The Tigers came from behind to go ahead last night, only to see their bullpen fail again and Arizonapulled out a 5-4 win.  The Tigers scored first on an RBI single from Miguel Cabrera. Rick Porcello pitched 7 strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits, and the Tigers gave him a lead with a two-run 8th.  Porcello was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, but the Tigers left the bases loaded with a one-run lead.  In the bottom of the 8th, with Joba Chamberlain unavailable to pitch, Phil Coke walked two, Al Albuquerque walked the bases loaded, and Ian Krol gave up a bases-loaded single on and 0-2 count to make it 5-4Arizona.  Manager Brad Ausmus admitted after the game that Porcello would have been out there in the 8th inning, except for the National League format.  Porcello was lifted for a pinch hitter after 7. It’s an afternoon game today with Anibal Sanchez on the mound for the Tigers in Arizona.  Broadcast time is 3:15 on WBCK.

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The Bombers have today off for the All-Star break and are back in regular action tomorrow in Rochester Minnesota.  The South Division won last night’s All-Star game 3-0.   The Bombers’ Jacob Waguespack pitched a scoreless inning for the winning team.  Madison Mallards’ first baseman Pete Alonzo’s three run homer accounted for all the scoring in the game.  The Bombers’ Dakota Mekkes didn’t get into the game.  The Bombers will be home Saturday to host the Woodchucks.

Sterling files New Suit

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to keep the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Tiger Injuries

Tigers pitching prospect Drew VerHagen has been placed on 7-day disabled list in Triple-A Toledo with a back strain. The move, retroactive to Sunday, comes three days after VerHagen made a spot start for Detroit in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against Cleveland.  He gave up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in his debut Saturday. He was optioned back to Triple-A Toledo following the game.

Tigers' reliever Joel Hanrahan has suffered another setback. The Tigers have shut down Harahan after his latest bullpen session Saturday in Lakeland, Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday. Hanrahan, who signed a one-year contract with the chance to earn $3 million in early May, will be re-examined later this week.  He has been sidelined since last May after tearing a flexor tendon that required Tommy John surgery.

Tigers' outfielder Andy Dirks resumed baseball-related activities on Monday for the first time since being recalled from his injury rehab assignment last week. Dirks threw from 120 feet and took swings off a tee in Lakeland,Rand confirmed. It marks the first baseball activity for Dirks since he was recalled from his rehab assignment with Single-A Lakeland due to inflammation in his lower back from an increase in activity.

Lions’ Camp

Detroit Lions rookies will take to the field today as training camp gets underway.  The rookies, including first round pick tight end Eric Ebron and second round selection linebacker Kyle Van Noy, reported to the team'sAllen Parkfacility yesterday for physicals, meetings and conditioning tests.  Veterans will report Sunday and the first full practice at camp will take place next Monday.Detroitopens preseason play against the Cleveland Browns on August 9th at Ford Field.

Red Wings on TV

The Detroit Red Wings will make more than a dozen appearances on national television this season.  The NBC Sports Group released its 2014-15 television schedule today and the Red Wings are slated to make a combined 15 appearances on NBC and NBC Sports Network.  They'll be featured on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage eight times and will be part of the Game of the Week coverage on Sunday afternoon once.

Coyotes on the Road

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football team will be on the road again next week against the Miami County (IN) Blitz in Denver ,Indiana. They will return home on Saturday, August 2, as they welcome the Toledo Raiders toAthensHigh School. The Coyotes' game day beneficiary will be Chrissy Castellanos, a local woman who is battling cancer. Proceeds from the gate, donation jars, and 50/50 raffle will go help Chrissy in her fight against cancer.