Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 5/12/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Milwaukee Brewers 10, Chicago White Sox 7
Chicago Cubs 4, New York Mets 3
Tigers were off

Brewers 10, White Sox 7 – Herrera’s homer in eighth lifts Brewers over White Sox 10-7
Elian Herrera hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Khris Davis followed with a solo shot, helping the Milwaukee Brewers hold off the Chicago White Sox 10-7 on Monday night. Herrera, filling in at third for injured starter Aramis Ramirez, homered for the second straight night. His shot into the left-field stands off reliever Zach Duke (1-2) broke a 7-all tie. Davis followed two batters later with his pinch-hit shot high and deep to left. The Brewers bullpen squandered a 6-0 lead after Chicago scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Adam Eaton’s two-out RBI single off Jonathan Broxton (1-0) had tied the game at 7 in the top of the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a leadoff single to Jose Abreu in the ninth before getting Avisail Garcia to bounce into a double play. Rodriguez wrapped up his seventh save by getting Conor Gillaspie to ground out.

Cubs 4, Mets 3 – Bryant homers as Cubs beat Mets 4-3
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered on consecutive pitches in the first, leading Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night. Lester (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, and three relievers from Chicago’s struggling bullpen closed it out. Justin Grimm and Zac Rosscup each got three outs before Hector Rondon finished the six-hitter for his seventh save in eight chances.

Tonight
Minnesota (Gibson 3-2) at Detroit (Simon 4-1), 7:08 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 3-3), 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Sale 2-1) at Milwaukee (Fiers 1-4), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – McCann on the spot for Tigers with Avila injured
Rookie catcher James McCann should have plenty of chances to make an impact over the next few weeks. Alex Avila, Detroit’s regular catcher for the past few seasons, is dealing with a knee problem, and that means McCann will have to play a bigger role than expected at this early stage in his career. McCann made his major league debut last September, and he looked like the type of player who could help the Tigers this season. Avila is a dependable defensive catcher with decent power, but he’s been ineffective against left-handed pitching, and that was an area where McCann seemed capable of providing a boost. Avila is now on the disabled list with what the team called a “loose body” in his knee. An additional update is expected Tuesday.

MLB – Wrigley Field opens part of iconic bleachers to fans
Sections of Wrigley Field’s iconic bleachers are filled with fans for the first time this season. The outfield seating had been closed to the public while work continued on renovations for the cozy neighborhood ballpark. But the Chicago Cubs opened the bleachers in left and center field for Monday night’s game against the New York Mets. Among the first people to make it to their new seats was long-time Cubs fan Christopher Sorlie, who sprinted to his spot, yelling the whole way. Sorlie says “You just feel the energy in the crowd today – it’s unbelievable.”

NFL – NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs
The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games on Monday for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks, including next years’ first-round choice. The NFL also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers who carried out the plan, including one who called himself “The Deflator.” The league cited the integrity of the game in handing down the punishment five days after a report said Brady “was at least generally aware” of plans by two Patriots employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.

NFL – Lions sign undrafted free agents Haggins, Lindsey and Lora
The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Jarred Haggins, safety Nathan Lindsey and wide receiver Erik Lora as undrafted free agents. The Lions also announced Monday that they have released receiver Desmond Lawrence. Haggins, Lindsey and Lora participated in the team’s rookie minicamp. Haggins comes to the NFL after playing at Florida State, and Lindsey went to Fort Hays State. Lora was in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois.

