Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 5/21/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, May 21, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2
Cleveland Indians 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego Padres 2

Tigers 5, Brewers 2 – Castellanos’ 3-run triple lifts Tigers over Brewers 5-2
Nick Castellanos hit a bases-loaded triple with two out in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. The Tigers avoided a sweep in the three-game series thanks to a rally in their final at-bat. With two out, nobody on and the score tied at 2, Jonathan Broxton (1-1) allowed consecutive singles by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes and a walk to Tyler Collins. Castellanos’ line drive down the line dropped in, then skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra to clear the bases. Blaine Hardy (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced for the win, and Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13 chances.     Ryan Braun homered for the Brewers.

Indians 4, White Sox 3 – Indians slip past White Sox 4-3
Shaun Marcum won his first start in almost two years, Michael Brantley had a two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday night. Recalled earlier Wednesday from Triple-A Columbus, Marcum went 6 2-3 innings and gave up two runs and four hits and struck out six for the Indians, who have won four of six. Jose Ramirez had two hits and two runs and reached base four times in a game that began after a 31-minute rain delay. Marcum (1-0) hadn’t started a game in the major leagues since July 6, 2013, for the New York Mets. He was later diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which involves nerves near the neck and caused tingling and numbness in Marcum’s right hand, eventually leading to shoulder surgery. He’s made one appearance in relief this season, throwing five innings and allowing one run against Detroit on April 12.

Cubs 3, Padres 2 – Wada whiffs 9, Bryant drives in go-ahead run in 3-2 Cubs win
Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada struck out nine in 4 2-3 innings in his season debut and Kris Bryant drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Wada opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain and made six rehab starts. He struck out seven of the first nine Padres batters. His only mistake was allowing a two-run homer to Justin Upton to straightaway center field to give the Padres a 2-1 lead with two outs in the fourth. It was his team-leading 11th, and Derek Norris was aboard on a one-out single. The Cubs retook the lead in the fifth against Tyson Ross (2-4). Wada drew a leadoff walk and scored on Dexter Fowler’s triple to right, just beating the relay throw by Jedd Gyorko. Fowler came in on Bryant’s sac fly to left.

Today
Houston (Feldman 3-4) at Detroit (Price 3-1), 1:08 p.m.             WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:40
Cleveland (Salazar 4-1) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 2-3), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-1) at San Diego (Despaigne 2-2), 9:10 p.m.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 97, Atlanta Hawks 89                                 (CLE leads 1-0)

Game 1: Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89 – Cavs get jump on Hawks
LeBron James scored 31 points and J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 2 is Friday night in Atlanta.

Last Night
Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 9:00 p.m.                 (GS leads 1-0)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 3 – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Yesterday
Tampa Bay Lightning 6, New York Rangers 5 – OT                          (TB leads 2-1)

Game 3: Lightning 6, Rangers 5 – OT – Bolts take series lead with OT win
The Tampa Bay Lightning outlasted the New York Rangers 6-5 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their NHL Eastern Conference final. Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rawf) scored at 3:33 of OT to give the Lightning their second straight victory in the series. Game 4 is Friday night in Tampa.

Tonight
Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m.                         (Series tied 1-1)

NHL – Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach
The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. The team announced Wednesday that Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday morning. Babcock spent the last 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2008. His contract with Detroit expired at the end of June but the Red Wings had given him permission to negotiate with other teams. The Leafs must send a third-round pick to Detroit as compensation.  Babcock had not ruled out staying in Detroit, and also interviewed with the Buffalo Sabres.  The 52-year-old also coached Canada to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and `14. The Leafs fired Randy Carlyle in January, and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant Peter Horachek.

