Weekday Morning Sports Report – Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports      wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 25, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball

Last Night

Detroit Tigers 6, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1

Tigers 6, White Sox 1 – Tigers beat White Sox 6-1, clinch postseason spot

Justin Verlander pitched eight impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers inched closer to a postseason spot Wednesday, rallying after benches cleared in the sixth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1.  White Sox ace Chris Sale was breezing along with a shutout when he hit Victor Martinez with a pitch in the sixth. The two exchanged words and the benches and bullpens emptied. The situation didn’t escalate and Martinez eventually scored to tie the game at 1.  Ian Kinsler gave Detroit the lead with an RBI double in the seventh off Javy Guerra.  Verlander allowed a run and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out six without a walk.

Cubs 3, Cardinals 1 – Arrieta outpitches Lackey as Cubs beat Cards, 3-1

Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings to outduel St. Louis’ John Lackey and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night. Arrieta, coming off a one-hit shutout against Cincinnati last week, limited St. Louis to two hits and an unearned run while striking out 10. He also had a two-run triple in the fourth inning. The Cardinals, who clinched a playoff berth earlier in the week, remained 1 ½ games ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central. The Pirates lost at Atlanta, reducing St. Louis’ magic number to three for clinching the division title. The Cardinals’ loss assured NL East champion Washington will open a division series at home. Lackey gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out eight, his most since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline.Today

Minnesota (May 3-5) at Detroit (Scherzer 17-5), 7:08 p.m.             WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40

Cubs are off

AL Central

W

L

GB

  NL Central

W

L

GB

x-Tigers

88

70

x-Cardinals

88

71

Royals

86

72

2

x-Pirates

86

72

Indians

83

76

Brewers

81

77

White Sox

72

86

16

Reds

73

85

14½

Twins

68

90

20

Cubs

71

88

17

MLB – Benches clear briefly in White Sox-Tigers game

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale and Detroit’s Victor Martinez exchanged words in the sixth inning Wednesday, causing the benches and bullpens to empty briefly. The situation didn’t escalate. After striking out Martinez in the third, Sale turned and tipped his hat toward center field. Then when Martinez came up in the sixth with one out and none on, Sale’s first pitch hit him around the back of his left shoulder. Martinez walked slowly to first, and the two eventually started jawing at each other. An agitated Sale pointed out toward center field. The benches and then the bullpens emptied, but the situation was diffused fairly easily. Martinez eventually came around to score, tying the game at 1. Martinez is 15 of 29 against Sale in his career.

MLB – With end of season, Wrigley Field revamp to start

The Chicago Cubs played the final game of the season Wednesday, setting the stage for the start of an extensive makeover of 100-year-old Wrigley Field. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team could begin on the $575 million project to keep the ballpark viable as soon as this weekend. Plans call for a left field video board, a right field beer sign and work on the bleachers to be completed by the start of the 2015 season. New bullpens, home locker room and batting cages will be added before the 2016 campaign. The owners of eight rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field have filed a lawsuit to overturn Chicago’s approval of the Cubs’ plan to revamp the ballpark. The lawsuit filed in August in Cook County Circuit Court asks a judge to reverse the city’s action, saying it broke its own rules and deprived them of their property rights without due process. The lawsuit names the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and its members, as well as the city. Rooftop owners maintain the plan violates a revenue-sharing agreement that prevents the team from taking actions that block their views.

NFL – National Football League – Week 4

Tonight

New York Giants at Washington Redskins, 8:25 p.m.

NFL – NFC North – Bears LB McClellin to miss Packers game

Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin will miss his second straight game because of a hand injury. Coach Marc Trestman called McClellin “week to week” and said he will not play Sunday against Green Bay. McClellin sat out Monday’s win against the Jets in New York after getting injured in practice. Trestman also said Wednesday he’s “not optimistic” about center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson returning from their ankle injuries. Both players have missed the past two games.

