Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 7/20/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, July 20, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Baltimore Orioles 9, Detroit Tigers 3
Kansas City Royals 4, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Atlanta Braves 1

Orioles 9, Tigers 3 – Orioles chase Verlander with 6-run 4th, rout Tigers 9-3
Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer , part of Baltimore’s six-run fourth inning against Justin Verlander , and the Orioles routed the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Sunday.  Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, and J.J. Hardy added a two-run double. Verlander (0-3) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, another ugly start for a Detroit rotation that has suddenly become a weak link. Both teams finished with 14 hits. Miguel Gonzalez (8-6) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. The Tigers (45-46) fell below .500 for the first time since they were 1-2 early in the 2013 season. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos left with a bruised cheek after being hit by Adam Jones’ hard grounder.

Royals 4, White Sox 1 – Duffy leads Royals past Sale, White Sox 4-1
Danny Duffy took a shutout into the ninth inning in the longest outing of his career, and the surging Kansas City Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Sunday. Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando homered as Kansas City (55-35) moved a season-high 20 games above .500. The AL Central leaders took three of four in the weekend series and have won 11 of 14 overall. Duffy (4-4) gave up rookie Tyler Saladino’s leadoff drive in the ninth for his first career homer. Joe Blanton then came in and got the last three outs for his first career save in his 278th major league game. Blanton, a starter for most of his career, got the save opportunity after Kansas City split a doubleheader on Friday, and then used seven relievers in Saturday’s 13-inning victory.  Sale (8-5) allowed four runs and a season-high 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Cubs 4, Braves 1 – Arrieta keeps dominant streak going, Cubs top Braves 4-1
Jake Arrieta pitched seven dominant innings and Jorge Soler homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Sunday. Arrieta (11-5) gave up three hits, three walks and struck out 10, throwing 73 of his 112 pitches for strikes. Over his last six starts, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA. It was the second straight impressive start for the Cubs, whose starting pitchers have a 1.29 ERA over their last 16 games. Jon Lester gave up just two hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings of a 4-0 win Saturday. Shelby Miller (5-6) struck out eight and allowed four hits, four walks and three runs , one earned , in six innings for the Braves. Atlanta has lost seven of eight.

Seattle (Happ 4-5) at Detroit (Simon 8-6), 7:08 p.m.                   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Richard 1-0) at Cincinnati (Lorenzen 3-4), 7:10 p.m.
White Sox are off, host St. Louis for two games starting Tuesday

MLB – Detroit’s Kinsler ejected in 3rd inning against Orioles
Ian Kinsler was ejected from Detroit’s game against Baltimore on Sunday after slamming his bat down in disgust when he hit a flyball. The Detroit second baseman lifted a flyball to center field in the third inning of the Tigers’ 9-3 loss, and as he jogged toward first, he slammed his bat down, causing part of it to break off. Then he threw the rest of the bat down, and plate umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected him. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth said after the game that Kinsler had thrown the bat in Gonzalez’s direction. Kinsler said he threw it at the ground. Kinsler had appeared annoyed with a called strike on the previous pitch, walking several steps away from the plate.

MLB – Soriano coming, Jackson going
The Cubs are about to make two moves involving veteran pitchers.  Manager Joe Maddon says Edwin Jackson will be designated to make room for reliever Rafael Soriano, who will join the team Monday in Cincinnati.  Jackson was a bust after signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs 2 1/2 years ago, going 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 games. Chicago signed the 35-year-old Soriano to a pro-rated contract on June 12. He returns to the majors after pitching a combined seven games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

MLB – Fire destroys 7 cars in lot near stadium during Tigers game
A fire at a parking lot near Comerica Park that started during a Detroit Tigers game has destroyed seven vehicles while sending dark smoke billowing into the sky. The Detroit Free Press reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and the smoke could be seen by thousands of baseball fans watching the Tigers inside the stadium. Fire crews extinguished the flames within minutes, and no one was hurt. The fire’s official cause had not been determined. Mike Grant of Lowell, whose car was damaged in the fire, said that “it wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t such a lousy game.” The Tigers lost to the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Sunday.

NASCAR – Another win for Busch
Kyle Busch has won Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to move closer to landing a spot in the Chase. Busch has won two straight races and three overall since missing the first 11 starts of the season because of a broken leg suffered the day before the Daytona 500. He returned in late May and has put himself in contention for a spot in the 16-driver field for the Sprint Cup championship. He will get a spot in the Chase by finishing among the top 30 in the regular-season points race. Brad Keselowski was second in New Hampshire, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Gold Cup – Mexico, Panama reach semis
Mexico has moved into the Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica.  Andres Guardado scored the lone goal on a penalty kick in the second and final minute of stoppage time in extra time. Roy Miller was whistled for a questionable foul on Oribe Peralta with the game seconds from going to penalty kicks.  Mexico next faces Panama on Wednesday in Atlanta. Panama advanced by beating Trinidad and Tobago on penalty kicks, 6-5.

Cycling – Tour de France – Froome remains first
Andre Greipel took his third stage victory of this Tour de France by winning a bunch sprint at the end of Stage 15, while Britain’s Chris Froome remained in control of the overall race lead. Because of its flat finish, the stage represented the last opportunity for sprinters to shine before climbers take back the spotlight in the Alps next week.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 93, San Antonio Stars 82

Sky 93, Stars 82 – Elena Delle Donne leads Sky past Stars, 93-82
Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky beat the San Antonio Stars 93-82 on Sunday. Courtney Vandersloot added 14 points and eight assists. The Sky won their fifth straight and swept the season series with the Stars. Danielle Adams led the Stars with 20 points.

MLS – Major League Soccer
Last Night
Columbus Crew 3, Chicago Fire 1

Crew 3, Fire 1 – Crew beats short-handed Fire 3-1
Kei Kamara broke a tie in the 17th minute with his MLS-leading 14th goal of the season as the Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 3-1 on Sunday. Federico Higuian scored on a penalty kick for Columbus in the second minute. Chicago’s Jason Johnson was red-carded for a dive early in the second half. Ethan Finley capped the scoring for Columbus in the 83rd minute.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 10, South Bend Cubs 5
Great Lakes Loons 7, Lansing Lugnuts 2

West Michigan Whitecaps at South Bend Cubs, 1:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes Loons, 2:05 p.m.