Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 5/11/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Kansas City Royals 2, Detroit Tigers 1 – 10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 4, Cincinnati Reds 3
Milwaukee Brewers 3, Chicago Cubs 2 – 11 innings

Royals 2, Tigers 1 – F/10 – Royals edge Tigers 2-1 in 10 after long delay
Greg Holland worked out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers early Monday in a game that was delayed 103 minutes by rain. Omar Infante’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th put the Royals ahead, but Holland allowed a single and two walks to start the bottom half. Hernan Perez, batting because Miguel Cabrera had been removed for a pinch-runner the previous inning, bounced into a 5-2-3 double play, but another walk to Victor Martinez loaded the bases again.  Holland then struck out Yoenis Cespedes for his sixth save in six chances. Jason Frasor (1-0) got the win, working out of a bases-loaded jam of his own in the ninth.  Angel Nesbitt (0-1) took the loss.

White Sox 4, Reds 3 – Beckham’s single lifts White Sox to 4-3 win over Reds
Gordon Beckham hit a game-winning single against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Sunday.  Chapman (1-1) got the first two outs of the inning, then gave up back-to-back singles to Avisal Garcia and Alexei Ramirez. They advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, then on a 2-2 pitch Beckham singled to center to end the game, breaking the tie.  It was the first earned run that Chapman allowed this season in 12 2-3 innings.  White Sox closer David Robertson (3-0) couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in the ninth. He gave up back-to-back singles to Devin Mesoraco and Bryan Pena to start the inning. After a passed ball by Geovany Soto advanced the runners to second and third, Zack Cozart doubled down the left-field line to tie the game. It was Robertson’s first blown save of the season in six chances.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2 – F/11 – Maldonado’s single in 11th lifts Brewers over Cubs
Martin Maldonado singled over the Cubs’ drawn-in outfield with one out in the 11th inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers over Chicago 3-2 Sunday.  After a 7-18 start, the Brewers went 4-3 in Craig Counsell’s first week as manager since taking over for the fired Ron Roenicke. Milwaukee beat the Cubs for the second straight day.  Ryan Braun doubled off Jason Motte (1-1) to begin the 11th. Two intentional walks loaded the bases, and Maldonado’s deep drive sailed over right fielder Jorge Soler.  Maldonado also hit a solo homer in the seventh.  Michael Blazek (3-0) pitched a perfect top of the 11th, finishing with trikeouts of Anthony Rizzo and pinch-hitting pitcher Travis Wood.

Tonight
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 2-2) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 1-4), 7:20 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (deGrom 3-3) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 2-2), 8:05 p.m.
Tigers are off (Tigers will host Minnesota for a three game series in Detroit starting Tuesday)

MLB – Price’s next start for Tigers pushed back to Saturday
David Price’s next start is being pushed back two days as the Detroit left-hander recovers from a right hamstring strain. Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate. He was scheduled to start Thursday, but he’ll instead be slotted for Saturday at St. Louis.  The Tigers have a day off Monday, so they won’t have to add anyone new to the rotation in place of Price. Right-hander Justin Verlander, who has been sidelined all season with a strained triceps, threw off flat ground Sunday. He said he might be ready for a light bullpen session Tuesday.

Golf – PGA – Fowler wins TPC in a playoff
Rickie Fowler has won The Players Championship in a three-hole playoff with Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia. Fowler rallied from a five-shot deficit on the back nine and fired a 5-under 67 to take the lead with several contenders still on the course. Fowler continued to wait until Kisner and Garcia caught him at 12 under to force the first three-man, three-hole playoff in tournament history.
NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Chicago Bulls 84                                  (Series tied 2-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 128, Houston Rockets 95                           (LAC Leads 3-1)

Game 4: Cavaliers 86, Bulls 84 – James hits jumper at buzzer, lifts Cavaliers over Bulls
LeBron James hit a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2. James finished with 25 points to help the Cavaliers win in another wild finish, returning the favor after Chicago took Game 3 on Derrick Rose’s banked 3-pointer at the buzzer. This time, James got whistled for an offensive foul when he elbowed Mike Dunleavy Jr. That led to a tying layup for Rose with just under 10 seconds left. But instead of going to overtime, James ended it with the jumper from the corner over Jimmy Butler. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.  Bulls forward Pau Gasol missed Game 4 because of a strained left hamstring.

Game 4: Clippers 128, Rockets 95 – A blowout for the Clippers
DeAndre Jordan poured in 26 points and Chris Paul had a double-double as the Los Angeles Clippers crushed the Houston Rockets 128-95 to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Tonight
Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 7:00 p.m.                        (WSH leads 2-1)
Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m.               (MEM leads 2-1)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
New York Rangers 4, Washington Capitals 3                               (Series tied 3-3)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 2 – OT                                     (ANA Wins 4-1)

Game 6: Rangers 4, Capitals 3 – Rangers stay alive
The New York Rangers have forced a Game 7 in their Stanley Cup, second-round series by building a 4-1 lead before holding off the Capitals 4-3 in Washington.

Game 5: Ducks 3, Flames 2 – F/OT – Ducks advance
The Anaheim Ducks have eliminated the Calgary Flames in five games to move into the NHL’s Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Corey Perry scored at 2:26 of overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 comeback win over the Flames.

NHL – Babcock declines comment after meeting with Sabres owner
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has left Buffalo after spending the afternoon meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula regarding the team’s coaching vacancy. Babcock declined to comment when approached by The Associated Press at Buffalo International Airport on Sunday night. Pegula said “Hello,” before making a remark on how much rain fell. The two then walked away and boarded a private jet. Babcock flew into Buffalo earlier in the day and spent the afternoon meeting with Pegula and general manager Tim Murray at the Sabres arena. Babcock is still under contract with the Red Wings through June 30. The Red Wings are open to re-signing Babcock, but have granted him permission to interview with other teams. The Sabres have a vacancy after Ted Nolan was fired last month.

NHL – Rundblad slated to step in for Blackhawks defense
Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals. The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17. Rozsival is the Blackhawks’ fifth defenseman behind the core of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya. He broke his left ankle in the second period of Chicago’s 4-3 win at Minnesota on Thursday that completed a sweep of the Wild. The Blackhawks will face Anaheim in the Western Conference Finals, the NHL has not announced when the series will begin, but the Ducks will have home ice advantage.   Rozsival averaged 17 ½ minutes through Chicago’s first 10 playoff games. He is expected to undergo surgery and miss the rest of the postseason.

Hockey – World Championships – Isles forward leads US win
Brock Nelson had two goals and an assist to pace the United States to a 3-1 win over Slovenia at the ice hockey world championship.  The victory moves the Americans into the quarterfinals. Nelson has six goals in the tournament.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
No games scheduled

Tonight
Bowling Green Hot Rods at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton Dragons at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Fort Wayne Komets 3, Toledo Walleye 2 – OT                                        (Series tied 3-3)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
Girls Soccer
Kalamazoo Central at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeshore at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Niles at Battle Creek Central, 5:30 p.m.
Brandywine at New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at River Valley, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Lawton, 5:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Buchanan, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:45 p.m.
Gull Lake at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m.
Paw Paw at Vicksburg, 6:45 p.m.

Baseball
Watervliet at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Battle Creek Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Hartford at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
Mendon at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m.
Gobles at Fennville, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Vicksburg at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Edwardsburg at Niles, 4:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Brandywine at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.
Gobles at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Plainwell, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
Mendon at Bloomingdale, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Portage Northern, 4:30 p.m.
Watervleit Grace Christian at Climax-Scotts, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Gobles at Fennville, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.