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Sports: Tigers Ace Fulmer to Have Surgery

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The Tigers’ ace pitcher Michael Fulmer is done for the season and will have surgery today on his right elbow.   Fulmer visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida on Monday.   Tuesday’s procedure  is an ulnar nerve transposition surgery.  Doctors will move the nerve from behind the bone to a position where it is not irritated or pinched by the bone.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that the 24-year old All-Star will not throw for “three or four months,” but he is expected to make a full recovery and should be ready for spring training.  Fulmer made his last start on Aug. 29. He went 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 starts.

Fulmer could have continued to pitch, and told Ausmus that he could pitch through the discomfort.  But with the 2017 lost and the Tigers 27 ½ games out of first place, they want to take care of the issue once and for all.

Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year last season after going 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 games.

Tigers      

The Cleveland Indians made it 19 consecutive wins with an 11-0 drubbing of the Tigers on Monday night in Cleveland.   Francisco Lindor drove in four runs.

Rookie Miles Jaye made his first major league start, and was greeted rudely by the first place Tribe.  Jose Ramirez added a two-run homer .

Cleveland’s 19 game winning streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland set the league mark with 20 in a row in 2002.

The Indians lead the Central Division by 13 1/2 games over the Twins.  Their magic number to win the division is down to 6.  The Tigers are 27 ½ games back.

Matt Boyd starts tonight in Cleveland.  Broadcast time is 6:45 on 95.3 WBCK.

Dodgers in a Tailspin

The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game for the longest losing streak since they were the Brooklyn Dodgers.

NFL Monday Night Football

Sam Bradford completed 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints, 29-19.   Former Vikings star Adrian Peterson  finished with just 18 yards on six carries for the Saints.

Shelby Harris partially blocked Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left and the Denver Broncos beat the L.A. Chargers,  24-21.

Lions

The Lions play at the New York Giants next Monday night.  Detroit has signed linebacker Nick Bellore to the active roster and defensive tackle Daniel Ross to the practice squad. The Lions also announced they have waived offensive tackle Storm Norton.  Bellore started 10 games last season for San Francisco.

PGA

Next on the PGA Tour is the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, north of Chicago.  Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are the overall points leaders, with Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama not far behind.

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