Sports Roundup: Tigers head to Baltimore
The Twins rallied past the Tigers 4-3 to win the series. A key error by left-fielder Rajai Davis opened the door for the Twins and Eduardo Nunez singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Joba Chamberlain took the loss, after the Twins’ 3-run 8th inning wiped out a Tigers lead. The Tigers got an RBI from Austin Jackson after an Ian Kinsler double go up 2-0. Ian Kinsler went two for four with a home run. Tigers’ rookie Robbie Ray pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk. The Tigers travel to take on the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Rick Porcello (5-1) will take the mound for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK-FM.
The NFL Draft is in the books. The Detroit Lions had five picks on the final day and made 8 total draft picks. They picked two receivers, two defensive backs, two defensive linemen, a linebacker and a kicker. After the draft, the Lions signed ex-Missouri QB James Franklin.
Round 1 - Pick No. 10 (10) - TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina)
Round 2 - Pick No. 8 (40) - OLB Kyle Van Noy (BYU) *from Seattle*
Round 3 - Pick No. 12 (76) - C Travis Swanson (Arkansas)
Round 4 - Pick No. 33 (133) - CB Nevin Lawson (Utah State) *compensatory*
Round 4 - Pick No. 36 (136) - DE Larry Webster (Bloomsburg) *compensatory*
Round 5 - Pick No. 18 (158) - DT Caraun Reid (Princeton) *from Dallas*
Round 6 - Pick No. 13 (189) - WR TJ Jones (Notre Dame)
Round 7 - Pick No. 14 (229) - K Nate Freese (Boston College) *from Dallas*
Michael Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history Saturday as the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team.
Michigan saw only one player drafted on the final day of the event. Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon went 244th overall to the Patriots.
The Rangers used a 3-1 victory to pull even in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams will play Game Seven in the Steel City on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks beat Minnesota 2-1 to earn a 3-2 series advantage. That series shifts to Minnesota for Game Six on Tuesday. Tonight, Boston can eliminate the Canadiens in Montreal. Anaheim hosts Game Five against the Los Angeles Kings with that series knotted up at two games each.
Griffins Down Two Games to None
The Grand Rapids Griffins host Game 3 of the Calder Trophy playoffs on Tuesday night, down 2 games to none to the Texas Stars.
The Clippers rallied from 16 down to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99, evening the Western Conference semifinal series at two games each. Game Five is in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Indiana Pacers came back from 19 points down to get by the Washington Wizards, 95-92. Indiana will head home for Game Five on Tuesday with a 3-1 series advantage. Tonight, Miami will host Brooklyn with the Heat up 2-1. Out west San Antonio will look to complete a four-game sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Martin Kaymer carded a one-under 71 on Sunday to hang on and win The Players Championship from TPC Sawgrass.
Jeff Gordon beat out Kevin Harvick to win the 5-Hour Energy 400 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway, for his first win of the season.
Diamond Classic Champs Repeat
At the 42nd annual Cereal City Diamond Classic at Bailey Park. Lakeview defeated Harper Creek 5-1 in baseball to defend its city crown. Harper Creek won its third straight softball title with a 9-1 win over Pennfield.
The U.S. Men's National Team plays Russia this afternoon at the World Hockey event in Minsk, Belarus.
Battle Creek Coyotes Start with a Loss
The Battle Creek Coyotes, Battle Creek’s minor league football team lost their pre-season opener to the Michigan Havoc 40-12. The team hits the road next Saturday to play the Michigan Lions at Kalamazoo College.