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Weekday Morning Sports Update with Dave Wolf



Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports      wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Minnesota Twins 4, Detroit Tigers 3
Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City Royals 5
Chicago Cubs 7, Cincinnati Reds 0

Twins 4, Tigers 3 – Twins stun Tigers in 9th for 4-3 win
Aaron Hicks hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 4-3 win over the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. After J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to give Detroit a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Trevor Plouffe drew a one-out walk against Joe Nathan and was replaced by pinch-runner Doug Bernier. Bernier scored when center fielder Ezequiel Carrera dived for a line drive off the bat of Kurt Suzuki and missed it, allowing the ball to roll to the wall. Chris Herrmann ran for Suzuki and scored when Hicks battled Nathan to full count and beat out a bouncer fielded by shortstop Andrew Romine near second base.  After Martinez's homer off Glen Perkins, it looked as if the Tigers had another big ninth-inning win as they try to maintain a slim lead over the Royals in the AL Central.

White Sox 7, Royals 5 – Rare flop for Royals bullpen in 7-5 loss to WSox
Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis both gave up runs for the first time in nearly three months as the Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen was touched up Tuesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Davis replaced Herrera with two on in the seventh inning and walked Jose Abreu to load the bases for Conor Gillaspie, who cleared them with a triple to right-center on a 2-2 pitch to give Chicago a 7-5 lead. That ended Herrera's scoreless streak at 30 2-3 innings, dating to June 24.  Also snapped was Davis' shutout streak of 31 2-3 innings, a club record for a reliever, with the first run charged to him since June 25. The rare bullpen failure prevented Kansas City from gaining ground on AL Central leader Detroit, which lost at Minnesota. The Royals remained 1 ½ games behind the Tigers, but still lead Seattle for the second wild-card spot.

Cubs 7, Reds 0 – Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs blank Reds
Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips' one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Arrieta struck out 13 and walked one in his first major league complete game. He was five outs from the first no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 42 years when Phillips drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left-center, just beyond the desperate dive of center fielder Matt Szczur on the warning track. It was the third time this season Arrieta has flirted with a no-hitter. He carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against Cincinnati on June 24 before Billy Hamilton singled. In his next outing, the right-hander held Boston hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth.

Tonight
Cincinnati (Corcino 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 6-2), 8:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-3) at Kansas City (Ventura 12-10), 8:10 p.m.
Detroit (D.Price 14-11) at Minnesota (Gibson 11-11), 8:10 p.m.           WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45

AL Central

W

L

GB

 

NL Central

W

L

GB

Tigers

84

67

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Cardinals

83

68

--

Royals

82

68

Pirates

80

70

Indians

77

73

Brewers

79

72

4

White Sox

69

82

15

Reds

71

81

12½

Twins

64

87

20

Cubs

67

84

16

NCAA Football – Dantonio: MSU won't run up score for style points
Eleventh-ranked Michigan State returns to the field Saturday to face Eastern Michigan, and although the Spartans lost their showdown at Oregon two weekends ago, coach Mark Dantonio's team remains highly regarded. The euphoria from last season's Rose Bowl run hasn't worn off. Now the question is whether the Spartans can do enough against their remaining opponents to earn a spot in college football's four-team playoff. If the Spartans win the rest of their games and take the Big Ten title, they'd probably be part of the playoff conversation, although their conference is off to a poor start this season. Dantonio made one thing clear at his news conference Tuesday: He isn't worried about running up huge margins of victory to impress the playoff committee.

NFL – Bears promote Frey, Ross from practice squad
The Chicago Bears have promoted cornerback Isaiah Frey and receiver Rashad Ross from the practice squad. They also waived running back Shaun Draughn and receiver Chris Williams while terminating the contract of tight end Matthew Mulligan on Tuesday. Frey spent last season as Chicago's primary nickelback and could play a similar role with cornerback Charles Tillman suffering a season-ending arm injury at San Francisco on Sunday and rookie Kyle Fuller replacing him as a starter. Ross spent most of last season on Tennessee's and Kansas City's practice squads after being signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State.

NFL – Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson on IR
Detroit put cornerback Nevin Lawson on injured reserve after he went down with dislocated toes Sunday in the Lions' loss to Carolina. Lawson immediately had surgery, and coach Jim Caldwell said Monday he did not expect the defensive back to return this season. Now Lawson is officially on IR.  The Lions also signed cornerback Danny Gorrer, promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad and signed linebacker Jerrell Harris to the practice squad. Detroit (1-1) had to put cornerback Bill Bentley and tackle Corey Hilliard on injured reserve after the season opener against the New York Giants.

NFL – Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list
The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.  The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.  The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. And several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.  Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf say they have reconsidered their position after further reflection.

NFL – Capitol Hill action
A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name. The announcement by Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state was one of several initiatives presented during a Capitol Hill news conference aimed at increasing pressure on Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

NHL – Red Wings agree to 2-year deal with DeKeyser
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with defenceman Danny DeKeyser on Tuesday on a two-year, $4.375 million contract on Tuesday. The restricted free agent will make $2.125 million in the first year and $2.25 million in the second. The deal also includes a $500,000 signing bonus. The 24-year-old DeKeyser is coming off a fine rookie season in which he had four goals and 19 assists in 65 games. He averaged 21:38 of ice time, second to only Niklas Kronwall on the team. DeKeyser made his NHL debut in 2012-13, appearing in 11 games in the regular season and two in the playoffs. He also joined the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in the Calder Cup playoffs that season and helped them win the 2013 AHL championship.
 
NHL – Bond financing plan approved for new hockey arena
The city's Downtown Development Authority has approved the bond financing plan for an entertainment district that will include a new 18,000-seat hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings. The authority says Tuesday that the Michigan Strategic Fund will issue $450 million in bonds for the project just north of downtown. The Michigan Strategic Fund still has to approve the financing plan, and zoning issues still have to be addressed before construction can start.  Olympia Development is committed to investing another $200 million in new residential, retail and office space in the 45-block district. Olympia Development is owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch. The couple also owns the Red Wings and baseball's Detroit Tigers. Mike Ilitch has said the arena will open in 2017.

NASCAR – Grand jury to rule on Stewart case
A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo made the announcement after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators. Stewart's car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua on Aug. 9.  Stewart issued a statement saying he looks forward to the process being completed and will continue to cooperate.
 
Golf – PGA – McIlroy takes Vardon, Player of Year nods
Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America's player of the year for the second time. McIlroy won the points-based player of the year award on the strength of his two majors at the British Open and PGA Championship, which earned him a 50-point bonus. He had an adjusted scoring average of 68.62 to win the Vardon Trophy over Sergio Garcia.
 
Olympics – Rio 2016 – Rio organizers announce ticket scale
Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. About half of the 7.5 million tickets will be priced under $30, with the cheapest tickets going for about $20. The most expensive ticket to the Games will be about $2,000 for the opening ceremony.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Boys Soccer
Portage Central 4, St. Joseph 0
Portage Northern 1, Lakeshore 0
Paw Paw 6, Lake Michigan Catholic 1
Michigan Lutheran 7, Cassopolis 2

Girls Volleyball
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, New Buffalo 0

Girls Swimming
St. Joseph 93, Mattawan 90
Bridgman/Lakeshore 121, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 49

Today
Boys Soccer
South Haven at Berrien Springs

Girls Golf
SMAC West Jamboree at Portage Central
South Haven at Comstock

Girls Volleyball
St. Joe, Benton Harbor, Lakeshore at Mattawan Quad

Cross Country
SMAC West Division meet at Portage Central

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph at Niles
Coloma at South Haven


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