denver. Tomlinson is the first player out of Duke to go in the first round since Cleveland took linebacker Mike Junkin with the fifth overall pick in 1987. Detroit traded the No. 23 pick to the Broncos, moving down five spots and acquiring offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, a fifth-round pick this year and a fifth-rounder next year from Denver. The Lions have been reshuffling their offensive line after Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 45 times last season. Detroit has moved on from longtime center Dominic Raiola, and guard Rob Sims’ future is uncertain.

NFL – Draft – Detroit Lions can still use help on DL, at RB in draft
By adding two new offensive linemen, one via trade and another with their first-round draft pick, the Detroit Lions bolstered one area of concern. There are still some more positions of need.  The Lions could use a running back and perhaps some help on the defensive line as they enter rounds two and three Friday night. Detroit drafted Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson on Thursday night after moving down five spots to the No. 28 pick. In that trade, they also acquired offensive lineman Manny Ramirez from Denver. After losing Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency, Detroit may try to add a defensive tackle in the draft, and the offensive backfield is also an issue after running back Reggie Bush was cut.

NFL – Draft – Bears take West Virginia WR White with 7th pick
The Chicago Bears have selected West Virginia receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the draft. New general manager Ryan Pace opted to go with a play-making receiver to replace the traded Brandon Marshall rather than address a defense that has ranked among the worst in franchise history the past two years. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White, a junior college transfer, made a big impact in two seasons at West Virginia. He had a particularly strong senior season, finishing third in the nation with 109 receptions and sixth in yards receiving with 1,447. Chicago also has one pick in the second and third rounds Friday (Nos. 39 and 71) along with a fourth-rounder (106), a fifth-rounder (142) and sixth-rounder (183) on Saturday.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 120, Milwaukee Bucks 66                                    (CHI Wins4-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 102, San Antonio Spurs 96                        (Series tied 3-3)

Game 6 – Bulls 120, Bucks 66 – Dunleavy scores 20, Bulls clobber Bucks 120-66 to advance
Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away the Milwaukee Bucks with a 120-66 victory in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night. The Bulls, who move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, finished four points away from the NBA playoff record for largest margin of victory. Minnesota beat St. Louis 133-75 on March 19, 1956. The game was over early, but it still featured plenty of the intensity and bad blood that marked the first five games of the series and Dunleavy was in the middle of much of the action. He drew the foul that led to the ejection of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo for a flagrant 2 foul just before halftime. Pau Gasol scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 16 for the Bulls.

Tonight
Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets , 8:00 p.m.                                (ATL Leads 3-2)

Golf – Spieth, McIlroy win again
Masters champion Jordan Spieth was among Thursday’s winners in the World Match Play Championship in San Francisco. Spieth cruised to a 4 and 3 win over Matt Every. Spieth, top-seeded Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland and Bubba Watson are all 2-0 and face elimination matches. Rickie Fowler and John Senden have won their groups and next play what amounts to a practice round in the middle of a tournament.
 
Golf – LPGA – 3 share first-round lead
Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Sydnee Michaels share the lead through 18 holes of the LPGA’s North Texas Shootout. The leaders opened with 5-under 66s, putting them one stroke ahead of 10 others. Sandra Gal, Natalie Gulbis, Angela Stanford and Lexi Thompson are among those at minus-4.
 
Horse Racing – Stanford scratched from Kentucky Derby; Frammento joins race
Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, moving Frammento into the 20-horse field for Saturday’s race. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday that 30-1 shot Stanford would skip the Derby and run in a future race.  That leaves Pletcher with three entries: Carpe Diem, the 8-1 third choice; 12-1 Materiality; and 30-1 Itsaknockout. Frammento was on the also eligible list but needed a defection to get into the 141st Derby. He is trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, a two-time Derby winner, and will be ridden by Corey Nakatani. All horses outside of Stanford’s assigned No. 11 post will move inside one position; Frammento will break from the No. 20 spot. The lineup change means 5-2 favorite American Pharoah will break from the No. 17 post instead of 18, where the colt was drawn Wednesday. Florent Geroux was to ride Stanford.

