Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 9/11/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, September 11, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Cleveland Indians 7, Detroit Tigers 5
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies, ppd., rain
White Sox were off

Indians 7, Tigers 5 – Brantley homers twice as Indians beat Tigers 7-5
Michael Brantley homered twice, including a tiebreaking two-run drive in the eighth inning Thursday night, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 to gain ground in the AL wild-card race. With the score 5-5, Francisco Lindor walked on a 3-2 pitch with two outs against Blaine Hardy (4-3), and Brantley homered into the right-field seats. Cody Allen (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 innings and struck out AL hitting leader Miguel Cabrera to end the game. With their sixth straight home win, the Indians closed within four games of Texas for the AL’s second wild card. Minnesota and the Los Angeles Angels are between the Rangers and Indians in the wild-card race. Detroit tied the game in the eighth on Nick Castellanos’ RBI double off Bryan Shaw and Andrew Romine’s single against Allen.

Cubs at Phillies, PPD – Cubs-Phillies rained out, doubleheader Friday
The game between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies scheduled for Thursday night was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader starting Friday at 5:05 p.m. Chicago holds a nine-game lead over San Francisco for the second NL wild-card spot.

Tonight
Detroit (Verlander 3-7) at Cleveland (Co.Anderson 3-3), 7:10 p.m.      98.3 The Coast 6:45
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 18-6) at Philadelphia (Morgan 5-5), 5:05 p.m., 1st game
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 6-6) at Philadelphia (Asher 0-2), 8:35 p.m., 2nd game
Minnesota (E.Santana 4-4) at Chicago White Sox (E.Johnson 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 1 – Opening Night
Last Night
New England Patriots 28, Pittsburg Steelers 21

Patriots 28, Steelers 21 – Pats open with win
Tom Brady was 25 of 32 for 288 yards and four touchdowns as the New England Patriots began their Super Bowl title defense with a 28-21 triumph over Pittsburgh in the NFL season opener. Rob Gronkowski finished with three touchdown grabs, the third coming shortly after he recovered a fumble by Dion Lewis at the Steelers 1. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 26 of his 38 passes for 351 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while DeAngelo Williams carried 21 times for 127 yards.

Sunday
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.                           WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 3:00

NBA – Draymond Green donates $3.1 million to alma mater
Golden State Warriors standout Draymond Green is donating $3.1 million to Michigan State in support of its men’s basketball program. Green played for the Spartans and graduated in 2012. His donation, which is pending approval from the Board of Trustees, is the largest single gift to Michigan State athletics from a former Spartans athlete. A strength and conditioning facility at the Breslin Center will be named in Green’s honor, part of a renovation to Michigan State’s home arena. Green helped the Warriors to the NBA championship last season and then signed an $82 million, five-year contract to stay with Golden State.

Tennis – US Open – Day 11-Rainout
The women’s semifinals at the U.S. Open have been rained out and will be part of Friday’s schedule at the National Tennis Center.  Top seed and No. 1-ranked Serena Williams is just two wins away from clinching a calendar Grand Slam, a win in all four major tournaments this year. Her semifinal opponent will be Italian Roberta Vinci (VIN’-chee), who has lost to Williams four times in as many matches.

NCAA Football
Saturday
Oregon State at Michigan, 12:00 p.m.            WSJM-AM/FM 11:00
Monmouth at Central Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
(9) Notre Dame at Virginia, 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Wyoming, 4:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Georgia Southern, 6:00 p.m.
(7) Oregon at (5) Michigan State, 8:00 p.m.   WCSY-FM 6:30

NCAA Football – Spartans confident they can keep up against Oregon
Forget all that talk about Oregon’s offense against Michigan State’s defense. If the Spartans have to score points in bunches to keep up with the Ducks, they feel they can do it. The fifth-ranked Spartans host seventh-ranked Oregon on Saturday night in one of the most anticipated nonconference games of the year. It’s the first time in nearly a half-century that two AP top 10 teams will play at Spartan Stadium, and it’s a chance for Michigan State to avenge a 46-27 loss at Oregon last year. The Spartans led in the third quarter of that game before the Ducks outscored them 28-0 the rest of the way.

