Sports Roundup: Nathan blows another one!
The Detroit Tigers lost to the Twins 4-3 in Minnesota last night. Detroit was down 2-0 in the top of the ninth when J.D. Martinez hit a three run homer to put the Tigers ahead. But the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the frame off closer Joe Nathan to seal the victory. The loss was charged to Joe Nathan, who blew his seventh save of the season. Starter Rick Porcello gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out five in eight innings. The Tigers still lead the Royals by a game-and-a-half in the AL Central. David Price will head to the hill for Detroit in tonight's rubber game against Minnesota. Broadcast time is 7:45 on WBCK.
Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers after fouling a ball off of his left foot on Monday night. Alex Avila sat-out yesterday's game due to concussion like symptoms. He is still listed as day-to-day.
Anibal Sanchez threw off a mound for the second consecutive day Tuesday and could be ready to return to pitch for the Tigers next week. Sanchez might throw one more bullpen before moving on to face hitters in a simulated game, but there's a chance he might skip to facing live hitters.
More Teams Clinch
It took 17 years, but the Baltimore Orioles are finally back on top of the American League East. The Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, and clinch the AL East division title for the first time since 1997. The Washington Nationals captured the NL East title beating the plummeting Atlanta Braves, 3-0, at Turner Field.
Lions Add Two Players
The Detroit Lions have signed veteran free-agent cornerback Danny Gorrer, after losing Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson to season-ending injuries. Gorer has played for New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Seattle and Tampa Bay. The team also moved linebacker Julian Stanford up from the practice squad.
High School Football Rankings
Climax-Scotts moved up two spots to #5 in Division 8 the latest Michigan Associated Press high school football poll. In Division 7, Homer remained at No. 7 after Concord forfeited Friday’s scheduled matchup. St. Philip received votes in the 8-player football poll.
Harper Creek 8, Pennfield 0
Host team Gull Lake’s Girls and Boys teams won the SMAC East Cross Country Jamboree. Lakeview's Logann Haluszka won the girls’ race. Gull Lakes’ Joey Dawson won the boys’ race. Lakeview finished second in both races.
Calhoun Christian 3, Pansophia 0. Hannah Huling had eight kills; Denise Penrod had seven aces and seven assists and Lauren Wilcox had eight aces.
Olivet 3, Perry 1. Aleena Janousek with 15 kills, 17 digs and five aces.
Homer 3, Athens 2.
KCC lost to Muskegon Community College, as the Lady Bruins won the first match, but dropped the next two. KCC is 4-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Danny DeKeyser have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The 24-year-old Macomb, Michigan native had 23 points in 65 games with Detroit last year. DeKeyser played three years at Western Michigan University. The Red Wings play their first preseason Monday against Pittsburgh. The regular season begins October 9th.
Coyotes to All-Star Game
Eleven Battle Creek Coyotes will take the field one more time this season for the CRFL North Division All-Star team. The game will be played this Saturday in Finlay, Ohio, prior to the Championship game between the Michigan Lightning and Ohio Crush.
Playing for the Coyotes will be WR Devington Halliburton, LB Quenton Kizer, LB Mike Page, DB James Snider and DB Otis West. Also earning starting nods on offense are WR Marcus Shafer, OL William Swearingen, OL Andrew Johnson, and RB Robbie Crockett.
Both games will stream live on the Michigan Sports Network (MISN) a local video production company from Battle Creek. Fans can watch the game and post on twitter to have their comments viewed during the live broadcasts. Watch live at www.misportsnetwork.com.
Players Union to Appeal Rice Suspension
The NFL Player's Association is appealing the league's indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
The NFLPA states it is filing the appeal to "protect the due process rights of all NFL players." The union is requesting for a jointly selected arbitrator to overview the case. Rice was originally suspended two games for knocking his now-wife unconscious with a punch to the face in February. The 27-year-old was cut and the NFL then suspended him indefinitely after TMZ released footage from inside the elevator last week showing exactly what happened.
Bud People Not Happy with NFL
Anheuser-Busch is voicing its displeasure over the NFL's handling of off-the-field issues. The parent company of the league's official beer issued a statement saying it is disappointed and increasingly concerned over the recent incidents that have overshadowed the NFL this season. The major brewer goes on to say it is not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against their own company culture and moral code. Anheuser-Busch is in the midst of a six-year deal that makes Bud Light the official beer of the NFL. The league has been plagued by domestic violence and alleged child abuse issues involving several of its players.
The Chase heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday.
Michigan hosts Utah this Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Michigan State is home Saturday against Eastern Michigan. You could win one of three pair of tickets to the Spartans’ game at wbckfm dot com. Just go there now and a couple of clicks and you’re registered!
Athlete of the Week
Our “WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week” is Sammi Price, a senior on the Marshall Girls Golf team. Sammi is a dual enrolled student at Marshall High School and KCC, a board member at Marshall United Way, and current president of the National Honor Society.
Go on line to nominate a high school athlete for our “Meijer Athlete of the Week” Go to wbckfm.com and click on Athlete of the week.
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