Tigers Win

The Tigers won their 5th in a row with a 8-2 win in Texas.  Ian Kinsler homered in the first to give the Tigers the early lead against his old team.  The Tigers broke it open with five runs in the 7th. Victor Martinez had two hits and a walk.  J.D. Martinez had two hits, including a two-run homer, his 8th of the season. In the eighth inning, Kinsler knocked in two more.  Kinsler played his first game in Texas as a Tiger, after spending his first eight years with the Rangers.   The Tigers pounded out 16 hits with Rajai Davis and Alex Avila collecting three hits each.  Drew Smyly started and went six innings giving up one unearned run and striking out 5.  Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound tonight in Texas….broadcast time is 7:40 on WBCK-FM.  The Tigers’ lead in the AL Central is now 3 games over the Royals.  Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, coming off a no hitter in his last start, pitched 8 shutout innings for a 2-0 win.

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Bombers

The Battle Creek Bombers were shutout 9-0 by the Lakeshore Shinooks.   Jordan Hand had the only hit for the Bombers, but he made two errors.  Starter Austen Thrailkill gave up 6 runs in less than three innings of work, but only half of those runs were earned.  The same two teams play tonight at Kapco Park, on the campus of Concordia University in Wisconsin.

James to leave Heat

The biggest star in the NBA is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent next month.  LeBron James' agent says his client will exercise his early termination option. James is leaving roughly 42-million dollars on the table by opting out of his current contract with the Miami Heat.  Though James will be highly sought by many other NBA teams, the move does not necessarily mean the four-time MVP will not re-sign with the Heat.  One of his options would be to sign a smaller contract with the Heat, to open up money for them to sign other players and fill in weak spots in the lineup.

NHL Hands out Awards

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has won his second Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP. Crosby  led the league with 104 points this season to win the Art Ross Trophy, and also won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's top performer.  Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy gets the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach, winning over Detroit's Mike Babcock and Tampa's Jon Cooper.  In his first season as coach, Roy helped the Avs become the first NHL team in 35 years to go from the bottom three to top three in the standings.  Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie, and Avs forward Ryan O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship, gentlemanly play and excellence on the ice.

Schlereth Back with the Tigers

Lefty Daniel Schlereth is back with the Tigers organization, bought from the Pirates.  Schlereth has been assigned to Triple-A Toledo to give the Mud Hens bullpen some depth after left-handers Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy were called up to the Tigers.  He spent last year in the Baltimore Orioles system and then signed with Pittsburgh in the offseason.

The Tigers first acquired Schlereth in 2009 in the trade that also brought Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke to Detroit in exchange for Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson.

Schlereth has given up 18 hits, 15 earned runs, 18 walks and struck out 18 in 18 and two third innings this year with the Pirates Triple-A team.

World Cup

An apparent biting incident is causing a stir at the World Cup. Uruguay's Luis Suarez appeared to bite the shoulder of Italian opponent Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's matchl. Chiellini pulled his shirt away from his shoulder in order to bring the bite marks to the attention of the referee, but Suarez was not penalized on the play. FIFA has charged Suarez, and if found guilty he could serve a ban of between two matches or two years.  He has served two previous suspensions in his career for biting. Uruguay won the match 1-nil.

The US soccer team takes on Germany on tomorrow.

Roofsit

This Friday and Saturday, we’ll be on the roof at CTI mechanical, for our annual Roofsit to raise money for Calhoun County’s homeless shelter: Inasmuch House.  This year’s goal is $45,000, so we hope you can help out!   Friday night, Roy LaFountain will be performing with Jamie Popenhagen in a Del Shannon tribute concert at Dexter Lake Church.

BC Coyotes

The Battle Creek Coyotes take a 3-1 record to Ft Wayne this weekend against the Indiana Cardinals.  The next Coyotes home game will be a week from Saturday.

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NASCAR

The Sprint Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night for the Quaker State 400.