Sports: Tiger Bullpen Blows It Again, 3-1
The Tigers lost their 4th straight and were swept by the Mariners with a 3-1 loss last night. It was the expected great pitching matchup between Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander in Seattle. The two dueled for seven innings, each allowing one run. Hernandez struck out eight and allowed three hits and four walks, while Verlander allowed seven hits and struck out six. For the second straight night, lefty Justin Wilson gave up a home run last night to Nelson Cruz in the 8th. Leonys Martin added an insurance run on an RBI single later in the eighth. Detroit is now 3 ½ back and one game out of Wild Card contention. The Tigers are off today, and head to Texas on Friday. Broadcast time is 7:40 on WBCK. Anibal Sanchez will start against the Rangers’ Yu Darvish.
Centerfielder Cameron Maybin has been put on the disabled list with a thumb injury. The Tigers have called up reliever Warwick Saupold from Toledo. The 26 year old Australian will pitch out of the bullpen until Bruce Rondon returns from paternity leave sometime this weekend. Reliever Shane Green is battling a side muscle issue, but hopes to pitch through it. Farm hand Drew VerHagen had shoulder surgery on Monday.
The Cubs beat the Angels 3-1 for their season-high ninth straight win. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the 9th to end the game. The major league-leading Cubs moved a season-best 30 games over .500.
The Battle Creek Bombers and the Lakeshore Chinooks were postponed last night. The two teams move to Battle Creek tonight. Nigel Ward will start for the Bombers on a Thirsty Thursday at C.O. Brown Stadium. They are 17-13 in the second half of the season, in third place, 4 ½ games behind first place Wisconsin Rapids and a half game ahead of Lakeshore. The Bullfrogs and Woodchucks are tied for 5th, at 5 ½ back.
The U.S. men's basketball team got its first test of the Rio Games last night. Australia led several times in the game, and it was tied at the half. In the end they pulled it out and got their third victory, 98 to 88.
The US beat Serbia 110-84 in women's basketball.
The United States women's field hockey team has advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.
The U.S. women won gold again in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay yesterday. Since the event was introduced in 1996, they've won the title five out of six times. Katie Ledecky was the anchor . . . it's her third gold medal so far in Rio.
American cyclist Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal yesterday in the women's time trial. It's her third gold in the event . . . today is her 43rd birthday. It was so close at the end that she had to ask someone if she had won. Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya got the silver.
Yesterday's gruesome Olympics injury went to an Armenian weightlifter, whose arm bent backwards when he tried to lift 430 pounds above his head
Prince Fielder will not be able to come back after a second neck surgery. The 32-year old Texas Rangers slugger wept while announcing he won't be able to continue playing. Fielder was one of the most durable players in the majors when Texas acquired from Detroit after the 2013 season for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The first baseman had played at least 157 games every year since 2006, and appeared in 809 of 810 possible games the previous five seasons before joining the Rangers. Fielder ends his 12-season major league career with 319 home runs -- exactly the number his father, Cecil, compiled in his big league career.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions have wrapped up their two-day joint training camp. The two teams went through a pair of intense, yet productive practices, featuring only a few minor skirmishes on the second day, heading into their preseason opener Friday night at Heinz Field.
Rison Arrest Warrant
A judge in Michigan has signed an arrest warrant for former NFL player Andre Rison, who is accused of violating his probation in a child support case. The warrant signed says Rison recently tested positive for marijuana and has failed to keep up with minimum support payments. Rison, a Flint native, was a star receiver at Michigan State. He played for seven NFL teams in the 90’s.
EMU Bag Policy
Eastern Michigan University is limiting the types of bags fans can bring into athletic venues during the upcoming school year. The Ypsilanti school says clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed inside Rynearson Stadium.