The Tigers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Monday. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer as the Tigers scored three times in the ninth to make it a close game.  Anibal Sanchez was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits, including three home runs, while striking out nine in six and a third innings. Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Tonight, Shane Greene to the mound while Pittsburgh counters with A.J. Burnett. Broadcast time is 6:45pm on WBCK.  The Royals beat the Twins 12-3 to run their record to 7-0.

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons lost on the road in Cleveland on Monday, 109-97.  J.R. Smith hit eight threes on his way to 28 points to lead Cleveland. LeBron James had a triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.   Andre Drummond led Detroit with 20 points and Reggie Jackson had in 18. Detroit visits New York to play the Knicks tomorrow in their final game of the season.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings start the playoffs in Tampa on Thursday.  Petr Mrazek will make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 1 Thursday in Tampa, getting the nod over veteran Jimmy Howard.  Forward Justin Abdelkader said he remains day-to-day with a hand injury. He skated during practice yesterday and said he hopes to be ready to return to the lineup against the Lightning. Detroit lost three of four to the Lightning this season.

Lions Dispute George Johnson Deal

The Detroit Lions are disputing the terms of an agreement between restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The NFL is reviewing the offer Johnson signed last week, reportedly worth nine-million-dollars over three years. An arbitrator will make a ruling in the next ten days, and then Detroit will have two days after that to match the offer.

MSU Coach Stays

ESPN reports Michigan State assistant Dwayne Stephens will pass on the head coaching job at Southeast Missouri State. The report comes an hour after Stephens was reported as one of three finalists for the job.  Stephens has spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant coach with the Spartans, including the last three as the program's associate head coach.

KCC Softball

KCC swept Ancilla College, 16-2 and 8-4.  They’re now 16-2 in the conference.

Anorah Seita went 4-6 with two homers on the day and got the pitching win in game 1.

Mary Emington went 4-4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in game 2.

High School Baseball

Blake Groat pitched a no-hitter and went 2-for-3 with four RBIs as St. Phillip beat Camden-Frontier, 17-0.  The Tigers won game two, 17-1.

Homer split a doubleheader with Vandercook Lake, winning 11-0 and losing 12-8.

High School Softball

Camden-Frontier swept St. Phillip, 15-0 and 16-3.

Girls’ Soccer

Calhoun Christian 4, Quincy 2.