Tigers

The Tigers pulled off a 2-game sweep against the Dodgers, with a 4-1 win on Wednesday.   The Tigers were playing without Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, their two best hitters.  But the reserves did enough against the Dodgers’ Zach Greinke.  Austin Jackson and Donnie Kelley each had two hits.

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Kelly, playing first base for the resting Cabrera, even got a rare intentional walk in the game.

 

Max Scherzer earned his 11th win against just 3 losses going 7 innings and giving up just one run on four hits and fanning 7.  Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan each struck out two of the three Dodgers they faced, to close it out.  It was Nathan’s 18th save.  The Tigers head to Kansas City for four games before the All-Star Break.  Drew Smyly starts for Detroit…..7:45pm on WBCK-FM.

Former Tiger Veryzer Dies

Former Tigers shortstop Tom Veryzer has died.  Veryzer was the every day shortstop for the Tigers in the mid-70s until Allen Trammell took over the position.  During his 12-year career he also spent time with the Indians, Mets and Cubs. Tom Veryzer was 61.

All-Star Final Picks

The Final Vote for the MLB All-Star Game ends today at 4 p.m, and Tigers’ righty Rick Porcello is still behind the White Sox Chris Sale and Angels’ Garrett Richards in American League Voting.  You can vote as many times as you want to today at the Tigers’ web site or text “A3” to 89269.

Bombers

The Bombers lost to the Chinooks in a heart-breaker, 3-2 last night. Joe Mockbee went 7 innings, giving up just two runs on 1 hit.  Kyle Slack uncorked a wild pitch in the 10th to give the Chinooks a walk-off win.   Second baseman Sebastian Diaz knocked in both Bomber runs with a hit in the 7th to tie it at 2.   Battle Creek heads to Green Bay for games tonight and Friday.   They land back home on Saturday to play the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons lost their first game in Summer League action to the Boston Celtics 92-90 in Orlando yesterday.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope once again led Detroit with 26 points, Justin Harper came off the bench to score 19 and Ian Miller contributed 16.   Peyton Silva did not play yesterday after injuring his hamstring against Miami on Tuesday.   The Pistons are off today, but will wrap up Summer League play tomorrow.

Coyotes Play This Saturday

The Battle Creek Coyotes Football team takes on the Allen County Lions at Harper Creek High School on Saturday. Kickoff is at 6:30.  Little 4-year old Nattaly Marie Brown will be the beneficiary for the game.   She’s being treated for cancer at Bronson Pediatric Oncology Unit in Kalamazoo.  Proceeds from the gate admissions, donation jars, and 50/50 raffle will help Nattaly and her family with their battle against cancer.

World Cup

The World Cup final is set for Sunday:  Germany will take on Argentina.   The Argentine squad won it 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout after two hours of regulation where nary a goal was scored. In the shootout, the Dutch goalkeeper failed to save any of Argentina's four penalty kicks. Argentina will now face Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday.  The Netherlands squares off with Brazil in the third-place match on Saturday.

 

Sterling Trial…Ugly

Things are getting ugly in Donald Sterling's probate trial over ownership of the L-A  Clippers. As his estranged wife finished up her testimony Wednesday and walked in front of him, Donald said to her, "Stay away from me, you pig."  Regarding her husband's mental health, Shelly testified that Donald has become more forgetful over the past three years and he gets mad for no particular reason.   At one point, Donald was asked by his lawyer how long he had been married. Sterling looked up at the ceiling and answered, "a hundred years."  After pausing he said, "I've been married 58 years." Shelly Sterling is expected to continue her testimony Thursday.