Sports: Tigers’ Greene Back in Top Form
The Tigers beat the Orioles 2-1 in Sarasota. Shane Greene pitched into the sixth inning without allowing a run. Greene gave up three hits and struck out nine. In his final 10 2/3 innings, Greene gave up just one run on six hits, and probably pitched his way back on the team as their fifth starter. After the game, the Tigers also announced they have optioned left-hander Matt Boyd to Triple-A Toledo. Last spring, Greene started the season off very well, but fizzled by May. Later in the season, doctors found an aneurysm in his right hand that was related to a vascular problem in his right shoulder. James McCann hit a home run in the second inning off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
The Tigers' second run came on a throwing error by Manny Machado. The Tigers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have signed relief pitcher Bobby Parnell to a minor-league deal. The signing came just two days after the Tigers gave Parnell his unconditional release. Third baseman Casey McGehee, who was also cut Monday, is also expected to return. The Tigers take on the Yankees this afternoon. First pitch is 1:05 p.m. Kyle Ryan will take the mound for Detroit.
The Pistons are back on the court tomorrow when they play the final game of their franchise long nine-game home stand against the Mavericks. Detroit is coming off a huge 88-82 win over the Thunder Tuesday, which jumped them into the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 40-and-35. They head to Chicago on Saturday.
The Red Wings' uphill climb to reach the playoffs continues getting more difficult by the day. The Philadelphia Flyers moved two points ahead of the Red Wings Wednesday in the battle for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. The Flyers (89 points) also moved a point ahead of Boston and have a game in hand on both the Bruins (88 points) and Red Wings (87 points). Philadelphia has six games left; Detroit and Boston have five each.
The Red Wings, whose best chance to extend their 24-season playoff streak might be catching the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division, host Minnesota on Friday.
MSU Football Recruit
Michigan State's 2016 football recruiting class added another potential impact player on Wednesday with the addition of 4-star defensive end Auston Robertson.
Robertson originally committed to the Spartans last June, but Michigan State didn't send the Fort Wayne, Indiana, prospect scholarship papers on national signing day on account of off-field issues that involved previously ongoing litigation.
Robertson, who also held scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska, entered into a diversionary program earlier this month, according to online records. Robertson's off-field issues stemmed from a misdemeanor battery allegation last October.
Michigan plays in the Women's National Invitational Tournament semifinal round. They'll travel to play at Florida Gulf Coast tonight.
The Lions have added a piece to their offensive line mix, coming to terms on a one-year deal with guard Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz played last season with the Giants, but was cut by New York in the offseason.
Former Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has seen his pre-NFL draft schedule heat up over the past few weeks. And that included a meeting and workout with the Detroit Lions recently. The Lions were on hand during Rudock's throwing performance at Michigan's pro day on March 18 in Ann Arbor and scheduled a workout for the following week.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Rudock set career highs in every major passing category last season, his only year with Michigan and Jim Harbaugh. He finished the year with 3,017 yards, 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and a Big Ten-best 64 percent completion rate.
Rudock performed for scouts earlier this winter at the East-West Shrine Game but did not get an invite to the NFL Combine.
High School Baseball
Lakeview 15, Pennfield 0.
Harper Creek beat Battle Creek Central, 10-0 and 15-0.
Union City 4, St. Philip 2.
Sturgis 3, Marshall 2.
Pennfield swept Lakeview, 3-0 and 14-4.
Harper Creek beat Battle Creek Central 26-0 and 28-0.
Sturgis and Marshall split. Sturgis won game one 8-3. Marshall won game 2, 13-8.
Homer swept Bronson, 3-2 and 7-6.
Lakeview 3, Harper Creek 0.
Gull Lake 3, Marshall 0.
Marshall 8, Hastings 0.
Galesburg-Augusta 5, Comstock 3.
Villanova will take on Oklahoma and North Carolina will face Syracuse in the Final Four on Saturday in Houston.