Tigers

The Detroit Tigers dropped their second straight game to the Royals losing 6-1 Tuesday night in Kansas City.  Anibal Sanchez was charged with the loss giving up five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, while striking out four in five and one third innings. He’s give up a league-leading 28 home runs this season. Yordano Ventura walked 6 Tigers, but only gave up 2 hits and struck out 8 for Ned Yost’s crew.  Rajai Davis hit in the lone run for Detroit in the seventh inning.  Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting close to returning to the lineup and could be ready to play this weekend in Houston. Cabrera has been sidelined with a strained calf since early July. Yesterday he ran the bases, took live batting practice and fielded grounders during pregame warm-ups.  The Tigers are 14-and-a-half games behind the first-place Royals.  They’re 5 ½ out of Wild Card contention, with six teams ahead of them.  The Tigers try to avoid the sweep tonight as they send Daniel Norris to the mound.  Broadcast time is 7:45 p.m. on WBCK.


MLB Record for Home wins          

Last night the Mariners got a walk off win over Baltimore, setting a major league record.  All 15 home teams won their games on Tuesday.

Fulmer pitching well in Minors

Recently acquired right-hander Michael Fulmer has not allowed a run in two starts for Double-A Erie since the Tigers obtained him in a trade that sent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets. In fact, Fulmer has not allowed a run in any of his past four starts, including the final two he made for Double-A Binghamton while still a member of the Mets.

Lions

The Lions start the preseason on Thursday at Ford Field.  The Lions have placed veteran tight end David Ausberry on season ending injured reserve. Ausberry has been held out of practice during training camp over the last week with an undisclosed injury. Detroit filled his roster spot by signing second-year cornerback Jocquel Skinner, who spent time with the Buccaneers and Panthers during this offseason.

Brady Case to Court

Barring a last minute settlement, New England Patriots quarterback and former Wolverine Tom Brady's challenge of his four-game Deflategate suspension goes before a judge today. The federal judge in the case has been urging the sides to settle.  The NFL suspended Brady four games after deeming that he was generally aware that team employees deflated Patriot footballs to gain a competitive edge. Brady claims that he had no knowledge or involvement in the deflating of footballs.

Devin Gardner Cut by Steelers

Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, trying to make the Steelers as a wide receiver, was placed on the team's waived/injured list Tuesday to make room for free agent kicker Garrett Hartley. If Gardner clears waivers in the next 24 hours, he'll be placed on Pittsburgh's injured reserve list. The team did not disclose the nature of Gardner's injury.

MSU Releases Cornerback

Michigan State has granted a release to cornerback Justin Williams, a sophomore from Florida. Williams, listed third on the depth chart at cornerback entering fall drills, did not see action last season after redshirting in 2013.

The 6-1, 180-pound Williams chose the Spartans over South Carolina, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

The Spartans will practice in full pads today for the first time. They open the season on September 4 at WMU, and then host Oregon the following week.

Big House Rules

Michigan officials Tuesday recently added selfie sticks to the list of items that are banned from Michigan Stadium beginning in September. Additionally, the school has added a clause that will also prohibit drones from flying in or around the stadium.

Coyotes

The Battle Creek Coyotes will travel to play the No. 1 Seed, Michiana Thunderhawks, for the MLFA North Conference's Midwest Division Championship next Saturday at 4 p.m.

Nascar

Nascar heads to Michigan this weekend for the Pure Michigan 400.