The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 to start the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night.  The Penguins blew a 3-0 lead, but Jake Guenzel scored the go-ahead goal and Nick Bonino had the empty-netter to close it out.  Game two is wednesday in pittsburgh.Game 2 is Wednesday at Pittsburgh, and Game 3 is Saturday June 3rd in Nashville.

 Griffins Host Calder Cup Finals on Friday

The Grand Rapids Griffins beat San Jose in five games and are once again headed to the AHL’s Calder Cup finals.  The Red Wings’ top farm team has several future Red Wings, and they’ll start this Friday against the Syracuse Crunch.   Both teams won their game 5’s on Saturday.   Game one will be in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch

  • Game 1: Friday, June 2 - at Grand Rapids, 7
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 3 - at Grand Rapids, 7
  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 7 -at Syracuse, 7
  • Game 4: Friday, June 9 - at Syracuse, 7
  • *Game 5: Saturday, June 10 - at Syracuse, 7
  • *Game 6: Tuesday, June 13 - at Grand Rapids, 7
  • *Game 7: Wednesday, June 14 - at Grand Rapids, 7

NBA Playoffs

It’ll be the Cavaliers and Warriors in the NBA finals for a third straight year.  The  best of seven starts on Thursday at Golden State.  Game 2 is Sunday night June 4th at Golden State, and Game 3 is Wednesday June 7th at Cleveland.

Bombers Baseball

The Battle Creek Bombers host the Lakeshore Chinooks tonight in the season opener.   First pitch is 7:05pm at C.O. Brown Stadium.   The same two teams play Wednesday night in Battle Creek.  They have a home and home series with the Kalamazoo Growlers, playing Thursday in Battle Creek and Friday in Kalamazoo.

 Tigers’Collins Sent Down

The Tigers appear to have given up on outfielder Tyler Collins.  The left-handed hitting outfielder was in a bad slump, and struck out six times against the White Sox over the weekend.   He was hitting .200.   A base running mistake stood out in a game last week drew the ire of Miguel Cabrera.  Any team can claim Tyler Collins on waivers in the next 10 days.

 Tigers

The Tigers beat Kansas City 10-7 on Monday night.  A six-run fifth staked starter Daniel Norris to a 6-3 lead.  J.D. Martinez hit a three run homer, his 8th of the season.  But relievers Shane Green, Blaine Hardy and Francisco Rodriguez failed to hold the lead.  “K-Rod” gave up a two run homer to Eric Hosmer to give the Royals a 7-6 lead.   Detroit scored four in the 8th off former Tiger Joakim Soria.

Alex and Justin Wilson shut down the Royals in the final two innings to preserve the 10-7 win. Justin Verlander starts against the Royals on Tuesday night.  Broadcast time is 7:45 on 95.3 WBCK.