Sports Roundup: Tigers win Opener, 4-3
The Detroit Pistons came from behind and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-111 at The Palace. Detroit trailed Milwaukee 61-52 at the half and was down seven will less than nine minutes left in the game. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Josh Smith added 26 points. Brandon Jennings had 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against his former team. Detroit heads to Indiana to take on the Pacers Wednesday night.
The Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 yesterday in the season opener for both teams at Comerica Park. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez hit a single in the ninth to plate the winning run. After making a crucial error earlier in the game, and with the Tigers down 3-1 the newly acquired Gonzales tied the game with an RBI triple in the 7th. Victor Martinez put the Tigers on the board with a solo homer in the second.
Rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos had two hits, including a key base hit in the 9th inning rally. Joe Nathan picked up the win, pitching a perfect ninth, while starter Justin Verlander gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out two in six innings. Detroit is off today, but returns to the field against the Royals tomorrow. Max Scherzer gets his first start of the year for the Tigers.
Baylor Breaks Leg
It was a rough opening day for Angels hitting Coach Don Baylor. Baylor fractured his right femur on the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero before the Angels and Mariners game kicked off. He will have surgery Tuesday. Baylor is 64 years old and played in the big leagues for 19 seasons, including an MVP year for the Angels in 1979. Guerrero was being honored after signing a one-day contract so he could officially retire with the organization.
The Red Wings host the Boston Bruins tomorrow. Forward Pavel Datsyuk is expected to participate in practice today as he makes his way back to the lineup as he deals with a knee injury.
The Wings have nominated forward Daniel Alfredsson for the 2014 Bill Masterton Trophy, given annually to the NHL player who exhibits perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Alfredsson joined Detroit after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and has provided veteran leadership after captain Henrik Zetterberg was sidelined following back surgery.
Stauskas Honored Again
Michigan's Nik Stauskas has been named to the 2014 Wooden All-American team. Creighton forward Doug McDermott and Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier highlight the group of upperclassmen on the 10-player squad.
Harper Creek beat Delton Kellogg 2-1 in girls’ soccer Monday. The Beavers were led by goals from Amanda Hainline and Jennifer Elliston. Jade Scherer made four saves in goal.
Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky are all heading to North Texas for Saturday's Final Four in Dallas.