Midwest Family Radio Sports Twitter: @wsjmsports Monday, May 20, 2013
MLB – Major League Baseball
Texas Rangers 11, Detroit Tigers 6
Los Angeles Angels 6, Chicago White Sox 2
New York Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Rangers 11, Tigers 8 – Rangers beat Tigers 11-8 despite 3 HRs for Cabrera
David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night. Murphy's shot just over the fence in right field gave Texas an 8-7 lead and answered a bases-loaded double from Prince Fielder that put Detroit up by two in the sixth inning after the Rangers had walked Cabrera intentionally even though first base wasn't open. Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland, then went deep again in the eighth against Tanner Scheppers. Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner and this year's leader in average and RBIs, went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and has 11 homers, one off the AL lead.
Angels 6, White Sox 2 – Angels' Vargas goes 7 scoreless against Chisox
Jason Vargas scattered four hits through seven scoreless innings, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick each hit two-run doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels coaxed a pair of bases-loaded walks out of Jake Peavy in the fourth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Vargas (3-3) struck out six and walked three while helping the Angels gain a split of the four-game series. The middle of the Chicago lineup, Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, were a combined 0 for 8 with a walk against the left-hander, who posted his first victory in six career starts against the White Sox. Peavy (5-2) gave up four runs, four hits and five walks over six innings after going 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his previous five starts.
Mets 4, Cubs 3 – Murphy homers in 8th, leads Mets over Cubs 4-3
Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday for their first series win at Wrigley Field since 2007. Murphy hit a leadoff shot against reliever Kyuji Fukikawa (1-1). The Mets won two of three on their trip to Chicago. Mets rookie Juan Lagares hit first major league homer, a tying, two-run drive in the seventh against Cubs starter Travis Wood. Scott Rice (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell earned his sixth save. Wood hit his first homer of the season and fourth of his career, clearing the left-field bleachers with a drive off Dillon Gee in the fifth to end a scoreless tie.
Boston (Lester 6-0) at Chicago White Sox (Axelrod 1-3), 8:10 p.m.
Cubs and Tigers are off
MLB – Cabrera has 3-homer game in Texas, 2nd of career
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has hit three home runs in a game for the second time in his career. The 2012 AL Triple Crown winner hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth against Texas left-hander Derek Holland on Sunday night. He went deep again with nobody on base in the eighth inning against Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers. Cabrera, who leads the AL in average and RBIs, also had a single. He was walked intentionally in the sixth inning even though the Tigers already had runners at first and second. Cabrera hit three homers on May 28, 2010, at home against Oakland. He has 11 this year, one off the AL lead.
NBA – 2013 NBA Playoffs – Round 3 – Conference Finals (Best 4 of 7)
San Antonio Spurs 105, Memphis Grizzlies 83 (San Antonio leads series 1-0)
Spurs 105, Grizzlies 83 – Spurs rout Grizzlies 105-83 in West finals opener
The San Antonio Spurs shot 53 percent from the field and set a team playoff record by draining 14 three-pointers in a 105-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. The Spurs saw a 17-point, first-quarter lead shrink to six in the second half before an 11-1 run put them ahead by 16 heading into the fourth quarter. Tony Parker finished with 20 points and nine assists, while Kawhi Leonard added 18 points.
NHL – 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2– Conference Semifinals (Best 4 of 7)
Boston Bruins 5, New York Rangers 2 (Boston leads series 2-0)
Ottawa Senators 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – 2OT (Pittsburgh leads series 2-1)
Bruins 5, Rangers 2 – Bruins down Rangers to take 2-0 lead
Johnny Boychuk snapped a 2-2 tie midway through the second period before the Boston Bruins added a pair of third-period goals to beat the New York Rangers 5-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals. Brad Marchand provided an insurance tally after scoring the overtime goal in the opener. Tuukka Rask made 35 saves and blanked the Rangers after Rick Nash beat him 3:20 into the second period.
Senators 2, Penguins 1 – 2OT – Sens rally late and beat Pens on Double OT
Colin Greening scored at 7:39 of double-overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat Pittsburgh 2-1 to pull within two games to one in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals. The Penguins were moments away from a 1-0 victory and a 3-0 series lead until Daniel Alfredsson scored with 29 seconds left in regulation. Craig Anderson turned back 49 shots and was perfect after Tyler Kennedy scored with 67 seconds left in the second period.
