Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 8/12/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Kansas City Royals 6, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 3, Los Angeles Angels 0
Chicago Cubs 6, Milwaukee Brewers 3

Royals 6, Tigers 1 – Cain homers and gets 4 hits in Royals’ 6-1 win over Tigers
Lorenzo Cain went 4 for 4 with a home run and Yordano Ventura pitched six scoreless innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday night. Cain, who raised his average to .316, led off the sixth with his 12th homer, a mammoth shot to left field. Mike Moustakas snapped an 0-for-18 drought with a homer to right field with Kendrys Morales aboard in the same inning. Ventura (7-7), who is 3-1 since the All-Star break, limited the Tigers to two hits but walked a career-high six. He struck out eight, tying his season high. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the first, giving him 21 RBIs in the opening inning.

White Sox 3, Angels 0 – Rodon, Thompson lead White Sox past Angels, 3-0
Carlos Rodon threw seven scoreless innings, Trayce Thompson hit his first career home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Tuesday night. Rodon (5-4) had struggled in his previous four starts, going 1-2 with a 9.33 ERA. He did considerably better Tuesday, striking out a career-high 11, allowing four hits and finishing seven innings for the first time for the White Sox, who have won the first two of the three-game series. Hector Santiago (7-6) was making his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since being acquired by Los Angeles from the White Sox in a December 2013 three-team deal. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits while striking out four. That wasn’t enough to prevent the Angels from losing their eighth straight on the road, their longest streak since dropping nine in July 1993.

Cubs 6, Brewers 3 – Rizzo, Soler drive in 2 as surging Cubs beat Brewers 6-3
Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler each drove in two runs, Dan Haren picked up his first victory for the Cubs and Chicago won for the 11th time in 12 games, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Tuesday night. The Brewers, last in the NL Central, announced earlier in the day Doug Melvin is moving into an advisory role after 13 years as general manager. The Cubs, meanwhile, continue to roll. They started this three-game series on a winning note after sweeping four from defending champion San Francisco. Haren (8-7), acquired from Miami on July 31, pitched into the sixth. Rizzo had two hits, including an RBI double, and drew a bases-loaded walk. He is 19 for 42 in his past 12 games. Soler extended his hitting streak to 10, and Chicago took advantage of three errors along with some wild pitching on the way to yet another win.

Tonight
Milwaukee (Jungmann 6-3) at Chicago Cubs (Haren 7-7), 8:05 p.m.
Detroit (An.Sanchez 10-9) at Kansas City (Ventura 6-7), 8:10 p.m.       WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
L.A. Angels (Santiago 7-5) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 4-4), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Cabrera takes batting practice, could return to Tigers soon
Miguel Cabrera could be activated from the disabled list this weekend by the Detroit Tigers after taking batting practice and running the bases Tuesday. Cabrera has not played since July 3rd. That’s when he suffered a strained left calf while running the bases against Toronto. He was placed on the disabled list the next day for the first time in his career.

MLB – Home teams win all 15 games for first time in MLB history<
Home was the place to be in baseball Tuesday night.  When the Seattle Mariners beat Baltimore 6-5 in 10 innings, it marked the first time all 15 home teams won on the same day. Viewing every game as a 50-50 proposition independent of all others, STATS figured the odds of a home sweep on a night with a full major league schedule was 1 in 32,768.  STATS said previously the best performance by hosts had been 11-0, accomplished six times, three in the 1800s. The most recent occasion was Sept. 16, 1989.  Cleveland and Miami also needed extra innings to come out on top in their own ballparks. Other winners were: Toronto, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Minnesota, St. Louis, Arizona, San Diego, San Francisco, the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NFL – ‘Deflategate’ brings Tom Brady and Roger Goodell to court
New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are set to make their first appearances in Manhattan federal court to seek a solution to “Deflategate.” They’ll find a federal court judge eager to help them settle last season’s controversy over deflated footballs at the AFC championship game in time for the start of a new season next month. Goodell has suspended Brady four games, saying he had to know about the deflation. The NFL players union says Brady did nothing wrong. The Wednesday morning hearing scheduled before Judge Richard Berman is the kickoff to what could be a series of court proceedings. Berman has asked both sides including Goodell and Brady to meet with him privately a half hour before the hearing.

NFL – Jets Smith has broken jaw
Jets quarterback Geno Smith is out of action for 6-10 weeks after he suffered a broken jaw in an altercation with a teammate.  Coach Todd Bowles says linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali “sucker-punched” Smith prior to practice.  Enemkpali has been released.  The Jets are at the Lions in the preseason opener on Thursday

NCAA Softball – Probe clears coaches after softball player’s complaint
An internal Michigan State University investigation has cleared two coaches of any wrongdoing after a former player said one of them intentionally hit her with balls. Outfielder and Mattawan native Alyssa McBride says the coach twice hit her with pitches during practice. McBride says it happened after she made unflattering comments about the struggling program.

NCAA Football – Notre Dame football to appear on all-access Showtime series
Notre Dame football will be the subject of an all-access series on Showtime. The premium cable channel said Tuesday that “A Season With Notre Dame Football” will air weekly starting Sept. 8. The 30-minute episodes will be broadcast at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Production has begun on the show and cameras will follow players and coaches all season. Documentary-style programs about sports teams have become popular with TV networks after the success of HBO’s NFL training camp series “Hard Knocks.”

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
New York Liberty 84, Chicago Sky 63
Indiana Fever 73, Washington Mystics 62

Liberty 84, Sky 63 – Prince, Liberty cruise past short-handed Sky 84-63
Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points as the New York Liberty beat the short-handed Chicago Sky 84-63 on Tuesday night for their eighth victory in nine games. Prince was 9 of 13 from the field against her former team. Chicago was without WNBA scoring leader Elena Delle Donne. Kiah Stokes had a career-high 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New York.

Fever 73, Mystics 62 – Catchings with 20 points, leads Fever over Mystics 73-62
Tamika Catchings scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Indiana Fever beat the Washington Mystics 73-62 on Tuesday night for their fifth victory in six games since the All-Star break. Catchings also had six rebounds to move within one of Tina Thompson for second in WNBA history.

MHSAA – Practice begins for other fall sports
While football players have been on the practice fields for the last two days, other fall sports athletes have been forced to wait until today.  Sports like Cross Country, Boys Soccer and Tennis, Girls Golf, Volleyball, and Swimming all are allowed to begin practicing.   Football teams will be able to add the use of shoulder pads to their workouts today as well.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Beloit 7, South Bend 5
Wisconsin 5, West Michigan 3
Kane County 9, Great Lakes 1
Lansing 6, Clinton 4

Tonight
Lansing at Clinton, 7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes at Kane County, 7:30 p.m.
South Bend at Beloit, 8:00 p.m.
West Michigan at Wisconsin, 8:05 p.m.