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Sports: Pistons Go Home for the Summer

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The Detroit Pistons lost their final game of the season at Orlando 113-109.   Detroit finishes 37-45 on the season.    The Magic led by as many as 21 points in the first quarter,  but the Pistons managed to surge ahead in the fourth quarter.  But the Pistons fell short, unable to overcome the slow start to the game. Detroit outscored Orlando in the second, third and fourth quarters but their 21-point first-quarter deficit proved difficult to overcome. Coach Stan Van Gundy said it was a typical game for the Pistons.  He says they started slow, fought to get back into the game, and shot poorly.   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith both scored 20 points each to lead Detroit.  Aaron Gordon had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic.   Detroit finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Playoff

The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls edged out the Miami Heat for the last two spots in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs.  The Boston Celtics will have the top seed after finishing two games ahead of defending-champion Cleveland.

Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar will have surgery on his shoulder Thursday to address a lingering issue.  General manager Ken Holland said in an M-live story that Tatar will need 4-6 months of rehab. Tatar said he hopes to be ready for the start of the season.

The Detroit Red Wings, for the first time in their history, will take part in the NHL draft lottery, April 29 in Toronto.  M-Live reports that the Red Wings have 6.7 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. That ranks behind Colorado (18 percent), Vancouver (12.1 percent), the expansion Vegas Golden Knights (10.3 percent), Arizona (10.3 percent), New Jersey (8.5 percent) and Buffalo (7.6 percent). The draft is June 23 (first round) and June 24 (second through seventh rounds) at the United Center in Chicago.

Girls’ Soccer

Pennfield 7, Portland 0. Claire LeRoux with four goals.

Allegan 4, Lakeview 2.

Paw Paw 2, Harper Creek 0.

Delton 8, Hartford 0.

High School Baseball

Bronson 11, Prairie Heights 3.

Softball

Harper Creek and Sturgis split two.  The Beavers winning game 1, 8-7.

Union City and Colon split a pair.

 

 Girls’ Tennis

Lakeview 8, Harper Creek 0.

 Tigers

The Tigers beat the Twins 5-3 and move into first place in the Central Division.

The Tigers scored all five runs in the fourth inning thanks to a grand slam from Andrew Romine.  The two-out home run put the Tigers ahead to stay.   Tyler Collins RBI single put the Tigers on the board in the fourth.  Collins and Romine each had two hits.  The Twins were able to get to Tigers starter Michael Fulmer early, scoring their three runs in the first three innings.  But Fulmer settled down to finish with seven strikeouts in six innings to get his first win of the season.  Alex Wilson got his first save of the season for the Tigers, pitching the final two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks.  The Tigers will go for the three-game sweep of the Twins this afternoon at Comerica Park.  A win would give Detroit a 6-1 record during their opening home stand.  Jordan Zimmerman gets the call for the Tigers, while the Twins will counter with Phil Hughes.   Catch the action at 12:45pm on 95.3 WBCK!

Romine-Drug Test

Following the game, Andrew Romine had to submit to a random drug test at the request of the league.  Romine is hitting 545 and had the best spring of his career at the plate.

Tigers Sign Loney

The Detroit Tigers have signed first baseman James Loney to a minor league deal. The 32-year-old Loney played in 100 games last season for the New York Mets, hitting .265 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.  Loney has also played for the, Red Sox, and Rays.

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