Sports: Tigers Stumble into Break
(Source: Michigan Radio Network, Associated Press)
The Tigers lost to the Twins 7-1. The Tigers head into the All-Star break with three-straight losses. Detroit, which sits third in the AL Central at 44-and-44. Starter Shane Greene, just back from a stint in the minors, was rocked for seven runs in less than five frames as he fell to 4-and-7. Miguel Sano smacked a two-run homer. Trevor Plouffe also went deep, while Danny Santana added a two-run triple for the Twins. Twins’ starter Kyle Gibson baffled the Tiger hitters for 7 innings, giving up one unearned run. The Twins end the first half of the season 49-and-40. Detroit is four-and-a-half games behind the second-place Twins and eight games behind the first-place Royals. The Tigers begin a seven-game home stand Friday against Baltimore.
All Star Game
Four Tigers are getting ready to represent Detroit in tomorrow night's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, shortstop Jose Iglesias, pitcher David Price and first baseman Miguel Cabrera were all named to the American League squad. Cabrera was voted in to start, but is out with a calf injury and will not play.
Some of baseball's top sluggers will be swinging for the fences tonight at the Home Run Derby at Great American Ballpark. Players will get five minutes each to hit as many home runs as they can in their individual matchups. They can earn additional time based on the length of their home runs.
The Battle Creek Bombers lost a tough one in Madison Sunday, falling 8-7 in 10 innings. Kaleb McCurry gave up a home run to J.J. Gould in the extra frame. The Bombers host the Kalamazoo Growlers this morning at 11:05. The Lacrosse Loggers are in town for a game tomorrow night.
The Battle Creek Coyotes lost to the Toledo Thunder, 20-17 on Saturday. The Coyotes are 5-3 overall, and 4-2 in the league. They’re home this Saturday to take on the Motor City Jaguars at Harper Creek High School at 7:08 p.m. The game will benefit 8-year old Battle Creek native Maddux Hescock, who is battling cancer.
Red Wings Sign Nyquist
The Detroit Red Wings now have one of their top young players under contract long-term. The team announced on Friday that Gustav Nyquist has agreed to a four-year, 19-million-dollar contact. The 25-year-old Swedish forward has scored 55 goals in two seasons for the Wings.
Summer League play is over for the Pistons. They finished Friday with a 91-68 loss to Miami. Detroit finished 2-and-3.
Meanwhile, new forward Marcus Morris was introduced on Friday and called his trade from Phoenix a slap in the face because he wanted to play with his brother Markieff.
Free-agent Center Aron Baynes and guard Reggie Bullock were announced to the media yesterday.
Valentine to Play in Pan Am Games
Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine has been named one of 12 players on the U.S. Pan American Games men's team, as selected by Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Valentine ranks as one of the most versatile players in recent Michigan State basketball history, with his ability to play point guard, either of the wing positions or power forward when pressed into such action.
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer and won his third Wimbledon championship yesterday. It was his ninth Grand Slam. After they split the first two sets, Novak dominated the next two while Roger looked tired.
Serena Williams beat Garbine Muguruza and won her sixth Wimbledon championship on Saturday. It was her 21st Grand Slam, and at 33, she became the oldest woman to win a title in the Open Era. (Here's the final call for the match, where Garbine hit the ball out, but there was a delay before it was announced. Serena won in straight sets 6–4, 6–4.)
Jordan Spieth will head into the British Open with some momentum as he won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. Spieth defeated Tom Gillis on the second playoff hole to capture his fourth win of the season. Spieth, who finished 20-under-par, has already won the year's first two majors with The Open slated to get underway on Thursday.
Kyle Busch sped to victory in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, getting his second victory in seven races since returning from an 11-race injury absence.