Tigers win 4-0

The Tigers shut out the Rangers 4-0 Thursday night at Comerica Park for their third win in a row. Alfredo Simon earned his 11th win of the year after surrendering just one hit while striking out five and walking two in his first career complete game.  Nick Castellanos went two-for-four at the plate with two RBI and Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each knocked in a run. The Tigers have placed starting pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list. Norris is expected to miss at least two weeks with a right oblique strain. Sanchez has a rotator cuff strain.  The Tigers acquired veteran pitcher Randy Wolf from the Blue Jays organization yesterday to help fill one of the rotation spots. Wolf has had a solid year pitching for AAA Buffalo this season.  He’ll make his first start against the Rangers tomorrow at Comerica Park. The 39 year old Wolf  has played with seven teams including the Dodgers where his catcher was Tigers  manager Brad Ausmus.  Detroit also called up called up relief pitchers Guido Knudson and Jose Valdez from Triple-A Toledo.  The Tigers remain 3 ½ out of a wild card playoff spot, trailing the Rangers and 4 other teams   Justin Verlander starts against the Texas Rangers tonight at Comerica Park.   Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK.

Lions Lose 21-17

After winning their first preseason game at Ford Field last week, the Lions dropped their exhibition road opener 21-17 in Washington Thursday night. Quarterback Matthew Stafford went six-of-eight in passing for 78 yards and in their first series, Matt Prater put Detroit on the board with a 49-yard field goal. QB Dan Orlovsky finished 13-of-17 for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while Kellen Moore went three-of-seven for 31 yards.

The defense held Washington quarterback Robert Griffin the Third to eight yards passing and he was sacked twice in their first drive and later knocked out of the game. Rookie defensive tackle Gabe Wright recovered a Griffin fumble in the second quarter which led to a touchdown. Griffin left the game with a concussion.   Starting defensive tackle Caraun Reid and starting guard Larry Warford both left the game with ankle injuries.

The Lions will be on the road next Thursday as they visit the Jaguars in Jacksonville. They host the Buffalo Bills September 3rd to wrap up the preseason.

WMU Player Got a Full Scholarship in an Awesome Way

A walk-on for the football team at Western Michigan University named Trevor Sweeney is getting a full scholarship this year, because he's one of the hardest working players on the team.  And his teammates came up with a pretty cool way to tell him.  After he recovered an on-side kick during practice, he realized there was a letter stuck to it.  Then after he realized what it was, the rest of the team lifted him up on their shoulders.

MSU Basketball in Action This Weekend

The Michigan State University men's basketball team heads to Italy today for a tour which will include four games against international teams. Head coach Tom Izzo says the trip will be an early measuring stick for the team and will also be a great bonding experience for the new players. The Spartans will tip off against a yet to be determined opponent in Florence next Tuesday. MSU will also take part in a three-game tournament beginning next Friday and will play national teams from Italy, Russia and Georgia.

Olympic Basketball

Nik Stauskas still has his shot at an Olympic bid.  The former Michigan guard was among the 13 players named to the Canadian Men's National Team on Thursday for the exhibition tournament in Puerto Rico that starts Sunday.  They’ll trim the squad down to 12 after this weekend.

Golf: Tiger Plays Halfway Decent

Erik Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hoge shared the first-round lead at 62 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensborough, North Carolina. Tigers Woods was just two shots back with his lowest score on the PGA Tour in two years.