The Tigers turned things around in the middle innings and beat the Marlins 7-5 Tuesday night at Comerica Park.  The Marlins got on the board first.   When Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth two-run homer off starter Mike Pelfrey.  Stanton knocked in another run in the 5th.   Marlin’s starter Adam Conley struck out 9 of the first 16 Tigers.   But in the 5th, the Tigers hit three home runs to take a 7-3 lead.   Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer highlighted the seven-run fifth inning for Detroit.  Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos also homered during Detroit's big inning.   Pelfrey allowed four runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and that was enough for the win.  He’s 2-7.  Four relievers finished the game for Detroit after Pelfrey's departure. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.  The two teams play this afternoon, with Daniel Norris on the mound for Detroit.  Broadcast time is 12:45 on WBCK.   After today’s game with the Marlins, the Tigers head out for an 11 game trip in Tampa, Cleveland and Toronto.  Last night the Indians won their 11th straight, their longest since 1982.

Sanchez Back to the Pen

Anibal Sanchez is heading back to the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers.  The 32-year-old Sanchez is in the second-to-last season of his $80 million, five-year deal.   The Tigers are going with youngsters Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris in their rotation, along with Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey.


The Battle Creek Bombers split the series with the Rockford Rivets with a 6-0 win.  The Bombers built a 3-0 lead by the fifth and added three more in the 7th.   Josh Prater, Krystien Johnson-Battilana, and Edgar Sanchez combined to scatter six hits for the shutout.   The Bombers have Wednesday off before heading back to Kenosha for two games starting Thursday night at 8:05.

College World Series

The College World Series finals are going to a deciding third game following Coastal Carolina's 5-4 win over Arizona.  The teams meet again Wednesday night to decide the national championship.


Rain cut short the Day 2 schedule, forcing the suspension or postponement of 31 matches. None of the seeded players were ousted on Tuesday.  Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka were winners. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer are part of today's Wimbledon schedule, but rain is already messing with Wednesday’s schedule.

Summitt Dies at 64

The winningest coach in Division I college basketball history has died at age 64. Longtime pioneering Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt passed away five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  She had a career record of 1,098-208 with eight NCAA championships, and 18 NCAA Final Four appearances in 38 seasons.

Buddy Ryan Dies

Former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan died Tuesday.   He was eighty-five years old.  The always outspoken Ryan was a linebackers coach for the 1968 New York Jets and coordinated the ground-breaking 46 defense for the '85 Chicago Bears, one of the NFL's greatest defenses.

Former Colts Back Shoots Himself

Zurlon Tipton, a former CMU star and Indianapolis Colts running back, has died after accidentally shooting himself at a car dealership in suburban Detroit.  Police say he was handling a duffel bag when a gun in the bag fired as he dropped off his car in Roseville.  The 26 year old Tipton appeared in 16 games over two seasons for the Colts, gaining 38 yards on 15 carries. He was released by the team in December.  The Detroit native played college football at Central Michigan. Tipton's best season was 2012 when he scored 19 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 1,500 yards. Injuries limited him to only five games in 2013, his senior season.

Olympic Golf-Zika

Jason Day is not going to the Olympics because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.  Ireland's Shane Lowry has also bowed out for the same reason.

Golf-Hurley Passes on Brit Open

Billy Hurley III is passing up a chance to play in the British Open next month because his sister is getting married that weekend.  The 34-year-old former naval officer earned a trip to Royal Troon by winning the Quicken Loans National near Washington last weekend after entering the tournament as the world's 607th-ranked golfer. Hurley's first tournament title also qualified him for the upcoming PGA Championship and the Masters next April.


The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.  Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.  Phelps, who turns 31 on Friday, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure things at a meet described by Phelps as more pressure-packed than the Olympics.  Four years ago, Franklin was a bubbly teenager who became a star at the London Games, winning five medals, including four golds. But Franklin won't be defending her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke after finishing a stunning seventh in the final Tuesday night.