Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 7/9/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, July 09, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 5, Seattle Mariners 4
Chicago White Sox 7, Toronto Blue Jays 6 – 11 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Chicago Cubs 5

Tigers 5, Mariners 4 – Marte hits 1st MLB homer, leads Tigers over Mariners
Jefry Marte got an RBI double for his first major league hit, then added a solo home run Wednesday that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Seattle Mariners 5-4. Marte made his big league debut last Sunday and had struck out in his only at-bat. The 24-year-old played first base while the Tigers are minus injured Miguel Cabrera. Making his first start, Marte doubled during a three-run second and scored later in the inning. Marte homered in the fourth against J.A. Happ (4-6) to make it 4-2. Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh that broke a 4-4 tie. Anibal Sanchez (8-7) got the win. Joakim Soria put two runners on base in the ninth but finished for his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6 – 11 Innings – Eaton’s walkoff home run lifts White Sox over Blue Jays 7-6
Adam Eaton’s walkoff home run in the 11th inning lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Eaton hammered a 1-0 pitch to right field off Toronto reliever Roberto Osuna (1-3) for his sixth home run of the season. Josh Donaldson hit a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for Toronto. Zach Putnam (3-3) pitched a scoreless 11th and White Sox relievers tossed scoreless ball for 6 2/3 innings, giving up two hits.  The Blue Jays had a scoring opportunity in the 11th but pinch-runner Ryan Goins got caught between second and third on Devon Travis’ grounder. Travis was tagged out for the 2nd out after trying to go back to 3rd.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 5 – Peralta hits 2-out, 2-run HR in 9th, Cardinals jolt Cubs 6-5
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals jolted the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Wednesday night. The Cardinals trailed 5-4 and Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (1-4) quickly retired the first two batters in the ninth. Matt Carpenter followed with a four-pitch walk and Peralta connected on a 1-2 pitch, hitting a drive that barely cleared the wall in left field for his 12th home run. Miguel Socolovich (3-1) got two outs for the win. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a two-out double to Addison Russell in the ninth, but struck out Dexter Fowler for his 25th save in 26 chances. The Cubs took a lead 5-4 in the sixth on Miguel Montero’s three-run double. Cards manager Mike Matheny and catcher Yadier Molina were ejected after Montero’s hit, arguing that the pitch before the double should’ve been called a strike instead of a ball.

Today
Toronto (Dickey 3-9) at Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 5-4), 2:10 p.m.
Detroit (Price 8-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 5-5), 8:10 p.m.            WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Cubs are off (Cubs will open up a weekend series against the White Sox at Wrigley on Friday)

MLB – Pairings announced
Todd Frazier, who will have the backing of the hometown fans in Cincinnati, is paired with two-time champion Prince Fielder of Texas in the first round of Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. In this year’s new format, Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant is in a pairing with the Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson is in a bracket with the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson takes on Baltimore’s Manny Machado. The Frazier-Fielder winner faces Donaldson or Rizzo, and the Bryant-Pujols winner goes against Pederson or Machado. Each batter gets five minutes per round, and home runs in each batter’s final minute stop the clock. Players can earn up to 1 minute, 30 seconds of bonus time based on home run distance.

NCAA Basketball – Michigan St coach ‘disappointed’ in Ellis after charges
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says he is “disappointed” in guard Alvin Ellis III after the player was charged with alcohol-related offenses this offseason. Izzo says the matter will be managed “appropriately.” Online records say Ellis was charged with a misdemeanor count of underage purchase, consumption or possession of alcohol stemming from a May incident.

NHL – Wings sign Tangradi
The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract. The team announced the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Tangradi played seven games last season for the Montreal Canadiens. He played a career-high 55 games for Winnipeg in 2013-14. Tangradi was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Anaheim Ducks. He made his NHL debut in 2010 for Pittsburgh, and he was traded from the Penguins to the Jets in 2013. In 143 NHL games, Tangradi has five goals and 10 assists.

NBA – Bulls set to announce Butler deal
The Chicago Bulls are set to announce a maximum contract for All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. The team has scheduled a news conference for Thursday, the first day deals can be announced. A person familiar with the situation said last week Butler agreed to a maximum five-year contract worth about $90 million. The total value came out to $95.5 million after the salary-cap figure for next season was tabulated. Butler can opt out after four years. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He and the Bulls were unable to agree to a contract extension last fall. Chicago also has a three-year, $14 million agreement in place with Mike Dunleavy Jr.

