Sports: Pistons Lose Final Palace Game, 105-101.
The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 105-101 Monday night in the final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Washington rested John Wall and Otto Porter Jr. as they get ready for the postseason. Bradley Beal scored 33 points for the Wizards. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 22. Ish Smith had 16. Boban Marjanovic only had 8, and led the Pistons with 8 rebounds. There was a short halftime ceremony that honored the top players from the three championship teams. Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman , Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Rick Mahorn, John Long, Jerry Stackhouse, John Salley, James Edwards and Greg Kelser were among the former players there for the short 14-minute half-time ceremonies. The final game of the season is at Orlando on Wednesday.
The Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Monday to take the opening home series 3 games to 1. Justin Verlander and Chris Sale gave the fans a classic pitching duel. Verlander gave up one unearned run, three hits and struck out four over seven innings. Sale struck out 10 and gave up two runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Two of those hits were doubles by Andrew Romine, who was a last minute replacement for Justin Upton in left field. Upton has a sore shoulder. Ian Kinsler homered off Sale in the sixth. In the 8th, Romine doubled for the second time off Sale and Nick Castellanos singled in the eventual winning run. Justin Wilson struck out one and walked one in the eighth to get the win. Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth for the save.
The Tigers welcome in the Twins for three day games. Matt Boyd starts for the Tigers today. Broadcast time is 12:45 each day on 95.3 WBCK.
The Tigers have sent right hand reliever Bruce Rondon to the Toledo Mud Hens and called up rookie Joe Jimenez. The 26 year old Rondon blew the lead on Friday and again on Sunday. Jimenez is only 22 years old, but has pitched well in the Tigers’ minor league system.
Michigan Players to Enter Draft
Michigan Wolverines Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson are entering the NBA draft. Both say on Twitter that they won’t hire agents, meaning they could later decide to stay in school. If they leave, it would be a hit for Michigan, which already loses seniors Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin.
Berenson retires at Michigan
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson has retired after 33 seasons at the helm in Ann Arbor. The 77-year-old Berenson says this is the right time for him to leave and the right thing for the program. Under Berenson, the Wolverines won two national championships. Berenson played hockey at Michigan and went on to play for 17 seasons in the NHL.