Weekday Morning Sports Report – Wednesday 9/11/19

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 12, New York Yankees 11
Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City Royals 3
San Diego Padres 9, Chicago Cubs 8 – 10 Innings

Tigers 12, Yankees 11 – Yanks blow 6-run lead, lose 12-11 to big league-worst Tigers
Jordy Mercer capped a comeback from a six-run deficit with a game-ending single off Chance Adams in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers overcame six home runs by the Yankees to beat New York 12-11 on Tuesday night.  Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius each homered twice, and Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnación also went deep for the Yankees, whose 276 homers tied Minnesota for the major league lead.  New York, with a 95-51 record to Detroit’s big league-worst 43-100, led 6-0 in the second inning. But the Tigers tied the score with six runs in the third, aided by an error by Torres at second base.  With the Yankees ahead 6-2, Torres dropped a throw from Gregorius at shortstop on what appeared to be an inning-ending double play by Dawel Lugo off Luis Cessa, who had just replaced Nelson Cortes Jr. Christin Stewart hit a sacrifice fly, Travis Demeritte added a RBI single and Grayson Greiner hit a two-run single.  Greiner doubled with one out in the ninth off Chance Adams (1-1) and Mercer’s single to the gap in right-center scored and pinch-runner Willi Castro. Tigers closer Jiménez (3-8) pitched a perfect ninth.

White Sox 7, Royals 3 – Jiménez slam helps White Sox power past Royals 7-3
Rookie Eloy Jiménez hit his first career grand slam, Yoán Moncada launched a monster two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Tuesday night.  Adam Engel added a solo shot for as the White Sox won their second straight, but just their fourth in 14 games.  Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Ryan O’Hearn went deep for the Royals on a warm night where the ball carried well and every run was scored on a homer.  Ivan Nova (10-12) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to snap his three-game losing streak. The right-hander yielded six hits, including the Royals’ three solo shots, while walking none and striking out five.

Padres 9, Cubs 8 – 10 Innings – Cubs’ wild-card lead cut, Padres walk off 9-8 in 10th
Manuel Margot drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk with one out in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres overcame an impressive power display by Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward to beat the Chicago Cubs 9-8 Tuesday night.  The Cubs’ lead for the second NL wild-card spot was cut to one game over Milwaukee and two over Philadelphia.  Bryant hit a pair of two-run home runs and Heyward also homered twice and drove in three runs for the Cubs.  After Steve Cishek loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the 10th, the Cubs brought in right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to play first base and give them a five-man infield. It didn’t matter, though as Cishek (3-6) walked Margot to bring in Luis Urias with the winning run.  Urias started the winning rally when he beat out an infield single to shortstop with one out. Austin Hedges and Travis Jankowski walked to load the bases and bring up Margot.  Michel Baez (1-1) pitched the 10th for the win.

Tonight
N.Y. Yankees (German 17-4) at Detroit (Boyd 8-10), 6:40 p.m.     WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:15
Kansas City (Sparkman 3-11) at Chicago White Sox (Lopez 9-12), 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Hamels 7-6) at San Diego (Paddack 8-7), 10:10 p.m.

MLB – Yelich breaks kneecap, out for season
Brewers star Christian Yelich broke his right kneecap on a foul ball Tuesday night and will miss the rest of the regular season, an injury that overshadowed Milwaukee’s 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.  The Brewers didn’t say whether the reigning NL MVP might be able to return for the playoffs that begin Oct. 1 if they make it that far. Yelich will return to Milwaukee on Wednesday for further evaluation.  Milwaukee, which won its fifth in a row, began the day two games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.  Yelich fouled a ball off his leg in the first inning. He was down on the ground for several minutes before limping off the field.  Yelich hit .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs along with 30 stolen bases this season. The outfielder was leading the majors in slugging percentage and OPS when he was hurt.

