Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 9/8/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, September 08, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 5, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Cleveland Indians 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis Cardinals 0

Tigers 5, Rays 4 – Rajai Davis homers twice to lead Tigers over Rays
Rajai Davis homered twice in a game for the second time in his career and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Monday. With the temperature rising through the low 90s as the game progressed on a humid day, there were five homers, all to left field. James McCann homered for the Tigers, connecting off former college battery mate Drew Smyly. Detroit won for just the fourth time in 17 games.  Evan Longoria and J.P. Arencibia homered for the Rays, who have lost four of five while trying to stay in the AL wild-card race. Al Alburquerque (4-1) picked up the win and Bruce Rondon got two outs for his fourth save. Tampa Bay loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the ninth, and the final out needed a review to confirm that second baseman Ian Kinsler stayed on the bag for a game-ending force play. Brandon Gomes (2-5) took the loss.

Indians 3, White Sox 2 – Raburn, Bauer lead Indians over White Sox 3-2
Ryan Raburn hit a pair of solo home runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 3-2 Monday. Raburn has eight multihomer games in his career. He connected both times against Chris Sale and is 10 for 33 with four home runs lifetime versus the lefty ace.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 0 – Fowler, Haren pace Cubs in 9-0 rout of Cardinals
Dexter Fowler had a leadoff home run and two-run double the first two innings and Dan Haren worked seven innings for the Chicago Cubs, who whipped the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday.  The NL Central-leading Cardinals maintained a 5 ½ game lead over Pittsburgh, which lost 3-1 to Cincinnati. The Cubs are 7 ½ games back. Addison Russell’s three-run homer capped a five-run third that made it 8-0. The Cubs have won four in a row and got an 11-game trip off to a rocking start.  Haren (9-9) had five strikeouts and two walks. He contributed a single and sacrifice fly in Chicago’s second victory in eight games in St. Louis this season. Lance Lynn (11-9) surrendered six runs in 2 1-3 innings on nine days rest after getting extra time to recover from a sprained ankle in his last start.

Tampa Bay (E.Ramirez 10-5) at Detroit (Boyd 1-5), 7:08 p.m.        WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40 
Cleveland (Carrasco 12-9) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 6-6), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 7-6) at St. Louis (Wacha 15-4), 8:15 p.m.

NFL – Levy’s status uncertain as Lions prepare for opener
Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was not participating during the portion of practice open to reporters Monday, and coach Jim Caldwell says it’s not certain if he’ll play in Sunday’s season opener at San Diego. Caldwell would not discuss the particulars of what’s been keeping Levy out of action, saying an injury report would be due Wednesday. Defensive tackle Caraun Reid and guard Larry Warford, both of whom have been dealing with ankle injuries, were also helmetless at practice. The Lions put rookie cornerback Alex Carter on injured reserve-designated to return. They also re-signed defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, who was cut over the weekend, and signed cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste to the practice squad.

NFL – Bears mum on Long move
The Chicago Bears appeared to clear the way for two-time Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long to move to right tackle over the weekend. They’re just not saying that is the plan.Who will start at right tackle is one of several questions hanging over the team as the Bears prepare for this week’s opener against Green Bay. Another big one is the status of former Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery after an injured left calf sidelined him for the preseason. He did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Monday. Jeffery was in the locker room afterward, but reporters were told he was not available for comment. He has not practiced since Aug. 11.

NCAA Football – Big Ten
(1) Ohio State 42, Virginia Tech 24

(1) Ohio State 42, Virginia Tech 24 – Champs roll
Top-ranked Ohio State has begun its national championship defense by showcasing its high-octane offense in a 42-24 win at Virginia Tech. Cardale Jones started the game at quarterback and was 9 of 18 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He also gained 99 yards rushing, but the Buckeyes found themselves trailing 17-14 at halftime before taking off. Former OSU quarterback Braxton Miller scored two touchdowns and put the Buckeyes ahead 28-17 with a 53-yard run late in the third quarter. Miller also grabbed a 54-yard TD pass from Jones that put Ohio State ahead for good early in the second half. Reigning Big Ten player of the year J.T. Barrett finally entered the game in the fourth quarter and promptly led a touchdown drive, ripping off a 40-yard run and throwing a 26-yard scoring pass to Michael Thomas.

NCAA Football – Harbaugh, Michigan regroup after opening loss
In the eight months since Jim Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan fans have eagerly awaited his hard-nosed, physical brand of football. After one game, it is clear Harbaugh has his work cut out for him. The Wolverines managed just 76 yards rushing on 29 carries during a 24-17 loss at Utah last Thursday night, led by De’Veon Smith’s 47 yards on 17 attempts. The offense did not record a run longer than 7 yards. The lack of a consistent run game was one of the biggest criticisms under Brady Hoke, who was fired after four years, including a 5-7 record in 2014.

Tennis – US Open – Day 8 at the Open
The second week of play at the U.S. Open is under way. The highest seed to advance today is men’s No. 5 Stan Wawrinka who eliminated American Donald Young 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his third straight U.S. open quarterfinal. Coming up, second-seed Roger Federer is playing 13th-seed American John Isner and third-seed Andy Murray is playing South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. In women’s play, 20th-seed Victoria Azarenka beat Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S., 6-3, 6-4.

Golf – PGA – Fowler rallies
Henrik Stenson lost a three shot lead in the final eight holes and Rickie Fowler has won the PGA’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of the PGA Tour’s four-tournament playoff. Fowler shot a final-round 68 to finish 15-under overall. Charley Hoffman finished third.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
South Bend Cubs 3, Lake County Captains 0
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Great Lakes Loons 1 – 10 innings
Dayton Dragons 7, Lansing Lugnuts 2

2015 Midwest League Playoffs
Eastern Division
West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Wednesday, Sep. 9: Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday, Sep. 10: West Michigan at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.
x-Friday, Sep. 11: West Michigan at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.

Lansing Lugnuts vs. Great Lakes Loons
Wednesday, Sep. 9: Lansing at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Sep. 10: Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
x-Friday, Sep. 11: Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.

Western Division
Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities
Peoria vs. Kane County

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
St. Joseph at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Niles at Gull Lake, 6:45 p.m.
New Buffalo at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Central, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Gull Lake, 6:45 p.m.
Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills at Allegan, 6:45 p.m.
Vicksburg at Battle Creek Pennfield, 6:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Bridgman at Eau Claire, 6:45 p.m.
Bangor at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.

Cross Country
South Haven at Three Rivers, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming
Bridgman/Lakeshore at St. Joseph, 6:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Berrien Springs at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.