Royals end 4 game slide with 4-1 win over Detroit – WSJM Morning Sports


MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Kansas City Royals 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland Guardians 2
Chicago Cubs 7, New York Mets 2

Royals 4, Tigers 1 – Royals snap 4-game skid with 4-1 win over Tigers
Maikel Garcia had three hits, an RBI and a run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Mike Mayers allowed one run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first start for the Royals. He struck out a career-high eight and walked one. Jose Cuas (3-0) was the winner, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) took the loss. He allowed four runs — two earned — on eight hits in five innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

White Sox 4, Guardians 2 – González, Grandal, and Cease lead White Sox rally to top Guardians 4-2
Romy González’s two-run double broke a seventh-inning tie and sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians. González snapped a 2-2 tie with his hard hit off Cleveland rookie Logan Allen, who was probably left in the game one batter too many by Guardians manager Terry Francona. Yasmani Grandal homered for the White Sox, who have won four of five to stay within striking distance in the wide-open and winnable AL Central. Chicago’s rally helped Dylan Cease win for the first time since April 10. Rookie Will Brennan homered for the Guardians.

Cubs 7, Mets 2 – Christopher Morel homers again as Chicago Cubs beat New York Mets 7-2
Christopher Morel, Matt Mervis and Seiya Suzuki homered and the Chicago Cubs cooled off the New York Mets with a 7-2 victory. Mervis had three RBIs for the Cubs in the opener of a nine-game homestand. Morel extended his homer streak to five games with a solo shot against Stephen Nogosek in the seventh inning. He became the first player with such a streak for the Cubs since Sammy Sosa in June 1998. New York had won five in a row — all by one run. But Tylor Megill turned in his worst start of the season, sending manager Buck Showalter to the loss on his 67th birthday.

Chicago White Sox (Kopech 2-4) at Cleveland (Quantrill 2-2), 1:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Senga 4-2) at Chicago Cubs (Stroman 3-4), 7:40 p.m.
Detroit (Boyd 3-3) at Kansas City (Greinke 1-5), 7:40 p.m.         News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 7:15

NHL – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Western Conference Finals
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Dallas Stars 0                                 (VGK leads 3-0)

Golden Knights 4, Stars 0 – Vegas 1 win from another Stanley Cup Final after 4-0 win over Stars in Game 3
Jonathan Marchessault and the Vegas Golden Knights are one more win from reaching another Stanley Cup Final. Marchessault had the first of three goals in the game’s first 7 1/2 minutes for Vegas in a 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars to take a 3-0 series lead in Western Conference Final. Game 4 is Thursday night. The Knights are looking to advance to their second Cup final in the franchise’s six seasons. Adin Hill stopped 33 shots for his second shutout this postseason. The Knights knocked Jake Oettinger out with three goals on their first five shots.

Eastern Conference Finals
Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers, 8:00 p.m.                   (FLA leads 3-0)

NBA – National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Eastern Conference Finals
Boston Celtics 116, Miami Heat 99  .                                     (MIA leads 3-1)

Celtics 116, Heat 99 – Tatum scores 34, Celtics stave off elimination by topping Heat 116-99 in Game 4
Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Derrick White and Jaylen Brown each added 16 points and the Boston Celtics staved off elimination in the Eastern Conference finals by running away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 116-99 in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Jimmy Butler scored 29 for Miami, which led by nine in the second half before getting outscored 48-22 in a 14-minute stretch that turned the game and perhaps the series completely around. Miami still leads the series 3-1 with game 5 on Thursday night back in Boston.

NFL – NFL expects fewer kickoff returns with new fair catch rule inside 2
The NFL has pushed the kickoff return further toward irrelevance with a priority on player safety. League owners voted for a one-year trial of an enhanced touchback rule that will give the receiving team the ball at its own 25 with a fair catch of a kickoff anywhere behind that yard line. The proposal passed despite coaches and players across the league saying they didn’t like it. They argued that it will create uglier plays with squib and corner kicks that are impossible for fair catches.

NFL – Bears, Fields seeking payoff after offseason investments
It’s been a big offseason for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields. He walked in Ohio State’s graduation ceremony two weeks ago after earning a degree in consumer and family financial services. He also has some major additions to his supporting cast after the Bears made moves they hope will help their quarterback develop. Fields says that’s “a great feeling.” He addressed the media Tuesday for the first time since the end of the season. Since then, the Bears traded the No. 1 pick in the draft to quarterback-needing Carolina for receiver DJ Moore. They also made several additions to their offensive line.

NFL – Rodgers strains calf during warmups, sits out first Jets practice open to media
Aaron Rodgers never made it past warmups in his first New York Jets practice in front of the media. The 39-year-old quarterback strained a calf while participating in conditioning drills Tuesday. Rodgers watched quarterback drills and remained on the field during practice, but was without his helmet and threw no passes. Rodgers downplayed the injury and said it’s not too serious. New York acquired Rodgers from Green Bay on April 26. Organized team activities began Monday and Rodgers participated. The session Tuesday marked the first with media in attendance.

