The Tigers beat the Angels 6-4 in Anaheim.  Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning. Austin Jackson and Eugenio Suarez each had two hits, and Torii Hunter had a big RBI double in the sixth..  Max Scherzer won his fourth straight, and tied teammate Rick Porcello and New York's Masahiro Tanaka for the league lead in wins with 12.   He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had double digits in strikeouts.  Scherzer, the winning pitcher in the All-Star game, is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts since giving up 10 runs over four innings in mid-June. Joe Nathan struck out the side in the 9th for his 21st save.  The Tigers out-pitched the Angels and Garrett Richards, who has been hard to score on this season. The Tigers lead the division now by 7 games over second placeKansas City.  Drew Smyly gets the start tonight.  Broadcast time is 9:40 tonight on WBCK.

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Tigers Get Bullpen Help

Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski says it was a necessity to bolster the team's bullpen.  The Tigers acquired right-hander Joakim Soria, giving them an option to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning.    The Tigers traded pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers to acquire Soria.  Dombrowski has been working on improving the AL Central-leading Tigers for weeks. He says reliever Joe Nathan and second baseman Ian Kinsler were asked about Soria as a player and person because they were teammates inTexas. The first-year Tigers gave Soria a good review on and off the field.


The Bombers lost to the Rochester Honkers, 10-5.  MSU’s Joe Mockbee started and pitched six strong innings, giving up one run on 2 hits and struck out 5.  But in the 7th, relievers Luke Heller and Hunter Jobe coughed up 8 Honker runs, wiping out the Bombers lead.  Matt Dacey had a 2-run homer and Brendan Collins had three hits forBattle Creek.   The Bombers have another game inRochester tonight and will be home Saturday to host the Woodchucks.

Coyotes on the Road

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football team will be on the road again next week against the Miami County (IN) Blitz inDenver,Indiana. They will return home on Saturday, August 2, as they welcome the Toledo Raiders toAthensHigh School.

The Coyotes' game day beneficiary will be Chrissy Castellanos, a local woman who is battling cancer. Proceeds from the gate, donation jars, and 50/50 raffle will go help Chrissy in her fight against cancer.

AABC Series in BC

The AABC 13-Under Classic World Series Tournament continues through Saturday atBattle Creek’s Bailey Park.  14 teams from all over the country are competing in the three-day event, which started yesterday.

High School Football

We’re counting down the days to another season of High School Football on WBCK.  The first game on the schedule features the St. Phillip Tigers in 8-man football on Thursday August 28th.  Our expanded coverage will feature about 40 high school football and basketball games, with more away games and girls games this season. Different levels of sponsorships are available.  Call your WBCK rep today to sign up.

Lions’ Camp

Detroit Lions’ veterans will join the rookies in trainingcampSundayand the first full practice at camp will take place on Monday.Detroitopens preseason play against the Cleveland Browns on August 9th at Ford Field.