NCAA Football – Wait for Jim Harbaugh home opener at Michigan is almost over
Jim Harbaugh’s home debut as Michigan’s coach has created quite a buzz in a town beat down by a string of lackluster seasons under Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez. Since Lloyd Carr retired following the 2007 season, the college football team with the most all-time wins was just four games over .500 under Hoke and Rodriguez. Harbaugh chose to return to the program where he was a quarterback for Bo Schembechler in a city he grew up loving when his dad worked for the late, great coach. Eight-plus months after Harbaugh was hired in a move hailed by graduates and fans of the school, he will lead the Wolverines in their home opener Saturday against Oregon State. The Wolverines (0-1) hope to keep the atmosphere festive with a win after starting the season by losing 24-17 at Utah.
 
NCAA Football – Michigan dismisses OL Tuley-Tillman from team
Michigan has dismissed offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman from the football team for what coach Jim Harbaugh called “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Tuley-Tillman appeared in one game for the Wolverines last season after not playing at all in 2013. Michigan lost its opener at Utah last week.

Golf – LPGA – Final major of the year
There is a two-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the final major of the year in women’s golf, the Evian Championship in France. The lead is shared by Lexi Thompson of the U.S. and South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee at 5-under 66.  Three players, including American Gerina Piller, are tied for third at minus-4.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – East Division Playoffs – (Round 1 – Best of 3)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 1                     (WM Wins 2-0)
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Great Lakes Loons 4                                      (LAN Wins 2-0)

Saturday
Lansing Lugnuts at West Michigan Whitecaps, 4 p.m.                     (Game 1)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Boys Soccer
Portage Northern 1, St. Joseph 0
Lakeshore 8, Vicksburg 0
Portage Central 4, Niles 1
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, New Buffalo 2
Mattawan 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Dowagiac 5, Brandywine 1

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 8, Kalamazoo Central 0
Lakeshore defeats Kalamazoo Loy Norrix N/A
Niles 4, Gull Lake 4 – TIE

Girls Volleyball
Lake Mich. Catholic 3, Howardsville Christian 0
Michigan Lutheran 3, Watervliet Grace Chr. 0
River Valley 3, Countryside Academy 0
Three Rivers 3, Dowagiac 0
Plainwell 3, South Haven 0
Vicksburg 3, Allegan 1
Kalamazoo Christian 2, Watervliet 1

Tonight
Football – All Games at 7:00
SMAC
St. Joseph (2-0)                        at       Portage Northern (1-1)             WSJM-AM 6:35
Portage Central (2-0)               at       Lakeshore (2-0)                        WSJM-FM 6:40
Niles (0-2)                               at       Benton Harbor (1-1)
Gull Lake (1-1)                         at       Mattawan (1-1)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (1-1)       at       Kalamazoo Central (0-2)
Battle Creek Lakeview (1-1)      at       Battle Creek Central (0-2)

Wolverine
South Haven (1-1)                     at       Plainwell (1-1)            WCSY-FM 6:45
Vicksburg (1-1)                        at       Allegan (0-2)
Three Rivers (1-1)                    at       Dowagiac (1-1)
Otsego (0-2)                            at       Edwardsburg (2-0)
Paw Paw (2-0)                           at       Sturgis (1-1)

BCS
Brandywine (1-1)                      at       Lake Michigan Catholic (0-2)     at St. Joe
River Valley (0-2)                     at       Centreville (0-2)
Berrien Springs (2-0)                at       Hopkins (1-1)
Bridgman (2-0)                         at       White Pigeon (1-1)
Buchanan (2-0)                         at       Wyoming-Kelloggsville (1-1)
New Buffalo (1-1)                     at       Cassopolis (2-0)
Comstock (0-2)                         at       Mendon (0-2)
Bronston (0-2)                         at       Parchment (1-1)

SAC
Coloma (0-2)                            at       Watervliet (1-1)
Eau Claire (0-2)                       at       Decatur (1-1)
Galesburg-Augusta (1-1)          at       Gobles (2-0)
Kalamazoo United (0-2)             at       Fennville (2-0)
Schoolcraft (2-0)                     at       Hartford (0-2)
Bangor (2-0)                            at       Lawton (2-0)
Marcellus (0-2)                        at       Martin (0-2)
Bloomingdale (1-1)                  at       Saugatuck (2-0)
Constantine (1-1)                     at       Delton-Kellogg (1-1)

8-Player Football
Webberville (2-0)                     at       Michigan Lutheran (0-2)            at River Valley
Lawrence (2-0)                         at       Big Rapids Crossroads Academy (0-2)
Manistee Catholic Central (1-1)         at       Covert (0-1)