Sports Roundup: Tigers out of First Place!
The Tigers are no longer in first place in the AL Central division. The Detroit Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals 11-4 last night at Comerica Park. Max Scherzer was hammered by the Royals and was pulled after four-plus innings after surrendering ten runs on ten hits. Scherzer and Verlander getting pounded in back to back outings….again. The Tiger fans had little to cheer about….Ian Kinsler went 2 for 4 with a home run in the 8th. Victor Martinez had 3 hits and J.D. Martinez had 3. The Royals have won nine-straight games. The Tigers will need to call up some more bullpen help from Triple-A Toledo in time for today’s game with the Royals. Reports say it’ll be Chad Smith from the Toledo Mud Hens. Drew Smyly gets the start for the Tigers today. Broadcast time is 12:40pm on WBCK-FM.
Tigers Sign Draft Pick
The Tigers have officially agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Derek Hill. The 18-year old Californian, from Elk Grove High School, was the 23rd overall pick. The Tigers paid a little bit over the $1,953,100 recommended for a No. 23 pick.
Hill hit .500 with 26 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven triples and 30 runs batted in during his senior year.
The Bombers beat the Green Bay Bullfrogs 4-2. David Richards the fourth had two hits, a walk and an RBI. He also made a great catch in the outfield. Marcellus Sneed started and got the win for Battle Creek. They head to Madison for a game tonight.
Bombers Fire Manager
The Bombers have fired manager Dan Trivett after just 21 games with the team. Bombers General Manager Tony Iovieno says Trivett is a good guy who wasn’t the right fit for this organization at this time. Assistant coach Rob Robinson was promoted to interim manager for the remainder of the season. The Bombers are 10-12 on the season and four games back of the Northwoods League South Division
Grand Rapids Names Basketball Team
The Detroit Pistons new Developmental League team will be called the Grand Rapids Drive. The name was chosen by fans after the team was moved to Michigan from Springfield, Massachusetts in April. The Drive will play their inaugural season beginning in November at the DeltaPlex Arena. Grand Rapids is one of 18 NBA D-League teams that will compete this year.
Will the Miami Heat stars LeBron James, DeWayne Wade and Chris Bosh stay together? Wade is considering leaving for free-agency, and James isn't sure what his future will bring. Speaking at exit interviews Tuesday, James told reporters he was unsure if he would opt out of the remaining two years on his contract with the Miami Heat. James says he's going to take a vacation with family before contemplating his next move. He added that he was still dealing with the disappointment of falling short of a third straight NBA championship. The Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the NBA Finals.
The Gold Cup hydroplane race will continue to roar on the Detroit River for the next decade.
Yesterday, the Detroit River Regatta Association and the American Power Boat Association agreed on a ten-year deal to keep the race in Detroit. The annual event, which has been run on the Detroit River since 1916, will be held this year from July 11th-13th.
Tiger Woods Rehab
Tiger Woods is on the road to recovery. Golfdigest.com reports Woods has advanced to chipping and putting as he continues to come back from back surgery. Tiger reportedly did not watch the U.S. Open, but instead took full swings with most of the clubs in his bag, including his driver, at a course near his Jupiter, Florida home. Woods underwent back surgery on March 31st and has missed both major championships this year. There is still no timetable for Woods' return.
The U.S. Women's Open starts today in Pinehurst, North Carolina. 11-year-old golfer Lucy Li will be there. She's the youngest player ever to qualify for the Open.
Fortune Magazine has a new list out - of the Fortunate 50. These are the highest paid athletes in America right now. The number one athlete - for the second year in a row - is boxer Floyd Mayweather. He earned $105-million dollars last year - in prize money alone - no endorsements. LeBron James combined salary and endorsements to come in second at $57-million. Then Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning round out the top five.