Sports: Former Tigers Helping New Teams
On Monday, former Tiger J.D. Martinez hit four home runs to lead his new team, the Arizona D-Backs to a win. On Tuesday, two former Tigers helped the Houston Astros win. Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Astros debut. The former Tigers’ ace struck out seven and walked one. Former Tiger outfielder Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston’s first hit. Houston beat Seattle 3-1.
The Cleveland Indians won their 13th in a row and have and 11 game lead in the Central Division.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays in 19 innings, 3-2. The Yankees lost to Baltimore on a 9th inning walk-off homer, the Birds’ fourth of the night. Boston leads New York by 3 ½ games in the American League East. The Cubs lead the NL Central by 3 ½ over Milwaukee. The Dodgers, Nationals and Astros are all running away with their respective divisions.
Tigers Win Big
The Tigers beat the Royals 13-2 on Tuesday. Anibal Sanchez started and threw just five pitches before taking a line shot off his leg. Sanchez left the game with a contusion, and six Tiger relievers did the job the rest of the way. In the second inning, the Tigers sent eleven men to the plate and scored seven runs as Jacoby Jones homered. Mikie Mahtook went 3 for 5, and John Hicks was 3 for 4 and knocked in four runs with two home runs. Jacoby Jones added his second homer in the 7th. The Tigers host Kansas City again tonight before an off day on Thursday. They head to Toronto this weekend. Broadcast time is 6:45pm tonight on 95.3 WBCK. Matt Boyd starts for the Tigers.
Lions Try to Break Streak Against Arizona
The Lions start the regular season this Sunday as they host the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have won the past seven meetings.
Patrick O’Donnell won two tickets to Sunday’s game. His Lions’ memory was watching Billy Sims as a kid and then going outside during halftime to play football in the yard and fighting over who would get to be #20. We’ll have more chances for you to call the WBCK Morning Show at 441-9595 and tell us about a Lions memory to win tickets to Sunday’s opener at Ford Field.
AP Football Poll
Alabama remains top-ranked in the AP college football poll, one spot ahead of Ohio State. Clemson moves to the #3 spot after Florida falls out of the top 10.
Penn State, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida State round out the top 10.
Michigan State hosts WMU this Saturday. MSU coach Mark Dantonio got a good look at WMU when the Broncos played tough against Southern Cal last Saturday. Dantonio says Western Michigan’s performance was “impressive,” and he also remembers how well the Broncos played in a 2015 loss to the Spartans. Hear the game at 2pm on 95.3 WBCK. Paula Garrett called in and won a pair of tickets to the game from 95.3 WBCK. Hear the Mark Dantonio Show Thursday night at 7pm on 95.3 WBCK.
Michigan hosts Cincinnati on Saturday. Hear the game at 11am on 104.9 the Edge.
NFL-Elliott Loses Appeal
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has lost the appeal of his six-game suspension, but he will be allowed to play in the season opener Sunday against the New York Giants. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant said he would rule on Elliott’s request for a temporary restraining order by Friday. If the request is denied and no further legal action taken, Elliott’s suspension would start in Week 2 at Denver.
Women’s ninth seed Venus Williams will take on fellow American Sloane Stephens in the U.S. Open semifinals. Pablo Carreno Busta will play South African Kevin Anderson in the Men’s semifinal.
The KCC Volleyball team lost their first match of the season, falling to KVCC in four. The lady Bruins are now 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in the conference.
Baseball Sign Stealing
The Boston Red Sox have admitted to improperly using an Apple watch to steal signs from the Yankees during a series last month. The New York Times said the Red Sox told MLB investigators that Boston manager John Farrell, GM Dave Dombrowski and other team executives were not aware of the scheme. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he wanted to get the matter resolved quickly and didn’t comment about possible penalties.
High School Football
Week 3 of the High School Football season gets going on the radio this Friday night, as Lakeview is at Battle Creek Central.