Weekday Morning Sports Report – Friday 8/16/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Seattle Mariners 7, Detroit Tigers 2
Los Angeles Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 7
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Chicago Cubs 5

Mariners 7, Tigers 2 – Seager’s 3 RBIs lead Mariners over Tigers, 7-2
Dylan Moore homered and Kyle Seager drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners topped the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Thursday. Mallex Smith stole two bases, giving him 34, the most in the majors. The Mariners won two of three after losing eight of their previous nine. Detroit finished 4-7 on its 11-game homestand to fall to 17-43 at home. The Tigers need to win five of their last 21 games at Comerica Park to avoid becoming the first team to lose 60 times at home. After Seattle opener Matt Wisler pitched a scoreless first, Tommy Milone (2-7) took over as the primary pitcher and allowed two runs and six hits in four innings. Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull (3-11) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.  Turnbull struck out seven batters in the first three innings, but only retired the side in order in the first. The Mariners put two runners on in the second and scored three runs in the third.

Angels 8, White Sox 7 – Trout’s 40th homer, 4 hits propel Angels past White Sox 8-7
Mike Trout went 4 for 4, scored four runs and hit his AL-leading 40th homer, and Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. Trout put a solo shot off Reynaldo Lopez (7-10) into the fake rock pile beyond center field in the third inning, keeping pace with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the overall major league homers lead and reaching another franchise milestone. The Angels took an 8-3 lead into the ninth, but nearly blew it by allowing five hits. James McCann had an RBI triple off Trevor Cahill before Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.  Robles gave up another one-out single, but struck out Ryan Goins with a runner on second to earn his 17th save.

Phillies 7, Cubs 5 – Harper hits grand slam in 9th, Phillies rally past Cubs 7-5
Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.  Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia’s bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel’s debut as hitting coach. But the Phillies rallied against Chicago’s bullpen and moved within one game of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL. Pinch-hitter Brad Miller chased Rowan Wick with an RBI single in the ninth that cut it to 5-2 and Roman Quinn greeted Pedro Strop with an RBI single to make it a two-run game. Strop (2-5) hit Rhys Hoskins to load the bases with one out.  Derek Holland entered to face Harper and got ahead 0-2 in the count. Harper fouled off a 2-2 pitch before launching his 25th homer way out to right.
Ranger Suarez (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 8-9) at Pittsburgh (Musgrove 8-11), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Norris 3-10) at Tampa Bay (Morton 13-4), 7:10 p.m.      WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 12-6) at L.A. Angels (Sandoval 0-0), 10:07 p.m.

NASCAR – Earnhardt Jr. OK following plane crash in Tennessee
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hospitalized and released after his plane crashed in east Tennessee Thursday afternoon. Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots. NBC Sports says the family and pilots were discharged from the hospital. Federal Aviation Administration officials said a Cessna Citation rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it’s sending two representatives to Elizabethton to begin investigating the crash. Earnhardt was scheduled to be part of the NBC broadcast team for Saturday night’s race at Bristol. The network says he will skip the race to be with his family before returning to the broadcast booth at Darlington next month.

NFL – National Football League Preseason – Week 2
Last Night
Philadelphia 24, Jacksonville 10
NY Jets 22, Atlanta 10
Cincinnati 23, Washington 13
Baltimore 26, Green Bay 13
Oakland 33, Arizona 26

Chicago at NY Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Houston, 8:00 p.m.
Cleveland at Indianapolis, 4:00 p.m.

New England at Tennessee, 7:00 p.m.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at LA Rams, 10:00 p.m.

New Orleans at LA Chargers, 4:00 p.m.
Seattle at Minnesota, 8:00 p.m.

San Francisco at Denver, 8:00 p.m.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – Cousins injured again
The Los Angeles Lakers could be without newly-acquired DeMarcus Cousins for the upcoming NBA season. The six-time All-Star has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during a workout in Las Vegas. It’s the latest injury for Cousins, who missed most of last season while rehabbing a torn Achilles and sat out much of the Warriors’ playoff run after tearing a quad muscle. The center appeared in 30 games for Golden State last season, averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. He averaged 25.2 points and 11.9 boards during the previous five years, but he’s missed at least 10 games each season since 2012-13.

Golf – PGA – Thomas, Kokrak tie tournament record
Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak tied the course record while grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the PGA’s BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois. Thomas and Kokrak opened with 7-under 65s for a one-shot advantage over Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover, Patrick Cantlay and Joel Dahmen. Thomas made his first birdie after hitting a tree and recorded his final one with a 60-foot putt. Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau and Adam Scott are among a group at minus-5.

Minor league owner refuses to meet with Muslim rights group
The owner of two minor league baseball teams is refusing to meet with a Muslim civil rights group, accusing it of supporting terrorists. The Council on American-Islamic Relations sought a meeting with E. Miles Prentice, owner of the Single-A Connecticut Tigers and Double-A Midland (Texas) RockHounds. CAIR is concerned that Prentice is chairman of the Center for Security Policy, an organization identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group. Prentice said Thursday he considers the SPLC “radical leftists” and sees no use in “meeting with, or otherwise legitimating, those who seek to silence us or are associated with terrorist organizations like Hamas.” The Tigers, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, declined to comment. Tark Aouadi, the executive director of CAIR, Connecticut called Prentice’s statement unfortunate but said he had not had time to review it.

IIHF – Swedish hockey players boycott training, tournament over pay
The leading female hockey players in Sweden are refusing to attend a training camp or play in an upcoming international tournament in Finland over a pay dispute with the country’s federation. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation says it has been informed of the boycott and is “surprised“ at the decision. Forty-three players are involved in the boycott. They were scheduled to attend a five-day training camp starting today outside Stockholm, ahead of the Five Nations Tournament on Tuesday.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Lake County 2, South Bend 1, 10 innings
Fort Wayne 12, Lansing 4
West Michigan 5, Great Lakes 1

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

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