Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 8/6/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, August 06, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 2, Kansas City Royals 1
Chicago White Sox 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5 – 10 innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Chicago Cubs 5

Tigers 2, Royals 1 – Boyd throws 7 strong in Tigers debut, Detroit downs KC 2-1
Matt Boyd pitched seven strong innings in his Tigers debut and Anthony Gose and Ian Kinsler hit key triples as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Wednesday night. Acquired last week from Toronto in the David Price trade, Boyd (1-2) only allowed one run on seven hits and didn’t walk a batter in a career-long seven innings. He received a standing ovation when he exited.  The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the third when Gose’s two-out triple over the head of Lorenzo Cain brought home Tyler Collins. Johnny Cueto (7-7) couldn’t pick up his first win for Kansas City despite only allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. Cueto walked two and struck out two.

White Sox 6, Rays 5 – 10 Innings – White Sox beat Rays 6-5 on walk-off walk
Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer in Chicago’s five-run first inning and had a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to give the White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Garcia drew the winning walk off closer Brad Boxberger (5-6). In the 10th, Adam Eaton singled and stole second base and advanced to third when catcher Curt Casali’s throw struck shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the ear, knocking him to the ground. Cabrera left the game later in the inning. Boxberger then intentionally walked Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera to load the bases with one out before walking Garcia. Chicago closer David Robertson (5-3) had four strikeouts in two hitless innings.  After falling behind 5-0 in the first, the Rays tied it in the eighth inning, scoring their fifth two-out run of the game. Brandon Guyer had an RBI double off reliever Zach Duke.

Pirates 7, Cubs 5 – Polanco, McCutchen homer in Pirates’ 7-5 win over Cubs
Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 7-5 on Wednesday night, ending the Cubs’ season-best six-game winning streak. Polanco led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Dan Haren, who was making his Cubs’ debut, to open the scoring. He then hit an RBI single to break a 4-4 tie in a decisive two-run sixth inning. McCutchen hit a solo homer in the third and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 6-4. Francisco Cervelli and Aramis Ramirez each had two hits as the Pirates won for the 12th time in their last 15 home games at PNC Park. Pittsburgh leads the NL wild-card race by a 3 ½ games over the San Francisco Giants

Today
Kansas City (Ventura 6-7) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 10-9), 1:08 p.m.       WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:40
San Francisco (Heston 11-5) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 6-5), 8:05 p.m.
White Sox are off (White Sox open a three game series at Kansas City this weekend, starting Friday at 8:10)

MLB – Dombrowski says there were no contract talks with Tigers
Dave Dombrowski says there had been no talks with Tigers ownership about a new contract, and as time wore on he began to sense he might not be back with Detroit in 2016. The Tigers announced Tuesday that Dombrowski’s tenure as president and general manager was ending, naming Al Avila the new GM. The move seemed abrupt, especially because Dombrowski had just finished making a series of trades with an eye toward the team’s future. But Dombrowski was in the last season of his contract, and he says there were no talks about a new deal. Dombrowski guided Detroit to two American League pennants and four Central division titles. He says it does “sadden” him that the team was unable to win the World Series while he was in charge.

NCAA Basketball – Michigan St. basketball player Eron Harris takes plea deal
Michigan State basketball player Eron Harris has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving, weeks after he was charged with drunken driving. Records show Harris appeared Wednesday in an East Lansing court. He owes $1,236 in fines and other costs. Police say Harris’ blood-alcohol level was above the 0.08 threshold for drunken driving. He was stopped on July 1. Coach Tom Izzo has suspended him indefinitely. Harris transferred to Michigan State from West Virginia and is eligible to play after sitting out last season.

NFL – Lions agree to 4-year extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy
The Detroit Lions have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy. Team President Tom Lewand confirmed the agreement before Detroit’s practice Wednesday night. General manager Martin Mayhew had said the previous day that the Lions were negotiating with the 28-year-old Levy, whose contract was up at the end of this season. Levy had a career-high 151 tackles (117 solo) last season and is entering his seventh season with Detroit. Securing Levy’s services for the next few years is an important move for the Lions, who were unable to sign star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to an extension last year. Suh ended up leaving via free agency this past offseason. Levy has started 82 games for Detroit since being drafted by the Lions in the third round in 2009.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed

NFL – New Orleans man convicted of shoving Bears chairman at game
Prosecutors say a 58-year-old New Orleans Saints fan has been found guilty of shoving Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey at Soldier Field last December. The Chicago Tribune reports that a Cook County judge on Tuesday found Richard Kohnke of New Orleans guilty of a misdemeanor charge of battery with insulting or provoking conduct. Kohnke was sentenced to six months of court supervision. The incident happened on Dec. 15 when the Bears were hosting the New Orleans Saints and McCaskey spotted several Saints fans sitting in his seats. The Chicago Bears said at the time that McCaskey talked to the fans briefly and as he walked away to find stadium security, Kohnke got up and shoved him to the ground.

NFL – Lions announce grant for domestic violence prevention
The Detroit Lions have announced a $250,000 grant to fund a program aimed at stopping domestic violence. The Lions are expanding their relationship with Oakland County’s center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault. The grant will fund the “Redefine” program in Oakland and Wayne counties.

NHL – Bettman: NHL outdoor games `far from being overdone’
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there’s no reason for the league not to keep holding outdoor games each season. Bettman made a promotional appearance Wednesday at the University of Minnesota football stadium. That’s where the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will play outside Feb. 21 as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series games, which were started in 2014 to supplement the annual Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Bettman says fans, communities and teams “cannot get enough” of the outdoor games and “they’re far from being overdone or oversaturated.” After several years of lobbying, the Wild finally landed one.  The NHL has staged 14 outdoor games in the last seven years.

NHL – Las Vegas, Quebec City NHL expansion bids advance to Phase 2
Las Vegas and Quebec City have advanced to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises. Bill Foley, who heads the Las Vegas bid, made the announcement on his group’s website Wednesday. Montreal-based Quebecor announced on its Twitter account that its Quebec City bid also is moving forward. Foley said Phase 2 will feature bidders providing the NHL additional information regarding their respective markets and arena plans. The bidders will also gain access to certain league-related information. There is a third phase to the process, though it’s unclear when that will begin. Bids must also be approved by the NHL Board of Governors. The league isn’t expected to expand until 2017-18. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of $500 million.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan 5, Clinton 4
South Bend 10, Kane County 2
Beloit 2, Great Lakes 1
Lansing 2, Wisconsin 1

Tonight
Clinton at West Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Kane County at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Wisconsin at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
Beloit at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.