Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 5/4/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, May 04, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 6, Kansas City Royals 4
Minnesota Twins 13, Chicago White Sox 3
Milwaukee Brewers 5, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers 6, Royals 4 – Cabrera, Sanchez carry Tigers to 6-4 victory over Royals
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Anibal Sanchez carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series. Alex Avila also drove in three runs for the Tigers, who dropped the first two games of the series before squeaking out a 2-1 victory behind David Price’s masterpiece Saturday night. Sanchez (2-3) was just as good as his rotation mate. The right-hander did not allow a runner until Paulo Orlando dribbled a single up the middle leading off the sixth inning, and Sanchez wound up allowing three runs on four hits over 7 1-3 innings. Kansas City nearly bailed out Jeremy Guthrie (1-2) by scoring two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. But Tom Gorzelanny struck out Eric Hosmer to leave a runner aboard, and Joakim Soria shut down his former team in the ninth for his 10th save.

Twins 13, White Sox 3 – Plouffe slam, 5 RBIs, Twins rout White Sox for 4-game sweep
Trevor Plouffe hit his first grand slam in the majors and drove in career-high five runs, powering the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox 13-3 Sunday for a four-game sweep. Brian Dozier added a career-high four hits as the Twins won for the seventh time in nine games.  Avisail Garcia had three hits for Chicago, which has lost five straight and been outscored 39-10 in those games. Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief. Starter Mike Pelfrey allowed five hits and two earned runs in 3 1-3 innings, hitting three batters and walking two. John Danks (1-3) lasted just 2 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs, three earned, and eight hits. He struck out three and committed two errors.

Brewers 5, Cubs 3 – Ramirez homers, drives in 3 to lead Brewers over Cubs 5-3
Aramis Ramirez homered and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Sunday for their first consecutive wins this season.     Hours after the game, the Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke. Milwaukee, a big league-worst 7-18 following a 2-13 start, took two of three against the Cubs for its first series win of the year. Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left after he was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Pedro Strop (0-1) in the eighth inning. Segura initially took first base after he was examined by the training staff for several minutes. He then was replaced by pinch-runner Hector Gomez. After Ryan Braun grounded into a double play, Ramirez singled for a 5-3 lead. Will Smith (1-0) got one out for the win, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.

Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 2-1) at St. Louis (C.Martinez 3-0), 8:15 p.m.
Tigers and White Sox are off

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Minnesota Wild 1                                    (CHI Leads 2-0)
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, Montreal Canadiens 2                              (TB Leads 2-0)
Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 0                                            (ANA Leads 2-0)

Game 2 – Blackhawks 4, Wild 1 – Kane leads Blackhawks past Wild 4-1
Patrick Kane scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 30 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist as Chicago improved to 5-0 at home in this year’s playoffs. Jonathan Toews also scored in the second after a big play by Marian Hossa. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Minnesota. Defenseman Matt Dumba scored for the Wild, who are winless in eight postseason games at Chicago. Devan Dubnyk finished with 27 saves.

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m          (Series Tied 1-1)

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Washington Wizards 104, Atlanta Hawks 98                              (WSH leads 1-0)
Golden State Warriors 101, Memphis Grizzlies 86                     (GS leads 1-0)

Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m.                         (Game 1)
Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m.                   (Game 1)

NBA – Source says Curry is MVP
Stephen Curry has earned some NBA hardware. A person familiar with the decision says the Golden State Warriors point guard has won the league’s MVP award. An official announcement and news conference are expected Monday, and Curry will be presented with the award on the court before Game 2 of the Warriors’ series against Memphis. Curry averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and two steals this season. He also drained an NBA-record 286 3-pointers in helping the Warriors finish with a league-best 67 wins. Curry captured the award over Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, among others.

NASCAR – Junior wins at Talledega
Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed his first Sprint Cup victory of the season by finishing in front of Jimmie Johnson at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt led a race-high 67 laps and easily won when no one from a single-file line of cars could challenge him.  It’s the sixth career victory at Talladega for Earnhardt, but his first since 2004. Paul Menard was third, followed by Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon was in contention until he was penalized for speeding on pit road, dropping him to 30th on the final restart. Gordon led 47 laps before finishing 31st.

Golf – McIlroy wins
Rory McIlroy has won the Match Play Championship with a 4-and-2 triumph over Gary Woodland. The top-ranked McIlroy began his busy Sunday by closing out a 22-hole victory over Paul Casey before posting a 1 up win over Jim Furyk in the semifinals. The Irishman took control of the final match by taking four straight holes on the front nine.  McIlroy was close to elimination several times during the tournament. He was 2 down with two holes to play on Friday when he rallied against Billy Horschel to win in 20 holes. McIlroy also was 1 down on 17 against Casey before extending his quarterfinal match.

Golf/Skiing – Golf-skiing romance is over
Skier Lindsey Vonn says she and golfer Tiger Woods have decided to end their three-year relationship. Vonn said on Facebook that the Olympic ski champion and 14-time major golf winner lead “incredibly hectic” lives that forced them to spend most of their time apart.  There was no immediate word from Woods on the split.

AHL – American Hockey League 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 5)
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 3, Toronto Marlies 1                                (GR Wins 3-2)

Griffins 3, Marlies 1 – Griffins rally from 0-2 series deficit to beat Toronto
Grand Rapids scored in each period, getting goals from Louis-Marc Aubry, Alden Hirschfled and Andreas Athanasiou and Tomas McCollum made 35 saves as Grand Rapids beat Toronto 3-1.  The Griffins became the 11th team in AHL history to win a five game series after dropping the first two games.  The Red Wings affiliate will face the Chicago Blackhawks farm team Rockford in Round 2

Round 2 – Rockford IceHogs vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

  1. Wednesday, May 6: Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
  2. Friday, May 8: Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, May 13: Grand Rapids at Rockford, 8 p.m.
  4. Thursday, May 14: Grand Rapids at Rockford, 8 p.m.
  5. x-Sunday, May 17: Grand Rapids at Rockford, 5 p.m.
  6. x-Tuesday, May 19: Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
  7. x-Wednesday, May 20: Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Bowling Green Hot Rods 6, Lansing Lugnuts 5
Dayton Dragons 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 6, South Bend Cubs 3

West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Lake Michigan Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
Niles at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:45 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Edwardsburg, 5:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Coloma at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Three Rivers, 6:45 p.m.
Allegan at Vicksburg, 6:45 p.m.
Saugatuck at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Bangor at Lawton, 5:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.

Cassopolis at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.
Fennville at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Decatur, 4:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Hartford at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Lawton, 4:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Martin, 4:30 p.m.
Holland Christian at Allegan, 4:00 p.m.

Michigan Lutheran at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
Cassopolis at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.
Fennville at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Decatur, 4:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Hartford at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Lawton, 4:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Martin, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Golf
SMAC West Jamboree at Point O’ Woods, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis
St. Joseph at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.