Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 4/15/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland Indians 1
Cincinnati Reds 3, Chicago Cubs 2

Tigers 2, Pirates 0 – Greene throws 8 strong innings as Tigers beat Pirates 2-0
Shane Greene pitched eight strong innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Greene (2-0), a 26-year-old right-hander, allowed just three singles and two of them never left the infield. He had three strikeouts and no walks after the Tigers’ six-game winning streak ended on Monday with a 5-4 loss. Greene has allowed only one unearned run in 16 innings through his first two starts of the season. Acquired from the New York Yankees in an offseason trade that also included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Greene also pitched eight innings last Thursday to beat the Minnesota Twins.  Though Greene threw just 81 pitches, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called on Joakim Soria to pitch the ninth. Soria retired the side in order for his third save.

White Sox 4, Indians 1 – Indians’ Carrasco hit in face with line drive in 4-1 loss
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was struck in the face by a line drive in the first inning and Chicago’s Jose Quintana pitched six strong innings, leading the White Sox to a 4-1 win on Tuesday night. Carrasco was carted off the field after Melky Cabrera _ the second hitter _ rocketed a shot up the middle that slammed the right side of the right-hander’s face. Carrasco (1-1) was lucky to get a piece of his glove on the ball before it smashed him. The Indians said X-rays of Carrasco, the club’s No. 2 starter, were negative and he was being treated at Lutheran Hospital for a bruised jaw. The White Sox scored two runs in the first after Carrasco was injured and won their third straight. Chicago is just 10-24 against Cleveland since 2013.  Quintana (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out six and improved to 4-0 in 10 starts against the Indians, whose left-handed heavy lineup is struggling against left-handers.

Reds 3, Cubs 2 – DeSclafani, Reds beat Cubs 3-2
Anthony DeSclafani threw seven scoreless innings, Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night. DeSclafani gave up two hits while striking out five for the Reds, who evened the three-game series after dropping the opener 7-6 in 10 innings Monday night. Acquired this offseason as part of the trade that sent former ace Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins, DeSclafani (1-0) earned his first victory for Cincinnati. DeSclafani was replaced in the eighth by former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who walked Matt Szczur before allowing pinch-hitter Welington Castillo’s two-run home run. Gregg was replaced by Tony Cingrani, who allowed a two-out single to Anthony Rizzo and a walk to Jorge Soler before striking out Chris Coghlan to end the threat. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his third save.

Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-1) at Cleveland (Bauer 1-0), 12:10 p.m.
Detroit (Simon 1-0) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-0), 7:05 p.m.                    WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Cincinnati (Marquis 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 0-1), 8:05 p.m.

MLB – With La Stella on DL, could Bryant make Cubs’ debut Friday?
Could Kris Byrant make his Chicago Cubs’ debut as early as Friday? The Cubs placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the disabled list Tuesday because of right ribcage inflammation and recalled left-hander Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago manager Joe Maddon said “it’s possible” the Cubs could add an infielder for Friday’s game against San Diego. Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein didn’t discount the possibility another infielder could join the team by the time the homestand ends Sunday. Asked about Bryant potentially making his debut this weekend, Epstein said he didn’t “want to speculate.” “It depends on what’s happening with the roster, what’s happening with his development,” Epstein said. “We don’t know yet.”

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m.                (Game 1)

NHL – Both Blackhawks, Predators ready to square off in playoffs
The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators certainly can agree that how they finished the regular season doesn’t matter now that it’s the postseason. With two Stanley Cup titles in the past five years, the Blackhawks believe they know exactly what how ramp up their game for playoff intensity. Chicago center Brad Richards says it’s not like the Blackhawks haven’t done it before. He says everyone knows what the pace will be and the level needed in Game 1 on Wednesday in Nashville of their opening series. The Blackhawks lost their final four games to end the regular season, while Nashville went 0-4-2 after clinching its first playoff berth in three years. Chicago took the season series with three wins, though the teams last played Dec. 29.

NHL – Blackhawks’ Kane expected to return for Game 1 vs. Preds
Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of Chicago’s opening-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. Both Kane and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that the right wing is ready to return following Tuesday’s practice. Kane, who broke his collarbone in February, received medical clearance to play on Monday. Kane practiced with the team on Monday and Tuesday. Kane missed the final 21 games of the regular season, and the All-Star still finished second on the team with 27 goals and 64 points. He was a candidate for the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP _ and tied for the league lead in points _ when he was hurt in the first period of a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Feb. 24. Kane had surgery on Feb. 25. Originally, his recovery was expected to take up to 12 weeks.

NHL – Red Wings began playoffs amid uncertainty over future
Jimmy Howard says he’ll need to be ready if the Detroit Red Wings need him in the first round of the playoffs against Tampa Bay. Howard will be Detroit’s backup goalie in Game 1 on Thursday night. Coach Mike Babcock announced Monday that Petr Mrazek will start in net. Howard said Tuesday that’s Babcock’s decision. The Red Wings are trying to avoid thinking too much about the team’s uncertain future as the playoffs approach. Babcock is in the final year of his contract, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk aren’t getting any younger _ and Detroit has not advanced past the second round of the postseason since 2009.

NHL – Senators assistant dies after battling cancer
Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds has died at 55. The team announced in March 2014 that he had cancer, and coach Dave Cameron had repeatedly asked people to keep Reeds and his family in their thoughts. Reeds had been an assistant in Ottawa since 2011. He broke into the NHL with the 1981 Blues and played his final game with the 1988-89 Whalers.

