Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 7/16/18

MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 6, Houston Astros 3
Chicago White Sox 10, Kansas City Royals 1
Chicago Cubs 7, San Diego Padres 4

Tigers 6, Astros 3 – Tigers rough up Verlander in 6-3 win over Astros
Justin Verlander had a puzzling day on the mound in his first-ever start against his previous team.  While Verlander racked up double-digit strikeouts, Detroit hammered four home runs off the former Tiger and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.  Verlander (9-5) allowed a season-high six runs on six hits, striking out 12, as he lost his third straight decision.  The former Cy Young Award recipient won 183 games as a Tiger from 2005-2017 before he was traded to Houston.  Verlander struck out 10 of the first 15 batters he faced but was hurt by the long ball. John Hicks, Jeimer Candelario, Niko Goodrum, and Jim Adduci hit Detroit’s home runs.  Francisco Liriano allowed one run in three innings before leaving with lower back tightness. Drew VerHagen (1-2) came in and allowed one run on two hits in three innings.

White Sox 10, Royals 1 – Moncada, Palka spark White Sox to 10-1 rout of Royals
Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada homered, and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting Chicago to a 10-1 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals.  Moncada was 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored a day after leaving a game with a bruised right knee. Palka also had three hits and two RBIs while Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith each hit a two-run double as Chicago pounded out 13 hits.  The rebuilding White Sox had dropped seven of nine before Sunday and are 33-62 overall.  Adalberto Mondesi homered leading off the eighth for the Royals, who are 2-11 in July.  Kansas City decided to go with a bullpen day instead of a regular starting pitcher. The relievers were no match for Giolito (6-8). The right-hander allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three.

Cubs 7, Padres 4 – Cubs sweep Padres with 7-4 win
Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep.  Chicago closed out a 4-2 West Coast trip. With All-Star second baseman Javier Baez putting together a big first half, the Cubs (55-38) lead Milwaukee by 2 ½ games in the NL Central.  The Cubs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings against rookie left-hander Eric Lauer, who came within one out of his first complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers in his previous start.  It was more than enough for Lester (12-2), who struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star lefty allowed three runs and six hits while improving to 10-1 in his last 12 starts.  Lester was selected for Tuesday’s showcase in Washington by the players’ vote, but he won’t be on the active roster due to Sunday’s outing.

No games today, MLB All Star Break
Home Run Derby, 8:00 p.m. (Nationals Park, Washington, DC)

FIFA – World Cup – Final
France 4, Croatia 2

France 4, Croatia 2 – France clinches World Cup with 4-2 win over Croatia
France is celebrating its second World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring World Cup final since 1966.  Dramatic moments in the match included the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final, along with a brief pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.  Nineteen-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored the fourth goal, becoming just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. The first was soccer great Pele, who was 17 when he scored twice Brazil’s 5-2 win over Sweden in the 1958 final.  The French players received their medals during a downpour that also drenched Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Croatia.  Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. France won the crown on home soil in 1998.

Tennis – Wimbledon – Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets
Novak Djokovic is the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time. Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam title Sunday by defeating first-time Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.  Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set. Djokovic held steady, saving all five of those, then was as superior in the tiebreaker as he was most of the sun-drenched afternoon.  It’s Djokovic’s first major trophy in more than two years. He has struggled with a painful right elbow that eventually required surgery, and as his losses accumulated, his ranking fell out of the top 20 for the first time in more than a decade.At No. 21, Djokovic is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon titlist since Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) in 2001.

NHL – Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario
Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.  Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning. Police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort. Emery’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon.  Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, winning his only Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. 

Golf – PGA – Kim wins John Deere Classic in record-breaking runaway
Michael Kim shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes and pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour.  Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under 257 — breaking Steve Stricker’s tournament record from 2010 by one shot. He also qualified for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie.  Bronson Burgoon, Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen and Sam Ryder all finished at 19 under.

Golf – Champions – Singh tops Maggert in playoff at Senior Players Championship
Vijay Singh birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jeff Maggert and win the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Sunday.  Singh knocked in a putt from about 2 feet after a nearly perfect approach on the 18th hole at Exmoor Country Club.  Singh and Maggert finished at 20-under 268. Brandt Jobe was two strokes behind, while Jerry Kelly and defending champion Scott McCarron finished at 17 under.

Golf – LPGA – Suwannapura gets first LPGA Tour win at Marathon Classic
Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA Tour event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic. The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Golf – LPGA – Laura Davies cruises to victory in US Senior Women’s Open
Laura Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday’s final round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.  The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club in the USGA’s championship for women 50 and older. She has 85 career victories, still plays on the LPGA Tour and finished tied for second at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Great Lakes 1, Burlington 0 – Game 1
Great Lakes 5, Burlington 0 – Game 2
Beloit 8, West Michigan 1
Wisconsin 11, South Bend 7
Clinton 6, Lansing 2

Lansing at Clinton, 12 p.m.
Wisconsin at South Bend, 1:05 p.m.
Beloit at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.