The Tigers won it, 4-3, in Arizona.  Detroitbuilt an early lead with home runs by Hunter and Jackson.  But the D-Backs tied it at three by the 6th off starter Justin Verlander. But in the 6th, Miguel Cabrera just missed a home run, but drove in Austin Jackson for the eventual game winner. Justin Verlander went 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits.  He struck out 5 and walked 3 for his 9th win against 8 losses. Albuquerque, Chamberlain and Nathan finished up, with Nathan getting his 20th save.  With the win and an Indians’ loss, the Tigers lead the division by 6 ½. games.  Rick Porcello gets the start tonight inArizona.  Broadcast time is 9:15 on WBCK.

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The Bombers have 3 days off for the Northwood’s League All-Star break. Dakota Mekkes and Jacob Waguespack will represent the Bombers tonight atKapcoPark, home of the Lakeshore Chinooks inMequon,Wisconsin.  The Bombers are back in regular action Thursday inRochesterMinnesota.

Pistons Sign Dinwiddie

Reports say the Pistons have signed a 3-year deal with second round draft choice Spencer Dinwiddie.    The point guard was the overall 38th pick in the draft.   Dinwiddie tore his ACL atColorado and will still be injured when the season begins.   He’s working to rehab the ACL with the same people that helped Vikings running back Adrian Peterson with a similar injury.

Lions Sign Wiggins

The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Reese Wiggins off waivers. Wiggins was released by the New England Patriots last week. He had 26 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns last year atEast Carolinaand caught 80 passes for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.

Lions Wear Ford Patch

The Detroit Lions will wear a patch this season to honor late owner William Clay Ford senior.  The patch is in the shape of a football with a black background and trimmed in white with the letters W-C-F. The letters are in front of two stripes, oneHonolulublue and one silver, representing the team's colors.  Ford passed away in March and had been the Lions owner since January 1964.

Joba a Good Deal for Tigers

The Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain leads the American League in holds heading intoDetroit's road trip this week against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels.  He pitched the eighth inning in Sunday's sweep-avoiding win againstClevelandand did not allow a run for the 13th time in 14 games.  The Tigers signed the former New York Yankees player to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. With no Yankees rules to worry about, he has been letting his beard grow for six-plus months. Chamberlain jokes he has saved money by not buying razors, but is spending more on shampoo and conditioner.

Coyotes on the Road

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football team will be on the road again next week against the Miami County (IN) Blitz inDenver,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.

Tour de France

Tour de France riders were off on Monday.  The competition resumes today and ends on Sunday inParis.