Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 4/29/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Minnesota Twins 3, Detroit Tigers 2
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles, PPD – public safety
Chicago Cubs 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2

Twins 3, Tigers 2 – Pelfrey sharp again in start, Twins beat Tigers 3-2
Mike Pelfrey turned in his second consecutive strong start, Kurt Suzuki had two hits and the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Pelfrey (2-0) begrudgingly started the season in the bullpen after spending most of 2014 on the disabled list. He struck out seven and allowed one earned run on three hits over seven innings. The big right-hander has won his last two starts while allowing only one earned run in 14 innings.   Eduardo Escobar clapped his hands and pumped his fists as he stood on second base after his seventh-inning double scored Eduardo Nunez to tie the game. Suzuki followed with a single up the middle off Anibal Sanchez (1-3) to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead.

White Sox at Orioles, PPD, Riots – Orioles to play White Sox Wednesday in closed stadium
The Orioles will play the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards in a rare Major League Baseball game closed to the public, a decision that followed rioting in Baltimore. The announcement of the closed-doors game came after the Orioles postponed games against Chicago on Monday and Tuesday. The start of Wednesday’s game was moved up five hours to 2:05 p.m. In addition, the Friday-to-Sunday series against Tampa Bay was shifted from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with Baltimore remaining the home team and batting last. MLB said the postponed games against the White Sox will be made up with a doubleheader on May 28 at 4:05 p.m.

Cubs 6, Pirates 2 – Wood pitches Cubs past Pirates 6-2 for 4th straight win
Dexter Fowler had three hits and two RBIs, Travis Wood tossed seven strong innings and the Chicago Cubs won their fourth straight game Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Addison Russell each had an RBI as the Cubs scored all their runs with two outs. Wood (2-1) extended his solid start to the season by allowing two runs and five hits. He lowered his ERA to 3.04. Starling Marte accounted for Pittsburgh’s offense with a two-run homer in the fourth.

Tonight
Detroit (Greene 3-1) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 0-4), 1:10 p.m.      WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:45
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 1-1) at Baltimore (U.Jimenez 1-1), 2:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Cole 3-0) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-0), 8:05 p.m.

MLB – Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
Kirk Gibson says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The 1988 National League MVP made the announcement Tuesday through Fox Sports Detroit, where he calls Tigers games. He had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6. Gibson says: “I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.” He was fired in September as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after four-plus seasons. The 57-year-old Gibson had one of the most memorable moments in baseball history with his limping, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers. He also won a championship in 1984 with the Tigers, where he played 12 of his 17 major league seasons.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.          (Series Tied 3-3 – Game 7)

NHL – Red Wings’ Kronwall suspended for Game 7
Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall was suspended by the NHL on Tuesday for Game 7 of the Red Wings’ playoff series against Tampa Bay for charging Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Kronwall knocked off Kucherov’s helmet with the high hit late in the second period Monday night in Detroit in the Lightning’s 5-2 victory in Game 6. Kucherov was able to play on. Game 7 is tonight at Tampa Bay.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Houston Rockets 103, Dallas Mavericks 94                               (HOU Wins 4-1)
San Antonio Spurs 111, Los Angeles Clippers 107                       (SAN Leads 3-2)

Tonight
Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks, 7:00 p.m.                                 (Series tied 2-2)
Portland Trailblazers at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m.                 (MEM Leads 3-1)

NBA – Bulls suddenly staggering after taking first 3 playoff games
So much for this being a quick, easy tuneup for the Chicago Bulls. Suddenly, they’re on their heels. Their 3-0 lead over the Bucks is down to 3-2, and if they drop Game 6 Thursday at Milwaukee, this first-round playoff series would really get interesting. Pau Gasol wonders if the Bulls were “comfortable or confident or overlooking them.” He says Chicago “didn’t play with enough sense of urgency.” No team has lost a best-of-7 series after winning the first three games, so history is at least on the Bulls’ side. But they let two big opportunities slip away. They lost Game 4 on a last-second layup and came up short with another chance to put away the Bucks, falling 94-88 at home on Monday night.

NFL – Ravens cancel function over rioting
The Baltimore Ravens have canceled an NFL draft party at their stadium in the wake of rioting in the city. The event was scheduled for Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens say the decision to cancel the party for their fans came “out of respect to the curfew in Baltimore.” Baltimore’s mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew after riots broke out Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody.

NFL – League drops tax exempt status
The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status. Some members of Congress have criticized the NFL for being tax-exempt while the league generates billions in revenue. Commissioner Roger Goodell says the status has become a “distraction.” Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell says the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income.  Goodell says the change will not alter the function or operation of the league, since all the teams already pay taxes.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, South Bend Cubs 5
Bowling Green Hot Rods 1, Great Lakes Loons 0
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Lake County Captains 1

Tonight
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 12:00 p.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 6:30 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 5)
Tonight
Toronto Marlies at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.                   (TOR Leads 2-0)
Chicago Wolves at Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m.                                 (Series Tied 1-1)

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Wheeling Nailers 5, Toledo Walleye 2                                        (Series Tied 3-3)

Last Night
Wheeling Nailers at Toledo Walleye, 7:35 p.m                            (Game 7)
MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Track and Field
Paw Paw 74, Dowagiac 59 – Boys
Paw Paw 94, Dowagiac 38 – Girls
Berrien Springs 100, Edwardsburg 36 – Boys
Edwardsburg 79, Berrien Springs 55 – Girls

Baseball
Lakeshore 3, Portage Northern 1 – Game 1
Lakeshore 11, Portage Northern 2 – Game 2
Buchanan 5, Lake Michigan Catholic 1 – Game 1
Buchanan 11, Lake Michigan Catholic 1 – Game 2
Niles 4, Portage Central 2 – Game 1
Portage Central 10, Niles 0 – Game 2
South Haven 9, Berrien Spring 3 – Game 1
South Haven 11, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 2
Paw Paw 5, Coloma 0 – Game 1
Paw Paw 12, Coloma 7 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 15, Dowagiac 1 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 10, Dowagiac 2 – Game 2
Decatur 10, Hartford 0 – Game 1
Decatur 16, Hartford 1 – Game 2
New Buffalo 8, Bridgman 7 – 12 Innings

Softball
Lakeshore 9, Portage Northern 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 11, Portage Northern 1 – Game 2
River Valley 18, Benton Harbor 1 – Game 1
River Valley 15, Benton Harbor 5 – Game 2
Buchanan 2, Lake Michigan Catholic 1 – Game 1
Buchanan 11, Lake Michigan Catholic 1 – Game 2
Bridgman 16, New Buffalo 1 – Game 1
Bridgman 17, New Buffalo 0 – Game 2
Portage Central 10, Niles 0 – Game 1
Portage Central 15, Niles 0 – Game 2
South Haven 14, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 1
South Haven 11, Berrien Springs 0 – Game 2
Coloma 6, Paw Paw 2 – Game 1
Coloma 10, Paw Paw 0 – Game 2
Edwardsburg 15, Dowagiac 6 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 5, Dowagiac 2 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic 5, Cassopolis 1

Girls Tennis
St. Joseph 5, Portage Northern 3
Portage Central 7, Lakeshore 1
Edwardsburg 8, Niles 0
Dowagiac 6, Coloma 2
Buchanan 8, Eau Claire 0

Today
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph at Portage Central, 6:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Coloma, 5:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.

Track and Field
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 4:00 p.m.
Centreville at Cassopolis, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Michigan Lutheran at Watervliet Grace Christian, 4:30 p.m.