Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 4/28/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 5, Minnesota Twins 4
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles, PPD – public safety
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 0

Tigers 5, Twins 4 – Tigers nip Twins 5-4 in series opener
Yoenis Cespedes had a homer, a double and three RBIs to back David Price in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Jose Iglesias raised his average to .397 with a homer and a triple among his three hits and Price (2-1) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out seven in six innings for the Tigers (14-6), who have won three straight after a four-game losing skid. Joakim Soria picked up his eighth save in eight chances. Danny Santana had two hits and an RBI for the Twins (8-11), who had the tying run at second base with one out. Tommy Milone (2-1) gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings.

White Sox at Orioles, PPD – Orioles’ game in Baltimore postponed due to safety concerns
The Baltimore Orioles’ home game at Camden Yards has been postponed because of safety concerns.  The Orioles announced the decision about a half-hour before the scheduled start Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. Rioters have looted stores and thrown rocks and bricks at Baltimore police in the wake of the mysterious spinal injury of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. The epicenter of the protests is less than a mile from the ballpark. About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium when the game was called off, and many gates already had been closed.

Cubs 4, Pirates 0 – Bryant, Hammel, Cubs beat Pirates; fan injured by flying bat
Kris Bryant drove in two runs, Jason Hammel threw eight scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Monday night. Bryant got two hits, including a two-run single, as the Cubs won their third in a row. The prized rookie has nine RBIs in 10 games since being called up from the minors. Hammel (2-1) gave up four hits, walked none and struck out seven. Cubs rookie Addison Russell got a hit and scored a run in his Wrigley Field debut. Russell lost control of his bat in the seventh inning and it flew into the stands, injuring a fan. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was seated near the fan, asked a team trainer for ice and a towel and assisted until paramedics arrived. The fan was carried from the stands on a stretcher. There was no immediate report on the fan’s condition. Vance Worley (2-2) went six innings.

Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 1-1) at Baltimore (U.Jimenez 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Locke 2-0) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 1-1), 8:05 p.m.
Detroit (An.Sanchez 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 1-0), 8:10 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Milwaukee Bucks 94, Chicago Bulls 88                                       (CHI Leads 3-2)
Brooklyn Nets 120, Atlanta Hawks 115 – OT                               (Series Tied 2-2)
Portland Trailblazers 99, Memphis Grizzlies 92                          (MEM Leads 3-1)

Game 5 – Bucks 94, Bulls 88 – Bucks avoid elimination again, beat Bulls 94-88 in Game 5
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try to close it out again Thursday at Milwaukee. But the Bucks aren’t going quietly after dropping the first three games. They took Game 4 on a last-second layup by Jerryd Bayless and withstood several pushes by the Bulls in the fourth quarter of this one. The Bucks regrouped after a nine-point lead dwindled to three, and they hung on again after a seven-point lead shrunk to four with just over a minute remaining. Carter-Williams hit 10 of 15 shots while outplaying Derrick Rose. The Bucks’ guard rolled his right ankle early in the third but came back late in the quarter.

Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets, 8:00 p.m.                          (HOU Leads 3-1)
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m                 (Series tied 2-2)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Washington Capitals 2, New York Islanders 1                    (WSH Wins 4-3)
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Detroit Red Wings 2                                (Series Tied 3-3)

Game 6 – Lightning 5, Red Wings 2 – Johnson scores 2, Lightning beat Detroit 5-2 to force Game 7
Tyler Johnson scored two goals in his latest stellar performance and the Tampa Bay Lightning held on for a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series. Johnson and Jason Garrison scored in the first period, and Johnson added another goal in the second to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead. Tomas Tatar scored twice for Detroit, but Alex Killorn answered with an unassisted goal with 5:09 remaining, and Cedric Paquette added an empty-netter. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the season but had been struggling to score on the Red Wings and goalie Petr Mrazek in this series. Mrazek made a sensational save on Brian Boyle in the second period, but Tampa Bay had already taken a 2-0 lead by that point.

NHL – Crawford to start for Blackhawks against Wild
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said goalie Corey Crawford will start Game 1 of the team’s second-round series against the Minnesota Wild. Crawford was shaky early in the Blackhawks’ six-game win over Nashville in the opening round and lost the starting job to backup Scott Darling. The Wild and Blackhawks will meet in the postseason for the third straight year, and in the second round for the second straight time.

NHL – Predators captain dislocated his right kneecap in playoffs
Predators captain Shea Weber is recovering from surgery to repair a dislocated right kneecap, an injury that will take up to six weeks for a full recovery.  The defenseman was injured on what he called a harmless hit against the end boards during the Nashville’s first-round Western Conference playoff loss to Chicago.  Weber’s 26 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time per game ranked fifth in the NHL, a spot behind his defensive partner Roman Josi.

