The Tigers lost the final game of the 9-game home stand to the Phillies, 8-5.  Detroit  ended up winning 7 of 9.  Anibal Sanchez took the loss and fell to 3-6.  He Sanchez (3-allowed 6 runs, three earned, and eight hits in six-plus innings. The Tigers made two errors in the fourth that led to three unearned runs.   Sanchez gave up some key homers to the Phillies. The Tigers head west and play Oakland on Friday night.  Rookie Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers. Broadcast time is 9:45pm on WBCK.

Tiger Manager Loses Mother

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus missed Wednesday's game against the Phillies because of the death of his mother. Ausmus also was expected to miss Friday's game because of his daughter's high school graduation. Bench coach Gene Lamont is managing in Ausmus' absence.

Tiger Injuries

Right hander Shane Green was sharp in his second rehab assignment, as he recovers from a blister on his pitching hand. Green pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out 7.  Greene could be called on to fill in for Jordan Zimmerman, who pulled a groin muscle last Sunday.

NHL

The San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in team history following a 5-2 win over the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Joel Ward scored twice for the Sharks, who had made three previous trips to the conference finals without advancing. Logan Couture added a goal and an assist.  St. Louis was trying to make the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 46 years, but fell short.

The NHL Eastern conference final comes down to Game 7 tonight, when the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NBA

LeBron James scored 23 points then grabbed a seat, Kevin Love scored 25, and the Cleveland Cavaliers unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 Wednesday night. They can clinch their second straight conference title and trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 on Friday night in Toronto.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Western Conference finals three games to one over Golden State and can close out the series tonight in Oakland.

College Baseball

Ohio State beat Michigan 8-3 Wednesday in the Big Ten baseball tournament.  Michigan (35-19), which will face top-seeded Minnesota today.  Michigan State scored all of its runs in the sixth in a 5-1 victory over Nebraska.   The Spartans (35-18) play Maryland today in the winner’s bracket.

NASCAR Hall

Drivers Benny Parsons and Mark Martin and car owner Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

French Open

Defending champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka advanced to the third round with a straight-sets victory, but No. 2 Andy Murray needed five sets to knock off a wild-card entry in the second round.   Among those advancing on the women's side include second seed Agnieszka Radwanska and fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, one-time French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2014 finalist Simona Halep also advanced to Round 3

Thursday's schedule includes the No. 1 singles players as Novak Djokovic will be followed by Serena Williams on Court Lenglen. Men's fourth seed Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also slated to play second-round matches during Day 5.

Derby Winner Won’t Race at Belmont

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not run in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the horse racing Triple Crown. Trainer Doug O'Neill says the horse has a fever and elevated white blood cell count.  Nyquist saw his unbeaten record come to an end in the Preakness Stakes Saturday, which was won by Exaggerator.

Girls’ Soccer

Harper Creek beat Pennfield 2-1.

Interstate Eight co-champions Marshall and Jackson Lumen Christi will meet today for the Gold Cup finals.

Boys Golf

The host Marshall Redhawks and the Harper Creek Beavers were among the top-six teams at the District 2 match and qualify for regionals.  Pennfield's Chase Williamson was one of six golfers on non-qualifying teams to move on to regionals.

Baseball

Harper Creek spit two with Gull Lake, winning 9-5 and losing 4-2.

Pennfield and Hastings split; The Panthers winning 7-2 but losing 7-1.

Schoolcraft 9, Climax-Scotts 6.

Mendon 3, Union City 0.

Softball

Lakeview split a pair with Loy Norrix, winning 20-11 and losing game 2, 7-5.