The pitching was there for the Tigers on Wednesday, but the hitters took another day off and they lost their third straight to the first place Royals, 2-1.  The Royals got the early lead against Drew, when Alex Gordon’s grounder hit the bag as second.  Former Tiger Omar Infante hit his second long ball of the series to make it 2-0.   Smyly went seven innings and gave up just two runs on seven hits.  He struck out 6 and did not walk a batter.  But Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie was better, striking out 9 and giving up one run on 4 hits in just under 7 innings, the run courtesy of a J.D. Martinez homer into the left field corner.  The Tigers got leadoff many Miguel Cabrera on in the 9th, but Greg Holland closed it out for the save.  With the win,Kansas City is a game and a half ahead of the Tigers in the Central Division. The Tigers have one more home game today before heading out for a long road trip.   Anibal Sanchez gets the start against the Royals today in a make-up game.   Broadcast time is 12:40pm on WBCK-FM.

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Tigers Waive Evan Reed

The Tigers put Evan Reed on waivers and called up reliever Chad Smith.  Manager Brad Ausmus says Reed had faltered lately but is a good pitcher.  He says he’d like to keep Reed in the organization, but says it’s likely that another club will pick him up.

Bombers

The Bombers scored two runs in the 8th, but it wasn’t enough as Madison won it 3-2.   Battle Creek had only 4 hits in the game. Austin Trailkill pitched a shutout for the first five, but was tagged for all three Madison runs in the 6th and takes the loss.   Zac Ryan gets the start tonight for the Bombers in game two in Madison. They’re home for games Friday and Saturday night with Wisconsin Rapids.

Kershaw No Hitter

Dodger’s ace Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter last night, against the Rockies. Kershaw struck out 15 at Dodger stadium.  He missed a perfect game on an error by Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez. It was the 19th no-hitter called by Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully.  Record keepers say Scully has been on the mic on 7% of all no hitters in the 139 years MLB has been tracking them.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have placed veteran forward Jordin Tootoo on waivers, the first step to buyout his contract. Detroit will use their second compliance buyout to get out of the final year of Tootoo's three-year, five-point-seven-million-dollar deal he signed in 2012.  He appeared in 11 games with Detroit last year and spent most of last season with the Red Wings AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. Detroit general manager Ken Holland said the move was made in part to help Tootoo return to the National Hockey League. Before joining the Red Wings, Tootoo played the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Nashville Predators.

World Cup

There will be a new champion at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Spain was eliminated in group play on Wednesday after losing to Chile 2-0. The United States plays Portugal on Sunday. When the US played Ghana in the World Cup earlier this week - they had 16-million Americans tuning in.  That's a record.  America brought more soccer fans to Brazil than any other country - and in a recent ESPN poll - for kids ages 12-17 - soccer is now tied with baseball for popularity.