Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 6/26/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, June 26, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago White Sox 8, Detroit Tigers 7 – 10 Innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Chicago Cubs 0

White Sox 8, Tigers 7 – F/10 – Sanchez 3-run triple in 10th lifts White Sox over Tigers 8-7
Carlos Sanchez hit a three-run triple off Joba Chamberlain in the 10th inning Thursday, and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-7. With the score 5-all, Chamberlain (0-2) walked Melky Cabrera with one out, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch and then allowed pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck’s two-out infield single to shortstop. Sanchez tripled past first baseman Miguel Cabrera and all the way to the right-field wall on a 1-2 pitch, putting Chicago ahead 8-5.  David Robertson gave up a two-run single to Bryan Holaday with one out in the bottom half, then retired Ian Kinsler on a flyout and, with runners on first and second, intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases. Josh Wilson took a ball, then swung and missed at three straight pitches, giving Robertson his 15th save in 19 chances. Zach Duke (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Adam Eaton homered for Chicago.

Dodgers 4, Cubs 0 – Dodgers blank Cubs 4-0
Carlos Frias threw five scoreless innings and combined with four relievers on an eight-hit shutout to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 win Thursday over the Chicago Cubs to split the four-game series. Jimmy Rollins had two hits and an RBI and run scored for the first-place Dodgers, who won the final two games of the series. Los Angeles also got a two-run double from Howie Kendrick in the first inning off Jon Lester (4-6), and a second-inning run-scoring triple from Enrique Hernandez. Frias (5-5) allowed seven hits and struck out five and walked three. He earned his first win since May 30 at St. Louis. During his previous four starts, Frias had been 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 24 innings.

Tonight
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-7) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 6-7), 7:08 p.m.        WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 7-5) at St. Louis (Lackey 6-4), 8:15 p.m.

MLB – Maddon: Review umps should be replaced by `bunch of nerds’
Cubs manager Joe Maddon think baseball’s video review umpires should be replaced by “a bunch of nerds.” Chicago’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night ended when Chris Denorfia singled off the base of the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth and was thrown out by Scott Van Slyke, who made a perfect strike to second. Second base umpire Jordan Baker’s call was upheld after a video review. Maddon says: “To say there was nothing definitive right there, I cannot disagree with more strongly. I have no idea why they would say that. It makes zero sense to me whatsoever.”

MLB – Cubs’ Kris Bryant leaves game against with flulike symptoms
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has left a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with what Chicago called flulike symptoms. Bryant struck out in the first inning Thursday and came out in the second with the Cubs trailing 4-0. The rookie third baseman is hitting .278 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.

MLB – Cubs’ Russell making transition from shortstop to second
Addison Russell is learning how to play second base in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs. It is a challenging transition for a rookie, but infield coach Gary Jones says he is doing “a very nice job.” Before Russell was promoted to the Cubs in April, the sum total of his professional experience at second was five starts at Triple-A Iowa. He was a high school shortstop when Oakland selected him with the No. 11 pick in the 2012 draft, and he played the same position in the minors while developing into one of baseball’s top prospects. Russell says the biggest adjustment were all the different angles with the new position, but he feels “pretty comfortable” at second now.

NBA Draft – Towns going to twin cities
The Minnesota Timberwolves went big with the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft. The T-Wolves took 6-foot-11 Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns, who averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds during his only season with the Wildcats. Towns is mobile and is the third Kentucky player to be selected No. 1 overall in the past six years. It’s the sixth straight year a freshman was taken No. 1.  The L.A. Lakers chose second and selected Ohio State freshman point guard DeAngelo Russell.

NBA Draft – Pistons take Stanley Johnson of Arizona with No. 8 pick
The Detroit Pistons have selected Arizona forward Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick in the NBA draft. Johnson played one season for the Wildcats, averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 2014-15. He could fill a need for the Pistons, who have said the only opening in their starting lineup is at small forward. Detroit had its choice of wing prospects when Duke’s Justise Winslow was also available when the Pistons picked, but they went with Johnson. Stan Van Gundy, Detroit’s coach and team president, said this week he wasn’t approaching the draft with the idea that the Pistons’ pick would necessarily have to start right away.  The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Johnson was the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2015.

