Sports from the Associated Press:

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DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 6-2 Friday night. Simon (5-2) got the win, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. Simon, who struck out five, used his slow curve effectively, throwing it so softly once that it didn't register on the radar gun. Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect eighth with a one-run lead, and Tom Gorzelanny finished after Detroit scored three times in the bottom of the inning.

The Tigers send Kyle Lobstein to the mound against the Astros today.  Broadcast time is 3:40 p.m. on WBCK.

Sunday’s game is at 12:40 p.m. on WBCK, and the Tigers head to Oakland on Monday for a 3:40 p.m. game.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Kravetz threw his first career shutout and top-seeded Illinois stayed alive in the Big Ten Tournament by beating Michigan State 2-0. Spartans starter Anthony Misiewicz gave up two hits and two unearned runs in 2 2-3 innings, but walked five as Michigan State was eliminated. The Illini will face third-seeded Michigan on Saturday.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers headed home after beating Atlanta 94-82 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James carried the Cavs while Kyrie Irving sat out with a left knee injury that makes him questionable for Game 3 Sunday in Cleveland. James scored 11 of his 30 points in the third quarter and finished with 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Cavs' fifth straight win.

TAMPA,Fla.(AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots and Rick Nash doubled his postseason goal output as the New York Rangers hammered Tampa Bay 5-1 to knot the NHL's Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Lundqvist made 16 saves in the second period and blanked the Lightning after Steven Stamkos scored midway through the contest. Nash finished with two goals and an assist, but the game was tied until Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle scored 1:48 apart late in the second period.

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Babcock was back in Detroit speaking with reporters in the Red Wings' dressing room a day after being introduced as the new coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Babcock thanked Detroit owner Mike Ilitch and described the past decade as the best 10 years of his life. He said he went back and forth on his decision "a hundred times" before finally choosing Toronto.

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