Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 4/30

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, April 30, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 10, Minnesota Twins 7
Baltimore Orioles 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Chicago Cubs 1

Tigers 10, Twins 7 – Cabrera powers Tigers past Twins 10-7 after Hughes gets hurt
Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit’s four home runs during a powerful rally in the Tigers’ 10-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Rookie James McCann’s first career homer came on an inside-the-park, two-run drive that tied it in the sixth inning for the Tigers, who trailed Phil Hughes and the Twins 7-3 after a seven-run burst against Shane Greene over the fourth and the fifth. Hughes finished five innings before being removed because of a mild left hip flexor strain, and Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit home runs in the sixth off Tim Stauffer. Aaron Thompson relieved with two out and one on, when McCann’s deep fly eluded center fielder Jordan Schafer and ricocheted sharply along the warning track. By the time Oswaldo Arcia retreated from shallow right field to retrieve the ball, McCann was rounding third. Tom Gorzelanny (1-1) got four outs for the victory, and Joakim Soria notched his ninth save in as many attempts with a scoreless final inning. Casey Fien (1-2) was the loser.

Orioles 8, White Sox 2 – At empty Camden Yards, Orioles beat White Sox 8-2
In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in a six-run first inning Wednesday and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2. The gates at Camden Yards were locked because of concern for fan safety following recent rioting in Baltimore after a 25-year-old black man died in police custody. The unusual decision to play the game was made because it was the best time to fill out the schedule for both teams. Both teams lined up for the national anthem, music was piped in between innings and the seventh inning stretch was noted with the traditional John Denver song. And the Orioles and White Sox played their game _ albeit five hours earlier and in an eerily quiet ballpark. In a crisp 2 hours, 3 minutes, Baltimore won its third straight since snapping a five-game losing streak.

Pirates 8, Cubs 1 – Cole, McCutchen lead Pirates past Cubs, 8-1
Gerrit Cole allowed three hits over six innings, Andrew McCutchen had a two-run triple and the Pittsburgh Pirates posted an 8-1 victory Wednesday night, salvaging the finale of the three-game series and snapping the Chicago Cubs’ four-game winning streak. McCutchen, who went 2 for 5, recorded the 1,00th hit of his career with an eighth-inning single. Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang had two RBIs each for the Pirates, with Jordy Mercer driving in a run. Cole (4-0) allowed an unearned run in six innings, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 1.76. The right-hander is 6-0 in six career starts against the Cubs. Miguel Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in Chicago’s lone run. Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (0-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.

Tonight
Detroit (Simon 4-0) at Kansas City (D.Duffy 1-0), 8:10 p.m.        WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Chicago White Sox (Sale 2-0) at Minnesota (May 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
Cubs are off

MLB – Cubs cleared of tampering with Rays’ Maddon
Major League Baseball has ruled that the Chicago Cubs did not violate tampering rules when they pursued manager Joe Maddon last fall. The commissioner’s office released a statement Wednesday clearing the Cubs of wrongdoing about six months after Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering with their manager before Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays. “The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on tampering,” MLB said in the statement. The Rays, playing in New York on Wednesday, had not comment. The Cubs announced Oct. 31 that Rick Renteria had been fired after one season as manager and that Maddon was hired.  Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay soon after Rays executive Andrew Friedman left the club to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers in mid-October. Cubs executive Theo Epstein has said the Cubs checked with MLB to be sure Maddon was OK to talk with other clubs before negotiating with him.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Detroit Red Wings 0                                (TB Wins 4-3)

Game 7 – Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 – Lightning blank Red Wings 2-0 in Game 7
Braydon Coburn broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Ben Bishop made 31 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the first-round series. Ryan Callahan set up Coburn’s third goal in 79 career postseason games with a pass through the slot to the top of the right circle, where the Tampa Bay defenseman sent a shot over goalie Petr Mrazek’s right shoulder. Anton Stralman added an empty-net goal with 1:18 remaining, ensuring the Lightning would win their first Game 7 at home since they beat Calgary in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay, which rallied from a 3-2 series deficit, advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal. The Canadiens host Game 1 on Friday night.

