The Tigers rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 on Tuesday night.  The Sox got on the board in the second as Daniel Norris gave up a 2-run homer to Todd Frazier.  Ian Kinsler broke out of a slump with a two-run homer in the fifth.  J.D. Martinez doubled in the 6th and scored on Justin Upton’s base hit.  JaCoby Jones had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers in his major league debut.  Jones, obtained a year ago in the deal that sent Joaquin Soria to the Pirates, added an RBI single in the 7th. Kinsler and added a two-run single in Detroit's four-run sixth inning.

J.D. Martinez hit his 19th home run in the 7th.  Jones added an RBI single to cap the scoring in the 7th.  Bruce Rondon (5-2) picked up the win in relief of Daniel Norris, who allowed three runs in five innings.  The Tigers remain 4 ½ behind first-place Cleveland as the Tribe beat the Twins again.  The Tigers are one game out of a Wild-Card spot. Justin Verlander starts against the White Sox ace Chris Sale this afternoon.   Broadcast time is 12:45 on WBCK.

 

Curtis to Leave MIS

Roger Curtis’s 10-year run as president of Michigan International Speedway is over.  There was no replacement announced Tuesday. Joie Chitwood, chief operating officer of the International Speedway Corporation, will oversee operations at MIS in the interim.  Chitwood thanked Curtis in a statement for his service at MIS and wished him future success. Curtis tweeted, “Love the out pouring from fans. Will chat more soon, but let me clear 1 thing up- my dream retirement job is to raise sheep. No innuendo!”  Curtis came to MIS in 2006, replacing Brett Shelton. Under his guidance, events at the track have expanded beyond NASCAR races to include such large events as Tough Mudder, the Faster Horses Festival and the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest.   The 49 year old Curtis previously was also worked for ISC at California Speedway and worked for Richmond International Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

 

Michigan Football

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh once again declined to identify his starting quarterback for the opener on Saturday against Hawaii. It is expected to be either Wilton Speight or John O'Korn.

Harbaugh says the quarterbacks and rest of the team all know but he's not letting the choice out for public consumption.  Michigan plays Hawaii on Saturday.  Broadcast time is 11am on 104.9 The Edge.

 

MSU Football

After three years backing up Connor Cook at quarterback, fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor has his chance to lead the Spartans. He's the starter now, and when No. 12 Michigan State hosts Furman on Friday night, he'll try to take the first step toward soothing concerns Spartans fans have about a potential drop-off at that position.  5:30 broadcast time on WBCK.

 

WMU Football

The WMU Broncos open the season Saturday at noon at Northwestern.  Coach PJ Fleck is trying to focus the team, after two Western Michigan football players were arrested on armed robbery charges.   Both were dismissed from the team.

 

Boys Soccer

Gull Lake 3, Coldwater 0.

 

Volleyball

Host Union City went 2-0 with wins over Climax-Scotts and Colon. The Chargers were led on the day by Haley McIntosh with 17 kills.

 

Climax-Scotts defeated Colon in the other match.

 

Olivet beat Stockbridge in three.

 

Boys’ Tennis

Galesburg-Augusta 8, Coloma 0.

 

High School Football

WBCK will have High School Football on the radio this Thursday, as Battle Creek Central and Portage Central square off.

 

Vikings lose QB

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss at least the upcoming season while recovering from a dislocated left knee and torn ACL suffered in a freak practice injury on Tuesday. The non-contact injury occurred when he tried to plant his left foot to throw a pass. The knee was placed in an air cast before he was taken to a nearby hospital.

 

Lions

The Lions' final preseason game is Thursday night as Buffalo comes to Ford Field in Detroit.   Broadcast time Thursday night is 6:30pm on WBXX 104.9 The Edge.