Tigers take series finale over Texas with a 3-2 win – Thursday Morning Sports Update


MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 3, Texas Rangers 2
Los Angeles Angels 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Tigers 3, Rangers 2 – Rogers, Marisnick lead Tigers over Rangers 3-2
Jake Rogers hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Jake Marisnick followed with a run-scoring single in his Tigers debut, leading Detroit over the Texas Rangers 3-2. Texas took two of three and has won six straight road series for the first time. The Rangers’ 35-20 record is the team’s best 55-game start. Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double in the third. With the score 1-1, Nick Maton and Tyler Nevin started the sixth with singles off Dane Dunning.

Angels 12, White Sox 5 – Ohtani homers twice, including career longest at 459 feet, Angels beat White Sox 12-5
Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive that was the longest of his Major League Baseball career, and drove in four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 12-5. Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 2-0 with a 476-foot home run in the first. Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn just to left of straightaway center for a 4-1 lead in the third. Ohtani hit a full count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center in the fourth.

Rays 4, Cubs 3 – Beeks escapes bases-loaded jam, Lowe, Siri hit homers as Rays beat Cubs 4-3
Brandon Lowe and Jose Siri each hit two-run homers late in the game, Jalen Beeks got the final two outs after coming in with the bases loaded and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. Lowe greeted Mark Leiter Jr. with a long two-run homer to center in the seventh to tie it at 2-all and Siri connected in the eighth to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead after Chicago scored a run. The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth against Kevin Kelly. Beeks recorded his first save of the season.

Tigers, Cubs, and White Sox are off

MLB – Tigers’ Riley Greene on injured list with left leg stress fracture
Centerfielder Riley Greene was put on the 10-day injured list by the Detroit Tigers because of a stress fracture in his left leg. Greene was injured during Detroit’s 10-6 loss to Texas on Tuesday and left the game in the third inning. He was sent for tests and an MRI showed a stress fracture in his left fibia. The move came one day after the Tigers placed their best pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez. on the 15-day injured list with a ruptured ligament in his left index finger.

MLB – Cubs’ Steele leaves start against Rays because of left forearm tightness
Chicago Cubs starter Justin Steele exited Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after three innings because of left forearm tightness. Steele retired all nine batters he face. He got a visit from manager David Ross and a trainer with one out in the third. Steele retired the next two batters, with third baseman Patrick Wisdom making a lunging stab on Taylor Walls’ line drive foul and stopping Jose Siri’s hard grounder before throwing him out. Hayden Wesneski came in to start the fourth inning. Steele is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts.

NBA – 2023 NBA Finals – (best of seven)
Miami Heat at Denver Nuggets, 8:30 p.m.                                           (Game 1)

NBA – Butler, Jokic lead Heat, Nuggets into a NBA Finals after unconventional paths
Nikola Jokic wasn’t supposed to be here. Neither was Jimmy Butler, for that matter. Jokic was drafted behind 40 other players in 2014. Butler was drafted behind 29 others in 2011. Jokic grew up in Serbia, not even thinking about the NBA. Butler didn’t have the easiest upbringing in Texas, then went the junior-college route at the start of his journey toward the pros. And here they are. The NBA Finals. One of them is going to become a champion for the first time, with Jokic leading the Denver Nuggets and Butler leading the Miami Heat — a matchup that starts Thursday night in Denver, with the Nuggets heavily favored to win it all.

NBA – Pistons reach agreement to hire former Suns coach Monty Williams
The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement to hire former Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, according to two people familiar with the situation. One of the people told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Williams agreed to a six-year contract. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. Phoenix fired Williams two-plus weeks ago, two years after reaching the NBA Finals and a year after he won the league’s coach of the year honors.

Indy 500 – Fan whose car was damaged by flying tire at Indy 500 will receive new ride
An Indianapolis 500 fan whose vehicle was damaged when a tire flew off a racecar and out of the track during the race will receive a new car. An Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesperson tells The Indianapolis Star that Penske Entertainment will provide fan Robin Matthews with a new car. The wheel came off with less than 20 laps to go in Sunday’s race when Felix Rosenqvist and Kyle Kirkwood collided. Kirkwood’s left rear tire bounced off the track and over the fence in the second turn before landing in a parking lot. The wheel traveled about 350 yards before crashing into the front of Matthews’ parked Chevrolet.

