Sports Roundup: Tigers Split with Twins
The Tigers beat the Twins 13-4 win at Target Field Sunday for a series split. Victor Martinez tallied three hits with a two-run homer and four RBI. Torii Hunter had four RBI. Rajai Davis hit a home run for Detroit. Max Scherzer threw five innings to pick up his 15th win of the season. He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, and threw a lot of pitches. Alberto Albuquerque loaded the bases in the 6th, but Phil Coke struck out Joe Mauer to end the Twins’ threat. Scherzer had help in the outfield on Sunday. The Tigers are 2 behind first-place Kansas City in the Central Division, and they’re a game behind in the Wild-Card race. The Tigers have the day off today, and will open a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Tuesday.
Joakim Soria is on the mend. But when the right-handed relief pitcher will return to play for the Detroit Tigers remains unclear. Soria threw Saturday and was slated to throw again Sunday, according to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who is encouraged by the progress Soria is making. Soria has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 due to a left oblique strain. He is eligible to come off the disabled list in time for the team's series opener Tuesday at Comerica Park against the New York Yankees, but it's unclear when he'll return. Miguel Cabrera aggravated a nagging right ankle injury Saturday night while trying to beat out a double play in the fifth inning. He sat out Sunday's game.
Battle Creek Coyotes squeaked past the visiting Wayne County Bengals, 28-26, in a playoff game Saturday at Harper Creek High School. Devington Halliburton had over 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the game, including an 87-yard kickoff return and a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Coyote defense held Wayne County to just 6 points in the second half. With the win, the 8-3 Coyotes move on to the Divisional Round on September 6, when they will play the 8-2 Michigan Lightning at Dearborn Fordson High School.
The Detroit Lions are starting to get down to the maximum of 75 players by Tuesday's deadline. Running back Steven Miller, defensive end Kris Redding and wideout Conner Vernon were among those released over the weekend. The team has to be at 53 players by Saturday's deadline. The Lions end the preseason Thursday at the Bills.
The St. Louis Rams will be without quarterback Sam Bradford this season, after he tore the ACL in his left knee. The Rams will go with former Lions back-up Shaun Hill at quarterback for now.
South Korea won the Little League World series after an 8-4 victory over Chicago. A team from the United States has not won the Little League World Series since California in 2011. The U.S. champion team from the Jackie Robinson West Little League in Chicago got past Las Vegas on Saturday to advance. Japan took third place by beating the West regional champs.
Hunter Mahan fired a six-under 65 on Sunday to capture The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
Joey Logano claimed his third win in the Sprint Cup Series this season by taking Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano grabbed the lead from Matt Kenseth with 45 laps to go and then held off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski in the closing laps.
FIBA World Cup
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is on Team USA for the FIBA World Cup. He's one of six big men to make the 12-man roster. The Americans play one last tune-up against Slovenia before starting the World Cup in Spain on Saturday against Finland.