Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 6/10/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Minnesota Twins 12, Detroit Tigers 2
Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 2
Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 1

Twins 12, Tigers 2 – Cruz homers in 4th straight game, Twins trounce Tigers 12-2
Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and the Minnesota Twins connected four times in all Sunday to rout the Detroit Tigers 12-2.  Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also connected for the Twins. Minnesota hit eight homers while winning two of three in Detroit. The Tigers have lost 13 of their last 15 at Comerica Park. Jake Odorizzi (9-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out eight and has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings. Ryan Carpenter (1-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was the first Tigers pitcher to allow eight runs and 10 hits in fewer than four innings since Anibal Sanchez on Aug. 8, 2017. The Twins took the lead after two batters when Jorge Polanco singled and scored on Mitch Garver’s double. Cruz followed with a two-run homer to give the Twins three runs before Carpenter had recorded an out. Detroit got a run in the bottom of the first when Nicholas Castellanos grounded into a double play with runners at the corners.

White Sox 5, Royals 2 – Jimenez hits long home run, leading Lopez, White Sox over KC
Eloy Jimenez launched a 471-foot home run, Reynaldo Lopez bounced back with six effective innings and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Sunday.  Yoan Moncada had four hits and an RBI for the White Sox, who lost the series opener but had back-to-back solid pitching performances to take the last two games.  The Royals are 0-6 in rubber games in 2019, continuing a streak that started early last season. Kansas City has lost 14 straight rubber games, dating to May 30, 2018, and is now 0-14-2 in its last 16 series.  Lopez (4-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.  The White Sox got a run in each of the last three innings, Glenn Sparkman (1-2) gave up two earned runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – Hendricks masters Cardinals again in Cubs’ 5-1 win
Kyle Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to continue his dominance over St. Louis, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday night. Carlos González hit his first homer with the Cubs and Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as Chicago completed a three-game sweep of its NL Central rivals and a 6-1 homestand. All nine games between the Cardinals and Cubs this season have been won by the home team. The Cardinals swept the Cubs in St. Louis last weekend, and Chicago had another three-game sweep at Wrigley Field last month. Hendricks (7-4) scattered eight hits to win his sixth straight decision. Steve Cishek worked a scoreless eighth, Carl Edwards got two outs in the ninth and Pedro Strop got the final out for his seventh save. Hendricks is now 7-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last 10 starts against St. Louis.

Today
Washington (Sanchez 1-6) at Chicago White Sox (TBD), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Darvish 2-3) at Colorado (Marquez 6-3), 8:40 p.m.
Tigers are off

MLB – Former Red Sox David Ortiz shot, wounded
Authorities say former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is hospitalized following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. Dominican police officials said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when the gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Officials said Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable. Ortiz’s father, Leo, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. The Boston Red Sox said in a statement they were notified by Ortiz’s family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his “lower back/abdominal region” and that he is recovering. The team offered “all available resources to aid in his recovery.”

NHL – 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final (best of 7)
Last Night
Boston Bruins 5, St. Louis Blues 1                                                         (Series tied 3-3)

Bruins 5, Blues 1 – Bruins force Game 7
There will be a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final, which means the Boston Bruins are back in line for the seventh NHL championship in team history. Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots as the Bruins topped the Blues, 5-1 in St. Louis to even the series at three games apiece. Marchand scored during a two-man advantage 8:40 into the contest following penalties on Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly. Marchand put the Bruins ahead to stay 21 seconds after O’Reilly was whistled off for shooting the puck over the glass. Boston broke it open with a four-goal third, beginning with Brandon Carlo’s eventual game-winner at the 2:31 mark. Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak scored less than four minutes apart in the last half of the period before Zdeno Chara added an empty-netter. Boston’s shutout bid ended when O’Reilly scored for the fourth time in three games, beating Rask with 7:59 to play. Jordan Binnington stopped 27 of 31 shots for St. Louis.  Game 7 is Wednesday in Boston.

NBA – 2019 NBA Finals (best of 7)
Tonight
Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, 9:00 p.m.                           (TOR leads 3-1)

NCAABSB – NCAA Baseball – Super Regionals
Last Night
Michigan 4, (1) UCLA 2                                                                           (MICH wins 2-1)

Michigan 4, UCLA 2 – Michigan advances to CWS with 4-2 upset of top-seeded UCLA
Ako Thomas drove in two runs with a single, Tommy Henry pitched seven solid innings and Michigan is headed to the College World Series for the first time in 35 years after defeating top-seeded UCLA 4-2 on Sunday night in the deciding game of the Los Angeles super regional. It will be the 46-20 Wolverines’ eighth CWS appearance but their first since 1984. It is also the first time since Indiana in 2013 that the Big 10 has had a team advance to Omaha. UCLA (52-11) is the seventh national top seed since the current format started in 1999 to not make it to the College World Series. The last time it happened was 2015 when the Bruins were eliminated in regional play.  St. Joseph native and Houston Astros prospect Jordan Brewer was 1 for 4 with one stolen base.

Tennis – French Open – Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open
Rafael Nadal pulled away in what had suddenly become a tight final to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th French Open championship.  It raises Nadal’s Grand Slam title count to 18, within two of Roger Federer’s record. The 33-year-old Spaniard improved to 93-2 at Roland Garros, including a combined 24-0 in semifinals and finals. No other man or woman has won as many as 12 titles at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

NASCAR – NASCAR race washed out
NASCAR’s Cup race at Michigan has been postponed because of rain. NASCAR will now attempt to hold the race Monday at 5 p.m. at Michigan International Speedway. The race never began Sunday, and the postponement was announced after a delay of about 2 ½ hours from the scheduled start time.

Golf – PGA – McIlroy wins Canadian Open
Rory McIlroy ran away with the Canadian Open, closing with a 9-under 61 for a seven-shot victory over Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson. McIlroy began the day in a three-way tie for the lead before reeling off five birdies in his first seven holes, none from longer than 8 feet. He had a chance to fire a 59 as he approached 18, but his shot from a greenside bunker went long and he ended up tapping in for bogey to finish at a tournament-record 22-under 258.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Bowling Green 4, West Michigan 1 – Game 1
Bowling Green 3, West Michigan 2 – Game 2
Lake County 5, Lansing 2
Great Lakes 10, South Bend 0, 8 innings

Tonight
West Michigan at Bowling Green, 1:05 p.m.
Lansing at Lake County, 7 p.m.
South Bend at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m

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