NFL – Antonio Brown faces rape accusations by former trainer
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing rape accusations by a former trainer. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions. Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. Heitner said Brown and Taylor had "a consensual personal relationship." Taylor also said in the statement she will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies. A spokesman for the NFL declined comment, but the Patriots say the league told the team it will launch an investigation.

Olympics – SKorea asks IOC to ban ‘rising sun’ flag at Tokyo Olympics
South Korea has formally asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese “rising sun” flag at next year’s Tokyo Games, calling it a symbol of Japan’s brutal wartime past.  South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Wednesday said it sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach expressing “deep disappointment and concern” over Japanese plans to allow the flag in stadiums and other facilities. South Korean Olympic officials last month urged the local organizing committee to ban the flag, but Tokyo organizers responded by saying it was widely used in Japan, was not considered a political statement and “it is not viewed as a prohibited item.” The flag, portraying a red sun with 16 rays extending outward, is resented by many South Koreans, who still harbor animosity over Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

MWL – 2019 Midwest League Baseball Championship Series (Best of 5)

Tonight
Clinton Lumberkings at South Bend Cubs, 8:05 p.m.                     (Game 1)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph 3, Portage Central 1
Lakeshore 3, Portage Northern 1
Mattawan 5, Kalamazoo Central 1
Battle Creek Lakeview 4, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 1

Girls Volleyball
Paw Paw 3, Watervliet 0
Martin 3, Coloma 2
Galesburg-Augusta 3, Lawton 2
Schoolcraft 3, Kalamazoo Hackett 0
Kalamazoo Christian 3, Constantine 0

Girls Golf
SMAC West at Berrien Hills
1.         St. Joseph                     188
2.         Mattawan                      202
3.         Portage Central             203
4.         Niles                            215
5.         Lakeshore                     228
6.         Portage Northern          229

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 8, Niles 0

Tonight
Girls Volleyball
Niles at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 6:30 p.m.
Mattawan at Portage Central, 6:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Lake Michigan Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor at River Valley, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer
Covert at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Otsego, 6:30 p.m.
Allegan at Dowagiac, 5:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Paw Paw, 6:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Vicksburg, 6:30 p.m.
Comstock at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Lawrence at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Parchment, 5:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Bangor, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Fennville, 5:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Saugatuck, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – AP Football Rankings
Division 1
1. Chippewa Valley (4)                               (2-0)  49
2. Belleville (1)                                          (2-0)  44
3. Rockford                                                 (2-0) 36
4. Dearborn Fordson                                  (2-0)  28
5. Grandville                                               (2-0)  24
6. Lake Orion                                              (2-0)  21
(tie) Davison                                              (2-0)  21
8. West Bloomfield                                    (1-1)  17
9. Rochester Adams                                  (2-0)  14
10. Detroit Catholic Central                    (1-1)  6
Others receiving votes: Clarkston 5. Romeo 5. Plymouth 4. Holt 1.

Division 2
1. Muskegon Mona Shores (3)                    (2-0)  47
2. Birmingham Groves (2)                           (2-0)  45
3. Walled Lake Western                               (2-0)  38
4. Midland                                                  (2-0)  31
5. South Lyon                                             (2-0)  26
6. Oak Park                                                 (1-1)  19
7. Livonia Franklin                                    (2-0)  18
8. Warren De La Salle                               (1-1)  15
9. Warren Mott                                         (2-0)  12
10. Portage Northern                              (2-0)  11
Others receiving votes:  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 5. Port Huron Northern 5. Portage Central 2. Grosse Pointe South 1.

Division 3
1. Muskegon (5)                                          (2-0)  50
2. Edwardsburg                                        (2-0)  42
3. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s                        (2-0)  35
4. Zeeland West                                          (2-0)  31
5. Mount Pleasant                                      (2-0)  30
6. Chelsea                                                   (2-0)  20
7. Coldwater                                              (2-0)  15
8. Birmingham  Brother Rice                      (2-0)  14
9. Warren Woods Tower                            (2-0) 8
10. Mason                                                   (2-0) 6
(tie) River Rouge                                       (1-1) 6
Others receiving votes: St. Joseph 5. Zeeland East 5. Riverview 4. Flint Kearsley 2. Grand Rapids Northview 1. DeWitt 1.