NBA Draft – Bulls take Arkansas’ Portis with 22nd pick
The Chicago Bulls have taken Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft. The Bull are adding the SEC Player of the Year to a front line with a banged up Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah along with the aging Pau Gasol. The 6-foot-11, 242-pound Portis averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds. He finished among the top five in the SEC in scoring, rebounding, offensive and defensive rebounds, and field-goal percentage. Portis joins a 50-win team that fought through injuries and bowed out to LeBron James and the banged up Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They also have a new coach in Fred Hoiberg.

NBA Draft – Pelicans trade rights to 56th pick Michigan State F Dawson
The New Orleans Pelicans traded the rights Thursday night to its only NBA draft pick. The Pelicans selected power forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th pick before team officials said they sent his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for cash. Dawson would have been Alvin Gentry’s first as head coach for New Orleans. New Orleans traded its 2015 first-round pick to Houston before this past season for center Omer Asik, who averaged 9.8 rebounds and 7.3 points per game. Gentry is trying to build on a team that was knocked out of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs 4-0 by eventual champion Golden State. The Pelicans now could look to free agency to build around star Anthony Davis.

NBA Draft – Knicks trade Hardaway to Hawks for Grant rights
The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant. Grant was selected with the 19th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night in a spot the Washington Wizards traded to the Hawks along with two future second-round picks to move up four slots for rights to Kansas guard Kelly Oubre.

NHL – Blackhawks host Rangers in NHL opener Oct. 7
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will host the New York Rangers on Oct. 7 in the NHL season opener. The Blackhawks will be raising their third championship banner in six seasons. The league announced its 2015-16 schedule Thursday, and in other games opening night it’s San Jose at Los Angeles, Montreal at Toronto and Vancouver at Calgary. The New York Islanders will host Chicago on Oct. 9 in the first game in their new home at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On New Year’s Day, Boston will host Montreal in the NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. The league will take a break from Jan. 28-Feb. 1 for the All-Star weekend in Nashville. The last day of the regular season is April 9.   The Red Wings open up the regular season against former head coach Mike Babcock on October 9 and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.   The Red Wings and Blackhawks only two meetings will be in early March with Detroit hosting Chicago on March 2, the two teams will face each other in Chicago on March 6.

(complete schedule on last page)

Golf – Champions – Great start for Watson
Tom Watson took advantage of an early tee time to shoot a 4-under 66 and earn the clubhouse lead in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday. With the temperature expected to soar to 104 degrees in the afternoon, Watson worked through Del Paso Country Club before the scorching heat in California’s capital city intensified. The eight-time major champion overcame a double bogey before the turn and had four birdies in his final nine holes. Michael Allen and Lee Janzen each finished at 67. Defending U.S. Senior Open champion Colin Montgomerie and Champions Tour stalwart Bernhard Langer were among those teeing off in the afternoon. Montgomerie and Langer have combined to win six of the last seven senior majors.
 
Golf – PGA – Bubba goes low
Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship. Watson had a two-stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title. He has finished in the top 20 five times in eight previous starts at TPC River Highlands. The two-time Masters champion just missed an eagle on the par-4 18th hole, hitting a 139-yard second shot that bounced into the flagstick and rolled 4 inches past the cup. Keegan Bradley was tied for second with Jason Gore, Seung-Yul Noh, Brian Stuard and Harris English, who shot a 30 on the back nine. Eight players shot 65, and 12 more opened at 66.

