Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 7/5/17


95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, July 05, 2017

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 5, San Francisco Giants 3
Oakland A’s 7, Chicago White Sox 6
Tampa Bay Rays 6, Chicago Cubs 5

Tigers 5, Giants 3 – Martinez homers as Tigers beat Giants 5-3
Victor Martinez homered, Michael Fulmer pitched eight innings and the Detroit Tigers snapped San Francisco’s six-game win streak with a 5-3 victory over the Giants on Tuesday. Justin Upton added three hits and two RBIs, helping make up for the loss of Miguel Cabrera. The slugger left after six innings due to left hip tightness. Fulmer (8-6) allowed two homers for the first time this season. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.  San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain (3-8) surrendered five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He dropped to 0-7 in nine starts since beating the Dodgers on May 15.

A’s 7, White Sox 6 – Barreto’s game-ending homer sends A’s past White Sox 7-6
Franklin Barreto delivered a game-ending homer and an RBI triple to help the Athletics snap a season-high six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Tuesday.  Barreto was in a 2-for-25 slump after striking out in his first at-bat. Yonder Alonso also broke out of his own slump with a pair of homers and Matt Joyce connected for a two-run shot for the A’s, whose bats finally woke up. Oakland had scored just 10 runs in the past five games and had dropped eight straight at the Coliseum, matching the franchise’s longest home skid in 35 years.  After Santiago Casilla (2-3) allowed a game-tying single by Melky Cabrera in the ninth for his fourth blown save in 18 chances, things looked bleak for the A’s until Barreto stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom half.

Rays 6, Cubs 5 – Rays win reunion with Maddon, beat Cubs 6-5
Tim Beckham homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their reunion with Joe Maddon, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday. Beckham’s two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against Maddon since he left to manage Chicago following the 2014 season. Chris Archer (7-5) picked up his third win in four starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings. The former Cubs prospect also had an RBI single for his first career hit.

Tampa Bay (Snell 0-5) at Chicago Cubs (Lackey 5-9), 2:20 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Pelfrey 3-6) at Oakland (Gray 3-4), 3:35 p.m.
San Francisco (Blach 5-5) at Detroit (Norris 4-6), 7:10 p.m.      WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45

MLB – Miguel Cabrera leaves game early with hip tightness
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants with left hip tightness.  Cabrera batted in the sixth inning, hitting a long fly ball to center field that moved Justin Upton to third base, but was replaced by Andrew Romine for the top of the seventh. The Tigers did not make an immediate announcement about his availability for Wednesday’s game against the Giants.

MLB – Francona hospitalized for tests
The Indians were without manager Terry Francona for Tuesday’s game against the Padres.  The 58-year-old Francona has been admitted to Cleveland Clinic for tests after experiencing health issues recently. He was hospitalized twice last month after becoming lightheaded and having a rapid heart rate. Francona was fitted with a heart monitor last week and said at the time doctors had ruled out any serious health issues. Indians president Chris Antonetti said Francona did not experience the symptoms again and the tests are being done to determine what’s causing the issue.

MLB – Cubs recall Heyward from rehab stint in South Bend.
The Cubs have activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list. Heyward cut his left hand sliding for a foul ball in right field at Pittsburgh on June 18. He is batting .257 with six home runs and 30 RBIs.  He’s been rehabbing in South Bend.

NBA – Celts get Hayward
The Boston Celtics have won the Gordon Hayward Sweepstakes. The small forward has announced on The Players’ Tribune site that he’s leaving the Jazz after seven seasons for a free-agent contract with the Celtics. The deal reunites him with head coach Brad Stevens, who ran the Butler Bulldogs when Hayward starred for the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Hayward agreed to a four-year contract worth about $128 million, with the fourth season being a player option. Hayward was an All-Star for the first time last season, averaging career bests of 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Tennis – Joker, Federer advance
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to the second set at Wimbledon Tuesday when their opponents had to retire in the second set. Other winners on the men’s side include eighth seed Dominic Thiem, No. 10 Alexander Zverev, and Americans John Isner and Jack Sock. Last year’s women’s runner-up Angelique Kerber reached Round 2, as did third seed Karolina Pliskova, fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki, No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska.

Cycling – Tour de France – Sagan disqualified from Tour for elbowing Cavendish
Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France just a day after winning Stage 3.  Sagan was sent home for causing a serious crash in a chaotic sprint finish that
sent Mark Cavendish to a hospital with hand and shoulder injuries. The lead pack was about 50 yards from the end of Stage 4 when Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way. The crash helped Arnaud Demare become the first Frenchman in 11 years to win a stage.  Overall leader Geraint Thomas is 12 seconds ahead of Sky teammate and three-time champion Chris Froome, with third-place Michael Matthews also 12 seconds back.

Competitive Eating – Jaws picks up 10th win at Hot Dog Eating Championship
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has broken his own record to extend his reign as chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in New York.  The San Jose, California-based competitor logged a 10th win by downing 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Tuesday. He beat Carmen Cincotti, who ate 60. Chestnut set the previous record at 70 last year. Miki Sudo has notched her fourth win in the women’s division. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns, besting Michelle Lesco’s 32.  Police say five people were taken into custody after trying to disrupt the event. The people appeared to be attempting to unfold a black banner in the crowd before police stopped them and took them away.

Golf – 81-year-old Mississippi man shoots 6th hole-in-1 of his life
Mississippi man had a good day on the golf course when he made the sixth hole-in-one of his life. The Daily Leader reports 81-year-old Glen Martin was playing in a senior scramble at the Brookhaven Country Club when it happened. The retired pastor used an 8-iron. He says the ball hit the green and “started to curl and roll in a weird way” before dropping in the hole. Martin says he uses a neon yellow golf ball, so it’s easy to see in case it goes into water or falls among trees.  He has had a pacemaker for about 30 years and says playing golf gives him the exercise and energy to keep his body running.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing 10, West Michigan 4
South Bend 5, Great Lakes 4, 12 innings

Great Lakes at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
West Michigan at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.