Sports: Cabrera powers Tigers to Sweep over his old team
The Tigers swept the Marlins with a 10-3 win Wednesday at Comerica Park. The Tigers built a cushion right away with a four-run first, getting two runs on Victor Martinez's single off Tom Koehler. Miguel Cabrera hit one of three homers for the Tigers, his 18th homer of the season in the fourth inning, tying Billy Williams at No. 48 on baseball's career list with 426. Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia cleared the fence in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, giving Detroit an 8-2 lead. Daniel Norris (1-0) struck out a career-high eight and gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. The bullpen did a good job over the final four, and the Tigers tacked on two more runs. The Tigers head out for an 11 game trip in Tampa, Cleveland and Toronto. Jordan Zimmerman starts for Detroit. Broadcast time tonight in Tampa is 6:45 on WBCK.
The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from tying the longest winning streak in team history after winning their 12th straight in a 3-0 shutout of Atlanta.
The Battle Creek Bombers were off Wednesday and are in Kenosha for two games starting tonight at 8:05. The Bombers are 15-15 on the season. They’ll be home for games Saturday and Sunday night against the Lakeshore Chinooks. The annual Red, White and Boom fireworks show will be Sunday night. On Monday the 4th of July, it’s a day game at 2:05pm versus the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
Pistons Trade Meeks
The Detroit Pistons have traded guard Jodie Meeks to the Orlando Magic for a 2019 conditional second-round draft pick. The 28-year-old Meeks played in only three games last season after breaking a bone in his right foot in the second game of the season. Since signing with the Pistons as a free agent in 2014, he's played 63 games, averaging 10.9 points.
Stamkos Stays with Lightning
The Red Wings won’t be signing Steven Stamkos to replace the retiring Pavel Datsyuk. — The Lightning captain is staying in Tampa Bay after accepting an eight-year contract worth $68 million. The deal was reached two days before Stamkos would have become a free agent.
College World Series
There's still no winner in the College World Series after Coastal Carolina and Arizona were postponed by rain and lightning. The third and deciding game of the finals is now slated for Thursday in Omaha.
Good Luck Contract
Andrew Luck has signed a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts that covers the next six seasons through 2021. The $140 million deal was completed Wednesday with Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. Owner Jim Irsay revealed the maximum value on Twitter, calling it the biggest contract in NFL history.
LeBron a Free Agent Again
LeBron James is a free agent after declining his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers. The move was expected by James, who said last week he intends to remain with Cleveland. The 31-year-old star has been a free agent the past three summers, electing each time to sign one-year contracts with a player option.
Novak Djokovic has set an Open Era record by earning his 30th consecutive Grand Slam match victory. Roger Federer has ended British qualifier Marcus Willis' feel-good Wimbledon run with 3-set win in Round 2. The 772nd-ranked Willis was the lowest ranked qualifier to reach the second round at a Grand Slam since 1988.
Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics. Phelps held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history held up all five fingers on his right hand following the event to signify his fifth trip to the Summer Games. Missy Franklin finished second to Katie Ledecky in the 200 freestyle to earn a second individual event at the Rio Games. Franklin's runner-up performance came a day after she was seventh in the 100 backstroke, an event she won four years ago in London.
Voting for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game ends tonight at 11:59pm and the Tigers on the ballot need some votes. As of Monday, the final ballot update, Miguel Cabrera trailed Eric Hosmer by more than a half-million votes for the selection at first base. Ian Kinsler, who is having a great year, isn’t even in the top five at second base, but Omar Infante, released by the Royals, is in fourth place. Victor Martinez is fourth at designated hitter, 2 1/2 million votes behind David Ortiz. Nick Castellanos is a distant fifth among third basemen. You can vote at MLB.com and Tigers.com and submit up to five ballots in a 24-hour period. The All-Star game is July 12 in San Diego. The top vote getter in the AL by far: KC Catcher Salvador Perez with 3.75 million votes!
Giants Pitcher to Bat Instead of DH
Madison Bumgarner will get to hit for himself — even in an American League park.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy says he plans to use his slugging pitcher instead of a designated hitter tonight when the Giants visit the Oakland Athletics. It will be the first time a team intentionally used a pitcher to hit instead of a DH since the Chicago White Sox allowed Ken Brett to do it in 1976 — the Rays were forced to bat pitcher Andy Sonnanstine in 2009 because of a lineup card mix-up. Bumgarner is batting .175 this season with two homers and five RBIs in 40 at-bats. He has nine homers in 183 at-bats the past three seasons, a rate that would lead to about 36 home runs if he had a full season as a hitter. Bumgarner has even made a public plea to enter into the All-Star Home Run Derby.
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The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to our neck of the woods on Saturday July 9th at the Gilmore Car Museum! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice! Registration fee is $65.00 in advance and $75.00 on the day of the event…BUT we have two to give away, along with a pair of Walgreens Sports Bags!! Be listening for your chance to win on the WBCK Friday morning show. By the way….On July 9th, spectators are free – so bring your friends and family!