Burress in trouble
Former NFL receiver Plaxico Burress has been indicted on criminal charges related to a New Jersey tax payment. The 37-year-old who played with the Steelers, Giants and Jets, was charged last week with willful failure to pay a state tax and issuing a bad check or electronic funds transfer. Burress is the first person in the state to be charged under a new law that makes issuing a bad electronic funds transfer a criminal offense. Each offense could carry up to a five-year prison term if he is convicted.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend Cubs 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
Great Lakes Loons 8, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
Lake County Captains 2, Lansing Lugnuts 1

Tonight
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 12:00 p.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 6:30 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 5)
Last Night
Toronto Marlies at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.                   (TOR Leads 2-1)
Chicago Wolves at Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m.                                 (UTI Leads 2-1)

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Fort Wayne Komets at Toledo Walleye, 7:00 p.m.                         (Game 1) 

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Baseball
St. Joseph 3, Gull Lake 1 – Game 1
Gull Lake 5, St. Joseph 0 – Game 2
St. Joseph went on the road and split their doubleheader at Gull Lake, winning the opening game 3-1.  Hunter Waning was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Daniel Agby allowed just three hits in the win.  In the second game, Ben Johanski went 2 for 3 but took the loss on the mound as Gull Lake won 5-0.

Lakeshore 15, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 4 – Game 1
Lakeshore 10, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0 – Game 2
Kalamazoo Christian 5, Paw Paw 3
Lake Michigan Catholic 15, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Lake Michigan Catholic 15, Eau Claire 0 – Game 2
Watervliet 8, Hartford 4 – Game 1
Hartford 9, Watervliet 2 – Game 2

Softball
Lakeshore 15, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 1 – Game 1
Lakeshore 17, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 2 – Game 2
St. Joseph 6, Gull Lake 1 – Game 1
St. Joseph 11, Gull Lake 1 – Game 2
Benton Harbor 24, Battle Creek Central 11 – Game 1
Benton Harbor 18, Battle Creek Central 6 – Game 2
Mattawan 10, Niles 2 – Game 1
Mattawan 13, Niles 6 – Game 2
South Haven 1, Coloma 0 – Game 1
Coloma 7, South Haven 0 – Game 2
Buchanan 9, Dowagiac 5 – Game 1
Dowagiac 6, Buchanan 5 – Game 2 – 10 Innings
Lake Michigan Catholic 10, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Lake Michigan Catholic 8, Eau Claire 1 – Game 2
Hartford 12, Watervliet 5 – Game 1
Watervliet 12, Hartford 4 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Michigan Lutheran 8, River Valley 0
Hailey Maas, Mackenzie Zabel, and Jessica Arend each had two goals and Erika Rosenbaum and  Courtney Ritter rounded out the scoring as Michigan Lutheran beat River Valley 8-0. Maas also had two assists, and Lucy Bartz also had a helper. Sarah Jackemeyer got the win in net for the Titans.  Freddi King made 13 saves for River Valley.

Edwardsburg 6, Niles 0
Buchanan 2, Dowagiac 1

Today
Track and Field
2015 St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Rotary Track Meet – 4:00 p.m.     Dickinson Stadium, St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Lakeshore, Benton Harbor, Niles, Brandywine, Buchanan, Bridgman, New Buffalo, Lake Michigan Catholic, Eau Claire, Watervliet, Cassopolis

Allegan Invitational, 3:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs, Dowagiac, Allegan, South Haven, Edwardsburg, Paw Paw, Plainwell, Sturgis, Vicksburg, Three Rivers

Bangor Invitational, 3:00 p.m.
Coloma, Bangor, Comstock, Kalamazoo Hackett, Lawton, Hartford, Kalamazoo Christian, Otsego

Girls Soccer
Plainwell at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Niles at Sturgis, 6:45 p.m.
Bangor at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kalamazoo Hackett, 5:30 p.m.
Parchment at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.

Baseball
Berrien Springs at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Dowagiac at Paw Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Coloma at South Haven, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Brandywine at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.
Barry County Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 4:30 p.m.
River Valley at Bridgman, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
New Buffalo at Howardsville Christian, 4:15 p.m. (DH)

Softball
Berrien Springs at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Dowagiac at Paw Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Lake Michigan Catholic at Michigan Lutheran, 4:30 p.m.