Sports Roundup: Kinsler snubbed for Astro’s Altuve
Tiger All-Stars Announced
Three Tigers are heading to Minnesota for the All-Star Game. Miguel Cabrera is starting at first base. DH Victor Martinez and pitcher Max Scherzer will also be at the game a week from tonight. Tigers' second baseman Ian Kinsler is the most notable player to get snubbed for this year’s mid-season classic. The fans voted in Mariners star Robinson Cano, and the players selected Houston’s Jose Altuve. Altuve got his 124th hit last night to set an Astros record for hits before the break.
Tigers and Cubs Align for All-Star Final Picks
The Tigers and Cubs are asking fans to vote for Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the All-Star Game Final Vote. You can vote at www.tigers.com/vote but the easiest way is to text “A3” for Porcello and “N4” for Rizzo to 89269. You can vote as many times as you want to until 4 p.m. Thursday.
Tigers Host the Dodgers
The Tigers were off on Monday and start a 2-game set against the Dodgers in a battle of first-place teams at Comerica Park. Justin Verlander pitches tonight…. 6:40pm on WBCK-FM. Max Scherzer goes for his 11th win on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers won’t have to face Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. On Thursday, the Tigers head to Kansas City for four games before the All-Star Break.
The Bombers lost 14-2 in Lacrosse last night. Dillion Engle took the loss after giving up 4 runs in two innings. Luke Heller went 5 innings in relief without giving up an earned run. Battle Creek had 10 hits but only pushed across 2 runs. The road trip continues tonight against the Lakeshore Chinooks.
The BC Merchants beat the St. Joseph Twins in game 1, 3-1, but dropped the nightcap 8-1.
The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a multi-year deal with center Aaron Gray. Gray, who will backup Andre Drummond, was drafted in 2007 by Chicago and has also played for New Orleans, Toronto and Sacramento.
Yesterday, Detroit also named Brian Wright as the team's assistant general manager. Wright has been with the Orlando Magic for the last eight years, serving most recently as director of scouting.
The Pistons play Miami in the Orlando Summer League tonight. They beat Memphis on Sunday.
The World Cup semifinals are today…. Brazil takes on Germany. The Netherlands plays Argentina. The two winners play for the Championship on Sunday.
Maxwell Award Watch List
Four players from the state of Michigan are on the Maxwell Award watch list. Michigan junior wide receiver Devin Funchess and senior quarterback Devin Gardner along with Michigan State University junior quarterback Connor Cook and senior running back Jeremy Langford join ten others from the Big Ten named to the list for the college football award.
Sterling v Sterling
The legal battle over the potential sale of the Los Angeles Clippers is once again on hold as attorneys try to track down Donald Sterling. A federal judge Monday refused Sterling's wish that the hearing be moved to federal court. The attorney for Shelly Sterling called Donald as his first witness when the trial began in Los Angeles Superior Court, but Donald wasn't in the courthouse. The court was then recessed as attorneys and the judge tried to determine if Sterling had been served with a subpoena and if a bench warrant was necessary.
NFL Concussion Settlement
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a revised settlement agreement between the NFL and former players who sued the league over concussions. The new deal, struck last month, provides unlimited funds to retired players who suffer from neurocognitive illnesses. U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody wrote in her decision Monday that her concerns over an earlier settlement were satisfied and that the revised deal is a significant improvement over the previous one. In January, Brody rejected an agreement struck last August in which the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation to retired players and their families.