Wednesday Sports – Tigers rally falls just short


MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Cleveland Guardians 9, Detroit Tigers 8 – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 9, Baltimore Orioles 2
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox, PPD

Guardians 9, Tigers 8 – F/10 – Naylor’s tiebreaking single in 10th for 4th RBI helps Guardians beat Tigers 9-8
José Ramírez became the second player to get intentionally walked three times and have three hits in a game since Major League Baseball began tracking free passes in 1955 as the Cleveland Guardians held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 in 10 innings Tuesday night. Josh Naylor hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th for his fourth RBI and Brayan Rocchio added a sacrifice fly in the extra inning for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who blew a 6-0 lead early in the game. Scott Barlow pitched the ninth for the win and Emmanuel Clase closed the game for his 28th save in 31 chances.  Tigers starter Kenta Maeda, who gave up three runs on four hits in his first 14 pitches, lasted just 2 2/3 innings to spoil a night in which he joined Yu Darvish and Hideo Nomo as the three major leaguers born in Japan with 1,000 strikeouts.

Cubs 9, Orioles 2 – Michael Busch, Ian Happ, Jameson Taillon power Cubs past AL East-leading Orioles 9-2
Michael Busch and Ian Happ homered, and Jameson Taillon and three relievers combined for a five-hitter as the Chicago Cubs beat the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles 9-2. Taillon (6-4) allowed two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts and a walk over six innings. The 32-year-old right-hander retired the last 11 batters he faced. The Cubs improved to 10-4 against the Orioles since 2014, and have won four of the last five games since Aug. 18, 2022. Rookie Jordan Westburg hit his 15th home run of the season for Baltimore, which lost for the fourth time in 12 games.

Twins at White Sox – PPD – Twins-White Sox game has been postponed because of rain
Minnesota’s game at the Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain. The rainout will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Wednesday. The Twins beat the White Sox 8-6 in 11 innings on Monday night in the series opener. It was their third straight victory and fourth in five games overall. The Twins are 8-0 against the White Sox this season.

Minnesota (Ober 8-4) at Chicago White Sox (Fedde 6-3), 2:10 p.m. – Game 1
Minnesota (López 8-7) at Chicago White Sox (Thorpe 3-1), 5:55 p.m. – Game 2
Chicago Cubs (Imanaga 7-2) at Baltimore (Burnes 9-3), 6:35 p.m.
Cleveland (Bibee 7-3) at Detroit (Olson 3-8), 6:40 p.m.             News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:15

NBA – Pistons and Cunningham agree on 5-year, $224M deal, could be worth nearly $270M
Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons have agreed on a five-year contract extension worth at least $224 million, according to two people familiar with the situation. The deal could reach nearly $270 million if Cunningham becomes eligible for a supermax extension, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the agreement. ESPN was first to report the agreement, which starts with the 2025-26 season. Detroit drafted the former Oklahoma State star No. 1 overall in 2021. The 6-foot-6 point guard has averaged 20 points, 6.5 assists and five rebounds in his career.

NBA – Klay Thompson believes he could be the missing piece for the Mavs
Klay Thompson believes he could be the missing piece for the Dallas Mavericks after leaving his longtime NBA home in Golden State. Thompson is joining young superstar Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving after they led the Mavs to the NBA Finals. Dallas lost to Boston in five games. Thompson is a four-time champion after spending his first 13 seasons with the Warriors. The Mavs appeared to need a more dangerous third scoring option even as they advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning the franchise’s only title in 2011.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever, 12:00 p.m.
Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky, 12:00 p.m.

WNBA – AP Voters: Caitlin Clark leads Angel Reese in race for Rookie of the Year
Caitlin Clark leads Angel Reese in the race for WNBA Rookie of the Year honors at the midpoint of the season, according to a national panel of voters who also rank the AP Power Poll each week. The duo have garnered national headlines with record-setting rookie seasons so it’s no surprise that they’re the leading candidates for the award. Clark is leading the WNBA in points accounted for (points plus points off assists) with 713 according to ESPN. Reese set the WNBA record for consecutive double-doubles with 13 and leads the league in rebounding with 11.9 a game. The panel also unanimously voted Las Vegas forward A’ja Wilson as the Player of the Year at the halfway point and Cheryl Reeves as Coach of the Year.

Copa – Messi’s 109th goal leads defending champion Argentina over Canada 2-0 in semis
Lionel Messi scored his 109th international goal and first of the tournament, leading defending champion Argentina over Canada 2-0 and into the Copa America final. Julián Álvarez put the Albiceleste ahead in the 22nd minute and Messi redirected Enzo Fernández’s shot in off the face of goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau in the 51st. Messi has 28 goals in his last 25 matches for Argentina and 14 in Copa America play. Only Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 130 has more international goals than Messi. Argentina plays Uruguay or Colombia for the title on Sunday at Miami Gardens, Florida.

Euro – Spain beats France 2-1 to reach final. Yamal sets the mark as youngest-ever scorer
Spain has reached the European Championship final with a 2-1 victory over France with 16-year-old Lamine Yamal becoming the youngest-ever scorer in the history of the tournament. France took an early lead when Randal Kolo Muani headed in a cross from Kylian Mbappé, who played without a mask, before Yamal’s moment of brilliance in the 21st minute. Dani Olmo scored what was to prove the winner four minutes later. Spain, which is chasing a record fourth European Championship title, will play England or the Netherlands in the final on Sunday in Berlin.

Tennis – Daniil Medvedev beats top seed Jannik Sinner, defending champ Alcaraz next
Top-seeded Jannik Sinner has been beaten in the Wimbledon quarterfinals by Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3. The fifth-seeded Medvedev’s victory Tuesday moved him into a semifinal against defending champion Carlos Alcaraz. They also met in the final four at the All England Club last year, and Alcaraz won that one. Alcaraz advanced Tuesday by eliminating Tommy Paul 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Sinner was treated by a trainer in the third set against Medvedev. It was not immediately clear what was wrong with the 22-year-old from Italy. Medvedev won the 2021 U.S. Open.

NFL – Brett Favre asks appeals court to reinstate his lawsuit against Shannon Sharpe
Lawyers for retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre have asked a federal appeals court to revive a defamation lawsuit Favre filed against a fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member — former tight end Shannon Sharpe. The case stems from a Mississippi state’s auditor’s finding that Favre improperly received $1.1 million in speaking fees from an organization that spent money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Favre repaid the money and hasn’t been criminally charged. His lawsuit over remarks Sharpe made on a sports TV show in 2022 was rejected by a federal district judge. Arguments took place Tuesday at the appeals court in New Orleans. The panel gave no indication when it would rule.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County 7, Lansing 6
Dayton 5, South Bend 0
Fort Wayne 7, Great Lakes 0
Wisconsin 4, West Michigan 0

Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 11:00 a.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 1:10 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.