Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 5/13/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 2, Minnesota Twins 1 – 10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 4, Milwaukee 2
Chicago Cubs 6, N.Y. Mets 1

Tigers 2, Twins 1 – F/10 – Kinsler’s hit lifts Tigers over Twins 2-1 in 10 innings
Ian Kinsler’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Anthony Gose hit a one-out double off Ryan Pressly (1-1), and Kinsler followed with a flare that dropped into shallow center field. Angel Nesbitt (1-1) pitched the 10th for his first career win. J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers in the fourth inning, and Minnesota tied it in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Torii Hunter. Alfredo Simon allowed a run and six hits in 7 2-3 innings for the Tigers. He struck out six and walked one. Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson was impressive as well, allowing a run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out six.

White Sox 4, Brewers 2 – Sale strikes out 11, White Sox snap skid
Chris Sale struck out 11 in eight solid innings in his return from suspension to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Chicago ended a seven-game road losing streak despite another modest offensive effort. It didn’t matter with Sale (3-1) on the mound, as the lanky left-hander made every run count before David Robertson converted his sixth save to end it. Milwaukee’s Elian Herrera homered for the third straight day, but Brewers reliever Michael Blazek (3-1) faltered late. Sale looked nothing like the pitcher who’d given up 13 runs over his previous two starts against Minnesota and Detroit in returning from a five-game suspension for his role in an April 23 brawl with Kansas City. The biggest reason was his command.

Cubs 6, Mets 1 – Arrieta, Bryant lead Cubs past Mets 6-1
Jake Arrieta pitched eight sparkling innings, Kris Bryant homered for the second straight day and the Chicago Cubs spoiled Noah Syndergaard anticipated debut with a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Arrieta (4-3) had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed one run and three hits. The right-hander had dropped each his last two starts. Bryant had three hits, including his first major league triple. The rookie star hit a leadoff shot against Hansel Robles in the eighth, sending a towering shot to the back of the bleachers in left.

Minnesota (Nolasco 2-1) at Detroit (Lobstein 3-2), 7:08 p.m.      WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
N.Y. Mets (Harvey 5-1) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 3-1), 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 1-3) at Milwaukee (Nelson 1-3), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Verlander pleased after light bullpen session
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw a light bullpen session, taking another step in his recovery from a triceps strain. The right-hander says he wasn’t trying to push things too much, and the next step will be a full bullpen session at some point, assuming his arm responds well to Tuesday’s work. The 32-year-old Verlander hasn’t pitched yet this season. He’s made fewer than 30 starts in a season only once in his career _ when he pitched only 11 1/3 innings while making his major league debut in 2005.

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Montreal Canadiens 1                              (TB Wins 4-2)

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m.                   (Series Tied 3-3, Game 7)

NHL – Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival has ankle surgery
Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival has undergone surgery on his fractured left ankle and should return in 3-4 months. Rozsival was hurt when he lost his balance and fell backward in Chicago’s series-ending victory at Minnesota last week.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 106, Chicago Bulls 101                              (CLE Leads 3-2)
Houston Rockets 124, Los Angeles Clippers 103                         (LAC Leads 3-2)
Atlanta Hawks 106, Washington Wizards 101                             (Series tied 2-2)
Golden State Warriors 101, Memphis Grizzlies 84                      (Series tied 2-2)

Game 5: Cavaliers 106, Bulls 101 – LeBron scores 38, Cavs down Bulls 106-101 in heated Game 5
LeBron James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 106-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their testy Eastern Conference semifinal. Showing no ill effects from a sprained left ankle, James, who added 12 rebounds, six assists and didn’t have a turnover in 41 minutes, ensured the Cavs will again play at home this season. They can wrap up the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday night back at United Center in Chicago, where the teams exchanged buzzer-beating victories last weekend. The drama wasn’t quite as high in Game 5, but it was close and it was intense. Jimmy Butler scored 29 and Mike Dunleavy 19 for Chicago. Derrick Rose scored 16, 12 in the first quarter, but shot just 2 of 15 in the final three quarters.

Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks, 8:00 p.m.                        (Series tied 2-2)
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m.             (Series tied 2-2)

NBA – New Orleans dumps coach
Head coach Monty Williams has been fired by the New Orleans Pelicans despite leading the team to 45 victories and its first playoff appearance in four years.  The decision came only weeks after owner Tom Benson congratulated Williams and the entire basketball operations staff for “a job well done.” Williams was 173-221 with two playoff appearances in five seasons with the franchise.

NBA – NBA sets draft site
NBA draft will be held at the Barclays Center, the home of the Nets, on June 25.  It’s the third consecutive year the draft will be held in Brooklyn.  The NBA draft lottery will determine the first 14 picks of the draft. Minnesota holds the highest chance of obtaining the No. 1 pick, followed by New York and Philadelphia. The lottery is set for next Tuesday.

NFL – Lions sign WR Moore, also add local product Martin
The Detroit Lions have signed free agent wide receiver Lance Moore to a one-year contract. The Lions announced that deal Tuesday. They also said they have signed running back Desmond Martin and released running back Rasheed Williams. Moore caught 14 passes for 198 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Prior to that, he played eight seasons for the New Orleans Saints. Martin joins the team as an undrafted free agent out of Wayne State in Detroit. He participated in the Lions’ rookie minicamp.

NFL – Bears claim TE Pantale off waivers
The Chicago Bears have claimed tight end Chris Pantale off waivers from the New York Jets.  The Bears announced the move on Tuesday. Pantale played in five games last season with the Jets, mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-5 Pantale played his college ball at Boston College, grabbing 98 balls for 986 yards and seven touchdowns.

NFL – Investigator defends work
The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insists that he found direct and not just circumstantial evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, Ted Wells decided to take the unusual step of holding a conference call with reporters, a day after the NFL suspended the Super Bowl MVP for the season’s first four games based on the report. The Patriots were fined $1 million and stripped of two draft picks for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. Wells said his findings would have been strong enough to convince a jury under the “preponderance of evidence” standard, which is used in many civil cases. His voice frequently rising, Wells testily rebutted assertions from Brady’s agent, who questioned Wells’ independence because his firm does other business with the NFL.

NCAA Football – Michigan State’s Sims set to finish career elsewhere
Michigan State wide receiver Andre Sims has been released from his scholarship so he can complete his final year of eligibility elsewhere after graduating last week.  Sims earned a degree in journalism. Coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans wish him the best of luck entering his final season. Sims caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in three seasons with the Spartans.

NCAA Football – Michigan says Norfleet’s status an `internal matter’
Michigan says wide receiver Dennis Norfleet’s status is an “internal matter” after his high school coach said he was no longer a member of the Wolverines. Detroit King coach Dale Harvel told The Detroit News and MLive.com on Tuesday that Norfleet was dismissed from the team. The 5-foot-7 Norfleet has caught 21 passes for 157 yards in three seasons at Michigan. He has made a bigger impact on special teams, averaging 23.4 yards per kick return.

NCAA Football – Fisher: Ex-Irish quarterback Golson visited Florida State
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he has met with Everett Golson about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles. Fisher told reporters Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, that Golson visited Florida State’s Tallahassee campus on Monday. The coach said he would not promise playing time to Golson and that it was up to the player if he wanted to join the Seminoles. Fisher said, “We have to do what gives us the best chance to be successful.” Florida State is looking for a replacement for Jameis Winston, who was the first overall pick in the NFL draft last month. SI.com also reported that Golson was in Gainesville, Florida, on Tuesday meeting with Gators coach Jim McElwain.

NASCAR – Busch to return to driving
Kyle Busch will drive in NASCAR’s All-Star Saturday at Charlotte, his first competition since he was seriously injured in a crash at Daytona nearly three months ago.  Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a Feb. 21 wreck in the season-opening Xfinity Series race, crashing into a wall that was not protected by an energy-absorbing SAFER barrier at 90 mph.

