Sports: Salty’s Homer Wins it For the Tigers, 4-3
The Tigers came from behind to win 4-3 over the Chicago White Sox Monday night in Detroit. Detroit scored a run off James Shields in the third on a sacrifice fly of the bat of Miguel Cabrera. But the Tigers would not do much else against Shields until the 6th when Justin Upton made it 2-2. Matt Boyd started for the Tigers and battled to get in 4 innings, before Alex Wilson bailed him out in the 5th. Chicago's Tyler Saladino homered off Justin Wilson in the 7th and the Sox led 3-2. But in the bottom of the eighth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia got a big hit, a two-run homer to put the Tigers up 4-3. Justin Wilson (4-4) got the win in relief, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances. Cameron Maybin left Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning after bruising his left thumb on what turned out to be a needless headfirst slide into second base. The team announced X-rays were negative. Maybin was trying to steal second when Ian Kinsler took ball four, meaning there was no play. The throw went to second anyway, and when Maybin slid in, his left hand appeared to make contact with second baseman Tyler Saladino's knee. Maybin missed over a month at the start of the season with a broken left wrist. The Tigers remain 4 ½ behind first-place Cleveland as the Tribe beat the Twins 1-0. The Tigers are one behind Baltimore in the Wild-Card race. Daniel Norris starts against the White Sox tonight. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.
The Detroit Lions traded receiver Jeremy Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday for offensive guard Brandon Thomas. The Lions signed Kerley to bolster depth at wide receiver and on special teams, but that was before they signed receiver Anquan Boldin.
Thomas, who hasn’t played in an NFL game, will compete for a roster spot on Detroit's shaky offensive line. The Lions' final preseason game is Thursday night as Buffalo comes to Ford Field in Detroit. Broadcast time Thursday night is 6:30pm on WBXX 104.9 The Edge.
WMU Football Arrests
The WMU Broncos open the season Saturday afternoon at Northwestern. Coach PJ Fleck is trying to focus the team, after two Western Michigan football players were arrested on armed robbery charges. Bond was set Monday at $100,000 each for freshmen Ron George of Pittsburgh and Bryson White of Mason, Ohio. They're accused of using a gun and knife to rob a woman at her Kalamazoo apartment Friday night. Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck removed them from the team Sunday, saying "we are moving forward."
Big Ten Football
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says yes, he knows who he'll start at quarterback for Michigan in the Wolverines' season opener but no -- he's not ready to make his choice public. He would only say yesterday that he'll tell everyone before Saturday, with the choice between Wilton Speight and John O'Korn. Michigan plays Hawaii on Saturday. Broadcast time is 11am on 104.9 The Edge. The MSU Spartans open the season on Friday versus Furman.
Marshall defeated Battle Creek Central 5-0. Cody Clapper and Jeremy Luciani each had two goals for Marshall and Kurt Kraushaar had a shutout in goal.
Pennfield 3, Comstock 0. Chase Austin had three goals and Kevin Browand the shutout.
Plainwell 4, Harper Creek 0.
East Lansing 3, Pennfield 2.
Lakeview 5, Mattawan 3.
Gull Lake 6, Loy Norrix 2.
High School Football
WBCK will have High School Football on the radio this Thursday, as Battle Creek Central and Portage Central square off.
Appling in Trouble Again
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is in trouble again with police. Detroit police say Appling was arrested Sunday night after he drove away from a traffic stop. Sgt. Mike Woody says a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road. It's Appling's third encounter with Detroit-area police since spring. Gun charges are pending in two separate cases in Dearborn and Detroit. Defense attorney Cyril Hall says Appling pulled away from police to get to a "safe" spot to deal with officers. He says Appling disputes that he had a weapon.