Tonight – Round 2
Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m.                   (Game 1)
Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m.                              (Game 1)

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Atlanta Hawks 107, Brooklyn Nets 97                                       (ATL Leads 3-2)
Memphis Grizzlies 99, Portland Trailblazers 93                          (MEM Wins 4-1)

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks, 7:00 p.m.                             (CHI Leads 3-2)
Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs, 9:30 p.m.                   (SAN Leads 3-2)

NFL – Bears GM Pace stays away from NFL draft headquarters
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace will conduct his first draft at Halas Hall, far away from the festival atmosphere of the city where the draft is being held for the first time in 51 years. Pace sees a need for the team to build through draft picks at virtually every position and will be looking for the best available athlete with the seventh overall pick. The Bears could use a wide receiver to pair with Alshon Jeffery after dealing away Brandon Marshall, and also need more defensive help.

NFL – 2015 NFL Draft Order – Round 1
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Tennessee Titans
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Washington Redskins
6. New York Jets
7. Chicago Bears
8. Atlanta Falcons
9. New York Giants
10. St. Louis Rams
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. Cleveland Browns
13. New Orleans Saints
14. Miami Dolphins
15. San Francisco 49ers
16. Houston Texans
17. San Diego Chargers
18. Kansas City Chiefs
19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills)
20. Philadelphia Eagles
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Detroit Lions
24. Arizona Cardinals
25. Carolina Panthers
26. Baltimore Ravens
27. Dallas Cowboys
28. Denver Broncos
29. Indianapolis Colts
30. Green Bay Packers
31. New Orleans Saints (from Seattle Seahawks)
32. New England Patriots

Horse Racing – American Pharoah is early Derby favorite
American Pharoah has been made the early 5-2 favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, with Dortmund the second choice in the full field of 20 horses. That gives trainer Bob Baffert the top two choices on the morning line. American Pharoah drew the No. 18 post. Baffert’s other horse, undefeated Dortmund, drew the No. 8 post and is 3-1 for the 1 1/4-mile race at Churchill Downs.  Carpe Diem, one of trainer Todd Pletcher’s four entries, is the 8-1 third choice from the No. 2 post.  Another Pletcher horse, Materiality, and Firing Line are co-fourth choices at 12-1 odds.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend Cubs 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
Great Lakes Loons 8, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
Lake County Captains 2, Lansing Lugnuts 1

Tonight
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 12:00 p.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 6:30 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 5)
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 5, Toronto Marlies 2                                (TOR Leads 2-1)
Utica Comets 2, Chicago Wolves 1 – OT                                      (UTI Leads 2-1)

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 2, Wheeling Nailers 1 – OT                                (TOL Wins 4-3)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
Girls Soccer
Portage Central 3, St. Joseph 0
Portage Central scored just 76 seconds into the game and added another less than five minutes later as the Mustangs shut out St. Joseph.  The Lady Bears fall to 6-3-1 on the season.

Lakeshore 1, Portage Northern 0
After a scoreless first half, Lakeshore’s Rachel Edinger scored the only goal of the game in the Lancers 1-0 win over Portage Northern.  Lindsay Ebeling provided the assist, Kyra Van Antwerp made 9 saves for the shutout.

LMC vs. Kalamazoo Christian
LMC vs. Kalamazoo Christian

Kalamazoo Christian 1, Lake Michigan Catholic 0
Mattawan 2, Kalamazoo Central 1
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3, Battle Creek Lakeview 0
Paw Paw 8, South Haven 0
Edwardsburg 4, Dowagiac 1
Delton-Kellogg 2, Bangor 1

Track and Field
St. Joseph 85, Portage Central 78 – Boys
Portage Central 90, St. Joseph 72 – Girls

Softball
Watervliet Grace Christian 7, Michigan Lutheran 2 – Game 1
Watervliet Grace Christian 10, Michigan Lutheran 3 – Game 2

Today
Baseball
Lakeshore at Kal. Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
St. Joseph at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at BC Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Niles at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kal. Christian at Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Lake Mich. Catholic, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Martin at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Comstock at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.
Hartford at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Lakeshore at Kal. Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
St. Joseph at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at BC Central, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Niles at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Coloma at South Haven, 3:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Lake Mich. Catholic, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Martin at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Constantine at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.
Hartford at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer
River Valley at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Niles, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.