All-Star Game

The American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series, after winning the All-Star Game 5-3. Derek Jeter led off the game, and was announced with a recording of longtime Yankee Stadium announcer, the late Bob Sheppard.  Jeter scored the first run of the game on a Mike Trout triple. Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera gave the ALa big lead in the first inning, a two-run homer.  Cabrera is the first Tigers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game since Lou Whitaker in 1986.  Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer got the win, pitching a scoreless 5th inning and striking out two.  The last pitcher fromDetroit to notch a win in an All-Star Game was Jim Bunning in 1957. Jeter, playing his final All-Star Game, collected two hits, and was ceremoniously removed from the game in the middle of an inning and got another huge ovation. TheAL won it with two runs in the bottom of the 5th, and Mike Trout knocked in the winning run and was named the game’s MVP. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve capped the scoring with an RBI.  The American League wins it, 5-3.  The players take two days off and the season re-starts on Friday.

Rose at All-Star Game in 2015?

Next year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game inCincinnaticould feature Pete Rose. Retiring Commissioner Bud Selig says Rose will be allowed to participate in All-Star events atGreatAmericanBallPark. Rose was banned from baseball for gambling on Reds games, and his petition for reinstatement remains in limbo.

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Tigers

The Tigers start the second half Friday with a 53-38 record, the third best in all of baseball behind the A’s and Angels. Detroithas a 6 ½ game lead over the Royals in the AL Central.  Anabal Sanchez will start Friday when the Tigers resume the regular season againstClevelandatComericaParkinDetroit.

Bombers

The Bombers beat the Kenosha Kingfish 12-1.  Battle Creekscored two in the first, 7 in the 4th and two more in the 8th.  Henri Lartigue knocked in 4 runs and Connor Panas had three hits. All-Star pitcher Jacob Waguespack got the win.   Joe Mockbee gets the start tonight againstKenosha.  The Bombers head toWisconsin to play the Woodchucks tomorrow and Friday.   On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Growlers come in toBattle Creek.

Pistons/NBA

The Detroit Pistons have officially added two more free agents to their roster as they sign guard D.J. Augustin and forward Caron Butler. The team introduced the pair during a press conference yesterday. The 26-year-old Augustin has been in the league for six years and played last year with the Chicago Bulls where he averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 assists in 61 games.Butler, a 12-year NBA veteran, played his rookie year inMiamiwhen new Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was an assistant with the Heat. Last seasonButlerspent time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 10.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 56 games.

LeBron James may be gone, but Dwyane Wade is sticking with the Miami Heat.  ESPN reports the two sides have agreed on a deal up to four years, for roughly 15-million-dollars per season.

British Open

Tiger Woods has an early start tomorrow at the 2014 British Open, while Phil Mickelson will begin defense of his title in the afternoon with Ernie Els and Bubba Watson alongside at Royal Liverpool.  Woods will make his second start since returning from a three-month absence because of back surgery. He missed the cut a few weeks back at the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour.

MSU’s Elsworth to CFL

Michigan State Rose Bowl defensive MVP Kyler Elsworth has found a new home field with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, signing a contract on Tuesday, the terms of which were not disclosed.  The Alouettes had shown interest in Elsworth since his pro day workout atMichiganState, which the CFL franchise attended along with 31 of the 32 NFL clubs.

Coyotes on the Road

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football will hit the road to play the Michiana Thunderhawks, Saturday at 4pm.  Their next home game is August 2nd atAthensHigh School against the Toledo Raiders.   Proceeds will go to help outAthens resident Crissy Castellanos.