Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 5/26/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Oakland A’s 4, Detroit Tigers 0
Toronto Blue Jays 6, Chicago White Sox 0
Washington Nationals 2, Chicago Cubs 1

A’s 4, Tigers 0 – Hahn tosses four-hitter, shuts down Detroit in Oakland win
Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Monday for their first three-game winning streak this season. Hahn (2-4) struck out five and walked one in his stellar 112-pitch performance. The right-hander pitched around three errors, but allowed only one runner to get to scoring position. He had never gone further than seven innings. Max Muncy and Sam Fuld hit RBI doubles in the decisive four-run sixth inning. Yoenis Cespedes went hitless in his first trip back to Oakland since being traded to the Boston Red Sox last July 31. He joined the Tigers in another trade Dec. 11.

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0 – Hutchison pitches Blue Jays past White Sox 5-0
Drew Hutchison pitched a four-hitter, Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Monday night. Hutchison (4-1) allowed four singles, walked none and struck out eight while throwing just 96 pitches in his second career shutout. The other came at Texas on May 16, 2014. Smoak hit a two-run homer in the first and Donaldson had a solo drive in the second as the Blue Jays won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from May 6-9. The loss in the opener of a season-long, 11-game trip stopped a five-game road win streak for the White Sox. Chicago has lost six of seven overall.

Nationals 2, Cubs 1 – Roark, Ramos lead Nationals past Cubs 2-1
Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth, Tanner Roark pitched five effective innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday. Denard Span also homered for Washington, which has won eight of nine. Making his first start of the season in place of the injured Doug Fister, Roark (1-2) allowed rookie Kris Bryant’s sixth home run and struck out three. Four relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball, with Drew Storen working the ninth for his NL-best 15th save in 16 attempts _ closing out the five-hitter.

Today
Washington (Zimmermann 4-2) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Danks 2-4) at Toronto (Dickey 2-5), 7:07 p.m.
Detroit (Price 3-1) at Oakland (Chavez 1-4), 10:05 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 9:40

MLB – Avisail Garcia leaves with sore right knee
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Monday’s game at Toronto in the second inning with a recurrence of soreness in his right knee. He was replaced by J.B. Shuck. The White Sox said Garcia is day to day. Garcia returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with right knee inflammation. Shuck pinch hit for Garcia in the seventh inning of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota. Garcia singled in his only at-bat, but was forced at second on Alexei Ramirez’s double play grounder. He’s batting .327 with four homers and 18 RBIs. Garcia injured his knee on a slide in a May 17 victory at Oakland, but played four more games before sitting out two.

Indy500 – Montoya earns $2.4 million for Indy 500 win
Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 for his Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday. The Colombian driver’s earnings were part of a $13,397,315 overall purse. The check amounts were announced at the annual victory banquet Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Runner-up Will Power earned $792,555, and Charlie Kimball, who finished third, earned $564,055. Scott Dixon, who finished fourth after starting on the pole, earned $615,805. Montoya’s victory comes 15 years after his Indy 500 win in 2000. He left IndyCar for Formula One and later struggled in NASCAR for seven years before making a return to IndyCar in 2014. Montoya, who also won the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to start the season, leads the IndyCar series standings.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 3 – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Yesterday
Anaheim Ducks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4 – OT                              (ANA leads 3-2)

Game 5: Ducks 5, Blackhawks 4 – Beleskey scores in OT, Ducks beat Chicago 5-4 in wild Game 5
Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored two stunning goals in 72 seconds late in regulation to force overtime, but Beleskey barreled into the crease and scored on a rebound of Ryan Kesler’s shot, flying through the air in celebration. Kesler and Sami Vatanen had a goal and an assist apiece for the Ducks, who moved to the brink of their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 2007. The Blackhawks had won four overtime games already in this postseason and had all the momentum heading to OT this time, until Beleskey swooped in. Game 6 is Wednesday in Chicago.