 

NFL – NFC North – No panic, though Packers look to boost offense

There is no panic among the Green Bay Packers. The Packers do say they’re unhappy with the offensive output after a 19-7 loss last week to Detroit. They’re determined to get better going into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Receiver Jordy Nelson said the Packers remain calm, and will keep trying to get more production. Green Bay had just 223 yards of total offense against the Lions. The running game has sputtered. Running back Eddie Lacy said one of the things he’s working on is keeping his pads low when he’s carrying the ball. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the team has had slow starts in recent years. He’s confident the offense will improve.

NFL – NFC North – Cassel out for season

Minnesota has lost starting quarterback Matt Cassel for the season after he suffered broken bones in his left foot during Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.  Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place Sunday against Atlanta.

NFL – NFLPA hires investigator in Rice case

The NFL players’ union has hired former federal prosecutor Richard Craig Smith to oversee its investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Smith will look at how the league and the Baltimore Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline in Rice’s domestic violence case. He’ll also look at the conduct of the league office and the Ravens that led to the indefinite suspension Commissioner Roger Goodell gave to Ray Rice. The Ravens cut Rice after video of him punching his then-fiance in a hotel elevator went public. Originally, Goodell had given Rice a two-game suspension. Rice and the NFL Players Association have appealed his suspension.

NHL – National Hockey League Preseason

Tonight

Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Datsyuk has separated shoulder

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will miss four weeks because of a separated shoulder.  The Red Wings center played in only 47 games last year because of reoccurring knee problems was injured in the second period of Detroit’s 2-1 exhibition victory in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.  Datsyuk had a goal and an assist before leaving.  He is scheduled to return sometime by the third week of the NHL regular season.

NASCAR – Tony Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

A grand jury has decided against charging NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the August death of another driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. The decision was announced Wednesday, nearly seven weeks after Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race on Aug. 9 in Canandaigua (kan-uhn-DAY’-gwah). District Attorney Michael Tantillo also said Ward was under the influence of marijuana that night “enough to impair judgment.” Ward had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing alongside Stewart. The 20-year-old walked down the track, waving his arms in an apparent attempt to confront the three-time NASCAR champion. The front of Stewart’s car appeared to clear Ward, but Ward was struck by the right rear tire. He died of blunt force trauma.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports

Last Night

Women’s Soccer

Lake Michigan College 3, Moraine Valley CC 0

Tonight

Women’s Volleyball

(2) Grand Rapids CC at Lake Michigan College, 6:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports

Last Night

Girls Volleyball

St. Joseph 3, Portage Northern 2         (25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12)

Portage Central 3, Lakeshore 1           (25-18, 25-11, 18-28, 26-24)

Niles 3, Benton Harbor 0                     (25-9, 25-5, 25-11)

Boys Soccer

Paw Paw 8, South Haven 0

Dowagiac 5, Berrien Springs 0

Edwardsburg 6, Coloma 2

Plainwell 4, Sturgis 1

Allegan 8, Three Rivers 0

Otsego 1, Vicksburg 0

Boys Tennis

Portage Central 8, St. Joseph 0

Lakeshore 5, Niles 3

Girls Golf

Wolverine Conference Jamboree at Plainwell (Lake Doster GC)

1. Sturgis              208

2. Plainwell                    222

3. Three Rivers       229

4. Allegan              230

5. South Haven       238

6. Dowagiac           244

7. Otsego               260

8. Vicksburg           265

Today

Boys Soccer

St. Joseph at Niles

Portage Central at Lakeshore

Lake Michigan Catholic at Brandywine

Howardsville Christian at Michigan Lutheran

Girls Volleyball

Michigan Lutheran at New Buffalo

Dowagiac at South Haven

Cross Country

St. Joseph, Sturgis, at Lakeshore

Boys Tennis

Allegan at St. Joseph

South Haven at Edwardsburg

Girls Golf

Wolverine Conference Jamboree at Vicksburg (Angels Crossing GC)

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