Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 7/31/17


95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, July 31, 2017

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 13, Houston Astros 1
Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland Indians 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2

Tigers 13, Astros 1 – Verlander’s pitching, Upton’s slam lead Tigers past Astros
Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings in what could be his last start with the Detroit Tigers, beating the Houston Astros 13-1 on Sunday afternoon.  Justin Upton matched a career best with six RBIs for the Tigers, who handed the Astros their first back-to-back losses since June 12-13. Upton had four hits, including a seventh-inning grand slam, and scored twice. In his last start before Monday’s trade deadline, Verlander (6-7) gave up five singles and three walks while striking out six. The subject of trade rumors since last winter, Verlander received a long standing ovation from the crowd of 31,970 when he walked off the mound after the sixth inning. Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), whose dad pitched for the Tigers in 1990, allowed five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. Houston first baseman Tyler White pitched the eighth, allowing a two-run homer to James McCann in his second career pitching performance.

White Sox 3, Indians 1 – White Sox snap Indians’ 9-game win streak on Davidson homer
Matt Davidson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The win stopped Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak. Chicago had lost 14 of 15 coming into the game and traded fan favorite Melky Cabrera to Kansas City shortly before the first pitch as part of a roster overhaul.  Jose Abreu got the ninth-inning rally started with a two-out double off Bryan Shaw (4-5) to set up Davidon’s heroics, the 21st home run of his rookie season. Tyler Clippard (2-6) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win, the first for the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field since July 2. Francisco Lindor extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a third-inning homer, his 16th, giving Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2 – Caratini connects on 1st career HR, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2
Victor Caratini hit his first career home run, a solo shot that broke a tie in the seventh and backed John Lackey’s solid six-inning start to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Sunday. Caratini homered to straightaway center off a 1-2 fastball from Zach Davies (12-5) with one out in the seventh for a 3-2 lead, delighting the bevy of Cubs fans who made the trek north from Chicago. The Cubs took two of three games in an important series at Miller Park. With the non-waiver trade deadline looming Monday, the Cubs increased their lead in the National League Central over the second-place Brewers to 2 ½ games.  Lackey (8-9) struck out seven and allowed five hits over six innings, including Domingo Santana’s game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth that just landed beyond outfielder Jason Heyward’s outstretched glove in the right-field corner.

Detroit (Fulmer 10-8) at New York Yankees (Severino 7-4), 7:05 p.m.          WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:40
Toronto (Estrada 4-7) at Chicago White Sox (Shields 2-3), 8:10 p.m.
Cubs are off

MLB – Tigers send Avila and Wilson to Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers have finalized a trade ahead of today’s Major League Baseball trade deadline.  The Tigers will be sending Catcher Alex Avila and Pitcher Justin Wilson to the Cubs.  In exchange, the Cubs have deal two minor leaguers to Detroit, they are Infielder Jeimer Candelario, who is currently with the AAA Iowa Cubs. As well as Shortshop Isaac Paredes, who is currently in Single A with the South Bend Cubs.  There is also a player to be named later.   Candelario is currently hitting .270 in 80 games with the Iowa Cubs, he has 52 RBI’s and has hit 12 home runs, but he does have 72 strikeouts, which is the third most on the club.  Paredes has played in 92 games with the South Bend Cubs, with a batting average of .264 with 49 RBI’s, 7 home runs, with 54 strike outs.  MLB’s trade deadline is at 4:00 p.m. today.

MLB – White Sox trade Cabrera to Royals
The Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for two minor-league pitchers. Kansas City entered the day three games behind the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians and holds the second wild-card spot by 2 ½ games over Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old Cabrera was batting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs for the White Sox.

MLB – Beltre gets 3,000th hit in Rangers’ 10-6 loss to Orioles
In his 20th season in the big league, Texas Rangers third-baseman Adrian Beltre has joined the all-time hitting elite. Beltre doubled for his 3,000th career hit on Sunday in the Rangers’ 10-6 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles.  Beltre became the first player from the Dominican Republic, and 31st overall, to join the 3,000-hit club in the major leagues. The only other current active player in the 3,000-hit club is Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is currently at 3,060, tied with Hall of Fame player Craig Biggio for 22nd all-time.

MLB – Hall of Famers
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez stared out at his father and wiped away tears as he called his dad a “double” Hall of Famer.  Rodriguez was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. He was joined by Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, along with former commissioner Bud Selig and front-office guru John Schuerholz. More than 27,000 fans showed up in Cooperstown for the ceremony.

NFL – Quin signs contract extension with Lions through 2019
The Detroit Lions have signed safety Glover Quin to a contract extension through the 2019 season. The 31-year-old Quin has spent the past four seasons with Detroit since signing a five-year deal in 2013. He hasn’t missed a regular-season start since 2009, when he was with Houston.  Lions general manager Bob Quinn calls Quin one of Detroit’s team leaders and says he’s “been a consummate professional on and off the field.” Quin’s 116 consecutive regular-season starts are the most among active NFL safeties.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Connecticut Sun 89, Indiana Fever 73
New York Liberty 86, Chicago Sky 62

NASCAR – Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono
Kyle Busch used a bump-and-run on Kevin Harvick to take the lead and held on to snap a 36-race losing streak and win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway.  Busch won for the first time this season in the No. 18 Toyota and won for the first time ever at Pocono.

Golf – PGA – Jhonattan Vegas successfully defends Canadian Open title
Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title at Glen Abbey, beating Charley Hoffman with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Vegas closed with a 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21-under 267.

Golf – Champions – Bernhard Langer wins 3rd Senior British Open title
Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10. The 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three strokes. Langer joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three senior majors in a season, and won the event for the third time to match the tournament record.

MWL – Reds prospect ties MWL record
Dayton Dragons center fielder Jose Siri has tied the Midwest League record by recording a base hit in his 35th consecutive game.  Siri led off the third inning of Dayton’s 3-2 loss at Fort Wayne with a single to tie the league mark set in 1977 by Tony Toups for the Waterloo Indians.  Siri can break the Midwest League record tonight when the Dragons visit Fort Wayne again tonight.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 9, Lake County 6
Bowling Green 4, South Bend 3
Lansing 7, Great Lakes 5

Lake County at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.