Tigers blow another late lead in an 8-4 loss to Cleveland – WSJM Morning Sports

MLB – Major League Baseball
Cleveland Guardians 8, Detroit Tigers 4
Houston Astros 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 3, Washington Nationals 2

Guardians 8, Tigers 4 – Guardians score 6 runs in 8th, rally past Tigers 8-4
All-Star José Ramírez blooped a go-ahead, two-run double as the Cleveland Guardians scored six runs with two outs in the eighth inning, rallying for a 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Rookies Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez had RBI doubles, and Amed Rosario and Owen Miller added run-scoring singles in the eighth for the AL Central-leading Guardians. Tigers reliever Andrew Chafin struck out the first three batters in the inning, but tossed a wild pitch that allowed Luke Maile to run to first base and extend the frame. Cleveland then rattled off five straight hits and had seven consecutive men reach base.

Astros 3, White Sox 2 – Valdez, Alvarez lead Astros to 3-2 win over White Sox
Framber Valdez threw seven solid innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2. Chicago’s five-game winning streak ended. Valdez (12-4) gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked three. The left-hander is 4-0 in six starts since losing to Oakland on July 9. Alvarez drove in Jose Altuve with a sacrifice fly in the first. He singled and scored on Trey Mancini’s sac fly in the fourth.

Cubs 3, Nationals 2 – Gomes’ RBI single in 7th lifts Cubs over Nationals 3-2
Yan Gomes hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh inning against his former team and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 to win the three-game series. Franmil Reyes smacked a leadoff double off Jake McGee in the seventh. McGee struck out the next two batters and right-hander Steve Cishek came on to face righty Gomes, who hit a soft liner to right, scoring Reyes. Gomes played for the Nationals from 2019-21. Erich Uelman pitched 2/3 of an inning for his first major league win. Steven Brault threw two scoreless innings and Rowan Wick pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Houston (Garcia 9-8) at Chicago White Sox (Giolito 9-6), 2:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Sampson 0-3) at Baltimore (Watkins 4-2), 3:05 p.m.
Tigers are off

MLB – Mike Trout plans to return for Angels on Friday in Detroit
Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout intends to return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup on Friday night in Detroit. Trout hasn’t played since July 12. He missed the Angels’ past 30 games with an injury to his upper back and ribcage. He faced live pitching Monday and worked out Wednesday. The workouts left him confident he will be able to play against the Tigers when the Angels open a lengthy road trip. Trout earned an All-Star selection this summer while batting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs in 79 games. But he has missed significant playing time for the second straight season.

MLB – Former Phillies manager Joe Girardi to join Cubs TV booth
Former Phillies manager Joe Girardi has joined Marquee Sports Network as an game analyst for the Chicago Cubs, one of his former teams. Marquee says Girardi will join Jon Sciambi and former big league pitcher Jim Deshaies in the booth for this weekend’s series against Milwaukee. He also will work next month’s series at Miami. Marquee Sports Network is jointly owned by the Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group. The 57-year-old Girardi was the manager in Philadelphia before he was fired in June. He had a 132-141 record over three years with the Phillies.

NFL – National Football League – Preseason Week 2
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Colts, Lions get physical on 1st day of joint practices
Indianapolis coach Frank Reich enjoyed watching the first joint practice with the Detroit Lions. He liked the spirited play, the intensity, even the controlled chippiness. Lions quarterback Jared Goff just enjoyed working against a different defense — once he settled in. It was a solid start to a long, busy week of work. The two teams will hold another practice against one another Thursday and meet Saturday for their second preseason game.

WNBA – WNBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of three)
Last Night
New York Liberty 98, Chicago Sky 91                                          (NYL leads 1-0)

Liberty 98, Sky 91 – Liberty score final 13 points, beat Sky in playoff opener
Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Natasha Howard also scored 22 points and the seventh-seeded New York Liberty beat the defending champion Chicago Sky 98-91 in the opening game of the WNBA playoffs. New York scored the final 13 points of the fourth quarter as Chicago missed 10 of its last 11 shots. Ionescu made a 3-pointer and a jumper from the free-throw line during the run, and Marine Johannes highlighted the spurt with an over-the-shoulder pass to Howard. New York, which won its first playoff game since September 23, 2015, plays Game 2 of the best-of-three series at Chicago on Saturday. Betnijah Laney added 17 points and Stefanie Dolson scored 13 for New York, which set a franchise scoring record in the playoffs.

