Short’s pinch hit home run sends Tigers over KC 6-4 – WSJM Morning Sports


MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 6, Kansas City Royals 4
Chicago White Sox 6, Cleveland Guardians 0
Chicago Cubs 4, New York Mets 2

Tigers 6, Royals 4 – Short hits pinch-hit, three-run homer, Tigers beat Royals 6-4
Pinch-hitter Zack Short hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Riley Greene also homered, doubled and scored twice for the Tigers in the game that was delayed 29 minutes by rain. Will Vest (1-0) retired all four hitters he faced, striking out two. Alex Lange picked up his ninth save in 10 tries. Greene led off the inning with a double and went to third on an infield single by Matt Vierling. Short drove them both home with the first pinch-hit home run of his career, a 416-foot shot to left field off Josh Taylor

White Sox 6, Guardians 0 – Kopech strikes out nine, White Sox roll to 6-0 win over Guardians
Michael Kopech struck out nine and allowed two hits over seven dominant innings, Romy González had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-0. Kopech, who retired the first 16 batters in his last start against Kansas City, did not allow a baserunner until Josh Naylor singled leading off the fifth. The right-hander walked one and extended his shutout streak to 15 innings in his last two outings. The Guardians only pushed one player into scoring position and were blanked for the sixth time. Andrés Giménez had the other hit off Kopech, who held the Royals and Cleveland to a combined three singles while striking out 19 in back-to-back wins.

Cubs 4, Mets 2 – Marcus Stroman pitches 8 sparkling innings, Cubs beat Mets 4-2
Marcus Stroman pitched eight efficient innings to help the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Wednesday night. Nico Hoerner homered in Chicago’s second straight victory since coming home after a 2-7 trip. Seiya Suzuki also drove in a run with a double off Japanese countryman Kodai Senga. Stroman (4-4) threw just 88 pitches in his longest outing of the season, 59 for strikes. The right-hander allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two. Stroman helped himself by starting a 1-6-3 double play in the sixth, and then pounded his chest in celebration. Mark Leiter Jr. worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

Chicago White Sox (Giolito 3-3) at Detroit (Faedo 0-2), 6:40 p.m.         News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:15
N.Y. Mets (Carrasco 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-0), 7:40 p.m.

MLB – A’s, Nevada leaders reach tentative ballpark agreement
Nevada Governor. Joe Lombardo announced Wednesday a preliminary agreement between his office, state legislative leaders and the Oakland Athletics for a stadium funding plan. It comes after weeks of negotiations over how much public assistance the state will contribute to a $1.5 billion ballpark in Las Vegas. The preliminary agreement indicates a funding bill could come to the Nevada Legislature in the coming days. It still needs approval from both the Senate and Assembly, with less than two weeks until the session ends. The A’s have been looking for years for a home to replace Oakland Coliseum, where the team has played since arriving from Kansas City for the 1968 season.

NHL – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida Panthers 4, Carolina Hurricanes 3                              (FLA wins 4-0)

Panthers 4, Hurricanes 3 – Tkachuk sends Panthers to Stanley Cup Final, after topping Hurricanes 4-3 for sweep
Matthew Tkachuk scored a power-play goal with 4.9 seconds left, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 36 shots to cap off a brilliant series, and the Florida Panthers earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 27 years by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 to win the Eastern Conference title in a sweep. Tkachuk’s goal was his second of the night — and maybe the biggest in Panthers’ history. The Panthers will play either Vegas or Dallas for the Stanley Cup starting sometime next week; Vegas currently leads the Western Conference title series 3-0.  Ryan Lomberg and Anthony Duclair had the other goals for Florida, which swept a series for the first time in franchise history.

Western Conference Finals
Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars, 8:00 p.m.                      (VGK leads 3-0)

NBA – National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Eastern Conference Finals
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m.                                  (MIA leads 3-1)

NBA – Still down 3-1 to Heat, Celtics cling to hope as East finals shift back to Boston
The Celtics finally found cohesion between their defense and offense in their Game 4 win, capitalizing off 16 Heat turnovers and finding their 3-point shot. Now down 3-1, the question is whether Boston can carry that energy home, a place where it is just 4-5 this postseason to keep alive its hopes of extending the series. At the very least the Celtics’ win made their hopes of becoming the first NBA team in 151 tries to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series shift from insurmountable back to possible heading into Game 5.

NBA – Ja Morant is ‘fine,’ police say after welfare check due to cryptic post
Police in Tennessee have conducted a welfare check on suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant and say “he is fine” after cryptic messages appeared on his Instagram account and were later deleted. The post from Wednesday included messages and pictures saying “Love ya ma,” “Love ya pops” and “You da greatest babygirl love ya.” A fourth message simply read: “Bye.” Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Morris told The Associated Press deputies checked on Morant at his home Wednesday morning. Morris says Morant told them he was “taking a break from social media.” Morant was suspended from all team activities May 14 after a video showed him flashing a gun for a second time.

NCAA – NCAA survey shows 58% are wagering; athlete-only study is set for fall
An NCAA-commissioned survey of 18- to 22-year-olds shows more than half acknowledged placing sports wagers and two-thirds of those who live on college campuses saying they engage in betting. The survey results come less than a month after the baseball coach at Alabama and athletes at Iowa and Iowa State were found to have made wagers in violation of NCAA rules. The purpose of the survey was to explore the prevalence of gambling. Thirty-percent of the 3,500 respondents said their typical wager was between $10 and $20. But 6% said they have lost more than $500 in a single day.

