Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 9/10/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 10, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Tampa Bay Rays 8, Detroit Tigers 0
Cleveland Indians 6, Chicago White Sox 4
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Rays 8, Tigers 0 – Odorizzi goes 6 strong innings, Rays hit 4 homers in 8-0 win
Jake Odorizzi pitched six strong innings and the Tampa Bay Rays hit four homers in an 8-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Odorizzi (7-8) held Detroit to six hits and a walk while striking out six. Kyle Lobstein (3-7) took the loss in his 2nd start back from a shoulder injury, giving up five runs, seven hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings. The Tigers, who currently have a 17-man pitching staff, used 14 pitchers between Tuesday night and Wednesday, including all 12 of their relievers.

Indians 6, White Sox 4 – Lindor, Ramirez power Indians over White Sox, 6-4
Francisco Lindor had three hits, including a homer, Jose Ramirez also homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Wednesday night. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (5-1) allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2-3 innings to win his fifth straight. Cody Allen allowed a run in the ninth inning but got the final three outs to record his 30th save. Lindor, who also tripled and scored two runs, finished a double shy of the cycle. Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu each had a solo homer for the White Sox. Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (9-12) allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 – Carpenter, Piscotty lead Cardinals past Cubs 4-3
Matt Carpenter tripled and scored two runs and Stephen Piscotty doubled in the winning run Wednesday, leading St. Louis past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 to end the Cardinals’ three-game losing streak.  The NL Central leaders scored three times in the eighth inning to avoid their first sweep at home this season and their first against the Cubs since September 2010. Cubs left-hander Jon Lester left after seven dominant innings. He didn’t allow a hit after the third batter and retired 20 of his final 21 hitters. Carpenter scored after a triple in the first, and his single in the eighth ignited the rally. Piscotty’s double off the center-field wall scored Peter Bourjos and Carpenter.  Jonathan Broxton (2-4) got the win and Trevore Rosenthal picked up his 43rd save.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 18-6) at Philadelphia (Morgan 5-5), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Simon 12-9) at Cleveland (Salazar 12-8), 7:10 p.m.      WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40 
White Sox are off (Sox will host Minnesota for a three game series starting Friday at 8:10)

NFL – National Football League – Week 1 – Opening Night
Tonight
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m.              WSJM-FM 7:45

NFL – Bears WR Alshon Jeffery returns to practice
Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month after being sidelined by a left calf injury. Whether he will be ready for this weekend’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers is not clear. But practicing even on a limited basis was a big step for the former Pro Bowl receiver. Jeffery had not practiced since Aug. 11 and sat out the preseason. Coach John Fox says it was “encouraging to see him out there.”

NHL – Bettman hasn’t tried to talk to Kane during investigation
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he has not talked to Patrick Kane while the Chicago Blackhawks star is being investigated about a sexual-assault allegation.  Bettman told The Associated Press “nobody is going to talk to us” when asked Wednesday if he has attempted to contact Kane. A person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press earlier this week that Erie County prosecutors have postponed grand jury proceedings involving Kane. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because District Attorney Frank Sedita and police have not disclosed details of the case since announcing their investigation last month.  A second person familiar with the investigation says Kane is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his offseason home near Buffalo. Kane has not been charged.

NCAA Football – Spartan Stadium adds accessible seating to student section
Michigan State University has added wheelchair-accessible seating in the student section of Spartan Stadium ahead of this year’s home football season.  The East Lansing school says Wednesday that the $850,000 project includes a platform for 20 wheelchair locations along with additional companion spaces. The entrances to the student sections also have been updated to meet accessibility standards. The stadium previously was in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; viewing platforms were across the stadium from the student section. The project also expands and improves access to the student section for all students with an aim of minimizing wait times for entering and exiting.

NCAA Football – Huskers add C. Michigan to their 2020 nonconference schedule
Nebraska has added Central Michigan to its nonconference football schedule in 2020. The Chippewas will visit Lincoln on Sept. 19 of that year in the first meeting of the schools in football.  Central Michigan has been one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference over the past decade. Since 2006, CMU has captured three MAC titles and played in six bowl games, including an appearance in the Bahamas Bowl in 2014. The Chippewas opened the 2015 season against Oklahoma State and regularly play opponents from the Power Five conferences. Since 2010, Central Michigan has played nonconference games against Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Syracuse and Kansas. Nebraska has one more nonconference game to add to the 2020 schedule.

Tennis – US Open – Men’s, women’s semis set
The men’s and women’s semifinals are set at the U.S. Open following Wednesday’s matches.  Second seed Roger Federer never dropped a set in reaching his 38th Grand Slam semifinal. Federer cruised to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over No. 12 Richard Gasquet, a match that was completed in under 90 minutes. Federer never facing a break point while compiling a remarkable 50-8 edge in winners. Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka had dropped four straight meetings to Kevin Anderson before knocking off the South African, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.  Federer and Wawrinka will meet in the semifinals on Friday. The other men’s match will have top seed Novak Djokovic against ninth seed and defending champ Marin Cilic.

Second seed Simona Halep and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta will square off in the women’s semis. Halep pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over 20th-seeded Victoria Azarenka after Pennetta rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph against fifth seed Petra Kvitova. Halep’s match was delayed 85 minutes by rain early in the final set.  Thursday’s other women’s semifinal will have top seed Serena Williams against unseeded Roberta Vinci.

NBA – Cavs ink big man
The NBA Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers have signed backup center Sasha Kaun, who has spent the past six seasons playing in his native Russia after attending Kansas. The 6-foot-11 big man played on the bronze-medal winning Russian national team in the London Olympics for Cleveland coach David Blatt in 2012. The Cavs acquired Kaun’s contract rights in 2008 in a trade.

Golf – PGA – Site for 2023 event announced
The PGA Championship is returning to Oak Hill in Pittsford, New York, in 2023. This will mark the fourth time the club has held the event and first time since Jason Dufner won two years ago.  Only one other course has hosted the event as many times, Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – East Division Playoffs – (Round 1 – Best of 3)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2                     (WM Leads 1-0)
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Great Lakes Loons 5                                      (LAN Leads 1-0)

Tonight
West Michigan Whitecaps at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05                (WM Leads 1-0)
Great Lakes Loons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.                         (LAN Leads 1-0)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Boys Soccer
Edwardsburg 4, Allegan 3
Paw Paw 6, Otsego 0
Plainwell 3, Three Rivers 0
Bridgman 1, Parchment 0
Berrien Springs 5, Brandywine 1
Coloma 4 at Bloomingdale 1
Hartford 9, Saugatuck 1
Kalamazoo Christian 4, Lawton 3
Schoolcraft 4, Marcellus 3

Girls Volleyball
Comstock 3, Berrien Springs 0
Buchanan 3, Brandywine 0
Parchment 3, Bridgman 1

Today
Boys Soccer
Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 6:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at Vicksburg, 6:45 p.m.
Portage Central at Niles, 5:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Lake Michigan Catholic, 5:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Battle Creek Central, 6:45 p.m.
Brandywine at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Fennville at Hamilton, 5:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Brandywine, 4:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.
LaPorte LaLumiere at New Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Howardsville Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
South Haven at Plainwell, 5:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Allegan, 5:00 p.m.
Otsego at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Constantine at Bangor, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton, Marcellus, Schoolcraft at Lawrence, 5:00 p.m.
Fennville at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.