Sports: Tigers Start Homestand
The Tigers avoided a series sweep by the White Sox with a 4-1 win in Chicago yesterday.
Kyle Lobstein got his third victory of the year, while Joakim Soria notched his 11th save. The Sox continued to make fielding mistakes and that gave Lobstein the lead run in the 5th. Victor Martinez went three-for-four at the plate. Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos each batted in a run. Lobstein went an out shy of 8 innings, and gave up one unearned run. Joakim Soria pitched one and one third innings of scoreless ball in relief. Detroit finishes the road trip at 5-5. They’re a half-game behind the Royals in the Central as Kansas City comes in for a weekend series. Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss tonight's opener with a groin pull. David Price starts for Detroit tonight. Broadcast time is 6:45 p.m. on WBCK.
The Blackhawks beat the Wild 4-3. They will face the winner of the Anaheim-Calgary matchup next. The Canadiens crushed the Lightning 6-2 in Tampa to avoid the sweep and force a Game Five back in Montreal on Saturday. Tonight, the Capitals look to finish off the Rangers in Game Five of their East semifinal set in New York, while the Ducks face the Flames in Game Four in Calgary.
Griffins Win Game 1
The Grand Rapids Griffins and the Rockford IceHogs play game-two of their Calder Cup Western Conference Semifinals series this evening in Grand Rapids. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. The Griffins won game-one 5-to-3 on Wednesday behind a hat trick by Teemu Pulkkinen.
Spartans Lose another Commitment
Less than a month after landing its biggest basketball commitment in a decade, Michigan State has once again been stung by a high-level prospect. Five-star forward Caleb Swanigan has de-committed from Michigan State. The news was first reported by ESPN.
Swanigan, a class of 2015 prospect expected to move to East Lansing in the coming months, had tweeted on April 10 that he was verbally committed to the Spartans.
Swanigan is rated the No. 18 player in the country in the 247sports composite and was the jewel of a four-player Michigan State recruiting class ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Looks like Purdue might be the new landing spot for Swanigan, but California has been in the mix from the beginning.
After a night off Thursday, the NBA Playoffs resume Friday with a pair of semifinal games. All four best-of-seven series' are currently tied at a game apiece. The Cavaliers and Bulls will clash in Game Three in Chicago, while the Rockets meet the Clippers in Game Three in LA. The other two series will continue on Saturday. The Hawks and Wizards will meet in DC, and the Warriors face the Grizzlies in Memphis.
Hideki Matsuyama carded a 5-under 67 in Thursday's opening round to grab a share of the lead at The Players Championship.
The KCC softball team had a win and a loss at District tournament games in East Lansing. The Bruins beat Muskegon 6-3 in a Holly Van Tilburg got the win, striking out 9. Amber Ballard went two for three and knocked in three runs. In the later game, KVCC beat KCC 10-6 as the Bruins were eliminated.
The KCC Bruins swept Muskegon CC in baseball, 16-0 and 14-7.
Calhoun Christian/St. Philip beat. Barry County Christian 5-1.
Megan Gordon had three goals. Emily Pearl made 5 saves in goal.
Nascar races under the lights Saturday night at Kansas Speedway as it hosts the Spongebob Squarepants 400.