The Battle Creek Bombers lost to the Rockford Rivets 12-8 to fall into second place in the North division.

Rockford scored six runs in the first off Flint’s Tyler Kirkwood.  The Bombers battled right back, scoring three in the first and three in the second.  The two teams played it close until a three-run eighth put the game away for the Rivets.

Tom Stoffel, Alex Howard and Nick Walker all homered for the Bombers, and Nehwon Norkeh went three for three and knocked in two runs.

The game was delayed by nearly two hours after authorities located a "suspicious" device a mile south of the ballpark.  That turned out to be a bag of garbage.

The Bombers will have an off day on today and then play the final four home games of the regular season Thursday through Sunday in Battle Creek.

The team will play the final seven games on the road, as the NABF World Series gets underway next week.

City Baseball

The BC Merchants will host the NABF World Series starting Wednesday August 9th at Bailey Park.   HBC/Behnke will play this weekend in a regional tournament in Fort Wayne with a chance to still make it into the series.  Other Michigan teams will battle it out in the Saginaw District, so it’s possible that three teams from the state could compete in Battle Creek next week.

Dumars New Job

Former Piston star and GM Joe Dumars has a new job with a sports agency. Independent Sports and Entertainment hired Dumars to run its basketball division, which includes clients such as New Orleans Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins.

Shermanator Triathlon August 5

Coming up this Saturday is the 15th Annual Shermanator Triathlon at the Sherman Lake YMCA near Augusta.  More than 200 athletes from around the region will be competing in several event divisions.  The event is a fund raiser for the Sherman Lake YMCA & Outdoor Center Community Scholarship Fund.   Motorists might want to avoid the area on Saturday morning on 39th St, "G" Ave, and 37th St. surrounding Sherman Lake from 7:45 until about 9:30 am.

Gym Doc Trial

Former MSU and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar will stand trial on December 4th.   Nassar is 15 counts of molesting several female athletes.  They had been divided into two separate cases, but the judge consolidated them into one.

Cleeves Charges

Former MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves will be back in court in Genesee County after an appeals court says it won't review a judge's decision to reinstate sexual assault charges against him.  His attorney says he'll continue to fight what he calls the "unjust accusations."

Tigers Beat Yanks

The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night in the Bronx.     First baseman John Hicks hit a three-run homer.    Justin Upton added a solo shot off CC Sabathia. Anibal Sanchez started and pitched into the 7th inning for the win. Sanchez gave up two runs on six hits for his third win against one loss. New closer Shane Green was called on with one out in the 8th.  He gave up a run scoring single and walked two, but did the job for his first save.  Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Tigers today against the Yankees.   Hear the game at 12:40 on 95.3 WBCK.