The Tigers beat the Twins 7-2 in Detroit….but it didn’t look good for a while.

Twins’ starter Phil Hughes held Detroit scoreless through 6 and the Twins got a couple of runs off starter Mike Pelfrey to lead 2-0 going into the 7th.  That’s when the Tiger bats really got going.  Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive homers.  Justin Upton, Cameron Maybin and Jose Iglesias had key hits.  The Tigers have won three straight after losing 11 of their previous 12.   Mike Pelfrey is still looking for his first Tiger win.   Kyle Ryan got the win in relief.  Manager Brad Ausmus served a one-game suspension for his over-the-top antics on Monday night, as he was tossed from the game.   Justin Verlander starts today for the Tigers.  Broadcast time is 12:45 on WBCK.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 9-0 in the playoffs, after crushing Toronto 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.  LeBron James hit his first nine shots and scored 24 points in three quarters.  Kyrie Irving had a game-high 27 points for the Cavs.

Oklahoma City leads Golden State 1-0.  Game 2 is tonight at Golden State.


The San Jose Sharks evened the NHL's Western Conference finals at a game apiece by shutting out the Blues 4-0 in St. Louis. Martin Jones stopped 26 shots for the Sharks.

The Sharks host Game 3 on Thursday.

The NHL's Eastern Conference finals are tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is tonight with Pittsburgh at Tampa.

Cleaves Hearing Set

Former Michigan State basketball player Mateen Cleaves is set for a hearing next month to determine whether he will stand trial on sexual assault charges. Cleaves was not on hand for a scheduled hearing yesterday in Flint, although his attorney says he was at the courthouse. Cleaves allegedly assaulted a woman at a motel last summer following a charity golf event.  Cleaves and his lawyer have denied the charges. Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and appeared in 167 games for four NBA teams.

Wings Hire Goalies Coach

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Jeff Salajko to be the team's goalie coach. Salajko has already been working with the Red Wings' goalies in the AHL at Grand Rapids for two seasons. The Red Wings didn't re-sign Jim Bedard, who had been with the team for 18 seasons.

Spielman Joins Fox

Former NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman is joining Fox as an NFL and college football analyst.  Spielman had worked at ESPN since 2001. His broadcast partner for Saturday afternoon college football games on ABC, Sean McDonough, is leaving that booth for "Monday Night Football."  The 50-year-old Spielman played eight of his 11 NFL seasons in Detroit, making four Pro Bowls. He was a two-time All-American at Ohio State. After he retired in 1999, he started his broadcasting career with Fox Sports Net.  Fox said Tuesday that Spielman will be a game analyst for its NFL broadcasts next season.