Weekday Morning Sports Report – 6/29/18

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Oakland A’s 4, Detroit Tigers 2
Minnesota Twins 2, Chicago White Sox 1 – 13 Innings
Chicago Cubs 11, Los Angeles Dodgers 5

A’s 4, Tigers 2 – Lowrie, Manaea lead A’s over Tigers 4-2 for 4-game sweep
Jed Lowrie had two more hits, Sean Manaea pitched six strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday to sweep a four-game series. Lowrie went 9 for 17 (.529) with two homers and three doubles in the set, driving in at least one run in all four games. The A’s went 8-2 on their three-city road trip, the first time they had won eight times on a single swing since going 10-0 on a trip to Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City as part of their 20-game winning streak in 2002. Oakland has won 10 of 12 overall. Detroit lost its ninth straight, matching a streak from September. The Tigers haven’t lost 10 in a row since their 119-loss season in 2003. Michael Fulmer (3-7) gave four runs and nine hits. He is 1-3 in his past six starts.

Twins 2, White Sox 1 – 13 Innings – Kepler draws bases-loaded walk in 13th, Twins top Chisox 2-1
Max Kepler drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and the Minnesota Twins outlasted the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Thursday. The Twins pushed across the go-ahead run after Logan Morrison doubled off left fielder Charlie Tilson’s glove with two outs. Hector Santiago (2-3), the sixth White Sox reliever, intentionally walked Ehire Adrianza before walking Jake Cave and Kepler. Alan Busenitz (2-0), the Twins’ sixth reliever, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win. Minnesota bounced back after the White Sox tied it with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when closer Fernando Rodney walked pinch-hitter Daniel Palka on four pitches to force in a run.

Cubs 11, Dodgers 5 – Rizzo, Russell, Cubs erupt after Kershaw exits, beat Dodgers
Anthony Rizzo’s three-run double and Addison Russell’s two-run homer highlighted a seven-run seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs broke loose after Clayton Kershaw exited, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-5 on Thursday. The Cubs pounded out 15 hits, including four by Rizzo. Russell drove in four runs in the final regular season meeting between the teams that played each other in the NL Championship Series the last two years.  They met seven times in 10 days, with the Cubs winning four games over the two series. The Dodgers staked Kershaw to a 3-1 lead before he departed after five innings because of a pitch limit.  Steve Cishek (2-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Tonight
Minnesota (Berrios 8-5) at Chicago Cubs (Montgomery 2-2), 5:05 p.m.
Detroit (Liriano 3-3) at Toronto (Stroman 0-5), 7:07 p.m.           WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
Chicago White Sox (Covey 3-2) at Texas (Gallardo 1-0), 8:05 p.m.

MLB – Ex-Tigers pitching coach Bosio says he’s ‘crushed’ by firing
Chris Bosio says he was fired as the Detroit Tigers’ pitching coach for using the word “monkey,” but insists he didn’t say it in a racial or demeaning context. Bosio told USA Today that he used the word while talking about pitcher Daniel Stumpf, who is white.  Bosio said Stumpf is nicknamed “Spider Monkey” because of the faces he makes while lifting weights. Bosio said an African-American clubhouse attendant overheard the conversation. Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that Bosio was fired for making insensitive comments to another team employee. Avila declined to offer additional details. Bosio told USA Today that he was “crushed” about his firing. Bosio said he plans to hire a lawyer while determining whether to sue for wrongful termination.

MLB – Cubs’ Darvish has setback in bullpen session
Yu Darvish won’t be rejoining the Chicago Cubs’ rotation this weekend after sustaining a setback during a bullpen session yesterday. Manager Joe Maddon says the Japanese right-hander felt pain in his right arm. Darvish will return to Chicago to be evaluated, and won’t pitch Saturday as scheduled. He’ll be replaced by Tyler Chatwood, who came off the paternity list.  Darvish pitched 5 innings in a rehab assignment for the South Bend Cubs on Monday, giving up a run in 5 innings.   Darvish said he felt soreness in his arm after the game.

FIFA – World Cup 2018
Yesterday
Poland 1, Japan 0
Columbia 1, Senegal 0
Belgium 1, England 0
Tunisia 2, Panama 1

Wednesday’s World Cup Roundup
Colombia is moving on in the World Cup and Senegal is out, the first team to get eliminated on a new tiebreaker that punishes squads each time their players pick up yellow or red cards. Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute to give Colombia a 1-0 win over the Senegalese and vault the South Americans from going home to winning the group. Japan beat out Senegal for the second spot despite its 1-0 loss to Poland because it accumulated four yellow cards to Senegal’s six. It’s the first time since 1982 that no African team has qualified for the knockout stage. Belgium reached the last 16 as group winners with a 1-0 victory over England. Belgium faces Group H winner Japan on Monday and a win there would mean a quarterfinal against Brazil or Mexico.

NCAABSB – College World Series (best of three)
Last Night
Oregon State 5, Arkansas 0                                                         OSU wins 2-0

Oregon State 5, Arkansas 0 – Oregon State beats Razorbacks 5-0 for national championship
Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter and Oregon State closed out its third national championship by shutting out Arkansas, 5-0 in the deciding third game of the College World Series.  Abel retired the last 20 Arkansas batters, catching Luke Bonfield looking at strike three on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. He became the first hurler to win four games in a single College World Series. Adley Rutschman set a CWS record with 17 hits by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the clincher.

Golf – PGA – New putter doesn’t do much for slumping Woods
Andrew Landry and J.J. Spaun share the first-round lead at the PGA’s Quicken Loans National in Potomac, Maryland. Landry set the pace with a 7-under 63 before Spaun matched his round. They are one ahead of Billy Horschel and Andrew Putnam. Tiger Woods unveiled a new putter, but it rendered the same results as he shot an even-par 70. Woods battled back from a double bogey with five straight birdie chances from 8 feet or closer. He made just two of the putts.

Golf – Champions – Kelly leads major
Jerry Kelly owns a two-stroke lead over four others through one round of the U.S. Senior Open.     Kelly made his only bogey of the day on 18 to close out a 4-under 66. Rocco Mediate, Miguel Angel Jimenez Kevin Sutherland and Deane Pappas finished at 68. Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz made only five pars and finished at 15-over 85. Smoltz won a playoff in qualifying to make the field.

NFL – Winston gets 3-game ban
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The discipline stems from the league’s investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016. He will be eligible to return to the team on Sept. 25, the day after Tampa Bay plays the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NBA – George opts out
A person with knowledge of the situation says Oklahoma City’s Paul George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Thunder and will become an unrestricted free agent. It was not an unexpected move for George, who averaged 21.9 points for the Thunder this past season. By not opting in to the final year of his existing deal, George opens up an array of possibilities, such as going elsewhere, or signing as much as a five-year deal with Oklahoma City.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Bowling Green 13, West Michigan 1
Dayton 6, South Bend 5
Lansing 5, Great Lakes 1

Tonight
Bowling Green at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton at South Bend, 7:35 p.m.