Sports: Tigers Officially Out of Central Race
The Tigers beat the Twins 5-4 in Minnesota. Victor Martinez had three hits and two RBIs to break out of a slump. The Twins came back to make it 4-3. The Tigers managed to squeeze out a much-needed insurance run in the 9th on a bunt by Andrew Romine. With Bruce Rondon closing out the 9th, they needed that insurance run. He gave up a two out RBI double to Joe Mauer to make it 5-4, but Rondon was able to get the final out for his 5th save. James McCann had three hits for Detroit. Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning for his 13th win against 9 losses. He gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out four. The Tigers, 12 games under .500, were officially eliminated in the AL Central after winning the division title each of the last four years. Daniel Norris, fresh off the disabled list, starts for the Tigers tonight in Minnesota. Broadcast time is 7:45 on WBCK.
MSU plays Air Force this Saturday. It will be their first time in team history taking on the Falcons, who are 2-and-oh on the season. In fact, the first time any of the service academies have played in East Lansing. Broadcast time is 10:30 on WBCK.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says cornerback Jourdan Lewis is questionable for Saturday's game against UNLV as he continues to recover from a concussion. Harbaugh said Michigan's medical staff will continue to evaluate Lewis throughout the week, and the doctors will have the final say as to whether or not Lewis is cleared for the UNLV game. Broadcast time is 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.
WMU hosts Murray State on Saturday night, as the Broncos try for their first win, after two losses to start the season.
CMU heads to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon after getting a win for new Coach John Bonamego.
Eastern Michigan will sell beer during Saturday's football game against Ball State in what the school calls a one-game pilot program. The beer will be available only in a cordoned-off area overlooking the field. The school says it will assess the pilot program before deciding whether to offer beer in the future.
The Lions play at Minnesota this Sunday.
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has been cleared by doctors to take part in Detroit's upcoming training camp and preseason games. Franzen appeared in 33 games last season, but did not play after suffering a concussion in early January. New head coach Jeff Blashill says if the forward stays healthy, then the Wings will be a much better hockey team with his size and ability to score goals. Franzen says playing in a few games will be his final test and he's looking forward to competing again. Training camp starts Thursday in Traverse City. Detroit will play its first preseason game in Chicago against the Blackhawks September 22nd.
High School Football Poll
The AP High School Football poll is out. St. Philip was ranked No. 4. in 8-man football. The Tigers are now 3-0 after a 50-6 win over Tekonsha.
In Division 8, Climax-Scotts came in at No. 9.
In Division 3, Coldwater received honorable mention.
Homer 3, Athens 0.
Plainwell 109, Harper Creek 77.
Marshall and Coldwater battled to a scoreless tie.
Lakeview finished second as they hosted a SMAC East Jamboree. The Spartans were led by Maddie Yorke who shot 45.