Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 6/19/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds, PPD, Rain
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers at Reds, PPD, Rain – Tigers at Reds postponed by rain
A game between the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds was postponed on Thursday night because of heavy rain that was expected to continue well into the night. The final scheduled game in the team’s four-game interleague series wasn’t immediately rescheduled. The Reds won two of the three games so far. The teams were coming off a 13-inning, 8-4 Reds win that ended at 1:20 a.m. and included a 1-hour, 14-minute delay. There have been eight rain delays at Great American Ball Park this season totaling 13 hours, 40 minutes. The game on Thursday never got started and was called off 37 minutes after it was scheduled to start.

Pirates 3, White Sox 2 – Gerrit Cole wins MLB-best 11th as Pirates top White Sox 3-2
Gerrit Cole became the majors’ first 11-game winner and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the struggling Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high eight games. Cole (11-2) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, and has won each of his last six starts while giving up two runs or less in each. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. Jung Ho Kang went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco each drove in a run for Pittsburgh. The Pirates, who also won 3-2 Wednesday, have won seven times in their last 11 games while scoring three runs or less. Geovany Soto hit a solo home run for Chicago, which has dropped a season-high seven games. Jake Petricka (1-2) took the loss in relief of starter Jeff Samardzija, who went seven innings.

Indians 4, Cubs 3 – Urshela’s single lifts Indians past Cubs, 4-3
Rookie Giovanny Urshela’s seventh-inning single drove in the go-ahead run and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Thursday night. Kyle Schwarber hit his first major league home run for the Cubs, a two-run blast off Danny Salazar in the fifth that tied the game at 3-all. The game was delayed twice by rain for a total of 1 hour and 41 minutes. Following a 1:16 delay in the fifth, Indians manager Terry Francona went with closer Cody Allen to work out of a bases-loaded jam. The Indians bounced back from Wednesday’s 17-0 loss and survived another big night from Schwarber, who had two hits and is 6 for 10 with four RBIs in three games since being called up Tuesday. Zach McAllister (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings while Bryan Shaw recorded the final four outs for his first save.

Tonight
Detroit (Verlander 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Warren 4-4), 7:05 p.m.          WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Texas (Lewis 6-3) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 6-3), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 2-2) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 4-6), 8:10 p.m.

Golf – US Open – Stenson and Johnson are early leaders…Tiger struggles…Phil 4 back
Not only do Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson share the lead after one round of the U.S. Open, they are 15 strokes better than Tiger Woods.  Johnson and Stenson seemed to tame the wild terrain of Chambers Bay, firing 5-under-par 65s to finish the day one stroke ahead of Patrick Reed. Johnson’s only mistake came on his final hole when he pulled a 6-iron on the par-3 ninth over the green and made his only bogey. Stenson birdied four of his last five holes for a share of first. And then there was Woods, who shot his worst round in a U.S. Open. He carded a 10-over 80 that included eight bogeys, a triple-bogey on 14 and just one birdie. Only Rich Berberian Jr. and Rickie Fowler posted worse scores. Amateur Brian Campbell had an impressive round, playing his last 11 holes at minus-5 for a 3-under total. Campbell is tied for fourth with Ben Martin and Matt Kuchar. Masters champion Jordan Spieth (speeth) is among a host of players at 2-under. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy opened with a 72 that puts him seven off the pace. And Phil Mickelson finds himself four strokes back following a 69. Mickelson had the lead at 3-under through 12 holes before bogeys on 13 and 14.

NHL – The Latest: Confetti ends Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup rally
Chicago Blackhawks players took turns lifting the Stanley Cup and addressing fans at their championship rally in Soldier Field. Goalie Corey Crawford told the fans “you guys made this unbelievable.” Duncan Keith hinted at another win saying, “four sounds better than three.” Team captain Jonathan Toews said the Blackhawks “play for the best fans in the world.” He said “maybe the only way it does get better is if we win four.” Earlier, before the team boarded the parade buses, Patrick Kane said the response from fans since the win has been “nothing you really don’t expect from a city like this.” He said players are “enjoying every second of it.” Chicago defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years.

NFL – Lions release cornerback Bill Bentley
The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Bill Bentley. A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Bentley has played only 18 games for the Lions. He went on injured reserve after last year’s season opener with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament. The emergence of cornerback Darius Slay has helped shore up Detroit’s secondary, and the Lions also drafted cornerbacks Nevin Lawson, Alex Carter and Quandre Diggs in the past two years.

NFL – Lions’ Jason Jones dealing with undisclosed injury
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says defensive lineman Jason Jones has been dealing with an injury, but he didn’t elaborate on what type. Jones has missed practice at minicamp this week. Caldwell says Thursday that Jones had “a little bit of an injury that he got taken care of” and he should be back in the fall. Jones started all 16 games for the Lions last season and had five sacks, a productive return after he was limited to three games in 2013 by a knee injury.

NFL – Bears sign Sherrod Martin, Daniel Thomas to 1-year deals
The Chicago Bears have signed safety Sherrod Martin and running back Daniel Thomas to one-year contracts. Martin has appeared in 72 games with 38 starts over six seasons for Carolina (2009-13) and Jacksonville (2014). He has 195 tackles, eight interceptions, 22 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in 13 games for the Jaguars last season and had one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Thomas played in 52 games for Miami from 2011-14 and ran for 1,480 yards on 409 attempts. He appeared in 12 games last season. The Bears also waived kicker Jeremiah Detmer, quarterback Pat Devlin and tight end Jacob Maxwell on Thursday.

NCAA Football – Central Michigan football coach diagnosed with cancer
Central Michigan University football coach John Bonamego has announced he has cancer and plans to continue working during treatment. Bonamego wrote in a letter released Thursday that he has cancer in his left tonsil, and “it was discovered early and is very treatable.” He says he’ll coach during his treatment but will attend fewer external events for a couple months. Central Michigan opens its season Sept. 3 against Oklahoma State. Bonamego became head coach in February at the Mount Pleasant school, where he played in the mid-1980s. He had been special teams coordinator for the Detroit Lions for the past two seasons.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Dayton Dragons 2, South Bend Cubs 1 – 10 innings
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
Lake County Captains 8, Great Lakes Loons 2

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