Sports: Rookie Leads Tigers to Walk-off win and Sweep, 3-2
The Tigers swept the White Sox with a 3-2 win on Wednesday. Justin Verlander and Chris Sale put on the pitching show that most people expected. Verlander went 7 innings. He struck out 9 and didn’t walk a batter. But two of the three hits he allowed came on consecutive pitches in the fourth as Jose Abreu and Alex Avila homered for the White Sox. JaCoby Jones doubled twice in his second major league game, as he scored the first run against Sale in the 5th. The Tigers tied it up in the 8th on hits by Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth.
Jones hit a leadoff double in the ninth against David Robertson and advanced to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's deep fly ball. Tyler Collins came up as a pinch-hitter and was able to lift the ball to left-center. Avisail Garcia made the catch, but his throw bounced before it even reached the mound. Miguel Cabrera was out of the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers Wednesday against the White Sox because his right ankle has been acting up. Cabrera had surgery in 2014 to remove bone spurs in that ankle, and manager Brad Ausmus says it still flares up from time to time. The Tigers remain 4 ½ behind first-place Cleveland as the Tribe beat the Twins again.
Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 11 and notched his seventh straight win in leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-4 victory over Minnesota. The Twins have now lost 13 straight games — one shy of tying the club record. The Tigers are tied with Baltimore for the final Wild-Card spot. The Tigers and most of Major League Baseball are off today, with just four games scheduled. Detroit heads to Kansas City this weekend. Anibal Sanchez will pitch against Danny Duffy on Friday. WBCK will not broadcast the game, due to Spartan Football.
No. 12 Michigan State hosts Furman on Friday night. 5:30 broadcast time on WBCK.
Tom Brady has found at least one thing to do during his suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback will return to his alma mater to be Michigan's honorary captain September 17th when it hosts Colorado. Brady will sit out the first four games of the NFL season, serving a suspension because of his role in what has become known as "Deflategate."
Michigan plays Hawaii on Saturday. Broadcast time is 11am on 104.9 The Edge.
The WMU Broncos open the season Saturday at noon at Northwestern.
High School Football
WBCK will have High School Football on the radio tonight, as Battle Creek Central and Portage Central square off.
The Lions' final preseason game is tonight as Buffalo comes to Ford Field in Detroit. Broadcast time Thursday night is 6:30pm on WBXX 104.9 The Edge.
Gordie Howe's ashes will be interred in a statue at the Saskatoon arena of his native Saskatchewan. Howe's son, Marty, has said some of his father's ashes will be spread in Michigan's Bear Lake, where a similar service was held for Gordy’s wife Colleen after her death in 2009.
Lakeview 3, St. Joseph 2. Sidney Schiller had 21 kills.
Stevensville Lakeshore 3, Battle Creek Central 0.
St. Phillip 4, Camden-Frontier 0.
Pennfield 3, Comstock 1.
Cross Country runners converged at Albion’s Victory Park for the Concord Invitational on Wednesday. Lakeview beat out 11 other girl’s teams to win, with Maggie Farrell the top finisher.
Harper Creek won the boy’s race, led by Drew VanWagner.
Harper Creek got a shutout from goalie Archie Hantz and beat Three Rivers, 1-0.
Pennfield beat Olivet 8-0. Archie Smith and Chase Austin with hat-tricks.
Marshall tied state champ Mason, 1-1 on a goal by Dustin Lutz.
Portage Northern beat Battle Creek Central, 3-1.
Coldwater 8, Marshall 0.
Harper Creek 8, Jackson NW 0.
Vicksburg 5, Gull Lake 3.
Gull Lake 8, Kalamazoo Central 0.
Portage Central 8, Lakeview 0.
Portage Northern 8, Battle Creek Central 0.
Galesburg-Augusta 5, Three Rivers 2.