Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 6/24/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Cleveland Indians 8, Detroit Tigers 3
Texas Rangers 7, Chicago White Sox 4
Chicago Cubs 5, New York Mets 3

Indians 8, Tigers 3 – Bradley has RBI double in debut, Indians top Tigers 8-3
Bobby Bradley doubled and drove in a run in his first major league plate appearance and the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with an 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.  Bradley’s hit a ground-rule double to left field to ignite a five-run second inning for the Indians, who have won six straight over the Tigers and are a season-high seven games over .500. Francisco Lindor added an RBI double as Cleveland took a 5-1 lead.  Zach Plesac (3-2) matched his longest outing in the majors to earn the victory, allowing one run over seven innings. The right-hander, who made his major league debut on May 28, did not allow a runner to reach scoring position after the first.  Tigers starter Daniel Norris (2-6) remained winless since May 12 despite striking out a season-best eight. The left-hander surrendered six runs over a season-high seven innings, falling to 0-5 with a 5.48 in eight starts since his last victory.

Rangers 7, White Sox 4 – Federowicz, Santana hit early HRs, Rangers top White Sox 7-4
Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana hit two-out, two-run homers in the second inning and Shawn Kelley shut down a late White Sox rally with his first four-out save of the season as the Texas Rangers beat Chicago 7-4 on Sunday.  Kelley struck out Tim Anderson to strand runners at second and third in the eighth inning after the White Sox had scored three runs to pull within 5-4. Kelley pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save, preserving the win for rookie Adrian Sampson (6-4).  One of the Rangers’ two insurance runs in the eighth was driven in by Delino DeShields, whose fielding error in the top of the inning contributed to the Chicago rally.  In winning the final two games of the three-game series, the Rangers have won three of their last four games and either won or split eight straight series.  Ivan Nova (3-6) gave up three earned runs in six innings. Nova is 0-2 in his last six starts.

Cubs 5, Mets 3 – Baez HR, Cubs win 5-3
Javier Baez hit the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Pete Alonso to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday.  With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead, Baez launched his 19th homer of the season with Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo on base and one out. Baez sent an 0-2 pitch from Seth Lugo (3-1) halfway up the right field bleachers.  Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out nine and walked none.  DeGrom also drove in a run with a single.  Steve Cishek (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win in relief of Cole Hamels. Pedro Strop tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Tonight
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 10-2) at Boston (Rodriguez 8-4), 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 5-5) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 6-5), 8:05 p.m.
Tigers are off

NCAABSB – NCAA Baseball – College World Series – Championship Series (Best of 3)
Tonight
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, 7:00 p.m.                                               (Game 1)

NASCAR – Truex holds off Busch to defend Sonoma title
Martin Truex Jr. has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for the second straight year, comfortably holding off teammate Kyle Busch for his fourth victory of the season.  Truex won for the fourth time in the last eight points-paying races. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota teammates finished 1-2 for the seventh time in their careers. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Denny Hamlin.

Golf – PGA – Reavie gets first win in 11 years
Chez Reavie won the Travelers Championship for his second PGA Tour victory and first in 11 years. Reavie closed with a 1-under 69 for a four-stroke victory over Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher.  The 37-year-old Reavie was also the 2008 Canadian Open winner. He finished at 17-under 263 at TPC River Highlands a week after tying for third in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Golf – LPGA – Green becomes major champion
Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from the bunker with a 5-foot putt on the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major championship, and the first by an Australian in 13 years. Green closed with an even-par 72 at Hazeltine National for a one-shot victory over defending champion Sung Hyun Park, whose 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole gave her a 68.

Golf – Champions – Jerry Kelly wins hometown event
Jerry Kelly has won his hometown PGA Tour Champions event, beating Retief Goosen with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff in the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 to match Goosen and tournament host Steve Stricker at 15-under 201. Stricker was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.

NHL – Rebooting World Cup of Hockey to be part of NHL labor talks
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey tournament and holding it every four years. The stumbling block to an agreement revolves around the hot-button topic of the NHL competing at the Winter Olympics after skipping out on South Korea last year. Fehr prefers to have both the World Cup and Olympics on the calendar. Bettman is on board when it comes to the World Cup but he’s not committing to the NHL returning to the Winter Games.

Hockey stick missing for 39 years resurfaces in Michigan
A hockey stick used by a 1980 Team USA hockey player from Michigan has resurfaced nearly four decades after it disappeared. The stick belonged to Mark Wells. The Olympic gold medalist gave it to the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena in 1980, the last time it was seen. The Macomb Daily reports that St. Clair Shores Mayor Kip Walby recently announced that the stick had been returned to him. He declined to give details. He says he’s happy to have it back. He plans to display it at the civic arena, as was intended 39 years ago. Each team member received a stick autographed by the players and coach. The team defeated the Soviet Union’s national team. Wells played 29 games for Team USA, scoring 9 goals and 7 assists.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Chicago Sky 93, Connecticut Sun 75
Seattle Storm 65, Indiana Fever 61

FIFA – 2019 Women’s World Cup – France – Knockout Stage
Yesterday
England 3, Cameroon 0
France 2, Brazil 1

Today
United States vs. Spain, 12:00 p.m.
Sweden vs. Canada, 3:00 p.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County 7, West Michigan 6
Lansing 9, Dayton 6
South Bend 11, Bowling Green 10
Great Lakes 2, Fort Wayne 1

Tonight
No games tonight