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Weekday Morning Sports Update with Dave Wolf



Midwest Family Radio Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 8, Tampa Bay Rays 6 (F/11)
Baltimore Orioles 5, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 0, (F/5, rain)

Tigers 8, Rays 6 – F/11 – Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6
Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night. Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour, a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass. Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau's wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead. Jim Johnson worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria's RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save. The Tigers, the AL second wild-card leader, won for the fifth time in 13 games.

Orioles 5, White Sox 1 – Tillman, Orioles beat White Sox for 3rd win in row
Chris Tillman threw eight strong innings and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles won their third in a row, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-1 Tuesday night. Nick Hundley homered, Chris Davis had a two-run double and Adam Jones and Delmon Young also drove in runs for the Orioles.  Tillman matched a career high with nine strikeouts, giving up one run and three hits. He won for the third time this month as Baltimore improved to 38-26 away from Camden Yards. Tillman's lone mistake came in the first when he allowed Jose Abreu's 32nd home run, tying the Orioles' Nelson Cruz and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the most in baseball. The homer was Abreu's first of the month. Jose Quintana who lost his third straight start.

Cubs 2, Giants 0 – F/5, Rain – Cubs outlast Giants 2-0 in rain-shortened game
Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4½ innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.  After a brief but heavy downpour, the game was delayed 4 hours, 34 minutes before it was called off at 1:16 a.m. Fewer than 1,000 fans remained. When the rain and the wind intensified in the middle of the fifth inning, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stopped play. The grounds crew couldn't get the manual tarp fully in place, leaving large portions of the infield exposed to rain for more than 10 minutes.

Tonight
Detroit (Porcello 13-8) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 9-9), 7:10 p.m.   WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:45
San Francisco (Peavy 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 6-13), 8:05 p.m.
Baltimore (W.Chen 12-4) at Chicago White Sox (Noesi 7-8), 8:10 p.m.

AL Central

W

L

GB

 

NL Central

W

L

GB

Royals

70

55

--

Brewers

71

55

--

Tigers

67

56

2

Cardinals

68

57

Indians

63

61

Pirates

64

62

7

White Sox

59

67

11½

Reds

61

65

10

Twins

55

69

14½

Cubs

55

70

15½

MLB – Tigers LHP Price returns to Tropicana Field
David Price admits it's going to be tough to pitch against his old pals. The former AL Cy Young winner returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday for the first time since the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to Detroit on July 31. Price is scheduled to start the finale of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. Price says he ``made a lot of long-lasting friendships'' during his time with the Rays. He says he'll not to smile when he's on the mound. The left-hander made his major league debut with Tampa Bay in 2008 and had spent his entire career with the team before the trade. Price's old locker in the Rays' clubhouse now has a mini-basketball net attached to it. He says he wishes he'd thought of putting that up. Price says he is not aware of any talks about a long-term deal with the Tigers. He can become a free agent after next season.

LLWS – Chicago beats Pearland, Texas, 6-1 in LLWS
Joshua Houston struck out five in five innings as Chicago's Jackie Robinson West beat Pearland, Texas, 6-1, in an elimination game in the Little League World Series last night. Chicago will face the loser of today's game between Las Vegas and Philadelphia on Thursday night. Chicago backed its starter with two three-run innings.

NFL – Lions release Drayton Florence
The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Drayton Florence. Detroit signed the veteran defensive back earlier this month, but he was cut before practice Tuesday. Florence started five games for Carolina last season. He started three for the Lions the previous season. The 33-year-old Florence has played in the NFL since 2003, spending his first five seasons with San Diego. After a season in Jacksonville, he played three years with Buffalo before his first stint with the Lions.

NFL – Cutler thinks Santonio Holmes can be good fit
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler thinks wide receiver Santonio Holmes can be a possible solution for the team's problems at the third wide receiver spot. Cutler has worked closely with Holmes since his signing Saturday as a possible third receiver to replace the injured Marquess Wilson. Although Holmes had a reputation for not getting along with teammates while with the Jets, Cutler thinks Holmes can be a fit in Chicago because of the team's leadership. Coach Marc Trestman said veteran Josh Morgan will get the first chance at playing the position Friday when the Bears are at Seattle in the third preseason game.

