Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 7/21/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 5, Seattle Mariners 4
Cincinnati Reds 5, Chicago Cubs 4
White Sox were off

Tigers 5, Mariners 4 – Kinsler homers twice, Tigers beat Mariners 5-4
Ian Kinsler homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Monday night. Kinsler, who came in with three homer this season, hit one off Seattle starter J.A. Happ in the first, and then drove a fastball from Mark Lowe over the Tigers’ bullpen with two out in the eighth. It was his first multi-homer game since Sept. 7, 2011. Lowe (0-1) hadn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 outings, dating back to June 14, but Jose Iglesias doubled with one out, took third on a grounder and scored on Kinsler’s homer. Al Alburquerque (1-0) picked up his first decision in 60 outings, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Joakim Soria got the last three outs for his 21st save.

Reds 5, Cubs 4 – Bruce hits last of Reds’ 3 HRs for 5-4 win over Cubs
Todd Frazier connected for the first time since he won the All-Star Home Run Derby, and Jay Bruce hit a key two-run shot in the sixth inning on Monday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds hit three homers in all, including Marlon Byrd’s solo shot, and beat the Cubs at Great American Ball Park for the first time this season. Bruce’s drive off Justin Grimm (1-3) put Cincinnati up 5-4 with two outs in the sixth. Ryan Mattheus (1-1) tossed a hitless inning in relief of Michael Lorenzen. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth, a day after he threw a career-high 44 pitches, and retired the side on 13 pitches for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Tonight
Seattle (T.Walker 7-7) at Detroit (Greene 4-7), 7:08 p.m.          WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-4) at Cincinnati (R.Iglesias 1-2), 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Wacha 10-3) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 3-2), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Cubs promote reliever Rafael Soriano from Triple-A
Rafael Soriano can earn an additional $1 million based on games pitched as part of his contract with the Chicago Cubs. The reliever’s contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and he will earn $1,725,137 for the remaining 77 days of the season, the prorated share of his $4.1 million contract. His deal includes performance bonuses of $250,000 each for 20, 25, 30 and 35 games pitched, and $750,000 apiece for 20, 25, 30 and 35 games finished. The 35-year-old righty agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on June 12 and pitched seven games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He had 32 saves last season with the Nationals.

MLB – C Kyle Schwarber in Cubs lineup, back home at GABP
Catcher Kyle Schwarber is in the second slot in the lineup for the Chicago Cubs on Monday, giving him a prominent spot in his favorite ballpark. The rookie grew up in nearby Middletown, Ohio, and attended Reds games at Great American Ball Park, hoping to play there one day. He finally got his chance during the All-Star Futures Game on July 12 and won the MVP with a two-run triple. He was called up last week when catcher Miguel Montero sprained his left thumb and went on the 15-day disabled list. Schwarber says it helps that he has already played a game at Great American, taking away some of the novelty.

Golf – British Open – Johnson earns second major
Zach Johnson has won the British Open for his second major golf championship. The 2007 Masters champ bested 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St Andrews.  Johnson took control with birdies on the first two playoff holes and earned the win when Oosthuizen missed a five-foot birdie putt on the third hole and a 12-footer for birdie on the last. The threesome finished regulation 15-under-par, a shot in front of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. Spieth, the winner of the Masters and U.S. Open this year, had his chances to either win the tournament or clinch a playoff spot, but a bogey on 17 cost the 21-year old from Texas.

NBA – Pistons welcome Reggie Jackson back with new contract
Less than a month ago, Detroit Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy said bringing back point guard Reggie Jackson was his top offseason priority. So it made sense that, with a long-term deal done, the Pistons introduced Jackson in a formal news conference in the west atrium of the Palace, where the team holds many of its biggest announcements these days. The agreement came together a while ago, but the team formally announced the signing Monday. For a franchise that has struggled to land top free agents lately, the trade for Jackson should play a big role in shaping the team’s future. Jackson averaged 14.5 points per game last season, including 17.6 in 27 games after he was traded from Oklahoma City to the Pistons.

Contractors sought for $2.1 billion Detroit-Windsor bridge
The Canadian agency overseeing development of a new $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, has invited contractors’ applications to participate in the project.  The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has put out a “request for qualifications” for companies seeking roles in building the Gordie Howe International Bridge. It’s named for the Floral, Saskatchewan-born ex-Detroit Red Wings hockey star. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Ritt said in a statement Monday that this is “the most important milestone to date” toward completion of the bridge, which is set to open in 2020. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the bridge project “will continue Detroit’s revitalization,” strengthen the state’s economy and create thousands of jobs.  The bridge is designed to alleviate congestion along the privately owned Ambassador Bridge. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel can’t handle tractor-trailers.

Fowling – Football-bowling hybrid sport takes hold in Detroit
A new sport conceived by tailgaters at the Indianapolis 500 is off to the races near Detroit. Part football, part bowling, the hybrid game of fowling (FOAL’-ing) is the draw at a 34,000-square-foot repurposed industrial site in Hamtramck. The Fowling Warehouse features 20 lanes, where players or teams try to be the first to knock down all 10 of their opponents’ bowling pins by tossing a football from a distance of up to 48 feet. Owner and game creator Chris Hutt says the early numbers are encouraging, with fowlers packing the place on Friday and Saturday nights.  Hutt says the game he invented while messing around with friends “is simple yet difficult, infuriating yet hilariously fun.”

NCAA – NCAA tweeks hoops seeding
The committee that puts together the field of 68 for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will have more flexibility to set the First Four and give No. 2 seeds more favorable matchups. The NCAA has announced that the Division I selection committee will now be allowed to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field were locked into the First Four, the eight-team playoff that serves as the tournament’s first round.  Going forward, the last four at-large teams on the overall seed list, after the seeds have been tweaked by a process known as scrubbing, will play in the First Four.

Cycling – Froom remains in front
Spain’s Ruben Plaza Molina was the winner of the 16th stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome remains the overall leader by 3 minutes, 10 seconds.

FIFA – Elections set for FIFA
The FIFA presidential election to choose Sepp Blatter’s successor will be held on Feb. 26, 2016. The decision was made by the embattled organizations committee. The date was chosen by FIFA’s executive committee after Blatter announced plans to resign four days following his re-election in May amid American and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption within soccer’s governing body.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan 4, South Bend 0
Lansing 9, Great Lakes 6

Tonight
West Michigan at Dayton, 7:00 p.m.
Great Lakes at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.