NCAA – NCAA tax records show ex-president Emmert paid nearly $3.3 million in 2021
NCAA tax records show former president Mark Emmert was paid nearly $3.3 million in 2021. Emmert’s 13-year tenure leading the NCAA officially ended in March. In April 2022, the association announced Emmert would step down. He was replaced by former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Emmert received almost $2.8 million in salary and another $83,000 in bonuses. Overall, NCAA revenue increased 10% to $1.22 billion in the 2021-22 fiscal year, while its expenses rose 16% to $1.19 billion. Those expenses included $53 million in legal fees.

Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600, Formula 1 Grand Prix highlight Memorial Day weekend
Auto racing’s biggest weekend looms with the 107th Indianapolis 500, Coca-Cola 600 in NASCAR and Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix. Alex Palou seeks consecutive wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after claiming the pole for Sunday’s 107th running of the 500. He won the Indy Grand Prix there earlier this month. Later that day, NASCAR’s longest race commences with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The day begins with F-1’s Monaco Grand Prix through the streets of Monte Carlo, which arguably offers the best scenery along with the world’s best race car drivers.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Dayton 4, South Bend 1
Lake County 4, West Michigan 0
Fort Wayne 5, Lansing 3
Great Lakes 7, Peoria 4

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

MHSAA – 2023 State Football Finals pushed back to Saturday and Sunday
It was announced on Wednesday that Michigan State’s game against Penn State this fall will be played on Black Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, a day after the Lions traditional Thanksgiving Day game.  However in previous years, the day after the Lions game was traditional reserved for the MHSAA High School State Football Championships.   However since Michigan State’s game was moved to Ford Field, the high school state finals games will be pushed back to Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday and Saturday. 

MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 2 at Lakeshore (Round 1 at local sites)
Plainwell 5, St. Joseph 0
Otsego 2, Paw Paw 0

Division 2 at Coldwater (Round 1 at local sites)
Gull Lake 4, Coldwater 0
Harper Creek 8, Sturgis 0
Vicksburg 8, Charlottte 0
Marshall 4, Battle Creek Pennfield 0

Division 3 at Three Rivers (Round 1 at local sites)
Berrien Springs 5, Buchanan 2
Dowagiac 6, Constantine 0

Division 4 at Hartford (Round 1 at local sites)
Watervliet 2, Coloma 0
Lawton 5, Hartford 0

Division 4 at Kalamazoo Hackett (Round 1 at local sites)
Calhoun Christian 5, Bronson 0

Division 4 at Saugatuck (Round 1 at local sites)
Holland Black River 3, Wyoming Potters House 1

Division 1 at Kalamazoo Central (Round 1 at local sites)
Battle Creek Lakeview 9, Battle Creek Central 0
Loy Norrix 2, Kalamazoo Central 1 – OT

Battle Creek Lakeview 8, St. Joseph 3 – Game 1
Battle Creek Lakeview 18, St. Joseph 9 – Game 2
Lakeshore 9, Loy Norrix 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 15, Loy Norrix 2 – Game 2
Michigan Lutheran 4, Our Lady Of The Lake 1 – Game 1
Michigan Lutheran 3, Our Lady Of The Lake 0 – Game 2
South Haven 12, Paw Paw 2 – Game 1
South Haven 7, Paw Paw 6 – Game 2
Plainwell 4, Schoolcraft 3 – Game 1
Schoolcraft 7, Plainwell 1 – Game 2
Bridgman 16, Saugatuck 1 – Game 1
Bridgman 11, Saugatuck 1 – Game 2
Brandywine 10, Hartford 0 – Game 1
Brandywine 10, Hartford 0 – Game 2
Decatur 12, Centreville 0 – Game 1
Decatur 15, Centreville 0 – Game 2
Lawrence 10, Comstock 0 – Game 1
Lawrence 6, Comstock 5 – Game 2
Watervliet 6, Climax-Scotts 0

St. Joseph 4, Battle Creek Lakeview 3 – Game 1
St. Joseph 13, Battle Creek Lakeview 9 – Game 2
Lakeshore 17, Loy Norrix 0 – Game 1
Lakeshore 19, Loy Norrix 3 – Game 2
Michigan Lutheran 10, Our Lady Of The Lake 0 – Game 2
Michigan Lutheran 10, Our Lady Of The Lake 3 – Game 2
South Haven 4, Paw Paw 3 – Game 1
Paw Paw 3, South Haven 2 – Game 2
Plainwell 15, Burr Oak 0 – Game 1
Plainwell 11, Burr Oak 7 – Game 2
Buchanan 7, Vicksburg 3 – Game 1
Vicksburg 20, Buchanan 14 – Game 2
Bridgman 15, Saugatuck 5 – Game 1
Bridgman 22, Saugatuck 3 – Game 2
Watervliet 3, Centreville 2 – Game 1
Watervliet 20, Centreville 4 – Game 2
White Pigeon At Colon, 4:30 P.M.
Lawrence 13, Comstock 1 – Game 1
Lawrence 11, Comstock 4 – Game 2

Our Lady of the Lake at Lawrence, 4:15 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Eau Claire, 4:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Berrien Springs, 4:15 p.m.
River Valley at Coloma, 4:30 p.m.
Otsego at Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.
Allegan at Comstock, 4:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at Decatur, 4:00 p.m.
Lawton at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.

Mattawan at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m.
Coloma at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Eau Claire, 4:15 p.m.
Dowagiac at Decatur, 4:00 p.m.
Allegan at Comstock, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Cassopolis, 4:30 p.m.
Otsego at Coldwater, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer – Districts
Division 2 at Lakeshore (Round 1 at local sites)
Edwardsburg at Niles, 5:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Unity Christian (Round 1 at local sites)
Hopkins at Allegan, 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Our Lady of the Lake (Round 1 at local sites)
Brandywine at Bridgman, 5:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Kalamazoo Hackett (Round 1 at local sites)
Schoolcraft at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.