Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 6/17/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Cincinnati Reds 5, Detroit Tigers 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Cleveland Indians 6, Chicago Cubs 0

Reds 5, Tigers 2 – Frazier, Bruce power Reds to 5-2 win over Tigers
Todd Frazier homered twice to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Michael Lorenzen allowed two runs and six hits with three walks in six innings. Kyle Ryan took his first major-league loss. He gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Ryan only surrendered five hits.

Pirates 3, White Sox 0 – Morton stays perfect, Pirates shut out White Sox again 3-0
Charlie Morton pitched seven innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Morton lowered his ERA to 1.62 after striking out three and walking one and not allowing a batter to reach third base. Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Indians 6, Cubs 0 – Santana powers Indians past Cubs 6-0
Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday night. Touted prospect Francisco Lindor contributed two hits in his first career start. Santana was just 3 for 28 with a home run and an RBI in his previous seven games.

Tonight
Detroit (Price 6-2) at Cincinnati (Cueto 4-4), 7:10 p.m.    WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Wada 0-1) at Cleveland (Marcum 3-1), 7:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Locke 3-3) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 3-6), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Report: Cardinals allegedly hacked Astros player information
Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on their former division rival’s players. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball, law enforcement officials and the two teams were not disclosing details of the investigation. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said subpoenas have been issued, though he did not provide details.

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Golden State Warriors 105, Cleveland Cavaliers 97                  (GSW Wins 4-2)

Game 6: Warriors 105, Cavaliers 97 – Warriors win NBA title, beat Cavaliers 105-97
The Golden State Warriors have won their first NBA championship since 1975, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had 25 points for the Warriors, who won the final three games after Cleveland had taken a 2-1 lead.  Andre Iguodala was named playoff MVP. The Warriors overcame LeBron James’ best efforts in the series and followed their 67-win regular season with a title after none of their players had any previous NBA Finals experience entering the series. Steve Kerr is the first rookie coach to win the title since Pat Riley with the Lakers in 1982. James finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, falling just shy of what would have been a record third triple-double in the series.

NBA – Trades, draft crucial for building Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons introduced newly acquired power forward Ersan Ilyasova on Tuesday. Coach and team president Stan Van Gundy says at this point in the team’s building process, the easiest way to acquire help may be by targeting players who aren’t on the open market. That means via the draft and trades. Detroit made a significant deal last week, acquiring Ilyasova from Milwaukee for Caron Butler and Shawne Williams. The 28-year-old Ilyasova gives the Pistons a replacement if restricted free agent Greg Monroe leaves, as well as another big player who can shoot from the perimeter. Van Gundy says small forward and backup center are still spots the team wants to address this offseason.

NHL – Chicago parade set for Thursday
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field. Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team’s third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. The parade will march along Monroe Street, beginning at Jefferson Street, and end at Michigan Avenue. The rally will be held afterward at Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears. The rally will be a free, but ticketed event. The mayor’s office says tickets will become available online at noon today through Ticketmaster.com. Individuals are allowed only four tickets each.

NHL – Saad’s new deal key part of Blackhawks’ offseason
Fresh off their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have to make some big decisions in a short period of time. The NHL draft begins on June 26 in Florida, and free agency starts on July 1. Key forwards Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger are eligible for restricted free agency, and the Blackhawks likely will have to shed some contracts this summer to comply with the salary cap. But general manager Stan Bowman is used to being busy this time of year. The Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night for the franchise’s sixth NHL title. It was the first time since 1938 that the team wrapped up the title at home, and the players’ celebration in their locker room ran into early Tuesday morning.

NFL – Lions owner Martha Ford attends minicamp
Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford spoke with reporters after practice Tuesday, the first day of the team’s minicamp. It was the first time she’s spoken to reporters in a formal setting since taking over the team last year following the death of her husband. She says she’s been to every away game along with the ones in Detroit, and it’s been an enjoyable part of her life. William Clay Ford died in March 2014, and Martha Ford took over his controlling interest in the team. Lions coach Jim Caldwell says she comes to practice often, and he speaks with her periodically. Ford says she’s hoping for more of the same after the team’s playoff appearance last season.

FIFA – 2015 Women’s World Cup
Yesterday – Group D
United States 1, Nigeria 0
Sweden 1, Australia 1 – TIE

USA 1, Nigeria 0 – US wins Group D
The United States has won Group D in the Women’s World Cup, improving to 2-0-1 in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria. Abby Wambach scored late in the first half as the Americans bounced back from Saturday’s scoreless tie against Sweden. It was Wambach’s 14th World Cup goal.

NCAA Baseball – Vandy/LSU win on Tuesday
Vanderbilt and LSU were Tuesday’s winners at the College World Series. Zander Wiel broke up Alex Young’s no-hit bid with a seventh-inning homer, and Philip Pfeifer and Kyle Wright combined on a five-hitter as the Commodores beat TCU 1-0. The Tigers eliminated Cal State Fullerton 5-3 as Alex Lange pitched his second complete game in three starts despite allowing 3 runs in the first inning.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s – Ex-Notre Dame women’s player receives Tillman Award
Former Notre Dame basketball player Danielle Green has been selected to receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service. Pat Tillman Foundation President Marie Tillman says Green’s decision to join the Army to serve her country was in line with the way her late husband lived. Green lost her left arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq as a soldier in 2004 and later became a counselor to veterans.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 7, Fort Wayne 1
Lansing 13, Bowling Green 3
Dayton 3, South Bend 1
Great Lakes 3, Lake County 2

Tonight
Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Dayton at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Lake County at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.