Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 8/5/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Kansas City Royals 5, Detroit Tigers 1
Tampa Bay Rays 11, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 0

Royals 5, Tigers 1 – Perez homers to lift Royals to 5-1 win over Tigers
Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Tuesday night. Danny Duffy (5-5) allowed one run on five hits and four walks in seven innings, only striking out two. Justin Verlander (1-4) struggled in his ninth start of the season, allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings.  The game was overshadowed by the announcement that Dave Dombrowski was being replaced as Detroit’s general manager by his top assistant, Al Avila. In 14 years with the Tigers, Dombrowski took one of the worst franchises in the game and took it to six postseason appearances including World Series losses in 2006 and 2012. Detroit came into the season looking for a fifth straight AL Central title, but now trail the Royals by 12 ½ games.

Rays 11, White Sox 3 – Rays back Archer with 4 homers, pound White Sox 11-3
Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays backed him with a season-high four homers while pounding Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 11-3 on Tuesday night. Archer (10-8) allowed two runs and six hits for his first win since June 23, and the Rays matched their highest home run total since Sept. 7. Logan Forsythe, Mikie Mahtook, Asdrubal Cabrera and Richie Shaffer all went deep. Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera each had three hits, and Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 against Chicago. Forsythe hit a two-run drive in the first. Mahtook made it 3-1 when he connected leading off the fifth, and the Rays chased Sale (9-7) in a five-run sixth. They sent 10 batters to the plate in that inning and added two more runs in the seventh on back-to-back homers off Daniel Webb by Cabrera and Shaffer _ the first major league hit for him.

Cubs 5, Pirates 0 – Arrieta, Rizzo leads Cubs over Pirates 5-0
Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo tied a career high with four hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Arrieta (12-6) allowed two singles, Andrew McCutchen in the fourth and Starling Marte in the seventh _ while striking out five and walking three. Tommy Hunter and Justin Grimm completed the three-hitter with one inning each as the Cubs (58-47) matched their longest winning streak of the season from May 11-16 and moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season. In his last nine starts, Arrieta is 6-1 with a 1.38 ERA. He improved to 5-1 in his career against the Pirates. Rizzo doubled and scored in both the third and fifth innings as the first baseman led the Cubs’ 14-hit attack with the fourth four-hit game of his career.

Tonight
Tampa Bay (E.Ramirez 8-4) at Chicago White Sox (Rodon 4-4), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Haren 7-7) at Pittsburgh (Locke 6-6), 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Cueto 0-0) at Detroit (Boyd 0-2), 7:08 p.m.            WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40

MLB – Dombrowski out as Tigers’ president, GM; Al Avila takes over
Dave Dombrowski is out as president and general manager of the Detroit Tigers and been replaced by Al Avila. The move was announced Tuesday by the Tigers, who are 51-54 and 11 ½ games out of first place in the AL Central. Dombrowski joined the Tigers as team president in 2002. He replaced Randy Smith as general manager after the team lost the first six games of the season.  He presided over Detroit’s AL-record 119 losses in 2003. But he built a roster that reached the postseason five times, losing the World Series in 2006 and 2012. Avila is the father of Tigers catcher Alex Avila. He served as Dombrowski’s top assistant since 2002 and worked under him with the Marlins.

MLB – Cubs activate LHP Wada from DL, send him to minors
The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.  Wada had been out since June 23 with left deltoid inflammation and was on a rehab assignment with Iowa. He is 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts for the Cubs this season.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Sky 106, Indiana Fever 82

Sky 106, Fever 82 – Delle Donne leads hot Chicago Sky over Fever 106-82
Elena Delle Donne had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks in just 23 minutes as the Chicago Sky defeated the Indiana Fever 106-82 on Tuesday night. Jamierra Faulkner added 16 points for Chicago. The Sky shot 72 percent in the first half and 63 for the game en route to sweeping the four-game season series for the first time in team history.

NHL – NHL entrusting live-game app, cable network to baseball
The National Hockey League is passing its digital puck to Major League Baseball in an unusual sports partnership. Major League Baseball will distribute the hockey league’s Internet streaming service and run the NHL’s cable-television network as part of an alliance announced Tuesday.  Terms of six-year contact between the two sports leagues weren’t announced. The deal entrusts the baseball league with the NHL GameCenter app that allows fans to watch most hockey games live on smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices. Annual subscriptions to the NHL app typically have cost $160, though the pricing for the upcoming year wasn’t announced Tuesday. Major League Baseball is taking over the app rights from NeuLion in January. The NHL’s cable-TV network will operate from the Secaucus, New Jersey, headquarters of the MLB network.

NCAA Football – Kelly says RB Bryant won’t play for Notre Dame in 2015
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has announced running back Greg Bryant will not play for the Irish this season, saying he failed to meet expectations.  Kelly previously had suspended Bryant for the first four games of this season for violating team rules. Kelly said Tuesday Bryant is permitted to practice, but will not occupy a spot on the 105-man roster. Bryant, who is from Delray Beach, Florida, was second on the team in rushing last season with 289 yards on 54 carries, a 5.4 yards per carry average that led the Irish. Tarean Folston led the team with 889 yards rushing on 175 carries.  Kelly announced linebacker Michael Deeb and tight end Mike Heuerman have been medically disqualified to play this season but remain on scholarship. Practice starts Friday.

NFL – Brady testimony released
The NFL Players Association has released a transcript of Tom Brady’s June testimony in the deflated balls controversy. In the 457-page document filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, Brady denies tampering with – or telling anyone to tamper with – footballs in the AFC championship game.  His testimony occurred in an arbitration hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell last week decided to uphold a four-game suspension of Brady issued by a subordinate. The league asked federal Judge Richard Berman last week to find that the NFL acted properly. Berman has ordered Brady and Goodell to appear before him next week. He has strongly urged they settle.  Brady was suspended after it was found that the Patriots had used deflated footballs in the AFC title game.

Olympics – Tokyo 2020 – Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo
Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano has refuted claims he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he designed the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Sano said his design is original and that he never saw the emblem for the Theatre de Liege before creating his logo. Sano said his geometric design uses a widely available font for the letter “T,” while the red circle in the logo was inspired by designer Yusaku Kamekura’s emblem for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Sano maintained that any similarity to the Belgian design was coincidental and said he was saddened and shocked by claims he plagiarized. Tokyo organizers said they researched trademarks inside and outside of Japan before deciding on the logo.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan 5, Clinton 4
Kane County 1, South Bend 0 – 12 Innings
Lansing 5, Wisconsin 0
Beloit 2, Great Lakes 0

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