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)
NHL – Young Red Wings have evened series with Blackhawks
The Detroit Red Wings have gotten much younger than they used to be. And now, as the Chicago Blackhawks are finding out, Detroit is a much better team than it was during the lockout-delayed regular season thanks to its improved cast of inexperienced players. Red Wings rookie Brendan Smith netted game-winning goal in Saturday's series-evening, 4-1 win at Chicago. First-year player Damien Brunner and rookie Gustav Nyquist have also scored game-winning goals this postseason and teammate Joakim Andersson ranks among rookie scoring leaders. Chicago is counting on a young, but experienced, player as the second-round series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 tonight. Captain Jonathan Toews, a 25-year-old center, is in an eight-game postseason scoring slump that dates to last year.
IIHF – U.S. gets the bronze
The United States has won its first medal at the ice hockey world championships in nine years, taking the bronze by beating Finland 3-2 in a penalty shootout. Alex Galchenyuk scored back-to-back goals in the shootout for the Americans. Teammates Craig Smith and Paul Stastny found the net in the first period. Finland tied the score with two goals in the third period. Sweden became the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland 5-1.
Golf – PGA – Bae wins Byron Nelson for first PGA Tour title
Sang-Moon Bae won the Bryon Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Keegan Bradley by two strokes after blowing a four-stroke lead. The 26-year-old South Korean closed with a 1-under 69 to finish at 13-under 267. Bradley was trying to become the Nelson's first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson in 1980. He set the TPC Four Seasons course record with an opening 60, but finished with a 72 on a day with wind gusting to near 40 mph at times. Bae already had 11 international victories, on the Korea, Japan and Asian tours. After four birdies in an early five-hole stretch, Bae had a four-stroke lead. Bradley got even at No. 15, but missed a short birdie putt on the next hole.
Golf – LPGA – Jennifer Johnson wins Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
Jennifer Johnson won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on Sunday for her first tour title, birdieing four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornagong Phatlum. The 21-year-old American closed with her second straight 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex. She two-putted for par on the final hole, tipped her cap and headed toward the practice range in case of a playoff. But Phatlum was already done and the lead was safe even with Korda's closing birdie. Phatlum, a 23-year-old from Thailand, closed with a 63. Her previous best finish was third at the Kia Classic. Korda finished with a 68 that included three bogeys and seven birdies. Five players finished two strokes back, including Hall of Famer Karrie Webb.
Indy 500 – Indianapolis 500 fills 33-car starting grid
British driver Katherine Legge has become the 33rd driver to qualify for next week's Indianapolis 500, assuring race organizers of a full field. Legge was the ninth driver to make an attempt Sunday, the second and final day of qualifications. She was hired Saturday to drive the No. 81 car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The only car not on the 11-row starting grid is the No. 17 of Mexico's Michel Jourdain Jr. The fastest second-day qualifiers were Americans Josef Newgarden at 225.731 and Graham Rahal at 225.007.
NCAA Lacrosse – Duke beats Notre Dame 12-11 in NCAA lax quarters
David Lawson scored his career-best fifth goal with 2:16 remaining to lift Duke to a 12-11 win against Notre Dame in the lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday. The Blue Devils (14-5) advance to play Cornell in Saturday's semifinals in Philadelphia. It will be Duke's seventh consecutive trip to the Final Four. The Blue Devils won the national championship in 2010. Duke and Notre Dame (11-5) traded goals for most of the game with neither team leading by more than two. The Irish took an 11-9 lead with 9:29 left after consecutive goals to begin the fourth period, but the Blue Devils rallied late. They scored the final three goals. Notre Dame had multiple late chances to tie but failed to capitalize.
MWL – Midwest League Baseball
West Michigan 5, Bowling Green 1 – Game 1
Bowling Green 8, West Michigan 0 – Game 2
Dayton 7, South Bend 5
Lansing 7, Great Lakes 3
Dayton at South Bend, 10:35 a.m.
Bowling Green at West Michigan, 11 a.m.
Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
AFL – Arena Football League
Arizona Rattlers 56, Chicago Rush 49
MHSAA – High School Sports
Eau Claire at Benton Harbor
Michigan Lutheran at Brandywine
Eau Claire at Benton Harbor
Big 16 Tournament
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview
Lakeshore at Portage Northern
Battle Creek Central at Niles
Wolverine Conference Tournament
South Haven at Plainwell
Coloma at Otsego
Berrien Springs at Allegan
Lake Michigan Catholic at Parchment
Michigan Lutheran at Hartford