The Detroit Tigers won the first of a three game series with the New York Yankees 5-2 last night at Comerica Park.  Rick Porcello went 8 innings to win a career-high 15 games, tying him with Max Scherzer for the league lead.   Porcello allowed two solo homers to Jacoby Ellsbury for the only Yankee runs. Yankee Starter Brandon McCarthy walked in the first run of the game and took the loss.  J.D. Martinez was 3 for 4 and Torii Hunter had two hits and Nick Castellanos knocked in a run. Joe Nathan notched his 29th save with a perfect ninth.   David Price pitches tonight against the Yanks.  Broadcast time is 6:40 tonight on WBCK.  Yankees shortstop and Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter, who is playing in his final regular-season series in Detroit, will be honored in a pregame ceremony before tonight's game.  Tigers' starter Anibal Sanchez will miss another start after suffering a setback as he tries to make his way back to the rotation.


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Sanchez on the mend---NOT

Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list after straining his right pectoral muscle earlier this month, felt pain during a throwing session yesterday.  The Tigers had hoped he would be back on the mound for Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. The team has not set a timetable for his return.

Tigers Interested on former Battlecat Qualls

The Tigers may be looking to make another move to strengthen their bullpen.  The Tigers are the team that put in a claim for Houston Astros reliever Chad Qualls on Monday. The Astros now have until today to work out a trade, pull Qualls off waivers or let him go to the Tigers. The 36-year-old right-hander broke into baseball with the Michigan Battlecats here in Battle Creek in 2001.

Lions Partner with Ford for Bowl Game

Teams from the Big Ten and the ACC will meet at Ford Field in December for the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl.  Yesterday, the Lions and Ford Motor Company announced a multi-year agreement for the game, which will take the place of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  The Lions are the second NFL team, after the Houston Texans, to host and operate a college football bowl game. The Quick Lane Bowl is scheduled to kick off December 26th at 4:30 p.m.

The Lions’ final pre-season game is Thursday night at Buffalo.

FIBA World Cup

USA Basketball is heading to the FIBA World Cup on a winning note. Team USA trounced Slovenia 101-71 in its fourth and final exhibition on Tuesday.  Pistons Center Andre Drummond and the U.S team play their first World Cup game Saturday against Finland.

High School Football

High School Football gets underway on WBCK this Thursday, as St. Phillip hosts Kingston.  Broadcast time is 6:35 with Nate Adams on WBCK.

High School Soccer

B.C. Central 6, Kalamazoo Home School 2.    The Bearcats got pair of goals and one assist from Ismael Bautista-Trejo.

Delton Kellogg 1, Hastings 0.   Keith Malachowski scored the only goal of the game.


KCC lost their first match of the season at Mott Community College 3-0. Marshall grad Grace Crawford led KCC with 8 kills.

The Bronson High School volleyball team won all 5 matches at the six-team Pennfield Invitational on Tuesday.  The Vikings beat Decatur, Coloma, Loy Norrix and Pennfield.

Marshall hosted a quad match and went 3-0 with wins over Bellevue, Union City and Olivet. Logan Kiessling with 28 kills and 23 digs; Kaylie Bates with 58 assists, 16 digs and five aces; and Brooke Mason with 34 digs.  Olivet went 2-1, defeating Union City and Bellevue. The Eagles  were led by Aleena Janousek with 24 kills, four aces and 23 digs.

Cross Country

Marshall’s Girls’ Cross Country team won the nine-team Three Rivers Big Hill Invite with 21 points.  Marshall’s Abbey Ufkes and Rachel Schoepke placed first and second.

Marshall’s boys won the event with a team score of 35 points, The Redhawks’ Kurt Swaton placed first.

Incognito May Return to NFL

Offensive lineman Richie Incognito is being reinstated by the NFL. Multiple reports say the former Miami Dolphin has been cleared to play following last season's suspension for his role in a bullying scandal involving teammate Jonathan Martin.  The 31-year-old Incognito visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and several other teams are reportedly interested in his services.

Big 10 Season

The Michigan State Spartans open the 2014 season Friday against Jacksonville State. The Spartans are coming off a 13-and-1 season a year ago, including an 8-and-0 mark in Big Ten play.  Broadcast time is 6pm Friday on WBCK.  Tonight, it’s the Mark Dantonio show following Tiger Baseball.

The Michigan Wolverines will host Appalachian State Saturday at noon. Broadcast time is 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.