Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 7/29/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Seattle Mariners 3, Detroit Tigers 2 – 10 Innings
Minnesota Twins 11, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 11, Milwaukee Brewers 4

Mariners 3, Tigers 2 – 10 Inn. – Mariners slip past Tigers in 10 for 5th straight win
J.P. Crawford hit a walkoff single with one out in the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.  Dylan Moore led off the 10th inning with a double against José Cisnero. After Mallex Smith struck out, Crawford flared a short single to center to drive in Moore. Cisnero (0-2) also allowed a walk-off hit to Smith in Friday’s 3-2 loss. Roenis Elías (4-2) picked up the victory for Seattle. Domingo Santana tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth with his 20th home run of the season, taking reliever Joe Jiménez deep to left field with two outs. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd held the Mariners to just two hits through six innings before Seattle scores their first run in the seventh.

Twins 11, White Sox 1 – Sano homers as Twins pound White Sox 11-1
Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer in Minnesota’s five-run first inning, and the Twins pounded Dylan Covey and the Chicago White Sox 11-1 on Sunday to strengthen their hold on the AL Central.  Jorge Polanco, Jonathan Schoop and Max Kepler also connected as Minnesota ran its major league-leading total to 205 home runs. The Twins went deep 11 times while taking three of four in the series and moved two games ahead of second-place Cleveland, which lost 9-6 at Kansas City. Covey (1-7) threw 14 pitches and failed to get an out in his 10th start of the season. After Polanco’s 16th homer made it 2-0, Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez singled before Sano chased Covey with an opposite-field drive just inside the foul pole in right. It was Sano’s fourth homer in his last six games and No. 18 on the year. The big first baseman finished with three hits and scored twice. It was more than enough for Kyle Gibson (10-4), who struck out nine in six effective innings. The right-hander improved to 9-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 16 career starts against Chicago.

Cubs 11, Brewers 4 – Schwarber hits grand slam, 3-run HR as Cubs top Brewers 11-4
Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to power the Chicago Cubs past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 on Sunday, averting a three-game sweep in a matchup of NL Central contenders. Schwarber crushed a first-pitch slam deep into the second deck in right field off starter Zach Davies (8-4) with one out in the second inning for his 23rd home run of the season. The slugger took Davies deep again in the fourth with an opposite-field shot to make it 7-0. After the Brewers cut it to 7-3 in the fifth, Schwarber’s infield single with two outs in the sixth kept the inning alive for pinch-hitter Victor Caratini, who hit a three-run homer off Milwaukee reliever Jeremy Jeffress. Christian Yelich’s run-scoring double in fifth, which extended his hitting streak to 16 games, chased Cubs starter Jose Quintana, who failed to get the win despite being staked to a seven-run lead. Quintana gave up four hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Brad Brach (4-3) retired the only batter he faced for the victory.

Tonight
Detroit (Zimmermann 0-8) at L.A. Angels (Barria 4-3), 10:07 p.m.   WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 9:40
Cubs and White Sox are off

MLB – Jimenez activated of IL
The White Sox have activated rookie outfielder Eloy Jiménez from the 10-day injured list and designated infielder José Rondón for assignment. Jiménez was sidelined by an ulnar nerve contusion in his right arm and is batting .241 with 17 homers and 39 RBIs. Rondón is hitting .197 with three homers in 55 games with Chicago this year.

MLB – Long toss: Indians pitcher Bauer heaves ball over CF wall
In a startling scene, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer suddenly heaved the ball from just past the mound over the center field wall Sunday while being taken out of the game against Kansas City. Bauer was obviously upset, although it wasn’t clear whether he was mad at his performance or that manager Terry Francona was pulling him. An All-Star last year, Bauer had just allowed a two-run single to Nicky Lopez that gave the Royals a 7-5 lead with one out in the fifth inning. When Francona emerged from the dugout, Bauer turned, took a couple steps and fired.  Bauer allowed eight runs, seven of them earned, on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

NFL – Lions release running back Theo Riddick after 6 seasons
The Detroit Lions have released running back Theo Riddick after six seasons with the team.  Coach Matt Patricia announced the move Saturday while confirming the signing of defensive lineman Mike Daniels. Riddick was second on the Lions last season with 61 receptions. He also rushed for 171 yards on 40 carries.  Riddick has been a valuable pass catcher. He has 285 receptions in his career, including a career-high 80 in 2015. But rookie Kerryon Johnson boosted the Lions’ running game last year, and Detroit also added C.J. Anderson to the backfield this offseason.  The 30-year-old Daniels, a former Pro Bowler, was released earlier in the week after seven seasons with Green Bay. Daniels started nine games for the Packers last season.

NFL – Giants WR Tate suspended 4 games for fertility drug use
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has been suspended for four games for using a drug prescribed for fertility planning.  The 10-year veteran, who signed with the Giants in March as a free agent, announced the suspension in a Twitter post Saturday. He said he plans to appeal the violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers and that he would have no further comment.  In his statement, Tate said he and his wife met with a fertility specialist in April. He took a prescribed drug and learned shortly after an ingredient was a substance banned by the league. Tate said he reported the problem to the independent administrator of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing Substances, and alerted his coaches and general manager.  Tate is confident his appeal has merit. He said he has never violated the league’s rules on banned substances and the treatment will have no effect on the 2019 season.

NASCAR – Hamlin gets 5th Pocono win
Denny Hamlin had enough fuel to pull away off the final restart in an overtime finish for his fifth victory at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin raced to his third victory of the season and 34th overall in NACAR Cup Series race, giving Joe Gibbs Racing its 11th win in 21 races this season. Hamlin held off teammate Erik Jones, who needed a win to secure a spot in the playoffs. JGR driver Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by William Bryon and Kyle Larson.

Golf – PGA – Koepka overtakes McIlroy to win in Memphis
Brooks Koepka had three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine and cruised to a three-stroke victory at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.  Playing with Rory McIlroy in their first final-group pairing, the top-ranked Koepka closed with a bogey-free 5-under 65 at TPC Southwind for his seventh PGA Tour title. He finished at 16-under 264.  McIlroy followed his third-round 62 with a 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 11 under.  Webb Simpson had a 64 to finish second.

Golf – Champions – Langer wins his 4th Senior British Open title
Bernhard Langer beat Paul Broadhurst by two shots to win the Senior British Open for his record-extending 11th senior major title. Langer trailed Broadhurst by three shots before firing a 4-under 66 to finish at 6-under 274 for his record fourth Senior Open title. After heavy rain delayed the round by almost six hours, the two-time Masters champion opened with four birdies on the front nine and added two more on Nos. 13 and 14 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to build a four-stroke lead.  Broadhurst shot 71 to come second.

Cycling – Tour de France – Bernal wins Tour de France
Egan Bernal has become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as the three-week race ended with the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees.  The 22-year-old Bernal is the youngest Tour winner in the post-World War II era. Bernal succeeded Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas as the British outfit posted a seventh Tour victory with a fourth different rider in eight years. Thomas had to settle for second place this year.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend 13, Lansing 4
Great Lakes 10, West Michigan 3

Tonight
South Bend at Lansing, 12:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.

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