The Tigers are in New York after an off day.   Last night, the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium and reach .500 on the season.  Tonight, Mike Pelfrey gets the start for the Tigers, against C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees.  Broadcast time is 6:40pm on WBCK.  Detroit is tied for second, three games behind Kansas City in the Central Division.

MBL Suspensions

The Tigers will probably have one less Royals pitcher to contend with when they visit Kansas City next weekend. Starter Yordano Ventura was suspended for 9 games for throwing at Baltimore’s Manny Machado, who was suspended for 4 games after charging the mound.   Both players can appeal.

Tigers’ Draft

The Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Matt Manning from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif., with their first draft pick.  After finishing last in the division, the Tigers had the ninth overall pick.   The 6-6, 185 pound right-hander is rated as the second-best right-handed pitching prospect and the 11th-best prospect overall in the MLB Draft by MLB.com.  The Tigers say Manning is a hard thrower with a curve ball and a changeup.

NHL

The San Jose Sharks live to fight another day in the Stanley Cup finals.  San Jose built a 2-goal lead and hung on for a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh. The Penguins lead the series, 3-2. Melker Karlsson scored the eventual winning goal for the Sharks. Joe Pavelski added an empty-netter to ice the game for the Sharks, who were outshot 46-22.  Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones made 44 saves.  Game 6 is Sunday night in San Jose.

Bombers

The Bombers lost a tough one to end their home stand.  Battle Creek lost to the Wisconsin Woodchucks, 4-3, Thursday night at C.O. Brown Stadium.  Austin Bueter pitched 4.2 shutout innings in relief.  He allowed a hit and a walk and struck out 12 Woodchucks.  In all, 17 Wisconsin hitters fanned in the game. The Bombers went 4-1 on the home-stand and head out on an eight-game road trip, kicking things off at the Green Bay Bullfrogs tonight.

NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers trail Golden State, two games to one in the NBA Finals.  Kevin Love has resumed non-contact basketball activities, which could be the final step before the starting power forward rejoins Cleveland in the NBA Finals.  Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says it takes 24 hours after that workout before any determination can be made on Love's status for tonight's Game 4.  Love missed Cleveland's 120-90 win over Golden State in Game 3 on Wednesday night because of a concussion he suffered in Game 2 Sunday.  Game 4 is tonight at 9pm in Cleveland.

Nascar

NASCAR comes to Michigan this weekend.

Red Wings Hire Coach

The Red Wings have added assistant coach John Torchetti to Jeff Blashill's staff. Torchetti was the interim coach of the Minnesota Wild, taking over the Wild in mid-February and guiding them into the playoffs. Minnesota considered retaining Torchetti before hiring Bruce Boudreau.

PGA

Shawn Stefani, Tom Hoge and Seung-yul Noh share the first round lead at 5-under 65 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the final PGA Tour event before next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont.

 

Tennis

One star will not play at Wimbledon.  The injured wrist that forced Rafael Nadal to withdraw from the recently concluded French Open hasn't gotten any better and he has announced that he will not be able to play at Wimbledon.

Vitale gets another year at ESPN

He’s been at ESPN since just after it began in 1979.  Basketball analyst Dick Vitale has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep him at ESPN through his 40th season with the company.