The Tigers beat the Red Sox 9-8 on Tuesday night in Boston.   On a night when both starting pitchers struggled to string together outs, Detroit and Boston combined for 22 hits.  Mike Pelfrey started and struggled, giving up 5 runs in five innings of work.   Kyle Ryan gave up another 3 runs, before the bullpen finally shut down the Sox.   Miguel Cabrera connected for a two-run homer.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tyler Collins each drove in a pair of runs.  Jose Iglacias, hitting the number two slot, continued to hit well against his old team.  With the game tied in the sixth, Collins drew a bases-loaded two-out walk, which allowed Justin Upton to score the deciding run.   Bruce Rondon, Shane Greene, and Francisco Rodriguez did not allow a hit over the final three, as K-Rod picks up save number 29.   Wednesday is a day game with Michael Fulmer pitching.  Broadcast time is 1:10 on WBCK.   Thursday is an off day. The Tigers host the Astros this weekend.


The Cleveland Indians put together a three-run ninth to maintain their 5 ½-game lead in the AL Central with a 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals.  The Cubs big lead in the NL East has been cut in half over the past few weeks, but they still lead the Cards by 6 ½ games.

J.D. Martinez is back on the baseball field.  The Tigers right fielder went one for five at the DH spot for the Toledo Mud Hens last night in an injury rehab assignment.


The Battle Creek Bombers lost to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, 7-6, Tuesday night at Witter Field on a walk-off.   Edgar Sanchez would come on in relief for Austin Nazabal in the sixth and work out of huge jam with runners at the corners to keep the Bombers' lead at 6-4. The Rafters mounted rallies in the 7th, 8th and 9th, winning the game.  With the loss, the Bombers fall to 26-27 on the season and 8-9 in the second half.  Chi-Ping Wu and the Battle Creek Bombers will go for the two-game series split tonight at 8:05 before heading back to Battle Creek for a four-game home stand.


Free agent Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions after playing three seasons for San Francisco. Boldin tweeted yesterday that he's excited to reunite with Detroit's coach, Jim Caldwell, adding he hopes he can help Detroit reach the postseason. Caldwell was offensive coordinator at Baltimore when Boldin was with the Ravens. Boldin caught 69 passes for 789 yards and four touchdowns last season for the 49ers.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a $30 million six-year contract.  The deal includes modified no-trade protection beginning with the 2017-18 season. DeKeyser and the Red Wings were set to have an arbitration hearing tomorrow.  DeKeyser will count $5 million against the salary cap throughout the length of the deal.  The 26-year-old Western Michigan product has 14 goals and 61 assists in 234 regular-season NHL games and has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time.

Rose Bowl

Whatever College Football Playoff officials do to change the schedule of the semifinals games, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany does not expect the Rose Bowl to move from its New Year's Day spot.

Hawks Sign MSU’s Costello

The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.  The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks' summer league team in Las Vegas.


Roger Federer says he will miss the rest of the 2016 tennis season. The 17-time Grand Slam singles champion says he needs to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer wrote on his Facebook page that he will also skip the Rio Olympics.