Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 4/30/18


MLB – Major League Baseball
Baltimore Orioles 5, Detroit Tigers 3
Kansas City Royals 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 2, Milwaukee Brewers 0

Orioles 5, Tigers 3 – Alvarez hits 2 HRs to help Orioles beat Tigers 5-3
Substitute starter Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs, Trey Mancini had a solo shot and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 Sunday for their first home series win of the season. Kevin Gausman (2-2) allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who took two of three from Detroit following a five-game skid. Mancini hit his first career leadoff homer on the third pitch from Daniel Norris (0-2) and Alvarez connected with a man on in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.  John Hicks homered for the Tigers, who had two players leave with injuries: Miguel Cabrera with a left biceps spasm in the fifth inning and Norris with groin tightness in the third.

Royals 5, White Sox 4 – Cuthbert homers twice in Royals’ 5-4 win over White Sox
Cheslor Cuthbert homered twice and drove in four runs as the Kansas City Royals won consecutive games for the first time this season, defeating the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Sunday. Whit Merrifield singled home Alcides Escobar, who was hit by a pitch to leadoff the eighth inning, with the go-ahead run off Bruce Rondon (1-1). Escobar left in the ninth with a left hand contusion.  He homered in the fifth with Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler aboard off Chris Volstad.  It was Cuthbert’s second career multi-homer game. The other was June 11, 2016. Daniel Palka doubled home two White Sox runs in the fourth, giving him five RBIs in two games. Brandon McCarthy (2-0) picked up the victory, while Blaine Boyer logged his fifth career save and his first since May 29, 2016 while with the Milwaukee Brewers

Cubs 2, Brewers 0 – Chatwood, Cubs sweep Brewers with 2-0 win
Tyler Chatwood pitched seven sparkling innings and helped himself with an RBI single, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday and a sweep of the four-game series between NL Central rivals. Chatwood (2-3) allowed two hits, struck out four and walked three in his second straight win. Carl Edwards Jr. worked the eighth and Brandon Morrow got three outs for his seventh save in seven chances, finishing Chicago’s second straight shutout and its fifth just this month against Milwaukee. The Brewers had won eight in a row before they were held to two runs and 14 hits in the sweep by the Cubs. Chicago’s starting pitchers _ Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana and Chatwood _ allowed an unearned run and 11 hits in 27 innings in the series.

Colorado (Freeland 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 2-1), 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Faria 1-1) at Detroit (Zimmermann 1-0), 7:10 p.m.      WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
White Sox are off

NBA – 2018 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 – (Best of 7)
Last Night – Round 1
Cleveland Cavaliers 105, Indiana Pacers 101                               CLE wins 4-3           

Cavaliers 105, Pacers 101 – 7th heaven: LeBron carries Cavaliers past Pacers in Game 7
The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to squeak by the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. LeBron James poured in 45 points in 43 minutes as the Cavs downed the Pacers, 105-101 in Cleveland. Victor Oladipo scored 30 points and Darren Collison had 23 for the Pacers.

Last Night – Round 2 – (Best of 7)
Houston Rockets 110, Utah Jazz 96                                              HOU leads 1-0

Tonight – Round 2 – (Best of 7)
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics, 8:00 p.m.                           Game 1

NHL – 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 2 – (Best of 7)
Last Night
Washington Capitals 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 1                             Series tied 1-1
Nashville Predators 5, Winnipeg Jets 4 – 2 OT                             Series tied 1-1

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.                          BOS leads 1-0
Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks, 10:00 p.m.                  Series tied 1-1

NASCAR – Logano ends victory drought
Joey Logano has ended a nearly yearlong losing streak with a victory at Talladega Superspeedway.  He had one brief challenge from Kurt Busch, who pulled out of line in traffic and tried to catch Logano but could not get the lead.  It was the 100th NASCAR victory for Team Penske, and Logano’s third career win at Talladega. Logano’s last victory was April 30 of last year at Richmond but his car failed inspection. The benefits from the victory were stripped and it cost him a shot in the playoffs. Busch finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kyle Busch was 13th after winning the three previous Monster Energy races.
Golf – PGA – Horschel/Piercy win
Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy won the Zurich Classic by closing with a bogey-free 5-under 67 in alternate-shot play. Horschel became a two-time winner at TPC Louisiana. He captured his maiden PGA Tour triumph at the 2013 Zurich Classic when it was a traditional every-man-for-himself event. Horschel and Piercy surged into the lead with birdies on the 10th and 11th holes and held off Jason Dufner and Pat Perez by a stroke.

Golf – LPGA – Ko wins in playoff
Lydia Ko hit a 3-wood to 3 feet for eagle to finish off Minjee Lee on the first hole of a playoff at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in California. Ko won her 15th LPGA Tour title and first since July 2016, a 43-event stretch marked by changes in instructors, caddies and equipment. Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to match Lee at 12-under. Lee had her second straight 68.

NFL Draft – Lions – Persistent Lions again put focus on running game in draft
The Detroit Lions have been nothing if not persistent in the NFL draft.  The Lions picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the fourth time in seven years. Then they took a running back in the second round — the fourth time since 2010 they’ve drafted a player at that position in rounds one or two. They eventually moved on to the defense, but for Detroit, this draft was clearly an effort to improve the running game.  Detroit picked center Frank Ragnow of Arkansas , running back Kerryon Johnson of Auburn and safety Tracy Walker of Louisiana-Lafayette on the draft’s first two nights. The Lions entered Saturday with only two picks left, but they traded into the fourth round and took defensive end Da’Shawn Hand of Alabama.Then Detroit added offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby of Oregon in the fifth round and fullback Nick Bawden of San Diego State in the seventh.Crosby faced some questions about his injury history, and he wouldn’t say how many concussions he’s had. Neither did Quinn.

NCAAFB – Patterson eligible for Michigan, good news for other transfers
Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer’s request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school. Patterson transferred from Ole Miss after the Rebels were sanctioned by the NCAA last year. The NCAA allowed Mississippi’s rising seniors to transfer without having to sit out this season, but Patterson and several other underclassmen decided to leave and request permission to play immediately.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 3, Lansing 2 – Game 1
Lansing 1, West Michigan 0 – Game 2
Great Lakes 9, South Bend 4

No game tonight

AHL – 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs – Round 1 – (best of 5)
Manitoba Moose at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:05 p.m.                    Series tied 2-2

ECHL – 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 2 – (best of 7)
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 2, Fort Wayne Komets 1                                       Series tied 1-1

MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Soccer
Lakeshore at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Northern at Niles, 5:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan, 6:30 p.m.
Otsego at Edwardsburg, 5:30 p.m.
South Haven at Plainwell, 6:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Allegan, 6:30 p.m.
Paw Paw at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Covert, 5:00 p.m.
Parchment at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.
Hartford at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.

Lakeshore at Dowagiac, 4:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Comstock, 4:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Fennville, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Martin at Kalamazoo Christian, 4:30 p.m.
Constantine at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.

Rockford at South Haven, 4:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Fennville, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Gobles, 4:30 p.m.
Kal. Hackett at Lawrence, 4:30 p.m.
Martin at Kal. Christian, 4:30 p.m.
Constantine at Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.

Track and Field
Dowagiac, Vicksburg, at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.

Boys Golf
St. Joseph, Lakeshore, Niles, South Haven, at Point O’ Woods Invitational, 10:00 a.m.

Girls Tennis
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m.
Niles at Lakeshore, 4:00 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.