Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 6/24/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 7, Cleveland Indians 3
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota Twins 2
Chicago Cubs 1, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 – 10 innings

Tigers 7, Indians 3 – Tigers beat Indians again 7-3
David Price allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings and Detroit scored six times in the fifth to continue its dominance over the Cleveland Indians with a 7-3 win on Tuesday night.  The Tigers are 9-2 against the Indians and have won all five games at Progressive Field this season. Detroit is 20-5 in Cleveland over the past three seasons. Price (7-2) scattered nine hits and struck out seven. The left-hander is 9-1 in his last 11 starts against Cleveland, including a shutout at Comerica Park on June 12. Miguel Cabrera was 2 for 5 and is hitting .619 (26 for 42) with five homers and 16 RBIs in the season series. He’s 15 for 22 in five games in Cleveland. Ironically, Cabrera’s weak tapper with the bases loaded in the fifth helped turn the game in Detroit’s favor. Danny Salazar (6-3) committed an error on the apparent inning-ending double play grounder that broke a 1-all tie.

White Sox 6, Twins 2 – Samardzija, White Sox top Twins 6-2
Jeff Samardzija struck out seven batters in seven innings for just his second win in nine starts on the road this season, and the White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Tuesday to snap a seven-game losing streak away from Chicago. Geovany Soto had two RBI singles and Melky Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run on a two-out single seventh to give Samardzija (5-4) the victory, sending Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (5-4) to his first loss in seven starts at home this year. Jose Abreu had a career-high four hits for the White Sox, who stopped another dubious slide by topping three runs for the first time in 10 games. That was their longest such run since 1976.

Cubs 1, Dodgers 0 – F/10 – Cubs beat Dodgers 1-0 in 10 innings for 4th straight win
Chris Denorfia hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two singles and a walk. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then replaced Joel Peralta (1-1) with Kenley Jansen and brought the infield in. Los Angeles got one out when Addison Russell bounced into a fielder’s choice, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez juggling the ball before making a strong throw to the plate. But Denorfia followed with a line drive to center that Joc Pederson brought in on the run, giving him no chance of making a play.

Detroit (Farmer 0-1) at Cleveland (Carrasco 8-6), 12:10 p.m.    WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 11:45
Chicago White Sox (Sale 6-3) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 5-6), 1:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Bolsinger 4-2) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 2-3), 8:05 p.m.

MLB – Verlander scratched from Wednesday’s start with stiff back
Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has been scratched from Wednesday’s start against the Cleveland Indians because of back stiffness. Verlander is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander felt the stiffness during his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

MLB – Fan makes great catch over tarp while holding baby
A man holding a baby made a great barehanded catch over the glove of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday night, prompting a replay review. With two out and none on in the second inning at Wrigley Field, Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel fouled off a pitch from Zack Greinke. Gonzalez chased the popup and reached over the rolled-up tarp while trying to make a play, but the man reached out and grabbed the ball with his right hand while carrying a baby sucking on a bottle in his left arm. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and argued for fan interference. While the play was being reviewed, the crowd roared as the sequence was shown again on ballpark’s videoboards. After a short delay, the call was reversed and Hammel was ruled out, ending the inning.

NFL – Brady appeal goes into evening
Tom Brady and commissioner Roger Goodell have concluded a 10-hour hearing as the New England Patriots quarterback appealed his four-game suspension. Brady was punished by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. Brady’s attorney felt their side put in a very compelling case but had no other comments concerning the proceedings. The attorney said that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given. he NFL Players Association had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he could not be impartial and might be called as a witness. But Goodell said it was his responsibility to oversee the hearing to protect the integrity of the league.

NHL – Players open to an NHL expansion gamble in Las Vegas
If the NHL decides to gamble on an expansion franchise in the Nevada desert, most of the world’s top hockey players are cautiously optimistic that the ice wouldn’t melt. The growing possibility of NHL expansion to Las Vegas is a popular topic among players and executives this week with the league in town for its postseason awards show and executive meetings. The league could even announce the opening of a formal expansion process Wednesday. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is among several players who believe the league must make sure a team would work financially to avoid the problems of other Sun Belt franchises. But many players believe Sin City’s glamour and growing population would make for a hit in the rink and off the ice.

NHL – 3-on-3 OT on horizon
NHL overtime periods could have more open ice this season. The league’s general managers and the NHL Players’ Association have agreed to change the NHL’s regular-season overtime period from four-on-four hockey to three-on-three. The Board of Governors still must approve the change Wednesday when it meets in Las Vegas. A shootout will still take place if games remain tied after five minutes of three-on-three play, but the change is expected to reduce the number of shootouts. The Board also will consider a recommendation to allow coaches to challenge goalie interference calls and offside goals.

NHL – Increase in salary cap
The NHL’s salary cap will increase $2.1 million, to $71.4 million, for the upcoming season. The NHLPA triggered a 5 percent escalator clause in the collective bargaining agreement to boost the cap, while increasing player escrow payments. Despite the increase, the new cap figure will force several teams to shed payroll in an effort to get under the ceiling.

NCAA Baseball – CWS tied at 1-1
The College World Series finals are going to a third and deciding game following Virginia’s 3-0 win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Freshman Adam Haseley and Josh Sborz combined on a seven-hitter, and Thomas Woodruff hit a two-run single in a three-run sixth. Game 3 is Wednesday in Omaha.

FIFA – Canada 2015 – Women’s World Cup – Knockout Stage
Japan 2, Netherlands 1
-Quarterfinals begin Friday, USA vs. China Friday at 7:30, Canada vs. England Saturday at 7:30

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
2015 Midwest League All Star Game at Peoria, IL
Eastern Division 5, Western Division 0

East 5, West 0 – Cubs Null wins MVP of Midwest League All-Star Game
South Bend Cubs pitcher Jeremy Null struck out all three batters in the first inning, setting the tone as 14 different East Division pitchers struck out a total of 16 and gave up a total of three hits in a 5-0 blanking at the Midwest League All-Star Game.  Null was named the MVP of the game.