Sports: Tigers Sweep Boston; Head Home
The Tigers swept the Red Sox at Fenway with a 4-3 win on Wednesday. Victor Martinez had four singles, a walk and drove in two runs for Detroit. James McCann hit a solo homer. Michael Fulmer started for Detroit and pitched well, but surrendered solo homers to Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia. Fulmer pitched into the 8th, but didn’t get a decision, as the Sox tied the game at 3. Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into Boston's bullpen. Bruce Rondon finished off the Sox in the 8th, and Justin Wilson pitched the 9th for his first major league save. Boston's the last major league team to be swept in a series of any length this season. The Tigers have won five of seven and are 4 ½ behind Cleveland in the Central division. Today is an off day. The Tigers host the Astros this weekend. The Tigers are a game and a half behind Houston for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.
Tigers on the Mend
J.D. Martinez played in his second rehab game for the Mud Hens last night, and went 3 for 5 at the DH spot. Martinez hasn’t played in the outfield yet. Toledo is off today, but Jordan Zimmerman will make his second rehab start on Friday, and could rejoin the Tigers soon.
The Battle Creek Bombers were rained out last night in Wisconsin Rapids. The game will be played on August 13th. The Bombers play the Kenosha Kingfish tonight at C.O. Brown Stadium. Malcolm Grady is expected to start for Battle Creek. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.; first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. $2 Labatts all night!
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with goaltender Petr Mrazek. The 24-year-old Mrazek was 27-16-3 last season with a 2.33 goals-against average in a career-high 54 games. The Czech is 46-30-8 over two NHL regular seasons and has a 4-6 mark with a 1.88 GAA and three shutouts in the playoffs. Detroit drafted the Mrazek six years ago in the fifth round. Mrazek has emerged as Detroit's top goalie, beating out Jimmy Howard. Howard has become expendable as a backup with three years left on his $31.8 million, six-year contract. The Wings also have potential backup Jared Coreau, signed to a two-year contract.
Sadler Scholarship Fund
Michigan State's athletic department is establishing a scholarship fund to honor Mike Sadler, the former Spartans punter who died in a car accident Saturday in Wisconsin. Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a crash after attending a kicking camp in Wisconsin. Sadler was a four-year starter and four-time academic All-American at Michigan State. He finished his college career after the 2014 season. Michigan State is holding an event to celebrate Sadler's life Sunday at Spartan Stadium. It is open to the public.
Delmotte Signs with KCC
Marshall High School grad Emily Delmotte has signed to play both volleyball and women's basketball at KCC. Delmotte helped the Marshall Girls basketball team win the Class B state championship in 2016, earning Class B Sixth Team All-State recognition from the Detroit Free Press. She was also an All-State Honorable Mention selection in volleyball by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.
The Daytona 500 is moving back to its traditional weekend in 2018. The race had been held on Presidents Day weekend from 1968 to 2011. But NASCAR officials tweaked the date beginning in 2012, anticipating changes to the NFL schedule. At the time, the NFL was talking about expanding to an 18-game regular-season schedule and/or adding an extra bye week that could have ended up putting America's biggest sporting event — the Super Bowl — on the same weekend as NASCAR's season opener. So NASCAR moved the Daytona 500. Now, with the NFL unlikely to expand its schedule anytime soon, NASCAR's biggest race is moving back to its original calendar spot. Track officials made the announcement Wednesday.
Another Crew Chief Suspended
The crew chief for Kevin Harvick has been suspended by NASCAR for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rodney Childers will not appeal the one-race suspension or his $20,000 fine, keeping him out of the pits for Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. Childers is the fifth crew chief suspended over a lug nut rule instituted by NASCAR earlier this season.