Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 7/6/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Toronto Blue Jays 10, Detroit Tigers 5
Baltimore Orioles 9, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 2, Miami Marlins 0

Blue Jays 10, Tigers 5 – Verlander drops to 0-4 as Blue Jays beat Tigers 10-5
Justin Verlander remained winless in four starts since his return from the disabled list, allowing seven runs as his ERA ballooned to 6.75 ERA during the Detroit Tigers’ 10-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered in a six-run fifth inning against the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP.  Verlander (0-4) gave up seven hits and two walks in five innings, striking out five. He needed 94 pitches to get 15 outs. Detroit reached the midpoint of the season at 41-40, its poorest record since a 39-42 mark for the first half in 2012. Marco Estrada (6-4) improved to 5-1 in his last seven starts, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. Roberto Osuna got four outs for his third save.

Orioles 9, White Sox 1 – Schoop HR in return from disabled list, O’s beat White Sox
Jonathan Schoop homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list and Miguel Gonzalez threw six solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles routed the Chicago White Sox 9-1 on Sunday.  Adam Jones had two doubles and Steve Pearce had three hits as the Orioles snapped a three-game losing streak. Baltimore had scored six runs in their previous four games combined. The White Sox committed four errors and saw their four-game winning streak end. Chicago was trying to sweep the Orioles for the first time since 2005. Schoop was activated from the 60-day DL before the game after being sidelined by a sprained right knee. He hit a solo homer in the second inning off Carlos Rodon (3-2), Schoop’s first home run in the majors since April 15. Gonzalez (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one.

Cubs 2, Marlins 0 – Coghlan, Hendricks lead Cubs to 2-0 win over Marlins
Kyle Hendricks threw 7 1-3 strong innings and Chris Coghlan added an RBI single and the Chicago Cubs earned a 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Hendricks (4-4) allowed five hits walked one and struck out six.  Marlins starter Mat Latos (3-6) pitched well in the loss. He allowed one run, one hit and two walks in seven innings.  Latos’ only shaky inning was the first. He walked Coghlan, gave up a single to Kris Bryant as Coghlan advanced to third. Later in the inning, Latos’ wild pitch bounced into the stands, allowing Coghlan to score to put the Cubs ahead 1-0.  Latos then retired 20 of the next 22 batters, and the Cubs didn’t get another hit until the eighth inning when Chris Denorfia led off the inning with a pinch-hit double off reliever Carter Capps. Denorfia scored on Coghlan’s single.  Pedro Strop struck out one in the eighth and Jason Motte earned his fourth save.

St. Louis (Lackey 6-5) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 4-6), 8:05 p.m.
Toronto (Buehrle 9-4) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 6-4), 8:10 p.m.
Detroit (Simon 7-5) at Seattle (Iwakuma 0-1), 10:10 p.m.           WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 9:45

MLB – 4 Royals elected starters
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park. AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously. Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera was selected to start at first base but he hurt his left calf Friday and will be unable to play. In addition, the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday, who finished third among NL outfielders behind Harper and Stanton, has been sidelined since straining a quadriceps on June 8 and is uncertain on his return.

FIFA – Canada 2015 – Women’s World Cup
Last Night
United States of America 5, Japan 2

USA 5, JPN 2 – Lloyd scores 3 and US defeats Japan 5-2 for World Cup title
Team USA sits atop the women’s soccer world after the Americans’ third World Cup crown, but first since 1999.  In an offensive explosion rarely seen in soccer, the Americans scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes — three on a hat trick by Carli Lloyd — and routed Japan 5-2 for the Women’s World Cup crown. That avenged a loss in the 2011 final when Japan won on penalty kicks. It was the highest-scoring final in Women’s World Cup history.  Lloyd scored the two fastest goals in Women’s World Cup history, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the match. Lauren Holiday gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead when she volleyed a shot into the goal. Lloyd finished her hat trick by catching Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and scoring from midfield as the U.S. took a stunningly quick 4-0 lead. It the fastest hat trick in Women’s World Cup history. Tobin Heath added a second half goal after Japan had climbed within two goals.   U.S. goalie Hope Solo had her streak of 540 shutout minutes end when Japan scored midway through the first half, but Japan never seriously threatened.  The U.S. has had great success against teams from Japan with a record of 25-1-6.

NASCAR – Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon’s crash
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. with a horrific last-lap accident.  The outcome wasn’t in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Austin Dillon’s car flying upside down into the fence.  The car tore down a section of fencing and Dillon sailed back onto the track. His mangled car landed on its roof and Casey Mears’ crew members raced to Dillon to pull him from the wreckage.  The crew members quickly waived to alert that Dillon was fine, and the driver ultimately climbed from the car and raised his arms in the air.  NASCAR reported that 3 spectators suffered minor injuries from Dillon’s crash.

Golf – PGA – Lee wins in playoff
Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic. It was his first PGA Tour victory. The South Korean-born New Zealander became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season. Lee, David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia. Tiger Woods finished play at 7-under after a 3-under-67 in the final round. The former World No. 1 shot sub-par golf in three of the four rounds this week.

Tennis – Wimbledon – A day off in London
There was no action at Wimbledon as the first Sunday of the tournament is always a day of rest. Play resumes on Monday with both of the top-seeds, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, in action. For Williams the fourth round match has her facing her older sister Venus. Serena tops the series 14-11.

Cycling – Tour de France – Second stage completed
German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish. The course, which took the riders along the Dutch coastline, proved treacherous as heavy winds and driving rain caused spills throughout the field.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Great Lakes 9, West Michigan 1
Lake County 8, Lansing 5
Bowling Green 9, South Bend 4

Lake County at West Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.