Weekday Morning Sports Report – Friday 6/28/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Texas Rangers 3, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago Cubs 9, Atlanta 7
White Sox were off

Rangers 3, Tigers 1 – Gallo homers twice as Rangers sweep Tigers with 3-1 win
Joey Gallo hit two solo homers and Ariel Jurado threw seven shutout innings and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 3-1 win over the Tigers on Thursday.   Texas has won five straight games, matching a season high. Gallo led off the second inning by driving Spencer Turnbull’s pitch deep into the right-field seats. With two outs in the fourth inning, Gallo lined Nick Ramirez’s pitch over the left-field wall. Gallo has 19 homers on the season. It was Gallo’s eighth multi-homer game and his first since Aug. 8, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers have lost seven in a row overall, as well as their past seven home games. Miguel Cabrera’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly off reliever Chris Martin accounted for Detroit’s run. Turnbull (3-8), the first of six Detroit pitchers, took the loss, his fourth in a row.

Cubs 9, Braves 7 – Kimbrel closes out debut with Rizzo’s help, Cubs beat Braves
Craig Kimbrel dodged trouble for a save in his season debut when new teammate Anthony Rizzo dived into first base for the final out, and the Chicago Cubs rallied from five runs down to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7 on Thursday. Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, Kimbrel struck out Brian McCann looking and induced a groundout from Johan Camargo to start the ninth inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. then doubled into Wrigley Field’s ivy, and Dansby Swanson walked on four pitches. Freddie Freeman grounded sharply down the first base line, and Rizzo fielded and had to dive for the bag to beat Freeman.  Kimbrel earn his 334th career save and did it against his original team. The Cubs finalized a $43 million, three-year contract with 31-year-old free agent on June 7, then sent the right-hander to the minors to get himself ready.  Victor Caratini’s two-run homer capped the Cubs’ four-run fifth inning that put them ahead for good. Kyle Schwarber also went deep for the Chicago, which got three RBIs from Jason Heyward on a warm day at Wrigley Field with steady wind blowing out to left.

Washington (Sanchez 3-6) at Detroit (Norris 2-6), 7:10 p.m.      WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
Chicago Cubs (Hamels 6-2) at Cincinnati (Gray 3-5), 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota (Berrios 8-3) at Chicago White Sox (TBD), 8:10 p.m.           

MLB – Astros place three on All-Star starting lineup
Barring injury, the Astros will make up one-third of the American League’s starting lineup for the All-Star Game at Cleveland on July 9. Outfielders George Springer and Michael Brantley will join teammate and third baseman Alex Bregman in the AL lineup, along with Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and New York second baseman DJ LeMahieu. The rest of the AL starters announced Thursday are Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, Rangers designated hitter Hunter Pence and Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Trout was the leading vote-getter in the Starters Election among all MLB finalists to earn his eighth consecutive All-Star selection and seventh straight fan-elected starting assignment.  The Cubs and Braves each have two players in the National League starting lineup. Catcher Willson Contreras and shortstop Javier Baez will represent the Cubs, while the Braves will send first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Also named NL starters are Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich and Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger.

FIFA – 2019 Women’s World Cup – France – Quarterfinals
England 3, Norway 0

United States vs. France, 3:00 p.m.

Golf – PGA – Lashley’s birdie run gives him Rocket Mortgage lead
Nate Lashley birdied the final three holes and five of the last six for a 9-under 63 and the first-round lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s first event in Detroit. The 36-year-old Lashley had the lowest score in his PGA Tour career, a day after finding out he would have a chance to compete at Detroit Golf Club. Lashley made the tournament as an alternate after failing to qualify for the
field. Ryan Armour and Nick Watney are a stroke back at 64.

Golf – Champions – Toms, Stricker share US Senior Open lead
Defending champion David Toms and Steve Stricker share the first-round lead at the U.S. Senior Open at South Bend, Indiana. Toms set a tournament record with 10 birdies in an 8-under 62 at rain-softened Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. Stricker made his Senior Open debut with seven birdies and a 30-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole to catch Toms. Kirk Triplett and Jerry Kelly are two shots back in third.

NBA – AP Source: Lakers trade with Wizards to make cap space
The Los Angeles Lakers have worked a trade with the Washington Wizards that gives them salary cap room to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Wizards will get Moritz Wagner, Issac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a future second-round draft pick from the Lakers. The Pelicans will receive cash from Washington, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The move will give the Lakers enough cap space to sign a max-contract free agent if they are so inclined.

NHL – Hurricanes get Haula from Knights, buy out Marleau
The Vegas Golden Knights have a little more salary cap space after sending forward Erik Haula to the Carolina Hurricanes for prospect Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2020.  The 28-year-old Haula played 15 games last season before being lost to a knee injury. He had career highs with 29 goals, 26 assists, 55 points and 12 power-play goals in 2017-18 as the Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup Final. Haula’s contract is a $2.75 million cap hit for next season. The Hurricanes made their own cap relief by buying out the remainder of Patrick Marleau’s contract less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with Toronto. Marleau was entering the final season of a three-year, $18.75 million contract he signed with the Maple Leafs as a free agent.

Tennis – 15-year-old American qualifies for Wimbledon
A 15-year-old American has become the youngest player to reach Wimbledon’s main draw for women’s singles via qualifying in the Open era. Coco Gauff made it into the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 victory that lasted just 55 minutes in the final round of qualifying Thursday against Greet Minnen, a 21-year-old from Belgium. Gauff will be the 12th-youngest player to compete in women’s singles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament since professionals were first admitted in 1968.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Indiana Fever at Phoenix Mercury, 10:00 p.m.
Chicago Sky at Seattle Storm, 10:00 p.m.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Bowling Green 4, Great Lakes 3 – 10 Inn. (gm1)
Great Lakes at Bowling Green – Game 2 PPD
Lake County 9, Lansing 4
Fort Wayne 5, South Bend 2
West Michigan 6, Dayton 3

Lake County at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend at Fort Wayne, 7:05 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