NBA – LeBron James inks 2-year, $97.1 million deal with Lakers
LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The maximum deal includes a player option for the 2024-25 season that would keep the second-leading scorer in NBA history with the Lakers past his 40th birthday. James was headed into the final year of his most recent deal with the Lakers, who signed the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and four-time league champion in July 2018. Barring injury, James is likely to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s career scoring king this winter.

NCAA – Big Ten – USC, UCLA exits could cost Pac-12 schools $13M in rights
A new report says the departures of Southern California and UCLA from the Pac-12 Conference could mean an estimated loss of around $13 million per year in media rights for each of the remaining schools. The interim report was released during a Board of Regents meeting held at UCLA to address its move to the Big Ten Conference in 2024. California Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded an explanation from UCLA about the move when he attended last month’s Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. UCLA and USC announced in June that the schools would be leaving the Pac-12 Conference in two years. USC is a private institution and not part of the UC system.

Golf – LIV – Report: LIV draft contract has restrictions and major bonus
The Wall Street Journal is reporting LIV Golf players need permission to grant exclusive interviews and agree to help recruit other players. The Journal says it reviewed a draft contract that Saudi-funded LIV Golf offered players. The newspaper says it wasn’t clear if terms in the draft are in all contracts or can be negotiated. None of the signing bonuses are mentioned. One provision says players would get a $1 million bonus if they were to win any of the four majors. Meanwhile, Greg Norman has sent a letter updating LIV Golf’s request for world ranking points.

Golf – PGA – Players-only private meeting was all about a better PGA Tour
Tiger Woods felt strongly enough about a private meeting of top PGA Tour players that he flew from Florida to Delaware to attend. What’s emerging from that players-only meeting is unity against a rival league funded by Saudi money and how to make the PGA Tour better. There was another form of unity. No one is willing to share details on the best way forward. Xander Schauffele says there was a code to keep tight lips. Rory McIlroy says the ideas are for tour executives to hear as they forge a path. As for Woods? McIlroy says he remains the biggest voice.

NHL – Blackhawks agree to 1-year deal with D Jack Johnson
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with Jack Johnson after the veteran defenseman helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup last season. Johnson’s contract carries a $950,000 hit to the salary cap. General manager Kyle Davidson says Johnson “provides the team with a strong veteran presence, good size and a competitive edge.” The 35-year-old Johnson broke into the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007. He has 72 goals and 240 assists in 1,024 games, also playing for Columbus, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.

NASCAR – Kimi Raikkonen hits pause on retirement to race NASCAR
Kimi Raikkonen will take a break from his retirement to return to racing this weekend in the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. The 2007 Formula One world champion will drive for TrackHouse Racing and its Project91, which is a program to give top international drivers exposure to NASCAR. Sunday’s race with the Raikkonen is the debut of Project91. The Finnish driver has tried NASCAR racing once before. In 2011, he ran the Xfinity and Truck Series races at Charlotte. This will be his Cup debut. There are a NASCAR-record seven countries represented in Sunday’s field.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Lake County Captains 2
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Great Lakes Loons 3
Beloit Sky Carp at South Bend Cubs, PPD – Poor field conditions, DH on 8/19

Lake County Captains at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Beloit Sky Carp at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph 1, Plainwell 0
Lakeshore 8, Dowagiac 1
Allegan 2, South Haven 0
Niles 6, Bloomingdale 1
Cassopolis 4, Buchanan 2
Hartford 8, Paw Paw 4
Gull Lake 7, Edwardsburg 0
Watervliet 4, Parchment 0
Schoolcraft 1, Coloma 0
Fennville 5, Lawton 2
Marshall 4, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 3
Harper Creek 5, Three Rivers 2
Kalamazoo Central 3, Coldwater 2
Holland Black River 4, Saugatuck 0

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 6, Kalamazoo Central 2

Boys Soccer
Howardsville Christian at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Otsego, 6:30 p.m.