Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 8/10/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Boston Red Sox 7, Detroit Tigers 2
Kansas City Royals 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco Giants 0

Red Sox 7, Tigers 2 – Bradley powers Red Sox over Tigers 7-2
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Sunday. Bradley walked with the bases loaded in the second, homered in the seventh and tripled home three more runs in the eighth. Coming into the game, Bradley had a .121 batting average with one extra-base hit and four RBIs in 58 at-bats. Henry Owens (1-1) pitched five-plus innings for his first major league win. He walked four, but allowed just one run and three hits. Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander (1-5) allowed two unearned runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three while throwing 113 pitches.

Royals 5, White Sox 4 – Rios beats tag in 8th, Royals sweep White Sox
Alex Rios beat the tag at the plate on a grounder in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. The Royals have won three straight games by one run for the first time since August 2012. Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer that put Kansas City ahead 3-0 in the first. It was 4-all in the eighth when Rios singled with one out off Jeff Petricka (3-3) and Paulo Orlando followed with a ground-rule double. Omar Infante hit a grounder to first baseman Jose Abreu, and Rios slid home ahead of the tag. Kelvin Herrera (3-2) picked up the victory despite blowing a save and giving up the tying run in the eighth on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single with two outs. Ryan Madson pitched a spotless ninth to earn his second save in four chances.

Cubs 2, Giants 0 – Arrieta, Cubs beat Giants 2-0 for 4-game sweep
Jake Arrieta pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Sunday for a four-game sweep of the defending world champions. Arrieta also tripled and scored in the second as the Cubs won for the 10th time in 11 games. Chicago’s first four-game sweep of San Francisco since June 1977 increased its lead for the second NL wild card to 3 ½ games over the reeling Giants. Arrieta (13-6) struck out six and walked two in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander is 7-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last 10 starts dating to a four-hit shutout at Minnesota on June 21.

Today
Detroit (Boyd 1-2) at Kansas City (Cueto 0-1), 8:10 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 5-7) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 9-7), 8:10 p.m.
Cubs are off (Cubs will host Milwaukee for a three game series at Wrigley starting Tuesday at 8:05)

MLB – Police sweep through Wrigley following unfriendly threat to Friendly Confines
Police swept through Wrigley Field with dogs after a telephone threat prompted police to evacuate the ballpark for about an hour late Sunday afternoon. Security told the media to leave the press box right following the Cubs’ 2-0 victory over the Giants. A Chicago Police spokesman said the department received a telephone threat that prompted officers to investigate. Neither police, nor ballpark security, would provide further details about the nature of the threat. Authorities also redirected traffic away from a street that runs behind Wrigley.

NASCAR – Logano wins
For the second straight weekend a splash of gas was the difference between winning and losing a Sprint Cup race. Joey Logano won Sunday’s road race at Watkins Glen after Kevin Harvick ran out of gas on the last lap. A week ago, Logano was leading at Pocono Raceway before running out of gas on the final lap. Kyle Busch experienced a similar two-race stretch by finishing second at Watkins Glen, one week after he finished the Pocono race on an empty tank. The runner-up finish was very beneficial to Busch, who climbed to 30th in points to reach the cutoff for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. He has won four Sprint Cup events since missing the first 11 of the season because of a broken leg and foot suffered in an Xfinity race at Daytona in February. Harvick coasted home third, ahead of Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

NFL – Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dies at 84
Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford has died. He was 84.  In a statement released by NBC News on Sunday, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes that morning. A versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize, Gifford went on to a successful second career as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football.” Gifford was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the New York Giants to a league championship. His family says in the statement: “We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being.”

NFL – National Football League – Preseason – Hall Of Fame Game
Last Night
Minnesota Vikings 14, Pittsburgh Steelers 3

Vikings 14, Steelers 3 – Vikes beat Steelers
The NFL preseason has begun with Minnesota’s 14-3 win over Pittsburgh in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. Vikings backup quarterback Mike Kafka threw a touchdown pass after starter Teddy Bridgewater completed five of his six passes for 44 yards in his one series of work. Minnesota running back Joe Banyard ran for another score while Adrian Peterson watched the entire game from the sidelines.

Golf – PGA – Lowry wins
Shane Lowry carded four birdies and no bogies in a 66 that allowed him to win the PGA’s Bridgestone Invitational at 11-under par, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson. Lowry locked up victory with a shot that sailed through trees from left of the 18th fairway and descended over a bunker before settling just over 10 feet from the hole for one final birdie. Watson had a final round 4-under-66 as well to finish alone in second at minus-9.  Jim Furyk and Justin Rose shared the 54-hole lead before closing with 72s to finish in a tie for third at 7-under.

Golf – Champions – Maggert finishes first
Jeff Maggert shot a final round 6-under-64 to win the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic. He finished 16-under-par, four shots in front of Colin Montgomerie and five better than Scott Dunlap and Mark O’Meara. Maggert’s round featured seven birdies and a bogey.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 74, Phoenix Mercury 64

Sky 74, Mercury 64 – Delle Donne scores 33 points, Sky beat Mercury 74-64
Elena Delle Donne came back from an ankle injury to lead a second-half surge and finish with 33 points in the Chicago Sky’s 74-64 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. Chicago beat the Mercury for the first time in seven meetings.  Delle Donne sat out nearly 6 minutes in the second quarter after turning her left ankle.

MHSAA – High School Football Practice opens in Michigan
The 2015 High School football season opens today around the state of Michigan when practice officially takes place.  Teams can begin full team workouts but they cannot practice in full pads until Friday.  Helmets are allowed on Monday and Tuesday, and they can add shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday.   Many eyes will be looking at Benton Harbor, and new coach Elliot Uzelac, as the former St. Joseph and college coach tries to turn around a Tiger team that hasn’t won a game in two seasons.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Kane County Cougars 3
Clinton Lumberkings 9, South Bend Cubs 5
Beloit Snappers 9, Lansing Lugnuts 4
Great Lakes Loons 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

Tonight
No games tonight