Division 4
1. Paw Paw (1)                                         (2-0)  41
2. Detroit Country Day (3)                       (2-0)  38
3. Hamilton                                                 (2-0)  33
4. Escanaba                                                 (2-0)  29
5. Flint Powers                                           (2-0)  21
6. Milan                                                      (2-0)  19
7. Muskegon Orchard View                        (2-0)  16
8. Williamston                                            (2-0)  14
9. Grand Rapids Catholic Central             (1-1)  11
(tie) Pontiac Notre Dame Prep                   (2-0)  11
Others receiving votes:  Hudsonville Unity Christian 10.  Sparta (1) 10. Vicksburg 7. Ludington 5. North Branch 5. Fowlerville 4.

Division 5
1. Montague (1)                                          (2-0)  36
2. Portland (1)                                           (2-0)  35
3. Muskegon Oakridge (1)                          (2-0)  33
4. Lansing Catholic                                    (2-0)  23
5. Kingsley                                                  (2-0)  19
(tie) Frankenmuth (1)                                 (2-0)  19
7. Marine City                                             (2-0)  13
8. Clare                                                      (2-0)  12
9. Hillsdale                                                (2-0)  11
10. Saginaw Swan Valley                            (1-1)  6
Others receiving votes: Hopkins 5. Comstock Park 3. Olivet 3. Onsted 2.

Division 6
1. Ithaca (2)                                               (2-0)  37
2. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central       (2-0)  35
3. Maple City Glen Lake (1)                        (2-0)  32
4. Warren Michigan Collegiate                  (2-0)  26
5. Montrose (1)                                          (2-0)  21
6. Flint Hamady                                           (2-0)  19
7. Grass Lake                                              (2-0)  17
8. Brandywine                                         (2-0)  14
9. Gladstone                                               (2-0)  12
10. Brooklyn Columbia Central                  (2-0)  5
Others receiving votes: Hemlock 1. Ravenna 1.

Division 7
1. New Lothrop (1)                                     (2-0) 26
2. Pewamo-Westphalia (1)                          (2-0) 19
(tie) Clinton                                               (2-0) 19
4. Jackson Lumen Christi (1)                      (2-0) 18
 5. Schoolcraft                                         (2-0) 15
6. Sand Creek                                              (2-0) 12
7. Riverview Gabriel Richard                     (2-0) 10
8. Cassopolis                                             (2-0) 9
9. Centreville                                            (2-0) 7
(tie) Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker          (2-0) 7
Others receiving votes: Beaverton 6. Gobles 6. Iron Mountain 5. Springport 3. West Iron County 2. Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1.

Division 8
1. Reading (2)                                             (1-1)  27
2. Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary   (2-0)  26
3. Ishpeming                                                (2-0)  21
4. Harbor Beach (1)                                   (2-0)  18
5. Saginaw Nouvel                                      (2-0)  1
6. Ubly                                                        (2-0)  10
6. Clarkston Everest Catholic                   (2-0)  10
8. White Pigeon                                         (2-0)  9
9. Mount Clemens                                       (2-0) 8
10. Johannesburg-Lewiston                       (2-0) 6
(tie) Fowler                                                (2-0) 6  
Others receiving votes: Flint Beecher 4. Ottawa Lake Whiteford 2. Lake Linden-Hubbell 1. Adrian Lenawee Christian 1.

Division 8 Player
1. Pickford                                                 (2-0)  44
2. Morrice (4)                                            (2-0)  40
3. Powers North Central (1)                     (2-0)  33
4. Onekama                                                  (2-0)  22
5. Climax-Scotts                                      (2-0)  15
Others receiving votes: Deckerville 12. Colon 8. Gaylord St. Mary 7. Newberry 7. Peck 6. Portland St Patrick 6.