Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 6/23/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 8, Cleveland Indians 5
Minnesota Twins 13, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

Tigers 8, Indians 5 – Cespedes homers, drives in 3 as Tigers topple Indians 8-5
Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs, Miguel Cabrera reached base four times and the Detroit Tigers continued to push Cleveland around, beating the Indians 8-5 on Monday night. Cespedes hit an RBI double off Trevor Bauer (6-4) in the first inning, homered in the third and added a sacrifice fly in Detroit’s four-run fourth as the Tigers improved to 8-2 against the Indians this season and 34-14 since the start of 2013. Detroit has won 15 of the last 18 against Cleveland. Cabrera walked twice, once with the bases loaded, singled twice and remained a mystery to Cleveland pitchers. He’s batting .649 (24 of 37) with five homers and 16 RBIs against the Indians this year.  Victor Martinez followed the fourth-inning walk to Cabrera with a two-run single to make it 6-3.  Blaine Hardy (3-1) replaced starter Kyle Ryan in the fourth and pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings.

Twins 13, White Sox 2 – Vargas, Twins cruise to 13-2 victory over White Sox
Kennys Vargas went 4 for 4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs, rookie Byron Buxton had three hits in his first time batting leadoff in the majors, and the Minnesota Twins trounced the Chicago White Sox 13-2 on Monday night. Joe Mauer homered to start a five-run fourth against starter John Danks (3-8), and Eduardo Nunez punctuated the inning with a two-out, two-run shot. The rally was fueled by a throwing error on shortstop Alexei Ramirez, whose attempt to start a double play sailed into right field. Brian Dozier added a two-run homer in the eighth for the Twins, who are 8-3 against the White Sox this season while outscoring them 70-28.

Cubs 4, Dodgers 2 – Bryant homers twice as Cubs beat Kershaw, Dodgers 4-2
Kris Bryant connected twice for his first career multihomer game, and the Chicago Cubs beat Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Monday night. Bryant hit a two-run drive in the third inning and a solo shot in the eighth. Matt Szczur had a solo homer against Kershaw after being promoted from Triple-A Iowa before the game for his fourth stint of the season with Chicago.  The two homers off Kershaw (5-5) ran his total for the year to 11, two more than he allowed all of last season while becoming the NL MVP. The Cubs got terrific work from five relievers after Tsuyoshi Wada departed in the third due to cramping in his left shoulder. Center fielder Dexter Fowler was replaced in the fifth after he sprained his left ankle. Travis Wood (4-3) pitched 3 1-3 innings for the win. Jason Motte allowed Joc Pederson’s 19th homer in the ninth before finishing for his second save on his 33rd birthday.

Tonight
Detroit (Price 6-2) at Cleveland (Salazar 6-2), 7:10 p.m.  WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:45
L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 5-2) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-2), 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 4-4) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 5-3), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Tigers’ Cabrera overtakes Royals’ Hosmer in All-Star vote
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game. The leads of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales had narrowed in numbers released Monday. The game is July 14 at Cincinnati. Major League Baseball says the record for most starters from one team is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six, including Joe DiMaggio. Cabrera, a nine-time All-Star, has 9.3 million votes and leads Hosmer by 1.3 million. A week ago, Hosmer led by almost a half-million.

MLB – Lights problem causes delay in Dodgers-Cubs at Wrigley Field
Flickering lights at Wrigley Field prompted an odd scene when Cubs manager Joe Maddon repeatedly came out of the dugout to talk to the umpires during a 10-minute delay. A handful of lights in several banks went out at the ballpark in the sixth inning. Maddon had several discussions with the umpires before play resumed. The Cubs announced that the team was playing Monday night’s game under protest.

MLB – More evidence of Rose’s gambling as a player
There reportedly is new evidence that shows Pete Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games during his last season as an active player in 1986. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” said it obtained a notebook seized by U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989 from Rose associate Michael Bertolini, which reflect betting records from March to July 1986.  The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 after an investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win from 1985-87 while he was a player and manager. Rose eventually admitted to betting while managing, but he contended he never wagered on a game as a player.

NFL – Lions sign veteran safety Taylor Mays
The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays. The team announced the move Monday. Mays is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with San Francisco in 2010 and Cincinnati from 2011-14. He played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, primarily as a special teams contributor. Mays was a second-round pick in the 2010 draft by San Francisco. He played college football at Southern California.

