Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 8/13/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 7, Kansas City Royals 4
Chicago White Sox 3, Los Angeles Angels 2 – 13 Innings
Chicago Cubs 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2 – 10 Innings

Royals 6, Tigers 1 – Kinsler’s double keys Tigers’ rally in 7-4 win over Royals
Ian Kinsler doubled home two runs and the Detroit Tigers batted around in a four-run eighth inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Wednesday night. The loss snapped the Royals’ eight-game home winning streak, their longest since winning their first 11 games in 2003 at Kauffman Stadium. Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez (11-7) had retired 13 straight batters entering the eighth, which James McCann led off with a single. Volquez walked Anthony Gose, and Jose Iglesias had an infield single to load the bases with none out. Kinsler doubled down the left field line to score McCann and Gose to finish Volquez’s night. J.D. Martinez’s single scored Iglesias. Kinsler scored on Tyler Collins’ fielder’s choice grounder as Detroit sent 10 to the plate in the inning. Volquez, who had given up three or fewer runs in his previous seven starts, was charged with six runs, five earned, on eight hits over seven-plus innings.

White Sox 3, Angels 2 – 13 innings – Garcia lifts White Sox to 3-2 win over Angels in 13th
Avisail Garcia’s line-drive double to the wall with one out in the 13th inning drove in Jose Abreu from first base and lifted the Chicago White Sox to 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep. Matt Albers (2-0), Chicago’s sixth reliever, pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Cesar Ramos (2-1), the Angels’ sixth pitcher out the bullpen, gave up a single to Abreu and then Garcia’s double to left-center as Los Angeles dropped its ninth straight on the road. This one went to extra innings when Abreu botched a play at first in the ninth, allowing Angels pinch runner Taylor Featherston to race home from third and tie the game at 2 on Conor Gillaspie’s grounder to first.

Cubs 3, Brewers 2 – 10 Innings – Montero homer gives Cubs 3-2 win over Brewers in 10th
Miguel Montero homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Chicago a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night for the Cubs’ sixth straight win and 12th in 13 games. Montero, who allowed a couple wild pitches to get past him in the ninth as the Brewers rallied to tie the score, led off the 10th with a solo blast to left field off Michael Blazek (5-3). Tommy Hunter (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to get the win. Kris Bryant homered and Anthony Rizzo made a circus catch falling into the stands to lead the keep the Cubs surging. Ryan Braun went 3 for 4 with a home run for the Brewers.

Today
Milwaukee (Cravy 0-3) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 7-8), 2:20 p.m.
Tigers are off (Detroit will play at Houston this weekend, starting Friday at 8:10 p.m.)
White Sox are off (White Sox host the Cubs this weekend, staring Friday at 4:10 p.m.)

MLB – Cabrera will likely come off Tigers’ disabled list Friday
Detroit Tigers All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera will likely come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Houston Astros.  Cabrera, who has not played since July 3 because of a strained left calf, took batting practice and ran the bases Wednesday before the Tigers game with the Kansas City Royals. If Cabrera should be activated if he feels OK Thursday, a Tigers’ off day.  Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he would be surprised if the 2012 and `13 AL MVP does not play in the three-game series against the AL West-leading Astros.

MLB – Iwakuma fires no-hitter
Hisashi Iwakuma has become the second Japanese-born pitcher to throw a major league no-hitter, doing it in Seattle’s 3-0 shutout of Baltimore on Wednesday. Iwakuma struck out seven and walked three in the fourth no-hitter this season and first by an American League pitcher in nearly three years. Hideo Nomo (hih-DAY’-oh NOH’-moh) tossed no-hitters for the Dodgers in 1996 and Red Sox in 2001.

NFL – National Football League – Preseason – Week 1
Tonight
New York Jets at Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Deflategate goes to court
A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during an open court session. Judge Richard Berman demanded to know from the league’s attorney what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy. The two sides met privately with the judge for more than four hours this afternoon.

NHL – EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from NHL 16 promotional plans
EA Sports is dropping Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.  The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday. EA Sports says Kane will no longer be a spokesman for NHL 16, nor appear on the game’s cover as previously planned. Kane was to appear on the cover alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Kane’s lawyer, Paul Cambria, and agent, Pat Brisson, did not return messages seeking comment. EA Sports’ decision comes less than a week after Hamburg police announced Kane is under investigation for something that may have happened at Kane’s home outside Buffalo on Aug. 2.

NBA – Bucks arena money committed
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that commits $250 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. The signing took place at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, with team officials, state lawmakers and others in attendance. Taxpayers ultimately will pay about $400 million, including interest, over the next two decades. Current and former team owners will spend another $250 million on the arena and keep the Bucks from leaving the state.

NCAA Football – Michigan State loses LB Davis to season-ending injury
Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis is out for the season after injuring his knee in practice Wednesday. The school says Davis will need surgery. Davis, a fifth-year senior, has 11 sacks in 40 career games for the Spartans. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season.  Coach Mark Dantonio says Davis’ presence in the lineup will be missed, but he will still have an important role on the team and may be able to qualify for a sixth year of eligibility.
 
NCAA Football – U. of Michigan prohibits selfie sticks, drones at Big House
The University of Michigan is making some additions to the list of banned items at the Big House.  The Ann Arbor News reports selfie sticks will be banned at Michigan Stadium and the school has added a clause to its rules that specifies drones aren’t allowed in or around the football stadium.  Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for the school’s Division of Safety and Security, says the ban on selfie sticks follows rules updated at other stadiums. She says they’re included in existing bans that include flagpoles and tripods. As for drones, the rules state: “The possession and operation of unmanned and/or remote controlled aircraft … is prohibited at Michigan Stadium and the surrounding area.” Violators could face criminal penalties. Additional details are posted online.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend 2, Beloit 1
West Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2 – 11 innings
Clinton 6, Lansing 5, 11 innings
Great Lakes 6, Kane County 2

Tonight
Lansing at Clinton, 7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes at Kane County, 7:30 p.m.
South Bend at Beloit, 8 p.m.
West Michigan at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m.