NFL – Bills Damar Hamlin eases back into practice 5 months since near-death experience
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin eased his way back onto the practice field by taking part in individual drills and stretching sessions during the team’s voluntary minicamp some five months after having a near-death experience on the field. Coach Sean McDermott said the team is taking things one day at a time when asked of Hamlin’s status. McDermott did not provide any timetable as to when Hamlin can begin on-field sessions a month after being cleared to resume his career. The 25-year-old Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field during a game at Cincinnati on Jan. 2.

NFL – NFL, Goodell close to finalizing 3-year contract extension, ending in 2027
Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have agreed on the framework of a three-year contract extension that will keep him in place until 2027. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed the development on Tuesday at the league meetings in Minnesota. Goodell’s current deal expires in 2024. He has been commissioner of the league since replacing Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Irsay says he’s under the impression Goodell will retire after the extended contract expires and be involved in the development of his successor.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend 3, Dayton 2
Lake County 17, West Michigan 9
Lansing 11, Fort Wayne 4
Peoria 3, Great Lakes 2

Dayton Dragons at South Bend Cubs, 11:05 a.m.
Lake County Captains at West Michigan Whitecaps, 11:05 a.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 6:35 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Peoria Chiefs, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Bangor 24, Benton Harbor 11
Edwardsburg 8, Sturgis 1 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 7, Sturgis 3 – Game 2
Paw Paw 10, Niles 2 – Game 1
Paw Paw 10, Niles 3 – Game 2
Otsego 11, Three Rivers 1 – Game 1
Three Rivers 7, Otsego 6 – Game 2
Mattawan 4, Parchment 1 – Game 1
Parchment 7, Mattawan 5 – Game 2
Bridgman 12, Dowagiac 0 – Game 1
Bridgman 15, Dowagiac 0 – Game 2
Brandywine 4, River Valley 3 – Game 1
Brandywine 11, River Valley 1 – Game 2
South Haven 15, Martin 3 – Game 1
South Haven 18, Martin 3 – Game 2
Lawton 17, Marcellus 6
Coloma 16, Delton-Kellogg 6 – Game 1
Coloma 10, Delton-Kellogg 0 – Game 2
Allegan 6, Gobles 3 – Game 1
Allegan 14, Gobles 10 – Game 2

Edwardsburg 18, Sturgis 0 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 15, Sturgis 0 – Game 2
Paw Paw 10, Niles 2 – Game 1
Niles 12, Paw Paw 7 – Game 2
Three Rivers 11, Otsego 10 – Game 1
Three Rivers 12, Otsego 2 – Game 2
Dowagiac 12, Bridgman 3 – Game 1
Dowagiac 25, Bridgman 12 – Game 2
Brandywine 4, River Valley 3 – Game 1
Brandywine 11, River Valley 1 – Game 2
Centreville 4, Decatur 0 – Game 1
Centreville 5, Decatur 1 – Game 2
Mendon 7, Bangor 3 – Game 1
Mendon 14, Bangor 4 – Game 2
Coloma 11, Delton-Kellogg 1 – Game 1
Coloma 5, Delton-Kellogg 3 – Game 2
Gobles 13, Allegan 3 – Game 1
Gobles 21, Allegan 6 – Game 2
Watervliet 6, Kalamazoo Christian 4 – Game 1
Watervliet 12, Kalamazoo Christian 1 – Game 2

Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 1 at Kalamazoo Central (Round 1 at local sites)
Mattawan 4, Portage Northern 3 – Shootout

Division 3 at Three Rivers (Round 1 at local sites)
Three Rivers 9, Parchment 1

Girls Soccer – Regular Season
Michigan Lutheran 6, Brandywine 1
Kalamazoo Christian 6, Fennville 0

Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 2 at Lakeshore (Round 1 at local sites)
Plainwell at St. Joseph, 6:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Otsego, 4:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Coldwater (Round 1 at local sites)
Gull Lake at Coldwater, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Harper Creek, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Marshall at BC Pennfield, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Three Rivers (Round 1 at local sites)
Berrien Springs at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Hartford (Round 1 at local sites)
Coloma at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Lawton, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Kalamazoo Hackett (Round 1 at local sites)
Calhoun Christian at Bronson, 5:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Saugatuck (Round 1 at local sites)
Wyo. Potter’s House at Holland Black River, 5:30 p.m.

Division 1 at Kalamazoo Central (Round 1 at local sites)
Battle Creek Central at B.C. Lakeview, 5:30 p.m.
Loy Norrix at Kalamazoo Central, 6:00 p.m.

St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview, 4:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake at Michigan Lutheran, 4:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Plainwell, 4:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Bridgman, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Brandywine, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Colon, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Comstock, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Climax-Scotts, 5:00 p.m.

St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview, 4:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 4:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake at Michigan Lutheran, 4:15 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Eau Claire, 4:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Kalamazoo Central, 4:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Burr Oak, 4:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Vicksburg, 4:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Bridgman, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Brandywine, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Colon, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Comstock, 4:30 p.m.
Martin at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m.