Tigers

The Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound tonight inDetroit, as the Indians come to town.   Detroithas a 6 ½ game lead over the Royals and 7 ½ over the Tribe in the AL Central.  The two teams will play a split doubleheader on Saturday, and finish the four-game set on Sunday afternoon.  Broadcast time is 6:40 tonight on WBCK.

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Bombers

The Bombers beat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 9-5 inWausau.   Toledo Rocket Kyle Slack got his first start in two weeks and got the win. Slack gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. A four run fourth gave the Bombers a 4-0 lead.   David Richards IV went 4-5 with three RBIs.  Henri Lartigue went 2 for 4 and knocked in two Bomber runs.  Those same two teams play tonight inWisconsin. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Growlers come in toBattle Creekfor the first in a home and home series.   Then the bombers have 3 days off for the Northwood’s League All-Star break.  They head toRochesterMinnesotaon Thursday.

The Northwoods League All-Star Game is Tuesday inMequon,Wisconsin.   Two Bombers will play for the South Division:  Dakota Mekkes, fromMichiganState, and Jacob Waguespack of Ole Miss.

British Open

Rory McIlroy opened with a 6-under-par 66 yesterday at the British Open.   He had six birdies.Italy's Matteo Manassero is alone in second at 5-under.  Tiger Woods opened with back-to-back bogeys before getting hot. He birdied five of his last eight holes for a 3-under-par 69 that leaves him three shots back.  Defending champion Phil Mickelson had a wild ride and finished at 2-over, while Masters champ Bubba Watson had a good start to his first round but finished with a 76.

LPGA

Laura Diaz shot a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead after the opening round of the Marathon Classic.

Coyotes on the Road

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football will hit the road to play the Michiana Thunderhawks, Saturday at 4pm.  After another road game, they’ll be back for a game on August 2nd atAthensHigh School against the Toledo Raiders.   Proceeds will go to help outAthens resident Crissy Castellanos.

U of M Grad to Trial 

Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans is headed for a jury trial in October. The formerMichiganoffensive tackle is accused of punching anOhioStatefan after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last season. Lewan says he was breaking up a dispute and wasn't involved in a fight.

Tour de France

Italy's Vincenzo Nabili remains the overall leader in the Tour de France after 12 stages, 2 minutes and 23 seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte.

Lions

The Detroit Lions continue making changes to their roster ahead of their upcoming training camp. Yesterday they signed veteran guard Garrett Reynolds.  Reynolds was drafted by Atlantain 2009 and has played the last four years with the Falcons. Detroitreleased tackle J.B. Shugarts to make room for Reynolds on the 90-man roster.  Lion’s rookies report for training camp on July 22nd, while veterans are due at the team's Allen Parkfacility July 27th.


NFL Draft to Move

The 2015 NFL Draft will not be held inNew York City. The "Los Angeles Times" cites commissioner Roger Goodell saying the league is focused onL.A. and Chicago. New York has been the host of the event since 1965.RadioCityMusic Hall was not available for the dates the NFL wanted. The draft will be April 22nd through 25th or April 29th to May 2nd.

Red Wings Sign Two

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed right wings Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to one-year contracts. Callahan, who was drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth round in 2009, had 26 goals and 44 points with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.  Nestrasil, taken in the third round byDetroitin the 2009 draft, has played three years withGrand Rapidsand had 36 points in 70 games with the Griffins in 2013-14.

Pistons to Trade Smith?

ESPN.com is reporting that the Detroit Pistons are exploring the possibility of trading forward Josh Smith. Citing anonymous sources, writer Marc Stein says the Pistons have reopened trade discussions with the Sacramento Kings about moving Smith. ESPN reported last month that the teams were mulling a deal that would send Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry to the Pistons for Smith but the talks broke off as the beginning of free agency approached.  The Pistons signed Smith as a free agent last season, giving him $54 million over four seasons. But the front line of Smith, Drummond and Monroe was never a good fit.