Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 8/3/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Baltimore Orioles 1
New York Yankees 12, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee Brewers 3

Tigers 6, Orioles 1 – Norris shines in debut with Tigers, who beat Orioles 6-1
Daniel Norris took a three-hitter into the eighth inning in his Detroit debut, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series. Norris (2-1) was obtained by the Tigers on Thursday in the deal that sent former Cy Young Award winner David Price to Toronto. Making his seventh career start, the 22-year-old Norris provided a glimpse of his potential against a contender that won seven of its previous eight games. Norris allowed one run, four hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings _ the longest outing of his career. The left-hander hadn’t started in the majors since April 30, and was 3-10 with a 4.27 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Yankees 12, White Sox 3 – Yankees rough up Samardzija, beat White Sox 12-3
Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday. Stephen Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 road trip _ matching a season long. Ellsbury drove in three runs, and Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs. New York also got a lift from Ivan Nova (4-3), who pitched six innings of five-hit ball in his third consecutive victory. Nova’s previous start on Monday at Texas was cut short by arm fatigue, a condition he contributed to his comeback from Tommy John surgery in April 2014. Chicago was coming off an 8-2 victory on Saturday night and averaged seven runs in its previous 10 games, but Nova allowed just one run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single in the sixth. Samardzija (8-6) was tagged for nine runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Cubs 4, Brewers 3 – Cubs beat Brewers 4-3 to finish 4-game sweep; Bryant hurt
Closer Hector Rondon nearly squandered a three-run lead, and Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant got hurt in a 4-3 win on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers. Starter Clayton Richard (2-0) and the Cubs’ bullpen held off the Brewers until the ninth, when Rondon allowed the first two runners to reach base with his team leading 4-1. Ryan Braun scored on a groundout with one out, and Hernan Perez drove in another run with a two-out single. Rondon then got pinch-hitter Logan Schafer to line out sharply to center for his 16th save. Bryant left in the fifth after sliding headfirst into second and appearing to get tagged on the helmet by shortstop Jean Segura.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Lester 6-8) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 7-6), 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Karns 6-5) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 6-9), 8:10 p.m.
Tigers are off (Tigers host Kansas City for a three game series starting Tuesday)

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 69, Washington Mystics 68
Indiana Fever 83, Connecticut Sun 70

Sky 69, Mystics 68 – Delle Donne scores 22 points, leads Sky past Mystics, 69-68
Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points to lead the Chicago Sky past the Washington Mystics 69-68 on Sunday night. Cappie Pondexter and Jessica Breland scored 12 points apiece for Chicago. Ivory Latta led the Mystics with 19 points but missed a short jumper with 3 seconds left. Breland then hit two free throws to seal it.

Fever 83, Sun 70 – Johnson’s 16 2nd half points fuel Fever past Sun, 83-70
Shenise Johnson scored all 16 of her points in the second half as the Indiana Fever rallied to beat the Connecticut Sun 83-70 on Sunday. The Fever have won six straight home games for the first time since 2011. The Fever made 28 of 30 free throws. Kelsey Bone led Connecticut with 20 points.

NFL – Seattle acquires Seisay from Detroit for draft pick
The Seattle Seahawks have added depth to their secondary by acquiring cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick. The Seahawks had an open spot on their 90-man roster after releasing defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in a salary cap move. The draft pick going back to Detroit is expected to be a late-round selection.

NFL – Lions open training camp with Bell on the sidelines
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell won’t be able to take part in team activities today when the team opens up training camp today at the team headquarters in Allen Park.  Coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press that they don’t have a timetable for Bell’s return from offseason ankle and Achilles surgery.  Caldwell did say the Benton Harbor native will play in a few preseason games once he’s activated off of the physically unable to play list.    Bell led the Lions with 860 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns last season.

MLS – Major League Soccer
Last Night
Chicago Fire 2, FC Dallas 0

Chicago 2, Dallas 0 – Accam, Maloney score, Fire beat FC Dallas 2-0
David Accam and Shaun Maloney scored and the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas 2-0 on Sunday night to end a three-game winless streak. The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak _ and five-game win streak _ for FC Dallas (11-6-5), which was shut out for the first time since June 6 against San Jose. Jason Johnson found a streaking Accam for a right-footer from just outside the 6-yard box to open the scoring in the fourth minute.

NASCAR – Matt Kenseth stretches his fuel and steals a win at Pocono
Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. The 400-mile race came down to fuel and which cars had it _ and which ones didn’t. Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were all in the top five in the final five laps when they ran out of fuel. Busch failed in his bid to become the 9th driver since 1972 and the first since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight Cup races.  Brad Keselowski was second, then Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle.

Golf – PGA – Merrit gets first win
Troy Merritt has earned his first PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National near Washington, DC. The 29-year old closed out a 4-under 67 with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to wind up at 18 under par.  Rickie Fowler finished three shots back after shooting a 69.  Tournament host Tiger Woods carded a 3-under 68 to finish at 8-under par.

Golf – LPGA – Park rallies to win
Top-ranked Inbee Park closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Women’s British Open and become the seventh golfer to capture four different majors.  The LPGA is calling it a career Grand Slam, but Park hasn’t won the Evian Championship since it became a major in 2013. Park won the tournament in 2012.  Park has now won seven majors and six of the last 14. The victory is her fourth of the season.  Park started the day three shots back of Jin-Young Ko, who finished second.

Golf – Champions – Perry wins again
Kenny Perry successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship with a final round 4-under 68. Perry’s 18-under total was four shots better than Bernhard Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
South Bend Cubs 7, Dayton Dragons 2
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Bowling Green  Hot Rods 1
Lake County Captains 15, Great Lakes Loons 7

Tonight
No games today