Tigers

The Tigers came from behind in the 9th inning to beat Baltimore 4-1.  Drew Smyly started and went 6 innings, striking out 7, and only made one mistake-- a first inning home run to Adam Jones.  But the Tigers could do nothing at the plate, until the 9th.   Alex Avila singled, and pinch runner Rajai Davis was caught stealing…but a review overturned the play.   Torii Hunter walked and with two outs, Miguel Cabrera came up.  Joe Nathan pitched the 9th for his 9th save.  Justin Miller pitched two innings in relief to get the win.  Detroit sends Justin Verlander to the mound today in Baltimore.  Broadcast time is 12:10 on WBCK-FM.

 

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Pistons to name Coach

The Detroit Pistons are expected to name Stan Van Gundy as their next head coach and president of basketball operations, possibly today. It’s reportedly a five-year deal worth 35-million-dollars.  He will replace interim coach John Loyer on the bench and Joe Dumars in the front office.  Van Gundy coached the Miami Heat from 2003 to 2005 and then became the head coach for Orlando from 2007-2012, leading the Magic to five straight playoff appearances.  The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009.

NHL Playoffs

Chicago ended Minnesota’s season with a 2-1 overtime win.  The Rangers win game 7 and eliminate the powerful Penguins in Pittsburgh, 2-1.  The LA Kings can move on with a win over the Ducks tonight in LA.

Griffins Down Two Games to None

The Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Texas Stars 5-2 last night in Grand Rapids. Tomas Jurco had a hat trick for the Red Wings’ top farm club.  The Griffins now trail two-games-to-one and will host Game Four tonight.

NBA Playoffs

The Thunder came from behind, outscoring the Clippers by 14 in the last four minutes to pull out a 105-104 victory and take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.   Los Angeles will try to avoid elimination in Game Six from STAPLES Center on Thursday.  Marsheen Gortat with 31 and 16 rebounds as Washington pounded Indiana 102-79 to stay alive.  The Wizards trail the best-of-seven 3-2 with Game Six at home on Thursday.  The Heat can close it out against Brooklyn in Miami on tonight.

Girls Soccer

Marshall Academy 7, Holt Lutheran 2.  Cheyenne Blaine had a hat trick

High School Baseball

Climax-Scotts swept Jackson Christian 9-0 and 6-1.   Kyle Bowering earned the win with 15 strikeouts, allowing one hit over six innings to win game 1. He had three hits too. Adam Audette earned the complete-game victory with nine strikeouts in game 2.

KCC Baseball

The KCC Bruins baseball team opens regional play as a number 3 seed against Grand Rapids CC today at noon at Nichols Field. The loser of that opening-round contest in the double elimination tournament will play again today at 7:30 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium. Play resumes Thursday at 11:30 a.m., with the championship game scheduled for Friday at noon.

Softball

Loy Norrix swept Marshall 15-0 and 13-9.

Boys Golf

Olivet won a KVA tri-meet at Marywood by 12 strokes over Pennfield. Olivet’s Keagan Carpenter earned Medalist honors with a 37.

Magic Johnson Responds to the Don Sterling Interview

Magic Johnson is responding to Donald Sterling’s latest comments, including Sterling’s statement that the Clippers players still love him.  He says Sterling is delusional and that Clippers players aren’t the only ones who won’t play if he’s still a team owner.  Player’s Union VP Roger Mason Jr. says the NBA’s top star has let his feelings be known.  He says LeBron James won’t play if Sterling owns the Clippers.

Amateur Baseball Leagues are forming…

Stan Musial adult-league teams that are interested in playing have until Friday to register with the Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department. Connie Mack 18-under teams also have until Friday to register.  The Musial season will kick of its 79th year of existence on June 2 and will run until the end of July.