Greene’s two homers lead Tigers over Rays for third straight win – WSJM Morning Sports


MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 4, Tampa Bay Rays 2
Minnesota Twins 6, Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 7, Houston Astros 2

Tigers 4, Rays 2 – Riley Greene homers twice and Mark Canha goes deep to power Tigers past Rays 4-2
Riley Greene went deep twice for his first multi-homer game, Mark Canha added a homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. The Tigers have won the first two of the three-game set and have won four of their last five games. With the Tigers trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Greene hit a two-shot off Colin Poche (0-1) and Canha added a solo drive to make it 4-2. Isaac Paredes homered for the Rays, who have lost four of five and slipped to 12-13 overall. Alex Faeda earned the win for Detroit.

Twins 6, White Sox 5 – Buxton, Kirilloff help Twins rally past White Sox 6-5. MLB-worst Chicago falls to 3-20
Alex Kirilloff hit a two-out, game-ending single after Byron Buxton led off the ninth inning with a tying homer, and the major league-worst Chicago White Sox fell to 3-20 with a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Chicago joined Cincinnati in 2022, Detroit in 2003, the St. Louis Browns in 1936 and the Cleveland Spiders in 1899 as teams to start 3-20. The 1988 Baltimore Orioles began 1-22. Trevor Larnach hit a 433-foot, two-run homer in the eighth to get the Twins within 5-4 and help set up the heroics by Buxton and Kirilloff in the ninth against Steven Wilson.

Cubs 7, Astros 2 – Tauchman homers twice as Cubs win 7-2, drop Astros 10 under .500
Mike Tauchman hit his first two homers of the season, and the Chicago Cubs took a five-run first-inning lead in a 7-2 win over Houston that dropped the Astros 10 games under .500 for the first time since 2016. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first off J.P. France and Tauchman hit a three-run drive. Tauchman added a solo homer in the eighth against Seth Martinez and tied his career high of four RBIs. Bellinger left after the fifth inning with bruised right ribs. At 7-17, the last-place Astros are 10 games under .500 for the first time since an 18-28 start in 2016.

Detroit (Flaherty 0-1) at Tampa Bay (Armstrong 0-1), 6:50 p.m.   News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:25
Chicago White Sox (Crochet 1-3) at Minnesota (Ryan 0-1), 7:40 p.m.
Houston (Arrighetti 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (Taillon 1-0), 7:40 p.m.

NBA – 2024 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
Minnesota Timberwolves 105, Phoenix Suns 93                         (MIN leads 2-0)
Indiana Pacers 125, Milwaukee Bucks 108                               (Series tied 1-1)
Dallas Mavericks 96, Los Angeles Clippers 93                          (Series tied 1-1)

Pacers 125, Bucks 108 – Pascal Siakam leads Pacers offense in 125-108 victory that evens series with Bucks
Pascal Siakam scored 37 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame another fantastic first-half performance from Damian Lillard to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-108 and tie their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at one game apiece. Indiana snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak that began with a Game 7 loss to Cleveland in a first-round series in 2018. The Pacers were swept by Boston in 2019 and by Miami in 2020. Lillard had 26 points by halftime and finished with 34. But he didn’t get enough help with Giannis Antetokounmpo again out with a strained left calf.

Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 7:00 p.m.                                  (BOS leads 1-0)
New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30 p.m.         (OKC leads 1-0)

NHL – 2024 NHL Stanely Cup Playoffs – Round 1 (Best of 7)
Last Night
New York Rangers 4, Washington Capitals 3                            (NYR leads 2-0)
Florida Panthers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – OT                        (FLA leads 2-0)
Colorado Avalanche 5, Winnipeg Jets 2                                   (Series tied 1-1)
Nashville Predators 4, Vancouver Canucks 1                           (Series tied 1-1)

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.                      (Series tied 1-1)
Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars, 9:30 p.m.                      (VGK leads 1-0)
Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers, 10:00 p.m.                    (EDM leads 1-0)

NFL – Bears GM Ryan Poles says ‘tune in on Thursday’ for No. 1 overall pick at NFL draft
General manager Ryan Poles wasn’t quite ready to announce the Chicago Bears will take Caleb Williams with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. He says everyone will have to "tune in on Thursday to watch." Barring a massive surprise, the Bears will kick off the draft by grabbing the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner and setting themselves on a course they hope takes them to the top of the NFL. They also have the ninth overall pick as well as a third-rounder and a fourth-rounder. Chicago has been the likely landing spot for Williams since he announced in an Instagram post in January that he was leaving USC and turning pro.

NFL – NFL draft next stop is Detroit, giving it a shot in spotlight
The NFL draft has taken the show on the road for a decade, giving cities around the country a chance to be in the spotlight. Detroit is on the clock. The Motor City was once one of the nation’s largest and most powerful cities and has bounced back from filing for bankruptcy in 2013. Fans driving and flying into town from the league’s other 31 teams will see signs of progress from the symbolic to the significant. In the heart of downtown, the NFL’s three-day draft will begin Thursday night.

