Weekday Morning Sports – Friday, 8/21/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, August 21, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 4, Texas Rangers 0
Chicago White Sox 8, Los Angeles Angels 2
Chicago Cubs 7, Atlanta Braves 1

Tigers 4, Rangers 0 – Simon throws 1-hitter, Tigers beat Rangers 4-0
Alfredo Simon threw a one-hitter in his first career complete game and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Thursday night in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders. The Rangers entered play 1 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot, while the Tigers were three games further back. The Rangers’ only hit came with two outs in the fifth, moments after first baseman Victor Martinez had made a diving stop to rob Mitch Moreland of a base hit. Rougned Odor ended the no-hitter with a double to left, but Texas never got a runner past second base. Simon (11-7) walked two and struck out five. He threw 116 pitches, three short of his career high.  Martin Perez (1-3) took the loss for Texas, giving up three runs, six hits and three walks. He struck out four.

White Sox 8, Angels 2 – White Sox avoid 4-game sweep with 8-2 win over Angels
Jose Abreu capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double, getting the benefit of a video replay reversal, and the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-2 victory Thursday night. Jose Quintana (7-10) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. The left-hander struck out three and walked two _ marking the 15th consecutive start in which he gave up fewer than three bases on balls. Adam LaRoche capped the scoring with a two-run homer, helping the White Sox end a seven-game road losing streak and an eight-game victory drought at Angel Stadium. Minor league callup Nick Tropeano (1-2) gave up six runs and eight hits through 4 1-3 innings in his third spot start of the season, four days after struggling Matt Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A.

Cubs 7, Braves 1 – Arrieta picks up 15th win, Cubs pound Braves 7-1
Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th win, and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell homered to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak after winning nine straight and 15 of 16, with Arrieta (15-6) dominating on the mound and Rizzo and Russell supplying the power at the plate. Rizzo’s three-run drive capped a four-run third inning that saw Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez get ejected. Russell singled and scored in the third and added a solo homer in the fourth to make it 5-0. Chris Coghlan contributed an RBI single and a run-scoring triple and scored twice. Arrieta improved to 9-1 in his past 12 starts. The right-hander gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.30.

Tonight
Atlanta (S.Miller 5-9) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 6-5), 4:05 p.m.
Texas (Lewis 13-5) at Detroit (Verlander 1-5), 7:08 p.m.            WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago White Sox (Sale 11-7) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 14-7), 10:10 p.m.

MLB – Tigers get Randy Wolf, put pitchers Norris, Sanchez on DL
The Detroit Tigers have acquired veteran lefty Randy Wolf from Toronto and put pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list. The Tigers also promoted relievers Guido Knudson and Jose Valdez from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. Detroit sent cash to the Blue Jays for the 38-year-old Wolf. He’ll start Saturday against Texas. Wolf was 9-2 with a 2.58 ERA at Triple-A Buffalo. He last pitched in the majors with Miami last season. Norris strained his oblique Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 22-year-old righty homered in his first professional at-bat, but later hurt himself pitching. Norris was acquired from Toronto in the trade for David Price last month. He is 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA overall. Sanchez is out with a strained right rotator cuff, an injury that has lingered. Sanchez is 10-10 with a 4.99 ERA. He has allowed a major league-leading 29 home runs in 157 innings after giving up just four in 126 innings last year.

NFL – National Football League Preseason – Week 2
Last Night
Washington Redskins 21, Detroit Lions 17

Redskins 21, Lions 17 – RG3 leaves with concussion in Redskins’ 21-17 win over Lions
With zero help from his offensive line, Robert Griffin III repeatedly wound up on the turf until leaving with a concussion after being sacked three times and fumbling twice Thursday night in the Washington Redskins’ 21-17 exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions.  Griffin went 2 for 5 for 8 yards on four possessions for Washington (2-0). On his final play, early in the second quarter, he started to scramble but dropped the ball despite no contact. As the quarterback went to the ground to try to corral the loose ball, Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on Griffin. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Griffin had a concussion but that the QB’s right shoulder, which also was hurt, would be OK. Gruden said he had “no idea” how long Griffin will be sidelined with the head injury.

Saturday
Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts, 7:30 p.m.

Golf – PGA – Tiger opens strong
Tiger Woods is off to a fine start at the PGA’s Wyndham Championship following his best round in two years. Woods opened with a 6-under 64 that included seven birdies and a bogey. It was his lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013. Woods is 187th in the FedEx Cup standings as he tries to move himself into the 125-man field for the playoffs that start with The Barclays next week. He can wrap up a spot with a win or possibly a solo second-place finish. William McGirt, Erik Compton and Tom Hoge share the lead. Each played bogey-free in carding 6-under 62s. Jim Herman, Derek Ernst and Morgan Hoffman are tied for fourth at minus-7.

Golf – Computer glitch prompts change to Presidents Cup standings
A computer error has caused the PGA Tour to readjust the U.S. standings for the Presidents Cup team.  Officials realized that double the FedEx Cup points had been awarded starting with the Frys.com Open in October. Points were not supposed to be double the value until the first event of 2015.  The adjustment means Robert Streb and Charley Hoffman will have more work to do to earn one of the 10 automatic qualifying slots for the American squad. Streb dropped from 11th to 16th, and Hoffman slipped from 12th to 15th.

Golf – LPGA – Icher leads through 18
Karine Icher had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch en route to a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Icher is winless in 253 career LPGA Tour starts. Two-time champion Lydia Ko was second after a 67 that included birdies on her final two holes. The final three spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team will be set after the tournament.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 7, Great Lakes 2
South Bend 8, Dayton 3
Lake County 10, Lansing 1

Tonight
West Michigan at Lake County, 7:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne at South Bend, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Soccer
Three Rivers at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Parchment at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.