The Tigers salvaged the final game of the series with Kansas City, beating the Royals 2-1.  Anibal Sanchez went 7 innings, scattering 5 hits and a walk.  He didn’t strike out a batter, but gets his 4th win and lowered his earned run average to a stingy 2.33 runs per game.  The only run allowed by Sanchez came on a Billy Butler double in the first inning.  Joba Chamberlain pitched the 8th and Tigers’ closer Joe Nathan came on to strike out the side in the 9th.

The Tigers scored both runs in the 4th on a Miguel Cabrera RBI double and a solo home run by J. D. Martinez.  The Tigers’ left-fielder went 7 for 14 with three home runs and a grand slam in the series.

The Tigers head to Cleveland for three, and then on to Texas on Tuesday.  Rick Porcello will start for Detroit tonight.  Broadcast time is 6:40pm on WBCK-FM.

(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

 

Bombers

The Bombers and Mallards were rained out in Madison.   They’ll make up the game on the 4th of July.  The Bombers are home for games tonight and Saturday night withWisconsin Rapids.

Red Wings Sign Gustavsson

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson will return to the Red Wings for a third season. The 29-year-old and the team reportedly have agreed to a one year deal worth about one-point-five-million-dollars. Gustavsson has served as a backup to Jimmy Howard, and went 16-5-and-4 last season with a .907 save percentage.

Suit against Wings’ Players Settled

A lawsuit seeking an injunction against Detroit Red Wings Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar for late-night activity inside aRoyal Oakcondominium has been resolved and dismissed, according to an attorney Thursday. The Main Street Lofts Condominium Association filed a complaint in Oakland Circuit Court in March asking the hockey players to comply with the association's noise rules or "vacate the premises."

Pistons Long Odds

The Pistons have a new president and coach, but their chances to win the NBA title next season will be worse, according to one handicapper. The Pistons, who will be led by Stan Van Gundy next season, have the third-worst odds of winning the title next season, according to RJ Bell of pregame.com.Detroit, which some projected as a playoff team before last season, are a 110-to-1 shot to win it all next season, tied with the Magic, Kings and Jazz. The Heat, who lost this year’s NBA Finals in five games to the Spurs on Sunday night, are the favorites at 5 to 2. The Bucks have the worst odds: 300 to 1.

EMU’s New Turf is Gray

When theEasternMichiganUniversityfootball team plays at home this season, opponents won't just see the Eagles school colors of green and white, they'll also see gray. Yesterday, EMU officials unveiled plans for their new football field which will feature the colors gray, green and white. The playing surface will be gray with white hash marks and numbers and the end zones will be green with the words "Eastern" and "Eagles" In white. Construction will begin next month and the field will be ready to debut August 30th when Eastern hostsMorganStatein the 2014 season opener. EMU is joining other schools, includingBoiseState, Eastern Washington andCentral Arkansaswho do not have the traditional green turf in their stadiums.

Pro Golf

Brendan Steele carded an 8-under-par 62 on Thursday and currently holds a 1-shot lead after the first round at the Travelers Championship.  Stacy Lewis carded a 3-under 67 on Thursday to claim a 1-stroke lead before the opening round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship was suspended due to threatening weather.  11-year-old Lucy Li, the youngest girl ever to qualify for the tournament, shot an 8-over 78, 11 shots behind the leader.

NASCAR 

This weekend, NASCAR goes to the road course at Sonoma.