NFL – Rose Bowl won’t be temporary host of  NFL franchise
Operators of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl aren’t interested in hosting an NFL team. The Los Angeles Times says operators won’t submit a proposal to become a temporary home to an NFL franchise considering a move to Southern California. Wednesday night’s vote was unanimous. Members of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. said they’d rather focus on landing an annual music and arts festival for the landmark arena. The NFL sought proposals for temporary use from five venues. The others are the Los Angeles Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and StubHub Center in Carson. The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have all expressed interest in moving to the LA area, but they’d have to play in temporary locations for several years until a new stadium is built.

NFL – New deal at a new stadium
The NFL will be playing more games in London. The league has announced a deal with the new Premier League club Tottenham’s new stadium that calls for a minimum of two regular-season games a year over a 10-year period. Tottenham’s 61,000-seat stadium is expected to open in the summer of 2018 and will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games. The NFL currently has two years remaining on its deal with Wembley Stadium,
where it has staged 11 regular-season games since 2007. Wembley will host three more NFL games this year, including the Lions game against Kansas City on November 1st.
 
NFL – Redskins trademark registration lifted
A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee emphasized that the Redskins are still free to use the name if they wish, but that they would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark. The decision affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. Redskins President Bruce Allen said the team will appeal.

Golf – McIlroy to miss Open Championship
Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the British Open at St. Andrews with an ankle injury, marking the first time in 61 years the defending champion will not be playing. McIlroy said two days ago that he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle over the weekend while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland.

Golf – Mickelson won’t comment on gambling report
Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson has refused to comment on allegations linking him to an illegal gambling operation. ESPN reported last week that $2.75 million belonging to Mickelson was transferred to a former sports gambling handicapper, who pleaded guilty to laundering money.

Tennis – Wimbledon – Wimbledon semis set
French Open champ and fourth-seed Stan Wawrinka has been ousted by 21st-seed Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD’ gas-KAY’) in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. Also moving into the semifinals are top-seed Novak Djokovic, second-seed Roger Federer and third-seed Andy Murray.

Cycling – Tour de France – Martin stays in the lead
Germany’s Andre Greipel has won the fifth stage of the Tour de France giving him two stage victories so far in the race. Fellow German Tony Martin continues to be in first place, 12 seconds in front of Britain’s Chris Froome.

NASCAR – Edwards: “No reason to speculate” about pitchman Jared Fogle
NASCAR driver Carl Edwards says “there’s no reason to even speculate” on the situation involving suspended Subway pitchman Jared Fogle until facts are gathered. Edwards has been a longtime promoter of the sandwich chain that sponsors his No. 19 Toyota Camry. He also has appeared in Subway ads with Fogle, who became famous for losing 245 pounds by eating its sandwiches. The ex-director of a foundation Fogle created to fight childhood obesity was arrested in May on child pornography charges. Authorities raided Fogle’s suburban Indianapolis home on Tuesday, but he hasn’t been charged with any crime and his attorney says he is cooperating with authorities. Edwards said Wednesday at Kentucky Speedway that “out of respect for Jared and the judicial process, I think it’s really important to wait until there’s some facts.”

Ohio Supreme Court won’t revisit ‘jock tax’ ruling
The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected Cleveland’s request to reconsider its ruling that the city’s system for taxing professional athletes is unconstitutional. The court said in April that Cleveland’s method, which involved taxing athletes based on the number of games played, violates players’ due process rights.  A unanimous court ruled the city should base municipal taxes on days spent in the city as a percentage of an entire season of games, practices and team-related activities. Cleveland argued unsuccessfully that the court’s decision conflicted with U.S. Supreme Court findings giving cities leeway in their taxation methods. The court denied Cleveland’s request Wednesday. At issue were challenges to Cleveland’s tax procedures by former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday.

ESPN cancels Olbermann’s show
Keith Olbermann’s show on ESPN will end sometime this month. It premiered in August 2013 when he returned to the network. The network called Olbermann “a tremendous talent” but said it made a “business decision to move in another direction.” The 56-year-old Olbermann was a “SportsCenter” anchor on ESPN from 1992-97. He went on to work for Fox Sports (1998-01) and switched to news with MSNBC (2003-11) and Current TV (2011-12) before returning to ESPN. He also was part of NBC’s NFL coverage for the 2007-09 seasons.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3, South Bend Cubs 1
Lansing Lugnuts 1, Great Lakes Loons 0

Tonight
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lake County Captains, 11 a.m.
South Bend Cubs at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.