Sports: Joba Booed as Tigers Lose 9-3
(Source: Michigan Radio Network, Associated Press)
The Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Alfredo Simon started and gave up 6 runs on 15 hits. Joba Chamberlain surrendered three solo shots in the eighth inning and was booed by the hometown fans.
James McCann hit his fourth home run of the season in the ninth and Nick Castellanos and Yoenis Cespedes each had an RBI. Detroit will try to salvage the final game of the series against Pittsburgh this afternoon. Kyle Ryan will start for the Tigers. Broadcast time is at 12:40pm on WBCK.
The Bombers lose again in Rochester….4-2 in Minnesota. The Bombers play the Honkers in Minnesota again tonight.
Team USA will next face Japan in the Women’s World Cup Soccer championship match after they beat England 2-1. Japan won after an English defender named Laura Bassett accidentally scored on her own goal when she tried to clear the ball. She was so upset that she cried, buried her head in her shirt, and was escorted off the field. The stunning score set up a rematch of the 2011 Final, which was won by Japan on penalty kicks. The Final showdown between the U.S. and Japan will take place in Vancouver on Sunday.
Red Wing Signings
The Red Wings were busy during the first day of free agency, signing defenseman Mike Green and center Brad Richards Wednesday. Green comes to Detroit after ten seasons with the Washington Capitals, where he finished with 45 points last season. His contract is reportedly a three-year deal worth 18-million-dollars. Richards inked a one year, three-million-dollar contract after spending last season with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The 14-year NHL veteran had 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games with the Blackhawks. Earlier in the day, the Wings re-signed Grand Rapids Griffins’ goalie Tom McCollum to a one-year deal. The Wings also re-signed forward and Michigan native Andy Meile to a one-year contract after he led the Grand Rapids Griffins in scoring last season.
The Detroit Pistons did not make any moves during the first day of the free agent period.
Reported targets Danny Green and DeMarre Carroll will not be playing for Detroit next season. Green re-signed with San Antonio and Carroll is leaving Atlanta for Toronto.
Several former Pistons did agree to new deals yesterday. Brandon Knight will play with Phoenix, Kyle Singler is heading to Oklahoma City, and Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson will suit up in Boston next season. Former Spartan and Warriors forward Draymond Green isn't going anywhere. According to Yahoo! Sports, Golden State has re-signed the restricted free agent to a five-year, 85-million-dollar contract. Green was a key part in the Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Championship and putting up 67 regular season victories. He averaged 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks in 79 games. Green is 25-years-old and was a second round pick in the 2012 draft.
Nik Stauskas is heading to Philadelphia.
According to a Wednesday night report, the former Michigan star is part of a trade between the Sacramento Kings and the Sixers that serves to bolster a young Philadelphia roster and free up cap space for Sacramento's free agency interests. Stauskas, the 2014 Big Ten player of the year, is coming off an up-and-down rookie campaign with the Kings.
Harbaugh in “Clunker” interview
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had an awkward ESPN interview Wednesday morning. Harbaugh was featured on ESPN's "The Herd," Colin Cowherd's ESPN Radio sports talk show that's simulcast on ESPNU. Harbaugh answered bad questions with worse answers, ultimately leading to Cowherd cutting Harbaugh off the air and ending the interview. "I've been in the business 10 years, folks," Cowherd concluded by saying.” That was a clunker. There isn't much I can do about that. I tried. I asked every open-ended question I could, but he's got nothing to say."