Sports: Tigers send Sanchez to the Minors; Preds and Warriors Advance to Finals
Tigers’s pitcher Anibal Sanchez has agreed to be sent to the minor leagues. The Tigers say he accepted the assignment to pitch in Toledo, a couple of days after Manager Brad Ausmus and GM Al Avila approached him with the idea. Sanchez struggled last season, and was demoted to the bullpen this season. Sanchez and the Tigers hope that regular action as a starter for the Mud Hens will allow him to regain the form he showed in his first few seasons with the Tigers.
The Nashville Predators are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time. They beat the Ducks 6-3 in Nashville to win the NHL’s Western Conference finals. Colton Sissons scored three goals. The Predators beat the Black Hawks and Blues in get to the finals with Anaheim. They’ll play either Pittsburgh or Ottawa, starting Monday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can clinch the Eastern Conference final with a win in Ottawa tonight. The Penguins are up 3 games to 2.
Golden State has a perfect 12-0 record in the playoffs and will head to the NBA Championship Series after beating San Antonio in four straight. The Spurs were decimated by injuries all season, and in the post season, and lost Monday night, 129-115. Stephen Curry scored 36 points. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Boston Celtics 2-1 and host game 4 tonight.
WMU’s Wilder to Return
WMU guard Thomas Wilder has changed his mind about entering the NBA draft and will be back for his senior season with the Broncos. Wilder never hired an agent, and was able to work out with a few NBA organizations after announcing his intent to enter the draft. But now he says he’s coming back to Western to win a MAC Championship and leave a mark with the Bronco Basketball program. WMU Coach Steve Hawkins says on the school’s website that he thinks Wilder is making a wise decision, with this year’s draft being very heavy in point guards.
Junior College Baseball
Lansing Community College heads to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Oklahoma, which starts Saturday. LCC beat Sinclair Community College 12-0 on Monday to win the state tournament. KCC was eliminated on Saturday.
Griffins Home on Wednesday
The Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Baracuda are tied at a game each in their series. Game 3 is Wednesday in Grand Rapids.
High School Softball
Battle Creek Central swept Lansing Sexton, 23-10 and 19-9. Michelle Evans knocked in nine runs in the two games. Annyah McKnight knocked in five.
High School Baseball
Pennfield swept Battle Creek Central by 9-1 in each game. Max Jackson had five hits and three RBIs.
St. Philip beat Litchfield twice by a combined 34-0 score.
Harper Creek 3, Jackson Northwest 0.
Marshall 2, Pennfield 0. Lauren Day with another shutout in goal.
The Tiger bats went silent on Monday night in Houston, as they lost 1-0 to the Astros. Michael Fulmer fell to 5-2, giving up one run in 7 innings. The Tigers drop to three games back in the Central Division. Game 2 of the series and 11 game road trip will be in Houston tonight. Jordan Zimmerman will start for the Tigers. Hear the game at 7:45pm on 95.3 WBCK.