Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 5/6/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, May 06, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit Tigers 2
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Chicago Cubs 4

White Sox 5, Tigers 2 – White Sox end 5-game slide with 5-2 victory over Tigers
Jeff Samardzija pitched seven effective innings, and the Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Back at home after a strange road trip, the White Sox chased Shane Greene (3-2) in the third inning of their first win in nine days. Two of their three games in Baltimore were postponed due to rioting near Camden Yards, and they were swept in a four-game series at Minnesota. Samardzija (2-2) allowed a run in each of the first two innings, and then pitched four-hit ball for the rest of his outing. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one in his first game since he took the loss for a rocky five innings in front of an empty ballpark in an 8-2 loss to the Orioles last Wednesday. Alex Avila homered for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler had an RBI single.

Cardinals 7, Cubs 4 – Cardinals rally past Cubs again, win 7-4
Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds doubled off the wall in center field to snap a tie in the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied from three runs down to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Tuesday night, their eighth straight victory. Matt Carpenter of St. Louis tied the game with a three-run homer off Kyle Hendricks in the fifth and finished with four RBIs. Kolten Wong added an RBI in the seventh on an infield single, his third hit of the game, and Trevor Rosenthal earned his ninth save in 10 chances. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and a walk but grounded out with the bases loaded against Miguel Socolovich to end the eighth. Starlin Castro had two RBIs on a forceout in the fifth when the Cardinals couldn’t quite turn a double play and rookie Kris Bryant scored from second. The Cubs have lost a season-long four straight.

Tonight
Detroit (Simon 4-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 2-1), 8:10 p.m.  WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Chicago Cubs (Lester 1-2) at St. Louis (Lynn 1-2), 8:15 p.m.

MLB – Tigers RHP Verlander gets MRI for right triceps injury
Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander is awaiting the results of his third MRI for his strained right triceps. Verlander had the test on Tuesday on Chicago. He is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program. Verlander began the season on the disabled list, and then cut short a simulated game due to fatigue and soreness. The 2011 AL MVP says he feels “a little bit better.” He also says he hopes to start throwing again soon. The AL Central-leading Tigers were in Chicago on Tuesday for the opener of a three-game set against the White Sox.

MLB – White Sox frustrated by slow start
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says everyone is responsible for the team’s slow start. Chicago had lost five straight entering Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. Expected to contend for the AL Central title coming into the year, it began the day in last place. Hahn says everyone with the team is “disappointed and frustrated.” He says “We’re all accountable for where we sit right now.” Asked about manager Robin Ventura’s job security, Hahn returned to his emphasis on shared accountability. He said: “We’re all in this together.” The White Sox got Adam Eaton back for the series opener after the speedy center fielder missed three games due to an illness. But he began the day with a .192 batting average.

NBA – 2015 NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Atlanta Hawks 106, Washington Wizards 90                               (Series Tied 1-1)
Memphis Grizzlies 97, Golden State Warriors 90                        (Series Tied 1-1)

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Clevland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m.                           (CHI leads 1-0)
Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets, 9:30 p.m.                   (LAC leads 1-0)

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 1, Minnesota Wild 0                                    (CHI Leads 3-0)
Calgary Flames 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 – OT                                     (ANA Leads 2-1)

Blackhawks 1, Wild 0 – Kane scores for Blackhawks in 1-0 win vs. Wild, for 3-0 lead
Patrick Kane scored in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks made the superstar’s goal stand up for a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Chicago took a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Game 4 is in Minnesota again on Thursday. Kane has six goals and five assists in nine playoff games, bouncing back just fine from the broken collarbone that kept him out of the last quarter of the regular season. Crawford made 30 saves, giving him 90 on 94 shots in the three games. Stifled time after time on chance after chance, the Wild have scored just once over their last 150-plus minutes on the ice.

Tonight
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.                 (TB Leads 2-0)
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m.                   (WSH Leads 2-1)

NCAA Football – New bowls push FBS postseason to 42 games, needing 82 teams
The NCAA certified three new bowls to push the total number of postseason games in major college football to new high of 42. Debuting this season will be the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and as yet unnamed games in Tucson, Arizona, and Austin, Texas. A game in Little Rock, Arkansas, was also up for certification, but Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association, said organizers recently asked to be considered for the 2016-17 season. ESPN first reported the new bowls had been certified. The Austin and Orlando games will match teams from the American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference. The Tucson game will feature the Mountain West and Conference USA. The new bowls mean 82 of 128 FBS teams will play in the postseason next season.

Boxing – Pacquiao sued for failure to disclose injury
Manny Pacquiao is in danger of losing another decision in the wake of his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on Saturday. Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit filed by two plaintiffs who allege they were defrauded after paying to watch his fight because Pacquiao failed to disclose his shoulder was injured. The suit seeks class action status on behalf of anyone who bought tickets, purchased pay-per-view or bet on the fight. The suit comes as Nevada boxing regulators are looking into possible disciplinary action against Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury suffered in training for the fight.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, PPD, rain
South Bend Cubs 3, Great Lakes Loons 0

Today
Great Lakes Loons at South Bend Cubs, 10:35 a.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 5:05 p.m. (doubleheader)

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Tonight
Rockford Ice Hogs at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:05 p.m.                 (Game 1)

AHL – Rockford Renames Itself “Griffinville” For Two Weeks
Your GPS will still say Rockford Michigan, but for the next two weeks the Kent County city is now known as Griffinville.  Signage has been updated to reflect the change as the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Rockford Ice Hogs from Illinois in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs.  The Western Conference semifinal series begins Wednesday.  The Griffins advanced by knocking off the Toronto Marlies in the opening round.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League – 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Fort Wayne Komets 3, Toledo Walleye 2 – OT                                        (TOL Leads 2-1)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Track and Field
St. Joseph, Lakeshore at Portage Northern
Boys

  • Lakeshore 90.5, St. Joseph 71.5
  • Portage Northern 104, St. Joseph 56
  • Portage Northern 106, Lakeshore 57

Girls

  • Lakeshore 99.5, St. Joseph 63.5
  • Portage Northern 115, St. Joseph 45
  • Portage Northern 101, Lakeshore 62

Benton Harbor, Niles, at Portage Central
Boys

  • Niles 136, Benton Harbor 25
  • Portage Central 118, Benton Harbor 44
  • Niles 87.5, Portage Central 75.5

Girls

  • Niles 113, Benton Harbor 26
  • Portage Central 137, Benton Harbor 18
  • Portage Central 114, Niles 43

Berrien Springs, Coloma, Dowagiac, at Edwardsburg
Boys

  • Edwardsburg 76, Dowagiac 51
  • Edwardsburg 71, Coloma 57
  • Berrien Springs 90, Dowagiac 31

Girls

  • Edwardsburg 85, Dowagiac 36
  • Edwardsburg 97, Coloma 25
  • Dowagiac 53, Berrien Springs 48

Girls Soccer
Brandywine 3, River Valley 0
Fennville 5, Watervliet 1

(Note: All area baseball and softball games scheduled yesterday were postponed due to weather)

Today
Girls Soccer
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Niles, 5:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Mattawan, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Coloma, 6:45 p.m.
Saugatuck at Comstock, 6:30 p.m.
Bangor at Kalamazoo Hackett, 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.

Baseball
St. Joseph at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Paw Paw at Mattawan, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Bridgman at New Buffalo, 4:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Lake Mich. Catholic 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
St. Joseph at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Benton Harbor at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
South Haven at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Mendon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Watervliet at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Decatur, 4:30 p.m.

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