NCAAMBB – Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline
Wednesday marked the deadline for players who were early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to college basketball. The list of returnees includes Purdue’s 7-foot-4 center Zach Edey after being named Associated Press national player of the year. There’s also national champion Connecticut getting back guard Tristen Newton. But Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe is staying in the draft as a former AP national player of the year. UCLA returned Pac-12 freshman of the year Adem Bona. Michigan State retained guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard. Other returnees included Tennessee’s Josiah-Jordan James and Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Cedar Rapids 3, Lansing 2
Fort Wayne 5, South Bend 2
West Michigan 6, Dayton 3
Great Lakes 4, Beloit 3

Cedar Rapids Kernels at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Beloit Snappers, 7:35 p.m

MHSAA – High School Sports
Girls Soccer – District Semifinals
Division 2 at Coldwater
Gull Lake 2, Marshall 1
Harper Creek 1, Vicksburg 0

Division 3 at Unity Christian
Unity Christian 8, Allegan 0
Holland Christian 8, Fennville 0

Division 4 at Saugatuck
Calvin Christian 3, Black River 0
Saugatuck 3, Covenant Christian 0

Baseball – Regular Season
Constantine 5, Dowagiac 0 – Game 1
Constantine 11, Dowagiac 8 – Game 2
Saugatuck 13, Martin 8 – Game 1
Saugatuck 6, Martin 2 – Game 2

Softball – Regular Season
St. Joseph 12, Zeeland West 0
Watervliet 1, Brandywine 0
Delton-Kellogg 4, Coloma 1
River Valley 5, Constantine 3 – Game 1
River Valley 7, Constantine 4 – Game 2.

Boys Golf – Regionals
Top 3 teams qualify for State, and top 3 players not on top 3 team
Division 2 at Coldwater GC (Complete Results from the MHSAA)

  1. Vicksburg                         299
  2. Mason                              319
  3. Gull Lake                          319
  4. Jackson Northwest            348
  5. Harper Creek                     332
  6. St. Joseph                         334
  7. Lakeshore                         335
  8. Parma Western                  335
  9. Marshall                          344
  10. Niles                                345
  11. Eaton Rapids                     348
  12. Paw Paw                            355
  13. Jackson                            357
  14. Edwardsburg                     369
  15. Three Rivers                     371
  16. Sturgis                             401
  17. Coldwater                         405

Individual Qualifiers
Jacob Marohn, Lakeshore          78
Joey Mario, Harper Creek          78
JJ Miller, Jackson Northwest    78

Division 3 at The Medalist GC, Marshall (Complete Results from the MHSAA)

  1. Dowagiac                          347
  2. Olivet                               360
  3. Hillsdale                          364
  4. Quincy                              372
  5. South Haven                     374
  6. Jonesville                         385
  7. Schoolcraft                      389
  8. Watervliet                        402
  9. Union City                         402
  10. Parchment                         403
  11. Cosmtock                          405
  12. Hopkins                            415
  13. Delton-Kellogg                 420
  14. Buchanan                          421
  15. Brandywine                        454
  16. Constantine                       456
  17. Berrien Springs                 487

Individual Qualifiers
Sam Sawyer, Quincy                   84
Carter Crist, Coloma                85
Zachary Mains, Jonesville         85

Division 4 at Clearbrook GC, Saugatuck (Complete Results from the MHSAA)

  1. Kalamazoo Christian         325
  2. Saugatuck                         341
  3. Kalamazoo Hackett            340
  4. Cassopolis                        358
  5. Climax-Scotts                   388
  6. River Valley                      397
  7. Lawton                             401
  8. Colon                               415
  9. White Pigeon                     416
  10. Howardsville Christian     420
  11. Bridgman                           427
  12. Mendon                             432
  13. Centreville                        477
  14. Our Lady of the lake          479

Individual Qualifiers
Luis Laurenz, Cassopolis           81
Flavio Hernandez, Burr Oak      83
Simon Vinson, Colon                 85

Girls Soccer – District Championships
Division 2 at Lakeshore
Lakeshore vs. Plainwell, 6:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of the Lake vs. Michigan Lutheran, 3:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Hartford
Watervliet vs. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian, 5:00 p.m.

Boys Golf – Regionals
Division 2 at Diamond Springs GC, Hamilton, 10:00 a.m.
Allegan, Charlotte, GR Christian, GR South Christian, GR West Michigan Aviation, Hamilton, Hastings, Holland, Holland Christian, Hudsonville Unity Christian, Ionia, Lansing Waverly, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, Otsego, Plainwell, Zeeland East, Zeeland West

Softball – Regular Season
Lawton at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.
Zeeland West at Schoolcraft, 4:30 p.m.

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