Hockey World Cup – U.S. clinches first
Jack Eichel scored with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the U.S. a 5-4 victory over Slovakia at the ice hockey world championship.The win enabled the Americans to finish first in Group B with six wins and one loss. The young U.S. team will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

Horse Racing – Veteran trainer to skip Preakness
The Preakness is out for trainer Todd Pletcher who says he will not enter any of the four horses he was considering for Saturday’s race at Pimlico Race Course. Materiality is expected to run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 after finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby.  Pletcher’s other Preakness possibilities were Derby 10th-place finisher Carpe Diem, Competitive Edge and Stanford.

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

Dayton Dragons at Great Lakes Loons, 10:35 a.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at West Michigan Whitecaps, 11 a.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Grand Rapids Griffins at Rockford Ice Hogs, 8:00 p.m.                 (GR Leads 2-0)

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Fort Wayne Komets at Toledo Walleye, 7:35 p.m.                         (Series tied 3-3, Game 7)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Portage Central 9, St. Joseph 1 – Game 1
St. Joseph 4, Portage Central 1 – Game 2
St. Joseph and Portage Central split their doubleheader with the Mustangs taking the opener 9-1.  Joe Stewart had 3 RBI’s for PC in the opener.  The Bears responded with a 4-1 win in game 2.  Senior Jake Mavis pitched a complete game, only allowing one run.  Brad King drove in two and scored on a passed ball to give St. Joe the split.

Lakeshore 8, Niles 6 – Game 1
Lakeshore 4, Niles 0 – Game 2
Portage Northern 15, Benton Harbor 0 – Game 1
Portage Northern 4, Benton Harbor 1 – Game 2
Mattawan 2, Kalamazoo Central 1 – Game 1
Mattawan 7, Kalamazoo Central 6 – Game 2
River Valley 13, Michigan Lutheran 6 – Game 1
River Valley 10, Michigan Lutheran 0 – Game 1
Buchanan 6, Brandywine 0 – Game 1
Buchanan 6, Brandywine 1 – Game 2
Centreville 6, Bridgman 3 – Game 1
Centreville 9, Bridgman 5 – Game 2
Berrien Springs 1, Allegan 0 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 4, Allegan 2 – Game 2


Wolverine Conference Tournament
South Haven 3, Sturgis 1
South Haven’s Jason John struck out 7 and threw a no-hitter as South Haven advanced to the second round of the Wolverine Conference tournament with a 3-1 win at Sturgis. Alec Washegesic had an RBI triple as the Rams scored twice in the first inning.

Edwardsburg 4, Plainwell 0
Vicksburg 3, Coloma 2
Paw Paw 3, Three Rivers 1

Lakeshore 4, Niles 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 15, Niles 3 – Game 2
Lakeshore swept Niles 4-0 and 15-3 in a doubleheader.  Jacki Nate had three hits in the first game while Becca Meyer had two hits and two RBI’s.  Taylor Simon struck out 8 and only allow three hits.  In the second game, Rachel Clem had two home runs and Rachel Reidel had a home run and a triple with 3 RBI’s in the nightcap.


Portage Central 1, St. Joseph 0 – Game 1
Portage Central 5, St. Joseph 0 – Game 2
River Valley 14, Michigan Lutheran 3 – Game 1
Michigan Lutheran 8, River Valley 5 – Game 2
Mattawan 12, Kalamazoo Central 0 – Game 1
Mattawan 16, Kalamazoo Central 1 – Game 2
Coloma 12, Edwardsburg 11 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 18, Coloma 6 – Game 2
Watervliet Grace Christian 10, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Watervliet Grace Christian 9, Eau Claire 3 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Bangor 5, Dowagiac 0

Girls Tennis
Buchanan 6, Dowagiac 2
Sturgis 7, Niles 1
Brandywine 8, South Haven 0

Girls Soccer
Battle Creek Central at Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at St. Joseph, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Niles, 5:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer  – Wolverine Conference Tournament
Championship Bracket
Coloma at Otsego, 4:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Edwardsburg, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Vicksburg, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer  – Wolverine Conference Tournament
Consolation round robin
Sturgis at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.

Kalamazoo Central at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Gobles at Fennville, 4:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Marcellus, 4:15 p.m.

Gobles at Fennville, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis
Elkhart Central (IN) at Edwardsburg, 4:30 p.m.