The Tigers lost to the Royals 6-1 Tuesday night at Comerica Park.  The Tigers could only muster one run and three hits against Royals’ starter Danny Duffy and two relievers.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Detroit's only run. The Tigers have lost seven of nine.

Justin Verlander went 7 innings, giving up three runs and takes the loss to fall to 12-7.  Verlander allowed three home runs. Tiger’s slugger Miguel Cabrera was held out of last night's Tigers game with a strained biceps muscle. Manager Brad Ausmus says holding Cabrera out was simply a cautious move.  The Tigers are now 6 games behind Cleveland in the Central division and 3 ½ games out of Wild Card contention.  Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers tonight.  Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.  The Red Sox come in for four games starting Thursday afternoon.

Bombers

The Battle Creek Bombers fell 7-3 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Tuesday night at Witter Field, being eliminated from the playoffs. The Bombers took the early 2-0 lead on a Dean Miller homer. The Rafters built a 7-3 lead by the 7th inning.  Nigel Ward took the loss for the Bombers. He allowed five runs on nine hits.  The Bombers finish the season with a record of 40-34, their second best season in the team’s ten-year history.

Tiger Moves

With shortstop Jose Iglesias on the disabled list, the Tigers have acquired infielder Erick Aybar from the Atlanta Braves.

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The Tigers send veteran utility man Mike Aviles and minor league catcher Kade Scivicque. Aybar, 32, has played in 97 games with Atlanta this season and is hitting .242 but .313 since the All-Star break.  In 11 major league seasons, mostly with the Angels, Aybar has hit .274. The Tigers have recalled outfielder Steven Moya from Triple-A Toledo and he will be available for tonight’s game vs. Kansas City.

Olympics

The United States continues to lead all medal categories with 28 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze. The 84 total medals are 33 more than runner-up China. Britain is second with 19 gold medals.

Simone Biles got her fourth gold medal last night, in the floor final.  And Aly Raisman won the silver.

Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings lost her first Olympic match ever yesterday, after winning three straight gold medals going back to 2004.  She and April Ross lost the Brazilian team of Agatha and Barbara in the semis, so they'll compete for the bronze medal tonight.

Runner Jenny Simpson is the first U.S. woman to medal in the 1,500 meters, finishing third in four minutes, 10.53 seconds. Tori Bowie of the United States won her heat in the 200 meters after claiming silver in the 100 on Sunday.

The U.S. racked up two medals in the men's triple jump. Christian Taylor successfully defended his title, while teammate Will Claye finished second for the second straight Olympics. Caleb Paine captured the first sailing medal for the U.S. at Rio by finishing third in Finn Class.

American Danell Leyva has earned the silver medal in men's parallel bars.

Lions

The Detroit Lions have taken linebacker DeAndre Levy off the active/non-football injury list. Levy missed nearly all of last season with hip problems but hasn't detailed his latest injury. The Lions hope he will play a major defensive role for the team this season.  The Detroit Lions, 1-0 in pre-season play after beating Pittsburgh, will take on Cincinnati this Thursday at Ford Field.  Hear the game at 6:30 on WBCK.

Michigan players suspended

Two Michigan players have been suspended. Athletic officials in Ann Arbor say defensive end Shelton Johnson and receiver Ahmir Mitchell both were suspended but the Wolverines have not detailed what the two did to get the suspensions.

Olympic Diving Flops

The U.S. women's basketball team has cruised into the semifinals by blowing out Japan, 110-64.

A Russian diver belly flopped at the Olympics yesterday, and scored a 0.00.

His name is Ilya Zakharov, and he was the defending gold medalist from 2012.  (His knees buckled as he jumped off the board, and he didn't get enough height, so he ended up hitting the water face down.  A different Russian diver named Nadezhda Bazhina landed a horrendous back-flop on Friday, and also got a score of 0.00.