Sports: Tigers lose to Sale, Chisox, 5-3. Head to Kansas City
The Tigers lost to the White Sox 5-3 last night in Chicago. The Tigers managed three early runs against White Sox ace Chris Sale. Jose Iglesias had a two-run home run for the Tigers. The Tigers had a chance for a fourth run against Sale foiled when James McCann was thrown out at the plate. The Sox chipped away at Mike Pelfrey and the bullpen. Pelfrey falls to 1-7. Sale became the first 11-game winner in the majors. The Tigers play in Kansas City tonight. Broadcast time is 7:50 on WBCK.
MLB Veterans Released
The Kansas City Royals designated former Tiger second baseman Omar Infante for assignment, likely ending his rather unproductive tenure in Kansas City. It’s likely that the Royals will be on the hook for $18 million dollars for the remainder of his contract.
Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes is also available. Reyes was released following the completion of his 59-day suspension for violating baseball's domestic abuse policy.
The Battle Creek Bombers defeated the Rockford Rivets, 10-3 Wednesday night at Rockford, increasing their overall record to 9-7. The Bombers led 6-1 after two, and Daniel Jipping hit three run homer in the sixth to give the Bombers a 9-1 lead. It was Jipping’s 5th homer of the season. Tommy Parsons pitched 6 and 1/3 innings for the Bombers, allowing three runs on two hits. The Bombers now travel to Madison to take on the Mallards tonight at 8:05.
Game 6 of the NBA finals is in Cleveland tonight. The Cavs trail Golden State, 3-2. Golden State has lost center Andrew Bogut for the rest of the NBA Finals against Cleveland with a knee injury suffered in Game 5. The Warriors get the services back of forward Draymond Green, who was suspended for Game 5. If the Cavs win Thursday night at home, Game 7 will be Sunday back in Oakland.
Spartan Stadium Lights
Michigan State University's football stadium will install permanent lighting in time for the 2017 season. The university's governing board on Wednesday approved the new lighting project for Spartan Stadium. The project could cost around $2.5 million. University president Lou Anna K. Simon says the project will be paid for out of the athletic department's "self-sufficient" budget. The university currently rents lights from other stadiums, one of the few Big Ten schools to do so. Simon says all Big Ten stadiums are now required to have permanent lights.
The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give runs Thursday through Sunday at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids. The top two players in the Rolex Rankings, No. 1 Lydia Ko and No. 2 Brooke Henderson, are ready to tee it up. Tuesday was a Celebrity Pro-Am at Egypt Valley, including former Tiger Lou Whitaker, former Wolverine Desmond Howard and Red Wing Luke Glendenning.
Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning and doubled in the ninth to raise his hits total in the Japanese and major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose's record Major League Baseball total during the Miami Marlins' 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Suzuki had 1,278 hits in the Japan's Pacific League. The rest came with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins. Rose got all of his in the major leagues. Suzuki needs 19 hits to become the 30th to reach 3,000 hits in the majors.
Hundreds of people, including Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Gary Bettman, bid farewell to Gordie Howe at a packed, two-hour funeral service in Detroit. Gordie Howe's son, Murray, began the service with a eulogy Wednesday that emphasized his father's toughness and generosity. The service was held at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, about six miles from the home of Howe's longtime team, the Detroit Red Wings. Murray Howe has said his father's remains will be cremated. The family requested donations be made to the Gordie Howe Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, the Howe Foundation or the Gordie Howe Fund for Alzheimer's Research.
Ron Mason Public Viewing
A public viewing has been set for today for Ron Mason, the longtime Michigan State hockey coach who died of an apparent heart attack early Monday morning at the age of 76. The viewing will be held at Munn Ice Arena, followed by a memorial service.
Nascar-Larson Team Punished Again
The Sprint Cup team of Kyle Larson has been punished by NASCAR for the second consecutive race. Interim crew chief Philip Surgen was fined $25,000 and the Chip Ganassi Racing team lost 15 driver points and 15 owner points for infractions at the race in Michigan last weekend. The Number 42 Chevrolet failed a post-race inspection, violating rules relating to actions detrimental to stock car racing and vehicle inspection measurements. Surgen was a replacement crew chief for Chad Johnston, who missed the race after becoming the fourth crew chief suspended this season over loose lug nuts.
Larson finished third in Sunday's race, becoming part of the youngest top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup history behind Joey Logano and runner-up Chase Elliott.