Tigers

The Tigers beat the Indians 7-5 to split the series.  Some sloppy play got the Tigers behind, but Ian Kinsler put them ahead to stay in the 5th inning with a three run homer and later, Kinsler drove in another run. Austin Jackson had two RBI’s and Miguel Cabrera knocked in a run. Justin Verlander got his second win of the season, giving up six hits, while striking out seven and allowing three unearned runs. Joba Chamberlain struck out a couple of batters as the setup guy for closer Joe Nathan, who notched his second save of the year. The Los Angeles Angels are in town for three games.  Drew Smyly will face Jarrod Weaver tonight….. 6:40 on 95.3 WBCK-FM.

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Tigers to Add Reliever

It appears the Detroit Tigers are about to add a new reliever to the mix.  Justin Miller, a hard-throwing right-hander, was informed after Triple-A Toledo's loss Thursday that he is being called up to Detroit, The Toledo Blade's John Wagner reported late Thursday.  The move hasn't been made official by the Tigers, but Miller is expected to join the team Friday before the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs are set, with four games Saturday and four on Sunday. Saturday it’s the Nets and Raptors, Warriors at the Clippers, Hawks at the Pacers and the Grizzlies at Oklahoma City.  On Sunday, it’ll be the Spurs and Mavericks, Bobcats at Miami, the Bulls and Wizards and the Rockets against the Trail Blazers.

Red Wings

The Red Wings start round 1 of the NHL playoffs tonight in Boston against the powerful Bruins.  It’s the 23rd straight season that the Wings have made the play-offs.  Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg skated for a half hour on Thursday, for the first time since the Olympic break.   He called it a good first step, as he recovers from back surgery.   Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson also worked out for 25 minutes, coming back from a broken finger.   Neither player is expected to be available in the Boston series.  Game Two in the first round will be in Boston on Sunday, with the series moving to Detroit for Game's Three and Four next Tuesday and Thursday.

NHL Playoffs

There are two other NHL playoff games on tap tonight. The Ducks and Stars and the Canadiens and Lightning.   The Rangers, Blues, Avalanche and Sharks are all up 1-0 after wins last night.   New York beat the Philadelphia, 4-1.  Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 win against the Blackhawks.
Paul Stastny scored the game-tying goal with 13.4-seconds left in regulation and gave the Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Wild 7:27 into overtime.  The Sharks beat the Kings 6-3.

High School Baseball

Lakeview swept Portage Northern on Thursday, 11-1 and 5-1.  In game 1 Jacob Herbers was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Skyler Nichols was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Hunter Bost and Cameron Babas got the pitching wins.

St. Phillip swept Waldron by 15-0 scores in both games.

Harper Creek swept Parchment 6-4 and 3-2.  Jack Thompson and Aaron Elliott with pitching wins.

Homer swept Stockbridge.

Olivet split a pair with Hackett.

Jackson Northwest took two from Marshall.

Softball

Waldron beat St. Phillip in both games.

Climax-Scotts swept Litchfield.

Concord took two from Union City.

Jackson Northwest took two from Marshall.

Homer won both games from Athens.

Girls Tennis

B.C. Central 5, Loy Norrix 3

Lakeview 6, Sturgis 2

Marshall 6, Coldwater 2

Michigan Football

Michigan Football on the Radio will have a different sound next season, after the retirement of Frank Beckman.   The school and IMG sports announced that former Wolverine and NFL Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Dan Dierdorf will be joining Jim Brandstatter in the radio booth this fall.  Brandstatter, has been the color commentator for the past 34 years, and will handle play-by-play duties. The pair played together at U of M in 1969 and 1970.

PGA

Matt Kuchar carded a 5-under 66 on Thursday and that gave him a share of the lead after the opening round of the Heritage.

LPGA

Angela Stanford fired an 8-under 64 on Friday to grab the lead after two rounds of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Baseball Trip

You could win a trip for two to see a Major League baseball game of your choice from WBCK! You also get roundtrip airfare for two, hotel for two days/one night, double occupancy and $300 cash.  Just on the VIP/Contests link to Win a Baseball Trip and sign up!  You must be 21 and the contest ends April 30th.