Tonight
New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 8:00 p.m.                    (TB leads 3-2)

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Golden State Warriors 99, Houston Rockets 98                          (GS leads 3-1)

Game 4: Rockets stay alive
James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets avoided a four-game sweep in the NBA’s Western Conference finals by downing the Golden State Warriors 128-115. Harden contributed 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Houston avoid a late collapse and extend the series to a fifth game Wednesday in Oakland. Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers and finished with 23 points despite landing on his head in a nasty spill during the second quarter, causing the league MVP to miss about 12 minutes before returning.

Tonight
Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m.                         (CLE leads 3-0)

NFL – NFL player Ray McDonald posts bail after California arrest
NFL player Ray McDonald has been released from jail after posting bail for a domestic violence arrest in Northern California. McDonald walked out of a Santa Clara County jail in San Jose on Monday afternoon, pushing past television cameras and reporters as he got into a taxi. His departure came several hours after his morning arrest on suspicion of the assault on a woman who was holding a baby. Later in the day the Chicago Bears released the defensive end because of the arrest that followed a pattern of similar incidents. Phone calls to McDonald’s agent Tom Condon weren’t immediately returned.

NFL – Brady’s hearing delayed
Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. The Patriots quarterback is appealing the four-game suspension he received from the NFL for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs during the AFC championship game. Although the collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days, the league and the players’ union can agree on delaying the hearing.

NCAA Baseball – Michigan To Open NCAA Baseball Tournament Against Bradley
The Michigan Wolverines will take on the Bradley Braves in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.  Michigan is the third seed in the Louisville Regional after getting an automatic bid by winning the Big Ten Tournament.  Bradley is a two-seed and the Braves are making their first tournament appearance since 1968.  The opening game is Friday at 2 p.m., with the game airing online on ESPN3.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball

 

Last Night
Lansing 11, Fort Wayne 5
West Michigan 4, Dayton 3, 10 innings
Lake County 15, Great Lakes 6
Bowling Green 12, South Bend 8

 

Today
Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, 6:05 p.m., (DH)
West Michigan at Lake County, 6:30 p.m.
South Bend at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Lansing at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m.

 

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Utica Comets 2                                    (Series tied 1-1)

Game 2: Griffins 4, Comets 2 – Griffins even Western Conference finals
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference Finals are even at a game apiece following the 4-2 win Monday night by the Grand Rapids Griffins on the road at Utica.  Dylan Larkin scored his first two professional goals to lead the Griffins past the Comets.  Game Three is set for Thursday at Van Andel Arena, and Game Four will follow Friday in downtown Grand Rapids.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
South Carolina Stingrays at Toledo Walleye, 7:35 p.m.               (SC leads 3-2)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
Baseball – Districts
Division 2 at South Haven
St. Joseph at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Otsego
Vicksburg at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Gobles
Bloomingdale vs. Lawton, 5:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bangor
Hartford vs. Watervliet, 5:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bridgman
Brandywine vs. Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Decatur
Lawrence vs. Martin, 5:30 p.m.

Division 4 at River Valley
Eau Claire vs. Lake Mich. Catholic, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Kalamazoo Christian
Howardsville Chr. at Kal. Christian, 5:00 p.m.

Softball – Districts
Division 2 at South Haven
St. Joseph at South Haven, 5:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Otsego
Vicksburg at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Gobles
Bloomingdale vs. Lawton, 5:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Bangor
Hartford vs. Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.

Division 3 at Bridgman
Brandywine vs. Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.

Division 4 at River Valley
Eau Claire vs. Lake Mich. Catholic, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 2 (Sturgis Host)
St. Joseph at Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Niles at Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m. (Winner will host Mattawan Thursday)

Division 3 (Comstock Host)
Berrien Springs at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Parchment at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Paw Paw, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Otsego Host)
GR South Christian at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.
Wyoming-Kelloggsville at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Hopkins, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 (New Buffalo Host)
Michigan Lutheran at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley, 7:00 p.m.
Bridgman at New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Lawton Host)
Saugatuck at Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.
Holland Calvary at Holland Black River, 5:30 p.m.