Weekday Morning Sports Report – Wednesday 8/7/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 3 – Game 1
Detroit Tigers 10, Chicago White Sox 6 – Game 2
Oakland A’s 11, Chicago Cubs 4

White Sox 5, Tigers 3 – Game 1 – White Sox open doubleheader with 5-3 win over Tigers
José Abreu homered and drove in three runs and Dylan Cease pitched five solid innings to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.  Welington Castillo also homered for Chicago, and Jake Rogers went deep for Detroit.  Cease (2-4) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out six with one walk. It was his second career victory, and both have come against the Tigers, who are 10-45 since the start of June.  Three relievers finished for the White Sox. Alex Colomé allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 22nd save in 23 chances.  Daniel Norris (3-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Tigers 10, White Sox 6 – Game 2 – Tigers pound White Sox 10-6 for doubleheader split
Miguel Cabrera had three hits and scored twice to help the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the Chicago White Sox and a split of their doubleheader Tuesday.  Drew VerHagen (2-2) allowed one run in five innings for Detroit in the nightcap, then left the game after a 61-minute rain delay. Héctor Santiago (1-1) yielded four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.  Detroit scored two runs in the second, then Cabrera led off the bottom of the third with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dawel Lugo to put the Tigers up 3-0. Cabrera led off the Detroit fifth with a single and eventually came home on a single by Travis Demeritte. Gordon Beckham added an RBI single to make it 5-1, and the rain delay began before the fifth inning ended.

A’s 11, Cubs 4 – Lester pounded as Garneau, Piscotty HR, A’s rout Cubs 11-4
Cubs lefty Jon Lester was tagged for a career high-tying 11 runs in only four innings, with Dustin Garneau and Stephen Piscotty hitting three-run homers that led the Oakland Athletics over Chicago 11-4 Tuesday night.  Garneau’s drive to the back row of the bleachers in left field was the big blow in an eight-run, second-inning burst. The A’s went on to their seventh win in nine games.  Kris Bryant homered as the NL Central-leading Cubs had their four-game winning streak end.  Lester (9-8) was roughed up for the second straight start. He allowed 11 runs — 10 of them earned — on 10 hits and three walks to match the worst outing of his career on July 22, 2012, when he was with Boston and faced Toronto.  Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs in the ninth off reliever Wei-Chung Wang.

Chicago White Sox (Nova 6-9) at Detroit (Alexander 0-2), 1:10 p.m.          WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 12:45
Oakland (Bailey 9-7) at Chicago Cubs (Quintana 9-7), 2:20 p.m.

MLB – Blue Jays will extending netting at home and spring home
The Toronto Blue Jays say they’ll extend protective netting at Rogers Centre next season. They join other teams that have taken measures after foul balls injured fans. The Blue Jays also announced they’ll extend the nets at their spring training home next season in Dunedin, Florida. Last month, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals became the first teams in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole.

NFL – Newton/Kuechly will sit for Bears/Panthers preseason game
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Carolina’s preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago. Rivera said Tuesday he is being cautious with both players. Newton is coming off offseason shoulder surgery while Kuechly missed time last week after he got “rolled up on“ during practice.

NFL – Bears RB Montgomery will play Thursday
Chicago Bears rookie running back David Montgomery will get his first chance to test his skills against NFL players on Thursday in the preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. The third-round draft pick out of Iowa State hasn’t had much chance to run against live tackling in camp but has been learning the passing game in the Bears’ offense. The Bears also have questions about their tight end position to address.

NHL – Blues’ Edmundson awarded $3.1M, 1-year deal in arbitration
St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson has been awarded a $3.1 million, one-year contract in arbitration. Edmundson was one of four St. Louis restricted free agents to file for player-elected salary arbitration this summer after helping the team win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The 26-year-old Canadian had 11 points in 64 regular-season games and seven points in 22 playoff games during the Blues’ Cup run.

NCAAFB – MSU media day
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio kept his offensive plans close to the vest at the team’s annual media day. Dantonio didn’t want to expound on how extensive the Spartans’ offensive changes would be after he shuffled roles among his assistants. Brad Salem, who had been the quarterbacks coach, is now the offensive coordinator.

NCAAFB – Former CMU Assistant heads to Georgia Tech
Former Central Michigan offensive coordinator Chris Ostrowsky has joined new Georgia Tech coach Gofff Collins’ staff as a senior offensive advisor. Ostrowsky coached at Central Michigan the last two seasons following five seasons as Northern Michigan’s coach.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
New York Liberty at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.

Nassar – Sentencing set for ex-dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar
Sentencing is scheduled for a former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. William Strampel goes back before a judge Wednesday, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was acquitted of the more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. He faces up to five years in prison on the felony misconduct conviction, which stems from a charge he used his public office to sexually harass students. He also was convicted of willfully neglecting to monitor Nassar. Strampel was the first person charged after Michigan’s attorney general launched an investigation in 2017 into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 8, Fort Wayne 0
Bowling Green 6, Lansing 1
Great Lakes 6, South Bend 2

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