NBA – National Basketball Association – Regular Season Finale
Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks, 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Michigan State’s Kings pleads down to littering charge
Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings has admitted responsibility for public littering. Court records show Kings had charges of drunk and disorderly conduct and obstructing or resisting an officer dismissed. Public littering is a civil infraction. Kings was arrested in April 2014 for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.23 percent.

NCAA Football – San Diego bowl group angling for Notre Dame-Navy game
The group that puts on the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls is in preliminary talks with Navy to move its home game against Notre Dame to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in either 2016 or 2018. Organizers feel it would be a great fit. Navy has played in the Poinsettia Bowl four times.

NCAA – Head injury lawsuit settled
There is a new proposed settlement in a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes. It’s the second proposal in the case and comes four months after U.S. District Judge John Lee rejected the initial settlement. The new one would toughen return-to-play rules after a concussion and would create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes in contact and non-contact sports for brain trauma.

NFL – No Winston or Mariota at draft, 26 others accept
While 26 draft-eligible players have accepted invitations from the NFL to attend the proceedings later this month, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are not among them. The two most recent Heisman Trophy winners and highest-profile players in this year’s crop have opted to stay home with their families for the April 30-May 2 draft. The quarterbacks are projected to go at the outset of the draft, which has moved to Chicago from New York this year. It was last held in Chicago in 1964. Agreeing to attend are such All-Americans as running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Vic Beasley, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and safety Landon Collins. Wide receiver Devin Smith of national champion Ohio State, and DE Arik Armstead, Mariota’s teammate at national runner-up Oregon, have agreed to attend.

Indy Car – Servia to drive Indianapolis 500 for Rahal
Oriol Servia has landed an Indianapolis 500 ride with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Servia ran four races last season for RLL, and has run Indianapolis two previous times for the team. He had a mechanical failure in the 2009 Indy 500 driving for RLL, and was 11th last year. This will be the seventh Indy 500 for Servia, who finished a career-best fourth in 2012 while driving for Dreyer & Reinbold. Servia will be teammates at Indy with Graham Rahal, who drives a full-time entry for the team. RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal says Servia is “competitive, he’s smart, has good race craft and brings it home.” Servia has 195 starts in CART, Champ Car and the IndyCar Series since his rookie season in 2000.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Great Lakes Loons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
Dayton Dragons 3, South Bend Cubs 2
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4

Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes, 6:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lake County Captains, 6:30 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Softball
Lansing Community College 3, Lake Michigan College 1 – Game 1
Lansing Community College 5, Lake Michigan College 3 – Game 2

MHSAA – Graziano steps down as Catholic Football Coach
Lake Michigan Catholic High School Football coach Steve Graziano stepped down Tuesday afternoon.  Sighting family and work responsibilities, Graziano said “I no longer can fulfill my duties as head coach”.  Graziano took over the Laker program in 2013.  In his two years as head coach, his teams compiled an 11-7 record.  LMC won the Red Arrow Conference title this past season.  In his first year at the helm, he guided the Lakers to the playoffs. “I want to thank the players, parents, and community for all the support and I will always cherish my time coaching at LMC”, Graziano added.  Catholic will start an immediate search for its next head coach.   Catholic joins Benton Harbor and Eau Claire as area schools that are looking for a head football coach.

MHSAA – High School Sports
St. Joseph 2, Kalamazoo Central 1 – Game 1
St. Joseph 5, Kalamazoo Central 3 – Game 2
Gull Lake 16, Benton Harbor 6
Lakeshore 10, Battle Creek Central 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 12, Battle Creek Central 0 – Game 2
Niles 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0 – Game 1
Niles 13, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3 – Game 2
Coloma 11, Allegan 2 – Game 1
Coloma 7, Allegan 2 – Game 2
Three Rivers 4, Edwardsburg 3 – Game 1
Three Rivers 8, Edwardsburg 7 – Game 2
Buchanan 16, White Pigeon 2 – Game 1
Buchanan 19, White Pigeon 0 – Game 2
Sturgis 4, Berrien Springs 2 – Game 1
Sturgis 10, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 2
Gobles 19, Lawton 13

St. Joseph 10, Kalamazoo Central 0 – Game 1
St. Joseph 11, Kalamazoo Central 1 – Game 2
Lakeshore 15, Battle Creek Central 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 15, Battle Creek Central 0 – Game 2
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 8, Niles 5 – Game 1
Niles 13, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 6 – Game 2
Vicksburg 11, South Haven 6 – Game 1
Vicksburg 11, South Haven 1 – Game 2
Coloma 17, Allegan 0 – Game 1
Coloma 18, Allegan 0 – Game 2
Dowagiac 11, Plainwell 1 – Game 1
Dowagiac 11, Plainwell 0 – Game 2
Sturgis 9, Berrien Springs 8 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 7, Sturgis 4 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 8, Three Rivers 0 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 19, Three Rivers 3 – Game 2
Bridgman 15, Lake Michigan Catholic 0 – Game 1
Bridgman 15, Lake Michigan Catholic 0 – Game 2
Mendon 11, Cassopolis 7 – Game 1
Mendon 3, Cassopolis 2 – Game 2
Buchanan 18, White Pigeon 0 – Game 1
Buchanan 12, White Pigeon 0 – Game 2

Track and Field
Portage Northern 118, Benton Harbor 38 – Boys
Portage Northern 122, Benton Harbor 31 – Girls
Lakeshore 101, Portage Central 62 – Boys
Portage Central 86, Lakeshore 76 – Girls

Girls Soccer
Berrien Springs at Sturgis, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Vicksburg, 6:45 p.m.
Coloma at Allegan, 6:45 p.m.
Dowagiac at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Comstock at Hartford, 6:45 p.m.

Schoolcraft at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.

Schoolcraft at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
LaPorte at Lakeshore, 5:30 p.m.