Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 9/16/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 5, Minnesota Twins 4
Oakland A’s 17, Chicago White Sox 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Chicago Cubs 4 – Game 1
Chicago Cubs 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1 – Game 2

Tigers 5, Twins 4 – Martinez helps Tigers beat Twins 5-4
Victor Martinez had three hits and two RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Tuesday night. James McCann also had three hits for Detroit, and Alfredo Simon (13-9) pitched into the seventh inning. Bruce Rondon allowed a run in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save. The Tigers (66-78) were officially eliminated in the AL Central after winning the division title each of the last four years. Minnesota (75-69) is contending for an AL wild card, but Hughes (10-9) lasted just three innings in his return from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a back injury.

A’s 17, White Sox 6 – A’s have 10-run fourth in 17-6 rout of White Sox
Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs during a 10-run fourth inning to power the Oakland Athletics to a 17-6 rout of the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night. Billy Butler had three hits and three runs batted in, and Eric Sogard and Jake Smolinski each had a pair of RBIs as the Athletics snapped a six-game losing streak against Chicago. Reddick had a two-run homer and a two-run single in the big inning. The 17 runs were the most by the A’s since they scored 18 on Sept. 11, 2013, against the Minnesota Twins. Aaron Brooks (2-3) allowed six runs on 10 hits in six-plus innings for the win. Brooks had been 0-3 with a 14.14 ERA in his last five games in the majors with an opponents’ batting average of .439 before Tuesday. Melky Cabrera had a homer and three RBIs and Alexei Ramirez had a solo homer for the White Sox.

Pirates 5, Cubs 4 – G1/Cubs 2, Pirates 1 – G2 – Cubs top Pirates 2-1 to earn doubleheader split
Jon Lester limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to five hits while picking up his first complete game of the season and the Chicago Cubs earned a doubleheader split with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Lester (10-10) walked one and struck out nine while picking up his 12th career complete game. David Ross and Javier Baez had two hits each for the Cubs. J.A. Happ (9-8) had his five-game winning streak end. Happ pitched in and out of trouble, allowing two runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. Aramis Ramirez had two hits but Pittsburgh’s rejiggered lineup mustered little against Lester. Earlier in the day Pedro Florimon scored on Starling Marte’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. Florimon entered as a pinch runner after Pedro Alvarez worked a leadoff walk against Justin Grimm (3-5). Florimon stole second and moved to third when the throw from catcher Jesus Montero rolled into center field.

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 19-6) at Pittsburgh (Burnett 8-5), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Da.Norris 2-2) at Minnesota (E.Santana 5-4), 8:10 p.m. WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Oakland (Co.Martin 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (E.Johnson 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

NFL – Stadium roof to stay closed for Colts game after bolt fell
The roof of Lucas Oil Stadium will stay closed for the Indianapolis Colts’ home opener as officials continue to investigate why a bolt fell there earlier this month. Three people were injured by the bolt, which was sheared off by the retractable roof as it was opening during a Colts preseason game Sept. 3. Capital Improvement Board executive director Barney Levengood says Monday’s Colts game and high school football games Friday and Saturday will go on as scheduled. Levengood tells the Indianapolis Star that the board believes the stadium is safe if the roof isn’t operated. He says he’s not sure when the roof would be cleared to open again. The roof investigation includes the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority and those who worked on Lucas Oil Stadium

NFL – Grubman: San Diego, St. Louis won’t make stadium pitches
The NFL’s point man on Los Angeles says he’s decided officials from San Diego and St. Louis who are trying to keep their NFL teams won’t make presentations on their stadium plans at the owners meeting next month. Eric Grubman says he felt the back-and-forth discussion the presentations might spark “usually doesn’t happen at league meetings when there are outside presenters, and particularly when we have a full agenda.” Grubman says it’s likely the NFL will be talking to the cities directly during the next several weeks. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed a $2 billion stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood. In response, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have proposed to jointly build a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson.