NFL – Ex-Detroit Lions coach Tommy Hudspeth dies at 83
Tommy Hudspeth, a Detroit Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached in college at BYU and UTEP, has died at 83. His death was announced Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he once worked as coach and general manager. The CFL team said he died Tuesday of cancer. Hudspeth coached the Lions in 1976 and 1977. He was elevated from his scouting job early in the 1976 season after Rick Forzano was fired. He did not make it to the end of his three-year contract, leaving with an 11-13 record. He was hired as the Argos’ general manager in 1979. Two years later, he replaced Willie Wood as coach, finishing the 1981 season with a 2-4 record. Hudspeth went 39-42-1 at BYU during his eight years. In 1965, he led the Cougars to their first league championship and was the Western Athletic Conference’s coach of the year. He then coached UTEP in 1972 and 1973. His overall college record was 40-56-1. Hudspeth also worked as an assistant with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders and coached in the World Football League. He played in college at Tulsa before working as an assistant there.

NFL – Hall of Famer charged with domestic battery
Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The criminal complaint filed Thursday charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he’s convicted.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
TONIGHT
South Bend Cubs 4, Lake County Captains 3
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Lansing Lugnuts 5
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4, Great Lakes  Loons 1 – 13 innings

TONIGHT
South Bend Cubs at Lake County Captains, 7:00 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 P.M.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 P.M.

 

NHL Schedules
(all times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings
10/09/15 Toronto 7:30
10/10/15 at Carolina 7:00
10/13/15 Tampa Bay 7:30
10/16/15 Carolina 7:30
10/17/15 at Montreal 7:00
10/21/15 at Edmonton 9:30
10/23/15 at Calgary 9:00
10/24/15 at Vancouver 10:00
10/27/15 Carolina 7:30
10/30/15 Ottawa 7:30
10/31/15 at Ottawa 7:00
11/03/15 Tampa Bay 7:30
11/06/15 at Toronto 7:00
11/08/15 Dallas 3:00
11/10/15 Washington 7:30
11/13/15 San Jose 7:30
11/14/15 at Boston 7:00
11/16/15 at Ottawa 7:30
11/18/15 Washington 8:00
11/20/15 Los Angeles 7:30
11/21/15 at St. Louis 8:00
11/25/15 Boston 7:30
11/27/15 Edmonton 7:30
11/29/15 Florida 2:00
12/01/15 Buffalo 7:30
12/03/15 Arizona 7:30
12/05/15 Nashville 7:00
12/08/15 at Washington 7:00
12/10/15 Montreal 7:30
12/11/15 at New Jersey 7:00
12/14/15 Buffalo 7:30
12/18/15 Vancouver 7:30
12/20/15 Calgary 7:00
12/22/15 New Jersey 7:30
12/26/15 at Nashville 8:00
12/28/15 at Minnesota 8:00
12/29/15 at Winnipeg 8:00
12/31/15 Pittsburgh 6:00
01/02/16 at Buffalo 1:00
01/04/16 at New Jersey 7:00
01/07/16 at San Jose 10:30
01/10/16 at Anaheim 8:00
01/11/16 at Los Angeles 10:30
01/14/16 at Arizona 9:00
01/17/16 Philadelphia 7:30
01/20/16 St. Louis 8:00
01/22/16 at Buffalo 7:00
01/23/16 Anaheim 7:00
01/25/16 at NY Islanders 7:00
02/03/16 at Tampa Bay 8:00
02/04/16 at Florida 7:30
02/06/16 NY Islanders 2:00
02/08/16 Florida 7:30
02/10/16 Ottawa 7:00
02/12/16 Colorado 7:30
02/14/16 Boston 3:00
02/15/16 at NY Islanders 1:00
02/18/16 at Pittsburgh 7:00
02/20/16 at Ottawa 7:00
02/21/16 at NY Rangers 7:00
02/23/16 Columbus 7:30
02/27/16 at Colorado 8:00
02/01/29 at Dallas 8:30
03/02/16 Chicago 8:00
03/06/16 at Chicago 5:00
03/08/16 at Columbus 7:00
03/10/16 Winnipeg 7:30
03/12/16 NY Rangers 2:00
03/13/16 Toronto 7:30
03/15/16 at Philadelphia 7:00
03/17/16 at Columbus 7:00
03/19/16 at Florida 7:00
03/22/16 at Tampa Bay 7:30
03/24/16 Montreal 7:30
03/26/16 Pittsburgh 2:00
03/28/16 Buffalo 7:30
03/29/16 at Montreal 7:30
04/01/16 Minnesota 7:30
04/02/16 at Toronto 7:00
04/06/16 Philadelphia 8:00
04/07/16 at Boston 7:00
04/09/16 at NY Rangers 12:30

