Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 9/17/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 17, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 7, Minnesota Twins 4 – 12 Innings
Chicago White Sox 9, Oakland A’s 4
Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2 – 12 Innings

Tigers 7, Twins 4 – F/12 – Martinez, Tigers outlast Twins 7-4 in 12 innings
Ian Kinsler’s two-out RBI single preceded a two-run homer by J.D. Martinez in the top of the 12th inning, pushing the Detroit Tigers past the Minnesota Twins 7-4 in a back-and-forth game Wednesday night. With scant fans left from the paid crowd of 22,509, Martinez’s 37th home run off Brian Duensing (4-1) landed with a loud clang on the metal bleachers in lower left field that punctuated a tough loss for the postseason-chasing Twins. They stayed 1 1/2 games behind Houston for the second American League wild card spot, after the Astros lost to Texas. Ian Krol (2-3), the ninth Tigers pitcher, got the last nine outs for the victory while allowing only one walk. He stranded the two runners he inherited with no outs in the 10th. The first pitch was delayed 56 minutes because of rain, and the game finally ended at 12:23 a.m. local time.

White Sox 9, A’s 4 – Olt, Cabrera key 6-run 4th inning as White Sox beat A’s 9-4
Mike Olt homered and Melky Cabrera had a two-run double as part of a six-run fourth inning to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night. Chicago’s scoring burst in the fourth came a night after the White Sox allowed 10 runs in the fourth inning during an 11-run loss. In this game, the White Sox hit three home runs to help Erik Johnson (2-0) to his second straight win. He gave up three runs and six hits over six innings. Chicago sent 11 hitters to the plate in the fourth to extend their lead to 9-1. Olt’s two-run homer and Cabrera’s two-run double came after Jose Abreu _ who hit his 29th home run in the third inning _ drew a bases-loaded walk off reliever Pat Venditte. Oakland starter Cody Martin (2-5) gave up six runs and six hits in three-plus innings.

Cubs 3, Pirates 2 – F/12 –Arrieta loses lead but Cubs outlast Pirates 3-2 in 12
Pinch-runner Quintin Berry raced home on Anthony Rizzo’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs slipped by the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday night. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta’s bid to become the first 20-game winner in the majors went along smoothly before he wavered in the eighth as Pittsburgh rallied to tie it. Arrieta allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits but failed to pick up a win for the first time since Aug. 4. Chris Denorfia singled off Vance Worley (4-6) to start the 12th and was replaced by Berry, who advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on Austin Jackson’s single. Starling Marte tracked down Rizzo’s sinking liner to left field but had no shot at Berry. Hector Rondon (6-4) worked two innings as Chicago pulled within three games of the Pirates for the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 7-6) at Pittsburgh (Morton 9-7), 12:35 p.m.
Oakland (Nolin 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 9-10), 2:10 p.m.
Tigers are off (Detroit hosts Kansas City this weekend)

NFL – National Football League – Week 2
Tonight
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Royals, 8:25 p.m.                         WSJM-AM 7:45

NFL – Detroit’s duo of Stafford, Johnson combined for dud in loss
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson says the loss at San Diego felt like a light day of work.  It looked like one, too. Johnson had a career-low two receptions in a season-opening game, catching half of the four footballs thrown his way, and finishing with just 39 yards receiving. He hopes for a much busier and productive game this Sunday at Minnesota. Matthew Stafford understands people are questioning why he didn’t try to get Johnson the ball more even though the Chargers cloaked him with two defenders for much of the game. Stafford says he has been guilty of forcing passes to Johnson in the past and he’s hoping to spread the ball around to open teammates in the future.

NHL – 8 Red Wings players participating in annual statewide tour
The Detroit Red Wings annual state tour includes stops in four communities prior to the start of training camp in Traverse City. The team says Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar will visit the Coast Guard Wednesday and ride in a response boat on the Detroit River. The group also will visit patients at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Brian Lashoff and Riley Sheahan are scheduled to visit cancer patients at Midland’s MidMichigan Health Center. The players also will observe military vehicle demonstrations at Camp Grayling in Grayling. All of the stops are closed to the public. The seventh annual MI Wings Community Tour is presented by ITC Holdings Corp.

NHL – Blackhawks’ Kane on camp roster amid police investigation
The Chicago Blackhawks have put Patrick Kane on their training camp roster as the star awaits the results of a sexual-assault investigation in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. The Blackhawks released the roster Wednesday. Training camp begins Sept. 18 on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. Kane is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s last month at his offseason home, a person familiar with the investigation has told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because police have not revealed details of the case. Kane has not been charged. The former No. 1 pick has helped Chicago win three Stanley Cup championships in the last six years, including this past season.

NHL – NHL teams will see new overtime format in preseason
There will be plenty of three-on-three hockey during the NHL preseason. The NHL says every team will play at least three sessions of the new three-on-three overtime format during the preseason, before it’s implemented in the regular season.  In the preseason, the games designated for three-on-three overtime that aren’t tied won’t have to go to a shootout. For record-keeping purposes, the team winning at the end of regulation will be given the victory. Any game that is tied will also give teams the opportunity to try three-on-three overtime. Deputy commissioner Bill Daley says the league and the players union agreed to adopt the policy for the preseason.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Rutgers coach suspeneded
Rutgers has suspended football coach Kyle Flood for three games after he contacted a faculty member over a player’s status. Flood was also fined $50,000. A report found that Flood emailed and met in person with a faculty member even though he knew or should have known of the university’s policies prohibiting coach-initiated contact with faculty members regarding students’ academic standing. The report also found that Flood provided grammatical and minor editorial suggestions for a player’s paper to complete a course.

WNBA – WNBA Playoffs – Round 1 – (Beset of 3)
Tonight
Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.

WNBA – Elena Delle Donne wins WNBA MVP
Elena Delle Donne is the WNBA’s most valuable player the league announced Wednesday. The Chicago Sky star averaged 23.4 points per game to lead the league and help Chicago secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference. She also grabbed 8.4 rebounds _ more than double her total from the previous year. The 2013 rookie of the year, who shot 95 percent from the free throw line, had a career-best 45 points earlier this season. The Sky will host Indiana in the opening round of the playoffs on Thursday night.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – 2015 Midwest League Finals – (Best of 5)
Last Night
Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 0                    (CR Leads 1-0)

Tonight
Cedar Rapids Kernels at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.       (Game 2)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Volleyball
Bridgman 3, Brandywine 1
Buchanan 3, Comstock 0
Parchment 3, Berrien Springs 0

Boys Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic 4, Michigan Lutheran 1
South Haven 3, Dowagiac 1
Edwardsburg 5, Vicksburg 2
Otsego 4, Sturgis 0
Plainwell 1, Paw Paw 0
Allegan 6, Three Rivers 3
Bridgman 7, Buchanan 0
Hartford 3, Coloma 0
Kalamazoo Hackett 8, Gobles 0
Kalamazoo Christian 4, Schoolcraft1

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 8, Niles 0
Bridgman 7, New Buffalo 1

Tonight
Boys Soccer
Lakeshore at St. Joseph, 6:45 p.m.
Portage Northern at Niles, 5:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Kalamazoo Central, 6:45 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:45 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.
Covert at New Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
Hartford at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
South Haven at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at River Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Paw Paw, 5:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Sturgis, 5:00 p.m.
Mendon at Comstock, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Lakeshore at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming
Mattawan at St. Joseph, 6:00 p.m.