NHL – Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost dies at age 84
Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost has died at age 84. He spent 15 years with the Detroit Red Wings before capping his playing career with a five-year run in Toronto, Pronovost won the Stanley Cup five times as a player and recorded 88 goals and 257 assists in 1,206 regular-season games.

NFL – Packers will retire Favre’s jersey on Thanksgiving
The Green Bay Packers will give thanks to Brett Favre during their Thanksgiving night game. The Packers announced Monday what had been long expected: Favre’s dark green No. 4 jersey will be formally retired and unveiled on the north facade of Lambeau Field at halftime of their Nov. 26 game against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears. The Packers and Bears have the NFL’s longest-running series, dating to 1921. Favre played for the Packers against the Bears 32 times in his storied career, going 22-10. The ceremony will come more than seven years after Favre’s contentious breakup with the team he quarterbacked for 16 seasons.

NCAA Basketball – 2-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch now a student aide
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has announced that Austin Hatch will go on a medical scholarship and remain with the Wolverines as an undergraduate student assistant. Hatch survived two airplane crashes eight years apart, including a 2011 crash that severely injured him and killed his father and stepmother. Hatch’s mother, brother and sister were killed in the first crash. He played in five games as a freshman last season. Beilein said the school received approval from the Big Ten on Monday for a medical exemption waiver. Hatch, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said his father would be proud of his decision to focus on academics. He said, “After all that I have been through, it was a dream come true for me to put on a Michigan jersey.”

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Bowling Green Hot Rods at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 6:30 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph 8, Battle Creek Central 0
St. Joe got two goals from Dominique Thomas and Alyssa Berry, and Shivani Jain had two goals and an assist as St. Joe beat Battle Creek Central 8-0.  Emma Vaughn had a goal and an assist and Audrey Fillippo scored a goal.  Jessie Armstong had 3 assists, Aneesha Jain, and Lyndsay Pjesky had assists as well.

Gull Lake 2, Lakeshore 1
Lakeshore’s Lindsay Ebeling gave Lakeshore a 1-0 lead, but Gull Lake scored the next two goals as the second ranked Blue Devils beat Lakeshore 2-1.  Carley Dubbert had the assist on the lone Lancer goal.  Libby VanderMolen and Riley Wisser had the Gull Lake goals.

Michigan Lutheran 4, Brandywine 1
Hailey Maas scored a hat trick while Emily Witkowski added the other goal as Michigan Lutheran beat Brandywine 4-1.  Jaleesa Smith score the goal for Brandywine

Bridgman 2, New Buffalo 1
Mary Wheeler and Lauren Keller each had goals and Katie Hartzler had two assists as Bridgman beat New Buffalo 2-1.  Lauren Cawley scored for New Buffalo

Kalamazoo Central 9, Niles 1
Portage Northern 3, Mattawan 1
Portage Central 2, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 1
Paw Paw 8, Berrien Springs 0
Coloma 3, Dowagiac 2 – Shootout
Edwardsburg 3, South Haven 2
Buchanan 6, River Valley 0
Otsego 3, Sturgis 1
Plainwell 1, Otsego 0
Vicksburg 2, Three Rivers 0

St. Joseph 11, Dowagiac 1 – Game 1
St. Joseph 8, Dowagiac 3 – Game 2
Three Rivers 10, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 1
Three Rivers 9, Berrien Springs 7 – Game 2
Gobles 5, Bangor 0 – Game 1
Gobles 16, Bangor 0 – Game 2
Watervliet 12, Lawton 2 – Game 1
Watervliet 15, Lawton 2 – Game 2

St. Joseph 7, Dowagiac 0 – Game 1
St. Joseph 9, Dowagiac 2 – Game 2
Three Rivers 12, Berrien Springs 2 – Game 1
Three Rivers 16, Berrien Springs 1 – Game 2
Paw Paw 12, Kalamazoo Hackett 2
Watervliet 14, Lawton 0 – Game 1
Watervliet 16, Lawton 0 – Game 2
Wtvl Grace Chr. 11, Casspolis 9 – 10 Innings

Girls Tennis
Lakeshore 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0

Track and Field
Benton Harbor at Lakeshore, 4:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Berrien Springs, 4:15 p.m.

Portage Northern at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m.
Lake Mich. Catholic at New Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Mendon, 4:30 p.m.
Niles at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Coloma, 4:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.

Portage Northern at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m.
Lake Mich. Catholic at New Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Benton Harbor at River Valley, 4:00 p.m.
Niles at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 4:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Mendon, 4:30 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Coloma, 4:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Lake Mich. Catholic at Cassopolis, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis
Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m.
Lake Mich. Catholic at Bridgman, 4:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Buchanan, 4:00 p.m.