Sports: Tigers Blow it in the 15th!
The Seattle Mariners rallied twice to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in 15 innings Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory. The Tigers started the scoring early getting two in the first, and led 4-1 by the 4th. Daniel Norris started and pitched 5 innings, giving up just one run. Seven relievers would follow him out of the Tiger bullpen. Victor Martinez gave Detroit a 5-4 lead when he opened the 15th with his 20th home run. But the Mariners came back against closer Francisco Rodriguez and took advantage of a pivotal error by Tigers left fielder Justin Upton. Rodriguez (1-3) issued a one-out walk to Nelson Cruz before Adam Lind singled. Seager, who tied it 4-all with a three-run homer in the eighth, followed with an RBI single to left. Upton booted the ball, allowing Lind to reach third base as Seager advanced to second. Zunino hit a fly ball to medium center field, and Lind slid home easily ahead of a wayward throw from Tyler Collins. AL Cy Young Award winners Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander square off when the Mariners host the Tigers Wednesday. Broadcast time is 9:45 on WBCK.
The Tigers are expected to put centerfielder Cameron Maybin on the DL after he injured his left thumb last week diving for a ball against the White Sox. Manager Brad Ausmus says Maybin suffered a grade-two sprain. He has missed five games so far.
The Tigers have claimed right-hander Donn Roach off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. Roach was 2-0 with an 8.44 ERA over four games with the Marines. Jeff Ferrell was designated for assignment.
The Battle Creek Bombers were off on Tuesday for the MLB Dreams Showcase in Madison and try to spit a two-game set at the Lakeshore Chinooks tonight. The Bombers lost to the Chinooks 8-4 on Monday. Nigel Ward will start tonight for Battle Creek. After tonight, the Bombers head home for the final four home games of the regular season.
A former Tiger calls it a career. Fox Sports reports that Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder will have to quit playing baseball after his second neck surgery. A source tells The Associated Press that Fielder isn't formally retiring, but that doctors won't give him medical clearance to play.
Colmenter to Sign with Cubs
Josh Collmenter has signed with the Chicago Cubs. Reports say the former CMU and Homer High School standout, recently released by the Arizona Diamondbacks and has signed a minor league contract and will play at the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate Iowa.
Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle for her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. And Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly for his 20th Olympic gold medal. The United States won the four-by-200-meter freestyle relay, giving Michael Phelps his 21st Olympic gold medal. Defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Committing five double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker at the Summer Games. That ends the No. 1-seeded American's bid to become the first tennis player to collect a pair of singles golds. The US women's gymnastics team has defended its title with a gold medal win at the Rio Olympics. Led by three-time world champ Simone Biles, the Americans blew past the competition. They finished more than eight points in front of runner-up Russia. In the equestrian competition, Phillip Dutton of the U.S. has won the bronze in individual event. The U.S. beat Spain 11-4 in women's water polo.
Tebow to try Baseball?
A former Heisman winner is looking to play baseball. Tim Tebow’s agent says it isn't a publicity stunt. Tebow is going to give baseball a try. The former NFL first-round draft pick plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams this month. Tebow last played organized baseball in high school.