NFL – It’s no longer a red flag for prospects to play for multiple schools
The name, image and likeness deals on college campuses and relaxed transfer rules mean it’s no longer uncommon to see draft prospects such as Caleb Williams or Jayden Daniels play for multiple schools on their way to the NFL draft. It’s also no longer a red flag for those players who transferred schools. The NFL used to cast a leery eye on players who transferred, figuring the athletes might have trouble staying in line. Now, about a third of the prospects who were invited to the NFL scouting combine transferred at least once during their college careers.

WNBA – Caitlin Clark is set to sign a new Nike deal valued at $28 million over 8 years
Caitlin Clark appears to be on the cusp of setting another record. The most prolific scorer in NCAA Division I history and No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft is preparing to sign a second contract with Nike, this one paying $28 million over eight years and coming with a signature shoe. The Wall Street Journal and The Athletic reported the pending deal, citing unnamed people familiar with the negotiations between the sportswear giant and Clark’s agents. Excel Sports Management, which represents Clark, declined to comment. Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

US government agrees to $138.7M settlement over FBI’s botching of Nassar allegations
The U.S. Justice Department is paying a $138.7 million to settle more than 100 claims that it badly mishandled allegations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar in 2015 and 2016. It was a critical time gap that allowed the sports doctor to continue preying on victims before his arrest. Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics. He’s serving decades in prison for assaulting female athletes, including Olympians. For more than a year, FBI agents in Indianapolis and Los Angeles had knowledge of allegations against Nassar but apparently took no action.

NCAAFB –NCAA approves coach-to-player helmet communication for 2024 football season
Following a sign-stealing scandal that rocked college football and hung over Michigan’s championship run in 2023, the NCAA has approved the use of coach-to-player helmet communications in games for the 2024 season. The football rules committee last month made a recommendation to allow — but not require — teams at the highest tier of Division I to use radio technology similar to what NFL teams use to call in plays. Only one player for each team will be permitted to be in communication with coaches while on the field.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Dayton 6, Lansing 3
West Michigan 6, Lake County 2
Great Lakes at Fort Wayne, PPD
Quad Cities 8, South Bend 5

Lake County Captains at West Michigan Whitecaps, 12:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 5:35 p.m. (DH)
Dayton Dragons at Lansing Lugnuts, 6:05 p.m.
Quad Cities River Bandits at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Last Night
Michigan Lutheran 10, New Buffalo 4 – Game 1
Game 2 suspended
Niles 4, Otsego 2 – Game 1
Game 2 suspended
Vicksburg 17, Paw Paw 7 – Game 1
Vicksburg 2, Paw Paw 1 – Game 2
Plainwell 5, Sturgis 3 – Game 1
Game 2 suspended
Edwardsburg 3, Three Rivers 1 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 12, Three Rivers 1 – Game 2

Girls Tennis
Berrien Springs 8, Our Lady of the Lake/Bridgman 0
Holland Christian 5, Allegan 3

Track and Field
Lakeshore at Portage Northern
Girls: Lakeshore 102,5, Portage Northern 60.5
Boys:  Portage Northern 82, Lakeshore 81

St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Girls: St. Joseph 84, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 83
Boys:  St. Joseph 93, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 53

New Prairie (IN) 2, Lakeshore 1
Berrien Springs 17, Michigan Lutheran 16 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 14, Michigan Lutheran 8 – Game 2
Otsego 13, Niles 4 – Game 1
Otsego 16, Niles 1 – Game 2
Vicksburg 6, Paw Paw 0 – Game 1
Vicksburg 11, Paw Paw 1 – Game 2
Plainwell 11, Sturgis 3 – Game 1
Plainwell 21, Sturgis 6 – Game 2
Three Rivers 5, Edwardsburg 2 – Game 1
Edwardsburg 7, Three Rivers 4 – Game 2
River Valley 13, Eau Claire 4 – Game 1
Eau Claire 6, River Valley 5 – Game 2
Watervliet 15, Fennville 0 – Game 1
Watervliet 17, Fennville 2 – Game 2

Girls Soccer
Saugatuck 1, GR Covenant Christian

Girls Soccer
Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Lakeshore, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Central, 6:30 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Central at Gull Lake, 6:30 p.m.

Otsego at Edwardsburg, 5:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Paw Paw, 6:30 p.m.
Vicksburg at Three Rivers, 6:30 p.m.
Sturgis at Niles, 6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of the Lake at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
Covert at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.

Dowagiac at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.

Bridgman at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Holland Black River, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Kalamazoo Hackett, 5:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bloomingdale at Bangor, 6:30 p.m.
Comstock at Marcellus, 5:00 p.m.

Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Michigan Lutheran at Paw Paw, 4;15 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at Our Lady of the Lake, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Coloma at Bridgman, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Centreville at Hartford, 4:00 p.m. (DH)

Portage Northern at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Dowagiac at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Berrien Springs at Coloma, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
Centreville at Mendon, 4:30 p.m. (DH)

Girls Tennis
St. Joseph at Portage Central, 4:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Gull Lake, 4:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at South Haven, 4:00 p.m.

Boys Golf
SMAC at Stonehenge North (Gull Lake), 10:00 a.m.

Track and Field
South Haven at Watervliet, 4:15 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.