NFL – AP source: Bills bids to be submitted in 2 weeks
A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale is being conducted privately. The person added that the timetable has been pushed back to after Labor Day because the banking firm overseeing the sale extended a deadline last month in an attempt to increase the number of prospective bidders. A new owner is still expected to be identified by October, but it's not certain whether it will be in time to be approved by NFL owners at league meetings in early October. The Bills are for sale after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season
Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw.  Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery.   It's a huge blow to the nation's No. 5 team, which already has several major holes to fill on offense. The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, did not face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller's top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.

NCAA Football – Denbrock recovering from prostate cancer
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock disclosed Tuesday the reason he missed the start of training camp is he's recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Denbrock said he learned he had cancer while undergoing blood tests in June while applying for life insurance. He said the doctor believes he removed all the cancer.  Denbrock said it will be a while until he's back at full strength, but said he’s getting stronger every day. He said he didn't want to say how much he's been working ``because my wife and my doctor will probably hunt me down.'' He said he's been able to do more than he expected. He joked that the receivers were happiest to see him back, because coach Brian Kelly has filled in for him as receivers coach.

NCAA Football – MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability
Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league's new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference. The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal, which runs through the 2026-27 season, on Tuesday. The contract reworks the final three years of the current eight-year deal that MAC has with the network, and adds 10 years. The agreement gives ESPN exclusive rights to all MAC sporting events, and guarantees coverage of all football games on one of the ESPN television networks or its online network, ESPN3.

Tennis – US Open – Men's seeds
Novak Djokovic has been seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open with five-time champion Roger Federer No. 2. Djokovic beat Federer for the title at Wimbledon last month. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is No. 3, followed by David Ferrer and Milos Raonic. Djokovic has played in the last four finals at Flushing Meadows, winning the title in 2011. He lost to Rafael Nadal in 2010 and last year, and to Andy Murray in 2012.

NHL – NY Islanders owner announces sale
The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. In a statement Tuesday, the team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a ``substantial'' minority interest in the team. Terms were not immediately disclosed. The team says under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.  The team, which was founded in 1972, has announced plans to move from Long Island to Brooklyn following this season.

USA Basketball – Coach K done talking about Durant
While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. The reigning MVP and leading scorer stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. Now that they've had time to get over the surprise, they aren't dwelling on it. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski says ``I'm through talking about Kevin,'' as the Americans practiced for the upcoming Basketball World Cup.  ``We're done with that. We're on to this group. What a coach does, a coach coaches who he has, not who he doesn't have,'' Coach K said, before adding: ``You're married, you're with that woman, you're not thinking about who you dated.'' Durant pulled out Aug. 7, shortly after the Americans finished working out in Las Vegas, where a year earlier he announced his plans to play for the team this summer.

NASCAR – Edwards signs with Gibbs
Joe Gibbs Racing has hired Carl Edwards to drive a new fourth Sprint Cup car in 2015. The ARRIS Group will sponsor Edwards' No. 19 Toyota for 17 races.  The team also added Daniel Suarez, who will drive a full-time Nationwide Series entry for Gibbs and run a partial schedule in the Truck Series. Suarez becomes the first Mexican driver to race full-time in NASCAR's second tier series.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 5
South Bend Silver Hawks 5, Dayton Dragons 4
Great Lakes Loons 5, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 1

Tonight
Lansing Lugnuts at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:00 p.m.
Dayton Dragons at South Bend Silver Hawks, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.

MWL East

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L

GB

West Michigan

35

22

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South Bend

33

24

2

Lake County

29

27

Dayton

27

30

8

Great Lakes

27

30

8

Bowling Green

26

31

9

Fort Wayne

25

32

10

Lansing

25

32

10

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
Girls Golf
St. Joseph at Gull Lake Invitational, 9:00 a.m.

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