Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 6/9/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, June 09, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago White Sox 3, Houston Astros 1
Cubs and Tigers were off

White Sox 3, Astros 1 – Sale fans 14, White Sox beat Astros; Correa debuts with RBI
Chris Sale struck out 14 and the Chicago White Sox beat Houston 3-1 on a rainy Monday night, with highly regarded Carlos Correa driving in the Astros’ run in his big league debut.  Sale (6-2) became the first White Sox pitcher to fan at least 10 in four straight games, the team said in citing Elias Sports Bureau. It was Sale’s third straight game with 12 or more strikeouts. He gave up one run and five hits. Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft, was promoted from Triple-A and became the youngest player in the majors at 20. Batting sixth and playing shortstop, he went 1 for 4. In the fourth, Correa came up with runners at second and third and two outs. After a replay review, he was called safe for beating out a grounder to short. David Robertson struck out two for his 11th save. Lance McCullers (2-1) took the loss.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Lester 4-4) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 3-7), 7:08 p.m.         WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Houston (Keuchel 7-1) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Friends set up gofundme page for woman hit by bat at Fenway
Friends have started an online fundraiser for a woman hit by a flying bat during Friday night’s game between the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. Tonya Carpenter remained in serious condition Sunday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was struck in the head by Oakland player Brett Lawrie’s bat as she sat between home plate and the third base dugout at Fenway Park with her son and a friend. Her friends say on their gofundme page 44-year-old Carpenter was lucid after surgery Friday, but faces a long recovery. They say she’s “a beautiful, positive, upbeat, hardworking single mom who would do anything” for family and friends.  Her family says in a statement they’re “grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers.”

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2                              (TB Leads 2-1)

Game 3: Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2 – Tampa beats Chicago 3-2, takes 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final
Cedric Paquette scored the tiebreaking goal on an exceptional pass from Victor Hedman with 3:11 to play, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Ondrej Palat tied it for the Lightning right after Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks ahead early in the third period, and the series appeared headed to its first overtime game. Hedman, the Lightning’s gifted Swedish defenseman, then took charge on an odd-man rush by drawing the defense and feeding a pass to Paquette. The low-scoring forward slammed the puck between defenseman Kyle Cumiskey’s legs and into a wide-open net for his second goal of the Final. Ryan Callahan also scored and Ben Bishop made 36 saves even though he appeared to be moving shakily. Brad Richards scored and Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots for the Blackhawks, who lost at home for just the second time in the playoffs. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Chicago.

NHL – Red Wings Have “Special Announcement” Today At 11 A.M.
The Detroit Red Wings are planning a “special announcement” this morning at 11.  It’s expected that Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill will be named the new coach of the Red Wings, succeeding Mike Babcock who left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this spring.  Blashill was an assistant for one season under Babcock after coaching at Western Michigan University, and has been behind the bench for the Griffins since the 2012-13 season.  The 41-year-old Detroit native grew up in the Upper Peninsula in Sault Ste. Marie and was a goaltender for Ferris State University from 1994-98, and became an assistant coach for the Bulldogs in 1999 after his playing career ended.

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Tonight
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9:00 p.m.            (Series Tied 1-1)

NFL – Porter signs with Chicago
The Chicago Bears have signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract. Porter is joining his fourth team in as many seasons since playing his first four years in New Orleans. He is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for the Saints against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl. Porter has played one season each in Denver, Oakland and Washington.

NCAA Basketball – 30-second shot clock OK’d for men’s games; women to play 4 quarters
Men’s basketball teams will play with a quicker shot clock and fewer timeouts next season. It’s the first time the shot clock has been trimmed since the 1993-94 season, when it went from 45 seconds to 35. Now it goes from 35 seconds to 30. Teams also will have one fewer second-half timeout, and if either team calls a timeout within 30 seconds of a media timeout, it would count as the scheduled break. On Monday, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel officially approved both recommendations from the basketball rules committee. The panel also approved extending the arc inside the lane from 3 feet to 4 feet in hopes of reducing collisions. It also approved a proposal allowing women’s teams to go to four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves.

FIFA – 2015 Women’s World Cup
Yesterday – Group C
Cameroon 6, Ecuador 0
Japan 1, Switzerland 0

Yesterday – Group D
United States 3, Australia 1
Nigeria 3, Sweden 3 – TIE

Group D W L T Pts GD
United States 1 0 0 3 2
Nigeria 0 0 1 1 0
Sweden 0 0 1 1 0
Australia 0 1 0 0 -2

USA 3, Australia 1 – US starts with win
Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Christen Press provided the game-winner as the United States beat Australia 3-1 in the Women’s World Cup opener for both teams. Press put the U.S. ahead for good in the 61st minute and Rapinoe added her 31st international goal in the 78th. U.S. star forward Alex Morgan didn’t hit the pitch until the 79th minute as she continues to recover from a bone bruise in her left knee.

Today – Group F
France vs. England, 1:00 p.m.
Spain vs. Costa Rica, 4:00 p.m.

Today – Group E
Columbia vs. Mexico, 4:00 p.m.
Brazil vs. South Korea, 7:00 p.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 12, Peoria Chiefs 4
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
Great Lakes Loons 4, Burlington Bees 3
Quad Cities River Bandits at South Bend Cubs – PPD, rain

Today
No games today

MHSAA – High School Sports – Baseball/Softball Quarterfinals
Today
Softball
Division 2 at Hope College
St. Joseph vs. Wayland, 4:00 p.m.

Division 1 at University of Michigan
Mattawan vs. Plymouth, 4:00 p.m.

Baseball
Division 3 at Davenport University, Grand Rapids
Buchanan vs. Lansing Catholic, 5:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Hope College
Vicksburg vs. East Grand Rapids, 4:00 p.m.

Division 1 at University of Michigan
Portage Northern vs. Taylor Kennedy, 4:00 p.m.