NCAA Football – Notre Dame loses TE Smythe to season-ending knee injury
Notre Dame starting tight end Durham Smythe will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Brian Kelly said Smythe tore the MCL in his right knee late in the fourth quarter against Virginia. Kelly says Smythe had surgery Tuesday and also underwent surgery for an injured right shoulder. Smythe, entered the season with one career catch and had two this year. Smythe is the fourth starter with a season-ending injury for the eighth-ranked Irish (2-0), who play No. 14 Georgia Tech (2-0) Saturday. Nose guard Jarron Jones and running back Tarean Folston sustained knee injuries while quarterback Malik Zaire fractured his ankle against Virginia. The Irish have four other tight ends on the depth chart, but none has caught a pass.

NCAA Football – Eastern Michigan to sell beer at this weekend’s football game
Eastern Michigan will sell beer during Saturday’s football game against Ball State in what the school calls a one-game pilot program. The beer will be available only in a cordoned-off area overlooking the field, and the area will be accessible only to fans 21 and older. EMU says more than 32 schools nationwide sell alcohol at football games, with several starting programs in the past two years. The school says it will assess the pilot program before deciding whether to offer beer in the future. EMU athletic director Heather Lyke says in a statement that athletic programs across the country are looking for alternate revenue streams and trying to enhance the game experience for fans, and selling alcohol has been part of that.

WNBA – Pope, Madonna, Avengers force WNBA playoff scheduling issues
The Pope, Madonna and the Avengers are forcing the WNBA to get creative with its playoff scheduling. The New York Liberty, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, will open at home on Friday against either Washington or Indiana. The Liberty can’t play Thursday night because Madonna will be performing the second of two concerts at Madison Square Garden. The Chicago Sky already have moved their opening game of the playoffs to their old home at the University of Illinois-Chicago because Marvel Universe Live! will be performing at the Allstate Arena from Friday to Sunday that week. They start setting up Wednesday. It’s not the first time that the Sky have had a conflict. Chicago played Game 3 of the WNBA Finals last year at UIC.  Los Angeles has to move Game 2 of its series with Minnesota out of the Staples Center to Long Beach on Sunday because the arena wasn’t available. The Emmys are taking place that night near the arena. The Phoenix-Tulsa series, which begins Thursday, has no conflicts.

2024 Olympics – IOC: 5 cities in running to host 2024 Olympic Games
It’s official: five cities are in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. The IOC announced the final list of bidders Wednesday: Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The deadline for submission of bid entries passed at Tuesday at midnight in Switzerland. There were no surprises as the five previously declared bid cities were on the list. Toronto decided against a last-minute bid, as did the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. The IOC will select the host city in September 2017.

Sailing – America’s Cup World Series set for Chicago in June
Shunned to host the America’s Cup itself, Chicago has been awarded an America’s Cup World Series stop in June. It will be the first time a freshwater venue has hosted America’s Cup-affiliated racing in the event’s 164-year history. The America’s Cup World Series is a qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. The Chicago regatta, announced Tuesday, will be held June 10-12 at Navy Pier. Two-time America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA considered Chicago to host the 2017 America’s Cup before it was awarded to Bermuda, a British overseas territory.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – 2015 Midwest League Finals – (Best of 5)
Cedar Rapids Kernels at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.       (Game 1)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Portage Northern 4, Lakeshore 0
Mattawan 5, Kalamazoo Central 1
Gull Lake 4, Battle Creek Central 0
Watervliet Grace Christian 7, Barry County Christian 0
-Mason Thompson 6 Goals

Girls Volleyball
Coloma 3, Fennville 0
Watervliet 3, Hartford 2
Decatur 3, Eau Claire 0
Schoolcraft 3, Lawton 0
Marcellus 3, Lawrence 0
Watervliet Grace Christian 3, Barry County Christian 2

Boys Tennis
Bridgman 4, Galesburg-Augusta 4 – TIE

Girls Volleyball
St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo Central at Lakeshore, 4:30 p.m.
Portage Central, Portage Northern, Gull Lake, BC Central, BC Lakeview at Niles, 4:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bronson, 7:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Centreville, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 7:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Parchment, 6:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer
Michigan Lutheran at Lake Michigan Catholic, 5:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at South Haven, 6:45 p.m.
Vicksburg at Edwardsburg, 5:30 p.m.
Sturgis at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Allegan at Three Rivers, 6:45 p.m.
Parchment at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Gobles at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Marcellus, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.