Sports: Miggy wins Batting Title; Tigers Last
Cabrera Wins Batting Title
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is celebrating his fourth American League batting title in five seasons. "Miggy" didn't play yesterday, but went 3-for-4 on Saturday to finish with a .338 average. Boston's Xander Bogaerts was next at .320. Cabrera is just the seventh player in history to win four batting titles.
The Tigers are clearing out their lockers and heading home after a last-place finish. Detroit had won four straight division titles but was derailed this season by injuries and underachievement to tumble all the way to the AL Central basement at 74-and-87. The Tigers hadn't finished last since 2008. The Tigers ended the season with a 6-0 win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon. J.D. Martinez knocked in his 102nd run of the season, to finish 10th best in the Major Leagues in that category. He hit 38 home runs, 11th best in the majors. Tyler Collins had a three-run triple to highlight the offense. Daniel Norris threw five innings of one-hit ball. Four relievers combined to allow just two hits over the final 4 innings.
The Yankees will welcome the Astros to Yankee Stadium for the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for New York, while the Astros will counter with American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel. The winner will advance to the American League Division Series against the Royals. The other AL matchup will have Toronto versus Texas.
The Pirates will play host to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. It’ll be Jake Arrieta for the Cubs and Gerrit Cole for the Pirates.
The winner plays in St. Louis against the Cardinals. The other matchup has the Mets at the Dodgers.
Former Tiger Max Scherzer finished the season on a high note. It was the second no-hitter of the season for Scherzer, but his Washington Nationals’ team is not in the playoffs.
The Lions play the Seahawks tonight in Seattle. The Lions haven't started 0-and-4 since 2010. The Seahawks are looking to get back to .500. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out of tonight's game with a hamstring injury. Lynch has also battled a troublesome calf and has just 128 yards through the first three weeks. Former Wolverine and Flint native Thomas Rawls is expected to start instead. We’ll have the game on WBCK tonight at 7:20pm.
Michigan State dropped two spots in this week's "AP" Top-25 Poll. The 5-and-0 Spartans went from 2nd to 4th in the nation after Saturday's narrow 24-21 win over Purdue. Ohio State is first, followed by TCU and Baylor. Utah jumps up to number-five. The 4-and-1 Wolverines are ranked 18th after a 28-0 win at Maryland. Michigan leads the Big Ten in almost every defensive category.
Michigan State senior safety RJ Williamson underwent surgery for a torn biceps on Sunday. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio says Williamson, a fifth-year senior, and leader of the Spartans' secondary, could return for the team’s final game or for a bowl game. Michigan State lost left tackle Dennis Finley to a broken leg. The redshirt sophomore, was making his first career start in place of injured left tackle Jack Conklin.
The Red Wings open the regular season at home next Friday against the Maple Leafs. The Wings went 6-0-and-2 in exhibition play. Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains with the Detroit Red Wings as they trimmed the roster to 27. The roster has to be at 23 by Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, they've signed 18-year-old first-round draft pick Evegeny Svechnikov to an entry-level contract. The Red Wings waived defenseman Brian Lashoff, Andy Meile and Mitch Callahan. If no team claims them, they could go to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Meile led the Griffins in scoring last season. Four Red Wings are on the injured list: Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm and Alexey Marchenko.
Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick advanced to the championship field of 12 by winning the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Kyle Busch finished second, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third. The "Contender 12" heading into Saturday's race in Charlotte is set. Jimmie Johnson did not make the cut. He was forced off the track for thirty-six laps with a torn rear axle-seal.
The Pistons first preseason game is tomorrow night at home against the Pacers. The regular season doesn’t start until the 27th.