Sports: Bombers Hammer Rivets, 13-0
The Battle Creek Bombers pounded the Rivets at C.O. Brown Stadium 11-0 to snap a six-game home losing streak.
The Bombers scored four in the first and three in the second to cruise to the win and improve to 17-12 on the season. Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) smashed his second home run of the year to put Battle Creek on top 7-0.
Dakota Edwards, who just arrived from Cal State Stanislaus, threw six innings, allowed six hits but no runs. He struck out six and walked none.
Justin Felix also homered for the Bombers.
The Bombers’ 13 hit attack included a season high nine doubles.
Battle Creek will hit the road for a four-game road trip, heading to Fon du Lac and seeing the Doc Spiders for the first time this season. Alex Smith will start for the Bombers.
Pistons Trade Hilliard for Cash
The Detroit Pistons have traded swingman Darrun Hilliard to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations. The Rockets then sent Hilliard, six other players, a first round pick and cash to the L.A. Clippers for Chris Paul.
Hilliard appeared in a career-high 39 games last season, averaging 3.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 9.8 minutes. The 6-foot-6 Hilliard was drafted by the Pistons in 2015.
The Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday evening, 8-2. Kansas City was first to score off lefty Daniel Norris in the top of the 3rd inning. The Royals added more runs in the 4th, building a 5-0 lead. The Tigers scored both of their runs on solo home runs. Alex Avila hit a homer in the 4th making it a 5-1 game. Miguel Cabrera added a solo homer in the 6th to make it 5-2. The Royals added runs in the final two innings off relievers Warwick Saupold and Alex Wilson and win it, 8-2. Norris took the loss and falls to 4-6. His earned run average has climbed to 5.00. The Tigers fall to nine games below .500 and are in 4th place, 7 games behind first-place Cleveland. The Tigers host four with Cleveland this weekend. Michael Fulmer starts the rubber game of the series with the Royals today in Detroit. Hear the game at 12:45 on 95.3 WBCK. Starting Tuesday, the Giants come in for three games and then the Tigers finish the first half of the season in Cleveland.
Martinez Reactivated from DL
The Detroit Tigers have activated designated hitter Victor Martinez, who was on the disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat. The team sent catcher-first baseman John Hicks back to Toledo to make room on the roster.
All Star Voting
All Star Voting ends just before midnight, and Tiger’s first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 400,000 votes behind Eric Hosmer of the Royals. The Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak and A’s Yonder Alonso are also ahead of Cabrera. No other Tiger is even in the top five in voting at any position.
Michigan’s Perry Pleads Guilty
U of M receiver Grant Perry has pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer and misdemeanor assault and battery. The plea comes after a confrontation outside an East Lansing bar last October. Grant Perry had been accused of improperly touching a woman, but prosecutors dropped two counts of misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct and an alcohol charge. Perry had been suspended, but is back at team workouts.
Jackson out at Knicks
Phil Jackson is out after just three full seasons as president of the New York Knicks, a stretch that included no playoff berths and just 80 victories. The Knicks issued a statement saying the two sides mutually agreed to part company with two years remaining on a $60 million contract.
NW to Host Notre Dame
Northwestern will host Notre Dame in football. That hasn’t happened in more than 40 years, although the Wildcats did beat the Fighting Irish in 2014 in South Bend. The two teams will play at Ryan Field on November 3rd of next year.
Cubs Send Catcher Montero down
Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is no longer the Cubs catcher…on day after he blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a loss to the Nationals. Montero has thrown out just one of 31 potential base-stealers this season while driving in only eight runs in 44 games.