Weekday Morning Sports Report – Thursday 6/27/19

NCAABSB – NCAA Baseball – College World Series – Championship Series (Best of 3)
Last Night
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE
Vanderbilt 8, Michigan 2                                                              (VAN wins 2-1)

Vanderbilt 8, Michigan 2 – Vandy wins CWS
Vanderbilt has captured its second College World Series title in its four appearances, and first since 2014.  Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts as the Commodores clobbered Michigan, 8-2. Hickman struck out 10 in six innings and limited the Wolverines to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game.  Pat DeMarco homered for Vandy.  St. Joseph’s Jordan Brewer was 1 for 4 with an RBI for Michigan.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Texas Rangers 4, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 8, Boston Red Sox 7
Atlanta Braves 5, Chicago Cubs 3

Rangers 4, Tigers 1 – Minor goes the distance as Rangers beat Tigers 4-1
Mike Minor allowed five hits in his second complete game of the year, and Willie Calhoun, Jeff Mathis and Danny Santana homered in the fifth inning to lift the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.  Minor (8-4) struck out seven with two walks, throwing 108 pitches in his third career complete game. He now has 12 consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer while pitching at least five innings.  Matthew Boyd (5-6) struck out 11 for Detroit in seven innings, and he too allowed only five hits — but three of them were solo homers in the fifth. The Rangers are now a season-high eight games over .500.  Brandon Dixon homered for Detroit’s only run. The Tigers have lost six straight and 10 of 11.  Detroit has also lost 19 of its last 21 home games, not including a suspended game last month that the Tigers were trailing.

White Sox 8, Red Sox 7 – White Sox rally after blowing lead in 8th, beat Boston 8-7
José Abreu hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park in the ninth inning on Wednesday as the Chicago White Sox recovered after blowing the lead in the eighth to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7.  Chicago had leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-4 before the Red Sox scored three in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead and hand White Sox closer Alex Colomé (3-1) his first blown save in 17 opportunities. But Matt Barnes (3-3) gave up three straight hits in the top of the ninth — Leury García was caught stealing — including Abreu’s 19th homer of the season.  Abreu had three hits and four RBIs, and García also had three hits for Chicago. James McCann had an RBI single and added a solo home run against Chris Sale as Chicago pounced on the Boston starter for five runs in the first three innings.

Braves 5, Cubs 3 – Keuchel gets 1st win with Braves in 5-3 victory over CubsOzzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Dallas Keuchel earned his first win for the Atlanta Braves and Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer Wednesday night in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Brian McCann also connected for the Braves, who won a matchup of NL division leaders for the second straight night. Keuchel (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his second start with Atlanta. He remained in the game following a 48-minute rain delay in the fourth. The left-hander gave up four runs, three earned, over five innings in a loss last Friday at Washington. After a long wait in free agency, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner signed a one-year contract with Atlanta on June 7 that pays him $13 million. Four relievers combined to get the final 10 outs and hold the Cubs scoreless. A.J. Minter went 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save. Willson Contreras homered and tripled, and Kris Bryant also connected for the Cubs. Chicago starter Yu Darvish (2-4) had his string of 10 straight no-decisions snapped with the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out eight.

Texas (Jurado 4-3) at Detroit (Turnbull 3-7), 1:10 p.m.               WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 12:45
Atlanta (Wilson 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Chatwood 3-1), 2:20 p.m.
White Sox are off

MLB – Cubs to add Kimbrel to major league roster Thursday
Craig Kimbrel will be added to the Chicago Cubs’ roster Thursday before their series finale against Atlanta at Wrigley Field. The team made the announcement following Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Braves. Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star closer, completed his minor league assignment Tuesday and traveled to Chicago on Wednesday. He pitched in four games for Triple-A Iowa, allowing one run and two hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked a clean ninth with two strikeouts Tuesday in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Omaha, throwing 16 pitches. Kimbrel and the Cubs finalized a $43 million, three-year contract on June 7. The 31-year-old reliever has 333 career saves, including 42 last season for World Series champion Boston. To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Iowa.

MLB – Tigers recall Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Toledo
The Detroit Tigers have recalled infielder Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Toledo. Candelario, Detroit’s opening-day starter at third base, has hit just .179 in 42 games for the Tigers this season. He hit 19 home runs a season ago. The Tigers hope Candelario can bring some stability to the infield. He was acquired in a 2017 trade with the Chicago Cubs and hit well for the remainder of that season, but he hasn’t been all that consistent with the bat since then.

FIFA – 2019 Women’s World Cup – France – Quarterfinals
No games yesterday

Norway vs. England, 3:00 p.m.

FIFA – 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup – US beats Panama to complete perfect group play record
The U.S. men’s soccer team has finished 3-0 in group play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jozy Altidore scored on an overhead kick in his first start for the national team in 20 months to send the Americans past Panama, 1-0. Altidore got the goal from 2 yards following a corner kick in the 66th minute that was redirected by Matt Miazga. It was Aldidore’s 42nd goal in 113 international caps. The U.S. outscored its opponents 11-0 in group play and will face Curacao in the quarterfinals in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Tennis – Federer seeded above Nadal at Wimbledon
Roger Federer has been seeded above Rafael Nadal for Wimbledon, despite the Spaniard being higher in the rankings. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1, with Federer second and Nadal third. Kevin Anderson is fourth despite being eighth in the rankings, a bump after reaching the men’s final last year. The men’s seedings for Wimbledon are based on the rankings, but with extra points for grass-court tournaments in the last year. The women’s seedings follow the rankings, with French Open champion Ash Barty at No. 1 ahead of Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova.

ESPN – ESPN anchor Bob Ley retires after 40 years with network
Bob Ley, an anchor at ESPN since the network’s launch 40 years ago, has announced his retirement.
Ley was ESPN’s longest-tenured anchor, joining "SportsCenter" on the channel’s third day of operation on Sept. 9, 1979. He hosted "Outside The Lines," an investigative news program, from its launch in 1990 until he took a sabbatical last September.  The 64-year-old Ley tweeted Wednesday that he’s enjoying the "best of health" and that the decision to retire was "entirely" his own.  Ley hosted the first NCAA selection show and the inaugural live broadcast of the NFL draft in 1980. On "OTL," he led reporting on concussions and the NFL’s handling of domestic violence cases. He provided the first live national reports during the earthquake in San Francisco at the 1989 World Series. Ley, who won 11 Sports Emmy Awards, was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame this week.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County 6, Lansing 3
Fort Wayne 9, South Bend 1
West Michigan 15, Dayton 1
Great Lakes 2, Bowling Green 2 – Suspended 5th

Lake County at Lansing, 12:05 p.m.
South Bend at Fort Wayne, 12:05 p.m.
Dayton at West Michigan, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes at Bowling Green, 5:05 p.m. (DH*)
*Completion of Wednesday’s game, and game 2