The Tigers were off Monday and head to Minnesota for a game on Tuesday.  Anibal Sanchez gets the start and is coming off 7 shutout innings in his last start. The Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound.   Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.  The Tigers are 7 ½ games behind first-place Cleveland, which beat Oakland 1-0 behind Carlos Carasco.   Detroit is 3 out of the Wild Card race.   The Tigers play the Twins ten times, nine games with the White Sox, and also play the pitching-weak Angels and Orioles over the next five weeks.    After that, the Tigers will play 11 games with the first place Indians down the stretch.

Tiger Injuries

The Tigers got Cameron Maybin back in center field on Sunday and shortstop Jose Iglecias could be back this week after a hamstring injury sent him to the DL.  Iglecias homered last night as the DH for the Toledo Mud Hens in a rehab start.   The Hens got a home run from Steven Moya too, as they beat Louisville 5-4.

Cubs Win

Kris Bryant's 32nd homer of the season backed the solid pitching of Jon Lester in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Padres.  Chicago is 34 games above .500 and 12 ½ games in front of second place St. Louis in the National League Central.   The only divisional race in the National League is in the West, where the Dodgers lead the Giants by one game.   In the American League, the only race is in the East, where Boston and Toronto are tied and Baltimore is 2 games back.

O’Connor Named Starting QB for MSU

Michigan State fifth-year senior Tyler O'Connor has been named the team's No. 1 quarterback.  Spartan Coach Mark Dantonio gave the nod to O'Connor over Damien Terry to succeed Connor Cook as the starter.  O’Connor was the favorite, but the coach had held off on saying anything definitive.

NBA Development League

The NBA Development League will begin its 16th season on Nov. 11. This season features 22 teams, including one in Grand Rapids and three NBA-owned expansion teams. The Long Island Nets and Windy City Bulls will make their league debuts on opening night against each other in Chicago. The Greensboro Swarm, owned by the Charlotte Hornets, is the other new franchise.  The Northern Arizona Suns and Salt Lake City Stars have both relocated to the homes of their parent clubs.  Canton plays Grand Rapids on opening day.  Each team will play 50 games.

Olympics

None of Venezuela's 87 Olympic athletes won gold this year, but they're getting another prize — new homes from the government.  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that all the country's participants in the Olympics will get free housing upon their return from Rio de Janeiro. The apartments are part of the government housing program that is a cornerstone of the country's socialist revolution.  Maduro says this way the athletes will feel the love of their country.  Venezuela won three medals at the Rio Olympics: silver in the triple jump, bronze in boxing and bronze in BMX cycling.

Lions

Game 3 of the pre-season for the Lions is Saturday at Baltimore.  The Lions hope to get Golden Tate and Eric Ebron back on the field catching passes, after both have been out with injuries.  The competition for backup quarterback is expected to intensify, with veteran Dan Orlovsky battling Jake Rudock, the rookie out of Michigan. The Lions regular season starts September 11th at Indianapolis.

Tulloch Gets a Job

Former Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has landed a job with the Eagles, playing for his old college and Lion’s Coach Jim Swartz.  The Lions told Tulloch he’d be cut in February, as they signed Tamir Whitehead.  But they didn’t actually cut him until July 5th, when most teams had their rosters set.