NFL – Bears waive LB Khaseem Greene
The Chicago Bears have waived linebacker Khaseem Greene after two seasons. A fourth-round draft pick in 2013, Greene appeared in 25 games with six starts over two seasons. He had 60 1/2 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble to go with seven special-teams stops. The Bears also signed quarterback Pat Devlin to a one-year contract and defensive tackle Terry Williams and linebacker Kyle Woestmann to three-year contracts, while terminating the contract of vested veteran linebacker Austen Lane on Monday. Lane has appeared in 30 games with Jacksonville, Detroit and Chicago. Devlin spent the final eight weeks last season on Minnesota’s practice squad. Williams was a three-year starter for East Carolina. Woestmann had 100 tackles and 13 sacks in four seasons at Vanderbilt.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Atlanta Hawks 106, Washington Wizards 101                             (Series tied 2-2)
Golden State Warriors 101, Memphis Grizzlies 84                      (Series tied 2-2)

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m.                         (Series tied 2-2)
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m.                     (LAC Leads 3-1)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Tonight
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.                 (TB Leads 3-2)

NCAA Football – Michigan announces addition of Stanford DB as transfer
Michigan announced Monday that cornerback Wayne Lyons is joining the team as a graduate transfer from Stanford. Lyons will be eligible to play this season. He is expected to graduate Stanford in June with a degree in architectural design. Lyons appeared in 43 games for the Cardinal, posting 128 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He will enroll in Michigan’s school of social work and pursue a master’s degree in community organization.

Indy Car – Karam leads way in 1st Indy 500 practice
Sage Karam led the way in the first Indianapolis 500 practice on Monday with a fast lap of 225.802 mph. Scott Dixon was second at 225.293, Brazil’s Tony Kanaan was third at 225.217, Marco Andretti, the only Honda in the top six, was fourth at 225.184, and JR ildebrand was fifth at 224.760. Drivers downplayed how tough the quick turnaround between races after Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis road-course race to begin practice for the Indy 500 oval track, making sound almost like a normal process. The conversion began immediately following the conclusion of the GP. Teams began moving pit boxes while track workers took down sponsorship decals, repainted walls, and moved nearly 2 million pounds of concrete barriers.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 3, Bowling Green 1
Dayton 3, Great Lakes 1
South Bend 7, Lansing 4

Tonight
Lansing at South Bend, 10:35 a.m.
Bowling Green at West Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Dayton at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph 1, Kalamazoo Central 0 – 2 OT
Despite outshooting Kalamazoo Central 15-1 through regulation, neither team was able to find the scoresheet until the final minute of the game.  St. Joe’s Sarah Corbe’s second goal of the season came with just :51.4 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Bears a 1-0 win over Kalamazoo Central.  St. Joe improves to 9-4-1 with the win.

Lakeshore 3, Mattawan 1
Lakeshore took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a goal by Carley Dubbert, but Mattawan’s Mackenzie Vanderweerd’s goal in the second half tied the game at 1-1.  But Lakeshore got two more goals from Lyndsey Covert and Lindsay Ebeling to give the Lancers a 3-1 win.  Sydney Cason, Sarah Dubbert and Ebeling added assists while Kyra VanAntwerp made 6 saves in the win.

Michigan Lutheran 3, Bridgman 1
Hailey Maas, Jessica Arend, and  Courtney Ritter scored goals for Michigan Lutheran as the Titans defeated Bridgman 3-1.  Michigan Lutheran improves to 7-3-2 on the season. Anna Meyer had the goal for Bridgman.

Buchanan 9, Berrien Springs 1
Jada Meahl scored 5 times in Buchanan’s 9-1 win over Berrien Springs. Clara Cornwell added two goals and two assists.

Lawton 7, Watervliet 0
Paw Paw 4, Vicksburg 1

Tonight
Baseball
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Lakeshore at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at Michigan Lutheran, 4:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Buchanan, 4:30 p.m.
Bronson at Cassopolis, 4:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Centreville, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
South Haven at Sturgis, 5:00 p.m.

Softball
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Lakeshore at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at Michigan Lutheran, 4:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Otsego at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Coloma, 4:00 p.m.
Bangor at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Buchanan, 4:30 p.m.
Bronson at Cassopolis, 4:15 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Eau Claire, 4:30 p.m.
Otsego at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Coloma at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.

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