Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 7/3/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, July 03, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Detroit Tigers 4
Chicago Cubs 6, New York Mets 1
White Sox were off

Pirates 8, Tigers 4 – Liriano lead Pirates to 8-4 win, sweep of Tigers
Francisco Liriano pitched seven shutout innings in a rare victory over the Detroit Tigers as the Pittsburgh Pirates finished a three-game sweep with an 8-4 win on Thursday afternoon. Liriano (5-6) came into the game with a 1-9 record in his last 14 games against Detroit, including 11 starts. He allowed five hits and three walks in his first victory over the Tigers since August 15, 2011.  Kyle Ryan (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and five walks in four-plus innings.  Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the fifth inning by home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing a called third strike on J.D. Martinez.

Cubs 6, Mets 1 – Herrera’s bunt, blast leads Cubs over feeble Mets for sweep
Jonathan Herrera filled in neatly for Kris Bryant, driving in three runs with a squeeze bunt and homer that sent Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs past the feeble New York Mets 6-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.  Miguel Montero also homered as the Cubs beat the Mets for a team-record ninth time in a row, and finished 7-0 against them this season. Arrieta (8-5) pitched eight sharp innings, helping extend the Cubs’ shutout string to 25 innings before the Mets managed their only run of this series. Arrieta gave up five hits, walked none and struck out seven. The crowd booed several times as New York kept making weak outs and breaking their bats.

Today
Miami (Koehler 6-4) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-3), 2:20 p.m.
Toronto (Hutchison 8-1) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 6-7), 7:08 p.m.     WSJM-AM-FM 6:40 (No Cosy, Fireworks)
Baltimore (U.Jimenez 7-3) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 3-8), 8:10 p.m.

NBA – AP Source: Suns send 3 to Detroit for pick
The Phoenix Suns have traded Marcus Morris, Danny Granger and Reggie Bullock to the Detroit Pistons for a future draft pick. The move is very likely a bid to clear salary space to sign free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. The Suns met with Aldridge on Wednesday after signing former Dallas Mavericks forward Tyson Chandler and re-signing guard Brandon Knight.

NBA – Bucks land Monroe
The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man. Agent David Falk says center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons last year.

NFL – Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders dies at age 68
The Detroit Lions say Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders has died at age 68. Sanders, who played from 1968 through 1977, died Thursday from cancer. He spent 43 years with the Lions as a player, assistant coach, scout and radio broadcaster. Lions President Tom Lewand says Sanders was “one of the greatest Detroit Lions of all time.” Only late owner William Clay Ford was associated with the team for more years.  Sanders was elected in 2007 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made 336 catches over his career, a team record that would stand for 20 years until Herman Moore passed him.  Sanders played college football at Minnesota. In 1968, he was the only rookie to play in the Pro Bowl.

NHL – St. Louis calls it quits
Veteran forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis made the announcement roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. The 40-year old had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Lightning and Rangers.

NHL – Oshie to the Caps
T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues for Troy Brouwer,  AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year’s NHL draft.

Tennis – Wimbledon – Day 4
Following the hottest day in Wimbledon history, the start of play on Day 4 was held up at most of the courts for 45 minutes by rain.  Once things got going second-seed Roger Federer looked as good as ever on the grass-courts in London. He beat American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in a second round match. The seven-time champion struggled with Querrey’s serve in the first set before breaking for a 5-4 lead, and then dominated the last two sets. Men’s third seed Andy Murray won his second round match in straight sets, while the woes of tenth-seed Rafael Nadal continued. The two-time winner at Wimbledon was upset by qualifier Dustin Brown of Germany, the 102nd-ranked player in the world, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It’s the fourth year in a row that Nadal leaves the All England Club early. He lost in the second round in 2012, first round in 2013 and fourth round last year, with none of his opponents ranked higher than 100th. For the women, second-seed Petra Kvitova advanced to the third round with a straight sets win in less than an hour. And American Madison Keys, the 21st seed, advanced to the third round with a win over an unseeded Russian.

Golf – PGA – Woods returns with 4 under
Tiger Woods has rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic. Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par. It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds. Two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods had the highest 36-hole score of his pro career _ 156. Woods was four shots behind Scott Langley, who shot 62. Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee each shot 63. Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa had 64s.

FIFA – Canada 2015 – Women’s World Cup
Saturday
Germany vs. England, 4:00 p.m. – Third Place Game

Sunday
United States vs. Japan, 7:00 p.m. – Championship Game

FIFA – Team USA will be ridin’ with Biden
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will cheer on the United States in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday. The U.S. women’s national team plays defending champion Japan in the title match at Vancouver’s BC Place.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 11, Lake County Captains 3
West Michigan 5, Great Lakes Loons 2
Bowling Green 5, South Bend Cubs 0

Tonight
Great Lakes Loons at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7 p.m.
Lake County Captains at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Bowling Green Hot Rods, 8:05 p.m.