Sports: Tigers win 11-8
The Tigers beat the White Sox 11-8 last night in Chicago. For the second straight night, the two teams combined for 19 runs. The Tigers built a 10-2 lead and had to hang on for the win. Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with two doubles. Justin Upton doubled, tripled and drove in four runs. J.D. Martinez had three of Detroit's season-high seven doubles.
Detroit had 16 hits and a base runner in every inning. Jordan Zimmerman started for Detroit, and wasn’t great but got the win to raise his record to 9-2. Zimmermann allowed six runs — four earned — and eight hits in seven innings. Tonight it’s Mike Pelfrey against Chris Sale. Broadcast time is 7:45 on WBCK. On Thursday, the Tigers play in Kansas City. (Broadcast time is 7:50 on WBCK.)
The Battle Creek Bombers fell to the red-hot Rockford Rivets, 4-3. Bombers’ leading hitter, Daniel Jipping, sat out the game as he served a 1-game suspension after being kicked out of Monday’s game after arguing over balls and strikes. With the loss the Bombers drop to 8-7, while the Rivets move to 9-6 on the year. The Bombers are back in action tonight against the Rivets. They wrap up the eight-game road trip in Madison on Thursday and Friday.
The NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs improved their major league best-record to 44-19 by rallying with a run in the ninth inning to edge NL East-leading Washington 4-3.
Game 6 of the NBA finals is in Cleveland Thursday night. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to win the title. Right now, the Cavs trail Golden State, 3-2. If the Cavs win Thursday night at home, Game 7 will be Sunday back in Oakland.
Reports say the NHL has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion. Quebec City was also considered for expansion. The franchise would be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas. The NHL board of governors will meet next Wednesday in Vegas and official word could come then.
The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give runs today through Sunday at Blythefield Country Club. The field will consist of 10 of the Top 10 and 43 of the Top 50 on the 2016 Money List. Included in the field are world No. 1 Lydia Ko.
Gordie Howe Visitation
Thousands of people waited in line at Joe Louis Arena to play their final respects to hockey great Gordie Howe. The Red Wings home arena hosted the public visitation for the former Detroit star, who died Friday at age 88. Among those who served as pallbearers were Wayne Gretzky, NHL coaching great Scotty Bowman and Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline.
Howe's retired No. 9 jersey was lowered to just above his casket at Joe Louis Arena and the Stanley Cup banners he helped the Red Wings win in the early 1950s were lowered off to each side. Video monitors below the banners showed a streaming gallery of pictures, including some from the early part of his career in the 1940s, toward the end of it when he played professional hockey with his sons, and after he hung up his skates.
Steve Yzerman, who spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career in Detroit says the biggest thing he took from Howe was his humility.
Ron Mason Public Viewing
A public viewing has been set for midday Thursday for Ron Mason, the longtime Michigan State hockey coach who died on Monday at the age of 76. The viewing will be held at Munn Ice Arena, followed by a memorial service.
Kalamazoo Bike Ride
Cyclists made a nearly 29-mile ride in the Kalamazoo area yesterday evening to honor five bicyclists who were killed a week ago when they were hit by a pickup truck. Organizers tell WOOD-TV the cyclists joined the families of the victims in the tribute. The pickup's driver, Charles Pickett Jr. of Battle Creek, is jailed and facing second-degree murder charges.
Detroit Lions President Rod Wood cites fan feedback as a driving force behind the team's decision to add cheerleaders this season. Wood says owner Martha Ford was involved in the decision, which the Lions announced Monday. Although most NFL franchises have cheerleaders, the Lions have gone without them for much of their history. Wood said Tuesday that Ford and her children were involved in the decision, and it was something he approached them about after feedback from fans and surveys and focus groups. Wood says Detroit's cheerleaders will be part-time employees, and they'll be employed by a separate organization — not directly through the team.