NHL – After Babcock’s departure, Detroit’s focus turns to Blashill
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he wants to talk to minor league coach Jeff Blashill about Detroit’s coaching vacancy. Detroit has an opening after Mike Babcock was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Blashill is the coach of Detroit’s American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, and he was honored as the AHL’s outstanding coach in 2013-14. Holland says he hopes to visit with Blashill soon, and he’ll figure out then whether a more extensive search is necessary. Blashill was one of Babcock’s assistants before becoming the coach at Grand Rapids. Blashill led the Griffins to their first AHL championship in 2013.  The Griffins are preparing to play in the AHL’s Western Conference finals against the Utica Comets starting Sunday.

NHL – Goalies take center stage in Western Conference finals
The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks are resting after playing a triple-overtime classic in the Western Conference finals. The Blackhawks evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece with a dramatic 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Marcus Kruger had the winning goal in the longest game in Chicago’s 89-year history. Now the series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Thursday night, where the Blackhawks are 5-0 in the playoffs. But their top four defensemen played a ton of minutes in Anaheim, and it remains to be seen if they can keep it up against the physical Ducks. The big question for the Ducks is their response to their first home loss of the playoffs, especially going into a notoriously difficult place to play.

NCAA Baseball – Big Ten Tournament
Yesterday
Maryland 2, Michigan State 1
Michigan 4, Indiana 1

NCAA Baseball – Big Ten – Maryland beats Michigan State 2-1 in Big Ten tourney
Mike Shawaryn struck out nine as Maryland beat Michigan State 2-1 last night in the Big Ten tournament. Brandon Lowe had two of six hits for the fourth-seeded Terrapins. Kevin Mooney struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief. Maryland will face top-seeded Illinois today. The Spartans will play eighth-seeded Nebraska today.

NCAA Baseball – Big Ten – Michigan cruises past reigning champion Indiana 4-1
Brett Adcock retired the first seven batters he faced to help Michigan beat defending champion Indiana 4-1 yesterday in the opener of the Big Ten tournament. Adcock didn’t give up a hit until Logan Sowers doubled to lead off the fifth inning. Adcock gave up one earned run and three hits and threw six strikeouts for the third-seeded Wolverines.

NFL – LA and Brady topics at NFL meetings
The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year, with a club playing there by the 2016 season. The league is considering moving the deadline to any applications to relocate a franchise from Jan. 1 to late in the upcoming regular season. The 32 team owners could vote on a team’s relocation after that. The team would play in an existing stadium until a new one is built. There are currently two proposed developments of new stadiums in the Los Angeles area.  The Raiders, Chargers and Rams are all involved in the stadium projects.  Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell says it is his job to handle Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated football scandal and he intends to handle the hearing.  The players union has asked Goodell to recuse himself.

Indy500 – Rugged month has Castroneves eager to chase 4th Indy win
Helio Castroneves has tried four times to join the Indianapolis 500’s most exclusive club. He’s hoping a fifth will finally do the trick. Earlier this month, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner celebrated his 300th career start and his 40th birthday on the same weekend and at his favorite racing venue — Indianapolis Motor Speedway. No, this has not been a great month for the longtime Team Penske driver. He crashed in the first turn of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, was docked eight points for avoidable contact, went airborne in practice and never quite found the speed he expected to contend for the pole during last weekend’s qualifying. But Castroneves knows he can end all that frustration Sunday by scaling the fence and sipping the milk in victory lane.
 
Indy500 – Hinchcliffe out of intensive care as recovery continues
IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has been moved out of intensive care, two days after surgery on his left thigh and pelvic area following a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Series officials say the popular Canadian has made “substantial” improvement and is expected to make a full recovery. No additional surgery is expected. Dr. Timothy Pohlman, the surgeon who worked on Hinchcliffe, says that the medical staff is pleased with what is has seen. Hinchcliffe was injured Monday when he hit the wall in the third turn at Indianapolis, a crash caused by a broken suspension. A metal part pierced Hinchcliffe’s left leg, causing significant blood loss. He has been ruled out indefinitely, and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has not yet announced a replacement driver for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

