Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 9/22/16

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 22, 2016

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins, PPD, Rain
Philadelphia Phillies 8, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 9, Cincinnati Reds 2

Tigers at Twins, PPD Rain – Twins, Tigers rained out; plan doubleheader on Thursday
The Detroit Tigers gained ground in the American League wild card race on Wednesday night, even though they were rained out in Minnesota. Wednesday’s game was delayed by rain in the bottom of the third inning with the two teams scoreless and was postponed 90 minutes later leading to a split doubleheader on Thursday. Despite the rainout, the Tigers moved within a game of the Orioles for the final AL wild card as Toronto lost 2-1 at Seattle and Baltimore was beaten 5-1 by Boston.

Phillies 8, White Sox 3 – Joseph, Eickhoff lead Phillies over White Sox
Tommy Joseph homered, doubled and drove in three runs and Jerad Eickhoff outpitched Chris Sale as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Wednesday night. Joseph now has 21 home runs, third most among rookies in the majors. The Phillies teed off on Sale (16-9), tagging the ace for six runs and seven hits in four innings. It was the second-shortest outing of the season for Sale, and it snapped his run of six consecutive starts of at least eight innings. Eickhoff (11-13) pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, including three solo home runs, while striking out six.  Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier and Alex Avila homered for the White Sox.  Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel had to leave the game in the sixth after being hit in the head by reliever Chris Beck. Goeddel was the fourth Philadelphia player to be hit in the game, tying a franchise record.

Cubs 9, Reds 2 – Cubs sweep Reds with 9-2 victory
John Lackey pitched seven solid innings for his first win in six weeks and Miguel Montero drove in three runs, helping the Chicago Cubs sweep the Cincinnati Reds with a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night. Kris Bryant hit his 38th homer and Dexter Fowler also connected as major league-leading Chicago moved a season-high 42 games over .500. The Cubs (97-55) also matched their win total from a year ago and lowered their magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs to two over Washington. Lackey (10-8) allowed two runs and five hits in his first win since he beat the Angels on Aug. 9. The right-hander, who retired his last 14 batters, went 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his previous four starts. The last-place Reds lost for the seventh time in eight games. They managed just five runs and 19 hits in the three-game series against the NL Central champions. Robert Stephenson (2-2) was pulled with two out in the fourth inning. The rookie was charged with four runs and eight hits and remains winless in four September starts.

Detroit (Sanchez 7-13) at Minnesota (Dean 1-6), 2:10 p.m., Game 1       WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 1:45
Detroit (Verlander 14-8) at Minnesota (Santana 7-10), 8:10 p.m., Game 2  Cosy-FM 7:45

NFL – National Football League – Week 3
Houston Texans at New England Patriots 8:25 p.m.                     WSJM Sports 7:45

NFL – Sprained thumb could leave struggling Bears without Cutler
Quarterback Brian Hoyer is preparing as if he’s the starter at quarterback in place of the injured Jay Cutler as the Chicago Bears get set to play in Dallas on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. Cutler suffered a thumb sprain Monday night in a 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He hasn’t officially been listed as out, but he is not practicing.

NFL – Lions RB Abullah on IR, out 8 weeks
The Lions have put running back Ameer Abdullah on the reserve-injured list with a foot injury, which will keep him inactive for at least eight weeks. Abdullah hurt his left foot on a 24-yard run in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Titans.

NCAA Football
#5 Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m.

WNBA – WNBA playoffs (Round 1, single elimination)
Last Night
Phoenix Mercury 89, Indiana Fever 78

Hockey – Swedes advance with OT loss
Team North America has put itself in position to advance to the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. The 23-and-under team has finished 2-1 in the round-robin following a 4-3 overtime win against Sweden. Nathan MacKinnon scored 4:11 into the extra session after North America coughed up a 3-2 lead in the third period. Shayne Gostisbehere (GAHS’-this-behr) had three assists and John Gibson turned back 35 shots for North America. The Swedes were able to wrap up a semifinal berth by sending the game to overtime. The North Americans need Finland to beat Russia on Russia to join Sweden in the Final Four.  Canada is 3-0 after Jonathan Toews scored twice and had an assist in a 4-1 verdict over Europe. The Canadians outscored the Czechs, Americans and Europeans by a combined 14-3, trailing only once and for less than 2 minutes.

NASCAR – No penalties for 2 drivers
NASCAR will not penalize Martin Truex Jr. or Jimmie Johnson for failing inspection after Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, the opener the Sprint Cup playoffs. NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said not penalizing either driver was the fair decision. Truex won the race and Johnson finished 12th before both cars failed the laser inspection with infractions that should have drawn 10-point penalties.

2024 Summer Olympics – No Olympics in Rome
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has rejected the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, effectively dooming the capital’s candidacy. After campaigning for office on a “No” vote, Raggi has now made it official by saying it would be “irresponsible” to pursue the bid any further.  She added that “in light of the data we have, these Olympics are not sustainable. They will bring only debt.”

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Portage Central 2, Lakeshore 1
Lake Michigan Catholic 8, Cassopolis 1
Plainwell 8, South Haven 1
Allegan 6, Vicksburg 1
Paw Paw 3, Sturgis 1
Comstock 3, Bridgman 1
Bangor 6, Saugatuck 1

Girls Volleyball
Portage Northern 3, St. Joseph 1
Portage Central 3, Lakeshore 0
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, Countryside Academy 0
Mattawan 3, Gull Lake 1
Vicksburg 3, Dowagiac 0
Brandywine 3, Berrien Springs 0
Buchanan 3, Bridgman 0
Centreville 3, New Buffalo 0
Bronson 3, Mendon 0
River Valley 3, Watervliet Grace Christian 0
White Pigeon 3, Cassopolis 2

Boys Soccer
St. Joseph at Niles, 5:30 p.m.
Mattawan at Gull Lake, 6:45 p.m.
Cassopolis at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Covert, 5:30 p.m.
Wtvl Grace Christian at Howardsville Christian, 5:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Allegan at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.

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

Girls Volleyball
Michigan Lutheran at Howardsville Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Coloma at Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Otsego, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Paw Paw, 5:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Sturgis, 5:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Allegan, 5:00 p.m.
Martin at Bloomingdale, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.
Constantine at Lawrence, 5:00 p.m.
Decatur at Saugatuck, 5:00 p.m.