(Source: Michigan Radio Network, Associated Press)

The Tigers took two out of three in Oakland with a 3-2 win yesterday.  Yoenis Cespedes provided all of the offense with a three-run homer against his former team in the fifth inning.  Dixon Machado got his first Major League hit in the sixth.  Pitcher Alex Wilson started the game for Detroit in place of Alfredo Simon, who left the team to be with his ill father. Wilson pitched three innings of scoreless ball and then gave way to Kyle Ryan. Ryan earned the win, giving up one run on three hits in three innings and Joakim Soria notched his 15th save of the season.  Tonight Detroit continues their road trip with the first of four games against the Los Angeles Angels tonight. Buck Farmer has been called up from Triple-A Toledo to make his first start of the year for the Tigers, while the C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Angels.  Broadcast time is 9:40 on WBCK.

Verlander to Pitch for Hens

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is expected make a rehab appearance with the Toledo Mud Hens as early as this weekend.  Yesterday, manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander will probably pitch on Sunday in Indianapolis, where the Triple-A club is scheduled to play. After Sunday's start, team officials will decide if he will return to the Tigers rotation or continue his rehab assignment.

Bombers Start Tonight

The Lakeshore Chinooks beat the Battle Creek Bombers 9-1.  Lakeshore scored five times in the 5th, and pounded out 17 hits against Bombers’ pitching.  MSU Junior Nathan Witt had a tough day for Battle Creek, giving up 7 runs.

Kalamazoo comes in tonight and then the Bombers play the Growlers Friday and Saturday in Kalamazoo.

NHL

Hockey’s Western Conference finals will come down to one final game.  The Blackhawks beat the Ducks 5-2 in Game Six at the United Center.   Andrew Shaw scored twice late in the third period for the 'Hawks.  Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane all scored in a 3:45 span in the second period    Anaheim will host the decisive Game Seven on Saturday.

The Rangers and Lightning will meet in Game Seven of the East finals on Friday in New York.

NBA

The NBA Finals matchup is set.  It’ll be Golden State and Cleveland, after the

Warriors beat Houston 104-90.   The championship round pits this year's MVP in Stephen Curry going for his first championship opposite two-time champion and four-time MVP LeBron James. It's James' fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Game One is in Oakland on June 4th.

Griffins in Playoffs
The Grand Rapids Griffins host game three tonight against the Utica Comets in their Calder Cup playoff series….tied up at one game apiece.  Games four and five will also be at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Friday and Sunday.

Coyotes Play Saturday

The Battle Creek Coyotes football team plays West Michigan Hawks in the regular season opener at 7:30 this Saturday at Battle Creek Central.   Proceeds from the games help families and individuals fighting cancer in our community.  This week’s beneficiary is eight year old Maddux Hescock.

Golf

Lakeview finished in first place in a Division 1 Golf Regional qualifier at Grand Haven.   Andrew Walker led the Spartans with a 71.   They’ll advance to the State Finals at Ferris State on June 5-6.

Baseball

Harper Creek beat Sturgis 4-0 in a Division 2 district game. Joe Stasa got the win on the mound, pitching all seven innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out nine.

Homer 5, Hanover-Horton 4.  Homer advances to play Jonesville on Saturday in the district semi-finals at Hanover-Horton.

Marshall 7, Quincy 5.   Mason Griffith picked up the win in relief for the Redhawks.  At the plate, Scott Reagle and Tyler Weck each went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs

Softball

Marshall 10, Quincy 4.  At the plate for the Redhawks, Elisa Saari had a double and three RBIs.

College Baseball

The University of Michigan baseball team will make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2008 in a game against Bradley in Louisville Friday.