NCAA Basketball – Coach Cal signed through 2022
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 that will pay him a total of $54 million over the length of the contract. It replaces the $52.5 million, seven-year agreement he signed last June. Calipari’s latest contract extension follows Tuesday’s announcement that he wasn’t interested in the coaching vacancy with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans or any other job, adding that he’s happy at Kentucky. The contract was signed on May 13 and a copy was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through an open records request.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 8, South Bend Cubs 1
Bowling Green Hot Rods 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
Great Lakes Loons 7, Dayton Dragons 1

Today
Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons, 7 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Bowling Green Hot Rods, 7:35 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
South Carolina Stingrays 6, Toledo Walleye 5 – OT                    (SC leads 2-1)

MHSAA – High School Sports

Last Night
Girls Soccer – SMAC Tournament
Gull Lake 3, Lakeshore 2 – Championship Game
Portage Central 2, Mattawan 1
Portage Northern 1, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
St. Joseph 6, Battle Creek Lakeview 1
Kalamazoo Central 8, Niles 0
Kal. Home School 2, Battle Creek Central 1

SMAC Standings
1 Gull Lake
2 Lakeshore
3 Portage Central
4 Mattawan
5 Portage Northern
6 Loy Norrix
7 St. Joseph
8 Battle Creek Lakeview
9 Kalamazoo Central
10 Niles
11 Kalamazoo Home School
12 Battle Creek Central

Girls Soccer – Wolverine Conference Tournament
Paw Paw 2, Plainwell 0 – Championship Game
Otsego 8, Vicksburg 0
Edwardsburg 3, Allegan 0
South Haven defeated Coloma (score N/A)
Three Rivers 8, Dowagiac 0
Sturgis 8, Berrien Springs 0

Wolverine Standings
1 Paw Paw
2 Plainwell
3 Otsego
4 Vicksburg
5 Edwardsburg
6 Allegan
7 South Haven
8 Coloma
9 Three Rivers
10 Sturgis
11 Dowagiac
12 Berrien Springs

Baseball
South Haven 10, Comstock 0 – Game 1
South Haven 8, Comstock 5 – Game 2

Softball
Buchanan 10, Portage Northern 7 – Game 1
Buchanan 17, Portage Northern 7 – Game 2
Decatur 10, Cassopolis 0 – Game 1
Decatur 12, Cassopolis 2 – Game 2

Boys Golf – Division 2 Districts at Harbor Shores
Top 6 Teams Qualify for Regionals next week
1          Otsego                         343    
2          St. Joseph                    345
3          Mattawan                     347
4          Gull Lake                     350
5          Edwardsburg                354
6          Lakeshore                    362
7 (TIE)  Sturgis                         369
7 (TIE)  Vicksburg                      369
9          South Haven                  371
10        Plainwell                       376
11        Three Rivers                   387
12        Paw Paw                        412
13        Niles                             413

Otsego shot a 343 total to win the District Championship at Harbor Shores.  St. Joe was two shots back to finish in second place.  Lakeshore was 6th overall and qualified for the next round.  The Lancers Logan Steffes earned medalist honors with a 78.  St. Joseph’s Zack Vanderweide tied for 2nd with Carter Goodson of Edwardsburg and Jack Vandermolen of Gull Lake with a 79.  Alex Lubeck finished 8th for St. Joe. South Haven finished 9th overall, the top Rams finisher was Wyatt Baker, who shot an 82 to finish 5th.

Today
Baseball
St. Joseph at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Michigan Lutheran at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Kal. Christian, 4:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at South Haven, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Dowagiac at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Coloma at New Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Cassopolis, 4:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
St. Joseph at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Lake Michigan Catholic at Martin, 4:30 p.m.
Portage Central at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at Gobles, 4:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kal. Christian, 4:00 p.m.
Allegan at Watervliet Grace Chr., 4:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at Decatur, 4:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Lawton, 5:30 p.m.
Granger Christian at River Valley, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.

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