Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 7/31/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, July 31, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 9, Baltimore Orioles 8
Boston Red Sox 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2

Tigers 9, Orioles 8 – Depleted Tigers get 16 hits and squeeze past Orioles 9-8
Yoenis Cespedes homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 on Thursday night after shifting into rebuilding mode by trading two of their best pitchers. Mired in fourth place in the AL Central, Detroit dealt starter David Price to Toronto and closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh the day before the non-waiver trade deadline. General manager Dave Dombrowski conceded, “I would much rather be acquiring than I would be trading. But it’s just where we are at this point.” After an active day of dealing, the Tigers kept busy on the bases. Detroit finished with 16 hits, including three apiece by Cespedes, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias. The Tigers led 7-0 in the fourth inning and 9-2 in the sixth before surviving Baltimore’s comeback bid.

Red Sox 8, White Sox 2 – Red Sox rock Sale, win 8-2 to snap White Sox streak
Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz each had three hits, and the Boston Red Sox beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 8-2 on Thursday night, snapping Chicago’s seven-game winning streak. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (4-4) pitched seven effective innings in Boston’s third win in 15 games. Brock Holt had a two-run single in a four-run sixth. Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in the first for the White Sox, who head home for a weekend series against the Yankees after a 7-1 road trip moved them into contention for an AL wild-card spot.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2 – Rizzo helps Cubs beat Brewers 5-2
Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer with two out in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Thursday night. The Cubs won for the third time in four games since they were swept in a weekend series against lowly Philadelphia. Rizzo finished with three hits and Dexter Fowler went 2 for 4. Jimmy Nelson pitched seven innings of two-hit ball for Milwaukee, but Chicago rallied in the eighth. Addison Russell and Fowler singled against Jeremy  Jeffress before Will Smith (4-2) came in. Smith retired his first two batters, but Rizzo connected for his 18th homer to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

Detroit (Farmer 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 5-6), 7:05 p.m.                   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
N.Y. Yankees (Eovaldi 10-2) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 4-3), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-5) at Milwaukee (Jungmann 5-2), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Blue Jays land Price in Toronto’s 2nd big trade of week
Toronto has acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After acquiring slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado earlier in the week, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. Johnny Cueto was traded from Cincinnati to Kansas City, and Cole Hamels went from Philadelphia to Texas. The Blue Jays sent left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers in the deal, which was announced by both teams Thursday. Price can become a free agent after this season.

MLB – Pirates get RH Joakim Soria from Tigers for minor leaguer
The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer. The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn’t allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash. Pittsburgh gave up infielder JaCoby Jones. They will have to make a move to create a roster spot when Soria joins the team, which opened a four-game series in Cincinnati on Thursday.

NFL – Bears’ Jennings pleads guilty to reckless driving charge
Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January. Karla White, office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court clerk in Georgia, said Thursday that Jennings was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and must complete a substance abuse program. He paid a $1,147 fine. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Jennings was charged with DUI, speeding and reckless driving in early January after he was clocked driving a 2015 Mercedes 99 mph in a 65 mph zone on an Atlanta-area freeway. Police said he told an officer he was running late for a parent-teacher conference. The DUI charge was dismissed. Jennings pleaded no contest to speeding. Jennings had an excused absence from camp Thursday.  He could face disciplinary action by the NFL.

NFL – Brady case to be heard in New York
Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota, a victory for the league.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ruled in Minnesota that he saw little reason for the case to be heard in his state, noting Brady plays in Massachusetts, NFL headquarters are based in New York and the union is in Washington.  Brady is trying to have his four-game suspension overturned after he was punished for his role in the use of underinflated footballs during the Patriots’ lopsided win in the AFC title game earlier this year.

NHL – Former Red Wings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. dies at age 93
Former Detroit Wing Rings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. has died. He was 93. The Reds Wings said Thursday that Reise died Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. Reise had 21 goals and 61 assists in 340 games for Detroit from 1946-52. He was a four-time All-Star with the Red Wings and played on Detroit’s 1950 and 1952 Stanley Cup champion teams. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native also played for Chicago and New York in his nine-season NHL career that ended in 1953. He had 28 goals and 51 in 494 career regular-season games, and added eight goals and five assists in 52 playoff games. His father also played in the NHL.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Defending champs bench three players
Defending national-champion Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech. Buckeyes coach Urban Mayer wouldn’t reveal the infractions. The Buckeyes open the season Labor Day night in Blacksburg, Virginia, against the only team to beat them last season.

Golf – Women’s British Open – First round complete
South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim fired an opening round 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the Women’s British Open at Turnberrry. New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and American Cristie Kerr are tied for second at minus-6. This is the fourth of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships. Brittany Lincicome won the ANA Inspiration in April, Inbee Park took the Women’s PGA Championship in June and Gee Chun won the U.S. Women’s Open this month.

Golf – PGA – Will the host make the cut?
Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa share the lead through one round of the PGA’s Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C.  Goosen and Ishikawa opened with 8-under 63s for a one-stroke edge over Justin Leonard, Kevin Chappell and Ernie Els. Tournament host Tiger Woods birdied the first four holes on the back nine for a 3-under 68.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky, 8:30 p.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
West Michigan 3, Bowling Green 2 – F/11 – Game 1
West Michigan 11, Bowling Green 3 – F/7 – Game 2
Great Lakes 3, South Bend 2
Lake County 5, Lansing 4

South Bend at Dayton, 7:00 p.m.
Great Lakes at Lake County, 7 p.m.
West Michigan at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m.