Sports: Tigers back in action
The MLB All-Star break is over and the second half of the season gets underway today with all 30 clubs in action. Baseball's tightest division race is in the AL West where the Angels have a half-game lead on the Astros. The Dodgers and Royals share the largest division leads, with LA four-and-a-half games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West and KC four-and-a-half up on Minnesota in the AL Central.
The Tigers came into the All-Star break with three-straight losses to the Twins, dropping their record to .500 at 44-and-44. They are nine-games back of the Royals in the AL Central, and three-and-a-half games back of the Astros for the second wild card spot.
The Tigers open a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Comerica Park. Anibal Sanchez is slated to get the start on the mound for Detroit. Newly acquired first baseman Marc Krauss will reportedly be placed on paternity leave list Friday to be present for the birth of his second child. To fill the spot vacated by Krauss, the Tigers will recall shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo for tonight’s game.
Broadcast time is 6:40 p.m. on WBCK.
The Bombers lost their third game in a row, this time to the Wisconsin Woodchucks, 7-2. They made two more errors, giving them a league-leading 101 errors after 51 games. The team is 17-34 overall on the season and a South Division worst 4-12 in the second half. Tonight is Bobblehead Night at the ballpark. The first 500 fans receive Zebra Bobbleheads courtesy of Binder Park Zoo.
The Bombers host the Madison Mallards on Saturday and Sunday before the Northwoods’ League All-Star Break. Saturday, part of the ticket proceeds at the Bombers game will go to Miles for Memories for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Battle Creek Coyotes are 5-3 overall, and 4-2 in the league. They’re home this Saturday to take on the Motor City Jaguars at Harper Creek High School at 7:08 p.m. The game will benefit 8-year old Battle Creek native Maddux Hescock, who is battling cancer.
Michigan State fifth-year senior Connor Cook has been named to the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. As he enters his third season as a starter, Cook needs just 5 wins to break Kirk Cousins’ record of 27 wins. The Spartans open up the season at Western Michigan on September 4.
Michigan has cut off football season-ticket sales due to high demand. The school says it has sold 89,975 season tickets, which is the most sold since 2012. Over 72,000 season tickets were scooped up by non-students.
The U.S. men's soccer team will face Cuba on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Baltimore in a Gold Cup quarterfinal.
Second-round play at the British Open is expected to restart. It was suspended at the Old Course at St. Andrews after teeing off for 14 minutes. Dustin Johnson is in the lead with a minus-seven and six players are tied for second six strokes behind. Rain was the reason for play being pushed back. Jordan Spieth, who is shooting to win the first three majors of the season, sits at minus-five. Phil Mickelson is tied for 24th shooting two-under and Tigers Woods is tied for 139th with a plus-four.
Nascar goes to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at Loudon this Sunday for the 5-hour energy 301.