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Weekday Morning Sports Update with Dave Wolf



Midwest Family Radio Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, July 25, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Los Angeles Angels 4
Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota Twins 2
San Diego Padres 13, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers 6, Angels 4 – Scherzer wins 12th, Tigers beat Angels 6-4
Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning and Max Scherzer won his fourth straight decision, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Scherzer (12-3) tied teammate Rick Porcello and New York's Masahiro Tanaka for the league lead in wins. He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had double digits in strikeouts. Scherzer, the winning pitcher in the All-Star game, is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts since giving up 10 runs over four innings in an 11-4 home loss to Kansas City on June 17. That came just five days after the seven-year veteran posted his first complete game and shutout in the major leagues with a three-hitter against the White Sox.

White Sox 5, Twins 2 –Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins, 5-2
Hector Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Noesi gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one in an impressive performance. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago and Jake Petricka went one inning to pick up his fifth save in six chances. Phil Hughes gave up two runs and four hits and struck out four for the Twins. But he left the game with a right shin contusion in the fourth inning when he was hit by a chopper off the bat of Adam Dunn. Hughes is listed as day-to-day.

Padres 13, Cubs 3 – Padres' Ross fans 11 in 13-3 rout of Cubs
Tyson Ross struck out a career-high 11, and the light-hitting San Diego Padres broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a 13-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. Ross allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings to reach a career high in wins. He went 3-2 in five July starts, but gave up just four earned runs in 35 innings. Rene Rivera had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs. Edwin Jackson left in the sixth because of a cramp in his right hand and took the loss.

Tonight
St. Louis (J.Kelly 2-1) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-9), 4:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 8-6) at Minnesota (Correia 5-12), 8:10 p.m.
Detroit (Smyly 6-8) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 5-5), 10:05 p.m.               WSJM-AM/COSY-FM 9:40

AL Central

W

L

GB

 

NL Central

W

L

GB

Tigers

57

42

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Brewers

58

45

--

Royals

51

50

7

Pirates

54

47

3

Indians

51

51

Cardinals

54

47

3

White Sox

49

54

10

Reds

51

50

6

Twins

46

55

12

Cubs

41

59

15½

MLB – Dombrowski: Trade was a necessity
Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski says it was a necessity to bolster the team's bullpen.  The Tigers acquired right-hander Joakim Soria, giving them an option to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning.  The Tigers traded pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers to acquire Soria. Dombrowski has been working on improving the AL Central-leading Tigers for weeks. He says reliever Joe Nathan and second baseman Ian Kinsler were asked about Soria as a player and person because they were teammates in Texas. The first-year Tigers gave Soria a good review on and off the field.

NBA – Cavs sign Wiggins, for now
The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days. The Cavs had been reluctant to include Wiggins in a package for Love, but the team has softened its stance and may be willing to part with the former Kansas standout. Cleveland is interested in bringing in Love to form a ``Big 3'' with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That trio would make the Cavs an overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference.

NFL – Bears aiming high in Year 2 under Trestman
This time last year, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was still something of a curiosity. He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the league. The results were just about spectacular on offense. On defense, it was a different story. And the record was the definition of a mixed bag. After going 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, the Bears are looking for more. They envision a defense that ranked among the league's worst making a big leap after a major overhaul that saw them land star defensive end Jared Allen, and they believe an offense that ranked among the league's best will come through again.

NFL – Pack prez hopes Favre returns for game this year
The Green Bay Packers painted a rosy forecast to shareholders of the future of the NFL's only publicly-owned franchise. The team remains a strong contender, while the franchise appears in strong financial health. The wait for season tickets remains long. Players report for training camp Friday. Preseason is usually when talk resurfaces about a potential return for retired quarterback Brett Favre, and the topic came up again Thursday with reporters after team president Mark Murphy spoke to the roughly 14,700 in attendance at the shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field. Murphy said he is hopeful that Favre can return for a game this year, though not to retire his No. 4 jersey just yet. Murphy also said Green Bay could be playing a game in London in the next few years.

NFL – AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto
A person close to the situation says a Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto. The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, the other in the suburb of Mississauga. Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team. Andy Bergmann, responsible for overseeing the Bon Jovi group's stadium plans, confirmed Thursday in an email to the AP that his company has conducted stadium studies ``but nothing related to specific sites.''

Golf – PGA – Putnam and Petrovic tied
Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic both shot 6-under 64 to grab the lead after the first round of the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley and amateur Taylor Pendrith is a shot back. Charl Schwartzel is among 11 players two shots off the lead.

Golf – LPGA – International Crown – U.S. blanked on first day
Yani Tseng's birdie putt on the 18th hole gave Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the LPGA International Crown.   The U.S. team of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr was the only one of the eight teams to not earn a point on day one.  The Americans take on Spain on Friday.

Golf – Champions – Senior British Open – Langer leads
Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to lead after the first round of the British Senior Open.  Langer holds a two-shot lead over Bob Tway. Fred Couples had a par-71 while Colin Montgomerie finished with a 1-over 72. Tom Watson opened with a 3-over 74.

Tour de France – Getting closer to Paris
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has seemingly all but wrapped up the Tour de France with his win in the 90-mile 18th stage. Barring a disastrous finish, Nibali will probably be wearing the yellow jersey, symbolic of being the overall race leader, on Sunday in Paris when the three-week competition comes to an end. His victory essentially turned the race into a competition for second as he has a lead of more than seven minutes.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 5, Clinton 1
Kane County 5, South Bend 3
Lansing 3, Peoria 2
Burlington 3, Great Lakes 2

Tonight
West Michigan at Clinton, 7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.
South Bend at Kane County, 7:30 p.m.
Lansing at Peoria, 8:00 p.m.

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