Sports Roundup: Verlander booed in Detroit!
The Tigers lead in the AL Central is down to a half game over the Royals, after losing 11-8 last night in Detroit. Justin Verlander shut out the Royals through four, but ended up giving up seven runs on 12 hits while striking out two in six innings. Detroit was down 11-2 in the bottom of the ninth when the Tigers scored six runs, including a grand slam home run by J.D. Martinez. Tonight, Max Scherzer pitches for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40pm on WBCK-FM.
Tiger’s outfielder Torii Hunter is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Hunter left yesterday's series opener against the Royals in the fourth inning after he hit a single then grabbed his right leg as he ran to first base. The team called the injury a hamstring cramp. This season, Hunter is batting .264 with nine home runs and 35 RBI.
The Bombers stayed up and lost it 6-5 in 13 innings. Battle Creek outhit the Bullfrogs 11-6. Andrew Mitchell took the loss for the Bombers in relief, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings of work. Marcellus Sneed is expected to start for the Bombers tonight.
US Wins in Soccer
The USA kicked off their first game in the 20-14 World Cup against Ghana Monday - the team that knocked them out of the last two world cup tournaments. The U-S won it 2-1. Captain Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal in U-S World Cup history when he made it 1-0 in the first 34 seconds of the game. Ghana tied it up in the 82nd minute. The game winner came just 4 minutes later in the 86th minute when substituted Centerback John Brooks, appearing in his first world cup, scored off of a set-piece.
Gwynn Dies…Chewing Tobacco Blamed
Major League Baseball is mourning the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The former San Diego Padres outfielder passed away Monday at age 54. Gwynn had been battling salivary gland cancer, the result of his longtime use of chewing tobacco. He had surgery to remove a malignant tumor twice in the past 5 years. Gwynn was a career .338 hitter in 20 seasons, all with the Padres and made the Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Tomas Nosek to a two-year entry level contract. The 21-year- played three seasons with a team in his native Czech Republic, ending this year with 44 points in 52 games. In his rookie season, he had 62 points as his club won the league old has championship.
Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell has announced he has decommitted from the Michigan State football program. Campbell is now weighing offers from the University of Cincinnati, Miami and LSU. Campbell was sentenced to 60 days in jail after body slamming a school security guard, and will start serving his sentence on July 28.
Battier Retires from NBA
Veteran forward and Michigan native Shane Battier has confirmed that he will retire from a 13-year playing career that ended with the Miami Heat's loss in the NBA Finals. Battier publicly announced his intentions Monday on a message via Twitter. Battier was a part of the Heat's back-to-back NBA title runs in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, and attended Detroit Country Day School.