Sports: Tigers, Pistons, Wings all Win!
The Tigers beat Miami 7-3 on Wednesday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and drove in four runs. He also cut down one of the faster runners in the game on the base paths.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the game with the bases loaded and sent Marlins ace Jose Fernandez his first loss in 27 career starts at home. Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer. Nick Castellanos had an RBI double in the sixth that chased Fernandez, who had been 17-0 with a 1.40 ERA at Marlins Park, the most consecutive home wins to start a career in major league history. Anibal Sanchez (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings for Detroit, which completed an opening two-game sweep. The Tigers are off today and play the home opener with the Yankees on Friday. Jordan Zimmerman makes his first start in a Tiger uniform. Broadcast time is 12:45 on WBCK with the Rush Limbaugh Show on one at WBCK FM Dot Com.
The Red Wings beat the Flyers 3-0 in the final home game of the regular season. It was the 229th consecutive sellout at Joe Louis Arena. Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasius and Kyle Quincy scored for Detroit. Helm scored in the first period and Athanasius added a short-handed goal in the second for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and is expected to be in goal again tonight in Boston. The Red Wings took a step toward a 25th consecutive playoff appearance. The Red Wings (93 points) lead Boston (91) in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia (91) is tied with the Bruins for the second wild card. The Flyers have three games remaining, while Detroit and Boston each have two. The Wings head to Boston tonight. Jimmy Howard is expected to start at goalie for the Wings. They finish the regular season in New York on Saturday against the Rangers.
The Pistons won 108-104 in Orlando. The win assures the Pistons a winning record for the first time since 2008. Reggie Jackson scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18. Andre Drummond and Reggie Bullock each had 13. The win kept the Pistons a half-game behind the Pacers for the number 7 playoff spot. The Pistons host Washington on Friday night and Miami on Tuesday. They finish the regular season in Cleveland on Wednesday.
KCC split a softball doubleheader with Muskegon Community college, winning 11-3, but losing 8-0. Their overall record is 15-3.
Dawkins to Leave Michigan
Michigan sophomore Aubrey Dawkins is transferring to Central Florida to play for his father. The Wolverines announced the move Wednesday. Johnny Dawkins was hired as UCF's coach last month after being fired by Stanford. Michigan coach John Beilein says the Wolverines didn't want Dawkins to leave, but the move is understandable, and he recognizes the unique opportunity the player and his father will now have.
Arnold Palmer will be on the first tee for Thursday's ceremonial opening shot of the Masters, but he won't be swinging a club. The 86-year-old Palmer said his health wasn't good enough to join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player when they hit tee shots at the first hole to open the first major of the year, but the King will be there for the ceremony.