Chicago Blackhawks
10/07/15 NY Rangers 8:00
10/09/15 at NY Islanders 7:30
10/10/15 NY Islanders 8:30
10/14/15 at Philadelphia 8:00
10/15/15 at Washington 7:00
10/17/15 Columbus 8:30
10/22/15 Florida 8:30
10/24/15 Tampa Bay 8:30
10/26/15 Anaheim 8:30
10/29/15 at Winnipeg 8:00
10/30/15 at Minnesota 8:00
11/02/15 Los Angeles 8:30
11/04/15 St. Louis 8:00
11/06/15 at New Jersey 7:00
11/08/15 Edmonton 8:00
11/12/15 New Jersey 8:30
11/14/15 at St. Louis 8:00
11/15/15 Calgary 8:30
11/18/15 at Edmonton 9:30
11/20/15 at Calgary 9:00
11/21/15 at Vancouver 10:00
11/25/15 at San Jose 10:30
11/27/15 at Anaheim 4:00
11/28/15 at Los Angeles 10:30
12/01/15 Minnesota 8:30
12/03/15 at Ottawa 7:30
12/06/15 Winnipeg 5:00
12/08/15 Nashville 8:30
12/10/15 at Nashville 8:00
12/11/15 Winnipeg 8:30
12/13/15 Vancouver 7:00
12/15/15 Colorado 8:30
12/17/15 Edmonton 8:30
12/19/15 at Buffalo 1:00
12/20/15 San Jose 7:00
12/22/15 at Dallas 8:30
12/27/15 Carolina 7:00
12/29/15 at Arizona 9:00
12/31/15 at Colorado 8:00
01/03/16 Ottawa 7:00
01/05/16 at Pittsburgh 7:00
01/06/16 Pittsburgh 8:00
01/08/16 Buffalo 8:30
01/10/16 Colorado 7:00
01/12/16 Nashville 8:30
01/14/16 at Montreal 7:30
01/15/16 at Toronto 7:00
01/17/16 Montreal 7:00
01/19/16 at Nashville 8:00
01/21/16 at Tampa Bay 7:30
01/22/16 at Florida 7:30
01/24/16 St. Louis 7:00
01/26/16 at Carolina 7:00
02/02/16 at Colorado 9:00
02/04/16 at Arizona 9:00
02/06/16 at Dallas 8:00
02/09/16 San Jose 8:30
02/11/16 Dallas 8:30
02/13/16 Anaheim 8:30
02/15/16 Toronto 8:30
02/17/16 at NY Rangers 8:00
02/21/16 at Minnesota 3:30
02/25/16 Nashville 8:30
02/28/16 Washington 12:30
03/02/16 at Detroit 8:00
03/03/16 at Boston 7:00
03/06/16 Detroit 5:00
03/09/16 at St. Louis 8:00
03/11/16 at Dallas 8:30
03/14/16 Los Angeles 8:30
03/16/16 Philadelphia 8:00
03/18/16 at Winnipeg 8:00
03/20/16 Minnesota 8:30
03/22/16 Dallas 8:30
03/26/16 at Calgary 10:00
03/27/16 at Vancouver 8:00
03/29/16 at Minnesota 8:00
04/01/16 at Winnipeg 8:00
04/03/16 Boston 12:30
04/05/16 Arizona 8:30
04/07/16 St. Louis 8:30
04/09/16 at Columbus 7:00