Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 7/10/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, July 10, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 4, Minnesota Twins 2
Chicago White Sox 2, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Cubs were off

Tigers 4, Twins 2 – Kinsler homers, Price pitches Tigers to 4-2 win over Twins
Ian Kinsler had a leadoff homer, a double and three RBIs to back David Price’s eight innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Thursday night. Price (9-2) struck out eight in his final start before going to the All-Star Game. He allowed five hits and two unearned runs. Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and an RBI for the Tigers. Joakim Soria earned his 20th save in 22 chances. Mike Pelfrey (5-6) gave up four runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings for Minnesota. Torii Hunter had a base hit and an RBI, but the Twins had their three-game winning streak snapped. Kinsler hit the second pitch of the game into the left-field seats, his 32nd career leadoff homer.

White Sox 2, Blue Jays 0 – Samardzija, White Sox blank Blue Jays 2-0
Jeff Samardzija had a four-hitter, Melky Cabrera homered and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday. Samardzija (6-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for a second straight game. It was his first complete game of the season. He struck out Toronto slugger Jose Bautista to end the 2 hour, 15-minute game and threw 108 pitches. Samardzija, has pitched at least seven innings in seven straight starts, but Thursday was the first time during that stretch he was able to get through the eighth inning. He had just one win during that span before Thursday. Chicago won three of four in the series.

Chicago White Sox (Rodon 3-2) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 4-4), 4:05 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 0-2) at Minnesota (E.Santana 0-0), 8:10 p.m.                   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45

NBA – Suns announce trade of 3 players to Pistons
The Phoenix Suns have made it official, confirming the trade of forward Marcus Morris, guard Reggie Bullock and forward-guard Danny Granger to the Detroit Pistons. The move was a salary dump as the Suns made a strong but ultimately unsuccessful push to sign coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. The trade separates the Morris twins, a move that reportedly has upset the Suns’ Markieff Morris. Marcus Morris got into a courtside shouting match with coach Jeff Hornacek last season. The twins also have pleaded not guilty to assault in an incident outside a local recreation center. The Suns receive a 2020 second-round pick in the trade.

NBA – Butler envisions Bulls contending for title next season
Jimmy Butler envisions the Chicago Bulls contending for a championship next season and he and Derrick Rose forming one of the NBA’s best backcourts. The Bulls took what they believe is a big step, announcing a maximum five-year contract for their All-Star shooting guard on Thursday.  They are hoping Butler can build on a breakout season, form a dominant tandem with Rose and help them emerge from the Eastern Conference after they came up short last season. Butler’s deal is worth $95.5 million. He can opt out after the fourth season, but he insists Chicago “is where I wanted to be.”

NBA – Lakers acquire C Roy Hibbert from Pacers for 2nd-round pick
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired two-time All-Star center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. The Pacers dumped their 7-foot-2 big man and his $15.5 million salary for the upcoming season after Hibbert spent the past seven years with Indiana. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

NBA – LeBron re-ups
LeBron James is staying in Cleveland after accepting a new contract with the Cavaliers. Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press the two-year package is worth $47 million, a deal that includes a $24 million player option for 2016-17. This is the first time since 2006 that James will re-sign with a team.

Golf – PGA – Spieth stumbles in 1st round of John Deere Classic
Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8 under par in Thursday’s opening round of the John Deere Classic, while Jordan Spieth languished far behind. Thomas and Thompson each shot a 63 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois, finishing eight strokes ahead of Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth. They were a shot ahead of Charles Howell III and Luke Guthrie. Three-time tournament winner Steve Stricker led the list of golfers at 6 under. Spieth shot even-par 71 in his first round since winning the U.S Open. Spieth, who will go for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch, and missed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

Golf – LPGA – Weather interrupts first round
Two players shared the lead when the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open was suspended due to the threat of dangerous weather. Karrie Webb and Marina Alex each opened with 4-under 66s, putting them one stroke ahead of Amy Yang, Na Yeon Choi and Jane Park. Yang completed her first round, Park was through 13 and Choi had three holes remaining.

NFL – Raiders Super Bowl-winning QB dies
Oakland fans knew him as “The Snake,” and he led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory. Quarterback Ken Stabler has died at 69 following complications from colon cancer. Stabler was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Raiders and was named the NFL’s MVP in 1974. He was under center during Oakland’s 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the 1977 Super Bowl. The Foley, Alabama, native threw for 27,938 career yards over 15 seasons, which also included stints with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. During his ollege career, Stabler led Alabama to an undefeated 1966 season and was chosen the Sugar Bowl MVP after a 34-7 rout of Nebraska. The family’s statement said he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in February.

Tennis – Wimbledon – Serena advances
Top-seed Serena Williams will face Garbine Muguruza (muh-gah-ROO’-thah) in the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday. Williams whipped Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-4 to get within one match victory of her fourth consecutive major title. Muguruza advanced to her first Grand Slam final by surprising No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Cycling – Tour de France – Race leader Martin exits after crash
Tour de France leader Tony Martin had to pull out of the race after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused late in the sixth stage. Czech rider Zdenek Stybar won the race in a sprint finish, while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy was caught in a crash near to the finish. In the ensuing confusion of the crash Stybar rode ahead unchallenged to clinch the victory. Both Nabali and Martin were able to finish the race but news of Martin’s withdrawal came hours later.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lake County Captains – PPD, Rain
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 6, South Bend Cubs 2
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Great Lakes Loons 5 – 15 innings

Bowling Green Hot Rods at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Dayton Dragons, 7 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.
Lake County Captains at South Bend Cubs, 7:35 p.m.