NBA – Van Gundy says Pistons not optimistic about keeping Monroe
Stan Van Gundy concedes the Detroit Pistons are “not entirely optimistic” about bringing Greg Monroe back this offseason. Van Gundy, Detroit’s coach and team president, says the door isn’t closed, but Monroe can test the open market this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The Pistons traded for forward Ersan Ilyasova earlier this month in a move that appeared to give them a potential replacement, but Van Gundy has not publicly ruled out the possibility of the 6-foot-11 Monroe returning. Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower spoke to reporters Monday to preview Thursday’s NBA draft. Van Gundy says the team feels it has one starting spot it still needs to fill this offseason, and that’s at small forward.

NBA – AP sources: 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte
According to people familiar with the situation, the Charlotte Hornets have won the bid to host the NBA All-Star game in 2017. The Hornets have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday that will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, team owner Michael Jordan and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. The city agreed to spend more than $30 million to upgrade their arena when the Hornets submitted the bid to host the game last summer. Charlotte last hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum. That building has since been demolished.

NCAA Softball – No charges after Michigan St softball player’s complaints
Prosecutors have decided against filing charges after a Michigan State softball player said one of her coaches intentionally hit her with two balls. Twenty-two-year-old senior outfielder Alyssa McBride says the coach twice hit her with pitches during practice. McBride says it happened after she made unflattering comments about the struggling program. She says she was struck in the left arm and on a wrist. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ingham and Isabella County prosecutors reviewed police investigations and declined to file charges. Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody says the school’s internal investigation should conclude within a few weeks. He says any decision about coaches will await the probe’s results. McBride started 50 games this season for the Spartans and had a .371 batting average.

NCAA Baseball – Vandy beats Virginia
Vanderbilt has opened the College World Series finals by downing Virginia 5-1 at Omaha.  Carson Fulmer combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for the Commodores, who will successfully defend their championship if they win on Tuesday or Wednesday. Fulmer improved to 14-2, striking out eight and walking two in his 20th consecutive start of at least five innings.  Will Toffey’s two-run double broke a scoreless tie in the sixth.

FIFA – Canada 2015 – Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinals
Yesterday
United States 2, Colombia 0
England 2, Norway 1

Monday’s Recap
The second-ranked U.S. team has advanced to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals and will take on China on Friday in Ottawa. The Americans beat Colombia 2-0 in the knockout round on goals by Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd. Morgan put the U.S. ahead in the second half with her first goal of the tournament. The United States is seeking its third World Cup title, but first since 19. England has moved into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 comeback win over Norway. Lucy Bronze scored the tiebreaking goal in the 76th minute, 15 minutes after Steph Houghton knotted the score. The rally sets up a quarterfinal meeting between England and Canada in Vancouver on Friday.

Today
Japan vs. Netherlands, 10:00 p.m.

FIFA – Report: Maradona to run for FIFA president
A journalist close to Diego Maradona says the retired soccer star has told him he plans to run for
president of FIFA. Journalist Victor Hugo Morales says on Twitter that the Argentine soccer legend has confirmed he’s a candidate. Longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter has resigned amid a corruption scandal in soccer’s governing body.  Maradona has been a sharp critic of corruption in soccer, but has had a number of on and off field incidents that may affect his candidacy.

FIFA – Budget cutbacks for 2018 World Cup
Russia has slashed more than $500 million from its official budget for the 2018 World Cup after cutting spending on hotels and infrastructure. The government is curbing most areas of public spending as the economy shrinks due to the low oil price. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko revealed in April that the government had decided to slash the number of luxury hotels, warning they could lie empty after the tournament.

AHL – AHL player Paetsch pleads guilty to role in gambling ring
A professional hockey player has admitted being part of an illegal sports betting business. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says Nathan Paetsch (paytch), of Spencerport, New York, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Rochester as part of a plea agreement. The agreement calls for probation, community service and eight months of home confinement. He’ll also have to forfeit $265,000. Paetsch played portions of five seasons with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, through 2010. He’s been with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins the past three seasons. Authorities say Paetsch was involved in a gambling operation whose three principals were convicted earlier. Paetsch’s attorney says his involvement was minimal and included getting credit when he introduced friends, including other players, to the operation. The attorney says the players never bet on hockey.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
No games – All Star Break

Tonight
2015 Midwest League All Star Game at Peoria, 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Division vs. Western Division