Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 6/8/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, June 08, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 6, Washington Nationals 3

Tigers 6, White Sox 4 – Homers by Cespedes, Martinez lead Tigers past White Sox 6-4
Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez homered in the sixth inning to power the Detroit Tigers past the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Sunday. The Tigers have won consecutive games after dropping eight straight, their longest skid since 2005. Alfredo Simon (6-3) struck out seven and allowed four runs _ one earned _ in eight innings. Joakim Soria earned his 16th save in 18 chances.  Detroit finished with 10 hits after getting 18 on Saturday. The middle of the order _ Cespedes, Tyler Collins and Martinez _ combined for eight hits and six RBIs. The Tigers rallied with three runs in the sixth on homers by Cespedes and Martinez, who had three RBIs. Cespedes cut Detroit’s deficit to 4-3 with a solo shot, his eighth. Two batters later, Martinez hit a two-run drive, his 10th. Cespedes added an RBI single in the eighth. Avisail Garcia homered for the last-place White Sox.

Cubs 6, Nationals 3 – Bryant gets 3 hits, Cubs hand Nationals 8th loss in 10 games
Kris Bryant tripled, doubled, singled and scored twice as the Chicago Cubs sent the Washington Nationals to their eighth loss in 10 games, 6-3 Sunday. Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since 2012, when he led the NL with 42 for St. Louis before getting hurt. Closer Hector Rondon threw a perfect eighth _ a day earlier, manager Joe Maddon said he might put the right-hander in some lower-pressure situations to get settled. Chris Coghlan and Starlin Castro both had two hits and two RBIs, helping the Cubs take three of four in the series. Kyle Hendricks (2-2) went five innings, giving up three runs and six hits. Jordan Zimmermann (5-3) had won his last four decisions. He began this game 1-4 lifetime against the Cubs, and ran into more trouble, giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings.

Tonight
Houston (McCullers 2-0) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 5-2), 8:10 p.m.
Tigers and Cubs are off (they will play at two game series in Detroit starting Tuesday)

MLB – Friends set up gofundme page for woman hit by bat at Fenway
Friends have started an online fundraiser for a woman hit by a flying bat during Friday night’s game between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. Tonya Carpenter remained in serious condition Sunday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was struck in the head by Oakland player Brett Lawrie’s bat as she sat between home plate and the third base dugout at Fenway Park with her son and a friend. Her friends say on their gofundme page 44-year-old Carpenter was lucid after surgery Friday, but faces a long recovery. They say she’s “a beautiful, positive, upbeat, hardworking single mom who would do anything” for family and friends.  Her family says in a statement they’re “grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers.”

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 95, Golden State Warriors 93 – OT             (Series Tied 1-1)

Game 2: James carries Cavs to OT win over Warriors, evens NBA Finals
LeBron James had 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece with a 95-93 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors. Matthew Dellavedova, starting after Kyrie Irving broke his left kneecap in Game 1, made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left in overtime for a 94-93 lead, then played tough defense and forced Stephen Curry to shoot an airball. James followed with a free throw and the Warriors turned it over on their final possession. It’s Cleveland’s first NBA Finals victory after the Cavs were swept in their previous appearance in 2007. Klay Thompson scored 34 points but Curry was just 5 of 23 from the field for the Warriors, who won Game 1 in OT. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of 7)
Tonight
Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m.                 (Series Tied 1-1)

NHL – Cooper not sure who will start in goal for Lightning
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper says he isn’t sure who will start in goal for the Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Ben Bishop left midway through the third period of Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory over Chicago on Saturday night. He returned for a brief stretch and then left for good. Andrei Vasilevskiy made five saves to help close out the win. There was no word from the Lightning on Sunday on why Bishop departed. Cooper indicated he could be available for Monday night’s game, and he might know more at the morning skate. Cooper says it would be a blow for Tampa Bay if Bishop is unable to play, but the team is confident it can win with Vasilevskiy in net.

NHL – Bickell, van Riemsdyk could be back for Blackhawks in Game 3
Coach Joel Quenneville says forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could return to the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Tampa Bay tonight.  He did not say if they will play, however. The series shifts to Chicago tied 1-1 after Tampa Bay rebounded from a loss in Game 1 to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night. Quenneville said Sunday he thinks Bickell is healthy after missing the first two games of the series. Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee and right wrist and has not played for the Blackhawks since November.

Tennis – French Open – Wawrinka takes French title
Eighth seed Stan Wawrinka pulled off a big upset in the men’s final at the French Open, knocking off top-seed Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The victory is Wawrinka’s second in a Grand Slam event, and his first since last year’s Australian Open. The French title is the only major Djokovic has not won.

NASCAR – Truex ends drought
Martin Truex Jr. led 97 of 160 laps in winning Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Truex had gone two years without a victory before becoming the 10th driver to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

Golf – PGA – Lingmerth wins first PGA event in playoff
David Lingmerth was able celebrate his first PGA victory after knocking in a par putt on the third playoff hole to outlast Justin Rose at the Memorial. Lingmerth led at the midway point of the tournament but began the final round three shots back before firing a 3-under 69 for a 15-under total. Masters champion Jordan Spieth closed with a 65 and wound up in a tie for third with Francesco Molinari of Italy at minus-13.

Golf – LPGA – A low score and win for Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen as won the LPGA’s Manulife Classic in Ontario. She closed with a final round 3-under 69 to finish 22 under par. Runner-up Brittany Lang finished one stroke back following a 7-under-65. The win for Pettersen is the 15th of her career and first since October of 2013.

Golf – Champions – Calcavecchia hangs on
Mark Calcavecchia took the Principal Charity Classic for his third career Champions Tour title. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant and Brian Henninger. Calcalavecchia never trailed in the final round and finished 12-under.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2
Quad Cities River Bandits 8, South Bend Cubs 3
Peoria Chiefs 10, Lansing Lugnuts 5
Great Lakes Loons 9, Burlington Bees 8

Today
Peoria at Lansing, 12:05 p.m.
Cedar Rapids at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Quad Cities at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Burlington at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.